The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 22, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, July 22, 1954
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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THRB1 Hunting a Coot Picnic Spot? Try Penal Farm. By EDNA BROW.V (Courier News Correspondent) If you are looking for a cool, quiet, shady spot, you should visit your Mississippi County Penal Farm. The beautiful grove in the front is one of the most inviting and restful places you can hope to find. There is a soft carpet of blue grass under the shade of the large grove of trees. There is no dust, dirt or insects. There you will find that gentle breeze that has been eluding you. You can commune with nature, have a picnic or visit with the farm superintendent and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. (Red) Lucas. They moved to the penal farm 14* years ago. At that {ime the farm was deep in debt, but now it is self-sustaining. and showing a good profit. Plans are in the making to rebuild the barn that was destroyed by fire earlier this year and to build a ranch-type house for Mr. and Mrs. Lucas. A four-inch well was recently put down on the farm. This gives an ample supply of water for all purposes except irrigation. The water for irrigation is being pumped from Ditch 31 on a trial basis to save the truck gardens from the drouth. The farm covers 658 acres* There are 600^ acres of row crops. Cotton, corn, soybeans and vegetables are the principal crops, but .equally important are the green pastures. There they have a large herd of both dairy and beef cattle grazing on a green pasture in spite of the dry weather. Too, there is a big herd of hogs and enough chickens for both eating and eggs to supply the farm. A total of 2,000 bushels of wheat and 1,000 bushels of barley have been put into storage this year. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lucas have been employed there for 12 years, he as farm manager and she as part-time bookkeeper and in charge of the kitchen. Their duties are varied and many. W. J. Lucas the penal farm barrack* ... / ' . . . C. E. Lucas . • * is a brother of the superintendent. There also is a night man and a plow foreman on the payroll. The farm is well kept in general, with clean surroundings. The -fence rows and ditches have all been carefully cleaned jmd scraped. There isn't a blade of Johnson grass or weed to be found. The crops are good considering the drouth. Work on the farm is done by toe prisoners. There is an average of 50 prisoners at all times. -At present, there are six-women prisoners, three white and three' Negro. These women work in and Clean the barracks. Each Sunday afternoon, a group from some church in the county holds religious services for the prisoners. On the Fourth of July, Mr. and Mrs. Ludas had a big barbecue for them. .The prisoner's get three substantial" meals a day. It isn't a resort hotel by any means. It it still a prison, but some of them don't want to leave, can't be out in the world on their own. Just last week a man knocked at Mrs. Phillip Deer's door and asked for the judge. Upon being told he was not there, the man said, "Missy, I just got to see the Judge. You see, it's this way. I was on the county farm. There I had plenty to eat. Now I am out and can't find a job. I'm hungry. Reckon the Judge would let me go back to the farm?" Many of the prisoners have been back as many as 20 times. Several of them are ex-convicts and some are wanted by federal authorities. Mr. Lucas says liquor is directly responsible for at least one third of them being on the farm. They are kept busy most of the time. The heating and plumbing facilities have been reworked this summer. There are two road or bridge crews with .eight men on each crew. They build all the county bridges. Too, these men are available for public work jobs They did the work on the grounds of the hospital, school and court house in Osceola. The penal farm was established in 1931. The present main building was erected in 1939. This was during the terms of Judge S. L. Glad- Manila Senior Class Elects j i MANILA — James Harris, son of | Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell Harris, was j elected president of the Manila High School senior class Monday, j He is former president of the \ Manila PFA Chapter, member ofj the junior play cast and basket- { ball team, was Manila representative to Boys' State in June. Other officers are Raymond Mul- j lican, vice president; Wanda McWilliams, secretary; Roxie Smith, treasurer; Norita Davis reporter; and Martha Ellis, historian. June Cotton Use Reported WASHINGTON (I?) — The Census Bureau reported yesterday cotton j consumption for the period of June . averaged 31,909 bales for each j working day. j This compared with an average I of 37,043 bales for the corresponding period a year ago, and with 32,294 for the May period this year. Cotton consumption in June totaled 781,767 bales compared with. 740,864 in June last year and 748,049 in May this year. A device has been developed to I weigh bits of protein of extremely j small mass by measurement of the amount of X-ray absorbed by the pieces testd. COOLER 4 * KEEPS HOT FOODS MOT * COLO FOODS COftO fcUNCMB / AUTO TWff for > HUNTING cmd FWWKI ( TUtPS J FAAUtY OUTTNO* "Corky Cooler" is a rugged, insulated food container in the convenient balf-gallo* site. SAVE $1.00..... $ 1 09 II II I I I * picnic spot: county farm grove ish and Sheriff Hale Jackson. Judge Deer is proud of the improvements that have been made in the farm within the past few years and invites the public to visit the farm. LUXORA NEWS $ ' By Mrs. Lester Stevens Miss" Wade McHenry, fiancee of Eobert Stewart of Texas, was honored by Mrs. T. D. JVilkins of Luxora and Mrs. R. W. Nichols of Armorel at the Nichols' home- in Armorel Thursday morning with a party. Summer flowers were used as decorations throughout the house. Mrs. Eliazbeth. Silliman, Mrs. Sam Bowen. Mrs. Mary Clay Crawford and Mrs. G. C. Driver entertained for Miss McHenry Friday night with a bridge party at the Rustic Inn in Blytheville. Center pieces of Zinnias and Magnolias were used on the tables. Prizes were won by Mrs. L. O. Todd, Jr., Mrs. A. B. Rozelle and Mrs. R. D. Mears. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Callis spent several days in St. Louis last week. While there they attended a ball game and also the Municipal Opera. Mrs. Sam Bowen entertained the Luxora-Osceola bridge club Tuesday afternoon at her home. Guests included Mrs. W. E. Hunt of Osceola and Mrs. Russell Bowen. Prize winners were Mrs. T. F. Hudson and Mrs. Russell Bowen. Mrs. J. W. Lynch had as her guest over the week end her sister, Mrs. Archie Escue of Memphis. Mr. and Mrs. Lem Stanford spent the week end with Mrs. Stanford's parents, Mr. and Mrs. XI. C. Barnett of Dermott, Ark. Mrs. Billy Boyles of Charleston, S. C., is spending the remainder of the summer with her mother, Mrs. Charlie Watson. Miss Ann Ashley Rozelle is spending a week with a schoolmate in Atlanta, Ga. Mr. and Mrs;-1. M. Castlio and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Whitmore were Memphis visitors over the week end. Tommy Callis is w o r k i n g through the summer months in the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing, Mich. Tommy is staying with his uncle, Mr. A. J. Lynch, and family. The Methodist Youth Fellowship, which has recently been organized, were entertained with a swimming party Monday night at Walker Park in Blytheville by Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Brownlee and Mrs. T. .D Wilkins. Calvin Wilkins was honored by the group also wtih a Surprise birthday party celebrating his 15th birthday. Refreshments were served the group following the swimming. Mrs. Elaine Hogby spent the week end with her sister, Mrs. Sudie Cecil, and family of Joiner. Mrs. Myrtle Wright. Mrs. Joe Stuart and children of Memphis were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stevens. The Rev. and Mrs. A. B. Hill of Poplar Bluff, Mo., visited friends here this week. Rev. Hill is a former pastor of the Luxora Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. R. P. McCaslin, accompanied by their daughter, Eades, and two sons, Tommie and Mikie, have returned from their vacation which included points of interest in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Tucker had as their guests last week Mrs. Tucker's cousin, Mr. and Mrs. Henri Duhoit, of New York. Lala Ann Ollis spent the week with hei aunt, Mrs. Vivian Frazier, and children of West Memphis. Condition of Ray Tate, who is a patient at Osceola Municipal Hospital, is much improved. A timepiece has been invented to give the correct Mars standard Lime. The new clock simultaneously tells the time, month and year on both earth and Its sister planet of Mars. Designed for future space travelers, the clock has fruo dials and is electrically operated. 37 New Books Are Acquired By Blytheville Public Library Thirty-seven new books have been added to the circulation of the Blytheville Public Library including 14 memorial donations, according to Mrs. Ira- Gray, librarian. Memorial Books and their donors are as follows: In memory of A. S. Bullick — "The Complete Book of 'Home Modernizing" by Paul, donated by Dr. L. L. Hubener. In memory of A. S. Bullock — — "Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes" by Hey ward, Mr. and Mrs. William O. Boone. In memory of S. J. Cohen — "Home Building Ideas" by Better Homes and Gardens, W. E. Homer and Mississippi County Lumber Co. In memory of Mrs. Louis Lansky —"Home Improvement Ideas" by Better Homes and Gardens, L. E. Old; "Five Star Homes" by Better Homes and Gardens, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Chapman. In memory of George Little — "Marshall's Famous Pitchers" by Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Chapman. In memory of Paul F. Loflin — "Men Who Shape the Future" by Larsen, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Caldwell. In memory of 0. W. McCutchen — "Lineage Book" by NSDAR, Charlevoix Chapter of National Society of American Revolution. In memory of Mrs. S. P. Martin — "Lineage Book" by NSDAR, Charlevoix Chapter of National Society of American Revolution. In memory of Dr. Floyd Webb— "Personality Unlimited" by Dengel, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shanks: "My Best Mary"' by Spark, Dr. and Mrs. Gean Atkinson; "Science Book of Wonder Drugs" by Cooley. Mr. and Mrs. Joe P. Pride, Jr.: "The Saturday Book 14" Hadfield, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pete Thompson. In memory of H. P. Worsley — "A Man Called Peter" by Marshall. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Rushing; "Epic of Latin America" by Crow. Caldwell-Mahan Gin Company. Other books added include "Tip" by M c K e e : "Billy and His Friends" by Mclntire; "Billy and His Family" by Mclntire; "Working With Roosevelt" by Roosevelt; "Selected Short Stories" by Hardy; "Merry-Go-Round Family" by Bolton; "Trouble on the Titan" by Nourse. "Pumpkin, Ginger and Spice' by Otto;/ "Bonnie Island Girl" by Fox: "Elephant Herd" by Schlein; "Maureen Marshall, Private Eye" by Bailey: "Mamie- Doud Eisenhower" by Brandon; "Nothing is Dripping on Us" by Witte; "Three Stars for the Colonel" by Clark; "Too Soon to Die" by Wade: "Best from Fantasy and Fiction" by Bouther: "True Book of Birds" by Friskey. "True Book of Farm Animals" by Lewellen; "True Book of Sun, Moon and Stars" by LeweUen; "Boarding School Mystery" by McGee; "At Bat with The Little League" by Stotz; "Spicier King" by Schooner; "When Jesus Was A Little Boy" by Eberling; "The Book of Pebbles and Shells" by Pound for pound of body weight, large animals use less food than small animals. Red Guerrillas Hit KULA LUMPUR, Malaya (iPj—. Communist guerillas in Malaya are hitting back at low-flying British aircraft for the first time in the 6-year-old jungle war. The Reds, using machine guns and shotgun?, fired upon two observation planes in the Negrim Sem- bilian state. One of the planes was slightly damaged. There were no casualties. Collector Convicted MANKATO, Minn. Lf!—William B. Shouts, 33, whose home and garage looked like a warehouse, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading 'guilty to second degree larceny. Shouts could give police no reason for collecting several thousand dollars worth of electrical fixtures-, wire, pipe and a vast assortment of tools. Tonight! See And Hear United States Senator JOHN L. McCLELLAN TV Memphis Stations KARK-TV KATV KXOE-TV KCMC-TV WHBQ-TV KFSA-TV 10:15 PM 10:15 PM 6:45 PM 8:45 PM 6:15 PM «:W> PM Little Rock Little Rock Monroe Texarkana Memphis Ft. Smith Pol. Adv. 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