The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 40, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, June 22, 1934 Page: 3 of 8
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:UFTON RECORD, CLIFTON, TEXAS. JUNE 22. 1934
Austin’s Newest and Largest Hotel
300 Rooms of Solid Comfort
W. L. STARK, Manager
-* ENGINE EXPERT TELLS
ABOUT BLUE-FLAME ENGINE
How W. S. Knudsen’s desire to
possess a phenomenally powerful but
compact engine for a small racing
\ boat resulted in the discovery of new
principles of combustion control that
are now reflected in improved auto-
mobile performance has been told fin-
'.ally By Alex Taub, internationally
known as an authority on internal
combustion engines. He related the
story at Detroit recently in an ad-
dress outlining 1934 automotive de-
velopments, as an illustration of how
•engineers meet demands for the
“In 1931,” said Mr. Taub, a mem-
ber of the Chevrolet experimental
engineering staff, “William S. Knud-
sen, then president of Chevrolet, re-
quested the engineering department
to design an engine of only 150 cubic
inches that would develop 85 horse-
power, for installation in a 17-foot
racing boat. The order was a tall one,
STORY OF MY 4-H
CLUB WORK IN BEDROOM
Olive Morris, Kopperl Club
On entering my second year club
work, I decided to be bedroom dem-
onstrator beginning on January 13,
The room that I had to work on
was poorly located, very small—
about 8 feet by 10 feet. The roof was
low, for it had no ceiling, just one
window and t wo doors, one of'“which
was in the way of arranging any fur-
niture, and no screens on. There was
no place for hanging any clothes, nor
shelves for comfort of my own dear
possessions. The walls were rough and
unpapered except for a few scatter-
ing pieces. This is the condition that
the judges and our county home dem-
onstration agent, Mrs. Nan J. Man-
gold, found my room at first.
By some helpful and suggestions
and plans from Mrs. Mangold and my
few ideas, I began my work. First I
tore the old pieces of tattered paper
*ince at that time the standard | from the walls, scrubbed the walls,
Chevrolet engine was Of 194 cubic’door, floor, window facings and win-
horsepower. To obtain 54 per cent
more horsepower with 22 per cent
less displacement looked like an al-
most impossible job.
“However, Mr. Knudsen insisted
that nothing but an engine designed
by his own engineering staff would
suit him; but he added one of his
■characteristic remarks: ‘You fellows
go ahead, and remember that you are
dealing with a man accustomed to
disappointments. Do what you can.’
“We got busy to find out how we
could get what Mr. Knudsen wanted,
and out of our efforts came a new
principle of cylinder-head design and
fuel combustion control. Instead of
comes first. Then I stripped the
cracks with strips of old sheets,
sloped in a few old boards at the
highest part of the roof for ceiling
part of the way, then tacked building
paper over this and the remaining
rafters, canvased over this with old
material. Then we papered the walls
and ceiling with light buff paper with
a mingled design of pink.
My next problem wras putting in a
window where the little, narrow,
home-made door was that opened to
the outside. By using an old window
that I exchanged garden products
with a friend for, I placed it in the
room in place of the door. This gave
the 85-horsepower requested, 881 more light and also made a place for
horsepower was obtained. Based on
its cubic inch displacement, that lit-
tle motor was the equal of any non-
supercharged aviation engine in use
“These results were so gratifying
that we immediately planned * to
adopt the new principles for Chevro-
let engines. Having discovered a
principle that would give 88 horse-
power with only 150 cubic inches
Then my thoughts centered on the
clothes closet. By using scrap lumber,
a wooden box and brown domestic
with a touch of pink eandlewick em-
broidery, I built a closet giving room
for my clothes and a few' bed-linens
for immediate use.
I bought a three-quarter bed,
springs and slats from a friend for
three dollars. Then for a mattress, I
■displacement, it was comparatively I made one, using duck from old pick-
easy for us to obtain 80 horsepower ^ing sacks that had been washed and
with 206 cubic inches; that is, with J boiled clean and white, for the tick-
only 12 cubic inches additional, we ing. I used home-grown cotton that
> gained 25 more horsepower. This en- had been saved for quilt purposes,
gine which we call the ‘blue flame’| The mattress protector was made
r /•iiiigine because of the characteristics from flour sacks. These were also used
•J. its fuel combustion—was intro- for making quilt protector and under-
..••ducad with our 1934 models. Yet, in slips for my pillows. I made a bed-
the fall of 1932, when dealers came j spread of the unbleached domestic
to the proving ground to have their, worked in eandlewick thread.
. first look at the 1933 cars, a Chev-1 An old writing desk was refinished
Tolet with this blue flame engine was J in buff color. I also made a dressing
chasing around the track at 80 miles table from apple boxes that is useful
„ *n hour. We had the job ready then, as well as attractive. The curtain
but nobody outside our own organ- Mound the table and stool is made of
ization knew it. We were ready a'unbleached domestic with the pink
year ahead of time—and that is an eandlewick embroidery and a mirror
illustration of what we call ‘long dis-
“In our present engine, we have at
was hung above the table. I placed a
comfortable chair in the room that
had been made strong and new by the
23 per cent more power and adding of some nails and paint. My
12 per cent better economy at tour- j picturers are few but attractive; two
ing speeds, through new principles small silhouettes hang on either side
*4n cylinder-head design possible only pf the mirror over the dressing table,
with overhead valves. This power- and a scenery picture hangs over the
plant, however, is by no means the desk and another one over the bed.
I mit of a motor of its type—because The floor was old and had cracks
this Construction has given us a new
concept of what can be done with a
"Long distance engineering is one
of our fixed principles. We design
our engines far enough ahead so that
always have next year’s engine
I 1 ^ r, ‘ready to go.’ We know now what we
are going to do in 4935; we must
'now, to be certain we are right
Pie time somes.
! ' J
that gave me grief, but by patching
a little and painting with light brown
paint and making a hooked rug to
harmonize with my color scheme, I
finally decided that the floor was
greatly improved. The window fac-
ings, doors, desk, bed and bookcase
which was made from an onion crate,
were finished in the buff kalsomine.
Two fiber shades and cream marqui-
sette curtains were hung over the
My room has been improved eco-
nomically and sturdy because I was
guarded by watchful eyes in every
move that I made to beautify my lit-
tle den. The total cost was 37.85.
To meet the expenses my mother
allowed me to have .charge . of the
poultry flock and milk cows. From
cream, eg&s and poultry sold since
January 18, 1934, my receipts amount
to $5Q.43. Deducting the most of my
room improvement, I have a balance
1 WOOL NOTICE
If you want top price for your wool
see me before you sell. Agent for
jLone Star Wool-Mohair Co-operative
STORY OF ROMANTIC PERIOD Society, of which he is president.
.....—— I Among the 60 irons is the “6” from
Alpine,. Texas.—Branding irons the H. L. Kokernot ranch, one of the
that burned claiming marks in the oldest brands in Texas. It was regis-
hides of yearlings during the last | tered in 1838 and the mark has been
century lie in historical importance used continuously for the last 96
at Sul Ross Teachers’ College here. | years. The brand was bought by the
Cattle rustling, drives over long Kokernots from a man named Jones,
trails to northern grazing lands and! and four generations of the family
markets and all the color of pioneer-' have seen their herds go out to the
ing in the Big Bend country of west; spring grazing country with the 6’s
West Texas Historical and Scientific Texas is one of the prized posses-
sions in the collection. It was made at
Texas are connoted in these curiously
twisted pieces of iron.
They were collected from over the
Pecos river country by Henry T.
Fletcher, Brewster county banker
and ranchman, and presented to the
burned on their hides.
The Kokernot ranch covers 600 sec-
tions in the four counties of Pecos,
Jeff Davis, Reeves and Brewster.
The original small “S” brand of
the Anti-Horse Thief Association of
Marlin in 1864 and an affidavit at-
tests its authenticity. The handle of
the iron is gone, broken off when a
horse thief was hit on the head in a
raid on a rustler’s hangout.
An old soldier of fortune’s “Spec-
tacle G” brand is one of the most
curious in the exhibition.
When George McGuire, Portuguese-
Irish soldier, stacked his guns and
came to the Big Bend country in
1887, he had a brand fashioned which
he thought would be thief-proof for
his fling as a frontier cattleman. It
was a circle, five inches in diameter,
with a letter “G” in the center.
Thieves stole his cattle, burned the
“G” into a circle and called ft a new
brand—the Double Circle.
McGuire burned two of the brands
on the side of each of his animals
and connected the brands with a
straight bar burn, originating the
All brands were registered in a
“brand book”—as legal to cattlemen
as a government copyright. The book
bore the marks of the west Texas
ranchmen and infractions were
cheeked against inscriptions on the
Britain will teach vocational work
to youths through motion pictures.
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Above are Hat prices of passenger cars at Flint,
Mich. With bumpers, spare tire and tire lock,
tha list price of Standard Models is $18 addi-
tional; Master Models, $20 additional.
prices of commercial cats quoted are t. o. b.
Flint, Mich. Special equipment extra.
subject to change without notice. Compare
Chevrolet’s low delivered, prices and
O.M.A.C. terms. A General Motors Value.
and up, /. o. b. Flint, Michigan
Startling price reduc-
tions, just announced,
place Chevrolet further
ahead in its field than
ever - in price, quality
• JfrrL m In the face of the biggest demand in years,
right when the trend toward Chevrolet is
at its peak, Chevrolet reduces prices 1 No wonder America
was startled when this news flashed across the country
just a few days ago. And now that the public has had a
chance to figure out what this price reduction means in
terms of greater value, the news becomes even more
important than before. Because it means that Chevrolet
now offers you a big, substantial, quality car with the
famous valve-in-head engine for as little as $465, f. o. h.
Flint, Mich.—making it by far the lowest-priced Six in the
world. It means that you can get enclosed Knee-Action,
Blue-Flame performance, cable-controlled brakes, and
all the other big advancements of the day, for as much as
$35.00 less than before—and Chevrolet’s former prices
were already among the lowest of the low. It means, m
short, that Chevrolet now presents America with
finest buy the low-price field has ever seen.
CHEVROLET MOTOR COMPANY, DETROIT, MIC
OCALIR ADVERTISE SCENT
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Baldridge, Robert L. The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 40, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, June 22, 1934, newspaper, June 22, 1934; Clifton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth775995/m1/3/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Nellie Pederson Civic Library.