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Microfilm Service and Sales P.O.Bo* 8066 xx»* Dallas/Texas 10 PAGES Volume LIV For Fifty-three Years a Builder in Collingsworth County 10* PER COPY Complete Coverage of Wellington, Dodson, Quail, Loco, Samnorwood, Arneit, Arlie and Vinson Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, Thursday, February 6, 1964 Number 29 FROM THE PRESIDENT TO GARRY MIKE A letter of good wishes, written dur- first family and the President's au- ing the Christmas holidays o Presi- tograph. The 12-year-old sixth grad- dent Lyndon Johnson, has brought er is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cicero Gary Mike Gulley a picture of the Gulley. No Blizzard Here Good Moisture Received from Panhandle Storm Collingsworth county sat on the edge of the Panhandle's worst snow storm of recent years Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 4, missing the traffic-stopping snow drifts, but getting the moisture that came with the storm. Snow measured 8 inches in Wellington. It did not begin falling here until Monday night but continued through part of Tuesday, and much of it melted as it fell or within a short time. That which did stay on the ground did no harm to livestock and did not tolock the roads. Teams Fight for Chance at 2-A Crown The basketball games between Wellington and Clarendon, cancelled Tuesday night due to the weather, will be played Saturday night, Feb. 8, Coach James Stavenhagen said Wednesday morning. There will also be a B team girls game, starting at 6:30 p.m. The games will be played in the Wellington gymnasium. Wellington Rockets and Rock- ettes toattle this week to re<ain their chances of victory in District 2-A. The boys are now tied with McLean for first place, while the girls are in second place to Clarendon. Wellington teams will meet the Canadian Wildcats and Kittens there Friday night, Feb. 7, in what is expected to •be two close games. The Rockettes Won by 12 points when the teams played here earlier in the season, but Coach James Stavenhagen pointed out the Canadian girls will be harder to beat on their own court, —See TEAMS, back page Two County Officials III T\vo county officials, Mrs. H. L. Jenkins, county clerk, and Mrs. J. D. Aaron, county treasurer, have been under treatment in St. Joseph's Hospital for the last ten days. Mrs. Aaron, who entered the hospital Saturday, Jan. 25 with (pneumonia, is improved, her mother-in-law, Mrs. C. M. Aaron, said. It is not known when she will foe able to leave St. Joseph's. Mrs. Jenkins, who was admitted Jan. 24, was dismissed Saturday, Feb. 1, but returned to tho hospital Monday, a member of said. her office staff The total moisture content as measured "by tlhe Weather Bureau station totaled 2.69 inches, Snow began falling Monday morning in the north part of the county, but the moisture south of Salt Fork was fine rain and mist through that The Highway Department maintenance crew, working under Byron House, stayed out all night Monday night to clear the highways and no accidents outside the city were reported. At no time were the highways blocked. "This is just what the wheat needed," County Agent Cecil Regier said. "Dry land wheat needed the moisture badly and irrigation farmers were getting ready to water. This puts a fine season in the ground for our cotton crop." Not mucn of the water went in the stock ponds and tanks, Frank Hatch Has Surgery Frank Hatch, retired Wellington merchant, underwent major surgery in a Lubbock hospital Tuesday, Feb. 4. He came through the operation well and his condition is good, a son, Billy Hatch, phoned his wife later Tuesday. Another son, Tim Hatch, lives at Lubbock. Mrs. Hatch is at her husband's bedside also. for all of it soaked in where it fell. Wellington and Samnorwood schools were dismissed Tuesday and Wednesday but classes were held on schedule at Quail and Dodson. License Tags Go on Sale Here Monday Car tags went on sale an the office of Louise Pulcher, county tax assessor-collector Monday, Feb. 3, and owners have until April 1 to get their tags on their cars. License tags this year are black with white tetters and numerals, Miss Fulcher said. This is a reverse from 'the 1963 colors. This year ailso those buying tags receive pamphlets which outline the changes in the driver responsibility laws as enacted by the last session of the Legislature, Miss Pulcher said. Tags are issued in 11 categories, it was pointed out. These, with the numbers assigned Collingsworth county, are: Passenger cars: AS 2675 to AS 5074. Commercial trucks: 1C 6950 to 1C 7549. Farm trucks: 8A 8450 to 8A 9324. There are four categories for trailers, three of them farm trailers up to 10,000 pounds, 10,000 to 18,000 -pounds, and 18,000 to 32,000 pounds. These come in two series of numbers: 16F 425 to 16F 999 and 17F 10 to 17F 620. The fourth trailer division is house trailers. Other categories are truck tractors, tractors, machinery (certain types of machinery used on roads), motorcycles and factory delivery tags. Miss Fulcfher said that her office is accepting requests for special numbers, preferred by many drivers. for Collingsworth loco Man Examines Sugar Beet Prospects With the southeast Panhandle-Western Oklahoma viewed as a possible new area for growing sugar beets, Pat iBou- chelle, prominent Loco farmer, recently joined the West Texas Chamber of Commerce tour of the Colorado sugar toeet country and visit to the "Great Western Sugar Company mill at Longmont, Colo. Bouchelle sees the possibility of sugar beets becoming another good cash crop for the part of Collingsworth and Childress counties where irrigation is available. In the following remarks he looks at both the advantages and disadvantages of raising sugar beets. "You grow sugar beets under allotment," Bouchelle said. "The government turns the allotment over to the sugar companies and they in turn give them to the farmers. They will pick men who are financially able to go through with it and complete his contract. "You grow beets under contract. Your only outlet for the beets is back to the mill. You definitely have to have a contract before you plant. ."The fields in Colorado vary from 20 to 160 and 170 acres in size," he said. Bouchelle remarked that the Holly 'Sugar Company, which will open its new plant at Hereford this year, has a 25,000 acre allotment. "About 36 tons of sugar beets per acre is a top yield and the average over a number of years is around 17.6 tons," he continued. "This year three men at Hereford produced over 12,000 pounds of sugar per acre. This means around 36 tons of ibeets per acre at 15 per cent sugar. Your net profit is about $10 to $20 per ton." How does it comipare to cotton, Collingsworbh's major crop ? — See BEETS, back page League Competition WHS Stage Band Named Outstanding in Class A The Wellington high school stage band was named the Outstanding Class A band' in the Interscholastic League competition at West Texas' State University, Canyon, Saturday, Feb. 1—the first time in recent years it has received an honor of this importance. The band also received a "Superior" or first division rating and high praise from the judges. An outstanding band was named in each of the four classifications, and tho others were Hamlin, AA; Phillips, AAA, and Pampa, AAAA. Seventeen bands participated from over the Panhandle and as far south as Hamlin, Monahans and Andrews. Three other hands competed with Wellington—Sunray, which received a third division rating; Canadian, second division, and Tahoka, third division. Each of the three judges gave the Wellington band a superior rating. They were Pat Patterson, band director at Sweetwater; Melvin Montgomery, director at Snyder; and Bob Siebert, music publisher at Dallas. They rated the Wellington musicians above average on tone and intonation, phrasing, balance and blend, sound, dynamics, alppearance, program-, ing and presentation. Some of their comments were C-C Banquet Plans Ready Plans are complete for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet scheduled for Thursday evening, Feb. 6. The event will begin at 7:15. Dr. Travis White, president of Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, will be the guest speaker, N, M. Higdon, chamber manager, pointed out. "This is a very good band for your class"; "This group shows much promise"; and "This band plays with confidence." Patterson commented: "I enjoyed your band. You have a confident sound and approach that comes from work and assurance of what you are doing." Montgomery added: "This band is well rehearsed and certainly on the right track." Members of the stage band were: trumpets, Carol Blain, Raymond Horton, Nancy Crawley, Tommy Thomas, Dwight Bowen; Trombone, Dan Warrick, Ole- land Stallings, and Jamie Larson; Saxophones, Jane Orr, 'Graham Bowen, Anna Kay Kelso, Sammie Thompson, Marsha Tyler, Linda Moore; Piano, Regina Ferguson; String bass, John Barjenbruch; Tuba, ChaPlie Black; Drums and accessories, Sharon Daves and Lyndal Bowen, Two Deep Tests and Leasing Spurs County Oil Activity Collingsworth county moved into the oil picture in the early weeks of 1964 with the location of two tests that may go to the 10,000-foot depth and the taking of a 25,000 acre lease block by a major company. At the center of this interest is a location by Shell Oil Company three miles east and two north of Wellington, on land owned by Mrs. Emmett Oook. The drilling contractor is the Jack Grace Drilling Company of Wichita Falls, and the rig and equipment are already on the ground, to be put up when weather permits. The other test is on the Hubert Tindall land four miles north of Aberdeen and approximately a mile south of Elm Creek. The drillers are O. H. Hammer and H. D. Parks of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. The tease block was completed toy Gulf Oil Company and b a rectangular shape lying about 5 to 8 miles east of Lutie. Candidates Listed A source close to the Shell Oil Company well said it will be an EHenberger test. The drillers figure they will hit this formation at around 8,000 feet. If they do not get production there, they intend to go into the deeper pre-cambri- an formation. The test is 660 feet from the north and west lines of the northwest quarter of section 13, block 11, known to old tamers as the W. S. Ingram section. It is near tihe end of the FM Highway which goes north from State Highway 203 at the LaHue corner. A road has been graveled out to the location. The location of this well comes at the end of about two years seismograph testing the Shell Oil Company has done over the entire Collingsworth county—in every direction from Wellington and every way that the underground geological structures can be tested. Part of the county was seis- mographed a second time even more carefully than the first. Shell 1 is believed to have between 150,000 and 200,000 acres leasehold in Collingsworth county. This lies in the Dodson area, Fresno community, south of Wellington, and west on through the Quail community to the Doriley county line. Exceipt for a strip in the western part of the county, the leases lie south of Salt Fork. The Cook test lies within a few miUes of two other tests made in recent years—tout neither even one-half as deep as the proposed Shell well. F.our miles east and a little north was a Mill Iron Ranch test which went to a depth of 4,150 feet. Approximately three and a half miles northwest of the new location was the Lan- Tex Oil Company wildcat test on the Arthur Bailey land, which went to a depth of 3,516 feet before being abandoned. There has been no d'eep test in the entire area. Hubert Tindall Test The Hubert Tindall test is Lafe Filings Round Out Political Picture Here The county's 1964 political picture book final shape with three candidates filing only hours before the deadline, midnight -Monday, Feb. 3,_J£..B. Hopper, county Democratic chairman, announced. Mrs. Melba Langley Marcum, life-long Quail resident, entered the race for county tax assessor-collector, making it the only one of the first primary election in which three candidates are running. Hubert Mauldiu and Rita Owens had announced earlier. Paul Spillman filed for county Democratic chairman and is the only candidate in the race. Voters to Name Three Aldermen in City Election The Wellington municipal election has been called for Tuesday, April 7, by the City Council in a recent meeting, Russell Yates, city secretary, said. Three aldermen will be elected. Terms expiring are those of Mrs. John Coleman, Henry Sullivan and H. (L. Duncan. Saturday, March 7 is the deadline for candidates' to file for a place on the ballot, Yates said, but so far, no one has filed. The election will be held at the city hall and Joe Terry will be the election Judge. Clerks will be Mrs. Luther Gribble and Mrs. Jennie Hol- oomb. Hold-over members of the council are Quinton Brewer and Sam Adams. One Hurt in City Collision B. F. Chance, Texaco consignee, received a broken rib and laceration on his left cheek near the eye in a .two-car collision in the 1100 block of Amarillo street at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, Police Chief Donald Nunnelley reported. Driver of the other vehicle, a 1963 Pontiac, was Michael Breedlove. Chief Nunnelley said the accident occurred as Chance, driving south in a 1952 Chevrolet pickup, started to turn into a driveway in front of the Breedlove car and the two vehicles hit almost headon. The police chief estimated total damage to both vehicles at about $950. He added that injuries of the type received could have been avoided with seat belts. Hqpper is not seeking re-election. Gw Bruce Kite also filed as a candidate for re-election as constable of Precinct 1. Neither Congressman Walter Rogers of Pampa or State Representative Grainger Mclmany of Wheeler faces an opponent in the Democratic primary, although Rogers will face a Republican in the general election. None of the precinct races are contested, and neither are those of county and district attorney. Here is the list of candidates released by the Democratic Chairman Tuesday morning, Feb. 4. Congressman, 18th Congressional District, Walter Rogers of Gray county. Representative, 87th Legislative District, Grainger Mcll- hany of Wheeler county. Judge, 100th Judicial District: Allen Harp of Childress county and Charles L. Reynolds of Childress county. Attorney, 100th Judicial District: John R. Gillham of Donley county. Oounty attorney, R. L. Templeton. Tax assessor-collecto?-, Hubert Mauildin, Ri'ta Owens, and Melba (Langley Marcum. Auction Sole Reset Feb. 18 The consignment auction sale scheduled for the Charles Caison Trading Post Tuesday, Feb. 4 has been (postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 18, due to the weather. This announcement was made by John Robert Henard of the Wellington Livestock Auction, which is handling the sale. Included in the consignments were a large quantity of farm machinery and equipment, pickups and trucks, livestock, seed, and a variety of other items. Pre- Pre- Sheriff, Elzie White and John Rainey. County commissioner, cinct 1: Woodrow Wood. County commissioner, cinct 3: J. C. (Clyde) Emmert. Constable, Precinct 1: G. Bruce Kite. County Democratic chairman, Paul Spillman. Melba Langley Marcum * * * Melba Marcum Asks Tax Office Melba Langley Marcum of Quail has authorized The Wellington Leader to announce her candidacy for county tax assessor-collector, subject to the action of the Democratic primary. Mrs. ' Marcum's statement follows: Dear Friends, First of all I would like to take this opportunity to tell all of you how glad I am to be back in Collingsworth county again. Since my marriage four years ago I have alternated my time between here and San Diego, California, while my husband finished an eight year enlistment in the Navy. I am —See MARCUM, back page Service Interrupted Weather Slows Work on Telephone Cable Rain and snow Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 4, caught linemen of General Telephone Company at a critical point in the installation of new cable and resulted in a number of phones in the city being out for that period. Wayne Goodrum, district manager, said in Wellington Tuesday that new cable was up but the old cable was still being used. Moisture soaked into cracks and breaks causing interruption of service. iLinemen lacked about two weeks having the project completed. It has been under way about three months, with most of the new cable being installed in the south and southwest part of town. Here with Good rum was Bob Douthit, district plant supervisor. Both men are from Memphis. Goodrum became district manager Jan. 1, replacing Roy Brewer, who moved up to the division office. drilling near the 5,000 foot depth and is due to go to production, granite, or 10,000 feet. The location was made by Hammer and Parks about two months ago. The drilling was started by a Pampa contractor who went to a depth of 4,700 feet and set 7-inch pipe. The rig was not of a type to go the full depth, so it was moved out and Hammer and Parks moved in their own larger rig. The location of this site is in the southeast quarter of section 68, block 12, 16 miles north and four east of Wellington. Another location was made on this same land about a year ago .but the first weU was not completed. The test lies only about two miles south across Elm Creek from production—both oil and gas from shallow wells. It is about four miles north of the well put down by Parker Petroleum Company on Joe Rottn- tree land at Aberdeen in 1957. This went to a depth of 2185 feet and was then" abandoned. Gulf Oil Co. Leases The 25,000 acre lease, tract was 'taken by Guilf Oil Co. quietly and within only a few days period, so quickly that only a handful of ipeojple were aware that the company was svorking here. These leases have not been recorded, but the tract lies in an area beginning north of the iBob Glenn Ranch, and extending northward beyond the Albert Boyd Ranch, and east to within about three miles of the Oklahoma state line. It includes land belonging to Everette Fain on which Gra- ridge Corp.—Monsanto Chemical drilled and abandoned a test in the Needwood community two and a half years ago. Other Leaseholdings In addition to the leasehold- ings Shell Oil Company has in. Collingsworth—nearly one .third of the county—other companies with major holdings here are Texaco, Sunray DX, and Transmission Tower of Oklahoma City. Sun Oil Company and Atlantic Oil Company have minor holdings. This does not include the El Paso Natural Gas Company shallow gas field north of Elm Creek or the leases on which — See OIL, back page Funeral for Aged Dodson Man Tuesday V. P. Finley, aged Dodson man, died at his home Sunday, Feb. 2. He was 80. Funeral services were conducted at the Coley Memorial Chapel at Hollis Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., with Min. Van Bonneau of Dodson officiating. jBurial was in the Dodson Cemetery with graveside rites by the Odd Fellow Lodge members. Born Oct. 14, 1888 in Tennessee, Mr. FinQey was- a retired farmer. He had lived in the area since 1922. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Jessie Finley, of the home; a son and three daughters: Lloyd Finley of Gruver; Mrs. Delia Bogle of Dodson; Mrs. Charles Buske of Amarillo, and Mrs. Dana Brown of Farmington, N.M. Other survivors are a brother, C. G. FinJey " of Madilf, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. !L. C. Thomas of San Bernardino, Calif.; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Temperatures Wed. Jan. 29 Thurs. Jan. 30 Fj-i. Jan. 31 Sat. Feb. 1 Sun. Feb. 2 Mon. Feb. 3 Tues. Feb. 4 Wed. Feb. 5 High Low 53 35 47 38 58 36 65 56 44 40 34 30 33 31 31 Snowfal) for week—8 in. Moisture for week—2.69 In, Moisture for year—2.86 in.