Where is everybody’ Loss in Census stuns Brady

May 10-13, 1960 Preliminary census figures, showing a drastic drop in population, left Brady and McCulloch County stunned and unbelieving this week. A report by District Census Supervisor W.G. Stacy in San Angelo lists Brady’s population now at 5,314 and McCulloch County’s population at 8,766. This is a decrease in Brady of 620 (11 percent) from the 1950 total of 5,944. For McCulloch County the decrease is even greater: almost 3,000 (25 percent) from 1950s total of 11,701. The loss in the county has been expected, but not so severe. Brady citizens, however, noting the scarcity of vacant houses here and an increase in utility connections, had figured the city would hold its 1950 level or show a slight increase. After the census figures were announced Friday, Brady Mayor R.M. Priesmeyer and City Supt. James Feazelle asked Stacy for a recount. “I couldn’t believe it and I still can’t believe it,” the mayor said. But no error, Stacy reported to Feazelle Monday, adding that he feels certain that the figures are within one percent accurate. Stacy said the same situation had developed in other towns: the population has dropped even while the utility connections have increased. He thought the best explanation is that these towns have lost in the 19-25 age bracket. * * * Bulldog Golfers are STATE CHAMPS Brady High’s Bulldog golfers brought home the state AA championship Friday from Austin’climaxing a program that principal C.A. Ethridge began at the school six years ago. On the team are Gerald Lemons, Bill Archer, Fred Lawrence, all seniors; and Bob Archer (brother of Bill), a sophomore. Two other boys, Ed Carrithers and Charles (Butch) Newlin, “could just as well have been on the team,” Ethridge said. “They’re seniors and played right along with us all the way. They contribute their part, but we could only play four boys.” Newlin was in the state meet last year when the Bulldogs placed third, and Carrithers played on the team at state in his sophomore year when the Bulldogs were sixth. Saturday in Austin the Bulldogs, with a total score of 645, finished 17 strokes ahead of second place Pittsburg with 662. Crane was third with 695, and Edna fourth with 786. Here are Brady two-day individual scores: Bob Archer, 78-76’154; Lemons 79-81’160; Bill Archer 84-81’165; Lawrence 82-84’166. Bob Archer tied with Jack Pruitt of Pittsburg for third medalist but lost to Pruitt in the playoff. Terry James of Gilmer was first medalist with 144, and Bud Shrader of Liberty was second with 150. The Bulldogs are capable of better scores than they posted in Austin. Ethridge thought they might shoot about 635, but they were under pressure of the state meet, and the trees on the Austin course didn’t help any either. “They must have 50,000 trees down there,” Ethridge said. All of the Bulldog champions have been playing since they were in the seventh and eighth grade, under Ethridge’s guidance, and they have won many honors. Lawrence was the All-City champion in 1958, and Lemons was runner-up in 1957 and consolation winner in 1959. Lemons probably is the best golfer on the team, and he’s also the smallest, 123 pounds. He comes by his smallness naturally, for he’s the son of Jubilee jockey Merlin Lemons, and a grandson of the late veteran rider Johnny Lane. Too little to play with the other boys when he first started in golf, Lemons just made the rounds with Ethridge. But soon his scores were almost as good as the coach’s, and Ethridge told him: ‘It’s time for you to go play with the big boys.’ Oddly enough this is probably the first state champion team in history that didn’t win its own district. Hoping to qualify two Brady teams for the regional meet, Ethridge split up his best golfers and Lampasas got hot and won the district title. But Ethridge doesn’t like to talk about that. Coaching the golf team isn’t part of Ethridge’s duties as principal. He does it because, ‘it’s a hobby with me, because of an interest in kids, and because I coached at one time.’ Ethridge is a pretty fair golfer but doesn’t claim to be a pro. He just teaches the boys the fundamentals ‘and they learn the other on their own: I want them to learn to play the game to enjoy it. It’s a game they can still be playing when they’re 50 years old.’ * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Home from A&M Johnny Moran, who is attending Texas A&M College, was at home over the weekend to see his father, who is a patient in Brady Hospital. He accompanied his uncle and aunt of Galveston, to Brady.

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