The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 9, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

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9, 1988 BLYTHKVILLE (ARK.) COURIER KIWI PAOB SfiTKW OSCEOLA NEWS 4 &tty. W, Star, »*#**###* Rhodes Family Tree Has Roots Deep in. Mississippi County Soil Practically all but the new-comers to Osceola are related. Those • who aren't related to the Drivers, Hales, Qulnns and Edringtons are related to the Rhodes. It gets confusing to strangers, but not after 24 hours. They learn to ask and then pass comment, if there is any to pass. This is the kin-folkest town this side of Amish territory. When Grandfather Rhodes came to South Mississippi County in 1875, he was destined to play an important role in ^Mississippi County history and to father the Rhodes' clan that followed. Since one of the grandsons, Joe W. Rhodes, HI, carries his grandfather's name, I'll put him up as the target to dig down into the family history. Exactly 100 years ago, J. W. Khbdes, Sr., who was one of 10 children, was born near Vicksburg, Miss. That was the same year the first railroad in Arkansas was in- corporated but that was neither here nor there with the Rhodes family of Vicksburg, Miss. Arkansas at that time — and it's been hard to outlive — was known as the jumping off place for California. Those were the days of stage coaches and Port Smith was the principle stop on the stage line for those going to California to the gold rush. AS YEARS went by, the old timers referred to our state merely as the jumping-off place, leaving the rest to your own imagination. Texas was an up and coming state and Robert E. Lee, in his response to the question asked him what he saw as he gazed over the stretche.s of unsettled prairies, said, "I am listening to the footstep of the com-, ing millions." This was carried all over the nation and young men with families were going to Texas in droves to seek their fortunes. The Rhodes family were among the multitude that left their native states to see what prompted the famous general to make such a broad prediction. In 1857, whan Grandfather Rhodes was four, trfe family, with other families formed a caravan and made the trip by covered wagons to the Lone Star State. The family lived there until 1867. The father died the year before and the mother, with her 10 children moved to Tennessee. When Grand- fst'ier Rhode? wr.s 16, he obtained i a position wift Cunningham, Wick "' and Ma'lone, commission merchants of Memphis. After two years with the firm, he went to Bay Springs, Miss., and wo:-:;ed as a bookkeeper for J. M. Nelson and Co., for a year. He again returned to Memphis and was employed by the Charleston and Memphis Railroad Co., in the same capacity. From that position he clerked in the old Memphis and Osceola Packet Co.. and was employed in this capacity on different steam boats of that line for four years. In 1816, he leased the Crowell Landing for. five years but in two years, he bought the landing. At the end of five years, he had seen his life's savings washed away in the flood of 1883. STARR GAZING One hundred and live years ago today, Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist and creator of "Uncle Remus, Br'er Fox. and Br'er Rabbit," was born In Eatonton, Ga. He started out in life as a .printer's apprentice and later usually the one who Is wrong. .studied law. The writing instinct was strong in him, however,, and he turned to journalism.,. beginning Constitution lasted 35 in 187G. That connection with the Atlanta years. His Uncle Remus sales, contributed to the Constitution, were so successful that he published them in book form in 1880. He died in 1908. You know what the seat attached to an elephant's back for the rider is called? It's pronounced houdah, but spelled howdah.in case you have any use for it. Personally, it doesn't matter how it's spelled or pronounced, I still prefer the old rocking chair and as my grandma would say, "I expect to keep my solid ground." feet planted on A patient one day presented himself to Abernethy; after careful examination, the celebrated practitioner said: "You need amusement; go and hear Grimaldi; he will make you laugh and that will be better for you than any drugs.' "My God," the patient said, "but I am Grimaldi!" The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; the secret anniversaries of the heart. There is no fireside, howsoever defended, but has one vacant chair. Folks never understand the lolks they don't like. Joe Rhodes, m.. . . Grandfather arrived in '75 stock invoiced $5.000 and back in penny what the bill for groceries those days of dollar shoes and nickel sox, a stock of $5,000 was an up-to-date establishment. A fine cotton gin and one of the best peach orchards between Mem- ohis and St. Louis were assets to the 120 acres he owned by 1888. In 1877, Mr. Rhodes and Miss Clara Pulliam of Banlett, Term., were married and had five children, Ella Nelson, Lucy Pulliam, (now the wife of Dr. C. M. Harwell), Joseph Wick, Jr., Charles HE PURCHASED 37 acres of land and established a new landing called "Golden Lfike," which at that • time had a post office and Mr. Rhodes took the same name for his landing. In 1883 when his land was washed into the river, he moved his mercantile business farther back inland where he' and E. A. Norton formed a partnership under the firm name of Rhodes and Norton. The next disaster came on Jan 22, 1888, when their establishment was destroyed by fire. They carried a $2,000 insurance but their It was during his days at the A.^O university that he met his wife, the Robert and Nell. Ella Nelson died j former early in life and Joseph Wick, Jr., £ was the father of this "Loan Rang- friend of one of the founders of the Joe W. Rhodes, III, I'm using' Chi Omega sorority, Miss Jo BeU as a taregt. IHalcomb. Mrs. Rhodes is a mem- Grandfather Rhodes, who was ber of the mother chapter of the president of the old Citizens Bank | sorority. for a great many years, was cir-j Mr. Rhodes went to Washington cuit court clerk back in 1905. A j and Lee to study law. After his first little story connected with Grand-'year there, he came back to Pay- father Rhodes goes back to the etteville and married. They lived time when he owned Golden Lake. The Jate Willis Stoffle loved telling the story on "Boss Lee" Wilson. He was a young man at the time and his financial status wasn't too high. He was running a logging camp at Idaho Landing, or Bassett, as we know it now, and sent Willis through the swamps over to Golden Lake for an order of groceries to feed the loggers. The fellow who gets made first is move to Golden Lake. He didn't give up his Jaw practice. When he made the move as he felt like it was only during the duration of the war that he would have to run the Goldett Lake farm. He commuted Irorn Wilson to Osceola practically everyday trying to run the farm for 'his brother and to hold on to his legal practice in Osceola. Bob was released from the Army the following year and came back to Golden Lake and the Joe Rhodes family came back to Osceola. He was attorney for the Bank of Osceola and was instrumental in the building of a departmental Sunday School. The old Methodist Church had ,,.„.„ j been torn down as it was just about rivliss Came Fergus, aunt of d t f „ down anJd Sunday Fergus. Sne was a close Sch 50 , was heW m the mmt ho j until the erection of the Sunday School building, which is named in his honor. He was superintendent of the Sunday School for so many years that even his son doesn't know how many. There's one thing that stands out in my memory of him as super| intendent in the old frame church J I played the old piano for Sunday In IGll, the lav firm of Lamb and School and Epworth League—and prayer meeting, if I couldn't get See RHODES on Pa^e 16 would amount to before he left the j camp. j The four Rhodes children were raised at Golden Lake moving to Osceola in 1909. Young Joe Rhodes' father attended the old Arkansas Military Academy. Finishing there, he and his brother, Bob, attended the University of Arkansas where he received his bachelor of arts degree. He who has little silver in his pouch must have the more silk on his tongue. For heaven's sake, whatever you do, don't fail to make the Garden Club's pilgrimage on Dec. 17. You know how you love going through fine homes, well your holiday won't be complete il you let his opportunity pass you by—I'll be seeing you. If you've got more guests than you have turkey, fill 'em up on a bowl of oyster stew—they won't bit if you know how to oyster fctew, mind it make a super-dup«r and here's how: Combine 2 tablespoons flour, 1M- teaspoons salt, # teaspoon pepper and two tablespoons water. Blend to a smooth past. Stir in one pint o! oysters and their liquor. This amount of flour is one of the secrets .of the, stew's perfection. Simmer (not boil) oysters over low heat till edges curl time pour in one quart of rich scalded milk. Remove pan from heat; let stand 10 minutes, this improves the flavor and there's nothing, unless it's potato that stays hot so On the Social Side... Church Women Meet The circles of the women of the Presbyterian Church met Monday. Circle One met with Mrs. E. I. Tuliaferro, with 14 members present, The monthly emphasis was given by Mrs. R. C. flryan. The conversation period was led by Mrs. Dick Cromer. The group is sending utility toy bags to Vera Lloyd and Caddo Valley homes for Christmas. Playing cards were .sent to the Military Hospital in Memphis by trie two day-time circles and the evening circles. Mrs. Taliaferro's home was decorated in Christmas decorations and for refreshments she served ice cream frozen in shapes of Christmas Wreaths with polnsettia cookies. Hot cranberry punch served from a Christmas-red tablecloth tied in with the refreshments. Circle Two met with Mrs. P. D. Johnson. Mrs. Horace Moore gave the monthly emphasis and Mrs. Allen Segraves led the discussion ' period. i Fourteen members were present, i This being the last meeting of the ; year, the circle had ft surplus of j $55 in the treasury, which they : voted to send to Caddo Valley and Booneville sanitarium. Following the business, the hostess served chicken snlad, Christ- ! vlted them to lunch. Mrs. Billy! Frazier was an additional guest. Christmas evergreens and red berries Rave the affair an atmosphere of the approaching holidays. Following lunch, the afternoon was spent playing cards with Mrs. P. D. Johnson winning high nnd Mrs. Jimmie Farrls won second. Mrs. SiiHeitffer Entertains Mrs. C. E. Sullenper was hostess to her Friday Bridge Club for luncheon. Guests were Mrs. Kate Hale and' Mrs. Spencer Driver. The eight i members and guests were seated) at the dining table, where the centerpiece was of reindeers prancing around a massive red candle. in the living room, a Christmas I scene was used <"\ the mantle. In the games of bridge, Mrs. W. E. Hunt and Mrs. Driver were winners. Named in Who's Who An Osceolan was among the eighteen students selected to Who's Who in American Universities and Colleens. He Is Billy Jop Carlisle, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Riley and grandson of Mrs. Joplin Hale and the late Mr. Hale. Billy Jop is a graduate of Osceola Hi»h School and is a senior at Arkansas State where he will graduate in June. The selection is based on scholarship, leadership, nmi citizenship and each member winning the recognition will receive a certificate by the organization, presented at the school. BAR to Meet The William Strong Chapter of Daughters of the American Revo- See OSCEOLA NEWS on Page 16 mns cookies and coffee. The dining table was centered with a pineap- baked long. At serving time, drop in a piece of! P'e surrounded by Christmas bail- butter—what am I saying, olep to j hies and collared with a wreath of me.. Naturally pass little oyster| glistening magnolia leaves. Christ- crackers to your hungry guests. There'll be turkey left after this, for club sandwiches and that ever loving turkey hash the next and the next and the next day. Boooo.teW of'next? as inns decorations were used in the living room. Bridge Club Meets The monthly bridge-supper club met at the Cramers' Tuesday night I where supper was served to thej members and guests. what won't they think j • The group was invited to the my grandma used to; home of Mrs. C. E. Sullenger for say, "It takes a smart child to know | bridge. Her home was decked out own father"—or something to > ' n Christmas decorations. Grid Team Feted Football Queen Karen Young and it's own father"—or something that effect. Wonder what she'd say to this! University of Iowa scientists said that the first child ever conceived by insemination with deep frozen male sperm cells should be delivered I ^ ne 40 in less than three months and that t aD ], her eleven maids entertained the Osceola football team at the 50 Club Friday night. * ' the child is expected to be normal in every way. "Watch this space for the latest scientific push button developments. Someday somebody is going to come along and prove that a cat actually has nine lives, or has that all ready been done? Have you lost that list you made last Christmas of the ones who sent you a curd and you didn't send j them one? Now's the time to be' finding it. was centered with gold nolia leaves and flanked bv gold colored candles. In the center of the arrangement was a gilt football. Coach Bill Beall acted as master of ceremonies. Following the meal, the guests spent the evening dancing. Mrs. Johnson Hostess Mrs. Louis Johnson was hostess to her bridge club Friday and in- in Lexington until he finished law \ school. i IT TOOK the better part of the day to make the trip, buy the groceries and load them into the wagon. After the last article was put on the wagon, Willis climbed up on the driver's seat and started to drive off. Mr. Rhodes stopped him and asked for his money. Mr. Wilson hadn't mentioned paying lor" the groceries to Willis, so everybody i was called out of the store and i with Willis' help unloaded the wagon of groceries, put everything back into the shelves and Willis drove back to the camp without a bite to feed the loggers. The next day Willin made the trip again but he counted out to the last Rhodes was established. This partnership continued until Judge (Will) Lamb retired and moved to California. World War I came along and Bob Rhodes, who was managing the farm at Golden Lake was called into service, making it imperative for the family of Joe Rhodes to Quoting Hambone — "Hit looks lak li'l chilluns dese days heahs mo about Big Sandy Glaus dan de li'l Jesus! " STAMP COLLECTORS Send for Free Premiums and Fine Approvals. SOUTHERN STAMPSHOP Box 11G5 Memphis, Term. 100 PROOF BOTTLED IN 6NO 'THE GREATEST AMERICAN .WHISKEY fELLOWSTONE, INC., LOUISVIUE V ? tfttNfUplt' YOU Can Have Natural Gas RIGHT NOW! 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