Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 8, 1963 · Page 11
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 11

Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 8, 1963
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roes I By STANLEY MEfSLEH WASHINGTON (AP)-A month ago, , three College-educated Ne* groes won promotions In the Dal* las, Tex:.,* post office. What pushed them ahead—ability or the color of their skins? The promotion of the three set off a tem^st in Dallas and in Washington. Some critics cried discrimination against whites. This Dallas controversy may be A harbinger of things to come, for tempests like it may brew again find again in the Negro struggle for better jobs and better conditions. Rep. ?ruce Alger, R-Tex., who represents Dallas, says the promotions there show that "irt a direct appeal to racial prejudice and in an effort to submit to threats of violence, the administration has ordered that civil service procedures be ignored and promotions made strictly on the basis of promotions were made in accordance with all civil service commission requirements. The Dallas story began in May 1961 when the P6st Office Department inaugurated a "merit promotion plan." Before then, according to Richard J. Murphy, assistant postmaster general in charge of personnel, local postmasters could pretty much decide on their own just whom they would promote. Under the present plan, workers qualified for promotion are put on a list in order of special point totals. These totals are based on (1) their score on an examination for (2) race. Clarence Mitchell, Washington representative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, dismisses this argument. "The Dallas promotions," he says, "were just one of those r things where the government is trying to correct an inequity." "Out of Turn" Some postal unions contended that the most qualified of the three Negroes was promoted over 53 white postal workers higher on the Dallas promotion list. Lee C. White, President Kennedy's assistant special counsel in charge of civil rights, says the prospective supervisors, their years of service, and (3) a numerical evaluation ^iven them by their two immediate supervisors. Murphy says the list is not a strict qualification list: postmasters are not required to promote the top man when an opening comes. Had 400 Names When LOOKING TO UY, SELL SENT, HIRE, WORK? SOLD THE FIRST DAY 1959 CHEVROLET 4-Dr. 6-Cyl.» straight stick, extra nice; Only 34,000 actual miles, $950. Phone AD COST fl.30 The WANT AD Number 342-5161 names on it, the postmaster may pick any man on the list. But, when a list has more than 100 names, the postmaster, unless he has permission from Washington, must try to pick someone from the top nine. The Dallas list had 400 names. Last January, Postmaster General J., Edward Day called 600 postmasters to the University of Oklahoma for an unusual seminar. Among the topics discussed was the post office's "program for progress"—a plan to end any discrimination against Negroes and other non-whites in post office hiring, training and promotion. Under the plan, postmasters of large offices must make monthly reports on their progress. The aim is to report to President Kennedy next March that the post office has developed a comprehensive equal employment opportunity program. In another aspect of the program, the post office announced a new policy of refusing to lease space in any building that has segregated facilities and of refusing to give a substation contract to any proprietor who runs a store with segregated facilities. Given. Orders In addition to the University of Oklahoma seminar. 27 postmasters and four regional postal officials from the South have been called to Day's office in Washington since May 23. He has asked them to speed up their programs to end any possible discrimination. Murphy says Day and other Washington officials did not instruct the Southern postmasters how to do this. The method, Murphy says, was left to the local officials. During this campaign, Murphy says, Day discovered that the Dallas post office, unlike other offices in Texas, never had a Negro supervisor. Day wrote local offi- iald in Dallas and asked them to look into the matter. The regional headquarters recommended that the Dallas postmaster select Negroes for the next three openings. But, when the openings came, no Negro was among the top nine on the list. Murphy says Postmaster W. B. Hudson asked Washington for permission to go outside the top nine. Permission was granted. Only NO. 54 Three Negroes, Buford R. Tyler, Andrew J. Calloway and I-ler- schel Gillins, were picked. The highest was No. 54 on the list. Their comparative low position on the list,'Murphy says, may be due to discrimination in the Dallas post office. Murphy also notes that Negroes usually have low seniority because jobs in the post office did not open to them until after World War II. Murphy rejects all arguments that the department is practicing discrimination in reverse. Two weeks ago, he says, the Post Office Department let a Southern regional office pick a white man as postmaster although a Negro was first on the promotion list there. John W. Macy Jr., chairman of the Civil Service Commission, says that the post office, when it promoted the three Negroes, acted in accordance with its own merit promotion program and within the general guidelines of the Civil Service Commission. Congressmen | NAACP to Remove |Qa1esbur ; End Lengthy | Restraints From eek of Rest GALESBURG MONDAY, JULY 8, 1963 WASHINGTON (VPt) - Con- gross returned toddy from a week-long Fourth of July holiday Democratic leader predicted Its NEW tary of th Colored I Group Wilkins. executive Alexis Mothers Acknowledged For Vet Gifts ALEXIS Mothers of World List Guests At Gilson Residence i- - \ members wduld stay in session been "unshackled and will take a more aggressive role" until, the end of the year. in the organization's civil rights field. "Our 40,000-member youth corps will no longer be restrained or hampered by of House Democratic Leader Carl Albert* Okla., said there still was "an impressive array" of legislation, including civil rights 1 and tax measures, which awaits action. He said he expected members to remain in session until they were passed, With half the year already past, most major items still are on the agenda. Most lawmakers had been predicting the end of the session would come in late October or November. This week, floor schedules in the House and Senate again will be light. President Kennedy's two major requests — civil rights and tax cut and reforms — still are being t'udied by committees. weekend at the homo of May Boyer were her brother his wife, Mr, and Mrs. conservative policies local NAACP some ters," Wilkins will "They win receive from our national headquarti New York and be free to plat stage demonstrations under existing constitution and chap- direction our direct- 11 i l Wilkins was interviewed by telephone from Charleston, S.C., where he had addressed an integration meeting Sunday night. His comments on NAACP youth resulted from a bitter attack on the quality of the organization's youth leaders by James H. Meredith, the first known Negro to at With Jong, hard battles expect- tend the Universit y of Mississ.pp.. ed on these two measures, much other legislation is quietly being postponed until next year. Other congressional news: Civil Rights: Burke Marshall, assistant attorney general for civ- j il rights, was scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on the administration's civil rights proposal. The committee is hearing testimony on the public accommodations section which would require integration of businesses in interstate commerce. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy, during testimony last week, indicated he would work with the committee on specific language of the section, but insisted that the general outline of the bill as requested by President Kennedy be passed. Balance of payments: Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon was scheduled to be the first witness as the House-Senate Economic Committee begin hearings on the U.S. balance of payments deficit. The two-day hearing also will hear Undersecretary Robert testify about the problem by heavy American investments overseas, foreign aid Hurt Meredith made at Meredith's criticism, the NAACP's annual convention in Chicago last week, was answered with a vehemence which caused Meredith to admit "I wept my first tears since I was a child." Meredith aroused the anger of the NAACP youth group by saying: "Any one of you burr heads out there could be the owner of a large department store, president of a corporation, or even mayor of the city of Chicago. Only be , all things are possible, if you only believe." He also remarked on "the low quality and ineffectiveness of our Negro youth leaders." Wilkins commended Meredith as a "very independent and courageous person. "It was unfortunate, however, that he made the mistake of attacking our youth. "Mr. Meredith endured miwh to hist Guests At Raritan Residences RARITAN - The following relatives spent a recent Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waddiil: Mrs. Will Abbey of Monmouth; Mrs. Hortense Abbey Mo Keever of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Don Murphy and children of Kirkwood; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Abbey and daughter Barbara of Blandinsville and Mrs. Herbert Abbey of Raritan. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Murphy and daughters Debra and Diane and Mrs. Roy A d k i s s o n and Tara Gena and Mi- War II met at Legion Building Thursday for their regular meet- GILS0N - Visitors over th* Mr*, and Harry Her sister, Agnes Criger, of Chicago spent several days, and Mr. ana Mrs. Monroe Brannon of Canton} fternoon there. Dancer of La- ing. Thank-you notes were read from several veterans to whom gifts had been sent. July will be cookie month at Iowa Veterans Hospital • and Alexis will furnish cookies first week. President Ruth Dile reported on SP^ 1 Saturday Mfs. Lillian M. Lewis of Dubuque. Mrs. daught chele were visitors Sunday in the Rebecca Lauver home. Mrs. Frank Waddiil entertained the members of her bridge club at her home Friday. Mrs. Lillian Jordan won high score prize, Mrs. Maggie Giate second, and Mrs. Edna Vernoy, low. district meeting in Cameron. The second group clrew for afghan, which was won by Floyd Clark. Lunch was served by hostesses, Mrs. Esther Swanson, chairman; Vlrs. Lorene Creek, Mrs. Beulah Nelson and Mrs. Allie Grange, spent Sunday evening at the Boyer residence. Bailey. Meet uigs Ai e Announced At Woodhull Mr. and Mrs. Howard Houk spent last weekend with their sister, Mrs. Ira Tribbey at Washburn. Other visitors in the Prib* bey home were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rodgers, John and Janet, of vSt. Charles; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pcabody of Ramsey and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Walstrom, Kent and Scott, of Charleston. Staff Sgt. Richard L. Powell WOODHULL Adult The Methodist Mr. and Mrs. Don Washburn have returned to their home in New the York, following a visit in home of her parents. Mr. admitted Mississippi, and evidently misinformed caused evidently about the civil righ said. military Set Stevenson Reunion NEW WINDSOR The annual Stevenson family reunfon will be held Sunday, July 14, at the New Windsor Park. News Notes Of Cameron CAMERON Mr. and Mrs. Being Revamped Wilkins emphasized that the role of adults in the NAACP is not being de-emphasized but is being revamped to allow the organization's youth to participate more actively In the integration fight. The NAACP leader said he had parents, and Mrs. Henry Gregory, and other relatives. The Kings Daughters Missionary Circle of the Raritan Baptist Church recently held a picnic supper at the Dankuardt Park, Burlington. Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Pence, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hindman, Mrs. Grace Hulet, Miss Bertha Benson and Joe Francis were Sunday guests in the Frank Waddiil home. Mrs. Ronald Log Fellowship class of the Clover Chapel Church will have a family potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Little John Conservation Club at Victoria. The July meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary will be held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Gerald Whitcomb when a potluck luncheon will be served at 1 p.m. Newly-elected officers will be installed. Woodhull Briefs Mrs. Dorothy Rose and daughters of Davenport spent Thursday in the Mrs. Anona Palm home. H. P. Shroyer accompanied his son Dale and family to their home in Augusta, Mich., for a visit. A welcome shower came July 4, the first received here in many weeks. Marvin Palm, a member of the National Guard, left Freeport Friday for two weeks of training at Camp Ripley, Minn. He is former resident of Woodhull. and family have been visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs, Olin Jones the past two weeks. Powell has been transferred from a Call- Set Maquon Picnic MAQUON —The annual picnic of the Maquon Good Cheer Club will be held this year at the Warren Steven's picnic area on Thursday evening. All former members were welcomed to attend. Each one will furnish a covered dish and table service. 1 1 I of Like to have PLENTY i i VACATION MONEY 'eft! Host to Fish Fry Mrs. Florence Rezner, Mrs. At Greenbush GREENBUSH Mr", and Mrs. Mrs. Lois at dinner in the! Ralph Haar entertained a number Up I I were guests home of Mrs. Lillian Jordan. Mrs. Edna Vernoy joined the' group | home Tuesday. Thousands use our Go Now • —Pay Later plan. With • good credit and steady | employment, you're all set. | • To arrange for money for • vacations or to pay bills of friends at a fish fry at their | ... ca |,, wrile or come in. 1 Mr. and i! SMART SET DRESS FLATS Dress Styles Casuals AND UP WHITES AND COLORS REG. $5.99 to $7.99 Bradley Hodge and son of Gales- I found the leadership in the youth burg and Mrs. Pearl Pierce were! group "intelligent, articulate, mil- supper guests of Mrs. Stella Dol- | itant and free from fear, especial- linger Sunday. Mrs. Pearl Pierce returned later, after which the women | Those present were Mrs. Ray McGee, Pat and Penny attended McGee, Martin and Mike McGee, Mrs. Cleo Cannon, Charles Can- Christfe Haar and Donald played bridge. Mrs. Frank Waddiil the Freeland-Scanlan wedding at Dallas City June 29 I I Baltimore non, Haar. home Sunday after spending the past week with* her sister, Mrs. Stella Dollinger. Ira Mackey is ill in his home. John Danforth, who has been ill, remains about the same. Mrs. Mary Mackey is some improved. She is in the Monmouth Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Max Whitman of near Chicago, spent the weekend in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Whitman. They attended church service Sunday. Mrs. Pearl Zimmerman was a ly fear of certain economic reprisals some adults might have. "I first first outdoor gaslight installation. I READ THE CLASSIFIEDS I I I I You emit dmpmnd om ~Y*flNANCE t CORPORATION I I I I 58 S. Prairie 342-0181 I suggested our youth should be utilized in direct action under national office supervision at our 1960 annual convention in St. Paul," he added. "They will be active, very active in both planning and executing their activities. "Our youth leaders are our future adult leaders. It is only fitting that they play an active and militant role in this social struggle." dinner guest of Glenn Horney of Unit to Convene Smithshire Sunday. Zebulon Pike, discoverer of Pike's Peak, is buried at Sacket's Harbor, N. Y., not in Colorado. ' Bible study. ALTONA — Maty and Martha Unit of Altona Lutheran Church will meet Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Lennre Johnson will lead the .Q Dallas. wear am jl Mother'^ //ease, create' • urday. .Haw' My good, wi ] handkerchief ? sales were'u •\oted on ed and $ Whit* Bone Black DRESS OXFORDS For Men GOING t AAA to B SPECIALS POLL PARROT SHOES FOR GIRLS RAND and RAN DC RAFT Reg. $9.99 to $14.95 CASUALS and OXFORDS AND LEATHER SANDALS R«0. $4.99 Tin •lick SUMMER STORE HOURS MONDAY • FRIDAY 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. TUES. • WID. • THUR. . SAT. 9 A.M. to $ P.M. aAL,5SBUR@. ILLINOIS CHECK LIST FILL PRESCRIPTIONS DRIVERS LICENSE AND REGISTRATION SUNGLASSES FIRST AID KITS FLASHLIGHTS, BATTERIES, BULBS FILM SUNTAN LOTIONS MOTION SICKNESS PILLS UPSET STOMACH REMEDY TRIP MAPS DIARRHEA REMEDY COOLERS LODGING FOR A NIGHT CANCEL NEWSPAPERS, MILK DELIVERIES, AND OTHER HOME DELIVERIES ASPIRIN BABY NEEDS MAGAZINES CLIP and SAVE News! Prices slashed even more th r famed fash regularly to $14.99 acquenne regularly to $10.9$ Still many grand buys in styles you've wanted all season. Heels from eyelash to tall in popular new colors. Hurry for your size now at these grand values! reg. to '8.99 CASUALS 'it FLATS Openortloied itylt* RUG ENTIRE STOCK of U. S. KEDETTES and SUMMERETTES Good sizes in a wide range of styles and colors. 15 E. MAIN 342-5151 r r Reg. fro $5.50 Reg. to $3.99 If Your Doctor Prescribes It HAWTHORNE Has It SHOE DEPT. O.T's STREET FLOOR

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