Willacy County News (Raymondville, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 3, 1934 Page: 1 of 8
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m Willacy county include,
\ raymondville, the county
seat, lyford, sebastian, san
perlita and lasara.
THE AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT
OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.
THREE CROPS CAN EASILY BE
RAISED IN THIS FERTILE SOIL.
willacy county news, raymondville, texas. thursday, may 3, 1934
FLOODWAY CONTRACT IS LET
emplonmeyt service to get labor
here to finish county project
Contract Calls for the Expenditure of Approximately
$11,000 for Work
Cwitract for the grubbing and
clearing of the floodway in the
southern section at Willacy County
has been 1st and it is expected the
work will be started within the next
week, according to officials at the
National Employment Office here.
Th« contract will run in the neigh-
borhood of fll,000 and calls for the
clearing of 160 acres of land in the
floodway.' It will employ approxi-
mately fifty men each day for the
next several months.
' The work is being done to allow
water to flow through the floodway
without any obstruction during times
wken it is filled with water from
The floodway was built to save
farm lands in the southern part of
the county from serious damage at
seasons when crops were ¡n the grow-
home of d. r.
Department Quenches Fire
Fire which is supposed to have
originated in a clothes press almost
completely destroyed the house which
is occupied by D. R. Bowman at 11
o'clock last Saturday night.
Tke fire had gained considerable
kearway before it was noticed by a
neighbor, Mrs. Virgil Sissel, who-
summoned Brown Blackwel! and other
neighbors. Blackwell sounded the
alarm and neighbors in the Crane
Court where the house is located im-
mediately started carying water in
an attempt to extinguish the flames.
The fire was brought under control
soon after the fire department began
to play a stream V water on the
burning structure. Foy* time it was
believed that due to vie headway
which the fire had gained it would
be almost impossible to save any part
of the structure and it was likely
other homes in the court would be
taken when guests of wind sent
sparks flying over the roofs of the
other houses. «
No one was home at the time of
the fire, Mrs. Bowman and two chil-
dren were visiting in Mission and<
Mr. Bowman who is connected with
the Parker Produce Co. was over-
seeing the loading of onions. He
stated that he left the house at 3
o'clock and had left no fires burning.
Tko house whick belongs to A. B.
Crane, is covered by insurance as
well as the household furnishings be*
lenging to Mr. Bowm n.
Holds Meeting at
San PevHta Church
ing stage. Several years ago a break
in the floodway caused this section
of the county to be covered with
water over a period of time and ef-
forts are being made not to allow a
rpoccurance of this again.
Well Qualified To Handle
W. F. Brownfield, who is prom-
inently known throughout the county
and has served as tax assessor,
authorized the News this week to
announce his candidacy for the office
of county treasurer, subject to the
will of the voters at the primaries
Brownfield is well qualified to han-
dle the duties of this office and dur-
ing his past administration has served
the peojjle in a fair and faithful man-
ner. His record for his business abil-
ity is outstanding as well as the
record of his office has never been
questioned during the term which he
has Revved thfe people of Willacy
The following statement is made:'
"I take this means of announcing
my candidacy for the ottKe of county
treasurer of Willacy County subject
to the Democratic Primaries. If
elected to this office I shall endeavor
to fill the position to the .best of my
I shall appreciate your vote and
influence as I feel that I am qualified
to handle the work.
W. F. BROWNFIELD.
The Missionary Soeiety met at the
chnreh Wednesday afternoon, April
H, for tkeir regular session.
Serviees were opened witk tha sing-
ing of '"Tin So Sweet to Truat in
Jeans," and "Count Your Bleesinga."
Tke Lord's Prayer was ltd by Mrs.
H. C. MeCurry. Mrs. V. H. Tumlin-
sen read the Scripture taken from
Seadings were ably given by Mrs.
W. F. Hardwick and Mrs. S. W.
Bible, questions taken from Num-
bers were the lesson study. There
were seven members present.
Missionary Society pfficers are:
President, Mrs. Geo. L. Campbell;
vice president, Mrs. Leigh Flinn;
recording secretary, Mrs. H. C. Me-
Curry; corresponding secretary, Mrs.
Henry House; treasurer, Mrs. W. F.
Hardwick; superintendent of public-
ity, Mrs. V. H. Tumlinson; editor,
Mrs. Wallace McCauley, Jr.
WEDDING HELD ®
Robert L. Le Mond of San Benito
and Mias LouciUe Beard of Houston
were married at the Methodist par-
sonage Saturday afternoon by Rev.
Appropriation Will Furnish
Approval of a campaign for tick
eradication in Willacy County has
been made, according to relief di-
rector P. e. Tuma. The campaign
is in receipt of a telegram from the
Bureau of Animal Husbandry.
The project will continue through
the allotted period of time and will
employ an average of ten men a day.
The work will require tkose who are
employed to assist in the dipping of
cattle to eradicate ticks.
The state department has for some
time been very active in this work
as well as counties wkick have built
dipping vats in various localities.
Candidate for Congress
Gordon Griffin, candidato for the
15th o congressional district, spent
Monday and Tuesday in Raymondville
in the interest of his campaign. Grif-
fin made the race two years ago and
carried a number of the counties in
H. V. Standley Is Q°
H. V. Standley, superintendent of
the Raymondville schools, was elected
secretary of the superintendents and
principals association of the Valley
at a meeting held in San Benito Tues-
J. P. Buck, superintendent of -the
Harlingen schools, was elected piesi-
dent, and R. P. Ward, superintendent
of the Edi burg school, was elected
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PROGRAM IS OUTLINED
relief to santa
Ditch Is Dug To Allow
Water To Flow Into
Enough work has been accom-
plished this week by the dragline to
allow water to pass from the La
Junta luguna to the floodway. The
Sarita Monica section will beneHlt
from this work since it has been
affected considerably from rains, al-
lowing surface water to stand over
the farm land in that section.
This project is under the direction
of the state, working through the
local relief office.
Fifty Chorus Girls Are
Wanted to Take Part
Fifty chorus girls are wanted by
the Maskers Club to take part in
"Sailing Along," according to T.
Fredrich Chase, for the rehearsals
of this play which are to start Tues-
Twelve girls will be chosen from
this group to ta*ke part in the danc-
ing act and free dancing lessons will
be given this group, according to the
Mr. Chase has stated that this per-
formance will be entirely a Willacy
County production, the njay, songs
and music and those taking part in
the cast will be made up of Willacy
The scene wiTl be on the steamer
Carpathia on a South Sea cruise and
will outclass any other production of-
fered by the Maskers Club.
The play is being sponsored by
the Fire Department and the tenta-
tive dates have been set for June 1-.2.
fund to repair
Sebastian and San Perlita
Will Benefit By
State Architect S. W. Carrington
who was here last week approved
the application which had been made
for repairing of the Sebastian and
San Perlita schools which suffered
damage from the 1933 September
storm when considerable damage was
done at that time.
Listed in this application and
which also was given the approval,
was the necessary fund for repairing
the garage and teacherage at San
Perlita. This work will be started
in the immediate near future and
rushed to completion soon as po*t>ible
according to County Administrator
P. E. Tuma.
ON GUY WIRE
Jerry Johnston,, son of Mrs. A.
Wise, had the misfortune Monday
night when on his way to the Boy
Scout meeting to break his nose.
Jerry was walking near the packing
sheds when he thought he heard
the bugle call and as°he ran, a guy
wire caught him across his nose/
breaking it, and the force threw him
backwards and he fell on the back
of his head on the pebbles. He was
badly scratched and bruised. A phys-
ician was called. Jerry, who is a
Senior, is not ablento be in school
íh18 Wf €ky_; -Tí-njacngo rao eacaoco eocswsjcssacs
being made on
Committees Are At Work
On Acreage in
An adjustment is being made in the
cotton retirement plan by the com-
mittees representing the various
parts of the county which was nec-
esary since the total. state acreage
turned in was far more than had been
planted over last year.
The county agent stated that Wil-
lacy County was extremely fortunate
in the amount which it received in
comparisons with other counties in
the state on the five-year gin record.
The producer is urged to get in
touch with the commiteemen of his
district rather than the county agent.
The committeemen for each district
Raymondville Community: Z. O. Cot-
new, John M. Spillman, R. D. Teague.
San Perlita Community: Joe Gil-
bert, D. A. Bomba, L. D. Stone.
Lasara Community: Ben Eckel-
kamp, W. O. Shurbet, Percy Goss.
Sebastian Community: Robert Ray,
W. H. Lokey, B. C. Stallings.
Lyford Community: George E.
Oakes, K. I. Wood.
Willamar Community: A. J. Schur-
lasara p.-t. a.
to give play
to benefit club
Minstrel Show Will Feature
The Lasara P.-T. A. is giving a
Negro minstrel Friday night, May
4, at 7:30 in the school auditorium.
Everyone is invited to come and en-
joy an evening: of fun because "yon
jist aseen nuthin' till you seen
them niggers, Tambo and Bones "
You will also like Husky and Dusky
and the others.
Special numbers on the program
will include piano solos, violin solos,
and tap dancing.
Admi^on charges will be five and
ten cents. The money received from
the sale of the tickets will be used
in carrying out the P.-T. A project
of screening the primary rooms.
Valley Scouts Complete
April Training Progrom
One hundred and thirty Scouts
took part in the April Training Pro-
gram offered by the Lower Rio
Grande Valley Council Boy Scouts of
America which was concluded in a
two-day outdoor training period at
Camp Perry on April 28-29. This
course was conducted as a part of
the service of the Council for 1934
and was under the direction of Field
Scout Executive John I. Leslie. Units
of the program were held in McAllen,
Donna, Harlingen, Brownsville and
Camp Perry. According to Mr. Leslie
a great deal of interest was displayed
by the men in the material offered
during thjp period of training.
Monday night, May 1, at 8 p. m.
in the City Hall at Mercedes, the
Executive Board of the Lower Rio
Grande Valley Council Boy Scouts of
America will hold its0regular monthly
meeting, according to President Floyd
A. Swallow of Alamo. This is a rather
important meeting and delegates from
each town in the Valley are expected.
Plans for all summer activities in-
cluding Sea Scout Cruise, Scout Cir-
' - ftr ~
will be discussed.
cus at McAllen. and Summer Camp
The "Annual Scout , Cam poree and
Field Meet will be heíd in Harlingen
on May 11 and 12 at the Fair
Grounds, according to Robt. I. Lyon,
Troops in the Valley are planning
to arrive Friday afternoon, setting
tin camn and getting ready for the
events which start at the big camp
All day Saturday will be used for
completing the events and contesta.
rev. j. w. allbritten will deliver
annual baccalaureate sermon
Program of Entertainment Includes Banquets, Garden
and Swimming Parties
Graduation exercises will start here
Sunday morning, May 20, when Rev.
J. W. Allbritten, pastor of the Meth-
odist Church, will deliver the Bacca-
The commencement exercises will
be held on Friday night, May 25, with
At th¡£1>f^jme I am announcing my
candidacy for Commissioner of Pre-
cinct No. 1 of Willacy County.
En /making this hnnouncement I
wish to say that I do not have any
unusual accomplishments to relate to
you. Nor do I offer any criticism of
In making up my mind to make
this race, I have simply, honestly and
thoughtfully decided that I would
like to serve Willacy County as a
tftfjfiwtisaionér. , °
Without any degree of boasting
and believing as I do, that it is the
duty of all candidates to offer some
evidence of their intention and qual-
ifications to represent the public, I
offer the following:
I was raised on the farm in Ala-
bama, received my eudcation there
Trained for business in the Massey
Business College of Birmingham and
taught school in the public schools.
Moved from there to Tillman Couhty.
Oklahoma. Engaged in farming an<'
other business enterprises there,
among some of which were the own-
ing interest in and serving as presi-
dent of the board of directors of a
$10,000 oil and gas corporation for
four years. Owned interest in and was
member of the board of directors of
another $25.000 corporation. Was en
gaged in the cotton business quite
extensively for four years. Served <>r
the school from time to time and
at the same time owned my fram lan<
and city, property.
I bought land in Willacy County
April, 1! 26. Moved here a little latei
and have been since, trying to be «
successful farmer, business man and
a good citizen.
I feel that every person is entitled
to a square deal and my administra-
tion, if sriven an opportunity, will be
based upon that basis.
All 1 ask is a careful investigation
of my ability, integrity and reputa-
tion for fair and square dealing.
When you establish these facts,
then you will know whether or not
I will make you a good official.
I sincerely ask the support of all
people and promise in return to do
my dead level best to give you the
kind of administration you want—a
fair, square deal regardless of who
Upon these facts I offer myself for
Z. O. (ROE) COTNEY.
Woman's Club To
Give Away Quilt
Saturday, May 12
A quilt which was made by mem-
bers of the Raymondville Woman'?
Club has been placed on display in
the window of Brumleys store.
The awarding of the quilt will be
made Saturday. May 12. at 8 p. m.
in front of the store. The quilt is
very bfeautiful in design and consid-
erable time has been spent in its
From April 11 to April 17, 1934
(Record made at 8 A. M¿ for previous
| Max. I Min. | Rain J Char.
' lemp.l Temp.l In. [„ of
Anr. 28 90 | 67
Apr. 29 | 76 I 58
Apr. .HO 84
F. G. FAWKES,
Rev. Leslie A. Boone, pastor of
Harlingen Methodist Church, delh
ing the commencement address.
The program of senior activities in
the school includes the examinations
to be held on May 16, 17 and ML
The week from May 21-25 will be
designated as senior week at wHeh
time the seniors will be entertained
with garden parties, swimming par-
ties, a trip to Boca Chica and many
other furms of enfertiainntent sod
A banquet will be held by tha
Junior-Senior class Thursday nigat.
May 3, at the Woman's Clutx The
Kiwanis Club is honoring the Suniora
with a dinner May 10.
The honor graduate has not as yet
been named. However, the race is
between Marble Parr, Marinella Owes
and Leonard Moss.
constable pr. 4
C. E. Oakes Enters Race
Subject to Will of
An announcement was made thia
week by C. E. Oakes that he wooH
be a candidate for constable of pre-
cinct 4, Sebastian, subject to the pri-
maries in July. This is the first tine
Mr. Oakes has entered the political
field. However, he is fully acquainted
with the duties of the office.
He has been a resident of the Val-
ley for the past fifteen years and of
the Sebastian area for the past ten
In commenting on the office be
mado the following statement:
"To the voters of Sebastian pre#
cinct No. 4, I take this means to an-
nounce my candidacy to the office
of constable and if chosen to serve
I prom¿¿ to fill the offica and to
serve the people of the community
in a fair and impartial manner and
to carry out the laws which are pro-
vided by this office.
"C. E. OAKES."
are on sale
New Stamp Issue Received
At Local Post
Mother's Day stamps have bee*
placed on sale at the local post office
through orders issued by the United
States Post Office Department, ac-
cording to Postmistress Mrs. B. B.
The stamps bear the reading:**!1!
Memory of the Mothers'of America.*"
The stamps are very attractive and
printed in purple ink.
Through the arrest of Pedro Rice
and several other Mexican boys by
City Marsha) McDonald, Larry Go-
mez and H. T. Cragg here, and of-
ficers in Harlingen of another gang-,
it is believed that a Valley ring has
been broken. No trace of the shirta
which were taken from Wackers have
been found. However Mr. McDonald
arrested the man responsible for the*
theft shortly after he had taken tin
Open Season On
Javelina Still Oír
In Willacy County
0 There is no closed season on Jar-0
elina in Willacy County, according to*
a letter received by H. W. Cook, sec-
retary of the Chamber of Cbmmerc%
from the State Game Department
following inquiry made after some*
discussion of a law which was pre-
sented. The bill was never passed,
Mgqrdjjig. tv the information.
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Willacy County News (Raymondville, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 3, 1934, newspaper, May 3, 1934; Raymondville, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth184274/m1/1/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.