The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 20, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 5, 1940 Page: 1 of 4
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STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1940
Piowboys Tangle Lee Here Friday In State Race
"/ Thought / Would Be Scared, But I Wasn't" Said
Douglas Houston, First Tarleton CAA Student to Solo
CHARLES HALL IS
SECOND TO FLY
IN AIR ALONE
"I thought I would be seared,
but I' wasn't," explained Douglas
Houston Sunday morning- after he
had made his first solo flight.
Houston was the initial Tarleton
cadet to make a solo, and he did
the trick after 8Y2 hours of in-
struction under Flight Instructor,
H. R. Harwell.
Hall Is Second
Close on the tracks of Houston
came Charles Hall, another stu-
dent of Mr. Harwell, who made his
initial flight alone Monday morn-
ing. Hall made his flight after
eight hours of instruction.
V 'V The first
i.7k cadet to
' solo, Hous-
.—v that he
yr~j was shoot-
•7 ' ings when
"GUINEA .PIG" OF 0.AJV.,.T„ rT „ „
cadet. Mr- Har-
well reached down as if to fasten
his safety belt, hut instead of fas-
tening the belt he opened the door
and said, "Just don't climb too
fa^fc, get. to 500 feet, make a rec-
tangular course and land." The
student said he did part of it, but
that his landing was nothing .to
write home about. Seemingly he
bounced a bit as most students
'have a tendency to do.
Houston Flies In, Sleep
Charles Dryden, roommate of
Houston, declared that Douglas
flies in his sleep. When he is in
bed, according to his. roommate, he
sleeps with his arms spread out
as if they are wings.
The students of Burroll Tibbs,
the other flight instructor are ac-
cumulating hours as rapidly as
possible, and with continued good
weather should solo sometime the
latter part of this week or the first
r« n uyf -
From Press Meet
At San Marcos
Rex Nixon, president of the
Press club, has just returned from
a meeting of the executive coun-
cil of the Texas Interacholastic
Press Association, held last Sat-
urday in San Marcos.
The council met to discuss plans
for the annual T. I. P. A. conven-
tion, which will be held in San
Marcos late in April.
Tarleton delegates to the con-
vention are John Phelan, Rex Nix-
on and one representative of the
Grassburr staff. Alternates are
Sara Andrews and Bill Bethea.
Old Grad'Re-elected to Office
I. T. Graves, who is serving his
fourteenth year as superintendent
of the Crowell Public Schools, has
been re-elected for another two-
year term. Mr. Graves was reared
at Stephenville and was graduated
here from the old Mcllhany Aca-
demy and John Tarleton College,
later attending Baylor University.
Five New Men
Arrive Here For
There are five new arrivals for
soil conservation training at John
Tarleton College and vicinity.
These men will be here for about
four more weeks. The eighteen
who were here for a six-weeks'
course recently have been sent to
stations in Oklahoma, Louisiana,
and Arkansas to begin actual work
with the United States Soil Con-
Father of Mrs.
At San Antonio
Major and Mrs. J. D, Bender re-
turned Wednesday night from San
Antonio where they were called on
account of the illness of Mrs.
Bender's father, Col. E. G. Elliott,
who died at the Fort Sam Houston
Hospital Sunday night, February
25. Funeral services were held at
the Fort Sam Houston National
cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
Survivors are his widow, Mrs,
E. G. Elliott of San Antonio; one
son; Wendel Elliott of San An-
tonio, and one daughter, Mrs. J. D.
Bender of Stephenville. He also is
survived by three grandchildren,
a brother, and a sister .
Colonel Elliott retired by his re-
quest after 30 years' service frpm
the regular United States Army. ,
Co-Ed Called To
Bedside of Sick
Uncle At Lometa
Annette Hereford was called to
her home in Lometa last week be-
cause of the grave illness of her
Dorothy and Lucille, McQuary
went to their home in Thorndale
yesterday because of a death in
Subscribe to the J-Tac, the stu-
After 'Two Crack-Up'j Tibbs Comes
H. R. Harwell, Man Who Holds
Unofficial High Altitude Record
H. R, Harwell, co-flight instruc-
tor with C. B. Tibbs in the CAA
flying school at Tarleton, holds, an
unofficial high altitude record for
a light plane. He has climbed 19,-
683 feet into the air.
Harwell established his record
in the very plane he is now using
to instruct his students.
He became interested in aviation
when he was 16. B. T. Barber and
Paul Neff, "old timers," in flying,
mostly taught him to fly. "I just
picked up flying here and there,"
Ill 1921, like most all experienc-
ed flyers, he began his actual fly-
ing career by barnstorming all ov-
er the United States. He barn-
stormed up until 15 years ago
TO PRESS CLUB
"Student publications should be
of greater service to both the
townspeople and the students,"
Cal Newton, manager of student
publications at Baylor University
pointed out in a talk to the Press
Club and its guests Tuesday night.
Mr. Newton pointed out that stu-
dent publications were the medium
used by the various businesses to
contact buyers. He proved this
contention by a series of surveys
made by the publications of the
school in which he is interested.
These surveys proved that each
car, for example, used five gallons
of gas per week. Naturally, the
speaker said, "this leads to in-
crease in the advertising given by
the gas and oil concerns.
Following the talk, refreshments
were served to Mr. and Mrs. New-
ton, Mr. and Mrs. R. Berton Cof-
fin, Miss Elizabeth Herndon, spon-
sor of the Press Club, and the
members of the club present.
Prior to the talk, the club elect-
ed Rex Nixon as its representative
tf> the executive council meeting of
the Texas Intercollegiate Press
Association held in San Mareos
the past Saturday.
Members of the Area IV Execu-
tive committee met Friday and
Saturday for the purpose of ex-
amining reports of the candidates
for the Lone Star and American
Committee members who are for-
mer Tarleton students include
Fred McConnell, Breckenridge;
Charles Walker, Graham; Edward
B. Bower, Granbury; J. I. Moore,
Abilene; Donald Branscum, Talpa;
W. D. Graves, Breckenridge; and
E. W. Scott, Stephenville.
Mr. Moore is now adviser of the
Heart of Texas area, and Mr.
Graves, adviser of Oil Belt area.
S. H. Gainor of Rochelle, presi-
dent of Area IV, and W. H. Norse
of Santa Anna, vice president pf
the area, were guests of Roy
B. Mefferd while the committee
was convening here.
Better Educated On
Corsages for Girls
That boys, not so very long ago,
didn't know what corsages were
is quite amusing. When AU-Tarle-
when he turned to commercial fly- ton dances and club dances were
Harwell has had only two or
three "crack-ups" in his career,
and they were minor ones.
All of the men whom Harwell
has taught to fly are stHl in the
flying business.' He has lost only
one student during his years of
flyings. This student crashed and
Wfis killed after he had become a
Upon being asked if anything
ever really happened to offset hid
career in any way, Harwell res-
ponded: "Nothing except my fi-
nancial worries at first."
Harwell is a native Texan; he
was born in Waco. He married
while he was still barnstorming
and now has two children.
first being given, boy3 walked into
florist shops and didn't know what
to call for. All they seemed to
know was that they wanted some
flowers for their dates to wear.
Now the boys are a little better
educated. At least they know what
to call for or order when they
want a corsage.
Red carnations seem to get most
calls for corsages. Pink and white
carnations and red roses ate next
in line. Orchids and gardenias get
several calls, too.
Girls buy flowers, also. Small,
potted plants help to beautify
their rooms. Most often used in
the dormitory rooms are devil's
ivy, wandering jew, daffodils, and
Dean Davis Is
At AAJC Meeting
Dean J. Thomas Davia of John
Tarleton College was elected con-
vention secretary of the American
Association of Junior Colleges in
the final meeting of that body held
last Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
Dr, C. C. Coivert of Northeast
Junior College of Monroe, La., was
elected president of the group in
its twentieth anniversary meet-
SPEAK TO CLUBS
Elizabeth Kennard, fashion au-
thority from Neiman-Marcus, Dal-
las, will discuss style trends next
Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock
when she speaks in the Home Eco-
nomics auditorium at Tarleton.
Sponsoring Miss Kennard's lec-
ture is the Tarle'nn Home Eco-
nomics Clubj whose officers and
Sponsors have invited Tarleton
students and Stephenville towns-
people to hear,her. Special invita-
tions have been sent to home eco-
nomics students of the Stephen-
ville and Dublin high schools and
their teachers, Mrs. Porter Bayles
and Mrs. Mike Murphy; to Miss
Grace Cody, county home demon-
stration agent, and members of
Erath county home demonstration
clubs; to Stephenville women's
clubs; and to the staffs of Steph-
enville department stores.
Mary Heatly, president of the
Tarleton Home Economies Club
will introduce Miss Kennard. In
charge of arrangements for the
lecture are Miss Heatly, Jerry
McClaran and Frances Lou Deen,
vice president and secretary of the
Miss Kennard is one of eight
speakers presented this year at
Tarleton by the Home Economics
Hardwick Has Unique Setup
Eugene Hardwick, Tarleton stu-
dent, has rigged up in his room at
Davis Hall many scientific devices
with which he opens doors, turns
off the radio, etc.
Gaiety of April 1st.
To Be Minimized
(EDITOR'S NOTE—The J-Tac
staff regrets that a misunderstand-
ing lead to misrepresentation of
the steps that have been taken in
planning for the April 1 "Fish Day
celebration. The following story, it
hopes, will correct the false im-
pressions-, created_ by., preceding
Plana for the John Tarleton
April 1 "Fish Day' are todajr still
in abeyance, waiting conference
of Junior class officials and repre-
sentative members of the Tarleton
Class officers will, on tjieir own
statement and at the request of
the faculty executive committee,
attempt to perfect a program for
the day which will allow the tra-
ditional fun and hilarity without
occasioning disorder and disrup-
tion of class activities.
This minimization of disorderly
Freshman Day activities was the
purpose of the executive faculty's
original resolution of February 14,
and at no time did the faculty vote
a discontinuance of the traditional
day. Through a misunderstanding,
faculty action hag been misinter-
preted in The J-Tac issues of Feb.
20 and Feb. 27.
J-Tac articles reading that the
"Faculty executive committee votes
no Fish Day" and that the same
committee' decided to "do away"
with Fish Day, should have read
that the executive committee re-
commends a different kind of Fish
Original resolution made by the
committee reads: "A motion was
made and passed that the activi-
ties of Freshman Day be mini-
mized and that a conference of
class leaders be held to work out
a future policy regarding Fresh-
man Day." ;
Following that resolution, Hu-
bert Pollard,'president of the Jun-
ior class, conferred with Dean J-
Thomas Davis. Then it was an-
nounced that Fish Day would defi-
nitely be observed April 1, and
that manner of its observance
would be decided by Pollard and
two other class officers in con-
ference with faculty representa-
Immediately after the conference
is held, detailed plans for the day
can be announced.
State Tit lists Tyler
Here March 13th;
Lee Beat Schreiner
Art Students Show
Here this Week
Joan Conger of Norton, Bobbie
Sue Burns of Rising Star, and
Dorothy Lee Sherrill of Texas
City and other members of the
art education class have interest-
ing clay modeling pieces on exhibit
in the exhibit case in the Home
Economics building this week.
Miss Sherrill used a Mexican hat
as a model for her ash tray. Miss
Burns modeled a plaque in a con-
ventionalized apple design. Joan
Conger says her father is an ab-
sent-minded school teacher; so she
made a paper weight for him
showing the red string tied to the
forefinger. Other members of the
class used Indian, flower, and ani-
mal designs for their plaques, pa-
per weights, and ash trays.
The class has recently done other
interesting things in hand carv-
ing, using pottery and wood.
Tarleton Stylists Go On Parade
As Easter Holidays Approach
A blue chambray, a pair of
black or white hose, blue or white
sox, and a black or white tie may
be the essentials of a Tarleton co-
ed's spring wardrobe. But what's
little Lulu going to hang on her
limbs when she has that date with
Miss Mattie B. Walker, head of
the Home Economics Department,
suggests Lulu begin planning her
new wardrobe by taking a peek at
her last year's clothes and
deciding just what, out of that
scanty lot, can be used this season.
Of course, Lulu will find she just
can't possibly use a thing. So let's
start from scratch and outfit Lulu
ill the latest spring styles so she
can do justice to her all-important
Lulu has. started having vague
notions about her Easter outfit.
Who hasn't? It cornea so darned
early that Lulu wonders what Doc-
tors Hattie Carnegie and Schiapa-
relli are going to prescribe for
Madame Public to wear in the
"Suits are going to be in the
public eye a great deal this Eas-
ter," Miss Walker told your style-
tracker-downer. "Since Easter
comes so early, that day will pro-
bably be cold and suits will be
popular. The newest suit coats
have a long, hip-length coat. Short
coats, however, are still good."
The very best in blouse wear this
spring, as it was last, will be lin-
gerie blouses. Another popular
type of suit that is new this spring
is the printed silk dre^s with a
matching light-wool coat.
What is more daring, danger-
ous, and diverting than, a torso
swatched in black chiffon? At
least,,that's what Lulu thinks Is
the height in glamor-wear. Miss
Walker says, "This, time of every
year, dark sheers become very
popular. This type dress is always
in style, especially when it is trim-
med with white or pastels," So
Lulu adds a black chiffon with a
basque front and full skirt. She
trims it with frothy white lacy col-
(Continued on page 4)
HUBERT 0. MEYER
CORD AT PARADE
Li Gibson, Lt. Smith
To Be Honored At
Hubert O. Meyer was awarded
the citation cord for exceptional
meritorious Service during the
school year of ,1939-40. ait the last
Cadet First Lieutenant Melvin
W. Gibson, and Cadet Second Lieu-
tenant Robert L. Smith are to he
awarded the citation cord next
Thursday at retreat parade.
The citation cord ia to be worn
at all times with the uniform
Every Room In Girls*
For originality the girls in the
dormitory "can't be beat." Almost
every room contains some queer
little object that attracts your at-
tention (and I don't mean the
Mignon Lawliss and Olive Ruth
Hensarling ward off unwelcome
visitors by the use of a toy turtle
that hangs just inside their door.
Only good friends have nerve
enough to pass the vicious door
You knock with horseshoe to
gain admittance to the "Home on
the Bange" belonging to Clara
Peach and Beatrice Lewis. Their
room proves beyond a doubt that
they axe the "cowboyist" cowgirls
on the campus.
Ruth Payne and Lucille Daniels
has a whiskey bottle that makes
a popping noise when the stopper
is removed. Anyway, it's cute to
Frances Hunt and Silvia Rogers
have made an old-fashioned bou-
doir of their room by hanging dra-
peries around their dresser. The
next thing we know they'll be
hanging curtains around their
beds for privacy.
Leighton Reeves has two tapes-
tries in her room—ane was woven
in Czechoslovakia and the other
was woven in Egypt.
Catherine Sneed and Aline Har-
ris show their love for botany by
the care they give to the sweet po-
tato vine growing in their room.
Goose Creek Five
Whipped Class In
Lee Junior College, winner of
the South Zone basketball title,
and John Tarleton College, winner
of the West Zone title, will clash*
in an inter-zone contest Friday
night in the Tarleton gymnasium.
This was decided Sunday in Wa-
co when the officials of the Texas
Junior College Conference and the
coaches of the Tyler, Lee, and Tar-
leton colleges met.
Lee Junior College, located in
Goose Creek, earned the right to
meet the Piowboys by virtue of
their 36-27 win over Schreiner In-
stitute, winner of the other zone
in the conference.
Tyler Junior College, winner of
the East Zone championship, and
the Piowboys tangle on the local
hardwood Wednesday, March 13
and the following Friday night the
two teams fight it out oil the Tylei
home floor. For the past several
years the Apaches have won their
zone championship, and this year
they seem to be as tough as ever.
This year Tarleton reached the
playoff after winning 21 of their
22 games, the last eighteen con-
secutively. As has often been said
in the columns of this paper, "it
looks like the days of 86 straight."
Tarleton has not lost a conference
game this year, beating opponents
anywhere from 36-35 against De-
catur in the first meeting of the
two teams this year, to 60-16,
against NTAC, also in the first
meeting of the teams this year.
To decide the championship of
the conference the three teams,
Tyler, Lee and Tarleton, are play-
ing a round-robin playoff, with
each team meeting the others
twice. The team having the .high-
est percentage at the end of the
playoff will be declared champions
of the State.
Dean of Women Speaks
Miss Clara Savage, dean of wo-
men, will present a Texas Day
program today at the National
Youth Administration project
house in Stephenville, and next
Thursday she will speak to mem-
bers of the Stephenville Twentieth
Century Club on "Highlights of
Watkins Appointed to West Point
Tid Watkins, former Plowboy
quarterback, has been appointed to
JfOB THE WEEK
General privileges—"Invisible Man -
Itetuma"—Majestic. Junto? Class ■
Elizabeth Kennard of Nelman-Mar- •
cua, presented by Home Economics -
Club ia Home £a auditorium.
Basketball game—Lee Junior Col-
lege vs. Tarleton, here 7:80, Col-
Leo Junior College vs. Tarleton-^
Basketbail game, 7 t^O, College -
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