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FOUR National Cotton Picking Contest, Now in Its 11th Year, Serves As 'Press Agent' for City, County Just as promotion of any product, firm or group is required lo keep it in the nubtir eye even after it is established, so il is W Hli a city ' Haled as the activity that has done the most to keep Blytheville in the eyes of the res of the nation is the National Cotton Picking Contest, which has kept this citv BLYTHEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS The National Cotton Picking Contest has had different sponsors and has been held nt different sites In «nd near Blytheville. but the net result has been the same—national publicity for the city and Missls- ' Bippi County. It was only natural that the medium for this promotion of city and county should be the Item that displaced limber as the aren's principal product not long after this teelon was cleared and settled. This was the general line along which the originator of the National Cotton Picking Contest idea inoarrmtly was thinking early in 1940 when lie first thought of staging such an event. Crallaa Is Or/jrumlor He was Rosco Crufton, Blytheville businessman and civic lender. R'ho fathered the cotton picking contest. His idea was quickly idopled by other civic-minded businessmen and the National Cotlon Picking Contest Association was formed. A publicity campaign was launched and soon word of the new agricultural competition spread across the country. Preparations for the contest, held In mid-October, began in March First of the seed for the cotton 10 be picked that fall was planted May 1 in ceremonies In which the 1940 Memphis Cotton Carnival ktr<* and queen played an active part" King" Claude Crawford drove the tractor-drawn planter and "Queen" Lida Willey poured In the first hopper-load of seed. Coker's 100 Strain 3 was the seed used that year. The original National Cotton Picking Contcst was similar In many respects to the competition tinged last year on the loth anniversary of the event. I.»t« Crop Forces Delay Original dates /or the first an- , •. nual contest were Sept. 23-24 A ' "' late crop thai year, however, forced postponement of the contest unl'il test haV?;, H k r, lsc - tne «>« con- , Sl:i;s "»=* FlLMEU-Rosco Crafton. originator of the cotton o^r^%V C ruse bU o,° n !fe± £ T* ***' "'" U ' mlng °< "? ^ ^ -venf w™ h . . ^•9 fit* A J i< *"-»-"" at Ui nCa» y 5IPPVPn rf«*u. F ^rnn1 n-. .*,„..„. , , I rains And the loth anniversary event finally was held Oct 14 last year—coming within a day of being contesT thC Sai " e date as " le first Also, last year's contest resumed tnc P'actice of extending the contort For s e "raT 1C vear, t be°" day """ first and 10th contcst. the event had been a one-day affair . -.I 3 .'.'' dltl .'" . tne 1! >5° program, a were TUESDAY. OCTOBEB It); ig w OJtfCI.NMTEn CONTHST—Ros- co Crafton (above) originated the Idea of holding « contest In Bly- llieville to determine the "world's champion cotton picker." His idea Brew into an event that each year brings nation-wide publicity to Elytheville and Mississippi County .^,.,.,,,, » liu | | C i rtuiias oi nonor arc shown at th* ^« tvi* it *• iv, n «»•«> mu ^uu^u may i Planting ceremony. They were Heft to right. Miss Jane Williams rfehO etude Cra'w Td T"?' ?**" **"* CO " teSt *"* (lctt " *r (now Mrs. Ben Mac White of Blytheville) Ml« Anil. «y ^ D Hnrt, ™ h " m0 Ml ™ PhiS C ° U ° n CuaSM - t ni.,tKo,.m. ,. ' .. _ _ . *w*> ftima ^ay KOSS u. Hughes, on whose anH OK. ..„...* ...__ L , . rg) vss Jane SVil of Driver (now Mrs. Ben Mac White of Blytheville) Ml« Anil. Beck of BlytheviHe (now Mrs. FYan k Edrington of O S ce 0l a,? Qu n INSPECTING THE SEED-Ch ec kln B seed that was planted May , tt. site of the first National Cotton Picking Contest were (lefJ to t) Cla ^" _ - ' = "'. «« '»•>" ML-mpnis uoiton Carnival- Rosa D. Hughes, on whose land the event was held; Hale Jackson of' Osceola who was sheriff then; Miss Llda Willey, "Queen" of the cotton """""IE the contest similar to those still in ESJT? S ° licilaU °" ° f funds Va" undertaken to finance the fir.st contest. Instead, however, of solic Ind h,f,l am °" ntS ' r ° m "'"eliam., • nd businessmen, "sponsor buttons" •1 eadh 6Cneral Pllbllc (or ° n « »•»=« plot Immediay r Park - This m Mlssourlan First Winner u ™." nc . r r ° f the ""t contest was Harold Mason, who was a Scna'h bick ? ™ Iboy ° f is at the *" 'hrnfr, P° u »^of cotton •i^'ii^rs,"" 136 con His 129 pounds In two hours pL-fc- tn^rne L 5 a record that 'stu, In addition to Mr. Crafton other .members of the National bo on Picking contest Association at he ta'l.°/ '£ tirSl »*IK"«O» «"„ the late Don Edwards, vice ores! dent; J. Mell Brooks, secret™James Terry, lr ea., ur e r: and jf^ "' H ' ' E B^T' 0 " "' ATC " E ' S - A ™»S ^ '2,000 spectators was Carl - m";; r,™ nof **rz who * £hmv - m * °* •**<- w« P^cipa, speaker on the ^ p^. ™ « ^^ » **" lion. acMres-es were prLmt-d by Wn'l'iaml Slhrteht^hcn '"Ji'""- »f the University of Arkan.^''"''" This first contest proved a s» make the -vent an aiinualVffau- ' .^. ,;""'. Ch:1 "S« Hands H was in 1944 that the nrc-,>-,f «PO»«ors, the BWhertH* 'J^, o r Chamber of Conmerco. took over Ihte annual project. The Jayce" have sponsored the event ea-h cvi'J since then and are "urremV U work on the 1950 edition of the Na llonal_ Cotton Picking Con'cst ,£*£' 1°' l h f Pafit 10 COIUMts »« "f.vcd to bring nation-wide nub city to Blytheville. Mls-i^i ttoimty and the state of ArVSis Nowsrecl cameramen, wire service "'"•wpoudents and re t f r j« Photographers from newspapers n "wr. VC "" ° n hand Mcn Indicative of the publicity fhTi 1 b , V ,' he contcM " «>' f«t <nat the Arkansas Junior Chamber f' Commerce for the p.vi four tit" ,1 »*'* rd «> "ic Blytheville '»»«" 'he oovctcd H. Gradv Man- "f trophy. Thh trophy ks aVardert hrm/T> 5l " 8 '" S thc projcct lhnt or'»E» Hie most publicity to the rate. Also \Viii National Awards National Jaycee awnrds also have been mm by the club here for pie- scnting the Colkm Picking Co:-.ie-t One first place and two second place award? have been won ov the Bljtlicvilie club at national Jayc»" conventions in the past three years' . This years National Cotton Picking Contcst will be held this Thursday and Friday. While a committee of 20 Jaycccs are heading the project, every member of the committee has had a lask outlined for him and (he entire club works to stage the contest, <5h^ii !l<lccl *? c °-elialrman Sanford faiieiion and w. E. Young, the 1950 contcst committee Includes Ramon Morton. Tom T , Jack Arhe French, Louis Lynch. Jack C .amblin, Virgi) Shaneyfelt, Robert Mp-womb. Sanford Boone. J V der Br r «e J rav"n Gardner ' Blil ' na ' Olcfc White, jlmmle Edwards Blllv Boone and H. c. Weathers Jr jjrk ?. a : vlln ??'. William H. Wyatt .nH iuille, won he (wo titles consecutively, she led the Women's Division in 1046 by pickine- 89 pounds and won In 1Q41 with a total of 80 pounds. First to repeat the feat of wln- an Open Division champiou- WATCIIFUI. WArnNO—Hands on tripod, this unidentified newsreel cameraman looks somewhat dubious as he surveys the possibilities of a shot or two during the first contest parade in 1940. (Photo by Dale Miller). ship was Eugene Shinault. n former auto plant worker who moved to Memphis from Detroit and later farmed near Blytheville. After winning the 1948 contest, he repeated his victory in the 1948 event. The youth who wrested Shinaulfj title from him in the interim between his' victories was the other double-winner. He is Edd Anderson, farm laborer who lived neir Kcnnett. Mo., before moving to Brajrg City. Mo. Anderson followed up hit 1547 victory by leading the field In last year's contest. Although not in a title division, another double-victory was scored in the 1947 and 1943 contests when Bobby Jackson of Blytheville won special awards both years as the best picker 13 years old or younger Since he became 14 last year, ne could not enter (his division of the 1940 contcst. Ware Is Second Chnrnp In addition to Karokt Mason winners of National Cotton Pickin^ Contests Include the following: 19-11—Morris Ware o ' Rulevilie Miss., picked 121 pounds In two hours. 1042—Elijah Cordon, Harrisburf Ark., Negro, picked 102 pounds In :wo hours. 1943—Wesley Burk of Honiers- villc. Mo., picked 108 pounds in Uo hours 1944—Virgie Mote of Black Oak pfckcd 108 pcunds in two hours 1945—Bill Adams of Leachville picked 16 pounds In one and one-' naif hours. 1946—Euqene Shlnault of Memphis, picked 105 pounds In one and three-quarters hours. 1947—Edd Anderson of Kennett Mo., picked 99 pounds ,n two hours' 19-13—Eugene Shinault of Blythe ville, picked 89 pounds In one and one-halMiours. 19-iO—Fdd Anrlenron of Braee City. Mo., picked 92.7 pounds ';« two hours. 3 Other HVimon ll'ln In addition to Mrs. Poole. onlv three other women champions have been named, since this division was not set up until the 194S com«n These other women title-holrlers Include: 1015--Mrs. Valic Wilson of Oxlev Ark., picked 00 pounds In one and Charles M. Ozlcr Dudley S. Weaver Weaver-Ozier and Company Cotlon Merchants DOMESTIC EXPORT All Codes Members Cable Address Memphis Cotton Exchange \VKAVCO New York Cotton Exchange New Orleans Cotton Exchange American Cotton Shippers Assn. Siiitlhorn Cotton Shippers Assn. Texas Cotlon Association 110 S. FRONT ST. MEMPHIS, TENN. one-half hours. IBM—Mrs. Lavern Deatherlge of Walnut Ridge, picked 74 pounds In two hours. 1949-Mrs. Arthur Bentlcy of Gideon. Mo., picked 81 pounds In two hours. Who will win the titles for 1S50? That question will be answered ,^I 1- ™' '" , lhe P ro «ss of find- eyes . *"** ( Ji "«-c;>;j ui ing the new champions, the ev .. 5 of the nation will once mbrc turn to Blytheville - the heart of the largest cotton-producing "world's county." After Cleopatra's suicide, became a Roman province. Egypt House files are one of the world's most potent disease carriers. 1915— Army Pilot to Provide Plane Rides, 'Thrills' For Residents Here .H Pr °J! 1 l'' e Nov - 6 ' l918 ' edition of the Blytheville Herald-News- An airplane owned In s'ikeston and piloted by an army officer is scheduled to be here Thursday Frt- nay and- possibly Saturday, it will carry passengers to any height desired and If requested will give you any desired thrill during the night A moderate charge will be imposed upon passengers so that It will not be out of reach of an ordinary pocketbook. Anyone desiring to participate In the latest craze be on hand at the Chicago Mill lots near the J. L. C. E. station 1919— Smart, Tucker To Farm 7,300 Acres Here From the Nov. 6. 1913. edition of the Blythevtlle Herald-News: Smart and Tucker have closed contracts for about 1300 acres of and near Blytheville' which they vill farm next year in addition to he 480, acres which Mr. 'nicker -ecently purchased from Mr J o Johnson. rhey will have about 500 acres of Gosnell lands, and will also farm about 800 acres.belonging to Mrs T O. Sudbliry. just east of Blythe- G. A. Bland LD 288 Phones: Local 8-8030 BLAND COTTON COMPANY Memphis, T«nn. .. - .... t THEIR STUFF-Highiights of the first cotton picking ;nest parade were the Blytheville High Bchcoi Band and the drum .ajoreltes. In the foreground is the former Miss Betty Dodson now lamed and living in California, while at left is the former Miss'Sally athis. nna, Mrs . Hofce stone of Lambert, Miss, (Photo by Dale Miller) Vllle.' We understand they have contracted for the land at a good rental figure. 7970— Jim Burns Hurt By Wagon Rail From the Sept. 22, 1910. edition of the Blytheville Daily News: Jim Burns is nursing a very sors head, caused from on accident tf& moving furniture. His wagon lw!P stsiled in a yard and In attempting to pull n wheel out of a rut. a top from a side-board fell out. stringing him on the head with such force as to knock him Insensible for the time, and cutting a two-Inch gash in his scalp. Compliments \ Mangel Bros, Inc. Cotton 41 Union Aye. Phonc S3771 Memphis, T«nn.