Winnsboro News (Newspaper) - February 9, 1956, Winnsboro, Texas Dallas, t�x�� aufV"*---, (Thr ttltmtslmru Volume 49-Number 12 Serving Northeast Texas' Leading Produce Market, Agricultural Section and Rich, Four-County Oil Area WINNSBORO, WOOD COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9, 1956 TWO SECTIONS-TWELVE PAfltl Broken Electric Line Kills Woodie R. Jones Woodie Ray Jones, 55, was electrocuted and his body virtually cremated Monday morning after he touched a live electric power line that was on the ground near his home in the Smyrna community - southeast of Winnsboro. Justice of the Peace D. W. Jackson set the .time of Jones' death at approximately 11 o'clock Monday morning. No one saw the accident, out the man was seen in Winnsboro earlier that morning and had stopped at a store close to his home shortly before the accident. City Marshall V. L. "Bfcutch" West was the first officer to the scene said that when he got .there Jones was lying on his back clutching the wire across his body with both hands. West said Jones was found on ,the road about 100 yards north of his home, where he lived alone. The wire was a primary power line for the Wood County REA and manager V. B. Shaw said these lines carry 7,200 volts of electricity. The body was so badly burned that D. B. Crow and ,two other men who discovered it almost passed it by because bhey didn't recognize it as a person, West said. The clothes and shoes had already turned and ,the (body blazing. After bhey found the man they had ..to drive to rtown to summon aid. A misunderstanding about the location first sent West and a Southwestern Gas and Eletric emergency crew to the Y grocery on Highway 11, then they were notified by radio that the accident was near the 4-way Grocery on the Perryville road. West said that when he first got to the accident, several onlookers were wanting to try and knock the wire away from Jones' body with a stick, but he wouldn't let them because of the danger of someone else being electrocuted. An emergency crew from the Wood County REA was on . the scene shortly after the officer arrived and they killed the line and then removed the body from the wire. � Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the McCrary-Waggoner-Edwards Funeral Chapel with Rev. Johnny Rogers conducting the services. Burial was in the Smyrna cemetery. He was born Sept. 10, 1901, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Jones. He is survived by .three brothers, Irvin L. Jones of San Diego, Calif., Norman G. Jones of Shreveport, La., and Robert Jones of Escondido, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Clara May Millican of Dallas. Red Raiderettes Win District Cage Crown Winnsboro has a district championship ! Coach Elmer Miller's Raiderettes beat Sulphur Sprfngs, Lassies 39 to 36 in a three minute overtime game Tuesday night in Sulphur Springs and clinched the title. The girls play one more district game against Pittsburg nextThurs-day night, hut, this will'have no effect on the title since Pittsburg has lost three games, Sulphur Springs two and Winnsboro none. Coach Miller said his girls .turned in their best performances of the year in whipping Sulphur Springs twice and taking the crown. .Saturday night the Raiderettes won 39 to 30 in a game played here. He stated that the outstanding work of his guards contributed much ,to the team's success in these two games. In the scoring department two Glendas carried the bulk of the scoring load in both contests. High Ice Storm Causes Death. Heavy Damages in Area By B ELECTRICITY: It U that wonder-* ful stuff we never appreciate until we punch the button and find not enough. Everyone in this territory was tossed back in the "dark ages" by ,the ice storm last week and suddenly became aware of how much we depended on those wires that spread over town like a spider web. The lack of electricity was the main topic of conservation all over .town. t t t ONE WOMAN said, after spend- ing one night by a kerosene lamp, that men who received their educations by stouding by the light of a pine kno,t should receive a special commendation. That lamp didn't make any light, and J don't see how we got along before we had electric lights, the lady seated, t t T MANY WINNSBOROANS wbo didn't own lamps or were unable to get candles just went to bed "with the chickens" and caught up on their rest. However many people found they couldn't enjoy their sleep without electricity for they were used to sleeping under "charged blankets" and they didn't like having to go back to sleeping under a big pile of covers, t t f RURAL RESIPENTS fpund that without their electricity they were almost helpless. One man said his wife couldn't cook because she had an electric stove, there w$s no water because the (See TOWN TALK, Page 8) Fito, colored or black and white, flash bulbs, cameras and supplies #t your Western Store. Scorer Glenda Clark led the way in both games. In Saturday's game here she scored 17 points and and Tuesday night in Sulphur Springs she made 20. Glenda Mc-Clure was close behind her in each contest. Saturday she made 14 and Tuesday she hit for 12. Tuesday night's game ended in a 36 to 36 tie. In a three imiroute overtime, Glenda Clark scored one free throw and a field goal ,to give Winnsboro it's margin of victory. Both teams threw up a strong defense throughout ,the game and at the end of the first six minutes Winnsboro was leading 1 to 0. Winnsboro was leading at .the end of the first quarter 6 to 5. Sulphur Springs was ahead 20 to 21 at the half and 31 to 28 a,t the end of the third period. In the game played here Saturday night Winnsboro was leading at .the end of the first period 15 to 8, at the half 22 to 15 and at the three-quarters mark 30 ,to 22. In this contest Matthems was high point girl for Sulphur Springs with 17 points and Pat Winkle made eight for Winnsboro. In the second game Matthews again led the Lassies with 20 points. Kay Talbert made 6 and Pat Winkle 4 for Winnsboro. The local girls are playing in a tournament at Union Hill this week end. It opened today with Winnsboro meeting Avinger at 4 o'clock this afternoon. ICY ROADS put Dr. Frank Wheeler's car in a ditch north of Winnsboro. No one w�i injured and the car wa� undam- aged. A wrecker is towing the car buck on, the road while a repairman 8r>'d*� the car. -News Staff Photo CAUSING THE first break in electric service for Winnsboro was this large tree limb that came crashing to the ground Thursday afternoon in W. H. CKadick's front yard. The limb snapped power lines as it came down. -News Staff Photo Special Guests Coming To Rotary Celebration REMOVING ICE coated tree limbs from over power lines kept eJectric li'ne repairmen busy during the storm. Here this workman is on an ice covered ladder sawing off limbs that might get on the lines if the limbs should break. -News Staff Photo Lee Grabel Presenting Two Shows Wednesday Two Well Sites Being Prepared For Drilling Preparations for more drilling operations in the Winnsboro areai were (underway today as Workmen were building roads and rigging up for two important wildcats south of town. Despite delays due to winter weather, operators were, reported completing derrick and rigging up this morning for the No. 1 D. B. Paschal seven miles south of Winnsboro and southeast of Stout. Contract depth is 7,000 feet or 200 feet into the Paluxy. To be drilled by iBobby Manziel of Tyler, it is a sub-lease from C. P. McKnightJr. on a farmoutfrom The Texas Company. Location is 330 feet out of the southeast corner of an 83.25-acre tract, Antonio Calderon survey. Drilling contract for Gulf Oil Corporation's No. 1 G. H. Gamblin et al Smackover wildcat in the Winnsboro Field has been let to .the M. J. Delaney Company of Dallas and road building was underway today. Location is 150 west and on the same 73.5nacre tract, Benj.*min Lee survey, as the Winnsboro Field discovery, the No. 1 H. H. Birewer, drilled by Gulf in 1943. The field now produces from about 8,000-foo.t level and Smack-over depth is below 12,000 feet. In the New Hope area northeast (See OIL, Page 8) The time for the two shows by the internationally famous illusionist Lee Grabel has 'been set at 2:15 in the afternoon and at 8 o'clock Wednesday night, Feb. 15, in the High School gym. Lions President Russell Wilson announc-ed today. ' Wilson also announced a new price for advance tickets, and the price of children's tickets. Adults tickets bought in advance will cost $1.00 and $1.25 at the door. Children's tickets for Wednesday's afternoon performance are 25 cents for grade school children, and 35 cents for high school students. Children attending the night show will be admitted for 50 cents. The afternoon show is a special students show, Wilson said. This famous illusionist has received good press notices in all of his performances and his Revue features many acts beside the ones usually found in a magic show. Some of Grabel's acts are shot-ing a young lady from a canon and having her immediately appear from a trunk that is nested in the middle of several locked trunks, and a pin-<up girl that appears to come to life, and many other outstanding acts make up ,the two hour stage show. The Lions share of the receipts from this show will be used toward buying the filter system for the new swimming pool. All local Lions are selling tickets .to this show and because of the reduced price on advance tickets, people wishing to attend the show may save money by buying tickets early.. Many of the men who organized .the Rotary Club in Winiisboro will be in attendance at the club's fifteenth anniversary celebration to be held in Westbrook cafetorium, Tuesday night at 7 o'clock. Malvin Cain said today that, as much of the original Charter Night Program as possible has been reconstructed and several of the men who were on the program that first night, will either be on this program or attending. Special guests at this celebration will be the ML Vernon Rotary Club, which sponsored the Winnsboro club, and charter members of tlie local club and the past district governors, and their wives. According to Cain, the present district governor, Forest Roberts of Carthage, and three past governors, George A. Kelley of Long-view who was district governor when the dub was organized arid presented the club its charter, Ed Edmondson of Greenville, and H. Grady Spruce of Dallas, have indicated they will be here. Two charter members who live elsewhere, Rev. Charles L. Bounds of Dallas and Gilbert Gibson of Crockett, are planning to be here. Red Raiders End District Season With Three Games Coach John Trantham and his Winnsboro Red Raiders basketball team ends district play with games tonight, tomorrow riig.ht and Tuesday night. Tonight ML Vernon will meet the flu-weakened Raiders in the local gym. Toimorrow night Winnsboro goes ,to Commerce and Tuesday the Bonham Warriors come to Winnsboro for a game that was cancelled U.st week because of the ice storm. Tuesday night, with both Roy Carter and Bobby Brown in bed with flu, Gilmer's Buckeyes beat the Raiders 52 to 5 1. Jackie Alston took scoring honors for the Raiders with 13 points. Fleet for Gilmer took the high scoring honors of the game with Hi points. The rest of the Raider scoring was done by T. J. Corbitt with 12, Gayle Alston, 10; Bonnie Pollard 9, and Don Beaalcy 8. Trantham said Wednesday afternoon that Carter and Brown were both out and it was very doubtful if they would play against ML Ver-i non. Rev. Bounds will give the invocation at this meeting just as he did at the Charter banquet 15 years ago. E. J. (Zim) Zimmetimnn of Dallas and a- former district governor has been named speaker for the occassion. He has served as president of the WickiLa, Kun., and Dallas Rotary clubs and has attended Rotary International Conventions in Austria, Canada, Mexico und (See ROTARY, Page 5) City Elections Set By Aldermen for Tuesday, April 3 A ci.ty election was called for the first Tuesday in April, which la April 3, by the city council in its regular meeting Tuesday night at the city hall. The election . will be to name three aldermen. Aldermen whose terms expire this year are Dr. E. P. Stuart, J. G. Majors, and H. V. Han vie. Mrs. Pearl James was elected by the council to ac.t as election judge. In the only other mutter acted on, other than routine business, the council vo.led to maintain the same tax rate for this year as was in effect in 1955. The rate is $1.50 per hundred dollars evaluation. For a person to become a candidate for one of the city alderman pos.ts, his name must be submitted on a petition signed by 12 quali-ficd voters at toast 20 days before the election. One death and several thousand dollars In damages to electric and telephone lines, trees, and Mevfc*� Ion antennas resulted from the lc picked up n broken electric power linu that was currying 7,200 volte of electricity. Telephone and electric power lines were hard hit and Winnsboro and the surrounding area wen* witnout power during part or all of the storm. Marcus Patrick, local mamager of Southwestern Gas and electric Co.,' estimated the damages and costs of repairing bhc damages to his power linos ut between eight and ten thousand dollars. Repair crewmen worked almost continually from .the time the first break was reported Thursday afternoon at 6:30 until Sunday. At times there were as many as throe repair crews working here ia town. Although the residential area of Winnsboro was without electricity different times during the three day period, the business section, was without for only 15 mi routes, Patrick said. A transmission line between here and Mt. Pleasant broke near Now Hope, causing the downtown failure. A supply was immediately taken from tho Mineoh* end of the line and service was* restored, Patrick said. Power failures in residents were caused from eight major breaks, within the city limits, Patrick stated- He said of these eight breaks, only two wore caused from the weight of Ice on the lines and the rest wore cause by tree limbs breaking and falling into the linoB. Repair crews spent a lot of their time cutting limbs from over the lines and. getting limbs off lines-, before they did break. Many people getting their power from Wood County REA lines were without electricity from Thursday afternoon until Monday or Tuesday. V. B, Saaw, REA. manager in Quitman said the REA linns were knocked out all over this part of the county. N Ho said the areas around Carfe-wright, Pleasant Grove, and around Winnsboro were the hardest hit and the lines were down all over the area. There were front eight to ten crews working to get j (.See STORM, Page 8) Local Tax Payments Below '55 Receipts School Board Election Ordered; Three Principals Give Report , - -._________~ ,1 U.. v U ^ An election for the purpose of selecting two members for the Winnsboro Independent School District Board was ordered for the first Saturday in April, by the School Board in its Monday night meeting. Incumbents Taft Tinney and W. H. Chadick said at the meeting that they definitely would not be candidates for re-election. Floyd Williams, a local business �man, has placed his name on the ballot for one of the two posts. A prison may place his name on the ballot, or a "name may be placed on the ballot by a petition signed by five qualified vo.ters. These names must be filed with R. C. Martin, secretary of the board, at least 10 days before election. Mrs. H. N. Bingham and Mrs. Pearl James were named by the board as election officials. The board voted to purchase a public address system for the High School so that the principal :nay have quicker contact with the many different buildings and classrooms on .the high school campus. The other schools are already equipped with these systems. The members also voted to provide the Student Council with $45 needed to send delegates to the state convention in Midland this spring. Also, the board voted to pay all bills due. In a continuation of their study of the curriculum of the Winnsboro Schools, the board members heard reports from the three principals of the local school on what they were trying to accomplish in each of their schools. Mrs. Annie Spivey, principal of Westbrook, declared that in the first four grades, the .three R's and -citizenship were the subjects stressed most. In the first two grades reading is the most important course, she said. So many teachers in the higher grades tell us if we will just teach the students ,to read in the first two grades, they will teach them the other subjects, Mrs. Spivey stated. The veteran elementary teacher pointed out that art and inusic are worked in with the more basic courses when possible, but reading, spelling, arithmetic, writing and citizenship are the most important subjects. "We have found very few chil-(See SCHOOL, P&ge 8) Local and city tax payments were not as good as last year, but county ,:\tate and common school district payments Sire about equal to those of last year, according to statements from the different tax assessor-collectors. A spokeman for the County tax office said late Wednesday afternoon that a complete report for tlwj county, state and common school district was not yet finished, because of a lot of last minute mail bearing tax payments had delayed completing the report. A partial report showed that $720,204.93 of the total tax bill of $753,404 has been collected. When the final figures are in, the spokes-mart stated, he expected between 98 and 99 per cent of the taxes to be paid. He said this would be about equal to the amount collected last year. Winnsboro Independent School District tax payment fell several per cent below the record set last year by collector Mike Black. This year Black reported his collection at 93.55 per cent of the total school tax roll. This represents $74,960.35 collected of a total roJl of $80,128.42. He also collected P-TA Meeting Feb, 21 In Westbrook School The regular Parents-Teachers Association meeting, which is usually held the second Tuesday of each .month, has been postponed until Feb. 21. Members and guests will meet at three o'clock in the Westbrook Cafetorium for the first time instead of Memorial School. The fourth grade will be in charge of the entertainiment and Rev. Kirk Beard, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will be guest speaker. $3IK.84 in delinquent taxes. Last yoar Black collected 99.87 per cent of the total tax roll. In his report to the school board, Black said that he had entered some names on the delinquent tax rolls this year for the first time since he had become tax assessor-collector for the school. City tax assessor-collector W. W. Butler stated that he had also had some tax payers to become delinquent this year for the first time. Some of them were large accounts he stated. He said There has been $28,150 collected from a total tax roll of $30,729.50, and $1672.45 in delinquent taxes paid to hi.s office, Butler said. Xray Reports Being Sent, Within 2 to 6 Weeks Those people who had chest *-rays made by the state unit that was operating in Wood County two weeks ago can expect reports from the, x-ray within two to six weeks, Dr. W. T. Black, director of the Wood County Health Unit announced today. Dr. Black said .those people who get reports advising them to see their family doctor, should do just that. The abnormalities usually found in this x-ray survey are heart, tumors, T. B., from its incipiency to the advance stages, scars, deformities, and foreign bodies in the cheat, Dr. Black stated. � Jerry Wayne Ziegler arrived i home from Japan, Sunday and j visited his grandparents,. Mr. and Mrs. Van Brewer, Monday. It's new! See the complete new camera department at your Western S,tore.