Abilene Reporter News, January 1, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 01, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas % FAIR AND WARMER Cfje ¡Uptime Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron _ EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXI1I, No. 199 Associated Press (AP/ ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 1, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY 10c 35 ¿¿CONCS AFTER MIDNIGHT Papa Webb Hasn't Heard, But Son Is 1st '54 Baby By DOROTHY DAUGHERTY I pounds, 12 ounces. ‘ it whs a close race, Mom, but The Webb youngster was born we won. it babies could talk, that’s probably what the first tyke born in 1954 would tell his mother, Mrs. Howell M. Webb, 1350 Shelton St. As first child born this year, he will receive a host of gifts ranging from a mattress to tiny wool bootees from Abilene merchants. Th«?- baby has been named Howell Graham Webb, and weighed 8 35 seconds after midnight Jan. 1. Second baby born this year was a boy. son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Olvera, 441 Treadaway Blvd., at 1 a.m. Both babies were in St. Ann Hospital. Last year’s New Year’s baby also was born in St. Ann. Strangely enough, the very same doctor, scrub nurse, circulating nurse, and anesthetist who delivered the Tourist Killed Hurt 1953 baby also helped to usher In the little Webb. Only other birth on New Year’s Day reported by mid-morning Friday was another boy, born to Mr. j and Mrs. Merven John Rogers, 558 Vine St., at 7:45 a.m. Friday at : Hendrick Hospital. All three sets of parents narrowly missed out on claiming another exemption for 1953 s income tax. j Baby Webb’s father doesn’t even i know of his son’s birth. A salesman for the Peyton Meat ; Packing Company, Webb is in ] Alamogordo, N. M. When Mrs. Webb gave bath to her fourth child and 1954’s first I baby at midnight, it was too late ; to send a telegram to the father, because the telegraph office was ; closed. Subbing for him pacing the floor of the hospital were two close friends oi Mrs. Webb’s, Mrs. W. B. Malone, 1402 Shelton St., and Mrs. B. B. Hurst, 1974 Portland Ave. The two women accompanied the expectant mother to the hospital at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and waited there until the baby was born. Mrs. Malone returned to the Webb home and stayed with the couple’s three daughters, Gloria, 14. a student at North Junior High School; Della, 11, pupil in the Fannin School; and Phyllis. 5. The Webbs lived in Midland before moving to Abilene three years ago. Mrs. Malone was trying to contact the father Friday morning. He had been home last week end, and waited until the last possible min In Anson Crash Soviet Union Lost Numerous Bigwigs in '53 NEW YORK Iff)—The Soviet Union lost a lot of distinguished citizens in 1953 through death, arrest and “disappearance.” Under the heading of “disappeared” come those who may be dead, under arrest or who have dropped into obscurity. All that is j known is that, their names no long-j er grace the pages of the Soviet j press. i Counterbalancing the deaths and disappearances there were a few reappearances last year. For example, there are the dozen or more leading Moscow physicians who were thrown into jail in 1952 and charged with plotting to assassinate leading Soviet figures. Though it was announced these men had made confessions ute to return to New Mexico, hop- I it was suddenly discovered after ing the baby would be born while the death of Stalin that the charges he could be with Mrs. Webb. I were faked. The doctors were Mr. and Mrs. Webb have been freed, rehabilitated in professional married for 15 years. 2d New Mexican Critically Injured ANSON, Jan. 1 (RNS)—One man was fatally injured, one was in critical condition Friday morning and eight others were hospitalized after three cars smashed together late Thursday on U.S. Highway 180 east of here. All were holiday tourists from New Mexico. Samuel G. Giles, 41, tool dresser from Artesia, N.M., died at 7:20 a.m. Friday in Anson General Hospital following the crash 16 miles east of Anson on the Clear Fork of the Brazos bridge about 10:40 p.m. Lamar Hailey Johnson, 43, Artesia, N.M., was in critical condition in the hospital. He was in a 1953 model car driver. Ktr niloti TRo como niitn Men fnntainpd .Tnhnenn’e wife 3R SO WHAT? —1954’s first baby seems serene about all the fuss being made about him; in fact, he’s downright sleepy. Mr. 1954 is in the arms of his mother. Mrs. Howell M. Webb of 1350 Shelton St. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) New Year Ushered In by Hifd Weather By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New Year began with generally nuld weather in the United States, although there were snow flurries in lower Michigan and the eastern Great Lakes region and light rain in the Pacific Northwest, Under a vast cloud cover reaching from the Pacific to the Great Lakes, there was a considerable warming. Temperatures were 20 to 30 degrees higher in the north and central Mississippi Valley and northern Great Lakes region. Thirty-degree readings were common in places where zero or below prevailed 24 hours earlier, particularly in Minnesota and Wisconsin . Eisenhower, GOP Aides Work on Union Message »resident, to whip into final form the annual chief of the Office of Defense Mo-s    _Tc    p    * <> a r i •) F top ad-1 State of the Union message which j bilization and author of the admin-    ___ New Year Toll Remains Low life and several of them have writ ten articles since their release— though not about their prison experiences. Petrovsky Return* Another notable example is that of G. I, Petrovsky, an Old Bolshevik who rose to chieftainship of the Ukraine. He disappeared in the late 1930s and it was assumed that he w?as another purge victim who had died somewhere in Siberia or had been executed in some cellar. But a short time after Stalin’s death, Petrovsky was awarded an important government decorbtion for his services to the Communist party and Soviet state. The turnover in the personnel of Soviet ruling circles last year because of death-natural or unnatural—was great, leading the Soviet obituary notices of course was Joseph Stalin who, according to announcement, died in his bed after a stroke in early March. Beria Was No. 2 Close behind was the No. 2 man, deputy premier and police boss, Lavrenty Beria, who was officially reported executed for treason in December, and the world-famed compo-er Sergei Prokofiev, who died in March without even the benefit of an obituary in the Soviet press. Others who died Included: Lt. Gen. Arkadi Shvetsov, out- AUGUSTA, Ga.    —    T Eisenhower and a team    of    , ministration officials — all a bit j the President will deliver to Con-, istralion’s controversial program to sleepy-eyed started the New Year gress in person on Jan. 7.    channel defense contracts to areas with an early morning conference j The administration advisers who of high unemployment, cm his State of the l.nion message |    arrived    from    Washington    late    yes-j    Eisenhower    personally    endorsed today.    i    tevday    were    guests    of    the    Presi* i the    two-month-old    program    Tues- Prompth at 8 a m. Eisenhower |(1ent *od Mrs. Eisenhower at a dav and hjs action touched off a — clad in a cap and a green jacket j New 5oai s hvo dinnet in the round of angry protests from denoting membership in the Au- soilclub trophy room last night. I Southern Democrats in Congress, trust a National Golf Club strode The officials include Ambassador They contended the plan will take Grom the little White House to hls;Henry Cabot Lodge, chief U.S. del- business away from Dixie firms -office above the club's pro shop. I egate to the United Nations; Budg-; textile nulls, for example and tun-'1 here was frost oi. the ground ct Director Joseph M. Dodge; top , rul it to New England and Other■    suna$ and i nin m the air. The President I presidential alde Sherman Adams, Northern communities w ith unem- . f ,    n carried * large brown envelope.M several other White House as-1 ploynu.nt problems    foil    U lives in ac en by Giles. The same auto also contained Johnson’s wife, 38. and their children, Sharlene. | 16; Wilbur, 11; and Jerry, 7; and Giles’ son, Mike. 3. Giles was the brother of Mrs. John-! son. Highway Patrolman J. Ross Kemp of Abilene said traffic on U. S. 180 was blocked for an hour after the three vehicles slammed into each other at one end of the bridge. Just prior to the wreck, a 1953 model car driven by Mrs. Roy M. Whitehead, 18, was traveling east. The auto also contained Mrs. White-head’s 22-year-old husband, an oilfield worker at Hobbs, N. M. They were en route to Fort Worth on a holiday visit. Behind the Whitehead auto came a 1947 model car driven by Alton D. Cohen, 21. airman stationed at W'alker Air Force Base at Roswell, N. M. Cohen, whose home is in Fort Worth, was accompanied by two other airmen from the same base. They are Thomas H. Bearden, 22. Dallas, and Lee R. Pink-ham, 25. Ellsworth. Me. They were on holiday pass and were en route to Fort Worth and Dallas, the patrolman said. The smash-up began with Cohen’s car crashing meo the rear of the Whitehead car. Cohen’s ear then glanced off the Whitehead car and crashed head-on into the car driven by Giles, the patrolman said. All three of the airmen were taken to the Anson hospital where their condition was considered not serious Friday morning, attendants said. The Whitehead couple was not hospitalized. All of the occupants of the car driven by Giles were hospitalized. None were seriously injured except Giles and Johnson. Two of the children. W'ilbur Johnson, 11, and Mike Giles, 3, were released from the hospital Friday morning. Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves aided in the investigation. Lytle Dragged For Patient Waters of Lytle Creek were being dragged Friday morning, as the search continued for J. M. Nanney, 28. missing Abilene State Hospital patient. Firemen and policemen and other volunteers, who joined the hunt Thursday afternoon and who suspended operations at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, resumed the work early Friday. Nanney has been missing since shortly after noon Wednesday. His clothing and personal effects were found about noon Thursday under the South 11th St. bridge on Lytle Creek. Youngsters playing nearby made the discovery and notified Miller Machine Shop near the scene. The hospital was then informed. The eryek was being dragged for I    .. the possibility that Nanney may j KERMIT,    —    A    Kermit have drowned there or in Lytle ; mother s Christmas prayer ioi a TRUTHFUL MAN—Bee McIntyre, 33-year-old Richmond, Va., automobile mechanic, commented when informed he had won the Burlington, Wise., Liars’ Club contest that “I always had the reputation of being a truthful man.” The winning story told of a big wind which blew a cast iron inside out. His father is a minister. (AP Wirephoto) Mother Says Son's Return Is Miracle Lake. W. W. Kent hospital business manager, said at 10 20 a.m. Friday that the patient had not been found. Nanney, admitted to the institution Nov. 9. 1948, is the son of Mrs. Lula Nanney of Bishop. He appeared lost in thought and a j •Good morning. Mr. ITesideiu'j chorus from newsmen seemed to I surprise him a bit. The group of oftirials who flew ji. from Washington late yester- j day to aid in writing the State of the Union message bad arrived at j the pro shop from a downtown j hotel a few minutes ahead of Eisenhower. A bit late the President and his , advisers came out on the porch for the cameramen. One of the photographers reported three expensive cameras were taken from his hotel room dur w in Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Caution perhaps born of the tragic Christmas weekend was reilect-elatively small accidents during HOUSTON'S BABY JUST SCOOTS IN HOUSTON ff»—Houston’s first | 1954 baby was born at Methodist | Hospital just 17 seconds after ; midnight. She is a daughter of Mrs. Eva Garza, wife of Alfred Garza. miracle to return her POW son has been answered to make today the happiest New Year’s of her life. ‘T've just got to cry a little bit.” the mother of Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor said when newspapermen told her that her son was ready for repatriation. “It's the best news I have ever heard,” the jubilant father said Christmas with the belief their son had chosen communism instead of repatriation. ‘T just feel like shouting here in this has atatian.'' Mrs. Batchelor said last night after her bus arrived hi Odessa and she was joined by her husband- “I didn't know a thing about what happened. It’s the answer to my prayers. I just thank God.” She paused a minute, and then told a newspaperman by tele- Botli were reached at a bus sta- phone:    at*.. in Odessa last night f M>r husband and I are just where the west Texas oil well drill-' standing here bawling like kids. * __ h eone to meet his wife re- Batchelor's cute blonde sister, mriint hSLte aiteravisit! I Dorothy. 16. was hi Dallas With Rntrhelor was one of 22 POWs the same high school band on wlw had Steadfastly re/used ref«- | which the repatriate one« was . i    thrilled    to    death" for his life, that many of the- other ,he hob1«' soxer shouted as she 21 prisoners carried daggers. At was surrounded by other students here j £» K™.    School;, hand CPL. CLAUDE BATCHELOR where the Batchelors live, nobody was at home yesterday but 11-year-old Kenneth, the POW s young brother, when newsmen delivered the news. “That's reaLlv good news,” said Hie Little boy. *1 sure am happy. I want him to come home real soon.” 1 Only a Miracle’ -On Christmas Eve. Mrs. Batchelor tearfully had said that “onjy a miracle*’ could bring her boy home. The Batchelors spent a sad the first 13 hours of the New Year sistants.    Knowland    Rebels Fiemming Joins Team    j    The    administration    s    headache    i    ueekend An llth-hour addition to the j was intensified when Republican .    ‘    ,,    . ,.    .    . team was Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, sen Knowland of California one! lhl *3ta‘ *    ’    1    0    I j .       j    were blanv.Ki on traffic accidents. of the me Lisinl ower coumi on Eleven died in {ire$ Th crash of most heavily to    help stem his    1954    |    gmaH aMane in Montana killed program through Congress-Joined    ;    a marned c , but ,hl,ir 5    . the Democrats    m criticizing    the    ;    ^ daughter survived. policy.    .    ..    I    A continuance of the rate of less Khovuand is the Senate majoutj :    accidental    deaths HE'S COMING HOME Knowland Says Demos to Have Plenty of Time leader On his arrival here, Flemming desciibed tne piogiam .is a good, j ^yndav not onlv sound policy” and said he knew of j Christmas weekei no administration pl-.ns to modify it. oi James C. Hagerty, Eisenhower’s ai0ne. hour would hold the total for the 78-hour period ending midnight far under the nd’s 717, but well below the National Safety Council’s estimate of 3b0 for traffic deaths Texan Changes Mind About Reds mark about plans to go bird hunt ing and Eisenhower said he had been told “this is the best hud year they have had around here in a long time The holiday senior press secretary, said the plan to earmark only 20 to 30 per cent of defense contracts for nrms in unemployment areas still will leave most ot the business tor companies in other regions. Hagerty also has emphasized in ign and defense program, but some DeniOiiat.s remained skeptical of    companies    in    areas    with bipartisan results,    unemployment problems also are Knowland, the Senate Republi- required to meet the competitive was called can leader, said in an interview iow bids of other linns. A Lake City, S.C. mother and three children perished when their home burned. Two persons died in separate apartment house fires in Chicago. Massachusetts also had three do. ths in fires ami Ohio one. Traffic deaths were; Illinois 4, Connecticut and New York 2, Ohio. Pennsylvania and South Carolina was « l each. By WILLIAM C- BARNARD Communist indoctrination he had I been given in prisoner of war camps He smiled broadly and sjx>ke Neither man named names. here to play at the annual Cotton Bowl game. Wife Is Stunned Then she and some girl friend* posed for Associated Press pictures with a large “welcome home” sign for Batchelor. In Tokyo, young Batchelor's Japanese wife could hardly believe the news at first. Then she asked The Associated Press to send thia message to her American husband: “I v ant to see you as soon as possible. I am so glad you are finally coming home. I love you very much.” With a big smile, she told newsmen: “i am a very happy New Year’s girl.” Kyoko said her husband told her long ago he intended to stay in Japan with her. but she said she wanted him to return to the States and see his family. “Possibly 1 should like to go with him.” she said. Back home here, the elder Batchelor said, “1 never did give up, 1 think he was just brain-w ashed—a victim of war, that's all.** The oil driller said life had been THE WEATHER , n, P4HTMI NT OF « OMMI Ht F. Vi arm h •»'?,*,À-1’ r.i ». Ul.KSr ANO \ <vV Vh., Vi'imU h*NOHVH CliNTHO through S*i ire«' * Fvidt ! \ ri IH rii ano Miuin > WCs ! IFN M - Import«»! 1 asi »NO n i H throvtgi F* il MtwirnU«* un ihr ro Thur«. P SS N« . 4% 40 40 mu» A! I C SAS Kh B»turdft> ¡ hc««t wïiuV 11.MCI H ATI Ht s 1 ;to 2 10 .1 10 4 .10 5 .0 6:30 ill 6 30 « tâ A M 4Z 4 ! 40 19 ;ifi ;;m 4(1 4S 10 10 ' '    1S    ,H)    ' *'    1%    J0 Si..tn.ùn,    ’* «I ;ifrt »I «    (,u-    the    14    hoi    r« that although the Democrats will not be told fully of the President’s plan- until a Jan. 5 White House j meeting of congressional leaders,; “there w itl still be time to make changes" if any serious objections are raised. The President will lay down his over-all program In a State of the I ¡den message two days l;V*'r. j Knowlaiul said he expects this to be couched largely in general terms, w ith specific recommendations to be made later. Democratic leaders were invited by telegrams from 1 Jack Martin. I presidential assistant, to sit in for consultation only on the foreign and clef«'use aspects of tire message There was no mention of other subjects. Sen Sparkman of Alabama, the 19**2 Democratic vlce-presldential nominee, said in an interview he rewards such consultation as a desirable prelude to bipartisan co cheerful and w ithout said he thought it most unlikely that prisoner leaders are armed See PRISONER. Page 2-A, Col. 1 DAD GOES TO WORK SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS “Will other Americans come he said Reviews and previews will be featured in the Sunday Reporter «News.    .    .    . The major previews will be of the upcoming session of the U.S. Congress. The two Texas senators and four representatives who represent West Texas in Washington have filled out detailed questionaires submitted them by The Reporter-News telling their stand on the dozen or so major issues of the new session,    j On ihe review side will be the announcement of the top his decision to abandon com stories of .Abilene and West Texas during 1953 as chosen bv editors of The Reporter-News The past year will be summarized in a day-by-day chronology lllustiated by the of the Stories Are Similar Kermit PW s Mom Sleeps 30 Minutes Minimum    1 •nzitd A* * f * h, »44 p M SunrU* UnUy £in»*t tonlftO 8:4* »’M t 4t A »un n st 8:30 V M. 3* tl. •*# 30 F M- top news pictures of the year Along with ail these “extras" there will be the usual rpe7aTton,yirV"orHgn,,7ndTctons''e complete news pictures sports, oil, n^s, church and legislation.    ;    specialty    news    and    reports of spot happenings by Associ- ”But we ought to know if this a(etj press an(j staff writers of The Reporter-Ngws. i* 'foi yg to be two-sided coopera-j lion,” he *nld.    *      ''    ■    .............. SEOIL *ffV-C|d. Claude J. Batchelor, a young Texan win) ntT^ch. ngeJ'hit mindithout any apparent ner-| said it is quite possible that other vousness, unrepat»iated American \«ar pris-i    He happuy gave    a thumbs    up oners will decide to return home, sign for photographers. Batchelor smiled broadlv as he He said he had spent a sleep-returned to the U N. Com- less night before deciding to ask ( mand near Panmunjom alter 31 for repatriation He descried New | months as    a prisoner of war.    Nears Eve m the North    Camp He told    waiting    newsmen    that    not very prisoner leaders are armed    with    much celebiatmg daggers to prevent defections and that mistrust and fear play a role out he wa*. asked in    the    Communist allegiance of;    "Quite possibly, the remaining 21 Americans, lj    "Will more than one. Briton and 327 Koreans listed as    “Quite possibly. pro-Red.    !    1)0 >’ou thtllk    >ou n,V?    f    * The 22-vear-old    corpoi al    from    | move in coming    hack. Kermit. Te\„ approached an In-1    "Yes.” Batchelor    answered and dian guard guaixl at I a ni and smiled broadiy. asked to return to the UN Command. Fourteen hours later he hi at i    part    turned aside other questions as 10; asked for repatriation Batchelor's petite Japanese wife, whether he had been well treated; The news, which stirred the whole waiting in Tokyo to see him, ap- and well fed in Communist prls-1 nation. came to the parents in an Patently placed an    important part    oner camps.    | Odessa bus station where    the fa- i He said it    would    be hard to    say I ther. an oil field driller, w as w mt- munlsm    what he missed most during his; iug to meet Mrs Batchelor, who He said her messages, relayed long captivity    ¡had been visiting relatives in Balto    him    in the Indian-guarded    com-    Batchelors story    matched    inj ibiger. in Korea's neutral    zone    part that of Cpl.    Edward    Dicken-j    Telephone cads and visitors bit    to    do about it.”    son of Big    Stone    Gap,    Va.,    who (newspapers and friends’»    began \*as sehed-    asked for    repatriation    from    the. pouring into their small    Kermit conference pro-Coinmunist North Camp two home soon after they got there. An Indian command spokesman] no ej‘s-'k    for    him in recent months. "1 almost had two or three fights over this thing,” he «id. adding:    “You    know,    guys poppin* off. But my friends stood by itv» and 1 really appreciate it.” KERMIT, Jan. 1 — Things were hectic and happy New Year’s day at the home of the First Fan?¡Ivin American News, the O L. Batchelors. The excitement started late New Year s Eve when word came that He said he had been ‘quite un- their son, Cpl. Claude J. Batche-eomfortable” tlus winter but j |or hag changed his mind and pound "had quite a Batchelor originally 1 hter \odhv^bin it w as postponed j months ago,    !    “I    get aboat 30 minutes    sleep until tomminu    Ì    Dickenson    also -aid other Ameri- j last night.” Mrs. Batchelor    re- lte tSd uewsnten he now be- caos quite likely would lieve# “very very Uttìt" ui tht»tueur minds. change » ported. I “BuL it was worth Ui’* to get the good news about their son after they had alwiut given up hope. Batchelor, who works the morning tour on a drilling rig, hail to go on to his work. His w ife spent the night answering calls—from newspapers as far away as California and Chicago — and tram friends near and far. Early' Hew Year’s Day reporters and photographers and friends and acquaintances began arriving to get the family reaction to the big story. Only a couple of things bothered ‘he happy mother; ‘ My husband is supposed to sleep days since he has to work nights " and .. “I wish I had a chance to get the hon e clean you know how it gets when you ve been away a week and your husband and tb« kids have been taking cat# of tULUg#.” ;