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^_ljUKANT\_MlSSISSI^l!_THtjttigpAY, DECEMBER 4, 1952 ' ' Bg==a=jfiso u„„ vM, "
By Hml Brannon Smith
If we were to say that we
were going to bum off $350,000
worth of timber on Holmes
county’s wooded areas people
would say we were crazy—
and we would be.
But that’s exactly what hap
pened this year in Holmes
Forest fires burned off
35,000 acres here which is a
httle more than ten per cent
of the total wooded area in
the county—there being 307,000
forest acres here. The U. S.
Forest Service estimates the
loss at about $10.00 per acre
and this accounts for the
$350,000 loss to landowners in
Holmes county.
Most of our acreage burned
was lost in the Big Black river
bottom and in tl^e Delta.
Comparatively little burned in
the hill section of the county.
As a whole for the state it
Was the worst fire season since
1924, according to foresters.
It is not just the landown
er, however, that suffers loss
in these fires.
Employment is curtailed or
ceases altogether from wanton
burning of forests. The gov
ernment ceases to collect re
venues and taxes from land
owners and taxpayers, sports
men have less game to hunt in
the future—and there are
many more ways the public
feels the results of forest fires.
In a state like Mississippi
where forestry is such an im
portant part of our total econ
omy it is imperative that ev
ery man, woman, boy and
girl do what we can to pre
vent and stamp out these fires.
Only 17 more shopping day*
until Christmas. |
Presbyterians Plan
Special Program Of
Christmas Music
The public is extended a cor
dial invitation to worship at
the First Presbyterian Church
in Durant on Sunday, Dec. 7.
The regular Sunday school
hour and morning worship
hour will be held as usual at
9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and
the youth fellowship at the
regular hour 5:30 p.m.
In addition there will be a
special Christmas program of
music at the evening service at
7:00 p.m. brought by members
of the Holmes Junior College
choir under the direction of
Mrs. Martha Tye Mekie.
The weekly Bible Class
which is bone attended by a
large number will be held at
the church Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
David Eugene Herrin
Rites Held Tuesday
A wide circle of Holmes
county friends will regret to
learn that the little son of
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Herrin
was stillborn on Monday night,
December 1 at the Holmes
County Community Hospital.
He was named David Eugene.
Graveside services were held
at Mizpah cemetery in Durant
Tuesday morning with the Rev
C. M. Day officiating.
1200 Examined In
Vision Survey Here
The vision survey team spent
the week in Tchula going to
Cruger school. Lexington, Cox
burg and Tchula schools have
been completed. About 120C
persons have had medical eye
examinations to date.
Dr. H. L. Butters, acting
health director, and Superin
tendent L. R. Thompson, an
nounce the following schedule
for next week.
Dec. 5, Cruger school: Dec. 6,
Tchula city hall; Dec. 8, Pick
ens school; Dec. 9, Goodman
grammar school; Dec. 10. Lex
ington courthouse; Dec. 11.
Goodman Holmes Junior Col
lege; Dec. 13, Goodman, 3-12
Everyone contributing to the
Charity Hospital in Jack. „>a i.
'asked to leave their eontrib ;
tions on their porch. They will
be picked up by Mrs. Ralph
McGehee, chairman of the com
mittee, on Tuesday afternoon.
Weekend Revival At First Baptist Church December 5-6-7
Richard Buckley, Preacher
"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
will be the theme of the week
end youth revival which will be
held at the First Baptist Church
in Durant on Friday and Satur
day, Dec. 5 and 6 and conclude
on Sunday, Dec. 7. The public is
cordially invited to attend every
The Rev. Richard Buckley of
Jackson will be the speaker for
the 3-day meeting. He is a sen
ior student at Millsaps College
and an enthusiastic leader of
young people. At this Baptist in
stitution he has earned many
Norman Doaton, Personal Worker
honors in athletics and is a mem
ber of the college basketball
The Rev. Norman “Shorty”
Deaton will be personal worker
for the 3-day meeting. He will
lead devotionals, group discus
sions and work in many phases
of the revival. Shorty is from
Memphis where he is a member
of the First Baptist Church. He
is a junior student at Mississippi
College studying tor the minstry.
James Hayes is choir director
and leader of young people for
the First Baptist Church and has
James Hayes, Music
worked out plans and made pre
parations for the weekend revival
which is expected to stimulate
and inspire greatly the splendid
young people in the Baptist
Church here. He will lead the
Accompanist for the revival
music will be Miss Martha Smith
of Ruth, a newcomer to Mississip
pi College and a brilliant pianist.
This splendid young Christian
woman is studying in the field
of music and her presence is ex
pected to add much to the suc
cess of the meeting.
Miss Martha Smith, Pianist
A nurr.tr < of young people have
been working on plans for the
meeting and the following com
mittees have been active:
Entertainment committee, Sara
Nell Nabers, Louie Thomas and
Edith McBride; social committee,
Shirley Wheat, Marjorie Mims,
Tabitha Peden and Edith Anne
Moss; ushering, James Carr,
Francis Brantley, Dale McBride,
and James Kealhofer; advertis
ing, Joyce Hathorn, Shirley Leslie
and Joyce McBride.
' Advance Prints Article
By Miss Turner,
Y-Teen Adviser
Miss Estelle Turner, a member
of the Durant school faculty and
adviser to the Y-Teens of Du
rant, is author of an interesting
article on “Y-Teens Learn By
Doing” in a current issue of the
Mississippi Educational Advance.
Those interested in the splen
did work being done by this group
of girls will be interested in the
following reprint of Miss Turn
er’s informative article:
“The ancient Oriental proverb
“One SEE is worth many a TELL" |
may be aptly replaced by its kin
dred maxim “One DO is worth
many a SEE.” All phases of the
Y-Teen program give to every
girl the opportunity and challenge
to learn by doing. The varied
types of devotional guidance
books published each year testify
to the need for worship helps. Be
cause whatever their specific type
program, Y-Teens remember their
basic objective “to grow in know
ledge and love of God” and to
share that love with others. Y
Teens learn to worship by practic
ing devotion.
“The most profound reflections
| of the Psalmist and the most in
i-spiring messages of the Master
; become the heart felt emotions
of those who earnestly sing, "God
who touchest earth with beauty,
make me lovely too. With Thy
spirit recreate me, make my heart
anew,” or 'God the Father, hear
us, lift our hearts and cheer us.
In the friendship circle around
the campfire, girls sincerely feel
a spirit of adoration, of thanks
giving and of supplication as they
reverently sing, "Kneel always—”
and "Let us go on believing in this
Love we’re receiving—.”
“Through active participation
in public programs girls gain
poise and administrative experi
ence. Even better than the ser
vice that is recognized and praised
is the willing service given behind
the scenes.
“Through dramatization comes
a keener understanding of per
sonal problems and the people
who face these problems. As the
girls work to present in playlet
form programs depicting family
relationships, as they study to
give a sympathetic portrayal ol
the mother striving to understand
her adolescent daughter and ex
plain her to the others of the fam
ily, as they portray an impatient
elder sister or scornful younger
brother, they get h better under
standing not only of their fami
lies., byt also of themselves.
"Such social service projects
as giving up certain pleasures in
order to provide Christmas cheer
for needy persons teach more
than personal sacrifice; they
teach gratitude and humility for
the countless bi 4. .\ merican
Y-Tcens enjoy.
"By aiding service clubs in
1 house-to-house can .sing for
donations to cha. institu
tions, girls- learn to accept civic
responsibility. They learn too
in this way to meet various types
of givers and to use tact. They
get first-hand information about
Miss Byrd Hamblem
Riles At Pickens
Former Durant And
NY Resident Dies
At Jackson Home
Miss Byrd W. Hamblen, former
resident of New York City and
Durant, died Tuesday at Moore’s
convalescent home in Jackson
follgwing a lingering illness. K.i
neral services were held Wednes
day afternoon at 2:30 at Maxwell
and Owens Funeral Home with
the Rev. R. G. Donaldson, rector
of the Canton Episcopal Church
Burial was in Mizpah ceme
tery in Durant.
A native of Madison county,
Miss Hamblen was a member of
St. John’s Episcopal Church in
New York City, a member of the
United Daughters of the Con
federacy and the Daughters of
the American Revolution. She
was held in highest esteem by a
wide circle of friends in Holmes
Surviving relatives are Mrs.
Paul Ratliff of Jackson, Mrs. T.
P. Montgomery of Pickens, Jack
Anthony of Washington, ' Mis
souri, Miss Ruth Cooper of Jack
son, Mrs. Ed Walker of Camden,
J. E. Maxwell. C. V. Maxwell of
Pickens and R. L. Cooper of
Pallbearers were Hoover Max
well, Archie Cooper, Arthur Lo
rance, Edwin Maxwell, Ed Walker
of Camden, and W. B. Cooper, Jr.
of Jackson.
Seedlings Orders Are
Again Being Accepted
Tree seedling applications are
again being accepted by the Mis
sissippi Forestry Commission. Or
ders received during the four
months period, July 1 to Novem
ber 1, have not exceeded the nur
sery supply of slash pine, Missis
sippi cypress, Arizona cypress,
catalpa and black locust.
Orders for these seedlings will
be received on a first- first-serv
ed basis. They can be ordered
through the county agent’s or
area forester's office in Lexing
To date, orders for 152.000 seed
lings have been received.
the numerous drives that come
to every community. Again they
feci thankful to be among the
givers, and to learn to share with
"The selection of program ma
terial, conference delegates, and
officers developes judgment, the
laying aside of personal prefer
ences, and the tendency to consid
er the needs of the individual
member and the group.
"In working together Y-Teens
; discover unsuspected talents and
from what looked like unpromis
ing material develop attractive
personalities and friendship that
enrich the lives of all the mem
bers. Indeed Mississippi Y-Teens
learn by doing.”
—Miss. Educational Advanci
Holmes WMU Holds
executive Meeting
The executive meeting of the
Holmes County WMU was held at
Goodman November 20 to plan
the work for the ensuing year.
Mrs. J. G. Everett, presdient of
the association presided over the
meeting. The BSU presented an
inspirations1 program. After the
meeting refreshments were served
in the new home economics kit
chen at the college.
The Tchula society reports an
all-day meeting with eleven pres
ent. The Rev. and Mrs. Noal
taught the mission study book,
“Scattered Abroad.’’ Each mem
ber brought a covered dish and
lunch was served at the church.
Orphanage boxes were packed
by the Holmes WMU societies in
recent meetings and several so-’
cieties packed fruit cakes and
pecans for the four Mississippi
girls at the WMU training school
in Louisville, Kentucky.
Mrs. W. H. Fincher, Jr.
Will Head Drive
March Of Dimes
Campaign Will
Soon Be Underway
Organization for the 1953 March
of Dimes campaign scheduled for
January 2-31 is nearing comple
tion in every county according to
Dr. Felix J. Underwood, state
Mrs. W. H. Fincher, Jr. of Lex
mgtos will direct the campaign in
Holmes county. She will name
community chairmen and other
workers soon.
“Mississippi and the nation
has suffered the worst polio epi
demic in history,” Dr. Underwood
said. ‘The outbreak started early
in June and continued through
September without any appreci
able decrease in the daily rate of
new cases. The peak month was
July, with 178 cases. Up through
November, 695 Mississippians
were stricken with this dread,
unpredictable disease. In the
nation, more than 55,000 new
victims were hit. The previous
worst year was 1949, with 42,033
“It is ironic that in this year of
greatest hope for conquest of this
disease, we have had the heav
iest polio incidence in our his
tory. Even when we find a
permanent control, which does
not yet exist, we have a tremen
dous back-log of damaged chil
dren and adults who can and
must be rehabilitated before we
call the job done.”
Fifty-four of our county chap
ters, after exhausting local March
^ of Dimes money, have already
received $285,000 in emergency
epidemic aid. Much more will be
needed. Only three counties ir>
Mississippi have escaped polio
) th’s year.
I “It is plain to see.” Dr. Under
! wood added, “that we must put
1 forth our best efforts to make
■ the 1953 March of Dimes cam
Holmes Cagers Open
1952 Season Friday
At Booneville
First Home Gome -
Set December 13th
With Wesson
The Holmes Junior College cage
teams will open their 1952-53 bas
ketball season this weekend play
ing Northeast at Booneville Fri
day, December 5. The Hcflmes
teams will conclude its first road
set of games Saturday night by
playing the Itawamba teams at
The home season will open
with Copiah-Lineoln of Wesson
here Friday, December 12. Holm
es will be host to the Southwest
teams from Summit on Saturday
night, Dec. 13. All home games
will begin at 7 p.m. with the
I boys game following at 8 p.m.
Holmes should have one of
the better boys teams in the
J.C. Association this season. They
are the defending champions of
the conference. Millard Davis,
' Melvin Gibson, Billy Daniel,
and Chuck are returnees from the
1951-52 champions. James “Red”
Free is back in school after a
two year hitch with the National
Guard and is expected to
strengthen the Holmes quint.
The girls team will probably
not be as strong as last season
with most of the regulars that
won second place last year gradu
ated. Tecoah Pace, guard, and
Geneva Ballard, forward, are ab
out the only regulars from last
season on the girls team.
The remainder of the schedule
is as follows:
Dec. 16—Northwest _ here
Jan. 9—Perkinston _there
Jan. 10—Jones-there
Jan. 13—Hinds _here
Jan. 16—Itawamba_here
Jan. 17—Northeast_here
Jan. 23—Copiah-Lincoln there
Jan. 24—Southwest-- there
Jan. 27—Sunflower_there
Jan. 30—East Central ..here
Jan. 31—East Miss..here
Feb. 3—Hinds _ there
Feb. 13—Perkinston_here
I Feb. 14—Jones .. here
Feb. 17—Sunflower-here
Feb. 19—East Central_there
Feb. 21—Northwest . there
Feb. 24—East Miss_there
Girl’s Tournament_Feb. 27-26
Boy’s Tournament-March 6-7
There will be a music recital
at the Durant school Sunday,
December 7 at 3:00 p.m. Children
in grades one through six will
sing and piano students through
the sixth grade will play. The
public is cordially invited.
paign the most successful ever.'’
Mr. A. P. Carroll, chairman of
the Holmes County Chapter of
the National Foundation called on
all citizens to give their full sup
port to Mrs. Fincher in the forth
coming drive.
Durant Aldermen Enact Ordinance Prohibiting
Sale Of Beer After 10:00 P. M. And Sundays
Mine Holmes Schools
Enroll In Junior
Red Cross To Date
The following Holmes county
schools have enrolled in Junior
Red Cross to date: Cruger, white
and colored, Lexington High and
Elementary, Holmes County
Training School. Durant High
and Elementary. Pickens, Rose
Hill and Tchula public school, col
Attends Meeting
Mrs. Edgar Lumpkin, secretary
in the Red Cross office, attended
a Red Cross meeting in Green
wood on Nov. 25th, when repre
sentatives from the Jackson blood
center outlined the Bloodmobile
schedule for the coming six mon
ths. Holmes county will have
operations on February 13 and on
May 6, 1953. Places will be des
ignated later.
Methodist Men Ask
For Law-Enforcement
Members of the Men’s Bible
Class of the First Methodist
Church of Durant have written
Marshal W. E. Durham of Du
rant in regard to law-enforcement
in Durant and asked that a copy
of the letter be published in the
The letter follows:
Durant, Miss.
November 30, 1952
Marshal W. E. Durham
City Hall
Durant, Mississippi
Dear Marshal Durham:
As Marshal of the City of Du
rant, we are sure that you are
aware of the important duties of
your office and of your obliga
tions to the people of Durant, and
we are not writing this letter to
inform you of these duties and
obligations. However, we desire
to advise you of certain flagrant
law violations existing in Du
rant, in that there are several
whiskey selling establishments
which require your immediate at
tention as City Marshal.
The above information is readi
ly available, and is plainly vis
ible to both residents of the area
and transients. We respectfully
urge you take immediate steps to
correct the lawless conditions ex
We are calling upon you now,
as chief law enforcement officer
of Durant, to RAID AGAIN AND
AGAIN those places selling in
toxicating liquors. We expect
this procedure. We are calling
upon you to strictly enforce the
law, and raid and arrest those
persons and places selling whis
key, and those caught drinking
and carousing or loitering around
night spots and to prosecute
all violators to the extent of the
law, without fear or favor.
Assuring you that we stand
ready and willing to cooperate
with you in the strict enforcement
of the law, we are,
Yours very truly,
The Mens Bible Class
First Methodist
Church, Durant, Miss.
Mrs. J. M. Harthcock
Buried On Tuesday
87-Year-Old Woman
Passes At Hospital
After Long Illness
Funeral services for Mrs. J. M.
Harthcock, 87, were conducted
Tuesday morning at her residence
near Lexington. The Rev. E.
B. Alsworth, assisted by the Rev.
C. M. Day officiated. Burial was
in Locust Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Harthcock died early Mon
day morning at the Holmes Coun
ty Community Hospital follow
ing a lengthy illness.
She leaves four daughters. Mrs.
W. P. Russell of Lexington, Mrs.
Frank Hollowell of Lexington,
Mrs. R. H. Thompson of Areola,
Mrs. John Fason of Areola: two
sons, D. F. Harthcock of Tchula,
and J. F. Harthcock of Lexington;
one brother, E. J. Forbus of Eben
ezer and 11 erandchildren.
Law Is Effective
On January 3, 1953;
Punishment Set
The Board of Aldermen of the
City of Durant have passed an
ordinance prohibiting the sale of
hper after 30:00 on weekday
nights until 7:00 a.m. and all day
on Sunday.
The ordinance was passed at
i he D?eember 2 regular meeting
and takes effect on January 3.
1953, one month from date of
Violation of this ordinance will
be punished by fines up to $100
and thirty days in jail, either or
both, as the Mayor may see fit.
The complete ordinance as
passed by the Board follows:
An Ordinance prescribing
hours of opening and closing
of places of business for the
rale of light wine or beer in
the City of Durant, Holmes
County, Mississippi, and pre
scribing penalties tor the
violation thereof.
Be it ordanied by the Mayor
and Board of Aldermen of the
City of Durant, Holmes County,
Mississippi, as follows, to-wit:
Section 1. That it shall be un
lawful for any place of business,
store, cafe, restaurant, hotel, tour
ist court, or other business estab
lishment, to remain open for the
sale of light wine or beer, of an
alcoholic content of not more
tha:: four per centum by weight,
bet veen the hours of 10:00 o’clock
p.m. and 7 o’clock the following
juts* iuu£, ucuiy, emu uexween uio
hours of 10:00 o’clock p.m. Satur
day and 7 o’clock a.m. Monday.
Section 2. That it shall be un
lawful for any person to sell, give
or dispense, or permit to be con
sumed in any place of business,
store, cafe, restaurant, hotel, tour
ist court, or other business estab
lishment,. owq,ed, operator, or
controlled by such person, any
light wine or beer, of an alco
holic content of not moie than
four per centum by weight, be
tween the hours of 10:00 yVlock
p.m. and 7 o’clock the following
’’’nr. daily, and between the
hours of 10 o’clock p.m. Satur
day and 7 o’clock a.m. Monday.
Section 3. That any person viol
ating the provisions of this ordin
ance shall be guilty of a misde
meanor. and shall be punished by
a fine not to exceed $100.00, or
by imprisonment not to exceed
30 days, or by both such fine and
Section 4. That for (iguse, the
public health, safety and morals
requiring it, this ordinance shall
be in force and take effect one
month from and after passage, as
provided ’ • law.
_ jb'mbebi 2, 1952.
Attest: —
M s. Lucille Ti^^'
n .a ^ r
Drorner vjt rormer
Oiuant Woman Is
Death Victim
A wide circle of family friends
will regret to learn of the sud
den death of Mr. Raymond J.
Moore of Clintwood Beach, Clint
wood, N. J., brother of Mrs. Ina
Angle of Jackson, former Durant
Mr. Moore visited hjs sister fre
quently when she and her fami
ly lived in Durant and he has a
wide circle of friends here.
According to aeconuts received
by The News, Mr. Moore was
driving his car enroute to work
Monday morning when he became
ill and parked on the roadside
where he died instantly. His
death was attributed to a heart
He is survived by his wife and
several married children.
Mrs. Angle and her ahiidren,
Mrs. G. W. Drane, Jr., Mrs. Bo* i
Hams and John Angle, left Mon
day for New Jersey to attend the
Hospital List
G. W. Thomas, Goodman
T. A. Filgo, Durant
Lee Hutchinson, Durant
'Expired November 28)
Mrs. Luther McLellan, Durant
Mr-' R'^ mur.d Dowdle, Durant
Billy Irby, Durant
Mrs. Opal Taylor, Durant
Lest-: r Gage, Pickens
Baby Boy Gage, Pickens
Mrs. Bill Ellis, Durant
Mrs. Carl Herrin. Durant
Mrs. R. L. McClesky, Goodma
Colored Patients - &
Fred Roby, Goodman

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