The Rusk Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 105, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 5, 1953 Page: 1 of 12
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~ NUMBER 36
Late Monday Evening Fire Is
Cause Of Damage To Smith Cafe
Is New Coach
At Alto High
Johnny Waldie, assistant coach
for the Rusk High School Eagles
for the past three seasons, has ac-
cepted the job as head coach at
Alto, according to Eagle Coach
Elmer "Hotdog" Thompson.
He succeeds Ted Moore, whose
resignation was accepted at Alto
"Coach Waldie lias a fine record
while in Rusk, and we hate to lose
his valuable services. We wish him
the best of luck at Alto," said
Coach Waldie will finish his
school term here, and take over
the dutiesv as head coach next. fall.
"We have not thought about
Coltch Waldie's successor at this
early date," said Coach Thompson.
Three Cases On
Three cases involving liquor
•were entered recently on the Crim-
inal Docket in Judge J. W. Sum-
mers County Court, according to
the records of Mr. E. B. Musick,
Jr., County Clerk. 1
George Sanders, Defendant in
case 14474, filed Febouary 23, was
charged with Possession of Liquor
for the Purpose of Sate in Dry
Area. On February 24r the Defen-
dant waived trial by jury and
pleaded guilty as oharged, and the
court assessed his punishment at
a Sine of $W)0 and costs. «•
Ercell Summers, defendant in
ease 14475, was charged on March
2 with Transportation of Intoxicat-
ing Liquor in a Dry Area, and af-
ter a plea of guilty he was assessed
$1\75 in fines, plus costs.
In case 14473, filed February 23,
George Thacker, Defendant, was
charged with Driving While In-
toxicated. Thacker also waived
trial by jury and pleaded guilty,
His punishment was assessed by
the court at a fine of $100 and
costs. The Defendant's Driver's
License was mailed to Austin on
When Mr. Wmfred Black, who
was attending a lodge meeting in
the Lodge Hall last Monday night,
smelled smoke it led to the dis-
covery and extinguishing of a fire
in the kitchen of Mrs. Smith's Cafe.
After Mr. Black smelled smoke,
he reported that he came down
from the lodge meeting and no-
ticed flames licking at the ceiling
of the cafe, so he kicked in the
door and summoned the Rusk Fire
Department. This was at about 8:30
After the fire deparment ar-
rived on the scene it was just a
matter of minutes before the fire
was brought completely under con-
trol, with a limited degree of dam-
age to the property.
Mrs. Smith, owner and opera-
tor of the cafe, stated that the fire
evidently started from an over-
heated refrigerator motor.
The swinging doors to the kitch-
en, a dish rack, the walls and ceil-
ing of the kitchen were damaged,
and the entire building received
considerable smoke damage, it was
The Cafe opened at the regular
hour on Tuesday morning, and
Mrs. Smith reported that she
would continue with business as
The Rusk Kiwanis* Club met
Tuesday for their regular weekly
Ralph Benton, program chair-
man for the month of February,
presented Morris Hassell. Mr. Has-
sell introduced Mrs. Mary Jane
Hinton and Mrs. Myers Curtis who
entertained the Club with a musi-
Mrs. Hinton's numbers included
vocal arrangements of "Indian
Love Call," "Smoke Gets in Your
Eyes," "Lover Come Back To Me,"
and "My Hero."
Piano renditions presented by
Mrs. Curtis were "Maleguena",
"Jalousie Tango," and Chopin's
At the business meeting, the Ki
wanians voted to attend a dinner
at the First Methodist Church,
Tuesday. The dinner is sponsored
by the P.T.A., funds to be used
to buy playground equipment at
the Rusk Elementary School.
Members were reminded of the
Pancake Supper at Smith1 Cafe
Thursday niiiht. Proceeds from this
function will be used to help the
underprivileged children of thl-
mm< ■ ■ HP* "■*
Mr and Mr* Frank Gilleipte
were In Tyler Wednesday 'they
attended the sho\ ittg of Bwmii
Devil" a three dimensional imivte
Mr and Mr-, .hvr Crawl «I Ual
la* ire vuitttt# relatives' here tW
Large Group At
Over a hundred persons attend-
ed the banquet for aH church men
at the First Method*#t Church of
Rusk on Wadiwnlfly night, Feb-
ruary 25, according to the Rusk
Ministerial Association wWch ipoR-
sorod the bon^Hat.
For this, the second annual
meeting of its type, Dr. R. E. Day,
retired Baptist miakter of Bsyan,
Texas, was the main speaker, and
he spoke on the subject, "Playing
the Game of Life,"
Rev. Myers Curtis, Rusk Metho-
dist minister, led the group in
singing several hymns'before the
delicious meal of barbequed beef
and "all the trimmings" was serv-
Rev. M. Fitts, pastor of the First
Christian Church, led in the open-
ing prayer, and Mr, W. W. Fin-
Icy, former school mate of the
speaker, introduced him to the as-
The Ministers of Rusk expressed
appreciation to the men for the
wonderful way in which they re-
sponded to this meeting, the pur-
pose of which was to strengthen
inter-church fellowship with the
men of the city.
Starts At Rusk
Hi This Week
Track and baseball gets under-
way at Rusk High School Thurs-
day, according to Coach Elmer
Eighteen boys, mostly seniors,
are out for baseball, and twenty-
five boys out for track.
This is the first season that the
Birds have gone in for track in
many years. Little is known of the
potentialities of the track team.
"We'll know more by next
week," said Thompson.
The flock will go to track meets
at Marshall and Palestine before
entering the District Meet at Car-
thage April 11th.
Pete Grimes will coach the base-
ball team, The team «nters district
play against Henderson April 2nd.
Rusk, Henderson. Carthage, Cen-
ter, and New London make up the
Rusk Delegation Asks State
To Raise Employees' Wages
Red Cross Drive Underway
Changes In Mail Schedule Goes
Into Effect In Rusk March 5th
Hilt y Sharp and
To File For
Rusk will elect City Officials
April 7th, according to I. R. Au-
i'richt city secretary. The deadline
for filing for city office is March
7th, 30 days prior to the election.
Mayor W. II. Hanna and two al-
dermen, J. C. Williams and J. A.
Eidson terms expire, as does City
Attorney Morris Hassell, Chief of
Police C. E. Jay, and City Secre-
tary I, R. Aufricht.
None of the incumbents have fil-'
ed for re-election, and no person
has asked that their name be plac-
ed on the ballot.
For This Area
Norris Young, Area Supervisof
for the DE program of the Hous-
ton area, has been in Rusk since
Tuesday. He has been evaluating
the DE program here.
While here, he contacted a num-
ber of merchants qf Rusk and got
their ideas on the DE program of
Rusk High School. At the present,
there are only 10 merchants of this
city .co-operating with the school
on the DE program.
A goal of 24 participating mer-
chants has been set if Rusk is to
continue to have this program.
Under the DE program, the stu-
dent is able to work a minimum of
15 hours per week and receive two
high school credits per year while
This program prepares the stu-
dent to enter work immediately
following graduation with a voca-
tion. Some Universities and col-
leges of Texas offer DE in their
programs of higher learning.
Mr. Young was impressed with
the friendly and courteous recep-
tion that he received in Rusk, and
believes that the businessfolks of
Rusk will give their fullest coop-
eration to the DE program next
The area supervisor was in Rusk
upon the request of Supt. Gerald
Chapman and DE Co-ordinator
The annual banquet and inter
city meeting of the Jacksonville
Rotary club Is scheduled for Thurs-
day, March 12th, 7 p.m. at the
JacksonviUe Baptist College rym-
Dr. Kenneth McFarlni^ls guest
speaker. Dr. McFarland h Educa
tional Consultant and Lecturer for
General Motors Corporation, Kdti
IHiwtor for American
of Houston r*
turned home Sunday after *r
litf a Wtek her. «it* b*e pai
Mr and Mr* Clifford W* W.
Changes in the mail service for
Rusk become effective Marth 5th,
according to Post Master, Fred
The local Post Office now sends
mail out at 4:30 p.m. instead of 3
p.m. This 4:30 mail makes connec-
tion to both Dallas and Houston. It
also makes air mail connections to
Tyler which gives overnight serv-
ice to New York City and other
northern and eastern cities.
5:50 p.m. is now the last mail
out of Rusk for the day. This dis-
patch goes south to Lufkin, and
makes connections to Dallas and
"All persons wishing mail to
leave on these two new schedules
are warned that they must have
their mail in the Rusk Post Office
by 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.," explain-
ed Postmaster Lunsford.
The two early morning dkpotch
es have not been changed. Ru*k
hue four mail dispatches daily.
"Wo believe thi* change will be
a big help to the businessmea ¡tad
residents of Rusk. They can now
wait until the close of business to
get their mail into our office,"
concluded Mr. Lunsford.
Final Rites For
W. D. Rogers Are
Services were held Monday, 10
o'clock, at the Salem Church for
W. I). Rogers. Rev. O. P. Meador
of Augusta officiated, assisted by
Rev. Harold Davis of Jacksonville.
Interment was in Salem Cemetery.
Mr. Rogers expired at his home
here Sunday. Born in Georgia, Mr.
Rogers w%s 78 years of age. He had
lived in Rusk foe the past 68 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Rogers of this city; three sons,
Roy D. Rogers of Leakey, Texas
and Eldred M. Rogers and Carl
Rogers of Rusk; two daughters,
Obie M. Walker, prominent Rusk
civic leader, will spearhead the
1953 Red Cross Drive in this Coun-
Lists Several ^
New Court Cases
Several cases were filed with
(he office of District Clerk, Mr.
A. C. Jenkins, recently. Tlney arc:
19500, filed February 24, Elfre-
dia Vales, Plaintiff, vs. L. V. Vales,
10409, filed Februray 24, Annie
Blanton Dickinson, Plaintiff, vs.
Continental Royalty Corp., et at,
Defendant, Title Possession and
Case 19503, filed February 28,
Removal of Disabilities of a Minor,
Ex Parto W. R. Clark, Jr.
Case 19504, Filed March 2, Harry
Lee Carter, Plaintiff, vs. Lewis
Daniels, as independent executor
of the estate and will of M. L.
Livine, Deceased, Defendant, Writ
of Possession, Mineral interest, Re-
moví Title Cloud, rents, damages,
and Trespass to try title.
19505, filed March 2, James
Howard Donahue, Plaintiff, vs.
Ernestine Donahue, Defendant, Di-
19502, P. T. Arrington, et ux,
Plaintiffs, vis. Gcraldine Brewer,
Mrs. Nelson Brice of Brackettville
and Mrs. JeWell Scruggs of Bowie; Defendant, Damages resulting "from
l.itamy KnU*h a*a«
W .rid" i thv «íflrtal tut* , f
st4tu «>f liberty
three brothers, J. C., L. L. and W.
M. all of Alto; three sisters, Mrs.
Mattie Fountain of Pampa, Miss
Ellie Rogers and Miss Lillian Rog-
ers of Amarillo; and seventeen
Pallbearers were Carson Elling-
ton, E. J. Keel, Chester Vining,
Lum Alexander, T. A. Mclver, and
Wallace Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
Rev. Milhurn Pitts of Rusk lias
been called as pastor to the First
Christian Church of Beeville, He
will succeed Rev. Aaron T, Hark
er, who recently resigned to ac-
cept the pastorship of the Fir*t
t'hrlxtian Church of Alice.
Rev, Fitts, has been pastor of!
the Ituwk Fir■ > Christian Church
Rev, Fitl*, Mr*, Fill and three
children Will move to Reevllle
where he will ttvMime his duties
>le tton . vl
at Tvler and «awkl
an accidcnt alleged to have taken
place in September of 1952 about
one half mile south east of Wells.
The damages asked for total $15,-
FFA Boys Plan
To Enter Chicks
In Stock Show
Fourteen FFA boys of the Rusk
Chapter have started this week 23
chicks apiece that were donated
by the Colonial Hatchery of Rusk,
according to Adon Duncan, Chap-
" Each boy can enter five of these
high blooded broilers in the FFA
411 Club Kiwanka Club Stock Show
that will be stalled ill Husk April
This is the first year that broil
ers will be filtered In the Kiwanis
club's «how. A Irtrge entry of broil-
ers I* es peeled
"We will use ,¡1 of th< >e chick •
tl.it were dtutaled by the Colonial
llait herv fot the pur|hm« of dent
ottnlMiitu infra evil hwat. and the
lied ri>! itlw proper %|nmp* per bird * explained
it taut «nek : Mr Duitvan
Mr an-1 Mr. |f| nk mm. ! m a. -
at fu** ** * Ü«IM*I4V
O. M. Walker, Rusk Civic Leader,
has accepted the job as County
Chairman of the American Rod
Cross, and Peggy Holcomb Waldie
is serving as co-chairman.
The annual Red Cross funds
drive was launched in Rusk and
Cherokee County this week when
the Red Cross sent letters to the
citizens of the county asking their
help in financing the work of the
American Red Cross.
"The Red Cross is the heartbeat
of America. It enables all of us
to express the universal desire to
help a less fortunate neighbor
wherever lie or she may be. There
is an ever-growing need in those
troubled times for the distinctive
services of the Red Cross, given
freely by people of good wilt. It
takes people to help people," said
Mr. Walker. A
The Red Cross helps servicemen
and their families, when they are
faced with troubles. Provide life-
giving blood for a wounded sol-
diers, a mother in childbirth and
an injured workman. * *
it aids disaster victims and halpx
them back to narmal living. It alsa
tVaias ¿ountless thousands in «ikitlsf
to protect their families and neigh-
bors in times of ewergency. ,
"Answer the cafl today--answur
with yotw heart Give geaeroun-
ly," stoM Mr, Walker.
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Rev Brown To
Preach At Rusk
liev. Charles Bert Brown of
Leon Springs Presbyterian Church,
San Antonio, will preach at the
It a .m. services Sunday morning
and evening service at 7 p. m., at
the First Presbyterian Church, ac-
cording to the pastor, Rev, J. 11.
Rev. Brown will continue his
preaching mission Monday through
Friday, holding services twicc
daily, 7 a. m. and 7 p. m. This
Presbyterian Simultaneous Cam-
paign is being held state wide.
Rev. Brown was born in Car-
thage, Missouri, but received his
education in Texas. He attended
Schreiner Institute at Kerrvllle for
oné year, and received his B. A.
Degree from the University of Tex-
aR. He received his B.D degree
from the Presbyterian Theological
Seminary in Austin in 1940. Dur-
ing this year he was student sup-
ply for the Hyde Park Church in
"The public is cordially invited
to hear Rev. Brown at any or all
of these services," stated Rev.
First Game At
Drawings have been completed
for the State Championship play I underpaid employee
off-, for Clavt A (¡It'll of Tesa*. ¡ tMttto* to the «vera
The Muvdeile 1,tones* drew a ' Parinis the H|,i
bye, and will play the winner of
lay Ion and HUtriet |A'« champion
i unknown at pre-amli Maydelle
•>(ll ptas their flr*t game at W
thur*«l*y miiitdtiM tn the event;
111 ** •< win the.v plav a ln at 3 put i
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A delegation from Rusk met with
the House Appropriations sub-
committee for Texas State Hos-
pitals and Special Schools Wednes-
day, March 4th.
E. R. Gregg, Rusk Banker was
spokesman and the committee con-
sists of Leo W. Tosh, J. C. Wil-
liams, Morris Hassell. Rusk State
Hospital employees who went with
the Rusk businessmen were: Mayo
Starkey, former president of the
local TPEA, Irene Starkey, Vera
Sales, Kate Stovall, Ina Erwin, Del-
mon Mayes, and C. C. Skillern.
Terrell sent a delegation to Aus-
tion that consisted of their busi-
nessmen and state hospital employ-
ees. A group of employees from the
Wichita Falls Hospital was also
present. Joe Bennett, a director
of the stale TPEA, and personnel
director of the Austin State Hos-
pital joined the group in their ef-
fort to try and secure pay increases
for State Hospital Employees over
the state. Mr. Martin, former mem-
ber of (lié Board for Texas State
Hospitals and Special Schools, now
a resident, at Vernon, and formally
of Lone Star, added his influence
in behalf of state hospital em-
Represenlative W. W. Glass of
Cherokee County made preliminary
appointMents and arranganumt.&
far all aM«tings. I*ep. GViss iiitre-
«hkcetl the R-iuk delegation t« the
siih-eonimittue, ami mtmtioned eth-
er delegations present.
The Cherokee Couríty Repulsen-
t/itivc made a .short talk to Ike sub-
committee about the State Hospital
working conditions, and salaries of
the employees. He reminded the
committee of the efforts made dur-
ing the last session of the Legis-
lature, when a majority of the
members thought they were voting
for an increase in salaries to Hits
employees, but actually it did not
constitute an increase.
E. R. Gregg, spokesman for the
Rusk delegation, was introduced to
the committee by Rep. Glass. Mr.
Gregg pointed out that he had
been a banker in Rusk for ,'50
years, and was familiar with all
the conditions existing at the Rusk
State Hospital. He explained tho
hardships to other industries in
that the employees are a high
class people who participate in tho
civic work of the city, yet they are
forced to exist on such meager
wages. The take-home pay is al-
most impossible to live on.
Mr. Gregg, in closing, said that
he had just completed making out
his 1952 income tax return, and
was not in favor of additional
taxation to the people, but he
would recommend increasing taxes
if it is necessary to raise the pay
of the employees of the 23 State
Hospitals and Special Schools in
Rep. J, F. Gray, chairman of tho
subcommittee, called the commit-
tee's attention to the fact that Mr.
Martin was present, and pointed
out his recent connections with tho
State Hospitals as a member of the
Board. He asked Mr. Martin to say
a few words In regard to the situa-
Mr. Martin informed the group
he wanted them to know he came
from Vernon at hit personal ex-
pense, and felt that it was a small
tiling for him to do to help the
. He called at-
i(e salary, coin
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skillet) petsounel vvoikum tor the
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