Abilene Reporter News, April 9, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 09, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARMER Ije gfttltne Reporter- "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING VOL. LXXIII, NO. 297 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 9, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC 8 Inches of Rain Auditorium Drive Slated (In South Texas) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A violent windstorm ripped through Donna early Friday dam- aging 25 to 40 homes as torrential rains lashed the lower Rio Grande Valley. one was injured in the pre- dawn Donna windstorm which res- idents 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 siate. 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 which the U.S. Weather Bureau said would continue for the next several relief to farmers and ranchers and bright- ened the state's agricultural and livestock picture. Heavier and more general rains are still need- ed, however, to break the prolong- ed 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 re- cent dry period and brought hopes that Falcon Dam reserves would i acre feet. lower Valley ha The heaviest rain 8 fell near CITY ELECTION WINNERS OKAYED A canvass of returns of last Tuesday's City election by the City Commission Friday morn- ing did not change the previous announced outcome. In a resolution, passed after tabulating of official returns, the following tabulations were listed (winner listed Commissioner, Place 2 J. Floyd Malcom, total votes, A. H. Oglesby, 811, E. A. Hoop- er, 522, Clell Whetsel 86. Commissioner, Place 4, W. D. Rich 1.840, C. T. Conerly H. G. Reeves 452. School 1, Mor- gan Jones, Jr., School Trustee, Place 2, Ol- lie McMinn W. Lee Byrd W. A. (Dick) Dickenson 505. School trustee. Place 3, Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts Jim- my Partin be built up. The water supply to the Valley from Falcon was cut off Wednesday when Texas' share of the stored water dropped to feet. Pumping in the y had almost stopped because of the water shortage. estimated at Alsom. San Juan and Alamo had 6 inches, Pharr 5 inches. Edinburg 4 inches, Weslaco 4.4 inches, McAUen 3.85, Edcouch 3.8, McCook in western Hidalgo County 3.2, northern Hi- dalgo County 3.5, Harlingen 2.25, Mission and San Benito 1.5 inches. Other rainfalls along the Rio Grande and- in Southwest Texas included Rio Grande City 4 inches, Roma 3 inches, northwest Webb A municipal auditorium for down- town Abilene was discussed Fri- day morning by the Abilene Cham- ber of Commerce conventions com- mittee. Hufus Wallingford, chairman, an- nounced that the committee has endorsed the need for an auditor- ium 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 v provide modern facilities for opera, civic music, wrestling matches, basket- ball, and could handle conventions of all sizes. In other business, the group re- solved to beein a drive to obtain rxuiiin o ujuuca. nui uiwcai IFCIJU lu ____ Countv 3 inches and Fort Mclntosh (business meetings of 10 to 70 per- 1.11. Del Rio had .87 inches, Falfur- I a Kerville .40, Uvalde .40, Carrizo Springs .78. On the vast King Ranch in South Texas rains from one-half to three inches fell. Other rainfall totals in the state .._. families attend small meetings each year here than they do con- ventions, he said. A. D. Allen, president of the Pony League baseball team, told of opportunities for district and included Gonzales and Lavaca _______ counties, one to five inches. Rich- regional tournaments. mond 2.30, Riverside .62, Mr.! The committee agreed to assist Pleasant .16, Paris .15, Livingston .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, Bronte, Sterling City, Eldorado, and Sonofa. A light hail accom- panied the rain at Pecos. EEN BROCK S25 first prize the league to build it into a major attraction for Abilene and children in nearby towns. ________ Jetliner Debris Found At Sea; 21 Missing Stassen to Outline New Trade Plans WASHINGTON Foreign aid chief Harold E. S'tassen goes be- fore 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 Award highlighted the Chisholm Trail Boy Scout Council Court of Honor Thursday Page IB. MCCARTHY Associated Press Writers Jack Bell and Relmon Morin say controversial Senator Joe from Wisconsin isn't run- ning for Page 5A. EXPERT Dr. Harold G. Cooke advises Baylor University authorities on best means of raising See Page 8A. LOCAL Legislature asked to authorize for Taylor Page 3A. WAS THAT A 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 Bald- ridge, Jr., Janice Jennings and Dilworth Sellers. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) SHOPPING CENTER HEARING SET Sweetwater Teacher Wins Top Reporter-News Award A Sweetwater teacher Ben Brock is top money winner in the Abilene Reporter-News read- er survey contest. Brock wins S25 as first prize. Another teacher, J. H. Kellett of Denton Valley, Callahan Coun- ty, is second. He gets S10 in cash. Three winners of S5 each are Ray E Comer, Jr., 508 East 8th St.. Colorado City; Lon O'Dell, 1209 Cypress St., Abilene, and A. E Palk, 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- The newspaper offered S50 in cash prizes in a contest to com- plete in 50 words or less this sen- The Abilene Reporter- News because-----" Brock, 29, teaches journalism in Newman High School at Sweet- water. He also is director of the school publications. He is a graduate of Hardin-Sim- mons University with the class of August, 1949. and has done grad- uate work at Texas Tech and the University of Texas. Brock is married and his wife teaches music in Sweetwaler's East Ridge school. They live at 302 Bea'll St. Brock's winning entry was: "I like the Abilene Reporter- News because it is small enough to aid the hurried reader, yet large enough for complete coverage. I respect the evident canons of good journalism freedom of press, responsibility, impartiality, decen- cv, sincerity, truthfulness and ac- curacy. Your newspaper has help- ed me to become a more intelli- gent citizen and a more discrimin- ating newspaper reader." Kellett, 59, lives on Clyde Route 1, on a farm two and a half miles west of Eula. He is a former sec- retary 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 head- lines and pictures; it has excel- lent 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 de- lightful." Palk, 29, is married and the father of two children. The family moved here last July. He Is geologist with Standard Oil Co. of Texas. i Palk's entry said: "I like the Abilene Tlcporter- Hewi because It presents news as news, opinion as opinion, and fan- :asy on a special (comic) page, ;o that I may read world, local, inancial, trade or amusing articles or ads at any time, rate or de- Tee of thoroughness that I de- sire." Comer, 31, has lived in Colorado ity seven years. He is assistant area chief accountant for Shell Pineline. He is married. 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 the latest news today not complete cov- erage of this section, and last but not least all around good news- )aper. Like the breakfast coffee. 'The Reporter' makes the morn- ing." O'Dell, 76, is a retired grocer who has lived in Abilene since 1942. In his entry, he said: "I like the Abilene Reporter- News because my OLD EYES ap- preciate its clear, easy-to-read print and my YOUNG MIND appreciates its good, impartial coverage of noteworthy news events. I especial- ly enjoy the interesting pictures and for my 5c, the entire news- paper is just varied and informa- tive enough to appeal to all age groups." The contest was judged by ex- ecutives 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 sub- sequent issues of the newspaper. SUSPECT FREED Silver Joe and his mistress, Carolyn Craycraft, are shown after the Boxer was freed from a Day- ton, Ohio, animal shelter on suspicion of killing four pigs. Silver Joe and another Boxer had been locked up since March 15. Both were freed by Common Pleas Judge Don who ruled County Dbg Warden Morice Kutscher7" had no right to execute them. Three Americans On British Plane NAPLES, Italy craft searching for a British jet Comet airliner missing with 21 persons on a Rome-to-Catro [light today reported finding several bodies and debris float- ing in the "Mediterranean Sea. The Italian navy corvette Ibis, part of a four-nation sea and air team, radioe'd headquarters here of the find. It said the bodies were being taken aboard. Three Americans were aboard the Comet. A British plane was report- ed circling the spot to mark it for the other searchers. A long oil slick about 50 miles iouth of Capri drew attention at dawn. The pilot of a U.S. PBY lying boat, Lt. David Jones, re- ported sighting debris in that area his afternoon. Other debris was een by a British airliner about 80 miles farther south, near the oe of the Italian boot. Three Americans were listed among the 21 persons aboard the Low Bids Undecided On AFB Water Mains The City Commission was ad- vised Friday morning that only about separated the four owest bifls on construction of a frjnch water supply line to the Abilene Army Air Force Base. The engineering department was :abulating the 12 bids submitted and the commission was awaiting he department's recommenda- ions. Because of the closeness of the owest bidders and some errors 'ound in their tabulations, the en- ineering department informed the commission it would be Fri- day afternoon before it completed ts tabulations and prepared its recommendations. The commission recessed unti! Preliminary figures indicat- ed that Doerfler Construction Co., Oklahoma City, was the low com- posite bidder on three alternate to- als submitted. Consideration the proposed shopping center near the new Abi- ene High School did not dex'elop at Friday's session. Arthel Henson, who proposed con- struction of the center, was pres- ent 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. 3is request was granted. In other action Friday morning, the commission accepted the bid of George L. Foster of 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 an acre for 1.161 acres o! and in the Stevenson Park addi- tion along Cedar Creek on North 7th St., a total of Other action Friday included: 1. Approval of a plat for contin- uation of Stevenson Park Addition, and passage of emergency ordi- nance 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 corp- oration court clerk and Birdie Ter- rell, deputy clerk. Both are pres- ently employed in the department and both were promoted following the resignation of Mary Bishop, former clerk. 4. Passed an ordinance annex- .ing property west of Pioneer Drive, west of Elmwood West, which in- cludes the site of the new KRBC radio and television plant. 5. Passed a resolution assessing paving costs against property own- ers for a block on Vine St. be- tween 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 con- veying Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 154, located at Mulberry and North Sec- ond St., for as site of pro- posed new fire station. Attending Friday morning's com- mission meeting were a group of high school students, elected to represent the student body as may- or and city commission in observ- ance of Student Government Week. Don Drennan was student may- or; Carla Sue Ferguson, Janice Jennings, Clarice Smith, Buzzy Sellers, and Vic Baldridge, com- missioners. They were given chairs around the commissioners' table and ob- served 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 Commis- sion Boards, replacing W; D. Rich and Mrs. L. E. Dudley, resigned. )ig jetliner which disappeared aft- er it left Rome early last night on a flight to Cairo. For the second time in three months all Comets, pride of Brit- ain's air transport industry, were grounded for investigation. British airlines transferred their passen- gers 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 hac 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 Aufo Luther Beeves, 57-year-old em- ploye of the city parks depart- ment, was found dying in his auto- mobile at a.m. Friday. City Policeman E. L. p'Dell said he found Mr. Reeves in his car which was stopped at the South Seventh and Butternut Sts. traffic ight. O'Dell said he at first thought he man's car had stalled but on investigation found him unconscious and gasping for breath. He was taken to St. Ann Hospit- al where he was pronounced dead. A physician stated he had been .reatiiig Mr. Reeves several years :or a heart ailment. Mr. Beeves lived at 805 South Eighth St Born in Comanche Coun- ty April 27, 1896, he moved to Abilene in 1931. He had been em- ployed by the city four years. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in KikerAVarren Funeral Home ChapeL The.Rev. B. W. -Goodson, his son-in-law, pastor of the Goldsboro Baptist Church, is to officiate. Bur- ial will be in Stagg ..Creek Ceme- tery. Graveside services win -be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Survivors are four children, En- nis Reeves of Dallas, Wayne, of Abilene, Mrs. B. W. Goodson and Mrs. Joe Shelton of Abilene; two 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 pric- es had been changed in Abilene at noon Friday. Service station operators selling other gasolines took a "wait and see" policy Friday morning, most Scarborough Threatens Fight on Parking Ban Unless the City of Abilene sees i of the letter, Mayor Gatlin "Now I regret to have- to start fit to pay "adequate considera-' "l am stumped. I thought we'a law suit with my city but I tion" for some property along worked this thing out some time i would be a derelict to my duty if South First St., then the is on." This was one of the Scarborough, Abilene attorney, to Mayor C. E. Gatlin. The mayor read the letter at Friday morning's session of the city commission. Among other statements in At- torney Scarborough's letter was this one: "battle At last Friday's commission I sat here and saw any part of this 'overnment from the city to meeting, the group voted to ban the U. S. Army appropriate'pri- all parking on South First St., vale property for public use with- from Treadaway Blvd., east of.out paying adequate town to the west city limits, ef-'tion. of them announcing "no change yet" Price cuts announced by Conoco stations ranged from a maximum cut of three cents on regular gas at one station to reductions of 2.1 cents on ethyl gas at one station 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 Tex- aco in Abilene said they had noti- fied their home offices that prices of some gasolines had been re- duced but both said they would make no price adjustments until authorized. Other brands of gasoline for which no price cuts were learned Friday morning were Cosden, Phil- lips. Gulf and Magnolia. Wholesale prices on all gasoline brands remained the same. AH price adjustments were on re- tan levels at dealer stations where fective July 1. "Now, I think that from Mr. considera-1 may set their own I prices. ________________ The action was believed by the Roberts' attitude and the attitude commission to be agreeable with of Highway Department that attorneys for toe property owners his Mnd of an arrangement would and the State Highway Department be satisfactory. I don't believe that so that the highway department highway department would would continue work of building a want to a party to mistreating "Now if you are hunting a law i proposed li. S. Highway 80 free- any group of citizens anywhere in suit, you are going to get it be- way. Texas. Now if you are hunting a ioing to take lown. "At the conclusion of the reading SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Sunday will be a good day to Abilene Re- porter-News! 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 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 like the feature-and-pictures combination Margaret Born-land 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? 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, attorney, because these people are not go- this thing lying prior to passing the no-parking or- ing to take this thing lying down. :der, was to cut back eight feet "I had hoped that for the sake for parallel parking off the street of the people themselves and for along the businesses fronting the the economy of the people them- street. selves and the city that you could Davis Scarborough's plan also' very well afford to try to make called for allowing parking in only a compromise with these people, every other one of the spaces, with If you don't see proper to do it then the battle is on and let the best man win. We will be at it. "Very truly yours, "DALLAS SCARBOROUGH" intervening spaces to be marked "loading zones." Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom suggested labeling every other space as "no park- Ing" zones in order to keep ve- hicles 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: Mivor: "The City Commission has or- dered traffic off South 1st Street. At my suggestion, the property owners agreed for you to take oft 8 feet of the sidewalk and take out every other meter and paint the taken out place "No Parking' you will eliminate the maneuver- ing in getting a place to park thereby substantially widen the south lanei to the extent that it could used tor traffic. THE WEATHER TJS DEPARTMENT OF COMEXCB WEVTHER BCREAtJ ABILENE VICINITY Partly cloudy- and warmer today, tonight Saturday. Windy Saturday. HigH temper- ature today, 15; low tonight. 60; Wgh Sat- CrNokra' CENTRAL TEXAS Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and won- dershowers this afternoon and tonight. Saturday, partly cloudy ind irarmer. Scattered showers In northwest portion. WEST TEXAS Partly cloady, a little Tanner In Panhandle and South- Plains and upper Pecos Valley eastward: this afternoon. clocdy tonight and Sat- urday. Scattered showers in east portion of the Panhandle and South Plains. EAST TEXAS Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and this afternoon and la north portion tonight. Saturday, partly cloudy and warmer. Mod- crate to fresh mostly southeast winds on the coast, SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy Little Hope Seen For More Moisture Abilene got .only a trace of rain Thursday and was left with little hope Friday for rain any time soon. Weatherman C. E. Sltchler said the U. S. Weather Bureau at New Orleans had forecast "light rains Saturday for the east portion of West Texas" (which would in- ___________ ________....... elude But Silchler added, M.ilmum Uiat indicates her, aren't liopri 'U'miS ft M Saturday, warmer In north portion Sat- urday. Mtderate to fresh southeast winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Thurs. PJl. Sri. A.M. n............ U M H M M............ i............ 53 to M M 130...........: H O W S) 130 M II u 11 M............ 11M............ W 37 If Relatlvt humWtty at IfcM Maxlmm ful tor any rainfall, 'Ian at B. ;