B T XTT'T TT^T 7TT T T"3 LYTHEVILLE THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 160 Blytheville Courier Blytiieville Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1954 TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS 20 Enter NCPC 'Queen Contest AFTER NEW TITLES — Barbara Jean Nix (left), 18-year-old daughter of Paul Nix of Heber Springs, will be after title No. A when she takes part "in the National Cotton Picking Contest beauty" revue tomorrow night. The Heber Springs High School senior already holds the titles of Miss Cleburn County, Miss Veteran and Miss Hospitality of Heber Springs. Sponsored by Alpha Omega Phi sorority of Arkansas' State College, Nina V/arbrough (right), of Trurnann, Ark., will be one of the 20 girls competing for the title of Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest tomorrow night. The ASC freshman was named Miss Trurnann High School of 1953 and represented that city at the last Cotton Carnival in Memphis. 2-Day Cotton Picking Contest m TO in Entrant List Filled with Title-Holders Twenty of the fairest of a five-state \ area will parade across the stage of High School auditorium at 8 p.m. tomorrow-and to one will go the title of Queen of the 1954 National Cotton Picking Contest in an event which seems about to overshadow the -15- year old cotton picking competition. /•--Aptly tabbed the "Contest of 'Queens," tomtrtrrtrw night's beauty pageant will feature various titles won by the girls in contests in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, ;Mis- Bouri and Mississippi. ;„First-place winner will be recipient of a '$500 cotton wardrobe *%nd an expense-free vacation to,- -Havana, Cuba. "No effort was v made to ,,get a large number.^oT entries;" beauty contest .chairman.'?. D. Foster, Jr., pointed out. -^ ; "In selecting contestants, it was our purpose to accept only those we thought stood a chance of winning, We didn't want more than 25 girls as any v more, than that number tends to mate the judging a lengthy ''and, sometimes tiring .affair," he "stated. Thus, " the, 1954 roster of beauties resolves itself pretty well ;to girls who already are holders of 'beauty titles. •? , . .•;:, Judges -will include ken Johnson, Little Rock bureau chief of Commercial Appeal; Ed Penick, Worth.- ington Bank and Trust, Little ilock; Miss Olivia Browne, WMCT and WMC women's; program director: Dr. Charles Moyer of Jonesboro. and Abe Davidson, Arkansas Commander of American Legion. Dr. Janresr G/Guard of Blytheville wil be master of ceremonies. Entrants Listed Here's a "roundup of the 19 entrants (another was expected tomorrow): Bertha 'Ann'; Gaines— BlytheviUe. A runnerup ta.Miss Blytheville^ , Betty Spiers— "Osceola. Sponsored by Osceola Chamber of Commerce Barbara Jean Nix— Heber Springs, Miss Cleburne County, Miss Vet r . '' ' "" '' ' " "" TO -JUDGE FOR HIMSELF -^ County"-Judge-"Philip. Deer will be on hand at tomorrow night's Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest event. ; He's shown purchasing his ticket from Mrs. Roland Bishop, who made .sale on behalf 'of Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. (Courier News Photo) Blytheville's annual fall fes-* tival — the National Cotton Picking Contest .— gets started here tomorrow in the first of a two-day run which will have its climax in the Cotton Ball Friday night. It's the time when, each year, Blytheville and cotton get their place in the sunlight of national and international publicity. Newspapers, television, radio and newsreels annually lend coverage to the event;and within a few hours .after the end of the affair Friday, a "Blytheville,. Ark.," dateline will be adorning picture captions and news stories over the nation. Sikeston's 100-piece band will officially open the contest with an 11:30 a.m. concert on Court House lawn tomorrow. The National Cotton Picking Contest Parade, will •get rolling down Main Street at 3. Tomorrow night at High School auditorium, the Contest of Queens will/unfold. Beauty winners from Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi will vie for the title of Queen of the. 1954 National Coton Picking Contest. Street Dances Set And first-night activities will be climaxed by the customary street dances—the white affair on Safe- ways' parking lot and the Negro version at Fifth and Ash. Friday morning at 10 o'clock, actual picking gets started at the site adjacent to Walker Park. The contest ends at noon, though the winner won't be announced until 4:50 p.m. Paul Lloyd is scheduled to give a noontime demonstration of crop dusting at the site, before the crowd moves into the main grand- See CONTEST on Page 10 LEGION GUEST—Abe Davidson of Marvell, state commander of American Legion, will be guest of honor at Dud Cason Post 24 open house here tomorrow from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. He will be on hand to attend Cotton Picking Contest events Thursday and Friday and will be present for the beauty event at High School auditorium tomorrow night. Presidents of city civic clubs have been invited to meet Commander Davidson. Church Women Here A id M exican M igrants By GEORGE ANDERSON (Courier News Staff Writer) Several thousand Mexican migrant workers, in the Blytheville area during cotton harvest, are recipients of a recreational, educational and religious program spon- sorejd here by the Blytheville Council of Church Women in conjunction with the of Christ in America. The harvest-time program i; National Council of Churches Nancy McCollum— Stuttgart - Miss Arkansas''. Valley, Miss Arkansas County. Mildred Johnston — Manila. Miss Manila, Harvest Queen. Sue Carol 'Orsburn — Blytaesalle. Miss Phi Mu, Arkansas State Campus Beauty- Nancy Adams— Mayfield, Ky. Miss Kentucky *Lake, Miss Kitty League. Maxie Ann Tisher— -New Madrid, Mo. «Miss Chamber of Commerce. Barbara Saracini — Poplar Bluff, See PAGEANT on Page 10 Clement talk Here Opens Party Drive When Gov. Frank Clement of Tennessee speaks a the National Cotton Picking Contest here Friday, he will be launching a series of talks on behalf of the Demo cratic Party's campaign for control of Congress in the November . elections. Gov, Clement said yesterday in Nashville' that his speech here will be the first in a series in a national tcur to be made by him on behalf of Democratic candidates. The young Tennessee chief executive is scheduled to speak from the -platform in Iront of the Walker Park grandstand at about 2:45 p. m. Friday, ••'" ',; : He is one of several . speakers chosen ; b-y national Democratic leaders to criss-cross the country between now and the November elections.. Gov. Clement did not say specifically What his Blytheville speech will be about. The 34-year-old governor, who this summer-defeated ex-governor Gordon Browning's comeback bid, is See CLEMENT on Page 10 . C of C. Appeals For NCPC Housing resumption of the first such project conducted here for six weeks earlier this summer when approximately 5,000 Mexican workers were in this- area for the cotton chopping season. The program here Is only one of many similar undertakings 'carried on throughout the nation by the "Ministry to Migrants" division of the National Council. This .nationwide project is not limited to Mexican laborers, but is directed toward all of the estimated 2,000,000 migratory workers; of whatever, nationality, who annually .follow the harvest from Maine to California. But before an organized program can be set up in any city, the National Council must have a local organization to sponsor the project and provide, the necessary funds and volunteer help to make it effective,. * * * THIS YEAR the Blytheville Council of Church Women agreed to undertake sponsorship of the program. Mrs. James W. Rainwater is general chairman. Financing is the chief problem faced by the Blytheville Council. With no regular income, the group must depend on contributions from other organizations, churches and individuals to finance the project. All expenses, equipment and facilities for the program here are provided by the Blytheville Council except the salary of field worker sent here by the National Council. Conducting the present program here is Miss Tavita Hernandez, who as a Presbyterian minister's daughter, grew up in various parts of Texas. She is the daughter of the Rev. J. A. Hernandez, presently of Palfurrias, Tex. Miss Hernandez, who was born in Bay City, Tex., of parents who migrated in their youth from Mexico, attended Trinity University at San Antonio, Tex. * * » NOW IN HER second year as a field worker for the Ministry to Migrants, she worked last year in Ohio and,Indiana, This year, before coming to Blytheville, she was In North Dakota and Michigan, during beet, cherry and tomato harvests. ThU is her first time to work in th« cotton harvest. In addition to financing, one of the major problems faced by the sponsoring organization in setting up such a program is finding a suitable building to use as a recreational center for migrants. As one of the four major part* of th* The Chamber of Commerce this a overall project, the center is the ' morning issued an appeal for rooms cohestive factor in the providing a place of recreation, relaxation, education and worship for migrants and their families when they come'to town. The center is program, ! in private homes for possible use in housing visiting dignitaries to the National Cotton Picking Contest. "Hotel and motel accomodations here are. filling up fast," Chamber open on Saturday and Sunday from ! Manager Worth Holder said, "and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the program earlier this year, a room in Paul Byrum's build- room was unavailable, for the present project, however, and another location had to be found. This was accomplished when a See CHURCH GROUP on Page 9 *(• %• •¥• we need a list of persons who have extra rooms in their homes that we can rent if we need them," homes .would not be used to house dignitaries unless it becomes necessary. Persons having bedrooms to rent , should, contact the. Chamber of 4Commerce at 2-2013. ARKANSAS—Cloudy with scattered thundershowers this afternoon, tonight and Thursday; local thunderstorms northwest portion this afternoon; cooler north and west-central portions tonight and Thursday. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudi- [ ness today and tonight with show- j ers east and south portions; turning j cooler northwest today and over i north and west portions tonight. Minimum this morning—68. Maximum yesterday—94. Sunrise tomorrow—5 :S4 Sunset today—5:47.' Mean temperature (midway between hj?h and low—81. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a.m. todav—none. Precipitation Jan I to -this date — 25.63. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—98. Minimum this morning—56. Precipitation January 1 to date — 24.88. x - Special Section Today Acknowledges NCPC Your Courier News has two sections today. The second is a special section published to acknowledge the city's top fall activity, the National Cotton Picking Contest In addition to material on the contest, it contains the latest in information on the widespread and increasing uses of the Mid- South's primary crop. Mendes-France Adenauer Talk Seek to Smooth Defense Issues By EDDY GILMORE LONDON (AP) — French Premier Pierre Mendes- France and West German Chancellor Konrad -Adenauer conferred privately for more than an hour today, seeking to smooth the way toward granting Germany independence and an army enlisted in Western defense, After their private , talk, the «• ;— '• —" ' • . . • French and German leaders joined i m the second full session of the j nine - power conference on Ger- j man rearmament. The parley \ opened yesterday ;at Lancaster House. Despite differences outlined in the "first session, key delegations expressed cautious optimism last night that the conference could reach agreement in principle this week to give the West Germans sovereignty and arms. Only West, German Secretary of State Walter Hallstein, who acted as interpreter, met with Adenauer and Mendes-France for their talk this morning. Cordian Meeting A French source described the meeting as cordial and said the stern - faced, 78-year-old, leader made a "good impression" on Mendes - France. The only comment from German sources was that the meeting was so important the pair talked for 15 minutes be- Senator McCarran Succumbs yond the .scheduled opening of the nine - power conference. The success of the -conference appeared to hang; on the ability of Adenauer and Mendes-France to compromise their differences on. the future of the disputed Saar- land and on safeguards against a runaway German rearmament. GetAcquainted ContestWonby Mrs. Bar ham Mrs. George Barham, 1308 Hearn, is winner of :$50 first prize; money in the Courier News S100 Get Acquainted Contest, which drew to a close at o p. m. Monday. Mrs. Barham's entry, in the opinion of judges, was tops in originality, neatness and effort, but not by ; a very large margin, (see picture on page 2). Close on the heels of the prizewinner were Mrs. Gean Atkinson, 918 Chickasawba; Mrs. James Ne- hut. 816 Illinois; and, tied for fourth^ Mrs. Glenn Ladd, 1301 Ash, and Mary Gay, Ray and Bill • Nelson, 1200 Walnut. Mrs. Barham's entry was by far the most elaborate. She submitted it bound in a loose-leaf notebook Practically each cartoon was embellished in Mrs. Barham's entry .. . money of the faces pasted to appropriate "bodies" cut from magazine and newspaper illustrations, flowers affixed to button holes, miniature jewelry actually pasted to salesladies and jewelers. Mrs, Atkinson told the story of ieach establishment with quotes of HAWTHORNE, Nev. t#—Veteran Sen. Pat McCarran of Nevada, a lone wolf Democrat who battled national Democratic administrations most of his 22 years in Washington, died last night—brief moments after a vigorous speech aimed at strengthening- his waning grip on state Democratic circles. The 78-year-old lawmaker, fourth in Senate seniority, collapsed as he walked up an aisle surrounded by well-wishers following a Democratic rally in this western: Nevada; town. Chatting and shaking hands; the white - haired McCarran suddenly fell to the floor of the civic center. He was pronounced dead 20 minutes later after two doctors had worked, over him with a respirator. Dr. E. R Hanson, Mineral County health officer, said McCarran died of a coronary bcclusibn— a blocking of a blood vessel leading- to the heart. 9th Senator McCarran's death was the ninth of a senator in this session of Congress. The Republicans have 48 Senators, the Democrats 46 and one is independent, Wayne. Mors« of Oregon. ,,.,..,,-_ Republican Govl "Charles Russell, in Las Vegas on a campaign tour, would not discuss his choice for a successor, but presumably he will: appoint a Republican. Metal Plant Fund Pledge Payment Asked The Chamber of Commerce, tn an effort to close the industrial fund drive for the construction of the Central Metal Products building here, today urged all pledges to the fund be paid within the next- two weeks. ' • • . . ' Worth Holder, Chamber manager, said a drive, by solicitation workers is now under way to collect all outstanding pledges and he urged full cooperation of persons who pledged contributions and have not fulfilled them. "Financing of the building nas j famous men. Mrs. Nebhut's entry j been completed," Mr, Holder stat- was submitted on a roll of adding machine tape and was prefaced with an original poem. Mrs. Ladd tied with the children of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Nelosn when judges found it impossible to separate the two. The Nelson children also prefaced their entry with an original poem. ed, "and we need all of the balance pledged on this building 'and to get this payroll started/' "Contracts were let on the building and commitments were made. orT the basis of cash donations and pledges. These pledges must be collected to successfully complete 'this project," he added. FRESH-AIR CLASSROOM — One major part of the Migrant Ministry program being conducted here jointly by the Blytiieville Council of Church Women and the National Council of Churches is the educational program for youngsters. These photos were taken during one such class held on the front porch of a house near the community of Hightower. The classes are held whenever and where- ever a group of children can be rounded up. Lad at left gets a big assist from an active set of toes as he pores over a writing table. The group (second from left) gets instructions and materials from Miss Tavita Hernandez, National Council field worker who was being assisted at the time by Blytheville Council of Church Women's representative, Mrs. John C. McHaaey, seen in background. In picture second from right, a pre-school-age tot finds "new toy" useful for rocking her doll as older brothers and sisters study. "LI* brary" of the school (right) consists of an orange crate. This youngster does a little browsing. Children in th« migrant pro* gram show a great deal of interest in the school work «Y«n uoder the unusual conditions. (Courier News Photos) - ...
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