The Panhandle Herald (Panhandle, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, December 17, 1943 Page: 1 of 12
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To Hell With
And The Mikado
Vol. 57—No. 22
(Twelve Pages Today) PANHANDLE, CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1943
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY
^Wheat Yield Totals 1,541,176 Bushels
To Make 1944
Gatherings Held In
Number Of Homes
W. K.| Cottingame, county ag-
ent, has recently completed a se-
ries of meetings in different com-
munities to get help from the
farmers in planning the extension
program for Carson county for
Meetings were held in the homes
of W. W. Evans, Walter .Lill, A.
L. Stovall, Mike Britten and Mar-
shall Keene. Several important
suggestions are being considered.
Demonstrations in the feeding
of swine, dairying, poultry, con-
trol of cattle grubs, wheat vari-
eties, weed eradication, and farm
labor were features of this year’s
program. The primary aim of the
current year’s work was to pro-
mote the “Food fpr Freedom” pro-
gram. Each 4-H boy raised enough
food to. maintain one soldier and
many were responsible for even
'Cottingame states that poultry
production is up 25 per cent over
previous years. This is the result
of breeding and balanced feed-
The farm labor shortage was
met by boys of high school age,
many with no experience in farm
work. To the farmer who gave
them a training period, they prov-
ed most satisfactory.
Dairy farmers are testing their
cattle for tuberculosis and Bang’s
disease. By the feeding of balanc-
ed rations, feed costs have been
reduced and milk production has
A campaign to eradicate weeds
has been initiated. Farmers are
trying three methods, burning,
poisoning and plowing. Plowing,
says Cottingame, has been found
Hog production has been step-
ped up tremendously. Thirty-one
of the county’s 56 4-H club boys
are used hogs as their demon-
stration. Farmers managed to ov-
ercome the shortage of protein
feed and instituted labor-saving
devices that allowed them to real-
ize more from their hogs. Eight
gilts and one boar were distribut-
ed in the Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Cottingame has found this, on
the whole, a successful year for
farmers of this area.
At White Deer
Funeral services for Walter
Shannan Black, 41, Cargary pro-
duction clerk, who died at his
home in White Deer Saturday
morning after a shprt ilness were
conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at
the Presbyterian cuhrch in Can-
yon by the Rev. J. Hoyt Boles,
Fort Worth, former pastor of the
Tulia Presbyterian church. Burial
was in Dreamland cemetery, Can-
Mr. Black was born and edu-
cated in Canyon; operated the
Swisher county creamery and
owned irrigated farms near Tulia.
For a year and a half before em-
ployment by Cargray he had
worked for the Consolidated Air-
craft Corp at San Diego, Calif.
He was a Presbyterian, member
of the Masonic Blue lodge, Can-
yon; Plainview Commandery, and
of Khiva Temple Shrine Ama-
Survivors are the widow and
their two children, son, George,
17, and daughter, Shirley Jean, 9;
two sisters, Mrs. Jack Freeman of
White Deer, and Miss Pearl Black,
Canyon; four brothers, J. C., and
S. L., all of Canyon.
The body was taken overland
from the Pampa funeral home to
Canyon for the services.
Pallbearers were J. P. Weath-
erly, E. B. aBteman, Ned Amy,
B. O. Bentley, Herman Kuter-
man, Lee Foster, fellow Cargray
Mrs. J. S. Harrison left Wed-
nesday evening for Phoenix, Ariz.,
in response to a message that her
mother, Mrs. Erie Tuttle is seri-
ously ill with bronchial pneumo-
nia. Mrs. Tuttle has been visiting
her daughters, Mrs. John. D. Wil-
liams and Miss Caroline Tuttle.
3.08 Inches Of Rain
And Snow Improve
Outlook For Crops
G. C. Mann Resigns
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 16—Gov.
Coke R. Stevenson accepted the
resignation effective immdeiately,
of Attorney General Gerald C.
Mann and the governor appointed
Grover Sellers, assistant attorney
general unc^er Mann, as attorney
Sellers, from Sulphur Springs,
has been Mann’s first assistant
since the spring of 1940.
In announcing the appointment
the governor made public the fol-
lowing letter from Mann, dated
“I herewith tender my resigna-
tion as attorney general of Texas,
“Through this communication
to you as governor of Texas I de-
sire to express my appreciation
to the people of Texas for the hon-
ors they have bestowed upon me.
My gratitude is boundless.
“For some months many close
friends in Dallas have urged me
to return to Dallas and engage
in the private practice of law. Af-
ter careful consideration I have
decided to take the course I have
Rain, snow and sleet of last
Thursday had changed by this
Thursday, to sunshine and very
After the ten degree low of
Wednesday, snow and ice that
had covered streets, law4ns and
pastures are beginning to melt.
This is a welcome relief to cat-
tlemen although they didn’t lose
as much as they had feared.
Precipitation during the week
was 3.08 inches. The snow andTain
Thursday was responsible for
most of this although there was a i
trace of rain Saturday. Low tem-
perature 'of the year was ten de-
gress, registered Wednesday. Last
Thursday saw this week’s high
with a temperature of 52 de-
Several dayg during the past
week have been sunny but a strong
wind his made being outside very ter Gripp.
The Herald As
Paper Is Being Sent
To Several Of Boys
In Military Service
Phil Walker, SP 2/c, 635 Eper-
son Building, Houston, gift of his
W. G. McBride, A-S, Co. 43-435
U. S. N. T. S., San Diego, 33, Cal.,
gift of R. W. Calliham.
R. C. Durrett, Panhandle.
E. E. Moecker, Albany, N. Y.
Miss Grace Harry, Ashland, O.
Ralph Ellis, Sun City, Kans.
Judson Skaggs, Hereford, gift
of his brother, L. H. Skaggs.
Pvt. L. H. Skaggs, Co. C, 66
Bn. 14 Rgt., Camp Fannin, Texas.
Gift of his father. L. H. Sfeaggs.
Ellis Lemons, Skellytown.
George R. Graves, Panhandle.
Jess Graves, Lakin, Kans.,
Christmas gift of his brother,
Geo. R. Graves.
A/S Clyde Coffee, South Hall,
317th CTD, Montana State Uni-
versity, Missoula, Mon., gift of his
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wal-
Today's War Map
NAZI THRUSTS $
MANN LEAVES SELF FREE
TO RUN FOR OFFICE
TYLER, Texas, Dec. 16—Gerald
Mann, commenting here today on
his resignation as Texas attorney
general, said “I have no intention
at present of entering a race for
any political office.”
“This action merely leaves me
free to do whatever I choose,”
His resignation, he explained,
did not mean necessarily that he
would not seek office, but merely
left him free if he should choose
to do so.
Mann said he had no present
plans other than returning to the
practice of law.
He praised Grover Sellers, his
assistant who was appointed to
succeed Mann by Governor Stev-
enson, and the rest of his staff,
declaring that they had the wel-
fare of the people at heart.
Mann said he felt proud of the
record his attorney general’s de-
partment had made, and said he
was indebted to the people for
honors bestowed cn him.
disagreeable. Thursday morning
was w\arm and pleasant.
Temperatures during the past
December 9 __________ 52
Highway traffic was almost im-
possible to Borger Thursday and
Friday of last week. A bus leaving
Panhandle at 5:40 p. m. Thurs-
day arrived in Borger at 4:10 a.
m. Friday, taking 10 and one-half
hours. As The Herald editor was
on the bus, he verified the time.
Farmers that live -on roads off
the paving anticipate considerable
difficulty in traveling when thaw-
ing sets in.
School has been handicapped all
week on account of illness and
travel conditions. Chicken pox and
whooping cough are going the
rounds in the schools. Manjr of
the grade school students have
had these contagious diseases.
Pvt. Frank Rorex, c.o P. M.
New York, N. Y., gift of his moth-
er, Mrs. Joe Rorex.
L. D. Padget, San Luis, Colo.,
Christmas gift of Miss Velma
Today's war map shows the area west of Kiev where Red armies
apparently have checked the Nazis all-out onslanught on that vital
city. Further south, Russian troops striking west from Kremenchug
to support a bridgehead in the Cherkassy area, captured Cherkassy
last German base on the west bank of the lower Dnieper.
To Be Given
A Christmas pageant, “The
Promised One,” will be presented
by the Business and Professional
Women’s club Sunday night in
the high school auditorium.
It will begin, at 8 o’clock. Mu-
sic, under the direction of Miss
Elsie P'rter and Miss Mary Ewing
will be iurnished by members of
the hign school choral club. Men
of the community will portray
certain Biblical characters. The
narrator, Spirit of History, will
be Miss Juanita Campbell.
The final scene of this pageant
which was written by J. H. Shonk-
wijer, will be a tableau of the
manger scene. The story tells how
blood sacrifice was replaced by
Jo Ann McCafferty has charge
of the costumes. This program
should be of interest to all ages.
Subsidy Tajk Is
Given At Rotary
The Rev. Joe E. Boyd spoke at
Rotary last Friday on subsidies.
He termed this a vital national
subject which is even now being
debated in congress. Boyd’s talk
showed extensive preparation and
study of the subject. He gave ar-
guments to favor subsidies as a
measure in controlling inflation.
Jack Griffith, district governor
of 2-T Lions, and M. C. Davis,
cabinet secretary, went to Plain-
view for a ladies night meeting
of the Lions club there. Griffith
was the principal speaker.
Jacques Wurth of Fort Worth,
visited last week-end in Panhan-
dle with his brother in law, B. C.
Mr. and Mrs. K. H. Claycomb
returned Wednesday night from
a visit of three months in Califor-
nia with their daughter, Mrs. Tom
Hollida and family.
Sam Goodner of Amarillo was
here visiting friends Wednesday.
Mrs. Julia Thompson spent
Sunday with Miss Ada Turner.
The Ralph Randels were vic-
tims of the flu during last week
and the first of this week.
The annual Christmas program
at the Pleasant Plains school will
be given Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 8
o’clock. Everyone is invited.
John J. Boyd has recovered
from a mild attack of the flu.
M. B. Welsh attended a direc-
tors meeting of a building and
loan association in Amarillo Tues-
The commissioner’s court met
Monday and voted to pay county
officials on Dec. 27, according to
the dfeputy county clerk. Tax ad-
justments were made on property
Mrs.' Grayson Bell of Albuquer-
kue visited Mrs. J. Sid O’Keefe
and Mrs. Tom Cleek during the
past week. Mrs. Bell is a girl-
Kelly Bender’s small son has
had pneumonia but is recovering.
Dr. W. Paul Roberts is recov-
ering from the flu.
Garland- Turner, cousin of Kel-
lus Turner, arrived in Amarillo
Wednesday. He had been on for-
eign duty with the Navy Seabees
for over a year. Turner has seen
service in Guadalcanal.
Friends received .word that Dr.
W. C. Barksdale of Borger, for-
merly of Panhandle, is ill in bed
with thei flu.
Randy Warren has been ill with
chicken pox the past week.
Several Christmas orders for
the Panhandle Herald have been
received during the past week.
The management feels sure that
every one that receives a Christ-
mas gift of The Herald will be
Gifts are being sent to several
boys in service. Gifts are going to
If your subscription expires in
December, you should take care
of the renewal at once. The Her-
ald plans to have no delinquent
subscriptions in 1943. During the
past year we have put the list
in the best shape in years and it
is The Herald’s plan to keep it
No one receives the rich metro-
politan daily newspapers without
being paid in advance. That is the
policy of The Herald and most
of our readers like it.
Rates are $2.00 a year in Car*
son and adjoining counties; $2.50
a year elsewhere.
Mrs. L. W. Bussey
W. L. Boyles
Thomas H. McKenzie
W. K. Cottingame
M. G. Weeth
J. I. Rains
M. R. Best
Jo Anne McCafferty
Mrs. W. H. Lusk
To Regin Dec. 22
Christmas celebration for the
younger citizens of Panhandle
will begin Wednesday afternoon,
Dec. 22 when Superintendent Kel-
lus Turner dismisses school for
Due to government injunctions,
■•here will be few, if any, fire-
works this year. But from all in-
dications, this Christmas will be
old-fashioned in that it is likely
to be white.
Merrymaking will officially end
for the students when school is
resumed Jan. 3.
Lions Club Has
Ladies Night And
Members of the Lions club en-
tertained their wives with the an-
nual Ladies night Tuesday eve-
ning at the Panhandle inn.
About forty people were pres-
ent. The program featured a
Christmas tree and Santa Claus.
Gifts were presented to the ladies
and bills to the men. During the
dinner and afterwards, the group
sang Christmas carols.
Throng Pays -
Despite the inclement weather,
a throng of friends that almost
filled the Methodist church audi-
torium and balcony, gathered
last Saturday afternoon to pay fi-
nal tribute to Charles T. Frank-
im, 53, pioneer resident who died
at noon Thursday, Dec. 9, in an
Franklin was described by Rev.
Joe E. Boyd, Methodist pastor, as
a civic leader and as a man whose
word could be trusted.
A quartet composed of H. R.
Courage, E. E. Pierce, Mrs. J. S.
Harrison and Mrs. D. C. Landon,
gave several-vocal selections with
Mrs. Coe Cleek at the piano.
Most of the business firms clos-
ed in tribute to Franklin, who
had lived in Panhandle since Ju-
Members of Kit Carson Post,
American Legion, of which Frank-
lin was a past post commander,
sat in a body at the front in the
auditorium. Members of the Boy
Scout troop, of which Franklin
was a committeeman, sat in the
balcony in a group.
Pallbearers were George Cross-
man, F. A. Paul, Kellus Turner,
H. B. Skelton, Gary Simms, W.
L. Boyles, A. M. Pemberton and
J. E. Weatherly.
The esteem in which Franklin
was held was evident from the
large floral offerings. Only the
American Flag was on the casket
during the services.
Rev. James Todd, Christian
pastor, gave the Scripture read-
ing, and Rev. E. M. Weathers,
Baptist pastor, offered prayer.
Amarillo Air field sent a firing
squad of eight men, sergeant,
bugler and lieutenant, who had
charge of the final tribute at the
Franklin was owner of the
Franklin Motor Co., member of
the school board and a former
member of the city council. He
was also on the re-employment
committee of the Carson county
selective service board.
He is survived by his widow,
the former Leah Cox, and three
children: Norma Jean, John and
George; one brother, R. M. Frank-
lin, Plainview, and three sisters,
Mrs. Verba Gribble, Albuquerque,
N. M.; Mrs. Albert Woods, Pam-
pa, and Mrs. J. T. Riemann,
Gladstone, N. M.
Powell Funeral home of Borger
had charge of arrangements.
Speech Class Gives
The Speech club presented the
high school assembly program
Wednesday afternoon in the au-
Members gave a series of panto-
mimes, including “Making Ends
Meet” and others. The senior trio,*
consisting of Mary June Held,
Mary Lou Pierce and Dorothy Ev-
December 22 is the deadline for
turning in Christmas boxes for
, wounded and hospitalized soldi-
The boxes will furnish a com-
plete Christmas to the service
men. They contain toilet articles,
writing materials, cigarets, home-
made candy, fruit cake, safety ra-
zors, books, Eversharps and nu-
merous other items. The county
Federation of Women’s clubs has
donated $10 toward magazine
subscriptions as have the women
of the Christian church.
According to the county chair-
man, Mrs. Eva E. Craig, response
and interest in ‘this project has
been very good. A Red Cross
truck will stop at the court house
Wednesday or Thursday to pick
up the boxes. There is still time
to make another soldier happy
by packing a Christmas box.
Dies In Sleep
Arnold C. (Ted) Blackman, son
of Mr. and Mrs. A.. M. Blackman
died in his sleep Dec 9 in Culver
Blackman was sleeping with a
friend who was also employed by
a motion picture studio when he
succumbed. The friend woke and
found him dead. Examination by
the coroner revealed that he suf-
fered a heart attack and died
about 12:15 a. m.
The funeral was held in the
chapel in Culver City with a
Methodist minister presiding.
His brothers requested the song,
“Nearer My God to Thee” and
also a song requested by his friend
was sung. A military salute was
fired over his grave. There were
He is survived by his wife, his
parents and two brothers, Ovid
and Vane, two nieces and a neph-
Blackman received a medical
discharge from the army about
six years ago. He recently receiv-
ed a contract and was going to
work in motion pictures soon.
Interment was in the Sawtell
cemetery, Dec. 14. This is said to
be one of. the most beautiful
cemeteries in the world.
Blackman was 35 years old. He
lived in Panhandle from 1926 to
1938. For the past few years,
he has lived in California.
For '43 Crop
Was Reason For
Wheat yield in Carson county
for 1943 was 1,541,176 bushels,
according to O. R. Beddingfield of
the AAA office.
The general average yield was
10.4 bushels to the acre. Seeded
wheat made 11 bushels while vol-
unteer wheat averaged only 4
bushels. Carson county farmers
planted 134,630 acres and 14,187
acres volunteered. This made a
total of 148,817 acres of land ia
The wheat yield was poor this
vear because of insufficient mois-
ture. There was such a divergence
1$ the amount of moisture receiv-
ed that no speculation can be
made of which variety of rain had
fallen during 1943 and three in-
ches of that fell during the past
However, about 11 bushels has
been the average yield for the
past five or six years, according
to County Agent W. K. Cottin-
game. There was quite a labor
shortage which was partly met by
ilie importation of workers from
Oklahoma and th^ use of high
school boys. Pests and drouth
c< -mbined to make this year below
The trend is believed away
from the old, hard Blackhull to a
newer type and other varieties
such as Temmarq, Turkey Red
and Cheyenne. In spite of the
drouth, the wheat was of a su-
Recent rainfall has greatly aid-
ed winter wheat. Nevertheless,
next year's prospects are not so
good because so fewT farmers have
stands and some have not been
able to plant this fall. There was
no acreage allotment made last
Last week-end, Mr. and Mrs.
T. D. Moore and Miss Willa Mae
Bickneli had as their guests Miss
Mary Louise Loyd of Los Ange-
les, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Al-
fred Savard, formerly of Chicago,
who now live in Borger.
Jack Lanning has been ill with
the flu all week at his residence.
On 1st Downs
Phillips Blackhawks defeated
the Shamrock Irishmen on first
downs to win the Region 1-A
championship for the third time
in the past six years.
The score was 6-6 and each
team had one penetration. How-
ever, Coach Chesty Walker’s
Hawks had a 11-2 advantage in
first downs. Under league rules
that gives them the championship.
The field was slippery because
of the sleet and snow which
had frozen during the night. How-
ever, before the game was over,
there were many muddy spots on
the gridiron. Despite the condition-
of the field and the cold, biting
wind, the game featured hard
running and bruising tackling.
Shamrock reached pay dirt
first by running back a Phillips
kick from the 2-yard line. Col-
lingsworth, who was responsible
for this tally, failed to make the
extra point. This was early in the
second quarter. JPhillips came
back at the half to tie the score!
Cotton Davis went over from the
3-yard line after setting up the
touchdown with a 32-yard run.
He too, failed to convert. Each
team threatened only one other
Hereford defeated Wellington
for last year’s championship.
Show Of Magic
A large crowd, made up most-
ly of children, attended the mag-
ic show given by the Raymond
Scheetz Company of Magicians in
the high school auditorium Tues-
This program was secured
through the Southern Assembly
Programs. It is one of the bet-
ter type magic shows. Scheetz’
menagerie contained rabbits, pig-
eons, dogs and guinea pigs. He
also featured several illusions.
Mrs. Tom Deahl left for Pana-
ma, Okla., last week because of
the illness of her mother, Mrs.
J. L. McClellan, who died Satur-
day night. Mrs. McLellan had
been seriously ill for the past two
years. ■ Mrs. Deahl’s husband is
serving with the armed forces in
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