The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 17, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 17, 1953
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1953 BT.YTHEVTLLE (ARK.V TOURTKR NEWS PACE SEWN Industrial Miracle Performed by GM After Costly Blaze By ED WING I! Of The Detroit Free Press DETROIT Ml—Last August the costliest Industrial fire in history destroyed the Detroit transmission division plant in Livona—the only ty rate of 1,200 a day. Starting from scratch, GM converted the former Kaiser Motors Corp. bomber plant at Willow Run into a fabrication and assembly source of General Motors Hydra Matic transmissions. The fire, touched off by sparks from a welder's torch, burned down the 35-million-dollar plant and destroyed or damaged every one of the highly specialized machines capable of making Hydra- Matic parts. Yet, on Oct. 18—68 days later— GM began assembling Hydra-Mat-'-' Ics in production quantity at the old . Riopelle transmission plant in Detroit. And on Nov. 4—just 85 days after the fire—GM had duplicated Livonia plant at Willow Run and started quantity production of Hydra-Mat- Ics there. Tomorrow—four months and four days after the fire—GM will be able to make transmissions at Willow Run as fast as it did at Livonia —at 4,000 a day. Behind these epic achievements, fantastic for even such an industrial goliath as General Motors, is perhaps the most amazing come- plant and built the first production model there in 77 days. Working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, 40 GM engineers designed the Willow Run layout in the incredible time of n 1 .^ days. This included plotting the precise location of more than 4,000 machines, and making extensive revisions in the. assembly line. back effort in the history of the auto industry. Pooling talents, resources, scrambling lines of authority, GM launched an industrial miracle. The basic recovery plan was conceived on the night of the fire by Sherwood E. Skinner, in a plane hurrying to the disaster. As vice president in charge of GM's accessory group, Skinner was responsible for the Detroit transmission division. He was in New York when the fire broke out. Operating on information phoned him before takeoff, he wrote off the Livonia plant as a complete loss. Making certain assumptions, he sketched out the basic recovery plan. While the fiames still roared, Skinner outlined his plan at a top- level policy meeting with other GM executives. Three basic decisions were hammered out: 1. To salvage the vital machinery from the Livonia plant and clear the site. • 2. To go back to the Riopelle plant in Detroit and assemble transmissions from parts made wherever possible, getting back into limited production in the shortest time. 3. To find a new home for the Detroit transmission division and get into volume production for 1954 models by Jan. I. A skeleton assembly line still existed at Riopelle, but with GM's fabricating machines out of commission, the parts had to be made by outside sources. Parts started flowing from mid- western contractors back into Detriot and at 10 a.m., Oct. 19, the first Hydra-Matic made anywhere for 68 days rolled off the assembly line. 199 followed the same day. By Nov. 15. Riopelle was building transmissions at its old capaci- Wilson Library Acquires 32 New Books WILSON — The Wilson Public Library has added 32 new books to its shelves recently, according to Mrs. Elstner D. Beall, librarian. Adult volumes include "Three at FOR CHAIN REACTION — Debra Paget wears a costume "the Johnson office hasn't yet okayed" during break in shooting scene,of "Princess of the Nile" in Hollywood. Debra is going all-out to prove she can be sexy. The costume is comprised of 60 pounds of chains which do little to obstruct the view. (AP Wire- photo) THE LITTLE TREE THAT TALKED "Another place I went to" the Spirit ••vent on, "the folks all GSve &Kh other presents. /-tlookedli^eChr/icmas... A Christmas Story By WALT SCOTT v/d\ I ffxed'emdpod.'The „. „.„„,„ . "Merry Christmas and meant it: Gave each othernice£nincfe,too! They even] , j, r3 *, X *-f* ,—/,/li-^A ' ° ^X HOLLAND NEWS By .Mrs. Ed Hampton, Jr. the WeddinL man: "Bridle Loula Grace Erd- the Wind," Julia Davis; "The Heart of the Family," Elizabeth Gondge; "Leaving Home," Elizabeth Jeneway; "Room at the Inn," Clark McMeekin; "The Unconquered," Ben Ames Williams: "Lincoln McKeener," Eleazar Lipsky; "Love and Mrs. Candy," Robert Tallant. . "How to Believe," Ralph W- Sockman; "The Douglas Sunday School Lessons," 1954: "Peloubet's Select Notes""— A commentary on International Bible Lessons for child teaching, 1954: "Peace with God," Billy Graham; "The Ten Commandments," Emmet Fox. Teenage and children's books are 'Lone Laurie," Betty Cavanna; 'The Aesop for Children," pictures by Milo Winter; "The Golden Bunny," Brown; "P's and Q's for Boys and Girls"; "Girl Scout Hand Book"; "Narcissa Whitman," Ann Spence Warner; "Starman Jones," Robert A. Heinlein; "Red Jacket," Arthur C. Parker; "Charles Willson Peale," Berta N, Briggs; "Theodore Roosevelt," Clara Ingram Judson; "Johnny Texas on the San Antonia Road," Carol Hoff. New editions of Laura Ingalls' books are "Little House in the Big Woods," "Little House on the ORDINANCE NO. 543 AN ORDINANCE CHANGING THE STATUS AND DUTIES OF THE M A Y 0 R OF THE CITY OF BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, AND FIXING THE SALARY COMMENSURATE THERETO. Whereas, the duties of the office of Mayor of the City of Blytheville, Arkansas, do not require the full time services of the Mayor in the proper handling and execi'tion ol the business of the office of Mayor; and Whereas, S200.00 per month will be sufficient compensation for the time required for the Mayor to efficiently handle the business of the City of Blytheville, Arkansas; and Whereas, the City of Blytheville, Arkansas, would realize a saving from the reduction of the Mayor's duties from a full time status to a part time status and the reduction of the salary to $2400.00 per annum, now Therefore. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS: SECTION 1. That beginning January 1, 1954, the Mayor of the City of Blytheville, Arkansas, will devote the necessary lime to the office of Mayor in the transact!! and handling of the business o! City of Blytheville, Arkansas, and that the salary of the Mayor, be- 1 ginning January 1, 1954,. will be, I and the same is hereby fixed at $2400.00 per annum, payable in semi-monthly installments on the! Fifty-eight male members Pemiscot County school faculties were served supper in the school's dining room here Thursday night by Parent-Teachers Association. The end tables, in a U-shnped ar- rangemenl, were draped in all white with a Christmas red damask covering the speakers' table. Personals Col. and Mrs. M. M. Pigue and two sons, Mike and Phil, of Birmingham, Ala., will arrive at Mrs. Pigue's mothers, Mrs. A. W. Phillips, late this week for holiday visiting that will extend into January, j They are en route to Kansas City, where Col. Pigue will be stationed for several months. He is with the Air Force. Marine Cpl. Sammy L. Lester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lester, arrived by plane last week in San Francisco from Japan after two years overseas and 11 months' combat duty in Korea. He will remain cting | f the Prairie," "Farmer Boy," "On the -first and fifteenth day of each cal- Banks of Plum," " of Silver Lake. , ," "By the Shores i endar month in the sum of S100.00. ." "Little Town oni SECTION 2. All ordinances and on i the Prairie," "These Happy Gold- parts of ordinances in conflict herein Years" and "The Long Winter." White Christmas Isn't Likely with are hereby repealed. SECTION 3. An emergency Is hereby declared as this ordinance is necessary for the economy of the City and for the preservation j of the public peace, health and i safety: shall be in full force and! effect from and after its passage. ! WASHINGTON Wl — Christmas DATED: Dec 15, 1953. DAN BLOCTGETT, Mayor. Attested: W. I. MALIN, Clerk. may be a little less white . than usual this year over much of the country. Th B. S. Weather Bureau, issuing i mid-December to mid-January Colder-than-usual weather was 'orecast, predicted above-normal foreseen for the South and the Mid- temperatures for the western third : west, and about normal readings in ! of the nation, the Northeast and the : other areas. lower Great Lakes states. WRECKER SERVICE Tom Little Jr. For fast dependable wrecker and tow service please cull me I have the largest, best equipped wrecker in this part of the country ... No job too large ... No job too small Day Phone Night Phone 8974 BLYTHEVILLE MOTOR CO. here until Jan. 6, wehn he will report to Great Lakes for discharge. Airman 1/c and Mrs. Carl E. Avis and son, Stanley Coleman, are Airman Avis is on a fifteen days I end ness trip. Mrs. Grace Edwards was in St. Louis last week where she received mi optical check. While there, she was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Pa I Raidt, Mrs. Rachel Raidt, Mr. nt Mrs. Lloyd Raidt and Mr. and Mi Willet Raid}. Mrs. Edwards plar to leave Thursday or Friday spend the holiday season with M and Mrs. Bill Erikson and son, Bill, Jr. Guests in the home of Mr. and at Mr. and Mrs. Jim Avis' while I Mrs. Roy French over the week were their daughter. Betty furlough from Brookley Air Base near Mobile. He is being transferred to Silver Springs, Md., to a base near Washington, D. C. Mrs. Avis and son, who live with their grandmother, Mrs. J. G. White, in Jonesboro, will remain there until early February when they will join their husband and father. From Opelousas, La., Bennie Joe Harris has spent the past two French, who accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schaugnessy and three children, Wayne, Mike and Larry, all of St. Louis: Bud MiliiRan of Benton; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fisher of Wynne, Ark., and Ed Daughterly of Lepanto, Ark. Occasion for the gathering was Betty's birthday. Any Reward, Dud? NEWPORT, vt. an — A lost ami found ad in the Daily Express simply says: "If any one finds Wllber, please notify Dudley." Bank Robbers' Escape Foiled NEWPORT (tfi — Prosecutor W. j J. Arnold said yesterday that offi-' ccrs have foiled a plan by two men! accused of robbing the Bank of! Swifton to escape from the county; jail here. j Arnold said the men, Andrew ( Jactcson Rowe. 33, and John E.! Stanley, 26, both of Clarendon, j have eben transferred to the Inde-, pendence County jail at Baiesville. I The prosecutor said the pair had | ! written notes to friends on the out-1 side asking for a hacksaw. Police' intercepted the notes, ; P/ane Used by Balding iiumo nits apein. me pnc.1 LWU ; _ —. i *i k» i weeks with his parents, Mr. and j tnYOy Dean Aptly Named Mrs. Porter K. Harris. Sunday he left for Terran, N. D., on a busi- TOKYO W) — U. S. Envoy Arthur ! Dean, whose grey hair Is sparse on top, glanced at the Pan Ameri-' can Stratocruiser on which he was! i flying home yesterday from unsuc-j j cessful Korean talks and chuckled, 1 "That, plane is certainly appropriately named." The name: Bald Eagle. TROUBLE? Is your car causing you undue trouble? What you and your car need is my expert mechanic's care. What ever the trouble or complaint, we guarantee to satisfy. Call me today—Tom Little, Jr.,—and let your ear troubles be over. Free estimates on all repairs. BLYTHEVILLE MOTOR CO. First at Walnut Phone 4422 ( Last he will forget! ) Now, the best-looking, best-tasting gift of them all is at your liquor store! Calvcrt looks more wonderful than ever in a new,glistening poinscttia gift canon ... richly encrusted with jewel- like sparkle. But, more important, Calvert has the mellow flavor and the deliciously smooth taste that's appreciated by everyone who knows fine whiskey. After nil, it's what's in the bottle that counts I This year, spread good cheer and good lasle. Give and serve Calvert Reserve and fojks will toast you for your holiday whiskey choice. To men of good cheer CAIVERT RESERVE ILENDED WHISKEY-86.8 PROOF-«i% GRAIN NEUTRAL SPIRITS-CALVERT DISTILLERS CORP., NEW YORK CITY ti^YT t 14 ifv nU JLuJLJAi At Your Friendly BATH TOWELS Thick, fluffy, absorbent terryclolh in beautiful bright plaids. Rose, green, gold, or aqua. Good big size. Reg. 49c each. Holiday special price. BLACK & WHITE STORE 3 for $ COTTON BLANKETS Thick, warm, cotton in handsome block plaids. Assort ed colors. Sturdy washable. Sizes 60" X 76". A rcg. $1.29 value, gift price only $ 100 LADIES SKIRTS Ladies fall skirls in wool plaids, suitings, gabardines and tweeds. Sizes 22 to 38. Values to 53.98. Special gift price only 255 PILLOW CASE SETS Fine quality, snowy-white muslin. Embroidered floral designs, "iMr. and Mrs.", "His'and Hers", and novelty designs. Gift packaged. Only $1 159 DOUBLE BLANKETS 5% wool, 95% cotton in handsome plaids of blue, green or rose. Wide rayon satin bindings. Size 6G"XSO". Special Holiday price only $ 388 LADIES BLOUSES New blouses in bright gingham plaids and solid color crepes. Sizes 32 to 38. A regular $1 value. Special gift price only We Will Be Open Nightly 'til 9 p. m. Beginning Friday, December 18 Through Wednesday, December 23 NYLON HOSE Give her exquisite hose that are full fashioned, have a flattering dull finish, are extra strong wearing. Lovely new winter shades. Sizes 8'/2 to 11. Special gift price only BOYS JACKETS Wool-filled quilted lining, new accordian-plcatcd pockets. Brown, wine, green. Sizes G to 18. $ 7 QO 00 RAYON PANTIES What a value! Snug-fitting briefs with clastic legs. While, pink or blue. SIMS ;>, (i, 7. Special Holiday price only. CHENILLE ROBES Any lady would love one of those thick, worm, colorful robes with I he full skirls. They wash and wear like M'iv-0 roslinq- much more. Melon pink, maize or aqua. Sizes 12 to -10. 298 Prices Good Friday, Saturday and Monday — We reserve Hie right to Limit Quantities. LACK & WHITE STORE

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