The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 5, 1940 Page: 1 of 8
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AND THE BURLESON COUNTY LEDGER
VOLUME LV—NUMBER 21
CALDWELL, TEXAS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5; 1940
PRICE $1.50 A YEAR—6 CENTS A CC
Mrs. Jud Collier of Mumford,
who has lotiR been a leader in
Democratic politics, was a recent
caller in our office. She is actively
supporting the Roosevelt-Wallace
ticket and, after listening to her
point out the merits of the present
administration for about 30 min-
utes, I believe she could, if given
a chance, convince Banker H. H.
Womble that what he needs to be
wearing is a "I Want Roosevelt
In speaking of the now famous
•hird term, which is something en-
tirely new in presidential elections,
Mrs. Collier went way hack to the
days of George Washington, known
by some as the father of our coun-
try. by others as the first president
of the United States and still by
others as the man who cut down
the cherry tree.
"We democrats quote continu-
ously from George Washington's
ewell address — what he said
about entangling alliances abroad,"
she said, "then why can't we be
good enough patriots to follow his
advice in regard to rotation in
Whereupon she quoted the follow-
ing extract from u letter written
by Washington on April 28, 17KK,
"Guarded so effectually as the
proposed constitution is, in respect
to the pr« ntion of bribery and
undue influence in the choice of
president, I confess I differ widely
myself from Mr. Jefferson and you,
as t<> the necessity or expediency
of rotation in thBt appointment.
"Under an extended view of thi*
part of the subject 1 can see no
[/ propriety in precluding ourselves
from Hie services of any man, who
. ^on some great emergency, shall be
deemed, universally, most capable
of erving the public."
• • *
War ha-" not dampened the humor
of at least one foreign correspond-
ent who makes the following report
on the famous (or is it infamous)
Nazi and Italian parachute corps:
"Hitler is very efficient in hand
^ ling th«• Nazi parachutists," say
"it is not as ea<y as one would
imagine to get volunteers for this
most hazardous phase of warfare.
"When the plane-load of Nazi
parachutists is over the enemy ob-
jective, someone 'urns on the Ger-
man national anthem and orders
the Nazi salute.
"All in the plane rise patriotical-
ly. a switch is pulled, the ltottom
•f the plane drops out--and the
parach itists have no other alter-
native except to pull the rip cord.
"II Duce's parachute expedition
consists of a pilot, a co-pilot,
navigator, one parachutist and
thirteen men to push him out."
• • • •
About Town: Alvis Murray Au-
trey, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T.
(Jude) Autrey, enlisting for three
years in Uncle Sam's Army. He's
stationed at Fort Crockett, Galves-
ton. . . . S. M. Scarmardo, losing
his store in the Brazos bottom by
the fire route. . . . Charlea I'orter.
son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Porter,
who holds a degree fiom Southwest
«¿Texas State Teachers College, get-
ting his Master of Education de-
gree from the University of Texas.
. . John M. Hkrivanek, leaving
with his family for Beaumont
where he will direct the French
high school band and two junior
high bands. He weilded the baton
•t Granger high school last year.
. . . E. A. Lesikar, taking on
the job of branch manager for the
Brazos Valley Cotton Growers As-
sociation at Deanville. . . . Kitt
Cowan of Wichita Falls, who grew
to manhood here, back for a visit
after an absence of 23 years. . . .
Woodrnw Worthing ton. former
Caldwell high school football star,
f paving for Crosby to begin his
■ .«aching career. . . . Emil Lehman,
the theatre employee, having to
undergo a blood transfusion follow-
, Ing an appendectomy at St. Francia
Hospital at Brenham. . . . Joe Po-
■ laasky, postcarding from Houston
vlhat he and his family were not in
a wreck in that city Monday aa
was reported here. . . . B. O. Mc-
Lean Jr., being offered the position
of assistant voice teacher and piano
accompanist at Hardin-Simmons
University in Abilene just as he
was preparing to leave here to enter
the Cincinatti Conservatory of Mu-
ft sic. He refused the offer in order
to study in Cincinatti, where he will
yeceive his degree in December.
World's Youngest Mother to Visit U. S.
Lina Medina, aged five, the world's youngest mother, with her 15-
montlw-eld son Jerry, who, it is reported, will journey from Lima. Peru,
to Chicago to undergo an investigation of her strange case by scientists
and medical authorities. The young Peruvian mother will celebrate her
sixth birthday on September 23. She has attracted world-wide attention
among scientists and laymen.
Down 2 Officers
Mullets From Authorities'
(iuns Finally Halt Drunk
A -10-year-old Mexican, who was
drunk and creating a disturbance on
the courthouse square late Saturday
night, was taken into custody by
Constable C. H. Houston and his
deputy, Howard Smith. Upon arriv-
ing at the front door of the jail,
the Mexican asked the two officers
what they were going to do with
"Lock you up," they said in uni-
The Mexican whirled around and
struck Houston with his fist, knock-
ing him to the ground. Smith at-
tempted to bring the prisoner un-
<ler control and was also knock ,I
dov.'n. When the officers were on
their feet again, the Mexican was
traveling at a high rate of speed
away from them. Both drew their
pistols and fired into the air. The
Mexican, probably thinking he had
been hit, fell down and obligingly
accompanied the officers to a jail
He was charged with being drunk
and fighting, paid the two fines
Sunday morning and was released.
CMRT HOUSE REUS
Jose Vargoes and Eva Franks.
Homer Hunt and Katherine Wil-
Clarence E. Phelps and Milady
Application of Mrs. Lydia Calvin
for guardianship of Ignac Blazek;
Ignac Blazek found to be of sound
mind, and guardianship refused.
Kstate of W. B. Porter, deceased;
Cecil Porter appointed administrat-
or; C. C. Nelms, C. A. Bain and
Jack Clark appraisers of the es-
Estate of Mrs. Ida Blazek; to
probate will, and for administra-
tion; set for Monday, September 9.
Joe Jakuhik to Mrs. Minnie Liws,
(Turn to No. 4, column 5, last page)
(Prices subject to change)
Cottonseed, a ton
Cottonseed Meal, sack
Hulls, a ton
Hogs, per pound ...
Hides, per pound
Eggs, a dozen
Butter, per lb. .. ..40c
Hens, a pound
Rakers, a pound
Fryers, a pound
Turkeys, No. 1 hens
Turkeys, No. 2
Toms. No. 1
Butterfat, No. 1
City Tax Rate For
Coming Year Will
Remain At $2.32
The city tax rate for the coming
year was set at $2.32. the same
that is now in effect, at a recent
meeting of the city commissioners
Division of the $2..'52 tax in the
various city funds is a; follows:
(iemral fund, 23c; paving and
grading No. 2, 10c; paving and
grading No. 3, 17c; sewer, 20c; city
hall. 5c; electric light system im-
provement bonds, 12c; school house
bonds No. I, 48c; school house bonds
No. 2, 12c; school, K5c.
The assessed valuation of the
city of Caldwell was $1,343,395.
Six 19*19 1 .ottermen And
Four Reserves To See
Action This Season
Football, king of fall sports,
returned to Caldwell Monday when
the Cald\. 11 Hornets got down to
business in the first drill session
that brought out 28 candidates for
berths on Coach Ox Darby's squad.
There will be evening practice
rounds from 7 until 9 O'clock until
school starts Monday and then the
crew will drill each afternoon from
3:30 until 5 o'clock.
Darby has on hand six lettormen
and four reserve lettermen from
last years' regional championship
team. Lettermen returning (pre
Leon Shaw, Lonnie Hearn, Tommy
Masar and L. D. Hein, backs,
Phegley, end, and Arthur Lewis,
center. The reserve lettermen are
Marvin Ginzel, back; Irwin Garbs,
tackle; Raymon Piwonka, tackle;
and Bernard Orsak, end.
Nine mainstays on last year's
squad will be greatly missed this
season. They arc Roy Sebesta, and
Clyde Whaley, backs, and the entire
1939 starting line, Tommy Philp,
Darwin Kornegay, Mervin Cross,
Leroy Duewall, Tom Cross, Melvin
Skrabanek and J. L. Kristoff.
Those out for the first time in-
clude C. Pillow, D. Autrey, D.
F.asley, M. Mahlman, A. Hein, F.
Easley, M. Mahlaman, A. Hein, F.
Calvin, D. Piwonka, F. Holubec,
H. L. Holubec, B. Groce, A. Due-
Two Negroes Rob
Caldwell Man Of
$2 Sunday Night
Arresto Follow Shortly
After C. E. Cade Jr.
Stopped on Highway 36
A negro man and woman were
lodged in county jail Sunday night,
two hours after they robbed a Cald-
well businessman of two dollars.
The nee"oes, apr?«t*d by Night-
watchman T. N. Cross, gave their
names as Alfred Punchard and
They are charged with robbing
C. E. Cade Jr., manager of the
Cade Auto Company. Cade said he
answered a wrecker call three miles
north of Caldwell on Highway 36 at
liout 10 o'clock. On his return trip
to town, he said a negro woman
'.eppid out on the highway and
v aved for him to stop. Noticing a
parked car off the edge of the pave-
ment, Cade said he took it for
gtanted the machine was out of
order and stopped to r ruler what-
ever aid possible. He said a negro
man was lying down beside the car,
a Model A Ford. The two negroes
asked Cade to tow their machine to
town. After having pulled it sev-
eral hundred yards, Cade said the
negroes hollored for him to stop,
.vhich he did. The negro man got
out of the car, walked up to Cade
who was sitting in the wrecker,
grabbed his left arm, cursed him
and demanded his money. He took
four fifty-cent pieces from Cade's
pockets and released him. Cade
drove on to town and notified
Cross of the robbery. The two went
back to the sccne of the robbery
anil found the car abandoned. They
drove around, looking for the
negroes for more than an hour,
finally discovering them in front
of the W. M. Stone residence, walk-
ing wit. The two attempted to re-
sist arrest but were overpowered.
Neither of the negroes was armed.
The negro man is a former resi-
dent of Caldwell, but said he new
made his home near Corpus Christi.
The woman said she lived in Cam-
eron. Officers are investigating to
determine whether the two were
driving a stolen car.
Frank Orsag on
(Turn to No. 2, column 4, last page)
NYA Area Office
The NYA Area Office located in
Giddings, serving Bastrop, Burle-
son, Fayette, and Lee Counties, wiM
be consolidated with the Austin
District Office September 1, it was
announced by W. S. Birdwcll, Jr.,
Mr. Ben F. Cridcr will continue
to serve Bastrop, Fayette, and Lee
Counties, working out of the Aus-
tin District Office. Mr. Crider's of-
fic will be located in the Old Post
Office Building, Austin, Texas. All
correspondence for him should be
addressed to Ben F. Crider, NYA
Area Director, Post Office Box 36,
(Tarn to No. 3, column 4, last page)
Mr. and Mr:
(he birth of a
Mr. and M rs. Virgil Lynch on the
birth of a son, Saturday. August 31.
Mr. and Mrs. Willie Neur on
the birth of a daughter Saturday,
Proudest widow in England la
Mrs. Harry Nicholls who learns that
her husband who died in action had
been awarded the Victoria Cross,
highest award for gallantry. She
shows her baby daughter one of her
Thieves Get Four
Off of Two Cars
Thieves Wednesday night of last
week stole four automobile wheels
off of two cars while the owners
The garage of Joe Siptak was
entered and the two rear wheels on
his sedan were stolen. Ike Ward,
who lives near Siptak, also reported
the loss of the two rear wheels off
of his sedan. Officers are investi-
For Nat'l Guard
To Fill Up Quota
Men Needed To Take Places
Of Those Members Who
The Caldwell national guard unit
is looking for single men between
the ages of 21 and 30 years, inclu-
sive, to replace school age members
of their ranks before mobilization
orders are received. Authorities
said today approximately 20 mem-
bers of Company "E" attend school
and will be excused from service
when mobilization instructions arc
Single men wishing .o join Are
requested to do so before conscrip-
tion is started. It was pointed out
that members of the national guard
will not have to register during
conscription. Those wishing to join
may apply to Captain M. F. Broad-
dus at any time.
Broaddus said he expects the" (Turn to No. 1, column 3, last page)
Texas national guard units to be
called out for a training period of
one year not later than November.
Caldwell guardsmen, who recent-
ly returned from Third army man-
euvers in Louisiana, have resumed
their weekly drills at the armory,
and staff officials also meet weekly,
to handle paper work of the guard.
For T. E. Lackey
Are Held Here
Former Caldwell Resident
And Retired Oklahoma Mer-
chant Dies In Fort Worth
Funeral services for T. E. Lackey,
retired Durant, Oklahoma, and
Denison merchant who died in Fort
Worth Saturday, were held in Fort
Worth Monday morning and were
continued here ¡.hat afternoon with
burial in the Masonic cemetery. Mr.
Lackey was born and reared on a
farm near Caldwell, and was the
son of the late Rev. and Mrs. W. S.
Lackey of this city.
Mr. Lackey died at the home of
his sister, Miss Nora Lackey. Ha
had been ill several years. He went
to Fort Worth a month ago on a
visit and became seriously ill two
Service; were conducted in Fort
Worth at the Secret-Crowder
Funeral Home, with the following
officiating: Dr. L. R. Scarborough,
president of the Baptist Theological
Seminary, Dr. Jeff D. Ray of the
S. W. Baptist Theological Semin-
ary, Dr. W. Douglass Hudgins,
pastor of the Broadway Baptist
church, and Dr. C. E. Matthews,
pastor of the Travis Street Baptist
Church, all of Fort Worth. Services
were conducted at the grave here
by Rev. C. M. White, pastor of
the Baptist church. Interment was
made under the direction of Har-
The deceased was educated in the
public schools of Burleson and
Milam counties. He was employed
by the J. F. Cobb Dry Goods Com-
pany here several years, after
which he taught school in Lee
county two years. From Lee county
he went to Brownwood and Pales-
tine where he clerked in dry goods
stores. Hi1 moved to Denison in
1904, and in 1909 he accepted a
position as traveling salesman with
headquarters in Fort Smith,
Arkansas. In 1911 he purchased an
interest in the J. W. Madden store
at Denison, and in 1926 he pur-
chased a controlling interest in
Boyd's Store for Men in Denison.
It was in this year that he married
Mrs. Harriett Barrow of Denison.
He moved to Durant, Oklahoma. 9
Plans Are Being
1940-41 Session To Get
Underway Monday; Faculty
Members Are Announced
Final plans for the coming school
year are now being shaped by of-
ficials and everything is being put
in order for the opening of school
Monday morning, September 9, at
9o'clock. Registration of high school
students started today, and pupils
in the elementary grades will en-
roll Monday. Indications point to
the largest enrollment in the
history of the school, Superintend-
ent A. W. Adams said.
Only two changes have been
made in the school faculty since
last year, Adams said. John D.
O'Neil of Piano will teach science.
He replaces J. C. Godbey Jr. who
resigned to study medicine at Bay-
lor Medical College.
George C. Fall of Waco will teach
social science. He replaces Miss
A complete list of faculty mem-
bers, their home places or resi-
(tences, the degrees they hold, the
subjects they are to teach and the
number of years they have taught
in Caldwell high school follows:
A. W. Adams, Caldwell, M.A.,
superintendent, 2 years.
E. E. Darby, Caldwell, B.S., prin-
cipal and athletics, 11 years.
Edward Balear, Dime Box, B.A.,
English, 8 years.
W. W. Mcllroy, Caldwell, B.S.,
vocational agriculture, 3 years.
J. I£. King Jr., Caldwell, B.A.,
band, 3 years.
George Fall, Waco, B.S., social
science, first year.
John D. O'Neil, Plano, B.S.,
science, first year.
Mrs. C. C. Wells, Waco, B.S.,
homcmaking, 11 years.
Mercedes Robertson, B.A., Waco,
commercial subjects, 5 years.
Margaret Young, Commerc|/M.
A., English, 2 years.
Nora Butler, Arlington, B.A.,
mathmatics, 9 years.
Marie Wolters, Denton, B.S.,
first grade, 1 year.
Marie Holland, Kemp, B.S., first
grade, 2 years.
Wilma, Scholz, Clifton, B.S., first
grade, 1 year.
Mrs. E. G. Jenkins, Caldwell, B.
S., second grade, 14 years.
Lucille Brewer, Caldwell, B.S.,
third grade, 14 years.
Tillie Jahnke, Caldwell, B. S.,
fourth grade, 14 years. v
Iva Finch, Hubbard, B.S„ music
and arts, 2 years.
Margaret Mays, Denton, B.S.,
English, (5, 6, 7 grades) 1 year.
Lillic Dusek, Caldwell, B.A.,
mathmatics (5, 6, 7 grades), 24
Insurance Key Rate
Reduced Two Cents
Caldwell's fire insurance key rate
was reduced from 49 cents to 47
cents on September 1 by the State
Fire Insurance Commission at Aus-
tin, it was announced here this
week. The reduction, which will
mean a substantial saving to fire
insurance premium holders, was
brought about by the organization
of a fire department which drills
regularly, it was said.
A small bridge on the Southern
Pacific railroad was destroyed by
fire of unknown origin Sunday
morning at about 4:30 o'clock. The
bridge, measuring about 15 feet,
crossed a ravine just inside the
west city limits of Caldwell.
The blaze wns discovered by an
engine crew who, fortunately, were
able to stop th 'ir locomotive be-
fore it reached the burning bridge.
The los was complete. T. M. Mas-
sey, local agent said. Regular train
schedules wore interrupted about
Aix hours before temporary repair*
could he made. The bridge was en-
tirely -ebuilt thi week, Massey
said. The Caldwell fire department
was not summoned.
With Theft Of
Cow Hides Here
Men Arrested In Waco
Monday and Confess Smith
& Manas Burglary
With the arrest of three white
men in Waco Monday, a gang of
cowhide thieves that has been oper-
ating in Central Texas for the past
several months was believed to have
been broken up.
The three men confessed stealing
a number of hides in Hearne Wed-
nesday night of last week, and
said they stole 16 hides from Smith
& Manas here last Friday morning.
Officers believe the men aro re-
sponsible for other hide thefts in
this section, they said.
The three men, Harold Oldham,
Howard Bate and Shag Sanders, all
of Waco, were arrested by Sheriff
Bob Reeves of Robertson county
and J. C. Perkins of Hearne, spe-
cial officer for the Central Texas
Livestock Association, of whieh
Smith & Manas is a member. Sher-
iff Clint Lewis Jr. and Deputy
Sheriff Cleve Bates of Caldwell as-
sisted in the investigation that re-
sulted in the arrests.
Sheriff Lewis said today he be-
lieved the men are the same ones
who entered the Smith & Man—
hide house one mile south of here
on Highway 36 last May and stole
The hide house was broken into
again last Friday morning at about
6:30 o'clock. Robert Sparks, negro,
who lives several hundred yards
away, heard the burglars. As he
stepped outside his house, the men
apparently saw him and fled.
Sparks said the men were driving
a truck and two passenger cars.
The 16 hides with which they es-
caped were valued at approximate-
Perkins notified Lewis of the ar-
rests Tuesday, and phoned here
Wednesday thut the men had con-
fessed the Caldwell and Hearne
thefts. He said they were being
held in jail at Houston where they
sold the hides stolen at Hearne.
The hides stolen here were sold by
them in Dallas, Perkins said.
The men will be taken to Robert-
son county this week-end where
they will await trial, after which
they will be brought here for the
November term of court, Lewis
One of the men, Harold Oldham,
was arrested by Lewis several
months ago after breaking into a
warehouse at Somerville and steal-
ing a quantity of oil.
(Turn to No. 2, column 3, last page)
JVOPE! A/OPB. t a/ope/
WE GOTTA COLLECT
"REGrLAR, AN'! DO
I* The Da
H. D. NOTES
Br ISABELLB FOULD8
Home Demonstration Agent
for Burleson County
Women & Girls Have Encampment
As a part of our recreation pro-
gram for this year the women and
girls planned and attended an en-
campment which lasted three days
and nights, August 27, 28 and 29.
During the encampment 74 women
and girls registered. We were for-
tunate in getting Judge Hays Bow-
ers' cabin and Mrs. Albert Windell's
cabin near the Bowers' Lake.
The following committees were
appointed by our council chairman,
Mrs. Paul Walther, to make plans
for the encampment: Mrs. Joe Sip-
tak, Mrs. Charles Lewis and Mrs.
Tom Jackson, the program com-
mittee, whose duty it was to plan
the demonstrations to be given and
exhibits; Mrs. Bill Giesenschlag,
Mrs. Dee Kristof and Mrs. Horace
Kornegay, the recreation commit-
tee, whose duty it was to plan and
lead the games, songs, etc., and
Mrs. Henry Herrmann, Mrs. Ed
Duewall and Mrs. L. F. Clark, the
food committee, whose duty it was
to plan the menus and to plan the
food to be brought by the club
Following is the program for the
three days: The women were to ar-
rive at 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. By
5:00 they were to prepare supper,
6:00 o'clock eat supper, 7:00 o'clock
songs and stunts. Each club was
to prepare a stunt for this part of
the program. t0:00 o'clock bedtime.
We were to get up by 6:00 o'clock
Wednesday morning and have
breakfast by 7:00 o'clock after
which we had a business meeting.
During the business meeting plans
were made for each club member
to donate a jar of canned food to
be auctioned off at the county fair,
the money going to the home dem-
onstration council. At 9:00 o'clock
a serving tray demonstration was
given by a 4-H club woman, Mrs.
a, last ism
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