The Timely Remarks (Refugio, Tex.), Vol. 10, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, December 17, 1937 Page: 1 of 16
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Consolidated with THE WOODSBORO WEEKLY TIMES February 1, 1937
VOL. X.—No. 7
~REFUGIO, REFUGIO COUNTY, TEXAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1937
Dies in Corpus
Dr. W. E. Hewit, Who with
Judge J. R. Dougherty of
Beeville, Own Many Pro-
ducing Wells in County, Is
Victim of Short Illness.
J. H. Michna Victim of Heart
Attack Suffered December
9—Was Widely Known and
Highly Respected Citizen of
Dr. William E. _ Hewit, former
resident of Refugio and a pioneer
operator in the Refugio field, died
last Saturday morning at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. R. H. Hawn,
in Corpus Christi, following a brief
illness. For the last several years
he had made his home in Beeville
and Corpus Christi.
A graduate of the University of
Wisconsin, Dr. Hewit forsook the
practice of dentistry in his home
state of Nebraska in the early
1920’s to seek fortune in South
Texas. He was associated with
Thomas W. Pratt and Judge J. R.
Dougherty in those early days that
witnessed the discovery of the Re-
fugio and Pettus oil fields. He
moved from Refugio to Beeville
some years ago and while he re-
tained an interest in the valuable
Pratt-Hewit properties, he has
more closely associated with Judge
Dougherty during the last 10 years
The Hewit-Dougherty Company
owns a large number of producing
wells in the Greta field of Refugio
County and also a number of roy-
alty wells in the Tomoconnor and
Greta fields. The company is also
a large operator in Bee County,
having vaduable oil holdings in the
Pettus and Normanna fields.
Dr. Hewit was a descendant of
an old New England family which
migrated to the middle west many
years ago. In addition to his
daughter at Corpus Christi, he is
survived by one son, Dean, of Ne-
braska, and five grandchildren. He
had suffered from angina for some
time. Several weeks ago he was
injured in an automobile accident
and had since been confined to bed.
Funeral services and burial were
at Corpus Christi Monday.
Leaking Gas Is
Ignited by Truck
Gas leaking from a main in the
street at the southwest corner of
the colored school block was ig-
nited Tuesday morning at about
11:30 o’clock, by the exhaust from
a truck passing over it, and the
fire department was called out to
Through an error or a misunder-
standing in reporting the fire, the
department went to the primary
school, which is attended by Mexi-
can children. The children were
marched out of the building, but
the firemen, finding no fire, were
directed to the colored school.
_____ H. Jones,
the Reconstruction Finance Cor-
poration, will head the Presi-
dent’s Birthday Ball organiza-
tion for the state of Texas. Mr.
Jones has already commenced
actively organizing every county
in the state for the celebration
of President Roosevelt’s birth-
day, Saturday, January 29, with
balls or other entertainments in
every city and town. County
chairmen are being appointed
by Mr. Jones, who in turn will
organize their various counties.
The President’s Birthday cele-
brations, held throughout the
United States, are for the pur-
pose of securing funds for the
treatment of children crippled by
By Milton Clarkson.
The question of marriage and
freedom or staying single and in
jail was before Sally Bee Sauls,
negress, inmate of the Refugio
jail, last Tuesday. She chpse mar-
riage, and so she was married to
Fulton Green at 11 o’clock last
Tuesday morning in jail. Accord-
ing to Justice rif the Peace Frank
Low, who performed the cere-
mony,, it is the.first time in history
that there has ever been a wedding
in the local jail.
It was such a rare occasion that
Judge Low called in a number of
his friends to witness the wedding
and Sheriff Heard allowed photo-
graphs to be made in the interior
of the jail for the first time.
In attendance at the wedding,
besides the couple and Judge Low,
were Constable Bob Clarkson,
County Judge T. G. Jeter, Deputy
Sheriff E. D. Jones, J. L. Jones
and Clyde Low.
The ceremony took place in
front of the lock-up on the second
floor of the jail. Following the
Simple wedding, Deputy Sheriff
Barber unlocked the door of free-
dom to the pair and the jail con-
tinued on a peaceful way.
J. H. Michna, 54 years of age,
died suddenly at his place of busi-
ness in Bonnie View last Thurs-
day morning, December 9. He was
stricken with a heart attack
shortly after he opened his store.
Mr. Michna was found uncon-
scious on the floor of his store soon
after he was stricken by F. F.
Schlabach, an'employe, who sum-
moned help to remove Mr. Michna
to his home across the street from
the store, where he died two hours
later. A physician was summoned
from Woodsboro, but the stricken
man was dead when he arrived.
It is stated that Mr. Michna ap-
peared in the best of health and
in good spirits before opening his
store, stopping on his way to pet
and play with a dog in the yard
of his home. A broom lying on the
floor near the unconscious man in-
dicated that he was, when stricken,
in the act of sweeping the floor
preparatory for the day’s business.
Mr. Michna was a highly re-
spected citizen of the Bonnie View
community and a well-to-do busi-
ness man. His store was the only
one in Bonnie View and his circle
of friends extended throughout the
entire county. His death came as
a profound shock to the commun-
ity, where he was held in high es-
teem and had been a leading citi-
zen for a number of years, always
taking an active interest in any
• Surviving are his widow and
one daughter, Mrs. R. M. Hars-
dorff of Refugio; his mother, Mrs.
J. F. Michna of Kenedy; three sis-
ters, Mrs. Henry Marcak of Ken-
edy, Mrs. Aug. Loos of Kenedy
and Mrs. Laddy Vackar of Gon-
zales, and nine brothers, William
of Woodsboro; Rudolph of Refugio,
Ed of Woodsboro, Emmett of Se-
guin, Jim of Corpus Christi, Henry
of Kenedy, Julius of Wichita Falls,
Charles of Port Arthur and Pete
Funeral services were held Fri-
day afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at
St. Therese Catholic Church in
Woodsboro, conducted by Father
Chrzanowski, with Rev. William
H. Oberste of Refugio taking part
in the services. Interment was in
Mount Calvary Cemetery, Refugio.
Begin Coming In
Contributions to the American
Legion Santa Claus fund began
coming in this week, the sizeable
sum; of $50 from the Catholic
charity fund leading the way.
Prospects are that by the time
Christmas arrives there will be
sufficient funds to assure everyone
in Refugio and vicinity a Merry
V. V. Bailey, finance officer of
the American Legion post, has just
taken over the fund and will re-
ceive contributions from anyone
who wishes to give to this worthy
cause. No personal solicitation of
funds will be made.
The money collected will be used
to purchase baskets of groceries,
toys, etc., for families not finan-
cially able to provide the blessings
of Christmas for themselves. The
Legion will be assisted in the dis-
tribution by the American Legion
Auxiliary. Playing Santa Claus
to Refugio County’s needy is an
annual custon with the two vet-
Take or send your contributions
to V. V. Bailey at Shelton-Bailey
Motor Company, and have a part
in making Refugio’s needy happy
on Christmas Day.
Following is a list of donations
received up to Wednesday night:
Edgar M. Piehl
Young Native Woodsboro
Man, Who Was Star Ath-
lete During School Days,
Victim of Pneumonia—Is
Buried Sunday Afternoon.
Catholic Charity Fund.
Rotary Club .................
American Legion .........
Legion Auxiliary .........
Mrs. J. E. Bauer...........
Mrs. C. J. Reilly...........
The Timely Remarks...
Little Theater to
Present 3 Plays
Lock and Chain from Old County Jail,
Found on River, Held Bad Hombres
By the Rambling Reporter.
Recently, so this week’s story
goes, some of our young adven-
turous boys, while exploring down
on the river, found in a pile of de-
bris an old lock and chain. At
first they thought that it may be
the lock of the Nueces County jail,
which no doubt by this time has
been thrown away, but after a
closer examination by some of
their elders, it was found that it
was the lock to the old Refugio
County jail which had been dis-
carded many years ago when the
new jail was built.
Perhaps if the old lock could
talk it would have many interest-
ing stories of bad hombres to tell
us. It could tell us all about some
of the wicked men that it kept
out of civilization with its small
jaws. It could relate how many
attempts were made to escape, but
how only very, very few were suc-
cessful. How several shootings
were staged about the jail. How
some of our old-timers hereabouts
still carry scars of lead wounds
received at one time in an attempt-
ed jail break.
How, another time, prisoners cut
a hole through the floor of the jail
to gain their freedom, but failed.
The little lock must just be full
of these stories.
But a couple of decades ago, the
little lock was laid aside for the
new and present jail system, which
from its entrance to the main cell
block goes through four different
locks which require three separate
keys, the fourth lock being more or
less a hand-bolt. That means that
when the captive is placed behind
bars, he, instead of having only
the one lock to worry about, now
has four times as many worries.
In the days when the little lock
was young and shiny, it held all
responsibility of holding its man.
Now the lock is not relied upon
alone. Over the windows are twice
as much covering and in addition
to the bars is a thick mesh wire.
For those who cause too much
trouble there are chains in the
steel lined walls.
In the major part of these pre-
cautions, however, the lock is one
of the essentials, even though it
has changed much.
The present locks are over twice
and three times as large as that
little lock. But hasn’t everything
else grown with the times?. Why
shouldn’t the lock grow likewise ?
The little lock can smile and
boast tha t it held the best of them,
even though it was very small. It
can truly be said that there are
not many people who can tell as
many stories and tall tales as that
little lock, were it articulate,
which has grown rusty with age
$8,048.56 in Taxes
Paid by MoPac
The Missouri Pacific Railroad
will pay into the treasury of Re-
fugio County $7,782.16 in taxes
for the year 1937, it was revealed
in information obtained at the lo-
cal office of the company. This
amount is divided as follows.
County and state, $3,130.94; school
districts, $1,244.64, and road and
bridge bonds, $3,188.74.
In addition to county and state
taxes, the Missouri Pacific paid
$266.40 to the town of Refugio as
The Refugio Little
players will present three one-act
plays tonight (Friday) at the high
school auditorium, in their second
appearance before a Refugio au-
dience. The curtain will rise
promptly at 8 o’clock.
The three plays are “The Col-
laborators,” a comedy; “Gas,” a
timely drama, and “The Vision at
the Inn,” a colorful costume play
of the fifteenth century.
Taking part in the play will be
a varied list of local stars, among
them Gale Oilver, Jr., Johnny Fal-
loure, Jim Rhett and Miss Bebe
Williams. There will also be many
new actors and actresses making
their appearance for the first time
on a Refugio stage.
Season tickets for Little Theater
performances are now selling for
$1.50 for adults and $1.05 for the
school children. Admission prices
for tonight’s performance will be
60 cents and 40 cents.
Two representatives of the state
health department were in Refugio
last week seeking to organize the
dairymen of Refugio, San Patricio
and Aransas counties into a tri-
county district so that dairies in
these counties could conform to the
regulations of the department in
the production and distribution of
milk. Such a plan would enable
the dairies to produce grade A and
other approved grades of milk,
where it is not possible under the
Mayor L. R. Jeter conducted the
health men on an inspection tour
of Refugio and Woodsboro dairies
and with Aldermen J. R. Carpen-
ter and A. H. Brundrett and Dai
rymen E. C. Friedrich and J. F.
Curbello, attended a meeting of
dairymen from the three counties
held in Sinton Saturday night. The
meeting was a failure, it is stated,
because only two other dairymen
were present, but another attempt
will be made to hold a meeting in
the near future.
The question of an assured sup-
ply of pure milk for Refugio has
been discussed by the city council
and civic clubs before, but the
Theater! exPense of meeting the require-
! ments of the state health depart-
ment and enforcing any ordinance
the city might pass has defeated
the attempt. All local dairymen
have signified an earnest desire to
comply with any regulations that
might be made to govern the pro-
duction and distribution of milk
While the products of local dai-
ries is just as good, they are at a
disadvantage in meeting competi-
tion from city dairies which can
use grade labels. If the three-
county organization can be per-
fected and products of local dai-
ries graded, it will prove a boon
to this necessary industry, it is
The entire community was
shocked and saddened Saturday by
the death of Edgar M. Piehl, which
occurred early on that morning at
the local hospital. The deceased
had been admitted to that institu-
tion only a few days before, a vic-
tim of pneumonia.
Everything that is known to
medical science was done in an
effort to ward off death, but de-
spite all efforts, the young man,
one of the town’s most popular
and most loved, passed quietly
away, a few minutes after 2 o’clock
The deceased was well known in
this section, having lived in Woods-
boro throughout the 25 years of his
He attended the local public
schools, and throughout his entire
scholastic career here, always
ranked in the uper bracket as far
as his studies were concerned.
On the athletic field, as in the
classroom, he ranked with the best,
and captained one of the local
basketball teams to a county cham-
pionship and far into the district
finals, for the Green arid White.
He was an excellent performer
both on the track and field, and
throughout his high school life he
won many points for his school at
the different track and field meets.
After completing the course of
study in the local schools he at-
tended the Victoria Junior College
and made a fine record while in
Mr. Piehl was a charter member
of the local fire department, hold-
ing the office of lieutenant in that
organization for some time. He
was a loyal citizen and an ardent
Woodsborian.. For the past num-
ber of months he had been asso-
ciated with his brothers in this
city in the ginning and machine
The deceased was loved by every
person that knew him, and the
communty has suffered a stunning
blow by having lost such a fine
and lovable young man.
Funeral services were held Sun-
day afternoon at 2 o’clock at the
family residence in this city, with
the Rev. K. Mueller of Corpus
The deceased is survived by his
wife, one son, Edgar, Jr., his
mother, Mrs. Anna Piehl of this
city; his father, L. J. Piehl of
Orange Grove, Texas; four
brothers, Alex, Lonnie, Leander
and Alvin, all of this city, and
three sisters, Mrs. Gustav Meyer
of Houston, Texas; Mrs. S. K.
Rusk of Sinton, Texas, and Miss
Edna Piehl of this city.
Pallbearers were L. W. Felder,
Stanley Carver, Harry Cummins,
Jr., Brett Hargrove, all of Woods-
boro; Bernard Thomas of Aransas
Pass, and Ross McKissock of Sin-
The Zarsky Funeral Home of
this city had charge of arrange-
ments, and interment was made in
the La Rosa Cemetery.
For Good Local
Refugio Becoming Important
Started Earlier Than in
Former Years and Is of
That Refugio is rapidly becom-
ing a trading center of considerable
importance is indicated- by the
large amount of early Christmas
shopping that is being done and
the display of holiday merchan-
dise in all stores.
With few exceptions, merchants
report that Christmas shopping
started earlier this year, is of a
greater volume, and looks more
promising than any year so far.
A marked change noted this year
in holiday Hade is the specializa-
tion of certain businesses. Espe-
cially is this noticeable in toys
and decorative articles. In former
years, a few of these articles were
carried by almost every store,,
while this year they are restricted
almost exclusively to the two va-
riety stores, with the result that
shopping is easier and selection
greater. This condition is notice-
able in other lines.
Bad weather is hampering shop-
ping at present, but merchants ex-
| press the belief that this condition,
The regular monthly meeting of | will help local business men in the
EDGAR M. PIEHL.
The entire community of
Woodsboro was saddened by the
death of this young man. He
was born and reared in Woods-
boro, was a star athlete during
his school days, and was promi-
nent in the civic and social life
of his town.
Meet on Monday
The Timely Remarks has a limit-
ed number of Hobart Huson’s “The
Ancient Port of El Copano,” which
will be presented to readers of the
paper as Christmas gifts. The
only condition is a cash subscrip-
tion for one year. The history
sells for $2 a copy. The offer is
good until January 1.
The little book will make a de-
lightful gift for lovers of local and
state history, and a valuable ad-
dition to anyone’s library. It con-
tains a comprehensive history of
the old abandoned port of Copano,
where Fannin and many other
Texas heroes first set foot on Texas
soil, and is profusely illustrated
with maps and pictures of views
of beautiful Copano Bay and ruins
of the once populous Refugio
This offer is good on either new
or renewal subscriptions.
A. A. Dulaney of Hinds County,
Miss., a farmer, built a rat-proof
corn crib with discarded automo-
bile license plates.
County Is Deluged
By Excessive Rain
Rainfall amounting to almost
four inches (3.93 to be exact) in
the last two days has put most of
Refugio County under water, ac-
cording to information from many
According to records kept by
County Judge T. G. Jeter, the
gauge atop the Court House reg-
istered 1.76 inches from 6 p. m
Monday to 6 p .m. Tuesday, .21
of an inch for the Wednesday pe-
riod, and 1.76 inches Wednesday
night. This is in addition to three
inches for the previous 10 days.
The Beeville road is said to be
mostly under water and the new
dirt work on the Woodsboro-Bay-
side road seriously threatened
Livestock is said to be suffering
severly from the excessive water
and the accompanying cold
The prophecy is for still more
Reports that Tommy Mannville,
the excentric asbestos heir, has
about run through his large for-
tune are denied by a friend, who
declares that Tommy is a shrewd
business man and still has suffi-
cient money to pay off the Finnish
national debt “and have enough
left over for a carload of blondes.”
the Commissioners’ Court of Re-
fugio County for December, 1937,
convened Monday, December 13,
with County Judge T. G. Jeter and
Commissioners T. J. Heard, Paul
Neumann, Clarke Adkins and J. C.
West, and T. W. McGuill, county
clerk, present. A day’s session
was held, with principally routine
matters and audits coming before
Several citizens of the Bonnie
View-Bayside section appeared be-
fore the court relative to the rout-
ing of the new Woodsboro-Bayside.
road. These citizens were informed
that because of inclement weather
the surveys for the new road had
not been completed and the exact
route could not be decided upon.
Practically all of the land own-
ers along the proposed route .have
donated or offered to donate to
the county the necessary right-of-
way across their lands.
Sunday school at 9:45 a. m.
Church service at 11 a. m.
At 7:30 p. m. a Christmas pro-
gram of anthems, carols and pa-
geantry, directed by Miss Evelyn
Tidwell, Mrs. Margaret Doucette
and Miss Jessie Vance.
Program and Christmas tree on
Wednesday, December 22, at 7
o’clock in the evening.
C. S. LONG, Pastor. r
end, keeping much business at
home that otherwise would go to
Another bright outlook for holi- '
day business locally is the amount
of advertising carried by The
Timely Remarks, which this week,
comprises 16 pages, twice its nor-
mal size, indicating Refugio mer-
chants want your business and are
not afraid of comparison of their
merchandise with the big city
The usual rush is noted in the lo-
cal postoffice also. The annual
plea to mail early has been sound-
ed and while shoppers are buying:
early, postoffice employes are no>
doubt hoping that packages wilE
be mailed early also.
During the holiday season the
volume of mail increases approxi-
mately 200 per cent, it is pointed
out. It is a physical impossibility
to handle this great mass of mail
matter efficiently and promptly
within a few days. Therefore, to
assure delivery of Christmas pres-
ents, cards and letters by Christ-
mas Day, the public should mail
these things early.
Christmas articles should b©
mailed at least a week or 10 days
before Christmas, according to the
distance they have to travel. Sucfe
practice will make it certain that;
they reach their destinations ire.
time and also will greatly aid those
employed in the postal service.
Care should be exercised in ev>
(ContinuecT on Page 8)
Political Calendar for Year 1938 Has
Numerous Important Dates and Events
Tivoli Citizen Is
Claimed by Death
Ruben Otho DuBois, 65, highly
esteemed farmer of the Tivoli com-
munity, died of double pneumonia
at a Victoria hospital at 1:37
o’clock last Thursday morning, De-
cember 9. He had been ill eight
Funeral services were held from
the Episcopal church in Victoria at
1 p. m. Saturday, with interment
in the Tivoli Cemetery. Rev. R.
N. MacCallum officiated.
Pallbearers were Earl Nelson,
A. Wearden, Elmer Barber, Lee
Rabke, Ernest Landgraaf and
Mr. DuBois was born at Port
Lavaca, June 29, 1872, a son of
Mr. and Mrs. Lucis DuBois, de-
ceased. His father, a Confederate
veteran, settled on San Antonio
Bay below what is now Austwell,
where his family has resided ever
since. Mr. Dubois moved from
Port Lavaca to near Tivoli at the
age of one year and has made his
home there since.
Surviving are his wife; four
nieces, Mrs. Earl Nelson of Sea-
drift, Mrs. Tom Duncan of Refugio,
Mrs. Jack Stephenson of Corpus
Christi and Mrs. Earl Deahom of
Austwell and an aunt, Mrs. Joe
Duncan, Sr., of Tivoli.
Scott Anderson of Boswell, Ind.,
who claims the string saving cham-
pionship of the world, has collect-
ed 140 pounds of twine in 36 years.
The year 1938 is studded with
many important political dates, ac-
cording to a calendar compiled by
Vann M. Kennedy, secretary of the
state Democratic executive com-
mittee, which lists the most impor-
tant dates and events.
The time for holding the next
state democratic convention is un-
certain, because of conflicting elec-
tion laws, Kennedy explained.
January 31—Last day for ob-
taining poll tax receipts.
June 6—Last day upon which
state office candidates and district
office candidates (in districts con-
taining more than one county) may
file applications to have their
names listed on the Democratic
June 13—State Democratic ex-
ecutive committee meets to make
up ballot for primary election.
Committee also designates place
where state Democratic conven-
tion will meet in September.
June 18—Last day upon which
county and prcinct office candi-
dates and district office candidates
(in districts composed of only one
county) may file applications to
have their names listed on the pri-
mary election ballott.
June 20—County Democratic ex-
ecutive committees meet to deter-
mine, by lot, the order of names
on the ballot; to estimate expenses
of the primary election; to assess
costs against candidates.
July 23—First primary election
In counties of 150,000 and more
population, polls open from 7 a. m.
to 7 p. m. In counties of less pop-
ulation, polls open from 8 a. m. to
7 p. m.
Precinct conventions meet and
elect delegates to county conven-
July 30—Democratic county ex
ecutive committees meet to can-
vass results of first primary elec-
Democratic county conventions
meet to select delgates to district
and state conventions.
August 6—State Democratic ex-
ecutive committee meets at Aus-
tin to canvass results of first pri-
mary election in all state and dis-
trict office races.
Committee lists names to go ore
official ballot for second primary
Certification of Democratic can-
didates nominated in first primary
made for general election ballot.
August 27—Second primary elec-
September 6 (September 13)—-
Meeting of state Democratic con-
vention to adopt a platform of
principles, to declare nominations
for state offices, to elect state
chairmen and new state Demo-
cratic executive committe of 31
men and 31 women.
Note: Because of an error in a
bill enacted by the 45t.h legislature,
the convention date was fixed for
one week in advance of the time
when the state Democratic execu-
tive committee can meet to can-
vass election returns. Unless this
date is changed, the convention,
presumably, will be unable to an-
nounce official nominations for the
state offices. Properly, the state
convention should meet on Septem-
September 12—State Democratic
executive committee holds session
in the city selected for the meet-
ing of the state Democratic con-
vention, canvasses returns of the
second primary election; pre-
scribes the order of business for
the convention and prepares list
of convention delegates.
November 8—General election
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