The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 22, 1954 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 22, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1954 BLYTHEVTJLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE OSCEOLA NEWS ^-^ >^V->-L/V_X J_^7 -X J- ^ I—/ T T \J y Btttif. Well* Starr Assessor Herbert Shippen Spent Although born when moonshine outshone June Moon in the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains of Ellijay, Ga. — where men were men, hogs .got fat on mash and women plowed the fields with steers just to throw the revenue officers. off the track — Herbert Shippen would never be the one you would think was born in such an environment. But he was and it all came about when his dad, the late Frank Shippen, and an uncle, the late Will Shippen, set up a lumber mill in the virgin timber section in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountans. Very few children lived within the boundaries of the mill,- which was an advantage in one respect. There was no one to commute any of the diseases familiar to children. Not until his first child was born did Herbert ever break out with any of the so-called Children's diseases and that was only a mild case of the chicken pox. THERE WAS not an automobile in the country and only two families in the entire county could boast of having a bath tub. and electric lights, Herbert's family and his Uncle Will's family. The lights came from the water power at lae mill. The nearest building to the Shippen holdings was thei little country school house, four! miles away. Herbert knew every crook and cranny in the woods and by the . . . Assessor Shippen - * - knows only two happy taxpayers graduated from- Central High wearing leather boots and plaid School in 1918. Two years prior to graduation, Herbert's Uncle Ed time he reached school age he had Shippen settled near Keiser, which been shown a _s'hort-cut made by| a t that time was as wild and wooly as the mountainous country of Georgia. his sister and brother which was only two miles from nome, but those two miles — in fact the four — had to be made on foot through the woods and unless they were familiar with the land marks, a youngun' missing. might have come up Herbert's older sister and broth- Herbert reached school age and living in the wilds, he had no fear of anything that' roamed the woods. On days too rough to walk to school, Herbert was tutored by his mother. * * * WHEN HERBERT was eleven years old, his mother died and it fell to his sister to run the house and look -after him. When he reached sixteen, his sister married and he went to Memphis to live with her, where he attended and wool shirts, would have been hard to. believe, but that was the real Herbert Shippen. His love for hunting and fishing, the only recreation he'knew until he was 16 years old, distinguished He sent for Herbert's father, him among all the sportsmen in where the two set up a lumber ^°. rith _ eas _ t A ;? an l as ;._ H l. is a mm and began clearing up land for miles around. The old saw-dust- pile still stands at Shippen's spur to remind you of those days when the saw mill business flourished for the Shippen brothers. During the two summers before Herbert's graduation, he came out to the lumber camp and lived with his dad and-was'treated just as the regular lumber jacks who worked for him. Herbeert lived a dual life — he was the dignified city slicker during the school term but to see him at the age of 16 associating with the rough' lumber jacks and eating saw mui lare of navy bean pie and cream potato sandwiches, huntsman. He dresses it and body's business. bags the game, can cook like no- Vanderbilt .through an aunt who taught at Saint Cecelia and two other aunts residing in Nashville while : hc attended Sewanee. One of the boys, the late Welby Young, introduced Herbert to the girl he later married, Margarite Driver. The wedding took place in October, 1926. In 1928, Herbert bought out Pig- gly-Wiggly and operated an IGA Store in its place. In 1929, his first child, Billy, was born. The first word he learned to say was ''pistol," and from that first time he said it, until this very day, he has called his dad "pistol." I think that's kinda cute, too. IN 1932, when "Fleet Number Seven," put Osceola on the map, Herbert sold out his grocery store, something completely out of his line, and did as the majority of young men in Osceola* did—he went to work with the Engineers. That first day at work on the fleet, which had tied up at Sans Souci, Herbert expected to sign up and have everything all set to go to work lull blast the following day, but at ten that morning the fleet pulled out for Cairo, 111., with Herbert Shippen wondering where his next clean shirt was coming from., He wasn't given notice irr'time to contact his Wife. She had supper on the table that night waiting tor Herbert to come home and by then he had passed Barfield and Margarite was in tears. Some iioughtful soul brought the note Herbert had written her,, hours later. : '••'-'•'•. As all "fleet wives," Margarite pulled up lock, stock and barrel and moved to Cairo. By the time she ot settled good and had found a renter for her home in Osceola, the fleet closed down and in July, 1933, Herbert went with the Revenue Department as field auditor and that meant moving to Little Bock. Their second child, Delia (the STARR GAZING Time marches on! Can it be a Friendship is simple, that if is year since I began my third year you go about it in the right way with the Courier? Looking at my calendar, it says I'm right and now the fourth year is beginning and a few more gray hairs are sprouting, and I have becQme closer friends to 52 more people from the stories I have written. If I can continue to add that many every year, I will say I am the luckiest person in the world. You really get to snow the depth of folks when you sit down, just you two, and have a heart-to-heart talk and I wouldn't take amount for having made the tacts that I have made. People are wonderful. The only trouble is, not enough of. us go to the trouble of'finding out what's on the inside of a fellow. If we did, we would, more than likely, find out the same thing that makes us tick makes him' tick too. any con . and you don't need to be told the right way. he can find on the first floor. The love of hunting, especially for ducks and geese, still runs in Herbert's blood and I had to listen for an hour about how to build goose pits on the sand bar. Maybe, ii I live long enough, I'll-have need for that information, but with all these cotton-chopping geese eating their heads off in the dead of winter when goose hunting is at its best, I might be at>le to inveigle one of our farmers to let me cook one 01 theirs on the halves. Drand spanking new Mrs. Graham D artlow) was born there the following year. - • * * * HAD HER consent, by the way to "reveal her age. Isn't youth ;rand? The family, with Lib coming along nine years later, lived in Little Rock until Jan. 1, 1945. Her- Dert left the revenue department to Doyle Henderson's deputy, who vas tax assessor at that time. PERSONALLY, I don't- see the fun in arising when the moon is high in the sky to shiver over trying to pour out a cup of coffee from an old smoked-up tin coffee pot and eat burned bacon to just bag a goose. I'd be too numb to throw over my shoulder and tote home. Guess I'm not the outdoor type and any way, I wouldn't think of hanging trophy specimens of deer heads among my French bisque ' and even the children's water guns scare me to death. Margarite is smart. She sits back on her chaise lounge and brags on v/hat tasty dishes Herbert can whip, up when company comes and that she didn't know how to operate the HERBERT ENTERED Sewanee after his graduation, where he finished in 1925 with a certificate in forestry. After finishing at Sewanee, Herbert came to Osceola to make his home. He spent his week ends ±\ town with his Uncle Ed and Mrs. Shippen, but continued- to work at the mill at Shippen's Spur during the week. Herbert had me:; quite a number of Osceola boys who attended In 1948. when Doyle didn't announce, and there was no other opposition (Herbert said that, I didn't), Herbert ran for the office and, naturally, he won. He took office in January, 1949. In the five years he has held the office, he has only found two men in Osceola who were perfectly satisfied with their assessments and as soon as there is a law permitting pictures, other than George Washington and Abe Lincoln, to be hung in the court house, Herbert plans on hanging the pictures of these two men, Joe Applebaum and Ed Wiseman, in the most conspicuous place immense barbecue pit he built at one end of their 35 x 17 foot screened-in-breeze-way. Before youj can say, "I really must be going,/ Herbert has prepared the meal and you find yourself with your feet propped under their table and your teeth sunk into a big juicy barbecued hamburger. Nice folks, those Herbert Shippens. We .Americans use more oranges than all other major fruits combined. Did you know it takes about six months for oranges to ripen? And, housewives, that green you see on the oranges cannot legally be picked for sale in Florida. I don't know whether that holds good for Texas and California oranges or not and when you see oranges advertised as "tree-ripened," it doesn't mean a darn thing. EVERY orange is tree ripened if it's ripened at all. Frozen orange-juice has taken the day, and glory be, folks who are allergic to fresh oranges, due to the skin oil they contain, can drink frozen orange-juice without worrying about nettle rasn or nose sniffles. And look at the time saved; mat's what I'm most interested in. I love anything that's instant — canned biscuits, instant coffee and frozen anything. They're for me! On tke Social Side... It's been said poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion. Holland, I'm told, is one of the traditional lands of freedom and I can believe it from the stories I grew up on. It was the home of independent intellect, of free religion, and, as a whole, the morals of Hollanders are above reproach. stars would have disappeared long ago had they happened to be within the reach of human hands. Some great man once said, '"Never read a book .until it's a year old." If it has survived a year, it is well worth reading — unquote. • "The dreamers are the saviours of the world. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; 'it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know. The vision that you glorify in your mind, the'ideal that you enthrone in your heart.— this you win build your life by, this you will become . . James Allen. so saith Read Courier News Classified Ads. The monthly Supper-Bridge Club met during the past week at Cramer's Cafe for supper after which the club went to the home of Mrs. J. A. Pigg for bridge. Late summer garden flowers were used to decorate the entertaining rooms. Mrs. Tal Tongate was high, score winner, Mrs. C. E. Sullenger won second and bridge was won by I "rs. Spencer Driver. Thirty-five members of the soda- pop set were invited to attend the sixth birthday celebration of young Searcy Mears Thursday afternoon. The party, given on the lawn of the Mears' home, was highlighted by the cutting of the green birth-! day cake decorated in cowboys | and Indians. Noise makers were [ much in evidence among the girls and boys. Yard games filled the afternoon's entertainment. Thei two grandmothers, Mrs. EUzabeth Silliman of Luxora and Mrs. Searcy Mears, Sr., assisted. Mrs. James Florida complimented her husband Saturday night with a birthday dinner at their bc-Hie on Circle Drive. For the occasion, the Florida home was decorated with ;red roses and snapdragons. Seated at the dining' table with Mr. and Mrs. Florida were his sister. Miss Virginia .Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Oeorgt Leadford of Steele, Mo. The dining table was centered with a low crystal bowl of red rose*. Mr. Leadford is associated with th* Paducah, Ky., Steel Company. Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Leasurt left Saturday morning by plane to spend a week in Nassau. Mr. Leasure, sales manager for Chevrolet, won the trip for nlmself and wife. Numerous parties were planned in their honor. They will return home over the week end. Only Aspirin At Its Best Gtt fast, soothing rtlief with PERCY MEDICINE *MURR* SB*,- OSCKXA Relax In Air Conditioned Comfort WED., & THURS. "Bod For EachOther" Starring Charlton HESTON Lizabeth SCOTT Dianne FOSTER Weils And Pumps For Form Crop Irrigation Equipped to drill any . Size Well 'You can't irrigate without wattr." ARKANSAS WELL COMPANY PO-S-filO 131 E. Mate Listen to'KLCN" at 10:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for Ritz & Roxy Program Announcements Wed. • Thurs. • Fri. 20th Century-Fox's production in Takes you beyond the treacherous torrents of Los Concheros, ueyond the land of ffie Black Sand! 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