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Note l i c k WE CANNOT URGE 100 strongly your attendance at the loth animal 4-11 Fair at Kenilworth Thia is the one time each year when boys and girls of our farms and rani he* exhibit the result of their skills, it is with consider able ;»riile these youngsters dis play their personal prowess. The exhibits represent hours of toil as these children learn by doing the i raft of their forbears . . . the sewing, cooking, hoinemaking. -(•>• k and < rop raising which makes tiie farm a nearly »eif sustaining unit of family life. WITH THE CLOSING of l-lorem e prisoner of War (’amp next Tuesday there passes a phase in the community life of Florence and Coolidge which has been good for those who live in the two towns. Not only have the busi ness men enjoyed profitable trade relations with the men who have tome aud gone during the past three years hut personal ties have been knotted which will last as long as any of us live. Close friendships have been made. Fam ily re Ia 11 on*h 1p s have been strengthened through marriage. Home of our girls who wed sol diers have moved to many eastern titles. Soldiers whose original homes were in the east now live in the west. They have adopted the family homes of their brides And several former servicemen wbo tame from eastern points to live awhile In Florence and Coo lidge are now living here per uianentiy, having forsaken the mud and snow of eastern winters for the more salubrious climate of Ct ntral Arizona. WITH BUT SLIGHTLY more than 500 Coolidge citizens regi-tered to vote in the city elec tion May 27th town officials are urging every eligible person to register so as But to lose the right to rote There are 16 candidates for the seven positions on the city council The winners are going to have the responsibility of guiding the destiny of Coolidge through w hat could well be its most peri lous years. These men should be very tarefnlly chosen and there should be a high percentage of lo« a| voters at the polls when the towni Initial election day comes along COOLIDGE SCHOOL trustees have set up a progressive salary schedule for teachers. They | hare also granted pay raises aver- ! aging s:*s«i annually. And in addi tion budget provision will be made for an additional lion raise If the cost of living index rises. And we may he sure it is going to rise With lessening OPA restrictions .there will be a constant mounting of prices until supply equals de mand and the family on a fixed salary gets squeezed tighter and tighter. ITS AXIOMATIC THAT everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. But that's just because we can't. If we could we'd do something about this drouth. Especially would we have done something Wednesday afternoon when the ele ments missed their finest oppor tunity to give us a good rmln Some rain did fail south and west of Coolidge and Florence but only enough to lay the dust. EARLY ON THE evening of flood Friday there ap peared In the western sky a cross whose light seem to radiate as that of no other constellation. There seemed to be something symbolic coming as it did just two days be fore Faster . . . the anniversary of the resurrection of Christ. But symbolic or not It presented a beautiful vista and we are grate ful to the gentleman who tele phoned ns to call our attention to it. OUR SLIPS SHOW and show in the pittiless light of the written word. Fvery other busi ness can make mistakes and only a few know of them. We in the newspaper business, and especially those of us in the smaller fields of American journalism, make our mistakes where everybody can see them. Yes, our slips show but, honestly, we try quite dilligently to prevent them. Last week we placed a business house two blocks further down the street by simply printing a 5 instead of a 3 in an address. And then we inadvertantly changed the name of the Surety Title and Trust Company of Flor ence to “Security". Sometimes these slips are quite persistent. We lecall one particularly stormy month when in four successive is sues we made a mistake in adver tising copy for one single merchant. We were yanking hair out by the roots before we hit the groove again. But we try. And we ll gladly make correction when our slips show too badly. IT PAYS TO SHOW proper respect for a Gila Monster. The truth of this statement can be attested by Carlos, genial drink mixer of Oracle Junction, who was bitten by one of the big lixards when it was brought to his bar by a neighboring rancher. While the bite ol the Gila Monster is not always i Lack Os Interest Shown In State Election Ticket Booming Business Proving More Attractive To Poten tential Candidates f Proof that economic conditions in Arizona are riding at a high I level is indicated by a sharp lack . i of interest In the coming state elec , tion. There Is a dearth of candi • dates for state jobs, from that of governor on dowu. the line. Po i tential < andidates are staying shy ; ol the election tickets .preferring to remain in private business, de spite the fact that Arizona elective i positions are currently carrying • attractive salaries. ! Topping the state wages is the job of governor, whtch pays an annual salary* of slo,t>oo. Other 1 salaries are: chief justice and judges, f 5.500 each; secretary of state, $5,500; attorney general. $6.- ' 500. state treasurer. $4500; state auditor, s6.<*oo; superintendent of public instruction $5,000; state mine inspector. $4.500 .tax com mission (chairman and two mem bers i $4,500 each; and corporation commission (chairman and two members $4,500 each . Os the state candidates, three are without opposition. They are Attorney General John L Sullivan, State Auditor Ana Frohmiller, and State mine Inspector Clifford J Murdock. Other candidates whose names will appear on the Democratic tick et in the July 16 election are: Judges of the supreme court. Joseph H. Morgan and S I'dall. Governor. Sidney I*. Osborn and Howard Sprouse. Secretary of state. I»an K. Garvey and W. D. I.lpsromb. Slate treasurer. E. T. Williams. Jr., and Mit Simms Su perintendent of public instruction. Carl Hickerson. J. E. Zimmerman, and Nolan D. Pulliam. State tax commissioner. D. C. O'Neil and Thad M Moore Corporation com missioner (regular termi, W. J. Eden and William T. Brooks. Cor poration commissioner (two year term). Yale McFate and Ted R. ' I)rey. State senator .Charles S. Goff and Lloyd Canfll. Representative ( | district No. 1. Parke T Gilbert and !O. W Rugg o Parke T. Gilbert Is Candidate For Legislative Post Parke T. Gilbert of Casa Grande j today formally announced his can didacy for the office of state rep resentative from District No. 1. of Pinal county subject to the Demo cratic primary election in mid-July. Actively engaged in farming for the past 14 years, Gilbert is at prev ent associated with his brother, Guy. in the operation of large acre age adjacent to Casa Grande. Gilbert is a native of Arizona, and attended Arizona State College aft er finishing Casa Grande elemen tary and high schools. He is a member of the board ot directors of the Arizona Pure Seed Association and ol the Casa Grande Lions Club. Gilbert is an active member in and past president of the Casa Grande Farm Bureau. During his tenure in office, the [aim group was largely instru mental in obtaining prisoner-of war labor for Pinal county at a time when workers were badly needed for the harvesting of crops vital to the war efforL Gilbert has never before been a candidate for public office. In announcing his intention to seek the post of rep resentative, be declaied that he was entering the political field up on the insistence of friends and purely in the interest of service to agriculturalists and residents of the county and state. Gilbert is intimately familiar with the farmer's problems. Bon of a ' pioneer Arizona family .Gilbert is the son of the late Frank T. Gil bert. o Arizona To Remain On Standard Time Arizona w ill remain on Standard Time next Sunday, when six states turn their clocks forward at 2 a. m., and numerous points in others will ’ set their clocks ahead for the in auguration of postwar Daylight Saving Time. States which will not have Day light Saving Time are: Arizona, Washington. Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Alabama .lowa, Colorado. Wyoming, Montana. North Caro lina. Maryland, Wisconsin, Kansas. [ Ctah, Idaho, Virginia. North ’Da kota. South Dakota. Arkansas. Mis sissippi. Texas, Nebraska, and Ne vada. The six states which will observe summer time are: Con necticut, New York. Massachusetts. New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Other states will allow communities to make their own de- J cisions. Radio net works, airlines and rail roads. which must cnosider time across the nation in planning ’ schedules, have arranged to cope with the differences. } » fatal it can well be and there are i numerous incidents of deaths re » suiting from playfully reaching- out 3 a finger toward these reptiles. LIBRARY * ARCHIVES , capitol bldg Coo It M IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” ' VOI'IMK 17 Home For Good j JL<s,. yk .. m .j»r WILLIAM M. BOWEN William Martin Bowen, seaman first class, has received an honorable discharge from the U. S. Navy at San Pedro, Cali fornia, after 19 months serv ice in the Pacific theater. Bowen was employed at the Western Gin before entering the service early In 1944. He is the son of Mrs. Vena Bow en. Billy, as he is known here, is one of four brothers who served in the armed forces. He was awarded the Asiatic- Pacific ribbon, American Thea ter ribbon and the Victory medal. McFarland Offers Terminal Pay For Enlisted Veterans Many Enlisted Men And Women Would Get SIOO To S2OO Bonus After Serv ice Senator Ernest W. McFarland has introduced a bill in the Senate for himself and Senators Edwin 0. Johnson (D. Colorado), Burnett It May bank. D. S. C.) aud iHsuuur Chavez (D. N. M ). The bill pro vides terminal leave pay for en listed personnel and includes a ret roactive clause to pay discharged enlisted personnel In lump sums in lieu of terminal leave pay. The bill is of importance to en listed personnel, presently In the service, and to veterans who served in an enlisted capacity. It will do away with the present unfair prac tice of making terminal leave pay ments to officers and prohibiting such payments to enlisted person nel. Senator McFarland said, “Many enlisted men and women who have been discharged, will now receive either one or two hundred dollars to compensate them for the lack of accrued annual leave pay, w bich would have been paid them had the law been in effect at the time of their discharge." The per sons now serving in an enlisted ca pacity will receive their terminal leave pay at the time of discharge. This bill is a revised version of a bill introduced earlier by the Arizona Senator. McFarland said that investigation had revealed that enlisted personnel who had served overseas usually had six weeks or two months furlough time due at the time they were returned to the states and discharged. The boys and girls who served wholly within the United States received more furlough time so bad less due at time of discharge. It is believed that payment will bmade upon presentation of Dis charge Certificates to any army fi nance office or naval installation or recruiting office. Payment will be made direct to the veteran in volved and record of such payment will be stamped upon the dis charge certificate. Harry Jones Resigns Highway Patrol, Starts Own Business Harry Jones has resigned from the Arizona Highway Patrol to go into private business for himself. He is opening a wholesale ice cream factory here in Coolidge and expects delivery of the machinery next month. In opening this factory Mr. Jones I is bringing a new enterprize to • Coolidge and its surrounding terri . tory. He plans to operate under the name of Coolidge Wholesale Ice Cream Company. , The new business will be housed „ in the north side of the building owned and operated by Ivan's Place on South Main Street. 0 •James and Maggie Sue Notting i ham of California, former Coolidge - residents, are visiting their father, t Alvie Nottingham and other rela tives here. COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1946 i. ■■ ■■■ ■■ ny ■■■»»— 1 ■— ,3 - .x ...I Work 1* Started On 55,000 Improvement j Program At School A $5,000 Improvement program | is underway at Coolidge high school this week. Among the proj ects authorized are the building of an earth-filled bleacher section for | the football field, with a seating capacity of 1.800; leveling of the gridiron; Improvements to the baseball diamond, and the con struction of a track encircling the football field. A fence is to be built around the area containing both the football field and the baseball diamond. The work is being done by H. A Nafziger. o Honor Society Is ■naqurated Here Coolidge High School Junior- Senior Honor Students In ducted Into National Hon or Society By Chandler Chapter Fourteen Coolidge high school students became charter members of Coolidge chapter of the National ; Honor Society at an induction cere mony conducted Tuesday morning by Chandler chapter in Coolidge high school auditorium. Requirements for membership are based on scholarship, service, lead ership and character. Membership is limited to Juniors and seniors, excepting special probationary in stances. A scholarship average of not less than 2.5 is required of all members. Presentation of the chapter was made by W. G. Austin, superintend ent of Chandler schools, and ac cepted by R. W. Taylor, superin tendent of Coolidge schools. Pur poses of the National Honor So ciety were explained by Hugh Gib son of Chandler. Miss Ruth Miller wag chosen sponsor of Coolidge chapter. Coolidge high school students In ducted into the honor society were; Neighbors, Frank Mauldin, Velda Abbott. Helen Anderson. Curtis Shaw. Tommy Wolf, Tom Adame and Vance Taylor .all sen ior; N'edra Jean Ray. Nadine Mc- Cleery, Madge Dixon. Betty Ruth Moody, Hilly Van Orman, and Eddie Schell, all Juniors. The ceremony Included vocal solos by Colleen Riggs and Pete Navarrete of Chandler high school, accompanied by Laßue Lambson. and "Ye Are the Light of the World,** In which the following Chandler students participated In a candle-light ceremony: Geraldine Clem, torch bearer; Shirley Austin, character; Nadibe Nova, scholar ship; Elizabeth Overstreet, leader ship, and Leßue Ltmpson, service. o Chesley* Announces That He Will Seek County School Post Horace J .Chesley. for 12 years a school teacher in Pinal county schools and for many years a resi dent of Coolidge, has announced that he will be a candidate for the office of County Superintendent of Schools. Chesley had originally an nounced his intention to seek the position last week but withdrew his petition. Chesley has attended schools from grade through college in Ari zona. He graduated from Arizona State Teacher’s College at Tempe in 1932 with a secondary certifi cate. and attended state college at Flagstaff for three summers. After leaving school he taught one year In Tempe, and then came to Pinal county where he has taught ever Bince. He taught two years in Eloy. was principal of the Mammoth junior high school for five years, and then went to Casa Grande as principal of the North Side grammar school until he en tered the army in 1943. He returned home in March aft er 22 months in the European thea ter of operations where he was wounded in action twice. He was awarded the bronze star for meri torious service while crossing the Rhine, and is the wearer of five campaign stars. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Chesley, of Coolidge. o Coolidge Town Team Plays Here Sunday The Coolidge town baseball team will make its home debut Sunday • when it meets Buckeye in a Central ! Arizona league game. In tangling with Buckeye the Coolidge nine I will seek to get Into the win column f in league standings. They dropped i their tirst two contests. The game Sunday will be played on the high school diamond. ■ o * •Miss Madelyn Martin of Tucson , was a week end guest at the home -of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Eyer. Committeemen In Only 7 Os 18 Pinal Precincts Listed None Os Those Filing For Nomination Faces Opposi tion In Primary The two Florence precincts were among the seven of the 18 precincts in Pinal county where precinct committeemen candidates filed pe titions for nomination. Other precincts where commit tees filed were: North Superior, South Superior, West and East Casa Grande, and Ray. In Florence, north precinct, five candidates are unopposed. They are Dorothy L. Ellis, Charles A. Smith, Clarence A. Lewis, Wyly Parsons, and R. L. Swearengin. Candidates in the south precinct, also unopposed, are: J. W. Baker, W. T. Brunaman and Tom Ful b right. North Superior candidates, also tiuopposed are; Joe H, Luevano, (Jforge Mariscal, Battista (lays, Frank A. Kennedy, Estill Osborn and Robert R. Leory. South Superior candidates are: Cecil Comerlin, J. O. Shirley. Dee Simpson. Manuel J. Lira and George W. Clay. West Casa Grande candidates: Albert S. Quinn, Oeorge P. Serrano, Ruby Wilcox. A. Q, Bennett. Alvin T. Ethington. Henry C. Armenta. and Forrest T. Rainey. Ray candidates are :Fred Mit chell. *Ray Padilla. (Jeorge Mor ten. L. C. Thompson and R. C. Lewis. ■ o - Last Rites Held For Jimmy Clemans Saturday Afternoon Funeral services were held for James E. Clemans, 24. In Cole and Maud chapel at Coolldge Saturday afternoon at five o’clock. The Rev erend S. B. Hannah of Florence officiated. Clemans was bom at Mesa. August 8. 1921. shortly after the family moved there from Flor ence He lost his life Monday. April 15. when the boat in which he was fishing at Roosevelt lake overturned and he failed to make shore. James Clem sns Is the son of Mrs. Hazel Clemans and the late Earl Clemans. residents of Coolldge and Florence for many years. He Join ed the army In 1942. In March of the following year he received a medical discharge from the service. A Hammon organ, brought here from Mesa, supplied music for the service. Mrs. Ida Brayman of Chan dler was the organist. The deceased is survived by his mother and two brothers, Richard and Joe, all of Coolldge, and two uncles. Twain and William Clem ans. of Florence. Pall bearers were boyhood friends of the deceased: Charles Hanks, Donald Chesley, Herel Bickford, Chesley, Charles Figgins and Ray mond Davis. . Interment was in Valley Memo rial Park. o Scottish Riters Attend Reunion Tucson, Thursday The San Carlos Scottish Rite de gree team attended the annual Scottish Rite spring reunion at Tucson Thursday to confer the sth, 9th. and 10th degrees. Approxi mately 10 candidates from Flor ence, Casa Grande and Coolidge at tended for initiation into the Scot tish Rite degrees. The following members of the de gree team made the trip: J. D. Goree, C. A. Anderson, Geo. Hayduke. Fred Hamilton. George Dell, D. S. Davis. Mike Hayduke. Rodney Elsberry, Karl Fisher, Jack Garrett, Arthur Burtcher, William Short. Roy Snider, Charles Cohen and Earl Smith all of Coolidge. John Zellweger, J. Houston Al len, Clarence Lewis, Paul Diffin, A1 Gressinger and Hugh Hager, all of Florence. Jack Clements of Casa Grande, Clifford Clements and Melvin Grossmiller, of Phoenix. —o Maricopa Voter* Petition County For Precinct The people of Maricopa have pe titioned the Pinal County Board of Supervisors for assignment of a voting precinct to that district. They also request a justice of the peace precinct in the petition which is signed by approximately 50 residents. They base their ap plication upon the recent popula tion growth of the area and the fact that Casa Grande, the nearest voting precinct, is too far away. The precinct designation was taken from the Maricopa district 3ome years ago upon the request of the people of that district them selves. Local C Os C Invited To Meet Phoenix Body On May 14 i lie Cooinige ami lUe Floieuce v hampers ot commerce hate been in v ued by trie i'hoenix chauioer to a meeting .day H to uwcuas lour questions described us being ot prime importance to Arizonans the call was issued by Herbert K. Asking, president of the Phoe nix body and Norman S. Hall, chairman of the organization’s pub lic atlairs committee. The four points to be discussed are; County zoning laws and regu lations, modernization of Arizona's sanitary code, need for county planning commissions and moder nization of the states motor ve utclo code. The session, to be held at the Westward Ho Hotel will open at 2 p. m. A dinner will be given that evening by the Phoenix cham ber and the final business session of the conference will he held the lollowiug morning. o Coolidge Gives Wage increase To All Teachers Other Schools In County Grant Fay Rises Ranging From SIOO To SSOO A Year A cost of living wage increase has been granted teachers in the coolidge elementary schools, pro viding an average wage rise of s2Bu a year, according to Robert W. laylor, principal of the elemen tary schools here. The increase to be based upon a cost ot living index of 130 as an nounced by the government but the school board assuming that the in dex will rise above that figure has arranged that the money will be held for them and be paid off in the form of bonus at the end of the year. if the index rises from 130 to 140 the difference of 10 points will be used iu estimating the amount of salary, giving a S2OO boost to the scale already established for a 42.U00 rating. The board also set $2,000 as the base for cost of living adjustment. While the elementary schools get their increase on a sliding scale, the high school has provided an av erage $250 a year increase for all teachers. Throughout the county commun ities, realizing that in many cases teachers have been unable to keep up with the cost of living, have granted pay rises. At Ray high and grammar school a blanket increase of SIOO has been granted in most cases. Casa Graude has granted a SIOO blacket increase to high school teacherß, while elementary school teachers will average an increase of approximately $l2O a year. Eloy grammar school has adopt ed an average $lO a mouth increase for its teachers. For the first time in its history, Superior high and grammar schools have adopted a wage schedule with annual increases granted begin ning at $1,850 in elementary schools. The average increase will bt S2OO but one case provides the teacher with a jump of SSOO a year. The Superior schools are also pro viding a five-year experience al lowance from other schools. o Local Stallions To Be Exhibited In Phoenix Sunday Three Coolidge stallions are en tered in the second annual all Palo mino horse show which will be held Sunday at Windsor Square stables on North 7th street Phoenix. Roy Harelson of Glandale is president of the Palomino Exhibitors Asso ciation of Arizona. The three horses which will be entered from Coolidge are M. M. Ware’s Liberty Nickle, holder of many ribbons and trophys from previous shows and Bishop Patter son’s Punkin and Bingo. Breeding horses will be exhibited during the morning and working animals in the afternoon. o Pay Traffic Fines Fines in justice of peace court were meted out this week to Ralph Vasquez, who paid $5 for failure to stop at a stop sign, and to Charles Dora, who was assessed $25 on a reckless driving charge. o #O. W. Rugg, secretary of Selma Soil Conservation district, was in Tucson Monday inspecting some gunite jobs with the view of adopt ing cement gun method of ditch lining farm laterals in Selma Soil Conservation district. NUMBER 8 Army To Quh' Prisoner Os War Camp By June 30 Classed As “Surplus" On April 30. Camp To Be Turned Over To U. S. Dis trict Engineers. With the Prisoner of War Camp at Florence classed as “surplus to need,” by the war department on April 30, Lt. Col. Howard G. Rlon, commanding officer at the camp announced today that the entire project would be completely de activated and turned over to the U. S. district engineers by June 30. All prisoners and army personnal will have left the camp by that time, leaving a deserted village under control of a few civilian guards. However ,Col. Rion said, the camp laundry which is the only army laundry in Arizona, will be taken over and operated by the air forces. * At present there are 20 officers and 75 enlisted men operating the camp with the aid of 189 civilians. Os the latter number 170 will be retained during the deactivlzatlon period. Most of the officers are ex pecting to be transferred to Ru pert, Idaho .where an expanded POW camp is being created as other (‘amps in the west and south west are being abandoned. A num ber of the enlisted men will prob ably go there too, it is expected. Civilian employees will be let out on or before June 30. Os the officers now at the camp, Lt. Col. Alex Stiller, of Tucson, one of the most decorated officers in the camp, and who saw active service with the late General Pat ton in Europe has already been as signed to duty in Dallas. Tex. He Is scheduled to leave for Dallas on Thursday. The camp initiated as an offi cial internment camp for prison ers of war in August, 1942, had a peak of 13,000 prisoners, reached December 1945. Because of its efficiency it was more or less operated as a train ing center for military men assign ed to other prisoner of war camps. More than 600 officers have served at the Florence camp during its four years of existence. First used as a prison camp for Italian prisoners, it switched when Italy capitulated and it was made an all-German camp. All Italian prisoners left the camp by August 1944 when the first German pri soners entered. 'Some of the Ita lians went to other camps while some were included into sabor battalions for the army. The first Italian prisoners arrived in Flor ence on May 6, 1943. Much of the property at the camp is already being moved to other stations. The remainder not moved by June 30 will be declared surplus property. Os the 2,834 prisoners now held in the sprawling camp all will be gone within a week with the ex ception of approximately 300 who will leave later. The camp hospital, termed one of the best in the country by visiting physicians, will be closed May 1, which is also the date that the air forces will take over the camp laundry. During its existence, the camp set up 11 sub-camps in this area, with prisoners farmed out to pick cotton and do other work so badly needed during the peak manpower shortage. Among the locations of these camps were: Casa Grande, Cortaro, Duncan, Safford, 11-Mile Center, Maricopa and Continental near the Mexican border. Strangely enough some of the prisoners are not looking forward to repatriation. About three per cent do not want to go home, de claring they like America, particu larly that part of America in which they are presently located. The others with the Fatherland uppermost in their minds. Several said they knew that their home cities w-ere badly bombed and they didn’t know what to expect when they arrived home, but they want ed to go anyhow. Faced with the prospect of re turning to a Germany now without food, and under the heel of the conquerors, these men, many of whom have families, are anxious to return despite the positive hard ship w hich they must meet. Few of the officers and enlisted men look forward with pleasure to leaving Arizona, they said. This has been proven in the past by the fact that many, eligible for dis charge, have elected to continue on for a while before finally accepting their discharge and a one-way ticket out of Florence.