The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 1, 1948 · Page 2
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FAGL TWO BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1948 1947 Fire Loss Near $1,000,000 Ten in County Lost Livti, Survey for Mlssco Area Shows flit, MM of man's worst enemies, came In for Its *hare ot the news In Ml»f l f* l rr' County during 1947 destroying thousands ot dollars worth of property and claiming the lives of ten persons, Eight major fires were reported ever the county during the year e*uslng property damage estimated at 1500,00(1 and numerous other smaller- braces would, 'If accurately figured, send the total property damage to a total near tlie $1,000,000 mark. Heading the list of major fires throughout the county Is the destruction of two school houses, several business houses In two South Mississippi County towns, damage to the Langston-Wroten Garnge here and the vocational building Blytheville High School. The 10 persons who lost heir lives In fires are Brenda Alline McCan'i, 4-year-old 'daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. McCann of Lost Cane; Senplo Delagdo. R Mexican farm laborer and his six-year-old daughter of near Manila; three Negro children, Dorothy Ann Williams, four, Annie May Williams, two, awl Rolma Lee Williams, two-months, all of Luxora; Katie Steward, 57- year-old Negro woman of Luxora; Will Llglns, 15, Negro. ,oJ Wilson: Thomas Nunez. 39, Mexican loborer of near Armorel; and Rufus Phillips, 75, Negro of Osceola. Joiner was the scene of the county's two most disastrous fires, the State Looks For Big Year Industrially LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 1 (UP) —The year 1948 will be the best for industrial expansion in Arkansas' history, according to director H. K. Thatcher of the Agriculture and Industry Division of the Resource* and Development Commission. "We have everything that It takes for expansion," Thatcher declared, "Including high agricultural production, an expanding mineral production, plenty of good Industrial water, natural gas, electric power, coal, a good transportation system Including railroads, highways and airways." Reviewing the progress made In 1M7. Thatcher said the state secured 247 new Industrial pllnU and had 97 substantial expansions of uld ones. destruction of the main building of the Shawnee High School last February and the bla7.e which swept through one entire block in the town's business district on Sjpt. 1. Property damnge for the two fires w»s estimated at $250,000. The Victoria High School fire Vandenberg Out Of Big '48 Race Cabinet Member Asks Truman to Call Off Publicity for Traders By John Sttele (linked frest Staff Cm-respondent) WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UP) — Sen. • Arthur Vemlenberg's latest move to remove his name from the list of Republican presidential aspirants was seen today as a strong bid for "no politics" In the forthcoming fight on the Marshall plan The 63-year-old Michigan Republican Is chainvum of the Senate ForeiBii Relations Committee and his party's lender on foreign policy matters. Yesterday he wrote Republican leaders in Ills state to say ..,«= ,«.«„. *.. ( he dlcln't want his name''presented wis the county's third big fire ofior supported" in the OOP National | t* k | Cn ainK the year. The early morning blaze Convention at Philadelphia. ( „ f( , nr t n ^ The letter marked his third move 1 y i»-'"-'»* to take himself out of the presidential race. It came on the eve of congressional detmteon the European recovery program which appeared destined to touch off the hottest battle over foreign policy In years. Vftiidenbcrg's friends believed his Security Loan Drive Planned Individual Savings To Be Urged in Move To Combat Inflation By A Hill n d. Wchrweta (United PTCM BUM CerrnpoBcJrnt) WASHINGTON, Jan. 1. (UP) — Tlie treasury plans to call Its forthcoming savings bond drive the "security loan" to emphasize the value of Individual savings, an Informed treasury official revealed today. . <,..-, The campaign, part of President' ft> Truman's anti-Inflation program, will start April 1 and will last until about June 15. The drive will stress self Interest as well u the broader effect savings can have on reducing Inflationary spending. Although the formal drive is still > month ot! the treasury already has started to step up Its regular campaign to sell bonds. In a New Year's message Treasury Secretary John W. Snydor sMd Inflation is the biggest danger ahead In the new year and that saving Is the most "potent wear I'" In fighting It. He also relaxed the prohibition against. Individual buying of Series E savings bonds tn excess of $5.000 a year. At present, no person can buy more than $5.000 fnce value annually. Without letting the bars down entirely. Snydcr ruled lhal the proceeds from an Issue known as the Series C-I938 savings bonds which start paying off today can be reinvested In new E savings bonds without regard to the celling. This means that, a bond holder who already has purchased the 45,000 face value limit can take the money he gets for the old bonds and turn' It Into E bonds. Snyrter has also announced that he will continue to fight Inflation by reduclmr the national debt. Tlie debt, represented In large part by bonds held by banks Is an Inflationary force because these bonV te a credit basis for Increased Another B-29 Missing in Alaskan Wilds ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 1. (UP)—An Air Force Sujjerfort was missing on a routine weather observation flight today, and search parties prepared to hunt through a mountain wilderness for its wreckage snd traces of the nine men aboard Air Force officials feared the B- 20 exploded and crashed yesterday less than an hour after taking off from Elmendorf Field en route the Fairfield-Sulsun Air Base near San Francisco. Thirteen minutes after taking off the pilot radioed that one of his four engines. v. r a; out. Several witnesses reported i "blinding flash in the sky" aboul the time that radio contact was lost with the plane two miniaesi Inter. The reported crash brought to 14 the number of men missing or dca< in cnnr.ectlon with mishaps t< Alaskan Supcrforls In the past nine diiys. Another B-2S crashed Dec. 23 in to uncharted Mount Serpentine about 300 miles Northwest of til mountains rimming the area where the second 13-29 was believed down. AH eight crewmen survived the lirst crash, but two paratroopers were killed in rescue operations and three other men .still arc missing. Air force search planes, dog teams ftud ground parties were standing by to comb the Mntanuska valley, 25 mites north of here, at dnwn reared'ln's\eelTTie'Va7g7ariuat'e'd j I2:13 »-'"• CST) ' or tlie second air- from high school in 1041. plane. Only recently married he will be Occasional .snow flurries. which joined by his wife, the former Miss j prevailed at the time of the bomb- Mary Sue Berrymnn of Biytheville, i as soon as housing nccomodations are available. Howard Uraliani « * • Howard Graham, fonncr tales supervisor for the Caruthcrsville district of tlie Arkansas-Missouri Power Company, has been promoted to manager of Ark-Mo's Stcele, Mo., office. It was announced today by F. O, Gardner, CatuUiers- ville district manager. Mr. Graham succeeds Gene Akers who recently resigned. Since Mr. Akers' reslgnutlon, Miss Hilda Plumley. cashier for the company, has served as acting manager. Ail overseas veteran of World War II, Mr. Graham was born and Insulin Drir* Asked CHICAGO (UP)—The American Teat Institute has asked Its mem- ers to Eave pancreas glands from attle and hogs to Increase sup- lies of insulin. Insulin, used in reatlng diabetes, is extracted from he animal glands. CJolfer Scores Squirrel MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UP)—It wasn't an eagle or a birdie that one golfer scored here after a terific ninth lole drive. It was a squirrel. The ball struck a squirrel In the head and killed it. early February offered to support it J east Missouri and Northeast Arkan. move to extend the city limits to I sas on the morning ol May 1, kill- include what is now known us I Ing one man and injuring mor» Head Courier News Want Ads NEWS REVIEW Hopes for Luck •which gutted the town's newly redecorated school, which «•*•> con- | sidered as one of the most modern In this area, left damage which was estimated at near $100,000. JSO.OOfl Fire In Blytherillc Blythevllle's biggest Jire ol the year was the. $50,000 blaze which swept through the garage and parts room of the Langston-Wroten Motor Company on Aug. 15. Four cars, including a 1947 Bllick, and letter was motivated by a desire to free himself of any suspicion of i partisan motive in waging the kind of fight he thinks necessary to help two trailer trucks were destroyed by' save Western Europe. While Van the fire. denberg supports the principle be- An additional $40,000 In property | hind the Marshall plan, he has damage was added to the fire toll not endorsed the plan as such. here. March 18 when a bla?.e of; Seeks to Clear Atmosphere undertermlned origin gutted the j The senator faces the heavy res-1 ~ - Chlckasaw Theatre and the Frit-| ponsibility of piloting debate on the stale convention or In the national zlus' Dry Goods' Co. In the 2000 Marshall plan In a year when po- convention at Philadelphia. Michigan Republican in this credit base through a consistent policy of refunding bank-held bonds, Snydcr hope* to hold back further tnfla- tlon-brcedlnd bank lending. It Took Four Years SNYDEU. OklR. (UP) — 1 football fans hoped a Jinx SAVANNAH, Ga. (UP) — Charlie Walker, 102, ex-slave and Yankee soldier during the Civil War, hopes his 103rd birthday Christmas will be luckier than Thanksgiving. The takeoff on instruments continued today. But it was hoped that helicopters and ski planes would be able to continue the search laUr in the drty. No trace of wreckage wa:, found in search operations yes- '.erday. I Geese Aren't Safe j CHICAGO (UP)—A. R. Saunrlers, I postman, discovered a new ocit- house given to him by the city I patlonal hazard in St. Joseph, Mn, when his shuck was condemned as I when a patron's pet goose nipped a fire hazard was destroyed by i him. the National Safety Counci. fire Thanksgiving. ' rcpnns. (Continued from Page 1) urcd in the news last year. Sale of the l(i,000-acre Chapman and Dewey interests in Northeast Arkansas to the Florida Real Estate Loan Co. of Osceola for more (him $3.- OOO.OCO was completed in early March. A major ixirtion was later bought by L. V. Rittcr of Marked Vree for $2.500,000. The 3,000-acre Trallback Plantation in Southeast Missouri was sold to P. M. Barton by his son, Stan W. Barton, for about $600,000 in January. The clcier Barton then re-sold the plantation a week later to David G. Barton, another son, and Tom F( Baker of New Madrid. County Gets Slate Funds More than $1,103,000 in financial aid from tlie state was received in 1047 for operation of county government, part of it extending into this year. In February, the county road fund received $108,734 in tax money refunded Mississippi County. Later the county received move than $1,000,000 in stale aid lor the liscal year ending July 1 this year. Expansion of Blytheville was the keynote of at least three major stories ol the past year. The first was the disclosure of the move to build a new and larger high school on a site just north of tlie present school and generally revamp the physical school system here. A drive to collect $50,000 to buy the site was launched and about half of the plot was purchased. Another "continuing story," this move may reach its climax this year. The Chamber of Commerce in "Greater' Blytheville." M Hie December meeting of tlie City Council it was indicated than an effort would be made. to Include on the baKot for the municipal election in April this year a proposition culling foi annexation to the city of this territory, immediately adjoining the city but not within the corporate limits. A committee of three aldermen is drawing up plans for this annexation. And while expansion of the city limits was under consideration, a Chamber of Commeice survey showed in August that the population of "Gicater Blytheville" was approximately 17,500. Cily Ceis Air Rue Buildlnti Slated to be used for housing and Industrial development, approximately one-half of the former Army Air Base property was given tlie city as an out-right grant by the War Assets Administration In than a doien others. The wind, followed by a dust storm here the next day, damaged houses and business buildings throughout this county. Two sets of brothers, Robert and Roy Wilson and Milton and F. M. Hodge, were arrested here by state police In late, July, solving a darinj $3,500 hold-up in downtown Memphis. Phillip J. Deer ol Blytheville r»- signed his position a» county »up- ervisor ol schools Sept. 19 to ac- , A cept a post in the State Depart-^| ment of Education in Little Roclc On Oct. 29, John Mayes, Blylhevill* High school teacher was named hit successor. Increased water rate*, which will add another 10000 annually to the bills, paid by Blytheville consumers, went into effect Nov. 1 with no objections received by the Arkansas Public Service Commission Jrom either city officials or resident*. A the Civil Aeronautics Administra- ,iou an application which, if approved, will (live Blytheville the remainder of Ihc air base property. In September, the Arkansas- Missouri Power Co. here announced plans for a 30,000 kilowatt steam- electric power generating plant costing more than »5,OCfl,000 to oe located on the St. Francis River near Campbell, Mo. Nearly $1,000,000 nlso will be spent for a 110,000- volt transmission line to connect Blytheville with the new plant. A month before the Ark-Mo announcement, another utility which may serve this area in another lew years came into view with the organization Aug. 22 of the Eastern Arkansas Natural Gas Consumers Association. At the consumer group's last meeting in December, a revision of tlie by-laws were approved and thus paved the way ior conversion of the organization Into a non-profit corporation. On th resignation of John W. Lynch .1 West Memphis as president, Mayor Ben Butler of Osceola was named president of the group. B. A. Lynch of Blytheville is a director. Other top news stories of the past year covered the following events: A Chamber of Commerce was organized in Osceola Mar. 5 and Mayor Ben Butler was later elected president. Storm Causes Heavy Damage Gale-like winds swept over South- Rock hikes will be held in Little early this year. The Northeast Arkansas District Pair, so* named for the first timt i last year, drew record-breaking rowds of 43,500 here In late September, New buildings and other park Improvements were a feature ,f the 1917 lair. Winner Repeat* Mis. Helen Pcole of Leichvill* did what no one else has ever don» In the eight-year history of th« National Cotton Picking Contest Oct. 2 when she won the women'! division crown for the second consecutive year. Edd Anderson, 18, of Kennett, Mo., won the open division title and tlOOO grand priae. Three Missco families were named county winners in the first annual Balanced Farming contest sponsored here by the Courier News and the Ark-Mo Power Co. Earl Wildy of Leachville won the first annual Soybean Yield Contest, originated by the Soybean Planning Committee and sponsored; here by the Junior Chamber of Commerce! ' Governors of both Arkansas anf Alabama and a host of national • and state Jaycee officials attended the Arkansas Junior Chamber of. Commerce- convention here April 18-20, and the Blythevill* club reaped a harvest of state awards Ior its activities. had been broken when snyder High School beat Grundfleld 31-12 " was the first victory for Snydcr t- four years. Storms in the United States travel across the country at »n average rate of SCO miles a day. block West Main Street. Both firms, located In adjoining buildings, were almost completely destroyed. Other major fire damage reported • over ttie county during 1G47 Include •40,000 damage to the Midway Gin near Manila; destruction of the vocational building at Blythevllls High School which caused damage estimated at $16,000; $7,100 damage to a cotton house at the Producers Co-Operatlve Gin In Osceola; and $10,000 damage to n cafe and grocery store in Luxura. Read Courier News Want Ads llttcal considerations will weigh In Detroit. heavy on both sides of the aisle, leaders indicated they would srjp- One-thlrd of the Senate and all port Oov. Thomas E. Dewey of House members face re-election New York for the presidential nom- canvpulgns, campaigns in which the inatlon In view of Vandenberg's foreign spending issue will play a • statement. John A. Wagner, chair- major role. I man of the GOP State Central "This Is a good time to clear Committee, snld "we took an Inthe atmosphere." Vandenberg told a reporter In explaining the timing of his letter. He referred to the debate to- come. In the letter to-Republican leaders he said: "E am confident that I can best serve my country by completing my present term hi the Senate. I urge withstand that my name shall not be presented has never formal poll sometime ago and Dewey was the majority choice next to Vandenberg" Vandenberg's letter, however, did not preclude possibility of * "draft Vandenberg" move. The senator has observed that few men could > draft, but that he heard of an "honest" or supported either in the Michigan draft in any political party We want to renew our pledge to do everything in our power dar- ing the coming months to bring satisfaction to our customers. May you have a happy, proiptrous New Year! HAPPY NEW YEAR! AYNextFal Select Anything in Our Stock ($40 or More) PAY i DOWN BALANCE OCT. 1st. 1948 WE ARE READY! BEN FRANKLIN PHILCO COUCHES SIMMONS COUCHES G.E. REFRIGERATORS PHILCO REFRIGERATORS BEAUTYREST MATTRESSES FLORENCE HEATERS FLORENCE COOK STOVES MONARCH ELECTRIC RANGES These and all items of Home Furnishings Hubbard Furniture Co. . Phone 4409 Blytheville

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