The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 7, 1956 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 7, 1956
Page 7
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IATURDAY, APRIL f, 1998 BLYTHlTlliLl (AMC.) OOOSIBfl PAGE Congresswoman Irte Fall-cloth Blitch (oi*cte) on t4ie floor of the House of Repres«otertivae. Fellow Georgians drop in to pay their respects. Facing Rep Blitch, in foreground, are, left to right: Mrs. Annette McLean, director of Georgia's state museums; James T. Bennett, Jr , of Valdosta.'Ga., Ernest Page, Jr. of Madison, Fla., just across the Ga.-Fla. line from Mrs. Blitch's district; Fred Belcher, Nashville, Ga., and Fred H. Walker, Valdosta, Mrs. Blitch dictates to secretary, Martha Tomlinson E ver get a real, good look at an F.M.C.? Not often does a pretty little thing from Homerville, Ga., by the name of Iris become a female member of Congress. And when.Rep. Iris Fail-cloth Blitch, Democrat, representing the 20 counties of the eighth Congressional district in Georgia, took her place in the House chamber, she attracted considerable attention from the galleries as well as from her fellow members. But here is a better look than anyone can get just by watching her in Congress. You will see Georgians with problems in her office; see her climbing the stairs to her small apartment; putting muffins in the oven; dancing with a senator when the social amenities of the evening replace the cares of the day. All this business of politics is nothing new to the pretty, size-12 Georgian, who is as winsome at43 as she was as a schoolgirl* Before going to Congress after unseating a four-term veteran, Don M. Wheeler, she served two terms in the State Senate, a term in the Georgia House of Representatives and a stint as the state's Democratic national committeewoman. She's married, has two children, Brooks, 19, a student at the University of Georgia, and Betty, 23, the wife of Henry Tiiberville of Phenix City, Ala. Iris' husband, Erwin, runs a drugstore back in Homerville. Iris Blitcli packs into crowded elevator enroute to House chamber to answer roll call It's a climb up to second story of her apartment in Georgetown, but Mrs. Blitch does it with her usual smile. Rep. Blitch doesn't have much time for cooking, but she's right there when flhe must, Mie'i putting muffins into the oven, She's a good dancer, too. Senator Walter George of Georgia is Mrs. Blitch's dignified partner at the Georgia State Society Dunce in Washington, ThfB Week'a Picture Show by Al» Sta/f Photographer William C. Allen

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