The Naples Monitor (Naples, Tex.), Vol. 73, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 5, 1959 Page: 2 of 8
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Local people attend funeral at Linden
Mr. and Mrs. James Wom-
mack, Jim and Bob, and Mrs.
Eunice Rutland visited Mr.
and Mrs. I. I- Griffin Sunday.
(Being afflicted with a little laziness him-
self, the editor can understand it in others. He
sincerely hopes others similiarly afflicted will
be equally understanding as he simply skips
writing a new "Viewpoint" this week and goes
back exactly one year to reprint one. It's still
as timely as ever.)
Naples people have an acute case of good
intentions compounded by an overdose of
In other words, they start out like a ball
of fire on a new project and then fizzle out.
The youth center is a prime example.
The Business Women's Club decided two
years ago (now three) to build a place so the
teenagers would have a place for their social
life other than a parked car on a dark side
There was lots of interest. The women
went about the planning with all of the seri-
ousness that such a project requires.
The townspeople supported it with their
endorsement and their money — somewhere
around $2,500 of it.
It is understandable that the unexpected
high cost of a new building may have put a
damper on the project.
But the sponsors have an alternative.
There is a perfectly good building owned
by the Clayton L. Harte post of the American
Legion which stands idle every night of the
month except for one or two. The Legion has
trouble keeping the building in good order
because of finances.
The money the Business Women's Club
was given to build a youth center probably is
sufficient to put the Legion Hall in first class
shape as a community center.
The money in the bank is no help to the
teenagers. Contributors did not give to have
it left on deposit in the bank.
The teenagers should be given a place
other than a parked car for their social life.
Let's get on with the show.
"You know. Miss Millerl I think all he really
wants is a free nap."
By Mrs. George Palmer
Mrs. D. H. Rainey Sr. and
Mr. and Mrs. James Rainey
and children visited relatives
last week end.
Mrs. Allie Robertson and
Mrs. Aub Nolen attended the
funeral of Mrs. Peeples last
week in Linden.
Mr. and Mrs. Welborn and
Cheryl visited in Clarksville
Sunday and Mrs. Bernice Grif-
fin returned home with them
for a visit.
Mrs. Jodie Bryan had vis-
itors Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Shaddix
and Kirby visited Mrs. I. M.
Johnson last Sunday.
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Refusing to Face Reality
SAGE OF SULPHUR BOTTOM
Racketeers are responsibe
for some of those awful
recordings played on radii©
(Editor's note: The Sage of
Sulphur Bottom on his John-
son grass farm this week dis-
cusses, of all things, music.)
I don't listen to the radio
much, mainly because with a
radio you have to listen right
then or you'll miss what's said
while with a newspaper you
can wait around till you're in
the mood and have a chance to
prepare yourself to face what
happened in the world yester-
day, but once in a while I do
listen and something about ra-
dio that has puzzled me a long
time has now been cleared up,
although I'll have to admit it
took a newspaper to do it.
Here was my problem: when
I'd tune in to hear some news,
lots of times a music program
would be on, and since I fig-
ured the news would be on in
a few minutes and there was-
n't any use in going to the
trouble of changing the dial,
I just sat back and chawed my
gum and listened.
What puzzled me was how
some of the music I heard got
there. "Here's a record that's
zooming upward," the announ-
cer would say, I think they call
him a disc jockey, although
I ain't up on that phase of
culture, and what came over
the air was unbelieveable. And
Dr. C. W. Cromer
212 N. Madison
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Office Closed All Day
when the singer started sing-
ing, well, if I had a cud-chew-
ing cow that couldn't bawl bet-
ter than that, I'd have it rend-
ered for soap.
I couldn't figure out how
such a record ever got played,
not to mention how anybody
could claim it was zooming.
Well, this has been cleared
up. According to a newspaper
I read last night, the Senate
Rackets Investigating Commit-
tee has turned up some evi-
dence that racketeers have
been forcing juke box owners
to buy phonograph records.
I knew somebody must have
been holding a gun on some-
body else to get such music
But it'll never succeed. I
mean, while maybe the racke-
teers can force record distri-
butors to buy their records,
it's going to take a lot of mob-
sters to hold enough guns on
enough people to make them
On the other hand, I have
heard some records that were
not forced on anybody, they
are played night and day, on
radio, TV, juke boxes and the
kids' portable record players,
and I'll tell you it's going to
take an expert to tell which
record was forced on the pub-
lic by racketeers and which
one by teenagers.
I'm glad I'm not on the
Senate Investigating Commit-
tee when this problem comes
up. Turn that music down and
let me read. Where's my copy
of The Monitor? Or some-
thing. Anything will do.
Phone for skilled inspection
of your property and reliable
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Lee Narramore Publisher
Entered as second class mail
at Naples under act of Con-
gress of March 3rd, 1879.
Notice to the Public
Any erroneous reflection
upon the character, standing
or reputation of any person,
firm or corporation which
may appear in the columns of
this newspaper will be cor-
rected upon being brought to
the attention of the publisher.
Hayden Stewart of Marietta,
James E. Hicks of Naples,
William D. Minter of Simms,
Mrs. O. L. Godfrey of Na-
Mrs. A. L. Rivers of Omaha,
J. M. Falls of Naples medi-
Mrs. J. L. Waits of Omaha,
Mrs. Donald Betts of Na-
Mrs. Cleo Calloway of Oma-
Mrs. Mary Sue Joyner of
Ted Robinson of Marietta.
Earl McCollum of Omaha.
Mrs. John Forsyth of De-
Porter Presley of Naples.
Calvin Ray Green and Lois
Royce Palmer Hines and
Patsy Nell Wallace.
Donald Eugene Phillips and
Barbara Jean O'Dell.
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PHONE TW 7-3271
omplete Roach Sanitntio
• • • That sometimes people forget how hard it
was to get electricity on the farm. He says
the people had to build their own systems
through electric cooperatives. Sometimes
they had to set miles of line just to serve
a few people, but that was part of the bar-
gain. My dad says the job isn't finished. He
says when I grow up I will have to help pay
back the money we borrowed and the in-
terest we owe. But most important my Dad
says we must keep reminding people that
the Electric Cooperatives have done nothing
but good things and that our only purpose
now or ever is Rural Electrification.
Electric Cooperative, Inc.
This Is Your Problem, Too!
Everyone living in North East Texas in
the steel mill area has a vital interest in the
Company's latest moves to incite friction
and hatred among members of the Union.
Racial violence is an ugly thing, and wherev-
er it starts, it always spreads. Union Com-
mitteemen, Shop Stewards, and officers are
working night and day to stop any violence
before it starts, but we need the understand-
ing and cooperation of influential members
of the public. We want our position clearly
understood now, and for that reason we are
printing the following facts.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED
In recent weeks the Company has had
vacancies in jobs formerly filled by white
employees. There are a large number of
employees still to be recalled under the
Kelliher Award, with 5 to 10 years' senior-
ity. Most of them are white, but scattered in
the group are a few colored employees.
None of them were called to fill these job
vacancies although the Contract gives them
the first right to be called on account of
their plant-wide seniority.
Instead, the Company deliberately picked
colored employees who had hired in during
the 1957 wildcat strike, and were laid off
from their own departments, and placed
them on these jobs. This was a deliberate,
willful. Contract violation. It was racial dis-
crimination in reverse, against white men
instead of the more customary discrimina-
tion against colored.
To top it off. the Company had the auda-
city to issue a press release that it had to do
this because of the Contract with our Union.
THE UNION'S POSITION
The first responsibility of the Union is
to enforce the Contract and to protect the
seniority rights of men who have invested
more years of their lives with the Company.
The second interest of the Union is to main-
tain the peace and good will between white
and Negro employees that has existe i , t
Because the Company clearly violated the
Contract, the Union filed a grievance on
Wednesday, Feb. 18th, in behalf of the sen-
ior men who were entitled to return to work
under the Kelliher Award. For the fortieth
time since last August, the Company refused
to follow the grievance procedure, on this
grievance. It sent our grievance back, with
a letter refusing to carry out the grievance
procedure on it.
Therefore, the Union will have no choice
but to go to the Federal Courts for action,
to compel the Company to abide by its sol-
emn commitment to carry out the Kelliher
Award and our Contract. This is a long, slow
costly process. It brings all sorts of bad pub-
licity to the parties involved, to admit that
labor relations have so broken down that
one party must haul the other into court,
to force it to live up to solemn signed agree-
ments. But the Union has no other choice.
COMPANY REFUSES TO MEET
The second day these juniors were on
their new jobs, Representative Brantley and
I asked for a meeting between top manage-
ment and top Union officials, to try to re-
solve the problem. First, we were promised
such a meeting, but the next day we were
told that Mr. Abernathy, Labor Relations
Manager for the Company, had to go to Dal-
las so we couldn't meet. On the following
day the Company's deliberately misleading
statement was released to the papers from
When Mr. Abernathy returned, Mr. Bra-
shear, Works Manager, left town and was
gone all week. On Friday, Feb. 27, I once
again asked Mr. Abernathy for a meeting
with top management. I advised him that
representatives of the Union were available
to meet any time of any day or night to try
to work out our differences on this problem.
Monday. March 2, the Company indicated
that it "might" be possible to meet Friday,
March 7th, three weeks after the problem
COMPANY STIRS RACIAL TROUBLE
Meanwhile, certain foremen, particularly
in the Pipe Mills, are agitating our mem-
bers to violence, or to "wildcat", or worse.
Certain ones talk to white men, and say,
"Are you a white man, or not? Are you go-
ing to let those blankety-blanks take your
jobs? You'd better stop this now!"
On the other hand, certain other foremen
are talking only to colored employees. They
are telling the colored employees, "Look
what the Company is doing for you, and
your Union is against it." The Union can
show the names of the foremen who are
guilty of stirring this sort of racial hatred.
The reasons for this hatred campaign are
obvious. First, the Company tried to split its
workmen into two camps over "super-sen-
iority". But the Company knows it has failed
in this effort. Some new way had to be
found to create hatreds among the men be-
fore our Contract negotiations this year.
Race hatred is probably the easiest hat-
red to inflame in the South at this time.
But it is also the ugliest, the hardest to put
down once it breaks out. One incident leads
to another. The peace of the whole commu-
nity is shattered.
It is terrible to believe that certain Com-
pany officials would knowingly incite racial
violence in East Texas, in 1959, just to
weaken the Union. But the facts related
above lead us inescapably to that conclu-
sion. Every member of the Union knows
that the colored and white members of
Local 4134 have worked together harmoni-
ously for years, and that the Union has
promoted good will and peace between
them. No one who knows anything about
race relations or labor relations at Lone
Star Steel will blame the Union for what is
THE PUBLIC CAN HELP
We appeal to the public for help in this
situation. If racial violence starts in the
steel mill, it will spread to every school,
every town, and every crossroads commu-
nity in North East Texas. Not only the
Union members will be divided, but the
whole people of the area will be made to
distrust and fear one another.
Our Union Grievance Committeemen,
Shop Stewards, and officers are working
in the plant, in the Union Hall, and in their
communities, among both white and colored
employees, to prevent friction, and thereby
prevent violence. We need the help of the
lawyers, the doctors, the grocers, the gas
station owners, the farmers, the neighbors
in all walks of life who live around our
Whether you are for the Union or against
it, makes no difference. If you live in East
Texas, you are bound to be against any
outbreak of racial trouble. Encourage Lone
Star Steel employees not to listen to those
who would stir up trouble. Encourage them
to let the Union handle this problem in an
orderly and legal way, rather than taking
matters in their own hands. We have all
suffered too much from the hasty actions of
a few individuals.
It may be that some members of the
public have some influence with some of-
ficials of Lone Star Steel. These officials
may not fully understand what will happen
in East Texas if racial violence once bre>^
out, because most of them live in the
and well-policed suburbs of Dallas. At
request, we will furnish you proof ofThe
statements in this advertisement, if you
want to sit down and talk with Company
The Union is not jealous. If some mer-
chant, banker, or other citizen can show
the Company what is right and what is
wrong, where we've been unable to, we will
be only too happy. Everyone in East Texas,
including our members, will benefit if the
Company can somehow he persuaded to
stop its campaign of racial discord and
We hayo a hospital, a lake, and a chapel,
in tno p*n* s. Must the Company also give
m a rare riot in the pines? It is all of our
business to try to stop it before it starts.
JIM SMITH, Administrator
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