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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 30, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSc TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS I T GOES''-Byron vMVix-st A VAUKS IN HVE SECTIONS _______25c SUNDAY ic state Winters School Chief, Family Die in CrashT Rescuers Work Hour To Free One Victim The grim story School Supl. Gerald Shelley, his wife and young about 2 ,p.m. at the i of "y GeraM Ewing) Earth By JORGK CANKLAS Associated Press Writer BOGOTA, Colombia "The earth began lo rumble like when thousands of horses gallop on the range. 1 felt my- self sink up (o my wais'l. Sonsething lilt me on Hie head, and I losl consciousness." Thai was all Maiiricio Kori- an, a Colombian peasant, re- membered of a massive Ande- an landslide Friday thai au- thorities said killed more lhan 200 persons. Gen. Jose Jaime Rodriguez, C o I o m b i a's Civil Defense director, said Saturday thai 51) bodies had been recovered and 190 persons hospilalized. "We'll never know exactly ihe number of victims, of this na- tional Rodriguez said, but "if the informalion we possess is correct, we would calculate the number of Survivor of Colombian Landslide; Over 200 Die LANDSLIDE LOCATION scar Cdtmbia dead would rise to more lhan 200." Rescue workers xvorc dig- Inside Today Fischer Asked to Reconsider The International Chess Federation has asked Bobby Fischer to recon- sider his resignation and defend his crown Pa ISA. The Texas Cowboy Reunion opens Tuesday in Stam- ford with the art show end sale by the Stamford Art Foundation providing o new feature. Stories on Pgs. I9A, 24A, 25A, 18 and ID. Despite its outward appear- ance, Star Hardware in Trent can hardly be con- sidered a typical small town hardware store Pa 19A. Recordings columnist Jim Conley reviews a new double album by the Bob Wills." Pg. IB. A fire early Saturday morn- ing altered remodeling plans for o former ser- vice station structure leased to the adjacent Army Surplus Stare ot 3005 S. 1st. Pg. 14A. font, 4A 41 110 It ttnj't WxU Newi Crnswnt P.rrtt t 41 10A, I-' 1C rte SCCM )D TOTCH TV, WreV ln West TCMI HU.nr, T- Health m Newt 1.1 ID ging for'.bodies under the threat of more slides, beneath shifting masses o! rocks and. mud. Rodriguez said ihe ava- lanche, about 9i miles east of Bogota on the road to ViUavi- eencio. buried more than 21) vehicles, including six loaded buses. Communications with Villa- vicencio, capital of the slale of Mela, remained cut oft Sat- urday. Witnesses said the cascading earth and rocks, which cov- ered more than 800 yards or the twisting highway, pushed around tractors and other heavy equipment like loys. U pifched many into a ravine known as (Juebradablanca, or White Gully, and posed a threat of floods by damming a river at the bottom of the ditch. Forian. who lives near the slide area, toW newsmen that after he blacked out, "Some- one lifted me up by my arms. I though! I was dreaming, but I awoke in the hospital." Another survivor, Antonio Scgura. related his horror at seeing victims covered by Ions of debris. "A mass of earth, mud and rocks began lo chase us down the slope of tfw mountain." he said. "We watched horrified as children and adults were buried among heart-rending cries for help, i saw a man aboul 30 holding a child by the hand. "They ran beside me help- lessly. I jumped lo one side when a giant rock rolled to- ward us. The man, with his eyes filled wilh terror, jumped with the child into Ihe chasm. The earth grabbed them, tar- ied Ihem, and I never saw them again." Oliverio I.adino, a 17-year- old ranchhand, said the rocks began to fall as he waited to pass through the stretch of highway, where seven smaller landslides had occurred in lit- llc more than a week. "They came to us from the ton of the mountain and bur- ied 10 cars thai we had teen he said. "A boy was trapped by a giant rock, f Iried to save him, but another avalanche made me withdraw, and I ran to save myself. "I sought safely in a car, bui 1 saw the driver was caughl belween (he steering wheel, the scat and rocks. Then I thought only of running to save my life." By SCOTT TAGUAR1NO Reporter-News Staff Writer The recently appointed Winters School superinten- dent, his wife and daughter were killed Saturday after- noon in a car-truck smnshup approximately 20 miles south- west of Abilene on U.S. 277. Gerald Walton Shelley, 51, and his IC-year-old daugh- ter, Sheni Ann, died instantly when Iheir'late model car was flattened by a tank truck about 2 p.m. Highway patrolmen and wrecker attendants worked almost an hour lo free Shelley's wife. Barbara. 45 from the car, lint she was later pronounced dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Investigating Highway Pa- trolman C. Welch of Abi- lene said Ihe dicsel rig was traveling southwest on High- way 277 toward San when the car driven by Shel- ley apparently pulled out into ils path from FM S9. The driven by London Seals, 22, of 5225 Encino, went up over the car and rolled it several hundred feet. The two vehicles careened off (he east side of Ihe road 'and hit two power poles, Welch said. SKALS AND a passenger in Ihe track, Glerm 15. Freeman 24. of 1952 Balliuger, sustained minor culs and were treated and released from Hendrick later Saturday. A small poodle, believed to lie the Shelley family pel, was also found dead near ihe wreck. When the vehicles collided, gasoline spread all over the road and one fire engine from the Abilene' Ftfc'Departmcnt" was called to wash down the highway, Welch added. Shelley and his family had onty moved to Winters "about 10 days before the accident. They had reportedly gone to Abilene earlier in lite day to pay some bills and were lo return lo Winters by mid-af- lernoon. IN' A 1) D IT1 o N lo their daughter, Slielley ami his wife had one son, Gerald Jr. of Houston. Originally from Scagraves, Shelley was lo succeed Carroll Tatum as of the Winters School District. He would have slarled mirk Monday. lie had been with the Sea- graves dislricl for 27 years and had teen superintendent there since 1367. He taught general trades, industrial arts and main from 1517 lo A 1939 graduate of Itasca High School, Shelley attended Ilillsboro Junior College for two years and graduated from iVoi'lfi Texas State University m 1947 wilh a bachelor's do- GERALD SHELLEY died instantly grce in education. He re- ceived his master's degree from Eastern New Mexico University at I'ortales in. 1853. HE HAD served as presi- dent of the Seagraves :Cnam- ter of Commerce -and Hie Lions Club and was past chairman of Ihe Board of Dea- cons of the First Baptist Church. Shelley had memberships in Ihe Texas Stale Teachers Assn.. Texas Association of School Administrators, Nation- al Education Assn. and tte Executive Committee of South-, ern Association of Schools and Colleges. Services lor Mr. and 'Mrs, Slielley and their daughter were pending lale Saturday Hilh Elinwood Cnapel MS 2nd. Shelley is survived by his parents, 3Ir. and .Mrs. 0. Shelley ot Hillsboro; anil.a hi other, Joe Shelley of Jlon- tital, Canada. Mis. Shelley is survived by hci parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ilershel Giddcns of Burleson; a sister, Mrs. Nancy- Johjisbii of Arlington; and a slepsister, .Mrs. Ann McCona'I of Sea- graves. Rochester Man Killed; Auto Sought mvoi n- ROCHESTER (ired Rochester fanner Sam S. Lyles, 73, died aboul p.m. Friday afler being struck by a car here. A dark late model automobile is being sought in connection with Ihe incident. Lyles was pronounced dend at the scene by Justice of the Peace Emmelt Cross. No witnesses to the incident could be found, but Ifasfccll County Deputy Sheriff Bill H a 1 co mb, who apparently came upon Ihe scene immedi- ately after Lyles was struck, said he chased a suspect vehi- cle for about a mile before losing it in the darkness. A sheriffs department spokesman said the vehicle being sought is a 1S78 or IStit Porttiac or Bukt with a dam- aged right front fender, bro- ken rigM headlight and miss- ing right mirror. Lyles' body was thrown ap- proximately -II) feel into a ditch by the impact, the spokesman said. Services will be al 2 p.m. .Monday in the Rochester First Unilci Methodist Church. The fiey. Xorman ration, pastor, will olfidale. Curia! will follow in Ihe Rochester Cemetery, direcled by Smilh Funeral ilomc. Born 1593, in Kentuc- ky, Mr. I.ylcs moved to Texas as u young boy with his par- ents. He man-led the former Malli Edna Holms at Ilayland IIM N'ov. 10, 1912. .Mr. anil Mrs. Lylcs moved to Rochester in 1944 from ChiMrcss, and she died n. Mi. Lyles was a .Methodist. Survivors are Ihrce sons, Roy of Weslaeo, John of Chicfcasha, Okla., and Charles Former UT Football Father Dies of Gun BRADY (RXS) Gordon Applelon, 61. Brady ranchvr and father of former Universi- ty of Texas football star Scotl Applelon. died Friday aflcr- ncon at his home here of a gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Joe Bsrckman ruled death due to a gunshot wound, but with- held a final ruling in the case Auxiliary Chief Denied Post BlNGHAitTOX. N.Y. (AP) newly elected president of Ihe York State Veter- ans of Foreign Wars Urtics Auxiliary not allowed to take office Saturday after she expressed sympathy for grant- ing amnesty to draft registers. Betty Grecco of Johnstown was lo have been installed Saturday al the conclusion of Ihe three-day VFW confer- ence, but stale VFW Presidenl Wolfgang Nauke toitade the installation. His order was unanimously supported by the convention, officials said. The rjutgoing president of the ladies' auxil- iary, Mary A, Schaefer of Rochester, will remain in of- fice unlil Ihe matter is re- solved. In a newspaper interview published Saturday, Mrs. Grecco said she did nrj'l Ihink it was "all that terrible" lo grant amnesty to dr-afl resist- ors. The has a national pol- icy of total opposition to amnesty for d r a H resisteis, draft evaders and deserters. Mrs. Grecco said Saturday that she was expressing a per- sonal view, basal on the fact lhal she is "a woman and a mother." She can appeal Xaukc's decision vrilhin the VKIV, but she said she not yet decided whether she will do so. of Lovinglon. M.; a daugh-- Icr. .Mrs. Vatla Parker of New Home; 16 grandchildren: U great-grandchildren; three brothers, Curtis, Itoy and Rob- ert, all of Vernon: and twn sisters. Mrs. Charles Walker and llrs. Emma Wood, also both of Vernon. Pallbearers will be Curtis I.ove, B. B. Townsend, Earl Albis, Vaughn Brooks, 0. T. I'oe and Troy Brown. Star's Wounds pending fuithcr investigalion by Brady police. A police department spokes- man said Applclon was shot once wilh a rille. Officers called to (lie scene about p.m. by a member of the family, ihe spokesman said. Services will be held al ll a.m. Monday in Wilkerson Fu- wral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Reslhaven Cemetery at Brady. Mr. Appleton was bom Feb. C. 1913 in Camp San He married Albcrda Leifesle Feb. 193S in Carrizo Springs, arid was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife: a Slighter, Mrs. Tricia Stelfens of Austin; a son, Scolt ot Brady: a brother. E. M. of Brady; three sisters. Mrs. K.T. Johnson and Mrs. Bill Strickland, both of Brady and Mrs. J.B. Achee. ot Dallas; ;md Iwo granddaughters.   

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