Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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Communists Have Information On MIAs, U.S. Says
saigon. South VI e t n a m ( AP) —The United States disclosed Friday it had passed on to North Vietnam and the Viet Cong information folders on 87 American servicemen missing in Vietnam which “show conclusively’' that the Communists possess information on the particular individuals.
A spokesman tor the U.S. Embassy said this does not necessarily mean the men are
Kathryn Thomas, secretary to the ’ chaplain at Abilene State School, offers what must be. if the calendar be correct, the last master-and-his-dog story before Christmas.
She said it wa1' related to her by her boss, Chaplain Don Ca able.
As Don told it, he wa* getting ready to go to work one morning when the phone rani*. Ile answered and a neighbor informed him:
■When I went out for the paper I saw Lady out in the street, been hit by a car.”
Chaplain Caubte’s ears were not fully awake He thought the neighbor said, “I saw a lady...” Then he realized no, the neighbor was talking about I.ady, the Caubles dog
•I laid the dead lady on our
neighbors lawn," this other
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“Immediately I raced out, still in my robe, to see about the dog.” Don recounted. “There she was dead
“With tear-filled eyes I went over, picked up the dog by all four legs, struggled hoi over the lawn and into my back yard.
“I laid her down and was surprised to discover that Lady really had a very long tail.
“In the midst of my grief I was surprised I had not been more observant the six years we had her.
“I was looking around the yard (thinking about burying Ladyi and glanced at the back step where she always slept.
“And there she was, fast asleep, well and unharmed."
Chaplain Cauble 'till does not know whose look-alike-but-for-the-tail dog he buried.
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Frank Pruitt, i et ired circulation manager for The He-
porter-News, sacs he heard it for the truth, this report on a Gorman man who took two calves to an auction to be sold.
After the sale the fellow got a bill for 60 cents.
The calves failed by 60 cents
to bring enough to pay the
minimum commission due.
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James David House was born Dec. 16 at Hendrick Memorial Hospital, son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. House Jr., 5132 Questa.
Since he’ll be only nine da vs old next Wednesday the day won't mean much to him.
But. my- Christmas and birthdays should be great p\ cnls when be becomes aware of them. He’s got enough grandparents to make it so.
The baby has eight “grands,” seven grandmoth prs to the great-great degree and one grandfather.
These all drawn back to spoil him are: Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James F. Ilou-e Sr. of Abilene and Mrs. Marie Hollar Neatherlin of Fort Worth.
Great-grandmother M r s. Rubv Crouch and Mrs. Victor Hollar of Abilene, Mrs. B W. Kitchens of Mitchell, Ga., and Mrs. J.L. House of Buford, Ga.
Great - great - grandmother Mrs. James House of Winder, Ga.
alive but that the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong have information on their status.
The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong have repeatedly stated they hold no more American prisoners.
The spokesman said that of the 87, thirty-five were listed as missing in South Vietnam and 52 in North Vietnam.
The search by all four parties for missing Americans was suspended a year ago after a U.S. officer on a search team was killed bv Viet Cong troops near Saigon,
Negotiations among the fourparty joint military team have been suspended since last June and little progress has been made in accounting for nearly 1,000 Americans .still lusted as missing.
The spokesman said the information folders contain photos of the missing, physical descriptions, maps, transcripts of radio transmissions among U.S. air crews in the case of pilots who were shot down and articles and photos that appeared iii North Vietnamese publications.
Ile said all this information would indicate the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong have knowledge of the 87 missing.
41st Vice President
. . . Staff Phot* by Gerald twiny
FERN KEI,IJH (ill STEALS A KISS with Maude Kitov at the Cowbov Christmas Bali
By IIM ADVMs Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (API - Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the nation’s 41st \iee president Thursday night and declared: “There’s nothing
wrong with America that Americans cannot right.”
The nation is beset with great problems, Rockefeller said in an inaugural speech handwritten on yellow legal pad paper.
The former New York governor told President Ford sitting nearby and the Congress before bim in the Senate chamber:
“I pledge myself to the fullest limit of my capacity.” to work with you, Mr. President, and the Congress in the great task building the strength of America to meet the gra\e new problems which we confront as a nation and as a }>eople."
Rockefeller was sworn in at 911 p.m. CST by Chief Jl%-tice Warren F. Burger with the Cabinet. Rockefeller’s family and a host of New York State officials among the dignitaries attending.
His vice presidential confirmation bad gotten final con-gressiona! approval in the House by a vote of 287-128 jus* over two hours before the
Rockefeller came into the Senate chamber smiling and shaking hands with senators and congressmen in his familiar outgoing sty Ie.
In Irs inaugural speech, the M-year-old vice president said “I feel a great sense oi humility’’ at being nominated by Ford and deep gratitude “for the opportunity to serve this great nation.”
Ile promised any assignments
to carry out from Ford, who he 'aul “is bearing 1 he lonely burden of the presidency.”
Senate President Pro Tempore .lames bias*land. D-Miss , apparently on a miscue, »» first instructed Chief Justice Burger to swear in Rocket©!
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Government Indicts 6 Sugar Refiners
WASHINGTON »API - A federal grand jury indicted six major sugar refiners Thursday on charges of conspiring to raise and fix the price of sugar in 19 western and midwestern states for at least three years Indore 1973.
The Justice Department at the same time filed civil .sluts seeking i Wirt orders prohibiting the companies from exchanging price information.
the two indictments and companion lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in San
Memories. Skirts Fly At AnsonCowboy Ball
By BEV MORGAN
Reporter News Staff Writer
ANSON — There were bustles and hooped skirts at the Cowboy Christmas Ball when Little Fern Kellough first watched the grownups from around the corner of the Old Morning Star Hotel in Anson.
That was in the early 1900s when the dance was still held on unpaved streets.
And. that was when “the ladies sure looked funny dancing with that thing (the bustle i stickup out behind ’em,” Kern remembered.
THURSDAY evening Fern was “rarin’ to go" for his 36th consecutive Cowboy Christmas Ball. He now lives at 2765 Cedar in Abilene.
“It’s pretty much the same, except it gets better all the time.” the retired livestock farmer said.
“I brought U*la Nash — or she brought me,” he said, smiling and nodding in the direction of an attractive lady dressed in a black and white polka dot skirt.
And, when the music .started, so did Fern and his lady. They circled at a quick pace around the floor to a tune by L. C. Agnew’* Dixie Playboys.
Next dine*, ins partner was Maude Riley, another old-time dancer at the ball.
The Cowboy Christmas Ball had its start about 90 years ago when M. G. Rhoads, operator of the .Morning Star Hotel of Anson City, held the inst grand ball for Big Country cowboys and their belles,
Today, the Jones County Courthouse covers the ground where the old hotel once
mod. And Pioneer Hall was taken over the honor of holding tile annual three-day ball.
MIE EVENT was inspired by a poem writen by William
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Lawrence Chittenden to commemorate a “Cowboy Christmas Ball” held in Anson Christmas Eve. U585.
The ball has become an annual event in Anson and has been re-enacted each Christmas season since 1943 It w-on the Burl Ives Award for continuous observance of an historical event at the national Folk Festival in 1964 in St. Petersburg. Cia.
Chittenden's poem, which by now has achieved the status of a ballad, was not published until June of 1890 when it appeared in the old Texas Western alter the hotel in which the original ball was held had burned.
Chittenden was a New York Times reporter who visited Anson to tour his uncle's ranch eight miles northeast of here. He later bought the ranch and lived on it a number of years during his career.
And, so the dance goes on.
This year. once again. L.C. Agnew of Clyde and his Dixie Playboys of Abilene are providing the music.
Fern was there Thursday night, and he may be out there dancing again Friday or Saturday night. The dancing begins at 8 p.m.
The Unknown Man's Funeral
Sparse crowd attends, including one pretty girl who 'cared enough'
By KITTY FRIEDEN
Reporter-Newv Staff Writer
A pretty, red-haired girl in a fur-trimmed white, coat came to the funeral of a man whose name remains a mystery, because she thought someone should “care enough to come."
“All last night I cried and cried to think that he would be buried and no one would come.’’ she said after the 'Thursday afternoon graveside service.
IN A CORNER ol Cedai Hill Cemetery' the man. who was found shot twice iii the head at a roadside park south of Abilene, was finally buried after two weeks of futile attempts to track down his identity.
He was buried in a plain casket beneath a small marker that said simply "Unknown” and gave 1974 as the date of death.
A spray of red and white carnations rested on the coffin as Taylor County Sheriff officers who served as pallbearers stood solemnly in a line during the reading of a few
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passages from the Bible, including the 23rd Psalm.
The flowers were donated anonymously in memory of K L. Bollinger.
Besides the handful of deputies, repellers, funeral home employes and the officiating minister, the only other persons there were the young girl and another woman.
“Whether he’s in heaven or hell, may lie he ll know someone cared enough to come.” the girl said of the slain man.
THE OTHER WOMAN who
attended the services said she had heard the description of the dead man and thought she might know him. She had been one of several persons who viewed the body in an attempt to identify him.
Like all the others, the woman said she did not know the man — she came to his funeral out of pity.
Sheriff Jack Landrum said he was glad they had come I had hoped others would be
here besides us.”
But the services Thursday were a far cry from the JOO in attendance at a burial in 1951 of an unidentdied woman who drowned herself in Catclaw < reek.
The description of the man buried Thursday has prompted more than IOO different leads, all leading to a blank wall. The FBI not ii led the Sheriffs Depart iii e n t Wednesday that the man s fingerprints are not on file iii VV ashington.
Nationwide teletype messages have failed to bring in information from any law enforcement agencies that have missing person reports. A .suitcase of clothing found in Abilene with no identification has also tillered no clues.
As the Rev. E.P. Dent/er of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest said at the services the man remains “unknown to us.”
But he may be remembered by a tearful, red-haired girl who came to see him bulled on a windy afternoon out of pity.
Goodfellows Just Need $1.270 More
Abilene Goodfellows have received contributions in many forms so that Christmas in the city can be happy for needy families, too.
But the cash goal of the Goodfellows was still about $1,270 short after Thursday’s mail had been opened.
clothing scrip and food scrip have been mailed to hundreds of Abilene families to shop in the Goodlellow store.
The Taylor County Chapter of the American Red Cross is in charge of delivering ‘ Christmas" to the shut-ins.
Among the many organizations which have helped in the Goodfellow campaign are:
The Abilene City Council ITA, toy store; Jayeee-ettes, clothing scrip; Kiwams Club food scrip: Downtown Lions Club, store assistant; Abilene Fire Dept., toy repair; Junior League, visiting and certification; Taylor County Welfare, certification.
Junior Red Cross, tree deco-i ating; U.S. Marines, assisting with the toys; Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, doll dressing; Dyess
NCO wives, doll dressing;
cards til Abilene
Dyess Officers Wives,
Jewel IL Butler
dressing; Abilene Exchange
Mrs Francis iFritizi
Club, delivering people and stocking toys: S a I \ a t i o ii
Hodge. Dennis and James
Army, aiding late applicants.
In memory of our
Edessa E. Kuydendail
Latest contributions include:
wonderful daddy by Trade and Todd
Crusaders Sunday School
in lieu ol Christmas
Class of Brook Hollow
cards from Mr. and Mrs.
Roy and Adele ( offman
Joseph V. Schramm Mr. and Mrs. Chris W. Walker
In memory of A. L. Carter and in lieu of Christmas cards by Venue Jo Carter
Anonymous Anonymous, Hawley Friendship Class of
Mrs. IL O, Waters
In Leu of Christmas
In memory of Little
cards to Abilene
Dan Schulze from
friends from Gloria
Mr. and Mrs. R. M.
and J. B. Denson
In lieu of Christmas
Mrs. L. 0. Mohr
cards to friends in
Cecil and Thelma
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Ruby Dell Browder
Wylie High School
In lieu of Christmas
Mrs. Chloe Fans*
cards to friends in
Mrs, Ethel Burks,
In memory of Lula
Abilene from Mr. and
Mrs. Larry George
Dr. and Mrs. Victor
In memory of
Mrs. FJla Welch
Mr. and Mrs. V. E.
In lieu of Christmas
In memory of
Cards to Abilene
friends from Bill
Girl Scout Troop 318,
and Betty Gant
Dyess Air Force
In memory of
John J. Toombs
B L. and X . V.
Beacon Sunday School
total to Dale $16,980.81
Class of Si. Baul
In lieu of Christina*
Francisco, do not invoice th® recent upsurge in sugar prices, but the department said its probe of the sugar industry is ronlinuirig.
Asst. Atty Gen Thomas F Kauper. head "f the antitrust division said the recent pricing practices rn the sugar industry currently are under investigation.
Three companies wroe indicted for con sp ring to fix sugar pi ices in California. Ar* zona, and I .as Vegas and Reno, Nev. Five were charged with a separate price fixing conspiracy in othei western and midwestern states.
Vnd in a third civil suit, two companies were accused of conspiring to restrain competition in fiw western states bv agreeing not to market their sugar under grocery chain house brands usually sold at cheaper prices,
The six companies named as defendants in the indictments were: Great Western Sugar Co. of Denver. American Crystal Sugar Co., forsee (.It ANT). ( ol. 7 Back page this section
Government Now Owns Nixon Tapes
WASHINGTON A Pi — President Ford signed a bill Ihursday giving the government custody of former President Richard M. Nixon s official tapes and papers.
I lie law nullifies an agreement worked out by the Ford administration and the former president under which Nixon would have been the final custodian of the documents.
Ford said the head of the General Services Administration “will move promptly to obtain complete possession
ui control of tile tapes and materials.”
I he President defended his actions on the tapes and other documents as an attempt "to protect both the records themselves and the legal rights of all parties involved.”
“It is my understanding of the intent of the Congress Hut ibis aet will provide the former president aud others with the opportunity to litigate any right or privilege which may be asserted relevant to tile ta[>es or materials,” Ford said in a statement issued by the While House press office.
The measure is deigned to prohibit destruction of the tapes and papers and to assure they are made available to I he courts and public in the interest of learning the lull story' of Watergate.
Heard the Mens*
(.brillmas is only -f days *uay.