The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 12, 1953 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 12, 1953
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1953 BI,YTHEVTTJ,E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREB Dyess: Conceived as Relief Measure ; f w L C- C _ J' hi COi;{i/!Eiv!Ok/\nOi! OF W P., DYESS OI< ARK Ail SAD {••o.:rrwi\L> icrro A KEAMTY; D'/KG3 GOLOHY |S i^ A* ... Dyess Memorial Statue ... By EDNA BROWN (Courier News Correspondent! The origin of Dyess has been writ ten about numerous times in nit fcrent papers,, but there are alway new people moving into the com munity and many of them have no heard. Dyess was named for W. R. Dyess who was killed in 1936 near Good vtyn, Ark., in an airplane crash. I statue In memory of him stands ii the town's center. In 1934, the Mr. Dyess, who was then the state emergency relief administrator for Arkansas, conceived the idea of building an agricultural community of about 500 homes Witt electricity, running water, sewage systems and other advantages usually found in urban communities which would raise the standard of farm homes to a new high level- This plan was submitted to Harry L. Hopkins, national emergency re lief administrator, who approved of the plan and authorized its adoption, making available the necessary federal funds to carry it out. The Arkansas Rural Rehabilitation Corporation was formed May 30, 1934, for the purpose of conducting the rural rehabilitation program in Arkansas. Construction ol Dyess Colony (as it was then known) actually began, however, May 22 as colonization project Number 1 of the Emergency Relief Administration. The site selected for the project lies approximately 15 miles west of the Mississippi River and in the valley of the Tyronza River. . Dycss Colony, Inc. was formed by officials of the Emergency Relief Administration Feb. 17, 1936, and was dissolved in 1939 ns a proclamation of the governor of Arkansas. The Dyess Rural Rehabilitation Corp. was then formed to take over the assets and liabilities of Dyess Colony. The Colony received cash grants totaling $3,396,250. With these funds 16.COO acres were purchased from Drainage District No. 9, to whom it had been forfeited for drainage taxes of $2.50 an acre. Titles, however, brought the price up to $8.50 an acre. This land at the time of purchase was a veritable jungle, and I was mostly covered by water which necessitated cleaving and draining before construction could be started. It was in 1940 that the Fanners Home Adminsitration took over the project and organized a cooperative organization known as Dyess Farms. In 1944, Dyess Farms, Inc., began to issue special warrenty deeds to the farmers, giving them 40 years to pay. That Is the set-up they are now under. The FHA services deeds and at present makes operating loans. They also have available producton, subsistence and disaster loans. Of the original 300 farm loans, 149 have been repaid. The construction work at the center included a school, hospital, community houses, administration building, stores, gin, churches, and many other buildings, including around 500 neat homes all painted white. The farms all had barns, chicken houses and other outbuildings. They were originally in 20- acre lots, but were later combined into 40-acre farms. All the roads were graded, gravelled and numbered. 13 original colonists were moved to Dyess from all over Arkansas. They vere taken from relief rolls, and it vasn't long until all the houses vere filled. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt presided over the dedication ceremonies, held n front of the administration building and shook the hand of housands o! people. Ray D. Johnson is the adminis- rative officer of the farms. Dur- ng the war, he was acting as ad- ninistrator of a Japanese intern- lent camp. At present, he is on ick leave and Austin Chaplain, as- istant supervisor, is in charge. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth McDaniels as been office manager for .H.A., since 1945. One day a week ne goes to Blytheville to work in sub-office there. Gnr of the unique things about ! yess is that no alcoholic bever- ges are allowed to be sold there. It wasn't until 1946 that private iterests began to buy into Dyess. he community houses, oflice uildings, water system, and many] usinesses and homes in the center •ere sold. I TIIERK aren't many business places in Dyess, but the. ones they have are large enough to fill every need. Leonard Williams, who formerly operated the drug store, is now the owner of Dyess Farm Supply and has been In business in Dyess for the past seven years. Mr. McArthur has operated his grocery for the past five years and Gordon Francis operates the Rite Price Grocery. The cafe is run by Mrs. P. B. Woods. There are several other businesses in Dyess Including lour service stations. The big co-operative store was opened under the management of Calvin Williams, now of Bassett, and Jess Clinton of Osceola. It is now under the supervision of Carl Wheeler with Miss Mozelle Williams as the secretary and treasurer of both store and co-operative gin. The store did a $180,000 business last year. The net value of the store is around $35,000. Both it and the gin are debt-free. The gin is operated by H. O. (Punk) Hale. In spite of the drouth they have already ginned more than 1,550 bales of cotton this year and have paid one dividend. SINCE THE old administration building has been sold to private interests most of it has been converted into apartments. However, the Masonic Lodge still uses the upper floor. And the United States Post Office occupies a portion of the ground floor. It was opened in the 1935 with Robert Chisolm as first postmaster. It begun as • a fourth class post office and now is third class. The mail is brought out of Wilson on a star route. There is also a rural route of 46.4 miles out of Dyess. Service started on the route in 1938 with Robert L. Nailing as the carrier. He is the only carrier they have ever had. He serves 330 families with 292 boxes. L. J. Hall substitute carrier. Robert R. Holland became postmaster in 1937 with his wife, Mrs. Holland, as his assistant. Because of his illness, In 1942, Mrs. Holland was appointed as postmaster. However, he says he still does all of he work even if she is the legal 30SS. Mr. and Mrs. Holland also have another job or project of their own. [Two years ago, they started the Holland Chinchilla Ranch at their home. That was when they purchased a pair of the best chinchillas they could find, at a cost of $1,800 for the pair. They now have 15 head and plan to begin selling proven breeders by Jan. They say chinchillas are very easy to care lor i\s it only takes about 30 minutes a day. They are strictly vegetarians and drink a lot of milk. One of their prize females surprised them with four babies In one litter recently, which is quite rare. The chinchilla shown in the picture is only 8 months old and they value her at $1,000. a year, with $1 additional fee each member of the family f f J* x"' *<• '< . ^..tii-V „ , ' htd> ... Former Administration Building ... asiik^ ... Austin Chaplain ... .Or. Hollingsworth and Miss Garrett... ...FFA SwMthort Alice Holland... THERE ARE six major churches in Dyess and from each one spring many activities. The churches nnd their pastors arc Central Baptist, the Rev. Bryan Stone; Methodist, the Rev. W. W. Peterson; Church of Christ, Evangelist J. D. Crouch; New Hope Pentecost, the Rev. Carl Allen; Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mrs. Lloyd Ward; the Assembly of God Church has no pastor at present time, but hopes to have one soon. The hospital at Dyess was opened in 1834, by Dr. L. F. Hubener, The Dyess Medical Health Organ! zation was formed then to provide medical care for the basic fee Oj $32 for The hospital was closed in November of this j'ear. However, Dr. Gervas Hotlingsworth still has his office there and keeps regular hours. Dr. Hlllingsworth with ills family came to Dyess In June, 1942. With the exception of one year while he was away on sick leave, he has been there ever since- He came to Dyess from Ft. Smith where he was in charge of the Wild Cat Sanitoriurn, a branch of the sanitorlum in Booneville. Since he is a surgeon, he came to Dyess to fill the great need that existed there. For many years he was the only surgeon between Blytheville and Memphis. Miss Evelyn Garrett, the doctor's nurse and assistant, has been with him for 15 years. She came to Dyess with him from Wild Cat Hospital. They have delivered more than 2,000 babies in Dyess and cared for everything from a sore toe to spinal meningitis, and the most difficult surgical operations. He is on the surgical staff of the Osceola Memorial Hospital. THE DOCTOR'S wife is his inspiration and has been all through their married life. They have two children, Jack, who is a student at the University of Arkansas, and Sylvia, who is now Mrs. John Anthony and has a daughter, Linda, not quite two years old. The Doctor is an avid hunter and is a member of the Camcten Club. He goes to the same camp to hunt deer every year; in fact, he has 1 missed only one year in the past 21. He has just returned from an annual deer hunt where he killed n buck. Most of his deer hunting is done In' Chichol County. However, the deer snowing In the picture was killed in Phillips County. You will find mounted deer heads in most every room In the house. Drew In proud of its school. It is a rambling one-story frame building painted white with the roof of a bluish purple color that can be seen Irom a great distance. Dycs« school offers all that a modern country school has to offer. They hire 22 teachers with C. L. Floyd as the Stipercntendent. Tom F. Park U both the coach and principal. The school is proud of the I«ct that It, holds »n A rating. The Future Farmers of America ^ave recently chosen their sweetheart, Alice Holland, a 16-year-old Junior, who Is also taking tome 12th grade subject*. Alice l« the daughter oJ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holland and wu born at Dyctt Hospital. . . . DYESS EAGLES . . . front row (from left): Charles Jones, William Barnes, captain; Joe Gray, Pete Rogers, Billy Ingle Alice considers it an honor to be the sweetheart of Dyess P. F. A. boys. Oyess has been fortunate to acquire the services of Mrs. Rny D. Johnson for the home economics teacher. She was at one time a home demonstration n^eiil. Theirs Is the only brick building on the campus. Through her efforts In teaching the plrts about renmshing renovating old furniture, they have made the cottage a beautiful place. One thing you notice is the neatness and orderliness of the cottage. The cafeteria is under the supervision of Mrs. Russell Clifton, who, with the help of two other women and a couple of students, feed the entire school In an hour. They do it in three shifts. The food is placed on the plates which he students come lo the gitchen to pick . . . back row: Emery Hall, Alton Appling, Ray Jones, Bobby Murphy, Gene Williams. up. When they are through, they place silver on one tray, plates on another. All that, remains to be done is wheel the tables holding the used dishes and silver into the kitchen and they are ready for another group of hungry students. The food is good and well prepared. Tom F. Park has been the basketball coach at Dycss for the past six years. He teaches sportmanship along with sports. No matter how good an athlete a boy may be, he can't make the team unless hi. 1 ! morals are high. There have been many pictures ,aken of the backetball teams ol Dyess. The one published here includes some new members of the •earn. Two former players. Waynne Demons and Jimmie Kimbcll, both made the all-state team last year and won scholarships to Allen Military Academy in Bryan Texas. The Dyess Senior hoys have an outstanding record for the past six seasons In this period they have won a total of 15 trophies. They have won the Mississippi County championship three times and the District 3 championship three times. The past two years, the Eagles won the semi-finnls of the Arkansas B tournament. The past season, the Eagles won the B in the State tournament at Prescott and boasted an average of 80 points per game for the season. The !>>'ftss Eagles record for the past six seasons Is 138 victories and 27 defeats. The present Eagle team has been weakened by the loss of several boys as a result of an unexpected change of the eligibility rules In the State of Arkansas. However, the goal of the Dyess Eagles Is to be the best sports, best dressed, and the beat team in their classification regardless of the loss of the key players. The Eagles will Improve with the season, says Coach Park, and they are confident that within the next six seasons the Eagles will boast even better teams than they have In the pa*t 'six seasons. The Dyess Senior girls team will definitely be heard from thU year IPpfcJJi** W" t 'fr- ...$1,000 C • nnd in the future. They have the jest squad in the history of the school, .says the coach, and arc anxious to establish themselves as Still With Bestway Cleaners Carl B. I Jen ton wishes to announce to all his frinnds thai lie is still associated with Bcstway Cleaners, and will try to render the same efficient service in the future as he has hi (.lie past. Phone 2408 CARL DENTON for PICKUP & DELIVERY ,*«W^ '"«/' hinchilla . . . the top team In Mississippi County- Other activities that Dyess offers is the Masonic Lodge, Home Demonstration Club, and 4-H Club. WILL YOUR HOME BE HOT AND COLD THIS WINTER? Let our experts show you the comfort and casualness of h cut- in K with Natural Gas. Buy Now — Pay Later JEFF HESTER I'lunihing & Floating Phone S217 i/i Century with Natural Gas For Fine Foods, Choose PICKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries We Deliver 2043 Come In Call In 1044 Chick.

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