May 25, 1948

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 25, 2003

These were the headlines in Suffolk 55 years ago:

Police Department in crusade against obscene literature

Periodicals with &uot;smutty and vulgar&uot; jokes and stories in them must go from the newsstands of Suffolk, it was declared by Police Justice C.L. Lewis.


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&uot;In cooperation with Chief of Police Morgan I am going to clean up the filthy periodicals that are being sold in the city,&uot; Lewis asserted today.

&uot;It has not been possible up to this time to do much with the objectionable periodicals that are on the market. Now with Norfolk and Portsmouth placing a ban on them I find that it will be possible to more completely enforce it than before.

&uot;We are not looking for any trouble in Suffolk as we plan to visit the various stores of the city and tell the owners that the &uot;smutty&uot; sheets must disappear from their stands. We are protected by a city ordinance but we feel that the news dealers should be given ample opportunity to take off their books before we start action.&uot;

Missing girl was in Suffolk News Herald

Inez Madison, 15-year-old daughter of Mrs. W. Madison, 301 West Twenty-fifth Street, Norfolk, who has been missing from her home since last Friday night, is reported to have written her mother a letter from Suffolk in which she stated she was well. The girl was in her bed at her Norfolk residence with a severe cold, it was reported, and when a young man called she was unable to see him.

No effort was made in Suffolk by the couple to obtain a marriage license. Such an effort would have been fruitless as the Virginia law provides marriage licenses must be issued in the city in which the girl resides. It is thought probable that the couple went from Suffolk to North Carolina.

The next morning, which was Saturday, the girl’s room was deserted and her mother is of the belief that she eloped. This belief was borne out by the letter which had a Suffolk postmark and these words: &uot;By the time you get this note I’ll be married.&uot;

Hold C.E. rally here Thursday

Christian Endeavourers of this section will rally at the Suffolk Presbyterian Church Thursday night at 8 o’clock. They will gather for the purpose of registering for the thirty-first annual state Christian Endeavor convention which will be held in Norfolk June 18-21.

The meeting will feature and addressby W.H. Baker of Newport News, state president; M.W. Cannon of Norfolk, Tidewater C.E. district president and H.C. Funk of Norfolk, president of Norfolk – Portsmouth Christian Endeavor Union.

The Rev. S.J. Venable, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will have charge of the devotional exercises of the meeting. Stanley Johnson, president of the entertaining society, will deliver an address of welcome.

Architect here to secure data

K.L. Hulsick, a Norfolk architect, was at Nansemond courthouse yesterday getting data preparatory to drawing plans for the proposed new jail building that the county must erect in accordance with the command of the circuit court. Mr. Hulsick was engaged by the board of supervisors with the understanding that plans and specifications should be submitted at an early date for their consideration.

Will make fight to locate new church school

A determined fight will be made by local organizations to bring to Suffolk a Baptist college. It was discussed last night at the meeting of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, and the matter was referred to John E. Martin, chairman of the Educational Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

Not only will the Chamber of Commerce back the fight but the Lions, Rotary and Women’s clubs will have committees and the city council and the local Baptist church will be asked to assist in securing the college for this city.

Championship Game

The Booker Washington school athletes will play the last game of the season Thursday at League Park at 3:30 p.m., which will be played for the championship. Five thousand spectators are expected. Don’t forget the time and place.

A real supper

There will be a real supper served at Odd Fellows Hall, Tynes Street, on Thursday night, May 28, at 6:30 to 11:30, benefit Tynes Street Baptist Church building fund, under the auspices East Star Council No. 275, I.O. St. Luke.

Class social

The S-A class of the Booker T. Washington school gave a class social at the home of Miss Adie E. Tate on Pine street yesterday afternoon.

Those present were Miss Bulah Maggee, Miss Estelle Tucker, Miss Vernice Skeeter, Miss Lillian Carr, Miss Clara White, Miss Annie V. Roberts, Miss Mildred Parker, Miss Willie McDonald, Miss Lucille Hatcher, Miss Virginia Riddick, Miss Madlyn Skeeter, Mr. Jessie W. McDonald, Mr. Oakley B. Kelly, Mr. Harry Southan, Mr. Ernest E. Riggs, Mr. Beecher Stevens, Mr. Willie C. Berry, Mr. Clifton W. Edwards, and Mr. William Butler.

— Compiled by Stephen H. Cowles