The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 27, 1936 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, November 27, 1936
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BT.YTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEW8 Men Who "Bailed Out" •Sweiingens Find n Chaige- nj NEA Sen Ice ;pLEVE!jAND — Neither Gcoigo Alexander Ball nor Graigc Ashley Tomllnson ever expected lhal jifc would find Jilmseir and his p'aHnei In charge of 23000 miles of railroad. JBul when dea(,h, called O P Vin Swcrlngen In his private lall- road car, Ball and Tomllnson \x- ca'me his successors al Ihc head of the "patchwork empire' of pvia- inlded raihoad Interests built up by tfifc picturesque Van Svoilngen ' brothers ~ tontis j' Van Swerlugon, tli° other brother, (lied less thnn a yeai ago * ,. Ball Is a 14-year-oH fruit-jar manufacturer of varied flnanMal ofj^l utiiUmthroolc interests In Mun- Cle, Ind Tonil!nso>i heaj of a lie--' o^'Greal Lil.»s boats Is a foimsr nevupap°r rcpoiter and wild west show' performer who rose to financial power Hie curious way in which thess men becam° "heii'i" lo the Van Swcrmvcn rtiilroa'l em- pile li told In the cut rent, Issue of,Poitune Mag,i?liie , The Van Sw°rlngens weie In financial difficulties when Iho depression struck, il undermined the slender base of lha inverted pyia- .. mid on which they had bulll ^Tnev owed the Morgans $48000,OCO ^vhlcli they couldn't piy And the Morgans proceeded to "S2ll tjiem down the river" 'BUSINESS cots ON BLOCK Tlie controlling stock of Mr! Vaness Co, 'lop company' 1 of the Van Siverlngen intoests was sol^ at i micron in New York The Morgans, iiatmally expected lo Did it iu lo protect their loss of $43000,000, did not do so Apparently they lind little confidence In the Vans' projects and future , Instead, a bnver appeared In the person ot Midameilca Coipo- ratlon,. which bH In tlio Van R5\erinsen controlling interest for $3,121,000" And Mlclamerlca Coi- poration turned out lo be Ball" nnd Tomllnson Th« Van Sweringeiis ForiimE r«- ^eals hadn't a cent In Mldamerl- ca Bui though Ball and Tomlln- Eon owned control of Mtdnmorlca, . theygayc to the Van Sveilngen ibrottiers the right lo vole their stock,' and a 10-jear option lo buy 55 _par cent ot the commo'i slock at cost plus 5 per cent a sear HAD FAITH JN ,VANS "It was a sfange arrnn^emsut. even lo top oft the stiange flnin- "•lal \manipnlaltons of the Van , 'Svjermgsn, brothers Ball —and , Tomlinson evidently <Had conn- dance In the ability or the Van Suerlngens to pull out on top e\en when nobody else had The new financial backeis weie not aver) long-lime'friends or as- sociates.o( the railroad, magicians. Tomllnson had -first' mtt them when O. P. calne to him 'during Hie 1928 boom. ..Tlie 1 ' Vans were lh«n buying everything In sight, and asked Tomllnson to buj tlie Cleveland Plain Denier. The deal frilled. to go through, but Uic rnalned buslni'ss connection rein 1930 the Vans put great private libraries of ilie:Cpuh-r try, spcclallv.lng ' in thousands ., of. children's Ijqoks. "', There arc hire items, too, including original tet- ters of Cicorge Washington, early Bibles, and one of tile few complete sets of original letters by signers of the Declaration of Independence. Tcmltnsori on Ihc boatd of directors of .Iho Missouri .Pacific.• T*o years Liter, Tomlln^un rrcoinin -ii>l-1 j «1, his friend Ball for the similar position with the Nickel Plate, When, In Uic summer of 1035, von QUKI:N , Tomllnson's carcci- Is even; more .spectacular, Now 70 ycors plj, he started as a SQ-n-wcck reporter for n Detroit newspaper. He lit"! already spent some time on a ranch In Wyoming In the Ihc Vans approached llielr nnan- clal Waterloo, Ball and Tomlinson were ready to ball lliem but. Now, with both M. J. and O. P.'Van Sweringcn ••'.suddenly. ..dead, Ball and Tomlinson fnul Itiemsslvcs In the drivers' neat with 23,000. miles of railroad stretching ahead. Neither has ever ten primarily .Interested in railroading "IIRSl CI1I/IN" Ol 1 AIUNCII. George Alcvmider nail was bom In Green, O., Nov. 2, 1802. He Is the most active surviving brother of nve who started lire glass works which • popularized the fruit Jar bearing their: name. In Muncle, Ind., with lib elder brother Frank, Hall Is "First,citizen." : He licivds Ball Stores, Inc., Durham Mfg. Co., the Merchants' National Bank, nnd Is director of. a do/en other cntopitses, He Is Interested in the Great Lakes Portland Cement Co., Dictaphone Corporation, Inlcitypc Corporation, aiid the Marine Trust Co. Philanthropy has made him even bettci known than the big home on the banks of While ilvei 01 Ihc summer home at Inland, Mich In 1929, the family set up a chai- llnble tiust ot $3500,000 In memory of Edmund Bull The Y M C A , Y W 0 A , municipal golf course, Masonic Temple, hospitals, aiid;normnl school have all felt the loucli ot Hie Ball millions ACTIVE AT II Despite his ago, Ball is iciy active, and Is a famlllai sight to employes, rushing with long Impatient strides fiom one building to nnotlici In a suit none loo now 'I'd give an) thing to live like this,': lie told a 1 farmer friend not long ago while attending the we.i- "dtng of an employe The faimci, puvzlsd looked ovei his humble farmyard "Well, why don't jon, Mr Ball?' he asked "You could buy a humhcd places like Hits If you really envied Oils life "I cant," was Ball's answci. Illogical but complete A pov,ei In Indiana Republican politics, and close to foimer Senator jamcs E , Wixtson, Hall uas found at Die Cleveland convention last summer as host, lo tho Indiana delegation In an elaboiate suite of the Van Sv»eilngens, hen Indian.? were numerous Ihere. Wlien lie was sent to Interview Buffalo Bill, lie Joined the troupe. During a lour In England, lie rode In o command performance bofors Queen Victoria. Itclurnlng lo Die states, he Imtl uoilHT go at ncw'.spapcr work, In't. his eyo-s falling, lie turned to ttio (hipping business, In whleli Ills father-in-law was Interested. Gradually he bulll, up one of the grcalesl fleets on Die. lakes. During Ihc Woi'jd War lie served for three years as director of Inland waterways for the .Railroad Administration. When .Van Swerlngcn approached him (o act as agent In buying the Cleveland newspaper, he "fell dead mentally," Tomllnson once said. But through this connection, TomUnson became director In 14 railroads, and otherwise broadened his Interests. HE'S A HOOK "FAN" He Is also a book collector, and boast.s of .a complete set : ot the writings of Ambrose Blercc In lils 'enormous .library. Tomllnson has also-benn active "In Uic ritfnlrs of Children's Hofipltal aiul otlicr benevolence!),' ')' : ; ; : He Is a director of Goodyear Tire and Hubber Co., and a vlce-presj-' dent of Hie Clevelantl Indians liase- i|>all club. llie death of the lost Vari Swcr- Ingen brother abrogates both' Ills voting power nnd option lo buy Into Mldanierlca. So-the'Tale ol Ihe railroad empire, n'hleh Includes the Che.sapcake ,<fe olilo, Nickel Plate, Pere Marqucttcl Missouri Pacific, Wheeling & Lah: Erie, clil- cagO' & Eastern Illinois/and Erie Railroads,' Is now In: llie hands of the. two men who only Irlcd'to save II for the friends Ihcy trusted lliiunial Statuette Carved C?RA, III (UP)-Wllh a pocket knife and pieces of bioken glas", Prcil Mycis 25 has carved a "Uiluette of Abralnm u,,coln fiom a vuilmit ralhoad tie He worked - ten months oil It. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1036 [Possum Errs; Negro : "'•]. Doesn't .Holiday Feast KANSAS CITY,' Mo. (UP)' — James (Buzz) Lewis, Negro, Janitor of a police .station, .smacks Ills lips as he Inspects the lock oh the door of, Ills basement in which Is Imprisoned a 'possum being'fat- tened for Crlslmas dinner, , ' nut the 'jiOMum js more' than' just' a prospective meal to HUM. It represents the reward of a eruelllng' chase in which Buzx outdistanced a dozen members of the police force. "Hie capture occurred when the PQttium walked through the open door of the station. Lieut. John J, Olenson .saw It first. Gleason started chasing the animal All the officers In the station were behind him. • • ••" '; -: The 'possum reversed Its direc- 'tfon. Then came 'LcwK' He chased the nninml Into a 'corner. Lewis says his Christmas dinner will Ije simple, just 'possum and sweet potatoe.s. Swimming Pool Made Into Winter theater PIIILADFJjPHIA . (UP)—Zealous amateur..actors : have "transformed the Alilen Park 'swimming |iooi Into a little theater. A winter, covering . has been built dver the pool, and provision made to heat It. Bathrooms have been transformed Into drc.sstnt! .rooms, and a partition erected be- tween the doorway and mnln auditorium to. form a ticket booth. .."Members of:, the Little Theater movement have completed" sets iiml backdrops for the nrst show. Man has employed artificial lighting of some sort since his aboriginal ' days.. ; ^-r * \ .'' 'Uan'cliif' Students Upheld . SANTA CRUZ, Cal. (UP)—Over the "protests of. the Ministerial Union, the. hoard has decided that ' ballroom donciii" Is not immoral and that students °nay Indulge In It. . • • Drs. Wert & Wert OPTOMETRISTS Over Joe Isaacs' Store '•WE MAKK 'EM SEE" Phone 640 Hcnl Collon - Corn Farms. Possession In J : aniuiry. Level 151 a e k (C.vjiress) Land, Improved. Well Lo- faled. Oootl Terms, Come To Southeast _Missouri. HO acres, Improved, all cultivated. $40 per acre. Good terms. 240 acres, Improved, all cultivated. $40 acre, good terms. Good fanns near town and gins. Why pay rent and give away your lalior ami profit: Calch Smith, % Dye Hold, Slkeslon, Mo. IF von WANT - 100 PROOF KENTUCKY STRAIGHT, BOURBON WHISKEY ^You will find in Paul Dant the rich fragrance and mellow stimulation peculiar to Kentucky's finest Straight Bourbon. Try it. MiJc by Men Who Know How TAYLOR 5WIU.IAMS DISTILLERIES YILIOW5I" 11 " '"""'I': 1 . UNITED I.IQDOHS, Wholesalers Distributors for Arkansas I.llllc Kock Fort Smith TKRUY ABSTRACT & REALTY CO. Abstract''!, I.anrti & Loans f M. Terry. Trcs. and M|jr. Phoiic B17 Hljlhcville, ArU. To prolong the life of your cftr, and— MaiiiUiin its high standard of cflicicncy— ' Our thorough lubrications will help most and do save far move than •they cost— ... 'Ji' —Let's Lubricate! PHILLIPS t Service Center ELLTS [MPLEMEiYF CO., TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE FOR FARMERS TN THIS AREA AS PART OF JOHN DEERE ( CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION "The niacksmith's. Gift", Hollywood Him Kpic, Sfnr- ring Monte liluc, To He One of Features of All Day Program No\. 30 Uniier Auspices of Local John Deere Dealer j one man met that difficulty willi » Kolutlon which changed I,the course of American history. / In Its gripping drama there, is , sentiment aplenty, but the -loquacious Fuzzy Knight as a : 'gos.<Jpy I hanger-on offers a continuous run of comedy. Other leading parts are played by Arthur Aylcsvvorth. Ellis Irnplement Co., local plcment dealers, will .hold all open house and an all day Hubbard' Tire & Battery .. r Company '' '- Phone 47G X im- day ])ro- ,ram ot entertainment and educational features, on Monday, Nov. 30, in the Roxy Theatre to commemorate tlie John Deere Centennial. "The Blacksmith's Gift," a historic epic ol American agriculture 100 years ago, will be one or the outstanding features of tlie day's program. This remarkable picture Is an all-Hollywood production, featuring Monle Blue, and that outstanding comedian of "The Trai' of the Lonesome Pine," Fuzzy Knight, !n a dramatic story ot the early settlement of the West. It relates the-story of a gra\e problem' lime lo Tills picture, packed will entertainment,' is tin education ii modern .farming methods as Besides the entertainment fca tures.ithe program ot the day wi include.'; talks and demonstration which will, In effect, be a short course. In modem farming and Ellis Implement Co.. extends a cordial Otis Harlan, Ajme Hpycy. John invitation to every farmer In this area to be prcsfiit for a day of Marlow.- and Claire McDowell. In addition to this feature production, three other pictures will be shewn, including "From One Anvil," a sequel to "Tlie Blacksmith's Gift." "Her Husband's Choice;" nnd n short news reel showing ne\v developments in agricultural methods. "Her Husband's Choice" is a sc- Qiiel to "Slieppard it Son." shown lost. year. 'You'll see your old friends of former years—Mr. anti Mrs. Sheppard; their son, Dick; their daughter, Phyllis; her soon- to-te husband, George Baker, and Jim Brady. It's tho story of a modern farm l»y and girl planning to start In farming for themselves...their efforts : to restore that threatened for defeat the advance of Ihc early settlers—and tells how pleasure and profit. "We especially want every farm boy who Is Interested In becoming 1 a better farmer lo be present", Mr. Ellis satd. "Much of trie I program will be of special interest' | to young people on Ihe farm." The hosts ot tho day plan to make this open house one of the big occasions of the. season where farmers from every section may meet nnd get acquainted and exchange experiences. Al the same time. It will be an opportunity to learn ninny new ideas which will make farm operations more profitable. Tl lc open house this year Is a part of the John Deere Centen-1 was In the family farm...their plans forjnial celebration; for II tractors, implements, and crops... j 1837, just 100 years ago Unit" John 1 and how the desire for a tractor 1 Deere gave to the world the' was satisfied In n very immnnl' steel plow. Look what ^iO.OU does for men at Mead's We take a great deal of pride in our marvelous $28.50 line of suits because we realize $28.50 is important money to all of us. That's why we are so exacting in the selection of fine worsteds and models that are in the group and why these Mansfield suits are so popular in Blytheville today. Tailored by MANSFIELD In an attempt to crush the rebellion of Scotch Highlanders back in 1747, King; George II forbade the wearing of clan tartans. Ami that's how these plaitls were born. For Scots were canny, and to distinguish men of one district from •another, they uelO])cd certain checks for patterns in (heir clothes. Now al! America is going Scotch, adopting these District Checks as a strong favorite for Fall and Winter. Your District Check is ready in single flr double breastcds. When you see these stripes, you'll understand why Ksrjuire and all well dressed men fhe country over are so enthusiastic about them. They arc as colorful as a peacock... .and as smart as a fop hat. The brand new favorite with men who know what is up to the minute! You'll Hnd them here in a collection dial includes unusual shadings such as ludor grey and dusted blue. If you want lo put new life into your wardrobe you'll ffct your new Cheerio Stripe today. $ 50 28 usual the best is always at MEAD CLOTHING Co. 316 WEST MAIN ST. Mississippi County's Gift Center /or Particular Men I

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