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On December 17, 1943 in Dyess, Arkansas, Emogene Sornson wrote, "Dearest Vivian, When Heaven draws it Curtain and pins them with a Star Remember that you have a friend No matter where you are." Lovingly, A Classmate & friend Emogene.
Others who wrote in this book were: Clara B. Brown; Pauline Williams - Dyess, Arkansas, Road 9; Nelda - February 24, 1944; Mayme; "Mike" Mattie Nell Eubanks; March 9, 1944 - Miss Camilla Statt - teacher; James E. Thorne - March 15, 1944; Elevanda Staley; Alma Lee Dallas - May 15, 1944; Mayn Evans - September 5, 1945; Ginnie Smith - March 16, 1944; Ollie (Gene Eudy) - March 16, 1944; Lurly Phillips - May 5, 1945; Marjorie Wells - May 4, 1945; Willie Bea - February 24, 1944; Alex Hazelwood; Laverne wrote, "When the golden sun is setting and the Path no more you trod may your name be written in the autograph of God." - Laverne, Vivian Counts Clark went to be with the Lord, March 1978. March 16, 1943 - H. Eudy; Louise Layton - teacher; Mary Edith - classmate; Katherine Williams; Polly Funk; George Hudson, J.L. Sornson; Walter Harry Darby; Robbie Ruth; Louise Dodd - classmate and friend; Helen Fields wrote, "We're All Americans", class song; Sarah Brown wrote: "I thank you very much for letting me write in your book and when you leave here an gone a way, all ways remember me back home praying for you. Be sure and get Saved, So we can meet in Heaven some sweet day. May God Bless you from a loving friend, Sarah Brown" written on May 9, 1945. Miss Brown - she did get saved and went to be with Jesus 25 years ago. Loraine Vest, Junior - 1944; Rosie J. Brown; Grace Thorne; Clara Jenkins; Kirk Walker Junior; Nina Lou Harris; Eunice; Velton Kimbrough; Decema Minor; D.E. Blackmon; Mrs. Gene RobertsLeora Woodral; Elsie Tarpley; part of what Mary Faye Hiblong wrote, Down in the meadow carved on a rock three little works "Forget me not." Nina Scott; Marilyn Autrey; Mozelle Williams; Johnnie H.; Maude Alice; Maxine Robertson; Lena Phillips. Note from submitter: If anyone reads this and you know any of these folks you may e-mail Vivian Counts Clark's daughter, Dorothy Lynn Clark Lamkins at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the inception of Dyess Colony, we have felt that a newspaper, a colonists’ newspaper, would be a great help in unifying the interest of the origination.
Now, the day has come when we are able to say: “Here it is. Here is your paper. It’s free and its columns are open to communication for everybody.
Soon the Colony will celebrate the second anniversary of its founding. A few short months ago, this was a forest, potentially rich and healthy but undeveloped. Today it is a thriving community of agriculturist and as time rolls on it will grow in importance.
Perhaps our most valuable asset is our spirit of co-operation which enables us to work together toward a single goal-a comfortable home and a good farm for every family.
The Colony Herald is ready to help in any way it can and it is our purpose to make it an accurate and interesting journal of news and opinions and a history of our effort
Source: Colony Herald, Dyess Eagle, School Paper, Micro film National Archives
So much for construction:
The building of Dyess Colony was the first consideration, but the matter of supervision, selection of families and education came next and occupied just as important a place in the scheme of development. With the moving in of W. H. Smith and his family, the first of the original 13 families, the colony entered still another phase. Families of good record who had been victims of the economic emergency, were considered eligible. They were given adequate land, comfort--- tide them over until paying crops could raised and sold.
Health, industry and community welfare-these were vital to the band of colonist if their experiment was to survive. If they hadn’t co-operated wholeheartedly with the government that was giving them this chance perhaps they would not have survived.
Today, we have a community that is not simple for the purpose of growing salable crops for the market but also a unit for the advancement of its component individuals, giving them a chance for a fuller and more rounded life.
Educational facilities will be complete with the projected new high school. About 4,000 agriculturists will be united in one common objective-the making of a new and better day for the farmer and his children.
Over 446 families are now installed in comfortable homes and the maximum will soon be reached, according to Colony Administrator Dudley.
A few weeks ago a colonist, working near a brush pile on his plot, started a deer, just an indication of the frontier’s reluctant retreat before the advance of Dyess Colony, the government’s major experiment in agricultural education.
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