Refugio Timely Remarks (Refugio, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 4, 1965 Page: 1 of 8
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BefugSa CauQty Li^jcdry
c/g Selina G. Rranilstte
VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 20
More Than a Newspaper — A Community Service
REFUGIO, REFUGIO COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1965
TEN CENTS PER COPY
This week several letters have been received and
they are being published uncensored.
The first of these letters—while long—is splendid.
Impressions and those of the staff who have read this
letter would have the writer receive the Flower of
the Week. Here is good thinking, fairly presented,
with a definite challenge that applies to individuals
and groups. Yes, indeed, the writer of this letter mer-
its the Flower of the Week.
Dear Editor, . .
I don’t like unsigned letters just on general principal. 1
am, however, interested in the City of Refugio and its
economic progress. My reluctance to sign does not stem
from personal lack of courage or conviction. I am in busi-
ness in -Refugio and I think that my business would be
adversely effected by certain comments I would like to
make in this and subsequent letters.
WHY BUY OUT OF TOWN?
The spirit of competition and free enterprise are the
very core and backbone of this great country. Shopping
or comparative buying are the methods by which the
consumer responds to the competition of the free enter-
prise system. Indictments and sentences result from any
organized attempt to tamper with this basic principal
Anti-trust suits and price fixing charges are two good
During the era of heavy oil exploration and production
the population and wage income were very high or at
least more than at present. When the numbers of oil
field workers were at a peak the merchants flourished,
the number of stores increased, stock inventories in-
creased, competition was apparent and the free enter-
prise system was healthy and growing.
As the working force began to decline the potential re-
tail consumer dollar was not as plentiful as before. This
was unfortunate but not uncommon in the free enter-
prise system. Today Refugio has very nearly the same
number of merchants and business establishments as
in the days of the oil boom! The laws of supply and de-
mand is a fine and good but often cruel law. Many per-
sons, companys and governments have tried to repeal
the law of supply and demand. They have succeeded,
for a time, but not forever.
In Refugio merchants are not competitive with outlying
cities or with each other. Instead of pricing goods in
proportion to a fair mark-up which will produce a rea-
sonable item-profit; goods are priced according to what
the traffic will bear. By this I mean that no one cuts
the price to stimulate business. It is better business (in
Refugio) to be exactly equal in cost of the same items
as your “competitor” so that all is stable and no one
makes any less profit than the maximum.
The replying argument resounds far and wide. “Busi-
ness volume is not high enough to produce an active
market place”. This is most emphatically true. If ten
stores each sell one item to ten customers then the profit
on those ten items is split ten ways and no one makes
any thing. Yet all ten merchants have similar overhead
and expenses. Thus each merchant does his best to keep
the lowest inventory stock, the lowest overhead which
may lower service and the highest price in order to
SOLUTION: Less merchants! If one store sold the above
ten items to the above ten customers then his volume
would be increased, his profit margin on each item could
be lowered due to increased volume of sales and his price
would soon be lower than surrounding cities and people
would flock to Refugio to shop the new bargains they
would hear of.
This all sounds real nice on paper but the rub comes
when you ask “ok, who goes out of business”? No one,
chamber of commerce or anyone else is big enough to
say who closes his doors.
The sort of stale-mate described will end in a slow and
agonizing death or at least disablement of our town.
The people of Refugio are good, normal, American type
people. They are not involved in an organized plot to
put merchants out of business. The merchants are doing
that job themselves and don’t need any help. The human
animal is not extremely smart but he is aware of his
surroundings and very subject to ego pleasing activities.
The “something-for-nothing” drive is a prime example
of ego satisfaction which is pleasing to all of us. Wit-
ness the success of the trading stamp business. Where
else but in the USA would a person pay a higher price
for goods so that he can collect stamps which have a
weaker > redemption power than his own cash money.
Whether we like it or not stamps are here to stay and
they stimulate trade so they must be good. Discount
houses are ego satisfiers. We carry home an item v/hich
we can brag about costing less, thus we are happier. I
do not consider the discount house as important com-
petition for this reason. We all know that the trip costs
but no one cares about that, so forget that part. Dis-
count houses will never service what they sell, they are
reluctant to exchange and refunds are difficult to obtain
as well as doing nothing for the economy or the person.
Local merchants should service their own sales to the
hilt and charge double to service to discount house pur-
I know it’s bad manners to throw rocks but a prime ex-
ample of this problem of supply and demand exists in
our Newspapers. The people of this area must pay 30
cents to get approximately the same volume of news
that most similar sized towns pay 5 cents to obtain.
Our people will not and should not be expected to patron-
ize the local merchants strictly out of loyalty. We will
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ELECTRONIC POSTING MACHINE installed by
the First National Bank of Refugio is operated by
Mrs. LaJuana Rogers. In background Lynwood E.
Weber, cashier, watches the second of such new ma-
chines operate. Mrs. Alice Haynes (below) operates
one of the new machines which actually “read” and
“write” electronically in posting checking account
’Refugio.—Poll tax payments
in Refugio County totaled 2155
with 51 first-year exemptions be-
ing issued for a total of 2206.
Edith Buckley, County Tax
Assessor and Collector, released
the figures on the 1965 voting
strength this week, in a pre-
cinct by precinct report as fol-
Precinct; Poll Tax; Exemp-
Refugio High School
Refugio VFW Hall
Meet Tuesday j
Refugio. — A County Texas
State Teacher’s Association
meeting will be held in the Re-
fugio High School cafeteria
Monday, February 8, at 7:30 p.
m. Rev. J. M. Lunsford, direc-
tor of the Children’s Home in
Beeville, will be the guest speak-
All teachers in the county are
urged to attend.
Austin.—Shell dredging in Co-
pano and other inland bays
within Aransas and Refugio
counties would be prohibited by
a bill introduced by State Reps.
Paul B. Haring of Goliad and
Leroy J. Wieting of Portland.
The bill, HB 347, would pro-
hibit the issuance of permits to
the State Parks and Wildlife De-
partment for dredging in or ad-
jacent to any inland bays west
of Interstate Highway 35 in the
The two authors said the bill
is to conserve and protect
shrimp, oysters, fish and other
marine life in the inland bays.
Refugio.—The First National
Bank of Refugio has installed
new electronic bookkeeping
equipment and placed this
equipment in service this week
—Monday, February 1.
The new equipment is two
new electronic posting machines
and an auto-reader, purchased
from the Burroughs Corpora-
tion. These machines will ac-
tually “read” and “write” elec-
tronically in posting checking
The use of the customer’s ac-
count number on all deposit
tickets and on all checks is of
extreme importance according
to bank officials. The account
number, teamed with the cus-
tomer’s signature, becomes the
electronic common language
guarding a person’s account it
was pointed out.
Officials of the bank stated,
the cooperation of all customers
in this effort to increase the
bank ability to serve you better
will be greatly appreciated.”
To Sell Tickets
For MOD Dance
Refugio.—The JayCees met at
Ruby’s Restuarant Monday, Feb-
ruary 1, with president Jerry
During the business session,
it was decided the club would
sell tickets for the March of
Dimes dance to be held Sat-
urday, February 20 at Bonnie
View. Club members also decid-
ed to serve coffee during the
South Texas Angus Association’s
meeting to be held at the Rialto
Theater Tuesday, February 23.
Rev. Troy Sumrai!
Suffers Heart Attack
Refugio.—Rev. Troy Sumrall,
pastor of the First Baptist
Church of New Braunfels and a
former pastor of the First Bap-
tist Church in Refugio is re-
cuperating from a heart attack
suffered Tuesday, January 26.
He has been taken home from
the hospital but must have com-
plete bed rest for at least two
weeks, according to his daugh-
ter, Mrs. Tom Hornburg. The
doctor thinks it best he not
have visitors in order that his
recovery might be speeded.
Refugio.—City Councilman R.
E. “Bob” Claybrook will be a
candidate for reelection at the
city election to be held on Tues-
day, April 8.
Claybrook this week stated
that he was a candidate for an-
other term on the council. A
long time resident of Refugio,
he has served several terms on
He becomes the second per-
son to announce they would be
a candidate for the office of city
Jack B. Kelley
' Denton. — Jack Butler Kelley
of Refugio was among 455 sen-
iors who' applied for bachelor’s
degrees at North Texas State
University this semester. Win-
ter commencement exercises
were held at 2 p.m. Sunday,
January 31, in the Main Audi-
Kelley, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Berne Kelley, and a 1959 gradu-
ate of Refugio High School, re-
ceived his bachelor of business
administration degree. He has
accepted a position in the Inven-
tory Control Department of
Brown and Jennings in Dallas
and plans to move to Dallas
during the coming week end.
alderman. Two aldermen and
a mayor will be elected this
year. Eugene W. Davis filed as
a candidate for an alderman
spot some two weeks ago.
Victoria. — Lynwood Albert
Weber, 63, of 506 E. Pine St.,
died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb-
ruary 2, 1965, in a local hos-
pital after a wreek’s illness.
Weber was born February 23,
1901, in Victoria, the son of the
late William F. and Theresia
Beck Weber. He lived most of
I his life in Victoria, except for
six years when he lived in Port
Lavaca. He was a member of
the Victoria Fire Department
for many years.
Funeral mass was held at 7
p.m. Wednesday, February 3,
at St. Mary’s Catholic Church,
with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. O.
Beck officiating. Additional ser-
vices will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday at McCabe - Carruth
Funeral Home Chapel, with
burial in Resurrection Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, of Vic-
toria; three sons, Lynwood E.
of Refugio, William F. of Bay-
town and Vincent J. Weber of
Port Lavaca, and six grandchil-
Refugio.—A comparative sur-
ey of retail food costs in Re-
fugio with those of Victoria, Bee-
ille, Goliad, Sinton and Corpus
Jhristi will be requested of the
Refugio County Chamber of
Rmmerce. The data from the
survey will be compiled for
..udy by local merchants and
"or use in developing Refugio
as a buying center.
The plan calls for the prepar-
ing of a complete shopping list
of grocery items as an average
family would use. The list would
set for brand names and sizes
in order that the study be uni-
form. Purchasers will then visit
stores of the various towns, in-
cluding Refugio, on a set week
end day to buy the list of items.
It is suggested that a second
series of purchases be made
during the early week days to
secure a wider and more com-
plete study of comparative
A member of the board of di-
rectors of the Refugio County
Chamber of Commerce will pre-
sent the plan and proposal to
the directors at their next meet-
ing, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb-
The average price of the list-
ed items will be determined and
individuals will then purchase
the goods from the Chamber of
Commerce in order to reduce
the expense of making the sur-
The idea of making such sur-
vey and study in order to have
definite facts and figures in re-
gard to prevailing food prices
in Refugio as other communi-
ties was made at the “Break-
fast for Business” meeting held
Another item of consideration
at the meeting was the letter
of a pleasure visitor to the coast.
Those in attendance addressed
individual replies to the writer.
(The letter appears elsewhere'
as a part of Impressions col-
Next meeting of the Break-
fast group will be at 6 a.m.
Tuesday, February 16, at Ruby’s
Restaurant. These meetings are
open with each person attend-
ing purchasing the breakfast
J his choice. Open discussion
.76 Inch Rain
Refugio.—Total rainfall for the
first month of 1965 totaled .76
according to the records of the
official weather observer, Judge
Gentry Jeter, with rain being
received on the following dates:
Sunday, Jan. 3 .........................04
Saturday, Jan. 9 .....................12
Thursday, Jan. 21 ................53
Friday, Jan. 22 .....................07
TOTAL ...................... 76
A frost was received in Refu-
gio Thursday, January 28. Fog
was noted by the weather ob-
server on two different dates,
Friday, January 29 and Mon-
day, February 1.
High and low temperature
readings for the week ending
Tuesday, February 2 are:
Wed., Jan. 27
Thurs., Jan. 28
Fri., Jan. 29
Sat., Jan. 30
Sun., Jan. 31
Mon., Feb. 1
Tues., Feb. 2
Refugio.—The American Citi-
zens Civic Club will sponsor a
tamale sale Saturday, February
6, the proceeds of which will go
in the general fund of the club.
Mrs. Joe Beltran, Jr., of Re-
fugio, is to make the tamales.
Orders may be given in ad-
vance by calling Mrs. Beltran
Thursday, Friday or Saturday,
February 4, 5 or 6.
Members of the club will sell
tamales both at the shopping
center and downtown Refugio
Saturday, for 60 cents a dozen.
Bayside. — With the passing of Sir Winston
Churchill, it is of interest to note that his first cousin,
Sir Hylton Aubrey Briscoe chose Bayside as his last
home and burial place. He had traveled all over the
world and told his friends that he considered Bayside
the nearest to ideal place he had ever lived; the near-
est to Bayside in his opinion, was the coast of New
Sir Harry (as friends called him)^ purchased the
historic Wood mansion, and since his death, Lady
Briscoe continues to make her home here. She is ac-
tive in civic organizations, especially the Lantana Gar-
den Club. Upon her return from her last visit to
England, she brought interesting souvenirs to each
club member. Perhaps the most beautiful was a cal-
endar gold embossed of the ancient city of Hastings,
given to a noted ancestor by the king of England in
1066 for his bravery in overcoming William the Con-
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