The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 8, 1955 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 8, 1955
Page 6
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PACT HI BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1955 Clue Checked In Pinion Case Received Letter From a Friend In California By H. I. YEAGE* CARUTHERSVILLE - Missing since November J, when she borrowed a 1953 Cadillac from a neighbor across the street for a supposed errand down town, Mrs. Ella Jean Pinion, 34, wife of Dr Joe Pinion, dentist, has not been located. However, a letter from a friend of Mrs. Pinion's In California gave officers another clue. Today, they were busily checking with police authorities on the west coast to determine if Mrs. Pinion has been or is visiting her friend there. The 'Sheriff's office and the State Highway Patrol have investigated clues and information from many sources. The 'case at first was listed as a missing person. To intensify the search, on Nov. 12, the car went into police files as stolen. This broadened, the scope of investigation. . " Reports that she had been seen at Hernando and Tupelo, Miss., were investigated. Similar rumors that she was seen in Baton Rouge and that a lady answering her description had told a filling station attendent that she was going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, were investigated and police quarters, after making the rounds of hotels, motels, clubs and hospitals, reported that they found no person answering her description. The most recent Investigation, at Tupelo, Miss., was reported on Tuesday morning. There was no evidence that she had • been in Tupelo. Mrs. Pinion had been seriously ill during the past two years. Within this time she had suffered a broken limb and had two major operations. Improved Dr. Pinion holds mostly to the belief that she suffers amnesia. "If this had happened six months ir a year ago, I could believe it," he told this newspaper's correspondent, adding, "but she was K> much improved and taking again an interest in church and other thingi, that I thought we were getting along fkw." Mrs. Pinion Is. a qualified and efficient dentist's assistant. She did laboratory work and most of the bookkeeping at the office of Drs Joe and Ralph Pinion. Her husband states that he does not believe the had any money with her. Mrs. PInloo weighs about 1«6 pounds, i< five feet four inches tall, hai dark brown hair and blue eyes. Friendly She It described as having wonderful personality. Dr. Pinion says •jhe was sVmyt interested in helping people, that she often would pick up hitch-hikers and take them where they,wanted to go. Recently she told a friend ID * ohuroti vestibule that she was go- Ing to attend church regularly, that she always listened to sermons on the radio but that she b«. Ueved that the Lord expected her to go to church. The keys to her station wagon were In the customary place when she borrowed the Cadillac from Dr. Woodrow Lamb, M. D., who lived across the street. Dr. Pinion had been'on a hunl ing trip from Monday afternoon, returning .Wednesday afternoon. His wife awakened him about 5:38 that morning and. he had told her he wanted to sleep late as he had a hard day's work ahead. He was aroused about 9:30 by a telephone, call from Dr. Lamb inquiring about his car. A casual check through police sources. She was reported seen early at Highway 61 and State Highway 84 in Hayti and that afternoon in Blytheville. No Other Trips Dr. Pinion states that no previous trip had been unexplained and that there had been no quarrel 01 difficulties In their lives except during her illness over the past two years. He has called and written friends in many cities and states that he is near a telephone at all. times expecting to hear from her or her whereabouts. He stated, "I cannot believe that she would be away from the children so long." Thoy have two children, Toe Jr.. 9. and Melody, 7. The chik'.ren visited their giand- parcnts Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Clay ton. in S'. Louis over the Thanks- C'iv."". ! 1 ~''- : .-.yr J . Mr.s. Piniin's p.-.rc.j:s . rp di r :i'ai' nt and not in goo'i 1'C.ilth. He Is foreman at a foundry. Mr. r.nd Mrs. Clayton perhaps will move to Glendale, Ariz., after the first of the year where they will be near another daughter, Mrs. M. A. Brouse. That Mrs. Pinion might have driven her car into the Mississippi river is discounted. While the Coast Guard has made no assigned investigation, they have been at work In the Caruthersville area. Friends piloting planes have went over the vast area of the river border Another Clue Another possible clue began to take form Tuesday morning from Information gathered by the correspondent. Mrs. Pinion received TOP QUALITY KEISER NEWS i A family potluck supper o! Reiser Methodist Men's Club was held at the church Monday night. The Rev. Harold Eggensperger of Blytheville First Methodist Church was guest speaker. He chose as his topic, "Preparation for Christmas." Following his address the club elected officers for the coming ] J year. They were Joe Billiard,: j president; Roy Langston, vice- , president: E. M. Halsey, secretary ; 1 and treasurer, and Brewer Hefner j reporter. ! | The officers were installed by : i the Rev. Mr. Hance. j Mr. and Mrs. Bill Estes visited j ' Mrs. Estes' brother in New Or- ] / leans over the weekend. j j Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Crews, J were in Searcy last Friday after-1 J noon to attend a play at Harding i College. Their daughter, Ila Verne, took part in the play. On Saturday they left for Longview Tex., to visit another daughter, Mrs. Stephen Jeffery, and family. The Rev. Donald Orr from British Colombia spoke at Keiser Baptist Church Sunday night. He is the houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cook. Several children in the community are confined to their homes with chicken pox. Al Swallows, Who has been a patient in Osceola Memorial Hospital, has returned home and is reported to be improving. The Keiser F. F. A. girls attended a federation meeting in Jonesboro Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Elton Stover visited in Lepanto Sunday. Mr and Mrs. George Bradford and Mr. and Mrs. "Tut" Waldrip and son Billy visited their daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Langston, and children at Trumann last Friday . Mrs. Waldrip's granddaughter, i Debbie, returned home with them to spend several days. j Mrs. Robert Chiles and Mrs Carl Anderson of Osceola visited i their mother, Mrs. W. H. Nichols, and family Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Bill Amos has returned from Bald Knob, and reports that her mother, Mrs. Woodruff, who ia» been seriously ill, is improved. Mr and Mrs. J. C. Bunt have purchased the lot, formerly owned ay R. H. Robinson of Osceola, on the street near the Methodist Church and are moving a house 2iey purchased at Dyess on this Mrs. Monroe Dobbs left by train Sunday morning for Fort Smith to visit her daughter who Is ill. *si 1 Relative Held In Death Of Negro Leader GONZALEB, Tex. (#•)—A 15-year- old distant relative WM held today In tttt mvntor at a leading Negro :ti»en, but ft wain't eaUbllshed whether It wa» for »n or because of i family quarrel. Sheriff L. O. McGlnty said yesterday L. 0. Henry admitted slugging Herbert Johnwn, S«, with a fence post, dragging the body behind a car for half a mile and setting fire to " and the car. Johnson was a leader in the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored peopl* at nearby Schulenburg, owned a farm and did considerable livestock trading. The boy is a grandson of Willie Tennon, an uncle of Johnson. Authorities said the boy was unable clearly to state his motive, although he said at one time his grandfather had argued with Johnson two years ago. The sheriff said Henry told ol taking Johnson's wallet containing $17 and hiding his bloody trousers Under Texas law, the heaviest penalty Henry can receive is being held in a boys' reformatory until he Is 21. IK !K K. a letter from a friend in California about two weeks before she left, telling about how much money she was making employed in a doctor's office. Dr. Pinion knew of this loiter but thought It friendly correspondence. It was admitted, however, that this or other communication might have attracted Mrs. Pinion to this friend residing at Hayward, Calif. The State Highway Patrol sent dispatches to California Tuesday. The Sheriff's office Is also making investigations through their sourc- ''S. No Reply Dr. Pinion stated that he had previously written to this address making Inquiry but had not had a reply. What this investigation will disclose will be known within a few hours or within, a few days, investigating officers said. * ^ '&. I til ^ '&. % & 22 pounds for ONE DOLLAR You can send 22 pounds of America's nourishing food lur- p!u« to a family overseas and I hove it triers by Christmas. AM | for on* dollar! 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