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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT I B96T OT 82ND YEAR, NO. 12 ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 28, 1962 PAGESL.. I 3AV 3TQ3 9908 XB 03 S31VS 33IAH3S W1IJOH3IW PAGE ONE ANSON Hub Holland, An- con 'grocer, now owns an opera house and wiAi it an audi- torium-ful of Anson memories of East Lynne and Ten Nights In a Bar Room, of Pauline and her weekly encounter with per- ils, of the roaring humor of hometown talent shows. He has purchased and is re- modeling the 55-year-old, three- story Anson Opera House, the local seat of culture and enter- tainment for many an earlier day. Holland will move his store Into the ground floor and will use for storage the big, bare auditorium where once the "op- era" held forth. As the remodeling is under way Homer Hutto, Anson news- man, has gathered together a collection of recollections of the opera house from Walter S. Pope Sr. (Abilene attorney who moved to Anson fresh out of law school in from Joe Foy and Sam Morrow, Miss Ar- rie Barrett and Miss Hybernia Grace, Mrs. J. L. Gordon, Mrs. Alberta Howell Hopkins and others. The opera house was built in 1907 and hit its peak as scene of road shows in the days be- fore World.War, VY John- son and Dr. D. Williams fi- nanced it and Thomas Vetch was the builder. The site, on the northwest part of the square, was former location of an early hostelry, the Culver Hotel.) The ground floor was used by a variety of businesses. Upstairs were offices and the auditor- ium. The stage and dressing rooms wert properly fitted, there were lights, an orchestra pit, a heat- ing system with boiler in the basement, a block and tackle rigged to lift theatrical trunks up from the livery wagons be- low, j companies made Anson a regular stop, Th'e Virginian.. .Uncle Tom's Trail of the Lone- Pine.. Ghatauqua... The Littlf Shepherd of Kingdom Come (or was he of the .The Klansman.... The Klansman was a stand- out. It required a horse, and the actors borrowed Sheriff Tom Hudson's. They couldn't get it up the back way so they led it up the main front stairway and onto the stage. World War I slowed stock companies but not the movies ...Tillie's Punctured Romance ...Million Dollar Mystery... Perils of Pauline.... Miss Barrett says Ike Hud- son, now a Stamford doctor, moved to that town during a serial and had to come back to Anson weekly to keep up with the cliff-hanging. There were graduation cere- monies (one in which Misses Barrett and Grace were sen- iors lasted so long the light plant was about to shut down until Lawyer Pope went and talked 'em into holding on.) There were home talent you'd die a laughing to see the fellows decked out for a woman-less wedding... .Higgin- botham, Raltekin, Grace, Orr, Lawrence, Pope, Dr. Pool, Dr. Pritchard and the others. There were political speak- ings. 0. B. Colquitt campaigned there a hot July day. There were boxing and wrestling matches. Then the opera house was used less and less. It changed hands. Furniture and fixtures were sold. Now Hubbard is putting the building back to use. He has left undisturbed one thing in the opera house, the curtain the stage curtain which bears, in letters barely faded, the oldtime advertisements in the oldtime fashion. The curtain hangs in place, keeping company with the ghosts, the pleasant ones who live backstage and the happy ones out front, (See Photos Page 2-B.) XI5 Sets Record Calif. agency pilol Joseph A. Walker took the X15 rocket plane aloft Wednesday to experiment with risky braking maneuvers and, by chance, set a new speed record, m.p.h. JFK Seeks Support For Prayer Decision Woman Drowns Near Knox Gty KNOX CITY Der- rell Loper, a 20-year-old mother of three children, drowned Wed- nesday in Mansfield Lake about to cross the lake on the pulley- cable arrangement, but that when she was over the deepest part of the lake the pulley jammed. six and a half miles northeast of[ He said that she called for help, CITIZENS MARK BALLOTS TODAY in city charter election here when she fell from the cable crossing the lake. The husband, who had gone on a picnic Wednesday morning wiih his wife and children oh the H. M. Mansfield property at the lake, told Knox County Sherifl H. C. Stone, who investigated the trag- edy, that he and his wife were swimming in the lake about p.m. He said that Mrs. Loper decided Abilene Charter Decision Abilene voters will decide Thursday whether to rewrite the present city charter, which has been amended seven times for home. 55 alterations since its drafting in 1911. The voters also will select 15 of 25 names listed on the ballot Charter Com- as choices for mission to write the new city: "constitution" if the majority elects to do so. All Abilene resident citizens holding poll tax receipts or ex- emptions are eligible to vote. Polls will open at 7 a. m. and close at 7 p.m. Four polling places have been designated two on the north side at the ACC Fire Station at W8 E. N. 19th St. and Abilene, High School Cafeteria at 2800 N. 6th St., and two on the south ide at Abilene Taylor County Health Dept. at 2241 S. 19th St. and Bonham Elementary School1 Library at 4250 Potomac St. City Ally. John Davidson said persons holding poll tax receipts which do not have a designated county precinct number are eli- gible to .vote at any of the four polling places. They are urged to vote at the one nearest to their The vote .is expected to be light, although members of the League- Purpose of the new charter would be to do away with ambi- guities and confusion prevalent in the present charter which was originally drawn in 1911. When completed, the new char- and that he started to swim to her. Unable to hold on to the pulley, Mrs. Loper dropped off into the water before he reached her. The husband said that he was able to pull her body to the sur- 'ace one time, but was unable to lold it to get it to shore. He swam back to shore and reported the tragedy to Mansfield, who drove to Knox City for help. The body was recovered about p.m.. and artificial respira-; lion efforts failed to revive the victim. Justice of the Peace Eddie Carr itite Wednesday afternoon ruled death by ac idental drowning. Funeral will be Thursday at 4 p.m. for Mrs. Loper in the Four Square Church in Knox City. The Rsv. Floyd Bailey, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Pinkard-Smith Funeral Home. of Women Voters have" conducted ter would be submitted to a vote a vigorous "get out the vote" of the citizens for ralihcation or a B rejection. City officials hope this decision can be made in conjunc- tion with the November general campaign. If the question of a new charter is decided affirmatively, the 15- mah commission selected on the same ballot will convene and start the task of framing a totally new charter. Nominess on the printed ballot, which also contains space for write in choices, are J. Floyd Malcom, Dan Boons, John De- Ford, Theo Ash, W. Lee Byrd, Garvin Beauchamp, Reed Ingals- be, James E. Russell, Dr. John C. Stevens, John Crutchfield, Floyd Childs, Garnet Gracy, A. Crutcher Scott, George Minter, Dan Sorrells, Bryan Bradbury, Robert J. Tiffany, Russell Day, C. G. Whiten, Mrs. J. F. Conian, Riley Maxwell, Barrel Knight Hudson Smart, Rufus Sivley and Marshal] Boykin. IN UN REPORT Burleson Seeks Changes in election. If the Charter Commission is empaneled in Thursday's election, it will operate as a special legis- lative body beyond the control of the City Commission or any oth- er governmental power. It will make its own rules of procedure and conduct its business as it sees fit. Since no procedural rules can be made until the commission is iworn in, no one can speculate on how the work will be carried out. However, individuals or organi- zations will be allowed to appear before the group to offer sugges 'ions, request specific provisions and appeal for changes in other possible provisions. City officials, led by Mayor C. R. Kinard who urged the fram- ing of a new charter, expressed hope the commission will come up with a document which will withstand the tests of time and rapid change better than did the present 51-year-old charter. Keporter-News Capital Bureau 0 m a r en recently-admitted counties I Burleson of Anson Wednesday actually less than the population called for a complete review of of the entire county of Los An- geles, the Burlcston re- the United Nations charter to re- flect world changes since the UN was formed. The need is 'immediate and the congressman said in a report on his service as a member of the U. S. dele- gation to the UN. Burleson said changes should lie made, for example, in the allp- port said. The report to Congress was jointly authored by Burleson and Rep. Marguerite Stitt Church both members of t h e House Foreign Affairs Commit- tee. Burlcson and Mrs. Church were members.of Ihe U. S. dele- gation to (he UN's 16th session cation of voting strength in the tt'hich ended in December. international body. Presently, has one vote Assembly. in the General NEWS INDEX SECTION A Food news..............V Sport, 12-14 Oil MWI 18 SECTION B Womcn'i 3 Amuicmtnti 11 Obltuoriu............. 12 Comici..............i. 13 Edltorltli 14 "aim IV TV "The entire population of scv- On the question of equal voting each ot (lie 104 member nations rights in the UN, the report said: The United Nations began with 51 member states. It has had mushroom-like growth mid now has 104 members. Some of the now member nations are com- pletely lacking in the experience of handling the multiple and com- plex problems that confront pres- ent-day governments, .Some of the new nations, in fact, appear to havo po con- cept of or regard for the objec- tives of the organization. Others have Irresponsibly used the Uni- See CHANGES, PS. 4-A, Col. 3 WHERE TO VOTE Abilene City Attorney John Davidson Wednesday outlined the procedures for voting in Thurs- day's city charter election. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters in county Precincts 10 11, 12 and 14 will vote at the Abilene Christian College Fire Station, 553 E. N. 19th St. Voters in county Precincts 9 13, 15 and 38 will vole at the Abilene High School cafeteria 2800 N. 6th St. Voters in county Precincts 1 2, 3, 7, 8 and 17 will vote at the Abilene-Taylor County Health Department, 2241 S. 19th St. Voters in county Precincts 4 0, 19 and 39 will vote at the Bonham School Library, 4250 Po- tomac St. Davidson pointed out that the county voting precinct is listet on the poll tax receipt and that voters should vote in the desig- nated place. 'People holding poll tax receipts which do not have n designated county precinct number are elig- ible to vote at any ot the four polling places but are urged to vote at the one nearest home, Davidson said. their