The Tulia Herald (Tulia, Tex), Vol. 48, No. 26, Ed. 1, Thursday, June 30, 1955 Page: 1

resident took the
Dimmitt school board to task
last week in a letter to the Castro
County News The complaint was
that the school board purchased property
or the schools expansion program
at an undisclosed price
The reader rightfully so believed
It was the publics right to know
the amount of this price
NELSON in commenting
on this letter said that for
the Dimmitt district to satisfactorily
solve its building and expansion
needs it will be necessary for the
closest cooperation between the officials
of the district and the patrons
to be maintained at all times and
this can best be done by everyone
being well informed about all phases
of the school business
HOGUE editor of the
Dalhart Texan quotes Washington
correspondent C Wilson
Harder who recently wrote Many
Washington observers at this time
feel the great danger to the nation
is neither war nor inflation Rather
danger to the republic lies in a new
virus infecting bureaucracy like an
epidemic For want of a better name
this sickness over the land is called
LetsSettleThisInADark Closet
Almost every day fresh evidence
is furnished of attempts to handle
peoples affairs without people
knowing about it
Many people do not understand
what has long been wrongly
named freedom of the press They
think this is a special privilege given
to newspapers
Actually nothing could be further
from the truth Freedom of
the press really means YOUR right
to know YOUR right to be informed
YOUR free access to information
about what is going on
Some people dont even believe
in a free press Some men after
elected to office feel that they know
better than the people themselves
what is good for them
Not long ago a local man made
this statement after I had suggested
the advisability of bringing the
problem under discussion before the
public My experience has been that
the less the people know about what
is going on the better off you are
Naturally I jumped him for not
believing In freedom of the press
Now he said you misunderstood
me What I really meant was
that whenever there is a disagreement
involving public matters that
the disagreement should be kept in
as small a group as possible
Sounds good doesnt it Now I
ask you who is the almighty who
will determine just who and how
many will be brought into the discussion
and decision as to a matter
that affects the entire community
state and nation Who will be the
lucky one to know Our democratic
legislative process is a continual
clash of interests and to deny free
access of information to all gives a
few an unfair advantage All interests
may not and probably arc not
represented in any small group that
is assembled
ON the eve of the
Fourth of July Holiday we
think these editors have delivered
appropriate patriotic addresses
It is true that we Americans can
become so involved with affairs in
Washington and Moscow that we
overlook what is going on in the
many small American communities
As we read the many papers from
across the nation which come to our
desk we detect several national
trends For one thing elected representatives
on all levels do not
seem to understand the purpose of
their offices Many do not understand
that we do NOT elect them
for the purpose of relinquishing our
right to have an opinion concerning
those political subdivisions which
we the voters own
We elect them to represent us
They are supposed to exercise OUR
wishes not their own We do not
elect them to run the unit We elect
them to represent us in our efforts
to run it
UT WHAT do we find in too
many instances We find of
ficials with high and mighty attitudes
who would tell the taxpayers that it
is none of the taxpayers business
what they do and how they the
officials vote
They resent criticism In some instances
they not only dare to tell us
that they will vote as THEY please
but they even refuse to tell us how
they vote From the behavior of
some we would think that we owe
our jobs to the public officials rather
than just the reverse
We read in area papers where editors
have been barred from meetings
of school and city officials
In other cases if a taxpayer dares
exercise his right to attend one of
their meetings they merely do their
voting by secret ballot Or in some
instances public officials have been
known to adjourn a meeting when
they saw taxpayers present then
meet ovr a cup of coffee and discuss
their problem
DONT KNOW about our
readers but it makes our
blood boil to think of some of the
things that go on right here in democratic
America And were not
speaking on the national level
But all of us are to blame for
things that go on We lack the interest
to attend meetings even when we
are welcome We dont bother to
Continued on Page Eight
Sam T Bryan principal of Tulla
High school for the past nine years
has accepted the supcrlntendency
of Happy Public schools He succeeds
Supt Daniel It Russ who resigned
to become head of the Stin
nett public school system
Following his graduation from
Ralls High school Bryan earned a
B A degree at Abilene Christian
college and a M A degree at Texas
Tech He completed two summers
work beyond his M A degree at
the University of Colorado
He began his teaching career in
1935 Fifteen of his 17 years teaching
experience were spent as high
school principal and coach He came
to Tulla in 1940 from the Air Corps
where he was a Civil Service instructor

Heading the 19teacher Happy
Is Coining To Tulia
C R Anthony Co is coming to Tulia
Announcement was made Monday of a lease agreement whereby
Allan Heard Tulia druggist will construct a 50 by 140 foot building
Dollar Day Planned
For Next Tuesday
Tuesday will bo Dollar Day in
The date was changed from the
usual first Monday of the month
since Monday is a holiday
Many Tulla merchants are offering
unusual values which a pear on
other pages of this weeks Herald
Swisher County Singing convention
is to meet Sunday afternoon at 2 30
oclock in the Tulia school cafeteria
All Interested persons are welcome
according to the secretary
school system will mean a decided
promotion for Bryan both in responsibility
and financial remuneration
During his tenure as principal
of Tulia High school the system
made great strides in many phases
of school activities He sponsored
the National Honor Society and
Student Council
Bryans philosophy as an administrator
is to promote a wellbalanc
ed school system discriminating against
no worthwhile school activity
and supporting all phases of tho
schools program but overemphasizing
Principal and Mrs Bryan have
contributed much to the cultural and
civic life of Tulia He was president
of the Kiwanis club last year and
has served on many community
boards including Town Hall
Mrs Bryan an accomplished musician
is a former director of the
Tulia High school a cappelia choir
She has participated in the annual
presentation of Handels Messiah
and has been a valuable piano accompanist
for the community
They arc active members in the
Church of Christ
Their two children are Marilyn 13
a high school freshman and Neal
three years old A 15yearold son
Edward died of polio in 1952
Hundreds of Tulians expressed disappointment
last spring when it was
learned that Bryan would be leaving
Tulia High Among his most
ardent supporters were his high
school students who attempted to
petition him to remain
The Bryans will be hard to replace
in Tulia
on North Maxwell on land now
being used by WdrkmanCulwell
Implement Co for an implement
display lot Heard owns 100foot
frontage in this block The torc
will be on the south half 50 feet
from the corner
The department store chain
will occupy the building
W B English of Oklahoma City
told the Herald that the store would
be comparable to their stores at
Plalnview Hereford and other communities
in this area He said that
about 12 persons would be employed
by the Tulia store A manager has
not yet been announced
Sand was dumped on the location
this week in preparation for immediate
construction of the modern new
building Such a building normally
takes 90 to 120 days construction
time English said the store would
open immediately upon completion
of the building and installation of
fixtures and stock
There are 39 books in the Old
Testament 27 In the New
liLcrofllra Service Scilos Co
Box 8066
Mrs C
To Be
Honoring Mrs C G Jordan
202 NW 5th Tulla on her 90th
birthday her family Is planning a
celebration on the Fourth of July
weekend Several relatives from
a distance are expected for tho
occasion Friends who wish to call
arc cordially invited Others will
want to send greetings
Her children are W A Jordan
Tulla Postmaster Gordon Jordan
Amarlilo Mrs Joe 11 Thompson
Canyon Mrs II A Axtcll Spring
lake E L Jordan Elcctra Jim
Jordan Houston and Henry L
Jordan Las Vegas N M
Mrs Jordan who before her marriage
was Cora May Walker was
born July 5 18C5 near Lynchburg
Virginia the daughter of Albert
Walker and Martha Anna Lewis
Walker Tho family lived in Virginia
until Cora was nine years old
They came to Texas settling near
Dallas on a farm of rich black land
at Rockwall Dallas was a mere
village in 1874 She married Charlie
George Jordan In 1880 They bought
a farm in the same community
The effects of the War between
the States were evident in almost all
phases of life in the South Prices
for farm products especially cotton
were low eight and ten cents being
a high price By doing their own
work and living economically how
ever they prospered They were
able after a few years to replace
their two toom cottage in which they
had begun their married life with
an eight room home This filled avery
great need for their family
had grown Typical of the large
families of that day they had ten
children one born after they left
Rockwall In order to support the
family it was necessary for the father
and sons to pick the cotton with
little hired help This Interfered with
the boys schooling Mr Jordan de
City Paving Program Response Is Favorable
Seventeen residents In every section
of Tulla have stopped by the
city hall to voice their approval
of the proposed paving and curbing
program suggested last week
by the city council
resident living on both sides the that the pavement curbing and gut The approximate cost to the tax grading and quality of work done
street in a complete block must tor would all be first class and that payer will bo only 85 for curb bo first class before it will partlcl
participate before the city will par it would be Installed only according gutter and first class paving for pate
ticlpate And a minimum of 10 com to the engineers specification s Ho each 50 foot front There will be two As soon as sufficient number of
plete blocks must be signed up be said that the curb gutter and caliche coats of asphalt topping This low residents have dropped by the city
fore the cement contractor will par base would be installed this year cost is possible only because the city hall to insure the minimum of 10
The city will not be interested in ticlpate at the price suggested in but that the asphalt topping would is furnishing the caliche base en blocks agreement forms will be pre
participating in less than a com last weeks paper have to be delayed until after gincorlng service and grading Tho pared for the signature of the prc
plete block In other words every City Manager Hollis Caglc said freezing weather next spring city is insisting that tho engineering pcrty owner
The TuLin Herald
TULIA Swisher County TEXAS THURSDAY JUNE 30 1955
TOWN TOPICS Herald column which has won five first place nwaids during the past five years received
the bronze plaque pictured above for winning first place In Texas In the annual contest of the Texas
Press Association The plaque was presented two weeks ago at the annual convention held at Galveston
Comment of the judges was Town Topics column excels In local interest informative style lively treatment
of events appearance style of writing and consistency We arc sure that this column has excellent
readership Superimposed on the bronze plate Is a copy of The Tulia Herald The Inscription reads For
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Journalism
Sam Bryan Elected Head
Of Happy Public Schools
Tuesday afternoon
Heavy damage was suffered by
several Panhandle areas last Wed
nesday when hail took another bite
out of crops in the South Plains
Plummeting ice particles beat
down on farms in the Plalnview
area that already had no crops left
after the hail storms of the pre
ceedlng weekend which wreaked
havoc onfields
An area about 11 miles east of
Kress several sections around eight
west of Plalnview and the Mayfiold
community 14 miles west and eight
Chief Hodges Warns Against
Firecrackers And Loud Mufflers
Police Chief Ted Hodges this week warned youngsters that the
shooting of firecrackers within the city limits is prohibited by law
and is
punishable by a fine of from 25 to 200 He asked die cooperation

of parents in seeing that
this law is not violated
Chief Hodges also said that more
drastic measures had become necessary
in dealing with cars without
mufflers and those making excessive
noise He said that numerous warnings
had been issued but that drivers
would open up as soon as
they were out of range of a policeman
He said that in the future violators
would be arrested and brought
to the city hall to be fined or jailed
Tulla Art Guild will not meet Saturday
Next meeting will be Sept 3
LI Is Howard Humphreys and
a friend are visiting In the homo of
his parents Mr and Mrs W R
Humphreys 523 N Austin Lt Hum
phreys is stationed with the navy
at Long Beach Calif He returned
recently from the Far East
County Drenched
With More Rain
Moisture laden skies dumped heavy rains on many sections ol
the Panhandle again Monday night late and early Tuesday morning
Some areas of the county rejx > rted as much as six inches
O Huxford measured 2 > inches in
Highland Park nica of Tulla Six
inches were reported cast of Tulla
and Happy four 10 miles southeast
of Tulia on the L D Young farm
J W Miller northeast of Tulla
measured nearly 2 inches Ed
Crawford 2G inches Clarence
Todd northwest of Tulla 2 inches
E F Swcatt 10 miles southeast
25 inches F J Durgcss 2 inches
I C Sprague east of Tulia 2 in
ches and Monroe Wood soutli of
Tulia 2 Inches Happy reported
a 1 inch gullcy washer which put
the water over road bridges
The fall began early Monday evening
In Tulla with a severe but brief
hall storm No damage was report
ed due to the brevity of the storm
More showers were forecast for
south of Plalnview were severely
John Barrett 11 miles east and a
half north of Kress said one of
the most destructive halls he ever
saw came at his fnrm Hail was
six to eight inches deep in ditches
early Thursday morning
The worst or it landed right on
top of my house Barrett insisted
All of the east windows in tho Bar
rett residence and those In a tenant
house on the premises were beaten
out after the hall tore off screens
Hail and rain came Into the
house flooding floors and drenching
beds and furnishings Barrett said
the Saturday night hail got all his
crops except 80 acres of cotton and
that went by the board Wednesday
night Tiie teriffic hail cut the Johnson
grass off almost to the ground
along the ditches Bnrrutt said
The farmer estimated the damaged
area at two miles wide and at
least five miles in length
At the J D Seal farm 12 cast and
two north of Kress hail chewed
kneehigh corn off to nubs two or
three Inches high
Guy Hughes fives miles southwest
of Kress got some hail Tho Pat
Stubbleflcld farm adjoining Hughes
was badly battered Tho Evans brothers
farm adjoining Stubbleflcld on
the north got hall
At the Elvin Foster place south
cast of Tulia and cast of Kress hall
was heavy and piled up on tho north
side of the house to a depth of
three or four inches
The Monday night rains seemed to
be general throughout the area
Swimming Meet
Is Postponed
The swimming meet scheduled for
July 8 has been postponed until
later in the summer according to
Kcrmlt Mitchell director of the Tulla
swimming pool
He also said that a new series of
swimming lessons will begin July 11
Persons desiring to learn to swim
or to do advance work may register
ahead of that date or report on
that morning
Radio advertising is not allow
ed on U S short wave radio sta
Swisher Farmers Give Quotas
89 Majority In Balloting
Swisher county wheat growers joined with wheat growers in35
other wheat producing states in approving government marketing
quotas in balloting Saturday In local voting 385 votes were cast
Mrs Lively
Heads Fair
Mrs Hi D Lively was named
president of the Swisher County Fair
for this year at a meeting of the
fair board held Thursday night
ohn Ziegler was named vice
The 1955 fair will be held Sept
1G and 17
Callahan Assumes
Local Church Duties
Mr and Mrs Robert E Callahan
and 8ycarold son Ray have arrived
in Tulia from Brcckenrldgc and
arc at home at
117 S Crosby Mr
Callahan is music
> nd educational director
of the First
Baptist Church
A veteran of
World War II he
served for 3
years in the Armed
Forces 2j
years in tho European
He is a 1950 graduate of Wayland
college where he received a B A
degree in music Ho was graduated
from Southwestern Theological seminary
at Ft Worth in 1951 with a
M R E degree
Dory Detton Gives
100 To DcMolay
Dory Detton Amnrillo wrestler
recently donated 100 to the Tulia
DcMolay Mothers club
The money was applied to the fund
to purchase robes for the DeMoIays
according to Mrs Lawrence Drake
president and Mrs Ethel Aldridge
with 342 in favor of quotas and
only 43 opposing
By communities Happy approved
the proposal 82 to 4 Tulla 200 to 24
and Kress 52 to 15
The state endorsed the quotas by
85 per cent The national percent
age was 774 A twothirds vote was
necessary for passage Last year the
national percentage was 733 percent
showing a trend towards
quotas since a year ago
As It is the price for next years
wheat crop is to btf lowered The
affirmative vote only decreased the
amount of the drop
A year ago the farmers approved
marketing quotas for the 1955 crop
in return for a government price
guarantee of 206 a bushel On
Juno 10 of this year Secretary of
Agriculture Ezra T Benson announced
a new price cut setting
wheat at 181 a bushel or 7G percent
of parity This is a 25c slice off
current prices and the lowest wheat
price since 194G However the 1946
price was at 90 per cent of parity
Many Republican and Democratic
lawmakers in Washington dlsapprov
thc drastic drop as instituted by
Tho Saturday vote meant that the
wheat farmers preferred a 25c cut
to an 87c cut
Baseball Game
Sunday Afternoon
Tulla baseball team managed by
LaVerne Kleman and Hardy Feelings
will play for the National
Baseball Congress trophy Sunday afternoon
at 230 oclock at the base
ball field near the school
Admission will be 50c and 25c
An opposing team had not been
secured at prcsstimc according to
Dan Tucker of Tulia Jaycees spon
sor of tho game
The Bible is the
seller every year
worlds best
Several Tulia merchant last week received phone calls from a
woman who said she represented Tho Herald and wanted to
do a story on tholr businesses At least In some of the cases sho
did not indicate that there would bo a chargo for her scheme
Tho woman did not roprcsent Tho Tulla Herald as tho merchants
who bit bolloved
Tho Tulia Horald employs no advertising solicitors oxcept its
regular staff
Tho Tulia Horald only wishes that It possessed tho ability to
got somo of this easy money which transients have so little difficulty
In taking from so many Tulla merchants
Tho Herald and KTUE aro parts of this community Wo pay
taxes hero Wo havo an annual payroll which runs between
50000 and 60000 most of which Is spent In Tulia with Tulia
merchants Wo aro tho only media which roach tho pcoplo of the
Tulla Irado territory In caso somothing goes wrong with an ad
morchanls always know whoro to find us In caso we make a profit
It for tho most part Is rolnvosted In this community We are
tho ones you call on for your thank you sorvtcos Wo aro tho
onos who publicize your fund raising projects your entertainments
your church programs your civic drivos and all other projects which
must havo publicity to bo successful
Wo aro tho onos who roport you nows your weddings your
club and society notlcos Wo givo you much free service Including
Information and entertainment
And wo aro not boggars Wo do not ask for donations We
offer nothing but sound promotion for your business in addition to
our many froo sorvlcos
Wo ask only that you stop a moment when approached in
person or by phono and consider tho advertising merits of calendar
salesmen business rovlowors and tho like Beforo contributing 15
or 20 to somo of these outoftown promotions ask yourself Is
this tho most offeclivp uso I can make of my advertising dollar
G Jordan Pioneer Panhandle Mother
Honored By Children On 90th Birthday
tcrmincd find
to a locality where he
could make a llvingwlthout raising
cotton and give his children an
The Panhandle area of Texas was
then opening up Ho bought several
sections of land and some cattle
west of Tulia The railroad at that
time was still thirty miles away
coming only as far south as Can
yon so it was real pioneering One
of the main trading routes south
from Canyon City to Running Water
went a half mile east of their house
No one was ever turned away without
food and sleeping quarters if he
arrived there at night fall
Tho family camo out in 1901 Mrs
Jordan was equal to the pioneering
task though her health was not too
good With a new son being born tio
next year after their arrival life
was not easy 1901 had been a dry
year and was followed in the early
spring of 1902 by the Great Prairie
Fire which swept over a large part
of the South Plains starting on the
western side burning all before lt
to the canyons By hard labor of
keeping the house plastered with I ncct < d wjth feedlnK and clothing a
wet quilts and sacks Mrs Jordanj famly of 13 ° r H An unc < and
and an uncle and the older boys and
girls wero able to save the home
and carriage house Mr Jordan was
aWay at the time constructing a
house for Mr Whitman south of
Canyon for he was a carpenter as
well as farmer and ranchman The
mention of the word prairie fire was
for many years enough to strike terror
to the hearts of this family Their
fences and feed stacks had been
destroyed and some of the cattle
so badly injured that they had to be
Hard work was the order of every
day with such tasks as gardening
chicken raising drying vegetables
and fruits in the fall butchering
hogs and beefs the making of bread
P >
and other innumerable items con
later a grandfather lived with the
In spite of all this the memory
eacli of tho children holds of this
childhood is one of happiness of
their mother singing at her work of
clean wholesome fun of much music
piano guitar mandolin french
harps The typical Saturday afternoon
and Sunday scenes also are
etched on their minds the work
rounded out the house clean everybody
bathed in the big washtub at
least before bed time clothes ready
for Sunday the house fragrant with
the smell of freshly baked light
bread and cakes or pies Then Sunday
morning everybody juned
about and was ready In his Sunday
best for Sunday School and church
The boys had the horses hitched to
the surruy and all wore off on time
Hardly a Sunday passed that the
preacher or one or more families of
the neighbors did not return home
with them from church and enjoy
their hospitality as well as the fried
chicken home made ice cream and
all that went With Sunday dinners
For a home to have this wonderful
spirit it must be created by a
mother of the highest order
Mrs Jordan lost her husband in
1943 All the children were married
and gone from home She and her
husband had moved from the ranch
into town Now even though she
was 78 she determined to maintain
pioneer enjoys a visit with one of
her daughters Mrs R A Axtell
of Springlake
some trouble with her eyes but in
every other way she has remained
alert The sweetness of her spirit and
her life have been steadfast to furnish
a haven for her children her
grand children and great grand children
also many loving friends and
faithful neighbors who drop in almost
daily to chat with her and look
after her
Funeral services were held Wed
her own home and live alone This nesday at Newlin for Peter Ballard
she has continued to do ever since 191 Survivors include five sons a
though she Is not very well She has mong them W B Ballard of Tulia

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Baggarly, Herbert Milton. The Tulia Herald (Tulia, Tex), Vol. 48, No. 26, Ed. 1, Thursday, June 30, 1955, newspaper, June 30, 1955; Tulia, Texas. ( accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Swisher County Library.