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Note Ccok this column is written on th«* «*v«» of our depart ure on au air flight lo I»«nver. Thi* trip is trhitlulwi to b«* com i»k*W in about five hours of fly It k time from Phoenix with a few hours layover in Albuquerque What a contrast with other modes of travel We had originally plan ned to go by automobile spending two nights on the road Or by train, which takes 38 hours. SURELY IT IS difficult to believe air travel will ever be«-ojne faster Yet we are told it la only a matter of a few years until this continent will be • panned by air liners in five houi* or less and predictions are even made that rocket ships wilf roar through the stratosphere at speeds r»e.»ler than sound Truly this is the air age Arizona is crossed by two major airlines and there was lately placed In operation an Ari- j z»*na line connecting all of the major cities of the state This ser- j vice may well soon he enlarged ( t. Include Coolidge, Florence and •'a a Grande as well as other towns of similar size ACTjNG AS FEEDER lines to the great transcontinental routes, there may soon come the day when no town or hamlet In the nation will be more than a few air hours from one another. BUT, DESPITE TH6 nearness of universal air travel we are still very much dependent upon highways and, above all. good, hard-surfaced farm-to mark et roads The latter is a crying need In Pinal county and the boarj ot supervisors has a plan to bard surface primary valley routes Hut the amount of funds for this work is limited . . too limited More funds must be acquired so this work may be pushed rapidly and there are only two ways to get additional money for mad pur pose* One Is by a bond Issue, the other through special levy THE AMOUNT OF money which has been levied In this connty for road develop ment has been almost negligible aud the greater part of road funds has come from the county s share in the distribution of gasoline tax es This share has Increased rap idly since the end of gasoline ra tioning and now amounts to about monthly. BUT IT IS NOT enough The Casa Orande valley Is growing Both In population and in the number of acres tinder cultiva tion Every year additional mile# of farm to-market roads are need ed . and every year more and more money must be spent on these road* for surfacing and up keep No one has as yet devise*! away In which to keep the total amtuint «»f money spent for gov ernment static. The total cost »* ever increasing to keep pace with development and changing needs. But the per capita woat ran and has been reduced and so has the cost per hundred dollars of valua tion That cost in Pinal county to day Is lower than H has ever been In history. WITH THE RECENT death of Senator Carter Glass of Virginia and the illness of Sena tor McKeller of Tennessee. Ari zona may have one of her sena tors In the all powerful chairman ship of the senate appropriations committee For many years Sena tor Carl Hayden has been third, with McKeller second. In seniority. Carl Hayden has represented the people of Atlaona In congress since elatehood. First as a mamber of the lower house where he served from 1912 until March 1927 fol lowing his defeat of the Republi can senator. Ralph Cameron, in the campaign of 20 years ago Highly respected and as able a senator as ever trod the halls of the senate office building. Carl Harden may be depended upon to do a bang up job should he as cend to this highly important leg islative post. HIGH PRAISE IS due Arizona Retail Liquor Dealers Arsociation for Its donation of an Iron lung to each county in Ari zona. The Pinal county gift was bestowed by Leo Bloch of Flor ence. president of Pinal county as sociation. THE NEED FOR A modern hospital in Coolidge is be coming more and more apparent and someone should do something about it. Coolidge has siz doctors all of whom frequently find it nec essary to delay needed hospital work because of crowded condi tions and lack of nurses in the county hospital in Florence. Hos pitals do not make a profit and because of that private capital can not be persuaded to Invest in and maintain them. They must be built and staffed by the community and any financial losses sustained must b* borne by the community It i* to be hoped that something may be done locally to obtain a mod ern hospital in Coolidge before the lack of such facilities becomes dis astrous. “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE** Vnl.l ME 17 Dinner Welcomes New Chamber of Commerce Men Group hears speech by Lewis E. Haas on Chamber of Commerce j work. At a dinner held Tuesday night |at Gene's steak house. Coolidge chamber of commerce welcomed its new members and held a brief bus iness session followed by a speech by la*w|# K Haas general manager | of the Phoenlz chamber of coni ! merce. Hob Gammon, president of the l >- * a! hotly. Introduced the new mein |b« r# present and then turned the meeting over to Rev. Joseph Kamphuls, chairman of the recent metuebrship drive, and toastmas ter, who Introduced Mr. Haas. in his speech. Haas stressed the need for statewide unity among chamber# of commerce of each town and city. Througlrthls unity of action alone can be accomplished the things that must be done for the good of everyone. As an ezample of what can be done through unified action, the work of the mads planning group! was cited. If eac h individual group I had been content to press only its j own desires, the long range pro- j gram of road building in the state would have suffered a serious set back. But by working together, a long range master plan has been laid out that will benefit everyone in the state. Haas told of the need of unified action for the important work now , coming up for the chamber of com merce groups of this state In the need for county zoning laws, the j revision of the state sanitary code < and modernization of the motor vehicle code. Haas stressed the need for the local political governing body and the chamber to work together and told his audience that the future of the state of Arizona lies en tirely ahead of it and It will take intelligent and well-planned action to make that future one to look forward to. » .. ■■ - 26 Pinal County Men Sent to Army By Florence Board All men in upper age brackets; fathers who reported to call not ordered to serve. Called before Ixxal Hoard No. 1 in Florence on Monday. 26 Pinal county men were sent to Phoenlz for final medical ezamination and induction into the armed forces. They includ: Arthur J. Verduga. of Mammoth. Placido G. Carlllo. Red Rock. Robert L .(’astro. Su perior. Perkins, Super ior. Frank M. Millsaps. Superior. Claude G. Cornman. of Casa Grande. Arnulfo R. Ramandla. of Coolidge, whose record was trans ferred to the local hoard at El Centro. Cal., Ray H. Gabbard, of Superior. Antonio V'. Servantos. Florence. Roy L. Fogle, of Cool idge. whose records were trans ferred to Wasco. Cal. at his request. Wayne L. Little. Pi» a< ho. William it. Cole. Superior. Bruce Brandon. Superior, Sylvester H. Hanson. Ray. Kdward R. Morales, Sonora, Edwin T. Burns. Floy, Santos V. Gailego. Superior. Troy C. Wray, ot Floy. Benedict Anton. Casa Grande. Tom Jackson, Bapchule. A Z. Bell. Casa Grande, Hoover B. Pierce. Casa Grande, Ernest Manuel. Casa Grande. There were men. all in the upper age brackets of the draft, ordered to report but four of them had become fathers since their latest report to the selective service board and, they were not eligible for induction. —o Country Life Conference At U of A Shows Recent Trend in Home Building The first Country' Fife confer ence since the beginning of the war was attended by 120 Arizona women at the University of Am . ona. Tucson, last week. Among those from Pinal county who at tended were: Mrs. W. H .Steele of Randolph. Mrs. Lee P. Allen, and Mrs. Ber , nice W. Cannedv of Casa Grande, who report an interesting and in [ structive program. Highlight of the conference for I most of the women was a discus t sion by Mrs. Mildred Jensen, uni | versity home economics dept., on t planning a house to fit the family. « Mrs. Jensen showed colored slides, r and pointed out the trend in Amer - lean housing away from building » a "box” into which a family is fit - ted. toward building a home to fit family needs and our way of life. COUNTY, ARIZONA. FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1946 — rn ■ n 1,.,1,1 "i Ll' l 1 " J ll U Receives Discharge I %U» \ IK RICHARD E. WALLER Richard Eugene Wallar has re ceived a discharge from the U. 8. Navy at Terminal ialand, San Pedro, California. He enlisted in the navy June 22, 1944, when he was 18 and served 18 months over sea!. He has been awarded the Asiatic-Pacific nboon with cam paign star, American Area ribbon, and Victory Medal. Waller was ’ with the army of occupation in t Japan. He is a Coolidge high school student and a brother of Mrs. Elmo Jenson. He plan* to continue his schooling. j CYC Announces Summer Youth Program Here Coolidge youth conservation co ordinating council starts sum mer softball program, extends swim program five weeks. Plans were completed for a sum mer softball program for Coolidge boys and girls at a meeting of the executive board of Coolidge Youth Conservation Coordinating Coun sel at the south school Tuesday night. The five week's swimming program sponsored by CYC will be » xtended an additional five week*, it was announced. Tile new summer softball sched ule started thi# week. Boys from 9 to 14 years are meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p. m. at the south school, where games are under the supervision and instruction of M M Cooper and George O'Donnell. Girls from 9 through high school age are included in the girls' summer softball program, whtch is being conducted by Mrs. Tom Gammage and Miss Dorothy Faulk ner. The girlß are meeting on Mon day and Wednesday evenings at 0 p. m. at the south school. A special Fourth of July tourna ment is planned for the teams. Extension of the swimming pro gram has been made possible through the assistance of Coolidge Lions club. It will be necessary to secure a new swimming instruct or, as Miss Faulkner Is leaving In the near future. The new progam will begin at Vah-Ki Inn pool, June 29. Anyone interested in instruct ing the youth classes is requested by those in charge to contact Earl Hicks for arrangements. The po sition is salaried. Miss Faulkner is giving official Red Cross swimming testa for be ginners and intermediates this week and next. Those who pass the tests will be issued Red Cross cards. The youth council decided to suggest to the superintendent of Coolidge schools. R. W. Taylor, the presenting of a proposal to the school board that funds be provided In the 1947 bud youthget for recreatlonl Instruction in music, dramatics, athletics, and home economics for Coolidge youth during the summer of 1947. The idea of such a course was present ed to the council by Cfoolldge Ro tary- Club, through Its representa tive. Louis Taylor, at the board meeting. The youth employment commit tee of CYC is requesting residents and business people of Coolidge to assist the committee chairman. Mrs. Etha Fulton in the council's youth employment undertaking. Anyone with employment to offer Is requested to inform Mrs. Fulton of the following: type of work, ap proximate length of time It re quires. amount of salary offered. Boys and girls who want work may contact Mrs. Fulton at her home. 696 West Roosevelt Ave., or phone 272. This service includes both high school and elementary' school youth. There will be a meeting of the entire youth council in Coolidge high school auditorium June 18 at 8 p. m. Important matters are scheduled to come before the group and members are urged by those in charge to attend. McFarland Pushes Colorado Water For This Area Legislation to be presented in Congress soon to bring water into Casa Grande valley. First steps to bring Colorado river water to the Casa Grande valley are seen in legislation that will he presented to congress In the next few days according to a statement made by Arizona’s sena tor Ernest McFarland last weekend while he was In the state. Specifically, the bill provides for construction of a 740 foot dam at Bridge Canyon on the Colorado river, the construction of a tunnel and canal from the reservoir above Bridge Canyon to a point north of Granite Reef dam on the Balt river and construction of a canal from Salt river to the Gila river above Florence. Also fitting Into the program, according to McFarland, will be plans for constructing a storage dam on the upper Gila river to serve the 'Bafford-Duncan area, and another storage dam at Rutte, farther down the Gila Senator McFarland stressed the ! need for united action in the part | of Arizona organizations to bring this project to completion as ther»< might be objection# on the part of the Htate of California which seems to have adopted a "dog in the man ger" attitude toward Arizona water projects stemming from the Colo rado. He declared that Arizona would have to fight Burh an attitude with similar weapons, "although that wouldn’t do anyone arty good." He urged Arizonans to adopt a unified front on the proposal, be cause we cannot be fighting among ourselves, and said that If we don’t get more water, we won't have to worry about housing people be cause they will move away to where they ran get homes and water both. o Coolidge Gets $1,475.25 In Sales Tax Returns Coolidge received a sales tax return for the month of May of (1.475 25 which was more than the total received by Florence. (618.54. and Casa Grande. (690.52, com blned. Net collection# of the State sale* tax in May on April business to talled (888.702 50 which was (201.- 440.39 over collection# of May 1945 • —o Meeting ot Veterans Called to Discuss Home Building A mass meeting of all World War II veterans in the Coolidge area who are interested in building their own homes has been called for Friday the 21st of June at 8 p m., in the legion Hall in Cool lidge. It ia hop<»d that all veterans will attend to hear members of the Tucson group tell bow the housing problem may be licked If the plans formulated by their group are fol lowed. They have found the means by which homea may be built and sold for their appraised value with the financing handled under the 0 I. Bill of Rights with no down payment necessary. All veterans interested In build ing should signify their desire at this meeting so that some plans may be made and the work started as soon as possible. o High School Teenage Parties to Be Resumed For Short Time Test Due to numerous requests from teenagers It has beer, decided to continue high school teenage part ies at the Womans Club on Satur day nights for the next two or three weeks, it was announced to day by those in charge. The parties were discontinued for the summer due to small attendance. Resump tion of the summer program for the next few weeks is a trial program only, depending for continuance upon the amount of interest shown by teenagers, according to Mrs. Roger Gates, chairman of the high school group. There will be a teenage party and dance at the Womans Club tomorrow night from 8 to 11 o’- clock. Mrs. Kruse Davis, presi dent of the club, will be on hand with a message for the teenagers. • Miss Lawanna Veazey. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Young Veazey. who is employed in the registrar's office at Arizona State College, Flagstaff, writes that they have the largest summer enrollment in the history of the college. There are over 400 students enrolled, most of whom are G. I’s. or teachers. !★ : Changes in Mail Train , Service Announced ★ ★ Announcement of changes in Southern Pacific mall train service was made this week by J. B. Boone. Coolidge postmaster Closing time for dispatching mail at the post office will be as follows: west bound, 9 a m. and 5:30 p. m.; east bound 9 a m and 5:30 p. m. There has been considerable confusion in dispatching during the change, but '.t is hoped that this will be cleared up in the near future, Mr. Boone said. Nearly 2,000 Yets Take On-the;Job Training in State All trades represented as former service men take advantage of G. I. Bill of Rights. A total of 1.849 veterans. 114 of them disabled, were taking on-the job and apprenticeship training in Arizona at the end of May, accoru ing to William T. Hardaway, man ager of the Veterans Administra tion Regional office at Phoenlz. This compares with 1,319 veterans .taking such training at the end of April and 211 the first of the year. The largest number, 1.193 were in trade and Industflal jobs; pro fessional and managerial totaled 359; clerical and sales, 276: agri cultural and kindred. 21. 460 different Job categories, an Increase of over one hundred dur ing the past month, were repre sented. Including accountant, cas ket maker, architect, diamond set ting. embalmer and funeral direc tor, gunsmith, lawyer, newspaper reporter, photographer, policeman. 1 radio broadcaster, sausage mak ei. silversmith, saddle maker, soft ' water serylce and tree surgeon. Leading the list were 26 different types of mechanica totaling 181 veterans. i Various trades Included 112 car penters, 84 electricians, 60 air-con ditioning workers. 55 machinists. 50 painters. 43 plumberß, 32 sheet metal men. 32 printers and press , men, 31 linemen, 24 bricklayers. 22 butchers and meat cutters and 12 bakers Most of those taking training In apprentlceable occupa , lions are under the State Appren tice Committee’s program. Under the 'Servicemen’s Read justment Act, a non-disabled vet erau taking on-the-job training Is entitled to a subsistence allowance ot (65 a month without depend ents and (90 with dependents. In addition to his on-the-job training pay received from the employer. However, the two Incomes cannot exceed the normal salary for that , particular Job, and If combined do exceed it. the government payment pay Is reduced accordingly. "Many veterans either are un aware of the fact that they must file form application to be eligible for subsistence allowance pay ments or fail to do so prior to entering Into training," C. K. Da vis. Chief of the Vocational Re habilitation and Educational Di vision of the VA Regional Office, stated. "Further. If a veteran has en tered Into training with a firm or institution which is not an ap proved training establishment, he cannot be paid subsistence allow ance prior to the date % on which such establishment was officially approved by the State agency. Pay ment can only be made effective as of the date these requirements are met,” Davis said. To prevent any delay on subsist ence payments for on-the-job train ing cases, the VA Regional Office emphasizes that the firm must be ( approved as a training establlsh * ment by the State agency and that when the employer endorses the veteran's certificate of eligibility, he must report the commencement cf training. At the end of May, 1,409 vet erans. 276 of them disabled, were attending state schools and col leges. Hardaway reported. The de -1 crease from the April 30th enroll ment of 2,444 Is due to many of 1 the schools finishing their regular terms during the month, he said. 1 Reports Indicate that over two thirds of the veteran students will attend summer school. ' Veterans planning to attend any school for the first time next fall under the G. I. Bill should apply 1 immediately for their certificate of eligibility. Hardaway said, warning of possible delay of subsistence r payments if too many applications • swamp VA offices at the last mln * ute. Veterans may apply forcer • tificates by writing or calling in ? person at the nearest VA office, i located at Phoenix. Tucson, Whip -1 pie. Yuma, and Flagstaff. It 18 , the veteran’s individual responsi r bility to secure entrance to the school. m ■ .. '-jj."iasrr NUMBER 15 . Hiway Committee is Being Formed For County Roads All areas in county to be repre sented in advancing good road program. , A Pinal county highway commit tee la In the process of formation which will set in an advisory ca pacity to secure road repairs or new roads in spots where they will be most needed . The committee will be formed of representatives from Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence, Super ior. Floy, Ray, Oracle and Mam moth. Plans for the committee were formulated by representatives from Casa Grande and Coolidge who met in the office of the Hoard of Su pervisors this week, ostensibly to seek a 10 per cent increase in the highway budget. After talking with the supervis ors unofficially the representatives, taking an unselfish view of the en tire situation as regards the entire county, formed themselves into a rump committee and laid the groundwork for the highway com mittee. i Those attending the Informal meeting were: Casa Grande—Char lie Goff, state senator. Rill Kugg. : state representative and H. B. Lit tle; those from Coolidge: Charles , VV. Stokes, attorney, present can- i didate for county supervisor and Raymond Sroaf, secretary of the chamber of commerce. Together with Louis Placet, i county engineer, the five deter- ( mined that each area would be i represented with two represents- ] tives from Coolidge, one to take i it the area south and west of the city; two from Casa Grande, one ( to represent the soil conservation \ district and Maricopa; while Plor- ( enee, Superior and Kloy were each ] allotted one. One man will also be chosen to represent the Ray, | Oracle, Tiger and Mammoth area. letters have been sent out by Sroaf, appointed temporary chair man to residents of these areas asking that they meet and name a ( lepresentatlve who will attend a county-wide meeting in the near future. The final committee will meet , with the county engineer who will piesent maps of the highway sys tern In the county with notations o( where road repairs are needed and the amount of money on hand. Then It Is expected the committee *lll advise the engineer what sec tions of these roads need imme diate attention. It Is planned to set up a three year program on repair and new construction. o Mrs. Davis Returns from Attending Father's Last Rites, Cleburne, Texas Mrs. J. G. Davis returned Wed nesday from Cleburne, Texas, where she attended the last rites of her father, Robert C. Jones, 66. who made a number of friends in Coolidge during his visits here. He passed away suddenly as the result of a heart attack. Inter ment was in the family plot at Cleburne. Mth. Davis was In Texas four weeks for the final settlement of business matters. She was accom panied to Coolidge by her mother, who will make her home here. Biggs McWherter Is Chosen Noble Grand Coolidge Odd Fallows Biggs McWherter was elected n6ble grand of Coolidge Odd Pel lows at a meeting of the organiza tion held Tuesday night. Officers chosen to serve with him for the coming term are; David Davis, vice grand; T. J. Rowe, Jr., recording secretary; and D. B. Parks, treasurer. Appointive of fices will be filled at the organiza tion’s first meeting in July. Dooley Brothers Move To New Office Monday Dooley Brothers moved into their commodious new office in the 200 block on Main Street Monday. While waiting for the building to be completed they maintained a temporary office in the New San Carlos Hotel. Their new home Is comprised of a large main office and three private offices They have leased the building from Howard Gosa and Charlie Peters. O. H. and J. C. Dooley represent wide cattle and agricultural inter ests. The recently moved their business interests here from New Mexico. o • Dalton Cole, Jr., had his ton sils removed at Coolidge Hospital Wednesday. He is doing fine. Wants to Quit Power Body Says To Users in Area Salt River Valley Water Users Association asks to withdraw from territory upon contract end. The Salt River Valley VV’ater Water Users’ Association has no tified the boards of directors of electrical district 2 and 4 and the Kloy Power and Utility company that it does not wish to renew its contracts. In a letter signed by Lin R. Orme, president of the association, the users are notified that: “The Salt River VV’ater Users Association, for many years, has bt en serving under contract, Klec trical Districts Nos. 2 and 4 and the Kloy Light, Power & Utility Company with electricity used largely for Irrigation pumping and also to some extent for other do mestic purposes. “The contracts for the service of such electricity will expire in the near future. The association desires to withdraw from the ter ritory and does not desire to re new its contracts. If the con tracting parties desire to secure power from other sources, prior to the expiration of their contracts, the association will be glad to re lease Its territory, or any part thereof, upon being reimbursed for the fair value of Its facilities In such territory so released.” One of the letters was received by Martin Talla. district superin tendent of association, who estimated the contracts referred to would expire in 1949 or thereabouts. “No special reason for this ac tion,” declared Orme, In his office in Phoenix. “The action was taken the other day by the board of di rectors of the association. “We know that the Arizona Pow er Authority is working on a plan to secure power from Boulder Dam. However, if the people want it we will continue to serve them.” It was estimated in some quar ters that the move may be a shrewd one on the part of the association to persuade the government to buy It out and to then throw the busi ness on the San Carlos Project. Users of Salt River power were considering a possible organization tc purchase the facilities and op erate it as a Casa Grande Valley project. 0 Sweazey Given Two to Five Years Coolidge man sentenced for steal ing safe from San Carlos Case. Ben I. ’Sweazey, of Coolidge, who pleaded guilty to burglarizing the San Carlos Case, in Coolidge, some weeks ago, was sentenced to two to five years in the Arizona State prison by Superior Court Judge W. C. Truman, on Tuesday. Sweazey confessed stealing a small safe containing more than (300 and led officers to a spot in the canal on the Coolidge Airport road where it was recovered. The door had been broken open. Robert J. Smith, negro, was also sentenced to prison for a term of three to seven years on charges of forgery. He passed a bad check in Casa Grande. Smith a former Inmate of the prison has been re leased only a short time ago. o Man Injured in Car Truck Accident Near Coolidge Early Monday A pickup driven by Arthur Lof ton of Nogales and a coupe driven by Tina O’Brien of Los Angeles collided on Highway 87 nine miles north of Coolidge in the early morning hours Monday. Lofton, colored, with whom there were three passengers, was the only one hurt. He was taken to Florence Hospital believed to be suffering from internal injuries. Miss O’Brien, who was alone, stated that she was blinded by the truck’s headlights. Her car swerved too far on the wrong side of the road and Lofton was unable to avoid the crash, according to Roger Gates, who investigated the accident. Both car and truck were badly damaged and towed into Coolidge for repairs. o BPWC Officials Here Wednesday Morning Dr. Josie M. Trinkle of Tucson, state president of Arizona Federa tion of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and her iparty stopped here for breakfast Wed nesday morning enroute to Phoe nix to hear Mrs. Anna Roosevelt Boettiger speak at Phoenix BPWC. Accompanying Dr. Trinkle were: Mrs. May Bake, state correspond ing secretary, and Mrs. Pearl Hig gins, first vice president of Tuc son BPWC. o Lions Hear Talk On Safety Program Coolidge Lions Club heard a talk by Roger Gates, district highway patrol, on “the traffic safety pro gram” now being conducted. Dur ing the beginning of safety check ups here one car out of five was eligbile for an OK sticker, he said. Now four out of five cars checked rate OK stickers.