The Texas Mesquiter (Mesquite, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, January 23, 1948 Page: 1 of 6
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DALLAS CD UNIX'S .OLDEST NEWSPAPER
IT’S 65th YEAR—No. 33
MESQUITE, TEXAS FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1948
PRICE TEN CENTS
CORINNE NEAL COOK
Lewis Bernays, British Consul in
Dallas, awarded John H. Curry, 3719
Miramar, former Canadian Air Force
officer, the citation as Member of the
Order of the British Empire, in simp-
le ceremonies before, a group of
friends gathered at the consulate
last Friday night. The citation was
bestowed upon Curry for heroism
during action in Northern Italy in
March 194 4. Engaged in a low fly-
ing operation, Curry was shot down
near Rocco Di Mezzo. He crawled
through snow, hid in a cave seven
days and climbed mountains before
His trials and hardships were out-
lined in the citation.
The Dallas residence of Mr. Ber-
nays is interesting with portraits of
Winston Churchill and the King and
Queen of England. His daughter-in-
law, a Boston girl, and three sons
make guests feel very hospitable.
Mr .and Mrs. D. Martin Thomas
are among eight couples from Dallas
taking square dancing. Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas will be very busy this
year with social demands brought
about because of his new position
as Potentate of Hella Temple Shrine.
Congratulations go to Mr. Thomas
on this new honor.
“I have come to the Sunshine
State to live. This is quite a pretty
little city and the climate is very
agreeable. They tell me it is never
cold enough to freeze, so that' is
something after Ohio’s ice and
snow'.” writes Mrs. Alice Chapman
Mrs. Chapman is in Fort Myers, Flor-
ida, where her Mesquiter will be sent
to the temporary address: Route 2
in care of J. A. Rickey.
Mr. and Mrs. Ferd McWhorter are
registered at the Majestic Hotel in
Hot Springs, Ark., where they are
getting the benefit of the baths. Mrs.
McWhorter wrote, illustrating the
news with drawings of herself and
her husband. Sorry we cannot pass
the art w'ork on to our readers. Hope
the McWhorters stay long enough to
really benefit from the series of
Companion Killed As
Car Goes Off Road
Mrs. Opal Cook, .daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. C. B. Miller of Mesquite, is
in a serious condition at Parkland
Hospital from broken bones, expos-
ure and shock.
Mrs. Cook and her companion,
Thomas Womble, 21, who was killed
were found pinned under an automo-
bile fifteen hours after their car had
overturned into Mountain Creek
Lake about 11 p.m. Friday. A fisher-
man near Grand Prairie saw' the
automobile and the woman , waving
when he went to inspect his fishing
lines. All morning planes had flowrn
over the lake, taking off from Hen-
sley Field, but no help appeared.
The woman found herself pinned
dowm by the axle of the car, with
her feet in the lake, w'hen she re-
gained consciousness. She tried in
vain to attract attention to her
plight. It was very cold. Icy wrinds
blew over the lake. It was 2 p.m. Sat-
urday when she and her companion
were removed from the wreckage.
The couple, said to have been en-
gaged, had gone for a drive Friday
night. Their car plunged off the Old
Fish Creek Road into the lake.
Funeral services for Womble w'ere
held Monday in Dallas.
Mrs. Cook’s mother, Mrs. Miller
has been staying in Grand Prairie
taking care of the three grandchild-
ren since the accident. Carlene, an-
other daughter of Mrs. Miller, has
been living with Mrs. Cook. Mr. and
Mrs. Miller and their daughter, Jean,
have been living in the apartment of
Mrs. Birdie Edgar in Mesquite since
last September. Mr. Miller is employ-
ed at a bottling company in Dallas.
Jean is a senior in Mesquite High
Since the tragic accident a wire
fence has been erected by the City
of Dallas at the spot where the car
left the highway and plunged into
Examinations Set For
Lots of other people are wishing
they were in that health resort dur-
ing bad weather.
Mesquite was a picture Monday
morning, gowned in that New Look
—all white—snow, inches deep. It
began snowing early Monday morn-
ing, and by the time the natives were
up, the ground wras covered. Snow
fell throughout the day, turning to
sleet in late afternoon. Tuesday rain
and sleet made traffic hazardous.
School dismissed at noon Monday, af-
ter the buses were unable to make
(heir routes. The boys and girls took
advantage of the holiday. They skat-
ed and made snow men and engaged
in snow fights. They were back in
school Tuesav. Warmer weather de-
veloped Wednesday. The sun was
shining by afternoon.
Spring may seem a long way off.
But it is not too far away to think
of the beautiful flowers that may
soon be peeping up from Mother
Earth. The flowers that we see now,
may be only on milady’s hat, but it is
not too late to plant flowers for
spring blooming. A garden expert
suggested that sweet peas, poppies,
larkspur and other flowers be plant-
ed NOW. Her suggestions for plant-
ing sweet peas follows: Dig a trench
one to two feet deep, fill with leav-
es and sand, then add dirt and fer-
tilizer (sheep manure is good). Plant
the sweet peas in the trench some
five or six inches from the level of
the ground. As the plants come into
sight, cover them a little at a time
until they are dfeeply entrenched, and
the roots are safely buried in the
ground. That provides the vines with
moisture, and helps to keep them
through the long summer months.
In her discussion of sweet peas,
the speaker said that it took 15 years
to develop the Cuthbertson sweet
peas, which are hardy and beautiful.
Six seed growers along the Pacific
coast supply 90 per cent of the flow-
er seeds in America, she said.
Polltaxes may be paid at the City
Hall in Mesquite. *
Richardson has set its Community
Fair for August 25-28.
(Continued on page ; )
Examinations for postmaster of
Mesquite will be held Saturday, Jan-
uary 2 4, 8:30 a.m. in Room 5, of
the Mesquite High School.
It is understood that seven persons
among them James Lewis, Joe Tosch,
Edgar Lewis, Herschel Dean, Davis
Maxwell and Mrs. R. L. Griner are
qualified to take the examinations.
There may be others but the exact
number who will appear for exam-
ination is not known.
L. E. Gross, postmaster, will not
compete for the position, but will
revert to clerk after the new post-
master takes office, he stated. Mr.
Gross entered the postal service as
assistant postmaster under Mrs. E.
M. Berry, postmaster ,wuo later Was
on leave in military service. Mr.
Gross became acting postmaster July
1, 19 43, at the time the Mesquite
office became a second, class postof-
fice. November 1, Mrs. Berry return-
ed to assume her job and Mr. Gross
Rites Saturday For
Mrs. Nora Durrett
Mrs. Nora Durrett, 59, died Fri-
day in a Dallas Hospital where she
had been a patient two weeks. She
had been ill a month.
Funeral services were held Sat-
urday, 2 p.m. at McCullough Chapel.
The Rev. Arthur Freeman officated.
Born January 4, 1889 in Kaufman
County as Nora Casteel, she moved to
Mesquite with her parents at age of
seven. She was a member of the
Baptist Church. At the time of her
death, she was living with her son-
in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Robertson, Route3, Dallas.
Survivors are four daughters, Mrs.
Maggie Fay Higgins, Mrs. Clara May
Roberson, Mrs. Janie Belle McSpad-
den and Mrs. Inabelle Chennault; a
son ,Travis O. Durrett; six grand-
children; five sisters, Mrs. Tille Pal-
ley, Mrs. Dora Brazell, Mrs. Mamie
Touchstone, Mrs. Lizzie Wilson and
Mrs. Ruth Horton; and one brother,
Ed Castile, Dallas.
Burial was in Long Creek Ceme-
tery with McCullough in charge.
Pallbearers were E. B. Range, Camp-
belle Kennedy, A. B. Prock, Ben
Beach, Cleve Motley and J. H.
Father of Mesquite Man
Died In Garland
C. A. Weaver, 85, of Garland,
father of Raymond Weaver of Mes-
quite, died at his home Tuesday.
Born in Rogersville, Arkansas, Mr.
Weaver came to Texas sixty-four
years ago, and settled near Garland.
He was married to Miss Jennie Mar-
tin on March 18, 1886.
Survivors include four sons, Weav-
er, Mesquite, Adam Weaver, Garland,
Virgil Weaver, Dalas; Cecil Weaver,
Tyler; four daughters Mrs. J. E.
Jackson, Mrs. Dewey Hall and Miss
Edna Weaver, Garland; and Mrs.
Glen Ryon, Dallas; five grand-
children, four great grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday, 2
p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church
in Garland. The Rev. E. F. McGau-
ghey .chaplain of the Veterans Hos-
pital, Lisbon and pastor of the Lis- j
Rites For A. F. Wright
Funeral services for Abe Franklin
Wright, 60, who died Sunday at his
home, Route 3, Mesquite .were held
Monday, 2 p.m. at Anderson-Clayton
Bros. Chapel. The Rev. Turner of-
Born December 26 1888 in Macon,
Georgia, Mr. Wright, a bachelor, was
a retired school teacher. He formerly
taught at Bryan High School.
Survivors are a brother, Arthur
Wright, Kilgore; three sisters, Mrs
Fred Adams, Ft. Worth, Mrs. Laura
Street, Nacogdoches, Mrs. Dora Col-
Interment was in Little Bethel
Cemetery. Pallbearers were J. H.
Rawlins, Haward Martin, Gene Lang,
Dewey Banks, Ray Hightower, Ar-
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mathis
Married 50 Years
Mrs. W. Wesley Lewis
Killed In Car Crash
Mrs. Carma Beatrice Lewis, 4931
Parry, wife of Wesley W. Lewis, was
killed instantly early Sunday morn-
ing when a car sideswiped the car in
which she was riding. Mrs. Lewis
and members of her family met the
car on a bridge near Kaufman as
they were en route to Athens to visit
Mr .and Mrs. Alvertas Staigers, The
oncoming car was said to have
knocked off the front door and fend-
er. Mr. Lewis and daughter, Dorothy
and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Lewis dis-
covered that Mrs. Lewis seated in
the back next to the door was dead
when they got out to inspect the
damage to the car.
Surivivors include her husband;
two sons, Wesley Eugene and Archie
Lloyd Guynes Killed
By Hit-Run Driver
Funeral services for Henry Lloyd
Guynes, 4 5, who was killed by a
hit-and-run driver as he walked
along Highway SO, 2 miles East of
the Mesquite cut-off, Saturday night,
were held Monday, 2 p.m. at the
First Baptist Church in Mesquite.
The Rev. L. B. Jenkins, officiated.
Officer J. B. Samford said a man
who later identified himself as J. P.
Huffman of Terrell, telephoned him
about 10:30 Saturday night that a
man had been struck by a car and
W'as on the side of the road. Samford
said Guynes was dead when he ar-
rived at the scene. He had been
knocked 100 to 125 feet down the
road by the impact of the car, going
East, Samford said. Huffman later
Lewis, Dallas; daughter, Dorothy j told tde officer that he could identi-
Lewis, Dallas; Mrs. Edgar Lewis, tde vehicle that struck the man.
Mesquite; Mrs. J. T. Keller, Alame- He said he was driving behind the
da, Calif., and Mrs. Bill Richburg, hit-and-run car. Scattered headlight
she formerly lived at Tripp.
Funeral services were held Mon-
day, 2:30 p.m. at First Assembly of
God Church, Peak and Garland. Dr.
Loren B. Staats, officiated. Ander-
and L. H. • son-Clayton Bros, were in charge of
daughters, | arrangements. Burial was in Long
Mr .and Mrs. Ed Mathis of Seago-
ville will observe their golden wed-
ding anniversary with open house
Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Mathis are the
parents of nine children—four sons,
O. F. Mathis, Troy Mathis and Fran-
cis Mathis, Seagoville;
Mathis, Mesquite; five
Mrs. R. G. Hitt, Mrs. C. H. Anderson, Creek Cemetery
Mrs. J. T. Adams, Seagoville; Mrs. '
Sterling Freiley, Crandall, and Mrs.
Cleo Fenley, Corpus Christi. The
children and their families; and Mr.
Mathis sisters, Mrs. Addie Jones and
Mrs. Lora Allen, Roscoe; and their
granddaughter Miss Jeanine Mathis,
student at the Abilene Christian Col-
lege, ‘will be present for the 5 0th
The pioneer cample has lived in the
Seagoville community all their mar-
ried life. Mr. Mathis was born in
Kentucky, Sept. 3, 1776, but came to
Texas as a child. Mrs. Mathis was
born June S, 178 0. She urns the
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. O.
F. Lanier of Lawson. They too were
privileged to pass their 5 0th year of
wedded life. Mr. and Mrs. L. H.
Mathis of Mesquite, son and daught-
er-in-law of Mr .and Mrs. Mathis,
will have their 20th wedding anni-
versary on June 23rd.
Dallas; two brothers, C. C. Brum-
luett and Kermit Brummett, Forney.
glass along the highway may be an-
other clue to the identity of the driv-
Born in Roxton, August 8, 1901. er of tde car> officers reported.
Death Takes Mother of
K. D. Hancock
Adversity is sometimes hard upon
a man: but for one man who car
stand prosperity, there are a hundred
bon Presbyterian Church, officiated* I that will stand adversity.—Carlyle.
Mesquite loins Other Chambers of
Commerce To Back County Road Bonds
Mesquite Chamber of Commerce
and many individual citizens along
with the Dallas Chamber and other
Chambers of Commerce in the Coun-
ty have endorsed the Dallas County
$11,426,000 road bond election set
for. Saturday, January 31.
Local endorsement of the county
road plan is based on the over-all
improvement within the county, and
the specific projects provided for
for the Mescuite trade
Again Mr. Gross
was "appointed acting postmaster by
the Postmaster General at Washing-
Following the examinations Satur-
day, the papers will go to Washing-
ton for grading, it is said. Then it
is understood that the responsibility
of selecting the postmaster will fall
on the Congressman from this dis-
trict, who may select one among the
highest under the Civil Service rat-
ing. (At the time Mrs. Barry was se-
lected, an examination was called
that the people might have an op-
portunity to select their own post-
master, rather than have one ap-
pointed). The method of selecting
the postmaster following the Civil
Service examination will probably be
announced by Congressman J. Frank
ANNE HILLIARD WINS
FOR MESQUITE SCHOOL
Anne Hilliard, Mesquite, and Ev-
elynne Bishop, Pleasant Grove, were
among the high school winners in a
county-wide contest, sponsored by
the Junior Chamber of Commerce, it
was announced Thursday. First, sec-
ond and third place winners were to
be selected that night. ‘‘Freedom Is
Everybody’s Job” was the subject of
the essays. Winners from the schools
will join Dallas’ Mayor Jimmy Tem-
ple and his honorary Freedom Train
Committee for a ride oh the train.
area. The Belt Line Road, (circling
the county) is the largest single
project in the plan, and calls for ah
expenditure of $3,392,000. Lake
June Road, U .S. Hwy. 175 to Belt
Line, is to be allotted $360,000. Mil-
itary Drive, Dallas to Mesquite,
would receive $411,000, and Gus
Thomason Drive and Ferndale Road,
Mesquite to State Hwy. 7S, would
get $265,000. Twenty-one other pro-
jects, including Bridges and Ap-
proaches (entire county) make up
the County Road Plan, totaling $11,-
Next to the Belt Line Road, larg-
est single project contemplated, the
Bridges and Approaches project, al-
lotted $1,250,000., comes second;
Hampton-Inwood Road, U. S. Hwy.
7 7 to State Hwy. No. 1, $1,128,000.;
and Forest Avenue, Bridge and Con-
nections, fourth with $1,072,000.
A group of Mesquite Chamber of
Commerce members attended the
county rally held at Garland last
Friday to boost the bond issue elec-
tion. Representatives from eleven
Dallas County towns heard County
Engineer R. II Clinger disucss the
proposed program, known as the
The Dallas Chamber of Commerce
endorsed the county road plan, but
the Mayor and City Manager of Dal-
las are on record as opposing it. The
Dallas Chamber is asking the Coun-
ty to seek an additional $4,510,000
worth of road bonds later in the year
to be used on city streets. D'. A. Hul-
ey ,president of the Dallas Chamber
is quoted as saying:
‘‘It is the feeling of the board of
directors that the present $11,426,-
000 bond issue is $4,510,000 short of
what it should be. We feel that
County Engineer R. H. Clinger’s
county, road plan is badly needed,
but that the city and the county can
not get maximum benefit from it un-
less it is connected properly with the
city’s road system.”
The bond election will be held Sat-
urday, January 31, at the City Hall,
in Mesquite. John E. Davis has been
appointed election judge.
Mrs. Margaret H. Hancock, 8 6;
mother of K. D. Hancock of Dallas,
formerly of Mesquite, died last Sat-
urday. Funeral services were held
Sunday afternoon at the Church ol
Christ at Rio Vista. The Rev. Fred
Bandy and the Rev. Lloyd Frederick
officiated. Grandsons of the ageo
woman were pallbearers: Hubert, K
D., Jr., C. D., Billy Hancock, Jack
Boynton and Charles Lewis Hamp-
Born in Illinois, August 15, 1862,
Mrs. Hancock came to Texas 60 years
ago and located in Hill County. She
was married to W. H. Hancock.
They were the parents of seven chil-
dren: two sons, K. D. Hancock, Dal-
las, C. D .Hancock, Rio Vista; two
daughters, Airs. R. L. Boynton, Hous-
ton; Mrs. Charles Hampton ,Dallas;
IS grandchildren; S great grandchil-
Arrangements were with Ander-
Mrs. Lillie King And
Roy D. Wagoner Wed
Mrs. Lillie King and Roy D. Wag
oner were united in marriage las*
Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock at
the home of
Born February 16, 1901 in Cran-
dall, Guynes was one of twelve chil-
dren born to Mrs. H. M. Guynes and
the late Mr. Guynes. He came to
Mesquite in early childhood. He mar-
ried Miss Willie Whitley Sept. 9,
1923. Guynes had been employed as.
general repair man at Ford Motor
Company for 19 years.
Mr. Guynes is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Willie Guynes; two sons, David
and Billy Lloyd Guynes, Mesquite; a
daughter, Mrs. Bobby Ludlow, Grand
Prairie; mother, Mrs. H. M. Guynes,
Mesquite; two sisters, Mrs. Elza
Whitley, Mrs. Ross Williams, Mes-
quite; brother, Altie Guynes, Shreve-
port, La.; two grandchildren, Sherry
Lynn and Jerry Ludlow Jr.
Pallbearers were Forrest Thomp-
son, Madison Cark, Homer Baker, Ol-
lie Clark, C. L. Coltharp and Wilson
Wiseman. Anderson-Clayton Bros.
wras in charge.
D. Martin Thomas Is
D. Martin Thomas of Mesquite
was named pontentate of Hella
Shrine Temple in Dallas last week at
the annual election session held at
Scottish Rite Temple. Dennis G. Col-
well was advenced to chief rabban;
James R. Temple to assistant rabban
and Marcel Jones to high priest and
prophet. Marshall Newcomb was el-
ected Oriental guide.
Pontentate Thomas named the fol-
lowing Dallas men to the appointive
divan, after his installation.
Fred Shelton first ceremonial mas-
ter, with W. A. Lotz second ceremon-
ial master. John P. Bounds Sr., was
again made director. Eric Gambrell
was appointed marshal, and Fred De-
The Rev. R. P.hL.vafPi"oSrihe W#I4 “? C' ^ SmIth ™-e
ring ceremony, before an improvised ITT. 7^" °‘ *Uar4 l“4
altar of white gladioli and white tap- V * °uard’ respectively,
ers, reflected in a mirror in the liv- > ec°rder Muntz, annual report
ing room. The reception room wls
decorated with white gladioli ’ P ’°0° m r°Und numbers’
pink earanations. “The Very Thought
Of A ou was selected as the record-
ing music during the ceremony.
The bride wore a navy blue cos-
tume with white accessories. Her
flowers .were a corsage of white gar-
• Miss Jo Ann King, daughter of the
bride, and Corky Wagoner, son of
the groom, ushered the guests to
their places after Mrs. James E.
Prock, another daughter of the bride
had registered each name in the
The couple left immediately after
the wedding for an automobile trip _______________
to Mineral Wells. Mrs. Wagoner jvas ! Dearee From A & M
-earing a sky blue gabardine suit' U-G9.T-ee A r°m A. Ck M.
Retiring Potentate Wm. J. Harris
was given an enthusiastic vote of ap-
preciation for services and was pre-
sented with the traditional past po-
Incoming and outgoing Temple of-
ficers will be honored on Jan. 3 0,
jointly with Imperial Potentate Karl
Rex Hammers, who makes his formal
visit on that date. The affair will be
a formal double dance at Sky-Vu ami
Showland, writh twro excellent orches-
tras. There will be floor shows at
lack McKenzie Gets
Citizens Urged To Bring Anything They
Have For Sale To Trades Day Monday
The Fourth Monday Trades Day
■will be held in Mesquite Monday, R.
H. Wagoner, chairman of the Cham-
ber of Commerce committee on Trad-
es Days has announced C. C. McNal-
ly, expert at auctioneering, will sell
the farm and home items at auction,
assisted by Ted Dewberry, another
The people of this vicinity are urg-
ed to bring their poultry, livestock,
farm produce, butter ,eggs, used fur-
j niture, quilts, covers, or “what-have-
you” for sale. The auction is a free
service to the public, provided by the
Chamber of Commerce in an effort to
help the citizens get rid of anything
they may have for sale or trade.
Every one is urged to cooperate in
the Trades Day festivities.
Sales start at 12:30 noon. Live-
stock owners will have their stock on
the square before that- time. Harry
Briley, Dan Ragsdale, Ed Arnett, T.
C. Lewis and others are expected to
be on hand to assist with the sales.
with navy accessories and a corsage
Mrs. Wagoner is employed as oper-
ator at Southwestern Bell Telephone,
Mesquite. Mr. Wagoner is w'ith John
Deere Plow Co., Dallas.
Guests for the ceremony were:
Mrs. Livingston Barnes and daughter
Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Gay-
nier, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. R. A.
Weatherford, Forney; T. W. Brack-
ett, Jr., W. M. Wagoner, Boe Wag-
oner, Mrs. Viola Brackett T. W.
Brackett Sr., O. A. Wagoner, Mr. and
Mrs. Lawrence Wynn, Garland; Wil-
liam D. Wagoner, Roy Delbert Wag-
oner, Mrs. Elsie W'agoner, Denton:
Mrs. M. A. Weatherford, Mr. and
Mrs. D. W. Odom and son, Mrs. II.
E. Lang, Mr and Mrs. Perry Master-
son, Mrs. Stella Cunningham, Mrs.
Opha Miljer, Scotchy Broyles, Mr.
and Mrs. James E. Prock, Joe Ann
King, Joe King.
Jack McKenzie, son of Mr .and
Mrs. E. S. McKenzie is finishing his
course in accounting at Texas A. &
M. College and will graduate this
week. McKenzie was in the army
more than three years. He received
training at Middle Tennessee State
Teachers College, Bennettsville, S.
C., and received his wings at Val-
dosta, Georgia. He was with the 8th
Air Force in England where he made
eleven missions as first pilot on a
Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie and Jack
Marshall will leave soon after grad-
uation for Tulsa, Okla., where he will
be associated -with the Standard Oil
Co. of Tulsa.
Outward attacks and troubles
rather fix than unsettle the Chris-
tian, as tempests from without only
serve to root the oak more firmly in
the ground.—H. More.
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