The Austin American from Austin, Texas on February 4, 1940 · 8
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The Austin American from Austin, Texas · 8

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Sunday, February 4, 1940
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8 SUNDAY AMERICAN-STATESMAN, AUSTIN. TEXAS, FEBRUARY 4, 1940. For Delivery Service Telephone 4391 -R.E.A. Circus To Show Near Johnson City Demonstrated At ; Free Circus SpetUl to Sunday Ameriean-Sutman JOHNSON CITY, Feb. 3. The big REA (arm equipment show is set up for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 5 and 6. The two big tents will go up on the Fawcett lot in Johnson City on Highway 281, Monday afternoon, and everything will be in order lor the first evening program , at 7:30. As the big tents go up, the smaller "' tents will be pitched tents for the ""lunch stand, for a workroom, tents j, to hold manufacturers exhibits, t House trailers will pull into place, -open exhibits prepare for demon-. stration, while the tour's feed mills, ..sheliers, elevators, ensilage cutters, pumps, and motors, and other equipment is being uncrated and put in readiness for ooeration. 1 The big farm electric equipment show, with its tents and its truck- loads of equipment and its skilled personnel, has followed the season J from North to South, with showings a continuous since early July. It is brought to this area through the cooperation of the extension service, the rural electrification administra- tion, farm electric equipment manu- facturers, with the Pedemales Elec- trie cooperative. J Water System " Since running water on the farm, J and modern plumbing for the farm , bathroom and farm kitchen, are the foundations of modern living and perhaps the greatest single benefits brought by electricity, a complete 'automatic pressure water system .and farm bathroom have been built on one trailer, and a complete electric kitchen on another. The two )jcan back together, hook up to the I, faucets in the traveling kitchen. The 1 1 water is carried in tanks on the ''trailers and heated by a standard ' electric water heater. , Demonstrations showing how run-ning water may be used to increase poultry production, its value to the ' dairy, "in the pigyard, for fire projection, for the effortless filling of ,, stock tanks, and for many other npurposes, will be conducted by Jim-' mie Cobb, of REA, and a representative of the extension service. Meals large enough for half dozen , hungry harvest hands will be prepared "in the exhibit kitchen by Miss ; Lighter. REA home economist, as a ' part of the evening program. A state ', home demonstration agent will share i the program in addition to super-1 vising the all-electric lunch tent in ! which local farm club women will ibe on the job all day and evening, . serving up hot meals. The whole 'family can come to the show pre-1 pared to stay all day without troubling to pack a lunch. ' Cooking Context LIIC ills,. Tt-IIlEa (yiw.o,. ! eludes a cooking contest, discussions 1 of electrical costs, and a demonstration of the new low-cost package flighting fixtures, and discussions .of various electric-powered farm (equipment. 1 Starting off at 1:30 the next afternoon and until late afternoon, the 'men will see local grains. sorghums, (hay, and fodder ground, elevated, and cut or chopped. Many of the 'new smaller mills especially design-led for electric operation will be set ,up to run automatically through a number of processes. The dairy section of the demonstration will show various types of milkers, cream coolers ranging from small five-gallon types that can be "used in conjunction with cream storage in the household refrigerator, to big four-can coolers, sterilizers, and automatic drinking cups for the cattle. The women, 5n the meantime, may attend extensive programs in the big tent, where there will be groups to study kitchen planning electric cookery with the range and with small appliances, a laundry demonstration, discussions of the farm refrigerator, and pointj on the care and selection of household appliances. Late in the afternoon when all the grain has been ground, all the machinery operated, and the tanks of the well pumped dry, the men join the women in the tent for discussions of water heating for stock and poultry, and electric cookery contest, discussions of electrical dairy and farm equipment, and computations of electric costs. LLANO COUNTY TO BE REPRESENTED AT 6HOW LLANO. Feb. 3. Llano county, whose farm and ranch owners are now enjoying electricity through the REA program, is expected to be well represented at the REA equipment show Monday and Tuesday at Johnson City, which is being sponsored by the Pedemales Electric Cooperative, Inc., of which Llano county is a part. Electricity has recently been turned on in several rural communities in the county as a culmination of the extension REA program in this section. Austin RidesFrom Mule Drawn Car to Electric Trolley to Modern Motor Bus I -P M fe iifiMf I he old I Austin 2nd In Construction By the Associated Press Up near the $4,000,000 level Houston kept far ahead in Texas building with a total this week of The totals were: City Thin Week Thi Year Houston $420,515 $3,742,155 Austin s 590 443,404 Dilas !W,0t R60.S7S San Antonio 95.968 347.K40 Fort Worth 70.690 315,278 Corpus Christ! 65.85 1,444,800 AmariMo 3K.836 145 772 Beaumont 35.411 Lubbock 32,660 Port Arthur 17,130 Wichita Fall 10,920 Galveston 10,899 Tyler 8.920 Pampa , 6,000 Midland 5,025 Bis Spring 2,805 92,200 602,227 70,171 89,230 339.015 41,764 31,100 11,"50 38,050 Bell County League Director Appointed Special to Sunday American-Statesman BELTON, Feb. 3. J. Frank Kran-er, of Salado; has been appointed director of the Bell county inter-scholastic league, to replace R. B. Fox of Holland, who recently resigned the position. The meet is to be held in Belton on March 9, 16, 22 and 23. Awards will be presented in the high school auditorium on Saturday, March 23. Four eras of transportation on Congress avenue are pictured above. In the '70's and '80's Spanish mules pulled the cars shown in the first picture (above, left') up the avenue to the doors of the capitol. the passengers oftentimes having- to get out and help push up me hill! 1 hen came in 1891 the electric trolleys, greeted by enthusiastic Austinites as shown in the second picture, above, of the first electric street car in the capital city. Next week the last rollev will ride over Main Line. As this last street car, pictured below-left, leaves the tracks, modern new buses, such as the one shown here, will take its place, thus completing yet another era in transportation for Austin. Researchers Go Into Files and Back Down Memory Lane as Dispute Over Dale of Firsl Trolley Rages By RUTH LEWIS A two-hour search through dusty files by one interested person and a red face for a reporter were main developments of the week-end in the current controversy raging over the exact date that the first eiectric trolley car went its merry way up Congress avenue. The researcher was Carl Edward Bock of the Chamber of Commerce, who went into Statesman files at the state library to uphold the 1891 date. The rosy hue was brought to this reporter's face when an informant, via telephone, calmly pointed out that data on the subject was no farther away than this newpaper office. Although printed information on the date of the first electric cars seemed to indicate that the 1891 date, originally cited, was correct, old-timers were still adamant in their stand that the electric trolley line came to Austin several years later. The newspaper story Bock discovered was in the Statesman files, in which it was stated that over Richard Yell Enters Race Attorney To Run For Senate Place Richard Yett, Austin attorney, son of the late Mayor W. D. Yett, Saturday announced his candidacy for senator from the seven-county 20th district. Seeking his first public office, Mr. Yett said he soon will announce his complete platform for the senatorial race. His father was senator from this district for many years, and later mayor of Austin. Mr. Yett was born in 1891 near Marble Falls, Burnet county, one of the counties of the district, and moved to Austin in 1914. He attended Southwestern university, the University of Texas and Vanderbilt university. Most of his life has been spent in farming and ranching. Mr. Yett has been engaged in the practice of law in Aus tin for the past 10 years New London Memorial Completed Special to Sunday Ameriran-Statesman LLANO, Feb. 3. The New London school memorial, executed by the Premier Granite works of Llano, was completed this week, and C. R. Stolz, manager of the local granite concern, has gone to New London with his assistant, Lee Black, and a crew of workmen for the purpose of erecting the monument. It is made of pink granite, and bears the names of the 279 victims of the school blast at New London. New County Road Gets Right of Way Another short county road was in prospect for 1940 as the county commissioners court Saturday received right of way donations from property owners in the northwestern part of the county for a proposed road leading from the Marshall Ford dam road west of Hooper's Switch on the Missouri Pacific to the Mount He is Bonnell road between Mount Rnn- married, and has two children. j nell and Mount Barker. He is preparing soon to announce I The new road will begin at the he said a platform declaring his I cost vard of M. H. Reed and will position upon the public questions concerning in the senatorial race. U.T. Graduate Takes Missouri Position BASTROP, Feb. 3. Miss Sam Edith Higgins, who received her B. S. degree from the University of Texas at the close of the past semester, left this week for Columbia, Mo., where she will accept a position of assistant home demonstration agent from Missouri university. She will begin work there on Feb. 5. Miss Higgins is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam J. C. Higgins, and a graduate of the Bastrop high school. OIL MILL DAMAGED COMMERCE. Feb. 3. tP The Commerce oil mill was damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars Saturday when fire swept through the hull house and partially burned the seed house. run westward for one mile to con nect with the Mount Bonnell scenic highway. Property owners tendered a 100-foot right of way but: reserved all mineral rights. Donors of the land include: North MUlican. A. F. Thiele, Dora Thiele, H. L. Wideman, Fred B. Becker. W. A. Achilles. Bertha Achilles, Gertrude Becker, A. J. Becker, Edna Wideman and Thomas J. Price. Decline Recorded In Poll Tax Total LLANO, Feb. 3. County, state and city poll tax receipts issued here this year fell short of the number issued here during the last election year, according to Elmon Stewart, county tax assessor-collector, and J.' J. Backues, city collector. Payments of county and state poll taxes for 1940 totaled 1.892, or about 150 less than in 1938. City poll taxes paid this year totaled 524, as compared with 558 in 1938. New Nash Now on Display g "" -uiu,m, ... ,..,w.yT,,,.t m, Here is shown one of the 194C models of the Nash automobile now on display in the salesroom of Russell C. Faulkner, Inc. Mr. Faulkner has been appointed as distributor for the Nash automobile in this territory, it was announced here Saturday. 2.000 persons rode the "elegant new trolley cars'" on the first day, Feb. 27, 1891. M. M. Shipe was then superintendent of what was known as the Austin Rapid Transit Railway company. In the same story it was recorded that many people, entranced with the "new-fangled" electric cars, rode out to Hyde Park, disembarked and caught the next car back to town-just for a ride. Meanwhile, this reporter was referred to an article in the July 19, 1936, American-Statesman in which the history of the street railway system in Austin was given. According to this record, it was in 1890 that Supt. Shipe got a charter for the construction of the electric line, which was completed the next year. Transportation the electric way was halted temporarily, however, in 1900 when the old Austin dam broke and power facilities were stopped. The mule cars returned until the power plant was functioning again; and, afterwards, the street railway company built its own power plant. Plan Celebration The controversy over the exact day of the first trolley cars arose over present plans to commemorate the replacing of the electric cars by modern buses on the main line, which runs on Congress, makes a jog south of the capitol to Lavaca, continues up Lavaca to 19th. proceeds west again to Guadalupe past the university, and finally makes the loop through Hyde Park. A committee from the Chamber of Commerce is cooperating with the Austin Street Railway company to make a' ceremony of the last "ride by an electric car over this line. It is expected that the transfer to buses will be made early this week. To support the 189l" date came Mrs. P. J. Plumb Saturday, who says her father, R. E. Eggeling, was with the street railway company from 1885 to 1905, and that she remembers the date quite well. Meanwhile, both at the Chamber of Commerce and at the offices of the Austin Street Railway company Austinites who recall riding the old mule cars that preceded the trolleys were stopping by to reminisce on Austin's earlier days. At the Chamber of Commerce was Walter W. Dodge, who recalled that he rode 17 miles horseback from Cypress Creek in order to ride on the new electric trolleys. However, Mr. Dodge says he is not sure of the exact date. Old Pictures J. E. McClain, claim agent of the Street Railway company, Friday had a number of old pictures brought in by people who remembered the mule cars. One picture shows mules hitched to a street car as late as 1899. Owner of the photograph believes that this was a temporary expedient, used because drouth had made the river so low that sufficient power could not be furnished to operate the electric line. D. T. Lamme, long-time merchant on Congress avenue, also informed Mr. McClain that he had some of the old red mule car tokens that were worth a nickel in trade anywhere. He also has in his possession a green pasteboard ticket, about one inch by three-fourths inch, that wac a half-fare ticket in those days A picture of a mule car appears on the back. Among those who called at Chamber of Commerce headquarters to tell about riding on the mule cars were H. R. Davis, L, E. Falcone and Walter Bonugli. J. C. Burrows, 65, told the Chamber of Commerce that at the age of nine he boarded his first electric car at Sixth and Rio Grande. Still Want Names Date of the mule cars, according to an article on the history of the street railway company carried in the American-Statesman in 1936, was from 1874 to 1890; however! many old-timers say that mule cars were still being used on some routes while the electric cars had been installed on others. Spanish mules were used to pull the cars. Making preparations for the ceremony attendant on the last ride of the trolley cars this week, officials of the street railway company are still interested in learning the names of as many Austinites as possible who remember the era of the mule cars and who would like to be passengers on the last trolley. Faulkner Now Nash Dealer Complete Line To Be Handled Appointment of Russell C. Faulkner Inc. 309 West Fifth street, as dealer here for the Nash Motors division of Nash-Kelvinator corporation, was announced Satur day by Russell C, Faulkner. The company, he said, will handle the complete line of Nash cars, which consists of IB models in three series the Nash Lafayette De Luxe, the Nash Ambassador Six and the Nash Ambassador Eight The new 1940 Nash cars, because of their many new developments, Mr. Faulkner said, are destined to play an important part in pleasant traveling for thousands of Americans. Packed with what he called "adventure features," the new cars are more interesting to drive, as well as more beautiful to look at, he said. He cited, as as outstanding example of the 1940 advancements, Nash's new Arrow-Flight ride. The ride is the result of a method of springing that is entirely new to American motor cars the combination of long, synchronous springs and giant shock absorbers in the rear, and soft, individual coil springing in front, he said. Adding to the driving thrills this new springing brings, Mr. Faulkner said, is a new steering arrangement that was destined to give the motorist relaxed control of his car at all times. The new Nashes hold their courses easily and surely on the roughest roads, and still may be U-turned simply on a street of only average width and parked in limited spaces without strain, he stated. Nash, which broke many sales records during 1939, selling 71 per cent more cars, against an industry gain of 40 per cent, is making a drive in the low-price market this year with an extra large, but economical, high powered car, Mr. Faulkner said. Nash's low-priced automobile, the De Luxe Nash Lafayette, has a 117-inch wheel-base, a 99-horsepower motor, and offers a number of driving and construction features generally found only on much higher-priced cars, he said. West Pointer Business Houses Destroyed by Fire PARIS, Feb. 3 (P)-Four business houses, a warehouse and two offices were destroyed by fire of undetermined origin Saturday at Roxton. Lamar county. The loss was estimated by business men at $50,000. Xc3 MILTON STE INURING NEW BRAUNFELS, Feb. 3.-A wire from Cong. Richard Kleberg from Washington, D. C, announced the official special appointment of Milton Steinbring of New Braunfcls to the United States Military academy at West Point. Young Steinbring is the son cf Mr. and Mrs. Albert Steinbring and is a 1938 New Braunfels high school graduate. In Julv 1939 he enlisted in the United States army, stationed at Fort Sam Houston, until Sept, 1 when lie entered West Point prep school at Camp Bullis. He will start classes at West Point in July. Steinbring has many relatives in Austin. Earl Carroll To Name Beauties Of Mary Hardin Special ta Sunday Ameriean-Statiman BELTON, Feb. 3. Earl Carroll of Hollywood, Calif., often called the world premier authority of feminine beauty, will select the beauty queens in the annual Blue Bonnet Beauty contest at Mary Hardin-Baylor college, Miss Louise Clarke, Miles, editor of the yearbook, the Blue Bonnet, announced Saturday, Carroll, who selected approximately 67 beauty queens from loading colleges and universities last year, bases his selection also on harmony of coloring. He will select eight of the 16 candidates submitted to him after a popular election next week, Miss Clarke said. 6 Sent to Hospitals Here After Two Auto Accidents Six persons were sent to hospitals as a result of three accidents here Saturday night officers reported. Five of them were injured in a collision at the end of the boulevard on the Georgetown road. John B. Arends, most seriously hurt, was retained at Seton after treatment for cuts and bruises. He was hurt when the car in which he and his two brothers, Lawrence and Leonard Arends of 5602 Georgetown road, started skidding and hit another car in which Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Smith I of a08 San Marcos were riding. The Arends car traveled about 50 feet after the impact, struck a fence and turned over, officers said. Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Lawrence and Leonard Arends were treated at Brackenridge hospital for minor injuries and released. In another accident, Miss Evelyn Tyler. 18, of 4409 Marathon suffered cuts about the face when the car in which she was riding with E. R. Svrcek, university student living at 412 West 17th, and another auto collided at 17th and Guadalupe, officers said. The other car was being driven by Wes Williams of 3010 University avenue, reports show. At Monroe and South Congress in another collision, officers said that the car of Tommie Wordell, 25, of 1908 Canterbury was damaged when struck by another car. WHY NOT SAVE $10 THIS MONTH And every month from now on in the Mutual where you have insurance up to $5000 and our current rate of dividend is 3Te? MUTUAL DEPOSIT 8 LOAN What the Women of Austin are saying: AutfinXaiwWui maJ Jtym M T T Tm fit nl li 1 ri Has An Economical, All-Purpose e e O & J-jLJ' FOR ONLY.. Here's What You Get In Our New BUDGET BUNDLE! 1. All Linens Ironed! 2 All Handkerchiefs Ironed! 3. All Wearing Apparel Dried and Folded! 4. All Pieces Requiring it Starched! When requested we finish shirts in this bundle for an added charge of only 7'2C eacA. 1ST CASH-CARRY All excess poundage over 20 pounds is done at the rate of Sc per pound. DISCOUNT ON ALL OUR LAUNDRY SERVICES! For Only $1 You May .... Between Hard Vor and Efficient, Economical and Modern Laundry Service! jIjG r" 25 COURTEOUS ROUTEMEN TO SERVE YOU! T We Do Family. Washings DIAL DIAL 3566 r?tuuiOMiuw-S . 3566 1514 LAVACA

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