S ST. PA UL RECORDER
VOLUME 1, NO. 11
Three Day Celebration
In Honor of Zion Pastor
ZION BAPTIST HONORS
PASTOR AND WIFE
The fifth anniversary of the Rev.
H. W. Botts of the Zion Baptist
Church, Minneapolis, coupled with
the return of the pastor and his
wife from a month’s vacation gave
to the church the opportunity for
a three day celebration in which
the members, officers and the sev
eral auxiliaries together with all
the church departments joined.
Celebration Began Wednesday
Wednesday evening the festiv
ities began with a program spon
sored by the church officers and
their wives with B. Danner as
Master of Cerernonies.
The chief feature of the evening
presented a fireplace filled with
logs, each log bearing on its face
a letter and together spelling the
words “Homecoming.” The fur
ther significance of this picture was
explained by Mrs. Anna B. Lewis
as showing the important relation
between each member and the
church —each letter the beginning
of a vital slogan, as honor,
CHOIR AND USHER BOARD
The usher board and the choir
sponsored the Thursday program.
C. E. Newman, Minneapolis
Spokesman editor, was the prin
cipal speaker. Excellent music was
furnished by Mrs. Mildred Mande
ville, soloist; Messrs. Johnson,
Wade, Henderson and Brown, well
known quartette, and a reading,
“Give Them the Flowers Now,” an
appropriate rendition by Mrs.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND
B. Y. P. U.
Friday night ended the celebra
tion with the young people of the
Sunday school and the B. Y. P. U.
presenting the largest program of
the series. Mrs. M. E. Bell was
Mistress of Ceremonies. Paul E.
Turner discussed church loyalty
and co-operation with the pastor.
A very beautiful three-layer cake,
provided by the church and pre
pared by Mrs. J. E. Chandler,
decorated with five candles em
blematic of the five years of serv
ice of the pastor, was presented
to Rev. and Mrs. Botts. It was the
center of interest and admiration.
At the same time a handsome hand
painted plate and cake knife were
given to Mrs. Botts by the ladies.
Children Raise Offering
The children sang some very
sweet songs and later six little
boys and six little girls each bear
ing a box with the name of a
month of the year on it came to
the front of the church and invited
Rev. H. W. Botts.
the audience to give its offering in
the box having the birth month of
Rev. and Mrs. Botts responded
to the gracious words and gifts of
their membership and friends after
which the large gathering was
served free ice cream and cake.
Each evening of the entertainment
the church was well filled with the
members and friends of Zion.
S. Ed Hall Praises
Last Sunday afternoon at a
meeting of the Square Deal Club,
in the presence of 150 interested
persons, S. Ed. Hall spoke in par
ticularly glowing terms of Paul N.
Coates, candidate for County Sur
The representative of the Re
corderXsked Mr. Hall the why of
tW*special urge for Mr. Coates.
His face glowed and he answered
“Why?” And then he explained:
“Within the last ten years there
has been a drying up of the lakes
of Minnesota. Many a Ramsey
County pleasure resort and beauty
spot was about to become an ex
panse of tall grass. The water
would have been gone except for
the resourcefulness of the County
Board, advised by the County Sur
veyor, Paul N. Coates.
Mr. Coates, Mr. Hall stated, de
vised a system of fourteen deep
wells and as many pumps to assist
nature. The last of those pumps
was placed at Round Lake, where
about one-fourth of the shore line
is owned by Negroes. Negropho
bia broke out, according to Mr.
Hall. Coates stood his ground.
There are ten feet of water in the
lake. Time and again the question
is asked as to the why of “so much
expense for niggers.” In the com
ing election Paul N. Coates, pres
ent County Surveyor, Mr. Hall
said, is threatened with martyr
dom because he dared to be fair in
the conduct of a public office.
The Minneapolis Sunday Forum
had the first meeting of the season
Sunday, Oct. 7. There was an elec
tion of officers as follows: Presi
dent, Mr. Curtis Chivers; vice
president, Mrs. Mae Marshall; Miss
Marionne Peebles, secretary; treas
urer, Mrs. Mildred Strader; jour
nalist, Mr. Earl Shamwell; critic,
Mr. William M. Smith.
Mrs. Blanche Mason gave an in
teresting word picture of the
Negro pageant “Sing a New Song.”
On Sunday, Oct. 21, Mr. Max
Schwartz speaks on the subject
“As Others See Us.” Mr. Schwartz
is a teacher under the Adult Edu
cation; a graduate of the Univer
sity of Minnesota, and of the Min
neapolis and St. Paul Art schools,
also studied in the Chicago Art
School. Mr. Schwartz is primarily
interested in color and design in
Clothing and Interior decoration.
The immediate Forum programs
following Mr. Schwartz will pre
sent John Ackers on Nov. 4, “Mur
der for Profit”; Nov. 18, “Why
Europe Faces War”; Edward Kane,
speaker. Other programs will be
St. Paul, Minnesota, Friday, October 19, 1934
OZE EDWARD SIMMONS, Halfback, 170 lbs., 5 ft. 11 in., 19 years,
lowa Class, 1937, Home, Ft. Worth, Texas
Simmons, lowa Star
(lowa University News Service)
Oze Edward Simmons was born
in Gainesville, Tex., June 22, 1915.
After his family moved to Ft.
Worth, he went to Terrell high
school and was all-state halfback
for three years when his school
won the Texas Negro school cham
He won eleven high school let
ters in four sports—football, bas
ketball, baseball, and track. Dur
ing his senior year, he won the
state Colored school 100-yard dash
title in 09.9.
His first experience in athletic
competition against white men oc
curred in the University of lowa’s
football game with South Dakota
here Sept. 29.
Heard of Others
Simmons and his older brother,
Don, cam? to lowa because they
heard of Ossie Solem as a fine
coach and because they knew that
other Negro youths had succeeded
as members of Hawkeye teams.
Among these were Edward Gordon,
Olympic broad jump champion of
1932; Duke Slater, second all-
American tackle in 1921; Wendell
Benjamin, another tackle of the
early thirties; and Orthel Roberts,
sprinter of a decade ago.
He works as a car-washer in a
local garage during his odd hours,
doing much of his labor at night.
When he was down in his studies at
the end of his freshman year, he
stayed here during the summer and
doggedly made up work to become
eligible. He loves football and was
persistent in his desire to play for
As a freshman, Simmons ap
peared in scrimmage against the
varsity only a few times, but did
some sensational returning of
punts and open field running. He
is proud of his tricky footwork, his
sudden burst of speed, baffling
change of pace, and deft dodging.
He often makes an ambitious
tackler look foolish, as he pivots off
in a different direction.
A 5 Yard Average
In lowa’s first three games, he
averaged 5 yards per trial in at
tempts from scrimmage. He made
166 yards in the Northwestern
game, his first Big Ten contest, and
returned seven punts for a total
of 124 yards, also running 47 yards
for a touchdown.
Simmons is Very reticent, almost
apologetic about his success and
abashed by the blaze of publicity.
His reaction to the many column
inches of praise after his brilliant
performance against Northwestern
was: “Shucks, I couldn’t do any
of that running without the block
ing of such swell players as Crayne
and Fisher and the resit. It sure
is a lot of fun to play football with
Brother Don—Publicity Man
Since Oze does not like to talk
about himself, he leaves that de
tail to his brother, Don, 22 years
old, 6 feet, and 177 pounds, who is
spokesman for the pair. Don is al
ways ready to expand upon the
subject of Oze’s skill, and after
each game does a rushing business
autographing programs with Oze’s
name. Don is an lowa reserve
end who was all-state fullback on
Terrell hjgh school teams.
Oze is the first youth of his
group in lowa history to win a
regular backfield berth on a Hawk
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Scottsboro Case To
U. S. Supreme Court
The Hennepin County Political
League is sponsoring a meeting at
Elks’ Rest, 148 Highland avenue
N., Wednesday evening, Oct. 24, at
8 P. M.
Republican candidates for state
offices and candidates for county
offices will speak in their own be
half. The public is cordially in
vited to attend and hear the issues
discussed. Special entertainment
has been arranged for your pleas
ure. Wednesday night, Oct. 24, at
By Oscar DePriest
In S t r o n g Letter
A letter from Congressman
Oscar DePriest of Chicago received
by Congressman Einar Hoidale,
Democratic candidate for the Sen
ate, leaves no doubt in the mind
as to how much the Illinois solon
thinks of Einar Hoidale. DePriest
called Hoidale’s vote on the capitol
restaurant case “an evidence of his
J. Louis Ervin and 0. C. Hall of
St. Paul are also staunch sup
porters of Mr. Hoidale’s candidacy.
Hoidale was among those north
ern Democrats who dared the
wrath of southern party members
and signed the petition to investi
gate discriminatory methods in
Hoidale will have a host of sup
porters among the colored voters,
his friends assert. Democratic Na
tional Committeeman Joseph
Wolf’s hearty endorsement of Hoi
dale helped sell him to Ramsey
Copnty colored voters.
LARGE CROWD AT WHEATLEY
One of the largest interracial
crowds in the history of Minne
apolis gathered at the Tenth An
niversary observance at Phyllis
Wheatley House Wednesday night.
The celebration was a grand suc
cess. Miss W. Gertrude Brown ex
pressed to representatives of this
paper her heartfelt gratitude for
the co-operation of the general
Rayfield Johnson, Minneapolis
character, was arrested Monday by
Minneapolis detectives and turned
over to St. Paul police.
He is being held by St. Paul po
lice for investigation.
PRICE FIVE CENTS
CASE REACHES COURT FOR
Washington, D. C., October 19.
The so-called Scottsboro case, in
volving seven youths charged with
the rape of two white girls, reached
the Supreme Court of the United
States last Friday.
When the case was before the
Supreme Court in 1932, the court
reversed the conviction of the men
in the courts of Alabama on the
grounds that they were denied the
right of counsel, with the accus
tomed incidents of consultation and
opportunity of preparation for
At the second trial one of the
girls recalled her testimony of the
first trial, asserting stoutly under
a grueling cross examination, that
none of the seven youths attacked
either her or her companion.
To Begin Series
Of Bible Talks
BEACON LIGHT SEVENTH DAY
Discussing the present day hap
penings in the light of Bible
Prophecy, Evangelist A. G. Thomp
son will present a seriea of lec
tures at Pioneer Hall, 588 Rondo
street, St. Paul. Mr. Thompson
besides being a student of church
law and prophecy is a singer. In
this series of meetings he will be
assisted by the weft known Beacon
Light Jubilee choir and other Twin
City talent. Included in the series
will be a number of health lectures.
These meetings are open to the
public. They will begin Sunday
evening, Oct. 21, at 7:45, and will
continue on Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday nights. The
subjects for the week of Oct. 21
are as follows: Sunday, “The
Meaning of the World’s Unrest”;
Tuesday, “Why Doesn’t God Kill
the Devil?”; Wednesday, “The
Crash of the Empires”; Thursday,
“Will Ethiopia Rule the World?”;
and Friday, “The Question God
MRS. IDA WARREN
Mrs. Ida Warren, age 45 years,
residing at 821 West Minnehaha
avenue, St. Paul, died at Ancker
hospital, St. Paul, Thursday, Oct.
11. Funeral services were held from
the residence Monday, Oct. 15.
Rev. J. Crea of the Lutheran
Church officiating. Interment at
Oakland Cemetery. Survived by
husband, Edward Warren; son,
daughter, father, a sister, and
Neal Funeral Home, St. Paul, in
Funeral services were held
Thursday, Oct. 18, for Mrs. Mary
Frances Grimes, who died after a
short illness at the home of her
granddaughter, Mrs. Fred Palmore,
135 Hyland Avenue, Tues., Oct. 16.
Funeral rites were conducted by
the Rev. Wm. E. Guy at the St.
Peter A. M. church. Esther Lodge
of the S. M. T. and members of the
G. A. R. participated in the serv
ices. The Woodard Mortuary was
in charge. Mrs. Grimes is sur
vived by a son, Wm. Grimes, of this
city, two grandsons and one grand
daughter, all of this city; two sis
ters, Mrs. Katie Meyers and Mrs.
Ella Stewart of St Paul.
Mrs. Grimes was 77 years of age
and lived at 1015 N. sth St.
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