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“■•THE MOSS POINT ADVERTISER »«. VOL. 102 " National E»tTA^.«o„ PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1949 ESSS1*** _ _ \% ___ County Gets Road Rebate Of $200,000 Highway, Industry Bonds To Be Called With Repay Funds Jackson county will receive $200,000 as its share of the $2, 250,000 rebate by the state gov ernment to 23 counties under the Staneell Act, State Representa tive Hermes F. Gautier said this week. The Stansell Act set up provi sions for the state government to reimburse counties for bridges and j highway!, financed by the coun ties and taken over by the state The proposed reimbursement has been marked by a lengthy j legal controversy, which culmin ated in a state supreme court ruling upholding the counties. Un der this ruling the state would have bean liable for repayments amounting to between 25 and 30; million dollars. The $2,250,000 figure was' reached as a compromise at the I recent special session of the leg islature. The payment will be fi nanced by a bond issue of the state highway department. Must Retire Road Bonds The reimbursement provides tor retiring all outstanding coun ts! road and bridge bonds before the funds can be used for any other purpose. Jackson county’s reimburse ment is based on the county’s paving of Highway B0. construc tion of the fill and several bridges between Pascagoula and Gautier, and building of the Ocean Springs ' bridge across Back Ray in par UoinaUim with Harrison county, Tha bond lsiuaa Ihvolvad in thaaa project* formerly wart serviced by tha toll bridgo al Pascagoula, but this was taken over by the state in 1942 and made a free bridge. Members of the board of su pervisors pointed out. however, that only $26,500 of these bonds are still outstanding. Beat Four has $25,500 outstanding from the issue financing Back Bay bridge, and Beats Two and Three $500 each. The board plans first to retire these bonds out of the reimburse ment funds. The balance, after at torney fees have been paid, will be applied on outstanding indus trial bonds involved in the locat ing of the Ingalls Shipyard at Pascagoula and the building of the Peterzell & Gclles factory i building. Will Offsat Milaaga Shipyard bonds outstanding amount to $66,000, with $63 000 of the first issue of the Woolen Mill bonds outstanding The first is an obligation of Beat Three , nd the second of Beats One, Two and i nree. After these obligations Hhvp been paid, board mtmbin said, any remaining balance will be epplied on Beets One and Two in dustrial obligations. Three mills are presently be ing levied in Beats One. Two and Three to service these outstand ing issues ar.d five and one-half mills in Beat Four. Board. Unanimous Members of the board said it was their unanimous opinion that the best interests of the county would lie served by applying the reimbursement funds to the re tiring of these outstanding bond issues. Although the action may re quire some special legislation. Rep Gautier said he believed nec essary authorization for the coun ty’s proposed action could be ob tained at the regular session of the legislature which starts next month. Chancery Court Cases Continued The majority of cases on the docket for fall term of chancerv court were continued because of j the illness oi Judge D. M. Hussell. Court adjourned Wednesday. Cases will be scheduled for ac tion in the court which convenes Feb. 21, Chancery Clerk N. C 1 Everett said. Judge Russell, who was taken j ill last week, was not able to re turn to the bench until Wednesday when a few cases were disposed of, Mr. Everett said. 1 i Pnoio uy FOUR FOREMEN WHO HELPED RENOVATE TOYS FOR THE Knights of Columbus Christmas baskets, stand before some of the toys to be given chMdren Saturday. Left to right are H. K. Thornton. G. N. Broadus. Chief Jimmy Hudson and S. M. Holyfield. KCs To Have Parade For Santa Claus And Annual Tree On Christmas Eve *1 Gifts from the brightly lighted Christmas tree on the lawn of he Knights of Columbus home wtU be ^jlven to children attending the party Christmas Fve at 3 p.rh., Vincent Ros, general chairman, announced today. All children are invited to the tree regardless of whether or not they received n personal invita tion from Santa Claus last week when he was visiting at Fire man’s hall. Mr. Ros said. Santa At Paihy For the benefit of those who missed seeing him on his previous visits to the city, St. Nick will attend the K C Christmas party and will be escorted to the K C hall at the head of a parade Sat urday afternoon. The parade will form at the Firemen’s Hall on Market at 3 p. m. and got under way nt 2-30 with Santa aboard a fire engine. Accompanied by tile Pascagoula High band, the procession will go south to Lincoln and then turn west to S. Pascagoula. It will proceed north to Watts thence to Frederic and north to. Delmas. After traversing the iength of Delmas avenue the pa rade will cross on N. Pascagoula to Krebs and turn at Magnolia to i the KC home. Automobile dealers in the city lave been asked to enter ears in [lie parade. They will bear ban u'l's spelling out “Merry Christ inas and a Happy New Year to All." Sifts From Tree A cedar tree has been planted in the lawn of the KC home anil i.iily decorated, Vernon DeJean. grand knight, and Vincent Ros. chairman, will help Santa Claus; distribute candy, fruit and a toy ! to each young guest. In case of had weather, the fes tivities will lake place in the club j house. Mr. Ros said. Through cooperation of the Firemen. Boy Scouts and KC members, enough toys have been rollertod fo prepare nearly 200 boxes of toys for needy children to be distributed in time for Christmas. Headed by Mr. Ros and assist ed bv Percy Larsen, the following committee completed arrange ments: E. J. Murray, Mack Hud son, Jimmv Walker and Francis' Murray. Firemen under the chair- ' manship of Chief Jimmy Hudson, have been helping to renovate, and remodel the toys. Joe V. Krebs was chairman of i the committee which secured and planted the permanent Christmas' tree. j SEALS WEAR LICENSE PLATE Washington — (AP) — The U. 5. Fish and Wildlife Service tag jed 20,000 fur seal pups off Alas- I <a this past summer, making >8,000 lagged since 1947. I ■ ---- American Legion Invites Children To Gift Festivity A live Christines tree was grow ing on the grounds of the Ameri can Legion home on S. Market Tuesday morning where none had grown before. That night the tree glowed with Christmas lights and decorations. Inside the home, members of the auxiliary were assembling hun drede of toys and small gifts to be placed on the tree for children of the county today at 6 p. m. The tree was brought from the Pascagoula river swamps by Rich ard Goff and other veterans of Wade, and will remain to be dec orated each Christmas. George Lovell and W. E. Belt headed the Christmas tree plan ning. Work is being done by the auxiliary with a committee led by Mrs. Joe Mason and Mrs. J. D. Cole. All county children under 8. are invited — no cards or other conditions being required. If the weather is had. festivities will he in the Legion meeting hall. Gas Line Explodes At Escatawpa Fill; Blaze 10 Feet High A sudden drop in temperature last Thursday resulted in an ex plosion of the gas line between the Eseutawpa fill and Moss Point, dropping pressure to three pounds for about half an hour, Harold Ezell, Pascagoula com missioner. said. Complete inter ruption of service was narrowly averted, ho declared. The explosion occurred about 9:30,p. m., alarming persons in a wide radius in Moss Point. The gas flow was diverted to the old pipeline, now supplementary to the new, w Inch was installed when dredging operations to raise tile highway began. Repairs necessitated welding a 13 inch pipe iato the gap entail inq considerable danqer to the welders. R. T. May, city gas su perintendent. braved flames blow ing about 10 feet from the sev ered pipe to do acetylene welding. F. W. Waters. Pascagoula, did the electric welding. The men were protected from ! the intense heat bv wet boards i and canvas held by those assist ing. Ezell said. Repairs were not j completed until about 4 a. m„ but the pressure was down for only ■ 25 minutes, he said. The pipe was exposed to the weather to allow' dredging and filling operations, Ezell explained.: King And Harkey Purchase Slock Of Publishing Firm Once again in its 102-vear his tory the Chronicle-Star and Moss Point Advertiser has changed ownership. Kaston King and Ira Harkey exercised an option Wednesday to pure h* e the outstanding shares in the Advertiser Publishing Company, Inc., which publishes the paper. The newspaper traces its his tory back to the Handsboro Dem ocrat. founded by P. K. Mayers in 1847. In 1879, Mayers moved the paper to Pascagoula and merged it with the Star. Following the transaction Wed nesday, Harkey became president of the corporation, succeeding W. B. Herring, who as attorney for his sister, Miss Hazel Herring, controlled the majority of the stock. King is secretary-treasurer of the corporation. He .and Harkey are the only members of the board of directors and will act as co-editors and co-publishers of the newspaper. Contract' Award For Luxury Ship Deadline Deferred Contract award for the new Mississippi Shipping Company liner, on which Ingalls was a bid der, has been deferred, Philip Fleming, chairman of the mari time commission, announced this week. It was suggested in Washing ton that the commission hesitates to award any more contracts on passenger vessels until Congress "clears up" its attitude on subsi dies for national defense pur poses. Monro B. Lanier. Ingalls pres ident, told the Chronicle this week: “In conferences with the maritime commission we have been advised that the deadline i for awarding the contract will be extended. The commission has ! been assured that the budget will | not be cancelled. Subsidies Discussed "The delay is due to a legal dis I cussion on operating and con struction differentia! subsidies. No contract will be awarded un til an agreement has been reached on the operating subsidies. "The relative status of the bid ders will not he affected. The matter will be handled by the commission as soon as possible after the first of the year.” Deadline for the award had been set for Dec. 31. It was feared that, if the deadline passed with no award, budget funds would be cancelled. t |i! Blood Donors Set 156-Pint Record Jackson county established a new high last Thursday in its response to the blood bank pro gram by contributing 156 pints. George W. Noe, ior-n! chairman, announced this week. Included are 69 pints donated by Negro citizens which sets a new record (or them also. Official quota was set at 75 pints, but local authorities had unofficially set a goal of 200 pints to reenmnense for the quantity of blood that has been used since the establishment of the hank. Officials of the area bank in Mobile were most complimentary concerning the response of Jack son countv and said that the blood bank here had "far exceed ed any amount contributed bv •ny chapter in the entire Mobile area." Jackson county is included in the Mobile area where the central blood bank is located and is one of 13 Mississippi counties and sev eral Alabama counties in this area. “The volunteer workers and citizens donating blood and the committee working under Alton Mansfield, recruitment chairman, are to be congratulated upon the success of the program.” Mr. Noe said. THE FAMOUS TOE HOLED Berwyn. Md. — (AP) — Earl L. Wells. 21. went hunting for squirrels but shot a piggv instead ( —the big one on his right foot. | He managed to hobble home and j call a doctor. 1 Billy Frank Moody Starts On Road Back Billy Frank Moody has start ed up the comeback road. Moody. 29-year-old local man , who spent 10 years in the state penitentiary at Parchman, op ened a radio repair shop this week at his home in Kreole. Radio—at which Moody has worked for the past 10 years while in prison — nearly cost him his suspension of sentence when he was discovered last October broadcasting from Parchman. He was granted a suspension last month, however, and now is hopefully awaiting a possible pardon by the governor. He was serving time for a robbery com mitted when he was 17 and for subsequent attempts to escape the state farm. Moody lives in Kreole with his mother. Mrs. Geneva Moody. ! about a mile west of the paper mill. His phone is 6256. Board Rejects Bidder Protest On Land Index i The board of supervisors Fri | day rejected a protest of H. R. Barber and Carl Megehee and j awarded a contract to E. M. Gal ! loway for compiling sectional in I dex abstract books of Jackson I county lands. The amount of the contract is $34,899. The award was originally made at the Dec. 6 meeting of the board but a protest was filed by Barber and Megehee on the grounds that they were low bidder for the work. They had submitted a bid of $34,780. $119 under Galloway’s. Passed Over Bid At the time of the award the board passed over the BSrbei - j Megehee bid on the grounds that 1 it was vague, set forth conditions that could be burdensome to the I county, and called for keeping the chancery clerk’s office open at night if necessary. Barber is associated with the Mississippi Title Abstract and Guaranty Co., of Gulfport; Me gehee is a law student who will obtain his degree in January and Galloway has been employed in the office of the chancery clerk for two years. He plans to resign his job Jan. 1. The Barber-Megehee bid for the work was in four sections and provided that the chancery clerk j furnish satisfactory and suitable space, table and working condi tions “which shall be satisfactory to us;” that the clerk permit night work if necessary; that the work would begin as soon as practic able after the records are re moved to the new courthouse; and that it would be completed in 18 months after it was started, with an additional six months time to be allowed if necessary. Three Yeari For Work The Galloway bid set forth at length the manner in which the wot k would be performed; broke it down into its various phases, and set forth materials to be used. The bid specified three years for completion of the work. The protest filed against the letting of the bid to Galloway set forth the contention that the Bar j ber-Megehee bid met with speci (Continued on Page 5) o ° Tuna Agents Choose Pascagoula Site; Research Boat Facilities To Be Set Up H Company Wants BAWI Aid For Cannery; Bond Issue Would Be Beat 3 Obligation The proposed canning plant of Tuna, Inc., will be located on re claimed land on the west bank of Pascagoula river just south of the L&N tracks. The decision was announced last week hv Cecil Drake of San Diego, who, with J. S. Martinac of the J. M. Martinac Shipbuild ing Co., Tacoma. Wash., inspected proposed sites at Pascagoula and Moss Point. The land is owned by the city of Pascagoula and was purchased bv the port commission as part of the industrial and port devel- j opment proqram. It was filled in with spoils from deepening of the river channel to 31 feet and the | dredging of a turning basin op posit the ciiv docks. Drake and Martinac left Friday afternoon to return to the West Coast and will be back in Pasca goula around Jan. 1 to push plans for location of the plant here. They hope to have it in operation hv earlv spring. Want BAWI Building After conferences Thursday and Friday the following facts de veloped: The company wants to establish its plant here under the BAW'l plan, and a bond issue of approx imately $150,000 to $200,000 will l>e necessary to finance construc tion of the cannery. The building will be 100x300 feet and will be located on a site of necessary width and depth along the river front. Wharves will be constructed for docking of tuna clippers and handling their cargo. Conferences have been held j with L&N railroad officials con- J cerning construction of a spur | track to the area, and the board of supervisors is pushing com pletion of the access highway. The proposed BAWI bond issue will be handled as a Beat Three obligation. Supervisor Joe V. j Krebs said after conferences of city, port commission and county officials. As soon as application is made by the corporation it will he sub- j mitted to the Agricultural and i Industrial board, for approval and, if granted, voters of Beat Three will be asked to pass on the pro posed bond issue. Engineers Study Site Drake said here Friday he hoped this could be done with n minimum loss of time as the com pany is anxious to get construc tion started and the plant in op- j eration. Engineers contacted by Drake J at New Orleans were in Pasca goula Tuesday studying the loca tion as a preliminary to designing the building. They were George P. Rice and George F. Williamson pf the George P. Rice Consulting Engineers Co. Rice said he planned to leave New Orleans Wednesday for San Diego to study plants and their rperation as a preliminary to sub mitting designs for fhe building. The engineer and architect.! however, will be retained by the agency that issues the bonds, in (Continued on Page 5) — Moore Factory Site To Be Chosen Soon Representatives of the E. R. j Moore Company of Chicago will ! be in Ocean Springs during the 1 holidays to select a site for the j $80,000 plant to be built there. A P. Moran, supervisor, said ; Thursday that the garment man- ! ufacturers had tentatively chosen the land across the highway from i the Alibi restaurant. 2 New Buildings Dedicated Friday At St. Martin j Two new buildings at St. Mar tin school were dedicated in cere monies at the school Friday. The structures ar«* a vocational shop training building and a home economics and science building. Construction was begun last fall. T. M._ Tubh, state superintend ent of education, principal speak er, told residents of the commu nity that they can well be proud of their»sehool “which rose prac tically overnight to one of the leading schools of the countv.” In addition, Tubbs praised the work of Nolan Taconi, school su perintendent, and members of the board of trustees. Acting as master of ceremonies was Naif Jordan. Other speakers were Vertis Ramsey, Fred Moran. A. J. Franklin. Merle Palmer gnd the Rev. Patrick McAlpine. Dedication followed the crown; ing of Miss Rosalie Flannagan as homecoming queen. A sophomore. Miss Flannagan is member of the basketball team and active in other school activities. She wore a grey suit with green accesso ries. , Maids of honor were Shirley Walden and Marietta Morris. Members of the court were Ivon Basque, Rhoda Lomien, Betty Necaise, Elba Seymour and Bet tv Lou Broadnax. County Post Offices Close For Holidays Post offices throughout the county will be closed Sunday and Monday, opening Tuesday morning for regular business, I Postmaster Arthur V. Smith, I said Thursday. Saturday. Christmas Eve, only the finance windows of the Pascagoula and Moss Point offices will close at noon, the stamp, parcel post and genera! delivery windows remaining open until 6 p. m. for the con- j venience of the public. The postmasters expect to complete all deliveries of mail ! Saturday. Sunday and Monday only special delivery matter will be sent out. The usual holiday schedules will prevail both Sunday and Monday, incoming mail be placed in post office boxes. Oregon Sets Sail For Pascagoula; To Arrive Jan. 9 The experimental fishing ves sel Oregon sailed from Seattle, Wash., Dee. 9th and is expected to arrive at Pascagoula Jan. 9, H. E. Crowther, chief of the fish and wildlife service’s exploratory fishing division, said this week in a letter to W. R. Guest, presi dent of the port commission. Mr. Crowther added that he ex pected to arrive in Pascagoula Jan. 4 or 5 and remain as long as necessary to set up an office and make necessary preparations for repairing and converting the vessel for Gulf exploratory work. City Furnishes Office The permanent offices of the fish and wildlife service will be set up in quarters furnished by the port commission in the pres ent building adjacent to the city wharf, Mr. Guest said. This build ing will be moved back a con siderable distance in preparation for extension of the dock and con struction of a warehouse. The wildlife service plans loca tion here of two fishery engineers and a clerical staff of two or thrae persons in connection with the operation of the Oregon. The federal government has made available $83,000 for the re pair, conversion and operation of the Oregon. Bids for repairs and conversion will be* sent out from Pascagoula and it Is hoped, Mr. Crowther said, to complete these and have tRe vessel in operation by IVfarch. Funds available will operate the vessel for the fiscal year ending June ^0, when new funds will be allocated. Alaska To Pensacola The sister ship of the Oregon, the Alaska, has been based at Pensacola and will reach that port at about the same time the Oregon reaches Pascagoula. The Alaska will be used as a floating laboratory, while the Ore gon will engage in actual explor atory work in close co-operation with the fishing industry and the Gulf Fisheries Compact commit tee, composed of the five states bordering on the Gulf. A local crew of about nine is expected to be hired to operate the vessel. Moss Point Rotary Meets For Luncheon There was no formal program at the Moss Point Rotary club Thursday at the regular luncheon, Walter Bader, secretary, read * communication from the district governor. Of especial interest, particular ly to members of the Camellia ■lub. were camellia blooms placed iown the center of the long ta bles. They were from the garden )f Claude Blanchard who also lad two boxes of specimen blooms an display. Vela McKinley Leaving For Washington County Anyone interested in compil ing data on Jackson county will do well to consult Vela McKinley home demonstration agent. Miss McKinley, who has re signed her Jackson county post, can readily answer questions on the economic conditions of the rural population, tha state of the roads, agricultural conditions, crop3. chickens, children, activi ties. and even what farm wives make cut of feed sacks. As demonstration agent in I Jackson county she has traveled most of the roads in the rural. sections in all kinds of weather I to „ttend club meetings and 4-H | club activities She has had a | share in helping to plan most of1 the improvements made in rural, homes for the past three years— from arrangement plans to in- j. tenor decoration, landscaping and i instructions on the preservation i of foods. On January first Miss McKin ley will report to Greenville where she has accepted the posi tion of home demonstration agent for Washington county. But Miss McKinley said the decision to ac cept what amounts to a promo tion was difficult for she has be come' attached to the people of the county in her three years asso ciation here. “I worried so trying to make up my mind whether to accept the offer that I was ill for two days,” she confessed. ”1 have so many friends here, it was hard to leave,” she said. Miss McKinley succeeded Ruih Cain as demonstration agent here in June 1948. She came from Jas »er county where she had held i similar position for seven years. Prjior to that the taught home iconomics for nine years in New on and Laurel high schools fol (Continued on Page 5) Photo fay WUm 'I Worried So I Was Sick Two Days . . ." Miss Vela McKinley +»w • — . -_