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Chummed With Youngest Son,
Who Lost Sight in World War
and Died Last Year.
On Easter Sunday, 1844, Fielding
Combs was born into slavery at Jef
ferson Barracks, Mo., where bis par
ents were owned by the firm of Mur
dock & Dixon, auctioneers.
Tuesday, in St. Paul, Fielding
Combs celebrated his eightieth birth-
day because in 1844 Easter Sunday
was on March 25.
Mr. Combs came to St. Paul in
1862 when the city’s principal claim
to distinction was as a shipping
terminal for the Hudson Bay Trad
ing company. He has lived in St
Paul ever since. He has watched the
city grow and as he has watched It,
while others who were here at that
time have grown old and died, he has
kept young and developed a philoso
phy of life to which he attributes his
happy old age.
Advice to Meddlers.
"Don’t worry,” is a large part of
that philosophy. "It doesn’t do any
body any good and it just wears the
worrier out. Don’t try to tell oth
er people how to live. Maybe you
can see farther than your neighbor.
May be you think you can tell him
just what he ought to do. But
what’s the use? He’s going to live
his life as he sees fit no matter what
you tell him. So you Just live your
life and let your neighbor live his.
"Sometimes things seem pretty
hard, especially to young people. I
was 40 years old before I began to
realize what was the matter. And
then I decided to find out what made
life seem so hard. And I’ve been
learning ever since and I haven’t
been taking life so seriously.
"I never let myself get excited.
I never let myßelf grieve. I never
worried about things I couldn’t help.
I often think of an old hen I saw
( once that took a batch of ducklings
down to the water. In they went
and that old hen just went crazy.
Of course, later on Bhe got used to
it and she’d rest while they swam
but she used up a lot of energy be
fore she got sense enough to rest.
Has No Fear of Death.
"That’s the way a lot of people are.
They just use themselves up a-stand
ing on the bank and cluckin’ and dap
pin’ their wings when it don’t do any
good. Even if those ducklings had
been little chickens that couldn’t
swim, it wouldn’t have done any good
for that old hen to run around on the
bank and make a lot of noise, but
that’s what lots of people do.
"I’ve never had any fear of death
for myself or for others. I have seen
my father and mother, five of my
brothers and sisters, my wife and two
of my own children die. But I know
they are better off and it wouldn’t
help to grieve for them.
“My youngest boy was my chum. I
took a lot of pleasure in him. He
went to France during the war and
came home blind. A year ago he
died. But I don’t grieve for him. I
know he is happier where he is."
Still Working Happily.
And if his own physical and men-
tal condition may be taken as evi
dence of the efficiency of his philoso
phy, Fielding Combs has solved the
problem of how to live long and hap
pily. Many a man of 60 years of age
would be grateful of his physique.
His hearing and sight are perfect.
He still has most of the teeth he cut
seventy or seventy-five years ago and
his mind is as active and as reliable
as that of a man of 30 years old.
For twenty-eight years he cared
for bachelor apartments in one bulld
(Continued on page 4)
Club Rooms Have
Vote Registrar
Through the efforts of the advisory
board of the Porters and Walters
club, 18 Third street south, there has
been secured and installed a perma
nent registration booth for the con
venience of voters of the race.
The registration booth has been
opened in the club rooms under the
supervision of J. Ed Stewart, who has
been sworn in as registrar. The
Porters and Waiters club also made
arrangements to take care of the reg
istration of women voters. This will
be in charge of Mrs. Chas. Foree.
Our voters are continually com
plaining of conditions. Yet they make
no real effort to use their ballot.
Register god ay!
Don’t disfranchise yourself by fail
ing to register.
Physicians and Dentist Will Be
Ten-minute Men Sunday at
the Churches.
Saturday, April 5, the Urban
League, co-operating with the Baby
Welfare Association, will give a dem
onstration at the Hotel Howell, from
2 to 5 P. M.
The Baby Welfare Association will
officiate at a Weighing Contest which
will be open to children from one to
five years of age. The child whose
weight is most perfect for his or her
age and height will be presented
with a prize.
The Everywoman’s Progressive
Council, Mrs. W. T. Francis, presi
dent, will serve tea and furnish a
musical program during the after
All mothers are invited to attend
and enter their children. The dem
onstration is part of the observance
of National Negro Health Week,
which is nation-wide, March 30 to
April 5.
The St. Paul Urban League wishes
to announce the following physicians
and dentists in the churches for 10-
minute talks Sunday, March 30, as
part of the observance of Negro
Health Week.
Dr. J. W. Crump—
Pilgrim Baptist Church
Dr. V. D. Turner—
St. James’ A. M. E. Church
Dr. J. R. French—
St. Paul Baptist Church
Dr. E. S. Weber—
Camphor Memorial Methodist Ch.
Dr. L. R. Hill-
Memorial Baptist Church
Mr. E. A. Carter will speak at
Grace C. M. E. church on the West
Side. Members of the Boy Scout
Troup will distribute the literature
on "How to Keep Well.”
Mr. Frank Morris, father of Mrs.
Frances Clendenon of this city, died
at his home in Watseka, 111., March
17. Mr. Morris was very well known
in that city. He formerly lived in
Evanston, IU. His life was a life of
uprightness and Industry. He was
friendly toward everybody and his
pleasant manner and genuine cour
tesy won for him the respect of those
who know him. Many relatives and
friends mourn his loss. Mr. Morris is
survived by a loving wife, daughter,
Mrs. Frances Clendenon, who former
ly lived here, and a son of St. Paul.
Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Wilkerson, who
were recently married, are at home to
their friends at 130 Arch street.
Rondo Street Rivals Argonne
Forest for Short Time
Sunday Evening.
Deep Rondo street last Sunday
night nearly assumed the aspect of
the battlefields of France when two
irate colored citizens feeling mistreat
ed went home and returned, one
with an automatic and the other with
a health distroyer of the "Owl Head”
After taking on one or two more
drinks of liquid refreshments, the
gentlemen ran onto the cause of their
discontent in a residence on Rondo
near Arundel street. The object of
their intentions as soon as he saw the
automatic stood not on the order of
his going, but went and went rapidly.
Several people being in the direct
line of flight were trampled on, it
being a case of “look out for yourself
stranger.” Fortunately the gun was
not discharged and the owner allow
ed himself to be passlfied by the one
or two that couldn’t get out of the
Party Gets Rough.
Shortly after the fracus, the gen
tleman with the "Midnight Special”
went into action, having a real or
fancied grievance against the owner
of the Rondo street place, drew his
shooting iron, backed into a corner
and threatened to rid the earth of a
few inhabitants, thereof causing a
near panic.
A young man employed in one of
the downtown clubs managed to get
the disciple of W. S. Hart by his gun
arm and the back of his coat and
lead him peaceably down the stairs.
The police then arrived and every
thing was again quiet on "deep”
Woman on Ticket
For Legislature
For the first time in the history of
Minnesota a woman of our group has
filed for the state legislature. Mrs.
Mayme Donovan, recognized leader
among women of the race, 711 Bry
ant avenue north, at the behest of
many friends and organizations, filed
for representative from the thirty
fifth district, composed of major part
of the Third and Tenth wards of Min
neapolis. Mrs. Donovan, a brilliant
women, nationally known, is one
of Minnesota’s most representative
women. Born in Decatur, Michigan,
educated in the public schools of that
city, her father being Rev. W. D.
Brown, who was one of the most
prominent colored men in Michigan,
Mrs. Donovan came to Minneapolis
twenty years ago, bought property
here and started a most useful career.
The handsome embroidered table
cloth which was on exhibition at the
Business League Exposition at the
Auditorium in December in the Ern
est Workers’ booth, was awarded to
Mr. Willis, 936 St. Anthony avenue.
The total number of beans in the jar
was 1,042. Mr. Willis made the
nearest guess, 1,040 beans.
The Colored Voters’ League has
sent out notices to the Centra‘l Com
mittee for a meeting of all committee
men Monday night, March 31. At this
meeting the date for the general
mass meeting will be set, at which
there will be many Important matters
discussed with reference to the in
dustrial situation in the community
and other important matters dis
Party Given For
Chicago Visitor
The season’s most brilliant party
was given at the Hotel Howell last
Saturday evening when Mrs. Susie
Wilson entertained fifty guests in
honor of her sister, Mrs. Leavada
Oliver, of Chicago. In the receiving
line were Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Priscilla
Oordan, Mrs. Mayme Lewis and Mr.
Ralph Turner.
The guests were seated around a
“T” shaped banquet table which was
profusely decorated in color with a
bountiful display of tulips and Jon
quils. Favors were had by pulling a
ribbon, for each guest. During the
party entertainment was furnished
by Mrs. Ozie Shoffner and by the
"Three Brownies.”
The punch bowl rested in a high
cake of ice which gave appearance of
an arctic carnival. Dancing until late
ended what is conced&d the prettiest
party of the season in the Twin
Cities. Mrs. Wilson was the recipient
of many compliments on her origin
ality of features, which were in many
respects an innovation seldom seen
other than at the famous Ritz-Carl
President Makes Brief Talk Con
cerning Coming of Robert
W. Bagnall.
The local branch of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People held their forum at
Little Pilgrim church, Grotto and
West Central avenue, Sunday after
noon, March 23, to a pleasing audi
ence. Professor Clark of the Uni
versity of Minnesota, professor of so
ciology, was the principal speaker,
and delivered a very pleasing and in
structive address on sociology deal
ing with the race issues. Mr. Earl
Clendenon rendered an excellent cor
net solo, accompanied by Professor
Weir of this city. Dr. Turner spoke
briefly concerning the coming of Mr.
Bagnall, the field representative of
the N. A. A. C. P. Mr. Bagnall will
deliver an address Thursday night,
April 3, at a banquet at the Hotel
Howell. Mr. Smith requested that
those who have tickets for this ban
quet to pay for them at once as all
tickets have been disposed of and
those who cannot attend may by send
ing in their tickets give others an op
portunity to purchase them. All
tickets must be paid for by Sunday,
March 30.
Right Again on
Sport Opinion
In our columns of last week we
commented on the "kayo" ability of
Battling Monroe of Omaha and we
mentioned the fact that this chap
would, no doubt, prove a drawing
card in the Twin Cities. The match
makers must have read the Bulletin-
Appeal. Battling Monroe was match
ed with Carl Augustine, white, of St.
Paul, on the Minneapolis boxing
club’s March 28 card. Jack Shelton
of St. Paul is also on this same card.
We take off our hat to George
Barton, sports editor of Minneapolis
Tribune, who does not usually lot
foolish or ignorant prejudice effect
his sport articles. He thinks Wills
is the best and only logical opponent
for Dempsey and does not hesitate to
Intimate that Wills is being assidu
ously dodged by Kearns and his
Mrs. Dorothy Payne, 666 , West
Central avenue, is visiting her grand
mother in Oskaloosa, lowa.
Mrs. Fenton W. Harsh, Jr., nee
Edythella B. Adams, of Chicago, 111.,
whose marriage to Fenton Harsh, Jr.,
prominent realtor, was a social event
of October, returned to the city Sun
day for a visit with her mother, Mrs.
Ella Adams, 527 St. Anthony avenue,
and sister, Mrs. Jasper Gibbß, Jr., of
Minneapolis. Mrs. Harsh was one of
the popular young ladies of this city
and has assumed the same role as a
young matron in social circles of Chi
The occasion of her visit has been
greatly welcomed by her numerous
friends who are making her visit one
round of gayety, and many affairs
Musical,Literary Treat at
Peoples Church Monday
The Grand Musical Festival which
will be given Monday evening at the
Peoples church, corner of Chestnut
and pleasant avenue, no doubt will
bring together the most formidable
array of talent appearing on an eve
ning’s program. Leading artißts of
the Twin Cities have been procured
for this event, which is the greatest
musical and litqrary treat of the sea
son. The program will consist of
musical numbers by the Peerless
Octette.'B. H. Miller Quartette, Mad
ame Crafton’s famous choir of St.
James’ church. Prof. Wm. Moore’s
Orchestra of Minneapolis, "Our Own
Musicians," by Mrs. W. T. Francis,
Sidney Williams, pianist; also the fol
lowing soloists, Mesdames Mae B. Ma
son, Geneva Douglass, Dovle Welch,
Messrs. George H. Hamilton and
Professor Weir.
The concert is being sponsored by
Messrs. Thos. Neal and C. H. Miller,
who hope to realize a tidy sum for
the benefit of the new St. James'
church. Seats are on sale at Dyer
Bros. The tickets are only 50 cents.
The advance sale of tickets has in
sured great success and it is urged
every one be present at 8:30 when
the program begins.
Patrons and Patronesses.
The Patrons and Patronesses are
as follows: Messrs, and Mesdames
Geo. W. Brooks, Thomas Neal, Chas.
Miller, R. Allen, W. A. Hilyard, Jose
Sherwood, J. W. Milton, W. T. Fran-
Mrs. Fenton W. Harsh, Jr.
have been .given in her honor. On
Tuesday afternoon Mrs. James Mil
ton presided over a dinner for Mrs.
Harsh. Wednesday afternoon Mrs.
Gale Hilyer gave a Mah Jong Tea. A
dinner Thursday by Mrs. J. E. John
son. Mrs. Hiram Gibbs entertained
at cards Thursday evening. Mrs.
Harold Combs was hostess at break
fast Friday morning. An afternoon
tea by Mrs. Jasper Gibbs, Jr., Friday.
Mrs. Earl Weber is entertaining at
her home Friday evening. Mrs.
Harsh will leave for her home Satur
day evening, having had a very de
lightful visit.
els, J. E. Johnson, Owen Howell, T.
R. Morgan, J. R. Jones, Robert Pear
mon, J. Warren, Walker Williams, R.
D. Moss, R. F. Wilson, Henry Rob
erts, Lawrence McCoy, E. D. Saund
ers, J. Williams, M. Love, Harold
Cage, David Hall, Odell Smith, Chas.
McCall, Reuben Lyons, J. T. Clai
borne, Raymond Slsemore, Nelson
Herrin, Wm. Goddette, Sam Duke, C.
Wilson, Horace Henderson, Henry
High, M. Bradshaw, Aaron McGavock,
Talmadge Carey of Minneapolis, Drs.
and Mrs. L. R. Hill, Valdo Turner,
James W. Crump, Mesdames James
Cox, Wm. Griffin, Hattie Ball, Naomi
Thomas, Addie Bellesene, T. H. Lyles,
B. C. Archer, J. Q. Adams, Monjoy
Jones, J. C. Wall, M. O’Neal, Clara
Milner, O. C. Hall, H. Brown, Ore
Locke, Paul Caldwell, W. Davenport,
E. Webb, Z. Reynolds, H. H. Pickett,
George Grissom, Clarence Wlgington,
Jennie Bell, Ella Jackson, R. Stokes,
Wm. G. Hood, Geo. Good, N. John
son, Wm. England, E. Calloway, Col
lins, Jennie Young, Misses Rosa
Stone, Edna Suddett and Florence
Robinson and Messrs. Evans Bridges,
Calvin Parker, Oliver Allen and R.
M. Johnson.
The Anderson Circle met*'at' tEe
home of Mrs. Nellie Washington, 418
Edmund street, Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Ruby Mitchell Palmer is visit
ing relatives and friends in Gales
burg, 111.
Twenty Officials Attend Meeting
With Employes—Mechanics
Being Hired.
Pullman Men Hold Conference
(By the Associated Negro Press)
This is Pullman Porter week in
the Windy City. Chicago, admittedly
the center of all things which affect
the wearers of the well known
cle George’s Blue,” is acting as host
to the group of representatives elect
ed by a country-wide vote of the
9,984 porters and maids to confer
with representatives of the manage
ment of the Pullman Company and
negotiate an agreement on rules gov
erning working conditions.
The porters and maids were re
cently granted an Increase of pay
amounting to 8% but the men have
contended for certain changes in
working conditions involving the
number of hours to constitute a day,
overtime and "signing out” rules.
The company therefore decided to fol
low the same procedure used with
their conductors and by various oth
er large industrial organizations,
that of arranging for employe repre
sentation to present their grievances,
discuss them with company officials,
the two bodies to reach a decision as
to the policy to be followed. The rep
resentatives were elected from each
general district to this, the first of
the gatherings.
Chicagoans Greet Delegates.
The delegates to the conference,
which will last a week, were Intro
duced to the citizens of Chicago
Thursday night at a public meeting
which overflowed the boundaries of
the Wabash Avenue “Y" auditorium
by the colored mechanics and shop
workers of the Calumet shops. It
was a brilliant occasion and gave to
citizens generally an entirely new
idea of the openings being made by
colored men in the company’s ranks
other than as parties as well as a
thorough appreciation of the caliber
and ability of the men chosen to
work for the best interests of their
fellow employes.
Some twenty officials of the com
pany were present, some appearing
on the program, which was punctu
ated by band, orchestra, quartet and
vocal selections rendered by the Cal
umet Shop Workers’ organizations,
the maids and porters. Perry W.
Parker, president of the Pullman
Porters' Benefit Association, probably
the best known Pullman man in the
country and certainly the leader in
all of the movements for the better
ment of the group, was master of
Race Mechanics.
The company employs colored me
chanics. Visitors were amazed when
they learned that the Pullman com
pany has been quietly adding to the
colored mechanics and employes in
their car manufacturing works, yards
and repair shops until colored me
chanics are engaged in every singie
type of work being done in Pullman
plants. Machinists, carpenters, elec
tricians, upholsterers, painters, steel
workers and many others have learn
ed their trades completely in the
schools of the Pullman shops, starting
as apprentices and now commanding
high skilled workers’ wages. These
men are employed in all the various
shops at Buffalo, Wilmington, St.
Louis, Fort Worth and Chicago with
St. Louis where 60% of the shop em
ployes are colored. The officials say
they are making good. Many other
big Industrial concerns are watching
the experiment closely and Perry
Parker predicts many big plants will
be opened to colored mechanics.
The representatives In attendance
at the conference are: James Sex
ton, New Orleans district, as chair
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