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Lake Rescue Made
2 Youths Saved
From Icy Waters
Two Pascagoula youths
were rescued early Friday
from the cold waters of Krebs
Lake in which they spent aj
half-hour after their skiff cap
The boys—Neile Binford, IS
son of Mr. and Mrs. E W. Bond,
and Ronald Parsley, 17, son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Parsley, were
treated for shock and exposure
at CowHjMHospttet
BiflfllisF'wA Released from the
hospital Friday night, but Pars
ley was held until Saturday
Pelham Saves Youths
The rescue was made by boat
by Jim Pelham. Pascagoula po
lice were on the scene, to which
they were called by Mrs. J. W.
Larsen who heard the boys'
Shouts for help.
Binford, a Boy Scout, who is
striking for a journalism merit
badge, wrote the following ac
count of their experience, which
put an end to their duck hunt.
"We borrowed a friend's out
board motor and headed out about
8:45 a. m. We cruised around for
about 20 minutes when we picked
a duck from the rest of the flock.
"Ronny pulled the hammer
back on tha 16 gauge single
barreled shotgun and pulled the
trigger; nothing happened. I
was surprised at my new gun
missing like that.
• men i made tne mistaRe that
put us in the water. Smart guy.
me, I go up to see what’s wrong
Ronny started to hand me the
gun when the first thing we knew
water was rushing into the bow
quicker than I could run to the
back of the boat.
“Ronny made a leap into the
water to keep the bout from cap
sizing on him. If he hadn't given
that sudden lurch and pushed the
bow further into the water, we
mikht have been able to bail out
the water.
"Kmp Calm. Keep Calm”
“The first thing I knew the boat
was upside down and Ronny was
screaming. “Keep calm, keep
calm.’’ Ronny was calmly strip
ping and saying. “Don’t worry,
we ain't gonna drown, we ain't
gonna drown.’’
(The water was chin-deep, but
the bottom too soggy to give sup
“I took off my jacket and told
Ronny to stay with the boat and
I would try to make shore We
were a quarter-mile out. I took
off my shoes and started swim
“ The first thing I knew Ronny
said, “I ain't gonna drown” and
started swimming full speed He !
passed me and I decided I would i
just make myself at home since 1
he was going to swim for shore j
He stopped about 30 feet away. I
"I took off my trousers and tied ;
a knot in each leg. I captured all j
the air I could and floated on
them for a while.
“Ronny and I war* both j
shouting for help at the top of
our lungs, when we heard a j
voice say. "Stay where you are,
help's coming.' A sure thing we 1
weren't going eny place.
“Finally after what seemed like
an hour, we recognized a boat I
coming in our direction. It picked
up Ronny and then me The po-|
lice were waiting ' for us and
rushed us to the hospital. There
we were treated for shock and
"1 don't think I was as bad off
as Konny. They gave him u shot
to quiet his nerves. 1 think he was
feeling OK for the exception of a
penicillin shot and a blood test
which he didn’t personally want.
"I was released that night at 8
o’clock but it griped Runny that
He had to stay. He was released
rbout 11 o'clock the next morning
ind was feeling fine.
“We both realised that it was
not by luck but by the grace of
3od that we are alive to write
this story.”
The Staples Home
Wins Moss Point
Lighting Contest
The residence of Mr. and Mrs.
George Staples, 302 Welch, was
voted first place winner in a
Christmas lighting contest staged
by the Moss Point Woman’s Club.
The group of out-of-town judg
es selected the residence of Mr.
and Mrs. Clarence Giegcr. Hodge, 1
for second place. It depicts Santa |
going down the chimney while
his reindeer and sleigh wait on I
the long sloping roof. t
A group oi shepherds bathed
in the light of the star of the
east posed on the lawn of tha
Murray Warnock residence won
third place.
(jrtven honorable mention by
She judges were the homes of
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Cirlot, Mr. 1
and Mrs. Joe Canfield, Mr. and
Mrs. Clark V. Britton, and Mr.
and Mrs. R. E. Weldon.
The homes of members of the
Woman’s Club were judged sep
arately, with first place going to
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beatty where
a group of choir boys with sound
effect were arranged on the
The residence of Mr. and Mrs.
J. C. Avent was placed second
and the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Jack BuZard third.
Harriett Welch
Dies Christmas
At Moss Point
Mis-* Harriet Welch. 71. died at
her residence, 100 Welch street,
Christmas afternoon.
The daughter of the late Wil
liam and Elizabeth Cunningham
Welch, she was a native and life
long resident of Moss Point.
Funeral services were held
Thursday from Fails with the
Rev, Hugh Castle, pastor of
First Methodist, officiating. In
terment was in Griffin ceme
Pall bearer- were Edwin Mays,
Bert Wood, T. L. DeLashmet. Jr.,
W. G Stewart. P M. Fairley and
Charles Armistead.
She is survived by a sister,
Mrs. G. A. Henry of Mobile, and
one brother, W C. Welch, Dallas.
New York has been the most
populous state in the Union since
James Roberson,
Bridge Tender,
Dies At Hospital
James C. Roberson, G2, LAN
brfdge tender at Pascagoula, died
at County Hospital Tuesday. He
had been in ill health for the past
several months.
A native of Excel, Ala., he had
been tender of the Pascagoula
LAN bridge for the past 10 years. ,
He was a member of the Ocean !
Springs Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his widow,
Mrs. Mary Roberson: a daugh
ter, Mrs. E. W. Pettis, Ocean
Springs: five brothers, Ernest,
Rapton, Ala., Leroy. Monroeville
Bennett, Excel. Charlie, Atmore
and Willie. Greenville. Ala.
Three sisters, Mrs. Doug Hall
and Mrs. Little White, both of
Excel, and Mrs. Essie Hall, Rap
ton; and one grandchild.
Prayer services were held at
his home Thursday morning with
the Rev. B. L. Sutherland offici
ating. Funeral services were held
from Excel Baptist church in Ex
cel with the Rev. M. S. Varnado
Elks Club, KCs
Give Food, Toys
To Unfortunates
Committees from both the Elks
Club end the Knights of Colum
bus spent Saturday and Sunday
distributing baskets of groceries
fruits and candy and toys to
families throughout the county.
The Elks’ committee headed by
Hollis Temple distributed nearly
100 baskets of food to needy fam
ilies. The KCs under the general
chairmanship of Percy Larsen de
livered 89 baskets packed with
fruit, candy and toys to unfor
tunate families.
The Pascagoula firemen assist
ed the KCs in mending, repairing
and renovating the toys with
which they filled their baskets.
More Calls Than Toys
Although the response of the
public to the KCs request for dis
carded playthings was generous,
the requests for aid from unfor
tunate families exceeded the sun
plv. Vincent Ros, grand knight,
Nearly 500 children attended
the annual Christmas tree at the
Knights of Columbus home Sat
urday afternoon Santa Claus in
pei-son distributed candy and fav
ors from the gaily decorated tree.
Santa himself created a sensa
tion when he went through town
in his sleigh with prancing rein
deer. The reindeer were designed
at the Pascagoula foundry.
Winnipeg. Man. (API — Cana
dian Italians in the greater Win
nipeg area have organized a relief
fund for victims of the disastrous
floods in Northern Italy. Similar
projects have also been started by
Italian Canadians in Montreal and
As of 1950 there were 227,244
| mile* of railroad tracks in the
United States.
sketch of the new Magnolia
high school at Moss Point for
which a contract was let last
month by the school board. To
be built across the street from
the present school, the new unit
will cost $193,000.
Egg-Oddity Week
Is Joined By Hen
Of Grady Renfroe
Grady Renfroe of Eastside has
a hen who must read the news
Last Friday we ran the story '
of Mrs. Furby's hen who lays
eggs with numerals on them.
The next day. Renfroe's English
white leghorn produced a mon
strous six-ounce egg. three
times the sue of a normal egg.
The accomplishment measur- i
ed three inches the long way.
slightly more than lwo-and-a
half inches on the short side.
Inside the king-size job was a
normal-size egg. hard shell,
floating in egg white.
Pas Police Nab
Two Juveniles
For Theft Series
Two juveniles were taken into
custody by Pascagoula police in
the early hours of Christmas
morning after an admitted series
of break-ins.
Their only loot was taken from
Peoples Drug Store, which they
entered through a side window.
They broke open and robbed
the stamp machine, took two
wrist watches and a pair qf skates
and other articles which were
dill being checked, according to
policemen Hroadus and Stewart,
arresting officers.
They entered Joe’s Cleaners
and L)r. C. H. Gray’s office but
nothing was missing. They also
attempted to enter the Autolec
Store, Robinson’s Hardware' and
Breland and Hatton, police said.
The boys said they had entered
Robinson’s Hardware four or five
times previously and had also
broken into the health depart
Funeral Services
Held Saturday
For Mrs. Castona
Mrs. Edward Castona. 26, died
I suddenly at her residence on Tel
j ephone Road, last Thursday after
I a short illness.
She was a native and lifelong
I resident of Pascagoula.
She is survived by her husband:
two daughters, Wanda Kay and
Betty J.; two sons, James E. and
: Robert Glenn: a brother, Robert
j E. Demouey, Pascagoula.
Three sisters, Mrs. C. L. Mene
1 fee. Pascagoula. Mrs. Dorothy
Catrett, Baton Rouge, and Mrs
Hazel Bryant, Fyffe, Ala.; her
1 mother, Mrs. Helen Blythe, Pas
| cagoula and her maternal grand
parents. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Pars
ley, Pascagoula.
Funeral services were held Sat-j
urday from Fails with interment
at Machpelah cemetery.
Pall bearers were C. L. Mene
•See. Johnnie Catrett, Clarence
Adams, Cecil Sherrell, Carl Bry-'
ant and George Delius.
Parents Informed
Of Top Decoration
For Jack Hanson
The Medal of Honor, the
military services’ highest dec
oration, has been awarded to
Pfc. Jack G. Hanson of Esca
tawpa, who was killed in Ko
rea June 7.
A telegram notifying his fam
ily of the post humous honor
was received Thursday from
the Department of the Army by
his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Char
les Hanson.
It is perhaps the first Medal of
Honor won by a resident of Jack
son county.
•The story of Pfc. Jack Han
son's heroism and self-sacrifice,”!
read a news dispatch from Korea
last July, "was written indelibly
on the hillside.
“His foxhole and the ground
around it was carpeted with emp
ty 50-calibre machine gun shells,
2000 of them. The bodies of 12
dead Chinese were sprawled in
front at distances ranging from
30 to two feet.
"Four feet above the foxhole
the craters dug by a half dozen
rounds from a Chinese 57-milli
meter recoilless rifle ringed the
“The soldier from- Escatawpa,
Miss., had saved his company in
spite of orders to withdraw. The
blond, 20-year-old Southerner re
mained with his gun to hold off
a pre-dawn counter attack by a
Chinese Red company long
enough to permit evacuation of
the comnany command post.”
The Medal of Honor was rec
ommended by Hanson’R company
commander First Lt. Edward C.
Abbott of Indianapolis.
“It took a man to do what he
did.” Abbott said later. “No one
told him to stay but because he
did stay I and a lot of others are
alive to tell the storv today.”
Held Duty Above Life
Beside his parents he is sur
Brosser of Amarillo, Tex., had
this to say of Hanson: “He might
have been a civilian first, but in
the army he was strictlv a sol
dier—a soldier to whom the word
dutv meant more than merely
saving his own hide.”
lexx or >ne telegram received
bv the Hansons, signed by the
acting adjutant general, is:
“The Medal of Honor has b'een
awarded posthumouslv by a
grateful nation to your heroic son,
the late Pfc. Jack G. Hanson, for
conspicious gallantry in action
above and bevond the call of duty
near Pachi Dong, Korea, on June
7, 1*51.
‘ Public announcament of this
award has been withheld in or
der that you may be the first
privileged to have the informa
tion. However, such release will
be made to the press on or about
Dec. 27.
"Since you will be vitally in
terested in the details of your
son’s heroic action, the citation
will be forwarded by air mail
this date. You will be advised
later of the details of the pre
sentation ceremony."
Hanson’s body arrived home
Nov. 25 and was buried that day
in Ferrel cemetery in Escatawpa.
Besides his parents he is sur
vived bv a sister, Mrs. Burton
Rabby; four brothers, Joe, 'Willy,
Carleton and Fred Hanson, and
three half brothers, Loren, Mil
ton and Marvin Hanson.
An Orchid Comes
For Mrs. Taylor
Christmas day Mrs. Lester Tay
lor, who is making her home with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Mallon of Pascagoula, received a
call from her husband, Sgt. Tay
lor, from Hammelburg, Germany,
where he is stationed. *
The call came in just 60 min
utes after Mrs. Taylor had re
ceived an orchid on the hour and
date of their wedding two years
before. Sgt. Taylor having ar
ranged for its delivery at that ex
act time.
Singapore (AP) — Since June,
1949, when the first family-plan
ning clinic was opened in Singa
pore, a total of 5186 women have
sought birth control advice. Of
these 4647 were Chinese and 347
Malays. Their family incomes
range from $7 to $70 monthly.
Driver Escapes
Submerged Car
On Highway Fill
W. R. Grimes, 739 N. Pascagou
la, narrowly escaped drowning
early Wednesday when his auto
mobile went through the railing
of the second bridge west of Pas
cagoula, according to state high
way patrolman Bill Kenny and
county patrolman A. O. Davis.
Grimes was traveling east on
90 when the accident occurred.
He swerved into the railing when
he tried to avoid hitting a car
stalled with a flat tire.
The car was completely sub
merged but Grimes escaped by
calmly waiting until the car set
tled on the bottom and then open
ing the door.
Car Is Recovered Later
The car, which was damaged
about $1400 when the railing tore
open the right side, was recover
ed about 4:30 a. in.
John Abney, Moss Point, was
treated at County Hospital Christ-1
mas afternoon for bruises of the I
head and leg after he was struck I
by an automobile operated by
Beatrice Bryant, Moss Point.
According to Kenny, Miss Bry
ant attempted to pass Abney just
as he turned on his bicycle from
Highway 90 into Short street.
Miss Bryant was charged with
naving no driver’s license.
An automobile driven west on
Highway 90 near Gautier by Mrs.
Isabel Roberts, New Orleans,
shortly after noon Wednesday,
was damaged when it was struck
by a tire hanging from the side
of a truck tractor.
Driver of the truck was Robert
Otto Kincher, Tickfaw, La. Dam
age was estimated at $200.
Vaneleave Man
Killed Instantly
In Log Mishap
Jones Harrel, 50, of Vaneleave,
was killed instantly Friday morn
ing in a logging accident near
A member of a party loading
piling, Harrel was struck in the
back of the head when a timber
slipped and swung around. His
neck was broken.
The accident occurred in a
wooded section near Highway 90
near the R. M. Havens place.
Harrell would have been 51
years old New Years Day. He was
a native of Carthage.
Surviving are the widow and
six children, Haywood, Huron,
Janell, Arthur, Linda and Ivon
ette. The body was taken to Car
thage for burial.
Mrs. Delphia Igou
Dies On Christmas;
Rites Are At Shelton
Mrs. Delphia Sellers Igou, 88,
died in George county near Luce
dale on Christmas day. She had
been in failing health for some
Funeral services were held
•Wednesday from Shelton Baptist
church in Shelton with the Rev.
Charles Hurst officiating. Inter
ment was in the church cemetery.
Survivors are her son. George
Sellers, George county: two
daughters. Mrs. R. L. Garrett and
Mrs. J. M. Head, both of Crescnt,
Ore.: 26 grandchildren: 52 great
grandchildren and three great
i great grandchildren.
Burns Fatal
For Woman
Mrs. Wasson Dies
As Dress Ignites
Mrs. Mamie Lyman Wasson,1
79, was fatally burned Sunday
morning when her clothing
caught fire from a gas heater.
She was visiting her close
friend, Mrs. Mary Price, in Ocean
Springs, having gone over to
spend the Christmas holidays1
with her, when the tragedy oc-!
Mrs. Wasson was alone in the <
house while Mrs. Price had
gone outdoors. Standing near a
heater, she was combing her
hair when her clothing ignited,
it is believed.
Mrs. Price heard her cries and ,
rushed in to tear off her burning :
clothing. Mrs. Wasson was taken
to County Hospital where she
died about 5 p. m. Sunday.
Lived At Daughter's Home
A native of Onarga, 111., Mrs.
Wasson has been a resident of the
Coast since 1904. She had lived
in Ocean Springs, Gautier and
Biloxi but at the time of the
tragedy was making her home
with her daughter, Mrs. Ed Siurua
in Pecan.
She was a member of Gautier
Baptist church.
She is survived also by five
grandchildren and six great
Funeral services were held
from Pascagoula Fails Monday
with the Rev. Ernest D. Steelman,
pastor of Eastside Baptist church,
officiating. Interment was in
Machpelah cemetery.
Pall bearers were William
Marre, E. B. Davis, Albert Siu
rua and Gussie Stork.
HD Council Has
Christmas Party
At Monthly Meet
The December meeting of the
county Home Demonstration
Council was devoted to the an
nual Christmas party following a
short business session.
Briar Crest club presented the
program. Mrs. R. M. Havens read
the second chapter of Matthew
and, following singing of “Oh.
Little Town of Bethlehem” and
“Silent Night,” Mrs. Earl Davis
read a poem, “Our Gifts.” Miss
Susie Vaughan voiced the closing
Mrs. Wesley Powell was prise
winner in crimes directed by Mrs.
Hattie Guillotte of Gautier club.
Gifts were distributed by mem
bers of the Wade club while East
side members served refreshments
It was voted to divide the duties
of the secretary and treasurer and
Mrs. M. R. Bosarge was elected
treasurer. Dues will continue to
be 40 cents a year.
Attending were Mesdames C.
M. Criswell. W. H. Martin, J. D.
Buffett, Bosarge, G. B. Hague and
Andrew Olson, Bayou Casotte;
Mesdames W. A. McLendon. F. B.
Nelson, J. E. Hagen, Big Point;
Mesdames Earl Davis and Hav
ens and Miss Susie Vaughan,
Briar Crest: Mesdames Y, C. Clay,
W. L. McNair and B. W. Coffey,
Eastside; Mesdames O. D. Walker,
Bryan Bilbo. Joseph Fountain,
Kenneth Roberts and Eugene
Byrd, Fontainebleau:
Mesdames George Cole and H.
Dupree, Fort Bayou; Mesdames
Paul Cutler, Vashti Garlotte,
Mary Cajnpinelli, Walter Shaw,
and Hattie Guillotte, Gautier;
Mesdames Aksel Pedersen, Jr. and
Wesley Powell, Harleston; Mes
dames A. C. Pedersen, E. W.
Hamilton and J. W. IValley, Hur
Mesdames Jack Fletcher, Wilma
Goff and Ruble Roberts, Mt.
Pleasant; Mesdames R. V. Adkin
son, D. O. Newman, Alice Sumer
lin and Mary Goff; Melionee Al
len, home agent.
Victoria. B. C., (AP)—A civic
by-law is being drawn up to give
police more control over loose
horses. The move following a re
cent incident when a riderless
horse crashed through a red light
and two stop signs, disrupting
traffic. ^
Mahoney, practices for a Yule
tide mass, his dog. MacArihur,
peeks out from beneath the
boy's cassock. The youngster is
a member of the Boy's Choir of
St. Catherine of Siena Church
in New York. (International).
Firm Asks Okey
On Shell Dredging
In Middle River
Application was made this
week to the .US Engineers to al
low dredging of shells in middle
river by the Heartland Trading
Co., of New Orleans.
Early this year the firm con
tracted with the Seafood Com
mission for shell dredging in all
Coastal waters.
Clell Dildy, Biloxi, commission
secretary, told the Chronicle-Ad
vertiser today that the commis
sion is not expected to appprove
the project for which Engineer
approval is now sought.
The area, h^ said, is a produc
tive one for seafoods and is a po
tential producer of oysters. “The
commission,” he explained, “will
not allow dredging in such areas.”
Heartland's contract calls for
payments of 10-cenis a yard for
shells dredged, with a minimum
payment of $10,000 annually.
What is believed to be a year’s
supply of shell has been located
oft the Cat Island channel, Dildy
said. No dredging has yet begun,
however, in any of the waters
The Engineers’ notice of the ap
plication, according to Dildy’s
statement, is misleading.
It reads, “An area approx
imately 13/4 miles wide by 2
miles long located west of the
Pascagoula River channel and
south of the L&N RR bridge at
Pascagoula ...”
Dildy said the area is in what
is known as Middle river.
Before any dredging is started,
the secretary said, a committee
irom the commission must inspect
the site and approve the oper
Draftees Leave
For Inductions
A group of 18 draftees will re
port to Jackson for induction
leaving Pascagoula Wednesday
Mrs. E. Ji Baum, secretary of the
county draft board, said today.
They are Felix Clark, Alvin
Emmett Carroll, Jack Raymond ’
Wade, Edward Troy Rogers, Jr.,
Homer Edward Pierce James Les
ter Clark. James Ed Myers, John
Walter Wellborn, Jr.
Paul Michael Ros, Jr„ Willie
Reese, Morris Charles Goff, Louis
Herman Salisbury, Oliver James
Bass, Norris Lavem Smith, Car
ver Lener Cunningham, Jr„ Rob
ert Guy Jones, Russell Byron
Gunter and Charles James Black
A call for physical examina
tions will be issued Jan. 15, Mrs.
Baum said. She also announced
that all registrants must advise
the board of any change of ad
dress at once.

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