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City Wise M The R N< Manager Farmers Union Exchange Discharges Girl Because of Negro Friends Caroline Bell, comptometer operator in the office of the Farmers Union Central Exchange in So. St. Paul, was dismissed from her job December 27 after having been warned by E. A. Syftestad, General Manager, about her association with Negro people. Miss Bell has been in a precarious position for some months before her dismissal because the management had received a report that she had entertained a prominent St Paul Negro girl in the apartment she shares with five other girls. Miss Bell was not dismissed, however, until several days after she had joined the CIO United Of fice and Professional Workers Union, Local No. 49, which has a large Negro, as well as white, membership. In one interview with Syftestad previous to Miss Bells’s dismissal, Syftestad said, “You are doing the wrong thing by associating with colored peo ple. They are kept in their place in the South, and it is up to us as individuals to do the same thing here.” Miss Bell reminded him that one of the principles of the Farmers Union is no race prejudice. Syftes tad replied, “I know that the board of direc tors do not approve of your Negro friends. You are not going to BRING Negroes in here,” he con- Mother of Odell Waller to Address Mass Meeting at Minneapolis City Hall MOTHER OF ODELL WALLER TO SPEAK HERE Mrs. Annie Waller, mother of Odell Waller, convicted sharecrop per, will speak on behalf of her son at an open meeting Friday, Janu ary 10. The meeting will be held at 8 p. m. in the mayor’s recep tion room of the Minneapolis City Hall. Miss Pauli Murray, field investi gator for the Worker’s Defense League, will also speak. She and Mrs. Waller are at present on a nation-wide tour attempting to Harry Lewis Named to Draft Advisory Board Harry Lewis, Commander of Johnny Baker Post No. 291, Amer ican Legion, was named Associate Member Advisory Board for draft registrants from the Fourth Dis trict on December 26. MRS. LULU STEVENSON DIES Mrs. Lulu Stevenson, 149 Chi cago St., St. Paul, died Wednesday after a short illness. At press time arrangements had not been com pleted for burial. Arrangements in charge of Neal Funeral Home. Robeson Scores in Exclusion Suit Against Restaurant San Francisco, January 2.—Ac cording to the International Press, Paul Robeson, famous concert sing er, and four other Negroes scored a point today in their $22,500 dam age suit against Joe Vanessi for denying them admittance to his restaurant when the judge over ruled a demurrer filed by counsel for Vanessi and continued the case for 10 days. The Negro baritone and his companions claim the res taurant refused to admit them last November. Vanessi maintained all space was filled. Credit Union Annual Meeting Monday The Associated Negro Credit Union of the Twin Cities will hold its annual meeting at Hallie Q. Brown Community House, ’Mon day night, January 13. Annual report of the union will be presented to the members. * Sacred Concert sponsored by Pil grim Baptist Gospel Chorus Sun day, January 26, at 8 p m.—advt. I I """ —— ■ ■ ■ . - -gp; --7 : —■— sR ST. PAUL RECORDER 7, NO. 22 E. A. SYFTESTAD GIVES GIRL LECTURE ON HOW TO TREAT NEGROES “Kept in Their Place” eluded heatedly. The Farmers Union fa out standing national progressive or ganization of farmers in America. It has consistently taken a stand for racial equality and for closer co-operation between farm and la bor groups. This undermining of Farmers Union principles and pro gram by the local business mana ger has repeatedly been denounced by. Farmers Union people. It has been interpreted as a diliberate at tempt to besmirch the progressive reputation of the Farmers Union. Seek Miss Bell’s Re-instatement The United Office and Profes sional Workers Union, Local No. 49, is taking the lead in the fight to re-instate Miss Bell and to rid the Farmers Union of the anti- Negro, anti-labor policy of Syftes tad. Is Youth Council Member The Youth Council, of which Miss Bell is a prominent member, and the NAACP will be asked to participate in the struggle, Mary Sutherland, chairman of the Union Defense Committee, stated. raise funds for the defense of Odell Waller. Waller shot and killed his land lord during an argument over crops and was scheduled to be hanged on December 27. A stay of execu tion has l>een granted to permit an appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court. Mrs. Waller and Miss Murray will be in the Twin Cities the 9, 10, and 11 of January. The Friday evening meeting is being sponsored by the Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP and the Twin City Work er’s Defense League. Mrs. W.M. Smith Seriously 11l Mrs. Katherine L. Smith, wife of W. M. Smith, newspaperman, is ill at her home at 2441 sth Ave. So. She has been ill for about three weeks. Beatrice Schuck Named Librarian at Texas School Miss Beatrice Schuck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Schuck, 599 Rondo Ave., St. Paul, last week accepted a post as librarian at Til lotson College, Austin, Texas. She received the appointment while she was visiting her paternal grandmother in Topeka, enroute home from the A.K.A. sorority boule in Kansas City. Miss Schuck received her degree in Library Science from the Uni versity of Minnesota in June, 1940. She is 19 years old, and was active in the youth movements in St. Paul. For years she was an active force in the Elite club. Leon Barnett New Manager at Elks Rest At the regular meeting of Ames Lodge Number 106, IBPQEW, Monday, January 6, Leon Barnett, well-known Twin City Club man, was named the new manager of Ames Lodge, replacing the present manager, Orville Garth. Mr. Barnett’s recent connection has been with a northside Minne apolis public entertainment place. Many a housewife meets the postman Friday morning with a smile because he brings this paper with him.—Advt. ST. PAI SPEAKER DR. WALLACE W. ROBBINS Pastor of Unity Church, St. Paul, who will deliver the principal ad dress at the annual meeting of Hal lie Q. Brown Community House, next Thursday night, January 16 Washington Heads South - Central Center Board NEW MINNEAPOLIS COMMUN ITY CENTER ELECTS OF FICERS AND BOARD C. W. Washington wrf§ elected first president of the board of di rectors of the newly - organized South Central Community Center at a meeting of the incorporators last Thursday night, January 2. Other officers named were Lubin Boehme, first vice-president; Mrs. Chas. Curry, second vice-president; C. A. Hughes, secretary; and A. E. Jordan, treasurer. Board members named were Andrew Clark, Robert Marshall, Mrs. C. L. Mason, Mrs. Ethel Un derwood, E. J. Hardaker, Rev. Leonard Hirman, Cecil E. Newman, E. H. Payne, Leo Bohanon, T. B. Carey, C. L. Mason, Rev. M. L. Hogarth, Rev. Geo. Helliwell, Rev. C. F. Stewart, T. A. Miller and E. H. Payne. Army Wants 10 Men For Fort Crook, Neb. Captain Harold G. Blinkenberg, of the Minneapolis Recruiting Of fice, announces that a quota has been received in this District to enlist ten (10) colored men for the Quartermaster, Corps Area Ser vice Command „to be stationed at Fort Crook, Neb.—just outside of Omaha. These vacancies are especially desirable because of the character of the positions open, one clerk typist, one auto-mechanic, one cook, one baker, five car or truck drivers, and one basic soldier are wanted to enlist immediately. The term of enlistment is for three years and the requirements are that the men selected must be be tween the ages of 18 and 34, inclu sive, unmarried with no depen dents, and in good health. These vacancies will be filled rather promptly so it is strongly urged that all young men interest ed, apply at once to the Minneapo lis Recruiting Office, 182 Federal Office Building, 2nd Ave. So. and Washington. In Your Paper... • News about local people, your friends and neighbors, given you while it’s news. • Editorials concerning local prob lems, written by persons familiar and sympathetic with them. • Comment from the Negro Press from all parts of the nation. • Features such as “Inquisitive Sal,” “Listen to This,” “Abbe Wai lace,” “Poetic Thoughts,” “Twin Town Talk” (the two towns’ killer diller and most widely-read col umn). • Advertisements from many of the leading firms in the community all anxious to serve our readers and appreciating their patronage. • “In the Sportlight,” by Jimmy Lee, written by an athlete who knows “what it’s all about.” • AND a policy of news presenta tion and editorial policy which has gained for it notice all over the nation. NN., rIAJF ... KM ‘ ; <¥?''■■lV'^tf Eg&l^Bp:; ' • d& ''& stzaHSSa gp’-Wfc (»ssj- » - ,Js MK' ; t* Mh'* OW hL ••wjM|MBSI||Mg - iiife J j*'W .. *ff Wt y iKBI 2M. 4 In^BflHnE^x ar Vet Conquers Handicap Wo NEW YORK—“Art the Hard Way,” by Jerome Klein, one of Amer ica’s leading art critics, in the January 17th issue of FRIDAY Maga zine out today, tells of the courage and hardship of Horace Pippin, Ne gro artist, st.own above, and his struggle to become the outstanding painter he is today. Artist P’ippin is shown above as he paints a portrait of Marian Anderson as his wife sits by mending. Hallie Q. Brown House Annual Dinner Will Serve As Reminder of Its Service By Eunice Brown When the Hallie Q. Brown Community House stages its annual dinner, Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., it will be a reminder of the value of the institution in the past and a forecast of some of its activities in the future. ; Building Construction Date Among the fWfrortant announcements of the future will be the, date when consfructionof* the hew building will begin. All of the money needed for the erection of the structure has been collected, either in actual cash or reliable pledges. Negotiations for clear title to the prop erty on which the building will be placed are now complete. Robbins Main Speaker The Rev. Wallace W. Robbins, pastor of Unity Church and presi dent of the board of the St. Paul Urban League, will be the main speaker at the dinner. “Panoramicom” Another highlight of the pro gram will be a “Panoramicom.” This term is a coined word from panorama and community and will show scenes of important com munity activities sponsored by the house. It will be under the direction of T. H. Munson, director of drama, with a house group called the Twenty-one Maskers. Program Covers Wide Range The Community House program, as administered by Miss I. Myrtle Carden, director, covers a wide range of services and interests. The ages of those who are served, for example, range from under five years to eighty. The youngest group is included in the nursery school program and the oldest group is made up of citizens who have been in St. Paul forty years. These men and women call them selves “The Boys and Girls of Yes terday.” At present they are writ ing a history of Negroes in St. Paul as they have known it from personal experiences. Variety is the watchword in ac tivities which include: supper clubs, work groups, sewing, singing, read ing, play, music appreciation, crafts, lodges, church parties, civic organizations and trade unions. The most outstanding of the work groups was that which met during the past summer called the Work Camp. It was an inter-racial group which, among other things, made extensive improvements on a playground for small children. The trade unions frequently hold meet ings in the building. Art Craft Group A craft group which is directed by Dwight Reed, Jr., has an un usual activity built around animal horns. Buttons, lamps, buckles, Twin City Negro in Defense Topic of Jan. 19 Hallie Forum The regular meeting of the Hal lie Q. Brown Sunday Forum will not be held this Sunday, January 12, as planned. Instead the for- Y 10, 1941 whistles, vases and book-ends are among the creations from horns. When finished, these things re semble mother of pearl. The music appreciation groups' have been greatly helped by records and mus ic information from Miss Frances Boardman, music critic of the Pio neer Press-Dispatch. Summer Camps During 1940, the house for a third time participated in a co operative inter-racial camp pro gram at St. John’s Landing. Not only do Hallie Q. Brown young sters go to the camp for recrea tion, but members of the staff also help in the direction and planning of the program. Personal Services Across the desk of Miss Carden come many personal problems of the people who live in the neigh borhood. In her they always find a sympathetic and helpful listener. Sometimes it is a matter of talk ing things over, but whenever other service is needed, Miss Carden sees that the proper agency is in formed of the case. Interesting also is the way in which young people in the com munity assume positions of leader ship because of training and ex periences at the house. A number of them give volunteer service as they grow older in furthering the program which was so helpful to them. Recently a citizen visited an in stitution for correcting behavior problems. During the discussion the question why so few colored boys were in it came up. The di rector of the institution said, “We used to get a number of them, but we feel that the influence of the Hallie Q. Brown House now. keeps most of them out of trouble.” In discussing the dinner, Miss Carden stated that the price will be fifty cents per person. Reserva tions should be made by calling Dale 9278. ews Briefs um will be postponed until next Sunday, January 19. The topic for discussion will be “The Negro in State and National Defense/’ Speakers on the panel will be Clarence Mitchell, executive secre tary of the St Paul Urban League; Cecil Newman, editor and publish er of the Spokesman and the Re corder; Erma Clardy, public rela- Housing Administrator Coming Here; to Appear At Wheatley Sunday P. M. "ions counsel of the Council of Ne ?ro Students; and other represen tatives of the American Legior md the NAACP. Addressing the St. Paul Munici pal Forum at the Public Safety Bldg., last Sunday, Rev. C. T. R Nelson said, “The Negro expects the same place of equality and full unabridged opportunities that are accorded to every other citizen of the nation.” The next regular meeting of the Crispus Attucks Home Association will be held Thursday, January 16. at 8:30 p. m. at Hallie Q. Brown House. Hallie Q. Brown’s 75-voice Glee Club sang at the innaugural re ception of Gov. Harold Stassen Tuesday night, January .... at the state capitol. The club is directed by John Whittaker. Two out-of-town sisters of Au gustus Jones attended funeral rites for him which were held December 26. They were Mrs. Grace Som mers and Mrs. Beatrice Perry, of Indianapolis. They returned to their home December 28. Estyr Bradley, St. Paul social correspondent for the Spokesman & Recorder newspapers, is ill with pneumonia at Bethesda Hospital. It was Rev. J. W. Phelps in stead of Rev. D. E. Beasley who presided at the Augustus Jones funeral services. The Mission Circle of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will give a birth day party at Welcome Hall, Thurs day, January 16, honoring Mrs. El la Mae Golden, hours aje 6 to 8 p. m. Mpls. Council of Organizations Meets Sunday A meeting of the Council of Ne gro Organizations has been called by Dr. W. D. Brown', Acting Chair man, for Sunday, January 12, 1941, 4 p. m., Phyllis Wheatley House. Each organization in the city has been urged to send two delegates to the meeting. The Program and Constitution will be discussed Final adoption of both will be a matter for the delegates to deter mine. Dr. Brown has urged persons at tending the Council meeting to at tend a reception given for Mr. Leon Keyserling, Deputy Administrator, United States Housing Authority, by the Minnesota Better Housing Association. This reception will be gin at 2 p. m. and will mark the opening of Minneapolis Better Housing Week proclaimed by Mayor Geo. Leach. Dinner Held to Honor St James’ New Minister Monday night 200 persons gath ered at St. James AME Church, St. Paul, at a dinner in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Benjamin N. Moore, the new pastor and his wife. Mrs. Mabel Harris was general chairman of the dinner and Chas. H. Miller served as master of cere monies. The program was arranged by Mrs. Bertha King and Ora C. Hall. Speakers included Mayor John J. McDonough, Clarence tyf. Mitchell,. Rev. Clarence T. R. Nelson, Booker Ellis and George Brooks, St. Musical numbers were offered by the senior choir, Wallace Thurman. Miss Gloria Williams and Mrs. Cora Moore, wife of the pastor. Mrs. Jean Waters made a pre sentation to Rev. Moore who re sponded to the speakers. He said he was happy to serve in St Paul. Advertisers in this paper WANT AND APPRECIATE patronage.— Advt. . Town and Gown Ball, Phyllis Wheatley House, Jan. 18, 8 p. m. Music by “Down Beats.” —Advt. All the news the family likes to paper weekly.—Advt n r i Favorite Weekly Visitor Homes of Many Families GLE COPY FIVE CENTS Discussing housing for low income groups in his inaugural address, Wednesday, Governor Harold E. Stassen stated that he favors legislative apropria tions to remedy the problem. He said that Minnesota should pioneer in low cost housing by having labor and capital co operate. He did not specifically mention the housing program of the Federal Government as being desirable. League Sponsors - Tour of Poor Housing Areas Throughout Minnesota Better Housing Week, set for January 12 to 19, the Minneapolis League for Better Housing will sponsor tours of bad housing districts in the city, Charles Washington, secretary of the League, said today. First tour will be conducted from 2 to 4 p. m., Sunday, January 12, jointly with the Minnesota Bet ter Housing Association, with Leon Keyserling, Deputy Administrator of the United States Housing Authority, various city and state officials and community leaders as guests. Some of the spots expected to be visited are the site of the Marl borough fire, the Seven Corners dis trict, the near Northeast side and just north of the loop near Sumner Field. The League is one of the twenty five groups affiliated with the Min nesota Better Housing Association. The Association is a state-wide or ganization formed to unify efforts of various existing organizations seeking passage of a state housing enabling act in the present session of the legislature. The Minnesota Better Housing Association announced Wednesday that Leon Keyserling, Deputy Ad ministrator of the United States Housing Authority and its Chief Counsel will come to the Twin Cities for Minnesota Better Hous ing Week, January 12 to 19. Arriving Sunday, Mr. Keyserling will immediately tour the bad hous ing areas of St. Paul and Minne apolis, and finish up with an in spection of the Sumner Field Proj ect at 4 p. m., and a tea at Phyllis Wheatley from 4:30 to 6 p. m. Purpose of Better Housing Week, proclaimed by Mayor John J. McDonough of St. Paul, and Mayor George Leach of Minneapo lis, is to acquaint the public with the need for a broad government housing program and the possibili ties of legislation to obtain such a program. Clarence M. Mitchell, Executive Secretary of the St. Paul Urban League and member of the State Executive Committee of the Minne sota Better Housing Association, pointed out that Negroes will es pecially benefit from a low - rent housing program. Twenty-two per cent of the 464 Sumner Field fami lies are Negroes, Mitchell said. If the bill supported by the As sociation is passed, Minneapolis, St. Paul and other communities will be able to set up local housing authorities to carry on slum clear ance and housing projects with fi nancial and technical aid from the federal government. CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE The Mission Circle of Mt Olivet Baptist will present a Candle Light Service Sunday, January 19, at 8 p. m. PROGRAM Processional—Lighted Candles Opening Hymn—“ Jesus, the Light of the World” Scripture Reading, Prayer Boyd Collins Solo—Mr. I. L. Smith Reading, Solo—“My Task”—Mrs. Mattie Simmons Address—“ Our Task”—Mrs. Ella Mae Golden, President of Mis sion Circle Roll Call for New Members Offering—Mission Circle Installation of Officers of Circles — Rev. C. B. Wheeler Church Offering Remarks and Benediction The wide-awake people read this read in this paper weekly.—Advt. The wide-awake people read this paper weekly.—Advt.