By Jean Hayworth
The new Society Editor also reported on the latest fashions for 1929, which was a transition from long versus short skirts of the 1920s. The new skirt length was to cover the knees for daytime wear as well as evening. Others in the fashion world, however, leaned toward the skirt length that just gave a glimpse of the knees, which didn't seem to gain any disapproval. Belts and girdles were placed at the normal waistline or a trifle below it.
Jackets had more of a tendency to be fitted versus those that hung straight from the shoulder. Also, new scarves appeared on the scene which were made from three to four ribbons of varying lengths using a four-inch wide ribbon and about 30 inches in length. The scarves could be constructed to match colors in chosen outfits or made with colors for spring or fall. Strips of the ribbons were also used in a straw hat in the summer.
Ray B. Leach, former secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, notified the city leaders that he would be returning to the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 1, as the secretary. He had held a similar position in Fullerton, Calif. the intervening four years. Leach said he was leaving Fullerton on June 10 but was taking a long eastern auto trip by way of Cincinnati, Ohio and New York City and then down the east coast to North Carolina before headline west toward Texas. He expected to be in Breckenridge by Aug. 1, to resume work at the Chamber.
New oil and gas discoveries at Caddo lent credence to the whispered comments that Caddo was on a comeback. At the peak of the oil Boom in 1921, 15,000 people received their mail through the U.S. Post Office at Caddo. By mid 1929, the population in Caddo had dwindled to 1,500 residents.
Caddo was the center for ranching and farming in Stephens County, at that time, and boosters of the North Loop or Bankhead Highway from Mineral Wells thought that would bring more people to Caddo. The primary draw was the school system at Caddo with 250 students and another 75 at some of the smaller rural schools in the Caddo area. The Caddo School District was recognized as one of the highest ranking ones in this section of the state. The Caddo High School offered 21 University credits which was not usually common at a school twice their size.
Dr. T.D. Collins, a prominent Caddo booster and member of the Caddo School Board, helped establish a loan fund for worthy students who went on to college. In three years, the fund had grown to $400 and had helped two girls with college expenses. Each graduating class contributed to the fund from the proceeds of the senior play.
Caddo also would benefit from the proposed irrigation project for the Clear Fork of the Brazos. The residents of Caddo felt they had a lot going for it to mount a "come back" and increase the population.
There was a dispute rendered by M.E. Foster, known as Mefo, who was a native Texan and editor of the Houston Press and founder and editor of the Houston Chronicle. Foster also was a regent at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Foster (Mefo) wrote an editorial about the fixed value of the Boling Dome Sulphur deposit which had an estimated value of $120 million, according to the Board of Equalization.
"For years we have allowed large corporations to take away the vast mineral wealth of the state without an adequate return to the counties in which the properties are located," said Mefo. "Wharton County decided that this practice should stop " that it should make Texas Gulf Sulpher Co. render its holdings at something like one-fourth of the real value."
"It seems too simple to even need an argument," said Mefo. "All land is taxed according to its worth with some only valued at $1 an acre and some at $1,000 and acre. A city lot in Houston comprising one-fourth of an acre may be worth $500,000."
Foster favored the new plan of valuation which called for the Sulpher Co. and the people of Wharton county to work out what is a fair valuation for tax purposes. "Now let the citizens of other counties in Texas follow the example of Wharton County, said Foster.
Foster said, "much should be said about the rapidly disappearing mineral wealth of Texas. Let us get these taxes while the wealth is still here in Texas. In a few years, it will have all disappeared " all of it " and we shall have nothing to show for it."
"After all, the oil and gas industry has paid their fair share of taxes while they extract those minerals out of the ground and continue to do so," said Foster. "We have managed to build courthouses, schools and other public buildings to improve our communities. The sulpher, gold and silver mines in the state should pay their fair share of taxes as they extract the mineral wealth of Texas."
A new flight record was set by a seaplane for altitude at 38,560 feet, according to the plane's on-board barograph. The seaplane was flown by Navy pilot, Lt. Apollo Soucek, on June 4, 1929.
Mr. Paul Braniff, owner of Braniff Airlines, flew into Breckenridge on a Braniff plane from his office in Oklahoma City, Okla., which was the headquarters for the fledgling Braniff Airlines. He was here to personally inspect the airfield and facilities at the Stephens County Airfield, which was a core center of the north/south lines. Three others accompanied him, all pilots. The flight took two hours and 10 minutes.
The Braniff men were met by Jack Robert, president of the Petroleum Club, located at the Burch Hotel; Ross Brewer, oil operator, and Leo Rice, the western district manager for Braniff Airlines. The combined group went to the Petroleum Club at the Burch Hotel for lunch and to confer about educating the public to fly more as the chosen mode of transportation. Their discussion was aimed at the business community who, until that point, took the train or private auto to go to Fort Worth or Dallas for business meetings.
Braniff's only criticism was that he wished the airport and hangers were located closer to Highway 183 south. Also, he was not aware that all the gasoline, produced by the Brooks-Hanlon plants near Breckenridge, and used by Braniff was shipped from Stephens County to Oklahoma City. As a result, Braniff decided to make Breckenridge a fueling center for the airlines north/south routes that went through Breckenridge.
As a result, Braniff decided to make Breckenridge a fueling center for the airlines north/south routes that went through Breckenridge. The shipping costs could be eliminated and operational costs could be cut markedly. He would locate a crew and two planes at the Stephens County Airport permanently.