The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 28, 1954 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 28, 1954
Page 5
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WEDNESDAY, JTJLT 28,19H BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) PA3E fffi OSCEOLA NEWS arp Mary and Martha Dillard Offer Double Dose of Teen-Age Life STARR GAZING Living in a world with 16-year- old girls can be most anything that come's along. One girl, at that age, seems to me, is quite enough to keep up with, but where there are twins, identical to complicate matters, it is a different story and that's what I hope this story will be. The girls, Mary and Martha Dilliard or is it Martha and Mary Dillard- are the fun-loving, globetrotting nieces of Mrs. R. C. Bryan. They are too full of pep for this old lady and when I see them running up stairs, three steps at a time. to see what's on television and then slide back down the banisters to hear the hi-fi playing in the den,, my sacroiliac cries out loud. When I was sixteen, (was I ever?) Friday night dances around at the homes of boys and girls whose parents owned a "talking machine" wafi just about the best time a a young person ever had, but that's too out-moded for this generation of 16-year-olds. I can't exactly say I envy Mrs Bryan but I can say I truly admire her, and if the stars dont run out before she has the occasion to wear them I'm sure she will be eligible for a crown filled with the biggest ones, set in platinum. * * * MARY AND Martha's mother mother died .when they were five years old. They have an older brother "Sonny." Their father was faced with the biggest problem a man can be faced with and that is to try and fill the mother's place. It was impossible and he consented to his sister (Mrs. Bryan) tak-' ing the girls, but after two or three months he felt like he couldn't be separted from the little girls nor to separate them from their brother, so he came for them. Those few short weeks were just enough to cause Mr and Mrs. Bryan to feel a vacancy ,in their hearts but they felt like the family should stay together, if possible. After eight months and the girls were approaching school age, the problem grew worse for the father. The little girls were losing weight and -to be faced with two sick at the same time would be more than a working man could say grace over, so the only alternative was to bring them back to Osceola where Mr. and Mrs. Bryan could bring them up in the fashion they were entitled to. So in August, before they were to start to school, the two little girls, (their total weight at six years old, was only sixty pounds) changed the living habits of both Mr. and Mrs. Bryan, who were never blessed with children of their own. Why with just the mention o baked ham, everybody -thinks about potato salad? They do. Sitting on the benches at the sid of Goldsmith's is truly an oldtim custom. I guess as 'long as ther is a Goldsmith's this custom will prevail and I love it. Just like visit to Central Park; you meet lot of interesting folks who ar waiting for friends or waiting fo a ride home. I hope it never stops For those who love people, an- I do, you can hear about othe people's troubles, sorrows an i joys. Seems people love telling ' their life's history to strangers Getting it off their chest is wha helps and they figure they'll neve see you again. Memphis would surely lose a lot of its color with out the Goldsmith benches. Now I've seen everything! Saw a man wearing the fashion-trenc for men, pink. His pink shirt anc sox weren't enough, he wore a pink snap-brim felt hat. He sure was pretty, as men go. The first circus visiting Arkansas was in 1846. It was "Raymond and Waring's Great Zoological Exhibition of the City of New York.' Two elephants in all their. regalia pulled the gaudy band wagon, don't believe circuses have pa- Mary and Martha (or Martha and Mary) THE BRYAN home was a perfect setting, with it'a fresh country air and proper food, and a doting aunt and uncle to take the place of ther real parents and in no time, the little girls begun to feel like they were permanent members of the Bryan family. When you mention how fortunate the girls are, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan immediately put you straight by saying THEY are the fortunate ones. So either way or both ways worked out fine and Mrs. Bryan says she has to' pinch herself sometimes when she looks across the table at those once six year old girls who are now sixteen. "The shortest ten years of my life," she added. The two girls are as alike as two peas in a pot. I don't supose there are a dozen people in town who can tell them apart. On one occasion, when they were quite young. kept trying to tell "Lay-Lay she had given her one bath, but Lay-' Lay thought "Martha" was trying to get out of taking hers. The teacher asked Mrs. Bryan to use different colored hair ribbons so she could identify them, but just for fun, the girls liked to switch their ribbons to fool the teacher. The thing I want to know why was it necessary to photograph the two when one could pass for either Heavens to Betsy, suppose there were five. ary before she actually makes up her mind to become one. * * * MISS MARJORIE DOYLE is chaperoning the girls on this trip and with them, two other Presbyterian girls, Carmen Reidy and Nancy Ohlendorf, also are making the trip. Mr. Bryan is furnishing a brand new Buick and paying Marjorie's expenses to take the group, ,but added, • after this trip with four, teenage girls talking all day and half the night, he doubts if she would ever be as gullible to take him up on any such offer again. The two girls spent five days the first part of ths month in Ferncliff. Here is where the orphanage is located. It is a short distance from Monticello., The children at the orphanage go on their vacations then, some go to relatives for the week while others go' to the various ^resbyterian homes throughout the state. The children who visit homes are those who are IF THERE was one thing Mr. and Mrs. Bryan had plans for their future, it was to make "churchgo ers" out of Mary • and Martha. Prom the very first Sunday when they came to make their home with the Bryans, those two young girls have filled their places in the Presbyterian Church. Anything from playing the piano in the nursery, baby sitting for the mothers who had no one to leave Junior with so they could attend services, to singing in the chior. You never know in what capacity you'll find 'them and what ever it is, they excel in all. The girls were given allowances from the very first, in order to learn the value of jpioney. The first job they learned to earn their allowance was to make up their own beds' and as they learned the different tasks around the house their allowances were increased, not too much, but just enough to make them feel they were improving in helping others. Mary's first dime went to buy a New Testament, not funny books! When they were 14, the two began working at Sterlings. Them was done to put ambition in them and to see what it means to be punctual, courteous and the knowledge of what it takes to earn a Mary was given two baths instead j day's wages. They have never been of one and when Mrs. Bryan looked over at Martha she asked. "How on earth could you have gotten that dirty in such a short time?" Mary allowed to run charge accounts, that seems strange when most kids in town (this town) have unlimited charge accounts at the drug stores, but never having walked in store and charged a purchase, they have sp0 nsored by the various Presby- no ideal -whatsoever of what it is all about. terian Churches. I presume other denominations have practically the same pro- THEIR ALLOWANCE includes in- cedure. I am only familiar with cluds their church dues and Christ-! m y own church, and I hope others mas saving account. They are each do the same thin £- it; is wonderful, met right on the dot. The Christmas savings was started- for a purpose by the Bryans. The money goes for gifts to friends and relatives who remember them. Teaching them, that they should give as well as receive. Mary's ambition in life is to be either an educational missionary er a school teacher. Martha, who is The girls represented Youth Fellowship for East Arkansas Presbytery." Mary is the editor and Mar- Itha is chairman of Faith. All the councils in Arkansas and five from Southeast Missouri met at the orphanage. three minutes younger lets Mary do most of the planning and talking about their future, but if things go as she expects them to go she plans on being an interior decorator or a designer in fabrics. But if Mary teaches school she might change her mind and teach home economics, probably to be near Mary. They are making big plans right now on their college careers. They will be graduated next year from high school. The Bryans are the most ardent travelers in Osceola. They will go any place, anytime with anybody MARY AND MARTHA arrived first among the 70 young people and were allowed to register- the other 68. The director of the orphanage, Jerry Newbold, first took -the group over the building and g: mds to familiarize them with the place that was to be their home for the week. They were to live as the orphans during the week. Mr. Newbold passed out "Volunteer Sheets" for each one to fill out and sign. Mary thought it would be fun to milk the cows since she was told the milk house was equipped with electric milkers, but the two who volunteered for this duty, who had never been closer to a bottle of milk than the grocery shelf, didn't and being around them has made j know the job was so complicated. - • — ' First they had to go to the pasture where the 11 cows "took their meals", and drive them to the barn, but when they reached the pasture, the cows had broken out and were grazing in every direction. Mary thought perhaps this happened with the orphans and since she was there to live exactly as they did that she would solve her own problem and round up the cows the best way she could. She finally got them all going in the same direction with the help of the other girl who had volunteered for this duty. They didn't figure they had all the equipment to wash before they could go to-supper.-They were so See Mary and Martha on Page 9 travel-minded girls out of "The Twins." We caught them in the act of packing and loading up the car for a trip when this picture was taken. They have already toured 32 states and when (and not until) they have seen, the 48, their aunt and uncle are taking them abroad, which they hope to make after ;heir graduation from high school. This trip will add two more states to that number. They are now four days out — sightseeing .n the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and next week they will mee a group in Montreat, N. C., 'or "Missionary Week," at the World Mission Conference. Mary will attain first hand knowledge of what it takes to be a mission- rades anymore. The kids then were pacified just by standing on a street corner to watch the procession. They didn't bawl and squall after that to attend the regular circus. I believe that has been done away with so mama's and papa's could shell out their folding" money. Tricks in all trades. I'm glad I came along when school turned out 30 minutes early so we could find standing room and watch the spectacular parade, which alwavs started at 12 o'clock sharp, remember? Missed a lot of dinners that way. I don't believe I've ever heard anyone mention the gorgeous evening dresses in the Modess ads. May I? Simply out of this world. pairs of silk panties disappeared from a clothes line in Santa Monica, Calif. In their place, was a dollar bill attached by a clothespin, hanging on the clothesline." "A black cat (I shudder at the mention of such) crawled up under the hoed of Mrs. Ben Butler, Sr.'s new car and every where Mrs. Butler went the cat was sure On £/ie Soa'a/ Side... Mrs. Braxton Bragg of Little Rock• either end of th» table, was a week end visitor in Osceola. j guests were his aunt, Mrs. Horac* Mrs. Cecil Driver and grandson, Cecil HI, of Little Rock spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Shippen. They were enroute to Caruth- Driver's sister, to go; she heard the cry of the, car. but thought she was having ear j ersviile, to visit Mrs trouble until the hood was lifted I AIrs - Bob Dent and and there perched under the hood! Driver is a former Osceolan and was the cat." He who has four and spends five needs neither purse nor pocket. Money is round and rolls. As Longfellow summed it up, "'We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done." the former Miss Onida Dillahunty. Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Thome have returned from a visit in Van Bur en. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Butler and daughters, Sandra and Diane, are land, Ga. Miss Jean Driver Kendrick left Rather than borrow a punch bowl, if you're planning on needing one, cut a watermelon in half, scoop out down to the white part and fill 'er up uid. There ain't with anything liq- nothing as useless nor as much in the way as a punch bowl when not in use- Did I hear somebody say, "You can say that again"? •Funny - little - things - that happen - in - this - funny - little world Department: "A construction worker, who had worked on building the new jail in McCormick County, was the first inmate. He was charged with "drunk and disorderly conduct." ''The eight children of the Ernest Gilman family in New London, Conn., all aad tonsilectomies at the same time." "Bathers were forced to flee the swimming pool in Philadelphia be-, ausc the building adjoining the j off a little, get" out" your pencil and pool caught on fire and the fire- tablet and start making* out your men needed the water from the Christmas list. There are only 129 pool,to put out the fire." "Three'shopping days left. According to the experts, a housewife runs as much risk from accidents as a fireman, a ski instructor or a baseball umpire! With July's temperature setting an all-time high, just to cool you today for Memphis where she will model college fashions at Lowen- Moore and Mr. Moore from Corona Lake. Mrs. D. E. Young and daughters, Pam and Ann, are home after vacationing in Biloxi, Miss., lor tht past week. Mrs. Dave Silverblatt and Mr*. "W. J. Edrington spent several day* in St. Louis viewing the Cardinal- Dodgers ball games. They returned home yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Owens left Memphis by plane for New- York where they will go to Bermuda to spend their vacation. Dr. John Boyd Mitchell, Jr., who has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Mitchell, Sr., returned to his home in Rhode Island. Dr. Mitchell Is' -.««« ;-»"*&= io^ ^ ^,»^- jj, Rnods Tsiaacj. uj. Mitchell Is' a steins tor the next ten days. Miss pr0 fessor in the University of Rhode Kendncks was a treshman at the j j s i anc j *^wz University of Arkansas during the; "j^f Uoyd ^^ invited ^ past year ,, ., , I in the neighborhood "for a morning Mr and Mrs Harry Mattock and coffee to meet her daughters are home alter a visit in Alabama. Mrs. J. W. Whiteworth entertained two tables of Canasta at her home Friday night. Upon arrival of her guests, she served a salad plate. Red verbenas and pink sweet peas were used to decorate the tables in the entertaining room. Mrs. Arthur Bowen won high score and Mrs. Bellye Nelie Starr, low. Mrs. J. H. Rook entertained at dinner Sunday to compliment her grandson. J. H. Hook, HI, on his first birthday. A pink birthday cake on an antique crystal cake stand. jSwineford of Oklahoma City. Pink lilies centered the refreshment table. Mr. and Mrs. Daxrell. Crane and children have returned home after visiting in Little Rock and Houston, Texas. - ..:..• Dr. George Cone, George Jr.,'and Miss Shirley Cone visited Mrs. Cone Sunday at Baptist hospital in Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Claude Lloyd and daughter, Suzanne, were Lilbourne, Mo., visitors several days last week. Mr. and Mrs. Hobson Dawes returned thier infant twin daughters, Amelia and Cecelia, home today topped with one burning candle, i from a Memphis hopital where they centered the dining table. Pink gladioli floated in cut glass bowls at were taken soon after their birth, "he little girls are now recovering-. BUY A NEW CHEVROLET-TODAY'S BEST BUY IN SAVINGS! ALL OTHER LINES OF CARS In '54, at for years before ... MORE PEOPLE ARE BUYING CHEVROLETS THAN ANY Official NationxM* R.LPolk &. Co. R«e'stration fisurw Try it and you'll tell us that you THE BIST OF THi BIG FOUR-PIRFORMANCE, APPEARANCE, ECONOMY, PRICE! Buy if for less! Chevrolet's the lowest-priced line. Drive it for less! 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