Abilene Reporter News, August 25, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1962, Abilene, Texas SPQRlf gfettene SATURDAY 3 STAR FINAL 82NO YEAR, NO. 70 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR f Sgg OT. ,UR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT svx3i svnvo' ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, Al i'-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 9908 Auociuttd Preu NO RAIN IN 55 DAYS Even a Texan would not brag about the size of these thirsty cracks in the ground near Austin. Posed in a pleading manner, the hands of a manequin were placed there by the pho- tographer to emphasize the size of the cracks and the dire need for rain in the central Texas area. The Austin area went into its 55th day without rain. (AP Wirephoto) Hard Rains Pour Down on Texas 33IM13S Truck nits Rest Home, Causing Death to Three By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain laden thunderstorms, spawned by a welcomed cold front that pushed southeastward across Texas, stirred up turbu- lence in parts of the state Friday. The storms prompted the Weather Bureau to issue a pair of severe weather alerts for North and East Texas. Heavy rains raked the Dallas- Fort Worth area during the eve- ning rush period. Traffic was snarled, gusty winds knocked down trees and power lines, SrZnS Showers In Area Scattered thundcrshowers fell in the area Friday afternoon, with the heaviest downpour reported in Nolan, which measured an even inch of moisture. However, thundershowcr activ- ity is expected to diminish, with Saturday's forecast calling for partly cloudy and cooler tempera- tures. Only a trace of rain was re- ported at the Municipal Airport's Weather station, while Dyess AFB weathermen registered .07 of an inch. Abilene has had 14.20 inches o( moisture this year, compared with 14.72 for a normal amount. WHERE IT RAIHED ABILENE Municipal Airport ......Trace Total for Year 14.20 Normal for Year 14.72 DYESS AFB 07 BHECKENRIDGE 06 CISCO 20 COLORADO CITY IB EASTLAND 80 some minor flooding occurred. Rainfall measured 1.35 inches within an hour. One thunderstorm slammed in on Gainesville, close to the Okla homa border, during the after- noon, dropping the temperature 32 degrees in 25 minutes. Large sections of North Central and Northeast Texas fell under a severe thunderstorm forecast for 6 hours Friday until 8 p.m. The second alert, which can- celled the earlier one. called for with jsome large hail and isolated dam- j aging winds in portions of East Texas and most of Western and Central Louisiana until p.m. This alert covered an area along and 60 miles on either side of a line from 20 miles north ol College Station to 20 miles east of Alexandria. La. Winds at Gainesville gusted to 56 miles per hour, causing spotted damage. Rainfall measured .35 of an inch with mercury plunging from 100 degrees at 3 p.m. to at p.m. At Odessa, in West Texas, light lail fell in a heavy thunderstorm that also spawned a small twister that tore a garage from a resi- dence. Other rainfall measurements included .53 at Fort Worth, .81 at ialvcston. .61 at Midland and .10 at Mineral Wells. San Angelo and Junction record- ed Thursday's high temperature, 103 degrees. Dalhart's 58 was the low. Scattered showers fell also in Southern and coastal areas. Dalhart, inside the cool air nass, had 76 degrees during the afternoon and Amarillo had 77. Soviet Arms Start Flowing Toward Cuba WASHINGTON offi cials said Friday a new wave o Soviet arms deliveries to Cuba i under way, much of it apparently ntended to step up Fidel Castro's coastal and air defenses. The resumption of large scale Soviet aid was seen as a sign of Kremlin trust in Castro's Com munist leanings and as a commit men! to become more deeply in 'olved in propping up the Havana regime, which has been facing se- fere economic problems. The new Soviet shipments, car in an estimated 20 cargo ibips. plus the arrival of an esti- mated to technicians passenger vessels, was de- scribed as unlikely to significantly improve the ability of Cuban force to wage an offensive campaign. Much of the gear unloaded so far was said to have included transportation, electronic and con- struction equipment, communica- tion vans, radar vans, trucks and mobile units. It was described as the type of equipment used for radar spotting systems and perhaps for anti-air- craft missiles. The number of technicians was described as a logical number for the Soviets to send to set up such equipment and train Cubans how to use it. Contrary to various unofficial reports, these U.S. officials said their information does not show lhat any Communist bloc troops IIAWLEY NOLAN PUTNAM 55 1.00 30 RANGER 50 RISING STAR 10 SNYDER Trace SWEETWATER ............05 WESTBROOK ...............60 Mother Of Abilenian REST HOME FIRE This heating gas truck went out of control in Electra Friday after the driver had jumped from the vehicle. The truck crashed into the Hilkrest Haven rest home, setting it afire. Three el- derly women died in the blaze. The truck had been pulled back from the building when this picture was made. The driver suffered burns on the upper portion of his body. (AP Wirephoto) U.S. Renews Coll For Berlin Talks Another picture, Pg. 8-A have landed in Cuba or that any ed states ted Fridav Ttissile launching sites are being ifor the death of East Germans ;who tried to escape. I The Soviet note protested WASHINGTON the stoning of a troop bus its in- Dv Baird Sets Bond Vote BAIRD (RNS) Baird's built. To piled the northwest, snow that in drifts up to H inches deep closed the Trail Ridge Road n the Rocky Mountain National 'ark at Estes Park in northeast Colorado. As the cool air moved south, t blunted the simmering Texas icat wave. The great hope, how- ever, was for rain, urgently need- ed in every corner of the state. Skies generally were cloudy over Texas except in the El Paso to the Soviet Union to dis- The incident was an diers in West Berlin last Sunday The viewed by American authorities as a matter of concern to the en- tire hemisphere However to Latin American countries have! not voiced much alarm yet possi be used for constructing a sewer This exchange of notes is "necessary measures" to in- treatment plant and to improve bly because the Communist' ci'y- ance does not appear to be help-j U.S. officials appeared confident diplomatic ac-'sure the safety of its soldiers. The the water system. Some of tivities over Berlin for the which did not spell out what] 'he total will be used to retire nd' unless new violence eruPls in 'these measures would be. is under outstanding water and sewer stud-v at the stale Department. No answer is expected this week. ing Castro's ability to mount an that tension has passed a peak! U.S. specialists on the Berlin problem are skeptical about their invitation to the Russians for talks on the city. On the other hand, invasion. jand that no further deterioration A previous wave of Soviet bloc of the situation is to be expected arms to Cuba was reported in least not for the next few State Department white paper is- days, sued last January. WEATHER revenue bonds. The election follows nearly two years of planning for the project. In November of 1961, Fowler i Grafe Inc., consulting engineers, were employed by the council to NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obituarief 2 Sport. 5-7 Oil newi-----.......... 10 SECTION B Church ntwi............2 Women's newt..........3 Editoriok 4 5 Comics ..............6, 7 Farm news, markets......11 TV Scout 12 Radio-TV loos..........12 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU (Weslhrr Map, Pace 11-4) ABILENE AND VICINITY (Radius miles) Partly cloudy and not ouitc livprpH so warm hrauth Sunday. Hisli Suluntoy1 icnr 90. low Saturday nich: 65 to 70, There are signs, some U.S. strategists believe, that Moscovl note- has recognized it could not go much further on this collision course. The U.S. invitation for talks was extended in a diplomatic note de- in Moscow. The British and they refuse' to attach too much (make a preliminary survey of the significance to Moscow's protest existing sewage facilities On Feb. 13, 1962, James D. Fow- tho French handed identical notes to the Kremlin. The Soviet protest was received by the U.S. Embas- hlKh Sunilny 90 to 95 SOUTHWEST TEXAS _ clear to part y cloudy through Sunday with widely scattered thundcrshowers in north throiiph Saturday niehl. A little cooler north. Hish SV in the Soviet capital. Saturday 84-32 in north and 92-102 in with. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cl partly cloudy through Sunday. Scattered thunderstorms In extreme south Siturrtay Cooler Saturday and in east Saturday "inht. Hich Saturday 8-1-94 NORTHWEST TEXAS Clear to part-, cloudy throunh Sunday. Cooler in south aturday. Hish Saturday flo-90. TEMPERATURES Frl. a.m. At B5 88 91 94 HiRh p.m. The three Allied notes followed a U.S.-British-French declaration Thursday which said Soviet dis- continuance of its military com- mandant's office in East, Berlin affects neither Western rights nor Soviet responsibilities in the city. sa UlCh and li and 55. Sunset last 09; .sunset Barometer Humidity at and low for 24-hours ending 9 and 76. Friday's notes restated in force- ful terms the Western position that responsibility for the Berlin wall and for all the tragic events in its shadow rest solely with the Soviet Union. It said the wall was built "in violation of international agree- same date last ye.r: 89 mcnls of lhc most ciemcnlary day night by East German ma- todw: .principles of humanity" and re- chine gun fire in an attempt to rending ai 9 p.m.: 28.19.'jcctcd as "singularly ironic" So-, escape into West Germany. (AP p.m. 61 per cent. blaming the West Wirephoto) BERLIN VICTIM This is Hans Dieter Wesa, 19 year- old East German transport po- liceman, who was killed Thurs- Reds Get U.S. Escort in Berlin By LYNN IIKINZF.RI.INC, BERLIN Red army Used armored cars again Friday for changing guards at lhc Soviet war memorial and grudgingly ac- cepted an American escort after only a six-minute argument. The U.S. Army stood firm, and there was no retaliation from the Russians as U.S. military convoys rolled unescorted over the Auto- bnhn and Army and civilian traf- fic through Checkpoint Charlie moved smoothly. Mayor Willy Brandt appeal' the United States against the re- cent stoning of Soviet soldiers by Wcsl Bcrlincrs and warned "nec- essary measures" will he taken to if the attacks occur again. It was after three soldiers were hurt in the slonings that Russians shifted tensions in Berlin are easing. ed to calm, West Bcrlincrs to declaring: "The keep wall the must go, but until It ROCS, city must live." The battle of the wnll shifted to Moscow M "bottle of notes." The Soviet Union protested to power talks to halt "further de- insure safety of Red army guards stood the appeal for a new meet- ing had again been rejected but U.S. authorities expressed belief from buses to armored cars to carry the change of the guard into West Berlin. And Berlin's traffic be escorted. The Kremlin protest and threat came shortly after the three West- ern powers in shnrply worded notes directly blamed the Soviet Union for "the will for its consequences." The Allies called (gain for four- terioration of the situation in Ber- proposal lhat the Russians have several times rejected. In Washington, it was under- have escorts in the interest of safely and traffic or- der. Former President Dw "ht D. Eisenhower in Dublin dec' H! the Allies must assert their Hunts and rules call for any armored cnr to added: "Any retreat from the principle might he looked upon as a weakness and It could lead to Checkpoint Charlie aggression." A Red army colonel accompa- nied the 18 Soviet guards to Check- point Charlie on Friday. He put up only token resistance to U.S. insistence on the rule lhat nil ar- mored American deep in the fronl seal of an ar- mored personnel carrier is relay- ing Soviet views to an American it was Maj. Ed- carriers ward Luce, of llcmingford, Ncn.- Thc Soviet soldiers in the three showed no arms ing with another U.S. order. Thursday they defied the ban ami displayed Tommy Guns. The absurdity of the situation created In Berlin by the with- drawn! of the Soviet commandant was being plnyed out clearly at The Western Allies have no authority in East Berlin with whom they cnn discuss delicate, possibly fnteful, questions con- cerning the city. Instead, a Soviet colonel sitting standing at Checkpoint.Charlie. When a woman interpreter read a statement from Luce outlining the necessity of nn escort, her words were heard by a Soviet lieutenant standing in the carrier, then relayed to the colonel down below. Ills reply cnmo bnck through the same chain of com- munications. H was in this manner that lhc Soviet talk of placing an escort on every U.S. vehicle in East Ber- lin came through Thursday. er of the firm explained his iirm's report to the council. Part of the funds to be used will come from a federal grant under irovision of Public Law 660, 84th Congress. Mayor J. L. Ault has notified that the Public Health Service has approved the grant for S36.375. Baird's present sewer system built in 1927 and was design- ed to serve 200 to 300 customers, it is now serving 544. Volcano South Of Tokyo Erupts TOKYO tiny volcan- c island of Miyakejima, 120 miles south of Tokyo, erupted Friday vith a tremendous explosion that sent smoke and ashes up eet. Tlie Japanese Meteorological Agency said the eruption was fol- lowed by a series of quakes reg- stering five on the Japanese scale of seven. Reports said a few persons suf- fered slight injuries while fleeing to safety. The island has a population of Related stair, Pg. 10-B ELECTRA, Tex. (AP) A flaming, driverless tank truck barreled into the front door of a rest home Friday, setting off devastating blaze that took ttkr lives of three elderly patients. Miraculously, only one of the 38 bedridden or mental patients in the modem, one-story structure suffered injuries. First reports said 15 were hurt. The truck, loaded with heating gas, rammed like a fireball into the building after the driver, Dan Craighead, jumped from the wheeling vehicle. He was burned on his arms and face but was not believed in serious condition. Jerry McHugh, a young grocery clerk across the street from the- Hillcrest Haven rest home, said "the driver just seemed to lean out the door and roll into the ditch and that truck just turned slow like into the front of the building." Fire broke out in the building immediately and raged out at control for more than two hours. The roof collapsed in less than an hour. Firefighters from neighboring towns came to the aid of this town of about 28 miles northwest of Wichita Falls in North Texas. The dead were identified as Mrs. Mary Lee Sorrells, 87, of Electra: Mrs. Maud Barker, 83, of Dallas: and Mrs. Myrtle Hunt, age unknown, of Electra. Mrs. Sorrells, 87, is the mother of Mrs. Hugh Colbert of 833 N. Willis in Abilene. Mr. and Mrs. Colbert will leave for Electra Saturday. Services are tentatively scheduled there Sun- day. Mrs. W. H. Berry, Mrs. Colbert's daughter from Stephenville, said Friday night that Mr. Colbert was in Corpus Christi when he heard of the tragedy. Rest Home Manager W. T. Blevins estimated damage to the building in excess of Wichita County Sheriff Ham Vance said the truck caught fire as it rolled along State Highway 25 about 2 miles northwest of Electra. He said his information is that the driver jumped and suffered critical injuries. The driver was identified as Dan Craighead, in iis early 20s, from Electra. He worked for the Keller-Matchett The meteorological agency said the island was covered with clouds of smoke from both the volcano and burning forests. Miyakejima, one of seven Izu islands south of Tokyo, has about 100 craters. In a 1940 eruption, 11 persons were killed and 50 houses Butane Co. of Vernon. disappeared under flowing lava! Mrs. Hugh Lee, editor of the and falling rocks. It's A Big Sunday in if The Football Outlook in District 6AA The first of a 10-part series looks at the football prospects of Anson, Bellinger, Hamlin, Has- kell, Stamford and Winters. Must reading for the district's football fans. if We Visit Stamford Colorful Stamford where the old West lives again every year during Cowboy Reunion time. This plus stories dealing with the city's govern- ment, chamber of commerce, schools, and its new "package store strip." if Texas Water present and future. State map in two colors and black showing the results of an exhaustive study into Texas' water needs and potentials to the year 2010. if Late Summer Weddings take prominence in the Women's Section with the cover page featuring brides of and other cities. if Interesting Features Impressions of a young teacher from Amster- dam, Holland honors for West Texas Fair Sweetheart candidates a fashion show for high school and college coeds... Dateline Dyes. Electra Star-News, said from the hospital: "Some were brought in bleed- ing, others were burned. "Doctors and nurses were clean- ing them up. "Most of the patients were elderly and some might have been in a state of shock. "The way they brought them in was orderly. Relatives looked in the halls for their loved ones. They were crying and upset." The hospital has about 50 beds. The rest home patients over- flowed the hospital and some were taken to West Tex Hotel. Ed Bingham. general manager of the Electra Star-News, sail 'the truck ran right smack into the front door. 'It looked like it tried to fo right into the building." Bingham said the one-story, ranch-style Hillcrest Haven rest home is about 60 feet ott the hichway. "Many of the patients were mental he said. "When I got there, most of them had been taken to the hospital." Thick gray smoke boiled from all windows of the building. Fire- men from surrounding townt opened their sirens they sped to the home. "The main trouble was the fire- men couldn't get to the said Bincham. "The truck was still burnlnf. The major fire was around ON truck." Some firelighter! fee HUE. Pf.e-A.CeLt ;

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