Refugio Timely Remarks (Refugio, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 5, 1963 Page: 1 of 8
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Refugio County Library
c/§ Selma G# Braclette
The News From Every Section of Refugio County
VOLUME XXXVI—NO. 11
REFUGIO, REFUGIO COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1963
EIGHT PAGES — TEN CENTS
Refugio. — Political activity of
Refugio County for the 1964 gen-
eral election year started this
week with the announcement of
the first candidate for public of-
The county tax assessor and col-
lector will be a candidate for re-
election to a four-year term of
office, subject to the action of the
Democratic primaries in May and
The Democratic nominees will
then be subject to the action of
the general election in November
at which time voters will express
preferences between Democratic,
Republican, other parties’ nomi-
nees, independent candidates and
Refugio County Republican lead-
ers have stated they will have a
“full slate” of nominees in 1964,
tout have not interpreted whether
this means for county and pre-
cinct offices as well as district,
state and national office.
Offices to be filled in Refugio
County are county sheriff, county
tax assessor and collector; county
attorney. County commissioners
for Precincts No. 1 and 3 will
also be named as will Constables
for all precincts.
District posts to be filled are
state representative, district at-
torney, judge of the 24th, judge of
135th districts; congressman of
the 14th district.
In state-wide balloting all state
offices will be filled for two-year
terms, while a United States Sena-
tor will be selected to fill a six-
Nominee to receive the presi-
dential votes of the State of Tex-
as will also be determined in the
Thus, the payment of a poll tax
of $1.75 is still required to be eli-
gible to vote in any election —
city, school, county, state, na-
Floresville.—Leon F. Kasprzyk,
73, died Friday, November 29,
He is survived by one'daughter,
Mrs. John Pollok, Hobson; three
sons, Emil, Floresville, Ernest,
Pleasanton, and Frank, Refugio,
and two sisters, Mrs. Adolph
Moczygemba, Koscuisko, and Mrs.
James T. Reed, San Antonio.
Services were at 11 a.mj. Satur-
day in Vinyard Funeral Home
Chapel followed by Mass in Sacred
Heart Catholic Church. Burial was
in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Refugio. — The District Band
tryouts will be held Saturday, De-
cember 7, at 8 a.mj., in Beeville.
The following list of students
who will participate, was release^
by band director, A1 English.
Grover Caldwell, Laura Lynch,
Phil Norrhan, Joe Tapia, Susie
Dulin, Jonnie Wattigny, Leah Eng-
lish, Alyce Kelley, iNancy Nor-
man, Sandra Leftrick, Dina Meit-
zen, Jimmie Lou Steele, Sue Mit-
chell, Janet Jackson, Judy Green,
Nolene Hare, Dee Sportsmian, Lar-
ry Balusek, Francys Hardy, Den-
nis Phillips, Nony Orosco, Bill
Lawson, Paul English, Kenda Her-
ring, Robert Oliver, Carolyn
Toups, Mary Ann Shoemaker, Har-
old Toups, Francis Johnson, Car-
la Herring, Linda Baugh, Carol
Gumm, Cynthia Gumm, Kathy
Butler, Chris Rainey, Regan Bran-
stetter, Lynn Colwfell,, and Brenda
tional, or special—in the State of
Texas. Citizens have until January
31, 1964 to qualify themselves. The
tax payment is not required of
persons over 65 years of age.
Within Refugio County, precinct
chairmen and chairman of the
county executive committee for
the Democrat and Republicans
are to be named in the party pri-
maries of May and June.
At Parish Hall
Refugio. — The Women of the
Church of the Ascension are hav-
ing a Silver Service Sampler Tea,
Friday, December 6, from] 9:30 a.
m. to 11:00 a.mj. Serving will be
in the Parish Hall of the Episco-
pal Church, 602 E. Plasuela Street.
Admission will be 50 cents.
Besides the sampling of their
best Christmas cooking, those
who attend will also be presented
a mimeographed copy of the re-
On December 15
Refugio. —■ Handel’s Christmas
“Messiah” will be presented by
the Refugio Community Choir,
which is made up of approximate-
ly 100 Refugio County people, and
is under the direction of A1 Eng-
The program will be given in
the Refugio High School Auditor-
ium, Sunday, December 15, at 8
The organist will be Mrs. Jack
Slack; soprano soloists, Mrs. Lee
Carter, Mrs. J. C. Mitchell, and
Mrs. Jimmy Bauer, Jr.; alto so-
loist, Mrs. Richard H. Heard;
bass soloist, Rev. James A. Rob-
inson. The tenor soloist, William
G. Akers, is the head of the Fine
Arts Dept, at the University of
Edith Buckley Seeking
Reelection to Position
Refugio. — Edith Buckley is a
candidate to succeed herself as tax
assessor and collector of Refugio
U. S. Forces, Vietnam (AHTNC)
—Army PFC William L. (Billy)
Randall, Jr., whose parents live
at 507 W. Bailey, Refugio, receiv-
ed The Air Medal during cere-
monies in Vietnam late in Octo-
Randall received the award for
meritorious achievement while en-
gaged in aerial combat support of
ground forces of the Republic of
The 20-year-old soldier entered
the Army in September 1961 and
arrived overseas last May.
He is a 1961 graduate of Woods-
boro High School.
County and is seeking the Demo-
cratic nomination for the post.
Miss Buckley is asking election
for a second full term to the of-
fice she has filled by appointment
and election since the death of F.
In making announcement for the
office, Miss Buckley solicits the
vote and support of the people of
Refugio County on the basis of
the efficient operation of the of-
fice and the courteous considera-
tion extended the public.
Refugio. — Finance Chairman,
Bill Wales, reported $2,885.50 had
been collected to date in Boy
Scouts of America Annual Fund
Drive. Mr. Wiales and his steer-
ing committee are very pleas-
ed with results of this drive and
wish to again sincerely thank all
who helped myake this drive such
Mr. Wales is now Vice - Chair-
man of the Mustang District.
By Chamber of Commerce —
$100.00 Offered Students
In Essay-Writing Contest
Mrs. Shock's Aunt
Dies in Sherman
Refugio. — Mr. and Mrs. Chad
E. Shock received word Thurs-
day, November 28, of the death of
Mrs. Shock’s aunt, Mrs. Whiter
Jackson, 80, of Sherman.
Mrs. Jackson had been a resi-
dent of Sherman for more than
Surviving Mrs. Jackson are two
daughters and one son.
The funeral was held Friday,
November 29 in the First Metho
dist Church in Sherman.
Refugio. — A meeting of the
Primaiy Elementary P-TA will be
held Tuesday, December 10, at 4
p.m., in the Elementary School.
The program will be presented
by the music and art departments.
For the convenience of the par-
ents there will be baby sitters
To Hear Report
On December 5
Refugio. — The Amjerican Can-
cer Society, Refugio County Unit,
will meet Thursday, December 5,
at 7:30 p.m. in the Refugio City
Fred Jackson will report on the
The Education Committee will
meet at 7:00 p.m. preceeding the
general meeting it is announced
by Mrs. Cletis Dulin, chairman.
Members are reminded that this
meeting will be held in place of
the meeting previously scheduled
for January 2.
Former Band Director's
Father Dies Tuesday
Refugio. — T. J. Williamson,
father of the former Refugio Band
Director Tonfmiy Wlilliamson,
passed away Tuesday, December
3, at Conroe.
Burial was at Cold Springs,
Wednesday, December 4.
Refugio. — Prizes — totaling
$100.00 — are being offered to
members of the junior and senior
classes of Refugio High School in
an essay writing contest being
sponsored by the Refugio County
Chamber of Commerce.
Three prizes will be given to sen-
ior students and three to junior
students. First prize in each di-
vision will be $25.00, second will
be $15.00 and third will be $10.00.
George Solka, president of the
Refugio County Chamber of Com-
merce, said, “We all realize that
the future of any community
in fact, the future of the nation—
lies with its young people. In an
effort to stimulate thinking on the
subject of good citizenship, and
also to find out the opinions and
ideas held by our youth, the Re-
fugio County Chamber of Com-
merce is sponsoring this essay-
Students may write from 300 to
750 words and choose their sub-
ject from one of the three follow-
1. What Should a Community
Provide For Its Citizens?
2. Why Is It Necessary for Each
Citizen to Be Active in Commun-
3. What Do I Expect from My
Community and What Does My
Community Expect from Me?
Final date for submitting en-
tries is December 13, 1963, at the
Refugio. —• Fire destroyed the
automobile of an Arlington, Texas,
fisherman Saturday night, Novem-
ber 30, some 12 miles east of Re-
Leon H. Stanley of 210 West Main
in Arlington was returning from
a successful fishing trip to the
coast when an overheated brake
drum ignited the right rear wheel
of the car. The Refugio fire de-
partment was summoned at 6:10
p.m. by Game Warden Dave Sals-
trom, first to come upon the burn-
ing car. The flames, which had
spread throughout the car and mo-
tor, were extinguished by the use
of 550 gallons of water. Stanley
was traveling toward Refugio on
Highway 774 (Austwell road).
At 8:15 that morning, firemen
were called to the W. W. Harkins,
Jr., residence at the corner of N.
Alamo and W. Jeter Street to ex-
tinguish a minor fire in a ceiling
light fixture in a bathroom. The
fire, caused by a short in the
wiring, was put out by the use
of a hand extinguisher. Damage
was minor as the fire had been dis-
Monday, December 2, firemen
were called six miles north of
Refugio on Highway 77 by a car
fire aarm. The fire was out, with
little damage to the car, when the
fire equipment arrived.
Refugio County Chamber of Com-
The essays will be judged by a
qualified, impartial committee.
Citizens are urged to encourage
any junior or senior student to
enter this contest. “We feel it will
be a rewarding experience for
them to express themselves on this
timely subject,” Mr. Solka said.
Class A Quarter-Finals
Game at Refugio Friday
i Hoop Tourney
Refugio.—Visit of Santa Claus to
Refugio on Thursday, December
19, is being sponsored by the Re-
fugio County Chamber of Com-
merce through the Retail Mer-
chants Committee. George Solka,
president of the CC, stated the
visit will be at 10 a.m. on Thurs-
day at the Clarkson Parking Lot
in downtown Refugio.
This is a yearly project by the
Refugio County Chamber of Com-
merce for children under school
Mr. Solka said, “Please, Moth-
ers, bring your children out to
see and talk to Santa Claus. They
will receive a bag of fruit and
candy from Santa. Remember, it
is Thursday, the 19th of Decem-
ber, at 10 o’clock in the morning.
In the event of rain or bad weath-
er, Santa Claus will visit the chil-
dren in the City Hall.”
Refugio. — The host Refugio
Bobcats have been named one of
the favorites in the annual Rotary
Basketball Tournament this week.
Winners of their first four games
of the year, the James Knox coach-
ed club will meet Bishop in the
second game on Thursday night.
The services of Bobby Haley,
dependable forward, are doubtful
for the tournament. Haley suffer-
ed a badly sprained ankle at In-
gleside last Friday night. While
he will suit out for the tourna-
ment, it is uncertain if the ankle
will permit top performance.
The tournament lost its defend-
ing champions when Woodsboro ad-
vanced into the State Class A
football quarter-finals. The Woods-
boro school has not started bas-
ketball practice at this date.
Sinton, a Class AA quarter-finals
team, will have an entry in the
tournament. While several mem-
bers of the football team will seek
basketball team places later in the
season, the Pirates have a bas-
ketball team already in action. Sin-
ton and the Gregory-Portland Wild-
cats, a Class AA club, will open
play in the tournament at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, December 5.
The Refugio-Bishop game will
follow at 8 p.m.
Friday’s games have been ad-
vanced into the afternoon in or-
der not to conflict with the George
West-Woodsboro football game at
Bobcat stadium at 8 p.m. In the
first game Friday—to start at 4
p.m. — Goliad and Aransas Pass
will play. Both are Class AA teams.
In the second game Friday, to
start at 5:30 p.m.—Taft and W.
B. Ray “B” team will meet. The
4 Win Prizes
Refugio. — Four Refugio ladies
won prizes totaling $100 in cash
and merchandise certificates Sat-
urday, November 30.
Mrs. E. Franklin received $10,
Esther Garcia received $20; Mrs.
J. U. Gilliam, $30; and Mrs. Ray
Baumgart, $40.00. Half of each
prize was in silver dollars and the
other half in merchandise certifi-
The Economy Store, Teague
Furniture Co., H.E.B. Food Store,
Morrison’s, Goss Jewelry, Hend-
erson’s, Gilliam Auto Store and
Sportsman & Davis Supermarket
are the firms taking part in this
Shopper’s Bonus program.
This Saturday, December 7, an-
other four prizes, again totaling
$100, will be given away at 5 p.m.
The awards will be made on the
parking area in front of Morrison’s
Complete details for qualifying
for these awards can be secured
from any of the cooperating firms.
Refugio. — Activities for the
month of December by the Teen
Club of Refugio, sponsored by the
Refugio Junior Chamiber of Comp
merce, were liste,d in a letter ad-
dressed to parents of members.
The letter, sent toy J. A. Shelve,
This is the schedule planned for
the Teen Club of Refugio, Texas
for the m|onth of December.
December 7 — Toy Collection
ttecemjber 14 — Cake Sale
December 16 — thru December
21 — Repairing of toys
December 21 — Presentation of
toys to Cheer Center.
I would appreciate it if you
would let me know if you think
the activities above mentioned are
too many or too time consuming.
If there are any questions or
suggestions please call me at LA
Bring toy (bicycles or tricycles)
to the Cheer Center or call LA
6-4494 for pick up of the toys.
J. A. Shelve
Ray High School club is taking
the place of Woodsboro in the
Saturday, December 7, there
will be seven games, starting at
9:00 a.m. and concluding with the
championship match starting at 9
Saturday morning the losers of
the Thursday and Friday games
will meet with the winner to play
for the Consolation title at 6 p.m.
Saturday at 12 noon the winners
of Thursday’s games will play,
while at 1:30 p.m. the winners of
Friday’s games will play. These
two winners will meet for the
tournament championship at 9 p.
m. The losers will meet at 7:30
p.m. for third place honors.
Admission prices to the games
will be 50 cents for adults and
25 cents for students at each ses-
sion. Tournament tickets for all
sessions are available from Ro-
tarians at $1.00 for adults and 50
cents for students.
Refugio. — All Veterans of For-
eign Wars sponsored events, with
the exception of the annual Christ-
mas dinner, will be suspended
from now until January, 1964, it
was announced this w)eek by El-
mer Chappell, post commander.
Commander Chappell stated that
the VFW Hall would be closed for
remodeling work during a part of
this time and the organization de-
cided to cancel activities for the
last month of the year.
Refugio. (Can.) — The 1963 Jun-
ior sponsored play, undler the di-
rection of Mr. Gus Candler, will
be held in the High School Au-
ditorium, Friday, December 13,
and Saturday, December 14, at
Tickets can be purchased from
Junior students, fifty cents for
adults and twenty-five for stu-
The play, “Our Town,” was writ-
ten by Thornton Wilder, and the
cast is as follows: Stage Manager,
Bill Lawson; Dr. Gibbs, Blocker
Mjeitzen; Joe Crowell, -Buddy Bil-
lups ; Howe Newsome, Buster
Whitley; Mrs. Gibbs, Betty
Snooks; Mrs. Wlebto, Jane Kelley;
George Giblbs, Robert Oliver; Re-
becca Gibbs, Cindy Arterbum;
and Wally W(ebb, to be announc-
Also in the play are Emily
Webb, Cynthia Gumjm;; Professor
Willard, Philip Norman; Mr.
W'ebh, Mike Norman; Woman in
the Balcony, Karen Arterbum;
man in the auditorium', Jerry For-
tenberry; lady in the box, Carla
Herring; Simon Stimgon, Tommy
Daley; Mrs. Soamies, Charlane
Schultz; Constable Warren, Rob-
ert Montgomery; Si Crowell, Bud-
dy Billups; Baseball players, Chris
Rainey, Benny Conchola; Sam
Craig, Charles Jones; Joe Stod-
dard, to be announced; Assistant
Stage Managers, to be announc-
ed; and the towns people, Karen
Arterbum, Kendsa Herring, Dee
Sportsman, Carolyn Toups, San-
dra Harr, Carla Herring, and Jon-
Refugio. — State Class A Quar-
ter-Finals football game wall be
played at Refugio Friday night,
December 6, with the Woodsboro
Eagles meeting the George West
Longhorns with game time being
8 p.m. j
Officials of the George West
and Woodsboro Schools met in
Beeville last Saturday morning to
make arrangements for the game.
By virtue of Woodsboro having
played in George West in a bi-
district game several years ago,
Woodsboro could name the site of
Accepting an invitation extend-
ed by Dave Engman, superinten-
dent of Refugio Schools, Woods-
boro named Refugio the site of
the game. Thus, Refugio will be
host to the highest advanced foot-
ball game toward state champion-
ship in the history of the commun-
ity. While Refugio High School
teams have advanced this far and
farther, it has been ony as far
as regional titles that the local
stadium has been used.
Admission prices for the game
have been set at $1.50 for reserve
and general admission tickets, and
fifty cents for students. Reserve
seats are in sections B, C, D, G,
H, and I of the Refugio stadium.
General admission and student
tickets are in Sections A, E, F and
Early Wednesday m o r n i n g
Woodsboro school officials report-
ed, that all seats in Section C had
been sold and some 100 in sections
D. At Refugio, some 200 seats had
been sold through Wednesday af?
ternoon. With favorable weathers,
it is expected nearly 4,000 people
will view the game.
Tickets for the game have been
furnished by the Refugio County;
Chamber of Commerce.
The Refugio Junior Chamber of
Commerce has furnished and dis-
played posters advertising the
The two contending teams bring
identical records into Fridays
match—10 victories, one tie and
one defeat. In regular season play
each club suffered a defeat by a
non-conference opponent. Sinton,
quarter-finalists of Class AA, de-
feated George West, while Woods-
boro was downed 7-6 by York-
town. In district play, George
West played to a scoreless tie with
Three Rivers, while Woodsboro
was in a 6 to 6 tie with Pettus.
Friday night the bands of both
George West and Woodsboro will
perform at half time. The Woods-
boro band, winner of Division I
rating in District competiton last
week and Class A winner at the
University of Texas Band Day
competition in October, will be the
host band. As such it will per-
form second at half time.
The offensive lineups for Fri-
day’s quarter-final match:
Refugio.—Forgery charges have
been filed against a 35-year-old
colored man Wednesday as a re-
sult of passing checks drawn on
,a well-known Refugio County resi-
The charged man, who now
makes his home in Victoria, is a
former Refugian and has served
terms in the state penitentiary.
Three Refugio grocery stores ac-
cepted and cashed the forged in-
struments. Officials at the First
National Bank of Refugio discov-
ered the forgery when the items
Refugio County Sheriff’s depart-
ment officers started an immedi-
ate investigation and made the
arrest that day.
Lane, Fullback 36
Jordan, Tackle ,
First Freeze Here
On November 30
Refugio. — First frost and
freeze of the current winter was
registerel Saturday, November 30,
according to U. S. Weather Ob-
server T. G. Jeter. The low of 32
degrees followed a 42 degree low
on the 29th, and was followed by
a 35 degree low on December 1.
There was a trace of rain on
November 25, with 1.14 inches be-
ing recorded for the 27th. Rain-
fall on the 28th amounted to .35
of an inch.
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