The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 51
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 51

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 51
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TOE8DAY, OCTOBER 10, 1960 BLTTHKTILLI (ARK.) OOURIEB NKWS SECTION C-PAGE H6HT Luxora Founder's Widow, at 102> Believed County's Oldest Resident bar iOnd UrthtUjr tnnl- .tin. Dempiy Waller of Linen I* believed to be MU*ls*lp- pTOMwty'* oldest resident. tin, .Waller, widow of the man »ho aetUed Luxora, will celebrate her ICUnd birthday Dec. 1. And «he ha* apent all but 23 of thoae 103 yt«n in the town founded by her huabtnd and named for her daughter. tin, Waller wa* born at 8om- ervUle, Term.; in 1M«. She came to Mlaalaalppl County In 1«7* shortly after «h* and her husband were married. It wa* a few year* after their m»rrii£i that Mrs. Waller's husband, realizing the possibilities that lay alonf the banks of the mighty UlMtatppl River, purchased a large tract of land a few miles north of aureola and built a one-room combination home and store near a boat landlnt. Elver Town !• "Home* That building was the first to ,b» constructed on the site of what "i« now Luxora. And to Mrs. Waller, the river town that grew from that one-room store and residence, has been home ever since. Un, Waller and her two daughters, 'Mrs. Sally Davis and Miss LuxDra Waller, for whom the town of Luxoia wu named, Uve In a Urge house only a short distance from where she and her husband whittled a home but of the wilder- &es*. The house she now lives in la. one of the oldest In the county having been constructed In 1891. The home faces the river on Lux- era'a south side and is surrounded by native trees,- typical of the ones that covered.most of Mississippi County-on the day she came here from Tennessee. Age Take* Effecl Mrs. Waller's advanced age has taken its effect on her health but in spite of her age still "stirs around the house" ajid takes occasional trips around the huge lawn -ef her home when weather permits. Her husband died In IBM, the year the town that he settled was chartered and after his death Mrs, Waller remained with the people «he knew and loved—the people of .Luxora. She has watched her town grow from a tiny river settlement beaten out of the wilds- of the Mississippi River swamp land to a modern little clly , directly In, the heart oi the hat-ion's garden spot. 1927— Courier Newa Photo COUNTY'S OLDEST RESIDENT—At 102, Mrs. Dempsey Waller (seated), Is believed to be the oldest person now living In Mississippi County. Mrs. Waller and her two daughters ;Miss Luxora Waller, (stand- Ing at left) for whom the town of Lu.xora was named, and Mrs. Sally Davis, hive lived In the ssmt house In Luxora since 1891. Mrs. Waller's husband built the first house on the sit« of what Is now Luxora In 1875. Hale Seed Farms Seek To Improve Varieties On* erf UM many MJaaUalppi County Inatltulionj th»t U join» »I1 out to btlp'tht farmer In thla and othtr *r*u U th» Hal* ftMd Ptrau. Th« rut *crni* which lit* In and around the little community of Burdett* and embrace* the two unit* of th« Kali Parmi la belnc used both u a rttearch and experiment fUtion and u a crop-producinf area It Li the purpose o! the owner* of theM farm* to produce t*«d that will In turn produce for the farmer a healthy plant that will yield a maximum crop. Ownera oi this Ktd-srowlnj en- terpriae are Mr. >nd Mr«. George A. Hale, who orjanlwd the farm* In 1MT. Mr. Hale, a professional agronomist, haa combined several yean experience In agriculture with aome original idea* of his own to come up with some rem»rkable improvements In cotton, corn and soybeans, the three seeds In which the farms specialize. A native of Southwest Arkansas, Mr. Hale has been Interested In agriculture since early boyhood, His littered led litrn to study agriculture first at the Uniersity of Arkansas, then later fowa State College and Missouri UnterMty. DelUplne M. Tht> new variety !• btlnt detlgn- td to produce earlier cotton and to make It more suitable for a mechanical cotton plclter. Soybean* also have oome under the scrutiny of the Burdette agronomist, and hi* experiment* have produced the Hale Ogden 2 which has been found to produce three and four more bushels to the acre than the regular Osden, Mr. Kale pointed out that development of a new seed variety Is a slow and tedious process that requires from five to 10 years to complete. All results of his variety test* conducted each year are published annually by Mr. Hale to reveal all the progress made. All seed he sell* originates on his two Burdelte farms, and each va- He receive,! a Bachelor of Sclracc j rlcty of seed starts from only one 1918— 'Kaiser Wilhelm' Gets Justice As City Celebrates Armistice State Official Sees 2 Schools Being Rebuilt after Fire from the March 17. 1927, edition of the Blythevitle Courier Ne\vs: C. M. Hirst, state supervisor °'f buildings and grounds In the state department of education at Little Rock, spent Wednesday here in the interest of the rebuilding of the Yarbro and Reese schools which were recently destroyed by fire. Mr. Hirst' met with the directors ef the yarbro school and the county superintendent, Mrs. Robin Whitworth, and the matter was thoroughly discussed. Nothing definite could be decided upon for there are at present no funds available. The school will continue for the present in the church building. ^ 'The directors, of the Hecse school rnet here yesterday afternoon and the question of replacing this build- Ing was also taken up. It is hoped to have the school rebuilt for the beginning of trie summer term for the school was dismissed because of having no building of any kind In which to teach. The careful driver hardly ever teti Into a close place and scarcely ever Is listed in a casualty list. From the Nov. 1«, 1918, edition of the Blytheville Herald-News: : Blytheville believes In giving a gooii thing the right. kind oi a welcome, and so had a. second celebration of the-slgnlng of the armistice on Monday night. The first we held alter the false rumor on las 1 Thursday, and attflt: .It was found to be a false rumor plans began for the real thing when it came. About every other fellow in town assembled at the Liberty Square and good speaking was enjoyed until about eight thirty, when the kaiser was brought to the stand and stood trial for his meannesn. After the trial he was taken to the railroad where he was placed in a coffin, the coffin soaked with ccal oil, and burned while cheers were substituted for tears. This part of the program was the thought of Simon p. Lee. our shoe man, who had about fifteen men assist him. dressed in royal robes purloined Irom a local lodge, Tlie charges to which the kaiser answered are as follows: This Is the time and here Is the place. The kaiser enters Into the presence of the council of hell. In behalf of him becoming the devil anrt take full possession and reign until another degenerate is born and carries out his policies and wishes. The throne he will never abdicate under any oilier conditions, the necessary questions, you kaiser wilhclm, with your own free will and accord, In the presence of the Almighty God. answer to the best of your ability: 1. Is it n fact that you perpetrated and formulated a device whereby Grand Duke Ferdinand could be assassinated In Boznia, the town of Sangapore? 2. Is it R feet that you laught from infancy to dominate over Ood's free world regardless of the cost? 3. Is It a fact that you cursed the day that you were born because your mother gave you English blood In your veins. 4. Is it i fact that you taught generals and soldiers, that you had a divine right to kill and murder every one that was not of German blood? 5. Is It a fact that you told your soldiers to do as they pleased to the fair ladles of Belgium and France? 8. Is it a .fact that you took In your hands to destroy all churches In all the land in which you dominated over? 7. Is It » fact that you were the main Instigator of the sinking of unprotected passenger vessels which sailed on the free seas of the world, and more especially the Lusltanla? 8. Is it B fnct that you oftentimes said while here In this fiscal body that you were predestined to rto this murderous work of which you call right? To alKeif the above questions the kaiser answered "It is a fact." Now that you have answered these questions satisfactorily of.your own free will and accord, are you willing to have your body placed In-'a coffln of the very cheapest type anc burned to nshes? Ans. I am. Fund Drive Progresses .From the Mar. 9, 9125, edition p| the Blytheville Dally Courier: CaruthersvlJlc. Mo.—Reports by members of the committee on the Public Playground movement show that the tlncst sort of progress is being marie- toward tli» raising of funds for the establishment of tha desired recreation center. In Education degree from Iowa State with a major In farm crops and soils, and in 192» he obtained a Masters Degree In plant breeding from the University of Missouri, For the next nine years he was an agronomist with the Georgia Experiment Station at Griffin. Also a writer, Mr. Hale contributed many articles on his favorite subject to several farm papers and magazines during his Georgia stay. He next Joined forces with the United States Soil Conservation Service and worked for them at variotu places In his native Arkansas for six years. In 1942, he resigned to t?xe over the position as agronomist and to become one of the 10 partners of the vast Burdett« Plantation organization. Five years later. Mr. Hale decided to go into business for himself, cverlng his connections with Bur- rtette Plantation, he with the help of Mrs. Hale, brought the Hale Seed Farms into existence. Actually two farms which include W8 acres make up this enterprise. One of these farms - containing 428 acres forms part of Burdette proper, while the remaining 420 acres are located about two miles northwest of Burdette and about ,wo miles due west of Highway 61. Mr. Hale has about 370 acres In cotton and an er^ual amount In soybeans, and from this - acreage comes much of the seed planted by Mississippi County farmers. His biggest market for soybeans has been Alabama, but orders for all of his seeds come from all over the country. Seventy-five acres have been devoted to the growing of corn, and the remaining K acre* ia pasture land Moat of the seed corn used by this area has been Imported from the corn belt in the midwest, but Mr. Hate has been conducting experiment* for some time and expects to be producing a superior hybrid seed corn In the near future that will more than match any from that area. An Innovation in cotton produced by Mr. Halc's experiments is his Hale Deltapine 78. Tilts type of seed Is his own creation and has produced as much as 7fi pounds more cotton per acre than other types of seeds. This type o! seed, in Mr. Hales own words, "has considerable resistance to wilt and excellent seedling vigor which enables it to come up and produce goon stands under unfavorable conditions. "It has excellent picking qualities and docs not damage to the exten that some other varieties do when left in the field." This new crea tion \vns a selection from the Delta pine variety which he also creat eri in 1942. Always seeking to improve hi varieties, the seed producer is to day working on another type seed cotton which he calls Hal iliint. Mr. Hale exchange* seed with eed growers all over the South nd compares them with his va- letles, seeking to note advantage- characteristicx that he might ransfer to his own varieties to 1m- irove them. The r.ale Seed Farms are one of he three registered seed producers n Arkansas. The other two are at Scott and Marianna. These three are registered with he Arkansas state Plant Board, which inspects and approves the arms their methods and seed* produced by them. Mr. Hate also is president of the Arkansas Seed Growers Association, an organisation of the state's se%d iroducers with headquarter* In Lit:le Rock. Club Organized At New Liberty From the April 15. 1926, edition of the B.ythevUle Dally Courier News: The New Liberty Community Club was organized at a meeting of the citizens of the New Liberty community, held at the .school house t night. Dolphy GarreEt was elected president- of the new organization while Miss Gladys Robinson M selected secretary. The purpose or the organization Is lor the betterment of the New Liberty community along the Live nt Home plans that have been laid out by -the Agricultural committee oi the chamber of.commerce. A meeting will be held next Tuesday night lit which time the rules, regulations and by-laws of the club wilt be adopted. It was planned at the meeting last night that the club would meet twice R month. Abcut thirty citizens were present, all joining the new club. r.l.'XORA HIGH SCHOOL niW.DlVG-Snowi] above is an early picture of the present. Luxor* School building. The building, which li&s been enlarged and modified uau fcttft plcUM, * prukic*Uy new in this photograph. 1927— Pair Held Here tor 7heft O/ Auto in Tennesse* From the Jan. II, 1021. edition of the Blytheville Courier News: Two men who gave their names as Guy McAlexander and Luster Pitts, of Milan, Tenn., were arrested here Monday charged with, the theft of a new Ford touring car. The car is snld to have been stolen from off the streets of Milan Saturday night and the young men arrived in this city Sunday night. They are said to have attempted to sell the oar to the Ford Motor Co. for an unusually small amount of money and the firm notified the local police of the transaction. t.UXORA'S FIRST GOVERNING BODY—The handle-bur moustache was still in vogue ithen Urxora» first City Council sat for this portrait. The men are (first row, from the left) • O. B. Crocket, Mr. Davi* Mayor John B. Driver, H. P._Liston, and R. S. Tucker; (second row) Chief of Police H.'W. Spann, Mr. Mackej, Mr. Goodman and E. E. SUniey. Your life may hang by a thread. Safety will never break it but carelessness can make a short cut of It. Better Days Through Better Ways' Is FFA Creed "I believe in the future of fanning, with a faith born not of words but of deeds—achievements won by the present and past generations of farmers; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have oonie up to us from the struggles of former years." These lines are from the creed of the Future Farmers of America, another agricultural organization which has played an important role In the development of this eounty'; farming resources. The Futine Palmers uf America is an organization of young agricultural enthusiasts. It U composed of chartered state associations which, In turn, are made up of local ,:hnp- ters situated in high oChooly having Vocational Agriculture Departments. Through the FFA the agriculturally-Interested youths of the various communities throughout the state and nation are taught to be better farmers. They are taught belter .farming methods and are trained in community leadership In preparation for their fuiuie in agriculture. FFA worx began in Mi^iEsippi County in 1925. The first chapter -•<,•« Incited at Blytheville High Sciux>l. U -.Urted on a s:nnli scale with only cur. irhavjtcr ir, the entire county. Bnc. S<KH i', began to spread and chapters were organized at other high schools. Nine Chipleij In County Today, there are nine FFA chapters in the county and 10 In the Northeast Arkansas FFA Fetiera- HICII WAT/,* AT LUXORA—Most Of the town of Uixora was Inundated in 1698 when the Mississippi Mint apr*wlect suUWe In bonks. Buildings In the background were located in front of new levee. lion, which is made up of Mississippi, antl Ciaighead Counties. And A total of approximately 650 county farm youths laite part in the FFA progiam. The MisaLulppI County chapters • re located ai Leachvllle, Manila, Ucll. Blytheville, Luxora. Wilson, Dyess. Keiser and Joiner. The tenth chapter in the Northeast Arkansas Federation Is at Moncttc. Membership to the FFA it open to all youths In the individual locality, A small annual membership fee is charged to offset administrative costs. The programs to be carried on arc set tip by each Individual chapter uv lieu of the needs of the individual and the community. The FFA boys are taught through project* the best methods to follow in the various phases: of agriculture, and they apply what they learn in the numerous InUr- chapter contests held annually. Swine Raising Is Major Project These contests Include livestock and crop products judging, soil conservation and parliamentary procedure. Contests are held within each federation with the winners eligible for competition In state contests. The winner of the state contests are then entered in national contests. Swine raising Is one of the chief projects of Mississippi County chapters. The purpose of this type of project Is to get a good line of purebred hogs 'in the county and to do away with the mixed breed anrt culls. Most of the chapters operate their swine projects on a chain bull, A purebred bow and gilt are obtained by the chapters either through purchase or through donation by one of the national firms interested in FFA work, such as Sears-Roebuck and Company. Purebred pigs are then given to deserving members of the chapters. The members are, to raise the pigs and must repay the chapter two utgs from the first litter. Then t*.ese pigs are chained out just as were the first ones. Work With Schools Although FFA chapters are not actually a part of the high schools, they are connected with the schools j and the vocational agriculture In- j structors of schools serve as chap* I ler advisers. The Future Farmers of America chapters of Arkansas have their [ own summer camp at Lake Ca- ; therine In Hot Springs National Park. The camp is known as Camp Coiichdale and consists of 80 acres. Each summer, FFA members so desiring may attend this camp, where they receive additional training. Although the camping facilities are furnished free ol charge, FFA members »ro required So pay for the meals received Ihere and In some cases for transportation to and from the camp. Named for Donor The camp was named In honor of Harvey C. Couch, who donated to acres of land for the location of the camp. The remaining «0 acres were purchased by the FFA members. Leon Williamson of Blytheville, Is president of the Northeast Arkansas FFA Federation and A, B. Bradley, vocational agriculture Instructor at Luxora High School, Is federation advisor for the Bly- thevlll* FFA ahapter, 1885-1950 An Institution In Bl tbeville Fo Years.. Actually, Cobb Funeral Home was here years before the city of Blytheville existed. And Mr. Siovall has been the active manager himself for over 3 decades. Yes, you con safely entrust your most sacred of problems with the experienced staff at Cobb Funeral Home ... serving this community since 1885. W, U. STOVALL COBB FUNERAL HOME

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