The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 24, 1952 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 24, 1952
Page 7
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OSCEOLA NEWS *.** * * « * * » It Was Sheer But Happy Accident That the Godteys Came to Osceola , wtJta I vw in JUpb» O«mm» Kfi» at tr» lM*t eo*r-wl- Lots of unexpected pleasures In life come to people more often hy accident than by design. It was Sheer accident that brought the Godleys—Lloyd, wife Jane, and son M. Lloyd~to Osceola in 1S41, Mr. Godley helped organize the Production Credit System in 1934. working throughout the 15 Southeastern States. He traveled the highways and byways, inspecting the farm loans for the association. "I came through here," Mr. Godley said, "when the fields were lull of cotton, the climate was wonderful and eevrybody I met here seemed to be my friend. Fall is such a beautiful time of year in all sections of our country, and I had observed it in all places, b'jt I felt different about Osceola. It Bc&med when I came here for the , first time' on business that this country was where I belonged. The cotton seemed to be whiter and the trees even seemed greener, tinged with that first touch of fall. ^ '"I didn't know whether Janewould jjjljiave the same feeling as I did or "not but I hoped she would. We had lll'ed In six different states in our married life up to then, and I really had never given a serious thought to doing anything about it until I rode over this beautiful farming country here in Mississippi County. But I guess yon might say the biig bit me and hard. ' 1 • . • • ."WHEN I WAS given the opportunity to manage the Planters Pro- djiction Association in Osceola, I felt like someday I would he" farm- Ing some of this wonderful land and that this would be our permanent home." * 'The 710 acres Mr. Oodiey farms Is proof of the pudding. "We bought our farm arid home which is 10 miles west of Osceola and feel like my dreams came true," added Mr. Godley. "Farming has always been my main objective," he continued. "As far back as my family can be traced, doctors, preachers and farmers are all I've ever known any of my ancestors to be on both sides of my family. ". * "The first Godleys and Purifoys (my mother's maiden name) came to America from England on the Elstership of the Mayflower. "The 1 Lion,' landing n Virginia where they entered Into farming. "Later the, families moved to North Ixjulsian* when? m'y father was born. In his early childhood. • they moved to Union County. Ar- kanias, near El Dorado. He received In a little red school, which erected a monument with the names of the students inscribed on It. This monument is still standing. "Every year those attending this . little school held a reunion which continued, until the death of the ex-Governor Donehey. who attended the school and was a classmate ' of my father. » » • "MY MOTHER was born and reared in a small community out from Prescott. My grandparents were slave owners and it's interesting for me to go back to those t«-o communities where my father's and mother's parents lived and find, the names of Godley and Purifoy crudely printed on rural mall boxes of Negroes whose ancestors were slaves ^ of my grandparents. 9' "Perhaps, I've fallen short on many occasions of living up to my teachings, but my greatest good fortune is to know that I came from a Christian home. There acre BO many preachers In my family we children didn't know there was any place to go but to church until we finished high school and left home to attend college. "There are nine of us. all living-. The oldest Is 68 and the youngest Is 44 — and I'm not the oldest," smiled Mr. Godley. "One month after my parents celebrated their 65th anniversary, my father pawed away. He lived to the ripe old ace of 01. My mother only lived a year after that nnd was 84 at the time of her death. "I learned a lot from my father in regard to farming and also his attitude nn life. The community we lived in was called 'Terrapin Neck.' Father owned 610 acres of land near the Little Missouri River. In my boyhood days, thnt country was full of wild hogs and canebmkes. The boy .who had the b?st hog-dog and the sharpest knife was the envy of all the other boys. I happened to be Q lucky enough to have had both and I was accused once of thinking that too many of the hogs who roamed the woods belonged to me personally. I guess right there is where I learned to love hunting. "Of all sports and pleasures In the world, hunting is rhy favorite. "AT THiRTF.E.V, we moved to Cale." Mr. Godley smiled and asked if I had ever heard of Cale. I answered In the negative and he couldn't understand why. "My father, with the aid of his neighbors, built a school house, and after It was finished only hired one teacher. Children from five to men of 21 attended this one room school. "In those days, there was no such thin? as stale aid—In fact very little aid of any kind—so the little school was run on a tuition basis That little school eventually boasted of having the best basketball teams in that section of the country. We didn't have a coach and this one teacher had that job to do. We played on an outdoor court as all country boys did and thought all courts were like ours. When we found out that town boys played on an Indoor court, you could hsve knocked our five-man team oysr , Lloyd Oodlej- . He rame, he saw, he stayed with an eraser. "We didn't have substitutes. We five thought we were good enough and it didn't occur to us thut other teams had substitutes. The first game we played on an indoor court, we lost 60 to two,' and were so sore the next day from slipping on the floor, we could hardly walk. "That first game really (aught us all a few lessons. We defeated every little school in that section of the country after that and when it came time for the.state tournament, we didn't know we had to send in entrance application. We had read in *he papers that the tournament would be held in Little Rock and we thought all we 'champs' had to do was to walk in and tell them we came to compete in the finals, * * * 4'OURl, SCHOOLS was 18 miles from .Little Rock, .nnd no Model T ever made could get over the roads after a rain and that's exactly what happened, so we made the trip in a wagon drawn by four mules. I laugh now when I look back at the pict\lre we must have made. But we got there and when we were- asked had we sent in our registration, we didn't know what the man me»nt. He thought he would make a spectacle out of us and matched us with Texarkana* "Even that didn't bother us. We country boys looked like giant* beside some we were to lay- against. We defeated them by a big score. Later in the tournament, they asked that we be matched with them again, that they lost the other game because they were over-confident. We came to play ball and we agreed to play again witn them anri when the game was over the score stood exactly as it had in the flrst game we played with them. The Arkansas Gazette sent a photographer out to make our picture and we got the • biggest write-up you ever saw. We held the basketball championship for four years. "Those were the clays before going to college on your athletics was ever thought about. 'My brother. Ves, and I borrowed $600 { r om an uncle of ours, Dr. L-. L. Purifoy of El Dorado, for our freshman year at Oklahoma A & M. .To show you how things have changed," added Mr. Godley, "we were both graduated there in three !**«, Oklahoma A * M. ThoM ktad of thing* h»v* th*lr kd-.tnUcw." " luched Mr. Codify. "JDv*n UuMajfa my f*A*J*y tfvtd ovt In MM country, when I *•> trowing UP. *e wtre th* tint on** for mil** wound to Introduce th* toothpick," emlled Mr. Oodiey. "Th«y w«r* th« mo»t prominent fidget in our dln- inf Ubi-.- Or.e night my «l»t«r brought t friend o< h«ri horn* with her to «pend the nl»ht, *nd after had all finished eating breakfast the next morning, my mother passed the toothpicki to her «nd she aiked which end wat the luppoud to pick with. We »!] laughed at the poor girl and our Dad tended to'all of us boys behind the wood shed. "One of th« funniest things that happened when Ves »nd I were kids." smiled Mr. Godley, "was the time we caught two minks ano\,rode to town to sell them. We eot W each for them, and were practically a half & day spending our money. We rode our favorite old horse, Billy, who never got out of a trot. We were each Klven a flour sr.:h by one o( the merchants, and it was filled \vith fruit and candy, "It was Just before Christmas and in those days, all of the stores gave away calendars. We didn't mfes getting one from every store in town. We bought us a ball of twine and tied (hose calendars all over old Billy. He didn't bat nu eve while we were doing it. but when we started home the rustling from the calendar pages scared him and he ran away with us. "But. fortunately enough, he headed tn the right direction, and we made it home in half the time, it took us going. That ended, as everything else did, with n trip to the wood shed. "BIG FAMILIES were prevalent In Terrapin Neck Community and spending the night with /ricndj was a big treat as going on a trip to the city. I never will understand how my mother could bed down many as she did. There were eleven of us anyway and when the preacher came once a month to conduct services he always brought his wife and kids with him find cnme driving up in his buggy to our house, hitched his horse to the hitching post ,and started lifting the kids from every direction. But mother felt flattered that he selected her home ft visit. If the creek was up, he left his family at home and waded across tn his hip boots, leaving his horse and buggy with someone on the other side. "Favmtng has surely come a long way since my father farmed with mules and 'Georgia stocks.' I had my soy beans dusted last week from an airplane and I couldn't help but wonder what my Dad would have thought of that. 'Another big change Is electric M* to how tM* ttw law. Th« i*Ul* community In which irew mp, wai u rough as a oota on 8»tur<Uy night, I WM w«arlng long p«Int» More I WM allowed to stick mr h**xl out on Saturday, night afWr d«k. I didn't *ven want to go out. w« could hear guni fired ovtr at the merchintilt store and th* ne«t morning our Dad would rid* over to find out who was klll- •d and c«m« back home to tell us i)l about It. I can remember, one Saturday night when five men were killed on the store porch. "'All country stores had porches, where the mc-n from all over the country side could come and whittle and chew tobacco and swap lies. Very little punishment was given any of the law breakers, practically everybody was kin folks and they got by. so to speak, with murder. "The biggest part of the trouble was family fc>utls, and ( cvcrybody "ARR Ivtt; day of our HVM *>e ought to g«t down on our kneel and pray to keep socialism out of our country. It ha« sur» wrecked Britain. According to John T. Ply nn's book, "Th« Road Ahead," there are only 45 persons In England whose Incomes alter taxes exceed 121.000 > year and only 35,000 with Incomes between J8,000 and »18,000. No man oi (hem supporting t«« government. When you see an ad that reads: "Can b« bought (or IBM than »IOO," tn small print the price tug reads. J99S&—. Those are the things that Bet yoar goat. Tin story about Nero fiddling - -- — -----— — while Rome burned Is all bunk between the ages la and 60. or! Fiddles hadn't even been invented' woman between the ages of 18 and j Probably he was just "fiddling "°und" when Rome burned. Could bel •10, can change occupation* at will. The rr.i.iister of Labor has the power to direct workers to the employment he considers best for the national Interest There have been men Jnllecl for resisting It. 11 stayed out of the'fracus and ] farmer falls short of what Is ex- let them fight it out." pected o! him, the government can There are a lot of businesses in f"" " P rlre "I' 01 ' his property, pay Cseeola (ioing a big yearly business j hlm ' or " nnd P"' him off his years. floors, We picked milked cows - —, ..- washing machines. How big fam- there in three Hies would have enjoyed them. cotton, .swept "We hart an old negro, 'Aunt Hnr- " • "-" *•"•"• B "y anything i riet, 1 who did the family washing else tx> earn^a few dollars^That $600 [ and it took alt week to "wash and was all the borrowed money - we; iron. She did'our washing at a two needed. We weren't too proud Airing. She used a battling block to work but were to jiroud to ask I and beat the clothes with a paddle. "' """" "" " ' "The spring was at least a hundred yards from Ihe house. After she washed, she filled a line tub with the clean, damp clothes and these went on top of her head. She filled two buckets with spring water to for more help. Ve's is r\ow mayor of Magnolia. • • * "ANOTHER BROTHER, Roy, te agriculture counselor for the Kroger Company. We all three majored in animal husbandry at Oklahoma A & M and all members of the International Livestock Judging team. After my graduation, I went with Agricultural Extension Service of Oklahoma in 1925. "I guess my greatest accomplishment was marrying Jane, who was Ihe former Miss Jane Murphy of Woodward. Okla. It was the ca'se of the farmer's son marrying the banker's daughter, she is a Phi Pi from the silk stocking University but I was curious to know much money was loaned crops by trie Planters Production Assocla:lon. 1 was truly surprised to learn that up to date for this year, the association ha* loaned three million dollars and .still has three months to jro, • The business has increased from yearly on loans up to its status, and in anybody's „ '- that's a lot of money. The association loan.'; about 20 per cent of all the money used In Mississippi county to make crops.-When jou ride by a beautiful office on Highway 61 with the red and white verbenas blooming out Bide, you know around there some place a wo-! man had something to do with the /lowers, and you're richt. Bettye Bowles and Gladys Hulson are associated with the firm, doing back to Mr. Godley's office, you can see at a glance that hunting Is his hobby. Even the window drapes with their colorful pheasants will tell vou that. ' Every fall, Mr. Godley, with several of his hunting Iricnds around Osceola. spent two weeks In Wyoming, near Yellow Stone Park. He is planning to go again this year. * * • "THE CHOI'S are much earlier than they have been lor the past, four years and if we do go back It will have to be late in the season. Three years aso. ex-Governor Ben Laney. Dave Lnney, R. c. Brynri and Darrell Crane also went and r hate to rub It in on them, but t killed one of the biggest elk in Wyoming." This writer can vouch for It being a big one but;I don't know exactly what size the biggest elk In Wyoming would be. I do know I was sent two T-bone steaks from it and there wasn't a vessel in thifi end of town big enough to hold even one of _ them. Mr. Godley Is a deacon In the Presbyterjan church, past commander of Macit. Grider Post ISO. past president of the Rolary Club, a Mason, and a member of the Phi Kappa Pi Honor Society. » Mr. and Mrs! Godley have one son. Dr. M. Godley, who was married last December to Miss Peggy Jane Driver. "This Is my advice to anyone usness s ow how I mvn lnlu1 ' w 'Mch there passe* Into to make i tile nands °* tlw Bovernmcnt. Every - 'American should rend that book. Remember when chewing gum only came In two flavors Peppermint and Juicy fruit. Wonder wtiat Groiidina thinks nlrallt chlorophyll And while we're on Ihe subject, ihercV a place for everything so ture show is definitely not the place. A lot of folks think Ihe govern- President Grover Cleveland once (aught In a school for the blind. Somebody once said that political broadcasts should be air-conditioned. Arturo Toscantnl is credited with the greatest musical memory of ail -times. "Auf vdedersehn" in German means "until we meet again/' In colonial dnys. an Inn was called an ordinary. That would be odor," *iu« th« old urine: *DT. Ing In the odor of nancrity." And those were the days before embalming, too. Wtien you «e a red silk star on » postman's uniform, It means he has tramped the sidewalks for fifteen years—and probably ha*, fallen arches. The state capttol (n Louisiana Jia« 48 steps, {4c h Inscribed with the name of a state In the union. Thomas A. Edijon started the M». tarn of saying "hello" ever th« telephone. Saccharin than ftugar. l< MO times nreeter If you don't *ant to be tied t« your wife's apron strings, dont brag you can cook a better (Uik than she. She mteht double-dog- dare you. The word geometry means the earth measurement. That's not what it meant when I went to school. It meant staying In after school and trying to prove I was smart*' than the Egyptians, who had so much trouble in preserving their boundary lines every year after the Nile washed away their land measures - „„,„„ „, a " d ,, il ;L f m arcek to ™ and fitting name now for a lot of -o! l s hat Bnt to do with cooking 11.-< i— T • and raising youmjuns anyhow called inns I've seen. Here's one will knock you flat: "In the middle ages it was believed that saintly persons when . - - &«"-">- nvvt-ii mav tiiimuy persons when shoiiid support them instead i dying gave off a sweet and delight- Tf you've got It In for somebody Just give them an African violet. That'll fix it. They require more. See STARR GAZING on Page > treat worth ^\repeating! balance herself whil she climbed "Now, you can carry a bundle of " nlcss you want to sell out lock, clothes to a launderette, go to a j 5l ?ck, and barrel, where you came picture show or do your shopping f rolri ' anrt move here, because this and when you get back, they are not only washed but dried. Anri then they talk about the good old days," added Mr. Godley. "THERE'S NOTHING like this push-buton age if you ask me," he added coming through Mississippi County this time of year: "Don't do It unles- stock from country rubs off .on you and so do the good people In it. We love everything about it, as the other fellow will, who lucks up on the chance of coming here as I did." priced to make friends... lifetime frienda! 86 Pint $3.06 4/5 Qt. i/, Pint s , -. T«l "Another big change I can ' Read Courier News Classified Ads KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON AS NATURE INTENDED KKiitncr sm BHisasH man • K raw . 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