The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 26, 1954 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 26, 1954
Page 14
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fAXK.) OM»n» NZWS WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1951 Negro Students at Dallas School Give Views on End to Segregation By BRUCE HENDERSON DALLAS (AP) — Like hundreds of others in the 17 segregated states, Booker T. Wash- fcgten High of Dallas is an all-Negro school. Ki 1,232 students and 47 teachers face about the same problems as thos« anywhere in adguttmg to the Supreme Court's decision outlawing segregation. TMs ii the way some of them feel about it. Jo Wedgeworth, 15, a* fceabmui. hu had little contact Witt whit* children. If segregated echooir are merged before she graduate* three years from now, *ht might find herself attending eltai with them. "I think we could fet along all right if both sides tried. It would take time. But I'm flad. I think it (the court ruling) to real nice— wonderful." Claudette Roblow, 16, felt the ••me way. '"'We wouldn't want to force our- etrvee on the white children, just try to make them like u«. You emu always do. things for people to make them like you, if it's only giving them an aspirin for a head. ache," she said. Xmmett Brown, 18. a lanky star on the track and basketball teams, thinks that "everyone wants a good team. I don't think Negroes would have trouble making the team if ttwy were good enough." Minfltof Not Objective Washington students said, however. their main objective is not mingling with Whites but to make •ure Negroes get equal educational opportunities. Most of those interviewed said they're ready to sit with white children and hope, Jn. time, to make friends. Dallas is noted for its Negro •chools. It has two high schools and 14 elementaries to serve some ..•16.400 Negroes out of a total enrollment of 90,000. The Negro •chools are in good shape, many built in a bond program the last Jew years. An addition costing almost a mil- Ion dollars was finished at Washington High just two years ago. "Booker T.. is a fine school, and Td be satisfied to stay right here," Cleveland Turner, 17, an honor *^But what about other communi- tt*« where facilities aren't equal? I betteve the court decision will ft** a* students equal opportuni- *•»;" Teacher* Not Feaf ul Teachers at Washington 1 High miA they're £>c4 -afraid of losing their jobs if segregated schools are merged— that, somehow, a place will be made for them. A homemaking teacher who, with bachelor and master degrees, earac $4,450 a year, said: "I feel I could teach white students without difficulty. I just can't *ee why it wouldn't Work," She would not be quoted by name. Head Coach Raymond Hollie said the success of Negro athletes "would depend solely on their ability, and as for teachers— I think it would work the same way." Students and teachers know it may be a long time before these problems are upon them. The high court has called for further arguments in October on -how to effect its judgment. Gov. Allan Shivers has said it might take years in this state. Texas Education Commissioner J. W. Edgar has advised superintendents to THE BACKFIRE—The cigaret-case gun brought to West Germany by a Soviet agent on a death mission backfired on the Russians after the agent turned himself over to Allied authorities. "Paix Et Liberte." an anti-Communist group in Paris. France, erected this huge propaganda sign showing the agent using the gun to kitt. The sign reads, "A friendly gesture from the Rus•Une—the cjgaret that tfoes boom." New Military Scrip Does Job, But Gl 'Art Critics' Unhappy By JOHN RANDOLP H TOKYO (M— Uncle Sam may have slowed the counterfeiters with his worldwide switch in military money. But he knocked the art critics dead. Blurted- one shaken soldier when he saw the female figures on the new military scrips. "Where did they get those beats!" Another shook his head in disbelief. "It doesn't look as good as monopoly money!" A third swallowed and edged toward the window. . .. "Those colors—they make me ill!" The old scrip ' called in yesterday never would have won a prize at the Museum of Modern Art. But it had a sort of classic neu- plan for the 1954-55 school year on the basis of ^continued segregation. trality, mostly Curlicues and swirls. You could take it or leave it. But the new dough goes right after you. It forces you to make up your mind. Each one of the seven denominations has two female figures on it— one heads, one tails. Now this isn't a bad idea—but it all depends on how you do it. If they had made this money in Atlantic City or Hollywood instead of Philadelphia (or wherever they do make it), you could see the possibilities. But that ain't how they did it. The Army started passing out the new stuff Tuesday and in less than an hour three opinions had crystallized on where they got the models. 1. Metropolitan Opera stars of 1900. 2. Statues from the Columbian Exposition. 3. All £he rejects stacked up in Printing since Grover Cleveland's first administration. Read, Courier News Classified Ads. I Ruth Swansey Continued from Page T home for Mrs. Swansey to sell out and come to Missouri to be near them. They finally made up their minds to sell out lock, stock and barrel and go to a new country. Mr. Swansey's health had failed back in Kentucky, and since Mrs. Swansey was the more aggressive of the two, she decided she would like to go into the hotel business. • • • THE ONLY thing for sale in the way of a hotel, when they arrived in Lilbourne, was a small frame hotel. She thought it perhaps was just as' well to start out on a small scale, as she had never worked a day in her life for a living and certainly she didn't know the first thing about running a hotel. Having lived mostly on a farm where food was plentiful, it didn't take the traveling public long to learn about the excellent meals she served, family style. She did away with the small individual dishes filled with poorly prepared vegetables. She set the best table between New York City and New Orleans — so Tommie Florida said, and he should know. It must have been, because Duncan Mines ate at her table one day and after finishing his meal he went up to Mrs. Swansey, introduced himself, which didn't mean a thing to her at that time, and elaborated 'on the fine meal, and not until the next issue of Duncan Mines' "Adventures in Good Eating" came out listing her hotel, did she know who h» really was. When the three story Majestic Hotel was put up for sale, members of the board came to Mrs. Swansey and gave her the first opportunity to buy it. It seemed to her like an enormous undertaking both financially and physically, but she Hand-Sow Fish Caught With Bare Hands PORTLAND, Ore. If) — Tom Baker, 20, is one of the few persons who havs caught a hand-saw fish, and perhaps the only one to do it with his bare hands. 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You 1 )! toon be telling us that Chevrolet's now high-compression power — highest of any ftarifnf fow-prkoef car-makes It far and away tho top performer In Its Hold! HI Hi HIIMett HI Chevrolet M powered by the hiflhert-eomprewiori engine In Mi fteJd-OA engine designed, engineered and built to de- Rver more performance with lest gas. And reeiember— Chevrolet gives you •xtra value ot weH os e«*re performonce-for again this year it's the /oweif -priced Niie of COM* IN . . . take the wheel of a Chevrolet ot your earliest CO CHSVRQLm .*ndg& ffa /nosf eng/n* in SULLIVAN-NELSON CHEVROLET CO Phone 3-4571 agreed to buy it. * * • IT TOOK quite a good deal of money to swing the deal, but this thrifty soul t . who had used her inheritance from her father's estate as though she had never known anything in life but twisting corners — which she had never had to do nor does she now — signed on the dotted line. There was a balance of $10,000 due on the building, and she made 100 notes at $100 each and when she signed each of the hundred notes she said a little prayer that those notes would be as easy to pay off as it was for her to write Ruth Eleanor Swansey at the bottom of each of them. And those prayers were answered. She kept her small hotel, however, and ran both of them, as her husband died four years after .they left their old Kentucky home. John Moran was among Mrs. Swansey's closest friends and advisors. He pulled all the Frisco business her way and before the trains leaving Lilbourne for St. Louis carried dining cars, Mr. Moran would have Mrs. Swansey prepare as many as 15 baskets of food to be put on his train for the crew, or for women who were on the train with small children. Mrs. Swansey said it was a sight to see Mr. Moran walk into her hotel bringing back the empty baskets to be refilled for the next run. • • • THE MANY years — 35 to be exact — that she ran the hotels in Lilbourne, she taught a Sunday School class of young boys. On several occasions when she was sick or couldn't leave her hotel on Sunday morning, she held the class on the front porch of the hotel. At first passers-by would walk past her hotel when they heard young voices singing "How Firm A Foundation", but after 35 years those in town who had business near the hotel waited until after she had dismissed her class. She acted as sponsor for the 4-H Club and taught lots of small girls, who are now grandmothers, how to prepare meals, dress chickens and make up beds. Her 35 years were spent in church work and working with the youth of Lilbourne, and she said she had never held a deck of cards in her hand until recently when someone thought it was high time she learned to play canasta! Two young teen-age boys who had worked for her at the hotel doing odd jobs around the place anc meeting trains, broke into her hote) one night and riddled the showcase where she kept her cigarets. When she came down to the lobby the 'next morning and found out what had happened she called the sheriff. The boys were caught and she was sent for to come to the jail and talk to the boys. When she went in they began to cry and beg her not to punish them. She had the boys paroled to her, brought them home with her, sat down and gave them a good talking to about what they had done, and told them she would never "mention it again but they would be put on their own honor. • ». • THE BOYS worked for her for two years, received their regular salaries and stayed with her and went to school. Those two boys grew into fine men and are now land owners, married and have families. She said all young people need that second chance and if people would give it to them in the proper way, there would be fewer in reform schools. The newspaper in Lilbourne put on a contest -> sell subscriptions to their paper, with a Ford sedan 'to be first prize. Mrs. Swansey's two daughters were spending the Winter in Florida, and she thought she was a little old to enter the contest, but with the two daughters so far away, they wouldn't hear about their mother being in the contest, so she set out to have the "Lilbourn Banner" in every home in town. When the contest was over and she won the car, she wired her daughters of her good luqk. The following year the American Legion sold chances on a Ford. The car was to be given away on their big Fourth of July picnic to be held in Parma, Mo. Mrs. Swansey bought 'one ticket when the boys came to her at the hotel, and remarked she was "donating" them the dollar because she had always heard that lightning never struck twice In the same place. THE DAY of the picnic her two daughters almost made her go with them — just for a day of fun — not thinking of the car to be given away. When they got to the picnic grounds the American Legion boys were pushing tickets in everybody's faces, so to get rid of them, Mrs. Swansey bought another ticket. The evening was getting late and Mrs. Swansey got "fretted" at the girls because they insisted on waiting for the drawing of the car. When the number was called out nobody in the crowd responded, the number was called the second and the third time before Mrs. Swansey looked at her stub. When she finally came to and saw the number the man kept calling was her own, she let out a war whoop that was heard all over the picnic grounds — so lightning does strike twice in the same place. Mrs. Swansey said the 35 years she spent in the hotel business were all happy years and she learned just about all there is to learn about human nature." She sold out in 1946 and came to Osceola to be near one of her daughters, Mrs. Claude Lloyd, and in these last eight years she has had time to do i all the things she couldn't do while i in the hotel business, I She is active in the Eastern Star, j is a member of the Osceola Progressive Club, The Osceola Garden Club and the Literary Club and is a staunch member of the' Osceola Methodist Church. ONE OF the greatest joys of her life is to be near her four-year-old granddaughter, Ruth Suzanne Lloyd, who was the first baby in the family for 42 years — and she is spoiled rotten, but like all rotten fruit, that tends to make her even sweeter, said Mrs. Swansey, Last December, near her 73rd birthday, Mrs. Swansey was quite ill and all the neighborhood children (including my three small grandsons) included her in their little "Now I lay me down to sleep" prayers. The Wallace Hoke children, who were neighbors at one time, of Mrs. Swansey, still say, "God bless Mrs. Swansey." These are the things that makt the sunset years of her life happy, and prompted her to say, "Though I have only lived in Osceola for a few short years, I wouldn't ever want for a better place to live, nor for better friends than I have made since I came here in 1946." 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