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Volume 38 Friday. March 7, 1958 __Number 33
Guide Chronicles
Community Deaths
Tonya Marie Johns
Tonya Marie Johns, age 9
months, daughter of Rosemary
Johns of 2801 Charles St., ex
pired Monday Dec. 16, 1957 at
a local hospital.
She is also survived by her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Marion Johns.
Committal services were held
Thursday Dec. 19. 1957 at 10:00
a m. Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Myers Bros. Funeral Service.
Thomas Willis
Thomas Willis, age 58 years,
of 2814 Vi “R" St, was stabbed
to death Saturday evening Dec.
21, 1957.
A native of Ardmore, Okla.,
he came to Omaha in 1925.
He Is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Lucy Thomas of Omaha;
daughter, Mrs. Ella Mae Mason
of Muskogee, Okla.; 3 brothers,
Allen Thomas of Kansas City,
Mo., Charlie Thomas of Ard
more, Okla. and Joe Thomas of
Omaha; 5 sisters, Mrs. Lydia
Henderson of Ardmore, Okla.,
Mrs. Odessa Webb of Emporia,
Kans., Mrs. Moriah Swain of
Ardmore, Okla., Amy King of
Marion, Kansas and Ethel Urals
of Hugo, Okla.
Funeral services were held
Thursday Dec. 26. 1967 at 10.00
a.m. from the Myers Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. F, C.
Williams officiating. Interment
was at Graceland Park Ceme
Pallbearers Messers. Charlie
Reed, Steve Rutley, Mike Elzey.
George Jackson, Mr. Nelson and
Mr. Dunbar.
Myers Bros. Funeral Service.
Larena Jenkins
Mrs. Larena (Ma) Jenkins,
age 78 years, of 2624 Charles
St., expired Saturday Dec. 14,
1957 at a local hospital.
A native of Paris, La., she
came to Omaha in 1921. She
served on the Mother’s Board
of Mt. Calvary Community
Mrs. Jenkins is survived by
4 daughters, Mrs. Doretha Wat
son, Mrs. Mary Cochran, Mrs.
Marglee Whitley and Mrs.
Josephine Stewart, all of Oma
ha; brother, Steve Jackson of
Chicago, 111.; 15 grandchildren;
5 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
Friday Dec. 20, 1957 at 2:00
p.m. from the Mt. Calvary
Community Church with Rev.
Roy W. Johnson officiating as
sisted by Rev. F. C. Williams.
Interment was at Forest Lawn
Pallbearers Messers. Claude
Phillips, Adam Lee, Floyd
Buckner, Robert Thomas, Tom
Douglas and Joe Minor.
Myers Bros. Funeral Service.
Henry Brown
Henry Brown, age 3> years,
of 2012 No. 28 St., was killed
by a shot gun blast Sunday
morning Dec. 22, 1957.
He was a native of Omaha
and a veteran of World War
No. 2.
He is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Nadine Brown; parents.
Mi and Mrs. Boss Brown; 3
step children, Sharon, Toni and
Michael all of Omaha; 4 broth
ers, Wesley of Denver, Colo.,
Maclo, U. S. Navy, Ross, Jr. and
Lester both of Omaha; sister,
Mrs. Mable Simms of Omaha,
and a host of other relatives.
Myers Bros. Funeral Service.
Mrs. Maude Anderson, age 43
years, of Chicago, 111. expired
Tuesday Dec. M, 1957 at a local
She became III h.-re in Oma
ha while visiting relatives. She
is survived oy her husband,
Willie Anderson of Chicago, 111.;
■an, Rusaell D. Hawthorne, Sr.;
mother, Mrs. Zodle Gardner;
step-father, John A. Gardner,
all of Omaha; brother, Angelo
Merriweather of l*os Angeles.
Calif.; 3 grandchildren.
■"* Funeral services tentatively
uiia.igcd for Sat. Dec. 78, 1957
at 10;00 a.m, from the Myers
Funeral Home Chapel.
Irene S. Morton
Mrs. Irene S. Morton, age 60
years, of 2203 Grant St., ex
pired suddenly Wednesday
morning Febr. 5, 1958 at her
A native of Omaha, she was
proceeded in death by her
mother, Mrs. Ella Cochran, who
passed away Aug. 1, 1957, and
husband, Donald C. Morton,
who passed away Nov. 23, 1955.
Mrs. Morton was very active
in the music department of
Zion Baptist Church having
started palying for the Sunday
School at the age of 12 years
and began playing for the Sen
ior Choir at the age of 14 years,
under the late Mrs. Saunders.
Irene has directed the Im
perial and Senior Choirs of Zion
Baptist Church for many years
and also served on the Deocon
ess Board.
She was a Past Wotrhy Mat
ron of Princess Ozeal Chapter
No. 11, a members of the Mat-,
rons Council, and Grand Or-!
ganist of Amaranthus Grand
Chapter, O.E.S.
She is survived by her
daughter, Harrlette Morton of
Omaha; son, Donald Morton of
Los Angeles, Oallf.; brother,
Burke Cochran of Omaha; sev
eral nieces and nephews in
cluding Pauline Williams of
Los Angeles, Calif.; 5 grantf
children; sister-in-law, Mrs.
Mary Cochran, and a host of
aunts, uncles and other rela
Funeral services were held
Monday Febr. 10, 1958 at 2:00
p.m. from the Zion Baptist
Church with Rev. F. C. Wil
liams officiating assisted by
the Reverends Charles Favors,
E. T. Streetcar, David St. Clair,
Z. W. Williams, James Stewart
Sr., E. Rhodes, Columbus Me
Morris, J. C. Wade, Walter Irv
ing, W. A. Taylor of Chicago,
111., Claude Williams and other
ministers of the City. Inter
ment was in the family plot
at Forest Uwn Cemetery.
Princess Ozeal Chapter No.
11, O.E.S. (P.H.A.) had charge
of Eastern Star rites, Mrs. Mary
Adams, W. M.
Pallbearers Messers. Jack
Hall, Charles Williams, Sam
Weed, William Moses, Joe Dia
mond, Leon Neely and C. Whit
Myers Bros. Funeral Service.
Florence Wilson
Mrs. Florence Wilson, age 54
years, of 523 No. 33 St., expired
Thursday morning Febr. 6, 1958
at a local hospital after) an ex
tended Illness.
A native of Homestead, Pa.,
she came to Omaha in 1940.
She was preceeded in death by
her husband, A. Cunnigan Wil
son, who passed away in 1952.
The Wilson family was well
known throughout the country
as the owners and operators of
the California School of Beauty
Culture at 523 No. 33 St.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by
her father, the Rev. Doctor Ro
bert H. Rucker of Washington,
Pa.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Bernice Mi
lai of Washington, Pa. and Mrs.
Nana R. Lee of Los Angeles,
Calif.; 3 brothers, Robert W.
Rucker of Washington D.C.,
John A. Rucker of Washington,
Pa., William A. Rucker of De
troit, Mich.
Funeral services were held
Monday Febr. 17, 1958 at 10:00
a.m. from the St. Philips Epis
copal Church with Father S. N.
Jacobs officiating. Interment
was in the family plot at For
est Lawn Cemetery.
Pallbearey* Messers. Willis
Gray, W. G. Haynes, Thomas
P. Chandler, Frank Blackwell,
Earl Wheeler and Dr. G. B.
Myers Bros, Funeral Service.
Sarah C. WiUon
Mrs. Sarah Catherine Wilson,
age 79 years, 5218 North 13th
St. passed away Saturday mor
ning December 21st at a local
hospital after an extended Ill
ness. Mrs. Wilson had been a
resident of Omaha forty five
She is survived by three
daughters. Mrs. Arlene Austin,
Mrs. Ira Mae Haynes, of Oma
ha, Mrs. Pauline Smith, Los
Angeles, California, one son, Mr.
Leo F, Spears, Omaha, twenty
one grand children, eight great
grand children and other re la
Tentatively funeral services
have been set for ten o'clock
Saturday morning December
28th from the Thomas Funeral
Home with the Rev E. E. Allen
Mademoiselle's 1957 Merit Award winners, honored for signal achievements during the
past year. Top row: Surprise winner Judith Szekeres, Hungarian student, cited as a "sym
bol of courage'' in her country's fight for freedom; Dorothy Lundquist, science student;
Barbara Romney, poetry editor; Althea Gibson, tennis ace; Gisele Mackenzie, TV star.
Bottom row: Dr. Charlotte Friend, cancer researcher; Jeanne Essig, fashion designer;
Grace Hartigan, painter; Toshiko Akiyoshi, jazz pianist; Carol Lawrence, actress.
New York, n.y. — Twenty three,
year-old Judith Szekeres, who
helped spark the Hungarian re
volt, is today the proud possessor
of a 1957 Merit Award from
Mademoiselle magazine.
For the fifteenth successive
year these awards were presented
to ten young women whose ages
range from the late teens to the
early thirties.
In making a special award to
Judy Szekeres for "courage,”
Betsy Talbot Blackwell, editor-in
chief of Mademoiselle, cited the
part this young Hungarian played
in “formulating the sixteen-point
petition for government reform.
This petition, drawn up by Buda
pest stndents, sparked the revolt
of the Hungarian people, and the
memory of their fight will remain
an inspiration to freedom-lovers
everywhere.” After fleeing Hun
gary, Judy, with the help of an
English language course at Wel
lesley, won a scholarship to the U.
of Alabama, where she is major
ing in chemistry.
The achievements of the other
“young women of the year” range
from headline performances in
sports and the lively arts to a
chain of laboratory experiments
that may create new cures. All are
cited in January Mademoiselle
“for the outstanding quality of
their performances and the dedi
cation that they brought to then
chosen fields." They are:
Dorothy Lundquist of Web
ster, s.D., science student. Her ex
periments in measuring the effects
of inadequate sleep won her first
place at the National Science Fair
for high school students and so
impressed the American Medical
Association that she was one of
two non-M.D.’s invited to exhibit
her project at their annual meet
ing. Now a college freshman, she
typifies the welcome news from
the o.s. Office of Education that,
in 1957, students have reversed
their half-century neglect of sci
ence-a field never more import
ant to the U.s. and the world.
Bardara R,omNey af I'rovo,
Utah, editor. She came to N.Y.
from Brigham Young U. deter
mined to start a poetry news
paper. While rounding up money
and material, she assisted at
n.y.u., gained experience working
for little magazines. In 1957, at
twenty-six, she launched Poetry
Uroarhide, the first newspaper in
America devoted to publishing
new poets. Leading literary lights
have hailed it as "a triumph of
presentation ... an excellently
edited, long-needed journal.”
Althea Gibson of New York,
tennis ace. She started high
school at nineteen, having quit
years before to go to work and to
keep at her tennis, was graduated
in the top ten of L--r class, went
on to finish college. After a series
of uphill battles (tournament in
vitations didn’t come) and bitter
disappointments (defeats at For
est Hills and Wimbledon), last
fall she rode up Broadway in a
blizzard of ticker tape, winner of
both the national and interna
tional women’s singles crowns.
Gisele Mackenzie of Winni
peg, Canada, tv star. She won a
violin scholarship to the Royal
Conservatory of Music in her na
tive Canada, started her career
as a vocalist when her violin was
stolen. Working her way up
through radio and TV ranks, she
got her own show this past fall
and critics rhapsodized that “Gi
sele has the refreshing quality re
served for true stardom." “Best
entertainer on TV,” in 1957 she
brought to its screen the bright
est new talent of the season as
singer, musician, comedienne.
Dh. Charlotte Friend of New
York, cancer researcher. As an of
ficer in the waves (after a ph.d.
in microbiology) she was in
charge of chemical pathology,
laboratory at a US. Naval Hos
pital before becoming a virolo
gist at the Sloan-Kettering Insti
tute for Cancer Research. In 1957,
having already discovered the
only virus that consistently causes
leukemia in mice, she went on to
develop the first successful vac
cine against cancer in mammals,
a long, solitary step toward an
eventual cure for cancer.
Jeanne Essie of New York,
fashion designer. As a model and
then as a fabric researcher, she
studied the building of dresses
from pattern and fabric to final
sample. Today she is a master of
designing and combining fabrics
for a young American look. In
1957 her bold black and whites
followed their wearers to the of
fice and home again for cocktails.
Their “no price tag” look have
swept her into the top group of
American career-girl designers.
Grace Hartican of New York,
N.Y., painter. She grew up in
New Jersey, but it was in n.y.c.
that she found her subject—“it
concerns that which is vulgar and
vital in American modern life
and the possibilities of its Iran.-.
cendrnre intu the beautiful.” This
young painter really came into
her own in ’57 and was one of the
five American painters (the only
woman) invited to participate in
the Sao Paulo Bienal, the most
important international art exhi
bition in the Western Hemisphere.
Toshiko Akiyoshi of Tokyo,
jazz pianist. Now here on a schol
arship at Boston’s Berkelee School
of Music, she studies musical
composition by day and does her
“homework” in a jazz spot at
night. A sensation at the 1957
Newport Jazz Festival and at
N.Y.’s Hickory House, she was the
first jazz artist to compose swing
for strings. With two of her rec
ords already released and a jazz
symphony on paper, fellow musi
cians say “she’s pushing the wall
with the greatest."
Carol Lawrence of Melrose
Park, Illinois, actress. After study
ing dance, voice and drama
at Northwestern U., she went on
to the Chicago Opera Ballet, sum
mer musicals and then the chorus
line in n.y. Last fall she landed
the lead in Broadway’s 1Vest Side
Story. The day after the opening
this twenty three-year-old was
bailed for excelling as a dancer,
•inger, actress. In the words of
the critics, “she can do everything
... star stuff fell last night.”
Spring Style Show
Held February 17
The Women's Division of the
Omaha Chamber of Commerce
sponsored a Spring Style Show
on February 17, 1958, at 6:30
pjn. in the Brandeis Auditori
The Clvif Fund Committee
under the chairmanship of Mrs.
Evaughn Rogprs Gideon and
Mise Wilma Perry gave the
show in order to raise money
to purchase eye glasses for
Omaha's needy school children.
This show featured lovely
spring fashions for the style
conscious lady of the business
world. The collection was
sprinkled with a number of
accessories and cocktail dress
With the assistance of Brun
dels Store, the Women's Di
vision make* annual ccmtrlbu*
lion* to Omahn's public and
parochial schools to help needy
children toward better »lght
Door prizes were awarded.
"Grace be to you end peace from God the Father, and from
our Lord Jesus Christ." As we told you in our letter of January
3rd, we do lament the fact that many of our members, for one
reason or the other have not given their full support. This we
do feecl very keenly. Every member counts one and we do not
have a single, member to lose. In the fifteenth chapter of the
gospel of Luke the Master spake a parable concerning the lost
coin; the lost sheep, and the lost son. It is clearly pointed out
that the owner of the coin that was lost; the shepherd of the
sheep that went astray, and the father of the son who wandered
Into a far country were equally concerned about each that they
put forth every effort, and gave themselves no rest until they
had been recovered. Likewise we are deeply concerned about
each member whom we do not see from week to week; month
to month us the days come and go. Like as the father prayed
and longed for the return of his son, so we do pray and long for
your return.
The Re-Registration of the 1958 membership will continue
through the month of February. By a vote of the church every
member that is to remain a member must Re Register at some
time during the month of February. Remember we are anxious
ly awaiting your coming Sunday and every Sunder there after,
as possible.
Your Minister.
Rev J. C. WAi>E
Y. W. C. A. Center Active During Feb.
Special Meeting
A meeting of interest to those
working with groups will be
held on Thursday noon, Febru
ary 20, at the YMCA, 17th and
Marney St. A panel of Social
Workers will discuss the topic:
Human Relations in Social
Welfare in Our Community
— Some Progress: some
Problems: some Possibili
On the panel will be Mes
dames Henry Hoyer and Sol
Littman, and Milton Lewis and
Rev. E. T. Streeter. Meeting will
be a luncheon, in the Log Cab
in Room of the YMCA. All in
terested persons are welcome.
For additional information, one
may call Mrs. Mosely, at Wood
son Center, or Mrs. Turner at
■ the YWCA Center.
YWCA Center Notes
Mrs. Wanaseebee Fletcher,
announces the first in a series
of Sunday afternoon meetings,
entitled “Ideals of Faith”. Ac
cording to Mrs. Fletcher, per
sons attending will have op
portunity to explore their "spir
itual minds” — and to discover
each for himself, those ideals of
his faith that mean most in
these times of stress and strain.
This first session will be held ]
on Sunday afternoon, February,
16, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hostess for this first meeting
will be Mrs. Leroy Gude, and
leader for the talk-it-over peri
od will be Mrs. Thelma Han
cock. Meeting will be at the
Center, 28th Avenue at Miami
Street. All are welcome to come
and spend an hour with friends
and neighbors.
‘Harmony in Living’
Coming on Wednesday, Feb
ruary 19th, at 8 p.m. will be an
other in the current series on
“Harmony in Living”. At thi9
time the group, which is spon
sored by the Urban League
and the YWCA, will discuss
harmony in our international
relations. Here to help will be
Mrs. Aley McKie, Jr., and mem
bers of the YSWCA Public Af
fairs Committee. The group
holds informal discussion, with
plenty of time for fellowship
and refreshments. All are wel
Kitchenette Readied
A small kitchenette is being
readied off the main Lounge
at the Center. This will mean
more convenience for groups
meeting on the upper level.
Mrs. Shirley Yancey is, of the
House Committee welcomes all
groups to explore the facilities
at the Center. Make it your
meeting place with friends.
Loraine White
Mrs. Loraine White, age 55
years, of 2209 No. 28 Ave., ex
pired Saturday Febr. 8, 1958
at a local hospital.
A native of Tyler, Texas, she
has been an Omaha resident 27
She is survived by her hus
band, Wesley White, Sr.; 4 sons,
Wesley, Jr., James Edward,
Clifford L. and William of Oma
ha; 5 daughters, Mts. Lillian
M. Hawkins of Los Angeles,
Calif., Mrs. Dorothy Mae Alex
ander of Omaha; Mrs. Velma J.
Marion of Los Angeles, Calif.,
Mrs. Evelyn L. Liggins of San
Francisco, Calif., Mrs. Etta Mae
Pace of Omaha; 4 sisters; 27
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