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Note Ccck • T S AVIATION cadet Meek throughout the nation The U S. Army Air Force realiz leg the value of trained young men to man the fighters and bomhera which today carry the war to the Alia enemies through out the globe is bending every es tort toward interesting the youth of the nation in this branch of military service Boys of 17 are now given the opportunity of en listing in the air force reserve and await call following their 18lb birthday • • • HEROES 0* THE air force from Coolidge whose de votion to duty has exacted the supreme sacrifice are John D Wadkins. Jr. who met death on the African front and Ist. Lieutenant Karl Stubblefield who, this week, was officially reported missing in the south Pacific. Karl had Just Deen awarded the airman’s medal following 17 operational missions against the sons of Japan and only a month before had received hia promotion to Ist Lieutenant. • • • OUR HATS ARE off to members of Coolidge volun teer fire department for their in terest and zeal and the speed with which they respond to the fire alarm Frequently we have timed them as the initial howl of the sireu is heard and it Is rare in deed when more than 90 seconds elapses before the first volunteer nas raced to the fire bouse, turn ed off the siren and has the fire truck engine started. Credit for the efficiency of the firemen is due to the work and enthusiasm of Fire Chieftain Ray Snider and his assistant Mose Cooper. • a • FIRE CHIEF SNIDER declares its rather disheartening sometimes when, after his men are doing their duty attending fires, some thoughtless motorist tomes along and drives over fire hose .. . impossible of replace ment, fire hose la too precious to be damaged carelessly. • • • PLEASE DON T write letters to this column or to the Examiner which you don’t wish to sign. If you don't want your name used just say so Your wish will be respected but we must insist upon the signing of ail communications if the writer expects us to comment upon the subject matter. • • • THE CURRENT CROP of war time stories is getting more and more numerous but uere's a pleasant une we read the jther day which deserves passing on to readers of this column "Why, our company was so well Hilled. '* said one veteran, “that .vben we presented arms all you could hear was slap, slap, click." "Pretty fair.” Baid the other, ’but wken our company presented arms you beard slap. slap. Jingle." • Jingler’ said the first vet, what was that?" "Medals ” • • • SINCE THE RAIN ihe mercury has been hovering at a respectable level which Is quite a contrast to the 117 and 116 fig ures attained a few days before the initial summer rains broke last week. Rainfall early this week totaled three quarters of an inch breaking a drouth which has continued since last fall. • • • SPEED VIOLATORS of this area have been visiting Justice of the peace offices with "right smart" frequency since Francis Fulton returned to Cool ldge as highway patrolman. Those charged with excessive speed have been relieved of their gasoline ra tion books and heavy fines have been assessed in several instances. • • • SIGNING OFF with the fervent hope the weath er man will figger we've had enough hot days and either give us some more rain or keep ’ol Sol a bit cooler . . . so’s we can not despair entirely for further use of our summer resort sign. —o Congressman Talks Before Lions Club -Things Going on In Washing ton" was the subject chosen by Congressman Richard Harless In his talk before the Coolidge Lions ilub Wednesday evening. Congressman Harless was the only speaker of the .evening. About 26 persons were present for the meeting. Community singing vas enjoyed led by Rev. Leslie Koaa. o • Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Clark re turned from California Wednes i ay where they had been the past two months. He has received his call to report to the draft board Friday. (•rooltfnjcaffli^CcinuncT VOLUME KOI HTEEN Temporary Civilian Defense Council Is Organized Meeting will be held in near future to perfect organi zation and elect board. A temporary civilian defense council for Coolidge and vicinity was organized at i meeting of rep resentatives of various civic or ganizutions held .. the Co >!idge high school. Friday night. July ’> 1 Elected as temporary chairman of the council was N (5. Murray while W. R. Elliott was named [temporary secretary until a mo. e concrete organisation ip estab lished Included In those present at tie* Friday night meeting were Elliott. representing the Lions club. A K Osborn, representing the boy scouts; C. G. Welnhold. Woodmen of the World; F. ‘Stonehocker. Community church. Win Short the American legion, Murray, tin Rotary club of Coolidge and Ralph Barrington. Parent-Teachers A> sociation. Also present were Harry Shell er, auxiliary fireman; Young A Veazey, Clayton Smith, publisher of the Tombstone Epitaph, who b civilian defense representative sot the southern Arizona district, and W. C. Truman. Pinal county d»- sense chairman. Smith presided over the meet lag and explained the procedure , by which a civilian defense couti I cil Is formed It was moved to t*s tablish such a council, after which Murray and Elliott were named * temporary officers Judge Truman explained at the meeting how proper appli< ation should be made to the county board of supervisors in order to have the conucil recognized as a functioning body. At the present time, letters an being sent out to all organizations explaining *wha*. was accomplish*) at the meeting and what remains to be done Enclosed in each let ter is an affidavit of membership to give each organization a chance to become a member of the conn cil. When a majority of affidavits are received, a meeting of the council will be called to perfect the organization, elect an execu tive board and adopt the necessarj by laws and rules of order. As pointed out by Murray this week. Coolidge has no accredited defense organization as all up pointments made some months ago under the Arizona council of civilian defense ceased to exist when a federal organization was formed All appointments of chair i men. committees and county groups are Inoperative, according to Murray, who states that tin area plan is still in effect with an area commander at the head. Recently. Wm. Urton tendered bis resignation as area command er. so Coolidge and vicinity are without a civilian defense area commander, leaving nothing in the way of a civilian defense orguniza tion except the temporary one es tabllshed at the Friday night meeting ——————o Patrolmen War On Speeders And Recklessness War on speeders has been de dared by highway patrolmen throughout Arizona and from Coolidge Patrolman Francis Ful ton has been ranging far and wide throughout Casa Grande Valley. During the past few days, H. A. Sanders of Globe plead guilty to speeding and reckless driving and was fined $25 by Justice of the Peac4 W. G. Roche while Contree Watley of Tucson paid off an equal sum and lost his gasoline *‘C” book for doing 75 miles per hour. Watley’s "A’’ book applica tion, in the hands of Coolidge ra tion board is being held up. Down at Eloy. Judge Garrett let Warren A. Beaubein of Phoenix re turn to his home after posting a SSO appearance bond and was to be tried late yesterday. Beaubein was charged with speeding and reckless driving on what was termed by Patrolman Fulton as his third offense, and his "C” book taken from him. o • Mrs. Charles Cohen, Rosalee and Benny Jo, returned Thursday morning from a month’s trip of business and pleasure. Mrs. Coh en visited numerous markets in the east while away. “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6,194 R Missing In Action J M 'Stubblefield received a telegram Sunday to the effect that his son. Ist Lt. Karl Stubblefield, is missing in action. Lt. Stubblefield was recently awarded the airmen’s medal for 17 operational flights He was born Friday. December 13, 1918. at Bedford. Montana, and came to Coolidge in 1929 He Is a gradu ate of Coolidge higli school and ittended the University of Arl zona w here he majored in mechan ical engineering, lie enlisted in the army air ebrps November 13. j 19 41. “Soaker” Is Much Appreciated Here Cool nigs was a different place Monday and Tuesday following tli* "soaker" that proved more than welcome after the hot weath *-r of last week. The dust in the streets lay settled, at least for the time being, and the air itself had lost Its dryness. Most evidence concerning the ’ heaviness" of the rain was to b** seen Monday afternoon at the Cap itol Fuel and Feed company, where the water stood over a foot In some place Causing considerable amusement was tl ■ chorus of frogs that could be heard immedl ately following the rain Where the frogs came from or where they go after the tain is over no one seems to know, hut they were there in plentiful number Mon day. The rain Sunday night and Mon day and Tuesday was pronounced by residents of Coolidge and vi einity to be the best of the sea son, being a steady, "soaking" rain that will greatly help the crops. Tlie people living in Coolidge and vicinity were more fortunate than were those residing in the Phoenix and Salt River Valley area, which was badly flooded fol lowing a two hour bombardment of rain Tuesday In some kections of Central Arizona, the flood waters were said to be the heaviest in 15 years. Flood waters blocked highways, caused rerouting of trains, washed away small livestock and wiped out hundreds of poultry flocks. A California youth was killed and three trainmen were injured when a rain weakened culvert bridge east of Phoenix collapsed plunging a Southern Pacific loco motive and seven freight cars in to a desert wash. Rail service war disrupted for some time by the accident and as a result the mail coming into Coolidge was delayed for about 24 hours. The official rain fall at Coolidge for the two days was inch. Senator McFarland Will Request More Army Guard Units So that additional Italian prison ers of war may be released fo* the harvesting of crops, Senato.’ Ernest W. McFarland has an nounced he will ask the war de partment to assign seven more army guard companies to Arizona. Cotton growing counties, such as Pinal. Graham, Pima. Maricopa and Yuma have requested assign ment of the prisoners for cotton picking. Senator McFarland states that the only difficulty in the way of getting the number of such workers needed to carry the farm ers over the peak is the matter of getting a sufficient number of guards.. McFarland states that Col. Will iam A. Holden, director of the Florence prisoner of war camp, is “anxious to cooperate with the farmers.” "Aviation Cadet Week" Set Aside Throughout State Inauguration of “army aviation cadet week’ has been announced bv the array resruiting office at Phoenix In an otftcial proclama tion by the governor, the period from Aug 6 to Aug 12 inclusive lias been set aside throughout Arizona ai i week in which all Arizonans v 11 be told the story of the army air forces training program. The week’s program is being launched under the auspices of the American Legion In cooperation with various other organizations. In Coolidge, army aviation cadet week Is being sponsored by the Wm. David Hood post number 54 and a number of Coolidge business establishments. The outstanding event of the week will be on the last night. Aug. 12. when a military cere mony will be presented at Encan to Shell In Phoenix. The public is invited free of charge Gover nor Osborn will speak. Chief event of the evening will be the appearance of a large group of 17-year-old men who will enlist enmasse in the army avia tion cadet enlisted reserve corps. In the presence of the audience, they will take the oath of alleg iance and will receive their sil ver wings. Young men of 17 who are In terested in enlisting In the avia tion cadet reserve corps may re ceive additional Information at the Coolidge Examiner office. • Paul Hannah. Jr and Norman McCullough left to Join the navy Thursday. They went to Phoenix and from there. It is thought, they will be sent to San Diego Paul is a son of Mr and Mrs. P. B Hannah. Norman Is a son of Mrs. Belle McCullough Both boys are 17 years old Japanese Fight Well So Long As They Can Stay Out of Sight "The Japs are all right as fight ers so long as they can keep out of sight and there are enough of them ” So speaks Pfc. Homer Ashley. 20. Coolidge resident who is home on 30 day furlough. The youthful serviceman speaks with authority for he is a veteran of several months of Jungle fighting, having been In the Solomons from August 7 to February l and In the New Zealand area from February 6 to June 20. So make no mistake about lt, Pfc. Ashley knows the answers when it comes to righting the Jap anese. He had to in order to come out of his engagements as well as he has. It Is young Ashley inci dentally whom you have read a >out In your papers and heard about over your radio. He was the chap who left his calling card with a Japanese machine gunner after that worthy *Son of Heaven had assisted in wreaking a bit of hav oc on the American soldiers. It was a simple little card adorned simply with the words. “Death Comes Calling.” It was backed up with a 20-shot Garand rifle in Homer’s hands. Needless to say, it was effective. “The boys had got a Jap sniper,” relates Homer. ’’Some of the other fellows and I went down to see if there were any more. I asked my brother, ‘Where did you leave him?’ He told me and I started off that way when all of a sudden I saw this machine gun barrel sticking out of the brush. I had a 20-shot automatic rifle in my hand. There wasn’t time to raise it to my shoulder. I just let go from my hip. all 20 shots. Some of them caught the Jap in the face and neck. That's about all there was to it.” Pfc. Ashley confesses with a grin that he and the other men had started hack with intentions of taking a wrist watch from the first dead Japanese sniper. They ran into a bit of heavy fighting for a while and it was necessary to exterminate a few Nipponese. After this was done, they went on without trouble. “We got the watch all right,” he states. Homer’s brother, Clifton, is only 18. He is in a naval hospital at San Diego, Calif., as tbe result of Camp Officers In Favor of Coolidge Sewage Project Commanding officers of Flor ence prisoner of war camp and Williams Field have gone on rec ord recommending a federally financed project for Coolidge, ac cording to Earl Hicks, secretary <>i the district board of directors, named to handle details pertaining to Coolidge’s application for such a system. At a meeting of the board last week, at Attorney Charles Reed’s office, letters of recommendation from the officers were read. The letters will be mailed to Head man, Fergusen and Corallo, en gineers or the project. Phoenix, and will then be forwarded to Berkeley, Calif., office of the FAW, through which application has been made. Present at the meeting of the board were Dalton Cole, presid* n» Hicks. Don Paul and It. W. Chad born. Arizona’s congressmen and sen ators approve the project, accord ing to Hicks. Coolidge would have a better chance of getting the project if it were incorporated, Hicks states, hut there is still a good chance the project will in approved as there are many civil ians and soldiers from the Flor enee area living in Coolidge and many more will move to Coolidge when the new Coolidge air base is fully activated. o • Dinner guests of Mr and Mrs Cecil Fleming Thursday evening were his father, M. L Fleming and family, Mrs. Fleming’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Ashcraft ami son Curtis, her brothers, Henry and William Ashcraft and their families. Mrs. Fleming's uncle, Calvin Ashcraft and family. Pvt and Mrs Owen Cox of Los Angeles and Mr Cox’s mother, Mrs. A E. Cox of Phoenix. There were about 35 present to partake of tbe five fried rhickens that were prepared for the occasion wounds receive I at Guadalcanal. Horner's face ,ets a little grim as he tells about the way in which Clif was badly cut about the neck after a Japanese inortar shell ex ploded beside him. “He was standing behind a big tree when I c>rae up.” says Horn t-r. “One of those shells exploded right in front of nte throwing a lot of dirt in my face so I couldn’t see. He yelled to me asking <f I was alright. Just then he walk ed out and another on*- exploded right in front of him. I heard him yell and went over and carried him out.” Homer has brought back an al bum partly filled with pictures, which he will treasure the rest of his life. They’re pictures taken by himself and other marines showing planes, American and Japanese, that have been shot down and revealing some of the scenes that many of us have seen in our motion picture theatres or in our magazines and newspapers. Homer’s album has some pic tures that we’ll wager you haven’t seen. Just to mention afseaw —a ditch filled with over 800 Japanese dead, a blackened, charred Japan ese skull atop a tank, a transport ship loaded with 18 wounded which crashed in a take-off. All 18 were killed. The Ashley hoys are sons of W. C. Ashley, who gives Coolidge as his address. Clifton spoke some time ago before the Coolidge Ro tary club, telling of landing oper ations of the marines as they took Henderson Field on Guadalcanal early last August. Homer was in the hospital at Oakland, Calif., for a while, suffering from finger and leg wounds. He has been recom mended for the navy cross as a re sult of his heroism. As for the “armchair strate gists” who may be a little bored with the war effort or for the fel lows who are making a profitable enterprise out of this present fight, it might be well for them to talk to a fellow like Homer Ashley Be fore they’re through, they’ll appre ciate that it isn’t any ping-pong game in which our soldiers are en gaged. And it isn’t ‘‘tea and crumpets" Vhat the enemy is dish ing out to them. It’s war —red hot, hellish And it’s fellows like the Ashley brothers who are winning it for us! 0. x Stapley Firm Purchases E. C. Grasty Implement Company Stores Lari I T, cks will continue as manager of Coolidge store Change in ownership effective August 1. D. L. STAPLEY Farmers Loo*c To Italian Prisoners For Cotton Help A talk on the farm labor situa tion and general farming condi tions in I'irial county was given by county Agent K. K. Henness at the Rotary club meeting Thursday noon. Henness stated that farmers have organized “labor” camps around Eloy and Casa Grande and that this fall Pinal county will re ly more oi lt-ss on help of Italian prisoners at the Florence Prisoner of War camp in harvesting cotton. Long staple cotton production has dropped from about 65,000 .. i l .y, ■. to :0.000 acre" this year, Henness said. There will be ome difficulty in producing grains for home use and in getting high protein supplements. An increase in alfalfa production is expected atid in tin- Eloy area it is thought the winter vegetable production will lie greater. Speaking briefly at the club were Lt. George Hayduke, Corp. Nick Hayduke and Aux. Naomi Hill, who told their experiences in the army. Lt. Hayduke only re cently completed officer’s training school at Harvard University, his brother is a radio operator at Colorado Springs, Colo., and Aux iliary Hill Is stationed at Ft. Ogle thorpe, Ga., in the WACs. Guests at the meeting were W. F. Miller, Tom Sawyer. Lt. Hay duke. <’orp Hayduke, Robert Gam mon. Henness, Auxiliary Hill and Maurice Mann. - o Phil Armour Coates Dies Monday, Aug. 2 * Funeral services for Phil Ar inour Coates, 43, who died Monday, August 2. at the Florence ho'spital were held Wednesday at the Cole and Maud mortuary chapel in Cool idge. The Rev. Leslie Ross off! ciated. Burial was at Greenwood Memorial Park, in Phoenix. The deceased was born at Exe ter. Nebr., Nov. 17. 1899, and at an early age moved with his parents to Merrinian, Nebr., where he gew to manhood. He married Miss Margery S. Marry of Hay Nebr., Sept. 11, 1919. and moved to Phoenix in 1933. Later, he es tablished a home in Coolidge where he was engaged in the auto repair business. In addition to his widow, he :s survived by two sons, Harry Eu gene of Tempe and Robert Frank of the U. S. navy on foreign duty, his mother, Mrs. Lillian Coates of Gordon, Nebr., and two grandchil dren. A sister, Edna Irene, died in infancy. Dulins Are Again Operating Their Restaurant Here Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dulin reopen ed their restaurant on Main street Tuesday of this week. Since April, the restaurant was operated by Paul Rose who will be employ ed, starting today as manager of the fountain at the Coolidge drug store. The restaurant will continue un der the same name, “Dan’s Case.” COOLIDGE DAM 380,307 Acre Feet of Water available July 28, 1943, 21,242 Acre Feet Losa for Week. NUMBER 22 The Stapley interests. owners c the state’s largest farm implemen and hardware organization, hav< announced tin* purchase of the E| ( . Crusty Implement Co. stores il Casa Grande and C -olidge. Thesl stores will he op-rated by the u S. Stampley Company. 1 he changj in ownership was effective Angus lhe O. S. Stapley company al ready operates stores in Phoenix, Glendale, Chandler an Buckeye. The firm was establish ed by the lute O. S. Stapley a Mesa in March of 1895, and ha shown a steady growth and an ev er increasing service to farmer over the past 48 years. The E C. Grasty Implement com puny was established at Cas Grande and Coolidge by E. C. Gras ty, prominent Arizona busines man, in February, 1530. It ha served the farmers of the Casi Grande valley with Internationa Harvester Co. equipment and otfc er leading farm necessities sine its founding. "We are prettd to he the succet H1 EARL HICKS sor to Mr. Grasty in serving t people of this rich valley," said L. Stapley, vice president of tj company. “In the midst of a grtJ war, agricultural America hi pledged all out and ever increi ing production of food and vil farm products for our armed fol es and for the ‘soldiers’ of tj home front. Farm machinery and hardwJ are most vital to the war effl and conservation and maintenail of them are the most import! jobs to which we can dedicl ourselves. This we have dol We also pledge, through our lal organization, to do everything wl in our power to maintain sufficil stocks of necessary civilian go! to taae care of all the Grasty I plement Co. customers, as well new ones whose patronage we J meriL" The O. S. Stapley company stc? have long been the leading Ini national Harvester Co. dealerJ the southwest and in tractor si they have been one of the lari dealers in the United States. | full facilities of this large orgarl tion will be available to the Jjci ers of Casa Grande and Coolij Large stocks of IHC parts will available at both stores and I merchandise stocks at both piJ will be enlarged when conditl permit, accoding to the Stal executives. No changes are contemplate! the present personnel of the <1 Grande and Coolidge stores, J as it is planned to increase I the service facilities and mens dise stocks, it naturally will! necessary to add personnel ass quired and when available. Phil D. Thornton will remal manager of the Casa Grande ! and Earl Hicks will continue! manager of the Coolidge stonS Both stores will be Internal Truck dealers, as well as de; in all International Harvester \ pany tractors and farm equip| o MINOR FIRES BRING OUT VOLUNTEER l-IRE D; Minor fires brought out « bers of the Coolidge volunteej department on two occasions past week. The more important blaze? at the Elite Cleaners esta ment. No damage was repo| The other was a grass fir* west Coolidge.