Gleaning from the Banner

J. D. Boykin, Publisher 1909

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First Issue: August 14, 1908
According to the 5oth Anniversary Edition of the Mabank Banner published in 1958, the first issue was scheduled to appear on August 8 of that year but when the type of the front page was set, (and if you will recall from your reading, newspaper type was made up of individual lead letters placed by hand one after the other) a typesetter forgot to “lock” the type; the form fell out of the “chase” to become a heap of 8 point lead pellets on the floor.
W. D. Justice, the publisher, was surely ready to go back to the farm. In fact, Mr. Justice sold the Banner to J. D. Boykin in January of the following year. Mr. Boykin resold the paper in 1914 to W. M. Covey who published it for 30 years.

-Excerpt the Mabank Banner of August 14, 1958-

July 12, 1931:
“Henderson County officers made a raid just over the line in Henderson County near Mabank and confiscated 156 pints of home brew.”
June 12, 1932:
“Nadine Richardson underwent appendectomy”
“The giant airship U.S.S. Akron passed over Mabank.”
November 1, 1931:
Robert McKee advertised sweet milk delivered in town for 5 cents a quart.
May 14, 1932:
”J. T. Selman enlisted in the reforestation army.”
November 10, 1940:
F. D. Roosevelt was elected president of the USA for a third time. There were 247 votes cast in Mabank.”
December 1, 1940:
“Rainfall for the month of November was 12.80 inches of which 9.30 fell in a period of four days.”
June 18, 1932:
“A tent picture show opened on the cotton yard site here.”
May 3, 1931:
“Revel Poston wrote a very interesting letter from Venezuela”
Prices selected from three grocery ads: sugar, 10 lbs, 49c; salt pork, lb, 13c; coffee, 3 lbs, 83c.
June 4, 1933:
“A tornado swept through Toole doing great damage to buildings, crop and timber.”
July 19, 1931:
“T. H. Burk opened a new drug store.”
November 1, 1931:
“Jim Snowden was suffering from rheumatism”
November 8, 1931:
“The Carter Mercantile Company store was destroyed by fire.”
“The wives of the Mabank Firemen prepared and served them a banquet at the Fire Station.”
July 5, 1931:
“Melba Rose Cook accidentally drank some kerosene oil, but recovered.”
October 16, 1932:
“Charles Barrett went to Lamesa to work.”
February 14, 1934:
“The expression pupils of Mrs. Gordon Young gave a recital at the  school auditorium.”
November 20, 1934:
“Dee Lee Thomas was employed as a booker on a Mississippi plantation.”
July 29, 1934:
“Harry Carruthers joined the C.C.C. and was stationed in Colorado.”
October 8, 1933:
“W. R. Taylor’s smokehouse burned.”
June 22, 1933:
“A county wide prohibition rally was held in Mabank.”
“Young people of the Baptist Church staged a drama, ‘The Challenge of the Cross’.”
December 24, 1933:
Under the P. T. A., Elmore, the Magician, gave a performance at the school auditorium and while the show as being staged Tom Hamilton’s overcoat, T. H. Burk’s trench coat, Smith Eads’ hat, and Dr. Allen’s overcoat and instrument case disappeared. All stolen by thieves.

June 30, 1934:
“T. H. Burk left for Peeltown where he was to teach school”
“The three local barber shops announced back to pre-war prices: shaves, 125 cents; haircuts, 25 cents.”
June 28, 1942:
“Kenneth Mullins was reported missing since June 7 when it was presumed he was lost at sea while serving with a convoy in the Atlantic.
May 31, 1931:
“Work began on the Mabank-Canton Highway.”
September 8, 1934:
“R. H. Eubank completed a course at the flying school in Grand Prairie”
September 3, 1933:
“The PTA expended $2.50 to the basket ball team”
July 8, 1934:
“Jodie Walker, while cutting wood on the Pittman farm west of Mabank, found an old cap and ball musket encased in the hollow of a tree. It had nine notches cut on the barrel and the lock plate bore a Spanish inscription.”
April 23, 1933:
“Robert McKee advertised that delivered sweet milk was 6c per quart.”
March 19, 1919:
“John Osborne was discharged from the Navy.”
November 11, 1934:
“Uncle John Gavin purchased a peanut vending machine and set it up near the Frank Bradley grocery.
December 23, 1934:
“John Greathouse bought a new 1935 Plymouth.”
November 27, 1933:
“Lillie May Carruthers, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Carruthers was the third of their children to die of typhoid fever in two weeks.”
September 23, 1934:
“A total of 101 pupils had enrolled in the Mabank High School.”
May 6, 1936:
“A good rain fell-the first in many months.”
April 5, 1936:
“At a special election, Eustace was incorporated by a vote of 56 to 3.”
March 1, 1936:
“H. L. Wheat’s bulldog, after acting peculiarly, was killed and found to be hydrophobic.”
March 8, 1936:
“Nine members of the B. Hyde family were confined to the bed with measles.”
December 27, 1931:
Jake Martin underwent an appendectomy in Dallas.”
February 1, 1931:
“The First National Bank of Malakoff was robbed Wednesday night of $1488.99.”
August 1, 1943:
“Ed Early returned from duties as a seabee, having received a medical discharge because of a knee injury.”

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