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To House New 24th Street USO
STAFF OF 24TH STREET USO
From left to risjit: Miss Helen Owen, Secretary; Mr. Joseph P. Mosley, Dir
ector; Mrs. R. B. Reese, Staff Aide.
: THE LIVING •
I SOUTH i
^ IBV HAROLD'PREErE) 3
(Copyright, 1945, by New South
Now, I?ve often wonder
ed what those Jericho
waJis were made out of to
come tumbling down so
MU. HAROLD PREECE
quick when Old Joshua
marched around ’em with
a lot of poor folks.
I reckon that there
mustn’t have been enough
sand in the cement when the big
men built the big houses and the
1 ig walls of Jericho. I rjckon that
those big walls must have been
mighty weak and rotten inside to
come tumbling down in the faces
of big people when a lot of little
people started marching.
I reckon that the walls of Dixie
must be mighty weak and rotten
for a whole side of them to come
tumbling down wben Georgia re
pealed the poll tax the other day.
For now all the little people of
Georgia—the Negroes working for
dry eombread back on Cap'n Wil
lie Cunningham's plantation in Og
lethorpe County, the Blue Ridge
mountaineers whose grandpappies
f-vught to free the black men in the
Civil War—will be able to step a
cross the breach to start building
that new Jericho which will be the
Now, the Bible tells me that Can- I
aan was a land of milk and honey I
for the Lord's children after they I
had marched across the broken
walls of Jericho and started clear
ing off the brush to plow up the
I believe that the New South will!
be a land of milk and honey, a land
of justice and peace and prosperity
for the Lord's white and black
children of Dixie, once they have
torn down the walls that divide us.
I believe that your children and my
children will live together as bro
thers because white hands and
black hands are hammering down
White G. I. Tells of Negro Soldier’s Courage
n arrat., Ohio—The kind of unselfish devotion’
and camaraderie being experienced between Negro
and white GI’s in this war is revealed in a recent
•dipping fro mthe Daily Examiner under its column
ABOUT PEOPLE. This time it is William Gilles
pie, white private formerly with the Third Army in
France (now recovering from an attack of sciatic
rheumatism in a hospital in England) who tells the
story of James Alvin Wilson, 1224 Lenox Ave., N.
Y., killed in action November 23, 1944.
"In spite of the rain and snow. I could see Jim
reach down into the foxhole anew
gently lift me to the edge.
"Now I weigh about 176, and at
the time I was, as they say. soak- '
ing wet. But it evidently didn't i
make much difference to this sol- j
dier, who had volunteered to take .
me back to the aid station.
"The pain in my hips was at that (
time quite acute, and Jim was al- !
ways asking if he was hurting me.
As 1 laid my head upon his chest.
I could hear his deep breathing and
the laboring of his heart. He car- j
ried me a little over a mile to the j
aid statiou, and it was then that 1
learned Jim had 'trench feet,' and |
had carried me all that distance j
through snow. Kvery step must
have been torture.
"We were together from then on. !
sleeping in cots close together, be
cause Jim told them that he would
take care of me.
“The care he gave me became ?
legend with the other patients. At
all the walls in Dixie.
For Dixie's walls are crumbling
and Dixie's people are marcnlng —
marching around Jericho in these
days when the armies of the United
Nations get ready to march through j
Berlin, in these days when the plan
tation comissary gives way to the
department store and the plantation
itself gives way to the factory.
Sand and Democracy
It takes plenty of sand in the ce
ment to build walls that will stand
up. It takes sand to hold up a j
wall and it takes that democracy1
which is the people to hold up a
But the old walls of Dixie were
built with dirt and not with sand, j
They were built with a piece of '■
dirt called the poll tax which got in
people's eyes %and kept them from
finding their way to the ballot box
es. They were built with another
piece of dirt called the white prim- i
ary which kept the black man from '
voting even if he had paid his poll
But it's hard to builda wall or a
social system on chunks of dirt.
Today, the folks in the South see
the walls and the social system
which it protected crumble because
a few pieces of dirt just don't mean
nothing to awakeningpeople with
sand in their craws.
The walls are crumbling. The
Supreme Court has outlawed the
white primary and Georgia's repeal
of the poll tax is raising a lot of
sand in half a dozen other Southern
stateswhere anti-poll tax legislat
ion is being sponsored by the peo
I reckon that we'll have a lot of
dirt to clean up down here before
the new crops start sprouting up
like June corn in the sandy land of
Dixie which is a lot like the sandy
land of Canaan.
But my uncle who farms up at
Muleshoe. Texas, says that he could
grow some mighty fine crops if he
ever got a piece of sandy land.
night when I awoke from the pain,
Jim was there with water, talking
to me, telling me to ‘take it easy',
bringing me a cool towel and wip
ing my face. He would bring cig
arets every day, and I had the best
“And then came our parting. Jim
back to his outfit and myself to a
general hospital. He carried one
end of my litter to the ambulance
and when they drove away his pari
ing words were. ‘I’ll see you in the
States kid.' and we pulled away. As
I looked back the sun was shining,
and Jim stood there waving his big !
powerful hand, and as the sun hit
his combat helmet, it seemed to
glow into ahalo, and I could see he
was crying as I was.
“Thus was my friendship with a
fetow named Jim. I wondered as
the days passed why he didn't |
write as he promised. Then one
day I had my answer as I was read
ing the "Stars and Stripes.’ I came
across an article something like j
- "James Alvin Wilson, colored.
1334 Lenox Avenue. New York.
\. V- Killed in action. Novem
ber 33- 1*44". "
Mr. Dee Offers Novel
Plan for Acquiring A
New Bedford Home
In a special announcement made
by Mr Hiram D. Dee, head of the
Improvement Realty Co., who are
building: the new homes at 30th and
Wirt street, known as the Bedford,
addition, he said, “due to the fact j
that many have inquired about a 1
plan to accumulate a down pay- !
ment for a new home, we now offer !
a service that will help ali who i
want to buy a home now or Later.”
The plan offered is this:
1. \ on cnn select the house anil
lot you want.
2. Make payments as may be eon
lenient for yon—until the full down
payment is made.
X All down payments are lO per
cent of totnl cost of house and lot
with nil improvements inrlnded.
If interested see Mr. Dee at 342 j
Electric building: or call JA-7713 or
.iBU QUARTERLY BOARD MEET
OF XEW ERA BAPTIST A«sx.
TO COVVEXE MARCH T-8
The Third Quarterly Board meet
ing of the New Era Baptist Assoc
iation and Auxiliaries will convene
on Wednesday and Thursday, Mar
7, 8, 1845 with Mt. Moriah Baptist
Church, 14th and Ohio Streets, the
Rev. David Sl Clair, Pastor, of the
Omaha Nebraska edifice.
The public is cordially invited to
attend. Much inspiration is to be
gained for those who attend these
Support Your Local Red Cross Drive
Building Completely Renovated and
Equipped for Service Men Women Aeeds
Many Outstanding Civic,
Religious, Military Men
And Women To Appear
On Dedication Program
Hastings Naval Base
Band xo .Flay
Official opening ox tile new CSo
Club will be held Sunday, March 4,
1S45. The program is as follows:
UEU1CATOH1 fit OC, HAM
r OK MEW ISO _
Atty. Aalph Adams,—-Master of
3:00 P.M. Band Concert..Hasting^
Naval Ammunition Depot band.
4:00 P M. National Anthem_._Ged by
Mrs. Guey Mae Britt.
Greetings ...Mayor Dan Butler
Remark* from the following:
Major General C. H. Danielson,
Commanding Gen. 7th Serv. Com.
Gt. P. J. McDonnell, Comm. Officer
“Full Ballot Rights,
Febrnary 25-March 3
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> Resolutions Adopted
at Negro Editors and
NEW ORLEANS. La.—Determin
ation to effect the full right of the
ballot and a concerted campaign
for “complete democracy" were con
tained m resolutions unanimously
adopted here by editors and pub
lishers at the joint regional meet
ing of the Negro Newspaper Pub
lishers Association in Booker T.
Washington High School Friday
The theme of the convention,
called by Carter W. Wesley of
Houston. Texas, Western NNPA
vice president, and C. A. Scott, of
Atlanta, Ga., Southern NXPA vice
president, was “Winning the Right
The body promised legal and pol
itical action for full voting rights
in every State in which the Negro
is disfranchised, as the conclusion
of a public panel in which Roscoe
Dunjee, editor of the Oklahoma
City Black Dispatch, presided aad
analyied the vote situation in Okla- [
homa; Mr Wesley reviewed the j
fight for enfranchisement in Texas;;
Percy Greene, editor of the Jack-j
son Advocate, gave the vote p'cture
in Mississippi; Emory O. Jackson,
editor of the Birmingham World,
pictured conditions in Alabama Mr
Scott related the latest political de
velopments in Georgia: John Mc
Cray, editor of the Columbia SC.)
Lighthouse and Informer, gave a
consummate view of the stains of
colored voters ir that state: and A.
G. Shields, editor of the Arkansas
World, of Little Rock, brought rec
ommendations for political at tio.n I
Iii the ‘"-or ; .'inel, for which Llie
speakers were Father Vincent J. O'
Connell. Ernest J. Wright ami J.
H. Morton, FEPC representative,
the colored press was lauded for
the part it has played in effecting
Ih- gains for the race on the labor
ft- nt. 1 consumate pic.nre rt war
time employment and integration
Negroes in defense industry was
given, as well as the picture of la
(Continued on page 3)
THANKS OMAHA GUIDE
Ba^ii O'Connor. President
Peter J. A. Cusack. Assistant to the President
talker Wear. Director of Organization
Warren D. Coss. Asst. Director of Organization
February 20 1545
The Editor. Omaha Guide. 2420 Grant Street
I am pleased to report to you that the Omaha Guide has again per
formed a splendid public service for the American people in assisting
The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in me March of
Dimes in Celebration of the President's Birthday, and I covet this
privilege of informing you of the large part played bv the Negro
Press in this public service.
Our clipping services and complimentary copies of newspapers,
magazines and bulletins indicate that Negro periodicals made full
use of materials sent from National Headquarters. Many publica
tions carried releases originating in local communities and others
prepared their own feature displays. The full story ot the activities
of the National Foundation and its Chapters was told again and a
gain and again by the Negro Press.
When my travel schedule permit me to visit your city, I shall use
the opportunity to express my personal thanks for your cooperation:
and I invite you to* call on me whenever you are in New York.
Sincerely yours. CHARLES H. BYNUM.
Director of Negro Activities.
5 Lawrence A. Wheeler,_Regional
Milton Abrahams_Chairman USO
] Raymond Brown..Executive Sec
retary Urban League.
| F. W. Richardson . .Regional Su
Transfer of Keys
Dan Farrell Federal Works A
gency to Joseph P. Mosley, Dir.
The program will be preceeded
with a band concert by the Hast
ings Naval Ammunition Depot bar-1.
Open house will follow the opening
program. The Public is urged to
The Management Committee of
the Club is responsible for formu
lation of the policies governing the
activities of the club. The fine
spirit and untrng efforts of this
group have lightened the burden for
the drector and assured the con
tinued progress of the club.
Under the leadership of Attorney
Ralph Adams, the Management Com
mittee has grown in strength and
usefulness. Members of the Com
mittee are: Ralph Adams, Chairman
Arthur B. McCaw, vice, Mrs. Ger
trude Craig, Secy., Mrs. Mattie
Gooden, Rev. E. F. Ridley, chap
lain, Miss Belle West, Mrs. Gladys
Ervin, Mrs. Ora Glass, Mrs. Henry
Monsky, Mr. Saybert Hanger.
MAVT VITAL SERVICES
In it efforts to care for the needs
of service men in this area, the
USO Club has been called upon to
perform many important and some
times unusual services for members
of the armed forces. These re
quests have included: Care for bab
ies. securing of marriage licenses,
securing of blood donors, lodging
for wives and families, information
regarding train schedules, provid
ing recreational opportunities, loca
tion of persons, excepting and send
ing mesages. providing home hos
pitality, distribution of religious
literature, counseling, mending,
wrapping and sending packages,
visits to hospitals, and parties on
A typical month’s activities would
include a building attendance of
1,000 articles checked,
50 packages wrapped.
200 religious pamphlets distrib
1500 USO envelopes and post cards
215 mesages excepted.
ILeneral location dimections to
Rooms and housing facilities for
Individual counseling to 125.
CLL'B DIRECTOR MEMBER OE
LOCAL MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE
One of the greatest and most ap
preciated honors coming to the club
was an invitation from the Interde
nominational Ministerial Alliance
to the director, Mr. J. P. Mosley, to
become a member of this group.
The admission of the director to this
organization is a manisfestation of
the splendid cooperation of the min
isters of the city with the club.
The ministers of the city are tak
ing an active part in providing for
the religious needs of the men of
the armed forces visiting Omaha.
To foster this program a P-eligious
Emphasis Committee from the Min
isterial Alliance has been formed.
Members of this committee are Rev.
J. Black mo re. Rev. C. C. Reynolds,
Mr. J P. Mosley.
A program has been adapted
whereby the Ministers will visit the
club, fellowship and counsel with
the men, bring vesper programs to
the club, and send representatives
to the club to scoert service men
to churches. Rev. Brooks is pres
ident of the Alliance.
COUNCIL OF tOLl NTEEH
ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN
S4TH STREET I SO CLUB
Since its inception in 1942, one of
the club's most active supporters
has been the Council of Volunteers
Organisations. This group led by
Mrs. Sarah Walker, Chairman, Hel
ena Thomas, secretary and com
posed of many clubs In the city, has
been responsible for providing of
refreshments for the many service
men who visited the club. Many
projects for improving the morale
of the men and women of the arm
ed forces have beer sponsored by
this group. The club meets at the
FSO the 1st Monday of each week.
SERVICE MEN ACTIVE
On many occasions, members of
the armed forces have exhibited
their appreciation for interests
shown toward them by Omaha. An
outstanding example of this occur
red when an emergency arose at
one of the local hospitals and blood
donors with a rare type of blood
were needed urgently.
The director called Lt. McCartney
at local Fort Crook and four sold
iers with this type of blood volun
USO Hostesses Schedule Pre-Opening
Saturday Eve., Formal Dance
Although the official opening of
the New USO Club, (formerly the
Dreamland Hall building), has been
scheduled to open .on Sunday. March
4th, 1945, a gala event has been call
ed to open activities in the new club
Club hostesses are having a form
al dance Saturday March 3. This
affair which is to held in the beau
tiful ballroom, promisee to be an
outstanding social event of the sea
son. Music is to be provided by
the excellent (23) piece Hastings
Naval Ammunition Depot band.
MR. JOSEPH P. MOSLEY. Direc
tor of the 24th Street USO Club.
Before coming to Omaha. Mr.
Mosley served as Associate Director
at the USO. Club in Cheyenne.
Wyo. Under his leadership the
Club has made splendid progress.
Mr. Mosley_'s home is in Lawrence,
Kansas and he is a graduate of the
University of Kansas with a Mas
ter’s Degree in Social Science. He
has done advanced graduate work
at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Mosley is a member of the
Alpha Phi fraternity.
HRs. RIB V B. REESE. Staff Aide
of the CSO Club has been associat
ed with tne organization since it
started. Her friendly smile and
pleasing disposition have made her
a great asset to the Club.
MISS HELEN OWEN, Secretary,
of the Club, is efficient and capable
and has an important part in the
JOHN PI GH. Custodian, is respon
sible for the fine maintenance of
teered to give their blood. As a re-1
suit of their splendid cooperation, ■
the patient survived and is now
Father of Mrs. Aneita
Blackburn Dies in Ga.
Mrs. G. Aneita Blackburn and son
Clifton Harper, have gone to Geor
gia, where Mrs. Blackburn was call
ed home on account of the death of
her father. Professor W. H. Harper
Prof. Harper was Supt. of Negri
Kducation in northeast Georgia for
the past 28 years. He was widely
known in civic and fraternal circl
es and for his intense interest in
betering conditions for the members
of his race. He was ill only a short
Failure Will Work
Hardship on Return
SA\S SIBCOMM1TTE Oh WAR
TIME HEALTH A\U EUICATV
Claude Pepper. Chairman (D. Fla.)
James M. Tnnnell (D. Del.)
Robert M. I.aFollette. Jr. (P. Wi*.
Elbert D. Thomas. <D. I lab)
H. Alexander Smith. (R. X. J.)
Present health facilities and pro
grams, if not greatly expanded and
developed by communities, will fall
far short of meeting the health
needs of the 15,000.000 returning
veterans of this war. This was the
chief conclusion in an interim re
port on the Health Needs of Veter
ans released by the Senate Subcom
mittee on Wartime Health and Ed
ucation under the chairmanship of
Senator Claude Pepper (D. Fia.). A
further study of the quality of the
medical care provided for American
war veterans will be made by the
committee with the view toward
formulating concrete recommend
ations to meet the tremendous med
ical care problem that will be creat
ed by the return to civilian life of
the veterans of this war.
“The men and women in the ser
vices have become accustomed to
the best in medical and hospital
care,’’ Senator Pepper said. “They
will not be satisfied with anything
less than the best when they return
to civilian life."
The report states that the com
mittee's continuing study will be
made with the help of outstanding
medical authorities, veterans' organ
izations, and professional groups in
the health fieid. The primary pur
pose of the investigation, the report
states, will be to make certain "that
every possible step is taken to safe
guard the health of disabled vet
erans." The report takes cogniz
ance of criticisms of the medical
care of veterans expressed t»y wit
nesses who have testified before
th committee. It also points out
that the Veterans..’ Administration
operates under the handicaps of a
rapidly increasing patient load,
shortage of personnel, and lack of
authority to provide out-patient
treatment for all disabilities which
men with service-connected disabil
ities may have.
The rpert recommends that any
veteran who has a service-connect
ed disability should be assured hos
pitalisation and out-patient treat
ment. not only for his service-con
nected disability, but also ror any
other disability from which he may
suffer. There is no assurance in
the present law. Responsibility for
full medical care of veterans hav
ing any disabilities connected with
service should be given to the Vet
(Continued on Page BW"4)
time and his death came as a great
shock to both his many white and
colored friends. Prof. Harper's good
works will continue to live in the
hearts and minds or all who knew
him. He is survived by his wife,
Elizabeth; his only daughter, Mrs.
Blackburn: two sons, William P.
Harper of New York City and Pfc.
Raymond W. Harper serving over
seas, a grandson, Clifton Harper
Blackburn and a granddaughter,
Easter! Easter! Easter!
First come, first served. Yee,
this is war time. The flower in
dustry is suffering for the want of
help just as the other industries
are. due to the manpower shortage.
There is no question about there be
ing a complete sell-out by the flor
ists in this area, a long, long time
before Easter. So use good judge
ment whether you want an Easter
lily or any other kind of beautiful
flowers, beautifully designed by an
expert and call WROTH WELLS
FLORIST Shop for your Easter lil
lies and other floral designs. Get
your order in now for Mr. Wrou
well will go down the book accord
ing to registered orders. Cali Ja
04»4 and register your flower
wants for your Easter Sweetheart.
Samuel B. Patterson Dies
Mr. Samuel B. Patterson, 66, died
Tuesday, February 20th, at his home
3116 Miami street. He was em
I ployed at the, Nebraska Ordnance
I plant at Mead. He is survived by
| his wife, Mrs. Anna Patterson, dau
I ghter, Miss Lucile Patterson, both
j of Omaha, two sons. Corporal Wil
| liam B. Patterson, Oodman Field.
Kentucky, Pfc. James K- Patterson,
: Waller Reed Hospital, Was' .ngtoi ,
DC., five sisters, Mrs. Muxie Smith,
Sioux City, Iowa Mrs. Lull Brown,
Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Nauc;
Whiteall, Fremont, Nebr., Mrs. St.
Whiteall. Lincoln, Mrs. Betty Ca>h,
Omaha, one brother, Mr. J. eei h
Patterson, Malta Bend. M:ssorr.
Funeral services were held litn
! day afternoon from Zion Baptist
Church with Rev. F. C. W U
and Rev. W. S. Metcalf offici, iu.tr.
Committal services and burial ,n
the family plot at Ridge Cemetery,
Fremont with Rev. T. T. McWill
iams, Sr., In charge, arrangements
by The Thomas Funeral Heme,
2022 Lake Street.
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