Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas
LIGHT RAIN; WARMER
//®()e Abilene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE'SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES'' — Byron
VOL. LXXIII, No. 212
Auocinted Press (AP/
ABILENE, TEXAS THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 14, 1954—TWENTY-PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
Truck Hits Train; Lawn Driver Dies
Blazing Body Extinguished By Motorists
READY FOR INSTALI VTIOX—The huge rectangular section bearing five sets of railroad tracks in the center of this scene was the first part of the underpass under construction in Sweetwater to be moved into position Wednesday. Weighing more than 300 tons, the 60-foot-long span was assembled immediately south of the spot where it was to be used and then pulled into position on rollers resting on a spec-
Huge Bridge, Tracks Roll Into Place
iallv built trolley track in the bed of the underpass excavation. Precise timing eliminated interruption of railroad traffic. The move was made between two regularly scheduled trains on the Texas & Pacific Railroad mainline Wednesday afternoon The picture is taken, looking north. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson)
By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer
SWEETWATER, Jan 13. -Without any interference to tram schedules, a giant bridge weighing more than 300 tons and designed to support five railroad tracks was rolled gently into posi-
Ice Leaves; Rain Lingers
Occ asional light rain or drizzle— v ith no ice — was forecast for the Abilene area for Thursday morning by the lT S. Weather Buieau at Municipal Airport.
Partly cloudy skies with warmer temperatures in the 50.* were expected to round out the day
Although the mereur> ma> dip as low as 32 degrees early Thursday the weatherman did not expect a repeat of the icy area condition* which existed Wednesday morning.
The weatherman said the Wednesday morning rain fell through two or three thousand feet ol treez-ing air, causing the rain to become a super-cooled liquid which stuck when it hit.
Two low pressure areas and a high pressure area were affecting Abilene weather Wednesday night, the weatherman said. Abilene was | on the west slope of a vast dome of eold air.
The two low pressure areas were joined by a trough of low pressure. One area was due south in Mexico. The other was centered in North Dakota. The high pressure area stretched to the East Coast and the entire system was moving eastw a I'd.
This situation was causing a circulation of Gulf air and was vetting off drizzbi or light rain, the weatherman said. It also was ex- j pec ted to cause somewhat warmer weather here
The Wednesday morning dampness covered a wide area, \ trice of moisture was recorded by the Abilene weatherman At Colorado Cit\ the total was 02
The low here Wednesday morning was 26 Sweetwater bad the same low. Temperature* slightly above freezing melted most of the area ice by noon.
As for crop* ami livestock in the area. H (\ Stanley, Taylor Coimt\ agent, pointed out that it st 11 hadn't rained enough to help small grain
“We still need lot* of moisture, ’ he asserted
Askari it the cold damp weather had affected cattle, he replied, “No. not too much yet although these cold wet nights are hard on cattle '*
lion here Wednesday afternoon.
The first train, a Texas & Pacific freighter, glided over the permanent structure of Sweetwater's mammoth underpass at 4:45 p.m.
Workmen started tearing out the old tracks and temporary sup-ports for them at 2:19 p. m. as soon as a passcngei train cleared the underpass and stopped at the depot. When the old tracks were out of the way it was only a matter of minutes before the new bridge rolled in and was lashed down, read* for rail traffic.
The big structure was so precisely balanced on a specially-constructed "trollev'* in the bed of the underpass that only two trucks were needed to inch it into position.
Eight 50-ton capacity jack* <tw> under each corner» supi»orted the 60-foot «pan while it was under construction and during the move. Each pair of tack* w,.* mounted abo\e four roller* resting on the “trolley” tracks which guided the bridge into place.
Among Biggest in State
This was the first time for such a structure to be moved by this method and was an innovation designed by Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, general contractor for the underpass.
R. S Guinn of Austin, senior field engineer with thp Texas Highway Department, said the 60-foot steel span is the largest ever to be assembled and then moved into place as a unit in Texa* He described the entire project as being
See BRIDGE. Pg. 3 A Col. 3
TROLLEY FOR A BRIDGE -This scene shows the trolley tracks on which a major section of the railroad bridge over the Sweetwater underpass was rolled into final position Wednesday. Two jacks of 50-ton capacity under each corner ot the structure were mounted over rollers. Two trucks were used to pull the bridge into place within a matter of minutes. Heavy bolts lashed it to concrete anchor posts and the first tram went across the tracks at 4:45 p. m. Wednesday.
By DON NORRIS Reporter-Nows Staff Writer
LAWN, Jan. 13 — Andrew Mitchell Sanders. 58-year-old Taylor County stockfarmer and truck driver was killed instantly about 7:35 p. m. Wednesday when the truck he was driving rammed into a speeding Santa Fe freight train here.
The mist-shrouded crash was at the intersection of the railroad and Farm-to-AIarket Road G04, which is also the main street of Lawn.
Sanders was traveling west on the farm road when he collided with the southbound freight.
The truck driven by Sanders burst into flame after colliding with the train. Red warning light« and a signal bell were working at the time of the crash. A. E. Collins, Santa Fe nighi agent here. said.
Sanders, who lived about 61* miles east of Lawn, was an employe of the Lawn gin. The truck was owned by Emmitt Keeling, gin operator.
The impact hurled the truck down the track about 65 feet where it hit an old water spout dividing the two Santc Fe tracks. After hitting the water spout the truck was thrown about 15 feet to the left and into a steel water tower.
Sanders’ lifelesss and burning body was removed from the truck by two Abilenians. C. A. Mitchell, 1010 Albany St., and A. G. Vaughn. 2958 South Fourth St.. who had driv- , en across the crossing only se conds ahead of the truck.
Mitchell said Wednesday night he and Vaughn removed Sanders’ blazing body from where it was hanging about halfway out the truck cab on the right side.
Mitchell said he tried to no avail to put out the fire which was eon-; suming Sanders' gasoline — saturated clothing with his overcoat.
The fire in both the truck cab and in Sanders’ clothing was put ! out by the pair a few minutes | later when they located a water ; hose connected to the water tow-i er. he said.
Mitchell said he and Vaughan heard the "thud*’ when the truck | i hit the train and immediately saw j ; a sheet of flame rise above the ; train, apparently when the trucks ■ gas tank exploded.
Collins, night agent at Lawn, said i the 70-car freight was traveling ; about 45 miles per hour at time of the crash.
Engineer J. K. Nesmith, from , Brow »wood, said damage to the train was slight. No crewman were injured.
| Mitchell said the engineer told j
See CRASH, Pg. 3-A. Col. 1
Retired (-City Minister, Early Scouler, Dies
SUDDEN DEATH—The mangled and burned wreckage above was all that remained of a 1946 bob-tail truck that Andrew Mitchell Sanders, 58. drove to his death at a Lawn Santa Fe grade crossing Wednesday night . (Staff Photo by David Barros).
Ike Promises Fight To Get Legislation
WASHINGTON. Jan. 13 P—President Eisenhower ;-aid today he is going to fight for legislation that is important for the American people.
The President told a news conference he is not making recommendations to Congress just to pass the time away or to look good. He said he believes all of them are for the good of the country and that he is going to work for their enactment.
But he wouldn't say what measures he considers most important or what percentage he expects Congress to push through at its present session.
Eisenhower did say he believes his disputed farm program is right. It would substitute a flexible for a rigid system of price supports.
Asked to comment on some Republican contentions that the program isn't feasible in this election year,’’ the President paused, pondered. and finally said be doesn't think he is too smart politically.
li the program isn’t politically feasible, he said, we'll find out. But he said. too. that he didn’t think anyone who had studied the farm problem as long as his administration has could believe the existing program is workable or helpful to farmers.
As for changes in the Taft-Hart-
Farm Program Move Toward Prosperity
15 Injured as Ice Creates Danger on Walks# Highways
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By STUART CHlLTON
Fifteen person* were injured in automobile accident* and in slip* and falls on iov pavement and sidewalk* In Abilene and the surrounding area Wednesday.
The Texas Highway Department late Wednesday reported that all highways in the area were clear of ice and that all bridge* in the area had thawed out.*
,l C, Roberts, district engineer for the highway department, said some of his men were called out at 3 a. m Wednesday to sand bridges in the area where a thin coal of »ce was posing traffic hazards to motorist*
Roberts said the worst icy road condition was on I . S. Highway 180 in Borden County near Gail.
\n automobile accident five miles east ot Vbdene on State Highway 351 injured two persons about 4 a, m. Wednesday. They were Mrs. Faye Palmer of Snyder and George Holland. 1282 Portland St They were taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital by Elliott's Funeral Home ambulance, The automobile In which they were riiling sti nek a bridge Mrs Palmer was reported to have been unconscious when taken to the hospital. Holland was reported a* not being seriously injured. '
A report on their condition weu-
nesdav night was not available at the hospital,
Abilene police were also busy investigating accidents in the city in which one injur> resulted Frank Coumpy, 56, 1202 North Treadaway Blvd.. was injured 1 a Bout 3 p. m, Wednesday when
the bicycle he involved in an truck driven by Rt. 2. Clyde, in
wa* riding was accident w ith a Ice Hugh lewis, the 1200 block of
Coumpy was taken to Hendrick
See INJURED. Pg. 3-A. Col. 2
ACCIDENT PREVENTION MOVE BACKFIRES AT SWEETWATER
SWBETtVATKR. Jan 13 (RNSi “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“ - or is it ’
Here is one incident where the old adage is debatable: Wednesday while Texas Highway Department workers were spreading sand on an overpass on West Broadway St. here to prevent skidding on the ice-coated street, an automobile crashed into the back of the highway truck which was carrying the sand No one was injured and only slight damage was done to the automobile. The truck was not damaged
Another incident here Wednesday when ’ prevention' might have payed off occurred as Mrs. P. \ Nuckols was on her way to the hospital to visit her daughter and grandson. She slipped on the sidewalk in front of her home and broke her wrist .Mrs. Nuckols visited the daughter and grandson only in a different way than she had planned: She was confined as a patient.
COLORADO CITY. Jan. 13. *RNS Dr. William Marion Elliott. 85 retired Presbyterian minister, died at his home Wed-nesdaj st 6:53 p.m. after a three-weeks illness.
He was born in Throp Spring Feb. 21. 1868. He had been a minister more than 50 years and had retired at the age of 78 m North Carolina, where hi* ministry began.
He had been pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here from f 1908-12 and again from 1922 - 38. Active in Scouting, he was scoutmaster of the Knights of King Arthur, a forerunner of present-dav scouting here from 1908-12.
He was one of the first four winners of the Silver Beaver award ! for service to Bov Scouts and was : the first president of the Buffalo ¡Trail Council, which was organized in the early 1920s. He was a mem- 1 Pr | her of the National Council of Boy Scouts
He married Charlotte Crump in 1909 After her death, he was married to Mary Lot» Merriweather in 19 *2 at Clovis. N M,
Funeral will he held here Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church The Rev. Karl Clary. pastor, will officiate. Burial xxill be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth Mount Olivet Cemetery at Fort Worth under the direction of Kiker A Son Funeral Home of j Colorado Cit\.
Former members of the Knights , of King Arthur organization will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors are his wife; two sous.
Dr. William M. F.lHott. Jr. pastor of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, and the Rev John Franklin Elliott of Fort Worth; one brother, Millard A. El-hiott ot Fort Worth; and six grandchildren.
Dr, Elliott had held Texas pastorates m Seymour, Weatherford, i and Colorado City.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 13 .P — President Eisenhower today strongly defended his controversial 1954 farm program as a move toward farm prosperity, but *»id time will tell whether it is politically feasible in a year of \ ital congressional elections.
He does not regard himself. Eisenhower said, as too smart a politician.
The President spoke out at his news conference in terms which seemed to reflect the doubts of some of his party’s members in Congress a* to whether his farm program can l>e enacted this year.
But he said he ts convinced his I flexible” system of price supports is right and will lead to farm pros-perity.
The chief executive went on to i-a\ he does mn believe anybody can study the farm program as carefully as his administration has ! studied it and still believe that the resent system of mandatory, high
derstood. it will have strong support botii from farmers and members of Congress.
On the other hand there were ; rising complaints from some farm ! belt legislators that the administration’s program would hit the farmer when prices are down and | pive him an unnceded prop wheu prices rise.
This criticism stemmed from the j fact that under the flexible system j federal price supports would be high, to encourage greater pro*
: duetion. in time of scarcity. By the same token, they would be low. to discourage excess output, in time 1 of surpluses.
Take McCarthy's Proposal On Capitol Hill, some Republicans with an eye on me November elections were talking up a proposal by Sen. McCarthy t R-U is) to * increase the range of price sup-1 ports called for under the Eisen-I bower program
The administration plan calls for level supports i* either workable or a sliding scale of 75 to 90 per cent helpful to the nation’s farmers. parity- depending on crop con-
Nevcrtheless, Eisenhower said if ditious — while the present system it is not politic ally feasible to adopt sets a rigid 90 per cent level on the flexible system, we will find vj* basic crops, that out. McCarthy said tha
The President gave his views again-t the background ot a sharp conflict in Congress over ways to deal with farm problems.
t)n the one hand. Chairman Aiken iR-Yt ot the Senate Agriculture Committee expressed confidence that after the entire Eisenhower farm program is explained and un-
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if a flexible support program U approved, it ‘ should not go as low as 75 i>er I cent, and it ought to go higher than 90 per cent, perhaps even above 100 per cent as it would allow* supports below 90 per cent.” For instance, he said, if they could ; drop to 80 per cent, they also should be allowed to go to 110 per ; cent.
< Parity is a price formula defined by* law as giving farmers a fair return for their product* in relation to the price* of thing* they buy. The government provides supports through loans and other device*.
Commenting on Eisenhower's news conference remark* today. Sen. Anderson (D-NM> said Democrat* already had proved that flexible price supports ‘‘are polfti rally feasible.”
ley law, the President asserted he is leaving it to Congress to determine whether got ernment-supcr-vised polls of workers should take place before or after a strike begins. All he was doing on the election proposal, he said, was to set forth a principle.
While Eisenhower was willing to say it is encouraging that Soviet Ambassador Georgi Zarubin has begun preliminary talks with Secretary of State Dulles on the President s pool-the-atom-for-peace plan he said he didn't think a conclusion is justified yet that Russia is acting in good fabh.
In North Korea. Eisenhower said he has no information of a Communist military buildup in violation of armistice terms.
Reds Digging In In general, he said, there is evidence the Reds are reducing ground forces, doing a lot of digging in for defense, and engaging in a surprising amount of economic rebuilding almost as if North Korea were an adjunct of the land across the Yalu River.
For the first time he had nothing to volunteer in the way of new* But question* and answers spread o\ er a wide field of subjects, such as x Defense contracts - Eisenhow er said he thought a policy of ehanel-ling more defense work into area* of unemployment was sound when he approved it but he had been proved wrong before and he certainly will look at it again if he sees a legitimate criticism. Some Southerners have complained the policy helps New England at the expense of Dixie industries. Second term — The President
See LEGISLATION. Pg. 3-A, Col. 8
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