The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 65
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 65

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
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i SECTION •DV: BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBR 18, Pity Possesses Ample Storage Facilities for Cotton federal Compress 40 " : X.VMIVMI iYears Old; Capacity Now Is 229.000 Bales ; Ppr the past 40 years, the Federal Compress ol Blytheville nas Jbeen furnishing hundreds of farmers in North Mississippi County »',lh ^storing facilities for their cotton bales. t • - • f The Blytheville Plant, largest In i.the state and fifth largest in the 'nation, was constructed in 1010 by • the Federal Compress and Ware:house Company of Memphis.'which •Joperatejs compresses in all parts of ^he cotton-producing South. J At. the time o! its construction, ^the Federal Compress here had a licensed capacity of 25.100 bales. At slhat lime that small limit appeared 'adequate la serve this area. i But as Mississippi County grew >lo become the world's largest cotton ^producing county and Blytheville ibecame the chief city of the area, jthe facilities offered by the com- jprcss became cramped and addictions had to be made 3 Merger Made In 1926 3 In 1926 the Federal Compress and SvVarehouse Compnny and the Ar- •kansns-MIssouri Compress Company, .^which also operated warehouses ;here. merged their facilities into '.ono vast compress and the Federal JCompress began operating two units, sone on South Elm street and Ihe Jollier on South Division street. The on South Division Street was >trie one operated by Arkansas- jMissouri Company. 3 Today Blythevtlle's Federal Com- ipress has a licensed capacity of '229.000 bales in Its two units. It has j27 compartments (warehouses) anri jboth unite are equipped with the Smost incdern compress equipment Jincludlng high density presses and jsprlnkler type fire fighting systems. .z The compress /urnishes firnptov- *ment for approximately 200 Blvthc- Jville residents at Its peak season. -JThls number Includes 14 permanent 'employees and the remainder are hired only during cotton harvest season. 115.000 Rales Stored Annually It avrages storing approximately 176.000 bales of Mississippi Counlj grown cotton each year. The bales are stored for tlw producers on per-oale cost until such time as the bales are sold. The compress In Blytheville Is one of the 26 operated by the Memphis company In Arkansas and is the largest. In fact, only four In the entire nation ore larger. These ire loe,,tcri at Memphis, New Or- l<-nns. Houston and Oalveston. W P. McDaniel Ls superintendent of the Blytheville Federal Compress and Prentiss Holder Is his assistant Working with Mr, McDanlel directing the plant's operation as members of the office force are Joe Hamby. oflice manager and Eugene Auten, bookkeeper. Buys Lacey Building From the Mar. 9. 1925, edition of the Blytheville Daily Courier' Caruthersville, Mo.—A deal has been consummated by which J. H. Elder of ihis city purchased of Mrs. Anna Lacey the Lacey building on West Fourth street, assuming charge of the property at once. It is said the nev/ owner Is contemplating the establishment of a delicatessen store on the ground floor of the building. Water falling from the roof at one building onto adjacent property owned by another has resulted lii court action for damages on several occasions. COTTON I'RESS—Modern equipment such as the press shown above ha* beer. Installed In Mississippi County's compresses to gne the county's cotton farmers the best service available. This press is known as r. Webb 80 with a high density attachment. press is located at Blytheville's Federal Compress. This particular Blytheville Compress Founded in 1938; Has 52,000-Bale Capacity Although H l« on« o* th» younjett In the county, tti* BMhaviiw Compraai Company • rank* DMr Uw top W ' tin nomnTiox Lne-nnu, B,,««d , mo ,«, „ ,,„,„„„ „„„, ,„,, ^.''"BK" """,„,„ rJ «rLr^:.:7 i x.r='rs r.T.-.'jr *••*•• "»>- - - (Growth of Canning Plant Here (Reflected in Production Data '. ln "f, " /T. 01 "P"^™- '"« Blytlieville Cannes Company | M5 grow,, from „ small plant Kmiicd iln proaucbon fadhties, to one of the county's leadmg mdustnes with a weehlv payroll of : Growth of the canning plant has ' -been gratifying to older citizens of 'tne town who. through the Chamber i of Commerce, extended financial .aid to bring new industry to Blythe;ville as the lumber operations be- |gan to vanish. ^ in 19^3. th n plant first be^nn np- .;erall'.ns in a -iO-by-100 foot b'.illd- ling. Its production that year was ; about 5.000 cases. ... Since that time, under three dif- •fcrent managers. Ihc growth nf the ; organ:«tlon has teen steady. ; After the lirsl year of orgnnizn- "•licjn. Giorge Grcb necame manager :and owner of the company and op- ,'erated the plant until .ibmit 1!H2 .when he sold his interests to E. R. '• Lancash're. now secretary of the j Florida Canners League. ; In 1948. the plant was sold to ; Claude and Fred C Bush who oper- rite it today. Consistent growth of the ojiera- «e a rroup of •lytherlll* builneaa mtn and planter! formed what wu then a small comprew company. lach boufht •lock In th« firm which was e«- tablUhed for th« purpose of hand- llnf cotton frown by these planters. It was to be a unall firm but each at the stock holder* had only one hope, turnint It Into a profitable business. They bought aome equipment — not much, Just enough to get bjr on —built a couple of warehouaea and opened for business, rhe government licensed their compress as havinj a IS.OOO bale capacity. However, It wasn't but a ahort time until' the stockholder! learned that this wasn't enough. Hai 7 Warehouse* Today, 12 years later, the Blytheville Compress Is still located on :he same plot of ground at 700 North Fourth Street, but It covers a lot more ground. There are seven warehouses today, each with a 7.500 bale capacity. The overall licensed capacity is 52.000 bales and the firm doesn't miss capacity very far each fall. Cotton farmers use the facllit'l«s of the Blytheville Compress Company to store their uoiton bales and these facilities Include some of the most modern machines for handling cotton that money can buy. This equipment Includes mechanical stacking machine, car-loading machine which handles the cotton from the press, to the can, and both standard and high density presses for local and overseas ahlp- The plant has Its own water and fire fighting systems and a full crew of experienced hands to nan- of^.rrT^tn'^.tS? mately so workera during tlw •ni- ton Mason and he can bout • rmT ord that probably lj «ouan«rt wl only a few firm, | n thU 'tnt A» his full-tlnw employe*! hare Vani with nls firm for period* ot at u**t five yeara. - ^™ "We atarted out with an old aatt- trlc-type press," h« M |d -butil didn't take long for th" MehSL.2 to prove Inadequate and w. had to moderniM. Today our plant haa S modern equipment." The Blythevtlle Compress art* ages between 35.000 and 45,000 balei a season, Mr. Francis said. Son* years It hits lt« full SJOOO-baU capacity but In other* It dm. down to about 40.000 — quit* a change from the original 15,000 M- censed capacity. Among the other full time ara- ployees of the compreu an anil Poe. plant foreman, Mrs. Brail Pe*. bookkeeper, r. W. Adams an4 C iZ Phillips. '• ' 192J— P/an« 'Stuntt' Her* From the Au(. J. im edWeti the BlytheYilla Dally CourUr: An airplane aattai orar thfc _Wednesday afternoon at a low tM- ( ,ude, and cut som* eapon «*«• Davia Avenue. w« wer* not ahta t, get up to whera h» wu to find ot* what he was doing In town or whether he liked ua well wiouth u stay. . MMA BKANS UXUEKGO .NSl'KCTlOX-Growing and canning of lima beanlnissippi county has grown Into a stable n.dustrial-agricuitura, operation in it,elf in recent years. These women are m- spectuig the beans before they are conveyed to canning machinery <l!on is reilectcd in production lig- ^ures of the past three years. | OlUrnil .Tumps 1 In 1948. the plant canned approx- Jmalely 500.000 cases ot vegetable iln one year, that figure jumped to 1350.000 rases and this year company ^officials confidently expect to can least 500.000 cases of vegetables. v About 200 persons are employed at ;the plant during the peak canning ^months (about (ive out of the year} .and the company Is working toward ;«nd fust approaching a goal when 'canning will not. be a seasonal in- irtustry In Blytheville. * It Is hoped that within the near •future the plant will run a five- diy »«fk vMlh a full crew u months of Ihe year. ' Bulk of the goods cinticd here bf»r the Bush Brothers label. How. CANS GO TO COOKINT, VATS-Canned vegetables receive cook- Ing In these steam heated vats while they are In the cans. Above a steel basket of cans Is poised over one of the cooking vats. ever. It's no secret ttTat the plant does "custom canning" (canning for other labels). Difterem vegetables canned at the Blytheville plant would make a long list. Among them are corn, all types of beans, spinach and asparagus. Ihe Blytheville Canning company was ihB first canning company Jhf entire Mld-Smilh to can '» """ UnUi i. here plonearad la Struggle Against Odds By Pioneer Teachers Laid Firm Foundation Continued from Page 1 Section o Mlddlelon. who is In her 27th year :n Mississippi County. Both tauEli! in other districts before coming to Gosnell seven and [our years ag< respectively. Miss MarguercUe Matthews and Mrs. Alice Womack. boll, clvinc-i, tary teachers at Armorel have averaged a quarter of a century service apiece. Miss Matthews has 26 years service, and Mrs. Womack 24. Principal fur 30 Ve^irs Another veteran of the county is Mrs. C. L. Moore of Osceola. wl.o Joined ,the school system In I9n For the past 30 years, she has been principal of the Os'ccola High School. canning these vegetables, which were produced locally, the north' and mlrt-wesl Merc the only centers! which parked these variables. Others Follow Other canning plant.- m the touth were quick' to follow this sample I set by the Blytheville organization G.-owtn ot the canning industrv 1 in the county has not teen imwc!- '• come to tarmtn who. In years of cotton Ao rM ge cnniroh, look »boul loi other c»ih cropi, »uuui The Blytheville Canning Company Duys most ol i'.s produce li: Mississippi County and Southeast Missouri. D.urlng a normal year, it will pay farmers some $200.000 for Iheir vegetable crops. The company would like to buy even more of Its vegetables locaDy It sometimes has to send to Illinois and other mid-western states to obtain such vegetables as white corn. \ Usually, the plant consumes 25.000 nusheis of white corn each year. It. •s also necessary to buy different •••rletiefof beans from oilier ft'lfs chiirtc Bush is manager of the oriaolaatlon aew. ! At Wilson. Miss Mary Hymoiids i 11.15 rji'fin musical director lor the past 28 years, and Miss virgie Rcg- i'rs. .it present teaching English in the high school, has been connected with the school system for 21 years. Miss Clola McCormlck. main ana social science teacher ni Manila Junior High, has served the Manila District for U years, and in tne Lcachville District Mrs. May Mitchell has been active lor a quarter of a century. I,. H. Al] [ rv naj bcon with the Burdctte Dislrict for J3 years. Other twenty-year veterans Include Miss Clark Speakes, elementary supervisor and librarian In the Etowah District, Mrs J 1 Mifdin. elementary principal, Mrs' R. T. Ballcw B nd Mrs. R. B. Thomas, high school teachers at Lux- era. The Blytheville Dislrict lus the most veterans, in addition to Mrs Hardy, this district has 12 white and three Negro teachers who have JO years or more service. One of this number Is Miss Winnie Virgil Turner, who came to the county from Port Smith, Ark In 1026 as county supervisor and adult school teacher. Moved Hcr« In 19JJ Her office at the time was In Osceola. but because nf the change L n , i hc ,,, ccnt " f population to Blyiheville, she moved to the latter city la UJT. In 193;,, the supervisor's Job became a victim of Gov. Futrcl's economy move and the county had only a part-time supervisor. Miss Turner served In this capacity until 1037 when the county set-up was again changed, it was then she joined Ihe Blytheville District. Miss Turner was the only county supervisor in the state to survlv" the depression of the Thirties. All other county supervisory jobs were abolished at that time. Other Blytheville District mem- iiers will, at least 20 years service are Miss Monta Hughes. Mrs. Ui- cile Qucllmalz. Miss Luna B Wtl- helm. Miss Sunshine Swift. Mrs. E E. Hardin, Mi.w Elizabeth Halstead. Miss Mary Outlaw, Mrs. E. P. Pry. Miss Mnry Hubler. Miss Alma Peters and Miss Alice Marie Ross. Negro veterans In this district include M. J. Shivers, Bessie Partee Ivy and Fred Payne. Devote Uv«s to Education These persons have played an active part in the progress of education In this area and have given the biggest part of their lives and efforts In an attempt to give Nt'lsT- slssippi County educational facilities equal to any in the country. Too much credit cannot be given them-and the thousands of other individuals of both the past and present who have had and are still having a hand In buildjng this great educational frame-work. The bell of the legendary red school house has been silenced, but its echo has resounded down through the years and has resolved Into school systems such as the one In Mississippi County—systems which, though still lacking much, have done their share In making the United Slates the most enlightened oatloo on tartb. Thomas Manufacturing Company Makes Farm Equipment at Air Base and more familiar with the process of assembly line man. ufacturmg;. In short, Blytheville industries havi multiplied ootr, in numbers and production since the war. Keeping pace with such increase Ls the Thomas Manufacturing Co. at the air base which haa been building cotton and corn trailers, cotton choppers and which recently produced the first tobacco harvester ever to be put Into the fields. Tnomaa Manufacturing Co. opened office* In Blytheville during June, 1»47, and thus became the first Industry to locate at the Army-deserted air base. The company's production plant and offices ar« located in two bulldinga. near the southwest edge ot Municipal Airport which formerly were used for storage ol office equipment. Thomas Trailer Made I*lrst Item to be produced by the Thomas company was the "Thomas Trailer," a small four-wheel rub- isr-tirei Jailer t» far= ww.' & wider bed later was added to this trailer for use In the corn fields. Wesley Thomas, owner and manager, moved to Blytheville in 1947 from Michigan where he also produced the Thomas Trailer. Two North Mississippi County residents, H. W. Mohan and J. R. Payne, were engaged to handle trailer sales. About SO employes have been engaged In assembly-line production ever since the plant began operation. For the trailer, both wood and steel-bottomed beds are made while all trailers are rigged with wooden sideboards. The e trailers Have been sold to farmers and planters all over the South and Midwest. They are of welded steel construction with steerable front wheels. A steel-ringed pipe assembly secured by setscrews gives the trailer an adjustable Cotton Chopper Produced In March, 1950, the Thomas Hrm began production ol a new-type cotkm-choppcrf the Southern Belle. This Is a IljrhlwelgrU machine, operating irom We power takeoff, of any tractor, which lioes and thins cotton with a cutting stroke "similar to that of the human arm." Distributed by ihc Southwest Company, Ltd.. Memphis, this machine 1= said to be capable ot handling <o acres per day. It was tested and tried In Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas (or one year before produced and distributed in the South and Southwest. Snllrd for Sutar Beets Mr. Thomas says the machine also Ls stilted for use In sugar beet and tomato cultivation. Four chopping blades, resembling ordinary cotton hoes route from two steel pipes beneath a dirt shield at the rear of the machine to hack out unwanted weeds and cotton slalks. The "bite" Is regulated by the operator. All of these machines were, built in Blythevtlle by locsl labor and many city products were employed in the manufacture of the Southern ..und-telterlng on the cotton chof>- per. |jj Senaih Man la Mrenior " Charley Hall. Senath, Mo. cotton farmer. Invented the machine b»- fore bringing It to the Thomsa eom- pany which boufht manufacturing and sales rights. In July, Thomas Manufacturinf Co. turned out the flrat workabi* model of a machine long-awaited by some §75,000 burley tobacco farmers. This Is a king-sized •cLjar-cUppw- which harvests tobacco by mean* ot a circular saw and a flot-beddtd self propelled machln* atuddad with tobacco stakes The tobacco to art and thrown onto the bed zn«ch»Vu«- ally where It Li picked up and staked for curing workers. The tobacco harvester wu dnol- °S*d ^ t»o mideaU H trie T«n- nessee tobacco section, sold atta and manufacturing rlghu to th» Thomas company. "This machine IM som»thln« entirely new and different," Mr. Thomas has said, "and it- dealfn has earned the praise of many tobacco farmers In addition to the approval of Industrial •njjlneera from Ford Motor Co." Ford as* Aid Ford has shown its Interest In tobacco harvester by providing services of two of its Memphis engineers to aid Mr. Thomas In final engineering phases. The final model Is a streamlined machine with a 1950 Ford rear end, a Ford truck transmission. st«.erin» wheel and gear assembly. It !> to b* powered by a 10 horsepower Wisconsin gasoline engine. This machine also will be named the "Southern Belle." Production of this machine still Is In the planning singe although Indications are that it will be manufactured in Blytheville. Thomas' main building at the airbase Is 220 by 70 feet In siae, nipply- Ing 15.400 square feet of floor space. Storage sheds are located east of the building. Types of employe* hired by the Thomas firm Include painters, welder», assembly - lint workers and stock men. Re-Purchasts Ham* | From the Mar. 9. 1925, edition of the Blytheville Daily Courier: Leachville, Ark.—0. r. Roderick has repurchased the Roderick residence on the north side from Mr*. Burns and will remodel It and mow back into It, Mr. Roderick built his residence eight years ago and lived In It up to two yearr ago when he sold It to Dr. Bunu, who with Mrs. Burns and children haw to Butesvllle. Belle. Included were paint from a (hevllle palnl manulaclurer dirt shields made by a local 31y- -ir Aid flan Succeeding Prom the Mar. 9, 1625, edition of Ihe Blytheville Dally Courier- Leachville, Ark.-The effort* of the banks and business men of Uachvllle and Manila cooperating to secure fln-nclil aid for farmer* to make a crop rather than rely on

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