The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 12, 1934 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 12, 1934
Page 5
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FRIDAY, OCTOBBK 1^, 1934 BLYTHBVILLE, <ARK.); COURIER. NEWS Former Courier Editor Recalls Blytheville As He First Saw It 1.. M. lloss, former editor of the Courier and founder of Islylhe- villc's first ilaily newspaper, ar- livcil in Ihls city 23 years ago. In Ihc article below lie slvts some leiiiiiiisccnsts of tlie town as it lias in ttic early days of Ills residence here. clothes, no pavements, no sidewalks, save on Hie three principal blocks of Main street, the width still be- Ing marked with a border. There were no sidewalks In most of the town, and. crossings, like, the airplane, had not yet teen invented. One or two' merchants on Main street desiring that prospective customer's might be able to cross over without endangering life apd lli)ib In the unspeakable and almost always impossible condition, caused to be erected at their own expense two board crossings, which brought a storm of protest from less fortunate merchants, with the result that the city council outlawed them as obstructions to traffic—wagons and By I.. M. ROSS Since returning from Colorado, where I spent three years, many friends'have asked me how Blytheville looks following the depression and the drouth. Equally as many have asked me concerning the Rocky mountain region, if this escapes the waste basket I will likely have something concerning the latter. buggies, horsemen and what not. At several places on Main street deep mm holes were dug out by the loggers and others, anil each was filled with waler, in the, center of which wags erected fishing poles . bearing signs "No fishing allowed." It was" not an unusual sight to see a big strong team and wagon stuck up in these no-fishing resorts. Blytheville then had three newspapers, tlie Courier, owned uy a Cape Gtrardeaii, MO., man by the name of Dix Walker, the News, conducted by Ben Easton, and the Herald, in a small wooden building which stood where the Gobi) Undertaking establishment now stands, owned by a Confederate veteran named Lawhorn, who took THK OU> ONE-TWO PUNCH! YOU B!&;HAiBV.FAce'D'VAW..'WEPN, f OIPN'T T p'YA''V.BEAT UP ; ON'TVBM ME'AN.BEATIN 1 UPON I/POOR PELLERS- TI4 1 60OY-GUACP THEM, HOW DJA GIT,-} OH,'I DIP HAVE. A. VER WEDplNS PUPS/LITTLE IHAD0A GO LIKE THAT, IF/MY BODY-GUARP'^BOM' Y'VVASN'T,/ SOME MUGS .THAT'JUfciPE 'fc'M.' I 'HADPA LICK &QY, VCR AV TWELVE op • EM t TWERE'5 ELEVEN GUYS LAYIN'OUT WHAT'U- WE CO EM Udbetter stood v on the question. It was-a tie, with Remus Cincinnati Home tendency to remind latrr mayor decreed Hint since each al- WlllS LaWSUlt derman should have an opportun- made by the early pioneers to Inillil ity to vote' upon the Important question (he matter would come up at the next regular monthly meeting. In the meantime the new editor got busy, rounded up the delinquent alderman and persuaded him to come across and vote for the law. He did and the ordinance) town we now are till proud of. i undreds of sacrifices were mode by! Uver Castle Well Hundreds of sac countless early arrivals In this of- -fort. Time v/onld . not , permit ol VIENNA. (UP)— An oinuiu'or's more than a glance at tlie picture, granddaughter has won $10,400 In Suffice It to say .that those who a suit over a wutci- well. came after the' foundation of tlie; princess Kllsubctli Mnrln ol My thought concerning Blylhe- ville, which always looks good, brings back a vivid memory of how the town looked when I arrived on my birthday, October 12, 1911. There were few flags displayed on the event as there will likely be on the anniversary this year although it is also the anniversary of the discovery of America. It was what may be described as a frontier town in the center of a great swamp, with few drainage canals In what was then one of the greatest hardwood timber sections, with all kinds of virgin timber, five timber mills, all busy, one employing 800 men, woods filled with timber cutters and "trails," as tlie roads may be described, leading to town filled with mule teams and occasionally ox teams, bringing in the timber. Days of Prosperity It was the heyday of the lim- bcrman and the logger and in consequence all merchants were busy as bees, six days a week and some on the seventh, all until ten o'clock ' each night and until midnight Saturday nights. It was a busy town and as it grew increased in business, population and reputation. In fact it finally became known as the best town in Arkansas, and a request at most any railroad ticket- office in the state tor a ticket to the "best town In Arkansas," brought forth a ticket- to Blytheville, with the announcement of the fare. Finally it, assumed the title of "Wonder City." To the younger generation wiiich has grown up In the 23 interven- _ Uig years 'it may be surprisingj'to kiY6v>'''thaE : aii effort was made' at that time by the Courier to stop the blowing of the half dozen big mill whistles at five o'clock in the morning, disturbing the slumbers of the populace. It was equfll to an anvil chorus, one after the other spouting off, the big Chicago Mill whistle leading the procession. Now, we dare say, all would be glad to be awakened in such manner. Following the "five o'clock alarm," In the scarcity of Big Bens on the frontier, another spasm followed at seven o'clock, in case'the first effort to get everybody out to work at five had failed. The procession 0! workmen from all parts of town wending their way to the severa mills was an assurance to the merchants and others . that things would be happening in the evening and on Saturday. No Highway Travel . There were few roads, if the; could be called such, in any par" of the county, none were paved and log wagons cut up those used ii the winter and cotton wagons add cd. to the destruction in the fal and early winter. If one desired t go to Manila, it was ride tile J. U C. &, E., little.more than a strea of rust, and two trains a day. Ther was no bridge over Big bake ex cept. that of the railroad, and ha there been a good highway thcr was no way to cross the river, sav in a skiff or by walking the tres tic. The trip on the train requira a full day, since there was but on train coming east. Riding th train was similar to going to the | county fair and taking a pull at the scenic railway, so wiggly was it, and many refused to take a second trip without accident insurance. There was no road to Osccola except a circuitous frail via Cl^ar Lake and down the river, and this was only possible in the dry season. It was a rail trip, with! two chance.'; to return, one at ten' a.m., which gave one little time lor transacting business, the other at 7:30 p.m. The same was true of Yarbro, which was quite a trading center then, with a large slave factory employing scores of men In the mill and in the woods, with a bank and several big general stores. Think of spending hours going to that town in a wagon or buggy or waiting for the five o'clock train south. Of course Huffman and other places no further away were day trips. Barfield was a lively trading post in those days, with several stores, a gin and many workmen clearing the timber from that splendid soil. The local river packets were yet plying the river and Barfield was a regular stop Show boats frequently tied up at the levee, which has since been moved back at least three times more than one mile west. B. L. Appleby, late editor of the Leach, vllle star, was postmaster and cor. respondent of the courier. "No Fiihtof" on Main Street Blvtheviiie sas ln ^ town was laid have done'thcir bit! vvindischgraet/,. veieran namco^ i*»»«i",»•••>.• «~" ns pas5cd aml no body ever was| In most instances , to "carry on" I Kiupcror [-'rands" Joseph ot Aus- di o the Courier a first- 1>ble l ° determine-Just how Mayor! and with the hopelmt Blylhcvllla lu-ln, sold her esinle of Schonaii. a editor ot the Courier a first- page prod, for no reason other than that he had selected a town north of the Mason and Dixon line for his birthplace. The Courier was located in the little lirick building across the alley from the store Jos Isaacs now owns. The equipment was awful, scarcely anything in tlie building, including the front and back door, would work. The town had no machine shop—nothing that even resembled one—and Ihe de- lapidaled machinery needed such , every time the power WHS turned on. The Chicago Mil! had a good plant, and made a pretense of dp- ing odd jobs for the public when importuned, but this required five dollar bill to the teamster for transporting the broken machine to their plant and waiting patiently until the workman had a '"thin place" in his routine, to do the work. Of course, under such conditions extra editions of the paper were taboo, and unless conditions at- the shop were favorable maybe the regular edition was several days late. NeUon Hume in Country R: A. Nelson was moving into liis present home the day we landed, and while walking over the town making a survey of the possibilities of. buying the print shop franchise (which was all sve purchased) we encountered him piling his accessories into the house: It was in the country, sure enough, and we made inquiry why.he did not move town while in the mood of chang- j /locations. He-remarked that ie-,oqwri wouloV-soon-grow; to liini, nd that he wanted to get out where Is crying kids would not molest he neighbors. Time has vindlcat- <i his judgment and the "kids" had niple room to -expand their lungs. Blytheville had no paved streets 1 sidewalks, as stated, no waler- •orks or sewerage system, cows, ibgs, horses and mules were ruri- itng at large. The new "Yank" ed- tor got in bad right off the bat ly advocating an ordinance pro- libiting -slock running at large. v oo<l citizens, tried and true, came orth saying there'were many, widow women in town who made a iving selling milk, who would starve f such an ordinance were passed. As It was the cows made their liv- rng "rearing" into farm wagons eating the feed the farmer brought with him for liis team. Such an ordinance was finally framed, after insistent howling on the part of tlie new editor. Tlie night for its passage arrived. J. J. Ledbct- ter was mayor, and with political inclinations, desired not to his hand in the big question of keeping up the town cow. The vote famous beauty SIMM,'to y.edlwlt'/.-Ufbtnstcln. The countess found out that she was responsible for the upkeep of a well on the proiX'Hy. Shu de- nuindixl that $10,400' be deducted from the prtce, because the I'l-lncess had iiot told her of the added resixmslblllty, The courts, However, gave a verdict fr the Princess, who was allowed to retain the entire pur- price. Uond Courier Ne»'« Wsnl Adi, million dollar Remus swimm _._.,.. Pool will be led. Hesldcnts o/}t Rortd ior Sub-Division am ' suh-dhisiou win iuse tho p( Remus was repulcd to have-] CINCINNATI. (UP) - Wreckers wllli crowbars and minimm »f« cttfcw> uuf alter »• scries ol:chi' touring awny tho ornate huuse BC! , i,nd been piosccutcd agal' which George. Remus, one-time hint 'hi •'Die courls "was; virtus' nlflucut bootleg liquor baron, built penniless. ' I here, symbolizing not only Iho 1 end of Remus' career, but of Ihc it, na!i estimated that th mi which made It possible. W ould be. lioo icebergs evident!'• A new sub-division Is beliltf the Nortli Atlantic llibi year'; \ slaked out on Ihe site. Only the iihiiul crop Is 300. i APPETIZING «ATLIFF'S C OLD MEDAL K A T I. I I' F ' S GOLD MEDAL CHILI IMIOIH <TS PURE Chilled By Prigidalre Safe - Sanitary Pint - 7c <)urt T 12o CRAIGS DAIRY Phone 74 . COURIER NEW KING SCHOOL Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday October 16-17-18-19 You'll wanr notebook and pencil for fhe Director of the Cooking School will give you in detail many a priied tecipe for all sort of delicious rmw^ well as many suggestions artd ideas for marketing, serving and time saving. And she will show you as she tells, you just how lots 'of good things art made, so thif p you are a beginner in the cookery arts you can duplicate h«r every Special menus for special occasions Witt find their pl*c* in the programs..The planning,.buying,.balancing,' blondinj' of food will b« analyzed claarly. Eich'afUrnoon's program will be entirely | different. ;«ch meeting; will-be -well worth your time, no.mafter'how.busy a home:maier you are) City Hall Auditorium admission free — doors open at 1 p.m. — lecture'- at -2 .p.m. GIFTS • • • M A R K E T B ASfK E PS Miss Ednu M. Ferguson ADMISSION FREE

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