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THE DURANT NEWS
_21AK__Nl]MBER_34__jJURANT, MISSISSIPPl__THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1953 THROUGH HAZEL EYES We wish to extend to ev ery reader and friend of this newspaper a most cordial in vitation to come to Lexington 1 on Tuesday, May 5, for the celebration of the founding of 4-H Clubs—an event, as most' •f you know, which occurred in Holmes county. Now that this historic fact is being recognized and a spec ial ceremony arranged to hon or those pioneer leaders in or ganized club work we believe that most of you will want to be present to take part, if only to listen. The parade will begin at 1(H30 around the Square—al though the 4-H Club boys and girls, nearly 500 strong, will assemble an hour earlier to form the parade. The Copiah-Lincoln band and its Colettes will be here and form a colorful part of the day’s festivities and at 1:0ft p. m. a special drill will be given by the Colettes on Beall Athle tic Field. This is something you won’t want to miss. The brief formal program will be held at Beall Field and will begin immediately after the Colettes drill at Beall Field. If you want to have lunch at the school house grounds you may. Members of the Home Demonstration Clubs will have booths there with plenty of good things to eat. So everybody come — and bring your friends. Next week will be celebrat ed as the SOth anniversary of home demonstration work. t*q* Xiaui?Jix during that week we will have in our county a celebra tion that will honor club work which closely parallels the work of home demonstration clubs in practically every county in rural America. The work of home demon stration leaders has proved to be a benefit and a blessing to countless thousands of Ameri can homemakers—women who have learned to do by doing in their community demonstra tion clubs. It is a pleasure to salute the home demonstration leaders and wish them continued suc cess in their important work. No person should have an inferiority complex about liv ing in the south today . . be cause we are fast coming into our own as one of the most progressive sections of the country. Mississippians can take pride in the fact that the magnolia I state has kept up for the most I part with the remainder of the 1 south and in a few things at B least, we are ahead. ■ Southern progress has been " made in all fields and nowhere is it more obvious than in agri culture. Mechanization of farming, of course, and diversification are the two main reasons for this. Since the end of World War II the number of tractors on southern farms has doubled— and today there are more than one million tractors on south ern iarms. The introduction of scientific farming has played an import ant part in the increase of our farm income from two billion dollars in 1940 to an estimated eight billion dollars today. In livestock, particularly, the progress of the south has been notable. We have paced the na- j tion in turning worn out acres into pastures—and it is no crime to be proud of the fact that our pastures have in creased from 330,545 acres in 1941 to over 14,012.800 acres in 1951. Livestock is of tremend ous importance to our economy npw bringing in only about a billion dollars less income than crops. The south has less than a third of the nation’s forests yet it produces half our annual timber growth and forest pro duct industries are playing an increasingly important part in our industrial development. They rank second only to tex tiles and about seventy paper and pulp mills with invest ments of hundreds of millions of dollars are turning out num erous paper products includ ing newsprint. Ten years ago only 41 per cent of the wood pulp manufacturing was done in the south. Today more than 60 per cent is done here—and it is believed that it is just a matter of time until most of the pulpwood-using plants will be located in the south. The industrial development of the south has been tremend ous. In the 15-year period be tween 1937 and 1952 there 4~H Founding Celebration. May 5th Co-Lin Band Will Appear At Holmes Program 'SST ' r • ..— arid :«s »■; ,-si- . Pictured above are the famed Colettes, of Copiah-Lincoln Jun ior College, who will lead the 4H Club Parade in Lexingtor Tuesd v. May 5. They will per orm i .1 B all Athletic Field at J p. m. accompanied by the Copiah Lincoln Band. Clean-Up, Paint-Up Week Set May 3-9 The Gamma Club of Durant is sponsoring a ‘Clean up. paint up" week during the period from May 3-9. Every resident of Durant as well as all property owners are urged to clean up their premises and paint up everything next week. Mayor R. E. McNeer, cooperat ing with the club, has issued an official proclamation urging that everyone cooperate in this worth while civic undertaking. Proclamation WHEREAS, it is always helpful and to the best interests of the community for citizens to clean up and paint up the property lo cated in the community, and such action promotes cleanliness, san itation, and a general spirit of newness and beautification in the community; and, WHEREAS, the Gamma Club has been and is promoting the cleaning and painting of proper ty in the City of Durant; NOW. THEREFORE. I. R. E. McNEER, Mayor of the City of Durant, Mississippi, do hereby designate and proclaim the period May 4. 1953 through Mav 9, 1953, as “PAINT-UP AND CLEAN-UP WEEK” in the City of Durant, Mississippi. In Testimony Whereof. I here unto set my hand on this the 28th day of April. 1S53. R. E. McNEER, Mayor. - ! Presbyterian Church Sundav school will be held at the First Presbyterian church Sunday morning at 9:45 and preaching at 11:00. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. were 16.000 new businesses and millions were spent in expand ing existing plants and lacili ties. It si otud be a well known fact to every southerner that a new mu ti-muu.m dollars in dustrial plant rises in some southern community every working day. If this rate con tinues it will not be long until that figure will apply on Sun days and holidays as well. A stable labor supply and the development of our great na tural resources such as water, petroleum, gas, oil, minerals and forests, the continued trend toward equalization of freight rates, cheap water transportation and the pioneer spirit of the people—all have had their part in writing the story of our industrial progress. Mississippi has led the south in pioneering in the field of balancing agriculture with in dustry. The BAWI act which was passed by the legislature under Governor Hugh White’s first administration has been studied by legislative groups in many states. Here in Holme* cofcnty we can be proud that the first in dustry established in the state of Mississippi under BAWI was at Durant—the hosiery mill. HJC Commencement Program Set For May 17-21 Goodman. Miss., April 39 —The | administration of Holmes Junior , College announces todav the com-1 niofo commencement program for 1953. The commencement r will begin on Sunday, May 17. I and the graduation exercises will | be held on Thursdav. Mav 21. | Dr. Howard E. Spell, Dean of Mississippi College, will deliver the Baccalaureate Sermon on fiundav evening May 17 at 8:00 The senior dinner is scheduled for 7:00 p. m. on Monday night. May 18. Senior class day exercises will! be held at 5:00 p. m. on Tuesday, * May 19. Following the exercises the home economics students will have their annual style show. There will be an open house at the Home Economics Depart ment on Wednesday afternoon. May 20 from 4:00 to 5:30 p. m. Wednesday night the college so phomores will present their an nual play, a three act comedy, in Carroll Auditorium under the di-1 rection of Mrs. Zilpha E. Mansel, class sponsor. The graduation exercises will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Thurs-L day. May 21. Dr. Charles P. Ho-1 garth, President of M.S.C.W. will deliver the address. Preceding the address. President C. W. Lorance will make the delivery of diplo mas and awards to members of the graduating classes. Holmes AA Group To Hold Open Meeting In Durant April 11th Holmes county members of the | world’s strangest organization I will hold a meeting at the City | Hall in Durant, at 8:00 p. m„ Monday. May 11. The public is in- . vited to attend. The organization has no officers, no dues and no rules. Member-' ship is wholly voluntary and all, members remain anonymous. It is Alcoholics Anonymous,! | composed of former drinkers who i, now seek to help others overcome , the habit of liquor. The anonymous speaker at the program May 11 is a prominent1 man of Jackson. Miss., formerly of Washington, D. C. and New! York Citv. who overcame the li-1 quor habit and has been free of it for more than 11 years. He will , tell of his successful effort. This speaker was responsible I for the organization of the first Alcoholics Anonymous group in ■ Mississippi and has probably beer. I responsible for assisting more i men and women in overcoming the liquor habit than any man in the history of Mississippi. He has spoken on this subject in 46 of the 48 states in the United States. I ■ | ^nhomore Recital | Planned At HJC I Mrs. Martha Tve McKie will cent Elaine ElWd and Dollie sotimnos. Travis Fouche. t"ncr and Ellis Boswell, bass in p I sophomore recital on May 5. at' 8:00 p. m. in the Holmes Junior College auditorium. Original Corn Club For Holmes Boys Grows Into National Organization Nearly 500 Holmes Beys, And Girls Are 4-H Club Members Today The first federally sponsored club work took place in Holmes county in 1907. The organization then known as a Boy’s Corn Club grew and developed through the •'ear' unt:l todnv we have the in ternationally known 4-H Clubs for both boy" and giris with 492 members n Holmes county. it is f ' ng thpt in this central j Mississippi county where club work started that we should have , an outstanding group of both boys ' and girls in 4-H Club work in • 1953—as the celebration of the founding of 4-H Clubs takes place , an Tuesday, May 5, in Lexington. There are 251 4-H Club girls | in the nine clubs of Holmes coun- , ty and they all meet at their schools once a month, with Miss' Joyce Williams, home agent, I meeting with them. The girls are i divided into three age groups which compete with each other in the various projects which are 1 decided upon by the girls them-i selves. Eatery effort is made to' adhere to Democratic principles! and to develop leadership. Recognition is given at the dis trict and state level and up to the aational level for outstanding work. The same thing, virtually, holds true for 4-H Club boys. There are 241 4-H Club boys in dolmes county’s nine clubs, and these boys work under the lead ership of George Rone, assistant county agent. Some of the honors listed cur rently by the boys’ group are: Honors Given Winning Senior Livestock judg ing team composed of Bobby Kil lebrew and J. P. Pilgrim, Good man; Larry Land, West and Cur' tis Johnson, Lexington, won a tr p to Chicago, where they judged in the livestock show. The Junior Livestock judging team composed of Bootsy Hooker and James Sanford, Lexington; Jesse Yates, West and George Pilgrim of Goodman won first place in the District Livestock Show in 1952, at Greenwood. Bobby Killebrew, Cruger, was second high in cotton production in the state for 1951. Curtis Johnson. Lexington, was district winner in corn production for 1951. Holmes county has alwavs been an outstanding county in District Shows and State Fairs. Training a crops-judging team, meats-judging team and several demonstration teams which will put on demonstrations to differ ent groups in the county and rep resent the county at 4-H Club Congress in the respective con tests. 17 Home Demonstration Clubs Observe 50th Anniversary Of Extension Work This Week 4-H Club Boys And Girls Are Also Joining In Celebration The 50th Anniversary of Ex ension Work is being celebrated lext week throughout the nation. In Holmes county, where < lub vork began in 199ft. the celebra ion takes on added significance ind members of the Home Dem mstration clubs throughout the •ountv, 362-strong, are joining n with 251 4-H Club girls and !41 4-H Club boys in the observ mce. All of these groups work inder the Extension Service and runds to carry on the work are supplied by the county, state md federal governments. Home demonstration work and 1-H Club work for girls is under he direction of Miss Joyce Wil iams and Assistant County Agent jeoge Rone is in charge of Bov’s 1-H Club work. Demonstration Clubs In Holmes muntv there are 16 community Home Demonstra :on Clubs w'th a total member ship of 362 ladies. The seven teenth club is being organized at West this week These community clubs meet once a month for eleven months out of the year with August be ing vacation month. Our Holme? Clubs have made a splendid rec ord for the past several vpars with major advancement made in all phases of home improvement, cultural activities such as reading and gardening- Outstanding events staged each year include a flower and vegetable show in June and a dress revue held in May. Winners in these county events represent the county at district or slate competitive levels and many Holmes women have been honored for their outstand ing records. In 1951 Mrs. W. H. Roach of Lexington was districtt winner. At the annual district Council meeting held in Clarksdale April 23 there were 56 Holmes county women present, an indication of the keen interest taken in club work. Holmes had the third high est attendance of any of the 18 counties in the northwest district, only 3 less than Tallahatchie which adjoins Coahoma county i where the meeting was held. At the latter meeting' Mrs. R. W. Catron of Emory was recog nized as the oldest, active club member present and the 94-year old woman had a place of honor on the stage in the auditorium where the meeting was held. Mrs. T. A Barrentine of Lex ington was also recognized at this meeting as being an active club member for over 30 years. M iss Williams, the notm'ar • demonstration agent, reports that: before the club year is over in October that all of the goals set for the year will have been met. These include record-keeping of all individual activities and the ( Continued on Page Two) Beginning Of Federally-Sponsored Club Work In Holmes County, 1907, Will Be Commemorated Nay 5th Marker Dedication Program Completed; Parade Scheduled The celebration honoring the founding of club work which took place back in 1907 in Holmes county, is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 5, beginning at 10:30 and continuing until mid afternoon at Beall Athletic Field in Lexington, according to D. C. Lundy, county chairman. Elsewhere in this issue a com plete, official program is carried of the scheduled activities for the day. A large crowd of interested citizens are expected to be pres ent including nearly 500 Holmes county boys and girls who are members of 4-H Clubs In this county along with over 500 wom en who are members of home demonstration clubs throughout the county. In addition a number of prom inent citizens of the state and na tion will attend including Mrs. Hugh L. White representing her husband, the Hon. Hugh L. White, governor of Mississippi, and leaders of 4-H work in the nation today from Chicago and Washington, D. C. The acting president of Mis sissippi State College, Hon. Ben F. Hilbun, will be master of cere monies along with the Hon. P. H. Williams, Chancery Clerk of Holmes county. Highlight of the day’s formal r\rArr»*n*v» La iL a ___.1 s-O- —” •** "V v«»v uu vvilllig CXI 1U j dedication of a marker commem orating the founding of 4-H Clubs in this county. Mr. Hilbun will present the marker and it will be unveiled by a number of citizens and former citizens of Holmes county, all members of the orig inal boys corn club begun back in 1907 which later grew into the internationally known 4-H Clubs for boys and girls. Judge W. Leon Smith, son of the late William H. "Corn Club” Smith, will be present to dedicate the marker and it will be accept ed by D. C. Lundy of Lexington who was one of the original members of the corn club. Parade Planned The morning program will be gin with a parade at 10:30 a.m. on the square in Lexington. Nearly 500 4-H Club boys and girls will march in the parade which will be led by the out standing band of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College and their high stepping Colettes and the Lex ington High School band. All original members of the Corn Club will march in the parade snd floats will be entered from Holmes, LeFlore, Bolivar, Wash ington and Attala counties. A large attendance from all of these counties is expected at ruesday’s program. Lunch will be served at noon at Beall Athletic field at the Lex ington High School by members of the home demonstration clubs of Holmes county. . After Tuesday’s ceremonv the historical marker will be erected permanently near a major high way junction .highway 51 north at Pickens, so that all the passing ivorld may know that the 4-H Club work began right here in Holmes county. i ——-- i FHA Girls Elect New Officers For Year On April 23. 1953, the Future Homemakers of America met and sleeted the following officers for next year: President—Patsv Autry. Vice-Pres.—Edith McBride. Secretary—Carolyn Guion. Treasurer—Lovie Thomas. Pianist—Jeanette Englemann. Song Leader—Rachel Vaughn. Historian—Barbara McLellan. Parliamentarian — Linda Vow ell. Reporter—Patsy Harper. The installation service was leld Thursday. April 30. 1953. at :he Durant High School Audito rium. Patsy Harper, Reporter. .. ■ - ' Durant Youth Rallv Paul Brown, chalk artist and s student of Mississippi College will be in charge of the Youth Rally at the First Baptist church in Durant Saturday night at 7:30. Everyone is cordially invited. •» m Eight Holmes Inducted In Forces On May SS Board Orders 38 For Physicals Wednesday, May Two white men a men of Holmes coui called for induction forces. These men will Selective Service B Lexington on Mon May 4. Clifton Mills Ma Lexington and Jess vender, route 2, Tc Jessie McKl-iey, Tchula, now of Si Simon Gatson, forr 1, Goodman, now Michigan; Wes Hal Jr., Pickens; Davi< merly of route 5, L of Chicago, 111.; C formerly of Durant cago; Robert Lee H ly of Lexington, no 38 Got ( Thirty-eight He men have received i local board to repoi day, May 6, for phy tions prior to indi armed forces. These are: Raine__ Baker, Wesley M., Abernathy, Billy J.t (Enlisted), Gant, Hubert j Ik, Brock, JnWmy, Sh McDaniel, __ _ __ iyiond C„ Griffin, Jr’., Herman H. Black, John L., Kennedy, James A., Friend, Otis, Horhn, Charlie E., Williams, Odell, Jones, Edgar, Lacy, Curtis L„ Bracy, Ora T., Williams, Charles, Landfair, Jr.. Clifton. Boyd, L.(io) V., Smith, James G., McLeroy, Sammie, Randle, Otho L., Carthan, Jr., Dewitt, Bowman, Jr., Sam P., Fort, Jr., Dan, Redmond, Jr., Otha Bell, Miles, Abraham, Smith, Phillip. Deering, Samuel, Powels, J.(io) W Common, Jr., Henry, Cowan, Eddie W., Morgan, Car), McKen me, Jr., Perry, Weems, Leon, Woods, Jimmie, Cheek, David C. (Tran, from Bd. 54, Helena, Ark.j. Tchula Horse Show Plans Completed; 2:30 And 7:30 P. M. 70 Horses Entered To Date In May 11th ’ Show At School Plans are rapidlv being com pleted for the Tchula Horse Show which will be held on Mon day, May 11, at the Tchula Athle tic Field at 2:30 in the afternoon and at 7:30 p. m at night. Advance sale of tickets is ex pected to get under way this week and a large crowd is expect ed to attend. Around 70 horses representing about 25 different stables have already entered in the 20 classes of competition scheduled Some of the topflight horses uiie state are included in the The show is sponsored bv members of the Tchula Lions and Business and Professional Wo mcn s Clubs and proceeds will g0 to a civic project. K A concession stand will h. aperated by these clubs the entire ay early in the momhj HJC Choir Presents Program In Durant The Holmes Jr. College Choir, mder the direction of Mrs. Mar ha Tye McKie. will present a irogram of music in the" Durant 3resbyterian churth Sunday, May 3. at 5:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited 0 atten<d this special musical program. ‘ f* ; '