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Vol. 29 No. 26_Friday, August-26, 1955__10c Per Copy
Reader's Digest Cites The
Progress Of The Negro Race
Pleasantville, N. Y. — In less
than a generation, Negroes have
marched farther toward full par
ticipation in American life than
in all of the past, says Albert Q.
Maisel in the September Reader’s
Appraising Negro progress in
industry, Maisel notes that in the
South as well as the North, more
and more Negroes are finding
skilled jobs. For example, Lock
heed Aircraft today has 1000 skill
ed Negro workers in its Marietta,
Georgia plant alone.
In 1930 there were fewer than
200,000 Negro trade-union mem
bers. Currently there are almost
two million, and a growing number
of Negroes have risen to posts of:
union leadership. In 1944 the
telephone industry hired its first
Negro clerks and switchboard op
erators. Today it has more than
10,000. Big-city banks and de
partment stores, formerly employ
ing Negroes only as janitors, now
have many as clerks, stenograph
ers, tellers and accountants.
The Negro’s wages have increas
ed to more than four times their
1940 level, the article states. This
new prosperity has created a vast
new market with a purchasing
power of $16 billion a year.
Full integration is now the rule
in the Armed Forces. Among the
nearly 6000 Negro officers is Brig.
Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., of the
Similar advances are evident in
education. In 1932 only 7000 stu
dents attended Negro colleges,
with possibly 2000 more Negroes
in unsegregated colleges of the
North. By 1947, Negro-college en
rollment had climbed above
70,000; Negroes in other colleges
numbered 12,000. Since then,
many more institutions have open
ed their doors.
“The walls of prejudice are tum
bling down,” Maisel says, “in the
effort to make the American
dream of equality come true for
George L. Ledden ,
Mr. George L. Ledden, 55 years
2016 North 29th Avenue, expired
Thursday, August 18th at his
home. Mr. Ledden was a barber
and had been a resident of Omaha
twenty-four years. He was a
member of Mount Moriah Baptist
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Laurice C. Ledden; daughter, Mrs.
Theresa Washington of Omaha; sis
ter Mrs. Geneva Battles, Detroit,
Michigan; nephew, Mr. Leroy Win
ston, Omaha; nieCe, Mrs. Willie
B. Womack, Little Rock, Arkansas;
three grandchildren and other
Funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon from Mt. Mori
ah Baptist Church with the Rev.
David St. Clair officiating. Pall
bearers, Mr. E. B. Daniel, James
Williams, James Stewart, John
W. Goodwin, Claytee Brazier,
Henry Thompson. Interment was
at Forest Lawn Cemetery with ar
rangements by Thomas Mortuary.
Freehold, N.' J. (CNS) Mrs. Car
rie Stancell, 43 year old Negro
housekeeper seemingly couldn’t
wait to collect the $100,000 she
was willed by her 81 year old em
ployer, Charles Hlavac. Hlavac
died in an auto accident July 7th,
a week after willing Mrs. Stancel
a $75,000 equity in the apartment
house where he lived plus $25,000
Prosecutor Vincent P. Keuper
has ordered the body of the Bronx
landlord to be exhumed. Mean
while, Mrs. Stancel and William
M. Jackson, a Harlem real estate
broker and driver of Hlavac’s car,
were jailed pending results of the
Jackson is charged with causing
the death by auto and Mrs. Stan
cel with being a material witness.
In the accident caused by a blow
out which overturned the car on
Garden State Parkway near As
bury Park, N. J., Hlavac was kill
ed but Mrs. Stancel and Jackson
received minor injuries. The vic
tim’s brother feels Mrs. Stancel
persuaded Hlavac to will her his
estate and then to take the fatal
NEW SHOE STORE
OPEN AUGUST 22
"Robbies” Shoe Store -a factory
outlet for famous name shoes
will open on the comer of 15th
and 'Farnam streets, Monday
. Robbies will feature America’s
finest name shoes for women at
30 to 60 per cent less than the
Mr. Boyd Robinson, manager
and owner of the new store has
had many years of shoe retailing
in Omaha and he will be glad to
see many of his old customers and
Theodore Roosevelt Post No. 30
American Legion had its installa
tion of officers last August 18th.
A very fine program was carried
out with Comrade Elmer Quinn
from Melting Pot Post No. 312 A
merican Legion presiding as the
installing officer. The affair was
impressive and was carried out
with solemn dignity. At the con
clusion of the ceremonies a tempt
ing repast was served. Now the
reat test is now in progress as
every officer has pledged to do his
The severe hot weather may
hamper the all out cooperation of
all members but surely as the
weather abates the old spirit will
Let us always remember our
sick in V A Hospital. They are
Willie Bell, Paul Adams, Ralph
Underwood. Go out there and see
them and if you can’t go out,
please send them a kindly get well
Post Commander M. C- Stromile
and family are vacationing on the
West Coast. The installation is
over and now is the beginning of
the annual membership drive and
it is urged by the Commander and
officers that an all out effort be
put on to bring into the Legion
Post all new and delinquent mem
bers that are eligible. It is written
in our constitution that all true
Legionaires will devote their time
and energy to all needy veterans
and their wives and orphans there
by keeping the principles of the
American Legion high* and sure in
doing this we do allegiance to
God, our country and our fellow
J. L. Taylor, Commander
Burns Scott, Adjutant
N. H. Comans, Pub. Officer.
Mrs. Harriett Elizabeth Williams
80 years, 2531 Parker Street, pass
ed away Thursday evening, Aug.
18th at the above address. Mrs.
Williams had been a resident of
Omaha four years.
She was a member and Stew
ardess of Cleaves Temple Metho
dist Church. She is survived by
three sons, Mr. George Washing
ton Williams, Omaha, Mr. Vernon
Williams, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mr. Oliver Williams, Chicago, 111.,
two daughters, Mrs. Carrie Hart,
North Little Rock, Arkansas, Mrs.
Octavia Hatcher, Omaha, five sis
ters, Mrs. Cora Ellis, Cleveland,
Ohio, Mrs. Sally Waddley, Mrs.
Mattie Kerr, Mrs. Willie Kerr, At
lanta, Ga., Mrs. Katie Hendricks,
Hefner .Alabama; three brothers,
Mr. Mack Kerr, Pine Bluff, Ar
kansas, Mr. Rufus Kerr, Little
Rock, Ark., Mr. Cleopheus Kerr,
Cleveland, Ohio; grandson, Mic
hael Herman Williams, Chicago,
Illinois and other relatives..
Services were held Wednesday
evening at Thomas Mortuary with
the Rev. A. R. Davis officiating.
The body was forwarded Thurs
day morning to Kensett, Arkansas
for further services and burial
Saturday in Kensett.
STRETCHERS FOR WOOL
Woolen socks will retain their
shape better after laundering if
they are stretched over a shape.
A set of stretchers may be made
by cutting 3/16” Tempered Duo
lux. a smooth-on-two-sides hard
board, to the proper shape with
a coping or jig saw. Bevel the
edges with a sandblock or file.
To speed the drying, bore several
holes in the stretcher with an ex
pansion bit. Sweaters may be
Elks End Gala Convention In Atlantic City
Guiding members of the Inpen
dent, Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks of the World to a
successful convention at Atlantic
City, N. J., last week were (left to
right) Robert Jackson, grand exalt
ed ruler; Mrs. Nettie Carter Jack
son, grand daughter ruler, and
Judge William C. Hueston, grand
secretary. One of the highlights
of this year’s session was the a
warding of the Lovejoy Medal to
Mrs. Marian Andersen, famed con
tralto. The Elks boasted of having
nearly 80,000 persons on hand for
the convention. (ANP)
Rites Aug. 23
Richard Thomas, age 36 years,
of 966y2 No. 27th St., expired
Saturday, August 13, 1955 at his
He was an Omaha resident
He is survived by his mother,
Mrs. Gladys Grayson; two sisters,
Mrs. Rosalie Conner and Mrs. Al
onzo Stevenson, both of Omaha;
two brothers, William Grayson,
Omaha, and Pvt. St. John Gray
son, U. S. Army.
Services were held Tuesday,
August 23, 1955 at 10:00 a.m. from
the Meyers Brothers Funeral
Chapel with interment at Mt. Hope
State Aug. 30
“LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDOR-!
ED THING”, the eagerly-awaited
Twentieth Century-Fox production,
in Cinema-Scope and color by De
Luxe, of Han Suyin’s autobiograph
ical best-seller, has been announ
ced by the STATE THEATRE as
its next attraction. It will open
there Tuesday, August 30th.
Starred in the film, a true-life
romance about a Eurasian woman
doctor who finds love, and a mix
ture of happiness and tragedy, in
Hong Kong, are Jennifer Jones
and William Holden.
New York — T he NAACP took
favorable note last week of the
action of the Georgia State Board
of Education earlier in the week
rescinding resolutions aimed at
teachers who belong to the NAA
CP or who in any way approve of
The education board’s move was
described by Gloster B. Current,
NAACP director of branches, as
“a major victory for the Georgia
NAACP State Conference and
other citizens in Georgia who open
ly opposed the Board of Educa
tion’s ridiculous action.”
In a letter to W. W. Law, acting
president of the Georgia State
NAACP, Mr. Current asserted:
“The backing down on the part
of the Board, and especially on
the part of Attorney General Eu
gene Cook, upon whose advice the
Board acted in the first place, is
an outgrowth of the adverse pub
lic reaction engendered by the
Board’s misguided attempt to de
prive Negro teachers of their live
lihood simply because they support
the NAACP’S effort to uphold the
Constitution of the United States.
“As a result of the thoughtless
| and crude attempts of opposition
.leaders to frighten and intimidate
i Negroes into forsaking the NAA
I CP. our program is gaining wide
support in the South. We are en
couraged by the fact that many
church leaders such as Bishop
Randolph R. Claiborne, Jr., Pro
testant Episcopal Bishop for North
Georgia, spoke out against the
Board and in support of compli
ance with the decisions of the Su
Bibb Congratulates Officer
—————_ ———— —1
Happily receiving congratula
tions from Joseph D. Bibb, direc
tor of the Illinois department of
Public Safety, is Robert M. Pat
ton, first Negro promoted to ser
geant on the state highway police
force. Bibb, at left, is the first
Ne^-o to hold a position of cabinet
rank in the Illinois state govern
ment. So it is a question of one
“first” praising another “first.”
Mrs. Marie Tucker, 74 years,
2508 M Street, passed away Tues
day morning, August 23rd at a
local hospital. Mrs. Tucker had
been a resident of Omaha forty
two years. She was a Deaconess
at Paradise Baptist Church, mem
ber of Ruth Chapter.
Mrs. Tucker had taken an active
part in civic affairs. She was one
of the founders of Woodson Cen
ter and helped with the Old Folks
Mrs. Tucker is survived by her
husband, Mr. William Tucker, 0
maha; daughter, Mrs. Cerrelda
Scott, Chicago, Illinois; one son,
Mr. Frank Tucker, Chicago; two
sisters, Mrs. Cerrelda Clardy, Mrs.
Mattie Mitchell, Tulsa, Oklahoma;
brother, Mr. Walter Warren, Pratt,
Kansas; two grand children, Will
ian and Thomas Flemming, Chi
cago and a host of other relatives.
Funeral services have been set
for ten o’clock Saturday morning
from Paradise Baptist Church
with the Rev. C. Adams officiating.
New York — More than 6,000
Negroes were graduated from in
stitutions of higher learning in
the U. S. during the academic year,
1954 - 55, according to the current
issue of The Crisis, official organ
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
Pointing out that its information
is not complete, The Crisis gives a
tentative figure of 6,802 Negro
The fact that few racially inte
grated colleges and universities
keep records regarding the race of
their students accounts in large
part for the incomplete statistics
on Negroes who were graduated
this past academic year, The Crisis
The figure (6,802) represents
6,370 bachelor degrees and 296
Doctorates were awarded to a
number of Negroes during the
same academic year. These de
grees were in the fields of philoso
phy, dental surgery, medicine,
science, laws and fine arts, as well |
as honorary degrees.
Mrs. Adline Timberlake, 101
yrs. passed away Monday morning
August 22 at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. U. S. (Gabby) Watson, 2805
Bristol Street. Mrs. Timberlake
had been a resident of Omaha
seventeen years and was a mem
ber of Pilgrim Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daugh
ter, Mrs. Mary Parker, Omaha,
seven granddaughters, Mrs. Gen
eva Hart, Lexington, Tenn., Mrs.
Annie Seats, Champlain, Illinois,
Mrs. Jean Bryant, Omaha, Mrs.
Elsie Pearson, Lexington, Tenn.,
Mrs. Sadie Jackson, Los Angees,
Calif., Mrs. Lorraine Watson with
whom she made her home, Mrs.
Hazel Parker, Omaha; four grand
sons, Mr. Jake Parker, Lexington,
Tenn., Mr. Lum Parker, Jr., St.
Louis, Mo., Mr. Jceal Parker, 0
maha, Mr. Clay F. Parker, Madi
son, Wisconsin; thirty great grand
children and a host of other rela
Funeral services have been set
for Thursday morning from Pil
grim Baptist Church with the Rev.
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CALLING ALL GIRLS. New
youth group formed under the
guidance of Mistresses Dorothy |
Rogers and Aquille Fields and Le
vada Harris of Cherokee Temple j
223, Mrs. Seymour Kaplan of the j
Omaha Youth Commission, Mil
dred Buxton and Marianna McFad- ■
den of the OMCC. A group of!
thirty-five young women ranging
in ages from 9 to 17, met at the j
home of Mrs. McFadden and was |
organized into four groups: do-!
mestic, sport, Jr. Elks and drill
team. Mothers were asked to at
tend this meeting and several were
present and approved of the pro
ject whole-heartedly. Any school
girl between the ages of 9 and 17
that wish to join any of these (
groups, please call McFadden, HA
8506 or Dorothy Rogers, JA 0699
or PL 6581.
A Tour Of i
Honolulu — After a highly suc
cessful boule held in San Francis
i co last week, fifty-one members of
the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority,
embarked on a tour of Hawaii, vis
iting Pearl Harbor and other ;
places in the islands.
Among the national officers of
the sorority who went on the tour
were A. Cathryn Johnson, Atlanta;
Evelyn Roberts, St. Louis and Irma
Clark, Chicago, who served as
Part of the group left Saturday
by Pan American Airways for the
United States; the others follow
ed on Mondav.
Among those making the trip
were Louis Clark, Kansas City;
Edythe Ingraham, Philadelphia;
Willie Collins, Texarkana; Lillian
Parrott, Baltimore; Blanche Clark,
Los Angeles; Laura Banks, Tuscon;
: Irene Baxter, Philadelphia; Char
lotte Powell, Philadelphia; Car
mentia Watson, Philadelphia; Sa
die Samuels, Cincinnati; Norma
1 Pitts, Los Angeles; Mary Orogden,
Also, Doris Parkes, Columbus,
Ohio; Patricia Berry, Philadelphia;
Alfredia Hidalgo, Philadelphia;
Albertine Edmondson, New York;
Mrs. T. Edmerson, San- Antonio;
Viola Donma, South Carolina;
Dorothy Scott, Topeka; Mamil L.
Williams, Topeka; Jeanette Greene,
Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Will
iam Robinson, Wellesley, Mass.;
Mrs. Clara Gaines, Winston-Salem; '
Frances Payne, Wilmington, N. C.; 1
'Valentine Waddill, Washington; ;
Minerva Haywood, Cleveland;
Ethel Chapman, Philadelphia; Ru
by Chambers, Detroit; Norma
Woods, Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs.
James Butler, Vera Griffith, De
Also, Laura Banks, Arizona; Em
ma Harrison, Dorothy Andrews,
Texas; Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Shaw,
Detroit; Carol Shaw, Chicago; Es
dale Malloy, Texas; Fannie Edmer
sen, San Antonio; Marcella Dixion,
Roselle Finley, Delgratia Scott, St.
Louis; Elizabeth Ennis, Los Ange
les; Lydia Burkes, Columbus, Pe
tra Harris, Chicago; Zelma Love,
Oklahoma, and Marie Robinson,
Charles Favors officiating. Burial
will be in the family plot at Mt.
Hope Cemetery with arrangements
by Thomas Mortuary.
Appeals For N
Died Aug. 22
Mrs. Eliza Mahan, age 74 years,
of 2854 Manderson St., expired
Monday evening, August 22, 1955
at her home.
She was an Omaha resident five .
She is survived by four daugh
ters, Mrs. Willa Mae Thompson of
Omaha; Mrs. Esther Lee Tatum of
Richmond, California, Mrs. Oshie
Mae Rivers of Stockton, California
and Mrs. Tommie Lee Burse of
Heywood, California; seven sons,
Monroe of Cairo, Illinois, Andrew
of St. Paul, Minnesota, Horace and
Henry o f Stockton, California,
Bennie of Pittsburg, California,
Hollis of Redwood City, California
and Gane of Little Rock, Arkansas;
two sisters, Mrs, Estella Rayford
and Mrs. Alberta Penix of Thorn
ton .Arkansas; two brothers, John
and Jack Nelson of Bearden, Ar
kansas; thirty-seven grandchildren;
twenty-two great grandchildren
and a host of other relatives.
Myers Brothers Funeral Service.
To Sing For
Three local church choirs will
be singing when the Women’s
Christian Temperance Union meets
here in September.
The Zion Baptist Church, Pil
grim Baptist, and St. John’s A.M.
E. will be on hand at the Imman
uel Baptist Church, 24th and
Pinkney Streets to offer musical
The convention will begin at
7:30 P.M. on September 18 and
last until September 21.
I Members o f the respective
choirs are asked to meet for re
hearsal Monday evening, 8 P.M. at
the St. John’s A.M.E. Church.
Mrs. Ruth Downing, Organist.
Mr. George Wheeler, pianist.
Mr. Booker Washington, direc
Mrs. Minnie Dixon, music chair
Mr. Riley Rice 77 years, of 2519
North 28th Avenue. A resident
of Omaha forty-five years. Born in
Macon, Georgia. Died in Chicago
Illinois, August 11, 1955. Funeral
was in Chicago, August 15, 1955 at
He was a member of the Seventh
Day Christian Church. A loyal
Christian and a friend to all.
His survivors a son, Richard
Rice and Vivian Redden of Omaha,
Mrs. Almeda Stokes of Chicago.
Grandchildren Tony Stokes, Rich
ard Rice, Jr. and Roger Wardell;
Great grandchildren Coral Jean
Stokes of Chicago; two brothers,
C. Rice, Minneapolis, Minnesota,
J. Rice of Ga.; five sisters, Mrs.
R. Scott, Mrs. U. Reese, Mrs. L.
Johnson, Mrs. K. Boyd, all of Ga.,
Mrs. N. Martin of Chicago. A host
of nieces and nephews.
Last year when the U. S. Su
preme Court decided that racial
segregation in public education vi
olated the Constitution, Negroes
throughout the country were
Few realized that this decision
came about only after years and
years of hard work by many, in
cluding large groups of volunteer
lawyers and social scientiests.
Few realized the several hundred
thousands spent on expenses in
Hardly anyone ever paused to
consider the threats and intimida
tions against the parents of the
school children involved. Most
Americans simply took all of this
Now, after the last decision ii
these cases, the deep South is a
gain showing its hand.
At least two Negroes in Missis
sippi have been killed for insist
ing on the right to vote.
White Citizens’ Councils are
cropping up all over the South, de
termined to destroy all economia
1 advantages for Negroes.
Governors and attorneys general
have said repeatedly that they will
litigate this matter for fifty or a
Louisiana has appropriated
$100,000 to resist court actions ill
that state. Other states have as>
signed six to fifty lawyers to op
pose cases in their states. Negro
teachers are being intimidated and
You have read about these and
other challenges in your own news
papers. You have felt sorry for -
these people. You are sure that
the NAACP will meet these ever
Again, you are taking it as a
matter of course because the NA
ACP has never let you down.
1 have news for you: WTe will
not be able to meet these chal
lenges unless we get the money to
We have always had difficulty
meeting our regular budgets. We
! cannot meet this heavily financed
new assault unless you stop taking
I us for granted and dig deep into
i your pockets—and do it now!
Thurgood Marshall, NAACP Le
! gal Defense and Educational Fund,
Inc., 107 West 43rd Street, New
York 36. N. Y.
(Contributions are deductible
for U. S. Income Tax Purposes.)
Died August 16
Thomas Moore, age 64 years, of
2606 No. 27th St., expired Tuesday,
August 16, 1955 at his home.
He was an Omaha resident thirty
years and was employed by the
i Union Pacific Railroad for twenty
j Mr. Moore was a veteran of
World War I and was a member of
Theodore Roosevelt Post No. 30,
J. L. Taylor, Commander,
j He is survived by his wife, Ef
fie; brother, William Moore of Dal
las, Texas; two nieces, Mrs. Juani
ta Ferguson of Oakland, California
and Mrs. Lucie Miller of Dallas,
| Texas; two nephews, Mr. Jack
Moore of San Francisco, California
i and Mr. Douglas Moore of Wash
1 ington, D. C.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday, August 23, 1955 at 2:30
P.M. from the Cleaves Temple C.
M. E. Church with Rev. A. Ralph
Davis officiating. Interment was
was in the Soldiers Circle at For
est Lawn Cemetery.
Theodore Roosevelt Post No. 30
had charge of American Legion
rites and served as pall bearers.
Myers Brothers Funeral Service.
Ethel Rene Jones
Mrs. Ethel Rene Jones, 34 years
2101 Ohio Street, passed away
Tuesday morning, August 23rd.
Mrs. Jones had been in poor
health for some time.
She is survived by her husband,
Mr. Johnnie A. Jones; three sons,
Johnnie A. Jones, Jr., Leonard A.
Jones, Bruce C. Jones; four daugh
ters, Delores, Patricia, Camille,
Rita Rene Jones, of Omaha; par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Clibourn,
Boley, Oklahoma; four sisters!
Mrs. Effie Wilcox, Mrs. Parthenia
Evans, Mrs. Gladys Still, Boley,
Oklahoma, Mrs. Victoria Gooden!
Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother!
Mr. Clifford Clibourn, Boley, Okla
homa and other relatives. Thom
as Mortuary in charge of arrange
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