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Weekly r lf I » 2X USES !SES Circulation " ^ V“^ ^ S JiSp": "u^: Tueidsv if) 38 p m 0:30 e ra. In Mississippi COMBINED WITH ST ^ ES single copy ioc POINT ADVERTISER * # | | ~ w VOlT7<)2 ~ National Edu^is**Association PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1949 Th. «S^0'Pr.„_NO' 49 Women Not Guilty In Nates' Deaths; Yates Sentenced Two women were found not guilty of murder and manslaugh ter and three men were given penitentiary sentences in circuit court this week. Court is sched uled to adjourn this weekend, ending the regular fall term, A directed verdict of not guilty was ordered bv Judge L. C. Cor ban for Pearl Ellizy, charged with the shotgun murder of her hus band, Delimus Ellizy, in their Carver Village apartment last August. Scuffle Over Gun Evidence indicated that in a scuffle over the gun. apparently the safety was snapped and as Ellizy attempted to leave the apartment, holding the gun by the barrel, the gun went off, in flicting fatal wounds. Fannia Nettle* Lewis wai cleared of m charge of manslaugh ter In the death of her husband. Harold Lewis, who bled to death after he was stabbed in the leg by his wife during a struggle. The wound penetrated the big artery in his leg. according to testimony. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Wilbert Griffin pleaded guilty to burglarizing a residence in Ocean Srpings and 'was given a five-year prison sentence. Jack Edwards was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to grand larceny in connection with the theft of an automobile. Yates Pleads Guilty r i hi iturH niriiim-u tt mu kuiiiv pica to guilty in answer to in dictment on a charge of grand larceny in the theft of a hog. He was sentenced to serve two years to run concurrently with a six year sentence previously imposed on a charge of escaping jail. On motion of the district at tornye, a charge *hmmuU and battery with Intent to ktll and murder against Clinton Lewis wee nolle prossed end a charge of assault and battery entered. He pleaded guilty and was fined »225. The case of Freddie M Patrick against John F. Walker for dam ages connected with alienation of affections of the former's wife was continued until the spring term. A suit filed bv Eley T. Bishop, Mrs. Edna Pittman Bishop and James Martin Bishop against Trov Tillman, asking $10,000 in the death of their daughter and sis ter, Carol Ann Bishop, 3 years old, who died after being struck by an automobile operated by Tillman, was settled this week When the plaintiffs were allowed $300. Firemen Answer Grass Fire Alarms Since last Sunday, the Pjsc/i goula fire department lias .in swered nine alarms for g’-as fires. Although no damage has f been reported, Chief Jimmy Hud son said the extreme dryness and danger of the fires spreading keeps firemen on the const an* alert. Thursday morning about 3:15 a. m. the department answered an alarm at the Pascagoula De coy plant where a saw dust pile was afire. From there they went to Kreole to assist the Moss Point firemen at the blaze which de stroyed the house and trailer. v Two-thirds of Indonesia’s 70 odd million people live on the lush, volcano-studded island of Java. . , , Plaque For Safety Will Be Presented To City Wednesday Pascagoula will be presented a plague by the state highway safety patrol for the city's 1943 pedestrian protection program at ceremonies in the high school auditorium Wednesday at 4 p.m. Announcement was made Thursday by acting mayor H. C. Ezell. Presentation will be made by T. B. Birdsong, state commissioner of public safety. At the same time, the com missioner will give the city its annual overall report. Present will be city and school officials and E. E. Blakeney. chief of police. Bus, Automobiles Figure In Crash Near Moss Point Two automobiles and a Grcy | hound bus were involved in an i iccidint a mile east of the paper | mill on Highway BO Wednesday afternoon. A school bus had stopped at the side of the highway to dis charge children. Sheriff J. Guy Krebs explained. When the bus stopped, a car driven by Bernard Moskowitz, Broooklyn, N. Y., stopped as did a car being operated in the op posite direction by Mrs. Mary Jane Papworth, New York. Bus Rams Stopped Car A Greyhound bus, traveling be hind Mrs. Papworth, struck the . rear of her car. shoving it across i tlie center line into the Mosko witz automobile. Both cars were damaged, ac cording to Sheriff Krebs, who with Constable Charles Emanuel, investigated the accident. Only slight personal injuries were in curred, he reported. Information concerning the! crash will be turned over to i State Highway Patrolman Cecil' Byrd for possible action, Sheriff Krebs said. Hattiesburg College Names Thomas Wells Associate Professor Thomas R. Wells, superintend ent of Pascagoula schools, has been named part-time associate professor for Mississippi South ern, Dr. R. C. Cook, president, announced this week. Mr. Wells will teach an exten sion course on educational admin istration in Biloxi each quarter. First course will begin Tuesday at Riloxi high school at 0 p.m it will be entitled "The School Principal." Mr. Wells succeeds Dr. John Napier, who died in October. Mrs. Suthoff's Father Dies In Jackson At 97 F. M. Davis, 97, died in Jack s in early Sunday morning of in juries received in a fall about three weeks ago. He was the fa ther of Mis. W. H. Suthoff of Moss Point. Funeral services were held in Prentiss Monday afternoon. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Suthoff and Misses Peg gy and Barbara and Mr. and Mrs. Wannon Suthoff. Tiny green plants grow inside siane one-cellod animals, using up the waste gas produced by the animals. The plant, in turn, pro duces oxygen and sugar for the animal. $14,300 Ready For Home Loans On County Farms A total of $14,300 is available this year for Jackson county farmers under the farm housing program, John T. Monroe, FHA supervisor *or Jackson and George counties, i ported Thursday. Applications for loans to build or repair farm houses and other structures are being received at the FHA office in Lucedale and the county agent's office in Pas cagoula. Long Term, Low Interest The loans, which may run for 33 years at four per cent interest, are made to farmers and farm owners unable to obtain funds from any other source. Prefer ence is being g*ven to veterans, Monroe said, if all other factors i arc equal. Most of the funds will be loaned, Monroe expects, for re pairs and ramodaling rather than new construction. The program covers a multi tude of things—putting in run- j ning water, bathrooms, gas and electrical appliances, butane sys tems, screens, wells, repairing roofs, buying additional land. etc. Eligible this year are absentee farm owners and persons who! work at a job but live in rural' areas and own a few chickens, a cow or engage in other agricul tural pursuits in their off hours. All, however, must show $400 in agricultural production in the past 12 months. Liens Disqualify Anyone with a mortgage or oth- • er lien on his property is dis-! qualified. Funds advanced, Monroe ev- j plained, will be put into a joint | account and the FHA representa-1 tive will "see that they are spent, for what is needed." Monroe said that persons in doubt about whether or not their i particular problems can be solved 1 under the piogram may get addi- < tional information from his and the county agent's office. Bus Franchise Granted By Vote; Dees Is Affirmed Pascagoula voters granted a 25 j year non exclusive franchise to the Pascagoula citv bus line and confirmed Wilbur G. Dees as Pas cagoula mayor in a general elec tion Wednesday. Only 182 votes were cast. Mr. Decs became the Demo cratic nominee for mayor in the primary election last week and I Tuesday’s general election was j meaningless, insofar as this of fice was concerned, because he was unopposed. The city but line was granted the franchise by city ordinance several weeks ago. and Wednes day's vote confirmed the action of the board of mayor and com missioners. The vote on the franchise was 142 for and 33 against. Precincts voted as follows: City Hall, 70 for. 18 against: N. Pascagoula, 28 for. five against; S. Pascagoula ! 44 for, 10 against. Mr. Dee's commission wa^ scheduled to be issued bv the governor and secretary of state yesterday. He is scheduled to take- I office at the regular meeting ol the mayor and commissioners Tuesday. A BEHIND THE SCENES VIEW SHOWS THE WORKSHOP WHERE MRS. JAMES DETRICK cf the Red Cross, assisted by a croup of volunteer helpers is creeling holiday flower arrancrofnt* for the VA hospital in Biloxi. From left to right, members of the group are Bob Cain. Mrs. Detriclr. Charles Roberts, Cheater Hill. Billy Howard and Jimmy Linton, seated. , I - / Sylvanious Harris, Left, and Everett Long HAD TO MAKE SPECIAL PIN FOR THIS OCCASION Sylvanious Harris Drives 25 Years Without Traffic Mishap Or Violation ”1 By Alice Colmer Last week Sylvanious Harris, chauffeur at the Moss Point mill of the International Paper com pany. received a gold medal and a certificate for 25 years of con tinuous driving without an acci-: dent. 1 Presentation of the medal was delayed several months, for the American Mutual Insurance com pany, which awarded the medal, had to have a special one made. They had never before given one for 25 years of safe driving—the highest previous record being 20 years. Medal And Certificate At a special ceremony ‘‘Van ious" ok Harris is known to all his friends, was presented the | medal which he proudly wears' and the certificate by Everett Long, safety director at the mii. I Harris is a member of the em ploye's 25 year club but he has been with the company since con- j struction began on the mill. 1 Known at "Jack Rabbit" In 1912, Vanious operated a dinkey, as he called it. between Moss Point and the mill carrying the workers back and forth. He said his friends used to call him "Jack Rabbit" then. Later he was promoted to porter and when the late Ed Mayo became superin tendent of the mill he began car rying the mail and driving. une oi ms nunes was to go to Pascagoula every morning to drive the late M. L. Scriveni. sec retary of the company, to the mill. Members of the office force who lived in Pascagoula began catching a ride with Vanious and this regular run continued daily until the war with gas and tire rationing put an end to if. Mayo adopted Vanious as his personal driver and when the company gave him a new Cadil lac as a bonus one year he took Vanious with him to drive the family on a tour of the east and Canada. The late Mrs. Mayo was also partial to Vanious as a driv er and Vanious said he was the one who taught Lawrence Mayo to drive. In his capacity as company chauffeur. Vanious has driven for practically ail company officials and remembers driving Sir Ar thur Ben, England, whose family was among the original promot ers of the mill. Oldtimers will re member him from the days of the Hunter-Ben Lumber company. Dorothy Dix. who was the guest of Mrs. Mayo, was another of his famous passengers, however, Van ious disclaims that he reads her column. Another of Vanious' chores was to meet the train when the late J. Lewis Danizler came over from New Orleans every week and among other commuters that he remembers are the late W. S. Hofstra and Edgar R. DuMont. Vanious is a native of Pasca goula and married Ella Norvel. daughter of Frank Norvel. Pasca goula Thev live in an attractive, well kept home which they own. on the cutoff between the Kre ole station and the highway. Just Knows How Here Vanious raises turkeys and chickens as a lucrative hobby. This year he had 67 turkeys in hts flock and when asked if they were not difficult to raise, re plied: “I just reckon 1 know* how”. He gets up early to tend to his chickens and tuikeys and the strawberry patch which is his other hobby. He also has a family to be proud of. His oldest son. follow ing in his father's footsteps, was chauffeur for years, and later his employer helped him establish his business as an interior deco rator in Chicago. His second son. who Is in the service, stopped out this week for overseas duty. The three younger children are still in school—one son in col lege at Daytona Beach, Fla., and the second at Dillard, New Or leans. His daughter, who has graduated from Gilbert's acadenty was studying music at Dillard when ill health forced her to withdraw. Proud of Record. Wagon Vanious, soft-spoken, quiet and i unassuming, goes about his du- i ties as company chauffeur but he : has two things he is proud of —, his record of 25 years of driving j without an accident or traffic i violation and the bright green station wagon with the Interna- j tional Paper company emblazoned on its side. When presentation of the med al and certificate were made to Vanious, the company also rec ognized truck drivers who have unblemished records. Following is a list and the num- i ber of years of safety driving they ' have amassed: Nerus Martin, six: William Vaiden. Jr. seven; Isa dore Dubose, three; Gilbert Franklin, four; Irving Richard son, seven; Richard Vaiden, sev en: Jeff Richardson, two; Allan Bradley, two; Earthy Riley, two; Ben Hammond, two; and Ben Stallsworth, one. — Canty Is Elected C Of C Secretary Frank S. Canty, former Pasca goula mayor, was named secre tary of the Pascagoula-Moss Point Chamber of Commerce at a meet ing of the board of directors Tuesday night, W. Ed Wiggins, president, announced this week. Mr Canty took over the office this week. Eleven of the chamber directors were present at the meeting. Mr. Wiggins said, and several other candidates for the position were considered before final action was taken. Vote of the directors was seven to four in favor of Mr. Canty, Mr. Wiggins said. The chamber has been without a secretary since departure of Verne Barnes early in the year. Old Byrd House, Trailer In Yard, Burned In Kreole A vacant house in Kreole. known as the ‘‘old Ligo Byrd home.'' was completely destroy ed by fire of undetermined origin early Thursday. A house trailer owned by Mrs. John Hearty, which was parked in the yard, was also destroyed although most of the furnishings were saved. The Moss Point volunteer fire department went to the blase, but the fire had gained too much headway before the alarm was turned in. Chief W. B. McDavid reported. As firemen approached Kreole they could see the flames, Mr. McDavid said. No damage was done to adjoining buildings, he reported. Mi s. Hearty and her children, who were spending the night with friends, were not at home when the fire occurred. BANGKOK MAIL IN THE BAG Bangkok — (AP) — At the post office there are special boxes for posting mail — marked ■‘Foreign”. “Inland” and "Air Mail’’. Every few hours a postman comes with a huge bag. He emp ties each box and drops all the letters into the big bag. j Billy Frank Moody Granted Suspension From Parchman Prison After 10 Years Funpral Services For D. M. Rice. 66, Held In Vancleave David Mack Rico. 66. native and I lifelong resident of Jackson ! county, died at his home in Van | cleave Sunday morning after an ! illness of three weeks. He had been employed as a guard at In galls during the war. Funeral services were conduct ed at the residence Tuesday at 3 p. m. and at Latter Day Saints church by the Rev. Franklin Steiper, Mobile, and the Rev. J. L. Barlow, Pascagoula. Interment was in Evergreen cemetery. Fails was in charge. Pall bearers were Walter Mans field, C. F. Rogers, R. B. Ross, Ed ward Rice, John Tillman and C. Rogers. He is survived by his w'idow, Mrs. Cora Estelle Rice; tw'o I daughters. Mrs. J. C. Parker, Gau : tier, and Mrs. Louis Ereetenbaek, Vancleave; three sons, Malcolm, Fredericksburg, Va., Larue, Van cleave and Fred N. Rice, Pasca goula: 18 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. To Open Bids On Wharf Extension Work Next Week The port commission and the ! citv of Pascagoula will open i sealed bids for extension of the city wharf and construction of a warehouse foundation at 3 p. m. Tuesday at a joint meeting in citv j hall. . The work involved is for exten sion of the present city wharf ap proximately 365 feet. The wharf will be of concrete on oreosoted i piling with an interlocking steel ! sheet pile bulkhead. The proposed contract calls al so for removal of surface muck on land behind the wharf to he replaced with a solid fill, and the laying of a concrete foundation floor with ring curtains or retain ing walls suitable for future ware j house construction. | The foundation will he 310x140 feet. Bids for the warehouse con J struction will be advertised after the present contract is let. A number of contractors in sev eral states have indicated they will bid on the work, D. J. Sim : mons. engineer for the project, | said. ____ Mrs. W. R. Mansfield, Resident Of Kreole, Dies Friday At 61 Mrs. Hattie Bosarge Mansfield. 61, died Friday at the county hos pital where she l)«d been ill for a week. Mrs. Mansfield, native of Bayou La Batre. had resided in Kreole for 40 years. She was a member of the Kreole Method ist church. Funeral services were conduct ed Saturday at 2 p. m. at the res idence and Methodist church by the Rev. E. W. Scott. Interment was in Machpelah cemetery. Pall hearers were L. C. Johnson. Lloyd Roberts. Pete Mabry. R. J. Knapp. Wilbur Harris and L. E. Westfaul. She is survived by her hus band, William R Mansfield. Kre ole; a son. Roger Mansfield, Kre ole; five daughters. Misses Eve lyn and Annie Mae Mansfield and Mrs. Henry Green. Kreole, Mrs. Elbert Warden. Galveston. Tex., and Mrs. Vernon Lacy, Moss Point. Nine grandchildren, two broth ers, Kell and Carv Bosarge. Bayou La Batre; and three sisters, Mes dames Lottie Cooper. Bayou La Batre. Bert Webb, Biloxi and Ira Bosarge, Kreole. Bishop Gerow To Dedicate School Final plans for dedication of the new St. Alphonsus school in Ocean Springs were made at a meeting of the St. Alphonsus Co operative club Monday night. The dedication will be conduct ed Monday bv Bishop R. O. Ge row, Natchez. Msgr. Conway. Spring Hill college, will be speak er. Visiting clergy will also be present. Sitting And Waiting For Call From Him Says Mrs. Moody Billy Frank Moody, the “broad casting con”, is turning home. Moody, 28-vear-old Kreole man who has served 10 years in the ' state penitentiary at Parchman. was yesterday granted a six month suspended sentence by Gov. Fielding Wright. From Jackson, Rep. Hermes Gautier told the Chronicle-Star and Advertiser that Moody, a three-time “loser”, was not eli gible for a parole, but that with good behavior he will be eligible for successive continuations of his suspension. Two Escapes Attempted Two of Moody’s offenses were | attempted escapes from Parch man. to which he wras sent as a I youth of 17 to serve seven years I for the $35 robbery of a Wade I grocery. In mid-October, Moody received world-wide publicity when he was discovered operating an un licensed radio station in his cell. The forced sensation made of the story in the daily press wor ried local friends and relatives. They feared it would hurt Moody's chances of getting the suspension he was working for. At the time, however, both Gov. Wright and Warden Marvin Wiggins at Parchman told the Chronicle that the so-called “ex pose" would be no hinderance to Moody's rase. Wiggins Praises Boy Wiggins had high praise for the way in which Moody settled down after his last attempt to es cape and applied himself success fully to the study of radio. He became the prison's most valu able handy-man with radio and electricity. Mooay s motner, Mrs, ueneva Moody, who lives a short distance west of the paper mill on High way 90, said as the Chronicle went to press that "we are just sitting here waiting for a call from Billy to come pick him up. ‘‘He has a truck-load of things , to bring home. Of course, we’re as happv as can be. First word we had was when James Gautier called last night.” James Gautier, whose wife is Mrs. Moody’s sister, was notified ! of the suspension by Hermes Gautier, his brother. Both the men had long worked for Moody's release. Knew Six Days Ago Hermes Gautier, now attending the special legislative session in Jackson, said Gov. Wright told him of the impending action six days ago, but had asked him to ‘wait until it was officially an nounced. Meanwhile, Moody had written this week that he had been grant ed a 10-day suspension from the prison beginning Dec. 11. This is the usual Christmas-time "leave" granted certain trusties. It is not known here whether or not the federal communica tions commission will press charges on Moody’s broadcasts. i* -- Veterinary's Body Found Saturday After Sudden Death Dr. Alfred Johnson, 64 year old former Ocean Springs veter | inarian, died suddenly Saturday night at his home in Biloxi. His body was discovered about 9 p. m. by John Griffin and Sgt. E. J. Tetreault who went to the resi dence to borrow a motor. Death was declared by a coroner’s jury to be from natural causes. A native of Illinois, Dr. John son moved to New Orleans 29 years ago and came to Ocean Springs in 1941 where he had a small animal clinic until July, 1948, when he moved to Biloxi. I He was a graduate of Chicago Veterinary school and is survived by his widow; a step-daughter, Mrs. Theodore Bechtel, Ocean Springs; a sister, Mrs. Eslin Pet | erson, Muskogen. Mich.; and a brother, Axel Johnson. -- JohnC. Nelson, 74, Lifetime Resident, Claimed By Death John Christian Nelson, 74, 602 S. Pascagoula, retired marine en gineer, died at the county hos pital early Wednesday morning. He had retired about five years [ ago because of poor health but his illness had not become acute | until Saturday when he was tak i en to the hospital. Mr. Nelson, member of one of | Pascagoula’s oldest families, had j spent his life here working on j tugs and dredges throughout this | area. He married Miss Mary Ellen Peterson, also of a family of long residence here, about 1900. She died a number of years ago. Charter Member Of Group He was a charter member of the Volunteer Fire Department of . Pascagoula and a member of Ma I sonic Lodge No. 419. Woodmen of the World and Christ Lutheran j church. Funeral service* were conduct ed Thursday at 3 p.m. at Fails and at Christ church by the Rev. F. A. Graef. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery. Active pall bearers were T. R. Kell, R. T. Fletcher. Joe W. 1 Brumfield, W. E. Wiggins. Charles ! Bogdahn, S. C. Frederic. Honorary pall bearers were I members of the Voluteer Fire I Department, Woodmen of the I World, Masonic Lodge, Captain H. H. Colle, Walter Olsen, George Granlund, George Delius. Whit Walker, Nolle Wilson, Will Casey and Gay Casey, Gulfport, Nor man Alley, Lee Beckham. Rob ert Sweetman, Mobile, and Dr. S. B. Mcllwain. Surviving are two daughters, ; Mrs. Jones L. Garrigan, Norfolk, Va., and Mrs. Edward English, Arlington, Va.; two sons, Charles T. Nelson, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and John C. Nelson, Jr.. Pascagoula; j a sister, Mrs. Leona Brown. Bir mingham; a brother, Edward Nel |son, Warren. Ark.; eight grand ■ children, and one great grand child. Pascagoula's Educational Facilities Discussed By Junior Woman's Club What Pascagoula offers in the way of education was discussed by a group of educators at a meet ing of the Junior Woman's club at the Community Activities building, led by Thomas R. Wells, superintendent of city schools. Mr. Wells was assisted by Miss Kathleen Kell, principal of South, who talked on the elementary school and Virgil Gill, assistant superintendent and principal of the high school, whose subject was the secondary school. Mrs. R. V. Farnsworth, of the nlusic department. talked on mu sic and W. S. Cobb of the voca tional school explained training for the occupational job. Donald Jeffries of the same department talked on vocational workshops. The program was conducted by Mrs. E. A. Talbott who introduced Mr. Wells. In the absence of the president, the meeting was conducted by Mrs. Ben H. Pickett, Jr. In a re port for her committee, the Red Cross, Mrs. H. B. Moore, Jr., urged members to give of their time and blood to this cause. Miss Dottie Daniel, chairman for the Tom Thumb wedding, re ported that the date has been set for Friday (tonight) at South school. 7:30 p.m. A report was heard from the souvenir commit tee chairman, Mrs. Allan Richard, and Mrs Qu^i Gautier suggested the purchase of inexpensive dishes for use in serving refreshments at club meetings. Mrs. Talbott is to head a committee to investigate a school lunch project. Mrs. Julius Wiggins, past pres ident of the club, was congratu lated on her election to the third vice presidency of the MFWC. The hostesses. Mesdames Girard Frederic. Gautier and Louis Fred eric. served refreshments at a tea table covered with a white cloth which was matched by candles in silver holders. Roses formed the central decoration.