/ > ( or it a n d WANTED Club, Fraternal and Social Newa Thia ia YOUR Newspaper . . . ao help make it youra by send ing in these happenings. VOLUME 1 rnaiurer Oregon’s cl^egro H(eekly Published each Friday OfC 9 ' onte PORTLAND. ORE. DECEMBER 8. 1944 f) SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR PROGRESSIVE NEGRO NEWSPAPER PRICE 10c NUMBER 22 A. M. E. ZION TO BURN MORTGAGE FIRST L A D Y GREETS W OUNDED SERVICE MEN HON. M AYO R E A R L R IL E Y TO SP E A K A T SERVICE Rev. J. I . Smith C leaxs Church of la r g e st Debt in Five Years of Service. All Day Program Scheduled in Honor of Great Event. The Pastor, Officers and Members o f the African Meth odist Episcopal Zion Church, 2007 N. Williams Avenue, are planning to celebrate the burning of the mortgage on their edifice on Sunday, December 10th. In honor o f this great event an all day program has been arranged. Notables of the church and o f the city government are scheduled to take part in what is always a milestone in the life o f any church — release from debt. WASHINGTON, D. C.— Guests at an annual Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by The Equestriennes, a group of Government Girls, more than 100 wounded soldiers, sailors, marines and Coast Guardsmen were greeted by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at Lucy D. Slowe Hall in Washington, D.C., Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26. Shown with Mrs. Roosevelt during her addresfe are (left to fight) Col. CampJWL^A«^»---^ ¡slant to the AMreeLor of .Selective Service; Mis. MwU-.fe- VW-loii . u,J£;>vu~- — J u a « * * i; Truman K. Gibson, Jr., Civilian Aide to tne Secretary of War; Dr. Marshall Shepard, Recorder ft* nes; Deeds of the District of Columbia; and Mrs. Ellen Beckwith, a member of the club. Spurgeon Burke, man (Official OWI Photo by Levitt) ager of Lucy D. Slowe Hall, is shown in the background. First Portland Open Here Soon Légion Post To Proof that Portland is definitely on the upgrade and really becom ing wide awake was given this week in the announcement that an American Legion Post is to be established here. One of Portland’s oldest residents and very promin ent in the community made the an nouncement following a meeting which had been held on Tuesday at the Voters Benefit Association. Members of an American Legion Post in the downtown section came out to give instruction in how to set up the post. Onlÿ a few were present at that time and another meeting was scheduled. The next meeting is to be held on Friday, December 22nd at the Elks Hall, 2504 N. Williams Avenue. All vet erans of World War I and of the present war are invited to become members. g g g rtH tJ t<j «* n O i a* M SS S3 Colored Baby DR. H. TH U RM AN Hit of Bond Posters SPEAK S IN CITY The hit of the Sixth War Loan Drive is destined to be the brown eyed, brown-skinned, smiling baby whose likeness graces a poster be ing used throughout the country by Negro groups. He is robust, 28-lb. Charles Owens, of Baltimore, Md., born June 20, 1943. Already hanging in more than 200,000 locations from Maryland to California, young Charles exudes all his personality toward the pro motion of the idea of economic se curity through the purchase of War Bonds as a nest egg for tomorrow. It started this way. The child’s youthful parents, Jerome and Thel ma Owens, of 1513 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, brought the tot to the Provident Hospital last December 7, suffering with penumonia. He was discharged, hale and hearty on December 22, but not before a Ne gro welfare group had spotted him and had him photographed. The picture was shown to the Baltimore War Finance Committee, which, impressed ordered a large set of posters made for state-wide use with the “ Bonds for Baby” ap peal and used it in the Fifth War Loan Drive. Willard W. Allen, of Baltimore, member of *he Interracial Section of the National War Finance Di vision, brought the poster to the attention of the poster committee which unanimously adopted it for official use. Requests from as far as California have been received for posters. These posters are be ing used during the current drive. According to W. Emerson Brown, treasurer and trustee of Provident Hospital, the 100 Negro employees are all buying War Bonds on the payroll savings plan— but they miss their little friend, Charlie. Dr. Howard Thurman, dean of the chapel of Howard University and co-pastor of the Fellowship Church of All People’s of San Francisco, visited Portland on Wed nesday of this week to attend one of sixty one-day conferences spon sored by the Presbyterian church. The conferences are being held over the country on post war prob lems. The Portland Conference was (Continued on Page 5) The program will start with a Banquet in the basement of the at 8 o’clock. This year represents five years church, beginning at 5 p. m. anti lasting until 7 p. m. Mrs. Catherine of service at this charge for the Gray will give a reading on the present pastor, Rev. J. F. Smith. “ History of the Church.” Mrs Gray It is his sixth appointment here, is director of the Choir and an An- served a part of one ap- nual Conference Missionary Work-1 P°^n^men^ that was not a full year, er. Mrs. L. M. Bird, a Trustee and His record is one of achievement. President of the Stewardess will ^ a' 'n^ ^ls ^ear* and sold *n his give the story of the various loca- wor*i> ^e *ias brought about ina tions of the church up to the pres- ProvementS anti advancements since ent location. Mrs. C. Harris will being in charge here. His accom give a short resume of the leader plishments place him head and ship of A. M. E. Zion from the shoulders above the rank and file establishment of the church. There and his members are justly proud will also be remarks by Mr. I. H. of him and sincerely hope that he Payne, a member of the Trustee is continued in his present position. Board, and Mr. S. Scruggs, Chair man of the Trustee Boar The program is under Mrs. tion of Mrs. Rachel Gre* ’Idnche ifroy^nT' Rev. W. N. Smith, Mrs. Dr. Channing H. Tobias, Senior Lena Bowels, Mrs. Lillian Smith, Secretary of the National Council the pastor’s wife, Mr. S. Scruggs, Young Men’s Christian Association, Mrs. Amando Redo, anti Mr. and will be in Portland on Sunday, Dec. Mrs. Coins for the Turkey banquet. 10th. While here Dr. Tobias will At the evening service the actual be guest speaker at the morning “ Burning of the Mortgage” will service of Bethel A. M. E. Church take place. The Hon. Earl Riley, at McMillen and Larabee streets, Mayor of Portland, will speak as will visit the Vanport Housing will Dr. H. J. Maulbetsch of the Project in the afternoon where he Portland Council of Churches. The is scheduled to speak at Communi- Rt. Rev. W. C. Brown, Bishop of tv Center No. 6. the Northwest Conference of the In the evening he will speak at A. M. E. Zion church, will give the the Piedmont Methodist Church un response to the mayors speech. Mr. der the sponsorship of the N. E. Kirk Randall is also scheduled to YMCA. speak. Dr. Tobias is also to be the guest The Presiding Elder, L. W. Mc at several social affairs to be con Coy will conduct the actual mort ducted throughout the city in his gage burning. The service will start honor. m arsh PORTLAND ARMY AIR BASE— Screen star Alan Ladd stops at the bedside of Pvt. James Nettles, Squadron C, for a brief chat during his visit at the base hospital last Sunday and Monday. ’ Foto PAAB, LAB.