The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 27, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, October 27, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE OSCEOLA NEWS y &tty. Yltff. Starr Times Were Both Good and Bad During Old Days Down on Farm By BETTYE NELLE STARR Courier News Correspondent If this story seems confusing by this picture it's because ine plan for writing it over a year ago was interrupted by sickness and death. This was meant to be the S5th wedding anniversary story of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cowan but fate stepped in before it was written and now after ten months has passed by without her mate. Mrs. Cowan asked that it be turned over to her son. Aubrey, to tell their life's story as he remembered hearing it when he was growing up. It goes something like this: L i 11 a Featherstone, Aubrey's mother, first saw the light of day in the little community of Randolph, Tenn. She was one of three children. Her mother, a very religious young girl, married the community's most eligible young swain which definitely wasn't the exact having for a son-in-law. Oh. he hadn't held up any stage coaches nor had an affair with an Indian maiden or anything lite that, but he was a surveyor who couldn't earn his meat, meal and molasses. Surveying was a lazy man's job back then and jobs were few and far between. Land was bought from the government for practically nothing or else owned by squatters and a man just couldn't take care of a family, which was sure to come, on a surveyor's earnings. Just Farming: The only work going on was farming, so Lilla's father promised his young bride to forget about surveying and go to farming . . . and t.o devote his spare time in studying for the ministry. It wasn't long after their marriage that Mr. Featherstone became qualified to become a Methodist circuit rider, with five churches in his Itinerary, only three Aubrey could recall, Randolph, Hopewell and Island 35. The months with five Sundays worked out fine but those with only four created a problem. Mr. Featherstone. or rather Brother Fealherstone by now, preached morning and night services, riding from one church to another on horseback during the winter months and in the family buggy during the summer. There was no salary for this service, but in the summer, his buggy always drove in home loaded to the shafts and the kids were always hanging on the gate to see what he brought home. Even if it was a sack of potatoes, they thought they were something extra special in comparison) to the potatoes grown on their farm. ' Having acquired a self-taught' education and knowing the value of knowledge. Brother Feather-, stone studied hard in his early i youth and put it to good use during his preaching days by turning school teacher as well. School at Home I The family lived four miles from ', the small Randolph school which' might as well have been 400 when winter set in, but the Featherstone children were fortunate, their father held classes as regular as morning came when they were unable to attend school. [ When vacation time came he continued holding classes for his three children. He followed the old • idea that idleness was the devil's workshop and that children should attend school every day in the year except Saturday, Sunday and Christinas. ' He was so determined his chil-' dren would receive a good education he never faltered in that belief. When Lilla Featherstone completed her schooling at Randolph j and-with the help of her father i she attended McTyeire Institute in j McKenzie, Tenn., where she majored in art and music. Being the daughter of a preacher, it was expected that she play the little organ in the Randolph i Methodist Church. i Her father was not a strict man but that was one thing he insisted on, so Lilla Featherstone would ; pump and play while her girl ; friends wiTii their "Sunday beaus" thumbed through the song books looking for titles on love. College Takes Notice During her four years in college : Lilla Featherstone made quite a | name for herself among her fel-' low students as well as the teachers with her oil paintings and her piano playing. Piano-playing students are always in demand at school but pity the one who is expected to jump at the chance to beat out music for the others to dance by, they are left completely out, and some, though talented, never learned to dance, and that was Lilla Featherstone's dilemma. Being a preacher's daughter in those days, it was just as well. Al- Uiough her parents weren't wealthy, Lilla's father gave his children every advantage that was available. Living on a farm'in those days, the only groceries that were bought was sugar, flour and coffee. There was no running up town for n quart of homogenized milk or a tray-packed fryer and they thrived, needless to say, without s deep- freezer. All-Day Singing During her third year in college. Lilla was home for summer vacation when the Methodist Church gave its annual all-day singing and dlnner-on-the-ground. She didn't go much lor picnics but it would never do for the preicher'i family not to l» repre- Aubrey Cowan ... He remembers the folks. sented one hundred percent, so. For the next two years, after bright and early her mother was i their tirst date, they courted back up frying chicken, making pics' ' " " '~"~ '""" J and boilins eggs to pack in the little rounded-top tin,-trunk bought especially for carrying food to gatherings of all kind. and forth in letter writing and when Lilla was home after liei graduation from college the two were married in an elaborate home wedding, she in a "dove-gray' Everybody had to come from I outfit and he in a swallow-tail coat such a distance in those days, that everything was an'all day affair. Outdoor Reception j . Alter tfie wedding, which had to Harry Cowan, who lived, in near- im ,, ude , he whole Methodist con . by Dandndge came to visit his reglttion lhat camc lo ..Randolph married sister. Mrs. VI. H. Bai-| for m ,, cs and mi , es around . a re ton, and to attend the picnic which j w . (s he]d out undel . tlle b , was held at Glen Springs, a short d thnt w in lhe distance from Randolph. I sonage yard. He had been told about thej The next day. the young bride preachers' pretty daughter by his allc i groom went, to Dandridge to sister, that was really why he came that day. After a very proper introduction he asked Lillu for a date to take her home in his sis- spend their honeymoon with Mr Cowan's family. The honeymoon lasted six weeks then the two came to Osceola to ter's brand-new rubber-tired buggy: make their home with Mr, Cowan's but some other young man had i father. iW. W. Cowani. who "beat him to the draw." 1 [armed the old Jim Driver place He hung around Randolph for near San Souci. seevral days before the popular! After the arrival of the young Miss Featherstone had an open! Mr. and Mrs. Cownn, the eldei date to give him. but being deter-1 Mr. Cownn bought a farm foul mined to accomplish what he really came to the picnic for, he remembered hearing his mother say: "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." miles wcsl of Osceola and took his son in as a partner. After two years on the farm here Hie two young people decided farm- You'll Have Fun Galore at the Kiwanis Club's BENEFIT Thursday Night 8 High School Auditorium ALL LOCAL TALENT • Fun • Laughs • Gags • Good Music Two Hours of Good, Clean Entertainment Admission 75c Adults ALL PROCEEDS GO TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN WORK Ing wasn't lor them, stuck out hi mud up to the front door, so they vvciu back to Randolph where Harry Cowan worked (or his brother- in-law in a general store. lolloping day, she went on so over Mamie being slaughtered that tlm whole bunch felt too squeamish to eat Mamie. Tlie elder Mr. Cmviin wasn't hap The job didn't pay very much nor i pv ovcl . his son bcmg hl Bam ) 0 |p|, was there any future to it, bul| nn[ j , V orki»g for such a small sal- young people aren't interested injury ,|,,,, llc k( , pl W riunn for him those things and especially if the 10 „,„„, b . l( ... 10 Ost -eola to help him lathers of the two can help finan daily, which they did in this case- Music-Makers They bought a home in Randolph Mitch turned out to be the gathcr- ng place for young couples in thai comnnmiiy. Lilla was given the family organ which was a drawing card for young iieople Vo meet at their house for Sunday dinner and if there was any food left over, they all stayed supper, several boys in the crowd played the fiddle, guitar and mandolin and the girls all sang, which prompts me to say I'm sorry 1 came along after that went out of style. One hot summer's Sunday, on the limn. They solti ilu'ir home in Randolph anci in January of 1902 they loud- en their household bclunRhigs on the "Whisper." told all their friends aooiibyi 1 , they were coming to Ar- kfuis\s, bm u didn't work out, that The water was low and the boat .tuck ami \\oukiiv 1 1 buttle iiu inch, uij , M the trip to Osceola was delayed for! f»r six \veek5 watting for the water to rise. Their household goods stayed on (he boat as they had no better place to store it until they could move back to Osceola. Different STARR GAZING crowd gathered as usual for an i« Thu nere ltc di(fci . ent . whrn cream party; or better still "i«j thpv scu i ed down on lhc Oscool ,, cream contest.", Harry Cowan out- 1 ate the company by eating eleven 30\vls (soup bowls, no doubt> of lome made ice cream which ended him having a rigor and had to )e put to bed. Aubrey said his daddy laughed about that till his dying day. I'el Vig farm Roads were mud holes, therf was churning to do, raising chickens anil in a pinch, the organ-play- n.g artist, Lilla Featherstonc. had to "slop the hogs," she was glad her Tennessee friends were too fur away 10 drop in on her on Sunday dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Cowan had been Another incident Aubrey recalled ] married for quite a number of years was the pel pig that followed his j before their iirst child. Aubrey, wa.s nuther home from church one Sun- i bom. She .spent a lot of lonesome day, nobody came to claim it so i days on that farm, that nmv could- she was stuck with "Mamie." | n't be bought from her for love nor The usual Sunday crowd that came every week had just, about When Aubrey became school eaten ail the chickens on the place, thai was another problem to face, Not having any "cured" meat toihe was sent to school on a pony, give them, Mr. Cowan decided one [ Too small to climb up and too Saturday, after fattening up Ma-[ small lo climb down, rain or shine, mie, he would kill the pig and feed ' MHUV and sleet he finished that first year without missing a day nor being tardy. His sister. Mary Belle, who came along five years after Aubrey was One hundred and sixty-one yours HKO today Eli Whitney Invented the cotton niii. King's College* Columbia University was chartered on October 31. 1754. Maybe you stump collectors might write up these (or j a 200th anniversary cancelulion. | Maybe the young bride thinks •, ( Poach Kumbii is a new Latin • American dance but 'taint. I I To make said Pencil Rumba \ j pour just a spoonful of rum tlavor- | ins — or otherwise — in each 1 peach half, j Fill wifli viuulla Ice cream and spoon some of the peaeli syrup over ii and then top with toasted j almonds. ] If you use the real thing, rum, | that is, you might get a notion' you're a 'riimbu' expert. Let your .conscience be your guide, I always say. Don't forget this beautiful month ot October. I luive said it before I and I'll say It again, October is my favorite month except of course March. April and May when the daffodils are in bloom and the | veribud trees are wearing their i Easter dresses, j i With so many singing coinmer-i rials on the radio and television 1 have to watch myself when I go in a store to keep from sinking instead of asking for what 1 wunt. Anybody else having that problem? I got mm! ncldre^ed in such tun- ny ways, il's a good thing I'm a country gul ami require no slrt'i- 1 ! addre.s.s. For ii:;,;,mce, I received a letter tins week, they got my mune correct, which is something. but the rest amused me, Peen Land St., OSCEAFA. Ark., it yol here and 1ms been answered. How i-ustoms lutve changed! I overheard H young girl introduce her girl triend lo her mother. The girl triend merely snicl. "Hi," and the dear o!o soul, nut tor^et- tmg her raising, replied in the out-dated salutation oi "pleased lo meet you." The- luck 1 rmve with tulip,- arc- that they decrease in .sue the second year and the third year they ure practically invisible but it wouldn't be spring without lulip.v the country during the peak of cotton-picking money, If you'll excuse the expression, maybe you'd like to know that Phineas T. Barnum did not invent the idea. Circuses go back to Roman times. 'There were eight or 10 circuses at Rome, the largest of which was the Circus Maximus, 1,875 feet louq and 625 feet wide, capable of seating 260,000 spectators. On the outside, the circus was surrounded with shops, galleries, public places like the side shows 11 mi retre.shment booths of the circus tochiy so guess that's one thing thai hasn't changed in this old world. The scientific name of the prairie dog is Cynomys Ludovicianis. With a luune like that, nobody would ever ask, "How much is the prairie dog in the Window?" That name would make them priceless. By the way they are rodents and are members of the ground-squirrel family. If we could see why others do the things that mnkc us raise out- brows, perhaps we'd swab our dirty decks and patch our own leaky .scows. With the thoughts of circus d:iys which xisiuilly make this purl of i TUMS fOX THE TUMM the company barbecued meat for a change not, saying anything to his wife until after the fete was performed. She cried all night when he told icady ior school before the roads. her and when dinner was served the See TIMES on I'nce 5 StonuchJpnar Grtfoit, toothing nliif with PERCY MEDICINE SPECIAL WINTER RATES HOTEL NOBLE • liiioni Servlre • Kit-valor Service t l.nuiiflr.v and Maid Service • Telephone — '.M hr. IK-sk Service • TV and Mmimilr 1'rlced Foods. All Hotel comforts at, special to\v costs for Halloween callers-. treat em serve Pleasing young ghosls and goblins is rasy—ju?l hrinj; mil frosly hollies of GxM-Gihi. That's a treat they all £0 for.. .delicious, wholesome and pure as sunlight. Belter have fileni^—a linstesa who serves Coke is litmml lo be popular! This poster at dealers is a timely reminder -rake home G . , carton or two. O DOttlC CaitOll ZjC COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY OF BLYTHEVILLE

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