The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 8, 1952 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 8, 1952
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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 1052 OSCEOLA NEWS BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.} COURIER NEWS e, &i, 9 . iw, ***••»*»» Photographer Frank McGregor Bought First 'Studio for $80 . . Photography, l(k« tj-ery other business, lias seen some big changes .jjstnce 1898. That, ms the year .7,™."' McGregor started on his . .lift's career—a career he "lucked ;. tinon," as he said. He was » yomig man of 21'when .', opportunity knocked and, as Mr. McGregor said, "Opportunity only knocks once." "At least." he added, "It did for : me. I was living with my parents : In Earllngton, Ky. The photogra- -•-: pher there wanted to leave town • and he offered his equipment and (he building he occupied for $80 My father bought It for me nnd reminded me he was setrhig mt up In business and It was all up to m« to make a success. "I learned (he trade in "three easy lemons" Riven me Irom the man I had made the trade with My parents snd I stayed on In our horn, town until 1803. My business hadnt wcoeeded as my father thought It should. Tt was one of those e<ux.« where a home town bor had to le*T« home to prove his wortn, . "W» «TM«(J th« river, landing ta OMro, m,. MA were heading for Cairo. Til. who WM In the lumber business. Be persuaded us fo coma to Osceola and look over the prospect* before we started our long trip "The depot In Osceoia WM ^her« the Firrttonf building |j now w» stepped off the afternoon train Dec. 1. 1903, and we thought v» had com* to the state capital, for back tn tftcwe days everybody In town me* the afternoon tram and we h*d n«rer seen that done before. "^ e ^ere ttie only pa,seengery who got off In Osceola and noboclv got on the train to go south. We - looked at one Another 1n amazement, we couldn't figure It out When we saw that crowd and they • were not there to meet anybody and none getting on the train. We" soon . found out that was Ihe fnd In Os. ceola and the next Sunday we dre-aed up In our best clothes and did as we had seen others do the Sunday before. Met Everyone "In that one- week, we hnd met Frank McGregor . . . first . kitchen, tl.en » tent son had a mercantile store in the new part of town. Stores seemed to shoot up over night, despite the ones who predicted they'd all go broke and be back in Old Town to resume their business as they had done before the big fire. the ll-a-day help my wife hired we built our first home and itudlo combined. That was In 1914 The brick buildings also were dismantled and my wife bought bricks at -"> - thousand and stacked them 10 ueitire toe Dig lire i' ,_— ••n,.i\im mem •Railroad trains were new here! ° V " °" r tack y " a wnitln * «»»» then and the old timers did business and traveled by boat. All the freight and cotton was shipped up and down the river and that was the day horses and niule.s were used for something besides making soap and hamburgers out of. she could build a better home Times would get hard with us every few years and somebody would come along an want to buy her bricks but her response was always they don't eat or drink and they're' not costing one red cent to maintain" and that Is how we have our ^ -longed, right from the start - -There were no available buildings In town so I set, up my equipment -- In our kitchen. Back In those days - pictures were made on plates and '. not on films, r developed the pic tures out-if-doors In the sunlight - and on cloudy days pictures couldn't be taken or developed either, "t'll never forget my first, sale In . .Osceola," laughed Mr. McGregor _."1M Qulnn and the late Harrr Driver came to my house to have their pictures made together. T hart to place them In front "of the kltch- 1 en window, one on a stool. fSee " that stool over there? Well, that's part of that ISO equipment T bought • In 1896 and I am still using It.) "Those two boys almost had a fight over who was to sit, on the stool and I had a hard time making " their pictures aa I had lo pose them. walk around In front of my camera, --. pull off the cap and squeeze down - on the bulb right quick. The three,.- legned stand held one plate holder .- and whenT shot a picture I hnd to -go to a dark room (o reload it In taking out the used plate, I had to have a heavy cloth to wrap It In." Tf hudn't been made, he said, he doubted if picture business Wfroulrt still be In existence, but back ~n those days It was sn event to have your picture made, and the customers wer* willing to sit for nouns. If nef^faary. Pictures made on postcsrds were big buslne.w then and nobody bought less than a dozen. "f did Ihe biggest business I ever expect to do." Mr. McGregor said, "the day fire destroyed 32 buildings "Every boat that landed In OS- """ ana lnat '« how we have ou ceola had a bunch of mules to be c! sht-room and two-bath home to 3 and unloaded. I never did " ay standing on the lot I bough Stand WhV thpr*> u ,'ro oc ,T,<,.I.. for S200 In Old Tn\\n loaded ^vcrybody In town and felt like we | understand why there w ere as many •"•'""•—' -'- 1 -' •-- - " to get off the boat as there were to get on but as the old saying goes, 'that's what made horse-trading a thriving business." "My business Increased until it i necessary that I have a build- for S200 In Old Town. "r had remembered seeing a picture years ago of an old Negro Homer Brown, in Mr. McGregor's show window. Homer had such a bad case of small pox, Dr Harwell wanted his picture made to show «».-, necessary mac I have a build- "antea his picture made to shoving to set. up my equipment in. The \ as a specimen. When I asked hlni Ooodrlch brothers were in charge about it, he told of how the nic- of the boat landing. IViriv hori a to,i. turf wai mnrfn STARR GAZING March back In early Roma,, days., lilytheville. Such Icllowshlp' " vas the first month of the year hiu The belutilul riowoi, .-!.«, Julius Caesar m.uie his reform | in .l.ofSM p ov d ha, „ ?' ; n chronology he made it the ibhd | of nature nukes the wlmlo \°, °, month and gave it the namr of! k:,,. Stalom Ale,.|,e,nr \ v h , J-,, nuans, -Peace be with you" A quotation from Hie .Merchant '>! Venire I'd like to quote: "I ihank Hire. Jew. for teaclliiiB me that PAGE riVB March in honor of Mars. Ihe aod of war. Because of his strength, the Romans regarded Mars as a sod who could accomplish all things. They piayed to him for rain nnd ronsult- "d him on all affairs. When soldiers .'.'tut to win- they curried chickens iacieti to Mars, and coin was given V.ese birds just before the baule. If Ihe com was greedliv eaten. It was - -unified that Mars was on Ihelr but If it was eaten sparingly, the bntlli- would turn them. The chief feMivnls of Mars were In March, ills honor month. •Insi \vhat the doctor nrderi'd- Ixiv for the Cicne Dutlers. Big Ben' i>. fit u> be lied and it is rumored he Is having his v spiked. These proud Bianrtmrrn Did yon know your teeth are an outgrowth of you, skin as are your hah- and nails? I see where the teen-agers are fi><i up with seeing Clark orablc make love to pirls young enough (o be his daughters, therefore he's sllppine as a box-office attraction. Lord, what fools these mortals be! When a youngun's nnlsy. I h e v spank him: when he's quid tiiey take his temperature. lOklahoma Finds 200 Arkansas Students in Stale Official Suggests Plan Whereby TisiHon Fees Could Be Traded Heres „ s S n that should h.iru- in | UIVU^HUMA r, I T Y «!1 port offices: "Have you mailed ' ]>a:ib] sm-vev of the five o ' - { OKLAHOMA rj I T Y our wife's letter tntimles tlm b - 0 , <u ,,, - all others this month. 'A luncheon will be thrown In (or Rood measure and reservations are coming in fast and furious so If you want to be one among us, get busy and get vour ickct. Mrs. Emmet Hunt's sister saw a funny thing happen ou a street car n Memphis. A lltde Negro child wns playing with a granite chamber and put it. over his head and couldn't it off. His mother was taking to a doctor, for what I don't know. Seems to me a blow-torch would have gotten the Job done better, V a can opener. ceola PTA. There was bratlon (hat day and " r ^ wa? _.. "Dr. Harwell" placed a chair In the doorway and sat In it until the focus was exactly right, I stood In the yard to make the p.ctnre and when everything was set. Homer replaced Dr. Harwell to hare lih picture made. As soon as I snapped Ihe picture. I started pulltri? un my shirt sleeve and wa s va«?n,tert right then and there. The darn tiiiriu didn't even take, but I never liad small pox. Slip of (he Tongue of the hoat landing, they had a teiil 15 * 20 they had used for-a storage room, they sold It to me for $15 and that was. my first real place of business, r didn't have the monev to floor lt_but sawdust was plentiful here In those days of lumber mills. "If there had been any competition T probably wouJd have starved to death. Those were the days of skirts dragging the ground and the ladles who visited my studio probably swept saw dust off their rar- pets for weeks after they hart their pictures made. They didn't dare hold their skirts up to avoid It a.s a iftdfes ankle In those days was sacred." laughed Mr. McGregor. "I had saved up enough money by 1909 to go back to my old home in Kentucky and marry my boyhood sweetheart. Ne*cl« Woman's Touch "Photography, like many other businesses, needs that 'woman's touch' and my wife rolled Up her sleeves and went to work the day she came lo Osceola and has learned the trlrks of the trade from the ground up and hai worked right by my side through all these years, to say nothing of raising onr'three irymg to be smart alec ahont ,. nlldren. and I could sec r had trulTm»H "She has a business head on her 111 blunder so T passed It "off hf News- and proved (I when Ihn frame ; tolli »K the men t meant for thr.™ j *"!*." buildings in old Town were con- j '" be still and not shake the rinn in firrtf>r tn *-nKit(lf< r-K_ ' T llflrl ntv ilnnt.i_ ._ ' c *Or. "In my early days I made a picture of a ri,.;,d baby Iving m ,(. casket. We rode for miles and mil" before we came to the house where (he baby lay. After I set un mv camera I couldn't see the babv ,o everybody aroimd worked lik. Tro- .ans proppinf; the casket up against rio« l\ lie bRby ^P' 1 sl'l>P'n« do«-n but when it finally ,e tied W " S e " rty to •'""'P 'h« lc- "I was never so embarrassed m ny life and it didn't set right with ^ '"TJ 1 ^ TlTC3 ' . lh °»KM I was Over on the high school campus here Is a beautiful oak tree, .symbol of PTA. planted 20 years ago by lie late Dr. Crouch for his wife, president of the Osa big cele- trre was never neglected during Dr Crouch's life time, for he made ib us duty to go by every day and seo that It was unharmed by the school children. He kept it trimmed and watered until It grew Into Ihe pret- iest tree on the campus. I'd like to suggest to Ray Mann, now president of the PTA to place a plaque on the tree dedicated to Mrs. Crouch, who really made a noble president 20 years ago. It Isn't Just an ordinary oak tree but & Hying symbol. I hatf a letter from Lalah Coble, who with Alia Cromer is spending 'he wlntir In Phoenix. Ariz. Thpw two ladles are dlert-!n-lhe-wool Presbyterians and had attended the services In the Phoenix Presbyter- Ian Church regularly, last Sunday morning, I.alah. on her bended knees, nersiiadcrt Alia to go to the lliuun il.'rnte that Jf.~s than zctl Arkansas Mndcms arc attending mi- nou-free in this stale. Eddie Hi»- gms. head examiner of the State Department of Education aniKnmc- Hlggins and four assistants have spent this week checking schMiLs in Adair. Delaware. Sciinoyah. LnFKire and McCnrtain counties (or out- of-state students, •Mountainous terrain and bad roads — .some almost impassible- have slowed down the chvc-v nnd Iligglns said it would be i: <• usH- ble to determine the exact number tliis week. •• TJie attendance of 200 out-of- state students In Oklahoma who are not paying regular tuition would mean a loss of $40,000 to $50,000 to Oklahoma schools each year. The most glaring example round, Hlgglns said, is a LcFlore County school with an attendance of 15 pupils, lo of whom -live in Arkansas, lie said that school would almost certainly have to close because without the Arkansas students it would fall far short of the remiired average daily attendance of 13 pupils to keep it open. However, the official admitted that the staff had found several cases of Oklahoma students attending Arkansas schools. Iliggins has recommended that efforts be made to work out a reciprocal agreement with Arkansas on exchange of students along the border. Methodist Church as S Vas nearer !?i * M »:** U Ihcir hotel. Alia really had to be i fll \ a *><">- 0 *> h>n»«rl K..I n . — .n ' ..... _. ,., , authors Confidential Authors To Be Sued By Sheriff TULSA, Okla. IIP, Sheriff George said Yesterday he would goed but as we all know Lalah. she'll try anything once. Services had just gotten underway when down came the chandelier on a man directly In front of them, knocking him out cold. Two ushers had lo carry him out. Glass was everywhere. Including the pews nnd services continued with the congregation stnndinc. Lalah says she'll never tempt fate again. of against the "U.S. Confidential." .. . a book describing Tulsa as "practical" are jack Lalt and Ix>e New York ncwspapej ly lawless. Authors Mortimer, mm. Biaine, a frequent speaker before 3'outh and church groups throughout the nation, said he wasn't concerned "with what hnppcns locally- everyone knows the untruth of It." "I i\m concerned." he declared "about what it will do In the minds in blaming folks for vour fail- n f ,h" *'"'?> " 'n" do '" thc min:ls ..res. how 'bout giving 'c dit „ ° u^,,;™ 1 ! L ^ u°""" y those who helped with vn,,r «„„ wl "> whom I hase been working." those who helped with your sue cesses? A lot of people are familiar but (heir faces aren't. ; What's happened to Hadscol? All • that hullabaloo they made; In Springfield, Mass.. Dally j "Part terrier and puddle, for; Read Courier News Classified Ads. Soybean Seed FOR SALE Dorlch Nn. 2 and Osden snv- I bean srcd. rlc.-tnril and sarki-tl. I Oook those before price in- fs. RED TOP GIN Bljtheville — I'linne 3756 .,..^. u ,.^. ,-.„. ,,, ,,n niiiri. ij, lv ,,, c , , .^....u,,,^^ ojni 11 really bought them. Therf- weren't f hours a day. that R-a-s from snil-lm many business houses leit in Old! to sun-down and my wife flip bm Town so the merchants began build- 1 iness manager she Is walled until < ing In NewTownr ,,,,, (1;lv , 8ot loni?( , r am , .' j ., „ Sln " >s s '"' 1 l 'P ! 1I«(- «'as 14 or 15 dav hours to have Mrs. Nora Borum had an exclu-llhf building torn down slve ladies shop and Fred Patter-1 "With the help or my father and In Osceo/a... CALL Harold Siler at Siler's Drug Store for everyday delivery of the Blyfheville Courier News $1.08 Per Month FOR SALE! Ammonium Nitrate 20'/2 Per Cent For Information and Price, Call WEST MEMPHIS COTTON OIL MILL WEST MEMPHIS, ARK. Phone West Mempnis. 84 I'linne Memphis, S-1010 COTTON CROP—Cfreal mounds of new'colton are piled up l Ihe -.. P . o boto and caption material gre from official Soviet source.) General Dt Goulle Nov. 21. 1945 Jan. 20, 194* M M llenr; Qucuillc Mar. 9, 1951- July 10. 1951 4Monthi Leon Blum Dec. 16, 1946- Jon. 16. 1947 Rene Pleven July 12. I9SO Feb. 28, 1951 George BrdcuTt ct.27, 1949- July 1,1950 9 Monti,i Edgar Fame Jan. 18,1952 Feb. 28, 1952 1 Month FRANCE'S "ROLLER COASTER" COVERNMENT-Newschart above shows one of the main =:r,:sr:,«? KW^S?-£™ \rirr;„• ^r» wiS s« B ^^^^^^ ' ~' r f" ' lo -•' '-'-nl coiii-Ar-i; nn ^ Seff sf . . . by using classified advertising in the COURIER! Ads placed before 9 a.m. will appear same day, AH classified advertising payable in advance. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS

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