The Archer County News (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 24, 1949 Page: 1 of 10
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Mrs A 2-12.50
The Archer County News
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY
ARCHER CITY. TEXA? THURSDAY, FEBRUARY* 04. 1049"
Several Interesting Wildcat Oil Tests
Staked And Drilling In Archer County
Prize Winners At Calf Show Here
Thursday Night’s Stag Dinner Adds
Over S500 To Wallace Building Fund
Reburial Rites Here
PVT. JAMES A. BRACEY
James Arno Bracev
Reburied In Rites
Reburial services were held Tues-
day afternoon at 2 o’clock for Pvt.
James A. Bracey, son of M,r. and
Mrs. J. H. Bracey, of this city who
was killed November 24, 1942, in the
Southwest Pacific Services were con-
ducted at the Owtns & Brumley
chapel by Rev. B. L. Bates, former
Prfsbyterian pastor of Wichita aFll-
and a personal friend of the deceas
ed. Military services were conducted
at the graveside in Archer City by
the Arche/ City American Legion.
Pvt. Bracey was born July 19,
1919, in Henrietta, Texas, and wsf
reared in Clay and Archer County, at-
tending school at Jf3!ly and Lake
Cwek. Entering military service in
January 1942, he was among the first
draftees to leave Archer City and
was sent overseas in April, 1942.
Survivors other than the parents,
are two sisters and two brothers:
Mrs. Dick Wyatt, Henrietta, and Mrs.
W. R. Goodwin, Richard and Cecil
Bracey, all of Archer City; three
nieces and two nephews, Ella Sue
and Donna Goodwin- and Shirley Jean
Bracey; Billy Lee and Bobby Darrell
REGISTER WITHIN 5 DAYS
FOLLOWING 18th BIRTHDAY
No new developments—that we’ve
heard cf—have developed in the area
of the Abercrombie No. 1 well two
miles east of the city since last week.
However, drilling activities in other
areas are proceeding at a fairly brisk
pace with new locations scattered
over the county. Following is a re-
sume of what is going on at present.
Jack Grace’s operations on Chas.
Abercrombie’s Cook ranch 5 miles
southwest of Archer City, are cloak-
ed in secrecy with no information be
ir.g given out as to their present
depth, findings, or anything else.
Two and one-half miles west and
slightly north of the court house,
Messrs. Spraggins, Riner and Feath-
stone have spudded in and are driv-
ing ahead on their No. 1 Abercrom-
bie, Thomas Estate lands. This test,
another rank wildcat, is located about
a half mile north of Highway 25 and
-a like distance west of the South
Fork of the Little Wichita. It is
scheduled for a 4,000-foot total depth.
Konrad Szytkold has staked a loca-
tion for his No. 1 T. J. Peysen in lot
42, block 4, Clark & Plumb subdivi-
sion. A 6500-foot wildcat, the test is
about 7 miles southeast of Archer
City and three miles southwest of
L. T. Burns has made a location for
No. 2 D. L. Brisby, a 5300-foot test
in block 52, Meade Pasture subdi
vision in the Megargel area, north
east of that town approximately
Sinclair Prairie Oil Company
reported drilling at below 3500 feet
on No. 1 C. F. Kunkel, a 5000-fool
wildcat in block 4, B. B. B. & C.
survey, abstract 1700, in south Ar-
cher a few miles northwest of Olney.
Frank Wood is drilling ahead to-
day at below 3000 feet on his No. t
W. J. Schroeder in lot 12, block
Clark & Plumb subdivision about one
mile northwest of Windthorst an cl 9
miles east of this city.
Claimed By Death
No Change Planned
Present Quail Law
State Representative Jimmy P.
Horany spent the past week-end in
Archer City visiting his mother,
Mr?. Sam K. Horany, and other rela-
tives. Relative to his visit here we
received the following letter from | pr.gram was enjoyed
A stag dinner last Thursday night,
promoted by Dan Powell and Jess
Prideaux, in the interest of the Dan
Wallace building fund, drew an ex-
ceptionally nice response from the
approximately 40 in attendance, with
some contributions sent and mailed
Contributions received that night
totaled $528 in round numbers, which
amount boosted the total now in the
fund to nearly $1300.00.
With Dan Powell as master of cere-
monies. a pleasing and entertaining
------------ ‘---j f0ii0W|ng a
Horany yesterday afternoon: j sumptuous plate loaded with venison,
“Dear Charlie: | potatoes, pinto beans, salad, etc.,
“ I was home last week-end and ; which was prepared and served by
I was approached by quite a few citi- \ member,* of the volunteer fire de-
18-year-old men are warned that
they are expected to register with
the draft, board within five days after
their 18th birthday, according to Mrs.
Ruth Williams, clerk of hoard No.
134, in Graham. That board is a con-
solidation of Archer. Jack, Throck-
morton and Young Ounties.
Boys of 18 in Archer County may
register with the local registrar, Mrs.
Alice Morrison in the City Hall here.
Joe L. Matthews, former citizen of
Archer City, now of Electra where
he is manager of the Foxworth-Gol-
braith Lumber Company, was a busi-
ness visitor here Tuesday and a guest
at the regular Tuesday luncheon
meeting of the local Lions Club of
which organization he was a charter
Funeral services were conducted
Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock for
N. J. Wood, a long-time resident of
Archer County, who died Friday at
the age of 79 years. M,r. Wood had
been in ill health for the past few
The deceased was a native of
Georgia, moving later to Florida and
then to Archer County in 1910 where
he settled on a farm about 8 miles
southeast of Archer City where he
lived the remainder of his life. His
farm operations consisted mainly in
raising turkeys and he also operated a
peach orchard on an extensive scale.
Wood was known to a large circle
of friends in this county and was held
in high esteem by all who- knew him.
Last rites were conducted from the
ArcheT City Baptist Church with Rev,
Sam P. Farler, pastor of the Metho-
dist Church officiating.
Pallbearers were Ira Elmore, Boss
Gore. Bobby Gray, Woody Bailey,
Andy Scarbrough and R. F. Burnett.
Interment was in the Archer City
Survivors are the widow, Archer
City; one daughter, Mrs. Carl Wash-
burn, Wichita Falls; a sister, Mrs
Kathy McCrey, Atlanta, Ga., and one
brother, Pratt M. Wood, of Georgia.
Pictured above are Gordon Mack Ru :ker and Gerhardt Jents.h, first and
second place winners in the 4-H alf show here February 12. Also shown
is Rucke,r and his blue ribbon oalf. Beth the above boys have entries in
the district calf show now under way in JVichita Falls.
War Veteran Dies
Near Dad s Corner
T. H. Thomas 0, -pumpei^for the
Texas ^ipelipe at*“ PumP-
ed skull .jying '5
office of the pui
,the floor in the
station at about
J. W. HERNDON, JR.
J. W. Herndon, Jr.
War Two Veteran
Died Last Thursda1
R. R. Tank Cars Taken Off Water Haul
City Now Dependent Upon Rainfall
L. C. Herron, Jr.,
In Garza Countv
L. C. Herron, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. L. C. Herron, of this city, who
has served Wichita County as assist-
ant county agent during the past
two and a half years, has received
a promotion from the Texas A. ft M.
Extension Service and will become
a full-fledged county agent, with Gar-
za County as his field of operations.
He will move with his family to
Post, the county seat, where he is
scheduled to assume his new duties
on March 10th.
We wish to hereby correct an error
which appeared in last weeks publi-
cation of contributions to the March
of Dimes campaign. The $60.00 con-
tribution accredited to the Huff com.
munity should have been to the Luke
Archer City’s future water supply
is back again in the hands of provi
dence and as cf right now, Provi
dence hasn’t been unduly generous in
alleviating the critical condition, in
that with far above our average an
nual amount of January and Febru
ar precipitation not a single down-
fall of the kind we need so badly has
fallen. All received So fiar has been
of the variety that has served no oth-
er purpose locally than in creating
a condition of slo-ppiness. Old Mother
Earth is literally soaked from top to
bottom but still not enough rain has
fallen fast enough to run any to
speak of into our city reservoir.
And whai falls is all we have now.
The nine tank cars of water that
have been arriving here every other
day from Olney are no more. The cars
have been called in by the Toronto
Pipeline Company, and were turned
back to their owner* last Sunday.
Efforts by city officials and State
Representative Jimmy Horany to se-
cure other cam have met with no suc-
cess, leaving Archer City with scarce-
ly no water supply and only hopes
that heavy rains will come in time.
Total precipitation here since Sun-
day night, which has consumed a
nearly around-the-clock schedule,
measured only a scant .48 of an inch.
Funeral services were held cn Feb-
ruary 18th a: 3:00 p. m. for J. W.
Herndon, Jr, at the Hampton-
Vaughn-Merkle Chapel, Wichita Falls,
Texas, followed by interment in
Crestview Memorial Park.
J. W. was bo,rn at Archer City.
Texas, May 29, 1928. He moved with
his parents to the Burns’ Ranch at
Joy in 1934 which was his home for
the remainder of his life. He re-
ceived his education in the local
schools where he was a great favor-
ite with both his teachers and class-
mates. During his high school years,
he represented his school twice at the
regional meets in track events.
He early became active in 4-H club
work, exhibiting creditable showings
of livestock in the county shows.
This early training soon led to a
partnership in the ranching business
with his father. An expert horseman,
swimmer and camper, he and his
friends spent much of their leisure
time enjoying such outdoor activities.
At the age of 18 years, he volun-
teered for service with the armed
forces of his country. After com-
pleting his basic training at Aber-
deen, Maryland, he was sent to Eu-
rope where he served for almost a
year. It was while overseas that he
contracted a serious illness which
eventually resulted in his death on
February 17, 1949, at the Wichita
Falls Clinic Hospital.
He is survived by hi* father, J. W.
Herndon, Sr., of Joy, his mother, Mrs.
Evelyn Monaghan of Wichita Falls,
a brother, Cecil Herndon; grandpar-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. John Herndon of
Seymour, and Mr. and Mrs. C. A.
Crawford, Archer City; a number of
other relatives and a host of friends.
Active pallbearers were Loyd M.
Seigler, Jerome Spivey, Edwin and
Roy Laughon, Ray Magers Bill
La?sr^?11 and Bi,Iy Fr»nk Etter.
J. W. was a boy of great promise
and his untimely death is mourned
hy all who knew him.
W. 0. Neece. another employee of
he company, stated that Thomas had
relieved him as usual at midnight
Tuesday, and was supposed to stop
the pumping equipment at 8 o’clock
Wednesday morning. Neece, who lives
near the station, noticed the plant
was still running at 11:30 and inves-
tigated finding the injured man.
Rushed to a Wichita Falls hospital,
the injured man was found to have
sustained a skull fracture.
At first it was feared by investi-
gating officers that the man had met
with foul play, but Sheriff Gosler
informed us this morning that it is
now thought he sustained the injury
from a fall as all his valuables were
intact, thus eliminating robbery as a
motive, and. further investigation has
failed to find a single enemy who
might have perpetrated any act of
violence for revenge.
Thomas, who has been employed
by the Texas Company for 25 years,
is reported today os in a “very ser-
ious” condition by attending physi-
cians. He is a resident of Wichita
zen? Who are still talking about the
quail season in Archer County. T
would appreciate it if you would pub-
lish the following statement to the
people so that I may be able to judge
what the majority of the people of
Archer County want to do.
“The question of quail season in
Archer County has been discussed
the last two months quite frequently
and there have been many reports to
the effect that I. as your state rep-
resentative. was contemplating the
introduction of a bill to change the
present quail season law. I told the
editor of The Archer County News
several weeks ago that I was going
to let the matters stand as they are
unless I could get the opinion of the
majority of the people in Archer
County who are interested in the
quail law to state their views. I re-
affirm the statement made by Char-
lie Martin that I am not going to do
anything to change the law unless
the majority of the people want it
changed. Thus far, I have not been
able to determine what the majority
of the people want.
I would like to state that I am not
■a hunter and I have no personal rea-
son whatsoever to try to propose a
change in the law in any set manner
I wgnt to help the people in any way-
can and naturally a touchy
such as quail season is very
cyersia! and ibets socgi* to V-
*l lot of interest about the quail sea-
son. The only way that I can see to
obtain the views of the majority of
the people is for them to state in
partment. Those who contributed to
the success of the affair—from an
eating standpoint—included the City
Drug Store, 5 gallons of ice cream;
Dan Powell, venison, and Mead's
Bakery, Wichita aFlls, bread. All that
portion of the edibles which had to
be purchased was paid for by the
First State Bank.
Flowers were furnished by the
Service Drug, this city and Spain’3
of Wichita Falls.
Other flowers were provided by
Mrs. W. S. Ikard, who also furnished
a corsage for Mrs. Wallace and a
boutonniere for Mr. Wallace, the par-
The building and utilities were fur-
nished through the courtesy of W. H.
The program wb-s presented by a
girl’s quartet composed of Misses Jo
Ann Williams. Rita Estill, Joyce En-
sey and Vet Robinson. Vocal solos
were rendered by Misses Stella Alon-
zo and Cissy Sullivan. A reading.
“The House By the Side of the Road,”
was given by M,rs. Joe Bailey, of
Wichita Falls. A quartet, composed
of Mrs. Elvin Haigood, Sam Yeager,
Olaf Haile and Emmett Bost, render-
ed one selection.
Another entertaining feature of
the program was a selection of black
magic card tricks as performed by
Ralph DeShong, Wichita Fails rai-
1 Following talks h5y Powell and Pri-
deaux, Oral Jonerf vice-president of
the City. National Bank, of Wichita
Falls, took the floor as the featured
writing what they want and send i‘ j speaker of the evening,
to me; therefore. I am outlinig be-1 Those whose contributions helped
Lions Held Regular
Mrs. Joe Slack occupied the No. 1
spot as entertainer at Tuesday’s Lions
Club luncheon at which some 30
Lions and guests were present. Mrs.
Slack delivered an entertaining—and
in some ways enlightening—discourse
on the relative merits and demerits
of husbands and wives.
A delicious luncheon featuring bak-
ed ham, was- prepared and served by
the women of the Methodist church.
Joe L. Matthews, of Electra and
Mrs. J. D. Mounce, Jr., of this city,
were the . only guests at the meeting,
presided over by Prexy Louie Pey-
Publisher and Mrs. Jetty Clare
and daughter, Diane, accompanied
by Mrs, Davis Henderson, all of Ol-
ney, were in Archer City last Satur-
day and Clare stopped by for a short
visit with The News force. They were
cn route to Wichita Falls, where
Clare fervently hoped to find an un-
employed but willing printer and
Red Cross Drive
Opens March 1st
low several proposals which have
been mentioned by the citizens cf
Archer County. If you are interested
in the quail season, then drop me a
post card or letter or a petition show-
ing the number of signers and their
addresses and indicate which pro-
posal ycu are fer:
“(1) Leave the quail law alone.
“(2) Amend the quail law to limit
the season to 15 days.
“(3) Put a closed season on quail
and state the number of years you
would like to have it closed.
“There is another proposal which
I did not outline above which has
been mentioned and that is to have
the quail season run at the same time
as the dove season. After investiga-
tion with the Game and Fish Com-
mission, I found that the dove sea-
son is regulated by the Federal Wild-
life Commission, since doves are mi-
gratory birds, and the state can not
by law change dove season. I do
hope that all interested persons will
please act hy March 15 and lot me
know how you feel. I will keep an
accurate record of all letters, peti-
tions and cards and try to please the
majority of the people. I thank you.
“JIMMY P. HORANY.”
SCHOOL HEADS AND JUDGE
ATTENDING NATIONAL MEET
ADMINISTRATORS IN ST. LOUIS
School Superintendents J. F. Ger-
ron and Judge J. C. Straw-n. Jr., of
this city, and W. S. Thomas of Holli-
day, left today hound for St. Louis,
Mo., to attend a national association
c,f school administrators. The conven-
tion is from Friday through March
Holliday J. P.
swell the fund to its present total
Luther Wakefield ..........$ 5.00
W. G. Brown .............. 6-00
Lee Phillips. Dundee........ 5.00
Perry Pittman .............. 2.00
G. K. Rucker .............. 5.00
Buck Berry ................ 10.00
W. S. Ikard ................ 20.00
Bill Thomas ................ 1-00
Z. T. Burkett ....... 100
Joe F. Mahomey............ 5.00
Sam Yeager ................ 5.00
Elvin Haigood .............. 3.00
J. C. Strawn. Jr............. 5.00
CeciL Haigood .............. 10.00
Roy Heard ................ 10-00
J. W. Heard ................ 15-00
Anonymous ................ 6.11
Guarantee Abstract Co ...... 10.00
Huffhines House, Wichita F.. 5.00
Grace Bell ................. 25.00
Mrs. C. C. Dickey ........... 5.00
H. Farmer, Megargel ...... 20.00
Troy Wells ................ 20.00
T. J. Kline ................. 10-00
B. P. Clark ................ 5 00
Joe E. Shelton.............. 10.00
C. S. Morris ................ 5.00
Mrs. A. V. Banks .......... 5.00
Oral Jones. Wichita Falls.... 25.00
Dan M. Powell ............. 25.00
A. O. Campbell ............ 10.00
W. D. Mount .............. 10-00
W. H. Taylor .............. 50.00
A Friend .................. 10.00
A. J. Morris ............... 10.00
Otis Davis ................. 5.00
The First State Bank........ 100.00
J. W. Covington ............ 5.00
T. M. Patrick .............. 5.00
L. T. Key .................. 5.00
J. G. Whisnand, Nocona .... 10.00
T. S. Love Transport Co.,
Wichita Falls ............ 30.00
R. F. Burnett .............. 10.00
WEST TEXAS FIREMEN
TO MEET AT MEGARGEL
k. M. Stallcup and Otto Hemmi, of
Scotland, were business visitors in
Archer City and The News office to.
Announcement was made this week
by fund chairman, County Clerk A.
J. Morris, that the American Red
Cross fund drive will start next Tues-
day, March 1. Chairmen of commit-
tees will be announced next week.
Thia year’s quota for Archer Coun-
ty is $891.00.
Megargel will be the site for the
West Texas Firemen’s Association
May 10. according to announcement
received this mo.rning from Fire
Chief Walter Young of that city.
Gentry Johnson, Holliday Justice of Some 15 or 20 surrounding towns
: participate in the event, accord-
ing to local Fire Chief John Robin-
the Peace, died Tuesday morning in
a Wichita Falls rest home at the age
of 72 years. The aged man sustained
a broken back some 6 weeks ago
when he slipped and fell on ice.
Funeral services were conducted
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock
from the Owens ft Bruqiley Funeral
Chapel in Wichita Falls, with Rev.
George W. "Lawler, pastor of the
Lake Wichita Baptist Church, offici-
at*Burial under direction of Owens ft
Brumley. were under auspices of the
Dundee’Masonic Lodge No. 994, with
interment at Holliday.
Survivors include two sons. Buck
F. Johnson, Olney; and Raymond E.
Johnson, of Dallas, and one daugh-
ter, Mrs. S. G. Parks, of BrySon. and
Mr. and Mrs. John Waddell were
Abilene visitors Tuesday at which
time John attended “another Chevro-
let meeting” and the lady visited with
her mother and friends.
CLIP THIS COUPON
It Will Admit
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Neville
To The Royal Theatre
On Sunday or Monday Night
The Archer County News
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