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”

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.

Popular Young Couple Weds in Dallas Sunday

from The Malakoff News
Thursday, July 31, 1930

An item which will be of interest to Malakoff people will be found in the wedding of Miss Aline Gentry to Mr. Hobart Riddlesperger, which took place in Dallas at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Carl C. Gregory, Methodist pastor, of Dallas.


Stella Aline “Scrap” Gentry

The bride is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gentry of this city and is an accomplished young lady.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Riddlesperger and is a very promising young business man of this city.  He now holds the position as cashier of the First National Bank of Malakoff.

This young couple is very popular among the younger set, and they both enjoy a great host of friends who join the News in wishing them the greatest of happiness and success as they go through life together.

Immediately following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Riddlesperger departed on a short honeymoon trip to points in Colorado after which they will be at home to their friends in this city.

America’s Immortal Mission

from The Malakoff News
Thursday, July 26, 1917

“The Preservation of Liberty and the Destiny of the Republican model of Government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on and entrusted to the hands of the American People.”
– George Washington’s First Inaugural Address
April 30th, 1789

“The case needs no arguing.  I assume that I am only expressing your own thought – what must be in the mind of every true man when he faces tragedy and the solemn glory of the present war for the emancipation of mankind.”


Woodrow Wilson 

“I summon yo to a great duty, a great privilege, a shining dignity and distinction.”

“I shall expect every man who is not a slacker to be at my side throughout this great enterprise.”
– President Wilson’s Address of July 11th, 1917.

The first quotation above is from the first official utterance of the first President of the United States; the latter is the latest official utterance from the present Chief Executive.

Birthday Congratulations

from The Malakoff News
Thursday, July 26, 1917

St. Louis, Mo.
July 16, 1917

Mr. Louis J. Scholl, Editor
The News
Malakoff, Texas

Dear Sir:

Please permit me to take this occasion to congratulate you and The News on the 5th birthday of the good paper, a copy of which is sent each week to our St. Louis offices from the office of Mr. J. F. Lehane, our General Freight and Passenger Agent, at Tyler


Louis J. Scholl, Sr.

I am sure I bespeak the sentiment of the rank and file of your readers when I chance to say that your efforts in putting out the publication are very much appreciated.

The attention of Mr. J. M. Herbert, our President, has been attracted to the editorial announcing the paper’s birthday, and he requests me to say that he too, feels it a privilege to congratulate you and wish for you and yours a most happy and prosperous year to come.

When any of our officers can be of service to you, please feel free to command us.

Yours very truly,

J. H. Estes
Special Representative

Former Pastor is Malakoff Visitor

from The Malakoff News
Friday, June 28, 1957

The Rev. Truman Skaggs, former pastor of the First Baptist Church here and builder of the present new church edifice, and Mrs. Skaggs, were in the city a few days last week for a brief visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reese.

The Skaggs, situated in the state of Kentucky since leaving Malakoff a few years Truman Skaggsago, resigned their recent pastorate at Lewisburg to become associated with the Southern Baptist Convention’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. The Rev. Skaggs will serve in a supply capacity for the pastorless churches in the Nashville area.

In the Tennessee capitol city, the Rev. and Mrs. Skaggs will make their home at 2019 Bernard Circle, Colonial Village, Apt. 4.

Collins Found Dead

from The Malakoff News
February 19, 1925

Cave City, Ky. – After seventeen days of hard work on the part of his rescuers, Floyd CollinsFloyd Collins, who was trapped  by a natural rock vise in Sand Cave on January 30, was reached and found dead at 2:45 Monday afternoon.


It was reported by a workman that owing to the roof above Collins giving way, they were able to reach him several hours before they had expected.

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