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81ST YEAR. NO. 273
ABILENE. TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 17, 1962—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
Myers Receives Death Sentence
RUSK, Tex. ÍAP)--Dishwasher
John Edwin Myers, 32, was a.s-jsessed death in the electric chair
Wernicker, 3«, a St, Louis depart-jinally insane, was the last wit-
ment store worker. I ness. In rebuttal for the state, he
Cherokee County Atty. Paul swore that Myers had a personal-Friday by a jury that deliberated Cox and Dist. Atty, Hulon Brown ity disorder but that he was not his fate two hours, ¡voiced the demand for the death psychotic. The doctor said tne
Myers was convicted of the | Penalty. Myers’ court-appointed man knew the difference between i murder of a hitchhiker near Big ¡lawyers insisted that Myers was ¡right and wrong when the sleep-
Spring la.st September.
The neatly dressed ex-convict, divorced father of five, and hi.s
insane at the time and unaccount-ling hitchhiker was slain, and that able for his act. he knows right from wrong now.
The state had read into the rec-
Dr, James Kreimeyer, a psy ___________________
14-year-old schoolgirl companion,jchiatrist at the Rusk State Hos- o|.(j a statement Myers gave after during a ride from Illinois to Mid-jPitol where Texas keep.s its crim- his arrest. The utterance said: land, Tex., have admitted four ..............
slayings for profit that I them a total of only $16.
The defendant showed no emotion and appeared stoical as the jury foreman read the verdict of ;
TOP CITIZEN OF 1961 — Arch Batjer, outgoing vice president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, smiles broadly as he gets a hug from his wife, Patty, after being named the Outstanding Citizen of 1961, at the 54th annual C-C banquet Friday night.
BANQUET ROYALTY — Banquet speaker Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Mellnik, right, gets together at the Chamber of Commerce dinner with new C-C President James S. Lauderdale, left, and outgoing president Gene Whitehead, center. (Staff Photos)
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TV Scout . 10
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I "Donna held the steering wheel land leaned forward. I fired one ¡time at the hitchhiker’s head. . . ■ I shot the man another three 'times."
The bullet - riddled body wa.s I dumped into a clump of mesquitc 'bushes outside Big Spring.
His statement said that after he shot DeKraai once, the hitchhiker grabbed Donna, causing the car to swerve.
"I shot the man another th'ee times," the statement said.
C-C Speaker Escaped Japs With 'Ed' Dyess
By BOB BRK E Reporter-Nrws Staff Writer A general who knew well Col. William Edwin Dyess,
Ed Dyess," .said Brig Gen Stephen Meltiuk, now assistant cmn-Ut'lmandant of the Army Air Defense foi School at Fort Bliss.
whom Dyess AFB is named, por-
your life’s on the line." he said. Taken by hubntarine
After the 10 Americans escaped, they eventually radioed their lo-
Gen. Mellnik's talk on the Nike cation to Allied help and were Uayed tlie Nike missile as a lethal Hercule.s and Zeus preceded Picked up by a Navy submarine
answer to Premier i^ru.^hev’s evening’s highlight, naming of and taken to Australia, threat to "bury capitalist war-i.^p^.j^ Batjer as the Outstanding Both Gen, Mellnik and Col. niongers" triday night at the an (;j^2en of 1961. I Dyess came back to the United
nual Abilene Chamber of Com- F.nkivmeni of Work IStates Gen. Mellnik was to re-
Enjoyment of Work
T don’t deserve it. I know you turn to dircx-t guerrilla wartare in
Gov. Daniel Here Today
Know turn. I escap^ from the ^ say that," Baijeijlhe Philippines. Col Dyes* even-
Phihppines m World War II '^uth^ Chambersiually went to California, where
of Commerce vice president the ¡he was kilUxi in a plane crash in past year, he said, "1 didn't do December of ltN3. it for this fthe award», but for| -The last time T .saw him. I (the enjoyment of working with peo- g\n.ss, wa.s in October of 1943. VVe pl^ " _ had dinner in the Mark Hopkins
Batjer’s selection was Francisco," the gen-
nounced by Oliver Howard, last eral recalled, year’s recipient. The 54th annual| n>ess. son of Judge and
C-C banquet was concluded as g ii^.hard T. Dyess of .Albany,
was a hero of the air war after
.guilty. He had shown no emotioni 0«! ««wi during the trial.
The case went to the jury about 3 p.m. Friday after attorneys .spent about three hours in their pleas. The verdict was returned ¡at 5 p.m.
Attorneys spent three hours in the pleas to the jury.
Myers, tried here on a venue i
chanse from Big Spring, had hisIjsJE^ SPUTNIK LAUNCHED
life at stake for the pi.slol slaying «*■ ■-a nx V/IV. n K I.X
Of Arthur Lee DeKraai, 32, an itinerant plumber from Ottumwa,
Donna Marie Stone, now 14 and well developed, made a half minute appearance in the trial to be identified by the officer who arrested her and Myers at Midland.
The impassive child, too young to be tried for murder in Texas, didn’t even look at Myers before
She »as returned to jail cell. prestoN GROVER
Donna had told arresting offi- „
,cers she and Myers lived in the MOSCOW (API-Soviet Premier (Same Chicago apartment house'Khrushchev claimed Friday the
end that she had l>een intimate Soviet Union has created a new
JOHN EDWIN MYERS . . . convicted of murder
'Global' Rocket Claimed by Reds
Related story, Pg. 7-.A
‘take "a lunatic to trigger off war against" Communist countries.
,, , 1 scientists and engineers
He also announc^ the launching „a,e created a new intercontmen-
with him for several months be-lg,„5ai ^^ich is invulner-l^ws “gLy'’Tass [„J, they caU global,“
fore the crime spree began. | .. agtnty, lass. maicaieu ii
I She will be returned to Illinois,!^ *
where the law permits her to be*^^*' attack the United States from tried for murder, this time for ¡any direction.
to antimissile weapon.s and ¡was an unmanned vehicle.
the slaying of George Ballard. 47, j The new rocket, he said, out and his daughter, Carole, 11. She dates the United States’ elaborate chev
was an 8th grader.
Myer.s and thè girl also are ac-icus«Ì of killing Miss Margaret
radar and warning systems intended to protect it from missiles aimed over the North Pole.
See related utorie*, Pg. 12-B
outgoing President Gene Whitehead introduced the new president, oilman James S. Lauderdale.
- More than l.ooo persons attend-, ed the dinner in Rose Field House, at Hardin-vSimmons University. ) When asked prior to the dinnei | if he had known Col. Dyess. Gen j Mellnik said. "Look back in a ltN4! issue of Life magazine. There s| an article entitled ’Ten K>i<*aiM*d From To jo.’ |
"There were 10 of us chaps who of escafied from Davao Penal Colo-tlio ny on Mindanao Fxl D.vessl was
WILLIAM E, DYESS tor whom air base named
______________ See CHA.MBKR, Pg. 2-A, Col. 1
Gov. Price Danic4, who «................
canH>aigning for re-election a fourth term, will bring campaign to Abilene Saturday, according to Dan Biione. co-chairman of the governoi *s Taylor County campaign steering committee.
The governor plans a brief slop-over in Baird liefore coming here,
Daniel is to arrive at 4 p.m.
Saturday and will l»e guest honcMT at a rweplion on
mezzanine floor of the Windsor!a captain then, I helitve. 1 was a
Hotel from 5:1«) to 7 pm, j major." he saal.
He will spiak over KKBC-TN' -How did y.ui escape?" u news.
fl-oni 7:30 to « p.m man asked. !merce lianoiicl Friilav niuhl operaling on, m tin
Deniel wUl si«-nd the night; With a reminlvenl smile, X „( the iiusaist U-r- f<*
in Ahtlene, aiul attend churchisaid. "Thafs a long story. You " ................ ........
'Citizen of Y ear' Batjer Busy Man
Woman Survives Electric Shock
he said. "This rocket is invuln«» ¡able to antimissile weapons." two announ«ments were: the United States had
made tefore several thousand peo-'grected a system of radar deter-pie wlw came to ciieer Khrush-jtjon and warning against missiles chev m his unopposed election I campaign in a Moscow district for; the Supreme Soviet. The election, is Sunday.
"We will never agree" to the international inspection system proposed by the United States at the 17-nation disarmament c*onfer-ence in Geneva, he said.
See R(K KET. Pg. 2-A. Col. 3
I>iP\RTM»VT OF COMMERCE WFITMKR BlRFAt
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ABILENK and VTcI.MTY (Radios m mil«*#- Partly cictudy and cominaad The Soviet I nion will carrv out incrMstn*
cIoudiiM*#» on Sunday Hi«h hoUi day« ui th«- lot» 79*», low both ni«Ma around 45, NORTH CE.NTRAI TEX \S# G«i«r»lly lair Saturday inerrasin«: ckjudin^sa Sat-urday ni«ht and Sunday A liUla warmer Saturday and Saturday rught Hi«b Sat-
a new scries of nuclear tests, he said, if President Kennedy goe.s on with his plan to conduct at-
mosphcric tests in the mid.PacificI"'"«^«;«^^,, ^
in late .April. b cloudy Saturday C»«o*iderahlc ckwdi-
neaa Saturday night and Sunday A litila The Soviet government is dOti^rmer Saturday night. High Saturday
PESH.ASTIN, Wash. (.AP) — A,the plug so the water could drain sacking to any fatal deadlines for' soiTHWF.s^r texas — p»r^ cloudy
Peshastin hmisewife, Mrs. W'ayne out," she said "then the clamosBerlin problem.iia/ ntg^ht**^T's*nd*^A htoe wafi^
Simpson, survived 40 fear-filledj. , » n . ¡and spare no time or efforts,
let loose and the lamp fell intote.'ipfkvtires
to persuade the W’est to accept its y n. a.m. a tub full of solution, but such a solution can-i 33 ..
oke loose. I ¡not be endlessly delayed, he said ; ^
minutes in an electrically charged bathtub. with me
.Amazed doctors concurred in broke
her as.«:essment- "Whv I’m notjju'^ stiffened I wa.s .sitting there* Khrushchev gave no details of| dead I’ll never know.’^ jone minute and the next minute;the stage of development of the!
JOE B, POUNS jeompanies, Batjer and A.s.sociates.; Simpson was alone Tues-imy feet were against the wall rocket, which he called a
Reporter-News Business Fdttor jffo ^tiil heads this firm. farm home and decid-j “It just froze me solid, I could!
Arch I) Batjer, life-long resident of Abilene who was honortnl
He made the announcement
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Baljer spv-mls man.v hours daily'^'* ,‘’“'¡V''" ""’''"’ 'ronnrriion «ith his views «1 dis-ie"- « «w h
arkinc on a wide V neiv of iivic'"’"'“"’ ‘'*‘*'"[>«1 •<> <he;her even my eye, were stiff i vonneclion wilh his vieivs on <J>s^ ■■
•ame datr Uct years 71
DulstandiiiB fiti/en of 191.1 "iemei^rleUMh lirhh^^^ ‘*>«1 couldn’i get my eyes open. 1 was Americans!.»! s:
services here Sunday morning be-ido a lot of planning, a lot of ,'"’!!:- ... ..¡sv-rve aciivcly as vita* pie.sidcnt her legs eiect againid
fore leaving for San Angelo continue his campaign.
thinking. You’re a little crazy, I guess But you have to be, when
g(»(>(/ n'ailiiifi Siiiuldy in
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We Vi>il Ci.lorado Cilv
iii SiinilayN HcpDiTur New.»
Anuihrr profüi* »lory, nilh pbiiir#*», of ono of ihe hii*>y ("iiir* in ilii* grog. !N(irnign Fi*hor lakr»
}ou on a vikit to (Ntlorado t it>, pai«* 1*B Suiiday
Junior tiigli Jli^ldigliLs
Spritis iii» iu own »pet ial «*fft*(T im »(hitoi . . . and •lud«‘ntk. Junior Hiili Higtilighli lak«>» tiio ro%(M p.(ge »f ihr onion’a Nrrtion Smida) for a look al tlu* fivp »ihoid» alroady undor iho in. fluriu« uf a new •ea»uti in -vportt, activilie» and »ludir».
G of (] Baii(|ii(‘t (iuusl.s
Aliilriie i.liaaihor of Goiiiinerce hanquel a» well gg liiglilifhta of ihe annnai rvent, will l»r fralured in th« Sunday ouieii’» Serlioti.
INfw Spring Slioi'fs
Spring ilioo« will he a *p* ( ial leature of ihe om en*t Sei'tioti. Sluriet and piitnre» lell th« fa*htun •lorj! in fooiwear for ipring '62.
plus tlie lutest sports neus!
at the annua! ChamfH»r of Uoin
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The electrical charge stiffened ¡West Te.xa.s, Batjer (ind.s time to Simpson immediately,
.sons in Abilene. ¡serve actively as vice president
; Tlie award—always "top secrei" the Abilene Chamber of Com-^*^^
¡—was presented to Batjt»r by director of the First Na- husband returned home 40
ver Howard, Abilene banker, who:’p.^ director of thediscovered hw
West Texas‘utilities Co.. as pres-'Ph^ht and turned off the power, idem of the VMCA, chairman of! S»mpson explained later
the Abilene Council on .Alcohol-*^hey had fastened the lamp to the ism, and as chairman of the board ^ because she likes to sunbathe!
See BATJER, Pg. 2 A. < ol. 2
See SIKK'K, Pg. 2-A, Col. S
no longer are immune from the consequences of war and it would
.Sun»ft last night # 47. «unriM todayt g 4« ; siuiM*t toBight «.4t
Baroxnt-ter reading at » p m M 39. Humidit) at » p m. 44 per (rent
"I reached down and pulled out
Vote Set Todoy On Consolidation
won It a year ago.
Die award, which was a plaque.
Iiears the following wording:
"Certificate of Civic Htvogni-;tion for Outstanding Serxice to the City of Abilene. To .Arch 1) Rat-jer, Oiit.'vlanding Citi/en Award 19t)L The .Abilene Chambt‘r of Conimeree”
Native Son Abilene’s top citizen of !‘»id was bom here Nov. 21, P4H, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs, Ernest I George Batjer wJio came to Taylor County in 1881>
He has si»ent practically ail of
WSTi.AND - Ah,.iivy.ur„ou(|ma„, Oklen and fk.»iem«,a.
giTK'ery sUire operatisi an eleva-Eastland County Heavy absentee voting has giv-tor for a loeal’dry go«Ml§ store, and >*<'hrK)l districts is ex|H‘i*ted Satur- T*) * base for predictions of piis-was an employe of the old Tayloi jday for a red-hot school consolida-!
^ tb”*^is^T^firaduafe of ANlene *“’” I ‘‘'“Pl'“Uers of the consolidation
High ikh(«l and the Lniveis.ty of. cam-¡program have contended that ap-
Texas, and is a tormer studtqit of '^bich bi‘gaii some two pn>val of the propo.sal would proyears ago Intensive efforts to ‘xlucational advan-
. „ . i . 1 u tages for students of all six duv.
win votes have lieen ciMiducted by ... , , .
. , ... ill lets al less expt'nse to laxpay-
both Sides in recent weeks,
If passtxt, tile t*on.solidaUon pro- Op^ionents of the measure, how-
,.*,ei,mery»h,<*hh.*«|v,i,l.,lui. l>'y'7'>vm*,, ar£u.*d that iimsulidatinu
U 1929, when he sold it to Pang <b»li iet.s ot (ailion, Destle- vnnild cost the taxpayeis more
Following his graduation from ihe L'mv(‘isity of T(‘xas, he was associatisi with Abilene Printing: '’o for two years He then laiught
Air Cunditiuning His next venture was with T, S Lankfotd ami Sons, in which he itild a small interest. He sold this rvteiest in 1945 and after two vears of rest organized one of •Abilene's firirt air conditioning
mona, EasUand, Gorrnan, Olden vsuhout improving educational fa-and Hanger into a single iMstnH ‘cilities Polls will oiien at 8 a m. and judges for the election include close at 7 p m. Voting places m Herman Hassell. Eastland; Calvin elude Hamner Funeral Hmne at Brown, Ranger: Mrs. 0. H. Dick. Carbon; city hall at Hanger, Olden; W, G. Baker, Gorman; H. Eastland County courthouse at M. Gilbert, Carbon; and L. E. EasUand; and the school at Gor-¡Clark. Desdemona.
PANDA PA US — Gracie Yarworth’s eyes were blacked in a traffic accident, giving the 14-month-old Whitwell, Tenn., tot a striking resemblance to her toy panda. The little girl, almost well, left Chattanooga Children’s hospital Friday. (AP Wirephoto)