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Fiscel Goes To Washington in
Interest Soil Conservation Service County Engineer Joins State Group To Lobby For Poage Bill. Will Represent Soil Conservation Districts In Coolidge, Florence, Selma Area. County engineer Ixitiia Fiscal of Florence left Friday with a group of Arizona engineer*. farmers and buntnesmneß for Washington. D. C., to lobby for the Poage Hill, which ha* been presented in congress and on which Fiscel was selected to represent the local Interests at a meeting of officials from Coolidge- Florence. West Coolidge. Selma, and Seven-Eight Soil Conservation IMstricts in Coolidge Community church Thursday night. A L. Hartlett. director of Ari- j zona State Association of Soil Con-j servation Districts, and supervisor of Coolidge-Florence District, called the meeting, at which each of the 1 four local districts raised sl*K) to' defray the expenses of FiscelV trip. The Poage Bill was introduced ; by Representative Wm. Poage of j Teaas and outlines a program ofj government allocation of surplus equipment used during the war to j the soil conservation districts of ■ western states. The districts will : In turn rent this machinery to farmers in the soil conservation program at nominal fees to c9ver 1 upkeep, njmratlon and wear and j tear of tlm machinery. In this j manner farmers w ill receive the j benefit of modern and expensiv* machinery they could not other wise afford for the improving and levelling of their farms. In turn., it is pointed out. each community . In which this program Is followed will benefit with the increased j prosperity and buying power of its farmer*. Texas. Oklahoma. Ari I zona and other western states are sending representatives to Wash ington to lobby for the bill . Officials present at Thursday** j meeting were K K llenness, coun ty agricultural agent; Henry E Collins, distriit soil conservation ist of Tucson, and his assistant Bill Anderson; Harold J. Fulton. George D. Tatum. E. Gordon Smith, and A T Ray, of the Soil Conser vation Sendee, Coolidge; C. J Moody, project engineer. San Car los project; E. G. Attaway, John Bowling. A. L. Bartlett, Howard Holland. P. B. Hannah. P. W. Ven sel. S. C McFarland, W. K Sellers. O f .W. Rugg. supervisors of local •oil conservation districts, and other association officials. A field trip over district ranches under the Soil Conservation Pro gram was conducted Friday to ae- j quaint farmers with work being done In this locality. The tour be gan at the AdamsvllJe 1.080 acre ranch north of Coolidge-Florence highway, where the general opera-, tion of the program was explained. The first step is the petitioning by residents of each district for the formation of a soil conservation district to operate In their locality. After routine procedure has been followed and the district organ ized .an office is established from ! which the soil conservation ex perts and engineers work. The districts are non-taxable and non aasable for this service and co operation by the farmers is en tirely on a voluntary scale. The soil conservation law was passed in 1940 following the Dust Bowl disaster and became effective In 1941. as a preventative means of repetition of a like catastrophe. Fanners were quick to see the wis dom of such a program and at pres ent there are applications ahead on file for this service in the local districts, with approximately 12 local districts. Conservation experts interview the fanner who wishes to cooperate in the program and from his past knowledge of the land, through trial and error, a plan Is drawn up for him to follow. This plan takes into consideration the amount of money the farmer wishes to use toward the improvement of his land, and the farmers record of his problems. From this basis the most feasible program for the par ticular farm or ranch is worked out. At the Adamsvllle ranch a bench system of levelling has been used and borders placed widely apart for more convenient handling of irrigation. The land is first staked George R. Fansett, Mining Engineer, Is Rotary Guest Coolidge Rotarians learned first hand at their meeting Wednesday noon how mining engineers test ores for the presence of metals and minerals. The demonstration was given by George R. Fansett. mining engineer of the Arizona Bureau of Mines. With the aid of a complete assortment of testing equipment and reagents Fansett showed how an unknown metal in a piece of ore can be detected and identified by the application of heat. acid, or the proper chemical compounds. The use of ultraviolet ray. or black light, in seeking out metals In the field was demonstrated. When applied to certain ores the ultraviolet rays will cause the ore tr/ glow and from the color of the glow mineralogists can determine what metal the ore contains. A portable ultraviolet ray outfit has been de veloped which may be hooped up to a battery for use in the field. Fansett will return to Coolidge next Wednesday as a guest speaker at the meeting of the Lions Club. and cross-staked from soil con servation plans, with each stake marked “F” or "C" for ‘fill* or 'cut* with the corresponding amount needed at each location also desig nated. The soil conservation ex pert* supervise this work, in which the owner, or his employees are present to assist. After each ft* id has been staked the work of moving of soil begins and for this the fainter contracts] with whatever firm he desires. Four larg** turnapulls at a cost of 414,000 each have recently been purchased by district ranchers and are now being used for contract work in the soil conservation pro gram. The turnapulls are giant carryalls made In one unit with cab and motor attached. They operate more efficiently and speedily and carry a greater amount of dirt at each haul than the'ordinary trac tor-pulled carryall. Approximate cost of cutting and filling by turna pull levelling costs from 15 to 20 cents a yard. They have approxi mately 15 cubic yard capacity. In all soil conservation opera tions the main object is to obtain a uniform water penetration of the land, w hich results in better crops and water conservation. It is esti mated that the amount a farmer or rancher spends In improving his land under the soil conservation program should pay for itself In crop returns in approximately three years. Three Large Water Projects Planned In 1946 Program Looking forward to one of the busiest years in the bur* au of rec lamation’s 43-year history, E. A. Moritz, director of the buieaus region 111 office at Boulder City. Nevada, has announced a compre hensive reclamation program for 1946 calling for further Uevelop uients of land and wat*-r resources along the lower Colorado River Basin to bring additional irrigation, river control, and power benefits to the southwest With the war over the green light having been received on pro jects to develop and conserve na tural resources throughout the west, the bureau is launching its 1946 program with total funds of 4140,000.000, Moritz stated. About f27.T50.00d will be avail able during 1946 for work on pro jects in Region 111. in* hiding the multimillion dollar Davis I>am pro ject on the Colorado river, 34 miles west of Kingman. Arizona; the All- American Canal system in south eastern California and the Gila river in southwestern Arizona where extensive Irrigation develop ments are under way. Region 111 includes Southern California, all of Arizona, several counties in south ern Nevada, southern Utah, and western New Mexico. Detailed investigations will be conducted on some 20 potential Ir rigation and multiple-purpose pro jects in the region with $615,000 of the total funds available for this purpose. Further study will Ik* made of the potential Bridge Can yon project in northwestern Ari zona. one of the key projects in I plans for the development of the | Colorado River Basin and for di-| verting water from the river to central Arizona. A general report! on % plan for development of the: water resources of the Colorado i River Basin is substantially com pleted and along with reports on ; the Virgin. Little Colorado, and: the Muddy Rivers, will be ready sometime during the year. The Davis Dam project is the; largest undertaking by the bureau in this region aud on the Colo rado River since the construction of Boulder Dam. 67 miles upstream. Work on the project is again un der way after being delayed by the war. The holders of the original contract —the Utah Construction Company—submitted the low bid of $21.462.5u5 last December on the uew contract which is expected to be awarded soon. The original con tract was formally terminated in 1943. The bid includes contract costs only, exclusive of materials, equipment and supplies furnished by the government. This earth-and-rock-fill structure will be built at an estimated cost of $76,662,000 which includes con struction of the dam. spillway, power plant, and other appurtenant works; and a power transmission system to be interconnected with the Boulder Dam and Parker Dam system, to transmit power to load centers in the southwest. The dam will impound 1.940,000-acre-feet of water, will have a generating ca pacity of 225,000 kilowatts and gen erate as much as 800,000,000 kilo watt hours per annum. The principal purposes of Davis Dam will be: (1) to service the treaty between the United States and the Republic of Mexico which" provides for the division of the waters of the Colorado, Tia Juana, and the Rio Grande between the two countries and obligates the Bureau to build the project in the next five years; (2) to regulate the release of water from Boulder Dam according to downstream needs: (3) to generate electrical energy to alleviate the power shortage in the southwest. JrIJUC 11X*A j fii 1 lUUu. (j^oltfrcicSlS^&xamtricr VOLUME 16 Plan To Reduce Insect Damage In Pinal County Cotton Farmers Advised 3 Way* To Combat “Suck ing Insect” Losses A three-point program which may Im* put ipto effect by farmers in Pinal county, and other areas, which will gr**atly reduce their losses from cotton sucking insects is outlined by K. K. Henness, coun ty agricultural agent. The three suggestions are as follows: Early planting; Wide spacing on more fertile lands; Adequate dusting with the right materials. The first point is early planting. Early planted cotton" is able to set a large number of bolls before the cotton insect count builds up to where it is harmful. Farmers thru oil* the county have this year ob served that cotton had a heavy bot tom crop, with few or no bolls higher up the stalk. I,ate March planting of short staple cotton is not too early If the spring is early, and as much cotton as possible should be in the ground by April 15th. The second of the three point program is wider spacing of cotton on fertile lands where large stalks are produced, ('otton Hacking In sects prefer shade. This is proven by field counts which show large numbers of insects In rank cotton and shorter cotton In the same field shows much lighter counts. One field In Pinal county, which for several years had been in alfalfa and pasture, made an exceptionally rank growth and insufficient cotton to even Justify picking. With a farm Triple A average of 729 jKiunds of lint j>er acre .the owner of this field this year applied for his insurance adjustment, and was allowed Insurance on the basis of a total production of 40 pounds of lint ;*er acre, practically a crop failure. The third point is carefully planned dusting based on field in sect counts in which recommended dusts are used in the recommended amounts. The Bureau of Entomol ogy aniT Plant Quarantine recom mends the use of 92V» per cent sulphur 7V4 per cent Paris Green (325-mesh sulphur being used. DDT and Ba bad ilia are new dusts that offer promise, and it is the inten tion of the county agricultural agent’s office to conduct field tests to determine theOr relative effici ency as compared with the Sul phur-I’aris Green mixture. "Insect control in cotton is prob ably the most important problem confronting our agriculture,” Hen ness declared. "With an average per acre yield of cotton for the five years ending in 1942 of slightly in excess of 5<M) pounds of lint, we are producing this year, as near as we ran calculate at this time, about 335 pounds. We attribute most of this loss to the work of cotton “sucking insects." o Gates Returns To Resume Duties Os Highway Patrolman Roger Gates, recently discharged from shore patrol duty In Califor nia, has returned to Coolidge as state highway patrol of Coolidge district, a position from which he resigned three years ago to enlist in the U. 8. navy. Gates has served at shore patrol headquarters, San Diego. Califor nia, for the past three years, and was duty chief in charge at Mission Beach shore patrol office at the time of his discharge. He and Mrs. Gates arrived in Coolidge Saturday and are making their home on Ari zona Boulevard. They were resi dents of Coolidge for two years be fore Gates entered service. o X-Ray Tests Show 15 Positive Cases Results of the recent city-wide chest X-ray program show that out of 810 persons tested 15 showed positive results. Nine of these were tubercular disorders and six were non-tubercular. Os the tubercular cases four were only slightly ad vanced. two were moderately ad vanced and one was far advanced. Two were suspected cases. Os the non-tubercular cases two were cardiac, one was pleural change, and the other three were unspecified. In a breakdown by age groups the report revealed that of the 15 positive cases none were under 15, one was in the 15-24 group, one was in the 25-34 group, two were in the 35-44 group, seven were in the 45-54 group and three were in the 55-64 group. o #Mrs. W. W. Troutt is employed at Bloch’s Variety Store, where she began her new duties Thurs day. ”IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1046 Only 14 More Days To Get Licenses, So Better Hurry! Only 14 more days remain for automobile owners (o apply for their 1946 license stickers, so Mr. Motorist, don’t put it off any long er. January 31 is the last day— after that the price goes tip. State law provides that laggards who wait until after January 31 must pay a penalty which doubles the cost of the license. The deadline cannot be extended. Take your auto title and 1945 registration slip with you to the justice of peace office where Mrs. W. R. Elliott is handling applications. Clothing Drive For War Victims Moves Forward Response Here Not As Satis factory So Far As Expect ed. Two Weeks Os Drive Remain. AH Are Urged To Cooperate. The Victory Clothing Collection that got underway here last week had not met the hoped for response so far, according to Mrs. J. J. Jones. Coolidge chairman. Collec tions made from various stations where receptacles were left for the depositing of used clothing, result ed in only a few garments, Mrs. Jones said. In view of the fact that the clothing .bedding, and shoes are more urgently needed by peoples in devastated war areas this win ter than ever before, it was hoped that collections would yield a gen erous supply of clothing. Only two weeks more of the drive remain, Mrs. Jones pointed out. and every one Is urged to cooperate. Collection stations have been es tablished at Community Presby terian church, where the east door of the recreation hall will be open each day throughout the drive so clothing mar be left there. There is also a collection station at Safe way and boxes have been placed In each of the Coolidge schools. Any type of clean and service able clothing Ib badly needed. Mrs. Jones said, particularly good matched shoes, which should be tied together securely so th**y will not be separated in shipping. Bed ding Is also needed, sweaters, coats and warm clothing are especially needed. All clothing should be clean and usable, although not ne cessarily in perfect repair, all sum mer clothing should be washed, al though not necessarily ironed. The main object is the collection of clean usable clothing for those in need. Factories in bombed out areas are producing little and unless the people in these areas receive out- Blde aid there will be much suffer ing this winter. The goal of 1.000.- 000.000 garments set for the United States should not be hard to attain if each person does his part, it was pointed out Governor Osborn has issued a proclamation asking everyone to cooperate to his. or her, fullest ex tent. -His request follows in part: "The people of Arizona helped to alleviate great suffering overseas by their generous contributions to the nationwide collection of used clothing last spring. Through the United National Clothing Collec tion. the American people helped clothe 25,000 war victims in Eur ope, China and the Philippines. In our state. 42 chairmen in commun ities organized for the drive re ported donations of 591.308 pounds of clothing, shoes, and bedding. "In the devastated lands the peo ple who want to rebuild their shat tered homes are now struggling for their very lives against hunger, cold and distress. "I therefore urge all religious, women’s, fraternal, young people's, educational .patriotic, civic, busi ness, labor and farm organizations in Arizona to cooperate in the Vic tory Clothing Collection for over seas relief, of which Henry J. Kai ser is national chairman.” * o Salvation Army Spokesman Makes Annual Visit Here Baron J. V. Auriemma made his annual visit to Coolidge this week in behalf of the Salvation Army. He reports a very good response and wishes to take this means to express his appreciation. He was accompanied by Major R. Ortiz of the Spanish-Mexican corps of the Salvation Army. Phoenix. An emergency appeal will be made throughout the nation by the Salvation Army in June, the baron said. It will be the first time in 35 years that the Salvation Army has made a special appeal. Funds collected will be used toward a soldier’s fund, building fund, or phanages, and other Salvation Army activities in general. Building Activity Booming Here On Arizona Boulevard Income Buildings Take Pre cedent Over Homes As Construction Goes For ward On Offices, Courts, Restaurants, And Agency Homes Construction of several buildings is underway on Arizona Boulevard, which bids fair to become a thriv ing center of activity in the months ahead. Two concrete block business buildings are under construction for S. McFarland on South Arizona Boulevard. The buildings will be plastered on the inside and are de signed to have large plate glass front windows. One of tin* buildings will have 6400 feet floor space and will be occupied by the State Trac tor and Equipment Company, now on Coolidge Avenue. The other building will have a floor space of 2560 feet and will be a case, under lease to Gene Scudder. McFarland also plans to build and operate a lumber yard on lots adjoining his present building con struction. Work will start on the lumber yard, which will have a boulevard frontage, as soon as the business buildings have been com pleted. < ari Sprinkles Is the con tractor. / Guy F. Saunders, who has re turned to Coolidge after a three year’s absence, is constructing a concrete block building with 2,400 feet floor space on Arizona Boule vard. Contractors are R. A. Smith and Son. When the building is completed It will be occupied by Russell Faulkner, Hudson car and Mack truck dealer. The Faulkners have recently moved here from Houston. Texas, to make their home. They have purchased the I,eon Smith residence in West Coo lidge of which they took possession early this month. Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Flanigan of Nebraska have purchased corner lots on Arizona Boulevard and Flor ence Avenue and have six cottages under construction for a modern, up-to-date auto court. They expect to enlarge the court as material is available. Ashley and Conner are the contractors. The building recently erected for a modern steam laundry by Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Rawles. on Arizona Boulevard, is now completed and awaiting the arrival of equipment, which is expected in the near fu ture. The Rawls are also construct ing a building adjoining, which will be rented by Mr. and Mrs. 11. H. Übanks or Weatherford, Texas, for a case. R. R. Rawls is adding seven mod em cottages to his court on North Arizona Boulevard. Mrs. Kate Morris, who has sold her court on Arizona Boulevard and Coolidge Avenue to her son, Earl Morris, plans to erect a 11-unit modern court on property she owns three blocks south on the Boule vard. She hopes to have this un der construction in the near future. Mrs. Earl Morris will operate the court she and her husband pur chased. Home For Good r - T -- ■ ---of W"' t V ; *** y "*■ <■*•*'* ’ WILLIAM L. MERRILL Lt. William L. Merrill, who has reoently been placed on in active status after many months service in the Euro pean theater, plans to enter the University of Arizona with the opening of its next semes ter this month. Merrill served as a navigator on a B-24 Lib erator bomber during which he participated in many bombing attacks over enemy territory. He has awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the ETO theater ribbon with three campaign stars. He is the son of Mrs. Kathleen Merrill. J. J. Jones Named Chamber Secretary J. J. Jones will continue to act as secretary of the Coolidge Cham ber of Commerce, following his re appointment' at a meeting of the board of directors Monday evening, it was announced. Mr. Jones has held (he job of secretary for sever al years. Estimate $25,000 Loss In Gin Fire 212 Bales Cotton Burn At Western Coolidge Gin In Wind Storm Sunday. A fire at Western Coolidge Gin during Sunday’s terrific wind storm created havoc in the bale yard, where it burned 212 bales of cotton at an estimated loss of from $20,- 000 to $25,000, according to 11. Patterson, gin manager. The fire, which started from an unknown cause, was first noticed at 11:30 Sunday morning. Due to the 60- mile-an-hour gale, fire fighters were not able to get the blaze un der control until 6 p. m. A call was sent to Coolidge Fire Department for assistance, but due to the fact that the Western gin is outside the city limits the city fire department could give no help. The gin is located a mile and a half east of Coolidge on a continua tion of Coolidge Avenue. There was no damage to gin buildings, the fire being kept en tirely in the bale yard, Patterson said. The loss is covered by insur ance. i.n4s o Coolidge Bears Win 1, Lose 2 CUHS Ball Tossers Drop In Average In Pazt Week’s Contests. Coolidge Bears basketball team took a drop in the percentage col umn during the past week in win ning one and losing two contests. The Bears took Casa Grande into camp Friday 28 to 19. while the Junior Varsity whipped the Cou gars 30 to 20. At Glendale Saturday night the Bears ran into double trouble. The Varsity lost out 33 to 15 while the second team went down before the Cards 38 to 24. The Bears lost another double header at Florence Wednesday night, when the Gophers outscored the first team 25 to 16 and the second team 30 to 20. In the Glendale and Florence games the Bear Varsity has stamp ed itself as strictly a second half team. The Bears scored only 4 points against the Cards in the first half and could muster only 3 against the Gophers in the first two stanzas. The Coolidge defen sive play has been fairly consistent, but until more scoring power can be developed the Bears cannot be considered seriously for a place in the district. Their average score per game is 22 points while an average of 23 points per game has been scored against them. The Bears have only made 33 out of 98 free throws in seven games for the poor average of 33 2/3 per cent. The Bears will meet Superior to night on the local floor and enter tain the AJo Red Raiders here on Saturday. Both sessions will be doubleheaders with the first game set for 7:30 p. m. o Duck Season Ends On January 20 Coolidge hunters are reminded that Arizona’s migratory waterfowl season closes January 20, 1946, at sundown and possession is permit ted for not longer than 90 days aft or in any combination of all kinds the state where taken. Possession of ducks is limited to not more than 20 of any one kind or in anmy combination of all kinds (except American and Red Breast ed Mergansers), but including in such limit not more than one Wood duck. There is no limit on Ameri can and Red Breasted Mergansers. Q McEuen Elected President CUHS Lettermens Club Mack McEuen was elected presi dent of Coolidge high school Let termens Club at a meeting of the group held Wednesday. Oscar Montgomery was elected vice president, and Jack Pretzer, secre tary-treasurer. During the meeting plans were made for .initiation of new mem bers and for spring semester ac tivities. o #Mrs. Elsie Bishop returned Mon day from Tucson, where she under went a major operation three weeks ago. She is now able to be up and around. NUMBER 46 Council Plans Action On Three New Ordinances To Investigate Air Base Property As Possible Housing Project. Three new ordinances, now being drawn up ior final consideration by the town council, will, when passed, regulate dog-owners, pro vide for licensing of entertainers and musicians, and prohibit the keeping of virtually all forms of livestock in Coolidge. In order to cut down the num ber of dogs running loose In town and to prevent a possible outbreak of rabies an ordinance will pro vide that all dog-owners must ob tain a license for their dog, in the form of a tag to be worn on a col lar, and must present a certificate showing that the dog has been In oculated against rabies within the calendar year in which the license Is applied for. Licenses may be secured on April 1 of each year and May 1 Is the final date. Dogs picked up after May 1 will be impounded and may be destroyed unless called for. Another ordinance will provide that all musicians, entertainers, etc., performing in an establish ment w'here intoxicating liquors are sold must secure a license from the city clerk. The third ordinance prohibits the keeping of livestock, including horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats within the town limits for more than a 48-hour period. This ruling also forbids the keeping of bees and all poultry, with the .ex ception of chicken hens and chicks, which may be kept under condi tions to be set up by the ordinance. The ordinances are now- being prepared and will come up for final action at the council’s next meeting. The prospects of obtaining the Coolidge Army Air field for city use are being Investigated by the council and the Coolidge chamber of commerce. A Joint committee consisting of Mayor C. W. Lewis and George W. Ware, of the coun cil, and Dr. G. H. Walker and Wil liam IJrton, of the chamber, are attempting to find out what the procedure would be to secure the land, buildings and equipment, now declared surplus property. It Is thought possible that some of the buildings might be converted for use as dwellings to alleviate the acute housing shortage in this area. o Telephone Area Change Opposed Coolidge Chamber Os Com merce Points Out Disad vantages of Expansion A proposed change in the Casa Grande telephone exchange area is meeting opposition from the Coo lidge Chamber of Commerce. In a letter directed to Wilson T. Wright, chairman of tbe corporation com mission, Phoenix, the Coolidge chamber declared that extension of the Casa Grande exchange area, as proposed, would encroach on the area now served by the Coolidge telephone exchange. The territory is now fairly di vided between Casa Grande and Coolidge, it was held, and, since the area proposed for change is nearer Coolidge, such a change would work a hardship on the peo ple living in this section by putting them in the Casa Grande exchange area. It was pointed out that Coolidge is centrally located in the Casa Grande valley and that the recent federal census, showing a popula tion of 3300 people, indicates a steady growth since 1930 as well as an expansion of the Coolidge trade territory. In the light of such expansion the Coolidge chamber believes that if any change were to be made it should be in the present telephone service from the Coolidge ex change. Such a change, however, will not be requested at the pres ent time. o Man Is Sentenced George R. Mayes, who pled guilty to cunnilingus, a sex charge, in Superior Court on January 7, was sentenced Saturday by Judge W. C. Truman to serve not less than one year and not more than two and a half years in the state prison. The charge against Mayes grew out of a statement made to county officers by the mother of a four year old girl. o •A. E. Brown has recently com pleted the building of a modern cabin in his auto court. He ex pects to enlarge and modernize all his cabins in the near future.