I did some additional research on Lazy Lester and Excello. The statement regarding newspaper slapping a stool comes up a couple times. I never did see a reference to spoons, but I like the idea of having those in an Excello kit. The most interesting thing was an altered approach to using a conga drum, where Lester taped a coin to his finger and played the conga. This was also used for a side strike to the conga. There is also reference to using a drum stick to hit the wall. I assume a wooden box would work for that. There were hits to cardboard boxes, too.
There also was a drum kit. This, I assume, would have been quite minimal at the time. Most pics I see from the era had a kit with a kick drum, a single snare, and a suspended cymbal. Hi hats may have been known at the time, but were not in widespread use among less wealthy drummers.
That all makes for fun kit.
Cardboard box hit
Spoons (probably 3 slots, down strike, up strike, and “roll.”
Small ride (a couple slots, edge, middle, bell)
Stick to box.
Conga head coin strike
Conga side coin strike.
Probably add a tambourine, too.
If you decide to tackle this, let me know, and feel free to ask for help.