News Around the Parish

The Gazette
February 8, 1939

The Home Economics Club of Marion High school held a business meeting Tuesday, the 31st of January. The first on the program was the club song and motto. This was followed by a radio skit, “Planning a Dinner” by Eloise Siscoe, Clemasue Buckley, Laura Parker, and Ruth Read. The budget of the preceding year and for this year was read. After discussing uses for the money now in/the treasury, the meeting adjourned.

Mad Dog Killed Here Thursday

A mad dog was killed in Farmerville last Thursday after it had bitten two people and several dogs in this vicinity.

Mayor W. E. Odom has issued a warning to all dog owners, as a safety measure, to keep their dogs locked for a t least two weeks.

The dog’s head was sent to New Orleans for examination and the report received by town officials was that the dog had rabies.


Miss Emma Wood, home service representative of the Louisiana Public Utilities Company, was in Farmerville last Friday and conducted a very fine demonstration of the use of electric cooking equipment.

Approximately thirty ladies of Farmerville attended the demonstration which was held in the agricultural building auditorium.

Progressive Jeff Davis Supt. Former Teacher In Union

The Belt Journal, published at Welsh, La. has the following to say about L. L. Kilgore, native of Athens, La., and former teacher at Junction City, and who married Miss Lula Turner, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Turner, of Linville.

“Attracting not only local attention because of his school building program but also national prominence for his views on federal aid. L. L. Kilgore, superintendent of schools, represents the new progressive movement sweeping Louisiana. A member of the National Educational Association Committee for Federal Aid. Mr. Kilgore will aid in formulating a plan of financing the elementary schools of the states, a plan to be presented at this session of Congress as the Harrison-Black-Fletcher Bill, a plan necessitated by the many emergency measures prevailing during the depression. Its provisions call for federal aid proportionate to educational need, for equalization of the burden of supporting education and for increased opportunities among the pupils. The principles contained in the bill have long been advocated by Mr. Kilgore.

“To properly understand his philosophy of “equal opportunity” one must seek his education tenets from the events of his life.”

“Born and educated in Lisbon, La., Mr. L. L. Kilgore as a native son believes in Louisiana progress. Since the turn of the century, he watched the rise of the state to an important place in American social and economic life. Out of that development grew his creed of continual advancement, constant progress.”

“Graduated from the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston and Louisiana State University, Mr. Kilgore saw thousand of students taking advantages of increased opportunities offered at these institutions. He was amazed by the desire for advancement, by the use of million dollar facilities. Early he resolved to dedicate his life to securing opportunity for those denied the benefits he witnessed reaped at these schools.”

“As teacher and principal at Athens High, Ruple High, and Jennings High, he learned what the pupils wanted, what they needed. He determined, if the opportunity ever afforded itself, that he would meet those needs, that he would introduce agriculture and home economics, that he would organize athletic teams. He watched pupils drop out of school; he pitied those who did not have the opportunity to go to school. Some day, perhaps, he would make those who had dropped out want to come bak; some day perhaps, he would erect buildings to give them tented buildings to give them the vaunted American education.”

“As Superintendent of Schools in Junction City, Arkansas, Mr. Kilgore acquired efficiency as an organizer and administrator, which experience and study have increased through the years. As secretary of the school board and superintendent of schools in Jeff Davis parish, Mr. Kilgore brings to his position a keen insight into the needs of the parish, an administrative ability to secure his ends, and an intense desire to serve his parish. For these qualities people will watch with interest the rise of this superintendent in Louisiana’s march in educational progress.”


The Farmerville Junior Homemakers met on January 27th for their monthly meeting. The house was called to order by the president and the minutes read and roll called by the secretary. The following program was given:

Two duets, “O’er the River” and “Aloha” were sang by Misses Starline Brantley and Kathryn Gillum, accompanied by Miss Marilyn Ramsey at the piano. An interesting talk, “The Value of Music,” was given by Mrs. F. W. Murphy, who also gave an account of Steven Foster’s life. A piano solo was played by Miss Sybil Hayes. Misses Frenchie Roan, Onita Cartlidge and Frances Williams sung a trio, “When You and I Were Young Maggie.” Famous selections of Steven Foster’s were sung by the entire group, after which the meeting adjourned.

It is said Germany has the facilities for building 800 was planes a month. Why does she not think of spending money for peace instead of war?


The Linville Junior Homemakers met Thursday, January 26. The house was called to order by the president and the roll called and minutes read by the secretary.

After new and old business was discussed, the following program was rendered:

Theme: “Helping Youself.”

Club motto, by club. Poem, “You Tell on Yourself” Louise Reppond, Green Pastures and How to Lose Them, Olga Lee Wilson; Courtesy and Cleanliness, Susie Molnard; Poem: “What Makes You Live?” Ida Belle Pilgreen; Skit: “Young Girl Wanted” Gladys Scarborough, Topie Lee Defee, Inez Nale and Boby Reppond (a second grade child); Club Song, “Follow the Betty Lamp,” club.

The guests at the meeting were first and second grade, Miss Annie B. Henderson, Mr. V. L. Davis and a former junior homemaker, Idelle Love.


The Linville Girls “outside” team defeated the Bernice “outsiders” by a score of 35-8 Monday night, Jan. 30, in the Bernice gymnasium.

The Linville team was organized by Miss Novia E. Brown, WPA recreation leader.


Truett L. Scarborough, Rustion attorney who was recently elected to the office of district attorney of the Third Judicial District, took the oath of office in Ruston last week and immediately assumed his duties.


The Farmerville Town Council and the Farmerville Lions Club are sponsoring a benefit dance to be held at the Community Auditorium here Thursday night, beginning at 9:00 o’clock.

The proceeds from the dance will be divided between the Town Council and the Lions Club, the Club’s share to be used for buying glasses for needy school children and the Council’s share will go toward beautifying and improving the new city park on the Baughman property on Main street.

A large ticket sale has been reported and the sponsors are anticipating a crowd unexcelled for this kind of dance in the history of Farmerville.


The regular monthly singing convention at Antioch will be held next Sunday afternoon, beginning at 2 o’clock. Everybody is invited to attend and bring their song books.


A boxing program that is expected to have plenty of excitement will be staged at the Rocky Branch school tonight, beginning at 7:30, between the Farmerville school bus boys from Rocky Branch and the Rocky Branch boys. The admission will be 5 and 10 cents.


Mrs. Ester Hamilton of Warren, Ark., and Mr. Emmett Platt, of California, were the guests of relatives here last week.

Mrs. R. L. Edwards, of Rusk, Texas, and daughter, Mrs. H. P. Townsend, of San Antonio, Tex., were the guests of relatives here during the week end.

Dr. and Mrs. Colvin, of Bernice, were visitors in Marion Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Sehon and children attended the funeral of their niece, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Little of Huttig, Sunday.

Mr. and Max P. Watson, of Monroe, were the week end guests of their parents here.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tucker spent the week end with her parents in Choudrant.


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