Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas
THUNDER STORMS'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXXIII, No. 303
A»$ociated Prêté (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 15, 1954—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
As Rains Pelt Valley
PULVERIZED—This is what remained of a 1941 Ford coupe after it collided with a Sunset Motor Lines Co. truck. One person was killed and two were injured in the auto. Crash W'as heard more than six blocks away. (Staff Photo by David Barros)
Car, Truck Hit;
1 Dead. 2 Hurt
One person was killed and two Injured about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a 1941 Ford coupe collided with a Sunset Motor Lines truck just outside the southwest city limits of Abilene on U. S Highway 277.
Killed was C. D. Clark, about 45. of Rising Star. Seriously Injured were his wife, Mrs. Estella Hamby Clark, about 40 or 45, and Willis Kirkland, about 40 or 45, also of Rising Star.
Driver of the truck. T. L. Wolford of 172« Woodard St., was not' 8°^ Kostin ju red,
Abilene police reiiorted that Mrs.
Clark suffered a broken back, a fractured leg and several cuts and bruises.
Kirkland’s Injuries were unknown but he was believed in serious condition, officers said.
dual wheels of the truck. The auto, was heavily damaged. Only damage to the truck consisted of the j dual left rear wheels being knock- \ cd out of line.
A spokesman for Kiker-Warren Funeral Home who brought Mr. and Mrs. Clark to Hendrick Memorial Hospital quoted Mrs. Clark as saying they w ere enroule to Abilene from Rising Star to see Mrs. Clark’s sister, Mrs. Douglas B. Dillard, 1802 South Third.
Mrs. Clark was quoted as saying they were looking for the 1800 block of South 14th St., and apparently
The Kiker - Warren spokesman said Clark was dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial.
It was believed Kirkland was the driver of the auto with Clark sitting on the right hand side of the vehicle.
Kirkland was brought to Hendrick Memorial Hospital by Laughter - North Funeral Home ambulance.
The truck was headed south while the auto was headed north toward Abilene when the accident occurred.
Clark’s body was taken to Kiker-Warren Funeral Home.
Dr. A. J. Wimberly, Prominenf Dentist, Dies al Sweefwater
The accident occurred when the automobile struck the left rear
Woman Hurl In Collision
Mrs. Jack Ernest Laird, 42, of 1926 Lowden St., was injured in an automobile-truck collision about S;15 p.m. Wednesday about eight miles south of Abilene on U. S. Highway 277.
Mrs. Laird sustained cuts about the face, an injured right shoulder and left knee. She was treated and released from Hendrick Memorial Hospital.
Driver of the 1953 Ford sedan In which Mrs. Laird was riding was her husband, Jack Earnest Laird, 43. He was not injured.
Driver of the truck which belonged to the West Texas Utilities Co. was John Dugan Edgar. 27, of 1329 South Second St. He also was not Injured.
Both vehicles were headed south at the time of the accident, W. A. Jacob, highway patrolman who Investigated the accident, said.
Jacob said the collision occurred as the truck was making a left turn and the Laird auto was attempting to pass.
The truck received moderate damage to its left side and the front end of the Laird auto was heavily damaged, Jacob said.
SWEETWATER. April 14. (RNS) I y —Dr. A. J. Wimberly, one of Tex-1 as’ best known dentists and a i leading citizen of Sweetwater, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sweetwater Hospital.
He had been in failing health for several years and a patient at the hospital since April 4.
Dr. Wimberly w'as a past president of the 17th District of the Texas State Dental Society. In 1948, just before he became state president, he and Mrs. Wimberly were honored at an appreciation banquet given by dentists of the district and other leading citizens. | Dr. Wimberly was born and i reared in Terrell. He received his | dental education in Atlanta Dental College at Atlanta, Ga. He joined ' the 'Texas State Dental Society in 1908 and the same year came to Sweetwater.
Organized Dental Society He was instrumental m organizing the West Texas Dental Society some 43 years ago, and was a charter member of the 17th District of the Texas State Dental Society which W'as organized in 1930.
He was married here in 1909 to Vivian Snell. His civic career included terms as president of the Board of City Development. He was a 32d Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the First Methodist Church. He had served for a number of years on the board of stewards of the church.
Dr. Wimberly was also active in Hereford breeders’ organizations.
Survivors are his wife; one son, Fred of Sweetwater; two brothers.
Dr. H. A. Wimberly of San Angelo
DR. A. J. WIMBERLY
and D. D. Wimberly of Roswell, N. M.; and a nephew. Dr. Russell Wimberly of Longview.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. W. E. Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Arrangements are in charge of Cate - Spencer Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be J. S. Schooler, Henry Rogers, Tom Donohue, Willis Davis, Ray Booth, Fred Wills, Rlgdon Edwards and Lance Sears.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the West Texas Dental Society, the 17th District of the Texas State Dental Society and the Nolan County Medical Association.
Promoters Cot Rich on No Capital: Byrd
WASHINGTON. April 14 (^—Sen. Byrd (D-Va) declared today that some housing promoters, operating on shoestrings or w'ith no capital at all, got excessive government-insured loans running into millions and reaped fat profits.
He told the Senate the housing program had been marred by extravagance and irresponsibility "if not actual fraud and graft,” and said “criminal prosecution may result” if evidence shows government officials acted deliberately in such cases.
Committee Begins Study Byrd is chairman of the Joint Committee on Reduction of non-essential Federal Expenditures. The committee began a study of alleged housing irregularities last July, but Byrd complained today that his committee had been “denied the facts” by the government agencies concerned.
He said he w'ould insist that Director Albert M. Cole of the Housing and Home Finance Agency testify “under oath” to furnish the information Byrd said has been withheld so far. “Merely dismissals” of some officials of the Federal Housing Administration will not meet the situation, he added.
Both Byrd’s committee and the Senate Banking Committee headed by Chairman Capehart (R-Ind) have announced plans for formal hearings into housing irregulairities disclosed by the White House Monday.
They involve charges that excessive loans were approved both for apartments and for home repair projects promoted by unscrupulous salesmen,
Capehart said today he W'ill ask $250,000 to finance his committee’s probe, which will include a check of 7,000 rental housing projects built with FHA-insured mortgages.
He said he will ask President Eisenhower to make available from income tax records the names of 251 builders who allegedly made 75 million dollars profit with the help of excessive FHA loans and said “there may be as much as 500 million dollars Involved In this whole business.”
WINNER—Joseph T. Meek accepts piece of candy offered by daughter, Julia (left), 16, and his wife at Republican headquarters in Chicago, III., after winning the nine-man race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator.
Tornadic Winds Hit Near Marfa
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thunderstorms lashed the flooded Rio Grande Valley again Wednesday.
The hard rains drove scores more from their homes and brought to 4,000 the number estimated driven out since Friday.
Four persons have died because of the flood.
Storm waters spread clear and deep in three great pools in a 10 by 15 mile area bounded by Edinburg, Pharr, Weslaco and Edcouch-Elsa at the west end of Texas’ “‘market basket.’*
This was the area hardest hit by cloudbursts that dumped up to 11 inches of rain Fri
day. It was the hardest hit by the hard rains Wednesday.
Few of the thou.sands who fled their homes suffered. They moved in with relatives and friends. There was almost no want; no public feeding since 200 persons were fed last Monday.
Some highways still lay deep under water. On others cars traveled almost axle-deep through water.
The standing pools were deep enough for some to joy-ride ovei fields and highways in motor boats.
Fuel-Less Engine 'Foolish/ Estep Trial Jury Advised
By GEORGIA NELSON
A rapt jury heard a discour.se on atomic energy Wednesday afternoon in the trial of William Estep in U, S. District Court.
Dr. Allen Reid of Dallas told the court and jury “you can’t make energy out of nothing.” He asserted that anyone who attempted to build a 90 per cent fuel-less engine was "foolish and misguided and would soon learn from the U. S. Patent Office that it can’t be done.”
Dr. Reid is professor and chair
and is now consultant on physics to the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies and the Veterans Administration and chairman of the Radio Isotope Committee of Southwestern Medical School.
Friction Vital Force When asked whether he had over heard of frictionless oil. Dr. Reid replied, "It can’t exist.” He went on to explain that it is friction that holds atoms and molecules together and that if all friction were eliminated the atoms would fly
mar. of the department apart. Result: Nothing could exist.
sics of Southwestern Medical
School of the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds the Ph. D. degree in physical chemistry with minors in mathematics and physics from Columbia University. He spent about five years with the Manhatten (atom bomb) Project
Big 3 in Agreement On Pacific Defense
PARIS, April 14 W^Secretary of State Dulles concluded today a Big Three agreement to work for a Western Pacific defense wall against the spread of communism.
The final step was taken with joint issuance of a communique by Dulles and French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault spotlighting the war in Indochina as a danger to peace in all Southeast Asia.
Dulles’ goal w’as a 10-nation military alliance like NATO,
After the agreement was announced, Dulles left for home by plane. He will report to President Eisenhower on the success of his mission in London and Paris.
The joint statement by Dulles and Bidault guaranteed that France, Britain and the United States would furnish a common front at Geneva when the Far
Troop PromisOj^Yy Double Paint Creek Spurs France Generating Capacity
LONDON. April 14 tiH—Britain •today spurred France toward ratification of the European Defense Community Treaty with a historic commitment to keep troops on the continent. The British offered also to integrate ground and air forces In the six-nalion European army.
The pledge by this island nation was announced in the House of Commons by Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. It was aimed at duieting French fears about West German rearmament within EDC •nd inducing the French Parliament to ratify the treaty.
Both the United States and Britain have declared EDC is Indlspen-iable to the defense of Western Europe against the threat of Communist aggression. The British
iiromlsed to keep their armed orcei in Europe as long as that threat exists.
Suit Against Oil Firms to Be Tried
AUSTIN, AprU 14 (^The state’s 1949 antitrust suit against 10 major oil companies presents a sufficient causa of action to entitle the state to a trial, the 3rd Court of Civil Appaala laid today.
STAMFORD. April 14 — Con-struction to increase the generating capability of West Texas Utilities Company’s new Paint Creek Station on Lake Stamford to 66,-000 kilowatts was announced here today by Price Campbell. WTU president. The station, which is the company’s newest, was placed in operation last summer.
The Austin Building Co., Dallas, has been awarded the general contract for construction of an addition to the present plant and for Installation of equipment. The Austin Building Co. said construction will begin April 26.
Add Second Unit
“A second 33.000 kUowatt lui bo-generating unit for the plant,” Campbell said, “has been ordered and is scheduled to be put in operation in September, 1955.” Campbell pointed out that subject to development of power requirements in future years, the l^TU now plans that the Paint Creek atation will be the largest generating atatlon in the company’s system. The addition of this new unit and the completion of the installations of a new unit at the company’! Rio Pecoa plant near Me-
Carney will bring the system generating capability to 251,970 kilowatts.. an increase of 282 per cent since 1944.
The temporary north wall of the plant w'ill be removed and an 80 X 80 addition of structural steel, masonry and brick approximately four stories high will be constructed on the north side of the plant. The new generating unit, which will be identical with the first unit, will be hydrogen cooled and will operate on 875 pounds steam pressure at 900 degrees temperature. A semifoutdoor type steam boiler with a capability of 300,000 pounds of steam per hour will supply steam to operate the new unit. This boiler will be filed w’ith natural gas and will also be equipped for fuel oil combustion.
R. V. Sass, who was WTU’s resident engineer in charge of construction of the plant, will supervise the new construction.
The plant is now operated on three 8-hour shifts, seven days a week and is manned by a staff of 22 trained men under the direction of C. O. Holt, chief engineer, with J. P. Cook as assistant togi-
neer. It is anticipated that four additional operators will be added to the staff when the new unit is completed.
Lake Water ‘Borrowed’
The Paint Creek plant, located on a 120-acre site on the north shore of Lake Stamford, uses water from the lake principally for cooling and condensing steam. Company engineers point out that the plant actually *;^rrows" water from the lake. ’'iTie water is pumped from the lake, circulated through the plant in clean, polished brass tubes and returned to the lake.
Campbell pointed out that building new power plants was only part of the Job of providing facilities for the low-cost electrical service which is essential to the continued growth of this area.
He said in the case of Paint Creek, the addition of the second unit will require the construction of new 132,000 volt substations and the converting of a proportion of the company’s transmission system from 66,000 volts to 132,000 volts in order that the poner from the station may be efficiently transmitted throughout the ai*ta.
Eastern conference opens April 2.
The statement, similar to the announcement in London ye.sterday, by Dulles and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, was approved by France’s Premier Joseph Laniel before it was made public.
The statement said that the war in Indochina threatened peace in the whole Pacific area, adding: “In close association with other interested nations, we will examine the possibility of establishing, within the framework of the United Nations Charter, a collective defense to assure the peace, security and freedom of this area.
V. a. DEPARTMENT OE COMMERi'E WEATHER BDREAV ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and warm with rather aevere thunderatorm* likely near noon or afternoon Thurfday. Partly cloudy Thuraday night and Friday. Cooler Friday. High Temperature Thuraday 86 degreea. Low Thuraday night 55. High Friday «8 to 10, NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Showera
and local thunderatorma Thuraday and In aoulh Thuraday night. Cooler Thuraday night and in the Jorthweat Thuraday night and In the norUiweat Thuraday afternoon. Friday partly cloudy and mild.
WEST TEXAS: Cloudy to partly cloudy scattered ahowera and local thunderatorma In the eaat part of the South Plains and from the Pecoa Valley eastward. Cooler in the Panhandle and South Plains Thursday and upper Pecos Valley eastward Thursday night. Friday partly cloudy and mild; scattered showera In the Del Rlo-Eagle Pass area.
EAST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy with scattered ahoa-era and thundershowers Thuraday and In south Frldsy, except local thunderstorms In the north late Thuraday. Cooler In the north Thuraday night and Friday.
SOUTH CENTRAL TF-XAS Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers Thursday and Friday; cooler In th# extreme north Thuraday night and Friday. Fresh aoutherly winda on the coast.
TEMPERATt RES Wed AM. Wed PM
•3 .. ....... 1:30 70
67 ........... a 30 ............ 73
i7 ............ 3:30 ........ 73
67 ............ 4 30 ............ 74
66 ............ 6 30 ............ 74
64 ............ 6 30 ............ 71
64 ............ 7 30 ............ 6»
64 ............ 8 30 ............ 87
85 ...... 0:30 67
67 ........... 10:30 ............
68 ...... 11:30 ............
m ......... la 30 ...........
High and low temperatures for ai hours ended at 6 30 p m : 75 and 63.
High and low temperatures same data last year: 86 and 53 Sunset last night 1:07 pm. Sunrlsa today 6 11 am. Bunaet tonight 7.06 pm. Barometer reading at 0:30 pm. 37 06. Relativo humidity at t;30 p.m. 64%.
Estep claimed to have developed a "frictionless oil,”
Dr. Reid emphasized that no machine can produce more energy than is put into it in the form of fuel. On the contrary, he said, no machine has yet been devised that has 100 per cent efficiency. Some of the energy is always lost through friction.
The government used Dr. Reid’s testimony in an effort to explode Estep’s claims that his "atomotor” could step up one horsepower to 20 horsepower and that after it was started it would run indefinitely on its own power with no fuel being added.
Dozen Reveal Investment Estep is on trial on charges of using the mails to defraud and violation of the Security Act of 1933, More than a dozen government witnesses have testified that his claims for the atomotor led them to invest money in the Atomotor Manufacturing Co., Inc.
He had attempted to use the rapid expansion and contraction of mercury to create energy in the atomotor.
Cross examing Dr. Reid, Defense Attorney Maury Hughes of Dallas asked if mercury did not expand more rapidly than any other substance.
Dr. Reid answered his question by saying that “some thermometers now have in them — peri&h the word ~ alcohol.”
When government attorneys protested Hughes’ questioning was veering away from issues In th« trial, Hughes wound up by asking;
Sun Getting Smalltr "Tell me, doctor, isn’t the sun getting smaller every day?"
“Yes,” Dr. Reid replied.
"When wUl it disappear?”
‘That will be bUlions and billions of years away.”
"What will happen then?”
"It will be real cold.’”
More serious testimony Wednesday concerned Estep’s bank accounts.
M. F. Wilson, vice president of Citizens National Bank, stated that Estep had two accounts in that bank in 1952. They were in the name of "Estep Memorial Re-.search Foundation” and "Atomotor Mfg. Co.”
(kivernment attorneys offered evidence that Estep deposited a $1,000 check given him by Mrs. A. M. Morris of 442 Highland Ave, in the “Estep Memorial” account. Mrs. Morris had given Estep her check in payment for stock in the Atomoter Mfg. Co.
Paid for Carpeting Other evidence showed that Estep paid personal living expenses out of the Atomotor account. One check for $313 was given on this account to Waldrop Furniture Co. gave him this check in part pay-Ci. W. Waldrop testified that Estep ment for carpeting laid in his home at 625 Amarillo St.
On April 11, 1952, Estep closed out the Atomotor account at Cltl-lens National, receiving 17,929, the balance in the account, in a cashier’s check which he converted to cash before leaving the bank.
R. E. Morgan, assistant president of Republic National Bank in Dallas, testified that seven days later, on April 18, 1952, Estep opened two accounts in the Dallas bank, depositing cash of $2,-500 in each account. These were a personal checking account and an escrow account set up by an agreement between Estep and Temco Aircraft Corp. at Grand Prairie.
While part of the Valley watched the creeping flood waters, most of Texas was blanketed by heavy clouds. There was a spattering of rain. More thunderstorms were predicted for the state Thursday. A wet surge of Pacific air bore down on the Panhandle.
Tornadic winds tore up grease-wood and other range brush Wednesday near Marfa. Some fences were smashed. But the winds faded before doing any great damage. Light to heavy rains fell in the Big Bend ranching country.
Nearly Week Old
Chuck McKasson of McAllen estimated the number of persons evacuated by the flood—now nearly a week old. He is head of the Hidalgo County Red Cross Disaster Committee.
McAllen’s business district was closed. The water was axle-high to automobiles. »
The Hidalgo County Red Cross vice I Disaster Relief Committee issued a stand-by order to all city officials in the county. It said there was a possibility mass evacuation would have to be made at San Juan, Alamo, Donna and Elsa Wednesday night.
Three National Guard companies w'cre already on the alert, equipped with special trucks if an evacuation came.
13,000 Typhoid Shots The hard rains came as 13,000
Government evidence showed that at least six checks given him people already had been given ty-
by five Individuals for stock in phoid shots. Drainage systems
Atomotor Mfg. Co. were deposited ■ were unable to cope with the flood
to this personal account. | waters.
More rumbling thunderstorms were due to hit Texas Thursday.
Paid Personal Expenses
Other evidence showed that,
Estep then used this account to A good chunk of drought-dazed pay personal expenses. Checks West Texas and North Texas was were issued to Lone Star Gas Co. still soaked from hard rains earUer and Abilene City Water Works for this week.
residence gas and water bills; Hor-* The Weather Bureau warned ace Holly Motor Co. for car pay-, that severe thunderstorms could ments, one for $150 and one for occur early Wednesday night from $195.43; Fenner - Tubbs Motor Co.,'Corpus Christi on the Gulf to Luf-one $168.70 monthly car payment; kin in deep East Texas.
CIT Credit Corp., four checks ofi clouds and a spattering
$163.47 each on car payments; Jef-|of raincovered most of the state ferson Standard Life Insurance:
Co., two mortgage payments, one jmej-g.
Up to 11 inches of rain hit the
for $200.27 and one for $201.24.
Two checks were issued to Ter-i Rio''Grande ValTey Tas’t'Friday. it
rell Laboratories to pay for highways and some towns,
counts for George M. Johnson. Mr. | still blocked. The
and Mrs. T. L. Hamilton. Mr8.,|.gjj^j Wednesday brought more Ethel Hodges, Mrs. Bessie Harris, i
Mrs. E. A. Anderson, Mrs. Roy A,| ‘ Wftr««
Lankston, a Mrs. Stallings. Victor; Conditions Worse
Jesch, Mrs, N. D. Forman and AUan Engleman, publisher of the
Mrs. Gale G. Hilden. i Edinburg Review, said flood con-
William H. Harber. Dallas CPA. | testified that when Estep asked Tl'« i
him to make his 1952 income tax
return Estep told him that he had ![«<« ® H
two accounts in the Abilene bank vJp® f*
and one in the Dallas bank during tf*.. of fertile
low uorH»,. «oM ronrPXi»nt. basket’ —a lOO-mUc strip of fertile,
flat, semi-tropic land. It hai no
1952. Harber said Estep represent See ESTEPS, Pg. 3-A, Cols. 4-5
RAINS NEARING END
Thunderstorms To Strike Today
“Fairly” severe thunderstorms, to southern Colorado, the bureau are likely to hit Abilene near . said.
noon or afternoon Thursday, the A high temperature of 85 de-U. S, Weather Bureau warned' grees is expected Thursday. Cold Wednesday night. I air behind the front vviH hold
A squall line is apt to move In: Friday’.s high to 65 to 70. Thurs-ahead of a cold front that W’ednes-.day night and Friday will be part-day night extended from eastern Hy cloudy.
South Dakota south and southwest A forecaster said dry air moving
in behind the front will end chances for more rain in the next two days.
Slow rains Ute Tuesday and eariy Wednesday bi-ought more I moisture to the Abilene area, after general two to three-inch rains fell Sunday and Monday.
Some spots got as much as three-quarters of an inch Tuesday night and Wednesday. A trace was reported Wednesday morning here.
Southern Nolan County got around .75 of an inch during the night, bringing the total to nearly flve inches at Blackwell.
At Pecos in tne southwest comer of Reeves County six inches fell overnight. In the Del Hlo area, where only a trace of rain fell «U during the month of March, an Inch to an Inch and a half war reported.
Runnels ind Coleman Countlea continued to lead the area in total rainfall. Jones and Flaher County totals are up above three inehsa.
WHERE IT RAINED