OCTOBER 19M BLYTHEViLLE (ARK.) gOURIER NEWS ' L'S Auxiliaries Are Important Factors In Existence and Functioning of Churches First Methodist Groiip,Founded In'93, Is Oldest Efforts of women of Blythe"""" probably have meant to the existence and functioning o f churches of the community than any other i ' one factor. Planning and pro- j, viding means for completing Projects have long been char- •cterislics of the women of the city from the time it was •thriving village with no formal place of worship to a prospering city with its archilec- •t"ral masterpieces for worship centers. The oldest church women's or- sarmation is that of Ihe First Mp;' Inodlst Church. It began function i 'ng In 1893 nnd was known as the Mdies Aid, The first meeting was • held inr the 'newly-erected church Building" on Lake Street, where Sudbury School now stands. T H 1910, through .the efforts of *r». A. M. R. Branson and Mrs .*•,; W. Holllpeter, the Woman's Missionary Society was organized, combining the r^dles Aid, Home •nd Foreign Missionary Society In,lo the one organization. WSC8 Organized In 194fl The following have- served u president* of the Missionary Society; Mrs. Al Webb. Mrs. A. E. Holloway. Mrs. o. c. Oansfce, Mrs. Louis Humphrey, Mrs. L. E. , How- ard.Mrs. W. F. Brewer, Mrs. W. on, Mrs.' J. E. Crite, Mrs. Wylie, Mrs. Riley Jones, Mrs. A. o. Hudson and Mrs. Fred Hanna. <Ai Sept. 18, 1940. when Mrs. B. A. Lynch was serving as president Ihe Woman's Society of Christian Service WM organized and granted a charter, on* hundred sixty eight women ^ were enrolled as charter memberi. of this number, eight were,..among the charter, group In Sine* the re-organizatlin, .MM. ; W, F. Brewer served seven terms •s president. Mrs. Brewer was followed by Mrs. James Hill, Jr Mrs .Hugh Whitsitt, Mrs. G. W. Pylej «nd Mr«. W- I.. Horner. In tht current building fund, the women gave JJOOO for the brick veneer of the church parsonage and eomoJelely furnished the house at • cost of $2,500. Mri. T. E. Black served as chairman of this committee. M»jr MreakfMt H Tradition ,.. The. annual May breakfast is a tradition with the group. The idea /or th« affair originated twenty five years >go with Mrs. W. H. Baker. Th. group serves mpproxf- m^*ly 600 persons each year. ^i group has purchased an or- l?.u for the auditorium, 'and an lll-electrk kitchen for the church. The members hav« many functioning money-raising projects and have 212 members, seven circles and the Weslyan Service Guild for career girls. Circle Seven, the newest proup, !• made up of the younger women of the church and tin newly-married set. • Programs and studlei are glveq al the monthly meetings. Twice a year; Mission studies are given. Mrs. W. L. Homer now serves as president. first Baptist WMU— From' th« 13 member* of the first Baplbit Church who met in the fall of 1KB to organize the Baptist Ladies Aid, the group has grown to 150 and Is known RS the "Women's Misionary Union. The change in name became effective In Hit. Mra. A. I,. Sanders served as first president arid Mrs. Tom W. Jackson, who is still an -active member, has held a membership In the organization since 1910. yer, Bible study, mission stu- __ • personal service, and mls- lionTr'y education of young people Mrs. F.lzie Wheeler Virbr'o H. D. Club Mrs. Bufnrd Young Senior High FT A as alms of this group, presidents include Mrs. •re listed Former Frank Carson, i Mrs. Prathcr, Mrs. T. H. Haynes, A Mrs. Sanders, Mrs. E. E. Alexander. Mrs. Walter Bishop. Mrs, Thedore Logan, Mrs. Leslie Moore, Mrs. W. J. Rodgers, Mrs. Harry H. Brooks. Mrs. Ebb Carson and Mrs. w. M. Williams. Mrs. Ted" King now Is serving as president. Presbyterian Auxiliary — Several years before there was a Piesbylerian Church In Blyluevillc, five women of this faith banded together to start a movement to be known a.s the "Ladles Aid." In 1904. the group was formed with Mrs. T. J. Mahan serving as president. In 1908, the group was reorganized under the name "Willing Workers." AS the number of Presbyterians Increased with the city's growing population,, an election of new officers was held with Mrs. C. J. Crsns named president. In 1909, the Presbyterian Church was erected In Blythevillc and \a full time pastor obtained. Through various money-raising activities, the ladies of the chujch contributed greatly to this phase of the work. Auxiliary Originated Djfing the period from 1911 to 19lHfcwhen Mrs. R. s. Molt served is president, the present auxiliary nyslem of the church originated with Mrs. Robert E. Lee King serving as first president. Its work of missions, home and abroad has been emphasised In such activities as a mission in West Blytheville and being the first lo sponsor a daily vacation Bible -school In Blylheville. An executive board made up of nine secretaries, circle - chairmen «nd the president, vice president, •ecretury, treasurer and historian. sirs. W. 1). Col)b Junior High School 1'TA Mrs. Vance Henderson Surlbury PTA Harry Brartley, Jr. f-anje I'TA is now functioning. * From April. 1950, to the church year ending March, 1651. an effort is being made to Increase cllicicncy and strive for simplicity. The name being changed to Women of the Church. Records of the auxiliary were kept by Mrs. James Bacon Clark from. 1926 throughout 1944, and i Mrs. Roy Walton now serves as his-! U>rian. : Mrs. G. w. Dlllahunty is currently serving as president of. the group. • First Christian C\VF — In 1905 .two years before the First Christian Church van formed in Blythevtlle. the Ladles Aid was organized. Chicken dinners, quilting and various money-raising activities were can-led on by the women to aid the church which was being organized. In 1920. Ihe name wa.i changed to the Missionary Society, with Mrs. George Barham serving as president. Several name changes have occurred. The name was changed In 1934 to the Women's Council ,and In June of 1S50 to Christian Women's Fellowship. The women have purchased various articles tor the .church and assist in community, state and national drives. The group is n member ol the United Council of church Women and one of the group's past prest- (lenl.s. Mr.i. J. c. Ellis, was responsible for the Council's organization. Some past presidents are Mrs. George Burham, Mrs. c. A. I'ant, Mrs. J. C. eltls, Mrs. D. Smith. Mrs. Russell Barham and Mrs. John C. Mcltaney. Mrs Rupert CrofUm, now i', serving her second term as prc suirnl living charier member of the organization and of the church itself. Ninety enrolled. two church would) arc Each year the group serves breakfast to Hie senior high school graduates. Episcopal Auxiliary— W. P. Reamy, the catheclst of Jonesboro, was responsible for the organization or Episcopal women of this section In June of 1906. .The organization was called the Ladies Guild but has since been changed to the Women's Auxiliary of the National council of Protestant Episcopal Church. The group had a charter membership of 10 and the outstanding work has been the erection of a rectory on the church lot. Mrs. A. o. Burton, now of Memphis, served as the first president. Even during the .periods when St. Stephen's did not have a regular minister, the Auxiliary continued to function. Mrs. J. LeRoy Huddleston now serves as president. Catholic Altar Society — In 1910, the women bf the Catholic Church formed the St. Peters Altar Society. .Later, when the present church was built and the name changed to the Immaculate Conception, the society's name also changed to conform with It. Original purpose of the group was lo meet the church expenditures only, but recently they have raised money for the Catholic school and church. Mrs. Dick Roberts, who has served as president for several Mrs. I. o. Weslbruok is the only j yCMS| COIltin "« K> «rve as head equipped the church kitchen, purchased chimes for the organ, sponsored installation of stained glass windows, and support & scholarship for a ministerial student. The group 1ms obtained special dispensation to retain Mrs. Seltleinlre In her position as president. > The original woman's organization began as a Ladies Aid Society in 1919 under the drlectlon of Mrs. f. M. Sweet. In 1928 the name was changed to Methodist Women's Missionary Society with the following charier members: Mrs. Karl Maeers. Mrs. Carl Brownlee, Mrs. J. R. Gill, Mrs. Otto Kochler, Mrs. Sally Freeman, Mrs. Francis Secoy, Mrs. Clyde Gll- . land, Mrs. George Henderson. Mrs. Oscar Gilmer, Mrs. W. A. Whistle and Mrs. E. M. . Woodward. v In 1940. the group became known ax the Missionary Women's Society of Christian Service. Mrs. Kail Ma- gei'i h the only charier member who has remained active throughout the 30 year period. The group conducts Bible studies, educational programs, and mission •tudies, : Wesley Memorial Nine charter members made up the first meeting of the Wesley Methodist Memorial. Women's Society for Christian Service, who mel In 1948 (o begin activities. Mrs. Floyd Davis was elected P'csldent. Mrs. Jack Roberlson I: now serving as president of the 15 members. • An annual Armistice Day supper Is planned by the group, with pro ceeds lo go for the expenses of the church. The group has a birthday plan whereby money, is contributed toward (he support of Christian Japanese families. Bopr/sf WMU — Dell Another active group of church women In the Dell section Is the Deli Baptist Women's Mlssionarj Union. This group meets weekly fo study lessons, and mission pro grams. Mrs. Ed Hardin serves a: president, Half Moon In the Half Moon section, U members ol the Emmanuel B«ptls Church met In 1940 to begin the Women's Missionary Union. Mrs Claude Duncan was selected lo head the group whose principal purposu is U, p.id in mission programs ant functions of the church. . Mrs. Dan Needham Li now serv Ing as. president of the 20 members Calvary Baptist Mrs. Luelnn Games is preslden of i)ie Calvary Baptist Women Missionary Union which was organ Ized in Hie Calvary Baptist Church in 1944, with one circle of members The group now has five circle with a total of 18 members. Seven auxiliaries with a total membershl of 142 brings the six-year recorc from ten members lo 220. The Bly thevllle Calvary Baptist Group I one of the 33 unions in Arkansa .to reach the state standard. The group participates In mis sloni and^ In.contributing to state foreign and home missions. Anothe .circle will be added this fall, bring 'Ing,the 'total to six. ' ; Mrs. Galnes also Is vice preslder of the Mississippi County Buslnes Women's Circles Federation. Number Nine Mrs. W. E. Rhoades served as th first president of the Number NIn Baptist Women's Missionary unlo . following its organisation In 1046 The number of members,has 'grow from the original seven to 20. In 1947. the group organized mix lliarles, the Sunbeam Band, Royi Ambassadors, and Intermedia Girl's Auxiliary. The group' asslsl with general office, work In til community. Armarel Organized Sept. 22. 1948, wns It Armorcl Women's Missionary Un Ion with ten charier members. Mr Henry Berry served as the firs president, and still retains the o fice. The membership has grown 30 members and the group has se eral auxiliaries. , Three seasons of prayer are oh served..They are Lottie Moon. Aim Armstrong and Dixie Jackson. .Tlie- group has redecorated tl ^ paitiuilHKe, and Is active *in community mission*. U contributes to the support of an orphan In the Monticcllo orphanage. Four meetings are conducted each month. WCTION E—PAGE 8EYEN Women's Clubs Are Active Here Orgoniiationt Vary From Civic, Cultural To Social Groups Continued Frome pa»« I SecIlM I ' f fairs which they have sponsored. One of their annual project* is unking souvenirs for' the Cotton Jail that concludes the annual Na- ionnl cotton Picking contest. Al >resent, they are working on •* local talent play. The Jayccetes sponsor a repre- •seltive lor Girls' state each year and are active In civic projects. Mrs. Carl Marshall Is now.serving as club president. Janet Mothers — Under the direction of Mrs Byron l^orse, the Band Mothers wns organized In 1940 lo,assist the Blytheville High School band. In various activities. In the first lew years '.the group held only called nnellnps several times yearly. Mrs. jerry llcarn is now serving icr second year ns president of the group, which has a membership of '00 and holds monthly meetings. The group plnns the yearly'band banquet and pays expenses of chap- eroncs who accompany the band They purchase equipment used in he various' stunts performed by he hand members. ' One of the most successful mon ey-ralslng projects Is the selling of popcorn at each football game. Last (•ear, the group sponsored the North Texas Stale College band concert icre and this year Is assisting In he presentation of the U. S. Marine Dand In Blytheville. . Service Auxiliary — Twenty-eight Blytheville womer nleresttd In child welfare work net In' May. 1949, to organize the Junior Service Auxiliary. Mrs. Oscar Fendler was elected as the firs' iresldcrit and still retains that office. New officers, with Mrs. Monroe Grain, Jr., serving as president wljl be Installed In November. A major project ls_ the fashion show held each fall with proceed; going for clilld welfare work. Last year, the group sponsored visual screening project for al school '.students and It will be re penlcd this year In the elementary schools. ' A Story Hour Is held each Satur day at the library and a Milk Func has been set up. The group meet* once each month and each member is required to do 72 hours service work each year. The groups co-operates .with olhe: . civic organizations In projects. The Auxiliary now has 30 mem bers. ' ' ' - '«• ' ' . Demonstration Club* — for the 35 members. Lake Street WMS — Mrs. F.li Craig served as first president of the Lake Street Methodist Church Women's Missionary Society, organized in 1913. The group now has 31- members and assists in church' expenses through dinners and other money raising projects. In February of this year, the group served breakfast for 30 ministers during an Evangelistic Campaign. The' district WMS meeting for 1950 was held at the Lake Street Church with 160 attending. Four life members are included In the roll. They are, Mrs. w. L. Oreen, Mrs. Ivcrson Morris. Mrs George Sttlwcll and Mrs. C. T. Shamlin. The group Is a member of the Blytheville Council of Church Wo- Methodist WMS— Promised Land In 1919 ten members of the Promised Land Methodist Church met to form the Women's Society of Christian Service with Mrs. J. D. Johnson serving as the first president. Other presidents have been Mrs. J. c. Hill and Mrs. Carl Matthews. The group now has 22 members, with Mrs. Marcus oaincs serving as president. They have a wide pro- Rram of mission work In this country nnd abroad. Rain, Wind Hit Crops .LONDON (AJ>) Weeks of summer Tain and gales have caused disastrous losses of wheat, other small groins and hay In parts of Britain. Worst hit were Wales, the west counties and the rounding London. farmlands sur- At Dell, a Hell group of 46 women under the direction of Mrs. Mavis Settlemlre have acquired one of the outstanding records of any Woman's Society of Christian Service In the state. The group has bought »nd furnished new parsonage, IMM O«k To further nld the rural horn maker Is the purpose of the Horn Demonstration clubs which meet Ir this section, In 1928, Mrs. J. p. Huey be came Ihe president of the Lon Oak Home Demonstration Club which met bi-monthly to -discus homemaker's problems. Miss cor Lee Coleinnn served «s' first horn demonstration agent in-North Mis slsslnpl County. The frioup has con ducted a- beautlflcatlon program and last year assisted. In » rura clean-up program. They have bee nctive in co.unly fair projects an have n large display of h»ndlcrafi Mrs. Forrest Moore now heads th 16 members. , Tarbrt Under the direction of Miss Cole man, the yarbro Home Demonstra tion club was organized June 1838. Mrs. J. n. Hemby served i the first president for the 13 men- )ers. Benutlflcatlon programs fo iiome and church have .been em phaslzed throughout the years. The club has W on first plac honors on its fair booth and ncrcase its means have served dinners and various moncy-r»lsln projects. During the war years, the mem bers entertained nt the U.S.O., mad clothes nnd rolled bandages. Durin this period, all money raised wa changed Into war Bonds. The club now has a membersh of 42. It recently purchased a clu house and now Is working towar furnishing It. The members ha placed for several years In th county fair exhibits. Mrs. El* Wheeler Is now serving ai clu president. Flat Ij-ke Mrs. C. M. Abbott still serves president of the Flat Lake Horn Demonstration club. Mrs. Abbo has been president sines ths club oragnlzalion In 1940. under the di ecllon of Miss Colcman. It had seven members originally. The group, with Its IK members, participates in play tournaments and serves dinners to raise funds. The group has built Its own club house and has furnished it. A hot lunch program was planned for the Flat Lake School prior to Its consolidation with the Blythevtlle District. The group has a. concession ^land at each fair as raising project. They assist wll,ri all worthwhile causes, Several other home demonstration groups meet throughout the county. Mrs. Gertrude Holiman Is .EARLY LOG TRAIN—Shown above 1,1 an early steam locomotlvt yplcal of the ones used in Umber operations In Mississippi County In he early part of the century. This particular locomotive operated la it Luxorn-Burdctte vicinity. •;...• M anila Citizens P roue/ Of Their New Library • One of the recent additions to Hi. . ,ty of Manila and somcthmi if which Its citizens are proud Is its $35,000 library building. 'fills modem buff brlck^bullding. was opened Feb. 10, 1049, after an xtenstve soliciting program by 1U citizens, and today it provides Mailla citizens and schools with one of the lines! libraries In Mississippi County. This library Is known as the inlder Memorial Hall Library, ^« onor of Graver Snider, Manila anker, who donated the build- ng as a memorial to his parents. A drive headed by the Manila lon« club and Joined by all civic lubs and organizations 'produced unds for this community project. The building contains a well- ghted 32 by 80-foot reading room, 32 by 40-foot projection room which are shown films obtained rom the state and county Iblrarles, dark room that Is used by the Manila Photography club and two lorage rooms. Furniture Made ,t School • All this replaced the 10 by 12-foot rame building which formerly housed the library. All furniture except the tables nd chairs w«s constructed In the Manila school shop at a cost of bout »700. The Manila library Is a branch t the county library at Osceohu Many volumes are borrowed from his parent library *nd made available to Manila patrons. The Manila branch was estab- :shed in 1940 as a WPA project In small one-room frame, building which was In use until the present building was erected. Mrs. Lorine Alston becwne the branch librarian. .When the WPA program was closed, Manila citizens asked the county library' board to continue the branch with the librarian to be paid from local funds. This w»» agreeable lo the county term. jomd, so, there was no break in services of Ihe branch. Miss Alston was succeeded as-librarian by Miss Annie Rae Jennings In July 1948, and Mlu. Jennings' resigned last June and'wai succeeded by Mrs. Frances Faullc- ner, the present librarian. The library is for the use of th» community HS well ns school children, and library hours are accom- orialcd to community use. To aid adults (he library remains open each Thursday night from 7 to,i o'clock. Circulation goara In the o.irly days of the library the largest circulation [or one day was 75. , Since the library' moved to th» new building the monthly: circulation has been around 2,500. Life-time membership., to tht library are being sold at 125 each, nnd U Is .expected'that'$29,000 will ue raised lii.thls manner. This money Is lo : be used to purchase books, records, record players, recording, machines, film and projectors. Names of life-timer subscriber! have oecn mounted in * glasi cast placed In the library: Territory served by the library'ln- ' eludes., Manila proper and several surrounding rural communities including Brown, Mllllgan HIdg«, Redman, Shady Grove arid Blackwater, Schools , from these rural areai receive three coilectlqns : of booki from the Manila library each tchool Favorite Chihllx>od Spot Recalled In Poetry by Postmaster at Sleek .. How many of-us recall the favorite spot of our childhood? That spot where, during tha sultry heat of "dogdnys," many i nhour was whlled «way splashing In the cool- Ing water* of some river , creek, pond or brook. That spot created by nature for the barefoot boy of days gone by—the old swimming hole. Man-made swimming pooU have replaced many of these ancient swimming spots, but to the thousands of people who as barefoot bays enjoyed their cooling waters, the old swimming' hole will forever be enshrined in their memory. Such a spot remains implanted firmly In the memory of Max L. Kelley, .postmaster of Steele, Mo., and son of one of that city's founders, and hns Inspired him to give feelings In the form vent to his of poetry. The subject chosen by Mr. Keller, who has written and ha.d published In various magazines, several articles on places of interest la Southeast Missouri, Ij tht, oM Varnle nlver. Fifty years ago, a. spot on thU river Just west of Kcnnctt, Mo., wa* the favorite swimming hole of th« then young Kcllcy and other «hll-' drcn of that area. Later this river became a ca*- unlty 'of the drainage program which trnnsformed much of southeast MLssourl from n swamp land Into the great agricultural territory It. Is todny. Mr. Kelley's favorltt spot Is an unplcturcsmie :drnlnng« ' 'ditch—a part of the Dunkllh County drainage system. How this spot was revered by th» Stcclc postmaster Is . reflected In the following poem: money- RKI.IC OF CAST—It was log buildings such as the one pictured above that housed the Mississippi County's school children during the early days of the counlys existence. Buildings of this type existed even well Into the 1900s This picture—taken at o'Donald Bend, about 12 miles norlhcarl of I.uxora, near the turn ol the cen- l"ry—shows a typical school group. It wns such groups as ihis that l>ld the foundation for the county's present system. None of the persons In the group could be Identified. home demonstra- North Mississippi now serving as lion agent for County. Other home demonstration clubs thai arc active In this county are Shady Grove, Box Elder, Brown Blackwatcr, Dogwood. Rocky, Leach- vllle. Boynlon, Lost Cane, Fair View and Promised Land. Social Clubs — Not to be forgotten in the list of women's groups are the large number of social organizations which art formed for brldo, rook, bunco V A R N J F. K I V K R By Max L. Kcllcy In the silence of Hie evening, When night's misty mantles fall O'er the ghost of Varnle river -'Midst the cypress, stately, tall. Lily-scented, swamp land zephyrs Bring old memories as n pall Floating o're the tranquil wntcrs — Childhood days to me recall. As I scent the swamp-land vapors Then I ramble In my dreams, On (he sylvan banks of Vnrnle, I3car old migratory stream; Down the deep, clear, moss-walled channel In an open hand-hewn boat, With the carp and lowly grinnel In my dreams again I float. When I hear the final summons From the boatman on death's stream, May it prove a float down Varnle As I see it In my dreams; When I leave this vale of sorrows May I drift in peaceful Joy, Over Varnle's placid waters As a care-free, barefoot boy. games and dancing. Names of the club's of the city are reveali ling— I ,, n 1926— Club Eight, suggests the number of members; La Petite, the little club, Kibitzer, perhaps suggestive of the players' nature. Some names suggest the time ol meeting — Thursday Club, Friday club, Tuesday Club, Supper - dance clubs, dance clubs, weekly, bi-monthly and monthly clubs, all set up to the members preference, are included in the social calendar. Approximately M social clubs are active In Blylhcvllle. am Moses Will Vis'rt Rotary Meeting Here From the March<f, 19;.;, edition of the Blythevillc Dally courier News: The Rotarlans district governor, Ham Moses, will be In Blylheville Wednesday, and the regular weekly meeting of that club has been changed from Thursday to Wednesday on this account. ^ ; The secretary of the Rotary club Is sending out notices urging a full attendance on (hat dale, that full might be accorttd tht Tlsltor.
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