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TontHown Preparing For Mth Annual Grape Festival; Queen To Be Named For August Fete »J J. H. rOZZA Tontitown--The ptople of Tontitown arc preparing for their 54th annual Grape Festival -- this . year to be held August 21, 22 and 23. Gabriel Franco Is chairman of tM celebration, with the Rev. Father Thomis Stauder as co-chair. man. Committees have been named to prepare. for the festival. The chairmen and the committees are; Mri. Guy Barlola and Mrs. Primo Franco, spaghetti dinners; Misi Nova Jean Fiori, dinner tickets; Mrs. Hugo Pozza, queen's . contest and decoration; the Franco brothers, (rape judging contest; Albana Maestri· and Leon Zulpo, carnival committee; and the festival annual committee, Mri. Tito Morsani and Felix Poz. I a ' Three young ladies are entered as candidates lor annual Grape Festival queen. They are: Miss Mary Catherine Beckford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Beckford; Miss Virginia Franco, daughter of Joseph Franco; and Miss Betty Lou Ceola, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ceola. The celebration opens August 21 with a Solemn High Mass, with · the Rev. Father Thomas Kennedy, pastor, officiating. The St. Cecilia Choir will sing the Mass. All work *nd money to put over the Festi- · val is provided by parishoners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the returns 10 to the benefit of the church. Familiar Story The story of Tontitown is familiar to those who have lived in these parts for years past, but it " never grows old with the telling, and many new residents may not have heard it. During the 'Close .of the 19th ' century, when there was no restriction on the numbers of immigrants who might enter the United States, a large plantation owner · in Arkansas, Austin Corbin, needing settlers to work his crops, appealed to the mayor of Rome, Italy, to send 500 Italian families. . Corbin promised the settlers work and homes in which to make their new start. The families were to come on five different ships^ spaced several years apart. The first ship, a French Steamer carrying 100 families, left Naples, the Southern Italian port, in · 1895, and landed in New Orleans the same year. From Louisiana they plied their way \ip the Mississippi to Lake Village, Ark. and · with the admirable help of Corbin were given everything they needed The first venture was a success. During the following year · the second boat, the German steamer Gulgliemo, which carried ·Miss Zelinda Bastianelli and her relatives, left the large northern . port of Genoa--destination, New York City. Little did those colonists know, but on Ellis Island, in New York harbor, waited the man who would be their greatest friend in the New World, the man who would save them from death and misery _ the Rev. Father Pietro · Bandini. Father Bandini'had previously founded in the U. S. the St. Raphael's Society, an organization to help the immigrants, who ··were then swarming to the 'promised land' of America. As leader of this society, Father Bandini had, no doubt, heard the details of the Corbin proposition and of the Italian colonists. ' Land IB New York The colonists landed safely in New York and then proceeded immedaitely by train to Sunny- · life, where Corbin saw to their needs. The colonists were happy, there was plenty of work and food and all pointed to a successful future for these Italian people. But this prosperity was short- lived. During the third year after · their arrival, a double tragedy struck the settlers, the death of Corbin and an epidemic of malaria fever! Austin Corbin, their ' leader and friend, was killed in a horseback accident. The mosquito of the iwamps along the Mississippi River brought quick death to the Italians, so accustomed to the mountain climate of the Ap- penlmes and the Alps in Europe ' and the sea plains along the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.. "Over 100 people died that year. If you could have only seen the ' misery and hardship. Our families dying like flies and no one lo help us after the death of Corbin," relates Miss Bastianelli. Father Bandini went to Sunnyside and gathered the 20 remaining families, brought them to the Ar- · kansas OzarUs, the location of. Tontitown today. Ltn4 Parehaied The land Father Bandini had . purchased, approximately 700 «cres, had formerly been owned by th« government and had been liven to veterans of the Civil war. It was covered with virgin tlmberlind and a few scattered log ciblns in which the settlers ·pent their first winter, crowded together until the following spring wnen new homes could be ertcleS. "That first winter was the cold- Festirol Queen Candidate* Candidates for Queen Concordia of the 54th annual Tontitown Grape Festival are, left to right, Miss Mary Catherine Beckford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Beckford and Spring-dale High School senior; Miss Betty Lou Ceola, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ceola and graduate of Springdale High School; and Miss Virginia Franco, daughter of Joseph Franco and sophomore at Springdale High School. est one I can remember in Tontitown," recalls Miss Bastianelli. "It might have been that we just thought it was an exceptionally cold season because we were used to the southern part of Arkansas, ?nd good old 'Sunny Italy.' We always had plenty to eat. Our few cabins were mostly one-room buildings with mud fireplaces. "The next spring we cleared the timbers, planted crops, and of course our grape vineyards, built new homes, and started to build us a Catholic Church near the center of the area. Despite all o u r hardships, we prospered from .the start. The people were happy with their new settlement, which we could r(??lly call nnr own. We were eyed with indifference by t h e native people because of our new customs, religion, and language. Some just didn't want us and tried everything to get rid of us, such as trying to burn our newly-erected school. But on the other hand, some did everything for us, especially a man from Springdale who gave us work during our early years at Tontitown." Along with the new English language, Father Bandini taught the small children difficult passages in Catechism, for he saw they had not lost the culture of their native country. University student! from Fayetteville would come to listen to the younger generation speik, and notice the change in their language as they went from the Italian to Engl-;h. He was aided in this work by his nephew, the Rev. Tito Bandini, doctor of theology, who came to Tontitown from, another part of the U. S. where he had been teaching. When death overtook him in later years in California his dying wish was to be buried next to hi» uncle at St. Joseph's cemetery in Tontitown. A monument is being erected at the gravel of these two. Stevenson Well Traveled; Helped State Department Promote U.N. Conference Editor's Nole: This is the third of a series on the life of Adlal E. Stevenson, Democratic nominee for president. · ·l ROGE* F. LANE Springfield, 111., - (ff) - Adlai Stevenson's knowledge of international relations grew through the years, until eventually he assisted in the birth of the U. N. and participated in Its first and second general assemblies. By the middle 1940's, Stevenson was working on foreign policy problems with the late Sen. Arthur Vandenburg, John Foster Dulles and Sen. Tom Connalb'. His original interest in the subject probably sprang from boyhood travels with his family in Europe and his experiences in 1926 on a tour of the Near East and Russia. It ripened in the 1930's as a member, and finally president, of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Stevenson returned to Washington as a special assistant to Navy Secretary Frank Knox, one of two Republicans then in FDR's cabinet. Knox put him to work laying legal groundwork for seizure of struck shipyards at Kearney, N. J. The machinery he devised served as a pattern for 80 subsequent seizures. Studies Defense Preparations After Japan's December 7, 1941, strike against Pearl Harbor plunged the U. S. into World War II, Stevenson was dispatched to the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal Zone to gather information on defense preparations. Next, he accompanied Knox and high Navy officers on a tour of the nation's bastions in the Pacific. Before he was through, Stevenson visited Algeria, Tunis, Liberia, Italy, France, Luxembourg and Germany. Perhaps his most important assignment was as chief of a Foreign Economic Administration mission to Italy. Its purpose was lo plan for relief and rehabilitation of the liberated areas. Meets Eisenhower In Italy, Stevenson met the man who eight years later was to be his rival for the presidency -Dwight D. Eisenhower. The brief encounter occured in the corridor of a Naples office building. Eisenhower asked how things were going and Stevenson said as well as could be expected. That's all there was to the exchange. Knox died In April, 1944, and Stevenson resigned. However, he undertook another wartime assignment that fall, nerving »s an Army air mission to evaluate strategic bombing damage In Germany. I dtiira to rhonk my many friandi who tup- Mittd m« in my rae« for County Judfli. I am indtad grateful for all tha support given IM in rhit raet and al*o in tht pott. I «on|ratulat« tho winmu, Mr. luih. Sincirtly, Roy A. Scott In 1945 Stevenson moved over a few notches into the domain of diplomacy proper. The State Department called on Stevenson to help promote public understanding of the forthcoming U. N. conference . at San Francisco. In his various capacities connected with the creation and early functions of the U. N., Stevenson was brought in touch with Alger Hiss. He first met Hiss in 1933 when both were employed by the AAA. Their contact at this time was "frequent but not close or daily," in the words of the controversial deposition Stevenson made for use at the first trial of Hiss on perjury charges. After 1933, Stevenson said he saw no more of Hiss for nearly 12 years. The two renewed their acquaintance early in 1945 when both were employed by the State Department. In the next two yean, Stevenson and Hiss followed officit' paths that merged and crossec several times. This sort of contact continued intermittently into the latter part of 1947, when thty had their final encounter--in New York. At thst time, Stevenson was a U. N. alternate delegate and Hits was connected with the Carneglf Endowment for International Peace. Eighteen, months paucd. Stevenson now was governor of Illinois. Hiss stood accused in a federal court in New York of lying to conceal theft of secret U. S. documents. Tells Of Acquaintanceship lursuant to » court order, Stevenson was approached on June 2, 1949, by a U. S. commissioner in Springfield, 111., to answer some questions under oath. The main questions concerned length of Stevenson's acquaintance with Hiss, the history and circumstances of their association and whether -- from what Stevenson had heard about Hiss from other persons up until then -- he considered good or bad the accuetd's reputation for loyalty, integrity and truthfulness. Stevenson answered the ques- tion*. He said HIM had * food reputation, among their acquaintances in common, on each of the specific points raised. Early th.ii ytar, Stevenson was asked about the deposition. He re- '··*w it came about and a4d- «d this: .1 lawyer. I think that one of th« moit fundamental respon- libllitiei. not «ily of every citizen, but particularly of jswytrs, is to give testimony in a court of law, , " '"inrstly and willingly, and It will be a very unhappy day ... i.ngio-Saxon justice whtn a Irian, e;veri a man in public life, is too timid to itite what he knows and whit he Hat heard about a defendant in a criminal trial for fear that the defendant might later be convicted." (To Be Continued) Leavenworth VA Center Said To Need Workers Urgent need of physical therapists, occupational theraoists, and dieticians at the Veterans Administration Center, Leavenworth, Kan., has been reported by the U. S. Civil Service Commission. Requirements for theae positions are listed in Announcements No. 232 and 140, available at firit- ahd second class post offices. Qualified persons may apply direct to the personnel officer at the Veterans Administration Center at Leavenworth. DOROTHY DIX -CONTINUED mOM PAGE FOUR tnents. make very poor wives. They have a tendency to believe that because they have beauty, they are also entitled to eternal homage from all males. Husbands easily tire of kneeling at the feet of an Idol and wander off to find the sympathy, understanding and comfort thty are denied at home. You probably know the cause of their divorce, and from that can judge how much yoiir friend's feelings are still Involved. Most assuredly, if you think he has emotional ties to his ex-wife, stay clear of marriage to him. You aren't demanding much whtn you want love from the man who asks to marry you, and I .wouldn't advisi you to settle for less. Any hurt you sustain now will be small compared to what may follow a marriage with love on one side only. Topflight Junior Style By Sue Burnett Hert's the type of dress every junior adores--for classroom and datet at the coda shop. Unusual novelty buttons parade down the front waist, youthful collar and cuffs are in sparkling contrast. Pattern No. 8865 is a few-rite perforated pattern in sizes 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18. Size 12 3V4 yards of 39-inch; V4 yard contrast. For tnia pattern, and Me tor .EACH, in COINS, your name, ad. drwi, sites deiirtd, and tbt PATTERN NUMBER to Sue Burnett, Northwut Arkansas Time*, 11 SO Ave. America:, Ntw York 36, N. Y. Ready for you now -- Basil? FASHION far '52, Fall and Winter. This new Usut is filled with ideas for smart, practical tewing ideal for a new season; gift pat- ttro printed inaldt tht book. 25c. OUT OUK WAV If ·y J. K. Williomi It WDULPBE CUR LUOCTD ·ETVECTJCSTO COMETDTO4/M OWTHEVERy (TAINT THAT W6VE SOTSOMANV NEIGHBOR.*, MAM* CATALOGS M0*l THIam VGA** TOO 9OCH SOON The Little Darling Will Be Going Back To School OF COURSE, they've been just like little angels all summer long. They haven't trampled the garden, broken your favorite vase or knocked down the picket fence -- not intentionally, anyway. We know you'll "hate" to let teacher worry with them for awhile. Seriously, though, Mom is the one who suffers most when school time rolls around again. First grade Mary needs a whole new wardrobe -- grown-up clothes for a suddenly grown-up baby. Jimmy's vacation outfit -- mostly bathing trunks -- won't do for the classroom, and he's grown completely out of last year's suits and shirts. Mother has to do a lot of buying, but the budget says, "Watch every penny" -- and that means a lot of shopping around. No wonder it's Mother who's in a school daze! BUT -- many people are helping her. Most Fayetteville stores will be featuring school clothes and school supplies in their advertisements in the TIMES' special Education Edition August 26. Mother can sit down and do her back-to-school shopping right in the newspaper's advertising columns. SEE THE 13th ANNUAL EDUCATION EDITION OF THE TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th · Chock ftfll of features and photographs ^Dedicated to the School System* of N.JP. Arkansas ^Featuring the New fayetteville High School Building NOTE TO ADVERTISERS: Your back-to-school message will reach nearly 30,000 readers if you place it in this special edition. Don't delay. Call 244 now and reserve space.

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