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PAGE TWO Sikeston Woman Enters Puzzle of 'Dead' Yank On Enemy's POW List BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS By WARREN ROGERS JR. WASHINGTON <£>) — A lot of pieces are still intelne in the Jigsaw puzzle, of the bride who World's Tallest Building Sold Empire State Goes To Syndicate for $52i/ 2 Million NEW YORK W>/-The EJllpW otate. the world's tallest building formally was sow yesterday for 51 : < million dollars. The 102-story structure was built 20 years ago at a cost of 52 million dollars. The purchasing syndicate is headed by Roger L. Stevens, Detroit real estate rrmn. Associated with him arc Alfred H. Glancy Jr., also of Detroit, Ben Toli.'n of Hollywood Beach, Ha., and Col Henry Crown of Chicago. The original owners included the late financier and Democratic Nations! Chairman John J. Raskob the late New York Oov. Alfred E.' Smith, and members of the Wil- miugtoTi, i>j., Dupont /nmlly. A token cheek was handed over by Stevens to a representative of the sellers. The real checks reslrie in a bank vault. Pees and commissions figuring In the sale reportedly totaled more than one million dollars. Army's Oldest Regiment Wears Newest Uniform WASHINGTON (AP> — Men of the Army's oldest regiment start wearing the Array's newest uniform today. The uniform, « greenish gray experimental winter outfit, will he donned for a months-long scries of tests by soldiers of the 3rd Old Guard Infantry Regiment. One of its battalions Is stationed here at Fort Lesley J. McNnlr and the other at J"ort Myer In nearby Virginia. The material is 16-ounce serge. 85 percent wool and 15 percent nylon. It eliminates the.wrvlce J»c)cet usually called the *aten)r&rerfj«ek- et" and repi»c« » WtUf wml'Wmflttlng: co*t with lapets ' This Is just nn experiment, the Army Quartermaster corps stressed, «nd no on« will be required (o buy ' new uniforms. It Is separate and distinct from the field uniform and Is designed for "general wear." lasy on the Firemen ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (AP) — City firemen djdn't have to go far to extinguish the blaze In R. Reid's automobile. He drove It to the fire hall niter he found the upholstery ablaze. says her first soldier-husband, officially reported dead, apparently (s a prisoner of the Reds In Korea. In the midst of the dilemma Is 22-year-old Agnes Dlxon Sasser of Atlanta, Ga. Mrs. Sasser sa y s the Army reported her first husband, Pfc. Walter B. DJxon, serial number RA1726G334, was killed In action In Korea last May and that the Government paid her his $10,000 Insurance benefits. In September she married Pfc. William G. sas- Fer 1.1st Hat His Name Then come the prisoner or »-ar list, complied Dy the Communists and described by U, S, officials as "definitely not official" Among the 3,108 American names was that of Pfc Walter B. Dlxon. serial nllmber RA172C6.134. "That's, my Waller," Mrs. Sasser said when she read the newspapers. "It's his name and .serial number," But the Army was Just a confused us Mrs. Sasser. According to its records, We Dlxon never imd „ wife. Listed ns his next of kin, (he Army snltl was Mrs. I/>rean o. Storey of Sikeston, Mo. It WM to her the Army sent Its first report that Llxon was dead. Mrs. Storey May Help Mrs. Storey, who now lives at Houston. Tex., may be able to fit the puzzle together. The Pentagon says It telegraphed her that Dlx- on's nnme Is on the POW list. But it has no official word that the telegram was delivered. Nor was there official confirmation that Dixon's Insurance ever was paid and, If It was, to whom. This may have to wait until Dec. 20, when Pentagon workers return from n four-day Christmas holiday given all Government em- ployes. Pieces to the Jigsaw came spinning In last night from Slkcston and from Cullman. Ala. Married I.asl Year A clipping from- the Sikeston Standard, dated last summer when Dixon was reported, killed, identified Mrs. Storey lu Dlxon's sister. It quoted her as saying he married an Agnes Lastcr at Atlanta last year. In Cullman, Ala., J. [,. Laselcr said he Is the father of Mrs. aas- ser. He sold his daughter Mary Agnes married Pfc. Dlxon five dnys before the soldier shipped out for Korea. Lasater said he understood DU- on was reared by » sister a MCT. Lorene Storey. 'He Suggested'Ih*' possibility that Mrs. Storey'might liave passed an; inusrance money along to his daughter. Tile Pentagon Is doing Its best o solve the riddle. It wants to •now (A) whether the Pfc. Dlxon reported killed li the same one reported a prisoner, and (B) why Army records don't show he wis married. "^^~^«*^^^^^^MM^^H*«l«BHW*MM FIRE MARSHALL IS BURNINC-Capt. John Degenkolb of the California Slate Fire Marshall's office, Los Angeles steps back from Ihe inlense heal of flames consuming a knit rayon sweater just 15 seconds after he applied a match to it. Fire authorities are holding over 300 of (he sweaters, being sold by itinerant peddlers, after at least four persons were burned when their sv/caters flared. Fire Halardi About 25 common fire hazards You're cordially invited lo come In Rnrl se« our Christmas decorations Santa Claus and everything,as depicted in ihe above picture. A warm and friendly "Merry Christmas" to all of you from all of us at Snider's Restaurant. Snider's Restaurant 114 North Second St. OSCEOLA NEWS Student* Home Activities In Osccola among the- college students will get off to n good start beginning this weekend and continuing through New Ye.ir. home for the holidays are Joanne Cullom, who attends Quit Park College, Gulfport, Miss.: Henry James Swift. Dnvlrl Laney and Andy Young, who attend Vnndcrbilt Nashville; Billy Alexander. John Earl Speck, Doyle Dunn and Prank Williams. Jr., who attend the University of Arkansas, Fayettevllle. Anne White, who Is a student ^t Sv/cctbrlar, Va.. Jcanette Bowcn, who attends Southwestern, Memphis. Lalu Driver, a student at Hollin« in Roanoke, Va.: Ethelyn Fletcher a student at Miss Hutcli- lnson'3 School in Memphis; Wade Hnuck who attends Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Patsy Cone, a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mrs, Lovewrl! Hostess Mrs. J. H. Lovewcll entertained her two table bridge club with a luncheon at the Scminole drive- in Tuesday. The table where the guests were seated was centered with a Christ- mns arrangement of jiolnsettias and pine cones. Following the luncheon bridge, was played at Mrs. Ix>ve\vell's home frhlch was decorated In the holi- 5«y theme of Santa Claus and Imu- ble«. On the mantel was a village scene In snou*. Mrs. Josephine Hole won high score and Mrs. c. E. Sullenger won blnp.0. PTA Steels The Osceola oirls Ensemble with T. w. Hunt as director, opened the meeting of the Piirent Teachers Association Tuesday night at the elementary school with Christmas carols. Mrs. P. D. Johnson program chairman, Introduced Frank Sanders as scpaker of the evening. His topic. "Relationship between School anil Character," was followed by a talk on "Church and Character" given by the Rev. Chalmers Henderson. Dr. Joe Hughes announced that following the- holidays a sight screening prosram would begin. Eight new members were Inducted nt the meeting making a total membership of 333. Miss Thompson Honored Miss Kate Thompson was honored Tuesday night with n kitchen shower anct buffet supper. Mrs. Searcy Mears and Mrs. Bob Gillesple were hostess at the Gillespie home. Miss Thompson was presented a corsage of gardenias which she wore with a gray laf/etn cocktail dress. Mrs. Thomason mother of the bride-elect, wore a navy blue wool With a rhincstone clip. The 24 guests were served In the dining room from a butfet table which held traditional Christmas goods and covered with a filet lace cloth over Christinas green. The centerpiece of red tulips In silver bowl was flunked by branched candelabra holding slender red tapers. The guests were sented at small tables centered with SATURDAY, DECEMBER tt, 1W encw scents. Gifts were placed under * large Christmas tree bright with sequin snowballs «nd colored lights. Miss Dorothy Taylor «nd Miss Elano're Ezell of Mtmphis »tt*nded the party. Mem EnUrUln Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Mears will be host and hostess to the Burner club Friday night. Other than Mr. «nd Mr«. Mears the members are Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hyatt. Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Speck and Mr. «nd Mrs. Bill Jo* Edrlng- ton. Mrs. Mears home will be decorated for the occasion in a holiday fashion. The dining table will b« centered with a tiered illver tray holding a snow man with colorful ornaments. Following the »upper guests wl)l play bridge. Chora! PrOfram The choir of the First Baptist Church under the direction of Ray Mann will present « Christmas cantata, "The Wondrous Story," Sunday night at .7:30 p.m. Mrs. Gill Mastin will be organist. Songs will be by Miss Grace Lovelace, Mrs. Charlise Little, Ray Mann, the Rev. Percy Herring and John Herring. Loo«l» Mrs. Madeline Campbell will be the Christmas guest of her son, J. Wallace Campbell and family of Bellvilte, 111. Mr. and Mrs. Hay Mann announce the birth of their fourth child, a daughter, Wednesday afternoon at Memphis Baptist Hospital. She has not been named, Lt. and Mrs. Frank Pcrrin will arrive Sunday to spend the holidays with Mrs. Elcctra Perrin and family. They ae coming from Alexandria, Va,, where Lt. Pen-in has been stationed since his graduation from Annapolis in June. After their visit here Lt. Perrin will report to Camp Pcndleton, Calif. W. V. Alexander spent the week In Jonesboro, La. Miss Dorothy Taylor and Miss Elanore Ezwell are the weekend guests of Miss Kate Thomason. Nick Wallner of Pasedena, Calif., will arrive Saturday to spend the Christmas holidays with Miss Anne White. Mr. Wallner attends Annapolis. Airs. Wilson Ho«tz:i Mrs. Jack Wilson entertained her bridge club Wednesday night with a Christmas party. A holiday setting throughout the lower floor of her home was in evidence and an open fire burned In the living room fireplace which was flanked by » Christmas tree. A snow scene with reindeer arranged against a mirror was used as the mantle decoration. The table was overlaid with a white damask cloth with holly and mistletoe painted on it. Centering the table was a Santa 31aus punchbowl circled with Santa claus rmigs. Guests drank eggnog before being served dinner later. Members exchanged gifts before playing bridge. In games, Mrs. Bill Walters was gh and Mrs. Arch Caterings, of Bassett, who was a guest of club, was second. Garden Club Yule P«rlr Mrs. John White, Mrs. J. B. trickling and Mrs. Harry Mat- lock were hostesses to one of the Garden Club'* nicest affairs list week. A miniature white Christmas tree with gold ornaments centered a large table were gifts were brought to be delivered to the club's "adopt-' ed" family. Mrs. P. o. Gwyn spoke on "Making Christmas Merry by Making Your Own Decorations." She brought three corsages to demonstrate her talk. Ail were made from odd pieces and were tied with bright ribbons. Mrs. Frank Bailey, assisted by her son, Frankle, presented Mrs. Le« Weason, president, with a shower of handkerchiefs from the club. Miss Emily Hobbs presented several of her girls who showed Christmas decorations the class had made. The refreshment table wai centered with a crystal punchbowl filled with boiled custard. Branches of holly were used in a star design around the bowl. Local* Mrs. A. L. Webb of Murfreesboro, Tenn., has returned home »ft«r • two-week business trip to O»c«ola. Mrs. j. j. Burns it a patient la the Methodist Hospital In Mem. phis, Auxiliary Entertained The Intermedllate Girls Auxiliary was entertained with a Chrlttma* party Tuesday night at the home «f Mrs. Jim Ferris. The center of attraction was a large whit* tree trimmed In r*«n baubles. An assortment of holiday foods was served. "<& come all pt fmtfjfui" In the sanctuary of our hearts let Ub give thanks for the blessings ol the past year. Let us find in the spirit of Chtistma* the true spirit of American democracy that lives in the precept of freedom to worship, freedom to enjoy ihii Great Day! Christmas Hubbard Hardware 213 West Main Blytheville mum To each of you — for your own kind of Christmas observance— to be filled with lU the joy ind the minjr blessings of Christmas Day! BLYTHEVILLE FERTILIZER CORPORATION Tho' Santa's many chores or* done, he pause* now to jay , . , "MERRY CHRISTMAS, •Tery one — ha** a full and happy day!" Blytheville Water Co.