The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 15, 1940 Page: 1 of 8
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F. L. WEIMAR, EDITOR AND OWNER
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THE ALTO HERALD, ALTO, TEX/ FEBRUARY 15, 1940.
Members of the Texas Safety
Council visited here yesterday after-
noon in the interest of statewide
Safety. Those in the party included
Pierce Brooks, President of the Coun.
cil; Capt. Chas. Lindsay, who is in
charge of the Traffic Department,
"There are more lives lost on the
highways and streets than there were
soldiers killed during the world war,"
stated Pierce Brooks, recent candi-
date for Lieutenant Governor, now
Director of the Council. "We must
think, talk, and act Safety in our
€very walk of life if we expect to re-
<duce the alarming number of acc:-
'dents and fatalities in our State. We
.have the largest state in the entire
union, let's make it the safest State,
and this can be done if the Civic
Clubs and other organizations, as
well as the citizens will join hands
ir this movement."
The Texas Safety Council, a non-
profit organization for which there is
no membership charge, has kept field
forces busy all over the state during
the past year, organizing local units
iof Safety. They report a gratifying
response everywhere, local leaders
seemingly waiting for someone to
show them how to organize such
units. Junior patrols and bicycle
clubs have been formed in many of
the smaller towns as well as in the
larger cities, as a result of this work.
Mr. Brooks stated that he would be
glad to join in Alto on having a
Safety Day, at an early date, and
bring educational safety films here
to show for the benefit of the school
children. Plans toward that end are
now being considered, and a definite
date will be announced soon.
TMI RSTYAT STTmY CLUB
MET WITH MRS CARL YOWELL
Mrs. Carl Yowell was a charming
hostess to the members of the Thurs-
day Study Club on the afternoon ot
February 8, for their lesson on Sin-
clair Lewis,' "Arrowsmith," witt.
Mrs. Ben Bailey as leader. Following
the business session and word study,
Mrs. Bailey took charge of the pro-
gram and gave a splendid talk on th^
"Career of Sinclair Lewis and His
Place in American Literature." Many
interesting things in the life of the
famous author were brought out by
Mrs. Bailey, and whether one is an
admirer of Lewis or not, he is recog-
nized as one of the outstanding novel-
ists of America.
Mrs. Yowell delighted the club with
a spicy account of how "Arrowsmith
Was Wiritten." From her discussion
we learned that Mr. Lewis took a
tour around the world, and picked up
ideas here and there, and by the time
he returned to New York the book
Was in manuscript form.
Mrs. Adams rendered a very clever
and original talk on "Arrowsmith As
An Example of Modern Realism."
Mr. Lewis is noted for his realistic
pictures and in practically any of his
books we may find ourselves poi-
trayed—provided we are willing to
Plans were completed for the club
to go in a body to Tyler Saturday
afternoon, February 17, to attend
the showing of "Gone With The
Wind." After the performance, the
members have made reservations and
will have supper at the Brown Derby
as a final climax to the end of a
perfect afternoons enjoyment.
Following the program, the hostess
served a refreshment plate on which
was placed chicken salad, sandwiches,
crispies, pecan pie, and iced fruit
punch. Spring flowers of tulips and
azaleas furnished the fioral note for
the attractive decorations which were
placed in the reception suite.
The next meeting of the club will
be held with Mrs. R. R. Stribling on
the afternoon of February 22, for
their program on Willa Cather's
"Death Comes For The Archbishop."
Miss Josie Alma Watters, Miss Lula
Sue Williams, and Mrs. Joe Merrl-
wether will have prominent parts on
the program, and Miss Williams will
act as leader of the program.
HELP IN FILING
WILL HE GIVEN
As an additional service to thost
in Cherokee county who must file
an income tax return for 1939, C. A.
Gordon, deputy collector from the
Treasury Department, Internal Rev-
enue Service, will be in Jacksonville
March 2-4 to assist any who may de-
sire help in filing their returns.
Collector Gordon will be located at
the postoffice building Saturday,
March 2, and Monday, March 4, from
8:30 o'clock in the morning until 4:00
o'clock in the evening, according to
It is stated that the new income
law presents many complicated prob-
lems, which the layman, in attempt-
ing to file his return, probably will
be unable to slove. While the law
does not require a deputy collecto.
to render this service, the department
desires to be of service wherever pos-
sible, according to W. A. Thomas,
collector of internal revenue.
It may be snowing in Alto when
you read this small item, but never-
theless today (Thursday) officially
opens Spring. Ladies' wearing ap-
parel has been advertised for about
three weeks, but now the men come
into the picture. It is time for men
to change hats.
Facts are facts and when fashion
dictates (and don't believe it doesn't)
that Thursday ushers in new spring
hats for men, it's settled.
A few men may be cantankerous
when it comes to laying away their
winter hats. But the majority will
grab at the chance to salute the of-
ficial clpsss of winter. ---
The lightweight felt hat is the of-
ficial favorite because of the early
season. And it's an early season by
virtue of an early Easter Sunday.
Not for 27 years has Easter Sun-
day fallen as early as it does in 1940
—on March 24. Back in 1913 Easter
was on March 23.
Fashion is geared for these varia-
tions in seasons. So Spring Hat day
Thursday will not come as a surprise
COLD SPRINGS HOME
"The selection of good seed that
will grow successfully in our kind of
soil is as important as the preparation
of the soil in growing a good garden,"
said Mrs. B. Morgan, chairman, at the
meeting of the Cold Springs Home
Demonstration Club in the home of
Miss Hazel Felder, February 6.
For best results we should select
kinds and varieties of seed that will
grow successfully in our areas. Here
are seed that will do well anywhere
in Texas: Giant Stringless Green Pod
bean, Detroit Dark Red beets, Dan-
vers Half Long Nantes carrots, Los
Angeles, New York, Big Boston let-
tuce; Florida Broadleaf Tendergreen,
White Velvet okra; Bermuda, Sweet
Spanish onions; Scarlet Globe, White
Icicle radishes; Bloomsdale Savoy
spinach, Yellow Crook Neck squash,
Shagoing, Purple Top turnips; Bon-
nie Best, Marglobe, Porter tomatoes.
The discussion on gardens was very
interesting and helpful.
Mrs. R. M. Williams, a new mem-
ber, was appointed to serve on the
program committee. Mrs. Homei
Reed was selected to act as council
delegate while Mrs. Jim Moses, the
elected delegate, is unable to attend.
In spite of the rainy day, the at-
tendance was good, and all enjoyed
the doughnuts and hot coffee served
by the hostess.
The next meeting will be with the
Agent, Mrs. Cook, at the home of
Mrs. B. Morgan, February 20, 2:00 p.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Tullis are re-
joicing over the arrival of an eight
pound daughter, that was bom Fri-
day of last week. Mama, the baby,
and papa are all doing fine.
Life At Crockett
Jim A. Liles, age 51, who was born
and reared in the Linwood com-
munity, but who had been in Crock-
ett for the past several years, took his
own life at his home in Crockett
Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock.
Mr. Liles had been in very bad
health for the past two years, and had
made trips to various sections of the
United States seeking specialits in an
effort to regain his health. For the
past year he had been confined to his
Sunday afternoon his wife left the
sick room to be gone about five
minutes, going next door to see a
sick neighbor, and it was at this time
that Mr. Liles killed himself, using a
revolver that he kept under his
pillow. He shot himself between the
eyes, and was dead when his wife
returned from her brief visit next
Funeral services were held at Old
Palestine Church Monday afternoon
at 3:30 o'clock, with the Rev. Harry
Rankin, pastor of the Crockett Meth-
odist Church, officiating. Interment
followed in the Old Palestine Ceme-
tery, directed by R. R. Stribling of
Besides his wife, Mr. Liles is sur-
vived by three children; one son,
Desmond Liles of Houston; and two
daughters, Mrs. John Hardy Nelson
of Houston and Miss Mary Nell Liles
ALTO GIRL GIVEN
SPECIAL MENTION IN
Wle have had the pleasure of look-;
ing over a recent number of the John
Tarlton College paper, StephensvUle
which ran nearly a column. Hiving
special attention to tlie artistic dor?
mitory room of Miss Chloe Floyd of
Alto and Louise Brunson of Texas
City. They had chosen as their dec-
orative motif the American Indian
and his many beautiful designs,
which were reflected in the floor
coverings, window draperies, scarfs,
book ends, bed spreads, pictures,
vases, and other articles of adorn-
ment. The College Reporter inspected
the dormitory and left his written
report on one of the tables. It read:
"Heap Big Indian Chief Likes
WEDNESDAY BRIDGE CLUB
The members of the Wednesday
Bridge Club were the guests of Mrs.
Colvin Holcomb on Wednesday of the
past week. Mrs. Holcomb chose as
her floral decorations, spring bios,
soms of buttercups, hyacinths and
white anemones which were placed
at vantage points in the attractive re-
When the last game was played
and the scores counted Mrs. Don Fox
was declared winner of high score,
the floating prize went to Mrs. Carl
Yowell, and table prizes to Mrs. Gus
Whiteman and Mrs. Jim Bauman.
A refreshment of oysters, with ap-
propriate condiments, date loaf, and
cold drinks were passed to the guests
before their departure for their
Byween five and six hundred
dollars have been subscribed to erect
a new tghted footbail field for Alto,
according to J. C. Erwin, Secretary
of the Aito Bail Club, who are spon-
soring the project. Each day brings
more pledges and swells the amount.
It wi)[ require about twelve hut:-
dred doltars to complete the project
according to Mr. Erwin.
Jii6t 3s soon as possible, the first
step irt the work will begin, that of
gettthg the fence around the land al-
ready purchased in the Ahearn Ad-
dition by the Alto School Board.
Plans now are for a steel wire fence
six feet high, with a galvanized fence
on the front side of the park.
Pledges that were made some time
ago,<ate now being paid in, Mr. Er-
win ftated, and he is urging all who
can to pay part of their pledge as
soon as possible. Something over a
hundred dollars has already been
paid' in. and it is expected that the
second hundred will be in during
this ' week, and as soon as it is, the
fencing wilt be ordered.
The tighted field has been made an
NYA'project, which will mean that
practlcatty all of the labor will be
furnhhed, thus eliminating this part
of the expense. NYA officials have
already stated that there was no
doubt but that the project would go
through, and by the time the neces-
sary money is collected and the wire
for the fcnce is back here, the project
will be through the red tape channels
ar.d the active erection of the fence
Just as soon as this part of the work
is underway, plans are going for- !
ard tu'.vard getting the electrical )
' the lighted field. Prices,
inures have already been
and the-ihthting siHheniieM
low right in behind the fence
chTed Moore is delighted witt.
fog-ess that has already been
and is now arranging a foot-
edsle for this fall that will put
<?f us games in Alto instead of
Of tovn, as he was forced to do
last; 'ear He also states that the foot-
Funeral services were held Wed-
nesday, February 14, at Concord
Church, Houston County, for Miss
Mollie Whitmore, age 60, who died
at 8:30 Tuesday morning, at the home
of her brother, Tom Whitmore, who
lives near Alto. The Rev. L. A. Thig-
pen, pastor of Alto Baptist Church,
officiated, with interment in the Con-
cord Cemetery, under the direction
of O. T. Allen, funeral director ot
Miss Whitmore is survived by two
brothers, J. H. Whitmore of Medina,
Tom Whitmore, Alto; three sisters,
Mrs. A. L. Fort, Newton, Mrs. Ruth
Herman, Baytown, and Miss Janie
FUNERAL RITES HELD FOR
MISS MOLLIE WIHTMORE
Deeds and Oi!
^ Deed — Rube Sessions to Roy
Thompson. 40 acres of the Lower
Brooks Williams Survey. (l-16th
Deed—H. A. Lindsey et ux to M. B.
Steed. About 1-2 acre of the John
Durst Grant out of the John Muckle-
roy 72 acres.
Ratification Oil and Gas Lease—
Mary Moore, et al to Shell Oil Co.,
Inc. 177.7 acres of the J. M. Musquez
Grant & Thos. Stanford League.
Quit Claim Deed—Mrs. Mittie
Turner to J. W. Matthews et al. 140
acres J. M. Musquez Grant & 200
acres Thomas Stanford League.
Release of Oil and Gas Lease—R.
E. Floyd to Sam Maness et ux. 30
acres J. M. Musquez Grant. 30 acres
J. M. Musquez Grant.
Release of Oil and Gas Lease—
Humble Oil & Refining Co., to Sam
Grange Ha!) Lad
One Of 100 To
Win Go!d Pin
Harry Thornton, Grange Hall 4-H
Club boy won a Gold Star Pin for
work he did in 1939.
There are 100 pins given each yeat
by the Texas Extension Service to
the 100 outstanding 4-H Club boys in
the state. The pin will be awarded
during the Farmers' Short Course
the week of July 8 to 13th.
Thornton won his pin for work
with long staple cotton, poultry and
swine. He has been a Club member
for three years and has had out-
standing demonstrations each year.
In 1938, he won the Anderson-Clay-
ton Cotton Company $100.00 scholar-
ship for having the best long staple
cotton demonstration in East Texas.
Harry is the second Cherokee
County 4-H club boy to win a Gold
Star pin. The other one was won by.
Leon Brown, Emmaus, in 1937 for
work done with a beef calf dem-
Raising Money To
Heip Bui!d Fie!d
No project that has ever been
brought up in Alto has created as
muoh interest as the new lighted
football field. Business men in Alto
have been working out the plans for
several weeks, and the land has been
purchased and several hundred doS-
lars in cash raised.
Now the school kids have got the
Maness et ux. 68 acres J. M. Musquez fever and are Using every conceivable
iears this coming year will have
to b ! reckoned with by other towns
in t Is cistrict, and while he is not
prec cticg a conference winner, he
exp< !ts to have a team that Alto will
be p out) of.
s Lillian Fowler, daughter of
nd Mrs. Dick Fowler, and Mr.
Dickson, both prominent young
of the Jones Chapel com-
ty. were united in marriagt
y at the home of Rev. R. P.
Hug! es in Alto.
Th! bride and groom have a host
of fr ends in this section of Cherokee
county who are extending congratula-
tions }to the happy young couple.
Release of Oil and Gas Lease—
Wm. A. Stone to Jewel Maness et ux.
47 acres Thos. Stanford League.
Release of OH and Gas Lease—
Wm. A. Stone to R. W. Sales et ux.
35.4 acres in the Musquez Grant.
MEET AT HENDERSON
means to help in the matter.
The 11th grade is putting on a
minstrel show, the tenth grade is
giving a pie walk on the main street
j Saturday afternoon and the ninth
grade will sell a pig.
Such energy on the part of all con-
cerned is bound to bring satisfactory
FuQeral Director, R. R. Stribling,
went to Nacogdoches Friday morn-
ing to assist Cason & Monk in the
funeral of Wiill Perkins, pioneer
resident of that city who passed
away'Thursday, February 8, in Nac-
BROOKS GETS SERVICE PLAQUE
The annual meeting of District 8
of the Texas State Teachers Associa-
tion will be held at Henderson March
8 and 9. This district extends from
Bowie and Red River Counties on
the north to Angelina County on the
south, and includes 26 East Texas
The first general meeting will be
held Friday, March 8, in the city
auditorium. Music for the evening
will be furnished by the East Texas
State Teachers Coliege Choir, which
is directed by Mr. Roy Johnson.
Doctor Will Durant, a well known
philosopher and writer of Columbia
University, will deliver the main ad-
Saturday morning more than twen-
ty sectional meetings will be held in
the senior high school building ana
one of the near-by churches. In-
teresting and helpful programs for
the various sectional meetings have
been prepared by the chairmen of the
Saturday afternoon the secona
general meeting will be held in the
high school auditorium. Doctor Geo.
W. Frazier, President of the Colorado
State College of Education, Greeley,
Colorado, and Mr. B. B. Cobb, Secre-
tary of the Texas State Teachers As-
sociation, will speak. A business
meeting will be held at the close of
the second general program.
The officers of the association are.
J. M. Hodges, Superintendent of
Tyler Schools, President.
Mrs. Bertha Allen, County Super-
intendent of Gregg County, Vice-
Mrs. Eioise Watson, Elementary
Principal Arp, Texas, Secretary.
R. L. Speight. Principal of Long-
view High School, Longview, Texas,
Second from left is Pierce Brooks, P esident of the Texas Safety
Counci), being awarded the 1939 plaque t r outstanding service in the
promotion of safety. Those in the picture tare officials and directors of
the Counci!. The award was made in BroyKs' Dallas office.
PIE WALK FOR THE
On Saturday afternoon, February
17, at 2:30 o'clock, the Junior Class
of the Alto High School will sponsor
a Pie Walk for the benefit of the Alto
football boys. The girls will have
plenty of those luscious home baked
pies, the kind that just melts in your
mouth, and all who get on the right
number will win a pie. The proceeds
of this entertainment will go to help
defray the expenses of the football
field. The High School Band will be
on hand to play some of their beauti-
ful numbers, and there will be many
other kinds of entertainment to kee^
the crowd amused. It will be worth
the money just to come and help the
Juniors put over their project ot
making some money to assist the old
home school boys. And don't forget
to come. We just have to have the*
money to get our new football field
lighted so we can have our games at
home. We are tired of being called
orphans. We Want A Real Home
Mrs. Charles R. Hawkins of Wash
ington, D. C., Mrs. L. C. Ray, Mrs.
May Blount and daughter, Carmen,
of Longview made up a happy family
house party for the past week-end
coming over to be the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. V. E. Watters.
On Saturday evening, February
10, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.
M. Ray, occurred the marriage of
Miss Pauline Burns of Crockett to
Howard Simmons of Alto, Justice of
the Peace, B. M. Ray, officiating.
Mrs. Simmons is the daughter ot
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burns of the Shi-
loh community, and was born and
reared near Alto, and attended the
public schools of this city. Mr. Sim-
mons is also an Alto boy, having
been reared in this community and
was graduated from the Alto High
School a few years ago. He is the
youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M.
Simmons of the Redlawn community,
and for sometime has been in tht.
employ of the New Gulf Sulphut
Company, Wharton County. For the
present Mr. and Mrs. Simmons are
with Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Simmons at
The Herald extends congratulations
and all happy wishes.
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