Abilene Reporter News, February 17, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR TO MILD®{je ^Menc 3^portcr-i^tnsi'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT C^S" - Byron__ / MDRNMG VOL. LXXIII, No. 246AM»ocuued PrPM (AP) ABILENE. TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 17, 1954-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe CARNEGIE HERO MEDAL WINNER—Carolyn Monroe, 16-year-old Centennial High School senior, was presented the Carnegie Hero Medal Tuesday night at the Lions Club meeting in Coleman Junior High School lunchroom. Mayor William 0. Leach, left, made the presentation. At right is Ogden Brown, president of Coleman’s Lions Club, who presented her a corsage. Miss Monroe rescued two men from burning automobiles Oct. 25, 1952. (Staff Photo by David Barros)    » AT LIONS CLUB MEETING Coleman Girl Leaves Basketball Game to Accept Heroes Medal Wealthy Rancher Dies In Callahan Shooting April 15 May    Windham Brother Be New Income    1« Jail at Baird «    1^ III    By GEORGIA NELSON lav nuaflllllll    Reporter-Ncws    staff    Writer mA l/vMllllllv CLYDE, Feb. 16—John Windham. 69, Callahan County T. u    rancher    with    extensive    land    holdings    throughout West Texas, WASfiixNGTON, Feb. 16 if^The    death    at    his ranch seven miles north of Clyde about House Ways and Means Commit-    Tuesdav. mUiiof Tn%i£i    brother, Ernest Windham, who lives 15 miles south o£ ers a month longer to labor over; Baird was being held in Callahan County jail at Baird, their tax returns—effective next    No Charges Filed Vear.    i    Callahan    County    Attorney Felix Mitchell said no charges Chairman Daniel A. Reed ^R-j had been filed late Tuesday night. NY) said in a smernent the new Officers investigating the shooting were Callahan County ?is?er Tor minions ol‘ Amerirais ” Sheriff Joe Pierce Texas Ranger Jim R iddle of Brecken^ridge, “In addition,” Reed said, “the District Attorney Wiley Caffey of Abilene and Callahan County change in filing dates will ease the Attorney Felix Mitchell. By CLARA BETHE COATS Reporter-News Staff Writer COLEMAN, Feb. 16 — Formal .award of a Carnegie Hero Medal was made to Carolyn Monroe, 16-year-old Centennial High School grass, 74, of Coleman, who was present for award services, and C. E. Waddell, 40, of Odessa. Miss Monroe suffered burns on John Windham, native and lifelong resident of Callahan County, died from a single bullet fir^ her right hand during the rescue. Miss Monroe,    a    slight,    pretty girl    program    presented    by    two    high \ r Nl^-nrr pITo.-    I Tuesday    night.    Carnegie Medal    for    bravery    mime on    “Dear    John.” A    high    ^    farmers    and    for    several The annual    ladies night program    .    i .    . burden of those who assist in the preparation of returns.” Tax lawyers and accountants have pro- ________ ______ _ .    .    _________ ______ magician and entertainer, who was ; tested that most of their work is from a .32 calibre semi-automatic also master of ceremonies. T. E. ¡jammed now' into the period from pistol as he sat in a pickup tnick Herridge, program chairman of | Jan. 1 to March 15.    i    near    cattle pens on his ranch. The o ! The committee made no change Pit'kup was parked about 100 Mrs. Joe K. Taj lor introduced a jjj March 15 date for filing    Windham’s    ranch corporation income tax returns, house when the shooting occurred. Heard Shot noon without having found the em-ploj-es he had been seeking. According to Christian. John Windham invited him and Simmons to eat lunch with him in his home but they declined, saying they had to return to work. This Is Christian's account of the next occurrences: jiiiK u-aiiiCKic ivifuai lux uiavtij i nmnv x.^vai ouim. ,-x inftu .„niirtr, ,/iiA    1    » XI. /-< II I. Ernest walked to the pickup his iiic annual iauics UIKIII piu^iam a nijnutes after she arrived ' school quartet, including Ruth Wat-j    fo    nie    j    rnons, ^ployes of the Callahan brother was seated In and shook w as held    in the Junior High School i    home    from school one day in Nov-i    son, Pat    Henderson,    Shirley    But- *    Farmers    Co-operative    at    bands with him. John asked Er- lunchroom.    !    ember.    I    ler, and    Jane    Griffis,    accompanied |make quarterly pay- Clyde, were    in    a    truck    driving    out i    gg |be ranch house with Miss Monroe arrived during the The Carnegie investigation w’as i by Vada Beth Wilder, sang. lx>-    of the fsnch gate and heard the him and eat lunch but Ernest re- middle of the program. She had |    made after    an application    for the '    call.v    known as    the Four Notes The deadline for    advance esti-    shot but dia not see the    shooting,    “No,    I    just    wanted    to    talk been playing in a basketball game. |    award    was    submitted by    W. T. I    and a    Key. the    girls did    several mates of a current    year’s Income,    Christian said they arrived at to you Mayor William O I^each made Hutchinson. Coleman, and the late ' imitations of old vaudeville tunes, land the first payment» would he ^ Windham’s ranch about 9 a m. ^s Christian and Simmons were the p'resontation He retold her a^i    Nathan Clictt. secretary    of the I    Ogden Brown,    president    of the , shifted from March    15 to April 15. j    Tuesday with a load of    feed and of braverj- when she rescued tvvo    Board    of    Community Develop-1    Lions    Club, introduced    Mayor , No changes were    made in the;    that Windham told them    he would John Christian and Ixiuis Sim- men from burning automobiles aft-1 ment. Hutchinson also witnessed er a car crash near her home | the presentation, west of Coleman on Oct. 25, 1952. A special program featured A. The men were Henry C. Snod-1 C. Wimpee of Dallas, an amateur Leach and presented Miss Monroe present dates of June 15, Sept. 15 with a carnation corsage. Tommy and Jan, 15 for filing amended es-Allen led group singing and salute timates and the last three quarter-to the flag.    ly payments. U.S. 80 Freeway Gets Top Priority go to a pasture to get some men who were working for him to help them unload the feed, Christian recounted that later in the morning Ernest Windham arrived at the ranch and talked with the two Clyde men while they were unloading the truck. He said John Windham returned about driving away they heard a loud report and thought a tire on their truck had blown out. They alighted and while they were Inspecting the tires Ernest walked toward the truck and said: “It wasn’t a casing that blew ou^, liays. I just shot John. 1 killed him, but It was accidental. It S— SHOOTING, Pg. 2-A Col. 3 By DON NORRIS “Get the right-of-way, get it planned, get it in here iAustin', - See Highway Story, Pg. 1-B man. said the next step after elimination of parking was to secure additional right-of-way from the railroad. He said a committee would be appointed to go to Fort Worth and confer with railroad of- and let’s build it,” are instructions | elimination of parking on South from the State Highway Depart-, First St. from Pioneer Dr. to the ment on making U. S. Highway 80 ; traffic circle, getting additional an inter-state freeway from Abi- i right-of-way from tlie T&P Rail-' ficials. Jene to the west Howard County ; road to widen South First St., and    i Deeds have    been    given to Taylor line. District Highway Engineer J, ¡ a city-engineered traffic control    County    officials    for    the    needed C. (Jake) Roberts said Tuesday. i program on South First St.    right-of-way    in    the    county,    Roberts Roberts was speaking Tuesday I The highway committee voted | said, to members of the Abilene Cham-;    unanimously after hearing    Roberts ,    bounty    Judce    Reed    Ingalsbe    said her of Commerce highway com-:    to support his proposals    and to' niittee concerning future highway I    send a delegation to the    City Com- construction in    this area.    '    mission meeting Friday    to recom- The proposed 120-mile, two-lane    mend the proposals    to    City offi- divided freeway from .\bilene to    cials. the west Howard County line will ; Mayor    C.    E. Gatlin said at the cost an e.stimated $10 million, Rob-    meeting    he    thought    the    parking erts said.    i    problem could be eliminated in . , Stop    Parking    i    “a month,” but urged    that the ,    expressway. As a factor in .speeding up start    committee make a strong    appear-!    The    first    counties    or    cities of work from Pioneer Dr, in Abi-;    ance in favor of the plan. AMELIA ANTHONY . . . outstanding in U. S, Girls’ Town Founder 'Top ______________________ Woman ofUJStorer Calls Church 'Pillar of Truth' at the meeting work is underway now on getting the deeds signed. He promised to have the deeds signed or condemnation proceedings started by the first of May. Roberts said similar action is underway all along the 120-mile route lene on west. Roberts called for i Jess Winters, committee chair- W'ASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (JVMi^s Amelia Anthony, who used her life j savings to set up “Girls’ Town I V. S. A.” in Whiteface, Tex., has been chosen the outstanding woman of 1953 by the General Federation of W’omen’s Club. Miss Anthony was saluted tonight on Bob Hope’s television show at Hope’s request. A panel of the federation made the selection from 40 women who appeared during 19-53 on the “salute to women” poi-tion of his broadcasts. Miss Anthony, the federation said, used 13 years savings to establish a home for girls with family difficulties to pievcnt them from becoming juvenile delinquents. Starting with a small house and 15 girls in 1949, she now has a large residence, barn, dining hall i to complete the provisions will be the first to get money” to finance work in their area, Roberts said. He mentioned that all other road work in his 13-county district has taken a back seat to the freeway. Now' under construction in the district is about $6 million worth See FREEWAY, Pg. 2-A, Col. • By KATHARYN DUFF Tlie function of a church Is to be the “pillar and ground of Truth.” Dr. J. W. Storer, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told 1,700 persons who gathered Tuesday night at the new First Baptist Church sanctuary. “The church Is the only Instltu-1 called for the Truth, tion 1 know of to which the world , can turn to hear the Truth. And, God help that institution if it fails to give the Truth to a searching world.” Dr. Storer, Tusla, Okla., pastor week to the building fund have totaled about $14,000. The church still has a debt of about $400,000 on its $1,170,000 building program. Dr. Storer based his Tuesday night sermon on the Old Testament story of .4hab and Jehosha-phat in which even the evil Ahab and farm with 76 youngsters. She who holds the highest jjffice was quoted as saying she hopes to have 500 girls by 1959. The girls, ranging from 1 to 19, raise much of their own food and learn household skills. They attend churche.s of their own choice. The home is supported by private donors .supplementing Miss Anthony’s stake. The award to Miss Antliony on the Hope broadcast was made by the federation’s president, Mrs. Oscar Ahlgren of Whiting, Ind. 'Gap First* Home For Girls' Town Mis» Amelia Anthony, honored by the General f ederation of W’om-cn’s Clubs a» the outstanding woman of, 1953, started her “Girls’ Town" In Buffalo Gap. Its first home was a 32-bedroom house set among the Gap’s big trees. It was opened in January, 1949. Water shortages at Buffalo Gap and the gift of land from T. B. Duggan, Lubbock oil man and rancher, combined to move the home to Whiteface. That move was made In the summer of 1949 after a gift of 1,336 acres of land and 120,(MX) in cash got the venture on • sound basis. in the association of Baptists of 23 states, is one of a series of guest speakers Joining in Dedication Week at the new million dollar church. “Wednesday night will be “Jen-kens Night,” with Dr. Millard A. Jenkens, former pastor of the church and an “elder statesman” of Baptlstdom, as the speaker. Another ex-pastor. Dr. James L. Sullivan, and his wife will arrive in Abilene Wednesday evening from Nashville. The Sullivans will stay here the remainder of the week. He will preach Friday night and take part with other former ministers in the formal dedication rites Sunday morning. Dr. Jesse Northcutt of Fort Worth, pastor when the building program was initiated, will speak 'Tliursday night for a Brotherhood dinner and for the evening service. Wednesday night Sunday School workers will gather for their usual mid-week supper session and will have a chance to see their church on television, TV sets will he set up at the church dining hall so members may view a film taken of their opening day services last Sunday. The program will begin at 6:45 p. m. Dr. Elwln Skiles, pastor announced that special Q|ferings this ♦ Hamblen Testifies In Evangelical Trial in Caiilornia WHERE DEATH CAME—-This is the pickup truck in which John Windham. Callahan County rancher was seated when he died of a gunshot wound about noon Tuesday. At the time of the shooting the truck was parked about 100 yards from Windham’s house on his ranch seven miles north of Clyde. (Staff Phot^.______ Parents Oppose Grading System STOCKTON. Calif., Feb. 16 <.1^-Tw'o factions of the Evangelical Methodist Church of America argued in court today over which owns the name. The suit seeks to remove the Rev. Edwin Conn as pa.stor of the Stockton church and as superintendent of the church’s California-Nevada district. It contends Conn sacrificed both posts when he and Dr. W.W. Breckbill of .\ltoona, Pa., walked out of a general conference in Memphis in a dispute over general policy and religious tenets of the church. Witnesses testified Conn returned to his two posts although others had been appointed to fill them, and refused to give them up to his successors. The plaintiff’s position was set forth from the witness stand by Dr. J. H. Hamblen of .Abilene, Tex., founder of the church in 1946. The action, filed six months ago, was brought by Howard Thatcher of San Angelo, Tex., w'ho was the pastor of the Los Angeles church and newly appointed California-Nevada District superintendent; and others. LEXIE DEAN ROBERTSON Ex-Poet Laureate Dies Here Suddenly Lexie Dean Robertson of Rising Star, former poet laureate of Texas, died about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday while visiting friends in Abilene. She was poet laureate in 1946. Mrs. Robertson had been In Abilene 'Tuesday to consult her physician here. She waa visiting wdth the friends and was stricken following the evening meal. The bocfy w-as taken Tuesday night to Rising Star by a Higginbotham Funeral Home ambulance. Mrs. Robertson published her first book. Red Heels, in 1928. Other works she has authored include “I Keep A Rainbow.” “Acorn on the Roof" and many other articles in matiy of the nation’s kad-ing magasines. RELIGIOUS LEADERS CONFER—Don Morris, right, president of Abilene Christian College, conferred with Dr. J. W. Storer, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday, talking over difficulties Church of Christ ministers have been having with the Italian government. They are pictured above in Dr. Storer’s room at the Wooten Hotel where he is Staying while in Abilene to join with the First Baptist Church in dedication of its new sanctuary. (Staff Photo by David Barros) Abilene parents voted “No” to the current system of report-card grading of their elementary-aged children by a 988 to 711 margin, a tabulation of questionaires .showed Tuesday night. A citizens advi.sory committee, rec»*ntly appointed to study the report-card method, counted 1,763 polls. Around 3,000 reports were sent to parents of children In grades one through six. The response, which was nearly 60 per cent of polls sent out. was labeled “phenomenal” by Paul McCarthy, committee chairman. “Con.sidering the hazard of .sending a youngster to and from school with a paper, the turn-out was re- NEWS INDEX SECTION A Women's Nows . . Pages 4, 5 Radio & TV    Logs .    6 SECTION B Oil News........ Poges    2.    3 Sports .............4,    S Editorials ......... .    6 Comics ......   7 Classified Ads B, 9, 10 Form li Ronch News . 10, 11 Markets  .............. 10 Top Baptist, Church of Christ Leaders Meet Here on Italy Harassment of religious groups in Italy wiU probably come up for study at the June convention of Southern Baptists in St. Louis, Dr. J. W. Storer. president of the Southern Baptl.st Convention, told Don Morris, president of Abilene Christian College, Tue.sday afternoon. Morris conferred with Dr. Storer for half an hour on the situation In Italy where Church of Christ ministers are having difficulties with the Italian govern»-ment. After the conference, which pre-ceeded Dr. Storer’» sermon at the new First Baptist Church, the Tulsa, Okla., minister who holds the post of leadership of eight million Baptists, Issued this statement: “All through the history of Baptists we have been just as zealous for the rights of others as for ourselves . . . The principal of ifeli-gious freedom goes to the heart of our belief in the freedom to wor- churches there. Although recognized by the Italian government, Baptists there have “had some unpleasant situations” in the past, Dr. Storer said, but none recently. In on the Tue.sday afternoon conference were Cllne Paden, Church of Christ minister who returned from Italy two weeks ago just as the current trouble was brewing, and Joe Chism of Brownfield, busL ness manager of a Church of Christ orphanage in Italy who has spent some time off and on in that country. Pres. Morris said he asked Dr. Eiw’in Skile.s, of the First Baptist Church and host to Dr. Storer, to arrange the conference “to seek methods of improving the situation in Italy from the standpoint of religious liberty for the Churches of Christ, Baptists and all other religious groups." At the conclusion of their talk ship GwI as we please — or not I Morris said: to worship Him, lif we so please. “We appreciate very much the “Wherever there are persecuted Interest Baptist people have had in peoples we are in sympathy with j our securing our liberty in Italy, all that can be done to relieve | They have helped in the past and them.”    we    appreciate    this    statement    of Dr. Storer aaid he wUl spend Stcrer’s." two weeks in Italy in June and will Churches of Christ, along with cheek on the condition of Baptist some other large non è Catholic churches, have not received recognition of the Italian government, Paden said. The church at Rome has been having difficulty growing out of a dispute over a sign, Paden explained, He said a temporary permit for the sign designating the church had been obtained from the local government and payment for taxes for a year had been ac<!^pt-ed. On Jan. 12, the government issued the actual permit. l>ast week end, police chiseled off the name of the church, claiming it w'as illegal. Two Church of Christ ministers now In Italy have been denied new visas and will have to return soon to the United State. Paden said. These are Dayl Pittman of Abilene. who has been minister at Leghorn, where the congregation was recently barred from its rented building, and David Lavende of Ponca City. Paden said he and Chism are going to Washington to talk over ttie troubles in Italy with officials. “We wanted to confer with Dr. Storer so that when we speak we can be speaking for more than Churches of Christ,” Paden said. “Any freedom we gain for ourselves wg feel w« will gain ior others.” markable,” he declared. Around 10 per cent of the questionnaires were mailed in to him. “We want to thank the parents and schools for their co-operation and excellent response to the questionnaires,” McCarthy added. Teachers’ answ'ers numbered 187. which was judged to be about a 90 per cent return. After two hours of work beginning at 7:30 p m Tuesday, committee members were just beginning to count the teachers’ replies. McCarty figured it would take a few hours to wade through the tabulations, which are more complicated than the blanks sent to parents. Parents were asked to answer these questions:    <1»    Do    you    like the report card system now in Abilene elementary schools? (2) If so. why? (3» If not, why not? •McCarty pointed out that the committee decided not to set down the different system of grading because “we didn’t want the parents to check A, B, or C. “We wanted to know why they like or don’t like the present system.” he explained, “so we didn’t put down various systems to be compared and checked." Reasons for like or dislike of the system are yet to he evaluted. Twenty-five parents had no comment about the report-card method, many because they hadn’t lived In Abilene long enough to judge the system. Thirty-nine others said they liked the method, but with reservations. Elementary grade students are graded “O.” for Outstanding; "S." for* satisfac'ory, and “N” for needs improvement. No actual grades are given, since O, S. and N mean the “progress” or “effort” being made. Officials of the public schools wish to learn if teachers and parents like that system. THE WEATHER U.S. DKFAKT.MtNT OF C'OMMKRCI WEATUEK OlBIAl' ABILCNK A.VD VICINITY - r»if Xo mUd WedDMday and Thurtiday HifS both day* in low Wb. low Wednaaday night 'n the tew Mt'* NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS IncrraaiUK    cloudineaa and    atowly    rtatug temperature« through Thursday. SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST TEXAS Fair Wrdneaday:    Thuraday incrtaaiiig cloudine.xa. Continued mUd Moderate northeaaterly wtnda on the coast, becom-tag moderate to fresh aoutheaet 'Thursday TSMOKATlRfcS M    ..    ...    1-M ........... 5» S3 ....... .    J :ie ....... .. es 51    .    ........    3 30  .......... ee ee    . .    ...    ..    4 y ...........  « 4T .......... .    » se ............ u 4e  ....... e 30 ..... ......    ee 40 ...... .    .    t 30 ............ 54 47     ..... s 30 .........  M 40    ........ »30       47 *3     .    l»3«    ......... 59    .......... ll;3e ............ 97.....113«    ......... Hich and tew tcmperaturea tor >4 iMKtre ended at S 30 «S and 4». Hifh and low tamperaturea aama date last year    M    and 40 Sunset last    atebt t M    p.m.    Sunrlae to day 7 30 a.m. Sunset tonight • if. Barometer readtnf at B.3S p.m. 3e It. Re'auve bumldtty at t.W p~m. 4171 ;

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