The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 20, 1952 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 20, 1952
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PAGE SIX •LYTKETTLLB (ARK.) OOCTTBR OSCEOLA NEWS Wor/c, Family and Hobbies Keep Mrs. Gwyn a Busy Woman Modesty is called the beacon of the wise and Osceola's Mrs, F. O. Gwyn is modesty personified. I've never had such a hard time trying to get something personal. She is to wrapped up In club work and feeding her family she Just doesn't have the time (o think about herself. She is the biggest booster the Progressive club in Oscpota has ever had for Us president. If you aren't club-minded when you arc first introduced to her you will be when you tell her goodbye. Women all over the district must have thought she was the one to he president of the Forrest City district at the election of officers on March 10 in Helens for she was unanimously elected. We tn Osceola, know they made a Rood choice. Mrs. Gwyn was elected president of the Progressive Club in May, 1947, and 1 has served for four out of the five years. And furthermore Bhe has never mtssed a meeting since the day she took office. She Is the retiring recording secretary of the district, a Job she did well for three years. She is an ardent scrap book fan. Every year she carries a new one to the district meeting and Invariably wins top honors. This year she made up her theme from the Osceola personalities that have appeared on this \ page and won second and third ! places with it. Mrs, Gwyn said the 1 reason she didn't win fJrst pJace, she left the state flower, apple- blossoms, off the cover or som* little something, she added. Has Many Hobbles Mrs. Gwyn has more hobbies than a dozen women put together. In the field of fine arts she sings, pa!nt«, plays the piano, and is perfectly at home among domestic activities. She Is an excellent cook, £e\vs beautifully and above all she lives for her husband, fotir children and three grandchildren. Ev- .eryway you turn In her home you l find a collection of African violets. When asked what her hobbles were, she practically took In everything. Her daughter, Sue, says j ."that mother can do everything I that anyone else can do except i'knlt, but she felt like they could b tdo without knitting in the family." Mrs. Gwyn and her five sisters write a "round robbin" letter once a tnonth- She had received the bunch of letters the day I visited her and while she took time out to rend them I picked up the scrapbook on the. Progressive Club and Hfls- alsssppl County Activities that was Iso proudly displayed on the coffee table and here are some of the interesting things r read: • Tn 1&I2, the late W. J. Driver donated a lot to the women of : Osceola to build a club house. They worked hard raising money.toward ; that goal and twice their savings •were lost in bank failures. The meetings of the club were held in the basement of the court house, the furniture being donated by the members. Public- dances were held in this room and in a few years the furniture was broken up and the women were out of a meeting place. Homes were thrown open for the meetings until the club grew 50 there wasn't a house In Osceola large enough to accommodate the members. It seemed that every year some catastrophe faced them] that hindered- them from building on the lot. Time was going by and if a building wasn't erected on the lot they would to forfeit it. How 11 Started In 19*8, some of the leaders of "it-he club began talking new build- ling until (he word got (o a mem- •ber of the County Library Board. The library situation was as b a d as the Progressive Cl',ib. reviewing i ; their p.irty in the birth of the! library in 193-1 when General Peri- ! eration was emphasizing Library j Extension and remembering th e j Oscecla Progressive Club's active' part in sponsoring O.= ceo!a's first , public library, the women were pleased to co-operate with the county Library Board in furnlsh- i ing a permanent home lor Missis- { sippi County's Library. After the club women and Library Board members agreed on [plans, a meeting of every organization head in the community and j the mayor was catted. A fact fmd- ] Ing committee wn.s selected, who ; brought out- the urgent need or the ! library. The state librarian was called into a meeting, along with the county judge and various other .'representative county citizens. During these meetings, a board of trustees and a building chairman were appointed- who in turn had an architect draw plans. After • counting available cash, which con- i. sis ted of the vacant lot valued at 1 $5,000. $3,000 in a building funri and a promise from the County Judge and quorum court of $10,000, a drive was .started for contributions. The building was started with Da vf d Laney an d Mrs, Gwyn breaking the ground. Mrs. Lancy was one of the trustees elected. | Mrs. Gwyn related she was never so happy In her life as she was to ; \ know their dreams had at last I j ccme true. j It was only took eight montlis i from the ground-breaking in Oc! tober until the dedication banquet In June. Two hundred persons were on hand that night to hear Rece Saxon Price, 8 noted singer. This was Osaiola's first opportunity to have a place where they could pre- i »cnt artists In the manner which THtTRSDAY, MARCH it, STARR GAZING . . Mrs. F. O. Gwyn . . . regressive Club's biggest booster . . . they are due. Owe Only JJ-t.MO Each year, these concerts are being presented in Osceola due to the efforts of Mrs. Gwyn. Afler three years, there Is only $24.000 owed on the tSS.OOO building. Mrs. Gwyn stopped reading her letters long enough to add. "We know its hard on a lot of people to donate to the building fund somatimes. but our building has done more to put Osceola on the map than any project the town has had any part in and at the rate we are paying olf the balance everybody (n Osceola wll] be proud to say they were a part In getting this beautiful building for our town." In three yoars. 40 new 'members have ccme into the club. Less than two years ago. the Osceola Progressive Garden Club was organized. Out of this department the schruos for the building were bought. Funds arc raised by staging fashion shows, benefit card parties and the annual May banquet. As badly as the club Is trying to get the building paid for Itspcnsors a girl each summer to a music camp, contributes to the school of the blind in Little Rock. March of Dimes. Red Cross, tuberculosis lund. CARE, and to the Crusade for Freedom. The club also made regular contributions to an exchange student at the University. A surprise for Mississippi county 1 especially will be the picture ol the club house on the cover ol the April issue of 'The Club Woman." the national magazine of Federated Woman's Clubs. Almost Gave Up Mrs. Gwyn sent the picMre tn and the history of the cluh. a representative from Columbia University In New York contacted Mrs. Gwyn for data about the club's activities for their "Build a Better, Community" contest. Mrs. Gwyn '"• said she had given up the Idea the picture and data were to be used and thought it had been thrown i in the waste-basket, so when she i was notified the picture was to bo tlsed it was just another one of the pleasant, surprises that have come to her since she bcrami-r president ; The distinction she enjoys is thru this Is the first time Arkansas has ever been recognized on the front of the magazine and for it to oe of the Osccola Progressive Club is really something we should all be proud of—Thanks to Mrs. Gwyn's winning letter. She was notified by national headquarters in Washington. D, c. 7"hc magazine goes to every state in the union and to 38 foreign countries, as Mrs. Gwyn said "while Bob Burns does all In his j power to pull Arkansas down, club women in Arkansas are doing all In their power to build it up." The club bought 500 folding i steel chairs. 2^ foMfiie steel banquet tables, draperies for all fne i windows, a Steinway Baby Grand piano, bronze plaque in honor of the late rongressman W. J. Driver, and one (o honor the club trustees and president, dressing room furniture and kitchen equipment—all paid for—Mrs. Gwyn proudly informed me. "This year the stage was furnished In mid-victorlan furniture, all bought with memorial fnmls. There arc no.:;jjiiCslanding debts other than on .tha building lUelf but the way we women get in there with oilr sleeves rolled up. we can say tn a few short years It's ours." ndd- cd Mrs. Gwyn. "Wt expect to clear SI,000 on our fashion show next week and (hat. too. will be applied on the building debt. Club lluiise Is Incentive "A beautiful club house as ours is." Mrs. Givyn said, "is an incentive to do things. We never Srow up I guess, we're as proud of our new building as children are of their new shoes. We work hard to keep it new looking Just as a child rubs the dust off their shiny new shoes. I'm glad f was first president In this beautiful 'building. I shall always cherish the memory of It and when I go out in May and take on a. bigger job of being district president over 22 clubs. I'm eoinR to work just as hard to see ihosn club< proiiress as I have In heinp a pirty in helping build our own club up tn what it is today." Mrs. is one of nine sisters i no brothers*, all musicians. She was bnvn in liennett. Mo., nnd lived there until she married in lillfi. Slio and Mr. Gwyn moved thru to Leachville where she was active in club and church work and is past worthy matron of the I don't know why it was. but mo&l of th« world's best musicians had tr»«lo live* and Mozart had one of the saddest. At the age of two. when most-babies are Just learning to talk, he showed so much Interest In music and listened to hi* sister Nannerl. play, that his father started teaching him, In a year's time he was receiving a daJly lesson an hour long. At five, he composed short pieces for the harpsichord and at six played before the Empress Maria Thresa of Austria. When he was seven he played before royalty at Versailles and Paris and at that young age, had four ol his compositions published. Every year brought a wonderful surprise for him. He could write music that ran through his head from memory. At 22 he went to Mannehim, Germany, to teach and compose for his living and there was when the tragedy of his life began. He boarded with a family named Weber, and fell In love with one of their daughters. Alolpla, who was training to be an opera singer. He was called to Paris where his mother died and returned to the Weber home to find that his sweetheart had become such a sneers that she would have nothing to do with him. He returned to his eld home where he wrote two operas. King Thomas, and Zaide. At the age of 2G, he met the Webers in Vienna, and their daughter Constanza was with them and Mozart fell in love with her. an'd against hi.s father's wishes, married the girl. Nine years of bard work followed, teaching and a sickly selfish wife who plunged him more and more in debt. In the last year ol his life — and he was only 35. he was asked to write a death composition. He died before he finished "The Requiem" *nd It was ccmpleted by one of his pupils. He was so poor and the day of his burial was such a rainy day that nn friends attended. No marker was ever placed at his grave and finally the sexton removed his. bones to make room for another pauper to he buried. Today however, a beautiful monument for Mozart stands over the imply grave in Vienna. Good News for Mamas: Some smart gink has come out with the Cleverest idea of all times. Vulcanizing the knees of little boy's blue Jeans. While he was at it, why didn't he add a little of it to the seals? When I waj t kid and they held corny road shows at the Old Opera House, "program" was spelled programme. All you folks what's got young- uns' zoo-age Oltterally speaking) might just as well get It over with early In the season and take them down to the Memphis Zoo. You know how you dread it and swear you'll never go back but you do. When you're packing your car don't forget to take along a few empty coke bottles so you won't want to knock Junior in the head for sipping an hour on one. Folks who go to sleep while others make a speech shouldn't expect anybody to stay awake for them, I always say. Its a funny thing, but the fellow who can give the best advice on how to run your business is the fellow out of work. On the Social Side... Encasement 'Announced Mr. »nd Mrs. Milton Edward Pope announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Catherine Cathey Pope, to Lt. Hubhard Wood. Jr.. of the Air Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard Wood of Durant. Okla. Miss Pope was graduated from Osccola High School and attended IJndenwood College, St. diaries Mo. Acid one chopped apple U> y:f it next meat loaf or meat balis. You'd be surprised. The American Home department, the newest addition to the Progressive Club will hold its meetings on the first and fourth Wednesday afternoons instead of morning as it was first planned and — here's news for these who do not belong to the Progressive Club, you don't "havto" Lcachville- Eastern Star o! 1926-27. She is a member of the Methodist Church In Osceola where she takes an active part. In the Mis?ionary [ Society and sings in the choir. She ' is a member of the Yeamiin Class.; the oldest organized class in the Methodist Church. A daughter. Mrs. Sue Penning- I ton, is service representative with! the Bell Telephone Co. A ton, Jen L Drown Gwyn. Is cashier of the j Bank o( Wilson in Wilson. Ark. Frank Owen Gwyn, who is an ac- \ countant for the Texaco Company. I lives in New Orieru]*; whprp Mr<.! Gwyn ROCS every year for M:irdi : Gras. Her youngest child. MitMe. ts a sophomore in Osceola Hi2h i School. The Garden Club is bringing a. nationally recognized speaker to their club on April 26 — Dorothy Biddle. Every woman who ever planted a liower seed will want to hear her. I'l bet cverytime you write the word "ninety" you look at, it the second time to decide whether the "e" should he there — For proof, inspect checks written with ninety on it fuid nine times out. of tc'n, there will be a smear. Check on this and see if I'm right. You're truly an eld timer if you can remember when there was a folding-bed in every family — for company. LI. Wood attended Oklahoma A. •lid M. at stillwaler, and Ls now stationed at Keeslcr Field, Bixoli, Miss. The ceremony will be performed at the First Christian Church April 2 by the Hev. Oliver Moore Mrs. E. R. Riley. Mrs. Tim Howies and Mrs. Lloyd Gociley were hostesses to 23 guests Monday night for a buffet supper party followed by an evening ol playing bridge i and canasta. : The Bowles home was decorated with yellow and white blossoms for the occasion and a low bowl of • the flowers in the chosen colorsjj and flanked by lighted yellow tap-1 ers centered the serving table. Per the occasion. Miss Pope selected a'J suit ol beige linen featuring a cap lined in brown printed silk. She 1 ! pinned pink roses, a gift of the Smt-'scs at her shiiuldor. The hcvs- , tesses gift was china. | ITA Meeting j The Parent-Teacher Association!! met Monday night at the school: j !or the monthly session which was highlighted with an electicn of officers, with Ray Mann retaining his position as president. j Dan Reid was program chair- 11 man and Introduced Mrs. Everett Burns, who in turn introduced Car- : olyn Lowe and Franklin Sanders, t superintendent ol schools Mlssij Lowe discussed. "What we Want in • Parents and Teachers" and Mr. ] Sanders spoke on, "What Teachers I Want from the Home and Parents." P. D. Johnson was re-elected vice president, Mrs. John B. Strickling, waj re-nam<yi treasurer and Dr. Joe Hughes was elected secretary. In the room count, attendance prizes went to seniors and fifth and sixth grade girls. Attends Reunion Mrs. R. c. Bryan attended the annual reunion in Memphis of her former classmates who were graduates of the 1911 class at Blue Mountain College. Blue Mountain, Miss. Of the nine girls who were In Mrs. Dryan's class, eight are living and the group meets in Memphis every year for a weekend. This year one had mcved to Wash- and couldn't com*. Othjr Mrs. Bryan, Mrt. Bethea of Jackson, Mi«., 1 Webb Turner of Sumnw, . _ ... Mrs. Joe Addle Stovall Went <* Blue Mountain attended this ye«r'» reunion. LJt*rwy Group io Mt*4 The Literary department erf Uu Progressive Club Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at th« home of Mrs. Basil Segraves with MM. J. T. Polk, Mrs. H. B. JonM and Mrs. Percy Herring, oo-hcu- tesscs. Bar Fife IB The members of the Osceola Bar met for luncheon at the Rustic Inn Friday preoeding the election o! new officers. Miss Alene Word, retiring president, presided at the meeting. Fred Taylor was elected president, Jo« Rhodes, vice president. Ralph Wll- Ington. D. C.. and three were ill son. secretary and treasurer. There's a word for everything in- cludinr a i:ng sung by sailors at v/ork, and that is "chantey" When I was a kid. we didn't have any diseases that chocolate quinine wouldn't cure. I'll bet I !<vk a barrel of it by the time I reached my 'teens- Read Courier N'ews Classified Ads EABIY TIMES ^ is Kentucky's FAVORITE Straight U*L1f JWKIS MSTIILUY COIWANT ,K^v t l r CHOCOLATE^^EGGS • FRESH •WHOLESOME • DELICIOUS Chocolate Egg \ 04 3 Egg Box 4(X 6 Egg Box 754 Vuit&NutEgg 1.25 WOODS DRUG Blythevillc In Osceola... CALL Harold Siler at Siler's Drug Store for everyday delivery of the Blyfheville Courier News $1.08 Per Month and your old tires GOODYEAR SERVICE STORE 410 W. Main 24*2

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