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Hays Free Press June 15, 2011 NBGHBORS Page 3C On a campaign stop in Plainview on June 19, 1941, U.S. Senate candidate Gerald C. Mann denounced a disgracefid attempt to buy the election "with the invasion of money from Washington." Sen. Morris Sheppa~ had died on April 9, two years into his fifth term. Gov. W. Lee O'Daniel appointed An- drew Jackson Houston, the San Jacinto hem's 87-year-old son, to keep the seat. warm un~ a special winner-takes-atl election could be held on June 28. Within two weeks of Sheppard's passing, three major figures had thrown their hats into the ring. The first to announce was Gerald Mann, 34 year old attorney general and former football star at Southern Methodist University. He was closely followed by Martin Dies Jr., 40, the congress- man from Orange elected in 19:30 to his father's old seat. Then on April 22, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the Hill Coun- try congressman a year younger than Mann, declared his candidacy from the steps of theWhite House. The "elephant in the room" was Gov. W. Lee O'Daniel rumored to be interested in a change of address but delaying his decision until the end of the legislative session. Although he had few tangible accomplishments to show for two terms, "Pappy" was adored by the rural electorate and had to be considered the favorite if he chose to run. Of the three declared candidates, Mann was the best known and the only one with successful statewide campaigns to his credit. He came from behind in 1938 to beat his opponent by 130,000 votes in a run-off for attorney general. By 1940 he was so popular and well-respected no one dared to stand in the way of his reelection. In truth, Mann had the brightest future of any Texas politician in 1941. Born in Sulphur Springs in 1907, he at- tended SMU on a football scholarship. As a versatile quarterback, "The Little Red Arrow" led the Mustangs to their first Southwest Conference champion- ship and a record of 20 wins, four losses and three ties in three years. After graduation, Mann went to law school at Harvard. With a wife and baby to support, he worked double shifts at a garment factory until the congregation at the church where he taught Sunday school hired him as their pastor. Returning to Texas with his law degree, Mann passed up the big bucks of private practice to work for peanuts as an assistant attorney general. The crusading reformer concentrated on loan sharks and high-interest finance companies that preyed on Texans hard-hit by the Dept~,sion, a commit- ment he continued as attorney general. Although Mann was every bit as devoted to the New Deal as he was, Johnson presented himself as the president's choice. A photograph of Roosevek and Lyndon shaking hands in 1936 was pasted on thousands of billboards across the state. With as much as half a million dol- lars in cash donations, Johnson could afford a lot more than signs. Eighty- two secretaries in an Austin hotel typed "personal" letters to efigible voters, and a dozen two-man teams canvassed the state. No expense was spared in the staging of lavish rallies that looked more like Broadway revues than c0m- paign events. And all that was on top of 15 and 30-minute radio commer- dais that aired five times a day. ~v[ann, who was still paying off creditors from his first bid for attor- ney general, ordered his staff not to put him deeper in debt. His plan was to run a pay-as-you-go campaign and compensate for a lack of money with effort and principle. Showing the stamina of a marathon runner, Mann crisscrossed the state by car with just a driver and some- times a single aide. in a typical day, he covered 400 miles, gave nine scheduled speeches and stopped at every wide spot in the mad to drum up support. Bythe first week in June, Mann was running on fumes physically and financial. His steady drop in the f~llyllS fueled a festering frustration that surfaced at Hainview. "I'm just doing this the old-fash- ioned way (with) a handshake and a talk," the told the small turnout. "I have no music nor entertainers, nor do I give away money. 'AU I knowis howto go out and see the people of Texas - on courthouse squares, street comers and sidewalks. I just look them in the eye." He concluded by condemning "the invasion of money fromWashington... that is undertaking to set up a federal- controlled political machine in Texax" The roar ofapprovaiwas the loudest and most enthusiastic he had beard in week~ A smiling supporter embraced Mann and said, "You keep making that speech and you'll be elected. Don't make any other speech. Make it from now until Election Day." Mann followed that advice, and it breathed new life into the last lap ofhis uphill straggle. But nine days was not time enough to make up for all the lost ground. The gridiron great polled around a quarter of the turnout, good enough for third place and only 34,000 votes fewer than Johnson and O'Daniel, who had come off the bench in the fourth quarter to finish in a dead-heat for first. "Late" returns from East Texas erased LBJ's Election Night advantage and sent Pappy to Washington. The 1941 senate race soured Gerald Mann on politics. Never again did his name appear on a ballot, which was Texas' loss in light of all the "Little Red Arrow" had to offer. What better way to commemorate the Civil War Sesquiomtennial than with "Secession & Civil WaY'from the "Best of This Week in Texas History" collection! Order today at twith.com or mail a check for $21.30 to Bartee Halle, P.O. Box 152, Friendsunxgl, TX 77549. -f ur late spring weather I pattern seems to have placed something of a damper on tomato fruit pro- duction here in Hays County. When daytime heat hovers above 95 degrees, and the nighttime temperature rests at 75 or more, large tomato varieties will flower- but won't set. They just fall off. Discouraging at best. Long-time tomato grower Sam Lemming of Buda ad- vises gardeners to get those transplants out as early in the spring as possible. This IT'S ABOUT gives them enough time to set fruit before the summer heat arrives. The trouble is, this year the June weather pattern actually started in early May. So how can we hope for any success with our tomatoes? My thoughts are that we should be looking forward to the possibilities that the fall growing season offers, rather than lamenting our present situation. This second season begins during the second week of July. Many experienced to- mato growers feel they can get a better crop in the fall. Seedling tomatoes planted in early July through mid-Au- gust will take 60 to 70 days of growth to begin their bloom cycle. This places us at the end of September when the day and night temperatures are beginning to drop. Thus a better chance of the fruit setting. For fall production, look for determinate tomato varieties that grow fast and produce lots of flowers in a short period of time. This will mean maximum production before the first frosts of November arrive. Some well-tested varieties: Celebrity, Surefire, BHN 444, Phoenix and Tycoon. Between now and early next month I will start to get my fall garden ready. This means lots of weeding, and I'll be adding generous amounts of compost and or- ganic fertilizer to the beds. Tomatoes aren't the only crop that can be planted in July. Peppers, okra, southern peas, summer and winter squash, corn, eggplant and cucumbers are some other possibilities. For those gardeners who want a shot at growing pumpkins for Halloween, you should also plant those seeds in July. As tough as summer vegeta- ble gardening can be, we can take solace in knowing a new gardening season is just around the comer and it's bound to get cooler.., sometime! i Happy gardening, everyone. If you have a horticultural question, send it to me via email: iathyme@yahoo.com. (Please put 'P=sk Chris Win- slow" in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to: Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme, I 1726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 On Center Continued from pg. 1C I took an aftemoon drive out to the 150 Market last weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. Byone o'dock, the day had al- ready gotten still and sticky and I totally expected to find dusty, cranky people. Instead, I found a cool breeze inside a market housed in an open-air shaded pavilion, with happ~ informa- tive folks peddling everything from organic produce to fresh masted coffee to hand packed beef. It's five minutes from downtown and definitely worth the drive. And speaking of open air, the June Movie in the Park is called "How To Train Your Dragon" - a 3D computer-an- imated fantasy about a young Vildng dragon slayer who makes friends with a young dragon. The flick starts at dark so grab your kids, some snacks, a blanket and some OFF and head down to Gregg- Clarke Park for a free Friday night under the stars. Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C sing for the senior citizens at the weekly lunch on Thursday. Pam Carolan had hip re- placement surgery, which involved a new procedure using a robot and no mus- cle cutting. Carolan came home from the hospital last week and now is get- ting in-home therapy for a couple of weeks. All in all, she is doing great and should have a fast recov- ery and be ready to get out and go very soon. Birthday wishes go out to Dane Gibbs and Randy McKee on Iune 17; Eric Patterson on June 18; ]o Burdette-Kinnett on June 22; and Tommy Poor and Pare Smith on June 23. To all Dads, have a good Father's Day on Sunday. Continued from pg. 1C sprinkling a few moth balls to keep the skunk(s) away. Unfortu- natdy, it'd take alot ofmoth balls to protect Mountain City;, and, moth balls contain hazardous chemicals. According to E-How, "Skunks are actually beneficial to your lawn and garden area. They feed on cutworms, mice, mrs, grubs, yellow jackets, maches, beetles and many other pests." Other sources add "scorpions". (We urgently called our pest cona'ol service when three Scorpions crawled into our bedroom the week before our grandsons arrived for aweek of"Camp NeeNee y Poppa" On Monday morning, Hays County Animal Control (respon- moming Laveme McClendon called advising us of a fawn that was stuck between our fence and the school fence at the back of our property.While rescuing the fawn from its entrapment we had many other deer carefully and nervously watching. Judging from their snorang there were several that were not happy to have a human getting that dose and personal with the baby. We were glad that there was a good fence between us and ther~ The fawn was quiddy freed and we were glad to see it united with its herd. Thanks to Laveme for spot g this,me trapped fawn and letting us quickly know so it could be rescued." And, Betty Puckett wrote, "We sible for Mountain City through killed a coral snake in the back an inteflocal agreement)- yard. Also killed a big rat snake relocated our Trapped Raccoon that had wound himself aro~md #3. Three in a week. This should my cactus tree on the patio. cut down on damage to bird 'Figured that's why the cardinal's feeders and squind feeders over nestwasemptyofitshabies~ Jay our way. He takes them over 5 killed a 3-foot rat snakebyone miles away (so they don~ come ofthe back flower beds. I watch right back) but less than 10 miles where I walE.." away (the maximum distance allowed byhw). BoD and IClss'Me' wrangled with a raccoon in our-"safe" small chained-in space off our hack deck one night last week. Each of them cost us $100-plus at the vet. Trudy Hayter tidbitted, ".Your column for June 8 was time , Before we got the paper that Yes, watch where you walk. Protect your pets from wildlife. Seems we're still a little dty out in the country. Please send tidbits, both mild and wild. Fanall ptom5678@ gmall.com; text (512) 517-5678 (now that an AT&T microcell gives us service inside our Mountain City home); or, phone (512) 268-5678. Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by | t m See Solution, page 4C | [ NNN l N~ 761 i QI 31) ~,'~:34~1 5~ T~:==__ ~o~ ~$ TXlsrn:~ by Charley & Guy Orb& on See Solution, page 4C