By Jean Hayworth
The Lions Club acting president, Roger W. Gray, filling in for Lion President James E. Allison, had some tough words for the members present. Attendance had fallen off dramatically from 75 to more like 30 to 40 present for the weekly luncheon.
"We're falling down on the job and must get up and get moving forward " we must turn over a new leaf," said Gray. He went on to ask for suggestions to improve attendance and activities. "There's nothing so pitiful as a back-sliding club," said Gray. Lion Hugo Plath, owner of two or three of the local movie theaters, suggested that the Lions Club get behind the new high school Vocational Education program and investigate how Lions Club members could be more helpful in moving the vocational program forward at the Breckenridge High School.
Also, Lions Club members were reminded that the new slate of officers would take office in two weeks led by the new president, W.G. Clegg, on July 1, 1929, and challenged them to meet and come up with a plan of action to increase membership and help the community of Breckenridge during the next year, 1929-1930.
Mr. and Mrs. John Z. Martin entertained Hollywood Director David Ward Griffith, who had directed the very popular epic movie, "Birth of a Nation." Also attending were his secretary, Robert Greathouse and his nephew, E.R. Griffith. The trio were vacationing in Mineral Wells and scouting for locations for a new film about the Lone Star state of Texas.
Others from Breckenridge who also attending the gathering at the home of John Z. Martin home were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abraham. Mr. and Mrs. Hack Robert, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. King, Messieurs J.D. Sandefer, Bob Wynn and Marshall Young. Also attending was Mesdames Maxine and Virginia Tillman and Mrs. Martin's niece visiting from Detroit, Mich. Messieurs M.Fehl, Arthur Brackett, Graham Crutchfield, all from Albany and Charles Kiker.
Air disasters were becoming more prevalent because more daring flights were attempted. An example was the plane that in the Azores enroute from Paris to New York City. It was piloted by Maj. Louis Idzikowski, who was a daring Polish aviator. His co-pilot Casimir Kubola was only injured. In a Chicago to Berlin attempt, the plane crashes in ice at Port Burwell. In another flight, Lt. Herbert J. Fahy attempted a transcontinental round trip from California but was forced down in Kiowa, Kan.
Meanwhile, pilots Roger Williams and Lewis Yancey gained plaudits from the Pope for their flight from Old Orchard, Me. to Rome and got an audience with the Pope for their noteworthy flight.
Gas prices were going up two cents due to a new four-cent gas tax that Gov. Moody signed into law, effective immediately. The trade-off was that vehicle license fees decreased considerably, which made the gas prices more palatable. Lawmakers were predicting that there would now be a market for bootlegging gasoline in a whole new industry.
A law officer was on his way from the Oklahoma Penitentiary to the community of Wink to pick up an escaped convict, Joe Richet. He was serving the Chief of Police in Wink and was a candidate for a mayor. He was going under the name of R.E. Williams in Wink. He had escaped 14 years previously from the Oklahoma Penitentiary after serving 10 months of a 12-year sentence on a joint robbery charge.
A long-time resident, Mrs. Sarah Catharine Potter, died at home on the Old Albany Rd, at the age of 75. She was survived by her son Jack Potter and three daughters, Miss Edna Potter, Mrs. Sam Carnige of Breckenridge and Mrs. Paul Henderson of Lindale. She and her husband came to Breckenridge in 1904 from Dallas and he died 14 years later, in 1918. She left an nephew that she raised, Edgar Potter and his wife, who were from Sallyann and a niece, Mrs. Bessie Henderson of Palo Pinto.
Initially, it was believed that C.B. McBride had failed to appear on the first day of his second trial for murder of John Glenn, an oil field supply dealer, on Thanksgiving Day, 1927. The case had been transferred to Albany from Breckenridge in a Change of Venue after the Texas Supreme Court had reversed the original 45 year sentence. An Alias Capias Warrant was issued for his immediate arrest. They thought he was in Fort Worth or at his home in Cisco but word was received from Tulsa, Okla. that he had not received a notice until that day and was leaving immediately. The Judge excepted his explanation and he did not have to forfeit his bond.
Judge George F. Parsons of Megargle and Mrs. J. R. Creagh of Breckenridge, both age 72, were married at the bride's home on S. Liveoak. She has lived in Breckenridge since 1875 near Ivan until she moved to town two years ago. Judge Parsons has lived in Young County since 1876 but has lived and served in Archer and Stephens County. At the time of their marriage, Judge Parsons was the Justice of the Peace for Stephens County, where the couple lives.
The Catholic Women of America has hurled a challenge against the new fashions as a source of temptation. The organization said the new fashions displayed too much of their physical form which was a source of temptation to all men, young and old.
The Dynamo column of The Breckenridge American declared that Breckenridge should have a curfew. "Parents should come down and see where the young people are, especially the unchaperoned girls who are hanging out with the wrong kind," said the advice from the column. Breckenridge needs a strictly enforced curfew and called on parents to invoke their own curfew on their high school age teenagers.
The third annual Dal-Paso Caravan that would travel through to Carlsbad Caverans will begin Aug. 1, in Marshall, and travel through Breckenridge, which is the largest city between Fort Worth and El Paso along the Dal-Paso Highway. W.H. Cook of Breckenridge is vice president of the Dal-Paso Highway Association and has taken the leadership role in getting other towns west of Breckenridge to get involved. As the caravan passes through each town on the route, more vehicles will join the caravan. Their is a student bus that will carry 25 students from Breckenridge High School, with many of the parents accompanying the caravan to El Paso and then leaving on family vacations from that point.
The caravan will leave from Marshall and travel to Longview, Mineola, Terrell, Dallas and Fort Worth on the first day. On the second day, Aug. 2, the caravan will travel through Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Breckenridge, Albany, Anson, Roby and Snyder. On Aug. 3, the third day of the Dal-Paso Caravan, the vehicles will travel to Gail, Lamesa, Seminole and into New Mexico at Hobbs and on to Carlsbad, N.M. On the fourth day, the participants will tour Carlsbad Caverns and the on Aug. 5, will motor on to El Paso, where the caravan will disband and many families will depart on their own planned vacation to Colorado and California.
The U.S. Post Office, that serves Stephens County, will add another carrier to cover an additional 20 more blocks. Residents of Breckenridge will have two deliveries a day if they have a Post Office Box.
Lt. Harold Bromley was to undertake a 4,700-mile jaunt for a non-stop flight across the Pacific from Tacoma, Wash. to Tokyo, Japan. He planned to follow the Aleutian Island chain and never get more than 600 miles from land. He hopes to make the solo flight in 35 hours and will make use of a Bubble Sextant that will help fix his position in minutes.
The Stephens County tax rate for 1929-1930 was fixed at 80 cents per $100 value, which was the lowest rate in the last several years and was 25 cents lower than the previous year. Due to a closer survey of all county property, equal valuations and a careful study of the Stephens County budget, the lower rates were set. The rates have moved steadily downward since 1925 when $500,000 in taxes were paid, which is four times as much as that required for next year. In 1925-1926, the rate was $2.45 per $100 value; 1926-1927, the rate was $1.75; 1927-1928, the rate was $1.50; and the previous year of 1928-1929, the rate was $1.05.