By Jean Hayworth
Local farmer Tom Hefner who resided three miles northwest of Crystal Falls, brought two cars of his corn produced on six acres of his land that was irrigated. He brought the corn to town to show the Stephens County agent, Frank Lochridge, that the irrigated corn was of the highest quality and more plentiful on the irrigated six acres as compared to his corn that was not irrigated on a similar tract of six acres of land on his farm.
Hefner said he had produced almost twice as much on the irrigated six-acre tract of land, which he compared to an equal tract of land that was not irrigated. Hefner said this was conclusive proof that it was well worth the additional cost to irrigate crops. Lochridge said it was some of the best corn he had ever seen.
The former sports editor at The Breckenridge American became the editor of the newspaper, Wes Hodges. Hodges reported on Babe Ruth knocking his 500th home run in the second inning of a game between his New York Yankees and Cleveland. It marked Ruth's 31st home run that season, just behind the leader in the National League, Klein of the Phillies, who had 33 home runs recorded that season. At this point, Ruth believed he could make 600 or even 700 home runs in his career. The home run record of 500, by Babe Ruth, was set on Sunday, Aug. 11, 1929.
Also, another record was set when Grover Cleveland "Old Pete" Alexander pitched his 373rd victory establishing a record for the National League. Needless to say, both records seemed out of reach by anyone in that era of baseball.
The Graf Zeppelin was preparing to leave on a world tour from their base in Germany. There was a deluge of applications to be added to the passenger list but the veteran commander, Dr. Hugo Eckner, refused to add anymore passengers beyond the 22 already signed on and the 40-man crew that was needed to keep everything running. He said that all the remaining space would be required for fuel and ballast. The Graf Zeppelin was due to depart Wednesday, Aug. 14, on the world tour but was delayed a few hours due to bad weather to the east of Germany where they would be flying. Finally, the craft took off at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, on the first leg of the world tour, which would take them to Tokyo, Japan. It was 6,600 miles to Japan and the Graf Zeppelin would fly over much of Russia's wasteland to the northeast. It was estimated that the flight to Tokyo would take five days.
The United States announced that they were set to build two Zeppelin type dirigibles, by Goodyear, in Akron, Ohio. The plans indicated that the U.S. built dirigibles would be twice the size of the German-made Graf Zeppelin. When completed, the two Goodyear Zeppelin types would be the largest commercial crafts of their kind in the world, at that time.
An unusual shipment left Texas for Australia. There were 35 cases of insects from the Uvalde region of Texas, with a total weight of 7,000 pounds and a value estimated at $3,500. The captive insects were to be liberated in Australia in a dense patch of prickly pears. Reportedly, the area was so dense that small animals could not navigate through it. This was the second shipment to Australia of the prickly pear eating insects.
Myra McHenry, formerly an associate of Carrie Nations, who campaigned against saloons, launched her own campaign against "bare legs." Her first verbal attack came on a streetcar in Wichita, Kan., where she denounced two flappers who wore no hose. "You should be locked up in a pest house," McHenry said. "Just look at those nasty, dirty legs. Your mothers ought to whip you until you can't sit down." McHenry went on with her tirade and said she would go to the city commissioners and urge them to pass an ordinance to ban woman and girls appearing in public with "bare legs" and no hose, in that city. McHenry did go on to address the issue at a meeting of city officers and the mayor agreed with her that an ordinance should be formulated. It was under discussion with the City Commissioners of Wichita, Kan.
Later, McHenry, who was 83 at the time, went on to verbally attack Mrs. Pearl Wallace. "I'll smack your sassy face," said McHenry, when Wallace stood up to her. "If Wichita woman are too meek to fight for their rights, I'll battle for them while I'm in town," said Wallace. "Now is the time to keep out of this," said the City Manager Bert Wells.
There was a reported dispute over 4,800 acres of land on the Texas and Oklahoma border in the Panhandle. A corrected survey gave Texas the disputed acreage which was added to other acreage under dispute, making a total of 33,000 acres of land relinquished to Texas. Oklahoma offered to purchase the land for $150,000. The Texas representatives replied that it would be unconstitutional for lawmakers to sell any Texas land at any price.
Meanwhile in Breckenridge, the chiropractic office of Dr. W.R.C. Allen, located in the Burch Hotel, had added a Turkish Bath with all the latest equipment for his chiropractic patients. The Turkish Bath was equipped with the latest Reynolds Electro Vaporized Mineral Fume Baths, which included the cabinet and additional power bath equipment. A masseur, Mr. Leonard Galbraith, who had worked at the Mineral Wells Crazy Bath House for 15 years, also had been hired. In addition to his skills as a masseur, Galbraith also had experience with the Turkish Bath equipment. Residents of Breckenridge had long demanded this type of equipment be installed and expressed their appreciation to Dr. Allen by signing up for his services.