Abilene Reporter News, December 29, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

December 29, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WAMER gfoflene A- EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT FINAL VOL. LXX1V, NO. 193 Aimciatvd Preu (API ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, DEC. 29, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY ICY IDIOSYNCRASIES Looking about as far from normal West Texas scenery as an igloo in Elmwood'West were these pendulous icicles suspended from a roof at South Third and Peach Sts. Wednesday morning. (Staff Two Killed On Icy 180 "accidents'- onicy! U. SS. 180 clairjed lives Tuesday. The two fatal wrecks were near Anson and Hoby, There were numerous minor ac- cidents in the West Central Texas area. Charles J. Beaupre, 55, of Chi- cago was pronoanced dead on ar- rival at Hamlin Memorial Hos- pital. His wife, Mrs. Annetta Beau- pre, 55, is under treatment there for a fractured clavicle and bruis- es. The Beaupres' car was in a col- lision with another, driven by Bil- ly B. Edwards, 28, of Lpvington, N. M. Edwards and his wife, Mrs. Joyce Edwards, were injured but not critically. Their two children escaped injury. Mr. and Mrs. Ed- Autos Stall in Traffic Circle Vehicles stacked up in all di- rections and around the highway traffic circle on both sides of the railroad underpass in East Abilene Wednesday morning for one and one-half hours. Slick condition of the icy street under the underpass prevented movement of the vehicles from to a.m. Policemen in five police (cars worked the spot for the hour and a half. They were able to push some cars through the underpass. Texas Highway Department and Abilene City Street Department put salt and sand on the icy street surface, providing traction where- by the blocked motorists finally were able to drive through. Policemen handling the situation included Capt. F. M. Pruit, and Patrolmen C. V. Strickland, J. R. Solomon, John Bostick and E. L. O'Dell. "were' admitted to General Hospital. The crash of the Beaupre and Edwards vehicles occurred .3 of a mile west of the Jones-Fisher Coun- y line at a.m. Tuesday, Highway Patrolman Herman Seale aid. Mack Duffy Pond, 55, of Dublin vas killed in a one-car accident .3 miles west of Roby on U. S. 80 at 5 p.m. Tuesday. His son, William E. Pond, 24, Dublin, was riving. Seale said the younger Pond told lim his car hit loose snow along- ide the highway. Pond jerked the ar back onto the highway, and t started spinning and went off a ulvert, the report said. The elder 'ond was thrown out of the auto, and the car rolled over him. Other accident victims taken to oison General Hospital for treat- nent were Edward D. Heath, 64, dineral Wells farmer, and Mrs. Heath, 57. Their automobile was in eolli- ion seven miles west of Anson vith a car driven by Mrs. Fran- es L. Benson, 34, of Zanesville, 0. Heath suffered a broken leg and wo broken ribs. Mrs. Heath had a Token arm. Mrs. Benson, her husband and ittle daughter weren't injured. Highway Patrolman W. A. Ja- :ob investigated the Heath-Benson wreck. Two persons were hurt in a lead-on collision at a.m. Tuesday on the II. S. 80 overpass me and one-half miles east of Put- nam. They are Gary E. Wells, 70, if Hamlin and Milton C. Duna- way, 36, of Route 4, Cisco. Wells had chest injuries, and Junaway received a broken leg and severe cuts and bruises on the face. Stork Beats Clock By Icicle's Breadth The stork skidded into St. Ann Hospital by an icicle's breadth Wednesday morning. At a.m., a, police car came wailing up to the emergency door. Right behind it was a car carrying Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Fannin, 3158 -Bickley St. A stretcher was waiting, but the policemen and prospective father .were so flustered that they didn't see it. Fannin picked up his wife and carried her into the delivery room. Exactly one minute later, Mrs Fannin gave birth to a 6-pound, 4-ounce son. Sister Mary Sylvan, obstetrics supervisor, was waiting for the Fannins to arrive, but she had no idea the baby was due so soon Fan-in it foreman at an Abiien fcnct company. .BILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, DEC. 29, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS riUUK UA1L.X ac, Snow-Trapped TourJstf Jam Vernon, Seymour 03 UJ Abilene Gets 5-Inch Snow; 16 Low Here Between four and five inches of snow fell on Abilene Tuesday, while area towns received up to 744 inches of cold, fluffy white- ness. Following the snow came the coldest weather of the year, with Abilene reporting 16 degrees at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Colorado. City 7 degrees, and Roscoe 10 degrees. The snow brought the year's pre- cipitation total here to 15.97 inches against a normal of 22.39 inches- Deeper, or wetter, snows over the area had meant more moisture for the parched ground. Colorado City reported .99 inch of mois- ture, and Stamford, with 7 inches of snow, reported 1.43 inches of moisture. A bit further north, Seymour had received 9 inches of snow. Coleman County had received up to three inches of snow by 8 p m Tuesday, with moisture measured from .25 inch at Talpa to .45 inch at Burkett, Novice and Coleman. At Roscoe, where official weath- er observer E. M- Cooper report- ed the 10-degree low, residents were also having troubles with icy roads. The seven mile fann-to- market road from Eoscoe south to Maryneal was closed because of the weather. -The Weather Bureau station at Abilene said skies should be fair today, tonight and Thursday, with a high temperature today of 35, and a high Thursday in the 40's. that should start melting the loose snow rather ,rapidly, vand even help considerably where it is packed. Kids Hare Fun Abilene youngsters found the snow both novel and lots of fun as they rolled snow men, tossed snow balls and just generally made the most of the rare stuff. The week's weather1 has been especially beneficial to the agri- cultural and livestock industry of the area. Hegardless of the amount of moisture that different sections received, it has been timely. Since practically every drop of the moisture in the snow will soak into the ground, it will be more fcenefical than the same amount of rainfall, area county agents have pointed out. Grain, Paslnref Benefit There are thousands of acres of small grain, largely wheat and oats, but some barley and a com- bination of vetch and oats, or vetch and rye, throughout the West Central Texas area. Some of the grain had been suriving from one shower to the next Some even had just been drilled in dur- ing last week's mild weather. All of it will be greatly helped. Pastures also will benefit from moisture, but more will be needed to give them a real boost. Woman Breaks Arm in Fall on Sidewalk Ruby Mince of Bay City fell on the ice in Abilene about 11 a.m. Wednesday. She suffered a broken left arm just above the wrist, said her at- tending physician at Hendrick Me- morial Hospital, where she was admitted. The accident occurred in front of Lintz's Department Store. North Third and Cypress Sts. FROM MERCHANTS Kid 1955 to Bring Gifts for Parents WILLOW thing about a snow storm Is the way It can trans- form the most prosaic objects into shining sights like this willow tree in Will Hair Park. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) Guard Unit Tanks Pull Snow Plows By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An estimated motorists were stranded in north Texas Wednesday morning by snow and ice and bitter cold. Miraculously, there were no reports that anyone suf- 'ered from the "cola although it got down to 14 degrees. One man suffered exhaustion trying to get his car out of a snow drift and was all right after a short treatment. Wednesday morning a bright sun came out on a fairy- and of white. Eight and nine inches of snow covered the [round, and drifts were 3 and 4 feet deep. AH that remained was to jet to those still stranded. By mid-morning cars were be- 'inning to move. Reports of arm families stranded on country roads still came in at mid-morning. Ten young persons reached Slocona early in the morning after walking from their stalled car on the and all were all right. The National Guard unit at 'ernon was called out to man anks to pull snow plows and iraders. THROCKMORTON BOUND Heavy Road Machinery Leads Funeral Coach Out of Haskell By LON PATE Reporter-New! Correspondent HASKELL, Dec. AD advance guard of heavy road equipment set out from Haskell Wednesday morning ahead of a funeral coach in an attempt to get it through to Throckmorton. At the same time, a team of Texas Highway Department work- ers from Throcfcmorton was also working, its way westward along State Highway 24. The two should meet about half-way. The funeral coach, carrying the body of an accident victim from Eeminole to Jermyn, was one of around 50 vehicles stranded near here during the night. The coach was to have been in Jermyn, between Olney and Jacks- boro, at 10 a.m. Wednesday for the services. However, Tuesday night when it was about eight miles east of Has- it slipped off the highway and towed back into towa By wreckers. The funeral home at- tendants and those accompanying the body in other cars had, to spend the night here. Tract Blocks Highway State Highway 24 was closed both to the east and west Tues- day night by snow and ice, and U. S. Highway 277 was completely blocked to all traffic when a large truck skidded on the ice and jack- snifed across the highway about four miles north of here. Other vehicles could not get past the truck. Northbound cars which reached the truck picked up the passengers in southbound cars stranded on the other side and brought them, back into Haskell. Occupants of about 50 stranded vehicles filled local hotels during the night. 3 OTHERS RE-OPENED Carver, (row Annexations Set Thursday Final action on proposed annex- ation to Abilene of Carver and Crow Additions is slated by the City Commission for the 9 a.m. Thursday meeting. The commission is to meet Thursday this week in lieu of itsj All in all, "this was just about the most isolated place last nigh' you can one' said Wednesday morning. WTU Two crews were stranded over night at the West Texas Utilities Co. plant about 12 miles east of Haskell. The first crew, which got ofi work at 4 p.m., tried and failed to get into town over the iced-over country road. The second crew struggled out, however, reaching the plant at about 1 p.m. And there both stayed. Haskell and area was lucky, If ice-bound, though. No accidents, injuries, or serious hardship caused by the six-inch snow was reported. And, even if they do slip all over the sidewalk, Haskell people are grateful for the moisture-laden nuisance. 3 Roads Blocked In Abilene Area Parts of three highways in the Abilene area were still closed by icy conditions at noon Wednesday. Office of District Highway En- fineer Jake Roberts listed the closed segments in the 13-county Abilene district of Texas Highway regular Friday session. At the public hearing held last week regarding the annexation, commissioners deferred action un- til this Thursday. It altered slight- (1) State Highway 24 all the way across Haskell County. (2) U. S. 83 from Anson to Ham- lin. (3) State 92 from Hamlin to ly the south boundary of the area Stamford.' Abilene's Baby New Year will bring his parents a shower of gifts, even if he is too late for an in- come tax decution on return. The first child born in an Abi- lene hospital will receive the gifts from a group of Abilene mer- chants. Only requirement to be eligible for the gifts is that his parents must have lived in West Texas for three months or longer. The gifts include a silver spoon and rattle set from Lester's Jew- elers, a' baby book from Lintz's Department Store, and a sav- ings account from- Abilene Savings Association. Just to be sure he keeps good warm, Marcus will give him sleeping bag, Maatgwmnr Ward crib blanket, and Thornton's a cap and bootee set. Grissom's will contribute one dozen diapers. Mama won't be forgotten, eith- She will be greeted first.of all with a dozen red roses from Uni- versity Florist and a bed jacket from the Popular Store. Then, to make her work easier. West Texas Utilities will give her an electric bottle warmer and Gal- braith Electric Co. an electric sterilizer. Professional Pharmacy will help visits along with the gift of a 12- piece carry-all for mother and a honey bear for baby. Mother and baby's stay in the hospital will end with a free ride home hi a Laughter-North ambu- laoci. proposed for merger. As amended, the boundaries of the territory to be annexed are the Texas and Pacific Railway on the north, Mouser St. on the south, the east city limit line (Cedar Creek) on the west and T-P Lane on the east. Major C. E. Gatlin said Wednes- day there is very little residential development in the portion which .vas cut out of the original area. As first planned, the area for annexation would have extended south to South llth St. All other boundaries remain the same as originally slated. Audit Report Due Other business on Thursday's agenday includes: (1 'Audit report of the City of Abilene for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1954. (2) Audit report for Abilene Park and Public Recreation Board for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1854. report from City Tax De- partment for 1S54-55. (4) Public hearing on an ordi- nance reclassifying Lot 1, Block 5, Sayles Subdivision of Block 4, Fair Park Acres, from B to T Three other highways that had been closed earlier Wednesday had re-opened by noon. They were: U. S. 380 from Stamford to Al- bany, State 351 from Abilene to Albany, and State -70 from Sweet- water to the Coke County line. Counties in Roberts' district are: Borden. Howard. Kent, Scur- ry, Mitchell, Stonewall, Fisher, No- Ian, Haskell, Jones, Taylor, Shack- elford and Callahan. Every available piece of Texas Highway Department road equip- ment was operating Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, clearing the ice from highways, Roberts said. In addition, the highway depart- ment was using other equipment which it rented from counties and cities involved. Roberts said Tay- lor County and the City of Abilene weren't among those renting equipment to his department. Maintenance forces of THD throughout its 13-county Abilene district were on the highways all Tuesday night, Roberts reported. They aided travelers in distress and scraped the ice from the high- ROTOGRAVURE SECTION SET FOR SUNDAY PAPER Family Weekly is coming to Abilene! Yes, this big, full-color rotogravure Sunday magazine will be included with your Reporter-News every week, beginning this coming Sunday There is a treasure of interesting reading and fine pictures in store for you in Family Weekly. There is Patty Johnson, for instance, a fine young writer, whose regular column will give you a real Hit. She writes simply and delightfully about the things that come into her mind, and you'll be surprised how often her words express just what you, yourself, have been thinking. That's true of everything in family Weekly. In words and pictures it tells about the things in which you are interested. Get your copy ol Family Weekly this Sunday and every Sunday with the Reporter- News. Construction companies in Ver- non tossed in all their trucks and vehicles into the work to help clear lie roads and take gasoline to the tranded. Personnel from Shepperd Air Force Base at Wichita Falls also helped. Club Oipeaed Electra opened an old night club and a Junior Chamber of Com- merce lodge. Service stations with leated rooms for washing cars were kept open and furnished cots for dozens. At Seymour wrae. 400 trayetera info homes for the night and at leas 200 more ipent toe night in cafes and other public places. Some even stayed in hospitals. Others slep on beds in the Seymour jail. A freight train went out of Elec tra and brought back some motor- ists stranded on the road to Ver- on. J. T. Huey, an agent for a gas- oline company in Electra, drove all night in a tank truck furnishing gasoline free to motorists he could reach so that they could keep their motors running their heaters ;oing. Hunteri Stranded Five goose hunters were strand- ed on the vast Waggoner ranch near Vernon, and the Waggoner lelicopter went out to rescue them. An officer at Electra estimated about 350 cars were stalled in the area. An additional 100 cars were reported stalled overnight on he highway between Noeona and Gainesville. A bus with about 35 persons jboard was held up in Chillicothe. Another with about 35 aboard was reported stranded near Harrold. A third with eight persons aboard was stranded on U.S. 287 10 miles west of Vernon. Vernon Snowbound Vernon reported it was snow- bound with no outlet except by elephone. The cold weather extended the length of the state. Brownsville, at the southern tip had a low of 44 degrees, and the citrus and win- ter vegetables of the Lower .Rio Grande Valley escaped the nip. Measurable snow fell as far south as Abilene, which was blan- ieted by 4-5 inches. Dallas and Fort Worth had traces. Lamesa reported lowes) below zero registered on the thermometer used for offi- cial Weather Bureau readings. Dai- hart in the Panhandle had five above zero and Lubbock had six. Frigid temperatures covered the See WEATHER, Page 18-A, Col, 1 Snow Blocks All Highways Into Seymour Br HAL FEES Reporter-News Correspondent SEYMOUR, Dec. 29 Seymour became an oasis of warmth for about 600 snow-trap- ped travelers Tuesday night, all roads into Seymour were block- ed by the With nine inches of snow block- ng the highways, stranded motor- sts poured into town, and West 'exas hospitality opened doors, ound beds, and did as much n was possible to make them com- "ortable. Some 400 persons were taken into Seymour homes, while 200 others slept, as much as was pos- sible, in cafe booths, in their cars in garages, and even in' the jail. While Highway department main- touuice ccewI-Tori clock to open (he worked at the Seymour Chamber of Commerce office -Ending and assigning beds for the travelers. U. S. 82; which goes en "west to Lubbock, was reported M bad that- one car took 12 hours to make the trip to Seymour, a distance of about 160 miles. The tired oc- cupants pulled into Seymour at nearly 3 a.m. Wednesday. Highways which were considered as closed included 82, 277, 183 and 283, as well as State Highwaj 199. Storm Kills SnyderMan SNYDER, Dec. 29 Luther Ed- mondson, 65, died in a hospital lere about Wednesday, he first reported victim of the first storin of the winter. He was found about ajn. Wednesday morning in a field near us home 12 miles from Snyder, and died of what doctors said was exposure. Edmosdson bad left his home about 7 p.m. Tuesday and had ap- (arently become lost or numb. Snyder had snow up to 8 p.m. Tues- day and an overnight low of 11 degrees. THE WEATHER ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair today. tonight and Thursday; warmer Thursday. High temperature today 33, low tonight X to 25, high Thorsday In the NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair and cold this afternoon and tonight. Lowest 20-39 tonight. Thursday, fair aad wanner. WEST TEXAS Fair and wanner Thursday and in Panhandle fmd South Plains this afternoon and Lowest 10-20 In Panhandle and Sonta ?-.auu and 18-2S elsewhere tonight. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair and colder ihi tonight. Lowest tonight. Thursday, fair and warmer. TEMPERATURES T. M. A. M. 29 :30 ii 17 17 a 54 27 21 30 a 33 Simtet bit ntcht p.m. Strobe to. day A. M. Suuet p.m. Barometer reeding at p.m. 38.36. muntclny It p.m. HWn and tow hr M MM t a.... M. Crash Kills 6 In Alabama NEW HOPE, Ala. Ml-An Air Force C119 Flying Boxcar plunged from law-hanging clouds into a mountain near here, and at least six of its 11 occupants were re- ported killed. The Redstone Arsenal informa- tion officer said it had received that six men were killed, another, was alive, and two bodies were hanging in trees. It was not known immediately whether these were dead or alive. The plane was flying to Sewart Air Force Base, Term., from an undisclosed field. French Approach Key Arms Vote PARIS W-The French National Assembly groped in discussions to- day toward its final decision about the problem of West German re- armament The deputies convened at 4 p. m. for the showdown the fate of both the Western De- fense Alliance and Premier Pierre Mendes-France's government. A heavy police force stood guard outside the Assembly to prevent any mass demonstrations while the deputies come to tfe which tbey ddajcd fir tar Ttan. ;