The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 15, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, October 15, 1955
Page 7
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•ATUBDAT, OCTOBER «, 1066 Congresswoman Iris Fah'cloth Blitch (circle) on the floor of the Honse of Repsesentatwee. t W 1 &MMaauMK» r *M# E ver get a real, good look at an F.M.C.? Not often does a pretty little thing from Homerville, Ga., by the name of Iris become a female membe-r of Congress. And when Rep. Iris Faircloth Blitch, Democrat, representing the 20 counties of the eighth Congressional district in Georgia, took hep place in the House chamber, she attracted considerable attention from the galleries as well as from her fellow members. But here is a better look than anyone can get just by watching her in Congress. You will see Georgians with problems in her office; see her climbing the stairs to her small apartment; putting muffins in the oven; dancing with a senator when the social amenities of the evening replace the cares of the day. All this business of politics is nothing newto the pretty, size-12 Georgian, who is as winsome at43 as she was as a schoolgirl. Before going to Congress after unseating a four-term veteran, Don M. Wheeler, she served two terms in the State Senate, a term in the Georgia House of Representatives and a stint as the state's Democratic national committeewoman. She's married, has two children, Brooks, 19, a student at the University of Georgia, and Betty, 23, the wife of Henry Tuberville of Phenix City, Ala. Iris 1 husband, Erwin, runs a drugstore back in Home-rvUle. Fellow Georgians drop in to pay their respects. Facing Rep. Blitch, in foreground, are, left to right: Mrs. Annette McLean, director of Georgia's state museums: James T. Bennett, Jr., of Valdosta, Ga., Ernest Page, Jr. of Madison, Fla., just across the Ga.-Fla. -line from Mrs. Blitch's district; Fred Belcher, Nashville, Ga., and Fred H. Walker, Valdosta. Iris Blitch packs into crowded elevator enroute to House chamber to answer roll call Mrs. Blitch dictates to secretary, Martha Tomlinson. It's a climb up to second story of her apartment In Qeo*9e*own, but Mrs. BiUcfe do«8 it with her omul snitta. Rep. Blitch doesn't have much time for cooking, but she's right •here wbea ate must. She's putting muffins Into the oven. She's a good dancer, too. Senator Walter George of Georgia is Mrs. BUtch'a dignified partner at the Georgia State Society Dance in Washington. Thla Wcck'n Picture Show by AF 9l;i(l Photographer William C. All on

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