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Microfilm Service and Sales P.O.Box 8066 Dallas,Texas 10 PAGES For Fifty-three Years a Builder in Collingsworth County 10* PER COPY Volume LIV Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, Thursday, March 19, 1964 Complete Coverage of Wellington, Dodson, Quail, Loeo, Samnorwood, Arnett, Arlie and Vinson ! Number 35 FIRE BLACKENS COLLINGSWORTH GRASS Fire which started Friday afternoon north of the City Dump spread north and east to destroy approximately 300 acres of grass before it was finally brought under control by the volunteer firemen, local residents and landowners of the area. Their prompt action prevented the blaze from —Jerry's Studio Photo going on to Salt Fork River. Shown here in the foreground is the blackened pasture, while smoke still sifts skyward from the smouldering grass. Landowners reported as losing grass in the blaze were John Henard, E. B. Seale and.Leon Roberts. P. E. Lowrie, Retired Farmer, Dies Sunday P. E. Lowrie, 1300 Dadlas Street, died in St. Joseph's Hospital Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. Although he had been ill for some months, his death was unexpected to his friends. and members of the family said a fall a week earlier at his home was a contributing cause. He was 76 and a retired farmer. He came here from Wheeler county in 1934, and fanned in the Fresno community where he won respect as a community worker and neighbor, as well as one of the better farmers of the county. Born at Whitewright on Dec. 20, 1887, Preston E. Lowrie also lived at Wheeler for a long period of years before coming here. He was married there to Miss Ethel Muse on Jan. 26, 1910. Mr. Lowrie was a member of the First Baptist 'Church at Wheeler, and he also was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Wellington and of the York Rite. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. H. F. Blaylock of Dimmitt, long a close associate of the family, and the Rev. Kenneth Quaid, pastor of Faith Baiptist Church. Burial was in the West Wellington Cemetery with Masonic —Continued on Back Page Planning Meeting Friday Night Committee Heads Named for 1964 Edition of the County Fair L. B. iBratten, superintendent of the 1964 Collingswortfh County Free Fair, has named department chairmen, and a meeting of these has been called for Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Chamber of Commerce office, and plans for this year's fair will be Ibegun at tihat time. The Fair date is Sept. 11 and 12. Following are the chairmen Bratten has named: George Shadid, advertising and booths; Jack Aaron, concessions; Henry Sullivan, Fair promotion; Glenn Taylor, finance drive. Jerry Nix, Queen contest; Polly O'Neil of Dozier, parade; Mrs. Jimmie Cochran, parade promotion; Zook Thomas, Old Settlers Reunion. Mrs. J. L. Alexander of Lutie, women's division; Mrs. Jess Motsenbocker, baked products; Miss Inez Clement, food preservation; Mrs. David Peters, decorated cakes; Mrs. Cecil Masten, textile products; Mrs. T. J. Bowling of Dodson 1 , crocheting; Mrs. Henry Langford, clothing; Mrs. Leo Popwell, junior and senior girls work; Mrs. George Henry, Future Homeniakers of America; Mrs. Floyd Teutsch of Dodson, arts Fire Department Sponsor Red Cross First Aid Course Opens Mon. A Red Cross First Aid course, the first given here in recent years, will start Monday night, March 23 under the sponsorship of the Wellington Volunteer Fire Department. It is open to any person in the county wishing to take it, high school students as well as adults. There is no charge for the course and the only expense will be the cost of the textbook, less than $1. Three Shamrock men, all approved Red Cross First Aid instructors, will alternate at teaching the course. They are Ed Shafner, Jerry Berteu and Loyd Braxton. The classes will be held in the community building at 7:30 ip.m. Mondays. Each lesson will be two and a half hours in length and the course will continue until 16 hours instruction has been completed. "We can take up 'to 30 persons in the classi," said Johnny Cagle, fire department secretary. "We are especially eager for people in the outlying communities to enroll," he added. and flowers; Mrs. B. T. Webb of Dodson, flowers; Mrs*. Charles Caisott, oil painting; Mrs. Hubert Bowen, ceramics; Jake Tarter, community products; Danny Garcia, cattle; and Frank Kennedy, swine. Paul Guthrie will be superintendent of the Appaloosa Horse Show and John Holton of the Quarterhorse Show. J. R. Bowen Jr., was named in charge of the square dance that will end the two-day Fair. March 23 Speech Classes Give Three One-Act Plays Gonzales Draws 99-Year Term Here Monday A 100th District court jury Monday found Erasmo Gonzales guilty of murder with malice in years in prison. This was the first of two Three one-act plays will be presented by the students of the Wellington high school speech department Monday. March 23, at 7:30 in the school auditorium. One of these is the Interscholastic League contest play, whidh will be presented the following- day at Canadian in competition with those from other district 2-A schools, according to Mrs. Bob McAlis- 'ter, director. The Monday night (performance is a benefit event, and proceeds will go toward the school curtain fund. The second year speech class will present "The Dear Detpart- ed," a comedy in which a family, believing the grandfather is dead, (begins to divide his property, only to have him reappear. Patty Overton takes the part of Mrs. SOiater and Gail Henard that of her sister, .Mrs. Jordan. The husbandfe are Gary iBergvall and Phillip Hughey. Victoria Slater, the young daughter, is Patricia Bouchelle and Abel Merriweather is ed by Bryan Kenneth Patterson and Sammie Thompson are the stage crew. "Quiet Please," another comedy, will be given »by the first year speech class. The story tells of two Ozark Mountain brothers who have lived in the same house but have not spoken for years. Then the Sunnyvale Christian Society comes into their lives. The brothers are Jeff, played by Charles Black, and Jud, Ray Floyd. Society members are Lavelle Harper, Dwayne Poteet, Anne Henard and Susan Sullivan; and Karen Ohildress plays the stranger. Stage crew members are Dennis Leeper and Bryant Harris. —Continued on Back Page Norwood PTA Holds Open House March 23 Samnorwood Parent Teacher Association members will be hosts at an oipen house Monday evening, March 23, when patrons of the school district and the general public are invited 1 to attend The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jack Sikes of Westview Boys Home will speak on "The Cradle of Spiritual (Love." Fourteen boys from the home, which is located southeast of Dodson, will accompany Sikes and will present a program of songs. Each family attending the open house is asked to Ibring cookies, which will ibe given the youngsters of the home. Refreshments will be served during the social hour. Country Singing Slated Sunday An old time country singing will be held at the Full .Gospel Church, 400 El Paso Street, Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Rev. Bob Hudson is pastor. Everyone is invited to attend. presiding. Gonzales was charged in connection with tihe stabbing death of his wife at Dodson on February 20. He was defended by John Gillham of Clarendon and Jack Lackey. Consoles pled guilty to the charge, and the trial was completed in less than a day. The jury deliberated a little more than an hour before returning its verdict. His lawyers have ten days in which to file an appeal. The trial of Daniel Rodriguez, also charged -with murder, starred Wednesday at 10 a.m. Gillham and Lackey again are the defense lawyers. Trusten Thomas New Head of Rotary Club Trusten Thomas, owner of Thomas Nursing Home, was elected president of the Wellington Rotary 'Club in the annual election meeting Tuesday, March 10. He >and the other newly elected officers will ibe installed July 1, and Thomas will succeed Billy Joe Thogmartin. Elected vice president was J. B. Oney, while N. M. Higdon is the new secret^rywtreas- •urer. The new board of directors will include these three and the Rev. Davis Edens, Quinton Brewer, Emil Kersten and Paul Guthrie. Claude Wells Suffers Stroke J. Claude Welfls, esteemed publisher of The Memphis Democrat, suffered a stroke Monday, March 9 in Scott and White Hospital, Temple, where he was preparing to undergo surgery. However, members of his family feel optimistic about his condition at present, which is considered improved. He had improved sufficiently to undergo the surgery Monday, March 16 and Mrs. Wells has notified 1 relatives that he came through it in good shape. This surgery was to alleviate an old ailment. Hershel Combs, editor of The Democrat, said that when he and Mrs. Combs left Temple Sunday, they could see improvement, and Tuesday, he talked with Mrs. Wells who said that he came through the surgery fine and was resting under sedation. "We feel optimistic he will recover," Combs said. Mr. Wells is a brother of Percy Wells and formerly owned and published The Wellington Leader. •Still active in the newspaper business, he will observe his 85th birthday March 25. Wednesday, Builders Club Spurs County Improvement Operation "Build Ceilings- the organizational meeting on Monday night, March 23, when county business men and farmers pledge to pool their ideas, time and work, Henry Sullivan, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce In- dustrial Committee, is chairman. The meeting will be held in the community building at 7:15 p.m. Invitations have gone out to a large group of county men to participate. The organization will be "Builders Club." Four Speakers Livestock Meet Set March 25 A beef cattle short course •will be held Wednesday, March 25 at 10 o'clock a.m. in the district courtroom. This will be held in order to bring the cattlemen of the county the latest in technical information in feeding, diseases, marketing, and management, according to Cecil Regier, county agent. The team of four speakers, each having one hour, will be: Dr. Dixon Hubbard, area livestock specialist of Lubbock, who will talk on feeding cattle, stressing a small farm operation. Edd Uvacek, livestock marketing specialist with the Extension Service at College Station, who will talk on market trends for cattle in coming months. James Murphrey, area 1 farm management specialist, Extension Service at Lubbock, who will talk on livestock as compared to other farm operations and how this enterprise might be expanded on your farm to make you more money. Dr. C. M. Patterson, veterinarian with Extension Service, College Station, who will talk on animal health, stressing the care that should be taken of catjtle shipped over long distances. "This short course will give farmers and ranchers a chance to get the latest information in these fields. The cattle busi- Higdon Heads Housing Group The commissioners of tihe housing authority of the Cdty of Wellington in a meeting on March 10 named N. M. Higdon chairman for the coming year. Dr. 'Chas^ B. Jones is vice chairman and George Shadid the temporary secretary. Other commissioners are Joe C. Terry and Buster Hughs. This was the annual re-or- ganizatjonal meeting. ness has changed enough in recent years that even the most experienced cattlemen can benefit from training such as this. Besides many farmers are now handling cattle or plan to handle them, that are not experienced cattlemen and could benefit greatly from this training," Regier stated. "The purpose of this club is to build Collingsworth county socially, spiritually and economically. This organization will demand that each member contribute a part of his time, talent and wealth toward obtaining its goals," Sullivan declared. Dues will be $5 per month. There will be one night meeting per montjh, with a meal, a program, planning and action. The meeting places will be dtes- ignated. Here is the plan of action as Sullivan outlines it: All monies will be used to pay the cost of advertising and traveling to sell and investigate betterment possibilities. There will be no paid employees except occasional secretarial help. Members will do all the work, take all investigating and selling trips. All activities will be carried on by committees appointed by the planning board. Progress reports from these committees will be given. —Continued on Back Page Spaghetti Supper, Too Parents-Kids Play Benefit Game Friday Mothers and fathers of junior high students will take the courts against their youthful offspring Friday evening, Mar. 20, at the annual fund-raising event of the Junior High Parent-Teacher Club. The games' will be preceded by a spaghetti supper, and plans for both are nearing completion, according to Mrs. Raymond Neeley, who is in charge. The supper will be held at the cafetorium from 6 to 8 p.m., and the basketball games will start at 8. Tickets are on sale by the junior high students and) also will be sold at the door. "No dues will be collected by the Parent-Teacher Club at the door this year," Mrs. Neeley said. In the games, fathers will play their sons and mothers will meet their daughters. A partial list of players was announced this week, but Mrs. Neeley said that any parents who want to play and who have not yet signed up may still get on the roster. Mothers due on the court are Mrs. Rusty Henard', Mrs. Ronald Kersten, Mrs. Richard Nail, Mrs. James Stavenhagen, Mrs. Dorothy Parker, Mrs. Ham Holton, Also Mrs. Howard Holton, Beginning Sunday Holy Week Services at Catholic Church Father Patrick Burke, parish priest of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church announces that his Holy Week services will be as follows: 5 Awards in Texas Leader Honored State Music Clubs by The state convention of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs convened in Houston at the Shamrock-Hilton March 11 to 14. Attending from the Wellington Music Club was Mrs. B. M. Sims, TFMC secretary. Again this year Wellington's name was among those receiving honors. The TFMC publicity chairman gave an award 1 to The Wellington Leader for its copy and picture coverage of district, state and national awards won by the Wellington Music Club and The Vibratos. Only five awards were presented by this publicity department. Wellington Leader news editor, Miss Virginia Robey, is a past president of the Wellington -Music Club and has served as a member of First District board of directors. In its category, the yearbook of the Wellington Music Club placed third in state competition. The yearbook committee included Mrs. Richard Nail, Mrs. L. W. Wells, Miss Robey, and Mrs. Sims, President of the local club is Mrs>. Hiram 'Cudd 1 . Carol [Blain, a past president of The Vibratos, was se—Continued on Back Page On Palm Sunday, at the 9 a.m. Mass, blessed palm will be distributed to the people, as a remembrance of the way the people of Jerusalem spread branches of palm under the feet of Christ during His triumphal entry to the city on the first Palm Sunday. Also during this Mass, the children of the parish will read tihe story of the Passion and death of Our Blessed Lord. Mass on Holy Thursday -will be at 8 p.m. It commemorates the institutions of Christ of the great sacrement of His love, the Holy Eucharist. On Good Friday, the anniversary of tihe death of Christ, the peoiple of the parish will follow Christ along the painful Way of the Cross at 8 p.m. There will be no service on Holy Saturday, butj confessions will be heard 1 in preparation for the Feast of Easter from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Mass will be at 9 a.m. All members of the parish, and their friends, are urged to attend all the services of Holy week. Mrs. Joe Sanders 1 , Mrs. Fred Cummings, Mrs. Charley Watts, Mrs. P. J. White, Mrs. Hezze Jones, Mrs. Paul Guthrie, Mrs. Billy WilMams, Mrs. Squire Jackson, Mrs*. Ted Brock, Mrs. Buster Hughs, 'Mrs. C. L, Moody and Mrs. Raymond Neeley. Among the men who believe they can out-play their sons are John Coffee, Dan Henard, Ham Holton, D. R. McKinney, Raymond Neeley, C. A. Wilbur, Quinton Brewer, Ted Brock, Oal Hurst, Wayne Martin, P. J. White and Wayne Cummings. Final Rites Tuesday for Mrs. Harrison Mrs. Winnie Harrison, who lived in the Quail and Wellington area since 1915, died in St. Joseph's Hospital Sunday, March 15, at 3:05 p.m., following a short illness. Mrs. Harrison was 80, and! remained active until she entered the hospital, only a few days before her death. Funeral services were conducted at First Methodist Church Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Davis Edens, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Quail cemetery under the direction of Kelso Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Luther Sullivan, Herbert Bearden, Calvin Hurst, James Wilson, Johnny Carson and Raymond Patton. Mrs. Harrison was the former Martha Wiunie Gray, the daughter of John and Angie McDandel Gray, and was born in Henry county, Tennessee, on March 3, 1884. She was married to Hugh Dowdy in 1906 and nine years later they moved to the Quart area, where they farmed many years. Mr. Dowdy died in 1944. Their two sons also preceded them in death, Sebum in 1921 at the age of 6, and C. W. in 1925 at the age of three. In 1948 she was married to T. A. Harrison, and he passed away in 1959. Mrs. Harrison had been a member of the Methodist Church —Continued on Back Page TEMPERATURES High Low Wed. March 11 62 36 Thur. March 12 75 32 Fri. March 13 78 45 Sat. March 14 70 36 Sun. March 15 72 34 Mon. March 16 64 28 Tue. March 17 69 34 Wed. March 18 42 Trace of moisture.