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, MARCH 12, 1952 _ OSCEOLA NEWS RLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS St Grandmother's Trip to Osceola In 1855 Recalled by Emma Moore Pioneer women, like Grandmoth- Hale and her 10 small children _jio blazed the trail from Columbia, •renn., to Osccola In 1855 In two ox-drawn covered wagons, had initiative, self-confidence and courage. In 18S5, there were still Indians throughout the country and It was ducky /or those descendants of Grandmother Hale that she didn't encounter any of them, tor If she had, they wouldn't have had a chance, and her children and their children, who make up the biggest part of Osceola, just wouldn't have been. Grandfather Hale died In Columbia, and in those days, women took up where their husbands left off. The only work she knew was farm- Ing. With her late husabnd's brother, John Hale, they packed their small belongings and started the trip to Osceola to make their future home. The trip took two weeks through the wilderness and over strange bumpy roads that were seldom traveled. An older sister had married and had moved to Mills Bayou above Luxora and it was through her In- -Jjjence that she left Tennessee, i'r oldest son. Billy, only 16, was ne man of the family. He drove one of the wagons and John Hale drove the other one. She divided her time with the other nine children. The first day or two was a novelty but by the end of two weeks the entire family was exasperated. The youngest of the 10 was the late P. B. Hale, who ivas four years old at that time. There were three boys and seven girls'. Her sister's husband met the caravan at Pulton, which later became Fart Pillow' and they were guided, to their new home In Osceola. Expected Bigger Town They had anticipated a much larger toivn and were terribly disappointed to find a blacksmith shop and n post office made from an old wooden packing crate. After seven years of hardships and hard work. Grandmother Hale died, leaving behind her 10 children, who had then grown enough that the older ones could look after the younger ones. Two ot the girls died that same year. Is Information on the pioneer ^^ - family came from a grand- tt*ughter of the courageous Grandmother Hale. Mrs. Emma Blackwood Moore, who inherited some of her grandmother's qualities. A day with Mrs. Moore and her faithful daughter, Mrs. Pauline Hayden, was one of the most entertaining days this miter has had In a lone, long time. To talk with a gracious lady who has spent her 70 years (she will be In June) in Osceola and listen to her reminiscing was certainly a treat. We'll skip through her childhood days which was full of fun and excitement and begin her story In 1897--the year of two disasters in Osceola, the big fire and the bio flood. The flood came in March. The strong winds and spring rains didn't help matters. Lo«s drifting down the river and animals left 'o perish when families had to move washed over the levee into the business section and into yards in homes on Broadway. There were no such thincs as dump trucks or mechanical devices to dig dirt to build up the levee. Every man and boy went on as we were kin to »veiy- body in Osceoa und nobody dared talk about one another. Father Founded Newspaper "My father was a lawyer and traveled a lot. He also founded The Osceola 'rimes. The town of Blytheville, then called Chickasawba, was often visited by my father dvr- ing the days he was a Jawver. He made friends there with Brother Henry Blythe — a circuit riding preacher. When my father was in legislature he had the town of Chtckasawba changed to •Blythc- ville' In honor of the wonderful old preacher whom everybody loved. "My falher was a smart man and was active In everything that came along. He was vice president o! the Old Dramatic club in Osceola as well as being a good actor. The late S. E. Simpson, who Osceolans will remember was Just Ihe sort of man my laiher was — he was loved by everybody j * ~..,.*u*«j. ...t, .-miiicu .MLS. i\ii>iirc "out Mr "In October of 1801, Old Town ! Moore's family approved 'o! me he- was wli-ed out by fire. There was j cause I looked old for my see as a Srtaung rink above a salooji uhcre one of Iii.s sisters remarked' " ' combed my hair, uid * whll» organdy dre«j I had worn to a masquerade parly ' wns pressed right Quickly and we had Invited In ail our neighbors and friends and were married at seven." I a.sked Mrs. Moore where they went on their honeymoon, she laughed and said they had to wait until she could have some long dresses made before Mr. Moors would take her bo Humboldt, Tenn . for his family to meet her. Mrs. Moore added, "You know when I married I was a school girl in short dresses and I would have been disgraced. A married woman US) in short dres-ses! There were no ready-made dre.sses in Osccohi then and it took three weeks to chaise me from a tom-uny to a married woman in loni; drp.w.s. I looked as old when my mother finished my clothes as I did at ilitrty- flve." smiled Mis. Moore, "but Mr everytody in unvii went for amusement. This particular night, Oct. "One of (he civic and serial affairs in Osceola back in 1912, PAGE SEVEN STARR GAZING • ..- D ... f — *.,.. ....... tn w.ituijirv ijrtt rS. III la 1Z , AITS ^. (he party broke up at 10 o'clock i Moore said, "was the cen-eterv as- ercryoociy went home and at mid- -•-•--• — night. BUIIS were fired, and whLsiles blew nnd aroused evtry citizen in town. There was nothing but a bucket brigade and no way to tight lire. [ Mo.st of the buildings were frame ami they weitt, up into llames bc- !c.u p e til? cruvs'u' could clo a Ihing." Mrs. Moue toll! ol her late hus- . . . Mrs. Emma Blarkwood Moore . . . her gramlpan-nts wero pioneer settlers In Osceola . . , in town rolled up their sleeves, dug the dirt out of the street, bagged It and stacked it in weak places on the levee. Recalls Lost Boy "One boy I shall always remember and laugh about now." smiled Mrs. Moore, "A young boy by the name of Sammie Moss. He was one that was given the job of digging out the dirt. Night came and he couldn't be found. That, of course, was before we had street lights and the only lights with which to search for him were lanterns. The search led to the boy who had dug such a deep hole he was almost drowned in the water that had seeped in the hole. During a] the anxiety of fearing the levee wpuld break, everything centered around Sammie. "Furniture was scaffolded to the ceilings, including our piano. My Bister, Belva, and I took music les sons from Miss Mamte Hartman and she was working us over time to play in her June recital. When she saw our piano hanging in midair we both were tickled to death and knew our practice days were over until the water went down. But that was a mistaken idea, our Mother placed a stepladtier up to the piano and instead of sitting on a piano stool to practice, we stood on one of the rungs of the ladder. Our Mother was sure then that we would have a fair chance to win a music medal our teacher was giving. "The recital came off in June as scheduled and Belva and I won the two medals given." I broke in and remarked, "I didn't know you were a piano player, Mrs. Moore," Her response was, "All I can play Women attended if.-, meetings Ihe same as they do the Progressive Club now. The late Mrs. S. S. Ermines <vo.s as active in it. nnd always planning benefits and pur- tics to keep our rernctt-ry beautiful, a.s Mrs. John Eclrington is do- i)'2 ;ioiv in promoting (uncii its tu pay for our beautiful library build- With Saint Pitrlck'i Day right around the corner, you might like to know (in case you don't) that most of the etorie* told about Ireland's patron saint are lengendary although he left an autoblogrophy written in crude Latin, he placed the emphasis on his work and not on his life. It has never been established whether he was born In Scotland, England or France. The place of his birth was Bannaiienla. but no one has ever agreed on which of the three' places the town Is In. When he was 16. he wns raptured by pirates from Ireland and was carried to that island where he tended Hocks for 6 years. During tliofe years of slavery he l>ecame a devoted Christian and after his escape to France, entered monastic life, lie had a dream Idling him to return (o Ireland In 432 A D., and for the rest of his life he worked making Christians out of heathens in Ireland. SI. band buying three marriage licenses ing. to marry her. She was only fifteen I I helped Mr.i. Semmes with all and ilie kiiciv they would have to her undertakings, in 1S34. i was Suggested refreshments for Patrick's Day bridge party: Lime salad with liny cheese balls rolled in parsley on the side, very small fried nlcs filled with cottase cheese and English peas. Angel food cake with pale green icing, hot cof- i fee. Very simple and quick. elope, .so Mr. Moore sent to a cou.s- in cl His in mpley 10 buy license. _ „ „,„, ^ ufi „,,.,. u]c liiey were to cross the river in a I care of Violet Cemetery as our pro£KI!l ana Inn COUMM wa.1 tn mnpt io/-t T „-., i—i. -... Remember when you used to eat , ,-,.„, in school behind tliose big geogi-i- appoinled welfare chairman of the! Phlcr.? By the way. vhat over hap- over ihe ' I'ened to those big geographies? poraled towns In Alaska. Only sev en towns have population exceed ing 1,000. Alaska Isdlvlded Into four parti, The Pacific Coast. The Central Plateau <or continental Alaska) The Rocky Mountains and The Alaska S s°" e ' ™ e Univel s "y "' It has been said even alter 5-011 leave school you can't get away from the three n'.i Romance at 25. Rent at 35 and Rrwtmiuiisin at 45l' A note of warning: Thixe cute mile toy chickens that lay csgs by pressing a button lock awful tempting to a two-year-old. Our (»•«year-old Phil swallowed his and fried for more but the doctor advised against it. 1 know now exactly what a "pig In .1 china shop" means. Dune Fergus turned Dorothy Wadrtclj and me loose at Hie K ift .show held at parimeni ,,i the Progressive cfub the Peabndy last wfcit and 1 never! should top them all. Whether yon realized be.'ore how much fun you i know how to cook or hook is not can have .spending ihe other (el-1 the queslicn, Jf yon are so all- lows money. j , irpt | domestic maybe you can come „ I up on the second and fourth Wed- Once upon a lime it wns down! np.sday mornings a ,,d show others | mm uilsar f,, r „ youiia j. ir j tu i lio'.v its rimr. No due*: Just <o you're [carry a mu.ie with her y,iun *'u-j n n-.tvnber o! the Progressive Club jwas oul with n young man. That ] yon are eli-.iblc - lair enoueh was back when men were men and! Happy March 15! women had never heard of lipstick* compacts, bobby pins and cigar.! A woman called the sports department of the Arkansas Democrat and asked: "What was the date of the golf tournament held In Texarkana!" They looked It lip in their files an<! relayed the date to her. "Thanks," she said. "I Just wanted to figure out when to expect my baby." "Jaundice" Is an effect or symptom and not a disease. Haven't you heard people call it "yellow Jaundice?" Is there any other color except yellow? Juandice Is a prominent symp'xmi ol cancer of the liv- ishty- eight babies were born ta St. Louis and St. Louis County Feb. 20 ... 44 boys and 44 girls — that ought to work oat perfectly (or birihrlny parties honoring Leap Year babies. The new "American Home" de- Pro;:rcssjve Club and and the cousin was to meet them on the Tennessee side and take them to n preacher. They slipped off all right but when they got to the river the waves were so high, Mrs. Moore backed . out. and came back home. The following week, Mr. Moare -sent to another cousin In Memphis to buy marriage license. He knew everything was sale then, at least lie thought so. He hired ject. I can look out my bcdrcom window and see every person who] walks through the cemetery. Many Old Graves "For years t had a hard time j keeping little children from pulling the flowers but everyone In Osceola Is proud of this beautiful old cemetery that has all been done away with. There are craves there "A word from our sponsor" is a familiar |.hrasc yon hear on every radio and TV program. If It was only a word, that would be fine. On the Social Side.. Pitch Cluli Moets club nt her new home on Brlckcv The Widows Pitch Club met al! Street. Guests \vcre Mrs Chalmers the home of M.S. A. F. Williams! Henderson and Mrs. Claude lioyd — , ""•• """".- 01 ni.s. A. f. wuiiiiins! llcuacrson and Mrs. Claude llnvrt As the old maid said: "Never eel j Thursday for a desert course pro-] SprhiR blossoms,were used in the Into n car with a person von nould-1 ""'"R H'« card games. Mrs. J. o. 'entertaining rooms Mrs Bndriv n't be caught dend ivilh." Buchanan and Mrs. Ocode Bandy Watson vum high score and Mrs C played wllh (lie memb-rs. Vases o[ C. Bmven won second high Mrs' Don't wall fur Mi» Iricl ».!».,,i« i- rainbow cladioll were nlnrpri in Ihr, Sinmmnc crn.a.1 _i~ , _ _ ,1 ! j that have passed the century mark "jiand some who have been foraotten • Every <Jiy, more travelers ire finding Greyhound ihe convenient, ILVK.COIE ttiy to make tripi. They (enow (tut for long or shorl clips, itavel dollars bur a lot more miles, i lot more schedules, i lot more comfort—by Greyhound! Her. ore BKT Buys in f One Roun-> Way Trip Los Angeles S38.90 566.15 Portland, Ore 41.00 72.00 New OVItins 9,80 17.S5 Gulfporl. Miss. ... 0.50 17.65 Miami, Fla 20.75 37.35 New York 2.1.50 42.30 Detroit n is 11 -s-~ Chicago Kansas City Denver , , ICn \. Fifth 0 T 1 . i „ - ,. -j S.10 g 65 (U. S. tax GREYHOL iS.il) 15.60 36.75 extra) T ND BU R E YH •.. ,i..-.r>, -KEYliGtrNC A\i ripf lo all America! One Memphis, Term SI 10 Slkcston, Mo 1.85 Cape Glrardeau . ... 2.35 Osccol.-i js Caruthcrsvllle . ... (.ittle Rock Jackson, Trnn. .. Ft. Smith, Ark. .. Kaycttcvllle. Ark. S TERMINAL ouivr o*.Ui«» rt the nia.WLlJf vi . .85 . 8.40 9.35 S. tax Pho o "*V V «.- TrlF Round S 3.45 3.00 4,25 ..*S 1,25 (U5 IUO 15.15 15.85 extra) ne 44U I now is 'Old Dog Tray.' a piece r practiced on for a year when I was a kit]," smiled Mrs. Moore. "My mother had, 12 children and j there was always something going j on at our IIOUEC. To pack up a family like that to go away from home to spend the night with nn aunt or uncle was a common oc- curence in those dnys Foort was plentiful, houses were bi» as well as families and an extra dozen relatives were as welcome then as one would be now. Every Sunday wusi like a family reunion, csp^clallv in a family as big as ours. NO gossip circled to go along" w"ith"them' for I ,„"?" Sel "' 25 - 1G43 ' m >' grandson. an. Riternoon's ride, ! w -" lll>r Garland Halhorn, who had So they all got in (he biifgy '< "™ d wi(h me n!1 "' ll!s '< "™ d wi(h me there was nothing thev could do at ! allclicied scnorl1 here, wns killed in i a " accldcnt - in L' Horn Anjelcs. -He had O-.ceola High ng tev coud do at UiLs point but pretend they reailvi a " accldc were goinjj lor a drive " | -'"d'^tcd Mrs. Metre's mother carried the !Schocl '" tne su " 1n ^ r and went, to J:ke on for a mile out of town and i Callfornlil lo attend college and had then told Mr. Moore if these were I I . were le ' e ""'»' 13 days when his intentions just turn the butuy ' ' vas killcd °" 1 ' 1 - 5 motorcycle. He around and go back home and she ! s lmrll><1 '" my uclov «t Violet ceme- woulri let them |T C t married. All Got Busy "When they reached home it was four o'clock and everybody got In hish." laughed Mrs. Moore,"" to K ct terv as near my window as possible. and tlmt amcng other relatives buried there, makes it the most sncred plaee in the world to me, "In those four years since he passed away, have been Don't wait foi .... .,.„ „„. ret tickets for the Cotton Slvle entertaining rooms siir/u- luncheon r>n the ?r>lhi Yon 1 ftlrs - Tinslcy Ujhe nielli miss it 14 some did at lhei*™ rc Rllcl Ml ' 5 - "• L last one, ,--,.-.4 ,.t~i. the last minute lo ral "bo'.v gladioli were placed In the, Simmons served pie and"co'f'fee! Mrs. Qiilnn Kiltertalns Mrs. Wade Quinn was hostess to Ton know what r haven't heard In a IOIIR time- A pair fit squeaking shoes. There are only seventeen Incor- by some of his classmates. "The forty one years I have been so closely associated with the upkeep of Violet Cemetery have been the most gratifying years o{ my lite." added Mrs. Moore. Other than Mrs. Hayden, who makes her home with her mother anrt is carrying on the work her mother began in 1912. Mrs. Moore has a rtiuigfiler. Mrs. W. G Hathorn, who resides in Memphis; a son, Blarkwood Moore, residing in Los Angeles. Calif.; nnd a granddaughter living in South America. won hii;h -- --. -. Levensteiu second high. Junior Croup (n Mcot The Junior Progressive Club will meet Monday night at the club her Wednesday luncheon club at her home on Quinn Avenue. Daffo- nnd flowering shrubs «-cr« riiLs used in the living and dining rooms. room with Mrs. ",loc Hughes" as V r ' rs ;,_ Ar(:h . patchings and Mrs. W. leader. She will ' - • Brndtcy of apeak inlroduce Gene BIythC'.ille, who will citizenship. Hostesses will lie Mrs. Ambrose Tcaforrl. Mrs. Ralph Wilson and .Mrs. B. I). Duntop. Mrs. Cox Hostess Mrs. Roy Cox was hostess to the Fidelas Class Thursday night at her home. Twevle members were present. th. Mrs. Jcttle Drives reviewed book, "Adults In Ruiuliiy Scl:_... Mrs. Cox's Ironic was clccoralcd with early Spring [lowers and she »mcd -a dessert course. Bridge Club Jlc.'ts j Mrs. Ed Simmons was hostess In I the Wednesday afternoon bridge Alexander played with the mem- See OS< Efff A NEK'S on Page 9 makes off coofa'/ta Swirl of Power! optional at talra UMl on o( n'ur willing to \vnger that not one person in a hundred knows what really goes on inside nn automobile engine-so let's take this by easy stages. The-instant you nudge Buick's Fireball 8 Engine into action - a whole string of things starts to happen. Eight sparks begin to crackle in well-timed sequence. Eight pistons start gliding up and down with rhythmic precision. Eight pairs of valves dance open and closed-to let fuel charges in, exhaust gases out of cylinder after cylinder. All right, you say, what's so complex about that? Can't anyone build an engine that does this to perfection? Well, we'd better add, these things happen at the rate of more than 10,000 times per wile and that's 100 times per second at 35 miles an hour! So — it's impnrtnnt to know that'Buick uses a deep-breathing valvc-in-hend design that shoots a fuel charge in - cleans exhaust gases out — in a hurry. It's important to know that all the power released by the fuel concentrates its driving force right on the Xead of each Nuick piston. (Everyone who has recently built "new" high- compressio.-. engines copied this "Btiick first.") But most important of all - Buick adds one more twist which others stiff haven't copied. Every charge of fuel rushing into o Buick engine becomes n twisting, swirling, high- compressed ball that flashes with sudden, consuming completeness the instant the spark sets it afire. And to,add this all up: clean, complete combustion-10,000 times per mile-is the secret of getting more power-more miles-from each gallon of gasoline. Oo we're not simply using picture words when we tell you that Huick-nnd only Buick-has a Firu;nAU. IINGINK-OJ- that you're off in a swirl of power with one of these high-powered performers under the hood, 1952 has brought a lot of sparkling new improvements which you'll want to see and admire when ynu come to our showrooms. Rut the thrill of thrills is still what you and a Uuick-and a Fireball S Engine-can do out on the road. When do you want to try a sample? Sure is true for'52 ''When belter aufotnlpbilg? are built BUICK — — i " i •"•"••''•^•••••BaB^ss^aajBMi^BBBMMB^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^B LANGSTON-McWATERS BUICK Co., Walnut t Broadway, Phone 4555

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