The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 11, 1912 Page: 1 of 16
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NPAIGNIS DEATH OCCURRS
LAUNCHED IN HOUSTON
H. E. Singleton, one of the best
known, most progres&lve, and there-
fore, prosperous, farmerB in all Tex-
as, and for the past forty-one years
a tiller, of the soil in Collin county,
has formally announced his candida-
cy for the office of Commissioner of
Agriculture of the State vt Texas.
Mr. Singleton has opened campaign
headquarters at No. 420 Slaughter
Building, Main street, Dallas, and
has placed! Mr. .1. M. Harris, former-
ly, until recently, city editor of
these papers, in charge as office man-
ager. Mr. HarrlB spent last Sunday
in the /city with his family, but re-
turned to Dallns Monday morning,
where he Immediately took charge
of the office for Mr. Singleton.
Mr. Singleton has not gone into
this race entirely on his own mo-
tion. For several months past the
strongest pressure has been brought
to bear upon him by his friends, not
only In this section, where he Is so
well and favorably known, but from
} all sections of the state. Fully re-
alizing his/qualifications for the of-
fice, he at last, consented to make the
race, and Is now preparing to enter
actively Into the campaign, and will
go In to win. He was at Hlllsboro
last Saturday, where he attended
the Ramsey speaking, and Incident-
ally mentioned the fact that he was
in the race for Commissioner of Ag-
riculture. He states that he met
with a most llatterlng reception and
received much encouragement In his
As a practical farmer, there Is
probably not a better posted man In
Texas than Mr. Singleton. He has
spent his entire life in farm work,
and has not confined himself to the
old, worn-out methods, either. He
has diversified, experimented, put
theories Into practice, and In hun-
dreds of ways has advanced, step by
step, from the crude ways of forty
years ago, to the modern, successful
methods of the twentieth century. A
more capable man for the position of
Commissioner, could not probably
Mr. Singleton announces that he
will open his campaign at Sulphur
Springs next Saturday, April 3, at
2 p. m.
Collin county feels a pardonable
pride In Mr. Singleton's success as a
progressive farmer and breeder of
thoroughbred swine of national repu-
tation. His candidacy is one of the
few Instances to be found In these
latter days of the office seeking the
man. He never before was a candi-
date for any office, though often im-
portuned to become so. He has un-
selfishly devoted his talents to the
advancement of Texas at large along
agricultural lines; been a leader In
the farm boys and girl educational
campaigns of recent years, and all
the time has stuck to the farm, liv-
ing now In the country on Ills farm,
and by the sweat of his own brow,
earning his livelihood. Texas will
do credit to herself to elevate this
worthy citizen to office, and when
In "office, Mr. Singleton will In turn
reflect credit upon the Lone Star
State by the efficient manner In
which he will discharge the duties
of the trust reposed in him. Collin
will do the handsome thing at the
polls next July by Mr. Slngleton'B
candidacy and calls upon her two
hundred and forty-seven sister coun-
ties of our state to grant us thlB hon-
or. It Is altogether befitting that
you should gratify us In this In-
stanco not only for the reason of Mr.
Singleton's ' pre-einlnont qualifica-
tions, which Is and should bo the
prime basis upon which any candi-
date should ask for office, but for
the further reasons that Collin Is the
densest rural populated county of
Texas and therefore more exclusive-
ly devoted to agriculture, and still
further, Collin county, while among
the foromost counties In voting
strength nnd democratic fealty, has
asked for state official honorB per-
haps fewer times than most any oth-
^er county of her magnitude and im-
portance In the whole state.
The Dally Courier-Gazette and
Weeky Democrat-Gazette unequivo-
cally commend Mr. Slngleton'B In-
terests to our readers and would be
glad to report the organization of
Singleton Clubs among the farmers
In every section of our magnificent
county to promote his candidacy and
help In bringing about his election
by an overwhelming majority.
VISITING THE OI/D HOME.
Will Rhea From Far-off West Texas,
Greeting Friends Here.
Will J. Rhea, secretary-treasurer
of the Balmorhea Mercantile Compa-
ny of Balmorhea, Texas, Is spending
a day or two In McKlnney visiting
his parents, Capt. and Mrs. J. C.
Rhea. Mr. Rhea has been at Can-
yon City for a few days where he
and Mrs. Rhea have been for a week
or more attending the bedside of
the latter's father, Rev. J. S. Groves,
who was critically ill of pneumonia,
but Is better now. Mr. Rhea will re-
turn home direct from McKlnney and
leave his wife at her father's for
an Indefinite stay, or until her father
gets well. The company with
which Mr. Rhea Is connected has
about 12,000 acres of alfalfa In
Reeves county, TexaB, all Irrigated,
which Insures about six crops or cut-
tings per year. Alfalfa looks fine
and the first cutting will begin about
Alex Ivendrlck, a well known
young man of Piano, was here Mon-
Friends In McKlnney will regret to
learn of the death at 2 o'clock Sun-
day morning of Mrs. Henry Slsk at
her home In Houston from a four
weeks' attack of meningitis. Mrs.
Slsk hadi often visited her brother-
in-law and slBter, Judge and Mrs.
M. H. Garnett, in McKlnney and had
formed many pleasant acquaintances
here. She formerly lived at Weath-
erford, but for several years Imme-
diately jrior to her death she had
resldedi In Houston whero she died.
Hpr husband and several children
survive. Her husband, Capt. Henry
Slsk, was, years ago, sheriff of Park-
er county, where they have many
relatives and friends. Later, Mr.
Slsk became assistant penitentiary
agent, and still later was assistant
superintendent of the Penitentiary.
Her only sister, Mrs. Garnett, was
with her for the past two weeka.
Judge Garnett left Sunday morning
for Houston to attend the burial
which took place In that city
These papers join with the host of
other friends of Judge Garnett and
wife in tendering to them heartfelt
sympathy in the death of their lov-
For McKlnney Presiding Rider; Mov-
ed Rapidly About In One Day
Rev. Chas. A. Sprnglns, presiding
elder of the McKlnney District, put
In an unusually busy day Sunday.
At 9:30 p. m. lie attended the spe-
cial Easter Sunday school services at
the First Methodist church In Mc-
Klnney. At 11 a. m. he preached at
Anna. At 3 p. m. he officiated at a
marriage In Prosper and at night
preached at tho Wilcox Street Metho-
dist church. Rev. Spraglns is one
of the most gifted preachers in his
whole chuich, and, in addition to
being an nble minister, is also a
most companionable, g?nlal gentle-
man. He 1b popular throughout the
district and his work Is naturally
prospering under his supervision.
We are thankful to J. P. Nevll, of
Blue Ridge, for his subscription to
the Weekly Democrat-Gazette. Hope
he likes the big newsy sheet. Always
glad to add good names to our sub-
J. A. Neel .V Son Putting Finishing
Touches on Joe Largent's Home.
J. A. Neel & Son are putting the
finishing touches to the repapering
andi repainting of Joe, Largent's large
two-story home, cornier of Benge
and Virginia streetB. This is the old
residence property of Mr. Largent's
parents. The paint is a solid white,
without trimming The entire inter-
ior of this splendidly erected home,
upstairs and downstairs, has been
recanvasBed, repapered and stained
or varnished. The Messrs. Neel are
artists In their line. We congratu-
late Mr. Largent and his talented
lady on their occupancy of their old
family homestead, which is well lo-
cated, close in and on a prominent
street and is now one of the most
attractive residences, both inside and
outside, to be found in the city.
PAT MOULDEN HERE.
Visits Parents at Murphy and Comes
on to McKlnney to See Friends.
J. P. (Pkt) Moulded", formerly
county clerk of Collin county, and
at present chief clerk in Comptroller
W. P. Lane's office at Austin was a
visitor in McKlnney Monday after-
noon. Mr. Moulden had been visit-
ing his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L.
Moulden at Murphy, and came to
McKlnney to see his friends. Pat
stated while here, that his "boss,"
W. P. Lane, would be a candidate for
re-c-Iectlon. He further stated that
he still claimed McKlnney as his
home and that he would be back In
July to cast his vote. This office ac-
knowledged a pleasant call from Mr.
Moulden while here.
BIG MEETING AUTO TAKES
I SATURDAY AWFUL PLUNGE
B. L. Shirley, who, by appoint-
ment of Gov. Colquitt, Is the County
Chairman of the State Cotton Reduc-
tion Movement, hereby Issues a call
for the farmers of Collin county to
meet at the court house in this city
on Saturday, April 13, at 1 o'clock
p. m., for the purpose of discussing
and hearing discussed, ways and
means for the reduction of the cot-
ton acreage In Collin county for the
year 1912. He not only asks and
urges every business man of the city
of McKlnney and every other section
of Collin county to leave their
places of business for a short time
in order to participate in this most
Col. Henry Exall, .than whom
there 1b not a better poBted man on
soil conservation and the needs of
the farmer in the South, has been In-
vited to address the meeting, an in-
vitation which he has accepted, and
will deliver an,address of about for-
ty-five minutes, beginning at 2
o'clock. In this address he will tell
why the Texas Industrial Congress
Is offering $ lit,000 in prizes to the
farmers of Texas for the best crops
produced on a given section of land
during the season of 1912. He will
tell many other things which are of
vital interest not only to the farmer
but to the merchant and the pro-
It is therefore urged that every
former who feelB an Interest In se-
curing a reasonable price for Ills
cotton next fall, and every business
man who feels that the farmers In-
terests are Ills Interests, is also urg-
ed to be present and hear what Col.
Exall has to say. It Is suggested
and urged that the business houseB
of McKlnney be closed for the forty-
five minutes, from 2 o'clock to
2:45, during the address of Col. Ex-
all, so that every merchant and
business man may hear the address.
The farmers meeting, as above
stated, will convene at 1 o'clock, but
Col. Exall will not begin his address
As house leader of the Democratic majority and chairman of the ways
and means committee, Mr. Underwood has directed the tariff policy of his
party, not always to the entire satisfaction of some of Its other leaders, but
in a way that has gained him the enthusiastic support of a considerable num-
ber In his candidacy for the presidential nomination. He is a little slow In
starting bis campaign for delegates, but has been making up for lost time
since definitely announcing himself.
Trains to Stop
Commencing Tuesday, trains 15
and 16, the "Hustler" due hero at
8:19 p. m. and 10:0-1 a. m. will he
operated between Houston and Dal-
las only. The Kansas City-Houston
sleeper will, of course, be discontin-
ued, but this train will continue io
carry the Galveston-St. Louls-Chtca-
go sleeper, which will be delivered
to the Frisco at Dallas.
There will be only one passenger
train each way through McKlnney,
the 10:04 northbound and the 6.40
The newly elocted officers of Mc-
Klnney were sworn In Monday night
at the city hall, Mayor J. L. Doggett
In his impressive, dignified manner,
administering the oath of office to
each. The offices* were vacated Mon-
day night by the "retiring officials,
and the newly elected ones began
their duties this morning.
Following the the city officers
Marshal, John S. McKlnney.
City Assessor and Collector, For-
City Treasurer, Henry Warden.
City Secretary, Sims Cameron.
City Attorney, Jewell Abernathy.
Alderman ward 1, Wick Graves.
Aldermen ward 2, J. R. Cogglns
Alderman ward 3, Giles McKlnney.
Aldorman ward 4, L. A. Folsom.
ELMfCTS NfeW OFFICERS.
At Fnrmersville the following of-
ficers were elected In the city elec-
tion: J. P. Huddleston was re-
elected mayor and A. L. Carpenter
and W. P. Candler, aldermen.
The Frisco election resulted in
electing F. P. Shrader, mayor; Geo.
Robinson, marshal; W. O. Hill, al-
derman ward 1; R. M. Chambers,
alderman ward 2; H. L. McConnel,
alderman ward 3; S. McEntyre, al-
derman ward 4; Northcut, alderman-
At Cellna a city council and offi-
cers were elected as follows: May-
or, W. L. Newsom, re-elected; alder-
men, W. I. Bryan, J. E. Lipscomb
and C. R. Stone, re-elected', and C.
E. Perkins and C. D. Roberts, new
members; marshal, W. K. Stanford;
city assessor and collector, J. R. Mc-
Sum Houston Club of North Wnrd
School Elects Now Officers.
BOUGHT BRUN.SON'S GARAGE.
The Sum Houston organization of
the North Ward school which is
composed of the fifth and sixth
grades, held their semi-monthly
meeting at the school building Fri-
day afternoon at 3:30. The program
rendered was very pleasing and en-
tertaining. After the program had
been' rendered, the following officers
Ed SpraginB, president.
Manson Forsyth, vice president.
Henry Miller, secretary.
Ruth Hammond, Paschal Martin
and Henry Miller were elected as a
program committee, Henry being
chairman of the committee.
The program Is rendered every
two weeks, and the next one will be
given on Friday, April 19.
Messrs. J. M. Calhoun nnd .1. A. Gar-
rett Take Over Business.
J. M. Calhoun, who has lived In
McKlnnev for many years and re-
cently In the employ of the McKln-
ney Steam Laundry Co., has formed
a partnership with J. A. Garrett, a
mechanic formerly of DallaB, and
purchased Barney Brunson's Garage.
Mr. Calhoun Is well and favorably
known here. He has many friends
who are glad to see him enter the
automobile business and will assist
him in making it a success. Mr. Gar-
rett was formerly of Dallas but has
been in McKlnney before. He Is an
expert mechanic and understands the
automobile work well, Mr. Cal-
houn has never had experience In the
automobile work but is an expert
mechanic. They will have the agen-
cy for the Maxwell and several oth-
er good cars.
Monday at 7 o'clock Mr. G. Y.
Kincheloe of Fort Worth, and Mrs.
Ada Martin of Oklahoma were united
In marriage at the home of Mrs. T.
J. Nale on East Hunt street, Eldeij
John L. Stovall officiating. The
newly wedded couple left this morn-
ing for Denlson, where they will
probably make th"!r home. May
peace, happtnesB and prosperity ac-
company them through life.
A. H. Braswell of Altoga, accom-
panied by his family, were shopping
In this city Thursday, and slipping a
dollar Into our hand said, "Don't
let that Democrat-Gasette stop, for
we all enjoy reading it.' We are
glad to keep sending It, for tho
writer has known Mr. Braswell for
twenty-five years, has always found
him to be an honest man and worthy
the friendship of any mair.
School Tax Carried.
The school election held at Altoga
Saturday to determine whether or
not that district should have a spec-
ial tax, was carried by a good ma-
Wants the News Daily.
The Dally Courier-Gazette ac-
knowledges with pleasure, the addi-
tion of the name of J. S. Aldrldge of
Piano to its ever growing list of
subscribers. Mr. Aldrldige Is the son
of the late Capt. J. K. Aldrldge, and
Is one of the most progressive and
prosperous Collin county farmers.
He was a member of the grand jury
at the last term of district court, and
It Is said that he made a good one.
In fact, he makes good at every-
thing he goes Into.
Harry Bo.vers of Fort Woith ar-
rived in McKlnney Saturday after-
noon for a few days' visit to his
mother, Mrs. Alice Boyers.
J. W. St. Clair, who lives In Blue
Ridge, now readB a good paper for
he handed us the "wherewith" for
one year's subscription to the Week-
ly Democrat-Gazette. Some mighty
fine people subscribing for the week-
ly these days.
A. T. Wisdom, who Is fortunate
enough to live in the good Blue
Pidge section of old Collin and who
gets his mall on route 3 out of that
place, is a new subscriber to the big
Weekly Democrat-Gazette. He got
the best county weekly paper in the
southwest and the Semi-Weekly Dal-
las News all for $1.75.
Ex-Gov. Charles Yates of Illinois
will deliver an address at Cellna
Saturday night, April 13. Mr. Yates
Is a personal friend of Rev. J. M.
Bell of this city, and Is a cousin of
Carl Yates, one of the leading dry
goods merchants of Cellna. This dis-
tinguished gentleman is an able
speaker and you will be greatly bene-
fited by hearing him upon thlB oc-
casion. The distinguished visitor
will arrive In McKlnney early Satur-
day afternoon, and will be accompa-
nied to Cellna by quite a party of
people from this city, who will hear
Will Meet in Tills City on Saturday,
Clarence Merrltt, county chairman
of the Democratic Executive Com-
mittee. announces that a meeting of
the committee will be held in the
court house In this city on Saturday,
April 13, at 1 p. m. at which time
precinct chairmen will be appointed
to hold conventions throughout their
severnl precincts, to Belect delegates
to the county convention, which Is
to be held on May 7. Also the mat-
ter of holding a preferential presi-
dential primary in the county will
be fully discussed and decided upon
by tho committee at tills meeting.
All Democrats of the county who can
do so are urged to attend.
Word reached here Saturday
of a terrible accident which befell a
former citizen of Collin county, and
which will, It Is feared, cost his lite.
The particulars of the accident are
contained In an article, herewith re-
produced, taken from the columns oil
the Dally Express of San Antonio,
in which city the accident occurred.
Tho Injured man, T. 8. Shirley, was
reared In this county, at the old
home near Melissa, where the father
and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Shir-
ley, still reside, and are among our
most honored and respected pioneer-
citizens. He has a brother living
here, VV. M. Shirley, who served this
county as clerk for two terms. He
also has another brother, D. A. Shir-
ley, whose home Is at Hereford, in
The many friends of the ramlly
here sincerely trust that the injuries
are not so serious as supposed, and
that Mr. Shirley will, ere long, be
fully recovered. Following Is the
account as contained In the San An-
tonio Express of Friday:
The victim of the peculiar auto-
mobile acctdcnt, T. S. Shirley, a
prosperous farmer from Crystal City,
Is lying at the point of death at the
Santa Rosa Infirmary. After clean-
ing and repairing his car in the
shop on the third floor of the Citi-
zens' Auto Company, Mr. Shirley
started his engine and backed up,
thinking the elevator was still in
place at that floor. In the Interim,
however, the elevator had been used
to convey C. A. Davles' car to the
ground, and Mr. Shirley backed into
the open shart. As the car whirled
In midair, Mr. Shirley waB fiung
from his seat, striking the I beam
of the elevator in his fall. It was
this same I beam, however, which
saved him from instant death, as the
front of the car struck It with such
force as to be hurled to one side and'
away from where the stricken man
lay in a crumpled heap.
The accident happened at 1:30
o'clock in the afternoon, and on leav-
ing the garage Mr. Shirley intended
to return to Crystal City in his car.
He had come to San Antonio three
dayB ago to confer with Alexander
Boynton, owner of the Winter Gar-
den Ranch, from whom Mr. Shirley
had purchased land, and with whom
he was associated In a small way.
Tho lujured man was given emer-
gency treatment by Dr. T. T. Jack-
son, who was summoned from the
St. Anthony Hotel nearby, and hur-
ried to the Santa Roea Infirmary. A
thorough examination revealed the
fact that Mr, Shirley had sustained
a slight fracture of the Bktjll and,
possibly, oonci>M|ori o! the brain', aa
well. Aside from this he received a
number of severe ctlts, but no other
Ijones were broken. It waj Impossi-
ble last night for those in charge tQ
say whether he would recover. Being
a man of temperate habits, young
and hardy, it was said hie chances
for getting well were fair, Mr.
Boynton notified Mrs. Shirley and
she Is expected to arrive here today.
The automobile waB completely
shattered. It was a five-passenger
car and apparently no single part of
It escaped damage. The tonneau
was torn off and splintered, every
lamp was broken, steel rods snapped
in two and all brass work bent and
twisted. As It slipped backward: Into
the open Bhaft it appeared the front
end was Bwung over and, until it
struck the I beam, the car was fall-
ing bottom side up. This changed
the course of its descent and swung
the front end back.
Mr. Shirley was conscious last
night when Mr. Boynton called to see
him at the hospital and explained
how the accident happened. He said
he had noticed the elevator In place
at the third floor and almost Imme-
diately cranked his car. Without
again looking at the elevator he step-
ped Into the auto and the tonneau
cut off his view of the floor at that
point. He could yet see the up-
rights of the elevator track, and by
these was steering his car backward.
The first Intimation he had that the
elevator was no longer there was
when he felt the rear wheels slip off
the edge and he was swung upward
as the car whirled.
FARMER CHARI.IE SAIGl.ING.
Planting IOOO Acres in Oats, Millet,
Alfnlfu, Maize and Kaffir (Torn.
Plalnvlew, Tex., April 8.—Charles
Salgllng, who came from MoKinney
a few years ago, reports that he !b
planting 1,600 acres this year to
oats, millet, alfalfa, maize and Kaffir
corn. Sod land will represent SO0
acres of this big farm, and Mr. Salg-
llng reports that this proportion is
holding good all over the countv and
that he has no doubt that the tilled
acreugc of Hale will double this year.
Mr. Salgling Is the man who is claim-
ed to have bested the State last year
In an oat yield without Irrigation.
His eighty acres averaged approxi-
mately seventy bushels per acre and
brought a price of around 70c per
Bob Gray, at one time a resident
of Collin county, but now living In
Grayson county on route 5 out of
Denlson, has a lingering to hear
from the good people of Collin, so he
acts wisely by handing us a mon-
strous big dollar for the Weekly
Democrat-Gazette for a year. Bob
Gray Is a good man nnd we regret
that he cannot live In Collin Instead
WHITE GOODS SALE.
W. S. Knight's Store Announces Big
White Goods Sale.
In this issue you will find a page
announcement of a special Muslin
Underwear sale at the store of W. S.
Knight. The ad Is very attractive
with cuts, prices, etc. The sale
opened Monday morning, April 8,
and closes Saturday night, April 13.
Manager Merrltt la going after the
spring business in the right way and
has many interesting offerings all
over his store. Read his ad in this
issue and attend the sale. If you
want to know where the big value*
are always read the ads In this ps
per and you are sure to find them.
Give In Your Tnxes.
M. A. Hemphill of the Blue Ridi
section and who lives on route 9 o
of that splendid little town, is a
reader of the Weekly Democrat
zette. Hope he likes the paper.
In a conversation with Tax As-
sessor I. K. Reeves Monday, hsl
stnted to a representative of these I
papers that there only remained J
twelve days In which to render taxes. [
After this time the books will bs|
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