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VOLUME 16 Coolidge Men Outline Road Improvements Committee appear* before Chandler road meeting to urge high project*. Will cooperate in plan ni n g state-wide road program. N>.*Ud highway improvements and project* in and near Coolidge were told Friday at a state- wide meeting of members of chambers *«f commerce at Chandler. Kepre sentlrg Coolidge at the meeting were William R. t'rton. J C Jayne. Ja k Turnbull. Lyle Skousen and Rev .Joseph Kamphufs. Purj*»*e of the conference was to integrate road improvement needs I oi the individual communities of the states and to set up a long-j range program of plans for better I state roads. Taking stock of the road situa tion In the Coolidge vicinity thej five-man committee, headed by j Chairman Jayne, urged improve-1 ment of Highway 87. within and | adjacent to the town limits. The i extension of surfacing of Coolidge avenue out to Highway 80 is also a vital need of the community it w as pointed out by Vrton, spokes man for the group. Two narrow bridges need widen ing to prevent a serious bottle neck. Crton told the conference (Mb the Olberg bridge across the Gila river and the bridge across the Pinal canal are dangerous traf fic hasards. A 14 member state group is to be named to formulate plans for new highway*. These 14 men one to a county, are to be elected by chain bers of commerce and Interested citizen* representing every com munity of their respective c ounties A conference of this group has been set for February 7 and 8 at w hich j ttme'formuiated plans for Arizona highway improvement will be pie- j sented. The Chandler meeting marked the first time that a roads confer- ! ence of this kind has been held in Arizona There was complete j agreement among the represents- j lives that now is the time for ac-1 lion on the stae road situation and that each individual community should take stoc k of its needed road repairs and improvements, so that these may be presented aj the February meeting The statewide committee agreed by a jrote of 28 to 16. to accept the responsibility for finding away to raise funds for highway purposes. Although at present the commit tee will c-onc-entrate on a 1946 road program It is looking further ahead The organixatior is to be a per manent one. designed to carry on long-rarge planning, and will be composed of a member and an al ternate each year from each county. Chairman U L. Raker, president of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, emphasized that coun ties should list their projects In order of importance. They should also consider, he said, improve ments on highways already built, as well as new projects. Itelecates were advised by Bak<>r to decide now on the best way to get an ■m proved highway system and worry later about how to pay for It. Each city. town, county or cham ber of commerce delegate was j»b en an opportunity to tell of the road needs of his particular com munity. Representatives were heard from kjn IPsb»e. Bowie. Buckeye. Ca«n C, arde. Chandler Cor lid ge. Cochise county. Flagstaff Greenlee county. Florence. Gilbert, Glendale. Mesa. Nogals. Pay son Prescott. Safford. St. Johns. Springerville. Eagar, Tempo, Tuc son. Wickeuburg. Winslow. Yuma and Phoenix. Pending selection of the 14-man planning committee. Hueh C. Gru well. Phoenix chamber roads com mittee chairman who served as chairman of the two-day confer ence. will continue in this capacity. Among the most urgent of the projects discussed were reconstruc tion of Highway 66 across northern Arizona, reconstruction of the Tucson-Ajo road, and construction of a Wickenburg-Kingman cutoff to be known as Highway 93. Alvin Becker. Springerville. de clared paving is needed on the route from Springerville to Alpine and on towards Clifton. J. T. Sex ton. chairman of the Casa Grande committee, urged the widening of Highway 84 and improvement of the connecting link with the Tuc son-Ajo road. Globe’s delegates, unable to at tend. sent word that Gila county desires improvement of the Roose velt Dam-Payson highway, straight ening of Highway 77 from Globe to Winkelman and improvement of Highway 70 at Superior. •*IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1945 Back in States 4- jvHhF ** Tv. HUGH VAN DUSEN Lt. Hugh Van Dusen is back in the States after 18 month* serv ice in the European theater of operation*. He and Mr*. Van Dusen, nee Margie Stone, will spend the holiday* here, after which they plan to visit his par ents in Canada. Lions Observe Ladies’ Night at Christmas Party Ladies’ Night marked the annual j Christmas party and program at j Coolidge Lions club Wednesday | night at the Methodist church. when a special turkey dinner was j served. The program included singing j of Christmas carols and a debate, j ’’There Ain’t No Santa Claus." Jack Pond took the affirmative and Allen Thuin the negative, with Pond fudged winner. Th* 1 Merry" Christmas letter contest was won by Mitchell Cagalj Santa Claus distributed gifts tr’ > ail the ladies present. There wilt he no Lion* club meet j ing next Wednesday o- McEucn-Davis To Play In All-Star North-South Game Mark Mi-Kuen and Jimmie Davis. Bear football players, were among the 24 boys chosen Saturday to > represent the South in the game between the North and South. The game, originated by Mike Cas- j teel. University of Arizona football coach, will be played In the uni versity stadium on Saturday I»c- j cember. 29. at 8 p. ni. Both seniors. Mack and Jimmie have been outstanding in athletics throughout their high school ca reers. One of the most veraatile all-around athletes to play at the local school. Mack also stars in basketball and baseball. Jimmie, a regular for four years, was the ; leading scorer of the unbeaten 1943 and 1944 elevens and of the 1945 team, beaten only by Mesa. He also letters in track. The boys will report in Tucson Monday morning. December 24. for a series of workouts before the big game. A big Christmas party is planned for them on Christmas day at the Pioneer Hotel In Tucson. o United War Fund Report Shows Pinal Par B°low Quota Final figures received this week on United War Fund collections in Pinal county revealed the county’s failure to make its quota of $15.- 673 by $2,964. Oracle is the only place in the county that went over the top. A report of city collections and their quotas, turned in by Paul Loncks. courtv chairman of the drive, is as follows: Superior. collected, $1,247.12. quota. $2,900: Oracle. $125. quota. $75; Ray. collected. $2,103 95. quo ta. $2,500; Sacaton .collected. $125. quota. $300; Rivers, collected. S7OO 50. quota. $900; Etoy. collect ed. $1,102.50. quota. S9OO. Coolidge. collected. $2,871.87; quota. $3,100; Florence Camp, col -1 lerted. $909.40; Florence, collected, $672.23. quota. $1,600; Tiger, col lected. $293.63. quota. $600; Casa Grande, collected. $2,530.52 quota. I2.S00: Sawthooth School, collect ' ed. S3O. WSCS To° Hold ; Christmas Party r This Afternoon The Womans Society of Christian Service will hold a Christmas party ’ this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in r the basement of Coolidge Method ' ist church. The group's study " theme. “These Moving Times” will be completed. Refreshment host s ess es will he Mrs. William Higgen , botham and Mrs. T. J. Rowe . Council Takes Final Action on Two Ordinances Changes in taxes for bar owners made. Will be come effective January 1. Final action on ordinances num ber 7 and number 8 was taken Fri day evening by the town council. The ordinances provide for the II : reusing, regulation and control of businesses, stores and shops in Coolidge. The council had pre viously considered the ordinances Mid. following insertion of several changes, the approval was given Friday which will make them be come laws on January l, 1946. Under the ordinances a table of of occupational taxes has been set up to cover every business enter prise in Coolidge. Before taking the final vote on Ordinance No. 7. which provides for the taxing of stores and buaineses seeling li quors. wines and beer, the council approved several changes in th« 4 j tax figures. Establishments sell ing beer and wine, on and off sale, will pay S2OO annually, while those selling beer only, on and off sale, will be asessed $75.00. Businesses selling liquor, wine and beer, on j and off sale, will pay S3OO a year. To sell liquor, wine and beer, on sale only, the retailer will pay S3OO for his license. For beer and wine .on sale only, (he rate Is s2o<>. while for those selling beer, on sale, the license will cost SIOO. Stores retailing off-sale liquors. ; beer and wine, must pay S2OO a j year. Those carrying beer and j w ine only, off sale. $l5O. and for j beer only, off sale. SSO. Application for licenses must be made on a form to be provided by the council. In the case of other businesses, shops and stores, as provided in . Ordinance No. 8. assessments will be based on the amount of business they will do in the succeeding quarter. These statement* will be based on the amount of business done in the preceding quarter. In case no business was done, the ap plicant will make an estimate as to : the amount he expect* to do in the j coming quarter. Such information will, under law-, be kept strictly confidential by the town clerk, to whom applications will be made. .—o * Legion Auxiliary Hold Homecoming Party Monday Nite A homecoming party was held jointly by members of Coolidge American Legion and Legion Aux iliary at the legion hall Monday j night. Approximately 125 persons were present at the pot luck din ner. which was followed by dancing and cards. Mrs. Edith Hamilton, president of the Auxiliary .and Leonard Spruel, commander of the legion, were general chairmen of arrange ments. During the evening 11 new mem- j bers joined the Auxiliary, which put it over the top in its member ship quota . Miss B. I. Parkhurst Addresses Members Desert Woman’s Club Miss Bertha I. Parkhurst, direc tor of health education. Arizona Anti-Tupberculosis association, was guest speaker at a meeting of the D-sert Woman’s club in its club house Friday. Miss Parkhurst also showed pictures pertaining to her subject. Roll call was answered by club members with “May Favorite Christmas Story," followed by group singing of "Silent Night. Holy Night.” Mrs. L. A. Kieth j accompanied at the piano. Mrs. W. H. Farnsworth presided during the business session in the absence of the president, Mrs. Steve Christensen. Mrs. Herbert Hanna was program chairman for the occasion. The afternoon concluded with a Christmas party and social hour, during which many toys were heaped beneath a gaily-decked Christmas tree. The toys wdll be l sent to Arizona Children’s home. Hosteses for the occasion were Mrs. E. O. Thompson, Mrs. Glenn Carter and Mrs. Warren Steele. A red and green color scheme was used in tapers, table decorations and refreshments. Mrs. Steele and Mrs. Hanna presided at the tea table, Mrs. Clarence Balcolm was a i special guest. Memers of the Desert Woman’s i club who also assisted with X ray - registration and at the mobile health unit this week were: Mrs. ! Keith, Mrs. Leon Thompson, Mrs. - Carter, Mrs. H. L. Holland, Mrs. - Christensen. Mrs. Hanna and Mrs. E. G. Nousch. * $2,000 Paid for * ‘Golden Boss’ by Oregon Buyer A search through three states foi I a palatnino of outstanding quality ] ended in Coolidge Sunday when C E. Smith of Redmond. Ore., pin chased “Golden Boss" from Asa Gardner for $2,000. Smith is own er of the Central Oregon Commu nity Auction, and a lover and breeder of good horses. Golden Boss will stand in his stable. Smith drove throughout the states of Oregon. California and Arizona before he found the horse he wanted when he saw Golden Boss in Coolidge. Golden Boss is out of Golden Gfr). raised and owned by Asa Gardner and sired by Liberty Nlckle, owned by M. M Ware. Golden Girl and Liberty Nlckle are registered paiamino and quarter horse*. ——————o Jr. Woman’s Club Sponsors Dance Saturday Night Coolidge Junior Woman's club is sponsoring a dance at Legion hall Saturday night for benefit of the building fund for a boy and girl scout home in Coolidge. A Phoenix orchestra has been en gaged and dancing will begin at 9 p. m. Mrs. Joe Clematis and Mrs. Mitchell Cagalj are general chair men of arrangements. o FI orence High School To Remain Closed Util January 7 Florence Union High school will remain closed until January 7. ae eording to announcement this week by Superintendent C. W. Cay wood The school closed on December 11 when the heating system failed The boiler at the high schoolj was Installed at the time the build Ing was constructed. Examination • proved that a new boll* r would b* j necessary to put the heating plant In working order. Caywood states. A new boiler was located In Phoe nix and the work of removl* ■' tb« old boiler and in* ailing the new j is progressing satisfactorily. School authorities had expected ; the school to open December 17 It wa* proposed that classes be j held In several of the smaller rooms which can be heated with: gas stoves. The decision to keep the school closed was taken at the suggestion of local physicians, Cay wood says. It is believed that classes held in a building not too well heated might lead to an In- j crease In the Influenza epidemic. Prior to the closing of the high school for heating system repair the school was closed for several : days because of the number of absences brought about by the in fluenza epidemic. —o O’Donnell Brothers Lease Hub Service Station, Ariz. Blvd. The Hub service station on Ari zona boulevard and Coolidge ave nue has been leased by Oscar O’Donnell and Spurgeon O’Donnell and is now bein goperated tuler their raaagement as a Shell sta- j tion. offering its customer* 24-hour j service. The O’Donnell brothers are both ex-servicemen, each having recent ly received his discharge. Spur geon served as radioman in the navy for many months in the South Pacific. Oscar was in the para troops. The O’Donnell brothers are the sons of the Reverend Lina O’Donnell. o NeV Year’s Eve Dance Planned At Legion Hall A gala New' Year’s eve dance will be given by the American Le gion and Legion Auxiliary of Cool idge at the Legion ball on Monday night, December 31, from 9 to o’clock. Mrs. Edith Hamilton anT Mrs. Ivy Vensel are general chair men of arrangements. The dance is open to the public and special features of interest have been ar ranged for the evening. Xmas Eve Service Slated at Florence A military service will be held in Florence Episcopal church Mon o’clock. Chaplain Randolph M. J day night, December 24. at 11:30 Evjen will conduct the service. There will be special music. The public is in invited. o • Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Atwood of Salt Lake City left Wednesday for Creston. lowa, at the conclusion of a 10-day visit with Mr. and Mrs. Eli Anderson. Mrs. Atwood is Mrs. Anderson's daughter. NUMBER 42 Bears to Meet Glendale Cards Here Tonight Tough game expected. Car dinal tossers one of state’s strong teams. Have sev eral veteran stars in lineup. Coolidge high school Boars face ! a tough struggle in their second basketball game of the season when they meet the strong Glendale Car dinals on the local floor tonight. The Cards .studded with last year’s stars, are tabbed as one of the stronger teams of the state this year. They are led by Barry Arney. six-foot-foui-inch forward. Keith Mayberry, six foot-two-inch center and Johnnie Roper,? high scoring guard. The Bears, their ranks thinned j by illness, may be forced to start a I patchwork lineup. Jimmie Vidano. j aggressive forward, and i Oscar Montgomery, promising Jun- j lor center, have been sidelined all j week with the flu. None of the squad has escaped without heavy coldt. Four probable starters are the Wing Twins. Marlin and Mar vin. Bill Ware and Mack McEuen. The second team game starts at 7:30 p til. with the main gate set i up for 8• 45 o’clock. The Bears looked unimpressive in losl g their opening basketball game to the Gilbert Tigers Friday. The Bears trailed at half time 14 to 10. showed a promise of defensive power in the third quarter when they went Into a 15 to 14 lead, but ! faltered In the last quarter as the Tigers won going away 24 to 21. I Calvin Johns of Gilbert and Mack McEuen of Coolidge shared scor ing honors with 10 points each. The Bears salvaged something from the twin meeting when the Junior Varsity defeated the Gilbert seconds 32 to 10. Oscar Bueno and Charles Freeland were high scorers for the Cubs with six points each. o Jr Woman’s Club Helds Xmas Party, Members’ Children A Christmas party for members of the Junior Womans club and their children was held at Cool idge Woman’s club building Mon day afternoon. Santa Claus deliv ered a gift and a stocking filled with candy to each child present. The Reverend Olin E. was Santa. Thirty-two children and 25 moth ers were present. Those who served on the refresh . mept committee were: Mrs. Wil liam McConnell. Mrs. Edgar Per ham, Mrs. Lacey Lynch. Mrs. George Hanna. Mrs. Richard Millet. Mrs. C. R. Sturgeon. Mrs. Elmo Jensen. Mrs. Ben Sweazea, Mrs. M. C. N'orthlngton. Members of the decoration committee were Mrs. Ed Wildermuth and Mrs. Roy Blahosky. Mrs. Blahoskey also served as general chairman of ar ; rangements. The club’s next meeting will be held Monday. January 7. at the home of Mrs. Joe Clemans. Mrs. D. B. Burns will be co-hostess. o— Mrs. Jones Is To Head Kenilworth Club Mrs. F. E. Jones was elected president of Kenilworth Home makers Club at a meeting of the group in her home Tuesday. Those who will serve with her for the coming year are Mrs. Arnold Naf ziger, vice president; Mrs. J. G. Davis, secretary; and Mrs. Glenn Carter, reporter. Election took place at the group’s Christmas party an all day gather ing. with a pot luck luncheon at noon and exchange of gifts and Christmas games in the afternoon. The club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 29, in the home of Mrs. Joe Biakeman. > o Successful Drive Held for Arizona Children’s Home Coolidge Girl Scouts collected $39.18 for Arizona State Children’s home on Saturday when they con ducted a tag day drive in down town Coolidge. Scouts who participated in the drive were: Elizabeth Truitt. Joan Hohraan. Sharon Cleveland. Ina Reed. Edith Moore, Edith Wang, Geraldine Freeland, Gail Mclntyre, ■ Edith Englebright. Doris Ham mond, Marylyn Carrel and Mary Arnold. Contributions and checks have been coming in daily in answer to the home’s appeal for funds, ac cording to Mrs. D. ’3. Davis, chair man of Coolidge advisory board of j the state association. Population of Coolidge Is Near 3200, According to Official Count Census is completed Saturday with tentative total given unofficially as 3,123 Final figures are expected to be more nearly 3,200. The population of Coolidge will run close to 3,20», it has been es timated. following completion ol the town’s official head-counting The census-takers, under the di rection of Auburn Bottom, census Home to Stay -A, : ~ ' ROY E .THOMAS Roy E. Thomas, GM 2/C, has re ceived a discharge from the U. S. navy at Terminal Island and re turned home Monday to resume civilian life. Thomas entered service in December of 1941 and has earned the following awards: American Theater ribbon, Asia tic-Pacific ribbon with two cam paign stars, ETO ribbon and Good Conduct medal. He was born at Blackwater and is the . son of Mrs. Lucy Thomas. Portrayal Os Nativity To Be Presented At Methodist Church “Light of the World” will be the Reverend Olin K. Lehman’s sermon topic at Coolidge Method ist church Sunday morning. There will be special choral numbers by the Junior Intermediate choir and marimba solos by Vera Sellers. An outstanding Christmas pro gram presenting a portrayal of the nativity has been arranged for Sunday evening beginning at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Glenn Carter, Mrs. Melvin Garntnage and the pastor will be in charge of the program. Mrs .Earl Hicks will be the pianist. The program is as follows: Ma rimba prelude, Vera Sellers; con gregational song. “There Is a Song in the Air;’’ Christmas welcome, Don Baker; reading, “What Can We Bring?’’ Reba Jo Higginboth am: hymn, “Away in a Manger.’’ primary; playlet, ‘‘Little Candles,’ nursery and first year primary; playlet. “Trimming the Christmas Tree.” first year primary; song. “Christmas Day.” school. Playlet. “Our Gifts,” second year primary; playlet. “Christmas Pres ents,” third year primary; hymn. “O Come Immanuel,” J-I choir; play. “A Changed Christmas." first year Juniors; offertory. Vera Sel lers; solo Bonnie Boone. Portrayal of Nativity Choir, “O, Little Town of Bethlehem;’’ narrator. Scripture —Luke 2:8-13, choir, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks;” scene, shepherds and angels; choir. “Hark, the Her ald Angels Sing;” narrator: Scrip ture —Luke 2:1-7; scene, nativity: J-I choir. “Bethlehem Babe;” nar rator: Scripture—Luke 2:15-18; scene, adoration of shepherds; choir, “Joy to the World; nana tor: Scripture Matthew 2:1-2, 10-11; scene, wise men bring gifts; choir. ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are;’’ duet, “O Holy Night,” Mary Jo Bates and Sue Kyser. Reading. “Giving,” Dalton Cole, Jr.; solo. Gloria Ken worthy; San ta’s visit; closing hymn. “Silent Night;” benediction. o- Bartlett Elected A Director State Soil Association A. L. Bartlett was elected a state director of Arizona Association of Soil Conservation Districts at a state-wide meeting held in Phoenix last Thursday. Frank Gyberg of Cornville was elected president of the association. During the meeting heavy em phasis was placed on the vital nec essity for protection and conser vation of the state’s soil and water resources if their future progress and development are to be assured. Sixty representatives of the state’s 28 soil conservation districts were present at the associations annual meeting. o Goree Receives Masonic Honors Jon D. Goree was one of seven Arizona men to receive the thirty third degree, highest of Masonry, at ceremonies held in the Scottish Rite Temple at Tucson Saturday. Harry A. Drachman, deputy of the supreme council in Arizona, con ferred the degree. official, and making an unofficial estimate, placed the town popula tion at 3,123. The last word, how ever, in the matter, must come trom the federal census bureau in Washington. 1) ,C\, to whom the figures have been forwarded. The official figure once in the hands of the council, will enable the town to apply lor its share of the state sales tax revenues. If the fed. nil bureau returns the es tablished population figure by the second week in January, and town officials are fairly hopeful that *it will, a share of the revenues col lected for the month of December should be given Coolidge. Also, completion of this census will mean that Coolidge will be in line to receive revenue from auto mobile taxes. These revenues are divided four ways: One part goes to the state, one part to the coun ty, one part to the incorporated towns of the county, and one part to the school fund. While it is difficult to estimate what amounts of sales tax and au tomobile tax revenues Coolidge will get, it is possible to make some comparisons. Besides Cool idge, there are only two incorpo rated towns in Final county Florence and Casa Grande. Florence has a population, based on the 1940 federal census, of 1,383 while that of Casa Grande is 1,545, or a total of 2,928 which gives Coolidge an official popula tion of more than double the com bined score of her two sister cities. This means that Coolidge will re ceive slightly more than half of the automobile tax monies which * have hitherto been divided about equally between Florence and Casa Grande. Based on sales taxes collected for the month of August, an aver age month, Coolidge will collect in excess of SI,OOO monthly as its share of this excise revenue. o Guilty Plea Made On Charge Os Burglary Lucio plead guilty Mon day in Superior court to a charge of burglary in the first degree. Judge W. C. Truman will sentence Lasurian and Angel ‘Serna, who pled guilty last week to a similar charge .next week. Serna and Lasurian were arrest ed November 25 and charged with entering Borree's Grocery. The men apparently obtained no food stuffs, but made away with articles of clothing and small household articles. It is believed they en tered the store thinking that they could obtain several hams. Edward Arendt Os Casa Grande Called by Death Last rites were held Thursday for Edward Arendt of Casa Grande in Calvary Baptist church there. Mr. Arendt, 43, passed away at a Phoenix hospital on Sunday. A resident of Casa Grande since 1927, Mr .Arendt was prominent in the dairy industry. He was a past president of the Casa Grande Ro tary club, and a member of the board of directors of the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce. He had been ill only about two days before his death. Surviving are his wife, Mildred; a daughter, Elsie; mother, Mrs. Albertina Arendt, and brother, Harry, all of Casa Grande; and two sisters, Miss Tillie Arendt and Mrs. Emilae Schwandt, both of Cleveland, Ohio. Interment was in Mountain View • cemetery. o— Last Rites Held For Former Pinal County Official Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Tempe for Matt O. Benscoe, former Pinal county public official and Tempe business man who passed . away there Sunday after a brief , illness. He would have been 66 ( years old on the 23rd of this month. • Last rites were conducted by the r Reverend Helen E. Toner of the f Gilbert Methodist church, with the Reverend W. H. Myers of the Tempe Methodist church assisting. Mr. Benscoe formerly held the ’ post of assistant county recorder r in Pinal county and later was , county assessor. He went to Tem pe in 1940 and entered the car ; pentry business. I He was born in Czechoslovakia ! and came to the United ’States as a child. He came to Arizona in 1901. Mr. Benscoe was a 32nd degree Mason and was affiliated with the Scottish Rite and Shriners. Surviving are his wife, Gladys i H. Benscoe, Tempe; a son, John A. - Benscoe, in the navy; four daugh , ters, Mrs. Ella A. Felton of Payson, i Geraldine, Shirley Ann and Isa . bella Benscoe, all of Tempe; a sis e ter in Seattle, Wash.; and a broth - er, Judge Edward Benscoe, of De troit, Mich.