March 15-18, 1960 The Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award went Thursday night to Floyd Marshall’for his lifetime of service to his home community of Melvin and the bigger community of McCulloch County. For 25 years Marshall was principal of Melvin High School and last year was named superintendent. Making the presentation Thursday night at the C-C’s annual membership banquet was Marshall’s longtime friend and co-worker, K.O. Ellington, whom Marshall succeeded last year when Ellington retired after 22 years as superintendent at Melvin. Marshall, Ellington said, “symbolizes the new county-wide effort” in which McCulloch County’s rural and city people now are joined to build a better economy for the whole county. “A few years ago there existed in McCulloch County 12 to 15 thriving communities, each with its own civic organizations working to set up an economy for that area. “Those communities have faded away now, and the county must take over where these small communities have failed. The Chamber of Commerce must build an organization to help the entire community.” Ellington said the small communities, “Don’t apologize for their efforts to maintain their own community life, their own schools, churches and local clubs. But there are present tonight many people determined to make McCulloch County as good as it can be made.” One of those is Floyd Marshall, a native of the county and son of a pioneer Lohn merchant, I.O. Marshall. In Melvin, Marshall has been a real “wheel horse,” serving as an alderman, working with the Boy Scouts and serving as president of the Lions Club and superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School. The county, too, has tapped him for a bit of civic work, electing him to serve a term as president of the McCulloch County Community Chest. Melvin was Marshall’s first teaching job after he graduated from college, and he has been there ever since. He received his B.S. degree from McMurry College and his M.A. from Hardin-Simmons University. Thursday’s banquet was held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church, with Fred Pool, former Bradyite, now executive vice president of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, as principal speaker. Five new directors for the C-C were introduced: Ross Huffman, E.L. Ross, Enoch Shuffield, Billy Jack Neal and Cecil Coggin. Retiring this year are Andy Allen, Jerome Wilkerson, R.A. McShan, A.P. Waldrep and George Carrithers. * * * Building owner protests new bridge approach P.E. Coker told the City Council Tuesday night that the new approach built for the new West Commerce Street bridge had damaged the usefulness of his building. The building, where Coker operated a farm implement company, is located on West Main, at the edge of the bridge and flood wall. The building suffered fire damage in 1955. The new approach is “five feet high and you can’t get into the place now through the front door,” Coker said, adding that he would rather “settle with the City out of court.” He declined to set a price on the damage. The City Council wasn’t certain that the city is legally responsible for any damage, since the approach was built by the State Highway Department, but the aldermen promised to go down and take a look. * * * Storage building destroyed by fire Fire about 5 a.m. Thursday destroyed a 15-by-25 foot warehouse on the Santa Fe Railroad siding on East 11th Street. Old gasoline service station equipment had been stored in the building. The walls already had caved in when the alarm was turned in and Brady firemen arrived. At one time the building served as a bulk station for an oil distributor. * * * Rochelle Baptists get new pastor Harold Kahler of Abilene, has moved to Rochelle as pastor of the Rochelle Baptist Church. He succeeds the Rev. Bill McClellan who accepted a call to Cransfills Gap. Kahler is completing his ministerial work at Howard Payne College. A 1951 graduate of Abilene High School, he spent four years in the Navy, graduated from Decatur Junior College, and spent a year at Texas Wesleyan College before transferring to Howard Payne. His wife is the former Lucille Winkler of Abilene. They have a daughter, Sharolyn, 2 years old. * * * Lohn News Lohn teachers attending the Mid-Texas Education Association Convention at San Angelo recently were Supt. D.E. Edwards, Mrs. Lon Gray, Mrs. Ernest McCoy, B.D. Moseley, Fred West, Mrs. Harry Bamberger, Mrs. Oma Tedder and Mrs. Leon McMillan. Relatives and friends here are pleased to learn that Mrs. Connie Kirkman of Dallas is recuperating nicely from eye surgery undergone last Tuesday at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York. However it hasn’t been learned whether the operation was successful or not. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Slaughter, Kay and Randy of Freeport spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Leon Browning. They also visited Mr. and Mrs. John Slaughter and Van. Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Moore went to Mullin last Friday afternoon where they met the brothers and sisters of the latter and the group installed a new bathroom for their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Hodges on Saturday. Recent supper guests of the R.D. Moores were Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hodges of Mullin, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hodges and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Jordan of Brady. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS On Dean’s List Bill Hanson, son of Mrs. Hazel Hanson of Brady, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville. Hanson, a senior printing major, has served as program chairman for the Baptist Student Union at Sam Houston, and as editor-reporter and treasurer for the Pica Club. * * * Guests in Temple Mrs. D.A. Harkrider and Mrs. Carmen Cunyus were guests of Mrs. Irvin McCrary of Temple for the annual Home Pilgrimage last Saturday. * * * Guests in San Angelo Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Young spent the day Tuesday as the guests of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. David Deans of San Angelo. * * * Guests of parents Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Marshall of Houston, were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Bell, over the weekend. * * * Guest of Jordans A.B. Murray of Floresville, was a guest for several days last week of his daughter, Mrs. V.E. Jordan. He returned home Thursday.