The Panhandle Herald (Panhandle, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, March 14, 1947 Page: 1 of 8
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Vol. 60—No. 34
The Rvnw ancle Herald
That World War II
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY
PANHANDLE, CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1947
(16 Pages Today)
George Is Superintendent
IT CAN COME
Snow, Rain, Sleet
Panhandle has been having ex-
ceptionally bad weather during
the past few days that has brought
lower temperature and .87 inch of
moisture that was welcomed by
the farmers. This moisture came
just in time to help the wheat to
a great extent.
No one can say that March
does not come in like, a lion. It
may go out like a lamb but that
is yet to be seen. In the last
week Panhandle has had snow,
rain, thunder storms, land sleet.
The temperatures have been low
but did reach a high of 64 Tues-
day. Days that Panhandle re-
ceived moisture were Thursday
.06 inch, Monday .4 2, Tuesday .02,
Wednesday .24, and on Thursday
.13 inch. The weather man said
last Friday there would be little
or no moisture this week, but
that rain and white stuff must
have fooled him.
High this week was 64 and the
low was 17 which was reported
March 6, Temperature readings
High Low Precip.
Six Men Being Held
Of Carson Burglaries
At Baptist Church
Beginning Mar. 16
Moisture March 7 was .06 inch
snow, March 10 was snow, Mar.
11 was drizzzle, March 12 was
rain from thunderstorm and Mar.
13 was snow. These are reports
for 24 hours ending at 8 a. fn.
Vacations are in order these
days for Panhandle sctiool pupils
Because of the unsettled weather
Wednesday night with reports of
rural roads being blocked, Supt.
Kellus Turner called off school
School was to have a holiday
today any way because of the
Northwest Texas Conference for
Education in Amarillo. Turner
said the schools also would be
dismissed Good Friday, April 4.
Sam R. Lannings
Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. Lanning,
owners of the Texan Hotel, have
recently completed redsecorating
the building. M. C. Davis had
charge of the work.
All the rooms were redecorated,
several weeks being required for
REV. A. C. HARDIN
Revival services will begin ; at
the First Baptist church Sunday
morning, March 16 with Rev. A.
C. Hardin, pastor of the First
Baptist church at Sundown, Tex.,
as evangelistic speaker.
Rev. Hardin is a forceful speak-
er and will have a series of pow-
er-filled messages fon you. It
will be well worth while to ar_
range to attend all possible of
the services to be held both morn-
ing and evening during the next
Rev. Hardin comes to us with
the splendid recommendations and
excellent record of work for the
Lord. He was formerly a pastor
at Post and Tahoka.
This revival is one of several
simultaneous meetings through-
out the Palo Duro association and
will continue one week and pos-
sibly longer. Announcements
will be made later as to length
of meeting, also the tim'e of
All Baptists and friends of Bap-
tist preference are especially urg-
ed to be present. All other
churches and friends and citizens
of the Panhandle community are
most cordially invited to hear
these gospel messages.
Rev. Herebert Brown and the
Baptist choir will assist in the
Come and bring an unsaved
Bob Bmdshaw of Borger, for-
mer Panhandle resident, under-
went an appendicitis operation in
North Plains hospital, Borgjer,
BUSINESS, PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE
SPONSOR CHURCH LOYALTY SERIES
Beginning with next week’s is-
sue, The Herald will publish the
first full-page installment of a
series of twenty_six appropriately
illustrated articles designed ex-
clusively for inciting interest in
and promoting attendance in the
v churches of Panhandle.
These articles are strictly non-
denominational and are being
sponsored by the business and
professional men and women of
Panhandle and have also, the
hearty approval of the various
Panhandle churches and pastors,
Organized campaigns of Na-
tional scope have been in progress
since the close of the recent
World War, for incorporating the
far-reaching influence of the
churches in furnishing leadership
an encouragement in coping with
the many perplexing forces of de_
struction that challenge our very
existence. These campaigns have
been nation-wide—reaching into
the remotest sections. And, Pan-
handle. is no exception. The re-
sult is, that today, the churches
are looked to more than ever as
“first aid,’’ not only in healing
spiritual wounds, but in solving
the dislocation of our economic
Each of the twenty-six install,
ments carries a beautifully con-
strucVed and inspiring message
appealing for the awakening of
the non-church goer in Panhandle.
The campaign to be launched next
week through the columns of The
Herald is identical to those now
being conducted in many near-by
towns. Many local business firms
and individuals have already signi-
fied their willingness to cooper-
ate in the campaign for Pan-
handle and the number of par-
ticipants is growing.
In an effort to make represen-
tation of Panhandle business 100
per cent, a representative of The
Herald hopes to contact every
business man and woman in Pan-
handle within the next few days
to explain the purpose of the pro-
gram and to solicit their coopera-
Solution of several burglaries,
included some in Carson county
in January, apparently has been
made by Sheriff Clarence C. Wil-
liams and peace officers of Texas.
Three men are in jail in con-
nection with each set of burg-
laries. Williams believes that so
many burglary charges will be
filed that no effort will be made
to obtain bond.
Three men, Vernon Edward
Hill, 33, Fort Worth; Ted Alton
Davis of Lubbock and Thomas
Gathright Binkly jr. 37, Graham,
are being held in connection with
breaking into the OPA office safe
here January 12; also for burg,
larizing the White Deer Supply
Co. in January.
Go To Cleburne
Williams and Ranger Dudley
White went to Cleburne Feb. 27
and obtained confessions from
the men in connection with the
OPA safe job. Hill confessed he
watched outside while the others
worked on the safe. The noise
was so large that Hill said he had
to tell the boys to be more quiet
with their work.
Oral confessions were received
byAhe men in connection with the
White Deer burglary.
Binkley served time in Hunts-
ville, according to Sheriff Wil-
Three young men also are being
held in various jails in connection
with the Kimbell Elevator and
W. B. Johnston Grain Co.4 the
night of January 17. These men
also were held in connection with
taking $400 from a lumber com-
pany at Vega and two burglaries
Enter Groom Stores
Two of the boys admitted that
on January 20, they entered the
McAdams Lumber Co., gas office
and Unsell Motor Co. at Groom.,
They left a 4-pound hammer and
Boys held were Billy Dendy, 19,
Roberty Lincoln Jones, 20, and
James Wayne (Buddy) Richard-
son, 20, all of Amarillo.
Jones and Richardson were tak-
en from the Carson county jail
to Hereford, where they were
charged with burglary in connec-
tion with three places, Benefield
MJotor, Kemp Lumber and Kester
Jewelry the night of January 24.
Men Taken To Hereford
Dendy was being held in either
the Borger or Stinnett jail and it
is understood he also was taken
to Hereford for examining.
Williams said he understood all
men • would waive preliminary
hearings and would be bound ov-
er to the grand jury.
The sheriff’s force has been so
busy the past two or three weeks
that formal charges in this coun-
ty had not been filed against any
of the six men.
The three young men from Am-
arillo were picked up in Phoenix,
Arizona. Raner White also had
worked on cases involving the
the Amarillo boys.
CITY WILL ELECT
TUESDAY, APRIL 1
Terms of Skelton,
Lane and Davis
Expire This Year
It’s getting close again to city
election time. The City of Pan-
handle will elect three members
of the city council in the regular
election Tuesday, April 1.
Candidates must file by Satur-
day, March 22, to get their names
on the ballot, according to City
Manager Nolan Sparks.
Terms of W. H. Lane, H. B.
Skelton and M. C. Davis expire.
None had filed for office early
this week, but it is understood
that the hold-over members of
the council are urging them to
One council member said he
would be willing to serve another
term, if the people wanted him,
but that he would not make any
effort to get his name on the bal-
lot or make a campaign.
“The office just isn’t worth
seeding that much,” said this
Hold-over council members are
Mayor Ralph E. Randel, who was
elected last year for his second
term as mayor; Gary Simms and
Lloyd Miller. Simms was reelec-
ted and Miller succeeded Frank
It’s Kitchen Ranges,
Through an error in the adver-
tisement of Ferrell’s Pharmacy
and Appliance Store carried in.
last week’s issue of The Herald,
immediate delivery was promised
on Frigidaire refrigerators and
sink cabinets. It should have
read Frigidaire ranges and sinlc
The appearance of this typo-
graphical error thoroughly con-
vinced F. F. Ferrell that people
do read “the ads in The Herald.
Numerous letters have been re-
ceived by him inquiring about the
While Mr.- Ferrell’s stock of
electrical appliances is growing
almost daily, there are still some
items that are not coming through
as had been expected.
However, a visit to his appli-
ance store is a real treat. Many
household appliances that have
been hoped for so long are back
Dick Ellison, who has been very
ill at the Davison hospital will be
KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY!
Carson County Abstract Co.
O’Neal Abstract Company.
H. H. Smith.
Randel Motor Co.
First National Bank
Panhandle Butane Company.
Panhandle Inn Coffee Shop.
City Dining Room
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Dr. W. Paul Roberts.
Hendrix Electric Service.
W. B. Johnston Grain Co.
Flander’s Floor Service, Pampa
GARAGE & WELDING—
Panhandle Welding Service.
Ray’s Garage & Welding Shop
Panhandle Ice and Grocery Co.
Plains Grocery and Market
Star Grocery and Market.
Panhandle Hardware Co.
Carson County Abstract Co.
Gulf Liquor Store.
LODGES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Carson Lodge No. 1167-
Panhandle ^umber Co., Inc.
P. I. Crum.
J. M. Hyden.
PAINT AND BODY SHOP—
Airport Paint and Body Shop.
Sorenson’s Leghorn Farm.
SHOE SHOPS— *
Panhandle Boot and Shoe Shop.
Gulf Service Station
Gripp Bros. Service Station.
Vance Service Station.
Wilkins Bros. Service Station.
In Giving To Red
Cross Roll Call
Raising Carson county’s Red
Cross quota of $8 84 looks like it
will be an easy task, according
to Mrs. Fannie Williams, cam-
Panhandle reported gifts of
$48 2.75 at noon Wednesday, in-
dicating that this community a-
lone could raise the entire coun-
Mrs. Williams said that many
persons here had not given to the
Red Cross yet and that they would
be disappointed of they were not
seen for as much as a contribu-
Because of the weather, Mrs.
J. B. Howe' has been able to do
little in the advance gifts sec-
tion. Neither has Mrs. Fay Hern-
don been able to complete her
work in the residential section.
Probably no campaign for funds
for a norganization of national
character leaves as large a per-
centage of the collection in the
community as does the Red Cross,
Mrs. Williams pointed out.
Of the funds raised this year
77.2 per cent will remain in Car-
son county. Only 22.8 per cent
will go to national headquarters.
Mrs. Williams says she has re-
ceived several checks by mail this
week. She hopes that many more
persons will mail checks. That
will save the time of solicitors.
White D'eer reported $200 last
week. Conway reported $40
raised in a few minutes. No re-
ports were available Wednesday
from Groom or Skellytown.
Total raised and reported Wed-
nesday was $722.75 on the coun-
To Run Again
Annual trustee election for the
Panhandle Independent School
District has been (ordered for
Saturday, April 5.
Two trustees will be elected,
R. E. Nunn, president of the
board, consented at the board
meeting Tuesday night to be a
candidate for reelection.
Sam R. Lanning is the other
trustee, whose term expires. As
he is justice of the peace of Pre-
cinct No. 1, Carson county, Lan-
ning will not be a candidate for
reelection. It is expected a can-
didate will announce shrtly for
Nunn succeeded W. H. Lanei
and Lanning was appointed in the
place of J. S'. Sparks, resigned.
Trustees whose terms expire
in 1948 are J. E. Weatherly, ap-
pointed to succeed W. W. Evans;
G. F. Whitlow, appointed the place
of T. A. Watkins, resigned.
Three trustees have terms ex-
piring in 1949. They are J. E.
Roselius, originally appointed to
succeed Charles T. Franklin, de-
ceased;; C. H. Bell, appointed to
succeed C. M. Pyron, resigned,
and W. A. Miller.
Groom Man Dies
Of Heart Attack
K. D. Ragsdale, 63, died Mon-
day, March 3, at Groom hospital
of a heart attack just a few hours
after he was stricken. He was
employed at the Magnolia Service
Station there and had lived in
Groom about two years.
Funeral services were held the
following day at the Groom Bap-
tist church by Rev. C. E. New-
man, pastor, assisted by Rev. L. E.
Godwin of Panhandle.
Survivors include the wife and
a daughter, Mrs. C. L. Culver of
One Man Injured
By Bullet From
An attempted hold-up of the
Gulf Service Station at the inter-
section of Highways 60 and 117
was frustrated Monday night,
March 10, by a little rough action
on the part of Roy Middleton,
operator of the business.
A man appearing to be 28 or
29 years of age and a boy of a-
bout 18 entered the station a few
minutes after 8 o’clock. The man
walked up to the counter and the
boy stood just inside the door.
Middleton asked the older of
the two what he needed. The
man looking at the liquor display
on the shelves and after a very
short time named his brand. The
attendant turned to get the cus-
tomer’s order, but for some reas-
on, just as he started to stoop
over, glanced back and saw the
customer leaning over the coun-
ter, a long-barreled .45 poised in
his right hand.
Middleton ducked and threw up
his left arm to prevent the' gun
from striking him on the head.
Then, rising up quickly, swung
with his right arm and landed
his left fist in the intruder’s face,
knocking him down.
Middleton then picked up his
own gun and started around the
end of the counter to have it out
with the attacker, but fell over a
chair. This misfortune allowed
enough time for both the attacker
and the boy to get out the door
before Middleton could regain
his feet, but he was not far be-
Just as Middleton opened the
door he saw the two running for
a car that was parked near the
station on Highway 117. He fir-
ed and the man fell. The hoy
reached down, took his partner by
the arm and dragged him to the
Middleton fired two more shots
as the boy struggled to get the
man in the car. Both shots
broke body glass of the automo-
bile. Before the attendant could
fire again, the car was moving
south on Highway 117.
Believe Three In Party
Although only the man and boy
entering the station were seen by
Middleton, at least one other ac-^
complice was waiting in the car,
since the automobile was moving
down the highway as the boy
worked to get the wounded man
The older of the highjackers
wore a western style shirt and
was bareheaded, while the young-
er had on a bliack leather jacket
and white hat. The car was a
1941 Fordor sedan, bearing a lic-
ense plate lettered FA1 Numbers
could not be identified.
Only for a bruised left wrist,
Middleton is none the worse for
TURNER WILL BE
With Much Higher
Salary Scale Set
Cecil B. George, American hia-
tory teacher in Pampa High
School,, was elected superintend-
ent of Panhandle schools, sweep-
ing increases in salaries were
made and teachers were reelected
at a meting of the board of trus,
tees Tuesday night.
George, 40 years old, has had
15 years experience as a teacher.
He was superintendent at Belle-
vue in 19 38 to 1942 and was in
the Navy the following four years.
He holds a master’s degree.
Salary for George, who was
elected to succeed Kellus Turn-
er, resigned, was set at $4,000.
High school principal’s salary
will be $3,300. Principal will
be selected after consultation by
George with the board.
Salaries Start At $1,800
The board set beginning sal-
aries for teachers without experi-
ence to start at $1 000 with $60
yearly increase to maximum of
Salaries for beginners with a
degree but no experience were1 al-
so set to start with $1,800, in-
creasing $120 yearly until a maxi-
mum of $2,400 is reached.
Maximum for teachers with IV
master’s degree will he $2,460.
It is said that some local teach-
ers will receive increases of as
hifgh as $6 60 for njext year’s
All seven trustees were present
for the meeting at which Coach-
es William P. Sheffield and Doyles
E. Chrisman were reelected with
salary increases of $300. Shef-
field will receive $3,300 and Chris-
Agriculture teacher, Alvis EJ.
Tabor, was raised from $3,300
to $3,600. About one-half of hi$
salary is paid by the state voca-s
Custodian salaries were advanc-
ed $300. C. O. Hinshaw will re-
ceive $2,700 and F. W. Niekell
Contracts were authorizezd for
the reelection of the following
Margaret E. Chrisman, Emma
W. Cross, Henry W. Cross, Tru-
die I. Cunningham, Mary E. Ew-
ing, Margaret J. Feaster, Thelma
Holman, Opal D. Lewellen, Mar-
tha C. Gripp, Pauline O’Keefe,
Nanette M. Padget, Winifred F
Denny, Elsie Porter, Lillian R
Sheffield, Mrs. Gary E. Simmi,
Fayrene Thompson, Fairy N,
Turner and Frances C. Wester.
H. G. Robinson, grade school
principal, had been reelected at
a previous meeting.
See MASONS HAVE 2 CALLED
YOUNG PANHANDLE BUSINESS MAN
HAS HAD WORLD OF EXPERIENCE
O. E. Boyette and Mrs. Lola
Towe were married March 6, Rev.
James Todd, minister of the First
Christian church, performing the
Southwestern Public Service Go,
F. & L. Variety Store
by JAMES TODD
Roy Middleton of Panhandle,
who successfully resisted three
would-be hijackers last Monday
evening, served with the Marines
i in both World War I and
World War II and spent five
years in Egypt building highways
and railroads for the Egyptian
government prior to the entrance
of the United States into World
Middleton’s work with the
Egyptian government was the re-
sult of friendship between him-
self and an Egyptian student at
the School of Mines in El Paso
during the years of 1934 and
Middleton, a graduate of Geor-
gia Tech in 1922, was assistant
instructor in advanced mathema-
tics and calculus at the School of
Mines? Hranafee Bey of Cairo was
studying mineralogy and petrole-
um and took his mathematical
courses under Middleton. At the
graduation exercises in the spring
of 1935 young Bey expressed his
appreciation to Middleton for
their friendship and asked him if
he would be interested in work-
ing for a foreign government.
Middleton replied that he would.
Accepts Work In Egypt
Thirty days later the Egyptian
consul in New York City tele-
graphed Middleton to inquire if
he would be interested in a five
year contract to build highways
and railroads in Egypt. Middle-
ton immediately replied in th© af-
In the fall of 19 3 5 Middleton
and his wife and their daughter,
Vir,gnia Ruth, left the United
States at the expense of the Egyp-
tian government, and u$on arriv-
ing in Cairo Middleton was advis-
ed that the minister of petroleum
to the King of Egypt would see
him. The minister was his form-
er student, Hanafee Bey, of whom
he and his family saw much dur-
ing their five years in Egypt.
Miss Middleton attended the
Baptist Missionary College in
Cairo for two and one half years,
majoring in music, and gradua-
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