The Mathis News (Mathis, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, April 6, 1956 Page: 1 of 8
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THE MATHIS NEWS
MATHIS, TEXAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 1956
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Firemen attempt difficult job of
extinguishing oil blaze at the
traintruck crash in San Patricio
Wednesday. The truck can be
seen directly behind man in center
of photo. It was bwned by Pippin
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The destroyed transport truckl and it had been moved away from I the left of the truck,
after the fire 'had been put outjthe engine. Burned out house to |
No One Seriously Injured Wednesday
In San Pat Truck-Train Wreck
A miracle came to the people with the train, striking the en-
of San Patricio around noon Wed-
nesday when no one was serious-
ly injured in what could have been
a major disaster to that little
At approximately 12:30 Wednes-
day a transport truck loaded with
oil and a Missouri Pacific switch
engine rammed together at the
railroad crossing in the middle of
The train was traveling east
pulling cars out of the Fordyce
Gravel Pit and the truck was go-
ing south on the road when the
accident occurred. The driver of
the truck turned down the track
Betty Stone Named
Betty Jean Stone, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stone, was
elected to represent the Mathis
High School as duchess to the
Lantana Coronation in Kingsville
this coming week.
She is secretary of the senior
class and was elected senior class
favorite. She is a member of the
Her escort will be John Tullos,
son of Mr. and Mrs. .Lamar Tul-
les. John is a senior and won
District Entertainer for the FFA
for this area and will compete in
Alice for Regional honors soon.
He has appeared on radio and
TV as a “Western Rhythm Blues”
gine near its front, derailing it.
The trucks gas tanks exploded,
setting fire to the oil load, to
the train engine and to a house
nearby owned by Gene McGowan.
The truck and the house were
completely destroyed by the fire,
which at times shot flames fifty
feet in the air. Falling power lin-
es were . danger to .firemen who
arrived on the scene. Very little
in the house was saved, but lucki-
ly no one was hurt. The Mc-
Cowans were eating dinner at the
time of the accident. The truck
driver was burned but managed
to get out of the truck before
he was too badly injured. The
trainmen piled out the train win-
dow after the engine came to a
stop. The train engine remained
running for about an hour after
the impact but finally died due
to the heat from the truck oil
tank blazing next to it.
Firemen were hampered by lack
of water, having to go to the Nue-
ces River to get it. The Robs-
town fire department sent one
truck to the scene and several fire-
men from Sinton arrived as well
as the unit from Mathis.
A large crowd gathered at the
scene but remained at a safe dis-
tance, due to the danger of the
engine’s fuel tanks exploding.
After several loads of water the
fire was cooled down and finally
extinguished. The cars which were
still on the track were pulled
away from the engine unblocking
the highway. The truck was mov-
ed aw^y from the engine late
Wednesday afternoon. Work-
men were working Thursday to
get the engine back on the track.
Herrings Recently Move
To San Antonio Home
Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Herring
and children recently moved to
San Antonio. Mr .Herring was with
the Erly Fat Feed Company here,
and will be with the Goodyear
Tire and Rubber Company at San
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Teague
have purchased the Herring home
and are now making their home
in Mimosa Village.
Jack Buck Elected
V.F.W. Post Comdr.
At Recent Meeting
Jack A. Buck has been elected
commander of John J. McWhort-
er VFW Post 3079 in Mathis.
Elmor F. Beyer, senior vice
commander; James H. Wright,
junior vice commander; J. V. Nel-
son, reelected post chaplain; Ma
thew L. Baldeschwiler, reelected
quartermaster; Gordon L. Benning-
field, trustee and Alfred L. Phelps,
Marvin C. Groom and Robert E.
Sallee were elected delegates to
the San Patricio County Council.
Outgoing Commander Franklin C.
Henze was elected post judge ad
The new officers will be install-
Over 500 Cars And
Trucks of Onions Have
-■Been Shipped '
Over 518 cars qnd trucks of
onions have been shipped from
Mathis this season according to
the reports given by the shippers
here in Mathis. %
Onions reported shipped were:
Katz and Dorris, 175 cars and
71 trucks; J. W. Henderson, 14
cars and 35 trucks; F. H. Vahl-
sing, 53 cars and 80 trucks; and
H. W. Tobin. 90 cars and trucks.
Rummage Sale Set
By H. D. Club
The Mathis Home Demonstra-
tion Club will -have another rum-
mage sale on Saturday, April 7th,
at the store building, formerly oc-
cupied by the Gonzales Dry Goods
Store, next door to the Mathis
They will have clothing of all
kinds, home baked cakes, pies,
cookies, and doughnuts and a solu-
tion which removes rust from all
kinds of material without remov-
ing the color.
To Meet Friday
A meeting of the newly organ-
ized Coastal Bend Cotton Grow-
ers Association will be held in
Sinton on Friday, April 6, at 7:30
p.m. in the district court room,
according to Wm. A. Schmidt, Taft
temporary chairman i
The movement to start a cotton
organization in the coastal bend
area got under way several months
ago with a committee out of the
San Patricio farm bureau doing
the first organizational work. Lat-
er meetings were held in this
county and others and a tempo-
rary organization was set up some
The purpose of the organization
is to give study to the method
of determining the distribution of
cotton acres to the various coun-
ties throughout Texas.
The notice mailed out to farm
ers calling the meeting carries this
punch line: “Wake up...Cotton far-
mers. Did you know that under
the present cotton allotment law
that cotton acreage in this area
will be cut another 18 per cent
The reference to the 18 per pent
cut was evidently made thinking
that by 1958 the big cotton acre-
age years in this area will have
expired in using the progressive
five year cotton acre average as
a basis for allotments. Cotton al-
lotments are based on a five-year
average with a year dropped off
the end and one- added at the
top each year. San Patricio Coun-
ty had big cotton acreages in the
early 1950’s but by 1958 these hea-
vy years will he off the five year
Albert Erler, 92, Dies
In Yorktown Friday;
Services Held Sunday
Albert Erler, age 92, of Tynan,
died at a Rest Home in York-
town, on Friday, March 30, 1956,
at 11:55 p.m.
Mr. Elder was born in Comal
County, and came to Tynan in
1925 from Karnes County. He was
a retired farmer.
Survivors are one son, Alfred
Erler of Tynan, eight grandchil-
dren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Rosary was recited at 2:30 Sun-
day afternoon at Dobie Funeral
Home Chapel with funeral services
at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church
in Mathis at 3:00 p.m. Sunday,
with Rev. Gregory Dean officiat-
Burial was in the Waldheim
Cemetery at Tynan, Sunday after
noon with Dobie Funeral Home
Chest X-ray Unit
Here April 6th & 7th
Two Important Elections Are Set
For Saturday For Voters In Mathis
Pirate - Academy
Game Is Cancelled;
Banquette Here Thur.
The Mathis Pirate-College Aca-
demy baseball game schedule for
Friday night on the local field will
not be played as per schedule.
The College Academy team had
intended to play Coles an after-
noon game and move into Mathis
for a night affair on the same
date; however, they find that they
do not have enough capable pitch-
ing to play the double header.
The home opener will have to
be postponed until next Thursday
night when Banquete will come
to town. Taft will play here the
The Pirate playing record fol-
Polls will be open from 8 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Saturday at the school
tax office for the school trustee
Although the election is not a
contested election, all person are
urged to exercise their right to
T. G. Dorris’ and Vay Rouse’s
terms expired this year and both
announced for reelection with no
other candidates filing before the
J. V. Nelson will be the presid-
ing judge with Mary Williams and
Bobbee Turner as clerks.
Building permits for March to-
taled $24,975. Half of this amount
was for a new residence being
built by D- C. Brown. The re
maining amount was mostly for
repairs to existing buildings.
Those issued permits were:
Mathis Lumber Company, new
residence, 4,500.00; Church of
Christ, repairs, 150.00; Ygancia
Zapata, repairs, 75.00; D.C. Brown
Jr., new residence, 12,000.00; Mrs.
J. E. Crane, repairs, 200.00; Mi-
guel Garcia Estate, repairs, 150.00;
Maria G. Rodriguez, addition, 50.-
00; Filemon Valdez, residence, 3,-
000. 00; Methodist Church, repairs,
1,200.00; Miss Marion Watson, re
pairs, 1,975.00; Mrs. C. F. Miller,
repairs, 100.00; Mrs. R. I. Black-
burn, repairs, 500.00; Daniel Can-
tu, addition, 75.00; and P. S. Cur-
lee, move and remodel small bldg.
Possibly very few residents of
Mathis have even noticed the new
bright look Mathis has after sun-
down. If you haven’t, drive down
main street tonight and look.
Central Power and Light Com-
pany completed installation this
week on 25 mercury vapor lights
replacing the old type street lights
The new mercury vapor lights
are better than three times bright-
er than the regular bulb type.
1. S. Butler, local manager for
CP&L said the new lights put out
15,000 lumen as compared to from
.2,500 to 4,000 for the ones replac-
B. Stone ........
K. Harbin ......
J. Wilson .......
D. Harbin ...
D. Stone .......
Methodist Men Set
Meeting For April 11
The Methodist Men of the First
Visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Ho-
mer J. Wright Saturday were
Mrs. V/right’s mother, Mrs. Annie
Hester from Taft, her sister, Mrs.
H. Elliott from Houston and niece,
Mrs. J. Heron and chidren from
New7 Comers to Mathis during
the recent week were High Davis,
C. C. Sullivan and M. L. Teague.
Methodist Church will have their
regular monthly meeting .Wed-
nesday, April 11th, at 7:30 p.m.
at the church.
Rev. Archie Gray, pastor of the
First Christian Church will be
the guest speaker..
This is an important meeting
and all members are asked to-be
Former Mathis Student
Wins Honors At Alice
Mike Everett, a senior in the
Alice schools, was elected All-
School Favorite and Faculty All-
Favorite of the Alice schools re-
cently. Mike, who is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Everett, at
tended Mathis schools during his
At Alice this year he had the
lead in the Interscholastic one-
act play, and was one of the out-
standing guards of the football
team this year.
He will attend S.M.U. for four
years on a scholarship awarded
for his scholastic and athletic
Jeanette Norris Wins
Third In Spelling Bee
Jeanette Norris of Mathis, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs .John Norris,
was ranked third in the county
contest to determine the cham-
pion speller in the Caller-Times
She substituted for Mary Wayne
Koepsel, the Mathis School cham-
pion, who came down with the
Miss Norris missed the word
Peggy Lucille Wolf, seventh gra-
de student from Taft Junior High
School, won the San Patricio Coun
ty contest. She eliminated nine
other contestants in one hour and
ten minutes of spelling.
$175 Is Collected
In Corporation Court
A total of $175 was collected
this month in Corporation Court
on eight dockets. Five were fined
for no driver’s license,- and one
each for negligent collision, drunk
eness, and disturbing the peace.
On Saturday, April 7, all per-
sons living in the city limits of
Mathis, who have paid their poll
tax for 1956, will be eligible to
vote in the election that will de-
cide the issue as to whether park-
ing meters will remain or be tak-
en out in the city of Mathis.
The meters, which were install-
ed on a six months trial basis,
have caused much controversy in
the city as to their merit.v They
have: been the subject of much
sidewalk talk and at many meet-
ings. They have been blamed by
some for a loss of business reve-
nue and others have claimed they
The meters were installed to
help finance a police system.
As of April 3, 1956, the parking
meters have rossed $1,996.46. Of
this amount, $998.23 went to Kar
park Corporation, and an equal
amount was deposited to the
City of Mathis. A total of
$125.55 in fines for over parking
has been collected. The entire
amount of fines collected belong
to the City of Mathis and this
brings the total revenue from
parking meters for the City to
Of this last amount approximate
ly $1,050 has been paid to the
policeman, E. J. Crenshaw, who
was hired to take care of the
meters and took after traffic in
the downtown area. He has been
paid on a $175 a month basis.
The meters cost the city ap-
proximately $14,000 based on a
price of $55.75 each for the 250
installed. Based on the amount of
revenue taken in during the first
six months, of which half must
go to the Karpark Corp for the
meters, it will take around 7
years to pay for the meters. It
is estimated that the meters’ life
expectancy is around 15 years.
The parking meters have been-
in on a six months trial basis
in accordance with the terms of
the contract between the City of
Mathis and Karpark Corporation.
The purpose of the election is to
give the citizens of this City the
opportunity to decide for themselv-
es whether they want parking
meters to remain or to be removed.
Every qualified voter is urged’ to
go to the polls and cast their vote,
l'egardless of whether they are for
or against parking meters.
“It is the desire and intention
of the City Officials to abide by
the results of the election, and
only a large turn out at the polls
can give them a true representa-
tion of public opinion, members
of the council said.
Polls for voting will be open
from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the
Fife Station with Jack Allen in
charge and clerks M. B. Coving-
ton and Betty Sutherland.
An opportunity for a free chest
x-ray is available to the people of
Mathis today, (Friday) and Satur-
day by simply going by the But-
ler Building where the machine
will be located.
The machine will be three from
12 to 6 today and from 9 to 6 Sat-
urday.Those helping with the x-ray
emphasized that everyone in town
15 and up owed it to themselves
and neighbors to have their chest
x-rayed. Mathis has the highest
number of TB cases in the coun-
ty and there are probably many
cases not discovered.
The x-ray will take only a few
minutes and no clothes must be
taken off for the x-ray. The B&PW
Club _will give a $5 prize to the
oldest person who registers for
The turnout this year will de-
termine how long the unit will
be in Mathis next year.
A meeting for those interested
in Little League playing this sea-
son has been called for Monday
night at 7:30 at the school cafe-
Boys who are eligible to play in
the Little League are those who
are eight through twelve years
Both parents of the boys are
urged to be present at Monday’s
Services Held Monday
For C. A. Neumman’s
Mother In Or. Gr.
Mrs. Marie Frances Neumann,
age 84, died at the home of her*
daught, Mrs. C. A. Conrad, in
Orange Grove, at 10:05. a.m. Sat
urday March 31st, 1956, following
a long illness. Mrs. Neumann was
born in Czechoslovakia in 1871.
She had lived in Orange Grove
Survivors are three sons, Os-
car Neumann of Corpus Christi,
Charles A. Neumann of Mathis,
and Ed V. Neumann of Alice;
three daughters, Miss Mary Neu-
mann and Mrs. C. A. Conrad of
Orange Grove and Mrs. Hattie
Collins cf San Antonio; one
grandson, Lamar Joseph Conrad
of Orange Grove.
Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at the Conrad home in
Funeral services were held at
St. John of the Cross Catholic
Church in Orange Grove at 9:00
a.m. Monday April 2nd, 1956, with
Rev. Stanley Branch, officiating,
under direction of Dobie Funeral
Home in Mathis.
Burial was in St. Joseph Ceme-
tery at Yoakum Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Eggert’s Father,
H. H, Scheel, 62, Dies;
Services Held Sat.
Funeral services for Herbert H.
Scheel, age 62, were held at the
American Lutheran Church at
Alice, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Mr.
Scheel was born at Honey Creek.
Texas on Oct. 21, 1893 and died
at 1:20 Thursday afternoon, Mar.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. H.
H. Scheel of Alice; one son, Ed-
ward H. Scheel of Alice; one
daughter, Mrs. Edgar H. Eggert,
Jr., of Mathis; four brothers, A1
bert and Christian of New Braun-
fels, Arnold of San Antonio find
Val of Seguin; four sisters, Mrs.
Frances Biering and Mrs. Amelia
Benke of San Antonio and Mrs.
Christine Bechtold ad Mrs. Eliz-
abeth Phillips of Boeme; and four
Mr. Scheel was a member of
the school board of the Alice In-
dependent School District.
Funeral services were under the
direction of Moyer Mortuary with
the Rev. H. C. Gold of Alice
officiating, assisted by the Rev.
Kermit Menking of Orange Grove.
Burial was in the Roselawn
Pallbearers were Walter Zulauf,
Gene Kulchack, Elbert Buegler,
Herbert Eberneze, Ernest Botard
and Wilbert Gebert. Honorary pall-
bearers were members of the Al-
ice School Boad.
Mrs. Augusta Henderson was in
San Antonio on business last Fri-
Iday and’ Saturday.
Elaine Maedgen Elected
For College Festival
Elaine Maedgen, daughter of Mr,
and Mrs. Malcolm Maedgen, was
elected by the Senior Class to be
their representative to Frontier
Days at Southwest State College
in San Marcos.
Elaine is class historian for the
senior class, treasurer of the FHA
and secretary of the band. She
is an original member of the
“12:30 Trio” which had its begin-
ning in 1952. She has been on
TV and radio and appeared on the
State and National REA programs
for the past two years and this
year, she was with the ‘‘12:30
Trio” in St. Louis oh the National
Her escort is to be Sonny Guy- .
nes son of Dr. and Mrs. W. A.
Guynes. He is editor of the Gal-
lion this year and plans to attend
A&M in the fall.
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