The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 29, 1953 · Page 10
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 29, 1953
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PACK TEN fARKJ COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, APRtt 99, 19B1 OSCEOLA NEWS Bctl ^ Dick Prewitt—You Should Excuse The Cliche-Is Chip Off Old Block In Osceola, people say "like father, like son," and that's usually bow it goes. Young Dick Prewitt, who has a few more months to go before he leaves his 20's, is a chip off the old block if I ever saw one. Starting out young to be one of Osceola's civic leaders, came ns natural for Dick as it would be for a farmer's son to be able to distinguish early in life the difference between a combine and a middle buster. He was brought up in an atmosphere where the going's on In town were served at their dining table three times a day. His father, Judge Wathen Prewitt, was born here and grew up with the town. And young Dick is carrying on the tradition to the nth degree In taking part In the growth of Osceola, that men like bis father and grandfather, the late Dr. R. C. Prewitt. started ' Dick, who is serving his second term as alderman and is chairman of the city council's finance committee, also Is chairman of the park committee. He has worked hard on procuring a swimming pool for Osceola and is now happy to sav the material has been ordered and work will begin In a few davs. "The thing that was holding up the construction," Dick said, "was I as usual — finances. The two bids received ranged from 20 to 30 thousand dollars and that was a lot more than we had In the budget to build it. By the city purchasing the material and having the main portion of the labor done locally. \ve can save an awful lot of money, besides giving the work to local people, which Osceola always strives to do to keep our dollars at home. "Tlie pool will be open to the public In the late summer. We have the makings of one of the prettiest spots any place around where our children as well as grown-ups can reap the benefits of the worry, time, labor — and most of all — money It has taken to give to Osceola, a park and swimming pool. Without the helping hands of Andrew Slid Linnie Florida for their generosity in donating the site for the park, this project would have been a long, long vjay off." FOR HIS YOUNG years, Dick Prewitt has hud an Interesting life. After graduating from Osceola High School In 1941, he entered University of Arkansas before his 18th birthday with hope that knew no boundary line. Some have to get a few gray hairs to realize that, but having Wnthen Prewitl as a father, Dick said, "I knew better than to challenge his decision that I wasn't too young to start preparing myself for a business career. The first few months in college, I spent adjusting myself. It's not an easy job," Dick said, "for a young boy to leave home, where raiding the ice box or having your mom cook your favorite dish at the drop of a handkerchief is the most important thing in the world. "But the revolution of your regular routine can happen before you realize it and you get right In step with all the boys who preceded you. They probably had to make the same adjustments I did," continued Dick. "Everything was running smoothly in college for me. I joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity and was mixing pleasure with business," smiled Dick, "when 60 boys In the University got their call to duty. I was one of the 60 called in as an aviation cadet. ' "In February, 1943," continued Dick. "I was sent to Sheppherd . . . Dick Prcwitt . . . like father, like son lans speak softly, are Intelligent, I often wondered while I was there leisure-loving and go all out for water sports, especially surf-riding. The atmosphere they live In amid the most beautiful flowers In the world tends to emphasize their way of life. I had always heard of the beautiful beach at Walkikl and thought surely it was next to paradise. "The Chamber of Commerce there might not like it but I was really disappointed in the bench there, perhaps because I had heard about it and no other all of my life. There arc countlefis beaches in Hawaii that excel Kaiklki. I think perhaps when the cniee for Hawaiian music was so popular back in the day before World War I, had something to do with the popularity of Walkikl and hula dancers and It Isn't even considered the most beautiful of all beaches in Hawaii by the natives. However, I wouldn't gripe at having to vacation there. . • • By BEING assistant operations officer at Wheeler Field enabled me to check out in the most of the aircraft that were based there. In addition to the C-47, I flew C-46's, C- 45's. P-4TS, Navy SBD'S and my favorite of all the planes, the B-25's. Our H model B-25's were all a pilot could ask for. Their speed and maneuverability made them the most popular plane In my outfit. When I reached the point where I thought I a B-2S. I to a Colonel Wharton who had ben director of flying training in Barksdale Field, La. He taught me more In one day than I had learned in two months. He volunteered to teach me the finer points of the plane and I was an apt pupil. "That day proved to be the best one I had ever had. When the big brass found out there was to be no was proficient in flying was fortunate to go up Field, Texas, for my basic training j invasion on Japan, many of my from there to Santa Anna, Calif., for pre-fllght training. In April, 1944, I graduated from Stockton, Calif. I asked for B-25 training and •was sent to Columbus, S.C., to receive it. "Following the true tradition of Uncle Sam, I was sent to Alliance, Nebraska, where I completed my training for troop carrier air cruis- ler. From there to Seattle, Wash., where in January, 1945, I was shipped to Honolulu to join the 316th troop carrier squadron. It was set up as a triple strength squadron due to the fact it was to be used in the invasion of Japan. The prediction was that there would be so many casualties, they needed all the strength at that particular place to take care of the_sick and wounded, fortunately however, we didn't have to invade Japan, but we were ready for them. i "I WAS ASSIGNED to Wheeler field for base operations. We controlled all the aircraft out ol trm field, which Included a heavy bombardment group, a night fighter squadron and a fighter-Interceptor squadron. We made several tripb to j the Mariannas but realizing the ad- vanjages of Hawaii, we could always work our way back to our base," Dick said, "I can think of no nicer place to be than in Hawaii. ! "Five of us at Wheeler Field rent. ed £ snazzy seven-room pink stucco bungalow in Honolulu and we strictly lived the life of Rlley when we were off duty. Outside of Osceo- ln," smiled Dick, "I would think that would be the nicest place on j earth to live when you reach the age of retirement, and of course, «uve up enough money In your younger days to really sit back and take It easy. „ "I'm sure people there work but we saw very lltle of the working elms. It seemed everybody was taking life and enjoying the beauty of till Ulancb, The naUvt Hawal- buddles were assigned all over the Pacific. I was one of the fortunate ones, however, and got to remain in Hawaii. While there I sent my Dad some orchid plants and mother a lei of orchids. They were the flowers that fascinated me. They attach themselves to the bark of trees and to the fiber of coconut trees. Instead of their roots growing down as I would have expected them to do, they shoot upward. They are dirt cheap in Hawaii and if they were as beautiful to the native girls as they are to our American girls. "The 14 months I was overseas. I was never shot at," Dick said. "But I had quite a number of experi- iences. One in particular I've en- Joyed laughing about, but at the time It happened, I couldn't see the funny side of it. On this flight, we flew 14 hours yithout seeing anything but water. Our crew of five made the flipht In a C-47. We were anxious to use all of the fuel out of our ferry tanks and doing so we let one of them run dry. "You can't imagine what an odd reeling It Is to be 10,000 feet In the air and hear the engine missing. The crew chief had checked and said we had enough fuel for 30 minutes, but to play It safe we had better make It 20 minutes. I was piloting the plane. The ship was flying on automatic power and I was very calmly reading a Time magazine. -,-.--• • • • '"THE CO-ril.OT had gone hack to the 'little boy's room,' and didn't know what was taking place until the crew chief ran back to the main cabin to turn off the fuel valve lo prevent an air lock from occurring. He ran Into the navigator's table and caused such a commotion — seconds count when this occurs — the co-pilot came running out In his shorts to see what was happening. When we told him, he was too scared to go back and get his, pants and not until we had safely landed the plane did he put on his pants." After receiving his discharge as first lieutenant, Dick went back to the University in the fall of 1046 and was graduated In 1948. He married Miss Betty Ann Talbot in June. 1947. who nlso was attending the university. They have two children, Beth and Richard, Jr. Dick, who is the past secretary of the Rotary Club, Is hoping to have a perfect five-year attendance record this fall He is a member of the executive committee at Calvary Episcopal Church and is also a lay reader. Associated with the firm of Prc- witt-Rogers, he is manager of Ihe insurance department of the firm, arid Is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Rend Courier News Classified ;\ds for the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-M STARR GAZING Ninety years ago today, the first endured, meeting of the National Academy of Sciences was held. Grand Canyon aNtlonal Park was dedicated on April 20, 1920. The jungles of India and Ceylon are the natural homes of the peacock. How time flies! The Dlonne Quin- tcplets will be 19 yeasr old on May 28. Their names, like Santa Claus' reindeer, are hard to remember, but in case you're on a quiz program, their.names are Emelle, Marie, Cecile, Yvonne and Annette and their papa's and mama's names are Oliva and Elzlra. Ontario passed the Dl- onne Quintuplets Guardianship Act in March. 1935, by which the girls became wards of the Crown in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross Society. I believe within five years there will be at least one dogwood tree n every yard in Osceola. A few years back, people here had the mistaken Idea dogwoods thrived only in the hills but now after see- Ing the Massenglll, the McCants and. the Nailling trees people here have changed their minds and are going all out in using them in landscaping their lawns. Redbuds are as prolific as dog-fennel. I know I give away at least a dozen a year yet they still keep coming. Now Is an Ideal time to plant them while the spring rains are in progress. Their beauty is equal to dogwood. Plant one and see. 3 Mae West the gal who made the expression "Come up and see me sometime" famous, is celebrating her 61st birthday Her first appearance on the stage was in 1932 at the age of 40. To this younger generation, Mae West is associated only with the life jackets World War II pilots used. The best mirror, so they say, is an old friend. You have not converted a man aecause you have silenced him, A genius Is a man who does things nobody expects him to be capable of doing. Borrowed trouble pays the highest rate of Interest. What cannot be clred must be No one goes to Hades with his immense wealth, so said Theagnls bask in 49(1 B.C None but himself can be his parallel. Short arms, the same as long ones, can reach to heaven. So ready is heaven to stoop to us all. When people refer to "halycon days" as days of peace and serenity, maybe they don't know the origin of the expression. Halycon, In classical mythology, daughter of Aeolus; her husband, Ceyx, was drowned and when she found his body on the shore, she cast herself in te sea and both she and Ceyx were turned, into birds. The birds, (halpcons) build their nests upon the water when it is calm — hence "Halycon days." Success depends on three things: one who says it. what he says and how he says It. Of these three things, what he says is the least important. Strawberries are here for such a short time and there's nothing bet- 'ter. While they are in season, try making an upside down cake using a pint of strawberries instead of the usual pineapple To with whip- ed cream at serving time, and add one of the choice berries to set it off. There is no man so good, who. were he to submit all this thoughts and actions to law, wocld not deserve hanging ttn times in his life. You're an old timer if you can remember when sweet potatoes was a po' man's dish. Maybe the same thing is happening to them that happened to butter. There is a substitute for butter bub darn if I ever saw a substitute for a sweet potato. Too high for me. Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind. If you make people think yoc're thinking, they'll love you for it but If you really do something to cause them to think, they'll probably hate you for it. There is a difference. On the Social Side... May Banquet Planned Plans for the annual May Banquet sponsored by the Osceola Progressive Chib are announced today by Mrs. John W. Edringtori, finance chairman. The banquet! for the benefit of the Mississippi County Library will be held May 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. L. T. Lawrence of Hope, Ark., formerly of Osceola, will be guest speaker. The theme of the banquet, which will be carried out in the decorations and table appointments, will be "Preservation of Our American Heritage." Other honor guests will be Mrs. Carl Neal, state librarian of Litile Rock; Miss Elizabeth Malone, Craighead County librarian; Mrs. W. D. Burkett, Mississippi County library chairman; Harold Ohlendorf, L. H. Autry, John Mays, T. D. Wilkins, Lee Bearden, L. C. B. Young, David Laney, George Florida, Mrs. John White, Mrs. Edginton, trustees of the board, County Judge Philip Deer, Mrs. P. O. Gwyn, district president of General Federation of Women's Clubs, past president. Mrs. T. T. Martis of Harrisburg, and Mayor Ben P. Butler. Mrs. David Laney, vice president of the Osceola Progressive Club, will act a-o mistress of ceremonies in the absence of the club's president, Mrs. | R. H. Jones. General committee chairmen are Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Edrinston. Others lire Mrs. Bruce Ivy and Mrs. Harry Matlock, ticket committee; Mrs. Lee Wesson, Mrs. V. G. Mann, Mrs. Jesse Glascoe, Mrs. Kate Hale, Mrs. Bob Chiles, Mrs. F. O. Gwyn, Mrs. J. W. Rhodes. Sr., Mrs. Laney. Mrs. H. E. Phillips, Mrs. R. C. Bryand and Mrs. George Florida, decorations committee. Mrs. Gwyn, Mrs. Hugh Allen, Mrs. George Rains, and Mrs. Ed Shippen, table committee. The Rev. Mr. Lawrence, during his | pastorate in Osceola, was on the t br^rcl of trustees and building com- j mtttee and served as the club's secretary and treasurer. Plans are being made to accommodate 250. Cleere. Mrs. Maude Hudson was high score winner and Mrs. Jim Cartwright won second high. Mrs, Bryan Hostess Mrs. R. C. Bryan was hostess to the four-table pitch club Wednesday. Mrs. Reba Davidson and Mrs. Joe Ci'omer were guests. Mrs. Bryan served dessert and coffee at her party. Tulips and iris in rainbow colors filled the vases placed around the entertaining rooms. Mrs. Tal Tongate and Mrs. Cromer were high score winners. Mrs. Lalah Coble won bridgo and Mrs. Davidson was presented a gift. Bridge Club Meets Mrs. Lee Wesson, Mrs. Claude Lloyd, Mrs. Kate Hale and Mrs. Dick Bagby played with members of the four-table bridge club when it met Thursday afternoon with Mrs. J. H. Lovewell. Pastel pottery containers holding blending colors of iris were used throughout Mrs. Lovewell's home. Pink roses and blue corn flowers centered with email tables where fresh strawberry sundaes and car- mel cake was served. Mrs. J. L. Ward was high club winner, while Mrs. Bagby won high guest prize. Miss Blanche Cteere won bridgo. Pitch Club Meets Strawberry short cake was served on small tables centered with pink blossoms when the Widows Pitch Club met with Mrs. H. J. Levenstein Thursday night. Guests playing with the members were Mrs. J. W. 'Whitworth, Mrs. Lalah Coble, and Miss Blanche 1 Club 17 Meets Mrs. Ambrose Teaford was hostess to Club 17, Thursday night at her country home near Luxora. Playing with the club were Mrs. Don Blodgett, Mrs. Bob Reidy and Mrs. Chris Thompson. Mrs. Blodgett won high score. Miss Bebe Levenstein, second high, and Miss June Welborn, bridgo. At the conclusion of the bridge games. Mrs. Teaford served a salad plate and iced drinks. Personals Mrs. Helen Day came home Sunday after undergoing surgery in Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Her condition is satisfactory. Mrs. David Laney and Mrs. Lloyd Godley attended the 20th annual convention of the state PEO Sisterhood at the Marion Hotel in Little Rock last week. They went as delegates from Osceola's chapter "O". Mrs. H. E. Phillips, a member of the Osceola chapter went as a guest. They returned home Saturday night. Mrs. Thomas P. Florida is ft pa- tient In Methodist Hospital to Memphis. Mrs. L. C. B. Young ha« Moored from a week's Illness. Mrs. Sam Coats of new Harrli- burg was an Osceola visitor Thur«day. Mr. and Mrs. Coats, who resided In Osceola for 26 years, hav» purchased a grocery store near Harrisburg where they are making their home. Mrs. Spencer Driver was Joined in Memphis by her daughter, Mri. Marshall Kline and granddaughter, Kelsey, where they left for Sail- saw, Okla., to spend a week. They returned Thursday. The Mississippi County Library will have a display of hobbies thlij. week and next In conjunction withf! National Hobby week. Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Weinberg drove to St. Louis Sunday to spend a few days with their son, Warren, who is attending Washington University. Mrs. Natalia King and daughter, Miss Janet King, of Memphis, spent week end with Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Smith. Miss Ruth Massey is at home after attending the 62nd Continential Congressional meeting of the DAB in Washington, D. 0. President- Wins Ministers' Praise WASHINGTON (/P)—A group of Washington ministers told President Eisenhower yesterday he has created a spiritual mood in America which is making it easier to present "the Christian way of life." A delegation representing the Washington, D. C., Ministerial Union visited the President at theg* White House. * Dr. Albert Shirfcey, president of the union, said the delegation ar- , ranged for Eisenhower to receive ft larger group of Protestant Ministers May 25. They will present him with a. Bible for ,his desk at that time. Dr. Shirkey told newsmen the delegation which called on the President today told him: "It has never been easier than now to present men with the Christian way of life because of the spiritual mood that has been created in America by our President." Juarez, largest Mexican city on the American border, Was named for Benlto Juarez, liberator of Mexico, who drove out the French and is frequently compared to Lincoln. -On new CMS 400-27that 1 powers mif iufdnses its field „„..„ .„ /Here's CMC's new 18 000 GVWhauler that opens up great new possibilities to many fields of trucking. In capabilities, it not only dwarfs trucks of 16,000 and 17 000 GVW, but overshadows-and underprices-those rated at 19,000. hi fact, the CMC 400-27 is designed to outhaiil any truck uf> to 19,500 GVW. Its new engine of progressive design is stripped of excess weight, yet built stronger to absorb the stress of really high compression. It gives you brisker response, more power and mileage from regular gas. It includes, as standard equipment, many features that are optional at extra cost on other trucks. As a tractor-or as a truck-it Can increase your hauling ability, give you impressively better equipment-and save you both purchase and operating money to boot. Come in and SEE the great new CMC 400-27. Learn all its superior features in addition to those shown here-find out its surprising price.You'll discover another reason why CMC is registering the greatest growth in the industry 1 iff"" 1 HORNER-WILSON MOTOR CO, 309 E. MAIN You'll do better on o used rruck with your GMC deafer;

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