The Cameron Herald and Centinel (Cameron, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 3, 1946 Page: 1 of 8
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VOLUME NUMBER 87
CAMERON, MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3. 1946
EIGHT PAGES TODAY
J. B. Write-
Along in the early Seventies the
Englishman, Turnstall, from Lon-
(*( n, came out to the Capitan range
and established a cattle business and
also a mercantile business. Already
in Lincoln was the Murphy and Dolan
business with cattle and merchandise.
Business jealousies soon led to trou-
ble. Billy The Kid was born in Brook-
lynn, New York on November 23,
1859. His real name was William H.
Bonney, He came with his mother to
Lincoln and Turnstall was his friend.
In 1877 Turnstall was shot and killed
by the rival faction and the Lincoln
county war was on. It raged from
1877 to 1881 and its violence attrac-
ted the attention of President Gar-
field who sent General Lew Wallace,
author of Ben Hur, out to settle the
feud. After Sheriff Wm. Brady was
murdered by Billy The Kid, Pat Gar-
rett was named sheriff. The Kid had
been captured by Garrett, was tried
and sentenced to die by the gallows,
and was brought to the Lincoln coun-
ty court house where he was under
constant observation by two guards,
Bell and Ollinger. On the day of the
escape Ollinger had left the court
house to go across the street to a
hotel for lunch. While Bell and The
Kid were playing a game of cards.Tho
.Kid succeeded in disarming Bell for
whom he had a great fondness and
tried to force him into an adjoining
room but Bell,thinking it would be a
serious reflection upon his record as
a deputy broke away for the stairs.
He succeeded in getting down only
four of the dozen steps when The
Kid shot him dead with his own gun.
Two shots were fired and the bullet
holes are now protected by a glass
plate over the plaster wall at the
bottom of the stairs. The Kid then
went to the armory and got a shot
gun loaded with buck shot and went
across the court room to a window
overlooking the street. Ollinger, hear-
ing the shots ran out of the hotel. As
he approached the court yard, the
Kid called out: “Hello, Ollinger, look
me in the face.” As Ollinger looked
up the Kid shot him down. He then
went across the court room to a hall-
way and through a door to the bal-
cony and fired another volley into
the lifeless form of Ollinger. He call-
ed to a caretaker to bring him a file.
He severed the leg chain and danced
about on the balcony. In all he spent
an hour in the court house before he
forced the caretaker to bring him a
horse. With a Winchester and two
pistols he climbed down a pillar, got
on the horse and rode away to the
sanctuary of his beloved Capitans.
Later he was killed by Pat Garrett
at night in the home of a friend at
Fort Sumner and is buried there along
with his pals, O’Folliard and Bowdry.
In the old days the east upper room
of the court house was a Masonic
Lodge. Entrance to it was gained by
use of a ladder that led to a door,
since sealed off. There are many his-
toric exhibits in the old building. We
soon drove away to Carrizozza and
the great lava beds. Tomorrow, the
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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD
FOR MRS. W. B. LEWIS
Mfs. W. B. Lewis, Route 1, Buck-
holts, Texas, died Tuesday afternoon
at 4:18 at Kings Daughters Hospital,
Temple Texas. Mrs. Lewis was born
June 14, 1886.
Survivors are her husband, W. B.
Lewis; four sons, Walter L. Lewis of
Sharpe, Bedford W. Lewis of Rock-
dale, Lester Ray Lewis of Sharpe,
D. L. Lewis of Sharpe; one daughter,
Mrs. Mary Cost, Thorndale.
One brother and four sisters also
survuve as follows: Roy Lee McDan-
iels of San Antonio, Mrs. Julia Paris
of Thorndale, Mrs. Earman Owens of
Corpus Christi, Mrs. Pauline Cothren
of Salty and Mrs. R. L. Duett of San
Marcos. Sixteen grandchildren, three
stepsons, Marcel Lewis of Houston,
Ralph Lewis of Houston, and Elmer
Lewis of Angleton; and one step-
daughter, Mrs. Turner Foster of Cam-
eron, also survive.
Funeral services will be from the
Salem Methodist Church at 5 p. m.,
Wednesday, October 2, with Rev. Les-
ter Morriss, pastor of the First Bap-
tist church, Cameron, conducting the
services. Interment in Salem Ceine-1
tery with Marek-Burns Funeral Home
FALL OF METEORITE IN
n BEAT NAVASOTA
JUDGE JEFF KEMP HEADS
AUSTIN. (Special)—Judge Jeff T.
Kemp, prominent Milam county good
roads advocate, has been chosen
Chairman of the Milam County Good
Roads Amendment Campaign Com-
mittee, it was announced by Charles
E. Simons, executive vice president
of the Texas Good Rouds Association.
Appearing on the builot in the No-
vember 5th General Election as Am-
endment number three, the Good
Road? Constitutional Amendment
guarantees the availability of motor
vehicle registration fees and gasoline
taxes exclusively for road purposes,
with the exception of one-fourth of
the gas tax which will continue to be
allocated to the Available Free School
“His deep interest in better and
more improved highways and farm-
to-market roads was the primary
factor in his selection to head the
Milam county campaign,” Simons
Simons also pointed out that the
Texas Safety Association, Texas
Farm Bureau Federation, State Board
of Education and thirty other state
organizations have adopted resolu-
tions strongly endorsing the amend-
“With so many outstanding organi-
zations backing the Amendment,” Si-
mons continued, “we feel that every
citizen in Milam county should be
fully informed of the provisions of
the measure and the benefits they
will derive from it. For this reason,
we have selected Judge Kemp to head
the Milam county committee and di-
rect a vigorous educational campaign
to point out the merits of this amend-
Chief purpose of this proposal, it
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MISS DOROTHY ANN PONCIK
Rogers Miss Winner
Of Temple Kiwanis
BELTON, Oct. 2.—Miss Dorothy
Ann Poncik, Rogers, has been an-
nounced 1946-47 winner of the Tem-
ple Kiwanis club scholarship to Mary
Hardin-Baylor college, according to
Dr. J. R. Johnston, president of the
Temple organization. Miss Poncik is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Poncik of Rogers.
The Kiwanis scholarship is award-
ed annually to a Bell county girl, who
is a graduate of the current year of
an approved high school.
This award is an endowed scholar-
ship set up annually from the pro-
ceeds of “An Evening of Entertain-
ment” at the Municipal auditorium,
Temple. The program is presented
each year by artists of Mary Hardin-
Baylor college and is sponsored by
the Temple Kiwanis club.
Miss Poncik is a 1946 graduate of
Rogers high school. Ranking fifth
scholastically in her class, she had an
average grade for her four years of
92.9. While in school at Rogers, she
received the Danforth Honor Award,
given to the “most honest and indus-
trious” student in school.
On Sunday, Sept. 15 a brilliant me-
teorite was seen by a number of peo-
ple at the air show and elsewhere.
Numerous noises resembling thunder
or blasting were heard over u wide
A preliminary investigation was
made by E. R. Cornelius, after which
a visit was made by 0. E. Monnig of
Fort Worth. Mr. Monnig is a member
of the American Society for Research
on Meteorites. He is responsible for
the recovering of a number of meteor-
ites. He recently returned from a trip
to West Texas where he recovered
one that weighed 155 pounds.
From the results of the Milam coun-
ty investigations, it was decided that
several meteorites fell in the-eounty
on the above date. Mr. Monnig w’ishes
to have as much information us pos-
sible in regard to these. With the in-
formation received from witnesses he
will be able to determine the vicinity
in which it fell. Witnesses will be
needed who saw the streak of light
or heard the noises the meteorite
made. Some witnesses could have seen
bluck specks moving through the sky
or stones falling to the ground.
These meteorites are worthy of sci-
entific study and preservation. Any
person who saw or heard anything
unusual on the above date are urg
ently requested to contact Mr. Cor-
nelius, phone 28. Such information
will be relayed to Mr. Monnig. If you
heard any noise resembling thunder
during the time of the air show, you
more than likely heard the meteorite
since no clouds capable of producing
thunder were visible at that time.
Mr. Monnig left a meteorite with
Mr. Cornelius for displuy purposes.
It is suggested that farmers or any
one who is out of doors often, should
drop by and see it. so as to be able
to recognize a meteorite if one is
found.—E. R. Cornelius.
Telephone System Growth in Cameron Is Index to
Population Increase; Cameron Has 1088 ’Phones;
206 Added Since VJ Day; Company Employs 24
The telephone system in Cameron
today is carrying the greatest load
in it shistory, according to E. C.
Crittenden, Jr., manager of the South-
western Bell Telephone Company.
The number of telephones in ser-
vice and the number of calls made
daily over them stand at all-time rec-
ord levels, surpassing even the new
highs established during the war.
And instead of decreasing at the end
of the war, th ■ demand for new tele-
phones has continued at a pace never
“It all adds up to the busiest time
the telephone company has ever ex-
perienced,” Crittenden said.
Cameron now has 1<>88 telephones,
with 206 of these being added since
V-J Day. This is an increase' of 350
over the 738 telephones in operation
here in 1940.
The volume of local calls per day
has Increased at the same time from
5178 in 1940 to 9635 now. a jump of
86 per cent. Long distance calls have
increased even more and are now 130
per cent over 1940.
These new telpehones, plus the
greatly increased number of calls, are
taxing the present system to the limit
but for the most part, at most times,
the service is good, Crittenden said.
The hours of greatest congestion,
when delays are most likely to occur,
are between 8 a. m. and 10 a. m. and
from 3 p. m, to 5 p. m. Users can
help and may get faster service,
Crittenden said, by calling during
the less busy hours, if possible.
“Our No. 1 job since V-J Day has
been to provide telephone service to
the greatest number of people in the
shortest possible time,” Crittenden
said. “There were 59 persons waiting
for service here at the close of the
war and it seemed fair to us to share
the equipment we had with as manv
people as possible. We have done this
by installing only party-line service
in homes, and by connecting tele-
phones to existing switching equip-
ment in the central office until now
we are literally out of telephone num-
“There are still 24 persons waiting
for service but through these tempo-
rary .emergency measures, more peo-
ple here are getting more service
than ever before, despite the disturb-
ed conditions and acute shortages in
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THEIR DAY AT STATE FAIR
An honored State Fair of Texas
tradition of a quarter of a century’s
standing will be revived at the 1946
State Fair in Dallas when newspap-
ermen from over the entire state
gather on opening day, Oct. 5, to
celebrate Press Day, Andrew de
Shong, chairman in charge of ar-
rangements for the event has re-
He said that approximately 750
members of the press are expected
to come to Dallas to attend this first
State Fair Press Day since the out-
break of the war.
An outstanding event of this an-
nual gathering will be the traditional
luncheon, tendered by the State Fair
Association, at which journalists
gather and exchange news and views.
Principal speaker for this year’s
luncheon will be Merriraan Smith,
United Press White House corres-
pondent and author of the recent
book success, “Thank You, Mr. Pres-
Entertainment attractions arrang-
ed for the day include an afternoon
football game between Waxahachie
High School and Dallas Tech and a
night game between Southern Meth-
odist Universtiy and Texas Tech. In
addition there will be a matinee and
night performance of the Tommy
Dorsey variety show, presentation
of the Ice Cycles of 1946 and the Pat
Hamilton rodeo, all of which will
play host to the journalists.
MISS EZMA HAMS DIED
HERE EARL! MESDAV
Miss Ezma Harris, 55, died at th»
family home on North Fannin at 2
a. m., Wednesday, October 2.
She is urvived by her mother, Mrs.
R. S. Harris; a brother, Leo N. Har-
ris of Cameron and a sister, Mrs. Joe
Casey, of Taylor.
Funeral services are to be held
from the Marek-Burns Funeral Home
at 4 p. m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, with
Rev. Roy D. Holt, pastor of First
Christian Church conducting the ser-
Interment will be in Oak Hill cem-
etery with Marek-Burns Funeral
Home in charge.
HERE FOR A. C. HUGHES
Funeral services were held Tuesday,
Oct. 1, at 3 p. m. from Marek-Burns
Funeral Home for A. C. Hughes, 73.
Services were conducted by Rev. K.
R. Isbell, pastor of the First Method-
ist church and interment was made
in the Liberty cemetery with Marek-
Burns making the arrangements.
Mr. Hughes died at the Cameron
Hospital early Monday morning,
where he had been taken following a
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Wil-
lie Mae Hughes of Cameron; and five
sons, Grady of Chichasha, Okla., Way-
land, of College Station, Morris of
Houston and Ray and Stanley, of
Two brothers and one Bister also
survive as follows: W. C., and Erskine
Hughes, both of Birmingham, Ala.,
and Mrs. Ira Bell of Lacy Springs,
An Open Letter To
September 27, 1946
Mr. A. W. MeCullin, Mayor
City of Cameron
Dear Mr. MeCullin:
At the so culled bond rally last
night, which was, a? I understand,
attended by about 50 people, you
j mentioned my name to- a degree
which may have been disparaging, in
connection with a committee visit to
Yoakum on your plan for a munici-
pally owned light and power system.
I had not intended to refer to this
visit because to do so might create
a misunderstanding, since I was a
member of the committee. However,
since you made public mention of the
conference there and in so doing im-
ply that? I have been inconsistent, I
feel at liberty to tell the people of
Cameron what transpired.
As you know, we spent considerable
time with L. W. Sheckels, City Man-
ager of Yoakum. In the course of
our tulk with him he said to you:
“Under no circumstances should you
attempt) to build a light and power
plant in competition with another
power company. Since the franchise
of the Texas Power & Light Company
is soon to expire you will then be in
position to instull your own plant
because you would then decline to
renew the franchise.”
At that time yu told the committee
that tin1 franchise of the Texas Pow-
er & Light Compnny would expire in
two years and Mr. Sheckels so un-
derstood. Later we were to learn
that the franchise will not expire for
29 years, or until 1975.
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Poultry Meetings To Be
Held in Milam County
A series of meetings dealing prin-
cipally with the marketing of eggs
on a graded basis, will be held in Mi-
lam county starting October 7, ac-
cording to Vivian E. Johnson and J.
W. Stufflebeme, Jr., Milam County
The meetings, to start at 8:00 p.m.
will be held in the following com-
Yarrellton, Oct. 7; Buckholts, Oct.
8; Ben Arnold, Oct. 9; Hoyte, Oct. 10;
and Clarkson, Oct. 14.
Ail interested farmers and farm
women are urged to attend one of
these meetings ,as the graded pro-
gram will be explained in detail, j
Poultry specialists from A&M Col-
lege and local egg buyers will attend
some of the meetings.
First Baptist Church to
‘Ring In’ New Church
Year Sunday Morning
The First Baptist church will “ring
in” a new church year Cunday
morning, October 6. For the occasion
the pastor announces it will be done
in a literal way—by the ringing of
bells. If you should hear a melody of
hymns Sunday morning it will be the
“golden voiced Cathedral chimes”
helping this church to begin its new
church year. On this day the sixty
five faculty members of the Sunday
School will assume their places for
the new year and the other officers
of the church will assume their places
In announcing this special occasion,
Rev. Lester L. ^lorriss, pastor of tho
local church, stated that the chimes
would be heard by amplification from
tho church towers and that they are
electrically, transcribed and under the
supervision of George H. Shackley,
Musical Director, Federal Council of
Churches. Some of the numbers to be
included aru “Holy, Holy, Holy,”
“Doxology," “Safely Through An-
other Week,” “Blest Be The Tie That
Binds” and man /others.
According to church officials the
church year just closed has been a
very successful one. The church has
enjoyed seeing eighty-seven additions
to the meml>ership. During the year
the church raised $16,506.65 with a
great percentage of this going to mis-
sion causes around the world. The
church recently gave $600.00 for
World Relief in war torn countries.
Mr. Morriss announces that begin-
ning Sunday night the evening ser-
vices will begin at 7:30. His message
at that time will me “The Devils Bar-
bershop.” He invited the public to
hear this unusual message.
The Yoemen, held in tow for 10
minutes in the opening quarter of
the ganu« here Friday night by the
Navasota Rattlers, flashed a bit of
their potential scoring ability and
defeated their rivals 33 to 7.
Navasota scored In the fading
minutes of the game after the second
string team held them for a full
quarter. Coach Leo Jackson sent in
his regulars but the ball was on the
Yoemen 1 foot line and Haddock
carried over. He also split the posts
and it was 7 points. A series of
passes took the ball down to the 5
and the Yoemen were penalized to the
1 foot line for delaying the game.
Lawrence Michalka late in the first
quarter took the ball and raced 26
yards for the first touch down. It
was a beautiful play ns he swept the
Rattlers left and behind some good
blocking. Paul Burke who placed
3 out of 4 goals through the poles,
converted and it was 7 to 0.
The second quarter was only a few
minutes old when T. J. O’Neill who
is the quarterback and called an ex-
cellent game, took the ball off the
Michalka T and raced 30 yards. He
was fast and impressive. Paul Burke
then laced it through with a perfect
boot and it was 14 to 0.
When (lie second Tmlf opened Nava-
sota kicked off to Cameron. T. J.
O’Neill in a perfectly executed bit of
deception, passed the ball to Paul
Burke and the fine full back was
away. By far the most thrilling play
of the game he ran 75 yards down the
side line under a plow share of
blocking, a fast trek and over stand-
ing up. Paul missed the goal but
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Youth Fun Night to Be
Held at Presbyterian
Church Thursday Night
A “Youth Fun Night” is to be held
at the First Presbyterian church,
Cameron, on each first and third
Thursday night beginning tomorrow
night, Oct. 3. The time is from 7:30
This fun night is for all the young
people of Cameron, regardless of
church affiliation. There will be ping-
pong, tables games, and group games.
Also community singing.
Come and have a good time. All
your friends will be there.
Fire Is Racing to A
New AH Time Record
Your home, your job, your life
may be in danger. Fire la racing over
the nation at the most alarming rate
of destruction ever recorded.
Now in our most acute housing
shortage, when nearly all goods are
scarce and any loss is tragic, more
and more useful property is wasted
in preventable fires, destroyed and
gone forever in smoke and ashes.
This cricitay problem can only be
met by individual and united effort.
By constant caution and serious ef-
fort to prevent fire wherever fire
can start,, You can help in your home
and your business to end this disas-
trous loss. Be careful with matches
Check electrical devices, wiring,
stoves, furnaces, flues and all pos-
sible hazards. Do not allow litter
and rubbish to accumulate.
The Cameron Volunteer Fire De-
partment is always at your service.
Jekel was In
Will Have Rally Day
In Sunday School
Rally Day in the Sunday School of
First Presbyterian church will be
observed Sunday, October 6.
On this day also the church will
observe the Sacrament of the Lord’s
Supper, it has been announced by
i E. O. Harrell, minister.
The church is also happy to wel-
come the Knights of Pythias, who
j will worship with them Sunday.
Phone your news Rems to 282.
Did You Vote For Competitive Utilities?
Last April when new faces came to the Council, did you ex-
pect that we would soon be voting for a system of competitive
light and power facilities, or did you believe that a city program
would include things we need?
You voted for a change, did you get it? Why all this energy
expended over an impossible thing? Don’t you think they should
have directed their efforts as Council leaders to getting some-
thing for you—the things you need—rather than for “machinery
salesmen” and investment bankers?
Has the Council at any time tried to work out a program for
streets, sewer line extension, sanitation, municipal building, a
home rule charter, restricted budget, or any of the dozens of
things we need?
We were told recently that the franchise of the Texas Power
& Light Company would expire in two years. We were told there
might he some hope of buying a distribution system. Whose mis-
take was that? The TP&L franchise runs 29 years hence—or un-
til 1975. W’ithout previous notice or public discussion the Council
ordered an election to vote $500,000 in bonds to enter the power
business against TP&L. Whose mistake was that? It the bonds
carry who is going to pay the bill for the next 29 years? In the
meantime what will happen to our streets?
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