Commerce Journal, September 25, 1958

Commerce Journal

September 25, 1958

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Commerce Journal, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1958, Commerce, Texas The Commerce Journal Serving Commerce: The Home of East Texas State College VOLUME 69 Member Associated' Bress COMMERCE, IHtJNT TEXAS. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. 1SS8 TEK PAGES TODAY NUMBER 39 B- tS IF' til kf't !-J S'V- Weather Fails A lour-inch gully buster failed to halt work more than a lew hours on the South Sulphur river channeling project. R. L. raack, project engineer, said Wed- nesday. One dragline operator was off duty during the heaviest of the downpour last Friday, but the huge machine was set back to work before night, slowly chew- ing its way upstream. The lum- bering 70-foot ciane has been in opeiation on a rou id- '.he-clock schedule since mid-July. When completed the 40-toot- wide pilot ditch will -extend frerr; below Emblem crossing to the Plan To Red River B. C. Tarter, Claud Allard and other citi- zens are planning to auend a regional meeting of tne Hed Hiv- er Valley association in Dcmsoru Oct. 3. The event hss been scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon at the Beniscn hotel and is being held in conjunction with "Water Bt- sourcee Day in TeKas aad Obla ho ma. Ground breaking ceremonies for the Willis budge, spanning Lake Texoma will tiike place at 3 p.m., just south of Willis. Okla., on the Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma. An impressive program -for the morning meetings, consisting ol Congressional and State oitt- cials. Army Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Department ol Health, Education and repietentatives are scheduled to address the regional meeting. Tiie subjects will cover Hood control, water conservation, and pollu- tion abatement of municipal and industrial, for present and fu- ture, water users. Hay-burn To Speak second portion of the day's prograrm nd tfreaki n 3 ceremony at 3 pjn. Friday, Oct. 3. which will feature principal addresses by Speaker Sam Hay- burn arid United States Senator Sobert S. Keir of Okla- homa. The general public invited to attend both the regional raeei- ing and the ground breaking ceremonies at Willis Point bridge. The ground breaking ceremony Is bamg cc cp-syored by the Ma- dill, Ada. Detison 'and Sherman Chambers of Commerce, the Lake Texoma association and the Hed River Valley associatioa. Highway 24 bridge, a distance of about 15 miles. Brush clearing had not been resumed Tuesday. The bulldozer operator wns waiting for the ground to firm, H, C. MUler is sub-contractor lor the South Sul- phur work. At present the machines and their crews have dug about four miles of channel, aad are work- ing approximately two miles east ol the Highway 11 bridge. Crews are going to and from work sJong the Hopkins county side of the river. Because of rains, the work roads are in very bad shape, and Mr. Womroack advised persons not equipped for rough travel to stay on high ground. The projec; is mov-ng ahead on schedule and unless the ground tfio sponav -from pro- longed rain, or Sulphur over- flows, the dragline wo'-lc will continue without interruption. However. Mr. Miller has indicat- ed he would not use mats under the dngiine for long periods of Such footings are by lashing loss together and nlnclng them in the machine's path. First waler ran in the new Channel slier Friday's, ram. al- though! fhere was not enough to t-a use rruch scour Ing. The matn rivpr channel has not been turn- ed jnto nsw rourss. Gbserv- TS said that of the water carne frcvri small ditches and from direct runoff About three of -water raced down what soon be the new riverbed. Jaycees Outline Projects Commerce Junior Chamber of Commerce started planning on two Texas State Homecoming and Christmas ac- meeting. their Monday night Jaycee President James "White and Brute Hineman are to meet with Homecoming officials soon to offer Jaycee services during the ET celebration. Jaycees would Be willing to underwrite 8 big welcoming campaign if Officials approve. Ronny Hoeh, Christmas activi- ties chairman, announced that plans are under way for either a Christmas parade or a Christ- mas party, similar to the one us inaugurated last year. Further plans are to be pre- sented at Monday's meeting. A meeting of intoiesled per- sons and prospective members of the Commerce Emergency Corps was scheduled 'Wednesday night In the Chamber ol Commerce of- lice. Functions of the corps were to be explained by Jerry Miller and others. Application forms arc now available to men over 20 years of age. Jaycees are sponsoring the organization until the corps can become self-sus- taining. One guest, Norman Hlnsos. end 15 members were present si the Monday meeting. Roiarians To Hear Dallas Police Chief Carl Hanson, Dallas chief of police, will be the speaker at the Commerce Eotary club, when it meets Friday noon at the City cafe. "W. S. Harrison, is in charge of the program, has as- sured members that Chief Hair- son will have an address of un- usual interest. At last week's meeting, mem- bers of the organization partici- pated in a round-table session dealing with interesting experi- ences. Ralph Moreland" v.-as named club representative on the Civic Planning beard with R. L. Jones as his alternate. Gus Simpson of Dallas was the guest of Jack Lilly. Rams that played havoc with last vvsek's cotton harvest gsve aica. stockmen an op- to establish fall and winter pastures. Charles Hildebrand, locul sup- ervisor of the Soil Conservation that rains of between 1 5 and four, inches were meas- jretr-localty. "This area ed" the 12-inch deluge that fell near Wflls> Point and Wasa- hachic. Boll pullers returned to the rirjlas: in force "Wednesday after being icile since Friday. AU gins had been operat- ing at capacity last Thursday aft- ernoon and Thursday night whon forced to stop. Damage to grade had not been determined Wednesday, since re- turns from samples on cotton ga'heied Ibis had not been n.cerved- Cotton pulled Tuesday rooming showed some stain and was expected to fall in the strict low middling class, or about a bale under the going price eaily last week. BIosl growers and ginoers said tbzt a few days of sunshine help bleach the Itnt and frighten the samples. Little loss has been reported fjom cotton b'owing from the burr. In a lew fields bolls are opening on the ground. Kalian rye grass combined with vetch or button clover, or oats in similar combinations, arc 0-e mutures recommended by the local Soil Conservation of- maximum returns seed should be put into the ground quickly as said Mr. Hildebrand. "Earty planted i. inter pasture as a rule pro- dures twice as much forage dur- ing fall and mor.ths as Usat sowed a month from now. have the best op- portunity lo cut feed they have had in several All land should be pre- by disking or md smoothing. breaking sodded permanent pasture. clovur seed and rye traT planted ahead of the disk. But if the pasture cover Is light, or if the ground to be soivn has been in cultivation, It be nest to plant after the ground Commissioners Meeting Attracts Large Crowd Commerce citizens packed the City Hall Tuesday evening and more stood on the outside, but rumors of "something supposed' to happen" proved to be only rumors and most of the crowd left just a bit disappointed. There -was a brief departure from routine when A. W. Lilly told the commission that many of the Commerce people felt that there should be some changes in the city administration ana thai unless the city commission saw fit to make these changes there would very probably be another petition presented1. Dr. L. H, Lebsrman, mayor, replied that he would nut be "in- timidated by the threat of any and that ii the people were dissatisfied, they could pe- tition for a recall. Dr. Leberman said further that when the. company chose to withdraw their offer to purchase the city power plant, that he considered: the matwr closed, that the people had spo- ken. He pledged his efforts to put the city to operating in the black and that no department would be unfairly imposed upon. Join Discussion Joining in the discussion were H. D. Cornelius, Dr. H. .M. Lat- terly, Chas. M. White and T. Taj lor Broun. Commissioner Weldon Taylor offeifid his appreciation for the feelings expressed by the people speaking and observed that such en open expression of feeling would contribute much toward better diy government. City Manager M. B. Messier chose the opportunity to read a letter addresed to the people of Commerce, in which he said: "To the people of Commerce, Texas: bi ought are "Vetch and oats should be drilled In s clean, wall-prepared ?eedbed. A balanced fertilizer should be put down at the time of Betiding. With the price of beef at levels. Improved winter should pay off at the rate of per acre per month. A pound of beef per day per acre can be expected on thrifty t.lands of these pastures. combining oats or grass with the vetch and clovers, the risks of bloat are greatly re- duced." Fcur araa gins reported 2526 of new cotton processed. The crap was variously esti- mated at from 30 to 40 per CMW Gin figures Wednesday morning were: Gin Co......- _. 1002 Peek end Robinson 756 Farmers Co-Op 333 Gin 369 of what charges against the City- Commission and me, we all know the real reason behind this agi- tation" stems Irom the offer made by Texas Power and Light Com- pany to buy toe City Light Plant. "The trouble with iumors of this sort is that people, with axes 1o grind_and the-disgruntied often succeed izT conviricing people who do not or cannot dig up the facts that will prove or disprove the rumors. "T can take an oath that I was never approached in any way, at any time, by any representative or any emplovee of Texas Power and Light Company with regard to a job with the Company or an offer of a bribe on the Mr.- Messier pointed out that the 1959 bond requirements were at their peak and would require a total of to meet scheduled requirements. The city manager also stated that tax levies would contribute an esti- mated1 during the period leaving a balance of 56.- 184.41 to be transferred from utility funds. The city manager also pointed out that payments on warrants during the year would require In discussing the fiscal outlook for Commerce, Mr. Messier told the group that the city had al- ready picked up 66 meters from customers and1 said that further increases in business would pcrrriU larger contribu- tions from the light and power department to the general fund. The city manager evaluated the present light and power sys- tem as capable of taking care of all the light and power needs of the city at this time, by adding a fuw transformers to the distribu- tion system. The dry manager reported1 that the pump on the Number 1 well had been broken and that the WSE out of operation. He said further that the other three wrlls would be adequate to serve the city until next summer and- Instructed to seek bids for repair of the pump. THE FINISHING V. "WeemE, Uu> do Mills, paints sign poles at the intersection Oi fall i4 business route and FM 513 near tile ET sodium. State mgtmay department workers erected these signs and many more along the SH 24 bypass around Commerce. (Stall photo) Rain, Mud Delay Maloy Construction Work on the Maloy road, FM 1563, was expected to be re- sumed this week after being de- layed by heavv rain and rauddj grounds, "VV. G. McKnight, con- tractor, said. Grading has been completed on the extreme south end of the a strip connect- ing the old Maloy to the Old Highway 67. Sand has been hauled in and. truckers 'were be- ginning to bring rock when the rain began. Unless delayed too often, by bad weather, Mr. McKnight said he hoped to have the entire 7.7- mile project finished by the end Of the yean Water Directors Seeking Contract From Engineers The Army Corps of Engineers has been asked to submit a pro- posed contract covering acre feet of water m the new Cooper reservoir. The request was made last Thursday by di- rectors of the Sulphur River Mu- nicipal Water district meeting m Cooper. The engineers also are being a sited to provide information on what proportion of the cost of Jicj. reservoir 'will be assigned to 'thexlocal agency under such agreement. Mrs. Middlebrooks Killed In Crash Mrs. Berna Middlebrooks of 1, Ladorua, was killed successful sale of the property in an automobile accident just and every charge made against loutiide the Longview city limits me aod the City Commission, in my opinion, is just as groundless. "I feel it >s my duty to bring this out into the open, so every- one will know the facts. B. Messier, "City Manager of the City of Commerce, Texas The meeting was called for a of city finances and future improvements with Mr. Messier presenting a report on the 1958 tax valuation and bond retirement program. Croup Of 279 Investors ,219 Investors in the Commerce In- dustrial Development associa- tion's revolving building fund continue to increase. B. C, Tarter. CTOA secretary. Wednesday reported a list ol 279 individuals and businesses that have "pledged their Jatth m the future of Commerce." Total investments of this group, from the date of the industrial group's inception on March 19. 1956. through Sept. 22, 1953. amount to New names are being added to the list and their pledges acknowledged, said HJi. Turter. Sums range from several thousands oX dollars to Si- Directors of the association have urged all area residents to Jom the movement, regardless of amount invested, "Persons who are members hold an, active interest in raccess of C1DA piojccts." said Mr. Tar- ter. conversely, success cf the projects may hinge on the ot people in this ttadc territory. "Present income from investor.. today is approximately pci w CONTRIBUTORS. Page Two Elmer Lee Casfner Babcock Manager D. D. BARLOW, Fayetto Manufacturing compa iys production manager, checks specifications on me trailer chassis firm's new building, via i fdo rule. Tho sq'iare foot structure is scheduled for completion in the near future. cSl alf photo by Jimmy Hyatt) Lcc Caslner, a former Commerce area resident, was to assume duties todov as Brothers stcve here. Mr. Castncr has been with Babcocb's more than 25 years. I V" returns Commerce KHlsboro where he manajyr. Hhu and Mrs. Castnor planned to move Into Uioir tamorf street address this week. James Johnston, former mnia- cer. Is the new owner of tlio Humble Service Station at Live Oak and Monroe streets. Tom Wix, of Bonhflm, also a former manager of the Com- morca ptorc, has bern in Com- merce supervising the business during the change. Thursday afternoon. Sept. 18 Also injured was Mr. Middle- brooks. However, he has been released from a Lorigview hos- pital and Is at the home of a daughter in Commerce The cou- ple had gone to the East Texas city to vish a daughter and to see a granddaughter for the first time. Funeral services for Mrs. Mid- dlebrooks were conducted 2 p.ra. Sunday at the First Baptist church in Ladonia. Officiating were J. D. Lancaster, minister, of Hallsville, and the Rev. G. B. Bailey of Ladonia. Pallbearers were L. M. Shef- field, Jerry Hamlin. Billy Cox, Gram-file Fields, Connally Brad- and Jim Darwin. Mrs. Middlebrooks was the former Miss Roste Belle Pirkaid. She was born Oct. 12, 1918. in Leonard. She was the daughter of Pies and Lizzie Scott Pickard. Both parents survive. She lived in the Jot 'Em Down community in northeast Hunt county most of her life. She mained Berna Middlebrooks in Commerce, Nov. 23. 1935. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving, other than her hus- band and arc mo daughters, Mrs Berna Rose Day. Commerce, and Mrs Shirley Ann Cox. Longview, a son. Larry M. Middlobtooks. five brothers. Wiilic, Hugh. Dean, and Lester Pickard all of ana Bulk Of the cost of the big reservoir project on South Sul- phur river will be paid by the federal government as a flood control measure. The1 water district, "which rep- resents Commerce, SulpUur Springs- and Cooper, must fi- nance the proportion of the ex- pense represented, by water im- pounded for municipal and in- dustrial use. Six directors attending were "B7 CI Allard, Commerce: Quinten Miller and Grover Pickering, Cooper; snd Enos AEhcroit and Howard Hicks, Sulphur Springs. Mr. Tarter said previous in- formation received on the local municipal water contract had been made obsolete through changes in federal laws. The 115.000-acre feet figure was suggested by the army en- gineers as a basis for negotiation. Mr. Tarter said 115.000 acre feet is regardetd as the maxi- mum flow of the watershed could be utilized for mu- nicipal and industrial purposes. The local use figure also is based on the major expansion of the reservoir proposed by armi engineers over the originally can- tempi ated size. This would place the dam ba- low tnc mouth of Doctor's creek instead of at the Peerless cross- ing, several miles upstream, which had been regarded as the most logicatl damsite when the project was conceived about 10 years ago, The big reservoir progia-n was described as moving ahead ac- cording to schedule. Meeting witn Uie director were John D. ilcusuas of DdUa g altoi ney for the water district, and Roy Matiuas of Shrevepoit, executive vice president of tire Red River Valley assentation. New SH24 Cutoff Opens; City Loses Truck Traffic Commerce got its first taste of distilled traffic during the week- end. Lumbering tractor-trailer trucks, squatty mobile homes, and squadrons of smaller vehicles Church Of Christ Minister Moves Here From Canton The "position of miniEter for the Commerce Church- of Christ has been filled by Lowell" A. WorthingtoQ. The Wbrthirigton family arrived in Commerce about a week ago and includes Mrs. Worthmgtoti and two daughters. Evel; n, who is- two and a half years old, and April, who is la months of age. 4 Prior to coming to Commerce) the Worthlngtons worked wi til- th e Church of Christ in Canton, Texas. There have been two Cantons in their lives, as they hail originally from- Canton, O. During their stay in Canton. Texas they helped the church begin a expansion pro- gram. Mr. Worthington, 25, is a re- cent graduate of Abilene Chris- tian., college and while school was -Lostrumental in or- ganizing a church in' He has taught in public schools one year. A' decision to enter the ministry came while :ie was serving with the armed forces in Korea- While in Korea taught Bible classes twice a week and English classes two more evenings to Korean young people he and two other organized a group of 60 servicemen who worshipped in Seoul and supported at one tune five Korean ministers. He began publication of a paper called the "Christian's was sent to members of the Church of Christ throughout the mideasL More than boxes oi clothing were distribut- ed through the Seoul group of GIs. While in Commerce the min- ister and his family will reside in the minister's home at 1401 Ash street. Tney are particular- ly interested in the young people of the church and fed that much ol the gncf of later life can be pi even Led if the church fulfills its purpose of guiding and reach- ng our youth today. -were screened new EH 24 interchanges and shunted around, the newly alternate, northwest of the city. Truck-wise, the news -was great. And the huge vehicles that truculently rumbled, bumped, squatted, oompaed, squished, and fffssshhhed as drivers sought to herd them down clogged streets and around narrow Commerce corners rollicked gaily along the new course. Within "the city, there was'no' mourning at-losing contact with t the "transports. But even -with them gone, driving space was still at-a premium during rustr hours. Increased enrollment" at East Texas State has added more cars to the city's vehicular popu- lation. Downtown businessmen toot the change without much com- ment. Service station, operators within the city noted a gasoline sales, especially "those, OH Sunday afternoon. There iyas also a belief among cafe" owners that drop-in trade was off. The overall opinion that even- tually.the change, would make tie difference in their affaifsl Everyone was happy to be-out of the crush of through traffic. A topic of general discussion was the new system of traffic laid1 out-alpng the SH 24 strip: Traffic, medians, stripes, and a generous sprinkling of keep right, yield, merging traffic and stop signs, caused many a-local- driver to feel_his way to the city limits for trial run in bark directions. Several experienced roadmen Save their approval to the new- setup. G. McKnight and Hos- coe Griffitts said tnat traffic would move more evenly anri with fewer accidents under the new controls. Mr. McKnight said the layout -was in keeping with, other systems now in operation- Other Commerce drivers were not as optimistic, but predicted a rash of crashes at the crossings. All agreed, however, that the I00-mile-an-hour driver would have his hands full finding and threading ihe proper traffic lane. George W. Boren Is Buried Friday Geotrge W. Boren, farmer, war buried i; mound cemetery Friday after- noon, following services in the Cars Damaged in Head-On Crash Two ears were badly tn a head-on crash ai the inter- Of Seal and Fusl streets about p.m Thursday- Horace 903 Keal, and Jimmy 225-A Durham Homes, escaped injury. Dd vis, dnvms a 3952 Gortlon Pickard. Henderson.) Jet, was attempting to turn left a sister, Mrs Davis Isants. off Neal Dallas; and three grandchildren Burial was in Ladonia ceme- tery under direction of V. Goff Funeral Home. when his car was in with Katk'v's 1951 Dodge, traveling west cm Neal. Damage is exported to exceed j on both vehicles. Jones Funeral Home chapel. Of.- were tfte Hevs. T. R. Bennington and K. D. Gillmore. Mr. Boren died Sept. 17 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Vesta Tiniberlake, in Commerce. He was bom June 22, 1874, in Mississippi, and was ihe son of Charlie M. and Cynthia Bat- liff Boren. He had been a resi- dent of the Commerce area 37 years, having moved here from Lamar county. He was a mem- ber of the Methodist church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Timberlake, and Mrs. Char- ley Stevens of Commerce, and lire. Edna White of Dallas; two sons. Howard and Charlie Boren of Commerce: 12 giandchildien and 26 great graiidenildren; and two sisters, Airs. B. F. Nabers of Commerce and Mrs. Verna Woodson of Gober. Pallbearers -were Tom Wall, Johnny Walker, Olyn Nichols, O. N. Hance, Pat Brack and Boy Itee Matthews. EasTex Has Bio Role in Texas State Fair banners and pennons go at the Fair of Texas, Texas Suue college will bo The Commerce irts'.itution Uns veir a fti eater- thJ.n-cvcr role in the magnificicnt Texas cxm- bit ion. Mitchell Grenadiers plan- ning to bo among helping initiate the affair, nnu have ten- tatively sdieduletf an appear- ancc 4 p.m. Oct 5 si the Hatl of Stfte plaza. Thu f timed precision drill team is now in the process ot reoigomzstJon for the new school term. Lost year the group won the Area K award in live- state competition. Mnj. Dcrwood Stephens is faculty sponsor. On Tuesday, Oft. H, East Texas Cay, there will be enough Staters on the fair grounds to hold u. reunion An tl' da; fiiou, at the Higher Edu- wtton center will be staged by muMC-nns and acto.s. Ait rfepaiiinent W..U be tcptcfcn'cd during the fair by Janice Hamm, Bob- TO Scotty Darr and ChMlcs Education Center Dr. Spjncor. cf journalism, will Icc- 3 pin. Oct. 13, at '.he Higher Education center, StiblfcL bo a discussion of phnto-iournahsm. Dr. Spencer will DP "ujcmrinsj in the buildins which he helped He a member the conrimiltii-.' that, with Peter Wolf, worked1 OUt the conversion of Margo Jones theater to the present Cen- ter. II is in the Higher Education Certei also that East Texas State misic atid drama groups will ap- Eatt Texas musicians vtill be hoaiti at 4 pm. and 9 p.m. tn two netfoimances of the Chorale pnd Biass Choir, conducted bi Dr. James E. Richards' and ui Jlontint's short opota, ''The Tclc- piione.'' by Dan Scull. scheduled in the same ball be performances tit 11 2 p m., and 7 p.m. of "Easter Sony" by James V, Hater-, under the direction of Dr. Curtis Pope. Easter Song Tho performances will consti- tute a Southwest premier for The drama Only other presentations have been staged m ths Univer- sily of Chicago and the Univer- sity of Iowa. Of the cast of 16 characters, three are Canunerce children. Diar.c McKnight. and Bill and1 Judy Cianford. The play is in verse and the selling is 16th cen- tury Denmark. Dr. Pope said the play was cast on the tost day of the ET summer session, and players in- siructed to learn most of their I linos during the holidays. j ''esiiU is iJvu the play is fast tak- ing shape. Rehearsals 'Mon- day, Sept 15, before registration. Every actor in the cast has at least one play to his credit. Piincipals include Bill Holloy and Elizabeth Channon, Com- merce; Nathan Wilson end Nini Sea STATE FAIR. Paae Hve NEW SPAPEK ;