Abilene Reporter News, April 7, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 07, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas DUST- COOLER Abilene TTI EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIII, NO. 295 Aaociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 7, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Air Base Water Short; City to Build New Line The drought and work performed ky an increased number of contractors have caused a water shortage problem at the Abilene Air Force Base on which construc- tion is underway. This was the topic of a discus- held Wednesday morning at the base by Abilene city and Chamber of Commerce officials, representatives of the Corps of Engineers and contractors. Lee Wilson, area engineer for the Corps of Engineers, said the problem arose because the drought has caused a need for more water than has been supplied by the city in the past. The increased num- ber of contractors also has caused a need for more water, he said. The need for an increased amount of water has been develop- ing during the past 30 days, Wil- son said. Mayor C. E. Gatlin told Wilson that the City Commission plans to open bids Friday and let a con- tract the same day on a water RICH IS ONLY NEWCOMER 4 of 5 Re-elected; Canvass Set Friday City commissioners will canvass votes in Tuesday's city election Friday at their regular meeting, and new commissioners will be in the following Friday. Four of five incumbents running for two City Commission and three School Board posts were re-elected Tuesday. Only new commissioner is Dr. W. D. Rich, who defeated incum- bent C. T. (Tommy) Conerly for Place 4 on the commission by a vote of to J. Floyd Malcom, city commis- sioner for Place 2, was re-elected by a whopping majority over three opponents. School trustees, all of whom were re-elected, are Morgan Jones Jr., Place 1, unopposed; Ollie Mc- Minn, Place 2; and Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts, Place 3. They will be sworn in again at the next School Board meeting April 19, Superintendent A. E. Wells said. Commissioners will be sworn in and votes canvassed on the ap- pointed dates set down by the city charter, Mrs. E. E. Marvin, sec- retary to the city manager, said. Voting was heaviest at the Fair Park where ol. .the votes cast Tuesday were counted. South Junior High School tallied 930 votes, North 16th and Orange Sts. Fire Station 808, and the YMCA 570. Jones, Mrs. Roberts, and Dr. Rich were all endorsed by the Good Government League. Two of the League's candidates lost, however. They were E. A. Hooper, seeking the commission post won by Malcom, and W. Lee Byrd, who went down to incumT bent McMinn for a place on the School Board. All winners registered decisive victories with each winning candi- date posting a winning margin of at least 600 votes. Jones, who polled 3.341 votes, got a little competition fiom write- in votes. Slim Willet led the write- ins with three votes, and School Superinendent A. E. Wells and C. A. Henson were second with two each. Other write-ins went to Nib Shaw, Horace (Sparky) Mahan, A, K. Doss Jr., Joe Etheridge, Hollis. Manly, and J. L. Crow, each of whom Teceiyed one vote. For Place 2 on the School Board ELECTION, PS. 13-A, Col. ine from Lake Abilene to the Dase. This line would supply all the additional water the base needs, he said. No immediate relief in the hase's water problem is foreseen, unless it rains, since the line like- y won't be completed before June Gatlin said. If there is diffi- culty in procuring pipe, the line may be completed after June 1, te said. Rain would do more to relieve he water situation now more than nything else, Wilson said. Gatlin said the contractors are welcome to haul all the water they need from Elmwood West. Hauling water by tank truck, the inly additional, immediate city source seen, is a possible solution, jut contractors do not want to o'b- :ain waier in that way if they can avoid it Wilsoi! said. In the past all of the side from rain at the base has been supplied by the city through an old line of var- ious sizes ranging from eight to 12 inches. City Engineer M. M. An- derson, who did not attend the meeting, said. This old line was used during World War n to sup- ply water to the old Tye Air Base, said. Wilson said the Abilene AFB has been receivingroughly half a mil- lion gallons of water daily from the city, but that with the in- creased need the Abilene AFB should now receive roughly gallons daily. Gatlin said the new Lake Abi- lene line will have a capacity to supplv the base with more than enough water to fill the present need. The line will have a 20-inch diameter from the lake to just out- side the southwest part of the city, then will have a 16-inch diameter from that point to the base. Attending the water parley were Gatlin, City Manager Austin P. Hancock, City Commissioner Jack Minter, and L. A. Grimes, former city water superintendent, who now is a city advisor. Joe Cooley, man- ager, and George Minter, Jr. president represented the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Wilson anc his staff represented the Corps o Engineers. About 25 base contrac tors attended. State Senate Passes Pay Bill New High School Shopping Center Calls for Buffer Park By JOHN DANILSON A highly-controversial shopping center west of the new Abilene High School will be the largest in the city if present zoning plans are approved by the city. This is the belief of Arthel Hen- Jon, president of Westwood De- velopment which has proposed to construct the center. The shop- ping center, itself, will represent an investment of to 000, he said. The one-story build- ing will be 400. feet long and 100 feet wide. Four smaller one-story business buildings also planned for the shopping center property will boost the total by to Henson said. Fight Possible The developer won approval for the project Monday night from the City Planning and Zoning Commis- sion, an agency which makes recommendations to the City Com- mission. A fight over the proposal has been indicated for the City Com- mission meeting possibly this Friday. Several school and P-TA officials oppose the shopping cen- ter's location so near the high school, even though revised plans approved by the zoning board on a 3-2 vote now calls for a buffer park fencing off the shopping cen- ter from the high school area. Previous plans, flatly rejected by School Board. Zoning Board and City officials, had called for the shopping center to be located im- mediately across Mockingbird Lane from the high school with- out a buffer zone. The property involved is now outside the city limits and is bounded on the south by North Sixth St., on the east by North Mockingbird Lane, on the north by State St., and on the west by Woodlawn Ave. North Mockingbird Lane is the street between the shopping center property and the high school. The street consists of a 60-foot wide paved surface on a 100-foot widi right-of-way, Henson said. Thii puts-the west curbing 20 feet eas of Benson's property line, the de veioper said. 770 Feet Away The high school is under con struction just east of North Mock ingbird Lane and just north o North Sixth St. The nearest academic buildini on the school property will bi about 770 feet from the neares shopping center building. City Planning Engineer Doyle Singleto said. The distance from the schoo gymnasium and auditorium will b about 475 feet from the neares shopping center building, Single ton said. Henson explained that shoppin] center plans call for two separate- ly-zoned strips of property runnin parallel to each other and paralle to North Mockingbird Lane, be tween North Sixth and State Sts See CENTER, Pa. 13-A, Col. 3 Aspermont Mother, Girl Die of Burns ASPERMONT, April 7 Mrs. Coy Preslar, 29, and her :aughten Ginger, 6, both burned 'uesday in an explosion at their home, died in Stamford Sanitar- um Wednesday. Ginger died at a.m. Wed- nesday, and Mrs. Preslar died at ran. Both bodies were taken to Spring- Funeral Home at Aspermont. Funeral for Ginger had been sched- uled earlier for Thursday, but >lans remain indefinite. Burial will be in Aspermont or Lawn. The mother and daughter are survived by Preslar, warehouse- man for Skelly Oil Co. here, and >y Mrs. Preslar's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Falyers of Sterling Sty. Ginger was in the first grade at Aspermont. The mother and daughter were blown outside of their home Tues- day at about p. m. when an explosion ripped the house apart and destroyed it In flames. It was believed to have been caused by an accumulation of bu- :ane gas. Mrs. Preslar had just returned from bringing Ginger home from school and was child's clothes in their home when the explosion oc- curred, igniting their clothing. Aspermont volunteer firemen were unable to save anything from the ensuing blaze which envelope! the house. Walls were blown ou by the force: of. The house' was located -in th SSelly Oil Company camp in As permont about mile east of th downtown section on the Stamford Highway. Mrs. Preslar's husband wa: working at a company warehouse about 200 yards from the house a the time of the blast. Funeral for Ginger will proba bly be held at Aspermont Thursdaj under direction of Springer Fu neral Home. Burial will be in As permont or Lawn. Ginger was the only child of Mr and Mrs. Preslar. changing the the kitchen of Thoughts of Vacation bring us to this annual an- nouncement Let The Reporter-News follow you, for two weeks or two mon- ths. OR use our Vacation Pack- age Plan we save your is- sues of The Reporter-News and deliver them to you upon your return. For either service, pleose call 4-7271, or write the iCrcula- tion Department. Final Passage Appears Certain AUSTIN Senate today passed the 25 million ollar tax bill to pay for teachers and state workers pay raises, R ET There was virtually no new debate as the measure vital Gov Allan Shivers'" program for the special session won enate approval. It must return to the House for concurrence n amendments., The Senate then adjourned until tomorrow. The House went into session with the Communist control measure passed earlier by the enate at the top of its calen- SEARS EXPLAINS Samuel P. Sears, left, explains his withdrawal as special counsel in the McCarthy-Army fuss as he sits beside Sen. Karl Mundt (R-SD) at a Washington news conference. Sears, who gave his resignation at a closed door meeting of the Senate investigations subcommittee, said he was leaving "in view of the discussion and controversy which followed my retention as counsel and of the allega- tions which have been made, most of which are without foun- dation." Mundt Says New if Attorney Found afte had been raised abou he could be complete! WASHINGTON US-Sen. Mundt Samuel B. the Bosto said today a lawyer lawyer hired for, the pos agreed tentatively to serve as! April 1, resigned yesterday special counsel in the McCarthy- questions Army investigation. He refused to whether disclose the man's name. neutral. Mundt said the lawyer is "not! Tells Misunderstanding well known adding: He insisted he could be, but h "I'm sure Joe McCarthy never quit, he said, because he "woul heard of this man." not want the credibility of the pro- Mundt said the man was inter- ceedings to be handicapped fro] viewed secretly this morning by the very outset by any allege Se Senate Investigations subcom-! word, deed or commitment that mittee conducting the probe. might have uttered in the past. Mundt said he would not say1 He told a news conference tier thfttte man has been "tentatively, had been "a grievous nusunder accepted" by the Senate Investi- standing, gallons subcommittee, which will' He said he was thinking only o conduct the inquiry, but that the McCarthy's current row with th ,ar. Two other key bills were on the erge of final action with appar- ntly no significant opposition to lock their way. The Senate need- d only to concur in House amend- nents to bills to raise salaries of eachers and state employes. Quick House approval was ex- on Senate changes in the ax bill. Senate votes cast against the ix measure were by Sens. Searcy Bracewell, Houston; Dorsey B. Hardeman, San Angelo; Wardlow Center; Jimmy Phillips. Migleton; and R. A. Weinert, Se- guin. Once the major bills are finally wrapped up, Gov. Shivers was ex- iccted to throw the door wide pen to dozens of other matters or legislative consideration as he iromised to do at the outset of he session. More than 70 bills have been introduced in the House against that possibility. Senators, by agreement, have not yet intro- duced theirs but are waiting the go signal. The legislature would nave tne remainder of this week for com mittee wort on' their new subjects BUls not out of committee by Sa urday, however, would be cut o from final passage by adjournmen rules. Automatic adjournment o the 30-day session falls at noo next Tuesday. The Senate advanced the tax measure within one step of fina passage yesterday but failed b: one vote to muster the necessary four-fifths majority for immediati final action. The vote was 24-7 The measure Imposes higher tax rates on natural gas production beer and franchises. Senate changes included exemp- tion for natural gas condensates adjustments for what sponsors caUed "tax inequities" in oil am gas well drilling operations and in She trucking industry, striking ou of a House-approved tax on mer chandise stamps, and moving the effective date of the new tax rates from next month to Sept. 1. An effort to limit the new tas rates to one year was voted down HOW WEST TEXANS ON BILL AUSTIN, April 7 Sen. Dor- sey Hardeman of San Angelo was one of five senators who voted against final passage of the major tax bill voted out of the Senate Wednesday. Voting in favor of final pas- sage were other West Texas Senators, Harley Sadler of Abilene, Kilmer Corbin of Lub- bock and J. T. Rutherford of Odessa. 3rd Nuclear Test Revealed WASHINGTON govern- ment announced today that another est of nuclear weapons was car- out yesterday at the Pacific proving grounds and described it "successful." Information importance to national defense continues to be derived from this test Chairman L. Strauss of the Atomic Energy Commission said in a statement. He added: "As in the previous instance in preparation for these tests the Naval, and Air Force units at- tached to "the task force carefully both visually and by radar for possible shipping." The brief announcement did not specifically identify this test as a ihermonuclear, or H-bomb, test. However, it was described as the third in the present series. The two earlier March 1 and March H-bomb de- vices and this third one presum- ably did so also. man has tentatively'agreed to take Army officials when he declared but approval was given to cutttog the job iast Thursday, the day he took the the proposed natural gas tax rate said that and 'We were led to Mundt job, that he never had taken a "that if we could tell him stand publicly or privately on the _ i_ we made a complete check subject of McCarthy or are completely convinced thyism." (that the man is the right one for He said he was not trying to the job' he would say yes.' deny or conceal earlier public dec- Selection of a counsel has been larations praising McCarthy for a holding up the start of public hear- "great job" of fighting Commu- ings voted March 16. i nists. from 9 per cent of market value to 8 per cent after one year and then to 7 per cent after two years Also voted down were efforts tc exempt liquid hydrocarbons and tc set aside one half of the state' general revenue fund surplus each year to create a water conserva tion fund. Hearing Set Today in Loan Fraud Case A hearing to determine whether the cases of seven Abilenians charged with defrauding the gov- ernment should be moved from Lubbock to Abilene was scheduled for p.m. today in Fort Worth. U. S. District Judge Joseph B. Dooley set the hearing to hear ar- guments by Davis Scarborough, attorney for the defendants, and U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore who said the government would oppose the move. Defendants seeking change of ve- nue in their cases are Raymond Thomason, Sr.; Raymond Thomas- on. Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Monty Thom- ason, Helen McMurry, R. V. Da- vis and W. O. Hayter, Jr. They are charged in indictments ith making fraudulent statements in obtaining Veterans Adminis- tration housing loans Their bonds are returnable to Federal Court at Lubbock May 3. They are to be tried at Lubbock unless Judge Doo- ley grants the motion for the cases to be moved to Abilene. THE WEATHER V.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair ex- cept for dust Wednesday afternoon Wednesday night; Thursday fair; cooler afternoon and Wednesday niRM: hiph Wednesday 8530: low Wednes- dav nlsht 50: Thursday 75. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudv acd turoiBR cooler this aflernoon and 'tonight. Widely scattered thunder- showers In extreme southeast ponton thlc afternoon. Thursday fair and rolld. Low- est 43-55 tonight. WEST TEXAS Fair, wtauy and tura- ine cooler this afternoon. Considerable blowing dust. Fair tonight and Thursday. Cooler todght with lowest 35-45 Sr. Pan- handle and South Plains and 45-55 eUe- WEAST TEXAS Partly cloudy frith widely scattered thundershowers this after- noon and near the coast tonight, turning cooler tonight and extreme north portion this afternoon. Thursday mostly cloudy CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thurs- day Widely scattered thundershowers In northeast portion tonight. Cooler tonight and Thursday. Fresh to locally southerly winds on the coast, shifting to northerly PLANNED FOR WEST architect's sketch shows how an 80-foot deep Dlanted strip between North Sixth and State Sts. would separate the shopping center buildings proposed by Arthel Henson, from the new Abilene High School, at extreme left. Plans include a barrier, such as a fence (shown on the sketch) or a hedge along the east of the planted strip which runs parallel to North Mockingbird Tues. P.M. 94 95 S5 92 J5 Wed. A.M. 7S n n 1030............ B p'm.'aunrise todtr i.m. Sunset tonliht Birometer reidlcc >t p.m. JJ.lt. Reutire tumidity >t Mulmum lor M inwrt "flStaim f-mpfritJ.- M Ik. M kw. ndtA >t M. ;