Abilene Reporter News, October 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

October 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas ^HIW iht Vnîimà m»y 3-" » Reporter WITHOUT OR WH H OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"-Byron / FVFWilïn JLi V JLiil in «J FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 123 A'socieed Pre,71F, ABILENE, TEXAsTtUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 19,1954-EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWOSECTIONS False Hospitalization Advertising Charged State May Reveal Doctor's Love Life CLEVELAND uP—Hints that tes- ] timony would lay bare extra-marital affairs of the defendant enlivened today the second day of the first degree murder trial of Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard. Also injected into the trial, as selection of a jury progressed, were references—not fully explained—to mysterious crank letters received IT HAPPENED HERE—Spectators point out to investigating officers the spot, be-tween the tree and power pole, where a run-away car struck Jimmy Davis, schoolboy patrolman, at Nor,¿Eighth and Orange Sts. The car, driven by Roy Fr^lin Shenvood, can be seen headed toward the opposite curb where it rammed a parked C*L k°ock ing it onto the sidewalk. Jimmy suffered a fractured skull. (I hoto by Charles Cockerell). SKULL FRACTURED Wild Auto Strikes School Patrolboy A 12-.vear-old school patrolboy was struck by a wild auto and seriously injured Tuesday morning while directing traffic at North Eighth and Orange Sts. The victim is Jimmy Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs, C. E. Davis of 850 EN 11th St. He suffered a fractured skull, cuts and bruises. Jimmy was standing on the intersection parkway, between a tree and a power pole. Investigating officers said a car traveling east on North Eighth St. went over to the left side of the street about 100 feet west of the intersection, jumped the curb and ran into Jimmy as it passed between the tree and pole. The car, a 1047 Plymouth, continued east across Orange St. north of the intersection, hit a parked car and knocked it onto the sidewalk, Roy Franklin Sherwood, 19. of 850 Orange St., was driving the car. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Sherwood. The accident occurred at 8 a.m. when pupils were on their way to Lamar School, immediately southeast of the intersection. Sgt. F. M. Pruitt, Patrolman L. B. McMaster and Lt. Grover i Chronister of the Abilene Police ; Department investigated the acci-1 dent! McMaster said that, based on i the cost to repair. Sherwood’s car was considered a total loss. Damage to the parked car was estimated at $75. DOZEN FIRMS PARTICIPATING Materials, Labor Provided For Erecting Spann Home Final arrangements were completed today for materials and labor on the Spann home, which will be built Thursday. More than a dozen firms, aside irom various contractors, are joining in the home building project. Ralph Hooks, of Lydick - Hooks Roofing Co., said his firm will put the roof on free, and will sell the roofing materials at cost. It will t»e a composition shingle roof. Texas Oil Given Boost AUSTIN tlv-The Railroad Commission today ordered an increase of 64,300 barrels per day in Texas’ November crude oil allowable, boosting total permissive flow to 2,864,749 barrels daily. The increase was accomplished by retaining the state in general and the big East Texas pool on 15 producing days during the 30-day month of November. The state had been on 15 days this month but the allowables distribution over October’s 31 days produced a lower daily figure. The Kelly-Snyder hield m west Texas was formally returned to the statewide pattern, although it had been allowed to produce at the statewide figure for the past month. Pickton was kept at nine producing days. Abilene Plumbing and Roofing Co., Charles Walker, owner, will do all the plumbing installations and furnish the equipment, including the forced air central heating, at $850 which is well below contract price. These deals are typical of the assistance Abilene firms and home builders are giving to help provide a home for Mrs. Jimmy Spann and her two babies. Verda Ruth and Jimmy. The husband and father. Policeman Jimmy Spann, was slain June 1* in a gun battle at Merkel. Foundation Laid The house will be built at 741 Westmoreland St., in a single day, Thursday. This is exclusive of the foundation work, which was done yesterday; and finishing work such as painting and floor polishing, which will be done afterward. The Abilene Home Builders As-builder who was in charge; Kenneth Musgrave, builder; Rurl Nash, builder; John Frazier, foreman; W. G. Braddock. foreman, and laborers Jack Wilson, H P. Wadell, W T. Carpenter, Floyd Spencer, Buck Frazier, E. H. Riewl, Lon Copeland, Augustim-ipancho» Vuscunio and Emanuel sociation is giving all supervision and labor free.vOnly cost wilt be the materials, and practically all of that is being obtained at cost or below. The crew that laid the founds* ition Monday* includes A. J. Eder, Priones. Lumber for the forms was furnished by South Texas Lumber Co.. which is making all materials available at cost; about 20 yards of concrete were brought in by Childs Ready Mix* Concrete Co.: George Steakley, builder, supplied foundation forms. Steel for the foundation was from Texas Steel Products Co. Power poles were set up by King Brothers Construction Co. Plowman Electric Co. installed the meter boxes, and also will wire the home. Power used in construction is being furnished by West Texas Utilities Co. A. R Oglesby, county surveyor, surveyed the lot free. Bill Acklen of West Texas Abstract k Title Co gave the title insurance free. Costs paid up to date are $1,000 for the lot, to Kenneth Musgrave, and $45 for an FHA commitment Musgrave had already paid before administrators of the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund dealt with him on the lot. Musgrave sold the lot out of his project at his actual cost. PRIZES OFFERED Chest Solicitation Drive Hits $8,462 800 Employes Of Bell Meet Here Tonight Approximately 800 employes of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company are expected to attend a district meeting in Abilene Tuesday night. They will be all off-duty employes in the Abilene district, which includes nine cities besides Abilene. Special guests will be a dozen general and division executives of the company from Dallas and Fort Worth. George Brown, Abilene local manager, said this is the first ; meeting of this kind for the Abilene district since 1939 The executives from Dallas and ! Fort Worth will meet the district employes at a reception set for I 7 p.m. at McMurry College's Radford Student Center. A program depicting 75 years of telephone history in Texas will open in Rad-j ford auditorium at 7:30. This will be presented with slides accompanied by sound and pantomimes performed by district employes. Gus Green of Fort Worth, com- j munications engineer, will give a lecture and demonstration showing telephone service of the future. Walter Prehn of Dallas, general manager of Southwestern Bell, will be the principal speaker. His subject will be “How Are We Doing?” A social hour with refreshments will follow the program. A staff of six headed by a registered nurse will conduct a nursery for children of the employes. Company executives who will attend are General Manager Prdhn; Ben Smith, assistant general manager; W. L. Lindholm, general commercial manager; Clarence Oliver, general traffic superintendent; K. A. Ganssle, general engineer; T. B. Kelly, general plant superintendent; Dave frorbis, area staff manager, and Elmer Gast, | general auditor, all of Dallas; and J H. Hubbard, division traffic supervisor; Joe H. Chowning, division commercial superintendent; W. H. iDutch) Melbern, division plant superintendent and formerly of Abilene; and E. J. Ernest, division manager, all of Fort VNorth, Cities from which district employes will come are Colorado City. Anson, Hamlin, Roby, Rotan. Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater and Roscoe. by some members of the jury panel. Dr. Sheppard, handsome 30-year-old osteopath, is on trial charged with beating to death last July 4 bis 31-year-old wife, Marilyn, mother of one child and expecting another. One juror was seated yesterday after Sheppard’s chief counsel, William J. Corrigan, had failed in two moves to delay the trial. Judge Edward Blythin of Common Pleas Court first denied a motion for a continuance, and then held in abeyance a second motion to move the hearing out of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County because of Corrigan’s claim that public opinion was inflamed against the defendant. Corrigan lost another round in the change of venue motion at the opening of today’s court session. He contended the airing last night by Cleveland Radio Station WHK of a debate between two Cleveland newspapermen on the handling of the case in the newspapers had contributed to building up further an unfavorable public attitude toward Dr. Sheppard. Defense Attorney Fred Garmone yesterday asked Howard Barrish, the first juror selected, whether the young osteopath's alleged affair j with a pretty hospital technician j would have any bearing on his judgment in the case. Today, while examining Mrs. Elizabeth A. Borke for possible jury duty, Garmone said: “Testimony in this trial may divulge that Sam Sheppard may have had affairs with some women other than his wife.” He asked Mrs. Borke whether that would influence her in carrying out her duties as a juror. , The prosecution objected, and Judge Edward Blythin sustained I the objection. I Garmone argued that whether or not the potential jurors had a “bias” on certain matters should be taken up before the jury was sworn. Mrs. Borke, a brunette Cleveland housewife, was accepted as the second juror. SHEPPARD GOES ON TRIAL—Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, right, is shown as he entered the courtroom on trial on a first degree murder charge. He is charged with beating his wife Marilyn to death last July 4.______ 3 Abilenians Study Air Base Housing Abilene Chamber of Commerce was moving quickly this week to study various plans of providing homes on Abilene Air Force Base for military men. THE WEATHER C.s. DKrVRTMK.NT OF COMMERCK WEATHER Bl‘RE AC abilf.ne and vicinity    “d mikt today, tonight and ttedne$d*> High temperatur# both dty* near S5* low to* **NORTlI *CENTHAL AND WEST TEXAS: Gwrr&lLv fair and tnild thia afternoon, to- night and Wedn«*da>*. . EAST AND SOITH CENTRAL TEXAS. Generally fair andI mildI thU ni$ht and Wednesday, Gentle to moderate easterly wtod* on the coast. TEMPERATVRES Mon. P. M M ..... »4    ..... 84    ..... 83    ..... • I ..... 75    ..... 71    ..... r» ..... « ..... 66 ..... a ..... «2 1» 2    50 3    50 4    30 5:50 $50 7:30 « 30 9:30 10:50 11 30 12.50 Tuee A. M. 61 39 .    56 .    57 .    57 .    54 .    50 ft ,    69 .    7? . 77 79 sunset last tujht «:« p.m. Sunrise today 6 45 a m Sunset wol*ht 6 03 p m. Barometer reading at I-.» p.m.. » m. Relative humidity at 11:30 pjm-t WrY. Maximum temperature for 34 hours ended *ly .Mmum temperature for 14 hour* ended at 6 30 a.m.: 54.    __ Three C-C leaders left here Monday afternoon in an Eighth Air Force plane to visit three other bases. Thev are French Robertson. W. P. Wright and C. E. Bentley Jr. Air Force personnel was to confer with them throughout their journey. 'Hie three Abilenians were to visit the Air Force bases at Lincoln, j Neb.; Rapid City, S. D„ and El Paso. They were to study housing j at each place. At El Paso Wednesday morning they were to be met by Elbert Hall, immediate past president of the Abilene C-C. Wherry Project Rejected Directors voted Monday that the C-C won’t sponsor the construction of the proposed 500 Wherry houses on the local base. They did this upon recommendation from the C-C’s Wherry housing committee, of which Robertson was chair-man. The board did offer the C-L s full assistance to the Air Farce, | however, toward expediting a contract for construct son Originally the C-C planned to form an organization which would build the houses. Subsequent amendments in the Wherry housing act and in the GI bill led to the decision against doing the building. Robertson told the board Monday that the Wherry amendments now make it virtually impossible for anyone to make a profit from building the base houses. He said the GI bill has been changed in order to permit men still in military service to get government aid in financing home ownership. Local communities where air bases are located have various plans for helping provide military personnel with houses. Monday’s discussion brought out. $25.909 Fund Created The plan which the Abilenians ! will study at Lincoln. Neb., was I designed to prevent servicemen from losing their investment in homes when transferred away. The Lincoln C-C created a $25.000 fund, to purchase homes from the military men who are being transferred from that base if they can’t otherwise dispose of them, j It was the consensus at Monday’s board meeting that Abilene C-C would help in every way pos-i sible to get a suitable contract let for constructing the houses. The ¡Air Force wants 500 Wherry houses built on the base. No action was taken for or • against such plans as Lincoln, {Neb., has. However, the board instructed the Wherry housing com mittee to study those programs. Robertson, Wright, Bentley and Hall are members of the com mittee. (HEST tAMPAIGH GIFT BAROMETER Donations reported in the Community Chest drive totaled $8,462 50 Tuesday morning. All that amount was from the general solicitation division, of which Don Scrivner i* chairman. No reiwrts have been made thus far from the major gifts division, of which Ray Grisham is chalr- "contrlbutions to the general solicitation phase included $438.50 from employes.    M . Workers of Mrs, Baird ft Bakery tontributed $300 four prizes are to he given to team captains and individual sol icitors in the campaign. They w ere donated by local business houses, A first and a second prise— a hat and an alligator pocket secretary— will be awarded the team captains making the largest percentages of their quotas First and second prizes — an electric clock and an alligator belt —will be given the two individual workers turning in the highest percentages on their quotas. Dr Sterling Price is general chairman of thia year’s drive. His 1 co-chairman is E. W. GOAL $110,000 $100,000 $90,000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 540.000 510.000 $20,000 $10,000 ON 8-CITY SWING Cisco, Eastland Greet Trippers By DON HUTCHESON ] Reporter-New* Staff Photographer EASTLAND, Oct. 19. - City officials and business men of eight neighboring cities were rolling out the welcome carpet Tuesday for a bus load of Abilene good-wiU trippers. At Eastland, second stop on the journey, the Abilenians were met by H. J. Tanner, manager of Eastland Chamber of Commerce. They were escorted through town by Police Chief Ray Laney to the courthouse, where another group waited ,to greet them.^ In the latter crowd were Grady Pipkin, Fred Hale. W. Q, Verier, the Rev. Otto Marshall, Wayne Jackson, Frank Day, Gene Rhodes, Deputy Sheriff Lee Horn and Henry Pentecost Hale is a former Abllenian now living m Eastland In Cisco, the day s first stop, the welcoming group included Paul Biaibear, state representa tive - nominee and manager of Cisco Chamber of Commerce; J. E. Proctor. Police Chief M. L. Perdue and J. B, Pratt Other cities to be visited dur ing the day, in the order named are Ranger, Breckenridge, Wood son, Throckmorton, Albany and . Baird. The Abilene delegation was to attend the Rotary Club luncheon in Breckenridge. Tuesday’s trip is the second in a series of six sponsored by Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Wholesalers, jobbers, manufacturers ami special service firms are represented among the , trippers, i Making the trip are Paul MiUer. Buck McCarty, Ivan Flynn, J. T. LaRoque Ernest “Moon“ Mulli kfn Woodrow Watts. Phill Ratcliff. I Owen Ellis, Frank Moore, Jun Jennings, V E- Baldridge, Mel R. Thurman, BUI Ross. David Fry, C. A Henson, John Higgins. 1 ewis Chase, Leroy White and Lew Bar- ON FRIENDSHIP TOI R — These AbUenians appear to be putting finishing touches on a banner of the sP^rial bus in which local good-will trippers were traveling Tuesday Standing is Ernest cMoon’) Mullikin. Kneeling is Mel SL Thurman. iStafi Photo) In Insurance WASHINGTON (tft—The Federal Trade Commission today accused 17 companies in the health, hospital and accident insurance business of “false and misleading advertising.” Together, the 17 firms—including the four largest in the field— represent annual premium payments of more than 300 million dollars, or about 1-3 of the total health and accident policies written on individuals in the country. Among those named in the FTC complaints—which grew out of a 10-month nationwide investigation —were the Bankers Life and Casualty Co. of Chicago (The White Cross), Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Assn. of Omaha (Mutual of Omaha), Reserve Life Insurance Co. of Dallas, and United Insurance Co. of Chicago. Each firm was charged with from three to five allegedly deceptive practices. Each was allowed 20 days to file replies. Individual hearings are to be held in December. If, after these hearings, the FTC finds there is basis for the charges it may issue orders forbidding these practices in the future. FTC Chairman Edward F. How-rey said the action is aimed at faise or deceptive advertising claims concerning the extent of insurance protection and benefits payable. Howrey said to a statement this first broad inquiry of its kind grew out of “a flood of letters” sent by policy holders who 1» said complained the insurance coverage they received was not the same as advertised. The FTC complaints attacked the following alleged misrepresentations: 1. Policy termination. A typical advertising claim, it was charged, Talks about “no automatic termination age ... You and your family are covered from 1 to 75.” Actually, FTC said, most policies are renewable only at option of the company and can be canceled at the end of any term for any reason. 2. Extent of coverage. FTC said that, whereas benefits are advertised “for each sickness or accident,” many policies pay nothing for losses due to nervous disorders, venereal disease, childbirth, dental operations and so on. 3. Maximum dollar limits. Advertising claims of “up to $52a for each surgical operation” are deceptive in many cases, said FTC, because the full amount is payable for only one or two relatively rare operations. 4. Starting time of coverage. Although some companies represent insurance as being effective when issued, FTC said, coverage for many sicknesses is delayed until the policy has been in effect for a time—such as six months for tuberculosis or heart disease. 5. Health status of the insured. FTC charged many companies state they do not require medical examination, but fail to say the policy does not cover any loss traceable to a condition which existed when the policy was issued. 6. Sale of a plan. Some companies imply, FTC said, that many benefits are obtainable from purchase of a single policy for a few cents a day, when actually several policies are required to get all the advertised benefits. 7. Some advertisements offer regularly monthly income “even for life,” FTC charged, but only m cases of total disability due to accidental bodily injury are lifetime payments made. Canada Gives Flood Relief TORONTO iff—Relief operations moved ahead swiftly today in storm-riddled Ontario while the grim search for bodies went on in the hard-hit suburbs of west-1 era Toronto. The death toll from the final strike of Hurricane Hazel stood at 78 in Canada. Six perms were [listed as missing and presumed drowned and nin§ were classified I as missing A fund to aid those stricken to Friday night’s storm neared the : million-dollar mark yesterday, its first day. A goal of 10 million dol-[ lart was sot. ;