Palo Pinto County Star (Palo Pinto, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 18, Ed. 1 Friday, October 23, 1936 Page: 1 of 5
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PALO PINTO COUNTY’S OLDEST NEWSPAPER
li0N THE BROADWA Y OF AMERICA"
PALO PINTO. TEXAS, FRIDAY. OCTOBER 23. 1936
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WHAT DO YOU KNOW
Two shall he bom the whole wide world
And speak in different tongues,
and have no thought
Each of the other’s being, and no heed;
And these o’er ten known seas
Shall cross, escaping wreck, defying
And all unconsciously shape ev
And lend each wandering step to this
That, one day, out of darkness
they shall meet
And read life's meaning in each oth
er’s eyes—Susan M. Spald
Mrs. Jennie Herring was smiling
broadly last week after leaving the
postoffice. Perhaps she had just
received her old age assistance
check. These checks have made
many of our fine older people
smile, and it is hoped that some
way will be provided to assure
their future delivery.
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I. N. Gaither of Strawn knows
how to keep the ladies quiet. He
presents them with a miniature
barn and a bunch of dancers and
advises them to put them together
each Saturday evening during the
Alka-Sehzer Barn Dance Program
If you haven’t tried it, get Mr.
Gaither to give you one. Its lots
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A real effort is being made in
several cities to collect delinquent
taxes. In some of the towns a list
of delinquent tax payers was pub
lished. This was very embarrass
ing to sotne of the citizens, as they
were able to pay the taxes and the
town knew it. It might be a good
idea to print the delinquent tax list
in every county and city.
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We had a card last week from
Waterloo, New York, telling us to
send the Star to 207 N. W. 4th
Ave. Mineral Wells in the future.
It was not signed, but Miss Corne-
lia Crocker and her sister are the
only ones we know in Waterloo,
and they take our paper, so they
must be coming to Texas again for
the winter. We’re happv to have
them back down here, they're so
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Autumn this year has been an
unusual season in Texas. After
the long dry summer which stop-
ped all growth, the fall rains at last
fell and soaked the earth. Now it
seems like spring instead of fall,
with lilacs and fruit trees in bloom.
Some pear trees are full of fruit
and blooms at the same time, which
look rather unusual. Miss Anna
McGehee'of Mineral Wells has a
tree of this type in her yard.
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Choosing a jury is quite a task
as the lawyers know. Prospective
jurors are asked all manner of
questions by the keen minded
lawyers. Some times the lawyers
get sarcastic in their investigations.
For instance one lawyer finally
wound up his investigation of one
citizen after a bevy of questions,
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Popular Cowboy Dies
Earl Melvin Christian, popular
cowboy of this county, died sud-
denly Monday evening in Nazareth
Hospital Mineral Wells, after a
short illness. He was 37 years of
age. He was born Jan. 5, 1899
near Brad. He was a son of Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Christian, pioneer
settlers of this county. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Chris-
tian, and one daughter, Billie Earl,
age 10 years, four sisters, Mesdames
Charlie Bolton, John Mallory,
Claude Chastain, Mineral Wells,
J. L. Brown, Clayton, New Mexico,
and one brother, J. D. Christian of
Funeral services were conducted
Tuesday afternoon at Brad by Rev.
D. E. McVey, Methodist pastor of
Palo Pinto. R. H. Beetham, Min-
eral Weills, directed the funeral.
Burial Was made in the Brad Ceme-
Active pail bearers were; Charlie
Peach, Lloyd McCarson, George
Dendy, EL C. Mays, Joe Brooks
Whatley, Palo Pinto, and Winifred
Couger, E. H. Hutchins and Bean
Mr. and Mrs. Christian were mar-
ried Dec. 13, 1923 in Brecken-
ridge. She was Miss Ethel Rippy
before her marriage and was teach-
ing school at Brad where he met
Earl Christian was a simple
hearted cowboy, whose jolly man-
ner, infectious smile and friendly
disposition had earned him friends
by the score. He was loved for
himself. He was a son of nature,
having spent most of his life upon
the range with the sun, wind, and
often sleet, rain and snow in his
face. He was the type of man
who numbered a stray dogie, his
faithful horse, his old saddle, and
well worn boots, among his best
friends. Flaxie, a beautiful black,
was his favorite horse, and he was
allowed to graze in the yard of the
ranch home during his master's
illness so that he could be near
him. Flaxie was saddled by Mr.
Christian Saturday morning when
he and his beloved master rode
the range together for the last time.
At noon he was unsaddled at the
chuck wagon where his master ate
dinner. This was the last time
they ever rode together on the
earthly range and Flaxie can't un-
derstand "the enng>ty saddle in the
Mr. Christian was buried in his
boots, synonymous of his love for
the range. Ho had worked for the
Bean Robinson interests in this
county for the past 10 years. At
the time of his death he and his
family were living north of Palo
Pinto on the old Dalton Ranch.
— Come kuyi-yippi yippi ya — J1
BY MARY WHATLEY DUNBAR
Perhaps no name is more famil-
iar than that of Strawn, to old tim-
ers of this county, and especially
to those who live on the south side
of the county. Louis P. Strawn,
prominent banker of Strawn, Texas,
was born in a log cabin, southwest
of the present city of Strawn. He
was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B.
Strawn, who settled in this county
Mr. Strawn's father and the late
J. N. Stuart, well known pioneer of
this part of the county, married
sisters, and were partners in the
ranch business for many years.
Part of their ranch land included
the present townaite of Strawn,
Texas. This land at the time was
fenced with cedar posts. Their
partnership was dissolved before
the city of Strawn was built, and
most of the land where the city
was later laid out, fell to Mr.
Strawn. The city of Strawn was
named in his memory. Mr. Strawn
laid off the property for the town
and gave every other block to the
T. P. Railroad to encourage them
to bring their road through the
new settlement and make a town
there. Strawn was laid off and
built in 1879 and 1880.
Lfcwis Strawn spent his boyhood
on his father’s ranch . At an early
age he learned to ride and spent
many days upon the range with his
father and the other cowhands of
the ranch. He went to school in
Strawn, Buffalo Cap, and later to
college in Taylor County.
He and Miss Willie Neal of Tay
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Jesse E. Wolfe Dies in
News 35 Years Ago
From J. H. Baker's
for me to begin my school. Spent
Mrs. Nora R.ppy and * h r e e |he day ,ooking for one. Secured
daughters, Grace June, Rose and
Ruby, and two sons, Charlie and
Ben of Sulphur Springs, mother,-
sisters and brothers of Mrs. Chris-
tian. attended the funeral.
The Star editor extends deepest
sympathy to his bereaved family,
and the too will miss the ring of
Earl's boots upon the sidewalk,
and his friendly "Howdy.*
The Miner*! Wells Motor Co.
owned by Cliff Chastain, dealers
for Plymouth*, Chryslers, Packard
cars, and International Trucks, has
moved from Southeast First Ave.
to the north side of the Hotel
Garage, North Oak, Mineral -Wells. I
Oct. 29, 1858. Arrived Weather-
ford at noon. Found no wagon
going west so decided to wait until
Oct. 30. After inquiring around
this morning I found a man who
agreed to convey my baggage part
of the way to Palo Pinto. So I left
with him and started to Palo Pinto
in company with Mr. B. P. Barber,
he and I riding alternately upon
his horse. 1 came to Uncle Frank
Baker's home and staved all night.
Oct. 31, Sunday. After shaving
and changing my clothes this morn-
ing I started for the town of Palo
Pinto in company with Mr. Barber
and family, arriving there about
noon. The house was not ready
one for 5 months, for $25. I to
pay half and the patrons the re-
maining $12.50. In the evening
we drew up a paper for the pur-
pose of building a school house at
this place. I obtained several sub-
Nov. 2. Started school this morn-
ing with 12 pupils. The day pass-
ed very well, the students present
nyanifesting a disposition to behave
very well, and I hope 1 will not
have any grave difficulty in man-
aging my school. 1 open school by
reading a chapter in the Bible and
Nov. 14, Sunday. »An Indian
Jesse E. Wolfe, aged resident of
Cordon, Texas, was found dead in
the home of his daughter, Mr*. T.
S. Pittman, last Thursday morning.
He was hanging at the end of a
rope which had been tied around
a beam in the ceiling of the hall.
His hands were tied together with
wire. A verdict of suicide was
given at an inquest.
Mr. Wolfe was 87 years of age
and had been in poor health both
mentally and physically. On
Thursday his daughter with whom
he was making his home at the
time, went to the home of her
daughter who lived near by to
bring her grand-children back to
her home. She was not away over
40 minutes. When she returned
she found her father dead, hanging
in the hall of her home.
A quilt box was near the rope.
It is presumed that Mr. Wolfe first
tied the rope to the ceiling which
was being repaired, then wrapped
the wire about his hands. He
probably jumped from the box
with the rope about his neck.
Funeral services were held at
Blue Flat Cemetery southeast of
Gordon. Rev. Barber of Mt. Zioni
conducted the funeral services. E.
A. Jones of Gordon, directed the
Mr. Wolfe is survived by 3 chil-
dren. His wife his been dead
District Court Convenes
District Court will convene Mon-
day, Oct. 26th. This is expected
to be a very busy term. Three
murder cases are scheduled on the
criminal docket. They are; State
of Texas vs Joe Sebers; State of
Texas vs Bruce Bowden; State of
Texas vs W. H. Clapp.
Sebers killed a man by the name
of Smith near Pickwick last year
over a small debt.
Bowden killed his wife near Li-
pan several years ago. This case
has been through the higher courts.
Clapp killed Frank Griffin near
Mineral Wells last spring.
Special venires will be called for
each case. Judge Sam Russell will
be on the bench.
District Attorney Ernest Belcher
and County Attorney Lloyd Boul-
din are expecting to be very busy
helping the grand jury examine
* Live with us again in the past •
• through the Star columns. •
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Casa Manana Star Sings
Everette Marshall, grand opera
star of New York, who has been
the singing star of Caaa Manana,
in the Fort Worth Centennial this
lummer, sang for the service clubs
in Mineral Wella last Friday at a
united luncheon when I 75 persons
were present. Mr. Marshall ia •
very 'unassuming, and human
young man, somewhat ahy, and
very sincere. He delighted hia
audience, not only with hia beauti-
ful voice, but with his friendly per-
sonality. He concluded his vocal
Humber with “One More Mile,"
the theme song of Caaa Manana.
At the conclusion of the program
he was presented with a beautiful
engraved case of silver with two
mounted silver horses on the lid.
He was accompanied to Mineral
Walla and introduced by the Hon.
Walter B. Scott, prominent attorney
of Fort Worth.
— Miss Lena Greer i* quite sick
—Rose Corrigan is now the
"hello" girl at the telephone office.
— Judge H. A. Wade was in
town the first of the week looking
hale and hearty.
. Miss Emma Maxwell returned
Tuesday from a short visit with
relatives at Mineral Wells.
— Miss Minnie McEntire return-
ed home last Sunday from a visit
to her sister at Weatherford.
— H. S. Blue has moved hi*
family hack to town and now oc-
cupies his residence on the west
side of town.
— H. E. Bradford has moved his
law office to the upper story of the
Conatser building east of Lynn and
George Metcalf and sister, May
accompanied by Miss Vernon Bird-
well left Wednesday morning to
visit the Dallas fair.
— Finis Maddox left today for
the Dallas fair. A large number
from this vicinity will be in at-
tendance next week.
—Tax Collector T. M. Carter
will start on his rounds October 1,
and says he does not want you to
have all your money invested in
oil wells and gold mines.
—Gilbert Abernathy is stepping
high and looking pleased now-a-
days, caused by the arrival of a
fine girl at his house last Tuesday.
Mother and child doing well.
—S. J. S. Abernathy and daughter
Miss Ettie, returned Monday from
Hood County, where he attended
a Primitive Baptist meeting at Cen-
ter Point, and reports a pleasant
'—Mrs. W. Lorenz and daughter
Clara, R. S. Dalton and daughters,
Robbie and Sallie, Misses Macie
and Sallie Belle Harris, and Finis
Maddox ail returned from the Dal-
las fair Saturday evening.
—William Waldorf Astor says ho
was driven from America by cruel
calumnies of the newspaper press.
The American press has a lot to
answer for on the judgement day,
but this is not one of them.
—Gold was discovered in a well
at a depth of 150 feet on the land
of O. D. Gholsom, five miles south-
east of Finis, in this county. Frank
McNeme was at once put to work
and now has a 4x6 shaft down 9(F
feet. Experts who have seen the
samples state that it is very rich
but no assay has vet been made.
—Judge W. F. Martin is back
from Austin, where he registered
and sold $32,000 of Palo Pinto
County refunding bridge bonds and
thus reduces the interest from 6 to
4 per cent. Twelve thousand dol-
lars were sold to the state and
$20,000 to the Palo Pinto County
school fund. This leaves only
$48.40 of the school fund uninvest-
Fry Furniture Co. Has Sale
The Fry Furniture Co. of Miner-
al Wella ia conducting a red tag
sale at their store, which will con-
tinue through next week. The
public is invited to attend,
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Dunbar, Mary Whatley. Palo Pinto County Star (Palo Pinto, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 18, Ed. 1 Friday, October 23, 1936, newspaper, October 23, 1936; Palo Pinto, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1038843/m1/1/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boyce Ditto Public Library.