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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 1952 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN OSCEOLA NEWS tt St Godfrey Whites love of Land Reflected in Variety of Crops The very first thing that I remember about Godfrey White was swimming with him in the horse trough out In the barn yard at his country home, when we were no more than knee high to a boll weevil. Godfrey's father, the late John White, who never met a man he didn't like, had something in mind when he promised us we could swim to our heart's content if we would pump the water and fill the | troughs. KM* Wi (hose days weren't smart I enough to figure out that trick. Swimming In horse troughs doesn't sound very sanitary but that was before we had ever seen a bath tub and none of -us contracted any kind of disease and we lived to teil It to our grandchildren. That is | shocking news to this penicillin age. Entertainment wasn't brought to children then. They had to go out and find It. The levee running through Osceoli' afforded the biggest part of the. children's play| ground. In those days, before Highway 61 •nd automobiles were even thought Jbout, the road from the White's puntry home ran along the levee I Into Osceola. Mr. White had a sllr- I rey with the fringe on top and that I was the most elegant contraption kid ever rode in. A prince_ss and I prince could not have felt any more I regal than the children in Osceola I felt -when Mr. and Mrs. White sent 1 their Negro hostler In to Osceola on I Friday after school to pick up God- I f rey »nd his sister,' Pearle. and |'their friends for the week end. EVERT WEEK this event took I p'ace and If Mrs. White had let ItMngs worry Vipr. she would have I lone crazy worrying with » house | (I'll'Of kids. We girlj, who all wore our hair I In long braids, loved not. having I our hair combed from Friday to I Monday morning. Mrs. White was I too busy milking her cows or' I churning to bother about our hair 1 combing. Godfreys', love for the I good enrth and watching things I grow cnme from both sides of his | family. His mother—who by the way will I b« 80 years old on Christmas Day I —is still one of the best farmers in I Mississippi County, according to her | two sons. Godfrey and Jap. • "Oh, we get kinder 'put out' with •her giving us advice oh how things I should be done and some times we I think we are smarter than she Is, I but It usually works out that her 1 way Is best and we are the [who have to change and abide by [ her advice," Godfrey added. "Love of the land comes I from Papa," Godfrey continued, "he I wanted to «ee thtnej growing wlii'e I Mama was more interested in stock I Anything from a registered cow to | a goat." Godfrey, filled with his mother's I mannerisms and dry wit, laughec about a trip his mother and Mrs I John Kdttngton and his son, Boyd, I made to-Hot Springs several years I »go. Going over. Mrs. White saw a I sign on the road, "Goats For Sale." I And added Godfrey, "That was like I waving « red flag hi, front of * I VuH- HI* MOTHER stopped on the »»T B»ck and bought five of them, I as she was very fond of goat's milk, 1 then trrned them out to eat some Johnson graw. The man crated Jiem for her «nd loaded them In phe trunk of her car. with the top up an the way to Osceola. Godfrey sddcd thnt helped the situation I «om>, but Mama drove by Boyd's flrl'i houoe In Little Rork. stopped I the car and turned around and I asked him if he wasn't going ._ ] get out. Boyd told his grandnioth" T. "Not with all iitor,a damn goats." and they drove off. Nothing like that ever bothers Mama," Godfrey I uid. "She has always liked goats. She I «ayi they're Intelligent and you know how Mnma feels toward anything Intelligent, regardless of who I It or what It is. "When my sister. Rose, and her daughter, Jane, lived in Little Rock. Mama would go over to pay them a visit ever so often but not until I she loaded one of her goals in the I car for Jane to play with while she was there. She had a collapsible wagon built for the purpose of her grandchildren riding In il | with a goat hitched to it when she paid any of them a visit. We kncu hotter than try to stop her." laughec dfrey. lOodfrey was born within calling Flstanca of where his parents bull their home, the home where he, hi- wife and two daughters, Ann and Llewelyn, now live. After the death I of Mr. White. Mrs. White bough Ihe C. C. Ermen home on Wcs | Semmes and lives there now. The stately trees tjjat shade the lawn now were only saplings wher we all'played under them nnd how they survived a bunch of kids swine- Ing on them Is a mystery. BY THE TIME he was 16, God ever jotten over the flying fever using > napth« typ« oil, and found that began when I was 14 if I j It killed out the weeds and doing Godfrey White . . . sees awing to irrigation . . . trey was buying and selling hogs but I changed my mind before I got to St. Louis. At least, an old mai I sat beside on the train changed it for me. "He told me those Canadians just and was shipping them by the carload to the St. Louis market. Not many 16 year old boys in those days, and that goes for the present generation, could board a train in Osceola nnd go to St. Louis and be there by the time the hogs arrived, go to the stock yards and close the sale. That was easy for Godfrey. * . It wasn't all work and no play for Godfrey, however. Those were the early days of airplanes and he became interested In trying to build one. His father wasn't enthused over that new-fangled way of traveling nnd sent Godfrey away to school thinking that would stop it. Godfrey attended Morgan School in Fayetteville his first year away from home. The following year, lie went to Castle Heights and the year following to Jonesboro State College. Godfrey added: "That end- gated my college days." "I decided," he continued, "to oin the Royal Plying Corps and an away from home, headed for Detroit, where I wns going to en- "ist. I bought my ticket to Detroit HuMKo COOKING FAT Ihaf are rich, moist, lender hadn't bought that plane, so now I'm perfectly satisfied to do my traveling by automobile." MR. WHITE and his two sons, John Biniord, nnd Boyd, farm 600 acres of land. 350 acres are In cot- Ion, 200 In vegetables and 250 in soybeans. In 1927, Mr. White decided this Mississippi county land was good for a lot of things besides raising cotton, so lie planted his first crop of potatoes which .started him off In crop diversity. The older gpner- rvUon of farmers around Osceola thought he had lost his mind planting potatoes on valuablecolion land. Every year, he ventured deeper in vegetable Browing, adding a wider vnriety each year. The old linier.s around here predicted he'd lose his shirt if he didn't give up that lool notion of raising carrots, radishes, nnd even celery for the Eastern mnrkrt and stick to collon. In 1935, he build the 'most modern potato house anyone Here had ever seen. This wns used not only for drying potatoes but tor the bumper crops of onions as well. When frozen food lockers became pouular nnd Osceola and Blytheville opened their canning plants, nnd with Ihe Memphis market, using his products, il wasn't necessary to ship any longer to the Eastern markets. ftdd'd. "Now. I know' vhat price I will get for my vegetables when tile Feeds go In the ground." Another bi-j crop on the White fftnns Is spinach. "I gave up raising celery," continued Mr, iVhite. '^'because It required skilled ,abor to'cultivate it and prepare it for the market. It's all hand work and it's tedious and a tractor driver or an ordinary cotton chopper tnows absolutely nothing about It, so 1 gave up that pnrt of vegetable growing. A lot of farmers in this country are going all out on raising soybeans, but for me I don't thing too much about them. They, are a cheap crop and they also cheapen your ground. • • • "THEY WILL certainly pet your land fouled up with weeds nnd Johnson grass." Mr. White said. Knowing he Irrigated part of his land vas another Interesting angle to his alertness. He has three wells on his farm. He installed his first one In 1930 to water his potatoes, green beans and .spinach and now tne three wells supply all the moisture the vegetables need. H said that In a very few years, all farmers will Irrigate their land if they expect to make a success of farming. "Eventually the drainage system will'be organized, the land will be graded prnnerly for good drainage no harm to the carrot*. Then he tiled It on t small plot of cotlon nnd it killed the cotton along with the weeds. He went lo Memphis and brought a chemist from the Mid-South Chemical Co,, up here to show him how Ihe mixture had killed the cotton but c-td no harm lo his carrots. Wllh experimenting on ihe mixture, and with the aid of an expert. No-Ho was developed and from this success in test after test, the No-Ilo Mid-South Chemical Corporation was formed. Several months ago, Godfrey was a guest on WMCTV and explained to Ihe viewers Just what No-Ho meant to a cotton fanner. He pointed out the proper way to apply It as n chemical compound was toxic to cotton as well as weeds and great care must be used not lo burn the young cotton. "An average of five lo 10 gallons Is used per acre and that beats paying n cotton chopper S2.50 to $4 a day," added Mr. White. Godfrey is truly all experimenter. On his farm, are trees that nobody In this section of the country would believe would grow and produce. He has Japanese Dlack Walnuts, butternuts, chcssnuts, hnzplnuts ami to say nothing ol ovir own native trees. I asked him if he hnd a persimmon Iree nnd he said 'he remembered eating one when he was STARR GAZING I've got to have a tnlk with those 'rlresB manufacturers—they're cutting down on their sizes, especially around the waistline. « Sure takej a lot of digging to make your life a bed of roses. WcU seasoned words are a lot easier lo eat. An Osceola girl. Dolores 'Snoo- kle) Shoemaker Rohson, now living in Japan whore her husband Is .stationed, knew I collected slnmps, so she sent me some Japanese beau- tics. They were enclosed in un envelope, evidently from a Japanese photographer. This slip of paper wns stuck Inside tho envelope: "Gentlemen: we have taken your nnturnl form Just now, fmd welcome your kind order Immediately for your pleasurable Japan, moreover, we memories In can setid of course even where in the world you svant to send them with responsibility." And might I this familiar Buddhist reflection: "The strong must perish with the weak in the end. and triumph and sufferings urc alike, short lived." We in America would phrase it tluisly: "In the end. tho strong must perish with a boy that wasn't exactly rive, and I ""' wc: k - etc ' l ' tc - clc '" cannon fodder. I come right back wanted me for didn't want to home for I knew my father would probably beat the -stuffing out of me for running away-from home. I continued • my Journey to Detroit with the idea of getting a job until the hard feelings of iny parents were forgotten and they'd welcome me home. I stood It for six weeks and I came home perfectly satisfied to go back lo raising hogs or anything else there was to do at home so I could plant iny feet back under my mother's and father's table. my wanderlust," "but I never dirt "That cured smiled Godfrey, get it out of my system to fly a plane. That desire stayed with me until finally when I was 45 yearc old, I bought one and used It to commute back and forth to a farm I bought up In Missouri. 1 sold my farm and plane at the same time but I don't, believe I would have and we will get our water supply from the Mississippi River to irrigate our land. "There Is no limit to the plant food that comes from river water and that will be a cheap way to fertilize the ground, t's foolish to Irrigate the ground, until the. hand has been well drained. It's my opinion," continued Mr. White, "due to the glaciers melting and the country getting warmer, that If we and the following: generations expect to enrich our land instead of letting it go down, we are going to have to rush up this drainage situation nnd begin irrigating." Winning first prize In the land owner division in the plant-to-prosper contest, sponsored by the Commercial Appeal, was an honor bestowed upon Gotlfrey a few years ago and those prizes aren't banded Oilt without a good reason. • • • ONE OF GODFREY'S pet projects Is his No-Ho Invention. As all Inventions usually go, they began from necessily. Weeds were smothering out his carrot crop. One year, he mixed up a concoction of oil, he had to talk out of the side of his mouth for a week. Godfrey was selected as "man of the year"' by (he Junior Chamber \ of Commerce a few years ago (he ' doesn't remember when> nnd in 1050. was chosen King Cotton for cotton promotion week in South Mississippi County. • • * HE IS A CHARTER member of tuc Rotary Club, member of th« Agricultural Club in Memphis and was secfetary of the Mississippi County fa I'm bureau for four years. He is on the advisory council at the Clarkdale, Ark., experimental station which Is operated by the University of ArKtmsns. chairman of the Arkansas State vegetable committee, vice president of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, member of the National Potato and Onion Breeding Commiltee, is a director of the St. Francis Levee Board. ..commissioner on the drainage district. He was a director of Blytheville Canning Co., for several years and was instrumental in Its development. He Is a Mason, Shriner and life-long member of the First Baptist Church in Osceola. Mrs. White Is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. A. Conway of Blytheville and is the former Miss Jane conway Fields. With her charm and grac- lousness, she has kept up the White's tradition of keeping the welcome mat out. Her youngest daughter, Llewelyn, presented her Telling your girl friend about your rich uncle might wind up with her being your aunt. No sinners are so Intolerant as Ihose who have Just turned saints. We nil know a few of 'cm don't we? Well, the old proverb of 'Tray to God for a good harvest but con- nue to hoe," should have been started early In the Spring. It's so nice to live in a Email book In 1916 which be an ever lasting with a guest I think will memory to the family In years to come. There are 18 slates represented In this little thoughtful gift that a. child started six years agq, .I'l wager not one who came fo 'this house ever left empty handed. Ifs good lo know there are still sorhe who are never too busy to talk to you and show you over the farm and do It In such a way that yol want to keep gohig back. In saying goodbye, 6odfrey Invited me back and said he no longer had a horse trough or even a horse, but it Is pleasant to alive happy childhood memorle.. and handed me a sackful of mus- cadines. The turban was » favorite head covering of many ancient, peoples including the Armenians, Babylon tans and Phoenicians. :own where everybody knows every- oody. You can call a drugstore and tell them you want a birthday card or get-well caul, tell them who it Is for nnd they will select one for you thnt suits the recipient to n T. Where else bul u small town would they bother to do small favors? If you want to trust their selections, they'll slamp them for you and mall them. What more could you nsk? Love small low us I "Son 1 fiay.s the more days until are only DOS gets his discharge, from the navy which tnkes him up to 1955, I believe—poor kid B Buying vcgelnbles Oils modern way ain't for me, I'm of the ngc when kids worn sent nflcr a "mess" of turnip greens, » gallon of tomatoes, and a \vnlor bucket of cucumbers, and liver was given lo and Junior got v,'hat the grown up* didn't want? There wasn't any asking how he wanted them either. The average automobile Is drlr- i 11.000 miles a year. Check up nnd sec how many places of Inter- cst you took In on that mileage. flack In the depression, a farm- wife could tell you how manj quarts of gravy she could get out of a barrel of flour. Although oysters come Into their own this month. It really takes cold weather for them to be at their tastiest. Did you know there Is about the same quantity of nutritive substances in a quart of oysters as in a quart of milk or a pound of bread or three fourths of a pound of beef? In case any of you know a wo- mun-hatei—and I don't—they are, known as a misogynist. You can still call them a woman-hater If your upper plate slips enslly. An olrt tally was askeii on her lOOlh birtinlny if she wouldn't, like to celebrate ii by taking a plane held the one-Unlit drop cord and the kid's paper wads. Loosely speaking, what happened to the ads that some smart gink thought up. with the commodity smelliiVT to high heaven? By the time we pet old enough not to care what folks sny about us. there ain't nothing to tell. A diplomat is a fellow who. when nsked what his favorite color is replies, "plaid." Blooil cells are so small that. 60.000 could be placed on Ihe head of n pin. Guess that's how the term (applied to some folks) "pln-hend- cd" got slartcd. Cnn you remember when a platter of eggs were set on the table once. People wiio say they "cat like a bint" yet can't lose weight hit the nail on the head. Did you ever see a bird Hint wasn't eating nr drinking constantly? 1 know twn people in Osceola who arc bnr.sr.in<j at the seams over the. good news thai their young nephew, Henry James Swift, passed the Arkansas Bar examination and Is now a full-fledged lawyer—that's Willie am! Ouy Bryant and somewhere in the background, I can see « stars shining in their crowns without even looking very hard. Congratulations lo all three of you. Man is the only living creature thnt can be skinned more than On the Soa'a/ Side... Honored at Tarty Shirley Shoemaker and Jo.inne Wilson complimented Carmen Heldy with a going away party before she ler.ves for Brenau College In Galnsville, Ga. Sixteen of Carmen's friends who attended and brought gifts she will use In her room the coming year. The hostesses presented her with lingerie. An assortment of party foods and Iced drinks were served during the afternoon. Mr*. Bowles Hostess Sixteen gathered at the country home of Mrs. Ed Bowles Thursday afternoon for homemade Ice cream and earincl cake and. an afternoon of canasta. Foliage was used for an early fall atmosphere In the entertaining rooms. Mrs. Spencer Driver, won high score in Canasta and Mrs. Ely Driver won low. Iced drinks were passed during the afternoon. Filth Club Meets The Widows pitch Club met with Mrs. Maude Hudson Thursday night with Mrs. Wayne Goudy and Miss Blanche Cleerc as guests. The hoste.ss served a salad plate and coffee preceding the pitch games. Arrangements of vivid zinnias centered the individual tables where the guests ate. Mrs, Bettye Nellc Starr won high score and Miss Cleere won second. Personals Seaman Apprentice Charles Ed- rhigton icturncd to Bainbrlclge, Md.. where he will take trainine in hospital school. He was driven to Memphis by his mother, Mrs. El.sle Haskett. Mr. and Mrs. J. . Chonte of Washington. D, C., enroute to Memphis stopned over In Osceola for the week end. Mra. Choate is the for mer Miss Clara Sullivan. Boys nnd girls who are leaving for College this week are Miss Merry Melody to Little Rock Junior College, Miss Franellc Mnlock to University of Arkansas, Jim Dicky Wright to University 1 of Texas, Ray Woolen and Lavon Poscy to Mississippi State, Billy Jop Carlisle to Arkansas State, Doyle Dunn, Billy Alexander .and John Enrl Speck to University of Arkansas. Leaving next week will be Miss Jcaneltc Bowcn to Southwestern. Miss Patsy Cone to University, Miss Carmen Reldy to' Brencau. Miss Betty Jo Crostwnthc to Memphis Stnte. Ben Dean Gene Hatcher to Memphis Slate, Cox to Columbia Military Academy. Miss Joanne Ctillom to Vnnderbllt. Collie I.owrancc to Baylor in Chattanooga. Mr. and Mrs. David Laney left Thursday for n. two-week vacation through out South Carolina and Louisiana. They spent Thursday night and part of Friday in Camden and Little Rock before going on their way. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schrelck, Sr., returned home Sunday after a two- week vacation In Virginia nnd Ohio. Mrs. n. C. Bryan and H. E. Phillips were in Little Rock Monday. Mis. Bryan attended a Presbyterian meeting and Mr. Phillips attended to business. Miss Marjorie Doyle chaperoned several young people at Young People's Retreat, at Bear Creek over the week end. Those attending were Mary and Martha Dlllard. Carmen Reldy, Jo Ray Simmons and Harry Miller, III. 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