The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 87
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 87

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 87
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SECTION K—?A<H! TWO BLYTTTEVIU.E (ARK.) COURIER NT5WS TUESDAY, OCTOBKK Hayti Grew from a Sawmill Community Founded in 1894 l.iko most of the oilier towns located H\O~\\K, Hie-Mississippi River in Soullieasl Missouri ami Norlheast Arkansas, Umber and Hie coming of the railroad were greatly responsible for the settling of Hayti, Mo. ' Cooler School Origin of Cooter, Mo., Dates Back To Era Long Before the Civil War One of Hie older communities of this nrea is Uic litlle lown of Cpotcr, i\lo., whicli in tlic delta country of SouLhci.sL. Missouri, not far I'rom the Arkansas state IlayLl Is a busy lown, nestled co?.i)y In the heart of historic Pemi-i scot County, yet It is one of the youngest towns ot this area, scarcely 55 years ot age. The lown, of Hayti Is the direct outgrowth of a smalt .sawmill community known as "Hi-Ti," II was laid out by Dr. Qrnnvlllc M. Hayes, who, along with Uie Ofltes family, wneil most of the land on which the 1/wn is now located. That was about 1894, In those days. Southeast Missouri wns referred to by the rest ol the state as ampcflst Missouri" and the "Nig- Head Swamps" because, then there was nothing there but tall timber and Mississippi River swamps. Louis Houck, a Cape Glrardenu railroad executive who had railroads running through much of Southeast Missouri and Northeast nestles quietly line. Just when the early settlers that | formed a community at this spot would be difficult to say. but it . is known that several (arailics were .In the logging business In thai vlc- tillty long before the Civil War. Among the early settlers who .were the first, occupants ol the Cooter vicinity were the Brooks, Funderburk, Hendrlcks, Jones, Asher, Holly, cooper, Kearney. Rushing, Byrd, Mlchies anil,Bargcr families. Many of these names are still prominent in the community lo.':day and at least one of the old Millers Is still living there. He Is '"Uncle" Virgle Funderburk. who lists his age as about 90. '~ There has been much discussion 'as' to where the name "Cooler" originated, but some of the residents of the little Southeast, Mlss: ourl town believe that, the place H'Bs named after B genus or duck , : called the coot that iuhabitaUd those parts In the early days. ' Others will tell you that It received its name from the cooter, better known as Ihe common box tortoise or snapping turtle, which frequents the lowlands of that section. . ' ; A few offer the opinion thai family named Cooter might have .lived there in the early days, but there is no definite proof of such a family ever existing, and even claimant* admit they are only venturing a guest, MJke most of this area, the first .prominent occupation In cooter was the lumber business, but people gradually turned to farming as the timber gradually disappeared. .Today.-the basic industry Is agriculture and the excellent productive Boil in the Cooter vicinity makes •It suitable for soybeans, corn, al- f-''- "~d l! "fi-'r>-1' although the principal crop It, cotton. ;-,,:i-rst ijjoi- was established in Cooler in 1880, and the first, mail carhe by boat nnd horseback. '•' - " of its proximity lo the Mississippi River,, this little coni- ' under,constant threat of flood waters when Ole Man River goes on the rampage, but the last overflow which actually put Cooler L r"f?er water \vn: during the big flood of 1897 when Ihe levee broke and the whole community was in. undated. fit that time, people were disgusted with the situation and waul- i 10 get out,. Many sold their land at from $1 to $5 an acre. Auout 1801, ft railroad over which ]r~-. were hauled from a lumber camp just southwest of Cooler to Tyler on the Mississippi, provided Cooler with l(s only transportation facilities outside of a few country, nnkept roads. But when the Frisco Railroad began building in (hat area nenr the turn of the century. Cooler .residents were a bit skeptical as] ped to the value of a railroad and discouraged Its extending through Cooler. AS a result the Frisco by-passed Cooter. and today the little town Js without a railroad because the little logging line has long since ceased to operate. The first school in that vicinity was established just after the Civil War about three quarters of a mile south of Cooter. This was a one- room wooden structure that, stood for mam- years as the only educational facilities In the area. , After the turn of the century a building was built in Cooler proper •nrt by 1919 the first high school was established. Gradual growth called for expansion and the high school was increased to a four- year school In 1924. That same year Tyler. Crocket, Number Ei^ht Franklin Lake and the CootA scnools united Into one big district which is still existent today. Ilinerent preachers furnished nosl of (he religious services for niiny years, and later school houses and other buildings provided a shelter for church services. The first church building Vas milt just soulh of Cooler by the Baptists in 1914, and a little later Methodist Church was established n Ihc east em] of the town. Today, this Methodist church is 111 f:i use, while in 1949 the Uap- lists built a new brick structure near the center of town. For a short while the town also possessed a bank, but this Institution suffered the fate of so many banks in the enrly thirties, and Is today no longer existent. In i[)27, a school building was added to the system and 11 years later—in 1938—an addition was built. A modern gymnasium and home economics building were also added. In 1947 an agriculture building was completed, giving the school system n complete program which lacked only one thing—industrial arts. Plans arc in the making today to include even this In Ihe future. The more than 600 pupils enrolled in the Cooter school system nre under the supervision ot 23 facully members, who in lurn are headed by Superintendent of School J. F. Godwin, B graduate of Cape Girardeau Teachers College. Athletic activities of the school Include both baskelbftll and soil- ball. The school soflball team only recently completed its season with a 6-4 record and the runner-up trophy in the pemlscot County tournament. As in so many schools In this vlc'lnily the term Is split because of the cotton picking season. Schon which started ill July let out late in September nnd will re-open round Nov. 13. Closing time for the second term is hi May sometime Members of presenl school boim include Arnold Jones, president; Guy Azbill, vice-president; Loui? Lester, secretary; \V. L. Luster Floyd Wngster nnd Arthur Wagner Gus Cooper, although not a member of the board, serves as its treasurer. Today, the town of Cooler has a population of not quite 500. I is somewhat handicapped as l< transportation facilities since tin only highway running through thi town Is Missouri State Road E. However, the little town has no let this handicap bother it toi much and today is Ihe cotton ccn tcr of the immediate area. Several cotton gins hnve com and gone throughout the lltll town's history, but todny three mo dcrn equipped gius still retuali These gins are usually busy 2 hours a day during tho fall season The [own Includes a well-ecunp theater, several grocery stoves cafes, three service stations. wards. Tom Perry, j i m Gossett Haul Lynn and Tom Hopper. Favorite son of the litlle Missouri community is Roy Harper, who at present Is a federal judge in the Eastern Missouri District, Arkansas track was contemplating laying Cape GIrardefU] to Kcuuelt ami from KcnneU on into Csmithersvllle along about this Lime. The story goes that Dr. HaycK went lo llouck and made him a proposition. The proposition was tha if Houck would run his : rallroat over Dr. Hayes' land, pr. Hayes would lay out a town. And thus Haytl was born. S. P. Williams was the town's irst mayor and he was onr of Ihe letltlonera for the Incorporation of he town. Others were Dr. Hayes, B. W. Relfe, J, H. Doolltlle, R. L. iayes, James Summers, B. G. Mofa- ey, O. It. Roper, Frank Pullum, J. P. Blsselt and J. T. Blssett. R. I,. Hayes was the town's first paymaster and B. C. Mobley operated the* first hotel there. On May 12. 1898, an election was lield to appoint members of the (own's Board of Trustees. Elected were: Daniel Nunn, R. E. Newport, J. R. Blssett, '. C. Beaman and P. S, Ravemteln. They served In the same capacity as aldermen and their first official act of duty was the adoption of a code of laws. Houck's railroad was'known as the Cape Girardeau and Southeastern and It soon began to branch out connecting the numerous lum ber camps throughout Southeast Missouri. And shortly afier the turn of the renUiry, along about 1902 or 1903 the 81. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco> Railroad began to push southward through Southeast Missmir and a main line cut through the center of Pemlscot County. Thai line bisected the town of Hayti and not long after that the Lown became n "nerve center" for th Frisco's St. Louis to Memphis leg Frisco completed its new sou- drug store and general store. Just outside the town is n small nir field which sees frequent use during the year. Electricity Is furnished Cooler by the Ark-Mo Power Company and telephone facilities are provided by the Central Missouri Company. The town does not have a public water system. Cooter possesses our civic organization, a n active Lions Club consisting of 30 members. Officers of this organization include Chris Wenlzcl, president: James Brown, first vice-president; Louis l.r.slcr, second vice-president; and Tom Hopper secretary-treasurer, The town Is governed by a mayor, city mnrshnl and five-member city council. The mayor \s Jim Gossctt anrt the city mnr^haVs duties are handled by W. O. Kearney. Council members are Archie Ert- Private Oyster Beds NEW YORK —W>— Since colonial days. Long Island, New York. has been one of the few places where land under the ocean can be owned. As a result the bays around the Island have an Important place !n the oyster Industry. Oyster farmers grow their crops in their private ocean. It Lakes five years to grow an oyster. Empasls is on quality. When the crop Is "ripe" it is harvested. Some of the oysters are shipped fresh, often by air to distant points. Olheri are canned. Beaver Is Shocked HELENA, Mont. </r»—While fish try men were operating: an elcc- iTlcM shocking machine In UtUe Prlcklty Pear Creek, stunning fish so they could b« weighed, measured »nd lagged, » beaver SWKITI between Ihc electrodes. The stnrllcd anlmnl leaned from Enterprise Hit VIENNA. Austria -W— Private enterprise will be almost completely abolished in Romania by 19f>ft if the Communist government's new five year plan Is fulfilled. Romanian newspapers recently listed the 11 objectives of (he plan which goes Into effect nexl Jan. 1 One of the goalu Is that. "State trading and cooperative movement. will be expanded lo Include 85-00 per cent of the total volume o' business exchange." The plan also calls for the "liq uidatlon" of illiteracy, an RO pel cent IniprovcmeitV in the living standard of the working classes and "great progress on Ihc road t< the total collectivization of agri culture. 1 ' the water twice, then sank. Th crew on the machine hauled the dam builder lo the bank ami In 45 minutes the nnlmal recovered and M-unirrri away to resume his woodcutting. them leg In time for the 1003 World's Fair and oldllmers tell ot the gala occasion. "Schools were dismissed and the whole town turned out lo welcome the first train over the new line," they say. Several years later, HoucVs railroads gradually became i part of he fast growing Frisco system »nd [faytl, because of its location In the heart ol Southeast Missouri, b«- came one of the more Important towns to tlie Frisco Unes. It was ther that Hnyii cam* Into its own. A roundhouse was built there as headquarters for section crews in charge of repair of the FTlsco'x new brandies. Shortly before World war I, ir 1312 and 1913. the timber that, covered most of [he area began It disappear In the wax* of the lumberman's axe and residents of Southeast Missouri, utilizing the rlcl alluvial Mississippi River Delta soil turned to agriculture. Cotton became the chief product, and the rallroa'd which once hauled millions ot feet of timber jrom "Swampeasl Missouri" turned lo the transportation of cotton bales to markets in St. bouls an d Memphis. . And Hayti ever since has been a cotton town. Today. Haytl Is a busy town ol 3.285 Inhabitants. Although it is i»ndlc»pp*d by being •till > farm- ng community. Its population has ncrtased more than BOO In the past 0 je»rj. The 1940 census listed he population of the town at 2,628. But Industry is making Its wny nto Haytl. Tlie Western Garment Company of St. Louis now has s •subsidiary plant under construction here. The new industry will be cnown as the Hayll Garment Com- J»ny and will furnish employment for approximately 200 persons, mostly women, when it is completed. One of (he few stave mills still In operation In this >rea is located at Hayti and there are four cotton gins there for the processing ol cotton grown [ n IJ^A^ neighborhood. claims the largest commercial printing shop In Southeast Missouri. It's known as the Herald Printing Company R nd It has been in operation for the past 43 years. In addition to commercial print- Ing, the company publishes the town's newspaper, the Ha'ytl Herald, which Is printed once » week. Hayti has fine educational facilities with elementary anrl high schools for both Negro and white children and It has a number of churches for • the benefit of its residents. nl<) ' Bored? Go Shopping MEW UL.Vf, Minn. Wi—Sandra J- Koosmann, age three and a half, eot bored when she and her mother were taking a nap. So she went shopping. In a grocery store she helped herself to two bottles of cream, a can of soup, candy, bubble gum and cookies. She bobbed her head yes when the checker asked if her mother hatl sent her and went out. with her bag of groceries. But no 7926 Mrs. Lou Mothis Dies after Stroke From the March 1, ItX, •dltig* of the Blytheville Daily Courl w News: Mrs. Lon Mathi*, T* died at the home of her ilrter, Helen Blythe, .218 Eut D»T!» »v». nue. Saturday Afternoon ibout t o'clock, after n long Illness. Mrs. Ma I Ills suffered i p«r«!yU« stroke about five months ago and has been confined to her bed ever since. Mrs. Mathls came her* from Hazel, Ky.. about two ye»r« i(o MM make her home with her sister, tnf In her short time here hat .mad* Innumerable friends. She Is'survived by her sister. Mr«, Blythe, and one brother, R. 4, James, of Springfield, Mo. . The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock from tlie home. Rev. Perry F. Webb officiating. The Interment wai made In the Maple Grove cemetery, the Cobb Undertaking company di- rectjnj-. one noticed when she added • new purse, a toy sewing machine and a little clock at another jtott. m H third store, busy clerks paid no attention when she tried on a new pair of shoes. Leaving her red sandals. She wore them out of the store. But her bag was heavy and she .-set It on the sidewalk and went into a 'fourth store. There a 'frierd-of the family spotted her and suggested a soft drink. That slowed her down until now frantio parents caught up. pappa M. E. Koosmann found her bag on th"« sidewalk a nu retraced her trip, paying as he went. The Oldest Bank In Mississippi County ~i i 7 Capital $25,000.00 Surplus 3,000.00 Total Capital Structure $28,000.00 195C Capital ?200,000.00 Surplus -100,000.00 Undivided Profits J'l6,l(i8.B8 Reserve 16,820.50 Tolnl Capital Structure ...$762,989.16 OVER 4 DECADES OF SERVICE The two pictures above give a comparison of how Tho Farmers Bank 8t Trust Company has grown along with Blythcville. We feel that the above growth has been due entirely to the service rendered by The Farmers Bank & Trmt Company and the growth of Blytheville and the surrounding country. It has always been the policy of The Farmers Bank & Trust Company to render the best possible service to its customers in.keeping with sound banking principles.. We take a great deal of pride in the fact that w« hove assisted many of our customers in accumulating farms and businesses that are very valuable to them, and very satisfactory to us in the fact that we have been the means of assisting them in this success,. Blytheville and the surrounding territory have many possibilities . . . and, as in the past, we shall always be ready and willing to lend our facilities in the building of a better community. The Farmers Bank & Trust Company MEMBER Federal Reserve System BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS MEMBER Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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