Few men made more than $1 a day

Nell (Ives) Brown has shared some more Lipan history with me this week. Nell’s parents, Butler and Freda (Compton) Ives lived where the current Lipan Telephone Company office now stands.

Nell recalls, “We moved to Houston during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. While we were gone Sam Guinn rented our house for $10 a month. Few men made over a dollar a day during those years.”

“After age 65 if a man was unable to work, he received $30 a month pension from the government, and a few commodities”, she added.

“They had to go to Granbury to pick up these food items, and they weren’t very good.”

“Our Grandpa Compton was blind and got his pension each month. He gave each grandchild a nickel every Saturday when we came to town for groceries,” she remembered.

“All of this took place when W. Lee O’Daniel became governor. He was a radio speaker in Fort Worth for the Light-Crust Flour Company. They had a great band that we listened to each day on our radios, as there was no television then. Bob Wills was also very popular.”

Thank-you Nell for this insight into the past. I appreciate your sharing this information.


I’m glad to report that LaRue Tankersley is now back home and doing well.

Billie Rogers is in rehab in Granbury after surgery to repair her hip.

John Ford continues to recover at a rehab facility in Stephenville.

We hope that each of you continue to progress and have full recoveries.


Ned Tipton is retiring from Saint Gobain in Stephenville. You are invited to join his family in celebrating his retirement on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at “The Good Stuff” gift shop in Lipan. “The Good Stuff” is owned by Neal and Lorraine Tipton and is located on Main St., directly across from the First National Bank.

No gifts, please.


Last Thursday, Jan. 2, was Taylor Branson’s birthday. Tomorrow, Jan. 5 is my mother’s birthday. Happy 80th Birthday Mary Ann Perry! Next Friday, Jan. 10, is Shane Shockley’s birthday.


Sincerest sympathy to the families of Dorothy Priddy and Ronnie Ives. We lost both of these former Lipan residents over the Christmas Holidays. Our thoughts are with you.


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