The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 9, 1952 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 9, 1952
Page 9
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DAT, JANUARY t, IMfl •LI1UV1LLB (AKK.) OWR1ER OSCEOLA NEWS A. F. Barham s Care er Shows Education's Availability Changes Br BITTY* NELL STARR (Co»rlw Newt Correspondent) For a long time after the Civil War «ra, when education was truly a treuura *nd "> few had educational opportunities, most every tung man who could read or write s'.encouraged. to enter the ministry or become a lawyer. At the turn, of the century It took more thin reading or writing to become a lawyer. Law school* were established over the United States where young men who; wished to practice law could obtain legal training. Some of these schools were small and money was not so plentiful, so they soon had to close. Entering one of the larger colleges took money and that, a lot of the young men didn't have. Some of them tried to work their way through school. That was another problem. It took so much studying and the few available Jobs for the young men conflicted with school hours. Therefore, a lot of courses were Interrupted. About 1905, A. F. Barham, about 22 years of age, was working for Frisco Railroad and was sent to Luxora to relieve the agent there for a while. At that time, the agency at Luxora was quite a job for a young man. In those days, the agent handled all the telegraph, freight, passenger and express business. Rooms and lodgtnte were hard to find and so the agent had already I>artittoned off a bedroom In the fi^ight houw. Joined Western Union When the agent returned from his .leave of absence,-Mr. Barham went to St. Louis with the Western Union Telegraph Company. Working from eleven o'clock at night until seven or eight in the morning he spent his spare time attending law classes at St. Louis University Upon leaving St. Louis, he returned to Frisco Railroad and In July, ISO?, was sent to Osceola as cleric and operator. He passed the bar examination at Osceola In December, 1907, and received his license to practice law. The late Judge Frank Smith, afterwards an associate justice of the. Supreme Court, was the Circuit Judge and presided at his examination. Mr, Barham then served as deputy prosecuting attorney under Prosecuting Attorneys Clyde Going and T. H. Caraway. Speaking of conditions In Osceola at that time, Mr. Barham says they were Ideal for a young lawyer. "Only about 20 per cent of the land 1n the county was In cultivation. Eighty per cent .was covered with heavy-timber : iiin~4" there'were many large fawmilll cutting the jr. manufacturing and shipping northern and eastern markets. There waa a large floating population. Many'Of the sawmill workers had eome .from other states. The names they used were not always the Mme they used at home." Mwt Elections Heated Primary elections were held In March then. Mr. Barham says the first election after he came here, like most of the others that followed, waa a rather heated one. "In a suit to contest this election," he »aid, "it was proven that n numerous cases the same Negro oted eight or ten times. Northern «ople seemed to think the Negro wa> being denied the right of suff- age. Far from that, he was encouraged to vote, though he may not Iways have known exactly what he was voting for. The, candidates and their friends at at least one of the polling places in this first election provided large wagons to take the Negro voten to the polls. "Arriving at ,{he polling places with a large number of these dusky ~¥rs, the driver stopped long rfugh to allow them to vote. When hey had all voted on the vital issues of the day, they resumed their seats n the wagon and were driven around the next bend in the road, turned around and were driven back to STARR GAZING Well, the men In th* lives of the 19 best-dressed female* have nothing to do for the next 1] months but lit back, relax and optn up charge account*. Guess Margaret Row won for ihowint her bosom . . . couldn't 'uv be«n anything eiu. Addressing letters or packages to the boys oversea! should be done In pencil. They travel a long way In all —Courier News Photo VETERAN OSCEOLA ATTORNEY—A. F. Barham got his start In Mississippi County working for the Frtoco Railroad it Luxora. But he later began studying law at St. Louis and through this spare-time effort became admitted to the bar. the same polling place where 'they bering the whites ten and fifteen ti l?Io n were all allowed to vote again. "They were then driven to the next turn in the road and returned to ' to vote : ag»Jn- The ballot boj^ilsea in this place was a nail keg. IS the election contest which followed, it was claimed that these same Negroes voted the same way again that afternoon, and also that the judges of the election became so "confused," probably from the effects of too much strong drink, that they were unable to count the ballots accurately, so they just baaed their returns on an agreed estimate of what each candidate received. ' Attorneys for the contestants were most skeptical about this box. They couldn't understand how one candidate received 753 votes while his opponent only got three or four. Nerro Officials Challenged "One township had two Negro justices of the peace and a Negro constable. That was the way the carpetbaggers left it and since the population was predominately Negro It had remained that way until one day the few white men down there decided to change it. White candidates announced in opposition to these three Negro officeholders. Two rather determined white men and an old Negro whose eyesight was bad and who probably couldn't read any way, were appointed as election Judges. "From the standpoint of the Negroes at least, It was a rather heated campaign. Negro voters, outnum- one, swarmed to the polls and votec Gooseby. the Negro candidate fo constable, served lemonade from barrel.,«n* p»rh»p*, other rffreah merits from-the hip. .Whenthe tlm came to count the ballots, Gooseb wanted to be present but was denie that privilege. "While he was being ejected frorr the polling place he remarked tha If they Intended to count the ballo with no one present bu^-these tw white gentlemen and that one Win Negro, he had but one remark make before he left and it was Is good-bye Mr. Gooseby 1 . So It w_ and his prophetic remark has bee the byword of all who thought the saw failure or impending doom eve since. Preacher Tarns Lawyer "One of the most unusual casi- I ever had, said Mr. Barhim, was when a backsliding preacher turne lawyer became curious about th marital status of a number of 01 colored citizens. He was an elcquen speaker and had just been appoln ed deputy prosecuting attorney. I sent his 'private eye* to-Osceola look into the situation of Negro co pies who he believed to be living adultery. "This modern Sherlock unearthe an appalling situation. As a resu of his investigation, some fifty N gro couples were arrested and face prosecution for fhe crime of illeg cohabitation. After a day of tria before n jury in Justice of tile Pra Court, several of the defendants we kinds of weather and ahould th ' get wet. It won't look like you cried on them, 'cauH that'i bad in more ways than one. Jncle Tom's Cabin, written by Harriet Befcher Stowe In 1M2, aroused the public against slavery «nd helped briruj on the civil War. quitted and none convicted. "A rather prominent old Negro inlster, after hearing these trials nd the quotations of law and gos- *1 by the prosecuting attorney, nd probably being none too »ure the marital status at some of his lendi very gravely asked the Ques- on, 'Is it any harm for a 'widder oman' to keep boarders?' "This weighty question was pass- L on to Aunt Mattie Qeter who eaned a number of offices In the >wn. After pondering the Question >r some time, Aunt Mat answered, Well, no, sir; I reckon not, if that's er calling.' The net result of tlie rosecutor's effort was a rush for arrlage licenses plus a few church lals." Mr. Barham is president of the uxora Rotary Club. It "was that ub which originated and sponsors tudent Aid Foundation, Inc. That orporation waa created to loan .oney to worthy young men and omen, graduate* of accredited Igh schools, to enable them to at- end college. The incorporate" •ere John H. Thweatt, who is cre- tted with having furnished the dea, R. C. Langston, R. L. Houck be Llverant, R. J. Oillespie. Tom illis. R. W. Nichols, William R Jyess, C. C. Danehower and Mr Barhsm, all members of the Luxora Club. That corporation was created Oc- iber 18, 1948, and now has a capi- alfof approximately $15,000.00. This und is the result of contributions lade by many generous citizens in nd out of Mississippi County. The students borrow the required .mount of money at a low rate of ntexest and not until a year after hey have completed their. educa- fon do the payments begin, unless hey quit or are expelled from school before that time. Money Us«d Again The persons who donated the money for this project understand hat their money will be used again and. again to help worthy students attend college. Good security if talc- en for each loan and when it Is re>aid the money goes back into trie treasury to be used again for the iame purpose. Student Aid Foundation, Inc., enrolled on the Internal Revenue Department's "Cumulative, List of Prganiiations, contributions to wnich*are deductible under Sections 23(6) and 23(q) of the Internal Revenue Code." So any contribution made to it is deductible In the making of your income tax retiirn and not subject to taxation. Several substantial contributions have been received but the largest contributor to date is Prewitt Semmes, a Detroit lawyer. Mr. Semmes is a former Osceolan. He formerly practiced law in Oficeola and before that time was court reporter for the Second Judicial District of Ark an - Twenty-four boys and girls have received help from Foundation to date. I wish somebody would Invent silk stockings that would last more than one wearing. Everybody I talk with on the sub- lect feels the same way. As the late H, B. Wilson once said, "Bilk stockings and automobiles are going to bankrupt the whole country." I think he was "way ahead of (he times. Nothing annoys a woman so much is having her friends drop Into find her house looking like It usually does. The first Kiwanls Club w«s organized at Detroit Jan. 21, 1915. Time really flies. It's been six years since "The Egg and I" was the talk of the modern literary world. <_., I thoroughly enjoyed the book but the movie version of it was plain lousy. " A bride picked up a piece of Roquefort cheese with an imported sign on it. She gave a miff and asked, "Is Ihls cheese Imported or deported?" Tins younger generation of housewives marvel at how their mothers existed without garbage disposals, washing machines, dryers, Ironers, the touch of a button to cook a meal and a thermostat to govern the temperature. Come to think of It, I do too. OROUN[>— The Korean mow seta * white tablecloth for then frant.ii*. BT-. ••ting their Sunday dinner during a battU-lull. Remainder . messklts .nd utensil*. TheU- mascot, . wd-eyed the • tabl. ^ corskrf Ot ° I had the pTetuure nf Attending a meeting of the Co-opetstive Club down at Wilson last week and the htng that made the biggest impression on me was seeing so many yo\mg matrons tilting part In the Student Aid During the present school year eleven are attending college with 1U help. The colleges report directly to Studen 1 Aid Foundation and most of these students are making excellen' grades. At the conclusion of the interview Mr. Barham asked "Can you think of a better place to give money than to Student Air Foundation? It Is now and wiii continue to active in helping to make first class American citizens of these youni people It Ls helping to educate/It is helping them to prepare for wha some people regard as the mos troublesome time our country ha. ever experienced. They certalnl; need to know what it is all about." meeting 1 . in fact, I think I was ;he oldest thing there. •y on Judge Oladlflh last week that he also the cham-peen Tom and J«rry maker in the whole country you ean say that again. Show P*BMI are known among show folks as Annte Omkleyi because :hey have punch marks through hem like an act »he used to do with Buffalo Bill's shows. A deck of cards was dropped from the top of the tent and they fluttered through the air she shot holes in them. Good old Annie I Father to wni When I was your age. I got up every morning at 6 o'clock, walked 10 mile* with my dog and thought nothing of it. Son: either. I don't think much of It OSCEOLA NEWS By Bettye Nelle Starr Mrs. Ha I ley Speaker Mrs. Bob Bailey represented the Osceola Progressive Garden Club Thursday when she was invited to to the Wilson co-operative speak club. Her Ulk on using flower arrangements In the home to complement nterior decorating was demonstrated with specimen arrangements. A display table of containers «nd riower holders was brought before the club to show th« proper method of starting an arrangement. Drawings by Mrs. Bailey to demonstrate the many types of arrangements suitable for different homes and rooms were passed to the members aa Mrs. Bailey ex- plained them. Town and Country Club Mrs. O. E. Massenglll entertained members of the Town and Country Canasta Club and one guest. Mrs. J. B. Strickling, for luncheon Friday. A silver bowl of pink carnations was u«ed as a centerpiece at the dining table. An arrangement of mixed early spring f lowen adorned th* coffee able. Mrs. B. L. Oladish U a patient In room 704-A at the Baptist Hospital Ay bean. When Irving Berlin wrote "Ood Bless America" In 1818, he didn't think It would be popular and It lay for 50 years before it was published and copyrighted. Kate Smith asked him to write her a patriotic number for on Arm- Utlce Day Broadcast In 1938. While he was trying to compose a number for her, he recalled the old "tune he had written back fn 1918 and that's the story of "Got Blese America." We gali can ill remember our first big dance and so while Vance and Raymond Gartwright are basking In the Florida sun and they can't hit me, I'm going to tell abou my first one. I had a date with Russell Phillips (hold everything, Boofie). Nobody in town looked on me as being old enough to be making my 'debut, 1 even though I was dressed up like a sore thumb and poor Russell was really stuck. Alter he had danced half the night with nary a break, Vance and Raymond came to his rescue. When I got home my mother asked me if I had a good time, etc., etc., and asked who danced with me. I told her "nobody but Mr. Vance and Mr. Raymond. 1 ' That w»s my first and ]«st date with Russell. I never could understand why (????). Why did they call dainty aprons a long time ago "fudge aprons?" I've never found anybody who could tell me. Maybe for the same reason they used to call "you-know-whaU" ted- A hearse in Norwich, Conn., usec a license plate once with the number u-2. Just a gentle reminder. There Isn't a way on earth to get rid of that avoirdupois in Osceola. I'm like I heard a country man say —"I don't do no drinking. Mostly eat." Experience Is the best preacher. n Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hobba md daughter, Carol, returned Sunday night aft«r attending a ear dealer'* convention In Dallas, Te*. Mr. and Mrs. CharlM Roblnjon art leaving Saturday for a 10-daj acatlon In New York City. Milton Clinton, who hat bttn rl«- Itlng his parents, Mr. and Mr». 0«a- se Clinton, has returned to Harvard University to rwume hli ttudiw. Mr-. Clinton was graduated la Jun* from Tulane, New Orleani, and la now working on hti mmjter'i degree. Mr. and Mn. Charley Benrra W Cordova, Tenn., Mrs. J. P. Cheap of Arlington, Va., and Kin Alra Sullivan of Murfrveflboro, Tma^. were M6nday guests In Oeceola. Mrs. Choap la the fecnwr Mln Clalr* Sullivan. Mexico 1 ! youngM* ao4 meal active volcano la El PaneuUn. •outlt- of Mexico City. It erupted ttnt "n Feb. 19, IMS. BE QUICK ToTreil BtOKCHITIt Chronic bronchitis may develop i( your cough, chest cold, or acute bronchitu ia not Ucaled and you cannot afford to uke a chance with any medicine leu potent than Creomulslon which foes right to the scat of the trouble to help loosen and expel germ lad-n phlegm and aid nature to joothe and heal taw, tender, inflamed, bronchial membranes. Creomuliion blendi bctchwood creosote by special proem wilh other time tested medicines for coughs, Jt contains no narcotics. No matter how many medicines yon have tried, Creomuliion is guaranteed to please you or druggist refunds money. Creomulsion has stood the test of many millions of 'Jseri. (Adv.) In Osceola... 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