The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 13, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 13, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, JANUAHT 13, 19S4 BI.YTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THRE1 OSCEOLA NEWS He Tried, But Darreil Crane Just Couldn't Avoid Lumber Business It may. and very likely does, sound strange when a big, strong, 7-footer stands up and looks you in the eye and says one of the greatest thrills that ever happened to him is for his seven-year-old son to come tiptoeing in his room at three o'clock in the morning, crawl in bed with him, nestieup close to him for warmth and protection and say: "Daddy I love you." "Who could get mad at a child when he says that to you?" Darreil Crane asked. A lot of folks might ttiink that men don't like that kind of stuff; maybe it's because they have never heard a man admit it, but here's a man who sees no wrong in his brood of three—Margot, who is eleven, Darreil, Jr., and Jeanette, five. Birthday parties in this household are the event of the year, because all three celebrate in the month of August. "Big Darreil" admits he spoils his children and likes it that way. You see tie came along in a family of seven boys and one girl and he, being one of the oldest of the boys, didn't get much spoiling. Besides, his father was strict and always reminded the boys, spare the. rod and spoil the child. And there were too many to shower spoiling on anV certain one. While other boys were out playing in the neighborhood, he had to stay home and wash the dishes and he asked if I had any idea of how many pots and pans alone it took to cook for a family of ten. • Every morning- while his mother made her usual three-pies-a-day, iti was up to the boys to do a little housework. They were all husky and with big appetites and they'd do anything just as long as they knew those pies were being made. table one day, it "Those were the THE BOXS had their favorite pie and if theirs didn't show up on the did the next, days," Darreil said, "before ready mix pie crusts and pie fillings and they were made the hard way. They certainly don't taste like the kind mother used to make as the magazines say." I told him I knew his wife Dorothy appreciated him being efficient at dish washing. He said only-once in then- 12 years of marriage did he weaken and wash them. He layed his crop by years before he met her, -he added. Darreil was brought up in the tradition of every man for himself and the devil for his own. The Crane boys—there were too many of them to be identified separately —were a fighting lot, not among themselves, but for each other. None was ever known to loose a fight when they wer growing up in the small town of Camdenton, Mo. No other family in the town could boast of seven boys, so that accounted for them always being on the winning side where a fight was concernea. The rest of the boys in town out of a Job and he went back to knew better than to start a fight unless they wanted seven to, whip, but their difficulties -were settled before they got home, having an easy-going mother and a strict father. Neither was in favor of their sons fighting but that came as natural for the boys as sitting down to the dining table and eating their mother's' famous pies- After Darreil finished high school, he took his first big job, driving a truck for the town's lumber yard for a dollar a day—and no board. After a year's work, he went to Avilla, Mo., and worked as a bookkeeper for $50 a month— this job also was in the lumber yard. The drought of 1934 threw him out of a job and he went back to his home town where he was at least assured of three meals a day • • • DarreH Crane . 'and a bed to sleep on. BEING THE ambitious boy that he was, he wasn't very long in landing a job—again at the lumber yard, where he had gotten his first job. He kept books for the firm for three years. He started for a week and worked the three years without ever getting a raise, but /gained a world of experience in the lumber business. Being a bookkeeper in a small town then, was just a high sound- Ing name for a general employe. The job included driving trucks, loading and unloading cars of ma terial, selling lumber and' paint and tile bpok work came after closing hours. The urge to "go west young man, struck Darrell and he quit his job, packed up his worldly possessions and started out across the country in his old beat up hot-rod. Jobs weren't as plentiful as he was led to believe when he got to Los An- .geles. The jobs that were available were looking for men with experience so Darrell had to give in and go to a lumber company and ask for a job—just the thing he swore he wouldn't do—but a fellow 2,000 miles from home has to eat and he accepted the job. Beading a Los Angeles paper one day, he came across an advertisement saying to come to a certain room in on of the Los Angeles biggest hotels if you want to break into the movies. Darrell knew this was what he was looking for, so he sent his one and only suit out to be pressed, spent the morning in the barber shop getting prettied up and nonchalantly meandered over to the hotel with the newspaper ad clutched In his hand. A million thoughts ran through his read of how he was going to crasn the movies and of the billing his home town paper would give him. He had his ego built up so high by the time he reached the hotel you couldn't have touched him with a ten-foot-pole. The man hired him — Darrell knev. he would — and told him to come to the casting office the next morning at eight. After a sleepless night and a letter back home, he Ivirried over to the movie lot dressed up in the inch -of his life. Whe; he got into the office, 'Dar- for the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-M wus among the 300 who were dressed In Indian regalia, >nd «11 they had to do w»s to run around In circles and let out war-whoops. For his day's work, he was given (8 and told he would be put on the extra list for future work — but not to call the studio, they would call him. He shook the wanderlust from his leel and got the stars out of his eyes, cranked up the hot-rod and headed hack to Missouri — a much wiser man but with, less money. » Back he went \a his mother's festive board where those three pies a day were still being served. Money had never been lavished on the Crane boys — if they spent a dollar, they earned that dollar. From the youngest to the oldest knew that, and when any little job was available, the boys bid on it, from newspaper throwing and shoe shins boys to selling pots and pans from house to house. There was always a Crane in school in their home town and everybody knew they were hustlers »nd as soon as one graduated there was a job waiting for him. When Darrell had been home for a few days he was offered a job with E. C. Robinson Lumber Co., of St. Louis. "It was written in the stars," Darrell said, "that I was to follow the lumber business." He was soon transferred to Piggott where he met his wife, the former Miss Dorothy Scurlock, sister of State Revenue commissioner Vance Scurlock. Dorothy was attending the University of Arkansas where she - :as a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Darrell added, "I never had it so good." After working at Piggott and be: ; in love, he was transferred to Carmi. 111., as an oil field salesman. This was a promotion but being young and in love, he wasn't in any rush for a promotion if it was to take him out of Pig- gctt, so he popped the old familiar question: "Will you marry me?" "She agreed to," Darrell said, "but wouldn't say when. She wanted to continue her college work. I kept telling her," he added, "that she Was smart enough. What I wanted to tell her," he smiled, "was that I didn't want her any smarter than I. • * * "SHE WOULDN'T consent to stop school at the time nor would she give me a definite answer, so, playing independent,' 1 Darrell added, "I sent her a wire when I got to Sikeslon and of all the silly things to wire a girl I did it. This was it: 'If you love me, wire me back.' " Darrell said he waited around the .telegraph office all day for her answer and every wire that came IT TURNED out that Darrell' in, he'd ask the telegrapher if it everywhere he went, lumber . rell you would have thought you were ~.t a rodeo, the way the young hopefuls were herded into the movie lot. I STARR GAZING If there is a resolution you'd like to make and on* that if easy to keep and the more you practice It the better It becomes, I'd like to start something new. "Be-kind- to-neighbors-week," and why not? I don't think this would have to be passed by Congress, but let's set aside next week, beginning J»n. 1» and running through Jan. was meant for him. Finally, Just as the telegraph office was changing over to the night telegrapher, he got his answer which merely said: "Yes." But that was enough for him. Six months later they were married and lived in Carmi for a year. His next assignment sent him to Paragould, then transferred to Lepanto. Soon after that move he accepted the position as manager of the Osceola Lumber Company. Four months later he and Dave Laney formea the partnership of Crane-Laney Lumber Company. After seven and one-half years, the partnership was dissolved. The past three years the firm became Crane Lumber Company. "The 10'/ 2 years," Darreil said, of living in Osceola have been the happiest years of my life." He moved around so many years that he never felt secure, but now, owning his own business and home and two of his children having been born here, he said this is his home and the people in Osceola have been so good to his family it has given him a sense of humility which only a few gray hairs help to give a man. One of the biggest achievements in business he has accomplished is getting the Reynolds aluminum franchise for Mississippi, Poinsett. Craighead and Arkansas Counties in the state along with Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties in Missouri. Listening to one .of the Reynolds television program, Mr. Peepers, gave him the idea of writing to the company, so two weeks ago, he was notified the deal Was on. We in Osceola are proud of that achievement, too, and think it is quite an accomplishment. Two years ago, Darreil added a ready-mix concrete plant in addi- ti 3 to his lumber yard and owns the Tun-ell Lumber Co., in Crittenden County. He has been a Rotarian for the past 11 years, Is a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner and is on the Board of Stewards at the Methodist Church — and they say life begins at forty. 25, resolving each morning to take time out, and see if other towns and cities won't adopt this plan. Pick out seven neighbors, one for each dajr in th* week and drop In on them for a few minutes, it will certainly gladden your day as well as theirs. No objection to taking along a piece of pie, a plate of home made candy or a glass of jelly or chow chow. I'd tike to hear from those who followed through with this suggestion, so drop me a note and tell me what you learned in this one week. I know it will all be good. Do you have trouble removing the thin skin on fresh garlic? If you'll slice it first, the skin drops off. What could poor little Bobo do with ten million that she couldn't do with five million? Did you think about your next Christmas cards when you got up Sunday morning with the trees laden with sleet? Beautiful is the word for such a day even though old fools are better off to be on the incide looking out. If you don't like that chickenfeed taste to pone-bread, add one half cup of undiluted canned tomato soup to your dough. That'll do it. I read once where somebody used their head in papering a room, by writing on the wall — under a picture, the exact amount of paper, paste, etc., it took to pr.per that particular room, which gave them the correct measurements when they needed to re- paper the room. The woman who has a husband who loves to be always fixing things says nothing in her house works; she'd be better off if he didn't like to tinker. Civil Service Act was passed Jan. 16, 1883. I overheard a small boy ask if "Gillette's" theme song was our national anthem. I believe he's got something. Re. 1 where our own calendars and those used by the Moslem countries were the most widely used calendars in the world. What about the ones with the Esquire On the Social Side... Bridge Club Meeti Mrs. P. D. Johnson was hostess to he- bridge club Friday for dessert. Playing with the members were Mrs. A. W. Bowen and Mrs. Newton Johnson. Glistening holly foliage decorated the tables about the entertaining rooms. Mrs. Max Hart won high score and Mrs. Bov/en second. Celebrates Birthday Gary Weiss celebrated his seventh birthday Friday by having 1! boys and girls over to his house for outdoor games and ice cream and cake. Contests and prizes were highlights of the afternoon's enter- gals plastered on 'em? In saying that the father-in-law of James Rufus Landis — the man who tried to gyp Dncle Sam out of $160,000 — got scared and called the Virginia State Police, the .paper kinda got their lettering mixed up and it came out like this: — "the father-in-law got sacred." He evidently did. A conductor went through the train and pronounced "You ladies can start looking through your purses — I'll be back in ten minutes to take up tickets." Three weeks after Christmas and or.e of my grandsons asked, "How do you break this thing?" Inmates of the Iowa State Penitentiary refer to it as "The Walled-Off Astoria." 1954 version of school teaching: Did Sherman get to the sea? Did Lincoln save the nation? Come in tomorrow for the next thrilling episode — same time, same place. The kids were all present the next day, with a bag of corn. Bravery never goes out of fashion. Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. That's what Henry David years ago. Thoreau said 100 All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in Its own fashion. It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the by-laws are shorter and he is personally acquainted with the other members. talnment. Th« dinlau table «tf- ried out * pink ind |re«n color theme. Balloons and noise m«k*r« were given to the children and cindj and cookies were pauwt during the afternoon. Honored m Birthday* Two birthday dinners in on* family took place during the past week in the V. O. Mann horn*. Wednesday night, Mrs. Mana honored Mr. Mann at their horn* with a family dinner when, she I vlted 15 of the family over to help celebrate the occasion. Centering the dining table wai a musical cake stand playing "Happy Birthday," and was collared by a garland of flowers. The evening following the fried chicken dinner waa spent informally. On Sunday night Mrs, Mann wai complimented on her birthday, when her daughter, Mrs. Russell Chiles, and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bay Mann, entertained the 15 members of the family with a dinner i>t the home of Mrs. Chiles. The family spent an informal evening following dinner. Personals Mrs. Wade Qulnn and daughter, Becky, were week end guests of Mrs. Ed Qulnn. Dixie Leigh Wildy and Mary Lee Greer of Memphis were week end guests of the Melvln Speck family. Ernest Mann is a patient in the Baptist Hospital In Memphis. H* will be there throughout the week for a check-up and treatments. Mrs. John Murrell. Is a patient in St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis. Her condition is reported fair. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham Hill left Friday night for a three week vacation In Arizona. Their son, Harvey Lee Hill, student at Arkansas State, drove over to see them before they left on their trip, returning the same night. K. V. Sanders is 111 at his home th the flu. Austin Moore of Stringtown, Miss., was a visitor In Osceola Sunday. Mrs. G. T. Florida is ill at her home on West Semmes-. Mrs. Dale Barron was hostess to her canasta club for luncheon at the 50 Club Thursday when she and her young son, Dale, Jr., of Memphis spent the week end 'in Osceola. Mrs. B. A. Cox of Wilson 1» spending a week with Mrs. E. E, Smith. The Nile is the only river In the world that rises at the equator and flows Into the temperate zon«. 76* stunning ntw 1954 Bulek Sunn RMf ro, moiftr buy In th. mlddh-prie. cfoa. One look settles it- Buy of the year is BUICK W E knew them for great automobiles the moment-we saw them. But it turns out we have a far bigger hit on our hands in the new 1954 Buicks than we ever figured. Folks In a steady stream come into our showroom, look over these glamorous new beauties, and tell us — with signed orders— that Buick's the beautiful buy, hands down. It's the biggest new-car excitement in a shows them to be the freshest new automobiles in years. One look into the modern interiors—and through that spectacular new backswept windshield—firms the conviction. One look at the new V8 power story, the new ride story, the new handling-ease story—practically wraps up the sale. And then, one look at the prices — one eye-opening experience with the hottest values to be brought on the American automotive market in 1954 — clinches HIGH5ST-POWEREO CAR of Hi p>!» In Amtrlco li flit i»w 300-hp . ClNTUnr — .n.mplorot Bvick'totitiiandtng vo/u*i for 1954. long, long time—and you ought to take Buick as the buy of the a look at it, firsthand. year. Because one look at the sensational new Come in and see for your- styling of these breath-taking Buicks self—thesooner.thesmartcr. -WHIN IITTH AUTOMOIIIIS AH IUILT WICK Will IUIID THIM M0 S^sSSSs :fess= Intuitf mote p LANGSTON-McWATERS BUICK CO. Waliuit 4 Iroadway 24 Hour ferric* Dial 4555

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