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Cooltfici,e^^&camtncr VOLUME 17 £cLdax d Ncte Cock THE 194« PRIMARY • t*»n is now history. And fur a • aiupaign not sparked by a heat ed gubernatorial rate It dturne « **t to have beeu « dllly. Among those upon whom the political axe of the voters fell were two top appointees of Governor Osborn . . . one the dethronement of Judge Morgan from the supreme court by l-vrl I'dali a superior Judge from one of the smallest counties In the state The other Oaborn head topped off was that of W. J. Wien. I'hoenii laborite of the corpora tion < ommiseiott. • • s CLOSEST OF ALL state races was the contest be tweeu Chairman liave O'Neil of the tax commission and Thad Moore former tax commissioner and one time county assessor of Pinal county. iHxtplle the fact that almost complete tabulations from ail sections of Arizona give Moure a total of 33.949 to ONfll't 34.404 this race may not be set , tied until county boards of super visors canvass the votes cast in ea* h county next Monday. O'Neil ami Moore have been In each oth ers hair since Governor Moer ap pointed O'Neil to the commission 13 years ago and O'Neil was active in the defeat of Moore by Warren Peterson two years ago. • • • MOST DISAPPOINTING was the extremely light balloting as no precinct cast a vote much above 6u par cent of the registra ikon and many areas. Coolidge among them, voted lesa than hail us the registered voters. Here w« live in one of the very few nations privileged to select by ballot those who govern and occupy office Surely it Is a travesty ou the very spirit of democracy when not more •than 6o per cent of those eligible register to vote and tbeu only one bait of that per tent take the time to cast their, ballot. • • • ALL COOLIDGE NEEDS to get direct air mail and passeng er service Is an oiled landing strip. , a -mall building (or administra tive pui poses and possible remov able ol a nearby power line. Os- j itcials of t ’oolidge Airpark are ready to give t oolidge either a deed or a -99-year lease on the property. City officials have re quested information relative to federal aid lor municipal airports which should artive momentarily. . With a little luck Coolidge should become a regular stop for Arizona Airways flights and pul the city ngbx squarely in front m the sphere of aviation. • • • irrigation and electrical district officials are def initely unhappy over the attitude us Salt River Valley Water l!*«rs Association officials regarding the transfer of water .Tom their proj * eel while they receive a like amount I ruin the proposed Colo rado fiver project. News of the dog in tbe-tuanger attitude of the Salt River Valley officials came as a surprise to the rank and file of Casa Grande valley reside ills but not to local leaden* in the j know who have been making a number ol moves recently designed to smoke out all Salt River Valley opposition IF COLORADO RIVER water can be brought into Central Arizona the Casa Grande valley is going to get some of it. How much can be brought In no one seetns * to know. As a matter es fact there seems to be IRlle real know ledge in the bands of Arizona lead ers. This lends to the belief that our legal taleut charged with Colo rado river chores is definitely out classed by the hired hands of Cali fornia who now take most of the water, and are greedily reaching for the balance of it. o Body of Elderly Man Pound Under Bridge The body of an elderly man who had been missing from bis borne in Mesa for a week, was found Wednesday under a road bridge between Sacaton and Coolidge by The boy's report led Highway Patrolman Bernard Rratzberg to the scene, who recovered the body, that of David M. Hawkins. 77. for w hom a search had been going on for the past week. Hawkins was born in Salt Lake City and has lived in Mexico and California before coming to live with his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dor sett. of Mesa. The bridge is on highway 87 about two miles Inside Pinal coun ty. No cause of Hawkins death was determined. “IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE” COOLIDGE PINAL COUNTY. ARIZONA FRIDAY. JULY 19. 1946 Judge Morgan and W. J. Eden Lose As Major Upset of State Primary Thad Moore take* slight lead over Simms wins state treasurer p Two major state office holders took the count in Tuesday's demo cratic primary election when Ari zona democrats voted to replace supreme court judge Joseph 11. Morgan and corporation cotmnis- I sinner \V, J. Eden. Judge Morgan was defeated by superior court Judge* la*vi I'dali of St. Johns; Kden by incumbent j state treasurer W. T. Brook*. Eden and Judge Morgan were ! berth interim apjwdntees of Gover j nor Osborn and their defeat l» i considered a personal disavowal of the governor's selections. With all but a tew precincts un teported Thad M»rre, a former ! final county assessor clung to a precarious lead of rt 1 h votes over > I). C. O'Neil Incumbent tax com missioner late yesterday. After 1 trailing by 1500 votes at one time In the counting O'Neil whittled away at Mctore's majority to fin sl2,soo Allotted To Coolidge for Sewerage Planning Federal Fund to be repaid with out interest when construction begins. Mayor Paul B. Hannth has re celved the information from Wright L. Kelt. Division Engineer in charge of the Bureau of Com munity Fa< lilt bv* of th Federal Work* Agency, that the Town of Coolidge'* application for advance planning funds amounting to $12,- 500 has been approved. The approval of these funds will make poewible the completion of plans for the construction and in stallation of a sewerage collection system and treatment plant for Coolidge. The construction of this pro ject. eatimuter to cost $293.500. will provide the Town of Coolidge with a modern sewage system and will eliminate a health hazard which jeopardize* the health of the entire community. The coat of the project will be financed from general obligation bonds. The funds, made available through | the Bureau of Community Eacili tiew of the Federal Works Agency, will be repaid without interest when the construction begin*. Hepdman, Ferguson and Carollo, Consulting Engineers 325 Ellis Building. Phoenix, have been era ployed to prepare the detailed plans and specifications for the sewage system. Mr. Pelt stales that the plans should b«* completed In the neat luture so that construction may be gin without delay when funds, la bor and materials are available. Mr* Walter Pierson. 420 Secur ity Building. Phoenix, Is District Engineer for the Bureau of Com munity Ftcilitle* of the Federal Works Agency for Arizona. O Magma Copper Co. to Issue New Shares for Development in County The Magna Copper Company has proposed to increase its capital stock from 410.000 to 1,200.000 shares, the price of the new share* to be set by the board of director*. Proceeds from the new shares would be used to develop Magna's newly acquired subsidiary, the San Manuel Copper Corporation lying near Tiger in Pinal county. Sampling of the newly discover ed ore body indicates a deposit of at least 100.000.000 tons with a copper content of .T 9 per cent. Approximately 140 men are now engaged In drilling test holes on the property In an explored area of about 1.000 by 4.000 feet. The purchase option on tjjyg property was acquired by Magna from Henry W. Nichols. J. B. Grif fith, J. M. Douglas and Victor Erickson, of Superior. Action on the approval of ex panding the total shares of the Magna company will be taken at a special stockholders meeting to be held in Augusta. Me., on Aug ust 29. e o Rodeo to be Held July 28 On Ranch Near Here Another of the small rodeos which keep Arizonans amused and allow practice for many performers between the big—time shows will be held Sunday, July 28 on the Ken Laughlin ranch, eight miles southwest of Coolidge. on the Casa Grande highway. Among the events scheduled will be team tying, calf roping, wild COW milking, bull riding and bare back riding. Two matched horse races over a distance of 220 yards will also be held. O Neil at full count yet unreported ost over Williams. ally take a lead of 470 votes late Wednesday night By late jester day Associated Press tabulations had changed the picture and once more Thad Moore was in the lead with a margin of 318 votes, with 15 northern Arizona precincts un reported. State totals compiled late last night give Brooks 3.vn19 Man sc, 211 Morgan 31.213 Udall 3S .231 Morn. 33.943 11 N»*il Other state races where the vot Ing was In no wise close returned all of Arizona's congressional delegation to office with U. S Senator Ernest W. McFarland of Florence romping ahead of his 1 opponent Harry Valentine of Phoe j nix. Tile vote: McFarland 64.690 | Valentine ll.S.'tfi Hfltaa it Murdock -49.948 M ■ Kensie Governor OBbom had little trouble defeating Howard Sprouse of Globe in what was almost no j contest. The vote: I i. UplWae 13,442 For the office of state superin tendent of public Instruction. No lan Pulliam, present assistant to Ring pulled away from two op ponents to win the nominations. The vote: Pulliam :* r , 333 Hh'keraon .. 21.831 Ztnunertn&n 17.947 In the contest for the two-year term on the corporation commis sion Yale McFate. Incumbent won handily over his opponent Ted Drey McFate [tolled 37.343 votes and Drey 23.129 MU Simms, veteran campaigner who has been In and out of state office since 1914 won the post of state treasurer for the third time when he defeated E- T. Williams. Jr, 34.139 to 29.782. All other state officials were un co/iteited. ELECTION RETURNS PINAL COUNTY COMPLETE United States Senator McFarland 3.223 YaJootina ITS Representative in Congress M;». Kei.zie 1,193 Mardock 3J17 Judge of the Supreme Court Udall 2.059 Morgan - 1.537 j Governor Osborn 3.156 Sprouse 738 Secretary of State Lips<-omb 1.144 Garvey Attorney General Sullivan J. 096 State Treasurer Williams 1.516 Simms 1.955 State Auditor Frohmiller 3,112 Superintendent of Public Instruction Hlckerson 1.552 Zimmerman 905 Pulliam 1 1.014 State Mine Inspector Murdock - - 3,001 State Tax Commissioner O'Neil 1.643 Moore - 2.140 Corporation Commissioner (Regular Term) Eden 1.268 Brooks 2.127 Corporation Commissioner (2 Year Term) McFate - 1.281 Drey .>•. 1,443 State Senator Goff 1.568 Canfll 2.258 Representative District No. 1 Gilbert - 1.216 Rugg 961 Judgs Superior Court Truman 3,265 Clerk Superior Court . Marks 2.379 Sheriff Sizemore - 1,006 Mitchell - 784 Earley ~ 2.256 Supervisor District No. 1 Back stein Gonzales _ —.. 147 Supervisor District No. 2 Spray - - 862 Supervisor District No. 3 Williams - 1.292 Stokes - 768 Treasurer Green 2,992 Recorder Bayless 3.149 Attorney Ellis 3.073 Assessor Parsons 2.65& School Superintendent Taylor 2,101 Chesley 1,680 It Can Rain ! One Half Inch Drenches City Wednesday It can rain' Proof came Wednes day night on the heels of one of the heaviest dust storms of the year when nearly one half Inch rain fell as the city was deluged with the same rain storm which caused considerable damage in Phoenix an hour lately No dam age was reported locally as the fli si rain fell since April 7th w'hen hardly more than a trace of rain was recorded by A1 Blcknell. weather observer at the C'asa Grande Ruins. Weather officials who have seen 1 so much dryness fluring the past w-ar were reluctant to hazard a gness but are hesitatingly pre dicting "more rain may come". But they don't say when. County Officials Probe Mystery Os Man's Death John L. Davis’ body found on deserf near Maricopa a month after he disappeared. County officials are investigat ing the death of John L. Davis. 38, recently of California .whose body was found near a railroad siding about is miles west of Casa Grande and 200 feet south of the tracks by an Indian member of a section crew working nearby. While there was no outward evt deru e of foul play. Justice of the Peace Walter I-ovp, acting In the capacity of ex-officio coroner, aald he was Investigating reports that Da\ is had been beaten in a fight near Maricopa several days before he disappeared a month and a hal| ago. Hi* disappearance was reported his brother, Enos Davis, of Eloy Because of advanced decomposi tion of the body, it was buried shortly after it was found In a county grave in Coolidge but Tues day It was disinterred by order of Coroner Leva and taken to Flor ence where a postmorteO was con ducted by Dr W. P. Tucker, coun ty physician. Members of the ralli* ad crew said they had seen the laxly ly ing in the desert almost a month ago hut thought It was a log Sat urday noon, the Indian workman wandered ofr from where the oth ers In the crew were eating lunch And discovered that it was a man s body. He was ylng In the shade of a small mesquite tree. The erdw reported iLs find to deputy sheriff Bert Klnnard of Casa Grande. ■ o Pinal Shows 7,261 Registered to Ballot For July Primary Pinal county voting registration* showed a total of 7261 for the pri mary Just passed. Os this num ber 6622 wer.e Democratic while 639 were Republican. For the Republican, f’asa Grande showed 203 in precincts Nos. 7 and 3 while 80 were registered from Eloy district. Coolidge led the list of registra lions with u total of 1676 voters of which 128 were Republicans; Casa Grande ran second with 14- 65 registered of which thq 203 were Republicans: Florence was third with 90S .egistries of which 64 were Republicans. It is interesting to note that In Maricopa, with 10 registrants; Mammoth with 139 *nd Hayden Junction. 45, there were no Re publicans registered. Eloy had the greatest jump in Registrations as the last I)em cratic primary showed that 207 persons voted for. Governor. There were 780 registered there for July primaries. Altercation on Truck Results in Stabbing Os Young Negro Worker Willie Canodeux, 22, negro, nar rowly escaped death when he w'as slashed in the chest with a knife wielded according to sheriff s dep uties. by Johnny I>avis, 21, negro, while the two were riding with other workmen in a truck near 11-Mile Corner this week. Canodeux suffered a wound in the chest by a knife which narrow ly missed his heart, according to physicians, during an altercation which arose out of a playful dis cussion about fighting. According to Travis Wall, un dersheriff, of Florence, Canodeux invited Davis to get off of the ttruck, if he wanted to fight. Da vis replied that he saw no need to go anywhere as he pulled the knife from his pocket and stabbed his challenger. Canodeux is still a very' sick man but is recovering while Davis is being sought by the sheriff. Both men were employed as labor ers at 11-Mile Corner. County Budget Is Set at $564,773 By Supervisors Increased expenses in all county departments but three noted in tentative budget; receipts out side taxation estimated will be $404,600. The lowest tax rate In the his tory of Pinal county was virtually assured this week as the board of supervisors released the tenia tive budget for publication. The ! new rate wlfl approximate 5 cents j per lIUO of assessed valuation j compared with the ten cent rate of ' last year. This fifty per cent lowering of the county* tax rate comes despite an Increase of budgetary figures for the current fiscal year In ex i cess of last year's total budget of (116.864.25. Last year the supervisors budgeted (447,505.75 while the new budget calls for expenditures of 1564,773.00. All of the Increased amount will come from treasury sui pluses and reserve funds. 'J'he amount to be raised by direct taxation totaling sl9 500 Is all for county road use. No levy will be I made this year for general county purposes, teachers retirement nor for a special road fund. The county supervisors expect to receive $303,600 from excise taxes, fines and fees to be used for general county purposes and SIOI,OOO from gasoline taxes and other receipts which are ear marked for road purposes to make a grand total of $404,600 to be used ’ for all county purpose. This total of monies the supervis ors have estimated will come from ‘ sources other than by direct tax ation Is $45,500 less than the amount actually received from these same sources during the past fiscal year. More than $36,- iK>O of this estimated loss Is caus ed by difference between the amount actually received from sales tax division and the amount It Is estimated will be received from this source. The board will meet In the courthouse In Florence at 2 o'clock. Monday, August 12. at which time any taxpayer may ap pear and be heard in favor of or against any proposed expenditure In the budget. Formal adoption of the budget will take place at that time. A further meeting on Monday, August 19. will be held for the purpose of fixing and levying the amount of taxes to be assessed and to fix the rate on each SIOO of taxable property appearing on the tax rolls of the county. The Increase Is taken up for a great part by Increases for the roads and bridges department and the county hospital. A total of $43,400 has been added to the roads and bridges department over last year’s budget which Includes a $20,0u0 Increase for new road equipment and almost $5,000 for coad maintenance. The Hospital Is given an in crease of $9,500 with $6700 or that set aside for increased salaries. The remainder 1b made up by In creases for supplies and expenses and laundry expenses. The overall budget shows In creases for every county depart ment with the exception of three The supervisors’ office Is cut S3OO. from $16,500 to $16,200, while the county treasurer’s department los es s2o<t, being dropped from $12,200 to $12,000. Allotment for the as sessor’s office remains at SII,OOO. 'Salaries increased in the re corder’s offh-e from $7,800 to sll,- 310 in the budget accounts for $3,- 000 of the Increased total budget. Increases for the various de partments are: attorney, $400; Justice courts, $900; recorder. $4.- 100; school superintendent, $300; sheriff, $2,000; Courthousp, salar ies, $1,320. supplies, S4OO, repairs and maintenance, SSBO, total $2,- 300; General cnotingencles, $3,- 000 jumping from $5,000 to SB,- 000; fire insurance, $288; Indus trial insurance. $512; tax roll ex pense, S2OO. Sigiarior court clerk salaries jumped $450 while supplies and expense dropped $150; Salaries in the Judges section of superior court jumped from $5200 to $7,- 470, supplies and expense went up S3O while S3OO was dropped from sanity examinations. In the In digent department, salaries jump ed from $5520 to $7400; No pro vision was made for road construc tion in the highways department but the increase for new road equipment and jumps of S7BB in salaries and $122 tor industrial in surance and $4,800 for road maintenance brought the total up. Wages and expense for elec tions is estimated to cost $7,000 more during this election year than the SI,OOO allotted last year which Was $117.66 less than was spent while teachers’ retirement figure I jumped from $9,808.75, the amount spent to $10,240. EARLEY TOPS SHERIFF'S RACE OVER TWO OPPONENTS; TAYLOR, CANFII, GILBERT AND WILLIAMS WIN POSTS Complete change in legislative representation for Casa Grande valley looms as both Senator Goff and Representative Rugg lose posts. Voting in Pinal county at Tues day’s primary centered around two races in which Lynn Earley, Pinal county assessor easily outdistanc ed two opponents to win the muni tion for sheriff ami Louis Taylor defeated Horace (’hesley for the office of school superintendent. Karley, incumbent president of Arizona Assessor’s Assoc iat ion has been county assessor since 19- 33. He carried every precinct in the county with the exception of Superior where John Mitchell car ried his home town. Al Sizemore, former state highway patrolman Coolidge Member Os State Body Reports on Meet Statewide legislative and planning committee to prepare unified motor code. Rerturning from a meeting of the executive committee of the Arizona Statewide Legislative and Planning Committee at the phoe nix Chamber of Commerce. Ray mond Sroaf, secretary of the Coolidgs Chamber of Commerce, reported that plans were laid for enactment or a modernized high way code through a state-wide edu i rational program. Louis R. Maroney. director of the uniform laws division of the Automotive Safety Foundation of Washington. D. C. and Karl F. Campbell, of San Francisco, west ern regional director of the Na tional Safety Council, who came to Arizona to make studies and rec omendatinns regarding highway laws at the meeting. The executive committee which includes Sr<>af. James Rolle. Jr., of Yuma, and C. T. Talley, president of the Ajo district Chamber of Commerce will turn over the find ings of the State Highway de partment and the two visiting ex perts to the meeting of the parent committee, It is expected, in Sep tember. A bill which will contain the best parts of the uniform highway code with certain modifications to make it practical for Arizona, will be prepared for submission at the next meeting of the legislature. o — Coolidge Hi Mentor Named to Staff of State Coaching School Glen Wilson, coach of the Cool idge high school football team Is on> the foootball staff of the third annual Arizona Coaching School to he held at Flagstaff, August 11-16. Others on the football staff In clude Mike Casteel, coach of the undefeated 1945 teartl of Arizona University; Jeff Cravath, coach of the University of 'Southern Cali fornia Trojans; Steve Couchie, Arizona State College, Tempe; Ed gar Ford. Mesa Union High School and BUI Armstrong. Winslow High School. Basketball staff Is made up of Fred Knke, University of Arizona; Frank Brickey, coach of the Flag staff College Lumberjacks; Rudy Lavik, Tempe; and Ford of Mesa whose team won the state basket ball championship last season. Views of Tom Gibbings, track coach, University of Arizona, and A. M. McCreary, track coach of the Lumberjacks, will be heard at sessions concerning track. J. F. McKaie. athletic director, University of Arizona, will lead discussions on baseball coaching and rules. Coaches and their families are assured a full program of social activities including a stag party and steak fry in Oak Creek Can yon and a “house or friendship” at the Country Club. Charles Cohen Is Lions Club Speaker Wednesday Night Charley E. Cohen, Coolidge mer chant, was guest speaker at Lion’s Club meeting Wednesday night, For the past 25 years Cohen has been trying to understand the buying public and tlielr whims and moods. To illustrate his findings, he told how many people will sac rifice comfort for looks when it comes* to buying a pair of shoes. He told of the resultant ills from poorly fitted shoes and displayed pamphlets concerning the care of bad feet. Ladies Day Battle For Feldman J. of P. Kate M. Trent Wins In the Feldman justice of the Peace precinct voters participated in a ladies’ day so far as justice of the peace balloting was concern ed. The contestants were Kate M. . Trent and Myrtle Cooper, and when the smoke of battle had cleared away the Trent entry was leading by a two to one margin. NUMBER 20 ami Casa Grande chief of police, who made a strong race against sheriff James Heuron two years ago was second. Lloyd Canfil, Superior attorney and former state senator, handily " 4,11 back his sent in the upper house from veteran legislator Charles Goff, Casa Grande busi ness man while I‘ante T. Gilbert of Casa Grande, a newcomer to coun ty politics defeated (). \V. Hugg, also of Casa Grande by a decisive margin lor state representative. Os the three supervisoral races f . \\ . Stokes of Coolidge was de feated by Frank Williams of Casa Grande. Bob Denton of Casa Grande, incumbent member of the board, was not a Candidate to succeed himself. l n district No. 1 Milton Backstein, ch:)rnian of the boujd of supervisors was unop posed on the ballot but Jamie Gonzalez of the Ray-Soonar dis- I 'fh't became a contender for tlie ! l*wd in the final two weeks of j the campaign but Tailed to un seut Backstein. Joe Spray of Su perior. supervisor for district No. 2 did not have opposition. E. L. Green, county treasurer; Esta L. Bayless, recorder; Ronald J. Ellis, county attorney; Wyly Carsons, county assessor; W. C. Truman, superior court judge and T. J. Marks for superior court clerk were unopposed. Research Committee Supports Water Project Now Before Congress The Pinal County Research Com mittee which has collected ap proximately $4,000 to further the efforts of obtaining additional wat-. er for this area, voted this week to extend its active cooperation to the Governor ami the Arizona congressional delegation in sup port of the present bill in Con gress to divert additional Colo rado River water to Arizona. The committee voted to send a man or two men to assist the congressional delegation In the present hearings ln Washington, D C., on reclamation of Colorado River water for this area, now In Congress, if it is believed neces sary. reclamation of Colorado River wat er for this area, now in Congress, if it is believed necessary. A sustaining membership of S2OO was voted to the Arizona Recla mation Association to assist in obtaining Colorado River water, or other water, or to further other reclamation projects for this dis erict. Q City tb Return Lighting Contract for Negotiation With Arizona Edison Co. A tentative draft of a contract submitted by the Arizona Edison Company to the city providing for the establishment of a white way on Main Street and Central Avenue and 82 other street ligtlis in the city will be returned for further negotiations, according to C. W. 'Stokes, city attorney. While there was no official an nouncement of what the city will seek to change In the tentative agreement, it is understood that the city cannot promise to idemnl fy the company for any loss in curred by it, nor can it agree to several other minor points in the proposed con tract. ©— Roche Wins Again; Whitlow Defeated by White in Precinct I. William G. Roche, present jus tice of the peace in Coolidge jus tice precinct easily defeated aspir ants to his office, by tallying al most as many votes as his two op ponents combined. Roche had 393 against 221 for Treadway and 209 for Eliedge. Asa Gardner had a closer fight for Constable totalling 442 against Moore’s 347. In Justice Precinct No. 1, Flor ence, the veteran constable Charles A. Whitlow, who has held that office contiuously since Jan uary, 1925, was defeated by Eugene White, a newcomer to political ranks. The race was close and was not definitely decided until the last votes were in. Whitlow had 295 against the returned war veteran, White’s 323. Three from Coolidge See Masonic Rises Os California Lodge Leaving Coolidge, Friday night, D. S. Davis, J. C. Jayne and Har old Fulton attended the impres sive ceremony attendant upon Dar ius Chapter conferring the most Excellent Degree of Royal Arch Masons upon 162 candidates upon the top of Mt. Helix about 15 miles east of San Diego. The ceremony is performed ev ery two years for candidates from Arizona and southern California. Previous to the ceremony, the Coolidge trio attended a dinner in the El Cortez Hotel. They return ed Sunday.