The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 19, 1953 · Page 3
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December 19, 1953

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE WhittemYear-RoundYuleSpirit S. Missco Town Small But Friendly By EDNA BROWN f Courier News Correspondent) You hear a lot about the Christmas spirit at this time of year; everyone is thinking more about his neighbor and friends. They are giving to those who are less for^ innate, and are in general spread: ing the feeling- of brotherly love, good will and fellowship. There' is a rural community in South Mississippi County where this kind of spirit prevails throughout the year. It is called Whitten. Located on State Highways 7 and 77, Whitten was named for Dr. Whitten who lived there many years ago before he moved to Florida. Whitten is no Utopia or Shrangri Ln, but it has the kind of community spirit that most- places strive to get and never are quite able to attain. The residents of this community for the most part were born there, and so were their parents and grandparents. A few years after the Civil War, a few people came to the Whitten area and cleaned the then wooded land. Some of the first settlers were Preacher Wright, George Lloyd, d Calvert> George Brown and Prank Hubbard. Many of the present residents of Whitten are their dcscendents. About the oldest citizen of Whitten is Mrs. Fronie Holliday, who is 85. She came to Whitten from Gilmore when she was a small child. She now has great-grandchildren living there. Some of the later residents are the Moorings, Clapps P Loyalls, Bullards, Chandlers, an many, many more. Most of th residents of Whitten are farmer who own their own farms, hav modern comfortable homes, am highly productive land- The peopl for the most part are happy, con tented and at peace with the world Their children, when they ar ready to make a home of their own usually marry and settle down somewhere in the community Somehow, they have found a waj to keep them down on the farm. They are a friendly and civic and church-minded group, yet there i: no semblance of a town at Whitten At one time there was a post office but it has been gone for a long time and Whitten gets a rura route service out of Tyronza, with Harry Smith as the carrier. H'_ has been working on the route so long that he knows each person on it personally. There is one business establishment in Whitten. Located in fron of the school house, it is the Whitten Grocery, owned and operates by Mrs. Marthilde Nunnnly. She has been at this location tor the past two years. Prior to this, she operated a beauty parlor in her home. The Whitten Grocery Is a general country store with a large coa ftove that the men sit around ,or rainy days and whittle and swap yarns. But the cracker barrel is misisng. If you want to see someone at Whitten and can't find them at home, just wait at the store anc they will eventually turn up as it is a clearing house for the community. Besides being near the school it Is the place that you meet when you are sharing a ride. There you pay the paper bills, utility bills, insurance, and leave and pick up cleaning. Often, Marthilde says, someone will drive up and ask "Where is Whitten?" She always tells them "You are m the middle of it now." Her family consists of four children. Patsy Jane, who is attending a laboratory technician's school in Memphis, Shirly Ann. Elaine and Oscee Lee, who are going to school at Wilson and Whitten. Shirly recently won the DAR good citizenship award at Wilson. Two years Patsy also had that honor- .-*-**•* . V.'* '^--':^fas^i^j| In August of this year, the school building was destroyed by {ire. Since the Whitten district is consolidated with Wilson, Lee Wilson Co. has built a new building on the same site. Valued at $50,000, it is fireproof and is constructed of red brick and tile with red trim. The floors are of tile. There are six large classrooms, an office, two rest rooms and a storage room and pump and heater room. Each room is separately heated with wall gas heaters and each one has a separate water fountain. There is ample storage room in the new lockers. Each room has green boards instead of the conventional black boards and modern fluorescent lighting and school furniture. The color sheme is green, pink and bergundy and the rooms are gay, light and cheerful. The building faces the north with a long concrete porch running the entire length. This will eventually be glass enclosed- The south side is almost all glass, allowing the sun to heat and light the rooms. A gasoline tank is being installed to service the two school buses. Billy Mooring, a high school student attending at Wilson, drives the bus to Wilson and Alger Allred. who also is the janitor, drives the bus In Whitten. Prior to Nov.. when the newbuild- ing was placed in use, school was held in the Methodist Church and the community house. Plans are now being made to remove all the debris, and level and beautify the campus. The faculty consists of Dennis Mullen, principal, and seventh and eighth grades; Miss Wilda Jean Woodson, 6th grade; Miss Patricia King, fifth grade; Miss Patricia Stewart, third and fourth grades; Mrs. Dennis Mullen, second grade; and Mrs. L. D. Chandler, first grade. O. M. Bhultz, Jr., of Wilson Is superintendent. THE SCHOOL has an act|j-e Par- ition, with Mr, . . . Community House by the entire community. the school kitchen there is an asset when it comes to entertaining a large group. • • • WIUTTEN'S roads are all graveled. Its cemetery is one of the oldest in the country .nd is supervised by a cemetery committee. Each year the entire community meets to hold a cemetery cleaning and everyone brings his dinner and has an enjoyable time of it. There are two large churches in Whitten. The Baptist Church is Having | temporarily without a pastor, but hopes to have one soon. The former pastor, the Rev. E. c. McCloud, resigned to serve as associational missionary of Trinity Association and has moved to Lepanto. The parsonage has been rebuilt this year as the old one was de stroyed by fire in May. Mrs. Bob Jackson is the leader of the Training Union and Mrs Leona Forrester is W.M.U. president. W. E. Wright is superintendent of the Sunday School. The Methodist Church has as its postor, (he R C V. W. W. Peterson, who serves both tho Whitten and Dyess churches and lives at Dycss. They, loo, have a liirsc membership and an active W.S.C.S. under the leadership of Mrs. D L. Leni- ley. She also is the leader of (ho Senior M.Y.F'. with Mrs. Cletus Taclter the leader of the Junior M.Y.P. D. L. Lemley is superintendent, ol the Sunday School. Both churches have a large attendance each Sunday. On the night of Dec. 20, there is to be a Christmas program at tho Methodist church. Both churches ;,, "•, j have ample class rooms and \vcll- • ~-*ti- i'w equipped kitchens. They work to"^ -*•• gether in harmony for the good of the community. THE D I X I K L A N D chinchilla farm nt Whitten is owned by J. L. and \V. E. Wright and is operated by W. E. Wright, who also is n cotton fanner. Mr. and Mrs. Wright and their two children, Barbara Kay and Bob Ed. have one of Urn most beautiful homes in this part of the county. Constructed of buff brick, it is a six-room house with two tile baths, an all-electric kitchen and utility room with all other modern conveniences. They started the chinchilla business in 1949 when J. L. Wright, who is in the Navy, bought three pairs at Arlington, Va., for $3,OOQ. They built them an air-conditioned house with a tile floor. The animals are kept in wire cages and arc fed oats, hay and rabbit pellets. They drink water from a bottle that is suspended on the outside of the cage. The water is piped to them with a tube. They bathe in a special kind of sand called Pullers earth, t The females bear on the average of twice a year, nn<S have around two to a litter. If there are more, they have to be fed supplementary milk as chinchillas nurse their young. However .they don't stay young very long as they are considered grown at six months and are taken from their mother at six weeks. The Dixieland Chinchilla farm now has 83 animals ranging in value from $500 to $1000. The Wrights are planning to pelt some of the extra males in the spring. To do this, (hey put them in a cold room for the winter to prime the pelts. Chinchillas can stand cold; it, is the heat that bothers them. | The Wright brothers are a mem-1 her of the National Chinchilla Breeders of America and the National Chinchilla Co-Operative Association. This co-operative was formed for the purpose of marketing pelts. Heretofore, they have been using most of the males for breeding purposes exclusively. Next year the association hopes to market at least 10.000 pel'i. MRS. FRANK Dean, known to her many friends as Julia, was born in Whitten, as were most of the residents. She is known to everyone in the community and to . . . Inside the Chinchilla Ranch , , » most of the people In the county. She has served as president of the Home Demonstration Club County Council and is active in community HTe. A nardent worker in the Meth- lifc. An ardent worker in the Methodist Church. Julia and Prank have two sons, Frank, Jr., who lives at Whitlen, and Billy, who is in the service but plans to come back home as soon as he is discharged. Bot h sons a re ma rried and have families of their own. Julia has always had a yen for beautiful paintings. She could stand for an hour just looklnf at one picture. In 1950, she decided she would paint a picture herself and started out with enamel paint on cardboard. She now works entirely in oils and paints every spare moment she has. Her first canvas was a picture of the old family pasture as she remembered it. Her latest, which she is finishing now, is called "Summertime in the Country." Julia has seven large canvases to her credit and about. 20 small ones, Some she has framed and hung on the walls of her home, some she has sold but most of them she has given away. She paints for the joy of painting. And, like Grandma Moses, she has never had a lesson. Chinchilla Ranch ent-Teachers Asocia __ Clyde Graham as president. The PTA project for the year is paint- ng and decorating the school lunchroom, which is located in the com- nunity house. The school cafeteria s under the supervision of Mrs. 31adys Bullard, who has been there or 10 years. She, with the help of Mrs. Alger Allred, feed an average it 110 children a day. When they opened the lunch room 0 years ago, they started out with n old broken down wood stove, vashed dishes in an old-fashioned ivash tub and heated all the water n the stove. There was no refrigerator and an Id cold drink box was used for hat purpose. Now they have a arge 10-burner gas range with two vens and all the other modren onveniences including a refriger- tor, sink sterilizer, and many oth- r things. The community house was built of logs by WPA labor and is used . Whitten Grocery . . . Methodist Church . . . .... Baptist Church . . . that no license to sell beer by the undersigned has been revoked within five years last past; and that the undersigned has never been convicted of violating the laws of this state, or any other state, relative to the sale of alcoholic liquors. Application is for permit to be issued for operation beginning on the 1st day of January, 1954 and to expire on the 30th day of June, FRED PAUGHT, Applicant. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 18th day of December, 1D53 SEAL MABEL HOGAN, Notary Public. My Commission expires: 8-23-54. WARNING ORDER IN THE CHANCERY COURT CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Viola Nance, Pltf., vs - No. 12,542 Fred Nance, Dft. The defendant. Fred Nance, is hereby warned to appear within thirty days in the court named In SEAL the caption hereof and answer the i GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk complaint of the plaintiff, Viola By OPAL UOYLB, D.C. Nnnce. T. J. Crowder, Ally, for Pltf. Dated this llth day of December, Claude F. Cooper, Ally ad litem. 1953. I 12/12-18-26-1/2 Baghdad Bans Movie BAGHDAD, Iraq lift — The showing of the film "Les Mtserables" based on the Victor Hugo book was stopped by government order in a Baghdad theater after the audience cheered loudly when the picture showed a Parisian on a street barricade shouting "Long live the republic." 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