Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1962, Abilene, Texas
MORNING WitHOUT OR WltH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT S96T 01 H3HVW 6VX31 SV11VO 3AV 3103 9908 X9 03 saive 82ND YEAR, NO. 158 ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 21, 1962 3oi Aass nil jonatw SCTIONS PAGE ONE I By Katharyn Duff] Joe Pickle is the managing editor of the Big Spring Her- ald, a mainstay of the Colorado River Municipal Water Author- ity, part of the backbone of the town's First Baptist Church, the husband of Lucille, the fa- ther of Tommy, Gary and Paul David called Wiggy. People tell stories about Joe. His wife, Lucille, tells stories about Joe, their friends say. One time Joe, who is a most stately and dignified gentleman, decided to do a spot of paper- hanging. Anybody can hang paper so Joe took part of his vacation to prove anybody can hang paper. Joe scraped and tore and tacked and got the'ceiling ready and stepladder in place. He measured and cut and pasted and folded that first strip of ceiling paper just so. Pasted paper draped carefully over his outstretched arms, Joe marched down the hallway to the stepladder. "You could fairly hear the 'Triumphant March' playing in the Mrs. Pickle has been known to say. Arms and wet ceiling paper out carefully, Joe used the old leg muscles to trip up to the top of the ladder. He unfolded the paper and lifted it gingerly up over his head to the ceiling. Joe stretched. And his pants fell down. All the way down to the top of the ladder. he shouted, to Lu- cille, still with great dignity, still holding the wet paper aloft. "Do Joe was in his appointed place, at church one Sunday morning, standing and joining 'his manly baritone in song, the song was "At the Cross." The song used in: have that phrase, "such a worm" as I." But the words, sometime when Joe wasn't looking, were changed to "sinners such as I." They were singing away when Joe noticed the change. As the music paused he inquired, in a bit too-loud voice, "Where did that worm t Lucille tells stories on all the Pickles, including the youngest son, Wiggy. Wiggy had a favorite play- mate, a Catholic child who had a medal young Pickle envied. The medal read, "I am a Cath- olic. In case of accident call a Priest." Wiggy wanted one, too, and came to talk it over with his mother. Lucille explained very care- fully that each had his own be- lief and each should respect the other's but not copy just to be copying. Wiggy thought it over and came up with a suggestion. "I know. I'll have on my medal, 'I am a Baptist. In case of accident call an ambu- lance.' Joe has another among his many distinctions. He is a broth- er to Jake Pickle, Austin pub- lic and political figure. One time they say, when the brothers were younger Jake de- cided he needed a tuxedo. He wrote Joe and suggested they go halves and buy one. Good idea, Joe agreed. There were times when he needed a tux and one at half-price would be a bargain. Jake wrote another kinsman and made the same proposition. The kinsman agreed. So Joe and the kinsmen bought the tux on the halves. Jake kept it, they claim, just for safe-keeping. WEATHER JFK Lifts Blockade of Cuba S HI I Hirt tew Mr ______ V-m.
Publication: Abilene Reporter News
Location: Abilene, Texas
Issue Date: November 21, 1962