The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 19, 1951 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

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• PAGE TEN BLYTHEVTTXE (ARK.) COOTIER NEWS OSCEOLA NEWS Mayor Butler 'Speechless Once -When. Named 'Man of the Year Bj- BETT1TS NELLE STARR (Courier News Corrfsponrlent) interviewing Mayor Ben Butler, recently-named Mnn-of-the-Ye.ir. we learned that once In his life he was speechless. That was when asked how he felt when his name was called out at the recent nnnual Chamber of Commerce dinner for what 's perhaps the city's top honor. Mr, Builer remarked. "1 actually froze In my tracks anri what I said when pre.serjted the honor well. I only hope there was no recording machine around. 'That was the greatest and Wj- gest surprise that ever happened to me and it would be foolish for me to say I hadn't wished for It, "I thought it would only happen, If at nil. after I was too old to enoy It and I sm just beginning to thaw out." he laughed. He observed that "1351 has been good to me and It will be a year I shall never forget. Mayor 15 Years "I was re-elected mayor in November and that means, unless I die, I will have served Osceola as tte mayor 15 years when voting time rolls around again. "My interest has always been !n •eelng Osceola grow and progress. I was born here when a handful of people lived in old Town. "New Town, as we called our business district then, was as mythical as Little Red Riding Hood. "I grew up making plans to help Bnake Osceola a town In which anybody would be proud to own a large or small plot of ground and I Torkea toward that ambition. "One of the best friends, a man iver had, the laic J. tan Williams. wa« the greatest Inspiration to me at anfbody and when he passed »i»y, Osceola lost one of its most useful citizens and one of its blg- gMt political leaders." He reflected that when ha was a yamf man, "there was always •ORM candidate Mr. Williams was • Mmpalgning for and my job was —Courier News Plinlo OSCKOI.A'S MAN OF VKAII— Mayor Ben P. Butler recently was named Osceola's Man-of-the-Year for 1951 at a Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. He-elected mayor In November. Mayor Butler will have served the city in that capacity 15 years when he comes up for reelection In 1953. lo drive him all over Arkansas, "He was excellent compairy. regardless of dusty roads, or rain, and was always In a pood mood. "He sang and whistled on (hose long trips as though he didn't have a worry in the world. Got Good Advice "I got a lot of sound advice from him and I still try to follow Turning his attention back to 185!. Mayor Butler pointed with pride to the fact that "one of the city's greatest improvements Is blacktopping of every residential street. ''To drive now is a pleasure and 1 know when next summer comes around, housewives will be as proud of our new dustiest city »tre«U u the city IB. "Another '51 project 1 enjoyed being a part of was In (retting the Crompt/m - Shenandoah Co., of Waynesboro. Va,, Interested In erecting a textile plant here. "It was Indeed a pleasure seeing our home folks making their contributions to bring Industry lo our town and to know that our future rests in the hands of these eager citizens who are ever on the alert to better the community. Park Work Neari "Another bright feature of 1951 Is the progress made toward our new park, in January, > park commission will be appointed by the City Council and work will begin In early spring." Mr. Butler remarked that the nerd of a park In any community Is the first thine leaders of a town should consider. "Yoimesters must have a place where they can run and play and not be In danger of highway traffic, "We hope, (hat In the near future, the city will be able to hire a full-time caretaker." A mnyor Is probably the busiest man In any town and interviewing one present-, its problems. Conducting a trial, marrying couples and various telephone calls are some of the Interruptions encountered. We knew the thine dear to his heart and so we ayked. "What has civen you the most pleasure In life?" Before we could finish the sen- Icnce he answered by sayinc it was in having his two sons rGene and Ben. Jr..) connected with him In business and the few hours te could find lo play with his three grandchildren. Served cm School Board Occasionally he likes to go to the Blythevllle country Club with friends for an afternoon of golf, but points out that, he plays for the exercise and Is no Bobby Jones. He has served on the school board as president for several years and hbs also been president of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. He is now A nominee for governor of Rotary International's 200th district, which covers roughly half of Arkansas. He has been the International Harvester distributor In Osceola since 1929. We In Osceola think the Judges made a wise choice in selecting Ben Butler ES Man-of-the-Year for 1851. The state of Wyoming covers about 97.914 square milCK. ' & 406 W. Main Phone 4591 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, IMf Toy Gifts FOR LATE SHOPPERS Plenty of toys still available in Wards loyland. There's still lime to choose gifts, for tots or teenagers, from an exciting collection. SHOP WARDS STARTING WEDNESDAY STORE HOURS 9:00 AM TO 9:00 PM DRINK-WET "SUNBABE 1 ' 1.69 Empties her boltle then wets diaper. 10" fall, made of soft tub- bcr. Cry voice, painted eyes. Flannel diaper. 20 PLASTIC SOLDIERS 98c Modern soldiers in army drab in various realistic fighting positions. Washable, unbreakable, pliant Vinyl plastic. EASY-STEERING VELOCIPEDE Tabular steel Iraae \ I . / O 1" cushion mk. Hm 16-in. velocipede is buill lo give long service— . boll-bearing fronl wheel. Tubular steel frame -and stamped steel fork. Red and while baked-on enamel. 12-in. \Vhccl, n.05. in-in. wheel ... 6.49 U. S. ARMY 1 WILLYS TF-.r.P ' 1.25 Realistic copy of (he famcwi Jeep in khaki- colored plastic. Movable windshield, extra tire, trailer rook. ALICE IN WONDERLAND 1.19 15-pc, Tea service for two in blue plastic with cameo-typa "Wonderland" figures. Creamer sugar bowl and tea pol STARR GAZING Want to knoT why kissing under the mistletoe K traditional at hrisima.'i-lime? To begin with, we all know mistletoe is a parasite growing on trunks and branches of trees. Whenever the Drultls, ancient priests ol the Celts, found it grow Ing on the sacred oak, they cut it off with a golden blade and gave bits of it to the people for good luck charms. Tn Norse mjtliology, Balder, the god who personified the sun and the charm of .summer, wa.s a general favorite with the gods and cABes because of his beauty and goodness. He had oniy one enemy, the wicked l/A (or Lo!d). Lolt plotted hts destruction.. Balder'.s mother, Krigga. fearins .. that he might b» harmed by Lok. extracted from all the things in the world, except a small sprav of mistletoe, the promise that they would not injure her son. The gcds then made a pastime of throwing their weapons at Balder Musi to see them fall to the ground without harming him. But Lok made a dart from the mistletoe and placed it tn the hand of Haider's blind brother. As the dart struck Balder, he fell dead. Early European nations revered the mistletoe as a ceremonial plant, which probably was the orizin of the Christmas custom of kissing under the mistletoe. Speaking of Christmas, don't .von wish now you had unfied all the knots and straightened out all AUCTION SALE Tonight 7P.M. 109 E. MAIN ST. House Full of Bargains! Will Sell to Highest Bidder! Come early and get good seats...No Bids Rejected! Christmas gifts of all kinds. You buy this merchandise af your own price, hundreds of items to choose from. Don'!. Forget! Tonight is the night! 7 P.M. at 109 East Main Street. \Ve guarantee you'll get bargains. "Try this Sale One Time". those Christmas tree lights? Remember that when you talte your tree down this year. Definition of Tact: The unsaid part ol what you really think. The day has past for it to be rude to conune7)t something you admire which belongs to some- for having excellent Abraham Lincoln mu 4uifet * flatterer so the story tot*. Once, a lady asked him how old .he thought she wax and hU reply wa-s, "Judging from your intelligence. I would say you were ten years older than you really are and if I Judged by your beauty. I'd one else, it makes them admire you I See STARK GAZING on P*j« 11 T. W. Samuels the Ancestral Whiskey Uniformly Fine Year after Year! Old Fashioned Sour Mash Aged the »lew PYRAMID wo/ KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY method wit* T. W- Samuel*. 90 Proof -5 Years Did Alie ovallobt* In torn to IN IOKP T. W. SIHUELS DISTILLER! OE.IIVIUI. KEISOH COUNTY, «•„•„<:.. 406 W. Main Phone 4591 A LUXURIOUS GIFT IDEA So /o»*-/a-price 8.98 Sizes 12 lo 20,' last minute shopping? She'd love these. They're Soft, warm lustrous rayon satins and laffetas witti piping of gala trims. Contrasting linings. Assorted je.w«}- bright colofs. Wonderful idea to give or to Veep.) LOVELY GIFT CHENILLES , washabl< h 5.98 Sizes 12 to 44 Aunt, sister, mottier, grondmo, cousin —would all lovs a chenille from Wards special gift selection.- They're » gay and fluffy—come in long or young duster jtyles. White, pastels, bright colors. See them altj,

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