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VOL. 1, NO. 44
Two Wives, Faces
BIGAMY TRIAL TO START ON
Trial of John C. Wiggins, Negro
preacher, on bigamy charges
brought by Mrs. Lillian J. Foster
Wiggins, 27, alleged wife No. 2,
was set for Friday by District
Judge Mathias Baldwin after Wig
gins pleaded not guilty. The Wig
gins live at 925 Nineteenth Ave. S.
Mrs. Lillian Wiggins alleges that
when she lived at Council Bluffs,
lowa, Wiggins prayed for her
when she was ill, following up the
prayers with visits at her home.
Finally both came to Minneapo
lis, the complainant bringing her
three children. On May 13, Wig
gins proposed, claiming he was a
single man, and they were mar
ried, his purported second wife
charged. Later she discovered the
minister had a wife already, Mrs.
Roberta Wiggins, of Warren, Ark.,
to whom Wiggins was married
Sept. 16, 1918, Mrs. Lillian Wig
gins charged. Mr. Wiggins main
tains he is innocent. He is repre
sented by Atty. Harry L. Scott.
At Wesley Church
Friday, June 14
By popular demand “Heaven
Bound Pilgrims” Biblical dramatic
pageant directed by Mrs. J. M.
Gaylord, will be repeated at
Wesley Temple Church gymnasium
Friday, June 14th, at 8 p. m. The
production had its ' Minneapolis
premiere at Zion Baptist Church
two weeks ago, before a packed
house. Its director is a widely
known woman, having been heard
numerous times over the radio.
The play, with more than a hun
dred people in the cast, will show
many beautiful scenes, costumes,
and singing. White-winged angels,
robed Pilgrims, scarlet women,
heavy-laden souls, the Devil,
tempting all, gaining some, and
music, solos, and choruses that
most people know and enjoy.
On their march to St Peter (J.
F. Philips) and the heavenly land,
as announced by the herald (Mrs.
Minerva Totten), after hearing
Mrs. Mildred Mandeville sing the
“Holy City,” will be—Edward
Powell, “Let Me Ride”; G. L. Bell,
“Great Day”; Mrs. Brown, “Un
clouded Day”; Elizabeth Fowler,
“Nobody Knows”; Wm. McCoy,
“Coming Home”; Dessa Gresham,
“City Called Heaven”; “The Rich
Man”; Onie McCoy, beggar woman
and children Mary Margaret
Allen. Wm. McCoy singing,
“Child of the King”; Vesta Phillips,
“I Want Jesus To Walk With Me”;
Mrs. Anna B. Lewis, “I’m a Sol
dier”; Mrs. Julia McGee, “By
and By”; Frances McHie, Marionne
Peebles, and Harriet Walls, “So
ciety Belles”; D. J. Wade, “He
Never Has Left Me Alone”; Mrs.
R. Z. Taylor, “I’m Going Home”;
Lucy Jones, “A Wayward Girl”;
Catherine Allen, “Tell My Mother”;
Marjorie Hays, “I Shall Not Be
Moved”; Alberta Brown, “O Come,
Angel Band”; Wellington and
Lawrence McCoy, the Gamblers,
with Boyd Dana singing “For You
I Am Praying”; Mrs. Mabel Piggs
will sing “Everybody’s Happy”;
Miss June Hawkins leads the
choruses; Mrs. Ursula Botts and
Mrs. Mary Crump assistants to
Mrs. Gaylord; Mrs. Edna Randall
at the piano; the Devil is im
personated by Edward Johnson;
the Devil’s imps, Wm. Wade and
THIEVES SEND IN ALARM BY
MOVING TELEPHONE HOOK
When Mrs. Iva Krutze, telephone
chief operator at Georgetown, Ky.»
heard voices late at night over the
line of the F. & C. railroad depot,
she knew that it would be unusual
for anyone to be in the depot at that
time of night. When she was unable
to obtain any answer to her ringing
on the line, she at once notified B.
E. Schramme, the agent of the rail
road, and also the police. When they
arrived at the office, they found it
had been ransacked, but apparently
no cash had been found. The bur
glars themselves had given the
alarm when they unwittingly dis
placed the telephone receiver from
Its hook, and the alert telephone
operator then heard their voices.
Re-Elect J. W. Pate
Election Is Harmonious
Ames Lodge, No. 106,1. B. P. 0.
E. W., re-elected J. W. Pate, Min
neapolis real estate and insurance
man, Monday night, exalted ruler
for the fourth consecutive term.
He defeated George W. Hall and
Harry L. Scott, two other candi
dates. Other officers elected were
Jessie Hutchraft, esteemed lead
ing knight: Washington,
esteemed loyal knight; Tom
Thomas Galbreath, esteemed lec
turing knight; Cecil Newman,
financial secretary; Edward L.
Boyd, treasurer; Clyde Williams,
esquire; Theodore Woodward, in
ner guard; George Southall Tyler,
and George W. Hall, trustee. Hall,
Southall, and Newman, were re
elected by acclamation.
Ames Lodge, always one of the
most active fraternal groups in
the State, has progressed much,
despite the unfavorable economic
conditions and the future seems
bright Many of the leading men
of the city are members of the
Most of the offices were closely
contested for, but win or lose, the
members all seem to have a great
fraternal spirit according to offi
cers of the lodge.
HELPS TO DEVELOP RADIO
Dr. George W. Young, operator
of Radio Station WDGY, has been
instrumental in developing several
local Negro dance orchestras. His
station was the first of the radio
stations to use Negro orchestras
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 7,1935
“THE ONE-WAY BARREL”
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This cartoon explains itself to the intelligent citizen.
We spend our money and give our support to the Twin City
brewers who return nothing to us in the way of jobs. We do
not ask them to replace present employees with members
of the Negro group. What we do ask is that we will be
proportionately represented among employment replace
ments. This is not asking too much, but simply for justice.
At least one outside brewery has 250 Negro employees
among an employed personnel of 1,300. ’ There is no legiti
mate reason why each and every Twin City Brewery should
not give us the consideration which they know we (the
colored people) deserve.
To The Voters Of The Third
Twelve years in the newspaper field in Minneapolis
as reporter, editor, and publisher have acquainted me
with the complexities of local politics, as they affect
my particular group. I know the members of the city
council, their records, public and private. I know also
the harm an unfriendly or unsympathetic aiderman
can do to my people.
This is the reason I am making a personal appeal
to the colored people of the Third Ward to vote for
William “Bud” Meagher, the present aiderman. He has
beep the aiderman of all the people, Jew and Gentile,
white and black.
People who know me and my attitude will believe
me when I say that I have never endorsed a man, black
or white, for office, who was not four-square on all
questions affecting the citizens of the city as a whole.
Every intelligent Third Ward citizen will do the
right thing when they vote for the reelection of “Bud”
Meagher. Vote to keep him in office. Do not experi
Sunday afternoon, June 9, there
will be a matinee dance at the
Apex Hall, 635 Sixth Ave. No.
Popo Warfield and his Brownskin
Follies will be featured in a floor
show. Music for the show and
dancing will be furnished by John
ny Wheeler and his six-piece or
chestra. Dancing from early to
Mrs. R. E. Wysner, 627 Lyndale
Ave. N., has moved her beauty
parlor next door to 703 Lyndale
North, second floor. The tele
phone call is the same, Hyland
Cecil E. Newman.
CECIL E. NEWMAN.
W. M. SMITH IMPROVES
W. M. Smith, veteran civic lead
er and associate editor of the Min
neapolis Spokesman, who recently
suffered a slight stroke, is much
improved this week. A steady
stream of visitors have visited
him since his illness.
Active for years, Mr. Smith is
irked by the doctor’s orders that
he remain in bed. If he continues
to improve he will be able to re
turn to his desk in another month.
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BOTTLING COMPANY HAS
The Gold Medal Beverage Com
pany, 1953 University Avenue, St.
Paul, last week employed a Negro
salesman. This firm handles all
types of soft drinks, and deserves
patronage from soft drink retailers
who cater to colored business.
Slim Thompson Plana Dramatie
New York City, June 5, (ASN)
—James “Slim” Thompson, the
elongated actor now featured with
Leslie Howard in “The Petrified
Forest,” is planning to do a dra
matic tour of the south and south
west if, and when, the Leslie
Howard smash hit should close at
the Broadhurst Theatre.
There have been rumors that
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Mr. Howard was making plans to
take “The Petrified Forest” to
London in September, and if this
be true it is a certainty that “Slim”
Thompson will play his present
role—that of gangster Pyles—for
the Loudon company as he is one
of the most* important actors in
the cast However, he is rehears
ing a group of character sketched,
which will prepare him for M one
man presentation of dramatic act
Capital City Forum
WASHINGTON FORUM HEARS
Accepting an invitation to ad
dress the Capitol City Forum of
Washington, D. C., Congressman
Ernest Lundeen, Minnesota's Third
District Representative, was given
a hearty welcome by that organi
zation when he appeared before
the regular Sunday afternoon
meeting in Washington on May 26.
Congressman Lundeen explained
his Unemployment, Old Age and
Social Insurance Bill, H. R. 2827,
which specifically provides that
insurance benefits shall be paid by
the government without regard to
race, sex, color or creed.
LUNDEEN SUPPORTS ANTI
The Congressman made his posi
tion on anti-lynching legislation
clear when he stated that he him
self had introduced a bill in the
House of Representatives similar
to the Wagner-Costigan Anti-
Lynching Bill in the Senate.
GIRLS' BAND TO PLAY
AT ARAGON DANCE
At the always popular Aragon
on Monday night, June 17, the
Harlem Play Girls, a crack girts’
band will play for a dance spon
sored by the Clover Leaf Club. Ad
mission will be 40c. The Aragon
always draws a huge crowd. The
band will leave on a tour of the
West coast after playing for the
June 17 dance.
PRICE fIVB CENT*
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St JPsub Minn.
June 4, 1955.
We Legionnaires of Leslie Law
rence Post No. 497, have been read
ing your excellent editorials di
recting the attention of the public
to the unfairness of the Twin City
breweries toward our group. And
also criticising them and other
firms for refusing to give our
young men and women employ
ment. We are glad that we do not
have to buy the products and mer
chandise of firms who practice
such un-American principles in
refusing to employ members of our
We congratulate you on your
courageous stand for fairness and
for equal opportunity for our race.
We deem it a high privilege to
join you in the struggle for justice
and economic freedom for all.
With very best wishes for con
tinued success, we are Legionally
yours, Leslie Lawrence Post No.
497 of the American Legion.
Nathaniel A. Evans,
Leslie Lawrence Post, No. 497,
LAWNS AND GARDENS
Contest Climax Next Month
The Lawns and Gardens Con
test which is one of the main fea
tures of the local Negro Health
Week program, win be carried
out on a large scale this year ow
ing to the fine condition of the
lawns throughout the <wia Cities.
The Minneapolis committee, of
-which Mrs. Wendell Jems is
chairman, is putting forth un
usual effort towards creating a
spirited contest among the resi
dents. Entry blanks will be dis
tributed during the week of June
12-23. Those families having
representative lawns and gardens
are urged to enter the contest.
There will be two or more judges
representing the horticulture de
partment of the University of Min
nesota and the Minneapolis Park
According to Dr. Longly of the
University, the judges will take
into consideration the general ap
pearance of the lawns and yards,
arrangement of flowers, vegetable
gardens and other features of the
premises. This general classifica
tion will give everyone an equal
chance in the contest. The judging
will take place the first week of
July. Prizes, the nature of which
will be announced later, will be
awarded as usual at a mass meet
Many citizens have already ex
pressed their enthusiasm for the
contest which is an indication of
the civic pride of Twin City resi
dents. All who feel that their
lawns are representative should not
fail to take part in this program.
CURRIE IN COUNCIL TWENTY
William A. Currie, who for
twenty years has represented the
Fourth Ward in the City Council,
is up for re-election on June 10.
Representing a district in which
many nationalities live, Alderman
Currie has defended the interests
of his residents at all times. He
is known to be approachable at all
times. His long experience in the
City Council continues to grow in
value, especially at this time when
the City is facing unheard of prob
lems as our individuals.
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