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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               -I "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 89TH YEAR, NO. 347 PHONE 673-4277 Plane Hits Car 8 Die on Busy Highway ATLANTA, Ga. twin- engine private plane, carrying prospective customers to home sites in Florida, faltered over Atlanta today and crashed onto a major highway, hitting a car and killing eight persons. At least 31 others were injured The propeller-driven Martin 404, chartered by the Lehigh Acres Development Inc. and bound for Fort Myers, Fla., lost an engine as it left the Pcach- tree-DeKalb Airport in rain and under a low ceiling. Its pilot was directed to come into the big Atlanta Airport, but the plane couldn't make it. It pancaked down on Inlor- state 285, a highway that sweeps around the city, and bounced onto the Moreland Ave. bridge. The craft's left wing and tail section were sheared off. First reports indicated that most of the dead were passen- gers in the automobile. Confusion surrounded the number of dead and injured. Bui a funeral home reported re- ceiving the bodies of five vic- tims and C. D. Unwell, a De- Kalb County policeman, said "we know of eight confirmed dead." Jerry Gould, president of Le. high, said all of the plane's pas- sengers were from the Atlanta area. They were flying down lo Fort Myers to look over property Stubborn Viet Cong Pushed From Dolot SAIGON (AP) Government troops poised Saturday night for a dawn strike lo drive Viet Cong commandos from three pockets Ihey still held in the mountain resort city of Dalai, military spokesmen said. Highly trained enemy com- mando units attacked Dalai in the early morning hours Satur- day, striking 13 installations in the city and on Us outskirts, South Vietnamese military spokesmen reported. It was the heaviest assault on a city since the big enemy offensives of 1968. A few hours before midnight Saturday they were said still to be holding out in three Homan Catholic church and seminary and in buildings of Dalat the militiamen who had borne the brunt oTthe liiitiai attack and newly arrived government forces. The surprise attack on the city of persons 160 miles northeast of Saigon coincided with reports of stepped up fight- ing hi scattered areas of Cam- bodia. The South Vietnamese com- mander for much of that region, Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri, told news- men, "There has been a strong resurgence of enemy activity along the Vietnamese-Cambo- dian border." Field reports said much of Saturday's action in Cambodia occurred just lo the north and south of the provincial capita! of Prey Veng, 30 miles southeast of (he Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Information from Phnom Penh said Cambodian troops backed by more than South Vietnamese marines were in firm control of Prey Veng itself after two days of strong attacks by North Viet- namese arid Viet Cong forces. Allied military men have said the pressure on Prey Veng ap- parently was part of an enemy effort to secure a new supply route outside the sanctuary Turn (o VIET CONG, Pg. 2-A NEWS INDEX Abiltiw EvenO 1-B Amusementi 5-8-6 Astrology 3.5 Auitin Notebook..... 3-B Berry's World......... 3-F Bookt...............14-C Bridqo 7.8 Buiincti J.B Clouificih..........8-1 3-D Croilraadi Report.......1-F Crossword............ 2-F Doctors' Moil Box J-B Editorials J2-C farm Hospital Potienti...... 14-A Jumbla...............j.p Jon Ford 3.0 Letter to Servicemen 3-B Markets t-7-D Obituaries 4-A Oil 4-B Sportj.............. I-S-D Texas! }.f To Your Good Health 8-B TV Tab (Pullout of Sect. BJ Women's News owned by Lehigh. The pilot was James Cannin, the co-pilot Robert Feldmiller. Stewardesses Jeanne Collins and Jill Alwater also were aboard the plane, chartered at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannin was injured but it wasn't known how badly. Witnesses on Ihe ground told ol seeing the blue and silver plane trailing smoke from one engine as it limped along in Ihe luaden skies, flying on instru- ments. Meantime in the plane, said one survivor, passengers noted that the right engine "was not doing so good." Young Mark Scheinfeld, trav- eling to Florida with his par- ents, said a fellow passenger then told him to "put your head down" to avoid injury. When the aircraft hit and fi- nally came to a slop, the youth and his parents escaped through a large hole in the rear of the plane. He said they suffered only bruises. Not far away rested the de- molished wreckage of an auto- and the bodies of five persons. Police said they were those of a mother and father and their three small boys, who had been returning home from a trip to a grocery store. Groceries were scattered near the car. Eddie Pittman said the two stewardesses had strapped themselves in, but a notebook fell from a shelf and one got up to retrieve it. Then the plane hit the roadway. "She went flying past Pittman said. "I reached out and tried to grab her but I couldn't." He said she apparent- ly was thrown through (he gap- ing hole opened when the rear of the aircraft sheared off. Schiehfeld, who was on ihe plane with his parents, said that whe nthe plane stopped! people opened emergency exits and be- gan clambering out. "We jumped out through Ihe hole in the said Mark. "I walked out and saw some people lying on the ground some of them couldn't get up." Charlie Buck, owner of a serv- ice station on Moreland Avenue, where the plane came to rest, said he was walking out of his station when he looked up. "I saw it coming down the freeway, Buck said. He said he went down to help the injured out of the aircraft. School's out, summer's in The first rites of summer, eating watermelon by a swimming pool when school's out, are enjoyed by Michael Payton, left, son of Maj, and Mrs. C. A. Pay- ton, and contemplated by-Russ Bcamer, son of. Maj. and Mrs. R. G. Beamer. The boys were at the opening the Dycss AFB swimming pool on Memorial Day weekend when all sizes of. kids began the not long enough hot sum- mer with a swim. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams) Illinois May Kip Texas in Census Race By DICK TARPLEY Managing Editor Is Texas really the fourth largest state in Ihe union? And, more importantly, will Texas earn the additional congressman which has been forecast by the Census Bureau? The Census Bureau estimates that Texas has passed both Ohio and Illinois during the past decade and will gain one congressman when Congress evaluates the 1970 final census figures early next year. But the first 220 counties in Texas whose preliminary census figures have been released show a net gain of only over the I960 figure. The other 34 contain many of the expected big gainers Harris Dallas, Tarrant (Fort Travis (Austin) and Galveslon (pri- marily from Ihe area around the huge space agency south of Two of the metropolitan area counties of Houston (Brazoria 39-Year Search Ends for Split Family Rv T.VNTWA U'HTTAIUC By WILLIAMS Reporter-News Staff Writer Houston Post advertising exec- utive David Beeman came home Saturday home to a mother he had never met, accompanied by a sister he did not know existed until Tuesday. The noon meeting between Beeman and his mother, Mrs. Gladys McKinney, of 1002 Butternut, ended a search that had lasted 39 years, spanned several states and had been the hope of Mrs. McKinney "every day for each of those 39 years." The search began soon after Beeman and his older brother Donald were placed with an adoption agency in Texas due to a severe illness of their mother. Beeman at 14 months old was adopted by a San Angelo couple "who told me I was adopted and that I had an older brother DonaW." The knowledge that he "had an older brother somewhere" started Beeman's search, while the search for Beeman by his mother, hts sister Mrs. Nita Hadjes, and two other brothers, Ray and Jimmy, never stopped. Never stopped until 11 p.m. Tuesday when Beeman received a telephone call from San Ber- nardino, Calf., from a woman he did not know Mrs. Hadjes. "She said 'Hello', I understand you're looking for your brother. Maybe I can help, Beeman said. "She asked me some questions about my birthday and If I knew anything about my family and all the answers checked out." Mrs. Hadjes then announced that he had two brothers and a sister also and that "I'm your sister." "I said something Intelligent'like 'You and we for an hour ud a Beeman said. The two met for the first lime at the airport in Houston. They drove lo Abilene together and arrived Saturday end some- thing we've hoped and prayed about for years." Beeman was the last to be located in the search for the two adopted brothers. Donald was found in 1946, and Mrs. McKinney was able lo witness his graduation from college in Indiana. As the family gathered Sat- urday, the talk was about everything that happens to a family in 39 years of separation and about the "miracle of finally finding" Beeman. Coincidences and near misses happened all along the way as both families, Beeman and his wife, and Mrs. McKinney and her children, looked for each Adopted son comes home Mrs. Gladys McKinney, right, of 1002 Butternut, rests her head on the shoulder of her son, David Beeman of Houston, as she sees him for the first time in 39 years Saturday m Abilene. A sister, Mrs. Nita Hadjes, left, of San Bernardino, Calif., was instrumental in finding Beeman, who was adopted by another family at 14 months because of his mother's illness. His sis ter located him Tuesday alter years of search- ing. (Staff Photo by Simon Benlield) other. Famed Houston attorney Percy Foreman found the initial clue when he discovered the baby's adopted name, Mrs. McKinney said. "I met him through some Houston friends and he really worked so hard." In another near miss, Beeman met a cousin who "knew Donald and thought he lived in the Corpus Christi area." Ronald never lived there, but Jimmy, Ihe youngest brother, did live in Corpus. "I looked and put ads in (he paper for Beeman said, "but Jimmy didn't see them." Another coincidence occurred when Beeman, who grew up in the San Angelo area, was employed by a department r.lore in San Angclo and worked wilh his brother Jimmy's future in- laws. "His fiance's parents worked wilh me there as did Ihe cousin who told me about Don- he said. Through all ihe attempts al finding flecman, Mrs. McKinney said, there was really only one moment when she "almost Inst 'I'hal was in 1317 when she wrote to Ihe Air Corps division of Ihe War Department about her son and received word that a. David Beeman was mis- sing in action and presumed dead. The search continued, how- ever, and had become, for both families, "a project we thought about all the time." "H became automatic for all Ihe family lo thumb through tele- phone books wherever they were (or that Mrs, Had ins salrl, "and Jimmy, Ihe youngest brother, had always Tern U SEARCH, 2-A and Foil Bend) also are yet to be reported as are two less likely gainers among major counties, Jefferson (Beaumont-Port Arthur) and Nucccs (Corpus But it is doubtful the other 34 counties can add sufficient popu- lation to provide the gain which had been anticipated for Texas during the decade. The Census Bureau as of a year ago, estimated Texas had gained about lo more than The official total for was This would mean lhat the other 34 counties will have lo provide a net gain of more limn for Texas to reach the Census Bureau estimate. The University of Texas Bureau of Business Research cslimale for thnsc 34 counties as of April iBofl was for a net gain of wilh only five of Ihe outstanding counties expected to show a loss and two others liltle change. In i960, Texas gained an additional over the prc- liminary reports when the final figures were released a little less than one per cent. So Texas can probably count on about additional people above Ihe preliminary figures when they are completed. But this could still leave Texas below Illinois in population, if Illinois has made the growth estimated for It by the Census Bureau. The counties still missing include the three big city counties of Hairis, Dallas and Tarrant; Gulf Coast counties of Orange, Jefferson, Chambers, Turn (o CENSUS, Pg. 2-A LET WORLD KNOW YOU'RE AROUND Don't let anyone tell you that you can't affect the world. Everyone counts in insuring an accurate tolal for ihe 1970 Census. So let the world know you're part of It. If you think, or know, Ihe census taker passed you by fill out the foiTn on page 6A. Tye Voters Approve 1 Cent Soles Tax TYE Forty-two of the 1 88 registered voters In the city of Tyc cast ballots Saturday as the one cent city sales tax was adopted by a 36 lo 5 margin wilh one vole disqualified. Mayor .lames Snowden esti- malcd the measure will bring U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WMthar Bureau (W.ithtr Map, PJ. J.A) ABILENE AND VICINITY (tt.mll) Partly warm and Iwrnlrt wilh fcaitrrca lltundmlamn through Monday. High Sunday mid In upwr ML lew Sunday nlor.1 In lha upper iixlhi. High Monday In lie mid lo utvtr 6o> again. Prcbablllly ol rain, per evil Sur.dav. 50 per Sunday nlQht Wlndi toiilherly, 10 to 15 mph Sunday and Mon- day, Bulling around ihuMeulorm areaj. TEMPERATUKEI l p.m. M 13 ID It 7? 5'8S..... S HlOh and low lor ii-Houn malno 10 p.m.: and 47. Hlqh and low irtma data lail vtan to and M. Sunial tail nlghti p.m.I tumlM lef.ft: a.m.I turatl J.JO reading at 10 a.m.) ft M, Hufflltlly II 10 p.m.I 71 (tr wit. "between and a year to Tye." The lax, the first in the history of Tye, will go into effect Oct. I, Snowden said. "The money will be sent to the slate in January and they will dis- tribute it to the cities. We should get the first money In February of 1971." Mayor Snowden was "elated that the measure passed because it was needed in order lhat we plan for the future The mayor and council had urged adoption of the measure on Ihe basis "ihal small cities must forge ahead in doing things that the government might someday order them to do." Tha money will probably be used to build a sewage system in Tye, he said, and we plan to get started as soon as there is enough money. Mayor Snowden explained that Ihe water district thai governs Tye "is concerned wilh water pollution and they have t'ns authority lo condemn tracts of land and force a small city lo build a system." We want to be ready and capable of building a sewer system before we are ordered to, ho said. I   

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