Pvt. M. D Fowler, Jr. Completes Training at Fort Chafee, Ark.

from The Malakoff News
October 17, 1958

MDFowler Jr

(AHTNC) —Army Pvt. Maynard D. Fowler, Jr., 22, of Malakoff, Tex., recently completed eight weeks of basic combat training at Fort Chaffee, Ark.  Fowler, whose parents live in Malakoff, is a 1954 graduate of Malakoff High School.

Bad Prophecy for the Village Newspaper

From The Malakoff News
6 August 1931

TMN 6 August 1931

At the risk of being called a pessimist, after citing the fact that there are 57 fewer publications in Texas, July 1st, this year than the same period a year ago, we offer the suggestion that fifty more will suspend before another fiscal year comes to a close.  The village weekly paper, we believe, is doomed – the better weekly paper has a broader field ahead than ever before.  The county seat weekly, or the outstanding weekly in the county in which it is published, is making inroads into the foreign advertising field that cannot be approached by the village weekly; the stores in the smaller town cannot support their local paper alone.  Result: a better county weekly or county weeklies and the smaller town publisher working for the more successful neighbor…

There are many small towns where efforts have been made to maintain a local or community newspaper in which the publishers have had a fair measure of success – but more and more towns are coming into the “failure” area in this respect.  No small town paper can hope henceforth to succeed unless that town’s local institutions, banks, stores, factories, mills, gins, garages, and other enterprises give to the paper at least a fair measure of support.  The mere giving of an annual subscription, or a little job of printing now and then is not fair support – it takes advertising, and if that volume is too skimpy, the paper goes dead.  The value of a live active newspaper to a small town can be gauged by these two facts:  First, no town has ever succeeded without a local newspaper; second, no small town that has lost its newspaper ever comes back to life.  Look around you for verification of these facts.

From “The Tyler Journal”

Phonograph Given Away Before Record Crowd at Ritz Thurs.

from The Malakoff News
November 18, 1923

No. 39246 Proved The Lucky Number for Little Miss Ruth Cleveland

The largest crowd in the history of the Ritz Theatre was present at their performance last Thursday evening, the time set for the giving away of a beautiful Orthophonic Phonograph to the holder of the luck coupon.  Mr. F. H. Rike, manager of the Ritz, stated that there were something over 300 people present on this occasion.Orthonic phonograph

The giving away of this this fine machine was an advertising stunt fostered by the Ritz management some time ago.  Four other business houses assisted in the scheme by giving away these tickets on cash purchases and accounts paid.  They were: J. W. Robertson, Roy I. Weir, Flagg Drug Company, and Dewey Payne.  All of these men declare the stunt a success and all are well satisfied with its outcome.

At the beginning of the drawing, Mr. Rike selected Dan Gentry, We. W. Phillips, and J. L. Clay to act as judges and little Miss Mary Charles Welborn was chosen to draw the ticket.  No. 039-26, te first ticket drawn proved to be the winner and was held by little Miss Ruth Cleveland of this city.


Tiger Kittens Even Score with Kemp Jrs.

From The Malakoff News
Friday, October 21, 1955

The Malakoff elementary school Kittens, coached by Principal Neal Lawson, defeated the Kemp school’s junior team here Tuesday night by a score of 7 to 6, to even the score for the season’s play

The Kemp lads won the first game on their own field earlier in the season by the score of 13 to 6.

1956 Malakoff Kittens

The Malakoff Kittens!
FRONT ROW:  Dukes, Sorrell, Shumate, Shelton, Moore, Faulk, Dosser, and Rasco
MIDDLE ROW:  Price, Dodson, Mitchell, Bailey, Smith, Jordan, Wilcox, Nash, Fitzgerald, Briggs
BACK ROW:  Coach Lawson, Tidball, Kirby, Tarkington, Stanfield, Holt, Starkes, Lerwis, Surls, Weaks

Jerry Stanfield put the locals in the lead with the winning score late in the final quarter on a 40-yard touchdown sprint.  He also ran over the extra point.  Kemp scored in the 3rd quarter to gain a temporary lead.

For Miss Ebey

from The Malakoff News
Thursday, August 9, 1917

Last Saturday night Miss Martha Scholl entertained in honor of her guest, Miss Kate Ebey of Athens.  Games and music furnished the diversions of the evening, and a delightful time was enjoyed by all.  At a late hour, refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were served.  Those present were Misses Kate Ebey of Athens, Katie Pearl Badgett of Blooming Grove, Lela Miles of Wichita Falls, Maude Gilmore, Ruby Knutson and Grace Swanson, Messers. Hobart and William Riddlesperger, Fonzo Dodson, Nuel Vandagriff, Curren Dodson, George Finney, Maynard Fowler, Tillman Payne, and Louis J. Scholl, Jr.

Former Coach Here Enters Real Estate Business in Athens

from The Malakoff News
Friday, August 5, 1955

E. B. Bishop, former athletic coach for the Malakoff Public Schools since his recent removal to Athens, has entered the real estate business in that city.  His association with the Ed Blansitt Insurance and Real Estate Agency was announced on July 30th.


E. B. Bishop

In making the announcement, Mr. Blansitt said that Bishop, who is now employed in the Athens schools, will work during the summer months and in his spare time.

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop, both former members of the local school faculty, now reside at 120 West Cayuga Drive in Athens.

Evangelist Isbell Holds Revival Here

from The Malakoff News
August 6, 1955


A. V. Isbell, revivalist from Midland, Texas, will be in Malakoff for the next ten days while conducting a summer revival campaign at the Church of Christ.

The meeting will get underway this evening at 8:00 in the first of the series  of gospel services and will continue through Sunday evening, August 14th.  Only evening services, it was announced will be held.

The public is invited to attend these servcies.

Business Co-Operation

from The Malakoff News
Thursday, August 4, 1921

Forward looking men realize the value of information on current events.  We cannot keep up with progress without knowing what is going on in the world and how the leaders of men are meeting their obligations and responsibilities.  For this reason, farmers need and welcome the assistance of businessmen who know business problems and can give helpful information on the solution of them.

As a rule, business men like to talk over farm problems with farmers and are always to give advice and assistance on financial and industrial matters.  Farmers know farming better than business men, but business men know commercial, industrial, and financial matters better than farmers, as a rule.  For this reason, each should be on closer terms and give the other the benefit of his information.

Theresa Willbanks Weds Jas. E. Wallace in Dallas Ceremony

From The Malakoff News
Friday, August 4, 1950

Miss Theresa Willbanks, formerly of Malakoff and daughter of Mrs. Eva Willbanks of thisWillbanks and WallaceJPG city, and J. H. Willbanks of Dallas, was united in marriage on Saturday evening to Mr. James E. Wallace.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. N. O. Wallace of Paris.

The wedding took place in the Urbandale Methodist Church in Dallas, with the Rev. John C. Cook officiating.  The double ring ceremony was used.

The bride, given in marriage by her brother, J. J. Willbanks, wore a suit of skipper blue with cocoa associates, and her flowers were white camellias.

Mrs. Michael O’Neal, the brides only attendant, was also dressed in skipper blue and wore a corsage of pink gladioli.  Mr. Michael O’Neal served as best man.

Mr. Robert Kelly, organist, played the wedding music and accompanied the vocalist, Mr. Elmo S. Giles, who sand “Because” and “I Love You Truly.”

Only a few close friends and relatives of the couple were in attendance at the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace will make their home in Dallas, and are now at home at 221½  South Edgefield.

School Band Practice To Start Next Monday

From The Malakoff News
Friday, August 2, 1957

Charles Wetzel, band director for the Malakoff schools, announces band practice for high school members, beginning Monday, August 5th in the high school auditorium.  Practice for high school beginners will follow on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Charles Wetzel

Charles Wetzel

According to Mr. Wetzel, regular rehearsals will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:00 a.m. until the beginning of school.  All members and those wishing to play in the school band are urged to attend.

Misses Delores McLain and Deanna Poole will begin classes on Monday, teaching “twirling.”  Classes are to be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, according to Mr. Wetzel.