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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. WILLIAM ALBERT LEONARD One of the Earliest Lamar Pioneers Answers the Call of the Grim Messenger. On hast Thursday afternoon after a ; sickness lasting over a month Mr. W\ | A. Leonard, one of the prominent busi ness men wf flTir city died at his home on South Third street. The deceased was among the earliest of the settlers of the town of Lamar and has ever since made his home here and been prominent in the business, public and social life of our city. William Albert Leonard was born in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill inois, on December 6. 1860, and died at his home in Lamar, Colorado, on March 8, 1928, being 62 years, 8 months and 2 days old. As a young man he came to Colora do in 1882 which has been his home until his death. Being a pioneer in Colorado he had much to do toward building of the country in which he lived. He was known by many of the older residents as one of the first to actively engage in contracting work and through his efforts many of the irrigation projects were completed. He was also an active stock grower. He was a member of the local school board for eight years. On January 1, 1888, he was married to Miss laiura McDowell of launar, and to this marriage four children were born. One son, Clyde, died early in life, and two daughters. Misses Frances and Wilma, and one son, Don ald, and his wife survive to mourn his loss. He leaves two brothers and three sisters also. His various business operations gave him a wide acquaintance with all classes of people and his genial and kindly disposition made him friends wherever he was known, and his death was sincerely mourned by all who had come to know him. The funeral services were held from the home on Saturday afternoon and there was a large crowd of friends present to show the last mark of re spect to him. The service at the home was conducted by Rev. Hugh A. Cres well of the Presbyterian church with music by a quartette from the Masonic Lodge. The latter body had charge of the funeral from the house, and the Lodge accompanied the body, marching in funeral procession from the house to the grave. There the usual beautiful Masonic burial serv ice was given with Worshipful Master Allyn Cole in charge. The procession and gathering of friends at the cem etery was one of the largest ever seen in this section and was ample evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held by all of the community. Mr. Leonard was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Chapter and Council qf Lamar, a Knight Templar and 82d Degree Mason, ami a Shriner. He was also a charter member of Lodge No. 1219, B. P. O. Elks, and belong ed to several other orders. Death of Judge Terral. Judge Joseph E. Terral of Spring field, formerly of Lamar, where he was a member of the law firm of Mer rill & Terral, died very suddenly on last Thursday morning just as he was eating breakfast. The cause of his death was apoplexy. Judge Terral was well known throughout this sec tion as an attorney of ability ami in tegrity, ami had a wide circle of friends in all this section of the state. He was a native of Mississippi and lived in Oklahoma a number of years before coming to Lamar. He located here with his family in 1916 and the following year located at Springfield. The funeral service was from the home on Sunday afternoon and in charge of the Springfield Masonic Lodge, with Judge J. K. Doughty of Liamar acting as Master. The inter ment was made in the Springfield cemetery with the beautiful Masonic ritual service, and the body was at tended to its last resting place by a concourse of relatives and friends sev eral miles long. His wife, three dau ghters and a son survive him J. H Terral, a brother from Mississippi ar rived for the funeral. THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 1923. COURT GRANTS INJUNCTION Prowers County Estate Gets Mixed I’p With Oklahoma High Finance. Judge Horn in the county court had a real interesting case this week in ! which an estate which had been pend ing in his court became involved in the mazes of Oklahoma high finance ' with a probable Mexico sequel. Sev-' eral years ago Patrick Joyce, a resi-1 •lent of Bristol, died at the Umar hos pital and it was found that he had a very large estate estimated at above fifty thousand dollars, some of which was in cash in the First National Bank here, hut the larger part in Ok lahoma real estate. He was an old bachelor and had lived almost in rags for years. He left a will showing all his heirs to be in Ireland and naming Chas. Martin of Oklahoma as execut or. Judge Horn confirmed the ap pointment as it was shown to him that Martin was president of ten hanks and a man of high financial stand ing in that section.: The estate ran along for some time in the usual man ner when suddenly all reports from Oklahoma ceased, and the local at torneys, Hillyer & Kinkaid, could get no replies. A hurried investigation followed and it soon developed that the chain of Martin hanks had gone to the wall and Mr. Martin himself had shaken the oily dust of Oklahoma from his patent leather shoes and hied himself to distant fields—possibly in search of the heirs in Ireland, or may hap to South America looking for monkey glands. Anyway he was far from the maddening throng and what was more sinister far from the juris diction of the court. Moreover, he had secured a certificate of deposit of the funds of the estate in the bank here and it was feared had used it as se curity for a loan. On showing of the facts Judge Horn removed him as ex ecutor and appointed Harry Moran of Bristol as acting administrator and granted a temporary injunction to hold the funds in the bank. Meanwhile the attorneys are inves tigating to find out just how much of the estate's funds in Oklahoma he was able to make away with, while he was helping himself to money entrusted to his chain of banks. CONTRACT LET Last Ten Miles of Lamar-Springfield State Road to be Surfaced With Gravel. The state highway commission last week let the contract for surfacing the ten miles of the south Prowers part of the road between Lamar and Springfield with gravel. This is the last stretch between the two points and with the surfacing of this sec tion and sufficient moisture falling to pack it, there will be a fine road be tween the two points. The contract was let to J. G. Winters ami Geo. W. Elley, who expect to get to work this week and push the con tract until it is completed. It is hop ed to get it on the road before the spring rains set in, and thus give it an opportunity to get thoroughly pack et! before another season’s crops are to be hauled over the road. With the completion of this road Lamar will have one of the best roads in the val ley connecting it directly with the center of this great agricultural reg ion. Auto Accident. W. W. Hagaman’s Buick car jam med into a truck load of wheat on South Third street yesterday after noon making quite a spill of wheat and quite a smash of the Buick, but fortunately no one was hurt. There is said to lie enough wheat mixed with the gravel of Thin! street now to plant a large field, while the Buick is in Husted’s hospital seeking re pairs. Miss Madge Creaghe entertained the ladies of the Tuesday Card Club at her home on First street on Tuesday afternoon, and all present enjoyed a most pleasant time. SECOND TICKET Peoples Party Names Candidates for | City Campaign. The convention of the Peoples Par ty called for Tuesday night at the city hall was well attended and nam ed a second ticket for the considera tion of the voters. W. E. Fee was made chairman and delivered the key note campaign speech for his party, after which A. E. Downer was made secretary. The following ticket was numed rapidly: Mayor, E. J. Wagner. Clerk, C. A. Lacy. Treasurer, E. A. Lundgren. Aldermen—lst Ward, W. W. Hug aman and C. M. 2nd Ward, E. R. Jones and H. C. Davis; 3rd Ward, Bert Merwin and Eugene Church. The only contest was for city clerk when both C. A- Lacy and F. W. Miles were placed in nomination. Chairman Fee appointed Fred Betz, H. H. McDowell and J. H. Snyder as tellers and an interesting contest en sued. Exactly one hundred votes were counted by the tellers with the result that Lacy received 67, Miles 32 end one vote was cast for Curtis Gentry. The ticket of the Citizens Party al ready in the field and for which pe titions have already been signed is as follows: Mayor, Chas. Maxwell. Clerk, Curtis Gentry’. Treasurer, E. A. Lundgren. Aldermen—lst Ward, I. H. Myers and C. Ray Strain; 2nd Ward, Dr. C. T. Knuckey and A. C. Heise; 3rd Ward John Y. Brown ami F. H. Kelsey. All men on both tickets are good citizens and it is hoped that the cam paign will be free from the abuse and slanders that have disgraced some of the city elections in the past. Most of the issues that have caus ed division and dissention among our citizens in the past are definitely set tled now and should go into the dis card. The main fact that is most vit al at this time is the fact that the city has entered upon a period of city improvements that means with the regular taxes and collections of the light and water plants that in the next two years there will be over six hun dred thousand dollars spent by the in coming city officials and everyone in terested in Lamar and it* future should carefully consider the men for the various offices and so vote as to get the best business ability and careful attention in the spending of this amount. The next two years will mean more to Umar than any half dozen in the past, provided the large expenditures are made so that our city gets the most possible for the money it pays out. It is a question that every citizen should give impartial consideration and vote for the men he believes best able to handle the city affairs and finances in a careful and yet progressive manner. Springfield to Get New Flour Mill. Springfield has been without a flour mill for about two years, but fortun ately another one is to be installed here within the next few months. Messrs. Carl F. Dahlquist and G. H. Frantz, of Garfield, Kansas, arrived here last Saturday, and decided to put in a flour mill, providing the Commun ity Club would furnish them a plot of ground. Their proposition was accept ed, and a plot of ground 300 feet square was given them as a site. It is just south of the Herbert Addition to Springfield, on the west side of the road, a mighty fine location for a mill. The mill has a fifty barrel daily capacity, and is said to be better than the one that burned down here. They will begin excavation on the ground this week, preparatory to erect ing a building to house the mill. The J building will be 22x32 frame construc tion. The storage tanks will probably be cement. Baca county will welcome the new enterprise to our town and country. It means a great deal to the farming community. The mill and machinery are now at Garfield, Kansas, and will be shipped here just as soon as the building is ready.—Baca County Republican. FATHERS AND SONS BANQUET Largest Banquet Ever Served in the City Given at the Armory Last Friday Night. To serve 520 people at the banquet table was the task put up to the la dies of five churches, Methodist, Bap tist, Christian, Presbyterian and Naz urine, last Friday evening when the first annual banquet of the Fathers and Sons Association was held at the state armory building. To say that the ladies were equal to the task is putting it mildly, as they carried on the work as though it was a matter of every day routine with them, and thpre was never a break or a sign of confusion, and the menu and service were such as are seldom to be ob tained at dollar banquets. It was a marvel that it could be done so de lightfully and so cheaply. There were 260 genuine sons at the banquet tables during the evening and an equal number of supposedly genu ine fathers. Some of the latter, how ever, would hardly he üble to qualify in an efficiency contest, and crawled under the tent flap by borrowing somebody else’s boy for the evening. Supt. E. J. Knight of the city schools acted as toastmaster and the follow ing program was given: Song—America. Invocation. Dinner. Talk—“My Ideal Dad," West Knight Talk—“My Ideal Dad." Orville Jones Talk—“ Boy Leadership,” Dr. W. O. Shelter. Talk—“ The Men of Tomorrow,” Herschel Horn. Boy Scout Demonstration. Song—led by E. J. Edwards. Address by President J. G. Crabbe of the State Teachers College. EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION Teachers of the County Hold Two Day* Meeting in Lamar. There was a large number of Prow* ers County Teachers in Umar last Friday and Saturday attending the many sessions of the annual meeting of the Prowers County Educational Association. The sessions were held at the high schoo’ auditorium and other rooms of tne building and were all well attended. There was gener al regret that the State Superinten dent, Mrs. Mary C. C. Bradford, was unable to attend, but otherwise the program was carried out as announc ed in advance. The banquet at the M. E. church on Friday evening was beautifully serv ed and was one of the most pleasing in the history of the association. The following program was given: Violin Solo—Miss Mildred McMur try. Duet—G. L. Koonsman and R. O. Denham. Piano Solo—Mrs. Raymond Lee. Vocal Solo—Mrs. Grover Carrico. Address —Supt. J. H. Risley of the Pueblo schools. Mr. Risley is one of the leading in structors of the state and his address proved one of the most interesting and instructive features of the sessions. On Saturday morning Dr. J. G. Crabbe, president of the State Teach ers’ College, made an address at the high school auditorium which was at tended by all the teachers and many others. It was the leading event of the sessions, and was both interest ing and instructive. Mrs. Minnie A. Utter was reelect ed as president of the association. A large delegation of Masons and other friends of the late Judge J. E. Terral went to Springfield on Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral. There were six or seven carloads of them and they were all caught in what was al most a blizzard on the way home. A high wind with rain and later a blind ing snow storm made keeping in the road almost impossible and there were several cars ditched but no damage done. H. Husted and J. R. Gould went to Denver last week to bring back some new Buick cars. NUMBER 41 RETURN TO LAMAR General Offices of W. F. McCue Mer cantile Co. Return to Former Home. After being moved to several other locations in the past half dozen years the general offices of the W. F. Mc- Cue Merc. Co. are to be again located in Lamar. This was decided at a meeting of the board of directors held in Denver the first of the week, neces sitated by the death of W. F. McCue, the president and head of the com pany. W. H. Gates, who has been one of the leading heads of the com pany for a number of years and its vice-president, was elected to succeed the late Mr. McCue as president. Chas. Maxwell of Lamar was elected as the secretary-treasurer of the concern. The general offices which had recent ly been removed from Colorado Springs to Kansas City were ordered returned to Lamar, with Mr. Edw. Hertzog, formerly valley manager, in charge. The many Lamar friends of Mr. and Mrs. Hertzog will welcome their return to our city where they long resided and were prominent in the social as well as the business life of the community. The company had its origin in Lamar but has branched out until it is one of the large busi ness concerns of the state with seven stores and yards in the valley and big wholesale yards at Kansas City and Seattle. The county court at Denver took charge of probating the estate of the late W. F\ McCue, and appointed Chas. Maxwell of Lamar as the administrat or. HOLLY CONTRACT LET Drainage District for Holly Town and Vicinity Sells Bonds and Lets Dredging Contract. The board of directors of the Holly Drainage District, which was organ ized to drain the bottom lands from Amity to Horse Creek including the town of Holly, met last week. All members were present, and the at torneys, Gordon Si Gordon, and engin eer, Geo. H. Russell. The bids for the purchase of bonds were opened and proved a big surprise for the combine bond buyers as they found they could no longer hold down the price of these excellent securities. Henry Wilson of Denver secured the bonds at his bid of $98.98 —the nearest par that has ever been obtained for this class of bonds. It shows that the investing public is warming up to these high grade investments. The contract for the excavation of the ditch was after several days consideration let to the T. J. Sayler Construction Co., at their bid of 12 cents per yard for dragline excavation work. This drainage system will redeem a large acreage of fine lands in the bottoms near Holly and also make pos sible the construction of a direct road from Holly to Lamar which would he of great benefit to both towns. Narrative Report, Prowers County. (Irene Mann) Schools visited during the month of F'ebruary are: laike View, Clay Creek, Mount Zion, Holly, High Plain.', North Clear View, South Clear View, Sand Creek, Pleasant Valley, and Goodale. Parents were notified of defects as follows: Defective vision 25; defective hear ing 1; nasal obstruction 42; abnormal tonsils 58; defective speech 1; defec tive teeth 60; 7 per cent or more un derweight; 7 per cent or more over weight; mumps 1; pink eye 25; scabis 5; pediculosis 15; referred to dentist 60; referred to physician 72; home visits 18. On February 6, nine health crusade charts were received from JJberty schools. Twenty-two health crusade certificates were awarded pupils of the third grade room. Holly schools. Messrs. J. W. Overstreet, Henry Lennox and Hurley Hayden were mem bers of Granada Masonic Lodge here for the funeral of the late W. A. Leon ard last Saturday afternoon.