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Microfilm Service and Sales P.OJBo* 8066 Dallas.Texas Complete Coverage of Wellington, Dodson, Quail, Loco, Samnorwood, Arnett, Artie and Vinaon For Fifty-three Years o Builder in Collingsworth County 10* PER COPY Volume LIV Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, Thursday, May 7, 1964 Number 42 ;"SAVE THE SOIL" AWARD WINNERS Two county men have received honors in the Save .the Soil and Save Texas Awards Program, sponsored annually by the Fort Worth Press and Texas industries. Zook Thomas left, was named Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Salt Fork Soil Conservation District, and was presented the Lions Club plaque by the Samnorwood club. Austin (Polly) O'Neil, right was named the Outstanding Come-back Rancher for Area I, made up of 51 counties, as well as for Salt Fork SCD. He 'will receive his award at the Area I banquet in Tahoka May 14. O'Neil, Thomas Win Honors for Soil Conservation Austin O'Neil, rancher in the north (part of Salt Fork Soil Conservation District, has been named "Come/back Rancher of the Year" for the 51-county Area I of the annual statewide -Save the Soil and iSave Texas Awards Program. O'Neil is due to attend the Area Banquet to ibe held at Tahoka May 14, where he and other area winners wfill receive their awards. He was nominated by the board of supervisors of Salt Fork SCD. One other nominee was honored recently on the local level, Zook Thomas', Outstanding Conservation Farmer for the district. Thomas received a plaque in a recognition ceremony at a recent meeting of the Samnorwood Lions Club. This is an annual! award' from the .Lions Club. O'Neil, a native of Wellington and member of one of the first families to settle here, has owned his ranch since 1952. He was employed as ranch manager for the 'Mill Iron Ranches, both here and in Colorado for 20 years and prior to that was with the Texas Game Commission 12 years. O'Neil celebrated his 70th birthday Monday, Aipril 27. In winning the area award, O'Neil follows the footsteps of one of his sons, Ted O'Neil, manager of the Steiner Valley Ranches at Whitney. He was named Outstanding Conservation Rancher on the area level for the Save the Soil and -Save Texas Awards Program. Salt Fork First Step Revised Water Program Starts Dam Work Now A revised water development program, scaled to the present need of Collingsworth county, was presented to a group of county leaders Tuesday night, May 5 in a meeting called by the 'board of directors of the Water Control and Improvement District. Dan Henard. chairman, announced that the legal firm of Gibson, Sfpenee and Gibson, of Austin, has been hired to represent the water district, and introduced Robert Spence, one of the partners, who was here to talk with Paul Spillman, who resigned as attorney for 3-Act Comedy Seniors Shed "Pink Magic" Friday Night — See back page ' sort- Wellington seniors will transport their class play audience bo Mexico City for two hours of "Pink Magic" Friday evening, May 8. The (play will be given In the high school auditorium and curtain time is 8 p.m. The comedy is based on the best seller by .the same name by Margaret Lee Runbeck, and concerns a group of tourists from the United States as they visit Mexico City. The story revolves around three 'girl's in pursuit of romance—Hortense Evans, played by Gail Henard, Cornelia Baker, portrayed by 'Sammie Thompson, and Ursula F. Prow- der, the play'® heroine, who is Donna Allred. Unusual in the play are the skill and sure instinct for audience entertainment of the innocent and slightly satirical Honor Former Members, Advisors Vinson FFA Holds Last Annual Banauet The Vinson Future Farmers Chapter will hold its annual banquet Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Vinison high school gymnasium. Since this is the last year the Vinson school will be in operation, . and the last year for the FFA Chapiter, members are inviting all former members and their wives, all chapter sweethearts and their parents, honorary members and all advisors to attend the banquet, according to Ruben Osborn, president. Those attending from within the four counties surrounding Vinson are asked to bring food. a dish either of com, salad or green beans. Letters of greeting will be posted and announced at the banquet, and those who cannot attend are invited notes. to write P**t president* of the chap- ter are Donald 1 Staton, Wilbur Tillman, Carroll Burcham, James Smith, Kent Pence, Howard Reynolds, Freddy Ford, Jimmy Ford, Robert Messenger, Walter Cook, Jerry Lee, Joe Downs and Wallace Cornett. Former sweethearts are Gaye Kromer, Betty Lanning, Marjorie Tillman. Vigna Lee Brown, Janie Thompson, Glenda Weidon, Sandra Overton, (Linda Overton, Doris Mitchell, Charlotte Messenger, Cheryl Hart, Lyda Aaron, Earlene Sherrill and Leona Overton. The advisor this year is R. B. Stout, and former advisors are Loyd Brownsworth, 195053; Garland HowelU, 1954; Oran Bunsaker, 1955; Troy Henry, 1956; Ronald Osmond, 1957; R. B. Stout, 1958 and 1959; Don Hensley, 1960; Dean Reader, 1961; Jim Strain, 1962; Vernon Duncan, 1962, and Robert Bryan, 1963. Others in the cast are Mariano, the paimting master, played .by Charles Black; Jose Eduardo Jose Garcia Gonzales Gomez, the hotel 1 manager, Graham Bowen; Wal'ly .Grant, United States youth living in Mexico City, Kenneth Patterson; Estrellita, an adventuress of sorts, Fatty Overton; Kimble Colby, who also lives in Mexico City, Bryan Hatch; the guide Tommy Thomas; Mr. Prowder, a famous anthropologist, Gary Bergvall; Mrs. Prowder, Patricia Bouchelle; Beaulah Mae Fazenden, an art student, Anne Henard; The Hart sisters, who also study art, Ann and Jane Orr; Mrs. Candee, a chaperone, Vicki Killian: Mrs. Dwight Colby, mother of Kimble, Mary Beth Aaron; George Crater, a friend of the Colbys, Danny Martin; Holt, another friend. Glenn Thomas; the waitress, Saundra Owens; and Queen for a Day, Carol Blain. Lyndal Bowen will be the Master of Ceremonies. Members of the stage crew are Tim Bailey, William Barton, Kent Holland and Bowen. Elaina Bearden and Patsy McDanel are in charge of (properties, while members of the Speech II clasis have worked on publicity and staging. Mrs. Bob McAllister is directing the play. Rev. Michael Has Surgery The Rev. J. F. Michael underwent sfurgery Friday, May 1 in St. Joseph's, Hospital 1 , for the removal of part of his left foot. Mrs. Michael said Tuesday morning he is much imjproved and doing as well as possible. He underwent surgery in June 1963 for the amputation of his right leg-. Here with him since his surgery was his son Charles Michael and family of Guthrie, and Mrs. Michael's sister, Mrs. Gordon Crocker of Idalou, is here for an extended stay. the water disttrict about five weeks ago. Coming here with Spence was A. H. Wolverton of Austin, engineer for the water district The two briefed the group on engineering and legal aspects of the revised program, which starts with one dam on Salt Fork River to provide water for irrigation purposes. Henard urged .that work be concentrated on the project .immediately and asked the cooperation of all the people of the county in carrying it out. The board itself will act on the next steps> as soon as possible. The overall plan to develop all waters of .the county is in no way abandoned, but fit will be done one step at a time, and the proposal of Tuesday night is the first step, Henard said. As soon as possible, the board and its new attorney will — See back page ' County Voters Follow State Primary Trend Collingsworth county voters returned the sheriff and two county commissioner® to office, but named a new tax assessor- collector, as they balloted in the first Democratic Primary election Saturday, May 2. Voting state-wise, they followed the general trend Sn all contested races. Republicans also followed the state, trend and gave GoUdtwater an almost unanimous vote in the preferential presidential primary, with one lone vote going to Rockefeller. Mrs. Rita Owens of Dodson, a former deputy tax assessor- collector, received 1008 votes to 754 votes for Hubert Miaul- clin, appointed to fill an un- expired term, according to the official count. Sheriff John Raiiney received 1237 votes to 532 (polled! by his opponent, Elzie White. Considerable strength was developed (by two write-in candidates for county commissioner. Woodrow Wood, commissioner from Precinct 1, was returned to office with 743 votes, •but John Eron Fprbis received 276 votes, while Clyde Emmert potted 242 votes to 206 for write-in candidate W. C. Harwell for commissioner from Precinct 3. Both write-in campaigns got under way only during the last ten days before the election. In the district judge's race, Collingsworth gave Charles Reynolds 971 votes to 792 for Allen Harp. Reynolds was also winner district-wide. Paul Spillman received 1282 votes for county chairman of the Democratic Party, while GL IB. Hopper received 391 write- in votes, although he was* not a candidate. In uncontested county and district races, Congressman Walter Rogers received 1747 votes; Representative Grainger McMhany 1775; district attorney John Gillham 1756; county attorney R. L. Templeton 1772; and constable Bruce Hite. Precinct 1, 1042. The county voted for Governor John Connally overwhelmingly, with 1291 votes to 373 for Don Yarborough, 18 for Banks and 13 for Hack- worthe. Lieutenant Governor Preston Smith received 1475 votes to 109 for hte opponent, Fuentes. State-wide, Smith received the highest per cent of votes for any candidate in a contested race. The vote for other state and — See b<tck page Twister Drops on Area North of River Tuesday Twisting winds cut a wide swathe of damage through a strip north of Salt Fork River about 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. beginning ati the Bill Janes farm just north of >the river and extending northeast faito the Aberdeen community. At the same time, much of the west rpart of the county received rain up to 1V& inches; Wellington measured .36, l>uti Dodson barely got a sprinikle. Sheriff John Rainey,' who was watching the clouds from a point just souith of Salt Fork and went immediately to the scene, reported -that the roof was torn off the barn at the Janes farm, the TV antenna went down and a' gasoline storage tank was blown' down. Irrigation pipe was damaged. Damage also was reported! from the Rusty Henard farm. Three miles east and a mile north of Lutie, a solidly-fbuilt six-room house was moved north off its foundation about) six feet, the sheriff reported. Generally known as >the Darrow place, this farm is* wtorked by Janes and owned toy his father-in-law, Joe Rountree. Janes also toad about a dozen trailers damaged, along with irrigation equipment. Just north of there, on the L. E. Ward farm, a large barn was destroyed, and 1 farther north, iBilly Waters reported damage to his wheel-mounted irrigation pipe. A large tree that was blown down blocked the road near there. There were unconfirmed reports of damage to the Tom Whitson and Gary Tarver places north of Aberdeen. George Henry, manager of Greenbelt Electric Cooperative. Inc., said four power, pglej^we knocked down ati two points in the storm area, and the lines were down in several (places. Approximately 1.5 inches of rain fell through much of the Quail area and west .to the county line, Tom Crabtree reported. Water was standing in the furrows Wednesday morning. There was considerable wind Mr. Crabtree said, but no damage had been reported. 'Cecil Brown measured 1.5 inches of rain at Samnorwood also. He said that reports coming to his store Wednesday morning were of a good rain at Dozier, but lighter north of there. W. R. Breeding measured one inch at one point on his iplace and .6 at another. South of Samnorwood, Bill ^eeley measured 1.1 inches. Rain also fell through the storm area, but it came down so hard and fast it was im- With the Greatest of Them All — Ringling Long Show Business Career Lies Behind Modest Sam Kennedy "The man who makes mil- nons laugh," now lives in quiet retirement in Wellington, after nearly 30 years in which he cared for.the shoe shine stands in local barber shops. Sam Kennedy, whose career in show business spanned 36 years, with 12 minstrels and circuses, including the greatest of them all, Ringling Brothers, came here Sept. 27, 1927. "I had a nephew here and I was going to stay here till Christmas then go on to Arizona," he explains. "It's been a long visit." Sam, as Wellington familiar- Kennedy ly knows him, was 75 years old Christmas day. He went into show business when he was 16 and his first performance was a song and dance routine in a saloon. He has performed in all the 48 continental states and one Canadian province. "I played comedy all my days." he says. Sam was toorn at Ladonia, Texas. "Same county as* Sam Raburn," he says proudly. His first musical instrument was a drum. '*My diaddy made it out of a coon hide over a half bushel basket, with catfeut strings,' he recalls. The minstrels in which he played were famous an their day, and included such shows as Sunny Dixie Mimstrels, the Virginia Minstrels, Florida Blossom Minstrel's, 'Dandy Dixie Minstrels and A. G. Allen's Minstrels. For many years Sam and his wife worked vaudeville during the winter, then fin the spring he'd go back to .the Minstrels. "When I was with the Georgia Minstrels, we played coast to coast every year," he says. Sam Kennedy wrote a number of songs that he workec into his own routines — "The World la Round but It's Crooked Just the Same," "When I Make Uip My Mind to Leave Can't Nobody Beg Me to Stjay, 1 ".Some Time, Nex* Week, but Not Now." •.;,'_ He was with Ringling' Brothers the first time they ever —See back pay* possible to determine the amount. No wind damage was reported in the Wellington area, and the Dodson area was missed entirely. WHERE BURGLARS WORKED This is the steel safe in the Quail School after it was peeled by burglars Wednesday night, April 29. The arrow points to the small hole knocked in the inner wall, through which the burglars- reached $240 in cash. —Photo by Kenneth Hodge * * * Livestock Sales Entered Burglars Take $240 from Quail School •Burglars hit twice in the county within five days, taking $240 in cash from the Quail School, and an estimated $30 in change from the Wellington Livestock Sales. No arrests have been made, according to Sheriff John Rainey. At least two persons were involved in the Quail burglary, believe the Sheriff and Texas Ranger Bill Baten of Pampa, who was called in. Entry was gained toy iprying open a window on the east side of the school, forcing the door to the office of Mrs. Lewis Morris, principal, then peeling the safe, Rainey said. They reached through a small hole in the inner wall of the safe for the money, but missed an additional $200, the sheriff continued. The money taken inchided $93 collected that day <by the junior class for ad® on their play programs. The remainder was from the school lunch room, Supt. Herman -Moseley said. No checks were taken, he continued. Payroll checks in the safe were scattered on the floor. Another safe in 'the office, unlocked, contained school records and these were dumped on the floor and trampled. Funeral Rites Here Monday for Mrs. Morgan Mrs. G. R. -Morgan, a resident of Collingsworth county 52 years, died in Thomas Nursing Home at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, following a long illness. She was 88 years of age. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Glenn Hickey officiating. Burial was in the Rolla Cemetery under the direction of Kelso Funeral Home. Pallbearers were grandsons and included J. I. Morgan, Jack Morgan, Ross Morgan, G. R. Morgan, Larry Ware and Jack Sherrill. Mm Morgan was born Ada Jones, the daughter of John A. and Sarah Long Jones, March 7, 1876 in) Denton county. She was married there to General R. Morgan March 22. 1891, and they continued to make -their home at Denton ointil coming here in 1912. They first lived in the Rolla community, then moved to Quail, where they farmed until Mr. Morgan's retirement. Since then the family home was in Wellington. •'. '—See back page "We believe at least one (person was familiar with the school set-up," 'Supt. Moseley said. "They parked their car on — See back page Heart Attack Takes Life of Mrs. Kincannon Mrs. Dee Kincannon, member of a prominent family of the Enterprise community, died suddenly at her home anout 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 28. Her death was attributed to a heart attack. Mrs. Kintannon was 34 years old and was alone with her small children when she was stricken. Her husband, working- away from the house, found his wife. She had lived in the community since her marriage to Mr. Kincannon in 1961, and during the time she had formed many close friendships among those with whom she was associated -in the immediate community, as well as throughout the Samnorwood area. Mrs. Kincannon was the former -Miss Aflta Mae Coe, and was ,born Aug. 13, 1929 at Se-- dan, Okla. She moved with her family to Holiday in 1937, and later to Shamrock. She was married to Dee Kincannon in November 1961 at Childress. Funeral services were con~ d-ucted at the Glen Davis Memorial Methodist Church Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Cecil Rank-in, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Dozier cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home at Shamrock. Pallbearers were David Clark, Audrey Downs, Leon Myers, Noah Stice, Leroy Groves and D. A. Nix. Surviving Mrs. Kincannon are her husband and six children: Charlotte, Tonya Cheryl 1 , Sally, Mae, Calvin, Melvin and) — See back page Temperatures High Low Wed. April 29 73 45 Thur. April 30 77 45 Fri. May 1 82 55 Sat. May 2 96 55 Sun. May 3 92 52 Mon. May 4 96 55 Tues. May 5 97 64 Wed. May 6 57 Moisture for *eek—.36 in. Moisture for April—Trace

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