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VOL. 1. NO. 25.
Over 200 at Annual
Community House
■The sixth annual meeting of the
Hallie Q. Brown Community House
held on Jan. 17, 1935, was a huge
success. The dinner meeting at
7:00 p. m., was the occasion for
the socially and civic minded citi
zens of the Saintly City, as well as
friends, to spending an evening in
viewing the activities of this recre
ational and educational center.
The auditorium was arranged to
seat 225 dinner guests who showed
their fine sense of loyalty and ap
preciation by being among those
who enjoyed the anniversary meet
ing. The tables were beautifully
decorated with fresh cut flowers
and yellow tapers. At each place
was a unique favor made of empty
spools, fashioned to represent a pot
of growing flowers. These favors
were made by the children of the
Community House.
Preceding the program the elec
tion of officers for the ensuing
year were as follows: Dr. V. D.
Turner was elected to serve the
7th year as president of the or
ganization, Louis W. Hill, Jr.,
Chairman of the Executive Board,
M. T. Mears, Treasurer. The new
members elected to the Board were
Ralph Smalley, Rev. Wm. E. Guy,
and Mrs. L. Aull.
The guest speaker of the eve
ning was A. A. Heckman, who was
introduced by the house director,
Miss I. Myrtle Carden. He spoke
on the “Values of a Recreational
Center in These Times of Depres
sion.” The address was well re
ceived. A skit, written by Estelle
Luckie, was a clever resume of the
why and wherefore of Girl Re
serves, Camp Fire Girls, and Boy
Scouts. Folk dances were cleverly
interpreted by Janeabelle Murphy,
Elizabeth Walker, Rebecca Mc-
Cracken and Carolyn Combs. Two
groups of choral numbers were
rendered by the Choral Girls of the
house. Following this the program
of the house activities were unique
ly displayed in the form of a pa
rade. Each club group was rep
resented by a member who carried
a large yellow placard with black
printing to designate the organi
zation represented by him. This
parade was led by the Kindergar
ten children.
After the program the guests
were invited to inspect the exhibi
tion of work done by the Kinder
garten, Woodcraft and Handcraft
classes, as well as the Mothers*
Club. Some of the novel pieces no
ticed were colorful rag rugs, hand
drawn linens, varied assortment of
woolen scarves, leather key cases,
wallets, beaded bags, purses, neck
laces, and bracelets, woven string
hot dish mats, house dresses, resty
led hats, dainty tea aprons, and oil
cloth luncheon sets.
In the audience from Phyllis
Wheatley House was Miss Ger
trude Brown from FERA ad
ministration were Arthur Arm
strong and L. Nelson; from Y. W.
C. A., Mrs. Florence Bradshaw, and
Miss Constance Currie of the St.
Paul Neighborhood House.
This meeting marks the begin
ning of a new and better year for
the House, as well as a year of
even more interest and apprecia
tion by the citizenry.
Courteous attention is gladly
given to all who call our office for
advertising or printing services.
who will begin a two weeks’ revival at Bethesda Baptist church, Min*
neapolis, Sunday. After his Minneapolis engagement he will conduct a
revival at Pilgrim Baptist church, St. Paul.
Bethesda Baptist church, 1118
Sth Street So., Minneapolis, will
hold revival services beginning
Sunday, January 27, and continuing
through Feb. 10.
The Evangelist, Rev. A. W. Ross
of Jefferson City, Mo., comes highly
recommended by the Rev. Lee W.
Harris of Pilgrim Baptist church,
St. Paul.
Preparations for full publicity,
music, prayer meetings and other
features of a successful religious
meeting have been arranged by
committees of the church.
Beginning Sunday the meetings
will continue each night at 8 o’clock
until the close.
Members of other church choirs
are invited to join with Bethesda’s
choirs to permit a large outpouring
of the spirit through the medium
of song.
All church heads and members
of Twin City churches are urged
to lend assistance and by a large
attendance help Bethesda to make
this an outstanding spiritual re
Three speakers will discuss dif
ferent phases of the Negro’s con
tribution to civilizations of the
world on the program to be pre
sented by the Women’s Auxiliary
of the Urban League at Camphor
Memorial church Sunday, February
3, 7:30 p. m.
African backgrounds from the
standpoint of the Negro’s contribu
tion to early civilizations will be
discussed by James Williams of St.
Paul who is a thorough student of
the subject, Mrs. Hattie Smith,
president Women’s Auxiliary, will
speak on the Negro in Art and
Literature and John Frederick
Thomas, M. A. of the University of
Minnesota is to speak on the His
tory and Accomplishments of the
Negro in America. In addition to
these addresses there will be music
and other interesting features. The
public is cordially invited.
Saint Paul, Minnesota, Friday, January 25, 1935
John La Coste, one of the best
known Twin Citians, leaves next
week for Philadelphia where he
will enter business in partnership
with relatives of his former em
Mr. La Coste was employed for
19 years with the McGee family
of St. Paul hotel owners. He be
came during that time the most
valued employee of the pioneer
hotel owners. So much so that he
was considered a member of the
McGee family and was handsomely
remembered in the wills of the
In 1921 he entered the contract
ing business. A bank failure lost
him over $15,000 so he sold his
business and returned to Minne
apolis and St. Paul.
For the past two years he has
held responsible positions on vari
ous excavating projects in nearby
Mr. La Coste leaves St. Paul and
Minneapolis with the best wishes
of his inumerable friends.
Gopher lodge of Elks is again
presenting the popular maestro
Rook Ganz and His Cotton Club
Orchestra at the Elks’ Rest, 207
West Central Ave., Sunday after
noon, 2:30 p. m., until.
This is the second appearance
of the Ganz band in St. Paul. Two
weeks ago a packed house was on
hand to greet them. E. O. Pearce
and his committee of Elks, includ
ing A. J. Lewis, the Gopher ex
alted ruler, invite the public to
come out and enjoy the afternoon.
Every Advertiser is a Friend
—Readers, Get Friendly!
All of the dances, entertain
ments, etc. advertised in this news
paper are usually successful be
cause the people read this newspa
per line by line, page by page.
There is a reason.
As a result of consistent organ
ized support of the conservative
group in the late election the
Negro, according to Talmadge B.
Carey, member of the Republican
State Central Committee and the
Hennepin County G. O. P. Commit
tee, has received a larger number
of legislative appointments than
ever before given him. These
places are all in the house and
Mr. Carey wonders why members
of the senate, like Donald Wright,
Gerald F. Mullin and Walter Wolf,
all of whom were loyally supported
by their colored constituents, did
not remember the group in senate
placements. There is still oppor
tunity, reasons Mr. Carey, for this
omission to be corrected and he
confidently expects that the pres
ent appointments will be increased.
Those who have received ap
pointments are: Miss Helen Waters
and Burie Carmichael, Minneapo
lis, as stenographer and page, and
Messrs. L. Shackleford and W.
Grigsby in St. Paul, janitors; Rev.
D. A. Beasley, Duluth, check room.
Homer Smith, Sr.,
Dies Following
Short Illness
The sudden death of Homer
Smith, Sr., announced Tuesday,
Jan. 22, shocked his many friends
in Minneapolis, for it was not be
lieved that his illness, though seri
oasf would result fatally.
Mr. Smith, who was 60 years of
age, was rushed to the hospital by
his wife, Mrs. Martha Smith, who
rushed home from a visit with
relatives in Chicago ten days ago
when she received a telegram tell
ing of his serious condition. Mr.
Smith was operated upon as soon
as he reached the hospital but
failed to rally, passing away early
Tuesday morning.
The deceased was a well known
figure in Minneapolis, where he has
lived for many years. He was
highly thought of by his old
cronies in the down town old Fed
eral district. His son, Homer
Smith, Jr., is now in Russia hold
ing a responsible position with the
government where he went follow
ing his resignation from a similar
employ in this city.-
In addition his wife and son
Homer, Mr. Smith is survived by
a large family of relatives, among
them: Two sisters, Mrs. Eliza
beth Gant of Washington, D. C.,
and Mrs. Clara Lewis of St. Louis,
Mo.; four daughter, Mesdames
Evangeline S. Everett, Natele S.
Smith, Earline S. Truman, and
Carlotta S. Brown; one grand
daughter, Peggie M. Everett, and
three grandsons, Walter Truman,
Jr., Homer Smith Truman, Daniel
Harding, all of Chicago, 111.
Funeral services were held Fri
day, January 25, from St. Peter
A. M. E. church, the Rev. C. F.
Stewart officiating, assisted by the
Rev. Wm. E. Guy. Burial in Crys
tal Lake cemetery. The Neal Fu
neral Home in charge.
The Masai lad of equatorial Af
rica shows respect to warriors, to
whom he dares not speak. When he
salutes an elder, wishing him long
life, the old man spits In acknowl
The Dot We Live On
The earth seems to us so great
that we cannot really understand
how great it Is, yet It Is bnt a little
dot In the immense solar system,
which is 500,000 times as great
Bernhard Andersen, Conductor,
takes pleasure in presenting the
following musical program at the
St. Paul Forum, Sunday, Jan. 27,
1935, at 4:00 P. M. (1) Morning,
Noon, and Night—Overture, Von
Suppe; (2) Ballet Music from
“Faust,” Gounod; (a) Entrance of
the Trojan Maidens; (b) Solo
Dance of Helen; (c) Bacchanale.
(3) Adagio Pathetique, B. Godard;
(4) (a) Serenade Nicoise, Volpatti;
(b) Turkey in the Straw, Guion;
(5) Melodies from “The Desert
Song,” Romberg; (6) Finlandia—
Tone Poem, Sibelius; (7) Blue Dan
ube Waltz, Joh. Strauss.
Crowd Attends
O.E.S. Banquet
The Get-together club of Pride
of the West, O. E. S., lowa Juris
diction, entertained last Friday
evening, January 18, at a get-to
gether at the Phyllis Wheatley
House. Many members of the
jurisdiction from the Twin Cities
were in attendance. Tables deco
rated with colored lights filled the
assembly hall. At the speakers’
table were seated Mrs. Eva Abbey,
P. W. G. M. of Electa Grand Chap
ter, lowa Jurisdiction, Mrs. Maud
M. Brewton, W. G. M. of Electa
Chapter, lowa Jurisdiction, Past
Matrons of the Pride of the West,
Mrs. Ursula Botts, a representative
from the Nebraska Jurisdiction,
Samuel Ransom, P. G. P., Minne
sota, O. E. S.
Mrs. Abbey, who in addition to
her other titles is the International
Treasurer of the United States and
Canada O. E. S., was mistress of
ceremonies. She introduced the
following program: Invocation,
the Rev. T. B. Stovall, presiding
elder of the lowa District; an in
strumental piano number by Byron
Doty; Geo. Johnson, P. G. M., Min
nesota Masons, remarks substitut
ing for Chester Johnson, the G. M.;
solo, Mrs. Josephine Ballenger;
solo, Gladys Harris; quartette, the
Progressive quartette, the Misses
Renix Mercedes Calhoun, and Mrs.
Dessa Gresham; solo, Claude Bur
naugh; Mrs. Maud Hoage speaking
for the St. Paul chapter and the
guest of honor, Mrs. Maud M.
Brewton, W. G. M., of Electa Chap
ter, O. E. S., lowa Jurisdiction.
Under the direction of Mrs. Car
rie Neal, general chairman and a
corps of women of the order a
bounteous and appetizing dinner
was prepared and served. The oc
casion was a very happy one with a
large and enthusiastic audience
that listened with rapt attention to
the very excellent and practical ad
vice given by the principal speaker,
Mrs. Maud M. Brewton of Mason
City, la.
“Old Crusty,” three act play, pre
sented several weeks ago by the
Phyllis Wheatley Players, will be
repeated next Tuesday night, at
the auditorium of the settlement
house at 809 Aldrich Ave. N., Min
Those who saw the first presen
tation were loud in their praise of
the play and cast.
Your fraternal group should be
listed in this publication. Our
rates are very reasonable.
J. Weldon Johnson
Noted Leader To
Address Meeting
James Weldon Johnson, one of
the most noted of “America’s sons
of color” and perhaps the most ac
complished American of letters,
will be in the Twin Cities next
week. He comes to Minneapolis to
address the January convocation at
the University of Minnesota.
Thursday night, at the St. Paul Y.
W. C. A., at 8 p. m., he will be
presented in an address: “The Ne
gro’s Contribution to American
Civilization,” under the auspices of
a St. Paul city-wide interracial
Dr. Johnson received his A. B.
and M. A. degrees from Atlanta
university and took post-graduate
work at Columbia university.
After practicing law several years
in Florida, he moved to New York
and collaborated with his brother,
J. Rosamond Johnson, in writing
light operas.
In 1906 he was appointed United
States consul at Porto Cabello,
Venezuela, and in 1909 was named
consul at Corinto, Nicaragua. Re
turning to the United States, he
translated several Spanish plays
and was translator of the libretto
of “Goyescas,” Spanish grand
opera, produced by the Metropoli
tan Opera Company in 1915. In
1920 he left this country again, this
time to investigate misrule in
He was a contributing editor of
the New York Age for ten years
and is the author of several books
of plays and co-author of two
works on Negro spirituals. He now
is professor of creative literature
at Fisk university and visiting pro
fessor on the faculty of New York
Johnson’s best known public
work was as secretary of the Na
tional Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People, a
post which he held with distinction
for several years.
Cecil Newman, local newspaper
editor and publisher, made a brief
talk at the morning services at St.
Peter A. M. E. church last Sunday.
He asserted that the morale of the
Minneapolis Negro community was
low, charged the public utility com
panies and some white firms with
gross discrimination against the
Negro in the matter of employ
ment. He further urged the audi
ence to support only those firms
which do have Negroes in their em

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