The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 12, 1953 Page: 1 of 10
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THE ALTO HERALD
F. L. WEtMAR & SON, EDITORS AND PUBHSHERS
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE. $2.00 PER YEAR IN CHEROKEE COUNTY. $2.50 PER ,EAR OUTSIDE COUNTY.
THE ALTO HERALD, ALTO, TEXAS. MARCH 12. 1953.
A long drawn out argument that
started several hundred years am'
is still going on about the weather.
Rev. Marshall Hampton says we've
had enough rain. Rev. J. H. Ousley
in says we still need more water, it
was ever thus. Amen.
.98, ^ *
Do we need hard surfaced farm
^ y(j Mads? That question can be very
readily answered by the school bus
fina ' drivers and children who are
brought in on the bu-cs every day
t to school. It is no small responsi-
bility for a man driving a schoo)
;rir)a^ bus to be responsible fur the safety
of 23 or 30 children twice a day on
12 t a muddy, slickey road. It requires
a level headed driver to keep those
! heavy buses; from sliding in the
ditch, and Alto has been fortunate
)ten ^ getting those kind of drivers. So
Mr we have had no serious acci-
y ; dents, but one could happen to-
lthat ^ jggug ggyc,-,] weeks
o q- to come, Herald readers will find a
' half page advertisement, inviting
people to attend the church of their
choice. Each week Alto pa.-'.'.irs wiit
H place their announcements in this
] page in order that both church
members and the pubiic generatty
will know just what is going on in
HIV ^ church. If you have any an-
^ louncements that should go in this
-—^advertisement, turn them over to
/our pastor who will see that they
tre properly placed. It will be noted
3ert rt ^at some churches are not repre-
avinc ented. This' was not an oversight,
day mt we did not know who to con-
Sh act. We will be happy to place an-
ouncements for all churches if
aey will be brought to the Heratd
ffice or turn them over to your
astor and let him bring them to us.
Final rites were held Tuesday
ifternoon at Simpson cemetery,
near Wells, for Mrs. Martha Ada
Reet-e. who died at 4:30 a. m. Sun-
day morning at the family home
south of Alto. She was 73 years of
age. Services were conducted by Rev.
Frank Red, and funeral arrange-
ments were in charge of the O. T.
AHen & Son Funeral Home of this
Mrs. Reece was born m Groos-
beck in Limestone County. She
moved to Cherokee County in 1921,
and had lived here since that time.
Besides her husband, John M.
Recce, she is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. Ora Hicks, Aito,
Mrs. Lois Mettien, Hardin, Texas,
Miss Emma Lee Reece, Jasper; two
sons, Grady Reece, Baytown, J. M.
Reece, Atto; one brother, Sam Wil-
son, Kemp; 13 grandchildren; and
live great grandchildren.
.11 announcements must be in not
iter than Thursday morning.
^ Lewis Terrell has lost one of his
^"treasured items. A Waltham
atch given him by his father, the
te George B. T.rreH. The watch
as presented to Mr. Terrell by the
- — ^th Legislature many years ago
t H *r outstanding service as a Legis-
^ H tor for his stpte. Mt. Tcrrcii's
me is on the inside of the back of
e case of the watch with other
ta concerning the pre. entation.
Wis feels the' loss keenly, and if
H yone has this watch or knows its
H lereabouts, he will gladly pay a
ward to get it back. It was lost
his home on Highway 21, east of
to, or down in the fieid where he
ts working with some cattle.
Big things coming up. A soft ball
me between the Band Mothers of
3 Alto Public School and members
the Alto Lions Club. AH the
\*ye*'s and umpires have been
LL i gcted but one lady as umpire for
? Band mothers. We suggest Mrs.
!lltf'Holcomb and let h.r choose
The affairs of the City of Alto arc
being carried out very satisfactorily.
This is disclosed by the fact that
very few people are int rested in
the city election calied for the first
Tuesday in April.
The choice of a mayor and three
atdermen is slated for this election,
and Mayor Chester Gipson drew no
opposition. Neither did Councilmen
Lewis Thomas and Grady Singlo-
tary. Jitn Bauman's name was filed
to fill the vacancy of councilman
made vacant by the resignation of
1-IoracL Johnson who has moved to
Last Monday was the fina! date
that names could be fiied for the
E. M. and Charles Decker are
underwriting a wildcat oil well
about five mites east of Alto near
the Linwood community. The well
is located on a 60-acre Cooper tract
and in the James Dill survey.
The well has already been spud-
ded in and dritted sufficient to set
the surface casing. Plans are to go
5,800 feet if a showing is not made
before that depth.
This is strictly a wildcat test, as
there are no oil wells anywhere in
this area. -* .*
TO HAVE CAKE
The Alto Band Mother's Club will
sponsor a Cake Walk Saturday
afternoon b ginning at 2:00 o'clock
in downtown Aito.
The public is urged to attend and
take part in the Cake Walk and
help the School Band, and perhaps,
win a cake.
SET MARCH 27
Soft ball game has been scheduled
for March 27 at the Alto Student
Field. Players will be members of
the Alto Lions Club vs. members of
the Band Mothers Ctub.
All proceeds of the game will be
used to supplement funds being
raised to pay for some band instru-
ments for the high school band.
As Cougta.-s Bradford put it. "All
is guaranteed a good time who
r own weapons to enforce
ies as she sees them.
3U1 p: W
Fine rains the past two weeks
s made Grady Singletary very
'Rlt^.ppy. He says you can stand out
the pastures and see the grass
tllCfS It is also mighty fin. for
mers who have their land broke,
won't be too long before tomatoes
H go in the fields, and with a
)wer or two more between now
i April 1, it will be ideal weather
set plants in the fields. Indica-
ns are now that a big crop wiH
a S't raised here this spring.
3rgeta Own Wedding
Calais, Franc?.—Michael Ledoux,
year-old railroad walker, takes
prize for poor memory—he for-
his own wedding. While the
de and the priest and the guests
re waiting in the church, Ledoux
s peacefully bicycling along a
tntry road. The bride went home
tears and went to bed.
Card Of Thanks
Ve are truly grateful for the
utiful flowers, words of sym-
hy and the many other courtesies
ended to us during our recent
row, the tragic death of our
her and grandmother. Mrs. Etta
ch. May God's richest blessings
yours, is our prayer.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brooks.
Will Lewis Finch.
The Grandchildr. n.
-T- Ophelia Hatrison is spending
' waek ta Houston with relatives.
To Meet At Ty!er
Mrs. M. M. Fenner. member of the
National Guild of Music Teachers,
will attend the Teach, rs Meeting at
Tyler, March 23 from 10:00 a. m. to
2:30 p. m.
Mr. Walter Rudd, well known
Minneapolis organist, music director
and teacher, will conduct the Ham-
mond organ workshop at this meet-
Mrs. Nona Crawford will attend
this meeting with Mrs. Fenner as
special guest and they will attend the
Luncheon given in honor of Mr.
Rudd at 12:00 noon.
Mrs. F^mer is teacher of Piano,
having received her Teachers di-
ploma from Chicago Conservatory,
is also teacher of Hammond organ,
and is a teacher of accordian having
a Master's D gree with the Howeli
Oretta Conservatory in Catifornia.
Mrs. Fenner has had studios in
Texas and Louisiana and is now re-
siding at her home in this city.
2-Lt. James Kenneth Fox, who
has been stationed at Wiliiams AFB.
Chandler, Arizona, for the past
sevtral months, teaves this week
for Las Vegas, Nevada, where he
wit! spend ten weeks in gunnery
MADE !N J'V!LLE
Jacksonville, March 11.—Con-
tracts for growing cucumbers on a
commercial scale in 1953 are being
arrang.d now by D. T. Peterson,
Tacksonviiie merchant, representing
a major Dallas company.
Peterson is seeking a minimum
of 200 acres of the crop on a price
guaranteed of $7 for number erne's,
S3 for number two's, SI.50 for
number three's, and 50 cents for
the fourth grade cucumbers.
The company wili have a grading
station in Jacksonville with more
modern equipment than was used
her. formerly. Peterson exptains.
The Dallas firm is a major national
April 1 is the deadline for making
growing contracts for this year.
Farmers who have produced cucum-
bers commercially in the past and
who are interest.d in this year's
deal are asked to contact Peterson
The outlook for practically all
truck crops grown in East Texas is
for increased acreag . Lower prices
for cattle and high iaLor costs in-
volved in cotton production arc fac-
tors which are causing farmers to
increase acreage of high income
crops. Whether or not the truck
crops grown this year will be high
incom crops, will depend largely
upon the matter of over-production.
TOMATOES—Reports from the
Rio Grande Vailey are that there is
approximately 60.000 acres planted
for this early tomato crop. This is
twice as many tomatoes as they had
at this same tim last season. A few
shipments are expected to start in
early Apr'' but the bulk of the
movement wilt ^et under way in
late Aprii and continue until late
May. The Yoakum are.! has tomato
plants in the fieid at this time. Har-
vesting should begin around May
12 to 15 and continue until early
June. If w.ather permits, tomato
plants in some east Texas counties
will go to the field a week earlier,
around March 25. Northeast Texas
i counties still have their plants in
} hotbeds and will not go to the
coidframe with plants unfit the lat-
ter part of March. As we see it,
there witt be a iargo volume of to-
matoes to move from East Texas
between June 1 and Juiy 15. There
j wiil also b. a large volume of toma-
I toes to move from Rio Grande Val-
: iey and Yoakum, from April 15 to
June 5. This adds up to the fact
' that anticipated prices may not be
too high. !
Mr. Russeil Smith, who has been
manager of the Alto Theatre for
the past four years, resigned last
Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Gibbs. Jr., of
Orange, Texas, has taken over as
manager and op. rator of the theatre.
They come to Alto highly recom-
mended as experienced theatre
people anel will make their home in
the Ervin Brunt residence. Mr.
Gibbs was reared in the theatre,
his father owned and operated
theatres for more than thirty years
and he knows the work from every
angle. Mr. Gibbs is a member of
the Methodist Church and Mrs.
Gibbs is a Baptist.
Alto welcomes this couple here
and wishes them every success.
!N HUNTSV LLE
Patricia Schochler, area IX, Pub-
lic Rotations officer, Gienda Smith,
Sunny Terr. 11, Jean Ann Payne,
Shiriey Lenard and Miss Jo Frances
Roberson were in Huntsville the
past week-end attending an area
meeting of the Future Homemakers
The meeting began at nine o'clock
i with a concert by Sam Houston's
fame orchestra, "The Houstonians."
. Dr. Harmon Lowman, president of
! the collegs, welcomed the group.
SOUGHT ON ROAD
Four road bond petitions con-
taining )52 names of qualified vot.rs
from Linwood, Cotd Springs, Cen-
tral High and Alto were sent to
Austin this week, together with a
map and field notes of a newly
outlined road district in which it
is planned to vote bonds for five
mil: s of street improvement and 18
mites of farm roads in this im-
A deiegation of Alto citizens ap-
peared before the Commissioners
Court at Rusk Monday at their
reguiar meeting, and they readily
agreed to the creation of a new road
district in the Aito area, but ad-
vised this matter be placed before
a competent bond attorney at
Austin, and as soon as this was
done, the district would be created
and an election called to vote the
County Judge J. W. Summers
stated that this should not require
more than two weeks and when the
approval of the bond attorney is
given, he will cail a special meet-
ing of the Commissioners court, ap-
prove the district as outlined and
set a date for the bond election.
Until this phase of the work is
completed nothing else can be done
at this time.
Card Of Thanks
I wish to again express my thanks
to everyone for every deed of
kindness rendered to me during my
long illness. I am recovering satis-
factorily, and hope to be able soon
to be up and about again.
Mrs. Roy Brooks.
CAPT. GUY SMITH
SAYS GOOD MOTOR
MANNERS PAY OFF
"GOOD motor manners pay divi-
That was the message brought to
East Texas motorists today by
Captain Guy Smith, commanding
Texas Highway Patroi District No.
"While every violation of a traffic
law may not be a breach of good
manners," Captain Smith said,
"there is no question but that the
motorist with good motor manners
tends to break fewer traffic ruies
He explained that good motor
manners and highway courtesy were
based on concern for other drivers
as much as on individual responsi-
bility to obey traffic laws.
Captain Smith said that good
motor manners pay dividends be-
cause they result in fewer traffic law
As evidence, he pointed to a study
of traffic violations involved in fatal
motor vehicle accid nts in 1951.
The study, made by the National
Safety Council, showed a total of 83
violations per 100 drivers in fatal
The violations included: (a) Driv-
ing under the infiu nee of aicohol 8,
(b) Exceeding safe speed or posted
speed limit 28, (c) Not having right-
of-way 8, (d) Improper passing 4,
(e) Failure to ke p right of center
line 11. (f) Disregarding stop sign
3, (g) Disregarding warning sign 4.
(h) Other improper driving 19.
"These ate reported violations,"
Captain Smith expiain d, "but the
figures indicate the extent of the
violations motorists with good motor
manners may avoid."
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Latham and
children of Kilgore, spent Sunday
here with Mrs. Latham's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallace.
ALTO BOY TAKES
PART !N A!R
3D Marine Division (Camp Pen-
dleton. Caiif. March 11.—A Marine
developm nt. "the airhead," under-
went a new test recently when
3.000 heiicopter-borne Marines, in-
cluding Private First Class William
R. Cook of Aito, Texas, seized an
" Tiemy" airfield in California's
PFC. Cook is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Wiiliam F. Cook of Route 1.
As ^ driver in "C" Company, 3d
Motor Transport Battalion. 3d Ma-
rine Division, Cook played a major
part in this first pre-dawn vertical
The operation, dubbed Air Land-
ing Exercise Two (AIRLEX H),
began when the first wave of
Leathernecks leapfrogged by heli-
copter behind "enemy" lin;s to
establish the airhead.
They paved the way for mote
'copter-borne Marines who swooped
down to expand the attack ar a.
When more reinforcements ar-
rived via fixed-wing aircraft, the
Marines stormed an airfield located
near the town of Mojave.
Aft.ir the objective was taken
and defense lines established, the
five-day probiem was deciared over
and Cook's unit returned to its
home base, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The 24-year-oid Marine and his
wife currently reside at 429 Olive-
wood Terris, San Diego Calif.
TO MEET AT TYLER
The members of the Woman's So-
ciety of Christian Service of thej
Marvin Methodist Church, Tyler, f
will entertain the Texas Conference
at its Annual Meeting on March
Some five hundred women from
the Methodist Churches of East
Texas are expected to att nd this
Special guest; and speakers will '
be Miss Henrietta Gibson. Treas-
ure of the Woman's Division of
Christian Service, New York; Mrs.
J. Russell Henderson. Jurisdiction
Secretary of Christian Social Rela-
tion and Local Church Activities.
Little Rock. Ark.; Dr. Gaston
Fe-ote, Pastor. Fort Worth; and Miss
Sue Stanford, formerly of China
and now working with the Latin
Americans at Pharr, Texas.
On the first aft moon, Dr. Walter
Kerr. Pastor of Marvin Church, will
be the speaker.
Guest speaker was Dr. Harry
Rankin, Methodist District Superin-
} tendent, of Bryan. Dr. Rankin pre-
! rented a very inspirational talk on
"Our Youth Today." Fottowing the
speaker. Patricia Schochler spok.
concerning The Red and White
Contact, the area paper of which
she is editor.
During the afternoon, the girls
were entertained with numbers by
the girts social ciubs and with a
preview of the Pre^s Capades.
Foilowing the eiection and in-
statiation of new officers, the group
adjourned. Shirley Lenard r. pre-
sented the Alto Chapter in the
house of delegates meeting. Sunny
Terrell and Jean Ann Payne were
chosen to sing in the area chorus,
which was part of the afternoon's
program. Patricia Schochler was
one of the three area officers
select:d to attend a luncheon for
the day's guest. The meal was
sponsored by one of the college's
girls societies and the guests ate in
their special dining hail.
Patricia Schochier, P. R. O.
Wesleyan Service Guild
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen
Jeter was the scene for the regular
meeting of the Wesleyan Service
Guild, which met March 5 at 7:30
p. m. Mrs. Jeter and Mrs. Fred
Bauman were eo-hostesse?. Nine-
teen members and seven visitors
were present, the visitors being
Mesdam.s Ailison King, Chas. L.
Miller, O. L. Smith, H. V. Sitton,
Vcida Jeter, and M. J. Hogan, and
the Rev. Marshall Hampton.
An arrangement of spring flowers
on the coffee table and another of
pink varigated carnations on the
dining tabie add.d to the attractive-
ness of the home.
Mrs. Grady Singletary presented
the devotional, using as her sub-
ject, "Portrait of a Lady. " This was
very efficiently given and enjoyed
by ail pr sent.
In the absence of the program
chairman. Mrs. Heien Quarles, the
speaker for the evening, Rev. Mar-
shall Hampton, was introduced by
Mrs. Clyde Poore. Rev. Hampton
used as his subject, "Are You a Ma-
ture Person." This was wonderfully
portrayed and received with much
pleasure by both the members and
The bu.-in ss meeting, presided
over by the president, Mrs. Henry
Payne, followed the speaker's talk.
The hostess, assisted by Mr. Jeter
and Mrs. Voida Jeter, served a de-
licious plate, consisting of pimento
cheese sandwiches, olives, pickies,
cake and a cup of coffee.
The meeting adjourned after sing-
ing t)u Guild theme song.
The next meeting of the Guild
will be a covered dish supper in
the basement of the Methodist
Church, April 2.
ALTO G!RL TO
B. A. CLUB
Kingsville—Doris Blanton of Alto
' will represent the Business Admin-
t istration Ctub in the annual Lan-
tana Coronation at Texas A. & I.
i Coiiege Saturday night.
Along with 50 other A. & I co-eds,
she will be presented at the court
of Queen Gerrie Brown in Jones
Auditorium at 8 p. m.
Thes coltege ctub representatives
I and 60 South Texas high school
i duchesse. witl ride in a parade
through downtown Kingsville \it-
j urday morning.
NO SCHOOL AT
School will be suspended Friday
i (tomorrow) and Alto t.achers will
attend the District Eight Texas
State Teachers Association meeting
Teachers in this district, which
comprises a large part of East
Texas, will convene there both
Friday and Saturday, and the larger
majority of the teachers from Alto
! expect to attend the meeting.
With U. S. Forces on Okinawa-—
! Pvt. Witlie W. Hoyt, whose wife,
5ssie Mae. lives at 912 Pulaski St.,
; Fort Worth, Texas, recently ar-
i rived and is now serving with
, Company D of the 22d Anti-Air-
: craft Artillery Battalion on Okina-
wa. part of the Ryukyus Command
in the Pacific.
Captured from the Japanese by
the U. S. Tenth Army in 1945,
Okinawa is becoming on? of the
strongest U. S. outposts in the Far
East. It is located off the coast of
Communist China between Formosa
and the southern tip of Japan.
Hoyt entered the Army in July
1952 and arrived overseas in Feb-
H; attended Wells High School,
His mother, Mrs. Mattie Bryant,
tives on Route 3. Alto, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Whitehead
of the Mt. Zion community are the
proud parents of a baby boy, who
arrived at the Rusk Memorial Hos-
pital Thursday. March 5. He has
been named James Henry.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lindsey and
daughters, Janet and Andr a, of
Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs Mitbum
Robinson of Palestine, were here
over the week-end as gu sts in tha
B. Lindsey home.
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