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Publication: Abilene Reporter News December 21, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 21, 1974, Abilene, Texas BI D WOZENCRAFT . . . prevented death slash . . . Staff Pfiatat PAT WOZENCRAFT . . look knife from man One Alcoholic in Wheelchair Prevents Another's Death Bv Bil l. HERRIDGE Reporter-New* staff Writer Bud Wozencraft’s “long road hack” stopped for a while Wednesday in the foyer of the Mims Building in downtown Abilene. Wozencraft. a reforming alcoholic now residing in Sweetwater, and his wife, Pat, stepped from an elevator ride into the life of another man stricken with the nation's number-one social problem, — alcoholism. He saw the man writhing on the floor near the elevator, cutting himself with a knife. Wozencraft said the man raised the knife to his throat. Ignoring the fact that he was sentenced by fate to a life term in a wheel chair, the disabled vet grabbed the troubled man s arm, preventing further self-inflicted stabs. His wife, a wisp of a woman, took the knife from the man. “Bud has been that way ever since I met him three years ago,” said George Thurman, assistant director at the Parish House alcoholic treatment center three floors above the foyer. “HE CAME to us three years ago, and told us he wanted to quit drinking and build a new life for himself,” Thurman continued. “He was on his feet and self-sustaining within 30 days.” Wozencraft'* partly*!s, Thurman said. is the result of i. jeep accident in Alaska about 12 years ago. His condition. however, has not baned his efforts to rebuild either his lite, or those of others. “After 30 days as a resident here,” Thurman recalled, “Bud moved out and rented an apartment on Peach St., where he started piecing a new life together for himself. “He didn’t stop there, however. He soon had four other men living with him, one of whom had bombed out’ of our program. Bud was successful in getting this man on tile road to rehabilitation when we had failed.” W. Raymond Cox, director of the Parish House operation, a division of the Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center, also remembers Woz-encraft's struggle. “BUD OPERATES under what I call the true West Texas ethic.” Cox said. “When he sees a person in trouble, he doesn’t ask if he can help, he asks what he can do. “He is typical of so many recovered alcoholics,” Cox continued. “He wants so much to help others that are living in a world he has come from.” Describing Wozencraft as a man of ‘sterling character,’’ Cox said the Sweetwater man is held in high esteem by all who know him. “He is almost brutally honest in dealing with alcoholics.” Cox said. “He has a touch with people that we find remarkable.” “He never gets recognition for the work he does, and doesn’t expect any. He visits the jail, helps keep people sober. and is working with local efforts in Sweetwater to deal with the disease called alcoholism.” THURMAN REMEMBERS the events that led to Wozen-craft's heroic act Wednesday. “He and his wife had come to town that day to attend the funeral of J.P. Parish, the man this facility was named for,” Thurman said. “We ate lunch here, and visited for a time. Then he and Pat left. Shortly after they departed, we heard about the See RECOVERY, UL 2 Back page this section Congress Adjourns After Passing Foreign Trade Bill WASHINGTON (AP* - The 93rd Congress, assured a niche in history as the Watergate Congress, went out of existence Friday night after passing a major foreign trade bill ranked top-priority by President Ford. The Senate adjourned at 3:39 p.m. EST. immediately following a report to President Ford by acting Democratic Leader Robert C. Byrd and Republican lauder Hugh Scott that the work of the session was over. The House adjourned at 7: IO p.m. EST, Both houses reconvene a* the 94th Congress on dan. 14. In a statement coinciding witti the adjournment, Ford said much had »>een accomplished but that the new Congress must face “the always unfinished agenda of our nation.” Just before leaving town, Congress sent to the White House a bill giving Ford broad authority to negotiate new international trade agreements. It contains an unprecedented provision aimed to promote freer emigration of Jews and other minorities from the Soviet Union. The Senate passed the bill 72 to 4 after it was adopted by the House on a 323 to 38 vote. In his statement. Ford commended Congress for action on measures dealing with trade reform, mass transit, pension reform, unemployment and energy. He said “the legislative ac complishments of the 93rd Congress have been less th..ii I had hoped for, but perhaps that is a perspective of even • one at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue, and certainly this has been far from an ordinary session.” Amid the Watergate upheaval of the last two years. Congress forced former President Richard M. Nixon to resign under threat of impeachment. It installed two vice presidents. It also moved to reas sort its powers in areas such as w'armakmg and control of federal spending. Byrd, D-W.Ya., told reporters: “I think this has been an historic Congress.” House Speaker Carl Albert called ii one of the most important iii history. When the new Congress convenes next month, it will lace major legislative tasks invoicing tax reform, national health care, energy and efforts to combat the recession. Scott, R-Pa , said sev en Senate Republicans, led by Sen. John G. Tower of Texas, would present to Ford on Saturday an economic program which GGP senators had agreed on earlier this week. He >aid the recession is “the biggest: of all domestic problems” and o\pressed hope that ii could be eased without starting a new inflationary spiral. Herd said Fnda\ that antirecession steps should be combined with ‘a tough, effective program to deal with the energy problem.” Both Houses wailed until the final day to act on the foreign trade measure, whu h had been opposed bv some mem-lieis who feared it would export I S. jobs overseas and do too much to l>enefit Communist countries. During House debate on the See FOREIGN, C ol. I ___    Back    page    (his    section Former State Rep. Knapp Kills Ex-Wife, Selfc/5, Don 't be in a rush! You still have I ti a y s for your Christ mas shop• /""£* AMARI LIA Tex. CAP) -Former State Rep. Walter Knapp, convicted of stealing postage stamps from the state for his personal use. shot to death his exwife and then fatally shot himself near Amarillo College Friday afternoon. police said. The shoot lugs occurred about 3:30 p in. Northwest Hospital spokesman Hank Brown said Knapp died at 3:20 p.m. and his former wife, Mrs. Nancy Blank, died a minute earlier. Police said Mrs. Blank# 33, was shot once in the head as she sat in her car across from the college, where she was employed. She had married Ben Blank, an assistant attorney for Potter County, on Thanksgiving Day. Knapp, 44. shot himself alce as he was confronted by a policeman. Police said off-duty officer Sgt. Richard Hatton was at a service station when he heard the shot. Hatton struggled with Knapp but Knapp broke free and ran toward the campus. The officer said he caught up with Knapp again as he appeared to be struggling with the gun, trying to get a live round in it. Hatton crouched behind a tree and about that time motorcycle patrolman David Hu-reca arrived. Hureca yelled to Knapp, “Hold it!” Hatton said he told Knapp to “drop your gun or the officer will have to shoot you.” At that point, Knapp turned Hie gun on himself, police said. Knapp was freed from the state prison at Huntsville June ll on orders from U.S. District Court Judge Hal Woodward of Lubbock pending a new trial. Woodward ordered a new trial after reading a magistrates report that said conflicting evidence was used to convict the legislator. The state claimed at his May 1972 trial that Knapp used $1,200 in postage stamps withdrawn from his Texas House account to buy a pickup truck, The legislator served four months of a four-vear sentence. His conviction was Upheld bv the Texas Court of Criminal .Appeals and his lawyer then turned to the federal court.NEWS INDEX Amusements .......... ££ Astrograph ............. JQ Bridge      7    c Church Hews ..... ...    6,    7B Classified .......... 2-7    D Comics .............IO,    IIC Editorials ........... 4A Gfm ............IO, UA Heartline ............. go Markets ......   gt    9£ Obituaries ........... 7D Oil ............... 8,    9 A Sports .............. |.5C TV Loq ............... gc TV Scout ........... 6C Women News    2,    3B Outstanding DPS Officer of Year Dies Goodfellow Contributions Donations totaling $949 Fri-lay brought the Goodfellow* ii within $300 of their $18,230 [oal with five days left before hristmas. Latest contributions include: lr. and Mrs. Donald Poe, L Johnny in lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene Friends    IMI lr. & Mrs. Raynion A. Wade    IO M lenry Ic Edith Beaird    10.00 n Memory of Lacy IL Beckham    10.00 lr. and Mrs. Gene Williams    25.00 n Christian Love — Anonymous, Merry Christmas    10.00 dr. & Mrs. Don Dennis    15.00 n Memory of Inez Meadows — Mr. & Mrs. George Barber Jr.    13.00 ilenda, Erie, & Melissa Miles    10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Vernon H. Amundson in lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene Friends    IO    OO In lieu of Christmas cards to friends & relatives—-Mrs. Bernice Allred & Ruby    5.00 Mrs. Elbe Pearce    5.00 In memory of our Grandmother. Mrs. J. A. eonian — Kelly, Shannon. Scott North    10.00 Merry Christmas—Mr. & Mrs. Russ Landry 5.00 Christian Education Classes of Holy Family Catholic Center    135.00 In memory of my Husband, Coleman Ic daughter, Linda by Ruby Shaddix    5.00 In lieu of christmas cards to our Abilene Friends—The Tom -t Leeth Family 10.00 ll. Leach 10.00 Blankenship 25.00 Major & Mn. Craig Anonymous 10.00 General Tom Green Chapter, V Clover 10.00 In lieu of Christmas I nitcd Daughters of In lieu of Christina* cards to all our cards to Abilene friends—CMSgt. Casimir the Confederacy 10.00 friends—The Richard & Donna Zioikonski Anonymous 7.00 Sehkade Family 10.00 Dyess AFB 10.00 Anonymous 7.00 In loving memory of Mr. & Mrs. A. W. 10.00 Anonymous 7.00 our son. Steve O’Dell Anonymous 7.00 Johnson—by Bob & In lieu of Christmas Anonymous 7.00 Erma Johnson 5.00 cards to Abilene Anonymos 7.00 Mr. Ic Mrs. James friends—The Stearns Anonymous 7.00 W. Lovell 15.00 Family 5.00 In lieu of Christmas cards Mr. &. Mrs. Jarvis Mr. k Mrs. Paul to Abilene friends — Dodson 10.00 Yardley 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bill In loving memory’ In memory of Shaitan 15.00 of Tom W. Melvin Loader 100.00 From tin- Abilene e mployes Pearce 15 OO Anonymous 50.00 of Kppler, Guenn. & Abilene Lodge 1BK2 In lieu (rf Christmas Turner, Inc. 20.00 Loyal Order of cards to Abilene In memory: Kathleen Anne Moose 20.00 friends from Bill Pugh & Bonnie Bell Anonymous 100.00 and Betty Cant 100.00 Graham 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Martha Pender 10.00 Total $%9.W Jones 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Johcph Previously Mr. & Mrs. William L. Brow n 100.00 Acknowledged $16.96081 I,. Davis, Jr. IU OO Mrs. P. P. Bond 5.00 Tola Ho Dale $17,949.81 Mr. & Mrs. Stuart f Mr. and Mrs. B R. jpV.. GOAL $18,250 00 SWEETWATER (BNS I -Texas Ranger Gene Graves of Sweetwater, whose long , career as a law enforcement officer was marked by several honors, died at 12:05 p m. Friday at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock. He was 62. He had suffered a heart attack about one month ago and went to Lubbock Tuesday to undergo further tests before open heart surgery. Services are {lending at McCoy Funeral Home. Born Oct. 21, 1912. in Cleburne, Mr. Graves married Dorothy Maupin Dec. 24, 1934, in Dallas. His career with the Department of Public Safety began Sept. I, 1941. when he signet! on as a student patrolman. Before becoming a Ranger, he was a drivers license patrolman and a highway patrolman. He had been stationed in Sweetwater since Feb. I, 1954. Less than two months ago, Oct. 29, Mr. Graves was presented a $l,iMMi check as the outstanding Department of Public Safety officer of 1974. Sn> der oilman C. T. McLaughlin. former chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission, sponsored the award through his Diamond M Fouu- GKNE GRAVES . . . longtime lawman datum. Graves also had been honored bv the Nolan County Bar Assn, for personal and professional achievement and was a past director or the West Central Texas Peace Officers Assn. Tributes from DPS officials included those of his commanding officer. Texas Hang See RANGER, ( al 3 Back page tins sedum W Allene Reporter ~Jieti# WARMER complete weather Pg. 24"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron Price 15 Cent*MTH VEAR. NO. 185 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604. SATURDAY MORNING, DEC. 21, 1974- FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS AMtoctateA Prest (ZP) Co ming. . . . .    .in Sunday's Reporter-News Firemen are like a big, close family The firemen at Abilene's Central Fire Station are like a close-knit family# keeping a constant vigil and being ready when a fire strikes. Photos and story by Staff Writer Bill Her-ridge. Sportswriters To Name All-A reo Team The 1974 Class AAA All-Area Team picked by the sportswriters of The Abilene Reporter-News will be announced Sunday. Class AA, A and B will follow during the next two weekends. Old-fashioned Christmas for Abilene Family Christmas will be an oldfashioned one for Terry O'Brien and his family of Abilene. By Merle Watson in the Women's Section. Photos by Don Blakley. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: December 21, 1974

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