The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 27, 1952 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 27, 1952
Page 11
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*M>NBS»'AT, rr, OSCEOLA NEWS Bf &Hy, WC, Star, * '.* * * »» , » . One-Room, Red School Launched Aubrey Adams' Teaching Career k Tt<» #a(IU.i.*4U~A ! _ _ „ BT, 11 Hft? fL'Lf flHTT.) OOCTtrgR The failh of the American peo- Ple has produced ' some radical changes in education since the little one-room red school house has Passed out of the picture. Once Ihese little schools were dotted over the countryside where ever a community was established. The roads we're tbo'bad for the children to ride back and forth over for several miles, so the one room school was the only solution tp the problem. Children, whose Parents were termed as planters instead of farmers were taught in tlieir own homes by tutor's or governesses. The Adams family, which included five, Aubrey- being the youngest, lived seven miles from Water Valley, Miss., on a farm, The children were brought up by Ihe strict 'religious parents They • owned their own farming 'and and the elder Mr. Adams' motto was "idleness is-the devil's workshop," so his children were kept busy every minute they were not working toward an education. The first school Aubrey A. Ad. anis attended was only a mile \ytvrom his home, but that mile jft/wmed like five as there were no school buses io drop the children off at the school house door and the parents were too busy to hitch «P a tenm of mules , 0 keep thMr children from walking. • "Back in those days," said Mr Adams, "children were no novel ty. They were as plentiful as [he chickens that filled . everybody's back yard. We were brought up to be seen and not heard and to nag our parents lor something just wasn t thought of, so we walked. "THIS ONE-ROOM, one-teacher -....j viif.-n.uuni one-teacher ' \.-m. ^ — J school, taught the first six grades ? On ° ^ ° £ the S ' ate Thpti M,O ,;.—i »_ . . Kitiuea. t~ ( ine O (i 1( , r Then we went to a two-'room, two- teacher school. Ihree miles from .. ... ..wiuui. mree miles from * ««uBiik mere until isii. when I home for our next two grades My accepted » position as coach and oldest brother taught me in this P ril > c 'Pal at Tyronza. I was there im. srhnnl anrf t>& *u n « i • SfiVftn v*»ar^ T 'mnt ™.. «.;*.- n e n s two-room school and he was hard- he .. —.... ^.^. n no W j| any oi the olher children., The hardest whipping: 1 ever got In my life was |f She was the former Miss Marlon • • "--•-• B"" i" Jiij tue was — — "•"•*!i<,« inkjii Mj:iiuuj. ijuring one he gave to me for being Im- those seven years, schools were be- pudent to him before the other ln e closed down all around us tx*- .',,"• caus? bhere were no funds and the I resented It the'n and went school where I taught was cutting home crying to my mother about down on the teachers and each had —j ... D n* mj, uiubuer aDout my brother whipping me and my father took me behind the wood shed and gave me another one. k From,the two-room school I Centered Agricultural High School at College. Hill. Mississippi high schools IHen all stressed agriculture. Out of these schools came the junior colleges, for which Mis-, sissippi i, still famous. Every county at that, time had one agricultural school, supported by Ihe county only. "I played on the_ basketball tenm nnd decided then when I grew up, I was going to make coaching my career. After graduation from high school I entered Mississippi Slate College ana graduated from ther In the late '20's * • • "AT THAT TIME, I thought'I had attained all the education that could be gotten. Those were the days when a BA or BS degree was all that was required to teach »nd I thought I was at the fop of the ladder. . • • "My first teaching Job wa« at Litton consolidated school in Boyle. Miss. I was coach, principal and ^taught social science. I was only 24 P t *-hen I itarted teaching. My first year, we won the Bolivar County Championship title In basketball nnd second In the Delta association. "This was a great school for baseball. Out of nine players, five of the boy's fathers hart played professional baseball and all five of the men THE MAM OF THE HOUR SPENT MAWY DAYS AMC WI6HTS QCTTIMS THERF \\Vve spent many years in learning our business so thai we can offer you experienced advice and competent service. CREDIT JEWELERS 114 W. MAIN . Aubrey A. Artams ... a satisyfing career . . . were on the school board. Our team other place In the businea; world . was known all over the Del hose fathers advertised their lta boy's to the other. "I taught there until !B33. when I . ieven years. I met my wife there. . and we were married as soon M she finished high school. During take a big cut in their salary, which wasn't too much to start with," added Mr. Adams," so'l gave up my job and accepted a Job in the post office. I was so glad that I did. because I probably s.'ould-nev- er have been satisfied with a teaching career if i hadn't, I kept the Job for five months and I never spent such a miserable five months In my life. • • • "I BELIEVE school teachers are born and not made. We love our profession and working with young people, or else there would be no school teachers. We all know .there are better paying jobs but the satisfaction we get in seeing children develop Inlo useful citizens compensates Jor everything else In the world. Love of children leads men and women Into the teaching profession and there seems io be no for these men and women, "People In days gone by thought teaching was n lazy person's Job, but that idea went out years ago. It's else but!" smiled Mr. Adams. "As luck would have it. the young lady who taught English got married and I was asked to finish out her term. "With the promise of being made elementary principal, the following year, I wanted to continue with my teaching career so badh/s I took a chance on funds coming in' for my next year's job and gave up my post office job to take it. After completing my seven years in Tyronia, I was offered a much better paying •job in Marked tree. - kansas Junior Championship. That team of girls were the hardest workers I think I ever saw. They made up their minds in the begin\ nlng they were going to win that .title and I never saw such enthusiasm In all my coaching years. Thei children who they can tell about their successful year In basketball. *- • * BEFORE GOING on with vc_v*uii« career, I wanted to know more about his boyhood days. Children born and reared on a farm haven't as much to tell about as children who Ihink oleomargarine comes from a certain breed of cows, but they have ever lasting memories of the few pleasures that came their way. Mr. Adams said he only went to town twice a year. When Inylng- by rolled around and on Chrisl- mas Eve. He didn't want to buy anything, he was satisfied just to get away from home. He bought a nickel's worth of stick candy and wasn't allowed lo eat It until he started back home for fear he might gel dirty. Also children didn't eat on the slrecls like they do now and his mother told him people would know he was from the country and llmt did Ihe Irick. On one occassion. while he was waiting for his father to do the family trading, he was turned loose lo window Fhop. He meandered by a pool hall and slopped at the window and looked in. He was only ten and the proprietor ran out' the door chasing him into the arms nf his father, who had finished his buying nnd wn.s oul looking for Aubrey. "That was as near ns 1 ever came to playing a game of pool, "added Mr. Adams. "My father hired no help on his farm. Wo live children were all Ihe hands he needed, and we knew boiler than to full down on (he Job he save us to do. "Our mother made all of our clothes and \ve weren't too proud to be seen in homemade clolhes. In fact, we were proud of wearing things our mother made for us. "MV TWO sislcrs prided themselves on their lily-white complexions. Girls Ihen didn't go to the beaches for a suntan they would STARR GAZING The shortest verse In the Bible Is the 35th verw, chapler II of St John—"Jasus Wept." Worry Is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you any place. There are three kinds of people in the world: Doers, Don'lcrs, and Diehnrds. You're bound to come un- preacher loaded his buggy down with food from our house. Those were Ihe days before refrigeration but food fust didn't spoil then like it does now or else we would have died from plomaine poison. "Mother prepared our Sunday dinner on Saturdav and nut it on the dining room tehle, coveted the ^entire table wllh a mosqiilto tar and that food wasn't touched uuttl we came home from church lale (he following afternoon. I can well imagine parenls of today doing that, "I cams to Osceola In 1942 ns elementary principal and held that poslllomfor six years. Teachers and especially men teachers were scarce due to some of Ihem : being called Into service while n lot of Ihem went all out In doing everything possible to help with the war effort. der the heading of one of these Check up on yourself and be honest about It. I was highly honored by being asked to attend Temple Israel Friday night, by HflbW Alfrd Vise. His text, "What is a Jew" which he explained so thoroughly, should convince a lot of non-believers that after nil, they.nre striving to reach the same God, even as you and I. Their services are impressive and ! can cee why his congregation hold such high regard for him and his wife. Lily. Thanks for asking me nnd I'll b« back. Who on e.irlh ever started the story around that hair grows after death I've even had it proven to me—almost. It makes about as much sense as growing hair on a wooden leg. On f/ie Socia/ S/'c/e... to her bridge club ,-u hoot- noon. Following a deJwrt course the afternoon was spent In playing cards at the conclusion. Mrs. Emmet Dunn was high, and Mrs. Jlm- mle Hearnden was second. Library Board Meet* The regular board meellng of Ihe Mississippi County library was held Wednesday afternoon wllh Mrs W B. Burkett, president, presiding. Board members L. H. Autrey of Burdelte. John Mayes of Blytheville. T. D. Wilkins of Lnxora attended. Philip Deer of Wilson was a Harold Ohlcndorf and Lee Btarden of Leachvllle. board members, were unable to altend. Mrs. Frances Nenl of Little Rock, assistant secretary of the state II- daj'B are here again." else for ry about. A llltlc correction about last week's "Starr CSazlng:" Thsit knock out hnnrl i gol and bit! a grand shun on—thanks (o my good friend Clnytie Chamberlin for 'Sewing rooms were established calling me up and pointing out thc where bandages were rolled nnd error- shmild have read nee klnz shipped to Red Cross centers. Those instead of ncr>. jack. And a b.Wv rooms WPre flllpH u-1Hl <v/lrnon rtf ;_ -....j . . J have have complexions like browned biscuit. Mother rooms were filled with women of Osceola doing nil in their power lo help. At night, the teachers would replfte the women. The children spent every spare minute collecting d^ves ?jr W eM B \e'" S? r J*'"^ '*?' V"" ,„>,„„!,. „( „ , ... , ...._ ... ' the Atlantic Ocenn was Ihe Snvan- . . swan is culled 11 pigeon and not cygnet—wnatever that is; 1 wouldn't know ami I guess you wondered, too. All clear? been dis ra eT inLl™ to SCh °° ls srt " """» '» *»>»* ™ oei-n disgraced almost to I Stamp5 scnt to the schools everyday' by the late Miss Emma Cox. The children bought the 10-ceiH stamps a !f ° Ceim 101J. 6 made them sun bonnels th»t. olmosl covered Ihelr shoulders and Ihey wore long black stockings on Ihcir H ri7is io keep any sun off. That was the highest compliment a girl looked for Ihen was to say she had a complexion like peaches and cream. Now, 1 they all want to look like Mexicans. "My parents were hardshell Baptists and thai meant churching all day for us children, or at least until dusk as there was only lamp lighl in thc country church where we atlended. I loved a cloudy Sunday so church would lei out early. We nrv.rly starved (o death on the Sundays' that dinner-on-the-ground wasn't served. Our parents always had the preacher and his family for dinner which meant chicken necKs, and In those days, chicken feet, for the five of us. "Although my mother had chickens galore,. Sunday was the only day we had chicken unless someone In Ihe family had a blrlh- dny. I never will know why she raised so many chickens. Something; else I have never been able lo figure oul," smiled Mr.: Adams, "is where all those holf moon pies possibly eaten it all. I do remember, however, of her giving the preacher enough canned foods to last him unlll he came back 'the third Sunday. 1 'Mother always canned our sausage Instead of sacking it. She slogan was to put Marked Tree";; ,^ n and VcLefS ,^ ets^Vfioir.^^ Jars and •"""?!• ihe hot ""•» in 1941 and people around Marked Tree still like to brag on those girls over them. She would always load the preacher down with this too and my father would give him , - —" — &*••"< iuu iiuu jr»y iainer would give mm JWM have married and have a country ham for good measure . "IN THOSE DAYS, preachers sot their salaries from the country In food, but then I churches his coulrtn't us fast as she scnt them over. "I was still Interested In coach- Ing, but In Ihose war years we concentrated on doing all'we could to help the cause and our' athletics were not stressed. I coached the senior girls' basketball team and would walk over every afternoon from Ihe grade school to coach the girls. They did nretty good but they couldn't put their hearts Into H like they would have lif normnl limes. Most of the girls had older brothers In the service, which made them more Interested In helping where Ihey were needed most. "FOR SIX YEARS, I was principal in the Osceola Elementary school which Is now called Junior High School, due lo thc new elementary school having been built after I left the Osceola School. "T am beginning my fifth yoar in Kelscr as principal and in April the Kiwanls Club of Reiser wj-s organized and elected me as their president, an honor which I am very proud of.' Mr. Adams said after the close of the World War II when nil the young fathers cnme home, he chanced his opinion on a BA- cr BS degree being at the, top of thc ladder. Those" young men, could r'-- (aln n college education under the O.I. Bill and that broueht oul a lot of younp teachers with misters degrees. "I could see the handwriting on the wall and knew If : I wanted to continue mv teaching I'd have lo follow suit. I didn't hnve the time to work on It like I would have, liked. "If It was n povclty lo .see n young Dad receive his master dc- trree with his wife and tables looking, I'm going to go them one better. Tills fall when I receive mine at Memphis State, my wife, rtanch- ter and granddaughter will be there ...... understand why the' hij'.' I don't blame anybody for not liking watermelon rind preserves' thc way grandma made Ihcm, but try It up nnd I'll waRcr you'll change your mind. Add one large can of chunk pineapple (juice anrt all) to one watermelon. One teaspoon of almond extract, nnd n few mint leaves. If you can't find fresh mint all Mures curry clrictl mint fjakcs alone with their spices. I,presume you know the amount of sugar to use In making preserves. It's n snd ady In anybody's life when they cease to be their own natural self nnd - start worrying what Hie other fellow thinks. One thing certain, we have to livp with oiirsclvt-s and If we follow our conscience there will be no need ot trying to make n big Impression on the other fellow. Thnt litlo thing known ns conscience is most powerful of all our senses. I didn't know there was so much loose money In Arkansas as was embezzled by the woman in Dierks. until after this predicted depression btows over. There are no tricks In plain and simple failh. Just requires a little prnciice. Hope Is the best medicine In the world for the miserable, and as for charity. It will cover up a multitude of sins. If you succeed in life, you must do it in spite of the elforls of some to pull you down. Some people, love helping some one until they arc able to help themselves then are the first lo give them n kick-ln- Ihe-panls when success comes their way. People are funny. The uncomfortable thing about women, according to men is that they are most in generally right. f n ° ny ""T' >nd state library commission. Miss Mavis Rodman of Calico Rock was a i) pointed school library advisor and will ne In Wllaon dur? Ing the week and will devote her Saturdaye at the Osceola library where she will gh, In-servleetrata- Ing to school librarians of th« county and work vdlh other groups The next board meeting will be held Mrs. ferson.ils Bern Price of Nashville, . o asville, Tcnn Is spending two weeks wllh her sister. Mrs. C E Butler unrt M^'i,,^ ""« ' s ™ '«"« Miss Lutie Bragg of Osceola. Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Welnbere "' ratS '" Men " )hls Mrs. J H Lovewcll and Mrs. Kate Ha e arrived at the airport in Memphis and were met by Mr. and Mrs. Dick Bafrby to drive them hom». Mrs. Lovewcll and Mrs. Hale have been in St. John Newfoundland since July 1 visiting Mrs. Male's After a month's absence from the S™ i» Rcv ' cl ' alm «s Henderson will resume services at the Presbyterian Church Sunday morning. The Hendersons have been vis. itlng relatives In Missouri, where he delivered several lectures. Blood Donation 'Cast Bloomtngion. ind. Wi—Disc Jock"l".! 1 ' 0 Williams of Radio station WTTS has uppccl Bloomlnglon blood donations by his own contribution. He took along a microphone and broadcast the whole process stoj-by-step, Including doctors' and nurses' comments. Read Courier News Classified Adi. STRAIGHT STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY IHE IMItKiN Oismimc COHPiNY, INC. • fl«IN, lit. The childhood name of Silling Bull was Jumping Badger. On his j fourteenth birthday, he killed aad scalped his first victim. His father, whose nsmc was sitting Bull, alias Pour Horns, hart a feast In his son's honor for rjeing so brave'and allowed him lo be named Sitting Bull. So that's how Indians can be named Junior? Business Is so slow In Osceola right now. one merchant claims if he died with a heart attack, rigor mortis would .set in before a customer came In and found him. Regardless of how sturdy an oak Is ,it can be felled by heavy blows. You're an old tinier If you,can remember when girls wore divided skirts to ride side saddle. Well, I guess Junior Is « little LCI «nu Bi«uuuauK m cr W1|J rje cnere wen, i guess junior is at little '• to see Ihe old man march down the rusty on his 2 plus 2's, not having i ""•• In cap and gown and receive touched the stiiff alt summer, buti - I'll bcteha mom is singing "Happy | Notice to Farmers: We Now Hove 20% Toxaphene Per lOOlbs. . : 10:50 25% DDT Liquid. Gat. 1.85 60% Toxaphene Liquid Gallon . ; ; . . 2.50 FEEDERS SUPPLY CO. 513 W. Main Phone 3441 or 4493 SWITCHES TO DODGE... LOWERS HAULING COSTS 1% Dodge lias proved to be a real saver on gas!" f Whatever you haul, there'* o Dodge truck— '/i-ton through 4-«on— that'i "Job-Rof«d" «• ftt your job and <av* you money ^ Full crankcote ventilation saves oil, lengthens engrne life, and lowers upkeep costs. k Two fuel filters— instead of only one— keep fuel clean lo help prevent carburelor cloqqina and fouled cylinders. f For ttnoorfi power thai. saves wear and tear, flyrol Fluid Drive— a Dodge "exclusive"— is' available on '/a-, %-, l_,on, and Roule-Van models. § Come in today for a demonstration and a real good deal. soys LEWIS ENGEL fie/iob/e Supply Company, Chicago, III. arc getting several more miles per gallon with our Dodge Voi/ truck-and in a small business like mine, economy i, important. My Dodge lias not only proved to be a real saver on gas-but we are real pleased with Dodge depcndabUity. Hauling pipe,, futures, plumbing tools and other heavy equipment has broken down several tracks for us. But our Dodge hns taken heavy-duty us* over bumpy roads for a long time now and «<b haven't had to have a single mechanical repair." Enjoy over-all economy. Dodge "Job-Rated" trucks operate with low gas and oil consumption, thanks to compression ratios as high as 7.0 to 1 Other Dodge cost-cutting advantages include lightweight aluminum-alloy pistons and gas- saving carburetor with economizer valve. Cut down upkeep. With a Dodge "Job-Rated" truck you get such proved money-saving features »s 4-ring pistons with chrome-plaled top rings, exhaust valvescat inserts, pre-fitled connecting rod bearings, positive-pressure lubrication, and other famous Dodge ^atures. G«t long life. A Dodge "Job-Rated" truck gives you special aMoy steel springs and shot-pccned axle shafts. Other dependable Dodge long-life advantages include such features as wear- and heat-resistant valves, oil-bath air cleaner, and floating oil intake. See r Me. fetf 6ay m fro notation. . . 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