Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ECLIPSING ALL ATTENDANCE MARKS—Stamford Reunion-Rodeo Draws 40,000 Spectators
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Athenians Join Throng; Allred Rides In Entry
Horseflesh Valued As $50,000 Ridden Into Rodeo Arena
TUMBLING FROM FENDER
Girl Dies Beneath Wheels Of Auto
Accident Occurs At Rail Crossing
Johnny Mae Gray Dead On Reaching Abilene Hospital
Death dropped swiftly last night on a happy party of young people returning from a ride to Abilene state park.
Johnny Mae Gray, 17, 625 Loc ast street, was killed almost instantly at a railroad crossing just at the edge of Bubbalo Gap about IO o'clock when ahe toppled from the fender of the car on which she was riding.
LOSES BALANCE, FALLS
Three couples had been to state park "just to see who all was out there." When they started back the girl decided to ride on the fender, “where it was cooler." Another girl, Clolene Johnson. 601 Locust street, I ^climbed on the other fender.
There were four other young people inside the coupe, Doris Johnson, Julius Hale. Dub Mason and W. T. Hale, all of Abilene.
As the car passed over the Santa Fe railway crossing at the edge of Buffalo Gap, the girl lost her balance and fell forward, members of the party saki.
The automobile struck her squarely, and the front wheels passed over her body.
LI NGS PUNCTURED
She was placed in the car of a passing motorist, Delbert Webb, 1218 Cedar street, and rushed to Hendrick Memorial hospital. She was dead by the time they reached the hospital.
Doctors said death was caused by a lung hemorrhage from fractured ribs puncturing her lungs She also suffered severe head lacerations and cuts and bruises over her body.
Survivors are her mother, Mrs. W. H. Gray; two sisters, Mrs. Lo-rene Swift and Aivalee Gray; three brothers, J. W. Gray, James Gray and Leroy Gray, all of Abilene. The father is dead.
The body was placed in care of Laughter Funeral home.
Leading By Two Tongues-
’SWEET STUFF’ WINS RATTLESNAKE DERBY
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. July 4—i/P)—Sw’eet Stuff, using a combination shimmy and crawl, won Arkansas' first annual rattlesnake derby tonight before several hundred goose-pimpled spectators.
The five-foot, seven-rattle reptile, ow-ned by Dr Frank R. Sweet, North Little Rock physician, came under the wire two tongues and tw*j rattles ahead of Bulldog, second place winner.
Hav-a-Look finished third.
Sweet Stuff negotiated the distance of 93 feet in four minutes and 55 seconds.
Bulldog, a six-foot banded rattler, was owned by Clyde Trickey, North Little Rock junior high school coach. Hav-a-Look was the entry of George W Pitman. North Little Rock manufacturer.
Forty-seven rattlers participated in the race. They were re
leased from a box In the center of a 500-foot ring by Druggist Joe K. Poch, originator of the Arkansas race,
The snakes were given a 6,-000-volt electrical shock to speed their take off and the first to cross the outside of the racing rfng was declared the winner.
“Knot-hole" seats along a nearby fence were the choice ones from which to view the derby.
Its roundup time in Texas. All of the cowboys of the Lone Star state were at Stamford yesterday for opening of the three-day Texas Cowboy reunion. 8hown in upper left photo are Judges of the riding events, left to right, George Humphreys of Guthrie, foreman of the Four-Six ranch and sheriff of King county; Ber* Weir of Hobbs. N. M., W B. Willingham of Rotan; and Frank Rhoades of the SMS ranch at Throckmorton. Oldtimers were greeted at the newly completed bunkhouse by the duo in the center picture, a. J. Swenson, left, and Mayor R. C. Thomas. Gov. James V. Allred Is shown at right as he was snapped back of the judges' stand after retiring from the arena following the grand entry. < Reporter-News photos by Harry Holt.)
TEXAS COWBOY REUNIONISTS NAME ACKERS AS PRESIDENT
HOLIDAY COSTS LIVES Of 476 modernized
IN NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION shownETve°sS
Mercury Hits Season s Peak
Apparently In celebration of July 4 the temperature in Abilene yesterday soared foi the first time of the season to the century mark and above.
After it reached 90 degrees at ll o'clock, a gradual rise of the mercury began. It touched IOO degrees at 4 o'clock and 101 degrees at 5 Lowest for the day was 74 degrees at 6 o’clock in the morning.
Fourth Oi July last rear brought temperatures of 99 degrees maximum.
The holiday \ as “hot as firecrackers at many other points.
Wichita Falls reported IOO degrees maximum for the third day In a row. San Antonio had an even IOO, duplicated by Shreveport, La , just across the Texas line.
At Fort Worth the weather bureau airport station reported 99.5 degrees for the maximum temperature of the season.
Maxima of 96 were registered at Dallas and Houston. Amarillo had 98. El Pas< 94, Waco 97 and Corpus Christi 88. No heat prostrations were reported.
Toll Of Auto Traffic Is Heaviest;
Texas' Two-Day Total Rises To 13
Bv the Associated Press
Violent death ended Fourth of July celebrations for at least 476 persons in the nation. New York led all other states with 37.
Fireworks took only three lives, compared to the pace-setting automobile traffic toll of 225. Drownings ranked second with 123. Twenty-one were shot to death, 15 committed suicide, ll were killed by trains and 41 by various other causes.
The fireworks victims were killed by their own “inventions." A Maryland boy died and two companions were injured in the explosion of j powder poured from firecrackers I into a piece of pipe. In Pennsyl-i vania a home-made cannon killed a man and a bomb made out of an automobile wrist pin killed another.
Pennsylvania reported 30 deaths.
Michigan and Illinois were third with 26 each,
BOAT’S TANK EXPLODES
A 25-year-old man was charged with murder after his mother was killed by a rifle bullet as she worked in a field near Narrows. VA The son and his step-brother told authorities they were practicing shooting.
A Rome. Ga., girl drowned when thrown overboard by the explosion of a motorboat’s gasoline tank. Four companions were critically burned.
A speedboat hit a rowboat in Michigan, killing one.
A New Jersey boy was killed and 17 injured when two racing cars locked wheels and plunged into a group of spectators. Four were killed and three were hurt in a headon auto collision on Long Island.
BULLET PARTS HAIR
A motorboat explosion killed a Wisconsin resident, three negroes were killed in a Kentucky cutting scrape, an 11-year-old Salem, Va , boy was fatally shot by a chum while playing with a pistol.
A stray bullet which parted the hair of a young woman killed her escort in Indiana. Lightning also killed a man in that state. An Arizona rodeo accident claimer one life.
The toll, though exceeding the 72-hour Memorial day weekend when 250 were killed, was far below the total of a year ago when the Fourth of July holidays cost 563 lives.
Fireworks Injure Only Two In State
By Associated Press
Fourteen ytolent deaths marked the double holiday in Texas Sunday and Monday.
Seven traffic deaths had been reported last night, two drownings, three shootings, and one death in a construction mishap,
CRASHES HURT 24
Only two persons had been reported injured by fireworks. Birdshot and pistol bullets hurt four, one person w-as stabbed, and 24 were injured in traffic accidents.
Included in the traffic deaths
See DEATH TOLL, Pg. 9, Col, 7
Abilene Spends Holiday Quietly
Death of Johnny Mae Gray. 17,
; late last night marred what had j been a quiet Fourth of July—spent j out ef towm by many residents.
Exclusive of patrons of the movie ; houses, golf courses, swimming pools, picnic grounds and pool i hails, the population of the city yesterday afternoon numbered only a few thousand.
Most of the “saav-at -homers" were civic and government employes and others with essential duties, holiday or no holiday.
Largest gap in the population chart was made bv the official and unofficial delegations to the Stamford cowboy reunion and rodeo. Estimates as to the number of Abilenians attending ran as high as 3.000.
OTHER LURES »
Otlier attraction drawing attendance from Abilene were the Haskell automobile races, and a mammoth bathing revue at Cisco.
Abilene state park became a city suburb with a possible record crowding the picnic sites, swimming pool and dance floor the entire day. Festivities were still in full swing last night with the pool open and an orchestra dance on slate.
At the American Legion park the Keepers of the swimming pool reported last night about 8:30; o’clock that at that time 600 persons had gone swimming during the iay. Picnic facilities were also crowded all day long.
Entertainment at the Taylor County Veterans clubhouse began i at 12 o'clock Sunday night. A good crowd danced until dawn. Another
See CELEBRATION, Pg. 9. ( oi. 6
Cor Jeu Better
PORT CHESTER, N Y„ July 4 I —I r* -The condition of Associate I Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo of the United States Supreme court, convalescing from a serious heart ailment, was described as fair and better" today.
By TOM REEDY
GETTYSBURG, Pa . July 4— (AP)—A new’ generation of fighting men, deploying on ground where a nation’s unity was reestablished, showed their elderly forebears today how modern war would be waged.
On this 162nd anniversary of American independence 3,000 regular army troops with the latest in military machines went on parade before the little band of men who braved canister and grape, the shot and shell of 75 years ago.
This was another of the spectacles of the week-long last reunion of the 2.000 veterans of Union and Confederate armies.
The army day program brought onto the field, where Pickett charged futilely in '63, mounted troops in brisk drill, roaring "flying fortresses.” the colorful horse-drawn artillery and the high speed tanks that are replacing the chargers.
Thousands of visitors still strolled around the camps and the town but much of the throng that heard President Roosevelt dedicate the “eternal peace ’memorial yesterday, had left. Today’s crowd was estimated officially at 50.000.
I Motorist Dies In Auto Flames
Aspermont Driver Trapped In Fire Following Wreck
By NI INEZ MISC HK.AEMPER
HAMLIN. July 4.—While Hamlin J slept early Sunday. W. E. “Cotton Gist. Aspermont painter and paper-| hanger, met a horrible death as he was trapped in the flames of his car after crashing into an M-K-T ; freight train.
Gist's automobile, traveling north on highway 83, rammed headon into a box car blocking the road while i the train took on water at 2:30 a rn. Instantly, said Conductor K. W. Neal, an eye witness, the gasoline tank exploded and the machine I burst into flames,
FIGHT FIRE IN VAIN
Whether Gist was knocked un const ous in the crash spectators could not say. Regardless, he was trap-, ped in the flames because the speed of his automobile wedged it far under the boxcar.
In an effort to extinguish the flames and rescue Gist, trainmen j hurriedly moved the train up a box-, car s length, dragging the burning | automobile under the spout of the water tank beside the depot While some members of the train crew 1 called firemen and an ambulance,
I others turned the flow of water onto I the blazing car. The tank's supply was exhausted to no avail
Association Elects Retiring Chieftain Directors' Head
STAMFORD. July 4.—'LtWfS J. Ackers of Abilene was named president of the Texas Cowboy Reunion association at the annual meeting here today, succeeding Walt Cousins of Dada. who was warned chairman of the directors.
Ackers, Abilene business man and Shackelford county rancher, was elevated from the office of first vice-president he held the past year.
Other officers named for the en-I srnng year are T. G Hendrick of j Abilene, first vice-president; G. F.
Ratliff of Midland, second vice-! president; C. E. Coombes of Stamford, secretary-treasurer; B. J. Glover of Crowell, range boss; Kid Jeffers of Brady, wagon boas; Charles L. Mayes of Munday, wagon cook; and Sam Fade of Albany,
I hone wrangler.
An Invitation of welcome was extended at the morning session by : Mayor R. C. Thomas and A. J.
I Swenson. Cousins presided at the I meeting.
Directors are John M, Gist of j Odessa, Clyde Burnett of Benjamin, ; Charles H. Featherston of Trus-cott, Caesar Kleberg of Kingsville, Dayton Moses of Fort Worth, Jim I Minnick of Foard City, Clifford B Jones of Spur, G, W. Jackson of j Bonham, A. J. Swenson of Stamford. John Turberville of Archer City, J. V. Hudson of Haskell, John Bryan of Abilene. Frank Rhoades of Throckmorton, Bob Weaterly of Clarendon, H. G. Bedford of Midland, Frank N. King of Los An-
Bv HARRY HOIT
STAMFORD. July 4.—Attendance records at the Texas Cowboy reunion—established on successive
years—were shattered into splinters today as a holiday crowd of 40.000 gathered here for America's greatest amateur rodeo.
The matinee performance of the ninth annual event attracted 21.000 spectators from 22 or more states, by far the largest crowd ever assembled in Stamford. Forty-five minutes before opening of the rodeo at 2 o’clock, all seats were sold and there was standing room only. With opening of the show the box office was closed and 20(H) per-
R a. rn.—Morning matinee In arena: Wild row milking eon-test. Calf roping contest. Cutting horse rontest.
ll a. rn.—Downtown parade . . . chuck wagons, floats, cars, sponsors, cowgirls and cowboys.
12:15 p. rn—Chuck wagon dinner for old-time cowboys at bunkhouse.
2 p. m.—Grand entry in arena. Presentation of sponsors. Cowley rodeo contests. Exhibition by Luke Pasco* sheep dogs. Old-timer calf roping contest.
8 p. rn.—Third daily rodeo performance.
IO p. rn.—Souarc dance at cowboy’s bunkhouse. Sponsor's dance at pavilion.
LEWIS J. ACKERS
Haskell Race Driver Killed
HASKELL, July 4—«Spl)—Joe Termin, 37, dirt track racing driver of Dallas, was killed instantly here this afternoon when his machine threw the right rear tire in the third lap of the opening race.
, The car skidded broadside off the
Frank Norfleet of Hale Center. I turn- tumbled down the em-
E. P. Taylor of Paris, Tenn , Dr. T. battlement and went through a high Richard Staley of Santa Anna, J. board ferfce surrounding the Haskell
Ellison Carroll of Big Lake. M. T. Clements of Wichita Falls. Thomas H. Ellison of El Reno, Okla., Furd Halsell of Fort Worth. J. M. (Tex* Moore of Wichita Falls. F. G. Alexander of Haskell, and Glenn Coffee of Amarillo.
Ickes Urges Slash In Building Prices
WASHINGTON. July 4. — iflh— Secretary Ickes urged building mi-
Lamesa 4th Fete Attended By 5,000
LAMESA, July 4. — (Bpi.) — A crowd estimated at 5.000 attended the July 4 celebration at Lamesa today. The program was centralized on the Dawson county courthouse square, where a big candidate rally was held throughout the day.
Special amateur presentations of music and skits were given to the big gathering, and a beauty contest in which 25 girls participated was held at the Lai lesa swimming pool.
Stunting plans and parachute jumps at the municipal airport also attracted much interest.
terial manufacturers tonight to fol Men who had gathered on the 1°*' the example of the steel indus-depot platform also fought the fire and reduce prices of their prod-with buckets before firemen ar- ucts
rived. Later firemen used chem!- He in an address prepared
cals, but in vain It was not until for the Washington Star radio
a dozen men had wrestled the car out in the clear, and firemen sprayed water on the blaze through a hoze laid from the residential section that the fire was put out. Gist
See ( RASH BLAZE. Pg. 9. Col. 7
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TK VAN: Generally fair today and Wednesday. not quiet aa yyarm In the I’an-handle Wednesday.
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fair today and Wed ae a day; Utile change In temperature.
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'unset yesterday. 7:49; sunrise today. S:3S; sunset today, 7:49.
Irby Community Has Picnic, Dance
HASKELL. July 4 — (Spl > -Climaxing Fourth oi July celebrations for residents of Haskell county, the annual basket picnic and political rally of the Irby community was held this afternoon with a dance following in the community dance hall.
Sponsors of the affair estimated that 400 families gathered for the basket dinner. District and county , candidates appeared on the speak-; ing program with County Attorney Walter Murchison acting as chairman Talk., were made by 26 candidates.
Trend Of Market Called Permanent
LONDON, July 4— <UP> — U. S Ambassador Joseph B Kennedy, returning today from New York, said the rally in the American stock market “is not synthetic, hut fundamental." He added that hr believed the recovery trend had a good ; chance of becoming permanent
forum such a reduction “if followed In other lines of business, as it ought to be. will be of material aid in the president's program to help business and reduce unemployment ” He added that “a reduction of the price of steel, or other building materials. will mean that the sum of money can buy more of these materials, thus creating more work."
Ickes described the reduction in steel prices as evidence private business was willing to cooperate with the government “to improve our economic situation"
Termin was winner in the two feature events of the opening day of the meet and placed second in , the time trials this afternoon.,
I He was a member of the Southwestern Auto Racing association and a strong competitor in the championship meet sponsored by j the Central West Texas Fair association here.
At almost the same site of Terming fatal crash, a car driven by Arthur Rhodes of Dallas crashed through the fences Sunday in the second race He was unhurt but his machine was damaged badly. Rhodes was driving Im first race
June Frost Cuts Short Her Tour
June Frost, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Frost, returned to Abilene Sunday night from Europe.
Cutting short a tour she had begun in Europe, Miss Frost sailed from Cherbourg, France, June 25 on the S. S. Bremen. After docking in New York, she came to Abilene by-train.
sons were turned away. Many were from out of state.
Bo great was demand for tickets I that the advance sale today totalled 10.000 according to L W. Johnson, who was in charge. The show will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday. Last year 80.000 spectators went through the turnstile*, but never before has there been such an attendance for a single day.
A prelude to the great evening rodeo performances was the grand entry in which 204 contestants. 36 cowgirl sponsors and officials ap-oeared. riding horses valued at not less than $50,000 The huge arena was filled with the beautiful arrt-mals of many colors—mostly duns, palominos and chestnuts. Gov. James V. Ailred arrived shortly after noon and rode In the grand entry.
Joining the happy-go-luckv congregation was an Abilene delegation of 250. headed bv the Boosters club and the Traveling Mens association. Leading the croun were L B Jackson and C D Knight. Dorothy Comer. Abilene’s oathing beauty, apoeared in the role of a cowgirl today and was introduced. Elizabeth Bowyer, however, is Abilene's representative in the sponsors' contest.
Winners In today’s rodeo as announced tonight follow:
Bronc riding: A. C. Wike, San Angelo, first; Tack Bolton. Bronte, second: Dan Utley, San Angelo—four times winner of the championship—third; Ralph Collier, Coleman, fourth.
Steer riding: Delbert Wise,
Jacksboro, first; Guy Harrell, Cresson, second; Charles Baker, Hicks, third; Derward Potts, Jacksboro, fourth.
Calf roping: Leo Huff, Dora, first, 18.1 seconds; J. L. Cook, Dora, second, 19; Herman Davis, Albany, third, 19.3; George Glasscock. Cresson, fourth, 21.2;
J. L. McCarsons, Palo Pinto, fifth. 22.3.
Wild cow milking contest: Flop Roberts, Midland, first. 21; Tom Parrott, Throckmorton. and R. I>. Parks, Snyder, tied for second, 22.2; Ruben Crenshaw, Benjamin, fourth, 22.4; and Guy London, Throckmorton, fifth, 23.
The Abilene high school band under direction of R. T. Bynum played during the rodeo. Other musical en-
See REUNION, Pg. 9, Col. 7
LAST HUNDRED TURNED AWAY—
Gates Stormed Two Hours Early At Rodeo
Bv HARRY HOLT
STAMFORD. July 4 Beaming rays of a blazing sun failed to daunt the spirits of a holiday crowd which came to the Texas Cowboy reunion today for a peek at the nation’s most distinctive and illustrious portrayal of the old West.
It was hot. terribly hot. when an unsuspecting gate-keeping crew began getting tickets for the afternoon rodeo, beginn.ng at 2 o’clock It was not noon and many were still at the old-timers' bunkhouse or eating at one of the dozen chuck wagons. But it was cooler in the grandstand and. too, those early birds must have sensed what was to follow.
The scant line had bulged into a swarming mass of people at the stroke of 12 o'clock. Five turnstiles were clicking regularly, but oh, so slow Spee.ators from the four winds of America were caught in the whirlpool that turned them loose 45 minutes later inside the cherished grounds. They sweated,
; cursed, laughed and begged for a breath of fresh air. For them there was nom. But 40 feet away little water-soaked breezes fluttered off the pictuiesque lake back of the grandstand. It was in another world so far as those at the gate w-ere concerned Above an airplane strut- j , ted back and forth. It w as adver- j
Using the Coleman rodeo.
By 1:15 o’clock the sponsors' pavilion was a madhouse as the crowd tried to ge tickets. Salesman Lee-roy Johnson shook his head and said, "standing room only." By show time, he was turning them away from the gate and the greatest crowd in history- 21 OOO—had sandwiched in for the ninth annual cowboy reunion.
When Leonard McNutt, rodeo announcer, said “We are now ready to break Uie seal on another performance of that grand old western sport with that ever colorful spec-
See SIDELIGHTS, Pg. 9, Col 8