Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 30, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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Christmas spirit comes to old Scrooge
Scrooge gets into the Christmas spirit as the Teen and Children's Theater presents Dickens' A Christmas Carol' starting Dec. 7. Scenes from the story will appear in the Women's section.
Program aids children of migrant workers
A special program is in operation in several area schools to help children of migrant workers who miss out on school to catch up on their education. By Marsha Caw-thon.
Airport boss recalls his days of flying
Glenn Meeks, manager of Abilene Municipal Airport, recalls his days of flying and a quarter century as boss at the airport. By Bill Herndge.
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Local Grocery Store Still Makes DeliveriesOrders by phoneBill Bourland. counter man at Evans Fine Foods takes a home delivery order by phone. White-haired and happy-
voiced. he greets all his customers with a hearty “Hello” as they walk in the door. (Staff Photo bv John Best i
Bv BEV MORDAN Reporter-New* Staff Writer
Picking up items from the grocery shelf is often an unsettling experience these days. But there’s at least one store that still pamper- its customers and makes shopping a pleasurable, if not fun experience.
“Come in boys,” or “Hi, Paul” says an elderly little man with snow-white hair as the wooden screen door opens at Evans Kine Foods. 201 Grape
That’s Bill Bourland. He, along with the other two counter men. greets everyone who comes in the privately owned grocery store on a first name basis. If they don’t know' your name, they'll learn it — but no matter what, you’ll get a big smile and a hearty greeting when you walk in.
A COl PLK of aides from Ole counter, a lady yells, “Hey, Bill, have any frozen pie shells?”
•Sure do.” he says but. instead of pointing in the direction of the frozen food section, he slips from behind the counter and gets the pie shells for her.
Bill has worked for store owner Bill (Buel) Evans for almost three years. But he’s just a “youngster” there compared to the other two counter mer. Frank Hale and Doyle Philley have worked in the neighborhood store for nearly 20 years.
There ate few. if any, other stores in Abilene that still deliver groceries. Although it costs more and more all the time, the store will keep delivering, Evans said. “There’s people who depend on it.” he explained.
There’s no charge for home delivery,
ju-t a minimum purchase of SS.
Doyle does all the delivering, “I wore out five cars in 20 years and have gone 500,000 miles. " he boasted.
He makes deliveries all over town, from small apartments in Abilene Towers to stately mansion- on Sables Boulevard.
ANI) HE knows his people. “That guy doesn t know how rich he is. he's just as friendly as anyone.” Doyle said about one of his customers. Then he went on to tell the family s history — where they came from, how many children they had. what the children grew up to be, and on and on.
The phone rings often during the day — usually it s a customer placing an order for home delivery. Frank usually answers. “Evans Fine Foods.”
He methodically takes down the order and, lust before delivery time, he and Doyle package the food in cardboard boxes.
A tall, dark-haired man of lanky build, Frank seldom says much. But chuckles wrinkle his face often throughout the day. especially when Bill pipes up with tunes such as “Old Brother Hale was a Fat Old Feller."
People walk in the store, pick up an ice cream bar or Coke and do their grocery shopping or just stand around and pass the time talking.
“How much is sugar this week?” one customer asked.
“Hasn’t gone up.” Evans said
• Well.” she joked, “I was gonna sell you mine back if it had.”
Evans still provides charge accounts to his good customers. “That’s what
keeps him in business,” one customer joked.
And that business is a long-standing one.
EVANS OPENED the store about 25 veals ago. Before that he was pail owner of Evans and Anderson Grocery, which was located across the street.
He’s seen a lot of changes over the years — price, of < nurse —> and the number of brands and items there are now, is amazing, he -aid.
This year, he said, "nearly everyone is shopping — really shopping.”
In a day when convenience food stores and big chain operations are everywhere, Evans said he keeps his business going by providing good toed and good service. “I ve built my business on good, heavy choice meat. We don’t prepackage any of it — not even lunch meat,” he said.
He learned about meat, how to pick it and how' to cut it when he was in high school. “I worked at a grocery store after school, and just keep learning,” he said.
Evans grew up in Coleman County and moved to Abilene right after high school.
Here he married Betty (Lib), who helps out at the store every noon “when the boys go to lunch,” as he explained it.
MOST OF his day is spent behind the meat counter. The tall, silver-gray haired man of about 60 years works at
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Explosions Rock Plant
Baylor Bears in Cotton
Texas beets A&M 32-3 and the Baylor Bears clinch the school's first berth in the Cotton Bowl. Pq. ID.
BEAUMONT, Tex. (AP» -Several explasions and fire that “lit up the skyline” shook the chemical plant of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. here Friday night causing an undetermined number of injuries.
A spokesman for St. Elizabeth Hospital, who first had said an “undetermined number of dead” had been brought in, said late Friday that only eight person* were in the hospital and their conditions was not immediately known.
At least IS ambulances were reported at the scene. The plant is seven miles southwest of Beaumont on Interstate IO. A traffic jam in the interstate caused by people trying to evacuate the area near the plant on orders of the Jet -ferson County Shreiffs Office, prevented some ambulances from reaching hospitals nearly two hours after the explosion.
The first explosion occurred at about 8 p.m. It was followed by at least four more within the hour.
A Goodyear spokesman said
approximately 50 people were in the plant at the time of the explosion. Nearly I >0 employes work regular shifts, but some skeleton crews were on duty Friday night because of the holidays.
Billionaire H. L. Hunt Dies at 85 in Dallas
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DALLAS (API - H. L. Hunt, wo liked to picture himself as a one-time farm boy with a fifth-grade education, died Friday after accumulating one of the world s great fortunes.
He was 85 and had been iii Baylor Hospital here since September, entering because of a flu virus. The family did not immediately report the cause of his death.
Hunt once was known as a big-time gambler, particularly on .sports events.
But he stopped gambling and smoking in his later years. Lights in his home generally were out by IO p.m. Associates said he never drank.
Liberals considered him a symbol of the far right and of big business.
Conservatives lauded him as one of the great spokesmen.
Hunt himself preferred to be known as a constructive, not a conservative. Ile said the money he spent wa: aimed at better government. Ile once told a national television audi-
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ence on a talk show that the last really good President was Calvin Coolidge.
He sponsored such conservative radio programs as Life Line and Facts Forum, wrote a newspaper column with the help of a ghost writer, and published numerous books.
One book was his own, called “Alpaca” about a mythical country for which he wrote what he considered the perfect constitution.
No one knew just how much he was worth, probably not Hunt himself although he kept close watch on the dollars. Ile once was quoted as saying that anyone who knew how-rich he was wasn't very rich.
His fortune has been estimated at around $2 billion, placing him in the rarefied financial atmosphere of such men as oilman J. Paul Getty and Howard Hughes.
Asked his secret for making money, he would say, “You have to be lucky. You have to be of an acquisitive nature, aggressive and thrifty.”
He was born Feb. 17, 1889, on a farm at Ramsey, 111., youngest of eight children of a Confederate war veteran.
Hunt quit school in the fifth grade and roamed the comite ll. L. HUNT, Col. 5 Back page this section
Goodfellows: Tm Writing For Family Of Seven...'
Some people see need at Christmas^ i rn e, contrasted with their own good fortune, and make an honest attempt to help.
“I am writing for a family of seven,” one such lady writes Goodfellows. “They have five children and recently moved here and the father works at Foremost.
“But the plant closes the 22nd of this month, anti so far he hasn’t found another job to to. So I’m asking for lothes. food and toys.
“The ages (of the children) from 12 down to 18 months. If you help them it will certainly lie apreciated. and may God bless each of >ou.”
The letter is but one of a lieut 55 that already have been received by Goodfellows, even though the annual campaign opened only Thursday.
In the two days of the drive, $2,319.70 has been contributed. The goal this year is $18,250 Other persons who would like to help the needy can contribute to the campaign or report needs of a family or individual by writing Goodfellows. Box 30, Abilene. Tex., 79604 Contributions will be acknowledged in The Reporter-New >.
Friday’s contributions were:
Anonymous $569 TO
Previous total $1,150.00
Ruben Yanez, 3-year-old child of Mrs. Lydia 'lanez of 1820 Swenson, was among dozens of kiddies who greeted Santa Claus on the south lawn of the Chic ( enter Friday night. Santa’s visit was sponsored by the Abilene Downtown Association. See related pictures, Eg. BA. - Staff Photo by Mark Allied *