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"VOLUME IX OMAHA, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 1935 NUMBER THIRTEEN
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Baby Mystery Murder Stirs Los Angeles
STRANGLED TO DEATH
Child Of Prominent Family Found
Found Under Box Car With
Rope Around Neck.
City Offers Reward
FATHER IS HELD FOR
Los Angeles offers $250 re
ward for capture of little
Carol Stapler’s murderer.
City wide interest in the mur
der of five year old Carol
Stapler became acute today
■when the Los Angeles City
Council passed a resolution
offering $250 for the capture
cf her killer. It is the first
time that a city reward has
ever been offered in a crime
where a racial vicim was in
volved. Citizens plan to in
crease the fund. A third sus
pect, a Mexican man was be
ing held Thursday.
By Fay Jackson.
For A. \. P.
Los Aneeles. Calif., June 7—
Who killed Coral Stapler?
That is the question that has
baffled investigators of the coun
ty sheriff’s department, thrown
the small township of Watts into
a frenzied man-hunt for the fiend
that snatched an innocent child
and strangled her to death, and
shocked the entire city of Los
At a comer’s inquest here Mon
day, May 20, a jury declared that
the child. Carol Ellen Stapler,
aged 5, died of strangulation at
the hands of a person unknown.
Her father, Henry Stapler
aged 35, former star trackman of
Lincoln High school, held by
police on suspicion of murder
after the discovery of the body
of his daughter in a vacant lot
at One Hundred and Third street
and Alameda boulevard last Fri
day was released for lack of evi
Two other suspects have been
It may rest with an unknown
Mexican “woman in red” and the
3-year-old brother of the girl to
identify the man who stole the
child away from her yard where
she was playing and later stran
gled her to death with an eight
foot laundry rope.
Stapler and his wife have been
divorced three years. He was
called by the sheriff’s office after
Mrs. Stapler said that he had kid
napped his eldest daughter, Ada,
aged 7, and kept her several days
in a shack. He also took the wife
and child away on a previous oc
Prior to the child’s disappear
ance. she was seen playing with
her brother Eddie, about 1 o’clock
in the afternoon. Near that time,
the baby ran into the house
screaming that “a man with eye
glasses’’ was after Him to take
him away. He went to sleep im
An old laundrvman, white, who
wears eye glasses, had just called
at the Stapler home. The mother
did not answer his knock. He
went away. He did not return
the next day to pick up his
bundle. Investigators declared
the rope found around the girl’s
neck matched the rope found in
the laundry bags where the driver
under suspicion worked. Con
(Continued on Page 2)
Rumor! Rumor! Rumor!
Dr. Wesley Jones, president oi
the X. A. A. C. F., was a caller at
The Omaha Guide office Tuesday
afternoon. He stated to Mr. C.
C. Galloway, acting editor of The
Omaha Guide, that it was rumor
ed that some of the ex-offieials oi
the local branch X. A. A. C. P.
were planning on organizing a new
organization to do the work that
the X. A. A. C. P. did during
their administration. Dr. Jones
authorized Mr. Galloway to make
the following open suggestion:
That he. himself and. members of
the local branch X. A. A. C. P.
would be perfectly willing to turn
the organization over to this
group who are contemplating
forming this new organization,
providing Mr. R. C. Price is will
ing to accept the presidency of
the local branch, X. A. A. C. P.
Dr. Jones and Mr. Gall >w’ay
both agreed that Mr. Price was a
very efficient president during
his administration, and expressed
their regret he refused to accept
the presidency or a membership
on the board of Directors in the
last election. Dr. Jones said the
door is open to Mr. Price to the
local branch X. A. A. C. P. with
the full cooperation of the pres
Rev. Adams Returns
For Graduation of
The Rev. John Adams, presi
dent of Greater Payne University,
located at Birmingham, Alabama,
came to his old home place, bring
ing a fine spirit of cheer. He is
visiting with his son, Attorney
John Adams, Jr., and will motor
with a few friends early Monday
morning to witness the gradua
tion of his youngest son, Ralph,
from the Law Department of the
University of Nebraska. Expres
sing himself to the Editor of The
Omaha Guide on the outlook for
race progress progress in busi
ness and professions at Omaha,
he had this to sav: “I think Oma
ha, Nebraska, the brightest chance
for the proper type of Negro
mind in the country. Any young
race man with faith and character
and brains, starting at Omaha
now meets his new day at flood
tide.” When asked w*hat were
his future plans in regards to this
expressed Omaha change, he was
ready with characteristic reply,
"I have spent a life time pre
paring and encouraging my sons
to specialize in the field of law.
This coming Monday these air
castles of mine become realities.
My oldest son, I think, has made
an enviable reputation as lawr
yer and citizen, and with the
graduation of the youngest son
this coming Monday. I plan to
bring to Omaha one of the strong
est law firms west of Chicago.
Mr. Adams left Omaha several
years ago to assume the presi
dency of one of the largest col
leges controlled by the A. M. E.
church. He will speak Sunday
morning at St. John’s A. M. E.
church and Sunday evening at
Quinn Chapel. A. M. E. church,
Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Adams
will also address a group at the
Elks’ oratorical contest Fridav
Bishop Gregg Holds
$2,000 Collected For Western
By R . A. Adams
The Presiding Elders’ Council of the
5th Episcopal District was held in
Trinity A. M. E. Church, 5th and
Greeley, opening at 10 o’clock, Wed
nesday morning, with Bishop J. A
Gregg, presiding. Religious exercises
were conducted by R. H Harbert,
F. D. L. McDonald and I. S. Wilson.
The annual sermon was delivered by
F • F Moten, who served in the stead
of R. S. Everett, who was late be
cause of flood conditions- Commun
ion service was conducted by Bishop
Gregg, assisted by various presiding
elders. Music was by the combined
choirs of Trinity Church and Allen
Presiding elders present were, L. H.
Smith and R. H. Harbert, Colorado
Conference; R. A- Adams and W. B
Brooks, Nebraska Conference; R. S.
Everett and H. W. King, Kansas Con
ference; Wm H. Burnett and S. R.
Stanley, Missouri Conference; I. S.
Wilson and F. D. L. McDonald,
Southwest Missouri Conference; F ■ F.
Moten and J. A. Chandley, North
The presiding elders made their re
ports of money collected for Western
University as follows:
Colorado Conference: Rocky Moun
tain District, L. H. Smith, $213.50;
Albuquerque District, R. H. Har
bert, $95.50; total, $309.00.
iNeDraska Conference: Kansas City
District, R. A. Adams, $144.00;
Omaha District, W. B. Brooks,
$106.00; total, $250.00.
Kansas Conference: Topeka District,
R. S. Everett, $117.50; Wichita
District, H. W. King, $95.00;
North Missouri Conference: St. Jos
eph-Moberly District, F. F. Moten,
$81.00; Hannibal-Columbia District,
J. A. Chandley, $207.95; total.
Southwest Missouri Conference: Kan
sas City-Springfield District, F. D.
L. McDonad, $155.50; Kansas City,
Lexington District, I. S. Wilson
$117.00; total, $272.50.
Missouri Conference: St. Louis-Cape
Girardeau District, Wm. H. Bur
nett, $368.00; St. Louis-Booneville,
i S. R. Stanley, $119.00; total,
TOTAL for all conferences, $1,819.60.
The annual conference schedule was
agreed upon as follows: Colorado Con
ference Shorter Chapel, Denver, Sep
tember 11; Nebraska Conference,
First Church, Kansas City, Kansas,
September 25; Kansas Conference, St.
John, Topeka, October 2; North Miss
ouri Conference, Ebenezer, St. Jos
eph, October 23; Southwest Missouri
Conference, Ebenezer, Kansas City,
Missouri, October 30; Missouri Con
ference, St. Paul, St. Louis, Novem
The council passed resolutions re
affirming support of the course by
Bishop Gregg in regard to Western
University controversy, expressing the
confidence of ministers and laymen in
the Bishop’s integrity, commending
the ability, the dignity and the abso
lute fairness with which he has per
formed his duties as bishop of the
Fifth Episcopal District, and instruct
ing the delegates to be elected to use
every legitimate means to secure the
reassignment of Bishop Gregg to this
Miss Ruth Jones, daughter of Mr.
Alfred Jones, who is a teacher in a
public school in Atchinson, Kansas, is
at home for the summer.
Oscar D. Washington
Mr. Osear D. Washington grad
uated from the Creighton uni
versity College of Aris and
Sciences, Thursday morning, June
6, at 10 o’clock, the only colored
student in the graduating class.
Commencement exercises took
place in the University Gymna
Mr. Washington has been prom
inent in literary circles and has
made quite a name for himself as
an orator, having plaeed second
and third respectively in two
Creighton College Oratorical con
tests, 1932 and 1935, and twice
he has won first place in oratori
cal contests sponsored by the In
terstate Literary Association
Young Couple Open
On Thursday. May 30th. the
New Blaek and White Coffee
Shop was opened at 2210 N. 24th,
Street by Miss Doris Martin and
Mr. Tommy Holbert, the youngest
eouple in the restaurant business
on North Twenty-fourth Street.
The place has been completely
remodeled, and the color scheme
is carried out in black and white.
They have an efficient staff of
young people who are very cour
teous and anxious to serve the
Their head cook is Mrs. Mildred
Martin, and the waitress is Miss
The management deserves the
support of all its many friends
and will be glad to serve the
They are specializing in salads
and good coffee. Try our food
Bandits Fire on
Oil Station Owner
Two armed bandits fired two wild
shots at W. H. Jackson, 66, who
lives at 3532 N. 29th Street, and
owns the oil station at the North-east
corner of 24th and Grant. The ban
dits drove away after they had robbed
him, he told police
Mr Jackson had just closed the
door of his filling station, and enter
ed his car when the robbers confronted
him, and robbed him of SI8.
Injured in Car Accident
Mr- and Mrs. George Clark, were
injured Wednesday night, when their
car collided with another motorist.
The accident happened about 33rd and
Spaulding Street. Mr. Clark was
knocked unconscious, and had to have
several stitches taken in his head.
Mrs. Clark suffered bruises about the
arm and shoulder.
White Woman Draws
Ire of Southerners
i Calling General Robert E. Lee A
Boston, Mass., June 5, (ANP)—
Miss Susan Glover Macomber, white,
former legislative chairman of the I
Massachusetts Women’s Relief Corps
I pinned the label of “traitor” on Gen
Robert E. Lee, southern Confederate
hero, here last week, and precipitated \
! thereby an issue which threatens to
The discord aroused between mem
bers of the D. A. R. and the United
Daughters of the Confederacy was
brought about when Miss Macomber
made the following statement after a
movement was begun to have a statue
of the Civil War figure erected in Ar
lington National Cemetery.
“If there should be some movement
started to have a statue of Benedict
Arnold erected on the campus at West
Point, so that the young soldiers there
could see it during their sunset drill
every night, what a shout the patriots
of the country, especially the women
of the D. A. R. would raise
“Well, I feel the same way about a
( statue of General Robert E Lee in
the Arlington National Cemetery at
Virginia, where so many Union Sol
diers are buried. Benedict Arnold and
General Lee were no different to my
mind. They were both traitors of the
Information received here after
Miss Macomber had made the above
statements, showed how her stand
was taken in the South. The United
Daughters of the Confederacy at Mo
bile, Ala., adopted a resolution “Pro
testing against the protest of the
Massachusette Relief Corps of the G.
A. R. against erection of a statue of
Robert E- Lee or any other traitor in
Arlington National Cemetery.”
At Nashville, Tenn., Adj. General
Harry Rene Lee of the United Con
federate Veterans said:
“I don’t pay any attention to such
Mr. and Mrs. John Voner, partner
of the Voner-Houston Grocery at 2114
N. 24th Street, entertained with a
birthday party for their little daugh
ter, Betty Jane, on June 1, her 8th
birthday. The party was held at their
home 2537 Binney. The guests were:
Junior Beckman, Nathalie Pettiford,
Mary Marion, Wilma Louise Fisher,
Mary and Dorothy Larson, Dorothy
Mae Smith, Jessie and Grace Turner,
Betty Jean Gerron, Jean and Jacque
line Fisher, Bobby Chambers, Rose
Mary Harper, Botties Borders, Al
berta Henry, Doris Mary Manley, Al
fred and Janis Elliott.
Hunt Hit Run Driver
Police today were hunting a hit
and-run driver who injured Mrs. Ro
salie Montgomery, 19, in front of
2037 N. Twenty-fourth Street, on
Memorial Day. Mrs. Montgomery,
2014 N- 14th Street, was treated at
Lord Lister hospital before being
taken home. A witness told police
the car which struck the woman was
racing with another.
Omaha Tigers to Play
The Omaha Tigers, under the man
agement of Mr. Homer Curry, will
play the Monroe, Louisiana Monarchs
this week end at League Park. On
Saturday night they will play their
first game at 8:30, and Sunday they
will play two games, the first start
ing at 2:30, also at League Park*
in Car Accident
Miss Marjorie Jo Smith, 2512 N.
22nd Street, formerly of Wichita, Kan
sas, who has been living here since
January, was seriously injured in an
automobile accident Thursday, May
30. She and three friends, Mr. and
Mrs. R. F. Adams and Mr- Jay
Comer, were motoring to Missouri
Valley, Iowa, when the rear tire of
Mr. Adams’ car blew out. He lost
control of the car, but Mrs- Adams
had enough presence of mind to snatch
the wheel, steering it into an em
bankment. Otherwise, they would
have gone over the other side of the
road into a deep ravine.
Miss Smith was the most seriously
injured. The others received cuts
and bruises. She was taken to Mercy
Hospital in Council Bluffs, Jowa,
where X-rays revealed fractures of
the left arm and pelvis.
She was later removed to a local
hospital, where she was placed in a
cast. Her condition is good.
Mass Smith, since her arrival here,
has been employed at Willa’s Beauty
Shop, 24th and Grant Streets.
May Get Results
It is reported to The Omaha
Guide office through the Protect
ive Order of Dining Car Waiters,
Local No. 465 that the U. P. wait
ers in the entire system will get
reduced working hours. A con
ference was held in regard to this
matter with the U. P. officials on
May 24th until June 4th. This
conference was supervised and
conducted by United States Medi
ator G. Wallace G. Hanger,
who came here to settle the dis
pute between the company and
Mr. Clarence R. Johnson repre
sented the employees in this con
ference. It is reported that a
verbal agreement had been reach
ed to draw up and sign a contract
on June 17th, to give the em
ployees 240 hours working. Em
ployees asked for time and a half
for overtime. It is supposed they
will not get pay for overtime, but
they will get pay for all over 240
working hours in one month.
Postponed; June 7th.
The Elk’s Oratorical Scholar
ship contest which was to be held
on June 4th, was postponed to
Friday night, June 7th, at 8:30
p. m. at the Elks’ Sail, 2420 Lake
Popular contestants are Misses
Madree Jackson. Althea Franklin
and Mr. Ralph Alexander.
Roland Hayes in
Benefit For Friends
Boston, Mass-, June 7, (ANP) —
Roland Hayes, the famous tenor gave
a benefit performance Tuesday at the
John M. Green Hall on Smith college
campus which 800 persons attended.
Twenty years ago many of the friends
and fellow artists for whom Mr.
Hayes gave the concert, helped him
to secure engagements in his early
FLED FROM TEXAS FORTY
YEARS AGO FEARING HE
HAD COMMITTED MURDER.
Missing Heir Identified
REFTTSER to RETURN TO
TEXAS TO CLAIM ESTATE.
The efforts of four Negro
clergymen and a white “estate
prospector” from Texas to con
vince an Omaha Negro that he is
heir to a quarter million dollar
fortune were reported today to
have met with success.
The heir is Daniel Young, 60 an
itinerant Negro preacher who is
living at 2818 Seward street. The
four clergymen and the white man
claim he is actually Gabe Me
Elroy and owner of oil land in
Texas. Young, until today, has
flatly denied it.
According to the story told by
the white prospector, George D.
Pollock of Dallas, a voung_ Ne
gro named Gabe MeElroy left
Texas hurriedly about 40* years
ago believing he had shot a white
man during a political dispute.
oay JNone Shot.
Actually, according to Pollock,
nobody had been shot, but McEl
roy didn't know that.
About 12 years ago McElroy’s
mother died, leaving a 16-acre
farm to the missing Gabe. Oil
was found on the land soon after
and wells drilled by promoters
who got and assignment from
Gabes’ two children who still live
in Henderson, Texas.
Numerous persons who make a
business of checking titles to oil
land and finding missing heirs
tried to find McElroy. Through
the relatives, with whom he had
corresponded furtively, they
learned he lived in Omaha and
had assumed the name of Daniel
a nail dozen times various es
tate prospectors came here, try
ing to locate McElrov. When
ever he heard inquiry was being
made for him he left town.
Last January Pollock came to
Omaha on the same trail. He was
referred by police to Rev. Z. E.
McGee, 2512 Blondo street, pastor
of the Negro Church of New Hope.
McGee knew McElroy well, knew
he was in jail in Oklahoma at the
moment. Pollock went there, got
Mc-Elrov, or Young, out of jail,
(Continued on Page 2)
Injured in FaU
Mr. William B. Holt ,2507 In
diana Ave. was seriously injured
when he fell down stairs at
2327 1-2 S. 16th, Street, Tuesday,
evening, June 4th He was taken
to the office of Dr G. Lennox,
2314 1-2 N. 24th, Street, by Mr.
Oliver Welch, and left there to
await the doctor’s return.
When Dr. Lennox returned to
his office, he found the man there,
unable to identify himself. He
called the police, and Mr. Holtz
was taken to Lord Lister Hospital
and treated by Dr. Atwood.
Mr. Holt has a wife and seven
children and has been employed
at the Union Outfitting Company
for the past three years.
Mr. Holt is still at the hospital.
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