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By Hurt Brannon Smith
A number -of our friends
and readers have called and
► complained about the hazard
that exists on our county high
ways in the form of livestock
roaming at large.
The presence of these anim
als on the highways is a men
ace to every motorist and there
have been several accidents
within the past few weeks
where they were involved.
We realize how much ex
pense is involved in feeding
livestock and it may be a
temptation to turn them loose
on the public to forage—but
the owner of every mule, horse
and cow in Holmes county has
a legal and moral obligation to
keep his stock up and keep it
off other peoples’ property and
off the public roads and high
It is strictly against state law
for livestock to be at large and
their owners are responsible
for any damages they do.
Morally a man is guilty of
murder should his livestock
cause an accident which claims
a life — because he knows
when he turns the stock out it
may cause an accident.
We do not know whether the
Board of Supervisors has the
anfV»Arifw i n ♦ *nmn nnf>
whose business it would be to
see that the laws regarding
livestock are enforced—but
there ought to be some way to
better protect the motoring
This is the time of year when
whole families turn out in the
car and scour the country foT
Christmas trees, holly and
other greenery.
A beautiful little pine or ce
dar tree along the highway is
spotted—and the car stops. ’Hie
hatchet is brought out and
down the tree comes. The fact
that the tree happens to be on
some one else’s property and
maybe have a “Posted” sign
next to it makes no diffwpnce.
One of our late friends d td
. to say first •rminnyp&tflE
have no rights—the city folks
have taken them •all away."
He was referring to the fact
that the majority of people
have absolutely no regard far
the property rights of others
once they get outside the city
limits. When they’re in the
country they feel free to take
anyhing in sight that is not
nailed down.
I personally can go one step
farther and sav thev don’t al
ways get outside the city limits
to steal their Christmas trees.
“Steal" is an ugly word but
that's exactly what it is when
anyone takes any kind of tree
or greenery off anyone etse’s
property without their know
ledge or consent.
Two years ago some one
stole a beautiful cedar tree off
the property where I now live
—a tree which had been Stand
ing there for more than thirty
years. They didn’t bother to
take the whole tree—just the
big top I'm sure it made a
beautiful Christmas tree and I
wonder if the one who toak it
enjoyed it.
I am sure the person who
took the tree could not pos
sibly have enjoyed its beauty
for one brief Christmas week
as much as 1 would have en
joyed it in my front yard Sor
the remainder of my life.
Many other families are hav
ing this experience at this time
of year and will have the same
thing to go through with next
year—and that is the reason
why I am now telling the story
about my tree that was stolen.
Perhaps it will make some
careless people more consider
ate of the rights of others—
especially at Christmas.
Ginning la Up
Census report shows that
53,635 bales of cotton were gin
ned in Holmes county from the
crop of 1952 prior to Decem
ber 1 as compared with 44,141
bales for the crop of 1951.
Be Sure And
See Santa
In Durant
Saturday Afternoon
At Two O’Clfcck.
Only 5
More Shopping Days
Until Christmas!
Santa Claus Will Bg H©r© Saturday
Baptist Christmas
Program Set For
Sunday At 7:00
Public Is Invited
To Annual Musical
Program Here
The choir of the Fust Baptist
Church of Durant will present a
program of Christmas music com
posed of anthems and Christmas
carols Sunday night, December
21, at 7:00 p.m.
The following numbers will be
Oh Come All Ye Faithful,
Oh Holy Night, Girls Ensemble
A Star Was His Candle, Choir
Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Miss
Rose Counts
As I Watch Beside My Sheep,
Angels We Have Heard jQ;.
High, Choir
Go Tell Him On The Moun
tain, Choir
Beautiful Saviour, Miss Trudy
Henry and Choir
Gegu Bambibno, Bobby Irby
and James Hays
The King Of Love My Shepherd
Is, JDhoir, SaraneH Nabors and
Harold Bunch.
Members of the choir are: so
prano: Mrs. W. T. Hand, Mrs. C.
M. Day, Miss Shrrley Leslie, Mrs.
ivt-umuit'i, miss oniney
Wheat., Mrs. Sue Ellard, Mrs. Ar
nold Renacker, Miss Edith Anr
Moss, Miss Jwyee McBride, Mrs.
Dyer, Miss Carolyn Guion, Miss
Virginia Lowing, Miss Marjorie
Mims, Mrs. Robert Irby, Miss
Carolyn Holmes, Miss Ivon
Jones, Miss Elaine Ellard.
Bass: Robert Irby, W. W. Wi l
ier, Mr. Dyer, Larry Day. lo*>
-CHITm*, TVffke Kealhofer, Pershing
Tenor: Marion Brantley, Bobby
Irby, Harold Bunch, Doc Griffin.
Altos: Mrs. Leon Englemann,
Mrs. Ann Irby, Miss Saranell Na
bers, Miss Joyce Hathorn, Miss
Rose Counts, Miss Trudy Ileniy,
Miss Edith McBride.
Fire Claims Lives
Of Three Negroes
Father And Two
Children Die
As Home Burns
Fire claimed the lives eft three
members of a respected Negro
family of Holmes county ibis
week on Stonewall Plantation
near Thornton.
The death victim* were Joe
P'«>te Meek, 15-year-old tractor
driver and his two children, Em
mn T R owrt r
- -
perished around 9:30 Friday night;
when their home was consumed j
by fire believrwi to liave been j
caused by an explosion resulting i
from pouring kerosene or tractor !
fuel on smouldering embers.
Lela Mae Meek. wife of 1ihe
dead man, had gone a short dis
tance away to the home of a siek
friend when the tragedy occur- j
The fire was investigated by I
Sheriff Richard F. Byrd and bis
- j
Bob Killebrew Returns
From Chicago 4-H Trip
Bobby Killebrew, Holmes aHS
sophomore, has just returned from
a trip to Chicago. Bobby is one
of a team of four 4-H Club boys
from Holmes county who won the
trip for getting first place in Mis
sissippi in general stock judging.
Other members of the team
were J. P. Pilgrim, Goodman-,
Larry Hand. Jr., Durant, and
Curtis Johnson, Lexington.
The team won over 13 other •
counties in the district judging
held at Greenwood. They were
then sent to the 4-H Club Con
gress at State College where they i
won the state championship, giv
ing them the trip to the national
livestock judging contest in Chi
It has been announced that the !
Highway Patrol license examiner
will not be at the Holmes County
Courthouse on Christmas Eve
next week
Methodist Supt. Speaks
At Durant Church
Mr. J. E. Long, superintendent
of the Methodist Home in Jack
son, will speak at the Durant Me
thodist Church Sunday morning.
December 21, at 11:00.
Everyone is cordially invited to
attend this service.
Brother Of Durant
Resident Is Ki ed
Miss Artie Johnson's
Brother Is Crash
Victim In Missouri
Mr. Ira L. Johnson, brother of
Miss Artie Johnson of Durant,
was killed in an automobile ac
cident at CarthaRe, Missouri De
cember 12 when his car was
struck by another car. His body
was thrown from th^ car and he
was killed almost instantly.
Funeral services were held on
Monday afternoon at 2 00 at Car
son Funeral Home at Kansas City.
Mr. Johnson’s home was al
1801 Hedges Avenue, Indepen
deuce, Missouri, but he was Fire
nt- ’ * _ i 11 A_ A n
i u t im. .u m y ftu 1'uuc uaoc,
Kansas City Record Center. He
served as a member of the Kan
sas City Police Department for
many years.
Surviving are his wife. Mrs. Ol
lie Johnson and a step daughter,
Josephine Lale of Independence
and four brothers and three sis
Crop Insurance Sales
Program Is (Jnderwayj
Farmers Urged To
Take Advantage
Of PMA Offer
Holmes county farmers whose
crops are not yet covered by Fe
deral Crop Insurance will have
Em opportunity to sign up for it
during an intensive salts cam
paign scheduled for the next few
weeks, according to C. L. Down
er, chairman of the Holmes
County PMA Committee.
“We’re fortunate in having this
program in our county,” Mr. j
Downer declared. “This insur
ance is offered on a selective risk
basis, and is not available every
where to any farmer 1 hope
every eligible grower in Holmes
county who has not alrendy dom
so will take advantage of this op
Federal Crop Insurance pm
n 2__A_
-- ~ .V.. .J im voujr-ju 111 ILia
crops against all causes of carp
damage beyond his control, in
cluding floods, drought, winds,
haft, frost, inserts, diseases, aad
many others.
Cost of the insurance is low.
Mr Downer said, and premium
payments can be handled on sa
basis to suit the convenience oL
the applicant. Premiums are de
ductible in computing income tax
County School Holiday j
Schedule Is Given
Holmes county schools have'
announced their holiday schedules
as follows:
Durant, Goodman, Pickens,
Tchula and Cruger will get out
on Friday, Dec. 19, and resume
studies on Monday, January 5.
t’oxburg will get out on Dec.
19 but will resume studies on
Monday, Dec. 29.
Lexington and West schools
will not get out until Tuesday
Dec. 23 and will resume on Mon-1
lay, Jan. 5.
Additional Schools
Enroll In Jr. Red Cross
The following schools have I
'•en added to the enrollment in
Junior Red Cross.
Durant City Schools, high and
elementary, Franklin colored
i hool, West public school, and
Mt. Zion colored school.
This makes a total of fifteen
schools in the county that have t
Mrs. Lela B. Landfair
Rites Held Sunday
Prominent Durant
Lady Had Been
III Long Time
Mrs. Lela Buckley Landfair,
member of a prominent Durant
family died at a Jackson hospital
Friday after a lengthy illness.
She was 78.
Funeral services were held at
the Durant Methodist Church
I Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev.
T. A. Filgo, pastor, officiating.
Burial was in Mizpah cemetery
with Southern in charge of ar
Mrs. Landfair, a long time resi
dent of Durant, was born in Ya
zoo City. She was a member of
the Methodist Church, the WSCS
and the UDC.
She leaves one son, Alton B.
Landfair of Durant, a sister, Mrs.
E. G. Bernard of Los Angeles and
one grandson, J. Hubert Landfair
of Durant,
Pallbearers were Charlie Ray,
Harry O Cain, Lamar Hays, Ed
Rush, VV . S. Odom, and Henry Mc
iafety Patrol Head
Asks Yuletide Hosts
To Serve "Java"
"One For The Road
Should Be Hot
Black, Coffee"
Holiday partv-givers hive been
asked by Cal. T. B. Birdsong of
the State Highway Safety Patrol
to assume additional responsibili
ties for their guests — make sure
they are fit to drive home after
the festive affairs.
His appeal was made in an ef
fort to prerent a recurrence of
the highway tragedies which last
year caused many deaths and
thousands of injuries in Mississip
pi during the twin four-day cele
brations of Christmas and New
“While the principal responsi
bility for safe dnving always rests
with the driver, the host and host
essi have an obligation also,”
Colonel Birdsong said. “To permit
an unsteady driver to take the
wheeled a car makes the host an
accessory to whatever follows.”
Greatest Yule Gilt
until ±ie is in proper condition to
handle his car safely is to give
him the greatest Christmas gift
of all — life itself,” Colonel Bird
song said.
The Highway Patrol official
said, “One way to be surer that
the departing guest is fit to drive
is to serve a nightcap of cafSee be
fore be leaves.
“Everyone knows the steadying
effect of coffee, with lute of sugar,
when it is taken after alcohol,”
the colonel said. “Tests conducted
at Cornell University proved long
ago that the number of errors is
sharply reduced when coffee is
taken after drinking and thus,
the guest can be persuaded to try
it, his chances of safe arrival home
are bettered.”
Campaign Has Clicked
Colonel Birdsong said last year
the mayor of Boston issued a proc
lamation suggesting that New En
gland hosts and hostesses make
the final drink—the “one for the
road”—strong black coffee. As a
result, New England last year re
ported only four traffic deaths
compared with 13 for the year
before, with the “one for the
road" campaign given credit for
the reduction. Maryland also fol
lowed the plan and reported no
deaths at New Year's last year
against eight two years previous.
“It seems to me that the success
of “one for the road” in those
two areas indicate that it should
become general practice every
where,” Colonel Birdsong said.
The fact that liquor is illegal in
Mississippi does not niinimi7< the
results that could accrue fi m
the “one for the road” piar ir t ha
state. That is attested by Mack1
market liquar tax collections on;
12 million dollars in “reported 1
sales in legal-dry Mississipp
Durant Pastor On
Temperance Committee
The Rev. C. M. Day, pastor of
the First Baptist Church, Durant,
has been elected a member of the
Temperance Committee for the
Mississippi Baptist Convention
Board, it has been announced
by the Rev. J. R. Davis, of New
Albany, Board president.
He was elected at the annual
meeting of the body at the Bap
tist Building in Jackson Dec. 8-9
and will serve throughout 1953.
Joe Tate Funeral
Held Here Today
Former Resident
Is Buried At
Brister Cemetery
Mr. Joe Sephus Tate of Jack
son. retired night watchman for
merly of Durant, died of a sud
den heart attack Wednesday at
the Baptist Hospital in Jack
son. He was stricken with the
attack at his home in Jackson and
was rushed to the hospital where
j he died shortly afterward,
i Funeral services were held at
I Tne Nazarene Church in Durant
I today (Thursday) at 3:00 p.m.
i with the Rev. J. O. Bearden, pas
tor. and the Rev. Bob Stinnett,
pastor of the First Nazarene
Church in Jackson, officiating.
Burial was in Brister cemetery
Mr. Tate was born in Holmes
county September 23, 1884 and
lived here most of his life. He was
a night watchman at the lumber
yard in Durant for years.
Surviving are two daughters,
■ Mrs. G. V. Shannon of Yazoo
I City, and Miss Louether Tate ol
Jackson; four sons, C„ D. Tate
of Memphis, Elbert Tate of Cru
ger, Earl Tate of Jatkson and
Cpl. Willie C. Tate of Camp Chaf
fee, Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs.
Rube Smith of Mark's, Mrs. Jake
Manuel; four brothers, B. Lanie
Tate of Stover, George Tate of
Lei.ener, Arkansas, Alexander
Tate and Bilbo Tate, both of
Sumner. He also leaves eight
Pallbearers were C. A. Dicker
son. Clay Aldy, M. W. Nixon of
Jackson, Morris Gunter of Jack
son, Willie Sims, Fred Taylor.
Curtis Lester and Jack Ezelle.
Lonnie Lee Patton
Is Fatally Injured
Negro Man Loses
Control Of Car
In Accident
Lonnie Lee Patton, weT! taiown
! Tchula Negro, died at the Holmes
County Community Hospital in
Lexington about 9:30 p.m. Sunday
from injuries received in an acci
dent Sunday afternoon around
5:00 p.m.
'According to reports of Shcr
iff R. F. Byrd who investigated
the accident, Patton apparently
lost control of his car about half
way down the top of Funnagusha
hill between Lexington and Tchu
!a. He was aJone.
Two Tchula youths, John Ve
gezri and James Lee Shirley
saw the accident and reported it
to Sheriff Byrd at his home.
Patton was driving a 1946 4
door sedan and was on tae back
scat when found by Officer Byrd
He is survived by a wife.
Denton Youth Now
Serving In Korea
With I Corps In Korea — Army
Cpl. Thomas S. Denton, son of
David E. Denton, Route 1, Du
rant, is serving in Korea with
the 17th Field Artillery Battalion,
which sometime in December
will fire its 200,000th round
against the Communists.
The 17th, which has been in
Korea since October 1950, fired
the first round of heavy artillery
for the UN on the peninsula. It
has since destroyed more than
2.500 enemy bunkers, using an
average of a boxcar of ainmuni- ;
tion daily.
Denton entered the Army in j
July 1951 and arrived in Korea
in January of this year.
Durant Jaycees Sponsor Appearance Of /
Santa Saturday Afternoon At 2:00
Two New Barbers
At Herrin Shop
Mr. J. C. Herrin announced to
day that he has secured the ser
vices of two barbers, Mr. Ben
Murren and Mr Max Murren, fa
ther and son from Grenada where
they were pfeviously employed.
The Murrens will make their
home in Durant, Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Murren, located in an apart
ment in the home of Mrs. Albert
Herrin and Mr. and Mrs. Max
Murren and three daughters in
the M. V. McCormick apartment.
Mr. Herrin invites the public to
come in to meet the Murrens and
to give them a trial.
A. B. Holder Rites
Held In Lexington
Gulfport Citizen Was
Former Sheriff
Of Holmes County
Funeral services for Mr. A. B
Holder, Gulfport citizen and for
mtr snenit of Holmes county,
were held Saturday morning at
10:30 at Saint Mary’s Episcopal
Church in Lexington, with the
Rev. R. G. Donaldson, rector, of
ficiating. Burial was in Odd Fel
lows cemetery’ with Southern in
charge of arrangements. He pas
sed awayr Thursday at his home in
Gulfport after an illness of pneu
Mr. Holder. 56. was born in
Memphis December 4, 1897, but
lived in l^exington for many years
where he had a wide circle of
.friends. He had served as sher
iff of Holmes county and was a
member of Saint Mary’s Episcopal
Church in Lexington. He was a
veteran of Woi Id War I.
After he left Lexington he had
been working at the Merchant
Marine base at Pass Christian
from 1946 to 1950.
Surviving are one son, A. B.
Holder, Jr. of Lexington; three
daughters, Mrs. John Sharp Wil
liams, IV, of Little Rock, Ark.;
Mrs. J. W. Humphries of Durant
and Mrs. Richard E. Williams of
Laurel. He also leaves two sis
ters, Mrs. S. R. Burti-on of Hou
ston, Texas and Mrs. R. M. Bridg
forth of Pickens.
Pallbearers were W. A. Ram
sey, L. L. McNeese, B. S. Beall,
LeRoy Paris, R. O. Duke, Will
viauuc acini, aim z. id.
Wall of Greenwood.
Chisolm Infant Is
Buried At Coxburg
Graveside services for little
Lucy Maxiene Chisolm, infant
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R.
Chisolm of Lexington Route 4,
were held December 12 at 2:00
pm. at the Coxburg cemetery
Mr. John Wigley officiated with
Southern in charge of burial. The
| child was born December 11 at
j the Holmes County Community
| Hospital and died there Dec. 12.
Goodman Presbyterian Church
Everyone is cordially invited to
attend the services of the Good
man Presbyterian Church Sunday,
December 21. Sunday school will
be at 10:00 a.m., morning worship
at 11:00 a.m. and evening worship
at 7:30 p.m. The evening service
will consist of a special joy gift
program "The Shepherds Watch.”
The December joy gift will be re-!
The public is cordially invited j
to attend these services.
Hospital List
Mrs. Annie Simpson, Sallis
Nancy Taylor, Durant
Mrs. Annie Guess. Durant
Mrs. J. W. Dale, Goodman
Baby Cynthia Diane Dale, G'man
J. E. Ham, Durant
W. A. Sanders, Durant
Mrs. Frank Burrell. Durant
Baby William Franklin Burrell
J. F. Byrd, Durant
E. L. Zeigler. Pickens
Colored Patients
Alma Greer, Durant
Elouise Morton, Durant
Jimmy Lee Morton, Durant
Ola Mae Coleman, Vaughn
Free Candy And
Favors For The
Small Children
Santa Claus will pay a visit to
Durant Saturday aftdmoon at
2:00 p.m. and all of the boys and
girls of Durant and vicinity, large
and small, are given a cordial in
vitation to come to see him.
Santa, whose appearance in
Durant is being sponsored by the
Durant Junior Chamber of Com
merce, is expected to ride into
town on Durant’s shiny fire truck
leading a Christmas parade of
floats and decorated cars.
He will be at the band stand on
Front Street where he will dis
tribute candy and favors to the
small children.
All business houses in town
are asked to decorate a car or a
float to form a parade to accom
pany Santa to town.
For further information con
tact any member of the Jaycees.
Presbyterians Plan
Christmas Cantata
The Durant Presbyterian
v-auii it ivn lilt* aiuiuaj juy
program will present "Chimes Of
The Holy Night,” a Christmas
cantata by Fred B. Holton Sun
day, December 21 at 5:00 p.m. The
December joy gift will be re
The public is cordially invited
to attend this service.
Lexington Ekes Out
47-45 Victory Over
Durant Tuesday
! •
Honeybees Win Easily
Over Durant Girls —■.
Score 50-21
Arch-rivals Lexingtbti and Du
I rant added fuel to their ancient
feud Tuesday night, December
16, when Lexington’s Hornets
eked out a 47-45 basketball vic
tory in overtime.
Coach Woodson Earle’s fast
breaking Lexington Hornets lad
the Tigers all the way until a last
I »«****«Djjjurge Dy me
undaunted Tigers knotted the
! count at 45-45.
Two charity tosses, one by Hor
net forward W. L. Lipeey and an
other by teammate Bobby Cau
then, accounted for all the scor
ing in the crucial 3-minute over
time period, giving the hard-pres
sed hornets thp winning margin.
In the opening game me taller
and more experienced Lexington
Hornets handled Durant’s inex
perienced but welj-coached sex
tette with comparative ease,
winning 50-21.
Boys Lineup
Lexington Durant
LiPsey 20 Bunch 8
Rosamond 6 Collins 14
Smith 11 Griffin 10
Cauthen 10 Burrell 7
Millwood 0 Self 0
Hooker 0 Rucker 8
HAHS Boys Down Durant
For 7th Straight Win
After losing the opening game
of the season to Farmhaven, tie
Holmes AHS basketball bo- s
came back to win their seventh
straight game by defeating the
Durant Tigers by a score < f
53-42 last Tuesday evening. Be
fore this game the girls defeatej
their foes by a score of 35-31.
In the boys’ game Doyle Abbs
and Spann Robertson were toi
scorers with 16 and 14 points res
pectively. Feddy Joe Taylor, Pa
Jones, and Earl Dickerson plav -J
a good defensive game for AI
Holmes team. the'
For the girls it was T
Hiett who won the scor -frothy
ors with 16 points. M mg ho- •
Crory played a goo -aggie Mr
game with Jessie ' d defense !
Reva Dattel, An- ^arol Mabt /
Ruthie Jean Br 4 Burrel] at I
good defensive playing i
4 Wlgame.

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