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THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, April 80, 1946 Hudlin one of few women running an electricity coop HULBERT, Okla. (AP) — Grace Hudlin had a big wood- paneled office, a bookcase full of recognition plaques and responsibility for an $11.5 million annual budget, but she was not your typical business executive. She went home to her farm almost every day for lunch. She called people "honey" and meant it. She cried openly when she thought about retiring. Mrs. Hudlin, 77, retired recently as general manager of the Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Hulbert. It was a job she had had for 31 years. Her resignation letter con- tained the following message: "P.S. I hope you do not plan a going away event for me, no cake or anything. It would be much too emotional for me.'' The air of politeness and old- world decorum surrounding Mrs. Hudlin seems more appropriate to a girls' boarding school than a public utility. The woman everybody once called "Miss Grace" said she had never dreamed of becoming a chief executive. She didn't even begin with a high school education. At age 13, Grace Elizabeth Edwards graduated from the eighth grade and went to work full time for a country general store near Hulbert. Her family was poor, and it was expected of her. She worked long hours for 50 cents a day and room and board with the people who owned the store. She managed to finish her high school education by setting up a special correspondence course with the Hulbert school superintendent. It took Grace Edwards four years to save $200. When she did, she quit her job at the store, took the state teachers examination and bscajnie a rural teacher and, later, school superintendent. She married Bob Hudlin, who was working for a highway maintenance crew, V Mrs. Hudlin, a former chairman of the state Election Boar- dand former co-chairman of the state Democratic Party, said the career accomplishment she was most proud of had nothing to do with politics or business. It was her campaign to build outhouses for the rural schools of Cherokee County in the late 1940s. "My project was to have an outside privy at each school," she said. "We had some built out of old cotton; sacks stretched over poles. They were crude, but they were better than having to go to the hollow in the woods." Lake Region Electric Cooperative was formed in 1950, and Mrs. Hudlin was one of the cooperative volunteers who went door to door selling $5 memberships to farmers, most of whom still relied on coal, wood and kerosene for heat and light. She and her husband, who owned an auto body shop and gas station in Hulbert by this time, were charter members of the cooperative, which serves parts of six counties including Wagoner, Cherokee, Muskogee, TulM, Adair and Rogers. . Mrs': Huolin was a teacher in Hul|ert when the Lake Region 'board 1 of directors asked her to become manager in 1954. She ac- cepted'after several months of consideration. Mi's. Hudlin was the first woman manager of a rural electric cooperative in the United •States. Today, among the 1,000 rural electric cooperatives in the country, 10 are managed by women, but Mrs. Hudlin remained the only woman manager among Oklahoma's 27 rural electric cooperatives. AP news quiz By JOAN BRUNSKILL AP Newsfeatures 1. South Africa's government announced it would abolish virtually all laws prohibiting blacks from: (a) freely moving about the country and living in black sections of cities; (b) living in areas reserved up to now for whites; (c) migrating from black "homelands" into other areas. 2. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted against President Reagan's proposed sale of $354 million worth of advanced missiles to: (a) Honduras; (b) Angola; (c) Saudi Arabia. 3. Members of the House voted for a resolution which they vacated next day, with the result that the limit on their outside earnings: (a) remains at 30 percent of a member's annual salary; (b) has been raised to 40 percent of the member's annual salary; (c) has been lowered to 35 percent of annual salary. 4. President Rudolf Kir- chschlager of Austria said that he found no case against former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, now a presidential candidate, although documents about Waldheim's wartime activities during World War II showed that he: (a) knew about the deportation of Greek Jews to Nazi death camps; (b) must have been aware of German reprisals against partisans in the Balkans; (c) took part in war crimes. 5. In a move to cut costs and persuade military personnel to remain in the service, the House voted to reduce military pensions for those who retire after 20 years — the bill will affect the pensions of: (a) those who have already retired; (b) those entering the military after the bill becomes effective; (c) those in the military now. 6. The government of Ireland announced plans for a referendum next summer on whether to end the Roman Catholic country's constitutional ban on: (a) divorce; (b) abortion; (c) contraceptives. 7. The Census Bureau reported that the number of people eligible to vote has climbed since 1984 to a record 178 million — the state with the biggest gain., in' potential voters, is: ("a) Oklahoma; (b) Arizona; (c) Alaska. 8. Spain's Socialist government said it would dissolve parliament, and hold general elections: (a) Nov. 15; (b) June'22; (c) Aug. 31. 9. As part of a yearlong series of celebrations in Texas, the 150th anniversary of the battle that secured the state's independence from Mexico was marked with festivities at the site: (a) the Alamo; (b) San Jacinto; (c) San Antonio. 10. The Duchess of Windsor, the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII gave up the British throne, died at age 89 — after the abdication, she and Edward married on June 3 in: (a) 1937; (b) 1936; (c) 1938. ANSWERS: l.a 2.c 3.a 4.b 5.b 6.a7.c8.b9.bl0.a. from; Market predictions vary with writer By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) — Great heights create great changes in perception and attitude — as in the stock market, where one of the favorite discussions of analysts these days is whether the market will crash. A less optimistic view of the market states there will be a collapse if when the dividend return .of the Dow industrial average falls below 3 percent — because companies fail to raise dividends or because stocks have risen sharply. That yield is now about 3.4 percent, a safe level, according to the theory. But, says Charles Allmon, a popular adviser, if it falls to 3.1 percent or lower "you could see an interesting decline." What's interesting? A 25 percent to 50 percent decline, the kind that will "jar some eyeteeth." No guide is infallible, but one put forth by John Dessauer, publisher of Dessauer's Journal of financial markets, is attracting much attention. Dessauer's measure of the market is based on book value, which is the difference between a company's assets and its liabilities. DR. J.C. TANENBAUM Podiatrist-Foot Specialist is proud to announce the opening of his new Baytown office for the treatment and correction of medical and surgical foot disorders. • Bone Spurs • Warts • Heel and Arch Pain • Children's Foot Problems • Ankle Problems • Sports Related Injuries • Fractures • Work Related Injuries • Ingrown Nails • Bunions Corns, Callouses • Hammertoes Adult and Children * Insurance Accepted 1101 W. LOuit Doily, Evening & Sat. (by appt.) (Across from San Jacinto Methodist Hospital) For an appointment, please call 428-1922 Your county taxes returned to you in Baytown, 1975-1986. Roads Garth Road $ 4,151.000 (Baker TO I-10) Baker Road $10,850,000 (North Main to Decker) North Main $ 9,506,000 (Baker to I-10) Baker Road $ 6,000,000 (Decker to Bayway) Total S 30,507,000 Road Maintenance Mowing - Traffic signs and signals - ditching - patching - reconstruction of roads Total '7,850,441 Road Maintenance 51,167,441 County taxes working In Baytown Flood Control Goose Creek $ 2,900,000 (Baker to HLP right-of-way) West Fork Goose Creek $ 800,000 (to I-10) Craigmont Ditch $ 2,200,000 (near KBUK) Ditch under Massey-Tompkins to Barkaloo $ 590,000 Super Ditch $ 690,000 (Bayway to Baker) Queenswood Ditch $ 425,000 Lakewood Ditch lining $ 650,000 Adams Street Ditch $ 450,000 Kilgote Ditch improvement $ 70,000 Danubina Ditch $ 30,000 Cedar Bayou Estates $ 25,000 (Raccoon Drive) Cedar Bayou Channel improvements $ 830,000 General Maintenance $ 1,650,000 Total Ml,310,000 Senior Citizen Ballpark Courthouse Annex All County departments in one building: Constable, Sheriff, Tax Assessor, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner. ORIGINAL COST '1,500,000 Baytown Covrtttoase Annex KEEP JIM FONTENO County Commissioner, Precinct 2 "A day's work for a day's pay" Pofiticrf 94 p«U for by Jim FontMO, M122 WMdwMg*, Ho«ct«i, THM, 77915.