The Crosbyton Review (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 3, 1974 Page: 1 of 8
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CROSBY COUNTY'S OLDEST INSTITUTION—ESTABLISHED JANUARY 7, 1909
CROSBYTON, CROSBY COUNTY TEXAS 79322
Thursday, January 3, 1974
li CENTS PER COPY
City Recouping From Fire
VOLUNTEER firemen muster their efforts to combat flames as
smoke spews from rear of Winn's building. Below is charred
ruin of the structure.
For^ five hours after Alex
Santos, air employee of Winn's,
shouted ''fire'1 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 21, five fire de-
partments battled one of the
most devastating blazes ever
to strike this West Texas town.
When flames were subdued to
smoldering ashes and heaps of
charred merchandise, estima-
tes of damage was estimated
by various sources to range
between one-nuarter and one-
half million dollars.
Volunteer fire departments
from Crosbyton, Ralls, Spur and
Lorenzo had sprayed ''almost
a half million gallons of water”
on the blaze which originated
in a store room in the south-
west portion of Winn's.
It's cause remains a mystery.
* The firemen's diligence kept
the fire from spreading to ad-
jacent buildings, although some
smoke, breakage and theft
losses were sustained by neigh-
Winn's Store No. 30 at 118
South Berkshire - 13,000
square foot packed with mer-
chandise -- "was almost a
100 per cent "loss.” Some items
in the north half of the store
were salvaged, including some
Officials of the 127-store Chain
said the building was partially
Thirteen pickups and "a small
Time Back Sunday
It's happening too soon!
The nation has for several
years sprung forward an hour
into daylight saving time the
first Sunday in April and
regained that lost hour with the
return in October of standard
President Nixon has decreed
that effective this Sunday, Jan.
6, the natidn will return „to
daylight saving time until
further notice w’in an effort to
Therefore, clocks will be
officially moved forward an
hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, which
actually will be a 23-hour day.
All activities begin an hour
earlier "by the sun.”
School schedule will remain
unchanged -- 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. Most other activities
also will stay the same "by
■army of interested friends"
were used to transfer the con-
tents of Priscilla's Young World
-- first door south of Winn's
--to a vacant building one
block north. The "move" was
made "in no more than 30
minutes," according to owner
Priscilla Marsh, as flames th-
reatened the firm. Tables from
local churches and Pioneer Me-
morial Building were borrowed
to "relocate" tnemerchandise.
Luckily, no serious physical
injuries were sustained. Mrs.
Priscilla -Marsh, her mother,
Mrs. Dama Dunlap, and Ivy
Blackwood, a Winn's employee,
were taken to Crosbyton Clinic
Hospital for treatment of smoke
inhalation and shock. All three
were released in less than an
Fire Chief Norton Barrett
requested the volunteer fire-
men to breath oxygen at the
hospital following the fire as a
Lowrie Drug, Dot's FloWer &
Gift Shop, Dr. Roy Ivy's office,
Keen Kut Shop ana Honey Comb
Beauty Bar were evacuated, as
well as apartments above
Lowrie Drug during the blaze.
+ + +January 15 ★★★
Secretary Butz To Speak
At ACG Gin Opening
SECRETARY of Agriculture
Earl L. Butz has confirmed
an inyitation by American
Cotton Growers board of direc-
tors. to deliver the main ad-
dress Tuesday, Jan. 15. at the
open house of the new 'c
gin" near Crosbyton.
Jerry Scarborough, ACG
manager, says the tentative
schedule calls for Secretary
Butz to deliver an address
"probably about 2 P.m." that
day at the Lubbock Civic Aud-
itorium on theTexasTechcam-
pus. .. - -(
Another source had told The
Review earlier "this will be
one of Mr. Butz's major cotton
talks of the year." It is ex-
pected to continue "45 minutes
to an hour."
Scarborough notes there is a
possibility that U. S. Repre-
sentatives Omar Burleson and
George Mahon, alpngwith Texas
Governor Dolph Briscoe, may
A short press conference --
about 3 p.m. -- also is slated.
Following this, the group will
board charter buses enroute to
Crosbyton for a tour of the
ultra-modern cotton gin plant.
Secretary Butz will be invited
to make a brief dedicatory ad-
dress during a reception in
Pioneer Memorial Building
here following the gin tour.
^Scarborough i n v i re t
"everyone to meet the Secre-
tary at the reception.
Butz will leave Crosbyton late
that day for a meeting the
following morning-in Los An-
★ ★ ★
Steadily, Crosbyton merchants
are moving down the road to-
recovery front the December
21 fire which virtually de-
stroyed one store and damaged-
Priscilla’s Young World
returned last Wednesday to its.
, repainted home at 124 South
Berkshire. Owner Priscilla
Marsh, her husband Clayborn,
their daughters and "a lot of
friends" moved the contents
back to their original location
from the building north of
Pioneer Natural Gas,
Winn's’ will . establish a
temporary store in their north
building until its complete fa-
cilities can be refurbished. Of-
ficials of the 127 store chain
estimate the massive renova-
tion projects should be com-
pleted "witlun 60 to 90,days."
New fixtures, a new front and
other improvements are antici-
pated by Winn's.
Business w a s temporarily
disrupted at Lowrie Drug, The
1 lale-A-Way, Dot's Flower &
Gift Shop and other firms, but
each was open for business the
has raced by for Crosbyton
students, who return to classes
at 9 a.m. today (Thursday).
In an effort ro cooperate with
the Texas Education Agency
in an attempt to conserve
energy, both the local s chool
system and District 4-A are
weather y> District Chase Starts
24 HOUR || A r A r r i il H u A m A T ■■ A r A 0% tl
FNDlNG 7 A.M
Here Friday And Tuesday
Improving with each outing
and nearing peak physical con
3ii for the first time •
tomorrow (t-riday) nigi
they take on defending champion
74'eii/ Jr am Tilt*
By Jim Reynolds
MAN, THAT’S COOL
A fellow can get a
close to . his work .
if he's feeding ducks.
Babson Predicts Change
In Life Style Ahead
Dale Upchurch, 13-year-old
son of William ana Betty
Upchurch, learned this the hard
way last Wednesday.
Dale and sister Dana, 9, were
visiting their grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Crout at their
Buffalo Springs home when they
decided the poor ducks needed
fed on a frosty morning.
He's ^not sure just how it
happened, but E)ale suddenly was
right nexf to the ducks . . .neck
deep in the icy water.
about a chilling
Let’s make additional housing
our number one priority for
1974 ill Crosbyton!
Signs point to the fact that
the massive migration from
rural to metropolitan areas may
have riih its course for the
most part. Loti! of younger
families and retirees are look-
ing toward country towns as
J(%j ’‘opportunities, medical
facilities, quality stores, re-
creational opportunities, com-
munity pride are attractions
must have a place
Betcha a Coke Crosbyton has
gained 100, Jpopulation in the
past year. .Most of the
ditions *ure persons who
gussets to this community.
, By Babson's Reports Inc., Wellesley Hills, Mass., Dec.
27, 1973. Shortly after publication of our 1973 forecast, a
vital change in the ground 'rules occurred when the
Administration suddenly put into effect Phase 3 of its
economic game plan. With fear of inadequacies of food and
feed supplies already driving prices upward, this
unexpectedly early shift In policy sent many other prices
In our forecast of a year ago, we warned against
succumbing to the outright optimism on 1973 then
prevailing, citing inflation as a possible pocket of serious
trouble. Despite some problems no one could predict,
factory output, retail trade, profits, employment, personal
income, and business capital expenditures achieved the
lofty results we projected. Except for limitations of
productive capacity and transportation, 1973 could have
seen larger gains.
CHANGE IN LIFE STYLE AHEAD
The staff of Babson's Reports now detects signs of a
period of change in the life style of the nation’s populace.
For an indefinite time, rising costs along with inadequate
supplier of fueL and energy could force alterations in
demand and living habits, just as high prices and short
supplies of food have forced changes in our diet. Industrial
and commercial -establishments and even the nation's
international posture could be affected. Use of leisure time
and consumer shopping habits may be influenced. Even
protection of the environment could become less
imperative. On the positive side, however, the might of the
country's research and technology will be brought to bear
most forcefully upon the fuel and energy problems.
SOME LETDOWN FOR 1974
Even before the energy shortage had reached acute
proportions, there were increasing signals that the cyclical
rise in economic activity was aging. Ip 1973 this
threc-vear old had already encountered production capacity
limitations in one industry after another of a nature not
easily remedied. Then came the fuel shortage to cinch
matters. So. with interest rates at stratospheriC'levels and
Credit supplies still stringent, some letdown seems
inevitable for 1974. At this juncture, its magnitude is iffy,
depending in large measure upon how' long and how
onerous the curtailment of klideast oil supplies turns out to
be. Even if the spigots were soon turned on again, we
would not be likely to escape without some industrial and _
commercial disruptions, while consumers might tug their
purse strings tighter because of impaired employment and
income prospects Thus, an economic setback of wider
•*. " -V
scope than a "growth recession" seems imminent.
NO DOUBT ABOUT INFLATION
Almost as critical to businessmen, consumers,
investors is inflation. 1973 was a traumatic period on this
score, inflation virulent and visible along a broad front. In
the opinion of ,the Babson’s Reports staff, the only
uncertainty is the degree of inflation that will be seen in
1974. It is too much to hope it will be mild in view of the
ongoing escalation of fuel costs along with the inevitable
hikes in other fields. Also, the second phase of multi-year
labor pacts signed in 1973 will automatically boost wages
nearly as much as in teh past year, as could any new pacts
negotiated over the next twelve mortths.« Many will be
augmented by raises guaranteed under living-cost
As of now, we forecast an inflation rise of approximately
6% in 1974. Here are some of the reasons for this
seemingly moderate projection: Interest rates may already
have crested over for this cycle; monetary authorities are
not likely to completely abandon their anti-inflation credit
stance unless inflation is superseded by threat of a deeper
recession than is now anticipated; beleaguered consumers
will display sharper price resistance; and the cooling of
domestic and foreign industrial activity should ease the
feverish scramble for raw materials and commodities,’
LESS PRESSURE ON THE LABOR FRONT
No one can blame the unions solely for the acute
inflationary pressures of 1973. To their credit, labor leaders
were ‘moderate in new contract jjjgmandSyVaod the
danger-fraught calendar passed with no sequence of
harmful strikes. Looking ahead, 1974 will be the lightest of
the three-year cycle that recurs in major labor contract
expirations, with the steel industry virtually alone in the
spotlight. There will be numerous secondary unions at the
bargaining table, but none with the clout of the United
Steelworkers. The severe upthrust in consumer prices wilf-V
make the steel group bargain more aggressively, but. the
expected sag in business could lighten some of this
pressure. Then, too. the close relationship between labor
and management in trying to do away with crisis
bargaining in steel is an experiment that may well pay off.
.. . GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT
The staff of Babson's Reports looks for a 5% increase in
the Qross National Product (in current dollars) for 1974 as
compared with 1973, primarily as a reflection of higher
, prices. If the fuel and energy shortages are not ultra-severe
Soe BABSON Page Six
>w (Friday) night when
ey take oi
Hale Center Owlettes in ’ the
district opener for both squads.
After the Chiefettes vf Coach
IDarlene Tiffin play their second
district encounter Tuesday-
night against Petersburg, the
Super Chiefs open defense of
their 4-A basketball crown
against the Buffaloes. Coach
Larry Morris' crew owns a
Both Friday and Tuesdaynigl
engagements are slated fc
Hale Center and Crosbyton
girls JV squads tipoff at 5
p.m. tomorrow. Chiefs tackle
visiting Meadow in a non-con-
ference match to climax the
Junior varsity boys kickoff
Tuesday action at 5 o'clock.
Although the Chiefettes carry
a 5-8 record into district, five
of the eight setbacks have been
by five or fewer points. All-
star forward Mary Pay Smith,
the team’s leading scorer as
a sophomore and junior, is
expected to see considerable
action against Hale Center al-
though Coach Tiffin says she
will not start. Miss Smith
See CHIEFS Page Six
See Story on Paqe Pour
A CACTUS plant at Silver Falls
Park is admirdd by Mrs. Cynthia
Wier of New Zealand • ■during Gi
Saturday afternoon visit in Cros-
byton with Sue, Johnnie and Loran
Wilson. The New Zealand woman
is mother of Kaz Wier, exchange
student dt Floydadu High School
during the 1965-66 school term-who
resided with Mr. and Mrs’. W. W.
Staniforth, Wilson's uncle and aunt,
in Floyd County.
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Reynolds, Jim. The Crosbyton Review (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 3, 1974, newspaper, January 3, 1974; Crosbyton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth519056/m1/1/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library.