Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 13, 1952 · Page 10
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June 13, 1952

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 10

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NOKTHWUT MKANSAS TIMIS, , ArkwiMi. Frktay, JUM 1J, 1*52 Longtime Member Of State Press Association Recalls Meetings, Trips Of The Past Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Celebrates Anniversary By BOB THOMAS Hollywood-(/IOnc of the most a u u Moiieci nignl ciuij* the world is celebrating its illjth anniversary, and the c i t i - zens ol Hollywood and LOK Angeles J. L. Russell, founder of t h e . " 'The feast of reason ami f l o w ""·' w a x i n g sentimental about it. · H e n d l i K l i t of H a r r i - . o f soul' t h a t was enacted in the Thirty years ago, the operators MacMurray and Harriet Milliard. Roubcn Arvanoff, of the Ambassador Hotel, has rich memories of the Los Angeles Grove. "1 remember a .couple of girls who took part in the Charleston contests. Their names were J a n e Idle GOP Delegates Still Fiver Taff 11-member Arkansai Republican delegation to the National convention revealed today that Sen. Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio) still has sev- Three of the remaininf delegates! had gained delegate strength in er for the GOP presidential nom- Arkansas following his speech in ination. The other is not commit- Abilene, Kan. ted. to him. . Peters and Lucille le Sueur. They f Hie Cocuanut (irove put a panty with being the oldest living mem her of the Arkansas 1'rcss Associa- - , Oldtimcrs recall another notable It started as a bare ballroom in ; event. It happened w h i l e the Grove . latirn in in was ha 'star nights." at which tion. Anyhow, he joined the assoc- reason 1 was very quiet t h a i c-vc- . lhe Ambassador Hotel u « t ^ ,,, ··-.. «, - '--·--··- "=13, and he knows of no | ning. The hou«e was continually ! K) 22 . Honiconc got tht idea of dcu- "sing movie talent was honored ,.,..., , v j l n roars, . o r a ting the place wiln lour potted ' for Ihe evening. A hotshot press ........ ... .uuu, «,..~ ..*. ................. | ...I ,|,. J I M . it...*.-., v«s u./.imji....ij . j y ^ ^ ^omeuiic got me mea 01 dec- ,' JMIIH movie laiem v/as nonoreu one else living who was i d e n t i f i e d beirrg brought down w i t h roars, · orating the place wiln lour potted ' for Ihe evening. A hotshot press with Ihe organization 57 years; but the biggest gust came when ! , lglinK _ xhc idea grc-w until the ! agent got the idea of bringing one ·*°- j j i m Adams of the Pine l i l u f f ; | at e became a grove of imitation starlet before the audience in a " T l l - l f ... np . J l . c l . l . . H... n o . , (VI 1 .. " · r l r j t n h t f - n . - l i r l t l i « t f i h l t t f l I f ] ' M l * - ' ' . . _ . . - _ . L . _ I . ^!llra nt i n n "That was during the Bay 9(l's." he told me a few days ngn. "And | grand old state of Sebastian' mean- paid his t r i b u t e to 'the coc() , u ,i trees with toy monkeys i n(! leaves. Moorish archi- . j . they were .gay times for the news- j ln K Sebastian County, of course. , c c l u , u was added to complete the ' sure enough," he|"is was not t h e olny tongue that | l ) ) U M O n _ ' fjftpui (juujjic bun. 1 eiiuugn, n c j j " n ***'; " u * ""- vmj iv,i went on to say. "Editors had t h e i r ' K ° l twisted that evening. pockets stuffed w i t h railroad passes, enabling them to lake their wives and often other members of 'H v/as a drab looking crowd that gathered at the Frisco station tile 'next morning;' to board spe- the family to go places and s e c j c l u l cars for the Columbian Ex- that year. There were a good many things. This wa« the association's j position which had been Itrongeit drawing card for the in- grammed for the excursion ducement of membership. The locial feature was about all there was to the meetings then. Thus a (cribe with enough cash on hand to flag a bread wagon could put on a front of affluence. W h a t money they had on these occasions was counterfeit. ·"Cities and towns where the «...«... · IIL* i v n l l a w l l v i c UIC wa.ya d J U W , lilt put C C r l l OClIlg innual meetings were held opened high among printers, to put on their homes to their guests of the 'lllckman'R Band Opened Club ! Art H i f k m a n s band opened the Grove. Since then nearly every sv.-cct band and every top njf;.u club act has played the loom. The accent is on sweet music, and Benny Goodman is the only swing[ stcr to appear there. Guy Lorn- faces In evidence at the ba nquct f l c r , l o . %***: mere. Guy Lorn- not on hand that mornl,,*. It was t»rdo holds the money record, and not on hand that morning. It was never the purpose of the masses of the editors in those days, or any other days, for that matter, to debauch like tha'. put on at the For 1 . Smith meeting, but there arc always a few, the per cent being wild parties. " Thc i n c i d c n t press in genuine Southern hospi- c n c c tallty, no ch.rge for anything. I t , h a v c rcfcrl . cd Is needless to say the attendance ·t the annual meetings was always large. At the conclusion of each innual gathering an excursion often by special train was arranged for outlngi of wide range, taking in some point of Interest, some- the wa evening 1 the last times extending beyond the border Into Canada, Mexico and Texas. "The picture I am handing you I» a fair sample of one of our press fangs cntotir. This one was taken ·» you will note at Vanderbllt University at Nashville. Tenn., in 1895. The group was then on' (he l«st leg return from a visit to A t - lanta, Ga., where several days had been spent taking In the Cotton Stales Exposition. "Thc annual meeting the year I Joined the association was held nl Fort Smith, and it was surely an instance of a good time being' had Freddie Martin is the long-run king. Me was there for three and one-half years during the war. Thc fame of the Cocoanut Grove soon spread. There was a 1938 picture of that litlc, starring Fred last two years of his active association membership. One was first for the best essay on the resources f Lake Village and Chicot Count? years. "Private In The Rank" Mr. Russell was never promi ncnt as a leader in the deliberations of the association. Thc late Clio Harper once apologized lo the associatiou for Russell not himself reading a paper for which he was programmed, saying the writer o( the paper was one of those rare Individuals who cannot t h i n k while on his feet. The veteran scribe s rather inclined to boast that he has always been a private in the rank in the promotion of public affairs, in everything except "shoving the Icbrities participated. He duplica cd this winning, in 1924 only h got second place, this time for similar offer by the Fayettevil Chamber of Commerce for tl b e s t a r t i c l e ' o n our Univcrsil town. Thc time was, Mr. Russell say when he knew practically cvei criilor in the state and numberc the biggest guns in the state a his personal friends. His memor Is a little faded now but with little whetting he says he coul give the names of the member - . ,, . . ....... ,, ..... , ..... _____ ...... quill." As a writer he has always to. of all the Atlanta party rcfcrre e To The Arkansas Press Association We are delighted to have your great organization select Fayetteville for its convention city. You will find our Cleaning and Pressing . Plant one of the largest and most modern in Arkansas, with every facility for prompt and perfect service. We also have the only REFRIGERATED STORAGE in Northwest Arkansas In business since 7935 -- seventeen years of progressive c\pnsion. Come to See Us While in Town We give One-Day Service on Cleaning and Pressing for your convenience; and Press while you wait OZARK CLEANERS BILLIE HAYES HEAD "Where Cleaning and Dyeing Is An Art" 101 N. BLOCK PHONE 272 cake of ice. The starlet u n w i l l i n g l y agreed to it. When the cake of ice was wheeled in, the heat of the room , sealed it shut. Waiters worked: feverishly with Icepicks to free her from the icy tomb. : .._ ._ , Pelicans and terns nesting near! California's Salton Sea must cool · their eggs rather than warm them. There had been reports that he' AdifrB»e In the TIMES--It mn. WELCOME TO The ARKANSAS PRESS ASSOCIATION Fayetteville is'in the center of a great Poultry, Egg and Cream area, and these essential industries are constantly expanding. Our Firm is one of the largest in, the nation, and its achievements through the years have won wide recognition. C. A. SWANSON SONS SPRING AND WEST PHONE 2280 The thud of the paper on the front porch, tossed there by the bright eyed lad on the bike, starts people reaching for the facts of life -- all over town. Ever think of it that way? It's the great American Habit, this eager reaching for the truth, this wanting to know what's going on -- everywhere and without the slightest delay at all. It's a good habit, too, for here is the foundation of the freedoms we cherish so deeply. In knowing what's going on lies our capacity for the making of choice, which is the very essence of our individual liberty. We are proud that we, too, play an important part in making America and its people so successful. A program of conscious thrift is a keystone to freedom and happiness for those who follow it. Let one of our friendly people help you start a sayings account now. In a matter of minutes you've set up an investment fund for the future. --^^^·^^·^·^ Welcome Newspapermen ot Arkansas We hope you enjoy your stay in Fayetteville and will come again soon. If we can be of service \vhile you're here, do not hesitate to call on us. FIRST NATIONAL B A N K FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Fcdtral R*Mrv« Iniurorx* C«rp. SyiMm

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