The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 12, 1949 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 12, 1949
Page 12
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PAOE TWELVE BLYTnEVILJ,B (ARK.)' COURFEE NEWS Tornado Hits Six Arkansas Communities; Four Persons Dea'd and 10 Others Injured By Hurley Perilling BALD KNOB, Ark., Dec. 12. </T)—A tornado ''black a.* midnight *nd roaring like hell"—as one survivor described it^smacked six Ar- kamas fanning communities yesterday. Four persons are dead; ten injured. Property losses may reach an estimated $100,000. It was a prankish storm. It sgem-f- ed to strike only occupied houses; passing up the ones whose inhabitants were away, Sunday-calling. Even 50, casualties might have been higher had not ninny weather-wise residents In the twister's path hastened to storm tellers before it hit. It was the third time this year that the state has been battered by tornadoes. The aggregate death toll for the year is 77. The Red Cross hurried disaster relief workers and nurses into the stricken areas. Killed were: John Winntnghnm. 69, of Cross Roads community, about 10 miles north of here; his wife, Mrs. Mary Winninghani, 61, and son Hiram \Viimlngliam. 39, who died later In a Newport hospital, and Arch Talley, 62, of Providence community. Six ComnninilJps Hit Injured were: Winninghnm's other son, Harvey, 33, and llnrvey's wife, 30; Harvey Brown, 33, and his wife, 28, json-in-law and daughter of Talley, their three children, Vlk- kl Carol, lour, B rend a Joyce, six, snd Dalian, eight; and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brown. Clinton, Beedee, Velvet Ridge, Cross Roads, Providence and Bradford—all in north central Arkansas —felt the wrath of the storms In varying degrees. Sunday was sultry and rainy and a line oi thunderstorms moved eastward across the stale. State Police headquarters in Li I tic Rock, 70 miles south of this strawberry producing area, received a. report that damage In the Providence community was between $50.000 nnd $60,000. A weather bureau observer estimated a .similar amount of darnage in the Clinton area. Garland Bobbins, GO. whose store was wrecked at Providence, snid he saw the tornado coming. "It- was black a.s midnight and roaring like hell," he said. He estimated the base of the black funnel was 350 yards wide and parsed over in a twinkling of an eye. He escaped Injury. Telephone and power HUPS in thfi storm rippled and heavy rain accompanying the blow made travel in the section difficult. Arkansas' first tornado this year was the blow that struck Warren, leaving 55 dead. Two wera killed near El Dorado in the same storm. In Ma rch, a series of tor]indoe.s cut a diagonal path almost the length of the state, killing 17 and causing heavy property damage. Poplar Bluff Hit POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.. Dec. 32. OD —An oul-of-season tornado dipped Into Southeast Mls.sonrl yesterday, killing six persons and injuring 15. The twister whipped along a 10- mile area of fartn country north and west of Poplar Bluff. Four of the fatalities were in one family. Tom Sparkman. 47, and his three daughters died in the wreck- ace of their home. Mrs. Sparkmiin, 47. was injured. The daughters were Alice Lee, 15, Vernla, 13^ and Vcra. 8- The olher victims were Andy Freeman. 55. and his wife, Mattie, 54. the wreckage of their home was scattered over a wide area. A heavy rain followed Ihe torn\ do. Telephone lines wore blown down and some streets flooded in Poplar Bluff, but no .serious damage was reported in the city. Obituaries Services Are Conducted For Mrs. R. T. Patterson Funeral services for Mrs. Alinety Patterson. 51. wife of R. T. Patterson, were conducted yesterday at Ihe Church at Chrlsl In l.eachvllle by the Rev. St. Clnir Slatton, assisted by I lie Rev. Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Patterson died at her home in Leachvillc. Friday. She was horn in Batesville, but had resided In Leachville for the past 19 years. Slie Is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Wlnona Hauls and Peggie Jne Patterson of Leachville. and Mrs. Monnle Win- gins of Phoenix, Ariz.: two sons. Jack Lynn and Rowland Patterson of I.eachville; live sisters. Mrs. Manda Reves of Stvlfton, Mrs. Frances Cantrell of Memphis. Mrs .Millie Patterson ot Charlotte, and Mrs. Lucy Patterson of Wellington. Tex.; and three brothers, Lawrence, Eugene and Raymond Greenfield, all of Batesvilte, The Howard Funeral Home wns tn charge of arrangements and directed burin! in the Leachvillc Cemetery. R. W. Prince, Retired Farmer, Dies at Osceola Riles for Robert \V. Prince, retired farmer, were conducted at 1:30 this afternoon at the Crews Chapel Church of Christ, by the Rev. Curtis POI-UT, elder. Mr. Prince, 73, died at ht.s home near Osceola Saturday. He was barn in Wayiiesboro. Tenn., but hud resided in Osceola for ^ years. Survivors include his wife. Mrs. Mildred Prince; three sons, Edward and Raymond Prince of CHceola and Jen-ell Prince of Manila; two dau = . ter.s, Mrs. 7ra Elmore of Manila and Mrs. Violet of Little Rock; three sisters. Mrs. Paris Call ot Michigan, Mrs. Tom Morrow and Blyrheville Now At Ha!f-way Mark In Sale of Seals Total contributions for the annual Christmas Seal sale for Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association total $2.95096, Mrs. C. G. Redman executive secretary, announced today. The lolal puts Blylhcville over the half-way mark in Its drive for a $5.700 quota, since no reports from outlying districts were included In Ihe quota. Approximately 40 volunteer workers, under the direction of Mrs. C. A. Cunningham added S33G.41 to the funds Saturday with the street, sale of Christinas seal hanglc.s Hlylhc- ville schools solicited $57.30 by bangle sales. Mrs. P. D. F\Mtcr. Blytlieille chairman, .said that only SC77 had heen In mail sales, and that It was hoped that those receiving seals In the mail owuld return them or Hie contributions as quickly a.s possible so that Mie drive could be closed in the next two weeks. Mrs. Redman said only scattered re[X>rts have been received from outlying communities. The county quota Is $15,000. C. C. Danehower of Osceola Is county chairman. SLAYER Two Negroes Attempted Jail Break Foiled Two Blythevllle Negroes were foiled In their attempt to chisel their way out of the Oily Jail Saturday night by Sergeant George Ford of the City Police who heard their hammering and summoned other officers. Held on sitsplclon of attempted Jail break are Tnft Firmbank and Lonnie Martin. However, officers said that it Is believed Martin was the one to have done most of the woi-k. Both Negroes were arrested earlier Saturday night, Firmbank on a charge of public drunkeiies-i and Martin on a charge of pclit larceny According to Desk Sergeant Tom Hardin, the Negroes Iried to chisel their way out of a second floor cell block window. A window ca.sing was lorn loose and window weights were used to hammer mortar from be- leen brciks around the bars on the window. Sergeant Ford heard the noise o[ the Negroes' hammering and sum- cgan, Mrs. Tom Morrow and re ammerng an sum- Mrs. Alfred Talley of Manila and I monel! olllcr olficers. Ai incd willi a three brother.";. Harrison Prince of Michigan, main Prince of Portnge- ville. Mo., and Jack Prince of Trumann. Burial was In the O.sccola Cemetery with Citizens Funeral Home in charge. John E. Lillicrap, 67, Dies at Osceola Home .John E. Lillicrap. 67. mechanic and driver for the Osceola Hre Department died at his home at Os- shotgun, Sergeant Ford waited out- .side the window in the event tht Negroes succeeded in breaking out. In Municipal Court this morning Firmbank was fined S10 and casts oi his plea of guilty to a charge o: driving while under the influeucc- of liquor and Mai-tin was fined $25 and costs and sentenced to 10 days in Jail on a charge of petit larceny He was arrested Saturday night foi shop lifting at the s. H. Kress Slorc fn other action in court I hi* morning, hearing for Johnny L | McBride Jr.. on a charge of drivin n j while under the influence of Ikmoi P,..,„..,, , l was continued until tomorrow. Funcinl arrangements were In-I complete at noon today, but are be- ! „„,,,„ heart , ,, ; "' ~ * ing made by the National Funeral Home at Memphis. Mr. Lillicrap was born in Uniontown, Ky.. and has resided in Osceola for 10 years. He was a communicant of the Calvary Episcopal . Church there. | He is .survived by hi.s wife, and a son. John Edward Lillicrap, Jr., both of Osceola. Douglas Thomas Might Not Live Until Christmas The lights have go tip out on one Christmas tree in Biylheville, and in Memphis the master of the tree, two-year old Douglas Thomas lukcmta victim, is making nn effort, to hold on to life until lime for Santa Clans. The little boy, who ha.s been suffering several months from the incurable disease, had an early Christmas at the suggestion of jihy- slcioiw and scores of Blythevilte [ resident. 1 ; showered him svith cash i donations ami toys. i The little boy has been in John • Ga.ston Ho.spKfll at Memphis for j ten days, and is at pre.seul in ail oxygen ten!, where his condition is •. consiciercil "\erv serious." The blonfi Mipiily. increased by donors hi the BivTheville. area i ]1 resuowe to .t 'JP.T! for blood, is running out and the child's parents. ^t r ^ nil M rs. I Joyd Tlion;,is a re rer.ewing their pleas for blood don- j ors. ; MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, Continued (roin ;'age 1 lirough the window of the dlmy Iglited room Into a heavy rain and escaped Into the woods. Two deputies, stationed outside the house. Ired nt the N'cfjro when he fled Into he woods, and the Negro returned the fire. H:ihi Alilnl l'.sr.i|ie The officers lost the trail about 100 yards from the house beca«:|> of the downpour of rain and returned to Memphis to set some rest ind dry clothes. The search was resumed Sunday morning but no trace of the Negro was found. Mississippi State Police yesterday afternoon Joined the .search and set up road blocks to keep the Negro from escaping from the sparsely settled area, In the event he Is ai>!« to travel. A search of houses In the area was continuing. Four more officers from Mississippi County Joined in the search 5iinday. They Include Deputy Sher- ff.s Chnrles Short anil Edgar Young nd State Policemen Pen Kent anti Fred McKlnlcy. Sheriff Berrytnan and Deputy Dave Young returned with them about 3 a.m. today. Sheriff Bcrryman said Mississippi officers told them that Wilson had been In trouble In Hint state. El- forts were being made to determine f lie hus a prison record. In Luxora today it wns disclosed that a third Negro, Jim Davis, was New Soft Coal Strike By Jan. 7 is Forecast NEW YOKK. Doc. 12—«h—Most or Ihe nation's -lOO.OOO soft coal miners may be out on a hew strike Jan. l, the New York Times said today. If United Mine Workers Chief John I,. Lewis doesn't call a strike nn his own initiative "Ihe operators may lake steps of ihcir own to force him Into a strike." Ihe Times said. Full production under a Tart- Hartley Act injimctios would be! talks between Ihe union and the the.opcrators 1 goal. employers of 80.000 hard real mill- formal contract negotiations be- ' ers resume here today. Ward and Consul Staff Finally Aboard Ship ABOARD LAKELAND VICTORY, off Tientsin. Dec. 12—i.-l'i— Consul (Iran-al Angus ward nnd his 19-meinlwr party hoarded this evacuation ship today nnd declared he had suffered "hellish treatment at the hands of Chinese Communists. The United Slates official, who was caught at his consulate By the fall of Mukden to Chinese Reds move than a year aco. declarer: Ills final rrcedom made him Ice! .just as one would "after St. Peter lets you in." It was the first time In 13 months Ward had been able to move without an armed escort. And 2fl dnv.s of that time he was In a Chinese Communist iail. in solitary confinement, in Mukden. Iw-ccn the UMW and Ihe sofl coal mine owners arc in suspmsion Hut BRIDGE Continued from I'a^e I ! nec?.^!la:ing talcing the old span ; completely out. C;,u>e of Ihe bridge's colhip.-c, he stated. IIDS not been delei mined. • He s:iid engineers will try to re- ! place the buckled concrete pilini; with treated woixlen pilings, but that it wasn't known a.s yet if that , plan will be practicable. MoloriyU. he indicated, will continue to use the detours set up by Stale Highway patrolmen ycsterda> . soon alter the accident. ' i P.-Umhr.crj Irwln and Don Walker arrived at the bridge Mjon alter it wr>n|. out yesterday and heavirr north and Miuth bound traffic Is curiciiily being louled ovtr Stan: Highway 17 through Manila and Victoria, coming back to 61 where j Stale Highway 158 Joins It near Lux- '< <>la. | Hcinihr ymscnser car traffic is bcliii; detourcd from A spot about a quartrr mile north of the bridge, via Ilic County Farm road to I her lali'i.'i'ctum of V. s. 61 and Hute JS3. i HERE'S HELP for PARTY PLANNERS Are you saddled willi the responsibilily of planning a parly this holiday season? If you're perplexed about the quantities of wines and liiiunrg to order, or the proper selection of cocktails and long drinks, we are ready to help you. Ask for Mrs. Koslcr... she will be pleased to assist you. s Liquor 106 Norih Broadway Store 76 Health Unit Workers Win Special Honors Mrs. Annabel Pill, North Mississippi County Ik'ulih Nurse, returned to her public health nursing today, after being one of 16 honored at a commemorative breakfast Saturday, as a part of the annual meeting of the public Health Association. . Mrs. Fill, who received congratulatory telegrams from three Blythc- ville civic clubs, the City of Blytheville, Mississippi County, health agencies and friends, was honored for her long service record with public health. She has been with the .state department for 19 years. , Dr. T. T. Ross, stale health officer, was the principal speaker at the breakfast, atended by more than 100 nurses. More than -JOG public health workers attendee! the meeting. In the tnxlcnb at the time that Mrs. McDanlel was killed Friday night, and the two officer.-? were wounded. Davis reported the disturbance at the Negro night spot which resulted in the two arrests by the Luxora officers anrt accompanied the officers tn Ihe place and stilt wits with them when the shooting started In the taxicab, "VEEP" SURVEYS CAPITOL REPAIRS—Vice President Alben Barkley, on rostrum, the new ceiling oi the Senate Chamber. The white steel dome will have in its center a Ijrome seal of the United Stales. Gone are the temporary steel girders which were put to bolster Ihe sagging roof. looks glass- up' in over and- 1941 Phone 2868 BALANCED TAILORING MAKES TIMELY YOUR BEST SUIT BUY 'Phis Clii'i.slimis and KVKKY Chnstma.s ... A TIJIEtA' SUIT will hit the spot with him. All Hie smooth tailoring details exclusive with TIMKLY in fine sharkskins, rich worsteds, rujftrcil twists. Ultra smart patterns to choose from iind a peiicct fit is guaranteed. Browns, tans, blues, Krays. $55 $75 WHERE THE MAN WHO KNOWS-BUYS HIS CLOTHES R. D. HUGHES CO.

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