The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 31, 1952 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 31, 1952
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, BBC. 81, lt>91 BLTOIEYTLIJS (ARK.)' COURIER OSCEOLA NEWS W/.St, arr - w • - T Neither Snow nor Sleet nor Heat- Bat Who Thought Up Yule Cards? sleet nor snow nor heat e*n d*t«r these worthy couriers from the swift completion of their • appointed rounds, but the thing matt carriers — and especially the rural carriers—want to know te, who thought up the idea of lending ChtiBtaoas greeting cards? I Kiotjght A. W. Bowen would IBIOW the aruwer to that annual quwWon but. he told me he had only b«o • rural mail carrier for 31 ye«ri going on 12 and I'd have to «*k •omebody that had braved the w«aUi«r longer than he had. "I don't kno«v ivhfch Is worse, delivering Christmas mail or baby chlclreni. Delivering the chickens at **)r best, if there Is a best, is re- •ponslblo for thl» premature grey hi'*." xn!l«l Mr, Bowen. "Sonie- Mm« chicken> com* to those right o«rt-o«-fcown, who'are on my route. M*n« time* out of ten, they are •Utier away from home when they • rrive or else refuse them and I have txj carry them all over my ter• rltorir before bringing them back to th« jw«t office to be sold to the higbctt bidder—which Is usually a dollar and a half. • "Th« Post Office sets 10 per cent ot (he amount and _ the company get* the rest. So, for all the inconvenience, the Post Office collecti fifteen cents and another gray hair Is added, to my others. "Rural patrons," continued Mr. Bowen, "con get packages delivered up to 70 pounds, while delivering packages In first class post offices to other first class offices the weight can't exceed 30 pounds. You can imagine what happens to a rural carrier when some one on the route orderK a linoleum rug. Nine by twelve, that is. "Our usual bags of mail plus oth- «r packages is already a load. It get* kinda drafty with the two back windows down in order to put the rug in the car. I've tried." he con-^ - — --" tinued," to put it in the trunk but IT , ' lort one that way so I'm taking no , '"" e ™ lhe rlver < near w ' llat more chances. • is now Barfield. After two years, Charles and his father built a boat and fitted it with supplies and , A. W. Bowen , . holldi ay cards, chicks and gray hair . . . WE RURAL carriers are pretty good predictors of business. A good Jail, a*id it seems that everybody on my route will be listed as the best dressed fajnily of the year. Packages, mostly COD'S, start pour- Ing in. "Trie usual run of patrons on my route are kinda skeptical. They or- produce and traded on the river for three years. From that business venture he sold cord wood to the passing steamboats and, engaged in farming on a small scale as he didn't have the help to venture, out too far. ' In 1838, his brother, John (named for their father) was elected sher- COD fee. "Penny post cards were a big business with me before the two-; cent cards came into effect and ( now It's'a rare thing to make a sale on them." i Knowing that Mr. Bowen Is a ' Democrat, I asked him how did he County and was elected captatn'of the company, which was called "Osceola Hornets." principal part of the time. He was in the battle of Belmont and also "You didn't find many Republicnns ; t bn y ( th , walking around in Osceola in those r days. The post office then was nous- ' . lliG4 ' Cil ' )t - Bowen, white In ed in the Ma-sonic Hall and Arch f. har 5 c _ "'„ s . com mand. was cap- Smith was postmaster. "This younger generation," continued Mr. Bowen, probably thinks postage Ktnmps and free delivery came over on the Mayflower. "There was a time when mail charges depended chiefly on the distauce it was to be sent, but today rates are based on weight and BS to free delivery, that began, I believe, in 1883," he ndtied. "Before then if you wanted your mail, you had to c.ill lor it at the postofflce and in t,.ose days that was a popular place for friends lo meet every morning and have a chat while the mall was being sorted. "THE AVERAGE person doesn't , realize how many times 'their mail is handled from the time they drop it In the corner mail box until It reaches its destination. First, it is collected by carrier, theh brought to the post office where the bags are emptied onto a long table and all the mall is turned face upward. It Is then pushed through slots at the edge of the table on to the moving belt below. "This carries the letters to machines which post mark the envelopes and cancel the stamps. Then the cancelled letters are sorted and lied Into bundles. Those going to the same part of the country are tied together, and sent by truck to the railroad depot, At the train, the mail bngs are transferred to the mall car. then the railroad mall clerks sort the mail for points along the way, placing the letters In pigeonhole* bearing the name of various towns. Where the train doesn't make » stop, the mallbag to be picked up Is hung at a certain height near the tracks. As the train pass«. the mallbag Is caught In the Jaws of the sleel catcher and swung Into the car where the mail Is sorted. "When It reaches Its destination, It Is brought to the post office by the same method as when It started on the long, drawn-out ordeal sorted again and. then delivered to the recipient, and." continued Mr. Bowen, "that Is what a mail carrier means when he asks that annual question. 'Who In the heck Invented Christmas greeting cards!" • » • MR. BOWEN'S grandfather, Cap. tain Charles Bowen, played an Important role In Osceola history. In 1828. the family of Cantaln Bowen came to Mississippi County from West Tennessee and settled for a tured at Osceola, by Col. Bnrris. a Knnsas Jayhawker and was kept a prisoner at St. " Louis - for two months. He then returned, gathered up his company, and continued to operate In this section. . He surrendered at Osceola, In 1865 to the captain of n gunboat, tie was then appointed sheriff by the governor and served two years In 1872. during race troubles in Mississippi County, known as the "Black Hawk" war. Capt.' Bowen Jed a charge against the mob and was successful in quelling the Negroes. * * • i IN IS!4, the captain was a member of the state constitutional convention, and was elected county judge for one term. By then he had acquired about a thousand ncres of land around Osceola and devoted his entire time lo farming. W J Uowen. his son, and father of A W. Bowen, was born near Osceola' on May 13. 1848. When he became school age his father erected a school, made from slabs. Only two subjects were taught, spelling and reading The first teacher In the county was a man by the name of John DeWilt who built a little shanty from old steam boat lumber and this was where he lived. He was also the postmaster. In those days young couples would go for miles in a canoe to attend dances, and music wns furnished by a Negro slave who had rigged up a fiddle out of a long handled gourd. All these tales and many many more were handed to W. J. Bowen's children. Their mother was Miss Mollle WJlks of Carulhersville, Mo., and A. W. Bowen was born In Osceola and was In the 1KM graduating clnss along with Mary Ounter, the Inte Mrs. Finley Robinson of Blylhevllle Oussie Pennington, who fa Mrs' CharUs Grey, also of Blytheville Alice Lasley. Buy Brant and Ike Panlck. There were only 10 grades All the graduates had to make a speech. ''I was valedictorian of my class and was only 16 and the subject I chose BS my speech was "Home Influence.' I laugh now." continued Mr. Bowen, "when I think back of how little I know about the subject." After graduation, Mr. Bowen entered the University of Arkansas. At that time, (he school had what they called sub-freshman classes for two years for boys and girls com- ing from, small towns where a full high school course couldn't be gotten. During his college days at the University In the year of 1805. the Sigma chf fraternity started a chapter. . • • • "T AM A charter member of the fraternity," arlded Mr. Bowen "Those were in the days when hazing was popular In colleges and the freshmen were lucky if they went through the year without getting injured, one boy, I will remember," continued Mr. Bowen, "got a leg broken in the antics but that all went''with 'being a freshmen in those days." Leaving college, Mr. Bowen came back to Osceola nnd clerked in the dry goods store owned by the Lite Mrs. A. Welnberg, mother nf Mrs Walter Rosenthal of Blylhevllle. After three years, he accepted the Job as deputy county clerk under Dick Nolen nnd later under John Long. In 1914. he ' accepted a position with Cartwright's and remained until 1917 when he was called into service during World War I. After 14 months in the service, ha was discharged and accepted a Job in the Mississippi County Bank. In 1919 he entered into the insurance business with his brother-in-law, the late- Joplin Hale and wns an active partner in the firm of Hale and Bowen insurance Company u n tj| he accepted the rural carrier job In 1931. Although he is not active in the firm, he still has an interest in it. Mr. Bowen resigned this year as Sunday School superintendent at the Presbyterian Church after serving nearly 30 years. He nnd Mrs. Bowen, the former Miss Alma Ward, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary this month. They have a daughter. Miss Jeanette Bowen, a student at. Southwestern in Memphis. So ends another chapter of Osceola history. Stars are not brighter In winter as supposed by ninny, but there are more bright stars to be seen in the winter months than during summer. WARXING ORDER [n the Chancery Court, Chickasawba District, .Mississippi County, Arkansas. Maurice Rush, Ptf. vs - No. 12,280 D. I. Rush, Dft. The defendant, D. I. Rush. IK hereby warned to appear within thirty days In the court named in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of ,the plaintiff, Maurice Rush. Dated this 23rd day of December 1S52. Harvey Morris, Clerk By Cherry Sue Barnoi, D. C. William S. Rader, .Blty. lor pltf. James Gardner, atty. nd lilem. 12,34-31-1'7-H Better Co ugh Relief When new drugs or old fail to help your cough or chwl cold don't delay. Cieomulsion conlaim only safe, helpful, proven ingredients and no nar- cot.'cs to dislurb nature's process, it ROCS inlo the bronchial system to aid nature soothe nnd heal raw, tender, inflamed bronchial mcmbraacs. Guaranteed 10 plcast or your druggist refunds money. Creomuhion has slood the lest of many millions of users. CREOMULSION On the Social Side... Mrs. Speck Honored One of the largest affairs given In Reiser during lh a holiday season was the miscellaneous shower given by Mrs. J. TV Polk, Miss Unda Polk and Mrs. Charles Robinson at the home of Mrs. Polk for Mrs. Johnny Earl Speck. , In the receiving line with the hostesses and honoree was Mrs. Mcl- vln Speck, mother of the groom. Mrs. Polk was attired In a brown velvet cocktail dress with taffeta accents and pinned pink carnations at her shoulder. Mrs. Itobinson's ballerina length dress was in black velvet with rhlnestone trim, with gardenias. Miss polk wove a green taffeta ankle length dress which featured a cerise velvet Jacket. Her corsage v:as pink carnations. The honoree chose an early spring frock In mauve silk shantung, and her corsage was pink camellias. Mrs. Speck was attired in an early Spring printed silk. The tea table was centered with holiday decorations, carrying'out Christmas colors of red and green. Burning red candles were evident throughout the house. The high light of the decorations was a silvered Christmas tree, standing by the picture window. Beneath the tree, the 65 guests had placed their gifts to the bride. Wedding cakes, bell shaped mints, and salted nuts were served the guests. Butlers Entertain Among Hie holiday events that took place hi Osceoia over the week end was the drop-in given Sunday For the party, the Butler home with festive Christmas decorations, gave a colorful atmosphere upon the arrival of the' CO guests. Platters of ham and turkey, with trays of kosher ments, assorted breads and Christmas decorated calces filled the buffet table. Greenery intersiwrscd with red berries aiirt (tanked by burning red tapers made a perfect centerpiece for the Christmas feast. Mrs. Butter was assisted by her two daughters Misses Sandra and Diane Butler! Honors Son Lt. Bobby Williams, stationed at Shaw Air Base, in South Carolina is spending his holiday leave with his mother. Mrs. A. F. Williams and family and with Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mnc White of Blytheville Sunday night Mrs. Williams complimented her son with a family dinner. Ravioli and wild duck graced the dining LibJe. The table was overlaid in a blue linen cutwork handmade cloth, a gift Lt. Willinms sent his mother when he was stationed In the far East. Christmas potted plants and red roses were used as the floral decora- ions. Guests other than the fam- ly were Mrs . Ed Snip|)eni M , Hu(h Massey and Mrs. Bettye Nelle otarr. j Ojten House s»ri Mrs. Earl Fnleh entertained 60 lrt ends ^ an °P«=n house Christmas decorations were earned out throughout the house centering the dining room where a holiday menu fined the table which centered with n Santo Clans and reindeer arrangement, nestled m a mound of greenery. - Miley < •Mrs. Bi „..„,,.. „!„, out-of-town guests. ' " ' re Mr nnd Mrs. Frank Williams en- ertained rrlday night with one of season'' 80 ^ P " ni<B ° f '" e holiday As the JOO guest,, came through the grilled, iron door, they wore met by heir host who ushered them into the holiday-decorated reception room. Some turned to the right into the living room, where the mantle above the fireplace was decorated n pine bough3 nn( , mnsM , s Qf brilliant hued baubles. Centering the mnntle was a china antique clock flanked with r>ink overlay Massed arrangements of brilliant red poinsettias were placed around the room. Turning to the left, the den was cleared for dancing to the music of Willie Bloom's Band. At the far end of the den. a circular rattan cocktail table was centered with an arrangement of poinscttia-'i. Holiday punch nnd hors d'oeuvres were passed ns the guests gathered. Later in the evening, a buffet supper was served. The lace-draped table was centered with a sleigh that went the full length ot the table. Cascading from the Klelgh were clusters of multi-colored baubles and frosted fruits. Silver platters of roasted turkey, baked country ham .bowls of fresh shrimp and cheese, molds highlighted the buffet table. Following the supper, thr, guesus spent the evening dancing. Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Potter of Paragould, Mr. and Mrs. Thad Felton of Bey Town, Tex.. Mr. and Mrs. p. J. Semmes Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dunlap of RIdglcy, Term., Mr. nnd Mrs. Hale Jackson of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Lan Williams of Jonesboro. Mr. and Afrit, jack Ur.Kllc, of Bassetf. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Lowrance of Driver, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Cohen of Blytheville. Mr. nnd Mrs. Rufus Brunch of Pecan Point, and Mrs. Thomas Hughes, Jr., of Jackson, Mi.W. Supper-Dance Mr .and Mrs. Bob Gilbsple com- pllmented R recent bride, Mrs. Johnny Earl Speck, and Mis. Suzanne Ft lion of Baytown, Tex with a supper-dance at the 50 Club Friday night. As the guests nrriv«d each woman was given a corsage of pink carnations. Pink and silver waj carried out in the decorations. Spaghelll Dinner Mr. and Mrs. John Andrew Ed- rlngton entertained their friends Saturday night with a spaghetti supper at their home of Mrs Ed- rlngton's mother. Mrs. D. V Malock. Holiday decorated scenes were evident throughout the Malock home. Mr. and Mrs. T. w. Hunt of I-e- panto were special guests. Mr. Hunt Is a former music teacher in the Osceola schools, leaving here to enter the services. He Is being sent to San Francisco. Centering lhe dining table was a large white candle surrounded by greenery and nandlnn berries. The guests' places were [narked with silver Christmas bells. Among the family dinners given during the holidays wns the one Mr. nnd Mrs. L. C. B. Young gave In their new home Friday night. Throughout the house, red carnations and holiday arrangements provided a gay note to the party. Centering the dining tnble wns a low silver bowl filled with red cur- nntlons. Following the evening meal, the guests spent the later hours informally. •Bridge club Meets Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiygal entertained their bridge club Tuesday night with tico couples, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thompson nnd Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ayres as added guests. Greenery nnd red berries highlighted the holiday decorations throughout the house. Personals Miss Kitty Albeison spent tlie holidays in Sikeston, with her family- Mrs. Laura Rogers spent Christmas In Memphis 'with her daughter, Mrs. Leonard Pcndcrgrass, Mr. and their son, Gene. While there, Mrs. Roger's brother. ,Jim Pcezor, and family of Carbondale, III., drove down to be with the group during the holidays. Mrs. K. A. Hook. 'Sr. nnd son. E. A. Hoc*. Jr.. of Memphis; Mr. and Mrs. Horace Moore of Corona Lake, Mr. nnd Mrs. Jack Hook nt- FAOB TRRWi STARR GAZING Bvcry new year 1« & fresh start for everyone. Why we always pick the beginning of a new year lo make resolutions is beyond me. Why do wo wait until then? AH resolutions we make are good ones. I never rc- Eve with Mrs. J, II. Hook. Mrs. E. A. Hook is living in Memphis while Cnpl. Hook Is in the Fur East. ' Those in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl game tomorrow from Osceoln will be Mr. and Mrs, Frank Williams, Mr. nnd Mrs. Charlie Lowrance. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gil- lesple. Mr. nntl Mrs. Roy Cox, Mr. nnd Mrs. Leroy Owens and Mr. and Mrs. Hnle Jacks.on. Mr. nnd Mrs. N. G. Carlwrlght and sons of Somlliclmcr, La., were Chrisfmns visitors in the home of Mr. Carlwrlght's mother, Mrs, Pinley Cflrtwrlght. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Daniels and children visited Mr. Daniels' parents In Little Rock during the holidays. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shlppen and children of Lake Providence, La., accompanied his mother, Mrs. Ed Shlpnen. home after she visited in their home during the Christmas liolldavs. Thev will share their vis- It with Mrs. Shlppen's mother, Mrs. A. F. Williams, and family. Mr. and Mrs. Oeorr-c Dovle and small daughter of Sikeston were week end pue.sts of Mrs. Doi'le, Sr. and Miss Martorie Doyle. Mr. nnd Mrs. Prank Potter of Parngould were Osceola visitors during Ihe holiday season. Mrs. Sam Bowen of l.nxora entered the Methodist Hospital In Memohls Christmas Day to.under- go surgery. ' • Mr. nnd Mrs. Rex Crain and children were holiday visitors, 'me Grains, former residents of Osceola. are now living in Momnhls. Mr. and Mrs. List Edmondson of Louise. Miss., snent the holidays ivlfh Mr. nnd Mrs, R. D. Mcnrs and famllv nnd Mrs. Elr/nbclh SiU- mnn of Luxora. Mr. and Mrs. Mlddlelon Scrnmcs of Morrilton divided their visit with Mr. nnd Mrs. Hen Butler. Sr.. and Mrs. F.!er,trn Perrin and Jmnllv, when they drove over for the week end. Mr. nnd Mrs. Clarence Wilson and children of Memphis were Osccola visitors during the holidays Mr. nnd Mrs. John T. Dlllard and children of Lake Providence. Ln.. shared their visit with their member hearing anyone make a bad one. The main resolution everybody makes te to be less extravagant during the coming year. That one lasts about 30 days and that's because everybody went In debt up to their cars for Christmas and by February It's all paid up and we all go marching down the same old road and add another charge account lo out already long list. Don't we? I can't. Imagine anything much worse, and especially at this time of year than for boys in Korea to ask through newspapers that someone write to (hem. There are precious few who have no relatives and friends, so somclwdy Is neglecting their duty. Letters mean more to those boys than nil the gifts in the world. Osceolans really went all out in testing their Ingenuity In Christmas decorations this year. Nobody can soy tills town didn't have the spirit. The city of Osccola is to be congrntulaled on the elaborate street decorations. It must have been a hard decision to make for the Judges, appointed by the Garden Club, to make. There were scenes to suit everybody's taste, from a single candle burning In a small window lo (be more spectacular ones. I hate to single out one. but to me Uukle Speck's living room was the mail typical of them all. looking into the room through the picture window with stockings hanging on the fireplace ami a blazing fire making the shiny tree ornaments sparkle made a perfect picture for a child's perfect Christinas. There were no prizes offered for the business houses. If there had been, LAHiis George would have topped them all wllh his Christmas scene. It was beautiful—. It, may sound Incredible, yet it's true that n real sorrow, a heavy burden, n sudden loss, Is borne more bravely nnd with less complaint than are the little petty inconvcn- iences and small worriefi.'Folks us- unlly gripe over little things to ev- cry body they meet but. keep the big things to themselves. Fortunes were made on the two song hits, "Open the Door, Richard," anil "The Tiling," yet, composers nnd counties others probably told their masterpiece fc* ao- cally nothing. Their name. wW frr. M? U( S; I s , long as lhM8 u > ***• but . r " 1bet 'here | 5 nobody who readj this who knows the avthon of thoso' hi* of our Mm« i ror^I never remembered hearing ttxwi Ones to show you. Definition of a nag: A wom»a with no horse sense. Can you remember when ertrr- body had a fig bush In their yard? Longer than I like to recall They were eaten more for their medlcln«i value than for any other reason In their ripe state, when Just gather. cd off the bush, they are especially good for a cough or any weakrws. of the throat, and as the old timers thought, the Juice of a fresh tig would destroy a wart. Speaking of warts, nn old superstition you might want to try Is to prick the wart with n gooseberry thorn. First it mujt bs passed through a wedding ring I guess the wider the band the quicker the wart disappears. There ar« some who can jay a hocus-pocus, while rubbing the wart and presto, the wart's gone. Some, say a little alient prayer and bury and stick nnd stick or a greasy dlshrag, and they vow that's the real way to make them disappear. If you hava no ivarts, you con disregard this paragraph. Very few ot us have patience enough to wall for the things we hope for. King Arthur's round table, which fa preserved at Winchester, England, was modtt round to avoid any disputes about the order In which th« knights should be scaled. Sir Galahad was the one who was awarded the seat "Selge Perilous" as-the one who was worthy to seek and find, the Holy Grail. With all due consideration to the Post Office forces. I hope next year people will wait a little nearer to Christmas to send out their greeting cards. I actually got my first cnrd (his year on Dec. 1. Mayb« greeting card folks will put out » Thanksgiving - Christmas combination for the early birds next year. For those who send theirs a little late, looks as though they walled to see from whom they were going to receive cards before sending thelrm out, and it's not that way at all. Don't forget the pot of hog-Jowl and black-eyed peas tomorrow. First chartered city rn Am«ric» was York, Me., chartered In IMX 406 W. Main fhont 4591 Regular 34.95 Innerspring Mattres For Ihis event only 29.88 10% down oa Term* Words Post-Chrijlma. B.dding Sole bringi yov wonderfully welcome lovlngi on this fine 209-coil moii r0 s,. fl't constructed to give utmost jleeping comfort, with the heavier coils In lhe cenler for tho bes) support. 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