300 register in job survey; more needed

July 10-13, 1962 Almost 300 McCulloch County citizens have been interviewed by the analysts from the Texas Employment Commission who are making a manpower survey of Brady and McCulloch County. Employed persons as well as the unemployed are being surveyed. “Registration of the work force, however, is moving at a slower rate than anticipated,” said J. K. Boettger, supervisor of the project. “This is the critical part of the survey, and we need to know the potential skills and abilities of this county’s total work force. So far, about 200 of the registrants have been unemployed. Until we know the potentials of the county, little headway can be made toward planning for its economic improvement.” Boettger added that employers and city leaders have given excellent cooperation in furnishing data on economic conditions of the Brady area. The survey crew was to get to Rochelle Tuesday night of this week to interview employees in that area and then will make a second trip to Melvin Thursday night. Boettger said the slow registration may be due to some misunderstanding. “Registration for this survey does not mean an employee is dissatisfied with his job or that he is trying to make a change. We have discussed this matter with employers here and they are anxious to have their employees register. “Some people also have expressed a dislike of taking aptitude tests, possibly because they do not understand the nature and purpose of these tests. “First of all, these tests are not compulsory. No one who registers with TEC has to take the test if he doesn’t wish to do so. However, the tests often reveal skills and aptitudes which the individual does not realize he has, skills which might justify special training.” For example, Boettger said the tests could indicate that a filling station attendant has a high aptitude for mathematics and is qualified for training as a bank teller or accountant. On the other hand, an office clerk might show a high mechanical aptitude, which might indicate that he could be trained in that area of work. “The whole purpose of this survey so far as the workers are concerned is to help them to know themselves and their job potential better.” Boettger said the survey team is highly enthusiastic about the possibilities of the program. “We don’t keep office hours. Our team is on duty early and late and will make arrangement to interview workers at their convenience.” Employees can register at the TEC headquarters at the Chamber of Commerce office. Employers can have all of their employes registered at their place of business by phoning Boettger or the two counselors, H. L. Davis or Robert Slaymaker. “It is very important that we talk to workers in all types of jobs, white collar, blue collar, professional and in all types of industries and business. * * * 3 ag teachers in A&M course Guy Siler and E. L. Ross, Brady High vocational agriculture teachers, and T. Wood, Melvin ag teacher, will be attending a special short course this week at A&M College on oxyacetylene welding. Reporting Tuesday, the group will be at A&M three days. The program is sponsored by the vocational agriculture department of A&M to improve ag teachers’ skills in teaching shop work. * * * 20 minors arrested for having liquor during holidays Twenty minors were arrested by Brady police and charged with illegal possession of alcoholic beverages during the July Fourth holidays. “It wasn’t as bad as last year,” said Police Chief Dorman Gibbs. “We had 26 cases last year. Many were out of town kids.” Brady police filed 45 cases during the holidays: 15 traffic tickets; four for disturbing the peace, two for drunk driving; two for fighting; one case of indecent exposure and a case under the suspicious person ordinance. * * * Midland men buy livestock auction firm Charlie Walden and Ben Looney of Midland have purchased the Heart O’ Texas Commission Company in Brady from Malcom Jernigan of Goldthwaite and Wayne May of Llano. Walden has moved to Brady and will act as manager of the livestock auction company. Reared at Quitaque in the Panhandle, Walden has been ranching all of his life. While living in Lamesa he directed a cattle feeding operation in California, commuting from Texas to the West Coast by airplane. Mr. and Mrs. Walden have six children: Segayle, 15; John, 14; Jeff, 12; Deedra, 9; Kantandy, 3; and Jim Bob, 19 months old. Walden will continue the commission company’s sale day on Monday’s for the time being. Jernigan and May have operated the company since June. * * * Mrs. Guy Phillips entertains club The Fife Home Demonstration Club met in the home of Mrs. Guy Phillips on June 28 with six members and one visitor present. After the business meeting and council report, Mrs. W. D. Caylor gave the program on “Refinishing Lawn Furniture.” Mrs. Caylor stressed the importance of proper preparation of the furniture before starting to repaint. She stated that usually the mistake is made at the start when not enough attention is given to careful application of the metal primers, which does two things that no other coating can do. They are made to form a surface on metal for other paint and they set up a chemical barrier against rust and corrosion. Mrs. Phillips served a variety of snacks, dips and cheese as well as cakes and candies with an iced drink to Mmes. L. M. Farmer, Paul Lohn, Caylor, Robert Pearce, and Bobby, T. V. Hickman and J. D. Patterson, a visitor. * * * Fire guts house Fire about 2 p.m. Monday severely damaged the interior of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Julio Ledezma at 1305 S. Mesquite St. The house is owned by Henry Carmago. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Visits parents Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Daniel of Garland, were Jubilee guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hargrove. * * * Here from New Mexico Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Thomas of Albuquerque, New Mex., spent the past few days here visiting Mrs. Thomas’ brother, Dr. Albert McCulloch, Mrs. McCulloch and family.

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