Clay County Courier Files, 1926

Submitted by Rita DonCarlos

Due to illness of rural mail carrier W.A. KAMERMAN, Mrs Vern DeARMON filled his place as Carrier. (Success)

Little Cleo BOWERS entertained 13 of his young friends with a movie party at the Starlight theater last Saturday evening, including Ralph SKINNER, Ruth Mary STANFIELD, Norman, Chester, Don and Ruth CANTWELL, Carvin BENNETT, Amby ROBINSON, Billy WEBB, Sterline BLACKWOOD, Anita PHIPPS, Buy B. CRUTCHFIELD and Kathryn CRABTREE. The occasion was Cleo's 11th birth anniversary.

J.W. CRABTREE, mayor; Alva PATE, recorder, W.D. BENNETT, Till WEDDLE, Wyatt JOHNSON, John HUGHES, Aldermen.

Among those who bought automobiles this week from BENNETT-SHEEKS, Inc., local Overland dealers, were Solomon GARRETT, new Overland touring car; C.E. SKINNER, new Overland two-door sedan; F.E. GAYLE, Neelyville, new Overland touring car; Roy MOSS, Neelyville, touring car and Fred ROGERS of Corning Route One, touring car.

The shop occupied jointly by W.R. ALLEN, jeweler and Ed LAMBERT, sewing machine agent and pearl dealer, was burglarized last Friday night. LAMBERT's lost about $250.00 worth of Black river pearls and several small pieces of jewelry. ALLEN was lucky as nothing is missing in his department. The robber has not been caught.

Pure, rich mild for your family. Delivered by the Southern Dairy in thoroughly sterilized sanitary bottles, twice daily to your home at these low prices; Sweet Milk by the quart, 10 cents; Buttermilk, by the quart, five cents. Southern Dairy, Amos BUTTON, manager, Corning.

Mrs. Elijah H. BUSHA, nee WIOOLRICK, 63, fell dying of asthma and heart disease as she moored her skiff at the bow of her husband's house boat on Black River three miles South of Corning late in the afternoon on Friday. Her burial took place the next day in Bond Cemetery near Knobel. She had been visiting in the home of nearby neighbors, Jake MOORE and family. she expired within a few minutes after her semi-blind husband assisted her to a bed in the houseboat. They had lived on Black River near here for about 25 years. They came from Murphysboro, Illinois.

When you know your groceries came from ERMERT's there is never any doubt in your mind about quality. It is a pleasure to serve you, W.T. ERMERT, grocer.

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. CHAPPELL of Palatka gave a birthday dinner in honor of the latter's son, Robert Owens, 21 years old, and Arthur ROBERTS their friend, last Sunday.

Pastor L.G. MILLER will most likely be the minister who will deliver the dedicatory sermon when the Moark Baptist Church new building is dedicated on Sunday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m. On that day three deacons are to be ordained. Elder Knob BELEW is to ordain them and Elder E.T. LINCOLN to deliver the charges for the new deacons.

An airplane accident at Amory, Mississippi last Wednesday in which Roy S. DUNGAN of Fairfield, Alabama was killed, his companion, a Mr. GABBERT, being injured. The plane landed on the outskirts of the city and after having  made the ascension, preparatory to leaving for Little Rock, made a nose dive, falling into the top of a tree.
Roy DUNGAN was reared in and around Corning. He began his aeronautic career here several years ago, making balloon ascensions and parachute leaps.

The curfew electric siren alarm will be sounded each evening at 8:30 o'clock when all persons in Corning under 16 years of age will be required, unless accompanied by parents or guardians, to remain  in, or immediately go to and stay in their respective homes, or stop within the domiciles where they may be guests or employees throughout the balance of each night thereafter. W.H. CHERRY, mayor; H.W. VANDOVER, recorder.

The following is the cast of characters for the home talent play, "The Flapper Grandmother", to be staged here next Tuesday night in the Starlight Theater under auspices of the Women's Missionary Society;
Andrew Spriggins: who believes in nothing modern, James OLIVER, Jr.
Matt Spriggins: Andrew's wife who wants to be up-to-date, Miss Irene WILLIAMSON
Lena Spriggins: The wild child, Mrs. G.B. OLIVER, Jr.
Belindy Spriggins: Very old fashioned, Mrs. E.D. JERNIGAN.
Maggie Pepper: The flapper grandmother, Mrs. W.L. OLIVER.
Dr. Joy: The village doctor in love with grandma, E.L. HOLLOWAY.
Dick Tate: The motor cop, in love with Lena, Paul LINDSEY.
Jimmy Swift: An auto salesman also in love with Lena, Harry VANDOVER.
Bobby Smith: The bashful boy in love with Lena, John BUTLER.
Count Seekum Rich: An Englishman who follows grandma home from Europe, W.L. OLIVER.
Lilly: Lady of ebony hue, Miss Birdie SULLINS.
Pianist: Mrs. W.W. HENRY.
Matrons: Mrs. S.P. BLACKWOOD, Mrs. Aubrey HORINE, Misses Willie STEVENS, Rebecca INGRAM, Emma Lou MOORE, Evelyn BONES, Sudie CALLOWAY, Helen LATIMER and Mrs. Carl TOALSON.
Elf: Miss Clara TETERS.
Flapper debutantes: Louise CREASON, Dorothy CRABTREE, Kathryn HENRY, Alice POLK, Helen LINDSEY, Louise CRABTREE, Alma NANCE, Lucille STANFIELD.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. REDWINE of Supply visited their daughter, Principal of Richwoods school, here last Monday afternoon.

Misses Irma MONTGOMERY and Blanche PERCE came Thursday, visited Miss Alma MONTGOMERY and they went to church on the FISHER Farm on Post Oak that evening. (Cache Lake News)

John GLAGHORN has located in Knobel where he has employment at a cotton gin. (Walnut Grove)

Robert KELLER has bought the Uncle Dick HAYS farm and the Elder NEELY farm near here. We will be glad to have these good citizens as our neighbors. Delmer JACKSON and his bride will reside with her mother Mrs. KELLER. (Woodall)

There was a nice attendance at prayer meeting in Landmark Church last Sunday evening. Mrs. PLOUGH led the services. We rejoice to see new converts take such active parts as they do here. Gross DOWNS will lead the services next Sunday evening. All who can, should come our and help.

Last Saturday evening several local Shebas met here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.B. SPRAGUE, 303 West Sixth Street for the purpose of organizing a D.A.M. (Don't Ask Me) Club. The following officers were elected.
President, Helen LATIMER; Vice-President, Dorothy CRABTREE; Secretary, Flava McCAULEY; Treasurer, Sara Frances SPRAGUE; Reporter, Kathryn HENRY, Janitor and door-keeper, Virginia SPRAGUE; Critic, Clara TETERS.
The group will meet every Saturday evening in their club rooms, "The Bachelor-Girl Apartments." An appropriate pass-word, with grips, signs and other essentials of a secret organization have been chosen, such as: Color, polka-dot; Flower, Bachelor Button; Motto, Like all, love none.

C.P. MABRY has bought a new sorghum mill and will cook molasses until the cane is exhausted and then handle broom corn. )Woodall)

The county's 1926 rice crop is about all harvested and threshing has begun. Approximately 1, 500 acres here were planted in rice this year and the yield is estimated at about 60 bushels per acre.
ARNOLD and HAROLD planted 210 acres of rice on their farm three miles West of Corning. D.P. DAY of Datto is harvesting his first crop of 100 acres. Both these new rice farms made good yields. Other rice farms in this end of Clay County are those of J.R. RHYNE, 240 acres; ARNOLD and HAROLD, 169; W.D. POLK, 150; Jesse WRIGHT, 100; AHRENT and CREEK, 150; AHRENT Brothers, 200; HAWKINS and SNODGRASS, 75; Louis KING and SMALLEY Brothers, 30; Charles JOLITZ near Knobel, 200 acres.

The surprise birth anniversary celebration of Hillard KING in his home last Sunday was well attended. Seventy-seven persons were present and all enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, good time and music. Mrs. Rosa WERTENBERGER was organist, many sang and the men had a nice time pitching horse shoes, the younger folks played and all enjoyed themselves. It was Mr. KING's 51st anniversary. (Williams)

The heating stove is again in Landmark Church building and all are invited to Sunday school and prayer meeting. The prayer service will continue. Maggie Belle WARD will lead prayer services next Sunday evening. (Williams)

F.F. MASTERSON, a progressive farmer and livestock man of Palatka, was here last Monday with his fine team of black Percheron four and five year-old mares and an eight month old colt of the same stock. One of the mares weighing 1,660 pounds, the other 1,530 and the cold 710. Mr. MASTERSON owns many head of good animals, several of which he says are for sale.

Notice to farmer: Whereas, the large amount of low grade cotton has materially contributed to the low prices, which are below the cost of production, and whereas, the large amount of low grade cotton carried over from last year, has added largely to that condition, We the undersigned, hereby give notice that we will not buy, gin nor bale any gathered or bolly cotton this season, at any gin owned or controlled by us or either of us, located in the Western district of Clay County, Arkansas, or territory adjacent thereto:
PITZELE Gin Company, Milton S. RIEGLER; Corning Roller Mill Company, J.W. CRABTREE; National Cotton Seed Products Corporation, G.H. McCLEARY; Clay County Cotton Company, F.B. SPRAGUE; POLK Brothers, W.D. POLK; Moark Gin Company, P.L. OLIVER; SELLMEYER Mercantile Company, Joseph SELLMEYER; Knobel Gin Company, R. WHITAKER; QUELLMALZ Gins, H.A. QUELLMALZ, Peach Orchard, Brookings, Datto.

The cottage of P.M. COMPANIOTTE, occupied by R.W. MIDKISS, Northeast corner of Elm and Third Streets, and that of Miss M. CRUMER on the lot adjoining South, were quickly consumed by fire between eight and nine o'clock last evening. O.J. HAROLD's two dwellings, next South, seemed doomed, but with the well-organized bucket lines, the town chemical apparatus and hand-fire-extinguishers, manned by large forces, the flames' progress was at least stopped after repeating ignitions of Mr. HAROLD's North wall and roof only 20 feet from the CRUMER cottage. The contents of these two buildings, the North one occupied by Mr. and Mrs. C.D. TINSLEY and the other by Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD, were carried to safety by members of the large crowd present.

Two motor cars traveling at a high rate of speed, ran together on the railroad curve just North of Knobel today. Neither of the motormen saw the other approaching car until it was too late to avoid the collision. A.F. RISS, road master, received a large scalp wound and painful bruises about the head and The Western Union Telegraph line-man's assistant suffered a dislocation of the bones of one hip. The men were taken to Knobel where their injuries received surgical first aid, afterward going to Poplar Bluff.

Updated 22 Mar 2008