Melvin closes school after wave of illness

January 19-22, 1960 An outbreak of flu and other illness forced the Melvin Independent School District to close its doors Monday. When 43 students failed to show up Monday morning, Supt. Floyd Marshall sent the others back home on the school busses. “But we’re going to try to reopen again Thursday,” Marshall said Tuesday at noon. The Lohn School had about 20 students absent Tuesday, but Supt. D.E. Edwards planned to remain open. An outbreak of illness just before Christmas forced Lohn to close three days early for the Christmas holidays. In Brady 250 students were out of school Monday, largely because of the flu. Supt. C.A. Reynolds admitted that 250 is “quite a few, but you never know when to close down. But if it gets much worse we’ll certainly consider closing.” Tuesday the absentee total had dropped to 225. Reynolds said the flu seemed to be better at Junior High, but worse at South Ward. The high school students have not been affected much yet. Only Rochelle seemed to be escaping the flu. Only eight students were absent there Tuesday, and “that’s just about normal,” said Supt. C.W. Thompson. “Maybe we just live right out here,” he joked. * * * New fence, other projects planned at Lohn Cemetery A group of Lohn citizens hope to build a new fence and make other improvements at the Lohn Cemetery. Meeting last Thursday night at the Lohn Tabernacle, they named the following committee: Ira Hester, chairman; Emmitt Moore, treasurer; Mrs. T.L. West, secretary. As soon as the estimated cost of the fence is determined, cards will be mailed to persons who have relatives buried in the cemetery asking for donations. * * * Mercury News Two or three light showers from midnight to noon today furnished a little moisture and stopped sheep tagging for several hours. “The beautiful sunshine this afternoon with temperatures about 64 degrees, yellow jasmine and winter honeysuckle in bloom, makes it seem more like April than January. Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Beckham and Denise Kay, Midland, came for a visit with Ruby Beckham Sunday afternoon. Dr. J.C. Young, Nancy, Sally and Janey Currie, of Coleman, visited the Pumphreys Sunday afternoon. Dr. Gaines, Coleman Postmaster Warren, and their wives and several friends came down for a rattlesnake hunt Sunday afternoon. They had a good time and killed six big snakes. * * * S.P. Tomlinson Sr. ill in San Antonio S.P. Tomlinson Sr., former Bradyite but who has been living near Comfort for the past few years, is a patient in St. Benedict’s Hospital, San Antonio, after suffering a stroke last Thursday. His condition Tuesday was reported as improved. His wife has been at his bedside since he was stricken, and Mrs. S.P. Tomlinson Jr., of Brady is now with him also. S.P. Tomlinson Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Archer, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Leo Tomlinson of Fredericksburg returned home over the weekend. * * * Rochelle wins consolation at Eden meet Rochelle won the consolation at the Eden Invitational Basketball Tournament Saturday with a 53-33 victory over Christoval. Jim Ned, outscoring Eden, 78-62, won the championship. Hugh Doyal of Rochelle and Eddie Sandoval of Melvin were named to the all-tournament team. Doyal has been averaging 23 points per game this year for the Rochelle Hornets, who had a 6-5 record going into district play. The Hornets beat Richland Springs, 48-36, in their first district game and then fell to Paint Rock, 49-57. Rochelle Coach Kenneth Mitchell hopes his improving Hornets can beat the Indians “when we meet them again over there; they seem to be the team to beat in our district.” This week Rochelle was to meet Lohn Tuesday night, and Melvin and Rochelle clash Friday night. The Hornets’ starters are John McDonald, sophomore; Gaylon Cowan, junior; Hugh Doyal, senior and either J.W. Graham or David Brown, both juniors. Mitchell has 19 boys on the squad. * * * Brady golfers shooting good Brady High golfers turned in a very respectable 308 here Saturday to win a cold and windy match with a visiting Abilene High School team which had a total 332. The Brady scorers: Charles Newlin, 76; Fred Lawrence, 76; Bob Archer, 78 and Gerald Lemons, 78. Abilene scorers: David Gonzales, 80; Don Jackson, 82; Larry Gray, 84 and Dan Boone, 86. Also playing for Abilene was Bill Martin with a 95. Brady’s No. 2 team scored 325: Bill Archer, 81; Ed Carrithers, 81; Jim George, 89 and Martin Broad, 101. In a match between Brady’s lowerclassmen, an eighth grade team downed a ninth grade crew, 371-410. The eighth grade scorers: Charles Dicker, 86; Jimmy Criswell, 97; Skip Priess, 96 and Melvin Tittle, 92. Also playing was T.A. Wilton with a 104. The ninth grade scorers: David Barker, 91; Ricky Rodrigue, 103; Frank Teague, 110 and Kenneth Hudspeth, 106. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Committee meets The service committee of the Farm Bureau met Friday night at the FB office. Present were Jonce Adams, Harry Hanson, Gerlad Huffman, Billy L. Jones, Bobbye Hurd, Warren Jones and J.D. Jordan, district field representative from Mason, and Johnny Carter, area supervisor from Brownwood. * * * To ride in Fort Worth Elene Corder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Corder, will be Brady’s cowgirl sweetheart to the Fort Worth Exposition and Fat Stock Show Saturday, Feb. 6, a date designated as “Brady Night.” Elene will ride in the grand entry at the rodeo. * * * Showing improvement Mrs. Will Kennerly, a patient in Brady Hospital for the past several weeks, is slowly improving. * * * Ledbetter trial set for April 18 The murder case of Rollie White Ledbetter of Brady has been set for trial in Austin April 18 in the court of Criminal District Judge Mace Thurman. * * * New granddaughter Mrs. Leon Lee has returned from a two weeks’ visit with her daughter, Mrs. Sam Dennis and family of Big Spring. Her granddaughter, Sharon Denise, was born Dec. 29. The Denisees have two sons, Scottie and Gerald. * * * Guest speaker Mrs. Richard Moseley was guest speaker at a luncheon of the Menard and Eden Fine Arts Clubs held in the home of Mrs. Tom Archer in Eden recently.

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