The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 12, 1954 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 12, 1954
Page 7
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COUKTER NEWS PAGE SEVEN OSCEOLA NEWS nit. arr Mrs. Ida Moore Ignores Years, Keeps Youthful Outlook on Life Maybe a lot of people won't know Mrs. Ida Moore — but I'll bet they aren't Methodists. A wonderful Christian woman who came to Osceola in her late seventies to make a new life and new friends, she deserves this spot and I spent such a pleasant morning getting this story that I didn't realize it was lunch time until I heard the pot boiling over. I was only casually acquainted with Mrs. Moore when I knocked at the door of her apartment, but when I said good-by to her, we each gave one another a hug around the neck. She's wonderful and as spry as they come. Her age is on the outside, certainly not on the inside. She celebrated her 80th birthday Nov. 26, something even her closest friends might be surprised to hear. Having taught the same Sunday School Class, composed of high school senior girls, for 30 years must have given her such a fresh outlook on life that she has never needed a trip to the "Fountain of Youth." As you might expect a great- grandmother to be her age, you just haven't known a great grandmother like this one. Her trim figure and high heel shoes remind you of a woman half her age. She *has spent those 80 years looking toward doing something to help others and the one thing that has assured her of the age-old promise of a star in her crown — forgetting all the other wonderful things she has contributed to her fellow man — reads like a novel and I must tell it even before I tell of her early childhood days and of her happy married life. * * * MR. AND MBS. Moore lost their first child, a daughter, Martha Helen, when she was only four days old. This happened in 1906. This was the greatest shock of their lives. Nobody could have told this young couple that across the world in Burma, another little girl was born at the same time that was to play an important role in the future lives of these two. This little girl. Ma H'nong Kha was born in Rangoon to very poor parents. As she grew older, she was' abandoned by her parents and a Methodist missionary in Rangoon became interested in this beautiful girl. The missionary was a friend of the Moore family and she would mention the little Burmese girl in her letters to Mrs. Moore and asked her to write the girl. In many letters from the missionary, Mr. and Mrs. Moore became so interested in her they wrote and told about their little girl they lost and guessed they would adopt her, figuratively speaking. An answer came back air mail and she called her new American adopted parents Mother and Father. Mrs. Moore said that made them so happy they wrote back and enclosed a check for $25 to help with her schooling. She was only 14 at the time but through Mr. and Mrs. Moore's interest and love— which came from the wonderful letters the girl wrote—she was graduated from high school and was sent to a school for nurses by the Moores. * * * SHE WAS graduated with honors from the hospital as a registered nurse. The letters from this adopted daughter to her adopted mother and father, filled with love and gratitude are as beautifully written as- Elizabeth Barrett Browning would have been capable of writing. I had the promise from Mrs. Moore that I could come back and spend an afternoon reading them. One in particular she wanted me to read on this visit was H'nong Kha's letter to her mother and father telling about her engagement and of the qualifications of the fine young man who was a bookeeper for a large firm in tb£ Irrawaddy Delta. She told ot her wedding gown. As we all know, the Burmese have quite an artistic eye for dress that distinguishes them, just as delta people and hill people in any coun- Mrs. Ida Moore . . . "Let not your heart be troubled try. The Burmese take life easy and the biggest majority of them have a pretty good philosophy of life, and juding from this young girl's letters she is no exception. The city of Rangoon, where H'nong Kha was born and grew up, is a fairly modern city, having a free library, a college, a museum and a hospital and this ambitious young girl took advantage of each of them. Her penmanship in English, I dare say. would lay a lot of us in America to shame. The big wedding came off in October, 1930. H'nong Kha had this wedding picture made for her American parents who had made it possible for her to receive a good education, and, their firstborn, a son, was named Louis in honor of Mrs. Moore. * * * THREE OTHER children followed, two boys and a daughter. The boys were all given American names. Two hours after the baby daughter was born, H'nong Kha had to flee for her life and the safety of her family when the Japanese forces seized the Burma Road and occupied Burma in May. 1942. * When the news came over the radio, Mr. and Mrs Moore sat listening and praying for the safety of their adopted daughter, and the four grandchildren, who were taught to call Mrs. Moore, Granny. Months and months went by. wondering if they had survived the ravag'es of war and not until Burma was freed in 1945 did the Moore's know that the family had survived. That was the year Mr. Moore died but Mrs. Moore has never ceased writing H'nong Kha. Even though money was scarce during the many years, H'nong Kha and her husband would never forget to send Mr. and Mrs. Moore little gifts from their native land. One such gift was an uncut ruby ring that must have been a great sacrifice to people, who some times only have a bowl of rice a day to sustain them. * * * THE BURMESE always look for better tomorrow and live in a land so kind that is only necessary to "tickle her toe with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest"—that is a familiar saying among the natives and evidently a true one. All of the prized possessions, including pictures of the Moore family that were sent to H'nong Kha were destroyed during the bombardments. Mrs. Moore said when she and Mr. Moore adopted the girl they only had helped her in mind On the Social Side Bridge Club Meets Mrs. Herbert Hobbs invited Mrs. Melvin Speck as her guest Thursday when she was hostess to her bridge club. An arrangement of - lavendar stock centered the dining room table. A dessert course was served. Mrs, Teaford Hostess Mrs. Edward Teaford was hostess to the Luxora-Osceola bridge club at her home Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. S. W. Bowker was a guest. A dessert course was served. DAR to Meet The William Strong Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a luncheon Friday at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis Reports from the recent Continental Congress held in Washington, D. C., will be given. PEO Meets Mrs. Milton Pope was hostess wlien Chapter "O" of PEO met at her home for a business meeting Wednesday afternoon. Reports on the recent convention held in Blytheville were given. Mrs. Lloyd Godley presided at the meeting. A dessert course was served. Mrs. Barber Entertains Mrs. Jimmy Hart and Mrs. Freddie Bannister were guests when Mrs. Billy Barber entertained her bridge club during the week. A dessert course was served. Roses and iris were used for the floral decorations. Canasta Club Meets Mrs. Guy Driver entertained the Town and Country Canasta Club at her home Thursday afternoons-Mrs Driver served a dessert course. Brides Honored Mrs. L. D. Massey and Mrs. Stanley Carpenter complimented several recent brides when they entertained at luncheon followed by bridge at the 50 Club Wednesday. The honorees were Mrs. Charlie Lowrance, III, Mrs. Oscar Connell, Mrs. Henry James Swift, Mrs David Halle of Memphis, Mrs. Baker Springfield and Mrs. W. W. Taylor. Mrs. Guy Bryant won high score. ivirs. Guy Robbins second high, and Mrs. Swift low. Spring flowers were used to provide the floral arrangements. Cl"b Meets Mrs. E./.rl ilobbiis w,;:; hostess Sec OSCEOLA NEWS on Page 14 but through the years that followed H'nong Kha helped them equally as much. After 34 years, Mrs. Moore and H'nong Kha are as close as -a mother and daughter can be. Although See MOORE on Page 8 . . . Ma H'nong Kha and groom . . . October, 1930 . . . STARR GAZING Lindberg's flight May 20, 1927. to Paris began Brooklyn Bridge was opened May 24. 1883. The bridge has a 1.595-foot span and is 133 feet above the water at its center. Bar-le-Duc, a town in France, well known for Bar-le-Duc preserves, has a church in its town more than 600 years old. The secret of success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded. They say the best way to raise a child is to have two. Small boy to father scowling over report card: "Naturally I seem stupid to my teacher; she's a college graduate." Blood is thicker than water—and it boils quicker. A sign in a paint and body repair shop: "God bless our women drivers." When people ask you for criticism, they would be "mucha blidged" for praise instead. "Joys are not the property of the rich alone; nor has he lived ill, who at his birth and at his death has passed unnoticed." With chickens being on the cheap side, try this on your family if thy've had their fill of fried chicken. This is the Chinese way of using large fryers. Disjoint the fryer, make a smooth paste of Chinese sauce, olive oil. salt and black pepper. Roll the chicken pieces in this mixture thoroughly. Place in ice box overnight. Fry in deep fat but do not Hour the chicken. Cook covered for 30 minutes, add 1 cup of water, I large can of mushrooms, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, l i oin pimento. 1 small onion diced, cook until the onion is tender. Make a smooth paste of 1 tablespoon corn starch and stir Into the chicken gravy and cook only until thickened. Of course, a must with this dish i$ rice. Little Vicky Chiles .three-years- old, came running to her mother to buy her a sweeper—saying all the little playmates of hers wore sweepers. She got the word confused with dusters. He who loves an old house. Never loves in vain. How can an old house Used to sun and rain, To lilac and larkspur ' And elm above, Ever fail to answer The hearts-that give It lovet Isabel Fiske Conant Is responsible for this sentimental verse and I like it. More than 60 per cent of all fluospar, a mineral necessary in making steel, is mined In Kentucky. dorft just ask for bourbon... 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