Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1962, Abilene, Texas
KM "WITHOUT Oft WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 326 ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MOW 9908 NTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PAGE ONE The shortages in the lU-jiorter- News files for the early 1980s (and for the year 1906 and for some months of World War were noted the other day. The: notation brought forth from Ben 0. Grant, teacher of history at Hardin Simmons, longtime Albany resident and compiler of the history, of Shack- elford County, a tale of the rival- ry which was once stirred by the old Abilene Reporter and the old Ft. Griffin Echo! Ft. Griffin, the rip-roaring town which grew up around the frontier fort, was fading as Abi- lene was Doming into being. But the editor of the Echo was still fighting for his town, even as the editor of the new Reporter was battling to make his village a town. Researching for data on Shackelford's history Grant plowed through stacks of the old papers of that county, of Ft. Griffin and later of Albany. Some ot the old sheets made for more colorful reading than do today's papers, Grant says. Some of them wore printed in "three languages English, vul- gar and profane." One editor of the old Ft. Grif- fin Echo fancied himself a.poet. He printed a whole edition once in poetry. If he needed a word to rhyme and a cuss word did, that he used. Now the railroad fever was spreading in West Texa? short- ly after the coming of the which opened Abilene. The" far-, seeing ones knew that transpor- tation was important to city growth, that the towns which got railroads would be the towns which grew. The Abilene editor of the time, identity not now known, dis- played the optimistic spirit which has on other occasions marked, this town, He presented in his papflr a forecast of rail- road development which pic- tured Abilene as the center of the transportation industry. All rsilroads, he foresaw, would branch out from here, running every-which-way. This Abilene boast irritated the poetic editor of the Ft. Grif- fin Echo. The Abilene editor, he de- clared must be crazy. "Nobody but a jackass" would claim that for Abilene. Every- body sensible, he insisted, knew that Ft. Griffin or Albany would be the rail center of the future. To that charge, Grant relates, the Abilene editor replied in print. He might be a jackass, the Abilene editor said, but at least he didn't "demonstrate it by writing poetry." J. Paul Jones, Franklin Jun- ior High history teacher, com- pleted last week a class unit on World War II in his 9th grade world history course. It was an interesting experi- ence, he notes, teaching the unit. The class would talk about a battle and some students would comment, "Why, my Dad- dy was in that or "My uncle was there And Jones himself could add some person- al experiences. He was with an Air Corps unit in India. As a climax to the study he had the students bring to class family souvenirs of WW II. There spread out in the room were mementoes of the war, Nazi flags, Jap banners, swords, helmets, battle ribbons, ration books nnd all the rest. The display brought home a rather startling fact. That "great war" is now nearly a genera- tion away, come to think of it, The 9th graders who gathered together the stuff can we call the WW II gear these students are part of the postwar baby crop, the crop now crowding junior highs. lightning Hils ManafC-CHy COLORADO CITY (RNS) D. L. Breeden. M, of 844 Pine St., was reported in "good" condition it Root MemMttI Hospital Tues- day night being by lightning white he was sitting In the front yard of his home. Honpital officials (aid that Bree den wai suffering from a tempo- rary one arm. llghntng rccompmfed thunder iheweri which have been taftht for i By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON Ken- cedy administration and West German Chancellor Konrad Aden- auder broke into open dispute Tuesday over U.S. efforts to work: out with Russia a compromise basis for a Berlin settlement. Adenauer suggested that U.S.- Soviet talks are potentially dan- gerous if they go indefinitely without result, and said he Proposal would do. CENTAUR EXPLODES Exploding liquid hydrogen in the Centaur space rock- et makes a fiery b'all in the sky over Cap e Canaveral where the rocket was launched Tuesday. (AP Wirephoto) Maiden Flight of Centaur Ended With Air Explosion By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE CANAVERAL; Fia.