Falfurrias Facts (Falfurrias, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 31, Ed. 1 Friday, January 3, 1941 Page: 1 of 6
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CottpMft Coverait The Fallnrriae Trade Territory
Dairying, Cattle, Citrus, Truck, Cotton, Peanuts
ESTABLISHED IN 1 MM—BROOKS COUNTY'S ONLY NEWSPAPER
FALFURRIAS TEXAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1941
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BABSON PREDICTS 1941 BEST IN NATION’S Hi^fORY
A™3 L Bennett I County Officers To |j DL , n/ «> r v
Dies Here Thursday Jake Oath Of Office Babson s 1941 Word s-Eye View
At Age Of 75 Years
Widow Of Late Prominent
Physician, Dr. H. M. Ben-
nett; Funeral Services Held
At Baptist Church Saturday
Funeral services were held Sat-
urday afternoon, December 28, at
S o’clock at the First Baptist
Church for Mrs. Anna Louisa Ben-
nett, 75, resident «f the Falfurrlas
community for the past 30 years,
who died at her home here Thurs-
day morning at 11 o’clock after an
Illness of several weeks.
The Rev. Milton O. Davis, pastor
of the First Baptist Church, con-
ducted the services and was assist-
ed by the Rev. Paul Hanna of the
First Presbyterian Church.
Interment was made in the Fal-
furrlas Burial Park under the su-
pervision of Moyer Mortuary of
Pall bearers were J. R. Scott, J.
C. Thomas. R. L. Schultz, Dan C.
Cox. L. A. Burdett and E. W. Mc-
Mrs. Bennett, bom January 20,
1865. at Lrckhart, Texas, was the
widow of Dr. Henry M. Bennett,
prominent physician of this com-
munity who died in 1937. She was
married to Dr. Bennett at Lock-
hart on February 26. 1883, and
made her home at Florence, Texas,
from 1883 until 1010 when she
moved with her family to Falfur-
She is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. C. L. Rogers, Houston; three
sons. Joe L. Bennett. New Orleans,
T. Roy Bennett, Falfurrias: Capt.
John B. Bennett, U S. Medical
Corps, Fort Bliss; two sisters, Mrs.
William Dobktns. Fort Worth; Mrs.
E. S. Love, Corpus Christi;
brothers, Trm and John Whltten-
burg, Sweetwater, add 11 grand-
For Coming Term
Only Three New Faces To Ap-
pear In Court House Scene
As Group Prepares To Be-
gin New Two-Year Stretch
The oath of office will be ad-
ministered to Incoming Brooks
county officials for 1941-11 on
Friday. m«st of them having been
reelected for two more years.
The commissioners’ court will
meet on that day to take the bonds
of the new officers.
Brooks officials for the next two
County Judge John Morgan
Brooks, serving his first elective
term, having been appointed in
Sheriff and Tax Assessor-Collec-
tor Jesse A. Grimes, serving his
County Attorney Sam G. Reams,
serving his first term in the court
County and District Clerk I. J.
Benavides, entering his second
term < f office
County Treasurer Rufino Gar-
cia. beginning his second term.
County Surveyor J. A. Benavides,
beginning his second term.
Memiiers of the Commissioners’
court will be E. J. Rupp, Precinct 1: |
Earl Young, Precinct 2; Lino Can-]
tu. Precinct 3, and Richard G.
Cage. Precinct 4. All are reelected
with the exception of Cantu, who
is beginning his first term, hav-,
ing defeated the veteran Jas. A-
S. F. Young is beginning his first)
term as justice of the peace of!
Precinct 1. as will B. P. Tankersley
two for the same office in Preinct N<>. 2
and Benito Cantu in Precinct No.|
Sam Garcia is beginning his sec-
BUSINESS: lOV. Gain Over 1940, With Defense Pro-
gram In High Gear.
TREND: Present High Levels Should Be Exceeded
POLITICS: No More New Deal Legislation In 1941.
MARKETS: Gradual Uptrend, But Careful Washing-
FARMERS: Income Up About 5r<, Benefits At Present
WORKERS: Employment Pajr Rolls At Peak Figures.
RETAILERS: 5 to 7r\ Gain In Sales: Prices Slightly
CONSUMERS: Less Than 5% Rise In Living Expenses.
Residential Building Up 20% ; Rents
Bullish Outlook For Selected Stocks.
BEST VOLUME OF BUSINESS IN NA-
Falfurrias Rainfall Past 5 Years
All Business Classifications To Show
Gain; No Serious Taxation Indicated
Copyright—1D4<>—Publishers Financial Bureau, Inc.
BY ROGER BA3SON
Babson Park, Mass.. Dec. 31. A question to discuss before
making a forecast for 1941 is: “Will World War II continue
throughout the year?” My answer is that it will surely conti-
nue at least until the fall. For the purposes of my forecast, this
is equivalent to the entire year of 1941.
Germany is storing up huge quantities of arsenic to be used
in an attempt to destroy the crops of Great Britain next sum-
mer or next fall. If England is also storing arsenic and sue-,
ceeds in destroying the crops of Germany, the War may end
next fall. It is evident that .both sides will attempt destruction
by arsenic, fire, or otherwise. I say this because the effect of
such a crop-killing campaign would be more serious for Germ-
any than for England. England is dependent to the extent of
only 35% on her home crops, while Germany’s dependence is
90%. Germany, moreover, is unable to import except by rob-
bing adjoining nations, and hence, must conserver all her own
crops. People are not frightened by bombs, as only one person
i out of many thousands suffers from them; but the fear of starv-
ation will throw a nation into panic. Hence, statisticians be-
. lieve that the ending of the War in favor of England depends
I upon the success of the British Blockade supplemented by the
destruction of German crops.
Let’s Look At The Record •
Let me say that 1941 should be
Mrs. Bennett was a member of ond term « constable of Precinct L-
the First Baptist Church and an
active member of the Eastern
NEWS STORIES SHOW PULSE
OF COMMUNITY BEATS
STRONG AS INI ARRIVES
SURVEY MIRRORS IMPOR-
TANT MARCH OF EVENTS
AS YEAR COMES TO END
1, while Percy Hunter will serve in
the same capacity in Precinct 2
and Pablo Perez in Precinct 3.
In the 79th Judicial District, the
present incumbents, Judge L. Broe-
ter and District Attorney Frank
Lly< d, were unapposed. "Hie dis-
trict comprises Brooks. Jim Wells
Duval and 8tarr counties.
H. G. Henderson
Dies At San Marcos
R. L Schultz Named
Brooks Chairman 01
President's Birthday To Be j
Celebrated Throughout The
Ccuntry To Raise Funds For
Aid In Paralysis Fight
Activity Steady In
Areas As Year Ends
East PrCteont Field Gets Mile
North Extension; Ait* Ver-
de Area Reposts Comple-
tion And Kelsey Active
Word was received here this
P. H. Chilton elected president
of South Texas District Flrmen’s
First sntw in 14 years falls at
Jack Downs elected chief of Fal-
furrias Volunteer Fire Depart- Funeral services were held Snn-
ment. day m< rning in that city with the
MARCH: I Rev. T. H. Pollard officiating and
George Collins elected new pres- interment was made at that place.
R. L. Schultz. Falfurrias. has ac-
cented the chairmanshiD for the
scm^BO thformeth justice* ^of^the 1941 PrTsidents birthday celebra-
neace of Precinct No. 1, which oc-
curred at the home of his daugh-
ter in San Marcos on Saturday,
j December 28.
ident of Rotary Club.
Facts wins three prizes in South
Texas Press Association journal-
Tenth annual Heart’s Delight
tennis tournament held.
Lighting system for Legion Park
Facts marks 84th anniversary
Facts publishes Rodeo Extra Edi-
tion—first extra edition in his-
tory of local Journalism.
Twelfth annual Falfurrias ro-
deo draws capacity crowds.
Brocks census registers 7 percent
J. A. Oswalt, county agent, trans-
ferred to Hidalgo County.
A. J. Burditt elected commander
of Joseph Holmes American Le-
Lasater Building designated as
new post office site.
Allen registration begins.
Falfurrias schools open with in-
crease in enrollment.
$3,000,000 recycling plant an-
Hi Brooks county youths regis-
tered for army draft.
Hooks voters return heavy na
Mr. Henderson is survived by a
daughter and a number of grand-
Born at Seguln. he had been a
resident of Brooks county for a-
bout fifteen years and had served
as justice of the peace for six
years. He was an active member of
the First Presbyterian Church in
which he held the post of elder.
(Note: A complete obituary has
been prepared by the Rev, T. H.
Pollard but was received here too
late for publication this week. It
will appear In next week’s Issue.)
Numerous Cases Of
“Flu** Reported Here
Following in the wake of gen-
erally unfavorably weather condi-
tions, numerous “flu” cases have
been reported in the Falfurrias a-
rea. No accurtae estimate is avail-
able at this time as to the extent
of the local infection.
♦i< n for Brooks County.
The aopointm^nt was made by
W. L. Clayton. Houston, chairman
of the Texas State Committee and
announcement of accentance came
from George Waverley Briggs.
Dallas, vice chairman and cam-
naign direct* r of the Texas Fight
Infantile Paralysis Campaign.
Fifty per cent of the
ceeds derived from the
bration will be retained here this
year, Mr. Briggs announced. After
oayment of all expenses incum-
bent upon holding the celebration
the latter part «f January, the res
A mile north extension for the
East Prenv nt field of Jim Wells
county was one of the highlights
of th» Christmas week Magnolia
Petroleum Comnany's No. 14 A. A.
Seeligson completed at 6.502 feet
t< tal dPDth came in for 264.83 bar-
rels of oil on 11-64 inch choke with
1.975 pounds casing pressure and
1.650 pounds tubing pressure. The
test perforated at 6.625-27 feet for
completion. The test is 1-cated 5,-
net pro- ' 28*• feet north of the No. 13 See-
local cele- ligson an outpost well for this
La Gloria Operator’s Committee
No. 1 M. B. Alby, in the La Gloria
Field, earlier this week ran a 14-
minute drill stem test at
the i.est year this country has ever
witnessed. Everything from crad-
les to coffins. Including dividends
and pay envelopes, should snow a
fine gain over 1940 We hear much
howling about taxes. When y»u
consider, however, that the Excess
Profits Tax on firms with large In-
vested capital does not begin until
they earn 8% net. even taxes are
not so serii’us.
Industrial activity directly re-
lated to defense will account for
about 10% of total 1941 business.
Production indirectly related t<»
defense will also aggregate about
10%. Thus, in 1941, 20% of our
total business activity will come
from armaments. I expect the
Bateonchart Index <rf Business to
average about 10% higher than in
1940. Notable gains should take
place in textiles, shoes, mining,
foods, printing, publishing, ship-
building. building, freight traffic,
and many other Industries. By
spring, business volume will be re-
cording a new all-time high.
It would be foolish to put a def-
inite figure on what the Babson-
chart Index will show In 1941, but
I should not i>e surprised If It av-
erages 125. Estimating the coun-
try's income for 1940 at 174,000,-
000,000. The greatest national In-
come t.. date was in 1929, when it
was 82.885.000.o00. This calls for a
reduction in unemployment of 50%
an Increase in building ol 20%.
and an increase in retail trade of
5-7%. This means that sales of
physical volume of mercnandlse
will sh. w moderate gains, as retail
prices will average only slightly
higher than they were last year.
This is a very healthy sign.
War or Peace Business Will Be
I believe that we should have a
prosperous 1941 irrespective of our
defense program. The big busi-
ness backlog, the great shortage of
houses, and th«* unprecedented
supply of idle funds are bound to
lead to a return of good times.
When we add t«. this fact the tre-
40.00o communities by nearly 100,-
000.000 miles of wire. All of these
item? show tremendous increases
from every point of view. Whatev-
er may be the truth as to the na-
tion's preparedness for War. It la
certainly true that we never be-
fore were so well prepared for a
great industrial expansion.
What About The Railroads?
As readers know, I have never
recommended railroad securities
since I spent two years as Assist-
ant to the Secretary of Labor at
Washlngt* n, from 1917-1919, and
fought with leaders of the railroad
unions. I came back from there
saying that even If any cream
should rise from the railroad milk,
it would be skimmed by labor and
never reach stockholders. Railroad
security owners are further faeatf
with severe competition ay the
truck, the bus, the airplane, and
the automobile. Even today, ap-
proximately 10% of the natioa’a
freight and 25% of the nation’s
passengers are iieing transported
on rubber. These figures, moreover,
are increasing at the rate ol about
20% a year: while the percentage
of freight and passengers hauled
by the rlalroads Is constantly de-
clining. When railroad earnings
lo< k good In 1941, this will be the
time to get out and stay out. Do
not be fooled on the 1< ng-poll out-
look by news items of rising car-
loadings and earnings.
Idle Funds At Maximum Peak
Wc enter 1941 with the highest
known record < f national bank ex-
cess reserves, about seven billion
dollars This means that banks
arc in a position to loan billions <>f
additional credit No such good
conditi* n ever existed in our na-
tion before. Our outstanding bank
notes are covered nearly 100'! by
actual gold, while other countries
have a coverage averaging about
10%. More money Is being carried
In the pockets of people today than
ever l-efore. The money in circula-
tion in the U. S. as I dictate this
c< lumn, amounts to $8.500,OOo,000.
Dividends are popping like fire-
crackers. Dvldend record sheets
4 152-751 mendoua effect of the defense pro
Id* will be dirtied bertee»gUiej ftet. derelopli* MS pound. to the b.lm,
i in Hie AIU Verde Peid e. BrooU1 tTJl USSS
‘ being manufactured by the du
local organization and
.upplje. ,r gay No, only .U,
chapter while in unorganised
counties the fifty oer cent will be
retained by the local campaign
chairman until such time a local; In the Kelsey field of Jim Hogg,
chapter Is organised I Brooks and Starr counties, the
Selection of committee mem- j Humble Oil and Refining com-
Mnd‘It °W0hh2t*Thr^UlbdeSth j
is 902 feet
Pont and other powder-producing
plants; but surely some of the sta-
tistical explosives on my desk
pany’s No. 57 McGill, in Brooks
county, recorded the field pay at
4.723-26 feet and at 4.738-41 feet
which was total depth. Drillers set
; 7-inch casing at 4727 feet and the
under its own
_ to Duval county.
E. W. Dickey. Sr..
tor 25 years, dies.
Aleth? SSJu nuKd new ooun- thU "**“ *«*"“’ u,‘“U1'
ty home demonstration agent. ! Para,71“
W. W. Sloan di
Mr. and Mrs. L.
bers will he made Immediately for
the local drive and definite plans
will be announced a> on by the
Again the celebration is of na-
11on-wide scope Mr Brigg: said. weu [s 'leaning
, and in almost every community, pressures
hamlet and city throughout the < The Humble No. 22 Kelsey-Bass
land President Roosevelt’s birth- at Kelsey will be reworked a<on af-
day will be celebrated the night; ter having jetted 35 barrels per
! of January 30 to the end that (jay jn sand at 4750-56 feet,
crippled children everywhere In | The Humble s No. 1 Nicefero Pe-
the land might be beneflttei Mr. j ^a a new location at Kelsey to
spudded soon, will be offset to b<th
the McGill and Kelsey-Bass leases,
which have been extensively drill-
ed, and because of that will attract
new attention to the big field.
Mercantile, tw» Itinerant men are
beta# held In the Brooks county
to handle the business. The auto-1 should be the basis of some real
mobile Industry, f- r instance, has fireworks In 1941 I emphasize this
built approximately 76,000,000 cars so strongly because the defense
since 1918 It Is now prepaied to program has hardly sarted. Recent
build airplane engines and ma- Army and Navy monthly expendi-
chine guns, as well as trucks and tures have been only about 30"! of
The electric-power Industry,
’.hanks to President Roosevelt, has
covered the country with a vast
nct-wrk of transmission line*,
furnishing today power at rates
10% below those of 1918 Onr gen-
erating capacity is from four to
five times that of Great Britain or
Orrmany. Experts say that the
War will lie w< n by OIL. II so. wr
are fortunate in havlna three-
fifths of the annual world’s pro-
duction. distributed by over 95,-
000 miles of pipe lines to all parts
of the country.
We have < ver one-third of the
railroad mileage of the world. The
phjuteal condition of our railroads
what they will be during 1941.
Construction is Just starting < n so
manv of the plants which are ne-
cessary to produce hundreds of
needed items and materials, that
statisticians estimate it will be the
fall of 1941, at least, before we get
fully under way.
It is estimated that it cost
Germany twenty biilion d* liars to
arm. During the five years .she was
engaged in this, she paid her work-
ers twenty-five cents per hour. If
we must pay our workers three to
four times this, you see what It will
cost this counter l. duplicate the
Oerman war machine. A year from
now it will be time enough to dis-
ease 1948. 1948, and 1944; but a*
far aa 1941 goes, nothing can ate*
even peace t
to the fan
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