$243,415 mailed to wool growers; Ag director due Friday

July 10-13, 1962 Payments of $243,415.16 have been mailed to McCulloch County producers of shorn wool and unshorn lambs, down $48,300 over last year. The payment was announced this week by John R. Shurtleff, manager of the McCulloch County office of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee. Payments covered the market year, April 1, 1961 to March 31, 1962. The department’s “incentive” program is designed to encourage domestic producers to grow better quality wool and to get the best possible price for the commodity on the market. It also allows wool to move onto the market at a price low enough to compete with imports. County producers received a total price of 67 cents per pound for wool, five cents above the national average support price of 62 cents which has been in effect since the program’s adoption in 1955. This price includes both the market value of 46.4 cents per pound of wool, 3.5 cents above the national average, and the subsidy paid at the rate of 44.5 percent of market value. This year’s market value was $567,064.85, a decrease over last year’s. From the federal wool payment of $227,268.55 a deduction of $11,320 was made for promotional purposes such as the annual “Miss Wool” contest. Last year the county’s wool industry produced more wool but received a lower price per pound. The market price plus the government assistance amounted to 64.7 cents per pound of wool, above last year’s national average by nearly three cents. The county’s total wool payment last year was 277,666.81. The amount of wool sold in McCulloch County doesn’t necessarily indicate the amount of wool sold during any calendar year. Since this year’s market year didn’t’ start until April 1961, many of the sheep had already been shorn and the wool sold during the last market year. For lambs sold in the wool, the payment was 76 cents per hundred weight per live weight sold. After a deduction of $1,137.06 for the promotion fund, $16,164.61 was paid to producers of unshorn lambs in addition to the market price. This payment is said to compensate for producers who sell lambs unshorn, therefor not receiving the wool payment. * * * 4-H members going to Granite Shoals The annual McCulloch County 4-H club camp will be held July 16-18 at Granite Shoals LCRA camp. Approximately 60 boys and girls and ten adult leaders have registered to attend. The group will be assisted by the McCulloch County Extension staff. Activities at this year’s camp include recreation, crafts, night parties and wildlife study. * * * Coach leaves to help with Jamaica games Aureliiano Ortiz, a native of Brady, left Corpus Christi July 5 for Washington D.C., on the first phase of a trip to Central America. He will serve as an American specialist under the U.S. Department of State Cultural and Educational Exchange Program. He is one of eight coaches selected by the government to work in an advisory capacity with teams that will compete in the Caribbean games in Kingston, Jamaica. After leaving Washington, Ortiz will go to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to Managua, Nicaragua, and then to Kingston. Ortiz, a graduate of Howard Payne College, has been a public school teacher and coach in Kingsville for the last five years. Son of Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Ortiz of Brady, he is married and is the father of four children. He will return Sept. 1. * * * Ag director from Poland due Friday Andrew Romancow, director of the Department of Agriculture at the University of Warsaw, Poland, will visit McCulloch County, Friday. Assisted by County Agent Norman Drake, he will tour several agricultural enterprises, meet farm and ranch families and see field crop projects. He is sponsored by the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, Inc. Romancow’s fields of interests in his Texas tour are research methods and projects, agricultural technology and rural sociology. He will be accompanied by his wife. * * * Melvin schools to open Aug. 29 The Melvin Board of Trustees has set Wednesday, Aug. 29, for the opening of school. The faculty has been completed with the hiring of Mrs. J. C. Allcorn as sixth-grade teacher. She is a graduate of Daniel Baker College of Brownwood and has 19 years of experience. The Melvin school holidays are Sept. 3, Labor Day; Nov. 22-23, Thanksgiving; Dec. 21, Christmas holidays; March 8, Mid-Texas Teachers Association; April 12, Good Friday. The holiday schedule will allow the school to be dismissed May 17, unless bad weather causes the closing of school. * * * Temperature climbs to 104 Hot’ It sure it. The temperature Wednesday in Brady soared to 104 degrees. According to records of Mrs. J. F. Cochran, U. S. weather observer, it was the hottest day this summer. * * * Criswell fires 71, to lead schoolboy golf tournament Jimmy Criswell shot a 71 Tuesday to top the list in the third of a series of summer schoolboy golf tournaments at the municipal Golf Course. It was Criswell’s second time to finish first. The results of Tuesday’s 18-hole medal play between boys in grades 10, 11 and 12 next year: Jimmy Criswell, 71; Melvin Tittle, 72; Charles Dicker, 74; Richard Roper, 80; Paul Priess, 83; Kurt Otte, 88; Davey Cornelius, 91; James Micklethwaite, 92 In another division, grade nine and below, Dayton Archer shot an 80, Ted Archer, an 85, Kenneth Wilton, 80 and Donnie Martin, 93. Others in the competition were Mike Pellizzari, Steve Black, Joe Barekman and Don Barley. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Son born to Owenses Mr. and Mrs. Donald Owens of Brady are happy to announce the birth of a son at Brady Hospital, Wednesday, July 11. He weighed five pounds and two and a half ounces. * * * Announces son Mr. and Mrs. Edward Don Elliott of Brady are the proud parents of a son, born at Brady Hospital Wednesday, July 11. He weighed eight pounds and one-half ounce on arrival.

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