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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 1, 1974, Abilene, Texas m Allene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"- -Byron 08RD YEAR, NO. 349 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE I, m4—FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Press (/P) mmm THE REV. JOE AALBUE TALKS OF SAGERTON’S FUTURE . “all we're doing now and more.' Sagerton By J. T. SMITH Reporter-News Farm Editor SAGERTON —Residents of the small Haskell County community of Sagerton wanted desperately to be number one in the Texas Community Improvement Program for 1974 — they had worked mighty hard. But when the verdict of the three state judges was returned Friday afternoon, Sagerton was number two for the second year in a row. Sagerton, which entered the TGP in November of 1971, was placed under Dike in Hopkins County which had also been among the top communities in the state in last year's judging. THE THIRD and fourth place state winners from the four regional winners were Latexo in Houston County and Lowake of Concho County, respectively. It means that Sagerton Is number tw’o out of 191 communities of a required 1.000 population or less which were the TGP competition. On Wednesday judges attended a theatrical program in the Sagerton Community Center, followed by a tour of the predominantly German settlement which was founded around 1904. Sagerton reached its peak around 1915. Today, it s a community of 75 families and about IOO individuals, but in 1915 it was much larger. In fact some of the features of the settlement then included a cotton compress, bank, two hotels, gins, grocery stores, a newspaper, hardware stores, two dry goods stores, three physicians, two depots, three lumber yards, a blacksmith shop and various other businesses. Two bad things which affected Sagerton were lack of water and a large fire around But They 1917 which destroyed property then valued at $15,000. MORE FIRES took more businesses in the years that followed. By 1951, Sagerton had dwindled like so many similar communities and had only 250 people calling it “‘home.’’ Sagerton was able to finally obtain needed water in 1963 when citizens organized to get a city water system. , Residents of Sagerton say that very little was accomplished after that for almost a decade — the town was dormant. Delbert LeFevre. one Sagerton resident who says he doesn’t know how his Trench name wound up in West Texas, said the town’s uphill move all started when the Rev. Joe Aalbue came to town. Then. 26, Aalbue came from the Pacific northwest to Sagerton in 1970 to be pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church. LeFevre said Aalbue started cleaning and fixing up his place and some residents joined in. Young Aalbue’s hair was slightly over the ears and collar, and many residents were at first a bit shocked at the minister with “long” hair. -After talking with him five minutes,” LeFevre said, “you forgot all about the hair.” OBVIOUSLY residents dd — they say they worked with Aalbue and not for him as he was right in the middle of it all in sneakers and old blue jeans. Their confidence in Aalbue was well founded as he was chosen Texas Rural Minister of the Year in 1973. After Friday’s decision, Aalbue talked with The Reporter-News from his home. “People have been coming by the home — disappointed initially,” Aalbue said. “But after a few moments of reflection, they think of all the things we have done in unity and know we are winners in that.” What kind of things? Aalbue refers to a new sanitary landau, a fire department, major improvements in the community center which included a new area for the Sagerton Community Teens along with new playground facilities for the little Sagerton folks and See SAGERTON, Pg. 2A, Col. I High Court to Consider Jaworski's Tape Demands Burned Wylie Senior Misses His Own Graduation Night By SUSIE STOLER Reporter-News Staff Writer Friday night was graduation night at Wylie High School, but senior Johnny Smoot. 18. was unable to attend. Two days beiore. he went outside his house rn Potosi to start his mother’s car before lying down to rest after a two-week bout in the hospital with pneumonra. HE POURED .gasoline In the carburetor to prune the engine when “it blew up on his right sido and face,” said his mother, Mrs. Bill Smoot. Smoot, a former Abilene resident, suffered second degree burns and is listed in “stable” condition at West Texas Medical Center. “As soon as a bed is available. we will transfer him to the Galveston Bum Center at the University of Texas John Mealy Hospital. He will be taken by car since the doctor doesn’t want him to fly,’* his mother said. After hearing of Smoot's accident, his senior classmates cancelled plans for a senior party and donated $100 to the family to defray medical costs. “He had just been out of the Arrest Awaited After Indictment By ROY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer A sealed indictment which is thought to be in connection with the investigation of what law enforcement officers have described as an organized oilfield pipe theft ring was among five felony “true bills’ returned Friday by a 42nd District Court jury. Name of the person or persons charged in the sealed indictment, and the specific charge, will not be made a matter of public record until an airest or arrests have been made, a spokesman in the district clerk’s office said. THE GRAND jury had met in special session two weeks ago to interview about two dozen subpoenaed witnesses in connection with the investigation which officers said already has led to the recovery of between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of stolen oilfield pipe. Criminal List. Atty. Kd Paynter, who presented information on the cases to the grand jury’s secret sessions, said Friday he could not com ment on whether the sealed indictment was in connection with the pipe theft investigation. Asked if the investigation Is now complete, he said, “It see TRUE, Pg. 2A, Cal. < hospital two days when it happened,” said senior Connie Carter, adding that a separate fund for the burn victim has been started. Although he is being fed intravenously, Mrs. Smoot said her son was “going great guns and the doctor says there’s all hope for his recovery .” Mrs. Smoot was concerned about one part of her son s experience. “TO GET him to the hospital, I flagged a man down on the Potosi Highway in a pick-up-camper, and he took Johnny and me to the hospital. I was so tom up at the time I forgot to ask his name, but I wish he would cull so I could talk with him and thank him,” she said. Smoot lives with his parents and two brothers and two sisters ranging in age from 16 to 2-years-old. • Before moving to Potosi four years ago, the Smoots resided in Abilene where Johnny attended Jefferson Junior High and Crockett Elementary school. He was bom in Odessa. By LEE BYRD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court, despite White House complaints of undue haste, will consider early in July the demand of Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski for dozens of presidential tapes wanted as evidence in the Watergate cover-up trial. The high court consented on Friday to Jaworski’s request that the cade leapfrog the U.S. Court of Appeals so that the trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 9. will not be delayed for months in the battle over evidence. It was Jaworski's second legal victory in his quest for the tapes and related documents of 64 conversations between President Nixon and various aides. Early last week, Di>-trict Judge Joitn J. Sirica upheld the special prosecutor s subpoena for the materials. Although the White House had vowed it would fight Sirica’s decision all the way to the Supreme Court, it objected strenuously to the streamlined procedure that put it there. The President’s chief Watergate lawyer, James D. St. Clair, had written the court earlier that “to allow the judicial process to run its orderly course will cause some delay, but though speedy justice is an important aim of the law it Inside Todoy Farm Product Prices Drop Prices of row form products dropped four per cent from April 15 to May 15, the third monthly decline in o row, the Agriculture Deportment soys. Pg. 5B. Amusements .....   79 Astrology ......... • • 4A Bribee ............... 7A Church New*....... 4D Classified.........5-HD Comics ............. d'7C Editorials .... Ferm ................ J® Markets ............ 2,30 Obituary  .......... om..................., Sports ................ I-JC Todoy in History......... 7 A TV Loa ................ ll TV Scout ............... I! Women'* Nows......... 39 can never take precedence over justice.” Jaworski argued that taking the dispute through the appeals courts would have delaved the trial of the seven cover-up defendants until next spring. He said a prompt decision was needed also to affirm the nation’s faith in the role of his office. He noted as well that the U.S. Court of Appeals already had once rejected Nixon's claim of executive privilege in withholding tapes and documents Lorn his predecessor. Archibald Cox. Although the President fired Cox in that celebrated battle, he eventually surrendered the materials then .sought by the special prosecutor. In other developments Friday: -The staff of the Senate Watergate Committee reported that dairy industry donations to Nixon's 1972 campaign were apparently tied directly to the President’s order raising milk price supports. The evidence summarized bv the report was forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee for its impeachment investigation. which is scheduled to take uo the milk-price affair in a week or two. —The House committee put off consideration of witnesses for its impeachment inquiry, amid indications that only a limited number, if any, witnesses would be finally called. —Jaworski declared that Nixon should not be permitted to invoke executive privilege in the grand jury investigation See TAPE, Pg. 2A. Col. I Eastland JP Free on Bond After 15 Charges Made EASTLAND—Justice of the Peace for Precinct I L. \\ (Wells) Dalton, who resigned Thursday, was charged Friday with 15 counts of misappropriation of public funds. He resigned after an Eastland County grand jury directed that proceedings be initiated to remove him from office. Fifteen of the indictments returned by the grand jury were kept secret until Dalton turned himself over to sheriff's officers Friday morning. THIRTEEN of the Indictments against Dalton were for “fraudulent misapplication of public funds” and the ether two were for “official misconduct — misapplication of funds.” Dish. Attorney Emory Walton said the two counts were filed under the 1974 Criminal Code and the other 13 were filed under the previous criminal code. He said the 13 indictments each carry a possible penalty of two to IO years in jail and the two (1974) indictments also carry the same ja.l term but the judge could also assess a tine of up to $5,006 for each count. Dalton’s bond was set ai $2,600 each for the 15 counts by Hist. Judge Earl Conner, He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace M IV Under wood of Ranger. DALTON WAS free oil bond Friday afternoon. The Reporter-News had confirmed two weeks ago that Dalton had been under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Eastland County Sheriff's office and the district attorney. Dalton submitted a brief letter of resignation to Eastland County Judge Scott Bailey: “Dear Gentlemen: Please accept ray resignation from the position of Justice of the Peace Precinct I of Eastland County. Thank you for your consideration. Yours very truly. L. W. Dalton.” BAILEY SAID Thursday live letter could not be officially considered by the county commissioners until they meet in regular session June IO. The grand jury considered 19 cases and handed down 18 indictments and one no-bill. Nine witnesses were interviewed. The grand jury also asked county commissioners to have an independent audit of all county funds and have an efficiency study on the work load of county employes. Runoff Decisions To Be Made Today Taylor County Democratic voters will choose a county school superintendent Saturday and a portion of the counts s electors will help select the next Dist. 61 state representative. The county school superintendent’s race pits Billy (1. Yarbrough anti LaWayne Harris. The legislative race is between incumbent Rep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City and Abilene attorney Mike Y’oung. Burleson Predicts Committee Will Impeach Nixon By GARY BALDRIDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Omar Burleson of Anson said Friday that “in all probability” the House Judiciary Committee w ill bring out a bill of impeachment against President Nixon, who was host to Burleson and IO other congressmen aboard Us presidential yacht Wednesday night. Burleson made the comment from his Washington office in a telephone interview with The Reporter-News. “I WOULD think in all probability that the committee would bring out a bill of im peachment. What would happen beyond that point is uncertain.” the veteran representative said. Asked if he had any doubts as to whether he should accept the President’s invitation for the Potomac cruise, Burleson said it would have no influence on his personal decisionmaking processes. “I see nothing, just because of this thing (Judiciary Committee deliberations), to say no, you wouldn’t see the President.* It wouldn’t have any effect on me. “I have no difficulty in keeping an open mind,” Burle- said. He reiterated his position of remaining noncommittal on the impeachment vote, if it reaches the House floor, until the e\ idcnce is presented. son BURLESON SAID he did not know why toe President had chosen him for the cruise. The Ways and Means Committee member, who has served in Congress for 28 years, said “it was just one of these things that of course I had done betore with this President and others (Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson).” Nixon appeared to be in good health, the congressman remarked. “He looked a1! right to me. I couldn’t see anything that suggested ill health,” Vs Rep. Sonny Montgomery. D-Miss., said Thursday, Burleson acknowledged that Nixon told the group that it he was guilty lie would have already resigned. No other relerence w as made to the impeachment question, Burleson said, ECONOMIC MATTERS consumed most of the conversation time, he reported. He said he expressed his disappointment with the proposed 1975 fiscal budget of $305 billion. He i Nixon i said he was, too, and hoped the economy would tutji around. He talked about the settlement in the Middle East and the role he played. The President was in constant touch with tile situation.” Talking of regional issues. Burleson said, “I got in a plug about our drought rn West Texas and the plight of cattlemen.” He said he pointed out that imports of beef were running ahead of 1973 and urged renewal of beef quotas. Nixon said he would look into the matter, Burleson added. Where to \ote. Pg. IB The whip* each race will be virtuall:    n't    ain of election since nu opposing candidates will be listed on the general election ballot*. Dist. 61 includes a few' \oilrig precincts in Abilene, rural Taylor County and Fisher, Jones, Mitchell and Nolan counties. Other Democratic nominations before Big Country voters include the 21st Congressional district, and state representative districts 33 and 61. The Congressional race, contested by Bob Krueger of New Braunfels and State Sen. Nelson Wolff of San Antonio, will be decided by voters in Coke, Runnels, and Concho Counties plus southwest Texas counties including Tom Green (San Angelo) and part of Bexar (San Antonio) counties. Democrats in Erath, Johnson, Hood and Somervell counties will choose between Ed Mayes of Granbury and G. L. Sw*an*on of Stephenville, and Borden, Coke, Dawson, Howard, Scurry* and Sterling County Democrats will nominate either Mike Ezell of Snyder or Glenn Tooms of Borden County for Dist. 63 representative.n't Forfeit Your Vote; Polls Open 7 to 7 ;

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