Friday, December 31, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1954, Abilene, Texas ami WEEKLY Starts Sunday in The Reporter-News "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSF TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 195 Associated Pros (Af) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 4 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS ______________________ PRICE DAILY 5c. SUNDAY I0e 44000 GIs Early Discharges WALTZ ME AROUND Gen. Yemen E. Megee, deputy commanding general of U.S. Marine forces, Pacific, waltzes with 6-year-old Melanie Johnson flower girl at the wedding of the general's daughter, Nell La- Verne, to Alfred T. Broad at Pearl Harbor. The bride watches in the background. EMPLOYE DUE SURPRISE Christmas Bonus on Way -From Dead Letter Office Notice to a local drilling com- pany employe who's wondering what became of his Christmas' bon- us check: It's on its way. The bonus check for turned up on Postmaster Clyde Grant's desk Thursday morning along with the regular payroll check. It had spent Christmas in the dead-letter office at the Dallas Post Office. Apparently the two checks, which were in a Christmas enve- lope marked only "Greetings." had gotten mixed up with some out- going mail at the Lamar H. Moore Drilling Co. on Dec. 19. Anyway, the envelope was sent out with only the name of the em- ploye on it. No 'address, no return address. It wasn't supposed to have been mailed at all. It couldn't be delivered bv the Abilene Post Office, so it was sent into the Dallas dead-letter office. Grant said. When it was opened there, the drilling company's name found. Who the check goes to is still a mystery Lamar H. Moore Sr. said Friday at noon, before he could get to the post office. It was one i of "75 or a 100" that were to be j handed out at the office Christ- mas week. Nobody had complained about not getting his semi-monthly sal- ary, be said. But he thought it must be for T. L. Sellers, a part- time pumper who lives north of town and doesn't know, apparent- ly, that he is getting a bonus. Yule Moil Cracks All Records Here This Christmas broke all the records on volume at the Abilene Post Office, according to Postmas- ter Clyde Grant. More mail came in and more went out this year during the Christmas season than ever be- fore. Grant said. Outgoing letters will number more than two million when they are totaled up. Grant said. Post Office records show 400 cancellations on letters and cards through Thursday afternoon. Eight Port Arthur Stores Settle 59-Week-Old Strike PORT ARTHUR at eight stores in Port Arthur were pulled down today by "mutually satisfactory, agreement" .in a strike that is 59 weeks ild. Ten stores still are struck. Pickets went up at 22 stores here Nov. 15, 1953.-The strike has been an iss.ue in ever sill.ce- fig- Lellans variety, Woolworths, three uring in the political campaign last summer. f Neither side made any amplifi- cation of the agreement. k George Cowarf. director of the CIO Industrial Union 1314, said "an agreement mutually satisfactory to i< employers and employes was reached late Thursday evening. Jj! "This agreement is in strict com- pliance with federal and state laws governing labor-management rela- tions and in accordance with an agreement, picketing will be dis- continued Friday morning." Cowart said that pickets were pulled down at "Franklin's womans wear, Mayfair womans wear, Mc- Beall Brothers department stores, the Fair store, C.R. Anthony de- partment store and Lanz Jewelers. He said "No other person con- nected with local No..1814 has any authority to issue statements in- volving this matter." Qucntin Keith of Beaumont, an attorney representing the eight stores, said "The management of BOWLS TO BE WARM Balmy Weather Awaiting Kid '55 on Arrival Here New Year's revelers will have fair and mild weather in which to welcome Kid 1955, according to the U. S. Weather Bureau. The low temperature here Fri- day night will be 35 degrees and there's no rain or snow in sight. High temperature here New Year's Day will be 60 degrees. Fair and mild weather were also forecast for the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The near blizzard that swept the Abilene area earlier in the week liad slipped into history Friday with only crop-valuable moisture behind. Wheat fanners were jubilant and called it their "million dollar snow." No general rain was in sight, although spotted light showers could fall over a wide area of East Texas, the Weather Bureau said. Pre-dawn temperatures ranged from the 20s in the Panhandle and far West Texas to the 30s in the Abilene area and to the 40s in the Dallas area and on into the lower 60s deep in South Texas. Corpus Christi Thursday had .12 inches of ran. Placios .15, College Station and Houston .02, Austin .01 and Lufkin and San Antonio a trace- Minimum temperatures during the night ranged from 10 degrees at Dalhart to 64 at Brownsville. Amarillo had 16, tubbock 24. Wichita Falls 28, Abilene 34, El Paso 19, San Antonio 54, Houston 51, Texarkana 40, Dallas 43 and Fort Worth 41. the eight stores involved is happy at the restoration of industrial peace hi their stores. The ending of the strike in these stores should do much :to improve business in the community with more jobs for all. "The respective stores pledged themselves to comply with-every law, state and national, governing their operations. There will, of course, be no discrimination among employes or applicants for employment because of union af- filiation or lack thereof. No present employes will be discharged to make room for any applicants nor will any applicants be denied em- ployment because of participation in legitimate strike activites. "The -espective stores will con- tinue to recognize rights of their employes to bargain collectively when they follow the orderly pro- cesses of the law. H, ss snd when a bargaining agent is collective in accordance with law, the respec- tive stores involved will bargain in good faith. "Each store pledged itself to the maintenance of harmonious rela- tions with its employes under the laws of this country- "There will be no amplification of this statement, and no one else is authorized to speak for any of the stores on this subject." SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS What's in store for you in 1955? Will it be a good year to buy a home? New furni- ture? A car? Sunday's Reporter-News will attempt to answer some of the questions about what the Abilene economy will be in the new year. Those interested in oil development will find a spec- ial story and map on the oil page about a new discovery in Nolan County. Sports readers will find stories about the Cotton Bowl classic written especially for The Reporter-News by Sports Writers Harless Wade and Fred Sanner. You can reserve extra copies of Sunday's Reporter- News with your dealer or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. Weeks, Mitchell See Rosy Future for U.S. in 1955 WASHINGTON IB-Looking to next year, Secretary of Commerce Weeks forecasts "a moderate up- swing in business activity high over-all employment and a rise in the standard of living." And Secretary of Labor Mitchell. in a companion yearend statement issued yesterday, said, "We will have to have an increase in factory production and employ- ment in 1955, simply to maintain consumption at the past year's level." iioth Cabinet officers stressc-l the economic resurgence in the lat- er months of 1954. Mitchell spoke of "the strength- cning in employment and produc- tion which has occurred 'in recent months" and he said "high levels of purchasing power have resulted in both record savings and heavy heavy that consumers bought more goods in 1954 than factories produced." Weeks, reporting a "very good" business outlook for 1955, said the nation's economy "is gathering steam for steady growth in the years directly ahead." He acknowl- edged there was "some increase in unemployment" during the past year, but he said the percentage dropped in the waning months of 1954. v Joblessness in 1954 averaged about million 5 per cent of the civilian labor force. Unlike Weeks, various business and labor groups have forecast some increase in uaemployment next year because of population growth and rapidly rising worker output. Listing favorable economic trends, Weeks said industrial pro- duction has advanced, housing con- struction still is "rising employment is up and businessmen have reported plans for continued heavy outlays for new plant and equipment through early 1953. Construction Soars to New All-Time Peak That is 62.700 more than last year, he said. In addition, approximately 716 letters went through the post- age meter which were not counted among the cancellations. (That is about 14 per cent of the cancelled mail volume. Grant explained.) 5 Per Cent Increase This ivas an increase of 5 per cent or about more than 1953 for the metered mail. For parcel post, sacks were sent out during 1954, where only were shipped out in 1953. In addition, there were 937 parcels too large for sacking in 1954, com- pared to 736 in 1953. Incoming mail exceeded the out- going, as usual, But no accurate count is kept on that. This year the Post Office had to destroy fewer undeliverable cards than last year, Grant said. Partly, this was due to more complete addresses on cards and partly to the fact that more peo- ple were careful to put their re- turn addresses and a three-cent stamp on cards where they were not certain of the address. Where a card7 could not be de- livered on the first try. it was generally turned over to an ex- perienced distributor to see if he could find the address. Sometimes a second delivery was tried, and if this failed, cards with two-cent stamps were de- stroyed. Those with three cent stamps were sent on to the dead- letter office in Dallas where they were opened in an attempt to dis- cover the address of the sender. "Every piece of mail we get we try to Grant stressed. The post office still has some undelivered Christmas packages on hand that people have not pick- ed up. Second notices were sent out Wednesday. If another attempt to deliver them fails, they will be returned to the sender eventually, Grant said. Abilene chalked up in 1954 a brand new record high in volume of construction authorized by building permits in a single year, Mrs. Lucille Stewart, assistant to the city building inspector, an- nounced at noon Friday. The year's total was compared with the previous all- time high, in 1950. Permits issued by the City En- gineering Department during the month of December, 1954. alone totaled worth of con- struction. Taylor County Society for Crip- pled Children took out a permit Friday morning for construction of the crippled children's center. The building will be erect- ed on Hartford St. Mrs. Stewart said. The year's building permit books were closed out at noon. THE WEATHER ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and mild Friday afternoon. Friday night and Saturday. High temperature Friday 55 de- grees. Low Friday night 35. High Saturday near 60. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudv W cloudy and warmer with some light rain in southeast this afternoon 2nd tonight Partly cloudy, windy and mild Saturday. TESIFERATURES P- M. Fri A. M. 40 3? 37 38 42 44 <I .38 36 Maximum temperature ending at 45. Minimum temperature ending at a.m. 34. for 24 boors City Officials StartTaskof Signing Bonds Two Abilene city officials are candidates for writer's cramp. Mayor C. E. Gatlin and City Secretary Lila Fern Martin began Friday the task of signing, their signatures times each. The million worth of city bonds recently sold to a group of investment houses arrived here for official signatures and city seal. They are in denomina- tions meaning there are of them. Each must bear the sig- natures of the mayor and the city secretary. Mrs. Fern McAIister, secretary to the city manager, had quite a job ahead of her, too. She was af- fixing the city seal to each bond. After signatures and seals are completed, the bonds will be sent to the Texas attorney general in Austin. The attorney general will approve them and send them to the state comptroller. The latter will record the bonds and trans- fer them to American National Bank, Austin. American National Bank will deliver the bords to the purchasers and receive from them the money for the City of Abilene. The bonds include million worth of water and sewer revenue bonds and of tax bonds. They are to finance fire stations, park and street improvements and water and sewer projects. Ten investment houses, bidding as a group, recently bought the bonds. They include: John Nuveen Co., Chicago; Rauscher, Pierce t Co., Dallas; Stern Brothers 4 Co., Kansas City, Mo.; Rodman Renshaw, Chicago; Columbian Securities Corp. of Texas, San Antonio; William N. Edwards Co., Fort Worth; Moroney. Beis- sner Co., Houston; R. A. Under- wood Sc Co., Inc., Dallas; Allan Blair Co., Chicago, and Zahner Co., Kansas City. 2 OTHERS OFFERED Orphan Bride Locates Lost Trousseau, Finally OXFORD, N.C. Edith Evans, 19 year old orphan, marries her childhood sweetheart at Mount Carmel Methodist church today after a hectic week trying to locate her lost trousseau. The trouble started Christmas Eve when she left her suitcase containing part of her trousseau, including her wedding gown, on a Philadelphia street corner. She had paid for the clothes from her wages while working in Gimbel's department store in Philadelphia. But by -wedding time today she apparently had the choice of at least three wedding gowns. The Philadelphia Inquirer noti- fied her yesterday that her bag had been recovered by a Phila- delphian, Michael DeSanto, and was on its way to the Raleigh- Durham (N.C.) Airport. Meanwhile, a Philadelphia department store- Lit that it was shipping a second gown to her. The Ellis-Stone department store at Durham said if the gowns failed to arrive in time, it would make a wedding gown available. And the T store said it will give Edith a dress, suit and other items to re- place those in the lost suitcase. The suitcase was lost when Edith's brother Garland came to Philadelphia to drive his sister to Bsltimore to meet her fiance Fran Cotey, who worked at an aircraft plant there. JIM JENNINGS OLIVER HOWARD Community Chest Directors Homed Four 'new directors were elected to the Abilene Community Chest Friday morning at a meeting of the board in the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. The new directors are Walter F. Johnson, president of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank; Will Minter of Minter Dry Goods Co.; Jim Jennings, co-owner of Sun Electric Co., and Oliver How- ard, assistant vice president of the litizens National Bank. The board also voted to give member Chest agencies one-half of their approved budgets for 1955 at the present time, according to Board President Jack Wheeler. A second installment will be paid to the agencies on July 1, but the amount will be determined by the final total in the 1954 cam- paign, Wheeler said. Collected At present, has been collected. Goal was Officers for 1955 will be elected at a meeting next week. Wheeler said. Time will be set later. The Chest's .financial position will be further discussed then. Retiring members of the board are Bert Chapman, Ray Grisham. A. Crutcher-Scott, and Jack Wheel- er, who will as an ex-of- ficio member. New ex-officio members Sterling Price, chairman of this year's campaign, and E. W. Ber- ry. Homer Scott, Nib Shaw, and Joe Cooley are holdover ex-officio members. Man Gets Ticket, Dies in Wreck DALLAS, Dec. 31UB Chou mio Quevedo, 35, was forad dead in wreckage of his car here early this morning after it had smashed into a bridge railing and the im- pact had shoved the motor back into the seat.. Investigating officers said they found a traffic ticket for speeding in the victim's pocket. The sum- mons had been issued jort 35 min- utes before. BIG COOKBOOK SECTION FEATURED IN SUPPLEMENT Do you like good food? Do you like to cook? Do you like to try new recipes? Then you will enjoy the big four-page cookbook section that is one of the best- loved features of Family Weekly magazine. This exciting 16-page magazine will appear as a sup- plement of the Reporter-News beginning this coming Sunday. A different group of a dozen or more recipes will be supplied each week, complete with pictures ir full color and monotone. By 'saving the cookbook section of Family Weekly you will acquire hundreds of America's best recipes for your family's delight. Be sure to get your first copy of Family Weekly with next Sunday's Reporter-News. Holdover directors are. Jerry F. McCarty, A. B. (Stormy) Shelton, Gilbert Pecha- cek, Riley Maxwell, Briggs Todd, Bill Blakney, and Price Campbell. Dr. Harold G. Cooke, Sam Hill, and Bill Braymer are retiring as members. Mortician Dies AUlamford STAMFORD. Dec. 31 W. N. (Bill) Kinney, 62, funeral director in Stamford for many years, died at a.m. Friday. He had been in ill health for about six months, and in critical condi- tion for the past few weeks. One son, Dick Kinney, is a mem- ber of the Abilene police force Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Stamford'Church of Christ, where he was a mem- ber. J. B. Thomas, minister, will officiate. Burial will be about S p.m. at Gorman, where there will be brief graveside services. Mr. Kinney'was born'in Gor- man Nov. 28, 1892; He moved to Stamford in 1922, and has lived in Stamford most of the time since. 'Survivors include his wife, the former. Florine Randall, whom he married at Roby in 1910; a daugh- ter, Mrs. Paul Enloe of Olney: two sons, Fred Kinney of Spur and Dick Kinney of Abileae; his moth- er, Mrs. H. A. Kinney of Gorman; three brothers, M. F. Kinney. of Fort Worth and J. H. and A. 0. Kinney, both of Stamford; two sis- ters, Mrs. Gene White of Mount Vernon, HL, and Mrs. L, A. Shu- gart of. DeLeon; and eight grand- children. Release Planned In Spring WASHINGTON Army said today it plans to release shiad of time next May and June about 44.000 draftees who will be Bearing the end of their terms of service. The Army announcement said present plans, which require final approval, call for the early release of inductees completing 23 and 22 months of service, respectively, In May and June. The normal 24-month service for draftees will be resumed after June. The Army said it also plans a comparable early release program in the March through June period for approximately reserve lieutenants now serving their initial 24 mouth tour of active duty. Officers who have volunteered for additional periods of active duty and who have been accepted by the Army will not be released. 7I.6M Cut Planiei The early release program Is part of the plan to speed up the process of trimming down the Army. The new program as aimed to cut off the rolls by Jane more men than previously planned, leaving a force of at the end of that month. Much of the total redaction in strength, ths Army said, ii ex-: peeled to be obtained through a substantial decrease in draft calls during each month beginning with February, the Defense Depart- ment announced that the draft erU for February wU'be 11.9W, a de- crease of more than half fnKri the January can of M.OOH. The monthly call is expected to con- tinue at least through otxt June. The Army said in cnanectkiiii '4jtt.' the planned early release of reser- vists that the program will not include officers of the Women's Army Corps, the chaplains and the medical corps. Ahead of the Army's announce- ment it was reported that Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway had taken the unusual step of writing Presi- dent Eisenhower to protest the cut in army manpower. The Army-Navy-Air .Force Jour- nal said the Army chief of staff, in- liis role of "military advisor" to the President, sent his fetter through regular channels. Stores, Off ices Take Holiday Saturday will be a holiday in Abilene in observance of 'New Day. Stores, offices and banks will be closed all day. City Hall and the county court- house also will take a full day's holiday. .Jan. 1 is one of'the holidays designated for stores by the Re- tail Merchants' Activities Commit- tee of Abilene Chamber of Com- merce. The last vestige of Christmas will disappear Sunday when Abi- lene Junior Chamber of Commerce makes its annual pickup of dis- carded Christmas trees. Jaycees will begin their tree pickup at noon Sunday. They ask Abilenians to place their trees on corners nearest their homes. The trees will be carried by the Jaycees to the burning site at North 12th St. and Mockingbird Lane, where they will he ignited Sunday night in a giant bonfire. WHERE'DITGO? Uncle Wonts Info About Your Dough Reporter-News Washington big cities, plus U smaller eities WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 If you and rural areas for the poll takers live in Taylor, Erath or Harris Counties, chances are good that sometime early in January, a neat- ly-dressed young man may tap you on the shoulder and ask you some intimate questions. It won't be Dr. Kinsey. It will be Unck Sam. And the questkias will be about your finances, nut your frivolities. The answers will be absolutely fact, you won't even have to give your name. But (be Federal Reserve System wants to know what to anticipate in consumer purchasing among various population groups in the U. 1. So it .selected tW-11 to question citizens about: Whether you bought a in 1954? How much money do you owe? How much is in your bank account? Have you jtften a Do you plan to buy a cat or a house in 1955? In Texas, the three counties se- lected for the poll are Taylor, Erath, and Harris. The answers supplied in these areas arc expect- ed to provide a picture tt sumer outlook in the Southwest. The poll is by the University of Michigan's surrey research center which handte OH interviews for the Federal Mtm.