Abilene Reporter News, June 13, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1962, Abilene, Texas '.WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT UST YEAR, NO. 361 ABILENE. TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 13, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Nolan Plane Crash Fatal to Two Men Victims From El Paso CRASH SCENE Nolan County tragedy StaH nliolo by Henry Wolff Jr. Estes Empire Financers Say It Was All Business WASHINGTON C.'Wheeler, president of Commer- cial Solvents Corp., said today his company's relationship with Billie Sol Estes "was Uiat of customei and no more." Testifying before a House Gov- ernment Operations subcommittee investigating the Esles.. case, Wheeler look Issue with testimony given by Frank Cain, a finance company lawyer, before a Texas court in inquiry. "Most of Cain's testimony is false and Wheeler laid. Cain, a Dallas lawyer represent- ing Pacific Finance had testi- fied that Esles had told him, "They want to put me into busi- ness in Brazil." He said Estes was rcfeiimg to Commercial Sol- venls Corp. The chemical firm which Wheeler heads had financed Estes' anhydrous am- part of a many-sided business enterprise that collapsed when Estes was indicted for fraud last April. To secure his borrow- ings, Estes signed over to Com- mercial Solvents the payments he was lo receive from the govern- ment for surplus grain storage. Wheeler denied thai he had said anything about establishing a business for Estes in Brazil, or had offered to help him with se- cret deposits in a Swiss bank. Explaining how Commercial Solvents persuaded Estes to sign over payments for surplus grain storage, Wheeler said: "The customer wanted credit and information CSC obtained from Estes indicates how prudent the corporation was in demanding security as a condition of con- tinuing business relations." In addition In his huge dealings In surplus grain storage and cot- ton allotment transfers, Estes built up a flimsy pyramid in the liquid fertilizer business, trying to corner Ihe market in Wesl Texas by culling prices below cost The fertilizer was anhydrous ammonia, use of which has be- come a way of life for farmers, in sausage-shaped tanks, mounted on wheels for easy move- ment. Esles bought, his fertilizer from Commercial Solvents, assigning the proceeds from his government grain storage contracts as pay- ment. The New York firm got more than million in these gov- ernment payments, but it was not enough to square the account. The bankrupt Estes slill owes Commercial Solvents million. To get operating cash, Esles worked oul a scheme of discount- ing mortgages on Ihe fertilizer tanks, but most of the tanks did not exist. This led to his indict- ment on fraud charges. The only public, comment made jy Commercial Solvents previotis- y was in a letter to its stock-j holders on May 24. President Wheeler told .the. stockholders, 'Our business with him (Esles) vas conducted in the friendly, business-like He said credit extended to E tes was backed by proper secu ity. Most of the security consist of the assignment by Estes to th company of his government gra storage payments. These payments were suspeni ed on March 30 by the Agricultur Department, and (he money sine then has been held in escro pending court settlement of ho1 t should be distributed. Commercial Solvents wa lamed in a civil antitrust su filed against Estes by the Stat of Texas, on the ground that it exension of millions of dollars i credit to Estes enabled him to ru competitors cut of business an corner the market by selling be low cost. NOLAN A Cessna 182 from El Paso crashed in a pasture nea here during a rainstorm earl; Tuesday killing two El Paso men The dead were identified as W Ken Elliott, vice president of Lon Star Motor Co., of El Paso, anc Mickey Watson, head of the IBM section of the automobile company (The plane had taken off at a.m., Mountain Time, from the E Paso Air Terminal after filing a flight plan to Abilene, Floyd Kim sey, chief of the airport flighl service center, told the Abilene Reporter-News.) The plane's registry number showed it was owned by Don Cremens, consulting engineer ol El Paso. The plane cashed into a bank of a headwaters stream of Val- ley Creek and came lo rest near- by. The inaccessibility of the crash scene, plus mud and rising creek- waters hampered the removal of ihe bodies. A Patterson Funeral Home am- nilance from Sweetwater had to be towed Ihrough Ihe mud by a 'power wagon" owned by Johnny Ussery to Ihe crash scene. A. 0. Patterson of Sweetwaler, uneral home official, said about 1 p.m. he did not know when the jodies would be finally removed A Texas Department of Public Safely team and Nolan Counly leace officers were on the scene. Because of a radio "blackout" Between the scene and Sweetwat ommunicalions were handled by he DPS Abilene office. H. S. Saunders of Nolan, who made his way through the rnud to he scene of the tragedy, said the lane did not burn. The mangled bodies were hrown clear. The wreck scene was in sou'ln- rn Nolan County, about three to sur miles southeast of Nolan on le Mary Dan Sanlin ranch. The plane hit several hundred ards from the Glen Williamson ome. Mrs. Williamson reportedly ailed Ihe Nolan Sheriffs office )out 9 a.m., telling of ihe crash. The creek, between the William- on home and i.the crash scene, as on a rise, hampering rescue forts. Mrs. Buel Moore, who lives a quarter-mile from the cene, said her family heard Ihej during a violent rainstom. ESTES FOLLOAVS COFER TO JURY Wilson silent on testimony Estes Talks to Grand Jury Minutes About Marshal! NOT THE MISSISSIPPI No, this is not the Mississippi River It's Cedar Creek flowing through Will Hair Park Tuesday after rams reported at up to 5 inches fell on the Key City. Staff Photo) WEATHER L1. S, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU (Weather molt. Page ABILENE AND VICINITY (Radios esl Cloudy lo partly cloudy and ulu with scattered thunderstorms mostly nrini! the, late afternoon and eSSSS irouch 1 hursday. High Wednesday and near 85. Low Wednesday nlcht COAST Variable, winds 5-15 knots i-oasl and mostly south to south- east 8-iR knots lower coast throuch Thurs- day. Widely scattered thunriei showers tipper coast. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Clear to partly cloudy and warm throuph Thurs- i.v with v--1-1" idely scattered thttndershow north. Low" NORTHWEST TEXAS Partly cloudy through Thur.soay. Widely scattered thun. rterstorms. Little chanfie in temperatures. Low tonisht 5H-68. Hish Thursday tt-'tf. SOUTHEAST TEXAS Partly cloudy iml warm through Thursday with widely cattered thundcrshowcrs. Low tonieht 18-77. Hieh Thursday nc-92. TEMPERATURES rues. n.m. 112 75 68 Hich and low for 21-hotirs endintj 9 a.m.: R3 and ti7. HiBh and low same dale last year: 93 and 68. Sunset last nisht; sunrise today: sunset toni.-rht: Showers Due Here; Loraine Gets 2.20 Brace yourself! More rain is expected today. Abilene is in the path of a line of showers which, by midmorning Wednesday, had dumped 2.20 inches of rain on Loraine in 90 minutes and 1.12 inches on Sny- der in about an hour. Nine miles north of Snyder 2 inches fell in 45 minules. James Doty, meteorologist at ihe Abilene Weather Bureau sta said the showers are expect- ed to be here by mid-afternoon. He added that it was not possi- ble to indicate the severity of the expected rain. At noon, he said hat no severe weather was indi- cated. Annexation Agreement leached Bond Set for Bean Earlier Story Pg. 3-A AUSTIN Federal Judge 'en Rice set bond today at for El Paso County Judge Wood- row Bean, indicted Tuesday on five counts alleging failure to file an income tax. Bean's attorney, Charles Her- ring of Austin, said the El Paso judge probably will be notified of Following the heavy rain; which [ell during the pre-dawi hours Tuesday, Abilene had trace of moisture during the day Rains were falling northwest west and southwest of Abilene during Wednesday morning. Lightning and thunder accom panied the showers at Snyder ant Ballingcr. At Lake Abilene. .74 incites o: Coin' Fishing? You can go io your favorite fish- ing relreat on vacation, but be sure to keep up with Dennis the Menacit and everything else that happens while you're owoy. We'll save your papers in our Vacation- rain fell Tuesday and the lake registered a .30 inch rise. The lake evel was 2.6 feet below the soill way and contained 2.255 billion gallons of water. Water at Lake Phantom Hill cascading over the spillway at a depth of Hi feet. Lake Kirby, standing a fool be- ow.the top of the spillway, con ained 2.65 billion gallons of wa- er. Bill Weems, city water superin- endent, pointed out that when ull, Lake Kirby is about 34 feet leep from the lowest point in the 'ake to the top of the spillway, Lake Abilene is about 35 and Phantom Hill is about 65 feet n depth. Lake levels are based a sea level measurement, he explained. The excessive flash flooding Monday night and Tuesday morn- ing followed two consecutive days of rain. Civil Defense volunteers manned several rescue vehicles Monday night and Tuesday morn- ing. keeping a lookout on the creeks and providing transporta- tion for people whose houses were threatened. Elm, Calclaw, Cedar and Lytle Creeks. which flow through the city, were bankful Tuesday and willin? nut nf hnnU WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport Trace Total for Year 10.79 Normal for Year 1038 BALLINGER 30 BLACKWELL l 00 CHAMPION 200 COLORADO CITY......... 50 LORAINE 220 ROBY .......................30 ROTAN......................30 ROSCOE.................. J.30 SNYDER 1.12 SWEETWATER.............50 WINTERS ,1.00 COL. D. F. BLAKE reassigned to Washington Col, Blake Reassigned Co'-- _.. Blak- commander of 'Jle Troop Carner Wing at FRANKLIN (AP) _ Billie So Estes spent 45 minules before lh' Robertson County grand jury to day. Texas Atty. Gen. Will Wilsoi: refused to say in reply lo a news- man's question whether Esles liac Invoked the Fifth Amendment at the secret .'session. He said Estes's testimony "con- ecrncd the development of cvi- and added that he "docs not consider Estes a suspect in this case" (Ihe slaying- of cotton allotment official Henry Marshall which Ihe grand jury Is invcsti- Dist, Ally, Bryan Russ said he could. Mol jsay whether Estes would be recalled after lunch. After his. 'grand jury appear- briefly wllh his attorney, John Cofcr in (he office of Sheriff Howard Slegall. He. wasjlhcn escorted lo the of- of Dist. Judge ,lohn M, Bar- ron, where was to have lunch. Cofer'jlnd asked that Estia be excused 'from tcsllfying. He with- research center where the na lion's astronauts will train. The settlement was announcer by Houston Mayor Lewis Cutre and Mayor Comer Whitaker of the suburban industrial municipality. Under the agreement, Pasadenz will receive 15 square miles ol Ihe area. Houston will receive the balance, including the clear lake site of Ihe million manncc spacecraft center being built by he National Aeronautics anc Space Administration. The dispute was lo have gone o trial next Monday in District lourl. Houston has contended Pasa- dena's IJlfiO annexation of the area vas illegal In that Pasadena lumped a narrow strip Houston las thrown around the suburban of with a 1948 ordi- lance. Whllaker said his city commis- iloncrs already have approved he setllcmenl Informally and will give official approval next files- iny. Culrcr said Ihe agreement will >c placed before the Houston city council ImmcdIMoly. JM rasu arm inai aean wouia appear before U.S. Commissioner Henry Clifton there to post the OR 3.427] or ;___. ogent area and in Will Hnir Park on (he east side of Abilene. No damage was caused to an} city structures, the city reported Man Goes by Plane, Train, Taxi, Tugboat to Pay Debt LONDON tfl A retired American businessman trav- eled by plane, train, taxi, ocean liner and tugboat today lo pay a hole! bill. "I can't stand owing mon- said Henry S. Woodward, a retired broker from Delray Beach, Fla. "I had lo do somclhing about Visiting London last week and cncounlelng Ihis city's high prices, Woodward al- most ran out of -funds. He couldn't meet his bill at a fashionable hotel the Washington. Rut he knew hs could settle the mailer shortly, for his sis- ter, Mrs, William S. Finlay, was on her way to aboard the of French Lines. Explaining Ihis to the hotel, he flew lo Paris. There he learned that Ihe France would land, before il did in l.e Havre, on the French side of the English Channel. So he made a night flight back to London on an airline travel card. At a.m. he took a train lo Southampton. At Southampton he hired a laxl lo Ihe pier. By this lime he had 10 Woodward talked his way aboard Iho liner. He finally located Mrs. Fin- lay, explained the situation, got cash and a check and lo his horror, discovered Ihe Franco had shoved off for Havre. Again he explained. prance summoned a tugboat from Southampton T''C liner -Woodward returaed Thon he look anothcr lo made a bee- lh< "We know him well." said a hotel spokesman. "He didn't nilvc lo this at all, but llc's one of tnosP honest Amcr- icans who've sot to.gct things settled. And ns you say, broth- did." As he left the hotel, Wood- ward said: "1 feel wonderful. 'Now I'm (fning back to Paris to meet nvy sisler. A man's just got lo pay his debts." ters in Washington, D. C., fo-P duly with (he deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, ac- cording to an announcement by the commander of the Tactical Air Command's 12th Air Force.: Col. Blake will be replaced by Col. Burl W. cur- rently a student at the War College. Col. McLaughlji; is due to arrive at Dyess .0 take command of the 12th Force's only troop carrier Col. Blake has headed the Dy- ess unit since its activation in February 1S61 and is the only C-130 wing commander in TAC.to volunteer for and qualify as a military parachutist. Future Business Leaders End Mtct CINCINNATI (API- day convention of the Fliturt Business Leaders of America fad- ed here last night with aa awaidi banquet. Darrcl Hankins of Tenaa eynn University was Mintd h- lire business executive, wMM twv delegates, Jamet son of Eagle Grove, Mil Sandra Xndms, D. Ml High .School, bwiMM ;

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