News Around the Parish

The Gazette
February 15, 1939


The following appeared in a recent issue of “The Oil Weekly”, an oil magazine published at Houston, Texas:

“Fred J. Spurlock has been appointed sales manager for Mid-Continent Supply Company.”

“Mr. Spurlock has been connected with the company for many years, in various capacities, his most recent assignment being in charge of the company’s pumping division. He has moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he will maintain headquarters in the company’s general offices in the Mid-Continent building.”

The person referred to above is a son of Mr. J. W. Spurlock of Downsville.

Marion Girl Listed As Mardi Gras Maid at La. Tech

Ruston, La., Feb. 13.

Louisiana Tech’s ninth Mardi Gras queen, whose identity is being kept a secret until her coronation Saturday night, February 18, will be attended by four maids, who have been selected by popular vote of the student body. The maids’ names were announced by the Student Union and the girls’ House organization, both of which are sponsoring the affair.

One of the maids is Miss Emmogene Maroney, of Marion, Union Parish. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. E. H. Maroney.

The four girls were elected from a list of ten girls nominated at a meeting of the student body. Miss Maroney is a Kappa Delta.

Each of the four maids will select an escort and the queen will be allowed the privilege of naming her king to reign over the celebration with her.

The program will include a coronation service and a masquerade ball.

Lillian Everett of Lillie Ranks High At Louisiana Tech

Ruston, La., Feb. 11 (Special)

William Clawson, a graduate of the Ruston High school, has been announced the high scorer in the recent Louisiana Tech freshman English entrance examination, which was given to all first-term students entering the college this semester.

Second high score was made by Ira Colvin Wall, a graduate of the Fair Park High school of Shreveport, according to Dr. Herbert L. Hughes, dean of the school of arts and sciences and head of the English department.

In the list of other high-raking students and the high schools from which they graduated, appears the name of Lillian Everett, Lillie, Spearsville High School.


Last Saturday night, Feb. 11, Mr. Louie Ray and Miss Oceal McKinnie were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. McKinnie. A large number were present. Justice J. O. Brown of Haile officiated.


Everyone is invited to attend a gospel singing convention Saturday evening beginning at 7 o’clock at Rocky Branch.

They are expecting a number of people. – Commicated

E. T. Powell Made Chairman of Board Of S. C. S. District

E. T. Powell of Marion, who was recently elected a member of the Board of Supervisors for the D’Arbonne Soil Conservation District, was made the chairman of that board at their regular organization meeting last week. S. O. Henry of Ouachita Parish was elected vice-chairman, and F. M. Wade, also of Union Parish was elected secretary to the board. R. J. McAdams of Claiborne Parish was named second vice-chairman, and J. C. Owen of Lincoln Parish was named treasurer.

The board adopted several important resolutions and proposed program work which were immediately transmitted to the State Committee. These resolutions and program work must first be approved by the State Committee which is headed by Dean J. G. Lee, Jr., of L. S. U., transmitted to the Regional Office of the Soil Conservation Service in Dallas, Texas, where they are approved by the proper authorities in that office, and finally transmitted to Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. for final approval.

After these resolutions, program of work and memorandum of understanding are finally approved and returned to the State Committee the D’Arbonne Soil Conservation District will be ready, through the Board of Directors, to enter into agreement with farmers for actual work on farms.

Robert H. Brooks Elected Grand Master of Masons

At the 128th annual grand communication of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, F. & A. M. held in New Orleans last week, Robert H. Brooks, of Ruston, was unanimously elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana for the ensuing year.

Mr. Brooks has been one of the most outstanding Masons of North Louisiana for many years. He is well know in Union Parish, having been born and reared at old Shiloh. Mr. Brooks succeeds Charles F. Ratcliff in that high office.

All lodges in Union Parish were well and ably represented in the Grand Lodge this year.

The New Grand Master has been an active leader in Masonic work in his home lodge and throughout this section of the state for more than twenty years. He has served several times as Master of Ruston Lodge No. 106. He was elected to office in the Grand Lodge in 1936, when he was giving the office of Grand Junior Warden. In 1937 he was elected Grand Senior Warden and in 1938 Deputy Grand Master and finally Grand Master this year, the highest office that can be bestowed on any Mason in the State.

Bernice Student Assists in Drafting Tech Coat-of-Arms

Ruston, La., Feb. 18

Architects, draftsmen and designers of the new Louisiana Tech engineering coat-of-arms which will be used in connection with Engineering Day at the college April 1, are Raymond Carnahan, Dubberly; C. C. Salley, Bernice, and Thomas Fold, Jr., Ruston.

After much experimentation and debate, student designers of the engineering departments have produced a sketch of a coat-of-arms to be used by their department for letter heads, envelopes and all other official literature.

Shaped in the form of a shield, the insignia has a gear at the top center, representing mechanical engineering. Running obliquely through the gear is a target rod, representing civil engineering and a bolt of lightning signifying electrical engineering. In the center is the college seal.


The Linville Junior Homemakers met Tuesday, February 7, for the purpose of holding their regular meeting.

The program was as follower:

Theme — “Off With the Old and On with the New!”

A Lady, Even in Distress, by Louise Reppond.

Women and the World, Francie Lee Jordan.

Off with the Old and on with the New, Ernestine Parks.

Wardrobe Wonders, Kathryn Bell.

The club adjourned until its next regular meeting.

Ida Belle Pilgreen, Reporter


Sixth Grade: Sue Lynn Tucker, Charlotte Melton, Damah Clay, Christine Bardin, Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Paul Read, Bobby Reeves, R. P. Graves, Ellis Baker, Kenneth Bird.

Fifth Grade: Helen Rose Crow, Mary Virginia Green, Thelma Miller, Elise Murphy, Merle Roye, Annie Jo Sehon, Mary Grace Thompson, Gertrude Thurman, Donald Lee Cole; Glen Post, Jr., Ernestine Bowen.

Seventh Grade: William Crow, Vera Murray, Edna Brown, Brooks Jones, Phelan Pilgreen, George Hollis, Doris Reeves.


Mrs. Duke Selig was hostess Thursday afternoon at bridge complimenting Mrs. Lester Gaharan of Breaux Bridge, who is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey G. Fields.

Colorful spring flowers were used in decoration of the reception rooms.

Mrs. Selig presented to the honoree beautiful linen handkerchiefs. Mrs. Gaharan won high score and Mrs. John Taylor second high.

Lovely refreshments were served to Mrs. Charlie Jacob, Mrs. O. O. Cummings, Mrs. Stein Baughman, Mrs. Lester Hartman, Mrs. J. f . Boughton, Mrs. J. W. Taylor, Miss Reita Hartman and Mrs. Harvery Fields.

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The contractors are progressing rapidly on the new gymnasium. Think they will have it completed before the end of school.

The girls’ ball team played Farmerville High last Wednesday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Garland Jones attended the game.

Mrs. Melba McDonald attended the dance in Farmerville last Thursday night.

Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Smith were visitors to Monroe last Saturday.

Mrs. Melba McDonald spent the week end at Bernice with her mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Garland Jones spent the week end at Junction City and Lillie with their parents.

Miss Reba Kennedy also spent the week end with her father, Mr. Will Kennedy.

Several from here attended the rally at Bernice Friday and Friday night.

Linville Junior Class

The Junior class of the Linville High school met January 26 for a business meeting. The house was called to order by the president, Harold Parks.

The class voted to contribute to the fight against infantile paralysis .

A committee composed of Kathleen Anderson, Boyce Wells and Ernestine Parks, was appointed by the president to present suggestions to the class for the annual entertainment for Juniors and Seniors.

The the Junior class of Linville High School called a meeting January 30 for business. The class voted to select and plan the order for their class rings. Mr. Schuler, representative of a company, by using this plan the Juniors will receive class pins to wear this year and as a premium the boys will receive belt buckles and the girls will receive a compact when the rings will be delivered next fall.

Julia Ford, Reporter


I will have tomato plants for sale any time between February 20th and the 1st of March, at my place seven miles west of Farmerville on the Bernice-Farmerville highway.



By Spearville Seniors

The Senior Class of Spearsville will present it’s first play of the season on Friday, February 24th, at 7:30 o’clock.

The play, “Song of My Heart,” revolves around the modern Sylvia who finds a diary in her family’s old southern mansion and chances upon the story of the broken romance of her grandmother–the lovely Sylvia Mogne of the past. The reading of the diary carries the scene back to 1874. The lights grow dim and the curtain descends to rise again on the enchanting bitter-sweet story of the first Sylvia and Michael – of their love and of how they parted. Then as the curtain falls on the tale told by the diary and rises once again to return us to the present, we see the interrupted romance of yesteryear flow onward in the lives of the Sylvia and Michael of today.

Besides all this sentiment, there is comedy in the presence of two negro servants. If you enjoy a play full of tender sentiment and comedy son’t miss, “Song of My Heart.”

The play is being directed by Miss Gladys Drummond and the cast includes:

Sylvia, the melodyJaque Hollis
Michael, the lyricPercy Wade
Poley, negro maidMardell Nash
Mrs. MoyneVirginia Hollis
Steve MoyneV. W. Brown
Harley Forman, discord P. Telford
Faith, life of partyWillie B. Terral
ShirleyCordean Mason
DesireeMildred Ward


The Downsville Junior Homemakers met for their regular meeting, on February 3, with the president, Mary Alice Smith, presiding.

The Secretary, Nell Robinson, read the minutes and called the roll. During the business session the club discussed buying books for Home Economics Department to raise it to standard. The Club is planning to begin work on an operetta, “Polished Pebbles,” soon which they will stage some time in March.

After attending to all the business, a very interesting program was rendered on “Home — a Reading” by Nell Robinson. “Home, its’ Meaning,” by Dixie Maxey, and “My Home,” by Doris Brashier.

The entire club sang the state club song and repeated the club motto.

Julia Beth Holman, Reporter.


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