The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 3, 1952 · Page 10
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»AGE TEN BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER THURSDAY, JANUARY I, OSCEOLA NEWS Little Law and Less Order When Judge Gladish Came to Osceoia There was very little law and IXMC order 60 years ago when Judge 6. L. Gladish came to Osceoia to hang out his brand new shingle after graduating from the University of Missouri in 1002. A college friend, Harry Alexander, came with him but in 30 days his valise was packed and told the Judge, "I'm going to leave it to you," and he did. "From that first day I set foot In Osceoia I've never been sorry I stayed here and stuck It out as well as being proud I had the guts to fight back because that's exactly what it took back in 1902. There was always an 'anil this nnd antl that' on any issue taken. The town would not pull together and the sntte,'" laughed the Judge, "were against every thing that would help the town to grow. I'm getting ahead of myself, first I want to tell how I spent my first Sunday. I spent It between here and Memphis riding on a slow train through Arkansas. All Wanted to Ride "I was told that everybody that could find seats or was able to eland in the aisles went to Memphis to ride the train. "You see the new was still on passenger trains back !n 1003 and everybody looked forward to getting up before daylight just to ride to Memphis and after the biggest part of them got there they wcro too country to leave the Union depot and sat there all day waiting to go bacX home on the Cannon Ball. "Coming home that first Sunday night a Negro came uack in the white coach flashing a gun and •doing some big talk.' "Three men with their two coach •eats turned ' together got into the brawl, trying to quiet him but the Nogro started shooting and killed one of the men, shot one through the leg and another one through the lung. "One of the men whipped out his pistol and shot the Negro but dld- nt kill him. The Negro was brought to th« Osceoia Jail and the next d»y 50 men led by a Luxora citizen rode up to the court house and demanded the keys to the Negro's cell. "The Jailer J»td, 'I don't know «h»t you want with him, he's dead.' The men thought It was a frame-up MVd had the Negro brought, out on • afr*tcher. That was before burial kvaruice," remarked the Judge. "My first case In Osceoia was R Ifegra doctor. He was quite & ladies BIBO, and some of the Negro men fa town heard about It. "The doctor brought me a letter bt had received which read, 'This te to notify you if I catch you at Dp house IH kill -you." The doctor asked Judge Gladish, "Hhatl! I do about it?" The advice he pit was to stay away. The doctor laid he didnt know who the letter Wa* from as there was no signature. Named Deputy Prosecutor "In 1905 I was appointed deputy presenting attorney and served through 1906. Civic interests were getting hot in Osccola about that time and I was asked to run for mayor, that L? when the fireworks really started." remarked Judge Gladish. That was when the "an- tls" came. in. "I was In favor of putting waterworks in the town and of course the 'antts' were against it. "From town talk I thought wincing the race was a cinch. I was only 31 years old in 1D07 when I ran for mayor and I was sure of anything I undertook, just like a young man is now. "There was only one ballot box and that was at ths co-art VIOUE*. Voting began at s o'clock and was pretty heavy by 9 o'clock when two men on the oppo.-ine side came in shooting their pistols In midair and kicked the ballot box to the four winds so vo-.ins had to start all over and the voters had to be rcur.ded up as there were very few if any telephones town," Juri2p Gb.dish went on to say. "Well, at 11 o'clock n-e hid installed our second ballot box and by 12 these two -.vent and kicked the ballot box to lush heaven. "I knew this couidn'i EO on all day .<"> I v. en! to the printing office and had some hand bill; printed and =ent out to every house in town calling the people to meet at the court houje "Nothvne was -airj C n the bills as to why I was callinc the meeting. —Courier News I'lioto JUDCE GLADISH—VETKRAN POLITICO—Judge S. L. Oladish who first came to Osceoia In 1802. is former deputy prosecuting attorney, county Judge, and mayor of the town where he still lives. In the accompanying story, he tells of the reckless and often lawless days of Mississippi County during (he early part of this century. July 10, 1909. More than 8,000 votes were polled In Mississippi County which, laughed Judge Gladish, Included lorses. muleiV'nd those resting in the cemetery. The ditch Issue won by a bi^ majority and the first dilch dug In Mississippi County was 31 and its tributaries. District.* "'ere formed rapicily and soon ditches were being dug all over the county. "I made the campaign on horse- MCk with two pair of pnn Is on," Judge Glndish remembers. "No way to carry luggage so I wore enough clothes to last until I got back to Osceola. When I came to a place to say a speech I pulled off the top layer and I looked as fresh us n daisy." Out-Cried Opponent "One of the .funniest things that happened to me during the rare for county Judge, occurred when I was scheduled to speak at Rosa. My opponent beat me there and he made Ms talk on how poor I was and that I was ragged as a Jaybird. "When I got to Osceoln someone tipped me off as to the gist of the speach so I tore up the speech I had planned to use, "I got us before the crowd and repeated what my opponent had said about me and I started crying. Just as loud as I could so those In the hack of the building would be sure to hear it. "In between sobs I made my plight ten times worse than my opponent had done. I had all the women crying and Ihe men with wo Elbe-gone looks on their faces, I didn't lose a single vote at Rosa, the same year. 1400 feet west of Bassrtt. A sijfca roar] and it's still in use. "While I was county judtje, continued Judge Glartlsh "I had a Mraisht Hue cut through a dense j forest, to make trnvplinz by waeon pn^jible from Little River to Osceo- "The line Mailed at Denrt Man nirve ur.M of Oreola nn Highway in and extended to Lltile River. j "Up until that time Osceoia was j P. myth to Ihe people of Little Riv! r-r. In 1910 or lf)ll I had the hioh- ' way from Burrtette to Blythevilte opened. "II too was B forest" remarked Judge Gladish. "In 1012 the court house In Os- ceoia was completed at a cost J86.500 in county script. "I had appointed w. E. Parlow to supervise the construction of the bulldEng. When the foundation wa. aid one of the men from the con struction company handed him i clgnr. "Looking at it Parlow discoverer there were five $100 bills wiappei around it, Refused Hrlbc "On asking the man about thei meaning the man replied the ma terial going into the building wa better than he had planned on put ting into it and'he. wanted the n- to accept the $500 so he could us cheaper material. "Partlow handed him the ctga and said 'I'm sorry but smoking thl brand of cigar doesn't agree wit me.' " When asked about Ihe most fa mous rose in his court he told c the Marked Tree Murder Case thn was published in True Story Maga zlne. It went like this: Two hunter stumbled upon the body of a man 10(1 yards off n gravel toad be tween Marked Tree, and Eirle. They went into Marked Tree an reported it. The body was turnr over to the undertaker and cnl \vent. out all over the country ask ing for relatives to come and iden tify the body. There were thousands who an swered the call but none were th rlcht ones. One man vas fo sure U was h wife he boucht a casket but lie ho Bt the undertakers for five or £ weeks before any duo showed up. Tr.irrcl Pistol The wnman wns wearing a co. with fur cuffs, inside the fur cu was found thf top part of a Smit] Wesson pistol. The officers \\rn!p tho company find ovi( \vhn hart hmicht the pfsto Before the answer mine bark IravoUnc salrsman identified the body ns tie me Lr-nn \Vau£:h. who liv- rd nrar Brttpsville. H P r f.T I h e r wn s sent for and he Immrdlntelv Identified his dauzh- tor- The officers Turned the body ovrr to him and stnrterl wcirkinc on STARR GAZING •~5tarr Smith-Wesson reported the pistol ad been sold to a Negro in Cross ounty hut during a crap game Id the sheriff had gotten the pis- !. He in turn gave it to a merchant Wynne. Checking with the mer- hant he told the officers he had ven it to a man by the name of 'illle Walker.. He had left Wynne ter that and had not been heard so the next step was to find /illle Walker. A call came from Phocuix, Ariz., om the officers there asking about /illle Walker. He had stolen the 'woman's new Dodge car and as frying to sell it and that was )»• Willie Walker was caught. He as brought hack (o trial and glv- i a life sentence after confessing > the murder. "In IKS I nerved a.s prosecuting itorncy. Those were the days when inst cases brought up were on boot- iggers, "My wife," related Mr. Oladish, was grand jury court reprirter and ent with me every place I attend- d court. Aicaln Elected Judge "In 1838 I was elected county idge again. One of the first things ceded to be done was to build more arracks at the county farm. That like everything else rowing by leaps and bounds and le men needed more sleeping quar- rs. "Sand and gravel was hauled rom the Mississippi River and with help of the WPA and with funds rom the counfy the Job was com- letcd. "I retired from politics." rrmark- d Judge Glarilsh. "In 1311 and since hat time I have looked after my irmlng Interest and enjoyed tele- Islon. "I enjoyed all the years I was ac- ve and have some interestin lings to look back over as well as ome tilings I didn't enjoy doing,! lit that goes wilh public life. You xpect It when you lake office. "One of the most frvlitful thinps I vcr did was to gel the Mississip- il County library established. "It was started with a handful f second hand books and housed in hole-in-the wall. "It Riew into one of the most omplete libraries in the state and housed in a beautiful building hat the entire county [s proud of." + We all know that January if, the first month ol the year. . . in other >,vords It is the lime of beginning. The Romans signified this fact by naming It after Janus, the god of beginnings. He was a double-faced diety with one face looking forward and one looking backward. This Is symbolic of the month, which inspires thought of the past as well as of the future. Among the famous men who have had birthdays In January were Cicero, Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Robert E. Leo, Edgar Allan Poe, Stonewall Jackson, Francis Bacon, Robert Burns, Wolfgang Mozart, Thomas Paine, William McKlnlcy, Franklin Roosevelt and, of course, Joan of Arc. If you wait until you're asked to give, you waited too darn long. Two lovely brides of last week were Kate Thomason who married Thursday and Peggy jane Driver who married Friday. . . Lucky boys, and visa versa. Osceoia is losing one of her native sons ami his family within the next tew days in the person of W. J. Driver. Son, you can't, do that to us. Pump water in Virginia ain't near as good as 'tis in Arkansas, it says here In bold letters. It's funny how people exaggerate. Just ask somebody how they and you'll see what. I mean. feel I understand John Moran. the assistant to the president or Frisco Railroad. Is kinder snooping around, hunting for a place as near heaven as he can possibly find. . , to live when he retires in the next year or so. Is there any other place nearer to heaven than Osccola? We welcome folks who arc looking for that. An old tradition of celebratinc Twelfth Night, which comes on Jan. 6. is still practiced in some parts of the country. Te refresh your memory. It's the time for burning Christinas greens. It is said that he who finds the coin baked household for the balance of the year and that they stay on good terms with the goblins which lake winter refuge In evergreens. A buffet supper on that night makes for a merry time. Sign in a. beauty shop window: Home Permanent* Corrected Here. Definition of an optimist. Someone who tells you to cheer tip when things are going THEIR way. There's only one thing I can find wrong with these "drop-in" parties. Everyilme you get ready to "dropout." a new gust of pucsts arrives —all your friends—and you take a fresh start all over again. That's what happened to me at the David fancy's party on Christmas day. They liked to have never cotton rid of me. David and Elizabeth are •itch perfect hosts. You just plain don't want to go and for sillabub out of your crand- ma's cookbook. David Is strictly a master in his own'right. Sure had a cood lime. I'd like to meet somebody who can out-figure Joe Applebaum. He read in a Memphis papT where 10,000 tickets to the Sugar Bo<vl game were sent to the University of Maryland to be put on sale. F!<> immediately called Mrs. Milton Jones (Clementine Bowen' in Baltimore to rush out and buy him four, which she did . . . and on the 35-vard-line at that. That Joe! May you have as much happiness as you can stand and enough sorrow to know the difference. Have you thought of welsh rarebit lately? Mighty fine on a cold night. Texas Is the only one of Ihe slates which was once an independent re- imhlic nnd that, my friend, is how it cot the name, Lone Star State. Texas coverVmore territory than Michigan, Wisconsin. Iowa. Illinois 1 and Indiana combined and is larger ' than any European country except Russia. They have, counties, poduer. bis- ger than some of our other states. I could go on and on about it. but who am I to brae about Texas? OSCEOLA N£WS By Bettye Nelle Starr EdrlngKm Birthday Susan Edrineton celebrated her fourth birthday by having 25 guests attend a party in her honor Monday afternoon. Kelsey Kline of Memphis was an mil-oMown guest. The afternoon was spent In playing yard games. At refreshment time, the guests were senled at the dining table where tliey were served ice cream nnd cake. The centerpiece was a bij, pink birthday cake decorated with circus figures. Noise makers, baskets of candy, and toy hats were at each place, pictures were made during the party. Miss Cullom Ciiest Miss Joanne Cullom was a house- guest of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Re« and son, Terry, at BooneviUe, Ml«, during the New Year holiday. Miss Cullom will return to school at Gulf park College Wednesday nfter having spent the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cullom, Jr. Personals Bob Bailey, who visited his family over the holidays, returned Sun. Kay to Natchez, Miss. •*.. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Eslanderv / of Driver announce the birth of a daughter born Saturday night in Memphis. They have another child, Becky, three. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dillahunty and children of Hughes were guests of relatives and friends for Christ- ' mas. one month Is too much lot this old lady and they say June is the month for brides. Heavens to Betsy! Money doesn't chanee a person, It Just takes (heir mask'iff. Since electric blankets were Invented, the old fashioned nuilting bee has about vanished and there was where you heard all the news before it happened. There just ain't nothing which lastcs no better than corned beef and cabbage. After all that bnkcrt young Tom and chcsnut stuffing, curried so- and-so, a la mode this, that and the. other, flaming English plum pudding, eggnog oozing with whipped cream and reeking with reek . . . errrrrp, When a fellow's down and out. people are ready to help him up and just ns soon as he is up, they usually enjoy making his life as miserable as they can. Funny world. Gold is the most useless metal in the world for it is only good for plugging an aching tooth and fa torment fools. " Did you hear about the most-embarrassing-moment contest? A man came home one night and found his wife kissing another man so he wrote the incident up and mailed It to the contest. He said to send $200 (instead of S100) as his wife was also embarrassed. The sponsor sent $300 and added, "I have an idea the other man was embarrassed, too." A tactless person: "I had a lovely time at your party. I was afraid I'd be the only stupid bridge player here." Tlie English shilling was minted fn 1504. first An Irishman and a Scotsman reg-' istered in a. hotel. | The Irishman signed, "Irish, and I proud of it." The Scotsman signed, "Scotch, and fond of it." IT'S RIGHT FOR CHILDREN IN tVERY WAY- .OWHOtflAVOffiD TaWeh 'A 50 TobUsfs Only 39e ST.JDSEPH - ASPIRIN- FOR CHILDREN Happy Is The Day When Backache Goes Away.... Nagging backache, loss of pcpandcnnrc7» hcnil&ches end din f ness may be due to Floor. down of ktrtney function. Docloa say good VdtSnpy funnion U very important to good health. When pome every day condition, such KB stress anil strain, causes this important function to i low-down, many folks suffer nag. gtnff backache-feel miserable. Minnr bladder irritations due to cold or wrong diet may cauj;p gotting up nfgriIs or frtquentpasiBKes. Pon't nceloct your kidneys if these conditions bother you. Try Roan's filli-a mild diuretic. 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"My next headache was running for county judge in 1909. The i ditching <iU<\-Unn over the county I was the b;g Issue and like the water I works Issue there were those in i favor and those aeaimt. i "My platform ws.s to ditch the i entire county, i won the race on j I that factor." quoted Juo'ee Glad- i ish. A special election was called I j In. Osceoia.., CALL Harold Siler at Siler's Drug Store for everyday delivery of the Biytheville Courier News Costs Less to Buy List prices of Chevrolet trucks arc lower than comparable models of other makes. As the world's largest manufacturer of trucks. Chevrolet takes advantage of production economics to prn.v substantial sarinKS on lr> yoi(f Your capital outlay is lower wheo you buy rugged Chevrolet trucks. Saves Money on the Job Chevrolet trucks save money over Ihe miles with proved features that cut operating and maintenance costs! 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