flONDAY, .JANUARY 18, 1937 BLYTHEVILLB, (ARK.): COURIER NEWS aven of Hope for Homeless Farm Families PA~GE THREE »ys Pacfure Sfr< ll'lic first year of Delta Co-operative Farm at Hillhousc, Mira.. Slier Jvood Eddy's effort to solve the. sharecropper problem, finds 20 new omes In the community. Plain though they seem, they n.re n treat improvement, over the fanners' former dwellings. The com- nunlty house, lower picture, provides sirmll class niul guest rooms, and a .large hall for meetings, school, and church. First fruits of the pioneering co-operative venture are proudly shown by Wllllnm McKec, above, who is weighing cotton which his wife, Lorene, has picked on their section of the co-operative' farm venture. More than 58.500 is ready for distribution to the members A. whole new world Is opened up for father and son together. W. J. White, Delta co-operative fanner, and his son, 7, study the same book, [or both are learning 'to write. The father Is, in the farm's night .school, [he son in Die Bolivar county public school. After the year's work, conies (lie reward, Here J. II. Moody, carpenU'r at the co-operative farm', receives his (list cash dividend from Dlalnc Trend- way, assistant manager, 1 after the cotton crop is sold. finch member receives a share, minus deductions for advances made. Experi- Bhci'wood Eddy If- In cut in Mississippi .AVeathers First Year:. 1!Y JACK BRYAN Service Special Corrcspontlenl • KIU4IOUSE,. Miss.—Delta Co- livjcrale Farm, Dr. slier wood Eddv's Iqnlribution toward solving the i'obleni of the southern tenant Itmer, has weathered its first year. Jwnbers of the community have toine cash and many new comforts lo show" for a year of pioneering. There have been ; problems. A [few .fanuliesA voluntarily left the k oloriy. A" few were' voted out. But the results shown by the first i'car have left the directors hope- Jul of solid progress for the future. •lost, of the residents seem dis- |inctly belter off. Late last March the first of tlie 0; families now on the farm left Arkansas. Most of them were then on relief or actually homeless Jis a result of tenant union trou- |>les. They took shelter in tiny cot- Ion houses on the 2138-acre .tract nought by Eddy for the co-opcra- |tvc farm experiment. Fewer than acres were cleared. Today there are more than 20 fomfortable if not elaborate hous- Is. The members built them them- lelves from lumber milled on the farm by their own sawmill. More than $8500 in cash will be lilvided among members, says Sam franklin, local director. Casli ad- lances made during the year for living ex|ic!ises are first deducted. Veiiibers have already received Iheir first dividend from the con- lunicrs' co-operative "store. [.Each family got back D per cent |n wlrtit it lias bought since last gptcmber. Tlie co-ojierative store run on Ihe Rochdale system, Jillf pronis going back to the cus- ~ hers. Between $3000 and $5000 worth •^improvements have been put in^','he land, Franklin estimates, Pi!i member is credited with his vare in this increased value, as m equity in any later division of l&sets. was, and called it a 'corporative' because they'd heard that word." • Some, looking for, ample cash aiid an easy life, dropped out, Franklin says. A few families were voted off the place by the co-operative council. A few others yielded lo inducements or pressure from outside, lo take places on other farms. NERD MEDICAl, SERVICE Lack of proper medical service remains a handicap, Franklin admits. Malaria was too prevalent, and screening of houses in cooperation with the county health board was not sufficient protection. Drouth burned out the com and the co-one.-ativc garden. "But on the basis of the first year," franklin says, "I think we have given the lie .to easy gen eralitie.s about the sharecropper being a lazy and shiftless fellow who won't respond ito better environment. "We have built • up a-strong group of people, who were not wanted where they came from but who .are building themselves •a • permanent future through their own hard work." • A social, educational, and religi- ous'pi'ogram has been developed as fast as possible. Night classes in reading and writing for. grown-ups are being held, and training in handicraft and furniture-making is being started. The racial problem has never developed at all. No social mixing is attempted, and the Negro and white members live in separate colonies on opposite ridges. .Equality -in work and Hs rewards is maintained. M-AN FUTURE PROGRESS An agricultural institute has bsen begiui, and the farm Is being developed along scientific lines, with crop rotation. At least 600 acres are to be kept in forest, and alfalfa and oilier crops are planned as a hedge against a cotton failure. A co-operative dairy herd will be added to the chickens and pigs successfully raised this year. Franklin thinks the farm will eventually take care of between 70 and 80 families. The land was bought for $17-1 500, with additional sums for improvements. This is a loan at 2 pur cent interest, When it is repaid, it will go to n revolving fund to start other similar ventures. There has been little open an- tagonism by neighboring planters But croppers on nearby plantation- hnve been warned to stay away, and some efforts hnve been made to get members to leave. Some local suspicion has fallen on the co-operative because of the many outside visitors, union or ganlzers, sociologists,- and student.'i, who have conducted classes and forums in union organization and similar social subjects. liut on the whole the first year of the Delta Co-operative seems (o have achieved a measure of success. Diplomacy Course Offered OBERLIN, O. (UP)—Laurence H. Diiggan, cWef of the Lntln American affairs division of Ihe stale department at Washington, , will conduct a course in "Latin-American Relations" at the unusual session of the Oberlin college peace institute in June. D. S. Lantnp Takes Charge o f Blytheville Office Today. D. S. Lantrip, formerly extension agent of Van Duron county, todnv took over his work as agricultural agent of the chickasaw- ba district of Mississippi county with headquarters in Blytheville. He succeeds J. O. Fulltron, who was recently appointed district agent of northeast Arkansas. Tlie new agent was In charge of activities of Van Buren comity, A year ago Mrs. J.. u. Moody and her grandson, David McKee, weic on government icllef, Ihlng in a makeshift cnbin. Now they have a new home In the io-oucia(!vi> community, and Ihe guitni on the wall tcitllles thai theie Is not only happlncis and hope, but, music, In their lives. with headquarters nt Clinton, for two years after having been ft vocational auricullural teacher at lilgji schools of Mansfield and La- vnca, Ark., for four years. He was reared in England, Ark., Lonoke comity, and received his later education at the state university, Fayettevllle, .receiving his degree from tlie college of agriculture. Mrs. Lantrip and their two baby daughters will join Mr. Lantrip later in the spring after a visit with relatives at Harriosn Ark. Streamlines Slfjinp Japiinc.se TOKYO (UP)—Japanese ellorls to copy Ihe swanky streamlined locomotives developed in -the United states have failed and the 1 railway ministry nosv lias decided to revert to types wjth which Japanese engineers are familiar, Meetings Scheduled for January 28 and 29 Here, and Al Osccola Farm men and .women of Mississippi county will study the ag- rlcultural outlook for 1937 mid make plans for the coming year's work at outlook meetings lo lie held at the Blylhcvllle courthouse on January 28 and at tile Osceoln courthouse on January 29. D S Lantrip, E H Burns and Miss Cora Lee Colcman, county ex- lenslon agents, c. J. nyrcl, assist- ant director In charge of the cotton branch experiment station ut Marlanim, Miss Clcrtr'iide E. Conant, 'extension nutritionist, and 13. E. Karns. agricultural engineer, will conduct the meetings. Tlio general .business situation and Hie cotton outlook for 10TF will be surveyed : by Mr. Byrd and Mr. Knrns. (The 1937 soil conservation program will be dismissed' by the county auenUs. Mr. nyrd and Mr. Knrns will then discuss the outlook for .livestock and other crops. Miss Coleman will outline the liye- al-liome plan for this county and Mr. umtrip, at ulythovlllo, and Mr Hums, at Osccola, will review the general agricultural outlook for the county. Outlook meeting!) are held: an- nunlly to mnke price, rVmrkeltiig and other liirorinrillon 1 available to all farmers. Read Courier -News Want Ads Crumbs for Hlrds Free CANTON, O (UP)— Birds neai hcie shouldn't go hungiy this winter A J. Nelf, a bakeiy manager, has olfcrcd to give'packages of crumbs lo anyone- who promises to use them to feed wild birds. Caged .canaries'.' chickens or lame crows are barred. Womlchiicks make veiy inlciest- Ing pets and aio ea.slly taied foi. NERVOUS? SICK? Mrs C. C. Cmon of 7836 Aic. K, Iloiiilnn, Texai, iiiJ:'"I'nr.a time 1 was weak amf nervous and sufTaril Eroin cnmpi aiiu hrailiulics, aisocia1«t will] dtitcliuiia] irrCKiitnr- il^. I uictl Dr Pit'rves \F' laconic J'/cicrirtUoti ni — * ^ n (onlt -jitd J foilnit greatt ^.,il—I Ind n keen aweiite anil icll Just fine allcr f(»,uje." , Solil by your ntiRhboilinoil ciriiKqist. Neit »!!c, tabteu SOi., liciuiil $1 06 t acge >iic, lalilcli or l^iuil, jl JS ll»> no« I FACED ! About 513,000 was brought in by Jhe cotton crop, below expectations |nd some $1000 from sale of lum- , Out of this came operating Ixpenscs and $1000 paid on the loan •irigmally made to buy the land lind start tli e project 1 Xfany tough problems have been bict during the first year. "Most »f the people could neither read nor •vrite," says Franklin. 'They did|it even know what a co-operative NAY, NAY LAD • YE CANNA GIE ME THOSE ILL BUY MY OWN KIND ,•»* I KEN WHAT THEY DO... 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