The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 24, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 14, 1950 Page: 1 of 4
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TARLETON STATE COLLEGE, STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1950
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By ROBERT KENNY
The mo3t'*colorful and best loved
figure in the history of Tarleton
is leaving" this year. , •.
Dean Emeritus J, Thomas Davis
' will retire in June,'completing 48
years of teaching, 26 of which were
spent as administration head at
Tax-leton and-five as ./professor of
Already,,; moving of books and
office materials'has' begun, initiat-
ing problems never before faced
by the kindly,'gray-haired dean-
deciding which are personal and
which are official and should be
turned over to'the school, and what
tan be done with his collections
of" teaching souvenirs.
Dean Davis' library of history,
agriculture, government, Latin,
Harvey 9 $
He a rsay
and education books-.. which once
amounted to more than 2,000 vol-
umes, has 'largely disappeared.
Many of the volumes, especially on
education, have been given to the
library, and more are scheduled to
go.. The agriculture shelves were
sent to the agriculture division,
and many history books have been
sold to students who are beginning
their own libraries.
Understandably, Dean Davis
deeply regrets leaving teaching
after so many years, which he says
for him has no compensations. "I
really don't know what I will do,"
he remarks sadly, "but we can't
teach after we are seventy."
During his 26 years at Tarleton,
which was the longest administra-
tive record in any state institution
according- to Dr. Frederick Eby,
professor of the history of educa-
tion at Texas University, Dean
Davis became one of the nation's
lie: was the only Texas college
head ever to be elected president
of' the American Association of
Junior Colleges, became a member
of the board of directors of the
Southern Association of Colleges
and Secondary Schools upon it or-
ganization and -rose to the presi-
dency in 1935, and served for many
years as an officer or director of
the Texas State Teachers Associa-
Active in other fields of construc-
tive organization, Dean Davis be-
came in 1942 the first man ever
to serve two successive terms as
president of the West Texas Cham-
ber of Commerce.
'Listed in "Who's Who in Amer-
ica," "Who's1 Who in the World"
(Continued on Page 3)
Company F won again in the
parade last Thursday. The real
competition these days is for sec-
ond place,, as it seems that first
place is naturally given to the above
named company. These contests
arc. -held to. promote a competitive
spirit between the companies, but
... The second place winner this
last, week was Company B.
The Memorial Stadium Drive is
coming along." The sum is being
1 raised sloMy, but surely. , Last
year; the student body did their
bit by contributing and helping in
the campaign by pending letters to
. prospective donors. It might not
be such a bad. idea "if a student
contributing campaign was begun
this year. The publicity of such a
campaign' would favorably strike
; those people who are interested in
A slip of paper was placed in the !
J-Tac mailbox last week from
someone who was , evidently very
"hep" to the English courses
taught here. The contents of this
paper went like this:
Teacher: What is an epithet?
• Student:.,Isn't that what's on a
Teacher: Are you a piscatot?
Student:. No, I am a Baptirt.
From a freshman' theme about \
, the performance of "Julius Cae-
sar": "Some of the actors had too
much paint on from the front
One student thinks"Beowulf will
be valuably for prosperity."
The sophomores are reading'
Gray's "Allergy, in a Country
Churchyard" and Wordsworth's
"Ode on limitations .of Immorality."
Betty Jo Lockhart and Richard 'Gilbreth were selected as
the best dressed "cowboys" <it the Barn Dance given by the
Tarleton FFA Chapter recently. The affair was held in
thei ree hall, which was decorated in western style. Enter-
tainment was proyidecF by T. J. Black and his Campus Cow-
boys who played the music for modern ahd square dances.
! Photo by
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Rich Hears Expert Mi 11 h o
As chairman of the agriculture
committee, L. G. Rich recently met
with the Stephenville Chamber of;
Commerce to hear an expert water-
melon producer from Oklahoma
speak and discuss Erath County-
as a production center for water-
Mr. Rich, -who is professor and
head of the agronomy department,,
stated, "The production of wateiv:
melons in this area Is entirely pos-
sible if the C. of C. can securfe'
cooperation from a large number,
"It is hoped by the members of
the agriculture committee that,
enough farmers would be interest-
ed so that a start could be made,
this year. The committee also is-
hoping that watermelon raising1
would develop intov a secondary
'crop for the farmer," also' stated
Watermelons require sandy loam,
slightly acid. This loam should1 be
made, alluvial soil and not too
abundantly supplied with nitrogen.
It has been found that when the
soil is too fertile, the watermelon
is inclined to be too .large and
watery instead of sweet.
Mr. Rich said, "There is approx-
imately 200,000 acres of sandy
loam in the central part of Erath
County. If one out of every ten
acres was suitable for growing
watermelons, it would yield abun-
Mr. Rich also stated that each
acre would produce about 800 wa-
termelons arid should give about
$150 to $200 above fertilization and
planting, but excepting labor. *
Ag Classes see
TO BE HELD
An adult group met Friday
night in the basement of the Home
Economics building to organize a
class of shorthand for beginners to.
be taught by Miss Wynon Smith.
A lesisoir was held at this first
meeting, and the students picked
the nights and time they wished
to attend. It will be held two nights
a week for two hours. Anyone who
is interested may take the course,
■ The*, fee'"for"the- course-is"J7;S(^
and the members of the class were
able to buy their supplies and pay
the registration fee Friday night.
The' Wainwright Rifles and the
Military Band will participate in
the Highlander Festival to be held
in the Highland Park High foot-
ball stadium March 31.
The program put on ' by the
Wainwright Rifles and the band
will be similar to the ones put on
at the home football games at
Tai'leton this year. This includes
the manual of arms, marching, and
marching- and doing the manual of
arms by mass commands. The per-
formance will last for approxi-
mately ten minutes.
Other organizations who will
participate in this program are
the Dallas, high school bands, and
bands from Northeast Texas and
Tuesday, March 14 — Tarleton
Scholarship Society Meeting,
Rec. Hall, 6:30-7:45.
[Tuesday, March 14 —Tarleton
"T" Club Donkey ; Basketball
Tuesday, March 14 — Square
Dance Club, Rec Hall, 6:00.-8.
Tuesday, March 14—Sine Ceras'
Club Meeting, Club 'Room.
Wednesday, March 15—A&M
Club Meeting, Club Room.
Wednesday, March 15—AM VET
Meeting, Shack 34, 6:30.
Thursday, March 16—Aggettes'
Meeting, Rec Hall,. 6:40-8.0,0.
Saturday, March 18—A.&M Club
Dance, Rec Hall.
Saturday, March 18—FHA Area
Meeting, Little Auditorium.
Monday, March 20—OWLS Meet-
ing, Girls' Dorm, 6:30-8:00.
Monday, March 20 — Eternas'
Club Meeting, Mrs, Dorsey'a
Monday, Mar'ch 20—Lords and
Commoners Meeting, 7:00,
An educational film was shown
to the Animal Husbandry 10? and
Dairy Husbandry 202 classes
through the past week., The head-
ing of the film was' "All Flesh Is
Grass." The feature was shown for
three days and represented one of
a series qf such films.
That all flesh is made from grass
was brought out in the film. It
featured a baby beef from the time
of birth, through fattening periods
and up to the time of its departure
for the slaughter houses where it
will be slaughtered and distributed
to all parts of the nation iii the
form of meat.
The film displayed many pictur-
esque scenes of the western ranges.
Many of these displays were taken
during the winter, and exhibited
the .hard.life—that .thft ..cattle,, and
wild life experience on the open
Another point brought out was a
simple description of' the life of
the present day cowboy. In past
years the cowboy rode fences with
a "six-shooter." on his hip as a,
means of protecting himself. Today
the cowboy rides fences with a
pair of pliers and wire stretchers
as his only source of protection.
Rex Millhollen and John Lewis
Merrill are the winners of the 1950
Tarleton Dairy Cow Scholarships,
W. W. Reed, professor of dairy
husbandry who directed the selec-
tion of the winners, announced last
The two scholarships are award-
ed annually by the agriculture
department to agriculture students
of outstanding ability and achieve-
Rex, who won' the division for
senior agriculture students, is a
general ag major, from Snyder He
is an honor student, winner of; a
non-athletic "T" award for out-
standing scholarship in 1946, and
is a platoon sergeant in Company
F. Hte was high point man on
the livestock judging team which
placed third in the contest at the
ON NEW WING
The cement roof slab of the
third floor of the new science
building wing was poured last
week. The brick mason will begin
work immediately, as this is the
last floor of the new wing to *be
This three-story wing, to . be
completed by next August, will add
12,400 square feet of floor space to
the science building. The first floor
will be occupied by the library and
academe department, the second
byf the biology department, and
the third floor by the engineering
department. The new engineering
floqi' wijl be made Into, a new phys-
ics laboratory and a new electrical
Plans call for asphalt floors,
steel easement windows, and acous-
tic'. celotex ceilings. Walls will be
tiled to a height of six fe.et with
This third addition of the science
building, costing $112,487, is con-
tracted by A, W. Brunson 'of Dal-
Southwestern .Exposition and Fat
Stock .Show last year.
.Merrill is, • a freshman ■ ran'ge
management major from Glen
Rose. He is a member of the Scho-
larship-Society, having one of the
highest grade averages in the
agriculture division, and is «an as-
sistant squad leader in Company
C. He was winner of the award
open to junior agriculture students.
TEAM TO FIRE
The Tarleton rifle team, for the
first time in recent years, has been
selected to fire in the National
ROTC Rifle Match. The team
started firing last week.
Tarleton's 'team won the right to
participate in this, match by plac-
ing sixth out of 17 competing
teams in the recent Fourth Army
John McCoy and Kenneth Vance,
with scores of 199 out of a possi-
ble 200, are the leaders after the
firing of the first stage of the Na-
, Other cadets competing in this
match include Reece Coppenger,
James Dishman, Robert Hewlett,
Albert Blair, Bill Hutchins,. Ed-
ward . Jenkins, Walter Johnson,
Harold Keller, Matthew Kuykeri-
dall, Prosper Walker, Freddia
Wenck, and Williams,
Requirements for the senior scho-
larship are that the winner must
be enrolled in agriculture at the
time of selection, must coniulete
the full 'number of hours that his
curriculum requires, must make a
2.25 grade point ratio, and must
have the highest grade in dairy
Winner of, the other award must
complete requirements similar to
those of the senior scholarship ex-
cept that a grade point ratio of
2.0 is required, and the winner
must make the grade of "A" in
i The persons selected by the divis-
ion of agriculture as winners are
subject to approval by the dean of
men and the president.
"Funds for the two scholarships
are a part of the net profit made
by two, of the Tarleton scholarship
cows, which were given to the col-
lege by George Kessler of New
Yo^'k City," Reed said. Each scho-
larship is an award of $25.
Other scholarships were avail-
able from dairy cows donated by
Roy Beard of Houston and GeorgO
S. Wright of Dallas.
Beakley To Build
(Two of Tarleton's professors
have begun construction on new
homes. The article this week will
be on George Beakley, associate
professor of engineering. The next
article will be on Autis McMahan's
home. Mr. McMahan is professor of
The new home of George Beak-
ley is to be located at the corner
of Frey and Lillian "and will have
five' rooms and bath. The living
room and dining room of this
house will be combined.
The wall space in the living room
is largely glass. A big picture
window is featured on the front
side. Long glass panels overlook a
roofed-in patio. Most of the win-
dows are casement type 'Windows.
Since Mr. EJealdey drew all plans
and specifications, he is almost
certa^gj;!) have everything just as
he wants it, Lie has included a
central heating system. In this
system the hot air from the unit
travels through metal ducts in the
ceiling into each room. Ducts are
placed in the walls to pull the cold
air out of the rooms. The cold air
is carried .under the floor back to
the furnace. Constant heat from
the floor to the ceiling is main-
tained throughout'the house.
■The kitchen and bathroom, will
have inlaid linoleum floors and
the other rooms will have hard-
wood floors. The ceiling is to be
insulated. All flooring sills and
other exposed timbers are being-
treated with ,a termite resistant
and woqd preservant. All walls w,ill
be finished in, textone pastel
shades. Tlie -outside walls will be
of. light buff colored brick.
Indirect fluorescent cove light-
ing will be used in the living and
dining areas. Lighting in the other
rooms will be from fixtures in
the attic which do not show ;n the
rotih; the light in these looms
comes through glass in the ceil-
The roof for this home will be
the first of its kind in Stephen-;
ville. The asphalt shingles will
have white grains of rock coating
which is very attractive and will
thrjnv off heat in the summer
Hie foundation of the house will
be stronger than that of the ordin-
ary house with three feet of solid
concrete interlaced with four one-
half inch steel rods.
The garage is to be attached
to the north side of the house to
break the winds. All bedrooms are
to be on the south so that they
may get maximum breene in the
Cabinets in the kitchen are built
in to the1 ceiling. It has a double
sink and an automatic washer with
water heater above. The cabinet
will be covered 'with a stain proof,
heat-resistant plastic covering.
A large overhang furnishes a
two-foot shade , all around, the
house. It is solar heated, "an ar-
chitectural term which means you
get maximum sun in the winter
and minimum sun in the summer,*
Mr, Beakley explained.
The Beakleys expect to move in
early in June.
I Tarleton students will enjoy a
holiday from English classes Sat-
urday when the Engish faculty at-
tends the Conference -of College
Eng-ish teachers in Abilene.
The principal speaker of the con-
vention will be Dean Roger Mc-
Cutcheon, who is from the^ grad-
uate school of Tulane University.
Tarleton -faculty members w;ho will
be pre,sent include Jeff Ray Davis,
Joe F. Tarpley, and Misses Dollie
Glover, Ruth Hilliard, Johnnie
Shirley, Mary. Hope Westbrook,
Aillee Wilford, and Mrs. G. E.
Miss Westbrook, nead of the
Tarleton English department, will
go to Abilene 'on ilarch 17 to at-
tend a dinner , of the council of the
organization. She has been a coun-
cil member'for three years.
The, McMurry Players will pre-;
sent "Androcl'es and .the Lion" on
March 17. Miss Westbrook plans to
include the play, written by George
Bernard'Shaw, an her Abilene visit.
F Company won the'retreat par-
ade for the,' third stright week
at the weekly parade last Thurs-
day afternoon. B. Company was
In the newest cadet competi-
tion held each Thursday afternoon,
Cadet Corporal John Merrill of
C Company won first place, Cadet
Private Bethel" Eiland of the band
was second, and Cadet Sergeants
-Mar|n^^„ ,,f uiui
Allen Belinetc-w tied
for third place. *
Previous winners included cadet
Sgt. Harold Clark, Cadet Sgt. Mar-
vin, Brown, Cadet Sgt. Reed Flood,
and Cadet Private Don Hughes.
Thr^e members of the Tarleton
agriculture faculty .W. W. Reed,
H. L. Self, and W, D. Graves, will
judge' animals at the Hico Live-
stock and Poultry Show tonq,or-«
Reed, who is professor of dairy
husbandry, will .judge beef and
dairy cattle; Self, animal husband-
ry prof, will judge hogs and sheep;
and Graves, who teaches poultry
husbandry, is to judge ail poultry.
The show,' sponsored by the Hico
FFA, is under the direction of
Doyle Love, a Tarleton graduate
who teaches vocational agriculture
Bill Green won first prize with the top plan for a cancella-
tion stamp to be used by the post office to advertise the
Memorial Stadium Campaign. The lower drawing took sec-
ond place in the contest and was drawn by Jack Grant. The
stamp will be used on all mail going out of Tarleton. They
.Mere: judged by Miss Mary Hope Westbrodk, J. A. Hart,
Reuben Friou, and Jack Herr^ngton.
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