The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 13, 1952 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 13, 1952
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PAG* Governor-Elect Cherry Credits 'Talkathon for Success in Race BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NBWS By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROOK, Ark., Aug. )2 M>> —The Democratic nominee for gov- «rnor of Arkansas — and the next governor unless l)ie political heavens fall—is a 43-yenr-old Chancery judge, who rode a virtually unknown vehicle, the radio talkathon, to success In his first statewide race lor office. He is stocky, gray-haired, ruddy faced Francis Cherry of Jonesboro, who was assured of nomination when his lead over third term candidate Sid McMath In today's runoff primary reached 33,UOO votes. Cherry, tlie only one in an original field of five contenders for the nomination who is not a native of Arkansas, Is a rather striking figure—with or without the talkathon. But'- so far as the Just-dreMcd race is concerned, it Is almost impossible to discuss Cherry without discussing the talkathon nnd vice versa, Cherry used the talkathon—first marriage, to young Cherry. When lie entered the law school Margaret Frferson of Jonesboro was a senior in the College of Arts nnd Sciences. Thai school year of 1933-34 she wns chosen campus queen. Cherry began coin-tins her. nnd four years later — on Nov. 10, 1037 — they were married. Taylor recalls cherry as niak- illK only .slightly better Ulan average Blades, but as hard ns he worked I don't see how he did as well as that/ 1 After his graduation from lav school In 1930, Cherry cnrne I. Little Rock to start practice. Here he was befriended by Leffel Oon try, a youthful but already estnb llshed attorney, who 16 years later was lo manage his successful cam pnign for (jovernor. He wos given a desk in (he firm of which Gentry was a member. Things Were Touch _ — — "Things were tough for young derided and later feared by his op- [lawyers," Gentry says, ponents—to thrust himself to the] "1 took Francis to my house and attention 'of the state's "silent." vo ers—the class that is credited wi putting him Into the runoif ai winning Tuesday's victory. All Questions Taken The talkathon Is a marathon n dlo broadcast—lasting four, six i up lo 24 hours—in which Cher answered all sorts of political an non-political questions from stud and radio listeners. The Arkansa use,was the second made of it; tl first was in the Florida Democrat gubernatorial primary last May. Cherry was virtually a politic! unknown except In his own Nortl' tast Arkansas Chancery DIstrl< when he entered the governor race. He elves the talkathon ft. credit for bringing him before th voters although he adds he believe the an asset had he been unwillin fo answer oil questions fully on openly or to say 'frankly "I don know" when he didn't. Brcn without the talkathon Cher ry appears to have a lot on (h political ball. Youngest Chancellor Exactly 10 years ago, at the ag of 33 and after only five years a a resident of the district, he WEI nominated over n long-time in cum bent and been me the youilges chancellor in recent Arkansas his tory. He was renoniinaled wlthou opposition for a second 6-year tern in IMS. Gharry was born In Ft. Worth Tex.', Sept. 6, 1908, the youngest o five children. The family moved to Bl Reno, Okla., when Francis was m. few months old. Later they lived for a time li Enid, Okla., whera the youngest Cherry attended, high school. His mother now is dead and his father HsskeH .Scott Cherry, a retiree railroad conductor, lives in El Reno The future gubernatorial nominee graduated from Oklahoma A. and M. College in 1930 and went to work at whatever Depresjion-dny Jobs he oould find. Chsrry told talkathon audiences that he came to Arkansas "driving • »n Ice truck through tho Oznrk mountains nnd if you don't think that's hard work you ought to try "I fell In love with the slate and decided it was to be my home." To hecklers and opponents who tried to make 'political capital out of the fact that he wasn't born in Arkansas, cherry replied, "I'm here because I wanted to be; the others are here just because they happened to be born here." In any case. Cherry's older brother, Claude, had entered the University of Arkansas Law School— at Payetteville In the Ozarks -. in 1S32. Cherry Follows Brother Francis followed him Ihe next year and enrolled for the 3-ycar law course. Cherry says he had S19 after paying tuition and spent some liltlc time in indecision over whether to use it to buy books or to give up and buy himself a railroad ticket back to Oklahoma. When hs graduated he says his capital had increased to S3(j and "so I figured it was a profitable three years." Bayard Taylor, a Little 7iock lawyer who was a classmate says "we were all impoverished in those days, but Francis was more impoverished Mm the ]-,.. 4 , )f lls •• McMath di'Ic-aied lor a Ihird trrin gubernatorial noninvuion Tu.-.,d.iy — retiring Gov. siil Mi-Math Both worked their uv.j- tiiroiicih the law course, and bo'.h won campus honors. Still another classmate wai Ren Boyd Tackett. eliminated wuh two others in die July 29 preferential primary. There's a Icccr.d that Cherry and McMalh were rivals even in their umvfisily, days, but Tat Jo:- snvs that isn't so. _ Tbry were never especially dose but tney were nlwavx fricndlv " Taylor .said. " ' " ' Ran on S.ime In their senior year. McMath was elected president of the student body, and Cherry was elected pr.-s- ident of the senior ola^ — and as The University of Arkansas also brought romance, and eventual be slaved there for a while. liul then he decided he was imposin on me, nnrt he moved out. •For a week or 10 days ho slept on the office floor until ho found u boarding house proprietor who would Rive him credit." In 1!I37 Cherry went lo .Jonesboro as a junior partner of Marcus Kief/ — nn association that was until Cherry became TIRED FROM BEATING BATTERS P---TRY WONDER nminlninccl cliancellor. Beforo runnlngf lor the chancel- lorship. Cherry served as U. S. Commissioner nnrt BS a referee lor the Workmen's Compensation Com- nlssion, Cherry left tho linnch during World War a to servo (or two years ns nn officer In the Navy. He says he sought unsuccessfully to wnivo his Judicial exemption and enter the arnierl /orce.i through selective service. When ho svas refused, ho applied for. nnd was jrnnled. n commission. Chnneellor nnd Mrs. Cherry hnve three children. Incidentally, nil Ilircc hnd birtiidnys whlln their 'atlier wns c n m p n 1 g n I n g ilanghler. Chnrloltc, was 10 on July 3. Tile younepr son, Francis Jr., was live on Aug. 8. nnd the i older boy. Scott, was 12 tin Aug. I 10 — Simony, only two days before I '.he primary. | Cherry hns a sister. Mrs. Pnu- llne Dean, who lives In Oklalininn City. Ills three brothers are Claude, n Los AllKelcs attorney, Clem of El Heno. Okla., mul H. C. Cherry Jr., of DnttHX, '»x. Girl Reported Kidnapped at N. Little Rock NORTH LITTLE ROCK. Ark (n; —Chief of Police Jack Pyte says n B-year-otd rhiirl MS reported kidnapped near her North Little Hoi-k home ycstonlay. He sold a neighbor rr-fiorlrrl she saw n man aurtwl the child, Mary Nell Morris, daughter of Mrs Mary Morris of North Little Rock. She (old police flint the child VHS walking down thp alley behind her Home when an unidentified man drove his cur alongside her, Rrablx-d the child, threw h« in the car and drove away. Pyle said she described the mm .is tail, slender, about 40 and wearing khaki clothes. The chief said the child's mother recently was divorced from her husband, Burns Norris of Detroit. -. conductor dons a poncho as he WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, I 95 j Judge Cherry May Name Successor As Chancellor LITTLE ROCK M>,-Judse Francis Cherry, nominated for governor •u yesterday's runoff Democratic irlmary, probably will nrtn>» his uccessor as 12lh district crmncel- or. Cherry's second elected term In lie Judicial post won't expire until December 31, 1954. It was considered likely Hint iherry will wait until he officially wcomes governor — or Immediately Kforo — to resign ns chancellor. Then ho can appoint someone to ill his unexplred term, if he should resign before he becomes governor, Gov. McMath could make the ap-' polntmc-nt. i Under the Arkansas constitution. whoever Is appointed will not be. eligible to run for nn elective term. 'Cherry-McMath Were Running Mates Once in College Election »* 11™™, , . ijii !!.[•, i.GCK M'j— Judsc Fran-! "ad worked his way through by ess Cherry defeated Gov. Sid Me- 1 waiting tables and washing dishes i ; «s «?"»'"• - s . -,irg^,~ s sa .... """'""• ma -e*. i hoping to save enough to go to law flint ivas some IB years RKO when school. Cherry, his then dark ha!r already flecked with gray, was chosen president of the .senior class- McMath got the even higher honor of president cf the student body. The two were, classmates at the University of Arkansas School of Law and (-'nuhmt-ed at the same time. According to mutual acquaintances, they weren't especially clr\se i;ut wore nliv.iys friendly _ with. nothing to Indicate that they would become liittcr political rivals. Clicrry 4 Years Older Cherry is nearly four years older than McMntli, but the present Jonesboro chancellor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate had been out o/ college several yc.irs before he went back to study for n law carcef. Cherry graduated from Oklahoma A. nnd M. College at Stlllwnter In books after he finally took the plunge .-ind paid his initial tuition at Arkansas, where he had followed nn older brother, Claude. For a time he says he seriously considered chucking the whole business and use the capital to buy a return railroad ticket to Oklahoma. lUlucntion Won Out Education won out, and with ttie aid of what money he could earn from student jobs, he finished law school, graduating in the spring of He not only got through But also gnrnered other campus honors — he-sides the class presidency lie was president of his fraternity' chapter And it was there that he met his future wife. She was Margaret Frierson of Jonesboro. nn nrfs and sciences senior and the campus queen when You Can Wilisjiei' - and Be Heard! \\e should like to have you come in for a ride In a l«>Men Anniversary Cadillac. And when you do, we hope you will j,,st sit back and relax . . .' and listoi! And what will you hear? Well, you'll hear the soft sound of the wind as it slips past the streamlined body . . . and, possibly, the quiet ticking ot the electric clock. But aside from thesc-you'll hear almost nothing In fact, you'll find you actually a-Msper—mA be hard by your fellow-passengers! \\e n-anr j-ou to experience this because nalh'int speaks more eloquently or more convincingly of motor car quality than—silence! It lells yon, first of all, that here is automotive engineering at its superlative best. For such silence of opcrMin,, can only eon,, when erery phase of the car's performance is in perfect harmony. 11 speaks offmhio,,- for only the greatest aect.raey m design and construction can result in such remarkable trecdom from vibration. Ir is a testimonial to fi ne craftsm.nship-to Quality materials-and to scientific styling. " And of course this marvelous rn.iet foretells many of the plcasnrcs and satisfaction, you would enjoy „ tha cars owner It promise, rest - and relaxation-.nd rvace oi . . . and a mirumum of upkeep expense. So why not take our suggestion-and come in and drive this beaunt,,! ClnlJen Anniversary creation? Ut U SULLIVAN-NELSON CHEVROLET CO. 301 West Walnut Phone 4578 Cherry entered the graduate law school. They were married in November, 1937, and now have three children —a daughter and two sons. After graduation, Cherry raine to Little Rock, where he met Lcffcl Gentry, who later was to he his campaign manager in the governor's race. He was given a desk in the offices of the law firm of which oen- try was a member. For a time the office served also as his slecpin" quarters. " Slept on Floor Gentry says his young associate decided lie was imposing by accept- llg the hospitality of the Gentry household. He then slept 011 the office floor until a charitable landlady extended him credit at boarding house. Cherry didn't remain long in Little Rock. Hn went to Jonesboro as a junior partner of Marcus Fictz As soon ns he decided that he could make u living practicing law he and Miss Merson were married. Cherry became the youngest Ar- kniiias chancellor in recent history after h« was nominated over two older opponents, one ot them the Incumbent, In 1942, just ]0 years before he was nominated governor. Cherry got a second 6-year term as chancellor without opposition in jyio, Meanwhile, he had taken two years away from the bench to «rve In the Navy iri World War II. Before becoming chancellor, he had served for a time as U. S Commissioner at Jonesboro and as a referee for the Worjonen's Compensation Commission. Cherry was born in Ft. worth, rex.. Sept. 6, 1908. He'll be 44 next month: His parent* and their Jj ve . h iu| ss-rs xsa"£ ?' few months old. Cherry's moffi now dead, and his father H S Cherry, a retired railroad conduct or, lives at El Reno, Okla. L A sister, Mrs. Pauline De an •,' I at Oklahoma city. ' * Claude, the brother who precede biM at the University La w p. Y Is now a Los Angeles attorncT An! other brother, Clem, lives at la £»| no, and a third brother, H. s Chm- ry, Jr., lives 31 Dallas Sensational Coupon Offer! BEAUTIF-UL ONEIDA-ROGERS SILVERPLATED TEAS YOURS FOR JUST 25c plw 3« Stun, on! <.,,„. p 0 ,,l (,„ Cqrt— ., J, (,).,, Sherbet Build up a complete set ot 6 Of 12 of theso lovely, heavily silver plated teaspoons in glamorous Encore pattern. Save coupon panels Irom Midwest Sherbet Cartons-Full details on carton. 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