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VOLUME 17 CdUak't t Note Deck ALONG WITH THE constantly increasing coat of tir ing it is pleasing to note there Is still on** essential the price of »bi«h has lowered . . . Electricity. The latest of a series of rate re duction* which bare been granted by Arizona Edison Company to Casa Grande valley residents dur ing tbe 'past few years gives the commercial user the greater gain Kiectrfi al energy has become not only the most Indispenaible com modify of our every day living but the cheapest of all household and commercial aids • • • COOLIOGE IS TO have another *'l>ays of '49" cele bration the first of November and the townsfolk are expected to go western with abandon beginning the first day of October. For those who have a tough time raising a crop of dlscemabie whiskers we suggest they start now and if there are to he any prizes awarded for the best set of whiskers Mike ilavduke should-oughts be barred There jess atnt nobody who can duplicate that chin crop Mike raised during tbe war. • • • WE HAVE JUST READ with considerable interest an in dictment of ('handler business men for failure to support the cham ber of commerce of that city. With but the change of the name of the town the editorial could be published In almost every small town in America . . . Just read these two paragraphs: •This failure' (to Implement their desires with cash and ac tional on the pari of tbe men who protest that they want a cham ber has been a source of wonder ment for several years last past to those who have tried, over end over, to get a chamber of com merce active "Only lately, with a half dozen men working hard and spending much of their time and personal funds, severe criticism has been heard by those who haven't even sent In pledge cards." .* • • a DURING FOOTBALL season tbe critics usually lay off tbe chamber of commerce . . . they are too busy telling bow tbe coach lust the game . . . Mon day morning quarterback, la the term e e • WHEN THE EOITOR of the Chandler newspaper is con siderably older and bis hair much grayer and his shoulders stooped he will know . . . that there is as yet to be wrltt*|i the editorial strong enough to make the com- 1 munlty slackers do their duty. • • • THERE OUGHT TO be a special place in heaven for the civic worker . . . and there wouldn't be so many too much room would be necessary And If such a place could be provided they should be waited upon throughout eternity by those par ticular civic slackers who profited most. • • • FROM ALL EVIDENCE the initial city budget is satisfy ing to the electorate and the tax payers When the city council met Monday night to hold an open hearing on tho budget there were but two citizens present and all they wanted was to learn what the city council Intended to do about sewers • • • NEXT WEDNESDAY Is the 14th of August ... the first anniversary of the surrender of the Japs who once believed themselves to he the masters of the Asiatic and destined to rule the world . . . along with their Germanic axis partners • • • THE AMERICAN LEGION is urging annual observance of August 14th as "Victory Day" of World War ll for the purpose of giving thanks for the great vic tory we have won; to pay tribute to the memory of those who died to make the victory possible; 'to give recognition to the sacrifices and the devotuJn of the men and women who served in the armed forces; to kfeep alive the recollec tion of the war efforts and sacri fices on the home front and to rededicate all loyal Americans to the unfinished task of translating our military victory into lasting peace. o • Mrs. R. V. Campbell and daugh ter. Vera, returned Sunday from bong Beach. California, where they thave been vacationing for the past three weeks o • Mrs. George W'ataon returned home Friday from Florence hospi tal. where she underwent a major operation. She Is convalescing sat isfactorily. M IN THE CENTER OF PINAL COUNTY AGRICULTURE" COOLIDGE PINAL COUNTY. ARIZONA FRIDAY. AUGUST 9. 1946 Over 25 Veterans of World War II Now in Business for Themselves Here Business opportunities in growing community attract veterans from many states to Coolidge—types of enterprise chosen covers wida range of vocations as former service men get start on own. Over 25 veterans of World War II are now In business for them selves In Coolidge. These men. many of whom have covered much of the world's territory, have evi denced their confidence in Ibe future of Coolidge by selecting It as tbtflr home and the place of their future means of livelihood Various businesses in which the veterans are engaged range from activities » arried on In their homes to the professions and most modi ernly equipped and efficiently operated places of business. Sev eral of the veterans made their homes here before they entered the armed forces, others llveyl nearby and came here to settle after receiving their discharges, still others bad not been aware that there was aucb a young and vigorous town as Coolidge until their military duties brought them to Arizona Prisoner of War Camp Is Sought As Prison Annex Horence C. of C. join* with state in movement to get abandoned POW camp for juvenile* and first offender*. A movement to have the former Prisoner of War camp at Florence turned over Intact by the govern ment to the state for tbe purpose of using it as an annex for tbe state prison is underway The plait was discussed at a re cent meeting of the hoard of di rectors of the Florence Chamber of commerce with bon Walters, warden of the priaon. Under tbe plan the Prisoner of War camp would be used entirely for first offenders and Juveniles According to Walters the camp would greatly relieve overcrowded conditions at tbe state prison which has a capacity of 66(Tprlson ers but which is now housing ap proximately 700. It is understood that the state has already made a request for the camp, which according to author ities has equipment which would furnish laundry and baking facil ities to supply every state-support ed Institution in Arizona. A resoiuton is beug drawn up by H F. Tbum. secretary of the Florence chamber of commerce, which world, he said, be signed by heads of every civic organiza tion n the city, for the purpose of forwarding it to the state repre sentatives in Congress with a re quest for support in this move ment. Among those attending the meeting were: Tbum. C. C. Nolan, president of the chamber of com merce. J. Houston Allen, H. C. Hill aud -Mrs bottle Devine., The proposal was also given the unqualified endorsement of the Florence city council at Its meet ing Tuesday night and letters in dicating its approval were seut to the two congressmen and two senators in Washington and to Governor Osborn at Phoenix. O Greater Arizona, Inc., Proposes Joint Ads For State Communities A resolution to form a state wide cooperative council In coor dinating advertising of the state was adopted at a meeting of the directors of Greater Arizona. Inc., at a recent meeting in Douglas. The councU will be formed of chambers of commerce, climate clubs, civic bodies and other or ganizations that are at present ad vertising the state of Arizona. It is believed that considerable du plication could be avoided through this plan. o Bechtel Uses Plane For Inspection Os His Scattered Apiaries Robert Bechtel, whose apiaries are scattered throughout the state, has purchased an Ercoupe plane to facilitate inspection of these various bee locations. One of the largest shippers of honey in the west, Bechtel was quick to avail himself of the time saving advan tage of\air travel in his business. Moiyday morning he transacted business in the northern part of the state and later in the day flew to Nogales to look the district over for now apiary locations. 0 Mr. and Mrs. Nayne Hall are planning to fbave in the near fu ture to make their home in Phoe nix. The fallowing resume of vet erans and various businesses in which they have chosen to engage In Coolidge does not include those who were in business for them selves here before entering the service, but only new business enterprises started by World War II veterans. Bruno Yalazza. who served over two years as a naval flight in stru* tor. is owner aud operator of Vais Frozen Food Bank on Central A venue, the most mod ernly equipped business of its kind west of the Mississippi. Va lazza was engaged in the grocery business for 12 years at Cotton wood. Arizona, before entering the service, so was no stranger to the ba< kground and growth of Cool- Idge lie received bis discharge In August ot 1944 and after con sidering many locations for his new business decided on Coolidge His new 150.000 locker plant opened here formally on Febru ary 23, 1940. A former corporal. Ralph H. Ralph, served eight months in the South Pacific before being sent to Florence POW (•'amp. where he was stationed for a year. The desert held a strange attrac tion for him and this former Chi cagoan, after receiving his dis charge In January of 1946. cre ated his own business from natu ral desert products which were left to go to waste. He makes weather-proof wreaths and crosses at his home on West Pinkley Ave nue here So unuusual are these desert products that he is now sending a number of them east on order and has plans for a na tional advertising campaign Ralph was formerly a manager of a five and ten store in Chicago He started in business here In May of 1946 and now plans to add a nursery to his original interests. His business is known as Natural Desert Display. The grocery bustness Is decid edly the most popular selection of veterans here Among the six gro ceries operated In Coolidge by veterans are Coolidge Grocery. Raymond Jones; Fash and Ct/ry Grocery. Lewis G. Moses; Food land Market. Tom O. Buck; Save Money Super MarkA. Soo Hoo brothers; Time Market. Fred Gen try; Neighborhood Market, Joe Vasque* Jones, who served in the army, is from California; Moses, also army. Is from the east; Ruck, army, made his home here before entering the service; the three Soo Hoo brothers are from Cbi< ago. and Gentry, army, is from Alabama. The professions are represented by former Colonel Charles Stokes, attorney, who served many months in the European theater. He was a resident of Florence before open ing law offices here. Dudley Lewis, who served ap proximately four years with the navy, is now managing the Cool idge Hotel, which he aud his brother. C. W. Lewis, have leased. Dudley was a residigit of Coolidge before entering the service. E. B. Caudill, formerly a cor poral In the U. S. marine corps, now owns and operates Caudill's Furniture Store on Main Street. He is u native of Amarillo. Texas, but made his home in Tucson two years before entering the service, 18 months of which were spent In the South Pacific. After receiv- 1 ing his discharge in March of 1946, he opened his furniture store here. Management of Vah-Ki Inn has been taken over by Walter H. Smith from his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Smith, residents of Oasa Grande V alley for many years. The elder Smith has min ing interests that will require his presence elsewhere much of the time. Mrs. Smith will be hostess of the inn. Young Smith served with tbe army for over two years. He received aD honorable dis charge late in 1945 after active duty in the European theater. Walter L. Eyer, formerly a resi dent of Tucson, is now in the ce ment block business here. He served as lieutenant in the U. S. army air corps and was on active duty in the Central Pacific for over a year. He received his dis charge September of 1945 and went into business here soon af terward. Reich's Richfield Service Sta tion on Arizona Boulevard is owned and operated by Joseph J. Reich, formerly of Detroit, Michi gan. Reich was stationed at Cool idge Army Air FMeld for several months. After receiving his dis charge a short time ago. Reich decided to make Coolidge hi 9 home. (Continued on page six) Rotarians Hear Story Os 'Dime Novel' From Florence Collector Rotary members heard Tom Fullbright. Florence attorney tell the story of the so-called dime novels' at their Wednesday meet ing Fullbright Is an active collec tor of these paper bound "classics" and traced their development and decline and their uewlyfound pop ularity as collectors items. Dwight B. Taylor, vice-president of the Natural Gas Company, was made a member of the organiza tion at the meeting prior to F'ull brights ipeecb. Save Children Federation Gets Funds From Sale Money to be used for under-privi leged children in area—plan school at Randolph. George Maynard, manager of the 11-Mile-COrner Camp announced that $l2O had been realized from the sale of childrens clothing through the efforts of the Save the Children Federation at a meeting Os the Pinal branch of the federation at the camp recent ly. J Half of the money realized from the sale of the clothing supplied from the New York national of fice will he used to aid under- j privileged children of workers in the camp. Half of it remains In the county wjiiie the other half is uused for the efforts of the na tlonal organization Members of the county branch of the federation believe there is a definite need for a colored school at Randolph and the colored minis ter. the Rev E S Olass, has vol unteered to solicit funds for * building Colored pupils of the Randolph area are now attending t\e school at Borrees Corner, two miles west of Coolidge This school accom modates colored students from both Coolidge and Kenilworth school distri.ts. Oddly, the divid ing line Hrtween the two school diiatrloU Is the state highway and bisects Randolph with the greater number of families living ing tbe Kenilworth district of Randolph. Since more of the Randolph area students reside on the Kenilworth side of the highway Coolidge school district, according <o Su perintendent R W. Taylor, resi dents would he agreeable to pos ing tbe Borree school and aid lu the financing of admiuistra worth district build a school at tive expense should the Kenll- Randolph Another project being consid ered by the local branch of the federation is a nursery school for children of families who work dally at the 11 Mile-Corner camp. A sale of clothing is scheduled for Eloy this week-end and It Is hoped by the local branch that these sales where good used cloth ing for children may he purchased for a fraction of their cost, will be expanded to Casa Grande and Coolidge. o Hilda Taylor Resigns County Job to Take Welfare Worker Post Mrs. Hilda Taylor, wife of Louis Taylor, recently nominated on the Democratic ticket for county school superintendent, has resigned her position in the office of John J. Rugg. present superintendent and accepted a position as social worker in the Pinal county Board of Social Security and Public Wel fare at Florence. o American Legion Post Robbed of $430 Party Funds; Thief Used Key Coolidge post of the American Legion suffered its second rob bery in the past several months Sunday evening when an unidenti fied person entered the building and removed $430 in paper money only from a strong box. The money, representing the re ceipts from several dances and parties, bad been counted and placed in the box by Ben Arnold and Don Paul at approximately 6 p. m., and when Paul returned later at 9 he noticed that the strong box had been disturbed. investigation proved that the person who took the money had access to the building and the strong box with a key as the locks had not been forced. The investi gation has been turned over to Dan Kinser, town marshal. o • Mr. and Mrs. Carl McGee are expected home thiß week from St. Louis, where they have been for the past two weeks. Legion Schedules Days of '49 Fete Here, Nov. 1-2-3 Beards and western clothes to be order of day from October I on with kangaroo court for non conformists. The Hays of '49 after being notably absent during the war years, are corning bark to Cool idge Under the sponsorship of the William David Hood Post, No. 54, Americn Legion, the bearded dan dies decked out in big hats and high-heeled boots are scheduled to make their appearance October 1 in preparation for the celebration on November 1, 2 and 3. The program In general pro vides for the growing of whiskers and the donning Ot western attire with such events as kangaroo court for the dissenters, parades, band concerts, dances, a rodeo, movies, a carnival, football game, Boy 'Scout events and possibly a county fair Dudley post commander, has appointed J D. Uoree as gen eral chairman of the program. The post has adopted a slogan “For a new experience in fun — it’s Coolidge “Days of '49.'’ —j o ———— Annual Invitation Golf Tournament To Be Held In Coolidge This Year It Is planned to resume Cool idge Annual invitation Golf Tour nament this year. Work is uow under way on Coolidge Air Park golf course, according to announce ment this week Fairways have been staked out. bladed with a road grader and disked. They are now being leveled by land-plane in preparation for irrigation. Hobert Bechtel a doing the con structon work with his faun ma chinery. George Hayduke was ap pointed to dtfign and manage the construction of the golf course, it is contemplated that the course will be In rye grass by early fall, following repair of the two wells now on the property. Although the 9-hole course will be long, the fairways are 150 feet wide and there will be very little rough. For those desiring to play a shorter course there will he an other set of tees. The greens will he elevated and oiled-sand used for the putting surfaces at present. They will be converted later into grass greens. Membership to the country club will he open to ail residents of Coolidge and vicinity. 0 Ask Land Addition To Soil Conservation District—Hearing Set A Petition requesting the ad dition of over 800 Acres of ag ricultural laud In the vicinity of Magma, Arizona to the Florence- Ooolldge Soil Conservation Dis trict was presented this week to E. G. Attaway, chairman of the supervisors by D. R. Brittian, one of tbe land owners in the pro-. IKMted addition. Attaway set 10 a. m., Friday. August 23, at the Soil Conservation Service Office. 364 W’est Harding Street, Coolidge, Arizona, as the time and place of a hearing on the petition. All in terested parties are urgf*| to be present to present their views with reasons for or aganst the ad dition of such territory. The petition was signed by W. H. Weast of Phoenix, Arizona, F. E. Sutterle, of Visalia, California; L. R. Holbrook of Boise, Idaho; Neii Rasmussen, San Clemente, California; Florence L. Kermedy, Roland Cummings and F. W. Sut terle of Los Angeles, California; Zellegar and Grubb, Clemans Bros, and D. R. Brittian of Florence. Arizona. Local Families Attend Church Activities At Prescott This Week Arizona district of the Church of the Nazarene held a Young People's Institute Monday through Thursday with a camp meeting scheduled from August 8 through 18, on their campground “Among the Pines" at Prescott, Arizona. The new “Memorial Tabernacle" was dedicated Thursday. Rev. A. C. Tunnell of Coolidge is secretary-treasurer of the camp (meeting* Mxs, Tunnell is con ducting a teachers training course at the camp. Rev. Tunnell ex pects to return to Coolidge to hold church services Sunday. Others from Coolidge who attended were: Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Delbridge and family, Mr. and Mrs. L. A Mc- Intyre and family, Mr. and Mrs. Osee P. Wagner and family, and James Newcomb. Heavy Storm Sweeps Valley Leaving Damaae Set at More Than $30,000 Roofs blown off of buildings; telephone and electric wires torn loose by fury of 2-hour blast of hurricane proportions winds unequalled in memory of Coolidge's oldest inhabitants. Sweeping through the Casa Grande Valley with a fury un equalled In the memory of the oldest resident, a storm of hurri cane proportions left damage esti mated at more than $30,000 in its wake. .Roofs were ripped off of houses and business establishments, signs and trees were blown down litter ing the roads and making travel hazardous, and in some spots im possible. At one spot the wind over turned a freight car on a siding and in another instance upset a light truck carrying two repair men of the Salt River Water Users Association. Neither of the men A freak of the storm occurred on the ranch of W. E. Shoe maker, 12 miles southwest of Coolidge. where a three-room tenant house was lifted bodily and carried across a road, sixty feet away without injuring the five occupants. R. M. Moore, his wife, Idell, and three children were left ly ing on the ground on their mat tresses when the storm, after lifting the house, tore it to pieces on Its new location, and moved their beds from under them. The houuse passed over a 66,000 volt electric line which had been smashed to the ground by four big cottonwood trees, toppled by the storm. The high voltage line furnished fireworks for the passage of the house. % was injured and the truck was righted and continued on its way. The storm struck Coolidge shortly after 9 p. m. Friday. Wind speeds were eatlmated at from 80 to 100. miles an hour and the storm was accompanied by a light rainfall wtith hail in some areas. A combination afore room and garage being built Just north of the high school and for the use of tfie school was almost complete ly demolished with the wind sweeping in one end, lifting the roof and knocking down most of were scattered several hundreds of yards from the site. Trees bordering the playground of the South school were smashed down by the fury of the blast with viirtuaily eveiy other tree around the block suffering some damage. The telephone company re ported that many wires were knocked down by falling trees or limbs but no poles were reported down in Coolidge. Wo#k arews have been busy during the past week r epairing line damage throughout the coun try,. The telephone company also re ported 33 poles knocked down in the Eloy area. The poles carried transcontinental lines from El Paso to Yuma and Los Angeles. Several hundred telephones in Florence, Coolidge, Casa Grande’ aud Eloy were out of use for hours. Most of the damage throughout the country was to trees and build ings. Little crop damage was re ported. Barns and stnail outbuild ings were razed on a number of farms and several country roads were completely blocked by large trees being felled across them. The freight car was on a Biding near Eloy. It was toppled into a wash* but was righted and re • Indian Wife Attempts Suicide by Shooting Herself with Rifle A youung Pima Indian wife, who “saw r no reason to continue liv ing," attempted to commit sui cide by shooting herself in the shoulder with a -22 calibre rifle at her home in Blackwater, Sun day. She is Mrs. Lorraine Pablo, 19, wife of Riley Pabfo, recently dis charged veteran of World War 11. Taken, to Sacaton Hospital, Mrs. Pablo told Undersheriff Wall that ! she suffered from fits of rnelan- 1 cholia and in those times wanted to die. ‘She is recovering. 0 Junior Womans Club Holds Dinner-Dance At * Picacho Tavern Tuesday A dinner dance was held Dy members of Coolidge Junior Wom ans Club for their husbands and guests at Picacho Tavern Tuesday evening. Mrs. Charles Dora was general chairman of arrange ments. The club’s next meeting will be a steak fry and evening of cards at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wildermuth Monday evening, Au gust 26. The gathering is scheduled to start at seven o’clock. o • Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Tylor re turned Friday from Los Angeles, where they spent three weeks va cationing. o • Mrs. H. H. Chandler returned Friday from Missouri, where she spent two weeks visiting her mother. NUMBER 23 j placed on its trac ks by workmeu I on Saturday. In Coolidge a repair shed and workshop in the rear of Q. S. rftapley and Cuiupau) was almost completely demolished and a por tion of ihe roof blown off swept a main feeder electric line for West Coolidge to the ground, leav ing that portion of town in com plete daikness until early morn ing. Repair crews of Arizona Edison Company worked until 5 a. m. Saturday restoring service after the storm had passed. llao ‘t he storm which came out of (he east struck the town with un uiininished fury for almost two sweeping around to hit frpm the north after a short pe riod. —. — . - o Council Moves To Survey City For Sewer System Accepts $12,500 government loan to pay for survey; estimate pro posed sewer would cost city $297,000. Moving to supply a long-felt want in Coolidge, City Council Monday night voted to accept a $12,500 federal loan for a sewer survey. ’J he money had been allo cated by the Bureau of Domestic Facilities of the Federal Works Administration, At the same lime Council voted to appoint a coinmvtee to study the contract for a preliminary survey and plan offered by Head man, Ferguson and Corollo, Phoe nix engineering firm. It was felt that the contract offered by the firm was not “comprehensive’’ enough. Members appointed on the com mittee are: Carl Anderson, Dr. G. 13. Steward, C. W. 'Stokes, city attorney and Mark Layn, city en gineer. Arthur L. Pistor, representing the engineering firm, explained that it would take l.| to 150 days lor his organization to complete a proposed sewer system plan but that It would he a complete sys tem when offered and would pro vide for collection and disposal Os all city sewage. The plant pro posed wofld oe similar to those iuntailed at lihckeye, Mega and Ternpe and approved for Flag staff. It was estimated the entire cost of installing such a system would be $297,000. No objection was raised at the meeting on the proposed 1946-47 budget of $46,598 and it will be formally adopted at the next meet ing. A contract for installing a street lighting system in Coolidge by the Arizona Edison Company as re vised by round after t had been offered by the electric company some time ago was returned by the company witli two objections, v One objection referred to a paragraph which provided for the city and the company to settle rate differences through confer ences should the electric company get its power cheaper in the fu ture, instead of referring the mat ter to the corporation commission. The company claimed that it could not afford to pass on any reduc tions unless they were substan tial because of its investment in the town lighting system. Judson Corbin, assistant to the president pf the company ex plained the company’s attitude to ward the city’s proposed contract, and said most reductions to tbe .company would automatically be passed on the city. Another paragraph which the city instituted providing for re lease from its contract in a period of stress such as a possible de pression, was reiused by the 'tym pany which oilered an eight-year contract instead of ten-year one. Council also voted to eliminate the private taxicab parking area on Main street near Harding. o Rhodes Wins Drawing For Constable Place On Ballot—Three Tied The last man to draw was the lucky one in the draw-off to de termine the winner of the nomi nation for constable in Justice Precinct No. 7. The drawing was among Charles Rhodes, incumbent, Jess Teague, rancher, ajid Henry Lacey, former railroad worker. Each of the con testants had gotten 28 votes in the primary July 16. Three slips of paper, one bear ing the inscription, ‘‘nominee, ’’ were placed in tiny capsules in the office of the county supervisors on Tuesday. The three contestants decided among themselves who should draw lirst. The first two, Teague and Lacey, drew the blanks while Rhodes got the remaining capsule bearing the winning ticket. The losing candidates expressed ItJhemselves as c’ om lfetely satis fied with the results and the meth od of drawing.