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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSc TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT. 93RD YEAR, NO. 357 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, 9, 1974 -SIXTY-EIGHT PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS' 25c SUNDAY Ic State Tu Remaining Landmark J. L. Latimer of 42G Burger, a former resident of the mining town of Thurber, points out one of the last remaining landmarks of the "ghost town" near brick smokestack once used lo 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 Iteporter-News Staff Writer TJIUJiBER -The "ghost town" of Thurber, a long-a- bandoned coal mining site SJ miles east of Abilene on 111 20, was alive with remembrances and whispers of rebirth Satur- day as the Thurber Historical Assn. executive comniittee met to discuss plans for Sun- day's reunion. Mrs. Everett Gibson of Sit- phcnyillc, current secretary for the group, said 1.250 circu- lars were mailed to former the residents who made the town live beloic the discovery of black gold shut down the bituminous co.il mines. AND LIVE it did, ever since William W. Johnson of Wis- consin "discovered" the coal in the area. By 1500 there were 15 mines operating in or near Timber, and 100 miners tor each mine, opera houses, dry goods stores, schools, a cathedral, pharmacy and a li- brary. J. I-. Latimer of 426 limger in Abilene said he moved lo Thurber in 1910, just M years before the mines finally shut down. "We lived south of the smo- he said, speaking of one of the remaining land- marks, a brick shaft used lo provide draft for the ice plant, electric plant and brick plant. I.AT1MEK SAID he went io Ibe high school, touted KS one of lhe most advanced in at that time, wlicn the town was inhabited by about souls. But Hie former Thurbcnles had-more to discuss ibis particular reunion. Lalimer said it was possible, just possi- ble, that the coal might once again be exploited. like to see he said of the suggestion. "There is a lot of coal there, no doubt about that." By the estimate on the back of tlie Thurber Restaurant menu, which received continu- ous .scrutiny during the first day of the reunion, 127 million tons of coal is still Buried in the camelbacked hills around Ihe once-thriving communty.: Will! today's high oil prices, l.alimer said it could happen. THE IIIIJRBKK Historical Assn.. including author Wei- don Hardcman, second vice president, is trying to revive interest in Thurber's colorful history, and lake care of the old Thurber cemetery. Harrteman's book, In a Hole." is being published so that everyone can learn of Tiiurber's history. The town, pointed out E. If. Pierce of nearby Gordon, was once the largest town between Fort Worth and El Paso. lirick from Thurber clay un- derlies Austin's Congress Ave- nue, the Galveston seawall and lhe old Bankhead iligfi- way from Hanger lo Cisco. II was lhe discovery of oil in Ranger that caused the Texas and Pacific Coal and Oil Co. to convert from coal and in su doing cause the slow demise of (he town. Although the union town was the first one to have electrici- ty in 1898, and was advanced in other ways as well, Thur- ber's history is also marked by violent labor troubles that See THURBER, Pg. HA. Cttl. I Oklahoma Twisters Kill 11 As Many as 100 Hurt as Tornadoes Hopscotch to Tulsa DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) Tornadoes slashed across Oklahoma and Kansas on Sat- urday, killing 11 persons and injuring more 'than 100. The twisters struck first al Oklahoma City, and in the next six hours hopscotched northeastward lo Tulsa, ICO 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, about 160 miles north of Tulsa. hardest hit town in the tornadoes' paths was Drum- right, Okla., a community of persons 43 miles west of Tulsa. Five persons were killed in Drumright, three persons were killed in Tulsa, and 16 were injiired in Okahoma Cily. fn addition, two persons drowned in northeastern Okla- homa in flooding caused by the storm. Gov.'David'HaU's office re- ported the five deaths in Drumright, and jhe Highway Patrol and Civil Defense said more than 100 persons were injured, many of them elderly residents of the Nursing Home. The storm hit Drumright at p.m. QDT; striking first at a fashionable residential area and then at the hursin'0 home. "The hospitals-are overload- ed and we have _a good many said one official in -AVCfeefc County -'sheriff's spokesman sai dthe western half of the town was "nearly wined out." out in'fhe iow-n. Emergency generators, porta- ble lights and drinking wafer were dispatched from Tinker Air .Force Basest Oklahoma City. Damage was 'estimated in the millions of dollars in Okla- homa City, Drumright and Tulsa. The first tornado reported in Oklahoma hit the National Weather Service building ;il Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World AirpprI at p.m. No one was injured. But half an hour later, a twister possibly the same one a residential and commercial neighborhood of Oklahoma City's southwest side, four miles from the air- port. Sixteen were in- jured, one seriously. The Red Cross said 16 hous- es were destroyed and 22 suf- fered 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 wilh a scarf af- ler he threaiened 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 rela- tives were notified. Police said the two women were Indiana U n i v e r s i t y 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 10 miles south of Daytona Beach and were driven to a wooded area west of nearby Kdgewater. After subduing their attack- er, the coeds went to a nearby fannliouse and called police.- Police said the two rape vie- lims believed they had only rendered their attacker uncon- scious. Police Continue Checking Leads in Slaying of Boy, 7 By JERRY REED Reporter-News Staff Writer Abilene police Saturday kept pounding the. pavement and front doors in the southsidc neighborhood, .where. Mickey _. iS'iles, 7, was slabbed to death' early Friday. "We're still running and said. Lt. Bill Davis. He said he has' no .idea how many persons have been inter- viewed by police concerning the slaying of ..Vic-key and lhe multiple stabbing of his sister, Kelly; 13. Davis said investigators are continuing to check out leads, but so far none has panned out. Kelly was in satisfactory condition Saturday 'at Dyess AFB Hospital. Her screams apparently caused her attack- er to flee and she called policy at a.m. Friday after he was gone. this.week. The blood spot loca- tions indicate the slayer ran out the back door of. the Niles house at 3142 S. 9th and-fled up Ballinger Street. The knife lip was found by Sgt. J.W.. along with the 'mvesligation. said sit apparently was part of a pock- et knife. A black over yellow automo- bile and a pickup truck'have been mentioned to police as having been near .the Mies house about the time of the slayings. but neither has lieen connected'fo Hie attacks. POUCE HAVE not ascribed a motive in the stabbings. Funeral for Michael (.Mick- ey) Xiles will be at a.m. Monday in Faith Baptist Church. Dr. Elbeit Peak, pas: lor, will officiate. 'Burial will be'in Elmweod Memorial- under, the-, direction of ElUotl-Hamil neral Home. Sept. 10, ''at; N.D. He -Faith .Baptist' Church; arid-hid jusv complet-' ed the'second grade at Kailh Christian School.- Survivors include his par- ents: three sisters. Mrs. fio.v- ine Felkener of Fort Worth .ind JVancy: and Kelly Xiles of Abilene; two brothers, Randy Mies of Connecticut and Rob: fjy his-maternal grandfather, Howard Cramer of Bladen, Neb., and his pater- nal Mr. and Mrs. Dave N'Hes of Blue Hills Xeb. Woman 'Over Hill' so FAR, police have a tew items to go on: the girl's de-CHARLOTTE, N'.C. (AP) scription of the man, several Mary Jo Underbill was hoping blood spots, a knife tip found to forget her 30th birthday. in the upstairs of the Niles But her friends wouldn't let home, and two vehicles placed her. Mrs. drove near the house about the -along a four-lane thoroughfare lirne Or the knife attacks, at the edge of downtown and was greeted bv a full-sized man ,5 abouU'lO; to 6 billboard (hat read: "Man- Jo muscular build, in his mid-Underhilt is over lhe hill. (She with short dark hair, ac-is 30.) And her friends arc so to lhe happy." The blood is lo be SXYDER Snyder patrolman, ivho was formerly employed with the Taylor County Sheriff's Department: was shot late Saturday night when he attempted to settle a domestic quarrel. Patrolman Jimmy Cullar was in fair condition at Cog- Inside Memorial Hospital al p.m. Saturday, hospital spokesmen said. He was What Transformed Patty? Potty Hearst, O princess, a ErenU Calender 21 i Amuumenri 1-3B newspaper heiress, who Austin Notebook at an east Snyder -residence shortly before 10 p.m.. District Attorney Pete Greene said. Greene said Cullar allegedly fired a shot in the air and one Biq Country Calendar revolutionary. But Book> gim away from the patrol- Several shots were fired, mony who knew Patty Crossword ond their comments of- Editorials fer glimpses of what ffm Newl said two or three persons were involved in the might have contributed HospitarWiertt to Patty's change. Pq. lumbl- Pgnle 6A MorkcU 1 8-20A ObituonVi 2A, police and Scurry County Sheriff's officers were investigating the case late Sat- West Texas Rehabilitation Recording Center's youth volunteer fhc v was shot once in the program gives young and was being trans- people something to do Thii In 12A in the summer and also Today in History 22A offers help to hondicop- To Your Huhl. T ped youngsters. Pg. 4B. to Hendrick .Memorial Hospital, a spokesman for the Collar family in Abilene told the Reporter-News. He was Snyder Patrolman JIMMY CULLAR in fair condition not believed to be critically hurt. Cullar, a 1967 Abilene High graduate, attended Abilene Christian College for twu years and worked for the City water department. He joined the Taylor County Sheriff's Depi. Jan. 13. 1971. After years, he resigned to take the Snyder police job in July of 1973, Wouldn't Tolerate Watergate, Visitor Says WILLIAM RVNUM teaches By SUSIE ST01.ER Ktporter-Ncws Slaff 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, lhe only thins to do is for the prime minister to slop down. They Just don't understand how something like Watergate is allowed to go on in Amer- ica." Dr. William Bynum. four-year resident of England said. In a clipped, terse accent indicative of his "assimila- tion" to English society, the 30-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Bynum, 1501 N. H, described the experi- ence of raising a family, President A'l'.von should he thankful he's not in William liynum pursuing a PhD and teaching medical school in a foreign country. BYNUM MOVED lo Eng- land to study at Cambridge University, after receiving an M. D. from Yale University and a bachelor's from Sivarth'- more College in Pennsylvania. He is home tor a family re- union this weekend in Sterling County. "I'm never mislaken for an Englishman, and ray four- year-old, Jonathan, has been accused of corrupting lhe proper language of his play- he said. His associates at the Univer- sity of London medical school, where Dr. Bynum instmcts students in history of medicine courses, treat him no cliffcrcni than British nationals. "VM SURE there are some who resent a foreigner having a job. bill there's never been any neighborhood feelings of ill will. They're giad to have a decent family in Ihe neighbor- he said. Bynum. with his son and wife Anctia, live in Edgware, a suburb of I-ondon. The pro- lessor takes Hie underground (irain) lo work every day bill has a small car for short trips. "Everyone over (here drives small cars which get good mi- leage. Only a few of those who can afford il have large he said, explaining that the aristocratic social structure in Brilain 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." he said. REGARDLESS OF class, there are some things whicn all good Englishmen slill re- gard as holy ritual, such as the lea hour. "1 have tea every afternoon when I'm in England. It's a very ritualistic thing. Around o'clock, one starts to feel peckish, as they say, and has tea with jelly or something" lhe doctoral candidate said. In contrast to the tlashv style of dress England exported during the English subjects are conserva- tive dressers. "People have far fewer out- fits; thus lhev buy dark suits I hey can wear !o many func- tions." he said, attired in a brown, simple-line suit, with polka-dot bow lie. CONSERVATIVE is not the word, though, for political leanings in Brilain, Bynum said, where an arch AMERICAN, Pg. 5
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