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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 30, 1974, Abilene, Texas Rescuers Work Hour To Free One Victim The grim story tty SCOTT TAGLIARINO Reporter-New s Staff Writer The recently appointed Winters School superintendent, his wife and (laughter were killed Saturday afternoon in a car-truck smashup approximately 20 miles southwest of Abilene on U.S. 277. Gerald Walton Shelley, 51, and his 16-year-old daughter. Sherri Ann, died instantly when their late model car was flattened by a tank truck about 2 p.m. Highway patrolmen and wrecker attendants worked almost an hour to free Shelley's wife. Barbara. 45. from the car. but she was later pronounced dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Investigating Highway Patrolman J. C. Welch of Abilene said the diesel rig was traveling southwest on Highway 277 toward San Angelo when the car driven by Shelley apparently pulled out into its path from Flit 89. The truck, driven by bondon I). Seals, 22, of 5223 Encino, went up over the car and rolled it several hundred feet The two vehicles careened off the east side of the road and hit two power poles, Welch said. SEALS ANI) a passenger in the truck, Glenn E. Freeman, 24. of 1902 Ballinger, sustained minor cuts and were treated and released from Hendrick later Saturday. A small poodle, believed to Ik* the Shelley family pet. was also tound dead near the wreck. When the vehicles collided, gasoline spread all over the road and one fire engine from the Abilene Fire Department was called to wash down the highway, W elch added. Shelley and his family had only moved to Winters about Kl days before the accident. They had reportedly gone to Abilene earlier in the day to pay some bills and were lo return to Winters bv mid-af- A wrecker tows away a mass of crushed metal, remains of the late model car in which Winters School Supt. Gerald Shelley, his wife and young daughter were killed Saturday afternoon. The automobile was hit broadside* by a tank truck about 2 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 277 and EM 89. approximately 20 miles southwest Abilene. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) of 'The Earth Rumbled, and I Felt Myself Sink Survivor Tells of Colombian Landslide; Over 200 Die • •• By JORGE ( A NELAN Associated Press Writer BOGOTA. Colombia (AP) — "The earth began to rumble like when thousands of herpes gallop on the range. I felt my-self sink up to my waist. Something hit me on the head, and I lost consciousness." That was all Mauricio Fori-an, a Colombian peasant, remembered of a massive Andean landslide Friday that authorities said killed more than 200 persons, Gen. Jose Jaime Rodrigue/. ( o I o m bi a ’s Civil Defense director, said Saturday that 50 bodies had !>een recovered and IOO persons hospitalized. "Well never know exactly the number of victims of this national tragedy," Rodriguez said, but "if the information we possess ... is correct, we would calculate the number of tuDI tunis HIGHWAY MJH LANDSLIDE LOCATION . . . near Bogota, Colombia dead would rise to more than 200." Rescue workers were dig- Inside Todoy Fischer Asked to Reconsider The International Chess Federation has asked Bobby Fischer to reconsider his resignation and de fend his crown. Pg. 15A The Texas Cowboy Reunion opens Tuesday in Stamford with the art show and sale by the Stamford Art Foundation providing a new feature. Stories on Pgs. 19A, 24A, 25A, IB end ID. Despite its outward appearance, Star Hardware in Trent can hardly be considered a typical small town hardware store. Pg. 19A. Recordings columnist Jim Conley reviews a new double album by the flreat Bob Wills. Pg. IB. A fire early Saturday morning altered remodeling plans for a former service station structure leased to the adjacent Army Surplus Store at 3005 S. 1st. Pg UA. Abilene Events Calendar    3B Amusements    1-3B Austin Notebook . .    SA Berry's World    4A Bio Country Calendar .    .    . 41 Books ............ IID Bridge      9B B’lsness News ........ 9-1    TC Classified    ...... 12-1 BC Crossword Futile ......... 4B Editorials .............. 4A Form Newt ............. FC Horoscooa ............ 4B Hosnital Patients ......... BB Jumble Futile......... 7*4 Markets .......... *.11C Obituaries ........ TOA,    2*4 Oil      OC ®«roriin«j      It the Scene . . . IF <-'«rts    .    .    1.7,1 FC 4B ti,:, Week In West Texas Mjcfnrv    7^    A T" v„„r G00d Health    214 T'' Toh    I.IBE Wojnen't Newt    1-1    ID ging for bodies under the threat of more slides, beneath shifting masses of locks ami mud. Rodriguez said the avalanche, about 93 miles east of Bogota on the road to Villavi-cencio, buried more than 20 vehicles, including six loaded buses. Communications with Villa-vicencio, capital of the state of Meta, remained cut off Saturday. Witnesses said the cascading earth and rocks, which covered more than 800 yards of the twisting highway, pushed around tractors and other heavy equipment like toys. It pitched many into a I avine known as Quebradablanca, or White Gully, and posed a threat of floods bv clamming a river at the bottom of the ditch. Forian, who lives near the slide area, told newsmen that after he blacked out, "Someone lifted me up by my arms. I thought I was dreaming, but I awoke in the hospital." Another survivor, Antonio Segura, related his horror at seeing victims covered by tons of debris. "A mass of earth, mud and rocks began to chase us down the slope of the mountain.” he said. "We watched horrified as children and adults were buried among heart-rending cries for help. I saw a man about 30 holding a child by the hand. "They ran beside me helplessly. I jumped to one side when a giant rock rolled toward us. The man, with hts eyes filled with terror, jumped with the child into the chasm. The earth grabbed them, buried them, and I never saw them again." Oliverio Ladino. a 17-yeat-old ranchhand, said the rocks began to fall as he waited to pass through the stretch of highway, where seven smaller landslides had occurred in little more than a week. "They came to us from the to|j) of the mountain and bur ied IO cars that we had been watching,” he said. "A boy was trapped by a giant rock. I tried to save him, but another avalanche made me withdraw', and I ran to save myself. car. was “I sought safety in a but I saw- the driver caught between the steering wheel, the seat and rocks. Then I thought only of running to save my life." teraoon. IN A D D I T I o N to their daughter. Shelley and his wife had one son, Gerald Jr. of Houlton. Originally from Seagraves Shelley was to succeed Carroll Tatum as superintendent of the Winters School District He would have started work Monday. He had been With the Seagraves district for 27 years and had been superintendent there since 1967. He taught general trades, industrial arts and math from 1947 to 1953 A 1939 graduate of Itasca High School, Shelley attended Hillsboro Junior College for two years and graduated from .North Texas State University in 1947 with a bachelor's no el E HALD SHELLEY . . . died instantly glee in education. He received his master's degree from Eastern New Mexico University at Portales in 1953 HE HAD served as president of the Seagraves Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club and was pas! chairman of the Board of Deacons ol the First Baptist Church. Shelley had memberships iii the Texas State Teachers Assn., Texas Association of School Adnnin.strators, National Education .Assn. and the Executive Committee of Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, Services for Mr. and Mrs. Shelley and their daughter were pending late Saturday Kith Elmwood Chapel. 1443 N. 2nd Shelley is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L O. Shelley of Hillsboro: and a bi other, Joe Shelley of Montreal. Canada. Mrs. Shelley is survived by bet parents, Mr. and Mrs. llershel Giddens of Burleson; a sister, Mrs. Nancy Johnson of Arlington; and a stepsister, Mrs. Ann McConal of Seagraves. Rochester Man Killed; Auto Sought ROCHESTER (RNS)-Re-tired Rochester farmer Sam S. Lyles, 79. died about 10:40 p.m. Friday after being struck by a car hgre. A dark late model automobile is tieing sought in connection with the incident. Lyles was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Emmett Cross. No witnesses to the incident could be found, but Haskell County Deputy Sheriff Bill Halcomb, who apparently came upon the scene immediately after Lyles was struck, said he chased a suspect vehicle for about a mile before losing it in the darkness. A sheriff’s department spokesman said the vehicle being sought is a 1970 or 1971 Pontiac or Buick with a damaged right front fender, broken right headlight and missing right mirror. Lyles’ body was thrown ap proximately 40 feet inio a ditch by the impact, the spokesman said. Services will be at 2 p.m. .Monday in the Rochester First United Methodist Church. The Rev’. Norman Patton, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Rochester Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home. Born July 3, 1883, in Kentuc ky, Mr. Lyles moved to Texas as a young boy with his parents. He married the former Matti Edna Holms at Rayland on Nov. IO. 1912. Mr. and -Mrs. Lyles moved to Rochester in 1944 from Childress, and she died \ug. 20. 1972. Mr. Lyles was a .Methodist. Survivers are three sons, Roy of Weslaco. John of Chickasha. Okla., and Charles Former UT Football Father Dies of Gun BRADY i RNN i - Gordon Appleton, 61. Brady rancher and father of former University of Texas football star Scott Appleton, died Friday after noon at his home here of a gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Joe Burekman ruled the death due to a gunshot wound, but withheld a final ruling in the case Auxiliary Chief Denied Post BINGHAMTON. NLY. (AP) —The newly elected president of the New York State Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary was not allowed to take office Saturday after she expressed sympathy for granting amnesty to draft resisters. Betty Grecco of Johnstown was to have been installed Saturday at the conclusion of the three-day VFW conference. but state VFW President Wolfgang J. Nauke forbade the installation. His order was unanimously supported by the convention, officials said. The outgoing president of the ladies’ auxiliary, Mary A. Schaefer of Rochester, will remain in office until the matter is resolved. In a newspaper interview published Saturday, Mrs Grecco said she did not think it was "all that terrible" to grant amnesty to draft resisters. The YEW has a national policy of total opposition to amnesty for draft resisters, draft evaders and deserters. Mrs. Grecco said Saturday that she was expressing a personal view, based on the fact that she is "a woman and a mother." She can appeal Nauke's decision within the VFW, but she said she has not yet decided whether she will do so. of Lovington. N M.: a doughier. Mrs Yuda Parker of New Home; 16 grandchildren ll great-grandchildren: three brothers, Curtis, Roy and Robert. all of Vernon: and two sisters. Mrs. Charles Walker and Mrs, Emma Wood, also both ot \ernon Pallbearers will be Curtis Love, R. B. Townsend, Earl Albis. Vaughn Brooks, o. T. Poe and Troy Brown. Stars Wounds pending further investigation by Brady police. A police department spokesman said Appleton was shot once with a rifle. Officers were called to the scene about 4 p.m. by a member of the family, the spokesman said. Services will be held ut ll a.m. Monday in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Kesthaven Cemetery at Brady. Mr. Appleton was born Fob. (I. 1913 in Camp San Saba. He married Alberca Leifeste Feb. 17. 1936 in Carrizo Springs, and w'us a Baptist. Survivors include his wife: a daughter, Mrs. Tricia Steffens oi Mist in; a son, Scott of Brady; a brother. E. M. of Brady; three sisters. Mrs. E.T. Johnson and Mrs. Bi'l Strickland, both of Brady and Mrs J.B. Achee of Dallas; and two granddaughters.H&e Abilene Sporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 13 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 30, 1974—SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 23e SUNDAY -F Ic: State Sale* Tax Winters School Chief, Family Die in Crash ;

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