Abilene Reporter News, October 11, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

October 11, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, WARM Sbflene _, WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH .EXACTLY .AS IT Byron FINAL VOL. LXKIV, NO. 116 Associated Press (AP) ABILENK, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 11, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc County's Tax Values Rise Million Taylor County Tax Collector Raymond Petree announced Mon- day morning that the county's tax valuations have increased more than ?5 million in (he last year. Figures presented to the county commissioners by Petree show' that Ihe 1954 valuations for county taxes totaled The 1933 valuations were The increase is a rise of 13.8 per cent. The new valuation figure is al- most million above the mil- lion estimate on which the 1955 county budget was based. In addition to the county valuations, a report submit- ted to the commissioners for ap- proval included valuations, a re- port submitted to the commission- ers for approval included valua- tions of for state tax purposes. Total tax assessment for 1954 county taxes is S335.771 and state tax assessments totaled County school taxes are and a special tax of for road bonds in Precinct 1 will make the total county taxes for 1954 ?560.856. Following is a break-down show- ing valuations of the various types of property on which county taxes are assessed: Lands (rural) City property Personal property Hailroads Telegraph. telephone lines Pipelines Banks A statement submitted to the commissioners Monday morning bv Pritchard Abbott, tax valua- S 4.358.41 770.890 948.239 COMPOUND weak bridge and a heavy load left truckdriver Billy Joe Collins, 31, Carrollton, Tex., in this mess of trouble near Dallas. A wooden and steel bridge collapsed under the weight of his semitrailer truck loaded with the bulldozer. It took workmen eight hours to get the bulldozer from the creek bed, where it is shown above. (AP) lion engineers, showed that Tay- lor County's present valuation on oil and gas properties is now S54.460. This includes oil and gas production and royalties as well as personal property such as oilfield equipment. THE WEATHER Hurricane Hazel May Flood Haiti WASHINGTON t-B-The Eisen- lower administration reported to- day it now lists persons of them with "subversive data" in their files as taken off the government payroll as a result of its security program. Of the total, were listed as "ired outright and as having resigned before final determination if their eases. The program is aimed to reach drunks, loose-talkers and people with records as law violators as veil as Communists, fellow trav- persons of questionable oyalty. Tabbed as in the latter group are the the administration aid had subvetsive data in their MIAMI. Fla. Hazel swung slowly into a critical posi- tion today where for the first time large land areas were under direct threat from the violent, six-day-- old storm. this is possible with the storm moving so slowly, would carry the wind-and-water threat to eastern Cuba, where the biggest city is Santiago de Cuba. and. farther east, the TJ. S1. Navy has a base at The giant tropical disturbance Guantanamo Bay. changed course from its previous i west-northwesterly path and struck M p off toward the northeast PfAITI the night. It was moving slowly.) I VVlJ I I Will at only about eight miles an.hour, j with peak, winds of 115 miles hour whirling around its center. At 10 a. m.. it was centered 11 Threat (o Haiti The Negro Republic of Haiti on he island of Hispanola. which Haiti shares with the Dominican X Si SI 79 7S 77 77 75 Sunset Usl nichl Sunrise a.m. Sunsui p.m. Barometer rending at p.m. 1 Relative humidity M P.m. Maximum temperature for tnc ended at a.m.: W. Minimum temperatun aided at 3.1 Stolen Car Recovered Tools left in a car stolen Fri- day .night at Fair Park were re- in a mesquite pasture west of town by Abilene police Monday morning, Detective George, SiHton jsaid. 'But' the car, 'a 1950 gray" Olds- mobile "SS" sedan belonging to Elton Poor. Il-U Danville Dr., was still missing. A ditch digger working on street about four blocks of North Mockingbird Lane discov- ered the tools. Sutton said. A tool kit. found along with elec- trical fools and a step ladder, had Poor's name on it. floodwater rushing down out of j Foor the car stolen Fri- 'day night when he got out of Ihe ITS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER Bl'REAV ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair Mm- day afternoon. Monday niK.nl and Tuesday: Tjrj miles southeast Of Miami, hieh temperature Monday nlgrit 70; hisn I Tuesday about S3. j NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: P.tnly doudv and warm this afternoon, tonight ana Tuesday with widely scattered thunder- j showers. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy this after. neon, tonij.nl anil Tuesday mill widely scattered thundershowers and tonicht and in east porirtm oE South and o( Pocos Valley Tuesday. So Important temperature eftanres. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TF.XAS-. Partij- cloudy ana warm this afternoon, to- nijiht and Tuesday. Widely scattered mostly atlemwn UinRderdwrtveR. TEMFEKATCRES Sun. P. M. ital. was 220 the north- east of the center. "Hurricane winds should be felt the -day COPS'FENCE IN' FENCE BREAKER The.diunk might hove been to haul the fence off to he just might not have liked being fenced in for A woman at 1 !8 South Treod- away Blvd. coiled police and said that a drunk was tearing her fence opart Sunday evening. Police brought him down TO the city jail to sleep off his bottled claustrophobia. Mon. A._M. storm again conies to 73 (changes course." said halt or Leonard Pardue. meteorologist in the Mi- I ami Weather Bureau. 5 "More important to Haiti is the S i probability that torrential rains in jits mountains wilt cause serious JS noods. Most of Haiti's cities and towns are in valleys protected 7.53. from the wind but wide open to the hills. tor the :i hours A slight change in course, and 2 CLAIMS FILED County Approves New F-M Rood Taylor County commissioners; truck, a 1953 Ford bobtail. He said Monday morning heard two re- j a property owner has also asked quests "for claims against the couu-1 him to restore about 150 feet of ty, but took no immediate action j fencing that was torn out wheo the accident occurred. ;ave approval to a! A. B. Youngblood. whose land has been condemned for use as the access road to Abilene AFB, asked the commissioners cither to pay him or build -too feet of on either. They also Texas Highway Commission order for a new farm-to-market road in the southwest part of the county, ordered final payment for remod- eling of the courthouse and named [cnce on his land, a new election judge for Voting! jllry of view had reconv Box 8. mended payment of to j The new F-M road is designated Youngblood for two and one-half to run from the end of F-M 20-S6. nine miles west of Bradshaw. northwest to V. S. 277 a distance of 6.6 miles. Construction of the new rood is contingent on the county's obtaining the right-of- way. The order passed by the highway commission directed the district engineer to proceed with surveys and plans for the road. Estimated cost of construction was set at Ralph Vandcvcer of ISsS >val- mit St. appeared before the com- missioners in hope of receiving reimbursement tor damages to his truck. Vandcveer said the dam- ages resulted when he drove across a county bridge that was broken. The bridsic is on a rond that intersects wilh Old Anson Road. Vandcvcer, who hauls water for household purposes, told the com- missioners that the bridge was broken down in Hie middle and llicre was no warning of its con- dition. He said 'ho was driving nbout or 45 miles per hour at the JlRic. Ht presented estimates of for parts ami for Inlmr thnl lie ;--s received tor repairs to His acres of land at per acre. In addition to this award, the com- missioners voted to pay Young- blood ?825 for moving two barns on his property and for mov- ing a fence. The second award made by the commissioners car- ried the' proviso that Younghlood can refuse the and the county fill build the fence according to cmmty specifications. Jim Neely was appointed elec- tion judge of Box 8 to replace W. Lee Byrd. who had submitted his resignation. i District Highway Jake Roberts and Wade Crawford, res- ident engineer, consulted with the commissioners on a problem in- volving the water lino that is to bo laid from Abilene-to Merkel. Roberts said he hnd learned that the water line, is to be laid on the edji' of the present U. S. right- of-way. If this is done, he said, the would be directly under the new two-lane section of high- tray to bo constructed. Precinct J Commissioner Riifo Tittle ngrcctl to consult with Morki'l of- ficials concnrnins the w.'iler line will follow. football game at Fair Park Sta- dium, Sutton said. Its license num- ber is CK-5721. Juveniles Arrested Other police activity Sunday in- cluded arrest of four juveniles who admitted breaking into eight soft- drink machines at local filling sta- tions and two others in connec- tion with theft of hub caps. A. G. Hack. S3S Crockett Dr., reported shouting at a prowler, who subsequently made off in a car, about a.m. Monday. The prowler took a red swivel- head lantern of Hack's with him, police said. Two youths were arrested in connection with theft of hubcaps from a car parked at Fair Park Saturday night. Detective Warren Dodson said. They were spotted by the car's owner, James Godbec. 1540 Syca- more St., who surprised them re- movins the caps. The boys got away 'in a car, but Godbee took Uie license number and police later traced it. The 16-year-oW Merkel boy was turned over to juvenile authori- ties, and his 19-year-old compan- ion was to be charged in city court. according to Detective Capt. W. B. tKed> McDonald. The tout youngsters arrested in connection with the soft drink machine thefts were turned over to juvenile authorities. Lester Berg reported (o police that two hub caps had been stolen from his 1S54 auto parked in front of his home, 1930 North Fifth St., sometime Sunday morning. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES RECORD'S pro-srgre- gotlon Icoder In refuses to reveal linancial records, Page 2-A. v Eleanor vclt observes her' 70th birthday. first of eight stories obout Communist Cliesl agencies deals with the Boy Scout 'program. t-B Rains Flood Chicago Rail Traffic Blocked POLITICAL ISSUE 'Subversive7 Workers Fired The coral has become a hot political issue. Vice President Nixon has said repeatedly the administration has removed "Communists, fellow travelers and security risks" from the government payroll, "not by the hundreds but by the thou- sands." Challenge to Nixon Democratic National Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell has challenged Nixon to name a single Communist let out under the program. Mitchell contended Nixon is lumping real subversives with such persons as loose taliers and drunks. The new tabulation listed the "separations" as cases in which the employes' services were files. This figure compares with, 383 when the administration last eleased statistics in March. total of those who were Tred and those who resigned while under investigation compares with he March total of The number was reported by the Civil Service Commission as of ast June 30 and covered the period since President Eisenhower's new :ecurity program went into effect Jay 28, 1953. Hike Illegal Soys FTC WASHINGTON Federal Trade Commission today charged the New York Coffee and Sugar Sxchange has unlawfully re- strained international trade in cof- ee and thereby "promoted sub- stantial increases" in prices. The complaint named the New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange, nc., four of its officers and eight of its members, and also the New York Coffea and Sugar Clearing Assn.. Inc. In its report on this study, the FTC said last July that the sharp ncreases in coffee prices during 1953 and early 19H "cannot be explained in terms of the com- petitive laws of supply and de- mand." or who resigned, containing "infor- mation indicating, in varying de- grees, subversive activities, sub- versive associations, or member- ihip in subversive organizations." Altogether, the new tabulation showed cases of "termination 'or information under 8 That reference was to the section of the Eisenhower security program cov- ering such matters as sex perver- sion, felonies and misdemeanors, and all other types of derogatory material, along' with information relating to subversion. NATIONAL MEMORIAL Rosser, junior vice-commander of Abilene's Clayton M. Leach VFW Post 2012, handed Cooper Holt of Chattanooga, Tenp., a check Saturday night for toward building a VFW memorial building in Washington, D. C. The post's contribution of ?1 per member was the first in the nation. (Staff Photo) More Protests to Deadman Creek Water Rights Loom BULLETIN AUSTIN, Oct. 11. Dr. J. C. Dmff, nuuw testi- tyinj U water baud heuiag, Utterly assailed Abi- lene wanttag U take water Inm Draduaa Cnck. He shanrfr criticized for otrttlmg. the ot UK Nafut Dam Ihe Clear as suggested by the Brazos River Authority. Re said the Nugent project would give adequate water for Abi- lene-, Merfcel and Ansoa. By EARLE WALKER Reporter-News Staff Writer AUSTIN, Oct. 11 Hearing on the City of Abilene's application for deadman Creek water got un- derway at a.m. Monday be- :ore the State Board of Water En- gineers. The small hearing room was com- pletely filled, and most of those present were either for or against Abilene's proposal. White only two protests had been filed prior "to the hearing, it ap- peared that several more might materialize during the day. Engineer Testifies S W. Freese, Fort Worth con- struction engineer, was Abilene's first witness. He was still 'on the stand at a.m. Freese testified that, in bis opi- iield, general manager of Marshall R. Young, an Albany oil company, and South Texas Water Co., Ros- baron, Tex. the proposed diversion c' Alex Pope, ForLWorfe: attorney, Deadman into Lake Fort'PhantomA ,-epresenting the latter company, HiH' woold not hurt the: rancers i rice irrigators, said he. hadn't, de- Ten Inches 01 Rainfall Is Reported CHICAGO flood- ing in the wake of a record six- inch rain numbed Chicago today with a partial paralysis which dis- rupted routine for hundreds of thousands, and jolted the city's vital commerce and industry. No one knew for certain the dol- lar loss to business as water from the choked Chicago River spilled into basements and subbasements, stopped rail traffic at Union Sta- tion, cut power output, and- threw scores of thousands out .of work. Thousands of householders in the city's south and west sections, and in suburbs, .were marooned as akes were spawned throughout neighborhoods. Transport Crippled City transport was badly crip- jled by flooded underpasses which necessitated rerouting of bus and auto traffic. Outside, the city, high- ways were cut by flood waters. The 32-hour rain which began Saturday evening had pelted the city with 6.21 inches of rain early this morning when it stopped. Un- official measurements in some .ocalities indicated- as much as 10 inches fan. only one death oc- curred which appeared to have re- sulted from the-flooding.. Patrick MeNichols, 51, was found lying in three feet of water in his flooded basement apartment, apparently the .victim of a heart seizure. The bulk of the damage resulted from the overbrimming of the Chi- cago River in the area just west of the Loop business district. There, water spilled into the base- ments and subbasements of the Union Station, inundating tracks and bringing operations of four railroads to a halt. Slewdomi at Dearborn Water also impeded operations t the Dearborn Station.- The flood poured into the sub- basements and basement of the below tne diversion dam. cided definitely whether to pro- there, is a flood above the I test holes below the! John Sellingstoc, Houston attor dam Would still flll up, despite thelney, entered a protest on.fieftajf ITvnAAa .-nM n TTmtcfnn Push the Chest Over the Top! diversion, Freese said. He-said the 18-inch diameter con- duit pipe proposed in the diversion dam would permit the normal fioiv of the stream to continue down be- ow the dam. j City Attorney Alex Bickley ask- ed Freese whether the ranchers below the diversion dam don't re- ceive water also from Spring Creek and Long Creek and pos- sibly other triutaries of Dead- man. Freese said yes. Freese Quizzed Bryan Bradbury, Abilene attor- ney representing a group of ranch- ers along Deadman. cross-examin- ed Freese on the question of whether Abilene's proposal would deprive the residents below the dam of a substantial water supply. Freese said he didn't think the project would make any differnce. Bradbury asked Freese whether it were not true that the ranchers who drill wells are unable to get water anywhere except right on the .banks of the Deadman. Freese said he didn't know about that. Freese was asked by Bradbury what Abilene plans to do with the water to be diverted from Dead- nan. He answered that it is for mu- nicipal purposes of Abilene and that Abilene will also sell water to Merkel. City Attorney Bickley drew from Freese the statement that Merkel is extremely short on water sup- ply and that the Abilene Air Force Base, when completed, will also be a substantial additional user of Abilene water. Albany Rancher Represeited Fort Worth attor- ney, is representing J. E. Nail Jr., Albany rancher, on the Clear Fork of the Brazos. His questions to Freese con- cerned the possible effects of the proposed diversion on the Clear Fork water supply. Deadman Creek is a tributary of the Clear Fork of the Braios River. Protests that had already been filed against Abilene's appli- cation were: 19 ranchers and prop- erty owners on Deadman Creek, who are represented here by Brad- bury and his partner, Bill Tippen. J) American Canal Co., Prairie- land, Tex., a firm. Other protests which appeared possible, are from Merrick Davis, Albany rancher; and G. P. Crutch- r) of Coates, Houston, trustee for the Buck A'ail -ranch at Al- bany. Jack Eastbam, Houston attor ney for American Canal Co.. ap- parently was not here. He did not answer when his name was called. Board Member Absent One member of the three-man board. Judge Otha F. Dent, was absent. He had been called out of :own because of a death message. Chairman H. A. Beckwith and A. P. Rollins were present. Beckworth told a reporter that the question of whether the board reaches any decision today will depend on how vigorous the pro- :estsr are. The reporter .had asked aim whether Judge Dent's absence might delay the decision. The City of Abilene is asking for the rights to all the water of Deadman Creek in excess of the normal flow. The application if for an amount not to exceed 3.1X0 acre feet per year. Freese said theat the diversion project would add about 60 square miles of drainage area to Abilene's water supply, or would mean an increase of one sixth in Abi- lene's present drainage area. He said that tire drainage area which Abilene proposes to divert is about three fourths of the Deadman Creek drainage area above the proposed dam. Freese said that the proiect should provide Abilene an average additional water supply of 2.6 mil- lion gallons per year. The city proposes to channel the Deadman Creek water into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. The diversion, point is to be 6.5 miles north- east of Abilene and three-fourths of a mile due east of :the lake's pump station. Bids Called Friday Bids for construction of the channel and the diversion dam are to be opened by the .City Commission next Friday. Abilenians present in support of Abilene's application included: Maj-or C. E. Gatlin, City Mana- ger Austin P. .Hancock, City At- torney Bicklty, City Commissioner Jack Minter, Howard McMahon and Herman Betlis, co-chairmen of the Abilene Chamber of Com- merce water development commit- tee. Chicago DaBy News building, soaking stored newsprint and ma- chinen, and -mto-, the works of ftro large CommbatFealth power generating stations, cutting fiie cirv's electrical output fejrtas quarter. The. utility immediately an- nounced it tvas forced to cut in- dustrial power service to large manufacturers to prevent a dis- astrous overload- The shutdown of industry operations in scores of plants in turn caused layoffs of housands of workers. Locks Opened When the havoc of the river overflow became apparent, the gates of the lock at its Lake jVfichi- gan end were opened to relieve the situation. T6e river level was two feet above that of the lake, and the turgid flood waters were per- mitted to flow into the lake five hours. Meanwhile, the outflow was stepped up at the sanitary dis- trict locks 25 miles southwest of the city at Lockport. BuUdespite the surge which raised the Illinois River stage by 10 feet at Peoria, small streams which normally flow into the waterway north Lockport backed up. The big Texas Co. refinery north of Lockport was shut down after inundation by overflowed Big Bun Creek. Santa Fe main line tracks washed out at Lockport. The emergency compounded trouble. THe Lockport dam gates had to be closed at the height of the flood Sunday to .permit re- moval of two barges which broke loose and lodged; against them. And the rise of water put six sewage 'jramps out of commission at the sanitary district's Racine Av. pumping station, eliminating a valuable impetus to the drainage flow of the river. sanitary district's Racine Ave. Telephone service was hard hit as underground cables were short- ed by water soakage. Phone serv- ice at the huge Cook County and Presbyterian Hospitals was tracked out for a time. Phone crews were busy today in an ef- fort to restore service to phones still out of order. City Water Superintendent Cur- tis C. Ha.-lin Jr., Roy Skaggs, member of the C-C committee, and C-C Manager Joe Cooky. John Davenport Wichita Falls AppoiMnMt i wwnu r AUSTIN John Davenport tt w judge of the (Wichita County) today by The iDMrfctCwrt ;