January 26-29, 1960 Poll tax payments’and politics in general’were lagging this week in McCulloch County as the deadlines neared. Only 1,736 poll taxes had been paid Thursday afternoon, a very light response in view of the big political year ahead. “We should sell around 2,400,” Tax Assessor-Collector John Guice said. “We sold 2,500 during the last presidential election year.” Saturday is the last day to pay poll taxes and Guice’s office in the courthouse will remain open “as long as they keep coming in.” In county politics only two contests have developed so far. Any other candidates who want to get on the ballot must file at least by next Monday, Feb. 1. Latest to file is Paul Johnson, a Brady stockfarmer, seeking election as county commissioner in Precinct 1. He will oppose Walter L. Bryson, the incumbent who is asking re-election. In the only other county contest, Reubin Thomas is opposing John Guice as county tax assessor-collector. Three men, however, are in the race to succeed A. O. Newman of Brownwood, retiring as judge of the 35th District. They are William O. Breedlove and Mark Callaway, both Brownwood attorneys, and Joe Dibrell, Jr., a Coleman attorney. Without opposition are Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Betsill, Sheriff Luke Vogel, Constable Arch Clevenger, State Rep. Terry Townsend, Congressman O.C. Fischer, and District Attorney Gordon Griffin, Jr. County Attorney Aubrey Davee’s term also is expiring, but he has not announced whether he will run again, and no one else has asked for the office either. * * * Auto, train hit; Brady man hurt in Santa Anna Charlie Matthews, owner of the McCulloch County Public Warehouse and former manager of Brady Mills, was injured Monday night when his car and a train collided in Santa Anna. Matthews’ car was demolished, and he was taken to the Santa Anna Hospital. His mother, Mrs. Nannie Matthews, visited him Tuesday afternoon. “He’s bruised up. His knee is hurt, and he has four broken ribs, but he’s getting along all right,” she said. The accident occurred about 9 p.m. at the railroad crossing on U.S. 282 (the Coleman highway), just a block south of Santa Anna’s main street. Matthews was headed north en route to Coleman. * * * West Commerce Bumpy, but most firms still open As little as you think about it, one of Brady’s biggest highway and bridge construction jobs is under way now. Under construction is the four-lane highway down West Commerce Street on out U.S. Highway 87 to Three-Way, plus a new bridge over Brady Creek. Naturally the work is pinching business for merchants along the route. When all the work is completed, however, it will make a beautiful approach, leading right into our little town. Most of the “shut-in” businesses from Church Street down West Commerce to the bridge are still open and “kicking” right along. One merchant down on “progressive row” said, “The contractors and the highway department officials are cooperating in every way possible to keep the back and side streets leading to our business open.” The merchants in the area do appreciate the continued patronage of their customers. They are dong their best, despite the inconvenience, to wait on customers from the rear or the side doors. Piggly Wiggly and Western Auto Associate Store are located at the “mouth of the gun.” Fortunately their main entrances face on Church Street. * * * Gas well at fife to be completed Two wells drilled recently near Fife will be completed as shut-in gas wells. The No. 1 Warren Caylor, H&TC Survey 143, produced gas through performations at 976 to 986 feet. It is 2 1/2 miles northwest of Fife. The No. 1 D.C. Randals, A.M. Waldrip Survey 146, made gas from the Strawn through perforations at 1,346 1/2 to 1,364 1/2 feet. It is 3 1/2 miles northwest of Fife. Both wells were drilled by Low Drilling Company, Inc., of Cisco. * * * Lohn News So much cloudy, damp weather is causing lots of colds and flu. Lohn School is having quite a few absentees due to the illness. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Huie and children, David and Sherry returned home Thursday night from Harlingen where they attended the funeral for the former’s grandmother, Mrs. J.M. Huie on Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Huie returned home following a visit with relatives at Harlingen and Rio Hondo. Mrs. Victor Bloede of Plandome Manor, N.Y., also attended the funeral for her grandmother. She returned home Friday by way of Dallas where she spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bratton and daughter before boarding a jet plane to her home. Mrs. H.E. Smith was able to be dismissed from the Brady Hospital last Saturday after having been a patient since Monday. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Speec Club elects New officers, who will serve this semester for the Brady High School Speech Club, were elected this week as follows: Rober Spiller, president, Bobby Barsch, vice-president; Tommye Low, secretary-treasurer and Charlene Brown, reporter. * * * Guests in Mann Home Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Tedd, Srl, of St. Louis, Mo., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Duke Mann. * * * Junior class officers Dan Salter has been elevated to president of the junior class of Brady High School, succeeding Melvin Cowan, who moved with his family to Alburquerque, N. Mex. Jimmy Hill was elected vice president by the class, when Salter moved up to the presidency.