Raymondville Chronicle (Raymondville, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 10, 1956 Page: 1 of 16
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CHUCKLE OF THE WEEK
Some people who say they forgive
and forget are always- reminding you
Formerly Willacy Countv Chronicle
Willacy County's Best Edited, Best Read Newspaper
Raymondville, Texas, Thursday,
May 10. 1956
Sixteen Pages In Two Sections
Raymond R. Best, 26, Harlin-
gen, died in a Raymondville hos-
pital 20 minutes after the car he
was driving in Highway 77 south
of Lyford crashed into a utility
pole at 1:40 p.m, Saturday.
The fatality raised the Valley
traffic death toll for the year to
Mrs. Ruby J. Smith, La Feria,
was transfer red to Mercedes hos-
pital for treatment of injuries she
received in the crash, but her
condition was not serious.
Two other passengers in the
Best auto, Mrs. Ella Ivey, Harlin-
gen, and Mrs. Smith's 9-monihs-
old daughter, Ruby Dale, were
reported as uninjured.
State Highway patrolmen
said that Best had started ie
pass another southbound auto
lJ miles south of Lyford but
apparently decided he would
meet an oncoming north-
bound car head-on before he
could return io the right lane
because of anoiher south-
bound car ahead. The Best
auto crossed across the shoul-
der and crashed into the
Best had been working under
the GI Training program for a
Harlingen electrical firm.
The" body was forwarded by
Duddlesten’s funeral home to De-
troit where there are two surviv-
ors-; a brother and a sister.
As Filing Deadline Passes
TO DISTRICT 4-H CAMP: S’Kown are winners in the recent Willacy County 4-H Club
Dress Revue who will attend district camp at Mo Ranch May 28. Left to right: Carmen
Medland, Little Helpers; Delilah" Sue Branham, Lasara; Janet Kopecky, County 4-H;
Tonya Clay, Little Homemakers; Jo Jo Marshall, Sebastian.
(Photo bv Gene Smith)
53 4-H Club
Girls Take Part
In Dress Revue
Fiftv-thrpe girls, representing
girls 4-H Club of the county took
part in the annual Dress Revue
held recently in the Sebastian
Mrs. George Oakes and Mrs.
Oliver Jarl, leaders for the
Sebastion 4-H Club, along with
4-H members, did the stage dec-
orations and served refreshments
of punch and cookies to the
crowd after the show.
Names of 4-H girls who will
attend district camp at Mo
Ranch May 28 through June 1
were announced as follows:
Delilah Sue Branham —
Lasara; Jo Jo Marshall —
Sebastian; Janel Kopecky —-
County 4-H; Tonya Clay
Little Homemakers; Carmen
Medland — Little Helpers.
Mrs. Pauline Davis will ac-
company the girls as leader along
with the home demonstration
Girls winning ribbons in the
Dress Revue were:
Blue ribbons: -Sharon Clay,
Sue Rowland, Claudia Florence,
Martha Davis, Carmen Medland,
Celia Leal, Nancy Kolterman,
Delilah Sue Branham, Rita Stew-
art, Ginger Lewis Sue Knox,
Judy Brankhahn, Nancy Baker,
Cissie Rowland, Mary Lou Garcia,
Ruby Robbins, Jessica Smith,
Tonya Clay, Annie Lou Williams,
Grace Jean Berg, Janet Kopecky,
and Janice Peeples.
Red ribbons: Gwen Nell Rich-
ardson, Juanita Chavez, Mary
cate this course of policy, we are Reyna, Alice Perez, Mary Vil-
' larreai; Donna Jarl,, Jo Jo Mar-
shall, Vivian Pearson, Pamela
Wood, Nadine Vassberg, Patsy
Ann Mullin, Patsy de la Garza,
Sue Houts, Flo Allen, Martha
Rushing, and Shirley Davis.
White ribbons: Narcis-a Olivar-
ez, Wanda Garcia, Linda Perez,
Santitos Olivarez, Bertha Rocha,
Kay McIntyre, Lupita de la Rosa,
Virginal Cavazos, Gertie Lou
Richardson, Juanita Correa, and
TO US THIS week came a copy
of “The Texian”, published in
Austin Dec. 20, 1841 and contain-
ing the second inaugural address
of President Sam Houston.
It is the property of Mrs. J. K.
Boettger and came into the fami-
ly’s possession by her grandfath-
er, Edward Manton, a farmer and
rancher who lived near La
Grange in Fayette County.
MOST OF THE ISSUE is taken
up with the proceedings of the
legislature of the Republic of Tex-
as and the newspaper is full of
rafter-ringing oratory. Comment-
ing on the lack of funds President'
“In commencing my official
duties, it was reasonable to sup-
pose that I should have found the
ordinary facilities of conducting
the affairs of government. On the
contrary, I find it in a condition
more deplorable than it was in
the period of the commencement.
There is not a dollar in its trea-
sury—the nation is involved from
ten to fifteen millions.”
PRESIDENT Houston continues:
“To attempt a redemption of
our present liabilities by taxing
our population to the amount
necessary would be to them ruin-
ous: Much as we might depre-
VALEDICTORIAN — Janice
Peeples, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Leon Peeples, is valedictorian
of this year’s graduating class
of Raymondville High School
54 Farm Income
The value of products sold
in J954 by operators of 865
farms in Willacy County was
$18,366,191, according to a
preliminary report of the
1954 Census of agriculture
published by the Bureau of
the Census, U. S. Depart-
ment of Commerce.
The value of all crops sold
was $17,772,343 and Includ-
ed $17,158,200 field crops,
3586,180 for vegetables, $19,-
288 for fruits and nuts, and
$8,700 for horticultural speci-
The value of all livestock
products sold was $589,942
and included $41,329 for
dairy products, $58,844 for
poultry and poultry prod-
ucts, and $489,769 for live-
stock and livestock products.
The value of forest prod-
ucts sold from the county's
farms was $3,900.
Johnny Hess Is
C of C President
In Saddle At
The temperature of Willacy
County politics kept pace with
90-degree temperature of Valley
sunshine the past week as Demo-
cratic precinct and county con-
ventions and the deadline for fil-
ing as party candidates1 passed in-
to the annals of history.
A show-down of relative
Sen. Lyndon Johnson-Gov.
Allen Shivers strength came
Saturday in the Democratic
precinct conventions. Five of
the nine Willacy County vot-
ing precincts instructed their
delegates to the county con-
vention Tuesday to support
Johnson. The San Per lit*
precinct instructed for Shiv-
ers and Lyford precincts split
votes between Shivers and
now left with no other; remedy.
While many just claims are thus
deferred, we can only refer our
creditors to our inability to pay
WITHOUT REGARD for long
sentences, here is the final
paragraph ending in a flourish of
“In the promotion of the pros-
perity and glory of my country,
every energy of my mind shall be
employed in unremitting exer-
tions, to extricate our fair land
from the misfortunes which over-
shadow its present prospects, with
a most fervent and devout invo-
cation to the God who buildeth
up nations, that the coulds which
now lower upon cur destiny, may
be dispelled, and that. His wisdom
may direct us in tnc p ith of glory
and honor and that ihe people
of this nation may be established
in virtue, prosperity and happi-
SALUTATORIAN — Rudolfo
Losoya, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sil-
vano Losoya, lias been named
salutatorian of the 1956 graduat-
ing class of Raymondville High
Mrs, D. W. Dwyer Heads
land Beosfers Ciyb
Mrs. W. D. Dwyer was elected
president of the Band Boosters j
Club at the regular meeting jjotel
Johnny Hess was named presi
dent of the Willacy County ^ principal.
Chamber of Commerce at a re-
cent meeting of the board of
Other officers elected are L.
O. Robbins, first vice-president;
’David Loe, second vice-president
and Jim Edwards, treasurer.
Directors ol the new board
are Stanley Addington, A. R.
Bartelli, Mike Brenner, Ken
Brackhahn/ H. I. Burnett,
Jimmy Duddlesten, Kermii
Fletcher, M. J. Glarner, John
Handley, Jimmy Jamison,
Phillip Knipp, Oran Knox,
Pete Nyquist, L. V. Shaver,
Robert Todd and Frank Wil-
The new slate of officers and
directors will be introduced at
the annual membership banquet
to be held at 7:30 p>.m. Thurs-
day May 17 at the White Wing
At the Democratic county con-
vention held Tuesday afternoon
at the court house Johnson dele-
gates took over and endorsed
Texas’ favorite son both as chair-
man of the party arid as candi-
date for the presidential nomina-
Delegates to the state conven-
tion in Dallas were named as
Hanley Swayze and Russell Cher-
ry. Roger Robinson Jr. and Bill
Rapp were chosen as alternates.
Deadline for filing for
Democratic party candidates
Tuesday midnight found two
or more opponents in prac-
tically every race for office in
the county which will be vot-
ed On in the Democratic
primary in July.
In the race for sheriff are L. D.
Snow, the incumbent, E. D. Sales,
city commissioner and Crawford
Candidates for county tax as-
sessor and collector a r e, Clyde
Parker, incumbent, and E. A. Kil-
bourn. In the race for county
school superintendent, the incum-
bent W. J. Box is opposed by J.
G. Mundy, a former high school
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Arnold
left Friday for Arkansas to at-
tend funeral services for his
nephew who was killed in an
automobile accident. ,, ;
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Rainfall Jan. 1, to May 8, 1956,
9.24 inches; Jan. 1, to May 8, 1955,
R. O. ADAMS
U. S, Weather Bureau Observer
Other officers who will serve
for the coming year are Mrs.
Calvin Huff, vice president; Mrs.
Ocie Yeager, secretary; Mrs. J.
O. Stein, treasurer and Mrs. Otis
The retiring officers expressed
their thanks to everyone for the
help given to them during the
past school year.
Candidates for county commis-
sioner, Prencinct 1, are H. D.
Bush, incumbent; arid Art Baugh-
man. In the field of candidates
for commissioner for Precinct 3,
are Lewis Prator, incumbent,
Martin Moseson, Tom King, Clark
Gillit, and W. O. Lofton.
One of the few women candi-
dates for major offices in the
state is Edna Cisneros who is op-
osing J. G. Foster for county and
Carl Conley, 34-year-old
Willacy County district at-
torney, Monday night an-
nounced he will be. a candi-
date for Texas representa-
tive, succeeding Gusiiri Gar-
rett who formerly announced
at deadline time he will not
(Continued on Page 8)
CITED IN THREE DIVISIONS
Chronicle Wins Awards
In Newspaper Contests
The Raymondville Chronicle , that1 a winner of any place in the
FARM BUREAU ELECTS
The Lasara unit of the Willacy;
County Farm Bureau elected ty of its entries in the better
received commendation this week
from Dr. Donald D. Burchard,
head of the department of journ-
alism, at Texas Agricultural and
Mechanical College for the quali-
officers at a meeting held at the
Lasara school auditorium May
4 at 7:30 p.m. They were Herman
F. Gerdes, F. B. Murphy, Gre-
gorio Chavez and Melvin Walls.
The school children presented
newspaper contest sponsored by
the South Texas Press Associa-
As one of the judges in the con-
test, Dr. Burchard expressed his
praise of the Chronicle entries in
the following letter:
“The quality of entries was so
high and the competition so keen
NEW C of C PREXY: Johnny Hess (right), newly elected
president of the Willacy County Chamber of Commerce,
receives congratulations from A, J. Neese, out-going
president as David Loe, second vice president looks on.
(Photo by Gene Smith)
Ball Team In
The Raymondville Bearkat base
ball team won the District 26A
championship by a cne game
margin here Tuesday and as a
result advanced to bi-district
playoff, probably with Sinton.
Raymondville lost its final
game to Rio Grande City 7-1 as
the Bearkats fell victim to Pat
Saenz four-hitter, but Mission
walloped Weslaco 13-4 to save the
The Bearkats finished the sea-
son with a 4-2 record compared.
with a 3-3 record for Weslaco
and Rio Grande City. Mission
settled for last place with a 2-4
Mission pounded Weslaco
for 10 hits in knocking the
Panthers out of title conten-
tion at Mission Tuesday
afternoon, Pete Perez tossed
seven-hit ball for the Eagles
and hit two for three. In-
cluding a double. Bobby
Lackey was the loser.
The Eagles blasted the game
wide open in the fourth inning
with a 10-run outburst that was
too much for the Panthers to
Lonnie Anderson aided the
Mission cause with ,a triple and
At Raymondville, Zeke Rodri-
guez and F, Gonzales led the
Rattlers over the district cham-
pions. The Bearkats were paced
by Mike Sanchez with a triple
in the seventh. Luis Serna was
Raymondville Memorial Hos-
pital reports the following births:
Mr. and Mrs. Pablo Gomez, Jr.,
j Raymondville, a girl, April 30.
Mr. and Mrs. Jose Gomez, Ray-
mondville, a boy, April 30.
Mr. and Mrs. Anastacia Salinas,
Raymondville. a girl, May 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Gustavo de los
Reyes, Lyford, a girl, May 2.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Salas, Ray-
mondville, a girl, May 2.
Mr. and Mrs, Barbarito Garza,
Lyford, a boy, May 5.
TROJAN TRACK MEN: Bartolo Gonzales (left) and Ju-
nior Flores, members of the San Perlita High School
track team who have represented their school in recent
regional and state competition. Gonzales placed second
in the mile at the regional meet in Kingsville which en-
titled him to enter the state meet in Austin last week.
(Photo by Gene §r<wh)
South Texas Press Association
contests for 1956 can feel proud
of his achievement.
goes io you for winning third
place in Best Column for
"Give and Take", and Honor-
able Mentions for Communi-
ty Service and Best All
Around Newspaper in towns
of over 3,500 population.
“May you continue to publish a
truly fine newspaper in all the
years to come.” _
A group of Masons met Fri-
day night for the purpose of
organizing and sponsoring a
chapter of DeMolay for boys in
Willacy County. The group,
known as. the Willacy Club, is
soliciting membership among- Ma-
sons. Dues are $2 per year and
all funds will go to the support
of the DeMolay chapter.
The Order of DeMolay is
a character building organb
zalien for boys between the
ages of 14 and 21. Active
Valley chapters include
Brownsville, Harlingen, San
Benito, and McAllen. Seven
Willacy County boys are al-
ready members in other Val-
Charter members of the spon-
soring club include: M. G.
Mitchell, Bill Box, David Jones,
John Spilman, R. F. Robinson,
L, O. Robbins, H. R. Mazzare,
W. T. Kinniell, Thomas Spilman,
(Continued on Page 8)
Rifes Held Far
Gilbert Tamez, 58
Gilbert Tamez, 58, veteran
Willacy County peace officer,
died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Ray-
mondville Memorial Hospital fol-
lowing a heart attack. He had
been ill for about a week.
Mr. Tamez had' been, employed
by the sheriffs department for
the past 14 years. He was born
in Willacy County on Oct. 30,
1898, and married Pauline de la
Rosa in 1919. She preceded him
In death in 1944. In 1946 he mar-
ried Maria Rivera.
He was a member of Bethel
Methodist Church, Raymondville.
Surviving are his wife; four
sons, Gilbert Tamez Jr., Lupe
Tamez, Pedro and Manuel Tamez,
all of Raymondville; three daugh-
ters, Mrs. Charlie Carrington of
Harlingen; Leonora Tamez and
Gloria Tamez, both of Raymond-
ville; five brothers. Fidel Nieves
and Rudolf Tamez all of Lasara,
Manuel Tamez of Michigan, and
Queen Tamez of Mathis; four
Funeral services were held at
(Continued on Page 8)
Ladies of St. Anthony’s Altar
Society will have their annual
smorgasbord Saturday evening
June 9 from 5 until 8 p.m. at
the parish halL
of the WEEK
Do you like your name?
MRS. FLOYD McNUTT: Yes,
I like my name, Thurina. It’s
different and I think it suits me.
Few people ever pronounce it
right the first time.
MRS. WILMAR STRADER: I
think Wilmar is an unusual name.
My husband’s flashing smile and
name attracted me immediately
and by the end of the second
Iweek I knew I was very much
in love with him.
DOC CHASTEN: My real name
is Ercel Eldridge Chasten. That’s
why i carry the handle Doc. My
father had visions of my being
a doctor some day so when I
was about seven months old he
started calling me Doc.
Oh heavens! I guess so. It would
be a lot better if it weren’t so
RALPH BAUCUM: Yes, I’ve
had it a long time and it’s al-
ways gotten me to my meals on
time. ^__ ,___■; ’ ^^
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