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Tc Be f’eld At F* J | • 4 S 'ro3 1 •A’lnn;? Dr. Danford Conducts Pro gram To Teach High School Students How To Drive Safely. Results Last Year Cited. T a< her* and high school admin .t r« from school* throughout Pi'al row tv « fJI «•«;in** to Cool! !g » ”<n'*v, January 14. to attend a «• \«*r »«!” at on conference. It has l> en a notit '-ed by Coolidge high - h superfnt ndent It. W. Tay- Tb« pin.al county conference, or- Icvallj scheduled to In- held at l'n(#n high school, was shifted th’s k to Coolidge One or more teachers from each school * It h* p-esent when the program r* *s order way at p* a. rn. Monday Ka< h teacher will return to his school to pass on the ideas to tb< classrooms. The safety program, to be held th> year In e'ght high scho<»ls. col-! leges and universities throughout ! the state Is conduct'd by Itr. H. R Dan ford, director of the educa tion division, national conserva tion bureau, assisted by K. J> King.' superintendent of public instruc tion; A. Glen Smoot, traffic engin eer*. traffic safety division; An drew 1.. Case, supervisor of driver training and education: Harry A. Hooper, national auto theft bureau, and Ib»n E. Garvey, secretary of state, representing Governor >?id- j ney P. Osborn. The primary purpose of the series of conferences is to ac quaint educational authorities with the latest developments in this hirhly specialis'd field of traffic safety. It Is felt the classroom of fer* the best opportunity to instill a firm, factual foundation in driver training. The conferences will supplement and enlarge upon a program of driving safety inaugurated by Mr. Case last year. That Mr. Case's program got results is indicated by the files of the Arizona Highway Itepartment which show that dur ing 1944 a total of 23 Juvenile driver*, between the ages of 14 to 17 Inclusive, were Involved In fa tal accident* which took a total of 25 lives. year, however, only 11 Ju venile driver* between those ages were involved in fatal accidents, with the death toll reduced to 12 This drop in frequency and se verity among the age group men tioned may b* - attributed to several factors. The educational program now being conducted has proven Its merits in many ways, some not as spectacular as the decrease in the death toll, but in the general aspect* of motor vehicle operation such as disclosed by statistic* cov ering minor accident*, and infrac tions of the law ; in the latter, the enforcement agencies have been able to cope with the situation very ably. In a period of highway carnage the like of Which Ariiona had never before experienced, in 12 months of bloody butchery, in the most unenviable year of Arizona s traffic record, the only gleam of hope was in ’he results covering the age group which most safety authorities claim to be the most dangerous In matter* of motor ve hicle operation—those young men and women of high school age. o FLA County Official* Attend Farm Loan Meet At Phoenix Six officials from Pinal county represented Pinal National Farm Loan Association at the regional meeting of directors and secretary treasurers of four Arizona National Farm Loan Associations held in Phoenix Thursday. Matters of interest to farmers and stockmen of this district were discussed. Among the speaker* was Willard I). Ellis, president of the Federal lJ»nd Bank of Berkeley, j who told of the history and coop erative feature* of the land bank sy*t**m. In addition, a round table discussion on farm credit was held. Those who attended from Pinal county were; F. P. Jamieson, of Coolidge. president; A. M. VS ard cf Casa Grande, vice president; A. L. Bartlett of Coolidge. secretary treasurer; R. H. Moorhouse of Florence: E G. Attaway of Coo lidge; and E. P. Shelley of Casa Grande. o Florence Gopher* Beat Mesa 32-22 Florence I'nion high school’s small but speedy basketball team established itself as a definite tour nament threat Wednesday night when they upset a rangy Mesa quintet 32-22. at Florence. The game was deadlocked through the first half with the score 6-6 at the end of the first quarter and 13-13 at halftime. In the last half, however, the Gophers, unable to hit the hoop effectively at close range because of Mesa’s superior height, backed off and fired long distance shots with sur prising accuracy. The Coolidge Bears will meet the Gophers Wednesday January 16 in a game at Florence. , Arizona Cooltbcj^®!^bcamincr VOLUME 16 dears Chalk Up Two Here Wins Over Weekend f irst CUHS Basketball Team Wins From Superior 27 To 22. Second Team Scores 32 to 29. The Coolidge Hear basketball squad added a brace of victories to its record over the weekend, when first and second teams defeated Suje-rior Friday by counts of 27 to 22 and 32 to 29. Mat k McEuen led the varsity scoring with eight points followed by Marvin Wing with six. Charles Freeland made 15 points and Oscar Bueno 10 to lead the junior varsity. The Bear* also registered a double win over the Chandler high school Wolves Saturday night. The reserves came through with a mar gin of four points. 31 to 27 with Freeland and Bueno again the leaders. Buddy Kyser helped the cause along by scoring six markers j Varsity took a beating the first | half and trailed 13 to six at the in termission. The Bears found their : shooting eyes in the second half; and rang up 22 points while hold- j Ing the Wolves to six. Final score* was 28 to J 9. Mack McEuen and Marlin Wing paced the Bear scoring with eight [mints each w-hile Jim Vldano and Bill Ware each made five. The Bears will go to Casa Gran- j de tonight and to Glendale Satur day to engage the Cards in a re turn match. Wednesday. January 16, the Bears take on the power ful Florence Gophers in the Flor ence gym. The Florence-Coolldge games are always hotly contested and this one should be no excep tion. The Gophers, largely a vet eran team and fresh from a vic tory over the Mesa Jackrabbits. have a decided edge. o Clothing Drive Under Way Here Rev. Joseph Kamphuia Ap pointed County Chairman. Mrs. J. J. Jones Coolidge Chairman. The Victory Clothing collection got under way in Coolidge and the nation on Monday. Millions of j people in devastated Europe. China and the Philippines will be exposed to cold, suffering and death unless clothing is contributed to them, it was pointed out by Rev. Joseph Kamphuis, pastor of Community Church and county chairman of the drive. Mrs. J. J. Jones is In charge’ of the drive In Coolidge. The national goal for the Victory Clothing collection is 100.000.000 garments in addition to shoes and bedding. The east door of Community Presbyterian recreation hall will be open each day throughout the drive, so those having clothes they wish to give may leave them there. In addition to this collection sta tion there will be a collection box at Safeway and at each of the Coolidge schools. Legion Get* §9OO Toward Club House From Junior Parada A check for S9OO was turned over to the McClellan Parsons Post No. 9 of the American legion after the executive committee of the 13th Annual Florence Junior Parada re ported to he Florence Chamber of Commerce at Monday night’s meet ing. The money which will go to help in the completion of the post’s club house represents the net pro ceeds of the parada held Novem ber 24 and 25. The parada receipts totalled $2,- 749.60 of which $2,060 was derived from gate receipts. Expenditures for the two day event amounted to $1,826.98. Highest item on the ex penditure list was $487 paid out in contestant premiums. Hay and grain for the parada stock cost $259 and $230.30 was turned over for federal admission tax on the | gate. Chairman of this year’s execu tive committee was A. W. Gressin ger. o Driver* Cited For Traffic Violations The following were cited in Jus tice of peace court during the past week: Ernest O. Davis, Coolidge. re ceived a 30-day jail sentence on drunken driving charges. Jacob J. Lopez. Sacaton. was sentenced to SO days for drunken driving. Brant N. Rickard paid $lO for failure to give way to a patrol wagon, and i Arthur Roberts was fined $lO for I blocking the highway. •IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 1946 Motorists Have Until Feb. 1 To Get Licenses Automobile owners are remind ed that it Is tim«' again to renew their car licenses. Mrs. W. R. El liott. license agent for Coolidge. will be at the Justice of Peace office daily from now until January 31 to receive applications. The deadline for securing licenses is February 1 After that date a pen alty. amounting practically to a double fee. must be charged. This deadline cannot be extended, said Lynn Early, county assessor, so motorists are urged to apply for their license stickers as soon as possible. Drivers are asked to bring their Arizona automobile titles and their 1945 registration slips with them when making application. Early also advised drivers to make sure they had both front and rear plates. 79 Per Cent Os Cotton Picked 2,210 Bales Ginned During Week. Total Crop Esti mated At 16,000 Bales. A survey made by the office of the county agricultural agent shows that on Saturday. December 29th. 78 9 per cent of the estimated cot ton crop had been picked and gin ned. The area south of £loy was 80.5 per cent ginned out; the Coo lidge Florence area 73.3 per cent; Casa Grande. 77.4 per cent; 11- Mile Corner, 87.5 per cent; and Stanfield. 82.3 per cent. Two days picking were lost dur ing the week on account of rain, but 2.210 bales were picked and ginned during the week. Os this 1.039 bales, or 47 per cent, was picked by prisoner* of war. Civi lians picked 1.171 bales, or 53 per cent. Prisoners of war last week pass ed their total 1944 pick. Final fig ures on last vOar's cotton crop showed the prisoner* of war to have picked approximately 13.000 bales It Is estimated that by t-he end of this crop season they will have picked in excess of 16.000 bales. o March Os Dimes Opens Drive To Combat Disease Preparations have been made throughout the state, as well as locally, for the beginning of the March of Dimes Monday, January 14. The annual drive for fund* for use in the treatment and pre vention of Infantile paralysis will continue through January 31. The need for funds to combat this disease is greater than ever before because the number of cases throughout the nation, in the state, and in some of the counties shows an increase. However, the re markable work of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, working through its state repre sentatives and county chapters as well as nationally, is causing re markable reduction in the extent of the crippling effects of the di sease. Immediate treatment of the moßt intensive type serves to pre vent the most serious results. More than half of the victims now get well, about 30 per cent are but slightly affected, and less than 20 per cent remain handicapped. There were 294 cases of the dis ease cared for in Arizona In 1945. and several counties showed an Increase over the previous year. Mrs. Mary Jane Bryson, county fund-raising chairman, is stressing the fact that half of the money raised in this county remains here for treatment of local cases, while only one-half goes to national headquarters for use in epidemic areas, for research, and for educa tion. Contrary to most fund-raising campaigns, no quotas are set for counties or the state. People are urged only to accept the matter as their responsibility and to con tribute liberally to the March of Dimes. City Taxes Due On Or Before Jan. 15 Coolidge merchants and store owners are reminded that pay ments of occupational taxes are due on or before Tuesday. January 15. Payment of the tax. based on the amount of business expected to be done during the first quarter of this year, should be made at the office of A. D. Tyler, city clerk. As an aid in making this estimate merchants may refer to sales tax payments of the previous period. While the payments have been coming in fairly steady there are still quite a few who have not yet submitted their declarations. Tyler said. He urges that all settle ments be made before the 15th. Official Word Or Mevriii's Death Received Monday Lt. James R. Merrill, Missing In Action For Over A Year, Is Reported By War Department As Deceased. Word was received from the War Department Monday by Mrs. Kath let n Merrill that her son, Lt. James R. Merrill, reported missing in ac tion over Germany since December 2.8. 1945. Is now officially listed on the government’s records as de ceased. Merrill entered service in Aug ust of 1943 and was graduated / I al I sHSt ; V \ ?'■ H(s JAMES R. MERRILL from Hondo Army Air Field, Hon do, Texas, as a combat aerial navigator In the summer of 1944. when he received his silver wings and the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the AAF. His brother, Lt. William Merrill, graduated from the same flight school a short time before and proceeded his brother to the European theater of operations. The boys did not see each other while overseas. Lt. James Merrill, navigator on a B-24 Liberator, was assigned to an Eighth Air Force Liberator group and flew bombing attacks on targets in Germany and oc cupied Europe. He was overseas approximately three months when his bomber was shot down in ac tion over Germany. Although the enter bomber crew was reported missing. It was believed that the men had landed safely. The lieutenant’s mother and grandparents Dr. and Mrs. Wil liam Jackson have continued to believe through many months that Merrill would return. Not until the War Department's telegram Monday did they accept as final the- official statement that he would not return. Merrill was 19 when he entered service. He was a student of Coo lidge Union high school and a long time resident of Coolidge. o Farmers Reminded To File By 15th Mr. J. R. Storey, chairman of Pinal County Agricultural Conser vation Association, wishes to again bring to the attention of all 1945 farm operators of Pinal county, that It is essential that as pro ducers, they must file a report on all completed practices for the year 1945 for their farm. This re port must be filed on or before January 15. 1946, In order for the farm to be eligible for payment under the 1945 agricultural conser vation program. Casa Grande Ruins Anticipating Big Season As Travel Ration Ends Now that gas rationing is past history and automobile owners are liable to get those badly-needed tires shortly, Casa Grande Ruins national monument is anticipating a record season. It’s already start ed. according to Superintendent Al Bicknell, who announces that the 2,522 sightseers who visited the ruins during November, 1945. was the largest number of visitors in any month since the guide fees were established in 1939. “During December, 1945, we had 1,946 visitors, which made it the second biggest month.” said Bick nell. Travel-hungry citizens, who had to postpone their trips during the war, have already started to make up for lost time, and it seems a great many of them have the his toric Casa Grande ruins on their lists of places to see. Despite the thin tires, the tour ists came from all parts of the na tion. Registered on the big guest book during December were visit ors from 45 states and Alaska. If new tires are available in any de cent quantity before the normal 1 rash Hauling For Two Weeks Offered Coolidge Residents With the acquisition of a truck for trash hauling and garbage col lection Coolidge residents are bene fiting from a two-weeks clean-up campaign under the direction of Police Chief Dan Kinser. Chief Kinser has a crew of time serving prisoners working the al leys and streets of Coolidge and has requested that residents In all sec tions of the town prepare for the coming of the trash wagon. Trash and garbage should be piled near the street or in an un obstructed alley for ease of collec tion. Seek Pay Raise For Blind, Aged Senator E. W. McFarland To Introduce Bill To Increase Assistance. Legislation providing for a 35 per cent increase in the federal con tribution for old age assistance, aid to dependent children, and aid to the blind will be introduced imme diately upon the reconvening of the congress. Senator Ernest W. Mc- Farland of Arizona has disclosed. In a statement announcing that he was drafting the legislation, the Arizona senator declared that "the old people are the forgotten peo ple of thl* country. The cost of living has gone up an average of 35 per cent, more in some states. We have Increased the salaries of federal employees; labor through out the country is demanding and receiving increases to offset higher living costs; and yet we expect old people with no other source of income to rontinue to exist on S4O a month or less.” “We seem to have money to lend to foreign nations, establish In ternational banks, and aid the hun gry and cold of many nations," Senator McFarland said. “I am not opposed to any of that but I don’t believe that anyone In congress or in the administration desires to overlook the problems In our own land." “The senator's bill, which would amend sections 303, 603, and 1203 of the social security act, would Increase the present S4O a month payment for old age assistance to persons 65 year* old or older by a maximum of sl4 per month. The present social security act provides for a fifty-fifty matching of feder al and state funds to finance the S4O a month payment. The McFar land amendment would increase the federal government’s share by 35 per rent or $7 a month but there would be no requirement for the individual states to Increase their share by the same proportion. In those states which met the in creased federal share, the total In crease for each old age pensioner would be sl4 a month, putting present payment at $54 a month, the senator explained. Where states did not increase, the maxi mum payment would be $47 per month. Gin 40,780 Bale* Os Cotton During 1945 A total of 40,780 bales of cotton were ginned In Pinal county from the crop of 1945 prior to December 13, it was announced by A. L. Now ell, special agent of the department of commerce, census bureau. In the same period of 1944 a total of 35,372 bales were ginned. decline of the tourist season in May, there will likely be more ac tivity daily at Casa Grande Ruins than when the prehistoric Indian tribes called it home centuries ago. For a nominal fee visitors are escorted by a park service guide to the large main building from which the monument got its name, and various other rooms and cham bers. A museum and picnicking grounds are also available. Until recently the help shortage bothered Bicknell considerably and he sometimes had to run things single-handed. However, he is now assisted by Ralph Fowler, of the national parks service, and in the near future a former Casa Grande monument guide, Peter H. Schuft, recently discharged from the Navy, will be back to help show the visitors around. A former superintendent of the monument, Charles A. Richey, who was transferred to Grand Canyon as assistant superintendent, was recently promoted to a higher job in the park service headquarters in Chicago. NUMBER 45 Driver Beats And Robs Companion Left Unconscious On Desert Near Florence. Loses Cash and Jewelry. At ten minutes of three Wednes day morning in the Pinal county sheriff’s office Max C. Birka of Phoenix told deputies Henry Lau ridsen and Lawrence White that he had been beaten, robbed and left unconscious on the desert about eleven miles north of Flor ence. He was brought to Florence by passing motorists alter he re gained consciousness and made his way to the highway. According to Birka's statement to Lauridsen and White he left a club in Phoenix about 10:30 Tues day night in the company of a man whom he know only as Kenny. Birka, a used car dealer, was driv ing a tomato red 1942 Plymouth coupe borrowed from a friend. The two men headed east toward Flor ence Junction. Birka allowed his companion to drive while he slept. Birka stated that he awakened tis he was Btruck over the head. He lost consciousness and when he came to he was lying on the desert. The car was gone. He had been stripped of all cash, two diamonds and a wristwatch. Birka told officers that he had had nearly $3,000 in cash in his possession. He stated he was rob bed of a one thousand dollar bill, eight one hundred dollar bills as well as numerous ten and twenty dollar bills. The watch and dia monds he valued at SI,OOO. Birka described his companion as nearly six feet tall weighing about 170 pounds. He was wear ing a blue suit. Birka said that he had seen the man around Phoe nix dance halls for several months but had only heard him called Kenny. , The car stolen from Birka was picked up late Wednesday a mile and a half south of Oracle Junction. It was found in running condition and the man's hat and glasses were in the car. Christmas Mailing Lighter This Year Receipts For 1945 Higher Despite Holiday Slacken ing. The end of the war and the re turn of scores of Coolidge boys from overseas had a very notice able effect on Coolidge post office’s traditionally busy holiday season this year. The postal employees had a plenty active time of it last month but the parcels weren’t stacked quite so high as they were a year ago. A lot of the boys haven’t left their overseas bases yet and most of these received Christmas pack ages but quite a number were homeward bound during the holi days and others were scheduled to start home momentarily so that their Christmas was held up until they got home. Despite the December decrease Postmaster J. B. Boone’s records show that more business was done during 1945 than in 1944. Gross receipts for 1945 totalled $34,218.24 as compared to $30,867.86 for 1944. Comparing by quarters, receipts for the first three months of 1945 were $9,168.61 to $7,203.68 for 1944; second quarter, $8,141.69 for 1945 and $7,309.49 for 1944; third quar ter, $7,829.47 for 1945 and $6,551.08 for 1944; final quarter, $9,078.47 in 1945 and $9,803.61 for 1944. o Odd Fellows Hold Installation Meet On Tuesday Night J. P. Cunningham was installed noble grand of Coolidge Odd Fel lows at a meeting Tuesday night in Masonic Hall. Those who will serve with him for the ensuing term are: Biggs McWherter, vice grand ;T. J. Rowe, recording secretary; Wil liam Ashley, financial secretary; D. B. Parks, treasurer; Davey Davis, warden; Bob Dossey, con ductor; Melvin Harris, inside guardian; W. A. Thompson, out side guardian; Edgar Perham, chaplain; Cecil L. Shields, right support to the noble grand; L. A. Condit, left support to the noble grand; Earl Morris, right support to the vice grand; Haines Jackson, right scene supporter; and Dan Kinser, left scene supporter. Following installation there was a social hour and refreshments were served. o- ©Weekend guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Mauldin -were his mother, Mrs. Frank Mauldin, and' his sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lester O’Neil, all of Blythe, California, Coolidge Chamber Installs Officers; Plans Road Setup Senator Charles G. Goff And J. C. Jayne To Represent Pinal County At State Meeting. Chamber To Seek Jobs For Veterans. The Coolidge Chamber of Com merce installed its officers for 1946 at its meeting Wednesday evening and then dug right into the Job of formulating a county highway pro gram. Heading the group for the coming year is Robert L. Gammon, president, and Dr. G. H. Walker, vice-president. Jack Pond and Ray mond Sroaf will continue as trea surer and secretary, respectively. On the board of directors are C. L. Skousen, William Urton, Paul W. Loucks, Dr. R. V. Campbell, C. W. Lewis, J. R. 'Snider, Dr. G. E. Max well, C. H. Hamilton and Howard Gosa. Taking over the gavel from out going president Gosa, Gammon immediately opened discussion of the highway situation in Pinal county. Suggestions were received from Coolidge men as well as from visiting chamber of commerce members from Casa Grande and Florence as to needed highway projects and improvements in each community. In accordance with a directive from the newly-organized Arizona Statewide Highway Plan ning Committee a delegate and an alternate were named to attend meetings of this body. Represent ing Pinal county will be State Sen ator Charles G. Goff, of Casa Gran de, as delegate and J. C. Jayne, chairman of the Coolidge chamber’s road committee, as alternate. Senator Goff and Jayne will carry Pinal county’s road recommenda tions to the meeting February 7 and 8 of the statewide committee. The state group, representing the 14 counties of Arizona, will in turn map out a complete program of road construction and improvement to be turned over to the state high way commission as a guide in mak ing future appropriations. Among the Pinal county projects mentioned were: widening and further improvement of the Tucson- Florence highway; widening of the Olberg bridge; widening of High way 84 from Casa Grande to Eloy; completion of the road leading from Coolidge and connecting with the Tucson-Florence highway; elimination of curves in the high way near Olberg. At present only projects involving primary roads are contemplated by the highway commission. The Coolidge chamber also start ed the ball rolling to aid returned war veterans in getting jobs under the G. I. Bill of Rights. Under the federal training-on-the-job program local shops and businesses doing skilled or semi-skilled work may hire veterans In an apprentice sta tus with the government paying part of the wages as subsistence during the apprentice period'. A committee composed of H. H. Wrenn, Rev. Joseph Kamphuis and Fred Stone was named to head this project. All shop-owners and busi nessmen who have places for ex servicemen under the Job-training setup are urged to get in touch with one of the committeemen. The following committees were named to serve during the coming year: Membership: Dr. R. V. Campbell, chairman, Raymond Sroaf, Fred Slater and Howard Gosa. Finance: Ben Mirkin, chairman, James Luthy, H. A. Unger and Ray Snider. Legislative: Raymond Sroaf, chairman, A. D. Tyler, William Ur ton and Carl McFarland. Publicity: Harold Wrenn, chair man, Fred Hamilton, Charles Cohen and J. J. Jones. Municipal and Civic Improve ment: Dr. G. E. Maxwell, chair man, C. T. Dickson, Paul Loucks. Earl Hicks, Allen Thum and M. M. Cooper. Agricultural: C. L. Skousen, chairman, A. L. Bartlett, Jack Garrett, William Urton and C. J. Moody. Aviation: Dr. D. H. Walker, chairman, C-. W. Lewis, Dalton Cole, Warren Eyer and Ben Arnold. Education: R. W. Taylor, chair man, Ed Wildermuth and Dr. James T. O’Neil. Highway: J. C. Jayne, chairman, Fred Slater, C. L. 'Skousen, Jon Goree, Paul Loucks, G. L. John son, Dr. G. H. Walker, William R. Urton and J. R. Turnbull. o Mayes Pleads Guilty In Superior Court George R. Mayes, 24, pled guilty in Superior court Monday to a charge of cunnilingus, Judge Wil liam C. Truman will pronounce sentence this week. A four year old, who with her father and mother was one of a group in a Florence case on the night of December 13, allegedly left the group with Mayes. When he failed to return with the child in fifteen or twenty minutes the child’s mother became worried. The mother’s statement to county attorney Ronald Ellis is the basis for the cunnilingus charge. Mayes is said to have served with the armed forces for three years.