Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas
WASHINGTON (AP) -Calming lack of “mutual confidence” between them, President Nixon fired Interior Secretary Walter J. Hickel Wednesday and named Republican National Chairman Rogers C. B. Morton to the job.
Hickel told newsmen two hours later that in doing his job as secretary and being true to himself, “I had to do it my way.”
He refused to answer newsmen’s questions, but read only a short statement.
Hickel’s dismisal was the first outright firing of a Cabinet member in years and came in a surprise, face-to-face meeting to which Nixon summoned Hickel.
An aide said Morton was on a personal business trip to London, but declared that the interior post “was what he originally wanted to do.”
The aide, Jim Allison Jr., said Nixon had promised the job to a Western governor after his election but asked Morton to take the interior post should a vacancy occur.
Allison denied Morton’s appointment had anything to do with reports of growing friction between the White House and the Republican National Committee.
NG DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS
WALTER J. HICKEL . . . confidence lost
At his brier news conference, Hickcl did not discuss his immediate situation or his future but a spokesman said the dismissal apparently is effective immediately.
Congressional reaction was swift and mostly critical from legislators getting ready to leave for the Thanksgiving weekend.
Lame-duck Sen. Charles E. Goodell, R-N.Y., said “a good and decent man has been purged by an administration that either cannot or will not tolerate even the slightest display of independence.”
Goodell, who has strayed from administration pofticy, himself was a victim of Nixon’s displeasure in the last election.
Sen. Gaylord Nelson. D-Wis., said he believed Hickel was fired because “he trampled on too many powerful toes including people in the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Barbara oil spills.” Rep. Henry S. Reuss, D-Wis., chairman of the House subcommittee on conservation and natural resources, said Hickel “was evidently fired for taking his job of protecting the environment seriously.”
The White House said the meeting between Hickel and Nixon began at 5:10 p.m. EST.
The Robert Whetstone family
has moved back to Abilene after
years of the nomadic life which
comes with military service.
The move came after he
received a medical discharge
from the Navy following hard
duty in Vietnam.
It was good to be home again.
It was particularly good the
other evening when, without
realizing what he was doing, an
Abilene policeman, name
unknown, proved a lesson Mrs.
Whetstone was trying to teach a
* * •
It was cold that evening. The Whetstones had dinner and Mrs. Whetstone had undressed, put on nightclothes and robe, settled down to do nothing.
Son, Mike, and a young neighbor had, however, a mission. They just had to go to a store to purchase something or other. They pestered, as kids do, until Mrs. Whetstone said, “OK-if you’ll make it quick.”
She put a coat on over the robe, grabbed the car keys out of her purse, and she and the boys left.
She drove to a nearby discount store. The boys spent their money as she waited impatiently.
She started the drive home. And the car died. Dead.
Here she was, dressed very informally, no wallet, no money, no driver’s license. Stranded — “completely without dignity.”
It was not a good moment, she
Then she looked out and saw
across the way a police car pull
up and park. ,
“Thank goodness! Theres a policeman,” she told the boys. “Go ask him to come help us.
Son Mike, who has heard and seen and read a lot that s been
going on, was surprised at the suggestion.
“You mean, you’d go ask a cop something?” he asked.
Good moment or not, this was time for a speech and Mrs. Whetstone made it, a speech about policemen helping others and so on.
Mike was not exactly convinced but, at his mother’s command, he went to the officer to ask for help.
Mrs. Whetstone was just a bit dubious.. .no driver’s license.
The policeman came over. He checked the auto. He got it started. He made no mention of licenses, nor of the casual dress.
The stranded trio headed back home.
“Migosh!” Mike remarked. “He did help.”
Press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Interior Undersecretary Fred J. Russell will serve as acting secretary and Morton, a member of the House of Representatives will be nominated for the post early next year and be subject to Senate confirmation.
Morton, 56, describes himself as a farmer-businessman with broad experience in business management, labor relations and the armed forces. He has served in Congress from Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 1963.
Hickel, 51, was governor of Alaska before joining Nixon’s Cabinet in 1968.
Hickel’s full remarks were these:
“The President personally terminated me about two hours
“There’s really nothing I can say at this time that would help the situation, and nothing I would say to hurt it.
“Given the hostility towards me at the time I arrived, and some of those incredible decisions I had to make immediately thereafter, trying to do a job for the President and for all Americans and still somehow survive as an individual, I had to do it my way.” And with that, a tight little smile on his face, Hickel left.
Turkeys the easy way
Two contemporary “Pilgrims” ponder a problem not faced by many people — which one of 12,000 turkeys to shoot for Thanksgiving dinner. The Pilgrims are Joe Tice of 2016 Regent Dr. and Janet Jones of 1509
Woodridge Drive, both seniors at Cooper High School. The 12,000 turkeys are the remainder of an original 65,000 from the Winfred Gardner ranch at Eula. (Staff Photo by Loretta Fulton)
Americans Thank God for Blessings
WEATHER Abilenians Offer
Thanks at Service
U. S. DEPARTMENT OE COMME RC I National Waattiar S ary lea (Weather Map, Eg. 19-C)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40 mile radius) — Partly cloudy Thursday and Friday and a little cooler Friday. High Thursday 80 and a low Thursday night of 50. High Friday 75. Southwesterly wind* 15-25 mile* per hour.
Americans offer thanks for the blessings of yesterday and prayers for the generations of tomorrow as they pause Thursday to observe Thanksgiving Day—349 years atfer it all began.
Whether their ancestors landed with the Pilgrims of the 1600s or the immigrants of the 1900s, the thoughts of many will turn to the Plymouth, Mass., colony where the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621.
About 10,000 visitors are expected at Plymouth, many of whom will join in a public buffet supper at a recreated Pilgrim village featuring authentic colonial foods like venison, cod, eel and, of course, turkey.
In contrast, the Indians, whose ancestors welcomed the original Pilgrims, planned what they called a day of mourning at Plymouth Rock. An organizer of the demonstrators, who are demanding return of Indian lands in Massachusetts and Connecticut and teaching of Indian studies in schools, said:
“We mourn the fact...that that nation which says it is a government of the people, ignores and even rejects the people of the land.”
The day also is being marked by familiar celebrations in foreign settings.
On the battlefields of Vietnam, where, because of the time difference Thanksgiving came a day early, there was turkey, dressing and mince of
pumpkin pie for about 360,000 servicemen.
And in Helsinki, Finland, U.S. delegates to the strategic arms limitation talks invited their Russian counterparts to a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.
At home, many Americans planned to share their celebration with the less fortunate or the lonely.
10:00 ............. 55
for 24-hour* ending 9
High and low
p.m.: 70 and 41.
Hiah and low tame data last year: 64 and 43.
Sunset last night: 5:34 p.m.; aunrlsa today: 7:18 a.m.; sunset tonight: 5:34
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 27.93. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 40 par cent.
Goodfellows Begin Christmas Appeals
Only One Paper Today, Thanksgiving...
Business Office Closed
The Reporter-News will publish only one edition today .... the paper that annually opens the Christmas shopping season. You'll find it packed with shopping suggestions .... with timely news about the many things offered in Abilene stores. Save it.
The business office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Switchboard will be open from 6 A.M. until noon and 3 P.M. until 3 P.M. Happy Thanksgiving!
Goodfellows Thursday begin their annual appeal for funds to pay for Christmas cheer—food, clothes, toys and dolls—for the less privileged families of Abilene.
As usual, The Abilene Kiwanis Club presented the first $200 to start the campaign for $16,500. An additional $900 from three traditional first-givers brought the starting day total to $1,100.
The first day’s total included: Abilene Kiwanis Club $200 Abilene Reporter-News 200 West Texas Utilities 200
Abilene Clearing House
Total .................. $1,100
Earlier in the fall, many children in the community donated old dolls and toys to the drive, and the city’s firemen repaired and painted them to look like new. VFW Auxiliary, Dyess Officers Wives and NCO Wives and a host of volunteers made clothes and dressed the dolls, which included hundreds of new dolls purchased by Goodfellows.
Now the task spreads citywide.
Goodfellows use the money contributed to provide clothing
B.idge .................I SC
Christmas Shopping 1,14F
Doctor Lamb ..............60
Horoscope .............. 1
Obituaries ............12,13 A
Oil .......... 13C
Women's Hmm ........ 2-5C
and food scrip for needy families, to buy new toys and dolls to go with the hundreds of donated old toys and dolls.
The volunteer organization is headed this year by Syd Niblo, vice president of First State Bank. First vice chairman is Charles Scarborough, attorney, and second vice chairman is insuranceman Leroy Bell. All,
See GOODFELLOWS, Pg. 2-A
By LYNNA WILLIAMS Reporter-News Religious Editor
As a strong West Texas wind whipped fall leaves into quick-dying whirlwinds, about IOO Abilenians “united in His name” gathered Wednesday night at First United Methodist Church for the traditional Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving Service.
Many of the denominations represented by Abilene’s churches were present for the brief service which gave thanks in choral form “for the joy of human love; brother, sister, parent, child; friends on earth and friends above; for all gentle thoughts and mind,” and in sermon form by the chaplain of Abilene State School, the Rev. Don Cauble.
“Sometimes we thank God because we are not in another’s circumstances,” Cauble said, comparing the excess of that type of thanks to the prayer of the Pharisee, “ ‘Thank you, Father, because I am not like that man over there.’ ”
“Of course,” the chaplain said, “we should be grateful for these blessings, but I am frightened that gratitude should come in this vein...that to feel grateful we have to look around and find someone in worse circumstances.”
Bob Hitt, right, president kicks off the Goodfellow check from the clubs to Tman. (Staff Photo)
of the Abilene Kiwanis Club, drive by presenting a $200 Syd Niblo, left, Goodfellow
No reasonable man would find nothing about which to praise the Lord, Cauble said... “If we
See THANKSGIVING, Pg. £A
Wreck Kills Oklahoman
COLORADO CITY (RNS) -An Oklahoma man was killed and his wife seriously Injured in a rear-end collision on Interstate 20 near Colorado City Wednesday morning.
The accident occurred at about 10:15 a.m., 8.5 miles east of Colorado City in Mitchell County.
Dead at the scene was John Clay Thomas, 72, of Sulphur, Okla. His body was taken to Kiker Funeral Home in Colorado
His wife, Erma Thomas, 67, was in satisfactory condition Wednesday afternoon at Root Memorial Hospital in Colorado City. She had several broken bones and cuts.
The Thomas car was sitting on the shoulder of the roadway, facing west, according to a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. A tractor truck with a semi-trailer, driven by Haskell Wayne Cooker of Big Spring, traveling west, struck the car in the rear, the spokesman said.
Cooker was not injured.
Texas Highway Patrolman Tommy Parker of Colorado City investigated the accident.
Most Abilene Agencies To Reopen Friday
State and federal agencies with offices in Abilene will be operating on a regular schedule Friday, after the Thanksgiving holiday, with the exception of the military recruiting services.
Recruiters scheduled new recruits before and after the weekend to allow the service staffs a long holiday.
Also, Abilene city offices will be on a regular schedule Friday, according to City Manager H. P. Clifton.
Dyess personnel will be back on the job after Turkey Day as well, according to an information office spokesman.
Taylor County Courthouse offices will also be ctoeed ob Friday. , „ ,j®f)e Abilene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
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