Abilene Reporter News, June 18, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 18, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas HOT Abilene Iveportet-Betojsf WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXHI, NO. 364 Pnm (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 18, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe FOR BIBLE SCHOOL DISPLAY Sperm's Family at Church When Gun Battle Flared Pretty, brown-haired Verda' Spann. 4. made a lot of nice things at the South Side Baptist Church Vacation Bible School. She and Mommy and little broth- er chubby 10-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 Jlerkel's Sadler Hospital at The fatal Merkel gun battle took place while the policeman's fami- ly was at the church. Mrs. Spann learned of it by ac- cident 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 police officers told him then Jimmy had been hurt." Wife At Bedside His wife 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 was 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, him- self still dazed from the tragedy he had witnessed the night before, invited Mrs. Spann to his office to discuss with a newsman the pos- sibility of The Reporter-News aid- ing in raising a fund for the assist- ance of her and the children. Red-eyed and haggard from the restless night in which she lost her hus.band. Mrs. Spann came to the police station with her mother, Mrs. A. Driver of Sweetwater, Route 2. A Reporter-News representative explained his mission and asked if Mrs. Spann would give her per- mission to the raising of a relief fund. "Yes, yes, I don't know how she can work and care for two her mother said brok- FAMILY. Page 7-A, Col. 5 Ex-Convict Charged As Policeman s Killer Opens Fund for Spann Three Abilene .business firms gave each to start The Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund Friday morning. The contributions came from the Abilene Reporter-News, Farm- ers 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 benefit of the widow and two little children of Policeman Jimmy Spann. WIFE FEARED FOR HUSBAND'S LIFE WHEN HE JOINED FORCE Fear expressed by Policeman Jimmy J. Spann's wife when he joined the police force was confirmed Thurs- day 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. "OK well. Bil- ly's death was probably the first for a policeman in he said. A fugitive's gun Thursday night snuffed out the officer's life. Spann became the next policeman after Rose to be killed in line of duty. TOO MUCH WARN ING? Chief Grim After Fellow Policeman Shot to Death It gives you a creepy feeling to know you may be going into a guu battle with a desperado. Take Police Chief C. Z. Hall- mark's word for it. "I've never had a gun he said, "but there have been two or three times when it looked like I was going to have. "It doesn't make you fee! he said. The chief was at the bedside of one of his patrolmen, Spann, as he died Jimmy Merkel hospital last night after a gun bat- tle in Merkel with Billy Gaither of Sweetwater. Hallmark, a veteran of 14 years with the Abilene police department, recalled an instance where he ex- "They called us from Sweetwa- ter that three convicts who hac broken out of the McAlester, Okla. state prison headed towarc Abilene armed. "We got machine guns and out to set up a road block and meet them. It gave me a creepj feeling. "A thug always has the age over a police officer. You can't tell what one is going to do until he starts." Hallmark was in a somber, med itative mood this morning. "I always caution my men against abusing anyone they ar rest." he said slowly as he gatei through the window blinds. .and then something liki Spann was fatally wounded Thursday night in a Merkel gun 'attic. Statements Issued Howard McMahon, publisher of The Reporter-News, said: 'When a policeman loses his life in the line of duty, trying to irotect the peace and property of all. the community certainly wants to take care of the fam- ily 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 am any debts the family has, and lave enough in a fund to be care- 'ully administered to help the wid ow and children." Walter F. Johnson, president o he F. and M. National Bank joined in the sentiment. "We would be most happy t aid in a worthy cause such as this where a city employe is killed in the line of duty. It is an obligation that lam sure the community wil respond to with generosity an sympathy." Matt Bruit CBeckf Contributions may be broujh to The Repqrter-News, or mailed Checks should be made payable t the Jimmy Spann Appreciatio Fund. Details of the administration o the fund had not been worked ou this morning, but McMahon sai the officers of the Reporter Pub lishing Company had accepted the responsibility- for receiving th funds and seeing that the mone was properly administered. As plans were announced for th fund, gifts totaling S115 alread had been received at the polic station. Police Chief C. Z. Hal mark said this would be used t defray immediate expenses for th family. The Abilene Police Associatio gave a former policeman Dick Wynn. gave and an anon ymous gift was received. peeled a pitched battle with gun-1 this happens and you wonder men. 'you warned them too much." Stapler Leads 2-Up In Fern Golf Match Mrs. Pat Garner Stapler of Mil land held a 2-up lead over Mrs Ray Doty of Abilene through th first 18 holes of their champion ship match in the Women's We, Texas Golf Tournament Frida noon. Mrs. Stapler was one over worn en's par with a 76 for the rounc while Mrs. Doty carded a 78. July Oil Allowable Cut Sharply SAN ANGELO Ut-The Railroad Commission today fried the state- ride oil production allowable for uly at reduc- ion of barrels per day from :une. 'The reduction will be effected by Iropping producing days through- iut the state from 17 to 16. The commission acted at a brief hearing in which representatives f most major oil companies testi- fied their stocks of crude oil were excessive and recommended IB lays of production. A'Texas Co. spokesman said his company will have reduced im- ports by barrels in 1954. iut despite this, and other volun- ary action by producing compan- es, the market was described by an East Texas district represen- ative as "in terrible condition." The commission set July produc- ing days in the East Texas field at 16, Kelly-Snyder 15, Pantei 16, Sanduskv 13, and Pickton 9. The cotamission listed the follow- ing daily allowables by districts as compared to that of June 12: 1. Southwest Texas: bar- rels, down 2. Southwest Texas: down 3. Gulf Coast-. down 275. 4. Southwest Texas: 052, down 5. Central Texas: 46.0B1, down 30.111: 6. Outside East Texti 0eld: down 6. East Texas field: 21S.ZM, down 1S.M5. 7b. West Central Texas: down 7e. West Central down 8. West Texas: down 568. 9. North Texas: down 10. Panhandle: down 395. Commission Chairman Ernest 0. Thompson and Commissioner Wil- liam J. Murray conducted the hearing. Commissioner Olin Cul- berson 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 attend- ed. The next commission meeting was set for 9 ajn. July 16 in Aus- tin. Gunman Gains Consciousness By GEORGIA NELSON Billy Gaither, 33-year-old gunman who has served time as a federal prisoner in a previous tilling, 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 juarding him at the Merkel hospital said he responded vhen spoken to. District Attorney Tom Todd filed the charge against [aither' in Justice of the 'eace Henry F. Long's court. Jecause the charge is; for murder with malice no.bond vas set. The charge will go o the 104th District .Court jrand jury for investigation next Monday. Spann's body was taken to Kiker-Warren Funeral'Home. The PATROLMAN JIMMY J. SPANN killed in line of duty SYMPATHY OFFERED Voices At Headquarters By EARIJE WALKER Ail was sorrow and quietude at police headquarters Friday morn- ing. The awful price a policeman sometimes pays for protecting the peace of' a community has been brought-home again. Patrolman Jimmy J. Spann, 27, had been killed Thursday night in line of duty. Bullets from a fugi- tive's gun had ended his life. Everybody spoke in a hushed also died in line of duty with the at the" station to help "out Before 9 a'.m. about JO off-duty policemen had come by headquar to Kiker-Warren Fu- neral Home, where Spann's body Sad fir Secretary For Mrs. Billy Rose, police sec- retary, the day was .especially sad. The'Thursday night tragedy re- newed sorrowful memories. Her husband, Patrolman Billy Rose, Mercury to Nudge 100-Mark Again Temperatures in Abilene are to soar to near the HXHiegree mark again Friday and Saturday, the U. S. Weather Bureau said. Thursday was the second con- secutive day that an official 99- degree reading has been recorded t Municipal Airport. A forecaster at the weather bu- eau said fair weather will eon- inue Friday and Saturday and hat no relief from the heat was n sight voice .around the station. Off-duty policemen kept filing in. to ask questions and offer as- sistance in any way needed. Representatives of other law en- forcement agencies did likewise. Few Trivial Complaints Hardly anyone telephoned the police minor or trivial complaints about their neighbors or relatives. The public was respecting the de- partment in its hour of grief. As many as 50 telephone calls had come in from citizens by a.m.. expressing sympathy and offering help. Among ofTduty officers who came by were Patrolmen J. 0. Gill, George McGee. Floyd Isbell and 0. R. Spross. They work on the same shift as Spann and W. T. Davis, the policeman who was with Spann when the tragedy occurred. Volunteer Service YARBOROUGH S. Pope, Sr., left, and Mrs. Bryan Bradbury weWome Ralph Yarborough to Abilene Thursday afternoon at Abilene Municipal Air- port Pope served on the state insurance board from 1928-35. Mrs. Bradbury is a mem- ber of the Texas Democratic advisory council. Turn to Page 5A story of Yarborough s visit and to Page IB for another photo. (Staff Photo) i viiuitcct vrci t H.V. Assistance of Texas Highway Pa- jrious Abilene Police Department. Oct. 10, 1952. He was killed in a col- lision of. his motorcycle and an automobile. Mrs. Rose was conferring quiet- ly with one group after another of the officers about arrangements for the staff to help Spann's fami- She had stayed up until 3 ajn. Friday at the Spann home, com- forting the widow. Others who.did likewise were Patrolman and Mrs. Davis and Sgt. and Mrs. M. R. Denson. Tribute Voiced Speaking of Patrolman Spann, Chief C. Z. Hallmark said: "He was an awfully good boy and good policeman. He was one of the most diligent workers you ever saw." Patrolman Gilford remarked, "He was so happy-go-lucky per- but about his work he-was 27-year-old officer, a native ifelong resident of Abilene, was he father of two children, Verda Ruth. 4, and Jimmy Jenkins, 10 months. His wife is the former Chris- ine Driver of .Fisher County. Their home is at 2S8 Clyde St. Spann .was bom Feb. 17, 19271 He attended Abilene High-School and-served with-the OF. during World Warn. Foeral Pending Funeral arrangement-had not been completed Friday morning. Besides his wife and two children, he is survived father, Sam Spann; two sisters, Mrs. Manuel King of Memphis. Temr., and Mrs; Matbewi of God flard, Kan.: Vhatt-brother; Fran: Spann, and a half-sister, Sandra Spann, both of Abilene, The shooting took place.at a Merkel service station about p.m. and Spann died at He was believed to have been shot four times, once in the chest, once hi the abdomen and twice in the shoulder. The fray followed a routine fam- uy fuss at 1976 Sayles Blvd. which Police Officers W. L: Wood and See SPANN, Page 7-A, CuI. 14 Truck-Car Crash Kills 2, Hurts 3 DALLAS truck-car crash iear Carrollton yesteday killed one and injured three. Betty Jo Schindler. 17, of Pilot died after the accident. Three others in the car driven by Billy Don Mullins. 18, of Tioga, were treated in a Dallas hospital. trol, Sheriffs Department and the Fire Department were volunteered. Their members will probably man the Police Department during the funeral. Making those offers of aid were Sgt. Roger Sosebee or the highway patrol. Deputy Sheriff Doyle Woody and Fire Chief D. C. Musick. in personal visits Friday morning to the police station. Policeman Mylon Gifford, whom fellow officers recently helped with financial donations during a. period of hospitalization. wanted to do his bit. Though off duty, he was down THE WEATHER ABILK.E AND MOS1TV- tlM Frtdw. Sllurtny. HUH butt 1 Partly cloudy and wirm throuih EAST TEXAS: W PMttjr (tarty warm Saturday. Ml llM Radio Operator C. R, Peables said: "Jimmy was always on time, or away ahead of time. And he was very courageous and good- natured." Big Jimmy Spann was. brown- eyed, brown-haired, ruddy, over six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. His smiling picture in the de- partment's personnel files and a blotter page announcement of death bordered in black are mementoes his fellow employes will long re- member. N I pjai.'Samriw Mv tt_ SfiMJinwin .d MWI V'" "1 M t.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 tor Children. That home, something fabulous even in fabulous Texas, is the subject of a picture-story by Phyllis Nib- ling in Sunday's Abilene Reporter-News. The big Sunday paper will bring a tribute, too, to a great 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 pres- ents the whole news picture. You can reserve your extra copies of the Sunday paper at your nearest newsstand or agent for 10 cents. )emocrats Ask Action On Perjury WASHINGTON on the McCarthy-Army Investigating subcommittee today called for the iiseohower administration to con- Mer quickly whether there should be criminal prosecutions as a re- sult of the perjury or misuse of a secret document Senators who investigated the McCarthy-Army row met behind closed doors today in a start toward coming to grips with their big question: who lied in the public airing otthe controversy and what now? V-SaL Potter-iCRifichl. who ;id- has declared Mmnself con- vinced there was lying Bonable conduct on both sides, received a jorciar greeting titan the Democrats wftea iuie the room. 'r r Soaking hands. Sen. McCIellan (D-Ark) said, "Welcome Demo- crat" Then seriously, McLellan fold Potter he had made a "brave statement." McLeTlan referred to Potter's statement last night that he feels he principal accusation of each "pressure" and "black- proved, and that a jerjurv case might be made against some of the 30 witnesses ward in the 36 days of televised learings. McLellan's handshake was given as Potter, at the request of Pho- tographers, posed with the three Democrats. McClellan's Democrat- ic Symington (Moi and Jackson beamed. Chairman Mundt (R-SDK stand- ing nearby, laughed heartily. Several davs at a possibly several in prospect before the senators re- port any conclusions. Sen. Dirksn was absent from today's meeting, explaining he was tied up with an appropria- tions subcommittee. He sent a letter to Mundt asking that "no specific matters be entertained or disposed or' until there can be a meeting next week. Limited Merger Voted for 2 Areas Limited annexation of a much smaller area than originally plan- ned was voted Friday morning by the City Commission. Public hearing and final vpte on Jic merger win be held Friday, Aug. .13. In two separate tracts, the terri- ory being annexed lies west and east of the present city limits. One tract lies along the north and east sides of Abilene Air ?orce The north boundary of that area extends along the south right-of- way line of Texas ft Pacific Kail- way from the present west city limits (even with Pioneer for 3.3 miles westward. Then a boundary tons south- ward for about a mile to the north boundary of the Air Force base. Another border of this annexed tract goes east along the air base's north boundary to the base's north- east corner. line turns MUth along the east boundary of the air base to the mart easterly point of the KXiUseast corner.The latter point U about two miles south of U. S. Highway M. From there the boundary goes east to the center line of Elm Creek, then turns north along the meanderings of the creek to the point of beginning. The other tract being annexed extends from the east city tout ine eastward to T-P Lane and ;rom South llth St. northward to the south right-of-way of Texas Pacific Railway. Big Area Protested Recently the commission started to annex for limited purposes an area all around Abilene in a five- mile radius from the present city imits. It dropped that plan when num- erous property owners objected. City commissioners then asked the City Planning and Zoning Com- mission to indicate what parts of the area are "most in need of the annexation." The planning and toning panel reported that it belitvri the two tracts in the new merger are moat urgent. Purposes of the limited annexa- tion are toning, health and sanita- tion control only. JUsidtnU of the merged area COUNCIL, FtitT-A. Cri. 4 ;