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Graham guardian. [volume] (Safford, Ariz.) 1895-1923, April 04, 1922, Image 1

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The people of Safford and tlio val
ley wero greatly shocked Saturday
morning when It was learned that our
esteemed and respected citizen
James T Owens had died early that
morning While It was known that
Mr Owens had been m poor health
for more than a year his death at
this time was unexpected by lls
friends as It was only tho day before
that ho was attending to his many
business interests and talking with
his friends whom ho met on the
streets Death was duo to heart fail
ure the attack coming on about two
oclock Saturday morning Medical
help was summoned Immediately but
despito every offort to prolong his
life the end came about thirty min
utes after two oclock At the bed
side at the tlmo tho end camo wore
his wifo his two daufthtors Mrs- Ella
Madscn and Mrs Viola Fuller his
son Beauregard Mr Madscn Mr Ful
ler and his stop daughter Miss Edna
Marrlam and sovoral neighbors His
two sons Oanco and J T who livo
on farms east of town were summon
ed but did not reach tho home In tlmo
to see their father before ho passed
away A message was immediately
sent to the other daughter Mrs Cora
Jacobson who lives In San Francisco
and she arrived on the Apache Mon
day morning
Funeral services wore held In the
Lay ton church at 200 oclock yester
day afternoon and wore attended by
one of tho largest congregations over
assemblod on an occasion of this kind
The houso was beautifully decorated
with white bunting and flowers and
tho casket was covered by many love
ly floral offorlngs sent by friends and
relatives of the deceased It Is ro
gretted by the family that tho beauti
ful flowers sent by A H Forrln of
Tucson did not arrive until tho even
ing train Later they were taken to
tho cemetery and placed upon the
Tho services woro conducted by
Bishop Groonhalgh and consisted of
tho following program1
Song by tho choir O My Father
Prayer Bishop J It Wclker
Song by the choir Somotlmo well
Bishop Grcenhalgh then spoke on
tho earlier llfo of tho doceasod and
told of his enterprise and ability in
the business world and how ho had
helped to make this valley what it
is today
Prof II L Payno By Smith Mrs C
D Welkor and Mrs Amos Cook sang
tho beautiful song Jesus I over of
My Soul which wan followed by a
brief talk by L M Fergunon who
spoko on the subject of the preexist-
enco and our mission in tnl3 llfo
My nodoemor wa mo next song
and was rendered by Mrs C D Wolk
Tho noxt spoakor was It G Zayton
of Thatcher who told of tho turly
llfo of Mr Owens and tho many
pleasant dealings ho had had with
Prof It L Payno made the closing
Tomarks and spoko brlofly of how wo
should look for and pralso tho good
qualities of each other rathor than
dlsagroeablo ones
Tho choir sang Mid Scones of
Confusion and tho sorvlces woro
closed with tho benediction by Presi
dent C M Layton
Tho remains wero taken to tho
Union coraotory for burial and tho
dedication o ftho gravo was made by
Wm Ellsworth
James T Owens was born on his
fathers farm In Alabama August 2
1S54 and died In Safford Arizona
April 1 1922 at the ago of 68 years
When twenty four years of age Mr
Owens loft his homo in Alabama and
wont to Kansas late going to Miss
issippi where he lived for about a
year returning again to his Alabama
homo In 1SS6 ho decided to try his
fortune in the far west and came to
Arizona landing at Bowie From
Bowio he wont to Thatcher whore he
secured work and later went into the
mercantile business and from that
tlmo until a year or two ago he was
actively engaged In business in Saf
ford and at the tlmo of his death was
associated with S A Sowell In the
hay and grain business and was also
a part owner In tho Safford Water
Company At ono tlmo ho owned and
conducted the Hotel Olive selling
tho business about two years ago to
Ted Waughtol During the years
1919 and 1920 ho was a mombor of
tho board of supervisors of Graham
county and ho gave o the affairs of
the county the same care and atten
tion that ho gave to hla own person
al businoss enterprises and made a
faithful and conscientious officer
Bofore coming to Arizona Mr
Owens was married to Miss Lona
Ragsdalo at Sprlngorville Alt in
1879 and of this union eight children
were born six of whom aro living
Thoy are Mrs Ella Madsen Mrs
Cora Jacobson Mrs Viola Fuller
Oanco J T and Beauregard About
ten years ago Mrs Owens died and
on September 9 1915 Mr Owens was
married to Mrs Hattlo Marrlam of
this place who survives him
Besides being a successful
ness man of Safford Mr Owens was
a loyal and conslstant member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints and was for several years a
member of the board of education of
the St Joseph Stako Academy at
Tho regular session of the board of
supervisors convened yesterday with
a full attendance or tho members
present No business of Importance
was transacted tho first day but at
todays session bids on tho road bonds
wero rocolved and considered
Fourteen bidders which Included
representatives from bonding house3
from Now York to San Francisco and
as far north ami south as Denver and
New Orleans
It 1b believed at this tlmo that tho
best bid is tho ono submitted by a
Now Orleans bonding house which
offered to buy tho bonds at par plus
a promlum of 1875000 and will bear
Interest at tho rate of six per cent
Tho board is still in session and
has under consideration tho many
details in connection with tho closing
of tho sale
Sunday schhool at 10 a m each
Preaching service at 11 a m
730 p in
Young Peoples Service at C45
m each Sunday
Prayor meotlng and choir practlco
Thursday at 730 p m
Thh general public is cordially In
vited to como to any or alKof theso
Dr O D Weoks who was at ono
tlmo located In Safford was in town
for sovoral hours Sunday on his Way
from Hot Springs to his homo at
Agula Prleta near Douglas
The American Legion veterans cen
sus began In Safford last week and
will bo completed in ten days when
the local record will be forwarded to
tho stato headquarters of tho Legion
at Phoenix and thence to national
headquarters at Indlanopolis where
tho compilation of Individual records
of the lSOOOOO men and women who
served their country in the world
war is already under way
of thousands of veterans to obtain
medical treatment hospital care ad
justment of back pay allowances
ability compensation employment or
the many other things the Legion
makes it its business to attend to for
veterans The local census is being
made under the direction of Swift-
Murphy Post of the Legion and its
auxiliary unit
We are going to have the names
of overy man and woman in this
community who saw service In the
world war before we stop said Com
mander Whelock of tho local post
We have all our plans for as
thorough a census as tho government
consus takers over took of tho whole
population and the boys are on the
job We know our project has creat
ed much interest in the community
Now we are going to knock at every
door In tho county before we are
through but in order to make abso
lutely sure wo want to let everybody
know what we are doing and ask for
tho cooperation of nil ex service men
If we should miss one man in this
community wo would not consider
tho consus a success It makes no
difference whether a man belongs to
tho Legion or not all wo caro for
today is his service i ntho war We
aro going to tako all tho pains in
tho world This is ono of tho big
gest jobs ever tackled by tho Legion
and the entire post is determined to
mako It an absolute success in Gra
ham county
The votertan census has aroused
much intorcst throughout tho coun
ty Tho need of it has been Instant
ly recognized The census idea was
first brought forward and tested ex
perimentally in the stato of Iowa a
year ago Tho results woro such as
to convlnco the national officers of
the Legion of tho feasibility and In
stant need of a national census The
plan was brought before tho Nation
al executive committee ot tho Legion
and adopted Plans woro at onco de
fined and tho consus inaugurated
At the executive committee meet
ing of tho Auxiliary at tho same time
It was decided that tho ontiro organi
zation of tho Auxiliary bo put at tho
disposal ot tho Legion In carrying out
tho census Tho wives and children
of tho ox sprvlco men constitute tho
prlmo interest ot tho Auxiliary and
It was felt nt onco that certain fea
tures of tho consus would bring Im
portant benoflts for theso
The projected rotating fund of tho
Legion appealed in cspoclal to tho
womon of tho Auxiliary Tho ro
tating fund ot the Legion is designed
by tho Loglon to bring instant ro
lief to tho families of all ox servlco
mon In need This fund is to
built up by tho ox servlco men them
solves Thoso now in good circum
stances aro being asked it they will
contribute tholr sharo of government
compensation to tho fund Tho
will be among these
money thus secured will be loaned at
once without any red tape to veter
ans In need The responses made so
far to the Idea have been most gener
Other features of the census In
clude tho ascertaining of all unad
justed claims for government relief
on this question but nothing found
out before tho census The adjusted
compensation bill provides for vari
ous measures ot relief such as farm
The Legion is obtaining this data im io0 nnMn io -
cational training or an adjusted pay
lnierpret tno neeas oi me veteran mont m caahi The canvassers aro in
for whom It speaks and to assist tens qurJng ot overy mtm what hlscholco
Tho revival tnat has been In pro
gress for the past two weeks at the
Baptist church came to a close Sun
day nlghL
Tho visible results have not beon
as great as wo hoped for yet we aro
highly pleased that so many have
taken their stand for Christ We be
lieve that we will yet see other re
sults that we have not yet been able
to realize There were thirty one ad
ditions to the Baptist church and
several expressed their Intentions of
lining up with the Methodist church
We wish to express our apprecia
tion for tho faithful cooperation of
Rev J L Lyons and his church
The coming ot Rev Barsett to our
town has been a benefit not just to
the Baptist church but to the entire
town Wo hope that his work shall
be a permanent asset to tho cause ot
Christianity Let us confidently look
to God who has given all of the in
Miss Glenna Layton of Thatcher
was the honored guest at a miscel
laneous sower given at the home ot
Mrs Clarence Naylor in Safford
Thursday afternoon March 30th at
which Mrs Naylor Mrs Alma Tate
and Miss Mildred Duke wore hostess-
Christ of Latter day Saints to Max
Wobb of Pima
Wednesday evening March 29th
Bob Morris was greatly surprised
whon about forty ot his friends came
to his homo to spend tho evening
with him tho occasion bolng his
birthday A number of very clover
games wero indulged in and a short
program was given which consisted
of songs by Mr and Mrs Ferguson
and Delbort Merrill and a reading by
Mrs S A Jensen
During tho evening a light lunch of
chickens sandwitches potato salad
bo pickles olives Ice cream and nngel
food cake was sorved
Aftor a most pleasant evening the
guosts departed for their homes wish
ing Mr Morris many happy returns of
his birthday
J2w - - - v
In order to show their high esteem
and appreciation of tho work done in
the Womans Club by Mrs C F
Brandt the economics department of
which she Is chairman gave her a
and the hunting out of every one en 1 handdkerchlef shower Friday after-
titles to hospital treatment or voca
tional training It Is known there
are many who havo not mado con
nections with government relief and
tho stories of these are especially
At tho end of this consus it will bo
known for the first tlmo just what
forms of adjusted compensation the
veterans prefer Much has been said
noon prior to her departure for Phoe
nix where she will remain for several
Tho ladies had assembled at the
club looms and the president of th3
club Mrs D Ssoit Schenck was eTt
to bring the honored guest to the
party After some c axing and upon
tho pretext of showing her some ar
ticles that had been given to tho de
partment Mrs Brandt was persuad
ed to leave her household duties and
go with Mrs Schenck to the club
rooms where the welfare department
was supposed to be holding a meet
ing Upon arriving there and seeing
so many ladles present she remark
ed what a good attendance they were
having and it was only after some
insistance upon tho part of the mem
bers that she was made to believe
that thoparty was really for her
A guessing contest entitled Just
Clubs was the first feature of en
tertainment and at the end ot several
minutes the answers to the questions
were read and it was found that at
least seven had tho correct answers
Straws were drawn to decldo the
winner and Mrs D M Hlbner was
the successful one and received the
first prize a beautiful bunch ot vio
lets Mrs Ted Waughtel was the re
ceiver of the consolation prize which
was a toy balloon
Two lnstruemental selections rend
ered by members ot the Cadinza or
chestra and a piano solo by Mrs E
H Roach concluded the entertain
ment features
Mrs Brandt was then presented
with a basket containing many dainty
packages which upon being opened
revealed pretty handkerchiefs and
for which Mrs Brandt very graceful
ly thanked tho donors
The serving of delicious ice cream
and cake ended a very pleasant aft
Shortly after tiio morning train
came In Monday a freight composed
of ten cars of oil pessed through Saf
ford going to Solomonvillo where tho
1 will be used on the roadbed ot
es A most pleasant auornoon was cumum uuincvu wa
spent by the thirtj -three guests who Place and Tanquo During the sum-
wore prosont and tho bride-to-be re
ceived many beautiful gifts in the
way of household articles for her now
home Miss Layton is a very charm
ing and popular daughter of Mr and
Mrs H C Layton of Thatcher and is
well known among tho younger peo
ple of tho valley Sho loft on tho
morning train Saturday for Salt Lolw
City where she will bo married In
the temple of tho Church ot Jesus
mer tho dust over this stretch of
road Is so disagreeable that the com
pany has decided to oil tho track In
order to ellmJuato this unpleasant
feature of travel In order to get the
work started immediately J A Gil
bert trainmaster Wm Reed road-
master and John Harper civil engi
neer of tho Arizona Eastern came In
on the morning train yesterday morn
ing and went from hero to Solomon
villo to superintend tho work
Mr and Mrs Herbert Fisher who
left Saturday for Texas wero tho
guests of honor at a prettily appoint
ed dinner party last Wednesday even
ing at 730 oclock given by Mr and
Mrs II E Coopor The other guests
wore Mr and Mrs U I Farmer Mrs
Augusta Coopor and J R Cooper
Wo dostro to express our most
grateful thanks to our friends and
neighbors especially tho Rollot So
ciety of Layton for their many kind
words ot sympathy and kind assist
ance given to us during tho death ot
our bolovod husband and father J T
Mrs Hattlo Owens
and children
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Dont forget to secure your tickets
for tho concert given by Miss Gladys
Dunlap ot Willcox Saturday April
8th at the high school auditorium
tickets for sale by the members ot
tho Graham County Music Club
Children and high school students 35
cents adults 50 cents
Miss Elsie Toles says ot Miss Dun
The program Is as follows
Out Where Tho West Begins
Estello Philleo
Chant Hindu Bemberg
A Little Bit OHoney Carrie Jacobs
Bond Miss Dunlap
Nocturne Tchaikowsky
A La Blen Aimee Eduard Schutt
Legend Of the Plains Cadman
Miss Dunlap
My Mother Bids Mo Bind My Hair
De Olo Arks Amoverm David Guoln
Greatest Miracle Of AH David Guolay
Miss Dunlap
Semironils Rossini 5
Miss Dunlap and Miss Blew
Do Not Go My Love
Richard Hageman
Youd Better Ask MertTfrGounod
Miss Dunlap
Hark Hark Tho Lark -
Schubert Liszt
Serenade Schubert LlsztMIss Blew
Idealized Indian Themes
By The Waters Ot Mlnnctonka -
Thurlow Lieuranco
The Weaver Thurlow Lieuranco
The Moon Drops Low
Charles Wakefield Cadman
From the Land Of The Skyblue Water
Wakefield Cadman Miss Dunlap
Since Miss Frost recommended you
I knew wo could expect something
I very mucn worth while as your part
of the program but I did not expect
as finished a performance as you ac
tually gave us I have heard endless
comment upon tho beauty ot your
voico I know that I personally was
charmed with it and feel that I havo
been defrauded in not having heard
you before Please let me thank you
again I sincerely hopo that I shall
havo tho pleasure ot hearing you
often in the future
E H Newton whoso home is In
New Hampshire arrived hero last
week and has accopted a position with
tho Arizona Title and Abstract Co
Chevrolet Stripped Chevrolet
Roadster Ford Touring Ford
1 Ton Truck Hudson Super six
1 8HP Stover Engine 1 10 H P
Stover Engines for cattle
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