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Blackout —1 long 5 short All Clear—2 long Fire—l long Firemen’s Drill 3 short VOLUME FOURTEEN RESOLUTION TO REVIEW SRVWU RATES PASSED Canfil request acted upon by state senate Tuesday Investigation of electrical rates charged by Salt River Valley Wa ter Users Association to farmers for pumping purposes were re quested by Arizona State senate Tuesday in a resolution introduc • d by Senator I.loyd Canfil of Pin al county. The resolution was directed to Arizona Corporation commission and follows: “WHEREAS. the Salt River Valley Water Users Association has been nnd now is engaged in the generation sale and distribu tion of electrical energy in central Aritona and. WHEREAS, although the Associ ation is the largest distributor of power in the State of Aritona. it never has been subjected to the jurisdiction of the Corporation Commission of Aritona and. THEREFORE the rate* charged by the said Association for electri cal energy have never been inves tigated. reviewed or regulated by the said Corporation Commission and. WHEREAS, a representative of said Association testifying before the joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Irri-! gallon and House Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation and House Committee on Natural Re sources. In connection with Senate Rill 74 and House Bill §2. express *d the opinion that the rates for electrical energy charged by the Association were subject to re view. investigation and regulation bv the Corporation Commission and that such review, investiga tion and regulation would be de sirable from the standpoint of said Association. And. WHEREAS, there exists wide spread dissatisfaction among cue torners of said Association over rate now being charged for elec- ] trleal energy, and on account of the widespread public interest, an immediate review, investigation and regulation of said rates is desirable. Now THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Ari- I zona.• "THAT the Corporation Com j mission of the State of Arizona is hereto requested to exercise Jur- | (Continued on Page Two) o Florence Men Win Top Places Phoenix Rodeo Two Florence cow men took top honors at Phoenix Rodeo Sunday when Pete Grubb was accorded first place in the bronc riding con test and Sheriff James Herron. Jr., and his partner won first place in team steer tying. The sheriff and his partner had a combined total time of 59.6 sec onds to take first place by the narrow margin of six tenths sec ond. Grubb was awarded a hand tool ed saddle as well as first money of $114.50. o—■ Standard Oil Gives $85,000 To Red Cross Describing the need of Ameri can Red Cross as greater than ever before. H. D. Collier, presi dent of the Standard Oil Company of California has announced a contribution of $85,000 to the Red Cross drive in the seven western states. Alaska and Hawaiian Is lands. This contribution will be distri buted throughout the west with each of the 330 communities with Red Cross chapters receiving an allocated share. Coincident with the announce ment Mr. Collier addressed a let ter to more than 20.000 company employees suggesting that they also give as liberally as possible explaining "that the impact of the war has forced the Red Cross to expand its facilities and personnel many fold to meet the demands upon it Consequently its need for funds is greater than ever before. Because of this we should not gauge our 1943 contributions by a comparison with what we gave in 1942 but should give the maximum we can afford." ■ # Co o It 6 ttgllllifetammcr Visits Home w » l > Wfflj LT. D G. SHOEMAKER En route to New Jersey from Florida, Lieutenant D. G. Shoemak er paid a surprise visit to his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Shoe maker over the weekend. Lieuten ant Shoemaker had been inform ed by telephone a few days be for that he was the father of a son, who was born at St. Lou>s. Mo., where Mrs. Shoemaker is re maining with her parents for the duration. —O Newcomb Graduates From Naval Training School In Florida Ext 1 Newcomb. Jr., has com | pie tod a six months course at Naval training school in Florida, from which he graduated as raa chinist's mate Clan* A. He baa returned *.<• Si" I* —■»» , mmamm -rmm&m .. 'iSXKk 3BF Sir sl3ll r EARL NEWCOMB received hia basic training and is now awaiting further orders. Karl is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Newcomb. Sr., and has lived in Coolidge since he was five years old. He was in his junior year at high school when he en listed in the marine corps. 1942. While at San Diego, he won three medals on rifle range—sharpi shooter, pistol and ex-bayonet. Pima Girls Fight Over Soldier j Dates Sunday Four Indian girls are serving 60 days in Sacaton jail as the result of a fight near Chapman’s Garage on Coolidge Avenue. Sunday after noon. As nearly as officers could glean, the fight started because one of the girls insisted upon ac . companying the other two on sol -1 di<»r dates. A free-for-all, hair [ pulling, kicking, biting fracas en sued, which drew a crowd so rap idly that an estimated 200 people blocked the street in a few min utes. When the girls were separated, i the fourth was taken into custody i because of- her extreme youth, i They were lodged in Florence jail over the weekend and sentenced by Judge W. G. Roche Monday morning in local justice court to serve 60 days each in Sacaton jail. ’ The chief of police from the reser • ration took the girls into custody. > o > • Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Steen and 1 Mr. and Mrs. James Brewer were s dinner guests at the home of Mr. r and Mrs. A. T. Bicknell on Sun day. Mr. Steen is junior archae t j ologist of Southwestern National i Monuments and will leave Monday i with his family for Santa Fe, New 3 Mexico, where they will make their home. “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE" COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 1943 PROSPECTS Os SEWAGE PUNT SEEN FOR CITY Supervisors will be petition ed to create district under federal plan Prospects of a sewage system for Coolidge constructed by Fed oral Works Administration funds loomed this week as plans were gotten underway to make official j application for the project. Instigated by Coolidge chamber of commerce through the coopera tion of County Attorney Ronald J. Ellis, a petition will soon be pre sented by Pinal county board of supervisors to form a sewage dis trict and an agency with legal au thority to deal with Federal j Works Administration. Petitions for presentation to the board of supervisors requesting organization of a sewage district | are now in process of preparation and will be circulated in Coolidge beginning next Monday. It will be necessary to obtain signatures of 51 per cent of the property owners before affirma-1 tive action may be taken. Don Scott and Charles Gilmore, I Phoenix engineers were in Cool idge Friday at which time the fed eral program was explained to members of Coolidge chamber of commerce board of directors.. According to Mr Scott the fed eral government will provide ade quate sewage service for commun ities without such service when the towns are located near govern ment army camps as a health safety measure for the soldiers. It is believed Coolidge is par tlcularly eligible for such a sew age project not only because It is headquarters for a large number of soldiers from the Florence * ‘'eoauj''* of »he great in- I crease in number due to arrive this summer when the new air : base east of Coolidge is activated. o Arthur J. Faul Commissioned In Armored Force Lieutenant Arthur J. Faul arriv ed here Tuesday from Fort Knox. Kentucky, on a short furlough fol lowing his graduation from armor ed force officer candidate school. The Lieutenant’s class, the 24th to be graduated was the first to re ceive its commission from Col. Joseph A. Holly, new commander of the armored force school. Members of the class underwent i rigorous three-months course of •thysical hardening and study of the weapons, vehicles and tactics of the armored force. They have been assigned as junior officers with the armored divisions and tank battalions. Lieutenant Faul is visiting his j parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Faul,; at their ranch home. He will be here until Sunday, when he will leave to report for duty at Camp Forrest. Tennessee. | -o - Xmas*. Greeting Finallv Catches Up With Seaman 1 A V-Mail letter from Howard 1 Brannan. M.M. 2/c. to his mother, Mrs. H. C. Brannon, told her of having received the Christmas is sue of the Examiner in February'. Seaman Brannon is on one of, Uncle Sam’s big battle ships and mail has to “follow him around.” I *1 finally got the Christmas Greeting from the Coolidge Ex- j aminer and it really was nice." he wrote. “You remember that Wal- j lace bov don’t you? He was down at Portal with me. I sure would j like to see him. There are so many boys in the service from Coolidge. 1 guess I could come home and not know anybody at all.” 0 Gines Perez Made ; i Lieutenant Colonel i Mr. and Mrs. Tom Edwards. Sr., received word last week that their son-in-law, Gines Perez, formerly a major in the U. S. Army, had been promoted to Lieutenant l Colonel while at Fort Leaven ■ worth. Kansas. He was a mining engineer before entering the ser - vice. Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. I Perez are now at Fort Bliss, Tex ■ as. • J o 1 • Mrs. M. J. Guilette is recover- I ing from a week’s serious illness. Williams Completes Course Landing Craft School Bernard O. Williams, Pima In dian. is. at a destroyer base on the Pacific coast where he is awaiting active sea duty following the com [ pletjon of a course at landing craft school. In a recent letter to his parent*. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 'M BERNARD O. WILLIAMS Williams, Blackwater, their son tells them what his studies pre pared him for. "This landing craft school is where you learn to dive boats and land them on the shore." he wrote. Williams, now 18. earned the rating of seaman second class at the achool. where he took an Intense interest In his studies. j * When he learned to dive his boat Williams wrote home enthus iastically: "Today I learned to dive the boat. I’d dive U around the ocean, and then go back and land it on the shore, then back it out again and ride around. Roy! —I really like to dive them boats” .. . Later he wrote. "Well I’m fine and waiting for them to draft me out to the big sea. Every day they call out the names of boys who go. I’m just waiting, but as long as I’m staying here I like it ... I hope you got the radio I sent you all. I sent it for you to listen what is going on in the Pacific Ocean where I’ll be soon . . . They told me I was going on an aircraft carrier, but I don't know for sure . . . Well I will close now. I just dropped in to let you know about the radio I send and that I go soon." Williams was born at Blackwa ter September 27, 1925 and attend ed gram nar school in Coolidge. He enlisted in the Navy Novem ber 2. 1942 and got his basic train ing at San Diego. o - War Stamp Sale Slated Next Week By Women At War A sale of War Stamp corsages featuring the St. Patrick motif will be conducted on the streets of Coolidge by local Women at War on Monday and Tuesday, accord ing to Mrs. A. T. Bicknell, chair man of the drive. “A shamrock for good luck —a , War Stamp corsage for Victory.” will be the slogan forth? next week’s two-day stamp drive. If anyone wishes to place orders be forehand they may do so by phon ing Mrs. Bicknell. Mrs. F. P. Jamieson is chairman of Pinal County Women at War. branch of a national organization pledged to keep the uale cf War Stamps and Bonds before the pub lic for the duration. o Goods Stolen Bard’s Saturday Night Approximately S6O worth of l merchandise was stolen from Bard’s dry goods store when the east show window was broken sometime Saturday night, or early Sunday morning. Mr. Bard found people staring at the open window when he came to his place of business at 9:30 Sunday morning. None had made a report, however. It is believed that the window may have been broken in a drunk en scuffle, Mr. Bard said, since only merchandise which was easily available at arms length was tak en. o • Miss Barbara Talla spent the weekend in Casa Grande with friends. PARKER DAM POWER NOW USB) HERE 2000 kw. flows into district lines as connections are made Sunday afternoon Power from Parker Dam on the Colorado River flowed Into the lines of San Carlos Project Sun day afternoon as Clark Wellß and Max Anderson of the Indian Ser vice supervised the connection. While all substation connections have not been completed approxi mately 2.000 kilowatts of energy are being consumed and all prev ious threats of power shortage which valley lands have faced since the initial energization of Coolidge Dam power lines, has been eliminated. When the 4th generating unit is completed at Parker Dam about July 15th San Carlos pro ject electrical system will be using the full 5000 kilowatt demand for which contracts now exist. Use of Parker Dam power now insures the Coolidge deiael plant may he used only as a standby plant for which It was originally intended. • o One Third Required Ouota Raised To Date For Red Cross One third of the required quota of SI,BOO set as a goal for Coolidge in the National Red Cross drive, which got under way here March Ist. had been collected by Tuesday night, according to Mrs. M. M. Ware. Coolidge chairman. The quota has b**en divided into thirds, with S3OO set as Kenilworth’s goal. s3ajii for the district west of town, the remaining $1,200 to be raised by Coolidge. Mrs. Eli Anderson is handling the Kenilworth drive and Mrs. Herbert Hanna is handling the drive west of town. Response to the drive, which will continue throughout March has been found in most cases to be whole-hearted and generous Donations have ranged all the way from SSO to 50 cents. Mrs. Ware said. ■•We cannot all have service flags in our windows, “but we can all help the Red Cross." one don er said. A house to house canvass was started in Coolidge this week and will continue throughout next week. If anyone wishes to make a donation while downtown, Earl Hicks at E. C. Orasty Implement Company, will receive it. o Soldiers To “Protect” City In Maneuvers Coolidge resident will be given a demonstration of Just how fast soldiers of Florence Internment Camp can go into action in case of air or land attack on Friday, March 26th when 1,000 officers and men of the army po»t will en act a mission involving the secur ity of the city. The mission will encompass portions of the training program of Florence Internment Camp Mili tary Police Escort Guard Compan ie sin cooperation with civilian de sense authorities of Coolidge. Scheduled to start shortly be fore dark, the problem will end about midnight. Theoretically news of an im pending attack will be flashed to officers of the Florence camp who will immediately order soldiers to i take the field. The soldiers will be transported in army vebciles to strategic stations such as power and water sources. Hospital areas will be set up and all civilian police will be or dered to their stations. o • Lions Hear Talk On ‘Personalities* Pfc. Gil Minor addressed mem bers of Coolidge Lions Club on “Personalities” at a dinner meet ing Wednesday night at Casa Grande Valley Farms. Private Minor before entering the service handled publicity for numerous celebrities, of which he sketched an album of word pictures for the entertainment of club members. William McConnell spoke to fel low club members on “Lionism," preceeding the initiation of four new members. Those initiated were Wayne Hall. Ed Wildermuth, Phil Farr and Ted Karam. Heads Sheriffs I Pinal county sheriff James Her ron, Jr., newly elected president of the Western Sheriff’s Associa tion. His selection was made at the annual meeting of the associa tion in Phoenix, Sunday. i I The time has come, the Walrus said, To write of many things, of shoes and ships, and sealing wax and cabbages and Kings. • • • And lust so the time has come when we feel at least a quasi-edi torial urge to write of many things of interest to all of us who make our home in Coolidge and Pinal county. * * « Maybe it’s because spring is about to burst upon us that causes this semi-latent editor ial urge but whatever it is you who read these lines are witnessing the birth of a col umn that will continue just so long as we can make it inter esting ... or its continuity is ended by circumstances be yond our control. • * * With this introduction may we point out th£ complete absence of title or heading at the top of this column? We’ve not been able to name it ourselves so we here with offer to present a 1943 mod el spring bonnet to the man, wom an or child who first submits an adequate and satisfactory descrip tive (no bad language will be con sidered) name or title. There will be no Judging committee. We will be the sole judge. So come on with your suggestions. * * * In addition to editorial comment there will appear some fact and some fancy and some not so fancy. Some will no doubt border upon the frivolous and some may be plain nonsense with a little salve now and then to take the edge off the eontraverßlal. * * * And with that here’s a story we were told recently which had ap peared in a restricted army publi cation. - * * • When the Marine* were get ting their foothold on Guadal canal Jap troop* were heard to call out "Come on you Mar ine*. We K-e-e-l you. More blood for our Emperor.” Upon which our Marine* shouted back acros* the jungles “Come on you- 1 We’ll kill you. More blood for Franklin.” * * * And that reminds us of the fin est non-fiction we’ve read so far dealing with the war. It’s Guadal canal Diary, by Richard Tregaskis, United Press correspondent who landed with the first Marines on that island. If you think our fight ing men in the Solomons are hav ing a picnic you won’t when you’ve finished readit. * * * THOUHT FOR THIS WEEK A bond-a-day sinks a BUND- A-DAY. * * * AND WATCH OUT, TOJO: The new destroyers, Kidd, Bullard, Thorn and Turner were named re spectively for Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, killed at Pearl Harbor; Rear Admiral Bullard, hero of Spanish American and First World Wars; Lieutenant Jonathan, American hero at Tripoli 139 years ago and Captain Dan Turner, luminary of the war of 1813- COOLIDGE DAM 560,242 Acre Feet of Water available Mar. 11, 1943. 29,554 Acre Feet' Gain for Week- NUMBER J BRAVE DEATH OF SGT WADKINSTOL BY WAR WRITER Ernie Pyle, columnist and war correspondent writ of courage and bravery of Coolidge youth Further details concerning t death of Sergeant John D. Wfc kinr and the way in which i fellow airmen regarded him. w. contained in a column caption* ’The Roving Reporter* by Bra Pyle, which was sent to the Exai iner from the Williamsburg, K« tucky News, Saturday. Headii the article was a note from tl editor, as follows: “The gunn mentioned in this dispatch W: Sergeant John D. Wadkins, j Coolidge, Arizona. Ernie Py gave hiR name in a confident! postscript for use If the war d partment confirmed that the nr: of kin had been notified. This tl department has done." Ernie Pyle's column, which to of his reunion in Africa with ol friends, had this to say of Sc geant Wadkins: "There is i laughter about the ball-turret gv ner. For he is dead. He is tt one who loved his ball-turret * much he even wanted to be i it while the plane took off; love it so much he wouldn’t let an; body else get inside It ... |H death was a brave one. When tl Germans came over our airdrom one night, this gunner jump* from the trench, where be ws safe, and dashed to the neares Fortress and began shooting # the enemy planes from the uppe turret. A bomb landed nearbf and a small fragment tore throug the side of the plane and wetj u>ou°rh hh ; heart ... I wee aj the field that night and the rei of the crew were asking their oj ficers if they could take up a coi lection and send his body homd It is impossible, but they wif mark his grave well, and mayb after the war it can be returnee “That night Lieutenant Malcolr Anderson asked me If I could sa; something in the column abou how wonderful the ball-turret gunner had been, and how he ha* died, so his folks could read 11 But I had to tell him it was lm possible, because I can't give hi name . . . There Is a censorshli rule which forbids us mentieplm the name of a casualty until afte his family has been notified bj the War Department. The rule i good, I think, but there's no wa; for us over here to know whei the War Department has sent it telegram. Consequently the rul< really forbids us ever mentioning casualties at all ... So all I oai do is tell the little incident, am some day the other members o the crew will write to this bray< gunner’s family and tell them hov he died.” o Irrigation Storage Is Increased By 28,364 Acre Feet: Recent rainfall has beneflttec farmers of Casa Grande Valley t< the extent of 28,364 acre feet o: water stored in San Carlos Reser voir for irrigation of valley fant lands. Rainfall at CooUdge Dam" «t mounted to 2-39 inches during th< period of March 4th to 6th inclu sive, increasing the storage sub stantially and bringing the atorec number of acre feet to 559,062 or the morning of March 10th. A considerable amount of water cam* down tbe Gila below Coolidge Dam and spilled at the Aahuret-Hayder Dam on the sth and 6th. Some ol this water was taken through th« Florence-Caaa Grande canal and stored in Picacho Reservoir, ac cording to C. J. Moody, project en gineer of U. S. Indian irrigation Service. Approxmiately 2,800 acr« feet was saved for use on the Casa Grande Division, he said. USO Speaker At * Rotary Meeting E. R. Strickland, YMCA worker in charge of USO activities in Florence was guest speaker at the weekly Rotary luncheon yesterday while Mrs. B. L. Steward, former club pianist was a special guest. Mr. Strickland outlined USO ac tivities throughout the country in detail telling of services rendered to American service men even In remote localities and outpoeu.