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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1974, Abilene, Texas tlfje "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron B4TH YEAR, NO. 2 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 19, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Preu NEARLY A CENTURY OF HISTORY HAS PASSED BEFORE HER EYES Mrs. Rosie Jones of 773 Nelson may look frail bill licr hands arc strong slill phBtej far 'lohn Beit Juneteenth' Memories: Work, Play and 'I just, really clon'l have, any idea how I'd change llriiirjs even if I could' 'I can still help the sick, though and as long as the Lord spares me I'll keep doing il' By JIM CONLUY Ilcporicr-News Staff Writer When .Mrs. Ilosic Jones passes her slender fingers through the wisps of white hair which curl about her temples, her eyes take on a look of remembrance. She may be thinking of her parenls, bolh ex-slaves who taught her to pick cotlon when she was only a lillle girl. Or she may be thinking of long, hot days of plowing behind oxen on her Collin Counly [arm, and how Ihe girls would play baseball against the boys when there was any time lo play. Or she might be remembering the house-to-house prayer meet- ings which led lo the building of Ihc first church she knew at age eight. NO MATTER what, she recalls of her younger (lays, it is a liv- ing history lesson which spans almost a century. That is be- cause Mrs. Rosie Jones of Abi- lene is .more than 95 years of age. She looks small and frail when she rises to her full height of about five feel. But her hands are strong, even when she gen- tly holds yours to make a point as she speaks. Her strength comes from dec- ades of hard work, which began not long after she was born north of Dallas in McKinney on Dec. 15, 1878. "Yes, we lived in Ihe coun- she said in an interview Tuesday at a senior citizens mceling in Woodson Elementa- ry. "We picked collon and did all Ihc field work. We had no time for games, but sometimes 95-Year-Old Woman Living History Lesson the girls-played baseball against the boys." SHE RECALLS thai some of Hie more pleasant limes were the "Jnncteenlh" celebrations, a special Texas day commemorat- ing'the June 15, iSG5, delivery of the Emancipation Proclamation lo Ihe Lone Star Slalc by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger. It was an annual holiday for Ihe Negroes of Texas, but Sirs. Jones said the festivities have been slowing in .recoil years in Abilene as well as else- where in the slate. She didn't expect (his Wednes- day, the 109th anniversary of the day, to be an occasion for doing anything special, 'such as the picnics and parlies which used lo lake place. Her earliest memories include having been told that a year aflcr she was born a prayer meeting was begun in Ihe farm- house where she lived. "The col- ored people would move honsc- lo-house with the prayer meet- she said. when I was eight they built a church finally." Her memories of-her parents, who died in their 60s, arc main- ly that they were bolh ex-slaves and that they worked hard for their six children, all of whom remarkably arc still living. "Yes, I have Iwo sisters and three brother said Mrs. Jones. "My youngest broLJier is 75 and my youngest sislcr is 79." SHU SAID SHE can still cook, allhough she has given up most cooking since going lo live wilh a son, Roy, at 773 Nelson. She has outlived almost everyone she knew as a younger person, including llu'ce of her live chil- dren all boys. Her husband, Claude, an em- ploye of Abilene Country Club, (lied here in September II years after the couple came lo Abilene. Her other living son, Frank, resides in Fort And she has 8 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. liul she has more than her family to do Ihings for, she said. "I can still help the sick, and go around from house to house...and as long as Ihe Lord spares me I'll keep doiag it." Mrs. Jones loves to sew, loo, she said, and particularly to make piece quills. "I've made quills for sislcrs and brothers when they married.. .so many she said with a sigh. THE CONVERSATION kepi getting back to work. She was asked if young people today are See Living, Pg. 3A, 1 Rain Chances 'Zero' As Mercury Tops 100 SUSIE STOUil! Rcporler-Ncws Staff U'rlicr tlrini is llic word for any change in Ihe weather as Abilene temperatures climb above Ihe 100-degree mark and lake levels incli downward. "The clinnccs for rain arc close Lo on Hie five- day D. W.- Eck, fore- caster wilh Hie National Wea- ther Service aL Municipal Air- jjort, said Wednesday. Temperatures have passed IUO five days this monlh, Eck said, adding thai area thermometers are registering G to 8 degrees above normal Tor June. ABILEiMANS responded to Tuesday's lack of rain and scar- ing 102-degree heat by sotting another record water con- sumption'in I lie Key CiLy. Passing Saturday's record of "gallons used, Abilene residents drained gal- lons oiil of Hie city water supply at Lake Kort Phantom Hill, said Kill Weenis, city water director. Previous to Saturday's high consumption, tile record gallons used on July S, 1965, he said, adding tliat a simi- lar dry period prevailed during [hat lime Despite the frequent record- setting water use and jiifrcqiicnl rain. Wccms does nol consider the current situation an emer- gency, AI.TIIOUCI! Lake Phantom is losing an eslimatcid one-tenth of a foot per day and Hie water level is down 13.4 feel, no re- for individual voluntary .curtailments will be made any- time soon, he said. he too long before wo can start using llubbard Creek Weoms said, ex- plaining after a trial run July I. he will know how much walcr can be pumped daily from Lake llubbard.' Ciirrnt estimates show when the new water supply is in use it will supply million gallons WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Naliunal Vrtother Service (Weather Mgp, Pg. 4B) ADILENE AND VICINITY radrus) Clear and hot Wednesday Ihrough Thursday, soulh and winds 12 lo yi mph. Hiq'' Wednesday end Thursday will be ncar'107. Ltfff Wcdnci- doy night In Ine middle 70s. High and raw for 14 hours ending 1 a.m.: 101 ond 13. High and low same date last year: 85 and 69. Sunrise loday: sunset Tonight: Sunrise tomorrow: lielaled story, Pg. IB per day, supplying close lo half an average day's nsnge. For lite lime being, sun-wor- shippers can look forward lo much of Ihe same, and garden- ers need not worry about lack of wafer tor lawn sprinklers, Wccms indicated. "However, if I! doesn't rain for a month, it's another he warned. WILUAM T. DAWS going lo patrol PAUL ANGLKTON shifts to CID Police Lieutenant Requests Demotion William T. (13111) Davis, longtime lieutenant wilh llic Abi- lene Police Dcpl., has requested a demotion lo sergeant -and asked to be transferred to patrol division, Police Chief Warren Dodson said Wednesday. Dndson said tlvnl LI. Pmil An- glclon, 46, formerly of patrol, is replacing Davis in'Criminal In- vestigation Division Both changes are effective im- mediately, said Doclson. Davis' demotion will leave a lieutenant's position vacant, re- quiring a written examination lor someone lo fill that rank, said the chief. Davis has been wilh Ihe dc-- parlmenl since Sept. 1, 1950, and a lieutenant, since July I, 10B2, lie has been with CID for many of his years with the police. Anglclon, of Tulsa, Okla., wild has been wilh the police here since Aug. 29, 1955, received his promotion to lieutenant on April 7, 1970. He was with CID at Ilia! lime, having been in thai divi- sion since February 1967. Angle- ton has been willi Ihe patrol di- vision .since that promotion to lieutenant. He is.a ISjj graduate.of Abi- lene Christian College, is mar- ried.and has four children. a native of Havvlcy, is also man-led, and has lliiee chil- dren. Chief Dodson said that Davis' change has nothing to do with a civil suit filed recently in feder- al court, against Davis nnd sev- eral other local law enforcement officers by two prisoners in Tay- lor County Jail over alleged brii- lalily during an arrest: However, the chief declined further comment on the mallei'. NEWS INDEX Amusements Business, Miiror Bridqe Classified Comics rdilorials Horoscope Hospital Patients Obituaries Soorls To Your Good Health IV Lrx> TV Scout Women's News..... 6B 8A 5A 4-9C 7K 4 A I1A 4B SB 1-2C.9C 2A IB 28 38 2 Tornadoes Hit Iowa Suburb Minutes Apart By GORDON HANSON Associated Tress Writer Iowa (AP) Two tornadoes Ihal slruck within-five'minutes of cadi other obliterated portions of this north DCS Moines suburb and Ihrcsv Ihe (own of into a stale of emergency. Two persons died and at least ID were injured, slate police said. A newsman on Ihe scene said a IfJ-lo 15-block area "looked like a battleground" Fredericksburg Will be Just Peachy BY EIJJE JtUCKER Q- Are I here peach orchards in Ihe Immediate proximity of Abilene? Where and when is the season? A. Normally Eula, Clyde, Easlland and Leon have pretty good sized peach crops but those nice peaches were lost to ihc ireoze this year. Taylor County Agent II. C. Stanley fhjnks your nearest peachy town, not affected by the freeze, would be Fretler- Icksburg in Gillcspie County. Early peaches are ready now but better quality peaches come off in July and August. Q. I read somewhere nf an address to MTlle on complaints about unsatisfactory mail order service such as merchandise ordered from catalogs. Can you lind (he address? A. 'Mail Order Action Line, G East -Hrd St.. New York 10017 will help you with mail order problems that can't be solved through the company. To save yon some grief next time, the Direct Mail Marketing Assn. offers a few lips: Look for guaranteed delivery dale in Ihe ad. Mail is heavy before Ihe holidays so sure lo order months in advance. If an offer sounds too good to be Inie, it often is. Don't rely on pictures of an ilem in an ad. Check description size, weight, color and contents. Keep a re- cord of your order including name and ad- dress of the company. Enclose shipping, handling or tax charges with the order. Don'l send cash. Check the company wilh Ihe Betler Business Bureau before or- dering. Q. What's happened lo the ACC track (cam? In her past proud history, Ihc teams were always at the forefront in Ihc Drake, Kansas, Texas relays and olher national events. Now they can'l win Iheir own conference, A. Primarily it's because ACC! isn't offer- ing as many (rack scholarships, says ACC Sporls Information Dircclor Garner Itob- crls. Lone Slar Conference rules limit mem- ber schools to seven (rack scholarships. Be- forf ACC joined Ihc conference last year, it was giving 15, sometimes 20, track scholar- ships and naturally had a stronger track program. Q. I recently read an article about Marilyn Baker, a reporter from San Francisco who is Investigating Ihe Hearst kidnapping? How can I rind out more about ner and her investigation? Are there other articles written about her and is she planning ID appear on any I alt shows? A. You can write her in care of San Fran- cisco Newspaper Printing Co., Inc., 925 Mis- sion, San Francisco M103. Marilyn Baker is not well-known throughout the country so our regular sources failed us. Q. This lady who wrote you about an SIDS chapter in Abilene might like lo contact my daughter, Mrs. Bill Smith, In Houston who Is getting a chapter started (here. My 18-month-old grandson was a victim of crib death. My daughter's ad- dress is 115 Country Place, Apt. Ill, Houston A. We're sure our reader would like lo talk ivilh someone who's been Ihrough a similar experience and we're passing the informa- lion along. The purpose of SIDS organiza- tions (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is lo encourage research on the mystifying "dis- ease" as well as give help and comfort to the parenls. There's usually much solf-in- criminalion involved, parenls often blame themselves and carry guilt feelings wilh Ihcm Ihc rest of their lives, Educating these parenls about crib death has been beneficial since it's now thought il can kill wilhin 15 minutes which means a parent normally couldn't reach a doctor or ambulance in Ihal lime anyway. Address questions lo Action Line, HOY 10, Abilene, Texas 7WOI. Names will nol be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. I'lcasc include (cl- ephonc numbers If possible. aflcr the twisters struck Tues- day night during severe storms central Iowa. Damaging winds, hard rains and hail assaullcd a doz- en communilies. in a five-conn- lv area and widespread flood ing was reported. In Ankcny there uerc scores of demolished buildings, pow- er lines downed, windows blown mil, cars and trucks overturned and irecs uproot- ed. "The biggest damage is to our schools and shopping areas and Ihrough Ihe whole southeast residential said Mayor O.J. Weigcl, a dentist and mayor since Ihe beginning of the year. "It looks like probably a swalh two blocks wide that ca- lorcornered across town. One elementary school is pretty well gone. II was a new brick structure. Another elementary school lost two classrooms." Weigcl said damage lo Ihc schools alone was estimated at million and "at least 100 homes are eilhcr totally or substantially damaged." The stale highway patrol, Ihc National Guard and law enforcement officers from sur- rounding communities went lo Ihc scene and set up an emer- gency medical cenlcr in an elementary school. They worked throughout the night and continued inlo the morn- ing, when heavy equipment rumbled through 1 i 11 c r c d streets to begin cleaning up. The early morning air wa.s muggy as somber looking resi- dents congregated in t It e slreels to survey Ihe amage. "We're jnsl going to have to level off and start said Marilyn Swain. An employe of a local Dairy Queen, Mrs. Swain saitl when the lorn ado hit "I herded four customers, four or five wait- resses, myself and my boss inlo Ihe walk-in freezer." She said ivhcn she got home, she found liie force of Hie winds had lifted her roof, leaving a scarred crevice in the ceiling. When the roof set- tled back down it pinned her drapes which had teen sucked upward by Ihe force. "My dranes were hanging upside down in my living room, stick- ing inlo the she said. SWtEPOIIT THOSE ITEMS SWIEP III USH! 15 WORDS JMYS Save Additional each No phone orthrt CoiK fn aoVancc Deadline 3 pm Thursday No refundt ;