The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 16, 1951 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 16, 1951
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PAGE TWO BLYTHEVIU.K (ATUU COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1951 Three Arkansas Women Convert Rundown Land into Modern Farm By BARLEY PER SHIN O j LITTLE ROCK. Oct. 16, (fl 1 )—A : 67-acre tract of land once covered with underbrush and brambles now is a thriving livestock farm worked and managed by three career women. And the change hoc been made in Uttte more than three years' time, Two of the operators—Mrs. Dorothy Orr, a war widow, and Meltaa Ashmore—were city born. They hadn't epent more thnn an afternoon on a farm until they took over "operation blister"—their pet name for the experiment in country lile. Mary Patton, who was reared on a farm, completes the trio. The project grew out of the friendship between Miss Aslimore, at that time an assistant credit manager In a furniture store, and Miss Patton, a nurse. They met in 1944 when Miss Ashmore wns a pa (lent in the hospital in which Miss pAtton was In trnSnlnp. Friendship Developed They quickly developed a close friendship, eventually shnrtnp n i i apartment, automobile and bank account. in 19-17, they decided to invest their savings. Thats how "operation blister 1 ' developed. Like most farmers who can't forget the advantage. 1 ? of country llv- in', Miss Patton started encouraging her roommate to move out of the city. They read newspaper ads. Finally, they came across one listing a farm 23 miles north ot here. It turned out to be a tract of worn- out soil with a weatherbeaten, three-room house and a shallow well, There was an abundance of weeds and underbrush. She Wanted It Even In that condition,, Mtes Fatton knew It was what she wanted. Se began a talking campaign. By the next day, she had succcdccl In "selling" Mls$ Ashmore, They withdrew part of their savings and bought the place. During their bout .fcllh deeds, abstracts and other legal papers necessary in real estate transactions, they met Mrs- Orr, secretary to the Little Rock attorney who handled the matter. Mrs. Orr, whose husband was killed during World War Two, became Irierested In the project ami it wasn't long before she had Joined in the venture. She was a,welcome addition because her hobby Is carpentry. To get the operation rolling, the trio rented the place to a tenant farmer- He planted cotton. In the meantime, the girls set, out", lp, - enlarge the three - room hou^e. With the a id' 1 of the tenbnt, who did the heavy lifting, t h e dwelling was expanded to six rooms and bath. The owners did all the carpentry, painting, plastering, in stallation of plumbing and trimming. They turned the run-down living quarters Into a modern, ranch-style house, complete with pine-paneled den. The work was done in the evenings—the girls still hnd regular jobs in the city—on weekends and during vacations. After completing the house—the Job required several months—they next built a two-car garage, with attached living quarter.'* - Fruit Trees Set Out They also (a) set out 15 fntlt trees, (b> planted 2,500 strawberry plants, (c) bought chickens, (ri) bought a. cow, <e) dug a deep wcV and (f) built a concrete block pump house. The tenant lost his 19-17 nnd 1948 cotton crops through drouth am eventually moved. This resulted ir a change. The farm was converted at the suggestion of the Soil Conservation Service, into pasturage for grazing livestock. The sun-baked soil was rehabilitated after It was fertilized nnd planted to clover, oats nnd hay. Part of the crcps were sold. The girls took over complete charge last year. Miss Ashmore, the city-bred gal, quit her job to remain on the farm and keep it going, thus taking on ft new career. Head by Arcldrnl "I sorta became official head ol the household by accident," she recalled. * "The federal census taker came by one day and asked who was in charge. I was the only one there, so I became it. I've been handling the budget, cooking and planning: the meals and running the house ever since." At this point, her associates chimed in with: "And she's doing a pretty good job. tco, especially on cooking and especially for someone who'd never done anything more than Iry an egg or make a pot of coffee before going to farming." At one time the three career girts considered chucking the farm for & house trailer and a life of travel. That was after their cotton had 'ailed and work on the farm plied up. Hut after changing over-to cover crop they decided the farm was the PET-TY LARCENY — With pennies Celling scarce, organ- grinder Tony Camp;mardo's monkey finds a solution in helping himself to ibe contents of a youngster's pocket while making his rounds in Philadelphia, It was all part of the lun at the C ' -_:'.mil Hill Main Street Fair. 3oysBurnCross — Nothing F/se to Do—Busy /or Six Months Now, Judge Says NASHVILLE, Tcnn., Oct. 16. (fi'i Four boys, nil 18, who burned n crvss Sunday night "because we had nothing else to do," will be busy on Sunday nights for the nex t six months. City Judge Andrew J, Doyle fined the quartet $50 but suspended sentence on condition they attend church service every Sunday night tor six months. If they fall to bring a statement proving their "attendance to court each Monday , the suspension is revoked. sest place after all. They've raised 10 head ol b««I •attic so Jar and plan to buy 20 nore this year and next spring. Their land will provide food for 30 beef cattle and that Is their goal. They've packed their freezing unit with vegetables and meat. Their strawberry patch brings nice profit and there 1* cash for heir community pockclbook from sale of EBBS, milk and butter —' with plenty of those items for their own use. Ffihlnf Pond Slacked For recreation, the Orr-Patton- Ashmore trio has converted three acres of Innd into a fishing pond nnd stocked It with bass, bream and crapple, They hope lo have ish of keeping size by next spring"The bruss already arc 13 Inches ,nng," reported Mrs. Orr. who also is handy with a rod nnd reel. She can hardly wait fcr spring. Another activity i.s church work- All three women belong to the icarby Davis Chapel Baptist church, nelwccn construction projects on ic farm, they pitched in and helped build a new church house, Mrs. Orr and Miss Patton are looking toward the time when they; can quit their Jobs and move to the' fnrm. That move Ls about two years away. Thej Wouldn't SHI Would ihey sell out now? "Not on a bet," said Miss Patton. "Don't let anyone tell you that a farm is the place for peace and quiet—-especially this place"We came here thinking thai. Now we're lucky if we have a night at home. ''All our friends from the city romft out to visit and then there are a tot of new-found Iricnris in the community to drop in for a chat," Trade life on the farm for the city again? This lime, Mrs, Orr and Miss Ashrnore Joined Miss Patton in exclaiming: "Not on a bet!" . I Lemons Presents Beautiful New Living Room Pieces In French Provincial Authentic Styling By Stotesville - Ross .... Truly the finest in quality and workmanship. All exposed parts solid Honduras Mahogany, Perfectly finished in Fruitwood Color. Exclusively at Lemons in Blytheville* Japs Announce Depurging of War Criminals TOKYO, Oct. IB. 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