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^ ~ LJ^ Monday 9:00 p.m. 8:04 a m Isircuiauon _ _ ____ Tuesday 9 48 p in. 8:47 a m. jssr. THE MOSS POINT ADVERTISER «■. *--- * _.__ g|___ .:^T ~r PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1949 ' Th. SESXlaJVr... tf N0' 1 VOL. lOJ National Editorial Aaaodatlon __ _____22 --- For Auld Lang Syne--Here Is Your County Month By Month For 1949 4 As 1949 passes into history the following is a chronological re view of happenings of general in terest in Jackson county during the past year. January ... New city officials were sworn in for a four-year term. They were Frank S. Canty, mayor; Harold C. Ezell and Valsin P. DeJean, com missioners. W. M. "Fish Biiit” Miller of Pascagoula was named the new doorkeeper for the na tional House of Representatives. Mrs. Lula Belle Ramsay, one of the county’s oldest citizens, died at her home in Vancleave, and William Horace Nelson, Sr„ an old and prominent Escatawpa cit izen, died at the Jackson county hospital. The new fire station building on Market street was formally opened. A county-wide 12 month rat control campaign was started by the health department. The state highway department asked for bids for permanent repair work to the bridge approaches on High way 83. Miss Katherine Wright was chosen as the second alternate to the Memphis Maid of Cotton. The need of county rural phones was discussed at a meeting with Bell Telephone officials. A 420 gallon capacity still was discov ered on Griffin cemetery road, only 40 yards from the heavily traveled River Road in the Moss Point city limits. A Pascagoula city ordinance was passed calling for the mayor to devote full time to his duties. Cecil E. Byrd re placed Bud Gray, who was trans ferred to Hattiesburg, as the state highway patrolman for this area. A new labor agreement was signed betweoa the Metal Trades Department. A. F. of L. and tha Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation. Final U. S. Engineer approval was given the Robinson Lake cutoff in the Escatawpa river at Moss Point. Tho LAN railroad an nounced their intention of per manently repairing tha Pasca goula rail crossings. A Rural-Urb an committee was namsd by tha board of supervisors to formulats ■nd push plans for rural devel opment. Jamas Franklin Taylor. • lifa-iong county rssidant. died ■t his home on River Road. The Jackson county supervisors made available to county farmers a 24-ton bulldozer for clearing and stumping lands for permanent pasture and farming. Ground was broken for the new county fair ground at the old airport. Voters granted Pascagoula city officials a pay raise, sending the mayor's salary td $450 monthly and that Fred E. Hogue, 36, Former Resident, Dies In California Frederick E. Hogue, 36. died suddenly at his home near Ran Francisco last Friday evening following a heart attack. A native of Pineapple, Ala., following his graduation from the University of Alabama, he -was employed by Masonite in Laurel. During the war he made his home in Moss Point while he was con nected with the L. C. Winterton company. About a year ago ha was sen! to Africa by Masonite in charge of the construction oi a plant there. He had gone to California about eight months ago to super intend construction of a plan! near San Francisco. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Margaret Dabbs Hogue; two sons, Frederick and Richard; two daughters, Carolyn and Vir ginia: his mother, Mrs. J. B. Hogue, Laurel; a brother, J. B Hogue. Moss Point, and one sis ter, Mrs. J. B. Reynolds, Ran Antonio. Funeral services and interment were held in Laurel Thursday. , of the two commissioners to $850 Karl Wiesenburg was named city attorney and E. E. Blakeney chief of police. One man was killed during the month in a traffic accident on dangerous Highway 90 in Jackson county. February... A Pascagoula Housing Author ity was named to seek the order- j ly disposal of temporary govern ! ment housing in the city. The Bight Hev Monsignor Patrick J. Carey was invested with the robes of a domestic prelate. Mrs. Anna Parsley Mclnnia, member of one of Most Point’s oldest families, died in a hospital in New Orleans. Approval was given a proposed $11)8,000 children’s wing to the i Jackson county hospital after a j long drive by the BPOE Pasca goula lodge. The supervisors ap proved planr for extending the seawall ut Pascagoula and Ocean Springs. In addition the board an nounced plans for a two-way ra dio installation in the county to give telephoneless rural citi zens some means for emergency communication. Salem, LHbbous. Chronicle-Star and Advertiser entry in the Southern Golden Gloves tourney at Nashville, won i the heavyweight championship. Dutch Binion became the new coach and athletic director at Pascagoula High school. Miss Vela McKinley, county home agent, I announced the formation of a ; county council of 4-H clubs. The i Pascagoula oieveaormg l,o. was J formed locally after excessive j rates asked by a Mobile company caused the cancellation of the first vessel scheduled to load car-) go at Pascagoula uniter the new j port development plan. The state highway department said its ownj crews would repair the bridge approaches on Highway 63 fol lowing the rejection of bids for the work. Pascaport Homes, Inc., a non-profit co-operative, was formed for the purpose of pur chasing the permanent "Navy" homes in Pascagoula. The Kiwan is club presented a blood bank unit to the county hospital. Sixtv ono thousand slash pine seedlings were planted by county farmres. No injuries were suffered in | two wrecks on dangerous High | way 5M) in Jackson county. i * March ... The City of Pascagoula passed an ordinance placing a 10 per cent "black market” tax on the sale of illegal liquor. Announcement 1 was made of the formation of a 1 Building and Construction Trades I Council in Pascagoula. In a gun battle on the Gautier fill J. T. Hamilton was shot seven times by Sheriff Krebs and Deputy Byrd after he had opened fire on the two officers. Four men sawed their way out of the county jail mil escaped, Mrs. Laura Roll Ware, life long county resident, died at her home at Mt. Pleasant Dr. James T. Thompson and Miss Genevieve Moore reigned as king and queen of the annual YMBC carnival ball. The S. S. Wilfred, first freighter to call at Pascapoula under the new port devleopment plan, load ed 2.S00 tens of cargo for Bel gium. In a labor dispute 130 elec tricians. members of the local IBEW. struck at tha Ingalls yard. I The last of the Pascagoula schools went onto a single shift for the | first time since 1841. The City of Pascagoula pur chased the 11th street auditorium and facility building for $8,3o0 The Arnold V'. Walker Shipyard won a $74,500 contract for the : building of a county dredge Heavy rain, winds and high tides i once more caused the blocking of | Highway 63 at the Escatawpa bridge approaches, ! Two persons were killed and | two youths injured in traffic mis l haps on dangerous Highway 90 | during the month. April . . . Gov. Fielding L. Wright and fo^mersgov. Hugh White, now head of the state A&I board headed a delegation of state and local officials that met with West Coast tuna packing officials to launch plans for locating tuna plants in this area. A contract Was let bv the state highway depart ment 'or dredging of a "sand blanket" as a part of permanent repairs to the Escatawpa bridge approaches. A strike of Ingalls electricians, members of the IBF.W, ended when the union and company reached an agreement Pascagoula city officials announc ed bond sale of $30,000 for build ing a swimming pool at Recrea tion Cen*?r. The Pascagoulu Port Commission announced the pro posed sale of $250,000 in bonds to extend the city wharf and build a warehouse. Highway 90 was closed for four hours when a truck and trailer crushed through the guard rail of the narrow Nine Mile Lake bridge. The Southern Bell Tele phone Co. was granted its third state-wide rate increase. W K. "Buster” Bosarge was named full time Pascagoula recreation di rector. More than 700 4-H club boys and girls took part in the annual parade at Pascagoula Moss Point and Pascagoula school bands won high ratings in the annual band festival at Gulfport. l wo inousana leei oi river frontage on tha west bank of the Pascagoula river was allocated by the Port Commission for use of prospective tuna plants. The Port Commission sold $250,000 in port improvement bonds at an interest rata ot 2.8$. Removal of Jackson county rant controls was asked by the Harrison-Jackson county advisory board. Gasolina prices were hiked six-tenths of a cent by major oil companies. Traffic was tied up on Highway 90 be tween Pascagoula and Gautier when a car crashed into the guard rail of one of the rickety bridges. The Singing River Power Asso ciation was grantad a $425,000 REA loan for axiansion of rural lines in Jeckson and four other counties. Proposed expansion of the Pascagoula city limits was abandoned after protests by areas affected. Proceeds from the sale of a lot to the city of Moss Point were I used bv the Civic League to re I locate the community house. The installation of the Industrial Air I Products Co., only independent oxygen plant in the state, neared completion at Pascagoula. More than l.OOi) persons filled the 11th ! street auditorium at the first or j ganizational meeting of Pasca port norm's, inr., a nun-pruwi co operative organized to purchase the government-owned “navy" houses. The health department inaugurated an insect-control pro gram with a fog machine fur nished by the county. Dr. Charles McKay accepted the pastorate of First Baptist church. The S. S. La Guardia, an army transport which had been unde | conversion to a passenger liner at ! the Ingalls yard for a year, sailed j for New York to enter the Med iterranean service for the Ameri can Export Line. The Seafood Commission announced that 100. 000 barrels of oysters would be planted along the cuast. Rent con trols in Jackson county, with the exception of Ocean Springs, were lifted. A group of 26 county citi zens made a tour of Florida per manent pastures. The local Elks’ club turned over to the board of supervisors a check for $17,000 as the club's share toward a pro posed $108,000 pediatric wing at the county hospital. Four persons were injured in four wrecks on Highway 90 dur ing the month. May . . . One man was injured and sev cial automobiles damaged when a five-foot long hole broke through one of the delapidated and dangerous bridges on High way 90 between Pascagoula and Gautier. The PHA advertised for sale 137 buildings in the mari time project. Plans for making the Gulfeoast Research Labora tory one of the nation's finest were announced at a “shore” din ner at Magnolia park, attended by members of the state college board. Summer recreation programs were formally opened ... at Pas cagoula with a parade and ball games ... at Moss Point with the opening of the swimming pool. Jackson fountains contributed more than $1,200 towards an op eration for Douglas MacDonald, four-year-old “blue” baby, after his need was told in a story in the Chronicle-Star. W. B, Her ring, was named vice-president of the state Bankers’ Association. A program of redecoration was in augurated by Mrs. Elizabeth Brumfield, superintendent, at the county hospital. Eleven persons were indicted by the grand jury at its Mav session. Graduation exercises were held at high schools in Moss Point and Pas cagoula. One person was injured in wrecks on Highway 90 during the month. June . . . The Highway department an nounced plans for widening High way DO in Jackson county and permanently repairing the bridges (Continued on Page 7) 2000 Tons Of Ties Loaded On Vessel; Expect 2nd Craft The S.S. Mykon, Norwegian freighter under charter to the Isbrandtsen Steamship Co., com pleted loading of more than 2,000 tons of cross ties Tuesday at the city wharf and sailed the same day for Mobile. The Myken arrived here Christ mas afternoon from Gulfport and stalled loading at 8 a m. Monday, working round-the-clock to com plete the job. A second vessel, the S.S. Solfa, is scheduled to arrive here Tues day to load approximately 1500 tons of cross ties, E. J. La Coste of La Coste, Inc., said. The vessel is scheduled to come here from Houston. Both loads are destined for Antwerp, Belgium. William Ladnier Dies Of Wound In Kreole Home William Curtis Ladnier, native and lifelong resident of Jackson county and a member of an old family here, died of a self-inflict ed pistol wound in the head Mon day afternoon at his home in Kreole. Funeral services were conduct ed Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Fails in Moss Point by the Rev. E. W. Scott. Interment was in Union cemetery. Pall bearers were Charles Wilkerson. John McNeal. Lloyd Perkins. Louis Knapp. Bill Johnson and Raymond Jones. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Ethel Ladnier: a son, Louis E. Ladnier, Kreole: two daugh ters. Mrs. Mildred Abbey, San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Helen Ruth Brinkman, Kreole: six grandchildren, and one brother, Milton Ladnier, Kreole. Mr. Ladnier had suffered from a stomach ailment for the past few years. During the last two weeks his condition had become much worse and he suffered in ; tense pain, members of his fam ily said. PART OF THE CROWD OF 800 CHILDREN, THAT GATHERED AT THE KNIGHTS OF Columbus home Saturday for a Christmas tree, is shown above being welcomed by Vincent Ros, chairman, (on gallery). All auto dealers in the city took part in a parade to the home. Home delivery to 300 children also was made. Gifts Passengers Hurt In Two Accidents On Highway 90 Two accidents northeast of Pascagoula on Highway 90 Wed nesday night and Thursday morn ing resulted in injuries to two passengers in the automobiles involved. One automobile was wrecked beyond repair and two others were damaged, according to officers. An automobile driven by George E. Hutson, 953 Dauphin, Mobile, left the highway and ran into a deep ditch just inside the Pascagoula city limits about 11:30 I p.m. Wednesday. The driver said j lie was blinded by lights of an ! oncoming vsilicic. investigating officers were city I policemen J. A. Pol and Foster i Barrow. Passenger Cut Officer Pol said charges of i driving while under influence of j intoxicating liquor were filed against Hutson, William Geeslin. 953 Dauphin. Mobile, a passenger, suffered a severe cut of the left i leg between the knee and hip. He was treated at the county hos | pitnl and released, Paul C. Bourgeois, Ocean Springs, who had caught a ride i near the state line to gel a flat ] I lire fixed, and two woman com panions of the Mobile men were unhurt. A car occupied by three Coast Guardsmen returning from Pas cagoula to the Coast Guard boat drydoeked in Mobile .about 6 a.m. Thursday was struck head-on by an automobile driven west on Highway 90 at Orange Lake. The driver of the second vehicle lost control after the car hit a low spot in the highway, Pol reported. Martin Hurts Ankle William Stinson, 1025 Kenneth, Pascagoula, was driving the car which was struck. Passengers were Chief Henry Martin, who suffered a slight injury to his | right ankle, and a third man. who was uninjured, and whose i name was not obtained. Driving the other car was Ed-i ward Lee Dunn. San Diego, Calif., • j first class steward, USN. Neither! 1 he nor a woman companion was i injured, officers reported. The Coast Guardsman's car was al most demolished and about $300 j damage was done to the second | car. Committees Of Lake Garden Club To Meet The hospitality and program committees of Lake Garden club : w ill meet with Mrs. Travis Avara, : Tuesday at 2 p.m. to plan coming I meetings. Mrs. Avara heads the program, and Mrs. C. A. Carrier the hos ! pitality committees. Sprigs of holly were exchanged as good wish tokens at the Rnm i an festival of Saturnalia. MP Guild Delivers Christmas Baskets Christmas baskets of toys, fruits, candies and clothes were given 27 families in the county by the Wesleyan Services Guild of Moss Point Methodist church. Mrs. Glenn Torres, chairman of the toy campaign, announced. Mrs. Torres expressed appre ciation for the help of Mr. Har ris. manager of Joy theater, for showing a benefit picture for the Guild; Yvonne Stringer, Char lene Tidwell, Annette Jones and ! Virginia Wheeler, who sold can- j dies at the entrance. The following Bov Scouts col- j lectod toys for the project: Ron ald Jones. Gary Lennep, Luther j Tanner, Robert Khayat and Terry j Adams. The City Cab company acted | as clearing house where taxi driv-l ers brought toys and gilts collect ed. took offers of toys over the j telephone and saw that they were ■ collected. Last Rites Held For T. C. Steele Thomas Crawford Steele, 73, died .Tuesday night at Veterans hospital at Biloxi, where he had been a patient sinre last July. Funeral services were held at 11 a. m. Thursday at St. John’s Episcopal church wilh interment! in Machpelah. Pall bearers were J. H. Hoi-' lingsworth, E. C. Miller, Joe Madsen, Kenneth Parent, C. R. Wallace and Hugh Cobb. Mr. Steele, a native of Mt.1 Pleasant, Ala., had been a resi dent of Pascagoula for the past 15 years, end had been identified with the labor movement for most of his adult lift. He had served as business agent for the Pascagoula Labor ers Local 1152, AFL, for the oast five years. He was also head of the local labor league for politic al education, and had served ns head of the Building Trades Council. He is survived by his widow and a number of nephews and nieces. — Local Student Nurse Makes Straight A's Miss Annie M. Wright, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Wright, who was transferred the last of November from the Bap tist hospital in Jackson to Bliss hospital, St. Louis, for a three months course, has made an “A" average in her work, according to a report received by her mother. Miss Wright will complete her nurses’ training at the Baptist hospital in June. Radar is a contraction of this term, “radio detecting and rang ing", which also describes its purpose in locating unseen objects at a distance. Legion Backs 'Tide Of Toys' Jackson County Post, Ameri can Legion, is cooperating in the national “Tide of Toys’’ program for shipping toys to European children overlooked by Santa Claus. Surplus toys contributed local ly will be sent to Philadelphia, Pa., for shipment overseas, Ar thur Smith, post spokesman, said Thursday, The eight collecting depots here are Koch Appliances, 304 Delmas; Legion home, Market; Standard Furniture, 314 Krebs; Suthuff Hardware, 608 Main; Wiggins, Kreole; Bud Sherman's, Escatawpa; Carter's, Wade, and Alford's Hurlev. Deadline will be Jan 7. Contributors are asked to se lect only sturdy toys and attach to them their names and full addresses. Do not send electrical or wrar toys. Cash will be ac cepted. Arrest Of Escapees Ends Jail Break Case Arre't of Edward Price in Ok lahoma and Richard Swanswedel in New York marked the close of the Jackson county jail break last February, Sheriff J. Guy Krebs announced this week. Two others involved in the escape were Fred Yates and Hen ry Goff, both of whom were re captured near here. The first, charged with grand larceny on the theft of a cow and a hog, was arrested near the George-Jackson county line and was sentenced to two years on each count, to run concurrently. Goff, recaptured in Mobile, was given two concurrent five-year sentences on similar charges. Price was released to Florida authorities after his capture. He was wanted on charges of bur glary and robbery with firearms. He was given a 10-year sentence on one charge and a 20-year term on the other. At the time of the escape, Price was being held on charges of car theft. Swanswedel, who also was be ing held for auto theft, was taken into custody by FBI agents and given five years on his convic tion under the Dyer act, Sheriff Krebs said. Orange Grove Inn Robbed Tuesday Lakeside Inn. near Orange Grove on Highway 90, was brok en into Tuesday night and ap proximately $10 was taken in Small change, Deputy Sheriff Leo Byrd and Constable Charles Emanuel reported. Entry was gained through a window. The thief or thieves op ened the unlocked nickelodeon and took the few coins there and then went into the cash registei and stole the small change there, officers said. Ex Resident Is Missing In Plane Crash No Trace Is Found Of John Anderson At Site Of Wreck Word was received here at 3 p.m. Thursday that the body of John Anderson was found one and a half miles from the wrecked plane. His leg was broken. He had been dead three days. Search for John S. Ander son, draftsman at Ingalls Shipyard for five years, who disappeared a week ago on a plane flight between Hous ton, Tex., and Bristol, Tenn., was intensified Thursday af ter his plane was discovered wrecked in the mountains near Crossville, Tenn. No trace had been found of And erson late Thursday. Close Friends Here Close contact with searchers was being maintained by friends in Pascagoula, including Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Millikan and Ma rion Parkinson who had been closely associated with the miss ing man during his residence here. Anderson left Houston last Thursday in a plane belonging to the Owen Tool Company, for which he works, to spend Christ mas at his mother’s home. There had been no definite ar rangements as to when he would arrive at home so there was no knowledge of his disappearance until his employer called to speak to him Saturday. The last report of him was at Columbus, Miss., where he had refueled Thursday at 1:30 p. m. The Civil Air Patrol rescue service from Maxwell field, Mont gomery, joined state highway pa trolmen and private pilots in a search for the plane after reports were received of a crash in the Black Mountains near Crossville. Plane On Mountain The plane was sighted at 3 p. m. Wednesday on Devil’s Step Mountain, 12 miles from Cross ville. and ground parties reached it an hour and a half later. According to information re ceived by Mr. and Mrs. Millikan, there was no sign of blood nor indication that Anderson had been injured. The plane was badly damaged but there was no trace of fire. Anderson customarily flew with out a parachute, his friends said. National Guardsmen and vol unteer searchers formed a search party Thursday to comb the rough mountainous area. Anderson left Pascagoula last June after five years with Ingalls. During his residence here he had been connected with the Civil Air Patrol and was an ardent airman. First 'Town Hall' Meeting Planned By Mayor Dees The first of a scheduled monthly "town hall" meeting will be held at the courthouse Jan. 27 at 7:30 p. m.. Mayor Wilbur Dees said this week, i "The meetings will be an across-the-table discussion of city affairs." Mayor Dees said. "Every eitisen will be invited and will be free to air his or her complaint, or submit sug gestions for the better opera tion of the city government. "This is one of the things I planned when I ran for the of fice of mayor. I believe that such meetings can be healthy and bring the eitisen closer to his city government and its problems, as well as bringing the city government closer to i the individual eitisen."