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Casa Grande Valley Like a Blanket VOLUME ONE Rev. Dirk Lay, Leader.—Major Olberg, Builder WAGES IN ARIZONA COPPER CAMPS CUT Copper companies throughout the state of Arizona announced according to the Associated Press Wednes day night a five percent cut in wages, effective Thurs day, due to the recent four-cents-per-pound reduction in the price of copper. The decrease will clip approximately $4,000 per day from mine payrolls of Arizona. Approximately 15,000 men are affected. The payrolls being reduced include those of 11 major producing companies, and numerous small operators. The five per cent cut is based on the rate effective immediately prior to October 1, 1929. Translated into present wage scales, the reduction brings the basic wage for muckers in the muckers in the mines to $4,84 per day—a cut of 22 cents. Other wages and monthly salaries are reduced proportionately. Chief mines effected are; The Copper Queen, Morenci and Old Dominion branches of the Phelps Dodge corporation; the Warren and Ajo district properties of the Calumet and Arizona Mining company; the inspiration Consolidated Copper company at Inspiration: the United Verde and United Verde extension mines in the Jerome district: the Miami Copper company at Miami: the Magma Copper company at Superior and the Nevada Consolidated Copper company at Ray. DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE Wednesday Night A farewell surprise party was given by the Coolidge Woman’s Club Charter mem bers and Board of Directors at the home of Mrs. R. J. Jones in honor of Mrs. W. E. Patterson who is leaving this week with her family to make her home in Phoeni x . Mrs. Patterson who is a charter member of the Cool idge Woman’s Club has been a faithful worker in the club ever since its organization in 1926, having been the club Secretary for two years and the 1928 President Mrs. Patterson was also a gieat church worker and will be greatly missed by the entire community. Mrs. Farnsworth, chair man of the Board of direc tors, called the gathering to order and presided over a nearing as to whether or not they should permit one of the members, Mrs. Patterson to deliberately leave our ptCA SON community after she had worked so hard for the up building and enrichment of our community life without 1 the consent of the club. Af ter all witnesses testified as to the good work the defend -1 ant had done the jury went into seclusion and after much deliberation the fol lowing verdict was render ed : that the defendant might leave, provided she ■ would promise to retain her ; membership in the club, re ■ turn in due time like the other few who have left the > told, and also accept and 1 make use of a beautiful ■ piece of tapestry and a love- L ly luncheon set from Manila ■ which the complaintives 1 wished to present to the de -1 defendant for her new home 1 T he defendant received the | sentence in a most pleasing I manner and not only con sented to the above requests ; but promised to make a per- I sonal report at frequent in -5 tervals. After the hearing dainty reireshments were served } The club colors, green and t white, were carried out in j. die decorations. f Those present were: Mrs. l W. E- Patterson, the guest r of honor.. . Mesdames W. H. “PUBLISHED AND PRINTED AT HOME” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1930 PIC VENTURE BIG SUCCESS A lew years past when two young men arrived in Casa Grande and made the first start in raising Kadota lies by organizing a com pany, which secured a large tract of land near that city, I hey met with a hearty wel come from the residents who believe that figs could be successfully and profitably grown. The land was subdivided and small fig farms sold to buyers in the east, on the Pacific Coast, and over this slate. Success coming to Moel ler-Sellers Company resulted in the forming of other companies until now the country along Florence-Casa Grande Highway starting a short distance from Casa Grande is planted to figs for miles, with the prospect of more country being planted and more cannery plants be :n placed in operation. There has been some small setbacks to the indus try which furnished the ex perience neccessary to avoid them in the future, but the summing up of actual results during the past three years has proved that this valley has a good thing in figs— they are in demand as the following interview by a Casa Grande Dispatch re porter with Geo. Sellers will i show: “An order for 24 tons of figs and fig jam was receiv ed by the Moeller-Sellers company of Casa Grande to day, according to George Sellers, this shipment to go to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea company, one of the largest chain operators in the entire country. This order includes 800 cases of whole figs and fig jam, stated Sellers. This chain organization operates 35,000 stores in the country and it is understood that this order for Casa Grande figs will be but a beginning of future business. In making the selection, Sellers stated that an assort ment of various brands of figs were considered, the Casa Grande valley figs pro ving to be the best on the market with a much more delightful flavor than those grown and canned in Calif. With but three years back of them, the Moeller-Sellers company developers and eanners of figs, are now in a position to take care of other quantity orders which will in all probability follow this one,stated George Sell ers. He also said that this order from the Great Atlan tic and Pacific Tea company is the first order from out side the state. Two monster trucks with trailers are headed todav for Los Angeles, bearing this 24 ton order- The Moeller-Sellers can nerv will handle a 40.000 cack this season, stated Sell- GREAT NIGHT FOR DANCERS Saturday night, May 3rd, the American Legion open up their new home, the Sil ver Moon Dannce Pavilion, with a grand dance. Vis itors from Ray, Superior, Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Gran ite, and throughaut this val ley are expected, for the lo cal legion’s dances have be come famous for good times. Farnsworth, W. Jackson, J. C. Jayne, E. T. Clark, D. S. Davis, W. E. Nutt, C. A. Ser goe,C. E. Nichols, R. J. Jones and Miss Jessie Nutt. UNITED PRESS BRIEFS Recived Today, Friday. Rural Route Service. Phoenix, May 2.—Within I the next few weeks the an nual Arizona melon harvest will be on. Pickings are ex pected to start in the lower | Colorado country sometime around May 15. The melon crop this year is expected to be one of the ! largest in the history of the state . Cantaloupe acreage for the state this year aver- approximately 15,405 I acres. It is expected that 275 I acres of melons will be har- I \ ested in the Coolidge area; 1 551 acres around Buckeye, I and approximately 1000 in the vicinity of Yuma. Watermelons from Mex ico have been placed on the i Phoenix market. Prices I range upward to 5 cents a pound. R. 11. Lamb, in charge of I the Federal-State market ■ news service, has announced that the Arizona lettuce crop for 1930 totaled 8,426 car-, loads. Operation of a co-operat i/e date treating plant at University of Arizona exper imental station, Tempe, wiil oe started this fall for the benefit of Arizona Date Growers’ Association has been announced. Construction of a $7,000 ; (ig packing plant at Casa Grande will be started soon. It will handle figs from 500 I acres of three-year old.trees. More than $1,000,000 has | been invested in cotton gins i now in use in the Salt River I Valley. FROM WAY DOWN SOUTH En route to Los Angeles from j Shreveport, La., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bratton, were the guests of j their friend W. H Dunn during the ! latter part of last week. GASOLINE SERVICE GIRLS The B. & D garage has changed i its name to “Bill’s” Garage, sinnea ; Mr Dunn took over Mr. Bott’s inter terest. When questioned regard ing any new innovation ns he had in mind Mr. Dunn stated he might in troduce “gasoline service girls.” PATRONAGE APPRECIATED Ghas. Cohn, of the Popular Store, states that the sale which closed last week, was h ighjy successful and that he surely appreciates the liberal patronage which the people of Coolidge and vicinity, tendered his firm. IN HOSPITAL IN PHOTNIX Mrs. Ashford, wife of R. F. Ash ord, proprietor of the Cactus Case was taken to Phoenix last Satur i day night to undergo an operationn. The lady at the St. Johns hospital | where she will be for about two weeks. TANK CREW HERE NEXT WEEK The construction gang of the Southernn Pacific will be nere tomorrow, Saturday, tto build the water tank at the station- There are about twenty men in the crew. \Vhen this tank is in service more trains, passenger and freight will stop in Coolidge. OLE TAKES A REAL RIDE Last Saturday M. L. Durham, the genial agent of The Southern Paci fic, in Coolidge, sold a ticket entitl ing Ole Nielson to ride a first class ride to Mesa, and Ole thanked him | and said he was sure glad he was going to ride on the train, hoping it would stay on the tracks when |it went around them curves. Mr. Durham,, somewhat surprised at the i emark of this clean cut young man aid he expected the trains would j rim cn the rads for engineers had j f-iimd that Dying tc make short ! cuts at curves was the longest wav home. Ole remarked that he thought so too, but as he was twen ty-two years old and this was the first time he had tried getting any- ' where on a train he was, maybe, a j I little nervous. In answer to an inquiry regarding his usual method of transportation |Te gave the information that for ears, as he was growing up, he; u'de a bronco, and in al] kinds of wagons, and had traveled east and , west ouut of this state on the fami ly auto. He was raised in St. Johns, Arizona. At points on the Santa Fe where he was working, from time to time, he watched the the trains go by, now he was go ing to satisfy a life long ambition. On the train to Mesa Ole, although not as enthusiastic as a small boy, over his first ride, took a keen pleasure in the trip and expressed a desire to become a fireman. He was safely carried over the curves on his first experience with rail road riding. o -- YOUNG TOWN HAS 894 POPULATION For a town hardly over Jiree years old, without oil wells or placer diggings, Coolidge is doing right smart , The preliminary figures just released by Emma Parsons, I supervisor of census for the district in which this town is located, place the popula • tion here as 894- An in ’ rease over the census of :920 of about 890; over five yoars ago of about 800, and one year ago of 447. Ten years from date Coolidge expects to make the 890 tail up a 10,000 mark. ! HAPPY DUGANS ’ Happiness reigns supreme in the home of H arley D ugan, caused by Dr. Stork present ing to Mrs. Dugan, at the Coolidge hospital, Tuesday morning, a fine nine-pound boy. o GUESTS FROM LOS ANGELES Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Hoien, of Los Angeles, are the week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Langford. fy GRANDE BAILE AT LEONA HALL Dreamy Spanish waltzes and snappy jazz will be the order of the occasion Sunday and Monday night at the Leona Hall, Coolidge, with the famous Hail orchestra furnishing the music. May 4th and Cinco de Mayo the big dates. Don’t forget. o KEEP IT HOT SAYS NANNY Representing the Arizona Edison Co., with his head quarters at Casa Grande, W. II Nanny was in Coolidge Thursday making a killing scdling of Ever Hot Cookers at a reduced price. His prices end Saturday. Don’t let the hot weather get your nanny, says Nanny. Keep cool with an Ever Hot, and he shows you how, when and why. o Acording to reports the local acre age in canteloups is coming along lin fine shape. -. .. * • mmmmmm '■ ■ > f WitiflMMp^jfJ&Mt \ irSn'- '* jßj« fi&'ttff^£t&fj>' JS&fyT* \ Rev. Perry McArthur—Now at the big tent revival meetings in Coolidge. REPUBLICAN CASTS LONE VOTE A report from Clifton states that the town prim n ary elections recently held showed only one repuplican vote cast. The repoit says that the election was very qHiet, the only exc lenient bei n gcaused by the discovery that a re publican had voted. But, so the report states, the repub iicanopposition is to be re garded a a known qu lity and to be ol a very negli gent character. They had better look out for that lone republican vote for in this state votes for re publican candidates in the general election seem to have multiplied exceedingly. TOWNSMAN HONORED At the state convention of the Liions held in Mesa Friday and Sat urday, of last week, Coolidge was honored in a distinctive way by our local townsman, Al Wilkie, pub- Msher. being elected District Gov ernorfor the ensuing year. The next convention wijl be held at Saf ford- o SCHOOL BOND ISSUE NEXT ON PROGRAM All details in the annex ation of the McClellan dis trict to the Ruins school dis tinct having been met, and certified to by the County School Superintendent, Mrs. Randell, to county board of supervisors, after an expira tion of fifteen days without protest# the ne x t step is to se cure a bond election, which will proceed as rapidly as possible. D r- Jackson, chair man of the citizens’ school committee, has announced that no effort will be spared to push matters along. NIGHT OF PLEASURE AT GRASTY OPENING All who attended the big dance last Saturday night which marked the debut of the Grasty Implement Co. into their new building on Central avenue are loud in their praise of the big time they had and the successful efforts of th-e firm to make the occasion a happy one. No effort was spared- The firm appreciated the co-op oration tendered bv the citi zens of Coolidge who made the affair a success, and the expressions of good will and hoin in nutting the celebra tion over. Devoted to Advertising the Best Valley on Earth Number 9 music week IN CASA CRANDE Events of music week, May 4 to 11, in Casa Gran de will include a program by the Matinee Musical to morrow evening and the an nual opperetta staged by the high school students. The opperetta will be presented Friday under the direction of John A. Often supervisor of music. Its title is “Lo v e Pirates of Hawaii.” Sunday evening a sacred concert will be offered at the High School auditorium, un der the direction of Mrs. E. G. Lavers, community chair man for the week. The committee assisting her in cludes Mrs. B. D. Reazin, Mrs. Lee Petty and Mrs. Chailts Prather. telephone Nation READYMAY 24TH Arthur A. Sundin, district manager of the Mountain States Telephone and Tele graph Co., with headquar ters at Tucson, was a Cool - idge visitor Wednesday. Ac cording to Mr . Sundin a Western Electric crew will be here next week to install *he switchboard at the local station which is located on North Main street. May 24th is the date set for the cut over from Florence, the Coolidge* exchange starting with a list of one hundred subscribers. o IN THE LIONS’ DEN The Thursday noon meet ing of the local den of Lions was well attended and the dinner was. super-excellent Mrs. Robert McClain was in charge of the repast, repre senting the Woman’s Club, who feed the Lions at their meetings. After listening to an inter esting report made by Lion Letzring, who was delegate to the Lions annual conven tion at Mesa last week, three guests present, Messrs. W. A. Franks, of Coolidge, J. B. Stephens, of Phoenix, and Forrest Doucett, of Tuc son, made brief talks voicing the sentiments regarding the rapid and substantial growth of this town. Mr. Stephens is Phoenix manager of the Pay’n Takit Co., Mr. Doucett represents the Progressive Arizona Ma gazine, and Mr. Franks is one of the owners of the Coolidge laundry.