The Archer County News (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 9, 1947 Page: 1 of 6
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The Archer County News
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY
ARCHER CITY. TEXAS THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1947
Wayne Davis Gets Both Legs Broken
When Hit By Car Tuesday Morning
Have A Good Coach
So Let’s Keep Him
We have heard many rumors of late
regarding the football coaching situ-
ation in the Archer City High School.
We wish to make it clear, however,
that what we have heard is purely
scuttlebutt but if such should happen
to be true, it looks to us as if it’s
about time something is done about
These rumors are to the effect that
Coach Watson has not been offered
a contract for next year. Any reason
for this is shrouded in mystery so
far as we are concerned. Certainly
it could not be attributed to any lack
of success by his Wildcats during the
season recently closed. The Wild-
cats didn’t win ’em all but that was
not. in our opinion, any fault of the
coach or his ability as a coach. During
the past many years we had become
accustomed to the Wildcats losing
every game instead of winning six
of eight For this year’s showing we
feel Coach Watson should be given
every consideration, which would in-
clude a raise in salary—and with a
little assistance thrown iq to boot.
As stated above, the Cats didn't
win ’em all, while as a matter of
fact, neither did the University of
Texas Longhorns. T he Longhorns
were also beaten twice—and by teams
Wayne C. Davis, Jr., suffered
serious injuries at abcut 7:00 a. m.
Tuesday morning when he was run
down by a car driven by Bully Camp-
bell. Davis sustained a compound
fracture of his right leg and a simple
fracture cf his left. Both breaks were
below the knees.
Davis was en route, on foot, from
his home in South Archer City, to his
hardware and furniture store when
the accident happened. Tht accident
occurred in front of the George Bow-
en home about 3 blocks south of the
How the accident occurred, Camp-
bell was unable to tell us. He simDly
stated that he didn’t know. He jus
failed to see Davis walking along
Campbell stated to us that he went
out that morning and started his car
and let the motor run to warm up
the car while he waited for his mofher
to get ready to go to town and open
their drug store. The windshield.
Campbell stated, was heavily frosted
and he scraped it off before starting.
After driving about 3 or 4 blocks,
the frost had begun to form again
but not enough but that he could see
■a car if it happened to be on the
highway. Campbell stated that the
first he knew of hitting anything
was when he felt the car strike some-
thing and opening the door he saw
Davis lying on the ground.
Campbell jumped out and ran back
to the injured Davis and picked him
up and placed him in his car and
then turned around -and drove him
E. B. Threet, 66,
Died This Morning
fn Olriey Hospital
that cn another Saturday probably
couldn’t have stayed wifthin fiv"
touchdowns of them. That's the way 1 back to his home, where Mrs. Davi*
it is in sports. That’s the way it has ' instructed him to take Davis on tc
always been. the Oiney hospital.
But we’re digressing from what we Davis is reported today as resting
had in mind when we started this. It
is this writer's opinion that Coach
Watson should not be allowed to get
away from us. Good coaches—and
there is no doubt in our mind but
that Watson is exactly that—are not
to be picked up at random—or for
peanuts. We have a good coach and
we’d better keep him. The odds
against doing better are entirely too
top-heavy to be tampered with.
LUCKY. AIN’T SHE
Mrs. A. L. (Hap) Wingo. who had
been off duty from her job with the
Wichita Falls Engineering Co. for
the past-month or 6 weeks due to ill
health, returned bo work Tuesday
morning—or nearly to work. Mrs.
Hap had just stepped inside the check-
ing gate at the plant when she slip-
ped on the ice and fell, breaking her
right arm just above the wrist. She
is fortunate, however, in the fact that
she is naturally left handed.
well and in a satisfactory condition.
ARCHER BEATS CANADA
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lerner. of Fox
Valiev. Saskatchewan, Canada, are.
or at'least have been visiting Mr. and
Mrs. Anton Wolf and Lemer’s ne-
phews, Joe and John Lemer, in Wind
thorst They also visited with Mrs.
Lerner’s relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Ted
Bullinger. in Henrietta. The Cana-
dians pronounced this section’s record-
shattering cold spell a lot colder and
more severe than any they have had
so far in their Province of the Domin-
ion of Canada.
Little Matha Kay Holt, daughter
cf Rev -and Mrs D. A. Holt, was
removed to her home Wednesday p.
m. from a Wichita Falls hospital
where she underwent a tonsilectomy
Tuesday morning. She is reported
Howard Farmer, rancher of the
Megargel section, was an Archer City
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Prideaux and
Ann and Richard returned Friday
from their holiday trip to points in
Mississippi and Louisiana. While in
the latter state, they visited the bury-
ing place of Evangeline, the Arcadian
maiden who made famous the poem
Joe L. Deen, Megargel rural mail
carrier, is on a two-week's vacation
from duties. S. S. Jenkins, who is
pinch-hitting for Mr. Deen. is of tho
belief that Uncle Sam and the ele-
ments framed him as to the time of
•t he vacation.
R. L. Shannon. Wichita Falls frozen
food locker plant man, was an Ar-
cher City visitor Wednesday ayem.
Mercury Sinks To Lowest Point Ever
Officially Recorded In This Section
E. B. Threet, aged 66 years, a long-
time resident of Archer county, was
claimed by death at 3:00 o’clock this
morning In an Oiney hospital where
he was taken Tuesday. Death came,
we are informed, as the result of asth-
Mr. Threet was involved in an auto-
mobile wreck some 60 days ago in
which he sustained serious injuries,
but from which many friends here
thought he had practically recovered,
and to most of whom the end came
as a distinct shock.
Threet was a native of Arkansas,
born near Pine Bluff on August 6,
1880, moving to Archer county with
his parents when a lad of 9 years.
Burton, as he was familiarly known,
was known to most all of Archer
county’s old-time citizens and wa3
respected and liked by all of them.
Mr. Threet devoted his life to farm-
ing and ranching, the past several
years of which he had been employed
by W. H. Taylor as foreman cf the
Taylor ranch near Holliday.
He ws» married on November 24,
1905. to Miss Ivy Temple and to this
union four children were born, all of
whom survive him except a son, Joe,
who died in the service at Camp
Barkley at Abilene.
His wife preceded him in death
only a few months.
Funeral plans are incomplete as the
surviving daughter is now a resident
of Phoenix, Ariz.
Survivors are two sons. Percy Tem-
ple Threet, of To yah. Texas; Cecil
Armen Threet, Hclliday, and the
daughter who lives in Arizona but
whose present name we are unable tc
To Head Volunteer
Fire Department *
Luther Wakefield will head the
Volunteer Fire Department as presi-
dent next year, to replace Ben Page,
out going official. Other officers elect-
ed at the organization’s regular meet-
ing Monday night at the fire station
were Chester Crowley, vice-president,
and Brian Crowley, secretary. These
officers will take charge at a regular
installation program to be held cn
During the drill session, Chief John
Robinson gave the volunteers a
brief resume of the facts concerning
the new fire truck learned from As-
sistant Chief Bill Beck, of the Army
Air Force fire fighting school in
Denver, when he visited here last
The meeting was concluded when
coffee was served to Luther Wake-
field, Pat Wilmut, Artie Nelson, Guy
Baggett, Coff Conner, Harry Hannah,
Ben Moore, Clarence Tarr, Ben Page,
Perry Young, Chester Crowley, B. D.
Robertson, Brian Crowley, Clarence
Perrin, John Linscott and John Rob-
Roy Heard Simply
Likes His Singing
Mayer Roy E. Heard, one cf the
moat devout attenders of the Meth-
odist church in this city, related tc
us a few mornings ago what he term
ed as one of the most embarassing
moments of his life.
It happened at Sunday morning’*
service, according to Mayor Heard,
just as he completed his chore of
passing the collection plate. Mrs.
Heard had taken her place at the
piano and started playing an old
familiar hymn. Rev. Pittman started
to sing—and Mayor Heard burst forth
also in song. After singing all the
way through the first verse, Heard
said it suddenly dawned on him that
he and the pastor were the only ones
singing—and the preacher was the
only one who was supposed to be.
Rev. Earl Allen Resigns As Pastor
First Baptist Church; Goes.to Seagram
Win Two Games
Coach Watson took both his basket-
ball teams to Newcastle Tuesday
night and both the A and B aggrega-
tions racked up victories over the
home teams by lop-sided scores. His
A team swamped the Newcastleites
by a score of 39 to 5, which game
might possibly have set a record.
Anyway, we can’t recall ever having
heard of a losing team being confined
to free throws only for all its points.
That happened Tuesday night when
Newcastle was held to a flat zero so
far as field goals were concerned.
We do remember though, way back
in the dim and distant past, when
a Bill Wilson coached Archer City
basketball team smothered a Wichita
Falls quintet by a score of fifty-some-
odd to nothing,
Watson’s B-team gave an equally
good account of itself by out-playing
the Newcastle B-boys to the tune of
23 to 9.
Z. T„ JR., TO RECEIVE
DEGREE AT UNIVERSITY
At Lion’s Building
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Conner and
their assistant from the Business and
Professional Women’.* Club, Mrs-1 and" wife are*“the pro^d “pa'rents of a
Tommy Patrick, were host and hoe- bran new baby ^ Carol Dee. whose
tesses at the Amity and Lion s club f.;nai adoption became effective
canteen last Saturday night when Christmas Eve. They are now resv
mrre than 50 teen agers were regis- dents of Austin, Texas, where he will
Z. T. Burkett, Jr., was among the
holiday visitors with his parents. Post-
master and Mrs. Z. T. Burkett. Z. T.
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S COUNCIL
HOLDING MEETING HERE
Ladies of the Women’s Council of
the Christian Church of this city who
are attending a meeting of the 12th
district of Women’s Missionary In-
stitute this evening and all day to-
morrow, Friday, include Mrs. A. J.
DeMoss, president of the local coun-
cil; and Mesdames John Malone, E.
R. Prideaux, W. C, Young, Sr., S. P.
Rowlett, Milton Fish, D. A. Holt.
Elvin Haigood and Sam Yeager.
Scheduled speakers at the meeting
are returned missionaries of the
brotherhood and state officers of the
brotherhood missionary organization
will conduct meeting to plan pro-
grams for the local churches for the
Tomorrow morning’s devotional per-
iod will be under the direction of the
Archer City women, with Mrs. De-
Moss reading the call to worship and
Mrs. Malone leading the opening
prayer. Mrs. Holt will give the scrip-
ture and Mrs. Fish will read a poem,
followed by the benediction by Mrs.
DeMoss. Mrs. Sam Yeager will fur-
nish the piano accompaniment to con-
Mr. and Mrs. William Schlabs, of
Scotland, were in Archer City today
and while here Bill paid The News
office an appreciated visit Bill re-
ported the grain in his section shows
to be little the worse for wear due
to last week’s heavy snow and away
below zero temperatures—except he
stated, in spots where the wind blew
the enow off the tender sprouts and
left them exposed to the bitter cold.
Northwest Texas, which territory
happens to embrace Archer City, is
coming out from under the thumb of
Old Man Winter, who last week
shackled us with the coldest weather
ever officially recorded locally, when
Friday night the mercury dropped to
12 degrees below zero in Wichita
Falls and shrunk to 14 below at Sey-
mour, some 40 miles to the westward.
We don’t know what the official
reading in Archer City might have
been for which there are at least two.
reasons we can think of. The first
is that we don’t happen to be ac-
quainted with anyone who had little
Dr. A, S. Fonville, Wichita Falls
optometrist, spent Tuesday and Tues-
day night in Archer City with his
wife who celebrated her 70th birth-
day that day. Mrs. Fonville has been
here for the past 10 days at the bed
side of her sister. Miss Ella Power,
who has been suffering from a heart
ailment for the past two weeks. Dr.
Fonville rode to Archer City Tuesday
morning with his son. Herman, who
was en route to Fort Worth on busi-
About 100 Frvers
Lost In Blaze
At Rushing Home
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Rushing, who
reside near the railroad tracks in
East Archer City, were rudely awak-
ened at about 11:45 Monday night by
the noise made by the Archer City
Volunteer Fire Department—combined
with the odor of barbecued chickens,
g’s, f’s and all. The Rushings lost
not only their brooder house but ap
proximately 100 frying sized chickens
which adds up to quite a loss in any-
body’s language. We know because—
enough to do and little enough , we]j because we’ve been buying some
gumption—to step outside in weather I of them gently. Our last purchase
12 below zero to find out the exact1
reading. The other reason is that so
far as we know there is not a ther-
mometer here with its bottom far
enough removed from the zero mark
to register any such outlandish and
unheard- of temperature as that cf
Anyway the spell was record-shat-
tering with-a stretch of 9 consecutive
days that the mercury never attained
the freezing level, and much of the
time of nights cuddled below the zero
Joe Meurer, of Windthors-t, waa in
the office Tuesday at which time he
stated that he didn’t believe the grain
in his section had been materially
damaged by the extreme cold.
So far as we have been able to
learn there was no livestock loss, al-
though the feeding program was step-
ped u£ considerably,
a As this is written Wednesday af-
ternoon, the temperature was well
above the freezing point and but few
small patches of snow were in evi-
of poultry—an old hen—required a
cash outlay of a measly meager 2
bucks and 55 centavos.
The fire was noticed by Zeke Rob-
ertson. who lives about a block away,
who called the department, and the
fire was extinguished by Chief John,
ably assisted by Zeke,
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Florence, Jr.,
and infant daughter, Mary Gene, re-
turned to their home in Gilmer. Texas,
after the lady and daughter had visit-
ed since December 26 with her par-
ents, the Joe E. Sheltons. here. Tho
husband and father came Friday last
for the week-end.
Claude Cowan, rancher of the Ful-
da. Baylor county community, was
attending business and visiting with
friends and kin in this city Tuesday.
Miss Lula Stine, of Lubbock, visited
last week with her brother. Jimmy
Stine, and family in this city, and
another brother. Judge Pierre Stine,
and family, in Henrietta.
tered. A special treat of hot refresh-
ments were furnished by Mrs. Dave
Harris and Mrs. J. L. Prideaux and
served to the group by the hostesses.
A representative from each high
school class was recently chosen to
assist in administrative and other
matters concerning the canteen. Boys
elected were Bob Lewis, Coffee Ccn-
tier. Landon Roberts and J. L. Pri-
John Linscott. J. Wilson, Lawrence
Lowack, Burton Willingham and John
Robinson donated their musical tal-
ents for tlje occasion.
TEACHERS ENJOY XMAS
AT HOME WITH FOLK
Teachers cf the local school who
spent their Christmas holidays out
of town with their respective home-
folk include Supt. and Mrs. J. F. Ger-
ron with her people in Chico, Texas;
Prin. and Mrs. D. L. Conner. White-
wright, Texas; Coach and Mrs Pres-
ton Watson. Goldthwaite and Byran,
Texas; Miss Betty Findley, Fort
Worth; Miss Virgil Green. Cumby.
Texas; Miss Mary Eiien Weeks,
Hearne, Texas; Mrs. Ethel Bebout.
Graham; Miss Amelia Spencer, Wichi
ta Falls; M.r>. Arthur Weber and hus-
band, Braman, Okla.; and Mrs. Mc-
Ghee Corsicana and Bellevue, Texas.
receive a degree in civil engineering
from the University in February. The
young couple attended a national
meeting of the American Society of
Civil Engineers, of which society Z. T.
is president, and which meeting was
an event of November 21 and 22 in
Laredo, Texas. They were then guests
of the organization in Monterrey,
Mexico, cn November* 23. ai. T. was
representative of the student body
of the University of Texas.
Fire With Snow
Sylvester Wolf, of Windthorst, was
in Archer City Friday attending to
business included among which was
a pleasant and appreciated call at The
Carl Childs was removed from a
Wichita Falls hospital to his home in
Archer City last Thursday convalesc-
ing from a surgical operation per-
formed the first of last week.
Mrs. George Abercrombie, Jr., ask-
ed us to announce that she has sever-
al dishes which belong to the good
people who so kindly took food to the
Sam Herron home at the time of the
death of their dear mother and wife,
Mrs. Sam Herron. Due to the fact
that there are no names on the bowls
and plates. Mrs. Abercrombie dees
not know to whom they belong and
would appreciate people’s coming to
her house and identifying their own.
Bud Mitchell, of Lubbcck. is visiting
this week with his young daughter,
little Miss Betty Mitchell, in this city.
Johnny and Ray Horany returned
Monday night from 2 days in Dallas
where they attended a showing of
men’s wear and did merchandising
for the two Horany dry goods es-
tablishments in this city and in Oiney.
The Volunteer Fire Department
was called out early Sunday morning
to extinguish a blaze which developed
in W. S. Ikard’s car which caught fire
in the process of Winfield’s trying to
get it “canned up” in the sub zero
'When the truck arrived on the
scene, it was found the conflagration
had been subdued by generous and
frenzied applications of snow.
Rev. Earl Allen, pastor of the First
Baptist Church in this city since Oc-
tober. 1945, handed in his resignation
from his pastorate here last week u4
which became effective following ser-
vices last Sunday. Reason for this
resignation, according to Allen, woo
that he was offered the pastorate fai
a larger church—or at least at A
larger salary—at Seagraves, Texas.
Rev. Allen came to Archer City
from Brownwood where he served as
associate district missionary in Dis-
trict 16, known as the Brownwood
The local Baptist church has shown
a substantial growth under the lead-
ership of young Earl Allen with a
total of 126 additions being admitted
into the fold. Besides these additions
to the church membership. Rev. Allen
engineered the raising of something
over $13,000 in money for all pur-
poses. included among which i«, or
was, a projected addition to the church
Allen informed us before leaving
that he intends to further his pro-
gram of higher learning by the ac-
quisition of his Master’s Degree which
he anticipates accomplishing soma
time during this year at Texas Tech,
Naturally we regret to see this
preacher leave our city which, we fed
certain, expresses the sentiments of
the entire church membership. We
admired him much. He was energetic
and capable and attended strictly to
his own and his church’s affairs, di-
recting his efforts at making the
world a better place from his pulpit.
So far as we have been able to
learn, no successor has as yet been
selected to take over the place left
vacant by Allen’s resignation.
Rev. and Mrs. Allen and baby
daujjbler, Ncrma Alline, left yester-
day for their new home at Seagraves
and with them go our best wish-
es for their future success.
Anton Sorries and sister, Mrs.
Johnne Essler, of Scotland, were Ar-
cher City visitors and shoppers teday
Mrs. Roger Hart left early this
morning for Austin in company with
10 other graduates of the Orval Acad-
emy of Beauty Culture, of Wichita
Falls, where she will take her final
examinations given by the State Board
of Beauty Culture.
Following this examination, she will
accept a position in the Page Beauty
Shop in this city. She is scheduled
bo return home early Saturday morn-
A gathering of friends in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton McKinney, a
few miles to the southeaast, last Thurs
day evening was a delightful affair
with Messrs, and Mesdames Charles
Wolverton, Bink Morgan. R. E.
Dailey, Glen Atchley and Mrs. Frank
Charles, all of Oiney; Messrs, and
Moadames B. P. Berry and E. H.
Trigg, of this city; and Dr. and Mr?
H. C. McKinney, parents of the host,
•also of Oiney, present.
Aline Goodwin To
Appear In Film
At Royal Sunday
Local theatre goers will have aa
opportunity Sunday and Monday t»
see a Hollywood movie actress who,
incidentally, is a native product of
Archer City, in action on the screen,
at the Royal Theatre in the film.
“Frontier Gal.” The actress is Aline
Goodwin, daughter of Citizen Ed
Goodwin, and has been in this city
the past 10 days visiting her father
and various other relatives including
a sister. Mrs. M. M. Bradley.
Aline is a double, or stunt special-
ist, and subs in at intervals in ta«
film, “Frontier Gal” for Yvonne de
Carlo Aline also performed in "Goa*
With the Wind.”
“Frontier Gal” was filmed in Cali-
fornia’s Sierra? and. according :•
Aline, is of exceptional beauty, being
made in technicolor.
Aline, we are informed, is schedul-
ed to leave Monday via the ail lanes,
cn her return to the film capital—
the fabulous city of make believe.^
Rev. 0. L Powers To
Preach Here Sunday
HOME-DEM 4-H NOTES
MRS. W. C. YOUNG. JR.. *
ENTERTAINS BRIDGE CLUB
Mrs. W. C. Young, Jr„ was hostess
at a 10:00 o’clock breakfast for the
Wednesday bridge club this week, fol-
lowing which sumptuous repast the
ladies played bridge. Attending were
Mesdames C. B. Knox, C. C. Prideaux,
J. D. Mounce, Jr., James Harvey,
Travis Ikard, Jeff McMurtry, M. M.
Bradley and George Abercrombie. Jr.
Three new members. Mesdames C. L.
Stoltz, Mitchell Horany and J. D.
Slack, will meet with the clnb next
week when Mrs. George Abercrombie,
Jr., will be hostess.
Commissioner and Mrs. Tomie Es-
•till and Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Dubose,
of the Megargel sector, were Tuesday
business attenders in this city.
Home Demonstration Agent Robin
Harbin and Agent C. W. Wilhoit be-
gan the series of 4-H club meetings
with one held at Megargel Tuesday.
The clubs did not meet during the
holiday season. The Archer City 4-H
clubs met today. Thursday. A called
meeting of home demonstration com-
mittee chairmen is to be held Satur-
day. January 11, in the Lion's club
building at which time a covered-dish
luncheon will be served. The time is
10:00 o’clock Saturday morning to
3:00 o'clock P- m.
Judge Joe E. Shelton, ex-officio
county school superintendent, and
Supt. J. F. Gerron left Wednesday
morning to attend a two-day session
of school administrators held in Aus-
tin. State Supt. L. A. Woods was
scheduled as main speaker.
Mrs. Jim Wilson came heme Wed-
nesday p. m. from Oiney where she
had been in the hospital since Satur-
day. receiving treatment for a severe
cold and an ear infection. She is
greatly improved, though is supposed
to remain in bed yet a few day*.
Rev. O. L. Powers, former paster
of the First Baptist church in Wichi-
ta Falls, will preach the morning and
evening services at the First Baptist
church in this city Sunday, January
12. Morning service will begin at 11
o’clock a. m. and evening service will
start at 7:00 o’clock.
Little Sammy Atkins, young son
of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Atkins, Jr„ of
Woodward. Okla.. and grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. Fred McDaniel of tbia
City, is reported doing splendidly fal-
lowing an operation performed Satur-
day in Dallas for a cleft pallate. The
McDaniels returned home Monday af-
Iter being at his bedside. The young-
ster is to remain in the hospital there
Victor Forcher was over Tuesday
from the north part of the
attending county seat business.
In answering a call early Sunday
morning. Fire Chief John Robinson
was forced to try to slow down while
rounding the corner between the Pan-
handle and Archer Ice A Service sta-
tion* in the fire truck and due to
icy pavement, skidded into a cor
parked on the west side of the street.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert K. Herron left
Monday to return to their
burg, Colo., rancho after having i
nearly three weeks with
here, the L. C. Herrons and
AAA Head Bob Crocker left this
morning, Thursday, to attend a two-
day crop insurance meet in Lubbock
today and *———
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