The Community Bulletin (Abilene, Texas), No. 33, Saturday, March 30, 1968 Page: 1
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)M\U N I T Y
13ULLE T I N
NO. 33 ABIIENE, TEXAS SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1968 PRICE 0
IVI K, AdBLENE,
W ILL HENDERSON
Born in LaGrange, Texas,
in Fayette County and raised
in Gonzales, Texas, Mr. Will
Henderson came to West Texas
to help a city. A city
called Abilene. Mr. Henderson
came to Stamford, Texas
in 1902 where he went into
the tailor shop business.
In 1901 he came to Abilene
and started the first Negro
The Farmers and Merchants
National Bank hired Mr. Henderson
as a porter in 1907.
(The Famers and Merchants
was later named The First
National Bank.) The ability
to stick to a job and see
that it's done is one of
Mr. Hendersonts most admirable
traits. This trait was
shown at the First Natt 1 Bark
where he retired in 1960 after
serving 53 years.
Always one to better himself,
}Mr. Henderson became
o:1C of the most well-known
stockholders of the First
National. Upon retirement,
the bank gave him a Watch
with his service record inscribed
Until recently, r. Henderson
was owner of an hundred
acre farm not too distant frca
Aibilene. (CONT,. on P. 2,
COL. 3., SEE "MR, ABIIENE". **
ABILENEtS }AER ON THE *.,
'WAR CN POVERTY'
HOW IT STARTED: HOW TO END IT.
The anti-war on poverty, Abilenets latest, began
during August, 1967. The poverty board at that time
had to be reorganized. During the early stages of
the reorganization, staff members were hired. According
to Austin, The State Office for the war on
poverty, these central staff members were illegally
When the personnel committee was constituted, members
of the committee stated that the ilalc-lly hired
staff Lionbcrs should be disl-ussod. It wliS pointed
out by Dr. Ta^ltor Hofhcinz, newly-elected president
of the Cormmunity Aiction Program (poverty program),
that so much bad publicity was caused by the
reorganization that for the sake of getting the programn
off to a smooth start the committee should postpone
any dismissal actions. The committee after
private consultations with each other, agree to this
line of act.on. It was the feeling of the personnel
committee that these staff members might prove out
to be very efficient. However, this feeling of an
illegally hired staff never left the minds of the
involved poor. Coupled with this feeling was the
fact that not one Negro or Latin American was hired
in the top positions as had been done in numerous
other cities where the war on poverty was being waged.
The facts of an illegally hired staff and a lillywhite
staff being imbedded in the minds of the poor
naturally would make difficult for any staff member
to live up to their standards. (Difficult,-not impossible.)
When the poor wore promised that they
would determine what they would have in their centers,
equipment and program-wise, they were quite
disturbed when after request upon request, no results
were seen. When agencies that supposedly
were to help the poor showed no more interest in
(CONT...on P 3, Col. 1 pVE.. * ...
SEE. .iftWAR ON POVERTYI ..
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