The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 4, 1940 Page: 1 of 9
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THE ALTO HERALD
F. L. WEIMAR. EDITOR AND OWNER
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $1.50 PER YEAR
THE ALTO HERALD, ALTO, TEXAS, JANUARY 4, 1940.
A!to Man Taking
Watters Singletary of Alto, has
been appointed to take the industrial,
or business census of Cherokee
county, and assumed his duties on
Tuesday of this week.
Last week was spent by Mi.
Watters in attending a school at Rusk
on this work. Several adjacent coun-
ties also had representatives at this
school of instruction. Mrs. Gore
Hinzie of Palestine, has charge of the
industrial census for this congres-
sional district, and it was she who
held the school at Rusk last week.
Every business in Cherokee County
is to be listed in the industrial census,
and every effort possible should be
given Mr. Singletary in order that
'Cherokee county should "show up'-
sts creditably as possible.
S M. HOLCOMB PASSES
Silas Monroe Holcomb, age 75,
died In the sanitarium at Jackson-
ville on December 22. He had been
taken there about a week previous
to his death.
Funeral rites were held at the
Alto Methodist Church with Rev. G.
B. Carter officiating. Interment was
in the City Cemetery under the direc-
tion of R. R. Stribling, Alto funeral
Mr. Holcomb had been a resident
of Alto for the past thirty years, and
at one time was prominently iden-
tified in the business circles of the
city. While still maintaining city
property here, he had spent the past
several years in farming and raising
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Vannie Holcomb; two sons, J. H.
Holcomb of Jacksonville, and Arch
O. Holcotnb of Alto; one half brother,
J. D. Sloan of Augusta.
MRS. JULIA ANN MILLER
MED CHRISTMAS EVE
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon, December 24. at four
-o'clock, at the Alto Baptist Church for
Mrs. Julia Ann Brittain Miller, who
passed away at the family residence
in the early morning hours of Decem-
ber 24, 1939. The Rev. L. A. Thigpen,
pagtor of the Alto Baptist Church, ot-
ficiated for the religious services, the
funeral arrangements being under the
direction of R. R. Stribling and O: T.
Allen, morticians, with internment in
the City Cemetery.
Mrs. Julia Ann Miller was born in
East Hamilton, Shelby County, July
3, 1854. She became a member of the
Baptist Church in 1876 and lived a
consistent Christian life all of het
days. She became the wife of W. E.
Miller March 3, 1871, and moved to
Alto in 1895, where she and Mr.
Miller operated the old Mitchell
House until they built the Alto Hotel
and moved into this building in 1898,
where they remained for 12 years.
Mrs. Miller lyas a charter member
of the Alto chapter of the Eastern
Star. Mr. Miller preceded her to the
great beyond in 1917. She was the
mother of four children, three of
which survive her. A daughter, Mrs.
B. M. Shipp died in 1938. Those
surviving are two sons, Chas. L.
Miller, Alto, W. Emmett Miller,
Teague; a daughter, Mrs. Dora
Thrash of Nacogdoches; one brother,
Lee Brittain of Center.
Out of town visitors attending the
funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. George
Brittain, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Driver,
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thrash, Mr. and
Mrs. Charley Thrash, Mr. and Mrs. J.
D. Thrash, Mr. and Mrs. Lum Martin,
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hodges, Mr&.
Walker Fountain, Mrs. Tom Ramspy,
Miss Kathleen Ramsey, Mr. and Mr:.
1. P. Russell, Nacogdoches; Mr. and
Mrs. D. M. Thrash, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Matlock, Mrs. Belle Height, Mr. and
Mrs. C. C. Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. A.
Weaver, Lufkin; B. M. Shipp, Timp-
son; Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Shipp,
Shreveport; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Brit-
tain and sons, Charles and John, San
BEN F BAILEY
Man Died !n Car
Enroute To Funera! Of
Ben F. Bailey, present County Hunt$vi!!e Reidtive
Commissioner, advised the Herald j .
this week that he will be a candidate
to succeed himself in the Democratic
primaries in July.
Mr. Bailey is now serving his first
term as County Commissioner of
precinct No. 2, and his splendid bus-
Jim Howeil, age about 50, of
DeKalb, Texas, died of a heart at-
tack on highway 40, four miles north
of Alto Thursday afternoon about
He, in company with two sons and
iness ability has the affairs of the 'a son-in-law, were en route to Hunts-
C. E. Jay Of
precinct in excellent condition.
I ville where they were going to attend
At the end of the year 1939, the j the funeral of John Schaffer, a
financial condition of Precinct 2 is in
good shape, and his roads and bridges
compare favorably with any in the
His ideas of giving his full time
and personal management to the at-
fairs of the precinct has won popular
favor with people of the precinct,
and he has conducted the affairs in
such a satisfactory manner that it is
unlikeiy he will have opposition
in asking for a second term, which is
customary in this state.
A11 parts of the precinct has re-
ceived equal attention, and he is at
all times fuliy familiar, and keeps
up with the affairs of his precinct.
ALTO CITIZENS MOTHER
CALLED BY DEATH
Allison King spent the past Sunday
and Monday in Waco visiting with his
mother, Mrs. Ella King, and aunt,
Mrs. Jessie Burton.
brother-in-law of Mr. Howell.
The body was brought to Alto and
1&*1<. Jay, constable of Precinct No.
1. h< ; ttus week authorized the Her-
aldic carry his announcement for the
of fire rtf sheriff of Cherokee County,
subj ct to the action of the Demo-
cta^ic primaries. Mr. Jay has had
nine years experience as a peace of-
fice) being first appointed as depu-
ty ci nstabie in 1930, and was elected
A. R. Odom
Died From Heart
HOWARD MASON ANNOUNCES
FOR RE ELECTION AS
Howard Mason, present incumbent
in the Public Weighers office, an-
nounces this week that he will be a
candidate to succeed himseH in the
Democratic primaries in July. ) A. R. Odom, well known citizen of
Mr. Mason has filled the office to Cherokee county, died suddenly at his
the satisfaction of the people of this j home in Rusk Wednesday morning
precinct, as far as has been ascertain- about two o'clock from a heart attack,
ed by the Herald. I Mr. Odom's death was entirely un-
He has served faithfully and well, j expected, and was a distinct shock to
and both the cotton grower and buyer j his friends throughout this county
are very complimentary in speaking
of the way he handled the cotton
taken to the Stribling Funeral Pai-j for tile .first full term in 1932; sincc! crops here the past two
lors and later in the afterm ^n car-
ried back to DeKalb.
MISS PRICE. A. R ODOM JR.
Mrs. Rosa Creath Merriwether,
age 86, mother of Joe and George
Merriwether of Alto, died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis
Tipton in Kennard on Saturday,
December 23. Funeral services were
held at three o'clock in the afternoon
of the following day at the' Cedat
Point Presbyterian Church in Hous-
ton county. Interment was in tne
Cedar Point Cemetery.
Mrs. Merriwether spent a good
part of her time in the late years of
life in Alto, and had made many
friends here who greatly regretted to
hear of her death.
Mrs. Merriwether leaves seven
sons, Will and Jim Merriwether of
Kennard, Ed and Gus Merriwethet
of Cedar Point, Joe and George
Merriwether of Alto and John Merri-
wether of Houston; a daughter, Mrs.
Louis Tipton of Kennard; two
brothers, M. B. and W. G. Creath ol
Cedar Point; a sister, Mrs. Bettie
Mecklin of Winona, Miss.. 23 grand-
children and eight great grandchil-
A wedding of special interest
throughout Cherokee County was
that of Miss Irene Price, daughter ot
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Price of Glory,
and A. H. Odom of Rusk. The
ceremony was performed Saturday
at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Terry
Wilson of Jasper.
Mrs. Odom has served as home
demonstration agent of Cherokee
County for 10 years. Mr. Odom is
cashier of the Citizens State Bank at
JUNIOR STUDY CLUB
THURSDAY STUDY CLUB
MET DECEMBER 28
WITH MISS ALLENE ROZELLE
The Junior Study Club entertained
with a Christmas party at the home
of Mrs. G. R. Wood Wednesday after-
noon, December 20, at 2:30 o'clock.
The reception suite bore a Christ- ^
mas decoration of pine, holly, and cry dtty.
other seasonal ornamentation, in-
cluding the beautiful Christmas tree.
The exciting game of Bunco was
the entertainment for the afternoon.
Plates of delicious Ritz cracker
sandwiches, cakc, and hot tea
a miniature Santa Claus decoratin
each plate were passed to each guest.
Mrs. William Nicar and Mrs. W. E.
Grady assisted Mrs. Wood.
The Christmas tree and unwrap
ping of the gifts was the most im
portant event of the afternoon.
Miss Rosemary Allen and Mrs.
Jim Ted Wood were guests of the
The next meeting of the club will
be with Mrs. A. C. Stone as hostess,
his eiestion, he has been re-elected
const tble thrpe times, defeating
three opponents in 1936 by a majori-
ty o) more than three hundred votes
in tlie fir^t primary. In the 1938 e-
leeti(<n, he was unopposed.
M. Jay ^yag born and reared in
CheMkee county, and has lived in
Rusk for the last 25 years or more.
His* record As a peace officer dur-
ing these last nine years has markea
him . capably, fearless and energet-
ic Officer, enforcing the law at all
times without fear or favor. As a
constable of Precinct 1, he has given
to th;' office a dignity and efficiency
therefore unknown and unequaled.
For fthe benefit of those who have
never had occasion to require his
services as .a peace officer, it may be
mentioned that Mr. Jay is always
ready to perform his duties when-
ever the. situation arises, day or
nighJL ic rain 'or shine. One of the
characteristics as a peace officer in
which i^r. Jay excels is his prompt-
ness irt.the execution of all process
entrusted to him, and the thorough-
ness i;i which he performs his ev-
It i believed that Mr. Jay's nu-
iperou friends throughout the county
welcOnp this opportunity to give to
Mr. Mason states that he feels he n
better qualified now than ever before,
as the experience he has gained will
enable him to give better satisfaction
if chosen for this office again.
FootbaH Fie!d Meeting
Scheduted At Schoo!
Plans for furthering the lighted
football field for Alto will be re-
sumed tonight at the office of school
secretary, Fisher Harrison.
There have been no meetings held
since before the holidays, but the
work will be continued now that the
holiday activities are over.
Plans for a six-foot wire fence
will be discussed at the meeting
tonight, and a report from the fi-
nance committee is expected.
It has been learned that a six-foot
wire fence can be erected for about
two hundred dollars, and if this is ac-
ceptable, it is likely that this kind of
fence will be ordered and erected at
Some work has already been done
on'leveling the field and more work
where he is well known. Mr. Odom
served this county very efficiently as
Tax Collector and Assessor from 1922
to 1930, retiring and going into busi-
ness at Rusk. He also served that
city as postmaster at one time.
He was a Mason, steward in the
Methodist church and member of
several civic, clubs.
He is survived by his widow; one
daughter, Mrs. Summers Norman of
Jacksonville, and one son, A. R.
Odom, Jr., of Rusk.
Mrs. Grady Singletary of this city
is a niece of Mr. Odom.
Funeral arrangements are being
deferred until Mr. Odom's son can
be located, he having went to New
Orleans last week.
Mr. Odom's passing was the second
death in the family within the past
week. Mrs. Odom's only brother, Dr.
Byrd, died Monday.
BANQUET JANUARY 9.
him tit promotion he has well earnen I of this nature will be done before the
throu't thcAefficient administration spring rains set in
On the afternoon of December 2b,
Miss Allene Rozelle was hostess to
the members of the Thursday Study
Club for their program on Stephen
Crane's "Red Badge Of Courage,'
with Mrs. Clyde Poore as leader for
the lesson. After a short business
session, with the President, Mrs. J.
C. Hill in the chair, Mrs. Poore gave
a very interesting sketch of Crane's
life and work. This was followed by
a "Critical Analysis of The Red
Badge Of Courage" given by Mrs.
Oscar Allen. Mrs. E. M. Decker Jr.,
read with much tenderness, Alan
Seeger's "I Have A Rendezvous With
During the social hour Miss Rozelle
served a delicious menu of sand-
wiches, red jello topped with green
whipped cream, fruit cake and hot
coffee. The hostess was assisted by
Mrs. Albert Holcomb and Miss Josie
Alma Watters. The reception suite
was most attractive in a decoration
of Christmas ornamentation of silver,
red and green, and the refreshment
course with all it's lovely appoint-
ments, again reflected the holiday
Miss Rozelle had as her guests Miss
Mamie Latham and Miss Lessi„
Carlton of this city, and Mrs. Ralph
Bowen of Houston.
The next meeting of the club will
be held with Mrs. Pearl Clark as
hostess, at the home of Mrs. Tracie
Pearman, January 11. Mrs. J. A.
Shattuck will be leader for the pro-
gram on "The Yearling." Miss Lula
Sue Williams, a new member, and
Mrs. Ted Bowen will make talks on
Little Miss Hazel Marie Jones made
her debut at the home of her par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Biil Jones of the
Lynch Chapel community, Wednes-
day morning about two o'clock. Hazet
Marie weighed eight and one-half
pounds, and is the second daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
During the holiday period Mrs. <!.
R. Luker entertained the following
relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Nolvin Ward
of Austin, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Rogers
of West Columbia, Mr. and Mrs.
Ronald Funk and children of Dallas.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Childers of
Lufkin announce the birth of a little
son, Jim Clyde, who arrived on
December 29. Mrs. Childers will be
remembered as Miss Mildred Mc-
Lendon, formerly of this city.
C. E. JAY.
For County Commissioner Precinct 2:
BEN F. BAILEY.
For Public Weigher Precinct 2:
Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Roberson and
daughter, Jo Frances, spent Sunday
in Nacogdoches as guests of Mrs.
Roberson's sister, Mrs. W. H. Hart-
graves, and Mr. Hartgraves.
Mr. and Mrs. Byron Blanton en-
tertained with a beautifully appoint-
ed dinner party on Neiy Years Day,
honoring their daughter, Frances,
who is a Junior in the TSCW at Den-
ton, and their son, Fisher, who is a
Freshman in, Lon Morris College,
Jacksonville. Other invited guests
were: Miss Mary Katherine Lea-
viHcn; nTld "they* -p&hM
to the record he has made
! th:m as a peace officer in this
)S vND OIL
INS RUJENTS FILED
Dt :d—4. T. Mathews to J.
Cosp^r. lot No. 1 in Block No.
D< ed—Perkins Holcomb et a! to
I. J Hayes. 435 acres of the
HeiAa Mmble or James Dill Survey.
Ai mrx Deed—Ethel Holcomb.
Adn rx. istate of E. J. Holcomb, de-
ceased, aid individually to Dr. G. J.
s. 4)5 acres of the Helena Kim-
r Janes Dill Survey,
d—J. F. Smith et ux to Mrs.
Ann lie Cyphers. Undivided 1-2 in-
t in Lot No. 4 in Block No. 1
Afdition to Alto.
of the football team in Alto is urged j
to be at the meeting tonight.
The first quarterly conference and
banquet will be held at the church on ,
January 9, beginning at 6:30 p. m.
The ladies of the church are prepar-
ing a sumptuous meal and the whole
church is invited to attend with their
friefids. All officers of the church are
expected to be present with your re-
ports. These are happy occasions.
Let's m&Jte this^-onc the bo6t- dtie yet.
Admission 39 cents..
Among the pleasant gifts tha
Herald force received during Christ-
mas was a bushel basket full of
Grapefruit from Mr. and Mrs. David
Campbell at Raymondvilie, way
down in the valley.
The fruit was delicious and very Holcomb is well known in Alto where
A wedding of much interest to rela-
tives and friends of the Alto section,
occurred on December 27, when Miss
Lottie Hughes of Rusk was married
to Hiram Crawford Holcomb of Alto,
the wedding taking place at the resi-
dence of friends in Huntsville. Mrs.
from these gooa
Card of Thanks
We take this means of expressing
our gratitude and appreciation to our
aear friends and neighbors for their
kindness and floral offerings shown
' Alto, and all ot during the death of our husband and
Mrs. Silas Holcomb.
' No. 7 Evans Addition to Alto.
s. Nell M. Cole has returned
a short visit to her sister, Mrs.
Andrews, and-Dr. Andrews of
ton. Dr. and Mrs. Andrews are-
er Altonions and have many old
ds here who will be glad to lean.
Mrs. Andrews is much improved
injuries sustained in an auto-
ite accident which occurred in
early part of November. Mr:.
Am rews has been removed from the
bos lital to her residence, and is now
to walk around in her room,
bones were broken, the injuries
internal, and while the re-
naturally will be slow, it is
ho] ed she will be restored to her
ier health in due time.
and Mrs. W. D. Dupree and
daughter, Marcia, Mr. and Mrs. L. C.
Cu lmings and sons of Tyler, Mr. and
M' . C. J. Shattuck and children of
Ja! (sonville, Mr. and Mrs. H. H.
At inson and son, H. H. Jr., ot
Tr i'ty, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Adkin-
FM and daughter, Dianne, of Liv-
i'H iton were holiday guests in the
ho le of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Atkin-
tr. and Mrs. W. N. Roberson had
their guests Christmas Day, Mr.
Mrs. E. C. Curry of Tyler, Mr.
Mrs. W. B. Curry of Brownsboro,
nnd Mrs. C. W. Evans, Mrs. F. A.
iter and children of Crockett, Mrs.
Ledbetter, Edwin .f f. Stevenson of Trqup, Mr. and
Jones, Milbum Aldredge, Byron Gil- ^ s. W. H. Hartgraves and daughter
breath of Jacksonville, and James j ^
Fisher of Alto
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank everyone who
thought of us in any way during tin
recent illness and death of our mother
and sister. We realize that it came at
a time when it was harder for you to
do the nice things you did. We have
resolved in our hearts to be more
thoughtful of others from now on.
We love our Alto friends and are
proud of them.
The Merriwether Family.
Will and Moffit Creath.
Card of Thanks
I want to thank everyone who re
membered me with gifts and Christ-
mas cards. These little remembrances
With their tender, inspiring messages
have made my heart lighter and my
days much brighter.
Mrs. Esther Wigginton,
she has often visited and is much
liked by all who have met her.
Mr. Holcomb was born and reared
in Alto and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Arch Holcomb of this city. He was
graduated from Alto High School
with the class of 1936, and is now
employed by Brooks & Peai*man as
The young couple will make their
home in Alto and for the present have
taken an apartment in the home of
Mrs. Ima Watters, where they will be
glad to see their friends and relatives.
The Herald extends felicitations
and all good wishes for a long, happy
Nacogdoches, and Mr. and Mrs. M.
Curry of Kennard.
Of every sympathetic word, kindly
deed, or beautiful flower.
May the good Lord deal kindly
with you and yours.
The Family of Mrs. Julia Miller.
On the afternoon of Wednesday,
December 26, at the Baptist parson-
age occurred the marriage of Miss
Ina Clair Jeter of this city, to Frank
Newman Jr., of Grapeland, the Rev.
L. A. Thigpen reading the marriage
rites. After a short wedding tour te>
Houston, the young couple went to
Grapeland where they will make
their home for the present.
Mrs. Newman is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Jeter of this city,
and was one of the popular leaders of
the younger society set. She was a
graduate of the Alto High School of
the class of 1938, and was much loved
by everyone who had the pleasure of
her acquaintance. The Herald ex-
tends felicitations and all good wishes
for a long, happy married life.
The Rev. and Mrs. G. B. Cartet
had as guests during the holidays, Mr.
and Mrs. D. C. Smith and son, Shag,
of Houston, E. E. Carter and family
of Atlanta, Ga., the Rev. E. C. Carter
and family of Gainesville, Texas, Mr.
Cormes and family of Mt. Pleasant,
Mick O'Byrne and family of. May-
delle, Mrs. McLean of Marshall, th*
Rev. and Mrs. G. F. Winfield, Hat-
tiesburg, Miss., the Rev. and Mrs. C.
H. Armstrong, McAlister, Okla.
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