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   Anson Western Observer (Newspaper) - December 19, 1947, Anson, Texas                                 élp others Enjoy IChristmas  No. 32  western  sserver  RVATIONS  Observer  it ft  11 Give to VFW t  «T J*"  \l Cliristm.is ji  Si Fünf' iÌ  It  by hut  Wes^n Observer,. Anson, Texas, Friday, December 19,1947  build  lumored Ihas it that some oil men Vsted in building a hotj^l t splendid if true. i would 'need for a nice modern combination hotel and house number 1 on the , objectives for Anson. A story building providing or space for some new  ![concern that have been [quarters In the city; a lall to better accomodate IS civic, school and soda! ting for regular and spec-ons and banquets; two or| of hotel bed rooms; feast one floor for officc.s Icompanles should be a lestment for some man or men. If you agree let's ttng it up.  «EEDS tal  se a hotel is not the only son needs. This observer next to. or along with fior a hotel, the need for It is something that felt the community has a number of years. To Tstatement of one citizen, I't we get together and He a hospital for Anson?"  some good doctors and tut their practice is hamp-thelr service to the com-  I restricted by the lack of hospital facilities here in home town to examine and tients. Medical science has eat strides since the day Dr. W. L. Hollis, a plo-st Texas surgeon, sterllzed uments in a wash pot to In a farm home the firsb Icitis operation ever at-in this section. Major op-are not done under such |us conditions these days, r.ien have progressed in how" and facilities and  I'veryone In Anson and the community deserves ready to the best when life and is at stake.-there are good hospitals in rd, Hamlin ^nd Abilepe, but not in Anson, and it is or 20 miles drive to these  idhich is too far for emer-cases needing an oxygen an iron lung, or for a child s something lodged in its  HURRY AND HIGHWAY 180  bg back from dreams of the |I hope not long In the fu-1 the present.  lob of finishing highway 180 I Jones county is of para-|importance to Anson and along the v;ay.  [street wanted  lew street lights look so good pens outside of the lighted askmg that the system be I to bring other .sections of out of darkness. Well, \vh / whiteway from the south fth city limits to the court-ciuare would sure look fine, fy council is light minded I'lehts, that is) right now Is a good time to let it be I" you would like to have lal ■ street lights. A litfe hen 180-east is rebuilt we needing lights along that, l^the way through Anson  Imake for  7ER FACES  rains sure brightened the farmers and grain I in these parts, even if the Pnying cloudy weather ha.i J™®. Pf us gripe because the Pn hiding so much. It ju-sti snow that you can't tell expect from West Texas  nth' been much over  Mhs since a friend of mine.  Ife Texas all  ti ® should know better.  '^reLr. f"® "»'ehty con-  hat »» ^ oi his  liL another  avh» r in  wLirc ■ »•a'ns of  weeks were  no drouthy  Ml Will Close Pays For stmas  ""«»n®«« men Mdinn^ Christ-  iv " i®'»^®®® made  flve opposed  closing two  [Jtonls^lti who recent, surgery  r «Pi*^«; wtumed I wa« printed In a two column space  k tott«?' moyed' In the middle oi the page.  ^ meir new home on May« ha« announced that cow^  TPYICAL CpVVBOYS' CHRISTMAS BaLL SCENE-which will be reenacted this vear beginning with the opening ball in Pioneer hall Saturday night y®"'  Opening Christmas Ball Grand March To^ Be Led By Ensign and Mrs. Stell  When Ensign and Mrs. Albert L. Stell, Jr. lake the floor at Pioneer hall Saturday evening to lead the opening grand march for the Cowboys' Christmas ball they will be keeping up a precedent set at the old Star Hotel back in 1885. That original party honored a "very popular young cowboy and his bride." Newly married couples will lead in the opening dance each night next week. Music for the historic folk dances.:.!r!>ich wlU continue throi nights «f next nished tWs _ String Buid of  All coifhmlttees are busy completing plans for the initial ball Saturday night and everytoing Is expected tij) be in readinenss, Roy Mays, president said. The front of the building has been' remodeled to place the ticket office outside of the hall. Repairs have been made to the floor and the building is being decorated under the direction of Mrs. Mace Kyle, chairman of the decoration committee.  A feature of this year's openins program will be the singing lines from Chittenden's ballad by Erwin Baucum. This and other features of the ball will be broadcast over KRBC of Abilene.  Opening grand march leaders fo." the other nights of the ball will be the following:  Mr. and Mrs. Durwood NeviU. Monday night; Mr. and Mrs. George Baker White, Tuesday nighti and Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Day, Wednesday night.  Annson was a mere village of some 10 or 12 houses when the Star Hotel was host for the first, Cowboys Christmas ball. Miss Le-nora Barrett, who has done extensive research on the historicjl background of the affair, said this week. But almost everyone in town and most of those living in the vicinity were present. Children were brought and put to bed so that the parents could take part in, or watch the dances. Cowboys and some of the girls rode horr.e back as far as 25 miles, others came in buggies and wagons. The proprietor of the Star was very popular with the cowboys and they enjoyed visiting there, especially at Christmas time and this fact was possibly resuonslble for the origin of the Christmas ball idea.  On that first night there were some who did not dance. They sat in a room adjoining the dining room which had been cleared for the dance. They played guitars and sang. A group of matronly women sat in the family room of the hotel and a number of men In the lobby. Dancers formed in two sets with one caller.  William Larry Chittenden, a reporter for the New York Times, was among the men in the lobby that night. He had come to Anson on business for his uncle, who had recently bought a ranch eight miles northwest of Anaon. He was so impressed by the ball that he wrot^ tl-.c poem which was to become famous and submitted it to Hec McCann, editor of the town's newspaper, The Texas Western. Tsie poem was published in the Western and later alter the Star hotel aumed in June 1890 it was again published in the Texas Western by Dan M. Jones, who had become editor of the local paper. Immediately after this It was printed In the Dallas News and the Galveston News. Miss BaiTett found a copy of the Dallas News In an ln~ an Austin library In which the poem  WHAT? NO BRICK  Commissioners Receive Boquet Of Appreciation  County commissioners have to duck so many brick bats, verbal, that is, that they were greatly flattered this week when a boquet wa-: received.  Appreciation for service in maintaining roads in the southwest part pt. the county was expressed in a letter "  FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. NEVILL. , HELD  Funeral services for Mrs. Barzil-lia Nevill, one of the early settlers in Jone.s county, who died la.st Friday !it the home of her son, Virgil G. Nevill, near Pecos, Texas, were hf.ld here Monday. Rites were con-tlucted Ijy Ernest McCoy, minister at the Church of Christ. Arrangements were under the direction of Lawrence Funeral Home.  Mr.s. Nevill. v,'ho was formerly Barzillia He.stand, was born on February 3. 1858, in Clay County, Tennessee. She came with her father's family from Tennessee to Johnson County. Texas in 1876. She and John LePe\'re NevUl were married in 1877, and they moved to Jones County, Texas in 1889, where they lived for many years and reared a family. The family has taken a prominent part in tho development of West Texas and the Plains of Texas, where they have engaged in live-.stock ranching, farming, and various other business activities. Her husband, J. L. Nevill, preceded her in death, in 1932. A daughter and a son who were well isnown in Anson also preceded her in death; Mrs. Effie David.son, whj was the wife of B. S. Davidson, a pioneer Anson merchant, died )n 1929; and Mirt Stroud Nevill dind in 1938.  Survivors are two children, Virgil G:.si, Nevill of Peco;;, Texas, ana Etzie John Nevill of Hawley, rex-as; her sister, Mrs. Abbie Bennett Gf Lockney, Texas; eight grandchildren; and several great-grand-cliildrcn.  Interment was in Mount Hoi>: cemetery beside her husband. Pallbearers were J. L. Gordon, Joe Fov, W. H. Littlefield, J. H. Pry, E. A. Wilson, and Sid Gentry.-  Among the out-of-town relatives and friends who gathered to pay respects for the deceased in these faU final rites were: Mr. and Mrs. Vir-has gil G. Nevill of Pecos. Texas; Mr. - for Marshall Nevill of Pecos. Texas"  at least three Jones county stock-¡Mr. Elzie . Nevill of Hawley. Texas;  ....... ' ..........Mrs. Annie Nevill, widow of Mirt  Nevill deceased, and her children. wSilpt .„Levelland, Texas; Mr. David  Price 5e  iJUL STOCKMEN Wm SPRAYING 6RÜBS PAYS  Spraying cows during the and winter for cattle grubs proved a profitable operation  men. who have renorted tholr ok uericnce to County Agent H. C.  Winners I  street.  Schools lettefHeatT: -  Extracts from the letter follow;.  "We would be engi-ates to not acknowledge the much improved service your commissioner is giving us on dragging the roads in the southwest corner of the county. We want to pass the wora along to the commissioner that we do aa-pi-eoiate it very much.  "Even though the rainfall has been above normal this fall, our school bus operating in the above mentionend district has not missed a day."  The district referred to is in  W. O. Rainwater's precinct. ★ * ★  i.'M.^in \Ml  DRIVE IN COUNTV  Bill Morrow has been appointed as 1948 Fund Campaign Chaii-man of the Jones County C lapts: of American Red Cross by Chapter Chairman, Hubert Watso ;. 2.1-:. Morrow will direct the annual j Campaign Drive for this which will be made in the uionth of Mr.rch. He succoc^-is .Star inc-.rr cX Hamlin, who was - thi-^ year'.; chairmiin of the Fund Campaign Drive. Ks will soon name Iccal ohairn-.i-ii in each ucmmun;iy throv.gho.u lire tGu;vty to a3sii;t him.  New ofrinrio for ihe coming year fcr tha Jonos County Chapter are; ilurerv Stamford, Chap  ter Chairman; George Harrell, An-¡.■•3!i, Vice-Chairman; Mrs. Pauline McKinely, Stamford, Secretary; Mrs. Arliene Bryant, Hamlin, Treasurer.  ----.  Kingrsville Teacher Who Died Monday Formerly Lived Here  Professor Jeff D. Smith, 49, who dropped dead at Kingsville, Texa = Monday mcrnuig was a former resident of Anson and taught school in the Pleasant Hill and- Swans Ch-apel schools of this co^ty.  Smith as reared by ,lil.s grand-;:arents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Edge on a farm near Anson and he «s a graduate cf Anson high school.  At the time cf his death, Profes-«■or Smith chairman of the  Texas Agricuitiual and Industrial collepe foreiijn language department and a member of the faculty ath-leUc committee. He collapsed a few yards from the campus of the school and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hosplal.  Statistics show that forty-twn nercent of air Texas cattle are srubby, according to Stanley. Grubby cattle are discounted on the market at about one cent a pound. The total loss to Texans in the cattle and dairy business in terms if :nilk, meat and leather each year comes close to five million dollars.  Mn.-l, farms and ranches cau n til fir fAvn trouble with grubs. Ex-'en.sirn entomoloKists for Texas A.  M. Cclle'ic point out. Heel fli.-.s are ihe parents of grubs, and thJ ¡iic.s jeldcm migrate over half-a-i-'o treitment for gru'os in the r. ¡1 iiiid •'Vi'i!.c-r will control th?  '..1 li;.- on the farm and ranch in rhc  K'X-':-:- r.'.s ba-;ks of the .ininial--i- ;:n::tarc; cf 7 -2 pounds a; i .iicrc'unt roter.one in IOC 'iall:;!"  [ w;ter at n.'j 'Ui 30-day i-.V^r-.']-in tiifr ■'"■'.! win'.er, the ento-  irxlogi.^i, . Ftotenone dust can be i': ..l on .11 hards.  n^ :-- will help to yeav, too, as it take:: frciu !0 to 15 percent more feed '.0 ,ii,;rc-ii a grubby steer than on"  "roe cf sr\^b3.  -★ ★ ★-  I boy and cowgirl, or iikmeer regaUaj costumes.  will again be appropriate and ap-proved dress for the balls, and he urged that all participants help in giving color and spbrit to the affah' by wearing western attire. Prizes will be given each night to eneourase the wearing of old time  The Jones county. 1947 coiton ■ lOp was more tlian double the 1943 crop when the last department of commerce ginning report Was co.npiled, according to Bowen Pope, .ipecial agent\  'Ihr; census report on December 1 showed that 30,043 bales of coi-tcn were ginned in Jones county from the crop of 1947 as compared vv;th 12,523 bales for the crop of  MEimAL HALL IN  DEMIIO FOR  That Ansonites are making full use of Memorial hall, the community center made possible by the cooperative efforts of the Liens club and American I/egion, was shown by the fact that six organizations h"Id meetings there this week.  Opening the busy week's schedule, the Tuesday Study club used the hall for a social Monday eve-•I'ng. One Tuesday afternoon the Home Demonstration council had a Christmas social and Tuesday night was the regular meeting tini'-' for the Legion.  The regular Lions club luncheon was held Wednesday and the home demonstration clubs met at the hall in the afternoon for a Chrlstmaa tree and the Business and Professional Womeaa' club of Anson entertained with a Christmas put? Xhunday rnnloft  and' Mrs. Manning of Lockney, Texas.  -■¥• * *-  Douglas Sanders  Completes Training  Douglas F. Sanders. USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Sanders of Route 3. Anson, Texas, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif., and has been advanced to seaman, second class.  Recruit training is the shario break between civilian and Naval ¡i.fe in which the new Navy man learns the fundamental principles of a sailor's life.  In the course oi his training the iToruit is taught seaman.shin. Navy .'.ustoms and te:;ns. basic ordnance and gunnery, signaling and navigation. He learns proper divinj and swimming, life saving, and shipboard fire fighting.  Upon completion of his trainj 13 the recruit is assigned either to units of the fh-'et or to a service school for siieclalized training.  Awards in the chamber of commerce contest to select the Anson home with the best Christmas window or lawn scene will be made at the public program next Monday evening, it has been announced. All who wish to compete should contact Mrs. Grady Flynt, telephone 3847; Mrs. PIttman, telephone 4431; or James Hestand, telephone 7321 by noon Friday. Judging will be done by a committee from Hamlin sometime b-;-fore Monday evening and the following prizes will be awarded:  First prize, table lamp donated by West Texas Utilities: seconil prize, table lamp donated by Hes-tand-Wili-on furniture and thUxl prize, card table, donated by Home furniture company.  Due to the lact that everyone is so busy the final program Monday evening, will be very brief, but members of the chamber of commerce Christmas lighting and decoration o f which Mrs. Flynt is chairman, will express appreciation for the cooperation which has contributed to the success of the first organized effort to decorate the stores and homes for the Christmas holidays.  . - ■ ^ .... giJIillil^lngi^,;.  Joe R. Love, who was stricken with a heart ailment week before last has been released from tiie Stamford hospital and is improv-  ¿.«aHsssaBSiScsi BEST LIGHTED?  50 New Street Lights Place Alison on Top  ■Anson coultl now safely law claim to being the best lighted town in its population class in this part of West Texas. That is the opinion of Ted Dudley, local manager of the West Texas utilities.  Three more of the new type street lights were added to the sy.stem this week to bring the total in the downown section to 50.  "I am sure that Anson is now the best lighted town of its sizs in this district of the West Texas utilities, and I believe I would be right in including all of the company properties, taut I am not sticking my neck out .since I haven't, been to all oi the towns recently." Dudley said.  ing.  Mr. Love is manager of the Joe R. Love Appliance company and Mrs. Love is taking care of thi  business during his illness. -★ * ★-  George W. Cox is Given Promotion  George W. Cox. son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cox, Box 62. Anson. Tex., was promoted to corporal this month at the Aviation Engineer School, at Ft. Francis E. Warren, Wyoming.  Cpl. Cox and his wife live at 1920 Pioneer St.. Cheyenne. Wyom-¡n^,•. He i? Toolroom Keeper m Squadron K-1 at this base.  Cpl. Cox attended high school at Tahoka, Texas and prior to enter-mi the cervice he was employed by Mike Coker, Anr.cn, Texas, as a farmer.  CAMP FIRE GIRLS  NEXT YEAR  Miss Corinne Julie Moller, Regional Representative for Camp Fire Girls. Inc., arrived in Stamford or. December 13 to aid Miss Kathleen Crawford, of Haskell, the New Ari?r. jL.xecutive, in making plans for the annual meeting and to help workout a calendar of events for tho first of the year. They have visited with various organizations in th2 di6ti;ict.„>dunngn,:Uie week of De--rember-ifr-WH* - ■ > - ■ - -'. ■  a (r^mDer of Region W'stut'eomprlslngiNeTfr Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texjs  awnrd in Uie best deo-rated window contest was given te '■'.■'..•.it Texa.s utilitie.s company:, it v.-:::; announced at the Christmas progi-am on the court house lawn i.'i.st Monday night. Second and' third awards weni, to Womack FIo-;•;'.] Shon Farn.sworth grocery. ■■e-:pectivc!y. Winnci-.s in the guessing ccme-st wei-e al.so announced.  Hcncrable mention was given the oi Southwe;it Motor company. Mayfield grocery, Sprayberry hardware and the Panhandle abstract.  The prizes will be engi-aveii plaques which will be presented to the winning concerns" bv the chamber of commerce.  Ci.KiI.s .-;ung by the Sosebee Sis-t?r.s. were the chief entertainment f':aii:re ol the nrogram. They sang Winter Wondoianri. White Christ-ma.';. Silent Night and Jingle Bells.  The .merchandise window guess-in;; contcst winners: included the following:  Pittard Drug. Mr.s. George Q. Brooks; Neville and Bartlett Drr Goods. Jerry Rice; Western Observer. Bobby Jean Daniels; Reliable Auto. H. D. Barnes;'A. J. Thomason No. 3, Mary Lantrip: Oran A. Dean jewelry, D. C. Pelton; A. B. Thompson grocery. E. M. Coiinell; A. J. Thompson. No. 12. Lilly Mae Gray; White Auto. Bill Franklin; Howell';; Drug. Mrs. Lester Garrett; A. He denheimer. S. J. Ousley, Crc Home & Auto .store, Sandra Ba cum, Hestand-Wilson furniture. M ' J. OijiJljurinan; Home Furnif  All vliinQra::  .firms named - tmi ■ any merchant who has not 'r^ioit-ed the result of his contest should do so between now and next Monday evening. Names of the winners  and Arkansa.s, was formerly Execu _ _ _ _  twe Dh-ector of ^he^North T^xa.s should ¥e handed'Mrs" Grad^F^t ......' """ " " or James Hestand, so they can be  Area Council of Camp Fire Girls in Wichita Falls. Texas.  "Tlie Camp Fire program emphasizes well - balanced activitie", for girls seven to eighteen," Miss Moller said. "The most gratifying part of my work with the organi .■jation has always been to watcii the results of that program. I am sure it is also the most satisfying part of the work cf all volunteer Camp Fire leaders for they are privileged to work closely with tlie girls, seeing them grow into intelligent, thinking young women, interested in community and world-wide developments."  A native of Stevensville, Mo.i-tana. Mi.ss Moller received her Bachelor of Arts, degree at Stanford University, Stanford. Calif. She is member of the Southern Section of the .American Camping Association, also the Texas Social Wslfare As-•socintion.  Disappointing Response To VFW Christmas Fund Revealed  Toys Will Admit Boys and Girls  "A disappointing rssponse," to the Veterans of Foreign Wars efforts to secure adequate funds to i insure a happy Christmas for underprivileged children in Anson; , was expressed after the bottles J-O IheStre were collected this week. The col- Anson boys and girls may be ad-  to start th? fund, it was revealed, i Saturday afternoon by slmpl> The bottles were reoiaced in the! bringing a toy or gift IN GOOD stores and the VFW committee, USABLE CONDITION to the Pal-romposed of Taylor Owens, chair-1 ace theatre. The Dicture will be man; Herbert Rowland, John Sose- „Little Miss Broadway."  bee and George Hudson, urged all business men to call attention to the bottles. Tliey hope that each bottle will bring in at least two I butlon more dollars by the time the final collection is made December 23.  Special contributions have been --^celved by H. S. King, Harold Oiance and G. W. Williamson. Other persons wishing to make larger contributions by cash may send or give them to any member or bring them to the Western-Ob server office, It was stated.  The committee also requested ^hat the names of children or famines that should share In the distribution of food and clothing to be made po.^sible by the fund give names and addresses to Mri>. Robert Cross, president of the PTA or to a member of the PTA commit-iee which consist of Mrs. Tom How-eU, chairman; Mn. A. J. Smith. Uwte JohiliBon and Oharlee 8te-  Toys collected in this way will become part of the Goodfellow dislri-to children whose parents will not be able to supply the things they are asking Santa to bring.  The distribution will be made by tho Parent - Teachers Association and the names of children who should be remembered should be turned in at the chamber of commerce office or to Mrs. Robert Cross of the PTA.  Look Who's Here  Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Huber of Union are announcing the arrival of a baby daughter, who arrived at the Sadler Clinic at Merkel, Sunday, December 14, weighhif IS lb» Grandparents are Kr. and Mra A. R. Huber of Anion and Mr. and Mrs. Wadkins of Lueden.  LiOIS mm TALK ON SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS  "Let the spirit of Christmas t.ikc pcsssssion of you at homo and in refltcting' goodwill toward the lesr. fortunate around us," wa.s urged by Carl Anderson, Sweetwater attorney, who was guest speaker at the Lions club Wednesday.  Appointing' of a house rules committee by President Charles Myatt was the chief item of business. The committee which will outline rules for the use and care of the building is composed of E. M. Connell, Otto Sosebee and Everett Beaver.  "At Christmas time we are celebrating the greatest event in history, the birth of Christ and it Is the time when even the hardest of men are softened, the speaker declared. "I think we approach nearer to what the Lord would have us be at this time than at any other time of the year. We must preserve and strengthen this Christian sphit because history shows that failure of the church has preceded all downfalls of democracy, mere has never been a democracy established where Chrlstlanltjr was not the forerunner...'. .'i ■  Mr. AndatMn was intnduded ^ Oilbert mat».  announced at the fmal program, Monday night, December 22.  The center of attraction in the West Texas utilities window is the large red candles in a setting which forms a striking background for a Christmas tree outlines on the glass front.  A nativity scene is depicted in the Farnsworth grocei-y window and out at Womack's an unusual Christmas tree is surrounded by Christmas flowers and flocked mustard forms the background for the •icene.  ---^ * ^--  Pi;ncral services for Samuel Col-b.:rt Pütts, of Mena, Arkansas, former Anson business man, who died sudds".!y of a heart attack at his' rrsi(i-.?ncc. Thursday, December 4, at 7 p. m.. were held Sunday, December 7. at 3 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church in Mena^. Rev. W. F. Rogers, pastor officiating, as-sirted by Rev. J. P. Lester, fonner pastor. Burial was in the Pinecrest Memorial Park, directed by th-> Bcasley-Wood Funeral home.  Mr. Potts way the son of the"' late Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Potts, early residentes of Jones County, and the last surviving member of a family of six children: Edgar P.otts.. Mrs. M. E. Igo, Mrs. R. L. Peniot. Mrs. Heck McEachin, and Mrs. H. B. Kennedy. He wa.s born near Sherman, Texas, in Grayson county, September 16, 1374. When a young boy, he moved with his parents and sisters to Jones county, where he resided until 1921. He at- : tended Business College in Austr,-!.  In Anson, he engaged first in farming, later owning the Anson Milling Company, and some year« later, he had an automobile agancy, selling Grant cars. He was a member of the First Baptist church, and Knights of Pythias lodge of Ansoa, and served several years as\chief of the Volunteer Fire Department, October 8, 1901, Mr. Potts was married to Miss Irene Stanley White of Anson. To this union were bom two daughters. ,  In 1921, Mr. Potts and his family moved to Mena, Arkansa.^ ; where he engaged in the auto paita ^: business until his retirement alKMit ^ five years ago. , ' . i  He is survived by his Wido«, two v> daughter: Mrs. Norma Potts son o f Hot etorin«B, Aiit. Blary Evelyn Fotti, Nomaa, CMk. Cousins and ai) aunt, jftaj Oolbert ot Atenodrte. ~ other eoOslns 1: MM«  I' hi  i.  " i  ' ' .'(''i.'-j'-'J^l'e V '^'L ^ ' i ' r. i'i " 'S'   

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