“Roanoke News” (November 13, 1920)


In “Roanoke News,” published by the Richmond Planet on November 13, 1920, the editors report on the comings and goings of Black Roanoke with particular attention and enthusiasm for the Colored Women’s Republican Club of Roanoke and its president Millie Lawson Bethell Paxton.


Roanoke, VA., November 9.—

Rev. James S. Hatcher, B. D. spoke to the people of Mt. Zion A. M. E. Church Sunday morning from Jeremiah 8:22; subject, A Cry for the Balm of Gilead. This learned prelate explained the wonderful effect of the healing power of the Blood of Christ to the soul and body of men. There were seven conversions and a collection of $75.00 was taken for the day. There were two additional converts Monday night and three members joined the Church. Revival services began Sunday morning and will continue for two weeks.

The funeral service of Robert T. Steward, who departed this life on November 4 in Boston, Mass. took place here last week. He was a consistent Christian, having been converted during the pastorate of Rev. R. R. Jones. He was highly honored and esteemed by all who knew him. He remembered the time when he first loved the Lord and remained faithful to the end. Rev. A.L. James, pastor of the First Baptist Church, paid high tribute to the consistent life of this young churchman, husband and son and citizen. The mother and father were in attendance at the funeral. Mrs. Mary Tanner, aunt of the deceased went to Boston to accompany the remains here. He leaves a loving and devoted wife, grandmother and grandfather, a hosts of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The ministers present were, Rev. J. J. Jefferson and Rev. W. W. Hicks. The polite funeral director, Mr. C. C. Williams had the body in charge.

Mrs. D. R. Roane, of Fourth Avenue, N. W., who has been quire indisposed for several weeks is very much improved at this writing under the care of Dr. George Moor. Her mother is nursing her.

Rev. A. L. James of the First Baptist Church delivered an excellent discourse to his hearers Sunday morning from Proverbs 14:34.

Articles cleaned and repaired at Rayford Cleaning and Pressing Place by the tailor, Mr. Grady will please call and get them or they will be sold for the price of repairing. Mrs. Willie Jones, 134 Seventh Avenue, a coat for 90 days. John Henry White 318 Sixth Avenue, an overcoat for more than 90 days. Also some work for Richard Holland, of Fifth Avenue.

Miss Alfra Meadows, of Richmond, Va. was called to the city on the account of the illness of her father, Mr. Alfred Meadows.

Mrs. Nettie Watkins returned from Richmond where she spent two weeks visiting relatives.

At the Franklin Café you will find home cooking, 102 Henry St., N. W.

The Colored Women’s Republican Club of Roanoke, went over the top on election day. There were 655 colored women in Roanoke, who registered and voted. Mrs. Millie B. Paxton is president; Mrs. Margaret H. Burrell, secretary and Mrs. Sophia Mews, treasurer.

Roanoke, like all the other cities in the State of Virginia, was surprised at the interest that its colored women took in the affairs of the nation. There were no separate places for white and colored voters. All were together and the colored women were there to lend color to the occasion. Everybody seemed in the best of humor and long will be remembered that long line of old and young colored women on November 2 in Roanoke.

Now that a big Colored Women’s Club is in Roanoke to stay, look out for Roanoke’s slogan is 1000 colored women for this club. Don’t be surprised then to hear of the colored women of Roanoke, opening a ladies apartment store or a bank or anything big. Watch Roanoke.

There will be a busy time around J. W. Rayford’s place for the next few weeks. Cleaning, cutting, fitting and making new winter garments. Call and see the experienced cleaner. Mr. J. W. Rayford and the excellent cutter and fitter, Mr. Grady, at 301 Park Street, N. W.

Mr. Lightburn Hale of Columbus, Ohio is in the city today. He is a brother-in-law of Mrs. Tanner and Mr. and Mrs. J. Gilham, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

APA Citation:
Richmond Planet. “Roanoke News” (November 13, 1920). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
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Richmond Planet. "“Roanoke News” (November 13, 1920)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 22 May. 2024
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