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Industries established in Mississippi other than under the BAWI law of which

the agricultural and industrial board has record

Kosciusko.—Milner Concrete Products Co., $40,000 plant to manufacture steam-cured concrete blocks and brick, to employ 20 men.

Gulfport.-Parks Sea Food Co. now packaging and shipping raw headless, frozen shrimp; A quick-freeze plant; Modern Builders, Inc.; Phillips Milk of Magnesia Co.; General Baking Co., Southern Naval Stores Co.; Williams Pecan Co., Ziodine Manufacturing Co.

Amory.-Wilson Manufacturing Co. building started, backed by local stockholders, to make dress and work pants, and to employ about 200.

Laurel.—Masonite Corp. plans $1,000,000 expansion program; Stanford & Gibson, and Illinois Machine Shop which specializes in work for oil industry, locates in Laurel.

Columbus.-Cottonseed Chemical Delinting Co., to employ about 200 persons; a furniture-manufacturing plant at Columbus has been announced. According to the announcement, the plant to be constructed is to be one of the largest industrial plants to be established in Mississippi as far as square foot space is concerned.

Centreville.-Centreville Manufacturing Co., garment, will employ between 100 to 150 persons with an annual pay roll of between $100,000 to $150,000.

Biloxi.-, tentative agreement has been reached with a garment manufacturer and this will probably be handled under the BAWI law.

Pontotoc.-Pontotoc Manufacturing Co. building completed and equipment being installed for early operation in making semidress pants.

Clarksdale.—$200,000 grain elevator for Quaker Oats Co. to be finished for spring harvest. Additional elevators will definitely be established by this company at Drew, Cleveland, and Greenville; discussion under way regarding building of brick manufacturing plant; Dismuke Tire & Rubber Co., which plans a plant to make tires and tubes, the city is getting a new firm which makes brooms and mops.

Canton.Pearl River Industries to manufacture beds and furniture.

Natchez.-Expansion for the Armstrong Tire & Rubber Co. started; and California Oil Co. has announced plans for a $5,000,000 recycling plant for this area.

Quitman.-Permit granted for $120,000 factory building which plans to employ around 300 persons.

Waynesboro.-Same concern plans $96,000 building in Waynesboro.

Grenada.-$75,000 local bond issue approved for enlargement of city-owned industrial building occupied by Grenada Industries.

Meridian.-Owens Bros. Meat Packing Co. is locating in Meridian.
Vicksburg.The LeTourneau Co.

Hattiesburg.-A new furniture plant to employ between 60 and 100 persons will begin operation within the next 30 days.

Holly Springs.-A concrete-block plant, equipped with $15,000 worth of new machinery, has already started operation.

Poplarville.—There has been a packing plant established at Poplarville which packs vegetables during the vegetable season and sea food during the sea-food season.

Morton.—Egg-dehydrating plant-Johnny Rogers.

Jackson.—Knox Glass Bottle Co. plans 15 percent capacity expansion ; Mississippi Products, Inc. (Sears, Roebuck & Co. subsidiary), erecting $2,500,000 building in which 1,500 persons to be employed; Armstrong Cork Co. to employ 100 persons in first unit; F. W. Fitch Co. to build $300,000 plant and employ 150 persons; Great Southern Box Co. plans $150,000 expansion program; Tri-State Brick & Tile Co., Inc., a Mississippi corporation, building plant with production capacity of 650,000 brick per month, to employ 20 persons.

Tupelo.-Seeking $30,000 through public subscription, plans program looking toward industrial and economic development for that locality. Chamber of commerce authorized to secure full time industrial engineer to carry out program to attract new industries.

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

VICKSBURG, MISS., Jarch 22, 1946. Mr. ALBERT TUCKER, President, Board of Supervisors,

Warren County, Vicksburg, Miss. DEAR MR. TUCKER: In conformity with your request, I submit to you, below, some data and comment relative to agriculture in the area locally described as the Vicksburg-Yazoo project, bonnded by the Yazoo Canal, the Yazoo River, Chickasaw Bayou, and the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad.

Based on a rough calculation from aerial photographs and maps, there are about 10,000 acres in the area, of which approximately 3.80) acres are in cultivation. A soils map, issued by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1914, indicates about 25 percent of the soil in the area is Sharkey very fine sandy loam, 45 percent Sharkey silty clay loam, and 30 percent Sharkey silt loam. All of these are good agricultural soils, provided there is proper surface drainage.

Latest accurate figures available in our office, assembled in 1942, indicate there were 266 farm operators in the area. More than 75 percent of the farms were operated by cash, or fixed rent, tenants who cultivate 10 to 15 acres each.

The entire area is flooded periodically by water from the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. Part of the area is flooded almost annually and practically all of it is flooded when the water level is 2 feet above flood stage on the Vicksburg River gage.

Financial returns from farming in the area are extremely variable. During years when floodwater doesn't come, crop yields of cotton, corn, and hay are high. A few years ago I saw 9 bales of cotton produced on 3 acres of land in the area. A yield of 2 bales per acre is not uncommon during good crop years, but the good years are few due to the flood hazard. Profits made during good years are dissipated when floods come and destroy crops, cause losses of live. stock and damage or destruction to buildings, fences, etc.

With protection from floodwater and proper surface drainage, practically all of the land within the Vicksburg-Yazoo project area would be very valuable farm land. Under such conditions production would be greatly increased, the people who farm in the area would enjoy a much higher standard of living, a feeling of security, and would be better citizens, due to a more stable income. Sincerely yours,

W. R. LOMINICK, County Agent.

DELTA AIR CORP.,

Atlanta, Ga., December 11, 1945. Mr. M. L. MILES, Secretary-Manager,

Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, Vicksburg, Miss. DEAR MR. MILES: I wish to acknowledge receipt of your letter of December 7 with attached file and am glad to note the steps that Vicksburg is taking toward securing a class 3 airport with paved runways and that you are interested in air service for Vicksburg.

In reply, we have always expressed a willingness and a desire to render air service to the cities along our route and for many years rendered service to all such cities as the Civil Aeronautics Board designated as stops along the route. Upon completion of your airport and upon approval of it by the Civil Aeronautics Administration we will be glad to request authority of the Civil Aeronautics Board to render service to your good city.

It would be my suggestion that the city make a similar request of the Civil Aeronautics Board and be prepared to furnish exhibits showing the need for such service at the time the Board takes the matter under advisement.

I regret the delay in conveying this information to you but can only state that we have been extremely occupied during the past several months inaugurating our new service between Chicago and Miami which has necessitated our absence from this office a great deal of the time. With best wishes, I am, Very truly yours,

C. E. Woola'an, Vice President and General Manager.

LETOURNEAU CO. OF GEORGIA,

Vicksburg, Miss., January 25, 1946. Mr. Jack MILES,

Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, Vicksburg, Miss. DEAR JACK: As per our recent conversation I am furnishing the pay-roll figures of the LeTourneau Co. of Georgia, Mississippi branch, by years through December 31, 1945: 1942

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-------- 4,502, 591. 79 As I previously mentioned, I thought these figures might be of some value to you in future references. Very truly yours,

FRANK BIGLEY.

MARCH 25, 1946. Hon. ALBERT E. TUCKER,

President, Board of Supervisors, Vicksburg, Miss. DEAR SIR: In regard to the Vicksburg-Yazoo project, I am taking this means of expressing my wholehearted support and cooperation.

I am one of the many property owners in which this project includes. For the last 3 years I have received no income from this property due to the high water, but I have paid taxes on this land each year.

If this project goes through as planned the valuation of my property will be greatly increased for agriculture or industrial purposes. Wishing you every success, I remain Yours truly,

JENNIE MEACHAM.

APRIL 3, 1946. Re proposed protection levee northwest of Vicksburg. Mr. E. W. HAINING,

Mayor of Vicksburg, Vicksburg, Miss. DEAR MR. HAINING: In accordance with your request I am submitting herewith a report of the effect of the Yazoo River on my farming operations of that land lying between the city of Vicksburg and the Yazoo River, for the years 1943 to 1945, inclusive.

My property for the year 1944 and 1945 was rented to Mr. Irby Charping, and in the year 1945 this property was twice inundated with the result that farming operations were seriously curtailed. Taking this fact into consideration, Mr. Charping and I agreed upon a 50-percent reduction in the rent which he was to pay for that year.

In the year 1944 I made no reduction in the rent which was agreed upon between Mr. Charping and myself, but I do know that the land was inundated for a considerable period of the year and that Mr. Charping's farming activities were handicapped.

I farmed this property myself during the year 1913, and due to high water on the Yazoo I was very late in getting my crops planted and consequently did not receive as good production as I could ordinarily expect from this type of land.

Due to the fact that all of this land is subject to almost annual overflow by backwater, I have to make special arrangements with my tenants whereby they can be housed away from this property during high water and I have to move them back and forth during such periods.

The presence of the water has a severe deteriorating effect upon my tenant houses and outbuildings. Very truly yours,

Mrs. S. W. JOHNSTON.

VICKSBURG, Miss., April 4, 1946. Hon. E, HAINING,

Mayor, City of Vicksburg, Vicksburg, Miss. DEAR MAYOR HAINING: I was born and raised within the district covered by the proposed project, and have 750 acres of land within the area, land as rich as any in the world, but rendered almost useless by reason of the continual annual overflow from rivers, Yazoo and Mississippi.

Nothing could be a greater boon to the residents of the area embraced in this project than the relief you are seeking.

I sincerely hope the Government, State, county and city will join in helping to restore this valuable territory to its former high degree of productivity. Very respectfully,

FRANK RANCH.

RESOLUTION OF THE VICKSBURG ROTARY CLUB COVERING VICKSBURG-YAZOO PROJECT

Whereas it is of vital consideration to all the citizens of Vicksburg and surrounding territory that the land immediately north of Vicksburg and adjacent to the Yazoo River be made available for industrial, commercial, and agricultural development; and

Whereas this need appears to be fully encompassed by the Vicksburg-Yazoo project: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Vicksburg Rotary Club in regular meeting assembled on March 21, 1916, endorse the joint action of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg and the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Miss., in sponsoring the Vicksburg-Yazoo project; and be it further

Resolved, That the full cooperation of the membership of the club be pledged to the officials of the city of Vicksburg and Warren County in the promotion and accomplishment of the said Vicksburg-Yazoo project; and be it further

Resolved, That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Vicksburg Rotary Club and copies thereof forwarded to the local newspapers and to other interested parties.

The above resolutions were unanimously adopted at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Vicksburg on March 21, 1946.

EDLEY H. JONES, Secretary.

RESOLUTIONS OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF VICKSBURG

Whereas it has come to the attention of Kiwanis Club of Vicksburg in meeting assembled that consideration is being given and effort being put forth in behalf of a project sponsored by the mayor and aldermen of Vicksburg and the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Miss., entitled “Vicksburg-Yazoo Project”; and

Whereas the project has for its purpose making available for industrial, commercial, and agricultural development land lying immediately north of Vicksburg and adjacent to the Yazoo River; and

Whereas it is believed that such a project if effectuated would redound to the benefit of the citizenry of Vicksburg and surrounding territory and would supply a vital need in this section: Now, be it

Resolved, That Kiwanis Club of Vicksburg in meeting assembled give approval to and endorse the joint action of the mayor and aldermen of the city of Vicksburg and the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Miss., in sponsoring the Vicksburg-Yazoo project; and be it

Resoled, That full cooperation be given to the officials of the city of Vicksburg and Warren County in the promotion and accomplishment of said project; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the club and that copies thereof be forwarded to constituted authorities concerned and a copy be furnished the public press. Unanimously adopted this the 26th day of March 1946.

W. J. VOLLOR, President. Attest:

GLENN C. Bovay, Secretary.

RESOLUTION COVERING VICKSBURG-Yazoo PROJECT UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED BY THE

Y's Men's CLUB OF VICKSBURG

Whereas it is of vital consideration to all the citizens of Vicksburg and surrounding territory that the land immediately north of Vicksburg and adjacent to the Yazoo River be made available for industrial, commercial, and agricultural development; and

Whereas this need appears to be fully encompassed by the Vicksburg-Yazoo project : Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Y's Men's Club of Vickburg in regular meeting assembled on March 20, 1946, endorse the joint action of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg and the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Miss., in sponsoring the Vicksburg-Lazoo project; and be it further

Resolved, That the full cooperation of the membership of the club be pledged to the officials of the city of Vicksburg and Warren County in the promotion and accomplishment of the said Vicksburg-Yazoo project, and be it further

Resolved, That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Y's Men's Club of Vicksburg and copies thereof forwarded to the local newspapers and to other interested parties.

The above resolution unanimously adopted by the Y's Men's Club at regular meeting on March 20, 1946.

ERNEST LIPSCOMB, Secretary.

RESOLUTION COVERING VICKSBURG-YAZOO PROJECT U'NANIMOUSLY ADOPTED BY THE

METHODIST MEN's CLUB OF VICKSBURG

Whereas it is of vital consideration to all the citizens of Vicksburg and surrounding territory that the land immediately north of Vicksburg and adjacent to the Yazoo River be made available for industrial, commercial, and agricultural development; and

Whereas this need appears to be fully encompassed by the Vicksburg-Yazoo project: Now, therefore be it

Resolved, That the Methodist Men's Club of Vicksburg in regular meeting assembled on March 19, 1946, endorse the joint action of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg and the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Miss., in sponsoring the Vicksburg-Yazoo project; and be it further

Resolved, That the full cooperation of the membership of the club be pledged to the officials of the city of Vicksburg and Warren County in the promotion and accomplishment of the said Vicksburg-Yazoo project; and be it further

Resolved, That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Methodist Men's Club of Vicksburg and copies thereof forwarded to the local newspapers and to other interested parties.

The above resolution unanimously adopted by the Methodist Men's Club of Vicksburg at regular meeting on March 19, 1946.

GEORGE W. ROGERS, President. Colonel Fitz-Hugh. I desire very briefly to cite the fundamental objectives of this project. The project is for the construction of a levee along the south bank of the Yazoo River, and east and north banks of the Yazoo Canal, comprising a protected area of 10,000 acres adjacent to and northwest of Vicksburg.

The chief purposes of this project are: One, to protect from overflow highly fertile and productive agricultural land; two, to provide greatly needed sites for industries and residential areas for personnel serving such industries; three, to provide a modern airport for use by standard commercial planes and for airplanes needed to serve the personnel of the Vicksburg engineers district, the Mississippi River Commission, the Waterways Experiment Station at Vicksburg, Miss.; four, to supplement and augment the harbor facilities afforded

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