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Mian. Hittor
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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,
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
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
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
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, 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.
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“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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
• 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
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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.
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-
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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
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
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
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.
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
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Favorite Weekly Visitor
Homes of Many
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
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
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
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.
The Mission Circle of Mt Olivet
Baptist will present a Candle Light
Service Sunday, January 19, at 8
p. m.
Processional—Lighted Candles
Opening Hymn—“ Jesus, the Light
of the World”
Scripture Reading, Prayer Boyd
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
The wide-awake people read this
read in this paper weekly.—Advt.
The wide-awake people read this
paper weekly.—Advt.

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