The Archer County News (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 22, 1948 Page: 1 of 8
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The Archer County News
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY
ARCHER CITY, TEXAS THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1948
Lyndon Johnson’s “Flving Windmill” !Rev-Ben BeB
Attracts large Crowd Here Saterday ^ M1*’* wl’'"'
By Fire Saturday
Fire, thought to have originated
from faulty electrical wiring. com-
pletely destroyed the 5-room homo
and furnishings of Mr. and Mrs. Low-
ell Norman and family in rorthwes’
Archer City, at alrut 3:30 Saturday
afternoon. The. house was located
about one block east of the home of
Mrs. Emili? Pearston and son, H V.
According to our information, the
blaze was discovered by the little
Norman boys, who rushed to the near-
est neighboring house to turn in the
alarm. Finding no telephone there,
th?y then ran to the Pearston resi-
dence from where the alarm was
nhened in. By the time the fire fight-
ing equipment arrived on the scene
the blaze 'had gained such headway
that it was completely beyond con-
The fire left the Norman family
without a home or furnishings with
the exception of two cr three quilts
the boys saved off the back porch.
Since we have had many inquiries
this week as to the size of the Nor-
man children by persons who wish
to render aid in the form of cloth-
ing. etc., we wish to give the desired
Information which follows:
Melva, 17; Glenn, 16; Ozell and
Odell, boy and girl twins. 13; Cal-
vin. 11: Rcsita. 7; Henry Lee. 5; An-
David Perdue, chairman of the
Archer County Chapter of the Amer-
ican Red Cross, lost no time in get-
ting cn the job in city, went out of commission Thurs-
ance to the unfortunate family This * week-the day before the
K ****** ^ J“tlhAarmy gUr- new business was 10 hcld its
\\ nen»nK "hen he lest a finger in a
davs Jnd So house ! mishap. Downing, according to
information, w«a working cn a cus-
tomer’s car and the man, thinking he
was through, cr at least clear, step-
A crowd estimated at from 750 to
1000 was assembled in the business
district of this city last Saturday
morning at least 30 minutes before
the scheduled arrival of Congressman
Lyndon Johnson in his helicopter
dubbed the “Johnson City Windmill."
This helicopter is a very peculiar
mechanical bird, and an attraction
well worth driving many miles to see.
The machine, bearing a pilot and
Con^resman Johnson, arrived al-
most exactly cn schedule and after
circling the business district three
or four times finally was brought al-
most to a perfect standstill so far as
any forward motion was concerned,
and after hovering momentarily over
the middle of main street rorth of
the court house, settled straight down
to the pavement and came to rest
with as much grace and ease as any
duck thae ever settled down cn a
puddle cf mud and water.
There had been seme question in
rur mind prior to 9:45 Saturday
morning, a-s to which should the ap-
oelation. “The Johnson City Windmill"
be applied. Johnson or the helicopter.
After listening to his short pointed
talk, we perscnally decided it was not
firing to Johnson himself, as his re-
marks did not smack of windmill pol-
ities to ut=. as have always those of
the present incumbent of the office
to which Johnson aspires, that of
United States Senator, now graced—
or disgraced—by W. Lee O’Daniel.
Word was received here this morn-
ing that Rev. Ben Bell, former pastor
of the Archer City Methodist church,
dropped dead sometime late Wednes-
day in Van Alstyne, Texas, to which
nastorate he was recently transferred
from Paris. Texas.
Rev. Bell served fou.r years from
1941 to 1944 in the local church and
w-s held in high esteem net only by
the members of that church, but by
all those who knew him. and his un-
timely passing will be sadly regret-
Funeral arrangements were incom-
plete at the time we went to press,
but it was thought services would
be conducted Friday at Sherman.
Survivor? include the widow, one
daughter. Mrs. David Burns, and a
son, Billy Ben, now in the U, S.
Vote Saturday. . .
HART BACK ON JOB
ON PART TIME BASIS
Loses Finger While
Working On Car
Roger Hart, we are exceedingly
glad to note, has been given permis-
sion by his doctor to resume hits place
at The News Linotyn? keybrard for a
couple cf hours daily which became
effective Monday. It is hoped that
within the next week or two his al-
lowable will be raised to possibly four
hour- daily and ultimately to the
pre-illn.:ss schedule which will enable
is- to once again go on the 8-hour
daylight working and moonlight
Saturday is election day, the day
when all good citizens should go to
the polls and take a hand in their
government, national, state and coun-
The right to vote for the man of
your choice is one of the most val-
uable privileges we, under a Demo-
crat ferm of government possess.
It is our duty and one which should
not be shirked. We suggest that you
decide in your own mind, the men who
would best serve the people of Archer
c unty generally, and the one least
likely to be controlled by other in-
terests and go to the polls Saturday
ard vote for those men, those meq
you feel to he best fitted to dis
-harge fairly and equitably the duties
of the offices to which they aspire.
Bins Crosbv’s Son
Enters Oil Game
In Archer County
Sheriff A. H. Gosler Named Defendant
In $10,000 Damage Suit This Week;
$5,000 Damage Suit Filed In Rebuttal
A suit was filed here this week by -j- . .
an Archer City man naming Sheriff | nPV I jOSt \?3]f!
A. H. Gosler as defendant and in -
which the plaintiff prays for a total W/qc | |
of $10,000, five G’s each for actual 13111 C W OB U1USL/
and exemplary damages. The suit i*
the outgrowth of an arrest made last
week by Sheriff Gosler cn a charge
of receiving and concealing stolen
oil field equipment allegedly unlaw-
fully taken from a D. H. Bolin oil
Sheriff Gceler on Wednesday after-
noon filed an answer plus a cross
action asking $5,000 damages for him-
self, plus attorney’s fees.
Oil operators in Archer county ad-
ded another famous name to their
rlls recently in the person of Harry
L. Crosby, Jr., son cf “Bing” Crosby.
The younger Crosby is associated with
D, H. Bolin and W. A. Moncrief, which
firm is now drilling ahead on a 4.000
fo t test 330 feet from the north and
east lines of block 75, ATNCL, in
the North Chalk Hill pool 7 miles
rorth cf Archer City.
The Archer City baseball team lost
another contested game Sunday to
the visiting Burkburnett team by a
score of 11 to 10.
Pitching chores for the local team
was divided between Emil Loest. Jr,
Coach Preston Watson, Tom Patrick
and a Holliday boy whose name is
unknown to us. The game was played
under decidedly unfavorable condi-
tions brought about by the undivided
attention of Old Sol.
Ben Downing, mechanic for the
Waddell Chevrolet Company in this
had a 16x48-foot house—Army sur- |
Dallas within 3 days
Is now being assembled and will soon
be ready for occupancy.
Cost of the house, including trans-
portation from Dallas to Archer City,
For this we salute David Perdue,
a fellow who realizes something needs
to be done—now—and goes ahead and
Close One From
ned on the starter and Browning’s
finger was severed by the fan. Due
to the fact that Browning’s disability
is likely to last for auite an extended
length of time. Waddell is attempting
to locate another mechanic.
The Scotland baseball club hung up
Us ninth consecutive victory last Sun-
day when they nosed out the Henri-
etta club by a 4 to 3 score.
George Veitenheimer, Scotland
pitcher, personally accounted for the
winning tally when he poled a prodig-
ious home-run in the fourth inning
with a mate aboard. George MoratJi,
also cf Scotland, drove in one run with
» three-base blow. Scotland’s Toughy
Schenk led both teams at bat, the
only player to get more than one
safety. Hie stickwork netted a single
on? wallop good for two bases.
Batring for Scotland was George
Veitenheimer and F. Morath. For Hen-
rietta. McMahan, Calloway and Horn.
The same two teams will meet
again Sunday afternoon at Scotland.
We have been asked this week to
inform people who so kindly brought
food to the Mrs. Ben Hodges home
during her illness and at the time of
her death that their dishes may be
had there. Mrs. Lewis Scott, daughter
of the deceased, will be at the'home
for a while and as she has no means
cf identifying many of the dishes,
with their owners, would appreciate
you coming by for them.
Mrs. Jeannette Davis, of Archer
City and Walsenberg, Colo, was in
town from Saturday to Monday. She
wag accompanied back to Walsenberg
by Miss Juanita Burnett for a visit
and by young W. C. -Young, III, whose
family will “pick him up” en route
to Creed, Colo, on their annual fish-
ing trip which begins Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse J. Goodwin, Jr,
of Austin, accompanied by his sister,
Miss Evelyn Goodwin of Fort Worth,
arrived Sunday to visit the senior
Goodwins in this city. Young Jesse
received his B. B. A. degree from the
University of Texas July 13. He and
wife will visit also with her folk In
El Reno, Okla, before returning to
Austin. Evelyn is vacationing this
week from her job in Cow Town.
Mr. and Mrs. Sebe Moore had as
guests from Wednesday to Friday of
last week Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Carter
and son. Richard, of Seagoville, Tex-
as. The visitors were accompanied
home by their daughter, Shirley, who
had keen house guest of little Nancy
Moore. The Moores and their guests
attended the Thursday night perform-
ance of the Olney rodeo.
SHERIFF AND RANGER
RETURN FROM OKLAHOMA
Sheriff Du;oh Gosler and Ranger
Jim Greer, of Vernon, returned Tues-
day from Ardmore, Okla, where they
had gone fer further investigation of
the alleged theft of oil field equip-
ment belonging to D. H. Bering and
taken from a lease in the North Chalk
Hill pool. The stolen equipment h?.d
been recovered in Archer City.
Total Nearly 200
Clerk Guy M. Baggett announced
yesterday that a total of 171 absen-
tee ballots have been returned to
hin and have been officially counted
Baggett estimated the total absentee
be Uoting would, run in the neighbor
hcod cf 200 by the time they have all
be n acopnpt?<\ for.
Rita Estill returned hem^ Satur-
day afte.r a week’s training in twir’
ing at the Cisco Junior College. She
.received a trophy for the best drutn-
majorette and majorette in the school
There was a medal given away to
the best one in :he beginners, inter-
mediates, and advanced. Rita received
the medal for the best in the advanc-
ed. She twirled for the Liens Club
Ju'y 14 and ehe was also on a pro-
gram July 12th in which she twirled
a«solo. She gave a demonstration of
the lighted baton on the same night.
DR. H. S. BELL TO OFFER
“WELL BABY” CLINIC
Dr. H. S. Bell announced this
week that he will conduct a well
baby clinic at hie office in Archer
City on the first Saturday, morning
of each month. As he explained it to
us. the clinic is not for the treatment
of babies after they become ill ,but
primarily for a monthly check-up to
prevent any sort of illness, and for
innoculations, vaccines, etc., of babies
from birih until they r£ach one year
cf age. The doctor further announced
that he will conduct a pre-school clin-
ic each Wednesday through the month
of August which v>ll be for-the pri-
mary purpose of administering the
vaccines required before a child is
permitted to (inter school.
Mrs. A. H. Hoing and daughter,
Jo Carol, and Alice Bishop, of Holli-
day. were through this city Wednes-
day, the former lady being a pleasant
News office visitor. They were en
route to Olney to get the Hding son,
Ray Don, who"" has been visiting an-
other Hoing daughter, Mrs. M. L.
Hamm, Jr, and family. Mr. and Mrs.
Ilamm spent from Friday to Sunday
last week with her parents ir. Holli-
Mrs. J. T. Wilscn and son, Bobby,
were up Monday from their new
home in Graham to visit many cf
their friends in this, their former
home town. The Wilson daughter.
Gettys Jo, is on a vacation visit with
a cousin. Lawrence Haley, in Texas
City and in Houston and Galveston.
The first back-door beggar we have
$een in many years paid us an of-
ficial visit Tuesday morning and ask-
ed for a couple of sandwiches “to go.”
Ws instructed the madam to fix the
fellow the requested morsels with the
thought in mind that two ends could
be gained thereby. First it would rid
the back step of the unwelcome visit-
or and at the same time remove from
cur sight a quantity of left over meat
that we feared would eventually find
its way into our plate in some atro-
The fellow appeared to be some-
Vhsre in the 60’*, and »po'» with a
distinct foreign accent. He did not
appear to be unable to work but left
the impression with us that he was
unimbued with any desire to do eo.
While we have a little spare time
guess we’ll go over our receipt books
and offer our thanks to the following
subscription-paying “nice folk” who
have earned that honor since last we
got around to doing it They are:
George Prideaux, city; Mrs. C. H.
McDaniel, Dundee; T. B. Wilson, Jr,
Walnut Springs, Texas; Alfred Ber.
end. Windthcrst; John Woods, city;
Mrs. Clarence Tarr, city; J. W. Hick-
erson, Jr, city; F. L. Able. Electra;
Mrs. L. A. Evan$, Wichita Falls; Mrs.
Btn Loper, city; J. C. Strawn. Sr,
city; Zella Mae Groves, city; R. A.
Newsom, city; Mrs. Fred McDaniel
f:r S. J. Atkins. Wichita Falls; Dr.
Harold Smitson, city; Frank Prideaux,
Graham; Paul Edge, Mount Vernon,
Indiana; Mrs. Cleveland Hay ter,
Campton. California; Claude Britton,
city; J. B. Cross,. Sr, city; Mrs. Cleo
Bennett, Zillah, Washington; Sam
Tony Peysen, of Scotland, was an
Archer City visitor and hand-shaker
of Archer City voters Monday, more
especially those of the southeast
quarter of the city.
ZELLA MAE GROVES
BITTEN BY CENTIPEDE
Seme folk choose strange bedfel-
lows and there are some folk who
don’t exactly choose ’em but get ’em
anvway. The latter was the case
with Miss Zella Mae Groves when she
was awakened early Monday morn-
ing with her left arm giving her ex-
treme pain. Though she found noth-
ing on the bed that could have caus-
ed the ache, she glanced at the cur-
tain and the head of the bed and
there saw a 6-or-7-inCh-long black
and yellow centipede leisurely ambl-
ing toward the ceiling. ZeJl-a Mae
and her father. John Groves, anihilat-
Yeager, city; Mrs. Lewis Scott. Chan-; fd the varmint and he called Dr-
ning. Texas; Mrs. Ch&s. Suilivan, city; i Hare Id Smitson who gave her the
R. L. Hancock, city, and Mrs. A. H.
FORMER HASKELL H-D AGENT
TAKES POSITION IN ARCHER
necessary treatment to counteract the
orison. Though she wa9 violently nau-
■>ea*ed all that day, she is now okey
and back on the job at the variety
Mrs. 01 Andrews has recently mov-
ed into Olney from the Andrews
ranch home near Jean, Texas. Shortly
after her return home from a three
months visit with he.r daughter and
family, Ll. and Mrs. Lefty Bumpers
and children, in Trinidad, the Bump-
ers family were here to visit with her
and in Moran with his folk, en route
to his new location in Rhode Island
They spent over a year and a half in
Mr. and Mrs. Walt Pryor left today,
Thursday, on a two weeks’ vacation
from his dutiea with Shell Oil com-
Bud Hunt was in Monday from his
stock farm a few miles south of An-
telope in the county of Jack.
PLANS COMPLETED FOR
CAMP FIRE GIRL’S DAY
CAMP AT WICHITA FALLS
Mrs. G. E. iShawver was removed
home Friday nigtbt from the Olney
hospital where she has been for treat-
ment the paet month. She is reported
Mrs. Lee Roaeland and children,
Lynn and Larry, of Abilene, are visit-
ing in the home of the lady’s par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Loest, Sr.,
in this city. They expect to be joined
for the week-end by their husband
and father with whom they will re-
turn home. ,
The shipment of Chevrolet cars
that was expected for the Waddell
Chevrolet company’s formal opening
last Friday finally arrived the first
of this weekk.
Mrs. Seth Duren and daughters,
Misses Frances Mae and Mary Jane,
made a business trip to Denton Mon-
day and from there went tq Dallas
to visit their daughter and aiater,
Mrs. Jimmie Carrie, and family.
Plans were completed this week for
Camp Fire Girls’ Day Camp to be
conducted at Harrell Park in Wichita
Falls next Wednesday, July 28. All
girls between the ages of seven and
thirteen are invited to bring a paper
sack lunch and a 25 cent transporta-
tion fee and enjoy the outing, ac-
cording to the announoemen1 made by
the Archer County Camp Fire lead-
ers’ Association. Arrangements are
being made for a school bus to take
the girls to Harrell Park, leaving
from the court house in Archer City
at 8 o’clock Wednesday morning and
returning about 5 o’clock that after
The days’ octivities. under the di-
rection of Miss Sadie Beth Tevis,
CamD Fire field director, will include
hand craft, nature study, folk games,
singing and other forms of recreation.
Members of the Camp Fire Lead-
ers Association who will probably
accompany the girls include Mes-
dames Bpb Crocker. D. B. Graham
Leslie Cross, Joe Slack, Tom Hilton,
and John Robinson. Former Camp
Fire Girls who will assist in the
games, etc. are Misses Ann Pri-
draux, Nancy Burkhart, Bonnie Pick-
ard and Vet Robinson. More than 50
girls are expected to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Pryor and
daughter, of Roswell. N. Mex., were
last Thursday overnight visitor.* in
the home of his brother, C. P. Pryor,
and family in this city.
Washing. July 20.—President Tru-
mcn today issu?d a proclamation call-
ing for the draft registration to start
On that date, persons born.m 1922
after August 30 will register.
The proclamation also fixes the fol-
lowing dates for the registration o?
other youths between the ages cf 18
1. Persons born in the year 1923:
August 31 and September 1.
2. Persons born in 1924: September
2 and September 3.
3. Persons born in the year 1925:
Seotember 4 or September 7.
4. Persons born in the year 1926:
5. Persons born in the year 1927:
6. Persons' born in the year 1928:
7. Persons born in the year 1929:
8. Persons born in 1930 before Sep-
tember 19: Sep’ember 17-18.
Bov? born on or after Seotember
19, 1930, under th^ proclamation will
he registered on the day they are 18
years old cr within five days there-
The president’s proclamation call-
ed on the governors of each of *he
states and the territories of Alaska
Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands and the commissioners of the
District cf Columbia to comply with
the drafting program to “accomplish
effective and complete registration."
There was nothing in the procla-
mation to indicate when actual induct-
ions into the armed services will
begin. By law, the draft can’t stsrt
until September 22. This is 90 days
after Mr. Truman signed the selec-
tive service act.
The draft law passed by congress
laas-t month requires men 18 through
25 to register, although none can be
drafted until reaching 19.
Eighteen year olds can avoid the
draft by enlisting for one year and
then serving for a longer period in
the reserves. Such enlistments will
be accepted starting tomorrow.
Some 4,000 registration places will
be used, as compared with 120,000
used before World War Two, and
13,000,000 draft and registration cards
have been prepared. The first regis-
tration iR expected to total 9,600,000
with several thousand more men to
be listed each month after that.
Mists Louise Newman has heeu ap-
pointed as heme demonstration agent
fer Archer county following the re-
signation cf Mrs. Kenneth Vann, no?
Robin Harbin. Miss Newman fo.r the
oast four years H-D agent in Haskell,
will assume her job here August 23.
According to a news item in Sun-
day’s Wichita Daily Times. Miss Mil-
fred Budd of that city and a fresh-
man at TSCW, Dentcn, was awarded
one of the six journalism scholar-
ships granted fer the coming school
year. Miss Budd, daughter of Mrs.
Mildred Budd of Wichita Falls and
Sop: aft* Mr'm 5&T'. Grrroti re-
turned Wednesday from a delightful
10-day vacation trip to Galveston
where the lady acquired a not-so-de-
Mrs. Eula Paul left Wednesday to
visit her granddaughter, Litfle Miss
Pamela Davis, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Jam“s Davis in Brownwood. The
infant is ill in a hospital there. The
mother is the former Miss Connie
Jim Bill Harrison, of El Paso, ar-
_____ _____________ ____ rived here Saturday frr a visit with
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mart! his grandmother. Mrs. N.^ I. Andrews.
Stephens of Archer City, studied j and his many friends in this, his
journalism in high school and is ncw|f°rincn home town.
majoring in it at TSCW. *
_„_ Mrs. Bobby Gray was taken to a
Wichita Falls hospital Monday for
treatment. She is reported feeling
considerably better today, Thursday,
and it is expected that she will he
able to return home within the next
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor are
the proud parent* of a bran new 6-
Mrs. David Perdue and daughters.
Mary Sue, Jane and Margaret Ann,
returned home late Wednesday from
a most enjoyable 10-day trip to Eu-
nice, La., to visit the lady's mother,
Mrs. Ed White.
Charlie Stewart, recently cf Odes-
sa. is this Week back in our village
attending business that precedes
starting the building of his own busi-
ness house here.
Mrs. James Harvey and daughters.
Janis and Frances Ann, were accom-
nanied home from Austin Monday by
Mrs. Pcwell Goodwin and daughter,
B tsy, of that city, who are this week
visiting the lady’s mother, Mrs. Kate
Mrs. Harvey and daughters spent
last week with her mother. Mrs. J. P.
Fleming and family and her twin
sister, Mrs. Hugh McKinney of Odes-
sa', whose infant daughter. Marilyn,
is under a doctor’s care in Austin
The infant is thought to be slowly
improving from a stomach ailment
of some two month’s standing.
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Wlison returned
home Sunday from a vacation trip
to Red River. Las Vegas, Taos and
other New Mexico points. Their
daughter and husband. Mr. and Mrs.
J. C. Woodard, returned to their
home in Olustee, Okla, after having
“kept store” for the Wilsons during
their absence. The Woodards are
scheduled to leave soon to vacation
pound 14-ounce baby girl, Robbie
Jean, born Tuesday in the Olney Hos-
pital. Mother and babe are reported
■retting along nicely and Papa Dick
is feeling fine.
Jim Norman, all-district tackle on
last year’s Wildcat football team, ar-
rived back here Tuesday morning
from Valentine, Nebr., where the fam-
ily moved from Washington recently.
Jim expects to remain her* until en-
rolling time in college this fall.
CHIEF ROBINSON TELLS
WHAT HE LEARNED AT
COLLEGE STATION COURSE
Sgt. Jack (Bud) Scott was an over-
night visitor Tuesday in this city,
having just returned to Caswell Field.
Fcrt Worth, from a two weeks’ aerial
mission to Alaska and Japan for
Uncle Sam. He was accompanied
home Wednesday by his wife and son.
Stevie, who visited during Bud’s ab-
sence with her folk, the Ben Pages,
and hi* folk, the Bert Scotts.
Frantz Venable is recuperating
nicely from an appdectomy Saturday
in the Olney Hospital. It is expected
that he will be removed to his home
in this city by the end of this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Paschal Gosler and
young daughter. Teresa Jo, of Wichi-
ts Falls, were Saturday visitor, and
grocery shoppers in this city.
At Monday night’s meeting of the
Archer City Volunteer Firemen, Fire
Chief John Robinson gave a resume
of his learnings at a fireman’s ad-
vanced short course last week at A.
& M. College. Chief Robinson stated
that the main topic of study was pub-
The Fire Ladies also met Monday
night to hear from Mrs. Robinson an
interesting account cf her visiting
the Battleship Texas anchored on the
San Jacinto battleground. Roll call
was answered with favorite summer
recipes and menus of the ladies and
Mrs. Romie Lewis conducted a quiz
program on foods and health.
Those present were the above nam-
t d and Mesdames Chester and Brian
Crowley, Perry Young, C. C. Conner,
Harry Hannah and a visitor, Mrs
Mattie Holcomb of McMinville, Tex-
as, an aunt of Mrs. Robinson.
CUP THIS COUPON
It Will Admit
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hansel
To The Royal Theatre
“$ DARING DAUGHTERS”
On Sunday or Monday Night
The Archer County New*
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