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THE DURANT NEWS
i>4th tbAK MJA1HKR35 DURANT, MISSISSIPPI. lliinSOAi, .MAY 7, 1953 g2.5ttPer“Year The 4-H Club Founding celebration held in Lexington Tuesday was highly successful despite the utter lack of co operation from ole man wea ther. Even so a large and en thusiastic crowd attended and was impressed with the signi ficance of this occasion. This Rives every resident of Holmes county one more rea son for being glad we live here. We can be proud that the men who once toiled here had vision and courage and worked hard to carry their plana through—otherwise we may never had the 11,000 4-H Clubs for bovs and girls throughout this great nation with more than 2,016,000 members. The 4-H Club motto: To Make The Best Better” is one we should all try to adopt and live up to in our lives and business—whether we are members of 4-H Clubs or not. If you are not making plans now to attend the horse show in Tchula on Monday, May 11, we suggest that you do ao. Careful and detailed plan ning have gone into this show by the Tchula Lions and arw Club members and indications are they will have an out standing show—a credit to any community or countv. Be sure and attend one or both shows—at 2:30 in the afternoon and 7:30 in the evening at the Tchula School athletic field. Holmes Baseball Games Schedule Following is a schedule of the Holmes County baseball league for Sunday, May 10th: Cruger at Lexington, Black Hawk at Tchula: Camden at Durant; Pickens at West Last Sundays Game* Score* Tchula 12-Crugar ® * Black Hawk H> _. Lexipgton 3 Pickens 16..Camden 6 West 12.-- .Durant 1 Standing To Date Won Lost Tchula - \ a Black Hawk- j Q Pickens . J 0 West -1 1 Durant .- , I Cruger - J * Lexington . “ Camden -. National Hospital Week Observed May 10-16 National Hospital weea is Doing observed for the first time this year from May 10 through 16. These seven days, which include the birthday of Florence Nightin gale, May 12, are dedicated to the spirit of good will and under standing. This is a time when the citizens of communities all over the nation are especially invited to visit their hospitals. The Holmes County Commun ity Hospital operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving your needs. You are cordially invited to visit your county hospital not only during this special obser vance, but at any time during reg ular visiting hours, which are: 9:00 a. m.—11'00 a. m. 2:00 p. rn. 4:30 p. m. and 7:00 p. m. 9:00 p. m. Coffeeville Church Plans Opening Of New Building, May 10 Holmes county Methodist and friends of the church and its pas tor the Rev. Johnny A. Dinas, are given a most cordial invitation to attend the opening of the new building of the Coffeeville Meth odist Church there on Sunday, May 10, at 3:30 p. m. Worship will ■be conducted at that hour follow ed by open house from 4 00 until 5.30 p.m. The Rev. Mr. Dians is the son or Mr and Mrs. A. K.Dinas of Durant and well known throughout his native county. Have Returned From Tour Friends of Robeit Stieetman and Linda Lou McCullar. mem bers of Millsaps singers, will be interested to know that they have returned from a tour of nine states, including cPes such at Denver, Houston, Memphis, Little Rock, Garden City, Kan sas, Pueblo, Colorado and Colora do Springs. The singers are di rected by Alvin Jon King. I f Historic Marker Dedicated At 4-H Club Founding Celebration In Lexington Large Crowd Attend Ceremonies Held Tuesday In Holmes: Many Visitors Present - * A historic marker proclaiming to the world that Holmes County is the birthplace of the 4-H Club movement was dedicated with fit ting ceremony on Tuesday of this week in Lexington at the formal j 4-H Club founding celebration at-' tended by a large crowd of state; citizens and a number of out-of state visitors. The ceremonies, because of in clement weather, were held in the Lexington Grammar School audi torium instead of Beall Athletic field as planned. The lack of per fect weather for the occasion did not dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of the day’s festivities although it did reduce considera bly the size of the crowd attend ing. Holmes Countv Chancery Clerk Hon. Parham H. Williams opened the meeting and introduc ed the permanent chairman of the afternoon’s program, Acting Presi dent Ben Hilbun of Mississippi State College. M. A. Rowze of State College, associate 4-H Club leader of the state, gave the in vocation, and Lexington’s Mayor Allie S. Prevail welcomed the large crowd. Mr. D. C. Lundy, county chair map for the celebration, expres sed his personal appreciation for the cooperation and assistance of everyon-' contributing to the suc cess of the day’s program. Dr. Clay Lyle, dean and director of agriculture at State College, recognized the honored guests, nineteen members ot the orginal Boys Corn ClQb of 1907, whose names and pictures are carried elsewhere on this page. A number of the distinguish ed visitors were recognized in cluding: Rex I Brown, president of the Mississippi Power and Light Co., Les M Taylor, vice-pre sident of the same firm and an advisor to the State 4-H Club Council, and S. C. Meisburg of the Standard Oil Company, who is also an advisor of the Council. Also present were Jack Tubb, state Superintendent of educa tion, Si Corley, State commission er of agriculture; Mose Shaw, state extension director, Miss May Cresswell, state home demonstra tion leader, P. P. Garner, first state boys’ agent in Mississippi and former state commissioner of agriculture; James W. Craig, state forster; C. L. Neill, chairman state PMA Committee; T. B Fathered, state director of FHA; Boswell Stevens, president of Mississippi Farm Bureau: forme Holmes county agent I W. Car son now of Baton Rouge, La agronomist in cotton at LSU;! Julius O’Quin, state 4-H Club j leader of Louisiana; J. D. Davis, j United Gas Pipe Line Co; S. A. Robert, director of agriculture of rennessee; T. M. Patterson, state department of agriculture: Mrs.' Mose Allison of Tippo, adviser i af the state HD Council; Mrs. John Hancock, president of the date Home Demonstration Coun cil; J. W. Willis, former assistant director and cotton specialist; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Herbert, the latter a daughter of the late W. H. “Corn Club'' Smith; Mrs. Leon Smith, who accompanied her hus band; J. H. Fleming, district man ager of Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. of Greenwood, and a large number of other pro minent citizens in the county and state. Willie Broome of Vicksburg, former Holmes citizen who was the first boy to enroll in the Corn Club organiation by “Corn Club” Smith told interesting sidelights on the early work of the club and paid tribute to The Lexing ton Advertiser and The Durant News, Holmes county newspapers which helped Mr. Smith reach the boys and girls of the county and helped him to get the club work going.. He paid special tribute also to the late W. B. Lundy who, as county agent in 1907, supervised the work of the Boys Corn Club and guided it so successfully that Washington officials became in terested in the boys work and came down for a personal inspec tion of the group. This visit by the late Dr. Seaman A Knapp re sulted in Mr. Smith being ap pointed as a special official of the department of agriculture in charge of club work at the salary of $1.00 pef year. James Ford of Washington county, a brilliant public speaker and outstanding 4-H Club boy. gave an address on the 4-H Club and its meaning. T. W. Thompson of Chicago represented the National Commit tee on Boys and Girls Club Work and gave an interesting summary of the part businessmen have played in the success of organized club work. “That cooperation began right here in Holmes county when your Lexington and county busi nessmen sponsored the bovs clut work from the very beginning,' he said. r’ v Aiton national leader o: 4-H Clubs and young men anc ■ vourg women’s programs oj (Continued on Page Two) members of the original 1907 ' Holmes County boys’ com club who were present at the dedica tion ceremony were (front row, from the left) W. A. Tate of West; J . sse W. Byrd of Lexington; H. M*. Garnett of Lexington, P. R. Roby • o:' Durant, W. E. Grace of West, Otis L. Stephenson of Lexington, Troy Bailey of Ethel, Lonnie Boatwright of Lexington, Brady H. Davis of Lexington; (second row, from the left) W. W. Broome rf Vicksburg, B. S. Darnell of I cx-ngton, D. C. Lundy of Lex incton E. C. Howard of Durant, 1 . W. Barton of Eden; (third row. I om. the left) T. R. Garnett of Lexington, G. A. Hocutt of Lex ii gton, Frank Darnell of Tchula, J. F. Sample of Goodman, Asha Davis of Lexington. The old and the new in food preservation representing the j 50th anniversary of farm demon j stration work being celebrated j throught the United States this • ar was this 4-H Club float from Washington County in the parade held Tuesday morning in con nection with dedicating a marker to the beginning of 4-H Club work. Four-H members pictured are Wilma Lee Thomas fright) of Glen Allen and Martha Dupuy of ! Riverside. J. C. Robertson Asks For Alderman Vote To The Voters Of Durant 1 want to take this means to ask for your support in the Dem ocratic Municipal Primary on May 12. for re-election as one of your Aldermen for the next four y - ars, and express mv sincere pprcciation for the kindness you have shown me in the past. For a number of years, I have 'been a citizen and taxpayer of Durant, and operate my own business in Durant, and I have served six years as a member of your Board of Aldermen, and feel that the training and experience I have received will better en able me to serve you during the coming term of office. I am thoroughly familiar with the problems facing the town and the Board, and shall work to gether with the other officers elected by you for a progressive and efficient administration. Dur ing my term of office, we have improved and paved many streets, extended water and sew»r lines, and improved the light plant facilities to render more I efficient service. We have aecom j tnlished these things, and many ! more, without any increase in tax's or bond issues. During the coming administra tion, if you choose me as one of your officials. I shall work on your behalf for the further im provement of our city facilities, to render more efficient servicp to the people of Durant. I shall work and cooperate for the at traction of more industry. As one of your Aldermen, I shall always appreciate your suggestions for any measures which may im I prove our town. When you cast your vote, i please vote to elect me as one of your five Aldermen. Expressing mv appreciation. I am Sincerely your friend. J. C. Robertson day thanks workers The Rev. C. M. Day said he i wished to thank everyone whe ihelped in any way with the Rcc 1 Cross drive this vear-especialh those who helped canvass the town and also everyone wiho gave Holmes AA Group To Hold Open Meeting In Durant May 11 Holmes county members of the world’s strangest organization 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 now seek to help others overcome the habit of liquor. Vesper Services Set For Sunday Evening At DHS Auditorium Graduation Will Be Held Thursday; Dr. Farrar To Speak vesper services for the Du rant senior class will be held Sunday evening at the school auditorium at 8:00. The Rev. J. T. McCaffertyt Methodist pastor of Vaiden, will deliver the ser mon. The Durant School Glee Club will give special music for the occasion under the direction of Mi's. L. C. Lipsey with Mrs. Jim 'Bowie at the piano. The Rev. T. A. Filgo will give the invocation and the Rev. J. O. Bearden will say the bene diction. All friends of the seniors and the public are invited. Graduation Set Graduation exercises will be held Thursday, May 14 at the school auditorium at 8:00 p. m. Twelve seniors will receive their diplomas. Dr. Joe Farrar, dean of the faculty art Delta State Teachers College, will deliver the address. Charles Knott will give the valedictory address and the sa lutatory will be presented by James Riley Rucker. The public is invited. --- Mayfield Howard Asks For Support Since announcing for the office of marshal, my work has kept me out of town most of the time, and so I am taking this means to tell you my aims in seeking this office. In ease I am elected, I shall at all times cooperate with the City Administration in those things for he best interest of the City. In my previous service as a peace officer both as constable of Distnct Twot and as night watchman for the City of Durant, I have been active and diligent in performing the duties of these offices. I have been especially diligent in fighting liquor law violations; and in or der that Durant give its children and young people a decent and wholesome environment in which [ to grow up, I promise you that if I am elected I shall be active and diligent in performing all my duties, and in view of the persistent, stuDdorn and contin ued operation of bootlegging es tablishments within the corporate limits of the City, I promise to give my especial attention to li quor law violations and to do all within my power by use of legal process to suppress the same. I believe that the marshal should make it his business to •lake conditions on our streets safe for our children at all times, and especially at those times when they are required to use them, as when going to and from school, and if elected I promise our children this service. I therefore earnestly solicit your vote and your support for marshal. Mayfield Howard. glee club sings The Durant School Glee club under the direction of I.«rs. Madge Lipsey presented a musi cal program over station WKOZ ir. Kosciusko Wednesday May 6. The program was sponsored by the radio committee of the Durant BPW Club. Miss Artie Johnson is chairman. Following 'he program a tour of the Lu Vel Ice Cream Plant was tnioyed ind ice cream was served the group. Miss Johnson on behalf of the BPW club thanked everyone who > (Vloed make the program a suc cess. Tchufa Horse Show Will Be Held Monday, May 11, At 2:30 And 7:30 P. M. Sponsoring Lions And BPW Clubs Expecting Huge Crowd For Big Event Plans have been completed for) the Tchula Horse Show to be held Monday, May 11, at the Tchula School grounds at 2:30 in the afternoon and 7:30 in the evening. Indications are the Tchula event will be one of the best shows ever presented in the state of Mississippi. It is being sponsored by the Tchula Lions Club and Tchula BPW Club. A large number, 91 or more, horses representing over 60 dif ferent stables or owners have made 132 entries in 21 classes of competition. Some of the outstanding horses to be shown at this show' are Wat kins Wilson Allen owned by Sid ney Watkins of Canton; Mission Maker owned by W. A. Dollahite of Jackson; Pride’s Rose owned by .R C. Hughes of Jackson; Happy Days K owned by J. E. Cunningham of Tchula; Pride of Robinhood owned bv Dickson and Robertson of Jackson; Lady by Starlight owned by Chester Boh ning of Pontchatoula, La.; June Glory owned by Willow' Acres Farm of Prescott, Ark.; Red Ex press owned by S. D. G. Hutton of Tchula; Wild Star owned by Watkins-Aldridge Equipment Co., Jackson; Mary Hall, owned by Dr. Robert Pegram, Jr., of Tu pelo. Among additional walking horses entered are Lady Chesterfield ow’ned bv John Per kins of Summit; Pride N’ Joy, owned by T. A. Higdon of Fo rest; Rebel Pride owned by Breck Cabell: Rheba’s Maude Ann and Governor Wright, owned by Jo Annis Stables of West; Thunder nira owned t>v 3-C Stables at Carter; Texas Sun Bonnet own ed by Dr. A. G. Cowles of San Antonio, Texas; States Rights, owned by Dr. J. E. Waddington of Jackson; Judy White Sock owned by Dr. Robert Pegram of Tupelo; White Glory Gal, owned by Dr. E. C. Williams of Bonham, j Texas; and Old Glory’s Junior,1 owned by Willow Acres Farm of Prescott, Ark. All of this group are entered in class 21, the Cham pion Walking Horse stake. Classes Listed Cash prizes, ribbons and beau tiful trophies will be awarded in the various 21 classes of the show which are: 2:30 p. m. Show Class 1. Walking Yearlings, 1952 foal; Class 2. Children’s Pleasure Mount ridden by boy or girl under 16; Class 3. Local Pleasure Horses, ridden bv ladv or gentleman sixteen years of age and over; Class 4. Walking Mare, four years old and over; Class 5. Walking Stallion or Geld ing, 3 years old; Class 6. Planta tion Walking Horse; Class 7. Walking Pony, 14.2 and under, ridden by boy or girl 16 and un der; Class 8. Children's Horse manship, ages 16 and under, walking horses and ponies; Class 9. Colored Grooms Riding Walk ing Horses. 7:30 Eveninq Class 10. Children’s Horse i manship, Riding Gaited Horses : and Ponies: Trophy and Ribbons. Class 11. Two Year Old Walk ing Horse, any sex; Class 12. Walking Mare or Gelding, suit able for and ridden by lady; Ciass 13. Three-Gaited Open Class—Trophy; Class 14. Three Year-Old Walking Mares; Class 15. Fine Harness Open: Class 16. Walking Stallion or Gelding, 4 years and over: Class 17. Road ster to Bike: Class 18. Three Year-Old Walking Stake—Horses must have shown in Class 4 or 13 to be eligible for this stake; Class 19. Walking Horse, ridden by amateur man, 16 years and over; C’ass 20. Five Gaited Open: Class 21. Champion Walking Horse Stake. Roadster-Fine Harness To date there have been three entries in the roadster to bike class representing Godbold and Thompson stable of Brookhaven, Irby Goss and Godbold Stabb stables, also of Brookhaven. In the fine harness class both (Continued on Page Two) COURT DAYS SET Court will be held in the Mayors office at the City Hall in Durant on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 3:00 p. m. it was announced today. COLORED YOUTH SHOT Clifton Wright, Jr., Durant I colored youth, is in the Holmes hospital at Lexington with gun ! °bot wounds as a result of in ! juries received when a friend wa showing him a gun. His condi tion is reported satisfactory. Mayor McNeer Asks Voters' Consideration To the Voters of Durant I desire to take this opportun ity to thank the people of Durant for the privilege of serving ee> Mayor for the past four years, and to scdicit* your support for re-election to that office. I am married, have four child ren, and own my home in Durant. We are active members of the First Baptist Church in Durant, and have always token an ac tive part in all civic affairs of the community. I have served the people of Durant as. a mem ber of the State Legislature and as Justice of the Peace, and feel I have the training and exper ience to continue to serve as your Mayor. As your Mayor, I have made every effort to secure new pay rolls and industry for our town, and shall continue to make such efforts, personal contacts, and other necessary steps leading to the location of industry in Durant. I have had the interests of the taxpayers at heart at all times, and have undertaken projects only for the betterment of the town and the improvement of its facilities to serve the people. Our streets are in much better con dition, our water and sewage system have been improved and expanded, and our electric dis tribulion system nus ueen uv^» hauled and is giving excellent service. The next four yea*s will bring very important issues tor our con sideration, and needs one with experience and a working know ledge of the city’s business to guide the policies and decisions of your elected officials. I have always been interested in local government, and the problems of our town, and if given the op portunity to serve another term as Mayor of Durant, I shall con tinue to give the City my time and shall consider it a pleasure to serve you at any hour. As your Mayor, I expect you to feel free to call upon me at atny time to serve you and to re member that the city business I is your business. Although I am making every effort to do so, it will be impossi | ble for me to see each of you and solicit your vote. Please con sider this message as my personal request for your vote and support. Sincerely your friend, R. E. McNeer District Two Community Hospital Mrs. S. J. Ellington, Durant Mrs. John Pettus, Lexington Mrs. John A. Cain, Durant jiBaby Marilyn Dianne Cain, MIS. vj. sr. oiuvu, i 'Mrs. Claude Estes, Durant 'Mrs. Lola McCreary, Grenada Mrs. Horace Sudduth, Durant Annie Ruth Browning, Goodman Colored Henrene Boyd, Durant j Emmett Lashley, Jr., Durant (Intended for last week) Mrs. S. J. Eillington, Durant Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Durant Mrs. A. J. Patrick, Durant Thomas Phil Terry, Durant Mrs. Thomas J. Land, Winona Joy Holmes, West N. D. McCarty, Durant Mrs. Hanson Abels, Goodman Paby Do'lie Yolanda Abels Mrs. Sally Autry, WTest Ken McRae, Durant Mrs. E. M. McLellan. West Mrs. Horace Sudduth, Durant Mrs. R. E. Rosson, Sr., Durant Mrs. Lola McQ-eary, Grenada Mrs William L. Taylor. Goodman Pabv girl Taylor. Goodman C G. Mansfield, Durant Colored Lucile Holmes, Durant Velma Holmes, Goodman Ida Henderson, Durant Benny Rounds, Durant Josei Anderson, Sallis Babv Bobby Nell Anderson Allie Roberson, Vaiden DURANT BOY HONORED John R. Howell of Durant has been selected as one of nine new members of the Millsaps College | chapter of Alpha Psi Omega dramatic fraternity. g3’ 1 Mr- Howe” was formally recog nized last week af Tap Da* 5 S«m-*nnuBl all-college convora *'? **'?'* moieties in vite outstanding students to join.