The Herald (Bay City, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1942 Page: 1 of 8
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He’s Not Missing
William P. Gornand, above,
private first class, who was re-
ported in May to be “missing in
action’’ in the Philippines, has re-
turned to the United States fol-
lowing service in the islands, ac-
cording to his mother, Mrs. Fred
Gernand of Ashwood, Texas.
Private Gernand was married re-
cently to Miss Elizabeth Kath-
-erine Schmidt in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy of the Houston
A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF THE GULF COAST OF TEXAS
BAY CITY, MATAGORDA COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JULY 2, 1942
Australia Makes Texans Homesick, Defense Worker There Says
A Bay City lad, Lloyd Mumaw,
who is awaiting his call in the
Army air corps, received an inter-
esting letter this \veek from an
Australian defense worker, Arthur
Bull, who says, “The Japs are hav-
ing a lucky run so far but with
your country’s help, which is a
wonderful tonic to us, plus our fine
soldiers, we will put his run to an
end pretty soon.”
Turning from the serious s'de
of the war to recreational activ-
ities in Australia, Ball declares
that his team defeated a military
outfit from Texas in baseball,
R-.r>, 14-2, nnd 4-2. Ball compli-
ments the Texas bo>’R by saying,
“They are a very fine bunch of
men in manners and physique.”
He goes on to say: “If you have
a mate out here, let me know nnd
I can assure you we will entertain
him and give him the same wel-
come as we would give you if you
ever came out here.”
From Texas soldiers, Ball has
learned that Australia is much
like the Lone Star State. “As one
fellow said to me, ‘Your place
here is so darned like home.’ ’’ It
makes them “slightly homesick,’’
the Australian declares.
“There is no doubt, Lloyd, that
your country and ours are more
alike than any two countries in the
world, and it will take a damn good
enemy to beat them.” (Editor’s
insertion: Attaboy, Arthur!)
As for motion pictures, Ball
points nut that theirs “are stale
as your boys have seen them
twelve months ago.” However,
Australia is now entertaining the
Americans on Sunday, a thing
they’ve never done before, he as-
serts, by opening theatres and
having plays and vaudeville.
Back to baseball, Ball says he
follows the American leagues in
Australian newspapers, which carry
the results every night.
Ball is 2.r> years old, and mar-
ried. His address is No. 5 Downey
Street, Bexley, N. S. W., Aus-
tralia. It took nearly a month for
his letter to reach Hay City.
North, South East, West—All
I AND £
T H I N G ^
Ye impartial etl:
Harry P. Hornby writes in the
I am absolutely impartial in my
judgment of Hitler, Mussolini and
Hirohito. I want them to receive
a fair and impartial trial after this
war is over. This is due the bloody
butchers who have violated every
phase of international law. As I
said I was impartial. I want Hitler
tried by a jury in Czecho-Slovakia
or Jugoslavia, or even Norway. I
want Mussolini tried by natives of
Ethiopia and I want Hirohito tried
by Chinese or American juries. In
this way I believe they would re-
ceive justice. I would also want the
fathers of boys killed or of daugh-
ters ravished on the jury. As I said
I was absolutely impartial. Justice
x* ~ prhat they should receive.
In the groove:
Mrs. M. T. Huebner. just back
from Virginia, says the people on
the East coast are more war-
conscious than they are here.
And. too, she says nearly every
man is in uniform.
Notes from our Herald scratch
Welcome to Bay City, Captain A.
F. Layton and Lieutenant R. L.
Daily. . . Have you tried a “Slap-
a-Jap” yet ? ... Pretty good sum-
mer drink. . . Let’s all get behind
this July War Bond and Stamp
campaign. . .
A great injustice seems to have
been done to Alois Kozelsky, the
man who died in East Bernard the
other day and reported in most
papers, including those in Houston,
as Hitler’s uncle. . . According to
the Rev. Ben Holub in the Eagle
Lake Headlight, there was no blood
relation to “the bloody Adolph”. . .
“There might have been distant
relatives of Mr. Kozelsky’s who car-
ried the name ‘Hitler,’ but they
were not of the Fuehrer’s stock,”
i wrote Holub. . . Official documents
• prov^l the dictator’s true name to
be “Sehicklegruber” and he was
born in Austria-Hungnry. ... This
obviously makes any connection
with the Kozelsky family an im-
possibility, Holub stated. . . Ko-
zelsky was born in Moravia, Czech-
oslovakia. and came to Texas in
1884. . . .
Edmond J. De Coux, former Bay
City man who is running against
Roy Hofheinz for county judge of
Harris County, seems to be gain-
ing support. . . Over 100 De Coux
clubs have been organized in the
county. . . Well-informed political
circles say this is one of the largest
groups of clubs ever to be organ-
ized in behalf *f any Harris Coun-
ty candidate. . . Hofheinz may have
a little opposition after all. . .
The Herald will remain neutral
in the heat of the political battles
as heretofore. . . We shall not edi-
torialize in behalf or against any
candidate. . . Please don’t ask for
any special favors unless you want
to advertise, boys . .
And speaking of advertising,
how’s business . . . Not so good,
eh? . . . Then why not advertise
the stock you have to sell, the stock
you want to move off of your
shelves. . . WKy not let everyone
in this coastal area know that you
are running a store, that you have
merchandise for sale? . . . That,
you have some bargains. . .
What better way to reach them
than through The Herald ? ... Its
4,500 copies weekly blanket this
section. . . AH of Matagorda Coun-
ty and greater parts of Brazoria
DRAINAGE IN COUNTY IS STUDIED
Ohio Co. Testing McDonald Well Here
On First Try
No. 1 Regnier
Is Below 3250
Preparations were being made
Tuesday for the first completion
attempt for Ohio Oil Company’s No.
1 McDonald, Account 1, wildcat well
between the Bay City and North
It is said that the operator prob-
ably will test around 8345 feet on
the initial attempt. Three sands
have been found. It is expected that
the well will be completed in the
The company has already staked
location for No. 1 E. L. McDonald,
Account 2, being a southeasterly
offset to the first test. There seems
to be no doubt but that this test
will open a new field.
Pure Oil Company’s No. 1 Reg.
nier hi the Collegeport gas area is
drilling below 3250 feet in shale.
The company has spotted location
for its No. 1 V. L. LeTulIe in the
G. M. and D. Survey.
Wheelock and Collins No. 1 Jean-
nie McNabb has spudded in the
Matagorda area. Pipe was set at
840 feet. The test is drilling below
1780 feet in shale and sand.
In the Shepherd Mott area, Con-
tinental Oil Company’s No. 3 Haw-
kins, section 6, block 2, I. and G.
N. Survey, has spudded in.
Stanolind’s No. 1 Buckner Or-
phans Home, wildcat near Buckeye,
was last reported drilling shale and
sand at 9929 feet.
Harrison and Abercrombie No.
13 B. R. L. D. in the Old Ocean
Field was reported drilling below
10,250 feet in hard sandy shale. The
No. B-2 Mueller was at 9252 feet
With 2 Unreported,
413 Boys Register
For Draft Tuesday
With all but two registration
places reporting, a total of 413
boys between the ages of 18-20 reg-
istered for Selective Service in
Matagorda County Tuesday, it was
announced by draft board officials.
Boxes at Collegeport and Muta-
gorda peninsular were still to be
heard from by Wednesday after-
Reporting were Palacios, 127;
Van Vleck, 13; Buy City, 181;
Pledger, 9; Matagorda 21; Bless-
ing, 18; Wadsworth, 9; Cedar Lane,
23; Sargent, 12.
Palacios, El Campo, Wharton To Celebrate
Officials of nine South Central
Gulf Coast cattle-raising counties,
including Matagorda, Wharton, and
Brazoria, met at Wharton Monday
to consider plans for better edu-
cation of stockmen against an
thrax, after it was decided at a
hearing with the Livestock Sani-
tary Commission not to establish a
quarantine because of the disease.
Speakers urged an intensive pro-
gram of eduention in control of an-
thrax and anaplasmosis, and said
1700 Auto Stamps
Sold In Bay City
Seventeen hundred auto use
stamps were sold at the Bay City
Postoffice by the deadline Tues-
day, it was announced by Post-
master Sara Selkirk.
This figure compares with the
approximate total of 2.600 sold
when the first auto use stamps
and Wharton Counties. , . And
despite increased costs, we have not
boosted advertising rates, not n
single cent. . .
You read The Herald. . . every-
body does. . . ,
Hardy Richardson of Iago was
adm’tted to the Nightingale Hos-
pital in El Campo last week suf-
fering from anthrax, or eharhon.
He is said to have been the first
person with the disease, which is
so deadlp to cattle. Richardson’s
condition was described as good.
Also last week two West Co-
lumbia children, Edward Draper,
3 years old, and Annie Draper,
10 months old, children of Mr. and
Mrs. Clifford Draper, died from
what was diagnosed ns Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever, which
■is caused by ticks.
People in the West Columbia
area have been warned to keep
out of tick-infested areas.
the quarantine now would seriously
affect the war demand for breed-
“Anthrax is the oldest cattle dis-
ease known, but South Texas has
no monopoly on it,” said J. W.
Sartwelle, president of the Port
City stockyards and the Houston
Fut Stock Shew.
“A blanket quarantine would cut
the heart of South Texas, where
these nine counties are the greatest
stock breeding grounds of the na-
Proper methods of vaccinution
and burning of carcasses were ad-
vanced as the best methods of con-
trol of anthrax.
ON INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1942
That we will work as hard as we can, give to the Cause
as much as we can, and by being hopeful and cheerful and
optimistic, contribute to the morale of our community as
greatly as we can.
That we will do what has to be done without complaint.
That we will shirk no duty. That we will seek no easy path.
So that in the end we may be worthy of that for which we are
Tremendous7 Bond, Stamp
Drive Gets Under Way
Avenge Pearl Ilurborl
Li’l Dan Cupid
‘Goes To Town’
In Matagorda Co.
Li’l Dan Cupid really "went to
town” during June—the month of
Fifty-eight marriage licenses
were issued in Matagorda County
during the last three weeks only
by D. B. “Jack” Hinton, county
Last week, twenty licenses were
issued to H. H. Holland and Rosie
Potts, Alfred E. Thompson and
Marian E. Smith, Woodcll Johnson
and Jimmie Lee Eaton, Charles
Leighton and Betty Bolinder, John
Jackson Jr. and Ida Mac Castilow,
Corporal Aristidi H. Flowry and
Bernadine Gertrude Backs, Harry
W. Morris and Ruth Elizabeth
Manning, J. T. Miller and 'Wllla
Grace Ainsworth, Dillis L. Wil-
liams anti Lucille Cornett, A. P.
Holbrook Jr. and Mrs. Autrey
Pratt, Ballurd Johnson and Louise
I,inn Dodd, Jack E. Wheatley and
Rosalie Smith, Chester L. Howell
and Hilda Caldwell, G. E. Friday
and Lillian Broussard, Herbert R.
Estesbrook and Evelyne Virginia
Brown, Leonard F. Martin and Het-
tie Reed, Leland L. Stevenson nnd
Thelma Irene Anderson, Bennie Mc-
Neil and Edmonia Southhall, John
Albert Lampkin and Sonia Jurlean
Lawrence, June Cleveland Deacon
and Dorothy Sipes.
A ‘tremendous’ War Bond and
Stamp campaign got under way in
Mutagorda County yesterday noon
under the direction of a Bay City
Chamber of Commerce committee,
headed by E. L. McDonald, former
president of the chamber.
In Bay City, most stores have
booths for stamp and bond sales.
Stamp corsages are being sold and
at soda fountains a drink oalled
“Slap-a-Jap” is a specialty.
Street salesmen are working un-
der the direction of the ehtrtnber
committee in an effort to hike the
With civic and professional or-
ganizations helping the committee
in this drive, 200 per cent of the
month’s otiota is expected to be at-
tained, Mr. McDonald said.
Bay City Will
Close Stores But
That’s About All
Although Bay City has not plan
ned any special celebration for Sat-
urday—July Fourth or Independ-
ence Day—special events and pa-
lades will be held at Palacios, El
Campo, and Wharton.
Palacios will stage an “old style”
Fourth, it was announced last week
by J C. La Barge of the chamber
of commerce committee. A feature
of this celebration will be a parade
in which all vehicles must be ani-
mal-drawn, as by horses, mules,
donkeys, or oxen.
Following the parade, Mr. La
Barge said, horse racing will be
The Fourth * *f July will he ob-
served in Bay City as a holiday,
according to President E. O.
Taulbee of the Bay City Cham-
ber of Commerce. AH business
stores will be closed, even though
the holiday falls on Saturday.
No plans for any special cele-
bration are being made, Mr. Taul-
Mrs. N. Miller, a former air
raid warden in London, England,
will lecture tonight at the City
Hall in Hay City beginning at
8 o'clock on her experiences In
London during German air raids.
This lecture is free to the pub-
lic and all Interested are urged
Many points on what to do in
air raid will be given and this
wifi be valuable instruction.
held as well as greased-pig catch-
The Herald received a letter from
the El Campo Chamber of Com-
merce advising that a big celebra-
tion will be staged there. This cele-
bration and patriotic rally is an ef-
fort to keep the people in their
home town and avoid unnecessary
trips, thus conserving rubber. The
rally is also to promote the sales
of war bonds and stamps, and to
aid in the development of civic mo-
Activities get under way at El
Campo at 10 o’clock Saturday morn-
ing and a continuous program is
planned until 8:30 o’clock that
night. All civic organizations have
been invited to participate in this
event, and programs will be held at
McKinley Park, at the airport, and
the softball field.
Army air and ground units will
participate throughout the day with
airplanes from Foster Field and
anti-aircraft guns and mechanized
equipment from Camp Hulcn. This
equipment will be on display
throughout the day and will be open
to public inspection.
Citizens of Wharton are planning
entertain 300 soldiers from
Camp Hulen. Committees from the
chamber of commerce, the Wharton
Recreation Council, American Le-
gion, Lions Club, and the Business
and Professional Women’s Club are
working on plans for the meeting.
An Army band of 28 pieces under
the direction of Major Floyd G.
Betts, former Wharton schools su-
perintendent, will entertain with a
concert on the courthouse lawn.
Citizens will feed the soldiers at
both the noon and evening meals.
A military parade will be hold in
the morning with jeep, airplane,
and machine demonstrations. A
dance will be held at the Fair-
grounds in the evening.
They Need It! Let’s Speed It!
Meetings Are Set
BY F. O. MONTAGUE
County Farm Agent
There was a State law passed in
Texas in 1939 known as the “Soil
Conservation Act,” which author-
izes Texas farm owners to organ-
ize soil conservation districts
through which a county board made
up of five farm owners and ranch- .
ers of that County have sole chargV^
of the operation of the district.
In this County our main problem
is drainage. With a County-wide
system of main ditches, this Coun-
ty can be connected up to ade-
quately drain this entire County; a
thing in itself when completed, will
set this County up as one of the
most desirable and productive sec-
tions of the entire State.
Not only will production of all
crops and ranges be materially in-
creased, but better control of in-
sects such as mosquitoes and live-
The three points that appeal to
me about this law is that, first, it
is operated by and through our own
people; the federal government has
nothing to do with it; the law spe-
cifically states that no bonds can
be voted and no taxes can be raised
to furnish money in its operation.
After the last war there were
mountains of war materials, heavy
machinery, and men that went un-
used after peace was declared sim-
ply because no one had planned to
use them. Therefore the machinery
rusted out and we had to put
thousands of men to raking leaves.
After the present war is over
there is going to be a hundred
times as much idle men and ma-
chinery that can and should be
used, and constructively in making
the necessary adjustments for
peacetime. The Counties and com-
munities that plan now to be in a
position to use men and machinery
when they become available will be
much better prepared than those
that have no plans or organization.
The two previous meetings we
have held here within the past
three weeks have met with hearty
response and no dissention. Be-
cause of this attitude we have been
asked to attend some community
meetings for the purpose of ac-
quainting the people of the County
more in detail as to the proposed
The following places and dates
have been outlined for such meet-
ings and we are sure all of our
people can well understand the pro-
gram and the law after attending
one of these meetings.
Pledger, Tuesday, July 7, 8 p. m.
Blessing, Wednesday, July 8, 8
Midfield, Thursday, July 0, 8 p. m.
Collegeport, Friday, July 10. 8
Turtle Bay, Tuesday, July 14, 8
Cedar Lane, Wednesday, July 15,
8 p. m.
Prairie Center, Thursday, July
16, 8 p. m.
We have asked the Matagorda
Agricultural Victory Council to »es
the people personally in each com
munity about the meeting and tell
them something about the prone nl.
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