Abilene Reporter News, July 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

July 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas Partly Cloudy, nru* Hot (?ÎWÏatuv aviuuii / «tlvH'D w u-i Ci FVP1WTWR »Z^    mmm ju X«    •    u FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKEfcH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron i'f-.V VOL. LXXIV, NO. 31 ~aRTT.ir.MF TEXAS." MONDAY EVENING, JULyTT 1954-S1XTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10« _ i warn*- X YOUNGEST STOCKHOLDER — Robin Leigh Brister, youngest stockholder in the Citizens National Bank, attended ground-breaking ceremonies Monday with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Scott. The 18-months-old girl is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. >eace Za ed Possible by CREEK CHANNELING Start of Bond Project Planned Miller Brister of Waco. Snyder Man's Trial Passed At Lubbock LUBBOCK, July 19 — Scheduled trial today of John Brent Tarlton Jr., 21, of Snyder, in 99th District Court here was passed until the latter part of August or early September. The defendant’s attorney, Murray House of Monahans, requested the delay because of another case he is handling. Tarlton is charged on a count of assault with intent to murder with malice. He is accused of beating Sheriff R. L. (Bogue) Wilkins of Fisher County. Tarlton was a member of a trio which broke out of the Roby jail last Dec. 15. The trio was rounded up near Sweetwater after a widespread manhunt which included airplanes, horsemen and bloodhounds. Other members of the trio were Huey Jack Pitts, 20 and Amos Benny Bolton, 22, both of Dallas. Bolton was tried here last April. He drew a one-year prison term A jury decided there was no mal ice on his part. Testimony in Bol ton’s trial revealed that during the jailbreak, Sheriff Wilkins was in jured, D. F. Driver, 74, Roby jail er, testified he also was assaulted Delay in Tarlton’s trial was granted by Judge James G. Den ton. Deadman Creek channeling into municipal Lake Fort Phantom will probably be done during this calendar year, City Manager Austin P. Hancock said Monday. That's one of the projects planned under the $6.65 million city bond issues which citizens approved in Saturday’s election. The creek diversion — for water supply increase — has the No. 1 priority in the City Commission’s planning. Hancock predicted that construction will be begun this year on the gates in the Clear Fork pumping station dam. This is another water supply HERE'S ONE SURE WAY TO STOP WATERINGS bonds will probably be held early next year, Hancock said. Tentative plans of the commission are to sell the $6.65 million issues in a series of sales over a period of years, probably; five years. Hancock said he hopes the city i will have sold by the end of 1955 | the following amounts; $1 million of the (water and sewer) revenue ‘ bonds, all $250,000 of the fire station bonds, $200,000 of the street improvement bonds, and $100,000 of the park and playground bonds. Owners of the presently outstanding $317,000 worth of city water and sewer revenue bonds will HALTOM CITY, Tex. (APV-Citv officials solved the water shortage easily yesterday. They simply shut otf the water.    *    ,    , The cutoff was ordered when citizens were found watering their lawns despite an ordinance prohibiting it. The city was without water from 1 to 4 p.m. “It’s going to be unpopular.” said Mayor Virgil Goodman. “But if that’s what it takes, we’re going to do it. Heat, Bullets No Trouble Expeded by Westerner project under th. bond issues It ™ ^tituUonsTor sn eoual will kelp the city recover more flood water from the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, putting it into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Bond issue projects which Hancock predicted will be completed during 1955 are: (1) Both new fire stations, built and equipped, and in operation. (2) The 1.5-million-gallon capacity elevated water storage tank at South 19th St. and Highland Ave. installed. (3) Survey of park and playground needs made by a firm of expert planners, and approved by the City Commission and the Park and Public Recreation Board. (4) The gates in the Clear Fork pumping station dam (5) Several of the major water mains. Work which Hancock expects to see started, but not finished in 1955 includes: (1) Addition of 5 million gallons to the treated water storage capacity of Grimes Filter Plant. (2) Construction of a new sewage disposal plant on a new sewer farm, away from the Lake Fort Phantom Hill watershed. (3) Laying of a 39-inch outfall sewer line from the present sewer farm to the new sewage disposal site. First sale of tfaa authorized Top Killers sum in revenue refunding bonds. This is a technicality, which voters authorized Saturday. The replacement was necessary, as the law requires retirement of all twit standing revenue bonds before I city issues new ones. We probably won’t sell any of our new bonds until we have com pleted substituting the refunding bonds for the outstanding revenue issues,” Hancock said. “This should be accomplished in two or three months.” First Southwest Co., an investment house, is acting as the city’s agent in contacting owners of the outstanding revenue bonds and making the exchanges for refunding bonds. McCall, Parkhurst & Crowe, Dallas attorneys, handle paper work for the city in connection with last Saturday’s bond election. They will contact the Texas attorney general and secure his approval for the issuance of the various bonds which voters authorized. Abilenians Saturday approved the following bond issues: Waterworks, $3.25 million; sanitary sewers, $1.75 million; street improvements, $1 million; fire stations, $250,000; parks and playgrounds, $400,000. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Heat and gunfire, not traffic, became the worst killers during the weekend in Texas, with four and possibly 10 deaths blamed on high temperatures. The Texas violent death toll mounted to 23. Only three reported deaths were blamed on traffic, usually the worst killer. Eight persons were shot to death. Four persons succumbed directly to the heat, and there were USDA Drought Aid Uncertain WASHINGTON W-The Agriculture Department was reported today to be undecided as to what kind of a drought relief program to put in effect in more than a score of counties in Central Texas. Rep. Poage (D-Tex), after conference with government officials, said no action has yet been taken but the department is willing to help make hay available at reduced prices to ranchers. Under this program the government would pay half the freight costs up to a maximum of $10 a ton to get hay shipped into distressed areas. ACCUSED AS RED Abilene Police Cars To Be Equipped Will Sawed-off Shotguns BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION—Malcolm Meek, president of Citizens National Bank, takes his turn at turning a shovel of earth in groundbreaking activities at the new bank building site Monday morning. W. G. Swenson, board member and first cashier of the bank, (left) turned the first shovel full. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) McCarthy Orders Worker Removed From Hearings All Abilene city police cars are being equipped with sawed-off shotguns, Capt. C. A. Veteto announced Monday. One of the Remington pump shotguns wiU be placed in each car. Four such guns have already been acquired, and five more are to be purchased. Two Winchester 30-30 rifles have been secured for the department These are retained at police head quarters. They will be used on manhunts and similar emergen cies, Capt. Veteto said. Each policeman carries a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver. Equipment which the department has had for some time in dudes one tear gas gun and a Thompson sub-machine gun. Both are kept at the station for emergencies.    _ 200 AT CEREMONY Citizens' 1st Cashier 1st to Break Ground Charge of Murder Filed in Death Of Aspermont Man ANSON, July 19 (RNS)—Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves said Monday that he had “filed a murder charge in JP court at Stamford auainst Leroy Adams. Adams gave himself up to Stamford police Sunday after Sonny Larry, Aspermont Negro was shot to death at the Will Whitfield home in West Stamford about 3.30 a.m. Larry was dead on arrival at the Stamford Sanitarium and the body was taken to an Aspermont funeral home. Adams telephoned Stamford police about 9:45 a.m. Sunday and offered to give himself up. He was taken to the Anson jail by Reves. The arrest was made by policemen W. H. Plant and White Shana-ielt of Stamford, By CLARK POTTS    1 W. G. Swenson, first cashier for Citizens National Bank when it opened in 1902, was the first to turn a shovel full of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new bank building Monday morning. Bank President Malcolm M. Meek and other bank officials gathered on the site of the new Citizens Bank building at 9 a. m. for the ceremony. Heavy earth-moving equipment roared to a start seconds after the ceremonial shovelfull of earth had been turned. On hand for the ceremony were approximately 200 persons, one sf whom was Mrs. J. M. Wagstaff, wife of the bank’s organizer and first president, the late J. M. Wagstaff. Fronts on Cypress Site for the $2.5 million building is between North Fourth and North Fifth Sts., fronting Cypress St. Following the invocation by the Rev. Harlie Woolard, pastor of the First Christian Church, Meek stood hatless in the blazing morning sun to deliver a short address and to introduce the directors of the bank. “It has become necessary for the bank to expand into more modem facilities in order to serve more adequately the demands brought about by increased bus iness,” Meek stated. Representatives of companies awarded contracts for construction of the bank building were in troduced by Meek, I George L. Dahl, head of Dahl architects and engineers of Dallas presented a gold shovel to the bank president to be used in the groundbreaking activities. Eight Stories High The new bank building, which will be completed in a year if steel is available, will be eight stories high topped with a two-story tower. The tower will house air conditioning equipment and elevator shafts. The main banking rooms will occupy the basement, first and second floors of the building. Six floors will be used for office space. A two-story parking garage— room to park 200 cars—will also be included in the new building. Rose Construction Co. of Abilene, was awarded the general contract for construction erf the building. Contracts Awarded Other contracts were awarded to Farwell Co. of Dallas, mechanical contract; and W. K. Jennings Electric Co. of Austin and Abilene, electrical contract. The F. C. Olds Co. of Abilene are associate architects. Directors of the bank are Joe C. Benson, C. M. Caldwell, W. J. Fulwiler, Ed Grissom, H. M. Harrison, E. L. Harwell, J. C. Hunter Jr., Malcolm M. Meek, Gilbert Pechacek, John B. Ray, Homer H. ■Scott, W. G. Swenson, W. D. Watkins, and W. P, Wright. WASHINGTON UR - Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) began public hearings today on his repeated charges of 130-odd subversives in defense plants and ran into a stormy clash with a man named as one of them. It wound up with McCarthy’s having the man removed from the hearinp room. Yelling about informers and stool pigeons, Charles Wojchowski was hauled out by a Capitol policeman acting on McCarthy’s orders. Wojchowski had been identified as a Red by James W. Glatis of Boston, who testified he himself had joined the Communist party as an FBI undercover man. McCarthy interrupted Glatis’ testimony to inquire if Wojchowski were in the room. A short, stocky young man in grey slacks and dark grey jacket came forward. The senator asked if he would like to be sworn in as a witness so he could affirm or deny whether he was a Red, 3-Day Wafer Usage Way Over Last Year Abilenians used four times as much water on each of the past three days as they did on the same dates last year. One reason was given by City Water Supt. Curtis C. Harlin Jr. During this period in 1953 Abilene got some rains. None of the past three days' usages equaled the all-time high for a single day. Sunday, the consumption was 20.636.000 gallons, compared to 5.319.000 for the same date last year, Saturday, usage was 21,380,000, compared to 5,952,000 the same day in 1953. Friday, Abilene used 20,644,000 gallons, compared to 5,374,000 gallons that date of last year. AU-time high for a single day’s use in Abilene is 22,442,000 gallons, That was recorded Wednesday of last week. I Wojchowski shouted; “I’d like to know what the charges are, who the accusers are. I’d like to have time to prepare.” He said a telegram practically convicting him had been sent to his employer and had just about cost him his job. “I don’t know who the stool pigeons and informers are,” Wojchowski said. McCarthy said, “You are not going to come here and call an FBI agent a stool pigeon.” “Officer,” the senator said, “remove this man.” He said Wojchowski would have a chance to come back later and testify. No Details Glatis didn't go into details about Wojchowski except to say he is a Communist party member and works for Allis Chalmers in Boston. Glatis also said he knew Yates C. Holmes and Edwin Garfield and had attended party meetings with them. McCarthy said these two also work for Allis Chalmers in Boston and have sent word they will appear before his investigations subcommittee tomorrow. Francis P. Carr, chief of staff of the subcommittee, said the Allis Chalmers plant has done secret defense work in the past, but he doesn’t know whether it is handling classified (secret) defense contracts now. Today’s hearing was the first directed at what McCarthy said are 130-odd individuals who apparently are members of the Communist party and work in defense plants. He said he used the word “apparently” because “some may be FBI agents.” Joined by Mundt McCarthy started the hearing off as a one-man quorum. Later Sen. Mundt (R-SD) came in and took a spot by McCarthy’s side. Mundt said Wojchowski’s “riot ous activity” had “an old aroma to me” and the man apparently was under Communist discipline He suggested Allis Chalmers be notified and cautioned to get him away from any access to defense work or persons familiar with It. McCarthy said there is a “serious question” whether Allis Chalmers has the right to fire anyone who refused to say whether he is or is not a Communist but he hoped the company would follow the example of General Electric, which, he said, has ousted employes who have refused to testify on grounds of possible self-incrimination. It was the first hearing at which McCarthy has presided since March 17 when his public pursuit of Communists was shoved aside for the McCarthy-Army hearings. Soon after the dash with Wojchowski, McCarthy recessed the hearings until tomorrow. When McCarthy adjourned the hearing, he said he had run out of “friendly” witnesses and had been unable to get the Senate s permission to continue the meeting Any Senate committee meeting without permission while the Senate is in session automatically loses its right to enforce subpoenas or to punish for contempt of Con gress or perjury. six drownings—possibly of persons who had sought relief from the hpnt u/uyA Some of the latest reported deaths: A 67-year-old Longview Negro, Will Smith, shot himself to death Sunday morning after fatally wounding a Negro woman, Willie Mae Smith. An unidentified man was shot to death at a dance at a private home west of Conroe Saturday night. Officers searched for a man who fled. Sonny Larry, Aspermont, Tex., Negro, was shot to death Sunday in a west Stamford home. Another Aspermont man was jailed at Anson. Four members of a Houston family drowned Saturday when their skiff was swamped by squally winds in Galveston Bay. Dead were Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Caruso; a son, Frank, 11, and the boy’s grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Maybin. The sole survivor of the ill-fated outing was a daughter, Barbara Victoria Caruso, 12, who was rescued by two fishermen. Bill Vacek, 30, East Bernard, drowned after the chartered fishing boat, the Pearl Louise, sank 12 miles off Freeport Saturday. Sixteen other persons were rescued by a shrimp boat two hours after the charter boat went down. Maury Lockridge, 61, Caddo, Okla., was found shot to death in a parked car at roadside park four miles east of Bonham Saturday. A suicide verdict was returned. Mrs. Hazel E. Crumholt, 51, Baton    Rouge,    La., was    killed    Saturday    in an    auto accident    five miles east of Terrell, Tex. Mac Wade Brown, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Brown, Turner-town, was drowned Saturday while swimming in a pond near Wnght City.    _    _    . Mrs. Betty    Ponder,    Longview, was killed about midnight Saturday in a 2-car collision seven miles west of Longview. Her husband, Earl MUton Ponder, 34, and A. D. Davis Jr., 31, Tyler, the driver of the other car, were critically injured.    _ GENEVA m-A high Western source said tonight a cease-fire agreement on the Indochina war is almost certain to be reached before French Premier Pierre Mendes-Fram e’s deadline of Tuesday midnight. This source, who declined to be identified by name but who is well informed on the course of the long, difficult negotiations for peace, said the momentum of Mendes-France’s drive for peace was carrying the movement along. The informant conceded some details remain to be ironed out and that the peace drive could “hit a snag.” But it was obvious this was not expected. The informant said it is unlikely that a peace agreement will be signed before tomorrow. Apparently no definite hour has been set. Mendes-France was confident himself as he met reporters briefly today when his deadline for achieving peace was little more than 24 hours away. The French premier, who said a month ago he would quit if he could not bring peace to Indochina by midnight July 20, spoke to reporters as he came out of a 2 hours 17 minute meeting with U.S. Undersecretary of State Walter Bedell Smith. Earlier today a British spokesman said Mendes-France had “a chance, that’s all” to make his deadline.    ,    , Another Western official said he wouldn’t even bet on the proposition. The top Communist delegates here kept to themselves. One high conierence source said Mendes-France had pushed away one obstacle to peace in a tentative fashion—the long debated question of the International Commission to police the armistice. This source said the French and the Communists seem to have settled the composition of the commission with Canada, India, and Poland as the members. There would be last minute changes, it was emphasized. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES FHA WINDFALL — "Windfall profits from FHA mortgages hove been admitted. Did the persons involved commit a crime. Page 2»A,    .... NEW THEORY—British doctor believes that husbands who snore are simply expressing their love for their mates, but most wives disagree. Page 8-A. LANDMARK FALLS—a 48-year-old Abilene house is being raied to permit church expansion. Page IB. Privale Holdings Of Atomic Energy Debated in Senate THE WEATHER WASHINGTON «^-Debating senators attacked and defended today a proposal that private firms be authorized to produce power from atomic energy. The proposal is included in legislation to revise the 1946 Atomic Energy Act. The bill also would permit sharing some atomic secrets with this country’s allies and make other changes in the law. Sen. Knowland <R-Calif) said after a meeting of GOP congressional leaders at the White House he hoped voting on the measure could be started today, but no major vote was in sight as the Senate swung into its fifth day of debate. CIO President Walter Reuther meantime urged the Senate to defeat the measure, saying in a statement that its passage would cause the U.S. public “an incalculable loss.” PARENTS OF ROSCOE MAN 1st Wife, Then Tom Died; Morried for 80 Years UJ. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY-Ctear to Partly cloudy and continued hot Monday aft-enioon and Tuesday. High both days near 100 Low Monday night 75, NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Oear to partly cloudy and hot thia    .5^ night and Tuesday, vrlth a lew isolated ^WEST^TEXAS: Partly ctoudy and warm this afternoon tonight and Tuesday wUi> widely scattered showers and thunder rivow- temperatures SUN. P. M.    M<wr 98 ............ 1=30 ............ ^ 100  ........... 2:» ............ g 108 ............ 3:30 ............ 100 ............ 4 30 ............ 5:30  w 8.30 .....  77 108 108 97 92 92 89 7:30 8.30 9:30 10:30 11:30 S3 85 WHITNEY, Tex. (5» — “Uncle Tom” Rose, 101, is dead of old age just a little over a year after his wife’s death ended what was believed to be the longest marriage in the United States. Uncle Tom died yesterday in the same little house near Whiting where he and Aunt Easter had lived 58 years. When she died on June 9, 1953, the couple had been married 80 years. They were believed then to have been married longer than any living couple in the United States. Funeral arrangements for Rose are incomplete. When Uncle Tom and Aunt Easter celebrated their 75th wedding 87 ............ 12:*»    —■ — 11- Barometer reading at j12:30'»-12-Relative humidity at Î2:» 40%. Maximum temperature 1er 24 hours In* at 8:30 a.m.: 181.    . Minimum temperata» kx M Boot# end* fof at 8:38 a.m.t 75. Uncle Tom would have been 102 next Sunday. Both he and Aunt Easter were born in Tennessee. Mrs. Rose, the former Easter Harbon, was born in Hardin County, Tenn., and they were married there on Jan. 16, 1873. They moved in 1877 in a covered wagon to the land where they latef built the house in which they lived together 58 years. They had nine children, 42 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren —123 direct descendants. The children are H. E. and W. T Rose of Whitney; H. M. Rose of ter ceujwtucu hwh       *    _ anniversary in 1948, they repledged Morgan, Tex.; C. F. Rose of Ros- their marriage vows in a ceremony coe, Tex.; D. D. Rose of Purcell, in a hall above a drug store in this little town. Harry S. Truman, then President, sent a telegram of congratulations and *httndreds of friends brought gifts. Okla.; Mrs. J. W. Jackson of Post, Tex.; Mrs. T. A. Hendrix of Wichita Falls; Mrs. Cordia Farrar ©i Guthrie, Okla., and Mrs. Jessii Connolly of Whitney. f    u    * ;