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8, Sec. i Lubbock, (Tex.) Avalanche-Journal, Sun., Apr. 25,1948 J*a2e O OwC. * tjUUUVlMV, \.J,t:A./ f\ vaAdin-iJt- u uwj.ijra-1, UU.LI., »*^i.*iu, + v *.** • _ _ Gail, Capital Of Borden County, Is Still \Undisturbed By The March Of Progress ' I ...kill *.By W. W. (Bill) WARREN Special Corrtipondent G AIL, Borden County, April 24. Thi; quiet but rugged little cowtown, aware of but undisturbed by the march of progress, remains just about as it was 60-odd years ago, an unruffled page of the old "West. The county seat of Borden county, which was created from Bexar county in 1876, Gail now has a population of about 1200, two hundred less than it boasted in the 1940 census. Named Afitr Gail Borden Organized in 1891, the county and the county seat were named after Gail Bord*n, an early Texas patriot and publisher and the inventor of condensed milk. D. Dorward, Gail's only druggist and a resident of the area since 1892, says that Borden never saw the city and county that bore his name. One* Chuck Wagon Cook Once an accomplished chuck- wagon cook, Dorward has gone up the trail to Kansas City and other northern markets many times -on cattle drives. He once was nursemaid for sixty days to a cowpuncher who had been "badly wounded. "This fellow and another puncher got into an argument, Dorward nursed, and then the shooting started." Town Without Many Thingi Gail goes along its nuhurried way without a doctor, lawyer or preacher. The town has no bank, hotel, picture show nor railroad. There is only a handful of buildings, most of them as old as the city itself, a courthouse and a jail. Strangely enough, the county's history is virtually • unmarked by crime or violence although it was locked in a struggle between "nesters" and cowmen when it was organized. Recall "Land-Pulling" Era Dorward and other old settlers remember when men struggled with each other on the courthouse lawn in the "land-pulling" era. One man would yank another away from the county clerk's window as he attempted to file on a block of land. There were plenty of fights but no killings, Dorward recalls. The ranchers won the battle and Borden county remains one of the best breeding grounds for cattle MAIN STREET SCENt—This picture shows Gail's main and only street, the modern jeep clashing With store fronts as old as Borden county itself. White building at the left is the town's tiny postoffice. ' 'J BOHDEN COUNTY PIOI'EEHS—J. H. Smoot (left) 93, took part in the "Land-pulling" struggle when Borden county was organized. R. J. Moore (right), 78, says when he came to Borden county "the sun was just a little thing and there wasn't any moon at all." Baylor Medical Unit Dedicated HOUSTON April 24. (U.R)— The health of the nation is a prime factor in the event oi! another total war, Secretary of the Army Kenneth C. Royall said today during dedication ceremonies at the new $2,500,000 Baylor university college of medicine building. Secretary Royall declared that institutions like the $100,000,000 Texas medical center, of which the Baylor college is a part, "can main tain and improve the American standard of life." "We Americans must reluctantly face the fact that we are not a physically fit people," he said. "Even in Texas with its famed outdoor life, 32 per cent ot your young men at the peak of their youth were found unfit tor military service." Atomic Medicine ? •• Med He added that one- • of the nation's draftable men .iad to be rejected by the armed forces. Royall reviewed the medical progress made during World War II, and he pointed out that out of every 1,000 wounded men requiring hospitalization, 955 survived. He said this was 27 per cent better than the American record in any

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  2. 25 Apr 1948, Sun,
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