BARBERING BRINGS HUSBAND
Last summer a blue-eyes 19 year old Willisville brunet entered a Carbondale barber college
because "the idea of invading a man's field intrigued me."
What she found there interested Martha WOLFE of Willisville even more, and now she's
going to marry the man she met amid the whirring clippers and sweet smelling lotions of
the Baker Barber college. He is Earl "Pickles" HALTERMAN, 23, son of Mr. &
Mrs. Tom HALTERMAN, 417 South Washington avenue, Carbondale.
When Martha, who lives with her sister, Mrs. Evan DALE, at 201 West Elm street in
Carbondale, completes the six-months barbering course she'll take her state board
examinations at Springfield Jan. 4. Earl will be the 'model' for demonstrating her
ability to shave, massage, trim and otherwise perform the functions of a barber.
The engagement was announced Christmas Eve at the home of Martha's parents, Mr. &
Mrs. Joe WOLFE, Willisville. The bride-to-be at that time received a diamond solitaire.
The wedding is tentatively set for June.
Martha must serve two and a half years of apprenticeship in a license barber shop after
passing the state exam, to become a full-fledged barber. She will be the only female
candidate from the Baker school unergoing the Jan. 4 exam. She is a 1948 graduate of
Pinckneyville high school.
Earl will not be through with his course at Baker's for another month or so. As yet
they haven't decided whether they will operate a man and wife barber shop.
OFFA THORNTON, BARBER, MOVES TO NEW QUARTERS
Offa THORNTON, opened a new barbershop today at 1323 Walnut street in the quarters
formerly occupied by Illinois Forest Management's district Forester, Harry D.
THORNTON moved his equipment this week from the location at 1337 Walnut street which he
had occupied for 18 years. Prior to conducting a shop downtown, THORNTON did his barbering
at his home at 1926 Gartside.
The new Forest Management office is located on the second floor of the Van Cloostere
building at Walnut and Tenth streets.
FUNERAL SUNDAY FOR SISTER OF LOCAL WOMAN
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Rockwood for Mrs. Cora FRASER, 82 of
East St. Louis, who died Wednesday at St. Mary's hospital in East St. Louis.
Mrs. FRASER suffered a broken hip and arm in a fall a few days before her death.
She leaves two sons, Earl, Tulsa, Okla., and Roy, East St. Louis, with whom she made her
home; one sister, Mrs. Enoch SMITH, Murphysboro; and several grandchildren.
TO REBUILD PATE CHAPEL CHURCH
Members of the Pate Chapel Church whose frame structure four miles north of Murphysboro
off route 13 burned to the ground Christmas day today took the first steps toward
rebuilding the church.
Members began clearing debris from the church ruins after voting earlier this week to
undertake the replacement of the building.
No accurate estimate of the value of the property destroyed in the fire has yet been made,
but church officials estimate the $2,500 insurance which covered the structure will
provide them with only a small share of the cost of replacement.
The value of the church was listed at $3,000 on church books before the beginning of
post-war improvements on which an estimated $3,000 had been spent at the time of the
At a business meeting in the Grange Hall town hall Wednesday night, members of the
congregation whcih lists 87 members, voted unanimously to replace the church "by the
help of God."
"We realize it will be a task for each member," the motion read as passed.
Plans were made to get as many logs as possible from which to saw out all of the rough
lumber and framework. A member of the congregation, Carroll SILL, has offered to do all
the necessary sawing free of charge.
The church has already other promises of aid, including the donation of a piano by one
member and of hymn books by another.
"It is going to be a burden on us for we have only about 15 homes on which we can
depend," a church official said today, "and we had just completed a $3,000
improvement on the old church since 1945. The church was just recently painted and new
flags were bought a few months ago."
"The official asked that anyone wanting to help in the rebuilding of the church in
any way call or write the church clerk, Mrs. Frank McLAUGHLING, route 3, Murphysboro or
call 46-F-4. Men will call for and pick up any logs donated, and will also saw the trees
"The new Bethel church near Vergennes has already offered its aid and has loaned us
extra chairs for which we are thankful," the official said. "We also wish to
thank the Murphysboro fire department for their services."
Although the church burned early Sunday afternoon just shortly after members had returned
to their homes from Christmas morning services, evening services were held at Grange Hall
town hall. Plans have been made to continue services there until the new church is
FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED CAR ON DESOTO BLACKTOP
A model "A" Ford car was almost completely destroyed by fire and abandoned along
the DeSoto blacktop road last night.
Deputy Sheriff Roy CARTER said that he was called to the scene, about two miles northeast
of Murphysboro, around midnight. He said that there were no occupants of the car at the
scene when he arrived.
A check of the license number with records in the sheriff's office listed the car as
belonging to W. MORGAN, of Elkville. CARTER said that efforts to contact Morgan had been
unsuccessful this morning.
The deputy said that the car apparently caught fire while being driven west on the
blacktop read, and that the driver turned off the road into an intersecting side road.
CARTER said that the car is practically a "total loss" with the exception of the
two rear tires which were not destroyed.
HICKS' PARTNER IN BURGLARY ON PAROLE DOCKET
James W. MILLER, one-time accomplice of Merdia HICKS, 'stolen car bandit' now
being held by Union county authorities on two charges of armed robbery, is one of three
Jackson county men scheduled to appear for hearings in connection with paroles early next
MILLER was convicted Jan. 14, 1946, along with HICKS on a charge of burglary of a home in
Pomona and sentences to one year to life. His name appears on a list of prisoners whose
sentences are scheduled for review on the January, 1950 Minimum docket.
MILLER is currently serving time at Pontiac prison.
HICKS was already out on parole at the time of his arrest this month on charges of robbing
business places in Wolf Lake and Aldridge and of stealing a car in Murphysboro and using
it in connection with a crime.
The other two men scheduled for hearings in the Illinois State Penitentiary system are
WALKER and Henry BROWN.
LEWIS, a prisoner at the Stateville division, will appear on the January, 1950 docket
automatically after serving the minimum time of his sentence. LEWIS was sentenced in the
Jackson County Circuit Court on April 11, 1946, on a charge of robbery to a minimum of
five years and a maximum of seven years.
BROWN was sentenced with LEWIS, after both men were convicted of a charge of armed
robbery. BROWN and LEWIS were convicted of robbing a Checker taxi driver of a sum of money
and of using a butcher knife as a weapon.
BROWN's name appears automatically on the January, 1950, minimum docket at the Menard
Admissions, December 29
Mrs. Eva J. CASEY, maternity, Jacob
Mrs. Viola GOODNIGHT, medical, Route 2, Murphysboro
Mrs. Alphia PERRIGAN, medical, 1720 Lake St., Murphysboro
Arnold LANGE, medical, Campbell Hill
Paul REUSCHER, medical, Ava
Dismissals, December 29
Millard BISHOP, 2111 Commercial, Murphysboro
Mrs. Nancy FLANIGAN, Route 2, Murphysboro
Mrs. Ruth SURMAN, Chester
Mrs. Lois WILHITE, 2116 Spruce, Murphysboro
Mr. & Mrs. A. L. KING, 1927 Elm street, are spending a few days with relatives and
friends in Memphis, Tenn. They are expected to return home Sunday.
Donnie WILLIAMS, who is stationed with the Navy in New Orleans, La., left for his base
Thursday after spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. R. WILLIAMS, 1313
Mr. & Mrs. Frank NOLAN of Chicago, have returned to their home after visiting their
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Riseling, 1915 Spruce street, and other
relatives and friends in Murphysboro.
Peggy VAN METER, a student nurse at Cairo, is visiting her mother, Mrs. W. M. TINDALL, 436
North Eighth street.
Mrs. Bill BELLY and Mrs. Jesse PASCHAL and sons, of Paducah, Ky., have returned to their
homes after visiting relatives in Murphysboro.
Ronald HENSON, of Willisville, visited Tuesday evening with Mr. & Mrs. Phil LEWIS,
Jr., 1607 Grace street.
Mr. & Mrs. S. DIRIER and family, and Mr. & Mrs. Howard Dean BERGER and son,
Bradford, of DuQuoin, spent Christmas at the home of their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charles
BERGER, North Eleventh street.
Carman Dee NISBET, who is employed in Springfield, has returned to her duties there, after
spending the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Sam NISBET, 601 North
Mrs. Nora DUNCAN and daughter, Cleo, of Springfield, have returned to their home after
spending the holidays with Mr. & Mrs. John PIERON, 420 North street.
Mr. & Mrs. Wallace AKIN have returned to Evanston after spending the holidays with
relatives in Murphysboro. The AKINs are former residents of Murphysboro.
Bob SANDERS, a student at the University of Illinois, is visiting his parents, Mr.
&Mrs. J. C. SANDERS, 2012 Spruce street.
Delores KELLER, a student nurse at the Missouri Baptist hospital, has returned to St.
Louis, Mo., after spending the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Glenn
KELLER, 2011 Elm street.
Adaline SHOMAKER, who is employed in St. Louis, Mo., is visiting her parents, Mr. &
Mrs. T. E. SHOMAKER, 1930 Pine street.
Harry HEINE was taken to Barnes Hospital Christmas Day, where he underwent an operation
that evening for appendicitis. Peritonitis had already set it but he endured the next
twenty-four hours successfully and though still in pretty serious condition was expected
to recover provided the penicillin is effective. His wife and brother, Gus, went to see
him Tuesday morning.
Robert GILLESPIE of Chicago spent Christmas with his family here. He and the family
returned to Chicago for his car as he is being transferred to St. Louis and will begin
duties there Saturday. They were to return to Steeleville and spend the remainder of the
Mr. & Mrs. Clarence RIECKENBERG, and family were hosts on Christmas Day to parents,
Mr. & Mrs. Rudy RIECKENBERG, his brothers, and their families. There also were Mr.
& Mrs. Everett RIECKENBERG and family of Cutler, Mr. & Mrs. Ray RIECKENBERG of
Percy, Mr. & Mrs. Lester REICKENBERG and family of Granite City.
Mrs. Lester QUEEN entertained her Sunday School class at her home in Steeleville Tuesday
evening. Her living room was beautifully decorated in keeping with the Christmas season
and gift packages were placed around a lovely Christmas tree. A very pleasant time was
spent an a number of games placed, after which gifts were exchanged.
FORMER RESIDENT MARRIED IN KENTUCKY TUESDAY
Geraldine SOPER, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D. H. SHEMWELL, of Kentucky, former residents
of Murphysboro and J. B. GUSSEY, of Lacenter, Ky., were married Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The Rev. C. TARETHAN performed the double ring ceremony at the Methodist Church in
Attendants were Elizabeth SHEMWELL, sister of the bride, and O. J. WALLCE.
The bride was attired in a navy street-length dress and wore pink accessories. She wore a
corsage of camellias.
Miss SHEMWELL wore a pink dress with navy accessories and wore a corsage of white
carnations and heather.
Mrs. Lyle TURTON and Aladine SHOMAKER, of Murphysboro, attended the wedding.