The Kerens Tribune (Kerens, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 8, Ed. 1 Friday, February 21, 1958 Page: 1 of 4
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KERENS, NAVARRO COUNTY, TEXAS, FEBRUARY 21, 1958
Us We Were
By The Editor
At the risk of sounding plumb
Republican, we are inclined to
agree with David Lawrence, edi-
tor of U.S. News & World Re-
port in this week’s editorial on
During all this repression, de-
pression or slump, Washington
has beep mentioning tax cuts.
Mr. Lawrence seems to think that
if individual tax cuts are ordered,
it would be useless unless cor-
porate taxes were cut way back.
His argument is that an immed-
iate stimulus would be applied
to the big companies that make
the jobs in - this Country. If the
big companies knew they were
going to save a lot of money on
taxes, they would immediately
get to work on expansion and
renovation projects. They would
he able to produce at a lower
cost, thereby putting their prod-
ucts in reach of more people,
who in turn would buy more be-
cause they had jobs, etc.
By no odds are we trying to
out-figure the government eco-
nomists, but we can’t see the
fallacy if there is one, in this
It stands to reason that if
Uncle cuts everybody’s taxes by,
say $2 a week, that $2 is not
going to buy many more re-
frigerators and washing machines
and cars. But, if General Motors
had its taxes lowered*.they would
have to lower the price on. their
Chevrolet because Ford would
be lowering the price on their
cars. And if they could lower
these prices a hundred dollars,
a lot more people would be able
to buy them.
It’s a cinch the big corpora-
tions wouldn’t put their tax sav-
ings in their sock. They would
have to spend it for fixing up
plants, reducing prices or pay it
to stockholders. And if they paid
it to stockholders, Uncle Sam
would get his bite there.
Some of our economists have
gone so far as to say that the
Internal Revenue Service would
collect more money in the over-
all if corporate taxes were cut.
We have been told that the
only reason the government con-
tinues to raise corporate taxes
is because our representatives
in the congress are too vote-
conscious to care for the good
of the economy. They just want
to be re-elected and can do it
easier if they come home and
tell the people how they are
sticking it on the big corpora-
If anyone will point out to
us the reasons this argument
won’t stand up, we will he glad
to print same. We would wel-
come an argument on the other
★ ★ ★
We have gone into partner-
ship with the Postmaster and
formed what we think is the
first Kerens Moonwatch Society.
We have ordered a do-it-your-
self telescope an.d within the
next few weeks hope to have
our eve1? op outer suace. Charter
•membership ip this society will
be available in the near future.
We hope to have our scope
trained on the, moon when the
Russians put their man up there.
RIFLE RANCC TO ni?
IN USE THIS WEEK-END
tip its erf +he Avmy Reserve and
Texas National Opard from as
fer a wav ton miles are to
“use the Kerops National Guard
Rifle Ranee this ppmreer.
p, Reserve TTpit from Longview
is to fire on the range this Sat-
urdav and Sunday, according to
Wilbur Black, custodian of the
■capge. The unit will begin arriv-
ing Saturday afternoon and fir-
ing will continue through Sun-
Initiates Three New
Three new members were ini-
tiated in the Kerens American
Legion Auxiliary Tuesday night.
Mrs. J. E. Mathis, 6th District
President, presided at the cere-
mony held in the Legion Hut.
New members are Mrs. Jim
Moore, Mrs. Lester Walker and
Mrs. Jap Inmon. Four other new
members were scheduled to be
initiated but were unable to at-
The Auxiliary met in a joint
session with the Stephen A.
Graves Post. Visitors to the post
were District Commander J. E.
Mathis of Hearne, and Bill Smith
of Corsicana, past Division Com-
The Legion post voted to
amend the constitution, in order
that the organization might be
E. H. Gray made a motion that
the local Legion Post give Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Daniel a rising vote
of thanks for their gift of IV2
acres of land to the Legion.
The next meeting of the Le-
gion will be held March 18 at
which time the 40th anniversary
of American Legion will be ob-
served with a special program.
After the meeting the ladies
of the auxiliary served sand-
wiches and coffee to the approx-
imately 35 present.
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City Expenditures, Taxes Aired
In Forum Meeting Monday
A public forum held under the ifizens last Monday night at the
auspices of the Civic Affairs com- High School auditorium.
'mittee of the local Chamber of Mr. Daniel, after a few words
Commerce with Joe Daniel as of greeting, turned the meeting
chairman, was conducted by cit- over to Mayor G. H. Sanders
TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK has been proclaimed by
Governor Price Daniel for March 2-8. Receiving the proclamation
for the eighth annual statewide observance is John McKee of Dallas
(right) who has served as state chairman of the Texas Citizens’
Committee for Public Schools Week since the week was inaugurated
in 1951. Parents and ether citizens are urged to visit their local
schools during the week.
By Mrs. Homer Marshall
Mrs. McClung Hosts
Pioneer Literary Club
The Pioneer Literary Club met
in the home of Mrs. Andrew Mc-
Clung with Mrs. Joe Wilson and
Mrs. R. A. Bain as co-hostesses.
Mrs. Earl Seale was leader for
the afternoon, discussing the
Dryden period of English litera-
ture. Mrs. E. K. Howell review-
ed the life of Jonathan Swift,
With a short sketch of his most
famous writing, “Gulliver’s Trav-
Cherry pie and coffee were
served ‘25 members and four
guests, esdames W. L. Bain, Jr.,
R. P. Walker, Wayne Kittley and
Mrs. Deraid Lary of Wichita,
The McClung home was beauti-
fully decorated throughout. The
dining table featured an arrange-
ment of rose and dubonnet
mums; white mums in a brass
jardiniere complimented the cof-
fee table in the living room; ear-
ly jonquils and iris buds with
thumbergia brightened the bed-
rooms; and red carnations and
rose buds in an antique tray
highlighted the den.
Mrs. Johnnie Parker
Mrs. Johnnie Parker, the for-
mer Miss Nelda Tramel, who was
married February 16, was hon-
ored with a miscellaneous shower
Friday, February, 7 at the home
bf Mrs. Clifford Hawkins in
Receiving the guests were: the
honoree, her mother, Mrs. W. J.
Tramel and the hostess, Mrs.
Hawkins. Mrs. Chester Goodwin,
aunt of the honoree, registered
the guests in the Bride’s Book,
a white satin, ring-bearer’s pil-
low, and held in the center by
a pink ribbon was a miniature
Also in the houseparty, as-
sisting in the bedroom where the
lovely array of gifts were dis-
played was another aunt, Mrs.
E. M. Sims.
The chosen color scheme was
carried out in the flower ar-
rangements and also in the serv-
ing table covered with white lace
over pink. In the center was a
pink bridal bouquet of pink net
and ribbons, with white rosebuds.
The ribbon streamers carried the
couple’s names and their wedding
Serving the pink and white
cake squares were Miss Brenda
Sims, cousin of the honoree and
from a crystal punch bowl, Miss
Laverne Goodwin, also a cousin,
dispensed the pink frosted punch.
Mrs. Dede Barnett, who has
been, ill for the last week, is
The church attendance was
good at both churches Sunday.
Mr. Robert Pohl took ill at
the Church of Christ service Sun-
day. He is doing nicely now.
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Watt of
Corsicana, Mr. and Mrs. Owen
Watt, Mr. Calvin Glass, Mrs.
Janie Ayres, Miss Ollie Simmons
and the Roy Pohls visited the
Robert Pohls and Granny Watt
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Wright
visited Mr. and Mrs. Sonny In-
mon of Cayuga Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jodie Basham of
Corsicana visited the Robert
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Westbrook
of Fort Worth visited his parents
the Clyde Westbrooks last week-
The W.M.U. of the Bazette
Baptist Church met in the home
of Mrs. Homer Marshall Tues-
day at 10 a.m. for a Mission
Study. The Mission Book, “Look,
Look, the Cities” was taught by
Mrs. Marshall. The Bible study
was led by Mrs. Clyde West-
brook. A covered dish luncheon
Was enjoyed at the noon hour.
Visitors for the day were, Mrs.
J. O. Sessions, Miss Opha Ses-
sions and Mrs. Jack Marshall.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Upchurch
of Midkiff visited relatives here
Bro. and Mrs. Frank Chapman,
'and children and Linda Albrit-
ton were guests in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Lobe Albritton
Mrs. Jessie Tillman, Mrs. Lot-
tie Albritton of Kerens spent
Sunday visiting Mr. and Mrs. V.
Mrs. Ruth Reagan and Mr. and
Mrs. Bud Jones of Powell vis-
ited the Pohls this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Tate and
family of Jacksonville visited
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Upchurch . over
Miss Sammye Colvin and Bill
Cook, Mrs. Bill Upchurch, Mrs.
Roy Pohl, Mr. and Mrs. Ikie
Upchurch, Mr. and Mrs. K. F.
'Sessions, Mrs. Homer Marshall
attended the house-warming Tues-
day night given to honor Mr.
and Mrs. George Voss of Roane,
the hostesses were the ladies of
Roane. Mr. and Mrs. Voss moved
into their new home some weeks
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jackson of
Corsicana attended the services
at the Baptist church .Sunday
mVht. Mr. and Mrs. Miles and
children of Corsicana were visi-
tors at the momimr service.
Mr and Mrs. Tump Massey
and Trema visited Mr. and Mrs.
Letter Walker Fridav night.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Atkins of
Kerens were dinner guests in the
Walker home Sunday.
Mrs. Aline Colvin’s home was
meeting nlace for a very
iovons dav Thursday, when the
ladies of the communitv and out-
of-town guests met for an all-
^av e-et-together and a covered
dish luncheon. Mrs. Denver Lan-
caster was co-hostess.
Mr. and Mrs I. C. Tarkington,
Gleaners Class Meets
In Scarbrough Home
The Gleaners Sunday School
Class of the First Baptist Church
‘met February 13 in, the home of
Mrs. Roy Scarbrough for their
regular monthly business and so-
cial meeting, with Mrs. Byron
Scarbrough sharing hostess du-
The president Mrs. Roy Scar-
brough presided over the business
session and Mrs. J. S. Wright
led the opening prayer.
In the absence of the class
secretary Mrs. Earl Thomason,
the assistant secretary Mrs. Char-
les Blisset read the minutes of
the previous meeting and gave
the treasurer’s report.
Mrs. Leslie Parker, leader for
the afternoon, brought a beauti-
ful story about Dinah, using as
sewnture Genesis 34:1 which was
followed with a prayer by Mrs.
Refreshments of delicious cher-
ry tarts topped with whipped
cream and coffee were served to
10 members and two guests. Mrs.
Johnnie Mills and Mrs. Randal
Must File By March 6
According to a new state law,
persons wishing to file for a
(place on the Kerens School Board
of Trustees, must file before
March 6, 1958. The new law
states that a candidate must file
at least thirty days before the
election to get his name printed
on the ticket. The tickets must
be printed twenty days before
the election, which fall this year
on April 5.
Anyone wishing to have his
name on the ticket is requested
to see Elmin Howell, Secretary
of the Board, before March 6.
Kiwanis Club Hears
Major Jack Anderson of the
U. S. Army, was the speaker at
the Kiwanis luncheon Wednesday
at noon. Maj. Anderson gave a
very interesting talk on “Op-
eration Gyroscope” or the rota-
tion of Divisions from the three
American Theaters of Operation.
Major Anderson, a native of
Kerens, told of some of his ex-
periences in Germany during his
latest tour of duty.
The Kiwanis Club got their
First Grade Entertains
P-TA Group Tuesday
The Parent-Teacher Association
of the Kerens Public School met
in regular session on Tuesday
afternoon. Mrs. D. C. Rea, vice
president, presided at the busi-
ness session in the absence of
the president. Mrs. Chas. Reese,
secretary, read the minutes of
the last meeting and reported
that the first grade won the
room count for the afternoon.
First grade students enter-
tained with songs and folk danc-
ing from the Gay Nineties. Mrs,
Rea, first grade teacher, had her
pupils well versed in their re-
spective parts. This training plus
natural charm placed the pro-
gram high on parents popularity
Mr. Wade Johnston, principal
of Kerens High School, gave an
informative talk, “Partners with
Your Children,,” in which he
pointed out the need for both
parents and teachers to give in-
dividual attention and positive
signs of affection to each child.
He pointed to outside influences
such as TV and improper comic
books as being detrimental to a
child’s character, suggesting that
interested parents and teachers
Pugh consider these influences
and ways to cope with them, as
’well as personal influence.
Founders’ Day was observed
Squirrel Stew program started.
Tickets were passed out to mem- Vuth Mrs. Terry Sanders giving
Workers Class Meets
With Mrs. Johnston
Twenty members of the Work-
ers Sunday School Class of the
First Methodist Church met Tues-
day night in the home^ of Mrs.
Milton Johnston with Mrs. Rus-
sell Baxter and Mrs. Andrew
Talley as co-hostesses.
The meeting was called to or-
der by the president, Mrs. Josh
Duncan and opened with a pray-
er by Mrs. Alvin Inmon. The
leader Mrs. August Hill chose
as her subject “Esther”, from
“The Women of the Bible”. She
presented it in a most interest-
ing manner. She also read a
poem entitled, “Our God Will
Protect Us On Our Way.” A
prayer closed her remarks.
Being the birthday of Miss
Golder Noble, some highlights
from her life were reviewed by
Mrs. E. B. Batton and a climax
of “Happy Birthday” being sung
by the entire group. Gifts were
presented to her from all pres-
ent and several who were unable
to attend sent gifts.
A most delectable plate of
cake squares, salted nuts and
spiced tea was served by the
hers for the affair which is to be
held March 7 at the school caf-
eteria. The stew will feature
entertainment and door prizes.
Guy Dobbs ..........................Feb. 21
Frank B. Washburn............Feb. 21
Morris Crawford ................Feb. 22
Janie Ingram ............ Feb. 23
Eugene Conger ..................Feb. 23
Barbara Brown ........ Feb. 27
Elizabeth Norris ................Feb. 27
a resume of past accomplish-
ments in the P-TA organization.
Mrs. Sanders presented a color-
ful scene to the group by ar-
| ranging dolls, cleverly dressed to
, - ,. , , , , I represent children of each coun-
the sale of tickets will be usedl, ,, , , „
i o • ltry ^at has emulated the U.S.
to help m the annual Spring ; . ~ .
_____m this effort, around a beauti-
fully decorated birthday cake
with 61 candles representing each
year of the P-TA’s existence.
The meeting was closed with a
prayer by Mr. B. P. Berry.
Money from the proceeds ox , children of
Clean-up campaign, and to pur-
chase trash cans to be placed
on Main .Street.
Anyone wishing to attend the
Squirrel Stew may purchase ad-
mission tickets from any Kiwanis
member. The price is 65 cents.
Day Of Praver To
Be Observed Here
The annual Day of Prayer,
which is participated in by the
women of the Kerens Methodist,
Baptist and Presbyterian church- _ „
es, will be held at the Methodist , water main could be put in at
Church at 3:30 p.m. today (Fri- the time of their entry into
who gave a basic outline of the
city’s means of obtaining funds,
i.e,, taxes, water an,d sewer, and
the general expenditures, being
specific as to exact amounts spent
last year. He reported $600 to
$700 alone spent on patching
streets. Another added and un-
forseen expenditure was purchase
of a new maintainer, due to the
(complete wearing out of tires
(which were on the old one. The
city cooperated in the hard-top-
ping which was instigated by
private citizens and paid costs on
all streets around city property
'ps well as intersections.
The mayor, again giving ex-
act figures, noted the amount
(borrowed from the local bank
Hast year and specified $1,000
has been borrowed this year. The
city commission, according to the
'mayor, hopes to get by with bor-
rowing only $1,000 more this
'year unless unforseen difficulties
As a personal suggestion in
the realm of possibility Dr. San-
ders felt taxable values could
be doubled and the tax rate cut
in half, giving the city com-
mission leeway to adjust the
tax income by lowering or rais-
ing the tax rate. At present the
tax rate is $1.50 per $100 valu-
ation, which is the ceiling under
Texas laws. If the valuations
were doubled and the rate cut
to 75, cents per $100, the same
amount of taxes could be raised,
and if unforseen expenditures
came up, the city commission
could raise the rate. He stressed
this as a hypothethical answer to
the problem of satisfying a city’s
needs without available cash.
Joe Daniel gave a brief account
of tax problems in towns of
comparable size to Kerens and
the methods by which these prob-
lems have been solved.
After some general discussion,
the group voted unanimously to
ask the City Commission to ap-
point an equalization board as
the first step. Dr. Sanders point-
ed out that the Council had been
unable to recruit such a board
last year, but would attempt to
find a group of men at this
time. There were no volunteers.
Alvin Inmon, speaking for sev-
eral men accompanying him from
the Price Addition, stated his be-
lief that a majority of the Ba-
izette Road people would go
(along with a plan whereby a
j This is a time set aside for
meditation and prayer by wom-
en, and all are urged to partici-
pate in this quiet hour. The
nursery will be open.
The Citizens of the Week for
this week are Margie McMillan
and Bobby Almendarez.
Margie is from Powell and is
a junior in high school. She was
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Tanner of
Lancaster are the proud parents
of a baby daughter born early
Tuesday morning, February 18
at the Methodist Hospital in Dal-
Mrs. Burnice Kirk, Mrs. Lester
Walker and Mrs. Homer Mar-
shall are attending the study
course at Kerens at the Baptist
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Marshall
and Mrs. T. I. Marshall visited
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hawkins of
Mrs. J. T, Atkeison is visiting
the Geo. Vosses in Roane this
on the girls’ basketball team and las> The little ^rl weighed six
is an honor student. pounds and eight ounces and has
Bobby is a junior also. He is ^een named Lorie Lee. The pa-
a member of the F.F.A. Club and temal grandparents are Mr. and
played on the Bobcat football > ]\frs> a. B. Tanner of Corsicana
team. He is well liked by every- j and the matemal granlparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Doris Thornton
of Kerens. Lorie Lee was wel-
comed to the Tanner home by a
sister Rex Ann and a brother,
the city with a promise of sew-
erage within a reasonable speci-
J. W. Edmonds, speaking for
the colored community on the
north, while pointing out lack
of funds in this area, emphasized
his people’s wish to help in any
way to obtain sewerage due to
the health hazard in their area.
City .Secretary Earl McClung
supplemented the mayor’s report
'when such supplement was need-
ed and answered off the cuff
questions such as, “Would 25 per
cent over-all increase be suffi-
cient to keep the city out of
the red? How much per foot
would it cost to pipe water to
75 homes on Bazette Road?” and
Approimately 25 persons at-
tended the forum.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
CITIZENS OF THE WEEK
The Junior High Citizens of
the week are Brenda Andrews
and Larry Paul. Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Brenda, the daughter of Mr. j R. Baker, a son, February 16
and Mrs. Clyde Andrews, Jr., is j at 4:40 a./m. at Memorial Hos-
in the 8th grade. She was a j pital in Corsicana. The young
cheerleader for the Junior High |man weighed 8 pounds and 14
football team and is active in j ounces and has been named
school activities. She is the school Henry Louis. Maternal grand-
librarian and is well liked in j parents are J. P. Seale and
Junior High. j Myrtle Seale. Mrs. Raby of Tyler
Larry is also in, the 8th grade J is the paternal grandmother. Mr.
and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. j L. M. Seale is the greatgrand-
Vernon Paul. He played on the ! father. Both baby and mother
Junior High football team and is | are doing fine and are at home
interested in school activities. 'with Myrtle Seale.
Bank, Post Office
To Close Saturday
Washington’s birthday will be
observed in Kerens with the clos-
ing of the First National Bank
and the Post Office.
According to Mr. Bill Berry,
postmaster, the Post Office will
be closed all dav. There will be
no city or rural delivery, how-
ever, incoming mail will be
worked to the boxes and ontgo-
ing mail will be worked on a
Bro. and Mrs. D. R. McCauley
attended the funeral of their
daughter in Meridian Friday.
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