Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 69
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ABILENE. TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 23, 1954TEN PAGES
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Truce Agreed by Pilots, Air Firm to End Strike
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (.f) -American Airlines announced tonight its pilots had agreed to end their 2.3-day old strike and resume their disputed transcontinental nonstop flights without crew changes.
But a spokesman for the AFL Airline Pilots Assn. said the strike had not been finally settled, although a “truce” had been worited oih.
American said it planned to re-iume its services Tuesday.
J. J. O’Connell, master council chairman of the pilots association, said;
“We want it clearly understood that it’s only a truce. There are a lot of things that still have to be worked out.”
Details on what schedules the company planned to put back into operation first still apparently remained to be worked out.
One of the points in a National Mediation Board proposal for ending the walkout was the suggestion that a neutral party be chosen to make recommendations to both the company and the union on how their differences might be solved.
This individual, who has yet to be chosen, would have no authority but would merely make recommendations.
Conferences with National Mediation Board officials are expected to continue Monday.
Both sides had conferred with board officials during the day, prior to American’s announcement.
The walkout began when pilots protested the scheduling of crews for more than eight hours on westbound nonstop transcontinental
flights. Eastbound flights, helped by prevailing winds, made the flight within eight hours.
In announcing settlement of the strike, American Airline President C. R. Smith, said the nonstop transcontinental flights will be resumed Tuesday and that other flights on the system will be resumed the same day.
Smith said in a statement, “It is anticipated that all of the schedules on the system will be operating by the end of the week.”
The National Mediation Board had submitted a four - point proposal to both the union and the company in an effort to bring an end to the strike. Chairman Fran-C.S J. O'Neill Jr. of the board and Leverett Edwards, board member, had conferred with both sides today.
Shortly after noon today, the airline accepted the board’s proposal for ending the walkout and later in the day it was accepted by the Airline Pilots Assn.
'Rain Increosers' Ask Partial Credit
(lairemont Courthouse 'Boarded Up'
CLAIREMONT, Aug. 22 (RNS> — A Clairemont businessman said Sunday the old Kent County courthouse had been boarded up, possibly as a precautionary measure against “trouble” in the squable over placing the county records at Jajlon or Clairemont.
In Jayton. Kent County Sheriff Jim Montgomery said he didn’t know anything about the boarding up.
“No. we didn’t board it up," he said, adding that “I haven’t been over there in three days.”
The Clairemont source also said that the courthouse, empty since the records were moved to Jayton, is being watched. He did not elaborate on how the building is being guarded.
Sheriff Montgomery said Sunday right he had not heard the reported rumor in Jayton that an attempt might be made to burn the Clairemont building.
According to an agreement reached at a meeting of the county commissioners and judge John Montgomery last week the county records, now in Jayton, will be moved back to Clairemont in time for a 10 a m. meeting Tuesday.
It was reportedly also agreed that the records would be returned to Jayton within a reasonable time after the meeting.
W. R. Rogers, precinct 1 and Judge Montgomery, Jayton. Mark Cave, precinct four, Jim Wyatt, precinct two, and A, C. Cargile, precinct three, are eligible to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thunderstorms washed the /ace of Texas Sunday with wind-driven but spotty rains.
Weekend rains in long-dry West Texas where the drought has done the most harm ranged up to three inches at Groom and 2Vi inches at Dumas.
Two crews of professional "rain increasers” were at work over the skies of Dallas before a deluge hit that city in late afternoon. Dallas rain measurements were up to 2.3 inches, almost all of it in less than an hour.
High winds accompanying Austin’s first rain of consequence in several weeks blew dowm huge oak trees, barns and chicken houses on the capital city’s northern outskirts.
The thunderstorm which lashed Dallas was described by the weather ixireau as a “two-cell storm ’ —two massive thunderheads thinly joined.
The first "cel!” struck about
Rain Skips Abilene But Clouds Forecast
It rained at a few poinU near Abilene Siwiday but once again the clouds threatened the Key City but didn’t favor it with a soaking.
Up until 11 p.m. Sunday it hadn’t rained a dr<^ in the city although there were still clouds in the area at that time.
The weather bureau reported rain 15 miles south of Abilene Sunday night and a heavy shower near Colorado City in the afternoon. Some ram was also reported near Cisco and Comanche.
Amarillo. Dallas. Houston and Lubbock all received over an inch of rain Sunday. Midland had .05 of an inch and San Antonio .13. Austin got slightly over half an inch.
The weatherman here said it would be partly cloudy Monday and Tuesday but the best he could do in the way of precipitation was to add “scattered showers” to the forecast.
Vacationing Queen Confined by Cold
BALMORAL. Scotland. Aug. 22 Queen Elizabeth II, suHering from a cold, stayed indoors today as a precaution against the bleak weather in the Scottish highlands where she is vacationing with her children.
The Queen took part in a birthday party yesterday at Bahnoral castle for her sister. Princess Margaret, who was 24, but she did not attend the usual Sunday service at Crathie church this morning.
4:45 p.m. and streets soon were awash with more rain than storm sewers could quickly carry away. Half an hour later the storm’s other cell was overhead and the wind and rain came again.
Dr. Irving Krick’s Water Resource Development Corp. in Denver took some credit for the Dall^ rain. Wayland Walker, a short-range forecaster for the cloud seeding firm, said in Denver that it had put a silver iodide crystal ground generator into operation at Ennis, Tex., two hours before the Dallas rains started.
“Silver iodide we injected into the air was present at the time of the rain.” said Walker. He emphasized the firm doesn’t make rain “but increases it.” He said “we operate when nature is ready to produce.”
The Dallas Council has a contract with the Krick firm for cloud seeding.
Another rain firm, the Texas Water Research Foundation. Inc., of Dallas, reported that it had a pilot aloft before the Dallas rains.
The pilot. Jack Corn, made “four seeding runs” through clouds around the perimeter of Dallas. The non-profit firm neither claimed nor diaclaimod crodit tor th® rains which followed.
The rain measured 1.10 inches at Dallas’ weather bureau, the best there since 1.80 inches fell last June 15. Gusts of wind up to 50 miles an hour accompanied the rain squall. There was minor damage to trees and store windows.
Official and unofficial rain figures, some for the weekend, included: Lubbock 1.32, Dallas 1.10, Houston 1.07, Austin .52. Abilene .02, San Antonio .08, Waco .02, Beaumont .20, Galveston .25, Victoria .04, Texarkana .11, Wink .13, Lufkin .01. Marfa .07, Tyler .29. Midland .35. Plainview 2.50. Canyon 2.50, Pampa 1.70, Dalhart .32, Childress 50. Fort Worth .51, Arlington .67.
At Houston, George N. Crump, 37, was stunned by lightning bolt during a thunderstorm. He was working in his garage at home when the bolt struck a willow tree and jumped to a power line, blowing out an electric socket over his head and knocking him to the ground. _
Die in Iowa Plane Crash During Storm
«*ARENTS GET MEDAL — Navy Secretary Charles S. Thomas, center, presents the Medal of Donor won by Marine S-Sgt. Ambrosio Guillen, of El Paso, in action in Korea to his mother, Mrs. Pedro Guillen, as the father looks on during a Pentagon ceremony in Washington. Sgt. Guillen was killed leading his unit in turning back an enemy attack near Songuch-on just two days before the cease-fire._
ORDEAL OVER FOR MOTHER
Baby, Held for Six Weeks, Dies When Taken From Arms
ROTAN, Aug. 22 (RNS) — The at her home here. Her parents long ordeal ended Sunday for little! are Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Petty. Judy Kay Petty.
The blond haired girl, 22 months old, died of leukemia at 2 a.m.
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Wreck Near Bronte Kills Abilene Man
A 28 - year - old Abilene man, Jose Eljio Flores, 949 Ash St., was killed at midnight Saturday when the car in which he and two other persons were rid Ing crashed into a tree miles north of Bronte.
The two others, Joe Garcia, Ise-lieved to be from Del Rio. and Johnnie Paddia. Abilene, suffered head and internal injuries. Garcia is in a San Angelo hospital and Paddia was being treated in Bronte.
Flores, whose wife, nKHher, six brothers and three sisters all live in Abilene, was in the floor laying business here with two of his brothers.
Out of Control
It was reported that tlie car went out of control on a curve on U. S. Highway 277 as Flores and the two others were headed toward Abilen®.
The auto went through a fence and hit a tree near a house. Flores was said to have been thrown from the car. The autoraobilt was de-molMtod.
Flores was bom in Abilene S^. 1925. Ho served fw two years in the Army during World War II and was a member of the Abilene Veterans of Foreign Wars eight post.
In 1943 Flores was married in Dallas to the former Vicenta Chavarria, who survives.
Funeral Today Funeral will be Monday at 3 p.m. at the St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Joseph Fernandez officiating. Burial will be in an Abilene cemetery with military graveside services by the VFW. Funeral will be directed by Kiker-Warren Funeral Hwne.
Other survivors include Flores’ mother, Mrs. D. C. Flores, 566 N. 10th; six brothers, Roy, 932 N. Treadaway, Emilo, 560 N. 10th, Robert. North 20th and Westmoreland, Jesse, 566 N. lOih, Cartrino, 566 N. 10th. WUIie, 566 N. lOth; three sisters. Mrs. Eulalia Hernandez, North 5th and Treadaway, and Ester and Martha. 566 N. 10th.
Rival Power Firm Says Plan Would Save $150 Million
NEW YORK. Aug. 22 (4^-The head of a rival combine that wanted to supply power to the TV A said tonight his proposal would save the government 150 million dollars as contrasted to the contract made with the Dixon-Yates Southern utility group.
Walter von Tresckow indicated in a statement his group did not get a fair sliake from the government agencies that negotiated the Dixon-Yates contract for a $107,-250,000 steam generating plant at West Memphis, Ark.
“We were treated as interlopers in a well set program to do business with Dixon-Yates,” Von Tresckow said (rf the Atomic Energy Commission.
Baby Born 'Enroule' West Dies in Rolan
ROTAN, Aug. 22 (RNS)—LitÜe Deborah Lee Riggs, born in Callan Hospital in Rotan a week ago, died at 5 a.m. Sunday.
The baby, born prematurely, weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.
Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Riggs, Cleveland. O. The Rotan.
Judy Kay, who had been ill aboirt four months, had been hcM by her mother almost continuously for the past six weeks.
When she developed breathing difficulty at 2 a.m. Sunday the father to(A her from her mother’s arms. The baby died almost in
father is a chemical engineer. The young couple, enroute from Cleveland to their new location in Los Angeles, stopped in Roby last Monday when Mrs. Riggs became ill. Rushed to the Rotan hospital, Mrs. Riggs gave birth to the tiny girl 20 minutes later. The baby was placed in an incubator and was holding its own until a shwt time before it died.
Mrs. Riggs mother, Mrs. E. D. Brown, Shreveport, La., arrived in Rotan Tuesday. Friday Riggs returned his wife and mother-in-law to Shreveport, and returned to Abilene where he had lumped •to arrange for a portable incubator so that the baby could be flown to Shreveport.
He arrived in Rotan hospital at 6 a.m. Sunday, about an hair after the baby had died.
Funeral will be in Rotan Monday morning and the baby will be buried here. Arrangements are with Weathersbee Funeral Home, Rotan.
Clare Boothe Luce Arrives for Rites
ROME, Aug. 22 (J\-^n^assador Clare Boothe Luce landed in Rome aboard a U.S. military plane today to represent President Eisenhower at the funeral Monday of former Premier Alcide de Gasperi.
WANTS DEFECTION SECRET
Mrs. Portia Howe Plans To Attend POW Hearing
Mitchell Fires Shot
CHICAGO, Aug. 22 (ft-Democratic National Chairman Stephen Mitchell blasted anew today at the Eisenhower administration’s negotiations for a 107-miUion-dollar private power plant fti TVA territ(MTr.
Speaking before a Democratic rally in suburban Park Forest, a huge new subdivision south of Chicago, Mitchell suggested two courses for the administration.
, rni. iu u i A “If.” he said, “there is merit
stantly The mother, «haust^ administration position, it
would not hann the pro^ to d.. lay it long enough to focus congressional scrutiny.
* But if the whole deal is the shoddy deal it appears to be, the wisest and most courageous course would be for the administration to withdraw it and admit a mistake.”
The administration disclosed yesterday that it is pressing for an early start on the private utility project to supply power to the Memphis, Tenn., area over lines owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
It also denied previous intimations by Mitchell that President Eisenhower’s friendship for golfer Bobby Jones played a part in the plan. Jones is a director of one of the firms involved.
But Mitchell said today “apola gists for the Republican party have focussed the discussion” wi this area of the controversy “in-
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MASON CITY, Iowa, Aug. 22 (AP)—A Braniff Airlines passenger plane, caught in a blinding storm, crashed on a farm south of here today and 11 of the 19 persons aboard were killed.
The twin-engined plane was demolished but did not burn. Witnesses said it oounced 500 feet scattering debris, after first hitting the earth.
Crash Kills 10 Ten were killed in the crash and the 11th died shortly after arrival at a Hampton, Iowa, hospital. Six of the injured
were in fair condition and two were critical.__
The plane apparently,
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rain. It was only minutes from the Mason City airport.
The northbound plane was Flight 152, a DC3 bound from Memphis to Minneapolis, according to Braniff headquarters in Dallas.
The plane had made stops at Little Rock. Fort Smith, Ark.,
Muski^ee and Tulsa. Okla., Joplin and Kansas City. Mo., and Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa, prior to th# crash.
Passengers Board No passengers boarded the plane in Des Moines but three got on at Waterloo including a transfer from Rockford, III., and two from Vinton, Iowa.
The plane crashed on a farm near the village of Swaledale. about 10 mllea southwest of Mason City. It was reported “demolished.”
Braniff offices in Dallas, Tex., said it was the first accident fatal to a passenger since 19S9. Brao-
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sedatives late Sunday.
Services for Judy Kay will be held in the Church of Christ in Rotan Monday at 3 p.m. Otta Johnson, church minister, will be in charge. Burial will be in Asper-i mont cemetery under direction of Weathersbee Funeral Home,
Judy Kay was born Oct. 25, 1952. in Rotan. The Pettys have lived here since moving from As-permont seven years ago.
Besides the parents, Judy Kay is survived by a sister, Rebecca; two brothers, Leo and Phil, her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Dora Petty, Swenson; her maternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. John Ward, Aspermont; maternal greatgrandmother, Mrs. Jim Ward, Aspermont; and her paternal great-grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hoy, Swenson.
Pallbearers will be Fay Gooch, R. L. Springer, Charles Duke, Cecil Norris, Bay Hallum and EI-wood Freeman.
Some of Dead, Injured Listed
MASON CITY, Iowa. Aug. 22 (fl — Here is an unofficial list of dead and injured aboard a Braniff Airlines plane which crashed south of here late today:
Pilot W. A. Pickering, Kansas City, Mo.
(5opilot W. B. WUde, Minneapolis, son of Mrs. Clifford Hart, 204 10th Ave., NE, Rochester, Minn.
Nine other unidentified persons were reported dead.
Injured (in Mason City hospitals):
Mrs. Milton Schoenberg, Denver, Colo., critical.
Robert Reitsch. Rockiord, 111., fair.
Don Pearson* Lincoln, Neb., fair.
Margaret Lou Evans, Great Bend, Kan., fair.
Betty Ann Truly, plane’s hostess, daughter of L. M. Truly Sr., 753 Linden. Shreveport, La., fair.
Fred Hoffman. Atkins, Kan., fair.
Lyle D. Lyons, 34, La Crosae, Wis., fair.
Mrs. Ze® Nichols, D«i Moinos, critical, in Hampton Hospital.
GULF COAST INFILTRATION
Government, Legislature Struck Back at Communists
Kills Four, Injures 53
LOMAX, 111., Aug. 22 (f^-Fouf persons were killed and at least 53 injured today when the Chicago-to4<08 Anjeles Santa Fe Chief was derailed near this lowa-Illinois border town.
All orf the cars except the locomotive and mail coach of the luxury 13-car passenger train left the tracks. Some collided with a string of refrigerator cars standing on an adjoining track.
Henderson Coutty Coroner Dean E. Beals identified two of the dead as Edward S. Monty of Phelps, Wis., and the other as Mrs. Gina Guilfl, about 50, of Albuquerque, N.M.
State Policeman Kenneth Hart* and Walter Schmidt said the dead —believed to be two women and two men—all were occupants of car No. 9. This car came to rest on its side.
The derailed cars were strewn criss-cross along the right of way.
A hospital train was dispatched by Santa Fe officials frwn Chicago, with doctors and nurses aboard. But state police at the scene reported about two hours after the accident no additional help for the injured was needed.
Roads in the vicinity of Lwna* were jammed with motorists shortly after the derailment, hindering movement of the injured to hospitals in Fort Madison and Burlington, Iowa.
The cause of the derailment was not immediately determined. U happened at 1:50 p.m. (EIST).
Airman Robert H. Bumphrey of Galva. III., a passenger in car No. 9 told Clarence W. Moody, publisher of the Burlington Hawk - Ey« Gazette, “The first thing I knew, I was standing on my head.” Hears Grindiag
Another car 9 passenger. Marine Cpl. Ervin Ellis, of Washington. D.C., said. ”I heard a grinding and screeching of the wheels. Then people fell every which way. The car was fuU of failing baggage and screaming people.”
Neither Bumphrey nor Ellis was injured.
Thomas Hitchell <rf Bayonne, N.J., a passenger in car No.7 said he believed most of the injured were cut by glass. “I saw one man with his face horribly cut.’* he said.
ALDEN, Minn.. Aug. 22 iP -Mrs. Portia Howe, mother of an American soldier who refused repatriation and chose to stay with the Communists in Korea, will go to Texas next week end to attend the court-martial of another fw-mer prisoner of war.
One reason she is going. Mrs. Howe said, is to cwnfort the mother of Cpl Claude Batchelor, 23, who will be tried by the 4th Army at San Antonio for his activities while a. prisoner in Korea. Batchelor at first refiMed repatriation, but dianged hia mind at th® laat minute and returned to the Americao Army.
Mrs. Howe’s son by a former marriage, Pfc. Richard Tenneson, remained with the Communists. He wrote his mother, “It is impossible for me to live in the United States because 1 want to
live as I wish
The Aiden farm woman wants i just now taken by Congress mak
Editor’s note: Texas in 19.53 turned back a bold Communist bid to get a strangle - hold on Gulf Coast industry. The state thwarted a plot of national scope for economic and political conquest. This is the second of three articles on the “Battle of Port Arthur*”
By RAYMOND BROOKS
Port Arthur on the Texas Coast last year became the target of invasion by a Communist-led. discredited national organization. Infiltration there quickly proved part of a concerted Communist plan of violence and terrorism to throttle Gulf Coast portS and the defeflse-vital oil refining industry.
Texas government and the Legislature struck back. Port Arthur’s peril helped decisively in making Texas the first state in the nation to outlaw Communists and the Communist Party. Texas leadership deserves credit for action
to let Batchelor know that “others are interested in hope he will tell how the Communists got to him.” Also, she said she wants to "see what I may have to go through myself some today.” Mrs. Howe said recent letters from her son have given her th® impression be it bomtaick.
ing the Communist Party a criminal outlaw nationally.
Port Arthur stands the symbol of Texas victory over the Communists. It is a real part of the nation’s defense against Red cmi-quest.
Port Arthur still bears raw wounds, Hs ptoplt ttUl suffer from
the hatreds and bitterness with which the venom of Communist fangs infected it. But the Communists have been driven out of Texas, through aggressive action of the state’s officials and lawmakers.
The CommunLst party, in May this year, revealed how the" Port Arthur infiltration was under Its orders to its subversive agents, working through an illegitimate so-called labor organization, to capture patriotic Texas labor groups, to terrorize and dominate cities, and to reach out for the capture of public office, reaching into Congress this year and the presidency itself in 1956.
Port Arthur in 1953 suddenly found itself the victim of as cruel an invasion as barbarians ever led. The oil center long has been heavily unitmized in the CIO. The CIO had not attempted to unionize the retail employees of drive-ins, restaurants, stores, laundries, hotels, though it had a suitable affiliate.
Kicked Out ®f CIO
The invasion was by the wildcat Distributive, Processing and Office Workers of America, which the late President Phil Murray had bodily kicked out of CIO cause of its Communist domination. This outfit brottiht in its
organizers, started its own reign of terror.
The State, through its top officials. moved in and joined battle. Victory was nailed down when Governor Allan Shivers in March called a special session of the Legislature and asked it to put the brand of felon on any Communist caught in Texas. This, the Legislature did.
Here is the swift time-table of after Port Arthur found scores of its little stcH-es, cafes and laundries picketed, even its high school football team k<^ away from their annual football dinner. iBvestigated lavasioa
In th# concerted action of state (rfflclali. Attorney General John Ben Sb^iperd investigated the DPOWA invasion. H* found evi-denbe of the Communist control (rf this "national” outfit. He exposed, in speeches to the Bay City Jaycees and the Galveston Rotary Club, Nov. 25, the design of the Communist invaders to trip the refining and port cities of Texas, then ell along the Gulf Coast.
Ctov. Shivers appointed a Texas Industrial Commission to take testimony on the Port ArUiur situation. C. E. Fulgham, now Secrt-
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Rites for Abilene Mon's Brother Set
J. B. Buckley. 4201 Don Juan St., was notified Sunday of the death of his brother, R. G. Buclo-lev of Wharton.
R. G. Bucltiey was also a broth» er of Mrs. C. F. Upshaw of Stamford.
Funeral will be held at 3 p m Monday at Bay City.
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