The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 20, 1954 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, October 20, 1954
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN OSCEOLA NEWS ?, &tty. nit. St >tarr Dr. Don . . . There were tears. Doctor Don Relaxes from His Busy Profession with Radio and Boats By BETTYE NELLE STARR (Courier News Correspondent) I am one of those women who has a doctor-complex. Oh, not literally, I'm too busy for that, but to the extent that I admire, the humility which unquestionably is a quality to be found among ALL doctors without using the lantern of Diogenes to find it. Especially in small towns where you really know them — non-professionally, as well as professionally. Dr. Don Blodgett is my neighbor — in fact there nre four doctors living within sight of my house. When Don hangs up his white office Jacket and heads home to his wife and three children, Bettye Jane, Ann and baby John, he's just "plain Don — family man." I like him either way. An Ultimate He got next to me last month when my little grandson was playing with some neighborhood children and one oJ the little boys cut off my grandson's finger. Dr. Don assisted the surgeon with the operation, when he rolled "Bips" out of the operating room, big tears welled up in his eyes and for a grandma to see that, knowing the doctor had served in the South Pacific during World War n and had seeen about everything, that was the ultimate for my definition of humility. A doctor's life is a hard life. They, like firemen, are always on the alert for calls. Some days don't seem to have enough hours for them to be with their families and friends, which, in the opinions of some, gives them an air of aloofness, but fhat isn't intended. They've got an awful lot of people depending on their sound judgment and the outcome of a lot of cases rests in their hands. With all of that on their mind, I really don't see how they take It. Two Hobbies Don is fortunate. He has two hobbies, which I'll tell about later, that helps to break the monotony when he can squeeze in an idle moment. Two that are confined with easy availability—amateur radio and speed boat racin Don During his high school days he became interested in amateur radio and secured his license when he was in the tenth grade. He is as enthusiastic now as he was then and thinks it's the most relaxing hobby a professional man can have. Something new to me, the state legislature was so impressed by the work done by "ham operators" that last year they passed a law permitting the use of the call letters they identify themselves by to be used on their automobiles. Six other states in the union have that method of recognition. A lot of fine friends are made over the air — some you may meet later at a "Ham Pest" and some you never meet. It's always interesting to draw your conclusions on what a fellow looks like, Don said and then meet him face to face. They invariably fool you In their stature, complexion, etc. Talking to other operators, there is usually something in their conversation that lets you know their profession. You'll find a lot of doctors, shut- ins' and from every walk of life. One seldom asks the profession of the other and that is what puts all on common ground. It Is a scientific hobby as well as being fascinating. 150,000 Operators There are nearly 150,000 amateur operators who perform a service defined In international law as one of "self-training intercommunication and technical investigations carried on by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest." Amateur radio hasn't always enjoyed the prestige it now enjoys. At first it was those with experimental minds, whose imaginations were as wild as a March hare, but as time went by and radio became popular more and more became interested in building home sets out in the back yard. In 1917 the government called hundreds of skilled amateurs into war service. There were then over ington, pleaded and argued until the bill was defeated, but still there was no amateur radio; the war ban continued. .Repeated representations to Washington met only with silence. The League's offices had been closed for a. year and a half, its records stored away. Most of the former amateurs ha gone into service, a lot ot them never came back. find out if those returned would still be interested. He called a meeting of the old board of directors. The situation was discouraging. Amateur radio was still banned by law and former members scattered to all parts of the country and no funds. But the few that came were determined and financed the publication of a notice to all former members that could be located, hired Kenneth B. Warner as the League's first paid secretary, floated a bond Issue among old League members to obtain money for Immediate running expenses, bought the magazine "OST" to be the League's ofiicinl organ, started activities and dunned officialdom until the wartime ban was lifted and amateur radio resumed again on Oct. 1, 1919. There was a big rush for radio supplies and from that day until the present, amateur radio has made people sit up and take notice. During disasters, when national hook-up stations can't operate in the areas due to hurricanes, floods, forest fires, tornadoes, sleet storms and blizzards, then is when tho amateur operator uses his resourcefulness in effecting communications. During 1938 ARRL Inaugurated n e w emergency-preparedness program, registering personnel and putting into effect a comprehensive program of cooperation with the Red Cross and in 1947 a national emergency coordinator was appointed to full-time duty af league headquarters. The amateur's outstanding record of organized preparation for emergency communications a n d performance under fire has been largely responsible for the decision of the Federal Government to set up special frequencies for use by amateurs in providing auxiliary communications for civil defense purposes in the event of war. Don said in order to talk to faraway stations, one must sit up late at night and that kinda lets him cut. He did talk however to Australia about three years ago but with their accent it was hard to understand them and with his southern drawl he couldn't make the other fellow understand him, so now, when he can get it, he prefers a good night's sleep. A lot of movie stars and orchestra leaders take up amateur radio ns a hobby and not too long ago Don and Tex Beneke struck up a long conversation. This, Don added, is one hobby the entire family can enjoy and age is See 1JOCTOH on Page 12 STARR AZING Bet you don't know how the term BOOTLEGGER got it's name! This is a term borrowed from the backwoods days when the demoi'iUtiing effect of liquor on the Indians caused the early sellers to prohibit its sale, und illegal supplies were smuggled through in the high boots worn by the frontiersman. Now you know. Orchids are good for something else besides the bride's mother nnd the groom's mother pinning one at their shoulder. The dried tubers ot certain orchids, namely, "sulep" are used medically for lubricating purposes—which lakes us back to tho bride's nnd (he groom's mothers'— n little oiling up don't hurt nobody, I always say. A bowl filled with pecans, a nut cracker, a good book, an open fire. K pair of house shppers nnd a favorite houseeoav. what more could a millionaire. ask for? Sam Houston took office ILS President of Texas on October 22, 1831). William l\>nn was born on October '.M. 1IM4. The fellows who ASKS for pity is usually held in scorn. To have an honest nation there must be honest individuals. Here is a poem I read somewhere, have forgotten when or where, but think it's worth passing on: "They say the up and early bird Is "sure to get the worm; "Just mount him with the old spiked boots und watch the sucker squirm. "But what about the poor denied worm that's knocked nnd pushed On the Soaa/ Side.. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hobbs are attending (he BiUcfc convcnlion in Now Orleans. Mr. and Mrs. CUuulc Lloyds, daughter, Suziinnc, and Mrs. Ruth Swanscy were in Lilbourn, Mo., to spend Sunday with Mr. Lloyd's mother, Mrs. Joe Lloyd. The Rev. W. C. Worn nek, Mrs. Eras Brnclshnw. Mrs. Chester Walker, Mrs. Jlmmle Hayes und Mrs. Jimmy Sykes attended the Baptist Sunday School Convention Friday in Jonesboro. The Rev. Mr. Womack is the new pastor nt Osceoln's Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Robert Nickol Is the leader for the study course til the Methodist Church this week. The will be climaxed Thursday night when the group will present a play, "This Thine House." Mrs. Jesse Cramer, Mrs. Bruce Ivy, Mrs. Ed Alder and daughter, Pattye, attended the flower show at Earle Saturday. Mrs. J. L. Ward was hostess to the Four-Table Bridge Club Thursday utter noon at her home. Guests invited .to play with the club were Mrs. Joe Cromer, Mrs. Kate Hale, Mrs. W. E. Johnson nnd Mrs. C. E. Dean. A snlad course was served upon the arrival of the guests. Mrs. A. W. Bowen assisted her mother in serving. Pink nnd red radiance roses were used in profusion in the entertaining rooms. In the gaim-si of bridge, Mrs. Dean won high gui-st prize. Mr.s. Spencer Driver high club prize and Mr.s, Harry Driver won brii!(;o. Mr. und Mrs. Wlrt Steed and s Jhnmie, nnd daughter, Mary Virginia, drove to Oxford, Miss.. Sun- lisiy to spend the day with Sonny Steed, who Is a student at Ole Miss. Mr. nnd Mrs. CU'iio Bullcr are at the NPW Yorker Hotel for a week's ntei'hiinment givon Mr. Butler by Lhc International Harvester Corporation for outstanding sales for the company. The Rev. Chalmers Henderson, P. D. Johnson and W. R. Curcville wore in Now Orleans the past week attending the National Convention of Presbyterian Men. Mr. ahd Mrs. Elvis Alber.son daughter, Miss Kitty Ann, and hei fiance, Don Ford, nnd Tommy Al berson were week end guests ol Mrs. Albcrson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cramer. The Women of the Presbyterlnr Church held their regular meeting Monday afternoon nt the church The executive board met preceding the regular meeting. Twenty-three members were present. Mrs. Harold Ohlendor had charge of the program. Mrs George Doyle, Mrs. D. Ohlendor and Mrs. Lloyd Godley were hos tcssps. Pio and coffee were scrvei during Die social hour, mil cussed, or pushed Into the gut- er slime, or trampled In the dust? "It's great to have a fighting i.eart nnd strive to win a goal, but top and give the worm n thought— t, too, may have a soul." Chew n spvlg of parsley after Uing onion or u'arlic. Even if it •on't .drown It out. completely, it'll sure hrip and they oott* need all he hflp you can give 'em. To prove further if it's a man's vorki why don't they name n few of the hiirrii'iuu's, Tom, Dick or Harry? Is It the avocndo one likes or Is it the dressing that noes on it? Hun's kinda like dressing up spin- ich with bacon and egns—why mess ip tiny thing as good ns bucon and 1880, over on Broadway. Mississippi County was organized In accordance with an act of the legislature of Arkansas Approved. November 1, 1833. Edwin Jones was the first judge, (1833-1836) J. VV. Whltwortll, first clerk, (UM3-1836) E. P. Lloyd, first sheriff, (1833-1836). First treasurer wns Uriah Russell (1833-1836) and the first coroner was S. McUmg (1833-1836). A little Mississippi County history ; j Back in 18!>0. there wore four or- ; lani/atlons of tin. 1 PrL'bbytertim de-I nomination in Mississippi County. They were located in O.sceoln. No- (lena. Pecan Point and Krenclmmn's Uiiyoti. The first Baptist Church of Mis- sissijtyl County wuft ornimlwd in Osi-pula iibmil 1870 by Elder H. II. Ridwrd.son, of Clear Creek Association. Ill- Acting ns missionary. Thr First Church was built in | HESTER'S BEST GRADE 10 A 00 p., TOM L (Plus Tai on 'i Tons or Morfi) S. Highway 61 Phone POplar 3-3186 your toasf means most with... JIM BEAM Distilled from Kentucky Limestone water find choice grainR . . . matured iu charred, seasoned oak barrels. That'sv/hy iUnsta! better. not 30% not 40% not 50% riSKX) BOURBON! Kitycn imicn io»«»o« »tm«nr • HUBS I.K» itsmtwo 10, ttsiwui. untun! 3'Way Bonus thats sweeping Bulck to record sales in October! uiu iuiu syctru uijc.t lupins. \var service. ere were en over was born in Jacskonville, j g not) amateurs and over 4,000 of ' "— J "-— " '••- '— Ark., and lived there until his family moved to LitUe Rock when lie was eight years old. His father was legislative representative for the Brotherhood of Railway Conductors. There are three other sons in the family and two daughters: Dr. George Blodgett, captain in the Navy, stationed at Pensacola. John Blodgett, owner of a drug store in Jacksonville. them served in the armed forces during thai, v;ar. World War I came very near putting an end to amateur radios. Its fate was in the balance in the days immediately following the signing of the armistice. The government having had a ta.sle of supreme authority over communications in wartime was morn than half inclined to keep it. The wai had not been ended Dan Blodgett, former mayor of; month before Congress was cou- Blytheville. j sidering legislation that would have The two daughters are school ] niade it impossible for the nmatrachcrs: j ipur radio of old ever to be rc- Nelda (Mrs. E. O. Faulkner) is j sinned. -science teacher in North Little Rock. Helen Blodgett, youngest of the six, is home economic teacher at East Side Junior High School in Little Rock. Their mother lives in LittJe Rock and the father passed away a few years ago. Spread Formation Don graduated from Little Rock High School where he won the welterweight championship during his high school days. Believe it or not, he was too light to make the football team. He was a member of the Young Men's Christian Association swimming team and won the state Arkansas Athletic Union championship, now he says, he can't find a bathing suit to fit him. Being born in 1916 might have something to do with that. Could it be middle-ago spread? > Bill Defeated The American Radio Relay League's president. Hiram Percy Maxim, who conceived and formed the organization, rushed to Wash- WAIT!-- HOT oce/ DELICIOUSLY SEASONED WITH OUR CHILI AND CHOPPED ONIONS TAKE HOME SACK—6 FOR $1 KREAMKASTLE D r i I BUICK •—All° wance in October er BUICK BONUS. 'Tomorrow's ^ Qf otter o,J_ Ue - Bm iL . ° Ve { ""<< nJw", y , eQ "°he od **** ^ On ' er r d " hi 9> S ? lhe "** < t! n8 Wh °" ««.!?.' 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