The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 27, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 27, 1953
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 1953 BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN DR. WILLIAM Continued from Page 6 training and every chance'he go 4 , he had his fortune told. Just before we sailed lor Prance, he talked me into going with him to Greenwich Village where somebody had told him there was a Bohemian who had them standing In line to get their fortune told. I looked In every direction to see If anybody from Osceola happened to be there before I went In. "The Bohemian made a believer out of me—but not at the time he told me the things he did. He told juste—and don't laugh—the ship I was going on would escape twicr- being torpedoed and that when I got back home, and I was glad he added that part when he did—I would marry a girl by the name of Louise, which as you know, I did. But don't ask me how I feel about fortuni or rather mis-fortune tellers. "After my discharge," continued Dr. Billy, "I came back home and began my practice again. Roads were the biggest problem back in those days for a doctor to combat, and Mississippi County at that time was famous for having the worst. Every trip I made, there were three roads to cover, the bottom, the in- between and the one on top. "I never left town on a country call that I didn't hitch my saddle horse to the back of my buggy The calls country doctors made then had to be made by pigg-back to Lyee Line steam boats depending on whether you had to go north, east, south or West. "MY BACK yard used to look about like a transportation center. tg'n the early winter, I bought out ^jvery contraption imaginable that • could take the roads. I always carried along a bale of hay in the back because when I went on a call to Keiser, Victoria or around Luxora, it would be a 12-hour trip and a poor horse couldn't pull through gumbo or snow and slush on an empty stomach. I used a gug-out or sled when it snowed. "I had patients around Nodena and Turnage. Those calls required a steam boat. I would leave Osceola at nine in the morning and the roustabouts would bring my horse aboard for me so. I could ride back home if I were unfortunate enough to miss the boat the next morning. The captain on the boat would never take a penny from me when I made the trip by .boat, , "The old J. L. C. & E. Railroad, running out of Osceola Into the woods around Victoria was another means of transportation. The tracks buckled up so the train had to creep along. The passengers would get tired of riding and would get off and walk awhile and then would get there before the train. On lots of occasions," Dr. Billy said, "I would make calls on a hand-car. The Negroes said J. u 0. and. E. stood for Jumps, Logs, Canals and Everything, and they didn't miss it very far. "I always, had a year-round stand- Ing appointment on Monday mornings but it wasn't an office appointment. The late Walter Driver, who worked more Negroes and mules than any man has ever done around here, paid me by the year to be at his mule lot late every Monday morning at four o'clock. He stood at the opposite side and checked every Negro who came to the lot to get his mule and if there were any missing, my Job was to see if they were sick or had done too much pleasure-seeking on Saturday night. "When I went In their cabins to see about them and if they were just enjoying a hangover, I gave them a "happy-dermic 1 a the Negroes called a hypodermic. That same Negro didn't need that, treatment the next Monday, you can bet on that," smiled Dr. Billy. • » • DR. BILLY related the time he drew his pistol on some thugs to collect his fee. It happened in 1920 when Little River was a harbor of escaped convicts. He got the call to come at once to this secluded place on Little River to give treatment to a man who was bitten by a mad dog and had developed rabies. "The voice at the telephone —and I'm still trying to figure out where he called from," added Dr. Billy, "told me he would meet me at Pride and drive me to the patient. When I reached the place to be picked up, this burly looking thug was waiting for me. "When we reached the cabin, where the patient was, there were eight or 10 men with^the patient. That didn't exactly look right to see a bunch of men batching in such a secluded place so I began asking questions as to when the man was bitten and why didn't they call a Luxora doctor instead of me. The one who did all the talking laughed and said he had just told me that to get me out there. The patient had a broken nose. I told them the man needed to go to the hospital to get his nose set. When the man called me 1 told him the fee would be $25 which he agreed to pay me. When I saw the man's condition I gave him a lock-jaw shot and packed my paraphernalia and told them I was ready to go and that I wanted my money. Nobody seemed to be in a hurry to pay me so I drew my pistol on them and they began pooling their money until they got my money up. "The fellow who came to meet me got in my buggy and said he would ride back to Pride and pick up his horse he left hitched there but when he got to the National Ditch, he got out and where he went I'll never know. A ffw days later, the men were picked up by the FBI and taken back to Parchman, Miss., where they escaped. That was my last time to carry a gun," Dr. Billy uld. "I don't know yet why they didn't kill me unless they knew the_y were already In enough trou- • • • DR. BILLY, who has never taken the time to look up his records to see just how many babies he has delivered but remembers distinctly about the three sets of twins he delivered in 16 hours. He didn't think too much about the first set as he had delivered quite a few sets of twins in his practice, but when he was called to the second place, nnd it was twins again, he thought he had been jinxed. He came home, took his bath and was called out of the bath tub to answer the phone. He turned to his wife and said "If this is another set of twins. I'm going to throw my hat in the ring and call It quits. "Well, it so happened he left his hat at the office when he went by to pick «p his instruments. But nevertheless, when that third set arrived. I kept my word. I never delivered another baby. Not until I am guaranteed quadruplets, will I do it again. One set of triplet* was my limit," he said. "When I first began my practice," continued Dr. Billy, this country wac alive with malaria and typhoid. When a doctor took a case, he knew it was a job he had to be on from eight to 10 weeks. But now with chloromycetln drugs, a patient is well and on the Job in two to three weeks. Lots of nights, I have sat at the bedside of some child with diphtheria and wanted to do "something for them that was beyond me to do but now with babies taking shots from the time they are six months old, you rarely ever hear of a case. This is one dreaded child disease that will be eventually wiped out." When asked if he had it to so over again, would he practice in a small town, Dr. Billy's .reply was: 'Country doctors are country doctors, because they want to be. There are precious few who haven't had the chance to go to the big cities to practice but a country doctor is born, not made." • * • FISHING WAS Dr. Billy's hobby until he nearly drowned at Cole Creek, an episode in his life he will never hear the end of, according to the doctor. "Somebody even drew a picture of my plight, had it framed and mailed to me. I didn't want to go that far In the first place, but you know Elliott Sartain; he even called me a creaf-puff for being afraid of the current but after that trip with Elliott he can call me anything he wants but, I'm staying out of that Mississippi river. Our motor stopped on us and when that undercurrent took over we looked like two flying,squirrels. "I had never climbed a rope before in my life, but I told Elliott when the searching party came to look for us, they'd sure find me swinging. Elliott had on heavy boots STERLING'S CHOICE* • ANY , SUMMER HAT IN STOCK All hats reduced Buy 2 or 3 at this price so I managed icmehow to get • knife out of my pocket and cut them off of him. I still say the Lord takes care of doctors. It was the 5th day of February and when Allan Klssell, who works on the river for the government, saw a minnow bucket floating on the water, he struck out In his motor boat to see what had happened to whom. "I ruptured a blood vessel and was paralyzed from the waist down, when rescued. We can sure thank him for being on the Job. I came home and got In a tepid bath and piled hot water bottles all aiound me. I have never had a better night's sleep in my life than I did that night after I thawed out. » • • "THREE WEEKS later I got a call to come to Ft. Pillow to call on a man who had suffered a heart attack. I couldn't think of anything but how deep and cold that river was so I told the man who was called he would have to excuse this time. He .was so persistent I finaliy asked him how he was and it was Mr. Kissell calling for me to come to his father. It goes without saying—I went and, was glad to help him for saving bur lives. "I gave up fishing and took on gardening; that's just as hard work, but at least my feet are dry. This is my third year, and I'm going overboard to coin a pun, in tomato growing. I am raising 260 vines this year and if I don't quit giving camples of my kosher dill iced tomatoes to my friends I'll have to increase my acreage next year." With that remark ,h« added, "by the way, I don't believe I gave you a Jar did I?" And with that, he went out to his car and brought in a jar he had chilled for me and delicious is the word. If I can talk him out of the recipe before pickling time, I'll pass it on. I intend to pay him a non-professional visit along about green tomato time. On tke Social Side... Pitch Club Meet* The widows Pitch Club with three additional tables met with Mrs. Bettye Nelle Starr Thursday night. A dessert course preceded the Pitch games. Mrs. Spencer Driver won high guest prize, Mrs. Maude Hudson high club prize, second prize wns won by Mrs. A. P. Williams, third went to Mrs Ely Driver, and two low prizes went to Mrs. Bob Cromer and Mrs. Lalah Coble. Brldgo was won by Mrs. Dick Cronier. • « * Have Picnic Mrs. David Gwaltney, Intermediate Sunday School teacher, and her class of girls enjoyed a picnic Thursday on the bank of the river. The girls brought basket lunches which were served picnic-style beneath shade trees. Motor boat riding filled the afternoon's entertainment. • • • Visitors Feted First In a series of parties given for three couples .from Kansas City who are visiting Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Butler, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Hale Jackson was the buffet supper- dance given by Mr. and Mrs. Butler at the 50 club Wednesday night. The honored guests were Mr. and STARR GAZING Continued from Page 8 was born without legs and arms. The fellow who is the happiest is the one who forgets the dates of ware and the death of kings but remember some cute thing a child said or remembers how beautiful the moon was on a certain night or the words to a beautiful song. Mrs. Harry McCroy, visitors of the Butlers, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gilbert and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Porter, guests of the Jacksons. Mrs. Butler received her guests wearing a navy blue cotton lace semi-formal. The club rooms were decorated in combined arrangements of pink asters, white lacy stock and yellow pom-poms. As the guests gathered, they were served assorted hors d' oeuvres in the lounge. Later in the evening, the banquet table was centered with a low silver bowl of mixed flowers was flanked by silver can- delbra holding burning tapevs. Roast turkey was served. Following the supper the twenty five couples danced to the music of WIlie Bloom. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ohlendorf's home was second in the series of parties given the Kansas City guests when they entertained at their country home with ft luncheon Thursday. Spring flowers dominated the floral decorations. The Prank B. Williams -home was the scene of the third party honoring the Kansas City guests. Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Wlilams, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Lowrance and Mr and Mrs. L. C. B. Young, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gilliesple entertained 60 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams with a buffet supper followed by a dance. The buffet table was Illuminated TRUSSES Spring or Elastic Abdominal Belts Kirby Drug Stores by tall yellow tapers In branched silver candlebra. Yellow snapdragons, blue Irto nnd white stock [ormed the centerpiece. The hostesses received their guests with Mrs. Williams wearing a white linen short formal featuring a blue girdle. Mrs. Lowarancc a corn flower blue linen semi-formal, and Mrs. Gllliespie's formal featured a starched skirt with rows of ruffles. Mrs. Young was attired In Elsenhower pink linen. Climaxing the whirl of parties, for the popular Kansas Citians was the buffet super Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hale Jackson. The buffet table, centered with an arangement of summer flowers was lighted by an assortment of meats, salads and shrimp. The evening was spent informally. Personas Mrs. David Laney and Mrs. Lalah Coble were Memphis visitors Thursday. Mrs. J. H. Lovevell, Mrs. Kate Hale and Mrs. Dick Br.jby are leaving Tuesday for Baytown, Tex., to attend the graduation of Mrt, Lovewell's grandaughter, Miss Suzanne Pelton, who Is a niece of Mrs. Bagby and Mrs. Hale. Mrs. Loula Gwaltney of Las Cruces, N. M., arrived Tuesday to be with her sister Mrs. A. W. Bowen, who Is attending Mr. Bowen, a patient in the aBptlst Hospital. Mr. Gwaltney nnd children will arrive in Osceola June 6 to be with their families for a short visit before returning to their home, accompanied by Mrs. Qwallney. Mrs. Roy Cox and daughter. Afton, drove to Brinkley Saturday to spend the day. Mr. nnd Mrs. Erus Bradshaw had as visitors the past week their daughter, Mrs. C. M. Brooks and baby daughter, Chariots Ann, of Jackson, Tenn. After Mrs Brook's departure, two nephews of Mrs. Bradshaw's paid them a visit. They were Herbert Browning. Jr., of Minmi and Percy Browning of Orlando, Fin. A niece of Mrs. Brad- Shaw's, Mrs. Jimmie Davis and Mr. Davis, also of Orlando, drove up for a week's visit with the Bradshaws. % HEREFORD iT^DlSPERSION 86 Lots—June 3 OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI Sale at farm on Slate Highway 8, 4 miles west of Oxford Selling- Circle H Larry 22nd and 1! yearling sons, 41 cows with 20 calvrs at side, and 18 open ht-ift-rs by Circle H Larry Domino 22nd t our herd bull by M\V Larry Domino 31st. Also 15 open hciferj of Larry Domino 50tK and Baca R Domino 33rd bloodline* iron* Porter Hereford Ranch. fw Itasrrvntloti) nnH Catalog*: I. F. fiOODXITK. Sale Manager, Sardls, >11». Robert C. Crouch—Oxford, Mississippi Even inflrtce it's exciting! See it. . . Value Check Tilt Drift ill With all its costly-car good looks ... all its fine-car power . . . and all the 41 "Worth More" features that make it worth more when you buy it and when you sell it, Ford is still one of America's lowest-priced cars. Only its "way down" price tag distinguishes a '53 Ford from the rest of America's finest cars! When you try it, you'll find it has everything you need and want in a car ... and all at a price that you needn't sit down to hear. Now more than ever, you can pay more but you can't buy better than ,a Ford. You've got to feel it to believe It You'll find in Ihe '53 Ford convincing proof that a car need not weigh and pork like o battleship to smooth over the bumps. Ford's new Wonder Ride—a combination of many advanced ride features—actually reduces front end road shock up to 80% . . . "paves over" the roughest roads. It's a whole new concept of riding and driving comfort. Ford's first with the newest Easier-operating suspended brake and clutch pedals are just par/ of the new Ford story. There's handy Center-flit Fueling ... steering that's so easy it makti parking easy, too ... real Full-Circle Visibility , . ; Wl "Worth More" features in alii No wonder Ford'i th« car the whole industry is scampering to catch. Fifty Years Forward on the American Rond r.D.A.r. '53R)RD PHILLIPS MOTOR COMPANY Phoni 4453 Broadway & Chickaiawba

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