Clay County Courier Newspaper

1949

 

THESE OLD NEWSPAPERS WERE BROUGHT TO ME AT WORK FROM A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE , DIANE BURDIN . THEY WERE TEARING DOWN THEIR OLD HOMEPLACE AND THEY FOUND THE OLD NEWSPAPERS STUCK IN-BETWEEN THE CRACKS TO KEEP THE COLD AIR OUT .

THE OLD NEWSPAPERS HAVE TURNED YELLOW FROM AGE AND HAVE A FEW HOLES AND TORE SPOTS BUT WERE REALLY IN GREAT CONDITION , CONSIDERING THE AGE OF THE PAPERS. THE FIRST ONE BEING DATED JUNE 9, 1949 AND THE SECOND WAS DECEMBER 1, 1949.

BELOW IS SOME OF THE INTERESTING ARTICLES AND OBITS , THE PAPERS HAD WITHIN THEIR PAGES.

DONATED BY DIANE BURDIN

THANK YOU !

TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

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CLAY COUNTY COURIER

CORNING , ARKANSAS

THURSDAY , JUNE 9, 1949

ISSUED WEEKLY - 5 CENTS - 12 PAGES - VOL.75 - NO. 50

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KILLED IN ACTION PFC. CLIFFORD C. FOWLER

THE REMAINS OF PFC. CLIFFORD C. FOWLER , 20 , SON OF EDGAR FOWLER OF ANN ARBOR , MICHIGAN . FORMERLY OF ROUTE ONE , ARE BEING RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR RE-BURIAL ACCORDING TO A MESSAGE RECEIVED BY HIS FATHER THE LATTER PART OF LAST WEEK.

PFC. FOWLER , CALLED "TOOTS" BY HIS MANY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES HERE , WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN ITALY , NOVEMBER 15, 1943. HE ENTERED THE ARMY JANUARY 25, 1943 AND WAS SELECTED FOR THE U.S. RANGERS AT CAMP WHEELER , GA. WHERE HE RECEIVED BASIC TRAINING. .

HE MARRIED THE FORMER MARIE DIESSELLHOUSE OF MANCHESTER , MICH. O FEB. 28, 1942 AND THEIR ONLY CHILD A SON , WAS BORN AFTER HIS DEATH.

HE IS ALSO SURVIVED BY FOUR BROTHERS , LEHMON OF POPLAR BLUFF AND EUGENE , GERALD AND HERMAN ALL OF ANN ARBOR , ONE SISTER , MRS. REVA ZEILMAN OF ANN ARBOR AND AN AUNT MRS. PERRY POYNER OF CORNING.

NO FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE , PENDING ARRIVAL OF THE BODY WHICH SHOULD REACH CORNING ABOUT THE 15TH OF THIS MONTH.

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L.C. BREWER DIES FROM KANSAS ACCIDENT

LESTER C. BREWER , WELL KNOWN FORMER LOCAL RESIDENT , WAS INSTANTLY KILLED NEAR WILSON , KANSAS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHEN HIS 1940 MERCURY SEDAN LEFT THE HIGHWAY AND ROLLED OVER SEVERAL TIMES.

L.C. THE SON OF MR. AND MRS. S.E. BREWER WAS ENROUTE WITH HIS BRIDE OF THREE WEEKS TO HIS HOME NEAR SALT LAKE CITY , UTAH. AFTER A VISIT WITH RELATIVES HERE . THE COUPLE LEFT HERE THURSDAY MORNING ACCOMPANIED BY HIS NEPHEW LEROY THOMAS WHO WAS RETURNING TO SALT LAKE WITH THEM.

DEATH WAS ATTRIBUTED TO CONCUSSION OF THE BRAIN AND INTERNAL INJURIES. MRS. BREWER RECEIVED CUTS AND BRUISES ABOUT THE NECK . LEROY WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY INJURED HAND ACCOMPANIED THE BODY HERE.

SURVIVING OTHER THAN HIS WIFE , NORMA , A NATIVE OF SALT LAKE CITY ARE HIS PARENTS AND THREE BROTHERS . R.J. OF ST. LOUIS , JOHNNIE AND ROBERT OF CORNING , TWO SISTERS , LEONA HAYS , AND VIOLA SHEFFLER OF MCDOUGAL . ONE SISTER MRS. CLARA THOMAS , PRECEEDED HIM IN DEATH LAST SEPTEMBER.

SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED AT THE CORNING FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH WITH R.R. ROBERTSON OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST OF SALT LAKE CITY , UNCLE OF THE DECEASED , OFFICIATING , ASSISTED BY J.A. NOCHTA , PASTOR OF THE CHURCH ,

BURIAL WAS IN CORNING CEMETERY CONDUCTED BY RUSSELL MORTUARY.

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CLAY COUNTY COURIER

CORNING , ARKANSAS

THURSDAY , DECEMBER 1, 1949

ISSUED WEEKLY - 5 CENTS - 12 PAGES - VOL.76 - NO. 23

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MILITARY DISPLAY TO BE HERE FRIDAY , DEC. 2

M/SGT. WYATT JOHNSON , U.S. MARINE RECRUITING OFFICER , OF JONESBORO , WILL BE IN CORNING , FRIDAY , DECEMBER 2 , ACCOMPANIED BY A NAVY TRAILER , CONTAINING MANY DIFFERENT DISPLAYS PERTAINING TO THE TWO BRANCHES OF THE U.S. ARMED SERVICES . THE MEN AND TRAILER WILL REMAIN HERE ALL DAY FRIDAY FOR THE PURPOSE OF FAMILIARIZING LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH THE MILITARY DISPLAY.

SGT. JOHNSON , A FORMER LOCAL RESIDENT WHO WAS REARED HERE INVITES EVERYONE TO DROP IN FOR A VISIT AND LET HIM AND HIS ASSOCIATE CONDUCT YOU THROUGH THE TRAILER.

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DEPUTY SHERIFF APPOINTED HERE

RUE LUTER HAS BEEN APPOINTED DEPUTY SHERIFF FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT . SHERIFF B.O. DALTON ANNOUNCED THE THE APPOINTMENT THIS WEEK.

DEPUTY SHERIFF AND MRS. LUTER AND THEIR TWO SONS FROM DATTO HAVE MOVED INTO THE APARTMENT IN THE COUNTY JAIL BUILDING. HE WAS FORMERLY DEPUTY SHERIFF , LEAVING OFFICE LAST APRIL 4, WHEN H.M. MOORE , HIS FATHER-N-LAW , DIED , MAKING HIS ASSISTANCE NEEDED ON THE MOORE FARM , NEAR DATTO.

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MARTIN MEEKS , ONE OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS , FEW REMAINING NATIVES , BORN BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR ERA , DIED AT HIS HOME ON ROUTE TWO. MONDAY , NOVEMBER 28, . HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 95 IF HE HAD LIVED ONE MORE MONTH.

INFORMATION ABOUT MR. MEEK'S EARLY LIFE IS LACKING , EXCEPT FOR HIS SURVIVORS KNOWLEDGE THAT HE WAS BORN IN THE VICINITY OF WHITE COMMUNITY. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

SURVIVING ARE FOUR DAUGHTERS , MRS. J.J. DELANEY , MRS. WALTER TISON , POPLAR BLUFF , MO. MRS. ROBERT ERVIN AND MRS. MARY CRABB , BOTH OF ROUTE TWO. ALSO ONE SON , ED MEEKS , ROUTE TWO.

SERVICES WERE HELD AT WHITE VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH , TUESDAY BY HERBERT D. HOOKER , CHURCH OF CHRIST MINISTER . BURIAL WAS IN CANTWELL CEMETERY , UNDER THE DIRECTION OF BLACK'S MORTUARY.

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A.D. DOWNS DIES AT AGE OF 78

ALBERT DIER DOWNS , WELL KNOWN RESIDENT OF CORNING SINCE 1891 , DIED AT HIS HOME ON FOURTH STREET . ON THURSDAY , NOVEMBER 24, . HE HAD BEEN IN ILL HEALTH FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS.

HE CAME TO CLAY COUNTY FROM KENTUCKY AT THE AGE OF 20 , ENGAGING IN FARM WORK AND LATER DID DREDGING WORK IN A VAST AREA OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AS A DRAG LINE OPERATOR. HE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH A.G. NANCE AS LOCAL MEAT MARKET OPERATOR HERE AFTER THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. UNTIL BAD HEALTH FORCED HIS RETIREMENT A FEW YEARS AGO. HE WAS EMPLOYED BY CORNING WATER AND SEWER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT . HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH FOR 55 YEARS.

HE IS SURVIVED BY A SON , A.D. DOWNS , JR. OF ST. LOUIS , MO. THREE STEP-SONS , HARRY PRY , BROSLEY , MO. , ELDON PRY , ST. LOUIS , MO. , M/SGT. ERNEST PRY , FORREST CITY , ONE STEP-DAUGHTER , MRS. GRACE NEWSOM , ST. LOUIS , MO.

SERVICES WERE HELD AT LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH , WITH REV. P.I. TINKER , BURIAL WAS IN WILLIAMS CEMETERY , UNDER DIRECTION OF BLACK'S MORTUARY.

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(ADS)

THE DIXIE THEATER

CORNING , ARKANSAS

PLAYING - SAT. , DEC, 3

JOHNNY MACK BROWN

IN

"FIGHTING RANGERS"

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STAR THEATER

PLAYING - FRID. DEC. 3

TEX RITTER

IN " ARIZONA FRONTIER "

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AGED MAN'S BODY FOUND IN RIVER NEAR POCAHONTAS

POCAHONTAS - THE BADLY DECOMPOSED BODY OF A MAN WAS TAKEN FROM CURRENT RIVER ABOUT TWO MILES BELOW THE BRIDGE , ON HIGHWAY 67 , LATE SATURDAY. APPARENTLY HE HAD JUMPED FROM THE BRIDGE AND DRIFTED DOWN RIVER SEVERAL WEEKS AGO.

HE WAS IDENTIFIED AS BEING A MAN OF ABOUT 60 YEARS OF AGE. WITH ONE ARM MISSING , HO HAD TALKED TO SHERIFF BROWN , AT THE COURTHOUSE AND WAS LATER PICKED UP FOR VAGRANCY AND THEN RELEASED . THIS WAS ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AGO.

THE MAN TOLD THE SHERIFF HIS NAME AND SAID THAT HE HAD A HALF BROTHER LIVING IN ILLINOIS.

THE BODY IS BEING HELD IN McNABB FUNERAL HOME AND CORONER McNABB IS TRYING TO REACH HIS RELATIVES.

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THE JAMES BRINEYS WILL CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

MR. AND MRS. JAMES R. BRINEY OF MOARK WILL OBSERVE THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY , DECEMBER 3, 1949.

MR AND MRS. BRINEY WERE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS AND WERE MARRIED IN A CHURCH WEDDING . DECEMBER 3, 1899 IN BLOOMFIELD , MO. THEY MOVED TO CORNING IN 1906.

MR. BRINEY WAS IN THE SAW MILL BUSINESS UNTIL ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO WHE HE STARTED RICE FARMING.

THEY HAVE SEVEN CHILDREN , THREE OF WHOM ARE STILL LIVING . THEY ALSO HAVE 13 GRANDCHILDREN.

MR. AND MRS. BRINEY HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF FRIENDS WHO WILL GATHER AT THEIR HOME ONE MILE EAST OF MOARK , ON SATURDAY , DECEMBER 4 TO HELP CELEBRATE.

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OBITUARY

JOSEPH SELLMEYER WAS BORN MARCH 22 , 1862 AND DIED NOVEMBER 26, 1949. HIS DEATH MARKS THE END OF THE TRAIL FOR THE LAST OF THE PIONEER BROTHERS , BARNEY , HENRY AND JOE SELLMEYER , THE FIRST BROTHER HAVING COME TO KNOBEL IN 1878 FROM OLDENBURG , INDIANA .

"UNCLE JOE " AS HE WAS FAMILIARLY CALLED WAS FOR 65 YEARS THE GUIDING SPIRIT OF KNOBEL . A RESIDENT SINCE 1884 HE AND HIS BROTHER , BARNEY ESTABLISHED THE SELLMEYER MERCANTILE COMPANY THAT YEAR . BY VIRTUE OF HIS LONG YEARS OF EFFORT , HIS CAPACITY FOR LEADERSHIP AND HIS PRACTICE OF THRIFT COMBINED WITH A LOVE OF FAIR DEALING AND HONESTY , HE BUILT FOR HIMSELF A WIDE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS OVER NORTHEAST ARKANSAS.

IN 1896 HE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO BERNADINA DAHMUS OF OLDENBURG , INDIANA , WHO PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH TWO YEARS AGO . SURVIVING ARE THREE SONS , LEO, EDWARD AND CARL SELLMEYER AND ONE DAUGHTER MRS. M.D. BYERS , 12 GRANDCHILDREN AND 2 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN .

SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED TUESDAY BY THE REV. EDWARD DAHMUS OF ST. LIBORY, ILLINOIS , A BROTHER-N-LAW OF THE DECEASED. ASSISTED BY KNOBEL PASTOR MSGR. JOSEPH HOFLINGER , AT ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH . BURIAL WAS AT BERNARD CEMETRY AT KNOBEL.

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DONKEY CAGE GAME HERE DECEMBER 9

A DONKEY BASKETBALL GAME WILL BE PLAYED BY THE MEN FACULTY MEMBERS OF CORNING SCHOOL HERE FRIDAY NIGHT. DECEMBER 9 , ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO FOR THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT.

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SELECT SERVICE NOTICE

SELECTIVE SERVICE BOARD 11 OF PIGGOTT , ARKANSAS IS OPEN ONLY ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY EACH WEEK FROM 8 TO 5. ALL MEN BECOMING 18 AND THOSE BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE SERVICE ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITHIN FIVE DAYS OF THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY OR WITHIN 30 DAYS OF DISCHARGE , AS THE CAUSE MAY BE.

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SECOND PAGE - THURSDAY , DECEMBER 1, 1949

AD

THE NEW PONTIAC

5- PASSENGER STREAMLINER SIX CYLINDER SEDAN COUPE

READY TO DRIVE

$1788.60

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FROM OUR EARLY LIFE

LOOKING BACK

YEAR OF 1893

OWING TO POOR HEALTH I WILL NOT WEAVE ANY MORE CARPETS THIS SPRING BUT WILL COMMENCE AGAIN ABOUT THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER NEXT. I WILL THEN HAVE 400 AND 500 SLEYS OF REEDS SO THAT I CAN GIVE MY PATRONS THEIR CHOICE OF WHICH THEY PREFER . ALSO NEXT SEASON I WILL NOT CHARGE AN EXTRA FEE FOR PUTTING IN CARPETS . PRICES FOR WEAVING WILL REMAIN THE SAME , 10 CENTS FOR HIT AND MISS AND TWELVE AND ONE-HALF CENTS FOR STRIPE OR FANCY WEAVING. PLAID CARPETS 15 CENTS PER YARD .

THANK YOU FOR PAST FAVORS AND SOLICITING SAME IN THE FUTURE ,

RESPT. MRS. L.M. BROBST

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YEAR OF 1893

THE LEGISLATURE WHICH ADJOURNED LAST SATURDAY PASSED AN ACT REQUIRING RAILROAD COMPANIES TO REMOVE WIRE FENCES FROM WITHIN THE LIMITS OF INCORPORATED TOWN IF REQUESTED BY CITIZENS.

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YEAR OF 1893

THE COURIER JOB DEPARTMENT IS BUSY PRINTING BRIEFS FOR ATTY'S OLIVER AND TAYLOR , BUT THEN WE CAN STAND IT IF THEY CAN.

THE NEW BRICK HOTEL IS GROWING RAPIDLY. THE MASONS ARE GETTING WELL UP ON THE SECOND STORY AND IF EVERYTHING GOES FAVORABLE , A THREE STORY BRICK WILL STAND COMPLETE BY THE 4TH OF JULY.

A LARGE NUMBER OF OUR CITIZENS ARE PREPARING FOR A PLEASURER TRIP ON THE STEAMER , PORTIA TO REYNO , ON THE 24 , TO ATTEND THE MASONIC CELEBRATION AT THAT PLACE . THE EXCURSION BOAT , PORTIA , WILL LEAVE DOWN THE RIVER FROM THE R.R. BRIDGE , THE TRAIN CARRYING THEM OUT AND BACK FROM THAT POINT.

THE PROPIETORS OF THE ST. JAMES HOTEL IN CORNING HAVE ORDERED A NEW BUS MADE IN THE LATEST STYLE WITH SEATS LENGTHWISE ON SIDES AND DOWN IN END. MESSRS. MATTHEWS AND VICKERY HAVE MUCH ENERGY AND ARE PROGRESSIVE MEN IN EVERY WAY. FREE BUS TO AND FROM PASSENGER TRAINS .

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YEAR OF 1890

SATURDAY EVENING AT MOARK, CHARLEY MABREY A CITIZEN OF THAT PLACE , HAD HIS RIGHT HAND BADLY MUTILATED BY A GUN SHOT. HE WAS SITTING WITH A GUN IN HIS HAND . HE STARTED TO SET THE BUTT OF HIS GUN ON THE GROUND AND AS HOLDING HIS HAND OVER THE MUZZLE. THE HAMMER STRUCK AGAINST A RAIL AND THE GUN FIRED TEARING A PORTION OF MR. MABRY'S RIGHT HAND , AWAY.

SUNDAY A PARTY OF YOUNG PEOPLE GOING OUT FROM CORNING TO WILLIAM'S MILL IN A WAGON WHEN THE TEAM BECAME FRIGHTENED AND RAN AWAY. ABE CLINE , ONE OF THE PARTY WAS THROWN FROM THE WAGON , RECEIVING A VERY PAINFUL INJURY. MISS BERTHA THOMAS , WAS STRUCK BY THE SPRING SEAT IN THE WAGON WAS SLIGHTLY HURT.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETS AT THE COURTHOUSE EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 2:30 , EVERBODY INVITED . COME ALL - MRS. S. BISHOP AND MRS. E.D. ESTES.

THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL MANAGED BY W.T. DAVIS , IS A SPLENDID HOTEL AND EVERYONE WILL FIND A HEARTY WELCOME AND GOOD FARE.

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YEAR OF 1931

JENNY GIVES FARWELL PARTY

MISS JENNY OLIVER ASSISTED BY MR. AND MRS. W.L. OLIVER , ENTERTAINED SEVERAL OF HER FRIENDS AT A SUPPER LAST TUESDAY.

THE TINGE OF SADDNESS HUNG OVER THE GATHERING OF FRIENDS , REMEMBERING THAT JENNY WAS LEAVING THE NEXT MORNING FOR CONWAY , FOR SHE HAD BEEN EMPLOYED TO TEACH IN THE NORMAL COLLEGE .

GUESTS WERE : MR. AND MRS. G.B. OLIVER , JR. , MR. AND MRS. P.L. OLIVER , MR. AND MRS. T.C. GALLEGLY , MR. AND MRS. E.D. JERNIGAN , E.V. AND BROOKS SHEEKS .