The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 96
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 96

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 96
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 19M BIvTTHUVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS IECTKW E—PAGE ELEVEN Banks Original SiteofDetHn'98 '**.:. . ' . . ' ~ Dell has been a community since the days when boats Md to ply Pemiscot Bayou, near the present t<wnsite, to pick up loads of cotton. According to Dell's unofficial historian, Luther Moody, there has Joiner Founded on Site of Small Hotel Erected Half a Century Ago Dell High School 1M. post office at D«ll since Then, however, It was located on i the banks of the bayou. It wasn't | until' 1902, when the Blytheville- 'Jonuboro rail line was laid, that the post office, and subsequently the community, was moved to the' p«sent site just off Highway 18. J. B. Richardson operated the I first store in nell. He was also ths || lint Justice of peace, postmaster •nd mayor. . ' But Mr. Richardson, early citizen o! '.hi community though he was. didn't figure in the naming of the town. Drew Name of Town That honor went to J. p. Kincannon, county surveyor and • school teacher". Mr. Moody relates that the citizenry held a meeting In the school building to decide what to name the post office. After some discussion, no agreement on a name was reached then |i M. Kincannon came up with a suggestion: Let everyone write a name on a slip of paper and, after ex- aminging the names suggested, adopt the shortest name submit- Klncannon had a son named He put his name on his piece of paper. It was the-shortest and Dell had a name. Perhaps main reason for Dell's location 1> due to the Insistance of W. z. Rozell that It be Ihe only •top! on the rail line between Bly- Uieville and Manila New Dell.G rade School make this demand, Mr. Moody Planning began Immediately after (joints out, because it was from the fire to rebuild the gym, buy nim that the railroad had its right of way. . First School Ruill In '96 The first school building was erected about 1890 anil was a one-room affair. Mr. Moody remembers that church-was held in the building on-Sundays. Dell has been hit by two major fires, m 1911, the east side of the business district was practically a total loss due to fire and flames struck the west side four years later. More recent fires -also have impeded progress in the town, but Dell today is still recognized as one of the most civic-conscious com munlties In the slate. Early this year, for Instance, its Mr. .Rozell was In a position to gymnasium was wrecked by fire A new gymnasium, larger lhan the one which was lost by the fire, will be ready for Dell's students before basketball season rolls around this year. The town also points to its recently-completed street betterment program. This project was completed in June after all of Dell's streets had been surfaced. A new downtown white-way went Into operation lasU month. School Nearly Finished Practically completed, too, is the school's sprawling elementary school building, which Is expected to be finished this week. Ot modern design, the building students III Its 10 classrooms. • The brick veneer structure is 176 feet long and 50 feet wide. Top administrator of Dell's schoo system Is Superintendent A. E Caldwell. More than SCO student, are enrolled in the school's 1" grades and 215 Negro students at tend classes in the Dell district In addition to regular academic courses, students may take advantage of courses offered In home economics, agriculture and music. A school band was organized two years ago. Twenty - three faculty members carry the teaching load. Heading Dell's civic government is Mayor D. D. Flippin. Council members include C. A. ). Simmons' Tin Shop Here One of Biggest in South Firm Is Equipped To Handle Heaviest Type of Metal Work Amidst a din of clanging hammers Just off Broadway, a man trips a lever and two 800-pound, '.ube-shaped counterweights swing slowly downward' as the ponderous power "braker" bencts into shape a piece of steel plate one-fourth of an inch thick. This Isn't Broadway, New York City, and there are no "spectaculars;' |.o herald the performance described above. The scene Is the Simmons Tin Shop of Blythevllle, —Courier News Phot* SHAWNEE SCHOOIr—Although plagued by fire, Slinwiiee school has managed to keep rebuilding ao4 the administration building-above is of fireproof brick and tile construction, A combination gymnasium-auditorium now Is being built at the south end oi this building. Smith. Jr., H. Bill R. Keener, Curtis Downs, Crawford, Jr., R, B. Tihree States Lumber Co. Began in 98 will accomodate approximately 400 Crawford and Noble T. Dlxon, Firm Cleared 17,500 Acres Near Burdette One of tn« earliest logging operations, and on* which in the long mn meant most to this area, was that begun by the Thre* State* lumber Co., in 1886. Th« btfot* and after pictures at right are indicative of the tjp* of development which followed Three State* after It cut timber from a 17,500-»cr* tract, most ol which was ]ocat«d around Burdette. Th« picture* above are of th» i*m» places but weft taken about « year* apart. In May, 1913, oxen were dragging logi from the forests on the same •pot when th« C. K. Whistle barn now stands on South Highway 61. Three State* originally wanted to locate at Luxora, but, the story goeA •ome townspeople didn't want "that logging crowd around town," Company Ptcka Bardetta Bo the company picked Burdett* ax a location possibly because of a natural lake which could be utilized for a k>3 pond Three State* wa« In the process «f ending a lumber operation in Illinois. Officials ordered the entire Illinois plant loaded onto barges Ipped downriver to Luxora. that point to Burdette, the company laid rail linea and moved the equipment off the barge* and to the Burdette mill lite. Burdette take* it* name- from Threa State*' first manager, Albert Burdette Woolverton. Just why Mr. Woolverton'* middle name was chosen* Isn't quite clear. VI Per Acre Frnld The company paid a mere |9 per acre>for the 17,000 acre tract . . . practically all of which now U under cultivation and Includes tome of the county's finest land. Even »* late M 1922, when the eompany's logging operation was at an end, 'only 1,300 acre* of the larg* tract were under cultivation. Perhaps one of the most unique features, of Three States' »tay In Mississippi County was the manner In which they disposed of land. Three State* put many prosperous farmers of today In business 23 jeara ago. Many of th«an had practically nothing, of less than that, when they began acquiring land from the company. The way In which the organisa- tion made this land available made It' possible for a man with no capital to begin acquiring land. Cation Used For Payment Three State* - gave farmers JO years to pay their land out and ne^fcig was said about money . . trja9r>mpariy took its payments in cotton, regardless of price. Two out of every three bales went to the company -until the Instalment for that year was met. it was in this manner that north Mississippi County acquired Its Independent "mldo.le-cla&s" farming element. Many of these farmers, who borrowed $50 to help them put in their first crop back In the 1920's, today own large modern homes and sev- tral hundred acre* of land obtained through Three States' cotton payment plan. which boasts one of the largest nd most complete shops in the stale of Arkansas. The "braking," or bending, process mentioned previously Is done on the largest machine of its type between St. Louis and Birmingham, Ala. — Including such large Mld- soulhern cities as Memphis. "A tinsmith literally Is no longer a tinsmith." says D. Simmons.'own- and operator of the shop, "for Uncle Sam has tied up the entire tin slock since 1941. Actually, we deal in sheet metal, steel, Iron arid copper from 1« gauge (one-sixteenth of an Inch) to one-quarter of an inch In thickness. "We'll build, or try to build, any- thlnj that can be made of metal." B tori re Tank* Built Some of the items built by the Simmons company Include soybean storage tanks, seed bins, cotton gin Dlow-pipes, ventilators, "cyclones/ grain elevators, conveyors, gutters. metal roofing, truck beds, dirt shields,' theatre and church fixtures, and the largest project to be completed by the firm •jeas an 84.000- Named for R. L. Joiner, who was the Ilrsl setller, Joiner has grown (j^v from a small, hotel Into a second '*?<•_ class city of 693 persons according to unofficial U. 8. 1950 census reports. Although all records of this South Mississippi County town burned in 194« in a barbershop fire, it Is believed th&t Mr. Joiner and his family moved there shortly after the turn of the century to establish the hotel which he named for himself. It Is still standing. Joiner was incorporated Jan. fl, 1922, and has sl.own a population Increase of 205 since 1940. A source of much pride to Joiner residents Is the Shawnee School which recently was taken into ttie city limits. The main building-was completed In September of 194ft and the plant has a total of five school structures. Although Shawnee has been hard hit by fire In the last decade, it now has an enrollment of 500 students and offers training from thv first through the'' twelfth grades. —Courier News Phot* JOINER BAVTIST C11URUH—This church Is built on the slt» ei replace the gymnasium which burn- the first Joiner store building. Completed two years ago, It i* of brick construction and the Interior tilted with modern equipment. 'A combination gymnasium-auditorium now ii under construction to ed Jan. 31, 1950.• The new- struc- water tank at Bldgely, Simmons shop draws cus- gallon Tenn. The tomers from all over the Mid-South and Its trade area ranges from Cairo. 111., to Corinth, Miss. All of Simmons' work is done on contract basis with eac(i job being fitted lions. to blueprint ipeciftca- "Our metal arrives in flat sheets," Mr. Simmons says, "and goes out as finished product. Other than the metal, we buy very lew parts. Everything else we make here." Shop Is Well-Equipped Simmons' Tinshop Is considered by many to be one of the best equipped \ ops of Its kind in the slate and ^ quick look around the shop will indicate that such a deslg- ralion Is warranted. For in addition to the 12-foot power "braker" which weighs 30,000 ture will be of brick-faced tile and fireproof—as all Shawnee buildings will be built in the future. Schopl Hit by nra Th« reason for this Is obvious. When the gymnasium burned, only one football shoe and five girl's basketball suits were .saved out ot an entire lot of new equipment. Three .other major blazes have adrt- ed to the school's fire consciousness. In February, 194«, the administration building burned. A few monlh.i .afterward, .the surperlntendent's campus home burned and In 1948, Ihe commercial and library building was destroyed by fire. "Therefore," s»ys Superintendent Hugh L. Smith', "all our building* are being constructed so as to be fireproof." • - Five buses are operated in the district and they also pick up lind return Joiner school children as the school it located two miles south of town on Highway 61 south. Athlellc programs offered at Shawnee Include football, basketball and baseball. C. L, Dunn Operated Store Mrs. V. L. Hayea, Joiner postmistress, remembers that the first store In town was located across the railroad tracks on the plot now occupied by the First Baptist Church GRAPHIC TRANSITION IN COUNTY'—The above pictures tell the story of Mississippi County's transition from a wooded wilderness to a progressive farming area. The two pictures were taken at the same place but about 38 years apart. More recent one is that of the C. H. Whistle barn on south Highway 61. pounds, the firm is equipped with such heavy industrial machines as an 18.500-pound "jhearer" that has a maximum shearing capacity of one stroke per second. This means thai the machine will it sheet metal up to one-quarter f an inch thick at the speed of 600 neal feet per minute. A 10-foot ower roll also will handle metal to one-fourth of an Inch Ihlck. Arc and tjas welding machines, V..UTS, spot welders, crimpers, leaders,- snips, shears and R com>Iet« stock of lighter machines ound out the firm's equipment. A 12,000-bushel soybean tank, rain elevator and an Industrial cyclone'' are among Simmons' out tandlnq products. Cyclone Made fnr Milk A "cyclone" Is a conical metal object shaped like the "funnel" of a cyclone and is used In gins, alfalfa mills, and soybean and cotlonsecc processing plants to separate dirt and Impurities from agricultura~ which was built two. years ago. It by her uncle, C. L. was operated Dunn. Other early residents, she recalls, were Mr. and Mrs. R. U Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ralph and the P. N. Holt family. Today, Joiner has developed Into town which supports a volunteer re department, with ot\ n . truck and 7 men, ami handles more than a million dollars In trade each year. Mayor H. F. Howerlon said Joiner seeking a city water system. An lection on this IB scheduled lor I shop, whic ommodllles. 1 lerlng lUi twenty-sixth year as a | Broadway. As Ihe soybeans, for example, are' Blythevllle business firm and has Jourlcr News Photo MKTHODIST CHUKCIt—A remodeled structure, this modern Joiner church formerly was nn ordinary frame building. It Is located on tnt east sltlc of the. railroad. ' November. In addition to purchasing a, fire truck, Joiner has built a new city hall and Jail in the past two yours. Aldermen are Meyer Silvcrstcln, Jimmy Ralph, Richard Akle (Mr. Akle died Sept. 28, but no successor has been chosen), Elmer Klmbcrltn and Kenneth Sulcer. Ru*(nesx Establishment* Its business establishments now Include one drug store, four cafes, eight grocery stores, three dry goods stores, a theatre, a pool hall, one! grade school. hotel, three hardware stores, on» five and ten store, one lumberyard, three service stations, two liquor L stores and two Implement sales con-' corns. Banking service Is supported by Joiner branch ot the Mississippi County Bank. Other facilities Include two cotton gins, bus and railroad service, and Hell telephone service. In addition to the Methodist and Baptist Churches, there are two Negro churches and one Negro shop, which is located at 117 South movtd Into the larger end of the cyclor e, a torrent of air spirals upward to carry off ditst particles while Ihe heavier soybeans continue downward. These items may be seen on oil mills, gins and processing [Hants nil over Mississippi County ind maJiy of them have been made 3y the Simmons Tin Shop. About 15 20 of them are produced each year, Mr. Simmons says. Company 2C-Yeara Old 15 employes. It was started by Frank Simmons, father of the present owner. In a room II x 1-1 on Second Street. Mr. Simmons died In 193T and his son took over tho business at that time. One employe, Harry Wcetlinan, shop foreman, has been with the firm for the past 25 years. The company maintains three trucks for use In conslructlon Jobs which mvist be built away from the Hidden Fortune Found BANGKOK —M'I— Workers dismantling a ruined pagoda found an urn containing diamonds, emeralds, rubles, pearls nnd three gold necklaces worth a fortune. The pearls were described as "round as one's little finger." The jewels, believed to have beea placed there by ancient kings, wers removed to the government Fln« Arts Department. The Simmons company now Is en- —Courier News BI.YTHEVIM.K POST OFFICE—Blythcville's post office, located at Broadway iintl Walnut Streets, was built as a Icdera.1 project in 19J*. It was opened early in 1935, when J. H. Elkuu WM postmaster her*. VETERAN OFFICF.R Uiidsey, constable of Ch Township, Is believed to be Mi.i- "slsslppi County's senior peace officer In length of service. Mr. Lindsay served as a, city officer In _Blythevtlle for four years (1920- 'ifi24», n and One-half years as a deputy sheriff, six months as a sUte revenue officer and eight M *«u*t*b!», "\ —Courier News Photo GIGANTIC TIN SNtrS—Weighing 18,500 pounds, this huge "shearer" Is usecl by the Simmons Tin Shop for cutting sheet metal up to one-fourth of an Inch thick. The machine's capacity Is on* cutting ttiok* per Kcood.

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