The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 30
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 30

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
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SECTION B—P*OB TEH BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Cotton Machinery for Cotton Country-That's the Story of Barksdale Manufacturing Co. Cotton machinery for cotton farming In Lhe world's largest, cotton producing county. Th»t'« the story of Ihe Barksdaie Manufacturing Company, one of Blytiieville's most Unusual small fedustrles, and of its owner, James Ba'rksdale. \[ The Barksdale Manufacturing Company, in II* 17 yeans of existence, has manufncturetl a number of Items including large circulating Jans, hay press blocks and wooden tent stakes for the Army. And now it* Utest venture Is a flame cultivator for the cotton industry. The purpose of the flame cultivator is to control grass and weeds Ir. r cotton drills by burning them with buUne and propane gas names . Flame cultivation, although no) used widely in this county, has been employed successfully by cotton farmers in many Southern states. The Barksdale Flame Cultlvatoi ii A tractor mounted . implement equipped with a large' gas tank and email jcls that shoot flames on either side of the cotton row. The flame pierces the drill, burning all grass and weeds In the row up to tour inches in height. Flames N'ot Harmful The flames from (he Jets, however, will not harm the cotton stalks provided the crop is old enough for the stalks to be tough, Mr. Barksdale explained. "It works just like running your hand through a flame. You can run the palm of your hand quickly through a flame and feel no effect but if you placed your face over the flame only for a split tecond, your face would became badly burned." "The flames from the jets burn the tender crass and weeds but does not harm the tough stalks of the cotton plant." Mr. Barksdale first conceived the Idea of manufacturing a flame cultivator, looked over a few models and decided to make one of my own," he said. , Cultivators Since ISiS , Since 1945 Mr. Barksdale has sold cultivators to cotton farmers In Alabama, Georgia. Texas, Louisiana lild Florida in addition to several here In Mississippi County, Mr. Barksdale first started in the manufacturing business in 1033. with » partner. Ira, Page. Their firm wig then known :as the Barksdale- P»ge Manufacturing Company and was located at the intersection of Walnut and , Second streets In Blythevllle. I In. 1934 Mr. Barksdale purchased Mr. Page's interest in the firm and the name was changed to the Barksdale Manufacturing Company. At the time the company was more or less a machine and woodwork shop. Then Mr. Barksdale •tarted tinkering with a number of items. The first Item to be manufactured by the firm was large circulating fans used by many home owners to cool their homes. Attic and Window Fans Then Mr. Barltsdale graduated to attic and window fans. Some of the fans made by his firm back in those days are still in use. Laier he developed a hay prdes block for hay balers. He added this to tut, list of manufactured items and at the same time he continued to do machine shop work. Then came World War IT and n new line for the Ba'rksdale Manufacturing Company. Mr. Barksdale was awarded a contract by the government to manufacture slakes for the Army's pup tents. "I made right at 30,000,000 of these things during the war" Mr Barksdale said holding up one uf the slakes. "All of them went to the Army for their pup lento " Duriog the war Mr. Barksctals decided to build a new home lor his factory. He picked out a site, on South Elm street and started building. He moved hLs factory into its new home several months later but for awhile he maintained offices in kU old building. After the war, he moved •verything, office and all, to hi» hew factory. End of Tent Slakes With the ending of World War II there was no longer a need lor Army tent stakes so Mr. Barksdale had to find a new item to manufacture. He decided upon the flame cultivator and started to work immediately on making one. Mr. Barksdale was raised on a firm near Armorcl but he decided early that he didn't want to be a farmer. "I Just picked up the machine trade," he said. "I've been working in some line of mechanical work since I was a kid." And with the aid of two years ol engineering st the University of Arkan-as Mr. Barksdate has turned that "picked up" trade into an Industry unique in Blythevllle. 1902— 1927— Doctors Attend Medical Meeting From . the May 11. edition of the Blytheville Courier News: The Mississippi County Medical! association which met In Wilson I Tuesday evening was attended by • dye physicians from this city Doc- • tors J. A. Saltba, E. V. Hill W A Grimmett, M. o. Usrey, and r D Smllh. Dr. Rosamond, baby specialist o! Memphis, spoke on the theme of •. "Babies' Troubles," and a lecture on "The Heart" was liven by Dr. Crawford of Memphis. Third Generation Birth SHAWINIGAN FALLS, Q ut . (AP) —Dr. Rosatrc Frlgon, a 73-year-old doctor, found thst among ihe more then 8.000 Shawinlgan Falls births he attended one was the third generation He delivered Mrs, Jacques Martin of a child and remembered )» also brought the mother into . th« *w!d. Mrs. Martin is the ,d«ufrhter of Mrs. Alfred Doucei, ,»hom the diictor rccolltcled was! •noihtr of his "babies." Methodists Reported in o 'Riot/ In Which Minister Was the Victim 1923— County's 'Top Chicken Thief Caught Here From the March 12, 1923, edition if Hie Daily Blylheville Courier: What Constable Nally says is regarded us the biggest chicken thief that ever run at large in Mississippi County was captured by the constable and his deputy Thursday afternoon with ten dressed chickens in a suit case, which he had disposed of to a regular customer nt one ol the hotels. The negro was arrested with'the goods on him, was given a fine of $287.80 and DO days in Jail. Being unable lo have accumulated sufficient funds in his savings account from the sale of his dressed poultry to pay, he will go lo the county farm there to deliberate and meditate. The chicken lover was seen coming out of an alley in the rear of a hotel, carrying .a suit case. Deputy Stromire's detective agency proclivities scented it as a good lead. He called his chief's attention to Ihe similarity of a home negro, In broad daylight, coming out of an alley with an empty suit case. The suspicion was confirmed. The negro cook in the hole! was asked if George Mann had heen around lately, 'and with a politeness equal to a basket of chips, bowed politely, "Yessum, he jlst went oulener here," and as he bowed .he constable snw a pile of ten Jressod chickens lying on the table. Muf sed, Mann's house was visited and they found a Ford car load of chicken fealhers all over Ihe lot and In the cabin and hot water • From the Jan, 3, 1802, edition of The (Dlytlievllle) Herald: Around The Tonn By Our Special Reporter It was enough to exclle a whole community., the news that fished over the 'town that the Methodists were in a riot pounding unmercifully their minister, c. F. Sterling The affray took place last Friday evening, just as the duties of the day were done. The excited crowd headed by Dr. Ray, Judge Davis and other stalwart Methodists, go- ins nolslessly to the church, hoping to find their victim In his study. To make the matter worse, ladles joined In the onslaught and urged on (he pounding to such a degree that Carrie Nation, with her hatchet, was out-rivaled. Whatever brought about such a disastrous scene we failed to learn, bui. WE have every reason to believe that the pounded minister made necessary concessions and was penitent for we heard gospel singing and prayer and we listened to the wounded man, on following Sunday, preach a sermon so full of the beautiful spirit of our glorious twentieth century that we are sure he had been benefittcd by the pounding and that sinnors and church members whose cases had been loo severely diagnosed ov this doctor of divinity In the past could begin th« new year feeling that the minister's heart Is full of tjoud feeling and love for all. W? learned lhat the fines of the pounders were remitted. In the parlance of radio, an ama- leur is one "Interested In radio technique solely with a personal nim and without oecunlary Interest." boiling for another "mess" of fryers, and chicken heads laying all over Ihe yard. A.W. GRIMMIG COTTON Cg. 117 South Front Street Memphis, Tenn, 37-9fifiS Telephone 37-7795 Col ion Sellers HILL SMITH TERMITE CONTROL CO. Termite Control Engineers Memphis, Tenn. 1282 Madison Ave. Phone 2-1137 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1950 Brodnax Diamonds Have Been the Standard of Quality for More Than Half-a-Century Mail Orders Filled Promptly. GEO. T. HORDNAX, Inc., Jlain al Monroe, Memphis —Courier News Plmlo COTTON JMCIIIXE INBUSTIll'-Thls building Louses one of Biythcvllle's small but thriving Industries, the Barksdale Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of flame cultivators. The firm is located on South Broadway Street and is owned and operated by James Barksdale. You will be happy if you get Keatkley'. Quality Pies and Cakes They art Guaranteed Good ,/- >;~ .rvv a^'s-/-rT'. ^;T! • *•'*--> -•'^v^fr.ftaM^'ig "'v'^S^^V^I '"-• V-/M t'.'V*, ,-, "^'. ; ^ •jag-aS!Sii*Ju-ju£2.*M.w,g. .-f a:' A STORY OF OUR PROGRESS IN THE CITY OF BLYTHEVILLE Ten years ago our business was a tiny 10x12 ft. shop and we could handle but 15 hogs a day. Today in 1950 our new brick building is 60 times as large and with our modern equipment we can handle over 400 hogs each day, Not only do we offer a.butcher service for you who wish to store meat in your locker . . . but also we supply meats as a wholesale service. In addition our B & >B Sausage Co. (located in the south side of this building) first opened this year. . . manufacturers of a distinctive, country-style pure pork sausage. Yes, we are proud to have grown with Blytheville ... for we know that our growth shows the increasing importance of raising livestock in the Mississippi Delta. GUDE BROS. JOEGUDE ORVAL GUDE SLAUGHTER HOUSE

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