Abilene Reporter News, July 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

July 02, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas / FAIR HOT 1A €\)t gfofltne Reporter JZK up* ■ ✓*■■ EVENING FINAL'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXIII, No. 378 Atatciated Preti (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 2, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Flood Toll Reaches 62 EAGLE PASS, Tex. W)—'The Rio Grande was back in its banks today, its receding waters carrying tbe secret of how many died and leaving mounds of foul, disease-breeding mud. Hidden in the muck and in the draining waters was the answer to whether the best available figures —62 dead, 90 to 400 missing—fall short of the truth. President Eisenhower declared the stricken borderland eligible for disaster Joans. Gov. Allan Shivers’ own state disaster task force flew to the border to work with the federal people. The Red Cross, the Salvation Army and individuals had little rest. 100-Degree Heat To Last 2 Days; Rain Deficit Up July’s sizzling weather will continue for at least two more days. The Weather Bureau Friday forecast temperature peaks of 100 degrees for both this afternon and Saturday. The month opened Thursday with a scorching 98-degree high. Temperatures during last month* hit higher marks than June of ’53 but the average temperature was a pleasant 83 degrees, which was 5 degrees less than the average of last year’s hot June. But less rain fell here last month than during any June since 1901. The Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport recorded .03 last month. Nor .al for June is 2.79 inches. Rainfall for the year dropped I.82 inches below normal. Precipitation this year has amounted to 10.03 inches. Normal rainfall is II.85 inches. Clothing, food, medicine and money were on the way. The need was greatest across the river in Piedras Negras, whose announced toll of 38 dead and 90 missing may be a mockery. One Mexican army major said the dead there may number more than 400. Nuevo Laredo, sister Mexican city of Laredo, Tex., counted its first dead—the bodies of five members of a family identified only as Gomez, They were recovered yesterday. Mexican pride prevented delivery of aid which the United States was anxious to send across the river. Apparently protocol demands a formal request from the Mexicans. The request was not forthcoming, although everyone here knew food, medicine, water-and technical help was needed in Piedras Negras. Shivers to Greet Backers Tonight A reception for Gov. Allan Shivers will begin at 7:45 p.m. Friday on the mezzanine floor of the Windsor Hotel. The governor is expected to arrive in Abilene around 5 p.m. Friday. He will fly here from El Paso. A group of ^hivers supporters will meet him at the airport. R. M. Wagstaff, chairman of the Shivers - for - governor supporters here, said that the governor will appear on a 15-minute television program at 6:45 p.m. over KRBC-TV. At the reception, Shivers will greet Abilenians and Taylor Coun tians. The event will last until 9 p.m. . Shivers is to remain here overnight, leaving by plane early Sat urday morning for North Fort Hood, where he will review the 49th Armored Division. Chief Hallmark Thanks Spann Fund Donors PICKETING ENDS Phone Workers Return to Jobs Western Electric installers voluntarily ended a 10-hour picketing of Bell Telephone Co. here Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Bell workers, who had refused to violate the picket lines Thursday, went on the regular 10 p.m. shift after the pickets quit, and again returned to work as usual Friday. * The installers were still on strike, however, and could begin picketing again at any moment, R. O. Taylor, job steward for the Communication Workers of America local, said Friday morning. The picketing was called off by the local, not on orders of the national union, which has not actually issued a nation-wide picket order. CWA national headquarters, parleying with Western Electric officials over a pay raise, tentatively agreed to hold off a nationwide picket order until Tuesday, subject to change, the Associated Press reported. Exchanges Tied Up However, locals all over Texas tied up Bell exchanges temporarily with picket lines, AP reported. “We decided it would be better (to take the pickets off),” Tay- lor said Friday morning. “When they’ll go back, I don’t know. It might be today or it might be tomorrow.” The Dallas CWA office has not notified him of strike plans yet, Taylor said. He added wryly that he tried to call them all day Thursday and couldn’t get through because the strike had slowed down long distance service. Mrs. Bessie Shelton, head of the Bell workers local, said that all her union members were off work during the shifts when the pickets were up. Bell workers did not return from lunch Thursday when the installers set up their picket lines at 10:45 a.m. However, the night shift came on as usual at 10 p.m. Thursday after the picket line was struck. Although only seven installers are on strike, according to Taylor, their picket lines put around 340 workers off the job. The CWA workers want from 6 to 8 cents an hour raise, keeping all fringe benefits, which they claim the company is trying to do them out of with a 4 to 7 cents an hour raise. With more than $1,000 still to be added from a midnight movie at the Paramount July 9, the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund stood at $8,712.92 Friday morning. Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark wrote to the Reporter-News Thursday thanking the newspaper for its inauguration of the fund. “In behalf of the entire Abilene Police Department,’’ Chief Hallmark wrote, “I wish to express my grateful appreciation to you for the interest you have shown in inaugurating and conducting the campaign for the relief of the fam- ! ilv of our officer Jimmy Spann... including your generous contribution to the fund. “We have learned that your newspaper can always be counted' on to cooperate with our department in any worthy undertaking, looking to the safety of the lives and property of our citizens, and this means a lot to us.” Mrs. Spann and the two children, left fatherless when Spann w as shot down during a gun battle June 17, appeared on KRBC-TV Thursday evening with the Rev. Sterling Price. Tickets for the Paramount midnight show are on sale from Abilene police department members and at Interstate Theaters, Manager Wally Akin said. Balance of the fund now stands at $7,167.20, a#ter $1,545.72 spent in meeting the family’s obligations was subtracted. Contributions to the fund may be brought or mailed to the Reporter-News. Checks should be made out to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. Previously k acknowledged:    $8,582.92 New gifts: Stewart’s Nursing Home, 1326 Palm St.    2.50 Stewart’s Nursing Home, 2102 Swenson Ave.    2.50 Anonymous    4.00 Lubbock Policemen’s Auxiliary    5.00 G. B. Tittle    10.00 Johnny Harper    5.0Q Texas Employment Commission Employes    40.00 Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Boykin 15.00 Mrs. George S. Browne 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Claude A. Hann    10.00 Mrs. Dennis Manly    10.00 Hooks Insulation Co.    5.00 City's Bank Deposits Hit 7th Straight Peak Mid-Year fotal J; Up $5 Millions By KATHARYN DUFF Abilene bank deposits on June 30 set another all-time mid-year record for the seventh consecutive year. The three Abilene banks released deposit and loan figures in response to state and national calls for condition reports. The reports, issued Friday, were totals as of close of business June 30. Total deposits in Abilene are $67,058,751. This is an increase of $4,771,557 over the total deposits this time last year of $62,287,194. Abileue deposits are: Citizens National Bank, $32,092,036 now; $29,306,909 a year ago. Farmers & Merchants National Bank, $27,726,052 now; $27,155,893 a year ago. First State Bank, $7,240,663 now; $5,824,392 a year ago. The six banks in Taylor County now have total deposits of $72,346,454. The banks at Merkel, Trent and Tuscola, too, show gains over a year ago when county deposits totaled $67,241,767. The climb in local deposits is credited to several factors: Be- Total $8,712.92 VETERAN COWBOYS—Otto Jones, right, of Colorado City and manager of Spade Ranch, and Charles Featherstone, left, Wichita Falls rancher, were among the old-time cowhands in Thursday opening Stamford rodeo parade. Jones is president of the Reunion Association and Featherstone is £ past president anH current director. Featherstone formerly lived at Aspermont. (Staff Photo by David Barros) Cowboy Reunion Opens to 6,000 Johnson Says People Won't Support UN It Red China Admitted WASHINGTON — Democratic leader Lyndon Johnson of Texas told the Senate today that the “American people will refuse to support the United Nations if Communist China becomes a member.” Johnson lined up squarely behind Senate Republican leader Know-land of California in a demand for a reaprpaisal of this country’s foreign policies and defense. In an interview earlier, Know-land said he may ask Congress to shut off all American contributions to the U.N. if that organization admits the Chinese Reds. He said Secretary of State Dulles would be asked to reaffirm U.S. policy on the issue in an appearance before the Foreign Relations Committee today. By BOB COOKE Reporter-News Farm Editor STAMFORD, July 2 - The grand entry, colorful opening spectacle of the 24th annual Texas Cowboy Reunion rodeo Thursday night, thrilled a crowd estimated at more than 6,000 persons. Approximately 800 horses and riders, including old-time cowhands, cowgirl sponsors, rodeo contestants, and junior cowboys and cowgirls* weaved around the vast arena. The Hardin - Simmons University “white horse” brigade, led by Will Watson, displaying the United States and Texas flags, spearheaded the arena entry. “Goat” Mayo of Petrolia provided the rodeo animals. Results of most of the events in the first go-round of the four-day show favored the livestock. But the cowboy contestants have the livestock outnumbered. The entry list, totaling 543 cowboys and 46 cowgirl sponsors, is so large that many of the contestants vie in the “slack” period of the program meeting early in, the morning instead of waiting to perform before the arena crowd at night. The final group of contestants in the first go-round compete in Friday events and the winners will be named at the conclusion of Fri day night’s program. Win Contests In the “slack” roping and wild cow milking contests, which began at 7:30. a.m. Thursday, the three top winners in the events were: Calf roping—-Jack Newton, Abilene, 12 seconds; N. A. Pitcock, Aspermont, 14 seconds; and Fred Dalby, Aspermont, 14.4 seconds. Wild cow milking—E. J. Freeman, Clyde, 21.3; Dalby, 23; and Odell Blackwell, McAdoo, 29. These times were pitted against the following marks posted in the Thursday night show: Calf roping—Jerry Hodges, Iowa Park, 14.5; Lawson Smith, Jay-ton, 21; and J. T. Huey, Electra, 25.1. Wild cow milking—Dale Bradshaw, Abilene, 19.5 plus 10 sec ond penalty; James Whitley, Stamford, 50.3; and Pete Drennan, Guthrie, 63. Association Elects Heads STAMFORD, July 2 - Henry Record of Monument, N. M., was elected president of the Texas Cowboy Reunion Association Friday morning. He replaces O. F. Jones of Colorado City. The election was held in the Reunion bunkhouse here. All officers won unanimous consent. Lewis Ackers of Abilene, a past president of the association, urged the group to “let the younger generation know we’re behind them.” Other new officers are: H. E. Culwell of Avoca, first vice-president; Porter H. Campbell of Rule, second vice-president; J. V. Hudson of Haskell, secretary-treas-urer; Rufe Denson of Rule, range boss; Clinton Ezell of Stamford, wagon boss; Pete Blackshear of As permont, horse wrangler; and Pat Jones, of Sierra Blanca, wagon cook. Only five of the 12 ropers in the night contest posted a score and only four of the 12 wild cow mil-ers turned in a score. Abilenians Applauded Two Abilene riders • turned in performances which drew the most appiause from the crowd. Their rides may not have been scored the highest by the judges, but David Rushing, in the bare-back bronc event, drew a round of appiause when he conquered, an outlaw horse named Roby. Next in favor with the spectators apparently was the bareback ride *by Bobby Wedeking, Stamford youth, on Poison Ivy. Kenneth Killough, Abilene rider, drew the crowd’s attention in the steer riding event when he gave steer No. 33 a thorough ride. Ernest Pope, Fort Worth cowhand, probably turned in the second best steer ride on No. 32. Only three of the seven contestants in the saddle bronc event completed rides. They were Rusty Welsh of Jayton, Jimmy Moore of Post and Harold Dean Thomas, Jayton. Mare Race Pleases The wild mare race had only four entries, but these contestants staged a crowd-pleasing perform- See REUNION, Pg. 5-A, Col. 7 NEW TYE OFFICIALS—The new City of Tye had its first official family Friday morning after County Judge Reed Ingalsbe administered the oath of office to a mayor and five aldermen. The new officials were named in Tye’s first city election June 28. Giving and receiving the oath of office are (front row, left to right) Judge* Ingalsbe, Mayor Bill C. Mauldin and Aldermen Homar Laney and W- H. Rister; (back row) Aldermen L. L. Knight, Theo Kincaid and T. J. Hinds. (Staff Photo) TODAY'S PROGRAM FOR REUNION 2 p. ra.—Memorial service of Texas Cowboy Reunion Association, Inc., at Bunkhouse. 6 p. m.—Ranch chuck wagons open to serve food to visitors. 8 p.m.—Grand entry in arena, cowboy rodeo contests and girl sponsors events follow. 10 p.m.—Sponsors’ dance at the Pavilion. 10 p.m.—Square dance at Round-Up Hall. WHAT'S HAPPENED TO OUR TOWN!!!! Ten years ago Abilene bulged at the seams with soldiers and fliers and their families. Then1, in 1945, Camp Barkeley and the Air Base closed and pessimists said the town was dead. Newspapers and magazines labeled Abilene a “ghost town.“ Somebody was badly mistaken. Instead of going down, Abilene started going up. Building boomed. New industry and business came to town. Pojwjlation grew. Where do we stand today? The Sunday Reporter-News will bring you a picture of Abilehe Today. Staff Writers Earle Walker, Dave Brumbeau, Katharyn Duff, Sherwyn McNair and Johnf Danil-son, will review the current business picture. Pictures, charts and graphs will pinpoint the development. It all adds up to a convincing picture. Abilene, the town which dared to raise more than $140,000 to get Camp Barkeley in 1940, and more than $800,000 to get the Abilene Air Base now under construction, is on its way. On its way to bigger things — to spectacular population growth, to becoming even more important than it has been in the past as the Key City of West Texas. You'll not want to miss this portrayal of progress in Sunday's Reporter-News. ginning of the flow of the $70 million the Defense Department will spend on Abilene Air Base; the increased oil activity; a grain crop that was much better than expected; and general healthy business conditions. Abilene’s happy situation, mon-eywise, is reflected throughout this area. Thirty-four banks in this part of the state have already made their mid-year reports to The Abilene Reporter-News.' Of these banks, 28 have more money on deposit now than they did 12 months ago. Declines in the other six were for the most part small.” Abilene’s current bank deoosits are more than double what they were in the height of the warboom days. At mid-year of 1944 there was a total of $37.7 million on deposit here. Local deposits have dropped only once at mid-year since then. That was in 1947 when there was a temporary decline because of withdrawal of government funds. The increase in local loans has just about kept pace with the increase in deposits. Loan totals announced by the banks are: Citizens National, $11,797,780 now; $9,901,809 a year ago Farmers & Merchants National, $9,845,415 now; $7,722,841 a year ago. First State, $3,015,664 now; $2.-704,299 a year ago. Over the territoy, deposit increases have been reported from Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Bronte, Cisco, Coleman, Cross Plains, Hamlin, Haskell, Lueders, Merkel, Midland, Moran, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Rochester, Rule, San Angelo, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Trent, Tuscola and Winters. Declines were reported at Colorado City, Eastland, Loraioe, Roby, Roscoe and Spur. Here are deposit figures from the first banks reporting: First National Albany, $5,215,000 now; $4.793,000 a year ago. First National, Anson, $3,456,000 now; $3,314,000 a year ago. First National Aspermont, $3,- 438.000 now; $3,(»0,000 a year ago. First National Baird, $4,364.000 now; $3,722,000 a year ago. First National, Bronte, $2,517, 000 now; $2,414,000 a year ago. First National, Cisco, $4,044,000 now; $3,971,000 a year ago. First Coleman National. $4,267, 000 now; $3,991,000 a year ago. Citizens State, Cross Plains, $2. 091.000 now; $1,853,000 a year ago. Colorado City National, $5.855,000 now; $6,002,000 a year ago. Eastland National, $3,314,000 now; $3,731,000 a year ago. F&M National, Hamlin, $4,405, 000 now; $4,350,000 a year ago. Haskell National, $4,239,000 now; $3,546,000 a year ago. First State, Loraine, $898,000 now; $976,000 a year ago. Farmers State, Lueders, $575, 000 now; $532,000 in December (June of 1953 not available) F&M National, Merkel, $3,194, 000 now; $3,126,000 a year ago. Midland National, $25.547,000 See BANKS, Page 7-A, Col. t $10,000 Suit Filed Against 2 L-Men Here A $10,000 civil liberties suit filed in U. S. Court Friday morning names two Texas Lquor Control Board officers as defendants. Jjm M. Horrell, 81, of 1441 Pecan St. is seeking recovery of damages from Leon C. Bowman and William Bateman. Bowman until recently was supervisor of the Abilene LCB office. |le was transferred to the Lubbock office as supervisor about two weeks ago. Bateman is an inspector with the LCB office here. Basis of Horrell’s suit is an incident that occurred at his residence the afternoon of last June 13. Another outgrowth of the incident was a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer filed against Horrell in Taylor County Court. The charge against Horrell is still pending in county court. Beating Charged In a petition filed by Dallas Scarborough as his attorney, Horrell alleges that the officers struck him with their fists and “cruelly beat him and cut and bruised him and knocked him down to the floor.” Bowman and Bateman, who were accompanied by Deputy Sheriff Lewis Grimes, said they handed Horrell a search warrant when they entered the house. Grimes was not named a defendant in the damage suit. Horrell’s petition alleges that “a search was conducted but the defendant found nothing of an illegal nature.” The suit is brought, according to the petition, because the plaintiff was “deprived of the rights, privileges and immunities secured to him and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Horrell became involved in an altercation with two city policemen June 24 when Patrolmen W. A. Ritchie and W. L, Wood stopped the car in which Horrell was riding because it ran a caution light. As a result, Horrell was charged in city court with using abusive language, assaulting an officer and permitting his unlicensed juvenile grandson to drive a car. Horrell was fined $25 on each of the three counts against him in city court. He first said he would serve the fines out in jail but after serving one day paid the $74 balance and was released WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE INDOCHINA LOST?—AIM lead-ers are resigned to losing a great chunk of Indochina to the Communists. Page 5- A. PAVING TISTS—City Commission takes no action on suggestion that Abilene test its own paving materials. Pag« 7-A. BLIND CORNERS—A campoign by the city and P-TA groups has resulted in 68 blind comers being eliminated in Abilene during June. Page 1-B. THE WEATHER VM. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE WEATHER BURFAC ABILENE AND VICINITY—Fair and hot this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow. High today 100. Low tonight 70-75. High tomorrow 10*. NORTH CENTRAL and WEST TEXAS— Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday with a few isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers. WEST AND SOI TH CENTRAL TEXAS— Partly cloudy with no important temperature changes this afternoon, tonight and Saturday, Widely scattered afternoon ami evening thundershowers. TEMPERATURES Thurs. P.M.    Fri.    A    M ** ........—    1:»      n Stt  ....... 3:30    ............ 75 »      3^30    ............ 74 *      4:30    ............ 73 * ............ 5»    ............    n *      6:30    ........... 72 *       r.V>    ............    7« 30       «:»    ............ Mi m ............ 9:30    ............ *3 «5      10:30    ............ m »3       11:30    ............ U 19 ........  U:30    ............ H Barometer reading at    13:»    p.*. ».2?. Relative humidity at    12:30    p.m. 38%. Maximum temperature for 34 hoars end- taut at g.3fha.m.: 9ft. Minimum temperature for 34 hoors «**, utg at 6:30 a.m .- it. ;