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Advocate (Newspaper) - August 19, 1972, Victoria, Texas THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE 127th YEAR NO. 104 VICTORIA, TEXAS, 77401, SATURDAY, AUGUST m. 1072 20 PAGES CENTS Hijacker Captured Shot, Dragged From Plane A VETERAN DECORATED Complete restoration of the old Half Moon Reef Lighthouse, which served Malagorda Day mariners for almost a century, is planned by Texas Gas Transmission Co., owners of Bauer Dredging Co. The partially restored lighthouse, shown above, now occupies a place of honor on Bauer Dredging facilities near Point Com for land can be seen by motorists to the north of State Highway 35. Historic Building Due Renovation Old Light Not Forgotten By .M.AH V PIIIU.II'S Advocate .Staff Writer POUT LAVACA The beautiful, little while huilding many may have admired near Point Comfort (he past few- months has been there 29 years. As you drove along State High- way 55 in prior years, you probably never oven noticed it because of its rather bedraggled condition. The building is a lighthouse a real one that once served the Matagorda Bay area. Now il serves as a thing of beauty and nostalgia- Ixxrated on the north side of the highway in Bauer Dredging Company's Point Comfort yard, about six I Tovrn I alk Sally Capistran surprised and pleased when her husband presented her with an orchid "for no special reason" County Judge Kill Sparks accused oi "shaking (be money Ircc again" when he, was first to pay up on a deer tease Jack and Lurlynp Tindall excited ahoul a very special (rip to San Marcos Civil Drfrnsr Director (leorgr KNIty noting (hat the Guadalupe flood pic- tures have been moved from city hall to the courthouse lobby Dr. Swlnford Wilson reportedly picking up a new fool from (till Mooller.......Danny Arnold not loo fond of motorcycles after a wipeout Joe David Salinas home on leave from Korea, visiting with wife Margie and parents Mr. and Mis. (lav Salinas. miles from Port Lavacn, il has been there since 1W3. when it was removed from Half Moon Ileef in Matagorda Bay, The site is approximately 12 miles northeast of Port O'Connor, or approximately five miles southwest of Paiacios Point, which jets out unto Matagorda Bay, The present management of Bauer hedging Co. authorized restoration of the 19th Century lighthouse, which was started and completed last year by company personnel. The lighthouse on Half Moon Hoof was thought lo have been built about 185-i According to the archives in Washington, the east and west wave actions of Matagorda Bay caused a reef !o be formed and oysters soon look hold- Sailing ships were constantly running aground on the reef and the companies that owned these large ships filed complaints with the govern- ment, The government, in turn, buili the Half Moon Koef light station near Paiacios. Whether before or following the hurricane of 1854, when "ships went down carrying their entire crews lo (heir deaths" is no! known. Records kept by (he Cialvcslon Coast Guard District on the old lighthouse were destroyed in subsequent storms. H did survive the major hurricane of hurricane raked the entire Texas coastline, wiping out Bagdad and Clarksville. near the Ilio CJranrte's mouth, and the hurricanes of W75, and IfWtf, when Indianola received its fatal blows. Every house WJLS destroyed or damaged in the last of the two hurricanes and Ihe town was never rebuilt However, it was one of the casualties of the major hurricane which struck Matagorda Bay July :n. 19-12. when eight persons were killed, and damages totaling million porch of the lighthouse was washed off and the lighthouse was tilted one side much lower than the other. The then caretaker, Mike Nelson, now of Paiacios, put shims (supports i under the1 light lo level it and got the light (See lirU.niNT.. Page 10A) SEATTLE middle- aged gunman who hijacked a United Air IJncs jel from Reno, Nev., lo Vancouver, and Sealllc Friday was shot and dragged from the plane 12 hours nfler he first rode up to the plane on a bicycle with a rifle, authorities said. The extent of the hijacker's injuries were nol known imme- diately. The man, still uniden- tified, was shot, dragged from the plane and handcuffed short- ly after two men believed to he relief crewmen hoarded the aircraft about 10 p.m. CUT. The capture was managed after hours of negotiating, pay- ment of million in cash and careful tracking by security of- ficers who sneaked up on the [dane from behind and the sides. The Boeing 727 jet with a crew of three already had been refueled at the demand of the hijacker, The gunman who rode a bicyle up to a United Air Lines jel in Heno, Nev., and hijacked the plane to Vancouver. B.C.. and Seattle in an elaborate antiwar protest was paid the S2 million ransom he. had demanded Friday night, an airlines spokesman said. The hijacker already had 15 gold liars put aboard the plane during the four-hour stop in British Columbia. About 50 minutes after the plane landed, a man elad only in shorts drove an open truck lo the plane, which was about yards from the terminal building, Four cardboard boxes in the truck were loaded onto the pla tie t hrough a c ockp i t window. Officials declined ti> say whether the boxes contained the ransom money. Earlier, an official had said the money awaited the hijacker in four cardboard boxes. The air line prepared lo meet the hijacker's request for two new crew members. He had asked for the new crew mem- bers' names and cautioned that they indeed be pilots, lie also demanded maps of Canada All air traffic through Scattle-Tacoma International Airport was halted soon after the hijacked plane landed, The gunman, who arrived at the plane in Keno on a bicycle ho pedaled through a hole in the fence nl the airport, said the money would he used to help children crippled by the war in Vietnam. Authorities quoted him as saying the hijack "is part of an organized effort to destroy United Air Lines aircraft until the Vietnam war is ended He said United was "a major con- tributor to the war effort based on profit and greed." In one of a series of slale- menls he demanded he broad- cast over a Vancouver radio station, the hijacker said he was part of a "well-organized, para-military organization fed up with Nixon's broken promis- es..." The- hijacker ordered that two new crewmen be ready <'fl Seattle lo take the places of Ihe captive eaptain and first offi- cer, Me also asked that a change of clothes be ready for the third crew member -aboard. officials said. The hijacker's final destina- tion was not known. Also un- known were his plans for most of the items lie demanded: million in in and 15 one pound gold bars, "heavy including armor tSpp HU.U'KKK. Pagp Top Priority Projvet Money Remains Issue For Highway 59 Work llj 110V (iimiKS Advocate Staff The proposed four-lane improvement of L'.S. Highway 5'J from Ibe Cuadalupc Hivcr bridge to Goldman Hill continues as the loji priority in the Texas Highway Department's major program for Victoria County, Commissioners Court was assured again Friday. Inn the highway depart- ment simply does not have the money to gel along with the project. The assurance was given by Carl V. Hamerl of Y oakum, district highway deparlrnent engineer, in the course of a conference which tentatively rmipped out a road program fur the county. This plan will be submitted to the Texas Highway Commission by the Yoakurn of I ice. Such major projecls as the (ioldman ihll improvement program arc in a fund category, of course, which is entirely separate from the farm- to-inarkel rnail planning. Improvement of the approach to Goldman Hill from the river, to the point where L'.S nil and L.S Highway 77 separate1, tor years lias been high on the highway department's list of priorities localise of the number of multi-death accidents which have been taken place along tins stretch Harnert told commissioners court that month after month his office resubmits this project to Austin as the lop priority for the county, but the highway department's other demands and shortage of money lias held it out of (he con- struction process. County .ludge Willmm C Sparks assured the highway engineer that all required right-of-way for the improvement is available, and that the final two tracts will he settled in condemnation proceedings neM Tuesday in district court. These include a small tract listed as the Fairolla Green property and another small area listed to Wilder heirs. In both cases. Sparks said, some of the heirs are unknwon and cannot he located, so the county's only recourse is to obtain district court condemnation, to pay over money awarded for the land, which involves only a comparatively small amount, and to hold the funds in escrow by the court until heirs are located and can he paid, if ever One other matter which remains to be settled is the reloc'ation of lines in the improvement area belonging to Southwestern Bell TelphoneCo., and Judge Sparks told highway department representatives lhat (his also will be attended to iSve I'ago ItiAi About Meteorologists of the National Weather Ser- vice station and their farnilieb held their annual picnic Friday at the Optimist Club Pavillinn in Riverside Park, Some '.ft persons offended during the dav Trie picnic began at to a.m. and continued until K p.m Bob James, official m charge of the local station, said (his was to permit members of all different shifts to par- ticipate some time during the day Also, with a 10 hour picnic it only rained part of the time on ihe weathermen. Declared 'Second Party' Hy JIM O'llKlKN Advocate SlaK Writer Two hours kite, Init Bounding years ahead of his time with a philosophical outlook to the future, llamsej Mnniz. La Raza Unirta Parly candidate for the highest office in the Mate of Texas. Friday night, kepi n crowd of more lhan persons on their feel cheering as he sought their vole in (he November general election, who was a player on (he Corpus Christi Miller High School team that went lo the slate playoff in r.irnetl a football scholarship lo Baylor University and went on to earn his law degree, told the crowd that he is seeking neither a Democratic nor a He-publican victory in Texas. "We're not in this fjghi to split the Democratic party to Campers Find 'New World' JOHN KOKKKTS Advocate Staff Writer PALACIOS .Summer camp opens up a whole new world of activities and fun limes for youngsters and this is especially true for 111 special education students who are participating in the Camp Flipper project at the Itapttsi Encampment in Paiacios. The one-week camp which will end Saturday was termed a "complete success" by Mac Judd, camp director and special education teacher at Patti Welder Intermediate School. In its first year, the project is being sponsored by Region ft of the Texas Association for Retarded Children, including Ray Ci ty, El Campo. Port l.ivaca, Paiacios and Victoria units "It's the social interaction that is realty important for these Judd said. "Many of (hese students have never been away from home and had this experience, while others have a! I ended camps in the past, but because of their handicaps they stayed in the background." Camp counselors composed of volunteers from Ihe various areas, are represented by TARS (Teens Aid (he The fourth annual International Food Fair will be held (led) and Boy Scouts. Adult next week at the Community Center and readers of Sunday's Fun Magazine section will get a preview of the food and entertainment that will be offered. Proceeds from ihe fair benefilthe HEAR Foundation, Last year, the event attracted some local and area people. I instructor from Hay City; Sister Janet, music director from Incarnate Word in Vic- toria-, and Jack Whalen of Port Kivaca. in charge of fishing activities. Personal attention is such that there was one counselor for every two campers. In special ca.se.s a counselor had only one camper. Emphasis was placed on waU'r activities swimming and fishing. There are 25 (junUfied water safety in- structors at the camp lo help the students in swimming and learning water safety. About 20 of the students hail never been in the wafer. Judd noted. By the second or third day, everybody had been swi m m i tip anil thoroughly enjoyed it, he said. Although Retting all the students to enjoy the recreational aspect of swim- ming, giving them the con- fidence to take care nf them selves in the water significant progress. "This is fundamental to what we try tci accomplish in (he swimming program Mrs. Hodges said. "Pishing and swimming are what the kids look forward in most." said Judd. "At first. snme of ihe students were scared nf (he1 fish and of even going out on the pier. Now we have r-veryimo fishing and Itjvijig il Thi-rc have b i i -mr re H L t K E i 1 i t< n inchiiiijjt.' two nice flounders. are I'leaninp Iheir own fish iiiifl wo iire putting them on ice so they can laken them when camp is over and him1 Ihcir families cook (In1 said Other ai-iiuties at the ramp included aris ami crafts, music. archery.physical activities and nature hikes alonf! the bcarh Hit. n ti a i 1 I 1 I it il i i SUNDAY PREVIEW Food and Fun supervisors include Jack Hunl of Port Uivaca, in charge of physical education. Mrs. Frank Hodges, water safety F'opeye's New Job Eddie "Popeyc" Egan, the former New York narcotics detective upon whose life the Academy Award winning movie "The French Connection" was based, has gone into show business and is loving every minute of it. Read about him in Fun Magazine. Ailrology Comlci Crottowrtf Dennis Editor Ind cx iB Uvfslock 1A Mirkelt Movlei
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