Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 4, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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®0TH YEAR, NO. 18 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS. 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 4, 1970 —THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Member of Winters School Board Dies
WINTERS (RNS) - Willis Clifton Davis Jr., 48, member of the Winters School Board, died at 8:45 a.m. Friday at the Floyd Simms Service Station here (rf an apparent heart attack.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Harry Grantz, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Northview Cemetery under the direction of Spill Funeral Home.
Bom Sept. 26, 1921 at Winters, he had lived in the area all of his life except for several years spent in El Paso.
A farmer and stock farmer south of Winters. Mr. Davis was a county committee member of ASCA for Runnels County and had been re-elected to that post
several weeks ago.
Mr. Davis served in the Air Force for three-and-a-half years and was beginning his second term on the school board.
A member of the First Baptist Church, he married Charlotte Robertson May 2, 1948 in
Survivors include his wife, one son, Michael of the home; one daughter, Carla, a student at McMurry College in Abilene; his stepmother, Mrs. Clifton Davis of Winters; two sisters, Mrs. Herbert Skinner of Austin and Mrs. Leon Worthington of Fresno, Calif.
Pallbearers will be Dr. C. T. Rives, M. E. Mathis, Jake Presley, G. W. Sneed, Johnny Dry, Jay W. Baulman, Carroll Tatom, and Johnny Bob Smith.
The following is a list of events throughout the Big Country for July 4th. See other story Pg. 1-B.
ABILENE — Flag raising, band concert and fireworks display. CARBON — Homecoming dinner.
CISCO — Beauty pageant at Lake Cisco.
COLEMAN — Parachute jump.
COMANCHE — Beauty contest at courthouse and carnival. EASTLAND-CISCO — Wild West show, car drawing and fireworks display.
HASKELL — Ceremonies on courthouse lawn.
KNOX CITY — Homecoming, golf tournament, dances and picnic supper.
MUNDAY — Vegetable festival, flower award and beauty pageant.
ROSCOE — Fireworks display, baseball tournament, drill and flag presentation.
SNYDER — Art show.
SWEETWATER — Homecoming for class of 1945.
Bank Suspect Caught
WOODSON — A Munday man was charged late Friday night with bank robbery in connection with the afternoon holdup of the Woodson State Bank.
Joe Edward Pruitt, 27, was arrested in Woodson at about 10:45 p.m. by Deputy Sheriff Pete Hatfield of Knox City and brought to the Throckmorton County jail. He was charged before Throckmorton Justice of the Peace Tencil Scott.
The arrest came more than eight hours after the bank was robbed by a seemingly nonchalant man who strolled in, shoved a paper sack and a gun into the cashier’s face and made
off with approximately SI,500.
The getaway was reportedly made in a 1968 white Ford Galaxy. A car matching that description was found about 3:30 p.m., wrecked five-and half miles from Woodson. Officers said they found about $100 in the car.
Judge Scott said offi< ors told him they found some $1,400 on Pruitt when he was arrested.
Pruitt is reportedly in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla.
The robbery occurred about 2:20 p.m. Friday, less than an hour before the small bank was to have been closed for the day.
According to Bob Donnell, who
was acting as teller, there were
no customers and only two other
employes in the bank when “this
man came in up to the teller’s
cage. I asked, ‘What could I do
for you?’ and he said ‘You can give me your money.’ ”
The robber, who Donnell described as “perfectly at ease” then “threw a paper .sack on the counter’’ and said not to set off any alarms.
Donnell filled the paper sack with money and after cautioning another bank employe, Marie Timmons, who had just walked in to the front of the bank to
“stay w'here you are,” the robber left.
“The whole thing was real quick,” Donnell said. “it seemed to take less than a couple cf minutes.”
The procedure was so quick, the teller said, that the two other employes, Mrs. Timmons and Jimmy Overcash, were not aware that anything was happening until it was over.
Donnell described the man as “dark-complexioned, about STO, heavy set, wearing dark sunglasses, and light-colored siwrt shirt worn out of his pants.”
The gun used in the hold-up was an “army type, automatic
.45 caliber pistol,” Donnell said.
The netst by a man “who didn’t take any precautions like locking the door or anything,” according to Donnell, is the second time in two years the small bank has been robbed.
The first time — about two years ago — about $17,000 was taken but although bank officials have not set a loss this time they say “it wasn’t -a very large amount — way under the $17,000.”
Officials of the FRI in Wichita Falls and Throckmorton County Sheriff Henry Hext travelled to Woodson Friday to begin their investigation.
Abilene Delegation To Meet With Hope
WASHINGTON - The Abilene delegation to the “Honor America Day” celebration in Washington, D. C. arranged Friday to meet with Bob Hope today.
Ed N. Wishcamper, Chamber of Commerce president, reported the delegation would speak with the comedian after the 10:30 a.m. National Memorial Service at the Lincoln Memorial.
It was Hope’s challenge to Abilene to send a delegation to the program which led to the formation of a group of local citizens. The challenge came after his appearance June 27 in Taylor County Coliseum.
At 9 a.m. some of the delegates, including Mayor J. C. Hunter, Bob Hunter, Wishcamper, Lt. Richard Hill and Stan Lambert, were to meet Pat Boone, who will fly in from Las Vegas. With him will be Abilene Christian College student body president, Tom Teague.
Boone is to appear at the memorial service also, leading the national anthem and making introductions. Included in the service will be a prayer by astronaut Col. Frank Borman, “God Bless America” sung by Rate Smith, Graham’s address and the. benediction by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Other music at the ceremony will be by the U.S. Army Band and the Centurymen choir.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, a procession of flags will march up Constitution Avenue to the Ellipse.
At 6:45 p.m., the delegation will assemble with thousands of other persons at the Washington Memorial, where the U.S. Navy Band and Chorus will open the Honor America Gala.
At 7:30 p.m., Bob Hope will take over as master of ceremonies for the American Salute.
A partial list of stars taking part in the program includes Rate Smith, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, Dorothy Lamour, B. J. Thomas, Fred Waring, The Golddiggers, Glen Campbell, Connie Stevens, Les Brown and his band, Barbara Eden, the Young Americans, Centurymen Choir and Lionel Hampton.
The Abilene delegation also hopes to attend the Festival of American Folk Life at 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institute. However, Wishcamper said attendance would depend on when the group could meet with Hope.
Sunday morning, delegates will attend church or tour the city. They will fly back to
Miss Fetsch Is Queen At Munday
MUNDAY (RNS)—LaVeme F'etsch of Munday was crowned Knox County Vegetable Queen in ceremonies Friday night in Munday High School Auditorium.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fetsch.
The runner-up was Christie Patterson of Vera. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Patterson.
More than 30 gi r I s participated in the pageant.
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Abilene that afternoon, arriving late in the evening.
Wishcamper said the delegation was met at Dulles International Airport by Paul Washburn, White House internist and student at H-SU and by Dr. and Mrs. Clyde Hurst. Hurst is a Bible professor at H SU and is studying for a post doctoral degree at George Washington University'.
U.S. DEPARTEMENT OE COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map m. ISS)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mll# radius) — Partly cloudy with a slight
chance for scattered thunderstorm* Sat-
urday. Not so warm on Saturday, Fair
and a little warmer Sunday. High Sat
urday In lower 90's. Low Saturday night *8. High Sunday in the upper Ws. Probability of rain on Saturday 20 per cent. Winds light and variable. pi agate is
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79 ... 1:00 ....... 91
75 2:00 94
74 3:00 ... 95
71 4 OO .97
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High and low tor 24-hours ending 11 p.m.: 98 and 88.
High and low sam# data last yaar: 97 and 74.
Sunset last night: 8 SO p.m.; sunrise today: 4:38 a.m.; lunset tonight: 1:50
Barometer reading at ll p.m.: 28.25. Humidity at ll p.m.: 44 per cent.
Wayland Yates Dies Of Crash Injuries
SAN ANGELO - Wayland Yates, 47, former Hardin-Simmons University news director who had served in the Angelo State University journalism department for five years, died in a San Angelo Hospital Friday afternoon.
Mr. Yates died of injuries received June 24 in a single airplane crash. He had been in critical condition since the accident which occurred shortly after takeoff at Mathis Field here.
Two Persons Killed In Belfast Rioting
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Rioting youths barricaded themselves behind overturned vehicles in a Roman Catholic section of Belfast Friday night and fought 1,500 British troops. Two civilians were killed.
Police said a rioter was crushed beneath an armored car and another man died of gunshot wounds. Nineteen persons, including five soldiers, were reported wounded.
The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) said one rioter lost an arm when a hand grenade exploded before he could throw it at encircling troops.
The rioters remained defiant
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despite clouds of tear and nausea gas from cannisters thrown by soldiers advancing int/) the Catholic Falls Road Area.
Hundreds of screaming youths, brandishing steel bars and wooden clubs and hurling home-made grenades, mounted charges against the troops. Overturned buses and trucks blocked all streets.
The latest rioting in the longstanding, Catholic-Protestant feud, was ignited by three lightning arms raids by the Northern Irish Constabulary and British troops. The raiders seized bombs, pistols, ammunition and explosives in Belfast.
In London, meanwhile, Scotland Yard detectives raided three homes and seized arsenals that included 4 submachine guns, IO rifles and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition. The weapons were said to be intended for militant Northern Irish Catholics.
Seven persons—six Protes
tants and one Catholic—died and hundreds were injured in rioting that erupted last weekend in Belfast after the jailing of Bernadette Devlin, a Catholic leader, for inciting riots a year ago.
Fighting inside the sealed-off
Falls Road and Grosvenor Road areas appeared to be the most serious since the weekend clashes.
Residents of the area, veterans of past riots, donned homemade gas masks. Housewives put bowls of vinegar on their doorsteps for passersby who soaked their handkerchiefs for protection against the eye-sting-mg gas.
One eyewitness said he saw three buses, two trucks and many automobiles commandeered by the youth for roadblocks. At least one bus was set afire.
Violent Deaths Begin to Climb
Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A multitude of violent deaths in Texas marred the July 4th holiday celebration even before the 4th.
Well before the dawn of the holiday, the Texas violent death toll climbed to 16.
The Associated Press holiday weekend tabulation began at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will end midnight Sunday.
Three other men were injured in the crash, including Dr. Lloyd D. Vincent, president of ASU.
Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church here with burial in Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Home.
A former Big Spring Herald city editor, Mr. Yates was a member of the H-SU public relations staff for six years, 1959-1965.
Born Dec. 21, 1922 in Taylor County, he was a graduate of Ovalo High School and received a BA degree from H-SU in 1949.
Articles written by Mr. Yates have been widely published in newspapers in the southwest and in special interest magazines. He served at one time as a member of the public school text book selection committee.
Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Kincaid, the daughter of Mrs. W. L. Kincaid of 1474 Minter Lane in Abilene and the late Mr. Kincaid; one son. Kent of the home; two daughters, Ray and Diana, of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Yates of 1318 N. 15th in Abilene.
Chutes Save Skydivers At Coleman
COLEMAN (RNS) - A twin-engine Cessna T-50 airplane
carrying five passengers and a pilot crashed four miles southeast of Coleman Friday evening during a special July 4 th
weekend parachute meet.
All those aboard tile plane were able to jump to safety before the plane crashed.
The small airplane was
completely destroyed, according to Coleman city police but no one was hurt. An ambulance was called to the scene but was not needed and no units of the fire department were summoned.
City Shows Colors Today
Fourth of July festivities begin in Abilene today with a flag-raising ceremony and end with “the rockets’ red glare” over P. E. Shotwell Stadium.
Between the two activities are 12 hours, during which many groups are sponsoring something for just about everyone.
First, the flag will be hoisted at City Hall .at 8:30 a.m., accompanied by a bugle call as part of a ceremony conducted by local Boy and Girl Scouts.
John Wright, chairman of the Big Country Fourth of July Spectacular, will introduce various city and area dignitaries at the ceremony.
AT NELSON Park, the directors of the amusement park and zoo claim “a dozen ways to spend the weekend.” The park has 12 picnic pavilions and a new train ride. Also, a rock band will play Saturday night until I a.m. Sunday.
Fishing in the little lake by the zoo requires no license if you use a cane pole, zoo director Dan Watson says.
The zoo will be open from ll
PRICE OF ADMISSION
... to tonight's festivities
a.rn.-7 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-8 p.m. Sunday.
A Dyess spokesman says that base personnel have been encouraged to stay on-base or rn Abilene and that all recreation facilities will be open—most at reduced prices. In addition, golf and bowling tournaments will be held throughout the day.
AT 7:45 p.m., the gates to P.E. Shotwell Stadium will open to an anticipated crowd of more then 23,006 flag-carrying citizens.
The number may be more, a Chamber of Commerce official
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s’lys. because most businesses which were distributing flags r n out by Friday. The Chamber held back 2.000 flags for sale at the stadium. He added that the Lags may be of any size.
Sponsors of the extravaganza remind everyone that admission will be by a flag in hand. Persons who show up at the stadium without flags may buy them from Jaycees who will soil the remaining 2 OOO at 25 cents each.
At dusk, the show begins, including a concert by the Big Country Band, an address by Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly and formal flag raising ceremony by a Dyess color guard.
The parents of a Big Country Marine killed in action in Vie1-nam, Mr. and Mrs. A. I. Whee er of May, will be presented several medals won by their son, Lance Cpl. Kenneth W. Wheeler.
LAST, THE stadium will have a fireworks display which spon
sors have said will be the “biggest, most beautiful” one in the city’s history.
On the law enforcement side of the holiday, Capt. F. M. Truitt, who heads Abilene Police Traffic Division, says police will be concentrating most of the day on the freeways. He emphasized that officers will be working as a courtesy service, as much as for law enforcement, in order to help motorists who may need directions or other assistance.
Capt. Pruitt said, “Fire works have not been a big problem here in the past. We try to warn people of the law whenever we can . . . it’s usually not too hard to separate the mischief makers from the ones who don’t know about the law.”
Another event Abilenians may w.-'nt to add to their calendars takes place Sunday. The Abilene Saddle Club will sponsor a horse show, specifically a youth Appaloosa show for children through age 17.
The show is open to the public and will be from 9 a.m. until about 3 to 4 p.m. at Old Abilene town.