Baxter Bulletin from Mountain Home, Arkansas on May 30, 1968 · 25
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Baxter Bulletin from Mountain Home, Arkansas · 25

Mountain Home, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 30, 1968
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! ' v ' jj ' : t Af 72, Cliff Still Stands Tall THE BAXTER BULLETIN Thurs., May 30, 1963 MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS Page 1 -D "The Giant of the Ozarks," Cliff Maynard, and his wife, Tilly, "measure up" outside their home located about four miles east of Mountain Home on U. S. Highway 62. Maynard is about 6-10, while his wife is five feet tall. Below, Maynard (at right) is dwarfed by Robert Wadlow, who was "billed as the tallest man in the world in the 1930s. Wadlow, who was eight feet, eight inches tall, visited Mountain Home in 1938 in connection with a shoe company. "That was the only man I ever had to look up to," Maynard said. Bulletin staff Photos I i . h Huett and Choate Honor Graduates Michael Scott Huett of Mountain Home and Larry Dale Choate of Gamaliel will be graduated with honors next Sunday from the University of Missouri at Rolla. Each will receive a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the commencement exercises, to be held at 2:30 p.m. on the old Jacklin Field at the north end of the campus or in the Rolla High School gymnasium in case of rain. Baccalaureate services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Huett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Huett of 429 West North St. and Choate is the son of Mrs. Lawrence Choate Sr. of Gamaliel. Both are graduates of Mountain Home Hieh School. To qualify for first honors, students must have maintained a cumula tive grade point average of 3.00 ana above out of a possible 4.00. South Korea has over 12 mil lion Christians, the largest number of any far eastern country except the Philippines. By GEORGE S. SMITH Of the Bulletin Staff "The only difference between me and the Jolly Green Giant is that I'm not green." That statement was made by the jolly "Giant of the Ozarks," Cliff Maynard of Mountain Home. The 72-year-old Maynard, who stands two inches shy of seven feet tall (barefooted), said, "I used to be well over seven feet (about seven feet, three inches), but I shrunk up quite a bit in the last few years." A native of Baxter County, Maynard said, "My mother was just about five feet tall, but everybody on my father's side of the family was well over six feet." "But not this far over six feet," he added, rubbing the top of his head. He has one brother who is six feet, six inches tall Maynard said he had been a farmer all of his life "until about 10 years ago, when I gave it up. I would plant anything that would come up in this county. Now all I do Is sit around and aggravate people." Maynard also operated a ferryboat across the Northfork River before Norfof k Dam was built. Weighing nine pounds at birth, Maynard said he finally stopped growing "when I was 24 years old." He now weighs more than 230 pounds and asserts, "I'm still skinny." From adistance, Maynard does not convey the image of an extremely tall person. He walks in a slightly bent forward position and it is only when he is compared to ordinary objects that his stature is noticeable. With his white hair scraping the ceiling of uie modest frame home, located four miles east of Mountain Home on U. S. Highway 62, or with his large frame seated in a too-small chair, Maynard seems sharply out of place in this world built for "small" people. "I've always been plumb above everybody," Maynard said, "and I'm used to most of the inconveniences that accompany a per son my size." Clothes have always been "sort of a problem," Maynard said. He wears shirts with an 18-inch neck measurement and 35-inch sleeves, but firmly declared, ine shirts are always too short in the sleeves." His evervdav clothes include a pair of faded overalls which measure 46 inches in the waist, with a 36-inch in- seam, and "they're too goldern tight," Maynard stated. "Shoes?," he answered in reply to a question, "Why, I wear real little shoes. Here, trv one on." Trying on one of Maynard's 14-EE low-topped shoes is like stepping into an empty washtub. "Wearing my shoes, anybody could walk on water," he said, slapping his knee and laughing. "The reason my feet are so big," Maynard said, looking down at his shoes, "goes back to my school days. When I was in school, I had to stand in the corner so much, all of my weight kind of pressed on my feet and spread them out." "Clothes ain't the only inconvenience," Maynard declared. "You see that light," he said, pointing toward a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the living room. '1 would hate to count the bulbs I've broke with my head." Maynard also said that door jams presented a problem for him, and "If I forget to duck just once, it'll be a while before I forget again." Maynard also said, "Some of the store sips hanging around the square in Mountain Home are a mite short. I almost have to walk in the street to keep from Dr. David C. Reese Chiropractor Office 425-2246 Res. 425-2810 14 East 8th Street Mountain Home, Ark. tf Twin Lakes Supply For Service & Dependability Your Janitor and Maintenance Supply Headquarters. 821 S. Baker Phone 425-3924 tf Mountain Home Bible Church Sunday School 9:00 a. m. Morning Worship 10:15 a. m. Evening Service 6:00 p. m. Join our evening study of the "Revelation of St. John" Meeting at the COMMUNITY CENTER 11 y. 62 . E. 4 Miles John K. Sullivan, Pastor tf Mountain Home Saddle Club n n n m SE SHOW Saturday, June 1-7:30 p. m. FAIR GROUNDS South Part of Mtn. H ome 14 Classes of Horses Gaited & Pleasure PARADE AT 6 P. M. Starts at Keeter Lumber Co. ADMISSION Adults, 50c - Children 6 thru 12, 25c rTTWiliiiiiniiTiiT J .. IjU'itl &fir X I 1 M Wi Sfe- "I Mi S ix J rj ( 1 C 1 ? -iyb hi bumping my head. I sure wish the store owners would raise them a bit" "When I was younger and had to bale hay, I was the only one tall enough to poke the bales in the loft," Maynard stated. "It sure seemed to me that everyone else was always too dad-burned short to do the dirty work." He said he has yet to ride in a car that was made "for men my size." "My head hits the roof and my knees are stuck under my chin. I can't straighten out, and I'm in misery before long." Maynard declared that the best part of any trip in a car or truck is "when it is over and I can stretch." "I had to go to the doctor recently," Maynard said, "and I had my chest X-rayed. A nurse told me to put my chin over a little metal bar and that bar was two feet too short." The doctor instructed him to squat until his chin was on the bar and "I told him that I was about the worst squatter in Baxter County," Maynard said. ' 'There are several advantages to being a big man," Maynard stated. "Why, I can see over everybody if I'm standing in a crowd. That's a big help at gatherings," he declared. If my house roof ever leaked, I could fix the edges without doing any climbing. It is very seldom that I have to climb anything." Tilly, his wife of three years, stated, "anything that I need that is on a high shelf, I just call for my husband. If ,he can't get it, it's not going to be got." "I've only looked up to one man in my life," Maynard said, "and that was Robert Wadlow, in the late '30s. Wadlow, who measured eight feet, eight inches tall, was billed as the tallest man in the world during the 1930s. He visited Mountain Home in connection with a shoe company and it was then that the "Tallest Man in the World" and the "Giant of the Ozarks" met. -ft !frC I iorjbtli ; A continuous check on the year-Jy catch of Trout, Ocean Stripers, Northern Pike and Muskel-lunge is necessary for a planned stocking program. Please report them weekly to 425-2564. BOX 304 MTtf. HOME, ARK. "That was one tall man," Maynard said with a sigh. "Wadlow put some money on top of his head and they said anybody that could reach it could have it. Well, I ran my hand all over the top of his head, but I never found any money.". The good-natured ex-farmer said he had never been in a fight in his life, and added, "There are not very many things worth fighting for. I simply told people mv stnnrl nn tcsnee anrittiarawoc no arguing about it." 1 "Besides, fighting is hard on r rtlAttinr II U nnIJ tt I T J I to have a hard time getting clothes that halfway fit." "I can't think of anybody, tall t or short, who has as much fun T as I do," Maynard asserted. "My philosophy is, 'have as much fun as possible without hurting anybody'." His plans for the future include "growing taller and aggravating a lot of people." He said, "I'm really like to be eight feet tall, because then I would be up there where I could reach anything I wanted. I wouldn't be any clumsier than I am now, and I would be up there where I could do the things I had to do." What would he say if he had to describe himself? "That's the tallest son-of-a-gun and the ugliest man I've ever seen," Maynard said, slapping his knee and guffawing. Maynard attributes his height to two things hard work and his name. "I firmly believe that hard work made me grow tall," he said. "I have always worked hard, and until I was 24 I kept growing." Maynard. whose full name is John Elmer Clifton Maynard, said, "If I had of used my full name when I was younger, like as not I would be 10 feet tall now." Good-natured, friendly and humorous, Cliff Maynard is a big man in more ways than one. i&JCHiSfe 52'irV'iw Ut It is a long Maynard's 14-EE head - six feet. 9 way from the shoes to the 10 inches, to bottom of top of his be exact. HOMECRAFTED GIFTS Shop The ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOP Open Monday through Saturday 1028 SW. U. S. Hwy. 62 Turnbull Raised To Captain Rank QUALITY - FLAVOR - FRESHNESS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT? TRY OUR INDIAN BREAD It contains wheat flour, whole wheat, bran, cracked wheat, rye meal, soya bits, flax seed meal, yellow corn meal, soya flour and dextrose. Friday Special Only 30c Loaf Call 425-2937 and we will hold a loaf if you are late coming to town Friday. June Is Wedding Month. Let Us Bake Your Cake! Choose from the finest quality cakes of any size and prices ranging $6 and up. WE WILL CLOSE MEMORIAL DAY Home Made Breads Fine Cakes and Pastries HOME STYLE BAKERY "ONE OF ARKANSAS' FINEST" Corner 8th and Church Across From the Post Office Member Retail Baker's Assn. of America. a James W. Turnbull, 24, was promoted to Army captain May 1 at Fort Benning, Ga., while assigned there as a student. The son of Mrs. Oriole G. Turnbull of Berkeley Heights, N.J.. and the late Alan C. Turnbull. Cart Turnbull is married to the former Sarah Hurst, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Hurst of Cotter. Capt. Turnbull entered the Army in April 1966 and was last stationed at Ford Hood, Tex. He is a 1961 graduate of Jonathan Dayton Regional High School Springfield, N.J. He received his commission through the ROTC program at Arkansas State College, Jonesboro, where he received his B.S. degree in 1966. Before entering the Army, he was employed by a Jonesboro public accountants' firm. Capt. Turnbull is the holder of the Army Commendation Medal. His wife is residing at Fort Benning during his assignment there. Mrs. Loiell Hyler and Mrs. J. B. Haley, both of Mountain Home, spent Monday and Tuesday at Springfield, Mo. We Urge You to Attend The Twin Lakes Home Builders Association's Show May 31-June 1 & 2 - June 8 & 9 Ito7P.M. We solicit your support of this fine organization. They are an integral part of our expanding economy. H. 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