The Mexia Weekly Herald (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 5, 1925 Page: 1 of 4
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"A PAPER FOR THE PEOPLE"
BNTY-SEVENTH YEAR—NO. 5
MEXIA, TEXAS, THURSDAY, FE BRUARY 5, 1925.
Afiss Vernon Tebo Takes High
Award Over Long List of Men
In Race for Best Cotton Field
Miss Vernon Tebo, 17 year old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sponie
Tebo, of the Central Institute dis-
trict, was the winner of a cotton
raising contest under the auspices
of the Mexia Chamber of Commerce
for the 1924 season, according to an
announcement by the chamber Sat-
Miss Tebo, raising 1548 pounds of
lint on five acres was the highest in
a long list of applicants for the
(1,000 in prizes offered by the cham
ber of commerce.
The record, considering the dry
season, was considered high and the
chamber is pleased with the interest
taken in the contest by the farmers
of the Mexia trade distrcit.
By leading the field in cotton
raising Miss Tebo won the first
prize of $250.
The young woman worked the
crop herself, and says that there is
nothing she enjoys so much as to
don unionalls and cultivate the cot-
The cotton was raised on the farm
owned by Vol DeLong, of Mexia
rented by Miss Tebo's father.
Bennie Higginbotham, with 1502
pounds of cotton from five acres
was second in the chamber of com-
merce contest winning the $150
award, while O. F. Pitts, recording
1153.76 pounds from his tract, took
the third prize of $100.
J. A. Dease, 1370 pounds, and J.
L. Richardson, 1262 pounds, took $75
prizes while $50 awards went to A.
C. Carter, J. D. Collins and W. R.
"Eight of the contestants received
$25 ^awards from the chamber of
commerce. They were:
Eli Foster, J. B. Moody, P. E. Rob-
erts, Alf Tatum, T. L. Fielder, D. M.
Haddick, Weldon Roberts and Mrs.
J. D. Easterling.
The offers were made a year ago
by the chamber of commerce to en-
courage intensive cultivation of cot-
ton fields in this district. All farm-
ers within the Mexia trade district
were eligible to the prizes, the only
requirement being that the applicant
for the awards be traders in Mexia.
Each of the contestants was dir-
ected to send in a report of methods
used and dates of planting, cultiva-
tion, etc., with amount and kind
of fertilizer used.
The action of the chambcr was in
line with a general movement thru-
out the state to encourage cotton in-
tensive cultivation. "More cotton on
fewer acres" was the slogan.
How They Stood
Prize winners in Mexia Chamber
of Commerce Cotton Contest:
Miss Vernon Tebo
O. F. Pitts
J. A. Dease
J. L. Richardson
A. C. Carter
J. D. Collins
W. R. Blackmon
J. B. Moody
P. E. Roberts
T. L. Fielder
D. M. Haddick
Mrs. J. D. Easterling
City Gets Good
Offers For New
Bonds voted in last Tuesday's elec-
tion, amounting to $40,000, may be
sold at private sale, their total worth
being comparatively small, Mayor
Ernest Watson said Saturday.
Attractive offers have been made
by several bond concerns which are
as good as could be expected at an
advertised sale, the executive asserts.
Par, accrued interest and a premium
have been offered for the bonds,
and one concern proposes to bear the
expense of legal approval and print-
ing of the bonds.
The city council will canvass the
returns of the election at its meet-
ing Monday and determine a method
of sale for the bonds.
HOT CHECK ARTISTS
ARE DUE FOR SHOCK
"Hot check devotees are due for
a shock—and worse."
A bill engrossed by the house of
representatives Tuesday and a simi-
lar one tabled in the Senate Thurs.
day for further action next week
places the burden on the giver of the
"hot check" by making fact that the
check is nat paid an evidence of in-
tent to defraud.
... Tip bill gives the defendant ten
of liberty to make the check
•nd several days of Jail if he
Special to The News.
FORT WORTH, Jan. 31.—The
Texas Centennial Governing Board
recently met at Austin when the fol-
lowing executive committee was se-
lected: Mrs. Alex L. Adams, T. P.
Buffington, Mrs. Ethel Drought,
Oscar F. Holcombe, J. K. Hughes,
Clifford B. Jones, \V. R. Jones, Frank
Kell, H. L. Kokernot, Louis Lipsitz,
Lowry Martin, Benton McMillin, Jos.
S. Myers, J. M. Penland, Cato Sells,
Mrs. Clara Driscoll Sevier, George
IL Slater, Sam Sparks, Cullen F.
Thomas, R. A. Underwood, C. C.
Walsh and Jacob F. Wolters.
It was agreed that an aggressive
preliminary state-wide centennial
educational campaign should be car-
ried on and woven around the history
of the state, its progress, its de-
velopment and what is expected to
be accomplished through a centennial
celebration, involving the press, the
public schools and high institutions
of learning, the commercial, indus-
trial, agricultural, civic and. women's
organizations, in fact, every educa-
tional facility in the state for thor-
oughly Texanizing Texas.
On motion Chairman Sells ap-
pointed the following committees to
promote Texas Centennial celebra-
tion co-operation at the convention
of Associated Advertising Clubs to
be held in Houston next May. Oscar
F. Holcombe, Lowry Martin, Mil-
burn Hobson, Harold Kayton and
Eugene H. Blount; committee to
recommend a centennial seal: E. B.
LaRue," Will H. Mayes, A. A. Alli-
son, Tom H. Etheridge, Jr. and N. N.
Rosenquest; committee to make rec-
ommendations to fill vacancies on
board membership: T. P. Buffington,
Miss Margie E. Neal, P. L. Downs,
Geo. W. Tyler, J. M. Penland, War-
ren P., Andrews, Asher R. Smith,
W. E. Lea, Mrs. Ethel Drought and
Sam C. Lackey. There are four va-
cancies on the governing board of
Report of the committee on per-
manent organization was adopted
providing for the election of execu-
tive officers and details of centen-
Immediately after adjournment of
the governing board the executive
committee met and elected the fol-
lowing for its permanent officers:
Cato Sells, chairman, Mrs. Clara
Driscoll Sevier, vice-chairman, Lowry
Martin, secretary and Sam Sparks,
J. K. Hughes on Committee
On motion Chairman Sells ap-
pointed the following committees: fi-
nance committee: Oscar F. Holcombe,
Sam Sparks, C. C. Walsh, J. K.
Hughes, Clifford B. Jones, Louis
Lipsitz and Benton McMillin and to
draft charter and by-laws: Jacob F.
Wolters and Cullen F. Thomas.
All motions and actions by the
governing board and the executive
committee were by unanimous vote.
The full board of governors will
meet at Dallas March 2, when com-
mittee reports will be made the cen-
tennial officers elected.
Chairman Cato Sells announces
that the members of the governing
board reported co-operation so rapid-
ly and universally growing through-
out the state as to promise a very
gratifying centennial outlook.
Bains Creek Has
To The Southwest
The Bains Creek Petroleum Com-
pany Saturday completed its second
gasser in the Groesbeck area, with
the completion of its No. 1 Pate at
a depth of 2960 feet. The other
well is on the Rich Kennedy. The
gasser Saturday was conservatively
estimated as being good for a million
cubic feet. The production from the
first well is being marketed and a
ready sale will be afforded for the
second. T. Frank Smith is president
of the company. He states that a
third well will be drilled at once.
Freestone County has employed
a County Farm Agent and efforts
are now being expended to secure
an able one who will be worth the
amount it costs the county, it is be-
lieved, to the County Fair held at
Teague, not to say anything of his
$1.50 PER YEAR IN ADV
Judging by cables from Paris there are no smarter
shoes being worn than those of the Nenon's
style. February's Calendar shoe is in Blonde Satin
with Blonde Suede cutout effect. Parisian Spike
heel. Grosgrain ribbon tie. Stitched vamp.
Pretty Girl Farmer Gets
More Thrills Out Of Plow
Handle Than Jazz Ballroom
GOOD SHOES AND HOSIERY
In one of the most successful
and brilliant affairs it has ever
held, the Mexia Shrine Club Fri-
day night entertained and was
entertained in a big banquet at the
Hurdleston Hotel banquet room.
With A. H. Berry presiding as
master of ceremonies, and with
high officials of the Karem temple
Shriners attending, a program of
entertainment was presented and the
nobles and their ladies took part in
contests and other features in a most
More than 100 attended the ban-
quet. E. L. Crow, president of the
Mexia Shrine Club, introduced the
master of ceremonies, Mr. Berry,
who in turn introduced the dis-
tinguished guests and entertainers.
An orchestra from the Karem tem-
ple furnished the music for the eve-
At the opening of the program
Mr. Berry introduced Miss Alice
While her city sisters are spend*
ing their time at jazz parties, dancea
and the ''movies." Miss Vernon Tebo,
17 years old and pretty, the daugh.
ter of a tenant farmer of the Cen-
tral Institute district, is spending her
time winning cotton raising contests
and cultivating the garden.
Driving a team of mules to a
plow or cultivator is a pleasure, not
a task, Miss Tebo says, and she has
demonstrated her ability at the plow
and the hoe.
On a good black land farm 12
miles from Mexia Miss Tebo now
has a half acre of garden planted
and is helping her father prepare his
land for next year's cotton crop.
She expects to select five of his best
acres of newly cleared land and enter
a state wide cotton raising contest
this year, against the most scienti-
fic farmers of the state.
Miss Tebo is in perfect sympathy
with the move for more cotton on
fewer acres, and she has shown her
father a thing or two in that line.
"I am a great lover of field work,"
says the contest winning miss.
"There is nothing I enjoy better than
to get up early and get on my union-
alls and get in the field. I have had
more pleasure in my five acre plot
than I ever got at a dance or a pic-
Hard work is nothing new in this
family, however. While Father Tebo
works 100 acres of land Mother Tebo
Simmonds as the sponsor of the club,
who responded with a talk on the raises enough chickens and eggs
Sells Road Bonds
For a Premium
PALESTINE, Tex., Jan. 31.—An-
derson county road bonds to the
amount of $500,000 have been sold
by the county commissioner court to
the Illinois Merchants Trust com-
pany of Chicago, the Federal Com-
merce Trust company of St. Louis
and Garrett & Co. of Dallas, joint
bidders. Thirty bond companies sub-
mitted bids with a viariance of some
$14,000 between the lowest and the
highest offers. A premium of $301
was paid by the purchasers. The
bonds bear 5 per cent interest and
constitute a part of an issue of
$1,500,000 voted more than two years
ago for the purpose of constructing
a system of highways in Anderson
county. The bonds are being sold
as the work on the roads progresses
and additional funds are needed.
An advisory committee of citizens
with Tucker Royall as chairman is
co-operating with the commissioners
court in selling the bonds, awarding
road contracts and approving plans
The contemplated new road build-
ing campaign provides for improved
highway connection with the county
of Freestone along the Lone Star
trail leading to and through Mexia.
County Farm Agt
FAIRFIELD, Jan. 31.—W. B.
Frederick, graduate of A. & M.
College, has been employed as county
farm agent for Freestone county. He
was introduced here by W. L. Craw-
ford, head of the division of exten-
sion, A. & M. College.
The new farm agent, the first for
this county, will begin work at
The advisory board selecting the
man was composed of the following:
D .M. Worthy, of Donie; W. T.
Ilopson, of Freestone; A. P. Carter,
of Kirven; C. K. Hawthorne, of
Streetman; Ed Watson of Stewart's
Mill; Clair Clark, of Dew; J. T.
Drumwright, of Wortham, Roger Al-
derman, Cotton Gin, and W. F. Rich-
ardson, of Fairfield.
SMALL FIRE SUNDAY
Fire which started in a small gaso-
line stove threatened the home of
Sam Jacob on West Carthage street,
west of Belknap, Sunday, but the
small house was saved from complete
destruction by the fire department.
The fire occurred at 10:15 a. m.
New Water Pump
Arrived in City
The pump has came.
Mexia's long looked for, waited
for and longed for, new high
powered water pump has arrived.
This is the cheering news which
City Manager R. H. Morgan let
slip out Wednesday as he hur-
ried about to get the pump un-
loaded and placed on a fountain
prepared for it seven miles from
the city at the city's springs.
The pump will replace an older
one, less powerful, and will send
a force of water into the lines
that will threaten the capacity of
Second and third floor dwellers
who have delayed their Saturday-
baths pending the arrival of the
new pump and more pressure,
will have to wait but a short few-
days, the city secretary says.
Mop Handle And
Knife Land Two
In City Prison
Two men are suffering severe
bruises and cuts, and are detained
in the city jail on charges of ag-
gravated assault, following a fight
at a local hotel Thursday night
which Chief of Police A. C. Mace
and patrolmen were called to stop.
The two men held, C. A. McCain
and J. W. Pace were involved in a
verbal altercation when McCain is
said to have made use of a mop
handle and Pace of a pocket knife
before the pair could be pulled
Police were called to the hotel
and the two were taken to jail.
Drs. Ham and Jackson were called
to bind up the wounds of the two
men, both being severely wounded.
The two men are to be turned
over to the county court by the
In Gasoline Rate
Gasoline, one of the requisites for
the locomotion of automobiles con
tinued to soar in price.
While a story was being prepared
for publication Tuesday telling of a
raise in price from 18 to 19 cents
nt Mexia filling stations the deal-
ers were having signs painted with
"20" on them.
So Wednesday the price was 20
cents a gallon at Mexia stations and
many motorists were filling their
tanks for fear of another increase
County Court To
Deal With Boys
In Mail Thefts
principles of Masonry and the Shrine.
Three Act Comedy
Ferguson Brothers, well known en-
tertainers, presented a three act
comedy which was one of the fea-
tures of the program. The comedy
was "Poor Jim," and set the crowd
in high spirit. Dr. Harry Porter,
Mexia chiropractor^ fave an imper-
sonation of a Hebrew merchant in
a manner that kept the diners chuck-
ling through the entire evening.
In a brain teaser, a list of ques-
tions on current events, Miss Thelma
Asbury of Waco, won the first prize
while Miss Poteet won the consola-
A musical number by the Elks'
to pay the grocery bill and put a
little ahead besides. There are three
other children in the family, but
they are younger and spend much of
their time in school. Of course there
is the chores to be done before and
after school and everybody works.
"I am going to help pay brother's
way in high school this year and next
year I hope to attend high school
myself," says Miss Tebo. Being the
oldest she has had to assist in the
work and has not finished high school
While the Tebos rent their farm,
they own their own horses and
mules, two cows and a flock of
chickens, as well as farming tools.
orchestra, a clever reading by four
year old Miss Mary Jane Crow, and to°-
„ And there is a bank account ahead
Two small boys arrested several
days ago for taking letters from the
post office and running through them
for checks and money, will be taken
before the county juvenile court in
February, Chief of Police A. C.
The officers will insist that at least
one of the boys be sent to the state
A large number of checks have
been found. One bunch of 10 checks
was found in a desk of one of the
boys at school, the bank orders hav-
ing been taken from a letter ad-
dressed to the Community Power
and Light company from Groesbeck.
Other checks have been found on the
school yards and other places.
The boys were 10 and 12 years
old, and their action established a
new record for juvenile crime in
Mexia, the officers declare.
The boys are in the custody of
their parents until the court term.
May field Seated
After Two Years
other acts were highly enjoyed by
Home in Titu
i T. .T. Preston has purchased the
cottage home on East Titus street
of Mrs. Mae Shelton, the trade being
Bids for the excavation of the closed Tuesday through the real
city's new water reservoir will be estate agency of De Witt Lamb,
received by the city council at a Mr. and Mrs. Preston will occupy
meeting called for Monday afternoon, the property as a home in a few
While the city has not advertised days. Mr. Preston has been a Mexia
for bids, the proposals are coming citizen some weeks, or since acquir-
in informally and a contract will
be given some concern to do this
part of the r««ai'voir work.
The property for the reservoir
has been arranged for, only the
signing of the deeds being required.
The reservoir will be near the Pure
Oil Company building on South Bel-
ing the Oaris Confectionery in the
early part of the winter. The many
friends of this good family will bo
glad to know they have made per-
manent investments in Mexia.
Mrs. Forrest Trombley, formerly
with the Munger Cotton Oil Com-
pany, is now employed in the offices
of Drs. Brown and Maxwell. Mrs.
Trombley was a librarian in the
military library at Leavenworth, cesS0ry. Address Salesmanager, 4311
Drs. Billy Buckner and Jack Mc-
Kinney returned to Dallas to re-
sume their studies in Dental College,
after spending Sunday with their
Will guarantee salary $50 per
week and furnish automobile to sev-
eral men selling excellent Ford ac-
Kas., before coming to Mexia.
Main, Granville, Ohio.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4.—The sen-
ate Tuesday seated Earle B. May-
field, Democrat, of Texas, dismissing
the contest brought by George E.
B. Peddy, defeated candidate in the
Acting on the unanimous report of
the elections committee, which found
no basis in the charges of excessive
expenditures or conspiracy between
Mayfield and the Ku Klux Klan, the
senate ended the two-year fight with-
out a word of debate.
No record vote was taken. When
the question was put for a viva voce
vote, no dissenting voice was raised.
Chairman Spencer called up the
committee report and after merely
pointing out that it was unanimous,
volunteered to answer questions.
None were asked. The chamber was
well filled, a roll call having taken
place just previously.
Lone Star Gas
MINERAL WELLS, Feb. 3.—Of- |
ficials today investigated an explo-
sion of a high tension line which in-
jured three men and caused fire
which destroyed the Lone Star Gas
plant here yesterday. The loss was |
estimated at $50,000. The injured
were Wayne Rogers, 25, who may I
die; Superintendent J. F. Byaa and
9> C* E^anjw, both badly tamed. 1,
All due to arrive in a few days.
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Houx, N. P. The Mexia Weekly Herald (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 5, 1925, newspaper, February 5, 1925; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth292454/m1/1/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gibbs Memorial Library.