The Edna Herald (Edna, Tex.), Vol. 45, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 5, 1951 Page: 1 of 14
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Wol No. '45‘, No. 31
Edna, Jackson County Texas, Thursday, July 5, 1951
14 Pages—Price 5c
Murder Indictment Is
Returned: Cases Are Set
The Jackson County Grand Jury
returned 12 felony Indictments, one
of them for murder, and District
Judge Howard I*. Green Set for
trial for than 2d civil eases in a
busy week in 24th District Court.
John Gross, negro Ituveru opera-
tor, was indicted for the pistol
slaying of Newton Hopes, another
negro, at the former’s place in the
northeastern portion of Edna sev-
- —--erst weeks ago. Gross Is out on
?2,000 bond and is reported to have I removing mortgaged property out
moved to Houston since the slay-
The other indictments ranged
from wife and child desertion to
driving while intoxicated, second
Orville Thurmond of Inez was
indicted for driving while Intoxi-
cated, second offense. He is out
on $500 bond.
J. C. Perkins, indicted for
Deposits of- Edna’s two banting
institutions, at the close of busi-
ness June 30, totaled $5,032,444.01
a check of the statements issued
this week reveals. This compared
with only $4,374,681.81 at the same
date in 1950—or an increase of
well, over half a million dollars in
Je" deposits were: Jackson
bounty State Bank, $3,236,300.99;
First-National Bank, $1,796,143.02.
Deposits of the Citizens State
Bank at Uanado, the only other
bank in the county, were
A year ago the deposits were:
Jackson * County State Bank
$3,071,195.54; First National Bank,
$1,303,486.27; Citizens. State Bank,
The increase in deposits attest
to the continued growth of Edna,
Uanado and Jackson County:
Edna Is Growing;
Show Big Increase
There is no better barometer
to, the growth of a town than
the postal receipts. Thus the
high increase in postal re-)
ceipts here is another indica-
tion of the growth of the city.
Gross postal receipts for the
past quarter (April, May and
Julie), totaled $7,459.75, or
27.28 per cent, over the June
quarter of 1950, Mrs. -Kathryn
Baker, postmistress, has an-
The gross receipts for the
first six months of 1951’ weft
$14,088:37, or 22.8 per cent
over the same six month
period of last year.
CLEANING OFF our scratch
pud: The cucumber competition
Continues unabated. This week it
reuched over the Navidad intd
Uanado, with W.s A. Baznovsky
sending in one that was 12 inches
long, 13 inches in circumference
and weighed three and a quarter
pounds. It’s the biggest yet . . .
Little Joyce Gerjes mighty proud
of the baby jackrabbit she has
■tr■ been petting . . . Jack Wagstaff,
Homer Brown, M. C. (Possum)
Shelby and John Valigura, all
former stars on the old Edna Pipe-
liners when baseball was one 6f the
top attractions in this city, still
fond of the game enough to go out
regularly and umpire or manage
the Little League and Teen Age
Lengue games. Valigura is the
only one still active as a player,
currently pitching for the Halletts-
ville team in the Guadalupe Valley
League . . . accompanying Dis-
trict Judge Howard P. Green and
District Attorney Franto Martin to
Edna this week for court was
- Wayne Hartman of Cuero, newly
appointed, district attorney. Mr.
—Martin himself becomes a district
judge early in September . . . Vic-
toria attorneys in Edna Monday for
case settings were P. P. Putney,
Edw. C. Thomas, Joe Kelly and E.
,s F. Ritchey . . , Tom B. Sayles ex-
X hlbiting a stalk of cotton contain-
4*k** lug 20 bolls he grew on his dad’s
place three and a half miles south-
west of Edna along the Lavaca
. River. His father is Matt Sayles
. . . W. A. King, the highway engi-
neer, paying Edna a business visit
this week . . . Dr. and Mrs. Bill
Jones and Dr. and Mrs. 0. M. Dug-
ger postearding friends from At-
lantic City, where they were dele-
gates to the Lions convention . , .
Norman Scaff introducing an old
school mate, J. R. Lee, to friends.
Lee and the missus are , new resi-
dents of „ Edna. Thev
Deport . .■
grocery merchant, recel-
eal attention _ ____
Hospital at Ganado
To Graduate Class
Of Seven Nurses
The Mauritz Memorial-Jackson
Uounty Hospital at Ganado
graduate a class of seven licensed
vocational nurses at ceremonies in
.he Ganado High School Gym Fri-
day, July 13, ot 8 p. on., Mrs.
Louise Jones, superintendent, has
announced. The public is invited
o attend the program.
The cauuidates for certificates
are Alice Clapp Buckiey of Louise,
Lillian Bena of El Campo, Ida Nelle
Weiser of Ganado, Dorothy Kaspar
>f Ganado, Pauline Quebe of Gana-
do, Emogene Parsons of Edna and
Ruby Mae Sayles of Ganado.
The nurses have completed a
one-year course of nursing. Under
the new law that was passed this
year, they will be eligible for regis-
tration audristown as licensed vo-
Representative Jack G. Fisk of
Wharton will deliver t)ie address
on the occasiop. The processional
will be by Mrs. Ruth Geldert, in-
vocation by ‘ Supt. B. F. Harbour,
introduction of the speakers by
Roy Selby, chairman of the hos-
pital board, and address by Miss
Oarrin Mauritz, benefactor of the
new Nurses’ Home 'at the hospital,
presentation of certificates by ‘Mrs.
Jones and the Florence Nightin-
gale pledge by the group.
of the county with intent to de-
fraud, is in jail. He is alleged
have stolen a 1938 Chevrolet from
W. H. Huseman.
Joe Longoria was indicted for
wife and child desertiou, neglect
Several of those Indicted still ure
Members of the grand jury were.
E. J. Etllnger, foreman; C.
Spencer, C. C. Bonnot, Floyd Good
man, Frank Korenek, E. E. Camp-
bell, Woodrow Reynolds, it.
Bain, A. L. Claybrook," Julius
Townsend, James Jackson aud
J udge Green
pleas of guilty of those indicted
the grand jury will be heard on
The setting of the various civil
cases was brought about by an
effort to clear the docket to make
way for an additional judge
(Frank Martin of Goliad, present
district attorney) this fall.
In a brief session of criminal
court Tuesday, Judge Green
sentenced Mr. and Mrs. Jack Knox
aild Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Livingston
each of three years in prison on
forgery charges. They were
brought here on a bench warrant
from the penitentiary.
Saturday, July 28, 10 a. m.:
Edward Kirby vs. Magnolia
Petroleum Company, plea of privi-
(Concluded on last page)
At Texas A. and M.
COLLEGE STATION, June 30
(Spl.)—Sixty-five letters which will
make drastic changes in the lives
or 05 boys were dropped into the
mulls here today. Each informed a
recent high school graduate that he
had won the financial assistance he
had to have in or8er.An.get a col-
lege education. In all, theletters
carried cash awards totalling
One of them was Wj
Baker of Vanderbilt,
Fifty-three 4-year sih
and twelve 1-year axwql
nounced by the Texas n
College Development Funii
1(951 Opportunity Awards
Five Edna Boys to
Attend FFA Meeting
At Houston Soon
A delegation of five boys repre-
senting the Edna FFA Chapter
will go to Houston July 11-13 to
attend the twenty-third annual
convention of the Texas Associa-
tion of the Future Fanners of
The group will be headed by
Glen Whitley, Lone Star Farmer
and Reporter, and -will be accom-
panied by E. N. Malphurs, Jr.,
their vocational agricultural teach-
er and FFA advisor.
Others who will make the trip
from the Edna Chapter include:
Mike Mitchell, Darward Gates,
iwell, J. D. Lopez ttnd
All b)it one of
nners were 1951 Texas high
school graduates. A special one
year award, made possible by gifts
from the A. and M. student body,
went to a student from Norway.
The awards were given to out-
standing boys who could not attend
college without financial assistance.
Winners were selected on the basis
of scholarship, leadership, charac-
ter and need after an open competi-
tive examination in which more than
400 Texas high school boys partici-
All will enter the A. aud M. Col-
lege of Texas in September with
cash awards of $200 to,$60^ a year
and the opportunity to earn the rest
of their educational cost at student
jobs. They will swell to a total of
240 the number of young imen at-
tending A. and M. College next year
under the Opportunity Award plan.
Starting in 1946 with 16 boys, the
program has grown rapidly with the
support of former students of the
college, other interested Texans and
business concerns of the state.
Sheriff’s Dept, of
County Installs New
4 new 60-watt two-way police
radfb has arrived at last and has
been installed in the sheriff’s de-
partment in the courthouse. It’s
Heretofore, the department used
‘ ».reiver only^n the offlcejjjlLUJ cha^k,
Bids Sought on Lolita
The State Highway Department, highway, including a movable
has called for bids on the grading, bridge over the Lavaca River near
small structures, base nwl surfac- where'if meets the Navidad River,
ing of 4.480 miles of tile Vauder- will be built in the near future, too,
bllt-Lollta farm-to-market road. W. A. King, resident highway en-
The bids will be opened at Austin giueer, has reported. Bids on these
on July 17. spans will be asked later.
Three major spans on the samel The road and,bridges are expect-
$3,444 in Payments
ER r,(T>f.\ DRUM MAJOR Virginia Ray Robinson, who led
Southwestern University Pirate Baud last year as drum major and
-twirler, will conduct a baton and drum majoring school for the
^Georgetown area -Lily 17-August 28. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. T.
^Robinson of Alvin, site will receive her bachelor of music education
degree from Southwestern this summer. She is remembered in Edna
as the drum major of the Cowboy Band of 1947-48.
Jaycees Now Have
Over 100 Members
The newly organized Edna Naiser, Gordon W. Nelson, Charles
Junior Chamber of Commerce now W. Noble,
has over 100 members, President L. A. Parks, Jr., Bill Pollard,
Wayne Myers said Wednesday. Alvin .1. Schoolfleld, David M,
The Jaycees have been formed less
than two weeks.
The membership includes the
W. H. Atkins, Willard II. Atkin-
son, Joe Bader, T. II. Bell, Jack
Berry, Eldon M. Bond, Marshall
Braddock, C. A, Browning,
Allen L. Burditt, William C. Card-
well, Gurley P. Chase, Glenn R.
Corneilus, . .
O. B. Daniels, Paul Dittrich, Lon
- Drusbel, A. C. Egg, Jr., John
Falloure, J. D. Fenner, Jr., O. B.
Fenner, Jr., W. H. Fitz, Gene Fow-
ler, Glynn M. Frazier, Anthony M.
Gerdes, Jr., Robert Gerjes, James
Goodman, Wilfred L. Hardison,
Idus J. Hattenbach, * James A.
Hollingswoljth, W. (X Holllngs-i
worth, J. J. Hollomon, Jr., Cloyd
Hudson, George Hutcheson, D.
Jordan, Junior J. Jones, B. J„
Kluge, Woods Kone,
Pete Layden, Robert E. Lee, Jr.,
Byron N. Levisay, Louis C. Louder-
milk, Leo Micbalke, Wayne MIL
let, Walter E. MoS're, Frank Mus-
Wayne Myers, Frank W.
Seligmau, Charles B. Sembera,
Frank F. Simons, VV. T. Smith,
Bobby Jack Sowders, Harley. P.
A. B. TQchterman, Callaway S.
Vance, John T. Vance, Jr., Wil-
liam W. Walters, Pat Wells, Robt.
W. Wells, Jr., James E. , West,
David C. Whitley, Gene Wilson,
Frank’■'Winters, B. K. AVoodward,
C. A. Mitchell Bruce Strane,
Preston Talley, A. F. Waldrep,
Milton E. Wilson, S. B. Allen, W
C. Atkinson, Charlie Berrybill,
James Blanton, Arthur Braun
B. M. Crabb, H. J. Dahlstrom,
Henry Dittrich, AVillie E. Fenner,
Karmark Thomai^ Gard, Ed
Gerjes, E. O. Girndt, Gifford L.
Hodges, Ed Lowranee, Simon Mc-
Cloud, M. P. Maresb, John J.
Harry Mauritz, A. O. Meyer, G.
E. Schade, C. S. Simons, S’. W.
Simons, Thos. J. Tatum, Bob Wil-
banks, Paul D. Waisatb, B. B.
Stedman, Louis Musohalek, Chester
at the Nix Hospital I mw"i. T**
in San Antonio . . . Judge w. “ ' 0tt,er F,,tur
McCrory in town calling 0n
quaintances while on his
lespie undergoing a maj
operation at Wharton
ilp Mu.rc)|sof this year, 115 Jack-
sou County residents received
$3,444 in monthly old age and sur-
vivors insurance payments, accord
ing to H. H. Cleveland, manager of
the Corpus Christ! office of the
Social Security Administration.
For the seventeen-county area
which is served by the Corpus
Christ! office, 4,274 persons receiv-
ed $121,292 in March. '
"For this area of South Texus,
that Is the equivalent of an an-
nual payroll of about one und a
half million dollars,” Cleveland
mentioned. "Surveys which we
have made show that nearly all
of this money goes Into trade chan-
nels almost immediately." . ,
TIiIh compilation was made after
six months of uperulloyir under
the 1950 Amendment to the Social
Security Act ythicli became effec-
tive lu September of last year.
"These puymeuts are made
those who qualify for them,"
Cleveland suld. "They ure earned
by workers^umj paid for by em-
ployees, employers, and the self-
"The Insurance Is paid to work
era’Over age 65 and their families^
and to the families of deceased
workers," he continued. "Monthly
payments to u family range from
$15 to $150, The umount depends
upon the average monthly wage of
each worker and the members of
The tabulation which Clevelaud
furnished shows that 110,752 Tex
ans received retirement aud family
insurance amounting to $3,446,440
lu March. For the entire United
States $134,080,987 was- puid to
REV. RICHARD G. RVAN
Voters at Ganado
Defeat School Tax
The taxpayers of Ganado Inde-
pendent School District turned
thumbs down on a proposal to in-
crease the maximum tax rate from
the present $1 to $1.50.
The vote was 74 for the mainte-
nance tax increase and 103 against
There was no comment on the
outcome of the election from school
authorities. However, veteran Ga-
uudo election observers blamed the
loss of the proposal on the Indif-
ference of the eligible voters.
They just did not go to the polls,'
A school official pointed out 95
per cent of the state’s school dis-
tricts have a $1.50 per $100 tax
Edna School Board
To Sell Small Tract
A two-aerp tract of land which
formerly was the Morales negro
school site, Is being offered for sale
by the Edna Independent School
District. Bids will be accepted un-
til 4 p. m. on July 23. Bids should
be submitted to George Bubler,
president of the board.
Richard G. Ryan la
Hlcjuinl G. Ryan of Hegulli was
officially opdnlued and installed
pastor of the Presbyterlau Church
at Vanderbilt In u worship service
ittt Vra:i|Jierbilt lust Sunday eve-
The charge to the pastor was
given by the young man’s father,
J. J. Ilyan, ruling elder of the
church at Heguiu. Rev. John
Newt op of Vletorlu, formerly of
Edna, gave the charge to the con-
The sermon was delivered by
Rev. AV. J. Jublouowski, Jr., pas-
tor of St. Stephens Church In Fort
Wortlv-t^id former supply pastor
pt tire Vanderbilt, church.
The commission of the I’resby
tery. of Western Texas ’appointed
for the ordination und installation
consisted of Rev. George T. Fai-
son, pastor of the Segulu church;
Rev. Newton of Victoria; Rev.
Hampton Bowman, pastor of the
Port Lavaca church; Rev. John J,
Marse, pastor of the Allen Me-
morial Church of Edna; Rev. Jab-
lonowski of Fort Worth; Rev. H.
H. Hooper, pastor of Memorial
Oaks Church lu Houston, Elder
Ryan and Ruling Elder H. H. Sis-
son of the Vanderbilt church.
Last Rites Held
Here Saturday for
ed to cost approximately $858,000
with moBt of the ■ umlnt ■ y
from the proceeds of -the $735,000
bond Issue voted abouta year and
a half ago. The state hasjagreed to,
put up $25,000 and adgjrnce $08,000
out of furm-to-markpt funds which
would normally accnxe to the coun-
ty during 1962.
The road district—No. 18—re-
cently voted a $25,000 bond issue
to purchase right-of-way for the
road. Practically all of this right-
of-way over the four and a half
miles bus been secured with these
funds ' *
However, suit to condemn right-
of-way along part gj. ——•
be heard in Contractor shall
“l ('<*Ales3thanthese wage rates
lor, caifTerraSTHk-Ollle Hois
farmer, all of Edna. ■
. The defendants in the suit tl?
B. J. Wynne aud J. G. Punut, both
of Dallas. The property in'litiga-
tion Is about u half acre in Lolltu.
The condemnation board was ap-
pointed by Judge Cobb after the
suit had been filed by County, At-
torney Cullen Vance.
Meantime, seal coat work is to
commence on several farm-to-mar-
ket highways In the county, prin-
cipally the El Toro-Vauderbllt road
.aud Highway ill. Material for
the seal coating la now being un-
loaded ut the 8. P. depot In Edna.
Are Held Saturday
For James Gregory^
Funeral services were held last
Saturday at 4 o’clock at the
Church of Christ for James Boley
Gregory, 75, who died at 7 p. m,
June 29. Burial was In the Edna
Born on September 7, J875, Mr.
Gregory was married to Miss Em-
ma Ezzell on May 7, 1899. They
have been residents of Jackson
County since that time. Niue of
their eleven children survive him.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Em-
ma Gregory.; nine children, Mrs.
: -cla Dodds und Mrs. Ethel Tipton
of Edna, Dewey, Leon and Bill
Gregory of Edna, Cecil Gregjl
Alice, Lmjnle Gregory of Hou
Ladle Gregory of Cleveland, Ww-
as und Roy Gregory of Refugio1; -
live brothers, Jess of Edna, Oscar
of Corpus Christ!, John of Vic-
toria, Alvn of Beevlle and WUlle
of Weaver, Oltla., 35 grandchild
ren and five great grandchildren.
-eon Parks Dies
Vhile on Vacation
Last rites were held last week
end for Clarence Deckert, 28, service,
station operutor, who died suddenly
at the Mauritz Memorlal-Jackson
County Hospital at Ganado last
Mass was said at St. Agnes
Church Saturday at 8 o’clock and
Rosary was recited at the McCabe-
Carruth Funeral Home in Victoria
that night. Services were from the
McCabe-Carruth chapel Sunday af-
ternoon at 4 o’clock and burial was
In the Blschoff Cemetery above Inez.
Rev. D. M. Buckley of St. Agnes
Deckert, better known to his
friends as Shorty, was born tn Jack-
son County on May 6, 1923, a son
of tbe late Lewis a«d Emma Miller
Deckert. He was born and reared
in tbe same house with his brothers
and sisters on the ranch home place.
The large number of floral offer-
ings attested to his numerous
friends. He was a member ot the
Edna Fire Department. He was ill
only a short time, bis sister and
brother finding him ill at home
Wednesday night. He died at the
hospital a short time later.
At the time of his death he wasj(|
operating the Texaco Service Statyir
tion on East Main Street owned t* j
W. B. Fowffiw^wlth whom he Y®U (
workg^AM ■Wojj - >£<*v
l.eon Parks, brother of the lute
|iT A. Parks of E:lna, died recently
at Cabot, Texas, while enroute from
Georgetown to his home at Oulpcp-
per, Va. He died of a heart attack
after visiting his mother and broth->
ers and sisters at Georgetown. 1
Burial was at Cabot. •
Surviving are his wife; his moth-
er; two sons; a daughter; twe »
broitiers and two slstero.
The Week inTJerfr
TONIGHT (THURSDAY) \
National Guard, Armory, 7:ip
City Council, City Hall, 7 p. m.
Scout Leaders, Scout Hut, 7:3C #
Edna Gun Club
Masonic Lodge, Masonic Hall, 8
Softball, Edna Lions at Edna
Rotary, 7:86 p. m.; Lolita
Go to church.
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