The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 38
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 38

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8BCTIOK Influential Missourian Had Bootheel Created \ • BLYTITEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS ' (Balior'i NoU: Th« fol]owin« WM reprinted from >n old news- vaper clipping furnished by the Caruthersvllle, Mo., Public M- brary. This slory, M vrltten, rirsi appeared In i Carufhemville newspaper a number of years : M&nr people have wondered why It l» that there la • "job" In the Missouri-Arkansas • boundary line which permits the formation of the counties of Pemiscot and Dunklln yet, remaining within MUsourl territory, Instead o( the principal portion of the line running from the west entirely to the Mississippi River. The so-called "Missouri Boolheel" has been the subject of much conjecture among the later generations 'especially, and various theories have been advanced as to why, at Ihe 'time of Ihe formation ami admission of the slate, this offset was permitted to have been established. i In going through some of the papers left by his lather. Judge !f. C. Garrelt. Dr. W. B. Garrett found -.the following flipping from an old newspaper, yellow with age and al• most Illegible in the creases where ft was folded. ^ Paper Unknown . Even the paper from which It was taken is unknown, as Is its date of publication, but it seems to have been a local publication as best one can judge. It is from an address 'or letter by the writer. Major George W. Carleton. who In the old days served the county (Pemiscot,) as Us representative in the state, legislature and who very possibly was occupying such » position at the time. I ! In It are mentioned several of' the 'oldtimers' of Ihe county, some of them being the very earliest settlers here and it forms a valuable contribution to the history of Missouri and Pemiscot County. {-.The excerpt follow** j. "John H. Walter.'at the time bfi the earthquakes of 1811 and 1812' owned an extensive plantation near the town of Canithersyille, In Pern- i iscot County. The place was called ' "Little Prairie." It was a consider- i able village In 1811 and was a few- years before a Spanish fort. Col Walker owned Immense herds of stock, was a man of more' than or- ' dinary ability, well Informed upon I matters of public interest, arid in ' tact, was the leader,of the people At that time all that country was known «s Missouri Territory. New Madrid w.i « town of great 1m-! portance, being about the second '• town founded In the territory. I £_"" -*** *• *""' tradln » Po«t. An i Immense trade wax carried on be- I twen the French and the Spanish ! *ettlerj at New Madrid and the »a- j rious tribe* of Indians In southern ' Missouri «nd western Tennessee. | Hew Madrid claimed and exercised ' Jurisdiction over th* territory u far •outh u Pemlaoot B»>ou which ! flana into the' Mussissippt River ' Ihree mile* north of our line between Missouri, and Arfcansa*. I "Col. Walker r 'owM alleRiance to Ihe Territory of MiMourl, u the laws were administered »t New Madrid. He was wedded to hit idols I »t New Madrid. -j'. "When Missouri applied foe *'d- 4 mission into the Union, the par- jallel of 36 degrees, 30 mtnule« ;-north latitude Vwns .suggested a* '.the south boundary line of the • new state. Co].: Walker knew that. -U this line was adopted he would !be left in an unorganized terri- ; tory as the line crossed the Mu- ;«Usippi River. a' lew mile* to the .north of him. Walker was a man of influence. His worldly means as well as his Indomitable pluck gave him influence. He went to work in earnest to prevent nls oe.- •Wag lea outside of an organized stste. He interviewed the com- 'mlssloners or.persons selected to define the boundary lines of the ttate of-Missouri and so eloquent- •ly did he plead his cause that the .commissioners agreed to take Col. Walker into the state of Missouri and to that end it was agreed that .thft .southern boundary line of the ••state should be defined as set out •In the act of admission, approved March 6. 1820, that portion concerning the offset rcadHz ps follows: '. "Beginning In the middle of thr Mississippi River on the parallel of 3S degrees north latitude, thence west along that parallel of latitude to Ihe St. Francois Hiver, lluncc up and following the course of ln?t river In the middle of the Jhai-ncl there to the parallel of latitude 35 degrees, 30 minutes .thence west etc.' "To Col. John H. Wilkcr. ah" died In Pemiscot Comty In 1859 belongs Ihe honor of securing to Missouri the 'jog' which composes the counties of Dmiklin and Pem- Licot. Col. WaJker gave me information about a year before his death. It wa.s corroborated by several old people who lived In that, part of the .stale when it was a territory and were there at the time of admission into Ihe Union, amon? whom were Matthews Wright end Nicholas Teror. "1 tliink this Information arili explain tho 'Jog 1 in our south boundary line. With much respect I am very truly yours. • Geo. W. Cnrleton." T9?5— Edna Hale Hurt In Gasoline Fire Prom the August 5, 1915, edition of Ihe Blylhevllle Courier: Miss Eilnn Kate Hale, daughter of M< and Mrs. E. A: H«le, was painfully burned Tuesday when some gasoline wllh which she. and other children were playing with In Ihe yt,rd, was Ignited by a boy dropping * match Into the pan of fluid. ll«r »rms and face are bunwd je- Yfrely but not sufficiently to murk her or cause any seriom result*. C. of C. Projects Aid City's Growth industrialization Gets Emphasis in Current Activities of Chamber Continued from Page S Section B OA follows: * 1. School improvements. 2. Improved recreational facilities. 3. widened streets'. 4 City beautifies Hon. 5. Industrial development. Many of the Items have been completed and others are Hearing completion at (his time. Assistance was also given to the formation of the Blytheville Civic Music Association to promote cultural development through good music. Almost a thousand members gantzalion. In an effort lo be an aggressive and forward looking organization, Ihe Chamber sent Manager Worth D. Holder lo the Southwestern Chamber of Commerce Institute In Dallas, a school sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce to leach new Chamber of Commerce managers the purposes and methods of operation of (he organization, As has been mentioned, the 1949 program of the Chamber was adopted from the findings of Ihe Community Delevolpment Clinics of 1948. Schools Head l,lst Reading this list was a demand for school improvements, so the Clumber worked for Ihe passage of a school bond Issue of HSO.OW ta construct a new high school and for other improvements In the sys- lem. The organization also continued Us work toward a recreation program Ihat culminated in Ihe four playgrounds already mentioned, A plan was started to control Johnson grass In Mississippi County. The help of the state Highway Department and Ihe railroads were sought by asking Ihem lo control this weed along their right-of-ways. Circulars and bulletins were circulated among Ihe farmers containing valuable information concerning the control of Johnson grass. The Chamber also assisted in locating Hie Cotton classing Office fn Blytheville, and prepared Indus- . r of lhc O1 .. trjal , r|c , s IruliiMilcs and contacted at least 25 others. Thai same year, the Community Service Council was organized through the efforts of the Chamber and Ihe Merchants Division of the Chamber was also brought into existence to serve as a ling between the Chamber and he merchants, both retail and wholesale. First Yule Parade Held The second annual "King Cotton Days" in conjunction with the Cotton Picking Contest was promoted as was the first annual Christmas parade.' The Chamber co-operated with the merchants in sponsoring Hie Christmas celebration, including a nlRhl parade that drew a crowd of nearly 25,000. When 1950 arrived, the Chamber, which already had a record membership of 348. announced a goal or 800 new members. The result was that Ihe membership was nearly doubled, with COS being recorded This Increase was neci-ssan' to ring the niytlieville Chamber's budget to a level comparable with oilier towns sponsoring industrial promotion. Four projects among the foremost In the Chamber's 1950 program are Industrial expansion -in effective building and zoning' ordinance, continued efforts to secure natural gas and i-uminned co-operation with and service lo the school m (I. Improved fanning methods liaVe cut down drastically the need for a labor force In the Blylhevllle area. The Chamber of Commerce has realized that the only solution for finding Jobs for Ihose cut adrift by these modern farming methods Is through an Industrialization program. .Sreki Industrie* Thus the Chamber has dedicated itself to the Industrialization of niytlieville and this vicinity, hoping to balance this decrease of farm workers with an Increase of Industrial workers. Already the City of Blylhevllle has 50 Industries located within Its boundaries. These industries ellhei mnnufacture or process 67 different items. The Industrial payroll Is in e.xcess of $2,500.000, and the Industrial investment total reached approximately $20,000.000. The growth of BlythevilJe has been both rapid and spectacular In its brief history, and If one ore.inl- zatlon deserves singling out for Its part in this rapid prowtii It is the Chamber of Commerce, And with Its program for bolter schools, more industry. a sewer system, natural gas, air line service and niher improvements now on its nRcnda. tin- Chamber of Commerce Is still working to see that fllythc- villc's growth is us rapid and spec- lacular as it has been in the past. I Animals that fipht with their lr."th retract heir e.irs when au grv so tnai Ihe e.ir.s cannot be injured! or lorn by the enemy. ' TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, RKSTAltRANT. CIRCA WORLD WAR 1-Tlils Is the restaurant operated at Second and Walnut by the late Charlie Freeiimii. shown standing oy the cash register. The restaurant was located In a build ing tl:al was torn down to make room tor the present City Hall. The you.ig man at left was identified b» Mrs. Odie Freeman, owner oi the picture, as Paul Lipscomb. Al center, she said, is Re<l Umb. The p fc lure ivas taken shortly befon: or after World War I. Presenting A Record of 12 Years Service In Blytheville Your Buick Agency In Blythtyille has kept pace with our growing delta country. A modern service department offering the newest equipment has replaced the repair shop which burned in 1947. But more than that, you'll find people who are interested in giving personal, at- tcnf/re xervice in caring for your car. 'When Better Cars Are Built Will Build Them' And this progress is evident, too, in the sleek line* of the 7950 Buicks. Beautiful styling, wonderful comfort, and the powerful Dynaflow Drive distinguish America'* finest automobile. Yes, at Langston-McWaters you'll find the car that's a joy to own—BUICK — progressing with BlytheYille. 1938 1950 LANGSTON-McWATERS BUICK COMPANY At W'lnut fc lr*«dway In Blythevilf*

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