The Rusk Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 28, 1954 Page: 1 of 12
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THE RUSK CHEROKEEAN
JANUARY 28, 19S4
Paul Cox Seeks
Second Term As
It has' been my privilege and
responsibility to serve you, the
citizens of Cherokee County, as
your County Attorney for the past
year, and I would like to take this
means of thanking each of you
personally for the splendid coop-
eration and loyal support you have
tendered me thus far in my first
term as County Attorney. It. has
been a pleasure for me to thus
work for you and I want you to
know that I sincerely appreciate
In performing the duties of this
office I have attempted to merit
the confidence you have reposed
in me. I have cooperated to the
fullest extent with the law en-
forcement agencies of this county
and in the state in attempting to
suppress crime and in the protec-
tion of property rights and per-
sonal security of our citizens. The
cases coming under my jurisdic-
tion have been prosecuted vigor-
ously and fairly. Particular atten-
tion has been given to juveniles
in attempting to rehabilitate these
youngsters who have violated the
law; serious study and investiga-
tion of their backgrounds has been
made in the effort to help them.
I would like to take this op-
portunity to solicit your vote and
support in the coming elections.
Believing that my record as your
County Attorney reflects a j o b
well done, I ask that you vote for
and elect Paul B. Cox to a second
term as fmmtv Attorney.
Mr. Cox attended Wicmta Falls
Junior College and the Univer-
sity of Texas. He graduated from
the Law School of the University
of Texas, and is licensed to prac-
tice law in the State and Federal
Courts. He is married and has two
Final Rites For
Mrs. Irene Walker
Mrs. Irene Walker expired
Tuesday, Jamftry 26th at the Rusk
Memorial Hospital following a
three weeks illness. She was 56
years of age. Services were held
Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock
in the First Baptist Church. Rev.
Lonnie Webb officiated, assisted
by Rev. John Parrott of Palestine.
Services and burial were held at
Fields Chap|l Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother,
Mrs. N. B. Walker of Rusk; two
sisters, Mrs. Lera Main of Pales-
tine, Mrs. Thelma Hudson of Pal-
estine; two brothers, Hiram Walk-
er of Midland, and Royal Walker
Pallbearers were: H. L. Murray,
J. E. Murray, George Monroe, Ben-
ny Goff, Claude Langston and
John Williams, all of Rusk.
Wallace Funeral Home was in
charge of the arrangements.
Amon¿ the criminal cases set-
tled in District Court this week
is the case styled The State of
Texas vs. Hilton Crane. According
to A. C. Jenkins, District Clerk,
a jury was drawn and the defend-
ant entered a plea of guilty. Coun-
cil for the defense interrogated
the jury panel concerning their
opinions of the law which pro-
vides for a suspended sentence in
Testimony began about 11 a.m.,
and the case went to the jury at
3:15 approximately. The jury de-
liberated for 9 minutes and
brought in a verdict of guilty. His
punishment was assessed at con-
finement in the State Penitentiary
for three years. The jury further
found that the defendant had not
heretofore been convicted of a
felony in this or any other state,
and recommended that his sen-
tence be**suspended. The defend-
ant was charged in the original
indictment with "burglary with in-
tent to commit murder and assault
with intent to commit murder."
The State's principal prosecuting
witness was Mrs. Eula Priestley
Crane, who was divorced from the
defendant some three years ago.
In the case styled, The State of
Texas vs. Roland Jack Henderson
and Charles Haskell Hill, the de-
fendants are charged with at-
tempted burglary. The offense is
alleged to have taken place in
Jacksonville, August 7, 1953,
when the defendants were alleged-
ly found attempting to break and
enter Augustine Motors.
Henderson was brought to Rusk
on a bench warrant from the Har-
ris County jail where he was await-
ing trial on another chargc. Hill
was brought here on a bench war-
rant last week from the State pri-
son at Huntsville.
The defendants waived trial by
jury and entered pleas of guilty.
The court found each of them
guilty and rendered the following
sentences: Henderson, 4 years and
Hill, 2 years confinement in the
January 26th, in the case styled
The State of Texas vs. James 0.
Clakley, charged with Driving
While Intoxicated, second offense,
the defendant waived trial by jury,
and entered a plea of guilty. The
Court found him guilty and as-
sessed his punishment at 6 months
confinement in the County jail,
and a fine of $100.
Tried in Court Tuesday was the
case, The State of Texas vs. Free-
man Walker, a resident of Donie,
Freestone County. The defendant
was charged with theft of lumber
in the amount of $1,089.22 from
H. H. Andrews on March 20th,
The defendant was tried before
a jury after a plea of not guilty.
His attorneys, two Waco lawyers,
filed 9 successive motions for con-
tinuance, each of which was over-
ruled by Judge H. T. Brown. After
the 9th motion had been over-rul-
ed, the defendant's council an-
nounced they were ready for trial.
Immediately after the State rest-
ed its case, the defense filed four
successive motions for the Court
to direct the jury to render their
verdict in favor of the defendant.
Each of these motions was over-
ruled. The defense then present-
ed their case.
The case went to the jury just
before noon on Wednesday, and
a verdict was brought in about
2:30. After the verdict was made
known, the defense gave notice of
appeal to the Court of Criminal
Appeals in Austin. Later that day
the defendant was set at liberty
under a reconnaisance bond of
$2,500, which is to continue, pend-
ing the Appellate Court's ruling.
The body of Admiral George
Dewey of Spanish-American War
fame, was transferred from Ar-
lington Cemetery to a crypt in the
Washington, D. C. Cathedral on
March 28, 1925.
SHOP IN RUSK
Mothers Will March Monday
Tried In Dist.
Court At Rusk Eagles Are Tied For No.l Place In
First Round of District Competition
Farmer Meetings To Be Held On '54
ACP Program And Cotton Allotment
Frank Brunt To
Post Of Sheriff
In thinking as to what I would
write in making my announcement
for re-election as your sheriff, I
came in a way to recount the
things which I personally was
I remembered many people for
many favors; a kind word here
and a lift there, a bit of informa-
tion passed on to me as sheriff at
exactly the right time; those
things I remembered, and I was
I have thought of all those
things and I am very thankful.
Yet, I believe, I am most thank-
ful of all that I live in a demo-
cratic country, where we have free
elections; where any man can run
for office, and, if elected, have
an opportunity to serve the pub-
lic. I am proud that I live in a
country where no man need fear
to criticize a public official, a
country where public officials may
expect to be criticized, as well as
praised. That is good for the pub-
lic official and it is good for the
public; and, to my mind, that is
one of the essential differences
between popular government and
a dictatorship, whether it be faci-
sist or communist.
I sincerely beileve in the demo-
cratic way of life. I am proud that
I have the opportunity of offer-
ing my candidacy for re-election
as your sheriff to the democratic
will of the people of Cherokee
If you feel that my work has
been such as your sheriff to merit
my re-election, no one will apprec-
iate your vote and help more.
Thanks to you for all past fa-
Fred Ezell Will
Make Race For
"I wish to announce my candi-
dacy for Tax Assessor-Collector of
I am a native of this county,
and have spent all of my life in
the Maydelle area.
I will make an active campaign
over the county in an effort to
discuss my qualifications and to
meet all the people of this county
personally. I would like for those
who do not know me. or of my
qualifications, to inquire with
others who do know me."
Mr. Ezell is married, and the
father of four grown children.
A series of four meetings will
be held with Cherokee County
farmers for the purpose of dis-
cussing the 1954 Agricultural Con-
servation Program and new legis-
lation recently passed Congress
which will increase the 1954 cot-
ton acreage allotment to some
Very few Cherokee County far-
mers signed up to use the 1954
ACT Program during the initial
sign up period held in December.
The Cherokee County ASC Coun-
ty Committee feels that this small
sign up was because the farmers
were not familiar with the pro-
gram. This series of meetings will
be held to explain in detail the
1954 ACP Program.
The 1954 ACP Program sign up
has been reopened and farmers
may file requests for cost sharing
anytime between now and Febru-
ary 19, 1954. Requests filed after
February 19, will be considered
every (wo weeks and approvals
will be issued to the extent that
funds are available.
Meetings will be held at the fol-
lowing places. All meetings will
begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday night,
February 1, Wells School; Tues-
day night, February 2, Alto; Lions
Club Bldg.; Wednesday night,
February 3, Rusk County Court-
room; Thursday night, February
4, Jacksonville High School Audi-
To Begin Sunday
The First Baptist Church Reviv-
al is slated to begin Sunday, Jan-
uary 31st, according to Pastor Lon-
nie H. Webb.
Rev. A. C. Donath of the First
Baptist Church in Conroe will
preach, twice daily. Morning serv-
ices will begin at 6:45 a.m., with
coffee and do-nuts served at 7:30.
The evening service will begin at
J. E. Hamilton will lead the
singing, accompanied by Mrs. Joe
B. Copcland at t h e organ, and
Mrs. W. R. Dodson at the piano.
"Everyone is cordially invited
to come and Worship with us,"
stated Rev. Webb.
E. B. Musick, Jr.
Seeks Return To
Co. Clerk Post
E. B. Musick, Jr., announced
this week that he will be a candi-
date for re-election to the office
of'County Clerk subject to the ac-
tion of the Democratic Primary
in July. In making this announce-
ment, he made the following state-
I would like to express my sin-
cere appreciation to the people of
Cherokee County for the privilege
of serving you as your County
Clerk and for your past support
The duties of the County Clerk
are many, and I have endeavored
at all times to administer each of
them in an efficient manner, and
to give each of you prompt and
Believing that I am fulfilling
the duties of the office of County
Clerk in the manner in which you
expect, I would like to take this
opportunity to solicit your vote
and influence for re-election to
this office. *
One Case Asking
With Dist Clerk
Civil suits filed for the previous
week in the District Clerk's of-
fice, have been announced by A.
January 22nd, Jacksonville In-
dependent School District vs. W.
A. Looney, a suit bringing action
for delinquent taxes.
January 23rd, Bertha Uusby, et al
vs. Pepsi Cola Bottling Company
of Lufkin, et al, action for dam-
ages. The plaintiffs are suing for
an aggregate sum of $74,750. This
suit results from an accident
which occurred on or about the
10th day of September, 1953, ap
proximately 2:30 p.m., when a
Harris County Sheriff's Depart-
ment automobile in which two Ne-
gro deputy Sheriffs were riding,
collided with a Pepsi Cala Bottling
Company delivery truck. Leo
Busby, one of the deputies men
tioned above, lost his life in the
accident. Bertha Busby, plaintiff,
the widow of the deceased, is
joined in the suit by Dave Busby,
father of Leo Busby.
San Augustine has dropped out
of Class AA competition for the
1954 football wars. District 19AA
will have 5 teams, Rusk, Jasper,
Livingston, Crockett a n d Kirby-
ville competing this year.
Coach Thompson has completed
his 1954 schedule. The Birds will
open the season with Diboll, then
play Grapeland, Alto, Teague,
Henderson, New London, before
entering District play.
Early predictions include that
Livingston and Jasper are favored.
Rusk is picked for 3rd place, fol-
lowed by Crockett and Kirbyville.
Livingston is expected to be the
toughest. They lost only 3 men
from last year's team that tied
with Rusk for second place. The
team will average out at between
190 to 200 pounds. It will be one
of the largest football teams in
Jasper loses 16 men, but has 58
players coming from the 2nd
string and B team.
The Eagles have most of their
line returning, but only one start-
ing back, Jarrin John Butler, great
fullback. Three linemen and four
backs arc lost by graduation.
Crockett suffers about the same
loss by graduation as Rusk, but
has their all district fullback, Ar-
Kirbyville is hardest hit by
graduation. They lose 11 men.
The District should be close
with the breaks deciding the win-
Payments Of PoU
Tax Going Well
At Tax Office
Poll Tax payments arc going
well at the Tax Collector's Office-
in Rusk, according to Alex Black,
Tax Collector. As of noon Thurs-
day, 2545 people had paid for the
right to vote at the office in Rusk.
No information has been received
an to how many payments have
been made to the 10 deputies over
Final payments are czpected to
Rusk and Jasper are tied for
first place at the end of the first
round of District 19AA competi-
tion. Coach Elmer "Hotdog"
Thompson's Feathered Flock was
surprised by Kirbyville Tuesday
night, and defeated by 13 points.
This loss threw the Birds into a tie
The District now stands with
Rusk and Jasper tied for first
place, with 4 wins and 1 loss. Liv-
ingston and Kirbyville are tied for
2nd place with 3 wins and 2 loss-
The Eagles have the advantage
of the home court in the final
round. They play Jasper, Living-
ston and Kirbyville on their home
court. The Birds play Livingston
here Tuesday night, and entertain
Jasper Friday night.
The Rusk dribblers go to San
Augustine tomorrow night for
their first game in the 2nd round.
Morale of the boys is excellent.
They realize that they must hus-
tle and get a few breaks if they
hope to win the district crown.
They beat Livingston by 3 points
and Jasper by 2 in the first round
of play. This is perhaps the most
evenly matched district in Class
The Eagles are a well balanced
team. Johnny Irwin, Morris Goff
and I'hilip Burton have over a 10
point average in District play so
far. Bubba Jared, Morris Ray
Teutsch, Doug Jordan, Dan Heard,
John Robert Butler and Jimmy
Perkins are all playing good ball,
Lions Club Has
Set Dates For
Big '54 Rodeo
Cecil Parrish, Business Manager
of the Rusk State Hospital, was
appointed to fill the unexpired
terra of Bill Parrott on the Board
of Directors of the Rusk Lions
Club. Parrott resigned.
John Lester, Rodeo Chairman,
announced that his committee has
signed the contract with Bobby
Ester for the 1954 production. The
Rodeo will be staged August 12,
13, and 14th. Lester stated that
this was the best contract that
the Club has ever secured.
Tail Twister Elma Musick, Jr.,
collected $12.40 in fines at the last
meeting of the club. This money
was donated to the March of
An official record book of 1948
Olympic Games was presented to
Rusk High School by t h e Lions
Club. This book has complete ath-
letic records up to 1948.
Jack Noonan gave a fine talk on
the history and making of hats.
The program for today was a
film on the March of Dimes.
Youth Groups Of
Meet Tues. P.M.
Youth organizations meeting
Tuesday, January 26th at the First
Baptist Church were the Royal
Ambassadors, Mrs. M. B. Tread-
well, counselor; Junior Girls' Aux-
iliary, Mrs. George Higginbotham,
Jr., leader; and the Intermediate
Girls' Auxiliary, Mrs. L. A. Ver-
Each of these groups spent the
meeting time, carrying out active
Community Mission Work. Some
of them visited persons who are
ill, and others helped with the
preparations for the Church Re-
vival, scheduled to begin January
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SHOP IN RUSK
Fire Siren Will
"Everyone u working hard
what we hope will be the
successful drive for Polio fundi
ever staged in Rusk," announced
local chairman, Lewis R. McCar-
"With research on the brink of
discovering a vaccine, it's very im-
portant that we all give more its
'54," he continued.
Various projects for raising:
money have been sponsored here.
Proceeds from a Basketball
game tonight (Thursday) between
members of the Lions Club, and
the Volunteer Fire Department,
will go to the March of Dimes.
Mrs. Smith of Smith's Cafe has
announced that all money receiv-
ed by her in her business between
9 and 11 a.m. Friday morning,
January 29th, will be donated to
the Polio Drive.
Fines collected from members
of the Ru.sk Lions Club at their
meeting were also given to the
Members of the National Guard
will be on the streets Saturday,
soliciting funds for the March of
The porchlight parade, sponsor-
ed by the Beta Sigma Phi Chap-
ter of Rusk, is slated for Monday
night, February 1st. The fire siren
will sound at 7 p.m., officially be-
ginning the "Mothers' March."
Other volunteer workers will as-
sist the members of this organi-
zation in collecting money from
all parsons who have their front
porch light on after 7 p.m. Mra-
Lou Goldsberry, president, an-
nounced: "If no ona calls for your
donation by 8:30, call the Rusk:
Hotel, phone 418, and some on*
will come for it. And to the mem-
bers of the First Baptist Church
who will be attending the Revival
Monday night. Rev. Lonnie Webb,
pastor, has announced that a place
in the lobby will be set up for
your donation. We will try to see
as many of you as possible how-
ever, before time for Church serv-
Chairman McCarroll urges ev-
eryone to give as much as possi-
ble. "This is u worthy cause, and
one which we should all support.
It takes a great deal of money to
carry out the nation-wide program
for Infantile Paralysis. No doubt
you know, or know of, someone
who has received treatment foe
polio, and have heard how expen-
sive it is. Your dimes and dolían
will be spent for the prevention
and treatment of Polio, whieb
may strike anyone, anytime, it
could be you," concluded Mr. Me-
In Rusk Tues.
The first meeting of the Chero-
kee County Medical Society since
the election of new officers, was
held Tuesday night at the Rusk
N. C. Forrester, executive secre-
tary of the State Medical Associa-
tion, Austin, was the guest speak-
er, Mr. Forrester spoke to the
group on forthcoming legislation
conceftiing the medical profession.
Dr. J. M. Travis is secretary of
the Medical Association.
Approximately twenty five doe-
tors and several members of local
hospital boards were present.
New officers of the County Med-
ical Society are president, Dr. Her-
bert Devenport of Jacksonville;
vice-president, Dr. F. H. Brigham
of Rusk; and secretary, Dr. T. BL
Cobble of Rusk.
Maydelle vs. *Dialville, to be an-
nounced; *Maydelle vs. Gallatin.
January 29; Maydelle vs. *Sum-
merfield February 2; 'Maydelle
vs. Dlalville February 8; Maydelle
vs. 'Gallatin February 9; 'May-
delle vs. Summerfleld February
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