The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 39
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 39

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 39
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 1936 BlA'tl{EA']U,l<!, (A)l'K,) COUtUEH NE\V3 Two of the County's Modem Schools (Continued from page six.) Fiinnle Morris (Mrs. S. S. Semmes) graduated from St. Vincent.Acad- emy at Cape Glrardeau, Mo., and a "liomc girl who had been completely educated" relumed liomc to take iip the work of teaching. Other teachers prominent in the 80's were Joe It. Borum, Miss Belle Ballon, Mrs. Mittic Snow, Dr. G. W. JDhnston, Mrs. Gilliam (James) Slarkoy. Mrs. R. C. Pro wilt and daughter, Mrs. Reid Dunavant. Overflow waters formed one of the hazards of the 80's and 90's, before and during the lime the first levee was built, and the building of schools was retarded at times because ol destructive floods whlcli swept away Hie farmers' fences and obliterated all traces of roads between settlements. Citizens were kept busy and schools were sometimes neglected, but Leon Roussan. Oapt. S. S. Semmes and Judgu C. L. Moore served as county examiners and did mueli to keep the county school system in order. In 1889 the number of school districts had increased to 29. with 2,809 children of school age. School Cioscd for Itcvival One of Blylheville's early schools, which was conducted in the Methodist cliurdi, was closed because of R prolonged religious revival. Many of the patrons.Iclt that while the children should receive religious training their other education Should not be neglected so they sol Mrs. Starkey to open a subscription school. This was in 1803. Amonf her pupils were Miss Elisc Moore. Mrs. R. B. Nolen, Mrs. J. H. Roney, Jolm. Randolph and Joe Scruggs, and Mrs. M. O. Hoeggen (Flora Webb.I A short time later Thompson school opened at Cliickasawba. west of town, and it was 'nere Uiat Mrs. B. P. Martin (Kate Gosnell) Mrs. C. B. Luusford (Sara Walker), B. •A. Bugg, cleve Wacilcy, Winfield Mick, Tony Thompson. Charles Walker. Mrs. Mildred Davis Cox and many others were pupils. The year 1835 marked the beginning of the county institutes. The first one was held at Osceola in July of that year with P. M. Malone • as instructor. The next year T. A, Futrall was instructor. Ncu- Century Brings 1'rogress Somewhat more modern school The school building, at left, tini (lie glainasium cf (he Shasvnce Consolidated school district. These beautiful buildings, just south cf Jcuer, serve a large farming area in the southern part of the county This is the senior high school building at BlythevilK", one of nu<T.srous modern structures in which Uioiis ands of Mississippi county boys and girls attend classes. J. H. Rilcy, who served also as ber of years. principal of the Luxora school, in- Modern brick school sistcd that all teachers in the coun- such as arc common throughout coon afterward erected by the cit buildinjs 1 zeus of Luxora, and another mm ty subscribe to the Arkansas School Journal, study the Arkansas school law, attend teachers' meetings and subscribe to the county newspaper. The foundation for the county's present school administration setup was laid shortly after 1900 when hniues began to make their appear-1'be state law making county su- nnce in smaller districts of the comity in 1800. with the districts of Bardstown, Evadale, Joiner, Paean Point, Wnitton, Carson. Rosa, Sans Souci. Butler. Clear Lake, Dsll, Etowah, and HufTan being among Tiie county/examiner of that time, perintendents compulsory was enacted. Among the first to serve in Mississippi county following the passage of this law was I. D. Swift. In later years he was followed by those, which put up new, buildings. W. M. Crow, who served a iium- • the county today began to make their appearance. In 1905. the first brick school was erected at Csceqla. A few years earlier the first modern school building was put up in Blytheville. This structure is now known as the Central Ward grade school. The city celebrated the beginning of Ibis n?v. p , .,-.-..... i* u »,.t.,.ui^ ikii^viiiu school building with L. W. Gosnell,! 'nave been the consolidation of its appearance at Manila. The. were the forerunners of a schoc •building boom, and it was estima ed that in 1910 the building prc gram cxcaedixi $350.00. Standards Arc Raised Most residents arc familiar wit the history of the county's educa lional progress during the past Noticeable improvemen A. G. Little and J. G. Sudbury, directors of the school board, being accorded the honor of laying the equipment and (he stricter qua first brick. : - Creations for teacliers. Two of I A new brick schoolnoiM uas' most outstanding examples of t ral schools, the establishment bus routes, the addition of model iprovcmenl or rural schools aro c consolidated schools at Slmwnce id Keiser. lilythcvllle, with Its flve white iblic schools and one negro school, as the largest system In the coun- ond one of the most efficient In ie state. Tliose who have served is local suporintendents during the •»st"as years are John Bowen, Har- Py H. Haley, Crawford Greene und '. D. McClurkln. Perhaps no better friend of cdu- itlon ever lived in Uils county lan Mr, Hsley, who In the 13 cars he served here, led liie io- al schools to statewide rocognl- 011. It was Mr. Haley, whose lead- ship and initiative resulted In the cvclopmenl of subjects other than lose t ought in tlic class rooms. lie lomoted clubs, school orjsnlza- ons, athletics and music on a lore mubltloiis scale than had evei ecu attempted before. Important progress during recent ears may also be atlrlbuted to the ouiily school'officials. Miss Willie 1. LuWEon, who cnmc here In 1927 s county superintendent, nnd Miss Vinnle virgll Turner, w'no now landles the duties of eounty-cxain- ner as well as supervisor of Blylhe- Ille clctnenlary schools; have done utsliuKlIng work as hus Annie Jiirrle. who Is, Jeonnes supervisor 'f the negro schools. Under their uidance Uje qualifications of eachers have been raised, tcat'.i- confcrciircs held at regular In- ervals and more modern eciuea- ioiml metliods put Into uss. Fine School al Keiser SKCTION D PAGtft" of by-gone daji as when f,hc ;at-' tended the . first • "Peabodv Ir$(l.; lutes" held at Osceola and B!y-i tliuville, the boat Irlps on the Mississippi river to Memphis ca?,h Eummcr, chats with the late Son- ntor T. H, Caraway ti)id Mns. Caraway when they used to visit Dlythevlllo and the old Baptist camp meetings A native of DeSoto, . couhly, Miss.. Mrs, TunstlH was the daughter of the late Judge I.,T., Watson, one of the most piom'ln-1 rat clllwns of Mississippi In hh time. She first took up teaching »l Bylmllii, Miss., " following her graduation from a Holly Springs, MLis., school In 1870. GAELIC BIBLE IS.: The Kclser community, center cf n rapidly developing tanning lion, bcusts one' of the newest und best (xmlppcd schoni building In the county. Retirement, in 1.930 Elided Half Century of Classroom Klnir N'fl To Cicl Vtnston FDMCNTOK, AHn. (UI'I—Klni) Fdwnrd VIII. owner of the "K, p." ranch in Alberta, has been declare;! Ineligible for (he $2.i-a- mcnth "basic dividends" promised every adult citizen of'Hie province by the Social Credit Gov- eminent. When and If the "bonus" is wild, it Is stated, the kin? will not get It because he Is not a permanent resident of the province. - • I Non-Negotiable MARTINEZ, Cal. (UP)—A Bill dashed into the county clerk's office with a strange man and a marriage license ami nskcd to bo married. The clerk pointed out that the man was not Hie pile named In the license. She said she had changed her mind since cblnlnln; the license, but would like to save $2. The clerk said rfie ccJJdii't. Jjamlit Is Otil-slared . KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UP)—A youthful bandit pointed a gnu nt Herman Inlander, bartender, and ordered: "Stick 'em vp." Erlandei reached lor his own weapon. The bandit and Erlnndcr stood for a monrnt staring, and with guns trained on each other. Then the bandit lurried and ran. . Accrvding to a Kansas statute it is illegal to cat snakes In public As a teacher ' in Mississippi county schools tor 30 years. Mrs. E. V. Timstlll, now of Bcnvcr, o., ,\val«hed the scli(K>l system develop from small schools with lew teachers to one of the most modern systems In Arkansas. She •otired In 1030. llnvlni: already Inught school 'or H2 ycnrs when she took up liev work. In this county, Mrs. TunstlH was considered one of the most widely read und experienced Instructors in the county. She llrst Inuelil at Cm-son Lake (then Egypt) In 1000 when she was paid $50 nionlhly to leach G5 pupils 'from the first through the 12th grade. Two years later she purchased farm property at Evadatc and moved to that community, where she become n teacher In the El- klns City school at Uvc Oaks, which Is now Basset!, it was during her regime as teacher there that a two-room school was built, the first two-teacher school built in the lower part of the county! Miss Annie Smith went there from Covlngton, Tcnn., to be her llssistnnt ' - left lar nenver After tenchlng there for 12 j home with her only years she moved to lilythevlllc, Mrs." u. o. Walker, anil later began leaching at, M,. S . TunstlH was also Leaclivillc. After having started] know l\Irs. E. V. 'i'linsllll to make he: daughter, the six-year-olds In their paths of education for 11 years, she resigned. "I meant to quit when I taught for 50 yeai* but. it had look me two more years to fully make up my mind," she said when she widely throughout ttic 1-ounty ns a leader in the Baptist church and taught a Sunday School class each Sunday In addition to. her school work. Although totally blind now, al the iige of 82, she Is unusually alert. Hidden aiming the locks by shepherd;; in (ho vicinity of E'.lln- .bili'B iiciirls; 600 ycair, ago '\ri escape destruction by (he £ivgl|sl,i, Jin, old Scotch Bible, now In tlio umesfclcn of Mn, Jamc.s Staiki-y, of this city, K a prized li'elr-,' locm wilh an Interesting history. The antique \olume. painted In Ihe Giwllc .language, Is in n'.'.VfiT markublc stale ol preservation. Inscriptions made on some of I leau'K cctitutles ago me Ime'ly .11 (iinltlc. but a number of raj^i rands dated as early as No vein- r H, 1700 can be.easily read. The book wa-i foi cpntinlcs^'a PC stsJon of the MoKcllar family. <;f .which Mis Slarkey is A dosceniliuit. It Is • said to have been hidden from English peise'cn-i torii who soug'nt to ilcstioy all-Bibles In Scotch homes not prmtiii tn-tlw English language Genera-- tlons later the book was smuggled' from Scotland to Ameiica, when Members of rto family came to this uountry nitf settled In Virginia'.' After . lieln^' In this touLMy many years, one of .the womc'h of the comity, Mrs Saiah cnlq*- b.inii, a arnndmothri of ifri stal'- kcy, was sent bick to Scotlan I by her great, gicat Riandinotln.i Her piv|:ose Vas to leain the aii- clcnt Scclch tongue so that ,shu woulrt be able to read from'Hh:; Bible to (ho almost cciitury-ttUl "t'nndmrllici, onn of Ihc old settlers who could •understand "'lib English and who was \eis fond ot nihle reiullng. ^ i This is cla'hned to''be. the on'v Scotch l'/l2 in AiKansas, and Ii highly -valued l.y the piesoifl owner, Authorities who have examined the volume-place Its monetary valr,- at S3.0GO : or more, although Mr* Slaikey considers it worth a; much gieat:i sum in ocntlmciit". ' A. S. BARBORO& CO. Founded 1877 JFholesal e FRUITS -PRODUCE RICE-BEANS Grocers Specialties Ask For ""Giisca" Brand Bananas look for the YELLOW TAG on each bunch Second and Rose BLYTHEVILLE Phone 920 She vividly recalls such incidents wool. Wild sheep grow hair Instead of Celebrate The * Arkansas Centennial By Modernizing Your Home CLEAN UP PAINT UP FIX UP We arc not. 100 years old, bin \vo have been in . Blylheville long enough m see llie city double in . populalion. We've seen horses drown in iJic • slrcels bel'ore n r <; bad pavonionts. We've had our (rueks fail lhrough cesspools where it required a derrick- to gel (hem out, - - before wo had sewers. "-' We like to Mi ink I bat we have rendered a service worllwhile loward llie huildijig of BlylhcvilJe. ,; We don'l elaiin to buy any cheaper or sell for any • less than our fellow building material merchants but we do endeavor to give a full dollars worth of service and value with overy dollars worth of merchandise and to treat every customer so they will want to come hack. MODERNIZE

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