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Note Keck WHILE WE SUBSCRIBE to the theory that it l* an editor's duty to write editorials or at least do a column of short notes w*- must at the same time plead jru Itv to a crass Indifference to our re sponslbility In this reyard for the itreater portion of the 12 months Just passed. Without <attempt'ny to justify the parsing of this notebook last year w*» will simply pause for a moment of "station Idenllfl cation" or relntrodurtlon and say. "here, once ara'n. sh» notebook takes Its place on Paee 1 of this newspaper. MUCH TRAFFIC HA<; passe.? under the bridge during the last year, Coolidge has tak* n tta roost important step since Its founding ... It has taken Its place among Its progressive slder dtps of Arizona as an Incorporated com munity with Its own governing body ANO MAY WE POINT out that every claim of those who urge.! incorporation during ih*» pa t few years has come to pass. As an example, it was predicted that revenue* which would accrue to th city from the state sales tax ad would be at least SI,OOO monthly when actually the first check to be paid to the city for the first mon'li was nearly ll.tioO.ou It was also stated that occupational tax reve cues and police court revenues would approximate fl.rto© each an nually. Yet the Initial three months of police court revenues totaled |J.- 2€9 while the first quarterly pay ments of occupational taxes brought In more than $2,000 and similar amounts will be collected In each of the remaining three quarters of 1946. AND IN CONNECTION with the collections of nearly 100 ; per cent of these taxes may we ! My it la our belief that consider able credit Is due City Clerk A. D. Tyler for his unceasing work and never flagging Interest in and to | ward Ihis duty as well as that of Police Chief Dan Kinser who ha.- j worked rlosdv with him. COOLIDGE MAY WELL be proud of the.fine locker plant ' installation which formally opens tomorrow under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Rruno Valazra. Th* Valazzas say they have ‘spared no effort to make this plant the finest of Its kind and they believe there la do finer plant west of the Mis sissippi river . . . and that takes In • lot of territory. Certainly it will he of Inestimable value to the people of Coolidge and the sur rounding .farm area. BECAUSE OF A WAR time measure enacted by Arizona legislators Arizona again will hold Us primary election In mid-July, al most two months earlier than cus tomary. Signs of the times and the proxtmHy of the semi-annual pri maries may be seen in the an nouncements of candidates which are appearing in newspapers and which will continue to appear In ever Increasing numbers during the next two months. IN PINAL COUNTY a heated contest looms on the political horixon for the office of sheriff with the announcement a few months ago from Sheriff Jimmy Herron that he would not again seek the office. Two con testants so far announced are Lynn Earley, veteran Pinal coun ty assessor and A1 Sizemore, chief of police of Casa Grande. Tax Men Will Be Here Tomorrow Thoae Having 1945 Income Os SSOO Or Over Must File Return With only three weeks remaining before the March 15 income tax deadline persons who run into snags in making out their returns may take their problems to two deputy field collectors. Jack M. Stanford and W. T. Brow n, w ho will be at the city hall from Saturday. February 23 to the following Wed nesday. The following guide is offered by W. P. Stuart, collector of Internal revenue, to aid In filing the re turns: All individuals, whether single or married, having a gross Income of SSOO or more, will be required to file a federal Income tax return for the year 1945. and this is true regardless of whether the full amount of your tax has been with held by your employer or not. In the event that your income is subject to the withholding tax you should file a return even though you total earnings for the year may have been less than SSOO. In this case the return is necessary in order for the taxpayer to re ceive the refund that will be due him. "No refund.” Collector Stuart stated, "will be made to anyone who fails to file a return on either Form W-2. or Form 1040.” As in past years all incorpora tions and partnerships must file returns regardless of the amount of income, or low. °jc Mulford Winsor, Director Phoenix, Arizona flcioltho gjjjy&tamlncr “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” - . - . ■ ■■■ 1 ■■■ ■ ■ '"■ I'-—"” " ' VOLUME 16 A Civilian Again ERVEN NELSON Erven Nelson, F 1 c, is home on 30-day leave to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Nelson, after service in the South Pacific, during which he participated in the battles of Iwo Jims and Okinawa. Nelson entered service July 19. 1944, and went overseas four months later. He has been awarded the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with 't two campaign stars, the Philip pine Liberation ribbon, and the Victory Medal. At the conclu sion of his leave he will report to San Diego, California, for his discharge. Town Os Coolidge Shows Collections Totaling $9,962.18 j Treasury Has $5,475.94 Aft ter Slightly More Than Three Months Operation With All Bills Paid Since the selection of a city clerk ' and c hies of |n>lit e early in Novem- ' her revenues of the town of Coo-; lidge have approached the SIO,OOO j mark at voiding to figures released this week by city clerk A. D. Tyler, j largest single revenue Item con- ; sists of fine* from 296 cases heard ( by city clerk Tyler In his capacity j as ex-officio police magistrate. This : sum amounted to $3,269 as of Feb ruary 15th. Second greatest single revenue j item was the collection of liquor j taxes amounting to $3,106 25 paid into the city treasury' by bar oper- j ators, restaurants and package’ dealers. This item repres-nts total revenue for 1916 from these sources. Occupational taxes collected from merchants and business interests of the city together with peddler's licenses amount to $2,022.06 for the first quarter of this year and rep resents payments from 204 differ ent firms within the town. Coolidge has received but one check from the state of Arizona for its share of the state sales tax collection amounting to $1,564.87 from January receipts for business done dining December, 1945 ! Checks ranging upward from } are expected from the state each month during the year. Total receipts of the city from all sources was $9.962.18 just a tew dollars short of the SIO,OOO figure. While the city was collecting this i sot.i which is far in excess of an estimate of revenues made by pro ponents of incorporation town ex- j penses amounted to but $1,486.24 • or $5,475.94 less than the income. largest single item of city ex pense to date is the operation of the police department and salaries of police officers which accounted for $2,119.34 while other expanse items include $83.34 for general office expense and salary of the city clerk: $491.44 paid to the fed eral government for taking the census which showed Coolidge to be a town of 3.300 population and which was necessary if the city was to share in the state sales tax col ' lection: $436.33 for publication of ( city ordinances: $286.59 for light. ■ heat, phone, rent and bookkeeping , and $85.00 for bonds. 1 . . __ ° , High School Play , “The Adorable Age” i To Be Given Feb. 28 i r A thre f -act comedy “The Ador i able Age” will be presented by the r Coolidge high school student body - at the high school auditorium on ? Thursday evening, February 2S at 8 o’clock. t Cast of the gay comedy includes ? Betty Ruth Moody. Frank Mauldin, r Patsy Johnson. Bess Massan, Rose mary Davison. Tom Adame, Nel - son Gammon, Barbara Spooner and ■ John Mathew s. The production will f be directed by Mrs. Elizabeth Knape. COOUDGE, PINAL, C(jUNTY, ARIZONA, I’UIDAV. FEBRUARY 22, HUG / ylll^ His Kind of Reason Must Still Prevail George Washington was more than a brilliant military strategist. He was blessed with all the qualities of leadership, including a deep under standing of the needs of all the people: and justly deserved the high office of President of the United States. In its birth this nation’s history was fraught with many problems on which its entire future rested. And in the present time the concerns of the nation are concerns of the world for all time to come. 1,-et us look to the sound judgment of George Washington, and be capable of his kind of reasoning to guide us out of all national and global difficulties. Asa Gardner To Be Candidate For Constable Asa Gardner, veteran Pinal county j peace officer, this week announced ! he would be a candidate for the office of constable of justice pre cinct number 8 which includes the •wo Coolidge voting precincts. Gardner’s announcement comes simultaneous with an announce ment by the Incumbent constable, K. K. Stringer, that he would not be a candidate to succeed himself. Asa Gardner came to Coolidge from Florence in 1928 and was the first deputy sheriff assigned to Coolidge after its founding and was chief deputy in this city for 12 years. For the past 22 years Gardner ! has been a peace officer in Pina! | county ranging from guard at the state penitentiary to assistant war ; den of that institution and during j the war he has served as a special officer for the Southern Pacific railroad. Gardner owns his home in Coo lidge where he has resided con • tinuously with his family since coining to Coolidge. OPA Officials Decide To Continue County Office In Operation After a price administration meeting in the Presbyterian church at Florence Monday night it v,as decided by county OPA officials to continue Pinal County Price Ad | ministration office in operation. ‘State officials who addressed the meeting included C. W. Pensinger, Arizona price executive officer: Pete Lowry, in charge of publicity and public relations; E. D. New comer, price board executive, and J. A. Hogle, price board field man. of Phoenix. Louis Fiscel of Florence presided at the meeting. The visiting officials stated the continued need of price control, pointing out the fact that such control was to the advantage of the average man. Ninety per cent of OPA work is done by volunteer labor, it was stated, reducing the mainta’nence cost of the program to a minimum. After considering the facts laid before them, it was decided by county price administration officers to continue Pinal county office in operation. Approximately 50 mer chants, businessmen from through out the county were present. At the conclusion of the meeting , refreshments were served. First All Indian Post In Arizona Receives Charter At Sacaton Sunday Kenyon Harris, District Commander, Installs Bert Williams Commander In Colorful Ceremonies. Dignitaries Present From Seven Legion Po3ts. Haskell Osife Antone Post No. 51, ] K of the 20th Infantry. first all Indian Lee lon post In Ari zona. was chartered by the Arizona , department of the American legion in colorful ceremonies held at the base of Matthew B. Juan monument at Sacaton Sunday. Originally named Pima Post, the name was changed to Haskell Osife Antone Post in commemoration of the r» ■” ~ ~~ ’"" ~"’ T ~ '* - , 4 . >'.»w 'XFf ~ HASKELL OSIFE ANTONE first Indian of the district to be i killed in World War 11. Antone was born at Bla< kwatei May 29, 1908, and received his education at Sacaton and Phoenix Indian schools. He was employed bv the late Scott Prouty on his dairy ranch southeast of Coolidge for seven years before he entered service in 1942. Antone gave his life for his country March 17, 1944, in the South Pacific. The monument at the foot of which the new post received its charter was erected in memory of the Indian hero of World War I, the first Arizonan killed in action, May 28, 1918, in the battle of Cantingv. Mathew B. Juan was a member of Company • Major and Mrs. Robert Dillon were guests at the home of his uncle, Ed Stringer, on Monday while en route from Bakersfield, California, to Dayton, Ohio. The men had not seen each other for 15 years. Adding color to the ceremony, members of Luke-Greenway Post from Phoenix took their drum and bugle corps along to provide music for the large gathering of veterans arid their families from all parts of the Gila River Reservation and many others who participated in the ceremony. After presentation of the charter new officers were installed in a ceremony conducted by Kenyon Harris, district commander. He was assisted by officers of William David Hood Post of Coolidgp. Color bearers were Jimmy Urton and Le roy Shoemaker. Officers of the new post are: Bert Williams, commander; Felix Manuel, Ist vice commander; Edi son Antone, 2nd vice commander; Dallas Rhodes, adjutant; Eugene Johnson, chaplain; Hubert Perkins, historian; Jerald Juan, service of ficer. and Sam Ellis, sergeant at arms. , A charter member of the post, but carefully avoiding any fanfare in the ceremony was Ira Hayes, marine private first class and one of the survivors of the famous group photographed raising the American flag on Mount Surabachu, iwo Jima. Bert Williams, stood alone be fore Ray Pro< § now, state depart- I ment commander, to receive the ( barter in the historical ceremonies of Haskell Osife Antone Post. Wil liams responded to the presenta tion with a brief talk, accepting the charter and commandership of the post. The ceremony was climaxed with a talk by Howard J. Pyle, well known radio commentator, who told the Indian families of the places he visited in the Pacific where their sons and brothers fought and where many of them died. All post members and Legion aires were guests at a dinner serv ed in Sacaton Indian ‘School din ing room after the ceremonies. The new Indian Post was host. A. E. Robbinson, superintendent of the Indian agency, Sacaton, made an address of welcome to visitors in the name of the new post. Visiting posts included Coolidge, Casa Grande, Florence, Chandler, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Luke-Green ft-ay, Phoenix. NUMBER 51 Wyly Parsons To Seek Post Os County Assessor m Wylv Par on, 1 ns: time I*in:tl county resident and recently area supervisor for the 14r. farm and ranch census, this we k announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for county assessor of Pinal county. Horn in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1891 Parsons was district court clerk in Roswell and clerk of the > U. S. District Court in Santa Fe 1 before coming to Pinal County in 1 1919 where he located in Superior 1 where he was in business for him- ! self for a number of years and was ! also with the purchasing depart ment of Magma Copper Company. Moving to Florence in 19.11 Par- 1 sons became deputy clerk of the ' superior court and court reporter ' leaving that post to go to Wash- ' ington as secretary to Senator Er nest McFarland. In 1944 he returned to the west 1 as area supervisor for the farm and ranch census. During his entire four years in ' Washington Parsons maintained his home in Florence, was an ar dent booster for his adopted state and Pinal county even to the extent 1 of maintaining Pinal county regis tration of his automobile. Reach Agreement On Water Route Project Would Include A Canal From Salt River To Point Near Florence A supplemental water supply for the Casa Grande Valley was a step nearer iealization this week with the announcement that an agree ment has been reached on a proj ect which would bring water from the Colorado River to Central Ari zona. Included in the multi-million dollar project is a canal from Stewart Mountain Dam on the Salt River to a point on the Gila River near Florence. This water would supplement the water supply of the Gila in the Casa Grande valley, and would run to the neighborhood of the Picaoho reservoir. The project provides for such ap purtenant dam? and works as may be necessary for the successful operation of the undertaking, and calls for exchanges of water to insure an adequate supplemental supply to lands presently Irrigated from the Gila river below a point immediately above the Virdin val ley in New Mexico and from the tributaries of the Gila river above Gillespie Dam. The program also includes con struction of complete plants and in cidental structures suitable for the fullest economic development of electrical energy from such works. The waterway from the Colorado river to Central Arizona would or iginate at the Bridge Canyon Dam, revising previous plans by increas ing the height of the dam 100 feet to 740 feet above bedrock. This change will shorten the length of tunnel required, previously esti mated at 78Va miles; provide a 100- foot power drop at the tunnel out let, and deliver water by gravity into the proposed McDowell reser voir at Granite Reef, on the Salt River, where another 100-foot drop will be utilized. o Coolidge Wallops Weakened Cougars The Coolidge high school Bears wound up tnelr pre-tournament cage schedule Friday evening, wal loping Casa Grande 42-21. The Cou gars, handicapped by the absence of three first string players, were no match for the Bruins, who by virtue, of winning their last six games have regained their posi tion among the East Central dis trict leaders. * Roland Freeland topped the Coo lidge scoring with 14 points, fol lowed by Mack McEuen with nine. The Coolidge junior varsity edged the Casa Grande juniors 32-29 to make it a double win. Charles Freeland, Coolidge, was high scorei* with 12 points. This week-end the Bears are playing in the conference tourna ment at Tempe on the Arizona State College floor. Winners for the last two years, Coach Glenn Wilson’s squad will be gunning for one of the three coveted places in the state tournament from this dis trict. The Bears were scheduled to meet Gilbert in their first game Thursday afternoon. o W. Coolidge Water Users Meet Sunday The annual meeting of the West Coolidge Water Users’ Association will be held at ten o’clock Sunday morning, February 24 on the va cant lot west of Dr. Campbell’s resi dence. All members are urged to attend. Law Enforcement Officers Meet In Annual Session County Attorney And Sher iff Hosts To Peace Offi cers Os Pinal County And Guests Friday At the law enforcement confer ence arranged by County Attorney Ronald Ellis and Sheriff James Herron, at the court house in Flor ence. Friday, 125 persons exehang (l views and listened to prominent Arizonans speak of enforcement problems. Seven of Arizona’s fourteen sher 'ft’s and five of the state’s county attorneys as well as state officials and Pinal county peace officers were among those who heard five men discuss various aspects of law enforcement. Justice of the Supreme Court, Joseph Morgan, headed the-pro gram. He spoke of the supreme court and its relation to law en forcement. Other out of county speakers were Maricopa’s county sheriff, E. W. Roach and Highway Patrol Superintendent Horace Moore. Roach counselled peace of ficers to take complete notes dur ing an investigation. The material, he said, would be of great value to the officer when called as a witness. Moore emphasized the importance of co-operation between sheriff's officers and the highway patrol. Judge W. C. Truman of Pinal county superior court discussed the intelligent handling of juveniles by law enforcement officers and judge. Tom Fulbright, Florence attorney, concluded the day’s program by telling, what not to do to co-operate with enforcement officials. T. G. Morton, justice of the peace from the Ray-Sonora district high lighted the impromptu remarks of Final county justices by his belief that "in spite of everything the world is a better place to live in than it was forty years ago”. Guests at the conference were served steaks at an outdoor grille on the Florence Parada grounds by Sher iff Herron. Florence town marshal, Charles A. Whitlow, and state pri son superintendent A. G. Walker. In attendance at the conference as special guests were B. P. Lynch of the Arizona Republic and Ga zette and Charlie Morgan publisher of the State Sheriff magazine. o Womans Business Group Organizes Business And Professional Womens Club Being Or ganized Here. Dr. Josie M. Trinkle, State Presi dent, Attends Organiza tion Luncheon Tuesday Dr. Josie M. Trinkle of Tucson, state president of Arizona Federa tion of Business and Professional Women, addressed a group of 25 Coolidge business women at a luncheon, in Community Presby terian church recreation hall Tues day noon. Dr. Trinkle was here for the purpose of assisting the Coo lidge group to organize a Business and Professional Womens Club here, which will be the first in Arizona to be organized since the war, she said. % During the meeting Dr. Trinkle appointed a temporary chairman and secretary and nominating and by laws committees. Those who will serve until officers are elected are: Miss Ruth Miller, secretary; Mrs. Katherine Hupfel, chairman pro-tem; Mrs. Ruby Elliott, chair man of the nominating committee, Mrs. Sophie Cohen and Miss Evelyn Troutt, members; Mrs. Dee Valazza, chairman of the by-laws committee, Mrs. R. W. Chadborn and Mrs. Sy bil Gammage, members. Those who signed as charter members of the Business and Pro fessional Womens Club of Coo lidge were: Mrs. Kathleen Mer rill, building principal of Coolidge south school; Mrs. Theodora Smith, co-owner guest inn; Mrs. Sarah Arnold, office clerk, company; Mrs. Sybil Gammage, principal Coolidge elementary schools; Mrs. Sophie Cohen, co-owner depart ment store; Mrs. Lillian Lacey, hotel manager; Mrs. Viola Loucks, home economics instructor; Mrs. Nadine Lanier, instructor physical education, high school; Mrs. Nell Mirkin, co-owner department store; Mrs. Virginia Bollin, saleswoman, Mrs. Hope Taylor, secretary; Mrs. Sue Steward, school nurse; Mrs. Dee Valazza, co-owner frozen food bank; Mrs. Sally 'Stringer, book keeper; Mrs. H. A. Unger, regis tered nurse; Mrs. Ruby Elliott, former home economics teacher, now housewife; Mrs. Blanche Ap pel, saleswoman; Mrs. Katherine Hupfel, newspaper reporter; Miss Horten se McCray, elementary school teacher; Miss Evelyn Troutt, bank teller; Miss Ruth Miller, in structor of commercial education and Miss Gloria Appel, cashier, gas company. The club’s next meeting will be called in the near future. Dr. Trinkles’ house guest, Miss Ger trude Cattrel of Michigan, accom panied the doctor on her Coolidge visit. o #Jeannie Reynolds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Reynolds, has been seriously ill for the past ten days. She is reported to be im proving.