The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 16, 1953 · Page 7
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December 16, 1953

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

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T.E CARTO rornuKR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1958 SCEOLA NEWS aw * rs. Harry Milter, Jr., Finds No Moments as Public Nurse Never underestimate the oppor- that a — pardon the expres- e-n — feature writer grabs to get story. This story on public Health Nurse irs. Harry Miller, Jr.. came about, she thinks, by mere accident. I have wanted to interview her for long, long time but nurses don't (lave time to sit down and answer thousand questions. Mrs. Miller, knowing I have a ton in Arkansas State College, in- Mted me to drive over to Jones- poro with her Friday, where she kttended a staff conference. On |he q.t. I called the Courier News rush me down a. photographer take a picture of Mrs. Miller wearing a hat and dressed to at- end the meeting. Nurses don't have much need for hat and sitting down shoes and I [couldn't let this opportunity pass by, so I feel like I really accomplished the almost impossible. To kinda break the ice before I ok out my nickel tablet and pen- I commented how nice she oked, and how adorable her hat ;vas. She told me she felt exactly like a horse must feel when some• slaps one of those silly straw hats on its head, leaving holes to [stick his ears through. I assured her there was no re- Isemblance. so the ice was broken |and I sneaked my tablet out of rriy urse. We were in Jonesboro before bu could say, "Say ah" and I got alf of my story, saving the other alf to tell about the meeting and, • getting a little of Mrs. Miller's •early life. • « • UNLESS people have had the oc- Icasion to use the services of a pub? Ilice health nurse, they have no • conception of what her heart-beat • represents under her uniform. The^ Imany, many duties they are com- Ipelled to perform doesn't make Ihead lines in a newspaper: they're ljust routine and the desire to do |sornething for humanity. It isn't a clock-punching job by I any means. They are subject to be I called around the clock. Race, color land creed don't enter into a day's I work. They don't ask, when called lout in the middle of the cold win- Iter's night, if there will be plenty I of hot water or if they're going to |a steam-heated house. They grab fruit jars and bricks [in case a premature baby has been I born and needs to be given heat to I keep it alive until a better method lean be found. The jars are filled I with hot water after nurse has I cleaned out an old cook stove, | started a fire and heated water, netimes in a family washpan, lometimes in an old smoked up ^ea-ekttle. Nothing is ever convenient and a nurse learns early in her Mrs. Miller . fruit jars, bricks and babies . I profession to be resourceful I accept what comes to hand. and health nurses' working conditions tending premature babies. Her first have improved since the first county health office in Osceola was opened in 1937 is the ultra modern building completed one year ago yesterday. During Faber White's term as county judge, he saw the need for the building and, presto the building was erected. WHEN MRS. Miller began her public health career — and I know of no better name for it — her first office, if you care to elaborate on it, was the small jury room in the courthouse. experience came on a night in 1938 that only Santa Claus would enjoy. Snow was knee-deep and the trees were bent to the ground, they were so heavy with sleet. An old Negro mid-wife knocked on her door and said she had just delivered a baby and it sho' was the littlest baby she ever seed and she didn't know what to do with it! Mrs. Miller put on her rubber boots, cranked up her car and started out, that was the begin- carrying bricks and fruit jars. When they reached their "she carried her files with her in j destination, half frozen, they went . .. . l: -_ into tho hnusp nnrl fttt nUvuvt: iViprfs the car as there was no office equipment except a second hand icebox and seven needles.. It was during the 1937 flood when Judge S. L. Gladish was in office that he decided South Mississippi County was in dire need of a place where the refugees that were pouring into Osceola could be treated. After the flood, Judge Gladish General recognition of the con- I stant strain to which a trained j made the Osceola office perma- I nurse is subjected and an appreci-inent. In 1940, her office was moved I ation of the results that come from into the courthouse basement. I her loyalty and devotion have ! where it remained until moved into I brought about a movement to im- the new building. prove her working conditions. There are always pet projects in An example of how much public all professions. Mrs. Miller's Js at- outturn "LIVES UP TO ITS NAME" Great party eh, E.S.? They're not just serving bourbon.., they're serving Bonrhon dr. Luxe/ $185 Fully Aged 4 4/5Qt ' | KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY THIS WHISKEY IS 4 YEARS OLD 86 PROOF • THE BOURBON DE LUXE COMPANY, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY into the house and as always, there wasn't a thing to work with, so she got busy and rigged up an incubator out of an empty cardboard box left behind the stove to start the morning fire in the cook stove. • * * The unwed Nergro girl, after Mrs. Miller had saved her baby— with hot brick « named the, Uicy, for A such an interesting 'Aperfeh' seeing a baby live and thrive on" being fed with a medicine dropper, thnt Mrs. Miller decided she would specialize in premature babies. in the yeavs that followed, she had a total of 18 to care for. Thirteen lived to get out of incubators and after that she usually is tinished \virh that particular case. An experience in anybody's language happened on August 28, 1918, the hottest day one could ever imagine. Premature triplets were born in Osceola on a Saturday night. The following afternoon, Mrs. Ed Black called Mrs. Miller and told her of ihe triplets and to come and see about them- The three weighed only eight pounds, the family (as they usually are) was poor and had four other children. As Mrs. Miller said "Sunday at my house is wash and iron day for uniforms, so I grabbed my only seersucker off the line and hurried over to the home and called the Methodist Hospital in Memphis to get three Incubators ready as I was bringing three premature babies. They only had two incubators at the hospital but assured me there would be three there by the time I could drive to Memphis with them. Within 2 1 -:- hours Irom the time I got. the call, we had the babies hospitalized. They were in the hospital five or six \veefcs and it cost the Methodist Hospital $2,000 to care for them. "Since I had done this much for their babies, the parents looked to me to see about raising them, I think," Mrs. Miller added. She contacted Brother Lawrence and with him going and getting up cash we bought nine dozen diapers, two dozen baby bottles and outing by the bolt. The next major problem was a place for them to sleep. • » » "I contacted Raymond Cartwright, Mrs. Lalah Coble and Dane Fergus and they each dona ted a baby bed-" Laundry, the number one necessity was the next problem. The churches in town promised to furnish the money and Mrs. McCants, owner of Ezee-Wash offered to do the three babies' laundry for $3 a week. Mrs. Miller told Brother Lawrence that plan wouldn't work out—not for Mrs, McCants, doing the three babies' laundry wouldn't be bad but grandpa would be wearing diapers in a month if he thought he was getting something free. In the course of a year, the laundry bill would amount to $156, so she thought they should buy a washing machine. Dukie Speck sold her one for $105 and installed it at no cost. "It was m y job," Mrs. Miller continued, "to teach the mother how to use the machine. The husband never j worked as hard in his life, bringing buckets of water to do the wash-1 ing. After every bucketful, he'd | ask. 'Is this enough?'" j Mrs. Miller sold him to turn his i hat around and keep working. "That j family was on my neck for a solid i year," she continued. As regular as ten o'clock, cnme at night, the mother would call me and tell me one of the three babies had been sick all day and could I come over and see what was wrong. "I was beginning to feel like a I'd like to shake hands with the Rt. Rev. Louis J. Mendelis of Baltimore for having the courage to speak up about Christmas Santa Clauses. Children now-a-days are too smart to try and pull wool over their eyes. They know at four years old the man they see on every street corner ringing a bell and in every department store's toy department isn't the beautiful symbol they've been told about for weeks before Christmas. Have you ever watched the expression on a small child's lace when they are standing in line to sit on the horrible-looking man's lap? It certainly isn't a pleasant expression; they are scared stiff. The real spirit of Christmas is fast becoming commercial. There are worlds of small children who never attend Sunday School to learn about the birth of Christ and it's for that reason that we celebrate Christmas, not to see a stream-lined Sama Glaus. I'm all for children waking up on Christmas morning and finding gifts under a tree, that goes with childhood and so does teaching PAGE SEVKN I body drops in, to KO with a cup of j couldn't live it down if he lived to ' steaming hot coffee." be a million and Just think about That's the kind of talk I love. There's nothing that takes the I So Father Mondolis of Baltimore, I here's one who won't laugh at you ! place of fellowship and you don't need Co serve a tour-course meal to do it. Simplicity brines people closer together. Gosh hut this Christmas season mr.krs people nostalgic — including me. You likc> (o try this, too: v "•- »•• "" .>""i xoii initini IIKP 10 iry uiis, 1 for starling a new trend in Christ-j t eup datcSt { cup hot ^fttcr, 2 mas and whnt it originally stood for. Merry Christmas! I don't imagine there's n mother blospoons olno. 1 egg, I 1 2 cups flour. 1 cup broken pecans, a dash of salt and vanilla. Method: Cut dates rather fine how it will sound on a wedding Invitation, 'cause they just don't use initials any more for that event. Count to 10 before it goes down on his birth certificate. I don't ever remember seeing the word used but navvy (pronounced navy) is one engaged In construction or excavating. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the first airplane flight (by the Wright brothers. in America who isn't in deep symp- p0 ur the hot water with soda add-! My 79 year old father recalls how being there than all the brass, red ing a son and his mother apart. Those 22 are to be pitied nnd not condemned, we are certainly not capable of pns.snip judgment. Wo who are in America can walk awny from anything that becomes monotonous but a prisoner or war has no choice. Some can tnke what it dished out to them and some can't and not knowing, the torment those boys must have suffered, doesn't it seem [only natural that they need a mother's guidance nnd isn't it part of a mother's job to hfrp her children in trouble? member of the family as all of the family from the youngest to grandpa, called me 'Mamma Miller.' Twenty two months later they had a baby girl. The father came to me on the street nnd said his wife was in labor and wanted me to go and deliver the baby. I told him I'd have to catch the next one I had just had my appendix taken out—so that severed our relationship. • » • "Another unusual experience See HEALTH XURSE on Page 12 wichcs too. Wedded was the word intended but this is the way a news item came out in Los Aiicelcs Daily News — "Mr. and Mrs. Morris broke the record for bedded bliss when they celebrn ted their 70th wedding anniversary." He thinks coffee making has sand- come further than ly other commodity. Now all you have to do is put a spoonful of instant coffee in a cup and pour in boiling water. No coi'fce pots to wash either, I The best time to start criticizing other people's children is after yours are grown. If a woman can't get. the man she wants, pity the one she gets. think he's got something. I'll bet it gets kinda drafty lonff about this time of year for members of the nudist colony near Fort Smith. 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