The Mercedes Enterprise (Mercedes, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 26, 1956 Page: 1 of 12
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Have You Heard About The
New Mid-Valley Market
Place and Free Want
Ads? Turn Inside.
VOLUMN XLIV — NO. 30
MERCEDES. TEXAS, THURSDAY, JULY 26, 1956
10c Per Copy
$3 Per Tear In The Valley
Now & Then
By EDWIN HARVEY
Downtown Mercedes sure looked
good last Saturday morning. _ It
was not too easy to find a parking
space down the “main drag’’ or
on the closer-in side streets. The
crowds thinned out somewhat
during the hottest part of the day,
but the, downtown area was jam-
med later ip the afternoon and
that night for the Trades Day pro-
Two'of the Trades Day win-
ners certainly must believe in
long odds. First, Mrs. John
Cano’s small daughter was
chosen at random from the
audience to assist in drawing
the tickets. Before the event
was over, Mrs. Cano had won
all the gifts for the queen,
and strictly on the level, too.
Later, when officials were giv-
ing away the $50 savings bond,
a taker pushed his way to the
platform. He was Robert Silva,
who won the same award at
the June Trades Day.
City Orders $21,263 Fire Truck,
Special Hose for 130-Day Delivery
Wonder what Postmaster Ben
Tucker is going to to when he
gets his ne\y post office? Notice
in the floor plans there is to be
a "swing roorn.” Now Ben hasn’t
explained that one to us, but if
he can’t even piddle around the
yard without twisting his ankle,
wonder how he expects to take
advantage otvthe swing room? And'
Assistant Postmaster Noah Sisk
called to confirm that both the
finance and box lobbies of the
new building will be airconditioned.
There had been talk ' earlier that
the box lobby, which will remain
open 24 hours a day, would not
And you should have those
wonderful (?) neW bah point
pens in the post office lobby
by the time the new building
opens to replace the dip and
scratch models, an inside
source discloses. .
Col. H. G. Stein, Charles Jones
and others who were instrumental
in obtaining the return of the Texas
Employment Commission office to
Mercedes deserve considerable
credit. The office here will serve
a good purpose and end .many
inconveniences caused by the earli-
er consolidation with the Weslaco
Dr. J. W. Chambers has been
signally honored by his professional
group for outstanding service. But
Dr. Chambers was brought up in
the old school which taught that
for an individual physician or den-
tist to seek or even give out per-
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The Mercedes City Commission
Monday ordered a new, modern
fire truck and several hundred feet
of hose after hearing recommen-
dations from the Mercedes Volun-
teer Fire Dept.
Contract for the truck and hose
was let to the Howe Fire Equip-
ment Co. of Anderson, Ind.
The contract specifies that the
company shall have 130 working
days to complete the truck and
prepare it for delivery. Total price
of the equipment is $21,263. The
company agreed to deduct $400 if
the city drives it here from the
Purchase of the new fire truck
and hose was made on a bid
basis. Bids from three companies
were opened at the last commis-
sion meeting. The bids were turned
over to the firemen for recom-
After the' commission indicated
it would follow the firemen’s re-
commendation of the Howe equip-
ment, the commission prepared to
pass an ordinance to that effect,
subject to working out of
satisfactory terms for payment.
Representative of another company
pointed out that his company had
encountered difficulty in a time
payment arrangement with a mu-
nicipal government some years ago
and had a rule, based on court
decisions, that his company must
have cash because a lien on an
emergency vehicle was not valid.
A representative of the firemen
spoke up, however, to explain that
their recommendation of the equip-
ment was made strictly on the
basis of quality and price, and
that terms of payment were not
even mentioned in their discussion.
After \he commission meeting, a
Howe representative and city of-
ficials drew up the purchase con-
tract and-agreed on terms.
A delegation of property owners
and residents in the vicinity of the
new sewage disposal plant ap-
peared before the commission, pre-
senting a petition containing 92
ifames protesting the sewer gas.
The group was represented by
Atty. Fred Bennett, who implied
that if something were not done
in the near future, it would be
a matter for the courts to decide.
The complainants said that not
only was the odor objectionable,
but the fumes were turning their
' Utilities Supt. H. L. German
said he was* working on a new
method of treating the sewage in
an attempt to alleviate the odor,
but that a few more weeks would
be-required for the complete pro-
cess to become effective and to
see if it would be adequate.
Mayor Gene O’Shea and some
commissioners agreed that too
much time had been spent in ex-
perimentation, declaring that
something must be done at once.
Mr. German said he has been in
consultation with several engineers,
including some from the State
Health Department, in an attempt
to find a solution to the problem.
He added he did not believe all
the odor was coming from the
The commissipners finally decid-
ed to hire an outside engineer to
make a complete survey and re-
commend methods of eliminating
the odors. Joe B. Winston was em-
ployed for the job. Mr. German
was given permission to continue
with his experiments, with the un-
derstanding .that if they were suc-
cessful by or before the special
engineer could find a solution, his
method would bp used. If not, the
commission said, he would be in-
structed to take such steps as the
special engineer recommended.
The commission also officially
designated bus stops along the
highway, one on each side near
Ohio, one at Georgia and Wash-
ington, one at the bus station, and
one on each side of Palms St.
Red Sox To Take
Little League play this week
centers around the play of the
All Stars from all teams with play
scheduled Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday evenings.
New city champs are the Dod-
gers, sponsored by Saladino Box
Company and Queen City Laun-
dry. The Dodgers bested the Red
Sox last week in a three game
series, winning by 40-3, 13-12 and
13 and 3. C. A. Ripley sponsored
the Red Sox.
Packing Shed, Gin
Have Fire Alarms
During Past Week
Firemen answered two calls dur-
ing the past week, both of an
The first was last Saturday at
the Dan Logan Shed where saw-
dust near a loading platform was
ignited. Early reporting of the
fire prevented probably heavy loss,
firemen said. Damage was con-
fined to a loading platform.
Second alarm was at the Ross
Gin Co. Monday afternoon where
cotton seed became ignited. The
seed was outdoors near an old in-
cinerator. Smoke was cutting visi-
bility across Baseline road and
firmen put pumps on the canal
to extinguish the flames.
MYSTERY FARM NO. 60
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KNOW YOUR FARMS? If you can identify this one tell The Enterprise about it and you may
win a prize. An aerial photo of some Mercedes area farm is published each week. Indentifica-
tion will be found the following week under sponsorship of the Hidalgo County Bank & Trust Co.
on an inside page. First and second prizes of a six months subscription to The Enterprise
and two passes to the Wes-Mer Drive-in are awarded in each of three divisions. Mercedes city
residents, Mercedes rural routes, and surrounding communities. The farm owner will receive a
beautiful mounted aerial photograph like the one here free by identifying his farm. It’s never
too late to call In. Early callers may have been wrong. Call in as soon as you get your paper
Employees of the Enterprise, Hidalgo County Bank and of the Post Office are not eligible for
Voters Will Go To Polls Saturday
For First Democratic Primary
CHAMPS OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE, SEASON 1956, are these youngsters, members of the Dod-
gers, Front row, left to right, are Emilio Gonzalez, David Gonzalez, Catarino Palacios, Eugene
FOley, Juan Rosales, David Archer, Jerry Markham. Back row, Coach B. F. Battenfield, Jessie
Barboza (bat boy), Tony Kreuger, Lupe Betan -curt, Fred Johnston, George Maldonado, Wayne
Battenfield. Two members of the team, Mike Morava and David Martinez, were unable to
be present when the picture was taken. . — Harman Studio Photo
A large turnout of voters is
expected for the First Democrat-
ic Primary Saturday, July 28,
when candidates for a wide range
of offices from governor and U. S.
Representative to precinct offi-
cials are to be chosen.
Mercedes election officials are
preparing for a heavy vote with
enough clerks to take care of a
Absentee voting was relatively
light, but this could mean only
that few persons will be unable to
vote Saturday in their own pre-
cinct, it was pointed out. There
were 16 absentee ballots cast in
Precinct 1 and 16 in Precinct 21.
Balloting for Precinct 1 will be
at the City Hall with Frank Mark-
ham the judge. Precinct 21 ballot-
ing with Walter Collier in charge
will be at the Federated Bldg.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
Precinct conventions will be held
at 2 p.m. Chairman Johnny Bowe
said the group for Precinct 1 will
meet at the City Hall. There 13
delegates to the county convention
are to be elected. At the same
time, Precinct 21 with Joe Adame
as chairman will meet at the West
Elementary School and name
12 delegates to the county con-
vention, which in turn will elect
county delegates to the state con-
Strongest races probably will be
for the governorship, for the state
Senate post, and in this immed-
iate area, for county commission-
er. All are hotly contested.
And all candidates are agreed
on one point: They urge everyone
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NOSED OUT IN THEIR DRIVE for Little League Champions was this Red Sox team under C. A.
Ripley, far right. Front row, left to right are Darius ceroid, Jimmy Lyons, David Sweeten, Dan-
ny Beltran, Sonny Garza, Danny Rodriguez, Chip Sparrow. Second row, left to right, Joe Palum-
bo, Juan yasquez, Jesse Garza, Bobby Rodriguez, Stevie Brower, Georgie Hinojosa, Mr. Ripley,
Charles Ripley. Not present for the picture due to illness was Grady Herold.
Vegetable Firm Faces
Bankruptcy proceedings have
been filed against the G. E. Wat-
son Vegetable Co. in Brownsville
federal court by three creditors
of the firm.
The plaintiffs claim the firm
owes them a total of $13,747.06.
They include R. R. McAfee of Mer-
cedes, Cameo Box Co. of Pharr
and Packaging Products Inc., of
The defendant firm has been
subpeonaed to appear at the
federal district Clerk’s office in
Brownsville federal court July 27
for hearing when an answer is
expected to be filed.
YEAR'S COMMITTEESNAMED FOR JAYCEES
Mystery Farm No. 60 prov-
ed a hard one for our readers.
Dale Mach, Box 692, Santa
Maria, correctly identified it
the second week.
For a story on the farm and
its owner, turn inside to the
Hidalgo County Bank adver-
If you can identify the farm,
call the Enterprise office,
L05-2425, and tell us to
whom it belongs, or who lives
on the farm. The owner of the
farm v/ill receive a picture of
the farm without charge, by
calling at The Hidalgo County
Bank. The first person to cor-
rectly identify the farm —
other than the owner — will
receive a six-months sub-
scription to The Enterprise.
The person vrho is second to
make a correct identification
will receive two passes to the
Wes-Mer Drive-In Theatre.
There can be three first
place winners: City of Mer-
cedes subscribers, Mercedes
rural routes and other towns.
Likewise, there can be three
second place winners.
Don't forget to call in and
try your luck.
Committee appointments have
been announced for the 1956-57
year for the Mercedes Jaycees by
new president Dick Harman.
Committees appointed for inter-
nal affairs under the first vice
president Lloyd Schwarz are: per-
sonal and membership committee,
Shelley Collier, Jr.; publication,
W. B. Kennedy; social affairs,
Morris Hogue; finances, Jaime
Gorena; interclub relations, Gene
Gibson; and awards, Cando Es-
Committees appointed for exter-
nal affairs under second vice presi-
dent Morris Hogue are: Ameri-
canism and Government affairs,
Dub Lauder; agriculture, Lloyd
Schwarz; Aviation, Shelley Col-
lier, Jr.; Christmas activities,
Herb Solis; clean-up and fire pre-
vention, Eli Rios; public health,
Javier de los Santos; safety, Son-
ny Martinez; Youth welfare, Nor-
man Fitzgerald; trade promotion,
Morris Hogue; civic improvements,
Jaime Gorena; scrap books, Elia-
sar Villanueva; and sports, Angel
Gonzales and Jaime Gorena.
The La Feria Jaycees have es-
tablished their own club under the
sponsorship of the Mercedes Jay-
cees and are in the process of
drawing up their own charter.
Installation of officers will be held
in Harlingen at the Pagoda Room
August 22 with the state vice presi-
dent, F. E. (Red) Hightower ol
San Angelo, installing officer.
Buy 6h Acres
For New Church
The Mercedes Methodist Church
has purchased a 6 1-2 acre tract
known as the Byers property in
the South part of town as the site
for a new building, it was dis-
closed this, week.
The residence and lot of the
Byers property were not included
in the initial purchase, spokesmen
Located on South Ohio, the prop-
erty extends through to Capisallo.
While no definite plans have been
drawn, original estimate for the
proposed building program was
set at $15,000. Initial planning in-
cluded a sanctuary and an educa-
The building committee now is
working on street plans. One mem-
ber of the committee said it was
hoped that Illinois could be ex-
tended, and a new east-west street
cut through the property, probably
at the location of 16th street.
One of the principal features
of the proposed new building pro-
gram in addition to furnishing ad-
ditional building space would be
parking facilities. It is anticipated
that off-street parking to accom-
modate the average attendance
would be provided. The congre-
gation not only has outgrown the
old buildings on South Virginia but
had extreme difficulty in parking
cars. There was no room for ex-
pansion and narrow streets made
parking quite a problem, it was
The Methodist Church is the
second institution to select fringe
area undeveloped land for a build-
ing site. The Mercedes Public
Schools already have selected prop-
erty in the Southwest part of
1 town for a new elementary school.
Opens This Week
Mercedes got back its Texas
Employment Commission office
this week as desks and files were
moved into the Vollmer Bldg, on
The building was home of the
office before it was consolidated
with the Weslaco office several
A Mercedes man, Marshall
(Cowboy) Fuller, who lives on
Rio Rico Road, will be in charge
of the office. He has been assigned
to the Weslaco office.
Mrs. Bob Mitchell will be clerk
in the office.
They opened up for business on
Tuesday after a committee of re-
tail merchants donated funds to
rent the building for six months
for the agency. It is anticipated
that the Bureau of the Budget
will provide rental funds within
the six-month period.
The Mercedes office will be glad,
to aid either prospective employ-
ers or those seeking jobs. Farm-
ers, merchants, households'—any-
one or any group needing employ-
ees are invited to list with the
TEC, Fuller said.
NEW POST OFFICE
HAY BE FINISHED „
WITHIN 90 DAYS
Construction is expected to start
within 30 days on the new $50,000
Post Office building for Mercedes,
the contractor told The Enterprise
in a letter this week.
Norman Epstein of the S. J* S.
Building Co., Fort Worth, also saidl
that the building should be com-
pleted within 90 days. This may
put the local post office facilities
in their new home 30 to 45 days
ahead of earlier estimates set at
Mr. Epstein also supplied other
details of the construction. The
building will be all masonry, hay-
dite block and brick veneer. There
will be aluminum window fronts,
with 1-4 inch plate glass, aluminum
entrance doors and vinyl tile floors
throughout the building. Roof con-
struction will be steel bar joists
and a built up room. The building
will have 5,000 net square feet of
floor space completely air condi-
tioned. It will have a loading dock
10 feet by 32 feet at the rear.
The company official said it was
their policy to hire as many local
contractors, suppliers and laborers
as possible to work with their key
LEGION OFFICIALS INSTALLED — New officers for J. A. Garcia Post American Legion were
installed Monday night at the annual installa tion meeting at the Livestock Coliseum. Left
to right, liont row, are Donald H. Salmon,_ adjutant; Howard Sparrow, 2nd vice-commander; C.
B. Ray, 1st vice-commander; George Amidon, commander; Charles Curtis, Pharr, past district
commander who was installing officer; Roberto Garcia, outgoing commander; and Manuel Gar-
cia, outgoing sergeant-at-arms. Second row are Lisandro Solis and Charles .Tones, members of
the executive committee; Ed Talbert, historian; Steve Rutledge, chaplain; Pablo Diaz, sergeant-
at-arms; and O. J. Schaeffer, finance officer. —Enterprise Staff Photo
2,000 Bales Ahead
Mercedes is running 2,000 bales
ahead of this time last year, a
check of the two local gins at
Mercedes Co-Op Gin reported
4,560 bales ginned this season,
and Ross Gin 3,196, a total of
7,756. At this time last year, only
5,445 bales had been ginned here,
The Valley also is ahead of lasfl
year, the Texas Department oil
Agriculture reports. Total this yeatt
amounts to 149,073 compared with:
138,915 for the same period T955..
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Harvey, J. Edwin. The Mercedes Enterprise (Mercedes, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 26, 1956, newspaper, July 26, 1956; Mercedes, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1062892/m1/1/: accessed November 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library.