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To Fight Joe Louis


SEATTLE, Feb. 18 (AP) - Larry Scheer, former boxing promoter here, said today he had signed to manage Jack Flood, young Negro heavyweight who recently went six rounds with Joe Louis in an exhibition bout.


Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, 19 February 1950, Column 2, Page 8.


Ghosts In Richland


Boasting a record of 63 victories against only two losses, the Fisher's Original Negro Ghosts' basketball team will tangle with the Richland S-Division on the Columbia high school court Monday night at 8:30.  First game will be at 7:30 between Hands Drug and Mabton. 


Richland will be stop number 87 on the current tour for the Ghosts, who will have played between 155 - 160 games before the season ends.


Two of the sepia visitors are well known to Tri-City softball fans.  Both Marland Buckner, clowning first baseman, and Monroe 'Rip' Collins, hard hitting left fielder, were with Fisher Ghosts' softball team which appeared in Richland last summer. 


Buckner, a mere 5'4," is the fastest man on the team, while Collins at 6' 1" is the quint's backboard specialist.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, 29 January 1950, Column 5.


Flood Looking For One Punch


SEATTLE, Jan. 10 - (AP) - Jack Flood hoped today for just one good punch.  If it's there when the Seattle negro battles "retired" heavyweight champion Joe Louis tonight, it could vault him easily into a few hundred thousand bucks - possibly more.  Even a knockdown - such as registered by Billy Conn or Tony Galento - would help. 


The two fighters will meet over the six-round distance.  It's billed as an exhibition.  However, Louis, to whom Flood is just a name, avers: "I'' make my own decisions." Flood, in turn, is just hoping.


Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, Tuesday, 10 January 1950, Column 7.


Flood Seeks Bouts


SEATTLE, Feb. 20 (AP) - Jack Flood, young Negro heavyweight whose last appearance was a six-round exhibition with Joe Louis is getting ideas.


Flood, 24, only recently became a head liner despite a background of 45 fights.


Now he's signed with Larry Scheer, former boxing promoter here, and is training under former middleweight champion Freddie Steele with ideas of heading east.


A bout with Oregon's Joe Kahut also is in the discussion stage.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, 20 February 1950, Column 4, Page 8.


Honesty Not The Only Thing Pasco Man Is Proud Of


J. Henry Nunley, the unemployed Negro radio technician who returned $650 worth of lost checks to a Pasco woman Friday, has other things to be proud of too.


For Nunley, who lives with his wife at 604 South Douglas, was the first person of his race to be employed for a highly technical job in the Vancouver shipyards during World War II and he was the first Negro initiated into the Portland Electrician's union, local 48.


Nunley found the checks in front of Pasco's bank where Mrs. Donald C. Peters, 401 West Shoshone had dropped them a few moments before.  The checks were enclosed and, therefore, cashable.  Nunley returned them next morning.  Mrs. Peters gave him $25 reward.


A mild mannered man, Nunley has a calm pride in his skill.  He is building a shop on the front part of his property and hopes, with it, to be independent.


In the shipyards Nunley installed and serviced all types of radio, radar, and electronic equipment. 


He attended a special school in Portland and took courses from the International Correspondence school.  Before that he studied with the National Radio school of Washington, D. C., and the Tuskegee Institute at Tuskegee, Ala.


He came to the Tri City area August 12, 1947 and went to work for Atkinson Jones at Hanford.  He was laid off last July 16.  Since then he has worked only at odd jobs and has repaired radios in his home.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, 20 February 1950, Columns 2-3, Page 10.


Lost Checks Returned


Mrs. Donald C. Peters' lost checks were returned today by a Negro radio repairman who has been unemployed for seven months.


The checks - endorsed and therefore cashable by anyone - were returned by J. Henry Nunley, 604 South Douglas, Pasco.  He found them in the street in front pf the Pasco bank Wednesday a few seconds after Mrs. Peters, who lives at 401 West Shoshone, had dropped them.  Mrs. Peters gave him a $25 reward.


The checks, one a G. I. insurance dividend and the other her husband's pay check, totaled nearly $650.  Mrs. Peters was headed into the bank to cash the checks.  She had her two children with her and was certain she had dropped them in front of the bank.  But when she returned the brown envelope which held the checks were gone.


"Mr. Nunley certainly is an honest man and I was more than glad to give him the reward," Mrs. Peters said happily.


Mrs. Nunley summed up the feeling of she and her husband.  "There wasn't anything else to do but give them (the checks) back.  They didn't belong to us."


"But that much money sure was nice to look at."


Nunley was laid off at Hanford last July 16.  He cashed his final social security check today.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, 17 February 1950, Column 5, Page 8.


Posse Nabs Pair


JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 11 (AP) - A heavily armed posse today captured without struggle two armed white men hunted since last Sunday night in the massacre of three Negro children.


Highway patrol headquarters reported it received the following radio report from the search area south of Sallis, Miss:


"Both suspects apprehended without trouble."


The two men were identified by authorities as Leon Turner, 38, a former convict, and Wendell Whitt, 24.


Patrol headquarters said the capture took place near their homes.


Whitt's older brother, Malcolm, 32, was captured yesterday at his home without struggle.  He was held without charge in a secret jail.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, Wednesday, 11 January 1950, Column 7, Page 4.


Prison Trusty Captured Two For Slaying


SALLIS, Miss., Jan. 13 - (AP) - A prison trusty, himself a convicted slayer, flushed and captured two of a trio of white men wanted in the revenge slaughter of three negro children.


Garbed in red flannel shirt and striped prison pants, "Hog Jaw" Mullen, Mississippi penitentiary trusty and a brace of bloodhounds ferreted out Leon Turner, 38-year-old ex-convict and Wendell Whitt, 24, from a potato hut near here yesterday.


Mullen poured a half dozen shots into the flimsy structure, then ordered the hunted men to come out.  From the rain-soaked muck of the shack, Turner appeared, wounded in the back from one of the shots.  Wild-eyed and quivering with fright, Whitt came out and threw himself alongside Turner.


The 57-hour man hunt had ended. 


The third man of the, Wendell Whitt's 32-year-old brother Malcolm, gave up without a struggle when his captors found him Monday near Kosciusko, Miss., about 30 miles from here.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, Tuesday, 13 January 1950, Column 3.


Somara Wins Stadium Bout


Seelie Somara, colored heavyweight wrestling champion took two falls out of three to win the decision from Jack Forsgren, the Canadian heavyweight champion, in the feature event of Monday night's wrestling card at Borleske stadium.  The first fall was taken by the Canadian, but Somara took the second and third falls straight.


In the opening event, Ali Aldali, self-styled 'Terrible Turk" won a one-fall match from Jerry Gordon, of Chicago. 


The second of the three-match series was a bout between New Yorker Antone Leone, and Lew Newman of Los Angeles.  Newman took two straight falls to win the two-out-of-three-falls decision.


Held under the sponsorship of the American Legion, the match was on the who quite well received by the customers, with the feature event easily the best of the three bouts.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Walla Walla, Washington, Tuesday, 11 September 1945, Column 2, Page 9.


Samuel Bruce Post Installs


Installation ceremonies for the Samuel Bruce Post 9079 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were held at a meeting Monday evening at Pasco recreation center. 


The installation ceremonies were held in conjunction with a program at which Clyde A. Lewis, commander-in-chief of the VFW made the major address of his one-day stand in Pasco.


Commander of the new post is Bruce Ashford. 


Numbering 39 members at present, the post is the second Negro post to be installed in Washington.

Tri City Herald, Pasco, Washington, Thursday, 2 February 1950, Column 7, Page 4.