The Shamrock Texan (Shamrock, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 25, 1947 Page: 1 of 34
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Major Companies Lease
150,000 Acres Land In
North Wheeler County
Approximately 150,000 acres of
I land have been leased In North
I Wheeler County recently by five
I major oil companies as a result of
[ the recent Important strike south
f|>f Elk City by the Shell Oil Co.
k The lease play in Wheeler County
[ bonded north from the Twttty
[ area to the Hemphill County line.
I Two solid blocks of 15,000 acres
I were taken, the balance being com-
I prised of smaller blockSs and vast
I checkerboard play.
Leases were for 10 years and the
I rental was 11.00 per year. Bonuses
I paid ranged from $1.00 to $2.50 per
acre, depending entirely on loca-
I tlons selected by major companies.
A K. Caperton of Shamrock,
handled most of the vast lease play
i Participating companies included:
Sinclair Prairie, Sun Oil Co., Phil-
lips Petroleum Co./ Superior of
California Magnolia, and possibly
Wheeler County is one of pos-
sibly 25 counties considered impor-
; tant by major companies since the
Elk City strike in the Anadarko
Basin which extends about 200
niSis, crossing Western Oklahoma
'and the Panhandle. Hemphill and
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RITES HELD FOR
C. L CAMPBELL
Funeral services were conducted
v jK the Church of Christ in
Shamrock on Thursday afternoon of
last week for Cyrus L. Campbell,
well known resident of Wheeler
County, who passed away in the
Wheeler Hospital at 7:15 o’clock on
Sunday, December 14.
Minister Murrey W. Wilson was
In charge of the last rites.
Pall bearers were: Jim Westbrook,
Owen Young, John Swain, Chester
Bosley, F. L. Beasley and Lester
PMTish. Flower bearers wye: Mrs.
Owen Young, Mrs. Evelyn Grubbs,
Miss Mildred Westbrook and Miss
Interment was in the Kirkland
Mr. Campbell was well known
|in Wheeler County, having lived
lln this area the past 17 years. He
Iliad made his home in Shamrock
(|e was of strong Christian char-
acter and regretted that 111 health
revented his attending church as
mich as he preferred.
Mr. Campbell was born in Mis-
sissippi County, Missouri, on De-
cember 11, 1873, the son of Sam-
uel H. and Martha J. Campbell,
le came to Texas at the age of 11.
was married to Bertha Eliza-
eth White in 1899 in Denton Coun-
’ wine children were born to the
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,2 IRISH PLAYERS
ARE SELECTED ON
Two Shamrock Irishmen, Bobby-
Close and Phillip Hartsfleld, have
been placed on the Region One all-
star grid team by Frank A. Godsoe,
Jr., News-Globe sports writer who
probably saw more Class A football
games last Fall than any other man
in the Texas Panhandle.
Godsoe pointed out that nearly
1,000 boys, representing 26 Class A
schools, chased footballs up and
down Region One gridirons this
season. From this group he selected
an All-Region squad of 22 players.
Another squad of 22 was selected
for honorable mention.
Close, along with Johnny Harvey
of White Deer and Bonner Nelson
of Matador, was described by God-
soe as possessing terrific speed.
Hartsfleld Is one of three Juniors
In the top 22. All others are sen-
The fact that the Irishmen,
champions of Districts 3-A and 4-
A, placed only two men among the
top 44, bears out the fact that
Shamrock had a well-balanced
team that utilized all of its power
and speed by all players working
together for the good of the squad
instead of attempting to gain In-
Wellington, third place winner In
District 3-A, defeated by Shamrock,
Lefors and Perryton, had three men
on the all-region team and an-
other in the honorable mention
column. The four Skyrockets list-
ed were Bill Combs, back, Sam Ra-
burn, guard. Robert Fulton, end,
and Walter Johnson, center. The
latter was given honorable men-
Lefors, second place winner in
this district, furnished Harold Sims
for a backfleld position on the all-
star team. Two other Pirates, C.
H. Keeton, end, and Tommy Jinks,
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Being Formed For
Wheeler County is approximately
| *300.00 behind its Christmas Seal
i quota, Flake George who is in
charge of the current drive in the
south part of the county, sai-’ .,0-
Approximately $1,100.00 was rais-
I ed last year. The quota was cut
| to *800.00 this year, and only about
Mp.OO of that amount has been
d&ed in to date, George said.
The drive is to end Christmas
“Sit down now and make out
Hour check, payable to the Wheeler
ounty Tuberculosis Association
nd mall It to Judge George W.
efUy, Wheeler, secretary. Your
rlstmas shopping won’t be com-
plete until you have bought some
.(m»» seals,” George declared.
The Panhandle Hospital Council,
to be composed of hospitals in the
Texas Panhandle between Amarillo
and the Oklahoma state line, is in
process of being formed, announces
J. W. Erickson, administrator of
the Sanford Hospital and president
of the Northwest Texas Hospital
The purpose of this council is to
coordinate hospital efforts and
activities and to effect a standard-
ization of hospital procedures, stat-
Letters have been sent to 18 hos-
pitals in this area asking for their
cooperation in the project of or-
No meeting date has been set for
the Panhandle Hospital Council,
but it is expected to be on some
date after January 1, stated Erick-
"Hard work has forced the death
frate down. More hard work, based
intelligent planning, is neces-
ry to keep it down. W- no
ither reminder of the
ctacular rise in tuDei^.-fiia mor-
and mortality In Europe
vhen controls were of necessity re-
xed during the war.
"Even in this country we have
ht to be too proud of our
I am told that 50i\o
[Americans die annually from tu-
culosls. Yet tuberculosis is a
ventable disease and we cannot
our efforts to control It in
face of this needless, waste of
I lives, ■
“All of us can contribute to the
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The deadline for reinstating Na-
tional Service Life Insurance under
liberal regulations now In effect has
been extended through next July,
Harris B. Zeigler, Wheeler County
Veterans Service Officer, announced
Veteruu can reinstate- on this
liberal basis providing their health
Is as good as It was at the time
their insurance lapsed, and pay
two months premiums to restore
their Insurance protection. One
premium is for the month of lapse
and the other Is for the month of
After next July, veterans will have
to take physical examinations ber
fore their policies can be reinstat-
ed. Many of them may not be In-
surable, Zeigler said.
Robert W. Sisson, West Texas
Veterans Administration Regional |
SHAMROCK, WHEELER COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1947
friends of this community to extend
to you a very sincere wish that this
Yuletide season may enrich your life
with its spirit of friendliness and beauty.
Publishers and Employees of
THE SHAMROCK TEXAN
WILL BE PLACED
ON RURAL ROAD
FOR THIS COUNTY
A new surfacing will be placed
on the recently completed farm-to-
market road from Twltty to three
miles north of Kelton. Improve-
ment for the road was ordered by
the State Highway Commission on
Wednesday of last week.
This project covers a distance of
15.8 miles and connects State High-
ways 83 and 152. Cost of the Job
Is estimated at *16.000.
The work will be financed with
state funds which the commission
has been holding in reserve since
the construction holiday during the
State Highway Commission
Chairman John S. Reddltt explain-
ed the Wheeler County construction
was part of a general statewide
move to modernize and rehabilitate
1,456 miles of state roads.
"We have Ordered Jobs estimated
to cost $6,330,500 to protect our in-
vestlment In present roads and to
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The State Soli Conservation
Board has ordered that an election
be held In Wheeler County for the
purpose of farm owners deciding
whether a soil conservation district
should be established here.
Date of the election has not been
C. P. Waters of Wheeler, has been
named polling superintendent and
Fred Waters, also of Wheeler, is
County Agent W. K. Frey has
recommended to the state board
that polling boxes be established
at four points over the county,
Shamrock, Wheeler, Mobeetle and
Briscoe. If the state officials will
not allow four polling points. Frey
has asked that at least two voting
places be designated, one at Sham-
rock and the other at Wheeler.
If a box Is placed here, It has
been recommended that Glynn Bell,
chairman, of the agricultural com-
mittee of the Shamrock Chamber
of Commerce, be named as polling
Calling of the election is the re-
sult of a petition, signed by many
Wheeler County farmers, and sent
to the State Soil Conservation
Board at Temple, asking that a soil
saving district be established here.
Later the board called a hearing
at Wheeler, in which farmers at-
tending were unanimous in their
vote for the project. i
FOR J. L SMITH
Of Rainbow Girls
The Shamrock Assembly of Rain-
bow Girls, organized less than a
year ago, has been presented a
Mrs. Martha Marie Whitfield of
Dallas, Supreme Deputy, delivered
the charter to the Shamrock As-
sembly, No. 169, on Monday, De-
Members of the assembly exem-
plified all their work. This was
followed by a beautiful constituting
service at which time the charter
The following constituting of-
ficers participating in the cere-
Constituting officer, Mrs. Whit-
field; constituting marshal, Mrs.
Wade Adklnson; constituting sec-
retary, Mrs. Claude Montgomery;
constituting chaplain, Mrs. Cecil
Reavis: organist, Mrs. B. F. Kersh.
The Shamrock Assembly of Rain-
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The Good Fellows of Shamrock
have made Christmas brighter for
16 Shamrock families. Toys and
Christmas goodies have been de-
livered to that many families who
have hot been fortunate in a finan-
cial way the past year.
The toys were donated by the
Booster Club following that civic
body’s traditional Christmas tree
during which the business men ex-
change toys and J. B. Clark (with-
out the pillow) serves as Santa
The committee distributing the
toys, fruit and candy was Compos-
ed of Burl Golson, J. H. Caperton
and Roy Carlton. If anyone knows
of a needy family, telephone one
of the committeemen and they will
see that something is done about It.
Concert Of Songs
W. R. (POP) PRICE IS
HONORED BY ROTARIANS
Highlighting the entertainment
of the Yuletide season was “A Gift
Of Song,” from the a cappella
choir and Junior Girls Glee, which
was presented Thursday evening at
Clark Auditorium under the direc-
tion of Miss Patricia Rankin.
Hit mellowing charm of Christ-
mas music held the attention of
the large audience for an hour, and
the applause showed great apprec-
Miss Edwlna George, Miss Patsy
Porter, David Lee Trimble and Don
Heath Reavis, did outstanding solo
work, and their accompanists were:
Miss Jo Nell Gambll!, Miss Lota
Mae Hughes and Hollce Tumbow.
About 80 students took part In
the Christmas Concert and as a
grand finale, with everyone singing
together, their voices blended beau-
tifully In the song that never grows
old, “Silent Night” by Gruber.
Of Kelton Pass
All children attending the Kel-
ton Schools during the 1948-49
term must have active Immuniza-
tion for diptheria, smaUpox and
typhoid fever, Allen Kavanaugh,
Wheeler County Superintendent of
public Instruction, announced this
Kavanaugh said the board of
trustees of the Kelton School unan-
imously adopted the resolution at
their last regular session held on
Monday, December 15. The resolu-
tion states that the effective date
will be September 1, 1948.
The paper was signed by: E. D.
Henderson, president of the board;
Gordon Stiles, secretary; Irven
Hink, Charley Whlteley, John Da-
berry and Johnle Burrell, members,
Forty-six high school students
were listed on the high school hon-
or roll for the second six weeks of
the current term, Principal Edward
M. Burkhalter announced this week.
Thirty-six of the students made
grades high enough to be placed on
the first honor roll, which requires
18 points. The other 10 pupils made
the second honor roll of 16 points.
Those whose names appeared on
the highest honor roll:
Nelly Jo Bearden, Joan BeU, Keith
Bennett, Doris Betenbcugh, Patsy
Blevins, Joyce Boyles, Mary D’Spaln, |
Margaret D’Bpaln, Jo Nell Gamblll,
Barbara Goff, Betty Hamill, Jeanne
Isaacs, Kenneth Kidweil, Joe Lan-
drum, Martha Montgomery, Rose M.
Troy Pool, Patsy Porter, Patricia
Price, Rita Price, Wanda Ramsey,
Harvey Reeves, Harold Sanders,
Moetta Scott, Wanda See, Billie
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COUNTY HAS GINNED
6,313 BAUES COTTON
W. R. Price was an honor guest
of members of the Shamrock Ro-
tary Club at their weekly luncheon
meeting Friday, at which time he
was presented a white walking
cane and a Christmas gift consist-
ing of money.
HAGER AND AYCOCK
"Pop,” as he is known to his
Manager, said the Extension prob- i countless friends in this area, will
ably will accelerate the trend of, use the "fancy” cane to help guide
reinstatements which have been his sightless way during his strolls
mounting in this ara all year. Since j along Shamrock streets,
last February he reported more For "Pop’s” benefit, each of the
than 7,000 West Texas World War Rotartans called out his name dur-
II veterans have reinstated policies ing the luncheon, and the grand
worth more than $46,000,000.00 Sis-, old gentleman thanked them all
son urges all ex-G.I.’s to take ad- for their thoughtfulness.
vantage of the liberal terms offer-!--o-
ed In reinstating their National I. 4- Sewell of College Station le
Service Life Insurance. visiting his parents.
The Ilrm of Hager & Aycock on
east Highway 66 announced last
week that they have been appoint-
ed dealer for Oldsmoblle automo-
biles In the Shamrock area.
Although they have no show-
room at present, their new build-
ing, which will start construction In
March, will have a large showroom
as well as Increased room for main-
taining a complete supply of parts.
The new building will be located in
the same location as their present
The public Is Invited to come in
and look over the 1947 Oldsmoblle
which they have for display.
A report from the Department of
Commerce, Bureau of the Census,
Washington, D. C., shows that l,S9fl
more bales of cotton had been gin-
ned In Wheeler County prior to
December I, this year than on the
same date in 1948.
According to the report, 6,313
bales of 1947 cotton had been gin-'
ned prior to December 1, compared
with 4,917 bales on that date last
Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. Burden and
children left Monday for Corpus
Christ!, where they will spend the
Light Rain Arid
Mrs. Joel Gooch, who underwent
an appendectomy at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Wellington, has been
dismissed, and Is at home.
Burl aolson's special weather
forecast for Christmas Day Is:
"Very unsettled. Light rain and
fog.” Now you will know how to
plan for the holiday.
“Merry Christmas to the millions
of readers of my weather reports
and forecasts,” Golson added mod-
Colson obligingly checked on the
temperatures for the past three
Christmas Days and reported the
following low readings: 37 degrees
In 1946, 28 degrees In 1945 and 31
degrees In 1944.
Temperatures for the past week
have ranged from a low of 38 de-
grees Saturday to a high of 70 de-
grees last Thursday.
James Lewis Smith, long-time
resident of the north part of Wheel-
er County and brother of Allen I.
and Everett Smith of Shamrock,
died Monday In a Wheeler hospital.
He had been In 111 health for sev-
eral months and his condition had
grown worse the last few days.
Funeral services were pending
Tuesday morning, but officials of
the Hunt Funeral Home in Wheel-
er said that they would be conduct-
ed from the Wheeler Baptist
Church. Interment will be In the
Mr. Smith was born September
30, 1888, in Tennessee. He had re-
sided north of Mobeetle for the
past 30 years and had many friends
throughout this area.
Survivors are the widow, Mrs.
Mabel Smith, Mobeetle; one daugh-
ter, Mrs. Mabel Alice Johnson of
Amarillo; and four sons, David Vin-
son Smith, Mobeetle; James Lewis
Smith, Jr., U. S. Navy; R. J. Smith,
Mqbeetle; and Sherman Smith,
Wheeler; his father, Josiah, Smith,
Oklahoma City, Okla.; three bro-
thers and three sisters, JT-ed Smith,
Yukon, Okla.; Allen I. Smith and
Everett Smith, both of Shamrock:
Mrs. Pernla Hill. Los Angeles,
Calif.; Mrs. Shirla Williams, Okla-
homa City, Okla.; and Mrs. Rex
McKay. Pampa; and four grand-
Has Five New
Rooms In Use
Members of the advisory board of
the Shamrock General Hospital
have a new reason to believe In
Santa Claus. Through the Interest
and generosity of friends, the man-
ager and staff of the city-owned
hospital, four more rooms have been
furnished and equipped and arf
now In use.
A fifth room has been equipped
out of hospital funds.
Responsible for the four rooms
now available are: the West Texas
Utilities Company, Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. E.
C. Hunter and the manager and
staff of the hospital.
Equipment in the new rooms In-
cludes: hospital bed and mattress,
overbed table, bedside cabinet dress-
er, straight chair and easy chair
and draper. The rooms have been
Cost of equipping each of the
rooms was from $300.00 to $375.00.
Plaques to show who furnished
each or the rooms are being pre-
pared, and signs, signifying the don-
ors will be placed over the doom.
Members of the hospital board.
Ferry Bear, Marshall Adams and J.
H. Caperton, expressed their appre-
ciation for the generous gifts and
declared the entire city should be
In addition to the five new
the hospital has a new, n
five-gas anesthesia machine for the
A dance will be held at the Le-
gion Hut Christmas night for mem-
Kara nf thft DfiShEZO-GSOrffS P©8t
only. All members of the post ere
invited to attend and enjoy the
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Montgomery, Arval. The Shamrock Texan (Shamrock, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 25, 1947, newspaper, December 25, 1947; Shamrock, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth528939/m1/1/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Shamrock Public Library.