The Crosbyton Review (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 53, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 6, 1961 Page: 1 of 8
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Little was settled in a long
discussion between croaby coun-
ty commissioners and proponents
of the county library in a session
here Monday afternoon.
Item up for debate was the
1961-'62 budget for the library.
Friends of the Library came for-
ward with a proposed $10,000
budget which they said would
procure experienced help and
buy new books and fixtures.
Commissioners assured the li-
brary pushers that the county
does not have the money In the
proper fund— the General Fund
— to finance the library so ex-
Librarian John Harvey, a for-
mer commissioner, said he be-
lieved it could be financed from
another fund. County Attorney
Harry Jung said a ruling from
the attorney general's office
The fate of the hotly debated
library remained uncertain as
the meeting finally ended. Li-
brary officials are holding up
purchases until the budget for
the coming year is settled.
Library was begun here when
Miss Mary Jo Vines brought a
bookmobile to this and adjacent
counties for a year. This was fol-
lowed by a post-bookmobile de-
monstration for a year, which is
To make the problem doubly
difficult here, commissioners
must spread the library over the
three incorporated towns of Cros-
by— Lorenzo, Crosbyton and
This problem has been solved
in the past by each city offering
to furnish office and shelf space
for the library. This they have
offered to do during the coming
Meanwhile, library workers
have labored to btiild public in-
terest to a point where taxpayers
would demand a library. So far,
the most response has come from
school children, who are the li-
brary's heaviest customers.
An election was held slightly
over a year ago to determine if
taxpayers would be willing to
raise the levy for library sup-
port. By a slim margin, voters
stamped it okey. However, at-
torneys later learned the tax rise
Attending the Monday meet-
ing, from Crosbyton were D. A.
Edwards, John Harvey, Jesse
Lancet, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Work,
Mrs. O. B. Hefner and Norton
From Lorenzo those attending
were City Manager E. T. House
and School Principal John Jen-
kins. From Ralls were Mrs. C. O.
Thomas and Earl Blankenship,
Chamber of Commerce manager.
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Crosby County's Oldest Business Institution — Established. January X 1909
VOLUME FIFTY-THREE CROSBYTON. CROSBY COUNTY. TEXAS. THURSDAY* JULY «, 1961
NUMBER TWENTY -SEVEN
Minnteman Missle Bases Could
Be Established Near Crosbyton
Crosby County would be one
of the biggest benefactors tf the
Mlnuteman missile base is es-
tablished In the Lubbock area
with the control center at Reese
Air Force Base.
Although no official figures
have yet been released, it is un-
derstood that upwards of 100
Trio of Youths
But Loot Found
Three Latin youngsters were
traced down June 30, by Sheriff
A. F. Stark in connection with a
petty burglary of the big O'-
Rear's grocery store in Lorenzo.
All of the loot, which was
mostly an odd assortment of
merchandise, was recovered.
Eramo Rodriguez, 17, and two
juveniles were charged with
burglary in the affair.
Dunn, Farris Win
Team af Jimmy Dunn and
Mike Farris flashed in ahead for
the championship in the Cub
Scout pushmobile derby held on
parking lot of the First Metho-
dist Church here Saturday.
A large crowd turned out to
watch the one boypower vehicles
vie for the crown. The number
of entrants, however, was disap-
pointingly small. Conflict with
the Independence Day weekent,
was believed to be reason.
Jimmy Mann and Tommy
Thomson were second in the big
event. Finishing third were
Gregg Freeman and Tim Hill.
By the rules, one of the Cubs
pushed while his partner rode
the homemade vehicles. At the
halfway point, the team had to
swap jobs for the final lap.
Following the main race, dads
took a turn at racing the little
cars. Then little sisters had a
fling at the asphalt competi-
When racing was completed,
the crowd adjourned to Blanco
Canyon for a picnic. This gath-
ering was considered the regular
Cub Pack meeting for the month.
Officials hope to have another
pushmobile race later in the
summer with more contestants,
according to Charles Freeman,
Dies Sunday in
East St. Louis
Mrs. Liennea E. Cherbonnier,
early day Crosbyton resident,
died at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, July 2,
in St. Mary's Hospital, EaSt St.
Louis, 111. She was making her
home at 529 Norwood Ave, Col-
Funeral services were held
Wednesday, July 5, at Collins-
ville, and burial was in the Col-
Mrs. Cherbonnier came to Cros-
byton in 1910 and lived here for
10 years. She moved to St. Louis
in 1920. She had retained Inter-
ests in the Crosbyton area, sell-
ing her last piece of property
here only a few days before her
TRENDS Hubert Curry
Texas Merry-Go-Bound to Start;
Government Says Put Houses High
Next Monday. July 10, the
merry-go round starts up again
On that day the special session
of the state legislature called to
to raised badly needed money for
state finance will begin its de-
liberations. There seems to be
just as much division as in the
regular session as to how the
money is to be raised, but be-
lieve it or not, most legislators
seem quite optimistic about the
Public hearings before the
committee appointed by Gover-
nor Daniel to study all tax plans
and suggest a compromise have
been going on for some time.
Final meeting for this commit-
tee is scheduled for today and
Friday, July 6 and 7. Out of this
meeting is supposed to come a
tax plan acceptable to the war-
ring factions in the Legislature
and the governor. It looks as if
the plan will combine a two per-
cent sales tax (with the usual
exemptions) plus a six percent
corporations profit tax.
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Starting of construction of
Croibyton'a low-rent public
housing has created a lot of
oomaeiit because of the fact the
buildings will be elevated some
two (eat or more abooe the curb-
line. Heig!ith of the floor above
the outside fill will be about
noma! <12 to 14 ioetaa)* but the
yards will be terraced. These
terraces will slope about one
foot or more from the house
foundations to the sidewalks.
The sidewalks, incidentally, will
be against the curb, eliminating
the narrow four-foot strip which
is always a bane for yard work-
When this elevation was first
discovered in the plans, your
Housing Authority committee
asked the architects why this
was necessary, since there are no
terraced homes in Crosbyton.
The answer was simple—govern-
ment requirements. The grade
can be no less than two percent
(this is the Crosbyton grade) or
more than five percent.
Local comment is varied. Some
think the housing will look out
of place beside homes that are
not terraced. Others believe the
grade will give them a distinct
appearance. We can only pass
along what our architects say,
"We think you'll like the eleva-
tion when the housing is com-
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Most Crosbyton people spent
July 4 quietly at home making
sure they didn't add to that huge
traffic casualty lists. But some
daring souls who took Monday
as wall as Tuesday as s holiday
ventured forth on the highways.
So far We have heard of no ser-
ious accidents involving local
(ConHnuad «s Bock tofa)
of the Minute-Man Missiles
would be placed in Crosby Coun-
ty if the project is approved. The
county, along with others on
each side of it would form a pro:
tective ring for the Lubbock air
base and the City of Lubbock it
Money for the project already
has passed Congress, a story in
last Thursday's Avalanche said.
Lubbock has "a good chance" of
receiving the installation, it was
The missile base would re-
quire from $38 to $49 million in
construction over an area ex-
tending 125 miles from Lubbock
in every direction, with a net
work of 1,920 missiles — each of
which would be aimed at speci-
The installation also would
require approximately 2,000 ad-
ditional personnel at RAFB, offi-
cials at Lubbock said.
The Air Force wants 160 sites
located in the area around Lub-
bock. The sites would contain
approximately 12 missiles each
and must be located at least 15
miles apart. Each site would
contain about 2.5 acres.
The missiles would be housed
in 80-foot deep silos and would
not be fired except in event ot
Preliminary surveys on possi-
ble sites have already been made
in Crosby County, it is under-
Plan to Attend
Dr. K. Owen White, pastor of
the First Baptist Church, Hous-
ton, and chairman of the execu-
tive board of the Baptist General
Convention of Texas, will ad-
dress an expected 1500 Baptisi
men from the churches of District
9 of the State Convention Fri-
day, July 7, at the annual Broth-
erhood Camp at Plains Baptist
Assembly. Dr. White is consid-
ered one of the leading preach-
ers of the Southern Baptist Con-
Crosbyton area Baptist men,
led by their pastors and Broth-
erhood presidents, are expected
to be well represented at the
camp, according to Rev. Otis
Testerman, pastor of the First
Baptist Church here.
The Camp will begin at 6 p.n..
Friday, with a conference for all
church brotherhood presidents.
This will be followed by a bar-
becue supper at 7 o'clock, to be
followed by the general assem-
bly at 8 o'clock, at which Dr.
White will speak.
The meeting will be presided
over by District Attorney John B.
Stapleton of Floydada who is
the District 9 Brotherhood presi-
Boy Scouts Back
After Week's Stay
Twenty Boy Scouts and two
leaders from Crosbyton Troop No.
332 will return Saturday night
after a week's stay at Camp We-
Boys going were Jim Bell, Jim
Blagg Jr., Ronald Brixey, Robert
Barrett, Joe Buck, Robin Ander-
son, Joe Loyd Freeman, Jimmy
Flournoy, Austin Garner, Eddie
Garner, Aries Graham Jr., Paul
Hemphill, Joe Hefley, Bill Har-
kins, Tommy Hawkes, T. P. Med-
lock, Chuck Perkins, Kit Park-
hill, Lee Standford and Denver
The two leaders accompanying
them are Ted Karr and Bobby
Camp Wehinahpay is located
in the mountains of New Mexico
First of July More
Moving Than Fourth
For County Drunks
The first of the month's bills
would seem a more pressing ex-
cuse for drowning sorrows than
July Fourth is for calabration.
Sheriff A. F. Stark and deputies
arrested three drunks July 1,
but only on$ July 4.
They also nabbed Thomas R.
Staples, Lubbock, on charge of
driving while intoxicated. Haul-
ed before Judge Cecil Berry's
county court, Staples was
ed |129 fine snd cost
Sam Grizzle demonstrates the proper puffing tech-
nique on the huge, elaborately carved pipe which he
recently placed in the museum at Crosby County Pion-
eer Memorial Building. Grizzle acquired the ornate to-
bacco burner while in Luxemburg during 1918- Serving
with ammunition train of the U. S. Fifth Division, Griz-
zle saw action at St. Michael, Meuse-Argonne front and
elsewhere before the Armistice wl. n his outfit moved
Girl Scouts See Fireworks Show;
Dedicate New Swinging Bridge
July Fourth was a big day for
Girl Scouts at Camp Rio Blanco.
They dedicated a new bridge
and had a fireworks display, as
well as other activities in their
crammed camp schedule.
The bridge is a new swinging
structure, built by Charles Free-
man, which makes it possible to
Rear of Store
For More Space
P&S Grocery has been remod-
eling the rear of their business
in order to give them more dis-
play room. John and Olin Pink-
ston hope to have the job com-
pleted within the next few days.
Meat market has been moved
from the west to the south side
in back of the store. The space
it occupied will be tiled and
counters placed there soon.
This rearrangement will give
the business an additional 200
square feet of floor space. Addi-
tional counters will be installed
in the business in the near fu-
"We hope this will be an ar
rangement which will be much
more convenient for our custo-
mers," says John Pinkston.
Pact With Houston
A Crosbyton Negro youth has
been signed to a professional
baseball contract with the Hous-
ton Colts, Texas' new major lea
gue team which will begin play
in the National League next
Alvis Sykes, son of Mr. and
Mrs. David Sykes, inked the pact
with Red MUrff, chief scout for
the Colts, and John Pfeiffer
West Texas area scout.
Sykes, 20, grew up in Crosby-
ton and was graduated from Sla-
ton Negro school. His father is
an employee of the City of Cros-
Young Sykes was one of 28
boys called back for another look
out of 120 at a tryout camp at
Lubbock. Of this select group,
only he and two Lubbock boys
"Sykes had more speed than
anyone else in the camp and he
also had the best arm," Murff
said. "He's not in shape and will
have to pick up his hitting and
fielding, but 1 think he has a
The other two boys signed
were Denrtis Willet, Tech sopho-
more, and Jim Harris, former
Monterey high shortstop — the
latter with the San Francisco
Giants for a bonus.
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Carl Wren, former Crosby Co.
commissioner, has bean able to
return to his home from a Lub-
bock hospital following an auto
accident several weeks ago. Rel-
atives here say he is improving
but that he will be unable to get
around much foreevwral months.
cross the creek when the water
is up. It is the latest addition to
Dedication ceremony took
place late Tuesday afternoon.
The bridge was decorated with
red, white and blue streamers
at either extremity.
Half the campers were drawn
up on one side of the span and
half on the other, all in camp
uniform. Each came forward and
cut a streamer, then Scouts
crossed the bridge two by two
with their "buddies".
"It was rather impressive as
far as the girls were concerned,"
says Lois (Ranger) Nestle, assis-
tant camp director. "They got a
thrill out of the first trip across
the bridge; it swings when you
walk on it."
Five girls from Crosbyton are
attending this session, which be
gan Monday, and took part in
the events. They are:
Brenda Kay Brashear, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brash-
ear; Christy Carter, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Carter,
Paula McNeill, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. McNeill III; Linda
Fowler, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Loyd Fowler; Lynn Hodges,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Har-
A flag ceremony following had
special meaning on Indepen
dence Day. Then came supper
and a bit of folk dancing.
The traditional fireworks dis
play took place on one of the lit
tie hills on the eastern edge of
the camp. Girls were then given
sparklers for their amusement.
Mary (Skeet) Anderson is di
rector of Camp Rio Blanco.
says m Wilson, manager for
Jack Renfro in the potato pro-
cessing warehouse in Crosbyton.
More than 200 harvesters and
With 410 carloads in at Cros-
byton area elevators, the wheat
harvest Is completed. This total
includes wheat going to Blanco
Grain Co., McAdoo Co-op Society,
Moody Grain and Uhlmann Ele-
Most observers considered this
an excellent crop, although it
could hardly compare with the
golden era of wheat in this area.
The high total was achieved des-
pite scattered hail storms.
More than 51 carioads of bar-
ley have also been brought into
these same grain companies.
Held at McMurry
Four high school students from
Crosbyton attended the annual
Senior Assembly of the North-
west Texas Conference of the
Methodist Church on the campus
of McMurry College, June 26-30.
The Methodist young people
met daily in workshop and study
groups, for organized fellowship,
recreation, and worship during
the week-long assembly. They
resided in McMurry's dormitor-
ies and had their meals in the
college dining hall.
Theme for the assembly was,
"My Living Bible," and daily
worship and study were built a-
round the Bible theme.
Speaker for the assembly was
the Rev. Bill Kent, former mis-
sionary to Bolivia and now as-
sociate pastor of St. Paul Metho-
dist Church in Abilene.
Assembly delegates from Cros-
byton were Bonita Farrirs, Char-
lotte Hodges, Ruby Copeland,
and Susan Hawkes. Also attend-
ing the Assembly was Sue Grif-
fin of McAdoo.
thus far by
There are Z
planted on the:
era in this area*^
Best yield so far has ,
bout 200 iffjqr per ecxe r
on white Kenebec
of spuds have yielded to
to date. Wilson estimal
total Crosbyton area
year will be in excess
100- pound sacks.
Harvesters have been
here two weeks. Merchant
notieably felt the additional bus-
iness which these out-of-town-
ers bring during the slow June-
The price of potatoes is hold-
ing "pretty good", accoriling to
Wilson. At the moment, potatoes
are bringing approximately $2.40
per hundred pounds.
Some market trouble is caused
by the fact that Crosbyton pota-
toes are running into those pro-
duced in California and Arizbna.
Potato growing is somewhat
new to this area. The first crop
produced here for Wilson was
four years ago. Since that time,
Wilson has maintained about
the amount of acreage he wants
to handle here.
July Surprises Us
With Cool Moist
July started off with just a
touch of moisture and cool wea-
ther before turning on the tradi-
tional summer heat.
A slow, easy shower fell Sun-
day night and Monday morning
to make for good sleeping. Total
moisture from the rain was .32
of an inch.
Club Will Play
Crosbyton golfers are being no-
tified this week of a tournament
scheduled with Petersburg at 1
p.m. Sunday, July 9, R. tf. Farris,
president, said Wednesday. He
urged all local golfers to be pre-
sent for the match.
Mr. Farris topped the local
golf ladder tills Week, after fall-
ing to eighth place last week.
Second place is held by Owen
Crump, third by Hulen Clifton
and fourth. Bill Nickson.
Other golfers in the order of
their position on the ladder in-
clude: Mack Tarleton, Bennle
Smith, Harry Jung, L. E. Treat,
R*y ?"• wjk Moss, Alton
Wallace, Jimmy Karr. D. C. Law-
rence, Wayne Dobson, Pat Berry
and John Lawrence.
J. C. Moss had low score week
before last with a 36. Farris took
the honor this week with a low
Charlie Ogle Now
Working at Davis
Charlie Ogle has joined the
staff of the mechanical depart
mont of Davis Irrigation Supply,
announces Clyde Davis.
Oglo is well known in Crosby-
ton area. Davis says, "this is an
other step in our efforts to give
our customers the best of ser-
Hines Will Preach
Next Two Weeks at
Church of Christ
W. T. Hines will preach for
services at the Church of Christ
here the next two Sundays and
next two Wednesdays. During
this period, Thomas Compton,
regular minister, will be gone.
Hines recently retired from re-
gular ministerial work in the
Church of Christ and returned to
Crosbyton to make his home. He
had formerly lived here for some
time, preaching at the Crosbyton
Compton is conducting a series
of gospel talks in his home town
in Tennessee. He will return
when they are finished.
Wins Setting of
Silver in Contest
Leanna Montgomery is one of
several South Plains girls, a
mong the 1961 high school grad-
uates, who will receive prizes of
sterling silver flatware as win-
ners of a nationwide "Graduate
to Sterling" contest.
Like others, Leanna qualified
by registering her name and fa-
vorite pattern with a sterling
dealer. She Is daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. E. Montgomery.
The contest was sponsored by
the Sterling Silversmiths of Am-
erica. Leanna will receive a six-
Two Negro gentlemen were
raked in by county officers Jul>
1, on charges of selling alcoholic
beverages. They are Cleotha Cole
of Crosbyton, and Ben Langston,
Both the suspectod bootleggers
were released on bond, $500 a-
at The Beview
REALITIES Pat Bennett
Must Bring Stories to Beview;
Phone Pitched Into Tree Debate
A misunderstanding, which
could be avoided, occurs fre
quently. A story about some lo-
cal person appears in the Lub
bock newspaper or some other
daily. Those whom it concerns
assume we will clip and rerun it.
Unfortunately, we aren't very
close readers of our big brother
to the west. So, often as not, the
story is overlooked and someone
gets miffed at The Review.
I'm genuinely sorry when this
occurs, but the only real remedy
is for persons to tell us the news
as well as the Avalanche. A lot
of hard feelings can be avoided
Raymond Caskey has put in
his two cents about the Douglas
Ray argument that a tree fall-
ing in the forrest makes no noise
if there is nobody there to hear
it. He surprised me recently with
"A lawyer I know had a client
dial his office telephone number
the other day. Nobody answered.
Later he saw the lawyer on the
street and told him About ring
lng him up blit getting no ans
"The lawyer corrected him:
'No. the phone didn't ring. I was
out and there was nobody In the
office to hasr it"'
Reducto sd absurd um!
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Has anyone begun work on a
fallout shelter? "Hie old republic
seems closer to war than at any
time since 1945. I can't see how
this country can back down an
inch on Berlin.
From what I understand, the
instructor told a pretty spooky
tale at that civil defense class.
There's no use getting ulcers ov-
er the situation, but it would be
a wise idea to dig in a little.
It would really be a good thing
if some sort of community fall-
out shelter could be built to
shelter downtown apartment
dwellers, transients, etc. It could
be used during bad storms too.
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Sign just this side of Lubbock:
"Cleachy for Sale". Bet if you
mixed that with a little calicha*
it would make a darn good
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Publisher Hubert Curry re-
ceived a short summary of the
work of the Texas legislature
from the Honorable R. B. Rosson,
our representative the other
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