Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas
HOTWk Chilene toorterSUNDAY'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXXIV, NO. 37
Ataocimtmd Fmm (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 25, 1854—FIFTY-TWO PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10«Sh îvers Takes Narrow Lead
4,542 TO 4,281
County Goes for Shivers; Newberry, Meeks Unseated
By GEORG 1.4 \EI.SON
IN hile the rest of Texas wavered In the governor’s race, Taylor ( ounty went steadily—if slightly— into the Shivers camp in Satur- ‘ day's primary election.
On the basis of complete but unofficial return.s Governor Shivers had 4,783 and Yarborough had 4.447.
Newcomers to politics unseated two Taylor County officials.
County race results, Pg. 1-B State race results. Pg. 6-A
In the constable’s race at Merkel, incumbent Luther Land was returned to office with a vote of 418 over Sam T. McI,eod’s 28.3.
Lyndon B. Johnson, running for his second term as U. S. senator, received a 3-to-l vote over his
only opponent, newcomer Dudley
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„ . , ! Tarltoii Dougherty of Beeville. The
Precinct I ComniLssioner Claude ,„Hncnn anH i .
Newberry conceded at 10 p.m. to
J. H. Rucker. Rucker rolled up
a total of 3,941 votes as compared with 2,916 polled by Newberry, who was seeking his fourth tenp J. D. Woodard, former Taylor County sheriff on an appointive basis, got the nod for constable of Justice Precinct 1. with 3.731 votes against 2.977 for incumbent Mer\yn .Mocks who has held office for seven tenns
Pierre Wins t to I Clive Pierce rolled up nearly a 2 to-1 majority over H L. Gay in the coun’.v superintendent’s rate.
Mrs. Bob Haile took a 667 vole lead over Mrs. L. Q. Campbell for the office of county treasurer.
The tabulation in these races w;is 5,117 for Pierce and 2.953 for Gay; 4.7M for Mrs. Haile and 4.-lU for Mrs Campbell.
vote was 7.368 for Johnson and 1, 871 for Dougherty.
Ramsey. Shepperd Favored Taylor C^ounti.wis also wanted Lieutenant Governor Ben Ram-.sey and Attorney General John Ben Shepperd returned to office. Both received whopping majorities here.
Running against two opi>onents. Ramsey received 6,593 Taylor
Davis, perennial gubernatorial candidate for 35 years.
Taylor County gave a strong majority to Few Brew.ster of Bell County, running against two opponents for re-election as justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. The vote was 5,184 for Brewster to 1,828 for Alfred M. Scott of Travis County and 1,071 for Robert B Keenan of Gregg County.
District Judge Alan Haley of Wichita County did not receive a majority from Taylor County in the race for a place on the Court of Criminal Appeals, but he led a field of four candidates The vote was 3.892 for Haley: 2,085 for Floyd W. Davidson of Travis County; 1.-063 for W. C. Graves of Dallas County, and 973 for Sam Davis of Harris County.
C. G. Whitten, candidate of the Shivers forces for the post of Taylor County Democratic chairman, took a lead over Henry Doscher,
1:45 A.M. TOTALS
DALLAS, July 25 ?#>—Returns to the Texas Election Bureau at 1:45 a.m. from 242 out of 254 counties, including 107 complete:
Governor: Davis 12.877; Holmes 15,781: Shivers 524,186; Yarborough 515,286.
These 1 a.m. totals also were reported in other races:
Lieutenant Governor; Hinson 136,740; Johnson 148,711; Ramsey 563,862.
Senator: Dougherty 242,481; Johnson 632,723.
Attorney General: Crouch 171,-999: Shepperd 678,618.
Supreme Court: Brewster 332,-341: Keenan 165,444; Scott 220,749.
Criminal Appeals: Davidson 227,-387; Davis 161,579; Graves 162,894; Haley 184,306.
County vnies. the ; repreeenltnfi the Yarborough sup-
splu 1.1* for porters. Whitten polled 3,994 and
Travis t ounty and 980 for George
T Hinson of NNood County.
Shepperd etlged close to a 7-to-1 vote over l>oug Crouch of Denton County with 7,616 Taylor County ballots to 1.360 for Crouch.
Out of a total vote of 9.439 in the governor’s race in
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County 157 went to J J. Holmes of | ^ farmer and
Travis County and 52 to Cyclone stockman 27 years He and his
family are members of Fairmont Methodist Church Woodard, named constable of Justice Precinct 1 on the basis of un-otncial retunvs. has spent more
CI.IVE PIERCK • . . elected Miperleteaidi!«!
J. D. W(H)DARI> ,. t* b« constable
George Parr Candidates Trail Slightly
SAN DIEGO, Tex.. July 24 Political Boss George B. Parr’s candidates were trailing narrowly in some important races on the basis of incomplete returns tonight.
Texas Rangers joined Freedom party members, and Parr's own
ww.v.w —. -r-...... (Old party, in a careful watch of
than 18 years in law enforcement: polling places. Duval county’s bal-work. but this is his first time to ¡ots were impounded by court order run for office He was with the after Uiey were counted.
Abilene Police Department 13'
Long-Time Resident |
Rucker, due to become the next j , Precinct 1 commissioner, ha.s j spent almost his entire life in Tay-1 lor Countv. coming here with his family from .Alabama when a small Taylor j father of nine children.
Runoff Likely In Close Vote
By WILBUR MARTIN
Associated Press Staff
Gov. Allan Shivers clung to the narrow lead he regained over Ralph Yarborough early Sunday, but a runoff election was indicated.
A heavy number of votes from Harris County shoved Shivers, bidding for an unprecedented third term, ahead of the former Austin district judge.
8,900 Vote Difference
Shivers’ total at 1:30 a. m. was 524,186 to 515,286—a margin of 8,900 votes.
Robert L. Johnson, head of the Texas Election Bureau, said a “runoff is indicated” in the struggle for the governorship of Texas.
The Texas Election Bureau is an unofficial vote --counting agency sponsored by Texas newspapers and radio stations. It had counted 1,058,088 votes of the 1,350,000 cast from 242 of Texas’ 254 counties, 107 complete.
Twelve counties had not reported their voting to the Election Bureau. Starr county, in the turbulent 79th District, was the largest of these. It had a possible 5,563 votes.
Thrown Into Runoff
The election was a bitter struggle between liberal factions of the Democratic party headed by Yarborough and conservatives led by Shiv
GOV. ALLAN SHIVERS . third term proves hardest
years and later served five and one-hall year* as a Taylor County
Laughtin 190 Behind
C. Weodrcw Laughlin. seeking election to the 79th District bench
The minute — by comparison— vote cast for two other candidates i in the governor’s race appeared likely to throw it into a runoff.
Incumbents led in most statewide and congressional races, but two congressmen — Rep Wingate Lucas of Grapevine and Ken Regan
of Midland—were behind Rep. By MARTHA COLE
Grady Gentry of 'Tyler was in a Associated Pre*» Staff
see-saw race with former Cong. One of Texas ^ congressmen op-Liudley Beckworth of Gladewaier. posed in their bids for re-election
As the unexp€ictedly heavy num-1 was lagging behind in early returna , ber of votes was counted it appear- on Saturday’s Democratic primary, i ed that the controversial reign of Seven more were ahead of their George B. Parr as the political opponents.
Lucas Trails; Gentry, Fisher,' Rayburn Lead for Congress
w...: ■ I election to uie /yui
deputy sheriff. In May of 1952 the Supreme
county commissioners appointed j j^aUed Markel
Woodard to serve the unexpirw | 0^ Faifurnas narrowly,
term of sheriff H T. Fleming who incomplete count: Heath 4.-
resigned. on condition lha» \\o^- Laughlin 4.040.
.1 -.«.a •.«••» f yv«- eKaxriff that * .
MRS. BOB HAILE . new county treaKurrr
J. H. Rl’CKEK Prec. 1 CommiKstoaer
WARNING TO REDS:
U. S. Carriers Sent to Hainan
WASHINGTON. July J4 W --United States, waving the biggest ■tick quickly availahle. has ordered two aircraft carriers into water.s flouth of Red China’.s Hainan Island to protect search and rescue o|H>ra tions after the aluH*ting down of a British airliner SiHretary of State Dullei hotly chargwl that two Red Chineae fighters delilH*rately de ■troyed the big craft The order to the varrH'r.s was issued by ,S«Hrelaiy of Defense Charles E Wil.son and it was an nouneed in a statement tislay b\ Dulles Dulle.s hrandint the destruction of the airliner an act o( ‘ bar barity" for whirh he said Commu nist China ’’must l*e held les^Km iible”
Further .Action hs I ,S,
He announced that further ae tlofi would be taken by the Unile<l Slates but did niH say what it would be.
The combination otf the WUsihi-Dulles moves, however, made it clear that the American go\ern-ment was making a show of power to imprees uiam the Reds the gravity with which the incident is regarde«!
Outraged govarnment leaders, furthermore. l<M»k the position that tha attack on the pn.s.scnger air ciaR by W fifbtara abouA 10
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miles .south i»f Hainan Friday gave the lie to Ciwninunist talk alH>ut IH'acefuI c«H*xistence in the wake i»f Ihe Red Chinese French negotiations to end the IndiH’hina war. Dulles has cxMitendeii that the agreement did not mean any basic change in the nature of the Com-munlsts
ard would not run for sheriff that year.
First Political Venture
Mrs Haile, entering politics for the first time as county tre;4surcr. is a native and lifelong res dent of Taylor County She work«! with Sears-Roebuck Company 23 years, serving a.* head of the credit department and in the catalog sales department. She later worked with the Mackey Co, and since May of 1953 has been employed in the credit and catalog order department of Montgomeiy-W ard Clive Pierce, to succetxi Tom McGehee who did not s<>i'k re-election as county superintendent, brings 30 years exjierience in class-rtKim teaching and educational administration to his new position He served as Brown County super-inttHuient eight years and for 26 months w as deputy state schtxM suiH’rintendent for 11 counties including Taylor County His other ■ exjvenence imlutie.s two years as ’ Callahan County school suj'»ervisor ' and three years as s^iei'ial service I teacher in .Abilene State Hospital school system
Here are the vrtes polled !n Tavlor County by candidates who did not have opponents^ Congressman at-large, Martin Die.s. 9 543 '
Commissioner of .Agriculture, ^ John C. While. 9.475.
Land Commissioner. Bascom Giles. 9.521 . i
State Treasurer. Jesse James, 9..540 ^
Railroad Commissioner, r O Thornp.son, 9.49t>
Comptroller of Public Accounts. RoiH'rt S Calv ert. 9,S'»* '
Chief .lu.Ntiv'e of Supreme Court,
J F Hickman. 9 532
AssiK'iate Ju-stice of Supreme Court. Clvde F. Smith. 9 4,37 I U S Congres.sman, Omar Burl eson, 9 4.53,
Associate .lu.stice, lUh Court of
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Laughlin Parr’s nephew. Archer Parr, trailed Bob Mullen. Alice. 3.961 to 4,611. in the race for state representative.
Raeburn Norris, a longtime Old party member, seeking re-election as district attorney, trailed Sam Burns, now Jim Wells county attorney
Heath. Mullen and Burris had the active support of the Freedom party, which was formed specifically to oppose Parr
Dist Judge Maxwell Welch issued the order to mipound Duval county ballrts at the request of state Atty. Gen John Ben Shepperd. who has guided the slate’s attack on Parr’s political jwwer.
Parr, the “Duke of Duval." had confidently predicted his candidates w ould w in These results were based on 4,-.NX) votes from Jim Wells county, about half the county’s potential vote; about 2,i)00 or two-fifths the potential vote of Duval county, and L.SiW to 1.600 votes from Brooks cvuinty. about half that county s potential.
There were no votes from Starr countv. also in the 79th District
boss of Duval county and the 79th District might be over.
Cariiidates backed by Parr were trailing in unofficial returns. These included C. Woodrow Laughlin, ousted by the Texas Supreme Court as judge of the 79th District. He was trying to regain the bench.
A runoff election is necessary in any race if no candidate receives a majority over all others seeking the office. In this case, the two high men vie in a runoff next month.
Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson swept to a second term with ease. He had 688.800 votes to 264.782 for Slate Rep. Dudley Dougherty.
Yarborough heard returns at his home in .Austin He said at one point during the night that he was hopeful but unprepared to make a statement.
Shivers issued a statement thanking his friends. He said he would have more to say after more votes were counted
These two completely overshadowed two others who tried for the nomination for governor.
Arlon B iCvclone» Davis of Dallas. aged son of a stoned figure
Eleven of Texas’ 22-man dele-tion in the House were unopposed and three are retiring.
Close at Fort Worth Close races showed up in the Fort Worth district, where Rep. Wingate Lucas. Grapevine, was , lagging, and in far West Texas, ; w here Rep. Ken Regan. Midland, was in a close fight with State Sen. J T. Rutherford of Odessa.
Texas' two Democratic minority leaders in Congress—Sen. Lyndon B Johnson and Rep. Sam Rayburn—held leads in early returns.
The 9:30 p.m. count of the Texas Election Bureau, unofficial and incomplete. showed Lucas had 7,066. Jim Wnght. former mayor of Meatherford, had 8.726.
In the other contested races, the 9 30 count showed:
Dist. 1—Rep. Wright Patman,
■ Texarkana. 3,972: Kenneth Simmons, .Avinger, 2,rj9; Douglas E. Wright, Norris County, 392.
Beckworth Trails Dist. 5—Rep. Grady Gentry. Tyler, 8.383; former Congressman Lindley Beckworth, Gladewater. 5.893.
Dist. 4—Rep Sam Rayburn, Bonham, 5,806; A.C. McRae. Bonham.
of Texas politics and perennial 2,112.
candidate, trailed with 12.877 votes Dist. S-Wallace Savage. 13.356: J. J Holmes of Austin had 15,781 at Leslie Hackler, 6.867; Dick Connal
Midland Man leads Legislature Race
MIDLAND July 24-Lew is Anderson of Midland took an 800-vote load over Audie Belcher of Midland Saturday night in their ' race to stH' who will replace Hulon Brown as 102nd District representative in the state legislature.
I With only Midland County re-^Hirting, Antlerson had polled 3.391 viHes in the IVemvH'Tatie primary (to 2.539 for Belcher Brown was ; not M'cking re nomination, but had ' euter»Hl the race for Midland i county attorney
Other counties in the I03rd District are L'lHon, Crane and Pecvia.
the 1 a m count Ll. Gov. Ben Ramsey. Atty Gen John Ben Shepperd and .Associate Supreme Court Justice Few Brewster ran far in frwit of their opponents.
ly, 5,446; Lamar Holley, 2.882; Leslie Jackson. 2,777.
Dist. 9—Rep. Clark Thompson. Galveston. 3.334; Cl>-de B. Kenner-ly, Rosenberg, 1,745.
Dist. 14—State Sen. John Bell,
Cuero. 2,002; State Sen. William SbJreman, Corpus Christi. 954;
State Rep. Gabe Garrett. Corpus Chri.*ti, 402; Roy A. Scott. Corpus Chriiti. 214; Dewitt C. Dewitt.
The bid for the post of Rep. John Lyle, who is retiring.
Dist. 15—State Rep. Joe Kilgore.
McAllen, 2.166; Hubert Hudson.
Brownsville attorney. 390. They
sought the seat of Rep. Uoyd M. j *_
Bentsen Jr., Mc.AlIen, who is retiring.
Fisher Far .Ahead
Dist. 18—Rep. Waller Rogers,
Pampa, 10.934; Michael Kemp,
Cactus. 1.537; George W. Crawford.
Dist. 21—Rep. 0 C Fisher. San •Angelo. 9.747; Sara Conally, San ;
The Republicans had an unopposed candidate for U S. senator, two candidates for Congress in Houston and unopposed etmgres-sional candidates in the Panhandle,
Dallas and South Texas in their primary.
Johnson bi Capital
Sen, Lyndon B. Johnson, 45, seeking his second term m the senate, stayed m Washingt«« for the congressional sessions during this year’s campaigmng. However, he reported he had. spent $4.766 this year on campaign expenses.
The man opposing Johnson. Dudley T. Dougherty. 30, a wealthy Beeville oilman who has served one term as stale representative, started off his campaign with marathon television appearances.
He has attacked Johnson’s voting record. His campaign expenses
were $W),835. Unopposed for th« Republican nomination to the senate was Carlos Watson. Brownsville attorney, a longtime leader la the Texas Republican party.
Texas’ congressmann-at-Iarge, Martin Dies of Lufkin, had no o position for renomination ia the Democratic primary. 'Tlw Republican candidate for hii post, alse unopposed, is Thomas R Nolall,
ELDON M AHON . . shows heels
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JUST WAIT A WHILE, BOYS
TUiKVO. Ivund.Hv. July 26 — Tlie vMmmander of Commu-m*t led forces in Imlivchina told his triKH's yesterday that b*»uthein Viet Nam was only temiHvrarily tn the hand* of the Freiuh
5 Persons Die
i IKONTDN, Mo . July 24 W-A I twin-engin* plant #xplo«led while in llighi over this hiUv and wtKided siH tion of ioutheast Missouri ttxiay. killing dll five iversons aboard .6ldte Uoliv.'* Sgt Hardin Smith saul only two txaiie* had be«« rt-covtied.
Cloud, Rule Mayor, Benches Kimbrough
Haskeir* John Kimbrough, who aptxunted him in 1953 to the state-toltiHl manv a L>e as an All-Ameri-. w ide Water Resources Committee, can fiKvtball plaver at Texas A&M. ! In March i>f thi* year. U was had the tables turned on him m widely reported that Ktmbroughf the political arena ivituniay as he would aeek elevtion as state agri-w as beaten by Ed CUhkI. Rule' culture eomnussioner. a job held mayor, in the ilenHvratie primary ! by John White He was also con-race for «3rd District state repre- .sidered a possible candidate for senvative state governor. Kimbrough ctvm-
With just on* box ' about 14<» mented that it was “just a rumor’* votes» niH reported late Saturday that he would run for agriculture night, unofficial reports gave Cloud c«>mnussh)ner.
4.514 votes to 4,294 for Kimbrough. wIhv was si'eking nominatuvn for re el«H‘tu»n to the Legislature Cloud carried Uie hiNiie county | of high men, H.x.vkell. with 2 iKW' votes to 1.862 for Kimbrough Knox I C«>unty voters fav»>r«xi Cloud. 1,121 I to 969 fiH- KimbriHigh CUnid car-rieti Baylor CiHinty, 859 to »99 KimbriHigh lexi in Thnn'kmoriiHi County, 664 to 446. althiHigh the one box not repivrteii was from that county.
Rale .Mavtw Ciothl, a lormer schiKil teacher, farmer and banker, was elected mayor of Rule in April of I9.v2 Kimbrough, a faimer and oil con signee at Haskell, was elected to the state legislature two years ago and served on the Htxise I'ri-vUegea and Suffrage. Agriculture.
Conservation. Ijvestix-k, and Oil and Qm oommitte«». Gov. SAivert
Mahon Away Out in Front In DA Race
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Rutherford Leads Regan
MIl)L.A.ND, July 24—Early, incomplete returns (tom IS ciHrniies • a sj
m the I6th Congressional District, I CAAIN ▼ V/ I
Eldon Mahon (rf Colorado City ran off and left hi* opponent, Jim Pearson of Nolan County, in tha primary voting Saturday for dia-trici attorney of the 32d District.
Mahon received 4.213 to 2.808 for Pearson, unofficial tabulation sliowed with 180 votes uncouftted.
Mahon was seeking re-dection to the poet he has hdd sitKe 1947. Pearson ia former Nolan County Attorney.
The 33d District serves Nolan and Mitchell Counties The votes still unc'ounte«! were the .Mitchell absentee ballots, about 180 of them.
Mahon swept to victory in both counties. In Mitchell he piled up a 1,961 to 838 lisad In Pearson’s home county of Nolan the vote was 2 252 for Mahon and 1.97Q for Pearson,
Mahon is a graduate of McMurry College and served ui the aimed forces in World War II He was Mitchell County Attorney beforo he was appointed DA by Governor Jester in December. 1W7,-
gave J. T Sl’.ck' Rutherfoi-d,
state senator friHH Odessa, a slight lead over incumbent Rep Ken Regan
Ruthi'rtord’s total was 17.332 in a 10 30 p m tabulation Regan’s total was 16.844.
Midland County, Regan’s home, gave him a tdal of 3,999 vote* to Rutherford’s 1,411. Th# Midland returns were complete
Fetor County, Rutherford s home county, gave Mm a 4.150 to Re-gifi’a 1.583.
LURBtKT. July 24 (T-T J. Valles Sr.. l.ublHKk u-sed car dealer, may have set some sort of long-distance absentee voting record.
Vallea mailed his ballot from Athens. Greece. July 15 He Is making hii first visit to his na tive land in 29 year*
Hit vota was cmintad today