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Ncte In k WITH BUT SLIGHTLY more than (w residents of Coolidge • oglble to vote in the city election May 27th It looks as though the ce»t city council will be chosen by about 4<_mj voters. This because sel dom does the America people eaercise the right of franchise to ci<eed two thirds of those regis tered THIS, HOWEVER l* perhaps the most vital election which will ever be held In Coo lidge This city is in its formative period. We must progress and as a city there can be no progress with out adequate, farsigated leadership. And this leadership must come from among the 16 candidates who will appear on the ballot. Hy permitting their names to appear on the ballot j of this first city election in the his- j tory of Coolidge these candidates are asking the voters to select them They say. in effect, that they desire the post and the responsi l ility that goes with It. The elec tion is just 10 days away. BECAUSE THE WRITER of this column will be out o( th* state all of next week this Is tti** i last time this column will appear before the election. But we'd like to leave this one thought Remem ber that those we select as roun cllmen will be almost solely re sponsible for what progress we make during the next few years And what we do for ourselves to day must reflect the needs of out children tomorrow So. If we select men in whom we are willing to trust the destiny of our children, secure In the belief that they as individuals want to make Coolidge the kind of a town we want our rhildren to inherit then we will have selected wisely. EVEN VFORE US is the welfare of our youth In Coolidge there is little for the teen ager and young people to do in the summertime. For that reasou the support of the program presently being sponsored to raise funds for nightlighting a softball field is im portant This sport gives Interest to all young enough to play the gam*. And. besides. It gives en joyment to everyone who cares to watch it. Certainly It is a com munity project of major impor tance. IT IS GRATIFYING to note the trend toward state and community planning now current in Anxona The latest program is sponsored by chambers of com meres of Arizona with one central i state agency. Much good can come of this movement and the selection of a forward looking business man to represent Pinal county on the committee is important. The right man can do a lot of good for this country and It makes no differ ence to which particular chamber oP (ommerce within the county be happens to belong. COOLIDGE MERCHANTS now hsve the results of the freight and express embargo to worry about. Caused by the coal strike and the tolalalarian policies of John 1* Lewis the end result is that shipments of badly needed merchandise and foodstuffs are hopelessly snarled and well feel j the pinch for sometime. WHILE NO OFFICIAL Statement has been made It Is be lieved the death knell of Coolidge Army Air Bane has been sounded. Reports in Coolidge yesterday in dicated the base would soon be s< rapped SOME COMPLAINT that the city garbage collection is inadequate has been made but it seems to us -that these complaints are isolated in nature and that on the whole a credible Job is being done. Because It is human to err tome will be overlooked occas sionally but a telephone call to the city clerk's office should cause correction to be made. The council has Just passed an ordinance deal ing uUlh garbage collection where in certain rules have been laid down. A spirit of cooperation be tween the householder and city of ficials will tend toward general sa tisfaction for all concerned. O Casa Grande Man Held Under Bond For Sex Crime George Seger. 37. of Casa Gran de pleaded guilty before Judge W. C. Truman in Superior Court Tues day of engaging in practices of sexual perversion. Judge Truman set May 20 for sentence. In the meantime Seger is under $1,500 bond. % Unable to provide bond he is awaiting sentence in the county Jail. According to testimony by Char les S. Post, chief of police of Casa Grande. Seger. a former resident of Ohio, brought a 20-year-old woman ta Casa Grande where they had been living as man and wife. Recently complaint was made that he was forcing the young woman into the practices for which he was held. • Wesley James underwent a major operation at Florence Hospital Thursday. He Is reported to be convalescing satisfactorily. (Toott^a^giEfeamtner VOLUME 17 Officials Explain Surplus Property Purchase Plan Veterans Must Fill Out Forms To Be Put On Wait ing List For Hard To Get Items World War II veterans seeking to pun hase surplus war property from the War Assets Corporation must fill out Form SWPC-66, veter aus application for surplus prop erty. listing on the form a descrip tion of the articles desired, officials ot the Veterans Administration said recently. This If.-1 must be submitted to the chief of special services divi rion, War Assets Corporation. Al coa office building. Phoenix, along with evidence of their honorable discharge, prelerably in the form ! of pbotostatii copj of the dis charge. Veterans who are not in a posi tion to call at the office in person may secure the application form by requesting it by mail. The rom f deted application can then be mailed into the office, officials said. The application w ill serve to put the veteran's name on the waiting list for ly|M‘H of property desired and when the name of the veteran is reached and the property is available, he will be informed as to where the property is located in order that he may Inspect it and decide whether he wants to pur chase it. Under a recent ad veterans' priorities which were second to that of government agencies have now moved ahead of such agencies in the purchase of certain items of surplus property. Included in the ‘TOO per cent set aside list - ' ‘for veterans are such items as. used and new passenger cars, jeeps and all types of trucks of 24 tons or less .motorcycles and motor scooters, traitors, construc tion machinery, agricultural ma chinery ami medical equipment. in applying for such priority Items, veterans must eiecute Form j WAA No. 73 In quadruplicate. Only items under the same classification should be listed on the same form. Otherwise additional forms must be executed if different items are re quested such as “automotive ve hicles." and type writers. A handbook, “The Veteran and Surplus War Property" is available to veterans and may be secured by writing to the Special Services Of fice. Alcoa building. o Coolidge Nine To Clash Sunday With Honeydrippers Cowboys Held To Two Hits As They Drop 8-0 Contest To Powerful Mesa Real tors The Coolidge Cowboys baseball team w ill seek to bolster their per centage in Central Arizona league standings Saud&y afternoon at the expense of the Broadway Honey drippers when they meet*the fast stepping Phoenix colored nine on the high school diamond. In a league game played here last Sunday the Coolidge team was jolted by the powerful Allen-Ander son-Naegle Realtors of Mesa by an S-0 score. Hal Clemence, Mesa hurler, baffled the Coolidge bat ters. allowing only two hits, both singles. Gilbert (jranillo, who started on the mound for the Cowboys, was hit freely by the Mesans, and was relieved in the sixth by Jack Rowe, who fared better. Rowe was nicked for sev eral solid hits, but Mesa was un able to score after the sixth. The Cowboys went hitless until the fourth inning when Hershel Holmes, first baseman, connected to spoil Clemence’s chances of a no-hitter. In the ninth Rowe crack ed out a sharp single to left field. Simmons and Perkins shared the catching chore for Coolidge. Catch ing for Mesa was Chet McNabb. David Davis umpired. Sunday's game gave Coolidge a league standing of three losses and one win. They have lost to Phoenix Naval. Casa Grande and Mesa, and have defeated Buckeye. With bleacher seating available at the school field a good-sized crowd is expected at Sunday's con test. The game will start at 2:30. o • Miss Law-anna Veazey was a member of the make-up commit tee for the play. “Night of January 16th" produced Friday at Arizona State College .Flagstaff. John Max well. dialogue director for “Chey enne," being filmed at Warner Brother’s permanent movie loca tion in Oak Creek Canyon, assisted in coaching the final rehersals for the college play. "IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE'* COOLIDGE, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, MAY 17. 1946 2,577 Immunization Shots Given at Grade Schools During Year Coolidge elementary school chil dren have received 2.577 immunisa tion shots during the school year, with the final shots completed by Mrs. Sue Steward, school nurse, lest week North and south ele mentary schools and the colored s« hool at Borree's Corner are un -I'er the health supervision of the school nurse The total number of shots given include 400 small pox vaccinations; 399 diphtheria shots: 1 188 typhoid shots, and 590 Schick tests. o Call For Payment Os Warrants Hade By Co. Treasurer Interest Ceases After May 11, Date Os Call, E. L. Green States County Treasurer E. L. Green has issued a call for payment of all warrants outstanding. Includ ing those from the county expense fund, county salary fund, general road fund, highway payroll and high schools and school districts The call was issued as of May 11 and notice is given that from the first publication of notice of such warrants they shall cease to draw •> per cent Interest allowable. One exception was made, war rants from Florence Union High Sc hool were called up to and In cluding April 15. because it was understood that the school fund held Insufficient money to pay off warrants Issued after that date However tax money is due the high school district and a future call for all warrants will be made. Green, in his notice, states that warrants Issued after the date of call can be paid also. Mrs. Gladys Haley Is Installed Head Legion Auxiliary State Department Officials And Many Local Guests Are Present At Affair. Mr*. Ivy Vensel la Instal ling Officer Mrs. Gladys Hfkley was installed president of the American Is-gion Auxiliary, William David Hood Post, at an open ceremony held .Monday night In Legion hall. Mrs. Ivy Vensel. central district commit tee woman, waH the installing of ficer. She was assisted in the In stallation ceremony by Mrs. Sarah Arnold, Mrs. Jane Pickerel, Mrs. Mabelle Taylor, Mrs. ladeete Talla, Mrs. Viola Loucks, Mrs. Honey Hamby and Miss Vivian Baker. Officials who took oflce with Mrs. Haley for the 1946-47 year were: Mrs. Myra Nell Freeman, first vice president; Miss Esther Zerr, sec ond vice president; Mrs. Hope Tay lor, treasurer; Mrs. Pauline Crump, secretary; Mrs. Lulu Short, his torian; Mrs. Alice Morris, chaplain, and Mrs. Flossie Higginbotham, sergeant at arms. During the ceremonies the Aux iliary received a telegram of con gratulations from Mrs. Jea nn 1 e McQuown of Tucson, department president. Other dignitaries who were among the guests of honor included Mrs. Lucille Hayes of Phoenix, department secretary; Mrs. Esther Gaston of Phoenix, junior past department president; and Mrs. I). K. Smith of Phoenix, &' member of Frank Luke Post. Mrs. Edith Hamilton, outgoing past president’s ring from the Aux iliary in appreciation of her work Auxiliary in appreciation of her foi the organization during the past year. Presentation was made by Mrs. Vensel. Corsages were pre sented to Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Vensel by Mrs. Haley, the new president. Prior to the installation a short business meeting was held by Mrs. Hamilton to conclude the year’s business. Mrs. Haley will name the chairmen who will work with her at the group's next meeting in June, tjhen delegates will also be elected to the state convention at Bisbee slated for July 4. 5 and 6. A large number of Legion mem bers and townspeople were present for the installation, following which a Dutch supper was served. Mrs. Hamilton was refreshment chairman, assisted by Mrs. Eleanor Burtcher. Mrs. Alice Morris. Mrs. Hamby, and Miss Zerr. A red and green color scheme was carried out in refreshment table appointments and decorations. o • Morris and Bob Burns have re turned from San Francisco, where they attended a preview of 1947 Studebakers. 21 Will Graduate From Hi-School Here Tonight Frank Mauldin Is Class Vale dictorian. Margie Neigh bors, Salutatorian. Dance In Gym Will Follow Exer cises. Twenty-one students will gradu ate from Coolidge high school in outdoor exercises held at the school at 8:30 o'clock tonight. Frank Mauldin is valedictorian of the 1946 class, and Margie Neigh bors is salutatorian. Coolidge high school band and chorus will give a concert, starting at 8:15 p. m., as prelude to the exercises. The class will be pre sented by R. W. Taylor, superin tendent of Coolidge schools. Invo cation will be by Marilyn Elsberry and benediction by Bill Ware. The class history will be given by Velda Abbott. After the exercises graduates will be honored with a dance In the high school gymnasium for which Coolidge Parent-Teacher As sociation and mothers of the gradu ates will be hostesses. Kenyon Harris, president of the board of education, will present diplomas to the following gradu ates: Velda Abbott. Helen Ander son, Tom Adame, Olivia Barrios. Milton Burroughs. Betty Corbett. Jimmie Davis. Marylgn Elsberry. Maggie Fields. Sue Kyser, Frank Mauldin. Mack McEuen. Betty Ruth Moody. Margie Neighbors, Mary Ellen Rose. Mickey Sweeper, Cur tis Shaw. Vance Taylor. BUI Ware, Vera Wilson, and Zora Lee Wolfe The program follows; musical prelude, under direction of I. Shoore; “Night Flight.” march. Karl King. “Army Cadet.” march. Karl King, high school band: “For ward We March. Edwards. “Indian Summer.” Victor Herbert, and “By the Bend of the River," Edwards, high school girl's chorus. Graduation exercises: Processional. Pomp and Chivalry. Roberts, high school band; Invoca tion. Marilyn Elsberry; salutatory. Margie Neighbors; “Calm as the Night", senior girl's double trio Bohm. Helen Anderson. Velda Ab bott, Marilyn Elsberry. Margie Neighbors. Sue Kyser. Betty Moody; class history. Velda Ab bott; "Out Where the West Be gins", baritone solo. Frank Maul din; appreciation. Sue Kyser. “Rock of Ages." Hastings, senior class chorus; presentation of class, h. W. Taylor; presentation of dip lomas. Kenyon Harris, president of board of education; valedictory. Frank Mauldin; "Now the Day Is Over." senior boys quartet. Barnby. Jimmie Davisl Vance Taylor. Frank Mauldin, and Tom Adams; benedic tion, Bill Ware. AEA Delegates Vote Against Increase Hove Initiative Measure To In crease State Payments To Schools Dropped At Ses sion. Delegates to the special meeting of the Arizona Educational Asso ciation in Phoenix Saturday voted down a proposed initiative meas ure to increase state aid to schools by a vote of 73 to 72. Louis Taylor, a member of the Pinal county school system since 1934 and Coolldge's delegate to the meeting, reported that the vote was secret and the outcome was obviously the result of discussion on the measure. Taylor went instructed by the Coolidge teachers to support the proposed measure. The voting was on a negative motion, that the assembly "Should not take such action at this time.” A number of prominent educators declared that it was a matter for delegates to decide whether there was time enough before the last day for filing a petition to Insti tute the measure or whether they should consider a long-term pro gram which would have greater chances of success. The measure, basis of the un precedented calling of a special delegate assembly would not only increase the amount paid by the State for each pupil but would also pay high schools and elementary schools the same amount per pupil. The state now' pays $65 for each elementary pupil and $95 for each high school pupil. It seemed to be the general opin ion of the delegates who spoke from the floor that there was in sufficient time or money for the successful culmination of the pro posal. o ®Mr. and Mrs. John Daskin re turned Tuesday from a business trip to Lafayette, Indiana. Coolidge Air Base Is Transferred To Williams Field Coolidge Army Air Base has been transferred to Williams Field on Wednesday according to advice received from the public relations officer at Williams Field. The commanding officer of Williams Field, Colonel Jesse Anton, stated that, while the field was now under their Jurisdiction, no future plans have been made for Its use. At present, the local air base is manned by two officers and one enlisted man, the last remaining personnel of the ferrying division ot the Air Transport Command. These men will leave In the next few days for other assignments, and men from Williams Field will arrive to take over. - - o - Contract Awarded For Improvement Os 'Dust-Bowl' Road State Highway Department Announces Contract To Cost $179,248 The state highway department has awarded the contract for im provement of the “dustbowl" sec tion of the Florence-Tucson high way to the Tiffany Construction Company. Improvement of the 18.7 miles of road was contracted for $179,248. More than a foot of dirt has blown from the present roadbed, making approaches to the numerous cul verts over washes a bumpy propo sition. When completed late this year, the road will be hard-surfaced over the entire route and will be part of the direct Canada-Mexlcp high way. o Women Robbers And Confederate Get Prison Terms Pair Who Lured Coolidge Men To Theft Rendezvous And Their Companion Get Five Years Each Two women who lured two Coo lidge men to a lonely spot on the outskirts of Coolidge where they were robbed at the point of a pis tol. and one of their confederates were sentenced to five to six years in the state penitentiary by Judge W. C. Truman on Saturday. They are Ann Avery. 36. and Cleave Randolph, 35. Both have been married and each Is the mother of three children. They pleaded guilty after being arrested In Coolidge shortly after the hold up which occurred January 27. According to W. B. Threatt and Orba Turley, the victims, they met the women In a Coolidge bar. Aft er drinking with them the two men said the women invited them to go for a ride In their car. They drove out to the river bank, the men said, and stoj>ped. Sud denly. according to their testimony, the door of the car was jerked open and a flashlight beam thrown Into the car. They were ordered to lie still on the floor of the tonneau while their pockets were searched. Threatt lost sl4 and was struck several times when he failed to follow or ders quickly enough to please the bandits. Turley was robbed of $2. Court officials said the women had hidden their confederates in the trunk compartment during the ride. Both victims were urged to lie in the back seat during the ride through Coolidge under the supposition that they were hiding from boy-friends of the two women. One of the male members of the holdup gang was captured. He was John Howard. 32. who received the same sentence as the women. The fourth man. Sam Van Blunt, also known as W .J. Crowley, is still at large. Police officials believe he has skipped the country. o Legion Slates Election Officers Monday Night The American Legion. William David Hood Post, will hold elec tion of officers at the legion hall on Monday night at 8 p. m. All members are urged by those in charge to be present. o • Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Hamilton and Mrs. Honey Hamby were dinner guests Sunday at the homfe of Dr. and Mrs. J. Minor Parks of Phoenix. Mrs. Parks returned last week by air from France, where she spent five weeks with her mothers, a sis ter and brother. Members of her family were scattered during the war and she went to France to find them. One sister was killed, a brother is missing and her father had died. NUMBER II Pinal County Is Well Represented At C. Os C. Meeting Coolidge And Florence Chambers Send Delegates To Phoenix Conference Coolidge and Florence were both well represented at the state-wide meeting of 75 representatives of 31 chamfers of commerce, in Phoenix this week. Representing Coolidge were: The Rev. J. J. Kamphuls, Presbyterian minister. Raymond Sroaf, secre tary of the Coolidge chamber and Charles K. Kimball. The Rev. S. B. Hannah, Presby terian minister and H. C. Hill, owner of the Florence Hotel, rep resented the Florence Chamber of Commerce. Delegates to the conference held in the Hotel Westward Ho ap proved legislation to be submitted to the legislature next January. Their action would provide for: Enabling laws permitting the zoning of county areas, particu larly those adjoining cities; Complete revision of the state sanitary code with enlargement of the present sanitary division of the state health department; Enabling laws permitting coun ties to establish planning commis sions. Local representatives expressed satisfaction with the way the con ference, sponsored by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce was han dled. While some of the moves ap proved did not, they felt, apply to Pinal county communities, the overall picture was definitely a move toward state betterment. The second day of the session found a committee recommending that the delegates form a perma the Arizona Legislative and Plan ning Committee which will be nent organization to be known as formed of a representative from each county with an alternate. County chambers of commerce will meet and appoint their repre sentative and alternate by June 15. Fred A. Ironside is the chairman of the state committee and Miss Ethel Hickman, secretary. o Ruby Elliott Chosen President Os BPWC, Installation Tuesday The executive board of Coolidge Business and Professional Womens Club met in the banquet room of Gene's Steak House Tuesday noon to elect a president to succeed Mrs. Dee Valazza, who has resigned due to illness. Mrs. Ruby Elliott was unanimously elected president for the 1946-47 year. Brief talks were made by both Mrs. Valazza and Mrs. Elliott. The group decided to ammend the by-lawg to include the office of second vice president, to which Mrs. Ina Sroaf was unamoußly elected. The closing meeting of the year will be an installation dinner in the banquet room of Gene’s Steak House on Tuesday night. May 21, at seven o’clock. It was decided by the board that BPWC will continue to hold informal meetings once a month during the summer. o Diversification Os Farm Lands Is Told Rotarians An interesting sidelight to the development of complete diversifi cation of farming activities was given members of Coolidge Rotary club Wednesday noon by county agricultural agent K. K. Henness. The speaker declared farm areas at the outset are usually almost one-crop areas or with one crop predominant such as cotton is the predominant crop in Casa Gran de valley. Later trends toward di versification and final and almost complete abandonment of the* or iginal crop usually follows heavy insect infestation, soil depletion or erosion or such other natural cause. Henness reminded his listeners that three years ago Pinal county grew more long staple cotton than any other county in Arizona while today not one acre is planted to this staple which grows better here than elsewhere. The abandonment of this crop, however, was due en tirely to economics rather than because of a natural cause. Illustrative of the changes in the agricultural economy of a dis trict Henness pointed to the Yuma valley where bug infestation forced the complete abandonment of cot ton growing and an almost similar condition in the Roosevelt Irriga tion District of West Maricopa county where cotton growing has given way to alfalfa hay and seed and other crops. City Council To Permit Store Loading Zones Application Must Be Made In Writing Stating Reason And Time Needed City coun ell will set aside load ing zones for city merchants if need for such zones can be shown, city council decided at its last meeting. Merchants are requested to make application for such zones to coun cil in writing and stating the rea son for the request, the hours or days of the week needed. Some discussion arose as to whether a permanent loading zone would be set aside for companies or businesses having trucks stop once or twice a week. It was de cided such applications would be permitted for certain hours or for certain days. Council will permit the merch ants granted such zoning areas to post signs indicating no parking during the business hours allotted tc the applicant. Council announced that all rea sonable requests for such zoning would undoubtedly be granted. 635 Register To Vote May 27 For Councilmen Election Officials N am e d For Two City Voting Pre cincts • Only 635 residents of Coolidge had registered for the first muni cipal election scheduled for May 27, A. D. Tyler, town clerk an nounced at the close of registra tion yesterday. Political observers say this is a very poor showing for the com munity as at least 800 registra tions were expected for the 'coun cilmanic election. There are 16 candidates and seven can be elected. Election officials were an nounced today by Tyler. Tn Precinct No. 1 sitting at the Justice of peace office are: Mrs. M. M. Ware, Inspector; Mrs. Alice Isles and Mrs. May Wilbur, judges; Mrs. Dorothy Pond and Mrs. Edna Jones, clerks and Mrs. C. T. Dickson, alternate. In Precinct No. 2, sitting in the high school: Mrs. Ruby Elliott, inspector; Mrs. Rodney Elsberry, and Mrs. Viola Loucks, Judges; Mrs. Park Wells and Mrs. Kathleen Merrill, clerks and Mtb. Marie Murray, al ternate. Two Coolidge Places Robbed; Thieves Get $375 Thieves netted $375 in two rob beries during the past week. The Coolidge Grocery was broken Into on Monday night and thieves took $125 from the cash register ac cording to Dan Kinser, town mar shal. Kin se r said the thieves missed S9O in change and several large bills. Entrance was evidently gained through a broken window, the thieves lifting out the broken piece which left a hole large enough for a man to crawl through. The next night, the San Carlos Club was robbed of a small port able safe, containing $250. Charley Hand, the manager and Kinser found that someone had opened the night-latch on a side window dur ing the evening before the robbery and entry was gained through that window. o Ditch On Moorehouse Ranch Is Cemented, First In District The first cement lined irrigation ditch in Coolidge district was com pleted this week at the R. H. Moorehouse ranch in the Florence- Coolidge ’Soil Conservation District. Approximately a quarter of a mile of cement ditch was laid to take the water through a high point on the ranch. Cost of cement ditch lining is ap proximately $2,000 a mile. It is estimated by soil conservation ex perts that the cost will repay itself in water conservation In one year, where the ditch is through sandy land. The cement mixer used for the Moorhouse job was rented from the soil conservation district, which did the preliminary survey work. Labor was contracted for by the owner. 0 Rose Titus Wins Honors State College, Flagstaff Miss Rose Titus of Coolidge re ceived one of the seven gold axe awards given at an honor award assembly Friday at Arizona State College, Flagstaff. This award is voted to outstanding students by the student council. She is the daughter of Mrs. P. M. Titus. Miss Titus is a member of the Hiking Club of Arizona State Col lege, Flagstaff, which will go on a hike to the infrequently visited Na vajo Indian Reservation of North ern Arizona and Southern Utah. The club members will visit many points of interest during the hike and will also climb the 10,000 foot Navajo Mountain.