The Rusk Cherokeean (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 1, 1949 Page: 1 of 10

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Established as "The Pioneer" July 5, 1848
•Federal Study
To Be Made Of
County Roads
Survey Asked To
Back Bill Which
Seek Federal Aid
t Cherokee county is one of two in
the state, which will be studied by
officials from the Bureau of Pub-
lic Roads to provide information
Cor congress in support of the Kerr
Bill which if passed would pro-
vide federal funds direct to coun-
ties for the construction and
maintenance of lateral roads.
G. A. Wilkins, of Fort Worth;
R. S. Lewis and W.L. Haas, both
of Washington, D. C., discussed
the matter with members of the
^commissioners court Tuesday and
was assured the cooperation of
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* County Judge J. W. Summers
explained the questionriaires on
road problems had been filled out
by all counties of the nation, but
\hat congress wanted more infor-
mation about road equipment and
maintenance efficiency. The spot
check being made here is similar
\o one being made in counties of
other states. He added that it was
estimated the bill, if passed, will
provide between $40,000 and $50,-
%000 for the average county. How
Cherokee county will measure up
on a national basis is not known.
It is about average in Texas.
* There have been several tries
at federal aid to counties in road
building. Rep. Tom Pickett was
the author of one bill that would
«have provided such funds.
It is emphasized that no con-
struction is promised. The trio
visiting the two Texas counties is
tt fact finding board and nothing
else. "It depends on Congreiys if
Federal aid on the county-level
is forthcoming," Wilkins emphasiz-
** The two East Texas counties
were chosen as representative
counties, it was explained, because
of their central location within the
ciivision, their type of roads and
the fact that one (Harrison Coun-
ty) employs the county-unit sys-
tem of government and the other
*has the commisioner-precinct
method of administration.
The purpose of the report to be
made by the three road experts is
fxwo-fold. The first purpose, is
to determine the status of im
provement of the county's roads,
and, secondly, the capacity of
%.he county organization to admin-
ister a federal aid program.
The county roads are divided in-
to three classifications for the pur-
jpose of the study, it was explained
further. They are school bus
routes, milk, delivery routes and
mail routes. The status of im-
provement and mileage will be
carefully studied in each instance.
Within approximately , two
weeks, a group of engineers will
^arrive here to study the opera
tion of the county's road equip-
ment. The performance and the
use of the equipment will be carc
-fully checked and analyzed.
® Manton Hannah, county engi-
neer in McClellan County of which
Waco is the county seat, is a mem-
ber of the board of county con-
sultants from this division. It was
he, Wilkins said, who suggested
that Harrison and Cherokee coun-
ties be selected for such a study
*in this division.
Rusk Set Foi Kiwanis
Junior Livestock Show
The 1949 Rusk Eagles With Wings Furled
Cherokeean Photo
Joseph Andrew Morris, 90, life-
4 long resident of the Maydelle
community, died late Sunday, fol-
lowing a five day illness.
He was a member of the May-
delle Baptist Church, where fan-
eral services \0t?rc held Tuesday.
morning, conducted by Rev. War-
ren White of New London and j
Rev. O. P. Meador of Weches.
* Burial was in Pleasant Grove
cemetery at Maydelle.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Bertie Morris; a son, F. A. Morris
• of Troup; a stepson, Alvin Sanders
of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Opal
Piper of Dallas; a stepdaughter,
Mrs. Estelle Ball of Maydelle; two
9 brothers. G. W. Morris of Maydelle
and T. F. Morris of Mexia; a sister,
Mrs. Sallie Roach of Maydelle; six
grandchildren and two great-
% grandchildren.
Improved Lights
Being Installed
At Football Field
All West Bleachers
To Be Reserved For
Opening Alto Game
Better lighting facilities for
Musick Field will be provided this
year, it has been announced. All
the present lights are being tak-
en down and the reflectors will
be cleaned to provide more light
from present facilities.
In addition to this, twelve addi
tional lights are to be added. These
will be of the new seal beam type.
All globes will be 1,500-watt ca-
pacity. It is said this will add for-
ty per cent more light
It has also been announced that
the entire west bleachers will be
a reserve seat section for the Rusk-
Alto game September 9. The mid-
dle third of the Bleachers n.ike up
the season ticket reserve seat sec-
tion. Another one-third of this
side has been taken by Alto fans.
The remaining third is available
for Rusk fans if they buy them in
time, Supt. G. B. Chapman said.
He added that Alto people feel
they will need more than the 330
reserve seats sent them. If they
call for more before people of
Rusk take up their third—the
north end—additional seats will be
sent to Alto until the section is
sold out.
No seats on the east side of the
field will be reserved and will be
available to those paying general
admission. The only way for Rusk
fans to be assured of a seat is for
them to buy reserve seats before
Alto takes them all, Supt. Chap-
man said.
Fans who have been watching
the workouts of the team are en-
thusiastic about the outlook for
the season. Most members of the
squad have at least a year of ex-
perience and another year on their
ages is going to be a big help. The
team will probably average young-
er than that of most schools, since
most members have at least an-
other year to play.
Municipal Concert
Assured For Rusk
The Municipal Concert Associa-
tion first annual membership
drive, which closed Saturday eve-
ning, has been an unqualified suc-
cess, it was announced by Herbert
Teat, president of the association.
Dates for the concerts will be
announced later in the season.
Each concert association member
will be advised of the performance
dates. Membership identification
cards, enabling members to at-
tend all the concerts without any
further assessment of any kind,
will be mailed to the membership
prior to the first concert of the
Mr. Teat stated, 'I wish to thank
everyone who participated in mak-
ing our first annual municipal
concert membership campaign
such a great success. I know that
each member of the association
will be well rewarded in the deep
enjoyment of the wonderful con-
certs which the association will be
presenting. This is, I am sure, }he
beginning of many delightful con-
cert seasons for Rusk."
Every age has its problem, by
solving which, humanity is help-
ed forward.—T. Heine.
John B. Shepperd
Stresses Dangers
Of Communism
Active Interest
In Local Affairs
Best Safeguard
John Ben Shepperd, Gladewater
attorney, kept members of the
Rusk chamber of commerce and
visitors switching between laugh-
ter and serious thinking follow-
ing the chamber of commerce ban-
quet held Tuesday night at the
Methodist Church.
The speaker discussed the dan
gers of communism and socialism,
and urged that the trend be
fought by a renewal of interest
of the public in the affairs of the
community. He cited a budget
hearing on the school fund in his
home community which called for
an expenditure of the largest in
history, with nobody present but
the officials and a newspaper re
porter He said it is discouraging
to those who administer public
affairs to have so little attention
paid to such important matters
and that they need the opinions
of those they serve in making
px-oper decisions.
The speaker stressed the im
portance of the chamber of com-
merce. He told those present that
in his efforts to attract industries
to Gladewater, he had been in-
formed by industrial leaders that
in considering towns for expan-
sion, they cross off all those with-
out active chambers of commerce.
He said they expressed the opinion
that a town which could not or
would not support a chamber of
commerce would not be desirable
as an industrial location.
Herbert Teat and Miss Dorothy
Long entertained the group with
vocal numbers with Mrs. Webb
Finley at the piano. E. R. Gregg,
chamber of commerce president,
serving as toastmaster, introduced
visitors from Jacksonville, Frank-
ston, Tyler, Henderson, Long-
view, Reklaw and Gallatin
Rev. Rohre Begins
Ministry At Rusk
The Rev. Mr. Stuart McC. Rohre
began his ministry, in Rusk, on
Septmber 1, and will hold serv-
ices Sunday, September 4, at
11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. At the
morning hour the theme will be:
"A Child of God."
Mr. Rohre and his family re-
cently moved here from Cisco
where he was pastor of the First j
Presbyterian Church, for the past |
three and a half years, going to 1
Cisco after his separation from the j
service where he had served over |
five years as a Chaplain.
As reported last week the annual
Pickett Butler reunion for old-
timers was held Friday, August
19. The above photo by Edwin
Guinn returned from the engraver
too late for use in last week's pa-
per. Following is a second report
on the party as seen by another j
of those present:
A few days ago I went to
Picket Butler's annual dinner for
men above 60 years old, whom
he has known for thf greater
part of their lives. I was gratly
impressed at the demonstration of
quiet, orderly, and friendly atmos-
phere that seemed like a halo over
all that was said and done that
day at the beautiful hillside farm j
and pasture.
Although there were almost 100
present and one-fourth to one-
third of them were more than 75 j
years old, a spirit of contentment
that seemed habitual pervaded
the assembly of these men whose
efforts to achieve their youthful
aims and desires have largely been
spent, and in the very nature of
things it will not be many years
until they will fail to respond to
the earthly call of duty and desire.
But you could find no hint among
them that they had regrets that
made each day a day of misery
to them. It was not fanaticism
of the stoic but quiet contented ac-
ceptance of fate, coupled with the
feeling that their lives had, to a
great extent, been lived, as best
they could live them.
A well planned, well cooked,
and well served fish dinner was
eaten by legalites, churchites,
farmers, merchants, railroad men,
stockmen, truck growers, doctors,
and others but throughout the day
the spirit of "Pickett Butler" pre-
vailed. The spirit of comradeship,
and a spirit of fairmindedness,
tolerance and simplicity.
Mr. Butler is said to have just
as good a heart as can be made
out of brains, and long-time neigh-
bors think that sometimes the
heart pushes the brains aside and
takes over. Be that as it may,
all who have won his confidences
are agreed that there are few like
him, and none that surpass him
as a friend and a host. He has
started this move and his friends
wanted to perpetuate it, so they
formed an organization for the
purpose of making it an annual af-
fair. Photo by Edwin Guinn
Railroad Patrons
To Retain Council
In Service Battle
A County-Wide
Committee To
Take The Lead
A group of representatives from
communities along the railroad
between Tyler and Lufkin met in
Rusk last Thursday night to make
plans and map the fight to retain !
mail and express service.
It was decided to employ legal
council to represent the com-
munities at the hearing which is
scheduled to be held in Rusk
September 22, when the Railroad
Commission will hear arguments
for and against the proposal to
discontinue the passenger train
service, which would carry with ;
Ft the present mail and express j
service except for star routes.
A committee of representatives
from all points along the route is s
being named. It is expected that |
many hundreds of people will be
present September 22 to lend sup- j
port to the committee with their
E. R. Gregg was elected per-
manent chairman of the commit- j
tee, Dudley Lawson was elected
vice-chairman and F. L. Weimar
was named secretary.
School Lunchroom
Opens Tueday
Since students will be in school
the full day Tuesday, September
6, it has been decided to open
the lunchroom that day instead
of Wednesday as has been an-
Funeral services were held at
ten o'clock Wednesday morning
at the First Baptist Church for
Mrs. Lela Ray, 48, who died Tues-
day morning. Mrs. Ray underwent
an operation in May and has been
critically most of the time since
the operation.
She had been a member of the
Baptist church since girlhood. The
services were conducted by the
Baptist Pastor, Rev. Lee C. Perry.
He was assisted by Rev. L. W.
She is survived by six children,
Hayne Ray, Paris Lsland, S. C.;
Mrs. Herman Waggoner, Houston;
and Mrs. Elray Williams, Janice,
Dolores and Wayne Ray all of
Mrs. Ray is also survived by
five sisters, Mrs. Willie Dudley
and Mrs. Eva Garrett, Houston;
Mrs. Edwin Dial, Groveton; Mrs.
Jack Dominy, Pennington, and
Mrs. Gorge Westbrook, Rusk, and
five brothers, Wood English,
Arthur English and Bose English
of Kennard and Clyde and Clar-
ence English of Houston.
Her husband, Bryant Ray, died
June 27.
Burial was made in Cedar Hill
cemetery with Wallace Under-
takers in charge of arrangements
Pallbearers were J. H. Williams,
James Williams, Allen Kirkland,
Carroll Ray, J. R. Westbrook, W.
R. Steymann, E. M. Thompson and
Paul Copeland.
Rusk To Observe
Labor Day Monday
Rusk will observe the Labor Day
holiday with most retail establish-
ments closed it was announced
this week.
People are urged to anticipate |
their needs for Sunday and Mon-1
day. This is particularly true with I
regard to school clothing and sup- j
plies since Rusk schools open on
Tuesday following the holiday.
Clifford Dotson
Issues Statement
Clifford Dotson has issued the
following statement in reference
to his separation from athletics
after over nineteen years, in the
hope that it will clear up some re-
sulting misunderstandings:
"Due to the increasing number
of questions and misrepresented
facts in and about town, this writ-
ing is made in an effort to briefly
explain my status in athletics.
"This is the first time in 19
(Continued on Page Four)
W. P. RICHEY, Cashier of the
Citizens State Bank, suffered a
severe heart attack at the bank
Saturday morning. He is reported
to be making some improvement
but his condition remains critical.
New City Well
Has Saved Rusk..
From Water Crisis
But Summer Rate
Is Now Extended
Into September
A year ago Rusk was wrestling
with the problem of whether or
not to gamble on the city lake or
drill a deep well to augment the
water supply. As the lake fell low-
er and lower with no rain in sight,
it was decided to go ahead with
the well. Permission to take water
from the pond at Edwards Mill |
to conserve the lake supply, kept
water in the lines for limited use
until fall rains came.
If it was a question a year ago
as to what should be done about it,
that question has been answered
now. The city lake is at the lowest
level in its history. Rusk has had
no water conservation measures
(his summer and it was decided
this week to extend the special
summer rate for lawn sprinking
until the September meter reading
date, which will probably be
around September 18 to 20.
There would have been no
chance this year to have augment-
ed the water supply from the
Edward Mill pond— in fact the
situation has been exactly revers-
ed. The pond failed about ten days
ago and the city has been return-
ing the appreciated favor of last
summer by supplying water for
the mill.
Mayor Lewis McCarroll esti-
mates that without the well, Rusk
would have found itself with no
water at all some time during
July, and that restrictions would
have been necessary some time
before that.
The city well is now being op
erated on a twenty-four hour basis,
pumping a half-million gallons a
day directly into the city lake. The
lake is at such a low level that no
additional water is lost by evapora
tion, the mayor explained, sine -
the pumping will not extend the
surface. The pumping is bein.'
continued to maintain a safe re
serve supply in case of any emer
Premium List
Mounts As More
Contribute Funds
Will Be Open
Friday Night JFor
Late Visitors
The premium list for the Rusk-
Kiwanis Junior Livestock Show
had grown to $475.00 Wednesday
noon and indications were that it
would go still higher. The addi-
tional cash was tossed into the pot
by various organizations and in-
dividuals. The Rusk Lions Club
added $1.00 each to sixty-five
awards announced by the Kiwanis
club. A director of the chamber
of commerce added $5.00 to the
award for the best dairy female.
A special cash award had already
been added for the best Aberdeen
Angus animal shown. Special cash
awards have also been offered for
the best animals shown that come
from the Alto-Wells area.
As the premium list stood Wed-
nesday, substantial cash awards
had been added for first place on
all cattle classes shown. These,
with grand champion awards add-
ed will make it possible for some
winners to collect in excess of
$20.00 cash in premium money,
according to Carl Wipprecht,
Chairman of the Agricultural
Mr. Wipprecht also announced
that a five dollar prize had been,
offered for the boy exhibiting the
best showmanship in showing his
animal, regardless of whether the
animal places or not. Ag teachers
of the county will be the judges o£
this event.
A number of people have asked
if the tent will be open Friday
night for the convenience of those
who are unable to see the show
during working hours. It wa an-
nounced this week that the show
will be in full swing Friday night.
The big canvas top which will
house the show went up Wednes-
day of this week. Members of
Company A, 143rd Infantry will
operate a cold drink stand at the
show grounds. The concession was
donated to the infantrymen by the
Kiwanis club.
A request of some professional
breeders to show their animals
will be honored if there is room,
but the animals will be allowed for
show purposes only and will not be
judged or be in line for prizes in
competition with the junior live-
stock phowmen.
Admission to everything in con-
nection with the livestock ex-
hibits will be free.
The Sears-Roebuck Foundation,
which has its own premium list,
will judge its pig classes while
exhibits are at the show.
The first big sweet potato of the
season was brought in this week
by L. E. Hudson. The turnip-
shaped grandad of his patch
weighs five and one-half pounds.
The big potato is on display at
Shattuck's Grocery.
Funeral services were held in
the First Baptist Church in New-
ton at ten o'clock Monday morning
for Bill Goodson, 42, who died at
his home there after several
months' illness.
Short services were held at two
o'clock ir. Rusk followed by burial
in Cedar Hill cemetery with Wal-
lace Undertakers in charge of
He is survived by his wife and
two sons, Joe Bill and Lewis. He
is also survived by five sisters,
Mrs. Ocie Denny, Rusk; Mrs.
Mabel B. Henderson, Pensacola,
Florida; Mrs. Annie Odom o£
Forest; Mrs. A. E. Bigham of Hous-
ton, and Mrs. Robert Ndfvell of
San Augustine, and four brothers,
Fred Goodson, La Porte; Sid Good-
son, Dallas; Carl Goodson, Ket-
mit, and Edward Goodson, Mon-
roe, La.
Mr. Goodson was the son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Goodson,
and was born and raised in Rusk.

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Main, Frank L. The Rusk Cherokeean (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 1, 1949, newspaper, September 1, 1949; Rusk, Texas. ( accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.