The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1950 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 22, 1950
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PAGE TEN Sole Survivor of Fire Finds He Has a Whole Host of Friends BLYTHEVTLLK (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1950 ALTOONA, Pa., Dec. 21. Wy— Tommy Ebberl, 11. who lost six of his newest klnfolk in & fire five weeks ago, says all he wants for Christmas Is "a train." Nov.* he tells folks who visit htm in his room at Mercy Hospital, where he Is recovering from serious burns: "I never knew I had so many Wends." Since word of Tommy's plight became public mall pours Into his hospital room by Ihe sackful. Packages with "Do Not Open Until Christmas" seals come from point* as far west as Missouri and Minnesota, as far south as florlds. • Two shelves In his hospital cupboard are Jammed with packages from everywhere. He won't know what's in Ihem until Christmas day. ; He has his train already, it's a. fine electric model with loti of track, the gift of a train- maker. Also lie has scores of letters from all over (he eastern United Slates containing about SIOO "to help you buy that train." And he has more than S5UO from people in the immediate Altoona area. Tommy and his father. William. 36. were (lie only survivors of a fire that destroyed their home at Duncansrllle and killed his mother, grandmother, brother and three slslets. Doesn't KHOW Family DI«H Tommy doesn't know lh« others are riesd, His father has decided not to tell him until after Chrlstma.", But Tommy and his father are recovering slowly from serious burn?. The outlook for Tommy's Christmas was pretty blealc until a few days ago. Then Ihe father told a newspaper reporter he was worried Santa clans might not visit Tommy this yeai. "The only thing he's isked for Is a train." said Ebberl, hopelessly. "I don't know how I'm going to set It for him." That story touched off a nationwide response. "1 know nov/ you feel," wrote Lillian Ackert, Rlvlcra Beach, Fla.. "the .same thing happened to my two brothers." She enclosed a pift. S'M I'rnm Sullnrs A letter from Newport News, Va., enclosed a check for $25. A note said: "From some sailors who rrari about you in the newspapers." In an envelope postmarked Washington. D. C., with an "Interstate commerce commission" return address scratched out. came a $5 bill and the greeting: "Merry Christmas from some- Shirley Temple To Give Up Movie Career; To Go with New Husband SAS! FRANCISCO. Dec. 23. Wj—> Shirley Temple say.' she's quitting. at 22 the movie carter she began 19 years, ago. "That's long enough. My only contract Is to Mr. Black." she dimpled, giving her tall, new groom a. hue. "And it's exclusive." Charles Black, asketi about the honeymoon they began Immediately »(ter their Saturday msrriage at Monterey, replied: "Our honeymoon will last forever." He a'ddcd that he must resume his work at TV station KTTV In Los Angeles this tveekelid. The honeymooners received the press Wednesday. Shirley said: "My little girl (Linda, 3) needs a lot of both of us." Uncia Is her daughter by John Agar, whom she divorced last year. "I want to b« free to go where Charles goes." Shirley added. That could be difficult. Black, 11, '•« a lieutenant commander In the Nsvsl Reserve. He said he. has no Idea when h« might be called to active duty. Bond Forfeited !; Cimitherj Williams forfeited » tl(f cash bond in Municipal Court jre«t*rdaj on a charge of jpeeding. Truman Plans Christmas Talk WASHINGTON, Dec. 82. WV- President Truman Is working on Christmas me&sage calling for nation-wide prayera. He expects to deliver It by radio from his home in Independence, Mo., this weekend in connection with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the White House grounds lie re. Mr. Truman announced at i news conference Tuesday he wa« plan nlng the message. The President planned to fly to Independence today to b« with his family for the holidays. Mrs. Truman already Is there and daughter, Margaret, expects to Join them. "Operation Reindeer" When Eskimo tribes faced starvation u their [ood source* of walrus and caribou vanished In Ihe lute IBth centurj, a «m»ll herd at reindeer was Imported from Siberia. Today, reindeer I n Alaska number many hundreds of thousands furnishing meat «ven for export. on« else who likes trains." Tommy's father U wheeled into (he boy's room every day to talk to him. He tells Tommy the snow Is so deep the rest of the family can't come to the hospital to s«« him. Preacher Will Tell "I want our (»mily preacher to tell Tommy about what happened." says the father, who was « truck driver, but whose Job may be gone because of his badly burned hands. Tommy's hands are badly burned, too. He was operated on yesterday. He held out hit bandgag- ed hands and said: •They took skin off my leg and put It on my hands. Look at my hands. Tlieyre all bobbed up —you know, just like Joe louts' are u'lien he has his boxing gloves on." Now thai Tommy has his train. Ihe money that is rolling in will fo for his living expenses after he sets out of the hospital and. if there's enough of it. for his ertu- callon. A trust bank account has been opened for him. But Tommy Isn't thinking i- bout Ihe money. He hat something cist on his mind. "You know." he said, "my friends have been wonderful to me. There's only one thing I want now. I heard on the radio how Margaret Truman and her dad are pals—Just like my dad, and me I'd like to have their picture." Four Enlisted Men Are Needed By Blytheville Reserve Corps The 369th Military Intelligence Company of 'the Blylhevllte Organized Reserve Corps has openings for four enlisted men, Major Gene Bradley, commanding officer of the unit, announced this morning. Two drivers, one supply man uid one company clerk are needed. Requirements for these Jobs include basic physical and mental status as per army regulations plus unquestioned loyalty to the United States government. •The unit holds two-hour classes at least once a week In Building T-SW) at the Blj'lhevlllo Air and members draw a day's pay for each meeting attended. Those eligible tor the unit are members of enlisted reserve not assigned, former enlisted men or men of draft age who nave not received their pre-lnductlon physical call. Members can he called Into active service only as a unit and uu not subject to the draft. Persons Interested In joining c»n contact Majar Bradley at 3191 during the day or 3413 at, night. VFW Posf Wonts Truman Ousted LA MESA. Calif.. Dec. 32. tip,— An official of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here said It had adopted a resolution proposing Impeachment of President Truman. James D. 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