Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 2
10- Section 2, Centennial Edition Paragould Daily Press, Monday, August 29, 1983
"The Business of Greene County businesses is business"
|S.L. Joseph's and the Bertig Brothers' department stores were
located across the street from each other in buildings now occupied by
Belk's and the Heritage. Joseph is fifth from left and Ad Bertig third
from left in their respective pictures.
Photo courtesy: Webb Green Photo courtesy: Mary Keasler
|Continued from Page 9
Vance Cupp and Sons
In 1933, J.E. and Rosa Newberry
built a cotton gin in the Light commu-
nity and one of his sons-in-law man-
aged it. Vance Cupp Sr. attended a
cotton classing school in Memphis. It
was Newberry Gin until 1946 when,
after Newberry's death and the gin
burned and was rebuilt by the Cupp
family, it was renamed Vance Cupp
and Sons Gin.
The gin was first powered by steam
and the engine burned cord wood which was cut from timber in the com-
munity. A diesel motor later was in-
stalled. An electric motor was used
until 1975, when the gin ceased to op-
erate because the acreage was turned
to grain production.
The building now serves as a ware-
house for farm products. On the site
today is also a fertilizer blender plant
built in 1973. In 1975 the granary was
licensed by the federal government as
a bonded warehouse for stored grain.
In 1977 the first commercial milo dryer
in Greene County was installed and in 1982 the storage capacity of grain was increased to 400,000 bushels. The
| complex is still operated by the Cupp
Before the gin was built in 1933,
Newberry and Lawrence Dacus, both
of whom lived in Walcott, built a gene-
ral store at Light in 1903. In 1912 Newberry bought out Dacus' share and
rode horseback from Walcott to Light
to open the store at daylight and close
In 1916 he moved his family to Light
and continued to operate the store until his death in 1938. The Vance Cupp family took over the store in the 1950s and continues to operate the Vance Cupp and Sons store.
Dollins Furniture Co. Inc.
Greene County Abstract Co.
|ary 1935 and searches and abstracts legal
records. L.V. and Olga Hooper
Rhine are the owners.
Kingsway Supper Club
|back across to 110 W. Emerson St.
Paragould Abstract Co.
Transcribed from the 1983 Centennial Edition by : PR Massey
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