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THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1920. I e Pirate Products" HARRISON Live City of Northeast Arkansas--Ideal Sold by all Leading Grocers Location--Sturdy People Jonesboro Grocer Co. STYL  J ,Grade Distributors COOKS i A Bottle a Day Drives the Blues Away TRY ONE ARKANSAS Roller Mdl Co, Manufacturers of and Dealers in GRADE FLOUR, MEAL AND FEED Capacity [hrrels Flour I00 Barrels Meal ' . t 750 Sacks Corn Chops JONESBORO, ARKANSAS o 00ENIfl00 Wholesale and Retail which Hardware C0. ro/2iTVerYthing  , in Hardware and Mill Supplies ii 400-402 Main St'reet ! Phone 110 JONESBORO, ARKANSAS tr U00hnson-Berger & Co. O: JONESBORO, AiK]ANSAS  .. " }[tUre, Ylajestie Ranges, Round Oak Ranges I.r. s, Rugs, Linoleum, .Edison and Columbia tlls and Records, Pianos, Organs and _. /--aos, Aluminum Ware, Dishes and every- - , u 0 , '   : F: "  pletely mmsh the home. In the hea of the Ozarks, where above the vine-lad mossy hills stretch the fields of waving wheat and tas- seled corn; where the proud ruddy Wine-sap bends his youthful head to kiss the fair smooth cheek of a blush- ing sweet Elberta; where the limpid, sparkling waters of the clear, cold, crystal springs, trickle down the rocks to cool the parched lips of the there lies the little]thirteen years ago, when the winter's roaming tourist, city of Harrison in a peaceful happy]snows had melted away, and the fall i valley. Volumes of smoke rise from[sown-.wheat was peeping from the the southward telling us of industry learth , a lonely family of two wended and production. Wheels spinning and their footsteps over the hills of Har- humming at the touch of the skillful rison, to take possession of a beauti- mechanic; saws sizzling and cutting the great cedars and pines; whistles blowing and engines groaning; men directing and men obeying, all show the wonderful mechanism that makes the modern town of Harrison un in- dustrial centre of wealth and pros- perity. Cozy little homes nestle in the woody hills, the abodes of a simple happy people, living in an atmosphere of harmony and love. Hardy Pioneers. In the olden days sturdy settlers came there to dwell and seek a for- tune. The country was wild and un- developed; thorns and briers, weeds and thistles sprang up everywhere to torment the new-comer; land had to be cleared; trees felled; log-houses to be built; and fuel gathered, before the sturdy pioneer could take up his difficult task. Communication was scarce; no raih'oads, telephone or tel- egraph. Neighbors were miles apart; no newspapers to give the current events; no mail to bring thO word of cheer from distant hinds. Life was (By Rev. A. Metz, Pastor of St. Blaise Church) the seed, the succeeding generations reap the harvest. It seems all of this is in the divine plan. Otherwise it is incomprehensible. So the early non-Catholcs paved the way for the Catholic people. It was years before the Catholics came. They usually follow the industrial oc- cupations, and hence head for the larger cities. Nevertheless, about ful farm in the outskirts of the city. This couple was Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee, who were the pioneer Catholics in Boone County. Then came the Punds, Falkners, Dolans and Reillies until a little congregation was formed, and preparations were made for the coming of a priest. Mass was said in various homes,, first by Father Bandini as'celebrant, then by Father Carroll. These priests did great missionary service to Harrison for they planted the seed of religion in that section. Episcopalians Kind. At this time, the pastor Fr. Fuerst, was offered by the late Dr. Belden rector of the Episcopal Church, the use of his church for Mass, and there the little Catholic community wor- shipped for sometime. Then Mass was said in various homes, in various halls, in various pIaces. Lots were pmhased, at a cost of $1,150, plans were made, and it was thought that a church could soon be erected. How- ever, the war brolce out suddenly, n'ices of building material soared heavenward, and the little money on hand looked small and meager. But, excavation had been (lone, and it was thought that notwithstanding the cost of material, the church would be built. Things went this way until September 1, 1918, when a new pastor came on the scene At that time mass was said at Allison Hall. by Father Metz. However, on account of various reasons the place of worship was changed to the Woodman Hall. New Church. Now, the congregation saw that it was necessary to build a church. The community had dwindled down to five families. Railroaders come and go. Most of the Catholics worked on the M. and N.A. They were transferred the road went over to Federal con- trol. Nevertheless Father Metz gath- ered the little flock about him, pro-i posed to build a church, got up a finance committee, and secured the funds. The church was built in the PAGE THIRTY-FIVE filled with hardship and toil. Work, prayer and tst in God was the mot- to for their future. But Providence which guides our destiny, looked down with favprable eyes upon these struggling, lonely pioneers blessed them with health and strength, made the seeds in the fields bring forth fruitful golden harvests, so that when the wintry snows and frosts would drive the farmers from the frozen fields to seek the warmth of the homely fireside; they could provide provide themselves with the necessar- ies of life, and enjoy the pleasures of a well-stocked family larder. There were no churches or schools. Religion and education was considered a priv- ate affair; men worshiped in their own homes; women gathered their children around the family ltar to worship the best as they could. There were no congregations to assist at prayers, no congregational singing. Religion was a family affair, an af- fair for each individual household. Catholics Came. This was the fion-Catholic state of affairs before the advent of the-Cath- olic of the true faith. Te, it was an unfavorable condition, but it is to be met with in any new field. There is no success without a hard begin- ning. Oak trees do not spring from lofty oaks, but generate in little acorns. The blood of hartyrs was the seed of saints. So also in any fall of 1919, and was happily dedicat- ed by His Lordship, Bishop Morris, on May 16, 1920. The little structure, not very pre- tentious, but neat, cozy any very de- votional, crowns a hill overlooking the town and surrounding country. It is built of frame, and is 24 by 36 feet. The interior is beaver-boarded, tinted green, paneled off by strips of fumed oak; pews are oak; the altar is white and gold; there are handsome statues, of the Sacred Heart and Blessed Virgin. Altogether the chapel is very desirable, and wehope that the day will come when our little con- gregation will increase a hundred- fold. At present we have about thirteen families. Father Fuerst Deserving. Good Father Fuerst of Tontitown, who bought the lots and gathered the first moneys for the church deserves a lot of praise and his memory will remain forever in the hearts of the people. The present pastor who built I the church finds that all is not yet complete. Some remodeling will have to be done i'f more members join the church. And so the pastor, the writer of these lines, hopes that some- day, Harrison will" be one of the most flourishing centers of Catholic- ity in the State, for the seed sown by the pioneers who form the present congregation, and they are a devout and law abiding community filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice and generosity, willing to work for Company The Growing Bank of Northeast Arkansas Capital and Surplus $150,000,00 Architect's perspective of interior of Jonesboro Trust Company building, now in course of modernizing by Hoggson Bros., builders, of Chicago and New York. 0 FFICERS : G. W. Puryear, Pres. Gordon Mathews, V. Pres. E. J. Mason, V. Pres and Treasurer J. W. Armstrong, V. Pres. W. L. Gatz, Secretary C. B. Barnett, Asst. Sec'y. N. Deutsch, Asst. Sec'y. "PEACEMAKER" i BRAND Pure Food Products Puryear Grocer Co. JONESBORO, ARKANSAS Z. T. MATHEWS & SON 238-242 Main Street JONESBORO, ARK. Comiflete Stock of Quality Merchandise at Reason- able Prices. i I J. E. PARR V.C. PETTIE J.E. McKEE W. T. LANE, Jr. E.B. GRADY, Mgr. A:.V. SCHADE state of civilization, the pioneers sow "'z'--  '_,, - God, their Church and their Pastor.... ..... United In$00rartce " Ag ,. ency JONESBORO, ARK. - ;:- * i,, FIR.E, CASUALrY AND LIFE INSURANCE : "': Solicit your business, whether the largest or the smallest lines. I 1 ,: :  ,.,:, : :,;,!, : 4 , ,, "* :.!!:  : t NEW CHURCH AT HARRISON, ARK. Our Motto: "The Guardian in Every Home" 'i