The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 29, 1967 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 29, 1967
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f*q W wn-ier news- »<miraay, Apro ft. Lake Havasu City Town Carved Out of Nothing By OICK KLEINE11 Hollywood Correspondent Newspaper Enterprise Assn. LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — (NE.V — A murder committed, a baby born and a lemon meringue pie baking class in session, and suddenly Lake Hnvasu City isn't a dream any ma-:'. .':::crica's newest city — and prrlia'-s the only city ever ciT.-ed out of nothing — is on the wa" li becoming a reality. Fair years ago, there was ' nothing 'irre. Where today bull- ri<r ->rs roam, in 1963 there was only a brnvn and barren peninsula jut; :ig put into the blue waters of Lake Havasu. The lake itsa'f is reasonably new, too; it was created in 1938 when Parker Dam was built across Hie Colorado River. But now there are the beginnings of a city. Already 3,000 people live here permanently and the schedule is for 60,000 men, women and children to call Lake Havasu City home In 20 years. Some think that estimate is conservative. Today, Lake Havasue City is a place for pioneers, although every day brings more signs of civilisation. At the moment, though it is a place for the hardy — dusty, hot, no high school, no hospital, the dentist comes to town only twice a week. While it may not have all the comforts of home, It has an air of adventure, of excitement, of being in on the ground floor ef greatness, that you can't find anywhere else. The Lake Hava- sue Citians seem to be enthusiastic about their town and its prospects — stop anyone on the street and you get a sales talk. Lake Havasu City had its beginnings when industrialist Robert McCulioch flew over it, Searching for a place to lest the eutboard motors his company makes. He saw this peninsula by the lake and he knew he had found what he wanted. On the ground, he realized that the area offered more than just an outboard test site. He thought it would make an ideal city — the climate was good hot but dry — and the scenery magnificent and the t e r r a i n ideal, sloping gently up from the beautiful lake. He decided to move part of his factory here from Los Angeles, and the McCulioch Corp planl is (he industrial hub of the city. But McCulioch didn't want this to he a company town He hired C. V. Wood Jr. to plan a city. The resultant plan is extensive, encompassing everything from a civic center and college campus to sites for estates and a golf course. The city is 26 square miles in area, and the lake shoreline 22 miles of it — has been held back for the exclusive use of the public. At,the moment, there is a big transient population, too — construction workers living in trailer camps — and you drive for miles along the graded and curving streets and see perhaps tine or two houses built on the lots. But each week new homes are started. The water company and the power company are hard - pressed to bring service to the widely scattered homes, but they're doing it. Wood's problem . is what he calls "the balance." By that, he means keeping a balance between people and services — having the right number and kind of stores for the population. With nothing to ;uide him In this effort, he studied telephone books — the Yellow Pages of books in towns ef various sizes, to see what each size city could support. When he feels the city has reached the position where it needs, say, a department store, he goes out to encourage one t» come in. That l» what is happening at the moment. But if someone comes iiTand wants to start some business, even if Wood feels the time isn't ripe, there is nothing to stop him. That happened with the bowling alley. It opened for business when Lake Havasu City's population was 1,500. Wood knew it was too soon. The bowling alley went broke, but Wood took it over and held on to it until the population reached 3,000, then gave it back to the owner. Now it Is a profit- maker. There are many things Lake Havasu City needs, and they'll get them all when the population warrants it. But the city has already come of age — a baby was born here when the car taking the pregnant mother to Kingman's hospital had a flat tire; a murder has been committed; the churches are open; the schools are open; the supermarket is thriving; a bond issue for a high school has passed; and the lemon mer- AFTER A FIRST-HAND INSPECTION of Lake Havasu City a group of visitors from Seattle, Wash., get set to board one of the city's four planes for the trip back home. of th« 3,000 residents «p«nd their nonworking hours on or near it. The Ripa family has a boat. Mrs. Ripa is now an ardent fishenvonian and she's even learned how to fillet fish. She studies ceramics and sand painting. She's active in the group working to bring a Catholic church here. She's active in the group which worked to pass a bond issue for a new high school. Another group is promoting a hospital. There are musical groups led ramatic groups and card-play- ng groups and the volunteer iremen. There is no movie theater in town, but there is television from Phoenix and there Crazy Ed's, a family saloon with a piano and at night people gather there and sing. Mostly, though, it is the lake which gives the city its raison d'etre. Eight kinds of fish live n the blue waters — "Havasu" s an Indian word meaning ilue water — and there is plen- every Monday. * * * When Mrs. Nicholas Ripa moved to Lake Havasu City, two years ago, she thought she was in for a dull life. Before she left West Springfield, Mass., she bought a set of oil paints. She has yet to open them. Mrs. Ripa, the wife of a real estate salesman, has found life in this new city anything but dull. Lake Havasue City Is coming into being with a bang. It has a pioneer spirit and Mrs. Ripa's days are full. The city is on the shores of a beautiful lake and virtually all NAUTICAL INN, as seen from a passing plane, Is one of three hotels in Lake Havasu City. Expansion of this hotel is under way as more and more people come to call. by Abigail Van Bnreu- Men May Want To Skirt Problem DEAR ABBY: Designers seem determined that men shall wear miniskirts. 0. K. But that brings up lots of problems. While I come from a long line of kilt-wearers, I haven't had much practice with that sort of thing. If men mini - skirt - wearers abide by the Scottish underwear customs described by my kilt - wearing great- grandfather, we should have problems indeed. Namely, how can we remember to hold our knees together? What do we do on windy days? When women stare should we call a policeman? What if they whistle? Is it appropriate for a man to throw a modesty robe across his knees while riding on a bus? And lastly, Abby, should we shave our legs? ROBERT McMORIilS, Omaha DEAR MAC: If menfolk take to wearing mini-skirts, they'll have to look out for themselves — same ;is worn. cnfnlk do. I do '• mend .slinvlng the legs, however. That's practically lliu only way left to tell some of the boys from the girls. DEAR ABBY: This is for "shocked" with the new carpet. He must not have been a science major or he would know that touching wood just prior to the kiss would prevent the shock of static electricity. It's much simpler than treating the carpet or installing a humidifier. E. K. M.: Dexter, N. M. DEAR E. K. M,: Static electricity or no static electricity, it's always a good idea to touch wood before kissing. DEAR ABBY: I have been courting a 28-year-old divorcee who has 5 boys between (he ages of 2 and 8. J am 48 and enjoy excellent health. This woman is barely getting by between her job and the support money she gels from her ex-husband.. I want lo marry her, but I'm not having much luck. She says she likes my com- pany, but for a husband she'd prefer a younger man. I tried to tell her that with five boys to raise she will have a tough time getting a younger man. I like children, Miss Abby, and I'm an honest, sober, reliable man. Can you think of some other arguments in my favor I could use to win her? "48" DEAR "48": For a marriage to succeed there must be mutual willingness and enthusiasm. If you were to "win" the woman because you bad more "pro" arguments than she had "con," yours would be a very sorry union indeed. If she thinks she can do better — let her try. But don't change your phone number without letting her know. She may need it. DEAR ABBY: I wish you would tell those psychiatrists who advise their rich lady patients to "keep busy" to find some volunteer work to relieve their boredom. I am a saleslady who works on commission, a n d I don't need some rich society dame competing with me for sales. It may be good therapy for her, but it's a pain-in-the-pocket- bsok for me! NEEDS TO WORK Troubled? Write to Ahby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Ca). 90089. For a personal replv, enclose a stamped, self - addressed i envelope. For Abby'ft booklet, "H o w In Have a Lovely Wedding," send $1 to Abby, Box 6D70D, Los Angeles, Cal. 90069. the supermarket. There are News Of Men In Service Hospitalman Carl J. Miller, USN, son of Mrs. Katherine E. Argo of Manila, is stationed in the South Atlantic aboard the command communications ship Wright, which served as a communications link for the Latin American summit meeting Punta del Este, Uraguay. in Ensign Harold L. Crosskno, USNR, son of Herman W. Crosskno of Route Two, is in Oak Harbor, Wash., with Naval Pa- ,rol Squadron Two. Seaman Apprentice Michael B. Calvert, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Calvert of 615 Jamison, is serving aboard the radar picket destroyer USS Duncan, in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam. Capt. Jerry M. Figgins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen H. Figgins of Caruthersville, is participating in Clove Hitch III, a joint amphibious and airborne training exercise being conducted in the Caribbean through April 30. Airman l.C. Sam E. Childs, son of Mrs. Marian Baldwin of Steele has received the A i r Medal at Clark AFB, Philippines, for air action in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Holland High School and is married to the former Hazel Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Boyd of Caruthersville. SSgt. James L. Render, USA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn Render of Leachville, Is participating in "Operation Junction City," the largest military operation 16 date in Vietnam. Pvt. Johnnie R. Plunkett, 23 USA, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Lynn Plunkett. and wife Lois live in Blytheville, has completed a general supply course at Fort Knox, Ky. He is a 1965 graduate of Arkansas State University. First Lieutenant Edwin M. Larkin, 24, USA, son of Mr. and .Mrs. Leslie C. Larkin of 600 North Ruddle Road, is participating in "Operation Junction City." Spec. 4 Lawrence M. Keeling, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomai Keeling, 1120 South 21st, is participating i n Junction City." "Operation Union Mission Memorials Following is a list of memor- al contributions reported by the Mississippi County Union Mission. Memory of Mrs. Powell Juhl from Mrs. Hazel Stone. Memory of Mrs. J. W. Dolan from Mr. and Mrs. Riley Jones, Mrs. Tom A. Little 'Sr. a n d Mrs. Fred Saliba. Memory of W. H. Heath Sr. from Mrs. W. H. Heath and family. Memory of Frank R. Anders from Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Anders. Memory of T. F. (Doc) Dean from Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Scruggs, Mr. and Mrs. Alex S. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Foy Etchieson and Dr. and Mrs. Milton Webb. Memory of H. W. Wylie from Mr. and Mrs. Alex S. Hill, Dr. and Mrs. F. Don Smith. Memory of Edgar P. Borum from Mrs. Sarah Lunsford, Dr. ty of room for «wybody. The lake stretches for 45 miles along the Colorado River, and most of it is coves and inlets inaccessible except by boat. The lake separates California and Arizona, and each shore hve range in Arizona, the Che- mehuevi in California. Until Parker Dam was built in 1938 — thus creating the lake — the mountains effectively kept this stretch of the river hidden. Now a bridge is going across the river near the dam, which will cut an. hour from ttie driving time from Los Angeles and Phoenix. That will bring the city within easy driving range of both metropolises. Gradually, Lake Havasu City is beginning to look like something. Nothing grew here before, except some scrub weeds, have been imported and ttiey are thriving. The lake, blue against the brown mountains, sparkles in the sun and the sail- »ats and water skiers cut pretty patterns on the water. The houses are all low — nothing can be built more than 13 feet tall, lest it deprive someone else of the view. The commercial structures now being )ut up are attractive, but the city's developers admit they made one mistake. Some of the first commercial juildings — 15 or 20 of them — are not so attractive. One group of apartments is pointed out -as 'our only slum," and a few stores are ugly eyesores. "We always insisted that all plans be subject to the approval of our architectural committee,' says C. V. Wood Jr., Lake Havasu City's master planner. "But and and Mrs. F, Don Smith, Dr. Mrs. Hunter C. Sims Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Rosco Crafton Sr. Memory of Mrs. Walter Waddy from Mrs. Sarah Lunsford and Mr. and Mrs. K. D. Marr. Memory of Mrs. Odie Freeman from Mrs. Sarah Lunsford. Memory of Mrs. 0, J. Rogers from Mr. and Mrs. Denny Hammond. Memory of Ben Green from Mrs. Sarah Lunsford. Memory of Elza Wheeler from Mr. and Mrs. Denny Hammond. Memory of Mrs. Cora Besharse from Dr. and Mrs. Hunter C. Sims Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Denny Hammond. Memory of Mrs. Fannie Regenold from Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Castilo, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Huffman, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dolan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roberts and Mr. and Mrs. Rosco Crafton Sr. Memory of John H. McKenzie from Mrs. Tom A. Little Sr., Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Lenti and the Blan Heath family. Memory of Johnny Marr from Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Lenti. Memory of Paul D. Abbott from Mr. and Mrs. Rosco Crafton Sr. Memory of Mrs. Mildred Ramey from Mr. and Mrs. Rosco Crafton Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Preston Ramey and Susan and Bob Ramey. Memory of Johnny Johnson from Mrs. Edgar P. Borum, Mrs. Mary Borum Alexander and Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Rain water. Memory of Mrs. Charles Afflick Sr. from Dr. and Mrs. James C. Guard. IMONDAY MAY 1st I LEGION ARENA I I Span: Amer. Legion I 1 "* 1 2 ^l TWO SHOWS 4 & 8 P.M. ITERNATIONAL ON STAGE '- IN PERSON THE GREATEST STAflE SHOW ON EARTH. at *e beginning «em« p««pl« didn't build what had been approved. We realized our system had no teeth in it. 'Now the architectural committee is under the water committee. If they don't build what they say they're going to build, they get no water. As for those first buildings, we're going to bide them with palm trees and oleander bushes." Wood is the man who planned Disneyland, and he says there isn't too much difference between planning an amusement park and a city. "In Disneyland," be says, "we had to keep the people happy for five hours. Our problem here is to keep them happy for a lifetime; that's the only difference." They seem to be happy, judging by Mrs. Ripa, who wouldn't move back to Massachusetts "If you paid me." And a spirit is evolving, a spirit of pride and community togetherness. When the city's new fountain was to be dedicated, something went wrong. Somebody forgot to water the sod, and all the grass yellowed. The night before the dedication ceremonies, everybody gathered at the fountain and painted the grass green. The ceremony w a s a huge success. 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