The Pine Needle (Kountze, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 14, 1966 Page: 4 of 8
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Hardin County politics has this
year produced a new campaign in
"reverse tactics". This a departure
from the past.
In the past, the technique of
re-election was to ignore the facts
presented to the people and keep
buying block votes and stuff the
absentee box. Then on election
day depend on getting a little
help at the voting place. The op-
position would win the argument,
but the Clique would win the e-
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lection. If the election was con-
tested, well, you know about Courts
This used to work before the peo -
pie woke up and began to watch'
the election and to ask questions.
We have established a newspaper
that has carried the fight right to
the Commissioners Courtroom it-
self. The Clique has been unable
to stand the spot light on their
sordid record of disservice to the
people of Hardin County. They
can not defend their record so they
have designed another method to
destroy the people's effort to gain
control of our County government.
This new tactic is a "reverse
tactic ".The method is to do things
and is they boomerang - well, just
blame it on the opposition. Now,
you can get a lot further with this
thanyou might think if you control
the County Judge's office, the
Commissioners Court, the Grand
Jury and the newspapers. They used
to have the Sheriff's office, too.
So they have sought to destroy
the only newspaper that has stood
in their way of re-election and
cover-up. The Pine Needle's ad-
vertizes have been harrassed until
they have been able to weaken us
financially. But we have pulled in
our belts and we are still in busi-
In order to discredit the people's
fight and the people's candidates,
they have tried all kinds of low
tactics and have tried to lay them
on the people. It all began the
night before the first primary in
1964 when the Kountze News print-
ed a circular stating that Henry
Overstreet was going to put a Negro
Deputy over the people in the west
part of Hardin County inorder to
defeat him by playing upon race
prejudice. And, then, the Kountze
News denied it had done this and
tried to blame it on the people's
side. A similiar incident took place
the night before the Sheriff's Run-
Early in this campaign, the Sils-;
bee Bee printed the first of the in-
famous Chas. S. Grey letters. When
Emmett Lack asked to see the let-
ter, he was refused, but the Silsbee
Bee assured everyone that there was
such a person and that the letter
was genuine. Well, it has been ai
well kept secret if there is such at
person. But the tactic enabled the
Shiver era t Silsbee Bee and the
Kountze News to inject anti-labor
sentiment into the campaign with-
out taking credit for it. This tactic
back-fired, so the Kountze News,
the partner in publishing the Grey
letters, tried to pin this infamous
letter on the Pine Needle. Two
weeks ago, both these great papers
published a third Grey letter that
talked of labor goons and asked
that the publisher of this newspaper
meet him. Well, we would cer-
tainly be happy to sit down and
have a friendly talk with Mr. Chas.
S. Grey, who ever he may be. He
seems to have a lot of misinforma-
tion about Hardin County politics.
But this is to be expected with 3
county newspapers doing their best
to mislead the people.
If Mr. Chas. S. Grey will call
at Houston Thompson's law office
at 935 South Highway 96 in Silsbee
at regular office hours 8:30 to 12;
1 to 5 I will be glad to answer any
| questions he may have concerning
i the present campaign. If Mr. Grey
is truly worried, I believe I can
relieve his anxiety. We are trying
to reach all open minded persons.
We believe after a reasonable dis-
cussion that Mr. Grey and every-
one else will agree that Hardin
County will best be served by the
election of Emmett Lack as County
The night before my father was
buried, a gutter slander sheet was
distributed in the streets and gutters
of Kountze and Silsbee. This was
one of the most vile pieces of trash
ever printed and the people re-
sented this tactic. Therefore, the
Kountze News, true to its fashion,
tried to pin this dirty trick on the
person it was designed to hurt. Of
course, the Kountze News said it
knew nothing about this sheet and
said it would not stoop to the print-
ing and distributing of unsigned
literature - no, not a bit. This was
the same stand taken on the Chas.
S. Grey letters.
The Hardin County Grand Jury
under the leadership of Tom Easley’s
son-in-law prophesied that other
unsigned literature would appear
in this campaign.
Well, still the people were not
fooled and kept fighting,- so the
Clique tried another "reverse tactic",
The Loblolly Spike was invented,
printed and distributed - unsigned
again just as the Grand Jury pre-
dicted. The Cliques security leak-
ed the secret and the people found
out about Jerry Zuber being the
person printing it in Houston. Jerry,
you will remember, is a former
disciple of the boys at the Silsbee
Bee where he learned well the les-
sons of how to fight the people's
Now the Loblolly is an interest-
ing piece of literature. Full of
vulgarity and profanity, there was
the same old garbage that really
belonged in the Kountze News. But
everyone knew that the Kountze
Newswasthe Clique's mouthpiece,
so they needed another voice. They
have even captured old Snoop in
an effort to gain respectability.
The Pine Needle believes sin-
cerely that the Clique intended to
blame this'piece of gutter journal-
ism on the Pine Needle just as they
had all their other attempts to fool
the people in their political shell
game. The Kountze News and its
editor, Archer Fullingim, tried to
convince the people that there was
no connection between the Kountze
News and the Loblolly as usual, But
the Barrington libel suit for $450,
000 with its request for an order
injoining the printing of swearing
and vulgarity as well as injoining
the distribution of the paper with-
out proper identification, forced
the Loblolly group to reveal their
identity or else cease publication.
Well, who do you think was there
when the hood was pulled off?
There stood little ole Tom Easley
and Archie Fullingim. They had
mayhaw jam all over their face.
HOUSE TO HOUSE CAMAPIGN
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER
FIGHT BEGIN APRIL 15TH 'TIL
Mr, Ward Bush, Silsbee Crusade
chairman of American Cancer So-
ciety, announced the opening of
the house to house campaign Fri-
day April 15th to April 22nd. All
campaign workers and others in-
terested in helping with this years
fund raising activities are invited
to a Kickoff Coffee at the Blue
Bonnett Cafe at 10: O'clock Friday
The Hardin County goal is
$5,000, Mr. Bush stated and it
will take work on everyones part
1 to raise our quoto.
THURSDAY, APRILS 4, 1966'
620 South 4th Silsbee,Texas
EV5-2737 or EV5-4735
SEWER ROOTER SERVICE
NO JOB TOO SMALL
SILSBEE TRAIL RIDERS
TO HOLD HORSE SHOW
The Silsbee Trail Riders met
Saturday, April 2 with. President
Luther Chitty in charge. 19 mem-
bers were present.
The group made final prepara-
tions for the coming Open Horse
Show to be held on Saturday, April
16. The show will begin at 9 a. m.
and various classes will be carried
on throughout the day. Anyone
needing additional information is
asked to call President Luther Chitty
-EV-5-3984 - Bobby Cryer - EV-
5-5Cf42 or George Barclay - EV-5-
Trophies for the Horse Show are
being donated by the following
Apache Lbr. Co., Val Hickman's
Real Estate, Buck Jones Lbr. Co.,
Britton Cravens Lbr. Co., Britton
Cravens Ins. Co., Hardin Co.Sav-
ings & Loan, Hardin Co. Butane,
Jesse Knighten, Carl Hudson Ser.
Sta., McClanahan - Fields Ins. ,
Silsbee Chamber of Commerce, A-l
Glass Shop, Silsbee Ins., Neches
National Bank, Silsbee State Bank,
Long’s Feed Store, Neches Minimax,
Elmore Ins., Steinhagen Oil Co.,
A-l Paint & Body Shop.
The show will be judged by Wal-
ter Giffin of Beaumont and will be
held at the Silsbee Trail Rider’s
After reading The Loblolly
Splinter Old Roustabout has un-
covered a few more unanswered
questions. I see the law suit has
caused the weavils to come out of
the shucks and expose themselves
to the light. Now you take Tom
Easley for example; when he was
running for office he came to Sour
Lake and low rated Fletcher Rich-
ardson and Tom Burch to no end.
Even said he believed that Tom
was losing his mind. Let us be con-
sistant Tom! Before we ask those
questions we would like to set the
fat pine Splinter straight on Pre-
cinct #4 black topped roads. Near-
ly all the roads that have been
black topped are City streets, not*
County roads. Now for the ques-
Why isn't the funds used on co-
unty expenses made public so all
the people in Precinct #4 can know
where their tax dollars are spent?
Why does our Commissioner with-
hold facts concerning past bond is-
sues and where was the money
Why not investigate to see if
kickback is given and by whom on
supplies used by the precinct?
Why does the Commissioner use
County employees to do his per-
sonal work? Why pays them?
Why is the present Commission-
er trying to swing vote getting deals
with private concerns?
Why does the Comm ssioner take
long walks at night? Does his con-
science bother him or does he just
need the exercise?
Why does the present Commis-
sioner go around and around spread-
ing slander that is not true on his
Why was there a big shake down
on county tools that were missing?
Who got them? Who brought them
Why doesn't the tax expert in
Precinct #4 tell the people the
truth about the tax rate? Why is
Oil and Timber land valued at so
much an acre and poor individuals
so much more?
Old Roustabout sees Tom Running
about so much at night and by day
trying to line up his sagging support
Makes Old Roustabout wonder if
WANT A CHANGE?
is the MAN”
for Hardin County
(Self Paid Political Ad)
3 Bedroom, Modern Brick home on
one acre land.
Large Brick home, modern, 6 acres
land, plenty out buildings, 9
cows, tractor & other implements
go, lake stocked with cat-fish.
3 Acres land, some improvements.
Land from 2 acres to large tracts
on HWY 92. “
6 Rm. house, 2 lots, near Silsbee Jr.
Lots close to Sam Rayburn Lake,
on new HWY 96, Sabine County.
See or write for appointment
JEFF THOMAS - REAL.ESTATE
All Types Of Property
Star Rt. Box 1455 - HWY 32 North
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
April 17-23 is National Library
Week. This is a week dedicated
to the emphasis and importance of
libraries in the lives of citizens.
When a wuestionwas asked about
what to do during National Library
Week Mrs. Ruth White, librarian
of the Hard in-Polk-Tyler Multi-
county Library says, "Visit a li-
brary. Be acquainted with the val-
uable cultural asset you have. Bor-
row a book. Read. Keep growing".
Everyone at school reads but
teachers and students are invited
to plan sonething special for Na-
tional Library Week—perhaps have
a story hour, plan a skit, make a
poster, or visit the library.
Mrs, White suggests to students
to make bookmarkers for them-
selves and friends, slie says, "Find
a piece of paper and have fun de-
signing your own bookmarker. By
participating in this manner you
remind each other to 'Keep grow-
ing—Read'. It isn’t necessary to
show me the bookmarkers but I
will enjoy hearing that you made
Bookmobiles are being exchang-
ed and it is expected that the Har-
din-Polk-Tyler Multi-County book
mobile will resume its regular
scheduled runs by the end of the
month. Communities will be no-
tified so that readers can find out
the next time the bookmobile will
maybe Tom hasn't got a loblolly
spike, instead of a burr under his
saddle. I wouldn't be surprised if
Tom doesn't wear out our roads,
the way he is tearing arouild town
trying to be re-elected, and our
new Commissioner is left without
funds or material to repair them.
Probably have to float a bond issue
to cover up his tracks.
& S Z
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Jennings, James C. The Pine Needle (Kountze, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 14, 1966, newspaper, April 14, 1966; Kountze, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth662608/m1/4/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar University.