Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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/ ■ SUNDAY"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXIII, NO. 380
AuocUaed Preu (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 4, 1954—FIFTY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
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ABILENE Bl’II.DS AND GROWS—Abilene’s face has changed since the war and Is changing more every dav. Staff Photographer Don Hutcheson took this aerial photo tWs week to show how the city now looUs. The camera was pointed southwest. The white cmcles were put on to indicate buildings which have been erected or had major remodeling and overhauling since the war. The numbered circles are buildings now under construction just completed or sites of major buildings about to begin. No. 1 marks the site of the new Citizens Bank Building which will be an eight-story structure, plus a two-story tower. No. 2 is the recently completed Wagstaff office building. No. 3 is the five*story Petroleum Building now’ being completed. Kress is in the process of opening its new store, marked here No. 4. The Reporter-News is expanding into the new building marked No. 5. The Morris Building. No. 6. is being completely rebuilt. No. 7 is the new million dollar-plus First Baptist Church. First Presbyterians are building a new educational building. No. 8.
Abilene Despair of t945
Unfounded; City Crows
By K.ATH.VKYN 1)1 ¥V Jiome vkere badly mis
taken back in !SM5 and ’46.
They shook their heads and said Abilene was done for It was going ! to be just another small West Texas city.
Cold figures on all sorts of bus-fness artiviiieii .show how wrong they were BuairH-ss indexes are: about double wh.it they w»ere in I 15M.1 and 1944. busiest of the war year.«
Meter connections arc from 20 to 25 per cent alKoe the totals' in 19S0 lust cen.«us >car
tfoes .4gafnst Trend Abilene lu. made this recent growth in live face oi the worst drought in historv It has gone direiily again.st the trend in other We.st Texas cities; which have been le\eling off—or dri)pping—in the last three or four years All that, it app<‘at.s. is just the beginning ‘
A major military installation. | frow'uig out of the pa.stures and j farm land just west of Abilene, j if going to bring iome .major bus- j hMM developments It is the 170, million air base which will be used by the Strategic Air Command Oil activity IS on the increase There's prtmiise of the I>e.st crop | in years HuMiie>s is giMxl | At mid year tliere s pnunise that till.« will Iw an all-round i>eak \ear Bank dei>«.«.i(s are nearly ir» mil-! bon over thi.s time la.st year | Po.stal reieipUs are up Meter eon ^ neclions are chmhing Building | permits are alu.id of last xeai i and more major building is in the offing
Bloasoming of oil fields in just | about every corner of everv county In the Abilene area h.i.s | tumetj the city into a headqum | ters town for oil protlut'crs. drill-i ing com erns and ser\ ice and supply companies WlHilesale, distribution, prorofs fng and manufacturing firms hav# been drawn to Abilene since the war hecauta nf the area's pro«-porky and population growth and hare In turn added to that proa Pfrity and r^wth ■ullderi have erected hetweeo MM and I.MO new bonea fei Abl-
Fer other siertee and phrlarcs oa .Abileae’s grewili see pages 1 U IB.
lene's ever-growing city limits since the war ended Office buildings have sprung up and more are in the making to provide
needed space Busincs.« establishments have remodeled or built new quarters.
Churches and sclrools have ex-pandtHi their facilities to care for the incrcast'd population The City of Abilene has had a r.ace to provide water and sewer lines, .streets and city services for the growing town.
If the weather will just co-oiH'r.Mc, there ses'ins to l>e nothing but gmxi business news ahead The air ba.se. and the money which goes into con>-(ruction now and into salaries and maintenance later, is the biggest new.«
Majtn highway developments will bring m more millions of business dollars The City of Abilene is about to undertake more major exparusion of its facilities thn>ugh a $6 million boiHt kssu# to b« put to Mrters July 17 A major building, the Citiiens B.ink. will start soon Many mher
construction projects are in the making
The pessimists back in 1945 and *4t* came to their conclusions logically
For four \cars tliey had been used to overflow crowds of servicemen and their families brought here by Camp Barkeley and At'ilene Air Base Then, m mid-1945. the bases Ivgan closing and the crowds melted.
State new spatters wrote stories of Abilene’s plight, l.ife M.igaiine did a story with pictures of the • ghost town ”
Bank deixvsits did dip when gov einment funds were wiUidrawn from lix'al banks, but individual deposits kept climbing Pastal re leipts dropjied in I94t*. thanks to the departure ot .servicemen and to the decline m mail from hvnne folks to Abilem’ » own »ervicemen But. even in thos# dayx. gas, electric and water meters kept going up as .Abilenians .spread out into new homes When the camps closed, civic leaders bonded together to counteract the effect of the sudden loss
They were soon joined by fresh leadership as Abilene servicemen came home from the war.
Loosening of wartime restrictions brought booms in sales of everj^thing from bacon to homes, from appliances to automobiles. Construction .started all over town Then came oil developments. Now, the air base
Building permits demonstrate what happened to the face of .Abilene War shortages kept permit.s down to a low of $238,000 in 1943. Things began moving m 1945 and penults rose to $949.000. The building boom gi« underway then, and permits shi>t to $4 3 million in 1946 and again m 1947 They chmlied to $5 million and then to $6 4 million during the next two .vears
The all time building i>eak came in 1950 when permits soared to $14 5 million That year 1.368 new homes were erected in .\bilene New elementary schools, college construction, major business build ings combined to set the record
Building settled down to the $6 to $10 million bracket for the next three years.
This year it look* ae if ft is headed to another outstanding year.
2 Are Killed, Four Critically Hurt in Crash
Ll'BBOt'K. July 3 fv_Two persons were killed and nine hurt, four critically, in a headon colU-sion 14 miles ea.«t of here on U S. 82 today. '
The dead were Cpl. James W Morris, 18. of LubbiK'k, stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. La. and his aunt. Mrs Ernestine Davis, 28, of 225 Highland St., Longview, Tex.
Injured were five persons in the car driven by Morris and four soldiers in the other ear. enroute to their Oklahoma homes on weekend holiday leave from Fort Bhss. Ei Paso.
Injured in Morris' car were Mrs Davis' husband. Carroll. 31, critical. the Davis' two sons. Jimmy. 8. and Bobby. 10. neither seriously; Davis' mv>ther. Mrs Irma Morris. .58. Pittsburg, Tex, critical and A 3 c Glen Dale Henry. 19. Lub-lx)ck. stationed at Fort Worth’s Carswell AFB, critically hurt.
New Toll Reported At Piedras Negros
' E-^GLE P.ASiv. Tex . July 3 Jk-The .Associated Press was told to-I night a reliable source close to i ■ the governor of the Mexican state ; ' of C-'ahuila said 200 flood VK'lims , had been identified and buried in : Piedras Negras. across the Rio , Grande from here.
The inft.rmant gave Uie figure , by telei>ht»ne to Robert H Johnson • Jr. Texas AP state editor, who' just returned to DalLiS from cover-' age of the mighty Rio Grande ;
Both Nixon, Stevenson Hit Red China's Entry Into UN
Boys Shoot Fisherman
W ASHINGTO.N Jnly 3 e Firm I S opjH»sitK»n to admi.sMon of Hetl China into the I’nited Nations and Britain’s iwiiif in the oj'posite directHXft were realfirmetl in semi cviticial expressions tociay, pointing up the split which thre.iiens Mest ern unUy Vice President Nixon. st>eaking at Somerset, Pi, and Adlai Ste venaon. talking to newsmen in Portland. Ore , bvilh said Cvanmu nisi China cannot qualify to l>e a U N member because tl is not dF dtectid Is pme^.
Nixon said the Ameiuan jn'ople c.in l»e Mire their government vviU optvose admission of H«xi China Stevenson, the iVmiK’tatic leader, s.iid he didn t Udieve Communist China ctHild get the requirevi two thirds General Asseinblv vote for membership In Ixvndon. British and coinmon-weallh otficial* said that barring unforeseen developments, Britain will vote for Red nilna’s admissiwi wlrn the UN (ieneral A.vsembly meeta next fall I'ruuc Minister CtuirehU; and rortlfe Sacratarf
Anthony Fden were said to have fxpres-stnl to lTe.«*ident Fnsenhower last week their belief that Red China seems to be trying a Uve-ami let-live arrangements with the non Coinmunist w orld at least ttin ixvrarily.
Nixon'i .spcscch fidlowesi the pat tern jset by President Fwenhower ! ami Sex retary of State Dulles, who I told Churchill and Fden the United 1 States will do everylhing within its power to block Hid Cluna's I N mtmbaridup bid
An Abilene fisherman was wounded Saturtiay ev ening m *a volley of gunshots tired from a car loaded with several boys who fled ader the shmHing H K Baker. 525 Cherry St . was bi-mg given emergency treatment at Hv'tnii ick Memorial lUvspital Saturviay night A 23 ca liber bullet was retxrUHl lodgtxl in his left forearm, hallway between the wrist and eliwvv Baker told ShetiH Fd Powell and IVputv Leix'y Arnold the shinU mg took place on Jim Ned Creek, abmit two and a halt miles east and two miles south of laiwn.
I The injured man told the of ficeri be and three compamooa had been fishing on the creek ! They were retuiiung to therr car about T »ju. aud wa about a
quarUr of a mile triun where it was parked beside the roadway, w hen an old mmiei car loaded with boys sttHH*i?d on the road
Baker told the uiiK 'ts several shou were fireti in rapid succession from the cai’. apparently from an automatic weai»on. The car drove off after Baker vv,»s hit.
Wiih Baker were Clyde Wright and his son, Samuel, both of 501 Pecan St , and W esley INne. 517 Cherry Si.
Deputy .Arnold »aid Baker was sitting up in the emergency room at the hoapitai awaiting X-rays and did not appear to be serioui^ infured.
Deputy Claude Herring ef Tua-eola ^ai aiding Sheriff Powell and Deputy Arnold In the lavee-Utaticu.
flood at Eagle Pasx and Piedras Negras.
Previously Mexican officials had said only 39 died at Piedras Negras
Won't Identify Self
“FTom what 1 saw down there and what I learned from unofficial sources, I don't doubt the figure IS v'orrect ” Johnson said.
Johnsons informant, who refused to identify either himself or the source close to the governor, also said martial taw had be«n declared in Piedras Negras and a rigid censorship clampad oa all information cooctniing flood vie-tuns. He said none but armed troops were allowed on the streets after dark.
The informant said Mexican of-fknais would begin a census of the city of 35,000 tomorrow to dete-mme the exa^H number of nu»sing and dead. He said he did not know when, or if, the results of the ivixxus woukl be released for publication.
Flood waters washed over the levee at Piedras Negras early Monday luoining, catching many residents in low-ljing parts of the city
Tl»o.se who fled to the hiUs re turned after the water recoiled and dug with bare hands into tlie mud heaps that had been their homes.
Tonight’s report had not been the first indication Pieilras Ncgra« deaths wero more than previously announced. Wednesday, shwiff Herman Lehmann of Eagle Pass said he had reports 30e had died
Lehmann said then* “I can't coonrm what they say la tnie but thaiy tbkl ef bodiea stacked up like
WHERE NOW? — Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the moat briUiant sdentists in the worki, is officially an outcast now What will hi do now? For an cxcIuMy« Inbwview, see Pg. 4-A.
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