Mason M. Paschall, Uniontown Planter, Qualifies for Legislature

The Marion Times-Standard, (Marion, AL), Thu., February 19, 1942, Page 1.  Reposted by Linda Stewart, 1 September 2022

Mason M. Paschall has officially qualified for place number two in the legislature from Perry County.  Mr. Paschall has been in the state for over 20 years, and a registered citizen of Perry County.  During this time Mr. Paschall has taken part in many of the worthwhile and progressive legislative movements in the state.  Though this is his first bid for public office, Mr. Paschall has been indirectly active in state affairs for a number of years.  This experience should merit consideration by Perry County voters as it has given him marked qualifications for filling the office to which he aspires.

Mr. Paschall is a member of the American Legion, having enlisted in 1917 as an aviator.  He is also vice-president of the Alabama Ginner’s Association.

Mr. Paschall is the originator of the now world famous annual Uniontown Turkey Carnival, and is now service this organization as vice-president, which has brought fame and prosperity as well as invaluable publicity to Perry County.

To the farmers of Perry County Mr. Paschall has this to say: “If elected to the legislature, I propose among other vital bills, to introduce a bill which will have as its purpose greatly increased and regulated production of high quality turkeys.  This will ultimately attract to our counties those industries such as canneries, hatcheries and storage plants which have always followed such movements in the other turkey and poultry sections of the U. S.

Mr. Paschall is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Uniontown.  He is engaged in farming, ginning and stock raising.

Recently the Montgomery Advertiser had this to say of Mr. Paschall and his qualifications:

“Whaddya you think?  That fellow, Mason M. Paschall of Uniontown, is in the race for the legislature from Perry County.  And we believe Mason will be elected.  He is a progressive, upright, honest, capable and bold man.  He has a temper that would give the devil something to think about when he (Paschall) becomes aroused.”

“Paschall is the great anti-sales tax man.  He made the rotunda of the capitol turn blue in the last administration with his vehement protests against the sales tax.  And at that time, of course, we felt the same way Paschall did.  Paschall was on the right trail but in the wrong scouting party.  Today Paschall is still on the right trail but with the right scouting party.”

“The legislature will be better off for having Paschall in it.  He is no smug prude, no narrow bigot.  He looks at things with a wide open eye and his thinking is straight.  Perry County, we say, would do well to let Paschall have a shot at a legislative session.”

“We predict Paschall will be a great help to Gov. Graves because he has business sense and common sense as well.”

Fred Taylor writing in the Birmingham News says under the heading “Talking Turkey,” “Mason M. Paschall has entered the race for legislature from Perry County.  Mr. Paschall is the originator of the now famous Uniontown Turkey Carnival which has literally put Uniontown and Perry County on the map throughout the nation.  Mr. Paschall seeks place number two.”

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Paschall Married Half Century Ago

Latrobe Bulletin, (Latrobe, Pennsylvania), Tuesday, July 1, 1941, Page 3.  Reposted by Linda Stewart, 16 August 2022

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Paschall, [John Lincoln Paschall and Ada Laura Gray] of near New Alexandria, residents of Westmoreland County for the past 47 years, will observe their golden wedding anniversary on July 4th, when they will hold open house from 2 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon and from 7 to 9 in the evening, for their many relatives and friends at their home on the William Penn Highway, east of New Alexandria.

Mr. Paschall and the former Miss Ada Gray were united in marriage, in Pittsburg, Pa., on June 11, 1891, by the late Rev. Kiser then pastor of the Christ M. E. church.  Following their marriage, the couple resided in Derry, Pa., for one year where Mr. Paschall operated a meat market.  They later removed to Latrobe, and thence to Lancaster during which time, Mr. Paschall was employed in the steel mills.  In 1894, Mr. and Mrs. Paschall returned to the home farm, in Westmoreland county, near New Alexandria.

Mr. Paschall’s parents were the late Abram[ham] and Carrie Horton Paschall, former residents of Westmoreland county.  Prior to locating in Westmoreland county, they had moved from Delaware county where Mr. Paschall was born on October 29, 1856.  Mrs. Paschall, a daughter of the late William and Agnes Gray [William M. Gray and Agnes Hurley], was born in Blaine, Pa., in Perry county, on November 22, 1865.

The romance had its origin in Kansas where Mr. Paschall spent ten years before returning to the East in 1890, and where the former Miss Gray taught school for several years.  It was while teaching school at Rossville, Kansas, that she met Mr. Paschall, then a member of the school board.  For the past 47 years they have resided in Derry Typ.

Mr. and Mrs. Paschall have six children: Henry, of Oceanville, N. J.; Mrs. Grace Bash, of Delmont; Leroy, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Edith Ribblett, of Conemaugh; Mrs. Eva Newdorfer, of Alameda, Cal.; and John, of Nyack, N. Y.  There are also ten grandchildren.


Paschal – What’s In A Name

The Daily Olympian, (Olympia, Washington), Tue., June 9, 1970, Page 5.  Re-posted by Linda Stewart, 21 June 2022

The French surname Paschal derived from the Hebrew word pasakh indicating the Passover, a festive day when it is said that “God passed over” the houses of the children of Israel.  In England, the name was associated with Good Friday.  Boys born on that day were often given the name Paschal.  The name became a favorite in France where Pascal was a noted philosopher.  As Pascoti, it was the name of an Italian poet.

There is a slight difference in the armorial bearings confirmed to the noble and honored Pascals of years past, all of whose coats of arms contain the words ” … un agneau pascal … ” meaning a paschal lamb.

The lamb became the symbol of Christ frequently used in manuscripts and paintings of the fourth and fifth centuries.  The banner bearing a lamb signified the Resurrection, the cross emblazoned banner being the sign of triumph.  This symbol became decisive influence in the expression of the Easter liturgy until a synod of church officials meeting in A.D. 692 in Trullo passed legislation forbidding the representation of the paschal lamb as a symbol of Christ.  The reasoning for this act being that the symbol was becoming misunderstood, the people imagining that Christ in the Incarnation has assumed this form.  Truth required the use of human image of Christ and the lamb was relegated to secondary importance thereafter.

Paschal is the mour literary spelling of the name taken directly from the Latin ‘paschalis’ … more commonly spelled Pascal in France.  Paschal was the name assumed by three early Popes.  These included Paschal I, Pope from A.D. 717 to 824 … Pope Paschal II, 1099 through 1118. known for his conflict with Henry I of England and emperors Henry IV and Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire.  Paschal III, the anti-pope, opposed Alexander III forcing him to seek refuge in France in 1162.

Memorial Day

By Linda Stewart, 25 May 2022

On May 30th, our nation will observe Memorial Day.   Memorial Day, which was originally named Decoration Day, originated during the American Civil War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle.  After World War I, the day came to be observed in honor of all who have died during the nation’s wars.  Our nation and the individual families will never forget their loves ones who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

There is another one who gave the ultimate sacrificed of His life for the freedom of all mankind.  His name is Jesus Christ.  We don’t place flowers on His grave because He was resurrected on the third day after He died.  Then forty days later He ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives outside of Jerusalem, Israel.

Jesus did institute a Memorial Day for Himself.  Paul, the apostle, wrote about it in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26  23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

We call Jesus’ Memorial Day simply communion.  The U.S. Memorial Day is once a year.  Communion can be daily until He returns to earth.  Returning to earth is the promise He made to all mankind.    The signs of the times indicate that promise is getting closer to being fulfilled.

Remembering a Loved One

by Linda Stewart, 28 April 2022

I believe family researchers are born with a love and connection to the past.  We enjoy going back to the old homesteads and walking the land that our ancestors walked.  Touching the things they may have touched.  Carrying on the family traditions.  But what do you do with all the material things that is left behind when they move to heaven?

Giving away the things that our loved one owned is one of the hardest things the family members will ever do.  Touching a shirt will create an entangled emotional ball of happiness, love and grief.  Grief counsels often suggest keeping a few keepsake items, then having an estate sale.  People who attend estates sales will choose items that they will incorporate into their lives that they will love and cherish as much as your loved one did.

Several months after my husband died, my sister-in-law came over and helped me clean out his closet and chest-of-drawers.  Actually she did most of the cleaning while I sat on the bed and cried.  My husband enjoy wearing ties to church.  The Lord told me to not give the ties away.  I now realize why.

Our wonderful sweet cousin, Sandy Paschal, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois is a quilter.  She posted on Facebook pictures of quilted Christmas ornaments she has made.  I contacted her and asked if she could make ornaments out of my husband’s ties.  She said she had never made ornaments out of ties before, but would certainly try.  I think you will agree Sandy’s creations are beautiful, unique, and a priceless keepsake.

Now I must admit, I still have his deer mounts hanging on the wall, and his collection of saltwater fish pictures still dominate one room, but I’ve added crochet, lace, and flowers all over the house.  After thirty-eight years of marriage, his things are also my things.

Once I am through with enjoying the material things on earth and move to heaven, then someone else will incorporate them into their lives and enjoy them as well.

Blessings to All.





Luscious Cherry Pie A Specialty of Mrs. Paschall

by Mabel Weise, The Dispatch, (Moline, Illinois), Wed., 27 Feb 1952, Page 17.  Reposted by Linda Stewart, 26 February 2022

“Every time our group plans a dinner the men say: ‘Have Harriet Paschall make cherry pie’.”  That was the comment of the kind person who called this department to suggest Mrs. Ronald R. Paschall (Harriet Brown) as one we should have on this page.  And here she is, to tell us all how to make the cherry pie which her friends declare is the “best ever.”  We find all of these good cooks so very modest that we are almost led to believe that these superb specialties of theirs practically jump into a pan and settle themselves into a concoction which eventually comes to the table with all the attributes of ambrosia.

For her pastry Mrs. Paschall uses:

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2/3 cup (heaping) Spry  [Crisco]

6 tablespoons cold water

Sift flour, salt and baking power together; cut shortening into it; then add water, 2 tablespoons at a time.  Divide dough into 2 parts; roll 1 part out on floured board to desire size.  Line one 9-inch pie tin with pastry, and pour in the filling made as follows:

1 No. 2 can red sour pitted cherries

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 tablespoons cherry juice

2 heaping tablespoons flour

Drain can of cherries, saving juice.  Add sugar, flour and cherry juice to drained cherries.  Mix thoroughly and fill pie crust.  Roll out second part of dough and cover pie with top crust.  Flute edges and slit top about 10 times.  Brush crust with cream and sprinkle lightly with sugar.  Bake for 1 hour, with oven at 425 degrees until pie is brown; then turn down to 325.

NOTE: Spry was a brand of vegetable shortening produced by Lever Brothers starting in 1936. It was a competitor for Procter & Gamble’s Crisco.

Harriett was born in Chicago, IL, on September 15, 1918, to William B. and Ellen (Davies) Brown. On August 28, 1943, in Moline, she married Ronald Rex Paschall, who preceded her in death February 22, 2006.  Harriett died on 24 August 2014.

‘Hush’ Insider Is Pursued by Spies and Ills

By Virginia MacPherson; The Dispatch, (Moline, Illionis), Sat. Nov 20, 1948, Pg 9.  Re-posted by Linda Stewart, 5 February 2022

HOLLYWOOD — (UP) — Having a tough time figuring out who Mama and Papa Hush are?  then relax and listen to the troubles of the man who helps confuse you.  He gets all the ailments your dimes help fight.

He’s Al Paschall, 31-year-old right-hand man of Ralph Edwards on Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life, and he is, he says, a hypochondriac.  “When we’re giving money to the infantile paralysis fund I go home every night feeling like I have polio,” He said.  “When we help out the cancer drive I’m sure I’ve got cancer.”  “We just finished up with the heart association.  My ticker’s still weak.  Now … we’re collecting money for the mental health drive … and …”

Paschall is one of four men who knows for sure who Mama and Papa Hush are.  And it doesn’t help his peace of mind any to know a few commercial contest enterers [sic] have private detectives on his trail to find out.

“That’s only the beginning,” He says.  “We have to keep moving the Hush people from place to place every week.  We sneak in and out windows, hid away in out-of-town auto courts, and sometimes we even move in the Hush of the moment.”

When Clara Bow was Mrs. Hush, Paschal said, he and his engineer had her broadcast the riddle from her bedroom in the Nevada desert.  “And just before show-time, Charles Farrell dropped in for dinner,” he added.  “He kept talking about the contest and saying he knew who it was and we figured we were dead for sure.”  “When the program started he and her ex-agent had their ears glued to the radio.  Clara sauntered into the bedroom, I sneaked in a minute later, and our engineer climbed in through the back window.”  “We did the riddle not three feet from ’em and when we cam out the ex-agent said: ‘I’ve got it.  It’s Mary Pickford using a high voice.'”

Now Edwards is on the air with This Is Your Life and it looks like he has another sock show.  He’s had two programs so far, and they wound up with everybody in the cast and everybody in the audience happily weeping buckets.  That’s another Paschall chore.  Cheering everybody up.  “I wouldn’t,” he says, “do this for anybody in the world except Ralph.”

A Life In A Garden

Reposted By Linda Stewart, 5 January 2022

The story about Gene and Beth Paschall is featured in the article “A Life In A Garden” by Nina A. Koziol, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), Sunday, 11 Aug 2013, Page 6-23.  Her article features Patricia Lanza, Kay Mangan, and Gene and Beth Paschall.

Gene and Beth Paschall have gardened in their Palos Heights, Ill., home for 50 years.  He’s 91 and she’s 90.  Their garden is filled with more than 100 rhododendrons and azaleas, many of which Gene hybridized.  There are towering spruce trees — once seedling that they brought back from vacation and planted.  Mass plantings of ferns, ginger and other ground covers, along with many shrubs and small ornamental trees, help keep maintenance to a minimum.  The couple are outside everyday in good weather, doing a few chores.

“Beth carries a plastic bucket and pulls weeds for a while,” Gene said.  “And as soon as he gets wobbly, he comes in,” Beth said.  A landscaping service cuts the lawn, and their son mulches the beds and planted their vegetable garden this spring.  But Gene is out there with pruners in hand, snipping off any dead or broken branches.

“I hate the idea, the thought of going into a condo.” says Gene, who spent several stints in the hospital last year.  “I like to look at the rhododendrons every morning, and they’re pretty low maintenance.  It’s very therapeutic.”

Eugene Forest “Gene” Paschall, the son of Samuel Fred Paschall and Ota Vera  Hatfield, was born 7 January 1922 in Neosho, Newton Co., MO, died 1 April 2018, and was buried in the Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Willow Springs, Cook Co., IL[i].   Eugene married Elizabeth G. Lincoln.

Elizabeth “Beth” G. Lincoln, daughter of James William Lincoln and Olive Geneva Mason, was born 25 January 1923, died 6 June 2018, and was also buried in the Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Willow Springs, Cook Co., IL[ii].


Obituary Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Wed., 11 Apr 2018, Page 2-6

National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Colorado, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 185

Year: 1930; Census Place: Coal Creek, Montrose, Colorado; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0025; FHL microfilm: 2339982

Year: 1940; Census Place: Oak Grove, Montrose, Colorado; Roll: m-t0627-00472; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 43-21


Obituary Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Sun., 17 Jun 2018, Page 1-39

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 11, Rio Grande, Colorado; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 2339986

Year: 1940; Census Place: Rio Grande, Colorado; Roll: m-t0627-00478; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 53-16

The Sweetest Gift of All

By Linda Stewart, 26 December 2021

Christmas is always a very special day, because it is the day that the entire world celebrates our messiah’s birthday.  From historical records, we know that Jesus was probably conceived in December and born the following September during the Feast of Tabernacles.  The exact date of his birth does not make any difference.  Children who are abandoned do not know their birth date, so some adoptive parents choose to celebrate the child’s adoption date as their birth date.  The point is, the child is celebrated with a special day just as Jesus Christ is celebrated with a special day.

In February 2021, Texas froze for four days.  It killed my oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pomegranate and plum trees.  It broke my heart when I saw the yard man cutting the trees down.  My deceased husband and I planted the citrus trees over 30 years ago.  There was one small Satsuma tree that was about 5 years old that I had covered in hay that survived.  It was badly frost burned and had to be severely cut back.    That little tree had one piece of fruit on it this year.  The Satsuma’s are ripe the beginning of December.  The oranges and lemons are ripe the week of Christmas.  I picked the Satsuma the week of Christmas thinking it was probably spoiled.  I placed it on my kitchen counter and forgot about it.

Christmas morning.  I sang happy birthday to my Lord and Savior and opened my gifts.  I went into the kitchen to make coffee and thought, “What am I going to eat for breakfast?”  The Lord said, “The Satsuma.”  That was the sweetest, juiciest Satsuma I have ever tasted.

That Satsuma was a very special gift from Jesus to me.  I will enjoy the puzzle, teapot, and necklace that I received for Christmas, but the Satsuma is the gift that is special to my heart.

Thank you Jesus and Happy Birthday!

Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-20

The First American Marriage In San Antonio, TX

by Linda Stewart,  October 8, 2021

PASCHAL, Franklin Lafitte, was born at Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, January 15, 1810, and came to Texas in 1836 to fight in the Revolution.  As lieutenant in Major Augustus Parker’s Company, formed at Rome, Georgia, Paschal entered the Texas Army, and soon became commissary of Green’s brigade.  Later he joined Captain Jack Hays’ command, and while on scouting duty near San Antonio was ambushed and seriously wounded.  Returning to Georgia for treatment, Paschal came back to Texas in 1839 and settled at San Antonio.  He was a man active in his community, service as Bexar County’s first sheriff during the Republic, a member of the City Council, City Tax Collector, and as crier of the United States District and circuit court.  Meanwhile, he had represented Bexar County, in 1843-44, at the Eighth Congress, House of Representatives.  Three months after the session ended, Franklin Paschal was married to Miss Frances Roach of South Carolina, this marriage on May 13, 1844, being the first American marriage performed in San Antonio.  Some forty years later, on February 13, 1884, Pascal, still a resident of San Antonio, died of pneumonia.  — See Chabot, With the Makers of San Antonio, 315-7; Election Register, 1843-45; Texas Veterans, 91;  House Journal of the Eighth Congress.

Reprinted From the “Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses 1832-1845”.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, Texas, book housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, 650 FM 1011, PO Box 310, Liberty, TX 77575.