The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 13, 1950 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 13, 1950
Page 8
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE fARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1«50 Peasants and Prisoners- Ali Loved Father Semmes Portageville News By Mrs. Raymond Toombs i'honc Former Osceolan Helped Jamaceans During 60 Years as Jesuit Priest I'allicr Marfc Oliver Semmes By Harry A. Itaincs (Courier News Staff Writer) Last fall, when a kindly, former Mississippi Countinu died In Vineyard Town. Jamaica, thousands of that island's natives, most of them poor, came down from the mountains to pay final respects at his funeral The man was Father Marie OI1--1 ver Semmes, brother of Mrs. Electra Semmes Pen-in of Osccola and himself a former resident of that WSCS Meetings Forty-three members of the Wo- rlnan's Society of Christian Service met Monday at the church for a pot luck supper and a program. Quests present included Mrs. Verlin Chaplin, Mrs. Carl Hutchinson and daughter. Carol, and Mrs. Au-! brey Wnitbcr, Circle Four hnd charge of the program which WHS presented by Miss Ruth Notaml, Miss Jackie Drown, Mrs, George Booti, Miss Virgle Smith, Mrs. C. D, Pylcs, Irs. Oicll Harris, Miss Mildred Surtdeth and Mrs, William- Powers, The group heard a solo by Mrs. W rather who was accompanied by Mary Carol m.tchinsoii at the pia- >. I'rii'C-Kiiy Wedding Mrs. Lorene Kay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, W. R, Owens of Conran, became the bride of Slucrt Price Friday at IMggott, Ark., with Judge T. French performing the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs, Jim Price parents of the yroom, accompanied them. The couple will rnnkc their home In Conran. Tnc Rotiiry Club was host to the high school basketball tenm, cheerleaders and Coach Vic RBAVC.S Tuesday at Twin Oakes Cafe. Conch Reaves and Superintendent L. G. Wilson S|wke oil the basketball season, one of the most successful in the sehpol's history. Othei guests were M. G. Temple, Memphis, and 13. P. Tipton, Huntsville, Ala. Serial Notfs ;\frs, Mngyie Fisher celebrated her ninety-.second birthday Saturday when 47 relatives and friends gathered at her home "for dinner. Her [laughter, MISS Bell Fisher, assisted in the pcparations. Mrs. Albert Koch surprised her husband on his birthday Wednesday when she entertained at their home in his honor. The evening was spent In pinochle and checkers. Mrs. Lee Mosby, Mrs. Ventriss Johnson and Mrs. W. W. Howard were guests Thursday when Mrs. Helen May entertained her bridge club. Prizes were won by Mrs. Ar- icne A very and Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Charles Howies entertained Saturday, with a birthday partv complimenting her son, Bobby, on his third birthday. Favors of Easter baskets filled with gum and candy were given with refreshments. Members of the Town and Country club were guests of Mr and Mrs. Grover Meatto Sunday. After an evening of cards, refreshments wee served. Tuesday evening Mrs. John Ellington entertained members of her bridge club and four guests. Mrs. Buddy King, Mrs. Paul Combs, Mrs. Eugene Fuller and MIS. Hal O'Kelley with a luncheon. Honors for the evening went to Mrs. Moddy Richardson and Mrs. Combs. Warren Field and Mrs. Bob Martin were guests Monday when Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Keeker entertained their pinochle club. Prizes went to Mr. and Mrs C. C. Fuller inul ^ r. and Mrs. Vincent Recker. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Downing had as supper guests Tuesday Jess Ward. Jim Ward and Mrs. Ellen Ward. Mrs. Ernie Ellis entertained Tuesday evening with a fish snpper. The occasion honored birthdays of Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Koch. Mrs. William Powers and Mrs. L. li. Painter were guests Tuesday '.vhen Mrs. J. D. Stafford entertained her bridge club. Prizes were won by Mrs. Sam Avcry. Mrs. Powers and Jack Hsrnett. Mrs. Uernard DcLisle was > hostess Friday afternoon w h e n her bridge club and two guests, Mrs. Nell Smalley and Mrs. Margaret Casey, met at her home. Prizes went to Mrs. Matilda Cavfmaugh, Mrs. Ben Segal, Mrs. Uin Killidli. When Poor Men Mect-j- nETOOIT, March 13. (/!>)—The young bandit who held.up Gus Lakas' little grocery store last night found Just $3 In the cash register. He took the money out, then handed a dollar bill back to I.nkas. "You're about as poor'as 1 am," the youth said, and fled. Mrs.. J. H, Workman and Mrs. Casey. Mrs. Paul Strykcr of Ulchmond, Va., and Mrs. Gertrude Willlford of Littlefalls, Minn., were guests Tuesday afternoon when Mrs, Cora Fuller entertained her bridge club. Prizes were won by Mrs, Stryker and Ms. Bernard DeUsle. Mrs. O. C. Hufstedler and daughter, Genese, entertained Saturday with a G o'clock dinner. A dozen couples from Portageville attended the square dance in ilayti Thursday. The dance was sponsored by the Dramatic Club and was In the high school gymnasium. Mrs. Ellen. Ward entertained her five children in her home with a dinner Sunday. Mrs. Hoy Hall entertained with a party March 3 In honor of her son, Edwin, who was 11 years old Games were played on the lawn and refreshments were served. Meetings for the WSCS for March 2(1 will he hi the following homes Circle One — Mrs. Kenneth Sellers; Circle Two — Mrs. Ralph Hawkins; Circle Three — Mrs. Ben Guhse; circle Pour — Miss Ruth Noland. Blyrheville FLOWER MART Offering Complete Floristic Service Wedding, Party & Funeral Flowers Memphis Highway Ffionc €002 city, Bern in Helena. Ark., Father Sfiiii mes ca me lo 11 vo In Os ceola when he was five years old. His father, the late Samuel Spencer . Semmes, was a former Mississippi County judge. Father Bennncs entered the Society of Jesus in Florissant, Mo., July 2. 1887, and thus bognn a ca' reer of service' which was to cm- trace more than 60 years. Father Semmes chose no easy path, to follow in devoting himself '-to, giving comfort to the poor. He became a member ol the Jesuit order and gave himself to the discipline and self-sacrifice his choice re'quircd. Xfivecl I.ifo of T*overly A friend, writing relatives of his denlh, said ". . . Father loved the poor and lived a life of extreme poverty himself, leaving nothing. I am trying to find some keepsake ol Father's to send yon. , . " During Ills long service In Jamaica, Father Semmes seemingly forgot no omn. On learning of his death, inmates of General Penitentiary there held a memnrtal service. One prisoner, addressing fellow inmates nt the .service, said "For the past quarter nt n century he has been in Die service of the poor peas an Us of Jamaica and the Inmates of the General Penitentiary. . , _ As a white man he knew no prejudices. He treated every man with equal re.spect nnd honour, whether n convict or a king, "He lias been brittle-scarred In our services. En 102G, when we had n oisturfcance irs this institution, was Father Semmes wbc presented the true side of (he inmates' story to tMe government nnd public, thereby brirmini;: about several stilutionnl reforms. Give Silent Tribute "In thr broiling sun and (he dene ol the nighl we could sre him shuffling through the slums of Kingston visiting the relatives of inmates giving them words of cheer nnd en- »TiVn tho grateful prisoner as* his fellow inmates to .stand in silen tribute "so lhat the people of the outsitif ".vorlri, will observe that any bit of service that is being rendered mcnt which would guarantee more omfort. However, he always Insist- id on returning to Jamaica where ic had an amazing following among he {."land's population. Once when natives learned he was due to leave the island, they staged a demonstration in protest o the move which threatened to grow to riot proportions. Only when is.sured the change was n temporary me for the best Interests of Father Semmps 1 health ciid the crowds disperse. Cave of Films rl( An editorial in n Jamaica paper added final comment on the life led by the late priest- It- said in part: "As tor ths poor, he helped them in a thousand little ways and with unwavering fidelity, assisting Uiorn- nfilcrially as much us he could. ':' "B.]l the poor did not measure .heir love tor him by the material liiings he gave them. They lovcci him because he gave them the best of all gifts and the last thing a mnn Ls willing to give, namely himself. . . "It Is a Jewel beyond compare, and this was the real treasure which Father Semmes willingly bestowed on all, hut must >f all on the poor." His body will not be returned to Ins native Arkansus. His grave will remain in Jamaica, where grateful natives each day place flowers ot; it. Hollywood Continued from Page B promotion, yet tlie average cost ot hotel rooms is only $6 a day. Tiie state's legalized gambling makes the town, as (lie Chamber of Commerce says: 'An oasis for the harassed refugee from artificial restraints and laws of other slates." Ninety-one per cent, of Nevada's citizens, by the wa^, are directly employed because of gambling towns such as Las Vegas and Reno. Best gambling story I heard was about Juke Kattleman, casino boss and part owner of the El Rancho. | Before Truman was even nominated and when there was still talk that Eisenhower might run, KaUle- man took Truman at TA to 1. The gamblers rushed him but Jake took 'em all on— and clenned up. It was Jake who told me about the fantastic luck of n fellow at Ihe SI Rancho who bet SI on the "hard way" six (10-1) at the crap table, won S10 and let It ride. The six came ill) for the second time. The (cllovv let his S100 ride for the third titmi and asnin the six came mi. J.-lic still groans when he minks ahoul il. The fellow walked in, bet $1 and walked away less than Iwo minutes later with s'lOOO. "That," says Jake, "was walking away with my blood." "Old West" Kctunis Once a year, in May, Las Vegas celebrates with a "Helldotado" festival The celebrating is done In wdstirn garb from 'a $50.900 wardrobe repossessed by the local sheriff when a $200.000 Las Vega? Him company went broke in 1048. The company planned to convert a wartime nia»ne.siimi plant building into a sound stage f° r western film nrodvicers and bought the big wardrobe as an added inducement. The whole idea fell on its face when the company was nimble to find housing for casts and crews. Attractions coming up at the Las Veeas Little Theater, directed by Bill Willard, are "Room Service" and "The Women.'' One of the stnrs is Jim Booker, » 22-year-old hotel policeman who already has movie talent scouts in,his hntr. Ij»s Vegas prides HstH on being unusual. A motel here call* UitU an "Autel." There may be talk of a depression elsewhere In the U. S., but no one seems to worry about money in Las Vegas. I asked Wilbur Clark when he and his partners expected to get their money back from a $2,500,000 Investment in the Desert Inn, opening In May. "In about two years," "If there were lib taxes, we could do It in a year." * • • Look twice at a group of extras dancing In the background of l party scene in "East Side, West Side." One of 'em is James Mason, who did it for laughs. Complete Auto & Interior Work Have Your Seat Covers Tailored Right on the Seats — To assure a Perfect Fit! Door panels covered to suit your taste. Have that turn and dirty head lining replaced with a new one in original material. All work designed to bring out I he bcaufy in your car. We also upholster any type furniture. Hionc 8110 for free estimates. ITH HATTRESS CO. ' Phone 4819 Blytheville Air "Free Pickup & Delivery" RENT A CAMERA Low Rates on Box or Flash Cameras Call 3G47 — West Main EY'S DRUG STORE Hot Rod Crack-Up Smashes Crowd \VALL~Yo\VNSHlP, N. J.. March 13. (A*f— A wheel torn from a "hot rod" racing car smashed into n crowd of specintors yesterday a'itf killed a 17-year-Olti youtti. The wheel also injured another boy. Some 3,500 persons were watclnng the race at the MonmonlYi County Airport raceway. The hot rod driver, John Chapman, 23. of Mctcricconk, tokl slate police Vris racer hnd blown two Urcs, throwing the vehicle into n spin. He halted the jalopy after it swerved close Eo the crowd. Seventeen-year-old Allx;rt A. Jester of Avon died tn an ambulnncr from injuries si.fTt'iTd when struck by the whcieL Henry Fee, 15. also of Avail, was JiDsjritali/.crt with a neck injury. us. . - is highly reeoimiwd and ap- Assistant Monmoulh County Pros- preciated. I hough we are regarded ecu tor Charles Frankc. ordered by society ns oulcaMs." Chapman held in £2.500 bail .Several times the church ^oucrlil j ins? n hearing today on chsirges of to fc.vo Faiher Srmmes an .is.^n-1 causing dcnth by auto, Too r; IN EVERLASTING BRONZE 1c*c or store .nvrny ronaUnt reminder ol your ! resnliitfyinK thinpc fitnl twMlinft K lr[<a. Send your ALLEN PLATING COMPANY P.O. Box 8 Phone 4188 Blytheville, Ark. RECTAL DISEASES A SPECIALTY DRS. NIES & MIES (All Types l:\cc|>( Cancer) ClUilP 5H Main. Klydi'o.ville, Ark. Phone l»Zl ~V/~OU'VK seen it happen with the JL family down the street, the friemls across town, the folks you went to school with, They started out, as most folks do, with n cur of modest si/.c—and still more nnulesl price. Maybe they moved themselves up u hit, step by step, lo ihc lop-bracket models in thai parliculur price rnnge. T / icii llicy discovered sonielliinj*. ll doesn't cost much more—somctmics no more—lo really blossom out in a liuick. 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