Enterprise-Journal from McComb, Mississippi on February 27, 1958 · Page 1
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McComb, Mississippi
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Thursday, February 27, 1958
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1 For Tomorrwt Cooler McGOMB EREM & ' ' jour: Today's Temperatures 12 Mid. 62 . 2 a. m. 60 9 a. m.'Sy 10 a. m. 61 11 a. m. 64 12 noon 68 1 p. m. 69 2 p. m, 70 3 p. m. 71 4 5 6 7 a. m. 57 a. m. 57 a. m. 55 The One Newspaper in the World Most Interested in this Community m. 54 8 a. m. 57 fglipl EN estimated. HGQEAQUGS AN ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY ENTERPRISE ESTABLISHED 18S JOURNAL ESTABLISHED ISO McCOMB, MISSISSIPPI, THURSDAY, FEBRU. CONSOLIDATED JUNK 14 68TH YEAR NO. 198 Id H O f" BY OLIVER EMMERICH Rep. L. S. McClaren addressed McComb Hotarians Wednesday. He related the instance of a legislator discussing problems with a philosopher. Said the philosopher: "The ultimate goal of legislation is to do the greatest good for the greatest number." The legislator asked: "What is the greatest number?" The philosopher replied, "Number one." If observing the truth is philosophy then this observer was, indeed, a philosopher. A McCcmb woman was overheard to say on Main street this morning: "I think the merchants of this town should be made to take these scales off of the sidewalks. They are to disconcerting." When any lady is ounce-conscious it is understandable thst a pair of scales should be disconcerting. One drug store in McComb has a large pair of scales next to the candy counter. Tha staff of the McComb Enterprise-Journal does not join the gloom peddlers of this hour. The country has not gone to the dogs. When the spring sunshine comes out, you will see men going back to their jobs. Thirty-four clubs from the 63 th district of Rotary International are holding a conference in Hammond Tuesday. Hotarians Ircm McComb, Summit, Magnolia and Tylertown will be there. A fellow can always come away from a Rotary Conference with a feeling of having been Stepped up spiritually. A five-year-old girl In Atlanta was the victim of a fire. She was badly burned. Prisoners in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary have made gifts of skin from their own bodies to be grafted onto the child in an effort to save her life. It is easy to condemn a convict. However, many of us outside the penitentiaries would be less liberal with our own hides. Old Harry gets a kick out of his give-'em-hell speeches. However, the old boy doesn't carry too much weight-He. went to the last Democratic convention with an idea of getting the nomination for Avorcll Harriman who did not get one fourth the way down to first base. Brister Cosnahan who lives west of Summit is chairman of a bull sale. It should be understood that there is a distinct difference between a bull sale and a bull session. The annual local purebreed bull sale will be held in April. This reminds us that a sale was held in Senatobia earlier this month at Circle-M Ranch where the top bull broke the world's record in price for bis breed. The question is this: Will people switch to postal cards when the postal rates are upped or will they accept the higher price for mailing a letter without change? One group says that the public will take the higher cost of mailing letters in the usual stride. Another group of thinkers say that the letter writers will become postal card customers. Horse-drawn entries will be sought for the centennial parade in Summit. Many a Summitoni-an now regrets that he sold his horse and buggy. But Chairman Frank Watkins will find surries, buggies, wagons and the parade will be a success. It can be so predicted. "The stroller" George Campbell, editor of the Hammond Vindicator, says that there were eight fires in his city this past Sunday. He adds that there was no serious loss. The boys at the McComb Fire Department should send a letter of congratulations to the' firemen in Hammond. That's a fine record. However, the local firemen have frequently come through with such performance. One happy note has resulted In the tragedy which befell the family of Miss Evelyn Rowell. Miss Rowell's family home in Pricedale burned with all its contents while the family was arranging the funeral cf her father, Alton Rowell. That was in the middle of January. Gone with the fire was a new set of World Book encyclopedias which Miss Rowell had purchased. A friend of the family wrote the publishers of the books, Field Enterprise Educational Corp., to tell the company of the family's tragedy. Now, Miss Rowell has received word that the company is shipping her a new set of books to replace the ones destroyed in the fire. Minstrel Coming Up mit artists, Mrs. Bess Dawson and Mrs. Ruth Atkinson, take on what is their biggest painting to date. They're doing tho background scenery for the McComb Lions Club Minstrel. The minstrel is scheduled to be presented at Annual Lions Show Looms Minstrel Program, to Present Many Talented Entertainers Amite County 4 a -r , I men lestijy in Murder Trial BATON ROUGE ( The murder trial of Maurice Raymond Louque continued today after its opening session was interrupted by a "nervous tension spell" suffered by the defense attorney. Ossie B. Brown had the attack as court opened yesterday morning. But Brown recovered sufficiently to continue with the trial in the afternoon. Loque is charged with the fatal beating of an unidentified Negro woman on June 24, 1955. The state contends he killed the woman near here and carried her body to Mississippi and buried it in a shallow grave. Witnesses from Amite County, Miss., testified yesterday. Sheriff J.K. Harvey and former Sheriff Ira Jenkins asid they dug up the bones and brought them to Baton Rouge. Herman Wald of Liberty, Miss., testified Louque had done some painting on his property several years before the bones were found and said he believed Louque was familiar with the territory in Amite County. Meet Saturday Scout Cub Training Courses Slated Here A .training course for Tall Pine District Boy Scouts' district troop leaders and Cub pack leaders will be held in McComb from 1 p. m. to 6 p. m. Saturday. The J. J. White Memorial Presbyterian Church will be the site of the training course for Scout leaders and workers. Den mothers, Cub masters, pack committeemen, Scoutmasters and troop committeemen are among those especially urged to attend, M. E.'(Bud) Trigleth, field Scout executive for the Tall Pine District, said. Robert W. Lambuth Jr., Magnolia, is overall director for the district leadership training course. Phil Enochs of Fernwood will be director-for -the Scout course. Sam Two well-known Sum 7:57 p. m. Friday and Saturday at the McComb High School. The two artists slapped paint on the huge background picture with house paint brushes and a fast-drying house paint. J. B. Day is in charge of the minstrel scenery. (Photo by John Emmerich.) A host cf performers recruited from among the best available local talent will be seen in the McComb Lions Club's annual minstrel show Friday and Saturday nights in the High School auditorium. Ticket chairmen Olin Mauldin and Bobby Maddcx said today that sales were "picking up swiftly" and urged that those who want to see this show get their tickets at ence. '"We went sell more tickets than for the 1,300 seats in the auditorium for each night of the minstrel," Mauldin said. "Therefore, everyone should get a ticket immediately." Each member of the Lions Club has tickets to sell. Other tickets are on sale at Farmer's, Gillis' and City drug stores and the M & M News Stand. PARADE FRIDAY 4:30 P. M. The opening of the minstrel program will be marked Friday at 4:30 when one of the biggest parades ever een in McComb wends around the downtown section. Commercial units, strutters, musicians, dancers and plain walkers, plus girls and boys of the area 12 and under in the costumes of a "pickaninny" contest, will be included. Local businesses are invited to enter vehicles, and demonstrations of their products, Mart Ray,, parade chairman and president of the club, said today. The curtain will rise at the auditorium at 7:57 p. m. on each show . Daniel of McComb is in charge of the Cub Scout courses. Instructors in the Boy Scout di vision will include J. W. Alford, McComb, troop financing; Garland Lear.Tylertown, patrol and troop activities: J. U Adams jr., uios ter. "What Bov Scouting Is," and Phil Enochs, troop operations. Mrs. Sam Daniel will instruct oh Cub crafts. , Roger Barrett of McComb will assist in the instruction in the Cub courses. Clayton McFadin of McComb will instruct all groups on Boy's Life magazine sales and circulation. Trigleth will serve as an adviser In both courses. evening. PROGRAM FEATURES Following is the cast of entertainers, as shown by early proofs of the official program: Quartet J. D. Prince, Bob Hamrick, John Sumpter Thompson, H. T. Huddleston. , Dance, Vistra Myers. Accordion Solo, Frank Barks-dull. Specialty Act, H. W. Slater and Elmo Busby. Choral Group. Negro Preacher Act, Dean Strickland. "Black Coffee' Helen Goodall. Dance, Malva Heffner and Sidney Hodges. Orchestra John S. Thompson, tenor sax; Billy Turner Jr., bass; Matt Goodall, drummer; Lorraine Pigott, piano. "Mn and My Shadow." John S. Thompson and J. D. Prince. "Night and Day," Edith Rogers. Southwest Trio, "My Lindy Lou," June Whittington and Donna Newman. Fats Fitzgerald and the "Playboys." Kenny McGehee, Bobby Jones, Tommy Hennington, Jimmy Gentry and Tommy Rose. Ushers, Billy Tyler, Connie Rogers, Jay Travis, Tom Magruder. The Final Fifteen and, Two Spares: Sopranos Pat Martin, Robin Carruth, Maxine Badon, Joyce Laws, Judy Sanders, Marcia Jones. Altos Mary Ida Baham, Lena Sue Mathews, Carolyn Sarphie, Ramona Nail, Jocile Martin. Tenor Billy Martin, the Friendly Undertaker. Trombone Bobby Jones. Saxophone Tommy Hennington. Bass Billy Neville, Tommy Hennington, Lee Lyle Wardlaw, White Girl 12, Raped; Officers Hunting Negro GREENSURG, La. LP) A 12- year-old white girl was raped by a middle-aged Negro, the St. Helena Parish sheriff's office said to day. Two persons are being held for investigation. Deputy Sheriff E. T. Martin said the incident was reported last night in the parish's , First Ward, about nine miles north of here. He had few details. Martin said the case was still under investigation and "we have no progress to report yet." No charges had been filed today, he said. Two Negro men were held for questioning. Twisters Swoop Kill to Many Fortunate; Few Were Not Families Huddle, Pray as Death Dips Down in Central Mississippi By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Then, a tree brushed the fright- WOMAN. 60, KILLED A family of five cowered under ened family as it toppled onto the At Walnut Grove, Mrs. P. W. a mattress and sang the Lord's house, crashing in the roof. Ellis, 60, died when a heavy post, Prayer to bolster their courage Only Mrs. ' Bolton was injured, twisting crazily in the swirling as a raging tornado smashed and she slightly. winds, struck her as she hurried their 149-year-old central Missis- At another neighbor's home 10- along, knocking her to the ground, sippi home Wednesday night. year-old Annie Lou Hawthorne Her grandson, John Aitken Jr.. A short distance away in tbe foll0wed her brother and sister hurrying at her side, was injured same Luckney community, anoth- from the dining room table to th& criticall ' J rea er family braced in the hall while living room When the stQrm sub. Elsewh in B p. fending off a runaway refrigera- sided they found themselveS in the Woods school, Richton, Waynes- nrAa?i m5wpnt0?SiSS ing the BapUst Church meetin b0r0' and other areas' the esins rwvT ?u Z. It x At Libertv. the Rev. Victor of a tornado's passing piled high. Others in the path of the twisters Johnson ordered 10 youths attend. damaged buU P that pockmarked the state with ing the Baptist Churcn meting automobiles greeted each of the devasation during the dinner to kneel and pray. The tornado areas as the sun rose on a serene hour either knelt and prayed, passed less than 20 yards away, morning that all but beHed the crouched under furniture or just Some persons died in the torna. hayoc 1 ear-made themselves as small as pos- does, caught in the collapse of lier Se? toa't 7 'J" 5meS- immdeiate cot But it was time to clean up and utes mat orusned aeatn. showed thp ripath tnll trwi 19 t v,w ; Pharleo Wrmht f T,,p1,0,t o 0v . " j.cw nines casi; ui o a,uii.buii, uux - riedly tossed a mattress over his wife and three small children as the funnel howled its approach. "Let's sing the Lord's Prayer," he shouted above the roaring wind. "We did," he recalled later. "We sang it three times and then it was over." Wright said he lost 4,800 laying hens and a boxcar load of chicken feed. Only a few feathers and a scattered feed gave evidence of their existence. 1809 HOME LOST Mostly, Wright bemoaned the loss oi nis nome lweive uass wmcn ne said was ouiit in iau Only the front wall and part of the floor was left intact. Wright's neighbor, Leland A. Bolton, said ho 'told his family the noisy wind was a freight train. He said he laughed so they wouldn t be afraid as they braced themselves in the hall of their home. But he quit laughing when the t j j v, r skidded out of the refrigerator kitchen and headed toward them, "I kicked it away," he remembered. 34 Die in Crash of Plane BOLTON, England (iP) A chartered British airliner with 42 persons aboard smashed against a snow-covered mountain today only five minutes from its destination. A policeman at the scene said 34 persons perished. An injured stewardess, the only I woman aboarc, and the copilot struggled through knee-deep snow; to a television relay station on top trustees of the McComb Municipal McComb: of the mountain and gasped out Separate School District will be Only qualified electors liv-the first word of the disaster. , elected here Saturday afternoon. ing in the district and outside BLIZZARD SLOWS RESCUE HelicoDters. snowPlows and mountain rescue teams fought through a blizzard to the scene. The twin-engine Bristol Wayfarer, operated by Silver City Airways, was carrying automobile deaelrs from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea on a one-day junket i to Manchester, only 15 miles from here, to inspect a plant of the Exide Battery Co. Wisecracking and jovial, the nartv of 39 businesmen boarded the plane for the 100-mile flight, waving goodby to wives ana enn-dren. There was a crew of three, aboard. Thirty-five minutes later, with visibility cut by heavy clouds and the blizzard, the plane, smashed to bits against Winter Hill, near the bleak moorlands of Lanca shire and only 400 yards from a lonely TV tower manned by five engineers. - Stewardes Jennifer Curtis stumbled out of the wreckage with copilot' William Howarth. Leaders in State, Local Park Matters Meet Here March 10 A meeting in Percy E. Quin State Park March 10 will find all superintendents of state parks, their wives, members of the state and'Fike County park boards and their wives gathering for a ses sion. Members of the local board in- j elude Jerry Jones, Dr. Clifton i Wall, H. Bee Wood, George S. (Doc) Carruth and M. T. Rhode 12, Damage . .. . . " . ana tne injured numbered about Bishop to Preside Pike Episcopalians Set Special Services The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, Episcopal bishop of Mississippi, Coumy confirmation serviceg and will dedicate a new parish house. Bishop Gray will officiate at the 9 a. m. service of the Church of the Redeemer in Magnolia. At 11 seryice Church , , razui in ivicuinu. TYia P? Pi? Pnhort Caul nrtact ' Vv u v Z charge of both churches, will pre- . .. . A it. acui, uic biases ui uie uisnop lor confirmation. PARISH HOUSE SERVICE Following the second service, he will dedicate the Church of the Mediator's parish house, and the congrcgation will hold a fellowship dinner. Seven persons are included in the McComb confirmation class: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bettcher, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hunt Jr., Mrs. William L. Tvler. Miss Norma Benton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. IN THREE AREAS SATURDAY Trustees to Be Named By CHARLES B. GORDON Enterprise-Journal Reporter Two members of the board of C' f, 4y, ' WK MIX. 'X,r All Sizes County accordion player and singer, and Billy Jackson. McComb who will be an end man in the show. The minstrel will be presented at McComb High School Friday and Saturday nights. (Photo by Leigh KlotzJ tA & vT m V- v-t "5 iu again The people rolled up their sleeves and began to work. J. H. Benton. Miss Donna Cousins, daughter of Lawrence Ellis Jr., son of Mr. &nd Mrs. Lawrence Ellis; Miss Carla Heffner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Heffner Jr. Miss Doty Troutman, daughter maQ and Mig Robm WoQd 1- icr ui ivii. ttuu ivus, xvuueri, u. Wnnrt m k v This service will be delivered by uie umiiup. Sermon of the McComb sermon will be delivered by the bishop. Thomas Moore will sing "The Holy City" at the offertory. There will be no 7:30 a. m. ser- vice Sunday, MAGNOLIA CLASS In Magnolia, the confirmation class will include George Leggett Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Leggett, and Miss Djane McClen- don. dauehter of Mr. and Mrs ' Claude McClendon. j Both must be residents and qualified voters of the part of the district lying outside the city of o i ii t They come in all sizes at the Lions Club Minstrel. Her arc Frank Barksdale. popular Pike State V 1 Areas 9 JACKSON, ivliss. () Daylight disclosed new damage today from a series of late-winter tornadoes which ravished cenv-al Mississippi last night. Two irivre deaths brought the toll to 12. One of the hardest hit spots was the world-famed Piney Woods Country Life School about 25 miles south of Jackson. Roofs of at least four of the large buildings at the school for Negro children were shorn off. NEGRO SCHOOL HARD HIT Dr. Laurence C. Jones, thb white-haired little Negro educator who founded Piney Woods, said destruction there was "terrible." The injured in 13 communities hit by the unexpected twisters numbered more than 70. The loss in timber was great. U. S. Forest ranger Joe Coch said at Laurel many trees were felled in the big Desoto National Forest. Shattered buildings and shredded farm lands dotted a 140-mile long area in central and east Mississippi that stretched from Canton, 20 miles to the north, and Poplarville, 120 miles to the south. J FIVE DIE IN AREA Five of the dead were in the hard-hit rural area between Richmond and Waynesboro near the Alabama line. At the Farm Haven community near Jackson, three died in one blow and two died in a Canton hospital several hours later. One died near Jackson and another near Walnut Grove, 40 miles east of Canton. The two who died in the hospital were identified as Aaron Johnson and Pinkie Hester, Negroes who worked on the James Stewart plantation. Another Farm Haven victim was Sally Day, Negro woman reportedly 110 years old. Pike Weather to Cool a Bit The New Orleans Weather Bureau predicted Mississippi's partly cloudy weather today will stick around for tonight and Friday. The McComb area low is ex pected to be in the 40s, with the ! mprriirv riitwinP tnmnrmw helnm what its been for the f days. McComb proper can cast their ballots. Roughly speaking; those eligible to vole or to be . elected must live either in Summit or in the former En- . terprise or Universal school i; districts. .''J.".Z Voting will take place in - ther McComb High School auditorium" starting at 2 p. m. and ending at 4 p. m. At the latter hour the polls will be closed and counting of votes' begun. In the event a runoff or runoffs are found to be necessary, voting will immediately be resum- ed and the program continued-un--til a decision is reached. ..." V.. The trustees named will succeed-J. W. Alford of McComb, present" president of the board, and Earl Williams of Enterprise. William is eligible to succeed himself on the board, but Alford, who lives inside the city of McComb, is not. Williams is presently serving the unexpired portion of the term of Gerald Mixon, who ; resigned a year ago. The two trustees named will join William Neville Jr., Norman B. Gillis Jr. and Gordon Burt Jr., all of McComb, on the board. OTHER ELECTIONS Meanwhile, trustee elections also will take place in two other Pike localities. In the North Pike Consolidated -School District an election will be held at Oakdale School to name a trustee to succeed George Fagan, who is eligible for re-election., At Osyka, the South Pike Con- sojidated School District's electors will name a successor "to Roy Cu- trer of Osyka, who can be rer nominated to the post. At both Osyka and Oakdale, polls open at 1 p. m. and close at;; 4 p. m., when counting of votes will start. "

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