Willacy County News (Raymondville, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 10, 1935 Page: 1 of 8
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IN 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 cou&ty news. raymondville texas. thursday, january 10. 1935
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APPROVAL ORDER TO CALL FOR IRRIGATION BIDS ASKED
TO PLACE NEW
Ralph Hutchins Appointed
To Take Up County
Ralph Hutchins will be sent to
Willacy County to fill the position of
county agent in the near future, ac-
cording to information reaching here
this week. Mr. Hutchins will fill the
place now occupied by Geo. e. Voss
who has held the position during the
past year following the íesignation
of R. G. Burwell who accepted a
similar position in Hidalgo County.
The new county agent comes here
highly recommended. He is a gradu-
ate of A. & M. College with out-
standing honors and has made a suc-
cess in the farming business on a
tract of land near Mercedes follow-
ing a complete failure by the persons
who had been in charge of the tract
before Hutchins took the land over.
He later was connected with the Port
Isabel Company and has been very
successful in his work with that
It is probable that the new county
agent will not undertake his new
duties until the transfer of agents in
other counties are worked out and
the present county agent is located.
of Disease Infected
Inspection of all pnion plants ship-
ped from this county has been or-
dered by the state department of ag-
riculture in order to curtail any in-
festations of other sections with the
The services of an inspector can
be secured by notifying H. W. Cook,
secretary of the chamber of commerce,
who in turn will notify the depart-
ment inspector when he arrives here.
Each package containing the onion
plants must bear a label. The Willacy
County News has been authorized to
print the labels for the crates and
they can be secured either at the
News office or the chamber of com-
merce upon presentation of the cer-
A remarkable decrease has been
noted in the amount of pink root here
since the inspection was started two
years ago. It has been less than one-
fourth of what was reported in 1933,
according to the report.
When the plant is infected with
ping root it soon dies and the disease
is spread to other ground where the
plant has been transported and
planted. It is believed that there will
be still less this year over what was
reported during the 1934 season.
O. K. Dickinson Attends
Meeting Here Monday
O. K. Dickinson, president of the
Willacy County Water Control and
Improvement District No. 1, has re-
covered sufficiently to attend a meet-
ing of the board members here Mon-
day. Mr. Dickinson was stricken
while on a business trip several weeks
•go and has been under the care of
a physician since that time.
of Tomatoes From
L. M. Ritchie Farm
Four carloads of tomatoes have
been shipped from the L. M. Ritchie
farm on the county line near Hargill,
which has brought the owner a good
return on this crop. The paten is
expected to produce about four mote
carloads which will he shipped.
From Dec. 80, 1984 to Jan. 5, 1935
Recerd made at 8 a. m. for previous
Members Attend 5th
H. L. Townsend, R. B. Bush, Andy
Green, Austin Seegers and Eddie
Stapleton attended the 5th District
Firemen's Convention at La Feria on
Tuesday night. An election of officers
for the ensuing year followed the
business meeting and then the mem-
bers and guests enjoyed a barbecue
given f>y the local fire boys of La
The Raymondville Fire Department
will entertain on the second Tuesday
in April and a large attendance i
Two Suspects Are Taken
Into Custory By
Juan Ybarra and Umberto Villareal
were taken into custody early Sat-
urday following the breaking into the
American Cafe sometime after mid-
The side door leading into the post
office lobby had been pried open and
the contents of a slot machine were
According to nightwatchman White
the two boys had been seen near the
postoffice lobby shortly before the
door was found open.
P. H. Bouis, finger print expert of
the Brownsville police force, was call-
ed and prints were taken from the
machine and latter finger prints were
taken two boys. However, the
finger prints taken from the machine
and of the youths did not correspond
and charges of vagrancy were filed.
Villareal pled guilty and was fined
$1 and costs which he paid and was
released. Ybarra also pled guilty.
However, he was held, in the county
jail for customs officers when he
fañed to convince the local officers
he was a citizen of this country.
FOR TREE ARMY
Boys Are Assigned To a
Training Camp in
I Max. | Min.
Date 1 Temp.| Temp
Rain | Char.
. In. | of Day
. 86 | 67
88 | 48
.80 | Cloudy
55 1 46
68 | 45
72 | 58
68 | 67
Six Willacy County youths were
accepted to the C. C. C. Tree Army
following local examination and ex-
amination at Fort Brown, Browns-
ville, Monday where they were sent
for final papers. Following the regu-
lar routine at Fort Brown Monday,
the youths were sent to Globe, Ariz.,
where they will be assigned to vari-
ous duties about the camp.
Those who were accepted include
Ráymond Bailey, who was placed in
charge of a company, Christo Davilo,
Lee Warren, Roy Clawitter, Cecil
Cotton and Randall Devine.
Willacy County has an exception-
ally good record for having a very
low percentage in non-acceptance of
youths after they have either reached
the station at Fort Brown or the
training camp where they are as-
Loya Funeral Services
Held at San Perlita
Funeral services were held Sunday
morning at six o'clock for Mrs. Re-
fugio Loya. Interment in San Perlita
Cemetery. Mrs. Loya died at the
home of her son. Miguel Luna, who
lives three miles east of Raymond-
She was born on the Muerto Ranch
70 years ago and has been a resident
of this county for 60 years. She is
survived by one son, Miguel, and one
Funeral arrangements were in
rharge of the Karl H. Duddlesten
Baseball Game Will
Be Played Here
A baseball game will be held next
Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock be-
tween the Band members' mothers
and members of the P.-T.A.
The game will be held to raise
funds to pay for the curtain in the
High School Auditorium. The admis-
sion price to th« game is Be and 10c,
ORDER CALLS FOR RECEIVING BIDS
ON DIRT WORK HERE IN FEBRUARY
Board Passes Resolution Unamimously At Meeting Held
With the approval of the PWA
officials at Fort Worth where the
order was sent Monday following a
meeting of the Board of Directora
of the Willacy County Water Control
and Improvement District No. 1, bids
will be received for the dirty work
on the district at the offices of the
district in Raymondville Feb. 11.
The order was passed Monday at
the regular board meeting for the
calling of bids for construction of
earthwork consisting of five million
cubic yards in a canal from the Rio
Grande River, ^ water storage reser-
FOR JURY CASES
Grand Jury Will Be Called
Into Session For
The Criminal District Court will
convene here next Monday for the
hearing of cases scheduled on the
docket and also the grand.jury will
be chosen and called into session for
any investigation which may be
placed before it.
District Judge Geo. C. Westervelt, i "je"***, and this has consumed con-
Corpus Christi, will hear the casesi>)derable amount of time and also
scheduled. T subregation of bonds for thb'dis-
The list of grand jurors who have trict which was necessary and in the
voir, distribution canal and drainage
ditch in accordance with the plans
and specifications and instructions to
bidders prepared by the district
Providing the order passed Monday
by the Board of Directors is approved
by the Fort Worth office, according
to W. A. Harding, bids will be re-
ceived at 10 a. m., Feb. 11, when they
will be publicly opened and read and
referred to the Board of Directors,
district and state engineers and the
Public Works Administration for their
This order was adopted and ap-
proved unanimously by the Board
members on recommendation of W. A.
Harding, being seconded oy C. E.
The order marks the greatest step
toward progress on the system 'and
it is hoped that the order will not be
delayed. Members of the PWA in the
various divisions which are in direct
contact with the irrigation work are
anxious that no further delay will
be experienced in getting the Willacy
County project started.
Considerable delay has been experi-
enced since ihe loan and grant was
made in December, 1933. Loss of time
was experienced when it was found
that funds would not be sufficient to
construct the district according to the
plans that had originally been drawn.
It was then proposed new plans be
drawn to conform with PWA require-
Lyford Man Dies
After Short Illness
Funeral services were held for John
L. Brazzelton from th® Duddlesten
chapel at "10 o'clock Thursday with
interment in the Raymondville Ceme-
tery. Mr. Brazzelton died Monday
morning at 6:10 following a short
illness. He was 72 years of age.
Rev. C. H. Riddle^, pastor of the
Baptist Church of Lyford officiated.
Mr. Brazzelton came to the Valley
from Texarkana four years ago and
located at Lyford. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Belle Turman Braz-
elton, one daughter, Mrs. W. R.
Brown, of Little Rock.
Pall bearers were: L. G. Straner,
J. C. Strawn, C. E. Braigg', Tom
Mostyn, Sam Sowarn and W. O.
Funeral arrangements were in
charge of Karl H. Duddlesten Mor-
CAN BE SECURED
C. OF C. ELECTS
been called are as follows:
R. B. Bush, W. H. Smith, Lon
Phenis, E. M. Tomme, Ben Eckel-
kamp, W. B. Buey, L. B. Puente,
L. K. Dale, H. M. Pruette, M. B.
Bourne, B. C. Stallings, E. D. Bald-
ridge, Robert Ray, Frank Chowning,
A. J. Shubert, E. P. Moore.
The list of jury service during the
first week of court who have been
called are as follows:
Carl Vassberg, Jack Fuller, F. C.
Rhodes, J. F. McCalla, N. E. Ander-
son, Clark Gillett, Oscar Backlund,
D. W. Heath, A. M. Beck, W. W.
Quick, I. B. Loe, F. K. Eastman, R. E.
Campbell, M. E. Culver, Ed. Chrest-
man, J. L. Byrom, J. B. Duke, H. R.
Wood, I,. II. Stultz, O. E. Pyle, J. R.
Cheney, W. M. MeKay, H. D. Sned-
eker, J. M. Collier, W. W. Grayson,
D. W. Wood, A. T. Harper, L. II.
Wood, J. E. Archer, F. J. School.
Harvey Geis, Chas. Mitchell, Omer
Nash, J. W. Masters, C. L. Demming,
J. A. Heath.
UNTIL JANUARY 28
Interesting Program Prom-
ised For Members on
outline of the PWA,
Mr. Harding stated that the dis-
trict, while having been delayed con-
siderably, would use every effort to
push the work and hoped that no
further delays would be experienced
in getting the work started.
IS MADE ON
Drilling on Test Well Was
Reports from the W. T. Daniel, et
al, Armandiaz well No. 1, located in
the southeast section of this county
near the Arroyo Colorado was Hear-
ing the 2500 foot mark and thirty-one
transfers have been placed for re-
cording in the. office of the county
The spudding in of the well which
was scheduled to take place Christ-
mas day, was delayed on account of
a water line.
Three shifts of men are k ing used
on the drilling work of the "wildcat"
well, and the progress of tests are
being keenly watched by oil operators.
April 1 Deadline For Motor-
ists To Secure Car
Applications for motor vehicle li-
cense plates can be secured at the
office of L. D. Snow, tax assessor and
collector, February 1, and the dead-
line for securing these plates ends
Apr. 1, 1935. ®
The date waR set up by the enact-
ment of a new law governing motor
vehicles last year and was designed
to aid motorists.
The motor vehicle registration ex-
tends from April 1 to March 31, the
BE HELD HERE
The meeting of the Willacy County
Vegetable Growers Association which
was scheduled for Tuesday night has
been postponed until the regular
meeting night, Jan. 28, according to
F. L. Phillips, who is president of
Messrs Phillips, Moore" and Mc-
Knight attended the Tri-County Vag-
etable Growers meeting in Harlingen
Tuesday night where a very instruc-
tive program was presented to the
The program planned here promises
to be very interesting.
Funeral Services Held
For Aged Man Tuesday
Funeral services were held Tuesday
for Luis Delprado, aged 77 years,
who died at his home here following
a short illness. Burial was made in
the Sarita Cemetery.
The deceased was survived by one
sister and several nephews and nieces.
Arrangements were made by the
The annual stockholders' meeting
was held at the Raymondville Bonded
Warehouse last Saturday night '&hd
P. B. Eaton, the retiring director wss
A very good year was reported,
Condition of Josephine
May Reported Critical
The condition of Miss Josephine
May, who was injured in an automo-
bile crash and thrown from her car
when it was struck by another ma-
chine several months ago, is reported
in a very critical condition at the
Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen
where she has been confined. Miss
May was reported to be improving for
a time. However, since she was re-
moved from a cast, her condition has
not seem to improve.
According to information received
from the hospital Thursday morning,
the condition of Miss May was ex-
tremely grave and little hopes were
held for her recovery.
A brother, Anthony, who is in
Albuquerque, N. M., was to be in-
formed of his sister's critical condi-
tion and will likely leave there for
her bedside as soon as he receives
Will Be Heard9
Here Next Week
The divorce cases which are sched-
uled to be heard by District Judge
Oto. C. Westervelt here in the Jan-
uary Criminal Court term includes:
Earl Raymond vs. Consulo Raymond;
Nestor Salisar vs. Avelina Balitar;
and Leonora Gansaba vs. Joan Gan-
President of A. & I. College
Will Be Principal
The annuul Chamber of Commerce
banquet will be held Monday night
at the Woman's Club at 8 p. m.
A very interesting program has
been prepared by H. W. Cook, secre-
tary of the organization. The Hon.
J. O. Loftin, presidoent of the A. &
I. College, Kingsville, will be the
Ty Cobb, editor of the Mercedes
News-Tribune and an impersonator
of Will Rogers, will appear on the
Anyone planning to attend the ban-
quet can secure reservations from
H. W. Cook.
CAR NOW BEING
Both Six and Eight Cylinder
Models Will Be Shown
The new 1935 Pontiac Six is now
being displayed at the Akard Auto
Service and the eight cylinder model
will be placed on display as soon as
the order can be filled, according to
F, A. Akard, manager of the Akard
The new 1935 Pontiac embraces
both six and eight cylinder models,
and embodies many new features and
also surpasses other cars in the pop-
ular price field.
The Pontiac motor car has taken
the lead among car owners who in
years past have purchased expensive
cars. This year Pontiac has added
many features which will do doubt
be well to the front in sales, since it
offers a car in a low price field with
the high price car features.
Carl Laster of Brownfield, Texas,
opened the Monterrey Club last Tupi-
da evening to a large appreciative
Írowd of pleasure seekers and all
njoyed a pleasant evening of danc-
ing and dining.
The Monterrey Club has been clos-
ed for several months and Mr. Lastff
promises a real night club at your
Resolutions Arc Passed at
The nnnual election of Chamber of
Commerce officers was held Monday
night and the resultR of the election
H. E. Tomme, president; S. L
Byars, vice president; Lawrence
Brenner, second vice president; H. E.
During the meeting a proposal for
a change in the regular meeting
night from the first Monday to the
second monday was adopted.
A resolution was passed at the re-
quest of the Mercedes Chamber of
Commerce asking the International
Boundary Commission to request the
State Highway Commission to raise
the bridge accross the floodway west
and adjacent to the City of Merceres
on Highway N 12 approximately
four feet to accommodate the flood
waters when at a maximum stage to
pass underneath without interfering
with traffic. The board also requested
thnt the bridge be constructed of con-
crete, wider and safer and along
A resolution was also passed re-
questing the United States Govern-
ment to establish a defense base at
Port Isabel which is an ideal location
for holding maneuvers for aircraft
and anti-aircraft forces. On account
of the sparsely settled terrain and
the large area of sheltered water in
Laguna Madre which is from five to
eight miles in width and one hundred
miles in length, averaging in depth
from eight to ten fget.
It is amply secltided for live bomb-
ing and target practice and also of
the complete absence of fogs. A rec-
ord kept by the Brazos coast guard
station shows since July 1, 1933, there
has been only live days of four hours
each of hazy weather. This resolu-
tion was passed at the request of th«
Veterans of Foreign Wars.
ELECTS THREE TO
Harding, Holder and Sharp
Will Serve For Two
Tabulation of the ballots for tho
election held Tuesday by the Willacy
County Water Control ami Improve-
ment District No. 1 resulted in tho
election of W. A. Harding W. T. Hold-
er and W. D. Sharp, Lasara. Both
Harding and Holder were running for
reelection while Sharp who is a very
successful farmer at Lasara, will bq
a new membjr on the board.
C. E. Craig who is a member of
the board and J. E. Johnson had filed
for the office. However, both men
withdrew from the race.
It is likely that the election of
officers will take place at the meet-
The results of the election Tuesday
No. 1 No. 2
... 4(5 48
... 48 51
.... 34 38
... 2 00
W. A. Harding
W. T. Holder
W. D. Sharp
C. e. Craig
J. e. Johnson
Gloria Sue and R. E. Junior (Son-
ny Boy) Wester will go to Lubbock
Saturday where they will spend the
remainder of the winter with their
grandmother, .Mrs. J. K. Wester.
* Facts and Fancies |
BON CARROLL giving away pen-
cils. CARL DUDDLESTEN giving
calendars. J. G. CAUDLE giving ser-
vice. BILL ALLISON tuking pendía,
calendars, service or what have yoof
A. D. ALTON telling of his thrilling
trip to California. DR. C. C. CON-
LEY making his rounds. EHIG
NAUMAN on the "up and up." J. G.
FOSTER still golfing. G. W. Mas
DONALD on the Job. R. F. WHEEL-
ER the groceryman. JIMMIE JAMI-
SON selling the new ones. HUBERT
WRIGHT cleaning the town. JOHN
SCHMELING ready for businesa.
MERVIN HAYS shipping vegetable*.
C. R. JOHNSON selling land. LON-
NIE WOODS ready to work after a
vacation. .FRED AKARD admiring
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