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Volume 149 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 F]iday, September 21, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 16. Localisms by Lewis. Sorry, dear readers, but we have been rowded out of our Usual corner this week by more important news. We hope that OUr story about the grey-headed grandpa in the shorty pajamas in last week s issue will last you through another week. We up- lreciate the many comments we have received thereon. We even had a call f.rom Centreville ask- lug if the stran,ge apparition Seen on Highway 24 last Sunday morning had any connection With reports that an unsightly onster had been sighted m the Clinton-Norwood area. We deny any connection! Ramblers Trounce Trinity; Host Gloster Friday The Wilkinson County Chris- tian Academy Ramblers scored a convincing 36-14 victory over 'the Trinity Day School Saints in Natchez last Friday night to rack up their third consecutive Win of the year. The Ramblers cored on their first possession oa Saint Field and were in com- raand all the way. ltost Gloster Friday The Ramblers will host the ltne Hills Wildcat eleven from Oloster on Friday night of this Week, hopefully on the new field en the Academy campus. COUNTY'S FIRST OPEN COTTON Stephen Seal is shown above with Wilkinson County's first and probably only open cotton bolls for the 1973 season. As far as this newspaper has been able to ascertain, these few stalks grown in the flower boxes in present-day total of some 10,500 inhabitants. Other indices of the major changes in Wilkinson County farm economy since 1900 are the fact that soybeans are now front of Seal Tractor Company the leading row crop for the in Woodville dre the county's county, with some 11.000 acres only cotton planted for the year planted in 1972; plus the ,fact NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS w It is our sad duty .this week to advise all subscribers to this newspaper that we are being forced by ever-rising costs to increase our Sub- scription rates. It has been slightly over ten years since we have made any changes in our Subscrip- tion charges, a decade which has seen all of our Costs in- cluding labor, materials and postage spiral by margins of from two to nearly ten-fold. We have procrastinated for too long already in making this change, simply !because we had hoped theft there might be some ehang in the inflation picture. Newsprint shortages and price rises, mailing rate increases which hit us again last week, and the continued cost Of living upward spiral have made a change mandatory It is thus with both re- luctance and regret that we announce the following rates which will be charged on all subscriptions expiring/on and after October 1, 1973 --a far cry from the more than i that the 1973 county cattle pop- All subscriptions iniWilkin- 40.000 acres devoted to the late ulation is at an all-time high son County: $,5.00 lr year, King Cotton in Wilkinson Coun- of 37,900 head, according to fig- [ $3.00 for six months. ty back in 1900. ares recently released by the] All subscriptions  marled According to Stephen, his USDA. Finally, it should be I outside Wilkinson [ounty: seed came .from an open boll pointed out that In addition to l $6.00 per year, $3..!for six which has father and Jack the change-over from cotton to I months. soybean row cropping and the I Stockett had picked on Jackson conversion of many acres from] Point last fall. He recovered 471row crop to pasture land for I seed from the single boll, and cattle, .the past few decades] Funeral Rites Held these were planted in four hills have also seen a considerable[For Harold Havard in the flower boxes at the tam- acreage of the old-time cotton I ily business last April. The four land returned to forestry and Funeral services were held hills produced a total of about eight stalks, and .at last obser- tree farming and a resulting in- last Wednesday afternoon at vation there were about a half- crease in timber production, one o'clock for Harold ttavard dozen open bolls. As a postlude to the above, of Carrier, who died on Mort- In thus heralding the death this newspaper received this[day, September 10, at Bogalu,sa, of King Cotton in Wilkinson week a story from the Extension 1La., Medical Center Hospital. .Service advising that recent Services were ONE KILLED, ONE HURT, IN HIGHWAY CRASH Isaac McKinsey, 23, of Route 5A. St. Francisville, was killed instantly and Gerald D. Bradley, 24 of Route 1, Woodville, was seriously injured in a two-car collision which took place about 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Highway 61 south of Woodville near the Louisiana state line. They were the only occupa,nts of the two vehicles, which were both de- molished by the force of the crash According to Highway Patrol- man Nelson Jonson, Jr., who investigated the accident, the Bradley vehicle wms traveling north and the McKinscy car south at the time they collided near the truck scales jus north of the Louisiana line on High- way 61. Jonson said that physi- cal evidence at the scene indi- cated that the impact was near the center line of the two-lane highway. The Bradley car ended up on the east side of the high- way and the McKinsey car on the west side, Jonson said. McKinsey was pronounced dead .at the scene of the acci- dent, while Bradley wa, rushed to. Field Community Hospital in Centrcville where he has since been under treatment. He was . reported to have been thrown  rom his vehicle, a fact which probably saved his life. His sen- us and extensive injuries in- clude a fractured jaw, two broken legs, a broken arm. and other multiple bruises and lacer- Shown above are the vehicles involved in a two-car collision ations. near here early Sunday morning which resulted in one death and The two vehicles apparently one critical injury. The driver of the ear at the top was killed collided head-on, with the im- while the driver of the ear in the lower photo is in a serious pact point being to th left condition from injuries received in the accident on Highway 61 center of the front bumper on south near the truck scales, each car. Damage was as ex- tensive as ever seen locally for Crown-Zellerbach Plant Closed By Strike both w.hieles in a two-car col- Ie to a delay in delivery of County, your editor felt some the lights for ,the field, which research was warranted and we experiment results disclose that did not arrive until Monday of i have dug up the following facts the country's billion-dollar in- this week, it is passible that i and figures from various and sect, the boll weevil, can now Ome last minute trouble may I sundry sources relative to the be eliminated! ake use of the field impossible. 1 cotton industry in the county I that event, the game ,ltl be during he present century., i Mrs. Mabel Ash Oursler Played on Van Eaton Park. According to figures on file Last Friday night's game op- ened with the Ramblers kicking off to Trinity and the Saints Were forced to punt. In six plays the Ramblers mowed 45 yards for a touchdown, with Jeff rown slanting off left tackle for the final 9 yards. Tim Gonda in his' office, County Agent John uies In Oklahoma City Dale revealed that in the year 190'0, just before the boll weevil struck this section to start the downfall of cotton as king of Mississippi's farming economy, there were 40,767 acres planted to the fleecy staple in Wilkinson Mrs. A. C. Ourster, the former Miss Mabel Ash of Centreville, died in Oklahoma City, Okla., the past Saturday following an extended illness. She is survived by her hu icked the point after to put County. In. the same year, farm- ban, A. C. Oursler of Oklahoma lot Venice, Calif.; and three office personnel were on tile the strike. WCCA on top 7-0. ing inventory figures in Dale's C i t y ; two daughters, Mrs. [ sisters, Mrs. John Warren of Following the kickoff, Mark office 'show that there were Charles Basset ,and Mrs. Roy l Convay, Ark., and Mrs. David Curry recovered a Saint fumble 3,909 horses, 3.368 mules, and Austaugh, both of OklahomalS. Nickel and Mrs. Ethel Ander- the Saint 25. Once again the 12,586 cattle on farms in this City; one son, James A. Ourslerlson, both of Centrevtlle. Itarblers drove over the goal county. Ten years later, in 1910, ine in six plays, this time with the cotton acreage had dipped Day ginginfrthe to 28"426 aeres' and by1920 was U ] P P 'E kS I tannn nc e ete tom ercy s $,' from 9 y.ards out. The kick down to 13,614 acres, about one- /or point was wide. third of acreage planted 20 years The Saints were held to zero ear]ier. During the same period held from Laird Funeral Home in Natchez with Eight hundred members of No details have been an- the Roy. Johnny Allures of Car- Ithree locals of the United Pc- nounced on specific bargaining rier officiating, and burial was International Union, points which prevented a settle- i the city cemetery there, i AFL-CIO. shut down two ?iown- ment between labor and man- Mr. Havard was one of the lZellerbaeh paper plants near St. agement. .,'win sons of the late'Mr. endlFrancisville last Monday when The two mills affected are Mrs:'Wllltam Havm'd of Wllkin-[they wet ,on. strike. , [located on the Mississippi Rlver son County. ! The strike is the first in the about 10 miles south of St. 14-year history of the two plants, [ .anclsville. One mill produces Survivors include two sons, 1 James of Carrier and Harold,! officials said. Workers walked coated papers Ior magazmes I Jr., of Bossier City, La.; five off their jobs at 7 a.m. Monday wt]ile tile other turns out Kraft daughters, Mrs. Girthrine Brad- after meetings with federal specialty papers. ]ley of New Orleans, Mrs. Martha mediators Sunday failed to pro- Many residents of Woodvllle I (Continued on Page 5) duce an agreement on a new and Wilkinson County who work contract. Only supervisory and at, the plants have been idled let yards gained in the opening henrid, but came back in the econd quarter to have a bit the better of the going. After Picking off a Rambler pass at the WCCA 15-yard line, Trinity inred to a irst down at the 1, rtly to lose the ball when Den- s Canre pounced on a fumble the county population of mules had decreased by over 1,000 head to 2,177. An indication of .the switch from cotton to cattle is shown by a county cattle census of 26.005 head in 1920, more than double the number present on local farms twenty years earlier. From Ray D. Converse of the DEAR MISTER EDITOR: I see by the papers where these "Who's Who" otttfits all over the country is catching down the country on account they invite anybody and ever- body to git wrote up in their books and to .buy their books. ear ,the goal line. A short Ram- USDA Statistical Reporting Serv- hler punt gave Trinity posses- ice in Jaclcson, we obtained the iort. at the 23, and from there following cotton acreage figures bout Lambdin hit split end or Wilkinson County in the ddy Massey with a 23-yarl period since 1928, the earliest Coring strike. A pass f,rom lIassey to Jones ,added 2 points, tnd the score 'stood at 13-8 at half time. The Ram, blers once again lominated play in the third iaeriod, adding one ,touchdown :R  qumrterback keeper play hich saw Bobby Jensen skirt .eft end and gallop 57 yards .rto the end zone. A pass, G.onda figure on record in his office. In 1928 the county cotton acre- age had climbed slightly to 15,700 acres, but after tha showed a steady decline. The 1938 figure had drpped to 10,530 acres; 1948 showed only 7,400 acres planted; followed by a big drop to 1,820 acres in 1958; and then down, to 400 acres in 1968. Curry, added 2 points for a By 1972 the total acreage !1-8 margin. The Ramblers planted to cotton in Wilkinson PiCked up big yardage during County had skidded to a total ;he period, but vere hit with a of five acres, 'according to G. C. The uvernment agencies that are trying to "alert the public" are calling these folks the "vanity press." Mister Editor, .the wonder to me is that it's any of the Guv- ernment's business. This coun- try runs on vanity, cause that's the stuff that sells everthing we use from cars to cigarettes, from clothes to colleges, from toothpaste to .automatic garage door openers. The desire to buy is built on making a shOW with other folks, and the products are made to fill the desire. Actual, all the "vanity press" is doing is telling folks they have "been selected" to be in- cluded in such and such a pub- efty total of 50 yards in pen- alties during the quarter A pass (Continued on Page 5) The w'eeFs Weather Rain l:fl LO -- 89 73 1.63 86 72 Tr 88 72 0 86 66 0 85 64 0 85 63 Tr 84 61 aily Readings: Rainfall 1 p.m. TemperatUres 5 p.m. furnished courtesy of O,oldm, County ASC office maR- lication. Course, everbody that ager. Golden said that Aaron has a Social Security number or James of the Donegal neighbor- a credit card is important enuff hood was the County's last cot- ton farmer of record with a five-acre crop in 1972. Due to filing eyesight, James planted no cotton this year, he added. County Agent Dale" also county's human population had counyt's human populaion had shown a marked decline in the period following the adven of the boll weevil in the erly 1900's, very nearly paralleling- the decline in cotton acreage. From a high point of 21,453 inhab- itants in 1900, county population declined sharply over the first few ,decades of the twentieth century with a more gradual Miss. Forestry Commission,) drop in recent years to he to be selected, and fer sure they will .want the $25 book that tells all about their reasons fer being famous and successful. This is the oldest selling pitch in the book. and no more brazen, than most. The fellers at the country store Saturday night took up this matter, and it was agreed they made a pore impression on the "Who's Who" press. Zeke Orubb aid his preacher gets selected regular to appear in different books about distin- guished people, but the preach- er says, he lust ignores em. Zeke's preacher said the only difference ,between gltting in "Who's Who" and gifting a hon- orary degree i.s about $200,000.  you got $25 you can tit a book with your name in it, and if you give some college a new libery wing you tit "Dr." in big type on paper suitable for framing. It's the same, Zeke's preacher said, as putting some- pun extry in the collection, plate to tit your name on a stained glass windOW. Ed Dolittle said you can thumb through any magazine yu pick up and git the same .massage "Who's Who" is selling. You got to wear our shirt to look successful, the ads tell us, and if you smoke this cigar and drink this whiskey the .gals will know at a glance you're first class material. And a cyclopedia salesmman never has come .to his door, Ed ,allowed, that he didn't start off telling him about some big shot that ,bought a set of books, and about how so-and- so down the road recommended Ed for a set. Farthermore, Ed went on, this !.Association can proceed to ad- vanity business works backwards vertise for bids for construction as good as forwards. Flks brag about how much they owe, and how much .a feller can borry these days is took as a measure of success. 'A feller that pays his bills from one month to the next is a "pore risk," but the big operator that can go in debt $30,000 jest by signing his name and paying 10 per cent interest is a fit ,subject er "Who's Who .in the World of Finance." Mister Editor, they is a heap of difference between growing and swelling, but folks tit enk mixed up. Yours truly, LEAD WATER SYSTEM PLANNING SESSION: Shown above at rite water system planning meeting at the FHA office here in Woodville last Tuelay are the following officials: seated, left to right, Win. F. Rosenblatt, president of thc Old River Association; ,I. F. Barbour, llI, state FIIA director; and James Calvert, Old River vice-president: and standing, left to right, Jim Loflin assistant to Congressman Thad Cochran; Engineer Robert Lunardini; and Attorney Don Welsh. J, F. Barbou,r, III, state di- rector ,of the Farmers Home Administration, met with the ;boards of directors of Old River and Hornchirr Water Associa- tions on Tuesday of this week to discuss plans'and funding of of water from a mummpality. these projects. President M. C. Murray, Vice- President Maurice Murray, Pat ' It was decided that Old River Moll, oy and Ebbie Smith were of a system which will bring water to LessIey, Lake Mary, Fort Adams and Fontainebleau Several proposals for the Homochitto Waer System were discussed including annexation to or purchase of water from an existing system or purchase _._ . Uncle Pe lision, according to local au- thorities. A tragic sidelight to the acci- dent is the fact that the Brad- ley family had previously suf- lered the toss of a son, two daughters. Vwo sons-in-taw, and a grandchild in earlier ira,flit accidents. Centreville Downs Pine Hills; Play T. Jefferson There (by Milton Murphy) The Centreville Academy Ti- gers downed the Pine Hills Academy Wildcats in Gloster Friday night by a 28-6 margin. The victory was the Tigers' first win of the season after losing their first two games on their home field. The Wildcats drew first blood in Friday mght's game, launch- ing a drive after an intercep- tion. Quarterback Jeff Weaver scored on a keeper from 3 yards out, ,but a 2-point conversion attempt failed. The host eleven held their 6-0 lead until the second quarter when with 5L, minutes left Tiger back Stoney Loftin took a pitchout from quarterback David McKey and drove in for a core from 19 yards out. Me- Key kicked the point to put (Continued on Page 5) areas. Bids are to be opened on October 16 for the system which is expected to cost approxi- mately $375,900. Construction is expected to begin as soon as bids are accepted. President William F. Rosen- blair. Jr.. Jimmy Calvert. vice- president, Mrs. Betty J Ford, The Corner ... It is a credit to tle commu- nity to know that there are so many good citizens who are concerned about the cemetery. The Board of Aldermen and I wish to express our thanks to the 126 contributors, as of today, which is approximately 31 per- cent of the cemetery lot owners. They have contributed $1,509. We know that some lot owners have overlooked, procrastinated present from the Homochitto or just forgotten their con%fl- ares and agreed to explore these butions. possibilities in the immediate future. The Homochitto system will provide water in feasible reas from Rosetta to Perry- town ,and Ireland communities. Robert C, Lunardini, engineer, and Donald E. Welsh. attorney, for both systems, Jim Ray, FHA engineer, John Teel of the FHA Our intentions are to invest this money in a savings account and to continue this collection. annually, with the purpose of creating a fund large enough so that it could maintain the cemetery perpetually. I realize this sounds like a dream, but time and donations annually Community Program Division, could make it come rue. and Jim Loflin, representing, The water will be turned off Congressman Tired Cochran, on Sligo Street south of 3rd secretary-treasurer, and board participated in the meeting.]South Street on Friday, the 21st, members Carolyn Brock, Edna IWilkinson County FHA commit- I from 3:30 p.m. for approxi- Hauer, Susie Escher, Otto Jen- tee members Myrle Flowers, mately two hours. We will re- sen, 'Willie Lewis. and Sidney president, and James L. An- pair a fire hydra,nt at that time, Chambers represented the Oldlthony and JOhn R. Bounds, Wil-iorry for the inconvenience. River Association at this meet-/kinson County.,.. FttA supervisor,, George Gouda. Mayor ilg, l tRded, [ Town of Woodvllle