The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 14, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 14, 1953
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, JAN. 14, 19SS OSCEOLA NEWS T T • . * * * * , Wilson trio"Finds Best History Is That of Their Own Experiences T*A lu Inn ~nl.J1.r Ulllnkl....! I.I To he loo colrily historical takes jwiy the warmth of by-gone d»y», ffiut when three native-born daughter! jot together for » Vision ol reminiscing at the Wilson Co-Operative Club Thursday afternoon, history, in the sense school children now-«-d«ys know It, took" on an entirely different meaning. Historical evente in the 'lives of 76 and 80-year-old women doesn't Include why Horace Oreeley advised young men to go west. The things that made history to them back in their younger days lean toward the amusing happening and those ore the things that have kept folk-lore alive since Grimm's (airy tales were formed almost 150 years ago. These three women. Mrs. D o r a fAunt Dotle) Merrell, her sister Mrs. Eva Elklns, and Mrs. John Uzzell (Miss Nettle) are is cule aj » button and are filled with tatei that would, and no, amuse thin younger generation. Aunt Dotte and Miss Nettle are each go years old *-a ">," NeU ' e V ° Wed Aunt Dotle of the three Is only.75, ao ' she more or less took a back seat and turned over the session to the other two and went right on with her Kknlt- llng. Aunt Dotie came to the club dres- Md, "fit to kill" In , h| B •_ »„" , use the word big loosely _ heaver •tit tied under her chin. When she -^•as 30, she got more money for' Christmas than she had even had in her life at one time so she went to Itfemphls on « steamboat and bought "the thing." and paid $20 for It. She was the first woman In Mississippi County, up to that time that had that little sense, so her uncle the late R E. Lee Wilson, told her. 'But. she said, "It's been worth every penny of It because every- time anybody Is looking for a monstrosity to wear for Halloween or , for home-talent plays, the old hat which Is celebrating; It's golden anniversary this year. Is »i ways ln demand." EVERVUOBT «t the club meet- Ing was popping questions it these three and they came up with some mighty good answers. One In the crowd asked Aunt Dotle to tell of her run-a-w«y marriage. At lhat time, she was ilvln* at Bardstown where square -,- dancinj and .Fourth of July picnics were originated. "I met my future husband at one of these all-day affairs. I was quite young _ r „„„.(, SBy exactly how ycung, but too young to marry — so we waited \mtll I was n and. decided we wouldn't w»lt any longer. W-. drove In . bulgy -naturally," sh« Informed us, "to » Gilmore and caught the train ther« to Jonesboro. There were no mil- roads here then »nd .nyway we v.anted to throw everybody off the track so we chose Jonesboro as the place to go. My husband asked Joe Ward and two of Speck's men to pec go with us. When we ^l r h W " Sun<!i> 5- »n dn t by a marriage license reached we se. There T was. a young. Rreen country gin with three men . I didn't ake the time when we left home '° "«" ™»l -'on? « comb . n d brush. All I had In the world with me * a f. »"•"• r ''as wearing, and It didn't look like a wedding dre«. It was g big green pIMd gingham dress and school-girl my rB , r „,„, fashion, tied , e o ends with faded out ribbons. ' . * predicament a night In my "I was really In I had never spent „ ,„„„,, , n my life In a hotel anrt there r was half way. across the state of Arkansas with three men and wasn't married ta any of them." smiled Auiint Dotie "I thought daylight would never come. I stayed up all nl<;ht expecting _ any minute to see Uncle Lee walk In my bed room door and I didn't want him to catch me In bed jkwilh my clothes on arid It would F>ave been even worse If r hadn't had them on. We were married bnelit anrt early Ihe next mornin? and went lo Kerrville, Tcnn I guess you might say, on our honeymoon. Those thin g.s weren't heard of in those days."- OUT OF A clear sky, Aunt Dotie looked down at her feet and asked "want lo know why my feet are so big? The only exercise we got In school was going a mile for a "bucket or water. There was »n old tree . . Mrs. John Unell, Mrs. Dora Merrell, Mr.. Ev» Elklns , lhat had fallen across stream we had to cross course, the summer months, were the only months we could attend school, so we. nil went barefoot. "I learned to walk that log by clinching my toes onto the ]ng like a bear would do and it made my fen spread," she smiled when she told about It. "That .was in a little log school at Shady Drove—nobody here Is old enough to remember that outside ol Nettie. This old community was between Wilson and Basj.ett They only had four or five grades so alter I finished (here, I went to Olara Conway School in Memphis." While Mrs. Merrell atlcndcd Shady Grove school.- Mrs. Uzell attended school in McMinnvllle, Tenn.' "We had never been allowed to r,nrite with Ink and when I got to Ihls Memphis school. I wrote everybody back home I could think of. even the .\cgro servants who couldn't read their own names if they saw them in print. "I had really grown up, I thought, and I never see an ink bottle now." Aunt Dotle said, "that It doesn't bring back memories. Things that were so Important ui our young lives seem silly to young people now but this country was a wilderness when we were children and the most lun we ever had was during over/low.?. "Everything dated itself, by overflows and levee breaks." »• * * AUNT DOTIE told of the time she and Mr. Wilson came from Hickory Lake to buy 'a barrel of flour and carried it back in a due- out. Mrs. Uzzell added, "A barre of.flour? I haven't heard of a barrel,of flour since they started put£ ,„ carmed biscuits on the mar- Mrs. Elkins chimed In and asked Aunt Dotie If she remembered the over-flow before her first chllrt was born. "We were eating dinner," began Mrs. Elklns, "and the levee broke not very far away from our home. I was expecting my first baby anj minute'and knew we would have to get away before the'water made it impossible for a doctor to get to my house. Dr. s. A. Clime's mother (Negro doctor who practices at Evadale now) was working for us and she threw all the clothes she could Into »n old trunk anrt Dotie and I started for hiehcr ground/' smiled Mrs. Elklns. "As we went out the front door, the cow had Just had a calf on the front porch but, we didn't take time to worry about that. When we got to Dr. Harrison's house, • we braided slori P eci to rest and he wouldn't let the " s contimle ™ r journey, so we unloaded everything and prepared to stay until afler the baby came We were there three weeks. Those were days when young mothers could sit up in the bed on the ninth day" smiled Mrs, Elklns. "During another overflow," continued Mrs.jslklns, "my house burned and r moved my few belongings I saved in with Mrs. Dan Beall " I nad an old mantle clock lhat (old the day of the week, the months of he year and just about, everything I sucked books so high in Iront 'of the clock they obstructed Ihe face entirely and a* time didn't mean anything in those clays only to know when Sunday came, I gal up bright and early one morning and dirt my washing and found out the next day I hart washed on Sunday. "OUR TAUENTS died when we were quite young." continued Mrs Elfcins. "I was three anrt Dottle was eight when our father died. We lost our mother the following year our mother was the former Victoria Wilson, sister of H, E. Lee Wilson. When her daughter was born she was named Victoria and the last Victoria In the family so-far as Victoria Wesson, great granddaughter of Uncle Lee. so you can see how Ihe name of Victoria, Ark., came about." Mrs. Elklns continued, "Our lather was Dr. J. r. Davles, j r . Before the Civil War, he lived In Greene County. Ark., and was elected lo represent his district in the, slate senate. He came to Mississippi County right after the war and practiced medicine and csiabllshcd a store. He first came to Mississippi County as a small boy *lih his father ,who also was a doctor from Virginia. i "But don't »sk me," chimed In i Aunt Dolie, "why he left Mississippi' County and went over to Greene County. But he came back hers after the Civil War, that I know, and I'm glad." Mrs. Uzzell and Mrs. Merrell attended Wnrd-Belmont College In Nashville as young girls. They nave , been close friends down through their so years. Mrs. Uzzell played the ' piano. I Relating experience* at Ward- Belmont, Aunt Dotie told of how Miss Nettie would undress every night, "put on her berllflletl nightgown and, as these young folks say smiled Aunt Dotie. "we all had jam session. "BACK THEN, parents of the BLYTHEVILLE (ARK,)' COUBIER NEWS rlrls In boarding school* thought their daughters were .starving to death away from home and they would send food to the school In trunks. The girls In turned tilled the old trunk with their soiled clothes and sent them back home lor the old Negro wash-woman 'to do up' for them. "We had what we called 'Dutch treats' in «, me of (he girls rooms every night but they nil would up in Nettie's and my room ns tier father bought her a piano and we had it in our room when we got to Ward -nolmont. By the way, Netllc" continued Aunt Dotie, "how aboiit knocking us oil a number or two?" It took an awful lot of coaxim; but Miss Nettie walked over to Ihe baby gland ptnno In the club room and turned to her audience and said, "You have Keen (hat old ad m a magazine. 'They all lauehed when 1 sat down to play,' well this is lhat art in the flesh." She first apologized abnut her stiff flngeiK and she hadnf played In years but she gave the group the surprise of their lives when she started playing. The music wasn't familiar, but her tempo wax perfect. She dirt herself proud with her unique- bass arrangement find (he more she played the brighter the eparkle in the eyes of those thre Mrs. Merrell, who wns the club's first president, related how she got the building from Mr. Lee for their club house. The building.wns an old school almnst at Ihe 6 ( nge O f / n) |. ing down when she approached him on the Idea of donating (lie building to the ladles of Wilson and community. "KVF.N THOUGH the building was not being used." paid Mrs. Merrell, "Uncle Lee was as stubborn M an old mule about giving It to us but 1 npproachecl him every time he came home until flnnlly he gave in wjth an order thai went with it —for me' to' keep my mouth shut. We got the building and when he saw how hard we worked to make It attractive, he was always anxious to help us improve it. "At first we held big dances In it to raise funds but we soon learned the dances were doing more harm lo our building than (hey w e r o doing good, so we had to quit that." Of course, everyone wanted to know how Mrs. Merrcll became the mayor of Wilson. She smiled and said that Mr. Wilson bestowed that title on her because she was always doing something *"m^rove "^ famlu- ^,^^^7^, tUle C sfucr" ntl thC toW " and thC Pr ° miscd -I cou'rt c±c tack .t Dotie low of how Mrs. MerreH smUed and said she a^diTfere^t type ^SriV,? "''r would undress every officially took over during World civ War ancI eiVlv ?i«™hn t V i her berllflled night- War I. she hated to sen tl,» !,„„« ,,„, .L., ?,?,.'".'? s lc » m ? oat st °- :ome home from wa^Va town thTt JTth. Var y dav' M,£°?C h±r° ^ e Jr ,""i- d '"»•»?''«•. * ™ii-b2t'.ft£ 5 were Inv iinmes so she got busy and shrub heAv,, « If T . K . *.°i!™ u Wlth 1>ri y i " "" «" niternnon 01 cnterlalnmenl ^^"D^nfthr^^iison S'^ * ^ '" "^ ^ PAGE SEVEN STARR GAZING swing. 1 cnllcd at a house In town to write up a party..The maid, who is practically a member of Ihe family, answered the phone and I asked vaicmme lo talk with Mrs. "So.anct-So." The time lo get "Th?t you, Miss nbttye Nolle?" j^nA&s &&3S3&S3 con *h& had prepared for the "wnmenses." I asked her who won high score and she told me, "Mis. 1 ! 'So nnrt So 1 did, I'm pretty sho', case I saw her putting a handful of money In her purse." I asked her next about (he flower arrangements, mid she (old me they rtlrin't have nothing but some if those vines they call, "filly dllltcs." T wouldn't dare mention names but I'll give Just- one guess to anybody who rtcc-sn't already know the'maid In question. ' Don't marry a girl becnixe she look? sensible, bemuse a sensible girl has more sense thnn to look sensible. People could live on mighty little If il wasn't for those Jones. It Isn't tying himself to one worn- an that n man dreads when he thinks of maiTlape. it's separating himself from all (he others. If sou Just knew whnl. attractive containers the lops from lotion bot- lles mnke for miniature flower arrangements, you'd probably go 'round hunting (hem. You also would buy your next bottle ol In. tlon Just for Ib nltr.-icllve stoop«r Use (hem on a slclc Iray and see how fast your patient recovers. The reason our language is called (he "mother tongue." Is because father so sQlrtmn In a wnrrt. nov. Is quite different than It was - « „,„ u C| ,r CfS | O n in: back when old shoes were dumped, lowed (he panic of 181)3 Thr in front of the store, when she he- '" gan her crusade on cleaning up the the town. "The old shoe denl is what really ;ave me tho inspiration," she continued. "When a customer bought a new pair ol shoes they threw their old ones away which happened to be on our only street nnd that sickened me so that wns the beginning." The three ladles have so much so- ries that filled Mississippi County they guests Just lor an afternoon of cnterlalnmen ' January "fight" sales are In fu . . •* ..... "•• """M'rus piajuea but a* everything eke changes as grow older, and planting sweet , now fi Ihe time, and don't put It off You know It does make sense bc'cau™ hot wcalher Is definitely not sweet pea weather. In Bismarck, N. D,, there is a nnu- We garage attached to „ house with His" and "Hers" painted on Ihe respective doors. "Hers 1 Is two feet wider Hint to the wives! Whether you ndmll It or but. we nil live by faith not, how . ••' - "3 mill j iff MOW else coujrf ,,.„ hnv<- learned (o walk, lalk, got a job or believe In our children? These things don't develop from doubt. The art of life Is rtmre like (he wrestler's art thnn the dancer's In Ihls respect: that It should stnnd retidy and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and imcxpccled. U (iicrn Is loinclxulv in ih r worlrl .vou would like to te like, observe the things they nvold anrt'the kind of Ihitifis they pursue nnrt you woi-'l i have any trouble In rendilng your coal. You might direow though that fellow Is doing the same thing and necp down under, you wouldn't ssvap plnccs with him II you could, j Cow's Army Is a familiar name I lo everybody but (here am. lots of people who Ihlnk It Is comwctert with war. Here's how it got start- i •"•; Coxey'i Army, led by Jacob : Icner Coxey, wns a Broun ol 5(10 unemployed men who marched from MiiMjllon, O. to Washington, n. c . during the depression that followed (he panic of 181)3. Thry n-cnl I :o present, a, petition to Congress i asking for measures to relieve their light. Tholr leader arranged for a I good roarts bill to be Introduced lo 1 Congress, which' If passed, would J assure employment. The march end- ! ed when the leaders were arrested ' for [i— ' — -• -• — lawn. On the Social Side... Seoul Council M'«t« The adult leaders of Soulh Mississippi County District Boy Scout Council met at the Rustic inn Thursday night where Ihcy had dinner and made plans for 1053 Scout activities. Bob Morrow, chairman, presided at the meeting, Plans were made to re-m'gan™ and arid new units to the Cfcreoln movement. The Jamboree which is to be held in California this summer wns discussed. DrliU« Club Mcels Mrs. Ed Simmons and Mrs. Billy Prazlnr playfd with the Tuesday ntshl bridge club when It met at the home of Mrs. Wade Quinn for n ravioli supper. Mrs. Bill Walters won hlph score In the bridge game while Mrs, Melrln Rprrk won second. Mrs. Sejtravco Hnstrsi Dark lavcnrtar starched crochet place mats wllh pale Invendnr n'np- klns formed a contrast with the epcwne filled with fruits, which centered Ihe table when the Wednesday afternoon bridge club met with Mi*. Edward Scgraves. All members were present. Mrs. Danel! Crane won hiRh score dur- Ine the afternoon of bridge. C. of 0. Directors Mi'ct All members were present Wed- ncsday mornlne when the director of the Chamber of Commerce had a meeting to discuss the annual banquet to be held at (he library building Jan. 27. • Harold Ohlenriorf, president, presided over the meeting, which was held'at the Rustic Inn. Jin) Hyatt nnd Mr. ohlendorl were named chairmen to obtain a speaker for the night. Herbert Hobbs will be In. charge of the arrangements. Bob Morrow Is chairman of Ihe sales of tickets for (he banquet. Steve Bowker and Ray Mann are on the finance committee and are heading (he membership drive. Personals Mr .and Mrs. Owen Mawle have iiamod their new daughter Camille Danielle. The little K i ri ano ner mother are receiving /rlends since they were brought home from St. Jwenh's Hospital in Memphis. Mr. and Mrs, Charles Wlygul attended an automobile convention In Chicago last week. Mr. nnrl Mrs. Mitchell Moore wer« Little Rock visitors last week. Susan Shnlnberg and Ida Lew of Memphis visited Lyn Wclnbcrg "last week, ' Mrs. noland nnoth is a patient in Methodise Hospital. Memphis. s trespassing on the White House You're an old timer II you remember Mary Plckford in "Tess of the Storm Country." She Is celebrating her Both birthday this year. The first film she ever made was at the age of 1(5. and Its tide was "Her First BfeculU." 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Naturally, this spectacular new V8 has KMt/maittr, ofihiul at txtra cost en ether Stria. been proved - by eight years of developing, testing, improving, perfecting - and by more than a million miles of'driving through desert, mountains, cities and plains. Only then did Buick engineers mark it: Released for Production. Out these hard-to-plcase engineers gave these Golden Anniversary Buicks far more than new power. They gave them, loo, a still finer ride, more superb comfort, new braking power and handling casc-nnd a sensational new Twin.Turbine Dynaflow Drive* that adds new quiet and whip-fast getaway to absolute smoothness. Nothing, we believe, will do more justice to your automobile dollars - or to your love of magnificent molonng-than a visit to us right now. Televiiion (real — t/i« 8UICK CIRCUS HOU* — tvtry fourth Tuesday. THE GRLATEST I INSQGBtATYfARS WHEN BETTER AUTOMOBILES ARE BURT BUICK Will BUIID THEM LANGSTON-McWATERS BUICK Co!, Walnut*Broadway,Phone 4555

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