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Rex Prather wins 1950 OS Steer Roping
70 Years Ago: Mrs. Vernon Ray was hired by the county board of education and approved by the state as the Garza County school nurse, County Superintendent Dean Robinson announced. Ray, who trained at West Texas Hospital, served three years in the Army Nurse Corps and also worked at an infant clinic in Lubbock for a number of years. Ray said she planned to start health lectures in the various schools. The main part of her work would be to set up records and administer inoculations and immunizations, Ray said.
B. Haw’s Department Store was bought out by The Dunlap Company whose headquarters was in Lubbock. Haw’s Department Store was soon to be transformed into the 32nd store in the Dunlap chain with modernized furnishings and improved stock, Dunlap President Retha R. Martin said. While all employees would be maintained, Bob Gobin, former assistant manager of Dunlap’s in Monahans, was to move immediately with his wife and two sons to serve as manager of the Post branch. Haw made no comment on his future plans. Haw’s son, Burnon, who formerly worked at his father’s store, reported to his reserve unit in the Army at Fort Lewis, Washington after the business was sold.
Over $350 in damage was done to a 1946 model car when it was struck by a train on the E. 13th St. crossing, Deputy Sheriff D. L. Young reported. Young said only one occupant was in the car at the time of the incident. The occupant drove his car upon the track, not noticing the train. Luckily, he was able to jump out of the car before the train hit, escaping uninjured.
Joe Lindsey, 83, L. M. Mozier, 69, and Frank Martin, 62, won the old-time fiddler’s contest at the Texas-Oklahoma Fair. Enthralled with the fiddlers, five-year-old Jo Ellen Cowden sat with the winners who played her a tune.
60 Years Ago: The biggest budget in the City of Post’s history was set at $439,682, an increase of $79,316.73 over the previous year’s budget. The immense increase was due to the expansion of city limits by one-half mile in all directions. The bulk of the budget went to city hall, which was listed at $42,170, a $28,000 increase of the previous year’s actual expense. With the large sum, city hall was planned to be remodeled. The city hall expense also covered the mayor and councilmen’s salaries of $3,000, the city secretary salary of $3,050 and other city hall employee’s salaries of $2,530.
After being thrown and trampled by a bull at the rodeo, 19-year-old Gene Griffin was reportedly doing well at his home following a four-week stay at the Methodist Memorial Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Griffin’s neck was broken when the bull snapped its head against Griffin’s as he was riding. Upon falling off the bull, Griffin suffered additional injuries as the bull trampled him. Still in a neck brace, the paralysis of Griffin’s right arm had lessened and he could now feed himself although his fingers were still numb.
Storie Motor Company displayed the 1961 Comet. The Comet offered four models; a two-door sedan, four-door sedan, two-door station wagon and four-door station wagon. Main styling changes included a new aluminum grill, new fender ornamentation and new standard and option trim fabrics. Storie Motor Company Manager Dudley Brown suspected the Comet to be one of the most sought-after compacts of the year with a 101-horsepower higher performance optional engine.
Ground was broken at the First Christian Church building site on West 13th St. Eva Bailey, the oldest charter member of the church, turned the first shovel at the ceremony. Also in attendance was Ira Lee Duckworth; Thomas Gamblin, master of ceremonies; W. Byron Haynie, Sunday school superintendent; Mrs. W. Byron Haynie, superintendent of the junior department; and Nora Stevens, charter member.
40 Years Ago: Jayson Fry was honored at his third birthday party in the home of his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Arnold Fry, on Oct. 3. A Mickey Mouse theme was carried out in the decorations. Punch, cupcakes and a Mickey Mouse cake made by his mother was enjoyed by the following guests: Jana and Rancy McCallister; Carmen and Lucas Walls; Syan and Radley Nicholas; Janet and Bryan Justice; Julie, Lori and Jana Hudman; Sandy, Todd and Nancy Wilson; Doyleen, Stacy, Becky and Tracy Shumard; Derek Walls; Flora Fry; Alma Veach; and Mrs. and Mrs. Pete Walls.
The Post Public Library experienced its first break-in in its history. The only belongings missing included a small calculator and $2 in book fine money. Entrance was gained by breaking in the back door. Investigating police suspected it to be a juvenile crime.
Rex Prather, 35, won the OS Steer Roping. Prather, the youngest of the three Prather brothers, roped and tied his fourth and final steer to win $12,000. In winning, Prather beat the 1980 world champion, Guy Allen, by 2.69 seconds. Allen, runner-up, won $9,000 and finished with a total time of 76.63 seconds compared to Prather’s 73.94 seconds. “Rex was like a little boy on Christmas morning after that fourth steer,” commented a friend. Not only did Prather walk away with $12,000, he was also awarded a hand-crafted saddle from Bill Price’s Wester Shop, a set of spurs from Jonny Weatherby and the use of a 1980 Chevrolet pickup for one year.