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VOLUME 16 COOUDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1946 NUMBER 41 -a - r— — - Child Law Abuses Are Revealed in Pinal County Violations of child labor laws focus U. S. Depart ment of Labor’s interest. Special representative is sent here for quiet inves tigation. Widespread violations of laws forbidding employment of children between 8 and 16 years t»f age In cotton picking have been uncov ered In IMnal county as the result nt a survey quietly in progress during the past week. It was dis closed Friday by the state indus trial commission's labor depart ment Cooperating in the survey was a representative of the U. 8 department of labor's children's bureau, especially sent here for the purpose. A similar survey in Maricopa county revealed many violations, but «-onditions In Pinal county were found to be worse, according to Theodore Pustarfl. chief deputy of the industrial commission's labor division. As a result of the investigations. Ihistarfi said, specific court com- j plaints are now being prepared against four cotton growers or la bor contractors and will be filed next week. Twenty-nine actual cases of il legal employment of children 8 to 16 years of age during srhoo! hours in the cotton fields of this valley and county have been uncovered The law provides that children must have passed the age of 16 or • ompleted the eighth grade before such employment. However. Puatarfi said. “Prob ably hundred* of children may be Involved In the whole county We have no way of finding out what the aituation is except by driving out Into the fields.” The federal government Is Inter ested in the situation, it was ex plained. because such practices constitute violations of the fair labor standards act of 1938. Parents may be held responsible and prosecuted for failure to send their children to school This, how ever. Is a matter that is up to school authorities. It was stated. The whole purpose of the survey and the contemplated court action, Pustarfl said, is to “get children back Into school' - and discourage their illegal employment. Each year at about this time, thf labor department checks up on the cotton picking situation as it per tains to children. This year, the scope of the lnvestigatoin has beer wider, however, through the assis tance of the federal labor repre sentative. The Industrial commission labor official said that it waa felt "em ployers and contractors have been giveg sufficient warning both through individual letters from the division and through the press,” in view of which the prosecution of offender* Is considered amply Jus tified. o Jimmie Davis Is Named on Star’s All-State Team Jimmie Davis, outstanding Bear halfback, was named Tuesday on the Arizona Star's first all-state high school football team, it was announced from Tucaon. The coaches polled by newspapers se lected five boys from Tucson, three from Mesa, two from Glendale and one from Coolidge. Davis is a four-year veteran and a second team all-state selection last year. He played a big role in Coolidge's 26-game win streak. o Guest Tea Slated Community Church A Christmas guest tea will be held by the Ladies Auxiliary of Community Presbyterian church in the church recreation hall at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon for mem bers and their guests. Mrs. R. W. Taylor is in charge of the musical program. Mrs. Raymond Sroaf is in charge of the tea table. Clip and Fill Out This Coupon for CHEST X-RAY tPrint Surname First) (Street. Town and P. O. Box) Occupation Years in State— Organization. Club or School with Which Person is affiliated Telephone Marital Statu* Private Physician Miss Parkhurst Is Guest Speaker at Lions Club Here Miss Bertha I. Parkhurst of Phoenix, director of health educa tion. addressed Coolidge Lions club Wednesday night on the cam paign being conducted in the state by Arizona Anti-Tuberculosis asso ciation. Miss Parkhurst showed a mov ing picture based on the high mor tality rate of tuberculosis among Negroes. “Let My People Go” was title of the picture, which showed bow superstition, fear and poverty playtd an important part in pre venting many Negroes from re ceiving needed care. A mobile unit from Arizona State Health department will be in Coolidge December 18. 19 and 20 for free chest X rays and all Lions and their families were urged by Mias Parkhurst to take advantage of this health survey as a preven tive measure. Mobile Health Unit Expected December 18 State Health Department sending mobile unit here December 18-19-20 for Chest x - ray*. Survey sponsored by local PTA. A slate health department mo bile unit will be in Coolidge De cember 18. 19 and 20 to take free chest X rays for tuberculosis de tection as a protection and control measure against the disease. The mobile unit will be at Coolidge High school. Ail adults of the com munity' and children 14 years of age and over are urged by Coolidge Parent Teachers association, spon sors of the survey here, to take advantage of free X ray. Edward Krnsberger, X ray tech nician. wil t>.- here Saturday to pre pare for the work. The following lime schedule has been set up for the three-day survey: December 18—8:30 a. m. to 12 noon, students; 1 p. m. to & p. tn , adults; Decem berlll9 —1 p. in. to & p. m . adults; 6 p. tn. to 9 p. m .adults; Decem ber 20 8:30 a. m. to 12 noon, adults. Coolidge and district residents are requested by Mrs. H. A. Unger, president of Coolidge PTA. to reg ister for X rays as early as pos sible. Registration blanks may be obtained from local civic groups or clipped from the Examiner. When properly filled out they may be left at the high school or with Mrs. Unger, 365 West Lincoln avenue. C. J. McMurry, colored pastor, is in charge of registration of the colored people in the district. It will he possible to X ray 100 persons an hour, according to Miss Bertha I. Parkhurst, director of health education of the Arizona Anti-Tuberculosis association. Pi nal county health service expects ail persons engaged in handling milk or preparing, serving or stor ing foodstuffs, to have chest X rays. Food hadlers are required to do bo under the state law, and rules and regulations of the State Health department. Miss Park hurst pointed out. D. Arnold B. Kurlander, director of the anti-tuberculosis program in Arizona, reminds Coolidge resi dents that Arizona has long been the nation's “dumping ground" for this disease, but is finally getting started on a control program, first step of which is the X raying work. The magnitude of the task ahead is staggering, he says. At present this state, largely as a result of doctors throughout the nation send ing indigent tuberculars here and the state’s advertising of its health ful climate, has become the pest hole of America for tuberculosis. Kurlander said. “Its death is three times as high as the next worse state.” In view of these facts every man and woman in the district and every child over 14 years of age is urged to have a free chest X ray taken during this survey, Mrs. Unger said. Basketball Season Opens For Bears Tonite i Coolidge Bears will travel to Gilbert tonight for double header to open 1945-1946 basketball season. Coolidge Bears open their bas ketball schedule tonight when they travel to Gilbert to meet the Ti-! gers in two games there. The first home game is set for Friday, De cember 21. with the Glendale Cards j coming to town for a doubleheader. j The Cards should have one of the I strong teams of the state this year | with many veterans returning. Little is known at present abont the strength of the Bear fives this year. Although winners of the East Central District conference in 1944 and 1945. most of the stars from these teams are gone. These include Kenny Troutt. all-state guard, and Wayne K1 ledge, all mnference renter. Mack McEuen, all-conference forward last year. Marlin Wing and Bill Ware, guards, are the only returning regulars Several lively looking prospects will he coming up from last year s reserves. These include Oscar Montgomery. Marvin Wing. Jimmie Vidano and Eddie Schell. The Rquad also will be bolstered after the first semester by George Acton, transfer from Phoenix Union. Schedule follows for the 1946-46 basketball season: Dec. 14 —Friday. Gilbert at Gil bert; I>eo. 21 Friday, Glendale at Coolidge. Jan. 4—Vrlday. Superior at 'Su perior; Jan. s—Saturday.s—Saturday. Chandler at Coolidge; Jan. 11 —Friday. Casa Grande at Casa Grande; Jan. 12 — Saturday, Glendale at Glendale; Jan 16 Wednesday. Florence at Florence; Jan. 18—Friday, Supe rior at Coolidge; Jan. 19—Saturday, 10 a. m . Gila Bend at Gila Bend; Jan. 19—Saturday. AJo at AJo; Jan 28—Friday, Mesa at Mesa. Feb. I Friday. Florence at Cool idge; Feb 6 —Wednesday. Gilbert at Coolidge; Feb. B—Friday.B—Friday. Chan dler at Chandler: Feb 9—Satur day. AJo at Coolidge; Feb. 13 Wednesday. Gila Bend at Coolidge; Feb. 15—Friday, Casa Grande at Coolidge. District tournament at Mesa February 21. 22 and 23. March 1, Friday, Mesa at Cool idge. State tournament at University of Arizona. March 7. 8 and 9. All games are doubleheaders. First game starts at 7:30 p. m. o Twenty-Six Students Have Names on High School Honor Roll Twenty-Bix Coolidge High school students have their names on the honor roll for the second six-week period of the school year, accord ing to announcement of R. W. Taylor, superintendent of Coolidge schools. Os this number the Ju nior and sophomore clases have five honor students each, the senior Hass has six honor students and the freshman class 10 honor stu dents. The honor roll with respective student averages follows: Seniors—Velda Abbott. 1; Mar gie Neighbors, 1.25: Zora Lee Wolfe, 1.50; Tom Adame. 1.75: Frank Mauldin, 1.75, and Helen Anderson, 2. Juniors Billie Van Orman, 1; Madge Dixon. 1.75; Gladys Alexan der. 1.75; Nadine McCleery, 2. and Eddie Schell, 2. Sophomores Barbara Spooner, 1; Anne Jellison, 1.75; Jewell Har ris, 180; Mary Lou Dobson. 2, and Vera 'Sellers. 2. Freshmen —Sam Layn, 1; Caro line Alexander, 1.50; Betty Har rold, 1.50; Helen Pew, 1.50; Marlon Bauman, 1.75: Donna Lee Burk, 1.75; Odra Ruth Carter. 1.75; Mar jorie Livingston, 2, and Billie Mc- Mullan. 2. o Dr. Huestis Visit* Coolidge-Florence Mason* on Monday Dr. Charles A. Huestis of Hay den, most worshipful grand master of the most worshipful grand lodge of* Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Arizona, made his of ficial visit to Coolidge and Flor ence lodges at a Joint meeting held Monday night in Coolidge Masonic temple. The doctor addressed the gathering on matters pertaining to Masonry. All past masters of Coolidge and Florence lodges were among the guests of honor. Earl L. 'Smith, worshipful master of Coolidge lodge, presided at the meeting. An informal refreshment hour closed the gathering. Approximately 45 Masons were present. ★ 7 ★ Coolidge Gets Light Rainfall The first rainfall in many weeks | came to Coolidge and vicinity on ! Tuesday night and Wednesday. | when light showers fell Intermit- j j tently. There was a total of .54 j | Inches precipitation, which served j to settle the dust thoroughly and ! disturb cotton farmers whose crops ! are still in the process of being j picked. There was not enough rain to do any material good to ; land or crops. —o Coolidge USO Gives Farewell Party for Volunteer Workers A farewell party was given Sun day night by Coolidge USO in honor of the organization’s volunteer workers here. A huffet supper served by members of the staff was followed by addresses and the pre sentation of awards for volunteer service. The musical program consisted of songs by Miss Gloria Kenworthy, vocalist, accompanied by Cpl. Ray lannone. Speakers for the evening includ ed the Reverend Janies E. McFad den who offered the bleslng; the Reverend Olin E. I/chman who gave' the Thanksgiving prayer; W. R. Urton, toastmaster. Miss Eleanor Hoven of the United Service Organizations and the women's di vision of the National Catholic Community service; R. W. Taylor, speaking for the community, and Paul l/oucks, who presented the awards. All the sjieakers paid tribute to the fine work of the vol unteers In Coolidge. both senior and Junior hostesses and also those who served outside the club by baking cakes and cookies for the servicemen stationed in this area. Although many of the volunteers had received awards on previous occasions, there were still the fol lowing awards to be presented on Sunday night: USO pins for 50-100 hours of service: Mrs. Belle McCullough, Mrs. Virginia Bollln. Mrs. D. S Davis. Mrs. William Elliott. Mrs. K. O. Thompson. Mrs Roy Walker. Vivian Baker. Retty Corbett. Jane Pirkemell. Eleanor Mitchell. Mary Barone. Esther Zerr. USO certificates for 1 <K>-250 hours of volunteer service; Mrs. N. G. Murray. Mrs Walter Smith, Betty Corbett, Mary Dawdle, and the Desert Woman's club. USO pins for 250-500 hours of service: Mrs. Paul Hannah, Mrs Josephine Borree. Mrs. E. J Wil ber. Mrs. Georg*- W. Murr, Mrs. Ix>ls Wiege Richardson. The local USO operated by the women’s division of the National Catholic Community service, was opened on November 27. 1943, and remained in service until 'the re cent closing of Coolidge army air base. Because of the splendid co operation of the community, organ izations within«the community, and the sustained interest and friendly spirit of its volunteers. Coolidge USO was able to maintain that homelike atmosphere appreciated by servicemen everywhere. Mr*. Miller Talks To Her Husband in Switzerland, Tuesday Another milestone in the history of Coolidge was marked Tuesday morning with the ringing of the telephone in the Asa Gardner home .where Mrs. Mary Gardner Miller and children are staying while her husband. Lt. Richard A. Miller, is overseas. The call was for Mrs. Miller from Switzerland and marked the greatest distance from which a telephone call has been received through the local office. Lieutenant Miller, who is sta tioned in Mannheim, Germany, planned to call his wife on Christ mas. Only military calls are being handled from there, however, so Lieutenant Miller decided to take advantage of his leave in Switzer land for the contemplated sur prise. “And it really was a sur prise.” Mrs. Miller said. “He has been overseas more than a year now. We talked three minutes and ten seconds. It' was wonderful to hear his voice.” It took half an hour from the time of connection before voice re ception across the distance could be made clear enough for Lieuten ant and Mrs. Miller to understand each other. Two precious minutes of the Miller's allotted time was lost in an attempt to understand each other. “But the last minute was perfect,” Mrs. Miller said. “We could hear each other as clearly as if he had been in the States.” o • Mrs. D. C. Ross of San Diego, Calif., is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. W T . Taylor for the holidays. She is Mr. Taylor’s sis ter. Edison Company President Tells Os Water Search Phillip Shaw, head of utility, says 40 wells tested for fluorine content. Tells of plan to light streets of Coolidge. Everythin* possible will be done to *ive Coolidge fluorine-free wa ter or reduce the fluorine count to a non-injurious degree, according to Phillip Shaw, president Arizona Edison company, who talked to members of Coolidge city council Wednesday night. Shaw told of activities of his company in nnmpl'ng 40 wells from ranches surrounding Coolidge which tested a fluorine count rang ing from .6 to 5.2 parts per mil lion. Before leaving the council meet ing ‘Shaw told members of the council his company was ready to install street lighting throughout the city at a charge of bare cost of elect riciy. Speaking of his offer. Shaw said, “Towns to be attractive and a nice place in which to live, need street lighting. We are not interested in maknlg a profit on this service." If such a plant is accepted by the city light standards would be installed throughout the business district and extension arms ex ending over intersections would serve residential areas. Cost of such service has been estimated at about ISO monthly. The council received protests from Coolidge bar operators on the proposed S3OO license fee which they would be asked to pay and Charles Heed Tiled a petition signed by more than 200 Coolidge resi dents against the passage of a city ordinance which would ban the keeping of livestock within the city limits. The petitioners de cla red they believed that a regula tory ordinance setting certain health and sanitary standards should he adopted. Following receipt of an applica tion for employment on the city police force from Ray Cook he was give na probationary appointment Tor 30 days at $175 monthly. The council will meet tonight in special session to consider and probably pass liquor license and occupation tax ordinances which are now in the hands of the city attorney for revision. o A. W. Sizemore to Seek Sheriff Post A W. Sizemore has announced that he will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for sheriff of Pinal county at the July primary • lection. Mr. Sizemore states that he has had seven years of experi ence as a law enforcement officer in Arizona. He has been chief of police at Casa Grande for a year and a half. He was born in Arkansas April 7. 1895. and came to this state in 1916. In addition to working as a rancher, he worked for five years in the copper mines at Superior and Morenci. He served in the army in the first World War. —o Snider Resigns as Coolidge Fire Chief After Five Years J. R. Snider, fire chief of Cool idge for the past five and a half years, has resigned his post due to stress of added duties. M. M. Cooper, who served formerly as as sistant fire chief, was elected Mon day to succeed Snider. City officials and civic leaders have been high in praise of work of the fire department under the leadership of Snider, who took of fice In the spring of 1940 when Coolidge acquired its first fire en gine. Other officers elected Monday were Minor Simms, assistant fire chief, and W. R. Elliott, reelected secretary-treasurer, a position in which he has served since 1940. - Fire Destroys Alabam Office Here on Sunday Alabam Freight Lines office on ! South Main street was gutted by J fire that started from an unknown cause Sunday afernoon. The build ing. which is owned by Leonard Mclntyre, remained standing after the fire but was so badly damaged that it has been wrecked and the property is being cleared for con struction of a new building. Mc- Intyre estimates the loss at approx imately SSOO. It was not covered by insurance. A small amount of freight which was stored in the office was damaged by fire and water. Alabam is operating here at present from Mclntyre’s garage. Coolidge Goes Over the Top in Victory Drive by More Than $13,000 | City oversubscribes $125,000 Victor Loan quota by offi cial closing date Saturday. Total sales reach $138,203, of which $67,500 was in E bonds. Coolidge went over the top with a bang in tue t ictory uond drive iuai ended oiticiaiiy on buiuruaj, a*.coruing lo J. D. uoiee, coolidge cuairniau oi lue drive. Not om> u.d Coolidge make us quota ui «i2i>,t/00 in the auolled lime, bin uveisuuscnbea ine loan by uuiee said. ca.-'li \auie oi an nouns sold here uunng me drive was ui mis amount $67,5Uu was sold in E bonds. niuiuugu not aii communities in iue state were able to meet tbeii quotas on time, every communnj in iinzoua has a chance to meet us E uond quota goal between now anti December 31, closing date lor counting sales in me Victory Loan dine, it communities sincerely want to do their asisgncd share, Walter R. Bimson, slate chairman oi the war nuance committee, an nounced today as Arizona tied tor 471 h place in the nation with 5b per cent ot the E bond quota reached while the nation as a whole K. L Gammon New President Os Civic Group. Carl Lacy of Phoenix Cham ber of Commerce talks to group on state highway system. Robert L. Gammon will head the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce lor the coming year, following his unanimous election Tuesday eve ning at the organization's regular monthly dinner-meeting. Gammon succeeds Howard Gosa, who as outgoing president will continue as a member of the board of direc tors. During the past year Gam mon has held the office of vice president. New vice president of the* group is Dr. G. H. Walker, elected unani mously to succeed Gammon in that post. Jack Pond, by unanimous vote, was named treasurer for 1946. Tue chamber completed their an nual election by naming five new members to the board of directors. They are C. L. Skousen, William Urton, l’aul W. Loucks, Dr. R. V. Campbell and C. W. Lewis. Com pleting the eight man board, be siues Gosa, are the new president and vice president. Outgoing mem bers of the board are J. R. Snider, Dr. G. E. Maxwell and C. P. Ham ilton. Raymond Sroaf will con tinue to act as secretary. Guest speaker at the meeting was Carl Lacy, representing the Phoe nix Chamber of Commerce in its program to promote a statewide system of highway improvement. Delegates are to be named to rep resent Coolidge at a meeting Fri day at Chandler at which time rec ommendations for needed road and highway improvements in this vi cinity will be presented. Repre sentation at this meeting from com munities throughout the stae will result, it is expected, in a clear pic ture of road conditions in Arizona which will aid the state highway department in a lair apportionment of improvement funds. Mrs. May Wilber Chosen to Head Coolidge Rebekahs Mrs. May Wilber was elected noble grand of Coolidge Rebekahs at a meeting of the group in Ma sonic temple Friday night. Officers who will serve with her are Mrs. Reora Sturgeon, vice grand; Mrs. Lorainne McWherter, treasurer, and Mrs. Mrs. Billie Lee | Nafziger, secretary. Installations will be held the first Friday in January. CITY CENSUS IS UNDERWAY Seven census workers under the direction of Auburn Bottom of the ? fderal bureau of census are counting the men, women and children 1 of Coolidge and expect to have the final count completed -sometime ■ today The incorporated area of the city has been divided into seven dis i tricts for the purpose of census taking. Because it is important every resident who was living in Coolidge on December 10 and any person who has not been counted is requested to fill out the following coupon and take it to the census supervisor at } the city clerk’s office. __ ___ ___ 1 ! My Address on December 10, 1945, was Street Number or other identifying residence information, Name of each person Re | at j ons hjp 0 f this Aae at i whose usual place of on to the head Color * ■ abode was in this house- Qf the house hold as Sex or Birth _ i hold on December 10, head jf son , Race - 1945. Enter last name roomer , etc day 1 first. __ r 1 a ~ l a 1 5 Cut out this form and mail it to or bring it to Census Supervisor, U. S. Census Bureau, c/o City Clerk’s Office, Coolidge, Arizona. has reached G 3 per cent of its quota. “if all counties of the state will continue to sell bonds until the quotas are made, Arizona will keep its grand war record. Compared lo some of the challenges people in this state have met during this long war service, the one we’re now facing is a push-over.” said Bimson. Sales of E bonds in Pima county had reached S 5 per cent of the quota and in Maricopa 61 per cent of the goal had been reached as the state’s two largest counties, which account for about CO per cent of the state’s quota, continued sales efforts right down home stretch. A report has not yet been made on Pinal county. Volunteer workers on many lo cal war finance committees were continuing their solicitation efforts according to drive officials, as all feel that the drive in their commu nities must be completed success fully. “We’re all in this battle to gether ... a battle for security in a world at peace and the more we save for ourselves through our investment in Victory Bonds, the better our own futures will be, ’ Bimson pointed out. “Success of the drive as a whole depends upon what people who have dollars stuck back in safety deposit boxes and bulging savings accounts do during the next few days regarding their share of the Victory Loan quota. For the quota of each community was based on the assumption that all good Americans would buy bonds to the limit of their ability,” accoding to drive officials. o Rosemary Davison Designs Seal for City of Coolidge Prize award of cash will be presented to winner to night. Emblem depicts past and future of city. Coolidge of the past, the present and the future will be depicted on the town’s official seal. A sketch drawn by Rosemary Davison, Cool idge High school junior, was chosen Wednesday evening by the town council as the winner in a contest sponsored among Coolidge High school students, Rosemary’s prize-winning sketch, chosen unanimously by members of the council, shows a desert scene across the center, dominated by a sahuaro cactus, representing the ground from which Coolidge sprang. Industries of the town are represented by a cotton branch, complete with bolls, in the lower left foreground, and a herd of grazing cattle on the right. A bright future for Coolidge is forecast by a towering city in the clouds, visible in the background above the mountains. Around the top of the seal is the word “Cool idge” and the words “Incorporated September 24, 1945” appear around the lower edge. A cash prize of $25 will be award ed Miss Davison at the meeting of the council Friday evening when she is formally notified of her se lection as winner. Honorable mention was given sketches contributed by Jack Stonehocker, Dick Ware and Tom my Clark. i o • Mrs. Ralph McVey left Sunday for Parker where she and McVey, ’ who recently received his army discharge, will make their home. Mrs. McVey is the daughter of ! Mrs. Fleeta Storie, with whom she made her home while her hus band was stationed at Williams field.