The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 44
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 44

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 44
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OCTOBER 10, 1950 BLYTHEVILLE. (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Osceola Products Company Is One of Newest Industries Using County Agricultural Wealth 'f/;/4iin'^"'^ tf .-r^*.,.™,„..,...,.« ., . Cooperative Makes By-Products Of Cottonseed and Soybeans Ont of Mississippi County's newest industries established to utilize the county's vast agricultural wealth is the Osceola Products Company .of Osceola, « locally-owned cooperative which manufactures cottonseed soybean by-products. Re-established 1917, the osceola i n September, Products Com—., -.iv ^u-.—.„ i luuutu U.WIH- .ivuinge capacity ol otiUOUO bushels pany Is an outgrowth o[ the old or soybeans. This is in addition to Osceola Cotton Oil Company and Is considered as one of the most modem cottonseed and soybean oil extracting plants In the south. In fact, the Osceola Products Company was one of the first dual-purpose plants in the nation- dual purpose In lhat it was one of the first equipped to process and extract, oil from both cottonseed end soybeans. Us products »re many, but primarily include cottonseed by-products. Among these are crude cottonseed oil which is sent to refineries and to the manufacturers of soap, oleomargarine, shortening, salRd. and cooking oils; cottonseed hulls which nre sold as livestock feed; cottonseed meal which la sold to the manufacturers of mixed stock reed; cottonseed pellets which are also used as livestock feed. primarily by owners of range stock herds; and linters whlch'are used by manufacturers of automobiles, furniture, mattresses and in the ing of cellulose and plastic pros such as battery boxes, bakel- Ite, and kodak film. Improves Soybean FaciliUm far the past three years, the Osceola firm has dealt primarily in the manufacturing of cottonseed products but this year it has improved its facilities for the handling and processing of soybeans to take still further advance of Mississippi County's agricultural riches. Ralph Woodruff is manager o. f II,- fast-growing concern, which irccnllj r.cicbr.-'ed its third anniversary. The r'rm is located on Alternate Highway 61 on Osceola's north side. • "We are now installing soybean unloading equipment with a capacity ample for the cleaning and storing of 100 tons of soybeans per hour," Mr. Woodruff said. "This equipment consists of an automatic truck dumper, two Eureka receiving seperators and conveying and elevating equipment. "We have recently completed erection of two steel tanks with a capacity of 200.000 bushels each, which, together with two tanks previously installed, gives us a itorage capacity of 800,000 bushels existing cottonseed storing facilities totaling approximately 20.000 tons and we will process soybeans during the 1950-51 season in addition to our regular cottonseed crush." Usw Solvent Kitraction This Osceoli firm uses the solvent extraction process and, according to Mr. Woodruff, it WHS one of the first cottonseed processing plants to use the solvent extraction method In the country. Prior to 1947. the plant used the hydraulic method of extracting oil from cottonseed. Under this system, cakes of cottonseed were subjected to approximately 5,000 pounds of pressure for a short period of time varying from 30 minutes to an hour so that the oil is pressed olit<of the cakes. However, the hydraulic system left > fat content In the cakes of approximately five per cent. The solvent, process, which was perfected in Germany prior to World War TI, cut the" fat content of Ihe cake after the oil had been removed, to one percent. In other words, 99 per cent of the oil was removed from seed. Stockholders of Osceola Products Company first began investigating the solvent process in 1945 and were convinced that It was practicable, so (he changeover was made from the hydraulic method. Solvent Found Prrftrabte "At first there was some controversy as to whether the low-fat or solvent extracted meal was ns desirable as that processed under the hydraulic method which contained a higher fat content," Mr. Woodruff said, "but during our three years under the solvent system we have found that in most cases there is a preference for the solvent extracted meal. "This Is mainly due to the fact that solvent extracted meal Is slightly higher in protein content, more even in texture and mixes better with other feeds." ' The solvent method, too, as previously staled, gels more ol the oil out of the seed. Under the hydraulic extracting system an average ol ^Mayor-Businessman Job Keeps Butler Busy Being mayor of a fnst-nrnvrlnir miirirfv i™ ™i,i_ „,„ _ , * Being mayor of a fast-growing city in addition to operating a business is not child's play. Just ask Ben F. Buller. Br., of Osceola. Besides operating thriving business firms In Osceola and Joiner which Is enough to keep [wo men busy. Mr. Butler also doubles ns official father of Osceola. one of Hie oldest and fastest growing cities along (he Mississippi River delta But he evidently likes his extra cnrricular work for he Is now serving his filth term as Osceola's mayo. and he'll be up lor re-election next month. Mr. Butler operates farm Implement lealcrships In Osceola and Joiner. This keeps him hopping but he still finds time lo serve Osceola as Us chief executive I.IHI« ray. Mnrh Work The office of mayor In Osceola most all cities of less than 10.000 population, is not a full time Job. It's just extra work and headaches to the man lhat holds Ihe honor. And the pay Is small compared with the pay of full time mayors of larger cities. Binder Mayor Butler's 10 year- fpfiinlslratlon. Osceola has witnessed heavy growing palns.Tfte past 10 years has seen Ihe city Increase Its population by 3< per cent, from 3.236 la 5,005. And, too, several In- duslrles have located In the city t o add Industrial richness lo 1U5 agricultural vveMth. Mayor Butler Is a nallve Osceola son. He was born and reared in Osceola and so was his father, the late C. E. Butler. His grandfather was one of the men who came lo Osceola from muddy log cabin village to thy agriculture center. Mayor Butler Is now living in his 56th year and he can easily remember when Osceola was a "horse and buggy" town. "I can remember." he said, "standing in my grandmother's front yard and w»lrh( i -. , i V. " up into Osceola. My ».„„„,.,„„,„ lived on the northern edge of town near what is now known as Jacksonville. Osceola In those days was ocated right along the river and ihe boats would come up a chute from the river to town. We shipped a lot of cotton by river boat" Recall; Float Rides He also relates how the young folks of those days would board river boats at Osceola for an excursion up the river to Luxora There were orchestras on the boats and the young couples would dance while Ihe boats moved up river. 'We would send our horse and buggies up ahead of i;s to meet us at Luxora and then drive our buggies back home." ? But Osceola has come a long way since those days and Mayor Butler Is just one o( the hundreds of men who have made that rapid advancement possible. Mr. Butler was first elected may° r °' ^ceola In 1938 and he has held that office ever since. And In • ••..X ...mi umce ever since. And In in* iBiyineviiie) Buffs, 3 the five timer that he has run for Save the Tigers the series. oitlce h s run or oitlce he has never been opposed. s Mayor Butler Is the father of tw «S S 'h?* n 'i "M B ' n T - Jr " who * s farm " "P"" 110 " °' nirr Her country to help convert it from a | home town. i, £ , m ' '" hls " lra extra bflSM """"" ° f and immediately north of the ci tanks. .121 iwunds of oil was extracted from a Ion of cottonseed. Un'Jer the solvent method last season, an average of 366 pounds ot oil was extracted from a ton of seed. A five-story building constructed of steel and concrete houses the company's solvent extraction machinery. This building is divided into two parts by a fire wall. On one side is the flaking, tempering, grinding and toasting equipment with the other side where the actual extraction take,? place. The solvent extracting method Is similar, to the hydraulic processing system during the first lew steps of Ihe procedure, or until the hull has been removed ( .from the seed. The ;eed is cleaned and delinted and the hull removed in the same manner as the hydraulic system. Flakes 1're^nt Most Surface The kernels, or "meats" as they are termed in the trade, then are run through a special flr.king roll. This insures that a maximum surface area will be, exposed to the action of the solvent. Then the flakes are run over a flaking magnet so that no stray iron will enter tile extractor. The flakes then enter the extractor, a vertical cylindericnl column that fa divided into 10 compartments by means ol fixed horizontal plates. In measures five feel in diameter and 27 feet in height. A scraper arm continually agitates the contents of each compartment in order lhat (he solvent mixture :md the meats are thoroughly mixed. The solvent mixture is hexaue with a boiling range of between 146 and 160 degrees. After entering the extractor, the Hakes turn slowly downward and are washed with the hot mixture. Upon reaching the bottom of the extractor the flakes are released through the. bottom while the solvent overflows at the top. The flakes then go to what Is called a drain classifier where most of Ihe mis- cella is extracted. From there the flakes go throueh a series of driers until all of 'he solvent has been removed frcm them. Solvent Knils Off The mixture of solvent and Hie oil that has been br>I!ed from the (lakes, then goes through a series of strainers and into an evaporator unit. The temperature Is rais-jd lo 220 degrees and the solvent boils away leaving the cnide cottonseed oil. The oil is then put through a series of condcnsors, evaporators, strippers and driers to assure .ill ot the solvent has been separated and the solvent likewise. The oil is then ready tor the market and the flakes are transformed into the numerous . other products manufactured by the company. Products of the. Osceola company are being sold In all parts of the south and mid-west anil have been sold in some foreign countries, including Germany and the Scanda- navian countries. The company Is equipped with modern facilities for handling cottonseed and soybeans, in addition lo Its five-story extraction unit Us other facilities Include seed houses that have a total storage capacity of approximately 20,000 tons and two tanks that measure 84 feet in height and 70 feet in diameter, each In the center ot the photo can be seen the company's huge sUmiijc JiKCTION C—PAGE THREB f Seven Other Banks In Addition To Two Here Serve The Countv In addition to Blylhevllte'i two Perkins, bookkeeper • 7 bank.,, seveil other institutions have The Ix-achville Exchange .mr.». ..^ o] ?» ''""'"""s Bank I, In, capable of holding 4.000 ions eitncr cottonseed or soyoeans. of 1925— Jonesboro Beats BlvtheviHe 3 to 1 From the June 15. 1925. edition of the niytheville Daily Courier: Jonesboro, Ark.. June 15 — The Tigers captured the third game of the series here Saturday, defeating the (Blytheville) Buffs, 3 lo 2. This Perry hit safely three limos out .. of four times at hat, and Sljlcr, ;- Pocan, and Lewis each hit twice. The Tigers landed on Ford for a total of 12 hit*, two of them for *S"n?tobia to seven while Perkins, the h? W Ihe local. banks, seven oilier institutions have been taking cure ol the banking needs ol Mississippi County since 1948. The.-e seven banks are scattered throughout Die county with one as far north as Leachville and another as far south as Joiner. At Intermediate points the remaining five arc located at Wilson, Osceola, Luxora and Manila. Osccola, the South Mississippi County seat, shares with Blylheville the distinction of bein? the only cities In the county with two banks. As ol the quarterly reports o( June 31, a time when bank deposits nre nt Iheir lowest in the county. seven banks showed a lotil deposit figure of K592,G39.«9. This was at a time when the tanners of the county had withdrawn a huge amount of funds (o finance Ihcir 1050 crops and the total is below the average dejxkslt figure of Hie banks. Taking cure of the depositors in the northwest pail of the county HIT the Mcichants and Planters Bank of Manila and the U'lichvillc The bunk of Manila, astahkslicd in 1948, is the youngest tanking concern in the county. It has a capital of $50,000 and surplus and undivided profits amounting to S15.000. In it? two-year existence, it lias accumulated $745,000 In deposits. Us seven-member board Includes R. C. Fleeman, chairman; C. W. Tipton; W. G. Fox; 11. D. Alston; William Boron-sky; L. W. Townscnd am! E. p. Burton. Mr. Floeman Is president. Mr. Tipton. vice-president anil Mr. Fox, secretary. Employes include T. w. Holt, cashier and Mrs. Beatrice The Loaclwille Exchange emerged Irom the old Leachville Banking Co. In December, 1938. The reorganization called for a capital stock of $200,000 and as of the quarterly report on June 31 the organization showed $173,652 in deposits and 5415.591 in surplus and undivided The board of directors is made up of live members which includes Paul Downs. Fred F. Alexander, UeLean Alexander, Vcrnon Coggins and lirrt Faulkner. Officers include Mr. Downs, president; Mr. Fred Alexander, vice- president and cashier and Billy o. Mrs. Fred Alexander, SI evert am cashiers. Helping SE ne Uie southern part of the county Is a bank that holds (he distinction, along with the Partners' Bank and Trust Company, of being the oldest banking concern in the county. This concern is the Bank of Wilson, which like the Far- mer'a Bank, was organized In 1908. This bank has a capital sloci nf S'jO.OOO and its qimrterlv report in June revealed $2,0(12.987.64 in deposits, $300,000 in surplus and $15,797.69 in undivided profils. An eight-man boarn of directors was pli-cted In January consisting of J. n. Grain, chairman- R. B L, Wilson, j,... fi . K L _ W1 | 50I1 ;,,. J. K. Grain; n. n. Robinson- s A. Regcnnld; llcnton Garrett and C. J. Lowiance, Jr. Olflccrs elected were Mr. Oar.etl president, and Mr. Lowrance vice- president. Employes Include J. B. Gwyn cashier; Miss Ruth Chllds, Miss Dorolliy nean and Mrs. Gallm Watson, assistant cashier, and Mis? Virginia Shellon and Mrs. Louise llall, bookkeepers youngest bank In the southern part ol Ihe county having been established In 1944 with a capital stoc* of $75.000. During its six-year history, it has accumulated a total of R500.000 In deposits and surplus and and undivided profits of $160000. ' J, T. Cromer, Nathan Welnburg, A. W. young and C. E. Dean mays up Its board of directors with Mr. Cromer serving as president and Mr. Dean as executive vice-president and cashier. Other members of the bank personnel are J. F. Herndon Misi Majorlo Doyle and Miss Ruby Annable, assistant cashier and Miss June Wetdon, and Mr». Pauline Alsworth, bookkeepers. The Mississippi County Bank al Osceola was organized in 1933 with a capital stock of $175,000. At lh» present time, Ihls bank maintains affiliate banks al Luxora and Joiner. The combine.! deposits of thes« three banks according to the June report itnioiimeri to $3,Or>r.oOO. Surplus totaled $115.000 and undivided proms were $72,500. O. H. Florida Is chairman of the board of directors, which Includes T. P. Florida, R, C. Branch, H. F. Ohtendorf, A. Llverant, C. B. Wood and J. w. Farris. Mr. Wood Is president of th» bank; Mr. Ohlendorf, vice-president; T. P. Florida, secretary and Mr. Farris. executive vice-president and cashier. Rounding out the bank personnel are C. L. Anderson, Jr.. and Miss Mary E. Balloue, assistant cashier- Miss Mora Wise, assistant cashier and manager ol the Luxora branch, and Hill Landrum. assistant cashier and manngcr ot the Joiner branch. PROGRESSING WITH OUR GROWING CITY OF OSCEOLA, ARKANSAS How much has Osceola grown? The many brand new homes which sprinkle the town are testimony to the growing prosperity of our city during recent years. And the building of these new homes has made it necessary for our people to be able to find quality furnishings. Dan- Fergus Co/s large new store offers a wide selection of furniture and nationally-advertised appliances ... all designed to give you the opportunity to choose exactly what best suits your needs. Yes, Dane Fergus Co. is proud to be part of our growing city of Osceola, DANE FERGUS CO

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