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PORTLAND^ ORE, SEPTEMBER 15, 1944
Published each Friday
NEGRO N EW SPAPER
MISSING BOY, 9, FOUND DROWNED
Truman’s Home Town Son of Vanport Los Angeles Trolleys
Boasts “ No Negroes”
Since Sept. 7 th
COLORED NOT ALLO W ED TO E A T IN RESTAU RAN TS
CAPT. TILLMAN OF VANPORT
OR VISIT M OVIES W H ER E TRUM AN NOW LIVES.
POLICE DIRECTED HUNT
The body of 9-year old Bobby
Earl Williams was found Wednes
day afternoon floating in the Ore
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Senator Harry S. Truman is shown being greeted by
Senator Tom Connally, o f Texas, in l.amar. Mo.
LAMAR, Mo. (RNP), Sept. 12—
Lamar, Mo., which boasts not a
single Negro family, and renowned
as the territory of the Jesse James
and the Younger bandit gangs, wel
comed home a native son, Senator
Harry S. Truman, Thursday night,
August 31, to receive the official
notification and to accept the nomi
nation as the Democratic vice-presi
Senator Tom Connally o f Texas,
greeted by citizens as “ the old re
bel,” made the notification speech.
Citizens of this southern Missou
ri town looked with awe upon five
Negroes who came to Lamar for
the notification ceremonies. Inclu
ded among them were J. E. Mit
chell, editor of the St. Louis Argus,
St. Louis, Atty. Robert E. Cobb of
Jefferson City; Atty. R. L. Vaughn
o f St Louis, assistant in the state
attorney general’s office; and R E.
Wood, chaufeur for Attorney Gen
eral Roy McKittrick.
Senator Truman’s nine-page ac
ceptance speech was a plea for vhe
re-election of President Roosevelt
on the basis o f his experience.
“ There is no substitute for exper
ience,” said the Senator.
Commenting on his speech, the
Kansas City Star Friday said . . .
“ It might be observed at the out
set that Senator Truman himself is
the beneficiary of a change in lead
ership and o f a decision to replace
a man experienced in the office of
vice-president of the United States
with a man without such exper
ience. The discarding o f Vice-
President Wallace at Chicago, in
favor o f Truman, is proof that the
Democratic Natioi.ir CVnvkntic.n
believed that other considerations
might outweigh experience in the
selection of public officials. The ar
gument for experience cannot,
therefore, be given the overriding
place attributed to it by Senator
In his speech, Senator Truman
made no reference to the Negro.
Women of the Methodist church
who had prepared meals for the
press were befuddled when Negro
reporters sat down to be served.
The Negroes were served when the
pastor ruled that “ We Methodists
make no dividing line between
Senator Truman was bom at La
mar, but his parents moved away
when he was 4. In Independence,
Mo., where the Senator has lived
for many years, the streets on
which live the majority of the 800
Negro citizens are unpaved and the
street lighting is poor.
are not permitted to any theatre in
the city, but must travel to Kansas
City to see a movie. There is no
public restaurant where they may
h > o œ
The Los Angeles Railway Cor
poration has complied with the di
rective o f August 9, which sought
to end discrimination in the em
ployment of Negroes, Malcolm
Ross, Chairman of the President’s
Committee on Fair Employment
Practice, announced today.
On September 1, three weeks
after the corporation agreed to
comply “ within a reasonable time,”
P. B. Harris, President of the rail
way corporation, wrote to Harry L.
Kingman, FEPC regional director,
“ This letter is in compliance with
directive issued by the President’s
Committee on Fair Employment
Practices Case No. 66, Paragraph
4, which states, The committee fur
ther directs that the Los Angeles
Railway Corporation notify in
writing the committee’s director
for Region XII when it has affect
ed compliance with this order, and
such notice shall be given within
gon Slough. It
w a s discovered
accidentally by 2
fishermen, M. B.
Barlar, of 3815
port and J. D.
Hayward, 248 D
Ft. George Street,
B u r ton Homes.
about 1:30 in the
Bobby E. afternoon n e a r
the Sawdust dock
of the Swift Packing company.
Little Bobbie Williams, 9 years
old son of Cpl. and Mrs. Julius Wil
liams of Vanport, had been missing
from his home since Thursday, that the youngster was still miss
September 7th. Bobbie was a news ing. A member of the staff of the
boy for some of the weekly Negro Portland Inquirer heard of the dis
papers and made frequent trips to appearance and communicated with
Portland alone; thereby giving the the Sheriff’s office and Captain
authorities the inclination to be Tillman got busy, sent a squad car
lieve that he was possibly stranded after the parents, had the boy’s
in some unknown part of the city ., description broadcast and krpt in
. He wee about three' feet tall; lias constant touch with the ofVcvs of
a dark copper-colored complexion, the Inquirer in order to try to de
keen features and curly black hair. termine his whereabouts.
When last seen he was wearing a search ended with the finding of
yellow and brown striped polo shirt Bobby’s partly decomposed body.
The Coroner was contacted at a
and overalls. He wore neither hat
late hour Wednesday evening, he
Captain Tillman of the Vanport stated that the condition of the
Sheriff’s office had talked with body showed that the Williams boy
the parents of the missing boy as had been dead for some time, prob
late as Tuesday evening neatly ably since the day o f his disap
midnight in an effort to locate the pearance. He added, there will not
missing youngster. The disappear be an inquest.
ance of Bobby seems not to have
been so widely known until it was
brought to the attention of Capt.
Tillman. He found out that although
the boy had been missing since
September 7, it was not reported
to his office until Sunday, the 10th.
There had been a Broadcast of the
description o f Bobby and the mat
ter was dropped as no one bother
ed to let the Sheriff’s office know
Mrs. Williams (Doris Mae) is a
swing shift worker in the Vancou
ver shipyard and formerly lived in
Burton Homes. Cpl. Williams has
been in the army since November,
1943 and is home on special fur
lough until his son has been found.
Cpl. and Mrs. Williams reside at
Unit number 11917 Apt. 9278 Mea
dows St. They have one other small
sponsored a forum at Community
Center No. 2 on Tuesday evening.
The principal speakers were Dr.
D. N. Unthank, Negro physician,
and Mr. McNaughton, president o f
the First National Bank.
After the speeches there was
general discussion and a question
and answer period.
An audience of about a 100 at
The subject discussed was “ Race
Relationships and their Implication
To Our American Way of Life.”
This is supposed to institute a
series of public forums and discus
sion of interet to the residents o f
Oregon, especially Multnomah coun
TO THE NEGROES OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY
PORTLAND, GUILDS LAK E, A N D VANPORT CITY
Registration Is Now Open at the County Court House, Fifth Ave. and
Salmon Street, Room 141
In order to VOTE in the November Elections you first MUST register. In
order to register you will have to go to the County Court House.
a period to be fixedq by the said
regional director.’ This is to state
that the Los Angeles Railway Cor
poration has complied with the di
rective and that it has employed
Negroes for car ami bus operators
and has also upgraded Negroes in
the shops and garages. Directive
has been complied with both on the
Los Angeles Railway Corporation
and Los Angeles Coach Lines.”
Mr. Kingman reported that fif
teen Negro men and women are al
ready serving as conductors and
motormen in training and that six
other Negro workers have been up
graded in the shops and garages.
The project has been carried thru
Chairman Ross has written a let
ter of commendation to the corpo
ration for the prompt action taken.
He also commended the Amalga
mated Association of Street Rail
way Employees, Division 1,277
(A F L ), for its cooperation. •
To reach the County Court House take the Williams Ave. bus or the Alberta
trolley car or the Seilwood bus. Get o ff at Salmon Street (1000 S. W .) and walk
2509 N. VICTO R Y
two blocks west.
From St. Johns or Interstate bus transfer at Oak Street to the Mississippi bus
or Broadway trolley. Get o ff at Salmon Street and walk two blocks east.
A pt. 2966
From Vanport ride bus to end of line (9th and Oak), walk east on Oak to
Broadway and take the Broadway trolley or Mississippi bus. Get o ff at Salmon S t,
Walk two blocks east.
10 a. m. to 8 p. m.