The Weekly Chronicle (Duncanville, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 9, 1956 Page: 1 of 4
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The WEEKLY CHRONICLE
of Events in DUNCANVILLE and CEDAR HILL
VOL 1—NO. 27
DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1956
10c Per Copy
Panthers Play Kaufman Friday;
Travel To Richardson Saturday
Cedar Hill High School became
the latest victim of burglary in
this area over the weekend when
approximately $80 was taken
from several different funds in
Entry was gained through a
window next to the gymnasium
and all the desks in the building
were gone through. Superinten-
dent Paul A. Brooks said that
parts of funds of the ser'ir
class, junior class, thf sixth
igrade, the athletic funds and
other class funds were stolen,
but that there was no damage
to the building. The senior class
lost approximately $52, a little
over $10 was taken from the
junior class, 65 cents from the
sixth grade, $3 from the athletic
fund, $18 from the March of
Dime* Collection, and $5.75 from
the fifth grade. Two deposits had
been made on Thursday, the last
day of school last week, prevent-
ing the loss from being greater.
Time of the burglary was esti-
mated as sometime Sunday night.
School custodian Tim Sullivan
had inspected the building Sun-
day morning and had found
everything in order at that time.
Investigating officer for the
sheriff's department was M. P.
Playing on a revised schedule
due to fire and weather, the Dun-
canville Panthers won their sev-
enth conference victory against
one loss Monday night as they won
over Forney, 69-49, at Midlothian.
Midlothian will be used as the home
court the remainder of the season
Holding only 1-point, 20-19,
half-time lead, the Panthers
scored 24 points to 12 for Forney
in the third quarter to pull' away
for the win. Leonard Ray Bell
topped the scoring with 28 points
with Tommy Case next with 23.
Bobby Nutt, John Blankenship
and' Doyce Smith had 6 each.
In the girls' game, Forney de-
feated Duncanville, 60-40. Shirley
Smith led the Pantherette scor-
ing with 20 points. Glenda Gold-
man was runner-up with 12
points and Judy Wilson had 8.
Duncanville's revised schedule
finds the Panthers playing Kauf-
man and the Pantherettes play-
ing Cedar Hill at Midlothian
Friday night. Saturday night both
Duncanville teams travel to
Richardson in an all-important
Campleting the scheduled games
will be Wilmer-Hutchins at
Wilmer - Hutchins Tuesday, Feb-
ruary 14, and the finale with the
current league leaders, Piano, at
Cedar Hill Court
Improvements on the fire sta-
tion to provide a court room for
Cedar Hill have been completed.
The new court room has been
painted, textoned, had a new floor
installed, and two new double
City Judge A. L. Nemitz has
declared the court room ready for
the first case whenever it should
Water Employee 111
K. O. Alien, former water super-
intendent for the city of Duncan-
ville, is reported very ill this week
at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Frank Sims of Cedar Hill. Mr-
Allen was stricken last weekend.
Meeting three nights after the
school gymnasium fire, the Dun-
canville School Board made plans
last Thursday night to launch a
gym building program.
The board members plan to
investigate the make-up of several
other gyms to assist in the plan-
ning of features for the new one
for Duncanville. They are now in
the process of hiring an architect
and getting a fiscal agent to handle
tie bonds for the new building.
The old gymnasium was covered
by $35,000 insurance, and the school
still has $70,000 unissued bonds of
the $250,000 voted in 1953 for
school building projects.
Location for the new gym will
probably be just north of the high
school building near the curve in
the Duncanville-Wheatland Road.
Trustees want to have the gym
completed before next basketball
season, and by Sept. 1 if possible.
Meanwhile, the Duncanville Pan-
thers are practicing and playing
See GYM DRIVE Page 4
Principals in the Cedar Hill
tax suit were in court Wed-
nesday afternoon for the
beginning of testimony on
the preliminary injunction
The case opened last Thursday
morning at Judge J. B. Davenport's
court room. The morning session
was limited to motions and argu-
ments by the attorneys, and in the
afternoon the lawyers conferred
with the judge concerning various
points of law at issue in the case.
Meanwhile, cross action suits
were filed against seventeen of
the plaintiffs by the school board
for recovery of delinquent taxes.
The seventeen, who had not yet
been served Wednesday because of
a lack of addresses in the district
attorney's offices, are:
I. B. Clark, Paul Holveck, Rosie
Ballwig, Byron Phillips, G. Dan
Peterson, Kermit Mangrum, K. C.
Mangrum, Mrs. Etta Lewis, Roy
B. Macon, Karel Sula, Hobart
Mackey, H. Leslie Hill, Jake
Myers, H. J. Fuller, Marvin Moon,
Joe Slampa, Mrs. Phena Anderson
as an individual and as executrix
of the estate of A. J. Anderson.
Frank Cusack, attorney for the
members of the Citizens Associa-
tion who are seeking the injunction
against the school and city to
prevent further collection of taxes,
filed a motion last Thursday to
remove the name of Lester P
Lorch from the plaintiffs. The
motion was granted.
Claude Bell, school attorney,
filed several motions:
The request to separate the case
of the school and city was tem-
The request to remove seven or
eight of the plantiffs who had
signed a petition at the school tax
office was overruled. Judge Daven-
port did say however, that these
individuals could be removed if
they would request it of the court.
The request to remove the names
of plantiffs from the case who had
already paid their taxes was
granted by the court.
The request to make the bond
companies a part of the suit was
Will Convene Tonight
New Duncanville resident Joe W.
Summers will address the Cham-
ber of Commerce tonight on The
Secret of Survival As a Free Na-
tion. Mr. Summers was a foreign
correspondent in the Far East
during World War II. Following
that, he was head of a San Antonio
insurance company, and is now
associated with Dudley Hughes in
The Four Star Quartet will fur-
nish musical entertainment for the
program. Members of the quartet
are Pete Robbins, Gene Summers,
Don Shook, and George West.
Their pianist is Nancy Bryant, and
their director is Lowell Robbins.
The 8 p.m. meeting tonight at
the Community House will be the
first under the new chamber policy
of meeting every sixty days instead
of every month. Since it will also
be the first meeting of the year,
projects for 1956 will be discussed.
The new city map and the county's
traffic survey report of Duncan-
ville will be shown to members,
said the president, Dr. A. M. Fain.
At the last board of directors
meeting it was voted to begin a
Boost Duncanville Campaign by
contacting each of the organiza-
tions in town and ask that each
one choose a project to boost, im-
prove, or promote Duncanville dur-
ing the year. Possible projects of
the Chamber of Commerce will also
be presented and discussed.
The Cedar Hill school board was
to meet Wednesday night to open
sealed bids on the new high school
building. Bidding from twelve or
fifteen contractors was expected on
the general, electrical and me-
chanical-plumbing contracts. Archi-
tects are Harper and Kemp, Dallas.
At their regular meeting Monday
night the board voted to have
Texas Power and Light Company
set new 55-foot light poles for the
new football field. Old poles were
45-feet high and had four lights
each. The new ones, to be set within
the next few days, will probably
have five lights on each pole, said
The contract for Supt. Paul A.
Brooks was extended for three
years and will be effective until
July 1, 1959.
Easter vacation will be observed
as scheduled this year, Friday,
March 30 through Monday, April
2, despite the three days lost re-
cently due to the bad weather.
Board members voted to make up
the lost days at the end of the term.
Cedar Hill March Of
Dimes Drive Tops Quota
' CEDAR, HILL
Cedar Hill March of Dimes
quotas went way over the tap.
With a goal initially set at $650
and then lipped to $1,000. local
chairmen Mrs. Ruth Williams and
Mrs. Fib Gromatzky turned in a
total of $1,326.4<8 Wednesday.
"The Cedar Hill March Of Dimes
campaign has been a real com-
munity affair with merchants.
j organizations, as well as indi-
viduals participating," said Mrs,
Williams and Mrs. Gromatzky.
"The community has shown its
true spirit and with the same
spirit further directed toward the
good of the community, we be-
lieve Cedar Hill will still go for-
ward toward making it a better
place to live. We wish to thank
everyone for their interest and
cooperation," they said.
Workers who assisted in the
drive were Mrs. Janie Posue, as-
sistant chairman; Mr. R. R.
Toberny, chairman of the
Mothers' March; Mrs. Joy Knight,
in charge of coffees; Richard
Toberny and Mrs. Lowell Potter,
publicity; Teens Against Polio
See DIMES — Page 4
The new Duncanville Business-
men's Association has a secretary-
treasurer, Mrs. Peggy Tilory, and
members are preparing prelimin-
ary reports for the first of monthly
credit reports for the Association,
said president John Henry Pelt.
Twenty-three members met
Tuesday afternoon at the Commu-
nity House to discuss the proce-
dures for preparing their confi-
It was felt that by helping their
customers to establish sounder
credit policies, the members would
improve the stability of all business
in the area.
Members will prepare an indi-
vidupl report each month that will
be turned in under their account
number rather, than their firm
name. They will include past due
accounts and bad checks accounts
on their reports- These individual
reports will then be compiled into
one general coded report to be
See TREASURER — Page 4
Duncanville Winds Up
March Of Dimes Campaign.
March of Dimes chairman Mrs.
Mattie Ray Fouts has turned in a
total of $901.42 from the Duncan-
ville polio drive.
Mrs. Fouts listed several groups
who were helpful in making the
local drive such a success. Her
co-chairman was Mrs. Evelyn
The Firemen assisted with the
Mothers' March, which brought in
$454 23 net, for the most successful
project of the March of Dimes.
The Junior Four-H girls made
and sold aprons for their donation.
This plus a speech program given
at school made a total of $44.20 for
the Teens Against Polio projects.
Other projects were the basket-
ball game with Roy A. Koger and
J. Herman Reed assisting, and the
community dance, with Mrs. Doro-
thy Sue McJunkin as chairman.
Other groups and organizations
who made contributions were the
Lions Club, the March of Dimes
cards at the school, Duncanville
Air Force Station, Eastern Star,
and the Sow and Grow Garden
In Study Panel
Mayor E. M. Hastings was a
panel member at the Lancaster
Junior-Senior PTA meeting Tues-
day afternoon for a discussion on
Developing Community Opportu-
nities and Responsibilities. Other
mayors on the panel were R. V.
Thompson, Richardson; Richard
Carder, Seagoville, and Bill Holder
of Lancaster who acted as moder-
A list of prepared questions were
discussed by the panel, followed by
questioning from a student panel
and members of the audience.
Fifteen members have been ap-
pointed to the City Planning and
Zoning Commission by Mayor E.
The committee was created by
the City Council to prepare for
establishment of city building and
Members of the commission are
Gus Alexander, H. T. Baker, Walter
R. Barber, C. L. Brandenburg, I.
T. Cawthon, Bob Daniels, T. P.
Donovan, Dr. A. M. Fain, Calvin
R. Lewis, I. M. Redman, Tom J.
Sheffield, Grady Pat Sims, Van
Smith, J. C. Stafford, and Robert
The group will meet following the
next City Council meeting to choose
a chairman and to begin a study of
H. P. CANNON CO.
The old Moore building in Cedar
Hill has been rented for storage
space to H. P. Cannon Wholesale
Fireworks Company of Dallas. City
Fire Marshal Bannie Clark and the
City Council are making an investi-
gation to determine the safety of
stored contents of the building
and to learn if any city ordin-
ances are being violated.
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Barber, Hildred. The Weekly Chronicle (Duncanville, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 9, 1956, newspaper, February 9, 1956; Duncanville, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth437561/m1/1/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Zula B. Wylie Memorial Library.