The Winkler County News (Kermit, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, January 29, 1965 Page: 1 of 8
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Kermit, Winkler County, Texas,
Friday, January 29, 1965
Cooling, Grid Lighting Controcts Are Let
*BY DAVE SCLAIR
KERMIT EVENING LIONS will
be one of the clubs temporarily
relocated starting next month
while the Kermit Community
Center is remodeled.
The club will meet each Thurs-
day, starting Feb. 11, at Dolly’s
Diner. Meetings get under way
at 7:30 p.m.
AND WHILE SPEAKING of the
Evening Lions Club, the group
will have Ladies Night tonight
(Thursday) at the meeting at the
If you are an Evening Lion or
otherwise, try to attend with
THE ANNUAL CHILI supper
^sponsored by the club is sched-
^fcled Feb. 4. Tickets are on sale
from all members of the club
plus at the door. Be sure you at-
tend this event.
BILL BROWN ofSchlumberger
Co. called last Friday afternoon
about placing an ad in The Daily
Sun. Seems the company had lost
a radioactive device somewhere
between Kermit and Imperial.
Brown was quite concerned
about it, but he said it was not
very dangerous to an individual.
However, before the ad could
be run, Brown called saying the
device had been found . . .
about a block or so from the
firm’s Monahans Highway lo-
Contract Let For
With a low bid of $45,700 Oasis Plans call for an extension of
Builders of Kermit Monday was the Center south to adjoin the
awarded the contract by County Chamber of Commerce building.
Commissioners Court for expan- The addition will provide 41x64
sion and remodeling of Communi- feet of floor space and include an
ty Center in Kermit. assembly room for the benefit of
Other bidders were Hixson county small group gatherings.
Construction Co., Kermit, $52,* Offices will be provided the coun-
336 and Foxworth-Galbraith Co., ty veterans service officer, also.
Kermit, $49,770. Construction materials will in-
The bids were opened at a spe- elude brick and tile. Style of the
cial session of the court at which new front will be in Roman with
Judge W. E. Cook presided. solar-screen.
Work is scheduled to begin The stage in the main auditori-
DON’T FORGET . . . dead-
line for paying your poll tax
is Jan. 31. If you plan to vote
in any city, county, school or
special election this year, you
better have a valid poll tax re-
ceipt or exemption certificate.
Ed Stuart was promoted to the
position of vice-president of First
Natonal Bank during a recent
meeting of the board of directors.
Dalton Haines, re-elected pres-
ident of the bank, said Stuart
had been assistant vice-presi-
The action came during the
bank's annual stockholders meet-
ing and annual board re-organi-
During the stockholders meet-
ing all members of the board of
urn will be improved, and the
building’s ceiling lowered for bet-
ter acoustics. New air condition-
ing will also be installed.
“The bidding was higher than
we had anticipated, but we feel
the benefits to be derived will
merit the additional amount,”
said judge Cook. “We intend for
out center to be as adequate for
community gatherings as there
is anywhere for a city of com-
Commissioners present were
D. Leon Nutt, Precinct 1; Mrs.
J. A. Scogin, Wink, Precinct 2;
T. M. Mills of Precinct 3, Ker-
mit, and R. E. Leese, Precinct
For Cooling City
Schools, Grid Lights
WINK — Twenty science stu-
HEARD THE SAYING‘nothing
Is impossible?’ Well the fella
who said it try to put that tooth-
paste back in the tube.
directors were re-elected. They denls ln the Wink High School
include Joe Arledge, Johnny Gar- were scheduled to leave Wednes- x-vi... vmsi mmm oaruey i:
za, L. v. Gills, Dr. John Graves, d afternoon for a closer look flat against the Texas State High
Haines. E. E. Hixson. Favne ... ______ -----i..
CUTE QUOTES FROM SMALL-
FRY—Warren Baird, son of Mr.
j^nd Mrs. Harold Baird came up
*ith this when he was just 3-
After being coaxed to try some
Wioney, the youngster looked over
at his folks and said,
“Well, I’ll tell you, I just
don’t want to eat anything
squeezed out of a bee.”
Haines, E. E. Hixson, Fayne . e
Mullen, L. R. Nutt, G. E. Smead, P
Leroy F. Spinks, J. M. Waddell Members of the class are Dan-
and Calvin Wesch. ny Glover, Bill Campbell, Ger-
In addition to Haines and Stu- ry Hoover, Harlan Rayburn, Glen-
art, other officers named were da Bisang, Carol Austin, Cheryl
Mrs. Martin Beebe, cashier; and Clacton, Kris West, Judy Me-
Mrs. Joan Barnes, assistant Guire, Donna Williams, Robert
cashier. Northcutt, Ernest DeWitt, Wade
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BIDDERS, SCHOOLMEN DISCUSS PLANS — Successful bidders on Kermit Schools’ air con-
ditioning project and two members of the school board discuss plans for cooling buildings after
awarding of the contract Wednesday. Pictured in front of East Primary School are (left to right)
Morris Fitzgerald, contractor; D. R. Melton, board president; Beekie Ezell, board member;
and Grover Skidmore, contractor. Fitzgerald and Skidmore’s Midland firm won the contract with
a bid of $126,150. (Staff Photo)
Council Opposes Speed
Increase On Austin Street
Seek Alley Permit
BY ED ANDERSON
Police Chief Melvin Bartley is
Tli j* First National was the only
way Department's proposal to
raise the speed limit on a stretch
of Austin Street and the City
Council is backing him up.
Bartley told the Council Tues-
day night of the Highway Depart-
ment proposal to hike the speed
limit from the alley east of
venue A ^to^the^alley^ cil Tuesday night he was moving
zone to 40 miles.
Pump Shop Here
R, F. Mackin, Wink pump shop
operator, informed the CityCoun-
Headed by thelf chairman, A. C.
Williams, a group of residents
of Walton Addition Tuesday night
asked the City Council to estab-
lish an alley to serve some 20
residences and lots.
The group was directed to get
DID YOU KNOW that the bud-
get recently approved by the
board of directors of the Kermit
Chamber of Commerce only
amounts to $1.85 per person per
From this, the organization
must attempt to carry out the
community activities which are
a part of its function, plus the
added job of trying to boost Ker-
mit, promote new industry and
encourage traffic along the new
l^route to El Paso through Kermit.
^ That’s not very much money to
do such an enormous task when
^you look at it in that light.
HAS YOUR YOUNGSTER come
up with a cute one? Jot it down
and send it to K Town, The Sun,
Drawer A, Kermit. Or if you
want, just pick up the phone and
call us at 6-2561.
n „ 7n ‘T . ’ Avenue a to the alley west of cil Tno-dav nkhl hp was movlnff The group was directed to get
during the last year during the Porter, Mary Bickle, Betsy Trip-
annual meeting. lett and Nema Westmoland.
Humorist To Address
Banquet oi Jal C-C
of JN^o”doctsrTeBX°abS,MS^ small but“ou h"ear ’.?w™e *40 --We
.......... somebody Is ^tomtit? **££“1^°^
BY LELAND BOYD
New air conditioning units may
be operating in some of Kermit
Schools' classrooms by April 1
—outcome of a $215,000 bond is-
sue passed by voters here in
This is one of the outlooks
developing from a special Kermit
School Board meeting at which
contracts for air conditioning
and football field lighting were
awarded to successful bidders.
Contractor selected for the air
conditioning project is Fitzgerald
and Skidmore of Midland. The
firm bid $126,150 for the job of
putting evaporative-type cooler
units in classrooms at Inter-
mediate, East Primary, Junior
High, Dunbar and High School,
along with some work on the
Purple Sage refrigerative units
to increase the tonnage.
Successful bidder on a $36,254
contract to install a new lighting
system at Walton Field is Brown
Electric Company, a Kermit
Among those on hand to witness
the bid opening were Charlie
Brown of the electric company,
and Morris Fitzgerald and Gro-
ver Skidmore of Midland with
the air conditioning firm.
Members of the school board,
in discussing the air condition-
ing contract with the Midland
firm's owners, were told they
could expect to have some of the
units ready to operate by April
1, date when hot weather begins
to set in locally.
The date would allow students
to begin receiving benefits ',ror.t
the project for two months before
school is out. Other units would
likely be ready some time before
school is dismissed, the con-
tractors indicated. However, the
contract allows 150days for com-
Other bidders and their offer-
Gray Heating, plumbing and
Air conditioning of Midland,
A. P, Kasch and Sons, Big
Permian Air Conditioning
Company, Odessa, $135,417.
Brown Electric bid $36,254.06
to win the contract for the light-
ing system installation at the
school football field. Eight bids
were tabulated by the board in
the special meeting, held at High
Other bidders and their fig-
ures were the following:
Boss Electric Company of Big
Cactus Electric Company of
Mecon Company of Del Rio,
John C. Pickett Electric of
Southwestern Electric of Hobbs,
N. M., $44,000.
Starkey Construction Company
of Lubbock, $48,971.
West Texas Electric of Odessa,
Brown bid 60 days completion
time after he receives the steel
towers on which the mercury-
vapor ,lights are to be installed.
He said he wanted to clear away
the present wooden poles during
the first part of the work. His
contract also calls for instal-
lation of a new scoreboard to re-
place the 17-year-old board which
will be removed.
School officials were pleased
with the results of the bidding,
noting that the accepted bids were
somewhat lower than anticipated.
The bid opening was an anti-
climax to the selling of the bonds
two months ago, w>.\? atv*Hr;v--
tive interest rate’of 2.917 per
cent was secured for the bonds.
me to 40 miles. that _ strppi hp onpnpfi 4n KprnT«. owners involved which would
“Trucks are coming in too fast Development Addition where he show their willingness to allow
now, said Councilman J. L. has purChased some lots. the clty to take the land neces*
Slaughter. “The speed should be The council agreed to author- sary to Fade the alley,
re uce If anything. jze the city's engineer to estab- “If there is just one property
“The Highway Department is lish a standard road grade to owner unwilling, the city can't do
interested in moving traffic rap- Provide Mackin with access to it,” said Mayor G. L. McGuire,
idly through a citv but wp pan. his Pr°Perty on the motion of “We are not going to pressure
not let ouf neonl. h.Ll-S. Councilman C. O. Jones. anyone," said Councilman J. L.
ed/'saiTMayor *Jerry McGuire! b ««“* ““ T
"Two cars moving at 30 miles ^.aj£le
an hour if thov enlHHo i. lii- estamisnes tne grade," said ,K’<N,0' we J*011’* wan* *° £fve
Mttine a brick Ln liu nlw Jackin. “I intend to build a ,lhe„ Impression we are taking
hitting a brick wall, > said Bart- land away from anybody,” said
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merce Jan 29, in the High School said she didn't like to repeat "The speed should be reduced „ want to encourage all new - Alt john R Lee
Cafeteria at 7 p.m. gossip but didn't know what else to 30 instead of being noshed business operations in Kermit,” re™ emendation that
Like the country woman who and maybe killed,” he added.
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“We want to encourage all new Vttnrnpv^*'
gossip but didn't know what else to 30 instead** of*^being "pushed bu?JnwSS op®raTtio^s *n *en
to do with it, Murphey has up to 40.” said Mayor G. L. McGuire.
Murphey has often said that * ™ f haS ^40.” In Xr business re Council the Walton residents get the
he speaks perfect EastTexasand p.. . .”his countlfy humor, The police chief said a traffic Slaved action Deriding somp signatures on a letter. “I will
fair English. £ a"d ™taB aS" Z'ZZZt ^ y°“ «•” he
A lawyer by profession, Mur- Cliff Greenlee of Jal Country “They should make *c i the ommendation of City Manager
phey has had a colorful and varied Club will cater for the banquet, evenings and perhaps t ,ev will ?mes C’ Morgan that J- H*
background as sergeant-at-arms The Theta Rho Girls will serve see the situation the wav we do ” Strain & Son» mc'> be emPlc,yed
of the Texas House of Repre- and the Business and Profession- he said * to dredge the primary sewer
sentatives, war-time Merchant al Women's Club will register In other business Tuesday with lag?oa city. Mor^n ex’
Marine officer, country politi- guests and act as hostesses, all councilmen present the First Plained that strain was winding
cian, ranch hand, county attorney, The Yucca Garden Club is National Bank of Kermit was up work on the new city reser-
fire captain and district attorney, working out the final details of chosen again to be the munieioal voir and since he had a11 his
As Murphey states it, “There the western decorations. depository for another two vears eQuipment here the city would
---—--—-----t________ ' * not have to oav “move-in”
DID YOU KNOW you could be-
come a supporting member of the
Winkler County Council for Men-
tally Retarded Children for only
$5 a year?
Dr. A. R. Howard, president
of the council, said funds are
used to operate a special school
for retarded children. Support-
ing members will receive a mem-
bership card and are urged to
attend Council meetings.
Persons interested in joining
this worthwhile group should con-
tact Dr. Howard.
MRS. JIMMY BRUMLOW, man-
ager of Winkler County Airport,
told us a Navy C47 landed at
the field recently, due to trouble
with a propellor.
She said the crew was extreme-
ly worried during Monday's sand-
storm but the plane rode out the
blow without any real trouble.
(There isn't any hangar on the
field big enough to house the plane
so it had to stay outside.)
OSCAR THEISEN, president of
the Downtown Lions Club, called
to ask that we correct a state-
ment made in K Town recently.
Theisen said the club will start
holding meetings at First Metho-
dist Church Feb. 11, not earlier
in February as had been pre-
not have to pay “move-in”
charges ordinarily collected by
The City Council Tuesday
A veteran of 18 years with the
Kermit Schools has announced
plans to retire at the end of the
current school year.
O. M. Stewart, the retiring
principal, submitted a letter of
i ne v^ity k/uuucu xuesuay resignation to the school boaid
awarded the gasoline and oil con- recently, announcing his plans
tract for the next year to the to be more active in operating
low-bidding Lipham Oil Co. of a farm he owns near Denver
Kermit. Lipham will supply the City. Stewart has served at In-
city with regular gasoline at termediate School.
* ,f^l0nAefyLat 2<U The board considered the let-
tree* 1/ C°‘” ter Thursday and approved the
tract also provides that the com. resignaUon a speeiai meetlng
pany furnish a pump at the city at w\lch blds on tw0 contracts
warenouse. were opened.
Other bidders were B&D Oil
Co., Goodson Oil, Oran O. Whit- Stewart's letter commented,
ten of Humble Oil; C. H. Martin ‘‘Since 1947 I have enjoyed my
Oil Co., Wallace Oil and Ben work in Kermit Public Schools.
Oliver of Texaco.
Court Here Orders
PRESENTING CHECK -— Dr. A. R. Howard (right) accepts check for $504 from representa-
tives of three civic clubs. The money was raised by the groups for the Winkler County Council
for Mentally Retarded Children by holding a chili supper. Presenting the check are (left to right)
Fred Skaggs, Evening Lions Club, Jim Biggs, Kermit Jaycees, and Oscar Theisen, Downtown
Lions Club. Dr. Howard is president of the council. (Staff Photo)
During 18 years I have been prim
cipal, I have seen tremendous
growth in the schools and in the
“It has been a privilege to be
associated with the administra-
tors, teachers and patrons in-
A $6,928 judgment against terested in providing good
Donny R. Hixson, Kermit build- schools for their children.”
er, was recorded in 109th Dis- The resignation is to be effec-
trict Court Monday by Judge Rus- iiye June 30, He plans to continue
sell Austin in behalf of the Ker- living in Kermit. His wife is
mit Wholesale Lumber Co. librarian at Kermit High School,
The suit also listed as defen. and plans to continue in that post,
dants Hixson’s wife, Pamela,and reported G. E. (Tommy) Thomp-
James F. Thomas of Pecos. son» superintendent.
Absentees from Kermit High
School, boosted by a wave of
virulent illness and flu-type mal-
adies, totaled 109 students Tues-
day, according to Superintendent
G. E. (Tommy) Thompson.
The absentees account for 14
percent of the High School’s 721
Junior High absentees totaled
71 out of 757 students, about 10
per cent of the enrollment. One
adult was absent from both Jun-
ior High and High School.
The figures indicated an un-
usual percentage of students were
being kept out of school by var-
ious ailments, but this wds not
viewed with alarm by school
Other schools and their ab-
sentees are East Primary, 33
students absent; Intermediate
School 51 students and two teach-
ers absent, and Purple Sage, 32
students and two teachers absent.
Dunbar, with 49 students, had six
County health officer Dr. Gor-
don Tekell said he has noticed
several different ailments among
residents of the area, with flu-
type illness, bacterial throat in-
fections and colds being among
the variety of sicknesses re-
School officials report that In
a group of 2,909 students enrolled
there will be some five per cent
of the students absent normally.
The four-party telephone line
has long been a thing of the past
in Kermit, and Tuesday night
the City Council made it of-
The Council deleted from the
city ordinance provision for the
four-party service here at $3.20
a month. Ben Young, district
manager of Southwestern Bell
Telephone Co., requested two
weeks ago that the service be of-
ficially eliminated. He said the
service had not been utilized
here since 1959.
Council made the change fol-
lowing a public hearing.
The City of Wink has termi-
nated payment of its portion of
salary to Winkler County Dep-
uty Sheriff Don Bullard, the law-
man said in a letter of resig-
nation to Sheriff L. B. (Bill)
The officer notifed the sheriff
he would not continue to serve
as deputy sheriff after Feb, 1.
He has been with the depart-
ment the last three and a half
Part of the deputy's salary
has been paid by the County
Sheriff and City of Wink during
Sheriff Eddins said the resig-
nation was to be effective Feb. 1.
Jay Herring, a member of the
Wink City Commission, said the
commission discussed Bullard’s
position during a meeting earlier
in the month and voted to dis-
continue the city’s portion of
his salary. He said a number of
complaints were heard from local
A stock dividend of 33 and one-
third per cent was approved by the
stockholders of Kermit State
Bank recently during the annual
John p. Gammill, president of
the bank, said the stockholders
meeting was followed by the board
of directors meeting. All mem-
bers of the board of directors
were re-elected by the stockhold-
ers and during the dire tors
meeting all officers were re-
The bank official said the stock
dividend of $50,000 to both cap-
ital and surplus increases the
bank’s capital to $200,000 and the
certified surplus to $200,000.
Bank officials are now await-
ing final approval of the dividend
from the State Banking Commis-
Officers renamed include Gam-
mill; G. P. Mitchell, chairman
of the board; Cleon Denison, J.
Conrad Dunagan and F. E. Sum-
mers, vice presidents; Lillian
Magendie, cashier; and Melba
Carr, Johnie Baimbridge, Jerry
Davis, Jimmie Thomas and Vir-
ginia Hard, assistant cashiers.
Directors include Clyde Bar-
ton, K. E. Burrows, Dunagan,
Gammill, Mitchell, Dr. W. H.
McClure, Donald E. Tracy, Earl
Vest and O. O. Whitten.
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Sclair, Dave. The Winkler County News (Kermit, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, January 29, 1965, newspaper, January 29, 1965; Kermit, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth809881/m1/1/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Winkler County Library.