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SECTION D FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JULY 7, 1974 Fifty-Five Years On O d Route One Dining Out, In'Style, lnNWA,Yet "The Farmer's Daughter," a posh new eating place for Northwest Arkansas, opens here this weekend under management of Kirk McClelland, and his mom, Mrs. C.B. (Doris) McClelland of Houston. Kirk is the nephew of Ep and Maurice McOltlland of Fayetteville (Ep is Chamber of Commerce president and head of a prominnt .counsulting engineering firm here. The Houston McClellands are plunging into the mystical art of country cuisine with a wealth of enthusiasm and confidence. And I, for one, wish them well. (I also can't help but wonder if Ep has been telling his Houston relatives the grim, sordid truth about Fayetteville eating tastes, or has unconciously larded them up with the routine Chamber dialog.) By ROBERT G. WINN The retirement of Jack Stockburger on June 9, 1973, terminated 55 year of continuous delivery service by a Stockburger on Rural Route One out at, Winslow. Most people along this route had never known a carrier by any other name. The route first established did not follow the course it now takes. When Noah Stockburger, Jack's father, first began carrying the mail, he rode horseback west from Winslow, turned left at the top of the Winslow hill, out past Sassa- frass Pond (now Bunyard) down Blackburn Creek and aack up the mountain, reaching the summit via what is now the Sumner Smith ranch, past Signal School and over the peak of Signal Mountain, by t h e Collier Cemetery and thence back to Winslow. The entire route was 24 miles long and served some 50 residences. Yet the trip consumed the greater part of a day. When Noah began the road was rough and traffic light. Delivery was made every other day, or three times a week. Two previous carriers had stayed but short periods of time. Noah remained on the job for 29 years, from 1918 to 1947, when he retired and Jack took over. .. . . . , Â· . , The ride along Blackburn Creek was not only rough, but hazardous when the creek was up. The first horse that Noah rode was a small pony. When the water was high this pony could not navigate the crossing. This meant retracing the course and not delivering the mail to the people on, the other side of the creek. The depth of the water was judged by two large rocks on the bank. When the water rose high enough to cover racks the creek was loo deep lor' safe crossing - that meant turning back. T.his resulted in poor mail service. So Noah sold the pony and bought a large black starfaced horse that was afraid of nothing and so full of spirit that he was difficult lo control. But Noah had been raised in the saddle and was master of the animal. The big horse pranced con. tinually; his feet still. He soon meaning of the sound of the closing of the metal boxes along the route. "Wild Bill" quickly County's Traffic fott Shows Sharp Decline THE NEW FACILITY is located in the extensively return- x . ished stately old Rudolph place, Â·. just on the other side of the "' Coca-Cola bottling 'works on Johnson Road Considerable care -and attention have gone into fixing up the fine old home . . a s a period piece in keeping Â· ^with the theme of gracious, big- house-down-on-the-farm living. The menu, I understand,. reflects both a variety-iof selections, plus closest attention to the proper "preparation" of food -- as opposed to just- cooking it. ' ' ' This is somehow reminiscent |"'of the old missionary, who Â·' crawled out of the jungle as the only survivor of an effort to Christianize a tribe of cannibals. The old gentleman packed up and headed back for the cannibal village saying that this time he was going to explain his proposition a little clearer. Considering the state of the Northwest Arkansas these days, this palate strictly cannibal country for a nice restaurant. I just hope they can -survive long enough to win suf- Â·ficienl converts.' The last ge : nuine professional food prepa- rer I have had a chance to visit with in these parts left in dispair after six months when his patrons consistently spurned green vegetables and By DORRIS HENDRICKSON TIMES Staff Writer Washington County's traffic toll at the end of the first six months of 19Y4 was less than half that of the corresponding period in 1973 -- a year in which 28 persons met death on the county's highways and streets. To dale this year six persons have died in county traffic accidents compared to 14 by this time last .year. Back in '1972, when a record 34 persons were killed In county traffic accidents, the July 1 fi'gure was 16. Fayetteville Police Chiel ftollis Spencer credits the dramatic decline in road deaths to three factors: (1) lowering the state speed limit to 55 miles an hour; (2) strict enforcement of the new limit and (3) a crack-down on traffic offenders by city police. The year started off badly with three deaths in January -- two in one accident. However, the pace slowed and no fatalities were recorded between Jan. 19 and May 20. The May 20 accident was the only fatality for that month. Two persons died on county roads in June. Deaths inside the Fayetteville city limits have also been sharply reduced. This year hree fatalities have occurred velvet sauces in favor cheeseburgers and fries. of On Tour Fireman apprentice Larry D C. a n d I DON'T SUPPOSE they'll get -much credit for it, and precious .few compliments either, but the fact that the proprietors of -"The Farmer's Daughter" intend to personally prepare their own dishes in the time-honored fashion of the working kitchen merits attention. I notice in the paper that a member of the city Board of Supervisers of San Francisco is proposing a "truth in -dining" ordinance for that city. The ordinance would require eateries to identify on their menus whether a particular dish is fresh, .prepared on premises, frozen, or pre-packaged. The frozen food people, predictably, are up in arms -though why they would imply that frozen "fresh catfish" is any less savory than a smelly old fresh piece is hard to imagine. This ordinance does strike me as entirely consistent, though, what iwlth present trends in the packaging of foods for grocery sales, to identify what's frozen and what isn't at the local restaurant. Our city Board of Directors has weightier problems on its mind (for sure), hut wouldn't it be a nicer gesture of faith and supoort for the new "Far. mer's Daughter" venture for some' one of them to propose a "-' ith-In-dining" ordinance for I ;:j great seat of culture. I can't see that it would work '.' to the disadvantage of the - quick-food industry (all their fries are frozen anyway),, and it might Just add sufficient In' centive and that extra touch of class to persuade other newcomers to the food service business of NWA to give the old- 'fashioned, unfrozen entree another try. Twenty DA Agri Students Earn Perfect Grades Twenty students in the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture and Home Economics received straight A grades during the spring semester, mics received straight A grades Hardy. " They are/among 60 students in the College who mere named to the Dean's List for the semester, Dean Hardy said. Those students with perfect marks for the semester were James T. Batchelor of New port; Pamela L. Alexandria, La.; Brady Mary of Fisher of Barnard, Mo.; Connie Y. Gibson of Fayetteville; Jean C. Harkreader of Greenwood; Mary C. Nokes of Silo am Springs; Dale R . Reed of Giilett, and Barksdale H. Taylor of Bald Knob, all seniors. Dorothy J, Forrest of 'Rogers; Glenda J. Fritts of Wesley (Madison County), i Carmen Manning of Crossett; Michael D. Taylor of Bald Knob,' and Joe D. Vestal of Strong, juniors; Jessica Coward of Mable- nside the city Irmils compared o six-.by July 1, 1973. So far- this year- 246 persons iavei S5ieaj'Joii^isjate, highways and 3(f have died in State Police district H, which includes Washington County. In 1873 during the first six months 319 persons died on state roads -69 of them In District H -always a "hot" district. Maj. Tommy Goodwin of the State Police also credited en 'prcement and the lower speed limit with the, reduction-in road deaths. -' - ' -'Â·Â·" -' Strict enforcement of traffic regulations by State Police "can be illustrated by., a-recapitulation of activities for the month of May . which shows ; 7,367 arrests for speeding over the state; - -- . Of that number 1,091 of the speeding arrests were in District H, second only.to District A. which includes Pulaski County. MANY ARRESTS Troopers in H District made 130 of the .708 state-wide arrests for driving while intoxicated. The local figure far exceeds any other district, including the Little Rock area where only 9-1 arrests for DWI were made. Area troopers also made 1,484 arrests for hazardous driving practices during May. Of the fatal . accidents ' in Washington County this year, only half have been the result of collisions between vehicles. The others were the result of to stop at these boxes and did etting the horse know that the so of his own accord, standing decision was his - whether to plunge into the swollen stream open, but with feet prancing all or turn back and retrace their the while. As soon as he heard the click that meant the box Without hesitation the horse had been closed, he was on his plunged in as if eager to con quer the challenge before him. He swam the stream and came out on the other side prancing covered, his rider and shaking the water from his raised the mail bags over the After that the mail went saddle, lifted his own feet oul through regardless of the depth of the stirrups to the horse's of the flooded creek. hack, then said to the prancing A few years laler, Noah s son- horse, "01* horse, you do whal you want to do," and released TIME TO SADDLE UP AND RIDE ... at Rimrock Ranch, where the campers learn horsemanship from the ground up A Riding School At The Top Of The Ozarks his tight grip on the reins, thus mechanic, stripped down a Model-T Ford for the trip. Tlie horse was still used when the carrier knew that the creek would be too high to cross'in the car. Â· ; One time, however, the creek was higher than anticipated. The car was stripped of everything but a scat for the driver, and a box on the back in which packages elc. were carried. On this o c c a ' s i o r i Noah attempting to c r o s s in the Ford with the box loaded heavier than usual with new Sears Roebuck catalogs. Their weight flattened the springs and lowered the car a few inches below usual height. In the middle of the stream Noah was aghast to see all the new Sears catalogs floating down the rushing waters. Dutifully the loss was reported to the postal inspector. The 'answer came back: "Any man fool enough to drive into -a creek that high should have to pay for the loss." The period of service '"of 'ather and son overlapped ."jn .heir postal employment. Jack went to work in the post office as a clerk in 1936; became postmaster in 1940 after his return from military service . i n World War If. During his .absence, his wife Agnes, served as acting postmistress. SON TAKES OVER Â·/ When his father retired in 1947, Jack gave up the indoor work and assumed the outdoor job of carrying the mail. The route had now been changed from the original course, and after a few shifts, ran much the same way it did when he retired. From a distance .of 47.10 miles in 1947 the distance- had increased to 84.6 miles and the number of boxes to bo served from 50 to 296. ' Â· Â·Â·' By 19I7 the road had been improved and the danger of creek crossing eliminated , so Shat the trip was always made by car or pick-up truck. The Blackburn Creek route was abandoned. Today the farms along that stream are deserted; the road no longer used. Although a part of the route is on paved highway, most- of it still is over rough gravel or dirt - or mud in wet weather. Summer Band To Present Concert The University of Arkansas r Summer Band, undei 4 the baton ,of- Eldon Janren, director of '. University bands, will present its concert Monday at 8 p.m. in the Arts Center Concert Hall. ' Selections from "The Sting" and "Fiddler on the Roof", and " l ' T h e Washington Post", "Finale, West Point Symphony", "Fandango" and other compositions will be played. 1 Area band directors who will perform, along with University '. students, are Herbert Lundy of '.Fayetteville H i g h School; Richard Niven, formerly of Fayetf.evllle; Al Stark, Bob :,Adams and Robert Gibson, all of Springdale; Jerry Ratzlaff of Gravette; Kandis Kroom of Â·North Little Rock; William Martin of F ay elte ville; Robert ' Martin of Searcy; Dallas I^aFeur of Pea Ridge and 'Robert Fleming of Huntsville. Glasgow, son of Mr. and Mrs Springdale and Terry F. Sutler field of Morrilton, sophomores. one-car smashups. recently visited Rhodes Greece Sara J. Bunyard of Perry continued emphasis on enforce- deployed to the Mediterranea Yellville; Ross L. Lockhard ment of speed limits and other aboard the combat cargo ship moving violations i n - a n effort USS Concord. He is homeporte to further reduce the rate of By PAT nONAT TIMES Staff Wrilcr Rimrock Ranch in the rugged, s c e n i c mountains which separate Washington and Madison Counties- is compleling the first two week session of a resident 1 school for junior horsemanship. The campers, ranging in age from 9 through 18, are learning the fundamentals Â· of horsemanship, both the English hunt seat and western pleasure. Rimrock is not a formal school of equitation instruction, f one thinks in terms of white fences, gentle sloping landscape and formal riding attire but the nstruclion is all-inclusive. And the riding master, Dick Cour;eau, who is content only with perfection, keeps a tight rein on the school and the students -- who.arise at-fi a.m. to start a full'day of training. The ranch; spread over a 367- acre mountain' top, is reached oy t er: :i a Â·) tortuous, dirt road shailing over heavily wooded cliffs and dropping into blue- shadowed valleys, but studded w i t h breathtaking vistas glimpsed through the framing of the foliage. The deep ruts and boulders caused by the spring's heavy rains test the skill of the driver on the road originally laid ou' to accommodate horse anc wagon. There is a short cut f t; fh.e;jroad,j, though shorter . . even .more suitable to horse travel'and'is traversable only in the summer because il means fording While River al Thompson's Cutoff, once th site of a tomato cannery. HARD TO FIND Even the Courleaus had trouble finding the ranch when they came to this area seven years ago after reading abou it in a national real estate catalog. The real trouble came in convincing the real estate agent to show it to them. I fact, he showed them ever, thing else in his offerings befor' reluctantly escorting them t Rimrock. "I took one look and kne\ this was for me," Mrs (Joanna) Courteau said. Th place has lost none of its appea during the seven years the have owned it but man changes have taken place Th ranch is located on four ledge with the house and bunkhous ocaled on the third one an the stables and riding arena on the uppermost table top New Top For The Courthouse Mrs. Courteau is the first t acknowledge that Rimrock not designed as a formal ridin school. The Courteatis refuse to accept a student whos parents y/anted her to come t get a "finishing school" atmo phere. They insist that students ar serious and individual i struction is given. The lessoi With an assist from the U.S. Army this steeple will soon rest a(op the Washington County Courthouse bell tower, replacing one that was remov- ed several years ago. The 8,500-n6nnd structure was hnilt by Walker Brothers Machine Shop at Springdale and is being covered with dies, When completed It will be lifted info place by an Army helicopter. (TIMESphoto by Ken Good) Reports For Duty Air Fores Capt. Ray IV Boureaux, son of Dr. and Mr Phillip E. Bocquet of Fayett ville, has arrived for duty Tyndall AFB, Fla., he is graduate of the University Arkansas and assigned to a un of the Military Airlift Com mand. e alternated with "fun" ex- iricnces, but fun has no place the actual instructions. FUN RIDES "The "fun 1 * experiences in- ude frequent trail rides and ch two-week session .con- udes with a three-day cam- ut trail ride. Hunt seat riders receive in- ruction in jumping over oh- acles of moderate height and Ivanced riders are schooled in ving and changing leads, exe- uting side passes and in the asic principles of equitation and caring for the horse and his equipment. Courteau has years training spent many horses and Pate Named To Head Title 1 Advisory Council riders. He served as head of the equitation department of the mp Red Wing-Red Cloud mp at Pialtsburg.^.Y.. He ;o has experience ' with istern riding, a skill he arned while a cowboy ontana. A graduate of the University Minnesota, where the couple :t, he taught Spanish al rginia Military Institute and e University of Arkansas, anna is presently on the culty of the Department of oreign Languages at Iowa ate University at Ames, here she is addressed, as Dr. ourteau. The ranch has long been a Bill R, Pate of Conway has )een elected chairman of the tate Advisory Council for Title of the Higher Education Act 1965. Dr. Robert Brown of \rkansas College at Bates ville vice chairman and Mrs. a v e r n . s Feaster of the ooperative Extension Service ', Little Rock is recording ecretary. Pate, who is vice presidenl or public affairs at State ollege of Arkansas in Conway as been a member of the ouncil since 1972. The Univer !ty of Arkansas Division ol ontinuing Education serves as he state agency for adminis ering Title I. The Council approves the equired annual amendment to state plan and provides eneral advisory support to th tale agency. It is comprisec f 26 members representing Ar ansas' Institutions of highei ducation. A r k a n s a s institutions o ligher education, both privatr ind public, have developed ant operated 101 projects unde: 'ille I of the HF,A 1965. Thi: las, since 1966, involvec 1,197,943 of federal monies an i796.456 in matching f u n d s fo irograms designed to enhanc he community service role o he various participating instf utions. Youth Arrested Death Of Woman AMARILLO Tex. (AP) -Travis L. B. Wilson, 19, waive extradition to Arkansas Salu day after being arrested in con nection with the stabbing deal of a young woman near Sher dan Friday. Wilson's residence was ni available. He appeared before Judg Edward Nobles of Texas Di trict Conrt and signed tht wai er. Williams was arrested Frida night at a bus station aft Amarillo police were lipped 1 Arkansas police that Wilsi was headed for Modesto, Call Arkansas State Police flew Texas about 4 a.m. Saturdf and returned to Arkansas wi Wilson. Â·earn and now slowly eveloping into reality. Cour- Â·au spends the winters at the inch building fencing, training e mounts and making im- rovements. Joanny commutes Ames, but she and their two aughters, Jackie, 11 and Jori, 2, spend as much time as ossible at the ranch. The girls articipatfi in the riding in- ructions. NO TEACHING Mrs. Courleau, with a larming accent revealing a ortugese background and dark air in pigtails, could easily be nislaken for one of the earners. She handles all aspects the program caching. except the "I have nothing to do with at," she said. But she does handle much of he camp business. One day this ast week -- not once, but wice, -- she made the long rip into town. She nonchalantly ot out of the ear to remove oulders and negotiated turns vith familiar ease, and forded with noticeable the trips she asily made the transition from passenger car to the ranch's carry-all panel truck ant! in- errupted a tour of the facility ong enough to help young campers transfer two day-old tittens to a safer nest in the main house. The nine campers in residence now come from Florida, ndiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Each pick-up truck lasted an average of two years before having to be replaced with'.-.a new one. . Â·Â· Few carriers are likely lo-ba remembered with greater fondness than are Noah and Jack Stockburger. The high esteem in which they were regarded by the folk along the route was expressed in many ways. Not infrequently did they find hot food in the mail boxes; often invitations were extended to partake of a meal with some hospitable family. There was no regulation against this, and the fellowship enjoyed made the meal more enjoyable than pulling to the side of the road and eating a cold lunch alone ONLY CONTACT To many people along the route the mail carrier was their main contact with the outside world. He was more lhan a deliverer of mail; he was respected as a friend and often, as a confidant of family problems - situations that would not have been discussed with near neighbors - knowing that both these men could be trusted 'to the fullest degree. The arrival of the mail carrier became the highlight of an otherwise drab and often onely day. A newcomer along ;he route soon felt the warmth and friendliness of each of these wo carriers; they were the link that helped the new arrival feel the bond of friendship that existed the entire length of the route. Had any would be critic ever uttered a word against either of these men 'he would hava been inviting the ire and perhaps physical expression of disapproval for his uncalled for Vhitc River repidation. In between words. This never happened because at no time during their combined 55 years of service along Rural Route One was any word of criticism justified against these two who gave not only of their time, but of themselves in service to the peopla along their route. PROBLEMS CHANGE Jack did not have to ford tha hrgh waters nor face some of the other problems that confronted his father, but he did have one trial to bear. This was an old gander owned by a widow along the route. Anyone who thinks that these birds are always docile has never en- Arkansas. The Courteaus are colln tered a biting goose. ably assisted by counselors, Mary two camp Mosier of ^lorida, who trained under the a m o u s equistrienne Mary Phillips at the Fort Orange lunt Club, and Melanie Tellen of Waverly, Iowa who was a itudenl last year. Three of the campers this year are from Fayetteville, including L-uke and Jean Dolan and Diane -opeland. One of this year's students, -who brought her own lorse, likes it well enough that she wants to remain for the second two-week session. The camp fills a need, according to Mrs. Courleau because there are no eastern going thing ' ' in schools of riding in this "It just isn't the going yet, but is gaining popularity," she said. After tiie resident program concludes July 27 a day-camp program is planned beginning July 30 and continuing, in two sep'irrite sessions, until August 23. This particular gander apparently felt a strong obligation .0 protect his mistress from ail ntruders. When Jack entered he yard to deliver a pack=Â»Â» oo large for the mail "ox, the goose sounded the alarm and attacked. Only those who hava seen bitten by one of these fea- :hered fighters can appreciate t h e situation. Wilh loud honking, wings flapping, and neck outstretched, they are afraid of nothing and do battle with a viciousness that belies their usually harmless appearance. On more than one occasion Jack received a bruised shin or backside. The mail Is delivered by' a new carrier now who doubtless will weave his own bond of friendliness along the route. AH things must change and the 55 years of service to the people by the two Stockburgers has terminated, but the harmonious relationship developed along the way remains.