Million dollar rain gives county good soaking

That long-awaited “Million Dollar” rain has come to McCulloch County! After anxiously watching skies for several weeks, Jupiter Pluvius finally made his visit, not once, but several times the last three days. As a result, rainfall in Brady since the current “wet spell” began Monday night has totaled 3.92 inches, the records of Mrs. J.R. Cochran, official weather observer, reveal. Monday night and Tuesday the rainfall here amounted to 2.25 inches, and since then, including thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday morning, 1.67 inches has fallen. Skies were only partially cloudy Thursday afternoon, and it appeared the rain might be over for the time being. The county received varying amounts of rain, with the heaviest being in the south and southwest portions. Camp San Saba perhaps came in for the heaviest, 7 inches being reported on some localities there. Calf Creek and Dodge also received heavy falls, as did Melvin, Salt Gap, Pear Valley, Doole, Waldrip, Lohn, Fife, Voca and Rochelle. It was reported lighter in the northeast part of McCulloch, in the Mercury and Placid communities. Tanks were overflowing in those sections getting heavy rains, and Brady Creek was on a “good rise” Wednesday and was still running strong Thursday morning. Farmers who have not already planted oats and wheat will be ready to start drilling in the small grain as soon as the fields dry sufficiently. The rains halted cotton harvest, and no doubt damaged the quality, but the benefits of the fine moisture will far outweigh the damage. * * * Brady – Voca Road Contract to be let soon The County Commissioners Court this week had completed purchase of right of way for a new 8 1/2 mile section of the Brady – Voca highway (FM 734). Ben Dillon, resident engineer for the State Highway Department, said the right of way now is being staged for the erection of fences. A contract on the section probably will be let in December or January. The contract extends from a point just north of the San Saba River bridge at Voca northwest toward Brady, joining U. S. 87 (Mason highway) about a mile south of the Brady city limits. To eliminate the many curves, the new road will follow only a portion of the present route. The Brady – Voca contract is part of long range plans to rebuild and straighten FM 834 from Brady to Llano, linking it with State Highway 71 to the Gulf Coast. Another 10-mile section probably will be up for contract next year, Dillon said. It will extend the road from Voca southeast to the Llano County line (just east of Pontotoc), running through the corners of Mason and San Saba counties. * * * Dogs elect sweetheart Patricia Gleaton, a senior and a majorette in the band, was elected this week as football sweetheart of the Brady Bulldogs. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Gleaton, she will be presented Friday night at the Brady-Stamford game. * * * Phone company stringing new cables in Brady Construction is now under way on placing and replacing of telephone cables in Brady, A. J. Lacy, division manager for Southwestern States Telephone Company, announced this week. The new cables will provide improved plant facilities for present users as well as additional facilities for new business, he said. Approximately 28,000 feet of new cable is being placed in various sizes ranging from 51 pair to 606 pair, along with a number of new poles, cross arms and open wire circuits at an approximate cost of $50,000. “This project is another in our overall plans for the telephone system here in keeping with our policy of providing the best possible service to our subscribers,” Lacy said. * * * Plans nearing completion for ‘Fall Festival’ Members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church announced this week that plans are nearly complete for the annual fall festival Oct. 17, at the National Guard Armory. Committee chairman have been elected as follows: John Moran, tickets; Mrs. Roy Tatsch and Mrs. Alfred Schwertner, tea and coffee; Mrs. Harry Priess, tables and silver; Mrs. Clinton Newlin, Mrs. Gardner Broad, doll wheel; Mrs. Charles Baker, cake walk; Miss Nell Rice and Mrs. Jim Rice, country store; Mrs. Roy Sullivan and Mrs. John Pellizzari, doll raffle; Misses Johnny and Mabel Thompson, door prizes; Dr. and Mrs. J.S. Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schwenker, host and hostesses; Milt Miller, barbecue; and John Pellizzari, ring toss. Alfred Schwertner is acting as general chairman of the men’s activities and Mmes. Milt Miller and Bud Gober of the women’s. * * * Lohn News The abnormally warm weather came to an end Monday evening with the good rains that varied over the valley. Around Pear Valley over three inches fell but it tapered off to a little over an inch around Lohn and even less east of Lohn. It is probably too late to help the cotton, but will be wonderful for the grain crop. Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Brister and Grady Miller of Coleman spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Miller Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Klein Reed and Diane of Brownwood were weekend guest of Mr. and Mrs. George Reed. Miss Lucy Snodgrass, who is attending Texas Women’s College at Denton, spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. A. C. Snodgrass. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bray are the proud parents of an eight pound daughter born at the Brady Hospital Saturday. They have two other daughters, Frankie and Debbie. * * * Stacy – Doole News The Alf Coalsons killed a big rattlesnake on their front porch last week. The Hallmarks finally killed the rattlesnake that has been under their house. Their cat caused it to start rattling. Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell Guice and girls of Brady spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Guice and Rudell. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Attend Electrolux meeting Mr. and Mrs. Otha L. Holloway of Brady, local authorized representatives of the Electrolux Corporation, attended the South Central Texas Division meeting at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio on Sunday, Sept. 27. Lunch was served following the meeting to members from the San Antonio, Austin, Harlingen and Corpus Christi branches. * * * Enjoys visit to Mexico City Mrs. Doyle Hendley has just returned from a ten day visit to Mexico City. She accompanied her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Colllier of San Antonio, on a Shrine trip. * * * Attends convention K.K. Steffens of Brady was master of ceremonies for a luncheon during the West Texas-New Mexico Florist Association Convention in Mineral Wells Sept. 21 at the Baker Hotel. Steffens, chairman of the 9-E unit for the Florists Telegraph Delivery, also had a chance to meet the national FTD president, Irvin Allen of Detroit, Mich., at the convention. * * * Here from Odessa Paul Hughes of Odessa, former Bradyite, was here Friday checking on friends. He has been in Voca as a guest of his son, Leon D. Hughes. * * * Daughter born Mr. and Mrs. Vonnie Brown of Brownwood announce the arrival of a daughter at a Brownwood hospital Friday, Oct. 2. The little miss, in her birthday clothes, tipped the scales at 7 pounds and 1/4 ounce and was christened Kelly Debra. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lee Brown of Brownwood, former residents of Brady, and the maternal grandmother is Mrs. Adelaid Harvey of Brady.

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