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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 11, 1974, Abilene, Texas Wyt &trilene Sporter-Bttris/ * "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 55 Phone 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST ll, 1974-SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS    15c    DaTiA    ^j^UNDAY    -He    Sate    S«h»    Tm Ford Keeps Cabinet Asks Names for VPElm Creek Rolls Over Banks Near Buffalo Gap By JANET STAIHAR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford asked the Cabinet to stay on, was assured of its continuing support, and solicited sealed recommendations Saturday for the choice of a new vice president. Ford met with his inherited full Cabinet in the Oval Office of the White House for 45 minutes and said he hoped that they, as well as heads of independent agencies, would all stay aboard in the new administration. Ford said he did not even want the customary' formal resignations. Secretary' of State Henry A. Kissinger, top man in the Cabinet, responded for the entire group, saying they welcomed the opportunity to perform a national service. ‘ Now we wish to express our unflagging support and total loyalty to you,” 6aid Kissinger. Ford expressed his gratitude that the Cabinet had carried on under what he termed trying circumstances during the last several months of the Richard M. Nixon administration. Ford said he intended to meet individually and face-to-face with each Cabinet member when problems arose. However. Ford said, those personal meetings would be business ‘‘rather than chitchat.’’ Jerald F. terHorst, press secretary’ to the new President who took the oath Fri day, told reporters at a briefing that Ford underscored the importance of continuity and stability at this point in the transition between administrations. “I believe that is what the country wants.” terHorst quoted the President as saying to the Cabinet. ‘‘I think we have a fine team here.” Ford was said to have stressed to the Cabinet his announced policy of openness and candor and to have urged them to be affirmative in their relations with news media. TerHorst said that Ford would follow essentially the same process used by former President Nixon in selecting a man to fMl the second job in the administration. F ord has asked the Republican congressional leaders, Rep. John J. Rhodes of Arizona and Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, and Republican party Chairman George Bush to contact GOP congressmen and party leaders across the country to solicit their suggestions for a vice presidential nominee. TerHorst said Ford also plans to seek advice on whom to name from members of the Cabinet, the White House staff and Democratic leaders of Congress, Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma and Sen. Mike See CABINET, Pg. KA, Col. I Initial cabinet session President Gerald Ford addresses members of the Cabinet Schlesinger right, sits heside Ford during his first meeting with at the White House Saturday. Secretary of Defense James the Cabinet as President. (AP W irepnoto) _____ t ti ut way through Monday. A wide band of showers also formed from Southwest to North Texas bringing unseasonably cool temperatures in addition to heavy rain. \t Dallas, the temperature dropped 12 degrees in less than an hour as a frontal system approached shortly after noon. The rains stretched from Southwest Texas up through the South Plains and across the northern section of the state. \ severe thunderstorm warning was in effect Saturday afternoon for several North Central Texas counties west of Fort Worth. WHERE II RAINED ABILENE Municpal Airport .75 Total for Year 11.39 Normal for Year 15.16 2318 River Oaks Dr. .68 2041 Butternut .75 1026 Cedar- .82 2501 Hollis .65 Dyess AFB .73 Lake Abilene 2.00 Lake Kirby .80 BAIRD .50 BALLINGER .25 BRECKENRIDGE .12 CISCO 1.30 COLEMAN 1,40 ( ROSS FL UNS TR DE LEON 80 DUBLIN LOI EASTLAND I 20 GOREE 05 GORMAN I 30 MERKEL .20 PAINT ROCK LOO PUTNAM .30 RANGER .30 SNYDER 1.05 SWEETVVA1 ER .IO TUSCOLA 210 WESTBROOK 2.20 STACKS CREEK I 30 Inside Today A Week of History The host, haggard and worn from the avalanche that had come tumbling around him, stood to escort his three guests to the door, "I've lost weight,'' he said "It's been very rough." A look ot Richard Nixon's final week in office Pg. 10A. Middle America, symbolized to one-time Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman bv Peoria, III., isn't booinq its faller* hero. But Peoria's applause, as Nixon leaves the presidential stage, isn't exactly deafening Pg. I0A Gerald R Ford ascends to a presidency that has been strengthened by the tumult of Watergate, but he may find his experience in Congress a hindrance, says scholar James MacGregor Burns. Pg. 5A. Though he was often viewed on Wall Street as a friend of business, Richard M Nixon's White House years were poor ones for the stock market. Pg 24A. International News Turkey and Turkish Cypriots formally request a new political setup for Cyprus. Pg. 14A Features Some of the funeral homes in the Big Country may take another look at ambulance services if new federal regulations are adopted by the state. Pg. 17A Summer commencement exercises will be held at Mc-Murry College and Hardin-Simmons University Frida. Pp. 22, 23A. Sunday News Index Abilene Events Calender 3B Hospital Patient* , . . 2AA Amusements I-AB Jumble Puxxle 22A Austin Notebook 5A Markets Obituaries Oil 7-tC 20A Berry's World AA SAA Big Country Calendar AB Recording IB Books AB Setting tho Scent ll Bridge 22A Sports 1-7, UC Business News 7C Texas IB Classified IO-UC This Wack In West Texas AB Crossword Pusslc 22A Todoy in History 3B Editorials AA To Your Good Health . 3B Form News 2A, 25A TV Toh LUC Horoscope 3B Women's New* 1-140 By ANN FLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer Rain-swollen Elm Creek reportedly topped its banks •outh of Abilene late Saturday alter morning and evening thundershowers dumped about an inch (if precipitation in the Abilene area. The National Weather Service put out a warning statement for Abilene around IO p.m. after the creek left its banks two miles north of Buffalo Gap where almost three inches of ram fell during the day. FORECASTER Jack Stona ble said he alerted Civil Defense Director John Hatched city police and city radio stations about 10:15 p.m. to the possibility of the creek overflowing in town — since the water flows from south to north. An official .75 inch of rain-fell was recorded in Abilene from showers which fell in the late morning and between*7:51 and 9:43 p.m. Saturday’s rain brought the >ears precipitation total to 11.39 inches, compared to a normal of 15.16 inches lur this time of year. Elm Creek wasn’t the only body of water to catch water from the showers. The caretaker at Lake Abilene reported 2 inches of rain there and .80 inch fell above Lake Kirby. Lake Spence near Big Spring, where three-fourth inch hail wras reported about 5:30 p.m., reportedly rose .65 foot. Widely varying amounts fell at points throughout the Big Country. Thunder and lightning ac companied most of the rains, and Taylor and the surrounding counties were under a severe thunderstorm watch until ll p.m. Saturday TD THE WEST of Abilene, Westbrook on 1S-20 reported 2.20 inches of rain, Snyder recorded 1.05 inches and Merkel netted .20 inch. To the cast. Eastland reported 1.20 inches. Cisco 1.30 inches and De Leon .SO inch. Gorman reported 1.30 inches falling in one hour during the afternoon and Dublin mea sured slightly more than an inch rn an early afternoon shower. To the south, Paint Rock reported 1.60 inches and hail was reported at nearby Wall Coleman received 1.40 inch. The activity was triggered by gulf moisture clashing with cool air rippling from the west. Schnabel explained. A 30 per cent chance of more precipitation was listed in Sunday's forecast. Temperatures were mild Saturday, hitting a high of 88. and are expected to remain Retiring Fireman 'Would Dolt Again' Bv BILL HERRIDGE Reporter-News staff Writer Lt. O. R. Conway spent 32 years as an Abilene fireman without a single injury. Then, shortly after he announced his forthcoming retirement last mouth, a tire hose ruptured and broke two ribs. “That’s the only injury I ever had, ’ Conway said of the 7 was really in a state of shock right after that, seeing how close I'd been to death/_ accident that delayed his retirement for a month. “Of course. I was banged around a little before, but nothing serious.” THE FORMER firefighter signed on with the Abilene Fire Department on Dec. 15, 1941, with “Pearl Harbor still on my mind.” He spent 18 months as a “rookie,” then advanced to fireman first class. That job, for the next IO years, covered evervthing from driving fire trucks to manning hoses in the face of large fires. “The biggest one I remember. Conway said, “Was when Abilene Hull burned out at Hardin-Simmons. I had a real dose call in that one.” He said the HSU fire, which occurred Feb. IO, 1947, nearly cost him his life. “I was fighting the fire from a ladder against the front of the building.” Conway recalled. “I saw I wasn’t doing much rood there, so climbed down the ladder to get to a better position. “Just as I got off the ladder, a porch roof fell, covering the ladder under tons of burning wood. I was really in a state of shock right after that, seeing how close I d been to death.” ALTHOUGH Conway hasn't made any daring rescues or won citations for saving lives, he has served faithfully on firefighting teams throughout his career that have saved many Ahilenians from a fiery death. “Being a fireman isn't the best paid job in the world,” he said, “But when you see someone brought out alive, it makes the whole thing worthwhile.” The veteran fireman said the most dangerous aspect of his profession does not lie in actually fighting fires. “The most dangerous part of this job is fighting traffic going to a fire,” he said. “People have their air conditioners on and windows rolled up. and they just don't see or hear you. It's really dangerous.” He also cited toxic gasses emitted by the myriad of synthetic materials found in today’s home as another source of danger. “In the old days,” he said. “we just had to w’orry about carbon monoxide. But now, there is more plastic and vinyl in a house than wood and cloth. All these things emit very poisonous gasses. Oxygen masks are as much a part of our uniforms as are heavy coats, knee boots and hard hats.” CONWAY, who lives with his wife Hazel at 1601 Victoria, said he doesn’t regret a single day of his life as a fireman, “I’d do it all over again just the same way,” he said of his Checking the pressur e control O. R. Conway, retiring Abilene fireman, examines the pump pressure control he was operating last month when a hose line ruptured, breaking his ribs and delaying his retirement. Conway has been with the department 32 years. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) long career. “These guys are wonderful people to work for — just like one big happy family.” Conway was honored Satur day night at the Central Fire Station with a retirement party. He said he plans to do some heavy fishing in the near future. “Ive always wanted to catch a big sailfish.” he said, “and I’m going to take my wife to Galveston and we are going after a big one.'’ I ;

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