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Program Launched To Bring Water From Colorado River To Pinal County Farms Ketearch Committee To Gather Engineering Data For Presentation To Federal Authorities. Estimate Fund Os $25,000 Needed To Carry Out Work A program to bring an adequate supply of water from the Colorado river to Pinal county has been Lauoched by the Pinal County Re searrh Committee, according to an announcement by J. J. Jones, sec retary of the body. The committee was organized to advertise the agricultural resources of the county and has been recent ly enlarged to carry out the project to obtain more water for Pinal farmers. Letters have been mailed to every landowner, business and pro fessional man in the valley, em phasizing the need for united effort and an adequate financing pro gram designed to include Pinal county in an over-all state plan for bringing water from Colorado river Irrigation projects to central Ari zona. It Is estimated that $25,000 Is the least amount necessary to properly do the job There are approxi mately jov.ooo acres of land under cultivation in Pinal county and committee members are asking for j a contribution of ten cents per acre I Bears Drop Close Contest To Mesa Free Throw In Waning Sec onds Gives Meaa 26-25 Victory. Florence To Play Here Tonight. The Mesa Jackrabblts basketball team took a close decision from the Cooltdge Bears last Friday 25-25 in a game played at Mesa. Trailing •-1 at the end of the first quarter and 12-9 at the half, the Bean* cam** to life in the second half to make a real game of It The Coolidge five surged to a three point lead 20-17 at the end of the third period with Marlin Wing hitting for three consecutive ; baskets Mesa came back strong to close the gap with the lead changing bands constantly In the I hectic final quarter. Jarret Jarvis, j Mesa guard, sank a free throw in j the final 30 second for the victory i margin. Marlin Wing, star Bear guard led both teams In scoring with 11 j points. Jarvis was high for Mesa ! with eight counters. Roland Free land racked up seven points for Coolidge while Bill Ware played a fine defensive game, holding the usually high scoring Wllford White to six points. In the preliminary game the Mesa Bunnies defeated the Coo lidge Cuba 29-12. The Bears meet the Florence Go phers tonight in a return clash. The Gophers dropped the Bears 25-16 In a game at Florence two weeks ago and the Coolidge team will be seeking to even the count Florence has played good .consis tent ball to topple some of the strongest outfits in the state, while the Bears have been a hot-and-cold club all year. If they are “hot" to night thgy will extend the Gophers to the limit On Wednesday. February 6. the Bears are hosts to the Gilbert Tigers, who defeated Coolidge In their first game at Gilbert Next week-end the Bears take to the road, meeting the Chandler Wolves, the Gila Bend Monsters end the Ajo Red Raiders. In pre vious games Coach Glenn Wilson’s squad defeated Chandler and lost to AJo. * o Thieve# Rob Two Establishments A minor crime wave struck Coo lidge Saturday night as thieves ransacked two establishments on Arisons Blvd. A lady’s wrist watch. S4OO in cash and a March of Dimes collection box were— taken from Tag's Drive Inn by a thief or thieves who gained entrance through a side door. Evidence In dicated that an unsuccessful at tempt had first been made to jim my the front door and that failing in this the thieves went around to the side door where a broken pane of glass enabled them to gain entry. The Richfield service station, near the high school, was also the victim of burglars. Entry in this case was effected through a rest room. and the loot consisted of ap proximately S2O worth of cigarettes and chewing gum. o Traffic Violators Fined In Court James Jefferson. Florence, and Allie Gonzales. Coolidge. were fined $25.00 each in justice of peace court this week for driving with out a license. The arrests were made following an accident at the corner of Third and Kennedy streets In which cars driven by the two men were involved. Charged with reckless driving, which caused an automobile colli sion near La Palma. Cecil Allen, of Mesa, was fined SIOO. | from the farmers to finance their share of the needed funds. The committee hopes to raise the remaining $5,000 from contribu tions by the business and profes sional men of the county. In carrying on its activities the committee plans to present the needs of the valley to the Recla mation Service as well as to con gress. Engineering data, plans and maps must be secured and coordi nated for this purpose. The group expects to hire the fulltime serv ices of a qualified man to look aft er the interests of the county and | to present its program before the proper authorities. Members of the committee are John D. Goree, Coolidge. chairman; K K ilenness, Casa Grande, vice chairman; A. L. Bartlett. Coolidge; J. A. Roberts, Coolidge; O. W. Rugg. Casa Grande; Ism is O. Fis cel. Florence; Jack I’retzer, Jr.. Eloy; and J J Jones, Coolidge. Chairman Goree emphasizes that the program is of vital importance to every farmer in Pinal county. The drive is designed to provide sufficient funds to carry on any and all activities that may be found necessary in order to accomplish the Job of providing a firm water supply for lands of this county, Jhus increasing the total farm land through reclamation of additional desert lands. This continuing development and improvement would be reflected in greater prosperity to the several towns in the valley, the committee points out. An adequate water sup ply would Increase the population, diversify agricultural crops, in crease land and property values, and create more business in the processing and transportation of farm product*. The -committee has already pre- j pared a report showing water re- : quirements of the county as well as engineering data showing canal j and other conatructlona. This re- ; port, supplemented with verbal tes- j timony, ha* been presented to the #ub-commlttee of the Senate Com mittee on Irrigation and Reclama- j tion. Persons wishing to inquire about the program of the Pinal commit-J tee may get in touch with any one of the committeemen, who will be glad to furnish full information. ■■ ■■ -o ■ ■■ - Fluorine Problem Topic Os Rotary Guest Speaker A problem which deeply concerns all ot Coolidge that oi a fluorine- j bearing water supply—was the sub- ! ject of a talk given by Dr. Howard V. Smith, associate professor of agricultural chemistry at the Uni versity of Arizona, before the Wed nesday noon meeting of the Rotary club. Tests of samples of Coolidge drinking water, made aeveral weeks ago, showed that at that time the water contained from .6 to 5.2 parts of fluorine per million. The amount of fluorine considered safe is con troversial, Smith said, with opin ions ranging from one part per million up to three parts per mil lion as maximum safe percentages. An excessive fluorine content in drinking wsier causes mottling of children's teeth. Surveys show that some of the wells furnishing Coolidge’* drink ing water have fluorine contents high enough to cause mottling un der extended use. University experts have develop ed filters by which fluorine has been removed from water, using calcium phosphate in the form of activated bone. A municipal fil- 1 (ration system might be installed in a city the size of Coolidge at an approximate cost of sllO per million gallons of water. Smith said. Coolidge uses about 450,000 gallons of water per day. o New Dairy Herd Tester Is Added Some 20 to 25 additional dairy men in Arizona have been afforded the opportunity to obtain periodic tests of their herds with the ap pointment of Harold Dellmore to the present force of testers of the Aritona Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Mr. Dellmore, who has had three years experience as a tester in an Illinois association, will test for Maricopa Association No. 4. W. R. Van Sant, extension dairy specialist announces. He was hired some months ago by the board of directors and has just be gun work under this agreement. Other testers are R. F. Williams, Maricopa No. 1; F. H. Stout. Mari copa No. 2; Irvine Blume. Mari copa, No. 3 and Delbert Hassen, Pinal and Santa Cruz Valley. A new herd book, which will give dairymen members of the associa tion more complete records and in formation about their cows has been put into use by the testers. It follows recommendations set up under the national program. (jCooltftaiSilllfefainmfcr VOLUME 16 Clothing Drive Contest Ends Here Today Garments Being Received In Gratifying Numbers As Girls And Boys Collect For Victory Clothing Drive The clothing collection contest In Coolidge and Kenilworth schools for destitute peoples of war devas tated countries will end today, ac cording to announcement of the Reverend Joseph Kamphuis. Pinal county chairman. The contest is sponsored by Coolidge Rotary and Lions Clubs in cooperation with the San Carlos Theater and has been the means of collecting many use ful and needed items of wearing ap parel for the Victory Clothing Drive, Kamphuis said. All local boy* and girls who bring seven or more articles of clothing to the collection stations of their school* to be checked by their teachers, receive a written authorization good for free attend ance of one moving picture show at the San Uarlos Theater. Date of the picture will be Saturday morn ing. February 2nd. as announced by Noro Iteagle. theater manager. "Fighting Bill Carson’’ will be the main feature, and ’‘Swlngshift Cin derella’’ will be on of\the two shorts which complete the program. Not only has a whole-hearted re sponse been received from the youth of Coolidge. but from the city’s adults also. Kamphuis said. Mrs. George Truitt. In charge of pick-ups from the various collec tion stations, and Mrs. Ted Kent. In charge of packing, have been kept busy. Because Arizona folks continue to pour out their hearts for desti tute peoples In war-ravaged lands, the state’s quota in the National Clothing Collection Drive will be overshot this week. Dr. Grady Gam mage. state chairman of the drtTe announced today as the goal of 500.000 garments plus betiding and shoes was within easy reach. “Here in Coolidge the drive is progressing splendidly and our quota of 10.000 garments is prac tically assured.” said Kamphuis. Collection depots will remain op en through tomorrow to give every one a chance to round-up all use ful winter and summer garments for contribution in the campaign although the drive closed officially on Thursday, the chairman said. In every home in this community there are garments stuck back in closets, in drawers, or in storage places which are not serving any use. These should be enlisted in the i great humanitarian effort to clothe our world-neighbors who are in such dire need. For the convenience of Coolidge citizens the collection depots have been placed in locations which are handy to reach. Those citizens who have not as yet gathered their share of garments are urged to do so today. Garments may be left at: Community Presbyterian church.or Safeway store. Every garment which Is given in the Arizona drive will help reach the state's quota, but more than that, it will reach its destination 1 in good condition. Facilities have been set up throughout the state to handle garments carefully, to; pack them well, and to see to it j that no item, no matter how small. ] is wasted. “I hope our citizens will check again to make sure they have given all they can and for their use we submit this check list of wanted items, which include, coats, Buits, trousers, shirts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, knitwear, underwear, pa jamas. nightgowns, shoes, galoshes, rubbers, blankets, bedding, piece goods and draperies” said the chairman. Clothing need not be in perfect repair but it must be clean and useful. Shoes should be tucked toe to heel and tied securely with twine, not merely tied with the shoe laces, and all those who make contributions to the campaign are urged to write a friendly good-will note which can be tucked inside a pocket of some garment Thousands of good-neighbor letters will show people in*Europe. China, and other places that America has a heart, the chairman said. Volunteers are needed to pack, tie, and load boxes in which cloth ing will be shipped. Donations are requested by those in charge for rope, cord, or gummed paper for sealing the boxes. The use of a truck is urgently needed, Kam phuis said, in which to haul the collected clothing from Commujiity Church basement to the local Safe way. from where it will be taken to Phoenix through the courtesy of Safeway Stores. All clothing must be boxed and moved by Monday. •IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1946 Youthful Curiosity Aids In Return Os Stolen Car Here Youthful curiosity played its part in the return of a stolen car Wed nesday, according to highway pa trolman Roger Gates. The car had been abandoned on the Vah-Ki Inn road west of the highway and was reported to Gates Thursday after noon by Raymond Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Alexander. A check-up proved that the car had been stolen from J. O. Pepper of Coshocton. Ohio, early Tuesday morning in Phoenix, when he left It parked for only a short time In the business district The car con tained luggage and other persona! articles valued at S6OO. Contents were still In the car when it was recovered here and placed in stor age. pepper came to Coolidge Wed nesday to claim his car. A clue to the identity of the thief Is In pos j session of the highway patrol, and ' will be thoroughly investigated, J Gates said. State Tax Agent Will Assist Here In Filing Returns Taxpayers Asked To Have Data Assembled. Returns Must Be Filed By March 15 The state Income tax department has announced that Mr. T. Mac Smith, an agent of that division, will be stationed in the 'San Carlos hotel lobby In Coolidge, from Wed nesday, February 6. to and includ ing Friday, February 8, 1946, for the purpose of assisting taxpayers In the preparation of their 1945 j state Income tax returns. These returns will be due on or before March 15. 1946. Those required to make a report | of income are: Every corporation doing business ! within the state, whether taxable j or not; every person other than a j corporation who received during j the year a gross Income of five 1 thousand dollars, or over, or a net income of one thousand dollars or over, if single, and a net income of two thousand dollars or over, if married; and every partnership shall, on or before March 15th of each year, (or If for a fiscal year ending on some date other than December 31st. within seventy-five day* after the last day of such fis cal year), file with the state tax commission a report of Income in the form and manner prescribed by law. This service Is furnished for the convenience of the taxpayers and no charge is made. Tax payers should have their data assembled in such manner as will enable the agent to prepare the returns with as little preliminary work as pos sible, as time will not permit anv extensive work on any one return o U. S. Policies In China Criticized In Talk Here The importance of a sincere and friendly relationship between this country and China was stressed in a talk given before a large audi ence at Coolidge high school audi torium Wednesday by Mrs. J. R. Branch. Mrs. Branch, the mother of Mrs. F. H. Sutterle. 111, of Coo lidge, lived in China twenty-five rears with her husband, a John- Hopkins Institute surgeon. They were twice driven from their homes in China, once from Chang-sha by the anti-foreign Com munist party, and again from Pe king and Shanghai by Japanese bombings. Mrs. Branch told of her embar rassment at the questions of her Chinese friends who wondered at America’s professed Christianity and missionary zeal while at the same time this country was fur nishing materials of war to China’s enemy, Japan. “It’s no wonder the Chinese don't trust us.” Mrs. Branch declared. “This country has a habit of ex ploiting until expediency dictates a friendly attitude. The hour is late for convincing China that our pres ent friendliness is not a trick.” o •Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fisher of Phoe nix. former Coolidge residents, were visiting friends here on Friday. Help is needed on Friday, Satur day, and Monday, February 1,2, and H. Those who will volunteer to assist on any of the specified dates are requested by Kamphuis to contact Community church manse, phone 91. Word Os Pfc. Gay's Deatii Comes From War Department Parents Receive Official Word And Letter From Friend Confirming Death Os Son, Reported Missing Since 1942 Pfc. Houston Gay, U. s. marine corps, reported missing in action it itatuan since 1942. has now had his name placed on the War De r - Jjß SWJfe Mf*' 1 ’ nk I wL I/' l HOUSTON GAY partment’s deceased list, according to word received from Washington by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam uel C. Gay, Pfc. Gay was the first Coolidge boy to he reported missing and al though no word was received from his after the spring of 1942. the Gays hoped for his return as long as the vestige of a possibility re mained. in addition to the telegram from the War Department, the Gays re ceived a letter from one of Pfc. Gay’s buddi*»f who was with him at Bataan. Gay made the Bataan Death March all right, the letter inform' d his parents, but later suc cumbed to illness. The writer was recently released from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The Gays have lived at Casa Grande Valley Farms for the past eight years. They have another son, Kenneth Gay, in the navy. -o Seven Injured When POW Truck Overturns Friday One POW Camp employee was seriously injured and six received minor injuries Friday night when a truck in which they were returning home from the camp blew a right front tire and swerved from the road into a ditch.. The accident occurred nine miles northwest of Coolidge on Highway 87. Isabelle Johnson of Sacaton re ceived a severe forehead laceration. Other passengers who received minor injuries were Elizabeth Schultz, Consuella Jackson, I)elma Cook. Jay R. Morago, William Mor ago, Adam Porter, all of Sacaton, and Clemantine Hernandez of Casa Grande. The truck was being driven by CpL James H. Wheedon of POW Camp. • o Seek Control Os Protein Seeds The short cottonseed crop of which Arizona Cotton farmers are well aware (Uncle Sam says the nation’s 1945 crop shows a 45 per cent reduction under 1944» is caus ing a new dislocation. That is the now evident reduction in supplies of protein feeds. To control the protein meal shortage the USDA has just issued restrictions on its use in manu facture of mixed feed for live stock and poultry. Some feeding areas have been running short, as was pointed out recently by exten sion specialists in Arizona. At the same time -other areas have been over-supplied. The new restrictions seek to effect more equitable dis tribution. Protein supplies have been depleted because -of a large number of poultry on farms, a near record volume of cattle on feed and the feeding of hogs to un usually heavy weights. o Mr. and Mrs. Clair Kennedy of Long Beach, California, have re turned to their Coolidge ranch on business. They were joined here by their son. Pfc. Richard J. Ken nedy, Fort Dix, New Jersey, who has reenlisted for one year and is home on 30-day furlough. The Ken nedys plan to be here for a month. County Medical Society Elects Officers For 1946 Dr. W. P. Tucker of Florence was elected president of Pinal County Medical Society at a meet ing of the group held Friday at Florence. Those who will serve with him for the coming year are: I)r. B. L. Steward of Florence, vice presi dent; Dr. G. E. Maxwell, Coolidge, treasurer and Dr. J. T. O’Neil Coo lidge. secretary. Delegates elected for a two year period were: Dr. H. B. Lemberg, Casa Grande, and Dr. G. H. Walker, Coolidge. Alternates are: Dr. C. R. Swachamt r. 'Superior, and Dr. G. B. Steward. Coolidge. Censors elected fora varying term of years were: Dr. J. D. Hamer, Tiger, three years; Dr. Lemberg, Casa Grande, two years, and Dr. Swachamer, Superior ,one year. o Dance Slated Tomorrow Night : or Polio Fund March Os Dimes Will Con clude With Dance At Le gion Hall. Large Crowd Expected. Dancing Begins At 9 P. M. The drive conducted here to aid the National Foundation for In fantile Paralysis will conclude to morrow night with a dance at Coo lidge I/egion Hall. A large crowd is expected, according to Ben Sweazea, local chairman, who says that response to the March of Dimes has been generous and whole-hearted in Coolidge. Swcazea has been aided in his work for the polio fund by Mitchell Cagalj, Clint Alfrey, Charles Dora and Phil Fent. Special decorations and music have been arranged for the evening of the dance. For the first time in 13 years, the March of Dimes, annual appeal, is being held without the living pres nce of the man who inaugurated the fight against infantile paralysis and became its symbol: the late president .Franklin D. Roosevelt The cause for which he fought so valiantly is bequeathed to the American public. The fight is not yet won. We must reinforce our strength and increase our effort until final victory is achieved, drive officials point out. At 42 universities, medical schools, and laboratories scientists are working under grants from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, searching continuously for means of prevention and cure of poliomyelitis and for improved methods of treatment and care. Altogether, 92 institutions have received grants and appropriations totalling over $8,000,000 from the National Foundation since it was formed. This work is made pos sible by the annual March of Dimes, which will be climaxed here by the dance at Legion Hall tomorrow night. Dancing will begin at nine o’clock. o Strikes Making Americans More Meat Conscious If the war with its restrictions taught Americans the beginnings of being meat conscious the packing house strikes completed the job. Also it focused attention on the enormous strides made in this country byway of meat production, during the century which has elapsed since America began to open up the West. Since the start of the present century the part played by extension service in the increase and improvement of beef, mutton and pork production on American ranches and farms is well known. County agents in the cow county 4iave a right to take pride in the slaughter figures which this country has been able to maintain as it emerges from the greatest war of all time. Their guidance of the whole livestock program has been no minor factor. Total meat production in feder ally inspected plants for the week ending January 12 was 424 million pounds compared to 390 million pounds a year earlier. Kugler Ranch Will Hold Auction Sale An auction sale will be held Monday, February 4 at the John Kugler ranch, south of Coolidge. Household goods, farm equipment and livestock will be sold, begin ning at 1 p. m. H. C. Hall will be the auctioneer. NUMBER 48 Improved Road System Sought By Highway Group Louis Fiscel Represents Pinal County At Good Roads Meeting. North - South Highway Boosted A program of statewide improve ments, needed to take full advant age of the tourist possibilities, with particular emphasis on the desira bility of a direct north-south high way, will be the aim of the Ari zona Good Roads Association. The meeting of the group held in Phoe nix this week was attended by Pi nal County Engineer Louis Fiscel, of Florence. Another Pinal repre sentative, Joseph Spray, of Supe rior. was named to the association’s board of directors. A state-federal three-year plan outlined by Herb Wessel, assistant engineer of designs for the state highway department, calls for the spending of more than $25,000,000 to improve city, county and state roads. Principal speaker at the meeting was H. A. Leggett, statistician for the Valley National Rank, who pointed out that the state’s most pressing need was a north-south highway to enable visitors at the Grand Canyon and other northern points of interest to travel south ward in a direct route. Mr. Leggett suggested these two points for immediate considera tion: 1. Improvement of existing roads to eliminate accidents, where pos sible. , 2. Retter supervision on high ways to cut down the rate of crime which occurs on the state’s “lonely Btretches’’ of roads. Good roads are desirable purely from a business standpoint, he said. "Our tourist trade before the war amounted to $25,000,000 to $30,- 000,000 a year. By comparison, Cali fornia had 10 times that much tour ist business. “Tourist trade is good for the state. It brings id new money. It had been estimated that each sl,- 000 spent here by a tourist creates one new job. If the state can make its tourist business worth $100,000,000 a year it can create 100,000 new jobs each year.” Leggett advocated a state tourist bureau, which would form a clear ing house for tourists to obtain in formation about points of interest and vacancies. o Fertilizers Are Not A Cure-All The first principle of proper uti lization of fertilizer is to recognize that fertilizers in themselves arg not a cure-all, but Bhould rather be regarded as an important adjunct to other good soil management practices, according to extension agronomist R. L. Matlock of the University of Arizona, Using fertilizer to assure stands and stimulate growth of legumes, which in themselves build soil fer tility, is one recommended practice. Another is the use of fertilizer to grow cover grass or crops to turn under. For these purposes and un der some soil conditions the use of even more fertilizer is war ranted than has been the case in Arizona in the past, Mr. Matlock says. Fertilizer application direct to some Arizona cash crops of course is warranted, too if care is taken to maintain a balance of vital ele ments other than those contained in the fertilizer. Soils, like men, grow old but un like the life of man the life of soil can be extended indefinitely if judicious cropping and soil main tenance practices are carefully ad hered Jo. _o • Miss Helen Barrington has been employed as bookkeeper for the Examiner, where she began her new duties Monday. She replaces Mrs. Warren Eyer, who resigned to keep books for her husband, owner and operator of the cement brick plant of Coolidge Sand and Rock Co. o •Miss Rosie Lee Adkins was guest of honor at a surprise birthday din ner at the home of her mother, Mrs. Abbie Adkins, on Wednesday eve ning. Guests were Miss Frances (Chula) Borree, Miss Evelyn Troutt and Hank Summerville. o •Mrs. Robert Coekrill was honored on her twenty-first birthday Sun day with a family dinner at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Dixon. Those present besides members of the family were Miss Frances (Chula) Borree and Miss Betty Egge.