Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE YOUR "WORLD': EXACTLYAS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 7 PHONE 673-4271 79604, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE PAGES IN.THREE SECTIONS Auociiied Pnsi Ft. Worth Men Buy Milliter's Department By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News Assistant Editor The family .owned Winter's Inc., a Senior Abilene retail business and one of tlie city's largest merchandising opera- lions, was sold Monday morning to a Fort Worth-based corpora- tion, pdell Stores Inc. Sale price was not revealed. George'Minler JK; vice presi- dent of Minlcr's and spokesman for.the'family, said the sale was consummated last week subject to the signing of final papers in a conference with lawyers that began at a.m. Monday. Minter said the sale covered the assets of Mmler's with three stockholders, Will D. Jlin- lei- Sr., president, George Min- ter Jr., vice president, and Mrs. Dorothy M. Minter, widow' of the late Jack L. Minter score-' tary-lreasurer. Included is the business home, a three-story building at 242.and 2M Pine, plus the lease Miriter's holds on a.parking lot at the: corner of North 3d and Pine. THE SALE is effective imme- diatcly. Marvin McKee of Fort NVorth' is president of the'purchasing. other prin- cipal owners are Lee Goodman, Fort Worth investment man who is a graduate of Abilene Chris-, trsn College, and Clifton Over- cash, investment man and Fort Wurth city councilman. The new owners announced Ihey continue the name of .tlie store, all employes and keep merchandise lines intact. A store', president will be named; by., nqw owners to as- sume mangement duties.carried out by cousins Will and George Minter. Tlie. late. Jack Minter, brother' of Will, was also in store management until his death in 1971. Odell Inc., organized about four years ago, has foiir retail stores in Texas, George Minler said. They are Perkins Brothers at Greenville, Martin-McDonald ut Hillsboro, Pralt's.at Sulphur Springs and Hunt's at Bonhani. "These. other four stores, while not as large as ours, are firms which handle quality mer- chandise, which seek to be a of the community in which they operate, which try to help build their Minter said. I Minter said he and his cousin, Will, have been offered positions on the board of directors of Hie purchasing corporation. He said he would accept the post and that both Minlcrs would work for smooth transition o( owner- ship although neither will be involved in operation of the store, a ready-to-wear merchan- dising Firm various special- ly divisions. NEGOTIATIONS for the sale 'began about 90 days ago, Minter said, after the Fort Worth inves- tors approached Ilie Abilene businessmen, "Of course, they examined us, and we looked carefully at them and their background because of the high obligation we have to our store's employes and be- cause of the obligation we [eel to the community to continue llic operations we inherited from our fathers and have ourselves tried through the years to carry Minler said. "If we were to he con- linued, "we wanted Jt to be to n concern which shares our philos- ophy, as well as one with a re- tail background and an adequate financial structure to insure sta- bility. We feel Stores Inc. meets all these requirements. We feel the new owners will be good citizens, be ambitious and progressive." MINTER'S IS Abilene's oldest department store. It has operat- ed under the same name with the same family ownership long- er than any business in town. It was founded in March 1900 by the late Will A. Minlor Jr., fa- ther of Will Minler Sr. and the late Jack Minter. Six months later the (minder was joined in the business by George Minter Sr., father.ol "the present vice president. The store.now has 70 fullliinc See Odell, Pg. 3.V, Col. 2 By EUJE RUCKEB Lack of Pool Supplies Delays Construction Q. Why is it taking so long to get a. swimming poo] when tbe city so des- perately needs it? What's the hold-up? A. Bids have been let, the contractor's in the process of gathering up his materi- als right now, says City Parks and Recre- ation Director Billy Beaird. "There's no point in (tigging a big hole if you don't have the material ready to build the pool, but the contract says we will have a new pool by swimming season next year." lieaird recommends Zoo World Beach in the meantime, says we can easily support two pools in Abilene. What arc the (crms of Billie Sol lislcs' uarole? 1 seem to remember he lias prohibited from driving a car. I've seen him driving. A. Claude Roach, Billie. Sol Eslcs' Fed- eral Parole Olficcr jn Fort. Worth just laughed. He's been in the business 14 years, says he's never yet heard of a prohibition on driving as a condition of- parole. Esles, he says, is subject to the same conditions as any other Icderal parolee with one added condition thai he not en- gage in any self-employed or promotional type activity without specific prior ap- proval of the parole board. This is (lie only special condition of his parole, says Hoacli. Conditions of parole arc basically that a person must, work and support his dependents, notify parole officer of change in place of residence, submit a written report each month to parole offi- cer about his residence, address, status, violate no laws, report in person at, anytime the probation directs, not associate with' people who have a criminal record, not have any firearms or dangerous weapons in possession with- out permission. Q. How does a newcomer to Abilene get acquainted with (he city and Us facilities? 1 received information In the malt from the Chamber of Com- merce about banks, apartments and Realtors hut I want (o know about the parks, theaters, entertainment and so forth. I've seen: (he Zoo World has but. I don't know what it is and I heard (here's a dinner (healer here but where? I've found one shopping center but didn't care (or it. How do I find (Be others? A. A letter, call or visit to the chamber office al'3-11 Hickory should bring you everything you'd ever want to know about Abilene, Texas, and even some things you didn't want to know. The chamber lias brochures on entertainment spots, shop- ping centers, city maps with parks listed, old Texas forts, zoo hours, in fact, racks and racks of information. And don't forget tlie Amusements page of your friendly newspaper. It's generally packed full of current entertainment happenings in the Key City, especially the Sunday edition. Q. Please settle a friendly argument and print Ine four most frequently used words in the English language? I say number one is tbe word I. A. In written English, according to Guinness Book of World Records, in or-, der: the, of, and, to, a, in, that, is, I, it, for and as. The most frequently used word in conversation is I. Q. 1 saw a bumper sticker Saturday tha( I like. It read, "Don't blame me, I voted DEMOCRATIC." ICs solid blue with white ledering. Where can I get a few just like it? A. We give up. Where do you gel 'tm? All we found were cowboy bumper stick- ers, religious bumper slickers and one staunch Republican shop owner who wished us bad luck in our search and told us, "your newspaper We combed caiii shops, college bookstores, printing shops and wound up right where we start- ed. Try some of the truck stops on the Interstate; they usually have bumper slickers. As a last resort, contact. Tommy at 673-1411 who will print up a batch of not less than 25 for you. Address to Action Line, Box M, Abilene, Texas Names will nit 'be used but qacslioirs mast be tlgtti and addresses given. Please include tel- ephone numbers if possible. New President To Be Named Far Store Here Tornado in the Desprt This is Hie wreckage Tucson, Ariz., after' in a mobile .home park near Sunday afternoon killing a 78-year-okl man and injuring an unusual 35. (AP Wirepholo) Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court today-deferred action on -President ;Nixbn's request for the evidence" which led the Watergate grand ,jury to.name him as an unindicled eoconspirator. The'court said it will consid- er this question, along'with' other Watergate-related1 mat- ters, at a hearing it has al- ready scheduled for July 8. The main questions to 'be argued by attorneys at'that lime arc: the President is entitled to claim .executive privilege in" connection with White House tapes and docu- menls which special-prosecu- tor Leon Jaworski seeks for the Watergate coverup trial. -Whether the Watergate grand jury had the power to name the President as an Chances Slight For More Than Taste of Rain A long time has passed since Abilene's forecast has called for rain, but a chance finally has come with chances of thunder- storms in the area at 20 per cenl for Monday. The trace of rain which fell early Monday was the leftover of a front'which pushed through Sunday, spinning off winds and scattered droplets.' Chances are slim that any rainfall in the immediate future will raise the year's total of B.M up In the normal of 11.60. However, any precipitation in the next two days will be wel- come as the last measureable rainfall was on June .4. Where It Rained Decision Deferred unindiclcd co-conspirator, Nixon -had sought access to the grand Jury's evidence, and asked Inat it be placed before the Supreme Court, buttress his claim that the grarid jury exceeded its-authority.'. In a. motion filed with the court last-week, the Presi- dent's attorneys sought access to "all transcripts, tape re- cordings of presidential con- versations, grand jury minutes- and exhibits" and .other mate- rial bearing' on the grand- jury's decision. They also asked that the evi- dence be made part of the rec- 9rd the court will consider in its review of Watergate-relat- ed matters. The court has agreed.to con- sider Nixon's claim of execu- tive privilege for the tapes and documents, along with the question of whether a federal 'grand jury had the authority to name an incumbent presi- dent as a eoconspirator. Special Proscculor Leon Ja- worski told the court Nixon had "failed to meet the high standards imposed by the courts before grand-jury ma- terial will be released." Wilson Reports Tests LONDON (AP) Britain conducted a nuclear lest a few weeks ago, Prime Slinisler Harold Wilson told the House of Commons today. He said the experiment took place within the framework of the partial test ban treaty of 1963 and the non-proliferation treaty of.1988. Wilson was replying to ques- lions from left-wing iLwmak- crs of his own Labor parly. They were angered by a press report over the weekend say- ing Britain was about io ex- plode a nuclear Ccvice at tlie U.S. underground nuclear test- ing range in Nevada. They claim any nuclear leal- ing by Britain goes against Labor parly policy. Three prominent Fort Worth businessmen and civic leaders one of them Abilene educated are the new owners of Min- ler's Department Store. Tliey are the principals in Odell Stores, Inc., whicil also owns department stores in Hills- boro, Sulphur Springs, Green- ville and Bonhani. They are: Glif C. Ovcrt.-a.sli, chairman of the board; Marvin M. McKcc, president; and Lee .Goodman Jr., vice presi- dent. Goodman graduated from Abi- lene High School in 1348 and from Abilene .Christian College with a.BS degree in.1955. OVEKCASH AND McKce arc veteran executives in the de- partment store field. Their lasl associations .before for in i n g their own company were with one of Fort Worth's leading and largest department stores. Overcash was president and McKce vice president and general merchandising manager when Leonard's was sold to Tandy Corp. in 1972. Overcash has served on (lie Fort Worlh City Council since 1973. McKee and Goodman were in Abilene Monday to close tlie transaction with Minler's. Ov- ercash was absent, attending U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Diego Calif. Personnel from Odell Stores spent Sunday inventorying Min- ler's. McKce said in a Reporter- News interview'thai-he and his associates will soon name an ex- perienced and compclcnt de- partment store executive as president ol Minler's, Inc. The new president will move to Abi- lene to lake charge of opei'iit- ions. Drought Relief Meet This Week By JOE Reporter-News Staff.Writer A Taylor County committee under the Agricultural Stabiliza- tion .and Conservation Service will meet "within the week" to" decide whether or not to recom- mend disaster relief for the drought-parched county. Extension agent 11. C. Stanely said Monday that the five-man committee is'the first step in applying for federal aid through the Farmers Home Administra- tion anil the U.S. department of Agriculture. The group, Stanley said, will "study the situation in the coun- ty and come up with recommen- dations." "We've got to see where we he said. "We will follow guidelines set down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture." THE PROBLEM, he said, resls in the fad that Taylor Counly has not had a' good downpour since last September and is, to date, about six inches below normal. Stanley said the drought is to hurt" because subsoil moisture is being deplet- ed. The federal aid, he said, would be in the form of low-in- terest loans to buy livesolck feed and Io finance farm opcr- Nuclear View by Shah Denied ABILENE Municipal Airport. Total for Year Normal for Year RAIHD x CLYDE COLORADO CITY LAWN MERKEL PAINT ROCK SWEETWATER WINTERS trace 6.66 11.60 trace trace .05 -.02 trace .10 Irate trace PARIS (AP) The Shah of Iran arrives in Paris today for a slate visit in which the em- phasis will be on nuclear ener- ey- Oil-rich Iran wants to buy five 'atomic power stations, and France is competing with Hie United Stales and Canada WEATHER U.S. DEFXKTMEKT OF COMMERCE NvtfeMI wwtMr servMc (WMHlfr H Ml ABILENE AND VICINITY (10-rrele. radius) Monday and nol os warm it usual, -wllti a 70 ptt ccnl 61 ttiuftdenlwnM. Fair Tmsday eosUfly winds I Io IS mpti, tfrtoming light and variable Monday nlgM. In mid lew evtrnlghl In me lower OK. Ktah Tuesday near to. Hlffri and low lor 34 fours ending V am.: H and J3. High and low seme dale lasl year. G9 end tf, Sunrlle today sunset lonlgnl: Sunrise for the contract. The Shah is bringing along the head of his atomic energy commission, and his program includes vis- its Io nuclear power stations and research centers. The French economic maga- zine Lcs Informations said it asked the shah if he thought Iran would possess nuclear weapons some day, and quot- ed him as replying, "Undoubt- edly, and sooner than is be- lieved. Contrary to India, we have thought first of our peo- ple and after that of technolo- at (he result today." But the Iranian Embassy in Paris said Ihis was "an infor- malion invented out of whole cloth and without any founda- tion." Th eembassy added thai it was "in position to say that f his majesty the shah never made any statement '.hat could be inlcrprcteil in this way." The Shah said the economic agreements France and Iran signed in February "were the most important ever signed between an oil producing na- tion and an industrialized na- tion." He estimated that ex- changes resulting from these agreements and other projects tinder negotiation between the two governments could total 55 billion. "The French have a very important role Io play in Iran now that certain Arab nations arc closed to them, especially following llic visit of Jlr. Nix- on to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and he added. aliens. Two county farmers, Hobby Tclivcr and Billy Bob Toombs of Alerkel, Friday requested the help of Taylor County Judge Hoy Skaggs, who said Monday Ihat he had referred Hie men to Stanley. TOLIVER SAID Friday that Ihc lack 'of rain has severely damaged spring cotton planting, so much so Ihat 50 per cent of .the crops that are vip ate "bad He added that 20 to 30 per cent of Ihc planned cotton acreage is not planted. Skaggs said the President of the United States will make Ihc ulitmatc decision, based on in- 'formation he has received through government channels, including the recommendations of the Taylor County committee. NEWSlNDEX Amusemcnls............ 8C? Business Mirror 2B Bridge................ 3A Classified 3-7C Ccroics 7B Editorials 6A r-torosccpe 4B Hospital Patients 6B Obituaries 7C Sncrls 1-2C To Your Gcicd Health......7C TV Loq 2B TV Scout............... 2B .Woinjn's NCWJ 3B 13 IN WINTER'S, Inc., Ovcrciish will be chairman of the board; McKeo vice president and direc- tor; Goodman secretary and director, and George Minter Jr., director. "Onr group is particularly happy to be able Io add such an outstanding slore as Mmter's to (iiiv expanding iMcKee said. "The same principles and tra- ditions which have been upheld Iiy the Minlcrs so long in Abi- lene will be continued. The same fine merchandise, the same staff of courteous people which have so long been Iracli- lional with the Minter's Depart- ment Store will Asked about future plans. JtcKee said "we have great. hopes tor future expansion in West Texas with Minlcr's as Ihc hub." A news story on Odell Stores, Inc., in the Kort. Worth Stav- Tclcgrain Hay 27, 1073, said the company was hiauguraling a new concept of business, in which large volume 1'elailing techniques are applied to small I own and city depart, m c n I stores. "TllEmS IS not Hie chain slore Hie Star-Tele- gram said, "but instead one of quiet acquisition and takeover of established softliim stores. "The names, the basic lines of merchandise and Ihc store fa- cades remain un change d." jMcKee was quoted in the story as saying that Ihe management in the stores [hey acquired would "become a part of the town's civic and business com- munity." Otlell's now owns and operates Perkins in Greenville, which McKec said recently observed its anniversary; Mai'lin- McDonald in Hillsboro, Pratt's Federated in Sulphur Springs, and Hunt's in Bonhani. Ovcrcash, 53, is a native of North Carolina. He attended Duke University at Durham, N.C. graduated from the Uni- versity of Mainz, Germany; at- tended New York University Graduate School of Business, and took a law degree from La Salic Law School (extension uni- He served as an Air Force fighter pilot and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He began his career in depart- ment slore merchandising and administration with G i in b e 1 liros. in New York City where he was personnel director from IM9-53. He was assistant gener- al superintendent of Lit Bros. Dcpl. Slore, Philadelphia, from 1953-55; general siipcrinlentlenl. of Krcsge Depl. Slore, Newark, 1955-59. He joined Leon- ard's Department Store in Foil Worlh as merchandise manager in 1959 and rose to its presiden- HK IS A partner with Good- man in nursing homci', conveni- ence stores, construction, land development, ranching, broad- casting and office buildings, jn addition Io Odell Stores. In addition to .serving now on Ihe Fort Worth City Council, Ov- ercash has served as president of Ihc Downtown Fort Worth Assn. and Downlown Rotary, a director of United Fund, Salva- tion Army, llic Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the For- Scc STORE, Pg. 3A, Cil. 5 t.