The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 47
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 47

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 47
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SECTION C—PAGE BIX .BLYTHEV1LLK (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1«, and W. B. Wright of Kuineii, Mo. Tht majority of th« eotnpe.»;'a •tockholders reaide In Mississippi County. Dream Ii Realized Mr. Young first conceived the Idea of the manufacture of oleomargarine in Mississippi County a number of years ago when he was a law student at Vanderbllt University In Nashville, Term. He realized the need for processing the products of so u I hern farms 111 the' south and he set about to do Just that upon his graduation from Vanderbllt, We worked gradually toward the achievement of his dream and two years ago it became a realization when Osceola roods, Inc., was organized and construction of the plant was begun, The personnel that operate Oscela Foods are all highly trained In lielr particular fields. U F. Conay Is production manager. He was O«CEOLA'« NEWEST INDUSTRV—One of Osceola's latest Industries h Osccola foadi, Inc., manufacturers of oleomargarine, shown above is the exterior of the com- p«Jiy'a factory located on AllernaU Highway 81 unmedlaUly north of th« Otceola «ltr —Courier Newa Pho(« limits.'Of nioilcrn construction. Osccola Kuodi i< one of tht two manufacture™ oJ oleo- Kargarlrx In Mississippi County. Gsceofcz foods, inc., Another Industry That Processes Home-Grown Products Plant Can Make 3&000 Pounds Of Oieo Per Day Another link in the chain of Industries necessary to keep Mfsaissippi County farm products at home Tor final processing was forged last year when Gsceola Foods, Inc., began producing oleomargarine. Operating- on a private label basis, the Ojceola concern makes marga- rims^for some of the nation'.-! top STbcery and distributing concerns. Miich of'its production Is packaged under one of several labels which the company sells Independ- tntly., . . . Termed the "finest plant In existence in this country or any foreign country devoted exclusively to the manufacture of margarine" by H. W; Bevarly. chief engineer for the Girdler Corporation. Louisville. Ky., the company has seen production flgiare« ;ro» constantly since Its op- tning.' . . v But company president I,, C. B. Touns is quick to point out that the margarine market ij highly compe- U(lre and that success in the business hinges on large volume .<,ate.s. Employing about 25 people, the company can turn out 36.000 packaged and boxed one-pound bricks of margarine in one eight-hour shift. Could Handle J Million Pounds Mr. Young figures that the plant must produce around 500.000 pounds of margarine per month "to break •ven." With its modern machinery do- Ing all the handling of the product, the plant has R potential production capacity of around 3.000,000 pounds per month. The oil, which is a refined version of that produced by MUiisslppl County cottonseed and soybean mills, arrives In tank cars and Is heated 10 the oil can be pumped In liquid form. In a rear portion'of the building, three giant tanks stand in one ol the hottest spots in northeast. Ari- ansas. This is the storage room and ttmpentace here is kept at 120 degrees. Once again the purpose is to keep the oil in a liquid state. The oil is drawn from those storage tanks (with a total capacity ot 110,000 pounds) and pumped into formerly connected with Standard Brandt Inc., and U In chart* of oleo production. H< hold* a degree from Purdue University In Lafayette, Ind., where h« majored In chemistry. E. O. Klrby Is secretary and office manager, J. C. James is sales manager, Bart Manglni is In charge of distribution and R. A. Atkinson U plant superintendent. 1922— Grand Leader Opens fxc/us<Ve Shoe Store From the May 4, 1922, edition of the niytheville Courier: The Grand Leader is this week launching a'n exclusive shoe store In the old victory building, where a monster assortment of shoes of every kind are on display for the big bargain week. Story Tells How Armorel Got Its Name Ever wonder how the town of Ar- ' morel got Its name? . . The story goes that after (he lat« ' P.. SI Lee Wilson, founder of i e « ! Wilson Co., had established a sizeable lumber operation there th« people who lived In that area want- ' ed and needed a post office, < That i-equlred a name., Someone suggested using the first two let, .• ters of Arkansas and Missouri antL^ coupling them with Mr. Wilson'lR- flrst three initials. • Thus, about 1003, the town of Armorel was named. - MARGAK1NK KQIUI'MENT—This photo shows part of the equipment used by Osceola Foods Inc., In the manufacture of oleomargarine. This is the milk room of the plant. In these large tanks, milk used tn the making of margarine is cultured. The. cuHurinj process In- 1: ^^s^Mm&m^ :*1L^- . ;'- ' „' J —Courier News Photo eludes re-pasturlzlng for extra cleanliness. The milk Is then taken lo another part of the-plant where It is mixed with cottonseed oil and other IngvedicriU. smaller cainnron.s* lor mixing. At this |TOint, the margarine l-s reajly born for It is here that the various ingredient-s, including cultured milk and vitamins, are blended to produce whit will become the finished product. Also Produces Sticks Prom the blending pots the oleo is sent through n rapid cooling inn- chine and then to A machine which molds the one-pound blocks. The bricks move right into another machine which first wraps and then packages them. By diverting the flow from the blemlim; tank, the margarine can lie sent through a machine which will mold and wrap four individual, quarter pound sticks at one time whenever nn order necessitates It. At present; the plant doesn't have the facilities necessary for refining the crude oil which is manufactured by the mills located nearby. It busy most of its refined oil Irom Memphis and Texas where re- lineties arc located. However. Mr. Young said the firm will install its own refining system It refining costs justify the move. Tile margarine factory Is located on Alternate Highway 61 opposite the Of ceola ' Products Company which will furnish much of the cruuc cyttonseccT oil for the oleo plant when the refinery Is added. Ml Air .!» Filtered U is hotted in n building of concrete brick steel and tile construction. The floors are of acid-proof tile, the walls of ceramic tile and the ceilings ol concrete—all materials which can be cleaned with steam, The processing room was con- shucicd wholly without windows In the interest ol cleanliness and the only air which reaches the interior of the plant conies through a Westinghouse preclpitron wh'ich filters the tiniest o! articles from the aii and maintain* a constant temperature when the plant is in operation. Construction of the plant, was completed In April. 1949. and U began operation the following month Associated with Mr. Young in the ownership of Oscenla Foods are the following officers and directors of the company: D. s. I.aney. vice- president and, R. C. Bryan, both of Osceola; W. M. Taylor of Reiser HIGH STANDARDS Y "! ^ V ot service to snippers I \-.- BELT St. Louis Southwestern Railway lines G. L. SMYTHE, General Agent Osceo/a Once Had All-Woman School Board Serving on a school board generally is left to men, but O.sccola once hafl what is believed to be the only alt-woman board In the history of the state. It happened in 1932. six O.scoola housewives, all of whom live in lhat area now, took over the school board for the purpose of "cleaning up" the school situation of that day Residents of South Mississippi County who remember the event o:trn refer to it as the "Mnble High Incident" because the president of that all-woman school board -vas Mrs. John W. (Marble) Edrinaton "We served for a year. 1532 to 1S33." Mrs. Edrington said. "We were elected by the people became there was some II! feeling toward the schoal superintendent. He didn't even have a degree and hpd held the office for a long ti:r,e Set Up Private Schrxil "We established a private school that was known a.s Citizen *:ja and operated on a tuition oasis •• had about loo studenlj and th» people of Osceola donated money U> help operate the school." Tht other members of the all- woman board were Mrs. Ed Teaford, Mrs. Ray Dllliard, Mrs. Lee Maxwell, Mrs. Ely Driver and Mra. Clem O. Bowen. "And the funny thing about It." Mrs. Edrington related further, "was that Mr«. Bowcn'n husband was a member ot the regular board and her children attended our Khool. "My husband went to the other Khool board and told the men that they were going lo hav« lo Itl us have th« grade school building (old «r»d« school) and we got it. -W» ran Citlaen High for a year They took over the Oscco and got rid of the superintend takes pride in being part of the growing city of Blytheville PROCESSORS OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY PRODUCTS COTTONSEED & SOYBEANS

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