Bernice Local News

The Bernice Journal
May 23, 1929

Sentence Imposed

For the second time within a year John Harrison and Homer Graves, prominent young white men of Union Parish, late Monday heard a sentence of 6 to 10 years in the penitentiary for manslaughter, imposed by the judge of Union Parish district court and for a second time their attorney. Harvey G. Fields took an appeal to the state supreme court.

The two young men were for the second time convicted at the April term of court of manslaughter in connection with the slaying of Madison Welch, a prominent young man of Litroe.

The sentence was imposed after motions for a new trial and for an arrest of judgment were overruled. Mr. Fields then made a plea for the court to reduce or at least not increase the penalty imposed by the court after the first conviction. The same penalty was imposed.

Following first conviction an appeal was taken to the state supreme court and a new trial ordered. The slaying took place in April. 1928.

New Gas Franchise

At a meeting of the town council Tuesday night a franchise was given to the Arkansas Natural Gas Co., to furnish gas for the town of Bernice. The rate of this franchise is $2.00 for the first thousand feet and 50 cents for each additional thousand. The franchise calls for operation by December 1st, 1929.

Adult Union

Missionary of Shangul, China May 29, Mrs. W. L. Odom in charge.
Introduction, Mrs. W. L. Odom.
Convention and Call to Missions, Mr. E. C. Colvin.
Beginning Work in China, Mrs. A. Ferguson.
Had Eyes Stop His Study of Book War Interrupts Work, Mr. G. C. Black.
Back to Work in China, Mr. G. O. Cagle.
His voice Fails, Mrs. J. C. Phillips.
The Fatal Ascess, Mrs. E. C. Colvin.
The Last Years, Mrs. H. J. Odom.

7th Grade Graduation

Wednesday, 8 P. M. May 22 March

SalutatoryVivian Reid
Cornet SoloDonald Lindsey
RendingHelen Hollis
Class Song
ValedictoryThyra Mabry
Vocal SoloLyle Gresham
AnnouncementMr. Moncrief
AddressRev. L. P. Moreland
Presentation of CertificatesMr. Moncrief

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wey of Monroe, are visiting relatives here this week.

Mr. C. J. Goss of Fairbanks, was here Sunday.

See us for a scholarship on Tyler Commercial College now.

To Drill for Oil

The Texas Oil Co., is installing a rig to drill for oil on a block of acreage just out of town. The rig is locate on Mr. Marion Fuller’s land.

This is one of the largest and most equipped outfits ever located on a lease in this part of the country. The derrick is 122 feet high. There are two large boilers and twin pumps. We understand that this well will be drilled to a depth of 5000 feet if necessary.

We are hoping this will be a gusher.


Circle four met with Mrs. C. F. Brewster, Monday afternoon. Eleven members were present. At the close of the meeting Mrs. Brewster served a delicious salad course. Next Monday will be the monthly business meeting at the church.

Missionary Society

The Womans Missionary Society met at the Methodist church Monday afternoon.

After several songs were rendered on the piano by Mrs. Herman Williams, Mrs. Mabry gave the usual Bible reading. Mrs. Welch gave the opening prayer.

A free will offering was taken and dues were collected.

A letter of appreciation has been sent to Mrs. G. W. James of Eldorado, for a beautiful living room suit which she had given to our parsonage.

The committee appointed to buy awnings for the parsonage reported their duties performed in full.

A beautiful scripture lesson was taught by Mrs. N. L. Moncrief, after which our meeting closed with The Lords prayer in concert.

Member of Publicity.

Poultry Sale

I will hold poultry sales on the following dates:

Marion, Monday: June 3rd. – Farmerville, Tuesday: June 4th – Bernice, Wednesday; June 5th. J. V. Rabb, County Agent.


Mr. E. J. Bennett and family, of Smackover, spent Sunday here with relatives.

Pecan Budding

Mr. M. Hull, Associate Horticulturist of the L. S. U. Extension Department will spend Wednesday may 29th in Union Parish with county agent Rabb in Pecan Budding demonstrations and the places to be announced later.

It would be well for all that are interested in these demonstrations to get in touch with Mr. Rabb. This will assist him in locating the demonstrations in reach of these who are interested.

Singers Will Meet

Shreveport will be the mecca June 1 and 2 for gospel singers from three states, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. The occasion will be the semi-annual meeting of the North Louisiana Singers’ association, Indications are that 2,000 singers will attend the Sunday session.

Meeting will be held in the city hall, beginning at 10 o’clock Saturday morning and continuing throughout the day, with a session at night. Mayor L. E. Thomas, a “native” of Union Parish, from which comes the president, G. W. McCullen of Farmerville, is expected to be host to the singers. Mayor Thomas will deliver the address of welcome at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. Response will be made by H. L. McKnight, corresponding secretary, of Ruston.

“Deacon” Frank B. Jones, Shreveport, is expected to act as official hand-shaker as well as to lead some of the singing.

Others who will take an active part are: President G. W. McCullen, Farmerville; G. T. Kelly, Ruston; for five years president of the association; W. W. Hembree, Benton; O. S. Slocum, West Monroe; A. C. Banks, vice president, Graysan; Sam J. McCollum, Emerson, Ark; W. M. Stoker, Jr. West Monroe; L. K. Hammons, Secretary, Choudrant; C. E. Goss, Lillie.

Checker Board Feed

Mr. Graydon Colvin, left Saturday for Baton Rouge to attend the Purina Feed School. Mr. G. C. Hicks is an agency for the Checker Bord Feed, for horses, cows, hogs, chickens, etc., Mr. Colvin being an employee at G. C. Hicks Store, will be able to explain in more detail to the customers about why they should use Checker Board Geed, after he has attended the Purina Feed School.

Essay Contest

Mrs. McDonald’s eleventh and ninth grade Home Economics classes have written essays on, Why I Should wear Cotton Clothing. The following essay by Nell Liggin won the first place.

The farmers of the South are poorer than the farmers elsewhere in the Union States. Why is this? It is because the people of the south do not patronize the farmers here by buying and wearing cotton clothing. Cotton goods are the cheapest on the market because so many silks, wools, and linens are worn instead of cotton.

People of the South should wear cotton clothing on all occasions. It is now the most popular of fabrics, but much of the other three most common fabrics are used. Many girls of the South now are using cotton for graduating dresses. These are the kind that ought to be worn. It ought to be the only fabric used for making dresses for school and other purposes. Many schools have made a rule for the girls to wear cotton dresses and stockings. If this was a rule in all schools especially in the South the farmers would be richer. Also cotton would then be worn in other places besides school. Many girls think they have to have silk dresses because other girls wear them. If everyone would wear cotton they would not feel that way. So I would were cotton so other people would.

We, the people of the South, cannot expect people of the North or of other countries to wear cotton clothing if we do not. If we do, the buyers of cotton can afford to buy more cotton for a larger price because they know they can get a market for it.

The cotton material is made in many patterns and weaves for all kinds of clothing. Some of the cotton materials are almost as pretty as the silk, linen, and wool materials. The popular prints that are worn this spring are made in many of the cotton fabrics as well as silk and linen. There are materials made of cotton to imitate material of linen, silk and wool. Such as Indian head to imitate linen, voile and organdies to imitate silk, and cotton flannels and suitings to imitate wool. These materials wear as well as the silk, linen and wool ones and look almost like them. They are more easily laundered and look better after they are laundered. They are as cool in summer and as warm in winter as almost any silk, linen or wool. Cotton goods will stand hard wear well and will not tear easily.

The raising, ginning, and manufacturing of cotton materials employ thousands of men, women, and children. If every one would wear cotton to advertise it so more of it could be bought, these men, women, and children would make, more money.

There are many things made from cotton including dresses, underclothes, men’s clothing, sheets, pillow cases, draperies window shades, towels, table runners, scarfs, stockings, bags, for fertilizer, dairy, poultry, and livestock feeds cement bags bagging to put around the ginned cotton, cord and linings for various things. All of these are made from cotton but clothes uses much of the cotton. Therefore, we ought to wear more cotton clothing to take care of more of the cotton.

LOST–One Blue Jersey Bull, about 2 1-2 years old, left my place about January 1st. Reward for recovery. J. L. E. Thaxton.

NOTICE — Taken up at my home One Bird Dog Setter, black and white speckled came to my home April 15th. Owner can get same by paying charges. R. T. Porter, Bernice, La., R. 2.

BERNICE JOURNAL BERNICE LOUISIANA Entered at the Post Office at Bernice as second class mail. J. C. Phillips, Editor – Prop.

Dr. O. E. Glover and son, James, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Barbee at Strong Ark.

In printing honor roll of the Bernice High School a few weeks ago we printed the name of Charley Busby, when that name should have been Charley Couch.

Mrs. C. J. Morton returned Monday from Selma, Ala., where she has been visiting her son, Mr. Charley Morton.

Mrs. J. E. Phillips is visiting her son, Mr. Grady Phillips and family at Norphlet.

FOR RENT 8 room house for rent $15.00 per month. C. T. Salley.

Word has been received that Mr. Newton Lowery has won two prized in school at Shreveport. One prize was for being the best all round boy student.

Senator E. B. Robinson arrived home Sunday from Baton Rouge where he attended the closing session of the extra ordinary meeting of the senate.

I will not be responsible for any bills charged to Jerry Lumber Co., unless I give a written order. G. N. JERRY.

Mrs. Lucile Louis of Dubach was in town Tuesday.

Mrs. Harry Waugh and Miss Kate Waugh were visitors here Tuesday.

Dr. T. W. Harper of Ruston visited Uncle John Ozley this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Grady Phillips announces the birth of a fine boy, born May 11th.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Allen of Quitman, visited Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Patterson Sunday.

Dr. and Mrs. D. B. Garland left Wednesday for New Orleans.

Mr. and Mrs. Starkey Lindsey, and Miss Rosalee Grafton visited in Homer Sunday.

Mrs. Peppers won the free dress at The Fashion Shoppe Saturday.

NOTICE Tax payers town of Bernice. All taxes unpaid after July 1 will be advertised for sale. Eliza Grafton, Tax Collector.





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