The Aspermont Star (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 42, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 19, 1940 Page: 1 of 12
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ASPERMONT, STONEWALL COUNTY, TEXAS. THURSDAY, DEC 19, 1940
IN NEW DISTRICT
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THE COURT HOUSE
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On account of Christmas com-
ing on Wednesday next week the
Star will be printed next Friday,
as the entire force will observe
"he first Christmas present the
Uitor and wife received this year
|fas a bountiful supply of home
lade sausage presented to us by
our good friend and a subscribe-
to the Star for more than twenty
years, Bailey Clark. Mr. Clark re-
sides southwest of town and is one
of the best farmers in that section
of the county. We have alread v
tried the sausage and pronounce
them delicious, and we expect to
remember the Clark family much
Iqngcr than the sausage lasts. Again
we thank Mr. Clark and wish for
^ him and his entire family a Merry
Christmas and a Happy and Pros-
perous New Year.
Through the' courtesy of Stone-
wall county and the city of Asper-
mont, the city will be decorated
with Christmas lights tonight. A
crew of West Texas Utilities em
ployees are now stringing the wire.
The lights will reach from each
corner of the court house to the
dome. The community Christina-,
tree has already been erected and
is now displaying the different
lights. Everyone in Aspcrmont ha.
Christmas spirit and all are
gjng forward to a great time tir:
[ few days. All the stores a re
I'ded with shoppers and the
bants report a gooil business,
fe, out tonight in the residentia'
met and.see the many beautiful
lights in the different homes.
This is (>ur Christmas edition of
the Star and a copy is going into
practically every home in Stone
wall county. Our advertising is
much greater than wc expected,
but we have worked hard selling
our business men that, their local
spaper should come first when
expect to reach the buying
c. We have two purposes In
slung and mailing out fifteen
ed copies of the Star this
we want the people of this
to read this issue and com-
it with any other paper pub
I in a town the size of As-
permont in the state of Texas; we
also want the people of the county
to know' and realize that this is
not an Aspermont paper, but a
paper for the entire county. We
•re just as anxious to report the
I !"' tiCodfellows o! Aspeinionr
iii'.e olf to a running .start with al! the
necessary lunds subscribed and with
I he cash offering given at the Good
! el low Benefit 1 liursday night tor
the unexpected calls. The generosit,.
of the town has again put this act .>'
"good, will toward men" over. Every
family will be assured a Christmas
dinner. I'he Luncheon Club, throng!
its president, Judge Anderson, has ap-
pointed the committees and they have
iunctioned most willingly and libei-
ally to put this over for Aspermont
in a true West Texas (BIG) way.
Every organization has contriht tin!
to the enterprise. The Phoenix c'ill"
lias sponsored a lighting content am-
our town has responded in a beauti-
Hillv artistic wav. The town tndv
looks its good cheer, and a Strang? •
going through this part of the coun-
ty can't help but he impressed with
this bright spot and perhaps think
"what a fine place this nm<t he re
The Luncheon Club has taken the
responsibility of financing the Good-
jellows, and they will act as a distri-
buting committee. The Boy Scouts
have collected clothes, food and toys,
and the Camp Eire Girls with tin1
Boy Scouts put on a Goodieiio-.v
Benefit program, the proceeds and
gifts received at the door being added
to the Good fel low stock.
The community tree is up and
lighted in the park in front of the
court house. The Methodist church
be the scene of the old fashionei
town Christmas tree with gift.; an.
carol singing Christinas eve. This is
not a church tree only. The Method-
ist church through its pastor extends
an invitation to all churches and to
those not in churches to meet with
them, and they are playing host ro
the town, You may bring gifts or not,
just as you choose, but von are Wan!
ed. It is all part of the Christmas
town program for Aspermont th;s
V ESPER SERVICE AT
newt) from any town or neighbor-
hood in this county as we arc from
the town of Aspermont, There is a
good opening for a county-wide
paper in this county, and if fhe
citizens will give us the proper
Support we will give them a papei
they will point to with pride. We
appreciate the nice business given
us during our short time with you
•nd if you will continue to give
uie this support we will endeavoi
tb give you a better paper. If you
are not a subscriber we urge that
you call around and have yout
t placed on our mailing list,
when you know any news o
cat please give it to us. We
he out next week with our
issue of the war, and we wish
A candle light vesper sen ice will
be given by children and young people
in the little white Christian Church
Sunday evening at 6 o'clock. The
church will be lighted by candles and
the simple Christmas Story given i>v
lhe boys and girls. The name of trie
story is "Joy to the World." and ir
i;, built around the old carol. Those
taking part will be George Marquis,
Jimmy Dee Myers, Howard Kolb,
Billy and Bobby Douglass, Man
Linda and Freddy Stockdale, Maud-
el I a and Bobby Boyles, Marvin Lee
Mayes, Jimmy Spradley, Clifford
and Ward Kolb, Ida Marr Baldwin,
Patsy McKeever Jimmy Evans; I in-,
"iv and Kenneth Gilchrist, I rm,'
Cilen Myers, Wanda Mines and Pat
Stonewall county has been placed
ill a new district for old age assist-
ance. and the new investigator Will
be Miss .'Gladys Lundon of Spur.
Intake daj for Stonewall count,
will be Moitda\. Dec, 2.5. instead of
Friday, Dec. 20, :for this month.
During 1941., the regular day for
the investigator in Stonewall count-,
will be tlte Thursday alter the third
Monday in each month, until further
The new dist rict 'will he co'nno iei?
of ithe following counties; Briscoe,
Oottle. Cro*bv. Dickens. Flo.vd, Kent
King, Gar/a. Motley, and Stonewall.
DIES AT ABILENE
Campfire Girls To
Elizabeth Jane Criswell
MOTHERS CLUB MEETS
The practice tor the vesper service
at the Christian Church will be Sat
urday afternoon at 2 o'clock in tin
church. Names will he drawn at the
practice for the gift party.
Cecil Hawk, engineer for the new
road in precinct 4. was in the court
house Tuesday on business.
Pre school children of the mem
bers were entertained with a Christ-
inas party and tree by the Juniot
Mothers Study club Monday after-
noon in the basement of the First
Decorations were arranged by Mrs.
Bill Frasier, Mrs. W. T. Whitlow
Mrs, Lester Spradley and Mr;,
Jack Chambless. Refreshments wen
served by Mrs. Hilton Hudspeth,
aiid Mrs. Bill Childress, and genera*
arrangements were in charge of tic;
hospitality committee, Mrs. Heroi-
Flowcrs, Mrs. N. E, Springer. Mrs,
Ira Sturdivant and Mrs. Ray,Ifahn.
CLASS DISPLAYS WORK
I he Spanish classes oi Raymond
Johnston have placed on display, at
the high school building, their maps
ot South America and Mexico, Hoy
Brannen's map done on canvas, is in-
teresting enough and of fine enough
workmanship to be used as a Wal:
hanging. All others are done on white
poster hoard with crayon.
These classes have learned a nine
her of popular tongs in Spanish. At
present they are having a special
study of the geography of the conn-
♦lies in the Western Hemisphere tha"
have peoples speaking the Romance.
LARGE CROWD ATTEND
A Christmas pageant. The Christ
mas Story, was presented by primary
grades Friday as the feature of the
last Parent - Teacher association pro-
gram of 1^40.
Mrs, C. E. Brannen was program
leader. The entire school and about
150 parents witnessed the pageant.
The setting was the high school
auditorium decked in mistletoe and
Supt. G, D. Railsback opened the
program with prayer. First god-
children, costumed as angels, gave a
leading. Singers in white vestments
sang carols. The manger scene, made
by the children, was in place when
the audience entered. Then an angel
choru, took its place behind the
manger. Ida Marr Baldwit#read the
story from the Bible, and the shep-
herds, wise men and others came in
to complete the scene. As the climax
*11 races and nationalities brought
gifts, TVse included a real baby
lamb. Following the singint of Jo*
to the World, the Res*. Raymond
Van Zandt said the benediction.
School children went home and
the PTA program continued. Mrs
Raymond Daugherty presented her
girls' chorus. Members are Barbnr.
Brannen, Barbara Kight, Sammy
Nell Rash, Bernice Taylor, Dorothy
Nell Gibson, Geraldine Sisk Wanda
Gholson, Imogene Scott, Wanda
Viertel, Laura Cross, I ma Collom
Ora Mac Petty, Adaline Hill, Mary
Frances Reese, Marian Cope and
Maxine Graham. They sang Bells 0
Saint Mary's. Mrs. R. T. Knigh
discussed Music as Recreation, and
gave a demonstration using 5-year old
loan Wright and 8-year old Sonya
Carolyn McAjif playing piano num
hers, Mrs. Em Wright talked on the
Home as a Cultural Center and Ros
toe Dooley spoke on The Wise Use
of Leisure and Recreation. Supt. Cf.
D. Railsback reported that the free
milk fund is being used to promote
the health prograt^. Each child in
the primary room drinks milk each
John Norwood (Jack) Parrainor.-
0.?, member of the ranching I ami!>'
that played a leading role in the de-
velopment of Abilene, died Monday.
Parramore had lived in Runnels
and 1 aylor counties since the age of j
«?.' His father, the late Col. J, H
■Parramore. brought his family from
Gonzales county to Northern Run-
nels in 1879. There they lived first
in a dugout on the bank of Elm
Creek.lateV' in a house on Bluff
C reek, near the present site of Wint-
ers. They came to Abilene in 1881
the year the townsite was opened.
Jack Parramore had resided in Abi-
lene ever since. He operated a twenty
one section ranch in King county for
Milk Fund to be Swelled
By Two Programs
January 2 is the date set for the
beginning of a 42 tournament for
which the Aspermont PTA will be
sponsor. Tickets will he 25 cents for
t ach couple,
1 he PTA ih to sponsor a play late
in January or the first of February,
the cast to be selected from the com-
Proceeds from the tournament and
play will go into the fund for buying
.'.i.lk for undernourished children oi"
Mrs, Llizobetli lane Criswell was
born September 17, I•S4'i, in Mi>sis
ppi and came to Texas at the ag-
.hr--e She departed thi> lite Dec,
! 5, I94O, at the home of her daughter.
Mrfs. Tom Criswell near Peai n: ,
Slie was united in marriage wit.i
Mr. Severe McDonnell in ISf>9, and
10 this union were born seven child-
ren, three ot which survive- Mrs.
loin Criswell of Peacock; Mrs. Jun
.UcDonnell of Carlsbad, N. M., ami
Severe McDonnell of Plains, Texai.
She is also survived by a halt sister,
Mrs. Anna Cook of Plainview, and
After Mr. McDonnell's death she
was married to Mr. J ante. Criswell
in 1-898, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Criswell lived a devoteu
hristian life and has been a member
of the Methodist ch iich mum ear'\
childhood. She is a long ti: 1 • • • r'vident
"f Stonewall county.
Funeral services were at the home
with Rev. Wendell Burba pastor of
the Peacock Method is-
charge. Burial was in
Mountain cemetery w
Count) Funeral ll'orf
j- .ngements. Pall bi-.i■ •
A L ! )ormell, Rob 1 .ou i :
1" !■ well, J. VV. ("r; •..■eh
\>ell and Henry Mete il!
the 1)' u.'ile
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1 lie (ioodiellow Benefit program
will be given to a lull house tonight'
The Pageant will be pieeeeiled by the
■ lit:• .i 1 j*. '.iun oi the general committee
hi ( 'iioificilows. F. l'ranncn, Wilt
i.ini; and Editor ( jarrier, by Mayor
i\, L. S -'incer. T!;e pageant, "The
i-.tii ! iilhnver*. be pur on and
-necu-i! in the Camp .1*>re Girls, witTi
l.elp trOin their ( iuaniian. Barbara
is Sight is general manager. Eddie
Springer, Cub Scout, will give thi-
prologue. 'J'he Boy Scouts are in the
Mist scene am! the Camp Fire Girls
of the 11- the and Ohlta groups have
the second scene. A council lire cill
he stayed as part of the second scenj.
uitli Mrs. Rm (1. Anderson talcing
the part of the (iuardian. Patsy
Shadle will be received into member-
ship at that time. Dr. Arthur R.
Mancille is Scoutmaster
AS PTA BENEFIT
Swensoii, Dec. 17.---I'd 11 aim was
winner of the 42 tournament toi
which the Swenson PTA was spon-
sor, 11 aim will play winner of th ■
Aspermont tournament. He ret nine 1
l.is prize a basket of groceries, to the
PTA, and it Was sold to the tourna-
ment guests, with proceeds added rnjnf Hatnlin are
the P'PA fund.
The tournament wa,
staged b\ Mrs. Luther
Freddy Stockdale entertained Ins
iriends who are in the first, three
rades of school with a party in the
school gym on his seventh birthday,
l'he children played games and sarin
'stings until the birthday cake was cut
I lie cake was in the shape ot n
Christinas tree and was decorated
with candy toys and tiny candles. A;"
ter the cake cutting and fortune tell
nig with the cake favors, ice cream
and c.'iildy were served to eight",
children who attended with their
teachers, Mrs. Ora Brown, tiis!
grade teacher ot the host, who c'u.i
the cake; Mrs. 1 )ori, Durham, sec
ond grade; and Mrs, Ola Walstoii
•lord. The surprise'iguests who came
20(1 miles for the partv, were the
grandparents (lt the host, Mr. and
Mrs F. F Fitleutan of ft. W'orth.
At the county convention held al
be court house m Aspe -mont on Dee,
' S, ,,t which tii-1 the three AAA
•ormnittees of Stonewa-' county wete
represented, the following pcrson«
were elected to serve as AAA com-
tnitteenVen during , the year 1941 ;
Chairman, Dee R, Green of Asper-
mont; vice chairman, Harry Fletcher
cf Swenson; regular member, Warren
W. Frazier of Old Glory: first al-
ternate, C. W. Simmons of PeacocE
and second alternate Jimmy New-
man of Old Glory.
leans La., and
Abbott of New Oi
M rs. Walter M 0()rc
here visiting theii
At the Luncheon club 1 uesdav
Judge Anderson appointed t. . F-.
Brannen. Fditor Garner and Will
Link the committee to make arrange-
'iieufs tor the (ioodtellow program.
'Flie tiniinfe committee is R. L
Springer, 15oh Robertson and Ralpn
Riddel, The distribution committee
consists of l/urtis Winn, Rov Ander-
s.m) Fred Dalbv, L. D. McAfee amf
M. B. Austin.
T!ie following ladies have been ap-
oin'cd to meet at the Methodist
church Mondav at 10 a. m, and as •
ran;:,1 the Christmas packages and
jo\s tor the needv; Mrs, Peck Spnng-
; r. chairman: Mrs. Arthirr R. Vian-
iille, Mrs R. L. Springer Mts. Ola
WaLton, Mis. Irvin Pierson, and
Mrs. 'Fred Stockdale All used toys
should be brought to the Brvant ] ink
mother and other relatives during the istore or the Star office not later than
■Pete Sherrod, Mrs. jo Mills. Mrs.
\\ ayrte McMeans and Pat Mitchell
TRY OUT FOR PAGEANT
The Boy Scout and the Catiij
Fire Girls met in the Aspermont
high school Dec, 11. Mrs. Ola Wal
ston read the pageant of the "Star
Followers" by Mary Russell to
.hem. Fry outs followed and the
leading and speaking parts were giv-
en to Jim Bradshaw, Bobby Love
Pierson, Dewey Railsback, and Billy
I ,re. Barbara Kight was chosen for
the lead and Barbara Brannen, Wan-
da Viertel Marian Cope, Sue Evans
Doris Marie Harvey, Imogene Scott
and Laura Lee Cross will have
speaking parts. There will be a Scour
chorus, Mrs. Roa G. Anderson will
take the guardian's part in the
pageant. The stagr crew will be Jim-
mie Dee Myers, George Marquis
and Sam Childress, Dr. Mancillt
the scoutmaster, met with the group.
All of the college students will re
turn home for the Christmas holi
day season, Jimmie Baugb and others
are evprcted Sunday,
LEGISLATORS ARE BEING
PLACED ON THE SPOT
Mumford Tevas. - - Here is how
the Texas legislature will line up on
the question of methods of financing
old age pensions and the. teachers re
tirement system—a matter that has
been hanging fire for some time and
with which the last legislature failed
to cope successfully.
Representatives —• 82 expressed
themselves for a natural resource tax,
ti8 did not answer, none expressed
themselves as against.
Senators - - 16 expressed themselves
tor natural resource tax, 3 preferred
not to commit themselves, and 12 did
These figures, released by the'
Women's Committee on Economic
Policy for Texas, arc based on a
canvass of candidate* for the legisla-
ture conducted bylcey members of the
committee prior to the Democratic
primaries. ' ,
A lew members of the legislature
who did not take a stand on the
question as candidates have since sent
in their pledge according to Mrs.
Margaret Reading of Waller, secre-
tary of the committee, and several
others asked that their position as
given in the canvass he reversed when
found the totals were to be made
" Legislators often announced
rheir stands on public, questions* dur-
ing their campaign and then seem to
change their minds after they are
elected or go to Austin," Mrs. Jtul
Collier, chairman, pointed out. "Orv
nim of the Women's Committee on
Economic Policy for Texas will : he
to help senators and representatives
resist the pressure of special interests,
and to fulfill the promises they trf*He
to the public."
The motto of the Women's Cdin*
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