Coleman Democrat-Voice (Coleman, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 38, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 11, 1952 Page: 1 of 8
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There Is No Substitute
Reaching Almost 4,000
Homes Every Week
70 Years In Coleman — Published Each Tuesday
VOLUME 67—NO. 38
Dt-mofrat-Voice,” Coleman, Texas. March 11, 1952
ONE SECTION—8 PAGES
4 File For City
Coleman this week has. a new
election, with active interest, this
for two school board members to be
elected on April 5.
Four candidates had filed to
Tuesday morning for Place Three
and Place Four on the Coleman
Independent District School Board,
to succeed members E. C. Edens
and Ben Taylor, whose terms are
expiring and who are not candi-
dates for re-election.
Garvel Hector and Langford Wil-
hite have filed for Place Three,
and Raymond Shipman and Ed Bur-
nam have filed for Place Four, on
the board. •
Both offices are district-wide, and
will be voted on by all qualified
Filings jor the two school board
places-wtly be made until March 24,
with Mrs. Veo Pirtle at the schools
tax office, it is pointed out.
Individuals may file directly, or
calf be filed by someone else on
petition signed by five patrons of
the district. Ballots for the April 5
eliction will be printed after fil-
School board terms are for three
years, with staggered terms.
Taylor had been a member of the
7-member school board since 1945,
and Edens since 1945. Their service
was praised by board president,
“Both these members have devot-
ed many hours to the school sys-
tem,” Hargett said, “and have ren-
dered a faithful and valuable ser-
vice to the district and theapeople
it serves. All the board join with
me in thanking them for their ser-
Holdover members of the board
are Hargett, Coe Cross, W. T. Jones,
Jr., Mrs. Carl Fleming and R. D.
100-Piece Band Concert
Here Saturday Night
Citizens of this area will have
the opportunity of hearing a 100-
piece band concert Saturday night,
at the high school gym, announces
Bandmaster Byron Gray, in telling
of the all-district band meet to be
Band representatives from East-
land,^Dublin, Crass Plains. Winters,
By Dick Rea vis
The county, temporarily at
least, lost a mighty good cit-
izen this week in Talpa’s Gra-
dy Richardson, who Is going
to India to teach farming to
people out there.
Out at Talpa they’ll tell you
they "raised" Grady Richardson,
and they almast did. He came
there fresh out of college, and has
been there since. And what they
know there that most of us don’t,
in /those 16 years, more than one
off his students has gone away to
liege with just determination,
ifcl the money Grady loaned him.
did his part of "raisin" for
community in return, and
tidville on the day after Casey
struck out was more cheerful than
Santa Anna, Hamilton, DeLeon,
Breckenrtdge, Cisco, Comanche,
Ranger, Hico and Coleman will par-
ticipate in the all-district band
Gray points out that the meet
will be an all-day affair, operated
on the clinic system by sections,
with the joint concert topping the
day’s activities at 7:00 p.m. that
The concert will be free and the
general public Is invited to attend.
Robert Holland, band director at
ACC, will direct the group, which
will be made up of several music-
ians from the towns represented.
The band will play a short pro-
gram, presenting a variety of music.
This will be the^ first all-district
meeting to be held’In Coleman.
Typically, he told his classes
only Monday morning then left
Monday night. Grady just is-
n’t a mad for goodbyes.
Soldiers jai Company B, 142nd
Infantry, stood in the shadow of
the historic Bataan campaign Mon-
dav night, when Col. Edmund J.
Lilly made their annual federal
The soft-speaking colonel
ronMnanded the 52nd Infantry
Philippine Scouts in the heroic
defense campaign, and surrend-
ered with, the American de-
fenders and Gen. Walnwright
• i'5 April 9, 1942, almost an even
10 years ago, and was a prisoner
in the Philippines, Formosa and
in the Mukden area of China
until August 15, 1945, a date we
On that date, he recalls, the
Japanese guards surrend ad their
arms to their prisoners. Jive days
later the Russians came In, gave
the arms back, and had the sur-
render all over, this time to them.
Politics head the grog shop chat-
ter. In case you’re confused, here’s
a tentatiye election line-up. On
April 1,' city elections; April, 5,
of course, the “fer and agin him"
of Harry T.
Bain making still an active
matter, and Coleman County
may have a general meeting hi
the near offing. Near-neighbor
Mitchell County has just post-
ed |7,900 for a try at rain-mak-
irif with obemicals.
Every day comes a new ‘‘suc-
on rain making, and
liter converts are thick in
county. We’ll admit to it, along
Frank Gillespie, Ted Stew-
ardson. R. O. Hollingsworth, wai-
ter Taylor Ogden Brown, and, of
gourse, county agent Cloyce Huck-
abef, who doesn’t care how you
try> as long as It rains.
Coleman’s National Guard unit.
Company B, 142nd Infantry, were
all "spit gnd polished” for a Mon-
day night federal annual inspection
made by Col. Edmund J. Lilly, of
Fourth Army Headquarters, Fort
The annual inspection was held
at the guard armory at the airport,
starting at 7:30, and included in-
spection of guard classes, physical
plant and material, drill operations
and personal inspections.
Col. Lilly, a Bataan campaign
veteran, commented favorably on
the physical system of the unit,
and its personnel. He made parti-
cular comment on its public rela-
tions, as evidenced by the attend-
ance of a number of civilians at
The federal inspection is a major
Col. Lilly will make a formal re-
port on his Inspection later. He Is
inspecting units at Brownwood,
Abilene and 8tephenville.
Inspection was in charge of Lt.
Tom Seely, Company B command-
MISS COLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL OF 1952, Marsalee Casey, and the
two runner-ups in the annual high school beauty contest last Friday
night are shown. In the picture are Marian Lanham, Marsalee, and
Marlene Wilson. (Photo by Capps).
All Of Santa Anna School Board To
Be Elected In April 5 Balloting
All Seven trustee offices
Santa Anna Independent Se/hi
District will be filled at the April 5
elections for the district, it Is an-
Election of all trusteed is neces-
sary since the district has consoli-
dated with the Shields school dis-
trict since last elections, board of-
ficials point out.
Present members of the board are
Thomas M. Hays, Jr., Bruce Snod-
grass, Jack Mobley, Ozro Eiibank,
Dick Baugh, W. B. Griffin and J.
18 LEAVE TODAY FOR
INDUCTION INTO SERVICE
Eighteen Coleman and Runnels
County men were in an induction
group that left Tuesday morning
from Abilene, for entry into the
armed services. Leaving were:
William E. Brooks, Coleman.
Hilmar E. Wagner, Rowena.
Paul H. Delarosa, Coleman.
J. A. Henderson. Jr„ Winters.
Troy G. Sanders, Coleman. .
Grady Joe Harrison, Coleman.
Maxful E. Wright, Winters.
Raymond R. Vasquez, Santa Anna.
Frank A. Gully, Rowena.
Charles M. Bryan, Winters.
Marcus T. Griffis, Coleman.
Vershel H. Smith, Ballinger.
Lee Allen J. Halmann, Ballinger.
Vicente G. Medrano, Ballinger.
Oliver R. Long, Ballinger.
J. B. Smith, Coleman.
Moyses H, Diaz, Coleman.
Homer Eggemeyer, Ballinger.
In Second Arson
A jury took 30 minutes Monday
to acquit Mrs. Cynthia Howard, of
Coleman, on the second of three
arson charges filed against her in
119th District Court here last year.
Mrs.,Howard was acquitted on one
of the charges in an October trial
in the same court last year.’
The three arson charges were
filed against her last year, one in
connection with a fire in August
of 1947, in a house she owned on
South Frio Street here, ’ and the
others in connections with two fires
at another house of hers in the
same block January 8 and January
9 of 1951.
Air Force Unit
Set Open House
Coleman area people can look
at two branches of the armed
services Sunday, in a joint open
house of Company B, 142nd In-
fantry, Coleman National
Guard unit, with n air forces
radar team working in “Oprea-
tion Longhorn” at the city air-
From 3 to 5 o’clock Sunday
afternoon, the two groups will
liceive visitors, who will be
Shown through mess quarters,
drill areas and see operation
(Continued on page 5)
Grady Richardson, Talpa school
vocational agriculture instructor
since 1936, is swapping his Cole-
man County teaching job for one
„d nrim nes ^ termers Of India, in the
ond primaries, and in November,
17. S. Point Four program for for-
Richardson, one ■ of Coleman
County's leading agriculture fig-
ures, left Monday for Washington,
DC., for a two-weeks briefing
course before leaving for New Delhi,
India, and his assignment there.
Richardson’s work with farmers
in India will be similar to that of
a county agent, in teaching the
Far Eastern farmers modem meth-
ods of agriculture and livestock
raising. Instituted about a year ago
the program Is under the State De-
partment and is a part of the Unit-
ed States foreign aid program.
A number of agriculture teachers
and county agents in Texas haw
joined the program In the past sev-
eral months, for duty In regions
whose agricultural problems paral-
lel thase of the southwest.
Richardson was the first voca-
tional agriculture teacher in the
Talpa schools in 1936. coming there
on his graduation from Texas A&M
College. In his almost 16 years there
he has been a key man in building
up f Colfiman County agricultural
program, and- his- students have
brought many top southwestern
livestock show honors to their Tal-
He was bn leave of absence from
the Talpa schools for three years
during World War II. while serving
in the air forces. Richardson is a
native of Stephenvllle.
Marshall Fox, vocational agricul-
ture teacher at Eastland, will join
him in Wellington and go on the
same program to India. They will
go by air to N.ew Delhi, and will
have ^several weeks Indoctrination
there before being assigned to an
area in India.
Yesterday’s acquittal was on the
1947 fire charge. The October ac-
quittal was on a charge of the
January 8, 1951 fire.
Mrs. Howard was principal wit-
ness in her own defense. The prose-
cution presented Jim Evans, of the
state fire marshal’s office, who in-
vestigated the fire; Sheriff H. F.
Fenton, Jr., and "Dub” Barnett of
John O. Harris, Coleman, was de-
fense counsel and District Attorney
E. C. Grindstaff was state counsel,
"in an active .hearing marked with
Case went to the jury at 5:30,
after the one-day hearing.
From County Gel
Two Coleman County infantry-
men, serving with the 45th Infantry
Division in Korea, have been award-
ed the Combat Infantryman Badge,
the army announces.
The badge is a symbol of front-
line fighting service, aftd was award-
ed for duty in Korea with the 45th
The soldiers are Pfc. Edward Stu-
art, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. B.
Stuart of Star Route, Valera, and
Sgt. Leonard A. Sharp, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Arch Sharp, .Novice.
The 45th has been in Korea since
December of 1951, and were in Ja-
pan for some months before that.
C. O. Fleming, chairman of Pub-
lic Schools Week, featured March
2-8, has expressed hisl! thanks to
the general public andWo 'all who
helped in the program, (for the fine
The general response to the ob-
servance of Public Schools Week was
very gratifying. Mr. Fleming states,
Red Cross Fund
Up To $4,584
$6,000 Goal By
Close Of Week
The $6,000 Coleman County Red
Cross quota for‘1952 today had "good
I reportsl, $72.51.
| Rural Division. Raymond ,MeEi-
| rath 'partial report':
Rockwood, Mrs, Claude Box 'par-
tial report); $81.00.
Cleveland. Mrs. John Perry, $15.50.
Burkett. Mrs. Clyde Thate ipar-
J tial report'. $111.60.
Red Bank. Mrs. Bettye Jamison,
Viets-White Chapel, Marlin Smith
promise" of being met, with $4,584 -sjg gg
already in and some major solicita- ; Talpa Mrs And, Bfoyle, >14740
tion areas yet to be heard from,, Cross Road, Mr Bennie Par-
drive chairman Langford Wilhite I S0I)S 25
reports- i Goldsboro, Mrs. - W. H. Bush,
Still outstanding are about half | j59 qq
of the rural community reports, i Valera. a,ld ^ c Ray_
Wilhite adds, Santa Anna's $500 1 me;. ^ ()0
Junction, Mrs. Claude Aivt
tial report.'. '$19.50,
Bowen, Mrs, Cecil Horne,
Silver Valley, Mrs. Leonar
ris, $31.00. •
, Centennial. .Mrs. Cecil Horr
Mayo, Mrs Roy West. $1975.
Buffalo, Mrs. C. R. Lowe, $65.00.
Shields. R A. Milligan, $118.50.
Leedy, Curtis Collins, $58.00. ’
Cotton. Zeno Hemphill, $40.00.
Outlying rural area’, W. H. Thai
and reflects the interest of the peo-
ple in their public schools.
Many individuals, and a large
number of civic groups cooperated
in making the program a success,
and Mr. Flehiing iays he speaks
for himself and tile entire com-
mittee, in expressing his apprecia-
Tests 465 Barrels,
More Tests Due
Co, of Midland
No. 1 -fP&iary''' ’ Gunman, D. F.
. /Official potential has been filed
with the Railroad Commission for
Roddan Survey 76, west offset to
the Morris Sand discovery well four
miles east of Goldsboro in Coleman
County. Location is six miles north
of Novice, /also.
The confirmation well on the po-
tential test flowed 465.88 barrels of
42 gravity oil. Completion was on a
10/64 Inch choke with 600 pounds
Light Rains Fall
In County Sunday
_Hard-falling rains swept Cole-
man County -briefly Sunday night,
leaving then heaviest fall at Santa
Anna where .70 inch was reported.
Coleman received .32. weather ob-
server W. J. Stevens reports. Light
hail fell here, and at Santa Anna.
At Burkett .39 inch was reported,
and .10 at Novice.
Goal Set; 60
Per Cent Pledged
300 pounds on the tubing. Having a
gas-oil ratio of 1200-1, No. 1-H Dun-
man is producing from an open hole
at 3130-40 feet.
Discovery for that new area was
The Bay Petroleum Corp. of Abi-
lene No. 1 Unit l Dunman, Section
47, GRR Survey. Completed in Jan-
uary, it had a daily potential of 2£>6
barrels of oil.
The area has been named the
Tri-M and Bay are to drill two
new projects in that area. /
Tri-M Production Morris
Mizel No. 2-G Mary I^D^nman, con-
tracted for 3990 feetwith rotary, is
to be drilled 330 feet from the north
afrd east lines of Section 35. T&N&
Bay No. 3 Dunman Unit 1, con-
tracted * for 3080 feet with rotary,
was spotted 480 feet from the west
and 126$rf*w from the south lines
of Section 47, GRR Survey.
quota, and some of the Coleman
City returns are still coming in.
On the basis of returns made,
Wilhite expects the quota to be met
by the end of this week.
In Coleman, a $3,500 established
quota has been passed, with returns
of $3,585.44 already in and some
collections, of business employees,
yet to be returned.
The residential area drive, head-
ed by Mrs. Jack Magness, reached
$567,89, against a $600 quota. Busi-
ness employees have reached $482:64
today, and Chairman Eddie Brink
has several workers still to com-
The rural drive, hea&ed by Ray-
mond MeElrath, has responded “re-
markably well,” Wilhite stressed.
It’s Tuesday figure stood at $1.289 84
against a $2,000 quota, and this
week is expected to see the quota
Complete returns to Tuesday are:
Residential Area, Mrs. Jack Mag-
Business Employees, Eddie Brink,
(partial report), $482.64.
Special Gifts, Alex Mayers and
Fred Paddleford, $1,238.00.
Commerce and Industry. Lang-
ford Wilhite. $170.00.
Oil” Industry. Walter J. Taylor,
(partial report), $405.00.
Post ’ Office, Marlin Thompson,
Agricultural Building, Belle Hen-
Bank and Office Building, Mrs.
Gerald Swann, $227.51.
City Employees, Vernon Sewell,
Indian Creek, Mr-. Fioyd Jame-
Glen Cove, Mrs. W. T.
Mrs. S. C. Edmundson (par-
Voss, A. O. Feeler (partial re-
| port), $5.00.
Santa Anna, no report.
Total Rural. $1298.84.
*Cit> of Coleman. $3285.44.
Total amount collected to date,
Legion To Have
flowing pressure on the casing and/^olored Division, Pete Roe (two
Ray Post 213, Coleman's Ameri-
can Legion unit, Will meet Thurs-
day night. March 13, to observe the
33rd birthday of the American Leg-
ion, announces Past Commander
He states that ^11 veterans and
their families are invited. The pro-
gram will start at 7:30 at the Legion
Hall on the airport road, and there
will be games, music and refresh-
Robinson points out that' this will
be a tegular birthday party and |
ufges numbers and veterans to at
tend and bring their families.
Coleman Teacher principals,
To Enler School
Jean D. Duke, science teacher in
Coleman High School, will enter
the Baylor Medical School of Med-
icine at Houston next September, it
Is announced here this week.
Duke, who is in his second year
here, will finish out this school year
as a science teacher. :
' *He graduated from Tahoka High'
School in 1942 and served in the
Marine Corps for four years as
radio radar gunner on a B-25. He
entered Howard Payne College in
January. 1947 and gained his BS
degree in 1950.
the, past r*>-;
elected all and
bandmaster, a|fPw|||||$?Bupl Ter-
rell Graves. ^ ^
Election of teatWs fori the 'mXt
school year' will come a little later,:
the sujrerintendent pid. "j
Principals re-elected are: E. wj
Scott of High Sehobl, Amon John
Head of the Coleman 1952 Cancer
Crusade, to begin April 2 here, is
Robert I. Bowen, Coleman druggist,
it is announced.
Mrs. Jack Home has been named
county educational campaign work-
er and Dr. C. G. Yarbrough county
medicar adviser for the Crusade.
Slogan of this year's Crusade will
be: “Cgncer Strikes One in Five.
Strike Back! Join' the Texas,Cancer
The Coleman County Crusade is
a, part' of a state drive for $600,000
to be used to support, broad pro-
grams of research, services,to cancer
patients and public and professional
education. National goal is $16 mill-
Along with the finance drive, the
1952 Crusade will push an 'active
educational program designed to give
the public facts about the cancer
j problem. ' ,
‘-'Fully one-third of the 8,133 Tex-
ans who died of cancer in 1950
could have Wen saved had they
known the facts, and been On guard
against the disease," Mrs. Horne
pointed out in an announcement
of the campaign's purposes.
She emphasized that cancer is
often curable, but that it must be
treated early; it is not contagious,
and most cancers give' early warn-
: April has been designated Nation-
al Cancer Control month by Presi-
dential Proclamation and by Cong-
Nat Gleaton were re-elected as the.
^bitches and Byron Gray, was re-
elected as bandmaster.
Graves further reports that the
stop of Junior High, Charles Hint schoolaboard commended’the above
of South Ward, <5. F. Blanton oSbpen Lor their work this school year
West"Ward and General Humphrey pfeW expressed confidence in their
of Colored School. 1 i 1 liity to carry on' for the better-
Harold King, pharles Jetton aftd | ment of, the school system.
Cars Are ‘Natural’ to Young Mechanic
You might say that cars and
young Charles Armstrong under-
stand each other.
More than 60 per cent of the
$20,660 budget set for the 1952 bud-
get campaign of the First Meth-
odist Church was pledged at a kick-
off dinner of the campaign Monday
Eugene Jud of Waco, Methodist
conference lay leader for Central
Texas, was key note speaker at the
dinner, held at the church. Work-
ers were given cards.
.Solicitations will start today,, and
first reports will be made at a
Thursday night meeting.
Present for the dinnex were all
members of the steering’committee,
which includes J. J. Saunders. D. S.
Leverett, C. T. Hall/? T. A. Clark,
John Dix, Abe Boyd, Fred Rudolph
and Rev. J.DF, Williams. Present
other than these members, were
five additional men to work with
These captains include Clyde
Edens, Garland Abbey, S. E. Rich-
ardson, who was absent, Raymond
McE2rath, Hayden Hargett, Dr. M.
D. Maqn. Ed LeMay, C. R. Jeanes.
Approximately Jbv men and their
Since the 19-year-old Coleman
youth was 14, he has been doing
maior repair work on cars, doing
everything from small mechanical
adjustments to re-building several
that have been badly wrecked, most
df this in a home work shop
Now employed by the Delma
Johnson Motor Company here,
Charles Is driving the latest of
his own Jobs, a 1950 Ford Victoria
or "hard top" model, that was a
convertible before Its former own
er wrecked It badly.
Armstrong bought it, worked out
the body damage and built the
"hard top” so professionally that
experienced car people refuse to be-
lieve It isn't a factors- job.
He re-upholstered it and painted
it out in a red and black combina-
tion. Since completing it.he has
refused • several nice offers for the
attractive “new" car. 1
For the past two years he has
been buying wrecked cars, re-build-
ing them in his home work shop,
and selling them at healthy mar-
gins above his original cost.
No one, ever taught him to be ,a
mechanic, or a body repairman.
Charles says. He just started "fool-
ing with cars” at an early age. and
THIS WAS A CONVERTIBLE until its owner wrecked it, and young mechanic Charles Armstrong re-
built it to a "hard top" model, one of several major car modification jobs he has done. He’s shown with
his latest product. (Photo by Hugh Capps), , , ' ' . "••'•j
He doesn't disagree with car
manufacturers in the „>*#>• their
produetWMwe made, but he's jmade
some fairly extensive changes. In
one 1949 Ford he installed a hydra-
matic transmission and an Olds-
eouki always do almost anything' mobhe "rocket" engine, It would
Oldsmobile people in Dallas were
surprised. , , .
Another. 1949 Ford was re-buBt
and equipped with a Mercury en-
mostly spent in his shop “working
out" a fender or top, restoring some
wreck, fakes a tot cf work even
when it comes sort of naturally, he
1*0 miles an hour, and even the
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