Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1945

Contributed by Jann Woodard.


Ladelle News

Mar. 22, 1945

Rev. H.A. Johnson of Fountain Hill preached for us at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed hearing him very much. Mrs. Johnson and daughter, Mary Katherine, accompanied him.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Finch of Crossett attended church here Sunday.

Mrs. Hudgens of Centennial spent the first part of the week with her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hudgens.

Mrs. Everett Judkins of the Valley spent from Friday until Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Judkins.

Henry Jeter of Monticello spent Thursday night with Harvey Goyne.

Mrs. Annie Lee and Mrs. Mae Ferguson spent Sunday with Mrs. Omie Finnell.

Mr. and Mrs. John Floyd and children of Crossett spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Deal.

Carroll Deal who is employed at Jerome spent the weekend here with his family.

Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Gumpert spent Sunday afternoon at New Hope with Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Gumpert.

Miss Modell McClure of Prairie Grove spent Thursday night with Miss Betty Jo Biggs.

Miss Mary Frances Jordan of Prairie Grove spent Thursday night with Mrs. Virginia Goyne.

Mrs. Robert Arey and children left Monday for Little Rock to visit relatives.

Junior/Senior Banquet 1945

Mar. 22, 1945

The annual Junior - Senior banquet for the Monticello High School was given Friday night in the High School gymnasium which had been transformed into a glamorous night club, the Skyroom.

A blue and gold color scheme predominated and there were individual menus in blue and gold. Favors for each guest were paper hats - all in very authentic night club style. Then there was music by the A. and M. College orchestra with vocals by A-S George Gearheart. Spring flowers decorated the small tables at which from four to six guests were seated at each.

The Rev. C.E. Whitten gave the invocation. Earl Wisner as Master of Ceremonies set the ball rolling with the welcome. Various toasts and responses were given by Margaret Ann Curry, John Allan Smart, Juanita Marks and Superintendent W.C. Whaley.

Sophomores who served as waitresses and waiters were: Patricia Brann, Jacqueline Curry, Peggy Eubanks, Jorene Hoover, Juawice (sic) McKnight, Mae Minchew, Marvin Bankston, Kenny Burkle, Jackie Haynes, Byron Howlett, Carl Lucky and Bobby Ross. They danced a most attractive routine to "Tea for Two".

The hostesses for the evening were other sophomore girls, Annette Kimbro, Aileen McGough and Elida White.

Eloise Arnold and the Junior Class sang a clever parody to the tune of "Where Did You Get That Hat?"

As usual the lovely girls in their evening dresses attracted much attention.

Following the banquet there was a dance in the gym until midnight.

Watts/Wilson Wedding

Mar. 22, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wilson of Monticello announce the marriage of their daughter, Vivian E. Wilson to Harold Watts, Chief Petty Officer, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Watts of Wilmar. The single ring ceremony was solemnized on March 11 at four o'clock in the First Methodist Church of Pine Bluff with the Rev. W.E. Brown officiating in the presence of close friends.

The bride chose for her wedding costume a light blue crepe dress with a pink feather hat with veil, and at her shoulder she wore a corsage of white and pink split carnations. She also carried a white prayer book decorated with a trail of white and pink carnations.

The bride was given in marriage by a friend, Mrs. J.J. Crow of Pine Bluff Arsenal.

Her matron of honor was her twin sister, Mrs. Loren Harris, who wore a pale green dress with white accessories and corsage of white carnations. Frank P. Henderson, Pine Bluff Arsenal, served as best man.

Mrs. Watts is a graduate of the Drew Central High School and the Modern School of Business, Monticello.

Mr. Watts has been in service four years, serving twenty-four months foreign duty.

The couple will make their home in Jacksonville, Florida awaiting reassignment for Mr. Watts.

Shiloh News

Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Jolley spent Wednesday with Mrs. B.P. White.

Mrs. L.R. Rhodes and Mrs. Cecil Ellis and baby called on Mrs. Luther Hayes Wednesday.

Lucille Glennon and Syble Snyder spent Sunday night with Mrs. S.L. Young of Mt. Tabor. We are very sorry to hear of Mrs. S.L. Young's illness. We hope for her a speedy recovery.

There are quite a few on the sick list in this community.

Dr. Woods of Fountain Hill visited these patients Sunday: Mrs. Herbert White, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. White, Mr. and Mrs. B.T. White, Mrs. Luther Hayes, Laverne Glennon, and Mrs. C.M. Ellis.

Miss Marcell Rhodes of Washington, D.C. who has been employed for the past nine months with the FBI is expected home this coming Sunday. Miss Rhodes will remain here for a while.

Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Rhodes spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Carey.

Winchester News

March 22, 1945

The PTA met Wednesday afternoon at the school. During the business session reports were made on the hot lunch program and a nominating committee to select officers for the coming year composed of Mrs. F.O. Hopkins, Mrs. Vernon Newton and Mrs. J.W. Oswald was appointed to report at the next meeting. The topic discussed was "The Return of Service Men to Our Community."

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shultz, Mrs. J.R. Shultz and Mrs. M.J. Mitchell visited in Monticello Sunday.

W.O. Bill Heflin and Mrs. Heflin of Keesler Field, Miss., are visiting Mrs. Heflin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brown.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Brown and son of Golden Meadow, La., are visiting Mrs. Brown's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Lack this week.

Guests in the F.M. Collins home during the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Tichenor and Mrs. A.R. Bradley of McGehee, Mrs. Regina M. Ferguson of Little Rock and Mr. and Mrs. Orson Cantrell of Aberdeen, MD.

The Red Cross Quota for Winchester has been over subscribed.

Miss Martha Hopkins of Pine Bluff and Mrs. Hollis Morgan of Little Rock were weekend guests in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Hopkins.

Mrs. Paul Peacock and daughter, Adelia Ann and Mrs. Ely Luyet (sic), and sons, Davy and Lonis are visiting in Little Rock this week.

Mrs. Odella Standridge and children, George and Gwendolyn have returned from Ft. Smith where they went to visit Pvt. Odelle Standridge who is stationed at Camp Chaffee.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hice were business visitors at Pine Bluff last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Peacock, Jr., and children, Tommy and Hardy shopped at McGehee Friday.

Green Mount News

Mrs. Fred Bandy returned to her home Sunday after a week's visit with her brother who is very ill in Athens, Texas.

Miss Agness Pichora of Dequeene, Pa., is visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carr and family. Miss Pichora is the fiancee of Sgt. Havis L. Carr, who is reported missing in action.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carr have been notified by the War Department that their son, Sgt. Havis L. Carr, Infantry, has been missing in action since the 18th of November. Sgt. Carr went to England in August and spent several months there before being sent to France where he is reported missing. No other word has been received from him.

On March 31 an Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the Coleman community at Pleasant Springs church.

On Sunday April 1 at 11 a.m. a special program will be given in honor of our boys in the service at the Pleasant Springs Church. The young boys and girls will pledge allegiance to our two flags, the Christian and the U.S. Flag. There will be songs and special prayers and a sermon by the pastor Brother Jack Jordon. We especially want all the members who have loved ones in the service to be present at this program. Those on the program are: Jack Brown, Cecil Brown, Randall Brown, Ben Tiner, Ben Frank Leonard, Walter Carter Tucker, Lane Chesser, Oren Ray Hunsaker, Loy Carter, Jane Carter, Phillip Henry, Bobby Earl Tucker, Dennis Earl Tucker, Harry Lynn McGehee, Jimmy McGehee, Clarice Leonard, Walter Lynn Brown, Katie Leonard, Martha Leonard, Doris Tucker, Ollie Faye Sawyer, Ruby Joan Sawyer, Mattie Catherine McGough, Marnell Price, Wanda Roberts, Sue Brown, Nell Tiner and Ruby Norris Hunsaker.

Drew County, Arkansas Teachers

Sep. 13, 1945

W.B. Massey, County Supervisor of Education has announced the following faculties of Drew County Rural Schools for the 1945-46 term. It will be noted by several vacancies that Drew County reflects the shortage of teachers which has been so much discussed by Ralph Jones of the State Department of Education who found the situation a critical one throughout the state of Arkansas. The faculties are as follows:

Myhand - Mrs. V.D. White, Mrs. Delzie Demaree
Enon - Mrs. Lexie Bunn, Mrs. Mae Sasser, Miss Margaret Bishop, Mrs. Blanche Bordeaux
Collins - Mrs. Montre Bulloch, Mrs. Tom Bulloch, William West
Baxter - Mrs. Fred Carter, Miss Laverne Smith
Mt. Tabor - Harry Allison, Mrs. Robert Burns
Ozment - Mrs. Margaret Knowles, Mrs. Martha Jo Knowles
Winchester - Upper grades vacant, Miss Hazel Newton
Center Point Vacant
Florence - Mrs. Mignon Henley
Coleman - Mrs. Edgar Collins
Montongo - Mrs. Vera Peacock, Mrs. Bessie Raines
Brandon - Mrs. Frank Riviere
Plantersville - Mrs. Josephine Handly, Mrs. Mabel Yount
Selma - Upper grades vacant, Mrs. Brooks Haisty
Rose Hill - Mrs. George Coker
Green Hill - Mrs. Louise Barnes
Jerome - Mrs. Lessie Kitchens, Mrs. Maynard Williams
Ladelle Vacant
Barkada - Mrs. Amanda Reed, Mrs. Myrtle Loewe
Prairie Hall - Mrs. Mary J. Brown
Old Union - Mrs. Ned McFarland
Garrison - No teacher
Prairie Grove - Mrs. William Lloyd
Bethel - Mrs. Rex Woodward
Pleasant Grove - Mrs. J.C. Anders
Carpenter - Miss Lavon Loyd

War News

Mar. 29, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Trotter of Pine Bluff received word last Wednesday that their son, Sgt. John F. (Jack) Trotter has been liberated from a German prison camp. No details of their son's rescue have been received by Mr. and Mrs. Trotter at this time.

Capt. Jack S. Shelton has arrived at Army Air Force Redistribution Station No 2 in Miami Beach, Fla., for reassignment processing after completing a tour of duty outside the continental United States. He will remain at the redistribution station about two weeks; much of which will be devoted to rest and recreation. Captain Shelton was a B-25, B-24, C-47 pilot in the Southwest Pacific. He is the son of the Joe Sheltons and the husband of Maxine Shelton.

Mrs. Jewell Burton has received the Purple Heart which was sent to her by her husband, Pfc. William O. Burton. He was recently wounded in Germany. Pfc. Burton sent her his Combat Infantry Badge and E.T.O. Ribbon and a Good Conduct Pin. Pfc. Burton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Burton.

Mrs. C. Ellis Gilliam has received word that her husband, Pfc. C. Ellis Gilliam has landed safely somewhere in France.

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