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Camden News (Newspaper) - April 19, 1937, Camden, ArkansasSomething for Highway activities. Out Highway committee has distinguished itself this year and has rendered our City a conspicuous service. The Highway projects actually accomplished follow 1. Partial completion of Highway 4 Between Camden and Rosston. 2. Hard surfacing of Highway 79 Between Camden and Bearden. 3. Construction of Over pass at Onalaska 4. Construction of underpass under Cotton Belt Railroad in Camden. The Camusi Dws. Of Imam. A&kalfea8 the chamber of Commerce did this for Camden last year 5. Hard surfacing of Highway 79 from Bearden to Fordyce under contract. 6. Hard surfacing of Highway 167 from Fordyce to Sheridan under contract. Trade Extension. A highly successful Trade Extension program was put Over by the Trade Extension committee. $1,807.00 was raised by the committee for this purpose. $750,000 in Trade were enjoyed by Camden merchants during the program and the c just of the program to the eighty two co operating merchants was estimated at .36 of one i it or cent of the business enjoyed. Co operating merchants contracted to pay into the program nine weekly assessments and Only seven assessments were guide. Agricultural development. Your agricultural committee performed the following services. 1. Held annual Home Orchard Campaign resulting in the Piani ing of fruit Trees by 231 Farmers in ouachita and Calhoun counties. Secur a Al location in a Amden of Camden Creamery which provides Ade irate Market for farm Dairy products. In Ron Otic flu d of operated with Camden stockyard in providing a Market for farm livestock. The average weekly sales of this stockyard have been in excess of $2,000.00. 1. Provided Tomato Cannery in connection with Camden milling company. Directors senior division. E. F. Judd -.__. President w. F. Bradford. Vice president e. W. Copeland. Treasurer c. D. Holland. Manager a. Roy Allen. Palmer m. P. Bradford w. F. Patrick d. J. Caldwel it. D. Patton. H. T. Copland k. W. G Gaughan t. J. Hall r. H. Purifoy g. S. Hendricks. J. L. Purifoy. J. R. Horton de Reynolds j. D. Hurt Garland Sievert p. J. Quot / Jameson j. B. Sill Man w. A. Judd e. F. Shaddock j. S. A Ney b. To. Or. Smith g. B. A Mason a. D. Watts t. A. Mcmullen s. N. Yeager j. H. 5. Have program of financing 200 acres of tomatoes this year to be marketed As Green wraps and to Cannery. Legislation. 1. Led fight against and killed Senate Bill 199 designed to discriminate against our paper Nelll. 2. A endeavoured to secure passage of workmen a compensation Law. 3. Promoted passage of numerous legislative Bills. Ouachita River development. Realizing that the ouachita River offers Camden and All of South Arkansas an Opportunity of bringing our Basic freight rate Structure to a parity with other neighbouring sections and particularly with Points East of the Mississippi River of equal distance from Midwest and Eastern Seaboard Market centers the chamber has initiated and will carry out a program this year of the establishment of a joint water and rail and joint water and truck rate from Camden to Points in South Arkansas within a radius of 100 to 150 Miles of Camden. To carry out this program and to mobilize the leadership of South Arkansas behind it an ouachita Valley association was formed in Camden March 3rd, 1937. In initiating this program Camden has no fight with our railroads. Uliey Are necessary and Render an indispensable service to our City. All this program will do will be to bring our freight rates Down to a parity with neighbouring sections and will increase tonnage and subsequently increase revenues of our railroads. The River terminal corporation a subsidiary of Anderson Clayton Cotton company which owns and operates a Tver terminal warehouse in Camden owns numerous River barges and is building a new Large Steamboat for service on the ouachita River thus insuring continuous and dependable service to shippers via water in this Section. Industrial activities. Your Industrial committee has engaged in a wide variety of activities during the past year. Beginning a program of finding prospects interested in new Industrial locations More than 8,000 letters of inquiry were mailed to manufacturers resulting in numerous contacts. Coincident with this program the Mississippi legislature passed a Law permitting municipalities in that state to vote Bond issues up to ten per cent of their assessed valuations for subsidizing industries in buildings Sites Etc. The committee also saw two cities in Arkansas pay enormous subsidies to two garment factories. These developments made headline news in the major Trade journals of the country and resulted in demands on the part of industrialists for subsidy from Camden too great to be met when considered on a basis of sound Economy. The Industrial committee has figuratively wiped its slate clean of these contacts with industries looking for fat subsidies and believes that it is sound Economy for Camden to let her neighbors 1 by Industry As they Are now doing to leave the a Pular procession into Industrial development by paying excessive subsidy and to enter the a Side door with local capital in smaller potential enterprises based on local raw material and a More restricted potential marketing area. Following this general principle the committee has several contacts with Good possibilities. An Eastern manufacturer visited the City recently and has plans now which May materially increase the value of an Industry already in our City. I Camden chamber special do pay to the order of our members a a four Hundred eighty nine thousand one he itemized As follows 12.5 Miles Highway 79, Bearden Fordyce. 26.4 Miles Highway 167, Fordyce Sheridan 2,135 Miles Highway 4, Camden Rosston Onalaska underpass. Cotton Belt underpass. New spa office payroll annual total the committee projected itself into a Pioneer Field to raise an Industrial fund to be administer Cal by i it Oard of trustees. While the project was Only partially Success fill it demonstrated the fact that Camden can. Wit i a it infinite and sound project raise sufficient capital for additional Industrial development. Civic affairs. 1. Improved Sandy Beach swimming resort placing lights providing life savers buoys Etc., improved Road Etc. 2. Purchased material for Christmas lighting of business streets apparatus permanent property of climber of Commerce to be used in the future. 3. Agreed to furnish site for Highway department office shops. This project was cancelled by the a Lilliway department temporarily but is again being considered and will probe ably be put Over in the near future. 4. Raised funds for improvement of word building for spa office. Toliese improvements were accepted in lieu of one years rent. The spa office will employ fifty nine people Wotli an annual payroll of $87.000. The record of this organization in the Pas the program for the future is a Challenge. Our membership will be published soon. Camden a e of com a a a pm

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