The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 18, 1939 · Page 3
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Saturday, November 18, 1939
Page 3
Start Free Trial

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1939 Modern Central Building Includes Barracks; Has Many Facilities . "The best county farm set-up In tile entire MldSouth" Is the boast of officials with completion of the new physical equipment at the Mississippi county Penal Farm, two miles west o[ Uixora. It is claimed ihni ca ,. e of pr i son . crs convicted of misdemeanor charges and of (He aged Indigent lias been solved as economically and humanely as p:ssible in a program whtch can now be completely earned out with the new penal building. This one structure embraces barracks, dining rooms, kitchens, hospital, recreation room, office, storage fcr farm products, heating plant and dining room wing \vith separate entrance for aged people who live In two large residences in the grove which Is now to be the headquarters of the fnrm. The new building, finished except for the heating plant equipment which is cnroiite here, is expected U> be occupied next, week. Constructed of concrete, the "U" shaped two-story building is very large uith.the main unit, 234 by 24 feet, adjoining three wings each 80 by 24 feet and another wing at !he rear 24 by 20 feet. Set amid a beautiful grove of trees, there Is n recreation ptvrk in the center front with a high steel fence for the prls:ncrs. In contrast to the usual cold grey and black buildings erected foi prisoners.--U. S. Branson, the nrchilect, added a touch of color with the ro:f in an orange shade and the bars at windows and doors were painted the same color to form a pleasing combination with the grey-white walls. A large marble tablet will be placed in a niche at the entrance to the office apartment. On this will be Die wcrds "WPA-1939" and names of district and Mississippi County officials. The main front entrance is flanked with'a side front admittance al the office and a side approach into the old folks' win? and there is also n rear cnlryvvay. All of tile building is fireprcof Scenes at Old andf New Penal Farm Buildings with walls, floors and ceiling concrete. of \ Thc main floor includes the offices, barracks for whites and ne- groes, dining rooms, kilchcns. h:s- pital and recrodtion room while the lower'flcjpr isjor the heating plant and large storage spaces. Interior cf the building is very modern. Four tubs with runnin? hot and cold water and numerous ivork 'tables-and cabinets in the kitchen, a cafeteria arrangement for serving plates to the dlnlne rooms which have oak' t:p tables, .swinging upper and lower bunks in the barracks and hospital with steel springs, ctifton mattresses and the entire building ventilated wilh plenty of large windows arc among Ihe features. • • ' ' \ room. centcr , Is cut for consumption and land ...-.•--•- ' on the property. i prepared for farming; in the or- Mississippi county pays arresting chard; in Ihe kilchcns of the old officers In scrip and the county 1 '-"-- e ony gets the labor in return for paying costs in case. Both fine and costs are worked out by prisoners tit the rale or 75 cents per day. Records of the farm show that it is successful in production. This year 200 acres in cotton has already yielded 200 bales and about 50 more are yet to be picked. Last year the farm yielded 051 pounds of cotton to flic acre to make a wonderful .crop, fnrm officials say. < Modern methods employed include folks homos, for canning and for other odd jobs which arc a part of a G58-acrc farm. Because money was not available, It was impossible to carry out the entire plan of the county farm when the land was purchased eight years ago. The temporary barracks erected at that time is very cnide; the hospital has been an abandoned train car; the kilchen and dining room is a small part of- Ihe frame barracks. Several years ago It was decld- ; -N. vanca menu is served tnree Cost of the structure, if erected " mp s daily because Judge Glad- by a private contractor, would have '"'' '*"""•""• "—' - '- J -----been between $40.000 and S45.000. according to architects' .estimates but actual cost was much 'lower ----------- ^..,j., u j Lvi „,_ ui-vcim yfiirs ugo ji was uecia- . n • profitable diversification ed to move to the country the program. Besides cotlon, the farm poverty stricken old men and wo- lias corn, pasture, a large truck men who were being cared for by acreage, orchard and the usual the county. They had been kent ban, lots for livestock along with In the old county court no^seft space of barns where farming Osceola where it was impossible equipment is slorcd. lo allow them to leave the small We grow everything the prison- .yard and the building was a lire crs eat except sugar, colfce, flour, trap nnd fast becoming more di- spices and macaroni," said G. For- ! lapidaied. ler, supervisor In charge or feed- 1 Two modern frame building •"" - w rn rame ung all prisoners and the inmaUs each with a separate bedroom for bn niri mil™ !,„,„„ ,., in M of the old folks . A varied menu is served three than this, according to Judge S. L. Gladish. County A WPA project supplied labor, practically all of the rough lumber was secured from Uhe timber en the farm with prisoners outline the lumber themselves and all of the large amount of sand and grave! used for the exterior and interior was hauled from the Mississippi river by convicts at no actual expenditure except for fuel in the county tracks borrcwed from the road department for this project. --.There will be no -formal opening when Ihe prisoners mcve into their new home but visitors are invited to visit the farm, Judge Gladish said. The farm can be reached by going west on a gravel road from Lusora or by turning west at McDonald's store on Highway 61, near Blytheville, and follcwing a gravel road. The new building is realization of n dream for a county owned and well equipped farm first planned by former County Judge Zal B. Harrison. He authorized the purchase of the 658-ai;fc' farm in 1931 at a ccsl of $22,400. Judge Oladish and other advocates of the present program believe that proper care of misdemeanor prisoners will pay financially as well as to improve them mentally and this thought lias been forem:sl in the adopted program. Bofore purchase of ihc county farm, Mississippi County leased its prisoners lo private farm operators. Several other counties of the state want to lease out their prisoners here but only a few are used from cross County when extra workmen are needed for cotton chopping or picking. Judge Gladish claims the farm, with all assets considered at least 1 breaks even" despite the tact that pris:ners always cost any county a substantial sum. The county quorum court appropriates annually the sum of $30,000 to care for prisoners and the aj>ed Indigent. To onset this sum there is said to be paid in the county general fund each year, revenues frcm the /arm which Include from 200 lo 250 bales of cotton annually and the enormous amount of bridge and road work done by the pris-ners throughout the ycur is ullinatcd and figured in as revenue from ish believes that a well fed prisoner will work better and, anyway he is paying for what lie eats. A glance at the store room Is amazing. Despile the drouth, which prevented a late summer garden there is now on hand to feed the prisoners through the winter fine early spring: 2000 bushels of sweet potatoes, 800 gallons of molasses 200 bushels Irish potatoes, 500 gnl- Inos kraut, 800 cans green beans carried over from lasl year, 14,000 cans tomatoes carried over anc 16,000 more canned this year, 4300 cans pumpkin, 10,000 pounds dricc beans and peas, 300 cans peaches about 100 cans eaeli of beets, cucumbers, pickles, peppers, turnips and fruits, plenty of pork, beef and lard, in addition to chickens and hogs not yet killed. The young orchard has 200 apple, peach and plum trees and a grape arbor. All ol the canning and making of molasses was done by the prisoners under the supervision of Mr Porter. He hires no cooks but uses six men and women prisoners \v/\o are changed as their "time" expires although he has been most fortunate about his chief cook. Tlie man is released, returns home and is back again In a few days en another charge of public drunkenness but he calmly takes up his work again ns head chef and the routine goes on again. The convicts are usually peaceful, according to A. P. Glascoe, superintendent, -who looks after the 61 now llierc, which is an average mimbt. wilh the whites and negroes about equally divided. The largest number on the farm at one time was 99. Sometimes a prisoner . to escape and is successful FLOS T IN m York-New Jersey ' division IT m H,S. BETKB Ninety Miners Establish Scholarship To Aid In Preparedness NEW YORK. (UP)-Tlie Ninety Nmers, Snle^nattonnl group of 35 women pilots, nre sell hie up n ' •'•»", , woman's aviation scholarship lu',,.,,1 , Ect 'I 1 ™'" llln " »">t we jnpmnri- «r h.nir. r~ , / ,... _ "'" incrpRsc the scholarship ns --...-., \.114-11UII lu\»l\ their nrst step toward selling up (he scholarship when they held a party lo raise funds. Appproxl- malely 350 persons ullendcd, nnd Ihe net receipts lopped $1,60(>. , illovc Is Nationwide /Divisions throughout tho country of the Ninety Nincrs-they rot their nnmc because there were 09 charter members-will follow suit nnd hold parlies lo raise money. •Although It was osllmnlocl thtU a. year would be necessary to col- ecl the needed $4,000 to set up the . scholarship, • Miss Nicholson said that, If the other parlies were ns successful ns Ihe New York group's, (he organization probably Old And New Varieties Soon Will Reach Baking MINNEAPOLIS, MImi, (UP) _ An extensive research project do- sluncd ultimately to put "bctler brand" on u,e radon's dinner tables. Is reaching its Dunl «tngcii, The project bcyim lust spring when n select Kraiip of fni-mora In Minnesota, Montana, North nnd South Dakota planted 12 varieties of^ whent nn :>;IO ncres ot luiul, Tils Imrvr-sl, totaling 'WSO bushels, was shtppiHl to Minneapolis tov scli'iitinc, lest.s lo determine cotii- piinillvc mlllhji; «,„( \ a u aii q(I(l ,|. llNi of dllfeicnt vnricllcs from roirh of tin; slates. The Northwest Crop ymprovc- itionl Association, cooperating with Hjrfeuliuvnl, mlHut; mid grain imukHIng Interests, Is .sponsor- Ing the research. Jinny Tests In lie Maclo At present the wheat Is being tested nnd milled In the Plllsbury experimental laboratories prcpar- itory (o shipment lo 20 other laboratories for flour-making tesU Hie laboratories Include the Uo- nlnlon Cereal laboratory In Winnipeg, Ihoso of four stale colleges, Ihe U. S. Department'Of Agriculture, and other milling firms Tlie wheat has been tested for iiclsturc nnd protein content no urnl the association might determine citect of cllmallc nnd soil conditions on tho 12 different vnr- elles of wheat, rapeclnlly tho now lypes, Tlie wlicni was grown on plots tnder supervision of stale extension services on selected farms. The varieties were planted slilc bv side under the same conditions.' UiiWnj; (0 Vary Of the whcnl behiB milled, 40 wmplcs of each variety will bo sent to ench of tho 20 Inbornlorles took for Ihe flour-making tests. There cereal chemists plan to use a halt ln the memory of (heir founder and' first president, Amelin Earhart. The purpose of the scholarship according to Mary Nicholson, governor of the New York-New Jersey division of the organization, "Is to give a course of instrument i i* ot-nvmiAiiif) us rapidly ns possible to (rain more Blrls," she said. -Among the cclcbrllics .who attended the New York-New Jersey celebration were Belly Gillies, president of the Ninety Miners- Mrs. Mnuel Walker Willeuramll, room, screened porcii, dining room lo some meinlfer Y • - '- kitchen nnd several bead of ,;tl\c Aviation commission Ninety Nlners -«'ho is',V^ivngc" ; of the 'American'Bar Association; modern bath facilities. ship had a dual purpose: to get Here the ; _50 persons' now there ^^^~^t^£T'o>^ mcrclal atrjjiie'sjviii'"'Event, of ting which is most attractive. They have no work at all lo do bu" spend their last days quietly with Mrs. M. Cole of Manila, a practical nurse and superintendent, in charge, (o look afler, Iheir needs Thc change being -rftSle': of cooking for the 50 old pf6pT^-iviH be more economical and It ls ; believed that the short walk to the sunny, steam heated dining room King will benefit them as most of Ihem do not exercise enough physicians say. It Is planned to use the former dining room and kitchen of each home for morc bedrooms which are expected to be needed ns the rooms are filled now. If ill, their meals will be carried to them. Placing of the prisoners unit at one end of the grove is expected to not only facilitate feeding of county charges but .will be a cen- tal point for distribution of sup piles and office malnlenance. | ie is usually later picked up by officers who are always notified to be on the lookout for them. If an escape is allempted it is usually when the prisoners are working in the woods, picking cotton, or gathering corn, when the stalks will hide them from Ihe few guards employed lo watch them. Most trouble with the prisoners . . keeping them from using every means to get drunk, according lo To Hold Musical At Caruthersville CAUUTHERSV1LLE, Mo., Nov 8.—The third annual musical to be sponsored by the Caruthersvllle Woman's Club will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Methodist "hurch at three o'clock that afte.r- oon, Mrs. E. G. Roland, general chairman, announced yesterday Mrs. Roland will be assisted In presenting the event by Mrs Charles Dorroh, Mrs. Roscoe Coker and Mrs. J. B. Freer. ' Tlie first part cf the program will feature Miss Marjorie Ashcraft and hor music students from the Caruthersville High School who have gained considerable rccognl-! tlon In district, stale nnd national musical meets. Miss Virginia Lit- zelfelner will appear in the second mraijs 10 get, arunK, according lo "•">""<•* win »wiear in the second Mr. Glascoc and Mr. Povtcr, whoj' wrl of tnc Progmm, • and Mrs say many-of them will drink shoe Faul Ti P to11 ot Blytheville will be polish, rubbing alcohol and otherlB 11 " 1 al1 ' 61 for the afternoon Miss medicines and even concoct such! Lllltan K< % will give a reading "fire water" as the cook some- Mrs. Guy E. Mfchl6 will preside limes attempts with a tour meal "t- the organ. mash. nn- ' ...-; .. « ,. "We wnht-ifp li.-ve .". "group of women pilots' \vlio can be useful under war or any other emergency to relieve the active men pilots , ~v .u>ni u. n^y »J1| VU31' Ollf $4,000 to • maintain nnd will include a course in instrument training, the study of flying blind. An Instrument rating—(he "diploma" of the course—is necessary for any commercial flying. The course, which requires anout four months, will include training in n "dummy" plane • on the ground with an instructor observing every move the pilot makes. The second part of the course takes In radio beam flying, In which the student pilot operates the plane while the teacher is hi tlic craft. Radio beam flying is considered of the utmost importance now that nil air traffic is regulated by radio. "The renson ive decided to set up the scholarship, instead of' a plaque or some other remem- jrancc," Miss Nicholson said, "is because it will be a living memorial to Amelia. We can always build on it." The 57 members of the New maamaam REMEMBER LEFTY'S Magnolia Service Station foi Mobiloit and Mobilgas Now Managed by Walter Cox, Jr. and E. M, Murray See Us For Anti-Freeze! chairman of the committee which' fA!-m" n 'L"" 8 ll ' c scnoll »ramp and """"*"""' "" ' Ear- Jcr dozen or more braid-,,,,,™,,, methods in determining tho taking value of cnoh sample. Tlie flour will bo analyzed for proleln, moisture, aiul ash content ns well ns for general brcadmnkhiR qualities. The coopernling Inboratorles will send their findings lo the association. The final report will be compiled lo show which whcnt varieties will make the best bread. •Henry, o. Putnam, secretary or the Crop Improvement, association, sajif'thn project would*give farmers accurate informritloH on the different'varieties Hint can be grown. prorUnbly In tliclr localities, Mr. Dahl Carries On Pemiscot Circuit « : Court Opens Mondaj M,., Itartd (Whlloy) DnhVwlfc of Amulcan aMato, held mln, le r lore lhan Iwo years by Spanish Nallonnllsls, arrives at Newark airport (o bc«lu U. 8. lecture lour Just icturncd fiom Europe she hopes to raise funds for her husband, now under life lmprlw, sentence for aldl,, B Ulo ix,y«, ls( , A|I appeal f, om Mrs. Dahl u> Clcncrtil Franco | s sll td to have stucd lici husband from death. tcnced in federal court on Mnnn Act charges. Mora Farmers Insuring -ITHACA, N. Y. (Ut')-Whoat-In- surance Is gaining In ( popularity m New York Slate. A 3o'por c«nt Increase was nUcd lu paid-up implications for "nil risk" crop In- suriince on the il)40 winter wheat crop. Tabulations show that, 818 farmers have insured their crops for next year, comjmrcd v,lth 635 on the li)30 winter wheat crop More lhan any olhps Innovation, Ph-wood-ioned to bringdown the cost of modern furniture At ouc tlino, n mahogany table was nil mahogany. .. no,, ^fQv 18.—The' regular November (cm of circuit courtifor Pcmlscot,J,Coun ly, with Judge b. II. Bchu){ j)re siding, will open here Monday Nov. 20. There arc IfiO civil am 3V criminal cases listed on th docket,.sevpn.of them being-mur (ter cases, oho being a "change- o venue hearing from New Madrii "cunty. Tlie murder cases nro: Adrlai lln WJ'^W;Ht6;j)b'i,\yifs<)n"-$(ftiv jcr-i " c mma ^ cases nro: Adrlai Key-stKtrj,ti!fJ3ctSfc''-:<ipflvi3{i6Vr •nick- POSCJr n » cl Oli| s Fowler, chargci Merrill;; Hcl'cii';'IJicnbx,--Spii'ly;'-Jwo-' t °K t ' lhcr ; Robert Guy, Willie for man to fly n'commdrcinl line; i lcr ' Jlm mle Jones Andrews, Iler- Vlncent Bcndix,' president of Ben- mo " (Busier) Brown, and Arnold (Hy A vlo + lrxn rin~., ii . _. , Tilr\fnr- . — --- «••-, 1/1 VOL1|l_lll, Ul IJtll- Aviation. Corporation; Col: J. Carroll Cone tnamgcr of !lhe divl ton of Pin IrimatlnnilG AmprJc-m '»i MatteiR mid. pllpfjlm DEEP RtvER Conn (UP)-Bur elan attempting to ah the Deep Rhor National bank were forced to flee. >\hoaltlj»i$c -smoke bv a' Tucker. Ftorty-two divorce cases arc listed, nnd nine injunction suites, four of them ucinij against Jim Tull wlio 0])cratcd n tavern nt llayt until recently when he was sen- J. L. GUARD Optomefriiit Only Gradual* Optometrist In lUythevllle. Glasses HI led Correctly I "I'm a booster for (he BtjY- THKVH.I.E STKAM I.ADN- slnce I discovered how WP]| lh<-y laiimlcr shirts. Most men art particular Ihetr slilrls ami I'm no exception." 'For Better . Laundry and Dry Cleaning 326'327l STEAM. LWNDKY Is the "Cheapest Price the ~ ^Lowest Price? . Soul f Here is what n few of the users of the ,h" lnnC - ; " S Syslem I|U " 1 wi(h " D '.v Gas Dome mimmum "pansion of the Bns have to say This is the feelinjr of 'thousands ofiiseis of which sev- ' kansns"" COI "" an - v n " S "' Wn«UI not do «>»t could be "' wouldii'l lake (on tfnu-s H,,, amininl 'spent and do «llh- »"l pis and all accessories." i,,»ni' We i| IlnVC "'V 1 *" l<)nm(It Gils r ° r nv « ^ J'rar ami iroiiW much rnlhrr usi> It than any oilier fuel" angles'"" 5 ' Vl "°" lallc Oas S>Slcm is vcr i' s««sfaclory from all There Is a Difference In Butane Gas Systems j hi? di £ c . rDn « Is. largely >n the economy of operation f w'up»"i V ly 1lltcrcs(s >'°» iis a us" of Butane fuel. M M iJ ° S - VStcm has a DRY GAS DOME built n No ofhcr system can have this dome because it is a patented feature of (he AUTOMATIC GAS SYSTEM. This dry Ras dome saves you 15, to 20f 0 yearly in fuel consump- iion. iJiis saving will pay for your entire plant over the ifeof the plant. THINK THIS OVER and gel the facts icfore you buy a Hulane System simply because the othur jnce is. lower. Size for size the AUTOMATIC GAS SYS-' i is by far the lowest in price if economy of operation nlcrcsts you. ' VOU, TOO, CAN BE THE PROUD OWNER OF AN They are easy to buy and easy to Remember this too. Our three large fuel storage svs- lems in Rastern Arkansas is your definite guarantee of a dependable source of fuel. Our METERED GAS SEHV1CK is a positive guarantee of honest measurement. You pay only for the gas you actually use— after you have used it. A renrcsenlative will gladly call on you.' WEIS BUTANE GAS CO. Itttltftt Alirtll.* •*».! 1. Blythevillo •*».! 1. Wheallcy West Memphis

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free