The Panhandle Herald (Panhandle, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, January 14, 1949 Page: 1 of 8
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The Panhandle IIepald
That World War II
Vol. 62—No. 26
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY PANHANDLE, CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS; FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1949
(24 pages today)
County Salaries Raised
FOR 2 YEARS
New Salary To Be
Close To $4,500
R. E. Byrom, who has been,
pnriprintpn^ent of Panhandle
schools since December, 1947, was
lueieciea oy tne board of trustees
for a two-year term at the regular
meeting Tuesday night. His new
term will begin Sept. 1, 1949.
Byrom came to the Panhandle
schools from Higgins, where he
His salary was set ,at S4,500
or the state schedule, whichever
v The board had a long discussion
of problems pertaining to the Pet-
rolia area of the school district.
The grade school was closed last
fall and students were brought
to Panhandle. Some parents want-
ed to transfer students to Borger.
Agitation began later for for-
mation of a new school district
to be composed of 13 or 14 sec-
tion, provided arrangements could,
not be made for a transfer or a
merger with the Borger district.
*ft is understood that property
owners vigorously oppose any
merger with the Borger district
as taxes would increase 'about
A representative of property
owners is expected to meet with
the board at a called session.
Up Last Year
Carson county has a good re-
cord of disposing of cases in 100th
district court in 194S, Mrs. Fannie
Williams, county and district
clerk, has reported to the com-
joaittee on judicial statistics of the
Texas Civil Judicial Council.
It was necessary to complete
the 194 8 report without delay be-
cause the cduncil needed the fig-
ures to use in connection with
judicial measures . in the legisla-
Jan. 1, 1948, there were 22
divorce suits on record and 33
%ere filed in 1948. Forty-two:
were disposed of and only 13
were on the docket at the end
of the year.
The court had 19 other civil
cases Jan. 1*, 1948 and 21 were
filed during the year. Twenty-one
cases were taken off the docket
and 19 remained to be disposed
of in 1949.
A year ago there were 40 crim-
inal cases and 26 were filed in
194 8. Forty-six were disposed of,
leaving 20 at the end of 1948.
The 100th district court is in
charge of Judge Luther Gribble
of Wellington and District At-
torney Leonard King of Childress.
The continuous court plan with
setting aside a day a month and
other time when required has en-
abled progress in cleaning the
docket, Mrs. Williams said.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bednorz
of the Car-Gray gasoline plant
northeast of White Deer were
taken to Worley Hospital in Pam-
vpa Monday from near asphyxia-
tion. They left the floor furnace
burning, during thle night and
fault ventilation was blamed.
Bednorz was able to get to at
nearby house and tell of their
condition. They were taken to the
Pampa hospital by ambulance and
were to stay until they recovered.
R. E. BYROM
R. E. Byrom, who has been
reelected superintendent of Pan-
From Many Cities
Gift subscriptions fell off in this
report of orders received for The
Herald. Only three gift subscrip-
tions were received in the list of
32 reported this week.
Subscriptions were received
from seven states: Texas, Ohio,
West Virginia, Kansas, New York,
Montana and New Mexico.
Eight Texas communities were1
represented in the list as follows:
White Deer, Amarillo, Iowa Park,
Spearman, Groom, Fort Worth,
Borger and Panhandle.
Complete list of subscriptions
J. C. Jackson, White Deer
Mrs. T. A. Chauveaux, Amarillo
Clyde W. Herndon
M. B. Pickens, White Deer
W. E. Poage
Mrs. Richard Obert, Toledo,
Ohio, gift of sister, Mrs. George
J. F. Ellis
/ Mrs. C. M. Hoylman, Union,
W. Va., gift of father, J. F. Ellis.
Mrs. Lester Welsh, Abilene,
T. E. Russell
E. E. Moecker, Albany, N. Y.
M. L. Purvines, Amarillo
Mrs. Mable Courage, Belleville,
Mrs. Clarence Ashby, Busby,
Mont., gift of mother, Mrs. Mabel
T. W. Gilstrap, Amarillo
Southwestern Public Service
J. L. Carhart
H. J. Hughes
B. E. Owens, Iowa Park, Tex.
Mrs. Sam Patterson, Spearman
W. F. Ford, Amarillo
Julius Meaker, Sr.
State National Bank, Groom
R. F. Cheatham
Mrs. James Dollar, Fort Wotth
Panhandle Lumber Company
Murray Meeker, Amarillo
Lewis Hardware, Borger
Howard Cox Will
Be Awarded T. U.
Degree Jan. 31
. Howard Nesbit Cox, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Cox of Panhandle,
will receive a bachelor of science
degree in electrical engineeding
at the University of Texas mid-,
year graduation Jan. 31.
Also receiving the degree is
Luther Edward Gribble of Well-
ington, son of District Judge and
Mrs. Luther Gribble.
Among others in the Panhandle
receiving degrees are: Joe Wilbur
Carver, Plainview, bachelor of
science in pharmacy • Truett Gib-
son Hull, Amarillo,’ bachelor of
science in chemical engineering;
Clylas Elwood Knight, Amarillo,
and Lawrence Sessions McBee,
Pampa, bachelor of science in
Degrees include 3il in pharmacy
and 20 9 in engineering.
Series E Bonds
Bought In Texa?
Are 71 Per Cent
Carson county' bought $341,-
608.75 worth of U. S. Savings
Bonds during 194S, according to
a year:end report by Harry Owens
of Dallas, state director for Sav-
ings Bonds, to J. C. McCollough
and Judge O. R. Bedingfield,
county Savings Bonds co-chairmen
During the same period, the peo-
ple of Texas bought $19 6,44 8,-
587.50 worth of these securities.
Texans now own more than
$1.5 billion worth of Savings
Bonds which earned $42,372,000
in interest during the year.
The state’s total bond sales last
year, Series E, the “people’s
bond,” accounted for $139,591,-
216.25, or 71 per cent.
“There are more Savings Bonds
in the hands of the people today
than ever before,” he said. “Al-
most 70 per cent of all bonds
ever issued are still in the pos-
sesion of their original owners.
The sale of Series E bonds in
Texas alone during 194 8 was
$4,940,447.50 more than for
Harry E, Gray
Funeral To Be
Held At Canyon
Foineral services for Harry E.
Gray, 73, will be held at 1 p. m.
today in the First Baptist Church,
Canyon, with the pastor, Rev.
Roy Johnson, officiating. Burial
will be in Dreamland Cemetery,
Canyon, by the side of a daughter,
Opal, who died in 1934. Black-
burn-Shaw Funeral Home, Ama-
rillo will be in change of arrange-,
Mr. Gray was born in Worth,
Mo., Dec. 3, 1875, and was mar-
ried to Miss Alice Gowen Feb. 22,
1899. They moved to Panhandle
in 1907 where they lived until
1930 when they moved to a farm
between Happy and Canyon. Liv-
ing there until failing health
caused his retirement. He died
Wednesday afternoon at his
Jiome in Canyon following a,
He had been a member of the
Baptist Church since the age of
ten and served as a* deacon for
the First Baptist Church of Pan-
handle for many years.
Survivors include the widow;
a son Robert, Wichita, Kansas;
twQ brothers, Brian, Pueblo, Colo,
and John, Amarillo; four sisters,
Mrs. Nell Hickey, Long Beach,
Calif,; Mrs. Jess Harlow, Rock
Island, 111., Mrs. May Bender,
Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. Ray An-
derson, Panhandle; 5 'grand-
children and 29 nephews 'and
His parents were Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Gray, both deceased.
First National Bank Deposits
Decrease About Five Per Cent GIVEN INCREASE
March of Dimes Campaign Started
To Assist In Fight Against Polio
Under Direction of Mrs, Thompson
PAST POTENTATE DIES
Mayor Tom May, 59, of Brown-
field and former potentate of
Khiva Temple, died suddenly Sun- at Springtown, Texas, will be held
day in a Brownfield hospital, , at the Panhandle Church of Christ
where he had been admitted the < Saturday. Burial will be in Pan-
In spite of the extremely cold
weathej of the past few days,
farmers and stockmen feel that
the 1.48 inches of moisture re-
ceived during the period have
more than counteracted the dam-
age done by the cold. Cattle have
shrunk some during the period
but lack of wind did much to
alleviate their suffering.
The storm blew into the re-
gion about 2:30 a. m. Sunday,
bringing with it snow and freezing
rain. This condition continued all
day Sunday and Monday and Tues-
day causing the schools of the
county to be closed Tuesday. Pan-
handle schools reopened Wednes-
day morning with an •attendance
of 85 per cent. Hobart, Pleasant
Plains and King busses did not
run that day.
While walking to school Wed-
nesday morning, Mrs. Lura No-
land, art teacher in grade and
high school, slipped on the ice in
front of the Methodist Church and
broke the large bone in her right,
arm just above the wrist. She
was able to be back in school
Thursday. No other casualities
have been reported. Bus schedules
were cancelled for part of the
day Tuesday, but were back to
Temperatures have ranged from
a mild 61 on Jan. 7 to 0 on the
morning of Jan. 10. Temperatures)
started coming up again Wednes-
day, Jan. 12 and the low for the
night was 34. This has caused
the highways to clear rapidly and
fears of an ice storm comparable
to that of November, 194 0 have
been abated. The sun, Thursday
morning also hastened the thaw-
Temperatures and moisture
amounts for the past week follow:
High Low Mois
Jan. 6 55 18
Jan. 7 61 25
Jan. 8 59 41
Jan. 9 45 11 .26
Jan. 10 11 0 .10
Jan. 11 16 6 1.10
Jan. 12 36 13 .02
D. D. Poindexter
To Be Saturday
Funeral services for Pvt. Del-
bert D. Poindexter, 26, son of
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Poindexter,
formerly of Panhandle, now living
Mrs. Jim Mecaskey is a surgical
patient in St. Anthony’s Hospital,
previous day for a minor opera-
tion. He was an oil dealer. Funeral
services were held Tuesday at
MARCH OF DIMES
JANUARY 14 -31
handle Cemetery under the direc-
tion of Blackburn Shaw Funeral
Pvt. Poindexter was born Aug-
ust 22, 1916, in Montague County
and moved to Carson county in
19 21. He attended school at Lark
and Panhandle High School in
1932-33. He enlisted in the army
Oct. 15, 1939, and trained at Mof-
fitt Field, Calif. He sailed for the'
Philippines in April, 1940, land-
ing there May 20. He trained and
was in service in Manila until
his capture May 7, 194 2. He died
in a Japanese prison camp at
Mukden, Manchukou, May 14,
Besides' his parents he is sur-
vived by three brothers and two
sisters; Virgil, Panhandle; James
N., Hobart, Okla<; Archie, Ama-
rillo; Mrs. Edgar Telchick, O’Don-
nell, Texas, and Mrs. Munroe
James Mecaskey Post, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, will conduct
military rites at the graveside.
The 19 49 March of Dimes cam-
paign to aid the Carson County
Chapter and the fund of the
National Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis is under way with Mrs.
Julia Thompson of Panhandle
county chairman again.
Much planning has been done
in recent weeks to get county-
wide cooperatie/h. Every school
child will be given an opportunity
to aid the March of Dimes.
Folders are being mailed out:
These folders have space .for 20
dimeg and also a place to insert
a check. It is going to take some
checks to put over the 1949 cam-
paign and Mrs. Thompson hopes
that the people will be generous'
May Mail Checks
Checks may be mailed to Mrs.
Thompson or they may be left
with her at the office of Judge
O. R. Beddingfield at the court
Miss Joyce Wiley will be in
charge of the jar campaign here
again. Chairmen for communities
follow: Conway, Mrs. Ralph Simp-
son; Lark, Mrs. W. H. Wilson;
Groom, Supt W. B. Harris,; White
Deer and Skellytown, Mrs. W. C.
Powers; Pleasant Plains, Mrs. H.
R. Pugl(; Pantex, J. P. Smith.
Full ^cooperation is being ar-
ranged in Panhandle schools by
Supt. R. E. Byrom. Miss Thelma
Holman, grade school teacher, is-
in charge of the Panhandle school
Mrs. Thompson reported that
Carson county raised $1,167.18
last year, with one-half being left
with the local chapter. Demands
were hjfcavy for Carson county
cases last year and the treasury
must be built up again, if any
good work is to he done in 1949.
Carson Gifts Liberal
Texas was 43rd in the nation
last year on a per capita basis,
but Carson county donations were
ahead of either tthe state or na-
Mrs. Thompson received infor-
mation that the Carson county
donation a year ago was 17.99
cents, the state 9.4 5 cents and
the nation 14.18 cents. The Na-
tional Foundation returned $737,-
068 to Texas because of emer-
gency needs in 1948.
National cost for polio last year
was $17,000,000 and the National
Fund returned $6,500,000 to local
chapters. The epidemic fund is
exhausted and must depend on
1949 contributions, Mrs. Thomp-
son was informed by Basil O’Con-'
ner, national president.
The 'formal campaign begins
today and closes Jan. 31. Mrs.
Thompson would like for gifts
to be made promptly in order to
have a successful campaign for
Todd Is Speaker
At Lions Meeting
Rev. James Todd, minister of
the Christiain Church, was guest;
speaker for the Lions Club Tues-
day, telling of a recent trip to
the Dixson State Hospital of Illi-
nois where his daughter, Boone,
is a junior psychologist.
During his talk he displayed
many articles made in the insti-
tution. Frank Stephenson was
program chairman for the day.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bedding-
field are the parents of a daughter
Janie Sue, weighing 6 pounds, 10
ounces, born at Worley Hospital,
Pampa, Dec. 31. Grandparents
are Ben Urbanczyk, White Deer,
and Judge and Mrs. O. R. Bed-
dingfield, Panhandle. Mr. and
Mrs. V. Haiduk, White D’eer, are
........ 2,754,540.8 L
The First National Bank of
Panhandle had $5,425,288.59 on
deposit Dec. 31, 1948 according
to the annual report of Vern
Wisdom, vice-president and cash-
rihtse are large deposits for a
small community, but they in-
dicate that possibly the big boom
and gain in deposits has come,
to an end. Deposits at the close
of the previous year were $5,-
697,345.78, making a decrease of
$272,057.19 during 1948, or about
5 per cent.
Deposits during 1947 gained
$933,991.04. Reports from other
banks show that deposits gener-
ally are on a downward trend.
However, the decrease generally
has not been large either in the
Panhandle of Texas or nationally.
The largest banks have lost de-
cause of the taking up of some
government bonds when they were
The growth in deposits from
$628,801 nine years ago to the
present sum, or more than eight
times, has been an indication of
the prosperity of this community.
The bank is now in its 61st
year, the predecessor Panhandle
Bank, a private institution hav-
ing been founded by Judge J. C.
Paul, deceased, and associates;
May 6, 18S8. The First National
founded May 6, 1927, took over
deposits of the Panhandle Bank
when it was liquidated in Decem-
F. A. Paul, president, became
chairman of the board June 5,
19 44, when David M. Warren
bought the controlling stock and
was elected president.
All officers and directors were
reelected Monday at the First
National Bank. Shareholders in
the annual mefeting reelected these
directors: F. A. Paul, J. H. Paul,
Vern Wisdom, Asbery A. Callag-
han, Walter Lill and David M.
Following the discussion of the
annual report, which stated that
the surplus was increased from
$50,000 to 60,000 last year, the
following officers were reelected:
F.A. Paul, chairman of board;
Warren, president; Wisdom, vice-
president and cashier, and H. N.
Munro, assistant cashier.
At Clerk’s Office
Recording of instruments in the
county clerk’s office is increasing
rapidly this year, Mrs. Fannie*
Williams, county and district
clerk, said this week.
Instruments received through
Jan. 8 were' 85 this year and the
85th instrument in 1948 was not
recorded until Feb. 2.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Preusser,
Melly and Carman, returned Sun-
day from a holiday visit with
Mrs. Preiisser’s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Matt Gent, Washington, Iowa
Panhandle friends will be sorry
to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Gent
have both been ill.
Pay For Highway
Workers Will Be
I Salaries of . Carson county elec-
tiv f jx...ea officials were
raised $6,200 annually by the
commissioners court Monday. In-
creases sent the county payroll
from $42,780 to $47,980 yearly.
No raises have been made since
Jan. 1947, according to Judge
O. R. Beddingfield. The commis-
sioners court will meet later and
discuss salaries for highway em-
Commissioners salaries were
set at $2,500 a year, same as in
previous years and the maximum
allowed by law. No increase can
be made until valuations pass
$20,000,000 in the county.
The total salaries listed of
$47,980 do not indued the $10,-
00;0 for commissioners, as no
change was made in their pay.
Changes made follow:
Judge Beddingfield from $2,850
to 3,300; Mrs. Julia Thompson
from $1200 to $1300; Mrs. Fanniei
Williams, county and district
tclerk, from $3,750 to $4,500;;
Mrs. Eva E. Craig, treasurer,,
from $2500 to $3000; H. H. Smith
county attorney, from $3,000 to
$3,500,; sheriff, tax assessor and
collector, Clarence C. Williams,
from $3,750 to $4,800.
Deputy Sheriff Louis Lemons
from $2,850 to $3,250, including
$600 car allowance; Deputy Joyce
Wiley from $2,100 to $2,300;
Deputy Sheriff Tex Cotter from
•$3,525 to $3,700, including car
expense; Deputy County and Dis-
trict Clerk Faye Grandstaff from
$2,220 to $2,750; Mrs. Willie
O’Neal , county auditor, fr'om.
$3,250 to $3,600.
H. M. Nichols, county agent,
and Miss Charlotte Tompkins,
home demonstration agent, $2,100
each for county’s part of salary;)
office clerk iiJor these officials,
from $900 to $1,000 for county’s
part,: Homer Mathis, janitor from
$2,025 to $2,150.
Precinct constables, $120 year,
no salary previously; Deputy
Sheriff Grady Stapp at Groom,
from $4 80 to 780; Deputy Sheriff
W. H. Price at Skellytown, from
$480 to 780; Deputy Sheriff Hess
at White Deer, from $480 to
Of Claude Dies
Rites for William Ellis Brady,
67, of Claude, father of Mrs.
Judson Skaggs of Panhandle will
be conducted at 2:30 this after-
noon in the Church of Christ at
Claude. Burial will be in Claude
Cemetery under the direction of
N. S. Griggs and Sons, Amarillo.-
Brady, long time resident of
Claude and Armstrong County,
died at Northwest Texas Hospital,
Amarillo, Tuesday evening. He
had been in failing health for
Survivors besides Mrs. Skaggs
are the widow, four sons, Ward,
Tolbert Lee, William E. Jr. and
Ralph; two other daughters, Mrs.
Marvin Carter and Mrs. Mildred
Osburn; sisters, Mrs. E. W. Cabe,
Mrs. Lee Reeves, Mrs. Oscar
Davis, Mrs. Roy Cabe, Mrs. Henry
Davis and Mrs. Cleo Burton. Nine-
grandchildren also survive.
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Warren, David M. The Panhandle Herald (Panhandle, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, January 14, 1949, newspaper, January 14, 1949; Panhandle, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth875006/m1/1/: accessed June 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Carson County Library.