The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 11, 1937 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, November 11, 1937
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1!, 1037 BLYTHEVIUJE. (AUK.) COURIER NEWS AGE THB&fc .TROUBLE TRIIIIJS Legal Battles and Commercial Wars Beset Once Peaceful Village aiisive; for a iff their Sanla ' mnll, .supplying the stores with lists of the children's wants. Stores have reported Hits season 111511 In cileis of tills kind from ".Santa Cliius. santn Cltitis, lud." There Is nlso 11 remnillng corpo- nition which lias secured 11 train of old railway cars for Its headquarters. Their business is re- wrapping and re-nialling under Hie niaijlc Santn clnus postmark, any packages .sent it. A similar plan lor selling |,c,aca«ls to l)c mulled '. from Stuila Clans nt Chi'lstum- 1 lime was tried out. • Annual Delude of Mail TY>r years Santn Clans drowsed beside, the rutty highway. Then, suddenly, came fame. The post- office began to be deluged with in; coming mail addressed to Santa Clans. Mailings from the town ••••lii'.h had not exceeded 20.000 riei'e.s n v«ir. liave risen to 00,01)0 a day during u two-months' rnsli Hv NEA Service SANTA CLAUS, Ind., Nov. 10.— Christmas is already within hailing distance, but peace on earth, goodwill toward men are not doing so well In Santa Clans. '[tils tiny village of 67 inhabitants, which became famous some seven < of people, who want their fifts I: years ago when its unique name was dug out. of the postal guide, i lias learned the price of fame. Controversies and nt, least one blltc-r legal battle involve the whole village. One man obtained leases on every inclrof land'in-tind about, ihe village, Another then bought most of the same land. Their-con- Jlicting claims are before the courts. A permanent injunction has halted work at Santa Claus Hark, partially-completed as a sort of Northland Playpark and Toy Center. Even the 40-ton granite statue of Santa Claus ("the only one In the world") stands on disputed ground, j The Price ot Fame i And Ihe villagers are disturbed by a portrait of Santa in the Candy i Castle built by a well-known candy ; company. They say he looks like a ' Cavalier and originally held a sword in his hand. Their protests forced the artist to paint out the sword j and substitute a trumpet. Peace and' good-will is at a premium nt Santa Clans. Yet this was a oeaceful, not to say dormant village up to the time it was "rediscovered" in 1930. The original Inhabitants who applied for a post- office in the 90s didn't realize what trouble they were laying up for the go out postmarked "Santa Clans.' Several years ago it '.vas even ni'0|iose:l to abandon the postoflice because of its "abnormal business." But there were thousands nf molests, and 1'ostmaster Genera Parley not only decided to keep the office, but ordered all letters <ul dressed to Santa Clans to Ije sen here instead of the Dead Lette Office. Postmaster Oscar I,. Phillip docs the best he can 10 nnswe I lie letters with the help of his wife 'wo daughters, and three son Three or four extra clerks' are pat- on for the Christmas season. i Aopsalini; letters cam e to Phillips I tn t!\e hope that he, as represents- I tivc of the 'government, has power to reconcile the conflicting interests ' which blur the picture of a real, tangible, on-tlic-map American home for Santa Claus. But Phillips must, remain neutral while Ihe courts decide between contestants who put forth their legal claims under names like "Santa Clans. Inc.", and Santa Claus of Santa Claus, Inc." Yes, there is a Santa Claus. In fact there are several of him, several incorporated, certified, legally- iixistent, 22-carat Santa Clauses. nil competing with each other to purvey Christmas spirit from the Funeral services were held at| the Luxora Baptist chinch this: afternoon for J. P. Meadows. 70. \ future. They wanted to call it Santa j one and only Santa Claus. Ind. Fe. but the PostofBce Department' informed them that there was al- | r . , n . u U T ready a Santa Fe in Indiana. So | final KltCS Held TOr they had to think up something j i n M ea( J ows 0 { Luxora else, quick. Santa Clans was the' J- » • "leauuws Ul LUAUI a. next thought. t Planned to Build "Toylanil" : It was in 1932 that the complications really began. Milton Harris, n 'former Vinccnnes, Ind.. lawyer and salesman, leased from Ihe owners every bit of the land in and about the unincorporated village. His plan -was for a sort of "wonderland toy town" with various commercial concessions taking advantage ot the Santa Glaus address. Part of this he accomplished. who died at his home Monday j morning. The Rev. li. P. Fleming officiated and burial was made at the Uixora cemetery with Moss Funeral service in charge of arrangements. Mr. Meadows, who had resided \ at Luxora for a number of years. is survived by a daughter, who AHhe Hospitals Read Courier News Want Ads. with the. result that the town now; lives, there,' and a son, who is lias a patchwork look, with jigsaw j nhpfoyed oh the government fleet. toy towns-under the-guard of; —• wooden soldiers, a Candy Castle, a Northland Park with totem poles. wishing wells, and elves' workshops. This development has been halted [ Mrs. Agattin Weyant is a patient by the court wrangle. j in the Baptist hospital in That is where Carl'A. Barrett, i phis. Chicago head of the Illiois Auto Mrs. Clyde Braltson, of Armorel, Club, conies in. Barrett, insisting is in the Memphis Methodist iios- that he is only trying to free Santa | pital. Claus from commercial exploits- • Mrs. R. S. McKay, of Earle, has lion, bought up much of the land, been admitted to/the Gartly-Ram- But Harris' leases stood up in the j sa y hospital in Memphis. lower courts despite all efforts of! Barrett and some of the farmer- Today, when reptiles or men- owners to break them. The future tioned,"one instinctively thinks of .of Santa Claus now lies in the I 5I1 akes, but they were not even hahds of the Indiana appellate | present upon the earth during the ' court. i millions of years when reptiles) Auto Firm Bid for Name i rll]e( | the p| anc t. Tlie commercial possibilities that; may be at stake are indicated by i reports that a big auto company | tried to acquire exclusive use of the Santa Claus postmark for I $100.000 a year, and that a maker of soft drinks offered 8150,000 for a concession that would put Santa Claus back of his product. It' is Barrett who built the granite monument to Santa, but thus far r the courts have upheld Harris' clafm to the land on which It stands, and have folbiddei) even a postcard likeness of the statue to be sold in the town. < The painting of the militant, | Santa with the ex-sword was i Harris' contribution. Emil Strauss, | the painter, maintains that he modeled his work on Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. <vho had quite a reputation as a soldier before, canonization. It' was Mrs. Harris .who insisted' that the sword come oil in favor of a trumpet, in deference to local opinion and ancient tradition. &t "Sanla Claus" Moves In \ Another attempt to make use of the magic name of, Santa Clans was made by Jack Cannon, a motor worker of Dearborn. Mich, cannon had his nanie legally changed to Santa Claus and set out for his Indiana namesake town. He rented Postoffice BOX No. 1. and prepared to claim all mail addressed to Santa Claus. But cannon (or Claus) couldn't find a room in town, and had to rent one just outside the village limits and take an R. p. D. address. Cannon's plan apparently was to arrange with department stores to so 'i>Roor HIRSCH DISTILLING CQIAPAHY : BARDSTOWN. KENTUCKY IBEECH CREEK The Guaranteed Coal SOLI) BY WEBB BROWN COAL CO. Phone 112 A BLACK BUSINESS-HANDLED WHITE 300 South 2nd We've Got To Make Room For Christmas Merchandise.. .We .Must Reduce Stock ...We Must Dolt Fast/J.d,We've Re- pficed It... Re-qrouped It ..Marked ft way Down .' BE HERE EARLY! rv 387 Good Look** V« s]icd! - Fall OUT THEY (',() ! ! ! Lois uf line seitsoiml Hems must In- floured before we unpack the new IhiiiKs we luive received for the. Holiday rush! There'll he thousands of thrilling bargains thai will lie selling for a SOUK- Boiler he here early. We im> promising- you now the selection of Toys iiml Holiday merchandise In lie found in Mississippi County. tfto «• Repn 8WKKPING CLEARWAY Silk Dresses Three Hifi Groups 'Him- BIUUIIS of BO licniilirul silk ilrtws. •HUM- art all Mil! ami Winter Myli's ivtiU'h we have ilmsllfally marked down from u1 "' lilglu'sl yrlrc ranfif*. They «iv Iruly liamatns at tht'sc linv iirlccs. Melton S 88 SWEEPING CLEARWAY Winter Coats Three Riff Groups We've eol lo make room for Santa! • Our en-| lire line ot Winter Coals reprlctrt for quick. si'llhiR. Styles you'll wrur every u»y, rur Irlnnnrd ami Miorl styles, 1B3 lo |o at tht* low yrlres. $ £88 $788 $0 $Q88| ttc h »i.r,::/ 300 W 0ft ^^S-*5 s: ^'" »***?• MV«*' :SS %c Slashed!! Ladies* Novelty Shoes Slashed!! SWEEPING CLEARANCE OF Alt NOVELTY SHOES Don't Miss Our Shoe Department Pumps—Straps " Ties-Oxfords 1. 2. All colors In Suedes, Cnlf mill Kid In Uic newest, styles, You lire .sure lo find your .';i/.'-' ntul width In' (his II' assortment of sizes 3 lo j; widths AAA. to D. 593 pnl to ^o In thesu 3 groups. Hcpriced to Clear! .100 Pair Women's SHOES Simps, Tle.s and Pumps. Odd I lots und broken' sizes of I htljh priced shoes. $lpr. KKPHICEH—12 ONLY MEN'S SUITS HKI'HIC'Kn, MI)IKS' IMI'OKTKI) CAI'KSKIN GLOVES and " ow AM, U'OOL, mill lots, odd , si/o.s. Soft Ciipc.sklnsofblnck. brown, nuvy and {jrey, nil sixes. 97c CI.KAN-UP LADIES' WASH DRESSES 109 to go at tilts low' price, new styles, fnsl colors,, all sizes. 31c n «rt colors. Ml A u ^00 \ai-rts 1 Rcpriccd'- -W« 13c the room- fill 100 V** 50c Slashed! Men's Suits 57 ONLY AIRN'S AM, WOOl, SUM'S $13 Drastically imirknl ilmvn lo make rponi for niorrhauilisc. All .si-«s, nciv styles. 15.'{ HIGH PKIKKI) SUITS Slashed for quick selling. We nre overstocked. These must go. Hurry and get yours. $16 ton sizes. Overall Clcan-np 83 Pair Men's JUMPERS & OVERALLS 53c J Heavy weight, full cut. all sizes. Jumpers to match. You arc safe from sec ends at Pcnney's. Special Offer! Boys' OVERALLS 34c Heavy weight, full cut, 6 pockets, sizes 6 to 16. A record breaker in Blythe- villc. REDUCED! MEN'S AND BOYS' LEATHER JACKETS We arc overstocked. We need the space, you get the bargains. New fancy leathers In Capcskln and Pig- yrain. , Fancy backs, black, brown, all sizes. 233 MEN'S AND HOYS' PILE FAIJKIC JACKETS $2.98 Reduced for quick selling, all sizes In brown and grey. Come early. 500 Pairs Men's Fall Dress Pants $1.88 $2.88 $3.8> Reprlccd for quick selling. We are closing out our entire lino of wool dress pants. There never was a better ' chance to save. Compare them with many nt twice the price. Our Entire Stock of Overcoats Repriced- 2 Large Groups '9 13 100 all Wool Overcoats lo go at these "tinder the market" prices. AH sizes iu newest styles and colors. These routs must go regardless ot former price.

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