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pjppp^A^l tV ' tj9Rß9fc tdk ? t •**' ■ , i PHOTO BY J M HINES Pictured above are the seven members of Coolidge City council as they take the oath of office from Raymond Sroaf in his capacity as a notary public. From left to right they are: Raymond Sroaf, the notary. Mayor A. D. Tyler, Councilmen Dr. R. V. C*mpbell. C. W. Lewis. R. W. Chadborn. L. 0. Me miilin. Cart McFarland and George Ware. In the left foreground are Tom Moxley, pioneer Coolidge resident and J. T. O'neil, Coolidge physician who was visiting in Coolidge and who but re cently returned after nearly two years overseas with an army base hospital unit stationed in England. i _ PHOTO BY J. M HINES A. 0. Tyler shown just after his selection as the first mayor of Coolidge as he addresses members of the council and visitors who witnessed the swearing in of the new city fathers. Frank E. Lewis ‘Bushmaster,* Is Civilian Again First Sgt Frank (Pinkey) Lewis returned home Friday from Ft. Mr- At bur. California, where be re ceived a point discharge from the army. Lewis, the son of Mrs. D. T. Lewis, served for 34 months in the South Pacific with the ‘Bushmast ers' of Company B. IS-Sth Infantry. Most of their fighting was done in j the jungles of New Guinea. Lewis ; has made his home in Coolidge since 1*36 He and Mrs. Lewis, the former Harriet Jean Kirkland, remained on the coast for a few days vaca tion after the sergeant received his discharge. He was previously sta tioned at Williams Field. o D And A Grocery Is Purchased By Ed. N. Basha n and A Grocery on Main Street was purchased Saturday from Wade Y. Daw by Ed. N. Basha. who owns a chain of groceries in Pinal county and others at Chandler. Mesa and Phoenix. Basha has start ed a moderniiatioLn program in the store here, which will inrlude com plete renovation and new fixtures. The store will open in two weeks. Daw. who has been in the grocery business here for the past ten years, has no immediate plans for the future. o Sgt. Jimmy Urton Receives Discharge From Army Air Corps Sgt James R. Crton has received an honorable discharge from the IT. S. Army Air Corps and returned home Friday from San Bernadino, Calif., to resume civilian life. Jimmy entered service in 1941 and served 32 months as an aircraft and engine mechanic in the European theater, earning five battle stars on the ETO ribbon. He is the son of Mr and Mrs. W. R. Urton. Jimmy has been a resident of Coolidge for ten years. His par ents. who were visiting in Kansas City at the time of his discharge, are expected home this week. Bears Take Panthers By Score Os 32-9 The Coolidge Bears added the Amphitheater Panthers of Turnon to their victims when they defeated them Friday 32 to 9. The Panthers received to open the game and uncovered a nicely running and passing game to scort in the first three minutes of play. Taking the ball on their own thirty they advanced 35 yards in three running plays to the Bear 35 yard j line. Holi Justice and Gastleman, j Panther backs, spear-headed thi«j drive. Then Justice faded back an 1 threw a perfect strlek to Chad Ger maine, Panther end, foj* the touch- j down. The Bears, aroused by this dis-] play of offensive strength, struck back twice in the first half to make the half time score 12 to 7 for the: Bears. Jimmie Davis made both Coolidge touchdowns. The Panthers were unable to get rolling in the second half and the i Bears dominated play throughout.! Jimmie Davis scored twice more: and Mark McEuen went over for the final touchdown. The Panthers j added two points on a safety when[ Don Turney, reserve Bear fullback, couldn't hold onto the ball and fcdl on it behind the goal line. The Bears threw four passes and completed none while the Panthers wept to the air seven times com pleting one for their touchdown. Coolidge rolled up 14 first downs to 10 for Amphitheater. Officials were Paul Rose, referee; Mose Cooper, umpire, and Bill Me Con nell. head linesman. This week the Bears travel to j Tempe. where they will take on Coach Ben Cole’s Buffaloes in what j promises to be a real battle. Coach Cole’s teams are famed for their j tricky attack from the double wing I back and spread formations. Tht- ! year they have added the T forma- j tion to their bag of tricks and pack I plenty of scoring punch. The | Tempe fans rate this year's Buffalo team as the best in years. In their only game thisrseason they defeated the big Casa Grande eleven 25 to 0. The Bears are going out of their class in this game and will really have to step to stay in the ball game. In ten years of competition the Coolidge boys have never de feated a school of this Bize and class. o PVT. HARLEY CARTER writes his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Carter, to let them know he has landed in the Philippines and is o.k. “I am going from here to Tokyo 1 think, don't know for sure. I was , on the boat thirty-one days coming over. Boy. was It tiresome —but I don’t care for Pm getting to see this side of the world and 1 want to see Japan while I’m over here We’ve been sleeping in tents since we've been here and it sure is hot.” He is about sixty miles from Ma nila. Carter says. “I passed the Hawaiian and Marshall Islands on the way over and I will see Okin awa.” Carter wants to know how the cotton crop is coming along. “I guess it’s about ready to pick by now. Well. Dad. try and have the old Ford in good shape and good tires on it. for boy. I got a lot of running around to do when I g p t home." Pvt. Carter. IS. entered service in November of 1944. His parents make their home west of Coolidge. o #Mrs Martin Parker Talla and baby son. Martin Patrick, arrived here Wednesday from Oklahoma City to visit her parents-in-iaw. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Talla. Sr., while they await the arrival of Mar tin. Jr., who is en route home from i the South Pacific. PI A Hears Discussion Concerning Coolidge As Incorporated City PTA members meeting at the j high tu bool auditorium Tuesday j night beard a panel discussion con-! reining Coolidge as an incorporated j town. Robert Gammon. C. W. Lewis ; and Dr. It. V. Campbell were panel! members; and It. W. Taylor, super ■ iniendent of schools, was panel i hairman. The panel discussion followed a I novelty musical selection intro ; dueed by PTA’s program chairman. Miss Monetise McCray. In asnwer ; to u question by panel ( hairman Taylor, panel members pointed out , that any major civic improvements for Coolidge would come about through town vote and the floating oi a bond issue. It was stressed that the present] council just appointed by the coun ty supeivisors Is operating with j out funds. No tax money will be ] available for city operation until the next fiscal year the panel stated unless special dispensation I is sought from the state tax tom | mission. The only funds available I io the present council will be cer tain monies derived from auto and j ~al» s taxes. Asked w hat a city tax rate might be expected to be panel members -aid that no definite answer could be given. It was said, however, that an attempt had been made to •-stimate what rate would provide Coolidge with a necessary minimum; for city government. The estimate; wa.- placed at 11.25 for each hun dred dollars of assessed property > aluatiou. Mrs, H. A. Unger, president of j ihe I’TA presided at Tuesday’s ! meeting. o Captain Steward Receives Discharge, Army Medical Corps Captain B. L. Steward received a j discharge Friday at Butler, Peun ; sylvania. from the U. S. Army medical corps after more than two ] 'ears service in the European theater. He was home on leave when he returned to the states in June, following which he went to California for a brief rest before en-; tering De Shon Army Hospital at: Ilutler for a general check up. Captain Steward, who practiced, his profession in Coolidge for sev eral years before entering the serv ice, plans to return here at the con clusion of a vacation and rest in j New York. His mother. Mrs. C. V. j Steward, and other members of his family make their home in Coolidge. Wanted Man Will Be , Brought From Kansas Undersheriff Travis Wall and County Attorney Tom Fulbright went to Kansas Tuesday to return Will Mac Cox to Pinal county where he has been wanted since December 1943. At that time a warrant was sworn out for Cox on a rape charge. Will Mac Cox was arrested by the sher-, iff of Wyandotte county on Sunday. His whereabouts was ascertained by the FBI. After his arrest Cox ; waived extradition. He will be returned to face charge | in Pinal county. o •Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keith of i Hollywood, former Coolidge resi dents. left Tuesday for their home at the conclusion of several day’s visit with his brother. Bill Keith i and family. The Richard Keith’s daughters remained in Hollywood with their grandmother, Mrs. Keith of Coolidge, who is spending the j summer there. #.T. E. Howard has leased Howard's Trading Post west of Coolidge to j Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hoover of i Ohio, who have recently come here i to make their home. VOLUME 16 < OOLIDGE. PINAL COUNTY. ARIZONA. FRIDAY. OCTOBER 5. 1945 NUMBER 31 A. D, Tyler Chosen First Mayor Os Coolidge As Council Meets in Initial Session Friday Night Councilmen Told Os Duties By County Attorney Who Recommends Early Adoption of Occupational Or License Tax Ordinances And City Laws Against Gambling, Breaches Os The Peace And Traffic Violations. A. D. Tyler. Coolidge busines man j was chosen the first mayor of the incorporated town of Coolidge. Fri day night at the organization meet ing of the newly appointed city fathers. Voting was by ballot with Tyler receiving six of the seven votes east by the councilmen with Carl Me Farland receiving the re maining vote. Following his selection the mayor made a short address in which he thanked the councilmen for the honor bestowed upon him and pledged himself and the council to work for betterment and progress, of Coolidge which be said “can be made the outstanding community in Ai izona.” Following a general outline of duties of members of a city council by Tom Fulbright. county attorney and city attorney of Florence in which he pointed out possible sources of revenue the first official action of the council was a request to the board of supervisors to ap point a census enumerator to obtain th* exact population of Coolidge for James E. Herron Not To Run For Sheriff's Office Intends To Devote Attention To Ranching After Sixteen Years In County’s Service. James K. Herron. Jr.. Pinal coun ty's sheriff who has served the county for sixteen years as super visor and sheriff, will not run for the office of sheriff next year, ac cording to a statement he made last week He has been Pinal coun ty's sheriff for the past eight years. Sheriff Herron says, *‘l have en joyed holding office in the county, for the people and the press have been co-ojierative at all times. I am very grateful to the people of Pinal for their support and en couragement over a period of years.” Sheriff Herron, who has two sons In the service, will devote his at tention to ranching He and his family have lived on their Queen Creek ranch near Superior since 1920. "I know my hoys will want to be ut the ranch when they return," Herron states, ’’and I want to be able to spend as much time as pos sible with them.” Herron pioneered the two way radio system now in use in the county sheriff’s office. Pinal was the first county in th° state to use the system. The equip ment was purchased In 1939. At that time the only two way radio sysem in use in the state was that owned by he city of Phoenix, though Yuma was using a one way radio system, f.'ow the use of the two way system is almost universal Herron saw the advantages of the radio system at a time when county officers were frequently faced with the Job of picking up stolen cars. Officers sent out to the various road junctions to check traffic were often still searching after the stolen car was found. The installation of the two way system greatly increased sheriff's office efficiency and made life diffi cult for car thieves. When on January 12, 1940, short ly after the installation of the new radio system, John Lone stole the car of Virgil Lynch from its park ing place in front of a filling sta tion in Casa Grande, the two way radio led to his speedy capture. The theft was reported to sher iff’s office from Casa Grande. Her ron with the Casa Grande Chief of Police entered in pursuit. For fifty miles they raced after the fleeing Lone. On the Florence-Oracle Junction road the dense cloud of dust enabled Lone to abandon the stolen car and take to the brush. By means of radio, hounds were summoned snd T.one was picked up. He was sentenced on January 16. 1940. for theft. The radio system has proven in valuable in the speedy apprehen sion of criminals as well as in pro viding law enforcement officers with facilities to do a more effi cient job. Fast communications which keep all officers informed of developments and which keep the sheriff's office informed of officers’ w hereabouts and problems has act ed as a crime determent as well as a tool to aid officers in criminal apprehension. Os the seventeen regular depu ties on duty when Sheriff Herron took office seven are still with him. Another, W. W. Cochran, served until his death. Sheriff Herron is a native of Ari zona. He has lived in Pinal county since 1915 and has made his home on a ranch near Superior since 1920. the determination of the amount of vehicle license tax to which Coo lidge is now entitled. This tax has, in the past, been apportioned al most equally between Casa Grande and Florence. Motion to make the request for an enumerator to the board of su pervisors was made by Councilman C. W. Lewis, to whom goes the dis tinction of having made the first motion. A request was also made of the state treasurer for sharing in the distribution of the state sales tax which may be delayed until provi sion can be made for a census of Cfcolidge by the federal bureau of census since the state law reads that apportionment shall be upon the basis of population as shown by the last federal census. During his talk to the councilmen Fulbright suggested the need of a few simple ordinances which should > / - wti _ PHOTO BY J M HINES Mayor A. D. Tyler signs letter requesting board of supervisors to make census of newly incor porated Town of Coolidge as County Attorney Tom Ful bright checks on question of law. be drawn effecting certain offenses common to all communities and which should bring in a constant flow of revenue. Ordinances were suggested by the county attorney against breaches of the peace, gambling and traffic violations and an ordinance providing for an occu pational tax or license. Attorney Fulbright also recom mended the employment of a city attorney as soon as practicable and suggested that until such time as the town Is In a position to pay a full time city ole r k and police Judge or magisrate that arrangements could probably be made with Justice of the Peace W G. Roache to handle violations of the established ordi nances at a nominal salary. It was pointed out that a similar arrangement has been made by the town of Florence with Mrs. Lottie Devine. Justice of the Florence pre cinct. This plan causes no addi tional work on the Justice other than the keeping of two dockets. Mr. Fulbright stressed the need for immediate consideration by the council of the occupational license question and declared that the or dinance could be placed into effect within a short time. The council adjourned at the call of the mayor. o Last Rites For Mrs Emma Slater Here On Saturday Last rites were held 'Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Emma A. Slater, 65, from Cole and Maud Chapel. The Reverend Earl Ward conducted the service. Mrs. Slater was born March 11, 1879 at Colton, California, and passed away Wednesday, Sep tember 26, at the home of her son. Fred Slater. She made her home in Arizona for 30 years and in Casa Grande Valley and Coolidge for 25 years. During the service Mrs. Gladys Roche Phillips sang a request solo and Mrs. Bert Sellers and daughter played two marimba numbers. The deceased is survived by two sons, Fred and Carl of Coolidge; two daughters, Mrs. C. R. Sturgeon of Coolidge and Mrs. Dean Thomas of Safford; two sisters, Mrs. Cl&ra Reed and Miss Leora G. Virrill. both of Los Angeles, and ten grand children. Pall bearers were: J. M. Hines, A. D. Tyler, Ernest Sturgeon. Arnold Nafziger, Rodney Elsberry, and Roy Walker. Interment was in Valley Memorial Park. o Superior Game Hat Been Switched To Coolidge, Oct. 12 The Superior Panthers will come to Coolidge for the October 12 game, originally scheduled at Su perior. The game has been switched to Coolidge because Superior has been unable to get its new field in shape to play on. The usual admission prices and starting time, 8:15 p. m., will pre vail. Eloy Is First In State Over Top, War Fund Drive Eloy Over Subscribes Quota Set For United War Fund Dilve In Two and A Half Day*—‘And Is Still Going/ Drives In Other County Towns Not Yet Reported. Pinal County set a record for the! slate In the United War Fund Drive when Floy reported Wednes day that its quota of S9OO had been oversubscribed by SIOO, making it the first town in Arizona to go over the top. according to Paul Loucks, county chairman of the drive. John Keeling and Harry Fabricant, chair men of the drive in Floy, reported the outstanding record of their town, which was made in two and a half days after the opening of the drive. This marks the first time Eloy has gone over the top in a United War Fund Drive. Reports from other cities and towns are not yet complete enough to give an idea of how their quotas are being met. D. S. Davis, chair man of the Coolidge drive, reports that $264 was subscribed at a Joint meeting of Coolidge Lions Club and Coolidge Methodist Church Wed nesday night. The coming winter In Europe will witness the most acutely-serlous food shortages of modern times, says a report of a recent official survey received by Loucks from the National War Fund. Describing the situation revealed In the survey, the report states: "There will be few Islands of rela tive plenty: for most areas It will be a period of serious scarcity. Ex tensive restoration of inland trans portation, badly shattered by the effects of war, would be a major ameliorating factor. The second factor will be the extent to which the rest of the world Is willing and able to provide food which can be shipped to Europe. "Centuries of cultivation In Eu rope have depleted the soil fertility which in most areas required fre quent replenishment, especially with chemical fertilizer. This has been impossible for several years to any considerable extent. Shipments of phosphates, mostly from North Africa, have been negligible be cause of war conditions and ship ping shortages. Many countries went without nitrates except for use of minor reserves for three to five years. As a consequence, pro ductivity is down even in such areas as were able to maintain pro duction of animal draft power— and there are few such which es caped military demands either by their own armies or those of the enemy. Loss of tractors was very heavy, with relatively small re placementLs during the war, and with other machines immobilized by lack of fuel or repair parts. o Civic Group Slates Council Talks And Turkey Dinner A meeting of outstanding interest is planned by Coolidge Chamber of Commerce Monday, October 8, in Community Presbyterian recreation hall beginning at 7:15 p. m. when members of the new town council w'ill address the group. A turkey dinner will mark the occasion. Members are requested to make reservations not later than Saturday noon, October 6, with those on the refreshment commit tee: Dr. R. V. Campbell, R. L. Gammon. Howard Gosa, and J. J. Jones. A short program is planned and all members are urged by Jones, secretary, to be present. o Paul Loucks Buys B. G. Letzring Real Estate Firm Here Paul W. Loucks has purchased the B. G. Letzring Real Estate firm which he will operate in addition to his insurance business under the firm name of Loucks’ Real Estate and Insurance Agency. Letz ring will continue as a broker with the new firm. Harry Baker and E. E. Stringer will remain as sales men. Loucks has been in the insurance business here Bince 1937. Letzring has been in business in Casa Gran de Valley and Coolidge since 1917. For the past year he and Loucks have shared an office on Main Street, so no moving will be neces sitated by the sale. Loucks took over ownership and management of the firm Monday. o Meeting Postponed The Womens Society of Christian Service of Coolidge Methodist Church will not meet Friday, due to members attending an all day district meeting Thursday at Mesa Methodist Church. The next regu lar meeting of the society will be Friday, October 17, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Landowners Os Northside Want District Formed Supervisors Receive Petition Requesting Formation Os Irrigation District North Os The Gila River—Board Sets November 5 As Date For Hearing Plans for the organization of an irrigation district comprising 4.320 acres north of the Gila river in the Magma area were disclosed this week following filing of a petitiou with the board of supervisors. The supervisors have set Novem ber sth at 2 o’clock as the date for the hearing. The petitions were filed by a committee including F. W. Sutterle Jr., W. H. Weast and F. W. Sutterle, 3rd. Lands included within the proposed district lie within sections 1,2, 3,4, 5,6, 12, 31 and 33, all within township 3 south, range 9 east. Signers of the petition were Nel Rasmussen. A. J. Israel, Florence I. Kennedy, W. H. Weast, F. W Sutterle, Jr., Lucius R. Holbrook, Jr.. F. W. Sutterle, 3rd and A. L. Abrahams. The petition recites that the pe titioners represent the majority of the resident real property owners of the proposed district. Water will be supplied for the ir rigation of lands lying within the proposed district from wells located within or adjacent to the district lands. Following the hearing on the pro posed district the board of super visors is expected to set the date for a general election for final or ganization and designation of the boundaries of the new irrigation district. o New Wingfoot Home Is Now Open For Inspection Here The new Wingfoot home, created to provide low-cost living comfort. If being handled here through H L and H Hardware and Supply Com pany and is now set up and open for inspection on Roosevelt Avenue next to C. W. Lewis’ home. The development of this ready-made home is the result of years of test ing and improvement. It is deliv ered from, the factory as a com pletely assembled unit, ready to live in except for utility connections. Permanent in structure, but not tied to the land it is truly the home of the future, according to its de signers and agents. Built in features include beds, closets, chests, mirrors, kitchen range, sink, ice box, shower, toilet, wash stand, medicine cabinet, house and automatic water heater, window screens, linoleum and other necessary and useful features that make living comfortable. The pub lic is invited to inspect the new Wingfoot house in Coolidge, built by Wingfoot Homes, Inc., In Akron, Ohio, and delivered through Litch field Park here, ready to move into and begin housekeeping. o Funeral Service* Held For Mr*. Mott Here On Monday Last rites were held for Mrs. Mary M. Mott. 80. Monday after noon at 5:30 from Cole and Maud Chapel. The Reverend Olin E. Leh man of Coolidge Methodist Church conducted the service. Mrs. Gladys Roche Phillips and Mrs. Mary Gard ner Miller sang two duets during the service, “Nearer My God to Thee’’ and “Face to Face.” Mrs. Mott was born September 2, 1865, in Van Buren, Arkansas, and passed away Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Humphries. She has made her home in Coolidge for the past six years. The deceased is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Anna Humphries, Mrs. Belle McCullough, both of Coolidge; Mrs. Lillie McEntyre of Higley, and Mrs. Mary Lou Miller of El Segundo, California; two sons, J. H. Mott of Westlake, La. ( and W. R. Mott of Coolidge: twenty four grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Pall bearers were five of the deceased’s grandson’s and the hus band of a granddaughter: Captain Lloyd Humphries, Bob Humphries, T/Sgt. Arthur Mode, Theodore Mode, Tom McEntyre and Bill Kem per. Interment was in Valley Memorial Park. o Compton 1 * Market Will Open Today On Coolidge Ave. Compton’s Market, a new and modern structure with tile front, will open today on Coolidge Avenue. The market is owned and operated by the three Compton brothers, Dewey, Jr., Harry L., and Jack C. Compton. Dewey, Jr., has made his home in Eloy, where he was em ployed by the Southern Pacific railroad, Harry has recently re ceived a point discharge from the U. S. Army Air Corps after five years service. Jack has made his home in Coolidge for a number of years. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Compton. Sr., are pioneer residents of Coolidge. Compton, Sr., has been in the grocery business both here and elsewhere.