The Panhandle Herald (Panhandle, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, December 31, 1948 Page: 1 of 8
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Oldest Business Firm
The Panhandle Iecaie
Vol. 62—No. 24
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY PANHANDLE, CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1948
(8 Pages Today)
Panhandle Oil Test Begun
BE SWORN IN
SATURDAY A. M.
County To Have
No Changes In
Carson county will have no
changes in it official family for1
the next two years. Officials will
be sworn in sometime from 9 to
10 a. m. Saturday, New Year’s!
day, Judge O. R. Beddingfield
The court house will be opened,
during the holiday only for swear-
ing in of officials.
Taking office again will be:
Beddingfield, county Judge and,
ex-offico superintendent of
schools; H. H. Smith, county at-
torney; Clarence C. Williams,
sheriff, tax assessor and collector;
Mrs. Fannie Williams, county and
district clerk; Mrs. Eva E. Craig,
County commissioners: George
Crossman, J. O. Murray, D. L.
S'Lagle and J. C. Jackson; Sam
R. Lanning, justice of peace*; O.
R. Meaker, constable.
Judge Luther Gribble of 100th
district court recently reappoint-
ed Mrs. Willie O’Neal county aud-
itor for a term of two years
beginning Jan. 1, 1949.
The commissioners court met
Dec. 22 to pay December bills'
and salaries. New salaries will
be set at the regular meeting
For Needy At
Four boxes of food were pre-
jpared for needy 'families from
the offerings brought Thursday
evening, Dec. 23, when a pageant
was presented on the east portico
of the court house under the di-
rection of Mrs. Coe Cleek and
Mrs. Clyde W. Herndon.
The 'nativity scene was spot
lighted as the following program
was given in the First Christian
Church and sent through the am-
plifiers to an audience grouped,
around the court house square.
Chimes, O Little Town of Beth-
lehem, Mrs. Herndon at the or-
gan; Christmas meditation, Rev.
George D. York; choir, It Came
Upon the Midnight Cletar; Scrip-
ture, Birth of Christ, Rev. R. F.
Jone; choir, Hark the Herald An-
gels Sing; Scripture, Shepherds,
Her. York; choir Silent Night;
Scripture, Wise Men, Rev. York;'
choir, Joy to the World; proces-
sional, choir, O Come All Ye
Faithful; A Collect for Christmas;
Rev. York; White Christmas and
medley of Christmas carols, Mrs.
Vern Wisdom at the organ.
The program was well received
and ife is hoped to make it an'
L. T. Hill Dies
Of Heart Attack
L. T. Hill of Omaha, -Neb., who
formerly owned the L. T. Hill Go. j
stores in Panhandle and many 1
other communities, died of a
heart attack at 6 a. m. Sunday.
Hill established a group of 32
dy goods stores in Texas, Okla-
hamh and Kansas during the late
1920’s. Stores included Panhand->
le, Pampa, Bonger, Perryton and.
His brother, Paul D. Hill, Gray
county juvenile officer, died Oct.
4 of al heart attack.
Through many visits to Pan-
handle during the years he was
in business her, Hill became ac-
quanted with a number of local
Jack Griffith was manager of
the L. T. Hill store here for
several years before going in busi-
ness himself. The store here was
■closed about 12 years ago.
The St. Francis Farmer’s Union
Juniors are giving a New Year’s
Eve dance Friday, Dec. 31, at
the Highland Park auditorium,
'beginning at 9 o’clock.
New Term Will
January term of 100th district
court will begin at 10 a. m. Mon-
day, Jan. 3, with District Judge
Luther Gribble of Wellington pre-
siding and District Attorney Leon-
ard King of Childress in charge
of criminal activities.
Grand jury will be empaneled,
at 10 a.' m. The grand jury com-
mission composed of B. R. Weaks,
E. E. Crawford, G. F. Whitlow,
T. G. Fields and Howard Lane!
named on the following panel:
Ralph Randel, Panhandle; J.
V. Robinson, Lark; Marvin Calli-
ham, Conway; W. S. Jones and
C. L. Culver, Groom; D. W. Os-
borne and Porter Brown, Pan-
handle; J. D. West, Borger; H. T.
Dickens, M. L. Dowd and T. L.
Haiduk, White Deer,; Frank Met-,
calf, Panhandle; W. F. Harlan,
Bert Castleberry and W. S. Boyd,
One man, F, S. Prince of north
Carson county, was on the panel,
but he has died. Prince was the
11th man on the panel.
Mrs. Fannie Williams, county
and district clerk, said the docket
would be light because of the
continuous court plan.
Recent suits filed have been,
Louise E. Thorp vs. Blaine G.
Thorp, divorce, Dec. 16.
Ji. M'. and Jane Louise Gillispie,
petition for adoption, Dec. 17.
Lynn Armstrong vs. Ethel Alma
Armstrong, divorce, Dec. 21.
It Was White
With five-eighths inch of snow
bringing .05 inch of moistureJ
a white Christmas came belated]
to Panhandle. After threateni’
all day snow started falling ab
11:30 Saturday night and Sun
morning everything was w*
High winds which accompa
the snow made driving extrei
hazardous for about 3 hours.,
Temperatures for the past w
have averaged about 3 degri
above the seasonal normal b
winds have made them seen mac. ■*
lower. The high for the period,
was 55 Dec. 27 and the low,
reached just before midnight D$c.
29 was 17.
Temperatures for the past week
TO BE DECIDED
For Monday Night
At White Deer
The 4H and FFA boys of Car-
son county hope you can attend
the meeting at the high school
cafeteria in White Deer at 7:30
Monday evening, Jan. 3. If your,
time is so scheduled that it will
be impossible for you to make
this meeting please see that some
one else speaks for you.
Those in Panhandle commun-
ity can see Mason Lemons, Alvis.
Tabor or the county agent. The'
Groom folks can contact Cecil
Culver, Ed Campbell, or Leo Brit-
len. The White Deer people can
see Tom Sherrin, Russ Howard,
Lloyd Collis or Bob Ewen.
Those present and those asking
others to speak for them will de-
cide if the Garson County Junior
Livestock Show will be held next
February. If it is decided not to'
hold this show the Top O’ Texas;
Junior Fat Stock Show will be
expected to serve both as a dis-
trict and a county show as far as
the Carson county boys are con-
There are good talking points
on each side of the question so
real thought should be given it.
Consider the boys first and try
to plan what is best for them.
How to best support the fat
calves and pigs owned by Carson
county boys to be sold in the’
Pampa auction, deserves much
attention. Those bids placed or
better yet attend the auctidn in
person Feb. 15.
Keep this date in mind and
let’s do everything we can to help
these FFA and 4H boys become
better farmers and ranchers.
—H. M. Nichols, County Agent
Mr. and Mrs. J. Floyd Howe are
the parents of a daughter, Crys-
tal Jan, born Dec. 21 in North
Plains Hospital, Borger. Grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. H. W.
Whitfield, Lockney, and Mr. and
Mrs. J. B. Howe, Panhandle. Mrs.
J. F. Weatherly is a great-grand-
Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Dowlen
are the parents of a son, Norman
Hayden, weight 7 lbs., Sy2 ounces
born at St. Anthoney’s Hospital
Dec. 26. Mrs. Dowlen is the for-
mer Leta Robinson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Robinson.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Price are
the piarehts of a daughter, Marsha
Elizabeth, born Dec. 17 in Grooni
Mr. and Mrs. Ray McCormick
are the parents of twins, a boy
and '■,"1 22 at Nofth-
Mrs. J. F. Weatherly was hos-
tess at a one o’clock dinner Thurs-
day, Dec. 23, for her children,
grandchildren amj invited guests.
All were present except Mack
Johns, Amarillo, \ and Mrs. J.
Floyd Rowe, who was in North
Plains Hospital, with a daughter,
Crystal /an, born Dec. 21. Those
attending were Mr. and Mrs. A.
D. Weatherly and Ann and Mrs.
Mack Johns and Phillip. Amarillo ;
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Puckett and
Billie, Pampa; Mr. and Mrs. Clar-
ence Howe, Harold find Sandra,
Clapham, N. M.; Mr. and Mrs.
Elbert Howe, Lynn and Vern Dee,
Rosebud, N. M.; Mr. and Mrs. J.
B, Howe, Mrs. And Mrs. Venn
Wisdom, Mrs. Opal Purvines, Mr.
and Mrs. Harold O’Neal and
Shawn, J. Flo,yd Rowe, Johnnie
Eil and Jay Ray,; Deahl Hower,
Larry and Karen, Panhandle.
Dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Stone Christmas day were
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Stone, Jacque-
lyn and Tommy, Canadian; Mr.
and Mrs. S. L. Sellers and Shelby
Sue, Sundown, Texas, and Mrs.
Earl Weisbrod, Tommy Earl and
Charlene, Amarillo. Other guests
in the Stone home during the holi-
days were Mr. and Mrs. Shelby
Wright and Shelby B., Stillwater,
Oltla., Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Zollars
and Darlene, Gulf Camp; Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer Ward, Bobby, Edwin
and Ward, Canyon and Raymond
Dec. 2 5
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Godwin had
as their guests Monday evening
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Gilstrap from
Amarillo. Mr. Gilstrap is division
manager for the Southwestern
Public Service Company.
Jan. I. 1949, is an important
date for J. C. McCollough, for
it will bg ten years since he took
charge of Carson County Abstract
Co. His father became county and
district clerk Jan. 1, 1939, and
served almost four years.
C* P. McCollough died a few
days before he was scheduled to
start his third term. The son, J. C.
was named his successor and ser-
ver the few days of the term and
all of the elected full term. But
J. C. wanted to move along in
business and refused to run for
a second term.
The firm added general insur-
ance and has grown’ during these
ten years. Cyril Pingelton is now
one of the important associates
in the firm.
Guests in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Rufus Arthur during the
holidays have been their daugh-
ters and their husbands, Mr. and'
Mrs. Carl Phelps, Christine and
Virginia, Bonger; Mr. and Mrs.
Buddy Morgan, Amarillo^; Mr.
nd Mrs. Burton Stnith, Pleasant
alley. Other visitors in the Ar-
thur home have been Betty Helen
, Wright, Amarillo; Mrs. Verna
Mayj West, Borger, Mrs. L. D.
iDavi'idson, Amarillo. Mrs. J. W.
Joni^s, who is a patient in the
■'4, home has had as her guests her
'Slaughter and family, Mr. and Mrs.
W. N. Davis, Borger, and her son,
S. C. Jones and family, Canyon.
Her grandaughter and great-
granddaqghter from Claude have
also visited her this past week.
Guests in the home of Mrs.
8. G. Bobbitt for the holiday week-
end were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Moss and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn
Bobbitt, Carlsbad, N. M.; Mr. and
Mrs. Frederick Bobbitt and Ther-
esa, Borger,; Mrs. Helen Whitney
and Nelda, Mr. and Mrs. John
Nunn and Larry and Mrs. Dena
Southwood. Mr. and Mrs. Nunn
and Larry also visited in the
home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Nunn, Abernathy.
Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Lawson
were host and hostess Christmas
eve for a traditional Christmas
tree and igift opening. Other en-
tertainment of the evening was
the showing of colored slides tak-
en by Mr. Lawson and the read-
ing of “The Night Before Christ-
mas” by Kay Lawson. John Ro-
bert Lane also entertained with
musical selections on the piano.
Refreshments from a. beautifully
decarated table carrying out the
Christmas colors were served to
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Lane, Pampa;
Don and John Robert Lane, stu-
dents at the University- of Okla-
homa ; Mr. and Mrs. He - ,rd Lane
and sons, Roy and Jei- 'T
Mrs. C. C. Lawson and
ON ELLIS LAND r
EAST OF CITY
Two Blocks Being
Grouped To Drill
Dunigan brothers and associates;
have spudded in an oil well on.
section 121, I. & G. N. Railway,
and it was unofficially reported,
Wednesday that the test was down
COO feet with 10 inch pipe being
E. J. Dunigan is head of the
group which has blocked two
tracts for drilling. The present
test is almost in the center of
the northwest quarter of land
owned by the late Everoyd Ellis.
Site is slightly off the center of
the tract. It is said the center is
in the bottom of a creek bed.
About 4,000 acres are being
included in each group. Should
the first test prove satisfactory,
then it is expected that the second
well will be drilled. Leases called
for drilling to start on one block,
by Jan. 1, 1949.
As the acreage is only four or
five miles south of Cuyler oil
and gas field, some of the inter-
ested persons are quite hopeful
over prospects. However, about
25 years ago a well was drilled
on the E. B. Carroll land by the*
Gulf and it was a dry hole.
The site for the well is threet
miles east from the edge of Pan-«
handle and about two miles south..
S. H. Kammerer owns the south-.
west quarter of the section.
Dunigan and associates , have
been working on the project for
six or seven months. M( B. 'Welsh,
realtor, has assisted ti em n oh
taming leases. Work of oh
leases was held up
months on account of
and the passing of M
It is understood that
being obtained until -
and unless comme1
is obtained, renta
of oil activities
of Texas. Thi
until 1926, th>
Borger was •
Guests in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. R. M. Chastain Christmas
day were all of their children and
their families, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Chast tin and daughter, Barbara
.lean, Lefors; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Smith, Ruth, Patsy and Betty Jo,
White Deer, and Mr. and Mrs.
C. J. (Goobe) Kuehler, Groom.
Guests in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. H. G. Robinson during the
holidays were their daughters
and families, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell
Sharp and Shirley, Hereford, and
Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Dowlen,
Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Welsh and
■son, Larry, Carlsbad, N. M., have
been guests of his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. H. L. Welsh. Ocher
guests in the Welsh home for
Supday dinner were Mr. and Mrs.
G, G. Welsh, Mrs. Faye Granstfaff
and Kern, Mr. and Mrs. O. R.
Beddingfield, Mr. and Mrs. How-
ard Beddingfield and Gary and
Betty Ann McCafferty.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. M.
L. Vance was the setting for a
lovely Christmas eve dinner and
.family get-together Friday night.
The evening was enjoyed by the
singing of Christmas carols and
the distributing of gifts from the
tree with treats of candy and
nuts. Those attending were Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Simms from Ama-
rillo, Miss Ruby June Vance from
N. T. S. C. at Denton, Miss Vivian
Vance, home demonstration agent
at Spearman, Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
tin Vance Jr. and Mr. and Mrs.
M. L. Vance.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. O’Neal and
son, Mike, Wichita Falls, have
been holiday guests in the home
of his mother, Mrs. Willie O’Neal.
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home of Mr. Barclay
R. Busby, Fort Won
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Warren, David M. The Panhandle Herald (Panhandle, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, December 31, 1948, newspaper, December 31, 1948; Panhandle, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth875127/m1/1/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Carson County Library.