Clay County Independent
Editor, Ben Daulton
December 17, 1926
LIONS PLAN HAPPY
CHRISTMAS FOR NEEDY
ONES OF RECTOR
The Lions, at their regular bi-monthly luncheon held last Wednesday noon, endorsed a plan to have a Community Christmas Tree. The Club is cooperating with all the churches and civic organizations in Rector and no doubt the Community Christmas Tree will be a success.
The tree will be placed on Main Street in the heart of the business section and will be furnished, lighted and decorated by the Arkansas-Missouri Power Company, and will be lighted each night until and during the holidays. This will be in addition to the small trees which the Company is furnishing the various merchants to be placed in front of their respective places of business. The Company will also keep these lighted during the week before and the week after Christmas.
Santa Claus has sent word that he will be here Christmas Eve promptly at seven o'clock and will start giving presents to every little boy and girl who comes out to see him.
The various churches and civic organizations are preparing a short program to entertain the crowd for a few moments before Santa Claus gives out his presents.
Let's all turn out for the Community Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve and bring all the kiddies.
Our 1926 City Christmas Tree and Santa gifts were the brainchild of Mr. A.C. Ward, local head of Ark.-Mo. Power Co., Dr. W.O. Parrish, Mayor Earl French, former Superintendent of Rector Schools John Hinemon and Rector businessman George Barker, just to name a few. Funds collected for this community endeavor totaled around $143.
Among the ladies that helped purchase and package the apples, oranges, candies and mixed nuts were Mrs. Ella (George) Hardin, Hattie (John) Brewer, Hannah (Jake) Simon and Irene (Ed) McBride. These ladies were assisted by Misses Marie Sides, Ella Seay and Lady Grace Nance. Our younger readers may not be impressed with Christmas gifts of fruits and candies, but your writer remembers my dad, Les McKeel, mentioning those "things" as being treats when he was very young.
Also, $50 was set aside to buy more substantial things for the really needy families in the area. The ladies handling this plan were Mrs. Bertha (Ollie) Bearden, Mary (J.H.) Ronald, Louise ( ?) Walker, Vinnie (Curt) Frets and Misses Edress Allen and Mittie Carter.
The Christmas Eve program went well with many folks in attendance. The Rector Concert Band played Christmas music and those attending shared in singing Christmas carols.