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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1962, Abilene, Texas                               ur m mm m m m S96T 01 Hoavw svxai sv-nvo j "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES vJ HI iRLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR; NO. 273 ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS' Associated Press TOP CITIZEN OF 1961 Arch Batjer, outgoing vice president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, smiles broadly, as he gets a hvig from his wife, Patty, after being named the Outstanding Citizen of 1961, at the 54th annual C-C banquet Friday night. BANQUET ROYALTY Banquet speaker Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Mellnik, right, gets together at the Cham- ber of Commerce dinner with new C-C President James S. Lauderdale, left, and outgoing president Gene Whitehead, center. (Staff Photos) C-C Speaker Japs With By BOB BRUCE Ueporter-News Staff Writer A .general who knew weil Col. William Edwin Dyess, whom Dyess AFB is named, por- trayed the Nike missile as a lethal answer to Premier Khrushchev's threat lo "bury capitalist w a r mongers" Friday night at the an- nual Abilene Chamber of Com- merce dinner. "Know him? I escaped from the Philippines in World War 11 with Gov. Daniel Here Today See rclntcil stories, Pg. 12-B Gov. Price Daniel, who is campaigning for re-election for a fourth term, will bring his campaign to Abilene Saturday, according lo Dan Bnone, co- chairman of Ihe governor's Tay lor County campaign, steering committee. The governor plans a brief stop- over iij Baird before earning here. Daniel is to arrive at p.m. Saturday and will be guest honor at a reception on Ed said Brig Gen. Step hen .assistant com. mandanl of the Army Air Defense School at ,Fort Bliss. Gen. MeliniR's talk on the Nike Ajax, Hercules and Zeus preceded Ihe evening's highlight, naming ol Arch Batjer as the Outstanding Citizen of 1961. Enjoyment of Work "I don't deserve it. 1 know you expected me to say Batjei said with a small grin. Chamber o( Commerce vire president the past year, he said, "1 didn't do it for this (the but for Hie enjoyment of working wilh peo- ple." Batjer's selection was nonnccd by Oliver Howard, lasl year's recipient. The SHth annual C-C banquet was concluded a: outgoing President Gene White- bead introduced the new presi dent, oilman James S. Lauderdale More than 1.000 persons attend- ed the dinner in Hose Field House, at Hardin-Simmons- University. When asked prior lo Ihe clinnei if he had known Col. Dyess, Gcu Mcllnik said, "Look back in a 1944 issue of Life magazine. There's an article entitled 'Ten Escapee From Tojo.' "There were 10 of us chaps who ofi escaped from Davao Penal Colo tlic'ny on Mindanao. Kcl I Dyess) was mezzanine floor of the Windsor Holel from to 7 p.m. Sle will speak over KHBC-TV fToiri to 8 p.m. Dhnlel will spend the night In Abilene, and attend church services here Sunday morning be- fore leaving for San Angelo to continue, his campaign. a captain then. I believe. I was a he said. "How did you a news- man asked. With a reminiscent smile, he said, "That's a long story. Yoi do a lot of planning, a lot ol thinking. You're a lilllc crazy, 1 guess. But you have lo be, when good reading Sunday in pe We Visit Colorado City in Sunday's Rcporlcr.News 'Another profile Mory, wilh of one nf the husy cilirs in tins nrr-.H. Nnrm'nn Halior takes you on B visit lo Colorado Cily, page 1-R Sundny Junior High Highlights Spring ils nwn fpcrtal offer! nn xrhnol and Junior llijli Iligtillfliii lakns lim cover of tlic Scrlion Smuhiy (or look HI llin five nlrnitdy nmlrir the in. fliirnrc of n new icaton in sporti, activities and C of C Banquet Guests Abilene Chamber of Commorro Itnnrjurl tjlCftt.fl, as well an hlgliliglili of llic annual event, will lin featured in llto Sumlny Women's Serlion. New Spring Shoes Spring iliocn ulH lie a frMurr of llin Worn. Slorlfj pir-lnrm loll llin fatliion In fooiivetr for (print, '62. plus ihe latest -sports newsl your life's on the he said. Taken by Submarine After the 10 Americans escaped, they eventually radioed their lo- cation to Allied help and picked up by a Navy submarine and taken lo Australia. Both C-cn. Mellnik and Col. Dyess came back lo the United Slates. Gen. Mellnik was lo rc- lurn lo. direct guerrilla warfare in the Philippines. Col Dyess even- tually went lo California, where he was killed in a plane crash in December of 1013. "The last time I saw him, I guess, was in Otlobcr of 1943. We had dinner in the Mark Hopkins Holel in San Ihe gen- -5, cral recalled. Col. Dyess, son of Judge and Mrs. Richard T. Dyess of Albany, was a hero of Ihe air war after Sec CHAMBER, Pg. 2-A, Col. 1 i Myers Receives Death Sentence RUSK, Tex. John Edwin Myers, 32, was as- sessed death in the electric chair Friday by a jury that deliberated his fate hours. Myers was convicted of the murder of a hitchhiker near Big Spring last September. The neatly dressed ex-convict, divorced father of live, and his 14-year-old schoolgirl companion, during a ride from Illinois to Mid- land. Tex., have admitted four slayings for profit that netted them a total of only S16. The defendant showed no emo- tion and appeared stoical as the jury foreman read the verdict of guilty. He had shown no emotion during the trial. The case went to the jury about p.m. Friday after attorneys spent about three hours in their pleas. The verdict was returned at 5 p.m. Attorneys spent three hours in .he pleas to the jury. Myers, tried here on a venue change from Big Spring, had his lite at slake for the pistol slaying ol Arthur Lee DeKraai, 32, an itinerant plumber from Otlurmva, Iowa. Donna Marie Stone, now 14 and well developed, made a half mm- uie appearance in the trial to he identified by the officer who ar- rested her and Myers at Midland. The impassive child, too young lo be tried tor murder in Texas, didn't 'even look at Myers before she was returned lo jail cell. Wernicker, 39, a St. touis depart- inally insane, was the last wit- ness. In rebullal for the slate, he Pauljswore that Myers had a personal- -ox and Dist. Atty. Hulon Brown lily disorder but that he was not the demand for the death [psychotic. The doctor said tne penalty. Myers' courl-appointcdiman knew the difference between "an-yers insisted (hat Myers was right and wrong when the sleep- Dsane at the time and unaccount- ing hitchhiker was slain, and that able for his act. Dr. James a psy- chiatrist at the Husk State Hos- pital where Texas keeps its crim- mont store worker. Cherokee County Ally. NEWS INDEX he knows right from wrong now. f. The state had read into the rec- ord a statement Myers gave'after his arrest. The utterance said: "Donna held the slcering wheel and leaned forward. I fired one time at the hitchhiker's head. I shot the man another three times." The bullet riddled body was dumped into a clump of mesquile SECTION A Church news........... 4 Sporti............. 8-10 Oil news 11 EditoHoli 2 bushes outside Big Spring. news 3 Obituaries 4 Amusements S Comic: 6, 7 Radio-TV logs 10 TV Scout 10 Form news, markets 11 His statement said (hat after he shot DeKraai once, the hitchhiker grabbed Donna, causing the car lo swerve. "I shot the man another tVee the statement said. JOHN EDWIN' convicted of murder NEW SPUTNIK LAUNCHED 'Global' Rocket Claimed by Reds WILLIAM E. DVESS for air base unnied JOE B. POTJN'S Hrportcr-Ncws Business Editor Arch D. Batjer. life-long resi- dent of Abilene who was honored as "Outstanding Citiv.cn of at tho annual Chamber of Com- merce banquet Friday is known as one of the busiest per- sons in Abilene. The "lop secret" presented to Baljer by Oli- ver Howard, Abilene banker, who won it a year ago. The award, which was a plaque, bears Ihe following wording: "Certificate of Civic Recogni- tion for Outstanding Service to tlie City of Abilene. To Arch D. Bat- jer, Outstanding Award I9fil. The Abilene Chamber of Commerce." Native Son Abilene's top citizen of litfil was born here Nov. 21, 1501, the son of Ihe laic Mr. and Mrs. Ernest George Batjer who cftino to Taylor County in )889. Ho has spent practically .all of his life here. During his childhood he was an errand hoy for a local Rrocevy store, operated an.eleva- tor for R local dry goods store, and wns an employe of the old Taylor County Times. He is a graduate of Abilene High School and Iho University of Texas, and is a former student of nice University. Following his graduation from the University of Tcxns, he was associated with Abilene Printing Co. for two yf.irs. He then bought i creamery which lie operated un- Ml 1320, when he sold it to Pang- 'inrn's. Air Conditioning His next venture wns with T. S. i.nnkford nixl Sons, in which he 'iold n small Interest. He sold this Interest In 1945 and ndcr two years of rest organized one ot Abllcno's flril air conditioning companies, Baljer and Associates. He Mill heads Ibis firm. Batjer spornts many hours daily working on a wide variety of civic enterprises, both public and vale. Besides operating one of largest businesses of ils kind in West Texas, Baljer finds time to serve actively as vice president of the Abilene Chamber of Com- merce, a director of the First Na- tional Bank, a director of (lie West Texas Utilities Co., as pres- ident nf the YMCA, chairman of Ihe Abilene Council on Alcohol- ism, and as chairman of Ihe beard Sec BATJKK, PR. 2-A, Cnl. 2 Donna hart toM arresting cers she and Myers lived in (API-Soviet story, Pg. 7-A same Chicago apartment claimed Friday and that she had been Union has created a also announced (he launching with him for several months before the crime spree rocket which Is a new Sputnik. The official news agency, Tass, indicated it She will be returned to to antimissile weapons an unmanned vehicle. where Ihe law permits her to attack the United Stales two announcements were tried for murder, this lime before several thousand peo- Ihe slaying of George Ballard, new rocket, he said, who canie to cheer Khrush- and his daughter, Carole, 11. the United States' in bis unopposed election was an 8th and warning systems in a Moscow district for Mycis ami Ihe girl also are lo protecl it from Supreme Soviet. The election cused of killing Miss over the North Sunday. will never agree" to the 40-MINUTE system proposed by Ihe United States at Woman ,7-nniion disarmament conference in Geneva, he said. The Soviet Union will carry out a new scries of nuclear teals, he if President Kennedy goes Electric with his plan to conduct at-mospberic tests in the mid-Pacific in late April. Soviet government is not PESHAST1N, Wash. (AP) plug so the water could to any fatal deadlines for Pesbastin housewife, Mrs. she said, "then the of the Berlin problem, Simpson, survived -10 fear-filled minutes in an electrically loose and the lamp fell will spare no time or efforts to persuade the We.st to accept its waler with a tub full but such a solution can- Amazed doctors concurred All heck broke loose. be endlessly delayed, he said. her assessment: "Why I'm stiffened. I was sitting nave no details of dead I'll never minute and the next minulejlhe stage of development of Mrs. Simpson was alone feet were against the rocket, which he called a day in her farm home and just me solid. I weapon. ed lo take a quick bath. An move a finger. 1 can made the announcement in minum sun lamp clamped to even my eyes were stiff. with bis views on dis- wall above her head fell into get my eyes open. I declaring Americans 1 SHOCK. PC. 2-A. Cot. longer are immune from the ronseouences of war and it would take "a lunatic to trigger oft war against" Communist countries. "Our scientists and have created a new intercontinen- tal rocket which they call he said. "This rocket is invulner- able to antimissile weapons." He said the United States had erected a system of radar detec- tion and warning against missiles See ROCKET, Pg. 2-A, Col. 3 WEATHER t'.S. DEI-ARTMENT OF COMMERCE HK.4THKI! BUKKAV [Wralrier Map, Pare 5-1) ABILENE VICINITY (Radhu miles) Partly cloudy and conlinted uarm through Sunday u-ilh Increasing HOIK Sunday, liiih bom days in fair s.ilura.iy. Increasing ctumUncss Sat- crday rush! and Sunday. A lillte M-armcr Sat- NriHTlilVEST TEXAS Clear lo part- ly cloudy Salardjy. Considerable clocdl- MSS Sa-.urrtay nigbl and Sunday. A liltle 6S-7S. Saturday r.ight. High SalimUy charge stiffened Mrs. Simpson immediately, throwing her legs erect against (lie wall. She lay that way until her husband returned home 40 minutes later, discovered her plight and turned off the power. Mrs. Simpson explained later they had fastened Ihe lamp to the wall because she likes to sunbathe while bathing. "I reached down and pulled out Vote Set Today On Consolidation EASTUND A heavy lurnout of voters in six Easlland County school districts is expected Snlur- day for n red-hot school consolida- tion election. Voling will climax a hitler cam- paign which bcg.in some two years ago. Intensive efforls lo win voles have been conducted by both sides in recent weeks. If passed, (he consolidation pro- posal would combine the present school districts of Carbon, tvmna, Easlland, Gorman, Olden and Ranger Inlo a single district. Polls will open nt 8 a.m. find close al 7 p.m. Voling places In- clude Harnnor Funcrnl Home nl Cnrbon; city h'nll nt Ranger; Enstlnnd County courthouse nt Eastlaml; and the school al Gor- lan. Olden and Desdcmona. Heavy absentee voting has glv en a base for predictions of pos- sible record turnouts in the six dis- tricts. Supporlcrs of the consolidation program have contended lhat ap- proval of the proposal would pro- vide boiler educational ndvnn- lages for students of all six tiicls at less expense to taxpay- ers. Opponent.; of Ihe measure, how- ever, argued lhal consolidation would cosl Ihe taxpayers more without improving educational fa- cililles. Judges for Ihe election include Herman Hnssell, Enstlnnd; Cnlvin Drown, finnger; Mrs. 0. 11. Dick, Pldfji; W. G. Baker, Gorman; Hi M. Gilbert, Carbon; and L. E. plnrk, Dcsdcniona. SOUTHWEST TEXAS Partly cloudy S.lturdny bccomkp mostly rtcudj Satur- day r.isrt and Sunday. A little warmer Sunrt.ny. High Saturday 68-73. f'l. o.ra. 3t 62 13............ 63 35 3.-CO............ 66 3t M 33 .........1.. 62 Sj 53 IliKh acd lew f m.: 67 nnil 33 }9inh anrt Inw sj ir.J 47. Snnsi.L l.isl tnnsel b: w. H.irtn'.plor al P p.m 23.35. Ilumulily al 9 v in. 41 rfr trnl. r coding 9 r.e date lasl year; 73 PANDA PALS Gracic Yarworth's eyes were blacked In a traffic accident, ing tho 14-monlh-old Whltwell, Tcnn., tot a striking resemblance to her'.toy da. Tho little girl, almost well, left Chattanooga Children's hospital Friday. Wirephoto) jjlv- pan- (AP t   

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