Abilene Reporter News, October 18, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

October 18, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD A EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 122 Auociattd Preu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 18, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc i C-C Turns Down Air Base Housing Project AFTER CONSERVATIVES IN '56 RESCUED FROM dra g an unidentified man into a Ifieboat as they patrol the flood-swollen Humber River near Toronto, Ontario, after eighth hurricane of the season, caused one of the worst storm disasters in the history of the Canadian province before moving on towa rd Hudson Bay. (NBA) Canada Hunts New Victims Of Hurricane TORONTO 1-PyDisaster workers renewed their hunt today through crushed homes and water-filled cellars for victims of the last le- thal blow of Hurricane Hazel, known to have killed 57 persons in Canada. Thirty-six others were missing. The death toll for the hurricane in Canada and the United States, with 98 fatalities, rose to 155. As confusion cleared in the flood- stricken Humber River Valley, 28 persons listed as missing were found safe. Most of the 28 had been included in a list of 21 an- nounced at midnight by officials in the" Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, where the Humber flood took its heaviest toll. Estimates of the damage from the flood in the Toronto area run as high as 100 million dollars. Hurricane Hazel, the worst storm, in Ontario's history, struck this area Friday night. Stirred in the Caribbean, it earlier lashed Haiti and then cut a wide swath: across the Carolina's and the eastern United States. Most of the deaths in Canada oc- curred along the Humber River, which flows along Toronto's west- ern outskirts 'into Lake Ontario. More than 7 inches of rain Friday night turned the river into a raging torrent that trapped victims in homes and automobiles. At one point the river swept across a bend in its course and roared through Etobicoke Town- ship. Nineteen homes were swept away on a single street there. Authorities said last night ghouls were reported searching bodies for jewelry and money in the outlying areas of Woodbridge. Thistle Town and northwest York. Squadrons of police and military guards were rushed to the arsa. Fifty-three of the dead had been identified last night. All but a few of the known casualties were in the suburbs of Etobicoke. Wood- bridge and Weston, ail along the Humber. The city of Toronto proper suf- fered no casualties. BT DAVE CHEVENS AUSTIN ifh-The State Demo-. ratic Executive Committee today expanded its statewide organiza- ion to push plans for a conserva- tive Texas delegation to the 1956 national presidential convention. Negro Pupils Return to Own School MILFOKD. Del. Negro pupils, ousted from Milford's all- white high school, today obeyed an order from the Delaware State Board of Education and reported for classes at the all-Negro high school at Georgetown. 16 miles south of here. The state board had ordered them to the William C. Jason School yesterday and arranged for transportation. James Webb, prin- cipal of the William C. Jason School, said their enrollment was only on a temporary basis. He said they will go there only until the controversy over attend- ing the all-white school here is settled in the courts. 'HAZEL' WENT TO In Richmond, Va., where she knocked the top off the steeple of 200-year-old Old Trinity Church, modeled after Boston's Old North Church, whose historic belfry fell under the fury of Hur- ricane Carol earlier in the season. At left, steeple bends in 100-mUe-per-hour-plus blasts. At right, tip of steeple begins its fall to the ground. (NBA) Ohio River Flood Threatens Towns MARIETTA, Ohio U) Flood crest of the rain-swollen Ohio River passed this city today, causing lit- damage. But it swept on down- stream threatening other commu- nities after chasing thousands from their homes in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The State Highway Patrol report- ed at 9 a. m. that the river was stationary here at 37.55 feet, about a foot and a half above flood stage. Water Rising In the Belpre, Ohio, and Parkers- burg, W. Va., area, 15 miles down- stream from here and 184 miles downstream from Pittsburgh, the water was rising at dams 17-18-19. But the worst of the flood appeared over. The river crested at Wheeling, W. Va., at 44.7 feet yesterday, that city's biggest flood since March 8, 1945, when the Ohio reached 47.3 feet. The patrol said it did not have to evacuate any families in the Marietta area, although some 25 families had moved out of the low- lands' to higher ground. Merchants in this southeastern Ohio city of hoisted stocks from base- ments to upper floors, and several roads were dosed. Some schools along the river were dosed be- cause of flooded roads. At Parkersburg, W. Va., the river stood at feet this mom- ing, was rising at the rate of a ing, was rising at the rate of a tenth of a foot per hour against a flood stage of 36 feet. At Pomeroy, Ohio, the river was at 38.8 feet, rising a tenth of a foot an hour. At Dam 28 below Huntington, W. Va., the river stood at 36 feet, rising at the rate of 529-enths of a foot an hour against a flood stage of 50 feet. The final flood threat is expect- ed at Dam 22. about midway be- tween here and Huntington, W.Va., where the River is scheduled to crest at 45 feet tomorrow. Flood stage is 44 ft.. Flood damage at Wheeling was estimated in the millions by Col. J. L. Person, Ohio River division engineer. More than 400 families left homes in Jefferson, Belniont and Monroe counties in Ohio over the weekend as rain water sent over Pennsylvania mountains by Hurri- cane Hazel filled the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Those rivers form the Ohio at Pitts- burgh. The Ohio crest at that point Saturday night was 32.5 than 5 feet above flood damage reportedly was light. Col. Person credited flood con- trol systems installed above Pitts- burgh with saving that city some 80 million dollars. Without these controls the flood would have been one of the great- est in the history of the Ohio, he said. At least four persons were killed by turbulent waters in the Pitts burgh area. There have been no other reports of Ohio River flood casualties. Some 400 persons evacuated homes in Wheeling. Farther downstream, the Wheel- ing News-Register reported, families evacuated. About one fifth of Bellaire. Ohio, was under water, and 60 families left homes there. Clarington, Ohio, an agricultural community of 500 about midway between Wheeling and Marietta, was covereed by 6 feet of water. Some 100 families left their homes. A MOTHER NO. 2' Dying Wife Okoys Hunt For Mom, Maybe Mote LONDON Ht-The advertisement read No. 2. In nbout 18 months, according to doc- tors, mother No. 2 might become mother No. 1." Mrs. Kathleen Ford, ex- plained today her husband. Jack, placed the ad In a shop window with her loving approval. Mrs Ford has tuberculosis. Doctors her U months, lo live. And, she said, "before I die t want to know there Is someone to take my place as per- haps as wife.." While Mrs. Ford lies tn a hospital bed, her husband looks after him- self in their two-bedroom apart- ment. Sheila, their I year ok) adopted daughter, Co live with foster parents. "It's not much of a life for either Sheila or said Mrs. Ford. "Someone has U look after them. I why should I stand in the way of MOWOM taking my place." Jack, a dtoyriler MM, "Our msln thought is for Sheila. Before I can have her home I must have someone to look after her while I am at work. 'About three weeks ago my wife said I ought to find a woman to help In the home. Then a neighbor suggested the advertisement, talked It over with Kathleen and she agreed. H I could get some- one to be t real mother (o Sheila I would hope eventually to marry her. "You he said, "I al- ready cried my lean for my wile.' Sondlin Picks 31 Advisors For Grass-Roots Control Jury Hearing testimony on Man's Sanity A sanity hearing for George Thomas Firth, charged with irmed robbery, opened in 42nd >istrict Court Monday morning be- ore Judge O. L. Parish of Bal- linger: Firth is Ender indictment for the robbery of R. H. Baber, em- loye of Sunbeam Super Market, 682 Pine last Feb. 10. Barber was robbed of in cash while King held'at gunpoint. Barber picked Firth out of a wlice line-up in Fort Worth as he man who robbed him. Bert Ashby, Dallas attorney rep- resenting Firth, .placed three wit- nesses on the stand in an effort o show that the man has been of unsound mind virtually all of his life. Dr. Thomas W. Grice of Fort Worth, who said he is both a med- cal doctor and a specialist in psychiatry, testified that he ex- amined Firth last Saturday after- noon and found that his "general reflexes indicate mental derange- ment." Dr. Grice termed Firth a schizophrenic and a victim of dementia praecox. The doctor stated that Firth's mother had told him that seven months before Firth was born she contracted a disease and had a difficult time during, his birth. Dr. Grice said he has found that a mother's mental condition before and at the time of a baby's birth has an effect on the child's mental state. Minister. Wife Testify The Rev. and Mrs. E, L. Dorris of Big Sping testified they have aiown Firth since babyhood and that they believe him to be of un- sound mind. Mrs. Dorris is Firth's maternal aunt. Mr. and Mrs. Dorris gave sim- lar accounts of Firth's "unusual and anti-social" conduct through- out his life. Both said he was moody and melanchly in child- hood and that he has never wanted o associate with other people. They told of his having been in court at about 14 or 15 for taking a pair of rubber boots. In brief questioning of the three witnesses District Attorney Wiley Caffey attempted to show that knows the difference be- ween right and wrong. In answer o his questions Mr. and Mrs. Dor- ris said Firth had refused to tell them'where he got the boots ami that later they learned from of- 'icers that he had taken them from a warehouse. After a hypothetical question in which Caffey outlined the circum- stances of the robbery of Baber ast February, Dr. Grice answered hat he thought the man "would lave had some definite plan in mind" commit the robbery. If the jury hearing Firth's san- ity trial finds him insane he will not be tried on the robbery charge. If the panel returns a verdict that w is sane he will stand tria! be- fore another jury. In an unprecedented action, Chairman George W. Sandlin of Austin named 31 advisors who will work with the committee in the grass-roots efforts by Gov. Allan Shivers to maintain firm control of party affairs. The advisors included such top political figures as Claude Gilmer of Rocksprings, former speaker of the Texas House of Representa- tives and leader for the Democrats for Eisenhower organization in 1952. Sandlin also announced another brand new gimmick in Texas poli- tics: the committee itself will meet every 90 days between now and May, 195S, when the state, presi- dential convention will pick dele- gates to the national convention. Shivers has made it plain that he wants Texas to send a conserva- tive delegation to the national con- vention to fight for states' not only for Texas but for all 48 states. He is making a bid for support in his new states' rights crusade from every section of the nation. "The advisors will help us keep in touch with what is going on in the districts. We have selected peo- ple who have been helpful to us in county and precinct conventions." Sandlin said that future meetings of the committee would be held in widely separated parts of the state in order that the committee could beep in ctose touch with political affairs everywhere in Texas. .Today's meeting of the executive committee was the first since the 100 per cent pro-Shivers group was. named at the September 14 Miner- al Wells state convention at which Shivers nailed down his victory in the governor's race by taking over full control of the state party ma- chinery. Sandlin named Earl Rudder of Brady, chairman of the organiza- tion committee. Its advisors in- clude Gilmer, Jack Finney of Greenville, and W. R. Beaumier of Luffcin. H. H. Coffield of Bock- dale was named chairman of the inance committee, Mrs. F. E. Hoi- man of Taylor, chairman of the unctions committee, and-Elmer Ware Stahl of San Antonio, chair- man of the legal committee. Also among the advisors named Soday were Howard Hartoog of Port Lavaca, former member of the Legislature; Horace Blalock of Marshall, longtime conservative Democratic leader in East Texas; Howard Carney of Atlanta, former state senator and secretary of state; Charles W. Duke of San An- tonio; Curtis Douglas of Pampa; Tom Sealy of Midland, chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas. Also among the advisors were Johnnie Herrington, Palestine; Mi- chael Elliott, Sherman; E. H. Thornton Jr., Galveston; J. Stan- ley Monroe, Denton; R. H. Coffee, Vernon; L. A. Douglas, San Anto- nio. THE WEATHER c.s. BErAnniEXT or HIJIICAC ABILENE AND W3Xrry-Wr nlU MV. tonWt ml TiiMdir. Hirt Itmptr.MW B. Uw AND WEST TEXAS: xnd BUM thfe aftmoaa, to- CENTRAL TEXAS-. Gwmn? nt nvlki thta GMttfl rt MUMOrttr wtlKfc Ml tout. A. M. Su., P. II U SI II It M n M ...C lunmtor nMllw U kraUMr M Intk mt Itw MHWiMw M tot V M km WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES WOULD Secretary of Defense Wilson is hi politics up to his neck. Page 5-A. curbs go down in o step up for Abi- lene. Page 1-B. MURDER trial of Dr. Sheppord for his wife's murdw begins. Page 7-B. 1. A. CHAPMAN Ex-Colorado City C-C Manager Dies L. A. Chapman, 48, former Colo-1 rado City Chamber of Commerce manager and Snyder resident, died at pjn. Sunday in a Guymon, Okla., hospital. Mr. Chapman had been manag- er of the Guymon Chamber of Commerce since December, 1952, when he resigned as 'executive di- rector central division of the TJ. S.'ifighway 80 Association. He was the father of C. B. Chap- man, 734 Chestnut St., and a broth- er of Bert Chapman, 818 River- creshBr. He. had been in failing health for about- a year and a bait. He had been in the hospital at Guymon since suffering a heart attack about a week ago. Funeral for Air. Chapman wfll be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Guy- mon, Okla. He was born in a log cabin on a Trinity County farm, later moving to Fisher County and graduating from Rotan High School. He cotton farmed for about five years in Fisher County and at one time ran a suburban store near Sweetwater. He moved with his family to Snyder in 1936 where they lived for 10 years before going to Colo- rado City as Chamber of Com- merce manager in 1946. At Snyder he was active in church and civic affairs, serving as secretary, vice president and as a director of the Junior Cham- ber of Commerce. He was also ac- tive in the senior chamber there. A Methodist, hs was a steward in the Snyder Methodist Church for six years and for 25 years had taught a Sunday School class of teen-age boys. He was a member of the church choir. His other activities included Boy Icout district commissioner. Li- ons Club and Woodmen of the World offices, Red Cross rand drives, Young Democrats and the Masonic Lodge. He was an orig- nal stockholder of the Senrry bounty Rodeo Association. Mr. Chapman tooK over the C-C manager's job ifc Colorado City in Slay, and served until De- cember, 1851. He resigned to be- come executive director o? the U. S. Highway W Association. He served the highway associa- ion until December, when he resigned to go with the Guymon Chamber of Commerce. Besides the son and brother liv- ing in Abilene, he is survived by his wife.- the former Willie Fay Wbitworth: another son, John Chapman, a senior at Texas ASM College; a daughter, Teresa Chap- man of the home; his mother, Mrs. R. L. Starkey of Bryan; and a sister, Mrs. M. T. Reese of Cal- vert. Man Admits Seeing Hagler in Ft. Worth FORT WORTH W-A Fort Worth man today said was with David Hagler in the late afternoon of the day Hagler said he left here for Oklahoma. John Smith, 47. told a Star- Telegram reporter that Hagler jried to hire him as a driver on a trip out of town in a station wagon. This was late Saturday afternoon, Oct. 9, the day Hagler says he left for Oklahoma. Hagler, 36. charged with murder, contends that he got drunk in Fort Chesl Drive Hits Community Chest contributions reached esrly Monday morning. The total through Satur- day had been The group of solicitators headed by Jim Jennings was still leading in contributions turned in with His group is handling ar- chitects, contractors, engineers, electrical equipment firms, hard- ware stores, barber shops and transportation companies. Don Scrlvner Is chairman and Jerry Morgan co-chairman of general tolicltition division of the Chest ChMt foal this rear fa Worth that afternoon, picked up some men as drinking companions and ended up in Southern Okla- homa, dumped from his station wagon and robbed. One of the men he says he picked up was Smith. Hagler says he met Smith and another man in a down- town bar. Smith, he says, needed a ride to his home in Arlington. Hagler offered to drive him there in his station wagon. Together with the other maa he met in the bar, Hagler says he drove Smith to Arlington and left him at his home. Then, he says, he and his other drinking partner met a third man in a bar near Grand Prairie. It was this man, paired with the drinking companion from the Fort Worth bar, who robbed and stole the station wagon, Hagler contends. The station wagon was found burn- ing Oct. 10, with a charred corpse of a man inside. Smith Monday disputed Hagler't story on several points. He gave this account: He did not meet Hajter in a bar. "I met him on a street Main and 15th, I beUeve-whik waiting for a red light. struck up a conversation and then said bt was looking for a driver. said bt wanted someone to drive for him OR a trip out of town several He didn't men- tion Oklahoma, Abilene Man Beaten And Robbed of By San Angelo Trio An Abilene man has reported to local police that lie was beaten and robbed of by three per- sons during the weekend at San Angelo. He is Dee Button, 1343 Orange St. Button went to Abilene police headquarters about a.m. Mon- day to maSe his report Police- men said he was bloody and had a black eye. The man said he met two white men and a white woman at the Wayside Inn tn Saa Angelo Sun- day. They beat him and robbed him of he related. Abilene Police Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald quoted Button as saying he wasn't acquainted with the three assailants. He was un- able to furnish police with then- names and addresses, McDonald said. Button told police that the wom- an held a revolver on him while the two men beat him. The inci- dent occurred in San Angelo, he said. One of the men was about 18 to 20 years-old, and the other was about 32, Hutton said. The wpman was 18 to 20, he stated. Reservoir On Hubbard Creek Asked Construction of 500 Wherry houses on Abilene Air Force won't be sponsored by Abilene Chamber of Commerce, directors voted unanimously Monday morn- ing. The board also decided unani- mously to recommend to the City Commission that the city push con- struction of a huge water reser- voir on Hubbard Creek. In the other action of the morn- ing, directors voted that the ap- proximate profit the C-C realized from this year's oil men's party be placed in a special re- serve fund. It will be earmarked for use toward expenses of next year's party. Decision on the Wherry housing was an endorsement of a recom- mendation made .during the meet-. ing by French Robertson, chair- man of the C-C committee on Wherry housing. Assistance Pledged Directors authorized Robertson's committee to inform the Air Force of the C-C's decision to keep hands off the construction of the base bousing The motion stated, how- ver, that the C-C "stands ready to lend our full assistance to ex- pedite the letting .of a contract" for the construction of the houses. Action favoring the- multi-city Hubbard Creek reservoir carried out a recommendation from the C-C Water Development Commit- presented during the meeting by Co-chairman .Hqwkrd Mc- Afanon. Earmarking of the 6fl men's par- ty profits for use on the same event in the future: 'came as ap- proval of a recommendsfioh from Joe Benson. He was chairman of this year's party. his committee was convinced that the C-C shouln't sponsor the Wherry houses" construction for three rea- son: (1) The last session of Congress so amended the Wherry Housing Act that it is. "practically impos- sible for anyone to make a profit out of the construction." Required (2) Under the terms of the law, as now written, the cash require- ments would be prohibitive for an entity sponsored by Abilene C-C. It would be necessary to raise about among Abilene citi- zens, "and the chance for profit would be small." (3) Congress has passed a law recently amending'the original GI Bill, whereby men still in mili- tary service can get government help on financing to bufld or buy their own homes. Robertson's committee was auth- orized Monday to investigate sever- al plans which local .communities elsewhere have used for aiding military men on their bases to build or buy homes. At Lincoln, Nebr., the C-C created a fund .which can be used to purchase the homes from mili- tary personnel who are unable to dispose of them anywhere else.' At Plattsburgh, N. Y-, private citizens have a tentative plan whereby they donate choice lots to servicemen who want to build homes on the base. Some other places have a pro- gram whereby home sites are do- nated to military personnel, and the donors erect shopping centers in the middle. Abilene and five other West Tex- as cities Breckenridge. Albany, Anson, Merkel and Trent are studying the feasibility of building a huge water reservoir on Hub- See C-C, Page S-A, Col. J IF TEST GOOD Free Polio Vaccine May Go to Texans AUSTIN IB-Plans were nounced here today to provide cost-free through the March of Dimes enough Salk vaccine for every first grader and expectant mother in Texas if the vaccine proves effective in protecting against polio. Dr. H. A. Press of San Francis- co, regional medical consultant for the National Foundation for Infan- tile Paralysis, disclosed the plan at a meeting of volunteer tenders mapping nut January's March if Dimes appeal. Dr. Press taid the foundation has contracted to purchase With March of Dimes funds cubic centimeters of the vaccine for use before the 1995 polio wa- son, if the is declared ef- fective. With cubic centimeters on hand from the UM lefts, foundation can make enough of the vaccine to sfceW to individuals, ha raid. Results of Ust are now being studied at the Urt verslty of Michigan. OotCMW Wit be made known Met l ;