Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 25, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Happy but nervous
Sen. Ralph Yarborough greets two veterans of World War I at Abilene Municipal Airport Friday night after the Texas International plane he was on experienced landing gear trouble and circled the airport several times before coming down. Yarborough, as well as the other passengers, appeared extremely happy but somewhat nervous as they came off the plane. Yarborough is in Abilene to address the Veterans of World War I convention Saturday morning. (Staff Photo by Loretta Fulton)
Tense Crowd Glad 'Old Timer'
Yarborough Hit Earth—Softly
A veteran of World War I waiting at the airport to meet Sen. Ralph Yarborough said it for everyone.
“Sure glad to see you hit the ground old timer,” he said to the senator as Yarborough stepped off a Texas International plane that had just experienced landing gear problems and had prepared for a crash landing late Friday night at Abilene Municipal Airport.
“Yeah,” Yarborough replied, “I sure am. too.”
About 50 Veterans of World War I and friends were at the airport to meet Yarborough.
But as the plane from Dallas carrying the Senator and 42 other persons began circling the airport, obviously in some kind of trouble, and units from Abilene Fire Dept. began
arriving, the crowd suddenly seemed to double.
“I’ll say ya’ll sure gave us a show out here,” a smiling but somewhat nervous Yarborough said as he was greeted by the veterans, fire trucks and safety cruisers.
Yarborough said as the plane approached the airport the pilot announced that the landing gear light wasn’t working.
“Then they had us take all sharp objects out of our pockets,” he said and prepare for a crash landing.
Yarborough said the control tower indicated the landing gear was down but there was no way to be sure it was locked.
Stewardess Billie Sue Tichenor, 23, of Dallas, who was in charge of preparing the passengers for a crash landing, said. “I was a little nervous at first, but I only
Teachers Due Raise Without Tax Increase
By MERLE WATSON Reporter-News Staff Writer
A proposed $11 million-plus operation budget was presented to the Abilene Board of Education Friday afternoon with no tax increase indicated even though salary increases were included for school personnel.
Board members have been examining the proposed budget by series and categories sincce March.
The proposed operating budget for the 1970-71 school year of the Abilene Independent School District is $11,573,529. This includes $10,572,616 for the Operation and Maintenance Fund and $919,803 for the Interest and Sinking Fund.
Local tax revenue is based upon a district valuation of $257,000,000 which is an increase of $4,300,000 over last year’s budgeted valuation, or $1,364,175 over actual valuation.
The tax rate for the Interest and Sinking Fund is reduced by
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one cent to a rate of 34 cents and the tax rate for Maintenance and Operation Fund is increased one cent to a rate of $114. The tax rate will remain at $1.43.
The proposed budget reflects an excess revenue over expenditures of $4,530 broken down as follows: maintenance and operation fund, $10,567; interest and sinking fund, $2,527; and transportation fund. $3,510.
Estimated sources of revenue total $11,578,059, an increase of
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had two minutes to brief them and I really didn’t have time to worry.”
Miss Tichenor said she had always worried about remembering all of the safety instructions, but when it happened she said, “It all comes back to you.”
Miss Tichenor was very complimentary of all the passengers. She said at first they “let out a gasp, but then remained very calm.”
The only trouble she experienced was just before landing.
“I had to tell the people to quit peeking,” she said. “They were looking out of their pillows instead of burying their faces as instructed.”
One of the best passengers was a very unconcerned 5-year-old girl. Miss Tichenor sat down beside her to try to comfort her, but all the little girl wanted to do “was talk about her recent trip to Disneyland.”
Another passenger who took the whole thing in stride was Frank Tollison of Anson.
“I sat right next to the Senator,” he said and proudly pulled out a pen with “Ralph Yarborough United States Senator” printed on it.
Tollison admitted he was “a little nervous,” but the seat by Yarborough and the pen seemed to overshadow the preparations for a crash landing.
When the excitement was finally over, one man wandered back into the plane searching for his ticket which had obviously been misplaced in all the furor. Apparently undaunted by the near accident, he said, “Well, that saves me $62.
Landing Scary For 43 on Plane
A Texas International airliner carrying a crew of three and 40 passengers — including Sen. Raplh Yarborough—landed safely late Friday after a malfunctioning landing gear light caused a brief but dramatic scare.
The aircraft, a Convair BHO turboprop scheduled to arrive at Abilene Municipal Airport at 9:45 p.m. from Dallas, touched down at 10:13 with passengers in a “crash position—bent forward with heads between their knees—and six units of the Abilene Fire Department standing by along the runway.
The passengers took the alarm in apparent good spirits, and pilot Bill Jones stressed the signal light malfunction was “actually a very minor” incident.
Yarborough, slated to speak Saturday to the World War I Veterans’ convention here, said, “Everyone on board was very calm. There was even some laughter.”
The plane circled the airport for more than 15 minutes after the crew noted that a control panel light signifying the landing gear was locked into position did not go out.
Pilot Jones said that “in any case of a possibility of engine trouble or landing gear, or any other such emergency, the prudent thing to do is call for fire control equipment.” That call went out at 9:52.
While waiting for the firefighting vehicles to arrive, the plane came in low over the control tower so controllers could look at the gear.
Tower controllers Lowell Ranum and Gary Bagott, hindered by darkness though they turned on searchlights, at first thought the landing gear was not in place. After several more passes, however, they
reported the gear did, in fact, appear down and “in place.”
Up in the plane, Jones and copilot Joel Harding were also trying to check the gear
visually. Jones said that from the rear seats “you could see two wheels”—the gear beneath the wings.
Stewardess Billie Sue
Tichenor, 23, a TIA crew member for only one year, was in the midst of her inflight
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crisis, although it turned out to be a minor one.
She gave instructions to the passengers for taking up crash positions and had passengers remove any metal or other hard objects from their person. She
said later that “I had wondered what I’d do in case of emergency.” But she said her stewardess training “all came back to me in a hurry.”
Carlos Talley, head of Texas International in Abilene, said
Friday night that wrhat went wrong with the airplane wras “just a little old 75 cent switch” and that the same malfunction in the light that signals when the nose gear
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Only a warning light
Abilene firemen were ready and waiting at Abilene Municipal Airport late Friday night for a plane they thought might crash land. Their services were not needed however as the plane carrying Senator Ralph Yarborough landed safely after the plane's warning light indicated that the landing gear was not down. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley)
Beatles Song Touched Off Mass Murder in Tate Case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Charles M. Manson ordered actress Sharon Tate and six others slain because, due to a “fanatical obsession” with a Beatles’ song, he wanted to touch off a black-white war, the state said Friday.
“The evidence will show,” co-prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi said in an opening statement at the murder trial of the clan leader and three followers, “that Charles Manson hated black people but also hated whites, whom he called pigs.”
He said Manson felt the killings would touch off a war in w'hich blacks would wipe out whites—while his nomadic family hid in a “bottomless pit” in the desert—and tho blacks then would “turn over the reins of power to the white people who escaped.”
Manson’s inspiration, Bugliosi said, was the song “Helter Skelter” by the popular British group, the Beatles. To Manson, Bugliosi said, “the words meant the black man w'as rising up against the white establishment and murdering the entire white race ... he believed the Beatles
were speaking to him across the ocean.”
“Helter Skelter” was
scrawled on a wall at the home of two victims, along with “Rise” and “Death to Pigs.” And “Pigs” was written in blood at the Tate home.
Bugliosi said Manson believed that the scrawlings and other evidence would make it plain that blacks did the killing and trigger a “black-white revolution.”
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Widow of Longtime
Mrs. T. C. (Alice) Campbell Sr., 93, longtime Abilenian whose late husband was in the retail business field, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Hendnck Memorial Hospital.
Funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at North's Memorial Chapel with Rev. E. P. Dontzer of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest and Rev. Willis T. Gerhart, retired pastor of that church, officiating.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Bom Oct. 23, 1876, in Terrell,
Guard Agrees: Camp a Stinker
By JIM DUBLIN
Reporter-News Staff Writer
AUSTIN — Dust, sweat, ticks and spiders are one thing all National Guard summer camps have in common, but for the men of the 342nd Light Equipment Company of the 111th Engineer Battalion from the Big Country area a new dimension has been addded — smell.
The 342nd is commanded by
First Lt. Cecil Vineyard of Snyder and is based in Stamford and Abilene. They are bivouacked at Camp Swift, near Bastrop.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR the company, the bulk of Camp Swift and almost all the worksites are downwind,-pf a
rendering plant. This doesn’t sound sn bad until you discover exactly w'hat a rendering plant
A rendering plant is an es'abashment which buys the entrails and other wastes of cattle and hogs from slaughterhouses. Then a machine at the plant grinds it all up into one huge mess and cooks it. Another machine presses it into very compact blocks and dries it at the same time.
Then the dried blocks are ground up again and the resultant grainy substance is mixed up with cattle feed and sold to people who produce fat cows. It’s a wonderfully efficient operation.
It also smells. To fully identify the odor, imagine what fresh sewage smells like — then try to think of something that smells worse than that. If you can do that then you have a vague idea of what the cooling breezes blowing over the 342nd bivuoac smell like.
THE STENCH gets into the men’s clothing, their hair, their food. It seems to penetrate the skin itself. It is possibly the
number one topic of conversation in the camp, but it was impossible to get a printable direct quote about the smell from anyone in the camp. Suffice it to say it was commented on frequently.
Except for the aroma, the
two-week training period for the 111th Battalion is progressing without a hitch. The two units within the battalion, which is commanded by Lt. Col. Dick Tarpley, have both been commended on their performance and diligence by Maj. Gen. Joseph R. Russ, deputy commander of reserve forces for the U.S. Fourth Army.
REGULAR ARMY advisers and Reservist and Regular evaluators, who c i r c u I a t e d around the various battalion bivouacs and work sites, have also praised the officers and men of the unit.
The 231st, commanded by Capt. Tommy Iuison of Cleburne and based in Sweetwater and
Snyder, and the Battalion Headquarters detachment are bivouaced at Camp Mabry, just inside the city of Austin.
Both Camp Mabry and Camp Swift are posts maintained by the Texas National Guard. By participating in work projects during its two-week stay, the 111th Battalion does much to improve the facilities at both bases and also to keep up its efficiency in Army engineering operations.
Maj Ray Walker of the battalion staff said, “We don’t come dowrn here to listen to lectures. We have already gone through the training procedures. These summer camps allow the
she moved at the age of 4 with her mother and sister to Memphis, Tenn., after the death of her father.
Later the family moved to Mineola, then to Cisco.
At the time of her marriage in 1898, she and Mr. Campbell were both working for the B. W. Rose dry goods store in Cisco.
In 1902 they moved to Abilene and worked for the Morgan Weaver Co. until it was sold to Minter Dry Goods.
In 1903 Mr. Campbell, J. VV. Bogar and Lafayette Sellers established their owTn store at S. 2nd and Chestnut. In 1907 the partnership was dissolved when Mr. Campbell bought “the Grimes store” and was sole owner of the business located at S. 1st and Chestnut.
From 1912 to 1925 the Campbell’s big store was at N. 2nd and Pine, in the building formerly occupied by Woolworth’s, with Mrs. Campbell in charge of ready-to-wear.
In a news article on her 90th birthday, Mrs. Campbell recalled that “we had the first elevator in Abilene and two of the boys who ran it were Tom and Mack Eplen.”
In 1925 the Campbells withdrew' from retail business and for six years backed another store here. But in 1931 they reentered the business they both loved and operated the big
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