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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
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
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.
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
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
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 !
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
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
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
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
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
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
Miss Johnson on behalf of the
BPW club thanked everyone who
> (Vloed make the program a suc
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
Lucile Holmes, Durant
Velma Holmes, Goodman
Ida Henderson, Durant
Benny Rounds, Durant
Josei Anderson, Sallis
Babv Bobby Nell Anderson
Allie Roberson, Vaiden
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.

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