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Ncte Beck NOT BEING IN THE mood to hold forth on anythin* of a serious nature this w«*ek fa feel ing being, perhaps, because of tak ing part in the Rotary show last night I this column will be some what on the lighter aide this week WITHIN THE past two months our attention has been called to what one friend calls "Indiscriminate scratching " He is an objector by nature and feels that scratching should be done only in the tfhvacy of ones bedroom To this we don't agree and. appar I ently. a great many others also do j not agree A COUPLE OF months ago we saw the champion scratch»r of 'em all. And he must hare been the itchiest, too He scratched so much as he stood be fore a large audience *hat he had every person In the hall wanting to scratch Quite a few of us did. too. LIKE THE WEATHER few of us think anything about It. But Just to prove the acratcher has ' been defended by experts we quote herewith Mr Edgar Guest who. you must agree, thinks its okay to scratch If you're itchey ... Mr. Guest TABOO TO BOOT Ore bliss for which There is no match Is when you Itch To up and scratch Yet doctors and dowagers depre cate scratching. Society ranks It with spitting and snatching. And medical circles consistently hold That scratching's as wicked as feeding a cold. Hell's flame burns unquenched 'neath how many a stocking On account of to scratch In a salon is shocking! Avid ankles deprived of the finger nail's kiss For fear of a dermatological hiss! 'Neath tile or thatch That man is rich Who has a scratch For every Itch. Ho. squirmers and writhers. how long will ye suffer The medical tyrant, the social re buffer* On the edge of the door let our shoulderblades rub, Let the drawing room now be as free m the tub: Let us scratch in the presence of multitudes medical And if they object, let us call them unedical! So the ogres of ivy and ringworm and allergies We’ll scratch to the stature of ab ject apologies! I’m greatly attached To Barbara Frietchie. I bet she scratched When she was Itchy. o Domestic Well Users In County Urged To Have Water Tested All users of domestic wells In Final county who have not had their wella tested for fluorine con tent are urged by officials of Pinal County Pa rent-Teachers to do so by the end of March. Bottles con taining samples of the water should be labeled with the name of the well owner, location of the well, and taken to the office of A. L Bartlett .Coolidge. from where they will be sent to the University of Arizona for a free test, according to Mrs. Glenn Carter, president of Pinal County PTA. Dr. Howard B Smith of the Uni versity of Arizona, will hold an open meeting In the auditorium of Coolidge high school Thursday April 11. at 8 p. m.. when he will present a film showing the dangers of drinking and cooking with water containing excess fluorine, which causes mottled and crumbling teeth in children and is also bad for adult teeth. Mrs. Carter said. There will also be a musical pro gram and election of officers at this meeting o Call Sent Out For Baseball Players For Town Team All baseball players of Coolidge who are interested in organizing a team to play In the Central Arizona league are invited to attend a meet ing at the high school auditorium at S o’clock Sunday afternoon. Coolidge diamond enthusiasts feel that there are enough experi enced players in this area to make up a good team if they will turn out A practice session is planned for Sunday afternoon if a suffi cient number are present Since the team will be a com munity undertaking all non-playing baseball fans are also urged to at tend the meeting. A Central Arizona league was in operation some 15 years ago In which teams from this area were represented and It is felt that there is plenty of Interest in these parts to r® TlT * fk® circuit (Eb 0 1 1 ft ij tixitt 1t VOLUME 17 County Officers Probe Superior Slaying Mystery Bullet-Riddled Body of Ex- Sailor Found Near High way Saturday by Highway Patrolman Pinal county officers are attempt ing to solve the mystery surround ing the slaving of an ex-sailor whose bullet-riddled body was found Saturday east of Superior. The body was discovered by Floyd Clsney, Holbrook highway patrolman, who stopped to investi gate a < ar with a California license which had been reported parked for several days near the highway on Oak Flats five miles from Supe rior. Clsney was en route from Phoenix to Holbrook at the time The slain man was identified as Ivan W. Metzger, .33. of Estam ia. N. Mexico and Pasadena. Cali fornia. He had been released from the navy on October 2° A former New Mexico cowboy. Metzger had left Pasadena, where he had been living with a half-brother and a sister, for Estancia early Monday morning. He was driving a 1 f*4l Ford sedan and was unaccom panied. Metzger, who had been shot eight times through the head, ap parently killed while he slept. The body was still in a sleeping bag when found and rock had been piled over the murdered man’s head Though county attorney Ronald J Ellis indicated that robbery is the only apparent motive for the crime six hundred dollars concealed In the victim s clothing, was overlook ed by the murderer. County Attorney Ellis, Coroner George Clay of Superior and Un dersheriff Travis Wall went to the scene of the crime immediately up on receiving Clsney’s report. A suspect whose name has not been divulged, was pi> ked up In Holbrook by Clsney and brought to Pinal county by Ellis and Wall Monday. He la being held for questioning. A. H. Mackenzie To Seek Election As Representative Albert H Mackenzie. Prescott at torney and Democrat, this week an nounced his candidacy for Repre sentative In congress. The fitting character of Mr Mac kenzie’s candidacy for the congres sional post at this period arises from the fact that it has been bis opportunity to have studied, travel ed, worked or served overseas in more than a score of different for eign countries during a total span of six years. Mackenzie, who is <7 years old. has served in both World Wars I and 11. In the first, as a pilot in the aviation section of the U. S Army; in the second, in the U. S. Navy, from which he was dis charged in 1943 on a medical sur vey. Thereafter, and by reason of ex tended ztudy of the Japanese war industries, he was appointed an In telligence officer of the Far East ern Enemy Division of FKA and served some 20 months overseas in India. Burma. China and Japan. o Cooperation Asked As Limited Garbage Collections Begin Town officials are asking the co operation of Coolidge residents in a limited garbage pickup schedule starting this week While funds are not available to start a regular garbage collection system at this time, the town council has hired a man with a truck who will make the rounds as often as his time permits. In order that these rounds may be made as quickly as possible resi dents are asked to leave only wet garbage out for pick-up and to place this in small containers. If a large amount is to be left it is requested that it be placed in a number of small substantial con tainers rather than one large one. o Traffic Violator* Fined In Courts Fines and sentences were meted out In city court this week to the following: Frank J. Jacobson. Chi cago. speeding, sls Mark Jones Coolidge. driving without license. $10; Leo Bird. Coolidge. reckless driving. $7.50; Morton H. Harris, Shafer Heights. Ohio, speeding. sls and Charles A. Buchert, Los An geles. speeding. $lO. In justice of peace court William O. Moore, Coolidge. was fined S3O for reckless driving; Rafael Miguel. Coolidge. paid S3O on a reckless driving charge and Vincent Black water. Coolidge. was sentenced to 30 days for drunken driving. •IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE. PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA. FRIDAY, MARCH 22, i«) 46 Doctor Reminisces Os Horse And Buggy Days After 50 Years Medical Practice — From the days of the horse and buggy to the present era of speed covers a wide experience in any man s life, but If the man happens • • " /*£gg|BH§re& WILLIAM JACKSON to be a doctor the years will be tilled with a richness of experience seldom crowded into the span of a single lifetime. Dr William Jackson has recently completed 5o years of medicine. His practice began in 1H96 in the little town of Tom Bean. Texas, not far from Sherman. “And it began on horseback, with medicine hags swung from the saddle,’’ said the doctor. It was Impossible to use a buggy over those country roads in bad weather, because of the thick black mud. The horse and buggy was a luxury for good weather and town. "I'll never forget that time cross lng Mill Cre* k bridge In the win ter.’’ the doctor chuckled. *‘M> horse started to skid on the snow atjd Ice like an automobile. It was a big drop to the bottom of the creek and I was already cold with out adding a zero temperature bath ... I did some powerful saw ing on the reins and managed to get old Jenny back on the road before she slid off that bridge.*’ After that, the doctor had bis horses shod with spikes and the going was safer. One of eight sons. William Jack son was brought to America when three years old from Tyrone, Ire land. by parents who hoped to give their sons a better start in life than they could have had in the old country. Misfortune beset the fam ily when the father died and their home burned down. Despite this young Will put himself through tho University of Tennessee and medi cal school. Then, with a handle-bar mustache and a medical kit, he be gan practice in Tom Bean. “I never refused to go on a call,” reminisced the doctor. “Pretty rough sometimes, but if I could make it. I got there.’ 'Sometimes it was to bring a new life into the world, or it might be that an iinme ★ —7 -■ Spring Slips In Wednesday Night Although It may have escaped the attention of many Coolidge residents the season when a young man's fancy supposedly starts to turn arrived quietly Wednesday night. At exactly 10:33 of that evening Spring occurred in Ari zona. or as the scientists would say, the sun at the equator was straight overhead at noon and rose and set directly in the east and west .respectively. However you put it Spring is here, and will be with us until June 21 when Summer takes over. o Farm Bureau Seeks Amendment Support Members of the Pinal County Farm Bureau this week received questionnaires asking for their opinions on a proposed constitu tional amendment which would as sure non-members of labor organi zations the right to employment. If enough support is received the amendment w-ill be placed on the ballot at the fall election. o Rev. Noakes Leaving The Reverend R. A. Noakes and family will leave Monday for De catur. Illinois, to make their home. Rev. Noakes has been pastor of the Church of the Nazarene here for the past year. District superintendent M. L. Mann of Phoenix will be here Wednesday to confer with church i officials concerning the appoint ment of a new pastor. diate operation was necessary. If there was time, the patient was taken to the hospital at 'Sherman, "where things were up-to-date for those days." if not. the operation was done at home. Always it was the fight against death. Tic re wore times when the doc tor's own life weighed in the scales, bin he was too busy to think of this. It was his wife who followed him out doors w’th tiie forgotten muffler, who took care to tuck a pair of dry socks in the saddle hags, and who had warm milk, or coffee, waiting when he cot home. Often, her vigils were as filled with anxiety as those who called , the donor out. There was the time of “the big form” when the inhabitants of Tom B«»an w.hirh is located 300 miles inland, were taken unaware in the path of the monstrous storm that swept most of Galveston away. The doctor was on a call 10 miles out In the country when the wind began rising and the sky darkened Mrs. Jackson watched the weather worriedly and hoped the doctor would get back before the down pour. He had taken the buggy and. as usual, had left his raincoat and overshoes at home. As the wind bore down on the little town with Increasing velocity it became apparent that this would be no ordinary storm. The sky was . menacing and the storm shrieked destruction. Mrs. Jackson began walking the floor as she repeated, over and over, a silent prayer. “I,et him get home—-oh, let him get home.'* After a long time their new party-line telephone rang. “Mrs Jftcksonf* “Yea.” "The doctor Just passed, and he's all right.” . , . From each house he passed after that, those rails came In, while the wind roared and rac ed Many times, his buggy was lifted from the ground and driven hard against the withers of the sturdy, big horse that kept the trio anchored. When Mrs Jackson saw them rounding the corner she gave a great sigh of relief. ... “I did more flying home, than driving.” the doctor told her. * It’s « 4«sl thing old Jenny is big—never thought I'd be using her for a paper weight.” The Jacksons reared their family in Tom Bean, then moved to Green ville, Texas, where the doctor had business interests besides his medi cal practice. At last his tired body protested and be was forced to give up his medical practice because of ill health. In 1927 they moved to Coolidge. when a gin and general store comprised the town. Dr. Jack son took over management of the gin and built the Ice plant here. He saw a great future for this part of Arizona, where he became inter ested in real estate. In 1936. when his real estate in terests ceased to occupy his time and his health permitted, I)r. Jack son again turned to medicine. Inir ing his fifty years of practice I)r. Jackson has seen great strides in the* medical world, to which one of his contributions was a successful treatment for pelagra. Presbyterians Raise SIO,OOO Toward Their Building Fund Approximately SIO,OOO has been raised in the Community Presbyterian church building cam paign. This is two-thirds of the goal and the balance is expected to be solicited and pledged during this last week of the active campaign, according to F. A. Crosby, cam paign manager. “Our plans for an adequate, me morial church and educational building will be realized, if the workers continue the loyal and energetic campaigning of the past during the final week," stated the Rev. Joseph Kamphuis, pastor of the church. He further stated that there will be a lot of work to be done after Mr. Crosby leaves, but he has confidence that the people ' can carry' on to a successful con clusion. In the first minutes of the or ganized church in Coolidge a build ing committee was appointed. Through the years a continual ef fort has been made toward a new building, out of which came the basement and foundations on which this building will be erected. As , soon as building materials are re leased, the dream of the years will |be realized. In the meantime the i work of religious, moral, and social ■ development of the people, espe • ciallv the young people, of Coo -5 lidge, is continuing in the present ' quarters. “I am very pleased w-itb the steps that are being taken in the Sunday School and youth ? groups toward more effective work, i and very appreciative of the leader - ship so generously donated by our people,” said Rev. Kamphuis. City Registration Begins Wednesday Ballots In Town’s First Elec tion To Be Cast For Seven Councilmen Registration for Coolidge's first election will begin next Wednes day. according to A. I>. Tyler, town clerk It will be necessary under ’he law for every person who wishes to vot * In the election, to be held Monday, May 27. to register and those who fail to do so will he ineligible to cast their ballots. Seven councilmen a"e to be selected by a vote of the qualified I 1 ctors. and following the elec tion tho councilmen will choose one of their number to serve as mayor. Any person who is qualified to register and vote in county elec tions and who has lived in the own of Coolidge for six months prior to the date of election, may register. The registration books will be open until May 16 and hours ;.»r registration are from 9 a. in. to 5 p. □>. at the clerk s office. Aspirants for the council posts must submit a petition signed by one per cent of the qualified voters ! of the town in order that their | names be placed on the ballots. No | person Is allowed to sign more petitions that the number of offices to be filled. o Rotarians And Ladies See Play Os Gay Nineties There really wasn't a pink ele phant In sight hut Rotarians and their ladies and guests were ex pecting them momentarily Wednes day night They were ready for most anything at their ladies night party after several prominent mem bers appeared dressed In scanties and bras and the minister member of the club took on something scandalous with a sheik of the the high school faculty. Cast of an impromptu rendition of the gay nineties ‘'Crimes Does Not Pay” Included A. L. <Horseyt Nowell. I (Dizzy) Shoore, the Rev. (Carloria) Kamphuis, Olen (Slinkeyi Wilson. Dr. T. J. (Mealey) O'Neil. M L. (Mutton) c i i Tootv i Moody, H. H. (Birdvi Wrenn ami C. E. (Murphy) O'Cohen. Mrs. R. W. Taylor. Mrs. Opal Moody and Mrs. Glenn Wilson to gether with I Shoore were direc tors ant! generally responsible for 1 the play. During dinner the newly elected ' i president of the club. Clark J. ' ! Wells who takes office July Ist, was introduced. Herb Unger was l reelected secretary and Larry Bell was chosen treasurer. . j t Frank Williams, Casa Grande, To Seek County Post Frank Williams. Casa Grande I farmer and cattleman announced his candidacy Tuesday for the office of Pinal county supervisor at the forthcoming Democratic primary election. A native of Texas, Wil liams came to Pinal county from Amarillo in 1928 and purchased a ranch 5 miles southeast of Casa Grande where he has since main j tained tesidence. He was for a number of years general superintendent of the Bent Concrete Pipe Co., in Amarillo be fore coming to Arizona where he * supervised construction of the Gila ' Bend-Casa Grande highway. In re ’ cent years Williams has devoted his efforts to raising cattle and thoroughbred horses. Williams has never held political 1 office and said he is seeking the 1 supervisor post because he feels a 1 responsibility to the county as a t citizen and taxpayer. i o Walker Resigns Temporarily As I Florence Warden A. G. Walker, warden of Arizona State Penitentiary at Florence, has - turned in a temporary resignation, - it whs announced this week. Walker, in tendering the resigna tion stated that he intended to v take a complete rest for a period e of five or six months for the bene ii fit of his health. s He announced that during this - period, Lonnie Walters, assistant 1 prison superintendent .will become e warden. Under the arrangement, .1 by which Walker will return to - the warden’s post as soon as his - health shall have improved suffi t eiently, Walters will be able to h draw the full warden’s pay. n Walker has served nine years as h warden at the Florence prison and during that time has established an - enviable record in reducing escapes r and maintaining smooth order in the institution’s affairs. NUMBER 3 Langford Takes Over The Signal Service Station Gordon .recently dis charged from the navy, has taken over management of the Signal Service Station on Arizona Boule vard from its former manager, Bill I/*‘e. and i now operating the busi ness as Langford’s Signal Service e i As&jgi 'mMdC.'f GORDON LANGFORD Station. Mrs. Langford, the former Evelyn Edelen of Los Angeles, is assisting her husband in the office. Langford, who served as fireman second class at the time of his dis charge, joined the navy in Novem ber of 1041, and was at Pearl Har bor at the time of the sneak attack. He has been awarded the American Defense ribbon with one campaign star, Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with three campaign stars, American Theater ribbon, European Theater ribbon, and Victory Medal. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lang ford and has been a Coolidge resi dent for many years. —o Soil Conservation Hearing Slated For March 27th A meeting has been called by O. 0. William. Ariaona state soil con servation commissioner, for a hear ing on the proposed Stanfield Soil Conservation District, to he held Wednesday night at eight o’clock, March 27, in the city hall at Casa Grande. This action is the result of a petition, signed by the farmers of the Stanfield district, that a soil conservation district be formed is their area. Both Williams and Lynn Anderson, assistant state soil conservation commissioner, are ex pected to be at the hearing. It is hoped 'by those in charge that all farmers of the area, or interested land owners of adjacent land, will be present at the hearing and that a date for the referendum and elec tion of district supervisors for the district can he set at that time. Interest in the possibilities of the district as an aid in the flood con trol problem facing the local own ers. as well as individual farm con servation practices is growing. This interest has resulted in the nomina tion of five men for a three mem ber board of supervisors of tlie pro posed district. Nominees are: Allen Rodgers, El wood Smith, Newton Cooper, “Rex Anderson and Lynn Morrill. o Chas. H. Treadway Is Candidate For Justice Os Peace Charles H. Treadway this week announced his candidacy for the office of Justice of the Peace of Justice Precinct No. 8 which in cludes the two Coolidge voting pre cincts. Treadway has been a resident of Coolidge for the past 15 years and during the war years has been op erating engineer of Florence Pri soner of War Camp at Florence while continuing to reside in Coo lidge. Bears Drop 10-1 Decision To Mesa The Coolidge Bears baseball nine played their first game of the sea son Tuesday and were definitely out of the groove. They took a 10 to 1 drubbing from the Mesa Jack rabbits. Handicapped by only four days of practice the Coolidge team rang up more errors than hits and the Rabbits, who collected only six hits, cashed in on the boners. Coolidge twirlers George Acton and Jimmie Davis were erratic, is suing six walks between them. Ac ton, occupying the mound for the first four innings struck out three and w-alked three and Davis fanned five and passed three. Jackson, Mesa hurler, struck out seven and walked none. Jack Pret zer and Acton shared the catching chores for the Bears. Plans For Federal Housing Project Are Abandoned Survey Finds Few Homeless Veterans In Coolidge. More Dwellings To Be Available f onvineed that the acute house shortage which has faced returned Coolidge ex-servicemen during the past few months has greatly im proved, the town council decided this week to abandon plans for a projected federal housing enter prise. A survey last week, in which American Legion officials and others acquainted with local hous ing problems were questioned, in dicated that few, if any, Coolidge veterans are homeless. Two months ago. when the council ordered its first survey of the dwelling short age, it was estimated that 54 ex servicemen, many of them with am lies, were unable to find a dace to live. Last week’s canvass of Coolidge veta shows that virtually all of the >4 have found homes or apart ments. This, combined with the fact that as many as 20 new apart ments are expected to become available within the next CO days, convinced the council that it would I e unwise to undertake the ex pense of installing a housing proj ect in which most of the units would probably go begging. Following their vote to cancel the project a wire was sent Tues day notifying the federal public housing authority that the emer gency units were no longer needed, and the town is seeking to termin ate a lease on property located on Wilson avenue, originally selected as the site for the project. The project originally called for the installation of 20 units. Besides securing the land the town was to have provided sewage facilities, manage the units, and tear down and dispose of the buildings, foun dations, etc., when the units were no longer needed. More Than 2,000 Pinal Servicemen Get Discharges Approximately two-thirds of Pi nal county’s inducted servicemen have received their discharges, and by late summer it Is estimated that practically all of them, except those who have re-enlisted, will be home. According to B. F. Thum, clerk of the county selective service hoard, 2,129 members of the armed forces from this county had re ported to the board up to last Fri day. The county’s total servicemen numbered at the peak close to 4,- 000, Thum estimates, of which 3,- 262 were inducted. The remaining 700 enlisted prior to registration. o Air Corps Caravan To Visit Coolidge On Wednesday Residents of Coolidge will get an opportunity to get acquainted with the Air Corps Wednesday when Williams Field’s “Yellow Caravan” arrives in town to give an elabor ate demonstration of aerial might. Topping the day’s program will be a pyrotechnic display, to be set off from a lot on Main street just south of Central avenue. Some of the exhibits which will be shown include a cut-away engine from an A-20 “Havoc,” a complete air corps arsenal, Including a 37 mm. cannon, a 50 cal. machine gun and some of the corps' newest rockets. Also on display will be a com plete “survival” kit, one of the new “Gibson Girl” radios, an instrument panel, hydraulic system, a fuel and transmitter system from a B-24 “Liberator,” and a K-14 automatic computing gun sight, used in fight er aircraft and only recently re leased for public display. Accompanying the caravan will be a large and fully-trained group of personnel to demonstrate the equipment and answer questions. 0 Hours Set For U. S. Employment Visits Representatives of the United States Employment Service will be in Coolidge on alternate Mondays and Fridays, according to a visiting schedule recently put into effect. On Mondays the consultation hours will be from 9:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. and on Fridays from 9 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. At present meet ings are being held in the Ameri can Legion hall. In Eloy visits are scheduled on alternate Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the justice of peace office. BPW Club Hold* Business Meeting The Business and Professional Womens Club of Coolidge held a business meeting Tuesday noon In the recreation hall of Community church for the purpose of raising funds for the new organization. The contents of “Pandora’s Box,” which was donated to the Coolidge club by members of the Business and' Professional Womens Club of Tuc son, wpre disposed of among mem bers, and brought a gratifying In crease to the treasury. Mrs. Dee Valazza, president, presided. The club’s next meeting will be Tuesday, April 2, at noon.