Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 6, 1943 Page: 1 of 8
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For a Greater, Better Palacios Country—Agriculture, Industry, Commerce, Living
SUBSCRIPTION $2i00 PER YEAR
PALACIOS, MATAGORDA COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1943
VOLUME XXXVI NUMBER 18
Majority Of Stores To
Close Every Wednesday
And Lbr. To Close
Starting Wednesday, May 12th
all groceries, hardware stores, jew-
elry stores, utility and lumber com-
panies will be closed all day each
Wednesday. This was established by
petition of the Chamber of Com-
merce in order to give the mer
chants time to accomplish things
that would not have been possible
with the shortage of help.
Dry goods stores, drug stores,
' beauty and barber shops have start-
ed their willingness to comply bu'
because of the incompleteness of
the list on these latter businesses,
a definite statement cannot be made
at this time. It is anticipated, how-
ever, tha these will also close.
The business nouses that defi-
nitely will be closed Wednesday are:
Arnold’s, Hamlin, Lewis, Pa-
lacios, Quality, and Ruthven.
Central Power and Light Com-
pany, and Houston Natural Gas
Barnett Lumber Company, and
'Grant Lumber Company.
Cox, Glenn’s, and Worth.
Koerber and Price.
TJSO Building Turned
Into Flower Garden
Last Sunday, May 2
The TJSO building was a veritable
flower garden Sunday when mem
hers of the Garden Club and others
interested had gathered their choic-
est blossoms and brought them
there for others to enjoy.
The display included roses, sweet
peas, poppies, Easter lillies, gladi-
blie, pansies and other varieties
blooming at this time. Mrs. Haynes,
Mrs. Kimball and Miss Alpha Bus-
sell were in charge of arrange-
ments, Mrs. Salsbury looked after
the refreshments served through-
out the afternoon and Mrs. Aubin
had charge of registration.
Visitors viewed and admired the
flowers all during the day and of
the 564 who put their names on the
register 42 states were represented.
Those in charge feel it was a suc-
cess in every way and deeply ap-
preiate the assistance given by each
The beauty of the flowers was a
surprise to many as weather con-
ditions had not been so favorable
for floral culture, however, it prov-
ed that flowers of all kinds can be
grown in Palacios with proper care.
The beautiful glads on display were
from the garden of Mrs. Ida O'Neil
an ardent lover of flowers, who is
now an invalid and not able to work
in the Club.
New Housing Area
Opened As 45 Of 182
The need of housing facilities for
the civilian employees at Camp
Hulen has been somewhat remedied
by the opening of 45 of the 182
trailers located just north of the
railroad tracks adjacent to the
camp. There are 146 Standard trail-
ers and 36 Expansible trailers in
the camp, under the able direction
of the Housing Manager, George
L. Cellam, 3r.
All the trailiers have about the
same standard equipment. The
greatest difference is found in the
size. The kitchen has a gasoline
stove with three burners and an
,oven. There are two sinks and a
water tank, ice box, hot air circu-
lating stove, shelves and closet
space, and a central lighting sys-
The Standard trailer (7 x 22
feet) is large enough to house a
family with two children. It is
divided into three rooms; bedroom
with a divan which opens into a
double bed, kitchen, and a living
room which also has a divan-bed.
This trailer rents for 27 dollars a
month. The tenants furnishing their
own dishes and linen.
The Expansible trailer (22x24
feet) is made into three rooms sep-
arated by draw curtains. A kitchen
and two bed rooms and it is pos-
sible to make n very small living
room. They have two double beds
and a divan that is convertable into
a third double bed. These larger
trailers rent for 33 dollars a month.
There are nine trailers with toilet
facilities in the camp. These trail-
ers have two sections, for men and
for women. The men’s side has two
showers and the other has a tub
and one shower. A’so, there are five
trailers with complete laundry
equipment which are accessable to
all the tenants.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE SOUTH PACIFIC
NEW YORK—This map shows you the nrea of which General Douglas MacArthur speak
wnrning that the Japs are winding up for another all-out offensive in the South Pacific. The Japs have
massed air and naval power in the region of Truk and Rubaul and around other bases in the areas
marked in black. They also have an estimated 200,000 men concentrated at bases around Australia.
Secretary of War Stimson announced that MacArthur would be given the planes he asked for to cope
with the new Jap threat.
Rotarians Have Big Week As War Bond
Quota Exceeded; New President Tried
To Be Held Friday Night
At New Grammar School
Tom E. Friery,
Goal By $10,000
Tom E. Friery, chairman of the
committee on the War Bond Drive,
announced at the regular weekly
meeting of the Rotarians that the
Rotary Club’s quota of $50,000 in
Bonds had been exceeded by $10,-
000. Mr. Friery wishes to thank the
public for their cooperation in ful-
filling the goal set by the club of
$50,000. On the back page of this
issue is an ad from the Club thank-
ing the citizenship for the fine co-
E. L. McDonald, county chair-
man, has announced that the coun-
ty's quota of $968,000 had been
over subscribed with $998,450.50 in
County Home Dem.
Council Holds Meet
By A. & M. Specialist jn gay City, May 1st
New Bridge To Open
Maneuver Area For
Camp Hulen TVoops
WEIMAR, Tex., April 28.—The
completion of the low-water bridge
across the Colorado River north of
Columbus on highway No. 71 will
open up new maneuver territory for
the anti-aircraft artillery training
center at Camp Hulen, Capt. Rich-
ard A. Purcell, judge advocate from
Camp Hulen, said this week.
The bridge, replacing the present
high-water structure which has
been condemned for heavy loads,
is expected to be completed a"bout
the middle of June and will serve
to aid both military and civilian
Maneuvers have been held in the
western part of Colorado County
around Weimar and in the south-
eastern section uround Eagle Lake
and the new territory in the north-
ern par: of the county will be ac-
cessible over the completed bridge.
Capt. Purcell stated that acquisi-
tion of maneuver rights in Colo-
rado County has met with whole-
hearted response from the residents
and that after the middle of June
it would be possible to hold ma-
neuvers throughout the entire coun-
Subscribe to THE BEACON!
Only two methods of home can-
ning are recommended by the Ex-
tension Service, A. and M. College
of Texas, as being safe, preventing
spoilage, and retaining the maxi-
mum amount of food value, flavor,
texture, and color.
One method, says'Winifred Jones,
Extension specialist in food preser-
vation is to process meats and
vegetables, except tomatoes and
ripe pimentoes, in pressure cooker,
The other method is the water bath
for fruits, tomatoes and ripe pi-
She explains that the pressure
cooker offers the safest known
method of canning the non-acid
vegetables and meats because it
destroys bacteria in these foods, in
eluding the most dangerous—the
bacillus botulim's. If these bacteria
are not destroyed in the spore stage
they may grow and later produce a
toxin or poison in the food.
“The worst part about this poi
son is that you usually cannot
smell, taste or see it, yet one small
bite could cause death or severe ill-
tiess she says. The bacillus botu-
linus is destroyed by maintaining
pressure at 240 to 250 degrees
Fahrenheit. In an oven or water
bath temperature of the food inside
the jar never goes higher than 212
degrees, because the. only way to
get liquid higher than 212 degrees
is to maintain pressure.
Open kettle canning is not rec-
ommended by the specialist because
research has proved there is a
greater percentage of spoilage and
the food often becomes mushy in
texture. It is best not to can fruit
and tomatoes in a pressure cooker
because they keep easily when pro-
cessed at 212 degrees Fahrenheit
in a water bath. Further directions
on modern canning methods are
available from County Home Dem-
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Boyd of
Wharton, were here Sunday visit-
ing their mothers, Mrs. H. C. Boyd
and Mrs. Ben Ehlers.
Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Ellis, of
Kingsville, were here last week
visiting her parents, Mr. ancj
C. C. Ramsey.
The Council of the Matagorda
County Home Demonstration Clubs
met Saturday, May 1, in the Coun-
cil of the Lewis Building in Bay
City. There were twenty-four mem-
bers and visitors present at the
meeting. Mrs. A. H. Pierce of
Prairie Center presided, while Mrs.
J. J. Harbison of Midfield acted as
secretary in the absence of Mrs.
D. H. Stewart of Turtle Bay.
Demonstrations in hat making
will be given at the different clubs
this month. It was reported that
113 feather comforts were made by
the members of the different clubs
in the County, and that more than
forty comforts were still in the
process of being made. This will
mean that more than a hundred and
fifty families will have these warm,
light comforts next winter.
An amusing and highly enter-
taining little playlet was put on for
the enjoyment of the Council by
Mesdames Frank Carr, George
Fullingim, and Max McRee, all of
Bay City. The playlet described a
visit to the doctor, as played by
Mrs. Fullingim, of the thin, run-
down stingy woman too penurious
to cook nutritious meals, and the
lazy, greedy fat woman. The first
wanted a tonic and easy vitamins
to ti ke the place of food, while the
second wanted an easy way of re-
Mrs. Gregg Lawrence of Pledger
has been ill and her place on the
Council is being filled by Mrs. W.
A. Skorkousky of Van Vleck. Those
present at this meeting were Mes-
dames A. Dammerman, Fred C.
Cornelius, W. A. Skorkousky Della
Braden, Frank Stallard, E. M.
Huitt, Richard L. Pierce, Anna D.
Crane, C. M. Laird, Beatrice Sochu,
Luther Robertson, Frank Carr, Max
MeReo, George Fullingim, Walter
L. Skutca, O. E. Drake, B. F. Curry,
J. J. Harbison, S. Landers, H. W.
Estill, G. E. Ratliff, John E. Mus-
selman, A. H. Pierce, and Pat
With Our Men
In The Service
Com. and Mrs. Guy Johnson have
been informed by their son. George,
who is with the M. A. 'W. 3-F. M. F.
at Cherrypoint, N. C.. that he now
has the rating of M/Sgt. having
had the promotion a few weeks ago.
Lt- W. E. Sullivan spent the
week-end here with homefolks. He
is now located at Foster Field, Vic-
E. A. Linquist left Monday for
a visit with relatives in Minnesota.
He aecompaned his brother who
had spent several weeks here and
was returning home.
a message from their son, “Buddy”
who is now in the Navy stating he
had arrived in New York from an-
other trip, but did not know how
long he would be there.
Cpl. J. M. Harbison, who just re-
cently completed his training at
Lockheed Vega Service School, Bur-
bank, Calif., has been transferred
to Wcndover Field, Utah, and
writes home folks it is one of the
most desolate places imaginable. In
traveling about 140 miles from Salt
Lake City he only saw about four
DODGE CITY ARMY AIR
FIELD, KAN., April 30.—Newly
arrived from AAF Transition Fly-
ing School, Del Rio, Texas, to do
his part at this new Transition Fly-
ing School of the AAF Gulf Coast
Training Center is M/Sgt. Alex-
ander Schieke, son of Mrs. Minnie
Sch;;ke, of Palacios, Texas. He is
a member of the 64th Two Engine
Flying Training Squadron here.
... — V____
CAMP LEJEUNE, NEW RIVER,
N. C.—Pfc. John J. Louderback, of
Palacios, Texas, has graduated
from the Signal Battalion at this
Marine base as an operator of sig-
nal equipment. He is now ready for
assignment to a combat unit or
advanced technical training. John
visited home folks a few days in
April just after finishing his course.
Calvin Ragusin who has been in
Corpus Christi for some time has
been transferred to Miami, Fla.,
doing duty on a sub chaser.
Willie Dedrick, at Camp Luna,
Las Vegas, New Mexico, has been
promoted to Sergeant. This news
was received by homefolks this
Thursday and all arc very proud of
From the office of the Public
Relations officer at Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, comes the informa-
tion that Pfc. Louie A. Vacek, son
of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Vacek of Pa-
lacios, has been assigned to the
Army A8r Forces Teohnicul School
at Sioux Fulls, South Dakota, for
training as a radio operator me-
A. H. Pierce, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. A. H. Pierce, of north of town
who has been employed) at Freeport
has volunteered for service in the
Bill Regan Found
Guilty At Court
The Green Lantern Inn dining
room was turned into a criminal
court room 'Wednesday noon when
Bill R(gan alias W. P. Regan, Jr,
was tried for (withheld by request)
at the weekly Rotary meeting. The
Honorable Jack Appleton was his
honor the judge, with W. C. Gray
as prosecuting attorney, J. B.
Feather, as attorney for the de-
fense, and Thomas Brandon, chief
witness. G. L. Pore was jailer, and
Guy Johnson, foreman of the jury.
The defendent was found guilty
of eleven of the twelve counts and
. ... "'as assessed the fine of one year
Mr. and Mrs. E A. Linquist had of faithful leadership of the local
tYioccarro Trnm iK/nv enn “UikLIv'* « ■ < . • m
club, as he is the new president of
the club. The trial was brought
about by what happened at the
Rotary Convention in Beaumont.
Red Cross Workers
For Speedy Work
The ladies of Palacios were high-
ly complimented by Mrs. Betty M
McCrosky, chairman of Red Cross
Surgical Dressing, upon their speed
and perfection in getting out their
quota of dressings. A rush order of
2700 four by fours was produced
by the workers in record time and
thanks are due the USO manage-
ment for making it possible, Mrs.
H. C. Bicri, local Red Cross produc-
tion chairman, states.
Mrs. Bieri also states that due
to finishing this work ahead of the
schedule, and the lack of new sup-
plies, there will be a few weeks of
leisure for the workers, but as soon
as a new shipment is received all
will be notified. Mrs. Bieri wishes
to thank all the ladies who give
their time and work so faithfully
in getting out these orders for
The eight county blackout for
tonight begins at 8:45 with a “blue”
alert, and total darkness is sched-
uled to last 20 minutes.
The schedule of signals:
8:45 p. m. Blue—Enforcement of
blackout begins with a two minute
sounding of the siren.
9:00 p. m. Red—Complete black
out begins. Pedestrians must be off
the street. Only emergency vehicles
permitted to move and flashlights
not used unless absolutely neces-
9:20 p. m. Second Blue—This is
partial “All Clear.” This is also
a two minute siren blast. Cars may
move with dimmed lights and pe-
destrians leave shelter.
9:30 p. m. “All Clear.” No audible
signal- will be given. Relighting of
street lights will give public notice.
War Rent Board
Pleased By Response
Given By Landlords
The War Rent Board is very
pleased over the response of the
people of Palacios in registering
their rental property, Mrs. J. R.
Wagner, chairman, states, however,
it must be called to the attention
of those who have not registered
that this must be one hundred per-
cent if we are to accomplish the
purpose for which we were organ-
ized, Mrs. Wagner further states.
The time is near when a report
34 To Receive
Diplomas; 41 To
Thirty-four seniors, twenty girls
and fourteen boys, will receive di-
plomas and forty-one girls and boys
who have finished the school work
through the eighth grade will get
certificates at the commencement
exercises to be held Friday night
in the auditorium of the new school
building, beginning promptly at
Elinor Margerum and Hardy Ross
have the honor of representing
their class as salutatorian and vale-
dictorian. The three members who
are now in the service, Glen Dale
Claybourn, Bill Foisey and Harvey
Shomette will be represented by
flag draped chairs.
The address will be given by Rev.
Ernest Deutsch, of Bay City.
The program as announced for
the services is as follows: Proces-
sional, Band; Invocation, Chaplain
J. B. Holland; Salutatory, Elinor
Margerum; Vocal Solo, “Ave Ma-
ria,” Dorothy Lee Curtis; Valedic-
tory, Hardy Ross; Address, Rev.
Ernest F. Deutsch; Presentation of
Certificates, R. P. Newsom; Award-
ing American Legion Medals, Carl-
ton Crawford; Presentation of Di-
plomas, T. W. Caffall; Benediction,
Chaplain Holland; Recessional, by
the Band. .
The Senior graduates are as fol-
Inez Adams, Patsy Claybourn,
Laverne Colvin, Edythe Crouch,
Mildred Cunningham, Gertrude
Damstrom, Bertha Gerhard, Eunice
Glaros; Alberta Haskin, Frances
Killgore, Elinor Margerum, Mari-
wade Mellroy, Myra Newton, Teeny
will be made to the OPA office in ^5,^*Sum^'G^oHa
Slaughter, Nancy Stewart, Ruby
Navy Seabees and expects to leave
within the next few days. Mrs.
Pierce and baby will make their
home with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson in Needville.
F. R. Thompson, of Ellington
Field spent the weekend with home
North Africa, April 12, 1943
Well, I had a good day today, for
I received two letters from Dad
3-18 and 3-22; two from Mon;, 3-19
ail'd 3-25, and one from Marian,
There were several clippings
from the Houston Chronicle, that
showed up today. A couple of them
got on the bulletin board and caus-
ed one person some extreme em-
barrassment. I don’t know how
much of this the censor will get,
but I am going to try to set you
right on the matter—for I was
Some of the boys try to give
the folks at home the impression
that they are winning the war sin-
(See “OUR MEN,” Page 5)
Houston, as to whether we have
had 100% co-operation, and wo
would regret very much for the
plan to fail for those who have so
readily cooperated in this work. It
is believed that if anyone fails to
register they do not fully under-
stand just what the committee is
trying to accomplish and what
measures they are trying to avoid.
If you do not fully understand
why you are asked to register get
touch with any member of the
Board and they will be glad to give
you any information regarding
same. Inquire as to what rental
basis will be applied should OPA
establish an office here. We have
their word for it, that it would not
be a very pleasant or satisfying
condition for property owners.
The plan the War Rent Board is
trying to work out is the one sug-
gested by the Houston office for
our own protection.
Only last week Bryan, Texas,
was put under OPA rental office,
and where this is done property
ownei's pay the expenses of such
an office. Our citizens do not want
this to occur in Palacios, and again
you are urged that if you do not
understand the plan get in touch
with one of the committee and if
you have not registered get your
application blanks at the Chamber
pf Commerce and fill them out im-
mediately. Some action will be
taken in the near future.
250 School Children
Enjoy Ride In Jeeps
After Selling Bonds
Climaxing the Jeep Drive by the
Palacios schools in which $9,859.20
in bonds and stamps were sold, and
those who had a part were treated
to rides in the “Jeeps” here last
Five of these modern war ve-
hicles were here for the day and
more than 250 youngsters took part
in the fun. We made an effort to
get the names of the children who
enjoyed the ride but was unable
to obtain them, due to the teachers
being so busy with their duties at
the close of school.
Paul Bartlett, Millard Brooking,
Hugh Buffaloe, Glen Dale Clay-
bourn, Herbert Engle, Bill Foisey,
Bill Hockey, Jack Lipscomb, Bob
McAlister, Marion Noble, Irvin
Petersen, Hardy Ross, Norval Sells,
Members completing the eighth
grade work are:
Betty Jo Adams, Vernon Alfred
Bates, Edna Audrey Beard, Lela •
Mai Birdett, Merdell Buffaloe,
Betty Jeanene Claybourn. Lura Nell
Claybourn, Ricardo Constancio,
Anita Joyce Danner, Gladys Blanche
Dorris, James Lloyd Ellis, Marilee
Gregory, Gwendoly Nell Harrison. ,
Murry Hart, Margaret Elizabeth
Jackman, Ellis Jensen, Jr., Walter
Kilgore, George Kirkwc.
Arte Larson, Walter Joe De-
Adams, Eyla Jean McDonald, Jane
Mellroy, Lenora Geraldine Marger-
um, Dorothy Ann Miehalik, John
Michalik, Donald Pierce, Audrey
(See “GRADUATES,” Page 5)
Mrs. Lillian C. Davis, received
word last week of the promotion of
her son, Leighton Davis, to Five
Chief at Camp Hood, where he has
been located for some months. Mr.
Davis served on a fire department
in Houston for several years be-
fore going to Camp service.
Bay City Man
L. C. R. A. Board
Governor Coke Stevenson Tues-
day sent to the Senate for confirma-
tion or rejection a list of seven ap-
pointees to river authorities:
Appointed to six-year terms on
the board of directors of the Low-
er Colorado River Authority were
Paris Smith of Bay City, Orville
Buttery of Llano, and Clay Kuy-
kendall of San Saba. They will
succeed Carl White of Port Arthur,
William B. Arnold of San Antonio,
and John Payne of Austin.
A former member of the Texas
House of Representatives, Smith is
a Bay City rancher and civic lead-
er. Kuykendall is president of a
San Saba bank and Buttery is a
Llano businessman and rancher.
The nine-member L. C. R. A.
board is made up of residents of
counties named in the act of setting
up the river authority, not more
than one director may be appointed
from a single county.
Mrs. A. A. Hayes
We regret to learn of the death
of Mrs. A. A. Hayes, a former Pa-
lacios citizen and beloved by all
who knew her. Remains were
brought here for burial this after-
noon at 4 o’clock.
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