The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, March 22, 1957, Image 1

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Booker T. Washington
Oratorial Contest Soon
partment of Education of the In
dependent Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks of the World is set
ting machinery into operation to
conduct its 32nd Annual Oratorical
Contest. During the past 31 years
this organization has given more
than a million dollars to help open
the doors of opportunity to young
This year organization is coop
erating with the Booker T. Wash
ington Centennial Commission in
its Goodwill Building Crusade
which is being conducted as a part
of the Year-Long celebration
staged to pay tribute to the one
hundredth Anniversary of the
birth of Booker T. Washington.
Sidney J. Phillips, President of
the Booker T. Washington Centen
nial Commission states that his
organization is offering $3,000 in
scholarships to winning partici
pants in the Elks Oratorical con
test who speak on the subject
belief that the ideals and teachings
of this Apostle of Goodwill can do
much to make good, sound, solid
Americans of us all.
In addition to these scholarships
the Commission will also send free
copies of Booker T. Washington's
Autobiography, "Up from Slavery”
to contestants who enter the Elks
1957 Oraterical Contest and select
as their subject “BOOKER T.
This week the Booker T. Wash
ington Centennial Commission is
sending out letters to thousands of
Exalted Rulers and Daughter Rul
ers whose lodges and temples par
ticipate in this great educational
program, informing them that the
Elks Board of Trustees, in its
Mid-Winter Conference, approved
of cooperating to spread goodwill
through this year's Oratorical Con
Young People everywhere are
urged to enter the contest—and to
select the topic—“BOOKER T.
Omaha Y
Adds Sports
To Classes
The Omaha YWCA is offering
many spring sports in Us spring
term of classes. New additions
arc tennis, golf, fencing and
horseback riding. These classes
will all begin the week of March
Fencing is being taught by Mr.
Dayton Rasmussen on Saturdays
from I to 3 p.m. The first hour
is a period of instruction and the
second hour is a period of prac
tice. Ills class will be in session
for a period of eight weeks for
the fee of $600 plus the YWCA
yearly membership.
Horseback riding or Equitation
is being taught in two five week
sessions beginning March 27th
and May 8th at the Florence
Riding Stables. The five week
session will cost $12.00 per per
son plus the YWCA yearly mem
bership. Each lesson will be an
hour in length. Lessons times
are 10 to 11 on Wednesday and
8:30-6:30 on Wednesday. Doth
adults and children are welcome.
Golf is being offered in two
six week sessions beginning the
week of March 25th and May 6lh.
Each lesson is one hour in length,
Monday through Thursday, 10 to
11, 11 to 12, and 6 to 7 or 7 to 8
p.m. Fee is $9.00 for the six les
sons plus YWCA membership.
Tennis instruction will be held
on Saturdays from 10 to 11, speci
fically for children, and on Mon
day and Tuesday from 6 to 7 and
Thursday mornings from 10 to 11.
The fee is 4.00 for a series of 10
Many other classes will contin
ue to be held and will also start
the week of March 25th. Register
now for all spring term YWCA
Mary Lou Templeton
Health Education Director, YWCA
Jackson 2748
The ‘stogie’ * email cigar, was
first produced for the drivers of
the early Conestoga wagons, thus
the name.
Fund Help
Is Available
To Students
Wanasebe S. Fletcher, Chair
! man of the Osborne Scholarship
Advisory Committee, today an
nounced that the committee
would soon begin processing ap
plications from area students in
terested in securing financial as
sistance from the Osborne Schol
arship Fund.
Fletcher indicated that accord
ing to the terms of the Osborne
Fund, preference will be given to
Negro applicants who plan to
pursue training for professional
or skilled jobs in industry. Ac
cording to committee chairman
Fletcher, the Fund seeks to en
courage youth to enter into such
fields as; Metallurgy, Electronics,
Engineering, Architecture, Indus
trial Chemistry, etc.
Inquiries about scholarship aid
should be addressed to Mr. W. S.
Fletcher in care of the Omaha
Urban League, 513 Karbach
Block (JA 7648,) or to Mr. Flet
I cher’s home address, 6914 North
31st Avenue.
Preference in the selection of
the school will be given to the
University of Nebraska; Illinois
Institute of Technology; and Iowa
State College. Other schools of
fering technical training sought
by the applicant will be consider
I ___
Three Named
by Look To
New York, March 18 —Paced by
7-foot Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain
of the nation’s second-ranked Kan
sas Jayhawks, three Negroes were
named today to the 1956-57 Look
Magazine All America Basketball
Elgin Baylor of Seattle and Guy
Rodgers of Temple were the other
two Negro stars selected on the
10-man Look squad by the newly
formed United States Basketball
Writers Association.
Chamberlain the sophomore sen
sation from Philadelphia, Pa., led
the Jayhawks to the Big Seven
I Conference basketball champion
ship season. “In a desperate effort
to cut down Wilt’s scoring, the op
position used two, three and some
times even four men on him,” the
new issue of Look said in announ
cing the selections.
Round Dance
March 27
Round Dance Workshop at the
YWCA will begin March 27th and
is designed as a refresher course
! for all men and women interested
in reviewing or initially learning
the round dances to be used m
the Omaha Spring Square Dance
Festival, Registration is occur
ing at the Omaha YWCA now. The
fee is $8.00 per couple plus a
YWCA membership for each par
: ticipant.
The class will be held every
Wednesday evening from 8 to 10
for a series of eight lessons. All
lessons will be concluded before
the Square Dance Festival occurs.
Any persons who are able to do
the two-step and waltz are en
| couraged to enroll in this class,
even if they are not interested in
being in the festival. Mrs. Orville
Smith, Festival Advisor for many
years, will be the instructor.
Call JA 2748 for any additional
Berna Walls
Berna Walls, age 44 years, Of
2011 Paul Strret, expired sudden
ly Wednesday March 20, 1957. •
A native of Salisbury, Mo., he
came to Omaha in 1929. There
are no known survivor*. 1
Myers Brothers Funeral Ser
Americana eat about 17 pound>
of candy per capita per year.
Press Workshop Cake
Pretty Eunice J. Peterson, a
Florida A and M University fresh
man, poses with the cake baked
especially for the Interscholastic
Press Workshop banquet by H. R.
Partridge, director of university
foods services. The cake is the
exact duplicate of the workshop
program cover. Miss Peterson is
a native of Jasper, Florida. (A and
1 M staff photo by James Walden)
Friends of
Charter in
An order to show cause why a
temporary injunction should not
be granted the “Seven Friends of
the Charter’s” petition to stop a
proposed amendment increasing
the pay of city councilmen under
the new Charter was filed in Dis
trict Court Thursday,
The order was filed by Thomas
P. L^ary, attorney for the "Seven
Friends of the Charter.”
At the same time, a hearing was
set on the temporary injunction a
gainst the proposed amendment
9:30 A.M. March 28 before Judge
The slate of seven City Council
candidates field suit March 12 to
halt the proposed amendment
which would raise the pay of Qty
Councilmen from $3,000 to $6,000.
The petition asked for an injunc
tion against the placing of the pro
posed amendment—which was cre
ated by the present City Council
December 26, 1956—on the April
2 ballot.
The plaintiffs in the suit are N.
Phil Dodge, James J. Dworak, Mrs.
Kenneth T. Graham, Sam W. Reyn
olds, Wray M. Scott, A. V. (Al)
Sorensen and Harry Trustin. They
contend the ordinance is invalid.
Names as defendants were Her
man E. Kuppinger, election com
missioner; The City of Omaha; M.
J. Dineen Jr., city clerk; Samuel
Howell, City treasurer; Franklin
Dinges, city controller; the Mayor
and the present members of the
city council.
mayor «iuuu hummiumiix « »u
Councilman Warren Swigart voted
against the ordinance when it was
considered by the City Council last
A joint statement by the “Seven
Friends of the Charter” earlier
this week said: “The citizens of
Omaha approved the new City
Charter. The Charter they ap
proved contained a provision to
pay members of the City Council
$3,000. This salary provision was
debated thoroughly by the dele
gates to the Charter Convention
who were elected by the people,
during the four months the Char
ter was being written. The $3,000
figure was considered adequate.
This amount was approved by the
voters themselves.
'Now, despite this approval, the
present City Council is attempting
to raise this salary—even before
the Charter has had an opportunity
to be put into operation.
“The Seven Friends of the Char
ter believe the new Charter should
be established exactly as approved
by the voters and do not favor an
increase In salary for City Council
•MAM " f
Today's happiness is usually
yesterday’s kindness matured.
The first step to a mink is often
a wink. _
St Lawrence River is ice-free
barely 8 months of the year, yet
it moves about tt of Canada’s
foreign trade then.
Seals Have
New Look
A new look in Easter Seals will
be introduced to 341,000 Ne
braska homes when the 1957 mes
senger for crippled children and
adults go into the mails, to signal
the opening of the annual appeal,
March 15th.
Accompanying the traditional
letter will be the newly styled
sheet of assorted Seals consisting
i of two sizes and designs as well
as a "We Have Given” sticker
for contributors to display.
The sticker which appears in
the center of the sheet, is a dupli
cate of the billboard and other
posters which will be used in pro
moting the campaign. It shows
an inviting boy with a crutch
asking contributors to "Give
Easter Seals.”
Contributors are urged to help
promote the campaign by display
| ing the sticker on windows or
' doors when they have mailed
their Easter Seal contributions, j
Larger size Seals are especially
Men's Club
Hears Aims
of'7 Friends'
The platform of the “7 Friends
of the Charter’’ was outlined
Monday noon in a speech before!
the Y’s Men’s Club at the YMCA]
by Charles A. Peters.
Mr. Peters is a member of the ]
speaker’s bureau for the slate of
seven candidates for the City
Council known as the "7 Friends:
of the Charter.”
“The ‘7 Friends’ believe whole-]
heartedly in the new charter
exactly as approved by the citi- ]
zens of Omaha,’’ Mr. Peters stated.!
"They have pledged to make
full use of the charter for more1
effective, progressive, modern
city government for the best in
terests of all the people of Oma
ha,” he added.
Mr. Peters said the slate lists
three basic reasons why they be
lieve in the new city charter. They
1. It will provide much great
er efficiency in the operation ol:
Omaha’s city government.
2. It will create a better com- j
munity environment necessary to
attract new industry to Omaha.
3. It will mane umana a oeuei,
safer place in which to work, live
and raise families.
The “7 Friends of the Charter”
are: N. Phil Dodge, A. V. A1 Sor
ensen, Harry Trustin, Wray M.
Scott, Mrs. Kenneth T. Graham,
James J Dworak and Sam W. Rey- j
nolds. The first five were mem
bers of the City Charter Conven
Mr. Peters pointed out that the
people of Omaha “rallied behind
the City Charter and it should
follow that they would rally be
hind people such as these who
are experienced with the provi
: sions of the document.”
for use as stickers on packages
and gifts.
Approximately 90 percent of
the funds raised during the an
nual Easter Seal campaign finan
ces services within Nebraska. The
remainder goes to help support
a national program of service,
education and research.
Fifth Annual Spring Breakfast
given by the U. S. Army Mothers
Post No. 9 Sunday, March 31, 1957
at the North Branch Y.M.C.A., 2311
No. 22nd Street, 8 a m. to 12.
Mrs. Ora Glass, Commander,
Mrs. Florida Hunnigan, Adjutant.
Omaha C of C Watching
Many Bills Before Legislature
t OF C
Legislative ' bills proposed be
fore the Nebraska Unicameral
were aired at the Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors
meeting March 15th.
According to Chamber vice
president Ralph Svoboda, in the
absence of President M. Cooper
Smith, the directors voted unan
imous in favor of LB 362 to al
low public corporations in Ne
braska to make contributions to
charitable organizations. He ad
ded that the above law would
clear the way for such a corpora
tions to subscribe to the Com
munity Chest Fund.
Board approval was voiced for
LB 476, a bill which would ex
empt securities in a trust from
the intangible tax provided such
securities are for employee re
tirement or profit sharing plans.
The bill provides in lieu of the
intangible tax, an amount equal
to 2% of the gross income from
the taxable securities will be
Tom Jones
Mr. Tom Jones, 65 years, 2414
Franklin Street, expired Sunday af
ternoon, March 17th at the Veter
ans Hospital after an extended ill
Mr. Jones was the owner of the
Lone Star Pool Hall. He was a vet
eran of World War One and had
been a resident of Omaha since
Mr. Jones is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Lula Jones; five sisters,
Mrs. Mabel Parr, Los Angeles, Cali
fornia, Mrs. Eula C. Williamson,
Dallas, Texas, Muss Lois Thomas,
Dallas, Mrs. Nettie Barber, Mrs.
Elizabeth Reed, Fortworth, Texas;
three brothers, Mr. John Jones,
Mrs. Henry Thomas, Mr. Kenwood
Thomas, of Omaha; nieces and
nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services have been set
for ten o'clock Wednesday morn
ing from the Bethel AME Church
with the Rev. W. A. Fowler offici
ating, with Irquoise Lodge No. 92
IBPOEW Clifton McKinley, Exalt
ed Ruler, in charge of Elk’s rites.
Roosevelt Post No. 30, Commander
H. Stewart in charge of the Ameri
can Legion services. Arrange
ments by the Thomas Funeral
At the present time, Svoboda
pointed out, many trusts for pen
sions of employee benefit plans
for large corporations in Ne
braska arc being set up in other
states to avoid the tax. The pas
sage of LB 476 would encourage
the establishment of such trust
funds in Nebraska.
LB 361, a bill to provide for
additional Municipal Court jud
ges for Omaha also received ap
proval. The Chamber pointed
out that the Municipal Court has
been limited to 5 judges for many
years. Mr. Svoboda said, “in the
meantime, the volume of court
cases has greatly increased with
the result that additional judges
are necessary to handle the work,
load.” It was pointed out that at
the present time, there is a 60 day
delay in the trial of civil cases.
Two recommendations of the
Street Traffic and Parking Com
mittee were also approved.
The ordinance requiring off
street parking be provided lor
new buildings and to establish
new parking zone regulations for
auxiliary parking lots was recom
mended. It was pointed out that
the central business district and
the South Omaha business district
and stock yards are exempted
from this ordinance.
New buildings or additions to
existing buildings in the areas
covered must establish facilities
for parking based on the type of
occupancy of the buildings. The
ordinance would also provide for
a zoning classification to permit
the estsablishment of parking ar
eas in residential areas adjacent
to commercial districts. Mr. Svo
boda added that provision is made
for protection of adjacent resi
dential property in such cases.
The above recommendation to the
Chamber’s board was also urged
by the Urban Development and
Planning Committee.
Approved was a recommenda
tion calling for the prohibition
of parking in certain areas in
central business district between
hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Mon
day through Friday. The pro
hibition would also extend to the
stopping of any vehicle for load
ing within 60 feet of a crosswalk
where right turns are permitted.
The same resolution urges city
authorities to work out a near
far stop system for buses. Curb
banking stops would not be cur
me directors, upon a recom
mendation of the Public High
ways Committee, urged the State
Highway Department to negotiate
immediately for purchase of prop
erty along the proposed interstate
highway route between. 42nd and
48th near C Streets. It was men
tioned that several commercial
and residential developments are
planned for this area. Such ac
quisition would enanble owners
in the area to fit their plans to
the route of the highway.
The City of Omaha, upon the
recommendation of the River De
velopment Committee, was urged
to appropriate sufficient funds to.
the Omaha Dock Board to enable
it to complete the acquisition of
a crane on an installment pur
chase contract and to make such
repairs as may be necessary to
keep the municipal dock function
al for the coming navigation sea
LB 470, as introduced, was op
posed. Mi’ton Abrahams, chair
man of the Education Committee,
informed the Board that the bill
would change the method of allo
cation of state educational funds
to the individual school districts.
At present such funds are allo
cated on the basis of total census
of school pupils.
The bill, as introduced, would
make the distribution on the basis
of enrollment in public schools
only. This would reduce the ap
portionment to the Omaha School
District by about 20ft, Abrahams
said, and would have a serious ef
fect on all school districts in Ne
The meeting was concluded by
a report on the Omaha Jubilee by
V. J. Skutt, general chairman, and
voted full support and coopera
tion in Omaha's Jubilee .plans.
The directors heard a suggestion
made by the Jubilee Committee
that a special exhibit of Omaha
commercial and industrial ac
tivities be sponsored by the Cham
ber’s Industry Committee.
L.A. Golfers Win Miami Tournament
Eolene Thornton, aecond from |
right and Joe Roach, left, both of
Los Angeles, California, were win
ners in the recent third annual
Ray Mitchell North-South Winter
Golf Tournament at Miami. Ted
I Rhodes, St. Louis professional, cap
look on. Below are seen other
trophies among which are ones
given Nat “King” Cole, Sammy Da
vis, Jr., Jackie _ Robinson and a
large number of business firms.
Chatting at right are Ann Lindsey,
Miami business woman and social
leader, Mr. Kendrix, who was Mcee
for trophy ball and Mr. Mitchell.
Mrs. Lindsey serves on tournament