Abilene Reporter News, December 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

December 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas COOLER Mew "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXX1V, NO. 180 ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 16, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Se, SUNDAY lOe Cardinal Mindszenty Freed From Prison? TOYS MADE LIKE of the city's fkemen hard at work repairing toys for Goodfellows' gifts next week are Charles Godard, Milton Tatum, and J. K. Johnson, left to right. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) Many Organizations Handle Specific Goodfellow Jobs "There never was but one Har- !ey Sadler he was just a prince, that's all." That was Mrs. June Mimdee's recollection of the great West Tex- as showman in whose troupe she and her husband travelled for 14 years. Mr. and Mrs. Conny Mundee, who are known professionally as Mundee and June, are in Abilene to perform at the start of the Harley Sadler Memorial Show Thursday and Friday nights. The show will start at p.m. with a concert by the pit orches- tra. The Mundees will be at p.m., followed by the play, "A Full Hduse." at p.m. Held in Fair Park auditorium, it is sponsored by the Abilene Community Theater. Joined in 1933 The Mundees joined Sadler's big tent show in 1933, after having spent more than 30 years as a juggling team on some of the Just who are these Goodfellows? Well, they're just about every- body who thinks beyond his own Christmas tree at this time of year. They're firemen, school children, businessmen, clubwomen. But, most of all, they're you. You all, the hundreds and thou- sands of readers who send in money to the Goodfellows, rnaks possible the work of taking care of families down "on then; luci at Christmastime.- Of course, there's a lot to this Goodfellow work that can't be done by money alone. More labor goes into the Goodfellows each year than you could buy with all the money donated to them in their almost 35 years of existence here. Help Through Clubs Many of the workers participate through clubs or organizations. Many simply pitch in where they are most needed. The Goodfellows are a tradition in Abilene, and various jobs over the years have become the "prop- erly" certain groups in town. The Abilene Kiwan: Club, for instance, has been handling food for the G Ifellows since the days when it was delivered to the homes in baskets. Now they handle mailing of food script to the families. These are made out on the basis of the size Suspect Held; 30th Burglary Reported Here Two more Abilene burglaries have been reported to police the past 24 hours, bringing the total since Thanksgiving to 30. A suspect was arrested by city police Thursday morning in con- nection with a Wednesday night break in. He was jailed for ques- tioning. Latest burglaries reported were: (li St. Paul Methodist Church, J25 Beech St., "in the last day or two." (2) Herbert Pennye's par- lor. 626 Plum St., Wednesday night. A 30 -year old Abilene Negro man was arrested Thursday morning by City Police Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald, Lt. Gro- vcr Chronister and Patrolman C. V. Strickland. He was being ques- tioned in connection with the shine parlor burglary. Stolen from a juke box at the shine parlor was an undetermin- ed amount of money. The box was broken into. Nothing apparently was stolen from St. Paul Methodist Church. The burglar broke into a closet where the choir robes are stored. Police couldn't determine where entry to the building was made, said Capt. McDonald. Of the 30 burglaries occurring here during the beginning Thanksgiving Day and up to the present, six have either been solv- ed in statements by arrested sus- pects or charges have been filed connection with them. of a family, with the max- mum, and are redeemable at any local grocery store. The Fire Department tradition- ally takes care of repairing and repainting used toys for the chil- dren, a work that goes on during a good part of the year. "They de- serve" a terrific Paul Hodge said. Many of the toys were collected by the U. S. Marine Corps He- serve unit here in a city-wide pick- up last month, one of car- ried on across the by Ma- rine reservists The Exchange Club is in charge of overall toy collections and dis- .ribution to the various fire sta- ions. This work is usually started in October. New Clothing Altrusa Club members handle purchasing of new clothing for "amilies, which is sized through interviews beforehand and aged in bright paper for the par- ents to take home along with their children's toys. Cactus Lions Club, a new mem- ber of the Goodfellows, handled packaging and wrapping this year, tins any other jobs that needed do- ng, Hodge said. Abilene Parents-Teachers Asso- ciation Council members will work as clerks during the five days that the store at 377 Walnut St will be open. The Junior Service League inter- all the families who write ror help and are not listed on the rolls of local welfare agencies. To Chauffeur Parents During the days that the store s open, the Marine reservists will serve at chauffeurs to carry the parents and their gifts home. Two cars have been furnished by Lone Star Buick Co. and Horace Holly Motors. The building which houses the store.was donated by the First State Bank, Hodge said. West Tex- as Utilities Co. has donated elec- rical service, and Abilene Service Co. repaired all the wiring in the building as its part in the Good- 'ellows' work. Besides the' major Goodfellow organizations; many smaller groups have given time, toys, mon- ey, and gifts. Among them are tbe Crockett Boy Scout troop, which repaired loys for the store; the Couples Class at St Paul Methodist Church, which brought in two large boxes of wrapped gifts; Omega Rho Al- pha at Abilene Christian College with another box of wrapped gifts, and Clothiers employers with a large box of new toys. .-Jewelry Jewelry and cosmetics on the tables reserved for teen-agers and women came from the Business and Professional Women, Medical Auxiliary, Knickerbocker and As- sembly dance clubs, and the Pen- sadores Club. Clinic Pharmacy donated pow- der and cologne, Baird's Bakeries the boxes and cartons used for packing, Minter's Dry Goods some used suits, and Harry Goltz Men's Store 22 pairs of shoes. Many more people have helped than could ever by acknowledged, Hodge said. For instance, after a story in Wednesday afternoon's Reporter- News saying that doll clothes were needed, the Goodfellows had calls from about two dozen women of- See NEEDY, Page 2-A, Coi. 7 Dust, Fourth Freeze Due A fast moving cold front was bring dusl and cooler to Abilene about noon due to Thursday, and the area's fourth freeze is due Thursday night. Except for the dust, which might limit visibility in the area to about three miles for a time, the skies were expected to re- main fairly clear through Friday. Thursday's night's low will be from 25 to 30, after a high of 60 to 65 during the day. Friday's high will be about 45. Temperatures were reported to be rising ahead of the cold front, with strong to fresh southeasterly winds blowing. Those winds changed to northwest when the cold front hit. A light freze was predicted for Thursday night as far south as the Fort Worth area. Wednesday's liigh was 63, while the low Thursday morning was only 47. BEFORE A.C.T. PLAY TONIGHT Sadler Vaudeville Couple to Perform But they always thought their best time was while they" were raveling with Harley Sadler___ Chet Wilson, blackface singer and dancer and a former member if the old White Minstrels, will be the other preliminary performer vith the Mundees. The play is directed by Mrs. Frank Peebles with Nell McFall and Mrs. Raymond Thomason Jr. as assistants. Bob Ford is techni- cal director, and Leonard Gold- ilatt is stage manager. world's cults. biggest vaudeville cir- "In all the years of our show business, we never enjoyed our work as much as we did with Mrs. Mundee recalled. "He was always ready to help in any- thing to make He pleasant for everybody." When they joined the show, ;it had an 18 piece pit: ore! and more" than 30'people" in'-tiie troupe. "We had heard about him for years before we ever joined him, Mrs. Mundee went on. "But we were amazed at what we saw when we got down here." The Mundees, native Pennsyl- vanians, settled in Dallas after the show's last season in 1947. They still play club dates, conventions, and variety shows occasionally. Covered Globe Before they joined Sadler, the Mundees had pretty well covered the globe. They had done their jug- gling act in most of the world's big cities and many of its ham- lets. They were married in 1909, hav- ing met while Mrs. Mundee was attending business college. Mundee and a had five, all in show the team then. But in 1912 Mrs. Mundee joined the act and has been juggling hoops, Indian clubs, hats, discs, and most everything else with her husband ever since. Mundee and June they were known as Conny and June in Sad- ler's show worked most of the bigtime vaudeville circuits, includ- ing Schubert, Loew, Keith, Orph- eum Time, and Pantages. They played on the same bills with Sophie Tucker, Groucho Marx, Bob Burns, Burns and Al- len, Theodore Roberts, Eva Tan- guay, and "all the big. ones." Russia Threatens To End Treaty BULLETIN MOSCOW warned France today that ratification st the Paris Agreements to re- arm West Germany "will cross out and annul" the Prench- Soviety Mutual Assistance Treaty of The warning was in a formal nole handed by Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov to the French ambasador, Louis Joxe. Firm Offers to Buy Back Forms From Texas Vets AUSTIN attorney for three South Texas land develop- ment companies told the State Vet- erans Land Board today the com- pany wants to buy back land they have sold any veteran who is dis- satisfied with his purchase. Everett Looney of Austin ap- peared before the full board at a meeting called in connection with alleged irregularities in veteran land deals in South Texas. Looney said he represented the Rio Val Development Co., Winter Garden Development Co., and the Alamo DtvefcpmtBt Ct. He said if any dissatisfied vet- eran will convey back his land bought from any of the three corp- orations, the will as- sume the jbligation of paying all delinquencies and meet all future installments. Read to Board A letter was read to the board making the offer specifically in regard to 763.8 acres of land in Maverick County sold to the board Jan. 1, 1951, for and con- veyed to 21 veteran purchasers. The letter was signed "Rio Dev- dopmtnt Co., by Ci. Care', presi- dent." The return address was a Yoakum post office box. "We make this unconditional of fer in view of the persistent pub- licity which seems to question the good faith of f.; parties to this the letter said. Looney said the offer also applied to all lands sold the board by any of the three companies. Looney also asked the board to approve or disapprove at once fivi pending land sales by Rio in Bexar County, two in Zavalla let LAND, i-A. Ctt, I JOSEF CARDINAL MINDSZENTY life Out for a Week, Church Press Says VIENNA, Austria Aus- trian Catholic news service Kath- press said today that Josef Cardi- nal Mindszenty hu been released from prison in Hungary. said it received In- formation from sources in Budapest that the cardinal had been freed one week ago and had gone to his diocese. The Catholic news service report said, under a Budapest dateline: "In usually well-informed circles of the Hungarian capital It wat reported yesterday that Cardinal Mindszenty, who has been held in prison since 1949, was released a Agriculture Center Land ToBeSold Taylor County will __ have its chance Friday morning to pur- chase a site for a livestock agri- cultural center and State Highway 36 right-of-way for a new route. City Commission is to open bids rn its 9 a.m. Friday meeting on about 130 acres of city-owned old Municipal Airport land east of 'jwn. Roughly 101 acres of that land is tbe'tentative site for the-county agricultural, center. Ap- proximately 29 acres be right- of-way for a new location of State Highway 36. The County Commilsioners Court was told some tune ago by the City Commission that the city would be willing to sell the 130- acre tract for approximately 000. Bids for the land purchase have jeen advertised by the city. Right to reject any or all bids is re- served. Other matters on Friday's agen- da include: (1) Consideration of making a contract with Kenneth Etheridge for engineering services for con- version of the Lake Kirby water treatment plant into ground stor- age. Etheridge is a consulting en- gineer here, and former Abilene city engineer. (2) Final passage of an ordi- nance, formalizing the city's Dec. sale of million worth of its jonds to a group of 10 investment louses. (The purchase was award- ed Dec. 7 on the best bid.) Veteran on In Marijuana Case Argument began a.t p.m. Thursday in the case of the State against James Potts, 21-year-old Negro war veteran, charged with possession of marijuana on last May 10. The case was transferred from 42nd District Court to the 104th District Court, where it was be- ing tried Thursday morning. Testimony was completed about noon, when Judge Owen Thomas recessed the jury for lunch. State Liquor Control Board In- spector K. 0. Pierce testified he saw Potts at Aaron Smith'i resi- dence State St., dhihe night Policemen Isbell and Ross and other officers went to said. Smith admitted he had had brushes with the G-men himself. Potts testified he had been hi Taylor County jail for the past seven months. At the time of ar- rest; he said, ht was working for a construction company at the Abl- ene Air Force Base. He laid be had seen actual combat and lot an. honorable discharge from the Army. He was stationed ia Korea and Japan, he said. R. M. Freeman, Weft Texas he saw Potts' hand go from bis slipper to a sat- chel under the bed. In the folds of the satchel, he said, he found one marijuana cigaret and the butt of another. These were sent to the State Department of Public Safety Lab- oratory at Austin for examination. Wiley Caffey, district attorney, read a letter from the department which said the examination dis- closed marijuana. Defense witness Aaron Smith tes- tified the suitcase did not belong to Potts or himself, but to a man now living in California. "I don't know where it came he wu eouBttl lor Jack Tidwcli Potts. The jury trying flit sists of W. T. Jordan, Box KB; C. 0. McGlothlin, JOU Brantwood L. S. Forester, North 14th St., J. C. Roberts, 1SSO North 19th St.; J. D. Smith, 17J8 West- moreland St.; Jimmy Skinner, 1735 North 14th St.; Arthur L. Jenke, 4049 Stratford; Wright Bishmaa, .lerkel; Willie A. Feely, 15J3 Mock- ingbird Lane; Norman Fitzgerald, 342 Sylvan Dr.; Paul M. Bonine, 31% Grand Ave., and Wadt Wai- den, J610 Over Blvd. Attack Death Cause LONGYTEW W-A heart attack was ruled as the cause of death for Louis Cooper, 73, Texarkana man who collapsed and died while talking to a group of men yester- day on Highway S. JUDGING TONIGHT 58 in Christmas Lighting Contest Lights on 58 homes, schools and churches will flash on Thursday night for judging in the annual Christmas Lighting Contest. The 58 entries, including Houston School and Fairmont Methodist Church as the sole entries in two classes, were the total received by the Abilene Chamber of Com- merce at deadline Wednesday. Preliminary judging by mem- bers of the garden clubs, a city official, and a representative of :he Reporter-News will be held Thursday night. Finals will be Fri- day. Here is a complete list of en- tries, which will be kept up and lighted nightly until Jan. 1. I. Residence exterior: SOUTHS1DE Mrs. Harry Sola- day, 2202 Grand Ave., C. B. Ward, 2174 Monticello Dr., P. H. Dun- ham, 4049 Waldemar Dr., Mrs. Jack Evans, 1409 Sylvan Dr., A. J. Thompson, 2642 South Seventh St., the John DeFord children, 3442 South 10th St., Mrs. Jack Dav- is, 1109 San Jose Dr., John C. Mayfield Jr., 1725 Tanglewood Dr., H. c. 4133 Richmond Dr., Carl Mahan, 1018 Elmwood Dr., Mrs. Joe Gayior, 1217 Buc- caneer Dr., W. W. Davis, 3901 Mon- ticello Dr., Mrs. Ira Allen Sr., 533 Santos St. (south entrance on South Sixth Mrs. William H. Biggers, 1701 Woodard St., Harold S. Edwards, 1101 Westridge Dr. NORTHSIDE- Elliott's Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St., Mrs. R. W. Edwards, 1809 Cedar Crest Dr., Mrs. Wilton Davis, 1033 Shclton St., Frank W. Levett, 1801 Uni- versity Blvd. X. School HomtOB School, North Sixth and Cotton- wood Sts. J. Living outdoor tree: Ernest Gris- som, 1301 Legett Dr., C. B. Ward, 4174 Monticello Dr., Frank Davi- son, 3226 Waverly'St., James Har- ris. 309 Cherry St. NORTHSIDE- Mickey Gilbreth, 2042 North Ninth St., Mrs. W. V. Flippen, 440 Orange St 4. Church Methodist See CONTEST, Page Z-A, Cel. I THE WEATHER VS. DEMXTMEXT OP COMXEXO WEATHEK BGKEAC ABILENE AND VtCffilTY Continue.! fair through Frtaty. except for thh altemooQ and tonight, taming eoofer tbSrn afternoon, colder tonight ud Friday. HtlA May eo to B, low tonight 25 to 30, high FHdar 45. NORTH CESTRAL TEXAS: GcaeraBT fair through Friday. Colder tonight and Friday. Lowest 25-35 tonight. WEST TEXAS: Generally fair, colder in Panhandle and upper South Plains this afternoon and in all except Del Rio-Eagle Pass area tonight. Lowest 18-25 in Paa- handle and apper Sooth Plains and 25-35 elsewhere tonight. Friday, fair and cool. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair, warmer this afternoon. Cooler Friday and in north tonight. Lowest 324) in nortl tonight tEMFEBATUKES Wed. P. X. Tburs. A. M. 50 it a ii U M last nlCnt ;.m. Smrlse today a.m. Sunset tonight pjn. Barometer reading at p.m. U.K. KtMrri tiaUlir at p.m. 2M. Riga sxl low tampsrstms fc 14 ktsn M M liH ajn mmtm. Utilities Co. employe, said Potts had worked at odds jobs for him an had borrowwd mbaey from him. "His was satSfaetory and be paid what had borrow- Freeman said. week ago and bat goat dtocete. "While diplomatic quarters Budapest know nothing exactly about his release, the palace at Esztergom (Minds- zenty's Diocese) declared that primatt 'is not staying in Eszter- ;om. "The report of the cardinal's rt- nse itself was neither confirmed nor denied by the palace." Endre Marton. Ass :iated Press correspondent in Budapest, said bf tlephone he had heard to ndicate that Cardinal Mindszenty tas been released. The Communists arrested Minds- zenty on Dec. X, 19M, ong running fight with the cardinal who an archbishop had been imprisoned by tbt for defiance. From tbt timt be raised to the rank of cardinal in February, Mt, Mindsxenty had fought tbt tussian occupation forces and tbt lungarian Communists who gradu- ally took over tbt country. Tht little reached a Ugh pitch when he announced plans to nationalist Roman Catholia schools. When the law wat fasti- uted, cardinal ordered church iclls throughout Hungary to toU. In nibsequent statements zenty warned against Communist propaganda and urged Catholics, to boycott tiw v BI uiututt Mindnenty was sentenctd to fito imprisonment by a Bed court Feb. IMt. The court convicted htm of treason, MMof to overthrow Communist gOTtCTPtat to lavor of tht Bapsburg mtaarca7 Eegal trading in dollars from tat United and tnt Vatican. NearlyFull "football special" Icuston it scheduled to leave View at p.m. Friday night, md ihwld arrive in Houston be- ore f ajn. Saturday morning, Bob assistant high school principal, dudott! thnriday. Leaving Houston at pm. Saturday. train is due back in View ajn. At MM Thursday, there wen 8 left for the train oat of tbe original and Bit rt-. maioder were expected to (o fat rarry. Santa Fe daihed any that additional can might be obtained for the trip. Those which wilt mate op special lad to be rented from another lint. bteniH tbt armed forces art making heavy calls oa Santa facflitiei. Niu said. With train personnel, Knoal sponsor! and special per- expected that the traia win actually have about MO per- son oa board what it lew. J. C Penrod Rites incomplete Here Funeral for J. Clyde Penrod, CJ. Abilene petro- leum products dealer and dric leader, were incomplete Thursday morning. They were to be an- nounced by Laughter-North Fune- ral Home. Mr. Penrod died at p.m. Wednesday in Harris Memorial Hospital, Fort Worth. He suffer- ed a heart attack last. Saturday at Farrington Field, Fort Worth, between halves of the Abilene High-Fort Worth Polytechnic foot- ball game, and was admitted to the hospital. He was Humble oB products wholesale and retail agent here. In 1952 Mr. Penrod was elected to a one year term as president of Abilene Lions Club. He was a member of the club 14% years, transferring here from the Plainview club. Mr. Penrod was an active lead- er in the local charity work and the boys' and girls' assistance pro- ject? of Abilene Lions Club. One of hit oriodpal jottmti, also, was the Texas Camp for Crippled CnOdreB. Ktrr- viDe. He mm MM of the original flOO subscription lift members, and regular and consistent don- or to the work. The camp provide! free camping periods for crtpptad childrta, art fc twatd a ed by the Lions Clubs tf Mr. Penrod was oat of the main AbOeniant. responsible for matte of the Young Christian Association here, a cam- paign which lad to conversion of the former USD building at North Second and Beech Sts. into Abi- present highly active YMCA. He elected in IMt at tern-: porary chairman of the board of directors at the time the Y was started. During the same year he was ejected president, tht first person to bead the organiza- tion. In wat rt.elected pres- ident. He was born in CoQingsworth County and attended school in Wellington. Be graduated from Baylor University. Mr. Penrod came to Surviron indnde his wife; oat ton, Byron, H, both of 1171 HoUia Dr.; Mrs J. W. Space tf Dtaffittt and Boberta Pond a! Tskys, Us moth- er, Mrs, N. Z. Ftnred Lob- bock; aMsn, Sttm Toht) of Labbock and Mrs. Gracy Jen- M9 of Mtrmeapolsi, Hiaa. Roberta Penrod, a V, S. trnmeat ;