The Rusk Cherokeean (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 13, 1950 Page: 1 of 8
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The Rusk Cherokeean
Established as "The Pioneer" July 5, 1848
THE RUSK CHEROKEEAN, THURSDAY APRIL 13, 1950
Need Help To
Get Full Count
In School Census.
Report If Missed
Citizens are asked to cooperate
with the census takers in getting
a complete count of the popula-
tion oi people in the Rusk area.
This applies to the regular census
where everybody is counted and
•to the school census where credit
for every child of scholastic age
People who know they have
been missed ,or know of anybody
who has not been counted, are
asked to phone Mrs. Vernie Min-
ter. This will help in getting a
complete count for Rusk and a
Complete population count may be
very important during the next
Supt. G. B. Chapman reports
that the w^ite school census has
been completed with about fifty
short of last year. This will have
an important bearing on the fu-
ture of Rusk schools, and it is im-
portant that any who may have
been missed phone him within the
\ next few days. The most difficult
task is to locate children who will
become six years of age before
September 1, Supt. Chapman said.
He feels it is likely some children
who will be six years old on or
before August 31 have not been
counted. He will greatly appreci-
ate it if the parents of these chil-
dren, or any others within the
scholastic age limit, will let him
know as soon as possible.
Complete figures will be report-
ed as soon as the census is finish-
ed. The counting of the colored
scholastics is expecteH tr> be cor
pleted within a week or ten days.
Speaks To Clubs
Dr. Homer Vanderpool, who is
conducting the revival at the First
Methodist Church, was the guest
speaker following the regular
Tuesday noon luncheon of the
club. Taking Communism as his
subject, the speaker stressed the
importance of this country follow-
ing the teachings of Christ and the
principles of Democracy.
Speaking before the Rotary
Club Wednesday noon, Dr. Van-
derpool again hit hard at Com-
munism. He urged that individauls
keep progressing forward to high-
er objectives, stressing that only
the idle have time to listen to the
Rev. L. YV. Nichols was a guest
«1 both clubs at their meetings
Mrs. Mary Ellen Rawlins, Exe-
cutive Director of the East Texas
Area of Girl Scouts, spoke briefly
to the Rotarians.
MRS. J. C. SHANKLES
Funeral services were held at
two o'clock Sunday afternoon in
the Reklaw Methodist Church for
Mrs. Sally May Shankles, 74.
Mrs. Shankles died at her home
in Reklaw Friday evening follow-
ing a heart attack. She was a
member of the Reklaw Methodist
Rev. J. C. Harris of Marshall
and Rev. J. M. Schwitter of Rusk
were in charge of the services.
Burial was made in the Walker's
Mrs. Shankles is survived by her
husband J. C. Shankles; three
daughters Mrs. Sue Rowe, Rusk,
Mrs. Gladys Darby, Dallas, and
Mrs. Mildred Ramey, Reklaw; a
brother, A. M. Jordan, Reklaw;
two half-brothers, Marvin Carson,
Reklaw and Tom Carson, Pryor,
Oklahoma, and four grandchil-
ATTEND SCHOOL MEN'S CLUB
Supt. G. B. Chapman, Bill Mc-
Cluney and Abner Webb attended
a meeting of the East Texas
School Men's Club in Henderson
Dr. J. W. Edgar, Commissioner
of Education in Texas, was the
C. Metz Heald Is
C. Metz Heald was installed as
president of the Rusk Rotary Club
at a ladies' night installation ban-
quet held Thursday night of last
week at the Rusk Hotel. Rev. Stu-
art Rohre was installed as vice
president and Houston White was
re-installed as secretary.
Dr. A. L. Long, of Stephn F.
Austin College, was the guest
speaker. The musical pxogram was
arranged by Mrs. Webb Finley
with the Triple Airs Trio—Sim-
mons, Pennington and Lloyd, sup-
plying the vocal numbers.
Dr. Dr. C. L. Jackson was pre-
sented with a past-president's pin.
OAKLAND HONOR ROLL
The Honor Roll this six weeks
at Oakland School folloks:
Fifth Grade—Donald McAllis-
ter—4 A's and 5 B's; and Eletha
Nolley—■4 A's and 5 B's.
Sixth Grade—R. V. Grimes—
5 A's and 4 B's.
Seventh Grade—Dolorus Woods
7 A's and 2 B's and Betty Jean
King—7 A's and 2 B's.
Eighth Grade—James Thomas
Ford—6 A's and 3 B's.
MRS. LAURA BALLEW
Funeral services for Mrs. Lau-
ra Ballew, 78, who died at eleven
o'clock Saturday night, were held
at five o'clock Sunday afternoon
at the Wallace Funeral Parlor.
The service was conducted by Rev.
Stuart Rohre, assisted by Rev.
L. W. Nichols. Burial was in Ce-
dar Hill cemetery.
She was married in Rusk No-
vember 24, 1892, to the late C.
A. Ballew, who died in 1935. Ex-
cept for some time spent in San
Antonio, she had lived most of
her life here. She was a member
of the Presbyterian Church, and
had been in poor health for a
number of years. She is survived
by ni> immediate relative^
Pallbearers were W. M. Vin-
ing, Henry Pryor, E. R. Gregg,
Webb Jones, Alex Black and W.
OVERTON GIRL WINS
FINAL TENNIS MATCH
| Mary Ethel Guinn, Rusk high
i schoot junior, was eliminated
I Tuesday in the final round of the
! girls' singles in the tennis tourna-
ment at Overton.
1 Mary Ethel held her Overton
ooponent to 7-5 in the first set but
i lost the second 6-1. The Overton
player goes to the regional meet.
MRS A. E.. WEBB IMPROVING
i Mrs. A. E. Webb, who suffered
! a stroke two weeks ago, is im-
proving nicely. Her children, Mr.
, and Mrs. J. C. Odom, Pendelton,
Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. James
Webb, Portland, Oregon; Mr. and
Mrs. E. L. Jones, Evanston, Wyom-
ing; Mrs. Marcie Burns and Mrs.
Paul McLemore of Houston, and
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sprayberry of
Cushing and a grandson, J. W.
Smith of Evanston, Wyoming have
returned to their homes.
MADISONVILLE P. T. A.
HOST TO TWELFTH DIST.
The Madisonville Parent-Teach-
ers Association will entertain the
12th District Spring Conference
in the First Baptist Church in
Madisonville, April 25 and 26.
There has been arranged a va-
riety of entertainment, carried out
in western style, including a
ranch style supper and horse
Local Group To
May Help Here
Several from the Rusk area will
leave this weekend to make a tour
of the Alabama Crimson Clover
growing area, April 17 and 18, it
is reported. Jake Johnson, manag-
er of the chamber of commerce,
after contacting members of the
commissioners court, reported
that arrangements had been made
for County Agent C. Metz Heald
to make the trip.
O. M. Walker, County Coordi-
ator reported that Marshall Tread-
well, who conducts the veteran
agriculture class at Gallatin, has
been selected by his fellow agri-
cultural instructors of Cherokee
County Vocational School to rep-
resent that group on the tour.
"It is felt that the Dixie Reseed-
ing Crimson Clover as grown pro-
fusely in that area to great eco-
nomic advantage, may be the an-
swer to some of our winter graz-
j ing and soil improvement prob-
lems in this area," Mr. Walker
Mr. Treadwell, on his return,
will report on this tour to the
veterans of agriculture classes of
Cherokee county. The group of
instructors will dig into personal
funds to defray Mr. Treadwell's
expenses of this tour, feeling that
the information he will bring back
will be worth the individual cost.
Several others from Rusk and
Alto were planning on making
the trip but it was not known
Thursday how many would be able
to arrange to be away.
Rusk Cancer Drive
Frank Gillespie, Manager of
the Cherokee Theatre, has accept-
ed the local chairmanship of the
annual cancer drive for funds, it
was announced this week. The
Rusk quota is $400.00 this year,
Mr. Gillespie said Wednesday
i.hat he plans to send out letters
i lo local people, and will make the
! amount asked from each as small
as possible so as not to make the
campaign burdensome on anyone,
ue will appreciate the coopera-
tion of the citizens of the Rusk
i area in order that the quota may
bo subscribed without personal so-
CHARLIE FORD BERRY
Funeral services were held Sat-
urday afternoon at three o'clock
in the Sardis Baptist Church for
i Charlie Ford Berry, 67, a life-
| time resident of the Sardis com-
Rev. J. M. Schwitter was in
; charge of the services and burial
was made in Sardis cemetery.
Mr. Berry was a member of the
Sardis Baptist Church. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret
S. Berry; two sons, Morris S. Ber-
ry, Athens and Charlie C. Berry
of Kermit; six daughters, Mrs. J.
M. Dear, Mrs. Willie Cummings,
Mrs. John W. Thompson and Mrs.
Edith Bean of Rusk; Mrs. L. F.
Whitney of Kermit and Mrs.
Adolph Berry of Dallas; three
brothers, a sister and twelve
First Twins Arrive
At Memorial Hospital
The first twins to arrive at the
Rusk Memorial hospital, a boy and
girl, were born shortly before
noon Thursday to Mr. and Mrs.
G. L. Rice, of Alto.
The boy, a real little southern
gentleman, permitted his little sis-
ter to arrive ahead of him.
Dr. James McCord
To Preach Sunday
Morning And Night
1 The Centennial Celebration of
the First Presbyterian Church will
get under way with the sermon
next Sunday morning by Dr.
James McCord, of Austin. The
morning service will be at eleven
o'clock and the evening service at
seven-thirty. Dr. McCord will
preach Sunday mght also.
Rev. Ernest Deutsch, Presby-
terian State Evangelist, will
preach Monday night.
The Brazos Presbytery will con-
vene Tuesday morning at ten
o'clock. It is expected that about
one hundred ministers and ruling
elders will be here for the meet-
ing. They will remain over night
and M. E. McCord, who is chair-
man of the housing committee,
will appreciate it if any members
of the church or others, who have
rooms available, will advise him
as soon as possible. The visitors
will pay for their lodging.
Tuesday night at seven-thirty
the centennial program of the
church will be presented, follow-
ed by the dedication service of the
new Hammond organ to the mem-
ory of the late Dr. Gary L. Smith.
The visiting pastors and church
officials will complete their spring
Presbytery business session Wed-
The general public is invited to
attend the Sunday and Monday
services as well as the Tuesday
Famous Negro Choir
Sings Here Tuesday
What is said to be the world's
greatest Negro choir will appear
person at the Rusk high school au-
> ditorium at eight o'clock next
Tuesday night in ":Wings Over
Jordan." The entertainment is
sponsored by the Rusk Municipal
There will be no admission
charge for the entertainment but
a free will offering will be taken.
The general public is invited to
| RU$K GARDEN CLUB
The Rusk Garden Club will meet
in the basement of the Baptist
Church Wednesday afternoon,
April 19 at three o'clock. This
will be the last meeting before
the Flower Show and members
are urged lo study all available
literature on "How to Make Ar-
A very instructive program has
been planned for the improvement
of the flower show. Each member
is urged to bring an arrangement
chosen from Arrangement class
of the flower show schedule.
Male mosquitoes live on flow-
ers, while females live on animals.
Penguins use their wings for
R. E. WILLIAMS
Funeral services in charge of
Rev. H. L. Ward, were held at
Salem Church Thursday afternoon
April 6, for R. E. Williams, 81.
Mr. Williams, formerly of Hot
Springs, Arkansas, died at the
home of daughter, Mrs. George
Moore, following a four months'
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Emma Williams; three sons, E.
N. Williams of Rusk and Elva and
Marion Williams of Malvern, Ar-
kansas; two daughters, Mrs. Moore
of Rusk; and Mrs. Mary Worlds
of Bismark, Arkansas and 25
grandchildren and 17 great-grand-
Burial was made in the Salem
RUSK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Patients in the hospital:
Mrs. Marvin Roten, Rusk, Ortho-
Mrs. Lottie Priest, Rusk, Ortho-
Joy Fox, Rusk. Surgical;
Mrs. Mollie Cassidy, Rusk, Med-
Mrs. Ethel C. Bonner, Rusk,
Mrs. Finie Gene Norwood, Rusk,
J. A. Waggoner, Rusk, Surgi-
Mrs. Luther McCrary, Rusk,
E. J. Stephenson, Rusk, Medi-
Mrs. W. J. Riggs, Rusk, Surgi-
Mrs. Mary E. Thompson, Rusk,
Mrs. G. L. Rice, Alto, Obstetri-
Burnice Joyce Hamilton, Rusk.
L. M. Hendricks, Rusk, Medi-
Bonnie Faye Stidham, Rusk,
Dismissed since last Thursday:
Mrs. J. S. McGraw, Rusk; Mrs.
Bill Andrew, Rusk; Harvel Floyd
Weatherly, Rusk; Finis Michael
Stovall, Rusk; J. R. Wallace, Alto:
Mrs. J. E. Byrd, Reklaw; Mrs. H.
A. Vaught, Rusk.
Plan To Make
Road 0( Beauty
Highway No. 69
J'ville To Alto
Stretch To Be
A long-range program for the
beautification oi Highway 6.9
from Jacksonville to Alto took
definite shape Tuesday at a meet-
ing in Jacksonville attended by
citizens oi Rusk and Alto. A High-
way 69 Beautification Commit-
tee was elected to work out plans
for the improvements and means
of carrying them out. Members
of the committee will meet Mon-
day with the Commissioners Court
for further discussion of the pro-
Already recognized as one of
the most attractive stretches of
highway in Texas from the stand-
point of natural scenic beauty, it
is believed by sponsors of the
improvement program that it can
be made a drive that will atfract
many tourists during the redbud
and dogwood seasons. It was
pointed out that since the widely
known "world's largest dogwood"
is located near Rusk within a
few hundred feet of the highway,
the approaches to it should be
made as attractive as possible.
Members of the committee are
Mrs. John Shewmaker, Chairman;
Miss Dorothy Long, Secretary,
James I. Perkins, Mrs. Joe Ross,
J. E. Brown, Jake Johnson and
Bill Andrews, President of the
Alto Lions Club. Mrs. E. V. Harris,
President of the Rusk Garden
Club and Mrs. James Long, also
attended the Jacksonville meet-
Tentative plans call for the
transplanting of a large number
of dogwood trees to increase the
generous supply already along
the stretch of highway. Another
phase of the program is to en-
courage property owners along
the route to do everything possi-
ble to keep their premises attrac-
The Highway Department is
very much interested in the pro-
gram and was represented at the
Jacksonville meeting by D. D.
Rousseau. Highway Maintenance
Superintendent, and Lester Pruitt,
Landscape Specialist for the State
Music And Safety
PTA Program Theme
The Rusk High School Colleens
and Wilton Burns of the Highway
Department made the contrasting
contributions to the program at
the Parent Teacher Association
meeting last week.
In presenting the Colleens, Her-
bert Teat, music director, con-
ducted a public rehearsal showing
how notes, rhythm and melody
are combined in chorus singing.
He went on to say that beyond
these aims, he also hopes to show
how womanly a high school girl's
voice can become as they gain
depth and tone quality.
"A Faithful Shepherd Is My
Lord" as sung by the group at
the close of the rehearsal showed
that the girls are gaining these.
Mr. Burns stated that of forty
people present, highway statis-
tics show that within the next
three years, two will be killed or
seriously injured. Mr. Burns made
this statement one Tuesday to
four hundred students at New
London High School, telling them
that one out twenty would be
seriously injured. Within less than
a week a funeral was held for
one of the boys listening to him
Last year in Texas 1989 died as
a result of highway accidents.
These 1989 included teachers,
business men, three highway pa-
trolmen, school children, some
children who will never go to
school, and other men and women
not so yonng.
A picture on highway safety-
emphasized the points made.
Death Of Cow
Suspicion that a cow which died
early this week was infected with
rabies was confirmed Wednesday
when a telegram was received by
J. C. Williams from Dr. Geo. W.
Cox, State Health Officer. The
cow belonged to John Long and
the head was sent to Austin Mon-
day by Mr. Williams.
The telegram received Wednes-
day evening stated; "Positive evi-
dence of rabies in cow head. Treat-
ment necessary if inoculated."
More Students On
Rusk Honor Roll
A total of forty-six high school
students made the honor roll for
the past six weeks, a gain of three
over the fourth six-week period.
Eleven made the high honor
roll, a gain of four over the pre-
vious period. They include one
senior, Beth Banks, three juniors,
Helen Haynes; five sophomores,
Vera Mae Cowart, Becky Clark,
Frances Echols, Beverly Guinn,
and Bob Hubbard; and two fresh-
men, Harlon Crawford and Ger-
Thirty-five made the regular
honor roll. They are Glenda Bob-
bin, Carroll Moseley, Nickey The-
odore and Murline Wofford, sen-
Joe Frank Anderson, Howard
Covington, Ray Boyce Henderson,
Marilyn Henry, Marilyn Jackson,
Jimmy Persons and Eldred Pry-
Jewel Beck, Pat Blankeniship,
Joy Fox, Lue Gene Henderson,
La Wanda Jones, Johnnie Mehner,
Patty Mathews, Victor Manning,
Bobbie Jean Rider, Max Schoch-
ler, Robert Shattuck, Pauline
Stewart, Irene Sessions and
Yvonne Willingham, sophomores;
Bill Bolton, Merle Carlisle, Pat
Clifton, Martha Coleman, Shirley
Holt, Mary Lloyd, Dolores Man-
ness, Sue Madden, Leila McCar-
roll and Clarence Wallace, fresh-
Most poisonous of all snakes is
the King Cobra
The April term of district court
will get underway next Tuesday
morning at nine o'clock. Follow-
ing is the list of Grand Jurors se-
lected by the jury commission at
the January term who have been
notified by District Clerk A. C.
Jenkins, to report:
Johnson, W. S. Rusk; Stevens,
H. F., Rusk; Gray. R. R., Troup;
Bailey, Jim, Jonta; Rogers, W. T.,
Aito; Stewart, Dalford, Wells; Al-
len, A. B., Jacksonville; Lone,
Howard, Bullard; Baker, Z. T.;
Dialville; Holsomback, J. O., May-
delle; Holcomb. O. L., Jackson-
ville; Goforth, Allen, Jacksonville;
Tullis, J. H.. Rusk; Wipprecht. C..
Rusk; Ragsdale. Lee, Jacksonville;
Acker, C. D., Jacksonville.
The following named men con-
stitute the petit jurors for the
first week of the 1950 April term.
They have been summoned to ap-
pear, Tuesday morning at 9:00
Durrett, Hollie, Alto; Thoma-
son, W., Jacksonville; Wallace, T.,
Rusk; Bethall, J, A., Jacksonville;
Dotson, W. H., Ponta; Lacy,
Buddie, Jacksonville; Fountain,
Vern, Ponta; Dial, C. J., Jackson-
ville; Blankinship. G. E., Rusk;
Carlton, Cecil, Mount Selman;
Fondern, E. G., Maydelle; Curry,
W. L., Alto; Durrett, Carl, Rusk;
Deckard, W. K., Rusk; Dickson,
John M„ Alto; Bailey. W E., Jack-
sonville; Higgins. B. H„ May-
delle; Banks, Elbert, Rusk; Has-
sell. Forest. Rusk; Gray. Claud,
Jacksonville; Allen, John W. Alto;
Goleman, E. L., Rusk; Clardy, J.
C., Ponta; Tennison, Glenn, Pon-
ta; Eidson, J. A., Rusk; Godfrey,
Crawford. Jacksonville; Haugh-
ton, Jerman. Ponta; Ragsdale,
Norman, Jacksonville; McClain,
M A.. Rusk; Gray, Mason, Jack-
sonville; Goff, Lester, Rusk; Black-
well, Archie, Troup; Jones, J. T„
Gallatin; Jones, Hosea, Rusk;
Jennings, Clarence, Dialville;
Skillern, Carl, Troup; Hardy, L.
R„ Rusk; Sadler, Elton, Jackson-
ville; Brown, Gilbert, Ponta;
Webb, Abner, Rusk.
For Loan For
Of Blast Furnace
To Cost $750,000
The rich iron ore deposits of
Cherokee county will soon be add-
ed to the nation's potential steel
supply, if approval is received on
an application for a loan of $750,-
000.00, filed today with the Recon-
struction Finance Corporation at
Houston. The application was
made by the Valencia Iron &
Chemical Corporation, present
owners of a pig iron blast fur-
nace at Rusk. The application is
made for funds to erect a wood
carbonization plant in conjunc-
toin with the blast furnace.
This installation, Joe E. Ross,
pointed out, will produce 120 tons
of charcoal daily from local schub
hardwood or "weed" woods preva-
lent in the East Texas area. This
hardwood is menacing the future
of the vast pine forests of East
Texas by crowding out the pine on
the cut over lands, and preventing
natural pine reforestation. East
Texas lumbermen are vitally in-
tex-ested in ths method of clearing
out the unwanted hardwood and
those in the immediate Rusk area
have volunteered to supply at no
cost, the weed timber from in ex-
cess of 20 thousand acres if the
wood carbonization plant is con-
structed. Other thousands of ac-
res are available on the same bas-
The blast furnace at Rusk was
originally designed during World
War II, for the production of char-
coal pig iron, charcoal and by-
product chemicals. Present, own-
ers, to relieve the coke pig iron
shortage of the post-war period*
converted the plant to a bitumi-
nous coke blast furnace and op-
erated it as such until the urgent
demand for coke pig iron ceased.
During this period of operation,
Texas foundries consumed 95%
of the pig iron manufactured.
The proposed plant improve-
ment will be the most modern
unit erected in this country and
the utmost in efficient, low^cost
charcoal production. Mr. Ross add-
Mr. Ross and M. M. Guinn pre-
sented the application to the
Houston office of the lending ag-
ency. They were advised that af-
ter checking over the application
in detail, an appraiser would be
sent to Rusk, probably within a
week or ten days. Final approv-
al of a loan of this size would have
to come from Washington.
Rusk baseball fans will be in-
\ terested in the home game base-
ball schedule of the Jacksonville
I Jax which got underway with the
| opening game with the Lufkin
Angels Wednesday night. The
| next Coast League home games
' of the Jax will be with Crowley
j April 23, 24 and 25.
I The remainder of the schedule
Apr. 26. 27, 28—Port Arthnr
May 2, 3, 4—Lake Charles
May 5, 6, 7—Galveston
! May 8, 9, 10—Lufkin
I May 19, 20, 21—Port Arthur
May 22, 23. 24—Crowley
May 31, June 1, 2—Lake Chas.
June 3, 4, 5—Galveston
June 6, 7—Lufkin
June 17. 18-18—Crowley
June 19. 20, 21—Port Arthur
June 28, 29, 30—Galveston
July 1, 2-2—Lake Charles
July 3, 4-4—Lufkin
July 13, 14, 15—Port Arthur
July 16, 17. 18—Crowley
July 27, 28, 29—Lake Charles
July 30, 31, Aug. 1—Galveston
Aug. 2. 3, 4—Lufkin
Aug. 11, 12, 13,—Port Arthur
Aug. 14, 15, 16—Crowley
Aug. 25, 26, 27—Galveston
Aug. 28, 29, 30—Lake Charles
Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 2—Lufkin
Commander Robert E. Peary
discovered the North Pole on
April 6, 1909.
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