The Archer County News (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 27, 1953 Page: 1 of 8
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The Archer County News
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY
ARCHER CITY, TEXAS THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 1953
Commissioners’ Court Sets Budget
$374,868.43, Tax Rate Unchanged
A delicious luncheon and a most
enjoyable program were featured
at Tuesday’s Lions Club meeting.
Rev. Bennett Scott, Methodist
pastor at Megargel, entertained
with negip spiritual vocals, accom-
panied at the piano by Mrs. Roy,
Heard, organist-pianist of the First
Methodist Church in this city.
Rev. L. L. Evans, Methodist evan-
gelist of El Paso who is conduct-
ing a revival at the local Metho-
dist Church, was principal speak-
er following the luncheon and en-
Other guests of the day were
Mrs. Evans and Mmes. Elden H.
Cole. Day Cameron, Sam McAlister
and Chas. Martin; Rev. John Alex-
ander, Baptist pastor here; Rev. I.
L. Whetsell, Baptist evangelist cur-
rently conducting a revival at the
First Baptist Church here; Gene
Shields, singing conductor at the
Baptist revival; Messrs. E. D. Wil-
liams, F. P. Martin, Ward Taylor,
J. H. Crawford, Bob Austin, W. E.
Young and D. E. Wright, all at-
tending a meeting of the local
PMA; and Douglas Edwards of
It appears that every one felt
justifiably confident that our Hon-
orable Commissioners’ Court would
act with wisdom Monday when the
1954 county budget was held in
JBUCCESS with Southern Union
COURTESY, COOPERATION, COMMON
SENSE . . This is Martin’s Success Formula
EDITOR’S NOTE—T h e accom- pressure. He also changes orifice
panying article was taken from the plates at the orifice meters. In his
August issue of Southern Un- capacity as senior serviceman, Tom-
ion News, a magazine published my is in charge of all service work,
by and for the employees of the competently distributing the many
Southern Union Gas System. Bet- adjustment orders and requests
.. . . , . .. ter known here as “Eke,” the sub- for service which are received
the commissioners court room. At, 0f the article is a young man daily in the Carlsbad Town Plant.
east_ »en,C!e^ of whom we are justifiably proud He supervises all meter reading,
King Takes Over
The former J. V. Longan Grocery
& Market, henceforth to be known
as King’s Grocery & Market, is to
be closed tomorrow, Friday, for
the purpose of the former’s inven-
torying the stock to the new own-
er. Charlie King will have the es-
tablishment open for business Sat-
urday, as will be noted in his ad
in this week’s News.
J. V., as may also be noted in
The News, extends his thanks to
customers of standing up to and
past 34 years.
Charlie issues a cordial invita-
tion for the continued patronage
of Mr. Longan’s customers as well
as to new patrons.
except County Judge D. M. Harris
and Commissioners Cole Tidwell,
Tony Peysen, Bennie Fichte and
The budget, which represents
the estimated cost of Archer Coun-
ty’s operation for next year, was
set at $374,868.43, which figures,
broken down, would place jury ex-
pense at $3,270.16; road and bridge
maintenance, $234,537.79; general
fund, $76,425.48; permanent im
provement, $3,688.00; interest and
sinking fund on time warrants on
county fire trucks, $7,270.00;
maintenance county fire trucks,
$1,452.00; special ad valorem fund,
The tax rate based on a total
valuation of $16,050,600.00 remains
the same as for 1953, $1.30, which
provides 2 cents for the jury fund;
40 cents for road and bridge fund;
15 cents for road and bridge spec-
ial fund; 30 cents for general fund;
7 cents for permanent improve-
ments; 30 cents for special ad val-
orem; 5 cents for fire truck time
warrants and 1 cent for fire truck
SEVERAL LOCAL BAPTISTS
PLANNING TO ATTEND
WEST TEXAS CONFERENCE
because—well, because he happens and the setting and removing of
to be our nephew. He makes his meters. Part of his daily work also
home in Carlsbad, N. M., with, ac- includes the maintenance of the
cording to this tory, his wife and building and the supervision of
one son, Steven Edward, aged one the janitor service. Tommy goes to
year, but we found on stopping all fires, day or night, and his
there Saturday for a visit, his conscientious dependability and el-
home is further adorned by Jeff- ficiency are of great value during
ery, aged one month. these emergencies. He works close-
The portion of the stqry set in ly with the Installation Depart- *t is a pleasure to add to tho
bold face was written by Eke’s ment in the installing of appli- success story of Tommy Martin,
boss in Carlsbad, and reflects the ances and cooperates wholeheart- a* I hav* known Tom ovor since
esteem in which he is held by his edly with the Accounting Depart- the day ho started to work as a
employers. The story: ment. The manner in which he laborer for Southern Union Gas
When a guy’s too busy to spend operates his department has won Company. At that time, things
much time at his desk, but will him the respect and admiration of were very rough in the manpower
always take time to listen to other all thosd working under his direc- situation in Carlsbad, and Tommy
people’s problems, he’s a pretty tion, as well as his supervisors'. came as a clean-cut young man. It
popular man to have around. That’s Tommy was born on July 6 1929, was not long before he began as-
the reputation Tommy Martin has jn Archer City, Tex. When he be- sumin9 responsibilities that were
built in Carlsbad, and the reason came of high school age. his fam- beyond the call of duty. As time
he fills such a special place in jiy moved to Odessa, where Tom- went on' ,h* Town Plant Manager
the Carlsbad Town Plant. my attended high school in the us*d Tom mor* •nd mor« the
Tommy became a Southern Un- mornings and worked as a me- imP°rt*nt phases of work. As stat-
ionite September 8, 1947, when he chanic’s helper in the afternoons. ed- h* has had experience in var-
was employed as a laborer. Two Later, the family moved to Carls- ious line* °* work. Also, he has
short months later, he was advanc- bad where Tommy graduated from been *ak#n on the main lines to
ed to pipe fitter’s helper, and high school in 1946 he|P with work there, giving him a
two months later, on January 19, He married Ann stover in 1950 Jrtof ? *£rie*
1948, he was promoted to service- . t th time . southern beyond hl* own |ob ,n town’ 1
man. On April 19, 1953, Tommy Unionite Ann was billing clerk h*v* alw,y* h**" * firm b#l,#v,r
was made senior serviceman, the Carlsbad Town phhLThe cou !" young_ m#n "growmg up" w,th
School Registration To Begin Here
Thursday, September 3, at 9. a. m.
job he fills today.
- , . , pie are members of the First Meth- _____,_____. . .... . .
H.s duties are many and varied, £dist Church> have one ^ steven * 9n°°fut of ShoS ®
and in addition, he is called upon „iH man out of school, and encourag-
for assistance and advice from all ’ y '"9 his prograss up tha laddar with
quarters. However, the duties con- Tommy fishes and hunts w hen- Southern Union. It is amployaas
nected with his present position ever he can. But to quote him, I such as Tommy M»-iin whose in-
the company, and Tom Martin is
Gordon Elmore, Supt., local Bap-
tist Sunday School, has announced
the names those tentatively _____ _____ ______ ______ ________|
planning on attending the ?^orth | pjace him in charge of pressure mus* not he very good at either, tagrity and loyalty cannot be quas-
ccontrol in Carlsbad and Loving, ^ seldom bring home the bacon, tioned, who contribute so much
and make him responsible for the (One ^ his best points is modes- the success of Southern Union's
handling of all regulators. Often, *F)- operations, and who work for and
during the periods of high demand, He is a member of the Credit find success in tha opportunities
he gets up early in the morning to Union and participates in the Wei- offered by the company,
check, and, if necessary, raise the fare Plan. A. J. GREEN
Mr. and Mrs. A1 Brothers and
daughter, Alice, returned home
last Thursday from a delightful
two-weeks’ vacation trip that in-
cluded views of San Francisco and
Sacramento, Calif.; the Grand Can-
yon; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.;
Yosemite Park; Death Valley, Salt
Lake City; Denver and Manitou
Springs, Colo. At the latter city,
the vacationers visited the Joe
Gameson Leather Shop where they
“ran into” the Jim Wilsons also
of this city.
Mrs. Bruce Ferrell and daughter,
Olivia, accompanied by Betty Lynn
Ferrell of Wright City, Tex., vis-
ited from Thursday through Sat-
urday with Mr. and Mrs. Ab Fowl-
er in Davis, Okla.
Sunday visitors in the Ferrell
home here were Mr. and Mrs.
Charlie Boyngton of Graham who
were en route home after a vaca-
tion trip to Colorado and Grand
Delavan Bratt left recently for
Farmington, N. M„ where he is
working with a drilling crew from
this city. He was accompanied to
Freona, Tex., by his wife and
daughter, Jeannie, who are visit-
ing the lady’s sister, Mrs. Roscoe
Ivie, and family
More of Archer City’s enterpris-
ing youngsters gave their home-
folk a thrill when they appeared
last Friday afternoon on the
Goble’s “Uncle Howdy’’ TV pro-
gram. They are Butch and Penny
Hannah and Dell and Carolyn
and West Texas Sunday School
Leadership Conferences to be held
at Leuders, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
This is the second annual con-
ference to be held at Leuders.
Several from here went last year
for one day. These are planning
on attending the whole three days
this year: Mrs. A. W. Scarbrough,
Supt., Senior Adult Dept.; Mrs. C.
H. Nowlin, Supt., Junior Dept.; C.
H. Nowlin, Supt., Young People’s
Dept.; Mrs. J. D. Alexander, Supt.,
Intermediate Dept.; Mrs. John
Wright, teacher, Intermediate
Dept.; J o'h n Wright, Associate
Supt.; Mr. Elmore and the pastor,
John D. Alexander. The church
has felt this meeting is to be so im-
portant for the workers m the Sun-
day School that the church has
voted to pay the expenses of those
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Stansel and
daughter, Karen, accompanied by
Suzy Abercrombie, are reported va-
cationing this week in Colorado.
Supt. and Mrs. J. F. Gerron vis-
ited the past week-end with the
lady’s folk, Mr. and Mrs. B. F.
Booth, in Chico, Tex.
Pvt. A. W. Morris arrived Mon-
day from Camp Roberts, Calif., on
a week’s furlough. Having com-
pleted basic training, Morris re-
ports next Monday to Camp Irwin,
LOCAL STUDENTS RECEIVE
DEGREES FROM T. S. C. W.
DENTON, Texas.—The T e x as
State College for Women granted
134 degrees, 59 of them advanced
at summer commencement exer-
cises Aug. 21. This was the third
graduation class of the T S C W
Golden Anniversary year.
One of the advanced degrees
was the Ph. D. in textiles. It went
to Euclid Smith of Caldwell, major
in the TSCW College of Household
Arts and Sciences.
Mrs. Hazel P. Mullis of Archer
City received a master of library
Glen Norman underwent an ap-
pendectomy Wednesday at the Ar-
cher Hospital. He was released
Sunday, convalescing nicely.
Mrs. Charles Elledge was a
Thursday and Friday patient.
Mrs. Susie Lawson was hospital
ized Monday and Tuesday.
J. O. Jones was a Wednesday to
Dismissals the past week in-
cluded Mrs. Joyce Osterman, Mon-
day; Buck Daniels, Thursday; Mrs.
Christine Smith, Wednesday; Char-
lie Lin deman, Wednesday.
Jimmy Dean Watson was ad-
mitted Wednesday morning, ser-
A baby girl, Judy Carroll, was
born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs.
Dallas Ralston. Mother and infant
were dismissed Wednesday.
Howard Loudamy was admitted
Monday with a severe cold.
Mrs. Larry Smith was admitted
Maggie Schroeder of Windthorst
underwent a tonsilectomy Wednes-
day of this week. v
Sam Edwards was admitted Wed-
nesday of this week with second
and third degree bums about the
Other emergencies include the
young daughter of Frances White
Miller with a cut head; Mrs. J. B.
Carroll, nail in foot; Mrs. Roy Hai-
good, fractured toe; Mrs. Callie
Carpenter, Garland, Tex., mashed
finger; Michael Scott, injured left
ankle; and August Berend of
Archer Gty Man
Jimmy Dean Watson sustained
rather serious injuries, narrowly
escaping critical injuries Wednes-
day morning while attempting to
change truck tires. In squatting po-
sition, young Watson had one of
the tires nearly on a wheel when
the tire exploded, causing the rim
to hit the young man and knocking
him “out.” The rim caught Watson
around the knees and on the
throat just under his chin. John
Linscott, across the street from
the Archer Water Company where
the victim was working, heard the
explosion and rushed to the site
where he found Jimmy still out
with the huge truck tire on top of
Watson was rushed to the Arch-
er Hospital where, after some four
hours, he was resting fairly well.
LOTS OF WASTE . . .
SAYS "SNAPPER" PATRICK
Tommy Patrick was one of a
number of guests of the Gulf Coast
Machine & Supply Company to
enjoy a Friday to Monday fishing
spree out of Beaumont, Tex.
Aboard the deep-sea fishing
yacht, “Carjoda,” the party report-
edly caught a lot of red snappers
Patrick, now known as “Snapper,”
told his family that he caught 350
pounds. When asked by his son,
Bobby, why he brought only ten
poinds home, Snapper’s reply was,
“There’s a lot of waste to ’em,
Yours truly and family and little
Miss Connie Horany returned Sun-
day evening from Trout Haven—
located 13 miles north of Pecos,
N. Mex., where we spent one of
the most enjoyable vacations we,
personally, have ever spent.
The place is strictly a fishing
and loafing camp but since we had
no idea or intent of doing any
trout fishing when we left, we
availed ourselves only of the .lux-
ury of five days of contented loaf
ing. We were adequately armed
with fly-casting equipment at the
next door neigh-
s. Kenneth Byrne,
J. T. Spray, school principal of
Eagle Bend, was a Wednesday p.
m. business attender in the of-
fice of County Judge D. M. Har-
ris, ex-officio superintendent.
The Eagle Bend School, as well
as the Windthorst Independent
School, opens August 31, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Hoggins and
daughter, Juanita, visited in Law-
ton, Okla., the past week-end with
their son and brother, CpL Floyd
Wayne Hoggins and wife, and with
T. C.’s sister and husband, Sgt.
and Mrs. Howard Baker.
Tony Schlumpf, substantial citi-
zen of Windthorst, was a county
seat business attender this a. m„
insistence of our
bors, Mr. and Mrs
but our education in trout fishing
has been too badly neglected for
us to wade in icy water and at-
tempt to cast a small feather tied
to a small hook—especially in
view of the fact that the dyed-in
the-wool fly fishermen weren’t
having any luck. But in the art of
loafing we consider ourself peer-
Trout Haven, operated by Mr.
and Mrs. Charlie Hunt, is a place
upon which we place our stamp of
wholehearted approval for those
who wish to escape the heat and
humdrum of every day living. It
is—well, it is to say the least, de-
lightful. Hunt is a former Ford
dealer in Archer City.
Their clientele is at least 75%
Texas fishermen and their families
whose desires are only to fish and
On the way out we stopped for
an hour at Floydada to visit
friends, Mr. and Mrs, Preston Wat-
son, former Wildcat coach and
beauty operator in this city.
We wish herewith to express our
sincere thanks to Myrie Hart for
a splendid job of “taking over”
during our absence.
Recent visitors in the home of
Mrs. E. Pearston and son, Harry,
were the latter’s cousin and wife,
Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Torrey, of Chey-
enne, Wyo. The visitors were en
route to Houston on vacation.
Monday overnight guests in the
L. N. Peyton home were his broth-
er and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Peyton, Lee and Guy, of Talpa,
Tex. Supper guests that night al-
so were the gent’s mother and sis-
Jesse Brewer of this city attend- ter and the latter's husband, re
Studes Apply For
Degress At NTSTC
DENTON, Tex.—Three students
from Archer County have made
application for degrees at North
Texas State College. ^
Commencement exercises for
477 candidates for degrees will be
held at 8 p. m. on Aug. 28. Two
hundred and forty-nine students
have applied for the bachelor’s de-
gree and two hundred and twenty-
eight have made application for
the master’s degree.
Dorothy Mary Simek. daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Simek of
Megargel, has applied for the bach-
elor of business administration de-
Rachel Elizabeth McCharen, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H.
McCharen, also of Megargel, has
applied for the bachelor of science
degree in elementary education.
William Winfred Johnston, son
of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Johnston of
Holliday, has applied for the mas-
ter’s degree in English.
Sunday to Wednesday visitors
with Mrs. W. E. Strahan were her
son and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. C.
(Jake) Strahan, Sharon ^pd Sandra
of Burnet, Tex. Also visiting were
a Strahan daughter and family,
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Reeves, Nancy
and Suzanne of Wichita Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Mounce, Jr.,
and niece and nephew, Peggy Jo
Roberts and Bud Wallace, respec-
tively, returned home last week
from a delightful trip to Indianola,
Iowa, where they visited Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Lamb; Omaha, Nebr.,
where they visited the Bob Coop-
ers; and a tour of South Dakota.
Archer Gty Negro
A serious accident occured in
this city Wednesday morning when
Sam Edwards, negro employee at
Murphy Chevrolet garage, sustain-
ed second and third degree burns.
Edwards was reportedly in the
process of washing a car motor
with kerosene when it caught fire,
flashing flame over him. The la-
borer was Unable to account for
the cause of the fire as he report-
ed to attendants at the Archer Hos-
pital that he was not smoking and
had previously washed the motor
Edwards was resting fairly well
the middle of the afternoon Wed-
To Close Sunday
The revival contiues through
Sunday at the First Baptist Church,
according to an announcement
made by the pastor, John D. Alex-
ander. The Rev. I. L. Whetsell and
Mr. Gene Shields will be with the
church at both services Sunday,
High attendance and good in
terest have characterized the meet-
ings. Several night services have
been highlighted by recognition of
special groups. Sunday night, Aug.
30, is to be Training Union night.
The church hopes that this night
will be successful, too.
The high point of all the services
will be Sunday morning, Aug. 30.
The Sunday school workers have
set the goal of 401 in attendance.
The teachers and officers have
been working hard all week con-
tacting their members and pros-
pects. The church urges all mem-
bers to attend these services.
If you do not attend elsewhere
regularly, the church extends a
cordial invitation to you to be
present with 400 others in this'
Sunday morning service. Sunday
school is at 10:00 a. m. and the
preaching service at 11:00. The
night services are; Training Union
at 7:00 p. m. and the preaching
service at 8:00 p. m. You are in-
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Williams and
children, Patricia, Mike and Becky
Lynn, last week moved their house-
hold furnishings from Paducah to
this city where the gent has open-
ed a cleaning and pressing estab-
During the vacation this week
of Foy King, Parker Store manag-
er here, Leroy Johnson of the
Bowie store is assisting Buddy
Horine, produce manager of the
in running the
Mrs. Walter Self has returned
to her home here, improved after
hospitalization in Wichita Falls.
Supt. J. F. Gerron this wool
announcing details concerning
istration of school students for
coming semester as follows;
Registration will begin
day, Sept. 3, 9 a. m. On that
senior high school and first
students will register. High
students are to report to registsak
tion desks in the first floor corri-
dor of the high school building.
The hours are from 9 a. m. to IX
noon, and 1 p. m. until 4.
First grade pupils (beginners!
and their mothers will assemble hi
the gymnasium in the new grade
school building at 9 o’clock for in-
structions on registering. Pint
graders must bring their birth cer-
Buses will not run Sept. 3,
On the morning of Friday, Sept.
4, grades second through eighth
will register. The school buses will
make their first run on this day.
Students should arrive between
8:30 and 9:00 a. m. At 9:00 o’clock,
there will be a general assembly
in the high school auditoriuB
where instructions for registering
will be given. Registration is to bw
completed by the noon hour when
students will return home for
Regular classes will begin at
8:50 a. m. (ten minutes ’til nine)
Tuesday, Sept. 8. The cafeteria will
be open and buses will make their
routes on schedule on that day.
Following are teachers and their
tentative assignments as of todate:
1. Mrs. John Hopkins, Mrs. R. O.
Bennett, Mrs. Gordon Elmore.
2. Mrs. Jay Cox, Miss Mattie B.
3. Mrs. Virgil Wilson, Mrs. S. A.
4. Mrs. James Trent, Miss Mary
5. Mrs. D. A Brothers, Mr*.
6. Mr. John C. English.
7. Miss Ida Hawkins, Mrs. Don
Waldrip. _ _
Grade school principal, Mr. John
Mrs. A. R. Kinzer, home econom-
Mrs. J. D. Mullis, librarian.
Miss Joyce Hoeldtke, commerce.
Miss Amelia Spencer, science.
Miss Olive Carter, English.
Mr. Jay Cox, history.
Mr. Virgil Wilson, history and
Mrs. A W. Beard, math.
Mr. W. A. Thompson, math and
Mr. Robert E. Jenkins, band.
Mr. W. R. Jeter, high school
Supt. J. F. Gerron received a
wire Monday from Carl Crosskno,
informing him that Crosskno was
tendering his resignation as •
teacher in the local grade school.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ferris og
New Orleans, La., visited this week
with the lady’s step-mother, Mm
Joe Fudge, in this city and the Fet^
ris son, Airman James C., at SAFB,
The couple left today, Thursday,
bound for Eagle Pass to attend the
wedding of his nephew, Bobby
ed an Old Timers Reunion recent-
ly in Decatur and
visiting his sisters in Dallas.
spectively, Mrs. Mattie Jaco and
Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Albritton of
Following are additional con-
tributions to the American-Korean
Foundation, Inc., as reported by
Archer County Chairman A. W.
Anna Abercrombie--$ 10.00
Young County Lumber Co— 10.00
Previous subscriptions — 4.55.00
3*otal to date------$475.00
Banker Simmons has mailed a
cashier’s check in the above
amount to the foundation but
states that contributions are still
acceptable at the First State Bank
in this city.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must—but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow—
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the straggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds no doubt—
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit
Here’s what’s next.
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