The Altus Weekly News. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 20, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 7, 1919 Page: 1 of 10
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ALTUS. JACKSON COUNTY. OKI
AN APPEAL TO
By the Htcretary Chamber of Commerce
In every community there are
some people who are thoughtless
and negligent when it come* to
keeping their premises in a clean,
aanitary condition, and Altua is
no exception to this rule. While
it is true that a state health of*
flcial visited Altus this week and
publicly said that this waa the
cleanest city he had visited since
leaving Oklahoma City, still we
have spots in Altus which are
eye sores and breeding places
for mosquitos and diseases.
The chamber of commerce has
offered prizes totaling one hun<
dred dollars for the best kept
lawns, treee, shrubbery, etc.,
and the most sanitary premises,
said prizes to be awarded Sept.
3th, immediately after the fair.
Many citizens have co-operated
with the chamber of commerce
in having a cleaner, healthier
city and their premises are as
nearly perfect as it is possible to
make them. At the same time
there are living among us some
people who don't give a rap how
their property looks and who
would express no regret if weeds
as high aa the court bouse grew
in the streets nf Altus. This
kind of people are not the kind
who build up communities, they
are not the kind who stand for
progress, they are not the kind
who ever do anything worth
while for the community in gen-
eral. They are not only negli-
gent about their own premises,
but ufually they tight every bond
issue for building up the town
and county, kick against street
paving and good roads, and ob-
ject to a little taxes in Order that
fchool teachers may secure suffi-
cient salaries to educate their
children. It is to this class of
people that this communication
is addressed. We want you to
take a little more civic pride in
your home surroundings and in
your town. We want you to do
your part toward making Altus
the healthiest and best town in
the southwest in which to live.
Big patches of weeds are not
onto ugly, but they are apt to
Just as an example of what
healthful conditions clean sur-
roundings will produce, keep in
mind the army cantonments dur-
ing the war. You who visited
the camps know that men were
busy "policing quarters" and
that not even a little scrap of pa-
per wa9 permitted to lie around
Railroad Tie* p.
There is a probability that
there will be a nation-wide mil-
road tie-up in the next few dave.
Hundreds of thousanda of rail*
road men are now on a strike and
all lines of business are being
The Frisco here quit receiving
anything to ahip Tuesday
evening. There is a proba-
bility of the shipment of wheat
being stopped altogether. The
president, all departments of
government and both houses of
congress are trying to solve the
problem and stop the impending
danger of a national calamity.
Now is a time the farmers will
regret that they have not grana-
ries in which to store their grain.
N, B. Coker and family of
Route 3. Olustee, were shopping
in the city Saturday. Mrs. Coker
said that she would leave in a
few days to visit her father. W.
F. Dodson, formerly a citizen of
Altus, in California.
the premises. Everything was
clean and tidy and the health of
the American soldiers wss the
best that any army has known in
the history of the world.
There are many vacant lots in
Altus which are a disgrace to the
community It is nottheinten<
tion here to be personal, but the
tots on which the boy scouts and
the camp fire girls' houses sre lo-
cated could be very much im
proved if the weeds were cut.
We could cite many instances of
this kind ever Altus, but as most
of you see these things every day
it \$ not necessary.
The fair will be held within
four weeks and we will have
thousands of visitors here. If
there are any citizens here J>y
that time who have not cleaned
up their premises, or any vacant
lots on which the weeds have not
been cut, then we appeal to the
city authorities to enforce the
law to the letter. Up to the
present, ft seems tnat some have
considered the city ordinance
about keeping their premises
clean as a joke.
Altus has the reputation of be-
ing the best town in the south-
western part of the state, and
we should remember that we
have that reputation to sustain.
When the thousands of visitors
from abroad visit Altus during
the fair, Sept 8-6, they should
be greeted by a clean town and
made to feel that they are wel
Don't have our visitors wander
around midst a wilderness of
FAIR TO BE BK-
GEST OF 'EM ALL
ARTESIAN 1 WELL
From "Upbuilding Altua" Department.
Manager John Reed and Secre-
tary Morrie have been busy the
past ten days poeting lithographs
and other advertising matter ov-
er Jackson county for the big
feir to be held Sept. 8-6.
The fair this year promises to
be the largest from every view-
point ever held in Jackson coun-
ty. The exhibits should be the
best ever shown, and the man-
agement of the fair promises at-
tractions which will amuse rand
entertain old and young.
A special feature of the fair
will be the home-coming recep-
tion to the soldiera of Jackson
and neighboring counties on
Wednesday. September 8, the
first day of the fair. The Altus
chamber of commerce and the
women's federated clube will
prepare a barbecue -dinner for
the soldiers, which will be serv-
ed at 6 o'clock in the evening un-
der an arbor on long tables es-
pecially prepared for the event,
under the supervision of Manager
Reid. C. C. Henry was appoint-
edacommittee of one to have
the meat barbecued.
Citizens of Altus will be asked
by the ladies to contribute pies,
cakes, pickles, etc., to fill out the
bill of fare.
The secretary has the promise
of air ships srom Fort Sill to do
stiunt flying on the first day of
the fair, and there wiU be other
free attractions and splendid
The soldieri are requested to
wear their uniforma and meet at
the court house square at 1
o'clock. From the equere the
soldiers wiil give a'paradte fo this
fair grounds, headed by the local
band. Col. Reuben Smith, in
charge of etate recruting at Ok-
lahoma City, will be in command
of the parade. There will be
something doing every minute
during the four days of the fair,
and the night programs will be
Make your plans now to attend'
the great Jackson County Free
Fair, Sept. 3-6.
An artesian wall on the place
of W. H. Woodall, a abort dis-
tance south ofiBlair. which waa
brought in Thindry of last weak,
has attracted dimaiderabic inter-
eat and been vfaited by citlzene
from various; sections-
Mr. Woodall is a blacksmith at
Blair and livea on the old Zinn
place. He drilled a well fifty
feet deep last week and while
the men were renting from their
labora during the noon hour
Thursday the well began to flow
a Splendid stream of clear cold
water which ie just a little "jip-
py," not enough, however, to
injure it iq the least as good
The well haa not been cased off
bat from the hole drilled in the
ground comes a stream of water,
which totals about 15 to 17 gab-
ions per minute, making possibly
or more barrels every 24
A rather pecular and interest-
ing fact in connection with thia
well ia that as soon aa it
to flow and old well on the
other' lide of Mr. Woodalla resi-
dence,which had been tow, also
commenced to flow over the top.
Mr. Woodall ia now drilling thia
old wall deeper. Itiathe inten
tion of Mr. Woodall to drill the
new well deeper or at least have
it casid off, and when thia ia done
it if Jthougpt that the "gip1
A large shipment of the latest hits just receiv-
ed. This list includes-Popular, Standard and
"Oh Susis Behave" \
"Everybody wants a Key
to my Cellar"
"Frisco's Kitchen Store
"When the Bee's Make
"For Johnnie and Me"
"Save the Babies"
"Sweet 'N Pretty"
COME IN AND HEAR THEM PLAYED
Gosselin's Variety Store
First Christian Ckarck
Bible School 9:48 a.m.
Subjeetatll a.m., "Brought
Out and Brought In." •
At 8:90 p.m., "Little Things."
I will preach at Pleaaaat Val-
]ey school bouseat8^I)j>.m.
To* are invited to attend these
Geo. W. Lea.
We deeire to thank oar friends
and neighbora tfbo so kindly as-
sisted us and gave us worde of
comfort during the last illness,
death and burial of our little aon.
Your deeds and words of consols-
tion will ever be remembered by
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks.
water, which probably comes
from near the surface, will not
then be diecernable in the clear
cool water from the deeper strata.
The opinion has been expreesed
that Mr. Woodall has discovered
an underground lost stream of
water which will be of untold
value to that aection of the coun-
ty and poeaibly develop auffident-
ly to supply water to other loca-
litiee. It ia known that a atream
of water disappears into a lake
on the farm of John Houser, six
miles east and one north of Blair.
If thia water goea into an under-
ground atream from the lake
possibly it haa been tapped on
the Woodall place about seven
mSes to the southwest
ss Uncle John Metx, died at Bee-
trar Texas Tuesday, -July 2Mb.
Hie remaina were brought to
Altua, and taken la charge by
the Goodman-Grooma Undertak-
ing Co. The funeral service waft
held st the Methodist Church at
9 s. m. Sunday, conducted by
Rev. A. S. Cameron; interment
in the city cemetery.
His children, three sons. Chria
of Colorado; George of Kanaae.
and two daughters, one of whom
is Mrs. Charley Baker, living
north of the city were preeeut at
the funeral and burial.
Uncle John was for a long time
a resident here, but recently
went to Electra. Hia many old-
time friends were sorry to lean
of his demiee.
Frost Tooth to Middle Age
-there are only a few yesre,
a few experiences, a few mora
wrinkles and a few lsea haire
perhaps, and yet when you start
down the road of declining year*
you'll enjoy looking over Photo*
graphs of yourself and your
friends, taken in your youth and
prime. Are vou having frequent
artistic portraits made here?
You'll never be younger. Why
not sit for us this week?
Mr. Earl Wilson and Miss May
Rogers, accompanied by a num-
ber of friends, went to Mangum
last Sunday and were married.
The Rev. Mabry J. Carter of
of Fort Worth. Texas, arid Miss
Jettie Pennington of Altus, were
married at the Baptist parsonage
Monday night, the Rev. J. W.
Wallace K. Laughlin of Salina.
Kansas, and Miss Cleo Gooch of
Hobart were married atthecoun-
jty judge's office Aug. 1, Judge
J. M. Williams officiating.
Mr. Wm. H. Kline and Miss
Ola Blan, both of Route 2, Altus,
were married Aug. 4 by Judge
J. M. W illiams at his office.
Mr. Spencer Jones Hitt and
Miss Gladys Be!lender were
granted license to marry.
Mr. Wm. G. Smith of Elmer
and Miss Roxie Mae Wagoner of
Altua secured license to enter in-
to the marriage state.
Mr. Luther McFall of Elmer
I Mr. DeWitt Nortaa of Boa!a
4. Vernon. Taaaa. andMieoBer-
Other Prices Were in Proportion
Twenty years ago, a hundred bushels of wheat waa worth $6400. Today it ia worth
$220.00, eome difference! Yes prices are on a new level—they're higher, much higher but
individually speakiag they ere not higher. The mechanic and farmer used to pay $2.50 for
hia shoee, now he pays $1.50 for the same kind of shoes. Then he received for his labor
$1.50 and $3.00 now he receives from $4.00 to $9.00, there is now a strong inclination for
theee to atay thia way and perhaps go higher, ao higher prices properly proportioned make
for. prosperity—a fact which we cannot deny. Proaperity is here so are the high prices
and both are going to remain for aome time to come, the alogan of today is lets go—which
means buy now and protect yourself against that which might be.
Young Men we want you to let us show you what we have in fall lines before you
buy and prove to you that we can make you feel like you had been out of one of thoee
fashion plates. We will have a full line of the best clothing that the markets afford and
thoee that will save you money. A showing will prove this.
It will soon be time for the children to go
back to school and they are going to need
those little things to wear so why not be-
gin now and let us help you plan those
Uresses and apparell for them. It will
pay you to do this now so don't put it off
until the eleoenth hour.
LADIES FALL SUITS AND COATS
are coming in almost on every train-and we are soon going to be able to take care of all
ydjir wat^s in this line. A full line of Wooltex. Sunshine, Bed fern and others are on their
way and we will be able to take care of all sizes. Seeing is eonvencing.
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$ This stojhe protects its patrons against mistakes of judgment. You can not buy poor
ggods heft because they are.not on sale. You cannot make a mistake when buying at this
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Orr, J. P. The Altus Weekly News. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 20, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 7, 1919, newspaper, August 7, 1919; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc276559/m1/1/: accessed December 14, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.