Brownwood and Bangs look like ‘teams to beat’

March 29-April 1, 1960 A couple of Brown County neighbors loom as favorites here Saturday in the 19th annual running of the Brady Relays, Brownwood in the upper bracket and Bangs in the lower bracket. Both teams traditionally have been strong in track, and this year they seem to be up to their usual standards. In preparation for the meet, Bulldog Stadium this week was spotlessly clean, clipped, mowed and raked to perfection. And Brady coach K.Y. Owens, director of the meet, was just hoping that the bright clear weather would hold through Saturday. A total of 23 teams are entered in the Relays. The latest are San Angelo, the defending champion, and Colorado City, making a total of seven schools in the “big school” division. Plus Brownwood, the others are Big Spring, Sweetwater, Lake View and New Braunfels. San Angelo edged out Brownwood for the title here last year by two points, and the same two schools may be fighting it out again this year, with Big Spring providing the nearest competition. The Bangs Dragons get the nod in the lower division thanks to a fine second-place showing two weeks ago in the Tarleton Relays. Others in the lower division (AA, A and B schools) are Stamford, Gatesville, Dublin, Comanche, Boerne, Hamlin, Granbury, Ballinger, Coleman, Ranger, Cisco, Winters, San Saba, Fredericksburg and Brady. For the first time the meet is being sponsored by the Ol’ Houn’ Dawgs, and Club President John Moran is urging that the Dawgs turn out strong Saturday afternoon and night, “because there’s much they can do’We’ll need lots of assistants, judges and clerks. And everybody else who can is asked to lend their assistance.” Fred Salling, the Relays’ official starter for many years now, will be back again, making the trip from Miles where he is school superintendent. * * * Census takers go to work Friday Enumerators take to the field Friday to begin the big 1960 Census of Population in McCulloch County’and throughout the nation. Bill Huffman of Rochelle, crew leader for McCulloch and Mason County census takers, said the count will be completed in about three weeks, or by April 22. This week the census takers have been getting their final instructions in four-to-five hour sessions every morning in the new Census Bureau office set up in the Chamber of Commerce. The official census takers will be easily identified when they call at each house. They will wear a red-white-and blue identification card on their lapels, with the seal of the Department of Commerce and the words “Census Enumerator, Official Credential” printed across the faces of the card. Huffman said that persons purporting to be census takers who do not have the identification card should be reported immediately. The telephone number of the office in Brady is LY 7-2168. Advance report forms already have been distributed to every household in the country through the mails, and citizens are asked to have these forms completed when the census taker calls. The advance report asks seven questions about every person in the household: his name, address, sex, color or race, month and year of birth, married or single and relationship to head of household. Information also is required on the number of rooms in the house, cooking facilities, plumbing and whether owned. At every fourth household the census taker will ask additional questions of country of birth, schooling, employment, income, value of house, heating equipment, water supply and other facilities and equipment. Huffman emphasized that all Census Bureau information is confidential. Only statistical totals and averages are published, and no individual can be identified in published reports. The information cannot be used for regulation, investigation or taxation. The McCulloch County Census takers are Mrs. Velma Morrow and Mrs. Bobbye Carlson of Melvin, Mrs. Margaret Beakley of Mercury, Mrs. Novell Slaughter of Pear Valley, Mrs. Betty Deans of Voca, Mrs. June Thompson of Rochelle and Mrs. Willie Dennis, Mrs. Lottie Lee Scott, Mrs. DeAlma Campbell, Mrs. Gladys Salter, Mrs. Treva W. Key, Mrs. Rose E. Hicks and Mrs. Blossom McDonough, all of Brady. * * * Pear Valley man dies in tractor accident John Slaughter, a 66-year-old Pear Valley stockfarmer, was fatally injured late Thursday afternoon in a tractor accident near Pear Valley. He either fell or was jerked off the tractor and became entangled in the mechanism. He was found on the ground under the tractor. One wheel had hit the side of his head. Mr. Slaughter had been plowing for Tommy Trewitt of Brady on the Trewitt farm about a mile northwest of Pear Valley. Trewitt, operator of Trewitt Implement Company, went out to the farm after closing up Thursday afternoon and found Mr. Slaughter dead about 6 p.m. The tractor was stopped but its engine was still running, and the plows had been lifted out of the ground. Justice of Peace Joe Myrick returned the verdict of accidental death. Mr. Slaughter’s watch had stopped at 5:02 and presumably that marked the time of the accident. “No one knows exactly how the accident happened,” Myrick said. “A chain drive on the tractor had slipped off, and maybe he was attempting to put the chain back on when it jerked him down. In addition to the Head injury, Mr. Slaughter had several broken ribs and other cuts and bruises on his legs and body. Born Jan. 1, 1894, in Henderson County, Mr. Slaughter had lived in Pear Valley since 1910. He and his wife, Novelle, were married May 9, 1939. Survivors are his wife, four sons, John L. of Freeport, Billy D. and Kenneth of Angleton, and Van Slaughter of Pear Valley; four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Kleumper of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Virginia Williams of Pandora, Mrs. Fern Marcus of Queens Village, N.Y., and Mrs. Waunice Stevens of Angleton. Also surviving are a brother, Fred Slaughter of San Angelo; three sisters, Mrs. S.J. Howard of Brownwood, Mrs. Oma Brown Stone and Mrs. Wilson Jordan of Brady; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

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