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Coolidge —largest city
in Pinal County; Agri cultural and business center of entire Casa Grande Valley. VOLUME TWELVE RECORD BREAKING RAIN ADDS 71.964 ACRE FEET TO COOLIDGE DAM STORAGE Storm In Coolidge Totals 2.21 Inches of Rainfall Bringing Total For Year To Five Times 1940 Precipitation Generous rains drenched Coolidge and vicinity Sat urday night and through Sunday when 2.21 inches of rain fell in Saturday night’s storm. Casa Grande Ruins records of Ranger F. A. Christman shows 3.74 inches precipitation for the month of September. This figure is exactly three Inches more than last September's rainfall. The rain gauge at Coolidge dam measured a Mill heavier fall than that in Coolidge where 2.68 inches were recorded. A sain of 14.307 acre feet of water was registered at the dam over the week-end. The total available stored water at the dam September 25 was 605.986 acre feet. Yesterday the figure had reached 681.950, repre senting a substantial gain of 71.- 964 acre feet. The Ruins official weather bur eau has recorded 15.67 Inches pre cipitation during 1941 since Janu ary 1 and including September 29th. For the same period last year 304 Inches were gauged. With slightly over five times as much rain as last year, and with the wettest year for 11 years, the desert has changed noticeably There have been some slight non beneficial effects to property and to the cotton crops. I,ast spring all Arizona celebrated the end of a long drouth with water in the dams such as had never been seen before. There was no rain here during the month of June, nor was there any rain in June of 1940. How ever, the first four months of this year averaged about two and one fourth inches per month. The Phoenix weather bureau recorded 14 14 inches of rain having fallen there. 1.53 Inches less than the Casa Grande Ruins recorded. Phoenix recorded 19 73 Inches in 1905 and that 02 of an inch more of rain has fallen this year than In 1911. until this time the sec ond wettest year for Phoenix. Maximum temperature here dur ing September was 105 degrees, and the minimum temperature was 45 degrees. —o Mother I* Taken By Death In California Mrs. Jack Garrett's mother Mrs Bertha Stutevllle, 78. of San Ber nardlno. California, passed away there Friday after battling a se vere case of pneumonia for the past two weeks. Mrs. Garrett, who was with her mother during her Illness, return ed home after the funeral services Monday. o • Mrs. Kate Morrell Is reported to be very ill at the home of her daughter. Mrs. J. W. Hogue. KENYON HARRlS—Merchant Kenyon Harris was born In Brooklyn. New York, November 7th. 1894. where he lived for the first 29 years of his life. He was educated in the public schools of Brooklyn and at thir teen began working through sum- C ■ 4v .; -m* / - ■ |j*. - • l -BBBBHHBH —Photo, Burtcher’* Studio mer vacations for Abraham and Straus, where hip father Paul Har ris was employed as credit man for 44 years. Y’oung Kenyon’s duties were varied and he gained his initial groundwork of business experience at this nationally Übrarf Bl , g o^— - ROTARY GROUP TEACHERS' HOSTS HERE LAST NIGHT Rotarians were hosts at a large dinner party last evening honor ing teachers of Coolidge. Kenil worth and McDowell schools Din ner was served at the American l«egion hall to Rotarians. Rotary Anns, teachers, their husbands and wives, special guests from Cool Idge as well as the speaker, BUI Hornberger. former executive head of Arizona Kdlson Co. and his party from Phoenix. Wes Kirby, president, called upon Natt Dodge to Introduce the teachers to the guests. Art Kenuv ton and C. J. Moody assisted in making arrangements for the din ner. Nate Murray ami Phil Clar idge handled the program and seating plans. Receiving at the door were Ro tary Anns Marie Murray and El len Claridge and Rotarian Martin Talla. Phil Claridge was master of ceremonies for the program A surprise band played many old time tunes with lots of swing Bill I’rtou. with his reliable mouth or gan. was Joined by Mildred Kemp ton and her violin. Phil Claridge with guitar; •Hap'* Dodge and her ukelele. Natt iAodge and mandolin and Jean and Purke Soule with bazookas. Wien Claridge gave a reading on reducing. Kdna Pearl Steward, regular pianist for the club, and Bea Faster who played during Kdna Pearl's vacation, made a good team for piano duet* Altogether, there was a lot of fool tshness and a great deal of fun. Particularly gratifying was the speech by Bill Hornberger of Phoenix, who explained the Ro tarian Ideas to the teachers. Horn , berger is a past president of the j Phoenix club and the present treasurer. o • Joe Sherrill and Lyle Rogers. I who have been on an antelope hunt in the Flagstaff vicinity since Friday, are expected to return to day. Word has been received that Mr. Rogers got his antelope, but at hist report Mr. Sherrill had not yet gotten his. • Mrs. Bailey Herring spent the week-end In Phoeulx visiting friends. known firm through youthful ob servation and a desire to learn. His next job was that of office boy for American Woodpulp Cor poration where, at twenty-two, he became secretary of the firm and later, a partner in the business. During the 15 years he assisted in piloting the destiny of his com pany Mr. Harris traveled through out the United States and Europe contacting paper and pulp mills. He enlisted in the army in 1917 and sailed for France the follow ing year, where he served with the Ist Grand Division Engineers until the close of World War one, after which he toured through France. Italy, Belgium. Germany, England, Norway, Sweden and Denmark before returning to the United States. In 1921 he met Kauffman Man dell In New Y'ork and left the woodpulp business to form a resi dent buying office In the metro polis with Mr. Mandell. The latter had retail mercan tile Interests in the west and in 1926 Mr. Harris visited Arizona for the first time. He liked the country - and saw great possibili ties for development here. In the spring of 1930 Mr. Harris came to Coolidge, where Mandell and Harris was opened on Cool idge Avenue. Since that time Mr. Harris has been joined here by his mother Mrs. Fannie Harris, a native of Alsace, France. Today Mr. Harris, still a bachelor, manages the Coolidge branch of Mandell and Harris Mercantile Stores. “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA. FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 1941 Unusual Business Is Reported Here Over The Week-end Despite the rain from which week end shoppers sought hurried shelter, Coolidge merchants re port the best business week in many months. One merchant reported Satur day the outstanding sales day his firm had had since opening in Coolidge. Another said his firm had not done such business from point of sales since the Christmas rush last year and a third reported Saturday as the best day in a steady upswing he had been not ing for some time. Groceries, beauty parlors and drug stores also report good bus! ness Saturday. o 18,084 Person* Visit Casa Grande Ruins In Year Hotelmen and tourist bureaus throughout the Southwest report that travel has speeded up about three weeks this year; that is, the travel has begun to Increase noticeably three weeks earlier than the average year. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument reported a travel year of 18.084. Travel year in the Park Service is computed from September to September. Casa Grande Ruins had 6.220 more visitors than last year, or a '»2.4 Increase. All the South western Monuments combined re corded a substantial increase in visitor records for the travel year o F.F.A. Greenhand Initiation Set For October Bth Initiation of Green hands into Coolidge Chapter of Future Farm era of America has been set for Wednesday night. October Bth in the agriculture room of Coolidge Union High School. The initiation committee i* a* follows: Freeman Higginbotham chairman; Carl Welting. \ erne Wuerta, Jack Sturgeon and Bill Higginbotham. There are 28 green hands to be Initiated. Mr. and Mrs. R. M Springfield sponsors, have planned their an nual picnic in honor of initiated green hands for Wednesday. Oc tober 15. It was announced at a meeting of F. F. A. members. Monday night. Sarah Louise Arnold was elect ed Future Farmer Queen, with Gloria Appel and Earvellne Palm | er as her attendants. These girls will aid the chapter in its social affairs. Freeman Higginbotham was pre Bented with a silver plated minia ture plow for his outstanding work in the chapter last year. It was decided by members to sponsor a moving picture show to raise money to defray the i-xpens es of their delegate George Knox to the Kansas City Livestock Ex position. j After the meeting, members went to the B and B Drive Inn for refreshments. —o 20% Quarterly Gain Is Shown In Post Office Here Coolidge post office shows bet ter than a 20% gain for the quar ter ending September 30th over the same period last year, accord ing to postmaster J. B. Boone. This is not surprising, Boone said, since Coolidge has become the trade center of Casa Grande Valley as well as the main distri bution point for fast freight ser vice operated by Southern Pacific. There are six east and west bound mail trains through Coolidge daily' - . o Highway Offenders Cited Into Court J. F. Mott was cited Monday at 12:55 p. mfl for speeding through a school zone. It was just five minutes, according to highway pa trolman Roger Gates, before chil dren re-entered school at the con clusion of the noon hour. Mott is scheduled to appear in local Jus tice court. First offender Jim Johnson was given a warning and fined $2 00 in local justice court Monday for passing a car without proper clearance on Main street, Sunday. Ramon Guizada was fined $25 in local justice court Monday for reckless driving on Highway 87 a mile and a half south of Coolidge, Sunday. ! ——— _____ mggmm —-- _ * Kenilworth P.T.A. Welcomes Teachers By Hilarious Party Laughter filled Kenilworth school auditorium Thursday night as the reception, planned by mem ber* of Kenilworth P.T.A. to wel come Kenilworth teachers, got under way. There were no bored moments or strained formality as the group was started at once upon the program of fun. Each one present was given a package with the admonition that they must don w hat it contained. One of the dignified gentlemen present drew a ladle’s slip which, it Is reported, he had some dif ficulty in determining how to put on correctly. A boy’s sweater ■‘much too tight" fell to the lot of a feminine guest, while another struggled to adjust a necktie and a third wore a comic hat perched on her head. A flash camera was kept busy by some one In the group and added to the general laghter and efforts to escape. Informal games followed, includ ing the Suitcase Race, Alphabet Game, and Musical Chairs. Miss Gladys Roche sang "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," accompanied by Mrs. Harry Culbert at the piano. Refreshments were served in tthe new cafeteria. Mrs. B. F. Storie was general chairman of arrangements. Mrs. Culbert was program chairman. Mrs. Jewel England was chairman of the refreshment committee, as sisted by Mrs. F. E. Stonebocker. and Mrs. D. W. Hall. The next meeting of Kenilworth f* T.A w ill be Wednesday October Ist, at 8 o’clock in the school auditorium. It will be a Safety meeting which all parents of Kenilworth students, their rela lives, and friends, are cordially in vited to attend. _ o Lions Hear Talk On Desert Plants At Monday Meeting Fred Gibson, director of Boyce Thompson Arboretum, was guest speaker at a dinner meeting of Coolidge Lion’s Club Wednesday night in Community church recre ation Hall. Mr. Gibson spoke on flowers, shrubs. and herbs of Ari zona. Illustrating his lecture with color slides. He pointed out var ious trees, shrubs and flowers es pecially suited to the soils of this vicinity. Os special interest were close-up pictures of various species of cacti in bloom. Views in color of Roosevelt Dam overflowing were also shown The business meeting was con ducted by Lion president, Fred Slater. The program was arrang ed by A. W. Spangehl, program chairman. Guests for the evening were Fred Gibson, Superior; Albert Hardaway, William Lee, W. D. Kirby, Young Veazey and Herbert Hanna. 0 Clarence Lewis wrs trEnssctins business at Phoenix Saturday. BEARS TO TOY FOR WIN OVER COUGARS TONIGHT Coolidge Bears should be even ly matched In their game with Casa Grande Cougars tonight at 8 o'clock on the local gridiron. Both teams are heavily loaded with new men. Only three returning regulars from last year's teams are on each squad. Tonight Casa Grande will at tempt to keep Its unbroken string of victories over Coolidge since the schools began competition in 1936. The closest to this was a tie game in 1936. Also with this win goes the "No. 14 football shoe" of Wayne Wuertz. In 1937 Wuertz' shoe was taken as one of the spoils of a Cougar victory. The Bears are still try ing to win that shoe back. The other shoe of the pair has been won by Florence but 1b now safe ly stored away in a Coolidge strongbox. Casa Grande played Ajo’a pow erful team last week to a score less tie, while the Bears trounced Sacaton 34-0 in their first home game, playing too much football for the Indians. . In the first and second quar ters Roy Shoemaker, fullback, scored touchdowns. Edwin El ledge, quarterback tossed a pass to James Steele for the third score. The Bear’s fourth score was made by Willard Perkins, halfback. Then the fifth tally re sulted from another pass from El ledge to Steele. Jim Maxwell, guard, kicked two point conver sions and two others were made on passes to Frank Lynch. The probable starting lineup will be: Casa Grande —Joe Ar inenta. Center; Quentin Coxon, guard; John Hadnot, guard; J. T. Turner, tackle; Charles WTight, tackle; Alfred Cota, end; Ray mond Armenta. end; Franklin Don, quarter; Ileynauld Armenta, half; Jack Foster, fullback. Coolidge: John Martin, center; Carl Wieting, guard; Jim Maxwell, guard; Ver ne Wuertz, tackle; Larry Sowell, tackle: Frank Lynch, end; Roy Thomas or John Roche, end; Ed win EUedge, quarter; Willard Perkins, half; Earle Newcomb, half; Leßoy Shoemaker, full. Officials for tonight’s game will be Steve Coutchle of Mesa; Dwight Patterson, Mesa and John Rouse. Phoenix. Coaches for Coolidge are Edgar Ford and Glenn Wilson; George Portenier and Jay Hinton coach Casa Grande. The Coolidge Band under direction of Paul Chambers will play before the game and during the half. Robert Taylor, Joe Ir vine and Phil Claridge will handle the public address system. The ten percent Federal admission tax will be charged. o • R. W. Taylor returned this week from San Diego, California, where he attended the funeral services of his mother. Mrs. Taylor, who accompanied him, will remain there for a short while. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS OBSERVED BY NATIONWIDE NEWSPAPER WEEK October Ist to Bth Formally Proclaimed Throughout the United States as National Newspaper Week —All Join in Tribute to Country’s Good Right Arm of Freedom The Press. The liberty of the press is no greater and no less than the liberty of every subject of the country—are words uttered by Lord Chief Justice Russell in 1695, that ring with resounding echo in the hearts of every Ameri can today. SET GOAL FOR AGRICULTURE IN NATIONAL DEFENSE Members of the Arizona dele gation to the Western Regional Agricultural Defense Conference, meeting in Salt Lake City, Sep tember 15 and 16, approved the goal set up by the Department of Agriculture as Arizona's contribu tion to the national defense pro gram for 1942. The program calls for expanded production in practically all lines of agriculture with the exception of cotton and wheat. Milk and milk products head the list of commodities needed, with poultry, eggs, meat products vegetables and fruits being given important places in the program. Arizona dairymen will be asked to increase production at least nine per cent, from 233 million pounds of milk in 1941 to 253 mill ion pounds In 1542. Poultry pro ducers will be urged to extend production to a total of 5,080 thou sand dozen eggs In 1942, an in crease of 15 per cent over the previous year. The quota estab lished for poultry meats calls for an increase of 9.8 per cent in chickens and 10 per cent in tur keys. Beef producers have been asked to Increase their marketings and farm slaughter 20 per cent during 1942, with pork producers extend ing marketings and farm slaughter by five per cent for 1942 over 1941. The Arizona delegation, consist ing of representatives of farm or ganizations and agricultural work ers throughout the State request ed the National Agricultural De fense Board to take steps to In clude pinto beans in the national bean program and to give assist ance to the grapefruit growers in Arizona through Increased pur chases of surpluses by the Sur plus Marketing Administration at prices at least equal to a reason able cost of Production. In concluding the report of the Arizona representatives, which was submitted by O. _M. Lassen, chairman of thte Arizona Agricul tural Defense Board, it was point ed out that Arizona farmers could be expected to meet all goals as outlined in their recommendations, provided that agricultutral prices are sufficiently high to warrant this production and that farm la bor Is available. “It will be necessary for farm prices to be high enough to enable them to compete successfully for labor," stated Lawsen. o Two Coolidge Boys Receive Discharge From U. S. Army Jack Garrett and Herschel Holmes, Coolidge boys, who enlist ed for a year's military service be fore the draft are among several thousand men who have been dis charged throughout the United States, having served their full enlistment. Both men now come under the draft law and are re quired to register for additional service, within 8 days of dis charge. « Other Coolidge boys with the same status will soon be released from active service, but all will be subject to call. Jack Garrett returned from Camp Barkeley and plans to spend a month here resting from the strenuous maneuvers in Lou isiana before applying for avia tion. Herschel Holmes has gone to work for Farmer’s Mutual Gin since his return. o • June Mayo returned from Phoe nix, Wednesday, where she has been visiting her sister for sev eral days. Coolidge Dam 681,- 950 Acre Feet of Wa ter Available, October 2, 1941. Gain for week 71,964 Acre Feet. NUMBER 32 All Arizonians will let the ob servance of National Newspaper Week be a reminder that freedom of tbe press is a vital liberty in a democracy. In English speaking countries the freedom of the press is now taken for granted. It was not al ways so. In the middle of the 15th century printing, of any kind, was subject to strict censorship and struggled for wider scope of ex pression under sparingly granted licenses which were, from time to time, suppressed or withdrawn, because of displeasure brought to the ruling house. Death was the penalty for unlicensed printing! Attempts were made by a few daring and freedom-loving souls to change conditions. Some died for their beliefs—others lived to carry them forward, notably John who wrote, a number of years later, ‘‘A Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing.” People began, at last, to think and slowly the realization of what a vital factor the press was in their lives took shape. Whipers grew in to spoken words, words became firey speeches, the best of which is summed up in the single sent ence spoken by Lord Cheif Justice Russell, quoted at the beginning of this article. » In 1695 the licensing act was ended, through sheer force of public opinion and "English liter ature was emancipated forever from ,the control of government.” This love of freedom was broght to America by its settlers and in stilled in the voice of its first newspaper, The Boston News Let ter, published by John Campbell in 1704. The freedom of the press in America did not go unchallenged, however, and was not established permanently in the expression of popular rights until after the famous libel suit brought against John P. Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal, 1733. The Jury, in freeing the publisher, decided it had the sole right to judge both law, and facts and reversed the old tradition of “The greater the truth the greater the libel.” A free press means a free people —and this week the citizens of Coolidge join with every city and every state in the Union, in the observance of National Newspaper Week. o CCC Enrollment Days Are Set For October 7 and 21 October 7th and 21st have been set as this month’s principal en rollment days for the Civilian Con servation Corps in Arizona, ac cording to announcement from district CCC headquarters. Defense and allied industries are taking CCC trained young men as rapidly as they can be turned out, says Ira W. Bellenger, enrollment liasion officer, and it is no longer a requirement that the families of young men desiring to enroll be on relief. Four types of camps are func tioning in the state; forest, graz ing, national park and soil con servation. Training and Instruction Is also available in airplane, sheet metal work, mechanics, auto mechanics, welding, blacksmithing, carpentry, typing, clerical work, cooking and the operation of heavy machinery, including trucks and tractors. Florence is the nearest point of enrollment for district applicants. Floyd Brown, chairman of welfare board, will receive applications. o Dinner Meet Slated The San Carlos Scottish Rite Club will hold a dinner meeting Tuesday, October 7th, at 8 p. m. in the American Case at Florence. An invitation is extended to all Scottish Rite members from Pinal County to attend. J. Houston Al len, president, will preside. o • Jack Havens missed school on Tuesday because of a severe cold.