The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 4, 1949 · Page 30
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 30

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 4, 1949
Page 30
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PAGE JTOUHTKKN BLYl'HKVJLLK (AKK..J UJUKUliK City's Aviation Boon to Farmers Army Air Base Put to New Use Businettmen, Too Find Flying Big Aid in Filling Orders By A. A. Fredricfcson Courier i:*wi Staff Writer Given impetus by the last- war, Interest In aviation in Blytheville hu grown by leaps and bounds during the pest half decade and has, * number of agricultural and business applications that overshadow the "flying for fun" aspect. Although,there was aviation activity In Blytheville in pre-war years, establishment of an air base here by tht Air Force not only multiplied Interest in flying but resulted In facilities that has put the city . on the : aviation maps. Not only did tiie Air Force base increase Interest In. aviation' but It also led many Army fliers to establish homes in Blytheville after having been stationed here during the war. And in addition to pleasure flying, aviation has had a pronounced effect on agriculture and business In the Blythevllle area. The application of the aviation to agriculture In the form of crop- dUftinr and cotton defoliation has reduced costs of farming and in- creued farm profit! thtrough the resultant growing of riore and better crop?. Every fall the air Is filled with tho roar of low-flying airplanes " swooping low over cotton and soybean fields and spreading protective clouds of Insect poison. Later, after cotton has achieved most of its growth, the!planes return to , the fields to spread the defoliant which strips leaves from the stalks, Giving the bolls the . added sunlight causes them to open fully and making picking easier. It also reduced the amount of trash In picked cotton, f specially when mechanical pickers are used. Businessmen, too, find that aviation Is an aid, especially when their work covers a large teritoiy. Flights to attend out-of-town business conferences, to close negotiations and to obtain hard-to-get parts or merchandise are made to advantage by businessmen pilots of this area. They point out that in addition to the time saved many light planes today can be operated at no more cost per mile than a car. Filers Trained Here For those who want to learn to fly, there Is a flying school here that offers training leading to four grades of pilots' licenses. This flight Instruction Is given by Blythevllle Flying Service, which is llcensed'by the Civil Aeronautics Administration to offer courses leading to private and commercial licenses and Instructors and multl-' engine pilots' ratines. Blytheville Flying Service also provides charter plane service. It is operated by W. Hicks Yarbrougli and Lee Richardson, Jr. Mr. Richardson is a" OAA-ncensed A As E (aircraft a n d engines) mechanic and holds a DAMI rating (designated aircraft and maintahence Inspector.) with these rating, he Is authorized to re-license airplanes and make CAA-requlred inspections. Mr. Yarbrough Is licensed to give four types o! pilots' instruction. There are three crop-dusting firms In operation at the Blytheville Municipal Airport. These are Planters Flying Service, operated by Fred stcadmon; otto Scrape's Agricultural Service; and National Aero Crop Service, operated by Bill Hutson. A fourth is operated by Bill Brody near Annorel. : Two dealerships in airplanes: are fouiid here. These are for Piper Cub and Stlnson aircraft, both sold through Blytheville plying Service. Largest Field in Area ••'•._:• Airport facilities at Blythevilie Municipal Airport and the field Itself are the largest and most com- pleU between 6t. Ixmlj and Memphis. Four large hamjeis provide adequate plane and parts storage and classroom space. Complete firefighting equipment is on hand. Aviation gas of 80 and 91 octane ratings are available. •Hie northeast-southwest runway Is lighted each night. The airport Is rated 3.1 a CAA Intermediate field. There are four concrete runways, each 5.000 feet long and 250 feet wide. The other runways can be lighted at'night oii request. Tho concrete aircraft parking area Is approximately 500' by 150 feet. Plans for a $40.000 administration building have been submitted to federal authorities In Port Worth for approval ami a contract Is to be let when this approval Is obtained. The two-story building will be built on a split-cost basis with the city providing half the funds and Ihe government the remainder. City officials have expressed hope that construction of this administration building will have a favorable effect on efforts lo obtain airline service for Blytheville. Airline Service Sought A move has been underway for several years to make Blytheville a stop for airline service. Application of Park Air Seiice, East St. Louis,''III., Chicago and Southern and other airlines have been pending before the Civil Aeronautics Board but to dale no routes have been awarded. Marshal] Blackard w a s named airport manager in May and Eugene R. Dickinson was appointed head of ihe airport's maintenance department. Private plane owners who base, their aircraft at the airport include Ernest Halsell. Harold Sudbury, C.V. Seabugh, Dr. L. l>. Hubener, W. O. Reeves. Russell Hays, E.M. Regenold, Ira Hay Gill, Harold Wright, Eugene Smith .Charles Bil- ner. • ; Tiie Aero Club Inc., of Blytheville, consisting of pcrc'v A. Wrlyht, M. D. Tullos, Arthur Fields, Mike Scorch for Flies in Moscow, Ida., Reveals Only Three in Entire City By AL r. BARAKMAN \i;A Special Correspondent MOSCOW, Idaho —(NBA)— It is not exnclly accurate to say there are no files In Moscow, Idaho. Dr. W. Earl Shull, an entomologist who has gained lame In thesu parts, has been diligently search-, ing for houscflles all summer' In the Moscow area, which covers a radius of 200 miles. "I've found just three," he now reports. Keverthele;;. it Is just as hard to tell fly-swatters here after Or. Sliull's search as it has been for the past three years, whe this (own of 8,500 got into (he limelight by making the housefly as rare in Moscow, Idaho, as an American In Moscow,' Russia. Back in 1316, Dr. Shull, then head of the department of entomology at the University of Idaho, became convinced that the house fly could be eliminated, or almost so, from the earth. Shiill's formula was simple. A con cent rn lion of the new insecticide. DPT, and water. By seeking out t h e breeding places of the pests and through general spraying practices on nearly every lot. occupied or vacant, In the community, Dr. Shull and hfs associates were able to say/ with a great measure of accuracy: "There are no flies In Moscow." ' That statement became the byword o f numerous stories about the scientific experiment. Queries concerning the "No Flies" campaign piled up so high Dr. Shull Home Folks! LION OIL COMPANY'S Yates, Harry Weedman and Sam Owens keeps its plane at the Severn! out-of-town pilots also base their planes at the airport An- j other pilot, Charles 'Rose, keeps hfs plane on his plantation at , RosElanrt but does most of his 'flying from the Blyiheville field resigned his university position and went into the business of shooting flies for good in his home town of Moscow, in Idaho and throughout the nation. • His methods are being practiced even in foreign nations now, «1- Ihough there has been no report on the flies hi Moscow, Russia. Belated. Conscience NEW YORK —dPl— John Little manager of a New York Hotel, recently received a special -'elivery insured package without V return address marked "rush " ;t contained a complete place setting for four packed in a cracker box. The silver belonged to the hotel. But i It was of a type that had not 'been usea in six years. : Movie-Goers Find Variety In Blytheville Approximately 15,000 people trek to Blythevllle theaters each week to see the current "best sellers" retold in pictures or Just to get their minds off the work-a-day world. During the past year there's been something new under the stars in the'theater line and now when they are so minded Blytheville residents do not even have to leave their cars to take in the latest In theater entertainment. The newest In that line is the "Star View" operated by w. li Moxley on Highway 61 South, which opened September 27. Also added this year In early July, was the "Skyline" on Highway 61 North, which will accommodate 400 cars at each showing. " . . It stands to reason that the fellow who tries to make all the shows in town will be quite the busy fellow, for during a week there will be approximately 20 different shows Ten Drug Stores BlyHi«vitU Concerns Fill Prescription Needs for Wide Area Blytheville druggists fill more than doctors' prescriptions and could well ballyhoo "from soup to nuts" and let Its customers take it literally, because most of the ten drug stores here have snack counters, safety pins, or sal hepatica. The druggists of Blythevllle also carry complete lines of cosmetics, perfumes, fountain pens, and costume jewelry. . : To add to their services, druggists are librarians as well as nurses. to attract theater-goers. Some theaters have four shows a week, while others have five plus an owl show. The two down-town shows, operated by o. W. McCut- clien, will seat between 1400 and 1600 at a time, and the others are somewhat smaller. Mi. Moxley operates the Mox Theater, and the Savoy theater for Negroes, and the "Skyline" Drive- In is owned by Pete Robertson of Caruthersville. «nd, inevitably th» drug atore noc* where the comic* ar» on dlspJaT^T one of the most Popular hangout, of tho youngsters. The latest comer In the drug* 1st field here Is Ralph NichoU whooo- ened Klchols Drug store, 437 w21t Main .little over a year ago. ' Among the druggist* here arc th« Kirby Brothers who operate three drug stores in Blythevllle—at Main and Broadway,. 200 West Main and Main and Division. Three big stores with surgical - supplies, cosmetics and the fountain, of course. The Rexall brand of drugs, or Owens Drug Store at 300 We»t Main features service with a saving, other druggists include Barney's Drug Store operated by Barney Crook at 2006 W. Main, City Drug at 101 E Main, operated by Robert I. Thompson, Woods Drug Store at 210 West Main and Rothrock Drug Comnanv at 205 West Main. ^ y Cooperating with the postal service there is always a stamp and a, postcard available, dental floss, QSA new kind of shampoo, oh, but'fov* ready-to-wear department, and they're something like condensed department stores, ' "Man Wilh Iron Hand" Henri de Tonti, explorer of the Mississippi valley associated with La Salie, was known as "the man with the..iron hand" from his having replaced an arm lost in battle with an artificial one of metal. CUSTOMERS, (EMPLOYEES At MEAD'S In Step With PAJAMAS ^ . • . . • . ' ' . .• Fine Quality-Nationally Advertised Stripes and Fancy Patterns SOUTHERN RIVER TUG PILOT-He uses an old way to bring new products He's almost "Old Man River" himself—this Southern river tug pilot. He's as familiar with every current and eddy ... every twist and turn on his course... as you are with the landmarks on your way home. And, although he's engaged in a method of transportation that is as old as the South itself, his modern tug is bringing new products to us all. Examine the cargoes which his tug tows today, and you'll see what a vital link the Southern river tug pilot is, in the commerce of the South. Yes, he is doing a big job.; ; by adding new efficiency to a time-tested transportation system: And Lion Oil Company is glad it can lend a hand lo this Good Neighbor by supplying him with the fuel his tug requires. .. and by helping to supply the oil that turns the wheels of Southern industry that manufactures the products he transports. Throughout the South, you'll find that Lion's independent dealers, employees and stockholders are proud of their part in making their ' company, first of all, a Good Neighbor .. ."Home Folks.^ LION OIL COMPANY IL DORADO; ARKANSAS LION OIL MAKES THESE LEADING PRODUCTS . . . f.,r.l... : M.U* G«oft»,.Man. G...*.,«,.«.Tr«l<,r Fuol °£«l F«l • Hwfea Oil, . Heavy Fu.l Oil, . 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