The Celina Record (Celina, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. , Ed. 1 Thursday, October 8, 1931 Page: 1 of 6
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CELINA TEXAS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1931,
What Denton Couple
Did With Old Farm
Ben L. Sherley Found
Dead in Bed Friday
Below we quote from the Denton
Record-Chronicle a story told “Loaf-
er” of that paper by Mrs. Horace Mc-
Kinney about how she and her hus-
band succeeded with a womout farm.
The story told by “Loafer” follows:
“We were lucky and drew a car
at a drawing and sold it and dug this
well, put up the overhead tank and
-put in a pump. Then our money was
getting short and we did not have
enough to buy a windmill tower but
could buy a small gasoline engine to
pump water with and to run the
washing machine. We fixed the well so
that we could cover it over and con-
creted it so that no dirt nor insects
could get into it. Then we needed a
.place for the washing machine and we
gathered up loose rock and my hus-
band laid the rock while I helped with
the cement and we have a place to
keep our vegetables and lots of things
&s well as the washing machine. Then
we piped water to the house, barn
and pasture. Have running water
where everything can be watered
withoht having to carry the water.
“Then we built a sleeping porch
:and I papered the house. But the
.first thing we did was to terrace the
whole farm. There are seven ter*
races rnning around the hill on the
farm and they have stopped the wash-
ing and in two years have shown us
that they are really worth all they
.cost and more. Down in the field
there was a gully so deep that a man
-on horseback could not see out of the
ditch. Now that ditch is so neailj-
level that we an plow across it. We
built a barn and then built a shed for
the pigs. Built a fence all round the
farm for there was none when we
moved here. It took lots of work and
lots of money. Money was the -hard-
est. We are building lots and cross
Tences for pastures and have sowed
the pasture in burr clover and some
black medic for winter pasture.
“On six acres we made 11 loads o
com and have it in the barn. I gath-
ered corn myself. I was afraid that
it would rain and we needed the corn
for the hogs. We planted some soy
beans and have just lots of beans and
three stacks of soy bean hay besides
-a lot of other hay and feed. A man
is coming tomorrow to cut the hegan
.crop and we will put it up for hay.
Have the barn full and are stacking
it in the lot. Everything we planted
did well and we made some remrkble
■yields in some things. For instance
-we raised 500 pounds of onions, 500
pounds of Irish potatoes, and 500
pounds of pihto beans. I canned 768
containers of some 3 different fruits
and vegetables to say nothing ot beet
that I canned. We sold 250 cans of
peas and have plenty left. Webough
some pigs that cost us i>‘-5«. the
first litter was sold and brought us
•$57.50 and cost us $17.50. Now we
have 11 pigs that came last May and
.are big enough for small pork.
The pigs look like they were six
months* old insted of four and are the
picture of growing porkers. Mrs. Mc-
Kinney milks four cows and since Ju-
ly io has sold $180 worth of butter.
The skim milk is fed to the pigs w ic
accounts for the xeceptional growth
of the porkers.
A hammer mill feed grinder has
been installed and is being housed in.
It is run by the old automobile. An
old Buick engine has been placed on
a concrete foundation. This is used
to grind feed for the cattle and hogs
and for the pair of gray horses that
do the work about the farm. Lumber
Is on the ground to buiid a chicken
house and when it is finished they ex-
pect to install the small flock m i .
“We do not expect to attempt to go
into the chicken business on any large
scale,” said Mrs. McKinney. Just
‘enough for home and some eggs to
■sell occasionally. Later we may but
not now attempt to get a larger flock.
We are just starting and while we
feel that we need many things yet we
feel that we are getting along
if nothing happens we will have
farm that will support us. One thing
that we are proud of is that every bit
of the improvement that we have put
on the place is paid for and we can
see our plans taking shape from day
to day. The fence alone cost us $350
and then came sickness that cost us
nearly $1,000 and we had plenty of
hard times but we have found that
when you care for even a little old
.abandoned farm and treat it right it
Anna, Texas—Ben L. Sherley, 71,
farmer and landowner and flotorial
representative of the fortieth Texas
legislature, was found dead in his
bed Friday about 8 a. m. by his sis-
ter, Mrs. Tillie Watts of Anna. Mr.
Sherley had failed to appear at a local
cafe where he had been in the habit
of taking his breakfast, and after he
was missed there and elsewhere in-
vestigation was made. At noon phy-
sicians had not announced diagnosis
of cause of his death.
Mr. Sherley was a candidate for
United States Congress in 1923, op-
posing C. B. Randell of Sherman and
in 1930 opposing Sam Rayburn of
Benjamin Lawrence Sherley was
born April 23, 1860, two miles east of
Anna in Collin county, the son of Al-
bert and Rebekah Sherley. He was
educated in his home county and
spent three years in old Savoy College
before and after the Savoy storm.
His father had come to Texas in 1852
from Oldum County, Ky., and his
mother from Jefferson county. His
father was a member of the Ross reg-
iment in the civil war.
He married Miss Arranah Black-
burn of Sedalia, in October, 1899. Six
children were born to them, three of
whom survive: Andrew Sherley of
Van Alstyne, Mrs. Geneva Brown of
Tulsa, Okla.., and Ferdinand Sherley
of Anna. He is also survived by the
following brothers and sisters: A.
Sherley and F. H. Sherley of Anna,
Mrs. Dick Bond of Dallas, Mrs. Anna
Lou Sherley Cox and Mrs. Watts, An-
Pearl Smith Is Killed ! Mrs. Ellen Stelzer Called
At Garage in McKinney ! To Reward Wednesday
will repay you many times.
“We are going to get loose stones
from the adjoining farms and build a
home but that is in the future and
now the task is to keep this farm of
fifty acres getting better and better
every day until it will grow better
crops than it ever grew. We tried
living in town where my husband had
work as a carpenter and when the
boom burst in one town we moved to
another and that does not pay. You
just cannot get anything ahead living
like that. We bought this farm of
50 acres and every one discouraged
us. Said that we could never get it
in/shape to make anything, but we
fooled them and surprised ourselves,
While the McKinney home is in the
making it is worth a visit and worth
while to talk to the woman who has
a vision and the courage to make the
vision come true.
American Legion Post
To Present Picture 13th
News was received here about mid-
night Sautrday night that Pearl F.
Smith, 52, of McKinney had been shot
at the garage at his residence in Mc-
Kinney. A little later word came
that Mr. Smith was dead, having died
a few minutes after an ambulance had
carried him to the McKinney hospi-
It is stated that Mr. Smith was fir-
ed upon by someone in ambush be-
hind a hedge near his garage just af-
ter he stepped from his car and start-
ed into his home. That he was able to
get into his home and turn on the
light at which time his wife had
come down stairs and asked him who
shot him. He replied that he did not
know^ an was unable to say more.
He was shot in the left chest near
the heart and in the right chest and
through one hand with a .32 calibre
pistol. His hand and shirt were
It is believed that an attempt was
made to hijack Mr. Smith and that he
grappled with his assailant. He had
something more thn $100 on his per-
son, but it was not taken.
Mr. Smith was a brother of Mr. C.
B. Smith, who lives a short distance
east of Celina and an uncle of C. F.
Choate of this city. He was reared
at Weston, being the son of Mr. and
Mrs. I. M. Smith, deceased. He is
survived by his widow and four chil-
dren, Guy, an employe of the Central
State Bank of McKinney; Charles
Raymond, student in McKinney High
school; Miss Mabel Smith, recent
high school graduate, and Theo,
other daughter who lived with
Besides his immediate family de-
ceased is survived by three brothers
and one sister, all of whom reside in
McKinney with the exception of C. B.
Smith, whose home is east of Celina.
The brothers living in McKinney are
W. D. Smith and Ike Smith and the
sister is Mrs. J. G. Gross.
At the time of his death Mr. Smith
was engaged in the automobile busi-
ness with J. R. McCoy, a former Celi-
The service over the body of Mr.
Smith was conducted at Cottage Hill
church Monday afternoon at 2:30 by
Rev. J. F. Smith and burial was in the
Cottage Hill Cemetery. The funeral
was attended by a large number of
people from McKinney, Celina, West-
on, -and other places.
When the body had been laid to
rest many beautiful flowers adorned
the mound over the grave.
Minister Killed Tuesday
At His Home Near Gunter
The people of Celina and commun-
ity were shocked early Wednesday
morning to learn that Mrs. A. D.
Stelzer had passed away at 12:30
that morning at the home of her
daughter, .Mrs. Tom Glendinning.
Mrs. Stelzer had some time pre-
viously suffered slight heart attacks,
but had been in her usaul health un-
til Monday, when she did not feel so automatic
well. Still, her condition occasioned
no special alarm, and it was a pro-
found shock when she grew worse and
passed away at the hour stated. The
service over the body will be conduc-
ted at the First Baptist Church at
2:30 Friday afternoon and burial will
be at Crossroads Cemetery,, having
been deferred until that time to per-
mit two daughters, Miss Emma Stel-
zer and Mrs. George W. Lynn time to
arrive from Santa Barbara, Cal. They
are expected to arrive Fiiday morn-
ing. The service will be conducted
by Rev. W. J. Epting and Rev. L. D.
Shawver, a cousin of the dereased.
Mrs. Stelzer was the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Shawver, a pion-
eer couple, who resided in the Rose-
land community, where the deceased
was born 77 years ago next April.
Mrs. Stelzer’s husband. Uncle Abi
Stelzer, died tw'o years ago at a ripe
old age and his body now lies in
Mrs. Stelzer was the mother of
eight children, four of them now liv-
ing, as follows: W. D. and Miss Em-
ma Stelzer, Mrs. Tom Glendinning,
The Albert Stelzer American Le-
gion Post of this city is advertising
the presentation of “Never the Twain
Shall Meet” at the Queen Theatre.
Tuesday evening, October 13.
The post has just been re-organized
and, as in all organizations, it takes
little cash to carry on. This picture,
which is said to be a very fine one,
is for the purpose of raising that
The boys will appreciate your pat-
ronage and guarantee that you will
get big value for your money.
The post will present another pic-
ture Tuesday, October, 27.
DWIGHT W. MORROW DEAD
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Carut/h of Car-
rollton spent last week-end visiting
the latter’s relatives at Gunter and
Mr. Caruth’s mother west of town.
They returned to Carrollton on the
early train Monday morning.' Tom
has a position with the Lyon-Grey
Lumber yard at Carrollton.
and Mrs. Geoi’ge W. Lynn. Mrs.
Lynn and Miss Emma Stelzer reside
in Santa Barbara, Cal. All of the
children are expected to attend the
Two half brothers of Mrs. Stelzer
are Geo. W. Tillerson of Tioga and
John Tillerson, of Wichita Falls. The
latter is ill and canont attend the fun-
Mrs. Stelzer had for years been a
member of the Baptist Church and
devoted to promotion of its welfare.
She was a good wife, mother and cit-
izen and her death occasions sorrow
to a large circle of friends.
Undertaker Pafford will have
charge of the funeral arrangements
MAIER MISSED FEAST
Charged with the murder of G. R.
G. Russell, 61-year-old Baptist min-
ister of near Gunter, Edwin Barnett,
21, was in the Grayson Couty jail
The minister died at his home a few
miles west of Gunter at about 3:30
p. m. Tuesday, a short time after re-
ceiving a bullet wound from a .380
pistol. Barnett’s wife,
Opal Allen Barnett, 18, was in the
Russell home at the time of the shoot-
ing. She had lived there prior to her
marriage to Barnett last February,
when they had moved to Gainesville,
where Barnett’s parents are said to
The shooting is said to have occur-
red after Barnett had asked his es-
tranged wife to go to Houston with
him, and when she allegedly refused
the request. The minister is said to
have been unarmed. Barnett pro-
ceeded from the house, after the
shooting, to a nearby field, where
Mrs. Russell was working and is said
to have told her there that he had
s/hot her husband but did not know
whether he had killed him. One
shot had been fired from Barnett’s
Deputy Sheriffs Floyd Everheart
and Fred Holloway and District At-
torney Joe P. Cox answered a call to
Gunter and found Barnett standing
in a drug store. He offered no re-
sistance and was brought to Sherman,
where charges were filed. Wednes-
day morning Mr. Everheart and Mr.
Cox -were in Gunter making further
The Rev. Mr. Russell was born Ap-
ril 2, 1870. He was reared by Mrs.
J. C. Curtis, who afterward became
his mother-in-law. About six years
ago Mr. Russell married Mrs. Curtis’
daughter, Miss Mattie Curtis. He
had lived near Gunter for a number
of years and owned a considerable
amount of iproperty.
Funeral servicesi were held Wednes-
day afternoon at the home near Gun-
ter and burial was held in Waco,
where Mr. Russell lived before mov-
ing his home to Gunter.
Coy Hall Hurt Sunday
wNight South of To>
A car driven by Coy Hall, you
son of Mrs. J. E. Hall of this city, a
one driven by Cully Wilson, who In
a short distance west of town, w
was accompanied by Mrs. Wilson, c
lided near the home of Louis Cox, t'
miles south of Celina about 7 o’clo
Young Hall’s car turned over to
or three times and landed in the ditc
Mr. Wilson’s car remained on i
Hall sustained a gash on his rig
leg and another on his head and son
stitches were required. However 1
was able to be up town Monday ai
it is thought will soon recover.
COTTAGE HILL NEWS
Charlie Maier, who was to have eat-
en the 130-pound watermelon that had
been on display at Corbett’s store
last Saturday evening, was deprived
of the feast which he had so pleas-
antly anticipated by the fact that the
melon had spoiled.
Charlie had contracted to devour
this monster melon in the presence of
all who cared to witness the feat.
The melon contained 912 seeds.
Clifford McKnight spent a few
hours in Sherman Sunday.
MCKINNEY MAN WEDS
Scott Wysong of McKinney, son of
Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Wysong, and Miss
Virginia Short of Springfield, Mo.,
were united in marriage at Garland
The groom is a student at Baylor
Medical College at Dallas, and he and
his bride will make their home in
Dallas for the present, where the for-
mer will continue his studies in Bay-
lor Medical College.
Senator Elect Dwight W. Morrow
died at his home at Englewood, N.
J., while he slept at 1:52 Monlay af-
ternoon of cerebral hemorhage.
Mr. Morrow would have qualified
as Senator from New Jersey at the
Mr. Morrow gained prominence as
a financier and was afterward ap-
pointed as Ambassador to Mexico,
resigning that position to make the
race for Senator.
Mr. Morrow was the father of
Mrs. Chas. A. Lindberg, who with
her husband is now in China on an
air tour that has attracted world-
DEATH NEAR WESTON
Murphy Lee, who is attending tl
Teachers College at Denton, spent tl
week-end at home.
Mrs. J. B. Gladden and daughte
Miss Jean, of Denton, spent last wee
end with the former’s parents, Mj
and Mrs. J. F. Wester.
Mrs. Mollie Kelly of Westministe
is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. W. Per
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bryan and little
daughter, Bobbie Gene, of McKinney
visited Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Darnall
A large number of people attendee
the funeral of Mr. Pearl Smith, whicl
was held at the church here Monday
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Tucker took
their daughter La Verne to McKinney
and had Dr. Burton remove her ton-
Mr. and Mrs. Will Webster and
family visited Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Hurst at Helms Sunday.
Miss Winnie Bush of Denton, our
primary teacher, was a visitor in this
community for a short while Satur-
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Granstaff and
son Charles were visitors in Plano
Cottage Hill school will open for
the term Oct. 12. Mr.' C. D. Taylor
of McKinney and Miss Winnie Bush
of Denton are the teachers.
Billy Perkins spent the week-end
with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Puckett, of Alla Hubbard. Mr. and
Mrs. Perkins spent Sunday with Mr.
and Mrs. Puckett and brought Billy
Mr. R. R. Rains and daughter, Miss
Lillian, are visiting in Bardwell
TO REDUCE FREIGHT RATES
ON COTTON AND COTTONSEED
Mrs. John Bryant, for a number of
years a citizen of Celina, sends a dol-
lar for renewal of her subscription to
the Record, saying: “It’s like a let-
ter from home, so keep it coming.”
Mrs. Laura Streetman, 57, died at
her home near Weston Friday. The
service over the body was conducted
at Altoga Saturday and burial was in )
Local Frisco Agent Fred A. West
has received the following from his
All railroads in Texas are working
on a radical reduction on the present
cotton rates on joint and single line
hauls for Texas Intrastate traffic.
This reduction will range from 50 to
60 cents a bale and will be effective
just as soon as authority from the
Railroad Commission of Texas can be
Also, a reduction of 25 percent will
be made in cottonseed rates, joint and
single line hauls for Texas Intrastate
traffic in conjunction with the above
as quickly as permission can be ob-
tained from the Commission.
Celina public school is suspended
today and tomorrow' to permit the
faculty to attend the teachers’ in-
stitute at McKinney.
Teachers in all common schools,
together with instructors in all inde-
pendant schools with an enrollment
of not more than 500, will attend.
S. M. N. Marrs, state superintendant
of public instruction, of Austin; Dr.
H. H. J. Fling, dean of the East
Texas State Teachers College of
Commerce, and other noted educa-
tors of the state, will be here and
will assist with the program.
Mr. and Mrs. Gunby Andrews,
who had been here for a month,
went to Sadler, Grayson County,
Tue^’^v *» "'■ara-
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Andrews, C. C. The Celina Record (Celina, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. , Ed. 1 Thursday, October 8, 1931, newspaper, October 8, 1931; Celina, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth772721/m1/1/?q=sherley: accessed August 19, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Celina Area Historical Association.