The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), No. 45, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 17, 1958 Page: 1 of 5
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HERALD, ALTO, TEXAS, APRIL 17, 1958
THE ALTO HERALD
Mrs. Frank L. Weimar and Son, Editors and Owners.
A Leader in South Cherokee County Since 189G.
Entered as second class matter in 1896 at the post office in Alto,
Cherokee County, Texas, under the act of Congress of March 3. 1887
Published every Thursday a; Alto, Texas.
Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputa-
tion ot any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the
columns of the Herald will be gladly corrected upon its being
brought to the attention of the Publishers
Obituaries, Cards of Thanks and all like matter that is not news wili
be charged for at two cents a word in advance.
H. S. Wade
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mc-
Millin of Houston, were here
over the week-end visiting their
parents, Mrs Edna McMillin and
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Russell.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe King and
childr.n of Houston, were here
over the week-nd visiting in the
home of Mrs. King’s parents, Mr.
and (Mrs. Dock Chandler, and
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Joe Stewart
of Freeport, were here ov.r the
week-end visiting in the1 home of
the former’s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Claud Stewart.
Mr. and Mrs. Cantrel Childres of
Glut were visitors here Sunday.
Tom Harris of Forest, was here
on business Saturday.
J. N. Campbell of Forest, was
here Saturday attending to busi-
In East Texas
Dr. P. A. Young
The Wist wind whooshed clouds
of sand over the bare fields that
are prepared for planting spring
crops. Thus it helps to choose
fields for tomatoes where hills or
forests decrease the blast of west
and north winds, and even south
winds sometimes. Sand blasted
tomato plants quickly develop
brown leaves and white bark on
the stems on the sandy sides. Slip
set tomato plants (no; from cold
frames) hav. little chance to sur-
vive in fields with clouds of blow-
ing sand. Thus fields with natural
protection from common strong
spring winds are especially im-
portant for slip-set plants, and
for cold frame plants that have
been covered with sheets nearly
all of the time, even during warm
spring breezy days.
Like other crops plants, tomatoes
have green leaves containing
chlorophyll. This is about she most
important chemical in the world.
This marvellous chlorophyll
catches the energy of sunlight.
With this energy, the leaves com-
bine water from the soil with nhe
carbon dioxide from the air to
make sugar. Next the plants com-
bine the sugar wdlh minerals from
the soil to make proteins and the
other chemicals in the plants.
Often sugar is changed into starch
for storage, especially in seeds and
fruits. This chemical process of
combining carbon dioxide with
water by using ,:he sun’s energy
caught by chlorophyll is called
,photosynensis. This means synthe-
sis by using light. It is the source
of all of the food and organic mat-
ter in the world.
Green plants can make much
food end grow normally only when
they receive usually many hours
of direct sunlight p.r day, nearly
every day. One tomato sheet over
a hot bed or cold frame removes
75% to 90r 1 of the sunlight. Thus
the light reaching the tomato seed-
lings shaded by the sheet is so dim
that the plants cannot make much
food. Such shaded plants therefore
are weak and tender with spindly
light green to white stem.- and
narrow light green !ca\ .- Snaded
plants cannot endure ordinary
spring weather and will b. ter-
ribly shocked when they art se;
in a field without a she.t to pro-
tect them. Dry wind and warm
spring sunshine injures such very
tender plants thsl hav. been raesed
under a sheet to minimize the
labor in watering and caring for
them. Thy shade-grown toma'.o
plants can survive well in the
fields only when the weather is
cloudy or rainy, the soil is wet and
warm, and there is no severe w.nd.
Such peri cl weather fortunately
occures somo.iines but is not very-
To be normally hardy and
healthy, lomalo plants must have
daylight (without shading by a
sheet) nearly every day. It is
practical and helpful to remove
the sheets from the cold frames
S. E. Jones of Forest, was a
business visitor here Saturday.
R. S. Wade was in Lufkin on
Mrs. Gordie Linville of Hous-
ton. was here Sunday visiting
before a farmer may profit from
them. It is very important .to have
good live roots on the imported
plants. This is practically accom-
plished by pulling the plants from
soil that is no; too hard and pack-
ing the roots promptly on wel
moss, newspapers or mud in the
bottoms of the baskets. To keep
the roots alive and vigorous, it is
neeissary to keep them wet dur-
ing transportation to East Texas.
Also it is necessary to keep the
domato leaves . nearly dry and
protected from wind while being
hauled. The plants should not be
p.rmitted to wilt in a field be-
fore being placed in the baskets
Imported tomato plants should
be 4 to 9 inches tall with stem at
least 1-4 inch thick. Of course
the plants should be practically
free from serious diseases and
insect pests such as late blight,
gray leaf spot, root-knot, garden
flea hoppers and pin worms.
It pays to water bare-root to-
mato plants with a fertilizer solu-
tion when setting them in fields.
A good kind is 2 lbs. of 16-20-0
fertilizer dissolved in 50 gal. of
water. S.tting machines with
automatic watering equipment
are available; Holland and John
Deere are common brands. Each
plant should receive 1-2 pint of
fertilizer solution for moist soil
or 1 pint for setting in dry soil.
Slip-setting plants commonly
is done by hand here. The best
method is to scrape the tops off
the beds to lower them enough
for convenient later cultivation.
Holes 1 to 2 inches in diameter
and deep enough for the plants
are poked about 1 ft. apart in the
tops of the beds over the fertilizer. j
Th;, tomato plants are carried to
the field with the roots in water
in pails or tubs, and are carried
beside _h_ rows with wet roots.
Charles Ray Flowers of B.au-
mont, was home over the week-
end visiting his parents and
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
Flowers and Mr. and Mrs. Will
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wade Vining
and children of Rusk, visited Mrs.
Vining’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hardy of
Texas City, were visitors here
Friday afternoon with Mrs. Har-
dy's father, Mr. Will Wesley. The
party motored to Tyler for the
week-end visit with relatives, re-
turning to Wells and Texas City
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Cook and
children of Lufkin, were Sunday
visitors in the home- of Mrs. Cook’s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Those attending the funeral of
Mrs. A. B. Mettlin of Diboll, which
was held in Mt. Hope Cemetery at
Wells Sunday morning at 10:00
o’clock from out of town were:
Mr. and Mrs. Joe King, Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence MoMillin, Mrs.
Johnie Sanders, Mrs. Gordie Lin-
viile, all of Houston; .Mr. and
Mrs. Cantrel Childres, Mrs. Del-
bert Tillis, Clute; Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence McAdams, Lufkin; Louis
Finley, Wharton; Mr. and Mrs.
Charlie Smith, Forest; Coy Smith,
Alto; Mr and iMrs. Arthur Mettlin,
Rube Mettlin, Diboll; Miss Tob-
bie Smith, Houston; Mrs. E. C.
Smith and Miss Barbara Smith of
Harold Oldham of Port Arthur,
spent the week-end here with his
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wallace of
i Silsbe.. visited his sister, Mrs.
i Mamie Harris and family, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Forbis Dial and
I children of Liberty, spent Sun-
, , , , ,1 day with his mother, Mrs.
A plant is set in each hole but the j
.:,k-s are left open. Next, the1
fertilizer solution in a sprinkling
can < ■-. ithout a sprinkler end) is
poured rapidly into the holts coa-
ming the plants (and between
tne plants). The
soaks into th; so
t.rr.e to close the h
'.■j _• s'j*. ~r:r..y ai'
y can grow-
th live vi-
its will de-
ls within 2
root era slip-set tomato
plan's are eas.ly injured by dry
w other or strong wind. Import-
ed plants often are Shocked so
much that they shed their first
and hot beds every day when there j truss of flowers and thus they
is no severe storm or wind or rain
and the temperature is wanner
than 40 degrees F. Aided by the
light and spring breez.s, the to-
mato plants grow thick whiskery
partly purple stems, big root sys-
tems, and broad dark grt:en leaves.
They are hardy enough to endure
moderate drought, frost and sand
storms in fields. They cannot de-
velop such hardiness wilhin 3
Good Imported Tomato Plants —
Imported plants that have grown
in fields usually are: hardy but
certain precautions are necessary
lose their chance for earliness.
The tomato deal in East Texas
was developed and prospered by
the us., of good tomato plants that
were grown carefully in cold
frames and properly set in fields.
That is tha only method that
gives good stands of plants in
my windy fields. With better soil
and less wind in better fields,
tomatoes produce larger yields of
good fruits than I can raise. I
recommend good cold frame
plants raised with plenty of light
to improve the tomato d.al here.
I have been reliably informed
Mrs. Annie Durham is visiting
her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Townsend
and family In Bunkie, La.
Mrs. Mattie Everet: of Alto
and granddaughter, Judith Solley,
of Roche-i r, N. Y„ visited Mrs.
M. L. D.al Tuesday.
M., Loraine Durham is visiting
•'•or cousin, Mr. Joy Balliew and
lam/.y in Pasadena.
M: J. N. Campbell is visiting
her daughters, Mrs. B rta Mul-
.•ra and Mrs. Gladys Pascoe and
lies in Houston.
Mr. „na Mr-. Ayden Jayroe and
daughter of Kountze, visited W.
S. H-.ster and Reba, Sunday.
Mrs. Maude Payne, Mr. and
Mrs. Bob Payne of Dialville, and
Mrs. Louie Lattimore of Jack-
sonville, visited the latt r’s aunt.
Mrs. W. D. Hicks, Sunday.
Mrs. Essie Smith of Wells, vis-
ited Mrs. M. L. Dial, Sunday.
Mrs. Lena Townsend visited
her brother, J. W. Dowling and
family in Lufkin, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Hadaway and
children visited Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Ash in Waco last week.
Several lrom here attended the
funeral for Mrs. H.len Rozelle
Mettlin Sunday in Wells.
that it requires more than luck to
prosper regularly in ordinary
kinds of business. However some
folks pref .r to depend on luck.
For example, a college cartoonist
drew the following kind of em-
blem for the boys in a poker club.
It was the head of a bull with a
galloping domino on each horn.
Below the picture was the motto,
“In luck we crust."
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,, TEXAS PRESS.ASSOCIATION
Austin, Texas—It’s a compara-
tively dull season at ittoe State
Capitol now. About the only no-
ticeable “sound and fury” is gen-
erated by the workmen putting
air conditioning in the legislative
chambers and building new slate
Last year at this time the Cap-
itol was a turbulent ar:na. Law-
makers’ pounding debates, electric
disclosures and close votes kep.
galleries filled, committee rooms
Now the lawmakers are scat-
tered. -But state issues are b-ing
decided—elsewhere. Next year’s
legislators are out “talking wilh
the people to see how they feel.”
They’re at the church suppers.
PTA carnivals, civic club lunch-
eons, lodge nights and cemetery
workings. They’re feeling out
support, asking questions, making
commitments—in your town.
Answers they get and commit-
ments they make now will, in
large measure, determine how the
close votes go this time next
SMALL TURNOVER POSSIBLE
—Prospect now is mostly for fa-
miliar faces at the legislative
desks next January.
Barring a sudden rash of an-
nouncements, at least two-thirds
of house members and nearly 90
per e:a; of senators will be old
Latest statewide survey by the
Texas Legislative Service shows
only three senators—Ottis Lock,
Searcy Bracewell and Carlos
Ashky—bowing out of politics.
There'll be a scramble by House
members for those seats.
Of th other 12 senators up for
re-election only one, at last count,
had an opponent. Remaining 16
in the upper house are having a
“breather," since only half of the
senate runs each itiwo years.
House of Representatives gen-
erally has a large-scale assault on
incumbents every election, and
about a 30 per cent turnover.
Less upheaval seems likely
this year. Only about 20 repre-
sentatives are not seeking re-
clection, including those running
for the senate. Of those running
for the house again, or still unde-
cided, only about 30 have an-
A question mark enters in:o race
decisions this year. Whether or
not legislators will hav annual
sessions and annual salaries will
not be decided until the constitu-
tional amendment is voted on
next November—after the prima-
ries. For some the prospect of
$7,500 yearly is a lure. Others
don’t like the idea of having to be
away from homes and businesses
a good part of every year.
AT LAST—Spring has finally
nil leant decline in the number of
unemployment c o m p e n s a -
tion claims. Drop was from 92,435
TEC said some 14,974 claimants
had exhausted their benefits dur-
January and February. Max-
imum allowed is $28 a week for
GROW WITH US — Some 30,000
major now factories will locate
somewhere in the South within the
next 10 years.
In reporting this prediction,
employment, | qov Price Daniel urged the
state's new Industrial Commission
to g.t in and pitch for a Texas
the Texas SL:
16 and Thu:
the East Side
Square ace r„
gram. These e
sprung in Texas
bringing ,;he long-awaited season-
al pick-up in jobs. vu ........ r„w.
T.xas Employment Commis- I sized share of the incoming wealth
sion’s latest report, for the first I and job-making industries,
time since Dec. 20, showed a sig- Chairman E. B. Germany of dred mil,s fr
last name start
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ceiving coma; jractlce I
i bring contain;:. forced ti
You'll shop for
your family's meals
utidt tfotvt iHOitetf-i.xuuta
Your electric freezer will serve
as your own private super-
market. Now ... you can do
your grocery shopping any-
time you desire - and buy in
quantity for great savings.
Quick frozen “in season”
meats and vegetables are
always in season and ready
for immediate preparation
If you are not freezing
your foods electrically,
you are making too
many trips to market!
I Do (
SOUTHWESTERN ELECT^ A
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