Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 28Must
tore it has a chance to be “stored.
At times or the day, pressure may be adequate. At other times, faucets only drip.
Some residents depend on their own wells, but there's no assurance they will hold out.
Merkel water use now peaks at about 100,000 gallons a day, Mayor | West said. It estimates that peak ’ would be 250.000 gallons if there! was that much water available! now.
Pumps on city wells run almost | constantly—adding up to a whop- j ping $300 monthly electricity bill j for the city for the little water it can provide.
On advice of bond companies, i Merkel divided its $275,000 issue \ into two types bonds, $175,000 reve- j nue and $100,000 tax. The town would have had difficulty showtig, | on the basis of its curtailed water use now, that revenue from water; would retire the entire issue, so it provided for a portion to be in tax bonds. But. city leaders have j every expectation that the revenue from water—when there’s plenty j of water—will more than pay for I the bonds.
Bond Debt Low
Merkel is now in good financial condition, with a net bonded indebtedness of only about $150,000. Valuations are a little over $2 million. The bonds have been con-1 tracted to First Southwest Co., at an average rate of 3.44 per cent.
An estimated 700 to 800 residents i will be qualitied to vote in the, bond election. Voting will be at the Welfare Office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If the bonds are approved, the project would probably be completed by the first of the year, Mayor West estimated.
The line would tie in with an Abilene line at the western edge of Abilene on South First St. The line would generally follow the railroad. Engineering for Merkel j is being done by Parktull, Smith j and Cooper of Lubbock.
Merkel is negotiating with Tye to sell that community water. Tye has recently voted itself incorporated so it can enter into such contracts. By selling water to Tye, Merkel can trim its costs a little.
Many persons who live along the
See Bonds. Pg. S-A, Col. 4
gave out and wells had to^ be deepened.
In 1909 the town built its first water system—designed mostly for fire-fighting. As the town grew, the water system was expanded. As more water was used, wells had to go deeper to find water.
Now, the city has 15 wells, scattered about town. The wells now have to go to 100 feet and they get from a trickle of five gallons a minute up to 30 gallons a minute.
Last Bonds in 1948
In 1949 Merkel voted its last bonds—a $100,000 issue to improve its sewer and water distribution system and provide more storage.
The city water system now works like this: In the south end ot town there is an elevated storage which holds 250.000 gallons. In the north end of town there is a 50,-000-gallon surface tank. That surface tank is held full for use in case of a fire.
‘ Surplus’’ water from the tank is pumped into the system, supposedly into the elevated storage in the south part of town. Wells are tied directly into the distribution lines. Much of this water never does get to the elevated tank—it is drawn off by thirsty users be-
BV KATIIARYN DUFF Reporter-News State Editor
MERKEL, July 14. —Merkel’s tax-paying voters will ballot Saturday on $275,000 bonds which, the town’s leaders believe, will solve an old problem that is getting worse every day.
The bond money will mean that Merkel residents would, within a few months, be able to turn on a water faucet any time and get water—a regular stream of it, not just aggravating dribbles.
The bonds would finance a water line to tie in with the Abilene system. Plan is for an 11-mile line, probably 12 inches in diameter. Merkel would be buying treated water right out of the Abilene distribution system.
25 Cents Per Thousand
No formal contracts have been drawn between the two cities, but Merkel expects the treated water to cost about 25 cents a thousand, Mayor Henry West said.
Merkel has always depended on wells for its water supply. At lirst, each household in town had its own windmill to pump the w-ater from an underground supply that was found at about 20 feet.
Gradually, the shallow water
WASHINGTON, July 14 CP — President Eisenhower today asserted a direct American responsibility for blocking communism in Southeast Asia. He tied this to the necessity of keeping Japan out of Communist control.
Eisenhower spoke out at a news conference about the time that Secretary of States Dulles was agreeing at Paris to restore high level American representation at the Geneva conference. He responded to urgent pleas from British Foreign Secretary Eden and French Premier Mendes-France.
Eisenhower said the United States has a great concern to keep a United front on fundamental principles with its chief allies, Britain and France.
Thus the Eisenhower administration appeared to be striving to rebuild the cooperation of the Western powers into some of its old efiectiveness. It was also seeking to strengthen other sectors of the free world front against the Communist bloc. These developments fitted into the picture:
1. Eisenhower announced that South Korean President Syngman Rhee will visit him July 26 for a discussion of Korea’s future in view of the failure of the Geneva conference of United Nations and Red governments to agree on Korean unification.
2. Congress was asked in a letter from Secretary of State Dulles, dated Monday, the day he flew to Paris, to approve splitting apart the issues of West German independence and West German rearmament so that sovereignty may be granted even if France fails to approve the European Defense Community this summer. The letter constituted a move to confront France with one of the consequences of a failure to act on EDC.
3. Eisenhower said that he will confer with Dulles immediately after the secretary returns here, and the State Department announced he is due to arrive tomorrow.
4. The White House, follow ing up the President’s news conference, announced that Undersecretary of State Walter Bedell Smith will fly to Geneva late Friday to join Eden and Mendes-France on the Western side of the table across which they are negotiating with Russia s Mol-
See Ike, Pg. S-A, Col. «
WASHINGTON. July 14 —'The
Senate passed today and sent to the House a compromise $837,369,-600 military construction bill including some 75 million dollars for building in Texas.
The Texas portion of the bill is topped by four projects of over 10 million dollars apiece. They are: $14,675,000 for Abilene Air Force Base; $12,713,000 for Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio: $10,994,-000 at Fort Bliss, El Paso and $10,-
182,000 for Fort Hood, near Temple. In addition. $2,760,000 previously slated for Abilene AFB was reauthorized by the bill.
Today's bill would only authorize the spending. It will have to be followed by an appropr iations measure actually putting up the money for the various projects.
Funds for Air Force projects reauthorized include:
Gray AFB, Killeen, $465,000; Amarillo AFB, $393,000: Bryan AFB. $108,000: Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo. $15,000; Connaily AFB Waco, $3,853,000* Reese AFB, Lubbock, $112,000; Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, $32,000.
HORACE BONEY , ‘iifod a chisel now
Heat to Continue Showers Possible
BOOTH WARREN . failure a ‘calamity
DAVID GAMBLE . 'chance far future'
IS A DOR E MEI-LING ER , . . *a seli-service’
Southwest and Southeast Texas received scattered showers
Wednesday and San Angelo recorded .13 inches of rainfall.
Abilene’s cloudy skies Wednesday was caused by high level moisture carried by Gulf w’inds.
Rain« could cool temperatures temporarily in the Abilene area, according to the Weather Bureau, but no general coo! mg is in sight and rainfall wilT only amount to j widely scattered showers if any is received.
Temperatures throughout the state seemed somewhat less torrid Wednesday due to a thin cloud cover which spread over most areas. In Seymour the high mark w as 103 with the same temperature be:ng recorded in Fort Worth, Presidio and Mineral Wells.
The moisture- devouring heat was skimming millions of gallons from the state’s lakes. An expert said Grapevine Lake in the Dal-las-Fort Worth area was losing 29 million gallons daily by evaporation.
Serious loss by evaporation was also reported at Lake Dallas, prin-cipal supply for the city of Dallas
In its weekly crop report based on conditions through last week, the U. S. Department of .Agriculture said the drought was causing critical conditions in Central and Eastern Texas. The VSDA said withering heat and drought baked feed crops and pastures had sent cattle m search of shade and water.
But Texas wasn’t the only place where heat caused discomfort.
New record heat brought death to large sections of the nation. Oklahoma. Missouri, Illinois. Kentucky. Iowa. Louisiana. Nebraska. Kansas and Pennsylvania reported deaths caused by heat.
Scattered showers may provide some relief to the Abilene area
from torrid temperatures Thursday and Friday.
But rainfall or not. Abilenians may expect the mercury to hit the 100-degree mark both days, the local U. S. Weather Bureau predicted.
The 100-mark was the temperature high for Wednesday, considerably under Tuesday's sizzling reading of 107.
Moisture Building I p The Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport said that a very gradual increase in moisture has been building up over the area during the past few days. This moisture is now at a point where showers are possible. And just a trace of rainfall was recorded at the Weather Bureau early Wednesday morning, but hardly’ enough to show.ALTERNATIVECALAMITY' IS
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ralph Yarborough said Wednesday night it is not true that he has not taken a stand on the segregation question.
Gov. Shivers has repeatedly called on the Austin attorney, his most active opponent in the governor $ race, to state his position on the Supreme Court ban on segregation in public schools.
Yarborough said he “heartily approves"’ the State Board ot Education decision “that segregation be continued in our public schools for; at least another year.”
Shivers, who has beeh getting campaign applause for his prom-; lses to fight the segregation ban as an invasion of states’ rights, had new* charges Wednesday night in a Tyler appearance.
The governor, in a speech prepared for a rally, said the CIO ; PAC has just assessed Texas members $2 a head to help defeat him He said the CIOPAC bosses j are “taking money away from the laboring men who are in their grasp, in order to intensify their campaign against Allan Shivers.” Swap Blows
A prominent Republican made a surprise appearance in the ring as Shivers and Yarborough swapped hody blows in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Houston* Jack Porter. GOP national committeeman for Texas, charged that Yarborough is guilty oi “gross distortion of the truth ’ about Texas’ tidelands , Yarborough ha> said Shivers was “taken ill** by the Republicans —assured Texas would get its full 10 3 miles of udelands only to
See Candidates, Pg. 3-A, Cel. 4
SNYDER. July 14. iRNS* -Leonard Ray Trac>. 41. of Hobbs, N. M . was killed in a car-truck accident at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday about five miles west of Snyder on the Lamesa highway.
His brother-in-law, B. W . McCann. about 21. also of Hobbs. N. M . was injured in the accident and is in serious condition in Bat- j tentield Hospital here.
Born May 12. 1913. Mr. Tracy* was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orpha Tracy oi Cushing. Okla. He was married June 15, 1940 in Cushing Okla
Funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the Church at Christ in Drumright, Okla.. with J. W. Chance, minister, officiating.
Burial will be in Drumright Cemetery w uh Bell Funeral Home of Snyder in charge.
Survivors in addition to his parents and wile are two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Margaret Helen; two sons, Donald Ray and Howard Eugene Tracy, all of the . home; two sisters, Mrs. Laura j W hipkey of Cushing. Okla, and : Mrs. Edith Sherman oi Oklahoma City. Okla.; six brothers, Leroy | of Hobbs, N M, Law rence of Ponca City, Okla., Lewis. Lloyd,
| and Clyde, all of Oklahoma City,
; and Cecil, who is overseas with , the Army in Germany.Acting Sweetwater City Manager Quits For Greenville Job
SWEETWATER. July 14 tRNS' —John Williamson, director of finance and acting city manager, has resigned his job to accept a position as finance director at Greenville.
His re>ignation will become effective Aug. 1.
He w.»s named acting city mana ger July l upon resignation of citv manager Henry Nabers who went to Greenville to become city manager there.
Williamson had been here three and one-halt years and came to Sweetwater from Waxahaehie. He served under Nabors in the city finance department at Waxahaehie
PARADE MILE LONG
Coleman's Annual Rodeo Opens Before 7,000 Fans
ing Club Irom Colorado City. Parade marshal was Carl Herod Umbo Mauds Parked Approximately 5,300 persons, a near capacity crowd, witnessed the first performance of the rodeo u' the arena.
Javk Newton of Abilene led in tin calf roping event with 12 seconds flat Second was Rooger Red Nixon of Breckenridge with 13.2 In the bare back brone riding event Loui> Krramospe of Corona, N M , was first, Jimmy Moore of post, second; ami Jim Sealy ol Snyder, third Jimmy Moore ami Tommy Riley of Snyder til'd lor iirs! plae» in Uh' saddle hrouc contest. Cap Wilson ! ' -.oi ado City took third.
Sherry Price of Addington, Okla s|kkI around the barrel« in the senior sinmsor contest in 17 cotui Frances Motlty of Colorado l ily w..s stC>.nd with 1U and Connie Connell was third with 19 S.
I he aecund periounance will begin at « p Ok Thuiadai.
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SNYDER, July 14 »RNS - Snyder went western W»* nesdn\ ami I got the 18th annual Nnrry County I i.odeo underway,
\ppro\imati ly a,300 person« lined streets in the downtown area to see the parade start things off «i 6 p.m.
The two-mile» \- t * c, possible the largest in the history of the lodro, consisted o' “4 floats, six she,ill posses, and 2h0 horses The pur ale was led b> tin? Snyder High School Band \Vn,ner in the *!>.»! contest was Lucky 13 Sports Club of Snyder with a 10 foot-high paper cow boy Setond place was won by the Snv der Kiwani* Club while the Little League Mothers Club was third, Fhst place anion& the poaso* was won by Fisher County while the Post Stamped was sqcond, either posse* «1,ending were from Lynn County. Botd u County. Mid County, and Ih ‘ Three H lUd
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Saddle Bronc Ridmg: fust, L. E Weeks; second. Monk Russell of Wnght City. Okla j 3rd. Ed Cole of Alvin; 4th. Bernard Moon of Elk City. Okla.; 5th, Leonard Lancaster of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 6th, Tex Martin; 7th, Wilbur
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both of Coleman, were rodeo; queens—the first time the Coleman rodeo has ever had two queens.
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Rest times turned in Wednesday night for the opening events were: Bareback bronc riding: The eight riders completing rules were L. \\ Weeks of Abilene. Ira Vkers oi Sun Antonio, Johnny Williams oi Hope, Ark . Block*» Rutherford ©t Clifton. Aru. Mike Ravmond ot Hear yet ta. Okla , lex Barton oi Alpine, Neil Gay ot Dallas and Muscles Foster of Hugo. Okla,
Calf roping: Wayne McCabe of Silver. Tex , first with a time of ,14 9; Rex Beck ot Valera, with 15 Bat, Max Horn ot Coleman,
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COLEMAN. Jui> 14- More than
7.000 persons were on hand to v» tines.« the first performance of the 17th annual Coleman rodeo Wednes- | day night,
Approximately 300 horses fillet the arena far the grand entry be fore the start of the show The parade, which wound through downtown Coleman, surpassed expectations and was more than a mile in length About 500 horses took part in the parade.
Performances will be held at 8 pm. again Thursday, Friday j and Saturday nights I Ann Taylor and Carolyn Coker,
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