Claude News (Claude, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, October 13, 1944 Page: 1 of 4
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A Community Service
for Armstrong County
& Its Trade Territory
In the Interest of the
Farming & Ranching
Growth of this Section
•The Oldest and Best Read County
Seat Weekly in the Panhandle"
CLAUDE, ARMSTRONG COUNTY, TEXAS, OCTOBER 13, 1944
News About Our
Boys In The
0 Guydell Woodburn, located at
Ban Diego California, phoned his
wife at Claude, that he would
likely be home on a furlough a-
round the 20th of Oct.
• Ray Hundley Is thru with his
school as a radio technician in
California and Is ready to be
shipped over seas at anytime.
• Paul Demarinl>, in the Navy at
Pearl Harbor, writes his wife, the
former Maxine Eisenhower, at
Claude, that It is quite warm
where he is located and that
he would not he coming homo for
quite a while.
CPL. ARDYTH & MISS LOIS
Cpl. Ardyth -Wertenberger, sta-
tioned at Balnwidge, Ga. Army
Air Field., and Miss Lois Wer-
tenberger. who is employed in
Civil Service work at Kelley Air
Field at San Antonia, Texas, have
Just spent a 12 day leave with
their parents, Mr. and Mrs Jess
Wertenberger south of Claude. Al-
so their sister and family, Mrs.
Estes Wiseman of Borger, Texas.
WM. J. BRYAN WACJGONI.lt
WRITES FROM H'AI.Y:
Dearest Dad & Mom:
We have been real busy in all
departments. To-day I am rff
and decided to go see Claude
R, Jones Jr. of Claude. It has
been about 2 months since he
came to see inc. Been hoping
that he could come back but
guess he thinks it is my time to
visit him. I have been afraid to
go too far away while my feet
are so tender, caused by "Uhlete
foot, that put me in the hospital
a week or more. I sure don't
want my feet infected again. W"
are fixing up quite a club house
for the enlisted men. It will h.ue
a bar with Cainia Rum, Beer,
Coffee, cakes and rookies, maybe
wines. Hope we do not have any
drunks. They are distasteful to me.
Dada, I always remember you and
Mom In my prayers. Mucli Love
and Best Wishes, Bryan.
MORRIS B. OS BORN
Headquarters South Pacific Base
Command—Morris B. Osborn,
whose wife, Mrs. Mildred Osborne
lives at Route No. 2. Claude,
Texas, has been promoted from
Private First Class to Tcchni ian
Fifth Grade. Prior tc entering the
Army at Foit Sam Houston, Texas.
Corporal Osborn studied Agronomy
for three and a hall years at
Texas A M.
Overseas since October 28. 1943,
Corporal Osborne is serving in the
Adjutant General s section at the
Headquarters South Pacific Base
Command in New Caledonia.
Q. I have just received the news
that my husband was killed in
action. To whom should I apply
for the months' death gratuity,
back pay and insurance?
A. You need not apply tor
these payments. As soon as the
War Department records concern-
ing your husband's death are
complete, you will receive papers
to be signed on whlsh payment
will be made. The process usually
takes from four to six weeks.
Q. How long must a soldier
have served in a theater of oper-
ations before he is eligible to
wear t lie ribbon for that theater?
A. He must have served for a
period of more than 30 conse-
cutive days, or for a total of 00
days not necessarily consecutive.
Q. My husband is in the Aimy
and I would like to join the Wr-
men's Army Corps. I am afraid,
however, that during demobiliza-
tion, he might be discharged be-
fore I am. Would it be possible
for us to be discharged toge-
Under the present plans for de-
mobilization to begin after the fall
of Germany, all female personnel
of the Army whose husbands have
been released will be discharged
Q. I have a blue discharge from
the Army. Will this prevent me
from going to college under the
G. I. Bill of Rights?
A. No. If you can satisfy age.
service and other requirements for
education under the G. I. Bill
of Rights, and you were released
from the sen-ice under conditions
other than dishonorable, you are
eligible. Only the yellow, or dis-
honorable, discharge disqualified.
TECH. SGT. JOHN R. C.OODIN
I have been panning on writing
you for a long, long time and
thanking you for the Claude News,
it surely is appreciated a lot.
Bryan writes some very inter-
esting letters about that side of
the world. There is quite some
differences between us, he is in
some civilization but I have been
(Continued Bottom Next Column)
MRS. NORA IIARGIS
Mrs. Nora Leta Hargis and
children, Herbie and Ann have re-
cently returned to their home in
Austin Texas after a month's
visit with Mrs. Hargis Parents,
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Hunter. The
Hargis family spent the past sever-
al months in Central America
where Mr. Hargis, who Is now
Captain in the U. S. Army serving
as Sanitation Engineer on The
Pan American Highway Mrs. Har-
gis and chidren arrived in £1
Salvador just at the outbreak of
the recent revolution there where
more than 2.000 soldiers and civil-
ians were killeu. Fortunately they
escaped without harm tho two
city blocks were completely des-
troyed within six blocks of their
pioneering for thirty months now.
But I hope to sec some towns are
something soon, ha!
I doubt if I would hardly re-
cognize the old home town, for
there Is so many new names in
I have had two nice furloughs
to Sydney, Aust. since I've been
over here. The Australians sure
are a funny race of people, they
sure have the English accent
I must close thanking you once
again for the paper and hope to
see you all before long,
Sincerely, Tech. Sgt. John R.
C-oodin. A.S.N. 18037124 36th
Fighter Sqd. A.P.O. 926. % P.M.
San Francisco, California.
V • DAY
Farm News From
MOWING PASTt'RES WILL PAY
Mowing pastures will double the
amount of grazing for cattle in
the summer and do likewise for
clover in the winter.
It is agreed that mowing also
helps to destroy breeding places
of files and mosquitoes In the
summer and provides drier walk-
ing and grazing for cattle in the
wet winter months of the coastal
section. Mowing should be done
before weeds go to seed and clover
mast be mowed before frost to
increase winter pastures.
INFORMATION ON GRAIN
STORAGE IS AVAILABLE
Loss of grain sorghums in stor-
age usualy Is due either to high
moisture content resulting In heat
or mold damage or to insects
which infest the grain in storage
M. R Bentley, Extension Agri-
cultural Engineer, points out that
tight bins provide the best kind
of storage when the moisture con-
tent is 12 per cent or less. Vent-
ilated bins often are used for
conditioning grain which contains
slightly more moisture than that.
These, however, are not recom-
mended for storing grain longer
than a few months, unless they
can be tightly closed for fumiga-
tion after the grain is dry.
Only in dry, sunny climates
should combined gruin be dried
in piles on dry ground.
When grain sorghums for feed
is too damp to store in bins,
or the moisture content is above
21 percent, it can be made Into
silage successfully, according to
findings of the Bceville substation
of the Texas Agricultural Experi -
ment Station. Care must be taken
to exclude air pockets at the
corners or on top when the silo
Farmers on the Plains arc ad-
vised that damage s likely to
occur to stored grain next spring
if the kernels contain more than
2 per cent moisture when stored.
Most growers can get their grain
tested at local elevators. Experi-
ment Station studies in Kansas
have shown that standing combinc
grain should be permitted to
stand at least two weeks after
a hard killing frost before being
combined. Shocked grain sorghums
should be well cured and dry be-
TREATING COTTONSEED FOR
PINK BOLLWORM CONTROL
Heating cottonseed as a means
of controlling pink bollworm will
not injure the germinating fer-
tility of the seed, provided the
heating is done in acordance with
regulations of the Bureau of En-
tomology and Plant Quarantine,
and the Texas Department of A-
grlculture. Gins, however, should
be equipped with good heating
Farmers need have no hesitancy
in buying planting seed which has
been treated by approved methods.
The late W. T. Young, one of
the largest registered cottonseed
breeders in western Texas, heated
cottonseed under supervision of
State and Federal authorities for
many years. Farmers in several
heavy cotton producing counties
of south Texas and the Lower
Rio Grande Valley have been
planting seed given heat treat-
ment for the past five or six
years. Farmers in the El Paso
Valley have been planting such
seed for more than 20 years.
Either dry or steam heat at 150
degrees Fahrenheit kills pink boll-
worm larvae in cottonseed in 30
seconds. The heat process, how-
ever, does not injure the germinat-
ing and growing qualities of the
Seed of poor quality, regardless
of whether it has been treated,
will fail to germinate or come
up. Improper plating or unfavor-
able weather also will cause poor
germination of even the best grade
of planting seed. However, ex-
perience .^hows that treated seed
has germinated as well, and *n
many instances better, than un-
treated seed, the specialist ex-
(Newsletter by Gene Worley,
Member of Congress)
The announcement made on
September 28th by the War Food
Administration regarding the re-
lease of practically all types of
farm machinery from rationing
controls is of great interest and
importance to our ection of the
country. The farm items release;!
from rationing and other distri-
bution controls ate: combines, corn
binders, manure spreaders, mowers,
side delivery rakes hay loaders,
pickup hay balers wheel tractors,
grain drills, potato planters, po-
tato diggers, silo fillers, irrigation
pumps, power spravers. garden
tractors, well water systems, pow-
er pumps, farm milk coolers, sheet
metal water well casing, and farm
This action is in line with the
WFA policy of constantly examin-
ing all of its wartime regulations
and removing them as soon as
they are no longer essential, Judge
Marvin Jones stated.
One of the problems confront-
ing the farmers and ranchers of
the Texas Panhandle this fall will
be the supply and availability of
protein feed for cattle during the
winter months. Due to the inter-
est in this question, I have taken
the matter up officially with the
War Food Administration and
Grover B. Hill, First Assistant
War Food Administrator, a na-
tive of the Panhanile and fami-
liar with our problems, is fa-
miliar with our problems, has
supplied the following informa-
"The supply will be about the
same as it was lr-st year. War
Food Order No. S), which was lh:
order put into effect last spring
setting aside 20 percent of the
production of oilseed meal for dis-
tribution at the direction of the
War Food Administration is still
in effect and will be continued.
This order was the one that was
asked for by the livestock pro-
ducers, and gave goo.I results.
In the State., of Oklahoma, Tex-
as, and New Mexico, the certifi-
cate plan used last spring ha.",
again been requested by the pro-
ducers and is also in effect.
This program .vorked well after
it was inaugurated last rpring,
and we are confident it will do
the same this year. However, we
are keeping in close touch with
Public Service Co.
October 10th, 1944.
Three Minute Sermon
By Robert L. Constable, Director
of Correspondence School
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago
WHAT MAKES IT HEAVEN?
There is a hymn that says,
"Where Jesus is, 'tis heaven."
Whenever we think of heaven we
Mr. T. W. Gilstrap, c/o South- always assume His presence there,
western Public Service Co., Amar- The Bible is the only place we
illo, Texas. learn anything about heaven, and
Dear Mr. Gilstrap: j it tells us very little. Since it
We wish to acknowledge with has not "entered into the heart
the greatest of appreciation your^ of man, the things which God
recent reduction in electric rates hath prepared for them that love
in the City of Claude. j Him," the best way to describe it
It is indeed gratifying to have is in terms we understand, terms
a public service company serv-, of earth But because there is
ing us which has the interest of little of the earthly in heaven,
the town and it's people at | our descriptions are mostly about
heart as you have proved to have 1 what heaven is not.
Hand the minister a $5 bill for
making a marriage and a law-
yer a $100 bill for breaking it,
adds up to matrimony being r.
costly experience, without taking
into consideration the up-keep.
from time to time by your high
type of service and many con-
We also wish to express our
appreciation for your local mana-
ger, Mr. Johnnie J. McCarty, who
has so willingly and ably repre-
sented the fine spirit of your
company in our community.
Assuring you that it is a plea-
sure to have your service, we
wish to remain,
Yours very truly,
THE CITY OF CLAUDE,
By Hugh Doak, Mayor.
P. S. We are not unmindful of
your present expenditure and im-
provements in cur city to give
us more efficient sendee.
4 ■' - \. £
Our Joke Column
A Marine walked over to Zazu
Pitts and said. Hiya, Beautiful1''
Zazu smiled and said, "I know
why you're calling me that. It's
because I spent six hours in a
beauty parlor.1' The Marine said,
"No. It's because I spent six
months in the Solomons.'1
In Revelation 21:1 we read that
there is no more sea in heaven—
no more of that which separates,
no more heaving turmoil and
storm. We remember that in John
6, when the Lord's disciples had
been rowing across the sea of
Galilee through a high storm, Je-
■us came to them walking on the i
sea As soon as He stepped in- j
side the boat there was a great j
calm, and they were Immediately
on the other side of the lake. No!
seperation, no storm, because Je-
sus takes them away.
In Revelation 21:4 we read,
"There shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying." We
think of John 11, when at the
grave of Lazarus Jesus showed I „ . ,
° „ , ,i ments, Doctor, and will you please
that He was the One who could „„„ , ,, , , L ,,
rnmp anr nnvp n Inn1' at 11
A revival was being conducted
by a muscular preacher. He was
disturbed by two young man who
scoffed at everything they saw or
He paused and asked them why
they attended the meeting.
"We came to see miracles per-
formed," impudently replied on':
Leaving the pulpit and walking
quietly down the aisle, the min-
ister seized one after the other
by the collar and, as they dis-
appeared out of the door, re-
marked: "We don't perform mir-
acles here but we do cast out
Stephen Leacock, the humorist,
tells how proud he was when he
first got his Ph.D. and on his
first trip to the Orient put him-
self down on the passenger list
of the liner as 'Doctor Leacock."
"I was getting my things
straightened out,' he says, "when
a steward knocked at my cabin
door and asked, Are you Doctor
Leacock? The captain's compli-
JR. RED CROSS
The Jr. Red Cross Is striving
to do their share this year! In
High School and Grade School,
boxes are being packed to send
overseas for the boys who will
go over after Octoebr 15.
Frances Ruth Lowery and Ruth
Brunson went to the Red Cross
Exhibit in Amarillo to get ideas -
for the Home He Club when I
they pack boxes to send to the |
boys in the states (or Christmas.
| There will be a Jr. Red Cross
, drive from the first to the flf-
i teenth of November and a hun-
dred percent is expected.
Many years ago, when your col-
umnist first visited that area,
three towns in a row along the
sandy highway suggested the pio-
neers—Pioneer, Cross Plains, Ris-
ing Star. Old Comanche Peak
frowned down, with memories of
days when from its height an
Indian lookout scanned a great
sweep of country, perhaps for
sight of a wagon that could be
attacked or a herd of cattle that
could be stolen; the smoke of
signal fires had risen from the
crest of the summit.
In 1821, Pioneer was a stragg-
ling little settlement, with a school
house, a church, a store or two.
and a few houses. About 30 votes
were cast at the box but some were
those of farmers and livestock
raisers who lived in the sur-
rounding country. It was a region
radiant with wild flowers if Spring
brought rains but, for much of
the rest of the year, uninviting
with its cactus, scrubby mesquite,
rocks and sand.
But with the discovery of gush-
er oil by Tom Bryant, the pop-
ulation increased in a few months
to 5000. Business buildings for
half a mile lined both sides cf!
the road that became the main
conquer death and replace sorrow
with great joy.
Going on to Revelation 22:3 we
are told that in heaven "there
shall be no more curse." That is
because Christ was made a curse
for us. "For cursed is everyone
that hangeth on a tree." He "as
made sin for as, that we might
be made the righteousness of God
in Him" (II Cor 5:21 No more
curse because Jesus has taken
the curse away.
In verse 5 we read, "There shall
be no night there." It is night
for God's people now, the night
of His absence. He said, "While
I am in the world I am the light
of the world." And He is the
light of heaven. "Weeping may
endure for a night, but joy cometh
in the morning." There .-.hall be
no night in heaven because He
who is the Sun of rignteousness
shall be in the midst of His people.
"And they shall see His face."
That will make it heaven.
come and have a look at the sec-
ond stewardess' leg?'
"I was off like a shot realizing
the obligations of a medical man.
But I had no luck. Another fellow
got there ahead of me. He was
a Doctor of Divinity."
One if the noticable features is
that man Is so satisfied with him-
self that he wouldn't trade places I broadcasting
Sambo, in Heaven, had just got
Rastus, far below, on the asbestos
"Hello, Rastus, how are you get-
"Oh. I'se havin' a line time,
don't haf to work much, jes shovel
in some coal now and then. How
"I'se workin' purty ■■ hard. Wc
haf to sweep up de clouds, pull
in the stars, switch on the light,
and give de ole sun a shove every
'How come you all have r.o
much work to do?"
"Well, sah, to tell de truth,
we're kinda short o' help up hoah."
Mr. Winston Churchill was to
make a broadcast in five minutes
and was almost thirty blocks frcm
the animal kingdom, says Jess hailed a cab and
Hens around Claude have be-
come so uppity they expect all the
modern conveniences and a right
to lay eggs on the sitting room
told the driver
his address. The driver replied,
"I'm sorry, sir. but that's out of
my limits just now."
Puzzled Mr, Churchill asked him
why, and the driver said. "Mr.
Churchill is speaking in five min-
utes and I want to hear him."
Pleased. Mr. Churchill gave the
souvenirs, men in the tiny offi- ; driver ton schillings. The cabbie
ces (set off by waist-high railings)
in hotel lobbies, looking at maps
on the wall or at folding maps
that had been drawn from a hip
pocket and spread out on a ta-
ble, making deals sometimes in
just a few minutes that involved
] many thousands of dollars.
The bright yellow of the bowt
fa Either William*' braid* i* picked
Hp by the gray yellow and white
^laid of her one-piece cotton *eer-
Iacker playtait. Mia* William* ta
currently featured in Metro-Gold-
Wya-Mayer'a "Bathing Beauty."
street—stores, hotels, lumber yards,
pipe yards, supply houses, cafes,
all of them revealing the haste
with which they had been put up
and devoid of paint except for
the signs. And on the side streets,
shacks and tents arose.
Fire, of course, was an ever-
present hazard, and several dis-
astrous ones were narrowly pre-
The most colorful day in Pio v
neer's history was the Fourth of
July, 1922. The town's usual pop-
ulation was swelled by thousands,
lured by the many special at-
tractions and the regular sights
of an oil boom town. This writer
recalls that, on the way, our car
stalled on the "high center" cf
the hard dirt road so deeply had
the ruts been cut by the heavy
trucks and wagons—and it was a
Model T, too, which stood al-
most as high as the bed of a
Flags and bunting were flaunt-
ing everywhere in the business
section of Pioneer that day. There
were a carnival, a rodeo, a base-
ball game, and a patriotic pro-
gram under an arbor, the princi-
pal speaker being the Hon. H
P Brelsford of Eastland, formei
State Senator, of florid complex-
ion. with handsome features sur-
mounted by a shock of gray hair,
and with the bearing, build, voice
and vocabulary of a Webster—
the country's foremost orator.
But Pioneer had a holiday at-
mosphere every day—crowds mov-
ing restlessly and endlessly in a
shuffle along the board sidewalks,
.'umcs of flying onions from a
•core of hamburger stands, ven-
dors moving about with oil field |
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said, "To 'ell with Mr. Churchill
Astronomers figure the largest
star is 690 million miles in dia-
meter, and we figure this is the
one Hitler has been reaching for
and can't quite swing it!
They Met in Petticoat Lane
THIS pretty young lady of the
Women's Royal Canadian Naval
Service will never forget the trip
she made along Petticoat Lane in
London. England, where they say
you can buy anything from a packet
of needles to a grand piano And
this Wren believes it for the naval
photographer who took the picture
had three bids on his camera and
apparatus before be had gone a
hundred yards But all Wren Eve
Kerr of Fox River, Nova Scotia, is
interested in is a game of dart ■
with two American soldiers Here
she is shown discussing the situa-
tion with Private (First Class) C
V Moore of Petersburg, Virginia,
and Corp Robert Pittman of Chi-
in uidition to serving in Britain
Can. ian Wrens are stationed at
nearly every naval establishment in
Canada, and there are more than
1,000 at one eastern port. They alsc
serve in Newfoundland. Washing
ton and New York.
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