The Celina Record (Celina, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 15, 1929 Page: 1 of 6
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CELINA, TEXAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15,1929.
Slayer of Theora Hix
Is Given Death Penalty
Cotton Men Are to Serve
"Courtroom, Columbus, Ohio, Aug.
14.—Dr. James H. Snook, confessed
slayer of his co-ed mistress, Theora
K. Hix, was found guilty of the first
degree murder without recommenda-
tion of mercy by jury in Franklin
< Common Pleas Court on the first bal-
; lot "Wednesday.
The verdict carries a penalty of
' death. It was returned after 38 min-
Defence announced that a motion
would be;made and Judge Henry L.
Scarlett set. 9 a. m. next Monday for
the hearing on this motion.
Dr. Snook listened to the reading of
the verdict with the same lack of
emotion that has characterized him
during the trial. As the court clerk
started to read the verdict, Dr.
Snook looked straight ahead and when
the words “first degree murder as
charged in the indictment” fell from
the clerk's lips he heard them without
the flicker of an eye. A few minutes
later he was taken back to his cell
and he left the room with the same
firm stride and the same square set of
shoulders that have marked him thru
the trial that entered its fourth week
Not so the parents of the slain girl,
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin T. Hix, who
broke into sobbing as the pronounce-
ment of death fell over the court room.
They made their way from the room
shaken and torn by the ordeal.
The verdict was returned just two
months from the day on which Theora
Hix’s body, the head battered and the
throat cut, was found on a lonely rifle
range on the edge of the city, where
she had gone for her last tryst with
her 49-year-old lover.
The judge told the jurors that Dr.
Snook should be freed if it determin-
ed that he killed Theora Hix, his co-
ed mistress, either in self-defens or by
rason of insanity. In the latter
case Dr. Snook would have to be given
a separate sanity trial.
Aged Mother Postmaster
Wilson Seriously Hurt
Mellons and Sandwiches
Work Progressing Rapidly
On Big Modern Feed Plant
Members of Alla Hubbard Cotton
Association invite all interested in the
standardization of cotton to meet with
the association at Alla Hubbard school
building Tuesday morning at 10
o’clock to consider matters pertaining
to standardization. These men are in
earnest about this matter and are anx -
ious to have all interested in the move-
County Agent Saunders said he
would be there unless he had an urg-
ent call from some farmer whose cot-
ton is being attacked by leaf worm.
He says he is having quite a number
of such calls now.
Mr. Saunders has invited some
prominent speakers to address the
meeting and, while he has not had
time to get a reply, is sure that some
very able men will be present.
Mr. J. Thos. Robinson, President
of the Alla Hubbard Cotton x\ssocia-
tin, informs the Record that the asso-
ciation has prepared to show those
who attend the meeting a good time.
Three hundred sandwiches anti a load
of watermelons have been provided
and there will be no occasion for any-
one to go away 1: angry.
The association is working to stan-
dardize the cotton of this community
in the interest of better prices. The
Watson Big Bill Mebane has been
chosen and it is believed is going to
prove to be a wise choice.
Later—Mr. Saunders was in town
this morning and stated that he would
be present at the Alla meeting and
that he had already secured the prom-
ise of L. P. Gabbard, head of Farm &
Ranch Economics Experiment Sta-
tion, to address the meeting. Mr.
Gabbard was a member of Gov.
Moody’s committee that went before
the Federal Board, and is a man of
much prominence and ability.
Remember that this is a meeting of
men interested in the standardization
of cotton, and come.
13 Killed by Train Are
Buried in Two Graves
A Record representative called at The following is from Tuesday’s
the Celina Mill & Elevator Co’s, plant Dallas News and tells of an accident
Wednesday morning and found a num- in yriiich only one out of a truckload
ber of workmen busy erecting the of people was not killed when a train
new stock and poultry feed plant, strjuck their truck Sunday’:
pouring of the concrete was started a
few days ago and has advanced rap-
The building is to be 30x70 feet.
The basement and first floor will be of
concrete and will be fire-proof.
The blue prints show a very mod-
ern plant. In fact that was one of
the main ideas in the minds of Messrs.
Smith and Duke, the proprietors, when
they started plans for it.
ed a number of modern
Phillips Disposes of j First Bale Marketed At
Cold Drink Business Celina Monday Afternoon
ICight caskets containing members
of : the Badgett family, killed in the
grade crossing accident near Mes-
quite, Dallas county, Sunday night,
were buried Tuesday morning in one
grave in the Badgett family plot in
Long Creek Cemetery.
A few hours later another grave a
few feet away received the bodies of
the five members of the McHenry
They visit- j family, victims of the same accident,
plants and: The thirteen were killed when an
Mr. C. W. Faulkner is now proprie- i
tor of the A. H. Phillips cold drink
and confectionery business on the
north side of the square, having taken
Mr. Faulkner and wife, who have
The first bale of cotton of the sea-
son on the Celina market was brought
in Monday and arrived on the square
shortly after the noon hour. It came
from the Biggs farm, north of town
and was grown by W. 0. McMennamy,
taken rooms at the Mrs. George Col-1 who stated that the cotton was picked
! lins residence, are originally from
! Memphis, Tenn., but for the last few
weeks had been stopping at Caddo,
Mr. Faulknr was formerly a travel-
; ing salesman, but his health failed to
some extent and he had to give up the
| woi-k and devote his time to regaining
his health, which has been successful
in a large measure.
gathered a lot of important informa-
tion with a view to making the plant
efficient and comfortable.. The plan
provides for economical handling of
the products that go into the feed
and for the elimination of dust where-
Another modern feature is that the
plant will be operated by electricity*
in the main. The large gasoline en-
eastbound Texas &
struck a gravel truck
in which the
Monday morning by 27 pickers, 1560
pounds of seed cotton going into the
bale, which weighed 535. It was gin-
ned at the Cunningham gin.
C. M. Moore of the First State Bank
bought the cotton at 19c per pound
and a premium of $35.00 was given
If the Record is not mistaken this
is the third first bale from the Biggs
With Mr. Faulkner will be Mr. Ed- i farm in the last four years.
win Smith, who will preside
Badgetts and McHenrys were return- fountain. Mrs. Smith is in
ing from a day’s outing at Marsalis } but will arrive here in a few days.
Park zoo. The collision happened in
a private lane about 150 yards from
the Badgett home.
The Rev. L. B. Jenkins, pastor
Celina is pleased to welcome these
new citizens and trusts that happiness
and prosperity will attend them in
of their new home.
First Methodist Church at Mesquite,
and the Rev. Ben F. Hearn, cousin of
gine will be retained, but the plans the Badgett family and pastor of Cen-
providc for electric motors of a ca- tral Christian Church at Mineial
pacity of about 175 horse-power. ; Wells, conducted funeral services for
The total cost of the plant when the Badgett family.
completed will be about $10,000 and it
will have the capacity to produce a
,large quantity of stock and poultry
feed daily, for which the demand is
strong and growing rapidly. It is
Mr. Phillips will continue to con-
duct his jewelry business on the other
side of the house.
Youthful Negro Slays
His 6-Year-Old Brother
Postmaster G. F. Wilson Monday re-
ved a message stating that his aged
her, Mrs. Robert Wilson, of Rand-
Ok., who is about 80 years old,
, seriously injured Sunday in an
jtomobile wreck near Sudan, Texas,
where she was visiting her son, Abel
Wilson. The message gave no par-
Mr. Wilson departed at once for
udan, Wednesday he wired Mrs.
filson that it was believed his moth-
:’a injuries would prove fatal.
The aged mother is well known
here where she has visited her son on
various occasions and the community
is grieved at the unfavorable report
Leland H. Knight to Hold
Meeting Church of Christ
Evangelist Leland H. Knight of
Boonville, Ark., will do the preaching
for the congregation of the Church of
Christ, in a meeting beginning Sunday
morning, August 25, to run as long as
j the interest warrants.
1 Bro. Knight held a meeting for his
church last summer and the congre-
gation was pleased with him.
There will prbabiy be a day and
night service, but this feature has not
been decided upon yet.
Everybody is invited to attend the
I services and are assured of hearing
a man who will having something of
interest to say.
VISITED FORMER HOME
B. H., R. E. and Arthur Rucker re-
turned Wednesday night from a ten
f - <et fit- their old home near
Knoxville, Tenn. B. H. says he noted
a vxcc.ueu enange in that section to-
ward dairy farming. Much land that
was formerly cultivated is now in
pasture and the people are getting
from under the depression that has
prevailed for the last few years. The
dairy farming business is in its in-
fancy and in time Mr. Rucker thinks
it will work wonders in his native
state. He stated that the cotton for
a long distance east of McKinney is
needing ram badly. The hot weather
is causing it to poen .prematurely and
any pickers are already in the fields,
fr. Rucker says they had a de-
vtful visit aong their kmspeople
re they were reared.
Following is an article in regard to
this meeting, which appeared in the
McKinney Courier-Gazette Wednes-
Celina is preparing for a big, all-
day cotton standardization meeting,
to be held Tuesday, August 20, spon-
sored by the Standardization associa-
tion of that part of the county in co-
operation with the Celina Chamber of
Standardization on one variety in a
community has made more advance-
ment this year in the Celina commu-
nity than it has perhaps in any other
section of our county. Two carloads
of certified seed—one Davidson Sun-
shine cotton and the other the Alla
variety of cotton were shipped into
Celina and planted this spring.
All three of the Celina gins are
standardized and the farmers in that
territory are cordially co-operated
with in trying to improve the length
and quality of their staple by the gin-
ners, merchants, bankers and business
men generally of that progressive lit-
tle Northwest Collin city. As a re-
sult, Celina is due to be one of the
best markets in which to sell cotton
in this section of the state during the
season that is now just opening up.
J. Thos. Robinson is president and
C. M. Moore, secretary of the Celina
Cotton Standardization Association.
That organization and the frmers
generally have had the encouragement
and co-operation of County Agent
Roy F. Saunders in their work of
growing a better grade and quality of
the fleecy staple this year, which will
mean many additional dollars turned
loose in the pockets of the farmers of
Northwest Collin this fall. In fact, |
Roy Saunders is due the credit of in-
troducing cotton standardization into
our county which has resulted in plac-
ing it at the top of the list of all Tex-
as counties in standardization—in
both cotton production and gin-
He does not champion any cer-
tain variety as the best cotton for our
farmers to grow. But he does urge
farmers of each community to make
their own choice of standai’d length
cotton and then all grow it so that
the community gin can equip itself to
gin it to the very best advantage for
When these things are accomplished
the wisdom of the community is re-
wai’ded by receiving a premium of
from $5 to $15 per bale on every crop
so standardized, which means multi-
plied thousands of additional dollars
turned loose every year in the pockets
of farmers and local trade channels
Hundreds of automobiles which had
brought people from Dallas, Kaufman,
Forney and other nearby towns, be-
sides those from Mesquite and commu-
nity, lined the streets for blocks near
expected to have the plant ready to the Fii-st Baptist Church, where the
operate by Sept. 15, if possible. ! services were held.
Mi’. S. M. "Francis, local architect, Miss Nora Lively, chui-ch pianist,
is overseeing the consrtuction of this played sacred music for the services.
Mr. Jenkins’ burial sermon took for-
__ , ty-five minutes for delivery.
OTItrl. „ . TV *nnT i The Badgett family grave was thir-
STLCK RAKE ty-fwo feet wide. It was dug by fifty
,. „ , volunteers fi’om Mesquite.
The 10-year-old son of Mr. and j ____Q____
Mrs. Fred Marks of this city suffered j VTTENDED FAMILY REUNION
a serious and very painful accident j " _
Wednesday. He stepped on the
teeth of an upturned rake and two of
them came so nearly going through
his foot that the skin on top was push-
The injury was treated by a physi-
cian and everything possible done to t‘o moving away years ago. He they found Dave frantically trynig to
* | and his wife resided here about nine hide the body of his brother and in-
! years. x • coherent with fright.
0- '' Mr aiirl Mrs. Gausnell were accom- ’ Mr. Phillips conducted an inquest
Mike C. Gausnell and wife of Wel-
lington, Collinsworth county, West
Texans, visited relatives and
Whitewright.—'Dave Gable, eight-
year-old negro boy, shot and killed
his brother Marion, 6, at their home
on the Bums Everheart farm nea.r
here Tuesday afternoon at 6 o’clock
while the children were playing with
a shotgun in the absence of their
mother, Lilly Gable.
The children were engaged in a
game of robber and police, and, ac-
cording to Dave’s account to Justice
of the Peace J. N. Phillips at the in-
quest, Dave shouted “I’m going to kill
jou!” to Marion. He pulled the trig-
ger without realizing the gun was
loaded and the full force of the shot
struck Marion in the face. The chil-
dren were alone when the shot was
in McKinney here, where they form- fired, and when Wamas Crawns and
erly resided. Mr. Gausnell was a June Spurring, young negro boys,
grocery salesman when he lived here heard the report and entered the yard
The names of those who contributed
to the premium and the amount con-
tributed by each are given below:
S. Lee Robinson...............$1.00
R. C. Stone Grocery............$1.00
L. L. Lewis & Son....... $1.00
Baker & Douglas..............$1.00
G. C. Sheets...................$1.00
Jones Bros. Motor Co...........$1.00
Stanford & Childress...........$1.00
T. J. McAdams................$1.00
Russell Kelsey Motor Co.......$1.00
Bunch Service Station..........$1.00
C. M. Yeury..................$1.00
B. H. Rucker..*................$1.00
G. H. Meachum..................50
A. H. Phillips........... $1.00
G. A. Jones Hardware Co.......$1.00
Allen’s Variety Store..........$1.00
Dyer & Jones..................$1.00
First State Bank..............$3.00
The Celina Mill & Elevator Co.. .$1.00
Phillips & Douglas..............50
Clack & Hamilton............ .$1.00
W. A. Robinson................$1.00
G. A. Jones Hardware Co.......$1.00
J. J. Corbett............ 50
Nelson Cafe. .$1.00 and chicken dinner
lessen the suffering, which
The family of our new school super-' panied here by their 16-year-old son, Tuesday evening and lendered a ver-
intendent, Mr. O. Dorrough, which Verbyl. While here they attended the diet Wednesday morning of death by
consists fo Mrs. Dorrough and her Phipps family reunion held at Celifia . gunshot wounds at the hands of Dave
mother, arrived last week and they reCently. This family reunion was (Gable, unintentional,
have set up housekeeping in the J. held jn the home of Rev. J. A. Phipps,
B. Bush residence. j pastor of the Presbyterian Church at
___——— ---! Celina, and a brother of Mrs. Gaus-
laborer, property nell. They also visited relatives in
professional and other points in the county besides Me- Kinney> gister of Mr Tidwell; Sena-
business man in the entire county.
Roy Saunder’s work as county
agent merits the unqualified support
of every taxpayer in the county if for
no other reason than on account of
his success in bringing about county-
wide improvement in our major farm
Mr. Albert Tidwell and daughter,
Mrs. F. G. Clifton, had as their guests
to dinner Sunday the following rel-
atives: Mrs. C. E. Francis of Mc-
Kinney and Celina.—McKinney Couri-
POISONOUS INSECT BITES CHILD
The 10-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Mills, who live on the T.
M. Baker farm, north of town, was
tor Joe Moore, wife and son, and
Mr. and Mrs. Joe P. Watson, of Green-
ville; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Ousley and
son, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stelzer and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Tidwell
»nd daughter, Miss Mabel, and Mrs.
bitten on the neck Friday by some W. F. Levy, another sister of Mr. Tid-
crop production and the consequent p0jsonous insect with the result that i well, Mr. W. F. Levy and Miss Cora
increase in farm income in the county, flesh si0ughed off and left a hole Stelzer of Celina. Mrs. E. L. Francis
which he has been serving for the considerable siae and opiused a of Denton, another sister of Mr. Tid-1 cers are now searching for the remain-
past seven or eight years. i breaking out over the body. [ well, was not able to be present. j der.
Bandits Who Took $7,439
San Antonio, Aug. 15.—Within an
hour after two armed unmasked ban-
dits had held up A. H. McLean and
Frank Weimer, bank messengers, on
a downtown street and robbed them
of $7,400, Sheriff Alfonso Newton, Jr.,
and two deputies had placed the men
under arrest and recovered the money.
The money carried in a satchel con-
sisted of $6,000 currency and $1,400
One of the men under arrest is held
for questioning and it was reported
that he furnished the tip which result-
ed in the finding of the money and ar-
rest of the other man. Another man,
claimed to have helped with the rob-
bery, Newton said, is being hdnted.
A part of the money was recovered
1 at a Collins Gardens house and offi-
VISITED IN OZARKS
Mrs. Claude Moore and two daugh-
ters, Evelyne and Claudelerte, and
Miss Monica Lovelady returned Fri-
day from a month’s visit in Arkansas
and Oklahoma. They had a great
time up in the Ozarks, “The Land of
a million smiles.” They feasted their
eyes on pretty mountain scenery and
great springs that gushed from the
rocks, and pretty parks. They visit-
ed Mrs. Moore’s fathei’, Mr. G. W.
Smiley, at Siloam Springs, Ark., a
pretty little town right in the Ozarks.
They also spent five or six days in
Tulsa, Okla., with Mrs. Moore’s sis-
ters, Mrs. A. E. Anderson and Miss
Faye Smiley. From Tulsa they made
excursions out to many other points
and the whole time there was very de-
lightful. They say those taking a trip
will make no mistake in going up into
the Ozarks. While every minute o"
their stay was pleasant, they say they
were glad to get back home.
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Anderson, for-
merly citizens of Celina, were here
Wednesday afternoon. They visited
the niece of the latter, Mrs. Jesse Til-
lerson. This is the first time this cou«
pie has been in Celina in thf laa'- tfli
Mr. W. F. Levy and daughter, Miss
Jewel, spent Wednesday in Denton
with Mrs. Jim Teel, while Mrs. Levy
and Miss Cora Stelzer spent hte day
with Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Francis.
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Andrews, C. C. The Celina Record (Celina, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 15, 1929, newspaper, August 15, 1929; Celina, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth773488/m1/1/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Celina Area Historical Association.