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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 6, 1952
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OSCEOLA NEWS 5" &HU. nit. arr Dave Laney's Love of Variety Expressed in His Wide Interests Vhen I first knew Dave Laney, I "tayed shy of him. I thought he was » hard-boiled business man. He has his fingers In so many things that have helped Osceola to grow like It |-( has that I didn't think he had time for anything or anybody, put I was never «o far wrong. He's the easiest going, mildest mannered, full-of- fun-person. I've ever met. eo don't ) let anybody ever tell you different• Jj ly. And might I add I would label I'i hi |fj rum "the perfect hast." He's strictly a home-lover and he thing he Eels the biggest kick ml of doing is surprising that beau- |(j tifiil wife of his with gifts, particularly silver. He didn't wait until | their silver anniversary to slart it. J even lhoa=h they did celebrate theirs in June, but through the years, on business trips over the United States, on holidays, birth- clays or just any excuse to come , with a gift-trapped package under his arm. he has added lo Mrs. Laney's silver collection, which is now one of the most beautiful and cotii- &$ete in Osceola. ™H takes a collection like this to eerve the many, many friends who help the Laney's celebrate open house on Christmas, a tradition in the family. THE 11 LA.VEV children grew up in an atmosphere of hospitality and Dave said they held open house dai- lev as he was growing up. All of the children's friends were treated as a member of the family and meal time resembled an orphanage. Eoth of Mr. Laney's prirenls lived to tell their children Civil War stories and of coming to Arkansas • • •' " ave Laney !n covered wagons. His father died . at the nge of S9 and his mother wast Methodlst Preachers. Their father) f>l at the time of her death. before them was also a Methodist Mr. Laney's grandfather, Felix W. P reacner That was before the Laney, came to South Arkansas Methodist, church was really or- from Russell County. Ala., in IMS !f an . l «d <>»d was c/illcd 'Methodist buying the land that the town of if?','*- 3 !*'.- „.!."' . s , pot ^ lhe . n l? r El Dorado, Ark., is now built on. There was only one store and post jj off ice combined and a blacksmith 3 shop. A branch of water ran jihrough the town and was given [jthe name of "Laney's Branch." J'l which is still known around E! |ji Dorado, even though bridges have Ipbeen built over It and **n I VM brou«M «p to «M U H* WM vtrjr setviUfM about •v«r»- thlnc h» undwtook u>4 in*U»d <X 'old B«ck' plowing towwd* Mttlng •un, h« vi»ualli»<i H a> * allhou- ette, lauuhed Mr. i,»n«y. "I n«v«r couW let my Imagination run away with OM wh»r« mulct wen con- «rn*<l. "In 1M7, I married Blliabeth Swift and I know the'll kill m« for saying tola, but J think ahi'i .ven preltiw now than aha waa th. day w« marched down tin >UU to th« strain* of 'Hera Dome* th« Bride.' "In 1»M, the Lily Robinson farm »•«• to bt sold In chancwy court. I called my two brothera, Ben and Fred, a< w« were partners in «vrry^ thing. I wanted them in on thU deal. loo. They left It up to my judgment and we became owners as fast as I could jet back to the courtroom and clo«« th« deal. Ttvat was our first farming venture and now th* three brothers own 3,000! acres of farming »nd timber land, j * * * "ONE OF the neri-ieat deal* I ever made waa during the deprea- slon in 1932. I saw the need for a gin on Little River, &t most of our land was in that vicinity, when I even mentioned building a Bin with everything at rock bottom, my friends and relatives asked me It J was crazy. I bought the best cypress lumber that could be bought STARR GAZING Tout* got another ohaiiro on ttw 12th—next Tuesday—Jo vote (or th« man o[ your choice—if you negated to role In (lie primary because it was too hot or you Jor- gt rt or you didn't think Jour vote • mounted to anything. Get out nnrt vote, regardless of whom you vote for.— H there's any truth In the old saying. "A cold winter follows a hot summer" you'd better tsart shopping around for seme rfd flannels the ki»i«t with the built-in trap door. Mrs. Spencer Driver was having trouble wilh her beautiful mimosa tree dying. Someone told her to dig a trench around and drop moth-balls In It. She had Iho old Negro, "Soap" to dig the trench and she dropped the moth tolls, not telling him why. He looked at them » minute and scratched his nappy head and said, "Law me. I didn't know them things would grow." Now that my peaches and plurr.s H'co.i umiuci iiiai coma ne oougnt „„ -,, .,„,„„ -,'v, ,. : , ' to build the R tn and only paid ,», £„£ '"cu? me totaii^a dead bird in the tree and Ihe others will leave. But I'll remember it, I'll betcha. next year. :ethod"ism was in the South. He joined with others in 1813. By 1B44, the Methodist Episcopal Church was the strongest among the branches of Methodism, "THIS BOBV split on the slavery question and though the issue has long been settled there still remained the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The Free Methodist Church. man of many Interests « , . "Boys wore 'frorfork' coats then— maybe the old timers can remnnber those belted coats. I was really a dude. I thought. My salary for'the three-month term was S200 I boarded with my aunt. She had a four-acre crop of peas and I don't believe she ever missed a meal in those three months having peas.! She boarded me so cheap and I [ was saving my money to go lo! State Teachers College, so I atel peas. My ambition was to follow: the other children and make teach-1 Ing my career. My father didn't! raise anv Methodist preachers bul I all of their children tauehl school ; at some lime in their lives. j a thousand for it. Now It is In neighborhood of J100 a thousand, •file lust year tile, gin operated, not a penny was owed on it. and that's pretty good even in good times." Mr. Laney said — and I agreed wilh him wholeheartedly, j The gin burned later and wasj replaced with an all steel structure which is still running full force. After interviewing Mr. Laney, I aid a little snooping around Osceola. which was easy because practically every place you go in Osce- you'll find that Dave Laney owns something on that block, and I spent an afternoon finding out about those I did'nt know about. Living here, where Dave Ijiney has done so much for the betterment of our town was easy for me, but to get it. accurately I knocked on a few doors over the town and Inquired as lo who owned the buildings I wasn't sure about. If was an amazing tiling to get the figures that I did. He wasn't a bit helpful along that line and I found that out, but doesn't bavei Originality is simply a pair of fresh young eyes. You kno«' what Dr. Woods Hutchinson said about files? Here 'tlz: "We must not blame God for the fly. for man made him. Ho is JMt. Remember wh«n jaf«d yellow-meat watermelon* and toma- toas md in th« mlflrt of every company dtnnw. h« a*k«d you to make the comparison with th« red ones and jou'd agree with him. his were the best? But you kept rigbt on planting the red onn. For something cooling, try adding two or three drone of mint flavor- Ing and a drop of green food coloring lo lemonade and frccie It. When H begins lo free?*, on the bottom whip with a fork snd finish freezing. Here one for "Believe it or not." lianny Cullom, my title grandson, Is at Hie age where he is fascinated with Army regalia and spends all of his allowance at Lapsldejs Army Surplus Store buying helmets, [ aid kits. etc. This week he! bought a kit with the name J. A.I Shoe. 1942, printed on it. He it also nu ardent funny book reader and, seeing nn ad from cuttlngsvtlle. Vt., for a combat Infantry pack with a cartridge belt he ordered It, And you cuesacil 11,—inside the flap was printed "J. A. Shoe. 1!M1. and Grandma Stnrr is writing to the i wnr department to find out more about J. A. Shoe. t»7t- »*• Hyatt flow there Tues- d**' to Join hU wife. Mt» Bus Qulnn Wilson Is ex- P«cted home next week after a vis- It with relatives in Electra, TUJC.- Mrs. E«rl Wright has returned horn* after spending several weeks with his daughter. Mr. w. F. Wilson and fnmlly in Durnas. Mrs. ftiye Henderson an'd Mrs. Inez Bragg of Llltlo Rock are visiting Mrs. Henderson's daughter Mrs. Wilbur Wildy, and family. 'j Hugh Monty D i 11 a Im n t y of' Hughes Is visiting his aunt, Miss i Joaephina Montague. Mrs. Sam Sheddan and sons. Mrs. Terry Mitchell, Miss Teddy Mitchell all of Memphis nttrmled the lun- eral of their brolher and uncle Joseph Oough Fiidny. Mayor Ben F. Butler was a special guest at the water rnrnivnl lleld In Batesvllle. Friday. A dinner was ' PAGE THRCT given lot lh« visiting notable*. Mr. and Mrs. Max Hart, Mr .and Mrs. Joe Applebaum, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Simmons. Mr. and Mrs. Louis George, Mr, nnd Mrs. c. F. Foiviltj were among the Osccoians in Memphis Wednesday night to dance to th« miislc of Clyde McCoy. Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Aldrldge and small daughter have moved to O«- ceola. Mr. Aldridge has accepted the position of designer for Bryan* Floral Company. They are makln. their home on Oak Street. Cracked, Dry Skin Soothe—5of1»n—help he a | and relieve fiery HcK wMi ', Oil-rich* Resind OINTMENT—'Gvrtoi the resurrection, the reincarnation of our own dirt and carelessness," host Honesty, they say. (s policy hut it's certainly most popular. the not Oklahoma City had a population of 10,000 the first day It was opened for settlement. April 13, 188!). They lived In lenLs until buildings could be erected. The best way to Bet along with folks asking your advice Is to fell them they're doing O.K. and don't need your advice. They'll love that answer. Blessed is Ihe man who has no money; he Is not obliged to nag his wife to mend his pockets. Rlesprd the! ' s 'he woman whose husband has a wooden ICE; she will have only one sock to darn. You're at] old timer, sure 'nuf. >f you remember when '-September morn" wns popular. Everybody is possessed with a Jside. David Saxon, for whom I was j named." continued Mr. Laney. "lived throughout the Carolinas and was graduated from two universities before the Civil War. He received his B. A. degree and was a graduate in law. That, was very unusual back in those days when families needed' their sons to help clear up the land. "I'VE HEARD my.mother tell ma- reads this the time to stop and count. He assisted and was instrumental In bringing 15 major businesses to Osreola first of all. was Osceola Motor Co.. at one time owned with his brothers: The Brickey Drug Co. Mississippi Valley Canning Company. Osceola Foods. Inc.. of which he Is vice-president; Home Oil Company, Osceola Tile and Culvert Co.. Delta Machine Works. Osceola Cleaners. Crane-Laney Lumber mirrors wouldn't continue. Truth is truth. llmuRli sr. In pronouncing "btm-ton," the correct wny is "bon»-tong," that. is il you spervk French. Thorn nre two ways of being hnppy: either want, lew or work like Mie ripvil in have more. Either one will pet I IIP Job done. Depends strictly on which Is the easier for you lo do. Manhood, not scholarship. Is the first aim of education. On the Social Side... C. B. Wood tarians with a s Enlcrlalnrrt entertained 40 Roa barbecue supper at Horseshoe Lake Co.. Osceola Alfalfa Milling Co. i h ' 5 !od S e Steed Ice Cream Co Lane.v-Wll«on ; week - Swimming and fishin? occu- Crorer.v Store, and a number or! pleri thc evening's entertainment. smaller businesses. And he Is now president of Osceola Products Co. Church another branch of the African Methodist church organi7*d especially for the colored people who followed the Methodist belief My great grandfather preached the Methodist, doctrine as did his four sons, throughout. Alabama, Georgia North and South Carolina He was preaching in Russell County, Ala when he died. His four preacher! sons carried on until their deaths.' so it's needless to even ask what ny times." added Mr. Laney. "of church I belong to '• smiled Mr how proud she was of her father. A * -•- • country lane shaded by tall pine, trees led up to their old home. Her father, who was excellent in languages, could walk up and down that lane and memorize Virgil. He told his family those pine trees gave him inspiration. "I !iol only came from a family of Methodists but n family of musicians as well. Our father played the fiddle." laughed Mr. Laney. "and all eleven of us children played i some instrument and had a strin" band with our Dad as director. You "During the Civil War. Orandfa- see, in a big family like ours, we ^.her Saxon, a major, recruited a ! never had a dull moment. We lived Company of men and fought I on a farm and could make ns much throughout Ihe war. While he was j racket as we wanted to without dis- away fignting. the Yankees came! t»rt>h)g anybody but our mother, and stripped the homeplace of all •• Bnti T wonder how she lived lo be its slaves, mules, horses and cows. i . i My father always remembered see- 91. with all she had to put up with. " Th e' e ' s one thin? certain about i in? his mother standing on the ve- ! a ™K family, there are no favorites ranria, n.< she always referred to the i 1lnlp * s o»i> «' the kids is sickly. It's , porch, begging the Yankees not lo Practically every man for himself.! ,. take her cow as she had small chil- ' ant1 nons WBms 'he other one to j Ji oren that needed the milk, but il ; e smarter than they are so edu- |[ they heard her or not, thev never rntion is 'h^r main objective. The! 1 once turned around. ' school all of us attended was a little country school School'. known Jones "My father, with the help of slaves, buried all Ihe food they could in barrels and carried them off to the pine thickets to hide before the vankees came. "When grandfather camp home.'""; "* a ?f, nn . ," lc 5CI " X)1 board that lane he loved so well and ™ t LT_ y , n . ! . d "l s ! ster was .!*« °nly I j wrote about lo grandmother, had ' j grown over in weeds and that hid i I! their home. "After the. , " ch " {mother went to live with her par- the entire year. This one little enl.s but never wrote him of what "AFTET! TEACHING two years il enterer! Slate' Teachers Collr>r> in 1 Conway. My second year there, my j brother, Ben,- went back with'me.' He went that year hilt had to drop out to teach to make money lo rnnip hock the following year. We; both graduated there In 1924. Dur- ' ing out college days in Conway, I we opened up 'I.ancy's j Boarding' House' and hired a man to run it far us. We kept male students andi the money, we made finished our college cou/se there. I "By the !;ime we finished there.! oil was discovered on our fnrm in! El Dorado jmd trm first thing Ben i and I did i'as to buy a drug store. I Ben hated (arming worse lhan anv-j thing in tr e world and lhat early in life he ilidn't want any part o'f < a farm, oi or not. We grew up! wanting ail the •stnrebnughf Ice ' cream we could eat. so we decided i owning a drug score was the solu-i tion. I ran Ihe drug store and Ben j worked across- the street in the' bank. | "After my first year there, my i older brother. Fred, of Camdcn! asked mn if 1 would like to co into! the automobile business with him. I was young and variety was whnt.! I was runs' interested in. so I met him In Little Rock and came to Osoeola to look over Ihe Ford ascn-i <•>' here owned by F.ric Fletcher. II • took all day ant! par! of the nteht to make the trip by automobile from Conway to O'ceoli. There were two ferries to crow. We talked all J.'re way lo Osceola about how long I was to stay and we settled on six months, but when we got I decided then It was Osceola for i me. and it has been" | "MRS. ,1. p. SEMMKS had a few [ boarders at the time and I happened to he lucky enough to ^el to eat at her bountiful fable. T remember Mrs. Nora Borum, L. ,=!. Mitchell and Louis Nathan were among those who took their meals there and we all became fast friends. I'll give the late Mr Mitchell credit for my love of farm- 11 over farm land wtih him and mnri> HE OWNS 1! commercial build- Ings. 25 apartments, is rental Is an annual event Mr. Wood has carried on for several years. Brlrlee Club Meets A r V.«. Harry Driver The women of thc Presbyterian Church mot Monday afternoon. Circle One met at the home of Mrs. Harold Ohlendorf. Mrs. H. C. Byron led Ihe devollnnnl and Mrs. Lloyd | Godlev had charce of the profirnm and discussed "What Christ Means to Yon." There were 13 members present. The hostess .served n rlossert course, idences and ,14 Negro rental houses Riding over Osceola and seeing 'eye-sore' spots l.i right up Mr. Laney's alley. He enjoys buying the old land marks and giving" them a face lifting or tearing them down and replacing them with homes instead of shacks. He has done more to build Broadway than anv man in town. The dilapidated Negro houses that faced Broadway were torn down and replaced with six modern her Friday Bridge Club at her home jjit the conclusion' of the meeting. ~ ' ' ' roilrspi Circle Two met at the home of res-1 on Knst John, with preceding the bridge game.-. Mixed , Mrs. J. H. Hook with Mrs. Horace summer flowers In gay colors were Moore, co-hostess. There were 14 placed around at intervals in the members present, Mrs. Arthur Rog- i ers had charge of the program nnd . _. hich Mrs .Ine Cramer discussed "Chris- guest prize and Mrs. w. E. Hunt'tlan Family Life." Mrs. S. D. Carwon high club prize. (penler. church extension chairman, Wednesday Club 'discussed plans for Home Fellow- Mrs. Melvin Speck entertainer] j ship meetings for the comlnp ycnr entertaining ronms Mrs, S D. Carpenter won her Wednesday Club at her home ! A dessert with Mrs. Bill Driver course was served bv the party. .lettle Driver "as guests. The sun apartment units. Fallen-in brick porc h, with it* vivid zinnias lent n stores that once were. Osceola's summer atmosphere to business houses were remodeled and I A seafood salad are all occupied now. I They stood vacant, for many years j before Mr. Laney saw the need to i Walters and Mrs. the hostesses. Personals Mr. and Mrs Lois Fielder nf Osola. Mr. and Mrs. L. T. F.lter of assctl took their children lo the 'cmphls Zoo Sunday for an nil day help rebuild Old Town. One of the second most important changes wa* tear- inp down the. old Osceola Inn and replacing it with a four-unit apartment house. ,^ ?rvcd at the conclusion of . Mrs. Waltcj-s won high Mrs, Jack Wilson won it of Plant- Association Temple Israel Klcds At the nioetins; Tliursilay niKht at Temple Israel In Blytheviile. 1952-I9S3 officers were elected. Services were held bv the members of the board with Rabbi Vise assht- ers Production Credit, and has been for years, because i j n g ?n,S '''p' r"," ' he ^' hC .d n - T ' hs f«»™inB «« the officers en J^oonnnln f ; "• thej7 !<"«ted: Perry Cooperman of Ca- lent $2. n CO.iXM to farmers. ruthersvillc, president: Joe Kohn. Mr. Laney was building chairman ! Hayti vice nresideuf IK when the library was built, and Is | warg/Osceolii. secrctaiV: Joe neveTwoZd £,£"'w^befT | ST '^^ '"""'"" and he thought he was in for -hard way to go" but he added, i , ne «ert rour-o -I've never had more pleasant deal- j * A ™ en ^ "T; ..„„, 'ngs In all my life, and not one 1 ° Mcrt cro^s word was spoken among anyj of us." The building itself speaks) With all these living "monuments A Appl.-- hour of the stein and family Mr. and Mrs. Harry Carpenter of! nir that followed the i " ol ""P- Miss., stopped over In Os- | board members served ' ccolr> over, the week end with his brother, s. IX Carpenter and Mis. Circles Meet \ Carpenter. They wore en route ' points throughout Canada. Mr. and Mrs. William Bard Kd- rington arrived home Friday from - •• ; - • " f He w-as immediately appointed [ children. Miss Joanne building chairman when plans were' navld. Jr. and i and Mrs. Jim Hyatt left Friday for I Biloxi where they will vacation for to gather around him and listen to them was better than a moving picture show. He was a great story teller and could dress, up the war tales that he told lo keep us spellbound. "One story t remember him telling was Ihe time ths Vankees stole his pet pis. The commanding officer assured him his men wouldn't. do such ji thing. My father picked up a stick »nd poked the tow sack that was thrown across the soldier's saddle and the pig let out a squeal that could be heard for a mile. The officer told him they were causrht red handed and ordered his men to turn the pig loose and that was the only animal lhat was saved as. my father said, 'from Ihe damn Yankees.' "Grandfather Laney wan one, of tight sons. Tour of them were ire and I was determined out of I 11 children I wasn't going to be I the one who let them down. of college and taught schioo! "for two years in a liu« e country school to earn money to go back to college. Yea, lhat same little Jones school Is where I taught for a, year. Then I taught the tollowlni year at Curtis, Ark. l took the count;,' examination a', the age or 18 and got. my teacher's rertlfi-1 cnte. I had never worn a pair of Ion? pants. Those were the days' when boys wore knickerbockers until they started shaving. so In order to teach. J had to wear Ion? pantV' laughed Mr. Laney. "u" Deemed those pants did more to make me a man than shaving for the first, time. I felt 10 years older when I admired myself in the mirror YOU MN BE AN AMBASSADOR Your ten dollars to CARH will malre you „ one of ths over ten million ambassadors who have sent CARE packages to the needy people overseas. Nothing does more to lift tha spirits of the people overseas than a CARE package sent by an American who v.'anu to he an ambassador of hops and freedom. Won't you be an ambassador today? fttblls'trj or a public Jm-le« In cnnfrtaifan v'fffc Tit Aii\t'ttiint CnHrvA NOVVOPEN FOR BUSINESS T. J. Bailey, formerly manager of Don Edwards Co. and Flelchtr Wilson, formerly service manager, have opened « sales, service, and repair business for office machines •t 116 South Broadway. EXCLUSIVE DEALERS FOR Smith-Corona TYPEWRITERS AND CASHIERS BAILEY-WILSON Co. TYPEWRITERS OFFICE MACHINES Typewriter Ribbons Carbon Taper 116 South Broadway phone S891 r 402 W. Main Phone 2442 Johnny Earl Speck and Bill Taylor arrived home Friday night after; fak-inc a six week's training course ; at Fort Benning. Ga. 1 Mrs. Ed Caya was an Osceola vis- j itor Monday, vln Speck returned with her lo her home in Memphis where, he will spend the remainder of the week. Mrs. Gilbert Bernstein of New Orleans arrived today for a visit i with her mother. Mrsl H. J. Leven- ; SALE SAVE WITH SAFETY NOW PRICE CUT 4 DAYS ONLY W./v^/eo 6.70. 13 Plui FiJtrcl Jax old your old tin . EVERY OUNCE FIRST.QUALITY FULL NON-SKID DEPTH-FULL TREAD WIDTH-FULL SIZE RIVERSIDE AIR CUSHIONS Siza 6.40-15 6.70-15 7.10-15 7.60-15 8.00-15 4.70-16 ' Ti/e Prico* 12.45 12.55 15.25 16.95 18.75 13.25 Tubs Price** 2.35 2.55 2.65 2.85' 3.55 2.60 RIVERSIDES FOR OlDER CARS 6.50-15 6.00-16 6.50-16 15.35 10.95 15.85 2.55 2,30 2.60 *f/vi fti. fai yeur o,'d tirt. **Pfui firf. fax. ONLY 10% DOWN ON TERMS HURRY—SALE ENDS SATURDAY L J

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