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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 9, 1974, Abilene, Texas Ai®fje Abilene sporter -Bettis"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron93RD YEAR, NO. 357 PHONE 673-4271    ABILENE,    TEXAS,    79604,    SUNDAY    MORNING,    JUNE    9.    1974    -SIXTY-EIGHT    PAGES    IX    FIVE~SECtToN'S    25c    SUNDAY    +    Ic    Sure    Sale*    Tm Oklahoma Twisters Kill ll As Many as IOO Hurt as Tornadoes Hopscotch to Tulsa Remaining Landmark J. L. Latimer of 426 Burger, a former resident of the mining town of Thurber, points out one of the last remaining landmarks of the ‘ ghost town” near Eastland—a brick smokestack once used to provide draft for an ice plant, electric plant and brick plant. (Staff Photo) Reunion Brings Whispers Of Rebirth for 'Ghost Town By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Writer THURBER - The “ghost town” of Thurber, a long-abandoned coal mining site Sa miles east of Abilene on IU 20. was alive with remembrances and whispers of rebirth Saturday as the Thurber Historical Assn. executive committee met to discuss plans for Sun day s reunion. Mrs. Everett Gibson of Stephenville, current secret an for the group, said 1.250 circulars were mailed to former “Thurberites,” the residents who made the town live belute the discovery of black gold shut down the bituminous coal mines. AND LIVE it did. ever since William W. Johnson of Wisconsin “discovered" the coal in the a tea. By 1900 there were 15 mines operating in or near Thurber, and IOO miners lor each mine, opera houses. dry goods stores, schools, a cathedral, pharmacy and a library. J. L. Latimer of 426 Burger in Abilene said he moved ic* Thurber in 1910. just ll years before the mines finally shut down.    . “We lived south of the smokestack,” he said, speaking of one of the remaining landmarks. a brick shaft used to provide draft for the ice plant, electric plant and brick plant LATIMER SAID he went to the high school, touted as one of the most advanced in Tex. s at that time, when the town was inhabited by about 6,.>00 souls.    L    ,    .. But the former rhurbentes had more to discuss at this particular reunion. Latimer said it was possible, just possible. that the coal might once again be exploited. “I'd like to see it." he said of the suggestion. “There is a lot of coal there, no doubt about that/’ By the estimate on the back of the Thurber Restaurant menu, which received continuous scrutiny during the first day of the reunion. 127 million ions of coal is still buried in the camelbacked hills around the once-thriving community. With today’s high oil prices, Latimer said it could happen. THE THURBER Historical Assn., including author Weldon Hardeman, second vice president, is trying to revive intere t in Thurber’s colonus history, and take care of the old Thurber cemetery, Hardeman's book, “Fire In a Hole." is being published so that even one can learn of Thurber’s history. Th? town, pointed out E. II. Pierce of nearby Gordon, was once the largest town between Fort Worth and El Paso. Brick from Thurber clay underlies Austin's Congress Avenue. the Galveston seawall and the old Bankhead Highway from Ranger to Cisco. It w as the discovery of oil in Ranger that caused the Texas and Pacific Coal and Oil Co. to convert from coal and in so doing cause the slow demise of the town. Although the union town was the first one to have electricity m 1898. and was advanced in other ways as well, Thurber's history is also marked by violent labor troubles that See THURBER. Pg. 14A. Col. I DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP. — Tornadoes slashed across Oklahoma and Kansas on Saturday, killing ll persons and injuring more than IOO. The twisters struck first at Oklahoma City, and in the next six hours hopscotched northeastward to Tulsa, IOO miles away. Meanwhile, one person was killed and a dozen injured when a tornado hit a mobile home park and a shopping center in Emporia, Kan., about 160 miles north of Tulsa The hardest hit town in the tornadoes’ paths was Drumright, Okla.. a community of 3.000 persons 43 miles west of Tulsa. Five persons were killed in Drumright, three persons were killed in Tulsa, and 16 were injured in Okahoma City. In addition, two persons drowned in northeastern Oklahoma in flooding caused by the storm. Gov. David Hall s office reported the five deaths in Drumright, and the Highway Patrol and Civil Defense said more than IOO persons were injured, many of them elderly residents of the Drumright Nursing Home. The storm hit Drumright at 5:01 p.m. CDT, striking first at a fashionable residential area and then at the nursing home. “The hospitals are overloaded and we have a good many bleeders.” said one official in Drumright. A Creek County sheriff s spokesman sal’ dthe western half of the town was "nearle wiped out.” Power was out in the town. Emergency generators, portable lights and drinking water were dispatched from Tinker .Air Force Base at Oklahoma City. Damage was estimated in the millions of dollars in Oklahoma City, Drumright and Tulsa. The first tornado reported in Oklahoma hit the National Weather Service building at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport at 2:35 p.m. No one was injured. But half an hour later, a twister — possibly the same one —struck a residential and commercial neighborhood of Oklahoma City's southwest side, four miles from the air port. Sixteen persons were injured. one seriously. The Red Cross said 16 houses were destroyed and 22 suffered major damage. 2 Coeds Strangle Assailant \ NEW SMYRNA BEACH. Flu. (AP) — Two coeds were raped by a man armed with an ice pick but then turned on their assailant and strangled him to death with a scarf after he threatened to kill them, police said Saturday. A spokesman for the Volusia County sheriff’s office said the name of the 26-year-old rapist was being withheld until relatives were notified. Police said the two women were Indiana University coeds, but under Florida law names of rape victims cannot be published. Police said the women were picked up Friday night near this Atlantic Coast community IO miles south of Daytona Beach and were driven to a wooded area west of nearby Edgewater. After subduing then attacker. the coeds went to a nearby farmhouse and called police. Police said the two rape victims believed they had only rendered their attacker unconscious. Police Continue Checking Leads in Slaying of Boy, 7 Woman 'Ovtr Hill' CHARLOTTE. .VC. <AP> -Mary Jo Underhill was hoping to forget her 30th birthday. But her friends wouldn't let her. Mrs. UnderhTl drove along a four-lane thoroughfare al the edge of downtown and was greeted by a full-sized billboaid that read: “Mary Jo Underhill is over the hill. (She is 30.) And her friends are so happy.” By JERRY REED Reporter-News Staff Writer Abilene police Saturday kept pounding the pavement and front doors in the Southside neighborhood where Mickey Niles. 7. was stabbed to death early Friday. “We're still running and walkine.” said Ll. Bill Davis. He said he has no idea how many ))ersons have been interviewed by police concerning the slaying of .Mickey and the multiple stabbing of h.s sister. Kelly. 13. Davis said investigators are continuing to check out leads, but so far none has panned OJt. Kelly was in satisfactory condition Saturday at Dyess AFB Hospital. Her screams apparently caused her attacker to flee and she called police, at 12:47 a.m. Friday after he w as gone. SO FAR. police have a few items to go on: the girl s description of the man. several blood spots, a knife tip found in the upstairs of the Nile-* home, and two vehicles placed near the Niles house about the time of the knife attacks. The man is about STO" to 6', of muscular build, in his mid* 30s. with short dark hair, according to the description. The blood is to be analyzed this week. The blood spot locations indicate the slayer ran out the back door of the Niles house at 3142 S. 9th and fled up Ballinger Street. The knife tip was found by Sgt. JAY. Dieken, who, along with LM. Dodgen are heading the investigation. He said it apparently was part of a pocket knife. A black over yellow automobile and a p.ckup truck have been mentioned to police as having been near the Niles house about the time of the slayings, but neither has been connected to the attacks. POLICE HAYE not ascribed a motive in the stabbings. Funeral for Michael (Mickey) Niles will be at 10:30 a m. Monday in Faith Baptist Church. Dr. Elbert Peak, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. He was born Sept. IO. 1961 at errand Forks. N.D. He Was a member of Faith Baptist Church and had just completed the second grade at Faith Christian School. Survivors include his parents; three sisters. Mrs. Rox-ine Felkener of Fort Worth and Nancy and Kelly Niles of Abilene; two brothers, Randy Niles of Connecticut and Rob-by of the home: his maternal grandfather. Howard Cramer of Bladen. Neb., and his paternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Niles of Blue Hills, Neb. Snyder Patrolman Shot, Wounded Inside Todoy What Transformed Patty? Patty Hearse a princess, a newspaper heiress, who was transformed into a revolutionary. But "hy? Three Associated Press writers hove interviewed many who knew Patty and their comments offer glimpses of what might hove contributed to Patty's change. Pq. 16A. West Texas Rehabilitation Center's youth volunteer program gives young people something to do in the summer and also offers help to handicapped youngsters. Pg. 48. Abilene Iventi Calender 2B Amusements    1-3B Austin Notebook    SA Barry's World    4A Bio Country Calendar    3B Books    HD Bridie    jfB Business News    . ZOA Classified    7-T3C Crossword tussle    UA iditoriols    .BA Form Nows    ZIA Horoscope    »7 A Hospital Patients    7A Jumble Bustle    3B Markets    1S-20A Obituaries    2A, BA Oil    MA Recordings Setting the Scene    IB Sports .....I4,14C Tesos    •    4B This Week In West Texas 22A Today in History    22A To Your Good Health    17 A TV Tob    i-iff Women's News    I-IID SNYDER (RNS)—A Snyder patrolman, who was formerly employed with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department, was shot late Saturday night when he attempted to settle a domestic quarrel. Patrolman Jimmy Cullar was in fair condition at Cog-dell Memorial Hospital at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, hospital spokesmen said. He was wounded at an east Snyder * residence shortly before It) p.m.. District Attorney Pete Greene said. Greene said Cullar allegedly fired a shot in the air and one of the persons involved in the eastside quarrel tried to get the gun away from the patrolman. Several shots were fired. at least one hitting Cullar, Green said. Witnesses said two or three persons were involved in the quarrel. Snyder police and Scurry County Sheriff’s officers were investigating the case late Saturday. Cullar was shot once in the arm and was being transferred to Hendrick Memorial Hospital, a spokesman for the Cullar family in Abilene told the Reporter-News. He wa* JIMMY CULLAR ... in fair condition not believed to be critically hurt. Cullar. a 1967 Abilene High graduate, attended Abilene Christian College for two years and worked for the City water department. He joined the Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept. Jan. 13. 1971. After 2»2 years, he resigned to take the Snyder police job in July of 1973 English Wouldn't Tolerate Watergate, Visitor Says DR. WILLIAM BYNUM . . . teaches in England By SUSIE STOLER Reporter-News Staff Writer If President Nixon thinks he’s having problems in the popularity polls, he should be thankful he’s not in Great Britain. “In England, when people lose confidence in a leader. the only thing to do is for the prime minister to step down. They just don’t understand how something like Watergate is allowed to go on in America.” Dr. William Bynum, four-year resident of England said, • In a clipped, terse accent indicative of his “assimilation” to English society, the 30-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Bynum. 1501 N. 14, described the experience of raising a family, President \ixon should he thankful he's not in England—Dr. lf illiam Bynum pursuing a PhD and teaching medical school in a foreign country. BYNUM MOVED to England to study at Cambridge University, after receiving an M. D. from Yale University and a bachelor’s from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania He is home for a family reunion this weekend in Sterling County. “I’m never mistaken for an Englishman, and my four-year-old, Jonathan, has been accused of corrupting the proper language of his playmates,” he said. His associates at the University of London medical school. where Dr. Bynum instructs .students in history of medicine courses, neat him no different than British nationals. “I’M SURE there are some who resent a foreigner ha\ ing a job. but there’s never been any neighborhood feelings of ill will. They’re glad to have a decent family in the neighborhood.” he said. Bynum, with his sun and wife Anetta. live in Edgware, a suburb of london. The professor takes the underground (tram) to work every day but has a small car for short trips. “Everyone over there drives small cars which get good mileage. Only a few of those who can afford it have large cars.” he said, explaining that the aristocratic social structure in Britain is felt strongly after hundreds of years. “English humor is very class-oriented, like racial or ethnic jokes are in America. Status is ingrained in society, but things are changing.” ne said. REGARDLESS OF class there are some things which all good Englishmen still regard as holy ritual, such a* the tea hour. ”1 have tea every afternoon when Urn in England. Its a very ritualistic thing. Around 4 o'clock, one starts to feel peckish, as they say. and ha*! tea with jelly or something.” the doctoral candidate said In contrast to the flashy “mod" style of dress England exported during the 60s. most English subjects are conservative dressers. “People have far fewer outfits; thus they buy dark suits they can wear to many functions.” he said, attired in a brown, simple-line suit. with polka-dot bow tie. CONSERVATIVE is not the word, though, for political leanings in Britain. Bynum said. where an arch Tory See AMERICAN. Pg. UA, Col. s ;

  • Dave Niles
  • David Hall
  • Elbert Peak
  • Everett Gibson
  • Howard Cramer
  • J. L. Latimer
  • Jerry Reed
  • Jimmy Cullar
  • Joe Dacy
  • Kelly Niles
  • Mary Jo Underhill
  • Mickey Niles
  • Pete Greene
  • Randy Niles
  • Raymond Bynum
  • Susie Stoler
  • Weldon Hardeman
  • William Bynum
  • William W. Johnson

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: June 9, 1974

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