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VOL. 1, No. 49
Olson’s Naming
of West Causes
Wide Resentment
A veritable storm of disapproval
was voiced by countless Negrp
Minnesotans Tuesday following the
appearance of a news story in the
Minneapolis Star which told of the
appointment by Governor Floyd B.
Olson of Daniel L. H. West “to
represent the Negro race of Min
nesota” at the Pacific Exposition
at San Diego, California.
In view of West’s known record
published in the Star and other
papers, colored citizens felt that
Governor Olson held the entire
group in Minnesota up to nation
wide ridicule when he picked West
to represent this state.
The appointment is a purely
honorary one, carrying no salary
or traveling expenses.
In a letter reproduced in the
editorial section the publisher of
this paper caustically took Gover
nor Olson to task for West’s ap
Other citizens from all walks of
life are loud in their denunciation
of Governor Olson’s action.
U.B.F.’s and
SMT.’s Hold
Joint Session
Joint Session Indicates Revival of
One of the largest and most suc
cessful joint sessions conducted by
S. M. T. Temples in many years
■was held in St. Paul Monday eve
ning, when Corinthian Temple No.
132, St. Paul, was host to Queen
Esther Temple No, and Min
netonka Lodge No. 159, U. B. F.’s
of Minneapolis.
The initiating teams of both
temples united in conferring de
grees and obligations on a large
class of men and women from both
Mrs. Naomi Thomas of St. Paul,
National Deputy Princess, pre
sided, assisted by Mrs. Inez Ford,
Vice-Princess of Corinthian tem
ple; Mrs. Ida Alvis, Worthy Prin
cess of Queen Esther Temple; Mrs.
Hilda Parker, also of Queen Esther
Temple; Mrs. Ella Alice Jackson,
Mrs. Mattie King, Mrs. Mary Lee
Parks, and Mrs. Lezar Howard, all
officers of Corinthian Temple.
Members of Minnetonka Lodge,
who were given higher degrees
were: J. W. Pate, Dr. Robert
Hatch, Joseph Tyner, C. J. Mc-
Leod, Thomas Galbreath and C. E.
Newman. Other Minnetonka offi
cers present were 0. Benford, act
ing worthy master, and Theodore
Woodard and Clarence Miller.
A committee to arrange for the
entertainment of H. E. Russell,
National Grand Master of the U.
B. F.’s, who is scheduled to come
to Minnesota for an official visit
some time during the month, was
named. It will meet Saturday
night in Minneapolis.
The Leslie Lawrence Post No.
497 of the American Legion boasts
as having the only Negro Junior
League Baseball Team in the
United States.
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Jos. D. Ware, newest trustee of
Ames Lodge, who is also head of
the Minnesota State Past Exalted
Jos. D. Ware
Rulers Council. Joe Ware is one
of the best known figures in the
Minnesota Club
Woman Leader
To Convention
Mrs. Milton Shanks, 3712
Fourth Avenue S., president of the
Minnesota Association of Colored
Women, and president of the East
ern District Association, is leaving
Tuesday night to attend the na
tional meeting at Cleveland, Ohio.
She will visit other eastern points
on her return trip home. Anyone
wishing to take advantage of the
special rates to Cleveland, pro
vided for by the convention, get in
touch with Mrs. Shanks, Lo. 2449.
Jimmy Slemmons, salesman for
the Goodrich-Silvertown Stores, lo
cated at Columbus and Lake Street
and at 209 South Washington, is
the only colored salesman in Min
neapolis employed by one of the
larger tire and accessories con
Will Sell You Radio
Jimmy told a representative of
this paper that he is selling the
famous Motorola, super-power
auto radios, like “hot cakes.”
Convenient Credit
No money is required down at
Goodrich-Silvertown. Jimmy or
any of the Goodrich-Silvertown
people are prepared and waiting
to serve those motorists who want
a real buy on auto radios.
Jesse Hutchraft
Jesse Hutchraft, assistant man
ager of the Elks’ Rest, who is
serving his fourth term as es
teemed leading knight of Ames
Thomas Galbreath, pioneer Min
neapolis business man, member of
Ames Lodge for over 20 years, who
is esteemed lecturing knight.
Thomas Galbreath
Four Hundred
Sign Petition
For Workers
Four hundred customers of the
Keystone Bar, located at 644 Sixth
Avenue North, signed a petition
promising to stop drinking beer
manufactured by Minneapolis
breweries unless such concerns hire
some colored workers.
The petition was aimed at the
Minneapolis Brewing Co., 1215
Marshall Avenue N. E., a concern
which has long enjoyed the friend
ship of many Minneapolis colored
people but which has no colored
The petition was presented to
Dan Snyder, one of the managers
of the Keystone Bar, who carried
it to the Minneapolis Brewery on
Monday morning. Brewery offi
cials explained “tearfully” how it
was impossible to hire colored
workers because none of them be
longed to the union.
Unions Won’t O. K. Negroes
A representative of the Spokes
man and the Recorder communi
cated with William Delwaide, busi
ness agent of the Twin City
brewers, bottlers and drivers, who
said there was no color bar in the
constitution of the three local
unions he represented, but that he
doubted that Negroes would be ad
mitted to membership. He gave
this statement as his personal
Use Yankee and Engesser Beer
Meantime numerous citizens,
white and black, are calling for the
brews of Yankee Brewery of St.
Paul and Engesser Brewery of St.
Peter, Minn., who both employ
colored drivers. Many have ex
pressed themselves as through
with the product of Minneapolis
and St. Paul breweries until they
employ some colored help.
Some People Are
Doing Big Things;
Read About It In
This Paper
Angelo Herndon, victim of
Georgia’s chain gang persecution,
will speak in St. Paul, tomorrow
night, Saturday, at 8 p. m., at Hol
low Skating rink on West Central
Leading Elks
Ames Lodge No. 106, I. B. P. 0.
E. W., recently installed its officers
for the ensuing term beginning
July 1. Among those installed
J. W. Pate ”
were J. W. Pate, Minneapolis real
estate and insurance man, who be
gan his fourth term as exalted rul
E. L. Boyd
Edward L. Boyd, for several
years treasurer of Ames Lodge, is
also th© grand deputy of this dis
trict, the highest ranking Elk in
the state. Other officers including
Dr. W. D. Brown and Geo. W. Hall,
trustees; C. E. Newman, financial
secretary; George Southall, tiler;
Clyde Williams, Esquire, and
others are not shown.
Theo. Woodard
Theodore Woodard, young Min
neapolis business man, is inner
guard in Ames Lodge.
Mill Citians
Obtain Jobs
For People
Two other firms located in the
Sixth Avenue North community
have hired colored workers.
A picket, employed by the
Citizens Community Union on one
Northside restaurant two weeks
ago, resulted in the employment of
one man at the cafe at a wage of
approximately SBO per month.
Late last week a committee,
headed by Mose Strange, consist
ing of Pascal Comodore, Bill Tay
lor, and Wilson Earl, called on
various Northside stores to ascer
tain their attitude on the employ
ment of colored citizens in that
section. Adlin’s Grocery, located
at the corner of Sixth Avenue and
Aldrich, has employed a young
woman as a clerk and Landy’s
Market, corner of Lyndale Place
and Sixth Avenue, now have a
youth doing various tasks about
the store.
The committee has not been able
to locate Ben Rackner, owner of
the largest grocery. Rackner got
his start off of colored people’s
William Griffin,
Talented Local
Youth, Dead
The expected death of William
“Billee” Griffin, of St. Paul, oc
curred Thursday morning at 2:30
a. m. Funeral services for the
talented and youthful dramatic
class teacher are tentatively set
for Saturday morning, July 13th,
at 10:30 a. m., from St. Phillips
Episcopal church.
Seriously ill for the past three
weeks, confined in a hospital for
two weeks, doctors gave up hope
of saving his life several days ago.
Prominent in amateur theatricals,
active in the social life of the two
cities, the young man who was
only 21 years’ old, was well known
and liked in the Twin Cities.
Macalester Graduate
A graduate of Mechanics Art
high school and of Macalester Col
lege “Billee,” as he was affection
ately known by countless people,
young and old, was of the distinct
ly artistic type and a bright future
was predicted for him.
Directed Plays
His best known local work was
as director of the “Brownfield
Follies,” the Hallie Q. Brown Com
munity House’s annual musical
production usually written and
directed by him. Much praise was
also given him for his superb di
rection of a series of one act plays
which were presented for the past
two years at monthly “studio for
The deceased was son of Mrs.
Lorena Griffin, who survives him.
He was born in Seattle, Washing
ton, Oct. 14, 1914. For the past 18
years he has resided in St. Paul.
Other survivors include his brother,
James Griffin, and his grand
mother, Mrs. Lenora Cox.
Famous Chicago
Orchestra at
Aragon Monday
The Carroll Dickerson orchestra
of Chicago, headed by the popular
Dickerson himself direct from Chi
cago’s famed Grand Terrace Cafe,
will play for a dance at the Aragon
Ballroom, Monday night, July 15.
Announcement of this famous
band’s coming went around the two
towns like wildfire and the Aragon
(the old Arcadia) is sure for a
packed house Monday night

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