The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 3, 1953 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 3, 1953
Page 3
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1958 BLTTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS OSCEOLA NEWS St arr Cramer's Corner wars fought, crops made, elections won here 'Cramer's Corner 7 — Broadway And 42nd Street of Osceo/a "Cramer's Corner" — world famous, so 5,006 persons say — is the crossroads of America. Here on this spot wars are fought, crops are made, world series and elections are won and most of ail, for those who come to get something off their chest, there is always somebody willing to listen. The thoughtful proprietors ol this typical small town corner, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cramer, have pro-' vided benches for those who fre- quent'this corner for the town information, world affairs, or who come to chew the rag and listen to what's on the other fellow's chest. The butcher, the baker, the la-.v- yer, the doctor, the merchant, the town's teller of tall tales, the miser, the spendthrift, the faithful the unfaithful all go to add colo to any popular small town gatherin place and Osceola's most popula , corner is Included — with no excep ' tlons. Nobody passes this corner wilhou getting a friendly hello nor any tourist stop for informatio that they aren't shown the tru meaning of southern hospitality. With any encouragement whatso ever, they are likely to find them selves being escorted around town t see the sights, and if they hai from the North, more than Itkel; they will be asked if they want ti see cotton growing. Small towns art friendly places and no place but P small town will you find one ceitaii spot where .people let their hai down and become one big family When tragedy hits and someone o the 5,006 needs a helping hand, wore reaches Cramer's Corner first — and it's then that you realize tha no place but a small town is its brother's keeper. The popularity of this corner began back in 1936 when Mr. and Mrs Cramer moved their restauran' there. They suffered a number of failures and hardships before fate stepped in, which brought them to their present location. THIS DESEirviNG couple, a lot of times in their 29 years of feeding people in Osceola have given away more in the course of a day than showed up on the cash register. Mr. Cramer, born in Rutherford, Tenn., 63 years ago, moved to Sikeston, Mo., with his family, when he was seven years old. Things went along as it does in any average family until his father died when he was 14 years old. It meant that he and his brothers, Charlie and John, had to go to work to support their mother. Jesses' first job was selling hot tamales on the street corners for a penny a bundle commission. In the summer, he worked in the town's only ice cream parlor. He tried to find better paying jobs but, it was the same old story, too young. He was too young to have to quit school and go to work and make an old man out of a young boy, but as Jesse said, it was either that, or tighten up on his ten cent score belt. Doing odd jobs around town until he was 16 and began shaving, he got a job in a cafe cleaning washing dishes, peeling potatoes and taking the patron's dog for a walk while its master consumed thick T-bone steak, with Jesse drooling. At 18, he felt like a man and wanted to go into business for himself, so he opened up a small eating place, but having the big heart he was born with, he soon went broke feeding everybody who came along hunting up such a place. He went to Poplar Bluff and cot a job as a candy puller. This job didnt' last long and anyway oil was coming in out in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana in 1907 and cooks are always in demand wnere there ffi an oil boom, so he hicch hiked to Enid, Okla. "They weren't looking for outsiders to come in and work so a bunch of us were loaded in cattle cars and run out of town," Jesse said. ola, so I had my wife buy a cemetery lot in Violet cemetery to bury me here among the best people in the world. "The depression hit with a bang and we went broke giving away more out the back door than was coming in the front door. One night the night marshal came in and said to me, 'Jesse, I think you should at least build a shed on the back for your back-door customers and not let them stand out in the rain waiting to come in.' I told him they were waiting for handouts, not waiting to come in. I was tipped off why we fed so many dead-heads, * • • "OUR PLACE was called the City j Cafe and they had the idea the city was running a free eating place, so then is when we changed it to Cramer's," smiled Jesse. "Changing the name, however, didn't stop the free boarders because the three Cramer brother! PAGE THREK STARR GAZING Wonder how many Londoners Went all out to come and see Eisenhower's Inauguration I Just curious alter this celebration, they'll be jolly well lucky If the air they breathe isn't taxed. "Winnie," (If you'll pardon the expression) Is Kinder feeble to keep crossing the Atlantic — but he's always welcome, it say» here in very small print. A pessimist is a person who Is teasick during the entire voyage of life. Envy is a pain of mind that successful men cause their neighbors. napkin under the chin and sti eating. To add more caiorl creamed potatoes nr« a must thte dish. The fellow who is serious In diculous matters probably would ridiculous in serious matters. Y know the fellow I mean — the 01 with no sense of humor. After all that Is but one race — humanity. Patience Is what makes beautiful in middle age. Blest b« the power to sweeten and pasteurize bygone mistakes. Do you like cooking with cour cream? Try this Beef Stroganoff if you do: This amount will serve "our. pound fresh mushrooms If strips, ' pnuod fresh mushrooms if available, if not one large can may be used, 1 pint sour cream — (wonder how many thousand calories that would be?) Brown strips of meat, add salt, >epper and paprika to taste. Use wo tablespons of margarine to )rown the meat. Be careful about unnlng to the telephone during his procedure — you know marga- •Ine burns in a hurry. Add the nushrooms after the meat have ofit their redness, continue turning iver and over — the meat and mushrooms, naturally. Add the sour -ream and cook over a slow .slow ire. This is now ready to tuck The same shoe Isn't supposed fit every foot. A man's real possession Is h memory. In nothing else Is he rlc in nothing else is he poor. A horse can't pull while kickii nor can he kick while pulling, would be an excellent thing If \ imitated the good old horse in th, respect, eh? If i man could say anythit> against a character but what h can prove, history could not b mads. On May 28, 1893, when the Ne York Central first ran to Chicag it took 20 hours — now you can g 'purt near' half wny across tji world In that time. The settlement June 1, 1833. of Iowa bega What people say behind your bac is your standing in the communitj DRIFTING through boom towns and wheat fields and picking up jobs all along the way, Jesse managed to save a few dollars to buy a day's supply of groceries and moved into n frontier-type frame building and was open for business. His output was bigger than his intake, and he got disgusted and came back to Missouri and decided the grass was just as green. On Juiy 16, 1916, he married Miss Eda Huber of Sikeston. In the fall, they moved to Blytheville and Jesse went to work in George Wright's Cafe as cook. Later with his two brothers they bought out the Crescent Cafe, and then came the Eldorado oil boom and itchy feet. "People were going there in droves to get in on the first jobs, expecting to get rich over night. Instead, it started raining and work ilowed up and so did business, back to Missouri again. This tim ye bought a cafe in Caruthersville where we went so broke I had sorrow a friends' car license to pu in our old car to get my wife bac.' o her folks, "I knew Frank Sutton and in lesperation, asked him if he would ell me his cafe on credits-he did or 51,000 and went to the bank nd got $25 in nickels, dimes anc uarters for me to make change ith and said well as he knew 'me t wasn't any risk. That was 924 when this part of the country vas heading for a depression fol- owing a crop failure. Frank wa. aid back every penny, however, of he $1,000 plus the $25. I made up y mind then, that anybody who ad. a good reputation and willing work could make a go in Osce- POCTORS WARN AGAINST Laxative-Menace Read Why Many Laxative Drugs Impair Health Cause Many Serious Digestive Disorders Doctors denounce habit-forming laxatives and "purging" cathartics that irritate and shock the system. They've seen the serious effects on nerves and digestion. They say* "the habitual use of irritant cathartics such as cascara, aloes, »enna. castor oil, phenolphthalein, etc., is a most harmful practice and may provide the basis for serious gastric intestinal disturbance." NOW ... there is a new SAFE way to gain and maintain comfortable regularity without dosing with vicious drugs that punisfi your lystem — undermine your health A new colloidal substance has been proved so perfect that it may replace all harmful laxative's. — *• Medical tests on hundreds of constipation victims prove that it is absolutely effective and completely HUGHES-BROGDON DRUG STORE HUGHES DRUG STORE . . . safe— even for aged and infirm. This amazing new substance is praised and prescribed by leading Doctors because it develops easy, natural regularity without a trace of irritation, discomfort, pains or embarrassment. Get this "Corrective-Way" to natural regularity today by asking for INERGEL. Sof«,, Iff>ctlv>.. Druglm INIIOIl Tasteless, easy-to-swallow INER- GEL Tablets never upset the system . . . action begins when they reach the colon. There INERGEL becomes a soft jell-like solution that protects — as its absorbing moving action, brings comforting natural elimination. Stop cndan- cermg your health — get INER- OfcL for safe satisfying relief. At good druggists everywhere. Insist on genuine... inerqel ^^lnM«t. , . . Main at Division Main al Lake never once in the many years they were in business together ever turned anybody away if they didn't have the money to pay for their meal." That practice has been continued by Jesse. "Once when we had a cafe in Haynesville, La., during the oil boom, we had a highway sign painted advertising free meals to anybody who came there broke. People in oil towns eat pretty high up on the hog," Jesse said. "One night I had over-estimated the amount of thick T-bone steaks we would serve our regular customers for supper and had several left over. A young fellow from New Orleans stopped in our place, which we called 'The Grill.' "The young man told John he had read the road sign and Would like to get one of our free meals. John went back to the kitchen, picked up one of those steaks, that would sell now for $4.50, put it on one of our silver-plated sizzling platters, garnished It with parsley and sliced tomatoes with a double order of French fries and sat it before the young man and walked off. "He thought John's name was 'Mr. Grill,' so he motioned to him and said 'Mr. Grill, I'm broke, I can't pay for this steak. You must have misunderstood me.' John as- ured him it was all right and told he young man we fed all 'our non- aying customers in that manner. Ve always made it a rule," Jesse aid, "never to'embarrass a fellow jst because he was down and out ecause for one reason, we had een in the same fix so many imes and those things are likely i happen to any of us. "During those trying times when he depression hit Osceola, we kept etting deeper and deeper in debt nd it didn't look as though there ould be a way in the world to ay back the money and keep oors open. We owed Guy Bryant 900 for groceries, hadn't paid our ent to Raymond Cartwright in lonths and months. I don't remem- er the amount we owed Knight's roccry but I know It must have been a big amount. "I went to them on bended knees to bear with me and assured them all I could pay them someday. I never will forget their loyalty to me. I went on a cash basis at the grocery , stores and little by little I paid back the back debt. I never thought I would live long enough to breathe free air but I finally got every penny I owed paid back. "I MOVED out of Baymond's building into Fred Patterson's building. I had no capital whatsoever, but at least I had paid up my old bills. The rent in the new place was $50. Bob Green came to me and said he had $40 and would go out and borrow the other $10 for my first month's rent in advance. Then Sam Coble came down and measured my building for linoleum rind told me I could pay him when I could and if I never did, he would chalk it up on the wall that he had gotten fooled in Jesse Cramer. "Mrs. Nora Borum had a lot of mirrors left over from her ready- to-wear store and she sent those to me to use. With all of tliis help, business was as dead as a door nail, eating places are hit harder than any other business during a depression. Families eat at home and there is no money for tourists so about all the business you get in those times are the coffee drinkers trying to cure their headaches. "I moved back into Raymond's building, owing Mr. Patterson for two months' rent. Things went from bad to worse, and we really went See CRAMER'S on Page 7 Who'da thunk it 25 years that statues would be erected hon ortng a hillbilly singer? All 11 notables were in Meridian, Miss Tuesday of last week for the unveil ing of a huge bronze statue, cast Italy, where grand opera goers nev er heard of the guitar-strummin hero, Jimmie Rogers, and woul never figure out how to grand op erize "Walking the Floor Over You. It must have been a big day—"Na tionnl Hillbilly Music Day," something we'd better keep our eye on or else Caruso will someday be come a myth. Heroes are createi by popular demand, sometimes ou of the scantiest material — such a. the apple that William Tell neve: shot or the ride that Paul Reven never finished. Keep pleasant thoughts whlli shaving. Your beard isn't as likely to stand on end. Makes sense, does n't it — or does it? Miracle Cushion Holds False Teeth Tight and Firm Snug Denture Cushions are a triumph of science, a sonsnlionnl new plastic re-lining that gets rid of the annoyance and irritation of loose, badly fitting false teeth, Snug «&BC3 • ore, irritated gums due to loose fitting dentures. Applied in a few minutes, makes the wobbliest plates *tay firmly in placa - gives perfect comfort. Eat corn-on-the-cob, stcaka, applei — tnlk, laugh as you please — S late* "stay put," firmly, solidly, armless to gums or dentures. Snug re-liners cnn last from 2 to 6 months. Stays soft and plinblc — docs not harden and ruin plate. Peels right out when replacement is needed. No daily bother with ndhesives. Get Snug Denturo Cushions today! 2 liners for upper or lower plates $1,60. Moncjr back if not satisfied. On the Social Side... Attends Convention Mrs. Jesse Cramer, secretary of the Osoeola Progressive Garden Club, atended the 22nd annual convention of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, held In Conway, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Mrs. Cramer went to receive the national award given to the Osceola Club for their 1952-53 yearbook. The award was presented to Mrs. Ruth Anthony, president of the Arkansas Clubs, in California at the National Convention. She brought It back, and awarded it at the banquet Friday night. Mies Willie Lawson was & guest speaker at the banquet. Mrs. Cramer also attended the Open House Party Thursday given in the home of Mrs. S. T. Smith in Conway and the president's breakfast Saturday morning. Two hundred and forty nine at the 302 federated garden clubs of Arkansas were represented at the Conway Convention, which was held at Arkansas Stato Teachers College. Personals Mr. and Mrs. Bill Landnnn, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Anderson. Miss June Bhoades, Miss Mary Elizabeth Balleau and Miss Nora Wise of Luxora attended tile Junior Banker's convention in Little Bock Saturday. Mrs. Alton McCain and children of Sikeston who have been visiting Mrs. McCain's parents, Mr. and rMs. Bill Thomas, returned to their home over the week end. Mr. McCain drove down and took his family back to Sikeston. He was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. George Doyle and daughter, Kay, for a visit with Mr. Doyle's mother. Mrs. Doyle and Kay will remain in Osceola a, week. Mr. Doyle returned with the McCains. Mr. and Mrs. Arch Smith of Long Beach, Calif., arrived last week for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Luster and Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Harriett of Blytheville. Since their irrlvtl, they n«v« also visited friends »nd relatives in Memphis. MonSny night, Mrs. Nathan Welnberf »nd Mrs. A. A. Adam» entertained !or Mrs. Smith with open houj». Mr. and Mrs. James W. Parrls announce the adoption of an »lght- month old boy. He has been christened James William Fan-is, Jr. Mr. Parris Is cashier of Mississippi County Bank. Mrs. Ralph Wilson and children are visiting her parents In Nashville, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Phillips »nd son. Bill, attended a family reunion Sunday in Clarenden. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rhodes rmd children of Gary, Ind., are visiting his mother, Mrs. Joe Rhodes, Sr. Mrs. Dick Prewitt and children are visiting her grandmothei In Pine Bluff. Mrs. S. Q, Lockhart of Crystal Springs, Miss., visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. j. C. Scurlock, during the past week. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Simmons and children, Jo Ray, Jimbo and Sue Steel, left Saturday for Housfon, Tex., to make their home. cr ^ thereiJbedays ^tikethis! BUT YOU CAN RELAX. . AND BI RIGHT IN YOUR OWN HOME WITH EASY TO I NS TA L L , Bo it's hot us the Sahara outside? Forget Itl Enjoy u now kind of summer comfort at home with a -Rryant Room Air Conditioner. Bryant is the homo air conditioning unit that COO!H the nir .,. filters it... dehumidifiea it ... and ventilates ... all completely automatic, if you want it. Check Bryant with any othcir mako . . . feature for feature Bryant I* OUTSTANDING'. See your dealer today and ho "cool as a cucumber" from now on. EASY TO ENJOY...EASY TO PAY FORI i ton $322.50 f ton 359.50 Ton 449.50 Thursday Morning Only! . Ladies 80 Sq. Percale Dresses 50 A50 Color Fast Material First Quality Mdse. 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