The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 4, 1949 · Page 28
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• f PAGE TTFELVE BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURDER KBW1 ' TUESDAY, OCTOBER I Cemetery Becomes Memorial Park Burial Ground For Pioneers Development Plans Call for Erection Of Monument Later By A. A. Fralrlckson Courier News Staff Writer Results of two years work on an age-old dream were made clearly apparent this summer, hi (he conversion of'the old cemetery site on Chickasawba Avenue from a weed- choked eye-sore to a park which Is to be a memorial to the founder of Blytheville. And-'the planned result will be made even more clear next spring and -summer, when planting of shade trees, flower beds and shrubbery Is scheduled to take place. It all began when a niythcvllle civic club got mad enough about the ; site's appearance to adopt a resolution branding It an "eyesore and a disgrace" lo the city. In 19«. the Dlythcville Lions Club Mart-d the ball rolling on beautifying of the cemetery site, burial ground for more than two score pioneer residents—Including the founder, of the city. Committee Crcafri! After Its Initial p\il>]< i tlon. the resolution went to the City Council. In turn, the aldermen api coved a five-man park committee consisting of Jesse Taylor, Russell Phillips, Alvin Huffman. Jr., Mrs. Ethel Redford and Mrs. B. A. Bugg. The committee Investigate the cemetery situation and early last year submitted a lengthy report to the Ci / Council. Tt was this report that set the pace for the conversion worV The'opening two paragraphs of this report hold the theme of the entire project: "We (the committee) wish to emphasize, that all our plans have in mind tile sacred character of tilts plot of ground and In none of our plans do we lose sight of the fact that it .Is the last resting place of the pioneer ancestry of many of our citizens "Mid we do not, think that it should ever be used as to lose sight of Its,sacred character. "We do not think that any buildings should ever be erected on this ground and we do not think that any excavations, suould be made thereon, but.rather that:It should be transformed Into a spot of quiet dignified beauty, a spot for quiet meditation, of rest and repose and that H-take on the character of a memorial ;nark,-'.-^ - • This report. In this respect particularly, saw eye to eye with the Initial recommendations of the Lions Club in Its 1947 resolution. 700 Yards of Dirt Hairicd " In line with the committee's fe-i port, much ol the work has teen completed. Broken and mislocated grave markers have been removed and tall weeds cut. .Small trees have been trimmed or weeded out entirely. More thai! 1 700 yards of dirt Have been hauled to the site to fill in low spots. A concrete sidewalk has-been built from the northeast corner'to. the southeast corner to replace the dirt path used for years as a short-cul across Hie burial s"e. Plans for future work on completion of the- memorial park Include planting of 30 mimosa trees that wjll form an archway over the new sidewalk. These are to be set out In February. A light fixture Is to be er-cted above the mid point of the aide- walk. The entire park site Is to ' be seeded jvith winter rye grass. About a dozen white concrete benches are. scheduled to be scattered throughout the park. The new sidewalk will be lined with • jonquils, hyasinths or 'other bulbs and the entire area is to bs lined with iris. Monument Is Planned Tt is- planned to place dogwood, redbud, crape myrtle and mock orange In groups near the corners of the area. . : In the future, a monument dedicated to all pioneer residents buried on the site may be erected. Plans already have been submitted for such a monument, on which would be inscribed as nearly as possible all the names of persons buried In old cemetery. Only three grave markers have been left standing on the cemetery site. They were the only ones stiil standing erect and over the propel grave. These monuments mark the graves of the Rev. H. T. Blythc. the founder of Blyf ^villc who died Feb. 13, 1004, at Iho age of 36; A. J. Clark, who was born July 29, 1837, and died J.m. 21, 1002; and J. H. Rainey, who died Nov. 8. 1804, at the age of 11. —Courier News Photos BEFORE AND AFTER—Here is a belorc-and-ai tor comparison of the old cemetery site on Cnickasaw- ba Avenue. In the lower photo Is shown the weed-choked plot before work began on converting it Into a memorial park. The top photo, however, shows the site as It looks today after the weeds were cut. tow spots filled in and a sidewalk built diagonally across it. Tile new sidewalk replaces a dirt, path beaten across the site during the years tt was just a shori-cul trom Chickasawba to Walnut-whon it wasn't too muBcly to use. A light is to be mounted on the pole shown In the top photo Just to tho right ol the grave marker. The 1902. It also can be seen in the center of the lower uhoto.grave of A. J. Clark, pioneer resident who died in monument, one or the three left standing, marts the City Playground Areas Equipped City Purchases Silts And Blyth.vilU "Y" Handles .Supervision Blylheville children this aummer iad the opportunity to make use ot the city's drat ortanlzed §y»tem of playgrounds. Originating In the Chamber 'of Commerce, the playground more got started In March when the City Council created a five-man Park Commission to bandit the project. •.". . The following commlssionera were named to serve these ternu: James Terry, one year; Alvln Huffman, Jr., two years; R. A. Nelson, three years; Rosco Crafton, four years; Rus-sell Hays, Jive ye-rs. Mr.'Oration later was elected ehilrman end Mr. Terry was . named •ecretaiy- :ressurcr. . . • . After a delay caused by »' lack of specific authority under, law to use city funds to purchase real estate for playigrounr'. purposes, such authorization was voted by the City Council after Attorney General ike Murry's office ruled the city incl the power to do so. ' Council Purchases Site* In April, the council appropriated $12,000 for purchase of the playgrounds. The following sites were purchased^ and names assigned .hem: 'Division Street Park—lio by 150 foot plot on the corner of Chickasawba Avenue and Division Street: purchased from Jesse Homer for $7.000. Tom A. Little Park—Two acres on Walnut between First and Franklin Streets: purchased from Tom A Little. Sr., for $15.000. Maloney Park--Two and one-half acres east of the J. W. Maloney home on Clear Lake Road along the old JLC and E railroad; pur^ chased from Mr. Maloney for $2.500. David Acres Park—Two and one- half acr^s In David Acres Subdivision In Southwest. Blythevllle; donated by E. B. David. Fulgham Park—Two-acre plot, at south end of 'Second Street for use as a Negro playground; donated by E. O. Fulgham. Service Council Aids Project Following purchase" of the playground sites, the Commvnlty Service Council launched a drive for $2,300 to buy playground' equipment. More than S1.100 was collected in the" drive and the equipment" wi» ordered. The equipment arrived July 1 and warn Installed duriruj th* following week. • John Staple*, axiiUnt football coach at BlythevllI* High School, wu named •umrar- director of the playground*, which were placed und« the •uperviaion • of the Bl» thevllle •Y.'-He atslated J. p. a»r. rott, 'Y' secretary, aha Mr.; Charles Springsteen, lirector of flrla' actlr-. ItlH for me-'*/. Russell Hays was named by the Park Commission to be 1U peman- Ity Service Councu. In th« 20 jean after UK, Turkej repl script with i , V" «*• L*Un alphabet. »h* published 40,000 books compared to only 30,000 published'during the ent representative brt the Cotomunltwo centuriea before l»a». Connect/cut Still Cuts Some Timber W1NSTEAD. Conn. — W,_ pal from being a "lost art," lumbering still is carried on in this northwestern Connecticut area. For th most part, however, it Is done on a small business basis. Small crews go Into the woods, cut the trees and haul the logs to nearby sawmills. In some Instances this "native lumber" Is sold In the rough state just as it comes from the saw. Hemlock and pine comprise most of the supply, although occasionally a little oak is available. Brazil Has Dream Murder 18- SANTOS, -will —IfPt— An year-old boy killed his lather. lie surrendered to police and told the his mother r.ppcared In a dream imd. ordered him to km him. 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