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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 328 ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 11, 9908 Xg PAGE JDNE. There are some 50-60 thou- sand present day Abilenians, we'd calculate, who didn't live through that famous in the city's history, "The Day the Airplane Fell." They might be interested in what the rest of us escaped just before 10 a.m. on a warm, beautiful Tuesday the 19th of September, 1944. (Harold Austin was able to pinpoint the date from his files. He wasn't here, he was off on military duty, but the garage at his home on llth and Highland was a victim of the event.) There's an ex-Abilenian we figured might recall the day, Mrs. John Gilmore Erau, wife of a Dallas dermatologist, so we phoned her and she did. She and Dr. Brau, then a Camp Barke- ley medical officer, were living in the Austin apartment just a few feet from the spot the pilot- less airplane picked to land, and she remembers, down to the last detail of fright and thanksgiving. "God truly looked after Abi- lene that, Mrs. Brau says these years later, an echo of the thought which filled the town that Sept. 19. Abilene Army Air Corps Base was operating then, at about where Dyess is now, training fighter pilots. That day a group of P-47 Thunderbolts went up to "de- Abilene against a simu- lated attack by bombers from Ardmore, Okla. Lt. Thomas Toedt of Norwood, Ohio, a local pilot instructor, led a formation of lighters into a pass on the bombers. At feet his P-47 went into a 'spin. He couldn't pull it out. He rode it down a few- thousand feet. The plane was then to the west of Abilene head- ed down, and Lt. Toedt bailed out.'t The P-47 kept spinning and then it did the impossible. It snapped itself out of.the spin and swerved east toward Abi- lene. Thousands of us were on the streets or in yards that fall morning and thousands of us were eyewitnesses. There the pilotless plane came roaring in at a slant. It seemed headed straight at every per- son. It hit, in minutes that seemed hours, in a dcnsly populated area. It struck some 15 feet from the curb on S. llth between High- land and Sayles. Children were playing nearby. Babies were in sandpiles. Moth- ers were hanging out clothes. Crowded Alta Vista School was just over there and St. Joseph's was yonder. The plane hit in the street and exploded on impact. The mo- tor kept up its deathly journey. Jt hit the Brau car at the curb, bounced over the Austin garage and rolled across the only vacant lot in the area, (The lot, now occupied, at the northwest corner of Sayles llth.) And the motor rammed finally into a brick wall around the Guy Pa- tiilo home. The horrified pilot, me'anwhile, was still floating to earth. You could see him dangling in the sky over there to the west. (He landed "out in the country" north of Sunset Lodge.) After watching .stunned as the plane hurtled in, the town went wild. Everybody went to see about everybody else and a mammoth traffic jam choked the south- fide. But the S. llth firemen had moved first. They, too, had seen the plane coming in and were ready to roll so the fires were quickly doused. And the miracle of the day was Ms: While fire and frag- ments flew about for a block or ao, not one person was .seri- ously injured. Mrs. Brau was the closest per- son to the crash spot. Pieces of metil were blown through the open window cf her apartment MnfOOfn, But she wu unhurt. You gee, Jfce got Dr. Brau off to work that morning, hid de- cided to lie down (or a white WM thus out of the liny; of flrt.___________________ Totiriit Traffic Nepal Mahon Day At C-City COLORADO CITY orado City has set aside the open- ing day of the 1962 Turnbleweed Celebration Friday as George Ma hon Day in a salute to the con gressman who has served the 19tl District since 1935. Assisting Colorado City and Mil ehell County in the tribute wiii be host of dignitaries from Wash ngton and the West Texas area Included in the group to attend 'rom the nation's capital are Cong, and Mrs. Mahon; Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuck- ert and his aide, Lt. Col. James A. Knight; Maj. Gen. Glen Martin, military assistant to Secretary Zuckart; Maj. Gen. Jack Merrell, lirector of the budget for the Force: two members of the 'exas delegation in the House, iep. Bob Poage of Waco and Rep. Iraham Purcell of Wichita Falls; mil Rep. Mel Laird of Wiscon- in. Rep. Harold Osier Stag of (Picture page 5-A) WEATHER S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Man, Page 3-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY JHadlus II ilra) Partly cloudy and continued 'arm. with chance for late afternoon and afternoon Friday nighttime thujidprshowers Saturday. night 6S. NOBTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair and warm Friday and Saturday. High Fri- day 87-92. NORTHWEST TEXAS Clear lo cloudy and Friday and, Saturday. A lew evening thundershowers. High Fri- day 92-98. SOUTHWEST TEXAS Clear lo cloudy and warm Friday and Saturday with chance of thundershowers west Saturday. HiKh Friday 88-98. EXTREME SOUTHWEST Fair to cloudy and not much change n temperature Friday and Saturday. Isolated thundershowers in the afternoons and evenings from the Guadalupe Davis mountains eastward. IliKh Friday 90- Low Friday night 5B-70. TEMPERATURES Tlmrs. a.m. Thurs. n.m ............86 New York and Sam Crosby an Bob Nichpls, staff members Mahon's House Military Appropr ations Subcommittee. Among speakers at a noon lunch con at Civic House honoring th distinguished Colorado Cit and Lubbock resident will b Secretary Zuckert and Bob Whip key, publisher of the Big Sprin Herald, himself a Colorado Cit product. Charley Thompson, bankei rancher, attorney and schoolboj friend of the honored con [ressman, will serve as master o ceremonies. Following the luncheon, the big Tumbleweed Parade is set for p.m. The parade will include doz ens of floats, many made of turn )leweeds and some designed b; "'orter Richardson, local radio man, artist and musician, anc many carrying festival beauties vho are competing in the Tumble weed Queen contest. Amarillo AFB band will join the sarade as well as several schoo >ands, area riding clubs and a roup of antique autos. At p.m. Friday the String Alongs, popular recording group rom Plainview, and the Texas Tech choir will entertain and the ireliminaries of the queen contest fill be staged. On Saturday night the String- Alongs will play and sing again and the winner of the Tumbleweed 3ueen contest be selected 70 79 74 75 75 7B HiEh and low Cor 24-hours ending p.m.: 91 and til HiEh and low same date last year: 37 nrt 57. Sunset last nifiht: sunrise tod; sunset tonight: Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.15. Humidity nt 9 p.m.: 52 Per cent1. The queen contest will be held in the Colorado High School gymnas- ium both nights. NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obituaries 10 Sporli..............14-16 Oil newt 17 SECTION B Women's news........2, 3 Amusements 8 Editorials.............. 10 Comics................11 TV Scouf.............. 16 Radio-TV logs 16 farm news, markets..... 17 Red Forces Take Laos Stronghold VIENTIANE, Laos De- 'ense Ministry spokesman an. nounced pro-Communist forces 'riday occupied Houei Sai on the Mekong Hiver forming Laos' bor- der with Thailand. A spokesman said Houei Sai government troops, togelher wilh urvivors of Nam Tha defenders vho were trying desperately to each the town with pro-Commu- ists on their trail, were with- rawing lo Ihe south. American military sources said overnment troops at Houei Sai rere crossing Ihe Mekong River o Thailand near midnight Thurs- ay nighl. Bui since Ihen, the sources dded, "We don't know exactly hat happened there." They said, owever, that when government began their withdrawal ito Thailand, pro-Communist irces were within close range of ouei Sai. The Defense Ministry had Wednesday that a rebel irce had overrun rearguard units ;ter a five-hour battle Wednes- Mr. K Says US Didn't Hit Moon Nikifa Says Red Marker lonesome' Ri'latcd slory, Pg. 3-A ay at Tha Fai, 20 miles north Houei Sai. The rebels operated out of Nam ia, Laotian provincial capital aptured by the Reds last Sun- ay in a military action that reatened to overturn the deli- ate balance existing since the ease-fire went into effect a year [o this month. Malcolm MacDonald, British co lairman of the Geneva confer nee on Laos, said he hopes Lao sn leaders will be able (o over me "an obvious difficult polili al and military situation" pre ailing since the rebel capture ol am Tha and another northwest n town, Muong Sing. MOSCOW (AP) Premier Khrushchev told a group of trans- pert workers Thursday that de- spite the claims of American sci- entists no U.S. rocket had hit the! moon. He. said tauntingly that thej Sjviet marker on the moon is get- ting lonesome up there waiting fo; an American companion. The Soviet blast at American efforts came as a jolt to thej He said 'during a six-das ay in Laos he had "very frank d full" discussions with pro- mmumst, neutralist and pro- estern factions. He said he pes the Laotians will soon re- me tripartite talks to form a w government. After talking to wsmen, McDonald flew off to ngkok to resume a tour of utheast Asia. Estes Threat to Embarrass Administration Is Reported By W.B. RAGSDALE JR. WASHINGTON Sol Estes threatened last Oct. 18 to mbarrass the Kennedy adminis Related story, Pg. 8-B lolments and Wednesday ration if thfe Agriculture Depart- nounced'it had levied marketing an penalties against him which now Vni half mart than UwMi vMtliW Ihfa Him- teui out KAMI ta Ml. gallon of his cotton activities, an informant department informant, who not permit use of his name, But the investigation Estes, 37, and his attorney, and resulted in a decision Nov. Dennison, met with an to withhold Estes' allotments of the agriculture, the 1962 S. Murphy, and depart- The West Texas financier, counsel John Bagwell in an rently under indictment for to convince them his made another visit to operations were legal. Jan. 6, the source said, the mushrooming investiga- panied by his of the Texan's manipulations By then, the department investigators were report- decided to cancel Estes' 1961 checking into stories that some ONE MORE Sayles Ban The controversial parking on the ordinance affirm- on a section of Sayles Blvd. the limited parking prohibi- initial formal approval by came some three months aft- Abilene .City Commission the signs were erected on a day over the continued basis. Their installation gen- of Abilene Attorney Jack a hail of protests and con- a representative of residents he tree-lined and Sayles fought approval o ordinance again before the Though the ordinance got Commission Thursday. He nod of the commission that a mentioned plan to here still remains the hurdle the section by whittling a public hearing for final the parkway would not al. On the basis of past the problem. is expected the May 24 commission meeting will be previously hac indicated they might continue to curb parking between S. and S. 13th Sts. if they agreed Two weeks ago, spend an estimated to Kxtponed my action on the street to provide two ng the perking bin to await lanes of traffic. report on planned redesign of intersection of Sayles Blvd. i Mrninn "I would rather have no parking S. 1st St. and N. 1st day long than have you cut Comiriissloncr Wiley the Sayles told recalled this action and commission. further postponement In argued against widening the ance with the previous saying that In "less than owever, Traffic Engineer yeara you will hav, to put Taylor WM called to UN parking ban buck on" because to rfrow plum for tht work at It now ctandaV MVUKS, Pg. ll-A, Cat. 1 Washington politicians or their wives held financial interests in firms which profited from deal- ing with Estes. They also have received reports thai government-owned grain was shipped long distances to Estes storage elevators in Texas, by- passing closer facilities that were empty. At a Capitol Hill news confer- ence, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower chided the Demo- cralic-conlrolled Congress for not moving faster with an investiga- tion of the Estes case. Eisenhower said he had con- "erred with GOP congressional leaders and "they said they could delecl no great enthusiasm wing put into the investigation." The Agriculture Department source said that on a rush trip ,o Washington on Oct. 18, Estes 'told this cotton official that if he department did not drop thi nvestigation immediately, hi ivouid fly a staff of 30 to 3f people to Washington, set up an office, buy space in newspapers and go on television in New York .0 embarrass the deparlment and he administration." Estes snid he would tell the public that the department >ersecuting sn honesl business man, (he informant said, adding hat Estes made no threal to use any political connections. The informant said Estes ap parently had just heard that thi Agriculture Deparlment was in vestigating deals under which In obtained more than acres in cotton from displaced farmers. The cotton official, who was noi named, was said to have lolc Esles he could do nolhing aboul Ihe investigation, and later tolt his immediate superior of the threat. However, the source said the eport apparently got no further n the moon also could provide better railways. Ironically, after his speech I wo crowded commuter trains crashed in North Moscow during rush hour and several persons were killed. Officials clamped a lid of secrecy on the accident despite the fact See NIKITA, Pg. 12-A, Col. 2 FEATHER IN HIS HAT President Ke nrtedy- shakes hands with Felix Qbiiiani of Nigeria, who. came to a White House garden party Thursday wearing a feather in .his straw hat. Obinani was one of hundreds of foreign students who were guests of the President. (AP Wirephoto) ON NORTH PARK Opinions Asked On Annexation By BILL McADA Reporter-News Staff AVriter North Park citizens living out-j More Commission news, Vg. 1-B views on enactment of a long- pending annexation ordinance. Commissioners asked for the meeting in a prepared statement Vote Set June 28 On Charier A city wide election to deter- mine whether Abilene citizens] want a new city charter, and to elect a 15 man charter commit- if Ihe new charter is approv- ed, will be held June 28. An ordinance calling the election was approved by the Abilene City Commission Thursday. Four voting places are establish- ed in the ordinance two on Hie soulh side and Iwo on the north side. Voters may ballot at the box closest lo their place of No information concerning the ia possible appeal of the quo ide Impact were asked Thurs-jwarranto lawsuit was available, day to form a committee to ap-jCommissioners and attorneys de- pear before the Abilene Cityjclined to comment. Commission to make known their The dtv is one ot 31 realtors (plaintiffs) in the quo warranto suit which sought to make invalid the attempt by Impact to in- corpornte. If the case is appealed ings. One of (lie meetings ran as minutes and immediately pre- ceded the council meeting. The second interrupted the regular meeting. Tom K Epien, chief attoraeyj ordinance for the area for plamUffs m last weeks on tnc prepared agcnda. The new ordinance was postponed ular agenda because there was no workshop meeting as origin- ally scheduled so that the mat- ter could be discussed inform- ally. "2. The record indicates that the original annexation ordin- ance was passed on first reading Feb. 11, 1960, as a result of a meeting on that date between the board of commissioners and res- dents of the North Park area who requested that this area be aa- jto a higher court, Abilene would a party to the suitjnexed. unless stricken. Tne group form Nortn parfe The ureparcd statement asking for a North Park committee re" See COMMISSION, PS. 12-A, Col. 1 consideration of a new an- Impact, met with the commissioners in City Atty. John Davidson's office for both meet- ings. None would divulge any inform- ation about business discussed in the two meetings except to say the sessions were devoted to indefinitely. The statement was issued be- cause "t here lias been specu- lation and publicity that the city today (Thursday) plans lo pass an annexation ordinance lo en- circle Impact. "legal matters." Newsmen were! Five points listed in the state-j excluded from the meetings injmcnt explained the public meet- Davidson's office. Judge Ryles In Favor Of Impact Impact got a favorable noi Polling places set forth in thi ordinance are at the fire station 558 E. N. 19th St.: Abilene High School cafeteria, 2800 N. 6th St.; Abilene Taylor Countj Health Dept. 2241 S. 19lh St.; an! Bonham Elementary Schoo lifjrary, 4250 Potomac St. The ballot will contain the nanv es ol 25 citizens- nominated by members of the city commission Space is provided for write in voles. The list of nominees, drawn from lists of five nominations sub- mitted by each commissioner, in- cludes: 0. met Gracy, John H. DeFord, Mrs. .1. F. Conlan, Robert .1, Tiffony, Reed InRalsbc, Bryan Bradbury, W. Lee Byrd, Thco Ash, John Crutchficld, Dnn Sor: rein, Hudson Smart, Dr. John C. Sevens, A. Crutcher Scott, Gar- 'in Reauchamp, James E Russell, Floyd Malcolm, Darrcl Knight, Floyd ChiWs, C. G. Whitten. Rlley ll, George Mintor, Dan RuiMflli Ifcy, Marshall (oykin, and Rufus Slvley. I City of Abilene's future position in ordinance was placed on our reg Bo-bo Given Two Months to Live Specialists in Dallas confided to physicans are hopeful that Bo-bo Mrs. Rcbccaa Ilozelwood Thurs day that her son, Bo-bo, was sut ering from a cancer which woult claim the boy's life inside of two months. The diagnosis was made Texas Children's Hospital, where to-bo, whose given name is lames Myron, was admitted May for a series of tests. Beginning Friday, tho 3'i-ycar- old boy will take new drugs which ate expected to tomporar- ly contain the spread of cancer o tissues throughout his frail mdy, Mrs, rlcnd, Mrs. told S. L. Brewer of Ct., by telephone Thursday. K the drugs prove; ing thus: ifrom 42nd District Judge J. R. "1, A proposed Thursday, but. the question as to when legal sales of liquor could begin in the 47-acn remained clouded by the ttu< further legal maneuvering. And Liquor Control Board ficials at Austin said they will maintain a hands off position on the issuance of a package store permit until all court action lias cleared the judicial hopper. Judge Black, in accepting a jury verdict returned in the Quo Warrcnto hearing held last week, ruled "that the Slate of Texas and the (31) realtors (including the City of Atiilrad lake nothing against the respondents 'Dallas Perkins and Impact) by of may return to Abilene within two weeks. But Mrs. Brewer said that the boy's mother tearfully told her that the doctors "gave him a month to live." The child has been ill almost a month, having been confined at Hendrick Memorial Hospital for three weeks of observation before being transferred to Dallas. A special fund initiated to de- tray hospituliiation expenses lor [he cancer-stricken lad has grown :o officials of the Bank of Commerce reported Thursday. may be made to he F.o-bo Hazclwood Fund in tare of the Bank of Commerce, Abi-j ene. their cause of action. Afterward, Impwt CKjP Attorney Dnn Sorrolls eri, "Impact ha< fought Mr life for over two that n jury of Taylor citizens I and the judge Iwu ment the matltr thttU cltidwl." But Tom K. Cptaa, IM INTACT,
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