Abilene Reporter News, November 30, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

November 30, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1974, Abilene, Texas spirit comes fo old Scrooge Scrooge gets into the Christ- mas spirit as the Teen and Children's Theater presents Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' starting Dec. 7. Scenes from the story will appear in the Women's section. Coming.. >in Sunday's Reporter-News Program aids children of migrant workers A special program is ifl oper- ation in several area schools to help children of migrant workers who miss out on school to catch up on their education. By Marsha Cow- thon. Airport boss recalls his days of flying Glenn Meeks, manager of Abilene Municipal Airport, recalls his days of flying and a quarter century as boss at the airport. By Bill Herridge. FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 165 PHONE 67.3-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, NOV. 30, PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS Price 15 Cent? Associated Prea (if) Local Grocery Store Still Makes Deliveries Orders by phone Bill Bourland. counter man at Evans Fine Foods takes a home delivery or- der by phone. White-haired and happy- voiced, he greets all his customers with a hearty "Hello" as they walk in the door. (Staff Photo by John By BEV MORGAN Reporter-News Staff Writer Picking up items from the, grocery shelf is often an unsettling experience these days. But there's at least one store that still pampers its customers and makes shopping a pleasurable, if not fun experience. '.'Come in or "Hi, Paul" says an .elderly little man with snow-white hair as the wooden screen door opens at Evans Fine Foods, 201 Grape. That's Bill Bourland. He, along with the other two counter men, greets ev- eryone "who comes in the privately owned grocery store on a first name basis. If they don't know your name, they'll learn it but no matter what, you'll get a big smile and a hearty greeting when you walk in. A COUPLE of aisles from the count- er, a lady yells, "Hey, Bill, have any frozen pie "Sure do." he says but, instead of pointing in the direction of the frozen food section, he slips from behind the counter and gets the pie shells for her. Bill has worked for store owner Bill (Buel) Evans for almost three years. But he's just a ''youngster" there com- pared to tile other two counter men. Frank Hale and Doyle Philley have worked in the neighborhood store for nearly 20 years. There are few, if any, other stores in Abilene that still deliver groceries. Al- though it costs more and more all the time, the store will keep delivering, Evans said. "There's people who de- pend on it." he explained. There's no charge for home delivery, just a minimum purchase of S5. Doyle does all the delivering, "I wore out five cars in 20 years and have gone- 500.000 he boasted. He makes deliveries all over town, from small apartments in Abilene Tow- ers to stately mansions on Sayles Bou- levard. AND HE knows his people. "That guy doesn't know how rich he is, he's just as friendly as Doyle said about one of his customers. Then he went on to tell the family's history where they came from, how many chil- dren they had, what the children grew up to be, and on and on. The phone rings often during the day usually it's a customer placing an order for home delivery. Frank usually answers. "Evans Fine Foods." He methodically takes down the or- der and, just before delivery time, he and Doyle package the food in card- board boxes. A tall, dark-haired man of lanky build, Frank seldom says much. But chuckles wrinkle his face often throughout the day. especially when Bill pipes up with tunes sucli as "Old Brother Hale was a Fat Old Feller." People walk in the store, pick up an ice cream bar or Coke and do their grocery shopping or just stand around and pass the time talking. "How much is sugar this one customer asked. "Hasn't gone Evans said. she joked, "I was gonna sell you mine back if it had." Evans still provides charge accounts to.his good customers. "That's what keeps him in one customer joked. And that business is a long-standing one. EVANS OPENED the store about 25 years ago. Before that he was part owner of Evans and Anderson which was located across the street. He's'seen a lot of changes, over Hie years price, of course and the number of .brands and items there are now, is amazing, he said. This year, he said, "nearly everyone is shopping really shopping." In a day when convenience food stores and big chain operations are everywhere, Evans said he keeps liis business going by providing good food and good service. "I've built my busi- ness on good, heavy choice-meat. We don't prepackage any of it not even lunch he said. He learned about meat, how to pick it and how to cut it when he was in high school. "I worked at a grocery store after school, and just keep learn- he said. Evans grew up in Coleman County and moved to Abilene right after high school. Here he married Betty who helps out at the store every noon "when the boys go to as he explained it. MOST OF his day is spent behind the meat counter. The tall, silver-gray haired man of about CO years works at See EVANS, .Col. 1 Back page this section Explosions Rock Plant Bears in Cotton Texas beats 32-3 and the Boylor Bears clinch the school's first berth in the Cotton Bowl. Pg. ID. BEAUMONT, Tex. (AP) Several explosions and fire that "lit up the skyline" shook the chemical plant .of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. here Friday night causing an undetermined number of in- juries. A spokesman for St. Eliza- beth Hospital, who first had said, an "undetermined num- ber of dead" had been brought in, said late Friday .that only eight persons were in the hos- pital and their conditions was not immediately known. At least 13 ambulances were reported at the' scene. The planC is seven miles southwest of Beaumont on Interstate 10. 'A traffic jam in the .interstate caused by people trying to evacuate the area near the plant on orders of the Jef ferson County Shrcift's Office, prevented some ambulances from reaching hospitals nearly two hours after the explosion. The first explosion occurred at about 8 p.m. It was fol- lowed by at least four more within the hour. A Goodyear spokesman said iwinix approximately 50 people were in the plant at the time of the explosion. Nearly 150 em- ployes work regular shifts, but some skeleton crews were on duty Friday night because of the holidays. Other Scores Jim Ned 35 Alabama 17 Seagraves 14 Auburn 13 Billionaire H. L Hunt Dies at 85 in Dallas AmvMiMMi Church ClmilfM Cnnkt 4C 2C Okifariti 7A TV TV W in Hiil.ry ID V JC 4 Ntwi DALLAS (AP) H. L. Hunt, wo liked to picture him- self as a one-time farm boy with' a fifth-grade education, died Friday after accumulat- ing one of' the world's great fortunes. He was 85 and had been in Baylor Hospital here since September, entering because of a flu virus. The family did not immediately report the cause of his death. Hunt once was known as a big-time gambler, particularly on sports events. But he stopped gambling and smoking in his later years. Lights in his home generally were out by 10 p.m. Associates said he never drank. Liberals considered him a symbol of the far right and of big business. Conservatives lauded him as one of the great spokesmen. Hunt himself preferred to be known as a constructive, not a conservative. He said the money he spent war, aimed at better government. lie once told a national television aucll- H. L. HUNT In pboto cnce on a talk show that the last really good President was Calvin Coolidgc. He sponsored such conserva- tive radio programs as Life Line and Pacts Forum, wrote a newspaper column with the help of a ghost writer, siid published numerous books. One book was his own, called "Alpaca" about a mythical country for which he wrote what he considered the perfect constitution. No one knew just how much he was worth, probably not Hunt himself although he kept close watch on the dollars. He once was. quoted as saying that anyone who knew how rich he was wasn't very rich. His fortune has been esti- mated at around billion, placing him in the rarefied financial atmosphere of such men as oilman J. Paul Getty and Howard Hughes. Asked his secret for making money, he would say, "You have to be lucky. You have to be of an acquisitive nature, aggressive and thrifty." He was born Feb. 17, 1889, on a farm at Ramsey, 111., youngest of eight children of a Confederate war veteran. Hunt quit school In the fifth grade and roamed the coun- See H. L. HUNT, Col. I Dick page tUi section Goodfellows: Tm Writing For Family Of Some people see need at Chrislmas-t i m e, contrasted with their own good fortune, and make an honest attempt to help. "I am writing for a family (if one such lady w r 11 e s Goodfellows. "They have five children and recent- ly moved here and the father works at Foremost. "But the plant closes the 22nd 'of this month, and so far he hasn't found another job to to. So I'm asking for clothes, food and toys. "The ages (of the children) are from 12 down to IS months. If you help them, it will certainly be apreciatcd, and may God bless each of you." The letter is but one of about 55 that already have been received by Goodfellows, even though the annual cam- paign opened only Thursday. In the two days of the drive, has been contributed. The goal this year is Other persons who would like to help the needy can con- tribute to the campaign or re- port needs of a family or indi- vidual by writing Goodfellows, Box 30, Abilene, Tex., 79604. Contributions will be acknow- legcd in The Keporter-News. Friday's contributions were: Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Previous total TOTAL BOAI. F-f-t-freezing! Ruben Vanez, 3-year-old child of Mrs. Lydia Yanez of 1820 Swenson, was among dozens of kiddies who greet- ed Santa Clans on the south lawn of the Civic Center Friday night, Santa's visit was sponsored by the Abi- lene Downtown Association. See related pictures, Pg. 8A. (Slaff Photo by Mark Allred) tr ;

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