The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, January 31, 1930 Page: 1 of 8
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THE CALDWELL NEWS
And The Burleson County Ledger
A Weekly Newspaper Devoted Unreservedly to the Development and Upbuilding of Burleson County.
It* Caldwell News, Vol. 3, No. 5.
CALDWELL, BURLESON COUNTY, TEXAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1930.
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Burleson Co. Ledger, Vol. 44. N«.«.
eleventh hour for paying taxes
here. Today (Friday) in the last
Tonight the rolls close and
ose who do not pay will be penal-
on property taxes and will be
denied the privilege of voting in the
primaries and general election.
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Up to four o'clock yesterday ait-
ernoon 2,606 poll taxes had been paid
against 3,467 in 1928 and 4,033 in
1927 the year preceding the last elec-
tion. This is considerably short of
the past years, with just one more
day in which to pay. Tax Collector
C. H. Barnett figures that there will
possibly be paid in person and through
the mail approximately 600 or 600
the last day. He expects to write
300 over the counter and fill orders
for a like amount through the mail.
This «rill bring the final total up to
about 3,300 polls.
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Automobile licenses to date are run-
ning far short of last year. Up to
yesterday afternoon, only 1,486 cars
had been registered and 138 trucks,
against 2,669 cars and 317 trucks
last year. Cars up to now are running
a little over half compared with
last year and trucks nearly one third.
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The successive freeses caused many
pipes to burst over the city, cutting
many homes from water for several
days in a few instances. Mr. Bullock
stated that the damage to the city
will run into the hundreds of dollars.
To complícate matters, the city sewer
mains in one or two places became
clogged causing additional trouble
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Mr. Bullock has been on the job con
stantly day and night, coping with
the situation, exerting every effort
to repair. He .stated yesterday
morning that he had about made re-
pairs to where practéenHy every one
can obtain water. He said that it will
take at l-ast six weeks to put every
thing back in good condition.
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The rnuse of much of the trouble
came about by too many service lines
being too close to the top of the
ground. The ground frote and the
pipe* frost ' with it.
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Th<- committee appointed to canva*
the merchants to urge them to co-op-
erate in staging the merchants insti-
tute here next month, the 17th, to 22,
stated that they met with much en-
couragement and that it looks like
the attendance will be around 90 per
cent. The committee has not seen all
of the merchants. They propose to
finish their canvas right away and
bring the matter to the attention of
all of them so that there will be no
doubt about getting out a full attend-
ance at all of the meetings.
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A little schooling along, a chance to
gather some new ideas, will lie con-
sidered helpful. The institute to be
held here by the merchants promises
to t< educational, instructive anil in-
spiring It will be splendid if every
business man and clerk in the c ity
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Mr. Stanley who will come to con
duct the institute knows his business.
He has the ability to impress and
convince. He is not l>eing urged upon
us by any one His time is wanted
in too many cities for thnt. The East
Texas Chamber of Commerce prom-
ised the local chamlier of commerce
his services and the directors of the
local chamber thought so much of the
institute that they grasped the op-
portunity to get it, and set the dates.
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The date «■-. i in February be-
cause it was thought a convenient
time, after the January first rush
that usually comes; after stock tak-
ing and the year's books are closed.
Mrs. Well who has accepted a
position as domestic science teacher
in the local school and daughter,
Clyde, visited Mr. and Mrs. J. F.
Cobb last week.
Connally Windel was taken to the
hospital in Temple Wedensday after
an attack of appendicitis. He waa
accompanied by his mother and fath-
er, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Windel.
Institute Planned to Acquaint
Themselves With Better
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Polansky wont to
Brenham this week where Mrs. Po-
lanaky waa treated fot sinus trouble.
On the nights of 17 to 22 of next
month, the merchants of this city and
their clerks through the effort of the
local chamber of commerce, in co-
operation with the East Texas Cham-
ber of Commerce, will conduct an in-
stitute, called a "merchants institute",
which they hope to familiarize them-
selves with better ways of merchan-
dising, handling sales, arranging their
stocks of goods, conducting advertis-
ing and to improve their businesses
all the way round.
Night sessions for four or five
nights will be held when the manage-
ments and their clerks are invited
and especially urged to attend regu-
Mr. Henry W. Stanley of the East
Texas: Chamber of Commerce, a prac-
tical and experienced authority on
the subjects will visit here and con-
duct the institute. Lectures each
night on modern merchandising,
salesmanship, arrangement of stocks
for the best effect, and ways to ad-
vertise will be featured by Mr. Stan-
ley. He comes highly recommended
by the East Texan organization,
which guarantees that every com-
munity will be greatly benefitted by
the information and instruction he
has to offer. He has held institutes
and lectured in a number of the
large cities of the country and is
said to know his onions as the ex-
pression is sometimes made. He is
now engaged visiting the various
cities throughout East Texas, mem-
bers of the organization, cooperating
with the business men, with the view
of helping to improve business
methods in the district among mem-
The local chamber of commerce
urges all the merchants of the city
to attend the institute and encourage
their salesmen and saleswomen to
attend, so that both may receive the
special instruction to be given.
The institute will be held in the
lecture room in the court house which
:-i on the ground floor of the build-
Committees have been appointed to
canvass the merchants and explain
the object anil work up a full at-
tendant during the institute. Wide
publicity will be given weekly
through this paper and otherwise, to
keep th" school before the business
interests so that they will attend.
Many who have had the purpose
of the institute explained to them,
-aid that is one of the best things of
its kind that could be brought here,
and said that they are going to at-
tend every meeting. Some of the
professional men of the city stated
that they were going to attend. The
institute will be free.
Farmers nre beginning to talk
about using fertilizer under their
crops at planting time. Those who
used it last year and previous years,
practically all say they are going to
include it in their farming program.
We were chatting with Joe Hejl, a
successful farmer in the Volney com-
munity a few days ago, and he said,
"1 nevei1 have tried fertiliser, but I
am going to buy several sacks and
use it." He said "I have already
purchased a distributor so when the
time comea, I can put it clown.
Chas. Fich of the Lone Oak com-
munity came in Saturday to enter his
subscription fo rthe News and he said
he was going to use fertilizer this
year. He said he is convinced that it
pays. He used fcfrtilizer last year
on nineteen acres and made eight
bales. He said he put it under somo
corn and that It. certainly helped it.
He said he made some of the best
corn he ever made.
Joe J. Trcalik of New Tabor drop-
ped in about the same time and he
•toted that he uses some every year
and benefitted by it He will use
fertilizer thia year.
We have talked with a number of
different farmers, and nearly all of
Of Nation Plan
The local Lutheran Church will be-
come a member of one of the strong-
est Luthern Church bodies in the
United States, when the plans an-
nounced during the past week are
realized. For the past several years,
the Lutheran Synod of Iowa and oth-
er states, of which the local congre-
gation is a member, the Joint Ohio
Synod and the Buffalo Synod have
been negotiating for an organic
union. During the past week the
committee representing the three
Lutheran church bodies has announc-
ed the definite plans for effecting this
merger in August of this year. The
name of the new organization will be
the "American Lutheran Church",
with a membership of approximately
one half million. The new body will
hold fourth place among the sixteen
Lutheran bodies in the United States.
Thirty-two states of the Union and
provinces of Canada will be repre-
sented in the American Lutheran
Church. The state of Texas, with a
membership of 44,495 will take fourth
place, being outranked by Ohio, Wis-
consin and Iowa.
hornets to be
Elaborate Preparations Being
Made By P-T Association
Tonight at the high school building
the high school boys composing the
football team of the past season will
be royally entertained in recognition
of thi ir football service, good sports-
manship and outstanding success the
past year as an organization.
Extensive preparations have been
under way during the week and
promptly at seven o'clock when the
invocation is extended by Rev. W. O.
Wright, pastor of the local Baptist
church, the big time will take place,
and be continued through uninter-
rupted until the benediction has been
pronounced by Rev. W. E. Hassier,
past ir of the local Methodist church,
Some twelve numbers compose the
program which is made up of special
addri'sses by local citizens, of tho city
and members of the high school. Mr.
W. G. Clark, superintendent of the
Gulf States Utilities Company, will
be one of the principal speakers of
the evening. Mr. S. M. Smyre, prin-
cipal of the high school will preside
as toastmaster. Music will be fur-
nished by D. L. Alford, Jr., and his
orchestra. The Hundley sisters will
Committees have been selling ti k-
ots duriag the week and a good at-
tendance of representative fans and
citizens are expected.
The banquet is being sponsored by
the local Parent-Teachers' Associa-
tion. Similar banquets have been
staged here for the boys for the past
four or five years.
.Circle No. 3, of the Baptist Mis-
sionary Society met with Mrs. Clint
D. Lewis Monday afternoon. There
was a very interesting lesson with
eleven ladies present. Refreshments
of tuna fish salad, wafers, olives, hot
tea and cakes were served.
Air. C. C. Nelms left for Bay City
Wednesday to attend the bedside of
his sinter who is ill.
those on the lighter soils indicate '' .<
they are going to use fertilizer.
With the season that is in the
ground, indications now are that it is
an excellent year to use it.
Farmers are obliged to treat their
soUh, in order to produce more per
acre and not work so much acreage
Some 40 cars of fertilizer were sold
in the county last year and the bene-
fits were good in «pite of the drought
and boll weevil.
There is another thing that helped
farmers last year, and that was the
poisoning done to cope with the leaf
worms and boll weevil. Some bot-
tom farmers aro still picking cotton
on the strength of it.
made on show
Few Days of Warmer Weather
Lately Reflects Greater
Progress Being Made
Moderation of the weather here the
past few days, witnessed resumption
of work on the new home of the Isls
Theatre which is planning to move
from its present location to a build-
ing across the street as soon as nec-
essary alterations are completed.
Work on the building which is to
house a modern, up-to-date "talkie"
as soon as it can be completed, has
been greatly retarded by the protract
e<t cold weather, successive freezes
add intermittent rains the past three
wteks, and anticipated completion
w£l be delayed several days. Formal
opening which was scheduled to take
p)ace around the first of the ''month
ir obliged to be postponed indefinitely
until the building contractor can
ca^ch up with his work.
Ho workable time has been lost.
Jojm Fitzgerald, contractor, making
alterations has had a full crew of
carpenters and other workmen on the
job every day that has been favora-
bly exerting every effort to complete
his part of the work. Considering the
amount of changes to be made, he has
made noticable headway. The floor to
the building has been lowered to an
inclining position almost the entire
length of the building and reaup-
ported. This week the brick work
on the new front has been pushed
further to completion, the balcony
frame and floor has been installed,
and work on the fire proof booth to
house the picture machine has been
frami'd and lathed for the cement
plasfer that is to go op the inside
ana nataide and for the^eftient floor.
The ceiling of the front part of the
building has been torn out and raised
u few feet to give ample clearance in
the balcony. Work on the entrance
and stairs on either side of the walls
leading to the balcony have been
framed. Some five or six carpen-
ters are on the job and with any kind
of favorable weather will find that
part of the work soon completed.
The fixtures and "talkie" equip-
ment arrived thi< week and are ready
!<> be installed as soon a.s the build-
ing is completed.
Electricians are following the car-
penter work up as fast as they can
with special wiring for the picture
machine, talking equipment and lights
and cooling fans.
The building is being modernized
throughout, which together with the
special equipment, calls for the ex-
penditure of several thousand dollars.
The very latest talking picture
equipment is to be installed. This
t aether with the moderr.ly improved
and equipped building will give Cald-
well soon, one of the most up-to-date
picture theatres of any place its size,
something that will be an outstand-
ing attraction and credit to the city
Several hundreds dollars we un-
derstand are to be spent for drape-
ries, inside decoration, wall finish to
control the sound, new seats and de-
tails that go to complete a first class
talking picture theater.
Line Canned Goods
DEBUTE HERE THIS
i, tiie weather permits two girls'
debating teams of the Jefferson Davis
high school of Houston will debate
here Saturday night, February 1.
The debate will be held in the high
school auditorium, in two shows. The
first show will last from 7:30 to 8:45
and the second show will last from
8:45 till 10:00. Piano selections will
be rendered by Mary Novatny and
Lucille Dalchau, and instrumental
numbers will be rendered by Newell
Johnston and Edmond Dee Kristoff.
The road question, in which every-
one should be interested, will be dis-
cussed. Everyone is cordially Invited
to attend either one or both shews.
Free eats and quite a unique and
instructive entertainment drew sev-
eral out one evening the past week
during freezing weather to attend a
special canned food demonstration
featured by the Lawrence Grocery
Company of this city at their whole-
Mr. Peter Cordt, representing the
Marshall Canning Company of Mar-
shalltown, Iowa, packers of "Uncle
William" canned food goods, conduct-
ed the demonstration. Pictures were
flashed on a screen to show the audi-
ence just how "Uncle William" can-
ned goods are packed and proved con-
clusively that they pack only first
After lecturing and illustrating for
about one hour and a half on their
particular process of canning vege-
tables, fifty or more different kinds
of cans of their products were opened
and sampled by the guests.
The demonstration throughout was
enjoyed and favorably received.
Mr. Cordt said he has been con-
nected with the Marshall Canning
Company for the past fifteen years.
He understands canning, and has the
ability to convey all the principle
points of canning to his audiences.
He believes in the genuineness of the
products he sells.
The company He represents are en-
deavorinff"to stock its merchandise in
all of the retail stores in th<* United
States. The Lawrence Grocery Com-
pany of Bryan, with a branch honse
here, are distributors of the "Uncle
Injunction Granted By District
Judge Lately Prohibits Dis-
bursing Special Aid
The injunction granted by the Hon-
orable R. B. Minor, of the Fifty-
Seventh District Court at San An-
tonio, early this week, wide publicity
about which the daily papers have
made mention, prohibiting the dis-
bursement of the appropriation for
rural aid and high school tuition is
one of the greatest calamities which
has ever befallen public education in
Texas, according to S. M. N. Marrs,
State Superintendent of Public In-
Mr. Marrs states that the case has
been appealed, and that it will prob-
ably be ihirty days before a final de-
cision can be obtained. In the mean-
time, he states, there can be no relief.
He says high schools should not dis-
miss the transferred high school stu-
dents, as it is believed that the legis-
lature will make an extra appropria-
tion for the payment of their tuition.
Mr. Marrs says that if the injunc-
tion is sustained, ¿.he state aid schools
will be disappointed, as the legisla-
ture will be helpless to relieve the
situation, and many schools will have
to close after a term of five or five
and one half months. The terms of
schools not applying for state aid will
not have the duration of the term al-
tered, he stated.
The injunction is the outgrowth of
a contest instituted in Medina County
by a tax payer, to test the constitu-
tionality of the rural aid law.
dry goods firm
Convenience and General Ap-
pearance Improve ! Apprecia-
bly. Reflects Progressiveneai
Mrs. M. Rosenwasser of Lockhart
is here on a visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Rosenwasser. Her husband, Mr.
M. Rosenwasser has l>een here sev-
eral days on business.
Uae Them Regularly
Carrying out plans contemplated
for several weeks, the J. F. Cobb
Company, this weelt virtualy com-
pleted improvements on the inside at
their business home, that almost com-
pletely changed the looks.
The center tier of high shelving
where notions, ladies hose and other
ladies' goods were carried on one aide
and men's collars, hose, shirts and
underwear were carried on the other
side, was completely dismantled and
a much lower and narrower tier was
constructed Instead, ¿hich practieaBy
throws the building together, and ex-
pands one's view full fifty feet, tté
width of the building, adding tre-
mendously to the general appearaaéé.
Considerable added space is given
to the isle ways, which along with
the improvements makes room for
several tables which will be used to
display various merchandise fron
time to time. High shelving along
the walls down stairs weife also re-
duced proportionately to the height
of tho other shelving. The firm Mi
remodeled the shelving and fixtures
in a number of ways, and have
beauty to the general appear
Customer after customer and visi-
tor after visitor entering the stera
since the changes have been madM
have been heard to pass many fa-
vorable comments and congratúlate
the management on the changas
The splendid high ceiling aad
breadth the building has, gives it ft
more cityfied appearance. Now, these
is noticeable obfrt ruction between
the front and the office back almoat
to the rear. One may stand in front
or at the rear of t'ue building and
view nearly everything in the build-
The former arrangement with pos-
sibly one or two exceptions, had stood
for approximately thirty one yeat-3.
The floor underneath some of the
shelving moved, lowered and narrow-
ed a few feet, was bright and shiney
as it was the day it was placed al-
The stocks in the various depart-
ments down stairs are being rearrang-
ed and better displayed so shopping
at the "big store", the store of the
"Colden Rule," might be made easier
for patrons, and in keeping with the
trend of modern merchandising.
On the lades' side down stairs, as
that department is generally known,
a long battery of plate glass show
cases on one side has been arranged
continuously, to display notions to
the full view of customers. On the
other side is the piece goods depart-
ment which is paralled with long
counters as before. All the big stocks
of surplus merchandise that were
formerly stacked on top of shelving
in full view have been removed to
shelving or placed elsewhere.
The new improvements and ar-
rangements furnishes a full, clear
open view throughout the building
and much beauty has been added.
On account of the rains and cold
weather this week, preventing tne de-
livery of principal putts of hi< new
equipment he decided early in the
week to postpone the opening of hi
new Humpty Dumpty cash etiocery
store until February H, one week
He is making this announcement
today in the News in a special ad-
vertisement on another page.
During the week he has had a large
number assisting in making prepara-
tions for the opeuing. Painters have
been refinishing the c eiling and walls,
and his salesmen have been moving
his old shelving making room for the
new. New lights have been strung
through the building.
The new fixtures will be installed
next week and every thing placed in
readiness for the opening Saturday,
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