Excerpted, with permission, from the Havana Herald, Havana, FL. www.HavanaHerald.net
Articles were photographed by Angela Cassidy and typed by Eunice Herren. Where the full names of people are known,
they have been added in parentheses by Angela Cassidy.
COUNCIL TAKES OFFICE__Havana's newly-elected council members are sworn in by Mayor E. H. Slappey, third from left. Marvin Miller, right of the Mayor, is the retiring member of last year's group. Others left to right: Hobson Alewine and Harry Womack, incumbent members, Cecil Butler, Alvin Stephens, president Aubrey Butler, Benny McFarland and Fred Arrington.--Herald Photo.
|The Office Cat
The other night I was here at the office writing a violent anti-rat editorial, when I heard a small squeak beside the desk. I was just about to get out the oil can, when on looking down, I spied the mouse you see pictured above. As you can see from the scene, HE did most of the talking, while I sat there being amazed at a mouse that could talk. He just wanted to let me know, he said, that he didn't appreciate either my personal attitude or the things I said about his living in our man Dode's desk drawer. Didn't I know what a hard life mice lead, and hadn't HE asked. Until I shot off my big mouth, he was happy there nibbling dode's cigarettes, fruit, and paste without anyone bothering him. And he especially resented having readers sending in mouse traps. Not that he was dumb enough to get caught anyway, but mouse traps made him so-o-nervous. What he finally got around to was that he wants me to lay off my campaign against the face of rodents, or else... I guess as important as I am, I can afford to be generous. BUT--he'd better confine his operations to Dode's desk, because if he starts messing around mine, that will be all for a certain little mouse. I may be only an Office Cat, but I'm a tiger when I get aroused.
It's amazine how little the average person knows about the work involved in putting out a newspaper. All you have to do, you tell us, is write the stuff and print it. Well, it's not quite as simple as that. In the first place, you have to get up the news. Nobody's done anything, and if they did, they won't tell you about it. After we pick a little information out of someone (by means of torture if necessary), we writers are faced with the problem of turning a two line items into half a column of words. We usually manage that, however, and then the typed stories go into a box to be set on the linotype machine. The words go in the front and come out the side in column form, we hope. After that we run a proof which we all read dutifully, but it's against the rules to find any errors at this stage of the game. It makes things much more difficult for everyone if mistakes aren't discovered until the paper is going to press. After hours of this type of work, we finally have a page made up and ready to print. Harvell starts the press, and the Havana Herald comes out in beautiful black and white, only it's upside down. Operations cease, begin again, and the Herald comes out, this time right side up. All goes well until one obstinate sheet refuses to go through, which gets into the rollers and raises the temperature in the shop several degrees. This necessitates removing the rollers and cleaning them. The aforementioned procedure continues at fever pace for three days, at the end of which time we find ourselves on the threshhold of victory, with only the front page to print on Thursday. Some bright person discovers that there is a glaring hole in the page, and worse still, that there is absolutely nothing with which to fill it up. We all consider killing each other to get a story for the space, but usually reconsider and rake the town over until someone comes up with the necessary news. By this time the confusion in the office is so great that if we printed the front page of last week's paper, no one would know the difference. Or care, for that matter. anyway, as the deadline draws near, we frantically fold the papers, feebly attempting to get the pages in consecutive order, and then stamp them. They are addressed to people who moved last week and didn't notify us of the fact, and also to people whose subscriptions ran out last September, but we are blissfully unaware of these facts as we think only of getting the papers in the post office. If our luck is holding out, the Herald is in your box at train time, and if not, we stoically accept your comments on the situation.
Well, our job is finished, and the rest is yours. You get your paper, quick-as-a-flash read the Office Cat (paid adv.), glance at the headlines and the pictures, and then build a fire with the Herald, provided the baby hasn't already torn it to bits.
The staff, meanwhile is thinking of a beautiful week-end to relax in, but we look away for a moment, or take a quick nap, and there it is Monday again. Monday's the day the vicious cycle begins again.
But ain't it fun?
|Havana Quintet to Meet Greensboro Tonight on Attapulgus Court
The Havana Bears will be seeking their fourth win of the season when they meet the Greensboro five tonight on the Attapulgus court, in the first of three games to be played this week.
Both the "A" and "B" squads will take the court tonight with the "B" squad leading off at 7 p.m.
Friday night the Bears will take the road to Perry where, according to Coach Fred Strange, they will meet the toughest of the three teams on this week's schedule. Saturday night the Havana quintet will meet the Chattahoochee five on the Sneads court. Both "A" and "B" squads will play all three games.
After a week's rest, the Bears will meet the high-ranking Boles (JAX) five in the Leon County Armory on Saturday night January 24. This is expected to be one of the high points in the Havana five's schedule when they meet a team who has downed both Landon and Jackson High this season.
The probable starting line-up for tonight's game as announced by Coach Strange will be: Dan Miller and Howard Gray, forwards; Harold Berts, Jr., center; Bobby Miller and Jim Morgan, guards.
David Burns, who has been on the ineligible list, will return to the squad Friday and will probably see action in Friday night's game. Dick Williams, who has been recuperating from an operation, will also be in shape for action.
Coach Fred Strange announced that the teams participating in this year's district tournament will be the same as last year with the exception of Branford, who has been dropped from the list.
Teams participating in the tournament last year were: Aucilla, Branford, Crawfordville, Day Junior, Foley Junior, Greensboro, Greenville, Havana, Pinetta, Salem, White Springs and Sopchoppy.
Coach Strange said he expects the toughest competition from the Greenville and Pnetta teams.
|Mrs. P. W. Shelfer Hostess at Demonstration Meeting
The January meeting of the Havana Home Demonstration Club was held last week at the home of Mrs. P. W. (Edith) Shelfer, with Miss Mary Nicholson and Mrs. W. B. Smith as co-hostesses. Sixteen members were present and one visitor, Mrs. N. T. Richardson. Mrs. Fletcher Freeman was announced as a new member.
Mrs. W. B. Haskins, president of the club, presided at the business meeting and the devotional was given by Mrs. J. H. Sappington.
Members brought 24 tray cloths to be disstributed to various veteran hospitals.
Miss Elise Lafitte, county agent, instructed the members in making hand-made rugs of tied string. She also announced that at the February meeting aluminum trays would be fashioned from two sizes of shaped aluminum. Orders were taken among the members for the trays. The designs, it was explained, would be made by acid application and the outside borders made with a wooden tool.
The hostesses served a salad plate and coffee as refreshments.
The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. W. L. (Lula) Williams, Sr., Friday, February 2, at 3 o'clock. Visitors at the meetings are always welcome.
|Mrs. J. L. Hicks Honored on Birthday
Mrs. E. S. Holman complimented her mother, Mrs. J. I. Hicks, last Sunday with a dinner in honor of her 71st birthday. The dinner was served buffet style and the serving table was centered with a birthday cake holding 71 candles.
Guests called during the day to congratulate Mrs. Hicks and she received many lovely gifts. Receiving with Mrs. Hicks were her six children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Among the guests calling were: Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Silas Powell and two sons, Larry and Jimmie of Sylvester Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. David McDonald and son of Montgomery, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Hicks of Elba, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Winerton Nolen of Hartford, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Hicks and daughter, Jeane of Dothan, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. George McDaniel and daughter Betty, of Lamont, Fla.; and Mrs. J. R. Raines and daughters, Mary June and Martha Ann of columbus, Ga.
|Bridge Club Meeting at Alewine Home
Members of the Havana Bridge club met Wednesday afternoon of last week at the home of Mrs. H. N. (Dewey) Alewine. Mrs. J. G. (Grace) Fischer was a guest player and at the conclusion of the games, she was awarded high score prize, pieces of hand-made lace. Second high prize, a linen handkerchief, went to Mrs. Clarence (Olive) Morgan and cut prize was claimed by Mrs. Marvin (Thelma) Miller. She received a deck of cards. The hostess served a salad plate and coffee as refreshments. The meeting this week was at the home of Mrs. H. C. Bert.
|Bridge Club Met With Spencer Scotts
Members of the Husbands and Wives Bridge club resumed their weekly meetings, postponed during the holidays, last Wednesday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Scott. Dessert of mince meat pie and coffee were served preceding the games.
High score prize was won by Mrs. E. B. McFarland, a gardenia plant, and second high prize went to Mrs. D. F. Henderson, an ardesia plant. A dish garden was cut prize and was awarded to Mrs. John (Grace) Blount.
The meeting this week was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Henderson.
|Chat and Play Members Guests of Mrs. Butler
Last week the Chat and Play Bridge club met at the home of Mrs. A. M. Butler. Playing with the regular members at this meeting, were Mrs. Kenneth Cowart and Mrs. G. H. Loch.
At the conclusion of several games, Mrs. G. H. Loch was presented a box of dusting powder for high score prize and Mrs. Lester Griner received a tray for cut prize.
The hostess served a salad plate and coffee as refreshments.
Friends of Mrs. Fanny Dunston of Hinson will regret to learn that she is ill.
Mrs. Wills Doss is spending the winter in Sanford, Fla., with her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Luther Doss.
James Mitchell, Mrs. Annie Mitchell and Miss Pet Howren spent the day Sunday in Greensboro where they enjoyed the family reunion and 78th birthday celebration of Mrs. Florence Cumbie.
Mrs. Aubrey (Kathleen) Butler has been called to Madison due to the illness of her mother, Mrs. Patterson, who suffered a stroke last Sunday.
Mrs. James Green and two children of Macon, Ga., were recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Walker.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob (and Nina) Lester, Miss Nina Jean Lester, Jimmie Lester and Elizabeth Weatherly were dinner guests at the Cecil Butler home last Tuesday night.
Alvin Stephens and John Keith left Wednesday for Atlantic City where they will attend the National Canners convention being held there, January 19 through 21. Before returning to Havana, Mr. Stephens will spend a day in Washington, D. C., and Mr. Keith will visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Keith in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Avery of Jacksonville and Mr. W. V. Knott of Tallahassee were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin (and Virginia) Stephens and Mrs. E. J. (Eulalia) Stephens, Tuesday of this week.
James J. Shivers is improving following an operation at St. Luke's hospital in Jacksonville this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Canty and two children of Madison and Mr. Frank Canty visited with Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Canty Sunday. Mr. Frank Canty remained for a few days visit.
Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Jacoway and daughter, Linda, wer eguests of Mrs. Jacoway's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Canty of Hinson, Tuesday, en route to the Air Show in Sanford, Fla.
Major and Mrs. E. M. Ellis were guests here Sunday of Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Ellis. Major Ellis is commander at Camp Ruckers, Ala.
|Havana School News
Editor-in-Chief................Mary Ann Nicholson
So often the perspective of the students is so far from the objective of the class that everything turns out wrong, and we accuse our teacher of being all out of sorts. The sympathetic pupil might stop to think that he helps make the class what is is.
Why dread any class? If you have prepared your lessons, there should be no need to dread class. You will find the teacher willing to help you anytime she does not have something more urgent to do. If for some reason you do not have your lesson she is always willing to listen to your excuse; she will even permit you to make up the lesson.
Remember the teacher has a heart just as students do. You should always respect her and be polite to her. Never say things to a teacher that you wouldn't want her to say to you. Be sure not to snap back at her when she tries to correct you. She is usually trying to help you.
So often, as students you say that the class is not interesting. Did you ever stop to think why it isn't? Did you study your lesson before class? Surely you don't enjoy discussing something that you don't know anything about. For this reason, you should always study your lessons before class.
When you walk into and room and see your teacher with a frown on her face, you soon have one, too, yet how can you expect her to smile when you all frown? To have a cheerful teacher, you must be cheerful.
Any weakling takes the easy way, but the courageous, valiant individual is building a noble character.
As an individual, you may be sure you can never know too much, not be too wise, nor be too good.
The band has elected new officers for the school year 1947-48. The following are the new officers: president, Carl Driver; vice-president, Dan Miller; Treasurer, David Burns; librarian, Charles Lester; property manager, Dick Williams; publicity chairman, Dickie Fischer; social chairman, Don Butler; chaplain, Bill Shelfer; secretary, Winston Sapp.
The band received some new music this week and is beginning work on the contest this spring. "Castle Ruins," by Paul Yoder, was one of the new pieces. This may be selected as one of the overtures for the contest.
Do You Remember?
1. That April first is April Fool's Day?
Bears Readying for Hard Grind
Now that the holiday season has passed, the Havana Bears have resumed their practice sessions. Most of the boys returned in fairly good condition for the steady grind which gradually increases as the middle of the basketball season approaches.
The return of Dick Williams was welcomed by the players as well as by the coach. If you can remember, Dick showed quite a lot of promise last year, and another good reserve would greatly strengthen the squad.
The Bears don't have any games scheduled for this week, but they have several the following week.
The warm-ups, which have been ordered, are expected to be shipped at any date. Maybe the next time the Bears have a game, they will get to use their new warmups.
FLASH--The news of the week--Harold Bert had a date with Barbara Powell for Friday night. How do you do it "Babs"?....The Christmas holidays revealed a dazzling romance--that's of Sue Harvey and Carl Jarrard. He even affords a means to tell the time of his next date....Elizabeth Jones seems to be working overtime these days; however, is is no wonder with all of those cute telephone boys around. Especially one! What's this we hear about a Saturday, Elizabeth?....The clarinet and drum sections of the band seem to be getting along fine--Huh, Dick Williams and Bobbie Willis?....Faye Allen and Hunter McCullough seem to click right along....Winston Sapp and Whitney Musgrave just can't keep their eyes off a certain girl they call "Pear".....Edwina Whittle has a log chain around her arm. It couldn't be Wilfred Rudd engraved on it, could it Weaner?....Bookie (Robertson), we can all see that the fleet is in. I believe that they call him Kyle Maxwell, don't htey?....Mary Love (Nunn) is Sporting a new watch aroun. Wat is Santa claus of Leland Lee, Mary Love?....Some more jewelry!! Edith Atkinson has Willard Yawn's identification bracelet....Things really hapen in band--Dick gave Barbara's (Powell) ring back....Frannie Powell is sporting a silver bracelet--Donald Williams really knows how to pick out Christmas gifts....Did you ever find a ghirl to go with boy, Jeanette?....June Harvey, did you enjoy the midnite show last Saturday night? Who was your escort? Why did everybody get so mad at a certain party in Hinson the other night?? Faye and June are going to learn to drive one of these days, aren't they???
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