The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 17, 1955 Page: 1 of 8
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HOME OF THE PINE
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THE ALTO HERALD
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THE ALTO HERALD, ALTO, TEXAS. FEBRUARY 17, 1955
^ friendly wish on your
' ; before the day is
, ill bring you joy and
" make your dreams come
s, another one has rolled
nd, a birthday we mean,
t if we wanted to forget it,
h we don't, the many cards
letters coming in would re-
L us that George Washington
^ this editor were born on the
! day—of the month, not the
tPMIg'irty-five of those 66 years
been spent in Alto, and
ill they have been happy
Of course, we have had our
<e4se, but the
h of smy'
hcice n ings far overshadow the
^ ^ ties. We have made thou-
"'s of friends over that span of
?ars, some of whom are still
close to us here at A!to, and
-easune them above all of the
that Uncle Sam can ever
to turn out of the mint. We
also been branded as a
. hyproarRe, crank, grouch,
some other names that would
this paper from going through
nails if we repeated them,
ve hope that the good Lord
] H be kind to them. As time
Ed, they have realized that
h of the names were not
ied and they are now our
-.Is, we hope. All newspaper
get criticism at one time or
er, and we have proved no
——itton to this rule. It is a rare
when we can issue an
QHereld that somebody don't
! eeyed. Some because their
Ticui was not'jn the paper and
,-as th : because it was there when
It w i; thought it Should not have
v th;r When we please everybody,
finat t e ready to oash in our chips,
gricul: re grateful for being re-
happy tha<t we
to stay here 66
It's been a joy to live in
Irhere crooks are as rare as
ry snow in July.
ing is just around the comer,
rd Maaon comes in to tell
opulatton that he has tomato
: up and will be ready to go
? cold frames about February
omato growers can get them
ntil the first of March. This
lids us tha<t cold weather will
be gone and it will be time
ake an excuse to pick up
ig gear and get out on the
r. Lord hasten the day!
, nday night? meter hurtled
/ jgh the sky around mid-
f ,-^t and lit up this entire scc-
of Bast Texas. Cherokee,
Henderson and Smith
XJkf -lty residents all reported
;<^ig a huge bail of fire fall
the heavens. Best informa-
is that it fell somewhere be-
, :n Palestine and Jacksonville
'alestine and Rusk. No trace
. has been found.
ALTO STUDENTS WfN
D. A. R. CONTESTS
Jimmy Ousley, youngest son
of Rev. and Mrs. J. Bruce Ousley,
and Miss Ladel Rogers, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Durward Rogers
entertained the Alto Lions Club
members Tuesday noon, present-
ing essays that won them top
prizes in an essay contest sponsor-
ed by the Nacogdoches Chapter of
the Daughters of American Revo-
lution. Both of these young stu-
dents are fluent speakers and
presented splendid essays. Jimmy
Ousley based his essay on the
"American FamHy Life," and
Ladel Rogers gave the "Life of
Thomas Jefferson." Both master-
pieces were very much enjoyed
by the club members and guests.
The National Society of The
Daughters of The American Rev-
olution has for its objectives,
Educational, Historical and Pa-
Every member assumes an in-
dividual responsibility and has
the will and dcterminaton to make
the society an even greater power
to preserve our Constitutional
form of government and be of
service ,to the youth and citizens
of our country.
Each year the N.S.D.A.R. spon-
sor a Historical essay contest in
the school. For the past three
years the Alto school has entered
The first year the contest was
opened to the High School, the
next year to the fifth grade, and
thi past year to the sixth grade.
Jimmy Ousley enter-ad in the
fifth and won first ptace and he
entered again this year in the
sixth and won first place. Ladel
Rogers won second place in the
contest this year and won first
place as the best history student,
in the sixth grade. Both children
won two prizes from the Nacog-
doches chapter of the N.S.D.A.R.
True patriotism, like true re
ligion can be fostered more by
inspiring than by inciting, by
uniting rather than dividing. It is
not enough to know what is right;
it is essential also to do what is
right and patriotic. Emerson
wrote: "What you are preaches
so loudly that I cannot hear what
The N.S.D.A.R. is non-political,
nan-partisan and rxon-personal.
There has been a recording
made of Jimmy's speech, "My
American Family" and sent to
the President of the Unitea States.
This was sponsored by Carl C.
TO BE HONORED
A fareweH meeting for the
family of Rev. and Mrs. J. Bruce
Ousley will be held Sunday night,
February 20, in the dining room
of the First Baptist Church in
Alto immediately after the teg-
ular church services.
The public has a very cordial
invitation to come and join in ex-
tending best wishes to this good
family who will be leaving us
soon for another field of work.
Million Seedlings Planted
In Cherokee County
°,M tston, anp like T. Ray of San
,onio, haw returned to their
-tes, after visiting here with
j-),v latter's mother. Mrs. S. L.
'. Mrs. Bason remained here to
" ' with her mother, who is ill.
%r. and Mrs. Leslie Richter,
and Mrs. Sonny Bcnnard and
r fo ighter, <Lynn, Messrs. Hovt
Hey and BiU Stokes of Hous-
- t, were week-end gueshs of
i'M! s. Bill Keliey.
'' \.-lc Berryman Brwin Miller,
'to had bean stationed <tt Eglin
I] ^ Force Base, Fla. for the past
ee years, left Monday for Cali-
"'i'' mta, after spending a month
re with Ms parents, Mr. and
^ rs. Jim Brwin, And will be ship-
d from there for duty in the
' r east for active duty. His wife
Ji remain In AHo
lessrs. Forest Eason
I wMi to think each and every
te for the nice cards and visits
hUe I wt* iH sin the hospital
ith pemmnonia. May God bless
,4 of you-
I#* Hugh Dickey.
he is either
or he is
Final funeral rites were held
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
for Mrs. Ellen Frances Maddux at
Old Palestine Church, with Rev.
Fred Markham of Houston, per-
forming the funeral rites. In-
terment was in Old Palestine
cemetery, directed By the O. T.
Allen & Son Funeral Home of
Mrs. Maddux died at the Buie
Hospital in Merlin Sunday after-
noon. She had resided at Marlin
for the past 8 years.
Survivors include three sons,
Carl Maddux, Marlin, Roy Mad-
dux, Houston and Shcrrell Mad-
dux. Dickinson; one daughter,
Mrs. Georgia Arrant, Houston;
also 28 grandchildren.
Mrs. Maddux was bom and
reared in this immediate section
and the Maddux family were
prominently identified in spiritual
and civic activities of south
An X-Ray machine has been
purchased for the Alto Medical
Clinic, according to Dr. Robert
Rossman and is expected to be
installed some time next week.
This will be a great convenience
to the people of south Cherokee
County who have been com-
pelled to go to other points to
have x-rays made.
It will also facilitate the work
at the Alto Clinic and Dr. Ross-
man will be able to keep a com-
plete file on al! x-ray examina-
The new machine wiM also
save quite an expense to those
who require this service.
P. T. A. MEETS
The Alto Parent-Teachers will
meet tonight (Thursday) at 7:30
in the school auditorium.
The F. F. A. Boys will have
charge of the program.
A discussion group led by Dr.
R. B. Rossman will discuss the
topic, "We, The People Promote
The General Welfare."
The meeting will be followed
with a "Social" in the cottage and
everyone is invited.
ALTO WOMAN S
H. B. Housewright, 82, father of
Mrs. R. F. Lindsey of this city,
died in a Rusk Hospital Monday.
The remains were taken to
Wylie, (Dallas County) Texas
Tuesday morning and the funeral
held in that community Tuesday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Mr. Housewright lived at Wy-
lie, Texas, but had been here the
past three or four weeks.
He is survived by Mrs. Lindsey
and one son who resides at Fort
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hanvy
announce the engagement and
approaching marriage of their
daughter, Ruby, to Mr. Johnny
Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M.
Ray of Dallas. Miss Hanvy is em-
ployed at the Western Electric in
Dallas and Mr. Ray is a student at
Southern Methodist University.
The marriage is to take place on
July 16 at Old Palestine Church.
J. F. Rosborough
Last Thursday night, East Texas
temperatures dropped to 16 de-
grees F. Little damage occurred
to tomato and pepper plants which
are just beginning to come up in
hotbeds in this area. In Northeast
Texas counties, growers will not
plant until late February or early
Reports from the Rio Grande
Valley are that heavy frost and a
light freeze last week damaged
the early tomato plants but young
plants just beginning to come up
will have enough plants for a
stand. This means that the Rio
Grande Valley tomato deal will
not move many tomatoes in April
but the bulk of the movement
will take place in May. Reports
indicate South Texas plantings
about equal to last year. Watch
our column in your local news-
paper each week for further in-
formation on tomato plantings
Peaches and Plum prospects good
East Texas has had over 850
hours of temperature below 45
degrees F which gives most va-
rieties the necessary "rest period."
Most authorities think that the
required number of hours of
"rest" should corhe before Feb-
ruary 15th. Earlier in the winter
it appeared that there might not be
enough cold but late January and
early February have delivered
enough cold weather to put peach
and plum growers at ease. Last
year at this time, both plum and
peach buds were puffed and ready
to open. At this time, all buds
are dormant. Everyone recalls
that last year on March 14th, a
hard freeze ruined the fruit crop.
Peach and plum buds usua'.ly re-
quire about 10-15 days from bud
swell to full bloom. If bloom is
delayed until mid-March the
chances for cold damage are
OF WELLS NOW
Goppingen, Germany, Feb. 17.—
Army Pvt. Billy Arnold, 17,
grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ben F.
Warner, Wells, Texas, recently
arrived in Goppingen, Germany,
and is now a member of the 9th
As part of the U. S. Seventh
Army, the 9th Division conducts
rigorous training exercises, in-
cluding realistic maneuvers and
field problems, in southern Ger-
Private Arnold entered the
Army last August and completed
basic training at Fort BUss, Tex.
Working under the sponsorship
of "Operation Pine Tree," an esti-
mated one million pine trees have
been planted in Cherokee County
during the past twelve months,
according to information coming
from the Cherokee County Soil
Conservation District, who have
been putting on an active cam-
paign for this project.
Efforts of the "Operation Pine
Tree" was successful in getting
eight hundred thousand plants,
and iarge timber companies have
added over two hundred thousand
The following list of land own-
ers in Cherokee County have
joined in the movement and
planted pine seedlings which
were obtained from the Indian
Mound Nursery at Alto:
Rube Sessions, Mike Johnson,
Dick Price, John S. Minnett, W.
M. Whitesides, Oscar N. Jones,
T. B. Patton, L. L. Rogers, B. A.
Florence, J. A. Mclntyre, James
Pryor, Burr Lacey, J. A. Smith,
Lewis N. Shaffer, M. E. Lewis, W.
E. Stone, F. E. Wilcox, J. L. Bol-
ton, Mrs. Pearl Humble, Cotton
Belt Railroad, Major P. Russel,
Grady Dial, Robert McClure, A.
L. Reed, Cobb Holman Lumber
Co., Eunice Evans, Cherokee
Company, Marvin Ferguson, Hen-
derson and Morton, Marvin Dick-
son, C. A. Bowman, A. N. Barker,
G. L. Hendry, Paul Karcher, Mrs.
Frank Lindner, Gene Reynolds,
E. M. Stone, Sr., Bums Tilton,
Ben Hedricks, Frederick J. Her-
rin, P. L. Jacobs Heirs, J. W.
Bearden, Mrs. W. S. Jones, Jack-
sonville F. F. A. Chapter, W. T.
Rogers, Troup F. F. A. Chapter,
Eilis Manning, Maydelie F. F. A.
Chapter, Lenard B. Roper, and E.
The Nero York wildcat well
being drilled by the Tmnt Driv-
ing Company on the York tract of
land two miles northwest of Alto,
had reached a depth of 2,900 feet
Tuesday and stopped to set cas-
Contract depth of the well is
It is understood that the Phil-
lips Petroleum Company and
Humble Comp-any are both
terested in the venture and
suits wilt be watched with
Some good old fashioned gospel
singing will be on the program
for the singing at Rusk next Sun-
day afternoon, starting about 2
Singers from adjoining counties
are expected to add to the pleas-
ure of the afternoon, and every-
one is invited to come and join in
and enjoy the afternoon of good
The State of Texas vs. T. R.
Jackson, unlawful manufacturing
of alcoholic beverages.
The State of Texas vs. Kenneth
Dixon, transporting liquor in a
State of Texas vs. Simon A.
Stephenson, et al, condemnation.
State of Texas vs. W. B. North-
cutt and wife, condemnation.
First National Bank of Jack-
sonville vs. M. W. Powell, debt.
James E. Bowman and Miss
Birdie Langston, Stanzol John-
son and Pearlie B. Hom, col.
Mary Helen Martin vs. Alonza
Brit Martin, divorce.
Gay W. Warren vs. Bemice
Louise Warren, divorce.
Sylvia I. Terry vs. James L.
Hayden Brown et al vs. Western
Wood Products Co., collection of
The following judgments were
Addie Bell Rich vs. Jimmie C.
Rich, divorce granted to plaintiff.
Ethel Sickenburger Weaver vs.
Jethro R. Weaver, divorce granted
to plaintiff, no children and ns
In suit styled H. G. McLeod et
ux vs. Haskell Bowling et al,
judgment of defendant.
The following cases are to be
tried before a jury February 21:
Richard Loftin vs. H. A. Lind-
Leroy Bonner vs. George Hem-
Thomas Dwire vs. T. & N. O.
CtV)L COURT JURY
The following citizens have
been called for Civil Court Jury
Duty which convenes in Rusk
next Monday, February 21:
Charles S. Hinton, Jr., Rusk.
Clarence Stewart. Jacksonville.
Winfred Black, Rusk.
M. D. Thomas, Alto.
B. F. Northcutt, Jacksonville.
Herman Houghton, Ponta.
J. M. Byers, Forest.
C. C. Skillem, Rusk.
Joe Tucker, Jacksonville.
Carl Rogers, Rusk.
Warren Whiteman, Alto.
Charlie Dial. Jacksonville.
Dan Chiles, Troup.
Claude Stewart, Weils.
J. B. Moody, Jacksonville.
Earl Shank. Jacksonville.
J. H. Arnwinc, Maydelie.
Tommie Huggins, Alto.
George Luce, Jacksonville.
R. H. Clem, Troup.
Chprles W. Cobb, Rusk.
O. B. Tillman, Jacksonville.
Marion Bolton, Rusk.
Pryor Black, Alto.
Finis Warren, Jacksonville.
Y. D. Fitch, Ponta.
H. M. Gambrell, Rusk.
W. B. Jimmerson, Jacksonville.
Elton Grisham, Rusk.
Harrison Black, Alto.
Milton Swink, Jacksonville.
J. E. Kennedy, Ponta.
D. L. Rawls, Rusk.
Jas. F. Bauman, Alto.
F. B. Ezell, Jacksonville.
J. D. Bynum, Ponta.
W. E. Oldham, Wells.
Joseph E. A. Ross, Rusk.
Earlc Posey, Jacksonville.
C. E. Liles, Jr., New Summer-
Ralph Rorelle, Rusk.
E. C. Kuykendall. Jacksonville.
M. W. Seale, Rusk.
S. W. Nooner, Alto.
J. D. Skeeters. Jacksonville.
N. A. Davis, Ponta.
[Lloyd Burks, Rusk.
V. M. Metcalf, Jacksonville.
Gus Whiteman has purchased
the Vernon Grogan building on
East Main Street. He also pur-
chased the lot adjacent to the
building on the east side.
Mr. Whiteman stated that worik of
remodeling the building will get
underway just as soon as possible.
The building is to be used as a
headquarters for the new Ford
Agency to be established in Alto
by Mr. Whiteman and Blanton
It is understood that all plans
for the establishment of a Ford
Agency has been about com-
pleted and the new firm will soon
be in operation.
Mr. Whiteman stated that they
will not wait until the newly
purchased building is remodeled,
but as soon as the final o. k. is
made for the agency here, Ford
sales and service will immediate-
ly get into action.
Crockett.—Exploration of the
Kennard and Ratcliff areas as
possible uranium sources, long
rumored here, became a fact when
Louis Romano of Beaumont was
granted permission by the forest
service to conduct exploration
tests in the Davy Crockett Na-
Magnolia Petroleum Co., holder
of the mineral rights on an esti-
mated 75 per cent of the 150,000
acres, agreed to permit the ex-
ploration, and in case of discovery
of uranium or other minerals in
commercial quantities, open ne-
Romano would not say when
he expects to start nor how ex-
ploration would be carried on.
He is in the engineering de-
partment of the Koppers Co., at
Six Alto students and one from
Weils made the fall honor roll
for the Fall Semester, all making
better than a B average.
Students from here making the
honor roll include Mrs. Wanda
Bynum, David P. Danheim, Roy
Hugnins, Ouida James, Tracie D.
Pearman and G'ienda Joyce Smith.
Miss Bettie Jane Goodman from
Wells also came up with a better
than B average and was on the
fall honor roll.
Rev. J. Bruce Ousley and
family will leave Monday for
their new home at Cross Plains,
Tennessee, where he has accepted
the pastorate of the Mt. Carmel
Baptist Church. He will give his
closing message to the First Bap-
tist Church here next Sunday
A change of pastors has been
made in the Alto Methodist cir-
cuit. Rev. T. G. Stamps, pastor of
the circuit here for the past six
months, ha<? been transferred to
Matagorda, in South Texas. He is
leaving this week to assume his
Rev. William Walker, a resi-
dent of Jacksonville and student
in Lon Morris College in that
city, has been appointed as min-
ister of the Alto circuit. He moved
here this weetk and is now living
in the circuit parsonage on west
San Antonio Street.
Rev. Walker will fill the regu-
lar circuit appointments at Lynch-
es Chapel and Adams Chapel next
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