Big ‘rattlesnake’ was only big lie

July 12-15, 1960 New Mexico doesn’t have bigger rattlesnakes than Texas’just bigger liars. “I should have known Texas rattlesnakes grow bigger than those of any other place so I will send you this clipping in reference to the one I sent you last month,” ex-Bradyite Charles R. Terry reports from Albuquerque. The first clipping told how an 18-foot rattlesnake had been found in New Mexico, the skin of a “rattlesnake,” that is. Since then the rattlesnake story has been widely circulated in Texas newspapers. Now says the Albuquerque Journal: “Two Lincoln County ‘snake hunters’ this week apologized for the furor raised over their tale of how they ‘killed’ a mammoth ‘rattlesnake’ in the lava beds near Carrizozo.” Mike Gonzales and Juan Baca admitted the story wasn’t true after Mrs. W.O. Edgington of Ruidoso identified the snake skin as one she had discarded from a cabin she owns in Ruidoso. She said a friend of her husband had bought the skin’probably from a boa constrictor’back in South America, several years ago. Said Gonzales and Baca: “All we hoped to do was make a little money from selling the skin and we were misled by a third party into believing it was a genuine rattlesnake skin.” They had traded 10 chickens for the skin. Texans who heard about the New Mexico “rattlesnake” insisted that it was “only an earthworm, driven out of Texas by the drouth and lured west by New Mexico’s recent rains, seeking a moist soil in which to live until it reached its full growth.” * * * County calls tax-sheriff vote Aug. 20 The Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to call a special election for Saturday, Aug. 20, to let the people of the county decide whether to keep the office of tax collector separate from the Sheriff’s department. Without the election, Sheriff Luke Vogel would automatically become county tax-collector Jan. 1. The consolidation of the tax office with the sheriff’s department would be the result of the county’s population dropping below the 10,000 mark in the 1960 census. Attorney General Will Wilson told the Commissioners three weeks ago that an election would have to be held prior to the next general election (November) and the people would have to authorize adding an assessor and collector of taxes to the list of authorized county officials. If the proposal fails, only Luke Vogel’s name will appear on the November ballot as the candidate for sheriff and tax collector. County Judge Love Kimbrough said his personal opinion is that the offices should remain separate. “I don’t think we could save any money. I just don’t see anything to be gained by consolidating the two,” he said. In other action, the Commissioners Court voted to put two pickup trucks and one dump truck at the disposal of Home Demonstration Agent Mrs. Vyvien Duncan to be used to transport food and supplies to the 4-H Camp at Granite Shoals Lake near Marble Falls, July 20-22. A letter from Rochelle 4-H Clubber Carolyn Huffman was shown to the court. Her letter read: “As a 4-H member I wish to express my thanks to you for a most enjoyable trip to 4-H Roundup. It was a wonderful experience and I do appreciate your interest in 4-H and the part you had in making my trip possible. Sincerely yours, Cheryl Huffman.” * * * History teacher resigns; board hires band man The Brady School Board, meeting Monday night, accepted the resignation of Bobby Baucom, history-typing teacher at high school. Baucom is joining Southwestern States Telephone Company in Brownwood as an accountant. He taught here one year. The board also accepted the resignation of Mrs. Ruby Williams, fifth grade teacher at South Ward, and expressed appreciation for her 32 years of service in the Brady school system. James Mallow of Santa Anna was elected as band director succeeding Boyd Hunt, who will become principal at junior high next year. Mallow will report here July 21 to start plans for the summer band school. The board authorized purchase of a new “program clock” (it runs the bells designating the class periods) at high school, replacing a clock which has been in operation since 1929. Delivery of a new 48-passenger Chevrolet school bus, purchased through the State Board of Control, was accepted. An old school bus, a 1947 model, will be sold to the highest bidder. * * * Ex-Waldrip man in Dallas hospital Hugh L. Bratton, 48, of Snyder, is a patient in the Veterans Hospital in Dallas. Son of Mrs. H.L. Bratton of Mercury, Bratton was reared at Waldrip and lived in McCulloch County until moving to Abilene and then Snyder eight years ago. Bratton was taken to the Dallas hospital Tuesday, July 5. * * * Farm Bureau to elect queen The McCulloch County Farm Bureau is making plans to stage a Farm Bureau queen’s contest in August. Mrs. David Dahlberg has been named chairman of the contest. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Suffers broken leg My”>

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