The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 69
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 69

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 69
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Blytheville Fire Department Shows Notable Progress Since Early Days ,BVom the rfays when the fire truck left, the station amidst, a neighing of horsea and .veilsyofr "Girtdap" from the driver, Blytheville's Fire Department ha» made-notable Most ; of the progress lias been* made under' the present fire chief Hoy Head. '' " ' Mr. Head came to the department back in |321 and took over as chief BLYTHEVILLE "(ARK.) COURIER NEWS in 1J133.: He's bpen eating smoke as top. man in Blytlievlllc's fire de- W. H. Stovall Recoven Attack of Influenza From the Nov. 14, 1918, edition of Ihe Blytheville Herald-News: The many friends of W. H Stovali will be glad to now that he has about recovered from his recent Illness, and returned to Biytiievllle on Wediifsd.y of thl* week, , n i „„ b« found at his post of duty «t the J. C. Cobb Undertaking, co Mr Stovall ^withstood the influenza and rendered efficient service* to those bereaved until the epidemic was il- most over, »nd then he fell a victim to the germ. The manatee, or s«"'cow U et- sentlaily a vegetarian. Hoy Head partment ever since. ThomiiMn First Chief His assistant, Horace Walpoie. has about the same number of years sen-Ice. L. G. (Pete) Thompson. Dlyth'e- ville plumber, .was the first- fire chief that Mr. Head recalls. He was followed by Joe Milligan, who took over in 1921. . Lawrence posey succeeded Mr. Milligan and held the job about one year. 1 Mr. Head took over when ' Mr. Milligan stepped dou-n. j j Mr. Head says that Blytheville's If fire truck was lit^rilly "horse- il' powered" prior 10 1515. . . [': It was in tlvit \ear he says that " the department replaced its horse- Bricklayert Scarce In Thit Ana Despite VVogei of $2 Per Hour Fi-oin the. Aug.' 3, 1023. edition of the Blytheville Daily Courier: K. O. Hansen of the ,Han.sen Construction Co., tells the Courier he has been handicapped-on account of • a scarcity of bricklay- •ers, hence the delay on the Firm National Bank building:-•. •-• He scoursd 'Memphis In rain'for .men, and finally got some negro bricklayers, : lhen the white' variety refused : to work, notwithstanding the price being paid to »U.30 per day, nearly $2 per hour. We of ^little money can hardly conceive pf shell prices, but others are paying It and 'il'one must. Awarded Diploma From Hie Aug. 3. 1923, edition of (he Blytheville Dally Courier: Sam S Hale, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hale of Gostiell, -who Is a student at the Chillicbllie Business College, Chillicolhe, Mo., has completed his course ' there and- has .been Issued the commercial diploma, Store is Moved From the Mar. 9, 1325, edition of the.BlytJieville Dally Courier:, I.cachvlile, . Ark -nie Peoples' Furniture Company has discontinued their Manila branch store and moved the stock and consolidated it with the Leachrl.lle store. . have labor they mast pay trie price 'because work ts plentiful. ' % n .8* A Sons Established in 1924 Since .1324,;' the jiame. of Ben White has been on people's toiiBiics whenever residents of Blytheville and Mississippi county began talking about construction, , For it was In that year (hat .Ben While,, founder of Ben White and Sons. Contractors,' started in Uie construction '•• business In BIythcVJIleV, ., .:• •-:.;• ' At that'tline r 'some:20 'person's worked fo/ the company and Its .building;' ••pltfy&s • were confined largely,, to'brick work.:: '.-:• 200 Pfrwjni on Payroll Now approximately 200 men are listed on (he .organization's payroll and Ben While and Sons has .been successful; bidder L on sqme of (lie county's largest construe- • tion jobs. Mr. White, now operating the concern In partnership with tons Johnny H. and Ben M. White points out that the growth of the company has been steady. Already expanded before the pre- and post-war buildin* booms, Mr. White estimates that his operation Increased by about 25 per cent Just prior to »nd since the war. Although the company has handled Jobs In many parts of North- cast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri, it now confines Us efforts to.Mississippi Countv. . Cobalt is used as an alloy for jet engines. 1978— Armistice 'Reprieve*' 147 Missco Inductees From Ihe Nov.' 14, 1918, edition of the Blytheville Herald-News- The H7 young men who entra for Camp Pike from Miss" county on Monday morning. turned back at Memphis, by order! from Crowder. and reached BlyihT' ville on the 8:30 train Monday njj, ,, after being !„ the 5e rvlce for u'^ cJe Sam for one day. Tills was q ulcl( work for them, but if their goi,,., brousht an armistice so soon ».« are certainly glad (hat they started Jlorace drawn craft with hose truck. This hose truck onlv vaguely resembled fire trucks of today. Today's trucks ar e known as "pumpers" In the trade. That is, they supply additional pressure as the water tnuves through their pumping syslems and uito to hoseiines. The old hose trucks merely carried the hose which was connected o the fireplug, pressure was often low and unsteady. "We probably have the best alarm system available ... not counting the alarm box system, which is Pretty expensive to install," Mr Head points out. Each of the city's 15 volunteer firemen have private "nlarm" telc- psoncs at their places of business ana their homes. __ When you cnll (wm, the desk sergeant nt the police station maker sure he has (he address straight I thcr, rmgs Ml Ihe private alarm j pnuicii slmuliancously. j ^-s the- firemen pick u,, u,,-i r ' -loncs the desk sergeant repeats Hie ad(!rc.-s [o them. • j "Tint way, the firemen can be «l the scene of the fire just, about -^.c, as (he truck." M, Head Blythevlllc's fire fighting system! ril, rf . Inc ' Ccl " ! < >n "'»«d a™"* .'»?• B 1">™ '"at Hn». the The department was moved from Its ol<> home on the corner of n^-omt and Walnut streets in 1928 when tnc City Hall was completed i ny tin., time, the old steam W hl«-! lv f '"", S! , slcm had brc " replaced) not'n/ {? S - VStC '" laltl "»'S» ! ^•vi'^'i c '^ lrll;in *' fl s todays central p'-ir-icr" •" ct ' ll l» and the first Toda Was High Rating y. the modernized Four v.rll.^nippcd trucks ,nd il?- ' , s '" Ions arc available throM^hout the day a nd nicht as drivers 0 ' S vol " iu «" «»d three The drivers, of course, are the only lull-lime salaried employes of the dt-rnrlment. Firemen get' f ron i »2 to S5 per fire. " . "That fee is for five minutes .wit." Mr. Head explains or . * pf ,, s " lllon nu-i World war If acros-s Main Direct from Ihe t.aiise Sr-.hool to «'ive Ihe Increased popuhtlon of the rlty. Tlw latest fire truck was acquired In Jniuiary, 1949. ' Mid-South' the new RITZ theater jffrrw-s.- promising new pleasure, new comfort to all movie-goers -— the crowning achievement of twenty-eight years 0. W. McCUTCHEN Soon we'll unveil the new Ritz . . . without question, one of the most modern theaters in the MJd-South. Everything that makes an evening at the movies pleasurable will be at your serv- Ice — from * he new soft seats to the sparkling tile rest rooms. Yes, you'll be proud of Blyfhe- Yille'i best. This magnificent theater it th« crowning achievement of Mr. O. W. McCutehen. In 1950 as owner-manager of the Ritx, Roxy and Gem Theaters, he records his twenty-eighth year of providing entertainment to our thousands o* movie fans. And upon the completion of rhe new Ritz, you can look forward to even better pictures in the years to come. McCUTCHEN THEATERS IN BLYTHEVILLE ROXY GEM

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