The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 2, 1954 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 2, 1954
Page 7
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2. 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN" OSCEOLA NEWS nit. arr * Ralph. Wi7soft Decided at Early Age He Wanted to Be a Lawyer STARR GAZING This is to the meanest thief in the world; Saturday night when you were prowling around to see if some trusting soul had left his door unlocked, you went in the home of Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Harlan. Mr. Harlan was working overtime and It would be impossible to write about Ralph Wilson save in a congratulatory manner, for his entire life has been spent in being a model of a young man can accomplish by his own ingenuity if he has the intestinal fortitude to do it and doesn't let anything stand in his way in getting what he wants out of life. Having known Ralph since infancy, and having seen him grow into a- leader in the community is good enough compensation for these graying temples. Of course it's hard to believe little boys ever grow up— you can always remember them, not as political leaders nor brilliant young lawyers, but as a small school boy who was a friend of your son and was always lifting the top on the cookie jar. Ralph, who is one of Osceola's aspiring young men, is the son of Mrs. Emmet Wilson and the late Mr. Wilson. He came from a large family, four boys and two girls, and cauie along when Osceola was hit pretty hard in two depressions. Due to poor health, his father was unable to work regularly to support his family, and the six children were more than a mother could support in the style she had planned for them, so each boy became old enough to drag a satchel, he was given a paper route by the brother who was just ahead of him. * » * They Were good newspaper boys, every one of them. As they collected their money they handed every penny of it over to their mother to buy food and the essential clothing they needed. That money, and the large family garden, sustained this family when their father was compelled to stay at home. The children all grew up knowing the value of money, that honesty always paid off. that it was no sin to be poor, and that as long as you could do honorable work, you would be admired and respected. These boys grew up with vivid appreciation of the little thing? that came their way sometimes it wasn't much but they had a Christ- tian mother who taught her children that the upright shall have good things in life—maybe not in gold or silver,.she taught them, but In the love and respect of their fellowman, and that's the formula she used in bringing up her brood. Those children were never allowed, nor did they desire, to hang around town late at night. After delivering their papers in the afternoon they could romp and play until the supper bell rang, and ,then all made a beeline to wash up and come to the supper table where they bowed their heads and listened to their mother give thanks for the food set before them. They weren't asked what they would "like to eat as a lot of us indulge our children, but the food that was available was placed on the table and not one -word of grumbling was ever heard. The children were studious and as the ^ evening meal was over they got | out their books. Each in his special place, and got up then- next day's lessons. Mrs. Wilson always taught her children how important an education was and that if they had all the wealth in the world and lost it. without an education it would be hard ever to make a living. * * * RALPH KEPT his paper route through high school. In his senior year he was selected, with two other Mid-South boys, for an all- expense paid trip to Pensacola, Fla. This was the first time he had ever been out of the State of Arkansas, and he felt as though he was going to Europe. The family was always assured of Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys, with the four boys making the quota for the prizes offered. Ralph's route included the courthouse, and he said that was responsible for his making up his mind as a small boy to become a lawyer. The presiding judges respected his desire to make money, and when he came into the court room with his paper bag over his shoulder, the judge would "rest" the case until Ralph had sold his papers to the jurors. After that, he took his seat and listened to the trial, and could go home and tell the whole story at the supper table. Not only did he have a paper route but any little odd job in town was never too small for Ralph. Saturdays ; he could find work in grocery store? or if some clerk in town was sick or on vacation, he was always the ( first one to hear about it and was j there first when the door opened to ask for a job. ONE OF THE .customers on: Ralph's route was Mr. and Mrs. Mitcheltree. She was the "high restes' of India" and told fortunes nort 1 of Osceola. Ralph was always fascinated by the stories she told him when he delivered the paper to her he wold spend his extra time talkinp to her and when collecting timr came, instead of the regular 65r for the paper, she always gave him a dollar bill. The Mitcheltrees left here quite a number of years ag' and are now living in Hot Spring Ralph always pays them a vis!' when business takes him to that part of Arkansas. Ralph finished high school ir Osceola in 1939. There was no money to go to college on (nor did he know hpw to go about entering col- lcg<te~b,i!it he had plans, He stayed out of school the following year and worked at odd jobs—one of which was taking the census, for which he was paid $15". But b*d luck would have It, all he earn- . Ralph Wilson knew what he wanted ed that summer had to go toward living expenses for himself and to help his family. One of his odd jobs was to collect for Dr. L. Howton. Out collecting one day in Dr. Howton's car. Ralph picked up two young boys about his age and the three began talking about going to college. Ralph told them he would like to go but didn't have a penny nor any prospects of ever having The two, one of whom was W. T. Pillow, who teaches at Armorel, told Ralph if he would go to Union College at Jackson, Tenn., they were pretty sure the president of the college could help him if he would help himself. The following Sunday Ralph hitchhiked to Jackson with S125 in his pocket he had j gotten up enough courage to borrow. He borrowed it from different people and told them he had no idea when he could pay it back, but that when he did he would pay them 6 per cent interest. It took five years to pay it back, but he kept his word. He got a job in college waiting tables and was graduated from Union. IN THE meantime he got up an idea of making income tax returns. He took a correspondence course from Columbia and studied on it every available spare minute. As a result, he earned S50 to $75 a week. It was only for a short time but the extra money enabled him to buy his clothes and a few extra books. In Jackson, as in Osceola, Ralph worked every afternoon after school and on Saturdays. Many of his clients in Jackson still send Ralph their tax returns to fill out. Ralph was in the Naval Reserve and during his last semester he was sent to Annapolis Naval Academy where four months later he was commissioned an ensign and did duty on a merchant ship. As Ralph said, he was on inactive duty but never worked any harder in his life nor came nearer being killed. In 1944. 90 miles off the coast of India their ship was torpedoed by a Jap submarine, just as the watch changed at 12. Ralph had the 4 to 8 watch and was asleep when it happened. He grabbed clothes, ran up to his station just in time to help close the water tank bulkheads. , "We radioed for help." Ralph j said. "The British were supposed to send out air coverage, but no British were in sight. Those of us who were saved took to life boats and proceeded toward Madras at five knots an hour. Finally a British gunboat spotted us and came out to meet us and we crippled into port where some of us were left to bury the dead." After two weeks Ralph was flown to Calcutta by a British plane, where he met up with his outfit. • * * AFTER HIS Discharge, Ralph went back to Union College for his last semester and received his B.. S. degree. Being on inactive duty as it was written on Uncle Sam's ledger, Ralph was not eligible for a G. I. Loan to finish his colege education, but had saved every penny he could while in service, and was able to pay for his schooling and pay back the $125 he had borrowed before he entered college, plus the 6 per cent interest for five years as he had promised. With enough cash on hand for one year in Vanderbilt Law School, Ralph was determined some good luck would surely come his way if he worked and prayed hard enough, to graduate him. He did as he had done at Union, set up a tax office and looked around for odd jobs. At this time he taught a course in economics and business law in Peabody College. Through this medium, Ralph earned the money to take him through law school- It was there he met his wife, the former Miss Mary Ann Murry of Nashville, who had a part time job in the libary of the law school. The visits to the library brought the two together. She recived her B. S. degree at Vanderbilt in June, 1948, in January, 1949, Ralph received his law degree, and in April they were married in a big church wed- ding in Nashville. * • • THE TWO worked side by side teaching night classes at high school for the G. I.'s in Osceola, until Ralph became city attorney. The following December, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Myron Nailling of Osceola was killed in an automobile accident and Ralph was appointed to take his place. Ralph held the appointment for three years, and the experience he ob- tanied in that capacity enabled him to pick up some good first hand knowledge that was worth more than money could buy in his criminal and civil law practice. Now, at the age of 33, he is putting his foot on a higher rung to the towering ladder of success and is running for prosecuting attorney in the Second Judicial District, which includes Mississippi County. Ralph, who is a lay leader of the First Methodist Church, is a Mason and a member of tht Kiwanis Club. He is a former president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and is now a member of the Osceola Chamber of Commerce. £ * * HE SERVED on the state tax committee of the Bar Association for one year and was adjutant for the American Legion for two years. Always interested in Boy Scout work, while growing up, he has served as Cub Master for the troop sponsored by his church, and has served as chairman on finance for Boy Scout drives. In 1950, he served as chairman of the Red Cross drive. In 1951 he was chairman for South Mississippi County's drive for the March of Dimes, and in 1952 was County Tuberculosis chairman. It seems when anyone thinks of appointing a chairman for any civic or county project, Ralph Wilson is always the first one to be contacted and he can never turn them down. He is a member of the Tau Kappa Alpha honorary debating fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have two children, Ralph, Jr., who is four, and Teresa Ann, who is one. Mrs. Harlan and son, Dowell, were distributing graduation gifts. You see. Dowell graduated the night before and having gone on the senior trip, didn't get around to doing everything, and besides, who isn't excited over graduation? The dining table -was laden with gifts. Shirts, ties, hankerchiefs, belts, fountain pens, billfolds — oh, like, and you who should have finished high school and earned such gifts, broke in the boy's house and filled the blanket from his bed with HIS treasures. You overlooked his tithing envelope, or did your conscience begin to hurt? It's too bad you wanted all these things that belonged to such a fine young man. I can think of nothing that requires as much thought as selling your old home, and it should be weighed pro and con before deciding. Would you be as happy in a house so new that no child had ever run through it? Their little birthday parties you like to remember could never be repeated in that new house. The doorknobs where you had tied the strings to pull those baby teeth, have a difforent feel than 1 could imagine a brand new knob would have. The wall-marks you made each year to gauge the growth of that fast-growing youngester would look pretty silly in a new house after the son or daughter had gone, but to you it seems only a few short months ago and you are very careful not to wipe them away. The footprints made on the fresh concrete porch with your Johnny or Susie's name and date under it — could that have been 25 years ago? My, how time flies. All these things are what it takes to make a home, and that is worth far more than the profit you will pain in dollars and cents when you sell your home. On tke Social Side... Harry Ke.ilts. Jr.. celebrated his sixth birthday Saturday by inviting 20 boys and girls to the home of his grandmother. Mrs. Gilbert j Gdugh. for an afternoon of Ramos' and refreshments. Favors were presented the children. A decorated birthday cake and ice cream wore j hard to think of the right, thing to say when your friends are so wonderful and thoughtful. I just am not capable of saying what is in my heart, but the imp nut there can never be erased. I'm no artist in any sense of the word, but I imagine to paint pansies exactly us they appear,, nodding their heads and seemingly j looking everybody squarely in the eye, is the most difficult of all flowers to paint. They, like hutmm beings, all are different. They being thoughts of the sweetest, saddest things. Their many color combinations are exquisite, my favorites— at this time. You've been in those places where the owner of an up-to-date eating place shows his ingenuity in thinking up something unusual to put above the ladies and gents- shall we say — powder room? One place out West, a restaurant decorated in true cowboy style, went so far as to put above the doors "heifer" and "steer". At least that goes the fellow one better who had worn out the "His" and "Her" seen on towels, pillowcases and restrooms. Nobody has been able to define the meaning of the word "friend" to suit me. It would take pages to even begin to define its meaning. Each friend you have is a special one and the things they say and do are in a category — to each his own. The best place in the world to find just what a, friend really is, is in small towns — they are interested and have a most special way of letting you know how they feel toward you. The best, example I can think of is how my friends were so interested during my recent illness — it's "Run" was the word intended but this came out in the Oklahoma City Times: "More than 5000 high school girls, most of whom arc interested primarily in the homes they expect to ruin in the future, will gather here this week." A man can stand poverty, rivals in business and in love and almost every known barrier, but one thing that is impossible to take is personal ridicule. Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally you find men who disgrace labor. Much more happiness is to be found in the world than gloomy eves discover. June, moon, spoon, groom — broom! Beward the fury of a patient man. served, Doyle Dunn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Enurtet Dunn, is spending 30 days with home, folks. Doyle is stationed at Oakland. Calif. Ted Wood has returned home after attending the National Association of TV and Radio Announcers held in Chicago. Mrs. Wood drove to St. Louis to meet him and they made the trip back home by automobile. Mrs. Godfrey White was hostess to (he Town and Country Canasta Club Thursday when she entertained with a 1 o'clock luncheon. Summer flowers were used in decorating the White home. Mrs. Pulmer Stanton was hostess to her bridge club Friday. Mrs. 0. M. Beckam and Mrs. Claude Lloyd were guests. A dessert course WHS served. Miss Joanne Laney left by train Friday night for Ardmore. Okla., where she will visit Miss Ann Massey and Mr. and Mrs. Whifred Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Koath Harwarg have returned from a business trip to Dallas, Texas. Allan White, son of Mr. and Mrs^ Paber White, celebrated his sixth birthday Saturday by having a picture .show party after which the little guests were invited to Allan's home for ice cream ana cake. Gene Cox. Lyn and Ben Taliaferro arc home for their Summer vacation. The boys nre students at Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tenn. Wade Quinn, III. was graduated from Columbia Military Academy last week and is spending part of his .summer vacation with his grandmother, Mrs. Ed Quinn, before entering Memphis State College in the Fall. Miss Joyce Cannon has been selected sophomore counselor at Hendrix College during the Summer session at the college. Joyce was home over the weekend before resuming her studies for the summer, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rogers, Jr., were in New Albany, Miss.. over the weekend visiting Mr. Rogers' parents. Rev. and Mrs. Percy Herring are attending the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis this week. They will return home Saturday in time for Mr. Herring to conduct services Sunday morning at First Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adair left over the weekend for Nashville where they will spend the summer. Mr. Adair will attend Peabody College. Mr. Adair was on the Osceola faculty during the past year. LITTLi UZ— Money interests people only up fd 0 certain point—the decimal point, *NU» Mrs. Adair is the former Miss Jean Welborn, and the two were married in May. Lt. Leslie Bjorklund. stationed in Selma. Ala., spent the weekend with his family. Mrs. Jesse Cramer has been dismissed from Osceola Memorial Hospital. Bryant Hendon is a patient in Osceola Memorial Hospital. Miss Jeanette Bowen and Vaugh PoKey, students at Mississippi State College, came home over the weekend. Miss Bowen returned Tuesday lor the summer courses. Dr, George Cone and Lee Williams attended the Shriner's convention in Helena last week. Mr. and Mrs. David Halle of Memphis were in Osceola overnight Friday to attend the graduation exercises. Ed Wiseman has been dismissed from Memphis Baptist Hospital. Mrs. Ruth Swansey complimented Mr. and Mrs. Claude Lloyd on their wedding anniversary when she entertained with a luncheon Sunday at the 50 Club. Mrs. Lloyd is a daughter of Mrs. Swansey. Miss Emily Mason of West Memphis spent the week end with her parents and her grandmother, Mrs, G. T. Florida, who is ill at her home on West Scmmes. Mr. and Mrs, Leo Purvis and children of Fcrriday. La., arrived Monday to spend 10 days with Mrs. Purvis' mother. Mrs. V. C. Colbert. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Whitworth are spending .0 days with their son. Newman Whitworth, and Mrs. Whitworth in Tennessee/ TAKE IT HOME! •/ 2 Dozen $-100 FRIED SHRIMP .. • Razorback Drive-In OUT SALE GENERAL ELECTRIC EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hub bard Hardware Phone 2-2015 We Service AH Makes Commercial Refrigeration and Air ' Conditioning Bill's Refrigeration Service J337 Birch Phone 3-6986 for the COURIER NEWS n Osceo!a, call BILLY BEALL, 567- M Here Is the Chance of a Lifetime! THESE BOXES MUST GO! WE WILL GIVE UP TO EASY TERMS - UP TO TWO YEARS TO PAY! IF YOU WANT TO PAY CASH, MAKE US AN OFFER : . . "CASH TALKS AT HUBBARD'S" FOR YOUR OLD REFRIGERATOR HUBBARD & SON Furniture Blytheville Phone 34409

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