The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 17, 1956 · Page 2
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SATURDAY, MARCH 17,1956 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE GRANDMA AND PART OF FAMILY — Mrs. Martha (Grandma) Ferguson, Caruthersville's oldest citizen, has lived all her 92 years in the Southeast Missouri town. She's shown in her home Grandma Ferguson Looks Back on 92 In Caruthersville. with John Ed Garrett and Ka'thryn Garrett, the latter a student at Arkansas State in Jonesboro. Both are great grandchildren. (Photo by Yeager) CARUTHERSVILLE — No One has prior rights to Mrs. Martha "Grandma" Ferguson, residing a 904 Carleton Avenue, in a claim for "front seat" at Caruthersville Centennial celebration. She was born December 2, 1863 In her ninety-second year she is alert and lives by herself. However her home is between that of her daughter, Mrs. Edwin S. Huffman, and a son, Leslie A. Ferguson. She does her own cooking anc only has a maid to come once a week for housework which she cannot do from her wheel chair. She writes many letters and reads "everything," mentioning especially "every word" in the Democrat-Argus, local weekly newspaper. "I am too young to retire," she declares. She rules with a lot of love and having done so for many years, the two sons, one daughter, five grand children, nine great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren do not yet question her decisions and "make room for' Grandma" is quite thi sporting thing to do. Four Generations She has lived in Caruthersville her entire life and her acquaintanceship and friends reach into the four generations. Until recent years, she was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She has not been able to attend church much lately, hut the love of church and God is evident in reading material on her table. She attended the first mass in Caruthersville which was said by the late Father Quinn of St. Bridget's Church in Memphis, who came by steamboat on a visit to Caruth-* At your Call ersville in 1877, and aroused the few Catholics residing in the area to establish Sacred Heart Church. From Kentucky She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. M. Ward. Dr. Ward was a graduate of the University of Kentucky at Louisville and with his bride came to Caruthersville to establish their home. Dr. Ward coupled his medical practice with extensive land holdings. He owned in that which is now Caruthersville everything from the river west to the "U" highway. Ward Avenue, Caruthersville's main' Street, bears his name. It was the first and only street when the town was laid out, it was stated. Martha Ward in 1882 was wed to Frank L. Ferguson, who was a prominent farmer and owned a cotton gin. He died in 1940. They had four children, John A. who is a corporation attorney' in Washington, D". C., Leslie A., who has mostly been a banker and is now retired, Mrs. Elizabeth Huffman, wife of the late Edwin S. Huffman, who was county clerk for a number of years and also had farm interests, and Mrs. Marietta Daniels, who died in January. The Ward and Ferguson families ere Democrats and active in poli- *ics as well as in civic affairs. Gammeter Announces Candidacy Larry Gammeter this week made formal announcement of his candidacy for mayor of Steele subject to the April 3 election. "I will run on a platform pledged to honest government and efforts to bring industry and more jobs to Steele," he. stated.' "I feel the town is at the crossroads and a concerted effort is needed to promote our economic growth." Garhmeter is a native of St. Louis nd graduated with a degree in business and public administration. He also attended Purdue University and did graduate work at Missouri. During World War II, he was an officer in the Navy, completing HOLLAND NEWS By Mn. Ed Hampton, Jr. Dedication services for the chur and pastorium were held at Hollar First Baptist Church Sunday afte noon when Rev. W. E. Clyde Lilbourn .moderator of New Ma< rid Association, made the dedic tion message. Other visiting clergymen we Rev. Howard Hamrick ; of Steel Rev. M. S. Lloyd, New Madrid A sociation Missionary, and Rev. E. Hall of Cooter. Troop 161 of the Girl Scouts we Sunday morning guests at Methoc 1st churches services and Sund school, with their leaders Mrs. B ron Holly, Mrs. Cleatue Bailey an Mrs. V. M. Jones. Attending Scouts were Judy Jon Carolyn Channel, Sara Brown, Br nda Raines, Dian Murphy, Norm Sue Smith, Nancy Holly, Katherin Taylor, Judy Jenkins, Phylis Hicks Rita Bailey and Tohi Rose Hamp ton. Monday was seven year old M; lyn Webb's birthday and her p ents celebrated the occasion wi an indoors party for her Suhda afternoon at their home. The Easter theme was accent' ated in soft little cotton chicken presented each child, and burm hats. Games included a rabbit puz zle and pinning on rabbit sectiou Marilinette Welch, daughter Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Welch of Bly theville, and Loretta Mallory we included in the honoree's guest Us Fifteen other classmates and friem" came. The dining table held a luscious birthday cake decorated with Ma: and her Little Lamb. Bouquets of spring blossoms wer attractive in the Webb home. Mrs. A. W. Phillips entertaine members of her family Sunda r ith a dinner at her home. Attend ng were Mrs. Jack Moore an daughter Judy ol Caruthersvill and Mrs Bess Pique of Memphis House-guest of Mrs. Phillips fo he apst two or three weeks are Co and Mrs. Munce Pique and son Mike and Phil of Kansas City wh are leaving early next week fo Fairbanks Alaska where they will make their home for the next three The home of Mrs. Harold Baile eceived the Women's Missionary Society Thursday all day for Wee! were Southern if Prayer study. Their subjects Japtists at work in Panama am Cuba; and the good will center in U1I1UC1 Jil U1C Wavy, UUmplClrlllg 1 wuua, anu Mm, 6"— ..... ~-. midshipman's school at Columbia] East St. Louis, which is a Baptist sponsored center for underprivileg ed persons. University. He saw active duty in the Pacific Theater. He's past president of Steele's Kiwanis Club and past vice-president of the Steels Junior Chamber of Commerce. He's a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Methodist Church. • , . Married to the former Miss Katherine Hudson, lie is the father of two children,- Terri Joan and Scot Hudson. He's manager and co-owner of Hudson's Men's Store in Steele, a position he's eight years. held for the past A drop-in party entertained ten boys and girls Monday night when they gathered for dancing at Mary Jo Hamptons for a few hours. Guests at this impromptu alfai were from Steele, Blytheville and Dell, feed drinks and anchovy puff were refreshments. Revival services at Holland Baptist Church which be^an Sunday were preceeded by continuous prayer beginning Saturday night lasting until morning services Sunday This meeting series will continue Woods Drug Store Phone POplar 3-4507 $100.00 IFOR YOUR OLD STOVI (In Working Condition) ON ANS FULL SIZE I Florence Gas Range j Hubbard & Sor multure Phone 3-4M9I PLASTERING Pitching or Complete Jobs STUCCO WORK WATERPROOFING t-un f« tot Mltuto Hfrschflll BMhant SIUDEBAKE8 . PICK YOLM PtICi . NAME VOU« IHMS « STUDE8AKM . PICK YOUR PRICE • NAME TOUR TERMS STUDEBAKER PRICE'. TERMS' »*ssff~ a » Hurry!-10 Days Only!-Hurry! We're (tiling -Spring Uocki now to moot soaring demand for tho big now Studabakeri! Now you can got Pro-Spring prjcoi... fro* * ' ' . Spring dead... on tho only lig Now Cart in tho low-Prico Hold! •COMI m TODAY . MUMP npin tint. torn m toutT. UIMO TouTrini^coMt m tMAT. Mma Tom IITU CHAMBLIN SALES CO. Railroad ft Ash Your Studtbaktr Packard Dealer Ph. 3-6888 through a ten day period. A patient at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Mrs. Margarite Parker of Kaiser will undergo surgery .within the next few lays. Formerly of Holland, Mrs. Parker is being visitec by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Samford and numerous friends from here. Her room number is 1114. Mr. and Mrs. Witt Smith, Sr., and son were houseguests of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W D. Smith, of Memphis the past week-end when they attended the wedding of Miss Norma Jean Smith and Tracey Parish at Bellvue Baptist church there Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Smith, the bride attended Holland school several years before the family moved to Memphis. A birthday dinner was given for Mrs. Gertrude Ladd Saturday by her daughter Mrs. Felix Carney and Mrs. Carney at their home in Bly- Theville. Mrs. Mollie Booker was guest also. Mr. and Mrs. Lawerence Lester ind family have visited the last week or so at relatives Mr. and Mrs. Issac Ashby, Mr. and Mrs. Wade Channel and Mr. and Mrs. Ellas Phillips and Mrs. Martha Lester in St. Louis. They returned Sunday. Visitors at Mr. and Mrs. E. L- Rogers were his parents and brothers, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Rogers and son of Lexington, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Eudell Rogers of Dell, Ark. Sunday visitors at Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Kenleys were Mr. and Mrs. Russel Bunch and daughter of North Blytheville, and Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Workman and daughters of Portageville. Mr. and Mrs. Orbie Harris and 'amily of Bowling Green, Fla., were lere on a three-day business trip last week. They Were guests of Mr. md Mrs. D. J. Harris. Arriving Monday from Bowling Green were Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Harris who will remain to make this their home. With The Courts The following decrees of divorce and separate maintneance have been filed in Chancery Court: . Lovie Deniace Johnson Vs. Thomas Corral Johnson Jr. Flora A. Fleeman vs. Harold E. "Iceman. Leonard Palmer Jr. vs. Jimmie 3e Palmer. C. L. Richardson vs. Maybelle Richardson. Nancy Rose Milhorn vs. William '. Milhorn. Margaret Alsup Shea vs. Lamon Shea. Laudell Malone vs. Almelia Maone. Betty Pruitt vs. Lewin Lee Pruitt. Mary Nell Holt vs. Talmadge Wayne Holt, decree for separate laintenance. Sally D. Smith vs. Richard N. mith.' Irene Abbott Barnes vs. Walter Pemiscot SCS Meets March 22 By H. L. Yeager CARUTHERSVILLE — The Pemiscot County County Soil Conservation Service will hoLd a meeting with. a dinner at the Top Hat Cafe in Caruthersville March 22, it was announced by A. H. Webb, chairman of Pemiscot County SCS. Webb, who resides south of Holland, is also president of the state association, an office to which he was elected in January. On the program will be Bob Mc- CelLand, executive secretary, of Missouri Soil District Commission. A major part of' the program, however, will be given over to dis- Caruthersville Begins Work On Centennial Celebration By H. L. YE ACER CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.—Planning for this city's centennial celebration in 1957 has started with the selection of officials and the announcement that a slogan will be decided upon by judges about March 19. Harold S. Jones, county court clerk, has been selecting as general chairman, and Horace Dunagan, Jr., is vice-chairman. Dr. J. M. Booker was made treasurer and Mrs. Marcus Louck, secretary. Harry "Cuz" Moreland and Mrs. Lucille Pike are on an advertising committee. In the slogan contest, the person whose slogan is accepted mers invited to state their views and opinions and ask questions. This part of the program will be presided over by Harry Barker, has will District Conservationist who offices in Caruthersville.. He cussion of the soil program and ceive a $5 award. The judges are to problems with representative far- ( be old residents, to assure that the slogan is peculiar to Caruthers- vitte's 100 years of romance with river, timber, cotton and industry. While originally promotion of a centenial celebration was backed by the Lions Club, at a public meetini_ when the centennial celebration was assured,' it became a city wide project. Jones appointed Mrs. L. H. Schulfc, W. A. JopLin and Mrs. D. P. Randolph to investigate and report on centennial plans and programs held at Poplar Bluff and Chaffee in Missouri, and one held at Union City, Tenn. They are of recent years. To Hear Reports When sufficient information has been gathered, a general meeting will be called to hear their reports, following which most plans will be decided upon and committe lists will be completed. have as his aid, Bob Axom, who supervises the SCS programs in Pemiscot, Dunlclin and New Madrid Counties. Lime requirements are important in this year's conservation program, according to Barker. Much liming was done several .years , ago bui many soil tests now show lime needs, he explained. Land forming, which got a gooc start last year, continued until Febraury when operation of massive equipment was stoppel by rains, •ains. A number of farmers now plan to plant early maturing beans and land forming will be extensive a- jain next fall. Where land forming has been completed, fields are ready for irrigation systems to be installed this 'ear or later. With equipment now available in Pemiscot County, the job on an average size farm, is done. in. a fen days. The SCS renders on the job iupervision of these operations. At the meeting an award will be made by SCS to Vernon Ray, who esides near Flag Lake, for notable •esults on a farm where a great imount of conservation work was needed. A service award will also be presented to Wesley Shrader of Ingram Ridge community for ten years service on the county SCS board of supervisors. About 70 farmers have been sent invitations to the meeting, "which is about as many as we can handle at one meeting," Barker stated. WOMEN DIVERS Women of the Korean Island of Cheju are better divers than the r.ien and make shallow dives for pearls, shellfish, edible seaweed, and other ocean products, while the men often take over the domestic tasks. The main events of the centennial will be held in June 1937. It wa* assumed that there will be other events during the year. Outlying areas of the county, perhaps southeast Missouri, will be recognized and included in some part of the celebration. Jones states that he "believes the idea Is good." Pemiscot County is about 102 years old. Several settlements in the country are as old as Caruthersville and had an eminent part in history. In relating what has transpired in plans thus far, Jones said, "We know it will take time and work to make the centenial what we want it to be, therefore we are starting early." The Woman's Society of Christian Service of the Wilson Methodist Church met Tuesday afternoon with Mrs. G. R. Whiteside for their study on "The Five Spiritual Classics". The Easter Contata, "Glory of the Cross," will be presented at the Wilson Methodist Qhurch Tuesday night March 27 at 8 o' clock. This program has a Passion Week theme and features some lovely anthems. The choir is directed by Mrs. R. E. Huber. The public is invited. Reaa Courier News Classified Ada. G. 0. POETZ OIL CO FUEL OIL 1 Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Our Conoco Service, Ash & Division Barnes. Roberta Sneed vs. Junior Sneed. Mary E. Parish vs. Arlon Parish. 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