The Bonham Herald (Bonham, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 87, Ed. 1 Monday, June 10, 1940 Page: 1 of 4
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FANNIN COUNTY’S SEMI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
The Bonham Herald
SEMI-WEEKLY PUBLISHED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
BONHAM, TEXAS, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1940
150 Attend Annual
Wesley Class Fish
Fry Friday Night
There used to be a time when the
time-worn bromide, wheeze, or what
ever it was, that Methodists liked
chicken—^ y still do, but they have
detourewC%o to speak via the mill-
pond, and have taken in fish as a part
of there menu, too.
The man who said, “The world is
my parish,” has a class in the First
Methodist Church named for him—
the Wesley Class. This class cleaves
to the tenets, legends and ways of
the Methodists as much as any or-
ganization in the body, but it be-
lieves in diversification, so Friday
night members of the class and oth-
ers, to the tune of 150, went to the
Bonham State Park, where a fish-
i fry was given.
The- fish were blue cat, captured
in Louisiana, and sold to the class
by a Morgan City, Louisiana, deal-
er. They were of a uniform size,
and Sambo was right when he said
give him catfish! Cause why? Be-
cause cat fish have a minimum of
bones with a maximum of meat, to
get at the crux of the matter at once.
Incidentally, Morgan City is one of
the biggest fish markets in the world.
The fish fry had been advertised
for 6:30. It was just_ about 7 o’-
clock, or perhaps a little later, when
the diners sat down at those long
tables over there in the north part
of the park. A bunch of the ladies
of the church, waited on the table.
Yon can never tell how many are
coming to a fish fry in gathering in
the patriots to partake. People will
go 100 miles to a barbecue, and they
will wander far off the reservation
for a fish fry, as you may have no-
ticed. There is something allur-
ing about both of them, in truth.
Everything that goes with a fish
fry was manifest at this one, and af-
ter Rev. H. Grady May, pastor of the
church, had returned thanks, the bat-
tle was on. It developed that there
were several fish eaters -in the hunch,
and some thought they were fish eat-
ers—all of them got enough, for that
had been anticipated—and the fish
were there, cookad to a turn.
The Wesley Class believes in mix-
ing a little sociability with its reli-
gion, and the class is not losing any-
thing by the co-ordination.
EMERSON ANDERSON SPOKE
AT M. E. CHURCH, SUNDAY
In the absence of the pastor, the
Rev. H. Grady May, who was out
V of the city, the First Methodist
\ church heard an estimate of the
Messiah at the morning service, the
discourse being delivered by Emer-
son Anderson, a teacher m the high
school of Bonham.
Mr Anderson read that portion ol
scripture wherein the writer de-
scribed the scene of Jesus talking
with the scribes and elders and ask-
ing them questions, as well as an-
swering thdir (interrogatories. As
the reader remembers the wise men
marveled at the profound knowledge
of the lad—Jesus is said to have
been 12 years old at the time.
From then on to the death of the
Redeemer on the cross, Mr. Ander-
son gave his hearers bits of informa-
tion about the life of this man, who
is acknowledged as the greatest one
ever to have trod this mundane
Mr. Anderson said, m the start-
off that he told his wife he was to
talk, and he asked her what he must
talk about—and she said anything
but the war, and be it said to the
speaker’s credit, he kept his woid.
It was quite a relief to hear the
genuine treat he gave his hearers
% about a man of peace, when the
world is fed up on a man of blood
and carnage, “* '
R. E. Old had the service m hand,
and the Methodist choir sang.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Wagner and
Mrs. Ada Blackerby have announced
the marriage of a son and daughter
of the former to a daughter and son
of the latter. Miss Maydelle Wag-
ner and S. D. Blackerby were mar-
ried in Hugo, Oklahoma, March 2.
The other wedding, that of Luther
Wagner and Miss Kathleen IBlacker-
by, took place in Durant. The
groom in the last wedding is em-
ployed in Bonham. He and his wife
will live in Ector.
Horace Duncan and Miss Jose-
phine Eller were married in (Sulphur
Springs on June 1. The Rev. Mar-
tin, a Baptist minister, officiated.
The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Duncan, of Ravenna. The
bride is the only daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Eller, of Ravenna. She
teaches in the Ravenna schools, and
her husband is an employee at the
cheese plant in Sulphur Springs. At
present the couple is at home in Sul-
phur Springs, at 217 College Street.
J. C. Hodgkiss and Miss Wilma
Jean Miller of the Edhube section
were married Saturday night, the
Rev. B. F. Milam officiating. Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Cockran accompanied
the couple to this city.
Announcement of the wedding of
Cecil Fairchild, formerly of this city,
and Miss Delia Lubwick, of Dallas,
have been received by friends here.
The wedding took place in Dallas
jj^RANVILLE MOSS IMPROVES
News from Granville Moss, who
was injuried in a tractor accident
south of town, is to the effect that
he is getting along very well. He is
in Allen Memorial Hospital.
Mrs Mattie Reid, who has been
living in Louisiana, has returned to
Bonham to again make this city her
home. Rev. William J Reid of
Rayville, La., came with his mother.
He also formerly lived here.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Kelly and son,
D. J., and Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Eaton
have been in Galveston They at-
tended the American Insurance Co.
C. D. Swayze of Dallas was in
the city Friday. He travels for
Dorsey & Co. His father before
him had the same job.
iBob Pyron, of Honey Grove, was
here Friday on business.
Station Is Opened
By Pickle Company
The T. L. Brice Cucumber Pick-
ling Co. of Sherman, Texas has
quite an acreage under contract in
Fannin county. The pickle grading
station was opened here Saturday
morning. A. L. Jackson is in charge.
The station will be open six days in
the week. There will be no Sunday
Thousands of dollars are realized
by Fannin county farmers from the
cucumber industry. It is another
way of making a pay roll in the
LADONIA HOME COMING
TO BE HELD IN AUGUST
The annual home-coming of the
Ladonia folks will be held some .time
in August. Oscar Merrille is chair-
man of the arrangements committee
and there are a number of people
there who have a part in making tins
one of the best home-comings ever
attempted in the town.
Ladonia for years, was noted for
its picnics. There was a splendid
grove where the gatherings were
held, and there was always a speaker
or two, and a band, and a “big time
had by all, with dinner on the
This August affair will be fully up
to standard—you watch and see, and
if you get invited, you go.
Knights Of Pythias
Organize A Round
The Knights of Pythias lodge of
this city is organizing a round-up
club. They are collaborating with
Paris, Sherman, uemsbn, Greenville,
Terrell and Sulphur Springs in the
project. There were representatives
from the places mentioned at a meet-
ing held at Greenville last Wednes-
A temporary organization was ef-
fected by electing Ben F. Mooring
president, and John C. Farmer, sec-
retary-treasurer, the former of Par-
is and the latter of Bonham. W. E.
Biggs of Greenville was named mas-
ter of work.
Billy Magar of Bonham, Freeman
Ray and W. E. Biggs of Greenville
were named members of the rules
committee. They are to draft a con-
stitution and by-laws.
Th next meeting will be held in
Paris, perhaps in July, around the
Meetings of the club wille be al-
Besides the Bonham men men-
tioned above the meeting was at-
tended by Russell Orme, A. L. Mc-
Rae and El Bryant.
MAIL CARRIERS WERE IN
SHERMAN SATURDAY NIGHT
Bonham Letter carriers went to'
Sherman, Saturday night to attend a
meetings there of workers in their
field of endeavor. A number of
state officials of the letter carriers'
association attended the meeting.
Mayor H. G. Tuck of Sherman wel-
comed the visitors. Rev. L. O. Ev-
ans of Sherman delivered the invo-
cation. A basket supper was a big
Proclaim June 9-15
As Red Cross Week
Whereas, the need of the services
of the Red Cross has been greatly
increased, and the organization is
in immediate need of funds to con-
tinue its work; and,
Whereas, the quota assessed for
Fannin county has not yet been
raised, and we feel that the people
of Fannin County will want to give
their full share of assistance to this
Now, therefore, we, the Commis-
sioners’ Court of Fannin County,
Texas, hereby proclaim the begin-
ning June 9th, 1940. and extending
through June 15th, 1940, Red Cross
Week for Fannin County, Texas;
and we earnestly ask the people of
this county at all times, but particu-
larly during this stated week to give
to the Red Cross to the extent they
feel able to give, so that this organ-
ization may continue and extend its
services in proportion to humanity’s
need for it.
Commissioners’ Court of Fannin
BIBLE SCHOOL GIVES
CHiDREN THEIR DIPLOMAS
Nearly 200 girls and boys were
ut. n .iplomas at the First Baptist
Church Frid-’y night, the occasion
bteing their graduation in the Vaca-
tion Bible School. Rev. J. I. Greg-
ory, the pastor, conducted the school.
He stated that this was one of the
most successful schools he had ever
Mrs. George Elam and her sister,
Mrs. Mary Greene, drove up from
Shreveport, La., Friday, stopping at
Honey Grove for the night. They
then came over to Bonham to visit
around with friends here, before go-
ing to Oklahoma, to be with their
mother. Mrs. Elam formerly lived
here. Her sister’s home has been in
Shreveport. Mrs. Elam has a host
of friends in Bonham, all of whom
are always glad to see her.
WOODMAN CIRCLE MEETING
The Bonham Woodman Circle held
its annual home-coming last Thurs-
day evening at 8 o’clock.
Mrs. Ruth Anderson, the guard-
ian made the welcome address.
Betty Lewis presented the Ameri-
can Flag, which was followed by a
drill by the Juniors of the Forrest.
Miss Beverly Jones gave an accor-
dian solo. The Bonham drill team
bave a drill followed by a reading by
Mrs. Vic Morrow. Lynwood James
gave a tap dance.
Mrs. Addie Hamlin presented
twenty-five year membership pins to
Mrs. Ada Henderson, Mrs. Carr, Mrs.
J. H. Broyles and Mrs. Deering
Other pins were to have been pre-
sented but the members were absent.
(Following the program the group
enjoyed a social hour. The hall was
decorated with spring flowers. The
serving table was decorated with
flowers and centered with the punch
Mr. and Mrs. James Goodwin and
their three sons, James, Allen and
Eugene, have returned to Bonham,
following a pleasant visit to several
towns on the coast, including Gal-
veston. Mr. Goodwin’s father was
Mrs. Pete Henderson is in Fort
Worth to visit her husband who" is
running an engine on the T. & P.
out of Fort Worth to Denison.
The members of the Woodmen
Circle will hold their district con-
vention in Clarksville June 19th. .
The drill team from Bonham, Mrs.
Edith VJillie, captain, will assist
wth the work.
All members are urged to be pres-
ent. The meeting will open at 10
The commissioners court was in
session today and will be sitting
as a board of equalization, Tuesday.
The court was busy Monday with
Mrs. Mack Benton and her son,
Weldon and Mrs. Nellie Benton ac-
companied Eugene Speak to Gaines-
ville, Sunday. He lives in Ardmore,
Oklahoma. He took a bus for his
home town at Gainesville. Mr.
Speak is a brother of Mrs. Mack
Benton and is in business in Ard-
Onion Crop Brings
Big Price This Year
The onion crop of 1940 was not
nearly so large as that of other
years, with the usual result—the
priike was much ^better, and that
calls for another usual result, to-wit:
Next year everybody will plant on-
ions, and that same year nobody will
get anything for his onions.
East year a farmer would have
been glad to dispose of his crop of
onions at $1.00 per bushel, and he
did not get many of them, simply
because the market was glutted, and
no buyers, in consequence. This
year prices ranged from $1.65 to
$2.00. So you can keep the above
prediction i nmind, that of over-pro-
duction next year—it will come to
pass . We humans are built that
WAS RATED AS BIG EVENT
Whitewright, the home of a school
that was in its day more than a local
ihome-coming every year, at which
the old timers and others gather and
Last Sunday was the date for this
homecoming, and the register showed
that 193 had signed their names to
it as visitors. Also there were many
on the grounds who did not register,
making the grand total around 400
The Rev. H. Grady May, who was'
reared in Whitewright, preached the
sermon. He is the pastor of the
First Methodist Church of Bonham
An affair of this sort would not
be complete without a dinner, and,
as usual, this was a bountiful one.
Mrs. Evelyne E. Dyer
Mrs. Evelyne E. Dyer, widow of
the late J. C. Dyer of Randolph died
at the family home at 7 p. m., Sun-
day. She was born in Louisiana,
and was 89 years old at the time of
Mrs. Dyer is survived by three
sons, Grover, Bill and Alfred Dyer,
all of Randolph.
Four daughters also are living,
Mrs. C. A. Stanley, Bonham; Mrs.
W. A. Finley, Ravenna; Miss Dora,
Dyer of Randolph; Mrs. I. B. Bog-
gess, Wolfe City. There are ten
Services will he held at the Bap-
tist church at Randolph at 2 p. m.
Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Rob-
ert Cates in charge. The remains
will be buried in the Randolph ceme-
tery. The pallbearers will be the
grandsons of deceased.
Wise Funeral Home will be in
charge of arrangements.
Mrs. W. O. Morgan
Mrs. W. O. Morgan, who formerly
lived in Bonham, died at the home
of her son, Ray Morgan, in Sherman
at 12:35 a. m. last Friday.
A native of Texas, Mrs. Morgan
resided in Bonham for a number of
years and then moved with her hus-
band near Denisoon where she was
residing at the time she was taken
ill, She was moved to the home of
her son in Sherman last week.
She is survived by her husband
W. O. Morgan; three sons, Ray of
Sherman, Jesse Morgan of Altus,
Okla., and Tommy Morgan of Ce-
lina; three daughters, Mrs. M. F.
White of Bonham, Mrs. John Mason
of Ector and Mrs. Melvin Jones of
Sherman, several brothers and sis-
Funeral services were held at 3
p. m. Saturday at the First Baptist
church with Rev, Smith conducting
the services. Burial followed in Wil-
low Wild cemetery.
The remains of Burton Franks
were brought to this city last Friday,
and Saturday morning at 10 o’clock
a funeral service was held at the
Mikel-iBrown Funeral Home, follow-
ing which the body was taken to Wil-
low Wild where it was laid away.
Rev. J. I. Gregory, of the First
Baptist Church, conducted the ser-
vice and friends of the family were
There were many flowers laid on
the grave, and a number of the
friends of Franks attended the fun-
eral and the burial.
In School Aid
AUSTIN.—Public schools in Fan-
nin county have been granted $121,-
840 in equalization aid for the 1939-
40 school year, L. A. Woods, State
Superintendent of Public Schools,
The full amount of salary aid,
amounting to $79,091, has been paid,
while schools in the county have re-
ceived 75 per cent of the $29,972
granted for transportation. Figures
on high school tuition will not be
available until applications have
been received, Woods declared.
One of Mr. Wjoods promises in his
first campaign was to fight for an
equalization fund sufficient to meet
the needs of the poor school dis-
tricts of the state. Since that time
equality of educational opportunity
has been extended through an equal-
ization fund increased 172 per cent,
administered at a cost of 1 per cent,
for supervision, and 1 percent for
Ten mattresses were made last
week at the Ravenna, Trenton, Tele-
phone and Ivanhoe Mattress Centers
according to Miss Oleta Yarbrough,
County Home Demonstration Agent.
Opening dates of Ithe remaining
centers are scheduled as follows:
Monday, June 10, Oakland.
Tuesday, June 11, Leonard.
Wednesday, June 12, Randolph.
Thursday, June 13, Ladonia.
Friday, June 14, Carson.
Tuesday, June 18, Windom.
Wednesday, June 19, Savoy.
Thursday, June 20, Monkstown.
Friday, June 21, Tulip and El-
Monday, June 24, Honey |Grove.
Tuesday, June 25, New Hope.
To date, there have been received
1745 applications, of which 1440
have been approved. Miss Yar-
brough urges all those who are in-
terested in securing 50 pounds of
cotton and 10 yards of ticking in this
mattress program to either turn in
their applications to her office, or to
some of the local centers. An ef-
fort is being made to reacn every
eligible farm family in this program.
All bonifide farm families whose
total cash income did not exceed
$400.00 in the year 1939 are eligible
for 50 pounds of cotton and 10 yards
SERVICE OFFICER HERE
The Methodist Daily Vacation
Bible School commenced Monday,
June 10. The school had an initial
attendance of about 100 pupils. The
school begins at 8:00 and lasts un-
til 11:00. All children between the
ages of 4 and 18 are cordially in-
J. I. Boon and wife have been in
the city. The Boons ieft here for,
Houston, where they have been liv-
ing, but Bonham has many ties for
them and they always like to get
Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Simons and
daughter Nancy of Hevronville, Mrs.
Clyce Carter of Orange Grove and
Miss Lois Lickson Of Arlington have
been here as the guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Eli Smith.
Dorothy and Seth Wells are here
from Rogers, Texas, for the summer
vacation with their mother, Mrs.
Lillie Wells. Miss Zada Wells, their
aunt, came with them for a visit.
Dewitt T. Kirby, national service
officer for disabled American veter-
ans of the World War, was in Bon-
ham Thursday. His headquarters
are in Waco.
Mr. Kirby was here to contact of-
ficials of the local post, including R.
E. Richards, post commander, and
Joe Denton, of the local service of-
fice. The visitor is an ex-service
man himself and belongs to the
American Legion. E. E. Perkins, of
Sherman, was here with Mr. Kirby.
BOOK OF VERSE FOR LIBRARY
A book of verse by Miss Miriam
Crenshaw, a talented poetess and sis-
ter to Mrs. O. L. Couch, of this city,
has been presented to the iBonbam
Public Library. Mrs. Couch, the sis-
ter here, is quite literary, herself.
She writes beautiful prose, and can
write verse, too.
HONEY GROVE BOY HONORED
Harry Black, of Honey Grove, has
been elected to teach Chemistry in
NTSTC, Denton. He will teach this
summer and will be put on in the re-
Mrs. A1 Russell who has been ill,
is now thought to be somewhat im-
proved. She is the mother of Mrs.
Arch Giles, Mrs. Edgar Bragg and
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Dorough of
Fayettville, Arkansas, are here as
the guests of the former’s parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Deets Dorough.
John Wells Smith is home for the
summer. He attends A & M Col-
Mrs. Margaret Reeves
Mrs. Margarite Reeves, aged 79,
died early Friday morning at the
home of a daughter, Mrs. C. A. Ben-
ton, who lives at 521 Gates Street,
'Burial took place at Sandy Ceme-
tery north of here, following a fun-
eral service at Mrs. Benton’s home
at 2 p. m. Friday, which was con-
ducted by Rev. A. H. Logan.
Deceased is survived by another
daughter, Mrs. Eugene Reynolds,
who lives on Bonham Route No. 1.
Wise Funeral Home was in charge
of burial arrangements.
Mrs. G. P. May
The funeral of Mrs. G. P. May,
who died at Lamasco at 6 a. m. Sat-
urday, was held Sunday at Lamasco
at 3 o’clock.
The Rev. (Oliver Rowe, of Lamasco
held the service.
Deceased is survived by two sons,
Forrest and Fred May, both of La-
masco. Four brothers also survive
Mrs. May, who was 67 years old at
the time of her death.
Mikel-Brown Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements,
ad to g. p. may funeral.
The following is a list of the ac-
tive and honorary palbearers: Joyce
Bartham, Otis Wilson, George H.
Pharis, John Addaire, Doyle Wilson,
Marvin Robinson, (Buck Calhoun,
Wilson Donolho, Cecil Donoho.
John Cox, of Dallas, 78 years of
age, died there last Monday night.
Burial was Wednesday at Dallas.
He was an uncle of Roy Cox, of this
REV. GREGORY LEFT TODAY
FOR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Rev. J. I. Gregory, pastor of the
First Baptist church here, left to-
day for Baltimore, Maryland, where
he will attend a convention of the
He expects to be out of the city
about ten days. Rev. Gregory’s
brother, Rev. E. G. Gregory, is go-
ing with the Bonham preacher. He
filled the pulpit at the First Baptist
Church Sunday night for the pastor.
Frank Underwood of Honey Grove
was in Bonham on business, Friday
C. OF C. MEETING
Regular June meeting of the
Chamber of Commerce will be held
in the office of East 4th Street,
Tuesday evening at 8:00 o’clock, Joe
B. Hrdlicka, President of the organi-
zation, is urging every member to
be at the meeting.
Chairmen of each committee are
requested to be present and made a
report of the activities of their re-
spective committees, both as to work
completed and plans for the future.
Remember the place, Bonham
Chamber of Commerce office, the
hour is 8 o’clock. This is your
Chamber of Commerce, and it ig
your duty to attend its meetings and
help put over a worthwhile work in
your town and community. Come.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT
Following is the reported attend-
ance at iBonham Sunday schools:
June 2 June 9
First Baptist .............
First Methodist ........
First Christian .........
Calvary Baptist .....
Church of Christ ...
Clark Memorial M. .
ANOTHER OIL TEST
Another oil well test will be lo-
cated northwest of Honey Grove.
The location is on the J. Allen sur-
vey of land.
J. B. Laughlin and wife were in
Bonham Saturday. For some time
J. B. taught school at Edhube.
Then he went off to Oklahoma, and
he lived in a number of towns there,
teaching the young Indian how to
shoot something else besides a bow.
There are now located in Wade, Ok-
lahoma, and it begins to look like
they are gradually coming back to
Bonham and Fannin County. Come
on back, folks, and be Texans again.
We have been missing you!
Misses Janice Jean Bertie and Hel-
en Lewis and Ann Uou Potter spent
the week-end in Sherman, visiting
friends. Misses Sue Coppedge and
Lillian Knox were in Sherman Sun-
day to bring the girls home.
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