Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LYM I, NO. 56.
tim* (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS.
SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 24, 1938 THIRTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS
PRICE 5 CENTSO'DANIEL TAKES FIRST PRIMARY VICTORY
RAGING HIGHER AGAIN—
San Saba Swirls Over. Towns
AS RIVER ROSE . OVER SAN SABA
^ * Problem Of Food And Shelter Grows;
Boots Pick Marooned Out Of Trees
SAN SABA, July 24—(Sunday) — (AP)—The San Saba river was swelling here again at 1:30 o’clock this morning, backing water to within two and three blocks of the business square, and amounting to a flood stage of 38 feet. Between 30 and 40 houses were reported washed away Saturday afternoon and night.
By RAY NEUMANN SAN SABA, July 23—(AP)—Swift San Saba river floodwater went on an historic rise tonight that battered the business districts of Menard and Brady and spread over an area 106 miles long and 50 miles wide. * ,
Sporadic rain pushed the river towards even higher levels. Submerged by water that ranged from three to six feet deep over two-thirds the area of the townside, Menard took its first breath in hours at 9 p. rn. when the flood stood at a standstill. No one dared venture into water on the main business stem so swift was the current. *
Only horseback riders plowed through the torrent that had put every business house in town under water. More than one-third of the residences were empty and dark. Residents had fled to a high spot on the edge of town.
Brady had 300 homeless with 50 city blocks under water. The election booths were shut down at 3 p. rn. when water surged near the courthouse. Water stood six feet deep in the lobby of the Brady hotel. ® ®
Jar downstream at Austin, state capital, a rise of the Colorado to 30 feet was expected by dawn. Two hundred families in
O'Daniel Ran For-Fear He’d Lose Customers
Residences in San Saba surrounded by swirling, muddy waters aft shown in the air photo
graph. above, taken by Neat I Douglas, of Austin. At lea*t I two lives were lost and an es i- I
mated 300 persons were mate homeless as the San Saba river swept through the *owa
Last night another, and grea -er. rise was reported on its way.
S’ KAl.“,S.TC OUSTING VETERANS-
a federal flood control project, the flood probably would have
Did Topsy-Turvy For Politics In Strange Qampaign
By HOWARD C. MARSHALL
FORT WORTH. July 23
smiling 46-year-old flour jobber who decided six weeks ago to run for governor because he was afraid he would lose customers if he did not, tonight took a commanding lead in an amazing Texas democratic primary election.
The flour man was WL Lee O'Daniel, a newcomer in Texas politics.
"We just applied some principles of advertising^and flour-selling.” he said of his mountain music campaign against such seasoned political veterans as William McCraw. twice-elected attorney general; Ernest O. Thompson, railroad commissioner; and Tom Hunter, who has run for governor three times before and never recived less than 200,000 votes.
O'Daniel's platform was the ten commandments. His motto was tile golden rule. His slogap was more smokestacks and business men; less Johnson grass and fewer politicians. He advocated, between tunes from his Hill Billy band, $30 a month pensions for all Texans over 65 regardless of their financial cndition; he stood for industrialization of Texas; and he lambasted all his opopnents in one^ump as ‘professional politicians.’^
This man who in six weeks topsv-turvied politics in the biggest state in the ugon is head of his own flour-distribu-iion company. He « a radio announcer, a song-wHter and a poet. He put his name on the ticket for governor, he said, because some 58,0fli persons who had been listening to his radio? programs (in which he advertised flour) urged it and he
exceeded the disastroui 1935 overflow.
Harassed by a river overflow that four times had surged into the business section since Tuesday noon, Menard was stunned by |he fifth, and greatest rise, shortly after 4 p. rn. M.„H. Leverett, manager of the Southwestern State Telephone Co. branch at Menard, reported over the only communication line into (ZP)—A tty; plagued town of 3,000 residents:
“Our town looks like a river.” The San Saba suddenly leaped out of banks and within two hours had increased its depth IO feet, Leverett said.
"Its still raining here and the water is rising fast. I can see folks now trying to wade in water on the
AUSTIN. July 23.—(JP)—'The state highway department late today reported the following roads closed because of high water;
Highway 74-A from Lometa to Goldthwaite. ©
All highways into San Saba except 81 from the south.
Highway 29 on bo»n sides of Llano. ©
All highways into Menard.
All highways into Junction except United States 290 from Fredericksburg.
United States 277 at Christoval and several other places between Del Rio and San Angelo.
United States 87 between San Angelo and Eden.
The department said another downpour struck the San Angelo area this afternoon and several other roads in that section might be ltycked tonight.
main street. They can't do it— the water is too swift. The gas and water lines have been cut off but our lights are still burning. We only have this one telephone line left and it s liable to go at any second. <§>
"The line stretches across the river and I can see fence poles and trees smashing into it now.
"Merchants have boarded all the •tores but the water is seeping in.
See FLOOD, Pg. 2, eof 6
Political Youngsters Take County
Hulsey Holds • Lead As Judge
Davison Makes Dis’! Runoff
Other Returns West Texas Areas On First Primary
Otis Miller of Anson, district attorney of the 104th judicial district, in a race for reelection led the field of three candidates. Ne had a total of 6.318 ballots, returns practically complete.
Second man In the race. and apparently Miller s opponent in the second primary, last night was Howard Davison of Rotan, now 117th representative. He was leading J. C. Shipman of Abilene by more than 300 ballots, Shipman’s total standing at 3,744.
Taylor county was complete and so was Fisher county. In Jones county there were around 750 ballots untallied, including the West Hamlin and the South Anson boxes.
Miller led both Taylor and Jones counties, while Davison was the top candidate in Fisher, his home county.
Here were the figures at I a. rn.: Taylor Jones Fisher
MAKE CLEAR SWEEP ON COUNTY TICKET
NEW HISTORY IN GOVERNORS RACE WRITTEN
O'Daniel ........................^...................... 268.933
Thompson ............... 101.449
McCraw ............................................. 73,355
Hunter .................................................. 55,007
Brogdon, 1,024; Crowley, 8,952; Farmer. 2.748; Ferguson, 1,928; King,
552; McCoy, 894T Miller, 482; Renfro, 3,722;; Self. 676.
W. Lee O’Daniel, the Fort Worth flour man, radio commentator, singer and poet, had a majority of 10,134 vot^l of 527,730 votes tabulated this morning at 1:30 o’clock in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. Pre-election estimates were that 1,000,000 fotes would be cast. %
The Texas Election Bureau’s returns through the night saw the newest and strangest figure in Texas politics climb slowly from approximately 40 per cent of the votes, across the 50 per cent line and on upward until the majority was clear. ® ,
Never in the history of the double primary in Texas has a candidate for governor won a clear majority in the first primary on his first bid for the office. Governor Allred, seeking t second term, won in the fist primary two years ago.
Col. Ernest O. Thompson of Amarillo held second place in the governors race with 109,-449 votes while Attorney General William McCraw ranked third with 73,353.
Tom F. Hunter of Wichita Falls, running * fourth time, was fourth with 55,007.
Earl Crowley, former solicitor general of the U. S. postoffice department, had polled only 8,952 votes.
In other state races the situation was:
Pnerce Brooks of Dallas led with 132,698 votes and was closely pushed by Coke Stevenson of Junction, former speaker of the house of rep-; resent*rives. The West Texan, Sen-* atar O H. Nelson of Lubbock was in third place with 95.189
For attorney general, Lieutenant Governor Walter Woodul pulled ahead of Gerald Mann of Dallas on the 1:30 tabulation, after having trailed in tecond place for several hours. Woodul had 149.211 and Mann 144.648, District Judge Ralph Yarbrough had polled 94,211.
W. LEE O’DANIEL
Roy Skaggs Wins Dis't Clerkship^ From Wellborn
Youngsters In politics ousted a pair of veterans from the Taylor county courthouse in the democratic primacy Saturday Roy Skaggs. Abilene schoolteacher, won a clear-cut victory over veteran Belle Wellborn, who
Almost 8,000 votes were cast.
£ total slightly below that of two years ago.
BIG SPRING — Paul Moss of Odessa and District Attorney Cecil Collings (Big Spring) apaprently were heading for a runoff in the judge's race in the 70th judicial district tonight, on the basis of about 50 Martell#*
Taylor County Swings High For Lee O'Daniel’s Mountain Music
Complete returns from all of the 31 Taylor county boxes in yesterday's Democratic primary election follow:
GOVERNOR: Ferguson, ll;
Crowley, 50; King, I; Thompson, 2,254 ;®McCoy, 4; Renfro. 6; Hunter, 515; O Daniel. 3.997; McCraw. 824; Self. I; Farmer 15; Brogden, 3 LIEUT GOVERNOR: Smith.
1,573; Brooks, 1,558; Stevenson, 1.782;®Da visson, 1.179; Nelson 1,043; Mead. 297.
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Mann, per cent returns, while 3.77#; Yarborough, 805, Woodul. 1,-McDonald, young Big 869; Calvert. 840; Goodrich. 585. .«?,
Spring lawyer, was moving ahead of a field of four in the district attorney's race.
The incomplete totals for Martin. Midland, Glasscock, Ector and How'S See TERRITORY, Pf. 2. Col 4
All JrmS High For Rainfall Looms As
thought the state was sick of AL'I f f* ii l\ Af ii • «
-profffMionai poutier,.- JVDilefie jess Sixth Day Of Moisture
Avg)Lee O'Daniel, plump and smil §4ng. with his three children; Goodlooking Molile, 16, Pat, 19 and Mike 18, and his advertising orchestra known as the "Hil Billy Boys” stumped the state in a bus equipped with sound amplifiers and a platform atop. He gave a mixture of mountain music and politics such as Texans had never seen and heard before.
When his announcement was made, the other candidates and most political observers paid little attetnion. After his formal opening at Waco attracted • an estimated 15,000 persons, they blinked their eyes. His campaign was a sensation from that day hence.
The year 1938 in Abilene and vicinity approached the end of its seventh month yesterday well on the way to establishing a- new all time high record for rainfall.
Yesterday’s total of .57 inches boosted the seven month total to 27.18 Inches to establish a new record for a comparable period in any preceeding year. The record was formerly held by 1932 with a first seven month total of 27.18 and a 12 month total of 46.43 inches.
The rousistant rains during the week did much to boost the city’s visible water supply, raising the water level In Lake Kirby three inches yesterday and eight inches
within three days. Further rise was expected today due to rains on the headwaters of Cedar creek. .The water level of the lake was only four feet below the spillway, compared with IO feet during March.
Temperatures range for yesterday was 89 to 78.
Weatherman Green could give no definite promises last night that the showers would or would not continue, but weather forecast for today was “partly cloudy and warmer.”
Showers continued yesterday in the territory surrounding Abilene. Merkel reported a two-inch fall and 5 1-2 inches for the week. Other localities also reported rains.
SUPREME COURT: Davidson.
4,320; Critz. 1,911; Smiley. 815.
CRIMINAL APPEALS i unexpired term): Pippen, 1,572; Graves, 2,185; Stephens. 3,900.
RAILROAD (^COMMISSIONER: Morris, 314; Stuart, 539; Christie. 117; Sadler 2,973; Wood, 1.250; Terrell, 2,400.
COMPTROLLER: Terrell, 836;
Sheppard, 6,128; Biffle. 410.
LAND COMMISSIONER Gi ps. 1.083; McDonald, 4.936; Mills, 646. Browning. 808. * *
TR EASUR ER“: Ba rnes. 1,091;
Lockhart. 5,432; Foster, 911.
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: James. 2,118;
Woods. 3,427; LeMav, 1.874.
AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: Westfall, 2,604; McDonald,
3,982; Allen 637.
104th DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Miller 31,75, Shipman 3034, Davison 1604.
COUNTY JUDGE: Hulsey 4054. York 3961 COUNTY CLERK: Skaggs' 4338. Wellborn 3780.
SURVEYOR. Dellis 2072, Bradshaw 4968.
COMMISSIONER PR EC. I: Young 2411, Webb 2915.
JUSTICE PREC. I, PLACE 2:
Seudder 817. Bell 582.
Bledsoe 1593. Perry 141 CONSTABLE, PREC.
268. King 538.
JUSTICE, PREC 7: Sherman 99. Bailey 50.
COMMR. PRECT. 3: McMahon 61. Burleson 35, Bates 67. Hawkins 125; Jones 29. Cunningham 318.
COMM R. PREC. 4: Wf*b 303. New'bv 194; McMillon 501, White 72.
CONSTABLE, PREC. 4; Kirby 98. Croft 54. Swann 137.
CONSTABLE. PREC 6: Blankenship 205. Wright 204. Griffin 67.
CONSTABLE. PREC. 8; Sheppard 77, Bvrd 61. •
has bgen clerk of district court for a dozen years. The vote was 4.338 to 3,780. complete.
Carl P. Hulsey, young Abilene attorney who once served as justice of the peace, won a surprisf victory of County Judge Lee R. York for that office York is serving^out the unexpired term of John L. Camp i He is a former mayor and corpor-! ation judge of Abilene. Vote in 8030 that race was 4,054 to 3.961, complete. ®
Commissioner Luther Webb of
Don t Read This; You'll Regret It
WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 23.— A*—State policeman John D. Rush was giving an elderly negn? an examination for a drier s license.
"What does a red light mean? © the officer asked. "Sum.” answered the negro.
"How. about the green light?” •’•Go”
"What does an amber light mean?’”
The applicant scratched his head a minute, and replied, "Amberlance.”
Navy Bomber Falls
WOODRDIDGE, Conn., July 23 —<*>)—'Three U. S. navy airmen, trapped by a blinding rain squall while flying low', were killed here today when their bombing plane IC. Shipman
pr#mct I, who has held that position three terms, won a fourth by defeating R. L. Young, 2.915 to 2.411.
A five-way race for justice of the peace if! precinct I ended with Tom A. Bledsoe, grey-haired veteran, and J. D. Perry Jr., youthful law stu-1 dent, promoted to the runoff. Vote in the race was: Bledsoe 1,593, Perry 1.4$, C M Bell 582, W A • Bill) Ward 803. W I Seudder 817. FOR COMMISSIONER In the wide open ra#e for commissioner in precinct 3 Johnson O.
I Cunningham apparently had won, without the necessity of a runoff, by one vote. He polled 318 votes in the unofficial tabulation, against 317 for five opponents. Their vote was scattered thus: Guy W. Hawkins 125, Sam Bates 67. D. McMahan 61, W. C. Burleson 35 and Marvin A. Jones 29 Luther McMillon. Incumbent precinct 4 commissioner.• held a lead of 501 to 303 over H. H. Webb, w’ith all boxes reported. Henry A. Newby received 194 votes and Jim E. White 72, to necessitate a runoff between Webb and McMillon..
UnopDosed. Rep. J. Bryan Bradbury. County Attorney Esco Walter, County Clerk Vivian Frvar. Sheriff Sid McAdams, Assessor-Collector C. O. Patterson, Treasurer Roy Fuller, Superintendent Tom McGehee, Justice of the Peace Theo Ash. Constable W.T. McQuary. and Commissioner A. J. Cannon were among those receiving nearly* all votes cast.
Incumbent Otis Miller held a narrow lead in the race for 1041 ' district attorney. He polled 3.020. J.
of Abilene received
LIEUT-GOV: Brooks 132,698, Davisson 38,593, Mead 26.497, Ne! ion 95,189, Smith 38,120; Stevenson 109,846.
ATTY. GENERAL: Calvert 41,-
520, Goodrich 25,433. Mann 144,-648, Woodul (Big h 94,211.
COMPTROLLER: Riffle 52,-
757, Sheppard 278,335, Terrell 73.685.
R. R. COM.; — Christie 12.-891, Morris 31,329. Sadler 111,-073, Stuart 57.482, Terril 118,-072. Wood 95,510.
LAND COM:—Browning 58,-263, Giles 101,220, McDonald 191.851, MHU 5,905.
TREASURER: Barnes 59,443, Foster 68,074. I.ockhart 274,4£1.
SUPT. INSTRUCTION: Janies 88,615, LeMay 121,588, Woods
AGRICULTURAL COM: Alien 85,630. McDonald 238,683, Westfall 75,822.
SUPREME COURT: Crit* 153.-785. Davidson 153,922, Smiley
CRIMINAL APPEALS (Unexpired Term)* Graves 143.626,
Pippen 108.2?f, Stephens 136,-461.
C. V. TERRELL ♦
The field against the leader had
C. V. Terrell, ^chairman of the railroad commission, appeared headed for a tough ruryoff contest. Jerry Sadler Gregg flinty. w’ho le<ft Terrell on earlier reports, held second place. Terrell had 118,072 anctu Sadler 111.073. John Wood, state highway commissioner was third with 95,510. ’ '
In the land commission's race* W. H. McDonald, seeking a second term, lacked a majority over two
Se^ O’DANIEL, Pf.XI, Col 3
A RI I. ENT. and '^trinity Sunday:
OKLAHOMA IM) UWM’ TEXAS: Partly* cloud) Mind a, and Mondo). warmer Sundae.
EAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy tn cloudy. local allower* near the upper coact Sunday and Monday, tientle yarlablc wind* on the upper coaat and moderate aonlheaat on lower roast.
NEU MKXIfl): Parti*- cloudy Sunday
;'nd Monday: warmer Sunday.
Ranee of temperature yetserday:
p. rn. yeat-rday. 18-89; Kame date aaa. IOO Ti*.
SMM* yet**Mtiy, 1:43: aunrUe
crashed to the earth with terrific > 2?924 and Howard Davison of Rotan A:**; speed. 1 run third with 1,517. I"i. *
Forest Fires Of Northwest Grow
SEATTLE, July 23 -(£*)-Forest ! fires, spreading with alrrrsr explosive force across sun-ba'red I northwest timber land. endangered *' more communities today.