The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 45, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 28, 1973 Page: 1 of 8
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Oldest Journalistic Venture West of the Brazos
Serving Shackelford County Since 1879
Old Volume No. Ninety-seven, New Volume No. Eighty-nine Albany, Texas 76430, Thursday, June 28, 1973
THOUSANDS SEE FANDANGLE;
5bt" TO CLOSE SATURDAY NIGHT
One Fandangle guest will not
likely forget this year's show as
he forgot to pack his wife's bag
and reluctantly was forced to •" uj
his bride a new wardrobe dur-
ing their stay in Albany. Paying
for all that might give you an
We overheard the president of
the local Albany bank tell his
wife as he watched the young
people kick up their heels dur-
ing a dance routine at the Fan-
dangle, " Honey we used to do
that dance didn't we?" But he
was returned one of those wifely
looks and a short reply, "But
that was a few years ago."
The old world is not lacking
for news these past few weeks
as everything from the drowning
pf baby chicks to a nuclear arms
limitation treaty to the drown-
ings of political giants In the
"watergate." It is becoming dif-
ficult to choose whether one is
ft pessimist or an optimist. You
can't get your teeth into anything
long enough to get a good taste
before something else comes
along and distracts you. Baby
chicks, gas rationing, Bmhnov
seen to distract our eyes from
other events but we Mem to al-
ways have Watergate on the tube
when it all clears away. I am one
who Is appreciative of Watergate
in the sense that it gives us a
chance to see some of the inter-
nal workings of the government.
I hope most people realize that
the primary purpose of the sen-
ate investigation is not to
try the defendants or to publicly
expose the case, although it will
do this better than the prosecu-
tors. The primary purpose of the
select committee is to find out if
flaws in our laws exist and if
they do, to make the necessary
recommendations to change them
and thus prevent events such as
Watergate from ever happening.
But the problem with these men
on capitol hill is that such elab-
orate studies are not made be-
fore most laws are passed. This
brings back to mind the gas rat-
ioning and the baby chicks again.
These would not have happened
If the senators had spent as much
time in pollution and economics
studies as they have on Water-
But if one begins to feel that
problems of political power are
recent developemenU, one might
read the Albany News files of
nearly one hundred years ago
which was pitching for the per-
A good honest man.
A man to watch him. \ * j
The Berryhill Reunion will be
held at the Berryhill school
house Sunday, July 1.
Everyone is Invited. Cbme and
bring basket lunch.
Mrs. 3. R. Blew rotaraod to
her home In Marietta, Ohio, on
June IS after a month'* visit,
with her parents, Mr. and lira.
C. M. Reeee While here aha
alao visited her children, Can-
dace and Dlaon, In Austin.
More than five thousand peo-
ple viewed the Fort Griffin Fan-
dangle and the Fandangle parade
last week as Albany opened its
doors for the throngs of visitors.
In a new time arrangement,
the parade opened the 1973 Fan-
dangle season last Thursday as
the streets were filled with pa-
rade viewers and dignitaries. A
near sell-out crowd followed that
night at the prairie theatre as
fourteen hundred Fandanglers
saw a nearly flawless opening
As dusk approached, the sound
of the Fandangle organ broke
through the West Texas air to
announce that the time had final-
ly arrived—time for the show to
The Fandangle show format
has not changed enough over the
years for fans of years ago not
to recognize the Fandangle as
such—but who would argue with
success anyway. The people, the
scenes, the props and a few of
the songs change but the Fan-
dangle Is still the story of this
portion of the country and its
Jesse White, Jr. opened the
show with the prologue that helps
explain the reverence to the past
that is held so dear in Albany.
The narrators of this show as in
past years were Marilynne (Mrs.
Chuck) Jacobs and Bob Green.
They continued to tell the story
as remembered by the old timer
in the story, Joe B. Matthews.
They continued the story through
the Indians, the settlers, first
love and through the death of
Fort Griffin and the golden wed-
ding of the lovers in the story.
One of the highlights of the
show was the introduction to the
audience of the new scene in the
Beehive with its surprise fight-
Many entertaining songs were
presented with a wide range of
topics from the Cowboy.'s prayer
to the intoxicated rat. But the
best is always saved for the last
and the Fandangle is no excep-
tion. Prairie Land has closed
each Fandangle and won many
hearts for' the Fandangle with
its beautiful tune and rolling feel-
ing. It subtly make a proud West
Texan of you and encourages a
return visit next year.
The 1973 version of the Fan-
dangle Parade was blessed with
fine weather and a large crowd
as it opened the festive fanfare
much to the delight of the many
thousands of fane which lined the
streets of Albany to view the
mile long event. Everything from
quite high wheeler bicycles to the
noise qt-tfte calliope was entered
to entertain the crowd.
Texas Ranger Sid Merchant
and Shackelford County Sheriff
Ben Jack Riley led this years
parade which saw Indians, old
cars, trains, disc jockeys, and-
Ion" johns as it covered its course
around the court house square
Winners in the various cate-
gories are listed below..
Most Typical Cowboy Over 18;
1. Lewis Cox; 2. Leslie Hayman.
Most Typical Cowboy Under 18;
I. Robert Gates; 2. Jerry Don
Best Side Saddle Entry; 1. Bil-
lie Rodriguez; 2. Nancy Leech.
(Continued an tut page)
CHAMBER OF COMMENCE MANAGER Gary Whitbeck found his real calling this
year as he became the conductor for the Fandangle train. Engineer of the train la
Herbert Hawkins, with a host of young passengers.
Yergm to aee
ire Mr and
X-ray But To Be
The Mobile X-ray Lung Detec-
tion Unit will be in Albany
tomorrow (Friday) to take x-rays
of the lungs of all who come.
The unit will be at the Chamber
of Commerce area from noon un-
til 6:00 p. m,, and will be aided
by a group of local people.
The unit, operated by the North
Texas Lung Association, helps in
the detection and eradication of
tuberculoais, emphysema, asth-
ma, lung tumors, chronic bron-
All persona 21 years of age
and over are urged to take ad-
tantage of this service.
Weather for Week
^v^ao^wL"^ ^g graduation
™ M5! Mrs. M. M. Caldwell and Alan
aak. Only a trace of ram waa • . . ..
reported last week, and tempera- « ax* ana
tuna ranged from the BO'S to 01
Tamperaturee for the
AT SAN ANTONIO
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Thomas
recently attended the com m nee-
ment exercises of the University
of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio. Receiving the
doctorate of philosophy degree
was Virginia Lynn Thomas,
daughter of Eugene Thomas and
the late Mrs. Etta McCoy Thom-
Vlrglnia'a major areas of study
have been in microbiology and
biochemistry. She recently pre-
sented her research work In Im-
munologic studies In pyelonephri-
tis at clinical meetings in Chi-
cago and New Orleans. She has
since Joined the faculty at the
medical center to continue re-
search and to teach medical and
Service* Sunday at
Chaplain Major B. F. Schoen-
born of Little Rock AFB, Ark.,
will conduct holy communion
services Sunday at Trinity Luth-
Sunday school is at 10:00 a.
m. and worship services at 11:00.
Chaplain Schoenhorn was min-
ister of the Lutheran Church
here approximately 1# years ago.
Everyone is cordially invited
to attend worship services Sun-
day to hear Chaplain Schoen-
DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE
AUSTIN. —' Approximately 330
atudenta were candidates for the
doctor of jurisprudence degree
from The University of Texas
School of Law at the end of the
JUDGE J. C. LYNCH—Above Is an old photo of Judge J. C. Lynch,
first county judge of Shackelford County, in whose ranch home eight
miles east of Albany the first Methodist Church in Northwest Texas
waa organised in 1873.
BEHIDBTS TO CELEBRATE
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY .
To Bring Sermon
The First United Methodist
Church of Albany will celebrate
its 100th anniversary in special
services Sunday, July 1. The
pastor, Dr. Tilden Armstrong,
has invited Bishop Alsie H.
Carleton of Albuquerque, N. M.,
who will bring the 11:00 o'clock
sermon. Bishop Carleton is
Resident Bishop, Northwest Tex-
as-New Mexico Area of the
church. He holds a BA degree
from McMurry College, 1933, BD
from Southern Methodist Univer-
sity, 1933, and DD, Texas Wes-
ley an College, LLD from Mc-
Murry, 1969, and DD, Southern
Methodist, 1971. Bishop Carleton
received the Distinguished Alum-
nus Award from SMU in 1973.
After holding pastorates In a
number of Texas cities, ■ he was
elected a bishop at the South
Central Jurisdictional Conference
in 1968 In Oklahoma City and as-
signed to the Northwest Texas-
New Mexico Area for 1968-72 and
was reassigned in 1972 for anoth-
Bishop Carleton is president
of the South Central Jurisdiction
College of Bishops.
The district superintendent, Dr.
Darris L Eggar, will take part
in the service. Mrs. Tilden Arm-
strong, accompanied by Nancy
Law at the organ, will sing "The
. Dedication of the Texas His-
torical Marker will be held in
front of the church at 11:45. The
marker is being placed In con-
crete in front of the colonnade,
and will be unveiled by Herman
Garllts and John Wtllett. David
Winkler will make the presenta-
tion. These three young men
were the first to unite with the
church at the beginning of this
by Hubbard Lake Steak House
for $2.25 for adults and $1.25 for
children. Everyone attending is
invited to eat with the group
Former Pastors Invited
Former members of the
church have been invited to at-
tend the centennial service, and
former pastors have also receiv-
ed a special invitation. Among
the living former pastors invited
are Dr. O. P. Clark, 1912-15;
(Continued on page 5)
Funeral Today for
DAVE WHEELER TO HAVE
TRANSPLANT NEXT WEEK
Dave Wheeler, who 'operated
the H & H TV Shop here until
he became ill several • months
ago will undergo surgery next
week at the John Sealy Hospital
in Galveston and will receive a
kidney transplant. He extends to
the people of Albany a sincere
thanks for the help during the
past few months.
Incidently, more help is need-
ed and if you wish to contribute
to this fund, you can drop in at
the First National Bank for more,
HOME FROM HOSPITAL
Earl Killough, owner of Hill
Top Grocery & Market, returned
home Wednesday after spendir?
about ten days in Hendriek Me-
morial Hospital in Abilene. He
suffered a heart attack June 16.
Mr Killough is getting a!'rig
ON DEAN'S LIST
WEATHERFORD. Ok la. -The
President's List for the 1973
spring semester at Southwestern
State College contains the names
of 127 students who made
straight A grades.
Hundreds of other students
have qualified for the Dean's Lint
with B averages, or 3.0 and
above, with no grade below C.
Making the Dean's List is Cecil
Don Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Cecil Weaver of Albany, Texas.
School Board Meets
"Hie Albany board of education
met in special session Monday
evening with five members pres-
ent. Bids were opened for wir-
ing the, refrigerated window
units at the high school.
Ken Hill, Shackelford County
school counselor, met with the
board and gave an informative
report on the results of the
school testing program.
Thought for Today
(S. M. (Moody) Burnett
Activity is a sure deterrent to-
ward old age
• «L Kr. and Mn Curtto * pJ5 J late
of service, sc-
Mrs. Otto Oartlts, the last to
unite wttb the chinch baton the
doao of the test
Now York City.
Mrs. James B. Ledbetter, who
was 65 years of age, passed away
at 9 00 o'clock Monday evening
in the Shackelford County Me-
morial Hospital following an ex-
Funeral will be hel l at 2 00
this (Thursday) afternoon in the
First Baptist Church with Rev.
and Mrs Frldie But tram of
Burial will be in the Albany
Cemetery under direction of
Godfrey Funeral Home
Mrs. Ledbetter, the former
Elizabeth Sweda, was born May
9. 1908. in Boston. Mass During
World War II she met Jim Led-
better and they were married
in New York Aug 17, 1945 They
came to Albany following the
war to make their home. Mr.
Ledbetter died Feb 18, 1973
Mrs. Ledbetter was a member
of the Pentecostal Church
Surviving are a son, Joe Ed
ledbetter of Houston; a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Sarah Ann Hundhausen
of Albany; a grandson, Daniel
Ledbetter of Houston; three
brothers, Alexander J. Sweda of
Los Angeles, Calif., and Joseph
and Edward 9*eda, both tt Dor-
Dob Green, local rancher and
"history bug" was the guest
speaker at the Chamber of Com-
merce luncheon last Friday. He
spoke in conjunction with the pro-
clamation of Historical Week m
Shackelford County Green began
approximately 30-40 million yews
ago with the first human settlers
on this continent who were hunt-
ers of large animals and had a
life span of an average of 18-20
years. This group died out and
made way for the second group
which was the forerunners to ttie
Indian in about five million BC.
These people fought amon^
themselves before the white man
came according to Green. He re-
viewed the change of the domi-
nance over a certain ares as the
Indians fought, won and lost.
After many years, the wslin
men began to explore this area
as the Spanish and French had
expeditions into Texas. This riv-
alry waa responsible for the es-
tablishment of forts north of ten
Rio Grande by Km
cording to Green, of
was the Alamo.
af tea. Green atead far •
are Billy Ayars,
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Lenamon, James L. The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 45, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 28, 1973, newspaper, June 28, 1973; Albany, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth429210/m1/1/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Old Jail Art Center.