Abilene Reporter News, June 29, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 29, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 29, 1954, Abilene, Texas SCATTERED SHOWERS Œlje Hbilene Reporter-Bmté 1-3-70- fvfnïnr FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—ByronVOL. LXIII.NO. 375 .    '    Auoriated    Pna    (AP)~    ABILENE,    TEXAS,    TUESDAY    EVENING,    JUNE    29,    1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS    PRICE    DAILY    5c,    SUNDAY    10c SPECIAL APPEAL Red Cross Opens Flood Aid Drive A special appeal has been launched by the Red Cross in Texas for funds to aid victims of the Southwest Texas floods which have forced more than BOO families from their homes. Paul Hodge, chairman of the Taylor County Red Cross chapter, was notified of the appeal Tuesday morning by Walker L. Millner of St. Louis, manager of the Midwestern area of the Red Cross. Jack Bassett, director of field •ervice for West Texas, reported from hard-hit Ozona that the Red Related story on page 3-A Jimmy Spann Fund Nudging $8,500 Mark The Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund crowded the $8,500 mark Tuesday with contributions bringing the gross total to $8,432 92. However, debts paid off out of the fund totalling $1,545.45 brought the net total down to $8,-887 47. In addition to the money collected through the Reporter-New s. Interstate Theater Manager Wally Akin reported that around $1.000-worth of tickets already have been »old for a midnight movie benefiting the Spann family. Tickets to the movie sell for 75 cents and may be purchased from i hlankets for the Red Cross shelter Cross has established a shelter in the high school gym there. A flash flood caused by 10 to 15 inches of rain Sunday ripped through Ozona Monday leaving 12 persons dead, five mising, 100 homes destroyed and another 100 with major damage and 500 families homeless. Beds Rushed In One hundred beds and mattresses and 800 blankets were rushed in from Goodfellow Air Force Base and 500 cots from Fort Hood. In addition, at the Mexican town of Villa Acuna also inundated by the floods, the Red Cross in cooperation with the Army is supplying emergency medical supplies, food and water to the 2.500 flood victims there. The Red Cross arranged with the Army for 12 helicopters to evacuate passengers from the Southern Pacific streamliner stranded Sunday at Langtry and also motorists in that vicinity, and supplied the evacuees with supper Sunday night and breakfast Monday morning. Tuesday Eagle Pass and Laredo were girding themselves for the expected onrushing waters. In Eagle Pass water was already in the business district and an additional four-foot rise was anticipated. The Red Cross has sent in 500 cots and blankets to a shelter in Eagle Pass High School to accommodate the 300 families already evacuated. The Air Force flew two C-47s loaded with 200 cots and 400 * Mighty Rio Grande Flood Rushing Toward Laredo any member of the Police Department or from the Paramount, Queen or Park Drive-In theaters The movie on July 9 will be a! brand-new release. “The Big Chase" with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. j •nd Lon Chaney’ Jr. Contributions to the fund may be mailed or brought to the Abi lene Reporter-News. Checks should j be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. Previous total acknowledged: 88,263.47 Abilene Dairy Queen    6 00 Excel Bible Class — St. Paul Methodist Church    25 00 Grace Lutheran Sunday School    7 45 Busch and Sons Employees    13.00 D. M. Clinton Service Station 4,00 Home Builders Class—Aiders-gate Methodist Church 5 00 H. R. Stevenson    5.18 Mrs. Kate N. Thrane    10 00 Richard C. Merchant    5.00 I.efevbre Goulding    10 00 Ralph N. Hooks    25 00 Dr. W. Hubert Seale    10.00 West Central Drilling Co.    25 00 Texas A Pacific Railway Employees    50 00 Total    *8,43292 THIS FIRST. If your Reporter News comer's service is prompt ond sotisfoc-tory, pay him the some way. And, J you're not reading BOTH ed*t ons, odd the other , . . and send Him on to Son Anton ^ . . . |r » a wonderful vocation trip for corners who sell their quota of reoders. in Laredo should evacuation of families become necessary there 27 Workers in Area As of Tuesday morning, 27 national Red Cross disaster workers were in the stricken areas and more are to be assigned if the situation becomes worse. In announcing the fund appeal, j Bassett explained that the Red Cross finances its disaster relief program which includes emergency aid such as shelter, food, clothing and medical care. Following the present emergency the Red Cross will accept applications for rehabilitation assistance to re-es* j tablish homes, supply household I goods and meet other needs of families who require help. He said disaster sufferers are ; expected to use their own resourc-1 es for their recovery’. The Red Cross will give supplemental help ; to provide essentials of living. ( Contributions to the flood relief fund may be made to “Red Cross Disaster Relief” at the local Red Cross chapter. SOME FENDER DENTIN' DUE Tf one driver was Rushing and another Denton, you could expect some dentin’ if their fenders collided. That's about all that resulted in an accident between a car driven by Charles Fanmn Rushing, 1201 Mulberry St , and one driven by Ronald George Denton, 1633 Clinton St. Neither driver was injured in the accident at South Seventh St. and Sayles Blvd., police said. It happened about 10:30 am. Policeman Edwin L. Odell investigated, BRIDGE GOING I NDER — The International Bridge between Del Rio and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, was beat to kindling by flood waters of the Rio Grande River about 9 p.m. Monday, Last portion of the bridge to be sub merged is shown (circle) in the aerial view as seen about 4 p.m. Monday by pilots flying food and medical supplies between the two cities. More flood pictures on pages 7-A and 3-B. (Photo Courtesy San Angelo Standard-Times) Ozona Flood Leaves 12 Dead, 5 Missing AUSTIN fv-The state Defense and Disaster Relief Office lists 12 persons as dead in the Ozona flood: Janice Bedlack, 3. Ozona. Donna Jean Clapp, 14, Tulsa. Okla. David Eugene Ctapp, 3. Tulsa, Okla. Mrs. Hazel Maundy, 55. I nidentifed white male, 5. Mrs. Mary’ Golden. 25, Crowell, Larry Dean Golden, 5, Crowell, WiUie Tate, 78. Ozona. ^ Grover C. Martin, 73, Ozona. Donna Jefferies, 11 months, Ozona. Harry P. Holley, 14 months, Ozona. Unidentified white girl. 3 The defense office said five persons are missing. Mrs. R. A. Harrell. Crockett County Red Cross disaster chairman. .said 100 dwellings in the area were destroyed and 100 others suffered major damage. Approximately 150 other dwellings, she said, suffered minor damage Mrs. Harrell said that because of conditions there was no estimate yet as to the number of farm buildings damaged. She listed 30 business buildings here as sustaining major damage with 20 others getting mmor damage There was no dollars-and-cents estimate of the damage in first figures. The Red Cross listed as hospitalized here: Mrs. Annie Robertson, about 78. condition fairly good. Thomas C. Golden, 31, condition *ood. Donella Crank. 18 months, condition good. Mrs. Betty Jeffers. 20. condition fair. M. T. Holley, 33, condition fair. Mrs. Francis Bedlack, 30, condition good. Thirteen other persons, Red Cross reports said, had been treated at the Crockett County Hospital and released. Red Cross field workers here from over Texas and from St. Lou- Lamesa Hit By Cloudburst DIPLOMATIC SOURCE SAYS: Cease Fire Arrangements Being Made in Guatemala By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A West Texas cloudburst flooded Lamesa Tuesday, creating lakes in two residential sections, and another rain storm stalled cars in the streets of Midland. About six inches of rain fell at Lamesa, in the cattle and cotton-growing plains, between a. m. and mid-morn mg, and rain still came down. Midland, south ot Lamesa, caught 1 37 inches of rain and residential streets were flooded. There were no known casualties. Water piled up roof-deep in a MEXICO CITY iJV-A diplomatic source in Guatemala City reported today that arrangements were being completed for a cease fire in Guatemala The cease fire would provide an amnesty for political prisoners excepting known Communists. This report came a few hours after Guatemala got its third government in three days A new junta headed by an anti-Commumst displaced the government formed by CoJ. Carlos Enrique Diaz Sunday night Diaz, in turn, had taken over from the pro Communist President Jarobo Arbenz Gunnan. The rebels under Castillo Armas had threatened to keep up their fight against the regime headed by Diaz. The Guatemalan radio said yesterday afternoon rebel planes had bombed Guatemala City, the capital. Then the station went off the anti Red rebels driving toward the capital from the Honduras border. Associated Press Correspondent Jack Rutledge, in a dispatch from Guatemala City delayed 18 hours by censorship, reported that the junta had started a roundup yesterday of Communists He said two Red members of Parliament had token refuge in the Mexican Embassy He said among the first acts of the new military regime had been a shift in the top police command, with Jose Luis Morales Melgor named to succeed Rogelio Cruz Mer as chief of the civil police and J Antonio Saravia supplanting Jaime Rosenberg as secret police chief Under Heavy Guard Arheiu, Rutledge said, was confined under heavy guard jester- the air. A communique from the ! day to his private residence in the rebel headquarters made no mention of the bombing Diaz, former army chief of staff, took over Sunday night after the army-forced resignation of left-wing President Jacobo Arbenz Gutman. The new military regime promptly outlawed the Communist party, but this failed to placate suburbs of Guatemala City, with an armored car stationed in front. However, the Guatemalan govern ment* radio in a broadcast later yesterday said the ex-Pres:dent was flying to exile in Argentina. The Argentine government announced in Bueno« Aires last night that Arbenz i wife and two chil- dren had been given asylum in its ! Guatemala City embassy . Rutledge messaged that developments in the capita! yesterday were “so rapid that general confusion reigns ” He said censorship, lifted Sunday night after Arbenz's resignation, had been clamped j back on tight, "due mainly to the confusion '* He said U. S. Ambassador tJohn j Peurifoy was scheduled to confer with Diaz sometime yesterday. Meeting Called In Washington, the council of the Organization of American States (OASi called for Western Hemisphere foreign ministers to meet in Hio de Janeiro July 7 to consider means of stemming Rett penetration into Guatemala. The council decided to go ahead with plans for the meeting despite Guatemalan declarations that the party had been banned. The Inter American Peace Committee, a body within the OAS, prepared to go to Guatemala today on a fact-finding mission. The Guatemalan Embassy in Washington assured the committee it w ould not be barred from the fighting area, despite the change in government. AbileniaiTs Cousin Hospitalized; Two Children Missing Mrs. Leo Davts, 1042 Victoria St., was awaiting news Tuesday of a cousin, Mrs. Betty Jeffers, whose two children were reported lost in flooded Johnson's Draw near Ozona Mrs Jeffers was reported by the Associated Preas to have been hospitalized and tn * fair" condition Tuesday. according to a Red Cross release Earlier she had been revnjrted drowned along with her two children, a son, 2, and an infant daughter. Sadler Gets Clean Billot Health Sen. Harley Sadler has returned to Abilene after a month’s absence for rest and medical check up He was first at San Angelo, then at Temple Doctors in both places gave him a clean bill of health, lie reported. He returned to hi* oil office Monday. three-block section of fashionable homes and in the Latm-Ameriean section on tne east side of Lamesa Elsewhere in the city, water filled streets up to the floorboards of automobiles. The number of evacuees was uncounted. Boy scouts, firemen, policemen and volunteers went in i boats to help flooded-out residents. is headquarters had high praise from Mrs. Harrell who lives on a ranch south of here They said she used a game warden's radio-equipped automobile to direct the establishment here of the field kitchens and emergency facilities in the high school gymnasium. She talked with Supt. of Schools L. B. T. Sikes, the field workers said, and their long distance conversations got things in readiness in a hurry. Later, when receding flood waters allowed, Mrs. Harrell rushed into Ozona. Some 100 volunteers from public welfare units and from over Crockett County wer* helping. Red Cross workers had particular praise for Charley Butler, owner of the flooded Hi-Way Cafe. Butler moved what equipment he could from his drowned-out business establishment to the gymna sium and there supervised thf cooking and feeding of the flood victims. Mrs. Harrell quoted Water Supt. W. D. Cooper as saying that the Ozona water supply was sate for drinking purposes early today. She said a total of 500 families suffered loss in the flood and that approximately 500 persons had been fed in the emergency shelter at the gymnasium. River Roars 4 Miles in Width LAREDO (/P)—Its greatest flood in history rolled relentlessly down the Rio Grande today—past Del Rio, past Eagle Pass and on to Laredo. Behind it 15 were reported drowned at Ozona, not from the Rio Grande floodwaters but from the cloudbursts that turned creeks and arroyos into mighty rivers— and awoke the sleepy Rio Grande. The American Red Cross reported six known dead at Ozona and nine missing and probably dead. The highway patrol identified 12 dead, and the Associated Press had a report of another known dead not on either list. Eagle Pass Awake All Night A crest of 64 feet was expected at Laredo tomorrow’ evening. But already water had inched up into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, across the river from here. Eagle Pass, 100 miles up the river, stayed awake last night. All night long, the trucks shuttled back and forth evacuating those in trouble |- — 12 SP Trains Going Through Abilene Daily Twelve Southern Pacific trains per day are traveling through Abilene on Texas & Pacific Railway tracks due to Southwest Texas floods. W. C. Foster, TAP division superintendent, Big Spring, gave that information Tuesday. He said. “We don’t have any idea how long this will continue.’* Foster said two SP passenger trains and four freights travel east from El Paso to Fort Worth on the TAP lines daily. He said two SP passenger trains and four freights also travel west m TAP lines each day from Fort Worth to El Paso. This emergency routing began Sunday. First SP train to pass through Abilene did so late Sunday afternoon, Foster said. That was the crack Sunset Limited passenger train, going west. The SP trains are traveling between Fort Worth and Houston on SP’s own tracks. Del Rio. Ciudad Acuna. Ozona. Eagle Pass and Langtry are principal areas where the Rio Grande, other rivers and rain-swollen draws have overflowed. Property damage and loss of lives have been reported. or just scared, helping carry out merchandise from the stores down by the river, where water came to the top of the parking meters. Four houses and a big gasoline transport truck from nobody knew where were jammed with the other debris against the part of the international highway bridge still left J at Eagle Pass. Four patients at the Eagle Pass hospital, including a young mother who gave birth to a baby at midnight, were evacuated after water rose to a depth of eight feet all around the hill on which the hospital stands. Towb Shut Down Water was ankle deep this morning on the main street of Eagle Pass. The entire town shut down operations yesterday. During the night 150 persons were taken to the higher Eagle Pas* airport in National Guard 6-wheel trucks and in boats. Sixty National Guardsmen with heavy equipment patrolled the city. W. H. Brown, engineer at Eagle Pass, estimated that the Rio Grande crested at 55 feet early today there But nobody could be sure. The river was a mighty, roaring lake between three and four miles wide. What still was coming down the river, nobody could safely say. All communications with Langtry up the river and on the Devil’* River south of Ozona were gone. All ranch gauging points on the Rio Grande, the Pecos River and the Devil's Ridge above Eagle Pass were under water Two-Thirds Under Water Across the river from Eagle Pass, two-thirds of Piedras Negras appeared to be under water. The highway and railroad bridges at Eagle Pass went out. Thousands of persons on both sides of the river, from Del Rio to Laredo—about 155 miles—fled to the safety of higher ground Flood stages 5 to 15 feet higher than ever before were expected in the border cities today. But an International Boundary’ and Water Commission iIBWC' spokesman, after a plane flight over the river, said: “How much the river will rise after this creat passes is anybody’* guess ” The IBWC had lost contact with Sc« RIVER. Pf. X A. Col. 4 telephone pole with wrecked buildings as a backdrop’ depict part of the estimated one million dollar dam- OZONA DAMAGE HIGH—An upturned car jammed against a “ one town Monday afternoon. Colorado City Gets Drizzle A three-hour drizzle was reported at Colorado City Tuesday morning and the U, S. Weather Bureau here forecast that widely scattered shower« would continue in the Abilene area through Tuesday and Wednesday. A slow drizzle began at Colorado City at 5 a.m. and was still falling at 8 a m., when the rainfall total there measured .11 erf an inch. About an inch of rain fell three and a half miles northwest of Wingate in Runnels County Monday afternoon. A total of .45 of an inch was reported for Sunday and Monday at Wingate. A few drops of rain fell at Municipal Airport here Monday after-noon but not enough to measure even as a tract, the Weather Bureau said. THE WEATHER r.«, oKi*umxNV or commerce murant anuuc AR1LKNE ANO VICINITY — Partly ckHMty «Ml *»rsn totfe wtdaly *cau«rad Mwawi RXMl' ta Um attar rnxrn uta aven m* Tumday awl Wedaootaay Hiíh lampa! «cura both dar* naar » dagroo*. u» Tuesday ai*« to to 75. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Ctoar to partir c toady th» aftarnoor tomai* and Wtdeooday v»«h only a fra «adatad taso» **WEST TEXAS - Parti* cloudy to tatamdy tota aJtomooa. lotuabt and Wsdaaaday •cattorod thotvjarahowara. No tap»«*« lampar stura charuto*. EAST aad S<H TH CENTRAL TEXAS — Ctoar to partly deeds and warm th¡s attornoo», tonl*ta and W»datoday with only a («« laolatad »he»er«. TKMUmATVmSS Mea. P M. to ..... m ..... •T ..... us _____ ss SS - m ..... 77    ...... 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