Abilene Reporter News, December 28, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

December 28, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas HARD FREEZE Abilene Reporter- "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T 0tDS EVENING FINAL KD IQe VOL. LXXIV, NO. 192 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, DEC. 28, PAGES MEMBERS CLASSED Roads Key C-C Feast Abilene Chamber of Commerce directors Tuesday wound up the calendar year with their last board meeting of 1954 and dis- cussed four main points of busi- ness: 1) Theme of the annual banquet in 1955 will be the value of high- ways to Abilene and this area, they decided. E. H. Thornton, chairman of the Texas Highway Commission, will be invited to speak. 2) Membership of the Chamber! will be divided into 12 classifica-j tions, and meetings will be held; in each to map out suggestions for this year's program of work, j 3t The board approved the agri-j culture and livestock committee's j recommendation that the annual Jersey Show be turned into a dairy show for all leading dairy breeds in this area and voted an additional for its produc- tion. 4) Elbert Hall, speaking for na- tional defense committee chair- man P. Wright, said that the Federal Housing Administration at Fort Worth will submit a state- ment soon saying how many rental units the FHA will authorize loans for here. Rental Needs Studied The FHA recently sent a repre- sentative here to survey the rental needs in view of the rental units requested by the Air Force. Hall said that the FHA survey tal- lied closely with one already taken by the C-C committee. Invitations for the annual ban- quet will also he sent to the other highway commissioners, to D. C. Greer, state highway engineer, and to county judges and commission- ers, mayors, and other city of- ficials in the 13-county District 8 of the Texas Highway Department, which has its headquarters in Abi- lene. The -board also promised the higway committee all possible aid Lad in Lung To Houston Eddie Burdett Brown, 12, iron- lung patient from, Sriyder, was dis- charged from Hendrick Memorial Hospital's polio ward Monday night and put on a train for Houston at Lawn. With Eddie went his mother, Mrs. Burdett Brown, and a special nurse. His father was to drive down and meet them in Houston. The boy, encased in the iron taken to the train depot at Lawn by a J. D. Moore Trans- fer and Storage van, Henry Den- ning, assistant administrator at Hendrick, said. A portable generator was set up in the truck to keep the iron lung in operation during the trip. It took Denning, assistant Guy Hamilton, two other hospital staffers, and the two truckers to handle the respir- ator. Eddie was to be admitted to the Southwestern Polio Respiration Center at Houston Tuesday morn- ing. It is a branch of Jefferson Davis Hospital there, Hamilton said. He was first admitted to Hen- drick on Aug. 5. E. H. invited to speak in securing rights of way for ex- pansion of U. 3. Highway 80 as soon as possible. C-C General'Manager Joe Cool- Gl Farm Plan 95 Per Cent Good: Giles AUSTIN ai Veterans Land Board Chairman Bascom Giles Senate irvestigators today "some mistakes" have been made in the state's 100 million dollar (veterans land program but de- dared it is "95 per cent good." "Some mistakes have been made course, there Giles told the Senate committee inquiry into alleged veterans land frauds. "There will be more, no matter row carefully we guard the pro- gram in the future. But something should be put in the record about the 95 per cent of the program that is good so the public won't think it is all bad." Giles and other members of the land board, Gov. Shivers and Atty. Gen. Shepperd, were invited to ap- j'pear before the committee check- ing the administration of the land program. The committee heard evidence yesterday of alleged fraud in numerous quick-profit land deals in South Texas. Giles said some mistakes can be guarded against and steps have been taken to tighten the rules. ey explained a new plan, which the board adopted, of developing a program of work for 1955. Group Meetings Planned This year, instead of the ques- tionnaires used in 1S54, the C-C will divide its membership into 12 classifications and hold individual group meetings of each group. Recommendations from each classification will then be present- ed to the policies and projects committee, which recommends the year's program to the board. The meetings will be held dur- ing the two weeks beginning Jan. 10. Members of the board were ap- pointed to head each classifica- tion in order to present the plan to the members. They are as fol- lows: Agriculture and livestock, Guy Caldwell; automotive arid trans- portation, Nib Shaw; construction, C. Esl and utilities, Oliver Howard and Fleming James; hotels, motels, and restaurants, Cecil Warren. Manufacturers, Harold Austin; professional, Tom Eplen; real es- tate and insurance, Maurice Brooks: retail, George Minter Jr. and Howard McMahon; wholesale, Jim Jennings and Don Wooten; diversified, H. W. McDade and W. P. Wright; oil industry, Elbert Hall. Texarkana Store Damaged by Fire TEXARKANA IS) Wommack's Clothing Store in central Tex- arkana was heavily damaged and surrounding buildings were en- dangered today when fire swept the top floor of the building. An estimate of damage was not available at once. Fire Capt. Harold Slink said the fire which apparently broke out be- tween the building's double roof, probably was caused by faulty wiring. Firemen were on the scene shortly after 9 a.m. and the blaze was reported under control about a.m. sides." he testified. Giles was surrounded by his top assistants. Representing him as counsel was former Sen. C. C. Small Sr. Numerous records were produced at the senate committee's request for a closer look at cases in which :raud had been alleged at yester- day's hearing. Shivers, at his Sharyland home near Mission, sent word he would return to Austin. Up for board decision is what to do about worth of South Texas land deals. Three companies have offered to assume liability on any or ail the deals it made ii veterans are unhappy with their purchases. The deals, made by the Rio Val Development Co., the Winter Gar- den Development Co. and the Alamo Development Co. were among transactions that came un- der the committee yesterday. Chairman Dorsey Hardeman of San Angelo said the committee felt t had completed its look into coor- dinated information supplied by hree state agencies which have spearheaded a state investigation. Testimony yesterday came prin- cipally from the offices of the state auditor, attorney general and De- >artment of Public Safety. The committee heard of land promotions in which payments up :o.S300 each were allegedly made .0 veterans for their rights to buy and under the state's veterans and program. A REMINDER Pay your Reporter-News for a year and save money, time, ond bother. Drowning Victim's Rites Wednesday Funeral for Raymond C. Mohundro, 29, Abilene trucker who was drowned Monday evening, will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Elliott's Chapel of Memories. The Rev. Harlie W. Woolard, pastor of the First Christian Church, will officiate. He is a former Navy chaplain. Mohundro was baptized while in the Navy during World War II. Graveside rites will be held at 3 p.m. in the Grand Prairie Cem- etery, where burial will be con- ducted under direction of Elliott's Funeral Home. Mohundro drowned Monday af- ternoon just before sunset when he fell from a boat-on Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Testing Motor Mohundro was testing his out- board motor, in which he had just put a new clutch, when he fell from the rented 14 foot boat on a turn. He and a brother, Thomas Mo- hundro of Arlington, were planning to go duck hunting during Thomas' vacation this week. Raymond apparently lost his balance ami fell from the boat as it turned sharply. His body was found in 10 feet of water at p.m., about 55 minutes after his waterJogstd walch had stopped. His told of seeing hia fall frost boat. She screamed at other members of the family and ran the 300 yards to the Fishing Village Store for help. Mohundro had just taken his wife and two sons, his brother and sister-in-law and their two sons for ride in the boat. He had then headed out alone from the Fish- ing Village docks, where he had earlier rented the boat, Shed Heavy Jacket A good swimmer, Mohundro ap- parently shucked off his heavy mackinaw jacket in an attempt to swim. The jacket was found float- ing on the lake later. Mohundro was wearing khaki trousers, a blue denim shirt, and shoes when his body was recovered. He sank quickly in the wind- chilled water, however, about 50 yards from shore, midway across the village neck on the eastern side of the Jones County lake. Game Warden J. D. Jones, Jim- my Pollan, 1201 Blair St., and R. Q. Whitley, were talking at the store when Mrs. Thomas Mohund- ro ran up. Jones and Fo'nan jumped into the latter's boat, and Whitley, whose wife operates the store, found another. The three looked over the water near the site of the accident, bu saw nothing of Mohundro. At one Set VICTIM, Fife Col. I He recommended that many of the board's rules should be written Into state law governing the pro- gram to take pressure off board discretion. "We've been pulled at from all Snow Blankets Area Hard Freeze Due Here SITUATION: NASTY Sleet and snow which fell between midnight and dawn Thurs- day began turning to slush in some places, and to ice in others, in downtown Abilene Tuesday morning. Sidewalk cleaning .became a major chore all over the downtown area. Heie Charles Oois laaitb, 758 Nelson, was working on the walk in front of the Citizens National Bank, 101 Pine St. (Staff Photo) Gen. Dean's Son Joins Air Force SAN FRANCISCO F. Dean Jr. was sworn into the Air Force yesterday. His father, Maj. Gen. Wiiliam F. Dean, 24th Divi- sion commander who was held captive by the Reds in Korea, looked on proudly. The junior Dean, 24, will report Jan. 3 to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex., as an aviation cadet. "He always wanted to go into the the general said. "I'm pleased that he chose the Air force." TIMELY TRAFFIC TIPS: NO. 1 Keep Wits and Your Windshield Clear! (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of safety articles, pointing out winter- time hazards. The series is sponsored by the safety com- mittee of the City Council of Parent Teacher Associations and the National Safety Coun- cil.) "Keep your wits and windshield Police Chief C. Z.'Hallmark gave his advice today for safe winter driving. "Winter weather conditions add three important hazards to driv- he said. "It takes a clear a clear drive safely." The chief named the special win- ter hazards as reduced visibility, inadequate traction and tempera- ture changes. Visibility Poor Reduced visibility, he said, re- sults from many factors. He point- ed out that more hours of darkness during winter months means more cars on the road after sundown. "And inclement Hall- mark explained, "often coats wind- shields and car door glass with steam, snow, ice and sleet. "Snow banks and stalled vehi- cles along the roadway hide dan- ger And rain and snow storms, of course, sometimes al- most completely destroy visibil- y." The second condition, inadequate traction, makes control of the ve- hicle extremely difficult at times, Hallmark said. "Inadequate traction is due primarily to snow, sleet or ice on he said, "although muddy roads or wet pavements also can be dangerous." Check Wipers, Defrosters The chief suggested that drivers make sure, when they start on a trip in winter, that their cars are in tip top condition, especially CHIEF C. Z. HALLMARK 'stay alert, stay windshield wipers and defrosters. He urgeJ that they always carry and use tire chains. "Good car condition and proper safety equipment will do a lot to minimize these first two winter Hallmark said, "but the driver always must be alert to see danger in time to stop, and he must drive slowly enough to keep his car under control so he can The third hazard also calls for a high degree of attention to the road, Chief Hallmark asserted. "Temperature changes on ice and snow will change the degree of traction." he said, "and this af- fects braking distances. As the temperature rises during the day, icy roads become more slippery. The unwary driver, not anticipat- ing this, can skid into real trou- ble." Hallmark reminded drivers of the current slogan of the city P-TA Council and the National Safety Council "Stay Aiert, Stay Alive itt Winter Weather." Patrolmen Advise No Travel Today AUSTIN police warned :oday of dangerous road conditions from sleet and snow over a wide area in West Texas. The Highway Patrol urged mo- torists to avoid travel except for emergencies in regions where high- ways and bridges are covered with snow or sleet. State police said hese conditions were expected to worsen during the day. No roads were closed at 9 a.m. except Highway 62 at Guadalupe 'ass near El Paso. All Highways Open In Abilene District Abilene District highways all were open, at mid-morning Tues- day, but snow and ice made them lazardous in several areas. West to Sweetwater, the road was reported slick, and buses be- tween Moran and Albany took to farm-to-market road to avoid an area where construction is in progress. South, toward Novice, sleet was reported to be covering the high- way, but that condition had disap- peared by the time Coleman, 14 miles further south, was reached. North toward Wichita Falls the roads were somewhat worse, as it was reported that graders were clearing the roads up that way early Tuesday morning. However, traffic was helping keep most of the roads open. Patrol cars were out in force to help motorists in trouble. These road conditions were re- ported. Amarillo area: Ice and snow on highways. Travel hazardous. Lubbock area: Snowing. Condi- tions expected to get worse. Travel dangerous. Abilene area: Two inches of snow on highways. Bridges iced. Travel dangerous. Pecos area westward: Snowing but roads open to El Paso. New Mexico: Roads closed in Alamogordo area. Raton Pass closed. San Angelo area: Roads gener- ally passable west. Caution ad- vised. Wichita Falls area: Light snow and freezing rain. Travel dangerous. Bridges iced. THE WEATHER 5-Inch Coating Covers Haskell A wintry blast brought snow, sleet and generally freez- ing weather to West and Central Texas, the South Plains and the Panhandle Monday night, with Abilene being along the southern edge of the snow line. Snow, which followed close on the heels of early morn- ing sleet, was expected to continue into the afternoon here. Temperatures in the Abilene area will stay below freezing during the day, with a hard freeze predicted for Tuesday night. Tuesday night's low will be about 20 considerably colder than the seasonal low of 24, the local U.S. Weather Bureau predicted. Snow wnich Mopped before dawn picked up again about a.m. in Abilene, and it was "snowing hard" in Merkel about a.m. where some 1 1-2 inches of snow were re- ported on the ground. Bus drivers reaching Abilene from the north and east reported heavy snows from Wichita Falls north, and be- tween Abilene and Dallas. Haskell had five inches of snow, Stamford four, and Coleman just enough to cover the ground. Cisco had some rain and a little sleet, as did Cross Plains. At Coleman, slow falling rain vhich froze as it fell, mixed with sleet, made roads slick and added an additional hazard as it froze on car windshields. About .33 inch moisture was reported there. County Officials Due to Take Oath Without Fanfare No public ceremony will attend the swearing in of old and new county officials, County Judge Reed Ingalsbe said Tuesday. Each official taking office Jan. 1 will take oath of office before the notary of his choice and bonds required of officials will be exe- cuted personally. New officials who will go into of- fice Jan. 1 include Clive Pierce, county school superintendent; J. D. Wdodard, constable Precinct No. I, and Herman Rucker, com- missioner of Precinct No. 1. Since the Taylor County Court house will be closed Saturday, New Year's Day, new officials and their appointees are not expected to take over actively before Mon- day, Jan. I. VS. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Cloudy this afternoon and tonight with snow end- ing this afternoon. Wednesday fair, with continued cold. Temperature below freez- ing all day today. Low tonight about 20, high Wednesday about 40. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Cloudy this afternoon. Much colder tonight with lowest 22-32. Wednesday, partly cloudy, not so cold in the afternoon. WEST TEXAS: Slow clearing this after- noon and tonight with lowest 10-20 In Pan. handle and upper Sonth Plains and 20-30 elsewhere tonight Wednesday, generally fair and warmer. EAST AND SOUTH CENTP.AL TEXAS: Occasional rain this afternoon. Much colder rnj Al with lowest 25-35 in north and 3WO in south tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy and cold. Strong northerly winds on the coast. TEMrERATCRES Mon. P. M. Tues. A. M. 50 35 51 32 50 30 a 44 29 43 28 43 28 40 28 28 37 29 37 23 37 29 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. 28.25. Relative humidity at p.m. High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at a.m.: 52 and 28. Snow Causes 4 Crashes on City's Streets Snow on the streets caused fou: traffic accidents in Abilene Tues- day morning, but no one was hurt, city police reported at noon. At a.m. two cars were in collision at South First St. and Mockingbird Lane. James Moses Brooks, 42, Route 3, was driv- ing east on South First, He made leftjturh at'MocHngteft, "Polfce- man John Bostick said. Fernando G. Bodriguez, 32, of 441 Bois d Arc St., traveling west, was un- able to stop quickly enough due to the slick street, Bostick said. Three vehicles but only two driv- ers were involved in an accident at a.m. at North 12th and Merchant Sts. Leon Debbs Ted- ford, 46, of 2829 South Second St., was driving a pickup truck and pulling a stalled pickup. Tedford's pickup was in collision with a passenger car driven by Joe M. Robinson, 21, of 1001 Crock- ett Dr., Policeman F. A. Biddy re- ported. Cars driven by Ray Clayton Cut- berth, 38, of Route 2, and Oda Clark, 20, of 401 College Dr., were in a collision at a.m. in the 3100 block of South First St. Policeman E. L. O'Dell said Cut- berth stopped and that Clark trav- eling behind hini in the same di- rection, couldn't stop quickly enough to avoid collision, on ac- count of the slick street. Three Cars Collide Three cars were involved in a collision at South 14th St. and Pi- oneer Dr. at 1027 a.m. Policeman E. L. Bearden said this was due to he slick streets. Drivers were Wil- iam Charles Norfis, 1442 Pecan St.; Walden Avan Stencer, 2101 West Beauregard, San Angelo; and John Andrew Latham, Del Rio. More collisions probably would have occurred if the streets had iced over, police said. Roadways were filled with soft slush, which sfficers stated was safe enough for driving at 20 to 25 miles an hour. Abilene had three other auto ac- cidents Monday, prior to the snow- fall. There were no injuries. At p.m. Monday two cars collided on South Treadaway Blvd. Drivers of the vehicles were Car- eirt tpacf Oil St., Sweetwater, and Benjamin McCain of Walnut Springs. Operators of autos involved, in a three-car crash Monday at the South First and Pine Sts. inter- section were Janie Shelton Guest, McCamey; Royis Darle, 309 Elm St. and Abott Hodge, Drake Ho- tel. A car belonging to Sam Lloyd, 534 Thomas St. missed a bridge and went off the road at Cedar Creek, just off ES Seventh St. at p.m. Monday. REPORTER-NEWS ADDING COLOR WEEKLY MAGAZINE Family Weekly is coming to Abilene. Starting nest Sunday this exciting full-color roto- gravure Sunday magazine will be added to the many other fine features of your Reporter-News. You will like everything about Family Weekly the beautiful full-color pages, the fine articles about inter- esting people, the delightful philosophy of Patty John- son, the big section of wonderful recipes, the news about fashions, and all the other features that make Family Weekly America's greatest Sunday magazine. Look for Family Weekly this Sunday and every Sun- day with your Reporter-News. For convenient home de- livery call 4-7271. Freezing rain was also reported at Eastland, which bad .23 inch of moisture. Abilene had received .30 inch of moisture, with some two inches of snow on the ground at p.m. It appeared certain the "nasty" weather would move on southward as-the day progressed. Temperatures ranged from an icy 20 at Dalhart to a springlike 70 at Brownsville dawn. The Weather Bureau said the mercury would nose-dive "dur-" ing the day. In North Texas around Electra about three inches of snow was on the ground and it still was falling at mid-morning. Farmers were calling it their "million dollar snow" because they finished their winter wheat planting last week and moisture was needed. In far West Texas, Guadalupe Pass near El Paso on Highway 62 ivas closed. Snow covered the wind-blown Panhandle and much of western Oklahoma. Snow was falling at 6 a.m. at Midland, Childress, Lub- and Amarillo. El Paso and Salt Flat had snow during night. Freezing Rain Mineral Wells, which had rain Monday, reported light rain and sleet Tuesday morning. Wichita Falls reported freezing rain. The snow was blowing in drifts at Childress, Lubbock, and Amarfllo. Drizzling rain fell at Waco and in See WEATHER, Page 2-A, Col. f Next French Vote Coven Key Treaty PARIS W Pierre Mendes-France appeared today to have won three fourths of his battle for French Assembly ap- proval of West German rearma- ment. But the last quarter may be the most difficult of all. The Assembly by a 289-231 vote gave preliminary approval last night to a third of the four Paris treaties, this one to admit West Germany JEto the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. M e n d e s France had made the issue a question of confidence in his gov- ernment, staking his Cabinet's life on its passage. The Premier still must win from the reluctant lawmakers two more confidence votes on the interlock- ing accords to free West Germany and enlist West German troops in Western defense. Both ballots are scheduled tomorrow. Still at stake is the key pact setting up a seven-nation West European Union with power to control the arms and armaments of member countries. It is this Ireaty which actually provides for West German rearmament. The Assembly stunned Mendes-Francs and alarmed Washington and Lon- don last Friday by turning down this accord 280-239 on its first read- ing. The Premier early today inh- mitted revised bill calling fo- ils ratification M question. ;