The Aspermont Star (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 53, No. 20, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 1950 Page: 1 of 6
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Volume S3 - Number 20
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Friday February 17 - 1950
Subscription Price $2 per Yea!- in Stonewall Co.
Back in our days as n kid there
was a very interesting game we
played. The group would gang up in
a circle. The leader would whisper
a sentence to the one next to liim.
The next one would repeat to his
neighbor what he thought the other
said, and on around the circle until
the story got back to the leader.
And strange as it may seem the
story had changed considerably as
it got back around, in fact it was
almost, always unrecognizable as
the same story.
A little incident this past week
reminds us of that story.
We had started down the street
and a friend said: Say. I heard you
were knocking on the town; that
you had advised people not to buy
property here on account of the
water situation; that you said the
■ town would never amount to any
thing because there was no good
water supply. "
Well - that almost floored us. We
have never even intimated to any
one that we did not have faith in
Aspermont. We did say a couple of
months ago that we did like the
town and its people and had no
plans of leaving at all.
Finally, it dawned on us about
a conversation we had with a
group of men a few days before re-
garding the water situation.
One of the men who was more
or less a new-comer to our town
was ribbing the city council for not
doing more to encourage the de-
velopment of the town. That if a
party wanted to develop a new
addition near town there would be
no water nor sewer facilities avail-
Having sit on the City Council for
4 years, and not remembering a
meeting in that entire time that
the water situation was not discus-
sed in some way. We felt obliged
to come to the defense of the boys
on the council. All we did was tell
these men the actual status of the
water situation. That the town has
plenty of water now but if a
drouth set in. there would be ano-
ther shortage. That the city had nei-
ther the finances nor the potential
to solve the water situation.
But we went on to say that this
problem is not just one that we;
have but that every town in this
area has like problems. |
We'll give you our word. Any
time we become dissatisfied with
the town, we won't go around run-
ning it down to other people - we
will just pick up and move.
Sunday Morning Drive Ends in Tragedy
J. 0. Kidd For
Precinct No. 3
J. O. Kidd of the Peacock Com-
munity called at the Star office the
first of the week and stated he
was a candidate for the office of
County Commissioner ir. Precinct 3
and authorized his name to be car-
ried in the political column.
Mr. Kidd said he would trv to
Uncle Jack Lee
Dies Tuesday P. M.
J. F. (Uncle Jack) Lee 92 pioneer
Stonewall County resident died at
his home in the Johnson Chapel
community Tuesday afternoon.
He had been bed fast for more
than a year.
In December he and Mrs. Lee j
observed their 71st Wedding anni- I
Mr. Lee was one of the most no-
One Killed, Two Critically Injured In
Head - On Collision Near Swenson
Wins Calf At
see each voter before the election.! ted and loved early day settlers of
He will present his formal an- ! this area.
Team Places 2nd
The Aspermont basketball teams
finished the district play offs at
Avoca last Tuesday night according
to Supt. R. W. Johnson coach of
the girls team.
The girls finished the conference
second to the Hawlcy team. They
only lost 2 games in a double robin
The girls will play in a 'I-team
play off early in March between
them Hawlcy. Lawn and another
south team not yet determined.
The girls were to have gone to
Spur last night to enter the Texas
State Girls Basketball Tournament.
Tuesday night of next week the
boys and girls team:; will be hosts
to th Rule teams Supt. Johnson
Last rites were held Thursday
j afternoon at the Methodist Church
j with the pastor the Rev. Marvin
J Menefee officiating. Interment was
! in the Lee family cemetery with
| the Springer Funeral home in
1 charge of arrangements.
He is survived by Mrs. Lee 1 son
Joel Lee of Clovis N M.
Fours daughters Mrs. Belle Col-
lier and Mrs. Boss Taylor of Asper-
Mrs. VV. C Young of Spruce Pine
Mrs A L Cope of Iraan.
L. F. Wade pioneer newspaper
man signed 30 last week -- his pen
which had written for thousands
of West Texans for more than 30
years was forever stilled in the
claws of death.
But the Jayton Chronicle whose
destiny was guided by him for so
long is still in capable hands of a
Wade -- his son Tom.
Figures recently released show
that only 2 percent of tho popu-
lation of the United States are
The junior basketball tourna-
ment is now in full progress at tho
Aspermont gym and will continue
on until the final session Saturday
Junior Coach Milton Gardner
said 16 top teams are playing in
t'hese soys and girls are the ones
who will carry the team colors
few years hence and enjoy the ga-
mes just as much or more so than
the upper classmen so go out and
watch them and encourage them.
Mrs. Lee Smith Mrs. Bert Mul-
len. Mrs. John P. Ward attended a
brunch given by members of Del-
la Kappa Gamma in Haskell on
got back so again we approached
him. But to no avail. Again he ran
out in the yard, got in one of the
used cars and drove it in circles
and weaving in and around the ot-
her cars. We were afraid to get
out there for fear he would run us
morons. Boy! don't they get around. , cjown
j Finally we persuaded Bean Cris- i
We happened over at the Veazey j well and Ihurman Johnson to help
Motor Company the other day. and 1 ancl gabbed him and pinned him
^frat We saw was something out of | (^own to the ground.
His face was flushed, he was
breathing heavily. Then all of a
sudden he became culm -- he looked
this world -- we have seen some
pretty good sized commotions in
our time but that dwarfts any thing
in the past
There was a terrible racket but
as wo entered the front door we
could see no one. Tho Veazeys seem
ed to be gone. We walked on back
to the garage. We could not see a
single mechanic at work but the
noise was terrific. Bud Ingram was
beating on the fender of a new car
with u sledge hammer. The other
mechanics were hiding behind tho
cars. Finally one of them said
"something is wrong with Bud."
Well, he always seemed like a pret-
ty nice fellow so we approached
cautiously. As we neared he rolled
his eyes in their sockets anil ran
out the door. When he came bock
he had a hand full of sand and tos-
sed it in the gas tank of one of the
cars there in the garage. Then he
threw a wrench thru the wind-
shield of a new cur.
Will, we knew something terrible
had happened to cause him to act
In soph a manner and that he woulfl
' i hi In trouble when his boas
up at us and smiled and then he
said: Just imagine! I am a GRAND
FATHER and only 39 years old. I
just wanted to show these guys I
still have plenty of life in me.
The Star makes the claim of
having the most loyal community
correspondents of any paper in this
entire area -- and wo think we can
Take for example Mrs. Raymond
Hoy. On Monday of last week she
prepared her weekly news letter
and mailed it in.
Then on Thursday she became
the mother of n big fine husky boy.
and on Tuesday morning of
this week her weekly column comes
in written in her hand writing.
The presses must keep rolling!
Annua! 4-II Club
FFA Live Stock
Show March 4th
The Annua! 4-H and FFA Live-
stock Show will be held here in
Aspermont on Saturday March -1
with the boys who have been feed-
ing calves hogs and sheep show-
ing their stock for that top prize
award. Premium money will be
given on all classes to be made up
from donations by businessmen and
A drive will get underway this
week to get the donations for the
Ribbons will be; given to the
first five places in two classes of
calves one class of hogs and one
class of sheep. The Grand Chamo-
ion and Reserve Champion calf
will be awarded Rosettes.
Jay Pumphrey of Old Glory will
judge the show with a special a-
ward to be given to the best show-
man of calves, hogs and sheep.
Judging of hogs and sheep will
begin at 10:30 a.m. and the judg- (
ing of the calves will l>egin at
Make your plans now to attned
this our Annual County Livestock
The Aspermont boys and girls
basketball teams will be hosts here
to Hi teams of basketball players on
February 23 to 25th Supr. U. W.
Johnson said Tuesday in the As- :
permont annual basketball tourney.
Teams who have a ■(vpted bids So
play include Jayton - Peacock -
Old Glory - Rule - Avoca - Nood-
le and Girard.
These are all good teams of this
immediate vicinity and promise to
give some very good games.
Billy Douglass of Aspermont is
one of the winners in the calf scra-
mble held at the 1950 Houston Fat
He as one of the winners will re-
ceive a certificate for $125 with
which he will buy a beef calf of
the breed of his choice. He will
spend the next year feeding out
the animal and return it for judg-
ing at the 1951 Fat Stock Show
where he will compete l'or an est-
imated $3500 in special prizes in-
eluding a $2000 scholarship to Tex-
as A and M College.
Th e way in which this beef scra-
mble is conducted is a challenge
Jto all the boys. Twents boys are
put into the arena and ten calves
are turned out. among them. Tho
boy must catch the calf by hand
no ropes or anything to aid him
and lead the calf out of the arena.
A Calf Scramble is held in con-
nection with the Stock Show each
year and sponsored by Houston in-
dividuals and businessmen. They
are interested in the calves as a
sponsor and like to see the boys
I go a long way with them.
The calf which Billy Douglass
won is sponsored by Jno. F. Aus.
tin, Jr., Pres. T. J. Bettes Co. lo-
cated at 616 Fannin in Houston,
More Dimes Are
In the final phases of the
March of Dimes $11 has been re-
ported since the last account in the
paper as follows:
Mrs. H. C. Roberson $2
Mrs B F Ivy $1
F. J. Dal by $2
Mrs. D. V. Speakman $2
Clement Viertel $1
F. H Viertel $3
Total this week $11.00
Previously reported $1054.29
Total to date $1065.20
School Honor Roll
That Girl on Washington Avenue
says the bent'way to he satisfied
with your lot is to build a house
Old Glory Bride
Mrs. Jack Jones, the former Euna
Delle Bait?, was feted at a bridal
shower Friday afternoon, Febru-
ary 3 at the home of Mrs. Louis
Spit/.cr assisted by her co-hostesses
Mrs. Adelbert Suter, Mrs. Hilda
Neuman, Mrs Allen Davis and Mrs.
Garrett Spitzer. The honoree was
presented with many beautiful gifts
from a large box decorated with
Mrs Garrett Spitzer presided at
the registry where approximately
fifty guests iTgifctcuH
Refr'shment plates )t' ari<ei !• c.d
cuke nno eoff>e were served by
Norma J m SptUer nni Jo Ve
The honor roll for the first sem-
ester of the Aspermont. High school
as reported to the Star by Supt. j
R. W. Johnson included students j
from every class. The grades are j
for the first months period. j
Students making all A's in the |
Senior Class: Maudella Boylcs, Peg-
Childress, Cornelia Galoway,
Ann McAuley and Richard Moore.
' Thos" with three A's and one B:
J. M. Hickman' and Sonya Mc-
There were no students in the
Junior Class making all A's, Pat-
sy MeKeever had three A's and one
One student Lonnie Anderson in
the Junior Class had all A's. Jo
Ann Wright has 3 A's and one B.
Gerald Thornton in the Fresh-
man Class had all A's. Betty Lou
Galloway and Jacqueline Parrish
with 3 A's and one B
These students are to be comm-
ended for their hard work and ef-
forts in making these good grades
Card of Thanks
We wish to take this means of
expressing our deep and sincere ap-
preciation and gratitude to all our
many friends for your kindnesses
to us during our recent tragedy.
Words can not express how much
vour words of kindness, your flo-
wers of svmpathy and every deed
has meant to us.
May Ood bless and repay each
one of you.
The Roberson family
The Rutherford family
Once again m Jess than two
months death rides the Stonewall
A Chevrolet car driven by H.
C". Roberson and a Mercury driven
by Alvah Ziegler eolided head on
2.(j miles west of Swenson Sunday
morning abo^it. 9:45 completely
demolishing the two cars, killing
Mrs. Roberson; two children riding
in the Roberson ear tire very criti-
cally injured and the drivers of the
two ears suffered bruises and in-
The accident was investigated by
Sheriff Brown, Deputy Bilyeu and
Patrolman Bright, Whitmire and
Springer of the Department of Pub-
Ziegler said in a signed state-
ment that he had been drinking
that morning but was not drunk, ac-
cording to investigating officers,
and .-i partly-emptied bottle was
found in hi:/, possession.
Patrolman Bright said he would
probably file negligent homicide
eliaiv.es against Ziegler.
According to information picked
up by the Star from reliable sources
Ziegler borrowed the 39 Mercury
from Tom Simmons to go to Pea-
cock r.o collect a labor account that
was owing him. But at the time of
the accident he was travelling from
Swenson toward Peacock.
Mrs Roberson suffered a bro-
ken neck, and broken limbs. Mr.
Roberson suffered bad facial cuts
Vernon Lee Mitchell 13 yar old
Jayton youth riding in the Rober-
son car suffered multiple fractures
of the pelvis and head injuries. He
was treated at the Aspermont Hos-
pital for awhile then transferred to
D; lias. His condition is considered
very critical Dr. Mancille said.
Donna Davis of Jayton also an
occupant of the Roberson car is in
serious condition. It is thought by
attending physicians that she has a
liver injury. She has been trans-
ferred from the Aspermont hospit-
al to the Stamford hospital.
Funeral services were held Mon-
day afternoon for Mrs. Roberson
at the Aspermont First Baptist
Church. Burial in the Aspermont
Cemetery under the direction of :
the Springer Funeral Home.
She is survived by her husband
1 son Billy 21 and a daughter Anne
!i and 1 grand child.
Her mother and father Mr and
Mrs VV Z. Rutherford and 3 broth- ;
e-rs Tom and Jim Rutherford of As i
permont and Roy of Odessa
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Harrell at-
tended the funeral of Jesse Money
near Caddo Okla. last week. He was
a brother of Mrs. Harrell's.
Mrs Floyd ^eigon of Lubbock
and daughter Mrs. Olen Cowan of
Stamford visited Mrs. Leigon's sis
ter Mr-; George Kenady, Sr.
Mr; Grace Wharton and children
of '-Hamlin visited Mr and Mrs.
J,:< k Wharton Monday
Mrs Will Gardner and Mrs. Bet-
ty Keenemer of Jayton had busin
T. R. Odell
To the voters of the 39th Jud-
icial District, composed of Throck-
morton, Haskell, Stonewall and
I ani announcing my candidacy
for the office of District Attorney.
I invite the citizens of the District
to make their own investigation
of my background and qualific-
ations for the office. If after inves-
tigation you see fit to vote for
me and I am elected to that im-
portant office it will be e. pleasure
to me to serve you to the best of
T R. ODELL
Ladies, are you interested in a
! tome Nursing Course in your com-
munity? Are you interested in en-
rolling in a course. Mrs. Florence
Kl I is a registered nurse will come
to ti;:.; County February 27 to teach
this course to you. Mrs Ellis tau-
ght this course in December 1948
and we are very fortunate to get
We are not sure that this op-
portunity will come our way any
more as it is «•; r.;. •• esses that the
Red Cross will offer this course,
to a group even twice so I urge
you to take advantage of this op-
portunity now. ,
For you who had Unit. 1 in 1948
may have Unit Ii at this time. For
you who take Unit 1 at this time
you may also take Unit II.
If you are interested and live in
the Peacock community, contact
Mrs. Jack McGough. If you are in-
terested and live in the Old Glory
community place your name on
the list with Mrs. Herbert Rinn or
Mrs. Cecil Klump. If interested and
live in the Aspermont community
or in the Aspermont. School dist-
rict contact Mrs Bert Mullen at
school or call Residence Phone No.
Please contact these people soon,
because we need to order some
text books by Feb. 20th.
Mrs. Bert Mullen
Co. Chairman - Home Nursing
Mrs. Salee Hostess
To Book Club
Mrs. Roy Salee was hostess to
members of the Book Club at her
home Monday February 13.
Mrs C K Bryson gave a very
interesting review of "Gentian
Hill" by Elizabeth Coudge. The
book deals with a love story from
Rnglish legend and was portrayed
in such style as only Mrs. Goudge
gives to her novels.
Those present besides the hostess
and reviewer were Mrs. Bill Mc-
Donald, Mrs. Mart Guest, Mrs.
Steve Powell' Mrs. Lee Smith, Mrs.
Marvin Menwfeo, Mrs. John Ward.
Mrs. Bert Mullen and Miss Myrtle
Mr-: Walker of Lubbock war. a
guest of her sister Miss Joe Bul-
lock Sunday and Sunday night
Card of Thanks
Ma rvin Shcrrod of Swenson has
been in Aspermont Hospital 10
days, and says:
1 want to thank all my friends
and visitors for coming to sec me
and also Dr. Mancille and the nur-
ses for splendid service received
I must say again the service is
far above a number of larger hos-
pitals I have been in.
There will be a Baptist Brother-
hood rally at Jayton Feb. 18 ac-
cording to S D. Smith pastor of
the Aspermont Baptist Church. It
is scheduled to get under way at 7
in the cvning.
A business session will be conduc-
ted by Travis Smith according to
the printed program.
Others rn t'nr. program will be
Lee Vaughn. Robert Harrison for
talks; HSU quartet; the district
Missionary 3. Henry. Littleton; L.
H. Tapscott the State Brotherhood
secretary and Lawson It Cook* the
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Richards, Afton E. The Aspermont Star (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 53, No. 20, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 1950, newspaper, February 17, 1950; Aspermont, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth127335/m1/1/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Stonewall County Library.