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THE DURANT NEWS i
<v ___V _ 88th Year—Number 60 DURANT. MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY SEPT. 6, 1946 *+ Yea* --—--.---------— THROUGH HAZEL EYES BY HAZEL BRANNON Durant was the first city in the state of Mississippi to take advan tage of the BAWI legislation passed originally when Gov. Hugh L. White was in office. A building was erected by Durant and it has been occupied ever since by the Durant Manufacturing Com pany. This company has proved tc be a good citizen. It has given good jobs attracting high class labor tc Durant and its employees have made good citizens of Durant. Within a few days the Mayor one Board of Aldermen are going to cal a $60,000. bond election to build ar addition to the Durant Manufactur ing Company enabling the companj to double its floor size, its product ion and number of its employees. In addition the company is goinj to pay yearly rental which will within a 20-year period, pay fully the entire principal and interest ex pended by the City of Durant. Thu: the addition actually will not cos the taxpayers of Durant a singli cent. The industrial payroll of the Du rant Mfg. Co. and the payroll of thi Delta Chenille Co., which came t< Durant later have proved to be rea assets to this community. We are certain the majority o qualified voters in Durant will favo the bond issue when it is called b; Durant city officials at an earl; date. Every Mississippian is justly proui of being a citizen of one of th great agricultural states of tin nation. We are proud of the pro duction record of Mississippi farm era during the war. With reducei labor and few new tools they havi produced bumper crops to meet thi needs of the world. The incomi from Mississippi’s agricultural pro ducts has reached a new all-timi high since Pearl Harbor. But there is another truth tha all Mississippians must face ant the sooner this truth is faced frankl; and squarely the better for ever man, woman and child in our state whether they live on the farm o in town. That truth is just this—so loni as Mississippi depends largely upoi raw production for its income jus so long will Mississippi remain thi poorest state in the nation. For example, with the highes agricultural income in its history it 1944 Mississippi’s per capita annua income totaled only $569.00, the low est in the nation. The answer to this problem ii more processing, more manufactur ing, more industrial jobs and pay rolls in Mississippi so that a sounc balance between agriculture and in •dustry may be enjoyed. Realizing this fact the Mississipp legislature in 1944 enacted the "Bad ance Agriculture With Industry Act' which gives to municipalities anc other governmental subdivisions thi right to issue bonds for the erectioi of industrial buildings which cai be leased to private industry. Mississippi communities, becausi of this BAWI Act, thus have some thing to offer industry that the com munities of no other state have. In stead of asking industry to locati 1m 4Via o *yi m i m i ttr KnSIrl O Kliililinfl V r install machinery, employ local peo pie and finance the entire operation Mississippi communities can say t< industry: “You provide the machin erv, supply the know-how, hire tin people, provide the payrolls and w( will erect a modern industrial build ing to meet your needs. You car lease it with an option to buy if yot so desire in the future.” Industrialists are attracted by this proposition for many reasons. It cutf down their initial investment. It proves that local people have faith in their own community when they are willing to invest local funds in a building. It gives the industrialist eorfidence in the community and its people. In fact, the entire plan is just, plain, down-to-earth sound busi ness. It’s good horse-sense. It is the “plus” which we now have in Mis sissippi. Greek Mercy Ships ?Pf..rn t0 States The S. S. HATTIESBURG VICT ORY returned to the United States ‘h;3 vaeV, docking at Newport News Va., at 10:00 A. M. with 35 Mississ ippirms abord after having delivered 810 head of livestock, a donation made by Mississippi farmers to U N R R A for Greece. The ship left Solonika August 13 and arrived at the east coast port one day ahead of schedule. Members of the livestock handlers crew who made the trip had a five day tour of Greece. The CATAGN VICTORY, which ♦rauscorted a second installment of the livestock donation to Greece is r sorted tr be on the way home, and according «o latest information Is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore. Md., September 12. Transportation from Baltimore to Mississippi for » • t. ' Mississippi Office Of Kentucky Home Mutual Established Here G. A. RenackerIs State Agent For Insurance Co. The Mississippi state office of the Kentucky Home Mutual Life Insur ance Company has been established in Durant, according to G. A. Ren | acker, of Durant, state manager. Offices for the company are be ing completed in the Hotel Durant j building and will be ready at an early date, Mr. Renacker said. Tem porary offices are now located just off the lobby of the Hotel Durant. The new office is due to be ready for occupancy by Sept. 15th. Official Her* Mr. Henry E. Ladner, of Mont ' gomery, Alabama, state manager of the company for Alabama, was in Durant this week assisting Mr. Ren acker in setting up the Mississippi ; state office. Largest In South While the Kentucky Home Mutual has been operation actively in Mis : sissippi for only about four years |; it is known throughout the coun try as one of the leading companies ' and is the South’s largest legal re f serve mutual life insurance com : pany. Home oiiice or me company is ' in the Kentucky Home Life Build ing at Louisville, Kentucky. Manager Known Mr. Renaeker’s many friends con gratulate him on the responsible ! position which he holds with this company in the state managership j and on the fact that the state office ’ of his company is being located in ' Durant, his home town. » | J. M. "Mat" Weeks I Passes Tuesday r Mr. J. M. “Matt” Weeks, one ol r the county’s oldest citizens, died at , the home of his son, Morgan Weeks, r near West Tuesday morning. He was 03 years, seven months and 25 days f old. 1 Services were held Wednesday t afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at Bethesda > Church. The Rev. A. H. Miller, of Meridian, officiated. Interment was in the churchyard cemetery with i Southern Undertaking Association l in charge of arrangements. Surviving are three sons, Morgan Weeks, of West; Norman Weeks, of Jackson; Herman Weeks, of Jackson. Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. J. L Moorehead, of Durant, RFD, and [ Inez, of Fort Worth, Texas. > Mrs. A. D. Tate Dies ; it Sumner Home i Mrs. A. D. Tate, 68, died at her i home near Sumner, Miss., August j 30. She was horn near Bowling | Green in Holmes county. She was a | member of the Friendship Baptist j Church and services were held j *here Saturday morning, conducted I by the Rev. J. A. Ousley. She was ; buried at Pleasant Ridge Saturday i afternoon and services at the grave | side were said by Rev. A. H. Miller. i one leaves ner nusnana. iwo i daughters. Mrs Jake Clark, of Cro i; wder. and Mrs. Gip Clark, of Sum ■ j ner; two sons, George Tate of Sum ) ner and J. K Tate of Greenwood; j three sisters. Mrs. S. W. Weems, Mrs. R. M. MrNcer. and Mrs. John K. Rhyne of Lexington, and a bro ther, T. E Eubank of Littlefield, Texas. The Avent Funeral Home of Tutwiler was in charge of arrange j ments. Holmes Youth To Write Article For American Mercury GREENWOOD — Editor James I [ Alsop, of the Greenwood Star, Tues day was selected by American Mer , cury magazine to present a South i erner’s views on the racial situation i in the north. Alsop, whose coverage of a recent Mississippi lynching, earned him nation-wide acclaim, said he would j travel above the Mason-Dixon line [ to do research for his report. Mr. Alsop is the son of Mrs. A. B. j Archer, of Cruger, and well known1 throughout the county. crew* members of the CALVIN has also been arranged. Both ships left Gulfport with | cargoes of gift animals in July after I a send-off led by Gov. Thomas L Bailey, originator of the Mississippi livestock donation project. Mr. A. K. Dinas, of Durant, owner of the California Cafe, accompanied, the Calvin Victory, as interpreter, to Greece. While there he was pri- i vileged to visit relatives he had not ; seen for forty years, since he left ! there as a young man. i; Durant Officials Will Call ■BMQ> $60,000. Bond Issue Group Camping Proves Popular At State Parks 5,408 Persons Visit Holmes County State Park Near Durant Upwards of 6,000 boys and girls, making up various group campers have crowded Mississippi’s sprawl j ing State Park System, helping to sky-rocket over-all attendance in all ! parks in excess of any previous year, as revealed by State Park officials the earlier part of the week. During the first seven months of the year 236,556 visitors swelled the park areas, with Percy Quin at Mc Comh leading with at total of 55,975 and Roosevelt at Morton placing second with 45,087. Tabulations revealed a heavy in crease at all parks during July as compared with previous months. Other attendance marks included: Clarkco at Quitman, 33,164; Mag nolia at Ocean Springs, 29,866; Le roy Percy at Hollandale, 25,481: Spring Lake at Holly Sprngs, 19,16/ Tishomingo at Tishomingo Cit; 7,736 and Holmes County at Duran 5,408. With all parks opearting this sea son except Legion State Park, locat ed at Louisville, facilities were tax ed to care for groups made up fronr various churches, 4-II Clubs, Boys Conservation Schools, High School Bands, Future Farmers of America, nd Jlny end Girl Scouts. Of special interest, as pointed out by Bura Hilbun, State Park Coordi nator, is that no major accidents have been reported thus far. The three outstanding events, as recorded with the State Park Board, included Speed-boat Races held at Roosevelt Park with attendance of more than 6,000; Percy Quin Park was host to 7,000 visitors when the I.ion’s Club of McComb sponsored speed-boat races on the beautiful , 621 acre lake; and Magnolia State i P-irk entertained 1,500 WMU’s of the I Baptist. Calling attention to the month-by month rental of cabins, Mr. Hilbun sn^d that it is the desire of the Park Service that all cabins available for the fall and winter seasons, can and will be rented cn the usual winter basis. “Tn this wav”, he said, “the parks will be of service throughout the entire year.” I Goodman Methodists Hold Open House Members of the Methodist Church in Goodman are holding open house I at the church Sunday afternoon | From three until five o’clock. The Rev. J. M. Hinson, of Pickens, is pastor, The public is invited and former members of this church are especi ally urged to call during the after noon to see the improvements that have been made at the church. The interior of the church has been completely redone and a choir rail built, greatly improving the general appearance. An informal musical program Will be given throughout the afternoon,1 - - ; Lexington Call $150,000 Bond Issue Election The Mayor and Board of Aider men of Lexington have passed the necessary resolution calling for a $150,000. new industry bond issue election as provided for under Mis sissippi’s Balance Agriculture With ! Industry Act. The election will be held on Monday, September 30th. American Red Cross Plans Foreign Relief I Holmes Chapter To Assist In Project To Relieve Suffering ' The Red Cross has undertaken a large Foreign War Relief Program by means of which the people of the United States may relieve some oi sufferings of those who live in rav aged countries. This humanitariar project offers the opportunity of ex pressing in a practical way our sym pathy and good will. The need for chapter-producec garments is greater than ever be -ore. Clothing the cold and hungrj -■hildren of these war-torn countrie. will help to build and preserve thi peace for which our men so valiant ly fought. Your Red Cross Chapter, unde the guidance of Mrs. J. F. Williams county chairman of Special Volun teer Services, will have a part ii this program. The Chapter has ad vised the Area office of acceptanc j of a quota and when materials arr ive volunteers will be called on an work assigned on a county wid ! basis. Holmes Counly Agent Assumes Position Mr. W. R. Sullivan, Holmes coui ty’s new County Agent, arrived j Lexington this week to assume h duties. Mr. Sullivan comes to Holm, from Grenada where he has servi as county agent since February o 1945. Prior to this he was assistai county agent in DeSota, Tate ar. i Tunica counties and also served ; assistant county agent for Shark* and Issaquena counties. The new county agent is a grad uate of Louisiana State Universit; where he received his B S in 193. and his Master’s degree in agricult ure in 1937. There he was promin ent in school activities and playec football. He was voted most valuab le player on the LSU team of 1934. 1 Immediately after leaving LSU ' he tpught school and coached for e number of years at Copiah-Lincoln I Junior College (1935-37) and at East Central Junior College at Decatur (1937-43) before going into extension service. Mr. FulliVah is married to the for mer Noil Tanner, of StaleCoIlege, who is a graduate of MSCW. Mrs. Sullivan a Is 6 received her Master’s degree in home economics from the University of Tdhnessee. They have two children, Sue Lynn, 5, and Wal ter, Jr., age four mouths. The Sullivan’s are at home In the apartment of Mrs. Vic Robbins on Boulevard Street in Lexington. We are happy to welcorf* them to Holmes onnntv One Dead and Three Holmes County Men Injured In Auto-Ambulance Collision Monday Evening ■ Services Held On Wednesday For Accident Victim One man was killed almost insta ntly and three Holmes county mei injured in a head-on automobili ambulance collision about seven o clock Monday evening on highway 12 between McAdams and Durant. Aubrey Ray Erwin. 28, of McAda ms is the dead youth, who accordinj lo reports, was driving a Ford sedar which attempted to pass anothei 'ar traveling east toward Kosciusko Elis car crashed head-on into ar imbulance of the Southern Under aking Association of Durant travel ng toward Durant from Kosciusko. Three employees of the Associat on sufferered severe shock, bruises md some cuts. They are Curtis Gib on, son of E. R. Gibson, owner of southern, Joe Miles, of Durant, and Smith Hughes, of fiallis. ' The Southern men were returning ) from a funeral in Kosciusko. The ambufancs was almost, de- ’ molished. Young Gibson is married to the | former Irma Looise Johnson, of Lexington. Services For Victim Funeral services for young Erwin were held at the Crape Creek Baptist Church Wednesday afterno on at 2:30 o’clock. The pastor of the Crape Creek church officiated and burial was in the churchyard cemetery. , Surviving are his wife, Mrs Tla Lee Frwin and four children: Ber-! | nice and Mary Lee Erwin, W. C. and( Lamar Erwin, all of McAdams; his, mother, Mrs. Bertha Erwin, of Stew art; a sister, Mrs. Velma Burton, of ’ Stewart; two brothers,R. F. Erwin ] and Boyce Erwin of Ackerman. He was the son of the late Erwin ’ Stewart. 1 Lee Funeral Home was m charge > of arrangements. ( 1 Henry Plant Increases Capacity; Plan Pick Up And Delivery 50-Mile Territory Will Be Served By Local Concern The Henry Ice and Cold Storage Company of Lexington announces this week that beginning October 1st it will pick up and deliver animals to be salughtered within a fifty-mile radius of Lexington for a nominal sum. We invite your attention to their advertisement on page two of this paper. This will enable the citizens oi Kosciusko, Winona, Canton, Belzoni and other towns in surrounding counties to avail themselves of the complete service offered by the Henry concern. The capacity of the Henry Ice anc Cold Storage Co. has been increased to care for additional storage ol cured meats and a full force ol trained personnel is available foi speedy and efficient service ix slaughtering and processing the meat. i Mr. A. B. Holder, Jr., and Mr. A *3. Shepherd are in charge of thii ohase of the work. Mr. S. E. Henry, owner, said h« wished to publicly express his sin '’ere appreciation for the generou; patronage of the people of Holme; ind surrounding counties which hac nabled his business to grow anc | multiply to such a great extent. H< oledged his continued efforts to givi he people of this area unsurpassec I ervice in his line. >urant Methodists lave $3,100. Quota The Mississppi Methodist Millioi dollar Forward Movement was offi lally launched in the Duran' | dethodist Church Sunday and wai | eceived with approval by the mem bers of the congregation. Friday night the Board of Stewa rds met and made plans for raising A quota of $3,100.00 has been as signed to the Durant church. It is confidently expected tha' there will be full co-operation am ong all the members of the churcl i and the entire quota will be quick yl subscribed. The Million for the Master prog ram is a matter of primary concerr , in all Methodist Churches in Missis sippi for the month of September It is recognized that Methodism in Mississippi wil be only as strong as them the foundation is being laid for the growth of the Kingdom n the | years to come. The raising of this ! Million dollars for Methodist insti tutions will truly be a forward step for the church and the Kingdom of i God in Mississippi. , „ I —-- ' V Holies County Scouts Plan "Pioneer" Rating In the "High Road" Project, con ducted by the Boy Scouts of the An drew’ Jackson Council, .Holmes coun J ty Troi'ps are expecting to secure "Pioneer” rating—the highest avail able according tc* Mr, Lewellyn Dean, Field Scout Executive for this Area, who announced the project as a part of the National pffort to pre- j pare the Scout Movement for "full peace-time service to the Nation and its youth.” j As local units “fill up the ranks” \ by recruiting new members in Packs and Troops, their success will be recognized by suitable awards, in cluding a badgtf for each Scout or i Cub who recruits fc member; certifi cates every month to the successful “Pioneer” Units; a plaque i awarded to the PionfW Troops for the period ending October J), Ad ministrative leaders are urging the sponsors and Unit leaders to pre- i pare for Fall Activities by filling the ranks. Units participating in the project , in Holmes county include: Pack 64 j of Lexington, sponsored by Junior Chamber of Commerce; Pack 65 and | rroop 65 of Pickens, sponsored by ' 3roup of Citizens; Pack 67 of Gc xl- 1 nan; Troop 61 of Cruger, sponsored jy the Baptist Church; Troop 64 of < Lexington, sponsored by the Masonic < ,odge; Troop o. 70 of Tchula. sponsored by the Rotary Club; i Proon No. 79 of Durant, sponsored >y the Rotary Club, and Troop No. 96 of Durant, sponsored by Holmes 1 'ourty Training School. 1 expansion Program At Durant Mfg. Co. Will Be Voted On Addition Doubles Number Employees At Durant Plant A bond issue allowing the Mayor i and Board of Aldermen of Durant ! to spend up to $60,000. to build an j addition to the Durant Manufactur ! ing Co. building will be voted on by j the qualified voters of Durant at an | early date, according to plans made I at a regular meeting of the Board. | Tuesday night. The bond election date will prob ably be set at the Sept. 17th meet ing of the Board, officials stated. Terms Of Contract According to the terms of the con j tract between the City of Durant | owner of the Durant Manufacturing Company building, and the Com j pany itself an addition to the pre | sent plant costing up to $60,000. will beb uilt giving the Comany an ad ditional 7,500 square feet space. The . addition will be built on the west L side of the present building on high way 51 south, according to plans. The Durant Manufacturing Com , pany, in return for the new addition,, i will pay the City of Durant an an nual rental equal to the principal . and interest expended over a period . of twenty years. i This means that in the long run ; the City of Durant will not be out 1 one cent since the Durant Manu t facturing Company will pay both > principal and interest in the twenty* > year period. I The city retains t|tle to the build ing throughout the entire proceed ings, even after the Durant Mfg. Co. has paid in enough rental to retire all the bonds and pay the interest. Capacity Doubled The addition to the present build ing will insure doubling the product i ion capacity and will in time double the number of employees. ' The Durant Manufacturing Com : pany now has 130 employees. The enlarged plant will employ from 150 to 175 additional employees, mak ing a total of 280 to 300. | The highest number of employee* | on the payroll at this Durant plant j to date is 141. At this time the plant is running ! three shifts on the knitting ma chines, two shifts on seaming and one shift on looping and mending and inspecting. Training Program It is estimated that the training program for new employees will I start around January 1, 1947, accord I 'Pg to Mr. J. W. Norwood, super intendent, provided the bond issue i goes through. Takes Ninety Days City officials estimated that it i would take approximately ninety | days to get the bond issue through, etc., and that it would possibly be j late March or Apri1 before the build j ing could be completed, i This would assure full operatioa j of increased personnel by around ! May 1st. Additional Option j The Contract which will be enter ed into by the Otirant Mfg. Co. and the City of Durant gives the tomer the option to renew its lease for a twenty year period at the end of the first twenty years for one per cent of the investment the City of Durant has iu the buildings. It also gives the Durant Mfg. Co. the right to another twenty year option at the conclusion of the sec ond twenty-year period on the same Expect Approval terms. Durant officials expressed them selves as confident the bond hsue would meet with the approval of the majority of qualified voters in Durant as the question has been pretty generally discussed before it was decided to call the bond elect ion. King Rites Held Sunday Afternoon Funeral services were held Sun lav, August 25th, at 2o’clock fer 3aby King, infant daughter of Mr. md Mrs. William Herbert King Internment was in the Lexington 'emetery with the Rev. C. M. Day if Durant, officiating. Besides the parents, she is survi ved by a little sister, Joyce Faye. Mrs. W. R. Ernst and Miss Ed 'th thyne were Greenwood visitors on 'uesday.