Edna Weekly Herald. (Edna, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 25, 1936 Page: 1 of 6
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Vol. No. 29, No. .16 Edna, Jackson County/T^as, Thursday, June 25th, 1936
Drilling Started. •
Tlif wiTt—nr lloAeshut* Luke, being
drilled by the Htieuberger 1‘etroleui.if
t Xirporatiou, I lie euucern Uiut muife
the discovery well'at 1’ort Lavaca, was
spudded in lusl Week and LIN, inch
Hurfaee easing was set at lHf) feet,
TTie ’TnnrFrS 7iTc~TIoW preparing to'
resume work and they will probably
start again the latter part of the week
The Herald hits m-oived • requests
ns to the locution of this well with
reference to Eiluu, It is located about
■ or S miles northwest of Kdnu in the
gas Held, developed several years ago.
The aeures*t railroad lsiint is El 'tore.
This same territory has been exploited I Below the lleruld .reproduces a let
for oil am! gas for a number of y ears, lifer from Oscar Brow n, colored, , con.
Imt none of tlie,..wells haw been drili- rvieletl with his brother, Muck Couple,
lot- murdering Byron Belschuer,
Oscar Brown Writes Let-
ter About Murder.
Romance Is Ended As
Four Are Killed.
Four „ Persons Killed; Others Injured
in ( ollisum Near id Campo.
District Attorney Green Vigorously
Opposeses Execution Delay.
isl |o tlie contract depth of the present
one. The conlract for this well is
uwr 7ut)0 feet. The gaa,..stratum in
this Held is found far above tins
depth, and 'several gas wells
been developed in the la id;
One well protlinvd a quantity of eas-
ing head gasoline, which was used
locally for mo tor fuel.
There-ore two large natural lake-
iu this Held, known us Horseshoe and
Alligator Lakes, or imuv recently as
the Urushel lakes. . The territory Im-
mediately around the lakes is a Wind
Slieriff Hugh White in which he
make^ n vagni- referoact to. a Mexi-
can in Victoria iu conaection i t li the
murder. We also reproduce a, letter
from the Board of Pardons and l’a-,
roles to. District Attorney Howard "P
Green and -Mr. tlreeu's vigorous tv
Couple and Oscar are scheduled to
die July 10th In the elective chair at
Huntsville. Slieriff While has receiv-
ed a letcr fr.oin i oupie which in sub-
. stance about like the one Oscar wrote
land which Is given below. The ref-
Sonte of. our readers have requested ierence hi Oscar's letter to the Victoria
■ hat the lleruld print "all the ml news Mexican Is believed to be 100 per cent
possible." We will take real pleasure I groundless so far as the Mexican
iu printing any development made at I knowing anyt hing about the murder,
this field or any other place, in Jack jThe truth is Oscar does not even know
son t'utility- Pa! it there is in. news to buy Mevtvan section employe. The
print, we hesitate about munutictur-1 reference fs made to make Mr. White
lug some ' land others believe the murder is still
Another question often propounded |unsolved The first story told by Oscar
to us is: "Whelp and where will be*was one no one believed for a minute,
the next wildcat wilt he drilled lit the,The first time lie talked after being
county V Ml angle to say, we do pot air rested he said Myron Belacbner
l,iive that informaliou lor some rea .uwtsl f'oiipi* Brown a gambling debt glibly-.ot tie leost bratai murder bap
son the nil companies do not confide |uf *-io aujl the attempt to make the
in the Herald editor, and this makes,collection 1ml to Byron’s death,
it tough on our readers. rltii* was a .fabrication made out of
............. ____1 _______________ the whole elpfti and wus not even pre-
_ „. , , .. iseated as evidence at the trial.
/To Observe July 4th. * , * ..
As mentioned in these columns last j Huntsville, Teiaa, Juue U, 1936.
week, Uihny Edna business .houses I Mr. Hugh White,
ied an agreement to close all j Edna, Texas. ’...... ‘
have sighed an agreement
day, Saturday, July -till, In order that
the proprietors and their sates fori-es
may enjoy July ,4th at they see fit.
The- list of signers v. .is ptibU-in-d last
week.vhut inorder that no one may lie
inconvenienced by such dosing agree
merit, we puWish life list again' this
week, Saturday is The heal business
day (if,the jveek, many pe.opie cwu'iUg
■ to town on that day to do t'heir week
ly.' shopping, anti for that reason It is
* a day ou which the sUitffit, regret t(f
i toar. However if every otic will do
their shopping.-Friday no one- should
l>c seriously im onvt nieuced by the
stores closing for the one day. The,
merchants nod their sales forces will
jipreciate the^holiday, we feet sure
Tuesday, June 3»lh, is Trash Hay in.
Kiliia. Weather iierniitting, the city
truck will' gather and haul td* the
dumping grounds, all rubbish, trash
and tlje like free of charge, provided
same is placed In tubs, sacks, Isixcs
or other containers easily handled and
placed conveniently’ for the truck
driver to find and pick up. This Is a
free - service and It Is greatly appre-
"* dated by the citizens qf the down
generally, ltcniemlier, iK*xt Tuesday,
June :««h—find have your trash plac-
ed In containers and put out so the
truck can pick it up. The hot sum-
mer months -are here und it behooves
every ope to keep their premises just ns
dean as possible.
To Open New Store.
Max Ipfcrskovitz, manager and part
owner of. the Niemnn Store In Edna
since it~ opened Its doors, informs us
that he has severed his connection
with this store and will open a store
of^his «fS* in the Traylor building-
' about August 1st. Mr. Herskovltz says
he bus appreciated the business of ihe
jieople of Edna and Jackson County
since he has been here, and in his new
business expects to cohtinue to serve
Ifiein in the same acceptable manner.
Special Movie Week.
The FMJTfix Theatre will run Special
ad missions for two vveeks, starting
Tuesday, June doth aud ending Friday,
illy 10th.. The admission. .gtU-* be. dk1
und 15c ou Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs
day and Fridays. Sundays, Mondays
and Saturdays w ilj t.n* 10e and 2(>e
■ ■-■—r ' V T .
I.ee's Gizzard Capsules—just what
you need to keep your chickens and
turkeys free from worms. Keeps them
.healthy and they do better.
FAIRES DRUG 00.
Thursday of last” week Misses June
Tatum, Catherine Ilungerfcml and Bil-
lie Hay Tolnnd and Floyd Schlewltz
returned' from Kefrvlile where they
attended, the Vouug People’s .meeting
at vVeslintustei', Encampment.
tier in a cotton patch. Then they went
to town, got an old motor Weighing
t;o pounds, und Went on about 7 miles
-Hi Campop-J-ane- JW.-io—Heath- ended-
u„. other side of town and, tylngLotbeis were less seriously injured.
.......... to 111,, body with barbed 3 Eriguda of 'the victims, said h
tbe motor tortile body with barbed
wire, - thiew it in the ‘N'avldad River
where it was ubout to feet deep. It
was found there by a "posse the next
■ They went hack to Edna iu . Bel-
la imer's .ear. got Couple's wife und lit-
ile niece, mid went on lo Corpus
i.iifisti in the ear, fitqppihg in Refugio
to buy some lye with which they at-
tempted to disguise the ear,, lp Cor-
pus-they were arrested the next night
I,y Mr. Hugh E. White, sheriff of Jack-
son County, und the Miasms County
sheriff. The ear was found at the
house where Coupie was arrested, us
was also a watch positively identified
by Beisehuer’s wife und father as
the romance /Saturday of Valda Hol-
stein, Mi, umj liellmer llunlavy, 2B
year old Columbus basher, as they and
two othei'fi were-killed in an uutomo
Hite .collision eight miffs' west of El
Tlie other victims were. Adidplk
Wegenliofl, 02, stepfather of the girl,
aiiu his Onion Lh old sou, Adolph, Jr.
Mrs. Urace VVegeuhoft, wife of
Adolplf, wus injured seriously. Three
. kjfignds of ’tne victims , said here
•Saturday Unit Miss Holstein uud'Uun-
tavy were to Have been married next
week. They, with ibe Wegennoits
were euroute from Victoria, wuere
Miss Tiohste%p %ad*tomi visiting, W
Huok Island, the ■■•Wegenliofl home,
when their ear aud a truck driven by
j. H. Ledsinger of Ban Antonio collid
ijedsiguer and, liis two companions,
J. i\,; Hancock and ClialTes Kegier,
both of tlousioii, were injured. The
truck driver ^taid the accident happen-
ed as the automobile - vvus passing
The four were killed Instantly. Mrs.
Wegenhol t, was taken ftf tfie Uoseu-
beig hospital, where physicians said
being Byron's Watch. Each made a
. wri t ten.. sta ttuaeiif- -.aiinutlihg . kllOWi-1 -shg tiayl.
of the murder, hut. ns might be ox-
pected from negroes, each tried to gut
iIm1 illume ou the other.
There can ti e no possible doubt in
tin minds of reasonable men but that
these two negroes are each equally
Hear Mr. White:
I wish you would go get Mr. Bel
sehuer soon and carry him to Victoria
to see a Mexican' ntau staying at sec-
tion house. He vHU 'lje1 him talk to
Ins-son.- He will tell who did the
killing and wlmt It was all about aud
you will see 1 „ have been telling tlie
truth utlTbe time:-
. 1 am doing fine; being treated goes!-.
Tell -Mrs. White 1 thank her for the
Hiide. I aw studying hard.
. i wish you would investigate this
for me. It might help in.-. Hid you
atop by .111.1 teil Bister Minnie about
getting that lawyer for me?
Tiutujtihg ’you again for all favors
aud wishing you and yours the best
eVcrytiiing, 1 am,
Hoard of Pardons and Paroles
Mate of Texas
Austin, June 15, liKUi.
lion. ll. P. Green,
Cuero, Texas. ^ '
Two negroes, Oscar and Mark ('oupie
Brown, are now In tlie death »*dl at
Huntsville, awaiting executiqp July,
Tin; Board of Pardons and Paroles
Is writing you to know what crime or
crimes-these.men committed, who wus
killed, und for the fuels and eireum-
stan,eek in each of these eases. Were
elthere.of these cases upfaiuled to the
Court rat Criminal Apis-als? Also give
the Board your recommendation for
or against Clemency in these eases.
Please let us hear'from you as this
Is Important. , ,'
. Board of Pardons and Paroles,
By Stanhope Henry.
'■.. • * • •
Cuero, Texas, June 16, 183U.
Board of i’ardons and Paroles,
Austin, Texas. »_
Answering your letter of yesterday
with reference ty These two negroes
colfViyted in itefuglo County of mur-
der and sentenced o to die, 1 shall at-
tet.npt to give you a I rief , resume of
the facts in order that you might the
more' readily be >« q^ppritKin to reiider
your decision ' (irtii recom-mendatlon.
To karL-with, hovveyer, 1 will truth-
fully and conscientiously say tliat not
iff my six years and more of. being
district •fiffornej' have 1 heard ‘or
perlenced a case of' murder mil
.vicious, unneoagsary, or brutal than
was this,, and icrtuinly these negroes
should lie electrocuted at the earliest
lieuiug in this district that i know of.
Puhlte sentiment was so stirred in
Jackson County that they were kepl^
in jail iu Corpus Christ! until court'
met in Edna, ami then .U>e judge, ou
liis own mutiun, moved the. venue to
iiefugio at a special early . hwruing
session, having the negroes in -court
for only a .few moments while the or-
der Was entered so that the local efti
zeus would not kiiovy ofHjieir prciwuce,.
they were tried in KefugifKlust Ucto-
bur, being tried sepunUely^ Tiny
were well represented, but their guilt
was so Thinly established that ny out*
listening to the evidence had the
slightest' doubt of - what the verdict
must lie Their cases were appealed
to the-Court of Criminal Appeals, and
■the judgment . iu each case was
promptly affirmed. VOtt might refer
to the statement of facts on tile there
for a -full consideration of the evi-
,1 enclose, u dipping from the Edna
Herald, of last week-'which shows iic-
i urately the sentiment of tlie people
of the entire district with reference to
these two cases. Uur jample know that
tln sf negroes ‘should be elecUwutcd
promptly, and would be terribly dis-
appointed in any further delay.-
S|n'Hkiug for the cltizeim of Jackson
County, where the murder was com-
mitted, quid for the citizens of Hefu-
glo, where justice was meted out by
t In* verdicts...if. the tw;u juries, and .for
myself lis’ the prosceu^ng attorney in
both l-nses, X strongly and emphiHea!
ly request that tlie execution of these
two negroes be had ..ou Lbp date set
by the trial I'-otirt, to-vvit, July 10th,
l‘)3*S. T,. iMistpoue their fiXeetjtion any.
further wouM be only to weaken the
contltlcnce of these people in tlje
courts. ’ J
Very truly yours,
llOWAKH P. GltEE.N.
Misa Violet Holstein was born and
reared, in Jackson County, being u
daughter ot Mr. Hewey- Holstein of
this county. Her tragic death was a
shock to hei friends "and relatives
The funeral service was.....held at the
Edna Cemetery Saturday afternoon at
iiiOu o'clock. Hew L. E, Barrett, pas
tor. of the Baptist Church, conducted
~—■- - l,—. ......_
The body of .Miss Holstein was taken -
to Edna tor burial und the bodies ot
the others were taken to Columbus.
Mrs. J. E. Fenner Dead.
report n largely attended and profit-
able nii-cting. Billie Bay Was elected
vice-president Jot this organization for
'lilt--killing occurred in Jackson
County near Edna "on the night of
July 10, 1933." Deceased, Byron Bel
schnes, was a farmer, white, about SO
yearsAlf age, married and the, father
of four small children. He lived with
ills parents and family lip the country
about 7 miles from Ednak He worked
m nights in a lilting station In Edna,
leaving for work generally about 9:15
Western Texas- Presbytery. These (^,Hr.8 oU, truck and went t» within
• young ‘People will give a program at I uaner of a mjie from Belschner’s,
the , I’renbyterlan Clmroh Sunday L.here Oscar whited In the truck wltile
night which Will give those present J.VHipie''weut td the house. There lie
Idea nf the type, of work the Young talked to old man Belschuer and asked
People's organization Is sponsoring. jfor spme one to help him with his
I When you need, ice cream or sherbet which.broken down Byron
*! far any ocrasion, just coil us. We !l' S(' '"‘'"'’V"1', m .,1* 1 eri hr
make It rigid here in (lie tdore anal it talki-fi with < iiiiiiii ahF as hedeft th
»iUM| Ltiins nuilft rn house iu his car Couple left with him.
IS good. FAIKJVS IWUU tO. Bvron Beisebner was merer s^en alive
Mrs. O. I. Kelly is in Kerrvlile. this again. There is no doubt that Oscar
attending the Convention- of the Brawn got „ in the car. 4wltb, them as
Woman's Auxiliaries Vif Western TKx- they .tad to the truck, and that further
^ as Presbytery as~a delegate from the down the road 'toward town, fhe tvvr
- ^ local Auxiliary. y . ' negcoes shot aud killed young jBelsch
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t>11 ~tbla, night Mack Coupp1
'aind liis brothey left Edna in
Home Texas girl, now unknown,
will tie uvvarded .'flu; distinguished
iioiiW" bf la-uig bruwm'd- gu.ee,u.. uf.JJm,
Tt-xas Centennial Exposition. Iu ad-
dition to this honor and Its attendant
distinct ions, this girl will be awarded
a trip to Hollywood us guest of Mclro-
Goldvvyn Mayer studios and will be
granted screen test*, which, if success-
ful, will find her a place,in pictures.
Ginger lingers will appt%f„.in .person
to crown the Queen on, the idg|tt' the
final "selection .is nitidis, JiUy 31,
ltegfonal ’ semi-final reviews will he
held in the ■00tum%jfc>wl at; the Texas
CeutenniuHExposition in .Dallas- on
July 4, July H> and Juiy?24. On thi*
first of these dates, Kttdv Vullee and
his famous radio orchesSra’will appear
as guest artists ft this series of, spec-
taplcs and - presentations knott-n as
•Girls Who cjompetu in the selection
of the Queen of'the Texas Centennial
Exposition must, however, pass a pre-
liminary selection iu their own locali-
ties or at such places designated by
their local Clyysler, Plymouth, Hodge
ob DeSoto dealer, with swBom they
nnjst register anti where they will se-
cure detailed Information.
The first preliminary selection, will
be made in June sp it is ijnperative
that alj girls register noW with their
Chrysler' Motors dealers or agencies.
This selection is t\ie only official one
to 1«‘ allowed by the Texas Centennial
Exposition and as sponsors it *as
radbi station. WFAA, The Dallas
NcvvJc anti Tlie '’Dallas Journal, The
Hollywood: Electrical Pageant Co.
and Chryslefi Motors
Tuesday afternoon,, June 23rd at
1:20 ii.-lock, -Mrs. J.v E. Fenner, •. a
prominent awn, l,cloved resident of the
Cordelo secBOn for more than 5t>
years, -.passed- away after a lingering
A short fuileral service was held, at
the family home above Cordele Wed-
nesday afternoon at 2:00 o'daclwjuud
at y AMI o'clock at the "grave unfit her
brief, service was conducted. Rev. C.
1, Kelly, Presbyterian pastor, was as-
sisted by Hr,.Brooks 1. pickey of San
Antonio,"aii bid friend ot the deceased,
, Next we vve shall have a Bore suit
trtffe. mcntfCu of the life of this good
, Marriage Licenses.
The following marriage licenses
have been issued by County Clerk P.
K Miller's office since our fast re-
port : p
Kubcne Willtby uud l.ydie Hamilton
Leslie Braddock aud Mary Wllksr-
SOU- x ' . ........ -
Joe Jpues and Ida i*. Laiit*. u
The local Post 'of the American
Legion Wishes to express its apprecia-
tion for the'support of the public and
-the splendid eo-optHauion of the. cast
in ".Sky ;High." We thauk you, grate-
T1IUS. .LEE COATES, POST, 212
-We are prepared to now pack you
bulk ice cream, packages or cups, iu
real packers; keeps it in line sliape..
FAlRE.s DRUG €0.
The Herald learns that the bridge
•contract ov$w the Navidud Oil Highway'
No. Ill has about been completed and
will soon be ready to turn over to the
State, They areenow putting on the
finishing touches?!*) the concrete work
and the grading work. “These jobs
shopld he finished within two or three
weeks: The recent flood did not dam-
age the new bridge any itor did "the
grade work suffer to amount to auy-
tHi&g, notwithstanding the^fact water
was said to have been seven feet over
W.- A. IV-mon, local Chrysler, deal-
er, wilt be glad to furnish further in-
formation ?<>, ajij girl interested. He
Stays: .‘‘.Tfiekson County girls are as
lovely and gracious as any to be found
anywhere In the world afid we would
like to see a number of ouR girls enter
this contest.” \
Lee’s Germatunte keeps yotir chick-
eivls and turkes in .good comfition.
two .lust keep it in their drinking water.
FAIRES DRUG CO.
Frank Ratliff, popular Ganado drug-
gist, was an Edna business visitor
Tuesday. While in the city he., called
in at this office to have a notice in-
serted in these columns to the effect
Quit'the Board of TVustees- of ihe Ga-
ttado Independent School District will
receive bids for the construction of a
frame gymnasium and frame high
si.liool, building until July fith, As
mentioned in these columns some time
ago, Giii|ndo-: dtas yftjefi' bonds for the
purpose of providing funds with which
to-construct the buildings.
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Mrs.- Joe Bailey Traylor and child:
ren of; Hu» Antonio1 ate" visiting Edna i
Mrs. Ruby Shnnklin.nAj
.vfBdred and Margank-- Ttfcylor ’arid
Lffmette Goldman left Saturday ~.for
Dallas and other points of interest.
Mr. and Mrs:' IJ^ey Mays and child
jvn , of the Red Bluff, section were in
Edna Saturday, shopping and ming
lirig. with friends.
Judge and Mrs. J. W. Bagby left
Thursday for Hallo*: and Fort Worth
to, attend the Centennial and visit
relatives. ' J
,Alton. app Raymond. Clifford and
families of Weslaeo spent the 'week
end with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
H. K. Staples, Editor and'Proprietbf
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bewitching styles and fabrics in each group at
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Sleep Cool in Sheer Govyr\s and Sheer Q3c
3 for ....
MEN’S AND BOYS’ HELMET HATS
Take B splash in Gaunties Swim Suits and Wikies
Trunks. Swim Suits at 98c te~$3.95.
OOCCOOOCOCCcCome In And Take A Look;
Culberson & Woodall
THE FRIENDLY STORE
Sale Is Still On!
Straw Katy Hats a • •
Men’s Overalls . . •
Khaki Pants and Shirts to Match
Men’s Work Pants . •• - •
We have a store full at bargains!
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