The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 50, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, June 9, 1944 Page: 3 of 8
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RECORD, CLIFTON, TRXAS, JUNE 9, 1944
Yes, there were-Jots of free attrac-
tions in our town when a boy was
growing up 40 years ago.
There was the man gifted with
“second sight,” who permitted him-
self to be blindfolded and then drove
a buggy, drawn by a spirited pair of
hftrses, (the best in the local livery
stable), through the town.
And the hypnotist who put a man
to sleep on a Monday in a Show-win^
dow and placed , a placard therein,
“Will awake' at 10 a.m. Wednesday.”
.He did, too.
. Once when the cornerstone was ga-
ing to be laid for the new high school,
the Governor came.to our town/ He
was met at the depot by a band and
was conveyed in an open carriage to
the. scene of the' ceremony. The mayor
presided and introduced the .superin-
tendent of the school and he intro-
duced our leadiftg lawyer and he in-
troduced the Governor.
The great man spoke for an hour,
in a loud voice and with much arm’-,
waving, eulogizing the heroes of the
Confederacy and the noble, women of
our beloved Southland. ' l ~ " ,
Then there was the “human ! ministered to her every need through-
dummy” in the front window of the
leading store, who lifted his arms
with a peTking, mechanical motion
.and who would pay $5 to anyone who
could make him smile.
Occasionally, a tribe of Gypsies
would come to our town. Women in
£heir red-and-green silk costumes,
•with jewels dangling from their ears,
would tell fortunes., They would also
•“bless” i. money—and, somehow or
other, if the citizen didn't' keep* alert,
the money had a way of disappearing.
It was commonly believed that they
kidnapped . children. ' So after tl^e
gypsies'had left, the mothers counted
their boys and girls, and the men took
a census of the. town’s horses..
Once, an Indian baseball team came
along. They were amazingly fast on
the bases and soundly trounced the
home team.. m
Another time, the “original Boston
Bloomer Girls” visited us, too. (There
AT FAMILY HOME FOR '
MRS E S. RHOADES
The following article was taken
from the May 20, issue of the Hico
News-Review. Mrs. Rhoades was at
one time a resident of Clifton.
Funeral services for Mrs. E. S.
Rhoades were held'at the family home
Tuesday, May 23, at 3 p.m., following
her death on Monday, preceded by a
long.illness. Rev. Floyd W. Thrash
Would you push a child from a
1,000-foot cliff? That is what a
A former Chaplain £f~the .Mis-
tralian Army, three times decorated
and a quartette of singers provided
the music. Interment was in the Hico
Cemetery. Pallbearers were John
Lackey, Leland Aiton, John Earnest,
Bernard Ogle, Wayne Watts, and Ira
Effie Blackburn \yas bom in Hunt
County, Alabama, on Oct. 10, 1867,
the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Joel
Blackburn, and moved to Texas with
her parents when a small child. She
was married to E. S. Rhoades at Lan-
ham, Texas on March 18, 1888. To
this union were born seven children,
of whom six survive. They are: Mrs.
0*W. Wren and Mrs. R. E. Bass,
Hico; Mrs. Frank Phillips, Lampasas;
Mrs. John Aiton, Denison; W. J.
Rhoades, Breckenridge, and H. J.
Rhoades of Ste'phenville. One son,
Charlie S. Rhoades, passed away Dec.
18, 1943. Fourteen grandchildren and
10 great-grandchildren also survive.
Six of the-grandsons are in the armed
Mrs. Rhoades united with the Meth-
odist church in early girlhood and
lived a life of devotion. Her faithful
companion and affectionate children
out her lifetime, and did every thing
that was humanly possible to relieve
her suffering and make her life
brighter during her latter years. Mr.
and Mrs. Rhoades moved to Hico in
September, 1908 and have nyicle their
home here since that timet She ha#
a host of friends-who join in extend-
ing sympathy to the bereaved family.
A tribute to the memory of this
good woman and the life she had lived
came in the beautiful floral offering,
and in the great number of out-of-
town relatives and. friends who joined
the large crowd of local people pres-
ent to pay last respects to her mem-
ory. ' »
Those from Clifton attending the
funeral were Mrs. Charlie Rhoades
and daughter, Loraine, and S. J.
Former Chaplain In Australian Army
Tell Interesting Story About Eagles
mother eagle does to her child, the f There is no more thrilling spectacle
eaglet—pushes i,t from a cliff before^
it leafns to fly.
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were six such teams touring the land
at jthe time, each of which was the
“oifeinal”). A baseball team consist-
ing of girls was something to .marvel
at, this being long before the days of
lady truck-drivers and lady-welders.
We were somewhat disillusioned to
find that the pitcher and catcher,
"however, were mere men. Of course,
the Bloomer Girls beat our team. Very
few ladies'went to the game" as they
disapproved of members of their sex
wearing bloomers — the one-piece
bathing suit being yet many years
Life was eventful, all. right,
Men Marrying Older
Women In Wartime
NEW YORK, June 3—Wartime
statistics show hosts of young men
marrying women older than they are,
Metropolitan Life Insurance company
"researchers said today.
More than three times as many
boys and young men under 20 were
married in 1942 as in 1939, the
statisticians reported, and during
those four years “more than half of
■ the boys marrying at the extremely
young ages of 16 and 17 took brides
who were their seniors.”
“At age 18 the proportion was
about one-third; and at age 19 It was
still more than one quarter,” they
The statisticians also recorded a 65
.per cent increase in marriages of
men over 35 in-1942 as compared with
1939, and a 73 per cent increase in
marriages, of women oyer 55. •
Miss Nettye L. Whitley
Bride Of Sgt. J. T. Dyess
Miss Nettye Louise Whitley,
daughter of Mr. and. Mrs. W. T. Whit-
ley of this city, became the bride of
Sgt. J. T. Dyess, son, ol Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Dyess, in a double ring cere-
mony performed at the Baptist par
senage at 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 29,
by Rev. C. A. Bask'n.
, Mrs. Dyess is a graduate of Clifton
High School and of King’s Daugh-
ter’s Hospital, Temple, Texas. Be-
fore her marriage she was, employed
at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Hous-
Sgt. Dyess is also a graduate of
Clifton High School and is at present
stationed at Bowman Field, Ken-
The only attendants at the wedding
were Mrs. W. L. Dyess, mother of the
groom, and Miss Delora Prince.
CARD OF THANKS
W’e wish to thank those who were
so kind and thougivtful to us during
our sister’s illness and^ especially do
we wish to thank those who wero
strangers, but came to us in our new
home! May God blass each, and "help
them in their sorrow when they too,
have to give loved ones up.
The Stewart Family. p
War , I,
eagles in Australia according to the
The eagle invariably builds its nest
far above the timberline upon a ledge
from which there is a sheer drop of
a thousand or more feet.
The nest can not be reached by any
beast and only in the rarest instances
can it be reached by man. Sometimes
these nests can be observed from
some vantage point far above them.
The nest is quite large. The eagle
makes the foundation c£ xthe -nest
from large branches 'of thorny, trees,
filling in between these branches with
Then, over. this floor-like surface,
the eagle lays a cushion of feathers
and fur from birds and animals which
she has devoured. - *
The eaglets, hatched out, have nei-
ther down nor feathers. Tpey are
covered sparsely with quills re-
sembling those -of a V-rcupine.
Their^headS are several times too
Ibrge for their bodies, and, their bills
are much too big for the size of their
heads ... the better to cat the huge
quantities of food which the eagle
tirelessly brings them by means of
the original transport system.
When the eaglets reach the age
when they are about ready to begin
flying, the -mother eagle does a
strange thing. She, tears out the
feathers, the,.fur andy^he twigs from
the nest, exposing the thorny branches
of the nest’s foundation. .
This makes the nest too uncom-
fortable for the eaglets, so, they are
forced to get out and learn to walk.
Eaglets, as you may gather from this,
are very, very lazy, having interest
•only in food and more food.
Now, when the eaglets have grown
used to walking, the eagle shows us
why she always builds her nest upon
a ledge which overlooks a sheer drop
of thousands of feet.
She pusBes an eaglet off the ledge.
Yes, sir! Without any preliminary
training in flying.
TOff the eaglet goes!
Does the eaglet fly ? -
No! ft does not. It falls straight
down, like a rock. Straight toward
certain death. *
The eagle watches, knowing the
fewful fear that must be tearing at
the eaglet’s very heart as it plum-
mets! down. ,
Then, timing "her take-off to the
split-second, the mother eagle swoops
into a power-dive which invariably
carries her underneath the eaglet,
Catching it always on the broad of
her back, exactly betWefen her power-
ful wings. . . . setting it down upon
herself as gently as any mother ever
laid her sleeping child in its crib.
in the realm of man . . . none more
damatic, says the chaplain.
Never, never . . never in all his-
tory is it recorded that an eagle has
failed to catch her eaglet during this
period of flight training.
The same proems is repeated and
repeated until the eaglet spreads its
own wings. . . and flies. • With in-
finite patience and with consummate
faith,. the eagle shoves her eaglets
from the ledge, swooping down to
cushion their fall and bring them
back safely to their home on high.
Never failing them. Never!
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE
COMMITTEE FOR BOSQUE CO.
OLD SETTLERS REUNION
I take this means of asking all
members of the committee foe the
Old Settlers Reunion of Bosque Coun-
ty to meet me at the City Hall at
Clifton at X.0 a.m. Wednesday, June
14, 1944. Other' persons other than
committee members who have helped
to make these reunions a success in
the past are also, invited to attend.
The purpose of this meeting is to
appoint committees and formulate
procedure for a successful Reunion
on July 4.—Karl L. Lovelady, Chair-
man of Committee.
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Baldridge, Robert L. The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 50, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, June 9, 1944, newspaper, June 9, 1944; Clifton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth797321/m1/3/?q=yaqui: accessed February 21, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Nellie Pederson Civic Library.