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COOLIDGE HAS passed the half-way post in the 6th War Bond Drive but there are a good many more bonds which re main to be sold. ... an easy task if everyone with the price of a bond does his bit. »»««* OUR AMERICAN ARMY is carrying the brunt of the present offensive against the Seigfreid line. . . . General Bradley and his forces have been told to carry the ball though the center of the Hun line while the French forces protect the right flank and the English and Canadians take care so the left. »»»«« THIS MAN BRADLEY is a thoroughgoing tactician. . . he knows how to give the signals and call the plays and he’ll get the job done, but don’t you think we folks at home who don’t buy bonds and war savings stamps to the limit of our ability are making the job a lot more difficult for our men at the front? We think so. »»>««<! THERE’S A LOT of muck and mire on the European front today and most of it is just about where a good many Coolidge men —weary, unshaven, and war torn —are trying to snatch a few minutes rest while we here at home are surrounded by our families and our friends and we are well-fed and warm. Yes, the purchase of anoth er bond is a small thing to do for those men from Coolidge who are doing OUR fighting for US. »»««« COMES NOW THE voice of an Arizona labor union . irked because State Audi tor Ana Frohmiller has ruled tipp ing with state funds must cease. And it brings to mind the gripes of other years when we heard a goodly number of state employees express their dissatisfaction with the $5 daily travel allowance per mitted state employees ... an amount admittedly too small a few years ago and, of course, far too small today. >»»«<« WHEN COOLIDGE chamber of commerce meets in an nual session Monday night for the purpose of selecting a new group of officers to head this important civic group during 1945, we hope there will be a large representa tion of local business men. The chamber of commerce is and must be essentially an organization of business and professional men of the community and if the officers are not truly representative of the business men the value of the chamber of commerce is reduced to a minimum. »**€«« THIS IS NOT an attempt to make a guess at the proboble date of the end of the war in Europe . . . rather it is to give our readers an idea of what those close to Washington now be lieve . . . “All now depends on (1) weather; (2) what Russians do or do not do; (3) how much punishment Germany will take be fore cracking. . . • It is a slow grinding offensive, a war of attri tion. Casualties are large and many U. S. homes will face a sad Christ mas. It is largely a singlehanded U. S. offensive to date, with Ameri cans taking the burden of beating the Germans in a slow', bitter, cost ly fight. ... It the Germans do not crack in the next few weeks, this war will run over well into 1945; will develope into a longer, costlier war than anybody expect ed.” o One Dead, Six Are Injured A* Result % Traffic Accident One aviation cadet is dead and six injured as the result of a traffic accident six miles south of Coolidge at the La Palma junction of High way 87 when a truck in which they were riding, driven by W. E. Petty john, of Snow’flake, and a car driv en by Charles Cook of Coolidge col lided. Cook is reported to have said that the brakes gave way on his car, causing it to hit a stop sign and careen into the truck. The cadets, all of Marana Army Air Base, were taken to the base hospital, where Arthur Taylor died at 5:30 Monday morning. The in jured are Fred Gibson, Lawton Hutcheson, Carl Du Pont, Paul Lehrer, Anthony Swan and James Goggen, all of whose families have been notified. o Annual Christmas Concert Slated At South School Coolidge elementary school’s an nual Christmas concert will be held in the auditorium of South School Friday, December 15, beginning at 8 p. m. The fifth and sixth grade glee club, seventh and eighth grade glee club and South School orches tra will take part. There will also be a soloist. The concert will be under the direction of Miss Margar et Steadman, instructor of music for Coolidge elementary schools. Coollfi^^^^xamtner VOLUME FIFTEEN Casa Grande Rodeo May Set Record National champions to com pete in the annual event December 9th and 10th. Casa Grande’s mid-winter rodeo, to be held at the rodeo grounds on ’Saturday and Sunday of this week, may set a new attendance record advance sales indicate. The battle of the buckaroos and the broncs will take place at the Casa Grande rodeo grounds, a half mile north of the Blakeley service station, on the Casa Grande-Phoe nix highway. This annual mid winter event is open to all comers this year and the prizes have lured some of the country’s best known riders. Many Coolidge and Florence residents plan to attend and sales have been such that 1500 ad ditional admission tickets have been ordered printed. These tickets are in addition to regular number of tickets which were printed some time ago. Admission prices will be $1.20 for adults, and 65 cents for children, service men and women. Earl Thode, Casa Grande ranch er, who at one time held the title of National Cowboy Champion, will serve as arena director. Mr. Thode is Chairman of the Casa Grande Rodeo Association, with Everett Woody as Secretary- Treasurer, and Fred Blakeley, lo cal cowman and service station op erator, Director-Manager. Johnny and Tommy Rhodes, the latter 1943 champion steer roper, will be seen in action, as will ‘Buckshot” Sorrells, who ranked second at Madison Square Garden show last year; Maynard Gaylor; Bud Parker, noted Tucson ranch er and rider; Asbury Shell; Char lie Whitlow and Pete Grubb. Other entrants include Harry Knight; Carl Dossey; Roland Cur ry; Darwin Parks; Fred Blakeley; Everett "Woody; Sam McKinney; H. Ramsey; Ivan Jones; Ken Laughlin; G. I. Melvin Dunagan, just released from the army; Paul Brophy; Jimmy Kruse; Bill Walls; Bob White; Nelson Conley; Joe Conley; Herb Bailey; Sy Swyers; Golie Patrick, Jr, Ed Plumb, Harry Plumb and others well-known lo cally. o Advisory Student Committees Named Teen Age Activities As the result of a meeting of the Womans Club with jnembers of the permanent teen age committee Thursday afternoon, it was decided to appoint an advisory committee and student committee to co operate on the teen age entertain ment. Hereafter, students will de cide on their own mode of enter tainment and submit their decision to the advisory committee for en dorsement. Members of the advisory commit tee are. Phil Farr, chairman, Mrs. Wayne Hall, Miss Lois Weiss and Miss Ann Evelyn Kline. Members of the student committee are Sue Kyser, chairman, Margie Neighbors. Willie Storie, Edna Veazey, George O’Donnell and Velma Troutt. Mem bers of the permanent teen age committee are: Mrs. Charles Reed, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Viola Loucks, Mrs. C. L. Skousen and Mrs. C. J. Yates. It was decided to change the time of teen age parties from Saturday to Friday nights. The last Sat urday night dance was held at Cool idge USO Club last week. Coolidge Legion Auxiliary will sponsor to night’s teen age party at the Wo mans Club. Mrs. Ancil Taylor is general chairman of arrangements. She will be assisted by Mrs. Gladys Brewer and Mrs. Ila Rogers. o Postpone Kenilworth PTA Meet ’Til School Christmas Program Kenilworth Parent-Teachers As sociation meeting, scheduled for December 7, was postponed to coin cide with Kenilworth School’s Christmas party scheduled for Tuesday night, December 19 at 7:30 p. m., according to announcement of Mrs. D. W. Hall, president. Joint plans for the PTA and school Christmas program will be an nounced later. 0 • Mrs. Martin Talla and daughter, Mrs. Louise Johnson of Casa Grande, spent Wednesday in Phoe nix on business. “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” CIVIC GROUP TO HOLD ELECTION MONDAY NIGHT With four nominees for president Coolidge Chamber of Commerce will meet Monday night at a din ner meeting to select officers for the ensuing year. The presidential candidates in clude Howard Gosa, C. F. Hamil ton, Herbert Unger and R. L. Gam mon. Jack Pond is the sole nomi nee for treasurer while Dr. G. E. Maxwell, Dr. R. V. Campbell, Fred Slater, Ray Snider and Earl Hicks have been nominated to serve on the board of directors. The meeting will be held at 7:30 Monday night in the basement of the Community church. At this meeting President Carl McFarland, Secretary J. J. Jones and Treasur er Jack Pond will make their annual reports. 0 Franchise Asked For Gas Service In Eloy Area Natural gas service for heating and cooking w'ill be available to Eloy residents sometime after Jan uary Ist if Pinal county board of supervisors acts favorably on an application for franchise requested this week by Marshall A. Moody do ing business as the Farmer’s Gas Company. Mr. Moody filed a petition re questing the franchise be granted his company signed by 111 Eloy residents. An earlier survey of the need for gas service in Elqy indi cated there would be a minimum of 175 users. Farmers Gas Com pany mains are now within one and one-half miles of Eloy. The board of supervisors referred the application for franchise to the county attorney for investigation and is expected to meet and grant the request later this month. o R. E. Cosgrove Is Acquitted By Jury Os Murder Charge A jury of 12 men in Pinal county superior court Wednesday night ac qiutted R. E. Cosgrove, former Coolidge rural mail carrier of a charge of murdering his stepson. The jury received the case shortly after noon Wednesday and deliber ated more than eight hours before reaching a verdict. Cosgrove was charged with the fatal shooting of his stepson, Pfc. Earl Figglns, following an alterca tion, over the use of the family car while home on furlough early in September. The eldest stepson of the defen dant, Private R. E. Figging, testi fied in behalf of his stepfather. Attorney Charles H. Reed of Cool idge was counsel for Cosgrove. o Wyly Parsons Is Area Supervisor Farm-Ranch Census Wyly Parsons, Area Supervisor in charge of the United .States Farm and Ranch Census for 1946, visited Pinal County on December 3rd, and spent the day making plans for the securing of census data from farmers and ranchers of this county. Mr. Parsons stated that James E. Warner, of 130 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, was the local supervisor for the Southern Arizona area. Persons with transportation who are able to and wish to work in taking the census should immedi ately get in touch with Mr. Warner. He will, upon inquiry, furnish ap plication blanks to those interested, and those selected to make the cen sus will attend a three-day school, to be held in Pinal County, for the purpose of acquainting themselves with the type of information to be secured and best methods of secur ing it. Seven enumerators will be employed. Parsons, recently secretary to U. S. Senator Ernest McFarland, is a former deputy clerk of Pinal Coun ty Supreme Court. o Mrs. Ivy Receivqp Word Friday Son Is Lost With Ship Mrs. Owen Ivy received word from the War Department Friday that her so, Eugene Q. Lassiter, had been lost with an American ship that was sunk recently. No details were given, but the telegram stated a letter followed. The Ivys make their home on the C. C. England Ranch near Flor ence. Mrs. Ivy has two other sons in service, Harold R. Lassiter, S 2/C, and Sgt. Z. 0. Lassiter. COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1944 Dirk Lay Dies On Army Duty in Canal Zone Lt. Colonel Dirk Lay was long missionary to Pima Indians and was active in securing appropriation of construction of Coolidge Dam and San Carlos Pro ject. Death came last Friday to the Reverend Dirk Lay, widely known missionary to the Pima Indians while serving as a chaplain in the army of the United States in the Panama Canal Zone. Long active in the 158th Infan try, Arizona National Guard which he served as chaplain since 1930 Lt. Colonel Dirk Lay was on active duty in the canal zone at the time of his death after leaving his regiment when it was transferred to the LT. COLONEL DIRK LAY South Pacific. Dirk Lay left the Pimas in 1934 at the direction of the Pres byterian Board of Home Missions and became missionary to the Sioux Indians in South Dakota but con tinued his association the Ari zona National Guard. He was mo bilized in J94Q and accompanied his regiment to Camp Bapkeley, Texas, and later to Panama. Dirk Lay was one of the most active persons in the Casa Grande valley in securing the federal ap propriation for construction of Cool idge Dam. A close’frieiyi of U. S. Senator Ralph Cameron who bad pledged his support in sequring governmental aid to build the dam Dirk Lay worked closely with Washington during the long fight for passage of the bill and, when all efforts had apparently failed, be mustered the support of the Pres-* byterian Home Mission Board and members of the church from every town and'hamlet'in the United States bombarded their congress men with telegrams urging passage of the act on behalf of the Pima Indians who are co-beneficiaries a long with white land owners today. Following passage of the bill authorizing construction of Coolidge Dam and its signing by President Calvin Coolidge grateful citizens purchased a 40-acre tract of pro ject lands near Casa Grande and presented it to Reverend Lay. He Is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Lay, Albert Lay of Wil mington, California, August Lay, in the navy, Mrs. Cliff Prather of Phoenix and Esther Lay of Phila delphia. o Taylor Resigns; Urton Appointed To Head Rationing After more than two and one half years of continuous service as chairman of Coolidge War Price and Rationing Board R. W. Taylor, Coolidge school Superintendent has resigned his post due to the pres sure of school duties and W. R. Urton has been appointed to suc ceed him. Taylor was the only re maining member of the original ra tioning board which handled sugar rationing as the regulatory program was put into effect a few months after the declaration of war. While not identified with the ra tioning and price program the new chairman has been area defense chairman for Coolidge since the start of the war and has been re sponsible for the selection of war and ration board members. o Laniers Buy The Kirby Home Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lanier have purchased the W. D. Kirby home Pinkley Avenue and moved in Friday. Lanier is a member of the faculty at Coolidge Union High School. Mr. and Mrs. Kirby left Friday for Phoenix, where they wil make their home for the present. Gifts Asked For Men In Hospitals This Christmas That every service man or wo man in hospitals throughout the land be remembered by a grateful country this Christmas the Ameri can Legion is cooperating with merchants in the collection of gifts to be sent to hospitals. Individuals are requested to pur chase a gift at his favorite store . . . have the gift wrapped and the size of the article marked on the outside of the wrapping. The gift is to be left with the merchant and will be picked up by local mem bers of the American Legion and forwarded to the nearest gathering tmit ... in Phoenix or Tucson. Make a hospitalized service man happy thi3 Christmas . . . buy a gift now. o Legion Auxiliary Wraps Packages For Xmas Mailing Christmas packages were wrap ped for mailing to service men and women at a meeting of American Legion Auxiliary, William David .Hood Post, No. 64, at Coolidge Methodist Church Monday night. These were for eleven sons and two daughters of Auxiliary mem bers, serving in the States. Over seas packages for members sons were completed in November. During a brief business meeting, at which Mrs. Ivy Vensel, president, presided, report was made of the number of hours of volunteer war work contributed by members for November. Including Red Cross canteen work, U. O. S., Red Cross surgical dressing and sewing rooms the total hours given to war serv ice work amounted to 434. accord ing to Mrs, C. F. Hamilton, chair man of the war service committee. Plans were discussed for a New' Years dance and the following mem bers were appointed to serve on the committee of arrangements: Mrs. R. W. Taylor, Mrs. Sue Stew ard, Mrs. Haley, Mrs. William Short and Mrs. Vensel. At the conclusion of the business meeting Auxiliary members joined with Legion members for a program and social hour. Sgt. Glenn, Cool idge Army Air Field, addressed the group on "Rehabilitation" stressing the G. I. Bill of Rights. Vera Sell ers and her mother, Mrs. Bert Sell ers, presented a marimba duet. Mrs, Hamilton and Mrs. Cum mings served on the refreshment committee. o Elementary Schools Plan Volley Ball Tournament Dec. 16 Pinal County elementary schools will hold a volley ball tournament at Coolidge South Elementary School Saturday, December 16, be ginning at 9 a. m. Each competing school will be represented by four teams; class A boys, class B boys, class A girls and class B girls. Players must weigh 106 pounds or less to be eligible tor class B. Schools to be represented are: Coolidge, Florence, Eloy, Casa Grande, McDowell and Picacho. After the volley ball tournament schools will begin playing basket ball. 0 Boy Scouts Plan Program, Attendance At Council Meet Plans for the immediately pend ing Coolidge Boy Scout program were discussed when scout com mitteemen Martin Talla and Joe Irvine met with members of troop 26 Tuesday night. It was decided that the boys would work on merit badges in firemanship, electricity and signaling for the next few weeks. Troop officers of Green Ban council, troop 26, plan to attend a council meeting at Tucson Sun day, December 17. Patrol leaders, assistant patrol leaders and senior patrol leaders will be given instruc tions to aid in conducting their own patrol meetings. Boys who will make the trip are: Harry Baker, Jr., assistant scoutmaster; Oscar Beuno, senior patrol leader; Chas. Freeland, leader of the Eagle Pa trol; George Dowdle, leader of Senior Patrol; Ray Jackson, ass’t leader of Senior Patrol; Larry Per kins, leader of Cobra Patrol; Jerry McNally, ass’t leader Cobra Patrol; Joe Baker, leader Raven Patrol; Jim Hulcy, ass’t leader Raven Patrol; and Bill Steward, troop scribe. They will be accompanied by A. K. Osborn, scout master. Veteran Returns A k mLM ■ A Horace Scoffer, Jr., S 1/C, ar rived Saturday on 30-day leave to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Scoffer, Sr„ after serving approximately two years in the South Pacific. He wears the American Defense Bar, Asiatic Pacific Bar, two bronze stars, each denoting participation in two major engagements, and the silver star denoting participation in five major engagements. Scof fer, 21, was born at Blackwater and entered*eervlee in December of 1942, His last duty before re ceiving leave was in the Philip pine Islands. Lions Fete CUHS Bears In Annual Banquet Wednesday The annual football banquet given by Coolidge Lions Club for CUHS football team was held Wednesday night In the high school gymnasium. Members of the Home Economics Club prepared the three course tur key dinner for the 100 Lions and . guests. M. H. GrosspaiUer, Lion president, welcomed the 1944 conference champions, stressing the fine sportsmanship displayed by the boys through the season. He then 1 turned the program c-er to Bill McConnell, master of ceremonies, R. W. Taylor responded for the school, and Coach Glenn Wilson told something of the team’s achievements, citing the fact that in the last five years, Coolidge Bears have played 43 football games, win ning 38, losing 4 and tying 1, Principal address was by Mike Casteel, head coach of the Univer sity of Arizona, who spoke on foot ball at war. Much of the success of the present war effort, according to Coach Casteel, is due to the spirit of American youth cultivated in the field of sports, where Amer ican youth has been taught to think alertly and Individually. Following his address, Coach Cafteel showed pictures of the 1942 Arizona-Utah football game. Music during the evening was provided by a clarinet duet by Na dine McCleery and Phil Farr and two vocal numbers by Bennie Boone. Among guests of honor were Malcolm Garrison, Elmo Jensen, H. M. Martin, C. L. Skousen, M. M. Ware and Sue Kyser. Former foot ball lettermen in attendance were Verne Wuertz and John Roche. o Last Rites For William Brandon Held Here Monday Last rites were held for William Brandon, 69, at Cole and Maud chapel on Monday. A Coolidge resident for 7 years, he passed away at Florence Hospital Friday after a long illness. Services were conducted by D. L. Harguess, minister of the Church of Christ. “'Shall We Gather At The River” was sung by request by members of the Church of Christ at Casa Grande. The deceased was born Septem ber 7, 1874, in Missouri and is sur vived by his widow, two sons and two daughters. Ohe son is overseas and the other children were unable to be present because of traveling conditions. Interment was in Valley Memor ial Park. 0 Receives Word Os Father’s Death Mrs. E. L. Scott received word this week of the death of her fath er, J. H. Owens, 78, who passed away at Ardmore, Oklahoma, Mon day. She was unable to attend the last rites. The deceased is survived by four daughters and one son. Interment was in the family plot at Springer, beside his wife. warF ■BONDS NUMBER 40 Coolidge Passes Half-Way Hark In Bond Drive Eight days left to meet local quota of $198,000 set for 6th War Loan; Schools raise nearly $7,000. With bond and stamp sales total ing $129,076 Coolidge is well past the half-way mark toward its quota of $198,000 in the 6th War Loan Drive. Os the total subscribed in Cool idge to date $3,700 in bonds and stamps were sold at the high school Thursday morning while Coolidge grade school students purchased al most $3,000 in stamps and bonds Wednesday. Total bank sales in Coolidge a mount to $112,000 including a num ber of allocations from large firms with branch business houses in the city while total post office sales amount to $17,076 of which $9,760 were purchased during the past seven days. The government of the United States needs a great deal of money with which to finance this war and despite the current optimism about the way the war in Europe is going it will be a long hard struggle be fore the Japs are whipped. Japan’s present army numbers about 4,000,000 with 2,000,000 more men available and fit for military service who haven’t been called up to date. Another 1,600,000, between the ages of 17 and 20, are not yet subject to the draft. The Jap Air Force is growing. In addition to millions of native workers, Japan has a potential slave force of 400,000,000 conquered peo ple. 50% of Japan’s labor force is made up of women. Another 25% boys and girls under 20, the balance men. The Jap workday is twelve to sixteen hours with two days off a month. The Jap cannot leave his Job, change it, or strike. The high est daily wage equals about three American dollars—3o% to 75% of which goes to taxes and compulsory savings. The Jap will fight to the death. As far as the Jap in concerned, the outer Empire—and the men who defend It —are the expendables. The Jap will fight the Battle from inside the inner Empire. The Jap believes that we shall weary of war too easily and too early. The invasion of France, supply ships hand an overnight run to make. In the coming Battle of Japan, ships in the Pacific will have long-reached round trips that often take five months to make. The better we face the realities confronting our forces In the Pac ific the quicker the whole bloody business will be over and the soon er we will welcome home our fight ing men. o Coolidge Riders Will Compete In Casa Grande Rodeo Coolidge Is to be well represent ed both at the and in the stands at Casa Grande’s annual mid-winter rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, according to reports. Some of America’s best known riders and roperp, residents of Cool idge, including Asbury and Joe Shell, Earl McEuen, H. Ramsey, Ivan Jones and Clarence Balcom plan to take part In the competi tion, several having entered the roping, team tying and wild cow milking contests. Most of these men have won prizes at such inter nationally famous rodeos as Chey enne, Wyoming, the Pendleton, Oregon, Roundup, and Madison Square Garden. “With any luck at all, we’ll bring some prizes home for Coolidge,’’ said one local rider, “but we’ll need a lot better luck than we’ve had lately. Take Earl McEuen, for in stance. At the Mammoth rodeo he got his neck twisted and at Florence Junior Parada he fell off his horse, and the other day he lost a private match roping contest to a fellow he should beat nine times out of ten, and one of the best riders and ropers we’ve got.” Nevertheless, with luck or with out Coolidge entrants are confident, and may local rodeo enthusiasts will be In Casa Grande for this out standing annual show. o Grade B Tires Grade B tires were removed from the ration list Tuesday, December 5, according to announcement of Coolidge War Price and Rationing Board this week.