The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 1, 1951 · Page 13
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PAGR FOURTEEN BLYTHEVTLLE (ARTC.) COTTRTEB NEWS THURSDAY,'NOVEMBER I, I ! i 1 Osceola Women Recoil Early Life In County Brides of Yesteryear Look Back On Marriages, Good Old Days TEA FOR SIX— Mrs, Ida Tucker pours while five of her friends look on. The group represents some of Osceola's oldest families. In the group are Mrs. P. J. Semmes, Mrs W. B .Flannlgfin, Mrs. Lan Williams, Mrs. John White and Mrs Nora Borum. ever came to having a church wee ding — they were a rarity then — w: when Mis. Jnhn White married. it follows." i When she came to'Osceoli, she Id h«r "wedding dre,=:" to a'Ne- o woman by the name of "Duck" ho lived on the farm. Duck still ves in Osceola. It is :ald that Duck gambled all Sht Saturday 'in Mrs. White's eddlng dress, "churched" in It on unday and picked cotton In It all eelc. Mrs. While remarked she never card the word, "divorce." until she ame to Arkansas, but "by George, believe in (hem now. "If 1 fall down flat on my face, don't think I should lie there In Mrs, nannlgin't honor. She taught the class for U years. She will be 80 on Feb. 11 and has two daughters, Mrs. John Edrlng- ton and Mrs. Madeline Campbell, both living in Osceola. A true native daughter Is Mrs. P. J. Semmes, She was born and married In Oeceola and her children. Murry Sernmes, P. J. Semmes and Mrs. Maggie Barblers, were born In Cfeceola, She was "brought up" in the Methodist Church, but was married by a Catholic monk. She has never lived in any other •ithout trying to do something tovvn but Oceola and, as she said letter the next time. "And that's exactly how I ibout a marriage," Good Farmer, Too feel OSCEOLA NEWS By Bettye N«lle Starr bout it. I'd try to gefup and dq! h , as never ™»t«<l W live any other 1 j place. ! As she said It, her expression seemed to ask, '"Why should anybody want to live any other place? 1 ' . Mrs. Semmes, who will be 83 Jan. Mrs. White Is as good a farmer j 2 5, still holds her regular appolnt- UxJay. friends say, as her two sons, i men t a t the beauty shop. Godfrey and Jap. I she does her own shopping and They come to her for advice and j Wa]k5 from her home to the bU5i . ' new district. In her conversation, she told us of her marriage license, which was made by Elliott McVeigh who worle- nd was an uncle of Ellictt Sartain. The license was hand printed. attribute much of their success to her. She'll be 19 on Christmas day and maybe that accounts, in part, 'or her wisdom. Mrs. K^annigan's wedding was performed at the minister's home in McCleansboro, III., in August, 1891. Instead of a reception, a large family dinner was given by her parents. The following day. the groom's parenLs gave a family dinner which was called ''inn fare" according to Mrs. Flannigan. After the two dinners, they spent their honeymoon in McCleansboro, attending the county fair and staying at. the hotel. Wedding dresses were not of fra- By BETTYE NELLE STAKH ; Even if you knew them well, you would have to walk in on one of their frequent visits to the home of a member of this circle of friends to get the kick we ditl in listening in on their reminiscing, and that's just how we got the above picture. As cute and witty an they nrc now. they must have really swept the young blades off their feet back in the "gilt and red plush" era. We stopped In at the home of Mrs, Ida Tucker . . , Just in time for a cup of tea. Seated were Mrs. P. J. Semmes, Mrs. W. B. Flannlgnn, Mrs, Nora Borum, Mrs. John White and Mrs. Lan Williams. Mrs, Tucker was pouring. With these six brides of yesteryear there was hound to be a story if we could only pull it out of thorn. In between.sips of ten and passing the Eiignr bowl, they resumed th elr convc rsti tion we so n bru p i\y stopped when we cnmc In, Mrs. Tucker was laughing about *Pcg-LeK George," the old Necro who hod worked for her father. Billy Hale, from the 'time she wns a very small girl. George's worst trouble lay In the fact that he appeared nt any Important- event—drunk. It was hard for him to wrvlk any way, nnd when he got nne too many he not only tried to walk but wanted to dance as well. The day she married, Dec, 13 1696, at high noon, they were going to Memphis on the boat and board a train for St. Louis tor their wed- of 65, thought her wedding hat was; were 50 O&ccolans who had at- the most outstanding event of her j tended the carnival wedding, She laughingly descrilx?ri it as a wide-brimmed grey velvet hat she had made for her In St, Louis. Therefore, she marie friends with j the blRgest part of O.iceoln before .she landed thorn. When the boat landed, they were An old time "protracted meeting" I gii e materials then. They were made t be worn over and over again. Mrs. Flamiigan's dress was of [ It wns laden with nasturtiums in [met by Peyton Honim. a cousin of every coloi and a long metal snake Mr. Boutin. The two ponies he had wound Itself In and out of tlic "flow- hitched to the- surrey could not er garden." She Mild it was so heavy that she coulrt hardly turn her head and to give it a finishing touch, it had long! blnck velvet streamers hanging down the back. Her wedding dress wns In army blue woolen material with bands of 'hHe chiffon beaded in cut steel reads. Mrs, Borum married at a friend's lome, that of Judge and Mrs. H. Livingston, and Just as she nnrt Mr. Borum entered the room the lock struck one. Robert E. Lee Mrs, Borum remarked (hat every ime she hears the .clock strike one, t takes her back to her wedding ny. Following her wedding, which wns n Feb. 23, 1898, they left by train rom Brownsville, Tenn.. for Memphis. They boarded the old Robert E. ce boat in Memphis to come to Osceola to make their home. Mr. Borum had come to Osccola three years previously nnd hart established a Jewelry store. The first (and last, she thinks) Mflrdl Gras ever held in Memphi pull the trunk.s. Mrs. Borum said shn brought one trunk of nothing but &tnrchcd petticoats as no Indy would venture out vithoiit wearing four or five at a ime. Mrs. Borum immediately set up a millncrv nnd dress-making shop n Ok! Town. | She went to the market In St. •outs ami bought her first bill of goods which was only a handful of nerchandisb and it -A:IS weeks coning on the boat. Tiie boats thnt lander! in Osceola id so nt her bank cjoor -inrl when icr merchandise arrived the g-ang- >1ank was placed" where her boxes could slide riftht ; into her store. Mr. and Mrs. Bonnn carried on their two enterprise* together until Mi\ Borum ciicti' in She carried on her ready-to-wear store until 1030.1 Prarticallv every dine ^ip. Feg-Leff Fails The captain on the boat, a Captain Cooper, wns a personal frienc of the family so he Invited ns man guests as the bride nnd proom care< to bdnej along for the trip to Mem phis. The boat landing WEIS a mile above Osceola so Peg-Leg George was sent ahead to drive the wagon carrying the bride's trousseau which had been made in Memphis by Menken's department store ((hat location is now owned by Goldsmith's). Phil A. Halle. Sr.. worked in the store and it was through him that her trousseau was of the very finest. Her wedding dress was a dark I green silk trimmed in gold braid i with hat to match. Her "second dny dress'' was of beice broadcloth. George didn't make It to the boat with all the trunks and suitcases. When they found him he was drunk nnd sound asleep but he had gotten neor en ouch to the landing that j some of the wedding party loaded the luggage. ! Ln> Line Larder ] A loner banniict table, laden as orly tho.=e on (lit? old Lee. Lines, with : the most chlyrate '.verifying supper that ever flrv.iert down the Mi-sis- si~"pi River was wnilin:; for her family r?nd friends. Mrs. Tiu'ker. who wns 81 years old M:rch '23. is thr motl-pr ' nt Hale Jr.c!;;on, rUt-r^fis churc'i regularly ni:d loves pnins: lo .cocinl a flairs. \Vc;"flr.T~? nre nUvays s-mf 1 thine pirl r - never for;::!, so during Mrs. T'"kf-:'.' f-in vs:;ti 'n. memories ref:-:' er; !^ I' 1 -" 1 r'hr-r five Mrr. B~:;mi ,= :ti<n:; :,s erect .inn Qi,'.:ii\"- like r. weII-ju>:^crved lady wns held the day they were mar- was being held In Spartanburg, S.C., her home, Mr. White had been in Osceola for several years, farming In hopes f making enough money to go back o Spartanburg and marry his wee t heart. Things seemed to be getting orsc. tie grew impatient so he lecldcd he would go back to South Carolina and talk to "Gallic" and, f she was willing to marry him nri come to Arkansas, maybe the wo of them could battle It out oge the r. He borrowed a horse and buggy and called on his sweetheart and hey talked it over. It seemed the old horse followed .he road to the church and as they front, the preacher citizen of County knew the name of "The Bonim Store." Keeps Office (tours, Mrs. Dorum 15 retlreri I rom that ried and coming up on the boat business but lias an office where she goes every thy and keeps it open from a a.m. until 6 p.m. And here'. 1 ; a pccict: she v years younp on ^eb. 11. Nearest ;inv of thesr six pullert up in xissedj, Mr. White hailed him and they were married there on the spot. Marriage licenses had never been tirard of in South Carolina and no blood tests had to be made, so no waiting was necessary. Mrs. wnite made up her mine that night that since she married without getting the permission o: her parents. It was up to her to shoulder her responsibilities alone. ThLs is how she put it; "When you run away and marry you certainly can't olame anybody Mrs. Semmes' wedding dress was of dark green taffeta with a huge bustle on the back. 'Her hat was of green velvet with swooping willow plumes. All brides had a second-day dress and Mrs. Semmes remarked that after the second day it didn't matter what you wore for then "you started In being a wife and tha meant staying home and working.' After the wedding, she related there was a banquet given in the old Masonic Hall and after that a Church Group Meets Mrs. Harry Jones presided over the Monday's opening for the week of Prayer and Self-Denial held at the Methodist Church. Mrs, Harold Jones gave an organ prelude and Mrs. John .Edrington sang. Home and foreign projects were presented by Mrs, Jesse Glascoe. The first morning meditation was given by Mrs. Ida Moore with Mrs. C. M. Harwell giving the second, A luncheon was .served at the nurch followed by meditation by Irs. Roland Boothe. A solo given by Mrs. Emmet Dunn nd the service for consecration by Irs. Harry Jones closed the meet- ng. Pitch Club Meets A hot tamale supper and tacky iarty preceded the games of pitch :iven by Mrs. Bettye Nell Slarr Monday night, when she entertain:d the Widows Fitch Club. Mrs. V. C. Colbert took first prize or her "little Eva" interpretation Mrs- Tinsley Driver won high icore in the pitch games and Mrs Bernice Cartwright won second a black satin made with a very full her noncymoon> dance WM |ven al the Ladicfi Ai , , Ha ,, and (hab Lhe exte|lt fl ikirt and a tight bodice. The skirt was long enough, Mrs. ••lannigan stated, to pick up all the germs ,>n the street. Hasty Wedding Youngest girl in this group Ls ] Mrs .J. Lan Williams. She was jus Her hat was a black milan straw,! 7* Sept. «S1, but since she, Is a na severely turned urj on one side and inge red roses cascaded from the other side. She wonders now if its weight caused "cricks" in her'neck. Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan came to Osccola in 1903 by train and boat. They had been here two weeks before their trunks arrived, as high water above Osceola, made it impossible for the boats to run. She laughed over the situation she was in. with small children and no stores to buy ready-made clothing for them. She says her entire family looked as if they had wnlked out of the pages of "Grapes of Wrath," Honored By Class Mr. Flanmgun opened an abstract office In Osceola upon his arrival and made the first complete set ol abstract books in the county. He also drew up the first abstract for the late R. E. Lee Wilson and in so doing helped clarify the latter's holdings. ive daughter, she Is eligible to s n on the regular meetings the gir lave. ' She is the mother of Frank Wiliams and Nancy Lou (Williams) Gillcsple. The law in Arkansas when she :as married required all tnarriag&s to be performed in the city limits, she said. On a beautiful early fall day, September 19, 1891, she and Mr. Williams eloped in a buggy. The city limits was at the extreme east end of what Ls now Semmes Ave.. and they were met there by J. W. Quinn and his son, Earl. While the preacher was perform' ing the ceremony, with Mr. and Mrs. Williams sitting in the buggy the two witnesses, Mr. Quinn anc his son, stood in the middle of the dirt road which was then called the "back road to Luxcra" we're right on that).No parents ever annuled a mar igh. Mr*. Lan rj Host*** Mrs. David Laney entertained the own and Country Club at her ome Tuesday with a dessert follow- by an afternoon of playing ca- asta. All m em bers we re. presen t and Jrs. Guy Driver won high score. Marigolds adorned the dining tale ar.j were set throughout the litertalnlng rooms. Party foods were served. Mr. nnd Mrs. W. J. Driver and fiss Peggy jane Driver are spend- ng a week in Lexington, Va,, as uests of Miss LaLu Driver, who i* ttending school there. Connie Bjorklund Is convalescing t her home from an appendectomy >erformed In Memphis last week. Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Williams and on spent the weekend with Mrs. ". C. Colbert, *t back home after the ceremony. Very few marriages were planned the biggest majority of the young people ran away although not vers far AS a rule. k Mrs. Williams was dressed for th occasion In a white organdie dress with knee-length flounces aroum the bottom and wore a long satii sash that extended to the hem o her dress. After the ceremony they drov around town in the buggy wavin at everyone they saw. In those days, such .a greettn was considered brazen unle.ss th couple was married, so it was In that way that they announced their marriage. Mr, Williams, who was a brother of Mrs. White, had also come from Spartanburg, S.C. ' He came to Osceola as a farmer and followed that career all of his life. At the time of his death, he was president of the Mississippi County Bank. His success was truly an Horatio Alger story and he was one of the most popular men in town. Many currently successful men in the county got their starts from Mr. Williams. One of the greatest pleasures for Mrs. Williams is having a family dinner with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her house. As we ended the Interview (one of the moat pleasant we ever haci), (hope Mrs. White called out to us to make the picture pretty and not make it look like a cemetery asso- 'owan Bank President Since He Was Born DBS MOINES. la. (JPi — Being chosen vice president of the American Banking Association wasn't very exciting for W. Harold Brenon—he's been a bank president all his life. When he was born In 1899 his parents gave him the title of the family-owned bank in Dallas Center, la. His name was on the stationery too. He "took over" from his grandfater who died six years before. ' When he, grew up. however, things didn't come so easy—his first Job was sweeping out the bank. 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