The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), Vol. 42, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 11, 1942 Page: 1 of 8
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THE ALTO HERALD
WEIMAR. EDITOR AND OWNER
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $1.50 PER YEAR
THE ALTO HERALD, ALTO. TEXAS, JUNE 11, 1942.
Jap Ships In
ht was a wonderful headline,
i.ught a thrill to every Amor-
!\Ye thirty ate the words as we
ti-.etn. and a glow of pride went
Li j[ us as we heard the news
L t radio. It was the best news
; . t nrd since Jimmie Dootittte
: boys bombed Tokyo. It
us hot still better here in
t know that both Doolittie
Hr.tnit"'! Nimitz are Texans.
kn !\\ tht)se sailors and other
attaches are jubilant over their
v When they come in port
HviH get the glad hand.
of the first places they will
)t r is some USO headquarters
te home—and rest for a few
There they wilt find plenty
H materia), good comfortable
and the letters home will pour
the USO headquarters to the
back home. Then that task
I pieasure bent they will find
of pool and domino tables,
jig rooms and lounging rooms to
^ und and swap thrill tales until
time to again "hit the sea" to
[off the Japs, Germans and It-
that are making strenuous ef-
to get on the shores of the
a great iife these sailors lead,
hey lave it because they are
6:g f a- the best country in the
and they have the confidence
the fotks back home are backing
[to the iimit. They know we are
pgar ration—they know that we
toing without tires and other
, ail of us—but they also know
the United Service Organization
) is being furnished them is
jty on a "I gladly give you a
' pian." It is not a government
[!t is a free will offering that the
nay have a haven to rest in be-
rokee County boys are In some
se battles. They go to some oi
USO headquarters. Many of
[stso get the home papers. They
what Cherokee county folks
Koi: g on War Bonds and Stamps.
Se Red Cross, USO and other
You can help make them
t their home county and town
t become a part of the "I give
[p!an. The USO drive is now on
kee county to raise $2800
} for the boys who use the USO.
at amount. Alto has been calied
t raise $430. About $200
aire.tdy been raised. If yu--
8 t ;n on this quota yet, you
!! remember, they're figiiting
When we go to bed tonight
!'P under a cool sheet, we'll feel
)t tte. if we have done our part,!
! think of the young fellows out
in the btue suits and white caps
t^e hundreds of miles from tana
['K thr ugh the fog looking for a
submarine that may blow
F kingdom come any minute,
[taku.g awful chance, but he
it i ,[ you as well as himself
)'s t< red nes. A few of your
H hetp him to keep up the
^ Don't wait until some one
ut your duty. You'll sleep
' ^"'.t do it without being told.
DR!YER S HCEXSE
Austin. June 10,-The Department
of Pubtic Safetv witi hoid a statewide
examination for prospective Driver:
License Examiners in the near future,
State Poiice Director Home Garrison
announced today. Appiications, avail-
abie by mait from Garrison, now are
Drivers License petsonnei has been
depleted. Garrison said, bv the loss o!
Examiners going into the armeo
forces and by the transfer of Ex-
aminers to reptace Pattotmen who
have joined the miiitary. Sixty five
members of the Department now are
on [eave of absence as soldiers, sail-
ors. Marines or Coast Guardsmen.
Applicants must be between 23 ano
33. have at ieast a high schoo] educ-
tion or its equivaient, be in pttiect
health and weil porportioned and of
excetient character. The examination
witl be given at a date yet to be set
in the 14 district headquarters over
Those who make top grades on the
written and oral examinatton wilt be
sent to Camp Mabry. departmenfat
headquarters in Austin, to attend a
short training school.
AUTO USE STAMPS
THE $5 ONES. GO
ON SALE TH!S WEEK
Rain Siowed Up Tomato
Dea!; 53 Cars Shipped
PRKE CONTROL REGt LATMXS
TO BE EXPLA!NED AT
Federai auto use stamps will go on
sale this week at the pest office, ac-
cording to post office employes.
These stamps, which witl cost $5,
must be piaced rn cars July I and
will be valid until Juiy 1, 1943.
Auto use stamps which were placed
on vehicles February 1 and which
cost $2.09, witi not be valid after July
Mrs. J. F. Meeks and daughters,
Mrs. M. R. Vernon and Mrs. Louise
Edmondson and daughter, Laura
Louise, of Baton Rouge, La., were
week-end guests in the home of the
former's daughter, Mrs. E. M. Decker,
^ communication of Tet-
* ' M. A. F. & A. M.. held
. ' t!:i fotiowing officers
serve for the ensuing
^"Hton. Senior Warden.
^ ttuck, Secretary.
^ ^'"'riwether, Tiler.
* t'ere will be a special
^ ' rtirg of Terrell Lodge
.) 83. A. F. & A. M. on
' "^ay night. June 23,
' "f installing newly
AH members of this
"re U: gt
to be present and
- Masons are welcome.
^ ^ thur Brooks, Jr., re-
L'nday from a week!
'id Mrs. Travis Brooks
Cocoa May Be
Washington. June 9.—An official
forecast of America's food and clo-
thing situations lists coffee, tea and
cocoa as likely to be rationed and
clothing as an eventual rationing
The forecast, by Joseph L. Weiner.
deputy director of the War Produc-
tion Board division of supply, was
given at a press conference yester-
day. It pictured the commodity sit-
uation as faltows:
Rationing of coffee, tea and cocoa
is iikeiy. Bananas wiii be scarce. Fish
suppiies wiii he iimited by the sub-
marine hazard to fishing fieets, and
tease-lend shipments wiii reduce the
amount of pork avaiiabie. But there
is no danger that the country wiii iack
Rationing of clothing probabty cat.
be avoided this year, but the WPB is
unwiiling to make predictions beyond
that time. Wooi may be forbidden h,
some types rf clothing, and woolen
milis wiii be required to biend othe;-
materi.als into their fabrics. Mare cot-
ton must be worn.
In U. S. Navy
The Navy is continuing enlistments
in the construction branch of the ser.
vice, according to G. W. Shertdan.
officer in charge of the Navy Rectu
ing Sub-Station at Crockett. Men wno
wish to enlist in this branch of t.y
service shouid visit the recruit.ng of-
fice for necessary appiicatton fotms
and preiiminary physical examina-
tion. Skiiled iaborers and profession
men such as carpenters, welders, road
construction men, oii
and mechanics and many ^
given good rates and pay. The cate-,
set for interviews in Huston ar^
June 15. 16 and 17. Men aPP'y"^
Crockett, are furnished transporta ton
food and lodging white fn ''
AH appticants shouid subnut a
three letters from former
stating their professtonal quaUfica
tions. Enlist today!
Rain brought the tomato deal in
Cherokee County to almost a halt thts
week, and very few cars have been
shipped from any part of the county.
In Aito, buyers did manage to finish
up two cars before quitting Monday.
Tuesday, no effort was made at all to
pack. The rain continued yesterday
morning, but the sunshine after din-
ner brought a few tomatoes to town,
and cne shed opened right after the
noon hour and paid three cents.
Shed managers urged farmers to
j iet the tomatoes stay on the vines
juntii the weather cieared up. Toma-
toes that were brought in yesterday
I afternoon are sure to be water logged
to a certain extent, and will give a
tendency to puii the price down on
the balance of the crop.
Oniy fifty-three cars had been
biiied out of Aito up to iast night, and
had the weather been fair this week
there is but littie doubt but that over
one hundred cars would have already
Farmers looking on the bright side
of the picture, state that the rains of
the past few days wiii help bring on
the middie and top clusters of toma-
toes, which wiii proiong the season
a few days, and bring more monay
than had the iast two clusters not
Ever since the tomato season
opened here Monday of last week,
somebody connected with the deal
has been mad. The opening day of
the season here, and the following
day. buyers were paying 4c per
pound for the tomatoes, and every-
body was satisfied—until they found
out that at Jacksonville the buyers
were paying the farmers 5c, then the
farmers and townspeople got mad at
the buyers here. Two days later the
price at Jacksonville jumped from 5c
to 6c, 6'Ac and even up to 8c. Then
the price here went from 4c to 5c.
Then the farmers and townspeople of
the Aito area really got mad! The
farmers began carrying tomatoes to
Jacksonville. Farmers came here
from Houston, Nacogdoches and even
Angeiina counties, and when they
were told that Jacksonville was pay-
ing from a cent to a cent and a half
more than Alto, they didn't unload,
but hiked off to Jacksonville.
"The Tomato Center of East Texas"
reaiiy got the tomatoes for about two
days. The farmers spent time, cars
and rubber to gain that extra tomato
Now it is ail over, things have
aimed down, until another ftur.T
fiares up. which may be before these
iir.es are in type. That's the tomato
game. In this case, it hasn't seriousiy i
hurt anybody, and the farmers and
their particular community are just
that much better off. They sold their
tomatoes in Jacksonville, g?: their
checks and went on home and will
cash the checks at their home banks
and stores, and it is just that much
money taken out of the Jacksonville
area. But at that. Jacksonville gets
the credit for being the "Tomato Cen-
ter." and it is a small price to pay.
Simmered down, it is a simple case
of one or two local buyers in Jack-
sonviiie "jumping the gun, or getting
, ut of control." It is no secret that
the buyers at Jacksonville get to-
gether and set the price of what the
market wiii be each day. They base
their figure on the strength of the
market. Then they phone their shed
managers what the "top" for that
day can be. but to buy them "as
cheap as they can." For instance, the
top couid be 5c that a local shed
manager couid go. He advises the j
yard buyers that 5c is the top, but to
buy all he can at 4'Ac. The local shed
manager may buy ail day at 4'i;c
with a top market price of 5c. Aiong
about five o'clock in the afternoon,
he catches himself with a car haH
[jaded, he immediately jumps the
price to 5c to get enough to loae? his
car. The other shed members know
this and he wiii get most of the to-
m;,t<-es—until they get their car ioad-
ed. then the price is likely to drop be-
fore they all quit for the day. That s
It's a dangerous crop—both for tne
farmer and buyers, and many of
; both have gone into bankruptsy
! footing with them. It's no trouble
jl'or a tomato dealer to get several
j thousand dollars tied up in the to-
' mato deal and before he knows it, he
' has lost every dollar in them and
j sometimes the railroad catts on htm
! for the freight. On the farmer side ot
the question, experienced growers
never figure cn a money making crop
every year. They base their earnings
over a period of years, and if they
can "hit" once every five years, they
can make money.
There is no need getting hot under
the cotlar, the tomato grower has at-
ways been suspicious of the buyer,
and always wilt be. On the other
hand, the tomato buyer watches the
farmer like a hawk, because he
Knows that a large number of them
will bring in tomatoes too green to
ship—and some of them would bring
in the vines if they thought they
could get by the buyer with them. So
the shoe fits on both feet. It's a fast
and furious crop and a gamble with
everybody connected with the deal.
We all get mad, but we all like the
sport—because we like to gambte
and see ether gamble. That's toma-
Aito proved to be the Waterloo for
two convicts who escaped Thursday
noon from the No. 2 camp at the
Eastham Prison Farm, Weldon. Both
were taken here about 2 o'clock Fri
day morning, one having been shot
by W. D. Farris, Alto night watch,
Milton W. Barbee, 22, serving nine
years from Harris and Walker coun
ties for forgery, burglary and robbery
by assault, was shot in the right side
by Officer Farris when he resisted
arrest and pulled a wooden gun on
the officer. Barbee was taken to a
Jacksonville hospital. He was shot
Jack Wiltiams, serving 37 years
from Dallas, Harris and Walker coun-
ties for robbery and theft, was with
Barbee and gave no resistance after
Barbee was shot. He was taken to the
county jail at Rusk. Both prisoners
were returned to Huntsville prison
Saturday about noon.
Barbee and Williams were two of
the four convicts who broke from
the prison camp in the second break
of the day. Five convicts sawed out
of the Weldon camp about midnight
Wednesday. Three of the first five
who attempted to escape have been
recaptured, it is reported.
It was stated that the two com-
panions of Barbee and Williams were
recaptured almost immediately. The
four made their way out of the prison
by sawing the floor out of a building.
Barbee and Williams were appre-
hended at the Gulf Fitting Station
here where they had stopped for gas-
oline. They were traveling in a 1938
Ford pickup, which is believed to
have been stolen at Weches.
Before reaching Alto, the two con-
victs held up W. F. Sears of Garrison
at a point seven miles west of Alto.
Sears, it was stated, was parked on
the highway and Barbee and Wil-
tiams robbed him of a silver doltar
and some change.
Following the robbery, Sears fol-
iowed the convicts to Atto, where he
reported the incident to Nightwatch-
man Farris. Barbee and Williams
were spotted at the fitting station and
the shooting followed when Farris
ordered them to surrender. The gun,
a pistol which Barbee putted on Far-
ris was made of wood and had all the
appearances of a real gun. When
Barbee was struck by one shot from
the gun of Officer Farrts, he surren-
dered. Wittiams atso gave himself up.
A .22 rifle also was in the car in
which the convicts were traveling.
Miss Maree Tullis spent last week-
end in Houston and Galveston. Sr.e
was accompanied to Houston by her
niece, Mrs. William Parker, who had
been visiting here the past month.
I Recent government orders control-
ling for the war's duration retait and
wholesale prices to hait the swiftiy
mounting cost of living wiii be ex-
ptained at a meeting in Nacogdoches
at 8 o'clock Thursday evening, June
Especially invited to the meeting
ate retailers and others of the mer-
chandising trade—owners of targe
and small stores alike—from this
trade territory and surrounding coun-
The meeting wiii be in the District
Court Room at the Court House. The
Chairman for the meeting wilt be
Bowden Cason, Chairman, Merchants
Ccmmittee, Chamber of Commerce.
At the meeting fuil opportunity wf!i
be available for business men to learn
ait about the general maximum price
regulations. Officials from the Reg-
ional Office of Price Administration
at Dallas will be present to speak on
the various phases of the regulation:.
These officials witl be specialists both
from price and legal point of view.
After their presentations, they will
answer questions sent up from the
To be explained by the Price Ad-
ministration specialists will be how
the over-ait price regulations place an
absolute ceiling over substantiatty all
commodities and services sold at re-
tail. The ceiling atso extends over
prices charged by wholesalers, manu-
facturers, and producers—the ceiiing
being the highest prices charged by
each individual seller for each com
modity or service during the month
of March 1942.
If att the peanuts Texas farmers
raise this year are converted into
cits for explosives, Tokyo is in for a
lot of blasting.
Farmers of this state have already
planted 96,000 acres more than the
1,056,000 acres Uncle Sam asked
them to raise in 1942, the Texas war
board of the United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture reports.
Objectives of the increased produc-
tion are to offset loss of imports ot
fats and oils from the Pacific area
and to provide products needed by
Allied fighting forces and civilian
State totals indicate farmers in 198
counties have seeded 1,152,154 acres
Six counties have planted 45,000
acres or more. They include Coman-
che 85,000, Eastland 80.000. Atascosa
60.000, Frio 50,000, and Erath and
Witson 45,000 each.
CENTRAL HIGH COMMUNITY
U. S. D. A. WAR BOARD MET
The Central High community U. S.
D. A. War Board held its regular
meeting Wednesday night, June 3rd.
After a brief discussion of impor-
tant matters brought before the or-
ganization by W. T. Rogers, Presi-
dent, the meeting was turned over to
Mr. Tom Dean of Jacksonville, who
was guest speaker for the occasion.
Several of the different committees
were named. Mr. Dean explained the
duties of these committees and stated
that these were the things that the
government needs to witi the wat.
Mr. Dean exptained the importance
of raising hogs for meat and lard, and
the need for more and better cattle,
and chickens in order that our coun-
try's supply of meat and eggs would
be increased. Mr. Dean brought a
small chicken house and exptainea
hew better chicken houses could be
built at littie expense, thereby taking
better care of the flock of chickens,
thus making healthier chickens. He
atso stressed the need of better farm-
ing and keeping the farm tools in
good repair so that the machinery
coutd be put to gcod use and at the
same time made to last longer. Mr.
Dean told about planting gardens for
victory and said the people in East
Texas could eat something out of
their gardens every day of the year.
It was decided that the next meet-
ing will be held the first Wednesday
night in July.
Buy A U. S. Bond
Saturday ts Last
Can Fi!e Names
Those with potitical aspirations
tookirg toward county and precinct
offices and district candidates in dis-
tricts composeci of oniy one county
witt have to hurry if they get into
races this year. Fiml date for filing
with the county chairrrran for ptaces
on the ballot is Saturday, June 13.
The county executive committee is
I scheduled to meet at the county seat
} Mcnday, June 15, to determine by lot
the order in which the names of can-
didates for att offices requested will
be printed on the official ballot. Other
business to be transacted by the ex-
ecutive committee at that time will
be to estimate and apportion the ex-
penses of the primary, to appoint a
sub-committee of five members
known as the primary committee, of
which the county chairman shall be
ex-officioi chairman, to make up the
ballot and to decide whether nomina-
tion of county officers shail be by ma-
jority or plurality vote. If the com-
mittee faiis to decide on the last
point, the nomination shall be by a
plurality of votes cast, according to
Article 3106 of the Revised Civil and
Criminal Statutes of Texas.
Last day for candidates for State
offices, United States Senator, Chief
Justice and Associate Justice of the
Court of Civil Appeals, Congress-
men, State Senator, State represen-
tative and district judges and attor-
neys in representative or judicial dis-
tricts composed of more than one
county to fiie for places on the bal-
lot, was June 1; so the field in these
ptaces is filled, with but one excep-
tion. that being for the Railroad Com-
mission place recently resigned by
Jerry Sadler. In this case, tRe State
Democratic Executive Committee
meetitg in Austin Monday extended
the time for filing to next Thursday
Four Alto Boys
Join U. S.
Twin brothers from Alto were
among the latest contingent of Ras?
Texans to volunteer in Tyler for ser-
vice with Uncle Sam's navy.
The twins are Witliam Dean
Scruggs and Charles Edward Scruggs,
who quit their jobs as NYA schoo!
instructors to sign up for service ta
the navy's construction regiment.
Witliam Dean enters as a blacksmith
and Charies Edward goes in as a
Grady Price Mynard also enlistea
as a mechanic in the navy, and Ralpr;
Rt zetle enlisted in the construction
regiment. The Atto boys enlisted
through the Tyler recruiting station.
Deeds and Instruments
Timber Deed—W. O. Neely to
Littie Brothers of Alto. 50 acres on
Benjamin Entoe Survey. 56 acres on
C. G. Dement Survey.
Timber Deed—Hervey Lumber Co.,
to Little Brothers of Atto. 116.4 acres
on Geo. W. Gibson Survey; 170.8
acres on Jno. Powers Survey; 149.0
acres on Geo. W. S. Wright Survey.
Timber Deed—O. H. Harris to
Whiteman-Deeker Lumber Co. 30. 10
and undivided one-hatf of 40 acres in
J. M. Doherty Survey.
Timber Deed—L. A. Corbin, et ux..
to Rube Sessions. 58 and 38.05 ocres
in J. T. Cook League.
Timber Deed—Henry Pryor, et ux ,
to Rube Sessions. 110 acres in W. W.
Deed—Lois Tidwell Harvey, et a!.,
to Mrs. J. B. Seay. One acre in East
Deed—Clyde Tidwelt, et at., to Lois
Tidwell Harvey, et at. One acre in
Word has been received by Mr.
and Mrs. R. E. Stanley of the Lin-
wood community.^ that their son,
Rayford Stanley, who is stationed In
Melbourne, Australia as a mechanic
in the Air Corps, has been promoted
to the rank of Sergeant.
Buy U. S. Saving Stamps
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