Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 10, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Coast to Coast Cold
Has U.S. ShiveringBreckenridge Oilman Ford Dead at 49
BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -Thomas A. Ford, 49, a vice president and production superintendent of Petroleum Corp. of Texas (Petro), died at 12:25 a.m. Friday in Stephens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient since Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his office here.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Taylor, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Melton Funeral Home.
Mr. Ford was a petroleum engineer and Petco production superintendent for New Mexico and part of Texas and Oklahoma.
He was born Aug. 30, 1920, in Homer, La., and married Doris Fern Robinson June IO, 1942, in Homer. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Corp of Army Engineers as a lieutenant. He moved to Breckenridge in 1946 and was partner in Robert, King and Ford Oil Corp. for
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Homes on Chicago’s far south side are covered with ice Friday following an apartment house fire Thursday in below zero temperatures. Sixty-five firemen poured water on the structure
to bring the blaze under control. Upper left inset is an ice - encrusted fireman looking over the scene of the apartment house fire which was fatal to two persons. (AP Wirephotos)
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS gas flow had slowed earlier in ground there and at Harrison]Atomic Bitter cold across the nation the week and many residents (rom a Tuesday storm, strained power systems in many were forced to seek warmth in families homes of friends and relatives.
areas Friday and left shivering without heat.
Subzero cold dipped into the
At Fayetteville. In northwes-
Deep South, unaccustomed to tern Arkansas, the temperature such frigid temperatures. Nine- was -15 Friday morning, and fi
in to 8 inches of snow was on the
teen deaths, including IO Tennessee, were attributed the bitter cold.
Freezing weather in central Florida threatened fruit and vegetable crops, although the Agriculture Department said the cold Thursday and Friday was believed “to have caused little damage’’ to citrus crops.
In New York, train service was affected, and many apartment dwellers were without heat. The cold in Washington, D C., broke records.
In Texas, the hens rebelled against the cold and egg production went down. Rut in California there wasn’t enough snow to hold the annual sled dog racing championships.
At Prescott, Ark., some residents were without water after pumping equipment failed at one of the town wells. New wells were not expected to be operating before Sunday.
Energy Commission1 The Federal Power Commis-switched to an alternate heating sion said utilities reported no system, using oil, for its admin-problem with coal supply. The
istration building natural gas.
to conserve FPC said most utilities carry I reserves and a recent survey
At Oak Ridge, Tenn., the mum capacity.
The Tennessee Valley Author- showed an average 67-day sup-ity reported peak power produc- ply, with state averages ranging lion, but still short of its maxi- from 54 days supply in Mary-
MALD Fund to Investigate West Texas Discrimination
By BRENDA GREENE Reporter-News Staff Writer
The Mexican - American Le-
A -22 was recorded on White-top Mountain in southwestern funded by the Ford Foundation1 would be unfortunate to have Virginia on the Tennessee line. ------another Crystal City here.” - - - - - :
land to 180 days in Vermont.
Early Friday temperatures included -15 on Holston Mountain and at Newfound Gap in eastern Tennessee; -ll at Crossville, -6 at Gatlinburg, -3 at Knoxville and zero at Nashville and Jackson.
for five years He said the
It was -24 on Apple Orchard organization is He said it was commonly be- Mountain on Blue Ridge Park-
gal Defense Fund has begun “the legal arm of the Mexican - lieved that this section of the way.
At Mena, in western Arkan- zation.
(West Iexas and thef going record lows around the practices more countrv included: Casper, Wvo., ition against Mexican-1
areas, according to Mario be the ‘Decade of the Chicano,’ j Americans than any other sec-
Obledo, general counsel for the We will demand equal oppor- lion in the United States. .............
San Antonio - based organi- (unity, just what we are entitled “There is not one Mexican -IChicago -2: Albany. N.Y . Cin
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investigations of discrimination American civil rights in education and employment in ment.”
West Texas and the Plains! “We want the new decade to!discrimination against Mexican-1y. Milwaukee -5- Indianapolis
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to, no more,” he said. “We want;American lawyer in this area,” Cinnati, Minneapolis and Bur
sas, a private utility hooked up Obledo and Alan Exelrod, both to resolve our differences in the he said. “We are also building a Jington' Vt
an emergency gas line to the MALO attorneys, arrived in courts, municipally owned system. The Abilene Friday afternoon for the -
not in the streets. It lawyer - referral program where Washington D C.’s 4
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Astrology ............ 14B
Bridge ............... 7A
Church Newt .......... 5B
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Corsica ............. 6, 7B
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Obituaries .......... 2, 3A
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; Saturday morning deposition in the federal case filed against the school board and administration by a group of Mexican -American students and parents. The case grew out of a two -week school boycott of Abilene schools, beginning Oct. 21, 1969.
“I think the court would frown on my commenting on the case since it is pending,’’ Obledo said.
Obledo said the IO - lawyer staff of the San Antonio office had IOO law suits pending in Texas, mostly in federal courts. He explained that the organization is only a year old,
38 PERSONS DIE IN FIRE
local lawyers undertake cases, | recor(j for date. At Dulles and we provide assistance for international Airport northwest
Since the boycott, several __ investigators have explored persons employment and cation in Abilene as
MARIETTA, Ohio Thirty-eight
reportedly died late Friday in 4. ttf a fire at Harmer House, a rest e_r, ^est Iexas towns, home here Sheriff’s deputies
“We feel that Abilene is a
of the city the temperature was -7.
The Washington Gas Light Co. edu- repoiled 800 million cubic feet well as of natural gas distributed to area customers in 24 hours Thursday and Friday, the high-
said 42 patients were in the good starting point,” he said,lest amount in the company’s home at the time of the fire. “anc* we intend to investigate 121-year history.
Marietta police said the fire public and private business, I The U.S. Coast Guard District began near the center of the especially the banks in Abilene.” Headquarters at Portsmouth,
While in Abilene, Obledo and Va., instituted ice breaker con-p.m. and the last victims were Exelrod met with the voy service for low powered
not removed until nearly an public at Sears Center at 8 p.m. i vessels in the upper Chesapeake
Friday to discuss the purpose Bay, where ice was 2 to 5 inches
and objectives of the MALD. I thick.
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President Nixon holds the birthday greeting he received Friday from his staff — a front page of the Washington Evening Star for Jan. 9, 1913 — his birthday. (AP Wirephoto)
Gorman Boy Vows: 'I'll Walk Out of Here
BILL CLARK hurt In football game
By TOM PORTER Reporter-News State Editor
GORMAN — lf you’re one of those people who believe that today’s generation has become callous and has no feeling for his fellowman, then you haven't heard about Rill Clark of Gorman.
On the opening kickoff of the Sept. 26 football game between Gorman and De Leon high schools, Clark suffered a cervical contusion when he blocked for a Gorman runner and became paralyzed from the neck down.
As he was carried off on a stretcher to the hospital, Clark pleaded “Don’t let them take me off, Coach. I’ve got to play against De Leon!”
Clark first received treatment at Blackwell Hospital in Gorman and soon
after was transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital m Fort Worth. On Nov. 21, Clark was moved to Gonzales Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is still receiving treatment.
During the first four months after the accident, Mr. and Mrs. Speedy Clark estimated that their son had received about 1,100 cards and letters.
Among the letters which came while he was receiving treatment in Fort Worth was one from former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith.
Of most importance to the 16 - year - old ('lark, is a letter received Tuesday from Fred Steinmark, University of Texas varsity footballer who recently had his leg amputated because of cancer. “He’s read that letter over and over,” said Mrs. Clark.
Helping to keep up Clark’s spirits are hundreds of letters from friends in Gorman and students at De Leon High School. Several persons call Clark frequently to bring him up to date on community happenings.
She listed things done by numerous individuals and organizations, including the First United Methodist Church, Gorman Lions Club, Masonic Lodges of Gorman, De Leon and Desdemona, the De Leon football team, local Girl Scouts and Brownies and the Freshman Class at C.H.S.
Grades 7 through 12 in Gorman schools, in lieu of exchanging Christmas gifts, assembled a money tree valued at $279. The special fund totaled $705.82 on Friday.
Actions of the students were spontaneous.
“Somebody said something about a money
tree,” said Junior Class President Wesley Rogers, “and everybody thought it was a good idea.”
Three days later, before the students went home for the Christmas holidays, the money tree was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Clark in special ceremonies at the school.
Clark, who was born in Gorman, was described by CHS coach Joe Neill as a “dedicated football player.”
The youth, he continued, kept having blackouts during grid workouts and usually couldn’t get his breath. A physical examination revealed that Clark had a heart condition, and he was forced to quit.
But he refused to give up. He lifted weights to build up strength. Shortly before
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OE COMMERCE.
ESSA WEATHER BUREAU.
(Weather Map, Pq. AA)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mlla radius) Cloudy to partly cloudy with chance for intermittent light snow early Saturday. Becoming partly cloudy Saturday night through Sunday with a gradual warming trend. Southerly wind 5 to IS m.p.h. High Saturday around 44 with a low Saturday of 35. Sunday high near 50. Probability of measurabla snow early Saturday 20 per cent.
TEMPERATURES Frf. a.m. Frl. p m.
16 1:00 32
15 ............ 2:00 33
15 ............. 3:00 35
15 ............ 4:00 35
14 ............. 5:00 34
17 ............. 6:00 32
20 ............ 7:00 30
20 ............. 8:00 30
22 ............. 9:00 JI
25 ............ 10:00 —
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28 12:00 —
High and low for 24-hours ending 9 p.m.: 35 and 14.
High and low lama date last year: 44
Sunset last night: 5:51; sunrise today: 7:41; sunset tonight; 5:52 Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.43. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 58 per cent.
Maddox Urges Students To Stay Out of Classes
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — More than a thousand Atlanta high school pupils, heavily bundled against the bitter cold, cheered Gov. Lester Maddox Friday as he urged them to continue to boycott classes.
The pupils, who walked out of classes of at least six high schools, marched in 12-degree weather in a brisk wind to the state Capitol grounds, carrying placards protesting the impending transfer of 1,800 Atlanta teachers.
In pep rally style, they gave rousing cheers as Maddox said: “We will support you in your efforts. I will suppoit your march anywhere, anytime.”
If all else failed, Maddox told them, “We should go by the millions to Washington, D. C. and try it there.”
Earlier, at a news conference at the mansion, Maddox called for a national boycott of classes by school children and teachers —black and white “until constitutional freedom of choice has been restored in schools.”
He read newsmen a letter he mailed Friday to President Nixon urging “black and white teachers to quit teaching until constitutional freedom of choice has been restored.
the education, safety and welfare of these children can be assured by returning education to the control of local citizens...”
The governor specifically supported the protest march of the Atlanta pupils and said he hoped “millions will march across the country.”
At about the time Maddox was holding his news conference, hordes of pupils were congregating at the federal building downtown, while about a hundred went to City Hall to meet with Atlanta’s new mayor, Sam Massell.
At the federal building, Steve Watts, student body president of Fulton High School, led several other student leaders in to talk with U.S. District Judge Frank Hooper, who will hold a hearing Monday on Atlanta’s faculty integration plan.
The silver-haired judge, who is being asked to delay the transfer plan by one month— from Feb. I to March 4—told the pupils he would delay the date “if it is legally possible.”
But Hooper told The Associated Press he would have to find out if the 5th U.S. Circuit Court, which ordered the transfer plan, would approve the delay.
GOV. LESTER MADDOX . . . supports boycott
“I am pleading with parents,” Maddox wrote, “to withhold their children from school until