The Rusk Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 110, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 8, 1958 Page: 1 of 12
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POLKS IN TYLER are going to
vota May 15th as to whether or
not that city It to join Palestine,
Jacksonville and Rusk as mem-
bers of the Upper Neches Munici-
pal Water Authority . . .
NOT TOO MUCH INTEREST in
Rusk has been evidenced . . .
Frankly, o I d Roundabout hopes
that Tyler votes to stay out . . .
Here's why ...
FROM WHAT Roundabout un-
derstands, if Tyler does vote in,
construction on the Blackburn
Dam will begin immediately, and
the Authority hasn't sold a "buck-
et of water" yet . . .
PROMISES HAVE NOT BEEN
FULFILLED ... If It's at all pos-
sible, Roundabout would like to
tee Rusk get out of the Upper
Neches Municipal Water Authori-
ty .. . Even though Tyler will pay
for most of the cost of construc-
RIGHT NOW, we're In a bad po-
sition concerning the Blackburn
Crossing Dam . . . Rusk is too far
«way to ever realize much, either
from industry or recreation, to
warrant our citizens paying a red
cent to the authority . . . However,
If that Dam it built. Rusk citizens
Will be forced to cough-up with
tax money . . .
IF YOU'LL RECALL, the Nech-
et Water became "muddy" when
the three cities voted the bond it-
sue back in 1956. Some used the
election to "grind personal axes"
and "even up old scores". Round-
about wouldn't go along with this
line of thinking, so The Rusk
Cherokeean stayed out of the Is-
sue . . .
ROUNDABOUT TOLD the folks
of Rusk and Cherokee County that
the situation was too complex for
• country editor to tee through
then, to the newt columnt of The
Rusk Cherokeean were given free-
ly to BOTH SIDES to present
their arguments to the voters . . .
ROUNDABOUT RECALLS that
he warned, In an editorial just be-
fore the election, that five years
from then, one tide or the other
would be able to say "I told you
so ... "
ROUNDABOUT was heartily in
favor of building a big lake at
Maydelle, as we were told was
planned when the three cities,
Rusk, Jacksonville and Palestine,
voted to form the authority . . .
but was badly disappointed when
the Blackburn Crossing site was
selected. However we were prom-
ised that the Authority would not
build the Dam until sufficient wa-
ter was sold to pay for the proj-
ect .. .
THE PROMISE OF NO TAX
BURDEN by supporters of the Up-
per Neches Municipal Water Au-
thority is the reason that the peo-
ple in Rusk, Jacksonville and Pal-
estine voted the Bond Issue, in
BOIL THE MUDDY WATER
down, and here's what you get . .
FIRST, we were told that if the
three cities were to join together
and form an authority, a big lake
would be built near Maydelle
(which it equal distance from th*
three cities). This plan was "junk-
ed", and they came up with the
Blackburn Crossing Dam which is
near Frankston and 30 or more
mi let from Rutk . . .
SECOND, we were told that
there would be NO TAX BURDEN
. . . Sale of water would pay for
the project . . . Now, plant are to
build the big dam at Blackburn if
Tyler votet In, and to Rounda-
bout's best knowledge and belief,
the Authority has yet to tell their
flrtt gallon of water . . .
A BAD SITUATION HAS BE-
COME WORSE ... So, old Round-
about feelt that the time hat come
for this newspaper to stand up
and be counted . . .
ROUNDABOUT IS NOT fighting
the Blackburn Crossing Dam . . .
fact Is, he would Hke to see it
built . . , but, let the cities who
will benefit from the project, P«V
for It . . .
PRAISI AND THANKS *re due
An Estimated 13,000 People Wil.1
Read This Publication, Based
On Circulation Figures.
The Rusk Cherokeean
TEXAS' OLDEST WEEKLY NEWSPAPER, ESTABLISHED AS THE PIONEER JULY 5, 1847
SERVING THE GREATER RUSK TRADE AREA
THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1958
SHOP IN RUSK
1500 Attend Open House At Rusk
State Hospital; Fine Programs Presented
Sheriff's Department Stages Annual
Civics Day For County HS Seniors
Banks Named To
Rusk State Hospital patients last Friday and Saturday staged four admirable performances before
enthusiastic full-house audiences. The variety-type show, presenting mutic and comedy, contained all
the eate and good showmanship of a firtt-rate performance. The entertainert were didected by Mrs.
Etsie Madden, director of Rehabilitation Therapy at the Rusk State Hospital. The troup Friday morning
played before a packed house, many of wbom wore standing. Others had to be turned away.
Rain cut into the attendance at
the Rusk State Hospital Sixth An-
nual Open House last week end
but not before some 1500 visitors
had toured the institution seeing
the advances and new facilities
being used in treatment of the
According to Mrs. Thelma
Jones, with Richard Marion, co-
chairman of the Open House, 1,-
386 persons registered during the
two days, but counting those not
registered, she said probably 1500
had made the tours and viewed'
The total matched last year's at-
tendance, even though rain this
year kept many from attending on
Saturday. Nearly a thousand made
the tours on Friday.
Tours, conducted between 9 and
4 each of the two days, covered
eight buildings. It led through the
Administration building, its wards
and business offices, the Business
Manager's offices, the dining
room, Hospital No. 4, the colored
male ward, the female infirmary
ward building, the new intensive
treatment center and the negro
Visitors were shown advances of
the past year including the new-
est of t h e occupational therapy
shops — the hobby shop, the elec-
tro encephalograph in the X-ray
room, and ward re-decoration.
There were 34 stops during the
Tours were halted at times for
the patient programs in the chap-
A full house at each perform-
ance of the musical variety pro-
gram demonstrated the obvious
approval of the remarkable shows.
Patients, many of them said to be
still under intensive treatment,
danced, sang and did comedy skits
with all the ease and good show-
manship of a first-rate perform-
Mrs. Essie Madden, director of
Rehabilitation Therapy, directed
the hard-working cast in the show.
Credits for the Open House suc-
cess went to scores of individuals
and groups, including local peo-
ple and businesses. Almost every-
one stood by to help when need-
ed, according to the co-chairmen.
A great deal of interest was mani-
fested by every one, including
businesses, which contributed sev-
eral flower arrangements.
The mental Health associations
and the Volunteer Council financ-
ed the pamphlet on Rusk State
Hospital, the first publication
about the local institution.
Robert Banks, County School
Superintendent, was appointed
this week to serve on the 15-mem-
ber State Textbook Committee, a
release from J. W. Edgar, com-
missioner of education, revealed.
Banks will meet with tlie com-
mittee Monday in Austin in an or-
He is the only County Superin-
tendent on the committee made
up of ten classroom teachers, four
school superintendents and one
The committee will study and
recommend to the state textbooks
for literature, 7-12 grades; Home
Economics, seventh and eighth
grades; and elementary science,
first through sixth grades.
The list of books will be releas-
ed on October 3.
Two Rusk Guardsmen are am-
ong the Tcxans this week to enter
upon six months of active mili-
tary training under the National
Guard's popular "Take Six" pro-
They are Thomas J. Ford and
Billy G. Helm, both members of
A Company, 143rd Infantry Regi-
ment. a component of the famous
36th (Texas) Infantry Division.
Under the six month program,
the men will report to Fort Chaf-
fee. Ark., and there undergo
eight weeks of basic combat train-
ing. Then they are to attend a
military school of their choice for
the remainder of the six month
After completion of the active
duty, the men will return to Rusk
to fulfill the remainder of theit
military obligation attending once
Li week drills with the local Guard
County High School seniors
Wednesday were making the
rounds of the Cherokee County
courthouse getting a practical les-
son in civics and meeting the peo-
ple who administer their county
The annual event this year be-
gan at 9:15 Wednesday morning
with an assembly on t h e north
side of the Annex Building. The
group then toured the offices of
the Annex Building on both floors.
This was followed by tours of
the two floors of the courthouse
and the county jail.
Shortly after 11, the seniors and!
sponsors assembled in the District
Courtroom for the program, which
called for introduction of county
and precinct officials.
Robert Murphy, district attorn-
ey, made the principal address.
County Judge J. W. Chandler
made the official welcome.
The group gathered on the
courthouse lawn for a barbecue
lunch at noon.
Included in the civics course
was at least one lesson in law en-
forcement. A display set up in the
County Sheriff's office included
the department's weapons and an
almost unbelievable assortment of
One table held a group of kniv-
es, razors, clubs and sundry other
blood letting devices that had
been taken from persons picked
up for various reasons. Some fig-
ured in murders and other acts of
A rack of rifles and shotguns
lined the complete length of one
wall. They, too, had been confis-
cated and included murder wea-
The exhibits pointed up the
easy accessibility of weapons for
persons inclined to use them and
the actual use made of them.
The Civics Day is sponsored an-
nually by the County Sheriff's De-
partment in the interest of a bet-
ter informed citizenry and to
point out the responsibility of
citizens in a free society.
Three Tri League
To Rain Sunday
Rain once again played havoc
with the Tri-County Baseball lea-
gue last Sunday. Only two teams
were able to get in their regular-
ly scheduled game. All other
games were postponed because of
In the only game played, Jack-
sonville shelled Laneville an 8 to
4 defeat. The game was played in
All 8 league teams are schedul-
ed to see action next Sunday.
Glover will be at Sardis, Jack-
sonville at Henderson. Mt Kilter-
prise at l*uieville, and Rusk plays
| at Fraukston - weather permit
Three Couples Get
Over Past Week
Three marriage licenses were
issued by the County Clerk's of-
fice this week.
They were issued to the follow-
Charles Robert Green and Juan-
ita Sue Pryor, William Henry Car-
penter and Ruth Claire Ates. Wil-
liam Travis Childs and Ksther Rae
Some 1555,000,000 bales of cot-
ton have been grown in Texas
Several Political Battles Shaping
Up/Filing Deadline Passes May S
Filed In Dist.
Court In Week
Eleven new civil suits were fil-
ed with the District Clerk this
week, seven of them tax suits in
which the City of Jacksonville is
seeking collection of delinquent
Filed were suits styled: Ida Lee
Edmiston vs Marion Willis Edmis-
ton, collection of child support;
Virginia Ann Miller vs Bill Mil-
ler, divorce; City of Jacksonville
vs H. H. Andrews, tax delinquen-
cy; City of Jacksonville vs S. M.
Francis, tax delinquency; City of
Jacksonville vs H. J. Johnson, tax
delinquency; City of Jacksonville
cs E. B. White, tax delinquency;
City of Jacksonville vs J. M. Wal-
ker, tax delinquency; City of Jack-
sonville vs Ezell Williams, tax de-
linquency; and Jerry Mack Usury
vs Carrol Jean Usury, divorce.
In County Court only one civil
case was filed in the week, styled,
Hazel Wilson Burrows vs Depart-
ment of Public Safety, appeal.
Wins Fourth In
The Bulah Community was aw-
arded fourth place in the 1958
Rural Neighborhood Progress con-
test held in District Nine late in
April. This was two places higher
than last year's rank.
Bulah placed sixth in the Pas-
ture Judging contest to win one
of the $50 cash awards.
The community judging fourth
place also netted the community
Complete results of the com-
munity judging contest were:
Tennessee Colony, Anderson
County, first; Arcadia, Shelby
County, second; Elwood, Madison
County, third; Bulah, fourth: and
Tennessee Circle, Shelby County,
In Pasture Contest, communities
were ranked in the following or-
der: Tennessee Colony, Arcadia,
Elwood, Tennessee Circle, Har-
mony (Anderson County), Bulah,
Silas (Shelby County).
The contest is sponsored by the
Farmer-Stockman magazine and
the Texas A&M Extension service.
The Cherokee county Electric
Cooperative Association offices
are about ready to move back into
the Association's building, after
completion of about a $10,000 re-
Manager F. B. Braly said Wed-
nesday the offices will probably
be moved back next week after the
floors are put in shape.
Partitions in the o 1 d interior
have been replaced by new sound-
proof offices. And the larger lob-
by has been replaced by a small-
er, remodeled version.
Ceiling in the entire building
was lowered some five feet. A new
glass block front was installed al-
so, with the door now on the east
end of the front.
Área Strong Men Compete For $400 In
Dollar Carrying Contest; No Winners
Grady Wood, V. J. Long and J. P. Acker are pictured here hold-
ing sacks containing weight equivalent to 1,000 silver dollars, the
weight many of the area's strong men tried to carry a mile to win
$400. The contest was a feature of Rusk's Second Bargain Day here
last Friday. None was successful In going the full mile with the ap-
proximately 60 pound weight.
Sixty-One Rusk High School Seniors
Candidates For Graduation May 26
Mrs. Hood Jones was elected
president of the newly-organized
Gallatin community organization
Tuesday night when a group of
citizens from that community met
Twenty-three community - spir-
ited citizens of the community
met in the High School auditori-
um with County Agents in Rural
Development and the County Ag-
ent to initiate the organization.
Gallatin became the seventh
community in Cherokee County to
The motion was made by Mrs.
W. H. Fling that the community
organize. Following a unanimous-
ly affirmative vote, the group
elected the following slate of of-
President, Mrs. Hood Jones;
vice-president, G. H. McKnight;
secretary-treasurer, Mrs. L. H.
Hunley; reporter, Mrs. J. B.
The group decided to meet on
the fourth Tuesday of each month
in the High School auditorium.
Hood Jones presided at the
meeting. Mrs. Jones made the op-
ening remarks and asked the Ag-
ents in Rural Development, Gar-
land Marshall and Johnnie Lou
Weatherly, to discuss the purpose
of Community Work. A short ad-
dress was made by the County-
Agent C. Metz Heald, on Exten-
sion work in general.
Gallatin is the seventh commun-
ity in the county to organize, be-
hind Bulah. Ponta, Reklaw, Lin-
wood, Central High and Craft.
Texas has approximately
000 miles of public roads.
Little League Schedule Released Here
Shelby Hood and the Little ¡ June 3. Tues., White Sox - Ath-
League baseball committee Wed- letics. Giants - Cardinals; June 5,
nesday released the following Thurs., Indians - Red Sox. Yan
schedule for Little League play kees Braves, June 6 Fri Indi-
this year. i ans • Giants. Orioles Phillies
Hood said the Pony League I June 10, Tues . Athletics - Ori
schedule will also be available joles, Yankees Indians: June 12,
Little leaguers will follow the Thurs., Cardinals Yankees, Rrav
schedule as it appears below;
May 27. Tues., Phillies - Athlet-
ics, Red Sox Cardinals; Mav 29,
Thurs., Hraves ■ Indians Giants
Yankees; Muy 30, Frt, Cardinals
Braves, Orioles White Sox
es • Red Sox; June 13, Fri Red
Sox Giants, PhtlUes White Son
June 17. Tues., .\thlellcs Phil-
lies, Yankees • Revi Sov June 19.
Thurs, Braves Giants, Indians •
(Continued on Page W*
Sixty-one Rusk High School sen
iors are candidates for graduation
in commencement exercises Mon-
day, May 26, Principal Curtis Me-
Leod said this week.
The exercises will be held in
Rusk High School, with the stu-
dents themselves conducting most
of the program. Baccalaureate
services for the class will be held
on Sunday, May 25, in the First
Baptist Church, with the First
Christian Church in charge of the
Valedictorian for this year's
class is Linda Cassidy; Judy Lloyd
is salutatorian. High School offic-
ials this week also revealed that
Bobby Banks is the class High
The top 11 students will have
speaking parts in the commence-
m e n t exercises. Superintendent
Gerald Chapman will present the
diplomas and Principal McLeod
will make the special awards and
High Sales In
2nd Bargain Day
Hundred of Rusk people and
area shoppers came to Rusk last
Friday for the second of the city's
Bargain Day events, according to
merchants and businessmen here.
High sales all over town were
reported as the day drew to a
close. Intense interest was evi-
dent, too, in the parade of strong
men who attempted to carry a
weight equivalent to 1,000 silver
dollars a mile.
Buyers also picked up refunds
on purchases totaling hundreds of
dollars as a result of the KTLU
Radio bell-ringing contest. Some
stores gave as high as nine re-
funds to customers who were be-
ing checked out at registers when
the bell sounded. Refunds were
up to $5.00 on purchases.
It was one ot the attractions of
Bargain Day, staged here monthly
in an attempt to attract more of
the buying public to Rusk.
The mercnanis, according to
plans worked out earlier, cooper-
ate to offer bargains on a variety
of popular items, thus benefittiag
both themselves and shoppers
will be held
Everybody's aboard that's going
to get aboard as the political train
pulls out for the long summer
haul before the first primary July
Monday was tne last day for
public office aspirants to file for
a place on the ballot.
Locally, out of six county offices
to be filled by election this year,
only one will be contested. By
deadline, early candidates E1 m a
Musick, Jr., and Jimmie Cone
were the only two in the County
Clerk race. Musick is the incum-
bent County Clerk.
Three candidates are seeking
the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace
office — C. E. Jay, Gordon Craig,
the incumbent, and Charles A.
County Judge J. W. Chandler,
District Clerk W. T. Parrott, Coun-
ty Superintendent Robert Banks,
County Treasurer Miss Bernice
Williams and County Surveyor J.
E. McCarty are unopposed in their
Other areas that are predicted
to furnish some of the county's
hottest politicking are in Precinct
4, New Summerfield, where five
candidates are seeking the com-
missioners post, and in the two-
candidate Alto commissioners
In Precinct 4 Roy Banks, A. O.
Cameron, incumbent, Dick Tipton,
Sam Brown and Wade Neely are
filed for the office. In Alto, G. P.
(Prentice) Burroughs and W. P.
(Pete) James are commissioners
In so-called upper political ech-
elons, positions are somewhat
more populated, except in the Dis-
trict 17 Representative office,
where W. W. Glass, incumbent, is
unopposed in his bid for re-elec-
But the local Senatorial District
post has turned into a four-candi-
date race for the post to be vacat-
ed by Sen. Ottis Lock of Lufkin.
Senatorial candidates from the
district include Edward McFar-
land and Martin Dies, Jr., Lufkin,
Frank Carpenter, Sour Lake. Er-
nest Shackelford of Kirbyville has
announced his candidacy for the
Senate but had not filed early this
The U. S. Congressman seat
from the Seventh Congressional
District is being sought by incum-
bent John Dowdy. E. A. Stanfield
of Lufkin last Friday also an-
nounced his candidacy for the
Back on the local scene, a meet-
ing Monday in the courthouse
should result in the full slate of
candidates that will appear on the
July primary ballots. At that time,
it is expected that all candidates,
including precinct chairmen, will
Present Rusk Precinct chair-
men, Lewis Banks of Pet. 1, Ger-
ald Chapman of Pet. 31 and Bill
McCluney of Pet. 14 indicated they
will probably again be candidates.
Two other district candidates
have also filed with County Dem-
ocrat Chairman A. N. Barber. W.
E. Stone of Jacksonville filed for
the State Board of Education from
t h e Seventh Congressional Dis-
Wm. J. Fanning of Hopkins
County is a candidate for Associ-
ate Justice, Sixth District, Court
of Civil Appeals.
on Friday■. June
An average of 3.5(H) forest fires
cur in Tevas each year
SHOP IN RUSK
Baptists To Hold
Family Night At
Church May 14
The First Baptist Church of
Rusk is holding its Family Night
observance Wednesday, May 14.
The service will be in Fellowship
Hall and will begin at 6:45 p.m.
There will lie a covered - dish
supper for all families in the chu-
rch Following the supper, there
will be a program featuring the
youth organizations of the Church.
The Junior Choir will give two
"We aw working diligently to
make this one of the finest things
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Whitehead, E. H. The Rusk Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 110, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 8, 1958, newspaper, May 8, 1958; Rusk, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth150234/m1/1/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.