The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 54
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 54

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 54
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' '^ tt^^Ti7='« "? i r "f *x & • MGE 6' • SECTION • • •'•'..-•••--•. IlE, JARK.) COtJftTfiR T J :fCn'>l|ni'prl From Page !/ ?ows and probably even tribes In Africa, voted by "proxy" by over- Jnthuslastlc backers of both Manila qnd BIylV.ertlle, the legal vote had simmered down to n romp.irativc banUful. It has been sai<l that t'iie Qourt finally found fraud so prevalent that every box in'tha district fas tossed out save the Huffman Vox, which swept Blythevillc to victory. Actually fiiere were around JI2 legal votes for Blytheville and about 60 for Manila on the final fount. I Judge Rozell allowed Buck to name the commissioners to pick the lite for the courthouse building al plyihevlllc and Buck chose W. L {Smith, R. j. "uob" Hardin an;l Jim 'ASiilin. There seems to have been i gentlemen's understanding, when t hn name of Cooktown was withdrawn from the proposed bill cre- titiug the district, that the court- )iouse would be located on a section line, nbout where the Christian church now stands, at Alain Jind Sixth streets, if Blythevillc was c'-o-cn. But as is often the case at 1th such agreements, it didn't actually go through and some say 1t paused hitler feeling for a long finie. At any rate Ihe commissloii- jws accepted the offer of the Rev. ?f- T. Blyihe, Methodist minister after whom the town was named Jind chose a plot he donated, adjoining oilier property of his. where ?he present courthouse (constructed in 1919) now stands, j Hold Court in Vacant Store i Twenty five men of the com- [nunlty, only about five of whom [ire still living, signed a bond for £2,COO lo guarantee construction of the courthouse. But the dls- ti let. was already a reality and so JVRS Blytheville as a county seat hnd the district couldn't wait on Jhe erecllon of Its new courthouse for Its first court sessions. ' So the first session of "the clr- buit, court for the Clilckasawba district of Mississippi county, Ark- nnsas"—as lawyers are wont to p'yle it in their legal pleadings— vas held: in a frame building Iliad had- teen used as a store but was Ji'i-ant, at the time. The building (>as only recently been razed nnd frip'dinw at its original location, •northwest corner- of Main and li lankiln, it was probably best r in recent years ns ihc Al'.'"•>> store, J. p. Allison operating ;\ grocery business in the bulld- . T for many years. J y. Q, Taylor was the presiding ,• !^e and he convened the grand 'uiy and .petit Jury, Instructing them solemnly and at length In their duties as responsible clti- -is ot the new district in enforcement of the criminal laws of the state. As a mailer of net ;he grand Jury hnd been more or less hhndplcked with the idea that there would be little business and some of tlio county officials could see no necessity for the grand Jury to go on a search for business. Sam Hardin had ucen named by Sheriff Sam Uow- en as northern district deputy and A. M. Butt had been named dep- ity circuit court clerk. fish Fry for .fury There being no unfinished business from nny previous term because the first indictment In the district was yet io be returned, the Jurors, various comity and court officials went io clear Lake where a big fish fry was held on .lie banks-of the lake. Considerable beer was consumed and there •vas plenty of hilarity and fellowship. But the grand Jury, apparently well remembering the court's ;hnr|rr In spite of the lake bank euimalnmem, went Into closed session the next day and proceeded to return wholesale Indictments, much to the surprise of county officials. Thereafter there was no slack In court business .no rest of the term, which was devoted to both civil and criih- ii-' business in the early days. The December term of 1001 foil...i me courthouse not ready tor occupancy and the session was held in a Main street building which WHS later moved (o Ash street uml finally rawd. It was »l Mils term that the first death pen- ally was Imposed by a Chlckasaw- ba district Jury. Jasjicr Copland, a negro, was the defendant, and ho was tried for rape of n white girl, residents of the county believing in following the processes of law and order even In (hose cnrlv days of the district, I'libtic Hiingiii? for Negro Copeland, the negro, held at the O^ceolii Jail for safe keeping because lllylhevlllc had 119 county Jail, was brought here by the sheriff and 'executed at a public rmnding in Febr»ry. The gnl- lows was built In the business section of the town and hundreds, or more likely thousands, of the residents of Ihc county were on hand when (be Imp was sprung. H was probably the only official public hanging ever held in this district of the county. The low •Tit the time provided a public hanging for a crime such as the negro committed, but provided for private hanging of a murderer. Vess Harper, a white man, con- 1 of the murder of Eultch Knight., was Ihe second man to be hung In the district. The trap was sprung at the county jail In •-. Harper lived In the Sanely lidge community and Knight In ' ifcc ."ctfoti. A negro, known only as Jack the Bear, was the next to die in the county—for the minder of a white man. Arrives on First Train But back to 1002 the two-story frame courthouse was completed tiy K. A. "Otis" Hale, the contractor, who .still lives here and has tullt many of the homes and business buildings In Blytheville, though he Is no longer active in such work. ivir, Buck, son of a lawyer, had come to Blylhcvllle on the llrst train that WHS run Into the town from the north, to see the town. At Hint time his family lived at Huffman and he returned within a short time to establish his office here. Al about the same time Little came from Louisville, where he had studied law in the office of C. B. Fails, later federal district judge In Mfeourl and now Judjjo of a United States court of appeals. Over a period of many years Buck 'and Little were associated, except for occasional drifts "Dint, In Die practice of law. Buck Is still active but Little has 1 ..'.•MI from the practice. j Another lawyer, named snyder, hung up his shingle here about .,o lime Buck and Ulile arrived .but he died In the spring of 1902. Ill 1502 W. C. Armstrong, who was county judge when he died In 1911, and w. n. Oravette came j here from Harrlsburg to form a! liuv partnership. Mr. Ornvclte was an active practitioner for ninny years, making his home here until his death In 10:12, when ' he was municipal judge. Ramsey I Duncan came to niythevllle to work In a Jewelry .store about 1902 but entered the practice of law several years later. Judge of Two Counties In 1904 W. M. Taylor moved here from Lexington, Tenn., lo become a prominent member of the legal profession in this county. Judge Taylor hnd the unusual distinction of serving as county jiuluc of two counties, one in Tennessee and one In Arkansas. He had served as county judge of Henderson county, Tenn., prior to his removal to Arkansas and served as Mississippi county Judge from 1012 to 101C. Me was fatally Injured In n highway accident. Henry Edwards was admitted to (lie practice of\ law In about 1901 nnd other lawyers came to set up offices In the thriving Chlckasav.'ba district capital. But the strict practice, of law, as such, was a difficult assignment for barristers. It was a town with a future and the vision was not so distant but that it could be seen by many. There was money to b: made in- thn ever Increasing sale and exchange of lands, being stripped of their timber and put into cultivation, and most of the lawyers found It irksome to sit in their offices, waiting for clients, while men they considered less capable were making bigger money In realty transactions mid farming. Thus some turned actively into the L a * bcc< » nlng wor « «"<J' S C! VC r al of them are John Bour- urn M.I . f e °' atld 6lnere ,lai)il, Morris Allen, John Batten, ±£r C T' 6 ; , i „ Of Mich ! ,i?,!T ^ Uw , said *** W " S °' B ' . WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1936 Jc« Crowder. James Coston, Warner Hawkins, John Neal Campbell, had left Blythevllle. i,tlly, a husky timber worker of unbounded energy but uneducated, was noticed by the !ate Senator Tiiaddcus*Cai'- away, a brilliant lawyer, while the latter was teaching school |n a Cralghcad or Mississippi county logging settleihent. caraway turned his attention to Lilly. The latter performed hard manual,labor in daytime and studied al nlghl until lie acquired a fair high school education of the period |h about two years, H c followed this 1 with Intensive law sludy and vraA ad. milted to practice lo.w here. He became associated w lth j. w jjar. ion, a lawyer, and their firm turned principally to realty deals. n. A. Nelson moved" into this Fcctlon, was here a Siiort time, back in 1904 or 1005 and then lived west of Big Ijikc, particularly at Lcach- ville, before returning here lo become a prominent member of the m r n A™ 11 ""-. * h ° 'aler moved to Blvtbevllle after first practlcln« west of the lake" was o. E-Keck° now circuit judge of the second' judicial district, who is generally considered one of the outstanding trial judges In the slate. He came here In nbout 1011. Wlls Davis, a local product Marted the practice of law here early n, ]9 07. Davis is a one-time mayor of the town and prosecuting attorney of this Judicial district Of tall, commanding appearance and pleasing persona lily, Davis practiced law here many years before go- Ing to Mcmp-nls W here he has met with unusual success. Others entering the practice of law here al about the same time were E. E. Alexander, who is the oldest practicing attorney here now Iron, the standpoint of continuous practice in Blvfhevillc, Job,, Li- beller, one lime mayor o r the city H. B. Harrison, G. A. Rogers, ami t-. M. Terry who has been active as an abstractor and realty dealer and "ever practiced law a great deal H. M. Hnlnes, long n Justice of tin Peace, T. H . Stubbs, form ' s hoo ter e or e M Pp , A ; I *"" cy> "° w • »"»»- bcrof the state department of mih He utilities and a well known L tile" 2s o^LSs^^r l,'n «' V ,' ?,' Holla " d ' c - A. Cunningam Arthur Adams. w ho now lives In Jonesboro, and many others Rogers, who left here many vears ago, Is now Judge of the sunerlnr court of Kioonlx, Arizona. Examiners Sometimes La\ Any attempt to list all of the at- ™K«^^ h " C others not alreadv m-mii".,",! 11 ""? manv who former Memphis, W. A. Jackson, attorney for Ihe state revenue commissioner, Sam Manalt and Robert Weal. In the early days of the local bar the examination of applicants for admission to Me bar was controlled by the courts of the various clr- culls instead of by a central examining board nt Little Rock. While the jaw required examination of applicants In opjn iouii the com- inlllce of lawyers named by the court lo examine an applicant frequently conducted its examination in private and occasionally a "good fellow" was admitted to enrollment with nothing more than a casual examination. In fact one applicant's logical reasoning In explaining i'.iai three chairs' were required for a lawyer's office—one for the lawyer, one for the client and one for ihe man Who came to secure Ihe fee—was said (o have won him admission without, further inquiry Into ills "legal learning." Olher f lories of similar examinations, most of them probably exaggerated by retelling over the years, have been recounted. (,'arpf.ilcr Wins Acquittals One of the outstanding criminal cases in Ihe history of the district Invoked the trials of M. P. Cnrprnter on charges of murder- Carpenter was granted change.-! of venue In both cases and was the slaying of the two women occurred at the Carpenter home. Implement House In New Home This is the enlarged and remodeled hcmc of Delia Implements, Inc., Iccal agents for McCormirk-Decr- Ing farm inachineiy. en h'outh Seccnd street. faulty. Fought out In federal courts, the sulu involved' much historical as well as legal research and resulted in about an even break as between the government owners winning their right to lake lands and others losing. J0a\ r i(l 0. Dorid ! A Crimson Tribute rii r< ^ i • l ° , I las spring to all corners of Avkan- ' sas and even into Louisiana, Ok| Jahoma, Texas, Kansas and Tenii- i C-ssee. where many former Arkansas now live. Garden clubs in many Arkansas towns ordered the rose in groups for distribution to individual mem- nnd defendant in the trials. Carpenter wns acquitted of the mur-i der of his wife by an Osceola Jury, wns twice Indicted and twice tried for the iuurder of Ills molh- er-iti-law. both trials ot Para- goutil. He was acquitted on the second trial at Paragould. Aiuone the civil cases the fam- im "sunken land" suiLs were some of the most Interesting. The federal government and owners of lanil adjoining Walker. Buford. Crooked, Plat and Clear Lakes, generally belwcen Blytheville and 'he Mississippi river, were adversaries In the cases. In the governmental survey of this territory in 1837-43 the lakes were surveyed as meandered Jakes. When drainage ditches- drained the lakes dry riparian owners, or owners ot 'and adjoining the old lakes, set up claims to actual ownership or j the dry beds adjoining, but the """ ' stepped in In , .marked trials in courts here, pro! bably because of the rough and " tumble practice In vogue for so many years during Ihe era of , Justice of peace courts before a I municipal court was 'finally creat- . cd here. The city, however, had a police court for years before ot the mu'.iicipal court but there was no requirement of legal ability for the position. Once, when women had been granted their suffrage rights and prohibition was in effect, officers haudplcked a jury panel of women who had been particularly out- S[Mken against prohibition law violations for service in a magistrate court trial'of a liquor law offender, The attorney for the defendant literally wrung his hands and upbraided the officers tor their "unfair tactics" in forc- tng such a jury upon him. Finally, unable lo tear down the slrong array of state's evidence. drcds of gardens over Arkansas ercn.sed rapidly since its selection and many adjacent states and its as the Centennial flower Arkan- deep red petals are flaming a sum- sas florists report, mer-long toast to ihe Arkansas *r,, c o TI >r *- Cenicnnia, celebration. . cMi^f D.^ Florals sent thousands of plants Dodd Rose committee of the Ark• ansas Centennial Commission, an- the actual necessity that might nounced that almost every garden require violation of law to pro- '" Forrest City has been planted vide for family, and the pitiful with the Centennial flower. story, embellished with some Mrs - Mann has composed the teariul evidence, won an acquittal following poem on tile planting of from what officers had confident- these flowers: ly expected would be the pick of, DAVID O. DOTH) KOSE "hard boiled" juries ! * planted a rose in my garden Members of the bar who are ac- All<1 'V 1 '" '*• , with , soH oi the S0(l lively practicing attorneys in Blv s - vmbo of love fcr my cmmt 'J' theville at this time are- E E Al-.x- Ami , a , lr , ibute to Diwid °- DoM amler, G. W. Barham. Gene E ' |)la " tcd " tosa by ll!c waysitle Bradley. C.' M. Buck. E'.l B. cook, r 1 \ r 1 > T i ' ' las, Marcus Evrard, Oscar Fcndlsr. Virgil Greene, £al B. Harrison, noyle Henderson, V. G. Holland, T. L. McHaney. R. A. Nelson, Roy Nelson. Neill Reed, Max B. field, Cecl Shane w fl " al!c '«• Smith, J. Graham sudbury and Jesse Taylor. circuit Judge G. E. Keck is A mark where our fathers have trod An emblem of faitli and devotion To the kinship of David O. Dodd. Water Taps in Colors CHICAGO (UP)— Plumbers Mve turned psychologists. The colors red and bin? have taken the placs of "hot" and "cold" on new washstands because psychologists say the colors naturally are associated with the words. Thus, the hot water faucet is red. the cold one, blue. An old Plan that Produ NEW F r ORTY years ago 17,500 acres of land in the vicinity of Bni-deiLc was thickly set with timber - - today it is thickly settled with farmers . . . new homes aiul threaded with good roads . . . from stumps lo sturdy fields of cotton . . . ^rain livestock . . . and live-at-home produce is the story of progress by the firs'! method ol commerce the world learned to use - - trading t) Through the centuries traders have blazed the trail u, heller mouse Iran, and mass production . . . the Indian traded furs for grain and forest fell away lo farm. . . . fourteen years ago the Three States Lumber Company started tradiu«>- uncultivated land for cotton and today fields have taken ilie place of forests on 17 500 acres of land. These 1.7,500 acres of farm lands are part of ihe history of development in Mississippi County . . . acres which contribute toward makin" it ilie largest cotton growing county in the world. • rt The trade has proved the mutual confidence of the traders . . . the point upon which the pioneers stood equal ... it has made landowners of renters... turned barren land into fertile fields and achieved a distinction f m - the a'«'rinillnra'l life of •Mississippi County. b The Three States C. G. SMITH, Resident Manager BLYTHEVILLE, Ark.

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