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Hard Fight Made in Quorum
Court to Get Magistrates to
Retain Farm Demonstrators
But for the splendid work done by
C. E. Daggett, president of the Ma
rianna Commercial Club, and Dr. O.
L Williamson, one of the county’s
most public-spirited citizens, before
the quorum court on Wednesday af- j
ternoon, Lee county would have been !
subjected to the humiliation of put-i
ting its stamp of disapproval on the
farm demonstration and canning
i c]Ub work. Through the activities of
Esq. Vondrain of Oak Forrest town-:
ship, who has been a consistent en-'
• emy of farm demonstration work t
from the time the matter first came i
before the quorum court several:
years ago, it was apparent enough
members of the court Wednesday had i
been turned against the work to in- J
sure the defeat of the usual appro-.
priaiions. As soon as Judge Plum-'
mer brought the matter to the at- j
tention of the court Esq. Vondrain
was on his feet writh a motion to
turn down the appropriation of $1,200
for the demonstrator and $550 for the
canning club agent. He argued it
was a waste of funds, that the
demonstrator and agent had done no
good, and that the fruits and vege
tables canned in Oak Forrest town
ship under the direction of the can
ning club agent had all spoiled, and
besides, he intimated the farmers of
Lee county already know more about
modern scientific farming than the
government agents. ,
Mr. Daggett immediately accepted
the challenge thrown down by Esq
Vondrain and in reply he effectively
answered the spurious arguments
made by the magistrate, defended the
•irosl/ ftf thn Humnnatratlnn airont .
and the canning club agent, briefly
reviewed the constructive program
that had been carried out by the
Commercial Club and other forces at
work to improve conditions here, j
and concluded by asking, not only i
for the usual appropriations for the
demonstration and canning club
agents, but insisted the quorum court
should appropriate $800 for a negro'
demonstrator and canning club
agent. He was followed by Dr. Will
iamson in a vigorous address iq
which the speaker stated there were
not one hundred successful farmers
in Lee county; that it was folly for
men who had made a miserable fail
ure of their life work to set their
judgment in opposition to the presi
dent of the United States and the
secretary of agriculture, who are now
urging that demonstration agents be
provided for every agricultural coun
ty in the nation. He declared ninety
nine per cent of the farmers in Lee
county who are doing tnything worth
while are heartily in favor of this
work. He said Esq. Vondrain had
no right to state the majority of the
people were opposed to demonstra
tion because the magistrate had not
been over the county. “In fact/’ de
clared Dr. Williamson, “i doubt if
Esq. Vondrain has been twenty-five
miles from his home in Oak Forrest
township in many years. It is rather
remarkable that all the fruit and
canned vegetables in Oak Forrest
township spoiled, while in every
other section of the county it did not
So effectively did Mr. Daggett and
Dr. Williamson answer the objections
raised by Esq. Vondrain that when
a vote was taken the magistrate from
Oak Forrest township was the only
member of the court voting in the
negative. Not only did the court
appropriate $1,200 for the white dem
onstrator and $5B0 forthe white
canning club agent, but continued an
appropriation of *350 to the Lee
County [raining School, an industrial
and manual training department run
in connection with the negro public
school here. By making this last
appropriation the school gets $600
frdm the Slater fund. This depart
ment is open to any worthy negro
boy or girl in Lee county.
An appropriation of $800 was also
made for a negro demonstrator and
canning club agent.
The full list of appropriations made
County ordinasy expenses_$ 6,500
Support of paupers_ 1,000
County bridges_ 6*000
Keeping prisoners_ 2 000
Assessment and tax books_ 1*600
J. P. Courts.. 1,500
Circuit court expenses_ 6,000
Records and blanks_ 600
County jail repairs_10,000
Negro training school_ 350
Reform school at Pine Bluff.. 200
Health officer_ 600
Vital Statistics_i_ 1,200
Farm demonstrator_ L200
Canning club agent_-_ 540
Traveling expenses agents_ 300
Negro demonstrators_ 800
Car for county judge_ 540
During the course of the discussion
on farm demonstration work it de
veloped the magistrates were not
satisfied with the manner of select
ing the agent, feeling the taxpayers
ought to have something to say
about the personnel of the demon
strator. While the government abso
lutely controls these appointments, it
was deemed wise to authorize the
county judge to appoint a committee
whose duty it will be to hear com
plaints about the work of the demon
aiiun arm canning ciun agents, to
take these complaints up with the
government authorities and to rep
resent the county in all matters per
taining to the conduct and work of
the agents. By this menas it is be
lieved the service can be improved.
Judge Plummer appointed F. N.
Burke and J. W. Reed of Marianna,
and W. O. Hopkins of Rondo, as
members of this committee. These
gentlemen will serve for a period of
one year from date.
The reports of the county judge,
county clerk and the demonstration
agents follow:
To the Quorum Court of Lee County,
As required by law I herewith sub.
mit my report as to the conditions
of affairs of the County as outlined
in the said law.
Due to the fact that practically all
of the county is incorporated in
Road Improvement District No. 1,
there is a very small portion of the
county roads coming under my su
pedvision as County Judge and the
only bridges built and maintained
by the County are those bridges over
sixty (60) feet in length.
However, I have made an inspec
tion of the roads of the County and
find them all in excellent shape with
the possible exception of a few
isolated districts.
During my terip of office I have
built the following bridges in the
County, all of which are over sixty
(Continued on page 6)
Commercial Club Lands Pecan and
Hickory Mill; $500 Weekly Payroll
F. B. Leonard, manufacturer of
'vagon, carriage and automobile
stock, for many years the operator
of a large plant at Metropolis, 111.,
has begun the erection of a large
oiill in Marianna. Through the ef
forts of the Marianna Commercial
' lub. Mr. Leonard recently became
interested in a proposition to erect
and operate a mill here. For several
>ears he has been purchasing pecan
ogs from dealers in this section, and
because of the vast supply of pecan
nml small hickory timber in the bot
onis tributary to Marianna, he was
induced to look with favor upon the
A’Uggestion that this would be an
deal location for a large mill. He
and others associated with him spent
more than a month investigating the
niber supply and finally concluded
b build a plant here in the event
tbpy could get a good site with river
at|d rail connections.
Officiate of the Commercial Club
ook the matter up and found the
niy available site was the tract east
f the ravine near the Miller Lumber
ompuny yards, owned by Judge E.
Robertson and Senator J. T.
obertson. On account of the fact
6 site is separated from rail con
t'ctioiiB by a deep ravine, Mr.
onard asked the Commercial Club
fj.a.SK'8t ^'ni *n overcoming this dif
ivhi ^ a conference subsequent*
held the Commercial Club agreed
. ^lve Mr. Leonard a lease on the
a °pe’fy for a period of ten years,
w a to contribute $1,000 in cash to
, the construction of a substan
off irl<*Ke across the ravine. This
a ar ''as accepted and Mr. Leonard
fl bis chief assistant, E. B. Bayne,
immediately began work on the foun
dation of the mill. The bridge will
be approximately 100 feet long and
will run from the east side of the
ravine to the toot of a street that
has its terminus on the west bank
of the ravine. The bridge will not
only be used by Mr. Leonard to haul
his mill products to the railroad, but
will be thrown open to the public.
Under the terms of the agreement
Mr. Leonard will at once erect a
mill with a minimum capacity of
30,000 feet a day. He will employ
from thirty to fifty men and his pay
roll will be at least $500 a week.
This is in addition to the vast sum
of money he will pay out for timber.
Wagon, carriage and automobile
stock will be manufactured in the
rough and shipped to the plant at
Metropolis, 111., for finishing work.
Later Mr. Leonard expects to install
a finishing plant here and ship the
products of his mill direct from
Marianna to his customers. By the
establishment of this plant the Com
mercial Club not only adds a splen
did new industry to Marianna'H manu
facturing section, but it affords a
ready cash market for millions of
feet of pecan and small oak timber
that has heretofore gone to waste.
The total amount of money to be
raised to meet the obligations in
curred by the Commercial Club is
$2,000. Of this amount $1,000 was
subscribed at a meeting of the club
the other night. A committee was
appointed to see the business men
and raise the other thousand dollars,
but on account of the Liberty Loan
campaign this week the committee
decided to postpone its work until
next week.
“Piker Patriots”
A Piker Patriot is a man who talks a lot about
patriotism but doesn’t DO anything.
A Piker Patriot is a man who loudly cheers the
marching soldiers but keeps a padlock on his pocket
A Piker Patriot is a man who goes home every night
to a comfortable fireside and a happy family, who en
joys all the blessings and opportunities that America
gives, who has a good job and good wages, but DOESN’T
A Piker Patriot is a man who bought a Liberty Bond
TAKEN, and now when approached by a Liberty Bond
salesman, sticks out his chest and says, I’VE BOUGHT
UMt' * S
A Piker Patriot is a man who can easily take ten
]! thousand dollars’ worth of Liberty Bonds but ONLY
A Piker Patriot is a corporation director whose
company can take a million dollars' worth of Liberty
Bonds without making any sacrifice at all. but who
raises an awful howl if anyone suggests their taking
more than a hundred thousand.
There is no room in Marianna for Piker Patriots,
for Marianna is NO PIKER CITY.
If you are that kind you had better move to some
PIKER TOWN. You’d better go where you’ll have
some piker friends. For Marianna during the coming
weeks and months is going to be the lonesomest place ;
on the face of the globe for PIKER PATRIOTS.
The Peoples Savings Bank of Mari
anna. falling in line with the patrotic
movement that is playing such an im
portant part in all loyal American in
stitutions, has started a Liberty
I Loan Club for the purpose of putting j
within easy reach of every man,
| woman and child the opportunity to j
become the owner of a $50 or $100 j
bond. At a meeting of the directors
of the bank held on Monday night,
it was decided to purchase a large
quanity of bonds in fifty and one
hundred dollar denominations and re
sell them to the people on the in
stallment plan. The fifty dollar f
bonds will be disposed of for one
dollar down and payments of one
dollar a week for forty nine weeks.
The hundred dollar bonds will be
sold for $2 down and $2 each week
for forty nine weeks.
The bank will pay each purchaser
four per cent interest on the money
deposited in payment for these bonds.
At the expiration of fifty weeks the
bonds will be delivered to the pur
chasers who then draw four per cent
interest from the government, the
interest to be paid every six months.
The bank, likewise, will credit in
terest on the deposits every six
Ur tViio a rrttii (rDmon f on
easy plan is offered for the purchase
of Liberty Bonds and for the en
couragement of the thrift and sav
ings habit. It is argued that every
child ought to become the owner of
a Liberty Bond. No one thing is
more calculated to interest the child
in the flag, in the government and
create within him loyalty and respect
for this great government that! the
possession of a Liberty Bond. It
gives him a tangible conception of
his relationship to his government—
a feeling of personal responsibility.
In after years it will be a sweet
thought to him to know he helped
the government in the time of peril.
In addition to this it will stimulate
the saving habit so badly needed all
over our land. It would be a capital
idea for every person who can spare
one or more dollars a week to take
advantage of this splendid opportun
ity to purchase a bond either for his
children or for himself. The chib is
now open and Cashier Newbern is
receiving subscriptions.
John, George and Chas. Roenhild
and Henry Mayes, well known cit
izens residing near Canaan, on the
north side of the L’Anguille river,
were placed under arrest the first of
the week on the charge of murder.
It is alleged they are implicated in
the killing of an old German on a
shanty boat in the L’Anguille river
several weeks ago. The evidence
against the men is circumstantial,
and is said to have been worked up
by a man named J. M. Carter, who
claims to be a detective. Carter
swore out warrants before Esq. R.
M. Hays and Constable- Jones made
the arrests. The men were placed in
jail on first degree murder charges.
They will be given a preliminary
trial before Esq. R. M Hays today.
China has the wool, the cotton and
the hides necessary to clothe a great
army, but she lacks facilities to con
vert these into shoes and clothing.
Raw' material and labor exist in
China in abundance, but there is no
effective industrial organization.
H. C. Couch of Pine Bluff, presi
dent of the Arkansas Light and
Power Company, will be in Marianna
on Monday and Tuesday, November
5 and 6, for the purpose of con
ferring with the city officials and
representative citizens with reference
to a proposition to sell the city the
electric light and power plant owned
by the company. When the matter
of making final disposition of the
municipal water plant was brought
to a head some time ago, the sug
gestion that the city should alBo own
and operate the light and power plant
met with much favor upon the part
of the property owners who attended
a conference on the water question.
The two plants are now combined
and both systems are being operated
from one building and from one
source of power. Those who have
interested themselves in the matter
of providing cheaper service to the
citizens are convinced that it would
be wise for the city to acquire the
light and power plant, if the com
pany will make a proposition that
will justify the purchase of the
plant by the city. If terms can be
agreed upon it has been suggested
the entire city be placed in an im
provement district, the old indebted
ness against tne water district re
f.. „ 0 1 ,1.. L.n..»d
out of which the purchase price of
the light and power plant would be
jiaiil. and that a surplus will be held
back for extensions in both the water
and light service, the extensions to
be made at at later date when con
ditions become sufficiently settled
to warrant the making of extensions
and improvements. It is not known
what proposition Mr. Couch has to
make. He will confer here with
citizens on Monday and Tuesday,
November 5 and 6, and will probably
meet with the city council on the
first Tuesday night in November, and
still further discuss the situation.
E. J. Beazley, head of the Marianna
Wholesale Grocery Company, is mak
ing preparations to move to Louis
ville, Ky., where he expects to be
located during the next six months.
Mr. Beazley has secured the general
selling agency for the Dixie Flyer
motor car for southern Indiana, Ken
tucky and Arkansas, and the agency
for the Oldsmobile car for southern
Indiana and Kentucky, lie stated
yesterday his purpose in moving to
Louisville was to get his sales-forces
well organized, and that as soon as
he succeeds in this he expects to
return to Marianna to reside. His
wife and son will leave Monday for
Hopkinsville, Ky., to visit with rel
atives. Mr Beazley is winding up
his business here and expects to go
to Louisville within the next two or
three weeks to actively enter into
the auto business.
The L’Anguille Chapter, D A. R
through the courtesy of the manage
ment of the Majestic Theatre, put on
the stirring Vitagraph feature screen
production “Womanhood” at the Ma
jestic last night, a portion of the net
proceeds going to the chapter for
the support of French orphans and
for making additions to the public
school library. An immense crowd
of people , witnessed the picture, and
excellent music was furnished by the
Commercial Club Band. The D. A
R. chapter realized $25.
Annual Fall Exhibit of Club
Products Held Wednesday;
Fine List of Prizes Awarded
More than three hundred women,
boys and girls affiliated with the
w omen’s community clubs, the boys’,
corn and pig clubs and the girls’ can
ning clubs, were the guests of the
people of Marianna Wednesday, the,
occasion being the first annual fall,
exhibit of canned and domestic
science products, by the women and
the girls, and corn and pig exhibits
by the boys. Seventy-five healthy,'
wholesome, enthusiastic young farm
ers, comprising the pig and corn ,
clubs, who have been interesting
themselves in farming and stock rais
ing under the direction of P. P. New
ell, the county demonstrator, were
here to proudly exhibit the fruits of
their labors. They had a big display
if good corn, and in stock pens on the
east side of the City Park they gave
the public an opportunity to view
some of the finest porkers ever seen
The display of canned goods by
the members of the girls’ canning
club who had worked under the di
rection of Miss Grace Evans, can
ning club agent, was superb and at
tracted much favorable comment
upon the part of the hundreds of
visitors who viewed the display at
the City Hall. The display of art
work in wax made by the pupils in
the school an Aubrey was especially
creditable. The women who are af
filiated with the various community
clubs in the county made a fine show
ing with their canned products.
The Red Cross display made by
the ladies who have worked so dili
gently during the past few months,
on hospital garments and Red Cross
supplies, was one of the most inter
esting features of the exhibition.
Hospital garments of all kinds, made
by the various Red Cross units in the
county, were disnlaved and Mes
dames J. I. Morris, Louis Altman,
Guy Leary, W. S. McClintock, W. F.
Harris and D. S. Plummer, who had
charge of this splendid exhibit, de
serve much praise for their excellent
work. More than 350 visitors to
the Red Cross booth registered.
There were many, if course, who
did not register.
The displays in all the departments
showed conclusively the agencies at
work in Lee county to promote bet
ter farming, live stock raising, do
mestic science and to encourage the
people in the conservation of food
supplies and in the diversification
of their farming activities, have done
the county incalculable good.
One of the most complete displays
of iarm, garden and orchard pro
ducts, was made on the ground floor
of the city hall by R v. Robt. Bryant,
colored demonstrator, and the boys
and girls who have worked under
his direction. Every kind and charac
ter of product grown on Lee county
soil was on exhibit and all were ex
ceptionally fine specimens.
At the noon hour a tempting lunch
eon was served in the basement of
the Elks Home by the Commercial
Club and the members of the Mart
anna Community Club, to all the
delegates from the county clubs and
to the boys and girls In the corn, pig
and canning clubs. Three hundred
people partook of the hospitality ex
tended by the Commercial Club and
the ladies of Marianna In addition
to the splendid menu furnished by
the Commercial Club and tha ladies,
carbonated drinks were furnished
free by the Marianna Ioe & Storage
Company and by the Coca-Cola Bot->
tling Company.
The full liat of prize winners la
all the departments has not yet been
made out. The Incomplete list Id
published below. The list of prise
winners In the colored department IS
printed in another column.
1. Cash $5 given by Marianna Cofr
ton Oil Co., Mat Howard. Rondo.
2. Cash $5 given by Mfxon-MO«
C'llntock Co., Max Russell, Oak Fof*
3. One pair shoes givea by Grove*
Reed Co., John Ripper, Jeffersonville.
4. One pair pants given by Pay**
Bros., Prank Casteel, Marianna.
5. One hat given by Davis A
Sims, Nattie Ramey, Aubrey.
6. One alarm clock given by V.
T. Ellis .Addison Wall. Marianna.
7. Merchandise, value $2.50, givea
by Word & McClenney, Chas. Hop*
kins. Rondo
8. Cash $2.50 given by Peopled
Savings Rank, Chas. Martin, Aubrey.
9. Cash $2.50 given by Newborn
Grocery Co., Tom E. Thomasoo,
10. Cash $2.50 given by Karloofd
ft Co., Reginald Miller, Moro.
Best pig and record book showing
cheapest cost of gains:
1. One suit of clothes given by
Oriffls-Newbern Co., Tom H. Wooten,
O #r Mlvni. UorninfAftlf
Co., Clark Moody. Vineyard.
3. One rifle given by the E. S.
Beazley Co.. Chan. Hopkins. Rondo.
4. One hat given by Brian Frazier,
Fannie Mae Binkley, Rondo.
5. Merchandise, value $2.50, givea
hv P. R. Turner, Herman Oden, Oak
6. Cash $2.50 given by Bank of
Marianna. John Ripper. Jeffersonvilla.
7. $2.50 given by Daggett’s Drag
Store, Malcolm Wilkes, Aubrey.
8. Cash $2.50 given by Newber*
Grocery Co., Jessie Holland, Rondo.
9. Cash $2.50 given by Karicofe A
Co.. Thos. Oden, Oak Forrest.
10. Cash $2.50 given by Courief-tn*
dex. Garland Triplett, Oak Forrest.
Best in glass:
First in glass, Lillian Brooks. $8
given by Newbern Grocery Co.
Second in glass, Madge McMurrajr,
rocker by Harris & Burke.
Third in glass, Wilma Heppe, $3
cap and scraf, M. Lewis.
Best in tin:
First in tin. Elaine Russell, $5 bf
Cotton Oil Mill
Second in tin. Madge McMurrajr,
$4 lavallier by Ed Mann.
Third in tin, Stella Bllllngslejr,
$3.50 In merchandise by G. F. Gam*
brell & Co.
Rest all around exhibit by MadgO
McMurray, $2.50 by Courier-Index.
Best history of year’s work:
First, Fannie Mae Binkley $5 pair
of shoes by E. J. Beazley Co.
Second. Mamie Dice, $2.50 by Lea
(Continued on page 12)
First Contingent of Negro Soldiers
Will Leave For Camp Pike Oct. 31
The following list, together with
alternates attached, is the list of
men from which the fifty (50) men
comprising the third contingent of
Lee county’s quota will be selected
and forwarded to the mobilization
camp at Camp Pike, Little Rock,
on October 31st, 1917. All of these
men have been forwarded proper
mobilization orders by the Local
Board, addressed to their last known
location, and the list has also been
posted at the post office in this city
since Tuesday last. However, it may
be probable that some of these men
fail to receive notice that they have
been called for mobilization, and. as
the penalty for failure to report on
that date Is very severe, it becomes
the duty of every citizen who knows
any of the men on the above list to
l give them notice that they are ex
j pected to report on the date men
i tioned.
i Order Red ink
No. Name No.
3 Willie Ed McDowell 458
4 DeWitt Bowen 1436
j 6 George Sterling z854
7 John Parker 1894
9 James Long 1095
j 10 Robert Jones 2022
13 Harold Brewer 1813
i 15 Willie Coleman 2389
I 16 Sam Whitfield 1752
17 Alfreddie Davis 2494
' 19 Emmett Woodward 1572
20 Richmond Taylor 1746
24 Homer Graham 337
25 Moses Washington 676
26 Willie Covington 275
29 George Robinson 564
33 Phil Sheperd 596
34 Nelson Scott 2620
! 35 Julius Cole 1267
i 36 J. P Laster 2148
42 Olrich Jackson 1679
I 43 Leon Bethel 1287
j 44 Robert Gamble 784
5t Calvin tokes 1368
53 i Haywood Hickman STS
55 James Collins 1265
57 Henry Edmonds 77f
58 Opera Moore 481
59 Preston Williams 681
60 Charlie Sims 600
61 Ed Williams 1980'
66 Willie Murdock 50f
67 Sam Edwards 388
72 William Parker . 21*1
73 Tim Wright 1763
74 Walter Robinson 1548
75 Squire G. Cary 1264
76 Walter Glenn 1068
78 Walter Patrilk 2455
79 Charles Hughes 2501
1 85 Carl Kilgo 433
92 Virgil I>ovolale 1685
94 Ernest Green 1281
96 Boyd Hughes 1847
97 Charley Haskins * 787
! 99 W Lanford. Jr., 2588
101 Nelse Williams 1928
I 102 Frank Spraggins 1723
i 110 Colby Cooks 92T
; 114 Eddie Smith 60t
The following list of alternates
will also report October 30th. to bo
mobilized in lieu of men failing to
119 Marlon Wilson 1396
121 Richard Springer 606
126 Sidney Williams 1020
( 128 Milton I^ott 1099
' 129 Ed Freeman 1955
i >30 Charlie McLendon 2441
! 131 Will Washington 2628
i 144 Joe Willie Cannon 1456
| 151 Clarence Dallas 280
i 153 Henry Hudson 1292
I 155 Less McCain 983
! 157 Every Jordan 966
161 Martin Fuller 3^2
162 Allred Miller 2090
165 Robert Pepe 542
171 Moses Hawkins 1300
172 Theopolus Gilbert 2124
i>3 James JoUnsoa 1673
183 Rayfield Rush . 2555

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