Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on May 31, 1936 · Page 38
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 38

Pampa, Texas
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Sunday, May 31, 1936
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,1.- „• .•"•"s«~"~.- THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS, P«mpfl, {; tj §3(, TOURNAMENT RIDING AND FOOT RACING ONCE POPULAR HERE WT H POLO AND RACING OF HORSES LATEST SPORTS Football, now the most talked-of sport in the Pampa territory, was ; not the first athletic competition In and around Parripa, nor was baseball, which was here before football. Cowhands of this area had a game of their own 'way back. They called It tournament riding. It was a modified form of jousting. A line of small rings would be strung from protruding arms and the object was to ride at top speed along the line, picking the rings off with a spear. i The rider gathering in the most rings won the contest. Horse racing was another of the early sports in this section. Bronco . busting was also considered a sport more than a profession. There were some of the greatest riders of the nation in this part of the country. One of the greatest was "Old Bones," once a porter on the Santa Fe railroad. He now resides in Amarillo. It was not unusual for a passenger train to be stopped here while "Bones" (Mathew Hooks) rode a horse where large buildings now stand. A now dead sport, excepting In ..•-' schools and colleges, which thrived here for years was foot racing. Some of the hottest battles in the country used to be staged about where the Woodrow Wilson school now stands. Competition from all the towns In this part would be brought here. Then came baseball. Pampa at that time, 1906, was one of the small towns of the country, Canadian and Woodward, Okla., were the "cities" in a little league which also Included Pampa, Miami, Higgins, and Wheeler. Prom then on baseball thrived until now Uampa has one of the best baseball plants in West Texas. Teams from Pampa •won four championships In Amarillo tournaments and took third place in the Denver tournament last year, giving this city wide publicity. Football followed on the heels of \ s the national game. Now the turn-. 1 stiles click long and loud whenever the Pampa high school Harvesters are in action. More than 12,000 fans have been jamed into Harvester stadium for a single game. Not only at home does the Pampa team draw crowds. More than 15,000 persons saw the team play in Amarillo on one occasion. Okla, homa, New Mexico, and Colorado know Pampa through her football •'..- teams. The high school also started ; basketball. It was followed by independent teams which now play over a wide territory. • Although it was only recently that ; Pampa had its first modern golf courses, the game was played "away back." The first course was located about where South Somerville street starts. It was necessary to drive over the Santa Fe tracks and around the coal chute. Later a course was laid off north of the city. Now the Country club is one of the sportiest layouts in this section and Pampa has her share of par- breaking shooters. Pampa's new municipal swimming ,- pool is among the best in the coun- ' try. Playground ball has made an inroad during the last few years with both men and women playing. The newest sport to come to the oil center of the Panhandle is polo. Many fine horses have been brought here and not a few experienced players were found. A new race track is under construction and in the center of the oval will be a polo field. This fall horse racing will be brought back with the completion of a five-eighth mile oval. A grand stand, with a, seating capacity in excess of 3,000 is being constructed ^ Veteran of 76 Still Drives His First Automobile Wallace Stark, age 76, who reached the age limit and was retired in 1924 after many years in the United States Indian Service, is still driving his first car, a 1926 Chevrolet. It hasn't reached the retirement age, he says. Stark, on a recent visit at Detroit, told Chevrolet eve- cutives of the record of his car, which has been almost everywhere in the United States. Stark's four-cylinder coupe has been licensed every year since he bought it, but never twice in succession in the same state, This year it has a Florida tag. "Dealers often ask me to trade it in on a new model," he said, "but I always tell them they're .better off having this old timer on >the streets, running fine and look- iing good, as an advertisement of ; Chevrolet durability." ' No matter where he goes, Stark !parr(es certain items of special .equipment not to be found on many P "°,r6. Strapped to the back bumper a long handled shovel; on the ",ng board are two galvanized cans for drinking water. They emergency use only, in the * he should be stalled, far aveled route,' he explains, set out on foot, carrying g water with him. He >,d to use his emergency y, but the shovel has iver. He has been mir- jund, many times, and limseU put. •f dVivtag without an tark's, record, He has rpad, snd down into roads not fo- Combs-Worley Office Building Houses Many Firms Pictured above is the fine office building 1 which houses many professional and oil men. Built by the Combs-Worley interests, It Is evidence of the rich oil resources of Gray county and of the builders' belief in live future of the Pampa. community. Sixty-Second Anniversary Of Adobe Walls Battle Is Recalled by Many Settlers (Editors Note: The following article _was written by Mrs! Olive K. Dixon in 1917, and we arc Ire- producing it as it appeared in the Miami Chief.) ra- in all the Panhandle country, perhaps there is no place so dear to many remaining old-timers as that section east of the town of Plemons in Hutchinson county, known as Adobe Walls battle ground. At this place was enacted one of the most stubborn and successful fights ever made by a limited number of white men against an overwhelming number of hostile Indians. Here on the evening of June 26. 1874, a little band : of white men, twenty-eight all told, wont serenely to sleep, most of them out on the open prairie, wholly unconscious that there was camped within half a mile of them seven hundred murderous Indians, fully armed and on the war path, and only waiting for their favorite hour just before daylight, to surprise and massacre them as they slept. This country was the home of the buffalo at this time. Thousands of them roamed over the prairies in summer and descended to the valleys and creeks for protection and shelter in winter. This brought the first influx of white men into the Texas Panhandle, who first sought them for their meat and later a still larger number for their hides, the latter retailing for three dollars each. As they were so plentiful big money could be made at the business, one man often killed fifty buffalo a day. Tills necessitated large transportation to carry the gains to market and bring back provisions and ammunition for the hunters, the nearest railroad point being Dodge City, Kans., 180 miles away. In the spring of 1874, a man by the name of A. C. Myers, a mer- ;hant of Dodge City, in company with forty-four other men, nearly all of whom were buffalo hunters, mmght down, an outfit of groceries and general merchandise, and leaving the plains at the head of Moores ireek, followed the Canadian river down to Adobe Walls creek, which flows through a broad and fertile valley six miles in length. Here this little band of men, some of them hardened frontiersmen, others without any experience what ever, pitched their tents and went to work and in a short time established what was known as a trading post. The buildings were of pickets and sod and comprised a general store owned by A. C. Myers and Pred Leonard, a blacksmith shop run by Thomas O'Keefe and a saloon and mess house owned by James Hanra- tian. In connection with the build- ngs was a stockage corral built of large cottonwopd logs, two hundred feet square with bastions on the southeast and northwest corners. The buildings were all covered with a dirt roof. About 2 o'clock on the morning of June 27, 1874, the occupants of one of the buildings were awakened by the cracking of a cottonwood ridge pole which supported the roof and/ fearing that it would give way, called on some of the other men to help repair it. This commotion awakened others and in a short time something like fifteen men were helping to repair the roof by placing a pi-op under the long ridge pole. This had taken some time and as some of the buffalo hunters wanted to get an early start for their camps, a number of them did not go back to bed. signed tor motor cars, but he has avoided crashes and collisions by careful driving and by watching out lor "the other fellow," The stock was grazing on the creek bottom each of the buildings and Billy Ogg, young man still in his teens was sent by Hawaiian to drive in the horses. Just at this time William Dixon, who was busily engaged in rolling up his bed in front of the blacksmith shop near where his loaded wagon stood all ready to pull out for camp, noticed a large body of moving objects slowly advancing towards the buildings, coming up the valley from the cast, but it not yet being light, he could not distinguish them from a bunch of thickets. On drawing nearer, however, and seeing the camp was aroused and that they were discovered, the Indians gave a mighty war whoop and came on a charge, driving all the loose stock in front of them, apparently to add confusion to the scene. There wnfi never n more splendidly barbaric "sight. Hundreds of warriors, the flower of the fighting men of the southwestern Plains tribes, mounted on the finest horses, armed with guns and' lances, and carrying heavy shields of thick buffalo hide, were coming like the wind. Over all was splashed the rich colors of red, vermillion and ochre, on the bodies of the men, on the bodies of th running horses. Scalps dangled from bridles, gorgeous war-bonnets fluttered their plumes, bright feathers dangled from the tails and manes of the horses, and the bronzed, half- naked bodies of the riders glittered with ornaments of silver and brass. Behind this headlong charging host stretched the Plains, on whose horizon the rising run was lifting its morning fires. The warriors seemed to merge from this glowing background. On they came, yellmg like demons and firing their guns. They kept close together so long that it looked like they meant to strike the building like a huge wave. They were splendid horsemen and had perfect control of their horses, but they were not prepared for the reception they got from the white' men for when they got within fifty yards of the buildings the big guns of the buffalo hunters rang out apd. a buck-skin saddle was emptied 'at every shot. These men at Adobe Walls who had faced death befofre in various forms knew at this timif it would take a steady nerve a sure aim to pull them through and' every man stood his post. Indians fell dead and wounded on all sides, some almost beneath the windows of the buildings. Charge after charge was made by the determined but too confident savages only to be met by the deadly aim of the white men. And thus the fight went on from daylight until late in the afternoon of that long summer day. After the first charge the repulsed enemy made a wider circle, circling around in'every direction, some approaching on horseback and some on foot. A few braves confident in their superiority in numbers and emboldened by the suddenness of the attack tried to break down the walls and force open the doors but to no avail. The substantial building refused to yield while the steady fire of the defenders sent many an Indian to his "happy hunting ground." Horses and riders went down on all sides before they withdrew out of close range. After this they resorted 1 to all kinds of ways to aid their wounded comrades who were concealed in the tall grass, to escape. Some of the Indians made a charge and while the inmates of the buildings were firing at them, would arise, run fifteen or twenty steps, then'drop into the grass again. This woulc} be repeated ana enabled a good many to reach a place of safety. It has never been known just what the loss of the Indians was in this battle, but from their own story afterwards, it must have been very heavy, for besides fifteen dead ones left on the ground, there were many indication of wounded ones further out. Three men were killed, Billy Tyler, who was shot in the beginning of the fight through an improvised port hole and Ike and "Shorty" Shadier, two brothers, who were surprised and killed while asleep in their wagon near the stockade. The three men were buried in one grave. That the Indians had spent some time around the wagon was evident. The cover had been pulled off and such provisions as could be found were removed. Both brothers had been scalped' and a large Newfoundland dog which slept at the foot of the wagon, and had probably shown fight, had been killed and a piece of hide removed from his side. The Indians making the attack were composed of three tribes, the Cheyennes, Kiowas and Comanch- es. Among the noted chiefs were Quanah Parker, whose mother was a white woman, Lone Wolf and Little Robe. Previous to the battle one of the medicine men of the Comanches had held a medicine dance to determine the advisability of the attack and -had declared in favor of it, telling the Indians they would be able to ride up quietly and 1 knock their victims in the head with clubs; that his medicine was so strong the white mens gains would not go off. They came very near succeeding; had it not been for the providential cracking of the ridge pole which caused the white men to be awake, this story might have had a different ending. After the battle Adobe Walls was abandoned as a trading post and buffalo hunting 1 almost broken up on account of the noise made throughout the country about the Indian attack. Every horse at the Walls had either been killed or driven off during the fight, and when more coulc be secured most of the men wenl back to Dodge City. News of the battle was telegraphed to Pori Leavenworth, Kans., and the U. S troops in command of Gen. Nelson A. Miles was ordered into the Panhandle. The following fall these same Indians made another trip to Adobe Walls and finding the place deserted, they burned the buildings to the ground. Quantities of provisions such as flour, sugar, coffee, driec fruit, etc., had been left there, bul the Indians were suspicious anc would not use it. Besides the three men killed in the battle there was two others killed later. Billy Olds, the husband of the only woman at Adobe Walls accidently shot himself with a rifle while descending a ladder, and later George Huffman, who was killed by the Indians out on the open prairie This makes the five men who bodies He there today. There is no more beautiful spot on the Canadian river than -the valley where the Adobe Walls battle took place. A lovely little stream, known as Adobe Walls creek winds its way to the Canadian, fringed on each side with hackberry, cottonwood and willow trees, while the high bluffs on the east around whose base the Indians so confident of victory rode that memorable June morning of 1874, still stands guard over the surrounding country. Of the twenty-eight white men who fought at Adobe Walls, only one remains alive at this time. That is Pred J. Leonard, of Salt Lake City, Utah. The writer had a letter from Mr. Leonard a short time past in which he spoke of the battle and commented on the bravery displayed by the participants. The battle ground has been marked with concrete markers at each corner of the six-acre tract deeded to the -Panhandle-Plains Historical society by Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Coble owners of the Turkey Track ranch. The corners of the buildings have been marked in the same way and the graves of the men who lost their lives in the battle are marked with simple granite monuments suitably engraved. Near the center of the grounds stands a monument erected to the memory of those who participated in the battle. It is of Oklahoma granite about ten feet tall. On the eastern face is inscribed the names of the twenty-eight men and one woman who were there June 27, 1874. In 1024, on the fiftieth anniversary of the battle, a two-day celebration was held near the battle ground in which something like three thousand, people took part. There was a great gathering of old- timers, some of whom have since passed away. Contributions to the funds used in erecting the monument and in marking the graves came from as far away as New York City and Los Angeles, California. The people of the Panhandle responded most liberally to the cause. The marking of th historic spots in th Pan- handl has just commenced and there is no danger that work will be neglected. NAZI SOLDIERS SLEEP ON GRIEFS BERLIN, May 30. (IP)— German soldiers must not submit complaints about their superiors without having first "slept on it," says a decree issued by the minister of war. The new "procedure of complaints" says any soldier who feels that he has suffered injustice from a superior has' the right to submit a complaint after one night has passed since the incident. Joint complaints of a number of persons are forbidden. Soldiers submit their complaints to their direct superior officer or, in case the complaint is directed against him, to the next officer in rank. Against his decision an appeal to the next higher officer is possible and eventually to Adolf Hitler as supreme commander of the Germany army. Texas is reconstructing the site of old Fort Parker, Limestone county, scene of the story of Cynthia Ann Parker's capture by Indians. " PYROSOL PROCESS At Last! A Remedy For Paraf/in Trouble in Oil Wells! Pyrosol is a tried and proven method. In an average time of two hours all paraffin is cleaned from tubing, rods and all equipment without shutdown. .. The paraffin is liqufied and flows to your storage— no disagreeable disposal of wax. The work is guaranteed— and free examination and survey will be gladly made, . * Pyrosol Process Oil Well Cleaning " J, E. LEE, Field Representative 109 N. Frost Pampa, Texas Home Office; J805 Fair Bldg, ~- fort Worth' FILL THt KUQK IMS OF CITY DOZEN DENOMINATIONS WORSHIP IN 20 BUILDINGS A score of churches In as many parts of the city care for the religious needs of Pampa. Housed in adequate buildings, some Ipi- prcsslvc, other modest, each Is attended by its share of Sabbath worshippers and week-day workers. Churches share with schools and homes in the city's pride at its emphasis on lasting qualities which develop civic personality along with size. Building, an index of growth, has evidenced expansion of church influence here in recent years. Churches have been erected in nieghborhoods where places of worship were formerly not easily accessible. In the past three years, brick buildings have been completed by the First Church of Christ, Spleni- ist, and the Central Church bl Christ; frame buildings by the Methodist church, one in the Talley addition and one in south Pamjia, and by the Seventh Day Adventisfe. A large addition has about doubles Church of Christ. > Largest buildings are those of the First Baptist, First Methodist, and First Christian churches. Other brick structures house the Catholic, Presbyterian, and Assembly of God churches. Presbyterians are now planning a program for- enlarging their house. A wide cariety of denominations is represented. Methodists and Baptists have three churches each, in addition to colored churches. In addition to those named, churches with resident ministers are Episcopal, Nazarene, Pentecostal, and Church of the Brethren. • Methodists and Baptists, usually the most numerous in West Texas towns, were the first groups to organize churches in the early history of Pampa. At first there was a union church, in which early residents joined to worship. The first denominational churcjf was the Methodist. Members built a small frame house to condtict regular services. Among the charter members were the family of W. w. Harrah, still leaders in the church. Churches have been identified with various movements for the city's welfare throughout its history; Britishers Are Fond of Texas AUSTIN, May 30.—Because an economic srvey of the United States convinced them that Texas is the jest place in which to live, Hyman, Matthevf, and Morris Warhafltig of Manchester, England, came to Astin and enrolled in the University of Texas. After ten years in America, the ;hree brothers came to Texas in 1933, having remembered for six years the story of a friend who attended the Democratic National convention at Houston in 1927. This Mend, on his return, told them that Texans were friendly and were similar to Englishmen. Matthew, now 34 years of age and the second of the three brothers, declared that he likes Texas and ts people, and Intends to remain in .he State after graduation from the University. He said, however, that he would work where the most economic satisfaction could be derived—but believes Texas will be his home for the next ten years at least. When his father died fifteen years ago, Mathew assumed the responsibility of the family. He and his youngest Brother, Morris, left Manchester for Canada in 1923, and lived in Montreal for three years. They did not, however, spend all of their time in that city, but traveled over 6,000 miles in search of the best place in which to live, in 1920 the two boys moved to New York City where their grandfather had his home, and entered business together. Later they abandoned their business in order to go to school. Hyman joined his two brothers in New York in 1929, and the three set out to find a profession that would make them economically Independent. Finally they decided to study to study pharmacy, and in 1933 came to Texas to pursue their recently chose : profession. Besides their studies, which they are carrying on with exceptional aptitude, each of the brothers works in the prescription department of local drug stores. NAZI FIGHTING IMPAtfcED Mr BAD TEETH BERLIN (flV-Atthjr deht*l surgeons are alarmed by the bed teeth of Ocrman recruits, fitarnlhitfons of latest drafts showed 16 per cent had defective teeth, and double the pre-war number of young inch had to be rejected as unfit for rnllltary service bn that acoliht. The "Hitler Youth" seerns to be in an even Worse plight. Of every 100, only 14 possessed a sound set of teeth. Recommendations have been issued to parents to see to it that the next generation shall not suffer in this respect. Mothers are warned that babies must not be allowed to suck the'if thumbs, which Is be a harmful habit. It costs the national sick funds, ' it Is stated, $40,000,000 a year for dental treatmentj>t Insured parsons. REPLICA OF MISSION In a 100-acre state park near Crockett, Texas, there has been constructed a replica of the first Fran- clscan mission in East Texas, San Frariclsco de los Tejas, originally built there in 1680. Lone Star State Drilling Corp. Drilling Contractors .* Welcome Oilmen Bpj|845 itnpa, Texas SUNRAY OIL COMPANY v.l' \ Producers of Grude Oil and Manufacturers of Grade Apti-Knock Gasolines, and Road Oils GENERAL OFFICE: Philtower Bid?. — Tulsa, Oklahoma Oklahoma City Office — First National Bank Bldf. Refinery — Allen, Oklahoma Gasoline Plant — Sunray, Texas •! TULSA NIMH VC. CO, Tulsa, Okla. .Trucks and Tractor Winches , Levers, Sprockets Pcjwer Take-Off PAUL LAURRELl, Repr. Box 738 - - - Phone 673 809 We.t Kingsmill St. Pampa, Texas

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