The Rusk Cherokeean (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 30, Ed. 1 Friday, February 19, 1937 Page: 1 of 8
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THE RUSK CHEROKEEAN, RUSK, CHEROKEE COUNTY, TEXAS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19,1 937
RUSK HIGH EAGLES VICTORIOUS
ON CHEROKEE CLASS A TITULAR
DRIVE; BEATING WELLS PIRATES
To Be Principal
Speaker At Cayuga
Now Go To District
Meet At 'Doches
Sweeping aside their most for-
midable county opposition, the
Wells High school Pirates, The
Rusk Eagles Saturday night soar-
ed to a second championship with-
in the month by taking the right
to represent Cherokee county
class A schools in the district
meet at Nacogdoches.
The score of the Wells tilt was
24 to 17, after a closely fought
The Eagles proved that there is
no doubt as to the better club in
Cherokee county in the class A
meet, held at the cracker-box
Pirate cagers were strong. They
proved that during the tilt that
became a trrid affair before it
was over. Arguments over the
close refereeing of the oficials
brought many disputes during the
evening. Wells had previously
bowled over Jacksonville High
Indians by a top-heavy score.
Win E-Tex League
Coach Bill McCluney's high-
flying Eagles whipped opponents
in the East Texas Basketball
League to win that title this sea-
son, the first year they have been
in that league. The victory in the
piney woods circuit had no bear-
ing on the Interscholastic league
The Eagles go to the Nacog-
doches meet this week-end. They
are given a good chance to come
through that tournament victor-
ious. Although they are taking
the motto of "Take them as they
come," they are being given a
good chance to go into bi-district
It is the best team to represent
Rusk, some local observers say,
since the team that beat Athens
out in the Nacogdoches district
meet several years ago, with the
exception of perhaps one year
when a number of the stars were
hurt in an automobile crash just
before the county meet.
Setting back Atoy, the Summer-
field boys copped the class B title
in a final game score of 28-14.
They will represent the class B
schools at the district meet.
Summerfield community, proud
of their boys, are putting on a
musical show at their auditorium
Friday night to raise money for
sweaters for their championship
Class B rural girls' honors went
to Gallatin by a 1-0 county (for-
feit) when Atoy lassies failed to
Kosk Lassies Win ,
Continuing their streak of vis-
tories, the Rusk High Eagle Lass-
ies brought another championship
to the local high school Saturday
night by whipping out the Wells
High Pirate Girls by a 24-16
It was an all-Wells and Rusk
finals—with the county seat town
getting the advantage in both me-
lees. Both Rusk teams have un-
usual records for the current sea-
YOU TELLIN' I
"The World's Worst Editorial
Prospects for a high school base
ball league, composed of the same
member clubs that made up the
East Texas Basketball league, was
seen this week by Watty Snelling,
member of the Rusk school board
and a member of the athletic
committee of that board.
When the representatives of the
member schools meet to award
the championship to Rusk, this
matter will be discussed, Mr.
Because of the fact that people
of this section are already "base-
ball-minded," Mr. Snelling sug-
gested, the league would be bene-
ficial to all school concerned.
Composing the basketball
league, besides Rusk, were Hen-
derson, Jacksonville, Gaston, Luf-
kin and Nacogdoches.
Elkhart Plays Cayuga
For Anderson Pennant
PALESTINE. Feb. 15.—The
Elkhart High school Elks copped
the Class A basketball champion-
ship of Anderson county, toppling
Palestine in the final game of a
round-robbin tournament, 19 to 7.
The Elks will this week play a
three-game series with Cayuga,
Class B champions, to determine
the county championship.
THEY ARE NOW talking of the
pensions for the aged, and it
seems that such talk wil long be
the subject of conversation in the
legislature and congress and out.
President Franklin D. Roos
evelt aided such talk with
his far-reaching—and some-
times I think "far-fetched"—
Social Security act. The
country back in 1929 reached
down for the deepest stretch
of depresion that America and
the world has even known.
That little depression made
thousands jobless—men and
women who wanted to work
but couldn't find anything to
The transformation began. First
there was the dole—and it seemed
then that the dole was the only
thing that could aid the situation.
Public works and public spending
began. You know the history of
that. We have spent and spent—
and then are spending some more.
Every man took the attitude that
"somebody's going to get it, why
O !cl age pensions came
forth. Working on the basis
of the theory that "the werlcl
owi'j everyone a livh?-z," they
worked out what is known as
an old a-;f assistance. It v.;.s
doiiberalize'l when it was
found that the state cou'.d net
ai'forsi to give a pension to
Now, the way that your editor
looks at that thing is: If ihey can't j
pay those good citizens who have I
been worthy taxpayers and have
lived lives of usefulness in the
community, then they should do
away with this system. I'm not
saying that the pension idea is not
good. It isn't good if they elimi-
nate those who deserve the mon-
ey. A good-for-nothing negro or
Mexican who has not given noth-
ing to the country in which he
lives does not deserve a pen-
sion if Mr. Good Citizen, a man
who has been a worthwhile resi-
dent of the particular section, who
has paid taxes, but in his latter
days comes near the end of his
-rail penniless, is left out.
Vitamin K from deep
West Texas is with us again.
Those boys out there are let-
ting their 1937 crops get away
(Continued on page 8)
FOR APRIL 6TH
Election of a mayor, two alder-
men, city marshal, and city re-
corder will be on docket April 6
when the town election is held in
The city council passed a reso-
lution to call the election at their
regular meeting this month.
Two aldermen who will be up
for election are the places now
occupied by Alvin Pryor and
Johnnie Williams. Ed Finley is
city marshal and Mrs. Lois Kerr
is city recorder. Mrs. Kerr was
appointed after the death of her
husband, Major Charles E. Kerr
L. A. Woods
State Supt. L. A. Woods will
be the principal speaker Thursday
morning at Cayuga when the
$45,000 school plant there is dedi-
cated. The dedication ceremonies
will start at 10:00 a. m. accord-
ing to Supt. J. O. Nash of the
school and H. W. Barton, presi-
dent of the school board.
The Palestine school band will
furnish music for the occasion
and there will be vocal numbers.
The new plant consists of a
one-story brick building and a
home economics building, both of
the most modern type and equip-
ment throughout with first-class
facilities. The plant replaces an
old structure razed by fire. The
new buildings were constructed
by Kraus Brothers. A. M. Burns
had the plumbing and heating
contract and Addie Leiskar had
the wiring contract.
TO BE HERE
ON MARCH 1
C. A. Gordon, deputy collector
for the Internal Revenue depart-
ment of the second district in
Texas, will be in Rusk on March
1, to assist anyone who desires
help on income tax returns, a
letter from W. A. Thomas, collec-
Mr. Gordon will be at the Farm-
ers and Merchants State Bank and
Trust company between the hours
of 8:30 in the morning and 4
o'clock in the afternoon.
Frankston Man Given
Five Year Sentence
And Fine of $1,000
The following letter addressed
to "Red Cross, Athens, Texas,"
was placed in the box of Dr. W.
G. Fletcher, Methodist pastor and
was passed on to the Review, to-
gether with the contribution. The
letter, which enclosed a njckle,
"Dear Red Cross: I am not send-
ing much.—Elizabeth Jo Green."
Elizabeth you are mistaken.
You have contributed "much"—
possibly much more than you
realize. Two thousand years ago
a widow cast two mites into the
treasury. From a monetary
standpoint it was not much. Rich
men were also standing by and
had cast many gifts into the same
But in giving, our motives are
considered and not the amount we
give. A millionaire could give a
thousand much easier that you.
could give your nickle.
And the Master, realizing that,
said to those about him: "Of a
truth I say unto you, that this
poor widow hath cast in more
The Red Cross appreciates your
contribution, Elizabeth. And it
appreciates more the spirit which
prompted you to give.—Athens
Mirs Bessie Rogers of Alto, vis-
ited triends here Sunday.
Jim Elliott was a business visi-
tor in Jefferson Sunday.
TYLER, Feb. 11.—R. B. At-
wood, of Frankston, auto agent,
was sentenced to five years in
Leavenworth penitentiary and
fined $1,000 for possessing and
transporting illicit liquor by
Judge Randolph Bryant in feder-
al court Thursday afternoon. At-
wood was convicted by a jury
earlier in the week.
In sentencing Atwood, Judge
Bryant termed him ore of the
biggest whiskey operators in this
section of the county.
Judge Bryant made it clear
that no one can come into federal
court and get by with tampering
with testimony, as he said, At-
wood did. He also said that this
court is a court of justice, and
that everyone is treated in the
same way, the rich, and poor, the
high and the low.
The judge said that he was
getting tired of the illicit whis-
key business in East Texas, and
warned bootleggers to go to mak-
ing some other crop besides corn.
Besides Atwood, a total of 35
defendants in criminal cases were
sentenced by Judge Bryant
Thursday afternoon, most of the
sentences being for violation of
the internal revenue laws by mak-
ing, selling or transporting untax-
ed liquor in counties surrounding
Farris Anthony, of Pine Hill,
community, Rusk county, must
serve 90 days in jail and pay a
John E. Green of Frankston
community, alias "Poor Boy"
Green, will not be sentenced until
the October term of court in
Tyler, the judge said-, because of
his wife's health. However, Judge
Bryant promised that Green even-
tually would go to jail. Louis
TatUm, charged with him, was
given 60 days in jail and fined
$100. - ,
"* ■ 'Athens Man Sentenced
Henry L. Morrison of Athens,
formerly assistant cashier of the
First National Bank of Athens,
was sentenced to a year and a day
in El Reno reformatory Thursday
afternon by Judge Bryant.
Judge Roy all R. Watkins of
Athens represented Morrison.
JEWEL MANESS, living here,
was married recently to GERTIE
MAE THAMES, and this news-
paper failed to get the data on
their wedding ceremony . . . and
to the couple we most humbly
apologize . . . but the reportial
staff of the Cherokeean isn't head-
ed by a mind reader, you know ..
Sorry we ain't.
BEN DOBBS looking for a
milch cow and willing to spend
a quarter to get one . . . See the
want ad section . . . Some story
SARAH McLENDON wrote for
the Tyler Morning Telegraph,
therefore we transmit it to you
this week . . . JOHN PARKS tells
BEN DOBBS that the oil well is
going down . .. Mr. Dobbs doesn't
thinks o . . . S. G. KERR just
looking on while they argue . . .
JUDGE BENGE saying he'll take
a double page spread in the big
edition of The Cherokeean on
Still such a thing as barbershop
harmony . . . EMMETT LLOYD,
around at Hotel Barber Shop,
sends announcement of singing
convention meeting at Oakland
Sunday . . . This weather means
better gardens and more of them
planted this week.
A number of local citizens have
been trying to get Attorney M. M.
GUINN to run for mayor in the
April 6th city election . . . but
MALCOLM is thus far non-com-
mital . . . The present incumbent,
E. R. GREGG, has indicated that
he might not be in the race . . .
Alderman ALVIN PRYOR has
said that he will not be in the
race again this year.
"PAT" at the Rusk Hotel-Cafe
didn't go to bed Sundny night . . .
She had a date with a boy to go
to Mt. Pleasant—but he didn't
show up . . . now the boys are
Meet at Aakland
Sunday P. M.
Rusk-Alto district singing con-
vention will meet with the Oak-
land class Sunday afternoon, it
was announced here this week.
Some of the outstanding singers
in this section are expected.
The general public he been ex-
tended an invitation to be present
on the occasion.
Funeral services for Hazel
Gamble, 43, killed in an automo-
bile wreck near Breckinridge,
were held Monday at the home of
Mrs. J. W. Graves, State Crossing,
Mrs. Graves is the mother of the
Mrs. Gamble was on her way
west when the fatal accident
occurred. Riding in her own car
with a driver, the car was over-
turned on a curve about three
miles west of Breckinridge. She
was carried to a hospital immedi-
ately Monday, dying Saturday.
Her companion was unhurt.
The sheriff's department here
received a call from Breckinridge
to locate Mrs. Gamble's family
Monday. It was thought at the
time that her condition was ser-
ious. Mrs. Graves was informed
of the accident.
Born on May 30, 1S93, she was
married to C. F. Graves of Dallas,
r.n Dec. 19. 1909. A daughter,
Mr. J. O. Curtis, lives at Ft.
Riiey. Kansas. Surviving are her
mothei and father, a. brother at
Portland, Oregon, and a halt
brother and sister.
She became a member of the
Grace Methodist cHlut:i in Fort
Worth al the age of 1-J.
Interment was at th." Cedar Hill
cemetery with W. H Wallace, un-
t-j'icrs, in charge. Rev. John A.
Williams, pastor of the Baptist
church, here, conducted the serv-
CITY SCORES VICTORY TUESDAY
WHEN GULF PUBLIC SERVICE CO-
OFFERS COMPROMISE RATE CARD
IN CASE HERE
A jury in Judge C. E. Brazil's
district court this week awarded
the Gourley children $7,500 in
the death of Mrs. J. C. Gourley at
the Troup i. & G. N. crossing a
Arguments were completed and
the jury had the case Saturday
afternoon after a week of trial.
The sister suit, involving the
death of Mr. Gourley, is due to
be tried Monday of the second
week in the next term of court.
A motion to try the two cases
together failed after the trial was
Announcement of appeal was
IN STORES BY SCOUTS
Both local Boy Scouts troops
decorated stores in the city last
week—during the annual anivers-
ary celebration of the B. S A..—
in Brown's and Rusk Dry Goods
company stores. Displays of some
of the work of the boys made the
windows very attractive and aid-
ed somewhat in calling attention
to the good work Scouting is do-
ing in this city.
V. R. Roach, scoutmaster, is one
of the most prominent East Texas
leader in the boy's work.
Scouts will be guests Friday
of the local Kiwanis club.
Funeral services were held at
the Rocky Springs church Thurs-
day afternoon lest week for Mrs.
E. F. Pryor, 61, of Maydelle, who
died Wednesday following a short
illness from a throat complication.
Rev. L. S. Ballard of Dallas,
conducted the services. Interment
was at Rocky Springs. Her death
came at 3:40 o'clock Wednesday.
Born in this county, near Jack-
sonville, Mrs. Pryor spent her en-
tire life in Cherokee. She belong-
ed to the old Rocky Springs Bap-
Besides the deceased's husband,
she is survived by five brothers,-
A. A. Lloyd of the Dialville com-
munity, John Buren, W. J. and
Joe Lloyd of Rusk, two daughters,
both residents of Maydelle, Mrs.
H. C. Glidden and Mrs. J. O. Hol-
somback. Four sisters, Mrs. John
Francis of Rusk, Mrs. Hugh Porter
of Caldwell, Mrs. Bert Meadow of
Maydelle, and Mrs. W. M. King of
this city, as well as three grand-
children, also survive.
Pallbearers were M. L. Bolton,
Rev. John DeFoor, R. M. Hill, D.
L. Arnwine, Michael O'Byrne, and
Free Shot Wins Class B
Title For LaPoynor
Perhaps the most able
"m. C." in all these Chero-
keean county hills came to light
Friday night when V. e. Curry,
Sinclair agent of Jacksonville,
presided over the first Kiwanis
club ladies night affair of the cur-
Mr. Curry handled the affair
like a veteran of many political
battles. He was superb.
Kiwanisians agreed it was the
most enjoyable occasion in many
years. The meeting was held in
the First Methodist church base-
Imagine the bright, maroon
face of Will Hanna, past pres-
ident, when Mr. Curry began
telling of the incident that
was "supposed" to have hap-
pened in the life of the ab-
stractor. That was back when
Will was a country boy, 21
years of age, running around
in overalls, with one leg torn
out, and barefooted. But we
won't tell the story in this
space. Mr. Hanna blushed
enough Friday night.
Dr. George Francis, so Mr.
Curry said, told a certain tooth
paste manufacturer that he'd even
use their tooth paste for $5,000,
which amount they said they'd
pay for his endorsement. That
wasn't lor publication—and it was
al! in fun.
Some very interesting def-
n'Uans of names of members
o? the club W"re reported
from Brother Noah Webster
by the emcee—seine that
most most of the members
had never known before. He
defined "Hatchett," comment-
ing that he'd like to "bury the
Hatchett," his Texaco com-
Lieutenant Governor C. D. Mol-
loy of Jacksonville, was pr Airlfr,
and he proceeded to tell the ladies
what the Kiwanis club stands
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Sheriff Bill Brunt
Warns Stock Owners
He Will Enforce Law
Cherokee county Sheriff Bill
Brunt has issued word from his
office that/he intends to enforce
the .stock laws, especially as ap-
plied ..to the state , highways.
Stressing the importance of
keeping stock from the highways
because of the danger of wreck-
ing- automobiles, the sheriff said
that the law would strietly be en-
forced. A fine from not less than
$5 nor more than $50 and court
cost is the penalty that may be
levid on "those who are guilty of
letting stock roam highways or
Co-operation of all the officers
of the county, in every precinct
and locality, will assist the sheriff
and his force in seeing that the
law is enforced.
Warning to owners of stock was
this week given out by the Cher-
okee county sheriff to keep stock
Little User Given
Scoring a decided victory in
their bout with the Gulf Public
Service company, the city council
Tuesday night accepted a new rate
schedule offered by that company
in lieu of the ordinance passed
on January 12th.
The "compromise" rates are
very much the same as set forth
in Alderman Edwin Guinn's ori-
Taking the stand that the dif-
ference in the new rate and the
ordinance was so little that it was
not worth scrapping over, all al-
dermen present for the special
meeting, with the exception of
Mr. Guinn, voted to accept the
G. P. S. proposal. Attorney Guinn
said that it was for the same rea-
son that he was in favor of mak-
ing the light company come to
the city council's ordinance.
The commercial rates are out
of line more than any on the new
schedule. Mayor E. R. Greeg said
at the meeting Tuesday night that
the company is now working out
a schedule to reduce commercial
lighting rates both here and at
Alderman Guinn was Wednes-
day morning praising The Chero-
1 keean for its stand taken in the
oast few issues saying that with-
out this editorial comment that
ike new rate schedule would
never had been possible.
"I.ittle User Wins"
Mr. Guinn said that the "little"
user scores a complete victory
in the battle. Heaped on top of
the statement from the light com-
pany several weeks ago when
they said that no new reductions
could be made possible at this
time, their "little user" scores
and now they will be paying ex-
actly the same as his brother in
Jacksonville with the exception
of those on higher brackets. On
the residential lighting rates, the
company surrendered to the or-
dinance, giving a $l.tfo minimum
and the rate on first 25 KWH at
9-cents, next 75 KWH at 5-cents,
and balance at 3-cents. Under
the old rate users here paid a
$1.50 minimum, and 10-cents for
the first 50 KWH, 8-cents for the
next 50 KWH, and 5-cents for ex-
Other rates are to be found
elsewhere in this edition of The
Johnnie Williams made the
motion, seconded by R. L. Hat-
chett, that the ordinance of Jan-
uary 12, fixing the rates the same
as Jacksonville's schedule, be re-
pealed. All voted "yea" except
Mr. Guinn, who voted "no". The
same vote was taken on the new
schedule.' M. B. Ellis was not
present, but Alvin Pryor voted
"yea" on both scores.
TITLE GOES TO
GLADEWATER, Feb. 12.—Kil-
gore won the bi-county champion-
ship here Friday night by trounc-
ing Gladewater 41 to 36 in one of
the hardest-fought games of the
BANK ROBBER HERE TELLS HOW HE
HELPED SOME 12 CONVICTS ESCAPE
Hilton Byrd, student at Baylor
University, Waco, spent the week-
end here with his parents, Mr.
and Mis. W. H. Byrd.
Amid a pandemonium of excite-
ment that shook the walls of
Cross Roads gym the LaPoynor
quintette took the final game of
the series with Cross Roads to
win the class B championship of
Henderson county last Saturday
night. Townley, the brilliant for-
ward of the Purples, was out of
the game owing to a touch of
During the first and second
quarters of the game it looked
as if LaPoynor would not exper-
ience any great difficulty in win-
ning. The score at the end of the
first quarter being 6 to 2 and at
the half 14 to 9. Then the Cross
Roads boys woke up; and didn't
they awake? They came in with
renewed life and started scoring
at will. At the end of the third
quarter the score was LaPoynor
19, Cross Roads 13. The last quar-
ter furnished enough thrills to last
the average fan a lifetime.
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Phillips
were here Monday to attend the
funeral of Mrs. Ruth Gamble.
Rev. M. L. Fuller of Athens,
was a visitor in the city Sunday.
By SARAH McCLENDON
Tyler Telegraph Staff
Charlie O'Keith, who received
sentences of 20 and 25 years to
run concurrently and a $1,000 fine
before Judge Randolph Bryant for
robbing the Wells State bank, said
Friday afternoon at the Smith
county jail that he believed he
would be committed to Alcatraz
prison to serve his sentence.
O'Keith is 30 years old. His total
number of sentences received in
various courts is three times his
age. He has served for burglary,
accessory to murder and bank
robbery. He once engineered an
escape from the Kansas State pen-
Judge Bryant's sentence carried
with it the stipulation that
O'Keith would be committed to
some place to be determined by
the attorney general. From here
he will probably go first to Leav-
Federal officials received a re-
quest from Sheriff Cari Busch of
Groveton, Texas, Friday after-
noon saying he had two grand
jury indictments and felony war-
rants for Charlie O'Keith alias
Charlie Williams, and wanted to
know if he could come get him.
The federal officials said C'keith
would not be released to anyone.
Life Story Told
O'Keith, despite his first ap-
pearance of devil-may-care, is
actually a quiet, soft-spoken,
rather sincere type of person
when one gets to know him. He
told his life story and the history
of his crimes Friday afternoon.
He is a handsome young man
who must have friends on the out-
side somewhere, for he is well-
dressed. Now and then when he
is talking to one his blue eyes will
show a trace of tears, but he is
not apparently feeling sorry for
himself as he is for the things that
He was born in Marietta, Okla.,
where he was known as Charlie
Williams. His parents died while
he was quite young and he was
reared by his uncle and grand-
mother. The uncle was good to
him. but the aunt was not, so
Charlie finally decided to take
life on his own and left home.
After that he roamed about the
country working at hamburger
joints or any place he could find.
In Kansas he and some other
boys were implicated in a burgla-
ry of a store for which O'Keith re-
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