Abilene Reporter News, June 18, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 18, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas HOT Wift Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron / nrrATTHTn Ij W Jjll Xil u FINAL VOL. Lxm, NO. 364 Asêociated Presa (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 18, 1954 —SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c FOR BIBLE SCHOOL DISPLAY Spann's Family at Church When Gun Battle Flared Pretty, brown-haired Vcrda Spann. 4, made a lot of nice things at the South Side Baptist Church Vacation Bible School. She and Mommy and little brother —• chubby lO-month-old Jimmy, left home at 7 o’clock yesterday evening to go to church and see the Bible School display. Daddy would liked to have gone, too, but he was a policeman and had to work. Daddy won’t see the Bible School pretties, or Verda. or Jimmy or Mommy any more. Daddy — Policeman Jimmy Spann — after telling his cherished family goodbye, went out on a wild chase of a fleeing man with a gun. Within an hour and a half after seeing his wife and children the last time. Policeman Jimmy Spann was shot four times. He died in Merkel’.s Sadler Haspitai at The fatal Merkel gun battle took place while the policeman’s family was at the church. Mrs. Spann learned of it by accident sometime after 9 o'clock Her brother. Leland Driver, a McMurry College student, had taken her and the children to church. Afterward they went to Casey's AAA Drive-in, 2441 South First St., for drinks. “He thought he saw some drunks and phoned the police station to tell them about it.’’ Mrs. Spann related, “The ixilice officers told him then Jimmy had been hurt” Wife .At Bedside His w’ife was at the bedside when the officer died. This morning his red-haired, tragedy-bowed wife busied herself making funeral arrangements and having some confused thoughts about the future she and her two babies faced. Making a living w as hard enough when Policeman Jimmy was alive. She wasn’t sure how she’d make it without him. There wasn’t time to think of it now’. Jimmy had to be buried first. Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark, himself still dazed from the tragedy he had witnessed the night before, invited Mrs. Spann to his office to discu.ss with a newsman the possibility of The Reporter-News aid- ing in raising a fund for the assistance of her and the children. Red-eyed and haggard from the restless night in which she lost her hu.sband, Mrs. Spann came to the police station with her mother, Mrs. A. Driver of Sweetwater, Route 2. A Reportcr-News representative explained his mission and asked if Mrs. Spann would give her permission to the raising of a relief fund. “Yes, yes, I don’t know how she can work and care for two children,” her mother said brok- See FAMILY, Page 7-A, Col. 5 Ex-Convict Charged As Policeman's Killer Gunman Gains Consciousness $1,500 Opens Fund for Spann Three Abiiene bu.siness firms gave $5tKi each to start The Jimmy Spann .Appreciation Fund Friday morning. The contributions came from the Abilene Reporter-News, Fanners and Merchants National Bank and Citizens National Bank. The Reporter-News announced it would receive contributions from the public for the fund, which will be used for the beneUt of the Widow and two little children of Policeman Jimmy Spann. WIFE FEARED FOR HUSBAND'S LIFE WHEN HE JOINED FORCE Fear e.xpressed by Policeman Jimmy J. Spann’s wife when he joined the police force was confirmed Thursday night. Policeman Billy Rose had been killed on duty Just a week before Spann joined the department. Mrs. Spann reminded her husband of Rose's death and of the danger in a police job, Spann's answer was one of optimism. “Oh well, Billy’s death was probably the first for a policeman in years,’’ he said. .-\ fugitive’s gun Thursday night snuffed out the officer’s lite. Spann became the next policeman after Rose to be killed in line of dutv. TOO MUCH WARNING? Chief Grim After Fellow Policeman Shot to Death !■ give.s Vi’-u a creepy tt'ebng to know you may be r.oinL into a iiun battle with a desj>erad*>. Take Police i’hief C. Z. Hallmarks w.ird for n. *i ve never had a gun baiUc.’’ he said, “but there have been two, out t ur three times when it looked like I vva.s going to have * It doesn’t make you fee! gootl.” he $aid. The chief was at the bed.side of one of hts patrolmen. Jimmy Spann, as he di«xl in a Merkel haspita! last night after a gun battle in Merkel with Billy Gaither of Sweetwater. Hallmark, a veteran of 14 years with the Abilene police department, recalled an in.stance where he expected a pitched battle with gun- Spann was fatally wounded Thursday night in a Merkel gun battle. Statements Issued Howard Mc.Mahon, publisher of The Reporter-News. said: “When a policeman loses his life in the line of duty, trying to protect the peace and property of us all. the community certainly wants to take care of the family he leaves behind.” Malcolm Meek, president of the Citizens .National Bank, said “we most certainly need to take care of the man's funeral expenses and any debts the family has, and have enough in a fund to be carefully administered to help the widow and children.’.’ W’alter F. Johnson, president of the F. and M. National Bank, joined in the sentiment.    1 “We would be most happy to i aid in a worthy cause such as this, i where a city employe is killed in the line of duty. It is an obligation that 1 am sure the community will respond to with generosity and sympathy.” Mail or Bring Checkf Contributions may be brought to The Rep<4rter-News, or mailed. Check.s should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. Details of the administration of the fund had not been worked out this morning, but Mc.Mahon said the officers of the Reporter Publishing Company had accepted the responsibility tor receiving the funds and seeing that the money was properly administered. A.s plans were announced for the fund, gifts totaling $U5 already had been received at the police station. Police Chief C Z. Hallmark said this would bo used to defray immediate expenses for the family. The Abilene Police Association gave $100, a loniicr policeman. “They called u.s from SwtM'twa-tcr that three convicts who had broken out of the McAlester. Okla.. state pri.''On were headed toward .Abilene armed    - We got machine euns and went i ^ Wynn, gave So and an anon ' y mous $10 gift was received. set up a road block and creepy Stopfer Leods 2-Up in Fern Golf Motch iiuH'l them. It gave me a feeling thug always h,»s the ;-.*»ani-age over a gxihc'c officer A’ou can't tell what one is going to do until he starl:s *'    Mrs.    Pal    Garner    Stapler    of Mid- Hallmark was in a somber, nied- land held a 2-up lead over Mrs. itative moixi this morning.    Ray    Doty of Abilene through the “I always caution my men! first 18 holes of their champion-against abusing anyone they ar-1 ship match in the W omen s West rest. ” he said .slowly as he gazed Texas tR>lf Tournament Friday through the window blinds. I noon. ••____and then something like| Mrs. Stapler was one over wom- this happens and vou wonder if I en s par with a 78 for the round, July Oil Allowable Cut Sharply SAN ANGELO CfL-The Railroad Commission today fixed the statewide oil production allowable for July at 2,801.704 barrels—a reduction of 190.234 barrels per day from June. The reduction will be effected by dropping producing days throughout the state from 17 to 16. The commission acted at a brief hearing in which representative.s of most major oil companies testified their stocks of crude oil were excessive and recommended 16 days of production. A Texas Co. spokesman said his company will have reduced imports by 3.000.000 barrels in 1954. But despite this, and other voluntary action by producing companies, the market was described by an East Texas district representative as “in terrible condition.” The commission set July produc ing days in the East Texas field at 16, Kelly-Snyder 15, Pantex 16, Sandusky 13. and Pickton 9. The cohnmission listed the following daily allowables by districts as compared to that of June 12: 1. Southwest Texas: 46,625 barrels, down 1,629. 2. Southwest Texas: 133,818, down 11,924. 3. Gulf Coast: 468,358, down 26.-275. 4. Southwest Texas:    246,-052. down 16.685. 5. Central Texas: 46,061, down 30.212. 6. Outside East Texas field: 114.321. down t,030. 6. East Texas field: 219.224. down 18,835. 7b. West Central T6xas: 148,000. down 9.446. 7c. West Central Texas:* 877,185, down 64.568. i 8. West Texas: 877.185, down 64,-.568. i 9. North Texas: 224.735, down 1 10.814. i 10. Panhandle: 106.649. down 395. 1 Commission Chairman Ernest 0. 1 Thompson and Commissioner Wil-^ liam J. Murray conducted the hearing. Commissioner Olin Culberson was absent. The hearing was combined with an executive committee meeting and two-day social gathering of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Assn. Some 400 oilmen from over the state attended The next commission meeting was set for 9 a.m. July 16 in Austin. By GEORGIA NELSON Billy Gaither, 33-year-old gunman who has served time as a federal prisoner in a previous killing, was charged with murder with malice here Friday morning in the death of Abilene Policeman Jimmy J. Spann. Spann died Thursday night in Sadler Clinic-Hospital after a wild gun battle that left Gaither critically wounded. Gaither was improving Friday morning. He had regained consciousness and Deputy Sheriff Leroy Arnold who was guarding him at the Merkel hospital said he responded when spoken to. District Attorney Tom Todd filed the charge against Gaither ’ in Justice of the - PATROLMAN JIMMY J. SPANN . . . killed in line of duty SYMPATHY OFFERED Voices Hushed At Headquarters By EARLE WALKER All was sorrow and quietude at police headquarters Friday morning. The awTul price a policeman sometimes pav-s for protecting the \ at the slat ion to help out. Before 9 a'.m. about 20 off-duty policemen had come by headquar ters en route to Kiker-Warren Funeral Home, where Spann’s body was. Sad for Secretary For Mrs. Billy Rose, police sec Peace Henry F. Long’s court. Because the charge is for murder with malice no bond was set. The charge will go to the 104th District Court grand jury for investigation next Monday. Spann’s body was taken to Kiker-Warren Funeral Home. The 27-year-old officer, a native and lifelong resident of .AbUene, was the father of two children, Verda Ruth. 4. and Jimmy Jenkins, 10 months. His wife is the former Christine Driver of Fisher Cminty. Their home is at 298 Clyde St. Spann was born Feb. 17. 1927. He attended Abilene High School and served with the U. S. Navy during World War II. Fonerai . Pending Funeral arrangement had not been completed Friday morning. Besides his wife and two children, he is survived by his father, Sam Spann: two s'lsters, Mrs. Manuel King of Memphis. Tenn, and Mrs. Lee Mathews of Goddard. Kan.: a half-brother, Frank Democrats Ask Action On Perjury W’ASHINGTON Democrats on the McCarthy-Army Investigating subcommittee today called for the Eisenhower administration to consider quickly whether there should be criminal prosecutions as a result of the hearings—-for perjury or misuse of a secret document. Senators who investigated the McCarthy-Army row met behind dosed doors today in a start toward coming to grips with their big question; who lied in the public airing of the controversy and what is to be done now? Sc®. Potter <R-MichL who already has declared himself convinced there was lying and ques- span., .and a. InUf-slatar. ’Sandra ttanable peace of a ccmimunity has been brought home again.    ,3^. Patrolman Jimmy J. Spann. 77. ■■ Th„r«H.v niihl tra.edv re- had been killed Thursday night in line of duty. BuUets from a fugitive’s gun had ended his life. Everybody spoke in a hushed voice around the station. Off-duty poUcen^n kept filing in. to ask questions and offer assistance in any way needed. Representatives of other law enforcement agencies did likewise. Few Trivial Complaints Hardly anyont telephoned the police minor or trivial complaints about their neighbors or relatives. The public was respecting the department in its hour of grief. Spann, both of Abilene. The shooting took place at a Merkel service station about 8:30 p.m. and Spann died at 10:15. He was believed to have been shot four times, once in the chest, once in the abdomen and twice in the Mercury to Nudge 100-Mark Again The Thursday night tragedy renewed sorrowful memories. Her husband. Patrolman Billy Rose, also died in line of duty with the .Abilene Police Department. Oct. 10. 1952. He was killed in a col- * lision of his motorcycle and an | automobile. Mrs. Rose was conferring quietly with one group after another of the officers about arrangements, for the staff to help Spann s family,    * She had stayed up until 3 a.m. Friday at the Spann home, com-, forting the widow. Others who did likewise were Patrolman and Mrs. shoulder. The fray followed a routine family fuss at 1976 Sayles Blvd. which Police Officers W. L. Wood and See SPANN, Page 7-A, Col. 1-2 ---------  -......  l .As many as 50 telephone calls j)avis and Sgt. and Mrs. M. R. . J _____!..    Í_____i... Tribute Voiced men. i you warned them loo much. i while Mrs. Doiy carded a 78. had come in from citizens by 9:30’ Denson, a.m., expressing sympathy and offering help.    |    Patrolman    Spann, .Among off-duty officers who    Hallmark    said: came bv were Patrolmen J. 0. i    k«..    U Gill. George McGee. Floyd Isbell'    ' ^ Temperatures m Abilene are to and 0. R, Spross, They work    f    ~ ' soar to near the KKHiegree mark    ,    the same shift as Spann ami W, T., f ^ ” "V ^ again    Friday and Saturday,    the    j    Davis, the policeman who was with    ‘ U. S.    Weather Bureau said.    Spann when the tragedy occurred. Thursday was the second con-    Volunteer    Service secutive day that an rificial ^ | Assistance of Texas Highway Pa-degree reading has been recorded Sheriffs Department and the ■'*. Municipal Airport.    Fire Department were volunteered. .A forecaster at the weather bu-; niembers will probably man >au .said (air weather will con- s poiice Department during the and Saturday and    ,,„,ured" Making those offers of aid were ; Sgt. Roger Sosebee of the highway    Jimmy Sp^n    J>™wm patrol. Deputy Sheriff Doyle Woody eyed brown-haired.    ^ and Fire Chief D. C Musick. m ^    tall    and    weighed    over    200 personal visits Friday morning to pounds. the police station.    i His smiling picture in the de- reau tinue Friday that no relief from the heat was in sight. Patrolman Gifford remarked, “He was so happy-go-lucky personally. but about his w ork he w as very serious ” Radio Operator C, R, Peables said: “Jimmy was always on time, or away ahead of time .And he was very* courageous and good-: P ATROLMAN W. T. DAVIS ... is OB shooting received a jocular greeting from the I>mocrats wbe.n he cam« int© the room. Shaking hands. Sen. McClellan iD-.Ark» said. “Welcome Democrat” Then seriously', McLellan told Potter he had made a “brave i statement.” McLellan referred to Potter’« statement last night that he feels the principal accusation of each side—of “pressure ” and “blackmail”—was proved, and that a I perjury case might oe made • against some of the 30 witnesses heard in the 36 days of televised bearings. McLellan’s handshake was given as Potter, at the request of Photographers, posed with the three Democrats. McClellan's Democratic colleagues—Sens. Symington ^ tMo» and Jackson *Wash^— beamed. Chairman Mundt 'R-SD^ stand-^ ing nearby, laughed heartily. j\ Several days at a minimum— i possibly several weeks—are in , prospect before the senators re-port any conclusions. 1 Sen. Dirksn (R-IU‘ was absent i from today’s meeting, explaining I he was tied up with an appropriations subcommittee. He sent a letter to Mundt asking that “no specific matters be entertained or disposed of” until there can be a meeting next week. T ruck-Coi’ Crosh Kills 2, Hurts 3 D ALL.AS    truck car crash near Carrollton yesteday killed one and injured three Betty Jo Schindler. 17, of Pilot Point.’ died after the accident. Three others in the car driven by Billy Don Mullins. 18. of Tioga, were treated in a Dallas hospital Limited Merger Voted for 2 Areas limited annexation ot a much] From there the boundary gies i HIS smilii.« niciure m the oe- -tL^t'ed"^    iu^'nlrTh Policeman Myion Giffoni. whom partment s personnel iik* and a    '    meanderings of the creek to the fellow officers recently helped with blotter page annoimcement of death the Oty commissi^.    beginning financial donations during a period bordered in black are mementoes    ^    ^ of hospitalization, wanted to do his, his fellow employes wiU long re- merger will be held iridaj._ bit. Though off duty, he was down member. _ ,        4 YARBOROUGH WELCOMED—Walter S. Pjpc. aSr„ left, and Mrs. Bryan Bradbury welcome Ralph Yarborough to Abilene Thursday afternoon at .\bilene Municipal Airport Pope served on the state insurance board from 1928-35. Mrs. Bradbury is a member of the Texas Democratic advisorv council Turn to Page 5A for story of Yarborough s Visit and to Page IB for another photo. (Stafi Photo) 1HE WUTHER ABU ENV AND VlClMTX Tslr M<J hiW »ki*>. Krid« nithi »ftd SalurUay Hish t»nn»er«ilttr* t»oth i«s n«»r m Lovk Erklsy nisht •♦»r 75, NORTH CENTS XL AND W K^T TEXAS: cloud.' and »arm throuffc Saturday E5ST TEXAS Clfi»r to imrtly rkmite and uarm thwHntB Saturday. Modorata aoutKcaat and *o«th " »nd» an tfca caa*t TEnrt BATl BE* TBurf. P. M    rYi,    A    M. fs    I »    *l H    ..... •?». ^.■¡t    .    .I-,»    7« 4«    ,    4 .10 . . - .....  't ■„7    .    ,    ,    5.»      ....    75 9,.    0'»»       ..    75 JS    ...    7»    .    .    7R » . . . » »    « *i    ...    .    »»    ............ •* u    ,    10»    ,    i? M    O».....S «a    u»    » Sunaat    laat oytlw 7 « p m Sunrlap todkjr S;tt a m. SunaM tonirrM 7 a f to Mailmam tamporatuirt Par »4 tMMin and* ini at 1» am. 50. Mintmwm »»mparatura H Sour» mm-ini at « » a m 74 ftaramatai raadtng ot 11,30 p m 3* ItoialW« humidHy *t 1318 P m. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Proof that a man’s money can live after him and bring endless good is found on the south outskirts of Abilene in Hendrick Home for Children. That home, something fabulous even in fabulous Texas, is the subject of a picture-story by Phyllis Nib-ling in Sundav’s Abilene Reporter-News. The big Sunday paper will bring a tribute, too. to a great American * Dad. It’s his day. and the Reporter-News will join in honoring him. Sports, oil. farm and other specialty departments of the paper will have their usual top news features. And news, serious and light, of the world, nation and area will be presented. The Abilene Reporter-News presents the whole news picture. You can reserve your extra copies of the Sunday paper at your nearest newsstand or agent for 10 cents.' VlUL VI MV The other tract being annexed A - .3    extends    from the east    city limit b^^U^^ixed "its    St.^northward to Bauadarief Fixed    .    Area    Protested one «'«‘‘if«    ’“"^1    Recently    the    commtssion    started and east sides of .Abilene .Air,^^ iwce    Base.    ' area    all    around Abilene    in a five- The    north boundary    of    that area _    radius from the present city ntn.ni*    ♦ko    .tmith    G. . limits, It dropped that plan when numerous property owners objected. City commissioners then asketl the City Planning and Zoning Com- 1 extends along the south right-of iway line of Texas 4 Pacific Rail-1 way from the present west city limits I even with Pioneer Dr.L for 3.3 miles westward. Then a boundarx' turns    ;    mission    to    indicate    what parts of ward for about a mile to the north area are “most in need of the boundary of the Air Force base. | annexation ” .Another border of this annexed. planning and zoning panel tract goes east along the air base’s north boundary to the base’s north east corner. Thenct the line turns south along U» east bmindary of the air base to the mcwt eMterly point of the southeast corner. The latter point Is about two miles south of U. S. Highway »1.    » reported that it believed the two tracts in the new merger are the most urgent. Purposes of the limited annexation are zoning, health and sanitation control only. Residents of the merged area i See cot NCIL, Page 7-A. C®L 4 ;

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