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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas & HARDtïTije Abilene Wörter-Betoá EVENING rzv-iífp.    --o 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIV. NO. 192 Associated Press ( AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, DEC. 28, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES MEMBERS CLASSED Roads Key C-C Feast Gl Farm Plan 95 Per Cent Good; Giles Snow Blankets Area Abilene Chamber of Commerce i directors Tuesday wound up the I calendar year with their last i board meeting of 1954 and di.s-cussed four main points of business; 1) Theme of the annual banquet in 1955 will be the value of high-1 ways to Abilene and this area, they decided. K. ti. Thornton, chairman of the Texas Highway Commission, will be invited to speak. 21 Member.ship of the Chamber will be divided into 12 classitKa-tions, and meetings will be held in each to map out suggestions for this year’s program ot work. 3' The board approved the agriculture and livestock committee's recommendation that t!ie annual Jersey Show l>e turned into a dairy' show tor all leading dairy breeds in this area and voted an additional $1,(H)0 for its production. 41 Elbert tlall, speaking for national defense committee chairman W. P. Wright, said that the Federal Housing Administration at Fort Worth will submit a statement soon saying how many rental units the FH.A will authorize loans for here. Land Giles today E. H. THORNTON . . invited to speak in securing rights of way for expansion of C. S. Highway 80 as soon as possible.    j C-C (ieneral Manager Joe Cool-1 ey explained a new plan, which ; tlie board adopleii, of de\ eloping a program of work for 19.")ri. j Group Meetings Planned | This year, instead of the questionnaires used in 19.54. the C-C AUSTIN i/P - Veterans Board Chairman Bascom told Senate investigators “some mistakes” have been made in the state’s 100 million dollar veterans land program but declared it is ‘‘95 per cent good.” ! ‘‘Some mistakes have been made —of course, there have,” Giles ; told the Senate committee inquiry into alleged veterans land frauds. ! “’Fhere will be more, no matter how' carefully we guard the program in the future. But something should be put in the record about the 95 per cent of the program that is good so the public w'on't think it is all bad.” Giles and other memlxms of the ; land board. Gov. Shivers and Atty. ; Gen. Shepperd, were invited to ap-! pear befoi-e the committee checking the administration of the land program. The committee heard evidence yesterday of alleged fraud in numerous quick-profit land deals in South Texas. Gile.s said some mistakes can be guarded against and steps have been taken to tighten the rules. He recommtMided that many of the board's rules .should be written into state law governing the program to take pres;>ure off board discretion. ■‘We’ve been pulled at from all Hard Freeze Due Here Rental Needs Studied    jnenibership into 12    sidc.M”    he testified TheFHA recently sent a I't’PrP-;    (.la.ssiiicalions and hold individual;    Giles    was surrounded by    his    top sentative here to survey the rental:    meetings of each group. |    assistants. Representing him    as needs in view of the l.fiOO rental j    Recommendations from eaclL    counsel    was former Sen.    C.    C. units requested by the Air Force.; elassitication will tlien be present- Small Sr. ed to the policies and projects I Numerous records were produced committee, which recommends the at the senate committee's request year's program to tlie tiourd. j for a closer look at ca.ses in which The meetings will be held dur-;fi'aiid had been alleged at yester-ing the two weeks beginning Jan.: Jav’s hearing. Hall said that the FH.A survey tallied clo.sely with one already taken by the C-C committee, invitations for the annual banquet will also be sent to the other bighw'ay commissioners, to D. C. Greer, .state highway engineer, and to county judges and commissioners, mayors, and other city officials in the 13-county Di.strict 8 of the Texas Highway Department, which has its headquarters in Abilene. The board also protuised the higway committee all possible aid Lad in lung To Houston Eddie Burdett Brown, 12, iron-lung patient from Snyder, wa.s discharged from Hendrick Memorial Hospital’s polio ward Monday night and put on a train for Houston at Lawn, With Eddie went his motiter, Mrs. Burdett Brown, and a special nurse. His father was to drive down and meet them in Houston. The })ov. encased in the iron 10. Shivers, at his Sharyland home Members of the board were ap- • near Alission, .sent word he w’ould pointed to head each ciassiiica-: mfurn to .Au.stin lion in order to present the plan p'p foj- board decision is w'hat to to the members. They are as fol- do about Si.167.758 worth of South lows:    ^    .    Texas land deals. Three companies Agriculture and livestock, Guy | bave offered to assume liability on Caldwell; aulomulive and trans-jany or all the deals it made if IJortation. Nib Shaw; conslruction, | veterans are unhappy with their C. E ‘Siiunyi Benlley; finance purchases. 5-Inch Coating Covers Haskell A wintry blast brought snow, sleet and generally freezing weather‘to West and Central I'exas, the South Plains and the Panhandle Monday night, with Abilene being along the southern edge of the snow line. Snow, which followed close on the heels of early morning sleet, was expected to continue into the afternoon here. Temperatures in the Abilene area will stay below freezing during the day, with a hard freeze predicted for Tuesday night. Tuesday night’s low will he about 20 considerably colder than the seasonal low of 24, the local U.S. Weather Bureau predicted. Snow which ‘■•topped before dawn picked up again about 9:15 a.m. in Abilene, and it was “snowing hard” in Merkel about 9:45 a.m. where some 1 1-2 inches of snow were reported on the ground. Bus drivers reaching Abilene from the north and east reported heavy snows from Wichita Falls north, and be- I tween Abilene and Dallas. Snow Causes 4 (rashes on City’s Streets I Haskell had five inches of ! snow, Stamford four, and i Coleman just enough to cover the ground. i’isco had some rain and a little sleet, as did Cross Plains. At Coleman, slow falling rain which froze as it fell, mixed with sleet, made roads slick and added Snow on the streets caused four' additional hazard as it froze on cai- windshields. About .33 inch of and utilities, Oliver How'ard and Fleming James; hotel.‘<. motels, and restaurants, Cecil Warren. Manufacturers. Harold Austin; professional, Tom Eplen; real c.s-tale and insurance, Alaurice Brooks: retail. George Minter Jr. The deals, made by the Rio Val Development Co., the Winter Garden Development (^. and the Alamo Development Co. — were among tran.sactions that came under the committee yesterday. Chairman Dorsey Hardeman of SITUATION; NASTY — Sleet and snow which fell between midnight and dawn Thursday began turning to slush in some places, and to ice in others, in downtown Abilene Tuesday morning. Sidewalk cleaning became a major chore all over the downtown area. Ilete Charles Odit. .¿i.ulh, 758 Nelson, was working on the walk in front of the Citizens National Bank, 101 Pine St. (Staff Photo) traffic accidents in Abilene Tuesday morning, but no one was hurt, city police reported at noon. At 7:35 a.m. two cars were in collision at South First St. and moisture wa.s reported there. Freezing rain was also reported at Eastland, which had .25 inch of moisture. Abilene had received .50 inch of Mockingbird Lane, James Moses o 1 „o r r. i .. J .»Miow on the ground at 12:30 p.m. Brooks, 42, of Route 3, was dnv- tt . i t *u ..    1    . ,    „    .    .    L    appeared    certain    the    ‘‘nasty    ’ mg east on South First. He made Gen. Dean's Son Joins Air Force and Howard McMahuii; wholesale,, Angelo said the committee felt Jim .Fennings and Don Wooten; ; r completed its look into coor- diversitied, H. W. McUade and W'. P. Wright; oil industry, Elbert Hall. Texarkana Store Damaged by Fire TEXARKANA - Wommack’s Clothing Store in central Tex-lung, was taken to the train depot arkana vmus heavily damaged and at Lawn by a J. I). Mtxire Transfer and Storage van. Henry' Denning, assistant admini.strator at Hendrick, .said. A fwtable generator was set up in the truck to keep the iron lung in ojxration during the trip. It took Denning, assistant Guy Hamilton, two other ho.spital staffers, and the two trucker.s to handle the respirator. Eddie was to be admitted to the Southwestern Polio Respiration Center at Houston Tuesday morning. It is a branch of .Fefferson Davis Hospital said. He was fir.st drick on Aug, 5 there, Hamilton admitted to Hen- surrounding buildings were en-1 program. d;inuered today when fire swept ' the top floor of the building. An e.stimate of damage was not available at once. Fire Capt. Harold Slin'. said the fire which apparently broke out between the building’s double roof, probably was caused by faulty wiring. Firemen were on the scene .shortly after 9 a.m. and the blaze was reported under control about 10:30 a.m. dinated information supplied by three slate agencies which have s{>earheaded a state investigation. Testimony yesterday came principally from the offices of the state auditor, ailorney general and Department of Public Salely. The committee heard of land promotions in which payments up to $3iK) each were allegedly made to veterans for their rights to buy land under the state’s veterans SAN FRANCISCO t/Pi-William F. Dean Jr. was sworn into the Air Force yesterday. His father, Maj. j Gen. William F. Dean, 24th Division commander who was held captive by the Reds in Korea, looked on proudly. The junior Dean, 24, will report Jan. 3 to Lackland Air Force Base. San Antonio, Tex., as an aviation cadet. Patrolmen Advise No Travel Today AUSTIN (/R—-State police warned today of dangerous road conditions from sleet and snow over a wide area in West Texas. The Highway Patrol urged motorists to avoid travel except for He always wanted to go into the | emergencies in regions where high-service,” the general said. ‘Tm' ways and bridges are covered with pleased Force.” that he chose the Air TIMELY TRAFFIC TIPS: NO. 1 A REMINDER Pay your Reporter-News for o year and save money, time, and bother. Drowning Victim's Rites Wednesday i Funeral for Raymond C. Mohundro, 29, Abilene trucker who was drowned Monday evening, will be held W^ednesday at 10 a.m. in Elliott’s Chapel of Memories. The Rev. Harlie W. Woolard, pastor of the First Christian Church, will officiate. He is a former Navy chaplain. Mohundro was baptized while in the Navy during W'orld W^ar II. Graveside rites will be held at 3 p.m. in the Grand Prairie Cemetery, where burial will be conducted under direction of Elliott’s Funeral Home. Mohundro drowned Monday afternoon just before sunset when he fell from a boat on Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Testing Motor Mohundro was testing his outboard motor, in which he had just put a new clutch, when he fell from the rented 14 - foot boat on a turn. He and a brother, Thomas Aio-hundro of Arlington, were planning to go duck hunting during Thomas’ vacation this week. Raymond apparently lost his balance and fell from the boat as it turned sharply. His body was found in 10 feet of water at 6:05 p.m., about 55 minutes after his water-logged watch had stopped. His sister-in-law told of seeing kim fall iroia the boat. She Keep Wits and Your Windshield Clear! snow or sleet. Stale police said these conditions were expected to w'orsen during the day. No roads were closed at 9 a.m. except Highway 62 at Guadalupe Pass near El Paso. 'EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of safety ariicle.s, pointing out wintertime hazards. The series is sponsored by the safety committee of the City Council of Parent - Teacher Associations and the National Safety Council.) All Highways Open In Abilene District screamed at other members of the family and ran the 300 yards to the F'Lshing Village Store for help. Mohundro had just taken his wife and two sons, his brother and sister-in-law and their two sons for a ride in the boat. He had then headed out alone from the Fishing Village docks, where he had earlier rented the boat. Shed Heavy Jacket A good swimmer, Moliundro apparently .shucked off his heavy mackinaw jacket in an attempt to swim. The jacket was found floating on the lake later. Mohundro was wearing khaki trousers, a blue denim shirt, and shoes when his body was recovered. He sank quickly in the wind-chilled water, however, about .50 yards from shore, midway across the village neck on the eastern side of the Jones County lake. Game Warden J. D. Jones, Jimmy Pollan, 1201 Blair St., and R. Q. Whitley, were talking at the store -when Mrs. Thomas Mohundro ran up. Jones and Follan jumped into the latter's boat, and Whitley, whose wife operates the store, found another. The three looked over the water near the site of the accident, but saw nothing of Mohundro. At one See VICTIM, Page 2 i. Col. 3 “Keep your wits and windshield clear!” Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark gave this advice today for safe winter driving. “Winter weather conditions add j three important hazards to driv- ; ing,” he said. “It lakes a clear ; head—and a clear windshield—to drive safely.” The chief named the special winter hazards as reduced visibility, inadequate traction and temperature changes. Visibility Poor Reduced vi.sibility, he said, results from many factors. He pointed out that more hours of darkness during winter months means more cars on the road after sundown. “And inclement weather,” Hallmark explained, “often coats windshields and car door glass with steam, snow, ice and sleet. “Snow banks and stalled vehicles along the roadway hide danger ahead. And rain and snow storms, of course, sometimes almost completely desttxiy visibility.” The second condition, inadequate traction, makes control of the vehicle extremely difficult at times, Hallmark said. “Inadequate traction is due primarily to snow, sleet or ice on highways,” he said, “although muddy roads or wet pavements also can be dangerous.” Check Wipers, Defrosters 'Tlie chief suggested that drivers make sure, when they start on a trip in winter, that their cars are in tip - i(^ condition, especially Abilene District highways all were open, at mid-morning Tuesday, but snow and ice made them hazardous in several areas. West to Sweetwater, the road was reported slick, and buses l)e-tween Moran and .Albany took to a fai*m-to-market road to avoid an area where construction is in progress. South, toward Novice, sleet was reported to be covering the highway, but that condition had disappeared by the time Coleman. 14 miles further south, was reached. North toward Wichita Falls the roads were somewhat worse, as Patrol cars were out in force to help motorists in trouble. These road conditions were reported, Amarillo area: lee and snow on highways. Travel hazardous. Lubbock area: Snowing. Conditions expected to get worse. Travel dangerous. Abilene area: Two inches of .snow on highways. Bridges iced. Travel dangerous. Pecos area westward; Snowing but roads open to El Paso. •New Mexico: Roads closed in Alamogordo area. Raton Pass closed. San Angelo area; Roads generally passable west. Caution advised. Wichita Falls area; Light snow and freezing rain. Bridges iced. Travel dangerous. THE WEATHER I a left turn at Mockingbird, Police-I man John Bo.stick said. F'ernando G. Rodriguez, 32, of 441 Bois d' Arc St., traveling west, was unable to stop quickly enough due to the slick street. Bo.stick said. Three vehicles but only two drivers were involved in an accident at 8:33 a.m. at North 12th and •Merchant Sfs. Leon Debbs Ted-ford, 46, of 2829 South Second St.. wa.s driving a pickup truck and pulling a stalled pickup. Tedford’s pickup was in colli,sion with a passenger car driven by Joe M. Robinson, 21, of 1001 Crockett Dr., Policeman F. A. Biddy reported. Cars driven by Ray Clayton Cut-berfh. 38, of Route 2. and Oda Glenn Clark, 20. of 401 College Dr., were in a collision at 9:05 a.m. in the 3100 block of South First St. Policeman E. L. O’Dell said Cut-berth stopped and that Clark traveling liehind him in the same direction. couldn’t stop quickly enough to avoid collision, on account of the slick street. Three Cars Collide Three car.s were involved in a collision at South 14th St. and Pioneer Dr. at 1027 a.m. Policeman K. L. Bearden said this was due to the slick streets. Drivers were William Charles Norris, 1442 Pecan St.; Walden Avan Stencer, 2101 West Beauregard, San Angelo; and John Andrew Latham, Del Rio. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Morc colUsions probaWy would wEATpiR BCREAU    havB    occurred if the streets had this altermxm and tonight with    «now    end-    i    1^^    OVer, pollC6 Said. RoadwayS in« thi* afternoon. Wednesday    fair,    with    i    were    filled with SOft slush, Which weather would move on southward as the day progressed. Temperatures ranged from an icy 20 at Dalhart to a springlike 70 at Brownsville shortly before dawn. The Weather Bureau said the mercury would nose-dive during the day. In North Texas around Electra about three inches of snow was on the ground and it still was falling at mid-morning. Farmers were calling it their “million dollar snow” because they finished their winter wheat planting last week and ii)oisture was needed. In far West Texas, Guadalupe Pass near El Paso on Highway 62 was closed. Snow covered the wind-blown Panhandle and much of western Oklahoma. Snow was falling at 6 a.m. at Midland, Childress, Lubbock, and Amarillo. B!!i Paso and Salt Flat had snow during tht night. Freezing Rain Mineral Wells, which had rain Monday, reported light rain and sleet Tuesday morning, Wichita Falls reported freezing rain The snow was blowing in drifts at Childress, Lubbock, and Amarillo. Drizzling rain fell at Waco and in See WEATHER, Page 2-A, Col. • continued cold. Temperature below free*- ,    ,    ,    ,    ,    .    , in« all day today. Low toni«ht about 20. Officers Stated WES Safe CnOUgh for '’ti*™ci„.ay thu, d'ivmK at 20 lo 25 miles an hour. afternoon. Much colder tonight with lowest ; Abilene had three Other auto ac- Si ftX-'iScr''    “    i «dents Monday, prior to the snow- WF.ST TEXA.s: Slow clearing this after- fall. There Were no injuries. noon and tonight with lowest 10-20 In Pan- ..    ,    _ handle and upper South Plains and 20-30 At 1.25 p.m. Monday tWO CarS elsewhere tonight. Wednesday, generally collided On South Trcadaway Blvd fair and warmer.    m.-    e.i E.AST AM) soiixn CENTP.AL TEXAS; ' Dnvcrs of the vehicles were Car- Occasional rain this afternoon Much colder | An« Paltorcnn fiin ITaBt 'ThirH I with lowest 25-35 in north and 30-40 in    rdlierSOn,    blO    T,ast    inird it was reported that graders were »outh tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy and ^ St., Sweetwater, and Benjamin W. ...    '    L"»    rf    mohbAWm».!«* lartMelc.- ir\M    fWkeiai#    * Next French Vole (overs Key Treaty clearing the roads up that way early Tue.sday morning. However, traffic was helping keep most of the roads open. CHIEF C. Z. HALLMARK . . . ‘stay alert, stay alive’ wmdshield wipers and defrosters. He urgeJ that they always carry and use tire chains. “Good car condition and proper safety equipment will do a lot to minimize these first two winter hazards.” Hallmark said, “but the driver always must be alert to see danger in time to stop, and he must drive slowly enough to keep his car under control so he can stop.” The third hazard also calls for a high degree of attention to the road, Chief Hallmark asserted. “Temperature changes on ice and snow will change the degree of traction.” he said, “and this affects braking distances. As the temperature rises during the day, icy roads become more slippery. The unwary driver, not anticipating this, can skid into real trouble.” Hallmark reminded drivers of the current slogan of the city P-TA Ck)uncil and the National Safety Council — “Stay Alert, Stay Alive in Winter Weather." County Officials Due to Take Oath Without Fanfare cold. Strong northcrLv winds on the coast TEMPKRATIRES Tue«. A. M. ......1:30    ......   2:30    ...... ......    3:'J0    ......  4:30    . ... ......5:30    ..... ......6.30    .....  7;30    ..... ......8:3«    .....  930    ..... ....    10:30    ..... ......11:30    ............ 29 .    .    12:30    ......... 29 .Sunset la.st night .5:41 p.m. Sunrise today 7:39 a.m. Sunset tonight 5:42 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p m. 28.25. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 88'Z,. High and low temperatures for 24 hour* ended at 6:30 a.m.: 52 and 28. Mon. P. M. 50    .    . 51    .... ' 50    ...... 46    ...... 44    ...... 43    ...... 43    ...... 40    ...... 3«    ...... 37    ...... 37    ... 37 35 32 30 29 29 28 28 28 28 29 McCain of Walnut Springs. Operators of autc« involved in a three-car crash Monday at the South First and Pine Sts. intersection were Janie Shelton Guest, McCamey; Royis Darle, 309 Elm St. and Abott Hodge, Drake Hotel. A car belonging to Sam Lloyd, .534 Thomas St. missed a bridge PARIS iffi — Pr«m!er Plerrt Mendes-France appeared today to have won three fourths of his battle for French Assembly approval of West German rearmament. But the last quarter may be the most difficult of ail. The Assembly by a 289-251 vote gave preliminary approval last night to a third of the four Paris treaties, this one to admit W’est Germany into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. M e n d e s -France had made the issue a and w'ent off the road at Cedar i question of confidence in his gov-Creek, just off ES Seventh St. at | ernment, staking his Cabinet’s life 5:^ p.m. Monday. No public ceremony will attend the swearing in of old and new county officials, County Judge Reed Ingalsbe said Tuesday. Each official taking office Jan. 1 will take oath of office before the notary of his choice and bonds required of officials will be executed personaliy. New officials who will go into office Jan. 1 include Clive Pierce, county school superintendent; J. D. Woodard, constable Precinct No. 1, and Herman Rucker, commissioner of Precinct No. 1. Since the Taylor County Court house will be closed Saturday, New Year's Day, new officials and their appointees are not expected to take over actively before Monday, Jan. t. REPORTER-NEWS ADDING COLOR WEEKLY MAGAZINE Family Weekly is coming to Abilene. Starting next Sunday this exciting full-color rotogravure Sunday magazine will be added to the many other fine features of your Reporter-News. You will like everything about Family Weekly — the beautiful full-color pages, the fine articles about interesting people, the delightful philosophy of Patty Johnson, the big section of wonderful recipes, the news about fashions, and all the other features that make Family Weekly America’s greatest Sunday magazine. Look for Family Weekly this Sunday and every Sunday with your Reporter-News. For conv ¿nient home delivery call 4-7271. on its passage. The Premier still must win from the reluctant lawmakers two more confidence votes on the interlocking accords to free West Germany and enlist 500,000 West German troops in Western defense. Both ballots are scheduled tomorrow. Still at stake is the key pact setting up a seven-nation West European Union with power to control the arms and armaments of member countries. It is this treaty which actually provides for West German rearmament. The Assembly stunned Mendes-France and alarmed Washington and London last Friday by turning down this accord 280-259 tm its first reading. The Premier early today submitted a revised bUl calling for its ratification as a ’OiHifide&ce questitm. ;

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