The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 55
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 55

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WEDNESDAY, JULY BLYTHEVILLE, (ARK.)' COUKIEU, NEWS. Manila Pionee ' r r "Biff Lake Island" Was Wild and Woolly Place in Pioneer Times Congressmen and economists who have scratched their heads over cotton acreage reduction .should take a trip lo Manila and hear John \V. Needham, justice of Ihc peace for 50 years, tell how "(he people talked something terrible about Ed Smith, saying he was just, a plain grafter when j he planted H acres of his land in : cotton." i That o( course, happened in tlie ! lo ;;io <,-.! w z \jou-.c. :iave 1,800 early rinj's, long before America's: for a bu!o. We then hauled it to war with Spain made Manila a i Osceola where we sold it for a famous niime. This settlement was I cents a pound to Goodrich or then known as Bis Lake Island,! Avcry. who were the leading cot- :md Mr. Smith was Ihc leading j ton buyers," said Mr. Needham. citizen In lhat part, ot Mississippi j §1 a I'ouiiil for Cotton i Squire John W. Necdlmm, who first dime lo Manila In 1860. has served as a justice of the peace ever since 1885. lie county. He had just about everything, according to Mr. Needham, including the only house with a plunk ilogr; the other houses hadi puncheon floors made of split F( f Smilll| W |,| c j, friendship lot's. Ed Smith was an old timer! . )lom , )(C(l M rs Smith to tnke a in the community when Mr. \ l;a]e of coUon (0 Bollinger Coun- II was tlie custom of Mr. Need- hum's father to winter his stock on Big Lake Island, and in this wav he became acquainted with • is'eedham arrived Bellinger county, was born in 1853. 1'aW Ginncr with Colton . Mr. Needham has been justice of the peace since 188ti except for two years when he "laid off" to become mayor of Manila. "That v:as a long limp ago.' he said, "and I don't recall what years I served a smnyor." He is, he says, the oldest justice of tlie peace in the county, and he is still serving in that capacity. "There were no schools or churches, and no doctor here when I came," said Mi'. Nceclham.l ill 1809 froml^ Ma> durmg the Civil War, Mo., where he w |icrc tlie elder Mr. Necdhnm assisted her in disposing of it. She \\".M file yea;-! ;a WT.TCII to pa> It out. Kiulroad Came hi 1'JOO It was Hie Jonesboro Lake Cits and Eastern Railroad that stnrtci Manila on Us way to become city. The road was built abou 1900, with a station, switch, and turntable at, .Manila. Lumber mill ran Irani ways out to bring ii the timber and (he town starlet to grow. Manila at. one time was n largi fish and game center, with as' many as 40 tons of fish shipped out in half a day, and larije quantities of turtles and ducks. In fact, hunting and fishing was When Armorel Was Sawmill Town a yard. for calico to take home. i When Mr. Needham first became justice of the peace there were some 'woolly times' out on "A man would come through every now ami then and claim to be a preacher and we would have services down at Ed Smith's house, but that was all wo had in tlie way of religious services. There would be dance once Lake Island. Craps and liquor kinder made men rough and want to fight. When they were brought before the justice of .the j:cacc, he sorter sized up 'their pile' and fined them accordingly, for it was better to make it with- rents I t'n'cc-lourths the industry of this \ k j little settlement from 1800 to i 1318. Turtles brought as high as | $l.5j a dozen; ducks $3 a-dozen, ' j and llsh five to eight cents n pound. • | There was a political movement the rougher crowd there was :i 'still house' down at Times Point." It was in 1881, as well as he In their 'pile' lhan lo lose the justice's Ice of $2,25 by sending them to Osceola to jail. "People are more enlightened now," said Mr. Needham, "but I i neighborhood bplleve there's a heap more graft while and for i S om ^> ' on than there was then and : about 10W) to have the . Clifcka- sawba district named Luzon and to make Manila the county scat of the northern district of Mississippi county,' but --.on a vote the movement failed to win, and the second county seat was established at Blylheville. folks sure were more sociable." Getting riii of the limber was one of the worst problems of the recalls, that Mr. Needham started early settlers, according to Mr. share cropping on Ed Smith's and Mrs. Needham. Most of it was place. Until then he had done deadened and left to dry until it day labor for Smith. Share ! could be burned, until men start- cropping was far ahead of what led floating it down the lake lo it-is today, according lo this vet-! Marked Tree where it was sold to cran citizen. mills. Much timber was wasted Back in the '80's, Mr. Needham in the early days, because there recalls, farmers gave a tenth of was no way (o get it out of tlie a bale of cotton for the ginning woods. Matthews and Whitaker. of it, and paid S2.50 to have it j °f St. Louis, bought up a lot of wrapped and baled. land and started selling H in '"I took 2,000 pounds ol cotton 11871, in 40 acre tracts for $200 July 24 Arkansas Day At Texas Celebration DALLAS, Tex.—The $25,OOO.OOC Texas Centennial exposition, which opened here June 6, will belong to the people of Arkansas July 24. On the recommendation of Gov. J. M. Futrell, that date has been officially designated as Arkansas Day. The program will be In the hands of the Centennial Exposition Arkansas club, of which Dr. William L. Edwards, formerly of Arkariel- P'hia. is president. Arkansas Day ceremonies will center around the reception and entertainment of Gov. Putrell and a joint Texas- Arkansas tribute to Arkansas nio- necrs in Texas and csp3cially tc (Continued From Pago 1> operated In Ihe production, harvesting nncl marketing" ot 20 carloads ol nulislu'o shipped In the spring of 1930. Tlie Oosncll Farm Bureau sc- cu.vd' the completion of n gravel rond through the community, and Is now formulating plans for rural electrification. The Farm Bureau Is composed of four organizations: community, county, state and national. Tlie county bureau Is composed of Ihc community organizations; t h o slate bureau consists of tho comity oi'BanUutlons; and Die imllon- al bureau is a federation of the state organisations, J. P.- Tomklns, of Bindeltc, Is president of the Arkansas State Farm Bureau and Waldo Prnzlcr Is executive secretary. The American Farm Bureau Federation has Us headquarters in Chicago. Edward 0'Ne»l is president uiul W. U. Ogg Is acting •iucrcuiry-lrcnsurcr. i Seeks Heller F»rm Life The aim of the farm bureau organization is to develop it de- linite program of work that will bring to ihc farmers ot America a better economic, social and educational condition so as to make farming 111,110 profitable and country lite more attractive. The Ruin Bureau, as an organization, does not engage In commercial activities nor does it hold stock or bonds In organizations undertaking such actlvilles.r Itow ever, it docs sanction and encourage any activity which Is for the betterment ot the community > or county, such as the community buying- of- farming equipment: or cooperative marketing. . More than ever, farmers rcnllxc that without organization, they are helpless In solving their economic problems. They sec now that Hie Funn Bureau program is building steadily a national agrl- cullural unity through which farm economic improvement can bo developed constantly. Having observed the advantages from' organization accruing to other economic groups and having felt tlie benefits resulting from their own or- ganiznllou during the past three years, farmers in America are eager lo maintain their gains and to increase them. Tt lias been found that feeding cows on irradiated yeast or other good sources of vitamin D. increases the vitamin D content of the cows' mill: from 15 lo 30 times. i , i those who served in the Texas armies during the revolution against Mexico, '1835-30. Armorers hey-day as Ihe center of Lee Wilson Co., Umber and sawmill operations In northern Mississippi - county Is recalled by this photograph, laken in 1007, showing a• portion• of the, big •mill. Mr anil Mrs. T. It. Robert GOD, who loaned the picture-to the Courier Nc\vs, were unable; to identify tho: gentleman In the foreground.' Kansas Town Will Get French War Souvenirs DIJON, France (UP)-A French fias. which floated over the ; city hall of Dojan during tho World War, and a pollu's helmet, worn in Ihc trenches by Eiriltc'Lambert, French vice president of Fidav, international organization of war veterans, arc en route to Phillipsburg, Kas., where (hey will form part of the war museum organized by the American 'Legion .post, there. Reno D.. Kuigery, for ten,years adjutant and scrvtep officer of the Phllllpsburg Leiftrr post, • look the Initiative in requesting . the French nag .' and helmet. .'Klngery wns'stalloned for tome time during -the war at Dijoii as wer other -Phllllpsburg soldiers who decided they \vantctl ! a, symbolli souvenir of the Burgundy city foi 'their •.community hull, where i collection of ,war. relics, has bcci started. • . • , Kuril Meeting- Kmls Strike BONO, o. (UP) — Scaled on n sack of oats In a.birn, and usiiii, ail' empty oil drum .as a wrlllni desk, Justice of. Ihc Peace Harr; Webb brought two-score onion field strikers and .their employe together . in a compromise whlct scnt>the strikers.bick:to,work. Under favorable 'conditions, ai airplane can be seen ^ from aboui 10,000. to 15,,000-feel,' ' • The GOFF BlyUip.villc's Lending I'opuliu' 1'i'ico Hotel ANNOUNCES TUB COMI'LETION OF, NEW IMPROVEMENTS FOR TilE GREATER '•.'•; COMKOUT OF ITS GUESTS. BATHS MODERN STALL SHOWERS OH TUB ROOMS ATTRACTIVELY REDECORATED CEILINGS INSULATED AGAINST HEAT WITH NEW SIMMONS INNER-SPRING MATTRESSES Tfifc BLACK CAT COFFEE SHOP BEAUTIFULLY REFINISHEl) •SERVING A LA CARTE Oil TAHLE D'HOTO MEALS HOT WEATHER SPECIALS 4t's a good holer Mrs. ti L Reynolds,.Proprietress 40 Years In Business b Cobb U ridertakiri 2 Co., Inc. Blytlieville, Arkansas Burial Insurance Ambulance Service Loiv Prices, Phone 26 II 7 lieu Your Own. Croivtl CELEBRATES BE SURE THERE'S PLENTY OE COLD BOTTLED •Whether its a big-celebration, a family picnic; or-air, occasional get-together at', home you'll find Bottled Dr. Pepper the choice oi' those of discriminating- taste. Order It By the Case From DR. PEPPER BOTTLIpCO. J3LYTHEVILP, ARK.

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