Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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8 Die on Busy Highway
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP)-a twin-engine private plane, carrying prospective customers to home sites in Florida, faltered over Atlanta today and crashed onto a major highway, hitting a car and killing eight persons. At least 31 others were injured.
The propeller-driven Mail in 404, chartered by the Lehigh Acres Development Inc. and bound for Fort Myers. Fla., lost an engine as it left the Peach-tree-DeKalb Airport in rain and under a low ceiling.
Its pdot was directed to come into the big Atlanta Airport, but the plane couldn’t make it.
It pancaked down on Interstate 285, a highway that sweeps
around the city, and bounced onto the Moreland Ave. bridge. The craft’s left wing and tail section were sheared off.
First reports indicated that most of the dead were passengers in the automobile.
Confusion surrounded the number of dead and injured. But a funeral home reported receiving the bodies of five victims and C. D. Howell, a DeKalb County policeman, sa>d “we know of eight confirmed dead.”
Jerry Gould, president of Le* high, said all of the plane’s passengers were from the Atlanta area. They were flying down to Fort Myers to look over property
Stubborn Viet Cong Pushed From Dalat
SAIGON (AP) — Government troops poised Saturday night for a dawn strike to drive Viet Cong commandos from three pockets they still held in the mountain resort city of Dalat, military spokesmen said.
Highly trained enemy commando units attacked Dalat in the early morning hours Saturday, striking 13 installations in the city and on its outskirts, South Vietnamese military spokesmen reported. It was the heaviest assault on a city since the big enemy offensives of 1968.
A few hours before midnight Saturday they were said still to be holding out in three areas—a Roman Catholic church and seminary and in buildings of Dalat University—against the militiamen who had borne the brunt of the initial attack and newly arrived government forces.
The surprise attack on the city of 80,000 persons 160 miles northeast of Saigon coincided with reports of stepped up fighting in scattered areas of Cambodia.
The South Vietnamese commander for much of that region, Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri, told newsmen, “There has been a strong resurgence of enemy activity along the Vietnamese-Cambo-dian border.”
Field reports said much of Saturday’s action in Cambodia occurred just to the north and
south of the provincial capital of Prey Veng, 30 miles southeast of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Information from Phnom Penh said Cambodian troops backed by more than
1,000 South Vietnamese marines were in firm control of Prey Veng itself after two days of strong attacks by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces.
Allied military men have said the pressure on Prey Veng apparently was part of an enemy effort to secure a new supply route outside the sanctuary
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The pilot was James Cannin, the co-pilot Robert Feldmiller. Stewardesses Jeanne Collins and Jill Atwater also were aboard the plane, chartered at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannin was injured but it wasn’t known how badly.
Witnesses on the ground told of seeing the blue and silver plane trailing smoke from one engine as it limped along in the leaden skies, flying on instruments.
Meantime in the plane, said one survivor, passengers noted that the right engine “was not doing so good.”
Young Mark Scheinfeld, traveling to Florida with his parents. said a fellow passenger then told him to “put your head down” to avoid injury.
When the aircraft hit and finally came to a stop, the youth and his parents escaped through a large hole in the rear of the plane. He said they suffered only bruises.
Not far away rested the demolished wreckage of an automobile— and the bodies of five persons. Police said they were those of a mother and father and their three small boys, who had been returning home from a trip to a grocery store.
Groceries were scattered near the car.
Eddie Pittman said the two stewardesses had strapped themselves in, but a notebook fell from a shelf and one got up to retrieve it. Then the plane hit the roadway.
“She went flying past me,” Pittman said. “I reached out and tried to grab her but I couldn’t.” He said she apparently was thrown through the gaping hole opened when the rear of the aircraft sheared off.
Schienfeld, who was on the plane with his parents, said that whe nthe plane stopped! people opened emergency exits and began clambering out.
“We jumped out through the hole in the back,” said Mark.
“I walked out and saw some people lying on the ground . . . some of them couldn’t get up.” Charlie Buck, owner of a service station on Moreland Avenue, where the plane came to rest, said he was walking out of his station when he looked up.
“I saw it coming down the freeway, bouncing,” Buck said. He said he went down to help the injured out of the aircraft.
School's out, summer's in
The first rites of summer, eating watermelon by a swimming pool when school’s out, are enjoyed by Michael Payton, left, son of Maj. and Mrs. C. A. Payton, and contemplated by Russ Beamer, son of Maj.
and Mrs. R. G. Reamer. The boys were at the opening of the Dyess AER swimming pool on Memorial Day weekend when all sizes of kids began the not long enough hot summer with a swim. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams)
Illinois May Nip Texas in Census Race
By DICK TARPLEY Managing Editor
Is Texas really the fourth largest state in the union?
And, more importantly, will Texas earn the additional congressman which has been forecast by the Census Bureau?
The Census Bureau estimates that Texas has passed both Ohio and Illinois during the past decade and will gain one congressman when Congress evaluates the 1970 final census figures early next year.
But the first 220 counties in Texas whose preliminary census figures have been released show a net gam of only 223,019 over the 1960 figure.
The other 34 contain many of the expected big gainers — Hams i Houston i, Dallas, Tarrant (Fort Worth), Travis (Austin) and Galveston (primary from the area around the huge space agency south of Houston).
Two of the metropolitan area counties of Houston (Brazoria
39-Year Search Ends for Split Family
By LYNNA WILLIAMS Reporter-News Staff Writer
Houston Post advertising executive David Beeman came home Saturday — home to a mother he had never met, accompanied by a sister he did not know existed until Tuesday.
The noon meeting between Beeman and his mother, Mrs. Gladys McKinney, of 1002 Butternut, ended a search that had lasted 39 years, spanned several states and had been the hope of Mrs. McKinney “every day for each of those 39 years.” The search began soon after Beeman and his older brother Donald were placed with an adoption agency in Texas due to a severe illness of their mother. Beeman at 14 months old was adopted by a San Angelo couple “who told me I was adopted and that I had an older brother Donald.”
The knowledge that he “had an older brother somewhere” started Beeman’s search, while the search for Beeman by his mother, his sister, Mrs. Nit a Hadjes, and two other brothers, Ray and Jimmy, never stopped.
Never stopped until ll p.m. Tuesday when Beeman received a telephone call from San Bernardino, Calf., from a woman he did not know — Mrs. Hadjes.
“She said ‘Hello’, I understand you’re looking for your brother. Maybe I can help, * ” Beeman said. “She asked me some questions about my birthday and lf I knew anything about my family and all the answers
Mrs. Hadjes then announced that he had two brothers and a sister also and that “I’m your sister.”
“I said something Intelligent like *You are?' and we talked for an hour and a half,” Beeman said.
The two met for the first time at the airport in Houston. They drove to Abilene together and arrived Saturday ‘to end something we’ve hoped and prayed about for years.”
Beeman was the last to be located in the search for the two
adopted brothers. Donald was found in 1946, and Mrs. McKinney was able to witness his graduation from college in Indiana.
As the family gathered Saturday, the talk was about everything that happens to a
family in 39 years of separation and about the “miracle of finally finding” Beeman.
Coincidences and near misses happened all along the way as both families, Beeman and his wife, and Mrs. McKinney and her children, looked for each
Adopted son comes home
Mrs. Gladys McKinney, right, of 1002 Butternut, rests her head on the shoulder of her son, David Beeman of Houston, as she sees him for the first time in 39 years Saturday in Abilene. A sister, Mrs. Nita Hadjes, left, of San Bernardino, Calif., was instrumental in finding Beeman, who was adopted by another family at 14 months because of his mother’s illness. His sister located him Tuesday after years of searching. (Staff Photo by Simon Benfield)
Famed Houston attorney Percy Foreman found the initial clue when he discovered the baby’s adopted name, Mrs. McKinney said. “I met him through some Houston friends and he really worked so hard.”
In another near miss, Beeman met a cousin who “knew Dona'd and thought he lived in the Corpus Christi area.”
Donald never lived there, but Jimmy, the youngest brother, did live in Corpus.
“I looked and put ads in the paper for Donald,” Beeman said, “but Jimmy didn’t see them.”
Another coincidence occurred when Beeman, who grew up in the San Angelo area, was employed by a department store in San Angelo and worked with his brother Jimmy’s future inlaws. “His fianee’s parents worked with me there as did the cousin who told me about Donald,” he said.
Through all the attempts at finding Beeman, Mrs. McKinney said, there was really only one moment when she “almost lost hope.” That was in 1947 when she wrote to the Air Corps division of the War Department about her son and received word that a David Beeman was missing in action and presumed dead.
The search continued, however, and had become, for both families, “a project we thought about all the time.”
“It became automatic for all the family to thumb through telephone books wherever they were —looking for that name,” Mrs. Hadjes said. “and Jimmy, the youngest brother, had always
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and Fort Bend) also are yet to he reportnd as are two less likely gainers among major counties, Jefferson (Beaumont-Port Arthur) and Nueces (Corpus Christi).
But it is doubtful the other 34 counties can add sufficient population to provide the 1,700,000 gain which had been anticipated for Texas during the decade. The Census Bureau as of a year ago, estimated Texas had gained about 1,565.000 to more than 11.100,000. The official total for 1960 was 9,579,677,
This would mean that the other 34 counties will have to provide a net gain of more than
1,400,000 for Texas to reach the Census Bureau estimate.
The University of Texas Bureau of Business Research estimate for those 34 counties as of April 1969 was for a net gain of 1,072.500, with only five of the outstanding counties expected to show a loss and two others little change.
In 1960, Texas gained an additional 91.000 over the preliminary reports when the final
figures were released — a little less than one per cent. So Texas can probably count on about
100,000 additional people above the preliminary figures when they are completed.
But this could still leave Texas below Illinois in population, if Illinois has made the growth estimated for it by the Census Bureau.
The counties still missing include the three big city counties of Harris, Dallas and I arrant; Gulf Coast counties of Orange, Jefferson, Chambers,
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LET WORLD KNOW YOU'RE AROUND
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t affect the world. Everyone counts in insuring an accurate total for the 1970 Census.
So let the world know you’re part of it. If you think, or know, the census taker passed you by, fill out the form on page 6A.
Tye Voters Approve I Cent Sales Tax
TYE — Forty-two of the 188 registered voters in the city of Tye cast ballots Saturday as the one cont city sales tax was adopted by a 36 to 5 margin with one vote disqualified.
Mayor James Snowden estimated thp measure will bringWEATHER^
U S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA Weather Bureau (Weather Map, Pg. 2-A)
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“between $3,000 year to Tye.”
The tax, the first in the history of Tye, will go into effect Oct. I, Snowden said. “The money will be sent to the state in January and they will distribute it to the cities. We should get the first money in February of 1971.”
Mayor Snowden was “elated that the measure passed because it was needed in order that we plan for the future.” The mayor and council had urged adoption of the measure on the basis “that small cities must forge ahead in doing things that the government might someday older them to do.”
The money will probably be used to build a sewage system in Tye, he said, and we plan to get started as soon as there is enough money.
Mayor Snowden explained that the water district that governs Tye “is concerned with water pollution and they have the authority to condemn tracts of land and force a small city to build a system.” We want to be ready and capable of building a sewer system before we are ordered to, he said.