The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 31, 1953 · Page 3
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1958 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.> COURIER HEWS PAGE THREB OSCEOLA NEWS 'air FLOOD OF 'U — A propro of by-gone days in Osceola is this picture taken during the flood of 1912. In the background is the business district. The building the levee in center background is . the old Blue Goose. Although the water was high, most of the people in the picture were able to scrape up a. smile for the photographer. The young girl in the center, wearing the white dress and long black stockings, is Miss Geraldine Liston, now Circuit Court clerk in Blytheville. Advent of Another Year Brings Up Many Memories of Yesterday Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? I'd say not. From the earliest of times, the advent of a New Year has been the occasion of reviewing the old ones. At the end of year and. the beginning of anotiier, when bells all over town are ringing out the old familiar sound, we kinda turn our memories back to those who left an impression on us when we were children. The older we grow, the less we can recall the color of somebody's hair and eyes, but the more we can think of some little characteristic that you associate with a certain individual. New Year is a time of reminising, a time of recorded recollections, mostly trivial things like being punished once room for throwing Miss Blanch's pepper on a red-hot pot-bellie dstove that got the entire room to sneezing— or the winter when the Mississippi River froze over alid you coasted on the levee, wearing an old pair of your grandmother's black woolen stockings over your high button shoes. You remember it because yon weri so conscious of them that you failed to enjoy the beauty of the old cedar trees laden to the ground with snow and sleet. Some probably remember an old Civil War soldier, who sat around the livery stable telling war stories and of the many, many damyankees he killed. The more he told it the more men he killed and when the occasion arose for "Dixie" to be played, he Jumped to his feet and waved the the ill-shaped hat he had salvaged from the old trunk where he kept h 1 s moth uniform. eaten confederate every where Mr. Lee went, the dog was sure to go. choice meat back in those days was cheap. Liver and soup bones were given away. Mr. Lee always told the butcher he wanted meat for his dog but, wanted it choice enough for a human being. The butcher understood and obliged. Mr. Lee had one short leg and walked on a real high built-up shoe. He looked no less than a Dickens character. * * THERE WAS old "Peg-leg Qeorge," Negro hostler for Dncie Billy Hale. There was a broad ramp built out in front of the Hale home with a liitching-post attached. After school, the ramp was a meeting place for every kid in town to come and ride horses, either their own or borrowed ones. George was always on hand to help the children up into the saddle and give the horse a slap on his back to get him started. He always designated the ward house on the south end of Broadway or the Quinn house on the North end as the turning 'round spot. There was always a long waiting line waiting their turn. . . . a gray knitted shawl around her shoulders and holding her throat. Mr. and Mrs. Lafont (pronounced Lafoe) owned a small grocery store. A dru^n filled with coil-oil that was pumped by turning a handle was in the center of the store and everybody brought their own coal oil can and waited on themselves. He was deaf and had a bell tied to his front door so he could hear a customer come in There was "Auntie Goetz." who I always thought looked like Mrs. Santa Claus. Her cheeks were like two rosy apples and jus' like Mrs. Santa Claus would do, she went whenever she was needed. Mr. Goetz came from the "old country," _ jrmany. He had a shoe shop and could talk for hours with his mouth filled with shoe tacks and never was known to have swallcwed one , , . The old barber shop owned by a negro. Steve Anderson, where I got my first hair cut. All first timers got theirs free. One side of the wall in his shop was lined with little scuttle-holes tilled with s'.iiiv- ing mugs with their owner's name and a picture of their occupation painted on them . . There was old Aunt Harriet Oreen . The first saloon I can remember STARR GAZING The many Christmni cards I received this year were beautiful and I did appreciate them, every one. Some I expected and some came »s a surprise, which kinder fits In with this season of the year. In the same mail came one from my own pastor, one from Rabbi Vise and one from Father Enderlin. How democratic can you get? Isn't this a big, wide wonderful country? The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries or distinctions of race. All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare. honored. It was the Columbian Exposition at Chicago, and here's another angle to it: they were the first U. B. stamps to picture a woman — Queen Isabella of Spain Now go out and find your self one — I for one happen to have one canceled on an oversize picture postcard showing scenes ol the exposition — not for sale! Thomas Gainsborough was the first Englishman to use the English countryside for his background in his paintings. He is called the father of naturalistic English landscape painting. We a'ways associate his paintings with "Blue Boy" or the beautiful women wearing big hats with colorful willow plumes. In all of his paintings, there is that overtone of tenderness and exquisite colors. He's among r 'p.vorites and In the United States, there Is yours ' to °' r " bet more space where nobody is, than where anybody is. If anybo-'y is running a contest for the first Christmas tree to be Mankind was never so happily livingSDri^'tomv ™ "" * Inspired as when It made a cathe- e Vj!*,"'? pr ze to rav son ' dral. Everybody desires to live long, but nobody wants to grow old. There were three Friday the [Sth's during the year, January, February and November. There will be only one in 1954 and it will come in August. There Is a fatality abo-t good resolutions. They are always made too late. The first masked, mystic parade ever held in the United States was stager! in Mobile, Ala., on Dec. 31, 1830. ' The first commemorative postage stamp was issued Jan. 2, 1893 Bet' a lot of stamp collectors couldn't tell who or what was being nought up) on the other side. * * • HE WRAPPED his feet in tow sacks. Even though the word germ hadn't been commercialized on, I wasn't allowed to buy the tamales jut one Christmas there was » silver dollar In my stocking and slipped out and bought five dozen rorri him and my mother never came any nearer to killing me ... The town's whittler-champ was . G. Cartwright, who originated he N. O. Cartwright and Sons Hardware store. He would turn a jnc tub upside down out in front if his store and whittle by the lour. He reminded the kids of Santa Claus. His hair was snow iVhite and he loved children — and hey loved him . . . Another place in town the kids oved, was the bottling company wned by John Brickey, father of ilrs. Clay Ayres. The kids could rink all they could hold when he .->;•. off a batch. The bottles weren't appod like bottle drinks of today ut had permanent caps that you mashed down with the palm of oi" hand and it foamed, all over verytliing. Mr. Brickey also had B drug HE REALLY never passed being a private but some understanding person in town called him "Major" Burnett one day and he straightened his stooped shoulders and gave a salute and till his dying day, he was always called Major . . . Maybe some can recall "Pink- Moss" the town's ne'er-do-well. He really never harmed anybody or anything but himself. He was quite an imbiber of intoxicants and It was presumed his nickname came about for that reason. He was always too busy trying to bum a dime from a passer-by to look for a job. He was a great judge, however, of human beings. The way in which people spoke W him was the way he figured out that he could get a nickel or dime out of them. . . . . Then there was the old shoe cobbler—Mr. Lee, deaf as a post. I never remember seeing him with a clean face nor his hair combed. Some in town said he was a recluse but I didn't know what they meant but I had orders to stay away from him. He owned a filthy poodle dog and who owned her own home right in the best residential section on Broadway. The old negro became the owner of all the beat-up granite slop-jars the white folks threw away and in the summer-time, her front porch was the brightest spol in town with the slop-jars filled with every color of moss, dangling on a wire clothes line and swinging in the breeze. . Morris Panick will be remembered as the town crier. He was always the source of information, knowing everything before it happened. He met every passenger train that passed through Osceola. There was the white-haired old druggist, Dr. Oaylord. Of course he wasn't a real sure-nut doctor, but he did cure a lot of kids by always having a pocket full of jawbreakers and wine-balls to give them. When he met a child, he would pull on their ear and bring out a piece of candy but nobody else in town could find out how he did it—or at least the kids couldn't. His candy show-case was the most gorgeous sight a kid ever saw. He had those long bars of coconut candy (that tasted like soap) colored like the American flag. His Jaw-breakers were the very best. They were black and everytime you took one out of your mouth to look at it, it had changed color. * * • ON TOP OF the show-case were big square jars, some filled With sticks of hoarhound candy, some with little pastel colored satin pillows, filled with coconut. The boys pretended they were tobacco when they bought a licorice braided like a buggy whip. . . . Mrs. "Dr." Prewltt can still be seen walking down the street with was owned by a man named Chaney (no relation to Lon). .Women and children walked over to the other side to the street to avoid passing his swinging doors THE C. L. Drake Grocery Store specialized In sugar house molasses. Molasses was pumped from a barrel in those days . . . Christopher Columbus Ermen who will ever forget him? Mr. "Lum" Ermen as he was known. He held his head so high he could barely see out from under his broad brim Stetson hat. I never remember seeing him that he didn't have a crook-handled \imbrella over his arm. When 1 was real young he used to tip his hat,to me and I felt I had grown a foot just by him doing It ... The old A. L. Sullivan home south of Osceola where a picture of President Andrew Johnson hung in the musty smelling parlor. Mrs. Sullivan ..was a descendant of Andrew Johnson and Mr. Sullivan boasted of raising the finest watermelons in the world . . . An old Charles Dickens character was "Old Man Bradley" — the gunsmith. He was so tall he could peer over the general delivery window in the post office without straightening his stooped shoulders. He wore silver rimmed specs on the end of his nose . . . The old house of ill-fame, as the 'Blue Goose," was referred to, was practically in the heart of the business district. Just for a kid to mention it called for washing out his mouth with soap and water . . . The old hot tamale man, Mr. Alby, his daughter, Idella, came to school smelling iike chili powder. Mr. Alby peddled his tamales n a tin boiler-type vessel that held hot tamales on one side and wieners (hot dogs hadn't been tore where the finest "loose" can- y in town was sold and the best hocolate ice cream sodas — for a ickel . . . There was "Mrs. Cap'r Sem- les", Who was the ultimate in ulture. I can still hear her black iffeta skirt rustling as she walked own the street, reminding me of proud peacock . . . * * • DEAR OLD lovable, cussable Dr. Dunvant. He never wrote out a prescription when he came to see a child; he opened up his bag and poured out a dose of castor oil, held the child's nose and down it went and the next day the kid was {.-laying-, as good as new ... Another old doctor, Dr. Brewer the baby doctor, as he was referred to. He gave enough pink baby medicine to sink the stacker Lee. He boasted of two things — never sending out professional bills and having a million dollars on his books . . . Klempner, who loved gambling better than gefelta fish, was always the victim of a prank . . Mr. Jim Mat Lawrence, the city Jailor who carried the school kids through the Jail to talk to the inmates, carried more keys hanging at his side than the warden at Sing-Sing . . . All of these old citizens and many more are nil dead — some forgotten, but never a year rolls by that their names aren't brought to mind. The old landmarks that have been swept away by the great wave of progress are remembered only by the old timers. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, ar auld lang syne! At precisely 9:30 Christmas morning, the 'over-decorated tree that had turned over on the average of three times a day was waiting out front for the garbage man to pick up. He says he was waiting for the two-year-old who had overslept or else it would have been down earlier. He was still sore about all the toys sent by relatives to "his three boys" coming unassembled. There were three former presidents having jirthdays in December. Martin Van Buren on Dec. &, Woodrow Wilson on Dec. 28 and Andrew Johnson on Dec. 29. There will be three also in January. Millard Flllmore on the 7th, William McKinley on the 29th and Franklin D. Roosevelt on the 30th. Three famous men who also claimed January as 1'ieir birth month were Benjamin Franklin Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee — and my son, three grandsons and a granddaughter. Just 360 more days till Christ- On the Social Side... IN THE PROBATE COUHT FOR THE CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT OP MISSISSIPPI COUNTV, ARKANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OP . HENRY SCHOEPP, DECEASED NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT AS ADMINISTRATOR Last Known Address of Decedent- Near Blythevllle, Arkansas Date of Death: December 18, 1953. The undersigned was appointed Administrator of the estate of the above-named decedent on the 30th day of December, 1953. All persons having claims against '.he estate must exhibit them, duly verified, to the undersigned within six (6) months from the date of ;he first publication of this notice o- they shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit in the estHte. This notice first published the 31st day of December, 1953 W. J. POLLARD, Administrator of the Estate of Henry Schoepp, Deceased. % Taylor & Sudbury, Attorneys Borum Building Blytheville, Arkansas. 12/31-1/7 The Northwest Mounted Police was oganized in 1873. Protect Your Room Air Conditioner with m FORD'S Air Conditioner Cover—Seals oul rain, snow, soot & cold air—Avciicls expense oi seasonal dismounting and rein* stalling. fC.25 only «J Installed FORD AWNING CO. 113 8. First St. Blylhfvllle Phone 2972—Nijht 4616 Burns Moth Holes Tears Ladies & Men's Garments WHY PAY MORE? RUTH McCLANAHAN —SKIL WEAVER— 421 E, Sycamore Blytheville CCAL $10 ton delivered - 2 tons or more (Plus Tax) HESTER'S COAL YARD PHONE 3186 Mr. and Mrs. Jere Barnes and children of Camden spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Best. Mrs. Effie Ooeti had as her Chrlsmas guests her son, MaJ. Tommie Goetz, and his wife. Maj. Goetz has been stationed at Eglin Field, Pla., .and left here Tuesday for a new assignment in California. The group had Christmas dinner with Mrs. Qoetz's sister, Mrs. Mary Reed in Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bryant had as their Christmas guest their niece, Mrs. T. P. Hughes, Jr., of Jackson, Miss. Billy Beall and Austin Manner of Kclser left by car Tuesday for Miami, Pla., where they will attend the Orange Bowl game on New Year's. Mrs. Gilbert Bernstein and son, Scotty. of New Orleans were holiday visitors in the home of her mother, Mrs. H. J. Levenstein. They returned home Monday. Mrs. Eva Bisno is a patient in the Baptist Hospital in-Memphis. Her daughter, Mrs. Morris Silverfteld, at her bedside. Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. WhitWorth were Mrs. Eric Fletcher of Pocahontas. Mrs. Benson Hart of Walnut Ridge. Mrs. O. W. Speck of Frenchman Bayou and Mrs. Tom McDonnohugh of Aberdeen, Miss. All are daughters of Mrs. Fletcher. Lionel Silverfleld, who attends the University of Alabama, is spending his holiday vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Sil- verfleld. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ivy, Jr., and daughter. Charlotte, of Little Rock spent Christmas with home folks. They returned Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Wilson and children, Mary Virginia and Jimmle Wayne, of Arkadelphla, arrived Saturday night to spend several days with Mrs. Wilson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Thome. Capt. and Mrs. E. A. Hook and young son of Murfreesboro, Twin., arrived Tuesday to spend the holidays with their folks. Thursday, Mrs. J. H. Hook had her family Christmas dinner. Attending were Capt. and Mrs. Hook and son, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Moore of Corona Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hook and son. Friday -morning Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hook and son drove to Russellville to spend Christmas day with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Barger. Mr. and Mrs. Alton McCann and children, Larry and Pat, of Sikcs- ton, were Christmas guests of Mrs. McCann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Thomas. Mrs. Ed Shippen it, spending the holidays with her son and his family in Lake Providence, La. Mr. nnd Mrs. Joe Shippen, Charme and Eddie, Lt. Bobby Williams, stationed at Shaw Field. S. C., arrived home Monday for a two-week holiday visit with his mother, Mrs. A. F. ] Williams, and sisters, Mrs. O. L. Waddell, Mrs. Zeke Pollard, Mrs. PUPPIES Foi Terrien, Cocker gpanleli •nrt English Shepherd!. Parakeets—Ideal Pets Younc blrd> all colon. Beautiful chrome cagef. Mexican Red Head Parrot. The PET SHOP 133 S. Division Ph. 8075 WRECKER SERVICE Tom Little Jr. For fast dependable wrecker and tow .service please call me I have the largest, best equip, ped wrecker in this part at the country . . No job too large ... No job too small. HK8974 BLYTHEVILLE MOTOR CO. L. W. Bjorlund and Mrs. Ben MIC White In Blythevllle. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Crane »nd children spent Christmas with her parents in Piggott. Mr. and Mrs. N. Q. Cartwright and sons, of Sondheimer. La., spent the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Flnley Cartwright. Mr. and Mrs. Wade Quinn and children of Memphis spent, Sunday with Mrs. Ed Quinn, who had spent the Christmas holidays with them at their new home In Memphis. Mrs. Lena Bradford is visiting in Holly Grove, where she formerly resided. W A t NINO OB D E • IN THE CHANCERY COURT, CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS Mart* Huff, Pltf., v>. No. ll.W wim« HUM, on. The defendant, WU11« Huff, it hereby warned to appear within thirty d«y« In the court named to the caption hereof and answer the complaint of th« plaintiff. Mart* Huff. Dated thia 7th day of December, 19S3. SEAL QERALDINE LISTON, Clerk, By OPAL DOYLE, D.C. Claude F. Cooper, atty. for pltt. Ed B. Cook, atty. ad lltem. 12/10-17-14-31 There are an MtlmaMd types of corn. KNX> MAYS 421 So. 21st SUPER MARKET Phont 9910 I01bs 890 25ft 2for 43({ 2 for Medium Sized guaranteed FRESH EGGS Factory Pack SUGAR Shibley's wonder, self rising FLOUR Yellow improved, Ib. cartons MARGARINE Whitehouse delicious, no. 303 APPLESAUCE ....„„, 250 Kingans the best, 16 oz. PLAIHCHILI .............. ,,»52)! Bushes Best, no. 303 SAUERKRAUT .......... 4fo ,520 Clapps strained, 6 oz. BABYFOOD .................... „,„ 50 Caldwell's family pack ICECREAM .................. K ,.,590 Mayfield cream style, no 303 YELLOW CORN .............. .,,,,490 Garden Gold, 46 oz. 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