Abilene Reporter News, April 9, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 09, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas r F / % WARMER ^Wí ene porter EVENING FINAL'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, NO. 297 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 9, 1954 -TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc 8 Inches of Rain^»"K'p<» (In South Texas) *"'“" By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A violent windstorm ripped through Donna early Friday damaging 25 to 40 homes as torrential rains lashed the lower Rio Grande Valley. No one was injured in the predawn Donna windstorm which residents said sounded like “a freight train roaring through the town.” The Valley downpours, which were accompanied by lightning and high winds, brought up to 8 inches of rain and flooded homes and business offices and covered highways. The early morning rains in the Valley climaxed a two-day parade of thunderstorms that marched across the state. Late Thursday scattered showers splattered parched West Texas rangelands. The Valley rains brought that water-shy region its first real moisture since last »August. The thundershower activity— which the U.S. Weather Bureau said would continue for the next several days—brought relief to farmers and ranchers and brightened the state’s agricultural and livestock picture. Heavier and more general rains are still needed, however, to break the prolonged drought in the West Texas and Panhandle areas. The rains of Thursday and early Friday boosted the flow of water Into the Rio Grande which had slowed to a trickle during the recent dry period and broitght hopes that Falcon Dam reserves would be built up. The water supply to the Valley from Falcon was cut off Wednesday when Texas’ share of the stored water dropped to 40,000 acre feet. Pumping in the i low'er Valley had almost stopped because of the water shortage. The heaviest rain—estimated at 8 inches—fell near Alsom. San Juan and Alamo had 6 inches, Pharr 5 inches, Edinburg 4 inches, Weslaco 4.4 inches, McAllen 3.85, Edcouch 3.8, McCook in western Hidalgo County 3.2, northern Hidalgo County 3.5, Harlingen 2.25, Mission and San Benito 1.5 inches. Other Grande Drive Slated Jetliner Debris Found A municipal auditorium for downtown Abilene w'as discussed Friday morning by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce conventions committee. Rufus Wallingford, chairman, announced that the committee has endorsed the need for an auditorium in easy walking distance of town and the hotels. Convention committee members decided to list the project as their major promotion for the year. The auditorium would ^ provide ^ modern facilities for opera, civic At Sea; 21 Missing music, wrestling matches, basket-rainfalls along the Rio ball, and could handle conventions and in Southwest Texas of all sizes. included Rio Grande City 4 inches, Roma 3 inches, northwest Webb In other business, the group resolved to begin a drive to obtain CITY ELECTION WINNERS OKAYED A canvass of returns of last Tuesday’s City election by the City Commission Friday morning did not change the previous announced outcome. In a resolution, passed after tabulatiiig of ofRcial returns, the following tabulations were listed (winner listed first): Commissioner, Place 2 — J. Floyd Malcom, total 1,992 votes, A. R. Oglesby, 811. E. A. Hooper, 522, Clell Whetsel 86. Commissioner, Place 4. W. D. Rich 1.840, C. T. Conerly 1,105, H. G. Reeves 452. School Trustee, Place 1, Morgan Jones, Jr., 3,341, School Trustee, Place 2, Ol-lie McMinn 1,813, W. Lee Byrd 1,082, W. A. (Dick) Dickenson 505. School ti'ustee, Place 3, Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts 2,090, Jimmy Partin 1,305, County 3 inches and Fort McIntosh business meetings of 10 to 70 per-111    sons. Del Rio had .87 inches, Faliur-rias .95, Cotulla ,84. Junetlon .40, i Kerville .40, Uvalde .40, Carrizo yfüVKÜf Springs .78. On the vast King More busines^en    and families attend small meetings T, u ■    c    m    1.    each year here than they do    con- Ranch in    South    Texas    rains    from    mentions, he said, one-half to three inches fell.    |    ^    ^ ^llen, president of the Other rainfall totals in the state | p‘ League baseball team, told included    Gonzales    and    Lavaca    i pf opportunities for district    and counties, one to five inches. Rich- > regional tournaments, mond 2.30, Riverside .62, Mt. The committee agreed to assist Pleasant .16, Paris .15, Livingston the league to build it into a major ,16, Washington .40, Taylor .09, Beeville .13, Austin .19, Dallas .04, Houston 1.52, San Antonio .19, Waco .07, Beaumont .33, Corpus Christi .18, Fort Worth .02, Victoria .47, Texarkana .04, San Angelo .08, College Station .42, Sanderson 1.20. Light showers fell at Tyler, Wink, Galveston, M e r t z o n, Barnhart, Crane, Pecos, Eden. Brady, BiTUite, Sterling City. Eldorado, and Sonoia. A light hail accompanied the rain at Pecos. BEN BROCK . $25 first prize attraction for Abilene and children in nearby towns. Stassen to Outline New Trade Plans WASHINGTON f? — Foreign aid chief Harold E. Stassen goes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today to outline new moves to relax Allied curbs on trade with Iron Curtain countries. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES BOY SCOUTS — One Eogle Aword highlighted the Chisholm Trail Boy Scout Council Court of Honor Thursday night.—See Poge IB. McCarthy — Associated Press Writers Jack Bell ond Relmon Morin say controversiol Senator Joe from Wisconsin isn't running for president.—See Poge 5A. EXPERT ADVICE — McMurry's Dr. Harold G. Cooke advises Baylor University authorities on best means of raising funds.— See Page 8A. LOCAL COURTS— Legislature asked to authorize court-at-law for Taylor County.—See Page 3A. Sweetwater Teacher Wins Top Reporter-News Award in?* WAS THAT A MISTAKE?—Mayor Don Drennan, seated, and his city commissioners look as if they’ve found something unusual in city records. It’s only a one-day stand for the group, though, during Student Government week. Elected students get to visit city officials for a day. Commissioners are, left to right, Clarice Smith, Carla Sue Ferguson, Vic Baldridge, Jr., Janice Jennings and Dilworth Sellers. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) Three Americans On British Plane NAPLES, Italy (AP)—Navy craft searching for a British jet Comet airliner missing with 21 persons on a Rome-to-Calro flight today reported finding several bodies and debris floating in the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian navy corvette Ibis, part of a four-nation sea and air team, radioed headquarters here of the find. It said the bodies were being taken aboard. Three Americans were aboard the Comet. SHOPPING CENTER HEARING SET Low Bids Undecided On AFB Water Mains A Sweetw’ater teacher — Ben Brock — is top money winner in the Abilene Reporter-News reader survey contest. Brock wins $25 as first prize. Another teacher, J. H. Kellett of Denton Valley, Callahan County, is second. He gets $10 in cash. Three winners of $5 each are Ray E. Comer, Jr., 508 East 8th St.. Colorado City; Lon O’Dell, 1209 Cypress St., Abilene, and A. E. Palic, 1466 Burger St.. Abilene. Entries of these five were judged best of the 731 sent in by readers in a survey of reading habits taken by The Reporter-News in Febru- ary.    ^ The newspaper offered $50 in cash prizes in a contest to complete in 50 words or less this sentence:    ^ "I like The Abilene Reporter- News because, ...” Brock. 29. teaches journalism in Newman High School at Sweetwater. He also is director of the school publications. He is a graduate of Hardin-Sim-mon.s University with the class of August, 1949. and has done graduate work at Texas Tech and the University of Texas. Brock is married and his w’ife teaches music in Sweetwater’s East Ridge school. They live at 302 Beall St. Brock’s winning entry was: “I li^e the Abilene Reporter-News because it is small enough to aid the hurried reader, yet large enough for complete coverage, respect the evident canons of good journalism — freedom of press, responsibility, impartiality, decency, sincerity, truthfulness and accuracy. Your newspaper has helped me to become a more intelligent citizen and a more discriminating newspaper reader.” Kellett, 59, lives on Clyde Route 1, on a farm two and a half miles west of Eula. He is a former secretary of the Eula Baptist Church Sunday School. His entry was: “I like the Abilene Reporter-News because it carries enough of all news with attractive headlines and pictures; it has excellent cartoons and comics; it has clean and reliable advertising; and its editorial page is a gem with its sane slants on weightier events interspersed with enough essays in the lighter vein to make it delightful.” Palk, 29, is married and the father of two children. The family moved here last July. He is a geologist with Standard Oil Co. of Texas. Palk’s entry said: ‘‘I like the Abilene Reporter-Newi because it presents news as news, opinion as opinion, and fantasy on a special (comic) page, so that I may read w'orld, local, financial, trade or amusing articles or ads at any time, rate or degree of thoroughnes.s that I desire.” Comer, 31, has lived in Colorado City seven years. He is assistant area chief accountant for Shell Pincline. He is manied. Comer is a graduate of both Abilene High School and McMur-ry College. His entry is as follows: “I like the Abilene Reporter-News because of all the papers available it alone satisfies the four ‘musts’ — dependability < being an out-of-town subscriber this is very important); the latest news today (not yesterday’s): complete coverage of this section, and last but not least all around good newspaper. Like the breakfast coffee. ‘The Reporter’ makes the morning.” O’Dell, 76. is a retired grocer who has lived in Abilene since 1942. In his entry, he said: ‘‘1 like the Abilene Reporter-News because my OLD EYES appreciate its clear, easy-to-read print and my YOUNG MIND appreciates its good, impartial coverage of noteworthy news events. I especially enjoy the interesting pictures and for my 5c, the entire newspaper is just varied and informative enough to appeal to all age groups.” The contest was judged by executives of the Reporter-News. Complete results of the reader survey are published today in an advertisement appearing on page 12A. Stories on various phases of the survey will be published in subsequent issues of the newspaper. The City Commission was advised Friday morning that only about $4,000 separated the four lowest bids on construction of a 16-inch water supply line to the Abilene Army Air Force Base. The engineering department was tabulating the 12 bids submitted and the commission was awaiting the department’s recommendations. Because of the closeness of the lowest bidders and some errors found in their tabulations, the engineering department informed the commission it would be 1:30 Friday afternoon before it completed its tabulations and prepared its recommendations. The commission recessed until 1:30. Preliminary figures Indicated that Doerfler Construction Co., Oklahoma City, was the low composite bidder on three alternate totals submitted. Consideration of the proposed shopping center near the new Abilene High School did not develop at Friday’s session. Arthel Henson, who proposed construction of the center, was present at the meeting and submitted a revised plot of the center and asked that consideration of the plan be placed on the commission agenda for next Friday’s session. His request was granted. In other action Friday morning, the commission accepted the bid of George L. Foster of $4.750 for a 50 by 140 lot owned by the city in the 1100 block on Butternut St. Also, the group accepted the bid of West Texas Utilities Co. of $1,000 an acre for 1.161 acres of land in the Stevenson Park addition along Cedar Creek on North 7th St., a total of $1,160. Other action Friday included: 1. Approval of a plat for continuation of Stevenson Park Addition, and passage of emergeAcy ordinance annexing same. 2. Recinding its action of March 12 in approving Sec. 2 of Oak-wood addition, and approved a new plat which calls for wider streets among other changes. 3. Appointed Katie Welch as corporation court clerk and Birdie Terrell, deputy clerk. Both are presently employed in the department and both were promoted following the resignation of Mary Bishop, former clerk. 4. Passed an ordinance annexing property west of Pioneer Drive, west of Elmwood West, which includes the site of the new KRBC radio and television plant. 5. Passed a resolution assessing paving costs against property owners for a block on Vine St. between South 6th and 7th; and a block on Jeanette St., between South 7th and 8th. New Fire Station 6. Accepted a deed from Alice Britton Jackson and others conveying Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 154, located at Mulberry and North Second St., for $36,0(K) as site of proposed new fire station. Attending Friday morning’s commission meeting were a group of high school students, elected to represent the student body as mayor and city commission in observance of Student Government Week. Don Drennan was student mayor; Carla Sue Ferguson, Janice Jennings, Clarice Smith, Buzzy Sellers, and Vic Baldridge, commissioners. They were given chairs around the commissioners’ table and observed activities, with commission members explaining some of the proceedings to them. 7, Appointed Dr. Harry Bridge and Mrs. Jack Sparks as members of the Planing and Zoning Commission Boards, replacing W. D. Rich and Mrs. L. E. Dudley, resigned. A British plane was reported circling the spot to mark it for the other searchers. A long oil slick about 50 miles south of Capri drew attention at daw'n. The pilot of a U.S. PBY flying boat, Lt. David Jones, reported .sighting debris in that area this afternoon. Other debris was seen by a Britl.sh airliner about 80 miles farther south, near the toe of the Italian boot. Three Americans were listed among the 21 persons aboard the big jetliner which disappeared after it left Rome early last night on a flight to Cairo. For the second time. in three months all Comets, pride of Britain’s air transport industry, were grounded for investigation. British airlines transferred their passengers to piston-engine aircraft. 'The big oil slick, a mile and a quarter long, sighted first by a U.S. Navy plane 50 miles due south of the Isle of Capri, was the first possible clue to the fate of the airliner. But the searchers in that area at noon today reported they had found neither debris nor wreckage. They said they had covered an area 250 miles long and 125 miles southwest of Naples. In London, the stunned British government ordered a full Inquiry. Sir Miles Thomas, chairman of British Overseas Airways Corp., said: “We have got to do .some very fundamental thinking about the Comet altogether.” City Employe Dies in Auto Luther Reeves, 57-year-old employe of the city parks department, was found dying in his automobile at 7:09 a.m. Friday. City Policeman E. L. O’Dell said he found Mr. Reeves in his car which was stopped at the South Seventh and Butternut Sts. traffic light. O’Dell said he at first thought the man’s car had stalled but on investigation found him unconscious and gasping for breath. He was taken to St. Ann Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A physician stated he had been treating Mr. Reeves several years for a heart ailment. Mr. Reeves lived at 805 South Eighth St. Born in Comanche County April 27, 1896, he moved to Abilene in 1931. He had been employed by the city four years. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Kiker-Warren Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. B, W. Goodson, his son-in-law, pastor of the Goldsboro Baptist Church, is to officiate. Burial will be in Stagg Creek Cemetery. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Survivors are four children, Ennis Reeves of Dallas. Wayne, of Abilene, Mrs. B. W. Goodson and Mrs. Joe Shelton of Abilene; tw'O brothers. Jay Reeves of Houston and Pat of Abilene, three sisters, Mrs. G. W. Pringle of Clyde, Mrs. Lydia Pringle and Mrs. Rhoda Bur^ ton. both of Weatherford; and five grandchildren. ALL AT RETAIL LEVEL Some Gasoline Dealers Cut Price; Others Watch Conoco and Onyx were the only brands of gasoline on which prices had been changed in Abilene at noon Friday. of them announcing *'no change yet.” Price cut.s announced by Conoco stations ranged from a maximum Service station operators selling |    three    cents    on    regular    gas othpr easolinp« took a ‘‘wait and ^    station    to    reductions    of    2.1 gasolines took a wait and    station see” policy Friday morning, most Scarborough Threatens Fight on Parking Bon and 1-6 on ethyl at other stations. One Onyx station made a .6 per cent cut on both regular and ethyl gas effective Friday morning. Spokesmen for Humble and Texaco in Abilene said they had notified their home offices that prices of some gasolines had been reduced but both said they would make no price adjustments until authorized. Other brands of gasoline for Unless the City of Abilene sees of the letter. Mayor Gatlin said:l “Now I regret to have to start v^idcrno''price cuts'’were learned fit to pay “adequate considera- “I am stumped. I thought we a law suit with my city but F Friday morning were Cosden, Phil- tion” for some property along worked this thing out some time would be a derelict to my duty if liuR Qyif and Magnolia. South First St., then the ‘‘battle ago.    I sat here and saw any part of:    wholesale prices on all    gasoline is on.”    At    Friday    s    commission    this ^ovp-nmcnt from the city to j u-ands remained the same. All Thte was one of the staUmenls    o'rSurh^FirS    s?”    p”« from a letter written bv Dallas    Trparfawav    rivH pact nf ♦ property for public use with- ^ail levels at dealer stations where Scarborough, Abilene attorney, to    west    city” limits, ef-    adequate    considera-    operators    may    set    their    own The*^ m'ayor read"*the letter at^^^h^acUon was believed bv the    ^    .................................... Friday morning’s session of theU-l?^-= ^,    Roberts’    attitude    and    the    attitude city commission.    commission to be agreeable with of the Highway Department that Amoncr nthpr «tatPmpntK in At    the property ^ners jjjod of an arrangement would Among other statements in At-1 and the State Highway Department satisfactory I don’t believe that toe highwi^^ this one.    would continue work of budding a    -I    j,artv    to    mistreatins? “Now if you are hunting a law proposed U. S. Highway 80 free- gj-pup of citizens anywhere in suit, you are going to get it be- way.    Texas. Now if vou are bunting a cause these people (property own- The compromise plan submitted law suit, you are going to get it ers along South First) are not by Davis Scarborough, going to take this thing ' ’ ^ down.” THEWIMHER 1.8. DFPARTMEXT OF COMEECl Hfather BIREAL ABILENE AND VICINITY — P«rtly cloudy and warmer today, tonight and Windy Saturday High tetn^^ At the conclusion of toe reading ,    _     .    attorney,    because    these    people are not go-l ^ure^*c^ay. TsTioV'toniYht, wl high lying prior to passing the no-parking or- ing to take this thing lying down, i urday »    tfxas    _ MoatLv der, was to cut back eight feet “I had hoped that for the sake; ciild? Swh »faueted Ih^er. and thui SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS SUSPECT FREED — Silver Joe and his mistress, Carolyn Craycraft, are shown after the Boxer was freed from a Dayton, Ohio, animal shelter on suspicion of killing four pigs. Silver Joe and another Boxer had been locked up since March 15. Both w.^re freed by Common Pleas Judge Don R. Thomas, who ruled County Dog Warden Morice Kutscher had no right to execute them. Sunday will be a good day to read—The Abilene Reporter-News! There’ll be a story about ah Abilenian who is a movie producer in Hollywood. Do you know him? There’ll be stories about what church people, college students and businessmen are doing. There’ll be—even—a story about the boys and men in the Taylor County jail. All these stories can be found ONLY in The Reporter-News. There'll be many of these exclusive stories—stories like the feature-and-pictures combination Margaret Bourland has produced. Her stories and pictures on area libraries started by women’s organizations will be in the Women’s Department Sunday. So let’s make it a date Sunday, ok? for parallel parking off toe street of the people themselves and for; dershowers this »ftcrnoon «ml tonight, along the businesses fronting the the economy of the p^ple them-J«;;««. .why. '¿»“U*.”?.,’".S Street.    ...    selves and the city that you could > west texas — Partly cioady. • imi» Davis Scarborough’s plan also very well afford to try to make = warmer in Panhan^e and called for allowing parking in only a compromise with these people. |    *dy’toniht and sat- every other one of the spaces, with If you don’t see proper to do it intervening spaces to be marked then the battle is on and let the “loading zones.” Commissioner J.: best man win. We will be at it. Floyd Malcom suggested labeling every other space as “no parking” zones in order to keep vehicles out. A motion was made Friday and passed to advise Scarborough of the receipt of the letter and of its being filed. The letter in full is as follows: “Dp'’” M'lvor: “The City Commission has ordered traffic off South 1st Street. At my suggestion, the owners agreed for you to take off 8 feet of the sidewalk and take out every other meter and paint toe taken out place ‘No Parking’ you will eliminate the maneuvering in “Very truly yours, “DALLAS SCARBOROUGH” Little Hope Seen For More Moisture Abilene got only a trace of rain Thursday and was left with little property i hope Friday for rain any time soon. Weatoerman C. E. Sitchler said toe U. S. Weather Bureau at New Orleans had forecast “light rains Saturday for the east portion of getting a place to parklW’est Texas” (which would in- urday. Scattered showers In east portion o£ the Panhandle and South Plain*. EAST TEXAS — Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and Utuodershowera this afternoon and la north |>orttoo tonight. Saturday, partly cloudy and warmer. Moderate to fresh mostly southeast winds oo the coast. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Cloudy to partly cloudy with scattered showers or thundershowers mostiy la north portion this afternoon. Partly cloudy toc.ight and Saturday Warmer to aorte porti«Hi Saturday. Maderale to frcito southeast wtads oa toe coast. TEMPERATl'KKS Thur*. P.M «S 6« S4 M dS 64 63 60 5« 56 56 37 5hrL AM. .....55 .....M .....54 .....53 .....    14 .....Si .....    Si thereby substantially widen the elude Abilene). But Sitchler added south lane^ to the extent that it ¡that indications here aren’t hope-\ could be used for traffic. Iful for any raijilalL 1:30 .. J 30    . 3:30 430    .. 5:30    . 6:30    . 7:30 .. 6:36    . 9:30    . I0;3d . 11:38    . 13:38 Relative humtdtty at 13:38 p.m. 63%. Maximum temperature last 34 hoora cad-«C at 6:38 a.m., 65. Mtoimum temperature laat 34 lunare end- 66 71 75 ■» i log at 6:30 a.m., ML ;