Abilene Reporter News, February 23, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR-FOES-WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT good MORNING A 81ST YEAR, NO. 251 ABILENE, TEXAS; FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 23, TWENTY-EIG 990 PAGE ONE Kqtharyn Puff] This (Inie. Feb. 23, is a sig- nificant one In 'tlie htsloiy of Christianity in West Texas, Today is the anniversaty of beginning, date and place ot Which are marked by a con- crele shaft which ills in a pasture n mile south of Dudley, an impressive monument only a liifle by the weather arid by. the nuzzling of which graze at its feet. Tlie monument and the event 11 memorializes are well- known. Perhaps less known is the effect the shaft had on an Abilene church and its building program, Therein lies a tale. Christianity is as old in West Texas as the coming of the first Christian, soldier, adven- turer, scout or preacher. But clearly marked is one of the firsl formal church services. It happened-84 years ago to- day, on Feb. 23. 1878, when Buf- falo Gap was just coming into being, a few months before this county was organized, three years before Abilene was born. Bishop Alexander Charles Garreft, great churchman and firsl bishop of Northern Texas and of Dallas in the Protestant Episcopal Church, came out So these wilds to hold services in the frontier cabin where lived Capl. John Trent and family. the'cabin was south of what Is now Dudley, some three miles off present Highway 36. The worship service and events leading to it were told tersely Bishop Garrctt's dia- ry: "I rode out on horseback from Dallas, There were no roads. 1 failed to find them (the Trents, Episcopalian family he k n e w lived ''After a year f returned in a buckbo'ard. Capl. John Trent's house was filled and for the first lime .ill. these wild moun- tains Hie service'ot the church was'celebrated Feb. 23, 1878." Now we move to the early 1930s and to another preacher, WilUs P. Gerhart, beloved "Par- former, longtime rector of Abilene's Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. Pat son had known (lie Bishop briefly before the old gentle- man died in '24. Parson knew of the Trent service, had read Iho Bishop's diary, and was deler- min.ed the event in this area's Christian history should be marked. Parson wanted a 24-foot shaft set at the site. But the '30s were Depression times mid money was scarce. "Belter be conlcnt wilh a 15- Parson was advised. He took the advice and it seemed wise.- Cost of the IG-footcr was 18. Gifts fell short by Parson dug up the differ- ence and the monument, a stale- ly one even if only 16 feel tail, was erected. It was dedicated Nov. 6, 1932. Things rocked on until one day there came out of Ihe blue a teller from a Dallas woman asking if there was a deficit on the Garrelt shaft. Pnrson replied. By return mail Ihere came a check lo cov- er it. "Oh, I Parson re- calls ruefully, "if only I had gone ahead and built the 24-foot monument. She 'would iiava paid for it just as quickly." He learned a lesson, the tli- nilniiiive preacher says, and he remembered il when his church started planning for a new build- ing, Never build'a 16-foot monu- ment when you should build a 24-fooler. And his church was of the ?arne mind. Members under- a magnificenl program. The, new church is definitely a 24-footcr and then some. Com- pleted, Ihe plant will be worth a million or so, and n few more pieces of work and it will be completed. NEWS INDEX SICTION A SfCTION I AmuttnMnti Womtn't mwi turn MWiV 9 3 4 5 6 6 12 12 II 13 PRESIDENT WITH GLENN President Kennedy escoits astronaut John Glenn's family to the Air Force plane that took them to Patnck APB Thurs- day. Walking with him aie Glenn's son, David; daughter, Lyn, and Mrs. Glenn, lelt to right, They aruvcd at Palm Beach, Fla., airport with tlie President on-his Air Force plane shown in background. (AP Wirephoto) U.S. to Focus on Florida As President, Hero Meet Associated Pros! Summit Plan Is Chilled by US CAPE CANAVERAL, Kta. (AP) Banners flying, America 'ocuses her eyes on Ibis scrubby spit, of sand Friday when the space hero meets President Ken- nedy and" a bit of history conies full circle to where it began. Hci'e (his land ot pal- mcllo, motels, and missile aunching John II. Glenn Jr., will be reunited with his wife Anne for the first ;ime since he went into seclusion 'or -his adventure in space. Together with their two children and President Kennedy, the lenns visit Launch Pad M. There, from a towering giant of steel and concrete, Glenn roared into space 168-pound lumian being riding 120 tons of turning fuel.. There the President sees the concrete spillway where the roekcl's tail of the length of a foolball out as the booster struggled the firsl few inches off the pad wilh its human cargo. They visit Ihe Mercury control center where the two dozen men who anxiously watched anil suid- cd Glenn's flight three times around the earth sit before their consoles and a huge world map as they did that historic day. At Hangar S, where Glenn trained and spent !he final days in privacy, the President is to give Distinguished Service Med- als io both Glenn and Robert. R. Gili'ulh, Project Mercury director As the lime for his huge public welcome approached, Glenn, wlio faced his space flight wilh re- markable poise, was reported "a wee bit nervous" as be still in Ihe island of Grand Turk in (lie Bahamas, Ahead of him still is an ap- pearance before a joint session See related stories, Pg, )2-H of Ibc House of Hcpresentp.lives and the Senate in the House chamber Monday, and. a ticker tape parade in New York City March 1. If Ihe Broadway parade is Ihe big show, then Friday's motor- cade up Ihe main street of Cocoa (own'of is the out-of-iown tryout. Some persons are ex- peeled la flock lo Ihe area. The motorcade will run for 20 miles from Patrick Air Force Base through Cocoa Beach lo the south gale of Cape Canaveral. Test Ban Talks Are Approved WASHINGTON (AP) The United Stales rejected Thursday night