Abilene Reporter News, June 1, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

June 01, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1974, Abilene, Texas 9SRD YEAR, NO. 349 PHONE 673-4271 OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 1, 1974-FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Prtit (VP) Tried Hanfer'-But They're Still No. 2 THE REV. JOE AALBUE TALKS OF FUTURE "all we're doing now and more." By J. T. SMITH Farm Editor SAGERTON -Residents of the small Ilaskelf County com- munity of Sagerton wanted desperately to be number one in the Texas Community Im- provement Program foi- 1974 they had worked mighty hard. But when the .verdict of the three state judges was re- turned Friday afternoon, Sag- erton was number two for tiie second year in a row. Sagerton, which entered the TCIP'in November of 1971, was placed under Dike in Hop- kins County which had also been among the lop communi- ties in the state in last year's judging. .THE THIRD and fourth place state winners from the four regional winners were. Latexo in Houston County and Lowake of Concho County, re- spectively. It that Sagerton. Is number two out of 191 com- munities of a required population or less which were the TCIP competition. On Wednesday judges at- tended a theatrical program in the Sagcrton Community Center, followed by a tour of the predominantly German settlement which was founded around 1904. Sagerton reached its peak- around 1915. Today, it's a community Of 73 families and about 180 individuals', but in 1915 it was much larger. In some of the features of the settlement then included a cotton compress, bank, two hotels, gins, grocery stores, a newspaper, hardware two dry goods stores, three physicians, two depots, three lumber, blacksmith shop and various 'other busi- Two bad "ihings wMelr fected Sagerton were lack of water and a large fire around 1917 which destroyed property then valued at MORE FIRES took more businesses in the years that followed. By 1951, Sagerton had dwindled like so many similar communities and had only 250 people calling it "home." Kagerton was able to jinally pblain needed water in 1963 when citizens organized to gel a city water system. Residents of Sagerton say that very litile was accom- plished after that for almost a decade the town was dor- mant. LeFcvre, one Sagor- lon resident who says lie doesn't know how his I'rench name wound up in West Tex- as, said the town's uphill move all started when the. Jiev. Joe Aalbue came to town. Then, 26, Aalbiie came from Ihe Pacific northwest lo .Sag- crton in )9JO lo be pastor of the Failh Lutheran Ciiurch. LeFcvre said Aalbue stalled cleaning and fixing up his place and some residents joined in. Young Aalbue's hair was slightly over the ears and collar, and many residents were at first a bit shocked at the minister, mill "long" liair. "After talking with him tive LeKevre said, "you forgot all about the hair." OBVIOUSLY residents did they say they worked with Aalbue and not for him as he was right in the middle of it all in sneakers and old blue Jeans. Their confidence in Aalbue was well founded as he was chosen Texas Rural Minister of the Year in 1973. After Fri- day's decision, Aalbue talked with The Reporter-Mews from his home. "People have been coming by Ihe home disappointed Aalbue said. "But after a few moments of reflec- tion, they think of all the things we nave done in unity and know we are winners in that." What kind of things? Aalbue refers to a new sanitary land- fill, a fire department, major improvements in the commun- ity center which included a new .area for the Sagerton Community Teens along wit'ti new playground facilities for inc. folks and See SAGEKTO.V, Pg. 2A, Col. 1 High Court to Consider Jaworski's Tape Demands Burned Wylie Senior Misses His Own Graduation Night By SUSIE STOLER Reporter-News Staff Writer Friday night was graduation night at Wylie High School, but senior Johnny Smoot, 18, unable to attend. Two days before, he went outside his house in I'otosi to start his mother's car before lying down to rest afler a two-week bout in Ihe hospital wilh pneumonia. HE TOURED .gasoline In the carburetor to prime the engine when "it blew up on liis right side said his mother, Mrs. Bill Smoot. Smool, a former Abilene resident, suffered second .de- gree burns and ,is listed in "stable" condition at West Texas Medical Center. "As soon as a bed is avail- able, we will transfer him lo the Galveslon Burn Center at Ihe University of'Texas John Eealy Hospital. He will be tak- en by car since the doctor doesn't want him to his mother said. After hearing of Snoot's ac- cident, his senior classmates cancelled plans for a senior party and donated JIM to the family to defray medical cosls. "He had just been out of the Arrest Awaited After Indictment By ROV A. JONES If Reporter-News Staff Writer A sealed indictment which is thought to be in connection with the investigation of what law enforcement officers have described as an organized oil- field pine theft ring was among five felony "Irue bills' returned Friday by a 42nrf District Court jury. Name of Uie person or per- sons charged in the sealed in- diclment, and the specific charge, will not be made a matter of. public record until an arrest or arresls have been made, a spokesman in the dis- trict clerk's office said. THE GRAND jury had met in special session two weeks ago to interview about two dozen subpoenaed witnesses in connection with the investiga- tion which officers said al- ready has led to the recovery of between and worth of stolen oilfield pipe. Criminal Dist. Ally. Kd Paynter, who presented infor- mation on the cases to the grand jury's secret sessions, said Friday he. could not com- menl on whether the sealed Indiclment was in connection the pipe theft investiga- tion. Asked if the invesligalion Is now complete, he said, "It Set TRUE, Pg.ZA, Col. I hospital two days.when it hap- said senior Connie Carter, adding that a separate for the burn victim has been started. Although he is being fed in- travenously, Mrs. Smoot said her son was "going great guns and the doctor says there's all hope for his recovery." Mrs, Smoot was concerned about one part of her son's experience. "TO GET him to the hospi- tal, I flagged a .man down on the Potosi Highway in a pick- up-camper, and he took John- ny and me to the hospital. I was so torn up at the time I forgot to ask his name, but I wish he would call so I could talk with him and thank she said. Smool lives with his parents and two brothers and two sis- ters ranging in age from 16 to 2-years-old.' Before moving to Potosi four years ago, the Smoots re- sided in Abilene where Johnny attended Jefferson Junior High and Crockett Elementary school. He was born in Odes- sa. By LEE BYRD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court, despite White House complaints of undue haste, will consider early in July the demand of Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski for dozens of presidential tapes wanted-, as evidence in the Watergate cover-up trial. The high court consented on Friday to Jaworski's request that the case leapfrog the U.S. Court of Appeals so that the trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 9, mil not be delayed for months in the battle over evi- dence. It was Jaworski's second le- gal victory in his quest for the lapfes and related documents of M conversations between President Nixon and various aides. Early last week, Dis- trict Judge Jofcn J. Sirica up- held the special prosecutor's subpoena for the materials. Although the White House had A'owed it would fight Siri- ca's decision all the way to the Supreme Court, it objected strenuously to the streamlined procedure that put it there. The President's chief Water- gate lawyer, James D. St. Clair, had written the court earlier that "to allow the judi- cial process to run its orderly course will cause some delay, but though speedy justice 'is an important aim of the law it Inside Todoy Farm Product Prices Drop Prices of raw farm products dropped four per cent from April 1 5 to May 1 5, the third monthly de- cline in o row, the Agri- culture Department says. Pg. SB. 7B can never take precedence over justice." Jaworski argued that taking the dispute through the ap- peals courts would have de- layed the-trial of the seven cover-up defendants until next spring. He said a prompt deci- sion was needed also to affirm the nation's faith in the role of his office. fie noted as well that the U.S. Court of Appeals already had once rejected Nixon's claim of executive privilege in withholding tapes and docu- ments uom his predecessor, Archibald Cox. Although the President fired Cox in that celebrated battle, he eventual- ly surrendered the materials then sought by the special prosecutor. In other developments Fri- day: staff of the Senate .Watergate Committee report- ed that dairy industry dona- lions to Nixon's 1072 campaign were apparently tied directly to the President's order rais- ing milk price supports. The evidence summarized by the report was forwarded to Ihe House Com- mittee for ils impeachment in- vestigation, which is sched- uled to take m the milk-price affair in a week or two. House committee put off consideration of witnesses for its impeachment inquiry, amid indications that only a limited number, if any, wit- nesses be finally called. declared that Nixon should not be permitted to invoke executive 'privilege in the grand-jury investigation See TAPE, Pg. Col. 1 Eastland JP Free on Bond After 15 Charges Made Bridje 7A Church 40 5-110 ComJo Mitorreli 4A Form 5B Msrfctn ____ Oil 41 1-SC in Hijtwy 7 A TV lo, 78 TV Scaof 48 Wwnen'j News 3B EASTLAND-Ju'stice.of the Peace for Precinct 1 L. (Wells) Dalton, .who resigned Thursday, was charged Friday with 15 counts of misappro- priation of public funds. He resigned after an East- land County grand jury direct- ed that proceedings be initiat- ed to remove him from office. Fifteen of the indictments returned by the grand jury were kept secret until Dallon turned himself over to sher- iff's officers Friday morning. THIRTEEN of the indict- ments against Dalton were for misapplication of public funds" and the ether two were for "official miscon- duct misapplication of funds." Hist.. Attorney Emory Wal- ton said the two counts were filed under the 1974 Criminal Code and the other 13 were filed under Ihe previous crimi- nal code. He said the 1.3 indictments wiry a possible penalty of two lo 10 years in jail and the two (1974) indictments also tarry same jail term but the judge could also assess a fine of up to for each count. Daiton's torn! was set at each for the 13 counls by Dist. Judge Earl Conner, lie was arraigned before Jus- tice of the Peace M. Under- wood of Ranger. TtttTOX WAS free on bond Friday afternoon. The Reporter-News had con- firmed two weeks ago that Dalton had been under investi- gation by the.Texas Depart- ment of Public Safely, the Eastland County Sheriff's of- fice and the district attorney. Dalton submitted a brief let- ter of resignation to Eastland County Judge Scott Bailey: "Dear Gentlemen: Please accept my resignation from the position of Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 of Eastland County. Thank you for your consideration.' Yours very tru- ly, L. W. Dallon." BAILEY SAID Thursday the letter could not be officially considered by the county com- missioners until they meet in regular session June 10. The grand jury considered 39 cases and handed down IS indictments and one no-bill. Mine witnesses were inter- viewed. The grand jury also asked county commissioners to have an independent audit of all county funds and have an effi- ciency study on the work load of county employes. Runoff Decisions To Be Made Today Taylor County Democratic voters will choose a county school superintendent Satur- day and a portion of the toun- ly's electors will help select the next Dist. 61 stale repre- sentative. The county school superin- tendent's race pits Billy G. Yarbrough and LaWayne Har- ris. The legislative race is be- tween incumbent Rep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City and Abilene attorney Mike Young. Burleson Predicts Committee Will Impeach Nixon By GARY BALDRIDGE Reporter-Ntws Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Omar Burleson of Anson said Friday that "in all probability" the House Judici- ary Committee will bring out a bill of impeachment against President Nixon, who was host to Burleson and 18 other con- gressmen aboard Us presiden- tial yacht Wednesday night. Burleson made the" comment from his Washington office in a telephone interview with Tlia Reporter-News. "I WOULD think in all prob- ability thai the committee would bring out a bill of im- peachment. What would hap- pen beyond that point is un- the veteran repre- sentative said. Asked if he had any doubts as to whether he should accept the .President's invilalion for the Potomac cruise, Burleson 'said it would have no influ- ence on his personal decision- making processes. "I see nothing, just because .of this thing (Judiciary Com- mittee 'to say 'no, you wouldn't sec the Pres- ident.' It wouldn't have any effect on me. "1 have no difficulty in keeping an open Burlc- son said. He reiterated his position of remaining noncom- mittal on the impeachment vote, if it reaches Ihe House floor, until evidence is pre- sented. BURtESOX SATD he did not know why. tiie President had chosen him, for the cruise. The Ways and Means Conmiil- lee member, who has served in Congress for 23 years, said "it was just one of these lliings that of coarse I had done before with this Presi- dent and others (Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon appeared to be in good health, the congressman remarked. "He looked all right lo me. I couldn't sec anything lhal susgested ill health." As Rep. Sonny .Montgomery, D-Miss., said Thursday, liurle- son acknowledged that Nixon told the group that if he was guilty he would nave already resigned. No olher reference was made lo the impeachment question, Burlcson said. ECONOMIC S1ATTRKS con- sumed most of the conversa- tion time, he reported. He said he expressed his disappoint- ment wilh the proposed 1975 fiscal budget of billion. "lie (Nixon) said he was, too. and hoped the economy would turji around. He talked about the settlement in the Middle East and tiie role he played. The lYcsiilenl was in constant touch with the situa- tion." Talking of regional issues, Biirloson said, "I got in a plug about our drought in West Texas and the plight of oatlle- men.'' He said he pointed otil that imports of beef were run- ning ahead of 1973 and urged renewal of beef quotas, Xi.von said he look hlo the matter, Biirlesou added. Where to vote. Fg. IB The winiv each race will be ji lain of election since no opposing candidate.1! will be listed on the general election ballots. Disi. 61 includes a few vot- ing precincts in Abilene, rural Taylor County and Fisher, .Mitchell and Nolan counties. Oilier Democratic nomina- tions before Big Country vot- ers include the Congres- sional district, and state rep- resentative districts 33 and 61. The Congressional race, con- tested by Bob Krueger of New Braunfels and Slate Sen. sqn Wolff of San Antonio, will be decided by voters in Coke, Runnels, and Concho Counties phis southwest Texas counties including Tom Green (San An- gelo) and part of Bexar (San Antonio) counties. Democrats in Eralh, John- son, Hood and Somervcl! counties will choose between Ed Mayes of Granbury and G. L. Swaiwon of Stcphenville, and liorrien. Coke, Dawson, Howard. Scurry and Sterling County Democrats will nomi- nate eithrr Mike Ezell of Sny- der or Glenn Toonis of Bor- deti County for- Dist. 63 repre- sentative. Your Vote; ;