Kilgore Officials Deny It; Mrs. Hoyal Was TLA Head minate as of September 1, 1956.” Mrs. -I-loyal told the Observer : “I don’t see anything else behind this but politics. I think I’m being .made an example of, just to show you what happens to people who step out of line. in Kilgore.” Mrs. Hoyal said she wrote Elder, “expressing my surprise” and asking for the reasons for the ‘action. “I stated.that I felt that an employee of six years’ tenure, who. had never be fore been criticized by the city coinmission, deserved an explanation.. “I am completely in -the dark about the City . Commission’s reasons for this action,” she . said, “unless it has been caused by my political opinions. “My ‘automobile bears a . Yarborough sticker, and I was one of the minority group of loyal Democrats who held a rump convention.. in our precinct. last Saturday. “I had suppdsed that. the City Corn mission respeCted my right as an American citizen to expresS my own opinion,” she said. “I believe .it is my right and my duty to express my views on politics.’ ; Mrs. Hoyal said there had never been “a whisper of any criticism.” “I’ve never been fired before, but I think I can find another job,” she told the Observer. Mrs. Hoyal, 51, was educated at Mount Holyoke College, the Univerthe University of Oklahoma \(B.A. in She was .librarian at McAllen High School from 1934 to 1940; assistant supervisor, Work Projects Administration Library Project , in Austin,. 1940-42 ; librarian, U.S. Army ‘at Camp Swift, 1942-1944; reference librarian, Columbia, South Carolina, public library, 1944-45 ; branch librarian, University of Texas, 1945-1946; librarian, Torn .GreenCounty library, San Angelo, 1946 ,4950; and librarian at Kilgore, 1950-56. . Mrs. Margaret Hoyal She was president of the 1,500’member Texas Library Association frornaJuly 1, 1955, to June 30, 1956, and is also a member of the American Library Association. a grocer, stated: “I feel sorry for the young farmers, but they can go out `and get a job ; the old farmers are much worse off. They have..become so independent through the years that they -would be no good as a sales clerk. No one has ever dictated to them. Now most of them don’t know where their . next month’s grocery money is coming from. If I would give credit . at my grocery store I would run through my . inventory in two days.” A. C. Gideon, interviewed in a drug ‘store, said : “The soil bank ain’t worth a damn. If you’go in there an tell them a damn lie about it you can get pretty good money. You get $22.50 an acre for the stuff you were under planted, but you still have to plant to hold your allotment. “I had to tell them I made 40 lbs. You have to keep it plowed every time it comes a rain, and that costs. 75 cents an acre or more. You got more in it Dan Strawn .4 o s 111* dca, k e ,e’ o’v e ,,,Liberal Weekly Newspaper T. .ksni TEXAS, AUGUST 8, 1956 hstrurr 10c per copy The one great rule of composition is to speak the truth’. al asti .Thoreau We wilt serve no group or party but , will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we ‘see it. No. 16 Vol. 48 `Politics,’ Says Fired Librarian Farmers Score ‘Soil Bank’ 5rarthly. ,S pea trig \(An to the bubble gutn set, to say nothing of the bubble head set, was to have been terrific. Some of his opponents quickly resented the pitch and cried “foul” at the insinuation that Davy was for Pecksni ff. Well, hold your hats, kiddies, but my secret operatives have come up with a startling discovery \(confirmed political thespian .is not now Davy Crockett at all but horrors! a -Yankee spy by the name of Mr. An drews ! Yessir, this very fellow is now, or soon will be, seen stealing a locomotive by the name of General from our brave boys in gray and trying every Yankee trick in the books to derail the pursuing Confederate engine, “Texas.”‘ A brave conductor named Fuller was on our side back there in 1862, and this . very actor that was allowed to appear on television in Texas pulled a dirty Yankee trick and stole Fuller’s train at a place named Big Shanty, durin’ thtih wag between the states; suh. Are we Texans goin’ to stand foh a candidate fob govvv-nuh to appeal on tell-uh-vision with un actor that would accept an’ play thuh paht of a Yankee spy ? Who would think so tie a bit of states’ rights as to try an’ wreck an engine bearin’ thuh proud name of Texas? Meanwhile, back heah at thuh Red Rivuh boarduh,me an’ Evett an’ “a” Texas Ranger FRANKLIN JONES KILGORE The 1955-56 president of the Texas Library Association, Mrs. Margaret Hoyal, has been summarily fired from her job as Kilgore city librarian, and she believes the reason was “politics.” The City Commission made this statement to a local radio station:: “The City Commission has been considering a change in the public library administration for some time. Mrs. 1 -royal’s termination carries no special significance and is no different from the termination of any other city employee.” Mrs. Hoyal is a quiet ; dignified woman who has been active for loyalist Democratic causes and candidates. On July 28 she attended the convention of precinct 36 Oh the Rusk County side of Kilgore.. She and nine others walked out and. held a rump convention, Ikrhich passed “the liberal resolution, the one criticizing Governor Shivers and calling upon Democrats to support the party’s presidential nominee this year,” she said; In addition, Mrs. Hoyal said, she has a sticker for Ralph Yarborough on her car window.. On July 31, three days after the precinct conventions, the city commissigners met and fired Mrs. Royal. The minutes of the meeting do not give a reason for the action. . On August 2, Mrs -. Hoyal received a. letter froth Mayor E. C. Elder, dated August 1, with copies sent to Commissioners W. R; Yazell and John L. Hill. It stated only: “Dear Mrs. Hoyal: , The City Commission at their last regular meeting July 31, 1956, instructed me to advise you that your employment as librarian at the Kilgore Public Library. will ter MARSHALL Namesmust not be mentioned, according to the Pecksnift in the runoff, but the conduct of some of the gubernatorial. candidates . in the first prithary should cause some eyebrow lifting -. I pass over the plan to re-locate the Great Lakes out Amarillo way and the burning desire of one candidate to let us all find out that difference. of opinion makes horse races. Rather, my fancy is taken by the candidate who conti nuously ,accused another candidate of being bought and. paid for by forces outside the state and who chiefly campaigned against Walter Reuther. There is a man for you! So nasty nice that he wouldn’t dare call his ponent’s name. .Of course it was perfectly all right to insinuate all manner of false charge against one not in the Shivers ring and leave no doubt as to who was the target,. but so long . as Uriah Beep remains humble, his . poisonous attack constitutes clean campaigning. All this could be let pass, but in the waning days of the first round, one handsome contender. took to television with a real live movie actor. This was not too difficult a task, for his presidential choice of 1952 had set the pace. with Robert .Montgomery as his production man for months. The gim. mirk was that this actor : feller was really Davy Crockett, and the appeal 000 of my fellow citizens were aiding the federal government in getting rid of surpluses by ‘eating them. There was another line extending down the sidewalk from the agriculture building on the other side of the _court house. This was the soil bank line. I asked one of the men in this line the purpose of his presence. “I’m in . the soup line,” he answered. I told him he was on the wrong side of the block. “It’s the: same thing,” he said. Ed Novorosad, the local A. S. C. man, was letting them in one at a time., From their truculent mannerisms one could conclude that the point of this precaution was Novorosad’s safety. There had been some talk of a necktie party. I asked Novorosad what he, thinks of the soil bank. He replied: “I’m not supposed to have an opinion, taut they’ve called me . everything in the world and one fellow wanted to whip me right after dinner. I’m not responsible for this. I just do what I’m told. I have 127 directives in there on the wall I’m supposed to go by. It’s just like if I were working for you chopping cotton and you told me to leave one stalk every two feet, that’s what I’d do.” I sauntered over to the .county judge’s office to get his opinion on. the matter. He was receiving the Victoria county judge in his august chambers. The Victoria judge was trying to find out how to get his county on relief, and Bill Pickett, an expert in that field by now,’ was telling him all the-ins and outs. Pickett was teasing him about trying to get a county on relief that had the highest millionaire count per capita in the state. I asked Judge Pickett about the soil bank. “Now you’re just trying to make me mad,” he said. “It’s no good because we don’t get anything out of it. My brother said the reason I liked the New Deal was because I had my finger in the pie, and you can quote me that the reason I don’t like the soil bank is ‘beltause I don’t have my finger in the pie.” Leo Krochelle Thigpen, when interviewed about the soil bank, said: “The soil bank penalizes the farmer who tries. The one who doesn’t plant gets more than the one who went . ahead and tried to make a crop.” “Speedy . reedy.” alias E. G. Boylesk. than you’ll ever get out of it. They claim that this is not a drouth program, but -nobody would sell. their cotton for $6 an acre if it ‘wasn’t .a drouth. “If they would pay on an average yield we would get $22.50. an acre and everybody would be happy, but they Wouldn’t do it.” Gideon continued: “I’ve paid my taxes up till this year but I don’t think I will this time. I’ve borrowed money for the last three years to pay taxes. I own 579 acres and can’t even pay taxes on it, and for the, three years I’ve gone. in .. the hoe four or five thotesand dollars.” Melvin Weigang, whom I passed on the street, said, “They misspelled it, they should spell it b-u-n-k.” ,One. Kenesly merchant, when informed they were grumbling about what they were getting at the bank, said : “When you come to ‘beg, why complain about what they give you? I wish somebody’d pay me subsidies!’ Jimmie Stewart, the county clerk, said: “It isn’t Novorosad’s fault. He can’t help it. But anything .that Secretary Benson :has anything’ to do with 1Cnniinued an nano KENEDY Hearing continuous grumblings and gnashings of teeth from various farmer citizens exasperated with the soil bank, your Kenedy correspondent climbed into his pick-up truck to assume the air of a fellow agrarian and drove to the county seat to interview his nettled peers at the source of their displeasure. There was a large crowd extending out into the street on one side of the courthouse, but this was the drouth relief free food line, where about 10,
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