The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 11, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 11, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11,1954 BLYTHEVILLE (AUK.? COURH3R NEWS PAGE THKEH OSCEOLA NEWS 9 Bttty, fleltt Starr ' Head's Current Post Game Only After Years of Moving A depot clock ticking away, with uninterrupted regularity, could become monotonous if it wasn't for the continuous ticking of the telegraph transmitter and vice versa. Have you ever ridden by one of the familiar little gray stations and wondered about the man who sat in that building day in and day out? I guess my curiosity runs along funny lines, but every time I pass the i Luxora depot I make up my mind to stop some day and get acquainted with the fellow who is everything around the station, including janitor, office boy, messenger boy, telegraph operator, express and freight agent and ticket seller. With all these jobs, I knew there was still a lot of time left on their hands as business isn't rushing in a small station. "Web" Head is that easy-going fellow you would expect to find in such a station. I called in advance if I might stop by and chat. He wanted to know right off why I picked on him. Yes, he read all my stories on other folks, but he didn't think his life's story was interesting and "who wanted to read about me?" That approach doesn't scare me one bit, they are usually the ones who have something to tell. * * * ABRIVING and drinking a couple of paper cups of "train water" just to break the ice, if you'll pardon the pun, I began to ask questions —a trait that goes with my job. Web Head was raised an orphan. His mother died when he was three weeks old. A year later his father remarried but the marriage ended in a divorce six months later. His father left home with a friend on a boat going to St. Louis, taking a load of cattle with them to sell in St. Louis. Prices were higher in St. Louis as the 1904 World's Fair was in progress. When the boat landed, Web's father, only 23 years old at the time, told his friend he was going up town and that he would see him later. His friend waited but he never did return and from that day in 1904 until now, nobody has ever seen or heard from Web's father. Whether he was despondent over the loss of Web's mother or the bad break he got with his second marriage, or met with foul play has never been known. Web went to live with his mother's parents and not until he was 19 years old did he ever have any contact with his father's parents. He didn't know he had grandparents on his father's side, nor did they know he was still in existence. They kept a lamp burning as long as the two lived, hoping some • day their son, "Bennie," would wander back to his old home town and he would know they had never given up hopes of his return. But that was as near as any of the townspeople ever knew of Bennie Head. . . 'Web' Head . . . "lightning slinger' WEB WAS born in Kennett, Mo., but his grandparents moved around until he was of school age. Then they came to Manila where they lived until he was 15 years old. An uncle thought it would do the ':>oy good to get out on his own and with the grandparents' permission he left Manila with his uncle and his wife to ramble "er the plains of Texas and the oil fields of Oklahoma. The uncle was a painter by trade and boasted he didn't ever expect to live in one place long enough to learn his next door neighbor's name. Web, like all young boys would do under these living conditions, liked the free and easy life of a "boomer" and if he had been turned differently he might have followed his uncle's foot-steps, but he was eager to learn a trade and be independent. After a year of rambling, he came back to his grandparents for financial aid in sending him to the telegraph school in Chillicothe, Mo. While he was in the, process of packing his belongings to go to school, a letter came to him from St. Louis. Not knowing any one in St. Louis he couldn't imagine who would be writing him and especially in a woman's handwriting. THE LETTER stated the writer was Web's Aunt Emma, a sister of his father. She asked to have a meeting place" where they might become acquainted. He wrote her saying he would be in St. Louis on a certain date and she would know him by a handkerchief he would pin on'his left shoulder. As he came through the gates at the station in St. Louis, everybody turned around to see the strange sight-of a young man wearing a flowing handkerchief at his shoulder. Some, no doubt, thought he was deaf and dumb or that he couldn't speak a word of English and he was being tagged for somebody to step forward and claim him The two got together and immediately became acquainted. Web found out his father had a large family of relatives and at mid-term he went to Commerce, Mo., to meet his grandparents whom he had never seen, and scads of uncles, aunts and cousins. They have all passed away since that family reunion, with the exception of his Aunt Emma, and the two have kept up a regular correspondence throughout the years. * * * WEB DOESN'T think - his life's story is interesting but I'd say differently and if there is a movie director hidden in these parts, come forward and get busy on a true story that needs no trace of imagination to film. Web came out of telegraph school in 1921. Jobs were few and far between and if there were any available, the older men got preference. To keep up practice in case times did get better, Web hung around agent Roy Cullum at Commerce, picking up all the experience he could. An ambitious young boy can usually find work so Web took a job as a "gandy-dancer," — no connection with a high stepping goose. In rail road lingo, a gandy-dancer is a railroad section hand. Thought I'd just pass on this little information in case a professional dancer reads this and thinks a gandy- dancer is something special in her field. Six months later, on December 14, 1922, Web went to work for Frisco at Neelys, Mo., as "lightning slinger"; that, my friend, is a telegraph operator. He worked the extra board on the grave yard STARR GAZING One mans view of competitors: "I have no quarrel with others who undersell me. They know what their merchandise is worth." Before you seek advice, explore your own head: there may be something in it. Ad in Topeka, Kans., paper: "Lost, Fountain pen by man half full of ink." You can knock democracy but j'ou cant beat it. trick (I'm learning a lot as I go along). Fom Neelys to St. Mary, from, there to Crystal City then to Hayti. On every move he was aining more experience than money. Back to Neelys again, where he met his wife, the former Miss Stella Gohn (pronounced gone), a young Irish lassie who had decided on a school teaching career. She boarded at the same place where Web stayed when he came to town. The two were soon married and with all the moving around a young railroad man does, Mrs. Head gave up her teaching job to traipse around all over Southeast' Missouri and Arkansas with Web, living in the most Godforsaken places in the world. They left Neelys and went to Biggers, Ark., for a short while and then was sent to Joiner. It seemed wherever they went, they were sure to return to Neelys. * * * THEIE SON was born there on their third trip back and then they were sent back to Joiner. Their fourth return to Neelys came along i here some place, I couldn't ceep up with all this moving around. They then went to Keiser for a short while before being transferred to Frenchman's Bayou. Their daughter, Martha Nelle, was born in the depot there. Rental property in Frenchman's Bayou just isn't, so the Heads had to fix up living quarters in the depot. By this time, Mr. and Mrs. Head had some experiences out of the book. Once, in one of the only available places to live, they had ;o occupy a bedroom where every boarder had to come through their room to go to the one and only bathroom. After leaving Frenchmans Bayou they moved to Luxora, but be- ore they could get settled good, Mr. Head was sent to Gideon, Mo., 'or three or four months, then was sent back to Luxora. A dozen other moves took place: one included operator and ticket cashier in Osceola for a year. Six years ago, he came to Luxora and has bought a home there, the first real home the Heads have ever had. Mr. Head said he has 31 years seniority with the Frisco and he figures he won't get bumped any time soon and if he does, maybe the next fellow would have a hard time finding a house to live in and he could let him have his. That's the attitude railroad people have toward one an- See 'WEB' HEAD on Page 5 IV A lot of people are like door knockers — Always on the outside never on the inside. The Boss: "What's that item in your expense account," overhead expense $4?' Traveling salesman, "That was for an umbrella I bought." Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it. Every man should cut a niche for himself, not chisel it. A salesman held up in a small Wyoming town by a blizzard, wired his firm: "Stranded here due to storm, telegraph instructions" Back came this reply: "Start summer va- ' cation at once." When you put your nose in another fellow's business, you also get your foot in it. Here's a little trick you can add to your party sandwiches. Spread your bread that you cut with a biscuit cutter, with cream cheese (add 1 cup of real fresh salted peanuts to it for variety) now heres the trick, in case youre all worked up over wondering what it is (don't be stingy with the cheese or this won't work.) Oh yes, the trick. Stand the round sandwiches up just like you would a hoop and roll it in finely chopped parsley. When I said, don't be stingy with the cheese, I only meant to let a little- dab of it stick out all around in order to make the parsley stick. If you like cucumbers, then you'll like this sandwich and if you don't, skip over this. Taking it for granted you do, try this. Chop peeled cucumbers on the fine side, but don't try to pulverize. Add a little French dressing and marinate for one-half hour. Drain and add % sup chopped salted almonds. Spread bread with home made oil dressing or are you too lazy for that? Spread the filling kinder thin, you can serve more folks that way. If your zinnias show mildew on the foilage, dust every ten days with sulphur. That will do the trick. Thi month is a good time to "Cut back snapdrogons for early fall Blooming asters require regular spraying a this time of year, so you and no the beetles will enjoy the flower; Remember when every body had patch of "Snow-on-The Mountain (Euphorbia) The milky juice from the stems is as poison as they come I once attended a wedding (and i was beautiful) where the florist de corated the chancel in-tke frosted looking plants. Really made a spec tacular decoration but, gosh, afte affects makes me itch all over jus at the thought of it. How many towns, countries and states can you name with the prefix "new?" When you can't sleep a' night and run out of sheep to count try some thing "new". To start you off there's New Albany, Newark New Bedford, New Britain, New Burnswick—I could go on and on. DON'T GIVE YOUR • PROFITS! A VACATION Install G-E Air Conditioning and watch hot-weather business pick up! 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FIRST CONTEST CLOSES JULY 31st SECOND CONTEST CLOSES AUGUST 31st THIRD CONTEST CLOSES SEPTEMBER 30th TfAft OUT - mi IN - MAIL TODAY! OFFICIAL CONTEST ENTRY BLANK • Drink NuGrape Soda and then complete the statement "I like NuGrap* Soda b«t btxrauae ..." in 25 word* or l«w. • Send your entry with full name and addrea* along with 3 NuGrane Soda Bottle Top* to NuGfape 3od« Cont««t, P.O. Box 1266, Atlanta, Ga. • Enter a* many time* a» you like but include 3 NuGrape Soda Bottle Tope with each entry. All entriw received before midnight July 31 judged in 1st Content; midnifht Aufuat31 in 2nd Contest; midnight September 30 in 3rd Conteat, • Anyone may enter except employee* of the National NuGrap* Company, their bottleri, advertising agency or their £amilie*. • Uae this entry blank, any sheet of paper or any entry blank from, your NuGrape dealer. Entrie* judged on baaia of originality, «inccrity and aptneas of thought. Judges' decision* are final. Duplicate prize* awarded in caae of tie*. All entriea became the property of National NuGrap* Company, and none will be returned. All winner* will be notified. Content sublect to all federal, state and local laws. Valid only where stat* laws allow. 7 like NuGRAPE SODA be$t becauM .STATf. On tke Social Side... Mrs. Bill Childress was hostess to her canasta club Thursday. Mrs. | Childress served a dessert course, j Summer flowers were used in thej floral decorations. In the games of canasta Mrs. J. E. Harrison was high score winner and Mrs, Childress won second. Mrs. Owen Massie entertained. her canasta club with a luncheon Thursday at the Seniinole Club. Mrs. Joe Rhodes, Jr., was a special guest. Garden flowers centered the table where the guests were seated. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Beall were in Memphis for the day Saturday. Mrs. Natalia King of Memphis spent the week end with Mrs. T. P. Florida, who is ill at her home. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Clarke and children drove to Drew, Miss., Sunday for the day, leaving their children then for a week's visit when they will drive back down to Drew to bring them home. Mrs. W. V. Alexander has returned home from a visit with Mrs. Jettie Driver at her summer home in Lake James, Ind. The R. G. Cheatam family left Saturday for McCrory where they will make their home. Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Driver drove to Tulsa. Okla., over the week end to visit their daughters, Mr. Driver returned home leaving Mrs. Driver who wiH remain for an extended visit. Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Cowan and son, Butch, are spending a week in Memphis with Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Tarver. They will also spend a few days at Horse Shoe Lake before returning home. Chester Danehower, Jr., turned home after visiting points in Indiana and Michigan. Louise Cromer celebrated her eighth birthday Saturday by inviting eleven little friends to the Seminole Club for a luncheon. A clown cake centered the table. Clown ice cream was included in the menu and favors of clowns were given the children. The home of Mrs. George Balloue was the setting for a dinner party Thursday night when Miss Mary Elizabeth Balloue entertained Club 17. Vivid bouquets of summer flowers centered the small tables where the group was seated, Mrs. Garner Robbins and Mrs. Chris Thompkins were special guests. Mrs. Carl Anderson won high score, Miss Bebe Levenstein second and Miss June Rhodes won the bridge. Mrs. Paye Henderson of Little Rock visited her daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Wildy, and family over the week end. Mrs. L. D. Massey and daughter. Mis* Ann Maasey, were Memphtte visitor* Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. George Doyle, Jr., and daughter of Sikeston, Mo., drove Mr. Doyle'8 mother home Sunday where she ha* been visiting for the past week. Sally Edrington celebrated her eighth birthday Monday when her mother, Mrs. Bard Sdrington, invited 30 to her home for a picnic supper followed by a picture show party. Mrs. E. H. Burns, and children are spending a week in Begota, K. J., with Mrs. Burn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Gibson. Mrs. Bill Lytle and children aar- rived home over the week end after vacationing in the Orarks lea- ten days. The operators and officials of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. of Osceola entertained with a picnic supper and swim party Friday night at the Osceola swimming pool. The employes of the Mississippi County Bank of Osceola, Luxora and Joiner spent the week end at Horse Shoe Lake as guests of C. B. Wood, Sr. Mr. Wood has made this an annual affair for a number of years. The group enjoyed boating, swimming, fishing and picnicing at the Wood Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Simmons, daughter, Sue Steele, and son, Jim, of Houston, Texas, will arrive over the week end for a visit with friends. Another daughter, Miss Jo Ray, who has been visiting in Os- See OSCEOLA NEWS on Page 5 SATISFACTION GUARAMTEED OR Y Small Quantities of Items to Be Cleared at Ridiculously Low Prices! 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