The Gilmer Mirror from Gilmer, Texas on September 9, 1965 · Page 1
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P. 0. Box 3066 DALLAS, TEX. GILMER BUCKEYE CHEER Leaders give a yell for the opening game of the football season, here Friday night. In front arc Kathy Lindsey and Linda Morris; and standing are Ocanna Bishop, Edwina Walters, Elaine McPeek and Kay Dean. Watch them perform at Buckeye Stadium.—Mirror Photo. Woman Lying On Highway Fatally Hurt An unusual accident on Highway 155 took the life o: a Duncanville woman and increased the traffic death total for Upshur County to 18 so far this year, 16 oi them on rural highways, and two inside the Gilmer city limits. Latest victim was identified as Melba Christine Youngblood, 41, who was fatally injured when struck by a car as she was lying on Highway 155 at the roadside park one and one-half miles north of Big Sandy. A sister made the identification and told officers she had called her the night before to say she was going to hitch hike to New Orleans and had a ride with three sailors. The woman was struck by a car driven by Jerry Don Moore, 23, of Tyler. He was driving on Highway 155 about 2:15 a.m. Saturday when the accident occurred. Moore said he saw some luggage on the highway and that as he dodged it he ran over her where she was lying in the road. He was absolved of any blame in the accident. Moore picked the woman up and took her to Hawkins to a doctor. An ambulance was called and she was transferred to a Gladewater hospital where she died about 10:30 Saturday morning. She never regained consciousness after she was brought to the hospital. She carried no identification other than the letters found in her luggage. Camp Fire and Blue Bird to Hold 'Round Up' Gilmer Camp Fire and Blue Bird leaders met in the First National Bank'for their regular monthly meeting. Camp Fire and' Blue Bird training sessions will be held in Longview during the month of Sept. "See the World" is the theme for the coming year. A Round-Up party for all members will be held in the Upshur-Rural Electric Co-op building Tuesday Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. All girls are to be dressed in costumes of other countries. All mothers are Invited. The annual fund drive will start soon. Scout Banquet Tickets on Sale Tickets for the annual Shurwood Boy Scout District banquet can be purchased from cither Frank Brims or O. O. Rountrce in Gilmer, and from Jimmy Barton in the Harmony school area. The banquet will be held the night of Sept. 16 at the Upshur-Rural Electric Co-op in Gilmer. Guest speaker will be a Dallas attorney, Lon Sniler, who lins been n Scoutmaster for 17 years. FAA Grants Gilmer Airport Aid Funds VOL. 88, NO. 36 16 Pages—1 Section THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 1965 GILMER, UPSHUR COUNTY, TEXAS lOc A COPY Sid Martin Suffers Injury When Metal Piece Hits Auto Sid T. Martin, who with his family has moved back to Gilmer, suffered a severe eye injury in a freak road mishap. He is recovering after spending three days hospitalized. While driving on Highway 155 near the Little Cypress Bridge a metal pin which apparently came from a passing truck smashed into his windshield and struck him flat across his head and left eye. He was able to control his I car and pulled to the roadside, but realized he was bleeding. About that time Dr. Tom Marshall and his wife came upon the scene and stopped. They took him to the hospital after applying first aid. Several stitches were required. The Martins have purchased the home on- Frost St. built a few years ago by Dr. J. C. Cain. He recently retired from the Army. State Told Big Sandy Can't Buy Right of Way Upshur Majority Rejects Enlarging State Senate The Federal Aviation Agency in Washington last week announced approval of a $54,200 grant to the City of Gilmer for an airport. Gilmer City Manager Fred Odom said this was the maximum that the government would allow but it would match whatever the city would do. "We still must locate and purchase a suitable site," said Mr. Odpm. City Manager Odom said there still was no definite city plan to actually build the airp9rt. This grant means the city can avail of up to this amount for matching funds if it decides to build an airport. Deadline for taking advantage of the FFA grant is June of 1966, said the city manager. Specifications make the project more than a landing strip. It calls for a 3,000 foot by 50-foot paved runway, an apron for , plane parking, taxiway and an entrance road, as well as low intensity Game Night Scheduled At Pleasant Grove Pleasant Grove Community Center will hold a game night, Sept. 11, starting at 7 p.m. Money will go for the upkeep of the fire truck. lights to mark the runway, a beacon light, and other navigational aids, and fencing. This is one of only 20 such grants authorized in Texas, noted Congressman Ray Roberts of McKinney who also notified the city of the FAA aporoval. ASCS Office, Insurance Firm Make Changes Two offices have changed locations this'week. The County Agriculture Stabilidation and Conservation Service (ASCS) office is now in a new building on Cass St. just east of Ragland-Fenlaw Hospital and across the street from the First National Bank parking lot. Gilmer school district owns the old telephone building where the ASCS had been located. And school plans to move its tax and administrative offices into it shortly. Ross Underwood Insurance Agency has moved from the FStM Bank building to the Marshall office building on Jefferson, across from the Post Office. New Course Gives Retail Training One of the new courses offered by the County Voca- ;iohal School is distributive education. It is not a new type of course, for it began in Texas in 1937, and has been expanded into more and more schools ever since. The course, which will be taught by Mrs. Virginia Jones, prepares young people for employment in the vast :ield of retail sales, wholesale and service marketing jobs. This field provides 33 percent of the jobs in the na:ion today. And as the nation increases in population this ;ield also grows. Q. How will it work in the County Vocational School? A. The student choses it just as any other elective course and meek a one hour lecture class daily. He or she .hen spends two hours a day at a previously arranged commercial store or shop, for which the student gets pay and is assigned -work, in training. Q. Is credit given for this course? A. Certainly, just like any other academic subject :aken by the student. Most schools permit DE to count 1% credits per semester toward graduation credits. The student takes three other school courses and earns 5 high school credits a year, the normal amount required for graduation. Q. Is DE course credit good toward college entrance? A. Yes. And not only that it has two other benefits. There are scholarships available for DE students going on :o college, and training under a DE program enables a student to get good paying parttime work to help pay heir way through college. Q. What are some of the subjects taught in DE? A. Basic selling techniques, retail credit, merchandising, marketing, communications problems in selling and advertising, mathematics involved in marketing, advcrtis- ng and display, problems in buying for retail outlets. Q. Does the student have on-thc-job supervision? A. Yes, the DE co-ordinator checks with the employer often to determine his or her progress in training and observe job pcrfomance. Q. Who can take DE.? A. Junior and low senior students at least 16 years old, with at least a C grade average, good attendance record and no serious physical handicaps and good record of school conduct. Mrs. Jones said that response to this new education course "has been wonderful so for," but she added the course cnn use a few more work places for students. Merchants desiring to help should contact Mrs. Jones, through he school office in Gilmer, A Big Sandy delegation told the Slate Highway Com mission in Austin last week that their small town cannot pay for the right of way required to widen Highway 80 to four lanes through its limits. Estimated cost to Big Sandy 'is $101,000, and Corbett Green, chairman of the delegation said this would take the total city tax income for the next 22 years. He said the city could pay $8,500 and that is the absolute limit. If Highway 80 is to be four lane through all of East Texas, some relief to both Big Sandy and apparently Upshur County will be needed, Big Sandy delegation members remarked. County Judge L. G. McKinley said he could not commit the Commissioners Court to any right-of-way buying figure. State Highway Engineer D. C. Greer pointed out to the Highway Commissioners at the Austin session that major cost was rebuilding of an underpass at the Cotton Belt crossing. And" this 'was unusual cost for a small town to face. He said that his office could re-route a widened Hig'hway 80 around Big Sandy but he preferred to give the community a first class highway through it, if possible. Highway Commission Chairman H. C. Petry suggested that Upshur County help Big Sandy in paying for right of-way, and Green replied that his understanding was that the county would be pressed to buy that outside the city limits of Big Sandy, much less any extra. Petry noted the position of the Highway 80 Association, made up of towns from Terrell to Marshall along the route. He agreed that a bottleneck on any part would hurt the other cities trying to attract travelers off the Interstate 20. The Highway Commission has a pledge to make Highway 80 four lane from Dallas to the Louisiana border, Greer noted. In 1958 delegations from Gladewater, Big Sandy and some representing Upshur County asked the State Highway Department to widen Highway 80. It was authorized by the Department and $263,000 of state funds were alloted to lake care of its right-of-way share. Then in June of 1959 this 'authorization was withdrawn. Reason was that Upshur County and Gladewater officials had informed the Highway Department they did not have funds for right of way purchases. Big Sandy said it was ready as it ever would be at that time. No action has been taken since then, but widening of the route lias taken place through Wood, Van Zandt and parts of Kaufman County. And Interstate 20 is rapidly nearing completion. East Mountain Teacher Attends Science Course Leon David Lester, teacher of physics at East Mountain High School is among the 33 high school physics teachers who have completed the work of a National Science Foundation Summer Institute in Physics at Texas College of Arts and Industries. Lester holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree from East Texas Baptist College. The Institute is being conducted by Dr. Olan E. Kruse, professor of physics and chairman of the A&I Department of Physics, and Dr. Robert E. Anderson, professor of physics at the college. Visiting physicists who have lectured during the six- week session are Dr. Sybren Kiestra, teacher of physics at the Heymans Lyceum, Cron- ingen, The Netherlands; Dr. H. N. Clarkson, research physicist for the La Coste and Romberg Gravity Meters, and Dr. C. W. Horton, professor of physics, University of Texas. Institute participants represent Texas, Utah, New York, and Illinois. The Institute is designed to strengthen high school physics teachers by a study program covering the broad- based principles of classical and modern physics. NEW COUNTY IMPROVEMENT Committee officers are, seated, Mrs. Bain Nugent, secretary; Mrs. Buster Calvert, reporter; and standing Royce Hart, vice president and outgoing president; and Jake Dupree, new president. At right is installation speaker, Bob Hunt of Texas A&M.—Mirror Photo. A&M Speaker Praises County's Improvement Upshur County Improvement Organization officer installed Tuesday night August 31, in Gilmer wen Jake Dupree, Chairman Royce Hart, Vice-Chairman Mrs. Bain Nugent, Secretary and Treasurer and Mrs Buster Calve'rt, Reporter. Bob Hunt, Assistant State 4-H leader, Texas A&M praised the work of the organization, presented suggestions of activities and offered a challenge to officers and fifteen committee chairman. He said "Upshur County is now on the upswing with an annual increase population growth of 1 per cent." Hunt said, "Upshur County is the 'Bright Spot of Texas' because of outstanding community improvement work. Pride of ownership can be seen by driving through this beautiful county on our good roads". Hunt predicted land prices of $300 an acre here within a few years. Recreation facilities offer one of the largest opportunities here Hunt stressed. He related personal experiences where it was more profitable to farm people than crops. Small lake fronts sub-divided can be easily sold for a high price to people living in apartment houses in the cities. Agriculture accounts for 35 per cent of our economy and can be expanded according to Hunt. Through the COUNTY VOCATIONAL School teachers spent four nights, three hours each night, Inst week taking a teacher (raining: course, conducted by Darrcll F. Tilton of the University of Tcxns staff shown here with Joe Miller, metal Unties teacher, Dwain Ferfiison, electric*! trndcs teacher, mid seated it right E, E. liarton, auto mechanics teacher. These courses will be taught in the temporary location nt the old Parsons Chevrolet Building this school year.—Mirror I'hoto. program building efforts of this organization more research in the wood using industries should be requested. Texas timber prices are the lowest in the nation. He commended the good work done here in fire prevention and control. Hunt pointed out the need for surveying the needs of the aging and more and better rural plumbing. In closing Hunt gave the following points on working with committees: "appoint people who will work; have a well planned agenda, make plan of action with a time table, keep people informed, and evaluate work." His example listed the following five points used by a successful chairman in committee work; open mind, ask questions to gain understanding, encourage all to express themselves, summarize what is said, then make proposal. The county agent explained that all organizations in the county are asked to send representatives to work on this county wide organization. This organization has never been just for the organized communities. Any organization or person that wishes to serve should contact the chairmen or the County Extension Agents. Most of the committees will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14th, at the Gilmer High School. Committees and Chairmen are as follows: Agriculture, Bill Stevenson; Beef, Bill Varnado; Dairy, Troy Snow; Forestry, John Edward Dean; Peaches, L. Ray Morris; Poultry, Phil Wood; Home Economics, Mrs. W. E. Emberlin; Clothing, Harry Aldredge; Foods and Nutrition, Mrs. E. H. Landrum; Landscape, Mrs. Johnnie Pool; Housing, Mason Reardon; Community Improvement, J. K. Gage; Health and Safety, Cilff Wallace; Resource Development, Malcolm Smith; and Youth, Mr. and Mrs. "lordon Smith. Proposal Also Turned Down Across State Upshur County voters, only 499 of them, voted in the special state constitutional amendment election, and they voted against Increasing the State Senate by 330 to 169. Each of the county's 25 election polling places was manned with three persons per box. Two clerks were paid $10 each and the election box judge got $12. This totals $800 for polling places wages. Added to this is $145 for supplies and making tola! cost to the county to hold this election $945. Dividing that by the number of ballots makes each vote cost Upshur County about $1.90. At that, Upshur County voted a higher percentage of eligible voters than neighboring Gregg County. With four times the population Gregg had only slightly more than 1,000 vote. Results 590 for and 545 against. At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday the Texas Election Bureau which compiles state totals declared the 39-member Senate proposal was defeated. State total at that time was 93,809 against and 57,854 for. UPSHUR RESULTS: S.E. Gilmer N.E. Gilmer S.W. Gilmer N.W. Gilmer Glenwood Lafayette Big Sandy Absentee West Mountain Grice Bettie Ewell Simpsonville Shady Grove Pritchett Rocky Diana Ore City Rhonesboro East Mountain Johnson Chapel Latch Brumley Rosewood Coffeeville Union Grove For Agtlltlt 3 28 12 13 0 2 32 7 4 7 4 5 1 8 4 12 17 0 2 5 5 5 5 1 8 29 34 5 7 7 2 5 23 9 4 9 14 35 25 21 10 18 0 8 3 12 5 169 330 Lula Stephens Succumbs Here Mrs. Lula Stephens died at Ragland-Fenlaw Hospital Tuesday morning. She had been in poor health for some time. A native of Gilmer, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Boyd. She lived in Dallas and after her marriage to Ikie Stephens she made her home in New Mexico for about 30 years. After her husband's death in May of last year she returned to Gilmer and purchased a home at 704 Bledsoe St. She was a Baptist. Only immediate survivor is a sister, Mrs. Guy Sherrill of Shreveport. Funeral services were scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Croley Chapel. Dr. J. I. Cartlidge was to officiate. Burial was to be at City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Futrell Jones, Jack Jones, Mitchell Marshall, T. A. Marshall, Tommie Mitchell and Charles Roberts, Jr. Sudden Outbreak of Fires Noted Here Records show that Upshur County led all other counties n total wildfires in district one of the Texas Forest Service for the month of August. Sixteen wildfires nirned 216 acres of timber and grassland. This was ex- rcmely high and unexpected for Upshur County due to he fact only three wildfires lad occurred from January hrough July. Thomas H. Richardson, p orest Service Educational Officer at Linden attributes he iniijor cause of these fires o careless burning of de- bris. Careless smokers were also the cause of several fires. Two fires were attributed to lightning. "If you must burn, take precautions to make your fire safe", says Richardson. "Plow or make a lane around your brush pile, or burn your trash in a screen covered container, and burn when the wind is low. Have some tools, water and equipment on hand in case the fire should get across your firebreak. Stay with the /ire until it is dead out".

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