The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 30, 1952 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1952
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WEDNESDAY, 'APRIL SO, 1952 OSCEOLA NEWS arr * f T if, This Bride Took It Easy in First 25 Years of Her Married Life AH of my life I've wanted to Miake hands with an 85-year-old lady who didn't, have to struggle through her early married life, and at last I have found her. She is Mrs. A. T. Norwood, who makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Victor Mnnn and Mr. Mann. The first 20 years of her married life surely must have been added on in her later years because she Is as spry and alert as I hone I will be at 65. In the first 25 years of Mrs. Norwood's married life, she never made a cup of coffee nor cooked a meal and furthermore, her breakfast was brought to her bed every morning by the son of one of her father's slaves during the civil war. "Servants were so plentiful then that we had one for every task about the house and had stand- Ins, as the modern talk goes, for all our regular servants." Mrs. Norwood said in those days food on their farm was so plentiful that if the servants were given 50 or 75 cents a week and their board that was all they \vere look, Ing for. They came on the job at } daylight and stayed until dark or after. "WE NEVKK HAD to look for'a baby sitter because all the darkies were highly complimented If asked to 'miss' the babies for their old Miss and Masta." Mrs. Norwood was born In Wilson. La., and was the oldest o! seven children and is the only ona of them still living. "All due to a life of ease," laughed Mrs. Norwood. The home sh': was taken to as a bride was a three-story house built n hundred years before she married in 1891. Mrs. Norwood's children and grandchildren grew up on tales told them, woven around that old home. "The darkies thought the house wns haunted, as they think about any unusually big house. When my husband and I first married and went there to spend fourteen years of our lives, we had to take servants that were born and reared on iny father's plantation to come live on the place, "In the summers we lived on the ! second floor and In the winters w? moved down to the first floor. B?.ck in those days, houses didn't hr've cedar lined closets or nowder rooms or even bathrooms. I don't know why we didn't walk ourselves to death in that house as we used the third story for storage and the children loved to play there away from the rest of the family. "Now-a-rtays I guess their parents would think any room where old things were stored would cause the children to develop sinus trouble, hut we didn't know anything about sinus trouble then, and we turned them loose and, they'd in- Imle house dust or road dirt and M'as no worse tor doing it. "I DON'T LIVE in the past and I think that's why I have stayed healthy and young," smiled Mrs. Norwood. I could see what she meant by that for when I stopped by to chat with her she was reading "A Woman Called Fancy," and without her glasses, too. She said she had to read all the talker*, about books so she wouldn't be left out of the conversation where ever > she went, and added: "You know my family all think I'm a big talker and if I didn't read new books and watch television, they might think I'm old." Mrs. Norwood took her first airplane ride when she was 80. and is looking forward to taking n trip this summer. During World War II. she kept house for a granddaughter, Mrs. Russel Chiles in Memphis. She was . Mrs. A. T. Norwood ... the first 25 years were the then 77. Miss Ida Clemmen, food editor of the Commercial Appeal called her one day and snid she had heard what a good cook Mrs Norwood was, and askeci for some of her favorite recipes. Mrs. Norwood gave her several and told her she could use any of them that she wanted. They were all so good, Miss Clenimeus said, that she sent a photographer out and made a picture of Mrs. Norwood in her granddaughter's kitchen. The following week when the family opened the paper, there she was occupying the entire food pn?e and hadn't said a word to her family about • * • "I REALLY GOT a big kick out of their surprise," she said. I reminded Mrs. Norwood she had said she had never cooked a meal for the first 20 years of her married life, and she told me that living in a boll weavil country she finally learned to do anything. "I'll never forget an experience I had when we lost everything Company dropped in one day rieht at dinner time. There were "no stores close by and if there had been there was no such thing th»n as buying a loaf of bread >so I called out in the field to Mr. Norwood to come to the house quick He came running, thinking something had happened to one of the children. I told him company had dropped in, for him to make up some biscuits for me," smiled Mrs Norwood. "You see he Icnrned to cook before I did and I had never tried to make biscuits. I left that for him to do. I can make them now with .my eyes closed." she added. Mrs. Norwood's grandson, Ray Mann, came by while we were talking and asked if "Granny" had told me why she named her first son With a twinkle in her eye. she told Ray to stay out of this, but she thought it was a pretty good story. * " * SHE SAID ,\N old beau of her's crime to see them before the baby was born and she looked at h i n> easiest . . . and thought he was the best looking man she ever saw in her life and half way wished she'd married him instead of Mr. Norwood, But it was too late to be thinking such things then, so she thought the next best thing she could do was to name the baby for him if It was a boy. and it was. "Tirol wasn't wrong, do you think" she asked. We all agree we thought she was right "My husband was awful jealous of me but he liked the name and so it was. "Once there was a big masque rade ball and I wanted to go s< bad but my husband refused to let me, although he went. I made like I had a sick headache when be left without me. but the minuU he left the house, I dressed mysel up and made a mask and got ont of the darkies to drive me to the ball. When I walked out on the ball room floor alone, my hus band came running toward me not knowing it was "r, and immed lately started dancing with me "I had the advantage over hirr as I hud helped him make his cos tume and I knew who he was bu be thought I was home with a headache. "Every time I started dancing with another boy he'i break in on us and I was never rushed so in my life. At midnich when the masks were removed he was so mad at me, I was afraid to go home with him. We had many a laugh for years after tha but he never did go to a dance after that without me right bv his side." MRS. NORWOOD was In an au tomobile accident last year and was pulled out through the wind shield. She was rushed to the hospital but swore all the way there she would n o t spend the night. She was more concerned over the other occupants, all youn" ones, than she wns about herself She received quite a painful in jury but with her stamina she was soon brought back home and A BETTER AWN ING... AT A MASS MARKET PRSCE! • NEW LOW COST • STREAMLINED BEAUTY RUGGED CONSTRUCTION • LEAK PROOF • EASY TO INSTALL COOL IN SUMMER PROTECTION IN WINTER ALUMINUM HIWASSE AWNING HIWASSE A»MNCS girt „„ ' »ini!. mill, ,!,«, k.,1, „,„,. o** lif '. «. ikow ,<„ Ik, h,,. HIWASSF. AWMNCS * protection elftrcd J«. ,-> ,}l*,4' "Hy-wab-see, with the arrowhead label' by AUSTIN & WICKER I 112 South lit St. PAINT, GLASS WALLPAPER Phone 6207 BLYTHEVTLLB f AWM COURTCR NEWS On the Social Side... Bridge Club Mecls Mrs. W. V. Alexander was hostess to her Friday Bridge Club and two guests, Mrs. Billy Fraztcr and Mrs. E. L. Tallnferrs. Arrangements of yellow dulcli iris and yellow tulips were placed ni intervals in (lie living and dining rooms, where the guests were seated at small tables and were served a dessert course preceding the bridge games. Mrs. Frazicr won high score and Mrs, Sam Hodges won second. Pitch Club Meets Mrs. Dick Cromer was hostess to her monthly pitch Club Wednesday with an extra table of guests who were Mrs. J. W. Wlutworth' Mrs. Joplin Hale. Mrs. Harold Ohlendorf and Mrs. D. Ohlendorf Tulips and Iris were u^ed throughout the Cromcr home Mrs Ed Bowles won high score and Mrs' K. O. Bryan won low. Classes Hold Banquet The seventh and eighth grades of the Victoria School held their annual banquet Friday night with 60 students, their sponsors and guests present. The semi-circle Isbtc was centered by a bowl of spring flowers, and each place was marked with football place cards made by tile students. Miss May Densmore and W. P, Ellis sponsored the affair which is one of the largest the school has every spring. Mrs. Driver Entertains All members were present Thursday when Mrs. Guy Driver entertained the Town and Country Canasta Ch'b at her country home for lunch. White iris and white and yellow clutch iris were used for the floral decorations throughout the house. In the games of Canasta that fol- lowed. Mrs. Tal Tongate won hlgl = nd Mrs. Fran. W n,, am5 / 0 ! In mld-aitemonn, Mrs. Drivei served hos d'ouveres and coffee. Give Pilch I'arl.v ,,, Mrs ; Ge ,°'W Doyle and Miss Blanche Clure entertained with pitch parly Saturday afternoon »',. the home of Mrs. Doyle. A desert course and coffee were served pi-e- ceding the game. Mixed flowers were used for dcc- oratlons, Mrs, Ed Shippcn and Mrs. hd Bowles won the prizes. To Attend Convention Mrs^ Lloyd Godley will ] e avc rimrsday for Ft, Smith where she will be a delegate from Chapter "O" of PEO sisterhood. The con- ventlon will convene Friday and Saturday, Leaving there she will go to Oklahoma City for a visit with her son. Lloyd Godley, Jr and Mrs. Gqdley, the former Peecy Jane Driver. Following a visit (here she will go to Woodward. Okla.. for several days where she will attend to business before re- luming home. Personals Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Linn of Arab, Ala., were bouse guests over the week end In (he Frank Sanit- ers home. Mrs. Linn nnd Mrs. Sanders are twin sisters. Ben Dean Hatcher, who is atcnd- ing Memphis State, was at home over the week end. Mrs. Hi Wilson of Dumas. Ark., spent the week end with her mother, Mrs. Earl Wright. Miss Jancttc Bowcn, a student at Southwestern in Memphis spent the week end with her parents. Mr. nnd Mrs. A. W. Dowen. STARR GAZING I think this column is the best spot I could use to thank everybody in Osceola who came to my home or called me Fridaj- when news came of the explosion on the USS St. Paul, the ship my young son is serving on in Korean waters. He was one of the fortunate ones and was not one of the 30 young boys who was killed. Another plug for the Red Cross! Mrs. Madeline Campbell, our local Red Cross executive chairman, didn't stop until she found out lie was safe. Thanks, Madeline;; thanks, friends, and above everything thank God. I know the Garden Club members in Blytheville and Osceola enjoyed the informality of Dor- as she says," I'm still a-kicking." She joined a Methodist church when she was a young girl" because a good-looking young preacher came (o our town and held a revival. I guess I would have joined any church then just as long as the preacher was good looking. I never did like a man that wasn't good looking and I think my husband was the best looking man that ever lived. "There isn't anything left for me to say — only that when I get to be a hundred you can come back and write me up making a trip to the moon with one of those space cadets you see on television." othy Biddle. She was wonderful as well as informative and every garden club in the country should try to have her. I liked her Idea of using containers and flowers you have on hnnd and doing things with them that suit your own taste. When I was a very small girl, I can remember the peacocks on the Jettie Driver farm. They entranced every child in town with their beautiful tails Here is a little legend on how those polkadot-like spots came to be on them: Argus, in Greek mythology, was a fabulous creature known as the "ajl-seeing," because he had a hundred eyes. This monster was placed by Juno to guard lo, whom she hated, but Mercury induced a deep sleep to fall upon him and then cut off his head. Juno then placed his eyc-5 in the tail of her favorite bird, the peacock, where they may still be seen if you are a dreamer of fantastic things. , In these modern times, the term argus-eycd is applied to one who is exceedingly watchful. The giraffe is the only real dumb animal.. They are unable to express themselves by any sound. Some society is so shallow those floating around in It almost drown. A cur with money is addressed as, "Mr. Cur." A new broom sweeps clean, so the old adage goes, but the old brush knows the corners, this one adage says. No needle Is sharp at both ends With May, the heaviest disaster month, yet to come, the fiscal year 1951-52 ending June 30, nl- ready promises to be the most costly disaster year In the 71- year history of the Red Cross. Mome than $22.000,000 has been spent or allocated to disaster operations now' in progress. This does not Include any provision for the devastating floods on the upper Missouri and Mississippi during the past three weeks. No accurate estimate of the costs of these floods can yet be made but an estimated SIO.000,000 is probably the cost lo help the needy families. ' , The Red Cross Is now In the' midst of seven full-scale disaster relief operations. The one we in this section felt was the recent tornado right under • our noses. j Others include the Missouri-Mis sissippl floods, the Milk River (Montana) flood, the Green Bnv Lake Michiean flood, the Monroe County. Illinois-Lake Erie Hood' and the windstorms of Alabama' North nnd South Carolina. And the lied Cross was right in all those pluces pitching. If you've got a big or little bankroll, give it to the Red Cross. Who knows but what we may be needing them someday soon. The preacher told his congregation the subject of his sermon would be "Falsehoods." "HOK- many In tlic congregation have read the 09th chapter of Matthew" he asked. Nearly every hnnd went up "Well. now. you are the very one' I wont to talk to ... because there is no such chapter.' An old Negro hobbled Into an undertaking establishment to view the body of an "acquaintance " ! The mortician asked him how old ; he was. "Ninely-i-lghl." he replied "Ninety-eight," repeated the undertaker, "Hardly worth going back home, Is it?; 1 I never could understand why name was Riven to toadstools They really act as parasols for toads and not a place to sit on. I never remember seeing a load sitting ... or setting. Benedict Arnold, who will always be remembered as one who betrayed his country, had this to say on his death bed: "Let me die In the old unilorn fC> ' ?ht my battles ft>r "May God forgive me for nulling on any other." |ju"«ig Those who arrested him wanted to bury his injured leg with high PAGE FIVE . „ military honors and Jiang the rest of his body. •Hie word "priest" I- a COB . tracted form 01 "prcsoyter." Newest moccasin styling . . . with a western accent Partlner, there's a bold strip of rawlmle recurring a.L'ain and again in tliis style thai reminds you of ihe \\ csl. It's Jarman's newest moccasin styling, fin! what you don't see is'lhc built-in Iritiuitinas aj fit you get in every Jarmar, shoe. Come in loitay and we'll be glad lo show you. KELLEY'S Your Friendly Shoe Store 219 West Main — In Blytheville SPECIAL SERVICE For all Motorists No matter what kind of car or truck you own, T. T. Seay Motor Co. can olfcr you the spcci.illzeil service of .speedometer repair. To be safe — to jet better service from your car ... he sure your speedometer Is correct. 1-Day Service. T. I. SEAY MOTOR CO. Chrysler-Plymouth Dealer 121 E. Main Phone 11'iZ RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. WED.-TUURS. "COPPER CANYON" Hcrty LaMarr, Ray Milland S: MacDonald Ca rey FRIDAY "ST. BENNY THE DIP" Dick Haymcs • Nina Foch •^••••••••••^^^•im^BBIH NEW Air Conditioned By Refrigeration "Your Community Center" . MANILA, ARK. Matinees Rat. & Sun. Phone 58 WED.-THURS. "STEEL TOWN" Ann Sheridan John Lund FRIDAY "HELL'S GATEWAY" Your Friendly BLACK& WHITE Stores ARE GIVING AWAY ^ See tomorrow's Courier News for Complete Details AL^^A'boOVL-rFEA-^T^ Phone 4621 Show Starts Weekdays == 7:00 p.m. Sat. Sun. 1:00 p.m. TUES.-WED. BUDDY NITES "*"*• Two Admitted for Price of On» WKHERESA WRIGHT »nnJ^T IM In NIV£N BUSCH'S p,od ut ,; 00 DOWN IN ARKANSAW" Weaver Bros & Elviry Also Selecled Shorts • Double Feature- JrtlAnsitfKiDT J«a FONTAINE-Mn LUND MOHJ FREEMAN -pete, HANSON \ Darling, / Open (i:30 p.m. — Show Starts at Dusk 2 Shows Every Night! Last Times Tonitcf Dollar a Car Bring a Car Full for a Dollar —PLUS- CARTOON & COMEDY THURS.-FRI. First Run in Blytheville ' Ai BOUGHS-JUNE! 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