Former Mayor Threatened 20 April 1961 The News Texan Grand Prairie
Thursday April 20, 1961 THE NEWS TEXAN Page 7 Former Mayor of Bryan Threatened »*s BRYAN,Tex. (UP1) —Former Mayor O.B. Donaho disclosed Wednesday his life has been threatened, apparently because of his support of a proposed dam on the Navasota River. Donahb, president of the Restever Memorial Park, did not seek re-election and stepped down as mayor less than two weeks ago. Mrs. C. A. Hobbs, his secretary, s a 1 d the man who made the threat called twice 1 on the telephone. He hung up the first time when she told him Donaho wasn't in his of- fice, and the second time she said the man told her: "If he values his life over the Navasota project, tell him to keep his big mouth shut. He had better get some bodyguards because we will kill him if we ever find him along." Last Monday, the Brazos River Authority endorsed the Mllllcan Dam site, one of four sites proposed on the Navasota River. This site is also backed by the Navu- sota Chamber of Commerce and the Bryan Chamber. Donaho has been one of the lead- ers in the drive to have this site picked. If the dam were located at Milllcan, water would be backed up over a large area inundating one small community and flooding part of another as well as hundreds of acres of rich bottom land owned by wealthy ranchers in the Navasota bottoms. The landowners are fighting the dam and urging all residents in the area to write congressmen for help in opposing it. Final approval of the site rests with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Donaho said he figured the man who made the threat was angry because the Brazos River Authority endorsed the project last Monday night durJ Ing Us meeting at Waco. "It's not a crank," Donaho said. "I'm sure of that." He also said that he wasn't the first person to be threatened, but declined to name anyone else who has received a threat. Will he continue to support the project? "Well, I wouldn't want to dare anybody, but It's a free country," Donaho said.