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Note Cock COOLIDOE, SO K«*n«rou* tn the w»r year*. is fail ing miserably in support of the American Red Cross drive for funds now that peace has come to the land Our people seem to have for gotten that the Hed Cross rets no funds from the federal treasury Hither that or we are facing an appalling indifference to the work of this great, humanitarian organi sation . COOLIOGE WAS GIVEN a quota of 12.500 Far below war time amounts. Yet we have con tributed but 11,000 with but a few days left in which to raise the funds so badly needed with which to carry on the work of the Red Cross. THE RED CROSS is the agency which goes to the aid of veterans and their families And there Is hardly a family which, at one time or another, does not request aid for themselves or for friends, from the Red Cross. The Red Cross serves in peace as In war Let us not forget the great work of the Red Cross. Let us be generous today. In peace, as In war. MAYBE SOMETHING is going to be done about the army caste system after all. General Doolittle beads a board to get the job done and already some changes have been ordered. First major change is the recent order that officers and men shall, after mid 194 k. wear uniforms made of the same material and cut along iden tical line*. OISCRIMINITORY signs reading ."Officers Only'* are disaappeartng throughout occupied areas and more changes are com ing. And Its about time. All former servicemen with an ounce of dis cernment reallxe there must be discipline and unquestioned obe dience In the military but mighty few enlisted men believe a soldier, Just because he happens to be an officer, should be entitled to pur chase luxuries denied enlisted men. WE LIVE IN A democratic country and we have every right to have a democratic military. We will have It, too. If adequate forces are going to be maintained on a voluntary enlist ment basis. ONE THING. THOUGH, must be remembered and that is that the caste system In the army isn't one half so bad as It Is In the navy where there is even a caste system among the officers them selves. The nary has been a tight, little autocracy throughout Its his tory and Is going to be a tough nut for the democratic thinkers to crack. An awful lot of brass will need to be smelted. * REGISTRATION BOOKS are now open to Coolidge voters Unlike the election In September when incorporation was the issue the coming city election will not be confined to owners of real prop erty. Fiery resident of Coolidge who is eligible to vote in county, state and national elections may register and vote for his choice of councilmen. * AND THERE MAY be quite a list from which to choose. Pre-election rumors indi cate there will be a full ticket in opposition to present members of the council as well as several com pletely Independent candidates. In terest stems from various sources. Livestock owners, many of whom have not removed their stock from the city as yet. are somewhat irked over the prohibition ordinance which became effective mid- March and most of the liquor dealers feel their taxes were 6et too high. But whatever the reasons in terest is sure to be high. And that's a healthy sign. In a democ racy we need never be too much concerned when the people take an active Interest. It is when there is no opposition, no interest that we should become alarmed. WHILE THERE MAY not be too much interest manifest in the state primary this year in dications point to several spirited county contests. So far there are two announced candidates for sher iff and three for justice of the peace In Coolidge which hold a high degree of local Interest- A third contest also promises to be spirited and that is for supervisor of District No. 3 comprising all of the valley area with the exception of the town of Florence where the district line bisects the city. In this contest Bob Denton, present supervisor, is sure to be a candi date to succeed himself although he has not as yet made an an nouncement. Frank Williams of Casa Grande has entered the race and toying with the idea to get in is Attorney C. W. Stokes of Coo lidge who has received a great deal of local encouragement. o Edward and Calvin Grell of Mil lard. Nebraska, arrived here Friday for a visit with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Grell. It is the first time in over a year they have seen their parents. -i • wioenix, Arizona Cool^ci,i^!Statnmcr * “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” »* ■ - —— - VOIJ'MK L7 COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY. AKIZo.NA. }• 1* 11 *A V MARCH 2l». in-Hi NUMBER 1 ; Thieves Gain 575 In Four Robberies : Friday Morning FLASH: Two men, arrested in r Tucson on charges of robbing » the Montgomery Ward store in i that city, are being held for • Questioning in connection with the Coolidge robberies. Be cause of the nature of some of I she loot found in the men's possession, police believe they be the ones sought by Coolidge police. t r f ity and federal officers are on the lookout for several persons, be i lleved Juveniles, who broke into t and robbed four business houses > in downtown Coolidge early Friday morning. Places robbed were the Valley i Hardware. Thompson's Case, the post office and the Coolidge Rxami- ! ! ner A checkup bv Dan Kinser. j ► town marshal, revealed that the i thieves' total haul amounted to ap ■ proximately (75 together with a small amount of merchandise. [ Kntry to Valley Hardware was j * accomplished by breaking a win- I ’ dow in the rear of the store. Kin- | ser said, and about (12 in cash and two electric clocks were taken. At ’ Thompson's Case the thieves forced » a back door to get into the building I ‘Although there was no money left ■ In the cash drawer, a small eon * tainer bark of the counter, con- 1 talning $25 was taken. i The same method was used to gain entry to the post office. After ’ breaking In through a rear door . the thieves made off with $35.35 i which fbey found in a drawer Their next stop was next door, at the Examiner building where they forced a small window off Its hinges, and made off with some i small change, amounting to less than a dollar, which had been left ’ In the cash register, i Peeking clues Friday morning. Kinser and his deputies traced footprints discovered near one of the scenes of entry to a residence i in Hast Coolidge where they picket) ’ up four youthful suspects. The quartet was taken to Florence for , questioning and were subsequently , released when evidence against them was found insufficient. o Veterans To Get Farm Preference Servicemen To Have First Chance To Buy Valley Farms Acreage Veterans will have first chance to buy property, now a part of the Casa Grande Valley Farms, when the 5.000 acre tract of land is put up for sale, it was announced this week. Valley Farms .as the prop erty Is known in this area, is con trolled at the present by the De partment of Agriculture, and has served for a number of years as a rural settlement project. The project comprises a portion of approximately <500.000 acres of federally owned land throughout the United States on which Con gress has decided war veterans shall have preference purchase rights. Representative Murdock, of Ari zona, told the house during con sideration of the legislation that he f?lt the development had been the means of putting some good farmers back on their feet financi ally. but he preferred to Bee it in private ownership. “I happen to know,” he said, “that there are big farmers, cor poration farmers, who would give their eye teeth to get possession of that fine piece of land. This is especially true if they can get it at forced sale. "I am quite anxious that this land shall be disposed of to veter • ans. Let us prevent speculation and save this land for veterans." o Girl Scouts Go On Cook-Out Hike 1 Coolidge Girl Scouts of the fifth J erade troop with their leader. Mrs. ' Charles Reed, and assistant lead s ers, Mrs. Ruby Cleveland and Miss Lena Grey Annls. went to the Gila ? river on a cook out hike Wednes -4 day evening. This type of outing . Is planned for the preparing of a one pot meal. In addition, the scouts prepared a salad and a spe cial scout dessert they call ‘some ” mores’. Approximately 14 girls went on the hike. —o - To Return This Week 1 G. Russell Korhler Is expected home this week from I>os Angeles, where he attended the last rites of - his step mother, who passed away y Wednesday. March 20. Mrs. Koe *. hler will remain in Los Angeles un e til matters have been settled for e her father-in-law', who has not been well. Veteran Announces Candidacy For State Senate Seat Lloyd E. Uanfil. attorney-at-law. who left the state senate to enlist in the navy annoum ed Wednesday that he will be a candidate for that j same position in the Democratic primaries this year Canfil return'd from the United States Navy after having served as first machinist's mate among the enlisted personnel. He saw service in the Pacific area and was last stationed on Okinawa. During his tenure in the Senate. Canfil sponsored the Power Auth ority Bill and it was through his persistent efforts, working in con junction with the various state power districts and irrigation water-pumping farmers, that the bill was finally passed after having been presented In the legislature seven times previously. In 1943 J Canfil authored and sponsored a ! resolution recommending an Inves tigation of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association rates which was passed unanimously by the senate Shortly thereafter the ' Salt River Valley Water Users As sociation voluntarily reduced elec j trie rates to pumpers in Pinal county. Today Canfil stated that Arizona laws must keep pace with the growth of the state. Among needed reforms is an active legislative effort to bring Colorado river water into Pinal county; better salaries for our school teachers, and a com prehensive Ktate plan to aid Ari zona veterans in becoming the owners of some of the state acre ages which will be irrigated by Colorado river water. He practices law at Superior and j lives with his mother. Mrs. Frank Moorman, and his daughter. Aure lia Shirley Canfil. Mrs, Canfil who taught school at Stanfield. Ara vaipa and Superior, all in Pinal county, died following a short ill ness while Mr. Canfil was overseas. „ —o Officials Methodist Church Elected Tuesday Night Board of trustee members were I elected for Coolidge Methodist <'hurch at the annual church meet ing held Tuesday night in the church recreation hall. Each board member holds office for a varying | term, designated at the time of elfction. Melvin Gammage and Ell Ander ; son were re-elected to the board Others elected were: Karl Hick*, s Leonard Spruell, Glenn Carter. Minor Simms, and W. H Higgin ■ botham, replacing his wife. Mrs. Robert Plckernell was j elected church treasurer and com munion steward; C. F. Bartholo mew, lay leader; W. H. Roberts, treasurer of the building fund; Mrs. Warren Steele, recording steward ' and secretary- of the board. The following members were ! elected as regular stewards: Mrs Melvin Gammage. Mrs. A. it. Clark. Mrs. William Higginbotham. Mrs. W. L. Wilkerson, Mrs. W. H. Rob erts. Mrs. Eli Anderson. Mrs. Esther Baker. Mrs. Leonard Spruell. Mrs. Glenn Carter, C. F. Bartholomew. Freeman Higgin botham. F. E. Stonebocker. and W. L. Wilkerson. Otto H. Albers Drops Dead While In Phoenix Tuesday Otto H Albers. 62. a resident of for IS years .dropped dead of a heart attack Tuesday while walking on West Washington near Second Street in Phoenix Funeral arrangements are pending the ar rival of relatives. Mr Albers, a veteran of World War I. had been in poor health for a long time. He has been a resi dent of Casa Grande Valley for 24 years and prior to that was a build ing contractor at Ajo. He is sur vived bv tw'o brothers. Adolph of Phoenix* Edward of St. Louis and a sister, Mrs. I.ena Lehr of St. Louis. His former wife, Mrs. Flor ence Albers, makes her home in Coolidge. o Cotton Men To Talk At Casa Grande A meeting of cotton growers of the Casa Grande valley will be held Wednesday evening. April 10 at *p. m. at the Casa Grande city hall, at which talks by two cotton experts will be heard. The speakers are Francis L. Ger des. of the Department of Agri culture's Stoneville laboratory, and Claude Welch, representing the Na tional Cotton Council of America. o #Bruno Yalazza was in Yuma over the week end on business. (Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Forbach of Casa Grande spent Wednesday in Coolidge on business. Mrs. Forbach is the former Freeda Massan. Coolidge Baseball Team Working Out Players Donate SIOO For Team Funds. Active Aid Os Townspeople Sought Th<> formation of a baseball team i to represent Coolidge in the newly revived Central Arizona league * set ms as.- ur**d At nightly practice ’ sessions 15 to 20 players, many of them former Coolidge high school * luminaries recently dl scha rg e d from the service, are turning out. * Among these are Jack Rowe. Jack Bickford. Bill Berguni, Clifford Hess. Ifersch'l Holmes. Bobby Sweeper. Art Mode and Delaine Ketchum. Th»> rest of the squad Is 1 made tip of former high school and “ college players now living In this : area. The Central Arizona circuit will include from Ift to 12 teams from the Casa Grande and Salt River j valleys. Florence. Superior. Casa j Grande and Chandler will also en- j ter teams Play will begin in April j with a complete schedule to be ; announced shortly. That the hoys are intensely in- ! teresled in playing hall Is evi-! den red by the fact that a SIOO guarantee plus money for hats and balls was raised among the ! | players themselves. The team j hopes that when Coolidge business j and townspeople are asked to back j the team the response will be on- j thusiastlc and wholehearted. With proper support a team will be j fielded which will be a credit to the community and a real civic as- i ! set. David Davis is acting manager | and has scheduled regular work outs on Mondays. Wednesdays and Friday* i f 5 80 p m. Sunday ses sions will start at 3 p. m. Any ball players who want to | try out should report at these workouts The team management wants to be sure that no talent in i the area is overlooked and for this reason are keeping all positions oi*en to competition. o j Mother-Daughter Banquet Proves Rea l Success Over 170 mothers and daughters | were present at the annual Mother i Daughter Banquet given by Future i Homemakers in Coolidge high | school gymnasium Saturday night. I' A fashion review was an outstand ing feature of this year's affair. The gymnasium was decorated in red and white and the color) scheme carried out with white I tapers interspersing howls of red | roses along the length *>f the ! tables. A red ro«e also marked the ’ place of each mother. The invocation was given by Marilyn Elsberry. Velda Abbott, president of the Future Home makers, gave the address of wel come to the mothers. The response was by Mrs. W. F. Abbott. Velda's mother. ToastrnlstreHs for the eve ning was Betty Moody, who was introduced by Tommy Wolfe. The fashion revue was announced by Nedra Jean Ray. Arrangements for the program were made by Mrs. A. S. Adding ton, instructor of home economics at the high school. She was as sisted by Mrs. R. W. Taylor, Miss Ruth Miller. Isadore Shoore. and Malcolm Garrison. At the eleventh hour a tense sit uation arose when it was discover ed that the red roses ordered for the occasion had, through an error, been taken to Phoenix by the de livery company. The girls were bitterly disappointed, since the theme of their program was built around the red roses for their mothers. The situation was saved, however, when Mayor C. W. Ivewis chartered a private plane, flew to Phoenix for the roses, and returned with them in time for the banquet. Walters for the occasion were: R. W. Taylor, lands Taylor, Isa dore Shoore, Malcolm Garrison, A. K. Osborne. Glen Wilson, C. A. Lanier. Bill Ware, Vance Taylor, George Acton. Jack Whitaker. Nel son Gammon. Jimmy Vidano, and Jimmie Davis. Edwin Elledge Home i Cpl. Edwin Elledge Has re ceived an honorable discharge , from the army at Ft. Bliss, Texas, after 14 months service in the European theater of op erations. He has been awarded ! the ETO ribbon with four campaign stars, the Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Elledge entered service in January of 1943 and went overseas in December of 1944. f He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. i Charles D. Elledge and has i been a resident of Coolidge since 1930. County Attorney R. J. (Brock) Ellis To Seek Office Announcement of his candidacy to succeed himself as county at j torney of Pinal county was made this week by R. J. (Brock) Ellis. He will seek the nomination of the Democratic party at the primary election July 16th. Ellis was elected county attorney four years ago after serving as many vears as deputy under Judge W. C. Truman. He served but a few months of his term when he resigned to enter the navy. Following considerable overseas duty with the navy Ellis returned to his home last fall when he was appointed county attorney by the board of supervisors following the resignation of Tom Fulbrlght who had filled the post while Ellis was in the service. Easter Seals Put Into Mail Friday Chairman Says Easter seals to aid the Society for Urippled Children go into the mails Friday, according to Mrs. J A. Diffin, of Florence, secretary and treasurer for Pinal county or ganization Proceeds from the sale ' of the Easter seals go to aid crip pled children in obtaining proper schooling and in Improving the I physical condition of the young- j : sters. Seals are being mailed to per sons throughout the county with a request to buy the stanfp sheet j for one dollar. An envelope is en closed for the mailing of one dollar to swell the fund to help fit the crippled children to become useful members of society. In addition to the requests made by mall, seali? will go on sale at schools over the country. In the pa-t school children have wholehearted in their support of and aid to the drive. This year’s seals symbolize the silver or 25th anniversary of the national organization. A border of silver surrounds a design in blue and magenta showing a crippled child looking at a blue bird. The -eal i come one hundred to a sheet. It is this sheet of one hundred seals which goes out to persons in the county Friday for one dollar. The dollar not only buys the pur chaser cheerful letter labels hut also contributes to services from bedside teaching to special school rooms and corrective apparatus for crippled children. National and state societies cooperate in aiding the crippled. O Charles Elledge Announces For . Tustice of Peace Charles I). Elledge this week an nounced the he would be a candi date for the office of Justice of the Peace of Coolidge justice precinct No. 8 which comprises voting pre cincts numbers 11 and 15. Elledge served as justice of the peace for nearly five years, having been elected three times. He re signed nearly four years ago shortly after the start of his third term and a few months later en listed in the Seabees, going over seas in April of 1943. Discharged in August last year after serving in both the Mediter anean and South Pacific theaters of operation he returned to Coo lidge to resume his contracting business. He was a chief petty officer at the time of his discharge o Girl Scouts Raise Funds For Building Scout Home Here Over a hundred and ninety dol lars was realized by Coolidge Girl Scouts on a special project for the raising of funds toward the build ing of a permanent hoy and girl scout home in Coolidge. according to announcement this week. Building of the home is being sponsored by Coolidge American Legion and the money raised by the girl scouts will he turned over to Legion officials at a special meeting in the near future. o Monroe Moore To Seek Constable Job Monroe Moore this week an nounced that he will be candidate for the office of constable in justice precinct No. 8 at the Democratic primary election July 16. A native of Texas. Moore has re sided in Coolidge for the past seven years. Until four years ago he was engaged in agricultural work, fol lowing which he took up night watchman duties. He has had over a year’s experience with the Pinal county sheriff’s office, working in the Coolidge area, and at present owns and operates the Highway Market on Arizona boulevard. Elwood Smith Tells Cotton Problems Farmers Urged To Present Needs In Washington For Fair Acreage Allotments Cotton farmers were urged this week to present their problems in Washington in order to obtain fair acreage allotments in the 1947 planting season. Elwood Smith, of (Casa Grande, president of the Arizona Co-Operative Growers As sociation, speaking before a meet ing of the group, said the state faces the problem because of new acreage planted in the state during the past five years. Other sections have static acre age, he said, and allotments based on previous quotas will be unfair. Cotton farmers should outline their need, he said, for obtaining fair parity ratings for S\l’ (Aineri can-Egyptian! cotton, to replace short staple plantings if market quotas are established. Smith pointed out that a high parity on the crop during wartime faces even further reduction placed when Egyptian long-staple was made available by the war’s end. The association also decided to ask continued wage ceilings by the I*. 'S. Department of Agriculture i and to continue its thus-far suc | cess fight to prevent any penalty ■ on western-erown cotton. o- New Coolidge Ball Team Needs A Name, Will Pay S 5 For It Any person who has a knack of dreaming up names for things has a chance to do his stuff in picking a name for the newlv-organized Coolidge baseball team. As an in centive to picking a suitable monic ker for the squad, team managers have announced they will offer a cash prize of $5, plus a season pass to all home games, to the person submitting the best title. The Coolidge team will play in the Central Arizona league and a berth on the squad is open to any ball player in the Coolidge area who is sufficiently handy with the bat and glove. A second prize of a season pass is offered to the runner-up in the name contest. After you’ve doped out a name you think will fit send it, along with your own name and address, to either David Davis, Hruce Moody or Coach Glenn Wilson at the high school. The contest closes Sunday, April 7, so start thinking. o Spring Sports In Sway At School Bears To Tangle With Ray And Florence Nines In League Play. Davis Leads Track Hopefuls Spring sports are in full swing at Coolidge Union high school with track, baseball and football, squads working out every day. Many boys are finding time to take part in all three sports on a staggered sched ule. Coach Glenn Wilson’s grid squad, 30 strong, has just finished an in tensive 10-day session of funda mentals and play-learning. Fifteen more days of practice are planned before the last week in April. Interest during the next ten days will center largely on baseball and track. The Bear nine is scheduled to journey to Bay today to resume pre-war relations on the diamond. Next Tuesday, April 2, they en counter the Florence Gophers at Florence. Both are East Central district clashes. The Bears’ track hopes rest largely with big Jimmy Davis, win ner last year in both the shot-put and discus throw at the Chandler Rotary relays and in the East Cen tral league meet. Coach C. A. Lanier has some other hopefuls who may place. The Rotary Relays are set for April 5 at Chandler, with the district meet probably two weeks later. o Eastern Star Celebrates 15th Birthday Here Ocotillo Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, celebrated its 15th birthday Wednesday night at Ma sonic Temple. Nine past worthy matrons were present for the oc casion. A large birthday cake with candles marked the event. During a brief business session Mrs. Tresban Roberts was elected representative to the Grand Chap ter. which will meet April 3, 4 and 5 at Tucson. Mrs. Sue Steward, worthy matron of Ocotillo Chapter, presided at the business session. Mrs. May Cole was general chair man of arrangements for the eve ning. She was assisted by Mrs. An na Christenson, Mrs. Mary Fisher, and Mrs. Nora Magness. Chamber's Request To Retain Hospital Facilities Refused Conversion To Vet’s Hospi tal Impractical, General Bradley Says The Coolidge Chamber of Com merce this week received word that a request, supported by the cham ber. to retain hospital facilities at the Florence Prisoner of War Camp for use as a veteran’s hospital, has been refused. Several weeks ago the chamber wrote a letter to the Veteran’s Ad ministration, setting forth the ad vantages of keeping the ramp’s hospital facilities intact after the post was closed. It was pointed out that a veteran’s hospital located In this area might thus be set up at i, low cost, using buildings and equip ment already on hand. The chamber received an answer this week, however, from General Omar N. Bradley, head of the Vet eran’s Administration, who stated that the request was being declined due to the fact that prisoner of war camps do not lend themselves prop erly to conversion as veteran’s hos pitals and because of an insuffi cient number of doctors and nurses. The chamber has been advised that the OPA office at Florence will not be supported further by the Florence Chamber of Commerce, and that if the department were moved to Coolidge the Florence chamber would not be able to help pay the office rent as it has done in the past. Members of the Coolidge board’ of directors voted to support a measure which would add one cent to the gasoline tax. Moneys raised thereby would be ÜBed for further construction and maintenance of state highways. Rev. Joseph Kam phuis, member of the board, told of action taken at a meeting of Ari zona chamber of commerce road committees recently in Phoenix, to request that the tax addition be made. A proposal of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce that ownership of federally owned lands be transfer red to state and private ownership was voted support by the Coolidge chamber. .1. J. Jones submitted his resigna tion as secretary and the chamber named Raymond Sroaf to succeed him. Community Church Will Hold Annual Congregational Meet Community Presbyterian Church will hold Its annual congregational meeting together with a fellowship potluck supper in the church rec reation hall ’Sunday. March 31st, at 6:30 p. m. All members of the church are urged by those in chargp to attend and all friends of the church are cordially invited to share in the fellowship. The pastor, the Rev. Joseph Kamphuis, will moderate the meeting. The young people’s Sunday school class will provide the evening’s program. Mrs. W. G. Knight is their teacher, and will be toastmlstress for this part of the evening. F. A. Crosby, campaign director for the building fund, has left, but the campaign will continue until the goal is reached. The executive committee, of which Clark J. Wells, is chairman, and R. W. Taylor, building fund treasurer, is in charge of the continuation cam paign. A program and social hour for mothers of children In the primary department of Community Presby terian Church Sunday School is be ing arranged for Thursday evening, March 28th by Mrs. C. W. Lewis, department superintendent. The mothers will meet the teachers of their children and hear from them about the work being carried on by the various classes. Mr. H. L. Ful ton, the new Sunday school super intendent, will participate in the program. Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. George Truitt will be in charge of refreshments. o Royal Arch Masonic Chapter Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday Burning Bush Chapter of Royal Arch Masons held its fifth annual birthday celebration at Masonic Temple Monday night .when ladies night was also observed. Frank Robertson of Miami, grand high priest, paid his official visit to the chapter. Other guests of honor included Harry Drachman, of Tucson, grand secretary, AI Bueh man and Fred Goddell of Tucson, both past grand high priests. Those who served on the enter tainment committee were: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Max Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Roger lies, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pond. o Man Caught Selling Liquor To Indians Millard F. Marsh, colored, is in custody following his apprehen sion by Coolidge police on a charge of illegal selling of liquor. Nabbed Monday afternoon in South Coo lidge as he was selling liquor to Indians, Marsh was turned over to county authorities in Florence where he is awaiting disposition of his case by federal officials.