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“■•THE MOSS POINT ADVERTISER »«.
VOL. 102 " National E»tTA^.«o„ PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1949 ESSS1*** _ _ \% ___
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
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;
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
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
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
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
After these obligations Hhvp
been paid, board mtmbin said,
any remaining balance will be
epplied on Beets One and Two in
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
KCs To Have Parade For Santa Claus
And Annual Tree On Christmas Eve
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,
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
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
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
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'
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.
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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
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.
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
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
Once again in its 102-vear his
tory the Chronicle-Star and Moss
Point Advertiser has changed
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 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
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
For Luxury Ship
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
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
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.
"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
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
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
“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
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
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.
On Land Index
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
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Tuna Agents Choose Pascagoula Site;
Research Boat Facilities To Be Set Up
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
, 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
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
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
Funds available will operate the
vessel for the fiscal year ending
June ^0, when new funds will be
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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Photo fay WUm
'I Worried So I Was Sick Two Days . . ."
Miss Vela McKinley +»w
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