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BTT BLTTWETTLLE (ATtTC.)" COTJRTEH NTPWI WETWT5St)AY, OCT. 1, OSCEOLA NEWS t. Si. Aunt Lizzie Smith, Oldest Citizen Of Osceola, Won't Forget J882 The year of 1882 [R forever memorable lo Osceola's oldest cltiien, who will ceEebraie her Slst birthday Dec, 15, In that year, Mrs. Lizzie Smith, her husband, Jim, nnd their t«*o children passed through Osceola on a steam boat headed (or Frnnk- fort, Ky., where an old friend of Mr. Smith's lived and wanted htm to come to the Kentucky City to do commercial fishing, promising him plenty of fish and a big price. Mrs. Smith was not quite 15 when she married and Mr. Smith, who was 21 years older, was her father's best friend, although the two men fought against one another during le Civil War. "My husband." begun Mrs. Smith, "wns ft damn Yankee, but afler the wnr my father didn't hold that against him. He came South nnd settled In Louisiana where my family lived, to work on a sugar plantation. "T had never had a beau in my life and was too young to even see the gleam in Jim's eyes nnd we had never discussed Hint'iying. T looked on him like l did my father. "One day he told me he had asked for my Imiul but my fntlu-r told him I was too young. Jim told him he'd tend to that part of it arid would take me to raise- Girls in those days took things as they were presented, so in B month's time we were man-led, but my father wouldn't let me leave home. We lived with my parents for our first year of married life. "IN THOSE DAYS, there were no cook books. If you got a recipe, you we r e to! d how to do H and you had to remember It. My husband taught me How to nook. As n child, we lived out in the country nnd I never attended school a day in my life nnd had never tried to learn to read or write until after I married. "I could read writing, but I couldn't rend print," smiled Aunt Llitzle. "My husband carried out his promise he made to my father when he said he would take me to raise, and when T hnd time away from hiy household duties and he wasn't too tired after a hard day's work In the cane fields, he'd get out my old blue back speller and give me • lesson In learning to spell, ( 'We didn't spell then like they iio now. We cut every word into syllables and spelling them sounded more like singing. For instance to spell the word baker, we first pra- r.ounced it. then started the spell- In? by saying, b-a-bny, fc-e-r-ker, baker. That's the true bine-back fcpeller method nnd there arc still some old timers around who can remember spelling in that way" added Mrs. Smith. "I was so nnxious lo learn that T •pent Rll of my spare time in try, inp. Educations were not the most Important things In life then nnd especially for girls. The country was practically a wilderness when i wns * small child and children staved at home nnd tended to the smaller children while their parents were In the fields and woods. "Housekeeping must not have been the most important in life either," continued Aunt Li rale, "because yo^i can well Imagine what 10 or 12 children would do to a house while their parents wore away from home. "I WAS BORN during the first year of the Civil War and my father served his country until it was over. He left my mother three slaves, two men and one woman to work their form and my mother bought another slave by the name of Dan Tuck. She paid $1500 for him. He was a young Negro and young oties were a premium as fo many of them had followed their masters to war. "Those were the days before coal- oil lanterns. At lea^i. I had ne iicen any. After dark, tfie stave-met carried torches made Iroin splinters they got from a near-by saw mill. . Aunl IJzzic'Smilh . . . memories of many ye over the levee and K« into some of the slore.s and talk with Ihe merchants," The names of Osceola's Parly set- llcrs arc still fumlliai- to Aunt Li-i- zie. At that lime, she never dreamed she would ever live here. From 1882 to 1040, the year she was blinded and came here to spend the balance of her life with her niece, Mrs. W. R. Wellborn, a lot of changes have taken place. The biggest one is moving old town, which she remembers, over to ne\v town, which she lias never seen. I stopped her from talking, which was an ordeal, long enough (o find out abotit the Job Mr. Smith went to Frankfort to see about. She informed me tlmt it wns just a wild goose chase, "Fish were scarce. It was time they brought a big price OK Jim's frictid promised him but finding the-fish wns Ihe problem. We went on to Madi.son, Ind., from Frankfort, where Jim worked in the locks Riid dams. After two from my family, we South anci fanned. years nway dame back STARR GAZING Everything that happens Is fa- iiiliar, whether It's a rose bloom- ng in the spring, fruit bearing in lie summer, leaves turning all hades of rusl and yellow in the all, or the stillness of the winter. These things aren't new Lo any of is yet we all Jive in anticipation if what's coining next. A lot o/ kids grow up to be the cind their mother wouldn't let hem be caught v::th. The way 10 make one scrambled gtf look like two scrambled egj-s; dd 1 tablespoon of cottage cheese o il and sciam. Ancient Greeks wore gloves when eating, Jn order to hold hot foods n their hands, before forks were nvetitcd. Hotels are btill serving their 75- cent merchant's lunches only now hey're getting a dollar and seventy five cents for them without the Irfnk and no seconds on bread anU butter. One of the best story tellers of all time is Vice President • Berkley, taming from Kentucky, his pet sto- •jes nre usually on old Negroes his native stale,. Once when lie was county Judge, he sentenced a chronic offender lo 20 years in Jail After pronouncing the sentence, he asked the culprit It he had any thing lo say, "All I has to say. Judge, U thai knock carne a (he door and stil had the paper in my hand. "I beg 11 " hitting him over Lh ticnd wit): the puner. and scrcamc. for my husband to get the gui lie wrts hard of hen ring and h ilicln't .even wnkcn until I. pushe the Negro across Ihc bed oii to of him and he saw what was hap pcnlng nnd got the gun out of t.h corner. When he did, the Negro turned my arm loose and we both ran for the gun. \ye always kept two cartridges In it. • • * "THK NKGKO nnd I had hold of the gun when It fired, goto? ft) to the mantle and the second one went through the featherbed. The Negro became frightened and ran out the front door. We reloaded Ihc gun thinking he would go after .somebody- else nnd come back. T sat up but my husband, who as I said was 91, went back to bed and when iie cUd. the bed was on fire from the shot thflt wns tired. "We 1 no 'neighbors close by "MY PARENTS were 'root-washing Baptists.' I attended serviccsj with them but didn't join the church until l, wns 50 years o!d. I loved to square dance auii the I church didn't accept nny dancers in It. ''When I reached 30, I thought I was old enough to die and dec kiwi lo give up my dancing nnd Join the church. I guess If I had known then thut I'd live (o be 90. I'd probably waited n few more years to join Ihe church. ''In my younger days, there were no churches lor the Negroes. They nt tended and belonged to the church of their master's faith anil in those days, the women sat on one side of Ihe church, black and white, and the men sat on the other. and didn't have nny water works h liic house, but next day was wash j day arid.;! hnd • fillet) ttvo tubs of | water;ifpd all the buckets so that's what saved-our home. "After that we'unnkcd every penny we hart In the world nnd soon after thnt the brinks all went broke and we lost our "life's savings." The Jackson (Miss.) Dally News carried the story on this event and Aunt Lizzie snkl, "I can-led blue mnrks all over my body for weeks. I knew it wns npht or tUe nnd If necessary, I was going to die fighting. A ycnr later, we found out that a white man, visiting relatives in the community had hired Ihe Negro to rob us b:it he .sure got fooled." acicled Aunt LiV.zle. Another story she enjoys telling is when a man from Pittsburg. Pi., stopped at choir home, selling cheap jewelry, -Curious like, any woman would be to see his merchandise, T had him to open up every case he had. "Once during the fool washing, a | ?"""* Ulis u . me ne and Jim while man ciunc forward with his servant behind him to wash his feet. The while man. In tuin. VMS supposed to wa.sh (lie Negro's feet but he refused lo do it nnd the white man wns turned out of Ihc church. I can sriJJ remember the sermon the preacher Rave the while mrin auout mixed with tar and lighted them by the old fire-place. Matches were unheard of. That was how they could see lo feed the stock Thcv! worked In those days from 'can lit can't.'" added Mrs. Smith. » and t being brothers- T couldn't understand that when n child nntl il "'^rlcd me lo ! rtonth to think the whltc ma:l hnd Np & ro b^rther. " r "" als ° '^'"e^er a Ncpro the church anrt say .nto conversation as always is the <:n.se, The first question Jiru Rskcci was. 'where you from.' When the man told him Pittsburg. my hus- told Mint was old home that both of his parents lived there nnd thnt his Inther was a stenm boat captain. The stranger asked Jim if his father's imme Avas Captain Jesse Smith and buck in those ri.tys (his wasn't a small world a.s people now-n-days suv. "MY HU.SHAXI) couldn't believe le actually knew his father. Trying mdcr lo convince Jim, lie said to titm 'I boarded with your family and went to college and you have two sisters, Maggie ami Cintiy.' Jim thought he had gotten that information from one of our neighbors and he still had a look of doubt un his fnce until the stranger said, •Your youngest sister got alt of her toes cut olf on her left fool by a train.' "Jiiu Jumped to his feet ana said, 'By God, U/zie, tlie man is right.' "For seven years the family tried to collect compensation. from the railroad company for Ihc loss of h)s sl.ster'6 toes and every time the case v;as bound over until finally they changed lawyers and the lawyer proved the train didn't have a hcait light nor tt bell on it and the girl was finally paid off." Aunt, Lizzie lias the "teeth I was born wilh," she told me. She had never had but eight of them pulled nnd shov;cd me how she could whistle, She said she hnd used tobacco In some form all of her life nnd she guessed probably tobacco was Kootl for teeth—at least that's how she go^ started. When she was eight years old, she aroused her mother in the middle of Ihe night with a toothache and her molher gave her some chewing tobacco and she liked the taste of It and has used it ever since She said to me, "God knows I dip snuff and If He don't care it's not for a human being to tell me it's wrong." "J smoked a clay pipe before I married but Jim made me quit Jt Said It wasn't good for my health. "THERE HAVE been changes (n everything," continued Aunt Lizzie "and one big change Is in burying the dead. There were no such things as caskets when I was young. Thei were called coffins nnd were made at the sa\\ mill after the person died. There were no shrouds cither, winding sheets were used, whei a menibr of a family did, they didn't ask for assistance from out o the family to get a member buried There were always enough In family to dig the grave nnd be pall- beniwrs too. I wns the only daughter and when my mother died, I hac lo bathe her, comb her hnir anc wrap her in the winding sheet. "I gtiess in my 91'years. I've done just about everything. I could pul a cross cut saw with nny man ever saw nnd I wns a pretty gooc carpenter before t lost my sight, guess the hardest work I ever d: wns to do nothing. "I'm already rested and I don' do any work any more, so there' no reason for me to be tired. I do n't need lo take Lime out from wlm I'm doing to rest because there 1 nothing for me to do. There's noth ing lefi for me lo look, forward to As I watched the dear old eon turning her wide gold wedding ring around and around on her finger that Is now ill-shaped from the hard work she did in her life, I couldn't help but see that ring being put on n well-shaped, dimpled finger arid sealed with a ki.ss. you sho 1 is mighty lavish with 'my time." During a colored revival, Uie parson asked for testimonies In the congregation. He spied an old Negro In the back and taid, "Brother Jones, i see you back there. Won't you tell us what the Lord has done (or you?" The old Negro, crippled from rheumatism stood up, leaning an his walking stick and said: "All I can say is— He might near rulnt me." Why do women run all over town to find a petticoat that's just the right color and throw a fit If somebody tells them their slip is showing? Quoting a little Shakespeare which suits us all to a T. "They say best men are moulded out of faults, and, for the most, become much more the belter for being a little bad." Asparagus Is a member of the lily family. Tulips and hyacinths 'are also mambefc of the lily Family. Never value anything as profitable lo yourself as to break your promise. Don't make promises that you can't keep— This goes double for children! Receive wealth or prosperity without iirrogance; and be ready to let it go. The five principal virtues urged by Confucius were kindness, truth, wisdonj, decorum and uprightness. The motto on our coins, "In God We Trust," first, appeared in 1864. People say things are rnd hot thinking that's about as hot anything can be, but white hot is hotter. If there are any blacksmith shops left in the country, go by and see for yourself. London policemen carry truncheons — a billy to you — but do not carry guns. "Josephine Ford" was the name On the Social Side... Give Squirrel Supper . Mr. and Mrs. Melvin SiMxlc entertained several couples with a squirrel supper 'rtiursday night followed by an evening of canasta. Bronze chrysanthemums and dried foliage gave the party an air of early fall, Mrs Hart Hosless ' Mrs. Max Hart was hostess to her bridge club Wednesday afternoon. Playing with the members were Mrs. Palmer Stanton and Mrs. Jimmie Hart. Roses combined with earlv fall Bridie Club Meetm Mrs. Jess* Glascoe was hostess to her bridge club Friday and two guests, Mrs. Harold Hendrlx and Mrs. O. M. Beckham. Mrs. Glascoe served chicken a la king in party shells, fresh coconut cake and coffee before the bridge games, Mrs.- W. W. Watson won hlgr score and Mrs. Hendrix won second Bouquets of early fall flowers were used is decorations Town «nd Country Meel» An autumn scene featuring vivic f the first aeroplane to fly over :ie north pole. Laughter is a gift that lan kin to the Gods, Well; .Rita's at it again! it says ere ln r bold print. If some littl ole country gnl traipsed all over thi iniverse as she does, leaving he: hildren behind, the juvenile cour 'lowers decorated the Hart home hues of "owe" and foliage greet- on East Hale. High score was won ed the members when the Town by Mrs. Louis George, second place and Coll »try Club met Thursday went to Mrs., Ed Simmons. Mrs. witn Mrs - Walter Driver for lunch- Hart served a chicken salad plate eon and coffee. down. Copper containers holding marl- golds and zinnias were placed at Intervals in the rooms where the guests assembled. Things have sure changed since ^ A seafood pi a te_ was served from I wore long black stockings and a| body-waisi—the kind that hnd at .east a dozen buttons around the bottom. Inst-cud of living in the country arid walking to town to go to school, it was the other way 'round. Our school was out in the middle of a. field and we walked from town to attend It. No school buses and no gymnasiums. We got our exercise walking back and forth. Now they've got both gymnasiums and buses. Lucky younguns! tf you can truly say that you do your duty, other things ought not bother—Just a case of following your conscience and you don't need to take a truth test to prove your good deeds. Words alone don't prove a thing. Have you noticed that lilies have tendency to "bow their heads?" There's a reason for it, according to legend. As Christ walked along a path in the Garden of Gethsemane. His gaze rested upon the lily gleaming in the bright moonlight. When the lily £aw the deep humility of His expression, the arrogant plant was overcome with shame and the red blush that spread over the petals lingers still, and even today most lilies remain with their heads bowed in profound reverence. Take special care not Lo feel 'toward the inhuman person as he feels toward others. Set your goal and set. It high; work hard toward it and you'll have members were present. Mrs. Charlie Lowrance.won high score with Mrs. Tal Tongate winning second. Canasta Club Meets Osceola's newest car.asia club met with Mrs. Milton Pope Thursday vould snuf them up before sun no apologies to make. for luncheon. The members in addition to Mrs. Pope are Mrs. Arthur Rogers, Mrs. E. H. Rlley, Mrs. Jasper Thomason, Mrs. Bob Gillespie and Mrs. Dale Barrow . The club will meet each Thursday for luncheon followed by canasta. Mrs. Croslhwait Hostess Mrs. I. O. Crosthwait was hostess to her bridge club Friday afternoon. The guests \vere served narfait pie and coffee upon their arrival. Winning top honors for the afternoon were Mrs. Tuck Glascoe and Mrs. V. G. Bell. Pall flowers in deep tones were placed around the entertaining rooms. All members were present. The club is beginning Its eighth year. Given Surprise Party Gaye Wadell was given a surprise birthday party by her grandmother, Mrs. A. P. Williams, Wednesday night in honor of her fifteenth birthday. Nine girls gathered early In the evening and when Gaye came by to take her grandmother to the show the girts greeted her at the door singing "Happy Birthday." Brilliant hues of fall flowers decorated the living and dining rooms Opening gifts preceded canasU. *hli'ley Shoemaker won high scor« while Snaran HendUx was presented lov/ pries. A u 'ff d . w rthd*y cake In pin* and white, centered the dining table and, at. the conclusion of the party, Ice cream was served with the cake. DAR lo Meet Oct. 10 will be a big day for th» William strong Chapter of Daughters of the Amercian Involution, when they will begin their year's work. Preceding the business meet- Ing, the members will have lunch at the Peabody. The regent. Miss Ruth S. Massey, will discuss with the chapter chairmen plans for the coming year of the different cominittees. Mrs. o. V. Powell, chairman of American music, will present specall music honoring Columbus Day. Nowi, members will .be welcome at tm?' meeting. Hostesses for the lunchoon will be Miss Massey, Mrs. L. p. Elter, Mrs. C. A. Forbes, Mrs. A. B. Conrad. Mrs. Lee B. Horton. Mrs. J. ' O. Connally, Mrs. Wharton .Jones Mrs. J. A. Merrill. Mrs. W. M. Cole ] and Mrs. Fred Moore. A large attendance of Osceola members is expected to attend. Personals Mr. and Mrs. Lnn Williams of Jonesboro were In Osceola during the past week en route to a bank- ?rs convention in Atlantic city. Their, two children, Lan. in, and Susan, will divide their visit while their parents are away among their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mrs. Dick Bagby. Mrs. J. Lan Williams and Mrs. J. H. Love"well. Mrs. P. D. Johnson and sons were Memphis shoppers Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Farrls left Sunday by plane for Atlantic City where they will attend a banker's convention. Mrs. Lillian Oslrov of Yazoo City, Miss.. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Dortch of Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Applebaum of Blytheville were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Applebaum Sunday night. Mrs. David Laney and Mrs. Gu Bryant were called to Springfield Mo., due to the serious illness rf yjjj,! d'! father and brother. Guy and Mrs. Robert Caston of their Swift. Mr. Pine Bluff returned to their home Tuesday, after a visit with her sister, Mrs. Hugh Allen, and Mr: Allen. Mrs. C. E. Davis Is visiting hi Union city, Tenn. If the Lord lives till next Sunday. j we'll nil be brothers.' T don't know t whether hp thought he WR* going to out-live the Lord or not." had lo feed the slock and milk Ihe cows by the torch. 20 years before the beginning ol ihc' ..„„... war-he ran away from his home! " m ^ AM ' one "aches the- see and got a Job on « produce boat ,°L 00 ; " lc ^ "' c ln "y " rare indi Those boats drifted down the river s "^ E * I ' C "" K .™ a " d ofeervatlo,. from SI. Louis to New Orleans, sell- '• niakc " p lllclr H»" education, ing all along the way. • "The boats had no -side wheels as the olher boats had. Two slaves stood on either side, one in troni and one in back and guided the inn out on Roiivg to school was no drawback to Aunt Lizzie. Her life ha* been filled with variety, joys and sorrows. One Ihing she is blessed with u nn unsurpnssoii memory and her hearing is also boat with huge oars. H look the ; parcel. sh<- can hoar even a whis- bisgest part of a year to make the pot trip as Ihey tleci up all along :hcv she is » E real conversationalist river banks to sell lo any one who anrl those who know hor like to would Mag them. visit, with licr anrt listen to her ex- "THESE BOATS werf Hold nhen they reached New r Orleans as there was no way of using them only to drift. They were then converted Into house boats for the fishermen throughout Louisiana. "My husband followed slcam boating until we married." added periences One experience she loves telling Is when she and her husband, who was 91 and she was 70. lived In the country on their owii little farm. "He drew Slot) every month, a Civil War veteran's pension, anrt everyone^ in the community knew we didn't bank our money. One . •Aunt Lizzie. "He worked himself up I" 8 ".' 1 ' 01 " 6 onri k '">cfced on our [ro '!' <J °? r ' rte Wl ' r « "Peeling our "f"' '<"' a .™" """ < "Inking the had arrived. I called out his to a mate on the Yazoo Cilv and later went over to the boat' Deer ' Creek. "These were side-wheel boats that had the run from New Orleans to St. Louis. Be.Iore we came through Osceola In 1882. he told of so many times he would get off the boat here and Mter the loading and unload- name. 'Bob. is that you? 1 The ply was 'yes'ivf. which didn't sound like Bol) but ! thought iierhaps I just didn't catch his reply clearly so I got up and. unlatched Hie screen door and when I did. a Ne. - - Rro man grabbed my arm. T had Ing was f;ni.shed, he would «n;!cj been reading a newspaper when the for the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY CEALE, 567-M "fen's the lest time to plug a leak ? . Anybody can answer that one: as soon as you notice if., For drops lead to trickles, trickles to torrents-and you've got a whole roof to replace instead of a patch. It's the same way with socialism, which has grown to such a real threat to our way of life. It's crept into the electric light and power business, for example. The first "drops" were "special cases where the planners decided the federal government ought to take over." But that leak has grown and grown. The whole electric business is threatened by the people who are trying to drive America into socialism. And the first drops are appearing in other industries and services, too. • When socialism spreads, it isn't a roof you lose —it's your rights and freedoms. And they're much harder to replace than shingles. "MEET CORLISS ARCHER" will b« heard on » new ninhl—FRIDAY—at • new time—8:3Q P.M., Central Tim*—oyer ABC. Ark-Mo Power Co.

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