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E E| OFT Subscription Rates Anywhere in Okla.-- $4.12 Elsewhere-- $5.15 year 66 C00h-00h 1.969 Cottn, .Wheat 7Fd Fe00d 2a00] Slgnup Deadline Se or arc J[ A total of 1,074 farmers allotment for payment. or in Custer Countyhave Cotton growers on 439 and more snowl aCCumulation to between 7 and Snow started again about 7 a.m. morning and at time the weather- Was calling for of 4 to 6 inches in Due to temper- around the freezing the snow was not to the streets and tys early in the emen have not the snow. They trouble getting their cattle and it's time of the year the cattle from R.L. Mahl- Foster and Mr. Bubba Moore to Oklahoma City morning to Thomas in the Achievement luck I ts FFA and 4-H Club made a good this week in the Livestock ations I We to have a list of in the next Tribune. city heart chairman, is difficulty with e. Sunday, 23 was set for a canvas by the FFA youths ... of the day -- was reset for last night ... Thomas playing in the 11 regionals -- on page 6.) Egg Slated Service Club d their annual on Saturday April 5th, C.H. Johnson, of the committee. has been held before Easter of years by inessmen. ages 1 through eggs and be pub- SATURDAY SUPPER Methodis serve a pan cak, supper thi| in the Churct room, Gordor President, h a s at 5:30 unut17:30 are $1.00 for children. - available from men or at Everyone i s I)AUGHIXR Mrs. A1 Jacksor rnsas announc of a daughter County Kansas 23, 1969. She 6 ozs. and Beth. In older brother, who i s are Mr. and Jackson, Thomas Mrs. Milton Oklahoma. r is Mrs. "::: ....... $1.24 ' .......... 85 ............ 1.80 "'" ............ 75 signed up through March 3, 1969, to take part in the 1969 feed grain, wheat and cotton programs, according to Jim Morton, Chairman of the Agricultural Stabili- zation and Conservation County Committee. Signup ends March 21st. Farm operators have signed up a total of 601 feed grain farms, which repre- sent 28,500 acres of the county's 74,524 total corn- sorghum - barley base acres. Total intended diversion on enrolled farms is 11,735 acres, with 6,035 additional acres diverted for payment. Producers have signed up 1,005 wheat farms, 55 per cent of the county's total wheat farms, with allot- ments of 84,481 acres. A total of 10,199 acres is being diverted below the Geary Wins Grade Tourney A highly successful grade b a s k e t b a I I tournamen ended here Monday night, Coach Kenneth Roof reports. Geary coppedboth girl and boys first place trophies in the finals Monday night. Geary boys won a close 23 - 20 victory ov e r the Thomas boys and their girls defeated Butler 37-14. Second place trophies went to the Butler girls and Thomas boys. The third place trophies were awarded to the Taloga boys and girls. Preliminary games were played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights of last week. Finals were played Monday night. Schools competing in the tournament were Arapaho, Geary, Thomas, Fay, Cus- ter, Taloga and Butler. The Thomas athletic fund cleared over $500 on the tournament, Mr. Roof reports. He stated he wished to thank everyone who had a part in making the tournament a success. Red Cross Fund Drive Planned March has been pro- claimed "Red Cross Month" by President Richard M. Nixon and a month of campaigning across the county to raise needed funds Is on tap for the Custer County chapter. Mrs. Nolen Kincaid, execu- tive secretary of the Custer County Red Cross chapter, said a goal of $8,970 has been set in Custer County to provide services such as grants, loans and com- munications for service- men, veterans and their families. Dale Jarvis, chapter chairman, said today that the annual drive opened March 3 and will be one of the most important drives since World War II. "Because of greatly increased cost of serving U.S. servicemen in Vietnam and because of a series of major disasters, the Red Cross has been forced to ask t h e American people for the largest sum of money since World War II- $128.050.000 Jarvis s a i d. To help raise Custer Courgy's share of that goal, Jarvis is asking supporters to increase their donations for this year. The nationwide drives fox Red Cross funds will be eared to the theme of SOS -- Support Our ervicemen," "'Put your Money Where your Boys IPII 6a #' Are, and Help Us Help. cotton farms with acreage allotments of 13,921 acres have signed up to partici- pate in the 1969 program. Total cotton allotment in the county is 23,724.8 acres. The farms signed up to date represent 50 per cent of the farms In the county. You are reminded that the signup period ends on March 21st. As the county signup has been slower than in past years, you are encouraged to come to the county office and file your intentions soon, Mr. Morton stated. School Board Fdln Opened Wednesday The filing period for the positions on boards of education opened Wednes- day and will close at 5 p.m. on March 15. Candidates may file with secretaries of the various school boards. G. L. Alexander is secretary of the Thomas Board of Education. The term of G. L. Alexander expires this year on the Thomas board. Annual s c h o o I elections will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25. Girls Lose In Regional Play Hinton girls barely nosed Thomas out of regional basketball action last Thursday night in a thriller from start to finish. A near capacity crowd was present at Clinton's Tornado Dome to see the local girls defeated by one point, 33-32. The game was nip and tuck throughout with never more than four points difference in t h e score. Hinton had a 21-18 lead at the half but Thomas closed the gap and led 26-25 going into the final period. Hinton managed to outscore Thomas two points in the fourth period to win the game. Debbie Roof connected for 13 points to pace the Thomas scoring. S t e v i e Webb was a close second with 12 points and Sandy Dennlson had seven. In other regional action at Clinton: Granite girls outpointed Canute 48-35 for the right to meet Hinton in the playoffs. Hinton went on Saturday night to defeat Granite girls 37-33. Mountain View, Friday night took a 61-51 decision over Ttpton and Granite defeated Binger 79-50 in boys action. Mountain View bombed Granite 73-58 for the regional win. Erwin Rites Held Monday Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Erwin, 88, were held Monday after- noon in the Thomas First Christian Church with the pastor, Rev. John Clark, officiating. Mrs. Erwin passed away February 28 In Plattevtlle, Wisconsin where she had made her home with her daughter. She and her late husband, R. F. Erwin, came to Cus- ter County in 1908 and farmed in the Custer area before moving to Thomas in 1928. They made their home here until his death in 1955. Survivors include three daughters and two sons. Burial was in the Mound Valley Cemetery with Perry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. i Thorn, Okl,horna 73669, Thursday, March 6, 1969 Three Thomas youngsters and their dog, Tippy, are pictured enjoying the heavy snow that hit this area Sunday. Pictured with their snowmen, left to right, are Jimmy Turner and Jo Ann Turner, children of Dr. and Mrs. James Turner and Jimmy Petree, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Petree. The snow storm dumped between 7 and 8 inches of snow on Thomas Sunday. METHODIST PLAN DISTRICT RALLY Dr. Dolphus Whitish Methodist men trom Fay, Thomas and neighboring communities will travel to Weatherford March 11 to attend the Spring R a 11 y- Banquet of the Clintor District Methodist Men. The meeting, held annualy in the Student Center of Southwestern State College, starts at 6:30 p.m. Robert R. Hamburger, Clinton District lay leader, will preside at the rally. Dr. Dolphus Whitten Jr., vice-president for admin- istration of Oklahoma City University, will be the featured speaker. Born at Hope, Arkansas, Dr- Whttten received his public school education at Gurdon, Ark- ansas. He graduated summa cum laude from Ouachita College, Arkadelphia, Ark- ansas, in 1936. His grad- uate degrees, including the Ph.D., are from the Univer- sity of Texas. McMurry College awarded him an honorary LL.D. degree in 1964. Dr. Whitten came to Okla- homa CRy University in 1958 and assumed his pre- sent post in 1961. He has long been a prom- inent laymen in the Metho- dist Church. He was a dele- gate to the 1968 General Conference of the U n t t e d Methodist Church and ser- ves presently as a member of the General Board of Publications of his church. Special music for the rally will be furnished by the "Homestead Methodaires" a well-known male quartet from Homestead. Members of the quartet are Raymond Ewing, Clyde Ewing, Robert Reames and Eugene Strader Elmo Bonny of Canute wilJ be song leader for the event. Tickets for the banquet are available from e a c h church lay leader, f r o m ministers and other Meth- odist laymen. Southwestern Lists Honor Rolls Weatherford -- Seventy- three students of South- western State College made A'S in all courses andhave been named to the Presi- dent's List for the fa 11 semester. jeveral hundred others in ;fhe student body of more than 4,800 completed the semester with grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher to win the distinction of being placed on the Dean's List. To qualify for either honor roll a student must be enrolled in at least 15 semester hours of class- work. Only those with straight-A (4.0) grades are eligible for the President's List, while a 3.0 (B) aver- age with no grade below C is required for the Dean's List. Honored students and Rites Held For Mrs. Friesen Funeral servtces for Mrs. Robert Friesen, 21, were held Wednesday afternoon in the Custer First Baptist Church with Rev. James Sanders and Rev. Raymond Thomason, officiating. Mrs. Friesen, the former Donetta Joyce Williams, was killed Instantly Satur- day in a one car accident near Ashland, Oregon. She had been visiting her mother and step-father in Eugene, Oregon. The par- ents were returning the young mother and two children to Milpitas, Cali- fornia when the auto hit a slick place in the highway and overturned. The other occupants were only slightly injured. Born in Elk City, Mrs. Friesen was a graduate of the Custer high school. Mr. and Mrs. Frlesen recently moved to California. Survivors i n c 1 u d e her husband of the home; two sons, Robert Charles and Kaven Scott; her father, J. B. Williams, Mlltltas, California; her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson, Eugene, Oregon; two sisters, Miss Gwen Williams and Miss Lissa Williams, beth of Militias, California; two brothers, James and Darell Williams, also of Mtltltas, California; four step- sisters and one step- brother; and her g r a n d- mother, Mrs. Della Casdorph of Custer. Interment was in the Custer Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Perry Funeral Home. their hometowns from this area are: PRESIDENT'S LIST THOMAS - Eleanor Jo Ross Klingman, Elaine Kay Switzer Penner. CUSTER - Carol Frances Conkling. DEAN'S LIST THOMAS - Sandra Kaye Clayton, Mary June Conkllng, Kenneth Leroy Drake, Carol Elaine Deck, William Douglas Frans, Beth Darlene Jones, H u e y Cecil Jones, Donald Joe Jones, Larry Neal Louden- slager, Patricta Ann Lazell Mary Ann Muncy Caldwell Loretha Elaine F i s c h e Roper, David Michael Self, Jerald Ray Scott, Peggy Eline Hunt Walker, Brenda Kay Zimmerman, S a n d r a Zimmerman. CUSTER - Phillip Arnold Friesen, Judith Ann Former, Naomi May Mos- mrg Masquelier, Thomas- Ine Lanell Rabb, Gloria Be 11 e Williams Sanders, Ruth Friesen Sweeney. PUTNAM - Randy Kent Sullivan, Fred Allen Mc- Glasson, Dorothy Evelyn Shreck. HOMESTEAD TAX DEADLINE NEAR Custer County Assessor Kermit G r a ft announced this week that March 15 is the deadline for claiming homestead exemptions on 1969 county ad valorem tax assessments. Graft pointed out that tax payers who file homestead exemptions claims receive a $1,000 deduction. March 15 ts also the dead- line for turning in personal property assessments. The tax assessor's office at Arapaho is open daily Monday through Friday. Texaco Station Opens Friday Thomas will have a new service station open this Friday. Earnest Peterman, Thomas and Irvie Pierce, Canton, have leased the Texaco S e r v i c e Station, 301 W. Broadway, in Thomas. The men invite you to drop by anytime Friday for coffee and do-nuts. Mr. Peterman and family have ltved In Thomas since 1967 when he was dis- charged from the U. S. armed forces after serving 20 years. Mr. Pierce lives near Canton at the present but plans to move to Thomas in the near future. Both inen are experienced service station operators and invite your patronage. " NUMBEII 38 I 0il Well Fire Southeast Of Custer Burned 12 Workers Twelve oilfield workers were injured, three critically, late Sunday afternoon, in an explosion at a well about three miles southeast of Custer City. The blast occurred about 6 p.m. Sunday while crew- men were pulling casing from the well on the K.B. Cornel1 Jr. farm. Cause of the explosion and flash fire has not been deter- mined but is believed a spark set off a gas accumu- Thomas, Custer Slate FJections The filing period for Custer City and Thomas city offices opens next Monday and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14. If more than one candidate flies from each precinct, a city election will be held on April 1. Present Custer City officials are Raymond Lidia, Mayor; council members, C h e s t e r Gor- shing, Floyd Bowman and Odell Jackson; Harold Hill, city clerk; and M.O. Daw- son, treasurer. Bill West is the Mayor of Thomas; councilmen are H. L. Combs and Benny Chambers; Calvin Keller, city treasurer; and Jo Lee Crane, city clerk. Candidates may o b t a in filing forms from the city clerks or the county election board. World Day Of Prayer Is Slated Friday The World Day of Prayer held each year on the first Friday in March will be observed in Thomas t h i s year on Friday, March 7 in the Brethren In Christ Church at 2:00 p.m. Rev. John Clark, pastor of the First Christian Church will be the speaker. The theme this year is "Growing Together in Christ." Others taking part in the service will be Rev. and Mrs. Henry Landis, Mrs. Cecil Dobbins, Mrs. Frank Hutchison, Mrs. Ruby Bell, Mrs. Donald Roof, Mrs. Mary Cagg, Mrs. C. R. Bruce, Mrs. Elizabeth Stevick, Mrs. Maggie Lumen and Mrs. Grace Frymire. An offering will be taken at the door with Mrs. Ruth Caskey and Mrs. Charley Myers assisting. This observance was started 80 years ago by a small group of women and has continued as a solemn tradition around the world. You are invited to join together to pray as Christ's followers are doing around the world. lation. Listed in critical condition were J. B. Trail Oklahoma City; T.S. Snuggs, Cement, and Carl Garner, Rush Springs. Snuggs is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Snuggs of Thomas and Garner is a brother of Mrs. Snuggs. Reported in serious con- dition was the drilling fore- man, Art Gruber, Pampa, Texas, a Humble employe, and Robert Burke, Elk City. Listed as fair were Jack Pierce, Bill Mains and Harry Pierce, all of Okla- homa City; C.S. Hayhurst, Clinton and Don Robinson, Pampa, Texas. Treated and released following the blast was Earl Steward of the Nichols Casing Co. Don Smith, Elk City, was hospitalized and released Monday morning. Ambulances from Thomas, Weatherford and Clinton took the injured workmen to the Clinton hospital. Snow and mud hampered the vehicles. The drilling rig is owned by Helmerich & Payne Drilling Co. of Tulsa. Com- pany started making hole on the test for Humble Oil Co. last October 1. Hole was drilled to 17,200 feet before abandoning. Nichols Casing Co. was pulling casing on the ob when the explosion occurred. h& Services Set For Today Rosary services for Mrs. Brldgie Inda, 93, were ten- tatively set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Perry Funeral Home Chapel with final rites scheduled for 10 a.m. today ( in the Thomas Church with Father Charles J. Swell officiating. The former area resident died Monday in Oklahoma City. She and her late husband, Michael L. Inda, came to Oklahoma in the early days and for a num- ber of years operated a general store at Anthon, He died In 1962. Survivors include three nieces, Mrs. Clair Klppen- berger, Thomas, bars. Joe Klppenberger, A b I I e n e, Kansas and Mrs. C. P. Callahan, Coronado, Cali- fornia; and two nephews, John and Bill Cleary, both of Thomas Burial will be in the Anthon Cemetery. NEW SON Mr. and Mrs. Billy Landretb of Moore, Okla- homa are the proud parents of a baby boy born February 24, 1969. He weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. and has been named Robert Dwayne. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wakers of Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Landreth of Fay. Thomas School Board Met Monday The Thomas Board of Education met Monday night for a lengthy session, according to Supt. Dwatne Schneider. Several items of business were discussed in addition to setting millage figures for the annual school election and meeting on March 25. Principal items of business included: Vernon Chittenden resigned as a member of the school board. His term would expire in March 1971. Otto L. (Pickle) Ice, prom- inent Fay man, was appointed to complete Chlttenden's term. The board reaffirmed it's policy of compulsoKy teacher retirement at age 65. One veteran Thomas teacher, Mrs. Melva Huffman, will be retired at the end of the current school term. The re- mainder of the Thomas teaching staff were offered contracts for another year. An ac c r edit edkinder- garten class with free tuition will be added to the Thomas school next term if the kindergarten bill, now before the state legislature, is approved. If the bill is not approved, facilities will be available on a tuition basis for a kindergarten class in the new building.