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Coolidge —largest city
in Pinal County; Agri cultural and business center of entire Casa Grande Valley. VOLUME TWELVE 53 CENT COUNTY TAX RATE FORECAST AS VALUATIONS INCREASE $28,919,976 Increased Sales Tax and Abolishment of County School Levy Responsible For Lowered Rate As Other County Costs Increase To $31,780 Pinal county taxpayers will pay a county tax rate of $.5308 during the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1942 according to estimates con tained in the tentative county bud get adopted by the board of su pervisors. This estimate, a reduction of $1.0692 per hundred dollars of as sessed valuation. Is based on a total county-wide valuation of $28,919,976 as certified to the board of supervisors, Tuesday by County Assessor Lynn Earley. The new county valuation figure represents an increase of $869,- 878.33 above last year's total. Despite the great reduction in the county tax rate general coun ty costs budget for the ensuing year are $31,780 greater than sim ilar costs of last year. General costs were increased $17,280 while an additional $14,500 was budget ed for the road department. The new state law providing for all school funds to be collect ed and disbursed by the state is responsible for the major portion of the county reduction and no general levy will be made for either school maintenance or re serve. However, county taxpay ers will be saddled with an al most doubled tax rate so that little if any total tax reduction may be expected. Pinal county's share of the state sales tax is expected to to- j tal $132,900 according to a certi fication reaching the county fath ers from the state tax commis sion. This fund, under the state law must first be used for bond in terest and redemption and the balance for general county pur poses. Rond requirements of the sales tax monies have been esti mated at $50,278.58 leaving $82,- 621.42 for general usage. General county costs, according to the tentative budget which in clude road funds, and not school Keystone Traveler At Odd Fellow’s Lodge In Coolidge The “Keystone Traveler,” a beautifully bound book in fitted case, that started its travels from Odd Fellows' Lodge at Bethlehem. Pennsylvania, reached Coolidge recently and was presented for inspection to members of Odd Fel lows Lodge here at a meeting Tuesday night in Masonic Temple. The book, made up of parch ment pages, a number of which are still blank, is designed to circle the United States and an artist in each city and town on its routed travels, fills a page with water color sketch depicting the town's outstanding points of interest. The Coolidge page was designed and painted by Charles Shoecraft of the San Carlos Thea ter and shows Casa Grande Ruins bordered by cotton, cactus, cattle, farm lands and Indians. It is, ac cording to those who have seen it, extremely well done. A delegation of Coolidge Odd Fellows will visit the lodge at Hayden and present its members with the "Keystone Traveler” as next on the list. Those who wish to see it before it leaves Coolidge may do so at Sheller's Jewelry Store. Here’s a Change—a ‘Peace’ Picture • Tired of war pictures? Here’s one of peace. It shows Indian chiefs near Keg<na, 'v-isk., Canada, smoking the pipe of peace with MacKenzie Canadian prime minister, who visited them. Both chiefs shown served in World War I and the two Indian lads in background are new lec-ru-ts. Somebody say "peace” picture? ®o#lidft€£i-<&QCumimer “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” costs, will total $398,460.83 of which $153,507.51 must be raised by direct taxation. Following are the amounts bud geted for each of the various county offices and departments: Assessor $ 9,250.00 Attorney 7,200.00 Clerk of Court 4,900.00 Constable., 5,100.00 Court House _ 6,650.00 Election 300.00 Health Department .... 36,760.00 Hospital 50,000.00 Justice Courts 11,000.00 Miscellaneous 10,000.00 Recorder 6,800.00 School Superintendent 6,850.00 Sheriff 49,020.00 Superior Court 8,850.00 Supervisors 12,800.00 Treasurer 9,480.00 Highway Department .. 163,500.00 o Children Cause Trouble In North Coolidge Thursday Marquis of Queensberry rules were ignored Thursday whe|| Mrs. Nannie Walker and Mrs. Lavella Moore, both of North Coolidge, settled a dispute over the form er’s children in traditional cave woman style. Mrs. Walker's children, alleged | *t\s. Moore, repeatedly came into her yard and turned on the hy drant, but never bothered to turn it off. Their mother was request ed to keep her offspring from “wasting the water”, but appar ently forgot to tell them, for it kept right on .happening, accord ing to Mrs. Moore, until she was forced to take the situation in hand herself. The children ran home with “tall tales” then the trouble started! With an in dignant, “Cain’t nobody abuse my children,” Mrs. Walker marched to her neighbor’s home. Before the argument was settled Mrs. Walker’s married daughter, Mrs. Georgia Williams and Mrs. Moore’s niece, Mjss Irene Yar brough, joined the melee. When Mrs. Moore could get her breath she swore out a complaint, and Saturday morning in local justice court, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Williams plead “not guilty” to disturbing the peace. Evidence however, was against them, and each was given her choice of paying a fine of $lO or serving 10 days in jail. Evidently of a practical turn of mind the women spurned family offers to pay their fines, but after serving two days in the county jail at Florence, according to lo cal officers, they allowed their families to pay them out. o • Mrs. A1 Christensen and her nephew George Gallagher left Wednesday for San Francisco, California, where Mrs. Christen sen will visit her sister Mrs. Rob ert Sherman. Mrs. Christensen also plans trips to various points of interest and a visit to friends at Seattle, Washington, before re turning home the middle of Sep tember. COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY JULY 25, 1941 Population Os County Shows Gain of 2,557 Pinal county has made a net increase in population of 2,557 dnce the 1940 census was tak en according to estimates made this week by M. E. Mends, sta tistical secretary of Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. The Increase would make the total population 31,398 as compared with 28,841. The new figures were obtained by taking the ratio of 6.1468 between the av erage daily attendance of Pinal elementary schools for the cen sus year and multiplying the average daily attendance fig ures for the last school term. On this basis Coolidge and the elementary school district has a population of gain of 345 which would place the popula tion of Coolidge proper at about 3200, with 4,131 residents with in the school district. Naval Pilot Dies As ’Chute Fails In Sacaton Crash J. E. A. Webber, machinist’s mate, 2nd class, United States Navy jumped to his death* from a height of 50 feet near Sacaton yesterday morning when his para chute failed to open as he bailed out of a single motored naval bomber just before it crashed in flames. Witnesses of the aerial tragedy declared the pilot, who was flying alone from a naval base at Ana costia Field in Maryland to San Diego, California, circled Sacaton a few minutes after eleven yes terday morning evidently search ing for a landing field. The wit nesses believed he was having motor trouble as he beaded for Phoenix only to return flying low over the Sacaton seed farm. When about 100 feet elevation the bomber was Been to go into a glide as if the pilot meant to at tempt a landing. A moment lat er Webber bailed out as the ma chine headed straight for the ground, bursting into flames upon impact. o Legion Dance Is Slated August 1 At New Post Hall The first American Legion dance to be given in the new hall on North Main street will be held next Friday, August Ist and prom ises to be the biggest event of its kind ever held in Coolidge accord ing to members of the Legion dance committee. Every effort is being made, says Don Paul, of the dance com mittee, to secure one of the big gest name orchestras in the state. The new hall has been air con ditioned with a 10,000 cubic foot cooler which will guarantee com fort for all dancers despite warm weather. Members of the American Leg ion Auxiliary will have charge of refreshments and decorations. o Ronald J. Ellis Is Rotary Speaker Discussing legal means by which real property upon which delin quent taxes are due is sold by the county and once again placed upon tax rolls of the county, Ron ald J. Ellis, deputy county attor ney, addressed members of Cool idge Rotary Club yesterday noon. The address was followed by a round-table discussion with club members. Guest of the club was County Assessor Lynn Earley. Next week’s program will be in charge of the Vocational committee of the club. Postoffice Adds 90 New Boxes As City Grows Ninety new post office boxes have been added to the 838 al ready available at the post office, according to J. B. Boone, Coolidge postmaster. The new panel was completed Sunday and contains 10 extra large boxes, 40 medium box es and 40 small boxes. The extra boxes, says Mr. Boone were installed by decision of post al inspector Fred Morrison from Phoenix, who saw the urgent need for them when he was here. He is also having two sections of tin shelving sent for the parcel post window. Armored Division Gets Workout & r* - -■at;-._ Jw Jiim* iiaifel The U. 8. army has released this picture in connection with the first anniversary of the First Armored Division of Fort Knox. Kv. Sccut cars are shown proceeding up a creek during a tactical problem. Maj. Gen. Bruce Magruder is in command of the unit. Another Link in U. S. Defense Chain *’* ;* : ,u J /r : L T , * A ’ ■ 5 ’.’ . ‘ ■ r ' r / || Another si IJc in American defense is this launching of the YF 886, a combination mine layer and'freight lighter. The YF's keel was laid only last December. The craft is costing $300,000 (fully equipped) and is one of 12 being constructed by the government. 133,653 Acres of Farm Lands in Pinal County Assessed Value of $2,384,666 Irrigated lands of Pinal county total 133,653 acres and have an assessed valuation of $2,384,666 exclusive of improvements accord ing to an abstract of the county assessment roll transmitted early this week to the board of supervisors by County Assessor Lynn Earley. The Irrigated lands are divided Into two classes. Class A lands, valued at $33.5188 per acre for assessment purposes total 50,896 acres and comprise lands irrigated by gravity water while the class B lands totial 82,757 acres and are valued at $8.20 per} acre on the tax rolls. 331 pumping plants on the class B lands are assessed at $1,038,205, or $3,139 each on the average. Various classifications of Pinal county assessments may be found in the following table: _ , .. Unit Total Gross Description of Property Number Value Valuation' Irrigated Lands (a) 50,896 33.5188 $1,705 975 Irrigated Lands (b) 82,757.32 8.2009 678,691 Dry Farming Lands 57,865 5.1909 300,370 All Grazing Lands 170.935.84 1. 170,938 Desert Lands 245,033.47 2.45 600,330 Other Lands 8,150.03 6.273 61,130 Improvements on all Lands 619,579 City and Town Lots 501,922 Imp. on City & Town IjOts 1,594.413 Prod Patd & Unpatd Min. Claims 1,453,944 7125.45 10,360,000 Improvements on above 110,520 Non-Prod P’d & Unptd Min Claims 10,851.94 9.4648 102,712 Improvements on above 13,000 Smelters, Concenr’s & Min. Mach. 1,395,309 Mining & Smelting Supplies 512,071 Railroads, Miles of Main Line * .. 206,857 30,533.18 6,328,413 Telephone Lines, Wire Miles of * 7,030.47 83.230 585,144 Telegraph Lines, Wire Miles of * 1,471.77 81.09 119,345 Gas, Electric Light & Power Plants 314,520 Water Works (Public Service) .... 173,860 Pipe Lines 411,837 Banks ** 3 17,199.00 51,597 Indust Pits (Ex Min & S Mill Pits) 125,055 Merchandise, Stocks of 322,320 Furniture and Fixtures 137,025 Farm Machinery 263,215 Poultry, dozens of 105 5.95 625 Bees, Stands of 4265 1.00 4,265 Horses, Range HI 10.81 L2OO Horses, Work 103 30. ,^’qoa Horses, Saddle 543 33. M ules 44 35. 1,540 Cattle, Range .. 24,510 15 367,650 Cattle, Beef or Feeders 10,485 20. S' s •- 111 SS ££ Sheep, Bucks ?' 1007 c Goat*. Graded and Common 12,275 ? wlne 331 3136.57 1,038,205 Pumps OOA J . r 29,269,558 TOTAL . 340 eg*. TOTAL $28,919,976 I 1 Insfire Florence and Jesus Marino of L>OCB.I JuSl G Coolidge disagreed to such a vio- Meted Out To lent extent over an unknown is m* sue Sunday night while the form 1* lorence IVICn er were here, that they decided to settle the argument with blows. He who fights and runs away, j t waa too much, however, when will live to fight another day, but .. . , win 6 . .. , ’ . they hit Marino over the head —he will answer for it in Cool- * idge with a bottle and went on their Carlos and Romando Gomez of way, scorning his remarks about COOUDGE HOUSEHOLDERS COOPERATE IN CITY-WIDE ALUMINUM DRIVE TODAY Representatives of Local Civic Clubs and Boy Scouts to Solicit Precious Defense Metal Box Placed At Theatre For Out-of _ towners The aluminum drive is on! Today all Coolidge civic organ izations are working together to cellect every scrap of aluminum citizens of Coolidge and environs can collect, in answer to Uncle Sam’s urgent request. The drive is being conducted at the behest of Hon. R. C. Stanford, State Defense Coordinator, acting in response to the announced al uminum drive made by Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Mayor of New York WILL DEDICATE LEGION HALL HERE TONIGHT State Commander . Sam Fowler To Deliver Principal Address American Legion mem bers are prepared to greet a huge crowd of Coolidge citizens in the new Ameri can Legion hall of William David Hood Post No. 54, on North Main street as the building will be officially dedicated tonight in a dedicatory program featuring an address by Department Command er Sam Fowler of Tucson. In addition to local citizens who are expected to attend the dedi cation ceremonies, a large num ber of members of American Le gion Posts and their ladies from all Pinal county posts, Phoenix and Tucson are also expected. The Legion building is 48 feet wide and 80 feet in length. It sits well back on its lot to pro vide plenty of space for the erec tion of clubrooms which members of the post expected to erect with in the next two years. Erected at a cost of nearly $4,000 the new American Legion Hall provides Coolidge with a community ball available for dances, entertainment and gather ings. Post Commander George Murr will open the dedicatory ceremon ies tonight with a brief address of welcome and advance the post colors, while H. H. chair man of the dedication committee will preside during the balance of the program. Representatives of Coolidge civ ic organizations will be called upon to briefly address the as semblage as will prominent Le gionnaire and Auxiliary guests from around the state. Legion men of Coolidge respon sible for the dedication ceremon ies tonight in addition to those named include John Goree, pro gram; Bill Urton, seating and ar rangements; Paul Madison, recep tion; Pierce Vensel and Auxiliary members, decorations and Don Paul, floor and building. o New Law Requires Eggs Be Inspected G. S. Stover, deputy egg inspec tor, from Phoenix, will be in Coolidge, Saturday to explain the requirements of the new egg law to merchants, egg producers and feed dealers. Inspector Stove is covering the southern part of the state distri buting egg-inspection stamps, which will be required on the con tainers of all eggs sold at retail, or at time of last sale in shell form, after August Ist. According to the new law, fresh eggs will be sold, and stamped, as “Fresh Eggs’’ and all others not meeting government test require ments will be sold merely as “eggs”. local justice. Marino swore out a complaint, the telephone line buzzed and when Carlos and Romando reach ed Florence they were taken into custody by waiting officers and returned to Coolidge, where they were tried Monday morning in lo cal justice court for disturbing the peace. They were fined $lO each, and paid their fines. It is not of record whether Marino said, “I told you so,” or not. Coolidge Dam 672,- 932 Acre Feet of Wa ter Available. July 25, 1941. Loss for week 9,979 Acre Feet. NUMBER 21 City and chairman of the Nation al Civilian Defense Committee. Ray Snider will transport Cool idge Boy Scouts in Coolidge Vol unteer Fire truck in a house to house canvas of the town for col lection of aluminum that house wives and members of business concerns have gathered together. The government asks nothing that will need to be replaced, only that which you can do without. A box has been placed at the San Carlos Theater in which all rural ranchers and residents are asked to deposit whatever alumi num they have available. The drive here, due to the ab sence of Earl Hicks, president of the Chamber of Commerce, is be ing conducted by Mose Cooper, general chairman and representa tive of the Chamber of Commerce. Leaders of civic organizations who are acting on the committee with him are Mrs. A. L. Nowell, presi dent Coolidge Woman’s Club; Mrs. George Murr, representing Cool idge American Legion Auxiliary; Mrs. M. M. Cooper, vice president Coolidge Junior Woman’s Club; J. Phil Claridge, representing the Rotary Club; Ray Snider, repre senting the Lions Club, and M. M. Ware, representing Coolidge American Legion. Added assist ance will be rendered by Coolidge Boy Scouts and Coolidge Theaters. The town’s efforts are being consolidated in one major drive ~ today, in which every patriotic citizen is asked to cooperate to make the aluminum drive here a success. The collected aluminum will be stored in Chamber of Commerce building for shipment to designat ed points to be announced inter by officials of the State Coordi nating Committee for the drive. o Two Heavy Rains Soak Valley As Storms Strike Casa Grande valley was visited by two heavy thunder showers this week. The first storm struck shortly after daylight Wednesday morning and continued until near ly nine o’clock when nine tenths of an inch of rain was recorded at Casa Grande Ruins. The second hard shower, ac counting for nearly a half inch of rain started about 12:30 yesterday noon and continued intermittently for an hour. Heavy rains were reported on the Gila river water shed with 2.82 inches of rainfall recorded at Coolidge Dam on the 22nd and 24th. “Take” .City In Blitz Week-end Raid And then came the crickets! They came in droves, in hordes, battallions, divisions. As if inspired by a fanatical desire to deal misery ants trouble to Coolidge business men uncounted millions of crickets moved into Coolidge Friday night and Saturday. They invaded every business house. They ganged up on doorways as if determined to prevent customers from enter ing the establishments. Defy ing the use of fly sprays, poi son powders, gasoline and Ly sol, the crickets consolidated their own position and “blitz ed” business men and custom ers alike over the week-end and well into Monday before any headway against the crick et horde was evidenced. While not completely van quished by any means late yes terday there were far less crickets to be seen in Coolidge but even now those which re main have evidently adopted guerilla tactics with every in tention of continuing as nui sances as long as they can hold out. ’Tis said, around Coolidge, the false chinch bugs blitz at Casa Grande Ruins was but a “trial invasion” by the insect world and a forerunner of the Cricket drive.