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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1952 OSCEOLA NEWS v->ij uJeiltfe I {die ^_)tarr * * . * * * * . ' * * * Small Eaters Live Longer-Thai's Belief of Mrs. Mattie Leigh Dillard RLYTHEVILLR (ARK.) COURIER NEWS People are always searching for the Foundtain of Youth, but they n!-:e the wrong route in trying 10 attain it. You don't reach it. according to B3-ycar-ol(i Mrs. Mattie Leigh Dillard, by grazini; lito cattle. If we did. the horses and cows tni°ht out-live us. The little olrt lady weighs only 83 pounds, nnd it we could all gain only a pound for each year, we nil?ht be as alert mentally and physically as she. The only 'doctor bills her husband ever paid for her lotted S80. She had eight children imd the doctor charged S10 to deliver each of them. The only time sho was ever in a hospital was during visiting hours "and that was very lew times," she added. "Being a small eater ts what I attribute my Ions and healthy life to." she added, saying she had never ire.illy eaten, a square meal In her | "Food Is one thins and trying to ireach the IMth birthday Is another TS would actunlly forget ft If there I weren't so many around reminding me If I didn't eat this, that and the other. I'd be sick. But you know T have to stay well so I can wait on the ones who get sick from overeating," laughed Mrs. Dillard. * • • THIS SPRY little lady walking up* the stair-way, leaving me behind to catch my breath, says she stays Jupple by climbing stairs nnd keep- Iris relaxed. She, would put anyone half her see to shame to go over the beautiful home of her daughter Mrs R. C. Bryan, and see the bed spreads, the upholstered chairs, luncheon mats she has crocheted. The many, many afehans and ban- Qiiet cloths that are perfect to the minutest degree. The one she Is making now goes to a granddaughter. -But that "would never do." she added, "when I finish It I'll have In the school, and with their Interest we soon had a first rate looking country school. Some of my pupils were bigger than I was but I didn't have one bit of trouble with them and that's more than the teachers who preceded me could say. • • • "I BELIEVE It was because I taught them more on how to live decently than drilling their heads full ot book sense. That cnme after a full course in hygiene. I cleaned up the school for the next teacher as I only taught there one year. "I heard of another at Walton Stations, so I wrote to Captain Lee. superintendent of Cohom County Schools. He advised me to come ind talk to the trustees and gave ne the name of one of them to vrile to. The man that met me at the train wns to become my husband in three years, but that's get Christ built no churches, wrote no books. left no money, nor erected no monuments. Mrs. Mattie Leigh Dillarii ... no square meals made me ha PP>' as I <"dn't , en ns t I'll have to make another one exactly like it W separated from Fanny. us T hav« fai-in ™,,-jj. "..-... ___ There n-as only 18 months diftcr- I have twin granddaughters Mary and Martha Dillard." But she assured me theylll both have one. Last summer she marie 5 wool comforts for members of her family. She washed and cp.rdcd the wool to make them and added hand embroidery. . A doctor told her seven years ago she had cataracts on her eyes and she would have to give her eyes n rest. "Not to be out done." she added, "I went to another doctor and he told me he had never seen a pair of eyes any stronger than mine and that he would gladly swan with me. Well, that was all I wanted to hear. I came home, picked up my crochet needle and Sunday .Is the only thing that makes me put It down. You see, I'm still able to attend church every Sunday and my hearing is perfect, ' so I don't have to go to the ameri corner to hear what the preacher fays. I sit where ever I want to. <And she Sunday.). does; I see her every "I J.OVK TO travel flbnve everything and tnke a nice trip every year. Mr. Bryan took me to Nebraska with him last summer and when we got there all of the family were worn out but T took a shower, dresser! myself up, and went up town." she smiled. '. I've known Mrs. Dillarrl for years 'itnit had never gotten around to finding out about her early life. But I knew It was Interesting. so 1 here arc rame of the things I'd like to pass on. "Hack in 1868. Ihe year I was born." began Mrs. Dillard's story, "Texas was under military government. In spite of the strong sentiment in some sections. Texa.s Joined the Confederacy In the war between the states and two years before I was born, which was the close of the war. a new constitution, abolishing slavery and renouncing states' richts. was adopted. It was not accepted by Congress, but the year after I was born, another constitution w:>s adopted and when I was two yr:;rs old. the state was readmitted to the union. "Texas." bracked Mr: very wealthy; we couldn't have cre- a greater scene when we was only 18 months difference in our ages and we were as close to one another as two sisters could possibly be. "THERE WERE no railroads then in Cleburne so we had. to leave our old home behind and travel by sta^e coach." At this point of the story I began to feel like I was listening to Jane Long, the heroine of pioneering days In Texas, who, with only her negro servant, the "mother of Texas." Imagine knowing someone who traveled over the Santa Fe Trail In a stage coach! Just two little girls and the driver. I asked a dozen questions at this point but the only answer I got from Mrs Dillard was that they looked like those In Western movies "The stage coaches didn't travel at night. The day's journey was never more than 17 miles. That was the roughest trip I ever made in my life. We got to Jefferson Tex by nightfall, where we had an uncle. We were to spend the night there and (hen board a train for Memphis. When he met us he had received word from the aunt we were to live with, tellin? him there was an epidemic of yellow fever and to keep us with him until the epidemic had subsided, which was i exactly a month. "Our uncle was married to a German woman and they had no children. The reputation of all German women being good cooks slipped up when she came along. She may have been, however, as Ihe food I she cooked for herself and our im- i cle smelled awful good, but we uere ' fed on the back steps like we wore! ; ,: •." •• ••> "' puppies. That one month at her i «"?">"• I had to board with a house will be something I sb-,11 ' famil J' nC3r thc school and carried never lorcet. i m - v dinner in a tin pail. "O;:r wonderful aunt, with whom | " Jl ' s * s "'nie to call what was in we were to make our home, hnrl ; my P ail - rt 'nner. Fat meat between left nothing unturned in making ^' E white hicruitx snH o« ~«i— T arrangement for our traveling to Memphis and oar first night in a hotel. When we gnt to the riier the train was ferried into Memphis' on a flat boat. That was another experience (or us. That, of course was before (he bridge was built for trains." sh« adder 1 "When we ar- the holcl-iwo little or- walked through the lobby. We were still dressed, however, In the home spun clothes, sun bonnets, am brass-toed shoes that we felt dressed-up in In Texas. The first thing we noticed was the other children were dressed differently. "Years afterward, my sister and I came to the conclusion it was the way we were dressed and not our aunt and uncle's money that wa, causing so much attention. "THE STRRKT cars in Memphl then were drawn by horses, and that was another experience for as We had never seen a trolley before We were put on one In front of the hotel and taken to the depot where we boarded the train for Grenada Miss. When we arrived and oui aunt met us she told us of losing her husband during the yellow fever epidemic. I don't remember hou long we were, in making the trip but f know It was several nays. "I'll skip through our school day in Grenade," Mrs. Dillard Bald "and take up n-hen my ssiter and * graduated from college in 1387. We finished at the Old Central Ferrml< Institution In Clinton. Miss. Thi name of the college was latei changed to Hillnrum college. It i: located a short distance from Jack son. "When I finisher! college, 1 thought my aunt had done enough for me so r started out. on my owr and taught school at Stale Springs. Miss., for a year. The town was 3C miles from a railroad and I've neve seen such ba'ck-woodsy people, ii my life. They called themselves religious people but It wasn't my Idea ting the cart before the horse," idded Mrs. Dillard. "He look me lo the home of (he trustee and I could see then I was I had encountered at the two pre- beginning to picked school PAGE FIVE STARR GAZING Experience usually leaches Us the things we didn't want to learn. Sign on "Wonderful l.os Angele.s house: neighbors for sale! House Free — Inquire wlihlii," Definition lor "Federal aid" — a system of making money from the general public look like a gift when handed back to them. A hoy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does — and about two years after he thinks he does. 'ious schools. I ish 1 had never "It's almost svortli (ho price of moving nn-iiy from Osceola to sull-rase full of Junk would pacify a youns'un left behind. Don't forget lo order your spring flowering bulbs as sonn ns possible so you won't want to kirk yourself when your next-door neighbor has n yard full of beautiful blooms next spring. On the Social Side... Gne.ig: you've been ealinc c !\\\ tha«e years thinking they mils hut (hey aren't n true ivit gardless of whnt your cranripa yon. Thov belong to the bean ami pert family. 1 arr . re- Wouldn't it be thonehtv if erenv- I body ymi proudly pnve a j,ir n[ j prr--ervrs or pickles to u-nuld return ' the eraptv Inr? Nrni bjectioii, ho'.v-[ ever, to a filled one. Canasta Club Meets i Mrs. David Laney enterlained the ! T.m-n and Country canasta club: at her home Thursday. Mrs. Lloyd] Oodley player! with the members. I Mrs. Oodley and Mrs. Walter! Driver were hitih score winners in the games of canasta. - ! Red Verbenas in blue crystal were f n.wl for floral decoration*. The. r hostess served a dr-psert course pre- I ceding the games and passed trays' of canapes during the afternoon. Mrs. Driver Hnslrss Mr:,. Tinsley Driver was hostess to the Widows pitch Club Thursday ' nkhl .it her home. A salad cnur.-e j and Iced tea was served upon the,] arrival of Ihe vucsts. Miss nialwhe Cleer"- played with the members. In Ihe -amrs r'. nitch, j Mrs. A. F. Williams anrt Mrs. I/ma j Colbert were winners. iay.s that u r !)s ihe only job a lady k'ould accept, "When the trustee and I were Introduced and Mr. Dillard told him in would lake me to interview the :>:hcr Irustees, the big burly man said, 'By God, if Miss LclEh wants the ria;nn school, she'can have it.' "So. I was hired by the one-man board. 1 lived through another year -xactly like the two previous ones, but Mr. Dlllarri saved the day. He began courting me from Ihe day he met me at the train, but back in ihose days there were no quick weddings, so we dragged along for three years before he popped Ihe question and I acted so surprised when he diri, but I would have been disappointed if he hadn't. 'WE LIVED in that miserable little whistle stop until 1900, then moved to Luta, Miss., where Mr. Dillard engaged in the furnishing business, as that was a big farming country and a lot ot money came in during cotton picking time. We Jived there 17 years and we spent a lot ol happy days there. "Our home was next to Ihe Baptist Church and I did everything but preach in that little church. I even hired the preachers," laughed Mrs. Dillnrd. 'A big preacher liy the name of Torn Martin, from Blue Mountain, came to our church on lots of occasions. We didn't have funds to pay a. regular preacher. All the visiting preachers stayed at our house, so one Sunday after I had fed him a sure enough 'Preacher Dinner' I asked him to send us a preacher to hold a revival in order to secure more members. The following Sun- clay I met the man he sent, took him home with me and proceeded to give a first hand report on our congregation. I told him I wanted him to tear the members apart and get new ones any way he thought he could. He was a converts! Jew ai\u was the test little preacher that ever filled that pulpit. When he left there, our old members behaved themselves and the new- ones followed suit. "THE CHURCH bell acted also as a fire alarm and that was my Job. too, ringing that old bell. There! have been three churches built on j that same plot but the old "church yard-grave yard' has never been done away with,' added Mrs. Dillard. "We Ic-ft. Lula and went to Ox- warm sincere ham welcome your old you. There will never be another home like Osceola." Thanks for those kind words. Red. Then- K hv the na prrarller In Mrmtihls , , j ••• '•<•: Ji.nin- of G. 5V Comfort. A .. a ." d fo ? lc lmore fitting name for a prnar-hcr Ishakc and the, j,,, t nnMn-t lie friends give A lilllc girl on Trent Wood's , 'tori-hurt T. v. program was asked) o sing. N'aturiilly. she chose (o .sine '.T"P"S lives Me." This Is whnt she I : a"£. "He is weak hut \ve is sirnn^."! Gosh, for a tomato lo Liste like they did when you took a bisquil out of the warming closet ami a i Remember when there was a vnM handful of coV.rse salt down lo ] difference in summer ,-MIH winter the garden and ate them, riirt and i underwear? They were dubberl "lone and .short drawers." U'e looked for- n,--—--- ..,„, ,,, t iiurni, (nil ;inu all. And speaking; of such, has ice ' cream ever tasted like it dirt when I you licked il off the dasher? Such i -„, * ,,, ,,,e Ihlncs as these is what's meant I"' 1 * n 'ws and taking a fresh cold by the good old days." " —- - • - - Hcmember the little toolh-pick holders and mugs you won .11 n carnival' with your name written across the cranberry border? ard to Faster, as that's whnt Kapler meant, shelling nut of the ever.vtlme \ve changed into tin short ones, which reached our knees. Sovheans are what gives worrhes- lershlre sauce Us characteristic flavor. Vou are no doubt admiring Ihose seorgeous pink lilies that Maryland Is Ihe only stale having are blooming now. The name of < a '""l-nf-nrms on Its [lag. If. bear* : the Calvert arms. N T o, Junior, it isn't a bottle of whlskev. Back in 1(559, It was'unlnwful In Massachusetts to have a merry Ohrlslmns—celebrations on that day were forbidden. . e name o them, in case you want to order some bulbs are "Lycoris Squam- igera." They are perfectly hardy and will bloom yearly as long as you expect to live. Remember the first cotton candy you ever ate? I can Imagine my parents wagging me a sack of it back from the St. Louis World's Fair, and that's all they did bring me. Now-a-days nothing less than The nihle is essential in every trial court room In the United States. Have you ever seen a pair nf cloves in the "glove compartment?" Everything else but. ford. Miss., and Mr. Dillard died there in 1930. I burled him back in Lula." Mrs. Bryan broke into (he conversation and told of the family erecting ,a double monument and wanted to put Mrs. Dillard's name and birth on one side, leaving space to add «t her death, but Mrs. Bry- ; an said, "Mama told us all in very few words she wasn't going to walk through that cemetery and see her I tombstone waiting (or her to draw, her last breath." Mrs. Dillard is a Baptist and be- I kings to the United Daughters ol the Confederacy. She came to Osceola in 1932 to make her home with Mr. nnd Mrs. Bryan. She usually spends the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Holt, In Birmingham. ! She added with a smile, "They | have no children so I have to be dog-sitter. Another daughter, Mrs. M. P. Higgins of Herman. Necr., a son. Lawrence Dillard, also of Herman, Mrs. Jack Dillard of Lexington. Neb., and Charles Dillard of St. Louis are the lucky ones to have . such a winsome mother. : All groups of human beings have and use some kind of language. Hrlilee, Club M'-ets Miss Blanche Oleere entertained the four-tnhle bridge club Friday afternoon at the hnme of Mrs J. If. Hook, with extra pnests Mrs. W. F.. Hunt. Mrs. P. D. .Johnson, Mrs. Hornrr- Moore. Mrs Welny Ynune. Mrs. S. n. Carpenter. Mrs. Harry Driver, and Mrs. Petlye Nelle. Starr. The Honk home was decorated in pink ami blue lilies, Thorn \vlrmlne nrtzrs were Mrs. Dwl'.iht Blarkvood. Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. C. K. Hun- nencer. Mrs Hook and .Mrs Young were presenter! eift.s Lime sherbet punch and cake was served at the conclusion of the par- ly. "Club 17" JlMls Mrs. Mary Elizabeth* Balloue was hostess to "Club 17" Thursday niqht. Mrs. Ollhcrt Hernsteln ot New Orleans was the only guest and was presented a gift by the! hostess. Vivid shades of mid-summer blossoms were used In profusion throughout, the rialloue homo. Win- nlnc top honors was Miss Elmily Mason, with Mrs. n. n. Mears win-' nine second. Mrs. Bernstein won the brldtjo. I A salad plate and Iced drinks were served at the concluslno of the games. Miss Balloue was assisted by her mother. Mrs. George lialloue. Personals Mr, and Mrs. Our Bryant were Memphis visitors Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Patterson of Chicago spent several days in Os- eeola as gue.sts of his brother. F. G. Patterson, nnd his cousin, Miss Blanche Clure. After spending the week with Mrs. Horace Moore. Jr.. at Corona. IXMP. Mm Bcttye Anne Whit worth o: Memphis vl=i?cd her parents Mr and Mrs. Johnny Whitworth on Circle Drue. Next wr-ek. Miss Whitworth, will go to Aberdeen. Miss for B week's visit with Mrs. Jane Fletcher Mcttanoiigh. Mr;. Erf Shippen flmf Miss R , Jth Massey were in Memphis, Thursday. Mrs. J. H. Wrstbrooic of Caruth-' ersville. is swnrlme a week with her sister, MA. J. J. t,u, k and family. Mrs. nillie Reall -Aa.s called to Atlanta. Oa. Saturday on account of the sn jc,us Illness of her brother-in- law, Hrmy B, Smith. Mr. Smith a yoimu lawyer in Atbntu was stricken with cancer of the throat. Mr.'. liov Cox and daughter. Afton. sueni the week end in Brinkley as guest ol Mrs. Cox's sister, Mrs. Rus'Cll Harrison. Mrs. Georee .Snider and daughter. Miss Jane Adams of Chimney Rock. N'.C. visited Mrs. Snider's mother. Mrs. John White over the week end. Mrs. CliBi'lie Kullenjer is spend- in!: the. week end with her son Charles and family in Little Rock. She was accompanied to Little Ro™k by Mrs. W. A. Sullivan and Mrs. R. O. Cheatham, who will visit relatives there. Mr a.nd Mrs. E. M. Jaffee of Somerset, Ky,, spent several days during Ihe week with friends in Osccola and BlytheviUe. They left Friday and will visit relatives In Memphis before returning home. Mr. Jaffee' operates a furniture store, in Somerset. Mrs. L,. T. Lawrence and children of Hope, Ark., were guests In the A. W. Bowen home during the week. Mrs. Lan Williams and Mrs. Dwight Blackwood'lcft Saturday for Rochester where Mrs. Williams will enter Mayo's clinic. Tlie largest known meteorite cr«- Ir.T, Chubb Crater in Northern Quebec, is 1,325 icet in depth. Skin Dry? Itchy? \ Oil-rich' Resinol loftent ,] and toolhes. Relief lotli ' • 'Canfcrmc Lonolin I RESINOlr™" . we were Queen Eiizjbeth ann Msr _ garet Ro : c. "My aunt and her husband were Picfures Of Your Vacation RENT A CAMICRA All r>pp» ol Cameras and Supplies al Barney's Barney's Drug !008 \V .Main Phone 2617 all Texfiiis do. "Is the only one of i rived at the Mates which was r.nre an inrie- ( phans. as we received word" before r-ndrnt repulibc. and that's why it's j we left Jefferson that our father rM'rcl the Lone S'ar State My j had died, but there was no turnii-c fsthcr came from Smith Carolina back at this po.nt so we didn't ,eti and my mother from Virginia, their • to attend nur fathers funeral—-ve ' families fame to Texas to seek Go.-l, were gree.trd at the rlc.sk as though dory and eo!d. They came by rara- ~ ~ — y?.n and the roads they traveled iw ""ire than paths through the wilderness b'lt regardless of how the roads wore, the families got to Texas." adriert Mrs. Dillard. ; ••THR roi'XTRV was full of In- • riir-ns when my rerpnts arrived i thfre as Kiinll chilrirr-n but by the I tire? 1 ramc jilnnsr. they hnd all 1 n inn 1rn> Oklahoma.'our families briusht their nr-gro slaves with thjm to work on ihe en!ton planta- nns and had left Virginia arid ^ -nitFi Carolina because of rvnp ', failures. Our parents were English ' anrt WCTC ?ttr,ictpd to she stories i of the asrirultun] Isnds am i brnuaht several families with th"m ' tvh-'n they ram? to the United' "I ran rfnicmhrr a lot of stories mv rr.'Mhrr and father tolc u= children. They were truo frontiersmen, anrt Toss-, iv.is as wiM anrt wnoly as tlifv canie hark in those days/My! r>:>:h-r <ii"d ivlirn I was nine years o'rl. leauns five children. I was next i the oldest -nnd. by ths way, my ' •:I-s: sh!'-r. who K S5. is sl |j] jj v "_ ; ''. We IMC fhe. only two left, i "Wlvn I was 10. my' father coiild- , n't keep us and nobody wanter to many him with a hnuse full of klrls. Hn hart a sister living in Grenada. Mi's., who wrote lhat she would take the two oldest children. This j big white biscuits and an onion, believe then was when I decided I foort wasn't the number one item, on rny list. My next school wa.sn't I much better if any. it was a little i one room unattractive building near Friars Point, Miss. It f corner! that no one before me cared whether the room was Inviting for the few chil- I dren that attended. I got busy and I whitewashed the outside anri h.irt.' the pupils taking lessons in .scrub- bins and painting inside before T even npencri a hook. We hart the! i:7nre looking so eoort. that the I mothers organized a club and met RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. WEIJ.-THURS. "ALONG THE GREAT DIVIDE' Kick Douptas Virginia .Mayo Show Slarls IVrek- days 1:00 p.m Sat. Sun. 1:00 p.m AIR CONDITIONED BY REFRIGERATION LAST TIMES TON1TE 2 HITS! For Trice of L Buddy Nites" WED.-THURS. AUG. I3-M RcbinHood! Doriog as Don Juan! THE LION and Ihe HORSE Sieve Cochran & Wildfire! 'he Wonder Horse. NEW Air Conditioned By Refrigeration "Your t'onimtmity Center" MANILA, ARK. Maiinces Sal. & Sun. FRIDAY "SMART WOMAN" Hrian A lie rue Conslance Bennett 'WITH A SONG IN MY HEART' Susan Haywavd Rory Calhoun FRIT) AY 'TRAIL STREET' Randolph Scott WJRKtli Also Comedy THURSDAY ct FRIDAY unit nun . mi mini . 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