The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 13, 1953 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 13, 1953
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WEDNESDAY, MAY IS, 1953 BLYTHEVT1XE (AKK.V PAGE FIVK OSCEOLA NEWS arr Tim Bowles Is the '3-D' Type- Dependable, Dynamic Doer Getting in the grove with tlv 3-D invention in the movies, I'c like to use that measure in bring ing the young man I chose for m; story this week closer to a lot o people who might not know Tim Bowles as well as I do. Tim is a doer, he's dependable and there's n denying his dynamic personality I'd go the movies one better am add a fourth dimension—deserving Tim was born in Mississippi, on top of the hill overlooking the commissary in a farming section known as McCondy. In 1913, to be exact His parents, Mr. and Mrs. EC Bowles, lived and breathed the ail of the Mississippi Delta. No placi on earth like it, they thought, unti 1933, the' year they moved to Arkansas, When Tim came along, Mr and Mrs. Bowles realized McCondy was not for him so they moved to Houston, Miss., where Tim'grew up Tim learned and knew the value of money from the time he was olc enough to get a paper route. Tim was the type of boy. when there were little jobs around town to do, who was the fellow who got them. He would wor kat anything and at anvtime of day or night. Arkansans are teased wherever they go for not wearing shoes but that also is practiced in Mississippi. Tim got a job in the summer, "jerking" sodas. Of course, cleaning UD the drug store went along with the soda fountain job and since Tim was the resourceful type and bought his clothes from J his earnings, he saved his shoes to wear to Sunday School and worked barefoot at his drug store job. Tim was active in snorts d"ring hi<rh school and lettered in baseball, basketball, football. He was graduated from Houston Hteh gnhool, two months before his 16th birthday. • * • HE THEN entered Mississippi Stato College. Bank failures and boil weevils became as chummy as ham and eggs. But the Bowles family, Including another son, Charles, was trying, as all Mississipnians were, to trv to stick it out another year and when the next year came, prospects ke-it looking darker and darker and bv then the boll weevils of Mississippi were known around the world. . . Tim Bowles . . . behind the fountain, bare feet . . . Bettye when he and Mrs. Madden helped In the training of 1,60 lawny, tense and tired Ivaternlt brothers. After that I got a rca break," continued Tim., • • • "I WAS sent to Carmey-by-the Sea in California. Bettye was with me. A major I had known at Ft Fannin and his wife also wer transferred there and we rented swanky house where sprays from the ocean kept our front porch washed off. We were all set for en joying life but Uncle Sam mus have heard about my set up. Six weeks later, I was shipped out anc Bettye came back to Osceola, picking up Irene Butler who was ou in California visiting her son Gene, who was staioned out there in the Navy. The first letter I go from Bettye. she told me the car made the trip fine until they reached Driver and they had to be towed into Osceola. "We went over on g Dutch freighter. Koda-Barue, lent to the U.S through lend-lease. It was a very small ship and under normal conditions, the ship would carry 400 passengers, but this trip was necessary, very necessary, so 1,500 officers and 3,000 enlisted men were herded on. I wouldn't have given a dime for our lives but after 24 days of travel and books read, Including, 'Qone With the Wind; we landed at Leyte. Homesickness and seasickness played a close race. When we landed it was decided we would stay on board until next afternoon. "Next morning, the loud speaker called out, 'Lt. Bowles, report to ransport commander's office.' Thinking I was to be given some extra duties. I tok my own good Jme. Just as I got to the top of he steps, there stood a boy, Rab)it Brown, I had grown up with in Houston, Miss. We had carried on a correspondence throughout the years and when I wrote him I was being shipped but, he replied by telling me how lucky he -was, he wasn't going to have to go into service. He beat me to Leyte by eight days stock company. My roommate knew ler before I did and borrowed my ;ar to date her. He was a member of the club and brought Bettye to one of our dances and that's how met her. - - A friend of the familv suggested coming to Arkansas. Sight unseen, practically. Mr. Bowles rented land at Vic^ toria. In those days, before Lee Wesson took over his land. Victoria was practically swamp land. But any thing, they thought, was bet- "THAT FLAT Mississippi brogue if mine didn't impress her one bil and to make matters worse, when ve left the dance we stopped at the 'ig and Whistle and I ordered a heeseburger and a glass of butter nilk. She leaned over to my room nate and said, 'How corny can you ! get?' That didn't set too good with ' me, so I set out to convince her I wasn't all corn." smiled Tim. more more more more more more "The following Friday night, there was a dance put at the 19th Century Club and I knew Bettye and my roommate would be there. I ter than boll 'wesvlls Tim loaded solci tickets until n °' clock and then J £ ave her a mad rush and asked up all the old 1 Negroes who had worked in his family for years and brought a truck-load of them to Victoria. "Even'they were disgusted when tier crawled out of the truck," Tim said. "When I saw what we were getting into, after helping to get the families settled I went to Memphis and got a job," Tim said. He worked for Kinsinger Chevrolet Co,, in Memphis from 1933 to 1936. It was during that time he was president of the Kare-free Social Club that he met his wife, the former Miss Bettye Love. "Bettye's mother was an actress on the legitimate stage in the East and Midwest and spent her summers in Memphis, where Rhe grew up. She drove a Chevrolet and I used to service her car long before I knew about her daughter, i "Bettye had attended St. Mary's School for Girls in Fairbault, Minn., • after touring the Orpheum Circuit 1^ a.s a ballet dancer, during summer her for a date to go to church the following Sunday. She accepted and from then on everything worked out in my favor. "Her mother was getting ready to go back to Chicago to start another season in the theatre. She asked me if I could find Bettye a nice boarding place while she was away. That settled everything. Naturally, I highly recommended the one where my roommate and I were staying, but I wasn't so sure how that eternal triangle would work out. Nevertheless, I jumped at the chance and the best man won out—that was I," smiled Tim. "In 1936, I accepted a job with Osceola Motor Company," continued Tim. "Running back and forth to Memphis to see Bettye proved pretty expensive. We were married in the early fall of 1937. Bay Madden, who at the time was manager of Ralston Purina Mills, knew "1338 WAS a big year for Bettye and me. We built our new home and in December ' of 1938, our daughter, Bettye Claire was born In 1941, Kensingers offered me a good proposition to go to Paducah Ky.. to help organize a Chevrolet place for them. It all sounded good so I accepted the job. I stayed for six months and decided then that I would rather make a living in Osceola than a fortune some other place, so I came back and bought out the Burton Service Station. "The Junior Chamber of Commerce made me its president the following year. We staged beauty pageants and sent representatives to the Memphis Cotton Carnival, had floats in the parades and really went all out to display our local beauties. But then the war came along and the boys in the Junior Chamber of Commerce—110 to be accurate—were in the age range to be drafted so the Jaycees here disbanded and the birth of the Kiwanis grew out of those young men who weren't drafted." Tim was called to duty in April, 1043. It was while he was in service that the Kiwanis Club was organized here in Osceola. From Little Rock, Tim was sent to Fort Knox for basic training. Two days before he finished his training, he was sent to Ft. Benning, Ga., to infantry OCS, as he said, 'better known as Benning school for boys, and there I was, 30 years old, trying to keep step with some of the young blades. T was one of the 60 out of 212 to graduate there. From there I went to Camp Fannin at Tyler. Tex., as infantry instructor and "HIS SHIP traveled faster than ours. He saw my name on the roster and asked the colonel if he could help unload my ship. I don't suppose any boy missed running into somebody they knew. It's a iunny feeling to be on the other side of the world and run Into somebody you know back in the states. "Being In the infantry you meet boj'S from every walk of life and I'm still convinced," added Tim "those boys who were just ordinary American boys gave more and' gol less than in any branch of the service. Some of them had no one back home even to write them a leter Those were the boys who were so hungry for mail they would enjoy reading the labels on K-ration packages. "Mail is top on any boy's list when he's away from home and most of their beefing was when their name wasn't called out at mail call. Those who have boys or friends in this Korean war should remember them by writing to them regularly. Don't wait think you have nothing of interest to tell them. They are interested in reading even the post mark from their home town. "My next move," continued Tim, wa.s into the interior of Luzon, after four months there I was deactivated from my outfit and shipped to 5th Replacement Depot south of Manila as personnel officer. There is the place where you hear everything good and bad about the army. Mostly sad stories to work on your sympathy to get a discharge. 'One kid came into my oilice every day for a week telling me he lad lost his papers and he wanted :o go home to see hi* wife and three uris. He seemed so honest about it : made him out new papers, sent them into Washington and while waiting for them to be returned I shipped him out to another depot. Three months later I was brows- STARR GAZING Osceola will remember for a long, long time the visit of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Roy' told me to tell everybody in town (the old town crier) how very much he was impressed with the people of Osceola and added that their hospitality was unexcelled. He said that this "is the sweliefit town of it's size I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, and tlmnk everybody, for making our visit a pleasant one." Dale added to Roy's praise by saying, "Tell everybody it was wonderful, just wonderful." An apology to Mrs. Joe Dillahunty of Blytheville for omitting you in my last week's story on your .mother, Mrs. S. B. Terry. I'm sorry indeed, but caught it too late to do anthing abut it so please excuse. According to the "Dictionary of American Biography." Sherman's famous expression "War is hell," as we've always heard it said, is wrong. In an address Sherman made in Columbus, O.. on Aug, 11, 1880, what he really said was, "War is all hell." Either way you prefer, would hit the nail on the head. Rockefeller Foundation celebrates it's 40th aniversary tomorrow. John D. (Davison) Rockefeller, who was born in Richford, N. Y., in 1839, and died in 1937, began his business career as a bookkeeper. At the age of 19, he bought one share in a produce commission firm, which started off his business career. He and partner invested $4,000 in support of a new oil refining process. Their business spread over the oil ndustry. In 1881, John D. formed the Standard Oil Company, the first organization of its kind, with a capital of $100,000,000. After his re- tirement in 1911 in favor o[ his soi, John D., Jr., he gave an estimated $600,000,000 to various charities and endowments from his virtually inexhaustible fortune. The endowment to Rockefeller Foundation was $165 000,000. Why does an emcee always say when Introducing n guest speaker, "Without further ado"? The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it. Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. Can't j'ou remember how you held a funeral over a dead bird or a broken doll? Thinking about how I loved doing that, I suggested that to some of my little neighbor children a few days ago, when one of the little girls was clasping a dead blue jay in her hand. She tolri me they had held a funeral but went back and dug it up—probably for cremation the next time. War seldom enters but where wealth allures, which proves it's only greed that starts a war. On tke Social Side... The learned are seldom beauty contest winners and for that reason the young are sometimes discouraged to study. wife and three kids were a hoax. • * * 'MY COMMANDING officer told me if I would stay 30 days past my ime to be shiped back home, I ould fly back. Thirty days extra eemed an awlul long time but when thought that 24 days going over I greed to stay. That was the most beautiful sight anyone could im- ugine, flying to Honolulu. I'll never forget that hot bath either. First one in 13 months. "Leaving Honolulu" after three days of sight-seeing and flying to San Francisco seemed like I was traveling toward paradise, and when I landed In San Francisco, I was sure it was paradise. I was so glad to get home I actually kissed the ground. "My next stop was in a gooc American barber shop, where 1 asked for the works. Bettye met me in Ban Antonio. "We stopped off in Jackson, Miss., to see Rabbit and hie new bride before coming to Osceola." In 1948, Tim bought out the Chrysler-Plymouth agency. In 1947, he was elected to the City Council, a position he still holds. He Is vice president of the Kiwanis Club, is on ;he board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Is a steward in the Methodist Church. He belongs ;o the artety Club in Memphis due his work with the Cotton Carnival when the Jaycees were active in Osoeola, Man consists of body, mind and imagination. His body is faulty, his. mind untrustworthy and his imagination has made him remarkable. Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Natchez, Miss., has an interesting background as well as beiug one of the most popular cities in the south for tourists. The city was first settled in 1716 on the site of a Natche Indian village, which had been visited by La Salle in 1662. The name of the city at that time was Fort Rosalie. The Spaniards took it in 1779 and in 1798, American settlers took possession of it. During the Civil War, the Federal forces captured the city. It was the capital of Mississippi from 1798-1820. Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman are the same age— 69. The word bride is an old Anglo Saxon word meaning brew — home brew no doubt. For those who like oddities In flowers, I bought some unusual Dutch iris last fall and they are blooming now—burnt orange falls with white standards. Don't mistake the burnt orange for the old time yellow ones —some are copper falls with purple standards. There are some in a clear amethyst color, Gorgeous Is the word. Give Luncheon Mrs. A. J. Florida and Mrs. Sam Williams entertained with a luncheon, for ten Thursday nt the home of Mrs. Florida. Spring flowers in an epergne centered the dining table. Roses and iris were used in profusion throughout the Florida home.' Following luncheon, the afternoon was spent playing canasta wltl Mrs. Godfrey White winning high, Mrs. Lloyd Qodley second and Mrs. S. D. Stanley low. PEO Meets Mrs. L. C. B. Young was hostess Wednesday to Chapter "O" of PEO when it met for its monthly meeting. Fifteen members heard the reports on the convention held Little Rock, given by Mrs. David Limey, Mrs. Lloyd Godley and Mrs. H. E. Phillips. Spring flowers provided the decorations in the Young home. The hostess served a salad plate at the conclusion of the business meeting. Mrs. Lovcwcll Hostess Places were set for 26 Sunday night when members of the Calvary Episcopal Church and guests gathered at the home of Mrs. J. H. Lovewell for a politick supper. Out-of-town visitors were Mr. and Mrs. J. Lan Williams, Jr., and children, and the Rev. and Mrs. W. J. Fitzhugh of Blytheville. Guests , from Osceola were Mrs. Frank Williams and son, Billy, Mrs. J. Lan Williams, Sr., and Owen Massle. Small vnses centered the small tables, each holding a pink rose. Roses, corn flowers and iris decorated Mrs. Lovewell's home. The Auxiliary of the church win meet Tuesday in the hpme of Mrs. Roy Wilson in Wilson. Supper Chili Meets Mrs. Harry Driver was hostess to the four-table supper club and guests when It met Monday night at Cramer's for a fried chicken supper. An arrangement of colorful spring blossoms centered the banquet table, where the group was seated. Following supper, the party moved on to Mrs. Driver's home for bridge. Personals Mrs. F. O. Gwyn will leave Tuesday for a week's vacation at Biloxi. Miss., following which she will go to New Orleans to spend a week with her son, F. o. Gwyn, Jr., and family. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bernstein, of <H16 South Tonti, New Orleans, La., announce the birth of a son, Sunday night in a New Orleans See OSCEOLA NEWS on Page 14 MOX In West Blythevillo Show Starts Weekdays 7:00 Sat. Sun 1 :00 Always A Double Feature LAST TIiMES TONITE Double Feature Chafed Skin Smarting misery, amazingly relieved when medicated Rcslnol— rich i> lanolin —|g applied to chafed skin. Lubricates, medicates, helps to heal. Bathe tender akin with mild Rcsinol Soap. >•••*••••••••••••••••••« RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. WED -THURS 'Narrow Margin' Marie Windsor Charles McCray ALSO SHORTS THURS-FRI Double Feature —PLUS— JOSEPH BARBARA GOTTEN'STANWYCK 'The Man Witha Cloak" ALSO CARTOON Joe JVIcDoakes nen DEE" 'The Man Who Ain't Mad at Nobody" JUST WANTS TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS NOW SELLING AUTO INSURANCE AT THE LOWEST COST? IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST COMPANY! CLAIMS ADJUSTED ON DAY PRESENTED Beat th6 Deadline of the New Auto Liability Law! See him Now! 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