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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 295 ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 8, 298 01 "M svx3i svn 3AV 3TO3 5 SECTIONS Associated (ff) 'Nobody's Going to Get Hurt, Assures Billie Sol By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News Assislant Editor PECOS His fantastic financial empire was crumbling about him. The final thud of receivership If I had let them stop me I would have quit a long time ago. "Nobody's going to get he'repeated. The brusk self-confidence he clis- was soon to follow the federal'played was hardly reflected in -j criminal indictments, the a town rocked with rumore measured in millions which al- of Estes companies short on pay- ready were beating on his busi- roll cash, of Estes employes al- ready .jobless, of others whose jobs ness kingdom. But Billie Sol Estes, taut, were doomed. Jumpy, with eyes red-rimmed byj Only a fraction of the town is fatigue, still insisted in a privatcidirectly involved, but many on the interview he granted The Report- er-News late Friday night that: No- sidelines of the Estes crisis fear the effects of a general collapse "Everything's intact No- of the many-faceted Estes Enter- body's going to get hurt." (prises will touch many people. A few hours before- his lawyerlAnd already there are signs belt- mads his request for a receiver- tightening is in vogue in some tliip official, Estes hinted at a of town. organization" of his vast, far-flung I The interview Estes agreed to business. jwas the first he had granted since "We're a going he j his arrest a week earlier. It was Insisted. obtained finally after a long wait, "I may be up against a it Mrs. Estes' invitation, in the he admitted, "but I've been i family home. up against a lot of brick walls, i Estes arrived at his house about VERY PERSUASIVE If good looks are not per- suasive enough, this pair can resort to other measures. 'Carole Brennan of Midland High and David Todd Bai- ley of Abilene High -won the Girl's and Boy's Per- suasive Speaking contest at the District 2-AAAA Uni- versity Intel-scholastic League Spring Meet here Satur- day. (Staff Photo by Jimmy Parsons) AHS Wins UIL Literary Meet Abilene High School took five first places and enough seconds and thirds to (lie Literary Ann Griffith and Jeanne Estran. Abilene High placed second in and thirds to win me ijiiciaijr both debate events with a boys Award trophy at the District team of Craig R. Goodrum and AAAA University InterscholaslicJRomiie E. Morris and a girls team League Spring Meet here S.itur-jof Linda M. Daniel and Judi Ma- day. The AHS group compiled 124'i points to win by a handy margin over second place Odessa High which had 93'.2 Permian High of Odessa was third with 85 points, Midland High had 61, Cooper High, 59. San An- gelo, 45, Big Spring, 10, and Mid- land Lee, 5. Odessa High won both boys and girls debate championships, with a boys team of Dick Bowles and George Manly and a girls duo of Midland High School won the one-act play contest Friday night with its presentation of "The Tam- ing of the Shrew." Cooper High School's play placed second with Abilene High ending in a tie for third place with Odessa. Abilene High and Cooper High together took four of the six "best" actor and actress awards. Fioyd Girtz and Bill Thornton of Sec UIL, Pg. 13-A, Col. 3 11 p.m. after a long day of1 closed-door conferences seeking scmo solutions to his multi-million- dollar troubles and he still had be fore him hours of telephone con-: sultation. The fabulous young man from whose business opera- .ions are so far-flung they can affect Wall Street sat restlessly 'or the newspaper questions. His chair was pulled up to the edge of a tropical garden planted in one end of his 52-foot-long living room. Behind him a monkey, Cheetah, played in a cage. Mrs. Estes explained the mon- key: "Sol (family and close 'riends seem to drop the jot it for Dawn (one of their five because she want- ed it so badly. But he'll not get another pet for the children with- out consulting No more mon- It was a long evening and one of contrasts at the Estes home. Since it was Friday, "company" night, assorted friends and cous- ins were visiting the Estes chil- dren. Dogs, a cat and the children filled the home with happy sounds to almost drown out the family troubles. A ping-pong game was noisily under way in the vast liv- ing room. Small, blonde girls play- ed jacks near a telephone that kept ringing. And through the eve- ning Mrs. Estes, a calm, patient woman, kept up a running battle trying to see that Billie Sol Jr. stayed on his crutches. Billie, 8, the only Estes son, has Perthis disease, his mother ex- plained, and must wear a brace daytime and use crutches at night. Pam, 14, came in from a band concert she plays flute in the Pecos Junior High band and dropped down on a couch to listen to her father's interview. Jan, 12, was away spending the night with a friend. Dawn, 10, Joy. 5, and Billie Jr. and their guests raided the refrigerator. The children, after a great ini- tial shock, are taking the family crisis well, Mrs. Estes explained while waiting for her husband. "That" night, the night Estes was arrested and placed under lialf-million dollar bond (later re- duced) was a horrible one, she says. No Warning How much warning did she have that her husband would be arrest- ed on federal charge? "Not one moment! There they ivere. "Sol had come home and pulled lis shirt off to lie down to rest. I was in our bedroom reading. "These men (a U. S. Marshal force) came to the door and Ho- mer (a servant) let them in and came to call Sol. They followed mm on back to the bedroom and :old Sol to come with them down- .own to the marshal's office. He asked about bond and told me he'd be back as soon as he made it." Mrs. Estes didn't tell the chil- dren their father had been ar- "I thought he'd come back be- fore they knew. But he didn't." The children, meanwhile, were watching one of the television sets which dot the house. Surprise Bulletin A bulletin telling of their dad's arrest interrupted the program. "Things got pretty bad around Mrs. Estes said. The children have all the pro- ection possible, but the gravity of he family troubles shows clearly on, Mrs. Estes' face. A small, pretty young woman, brown haired, blue-eyed and with a beautiful complexion, her smile s now fleeting and sad. And her remarks indicate she expects a drastic change in her vay of life. "How many servants does it take to run a house like she was asked. "Well, we have four now...But f don't know how many we will lave. I imagine I'll go back to vork, housework." Graciously she offered a tour of the sprawling home which stands, as if with arms open, at the corner of what was once the old Pecos air base. Helping Out Originally, she explained, it was a one-story, flattop house built jver an old swimming pool, built, incidentally, by the Bill Scotts of Abilene and Pecos, close friends Treasure Hunters Go Free After Being Held in Cuba By GEORGE ARFELD HAVANA (AP) Seven Ameri- can treasure hunters shipwrecked off Cuba's coast have been re- leased from technical custody by the Castvo government and will return to the United States early next week, the Swiss Embassy said Saturday. Swiss 'Ambassador Emil Stadcl- hofer told reporters the seven men were lodged in a residence in Havana placed at their disposal by the Cuban government. They have been asked not to leave the house, but no guards have been placed over them, he said. The Swiss Embassy wns asked by the U.S government Friday to the release of the men after Cuban broadcasts announced that seven "frogmen" had been taken in custody in ciislern Cubn. The U.S. Const Gunrd started search for the men hist Wednes- day when traoe.1was lost of their rtlndivlng expedition In the wind- ward pnwngo between eastern Cuba and Haiti. They were en route to Jamaican waters to lo- cate old sunken Spanish treasure ships. They carried some dynamite to blast coral off sunken ships, a two-man submarine for explora- tions, a pistol and a rifle, and ap- parently some of their equipment first excited the suspicions of Cuban authorities. NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obituaries...........5, 9 Butincti Outlook 6 To Your Good Health 10 Oil ......11 SECTION B Radio-TV 3 TV Scout 3 Iditoricli 4 fix Pflft......... 6 t Amuumenti l-t StCTION C mwi........ 1-13 nawi 4 Church newa.......... 12 SiCTION D Sporti 1-1 Firm MWI, nwrhttt 10 I Members of the crew were: Gordon S. Patton, 62, Ocean City. Md., the skipper; Fred Diekson Jr., 32, formerly o( Ocean City, assistant cruise director; Mike Freeman, 37, Washington, D.C., underwater photographer; John Stcrry. 28. Brewstqr, N.Y.; John E. Johnson, Joe Campbell, 20, Washington, D.C., and Bernie Nislad, Brooklyn, N.Y. Their boat left Pompnno Beach, Fla., Saturday and was due in Jamaica last Tuesday. Ambassador Stadclhofer, who has handled American interests here since Prime Minister Fidel Castro's Cuba and the U.S. govern ment broke diplomatic relations, said M visited the Americans snd found them "In good health and spirits." Cuhan authorities had treated them "in an extremely correct he reported, supplying Ihcm with clothing lo replace what they lost in the shipwreck and evcti placing three servants at their disposal. What's ahead for her and her amily? "I can't be a defeatist. Sol vouldn't let me she said. 'But I'm facing facts." telle, has been doubling the last hectic days as a secretary to the guest Esteses, helping with phone calls and mail that's pouring in. A second story has been added an to the original part of the house and it includes four bedrooms, one each for the four girls. The parents' bedroom, bath and dressing room are on the main floor, near the junior parlor, kit- chen and dining room. Two wings have been added to the home. One, which stretches to the east, is given over to the 26 by 52 foot living room, a giant, high-ceiling room, beamed-, with walls of stone, mahogany and glass. Mrs. Estes decorated this room. One side of it opens onto a large paved play area and onto the private swim- ming pool. The other wing has in it a bed- room and bath for Billie Jr., and of the Esteses. Mrs. Scott, office for Billie Sol Sr. But it. the bulk of it is given over to quarters. The guest designed by Mary Peyton of Pecos, consists of enclosed patio with founts and furnishings, a grand parlor, ;wo elegant bedrooms, two baths and two dressing rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen. The whole home is beautifully furnished and appointed with such luxuries as golden hardware in several baths. But no part of it is as elabor- ate as the guest quarters. "I couldn't live in Mrs. Estes remarked. "It's nice to but..." Noting the magnificent marble fireplace in the guest parlor she smiled, "I'd hate to mess it up by burning wood in it." And, complimented on the gran- deur of the guest wing she made a small, wan joke. "Pretty soon I may be renting Possible loss of elegant life doesn't, however, seem to con- cern Mrs. Estes as much as does prospective loss of some church projects. Close Day Nursery There's the day nursery, a non- profit, state-licensed nursery for children of working mothers. It's in a two-bedroom home near theirs which the Esteses gave the local Church of Christ. "I'm afraid it will have to she said sadly. "The Negro kindergarten she and her, husband helped support may be able to if it can pay its own way. "Things'll have to pay their own way. We can't give them any more money." There's one thing about a crisis such as theirs, Mrs. Estes said: See ESTES, Pg. 13-A, Col. 4 (AP WlrnMQ BILLIE SOL ESTES has big smile Estes Empire Placed Under Receivership AREA VOTING Write-In Pays Off AlRolan Election Stories, Pg. 12-A Heavy voting at Roby, Sweet- water and Winters, and a write-in victory at Rotan highlighted school trustee balloting in Central West Texas Saturday. At Roby, Election Judge Mrs. Granville Price labeled the total of 149 ballots a record, while both Winters and Sweetwater had the strongest turn-out in several years. Winters voters, who also set records in Tuesday's city election, marked their ballots not only to elect two trustees but also ap- proved, 190 to 159, a proposal plac. ing the district's financial opera- tions under Article 2784-e-l of Sen- ate Bill 116. Jayton also voted ap- proval of the same measure, 124- 119. The bill provides a maximum tax of for maintenance and operation, but bases the amount which can be levied for mninlen- ace on the district's bonded in- debtedness. Dr. Bennie LeBleu of Rolan re- ceived 133 write-in votes to unseat Jr. Barry Allen, current board wesident. A write-in campaign for Carroll Murphrec in the same election fell short will- 68 votes Swectwater's big turnout was to elect trustees to succeed three veteran members who ar retiring 'rom the board. Dr. Clark John- son and Don Hampton won places with ease, while Johnny M. Moore shaded Paul Comolli, 698 to 697. for the third spot. In the bulkiest field of all in :his area, incumbents William R. Cypert, Ford Smith Jr. and De- javeriic Moore were elected to he Merkel board from a field of 10 candidates in light voting. Attorney James Weeks, insur- ance executive Elbert Hall and housewife Mrs. Claud McAden won decisive victories for posi- tions on the Abilene Board of Edu- cation Saturday. A total of persons cast bal- lots, considered "fairly light" by schools officials. Mrs. McAden, a 1961 board ap- pointee, had the largest plurality WEATHER U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU IWtflllirr Map 10.R) ABILENE AND VICINITY (Radius 40 Miles) Cloudy to partly cloudy with liBh thin cloudiness. I.iltle chantfe tn emuorature .he next two days. Windy in Sunday. Sunday around 65, low Sunday nlKbt around 40, high Monday around G5. NonTII CENTRAL TEXAS Consid- erable cloudiness Sunday through Mon- day. Possible showers Monday. Cooler -jnday and Sunday itnd over most :ctlon.s Monday. HlKh Sunday NORTHWEST TEXAS Considerable cloudiness Sunday through Monday. Sent- en-d Ilifht rain north Sunrtiiy and Sun- lay nlffhl possible snow flurries northern Panhandle Sunday niyht. Scattered show- ers south Monday. Colder north and turn. UK cooler south Sundny. Colder Sunday night ant) south Monday. M northwest 65 TEMPERATURES a.m. 48............ 48 47 65 66 46 iM <3 I" 45 61 60 50 60 54 JS High And low for ending i p.m.: 67 and 43. rUfdi xnd low Hnmfl lUte last 64 nnri 4.1. nliht: nmrlM Indlyi tonllht: JIM, tar at 9 p.m.: lr ct I 17 iMr cent. Sat, Snt. p.m. 04 JAMES WEEKS attorney MRS. CLAXJD McADEN housewife ELBERT HALL insuranceman Weeks, Hall, Mrs. McAden Win School Board Posts Larry Adamson as vice president and Mrs. Tom Roberts as secre- tary. Outgoing board members are1 John Hutchison in Place .4 and Floyd Childs in Place 5. Neither ran lor re-election. First box brought into election tabulation headquarters in the ad- ministration building, that of the N. 16th and Orange Sts. fire sta- n the three contested races, cle- tion, determined a trend in 1-2-3 'eating telephone engineer Ray- mond Soloski in the Place 6 race, votes to 655. Weeks took the Place 4 seat by the closest margin. He received votes, while petroleum geol- ogist Keith Wells garnered 876 and independent oil man Glen Mi- chel had 645. Hall carried four of five boxes in the Place 5 column for votes, compared to for Jim Uillerman, insurance firm part- ner, and 165 for Isabel Arauza, assistant manager of a finance company. Arauza was high man in the Woodson School precinct, which is heavily populated with Latin Americans. Election results will be canvass-: ed and winners declared at the school board meeting at p.m. Monday in the public schools ad- ministration building at State St. and N. Mockingbird Lane. The :hree new trustees, who will serve six-year terms, will be sworn in. The board then will vote on a slate of officers. Morgan Jones Jr. currently is president with live of the support I have received and I am aware of the tremendous responsibility that goes with the position. I will do my very best the common goal of improvement of the Abilene Public Schools. Keith Wells and Glen Michel were worthy candidates and would have made good trustees." Hall could not be contacted. the voters." Weeks also expressed his thanks to the voters. "I promise to work and study very hard to do a good job for our schools and to work SHIPPING STRIKE placing of candidates for the three places. Hall was the only victor who did not carry all five precincts, this due to the strength of Arauza in the Woodson area. Millerman did not threaten Hall's .lead any- where except the Woodson box 'here there was a four-vote dif- ference. Wells likewise didn't come close to Weeks, who also polled almost twice as many votes as Michel in thivd place. Fair Park's box was the last in and reported the largest voter turnout The Abilene High School gym box was second with 646. followed by Orange St. fire station with 391; the Taylor Coun- .y courthouse, 177, and Woodson School, 79. Three write-in votes were report- ed. J. D. Osborne and J. R. Hilt each received one vote at the AHS box and Supt. of .Schools A E. Wells garnered a vote at Fairj The President stepped in after two days of intensive mediation Million liabilities Estimated EL PASO, Tex.- (AP-V-Feteal- district Judge R. E. Thoraason Saturday placed the agriculture. empire of Billie Sol Estes in re- ceivership. He also granted the 37-year-old Peeffs, Tex., financier 30 days in which to produce a list of his assets and liabilities and issued an order freezing present and fu- ture civil suits against Estes. Thomason named Emil C. Rass- man receiver, but the Midland at- torney declined the position in a statement late Saturday. Rass- man said he appreciated the offer but felt that the job should be taken by somebody more familiar with the many factors involved. Atty. Irby Dyer of Midland, who represented Estes, estimated his liabilities at million. Not Bankrupt Saturday's petition was filed amid reports that some of Estes1 to be worthy of the confidence of creditors were planning to file an involuntary bankruptcy petition against him on Monday. Dyer said the petition was filed under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law with the approval in harmony with the board for Of j2 finance companies, whom he described as Estes' major credi- tors, He said: "Mr. Estes does not say he is bankrupt. On the -contrary he RECEIVER, Page 13-A, 3 Kennedy Invokes Taf {-Hartley Law By BARRY SCHWE1D WASHINGTON (API-President settlement. ment panel had failed to forge a Kennedy invoked the Taft-Hartley law Saturday in an effort to end a three-week maritime strike that Kennedy signed an executive or- der creating a board of inquiry to examine the dispute. When the board reports back Kern has caused growing shortages of request Atty. Gen. Robei food and other necessities in Ha- Park. Mrs. McAden, told of her vie- lory, said, "I am very apprecia- HOW ABILENE VOTED Place s Abilene High Gym Orange St. Fire Station iy may. Ken- nedy to seek an re- quiring an 80-day eooling-i riod. In his executive order the Pros- efforts by a three-man govern- ident said the strike is affecting a substantial part of the maritime industry and that if it is permit- ted to continue the nationaJ health and safety will be imperiled. Gov. William F. Quinn of Ha- waii hnd made several Bppealj to the White House for direct Inter- vention. He has declared food emergency in his island .state. This was the second taking office that Kennedy had wt Tnft Hartley machinery. LM! July, an injunction wu under the law haltiol Coast maritime rtrlkc. Three struck U lines In the Pacific sociatloK March altar of nefolMlam krt WM M Ml MnW HV A MV CQT.tTMt f