Brady teacher Distinguished Service winner

April 15-19, 1966 “A staunch believer in going by the rules and regulations of his church, his school and on many occasions his own book of good common sense has made him an extraordinary individual. He is loyal to his superiors and to his subordinates. “He loves children and has on many occasions helped under -privileged children. His love of children has been his life’s work and he has been a good influence on hundreds of Brady children through his 40 years in Brady. “Ladies and gentlemen, the spirit of the Black and Gold, the children’s friend and a good man, I give you our Distinguished Service Award winner for the year 1965, Mr. E.J. Powell.” Thus, K.K. Steffens revealed the long awaited secret Thursday evening at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. E.J. Powell is principal of South Ward Elementary School and a few weeks ago announced his retirement from teaching at the end of the current school term. As Steffens remarked in his introduction, he has been in the Brady School system for 40 years. He came here in 1924 after beginning teaching a year earlier in Ozona. He has been in Brady since that time with the exception of two years during World War II when he was an instructor at Curtis Field. He is a former Brady High School football coach, and as Steffens pointed out, “has the Brady Bulldog spirit and would fight a tiger in a moment, if that tiger mistreated a Bulldog.” “A quotation by Henry Ward Beecher, ‘No matter what a man’s aims or resolutions or professions may be, it is by one’s deeds that he is to be judged by God and man,’ is one which fits the recipient of this award,” Steffens said. “He has more or less kept this in the back of his mind all of the time because his deeds have gone beyond the call of duty.” Mr. Powell was cited by Steffens for his work with the Boy Scouts, a loyal member of his church, for his civic work both in local clubs and as a member of the board of trustees at Howard Payne. The presentation was made to a near capacity crowd. Many of Powell’s former students were present. A crowd, with expectations to hear ‘Dr. Hugo Hansen of Odense Denmark,’ was surprised when he turned out to be Cactus Pryor, a television personality from Austin. Pryor is often seen on KTBC-TV and is well known for his foreign personality impersonations. He kept the audience in an uproar throughout the evening. *** Chester Wilson dies from collision injuries Chester R. Wilson, 56, owner and operator of Wilson Feed Mill, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the Brady Hospital from injuries he sustained in an accident when his pickup truck collided with a Santa Fe train four miles south of Melvin. Mr. Wilson was hauling a load of feed to Brady Tuesday morning when the engine collided with the pickup truck near Melvin. He was taken by Wilkerson ambulance to the Brady Hospital with a fractured skull and multiple rib fractures. Mr. Wilson was born April 10, 1910 and had lived in McCulloch County all of his life. He farmed and owned Wilson Feed Mill. *** Lynna, Jody Fuller entertain with Easter egg hunt Lynna and Jody Fuller entertained in their home Saturday with an Easter egg hunt. The children hunted Easter eggs and then had cupcakes decorated in an Easter motif and red punch for refreshments. The children spent the afternoon playing yard games. Guests attending were Roselyn, Alice and Dell Pentecost, Vern Jordan, Stephanie Siler, Kathleen Fields, Elizabeth Douglas, Charla Carrithers, Melodianne Mallow, and Lynna and Jody Fuller. *** Buildings razed, Tate to erect new brick building C.L. Tate, who is closing out his 22-year-old lumber business on the corner of 11th and Bridge Street is demolishing the structures in order to erect a new brick building in their place. Tate, who started his lumber business in November of 1944, pointed out that it has only taken a few days to tear down what took 22 years to build. The new building will be for rent or lease. *** Brady Band Boosters’ to hold barbecue, April 26 at Richards Park The annual band boosters’ barbecue will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Richards Park. The affair will honor all Brady band students. Tickets are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children 11 or younger, and may be purchased at Lintz’s, Leo’s Drive in and Western Auto.

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