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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1962, Abilene, Texas ?w If "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT BIST YEAR, NO. 361 ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JUNE 13, U.J Mrs. Maurine Johnson-John- son, Eastland postmaster, is a modernday Betsy Ross with a green, or, you might better say, thumb. She and-the 20 or so postal employes at the Eastland Post Office have provided their town With a" new tourist-stopper, a Flag in Flowers, a growing Old Glory fashioned 'from proper- ly-hued petunias. The floral flag, 38 feet long by VI feet wide, grows in a raised bed on the east side of the Post Office at Eastland, near the path of tourist-laden U. S. High- way 80. Cars from near and far line Up in the postal parking slots day and night and you can see the motorists, cameras in hand, strolling up to the flag for close- up shots, climbing stocking-foot- ed atop automobiles the better to get the whole display in range. The Flag in Flowers is of par- ticular interest this week, Flag Week, and will be the site Thursday, Flag Day, of a pa- triotic ceremony to which the public is invited at 10 a.m. (Fol- lowing there will be a luncheon, reservations at the Lone Ce- dar Country Club.) This is the third year for the flower project and it seems now established as an attraction at Eastland. It's strictly a grassroots un- dertaking. The work and the money are provided by the lo- cal Post Office it took a considerable amount of each, we understand, to get the dis- play in operation this year. The late freeze made it necessary to replace some 1.000 of the plants which form the flag. Items taken from the Pecos Independent: 1.'- A merchant leaving on a trip posted this sign on his auto- mobile, "We're From Pecos. Please Ask, Yes, We Know Him." 2. A Midland man, taken aback when an out-of stater asked, "Midland...now is that east or west of The "drought" has been bro- ken. Any little old dab of a cloud is good for a dousing in this wet country. By Tuesday the official rainfall had edged ahead of normal in Abilene. Lakes are nearly full or running over. And fishermen are out in force and in mud. Normally June is a dry month in the Abilene country. June normally (and "normal" is, for the Weather Bureau, the weath- er from 1921 to 1950) produces 3.68 inch moisture. June's total officially Tues- day was 6.56 inch. Already the total is getting close to the wettest Junes of all when 8.40 inches fell; 1921, when 8.22 inches came; and 1959, when the soakings add- ed up to 7.22 inches. The rains this June have come at the expense of some roofs, a good many crops and several hours of sleep lost by Weather Bureaumen who are charged now officially with the task of warning of dangerous clouds. These weather alerts, in which Sitchler and staff have logged considerable time before microphones, are something new the last several years. Listeners react in different ways to the weather warnings. As Weatherman Sitchler has been advised, he and his alerts are about to drive Fisher Coun- ty Pekingese to an early break- down. The Peke lives with Mr. and Mrs. H. Thompson and daugh- ters of Rotan. V The pup sleeps peacefully through most television pro- grams. But he has "learned" Sitch- ler's voice and a distinctive voice it is. Let Sitchler begin entoning a weather bulletin and the Peke wakes up, looks at the screen from which no face looks back, then begins pacing nervously, tack and forth. Just like people. NEWS INDEX MOTION A OH MWI MOTION IrTfcWfB I .Cftntai rVMt 10 11 2 4 Laos Prince By ANTOINE YAREO KHANG KHAY, Laos Pro-Communist Prince Souphan- ouvong took a jab at the United States Tuesday less than an hour after formalization of the princely agreement on a coaiiation unity government achieved with Ameri- can help. The Red leader of the Pathet Lao, assured now of a deputy pre- miership, warned against "Ameri- can warmonger" m a n e u v e rs which he said may he attempted to topple the new three-man re- gime that is supposed to end the civil war and assure Labs' neu- trality in international affairs. "One must not forget that near! our frontiers (in Thailand and South Viet Nam) there are armed American forces and that these forces will support the reaction- aries to sow troubles and provoca tions on our he said. Souphanouvong's statement was in militant contrast to the at- titude of his neutralist half broth- er, Prince Souvarina Phouma, the premier-designate, who welcomed American help in persuading the pro-Western royal government to step down. Souvanna raised a glass of champagne "to the return of peace and to the health of his majesty, King Savang Vathana." The toast followed a five-min- ute ceremony capping 13 months of negotiations over the little jungle kingdom's future. Premier Prince Boun Oum of the outgoing government, Sou- phanouvong and Souvanna signed a three-page document to set up Downpour Brings Flooding in City NO PICNIC TODAY Stanley Goldsmith, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C, Goldsmith of 2202 Lincoln Dr., will have to wait awhile to hold a picnic at Will Hair Park. Tuesday the flood waters of Cedar Cree k made the park into more of a swimming pool than a picnic area, leaving the benches and barbecue pits stranded. (Staff photo) take the expert opinion of a farmer to-know that it was too wet to plow in West Central Texas Abilenians couldn't have cared less, however, for .many were having .water troubles of their own. Drowned out cars were com- monplace and creeks overflowed their banks in several sections of the city. But on the brighter side of the weather picture, Fort Phantom Hill Lake cascaded over the spill- way for the first time this year and Lake Kirby was just inches below the spillway. And, further, the 1.81 inches of rain recorded at Abilene's Munici- pal Airport from Monday night's deluge put the total for the year OVER SHE GOES Water is pouring over the spill- way at Lake Fort Phantom Hill following Monday night's heavy rains. .Here a few fishermen take ad- vantage of the overflow to do a little fishing in the pool under the spillway. (Staff photo) WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport Total for Year Normal for Year 582 E.N. 23rd 742 Sanriefer 1041 Jefferson 2010 Palm 3D2b' Cedar 942 Fiinnin........ 532 Grape 910 Merchant 42C Poplar 146fi Minter Ln. 430 Kirkwood 2510 Over St..... Monliccllo 1745 N, 5th 2326 S. 32nd 517 Glenhaven 3501 Old Anson DYESS AFB ALBANY ANSON ASPERMONT BA1RD BRECKENRIDGE BUFFALO GAP CISCO ......j....... CLYDE COLORADO CITY EAUTLAND 1.81 10.79 1-129 3.31 3.00 2.87 3.40 2.77 3.30 3.40 3.25 3.00 2.10 2.50 3.30 3.00 2.85 s.cr. 2.70 2.M 2.07 .55 1.42 .96 1.00 .28 .80 .60 .33 LAWN LORA1NE ELMDALE.................. 1.80 JOLDSBORO.............. 1.35J HAMLIN 1.51 HAWLEY.................. 1.40 INADALE 2.00 2.5G .25 Highway 180 Still Closed BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -U. S. Highway 180 may be reopened :o through traffic between Albany and Breckenridge by Thursday if looding subsides, a' construction company spokesman said here 4 miles north............ LUEDERS .50 MERKEL 2.10 MORAN 2.50 NOVICE ...................50 OVAI.O i.oo PUTNAM 1.30 ROBY .40 ROCHESTER ...............90 ROTAN......................20 ROSCOE RULE .......92 .....50 miles north.......... 1.10 .85 SNYDEU 8 miles north STAMFORD................ SWEETWATER............ 1.00 SYLVESTER TRENT.................. 1.80 Tl'SCOLA Famvto-Market Road 1005 WHITE of Sylvester In Fisher County and ...WINTERS .10 TO rod In Jones .OOWYL1E.................... 1.10 County also clowd .....f Tuesday night. The impassable portion of the lighway is in the area where the artery is being relocated at the Hubbard Creek Dam lake site. Bob Hood, project engineer for the relocation Job for.H. B. Zach- ry Construction Co. of San Anto- nio, said he had rebuilt the wash- ed-out roadbed and had planned :o reopen it to traffic by noon Tuesday. However backwash from flooding Hubbard Creek can- celled out the renewed efforts. More than 2 feet of water stood on the highway Tuesday night. Hood said mat after the Hood waters recede Wednesday, it will require another 10 hours of work before the roadbed again will be ready for steady traffic. In Abilene, the Department ol Public Safely reported that U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, Pare ABILENE AND VICINITY (Radios 40 miles) Partly cloudy, continued warm, and a possibility of scattered late after- noon and nighttime thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday. High both days 90-95. Low Wednesday nljht, 65-70. NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTH EAST TEXAS; Partly cloudy and warm Vcdnesday and Thursday. Scattered thun- derstorms in afternoons and nigh'.. High Wednesday 86-90. NORTHWEST TEXAS: Clear to cloudy Wednesday and Thursday. Few thunder- storms. High Wednesday 85-95. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Parjly cloudy and warm Wednesday and Thurs- day with scattered thumlershowers north. Ulsh Wednesday 88-102. SOUTHWEST TEXAS: Clear to cloudy nnd warm Wednesday and Thursday with scattered thundorshowers north. High TEMPERATURES WEATHER 67 81 611 1M 69 77 .72 9.-00 n 74 73 for 24-lmirs "ending I p.m.: A3 and 64. 'limn and low name last year: S3 "SUIIMJ last night; mmltt today: sunset lonlllil: BaromeUr reading at 11.11. Homtdtly al 9 p.iri.; 71 Ktnntdy to Hold Ntws WASHINGTON Presi- dent Kennedy will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Thurj- ttay, tht HOUM announced Tuwdtgr Bight. three-tenths of an inch over the normal rainfall for this time of the year. It was the first time in 1962 that the total for the year had exceeded the norm. Other rainfall reports through the city measured up to 5 inches. The excessive flash flooding Monday night and early Tuesday morning followed on the heels of two consecutive days of rain and caused grave concern among city officials who feared the .damage which might be caused by an- other such rain Tuesday night. Elm, Catclaw, Cedar and Lytle Creeks, which flow through the city, were almost bankful Tues- day and were spilling out of their confines in low places, particu- larly in Lytle Creek and Will Hair Parks on the east side of Abilene. City Street Superintendent Fred Bell said high water barricades were erected at several bridge crossing Tuesday, including E. t. S. 5th and Lytle Creek, N. 10th v west of. the West Freeway, N. 19th and Catclaw Creek, Sammons and Catclaw, Portland and Catclaw, Russell and Catclaw, and S. 25th and Cedar. No damage was caused to any city structures, Bell said. Civil Defense Director Glenn Meeks said Tuesday night that "In the condition that the creeks are in now, I would hate to see another rain like we had Monday night, because all the terraces and stock tanks are full and the ground is soaked." Meeks warned homeowners in low-lying areas that they should 'stockpile sandbags if they think the bags will be needed to pre- vent flooding of their houses in 'case of another torrential rain. "We can't be responsible for .their the Civil Defense official said. "We can rescue them if they need help, but there's very little we can do about their property." City street crews, he explained, have no large stockpile of sand- bags on hand and would have to go out and fill the bags if the need were serious. Civil Defense volunteers man ned several rescue vehicles Men day night and Tuesday morning, keeping a lookout on the creeks and providing transportation for people whose houses were threat- ened by flooding conditions. One crew removed a couple from a house at S. 14th and Sun- set Dr., where water was about shoulder deep, Meeks said. Water also was lapping at the doorsteps of some expensive homes along Sylvan Dr. south of S. 14th St. Joe DuPree of 1609 Sylvan report' ed to police that his house was flooded early Tuesday morning. Residents of the Carvar Addi- tion were warned to be prepared to evacuate should Cedar Creek, which flows through the area, leave its banks. The Taylor County Chapter of (he American Red Cross readied Woodson High School as an overnight shelter. Fortunately, 'there was M flood big lake is 24 billion gallons. Lake Kirby, which received 3.10 inches of rain, gained 2.55 feet rom 82.3 feet at its deepest point Monday to 84.85 Tuesday night. Theo Baack said the ake level was only: 13% inches See WEATHER, Pg. 2-A, Col. More Rain In Offing For Area The Abilene area, drenched by rain Monday night and early Tues- day, may get more of the same during the next two days. The forecast calls for scattered ate afternoon and nightirie thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday. The high both days will be 90 to 95, the low Wednesday night 65-70. Rains ranged as high as 4 nches in sections of Scurry County. During the deluge that drowned out cars, filled under- passes and started streams rising Abilene got an official 1.81 inches of rain (U.S. Weather Bureau reading) while the largest amounl recorded in the city was at 232S of S. 32nd. where 3.65 fell. Most of the rain reported was before midnight and shortly aft erward. There was no indication of any thunderstorms building up in this area Tuesday night, how ever. ing. The bountiful rain put Abllene'a three lakes at their levels (or the year. Fort Phantom Hill Like, which received 1.79 inclwa of rain, wtM cmr be coalition, a eminent of national union that eludes rightists, leftists and ralists. 3; Britain and the Soviet co-chairmen at the U-aatkn Gtm- eva Conference on Laos, epresented by diplomatic obattf ens-British Ambassador Jobs dis and Soviet Charge d'AfEatrw Vassili Chiviliev. Also on hand were ires of the ish International Control lion. r j It is stipulated that all detistav related to the ministries of ense, ulterior and the foreign airs "must be sanctioned by at unanimous accord of the leads of groups" tailing part 1 he government The premier-designate saltf Phoumi will lead a cabinet deie- jation to Geneva June 24 or Juajf 25 to ratify the 14-natkn Agreement on Laos. The malt :hing needed now is a declara- tion by Laos of the neutrality it expects to maintain under new government. The agreement calls for drawal of all foreign military forces. These include several hun- dred U.S. advisers to the royal and several thousand Com- munist North Vietnamese backing the rebel cause. Phoumi gave a qualified answer to newsmen who asked him when, as commander of the royal armed forces, he would ask the Ameri- can advisers to pull out. "We are prepared to follow the accords provided everyone elM, does the he said. The agreement does not cover troops in the two prj-Western na- tions on the flanks of Laos. Rofan Okays Bond Issue ROTAN (RNS) Hotan overwhelmingly approved a 000 street improvement and drain- age control bond issue Tuesday by a 208 to 86 count. There were 294 votes cast, considered to be a erate turnout. The bonds, which call for no inw crease in taxes or evaluation, ari designed to finance the city's for- tion of a proposed ject. The program includes paving 112 city blocks and repair of 48 blocks of existing pavement ia addition to a drainage control system. Property owners will share with the city in the paving program with the city bearing about one- third of the cost. i Ousted Secretory Seeks WASHINGTON (API-Mary K. Jones, an Agriculture Department secretary who landed in a psychi- atric ward in a strange develop- ment of the Billie Sol Estes case, has asked Secretary Orville L. Freeman to clear her name and make restitution. "Why hasn't the Department of Agriculture made some effort to alleviate my plight since they are this asked Freeman in a letter dated June 8. It was leamed thst this is the second letter she has sent to Freeman asking for redress, but lias had no answers. She sent i copy of the second letter to Rep. Robert Dole, R-Kan., asking his help. Dole made her letter to Freeman public. The Agriculture Department said in a statement: "Correspondence directed by Miss Jones to the department, and replies thereto, are considered to be of a personal nature and will not be released by the depart- ment. "If persons oulskto of tba de- partment tee (it to comment N Miss Jones' Illnew, rwpoMi- billty for violating her privacy It entirely theirs." Miss Jones, si, WM by the backwiuli of tht aa to this imnMr: She- WM Mercury to N.' ilWdVW to apUway. Capacity af UN the department had shown favor- itism toward Estes. Hales con- tended this helped Estes build up hjs empire in grain cotton allotments and liquid fer- tilizer. Hales' superiors disputed hit charges at a bizarre three-hour See SECRETARY, Pf. t-A, Cei.
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