The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas on September 27, 1986 · 20
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The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas · 20

Odessa, Texas
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Saturday, September 27, 1986
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20 A THE ODESSA AMERICAN Saturday, Sept. 27, 1986 Apaches ir memm ber war chie V s s y r ire im d o r FORT SILL, Okla. ( AP ) The rolling hills of the Army post echoed with the sound of taps and church hymns as Apache tribe members gathered Friday at Geronimo's grave to mark the 100th anniversary of the surrender of the Chiricahua Apaches. In the distance, the booming of cannons could be heard as artillery units trained on one of the firing ranges at Fort Sill. The ceremony, attended by more than 300 members of the Apache tribes of Oklahoma and Arizona, marked the surrender of the medicine man-warrior Geronimo, Chief Naiche and their band of about 40 to U.S. soldiers Sept. 4, 1886. Beneath the threat of rain-laden clouds, Wendell Chino, president of the Mescalero Apaches, reminded the crowd of Indian tribe members, Army personnel and others that Geronimo was not an Apache chief but became a war chief after his mother, wife and children were killed by soldiers. He said history scorned Geronimo and others who fought the soldiers, but Chino said the Apaches should be proud that such men wanted to protect their land and heritage. Chino said that only recently have historians begun to vindicate Geronimo and the Apaches, recognizing that the tribe was defending its land and people. "Our history has been tragic and full of injustices that were forced upon our people. But they were strong and their strength of character and that attitude is what saw them through," Chino said. Narcissus Gayton of the Mescaleros cried as she told the crowd about members of her family who died while in captivity from 1886 to 1913. It was in that period that the Apaches who surrendered were taken from Arizona to Florida to Alabama and, finally, to Fort Sill. The Mescalero tribe left Fort Sill when the Apaches were given their freedom in 1913. The grave of Geronimo dominates the 10-acre cemetery on an eastern section of the giant Army training facility in southwestern Oklahoma. The four great chiefs are also buried there. Geronimo's gravesite is marked by a pyramid of stones from the Wichita Mountains, visible on the southern horizon. Atop the pyramid is a cement eagle with wings spread. American flags were placed at the graves of Geronimo and the chiefs Nana, Chihuahua, Loco and Mangus. Wreaths of brightly colored flowers were laid at the tombstones and at the grave of George Wratten, an interpreter and blood-brother who traveled with the captive Apaches after the surrender. Chino recounted Geronimo's history for the group. "They said he engaged in' guerrilla warfare, A guerrilla acts alone. You don't act alone when you have the blessing of your leadership," Chino said. Geronimo, captured in March 1886 only to escape, fought the U.S. soldiers until the final surrender on Sept. 4, 1886. He died in 1909. The singing of the Apache religious songs came after Chino reminded the , crowd that 100 years of history had painted the Apaches as "warlike and a people who loved warfare." The singers were a mixture of old and young all descendants of the tribe led by Geronimo and Nana. Some were dressed in native costumes with beaded belts and jewelry. Many of the men were dressed in cowboy hats and jeans or their work clothes. One of the singers was Mildred Cleghorn, chairwoman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe Horsing around Dottie Bryant cleans one pf the horses on the carousel ride Thursday at the State Fair in Dallas. The fair opened Friday and will run through Oct. 26. AP Laser photo .- y -am- - stab. .metx-vw .;-. , a. - as; t K X ' ' Trash hinders investigation into Houston family's death HOUSTON (AP) Exactly how a reclusive family of six died in a trash-strewn house may remain a mystery as investigators have found few clues or motives for the deaths, police said. A preliminary autopsy report confirmed Thursday that the couple and four young children died from carbon monoxide poisoning when a car was left idling in an attached garage, homicide Sgt. Bill Stephens said. But police still cannot determine whether the deaths involved murder, suicide, an accident or a combination, he said. "It's hard to really know what happened," Stephens said. No note was found and the extreme disarray of the house has hindered the investigation, he said. Used diapers, magazines, food, plates, beer cans were thrown around the house, authorities said. The decomposed bodies of Thomas L. Robbins, his wife Joann and their three daughters and son were found Wednesday Ti he garage's door to the kitchen was closed but traces of carbon monoxide were found in the home. Stephens afternoon in their brick-and-wood home in a middle-class neighborhood, police said. Police found the bodies of the husband and children in the house. , Mrs. Robbins, 37, was found in the passenger seat of the family's car in the garage. The car's ignition was on, but the engine was no longer running, investigators said. The garage's door to the kitchen was closed but traces of carbon monoxide were found in the home, Stephens said. The air conditioning had apparently circulated the gas throughout the house, he said. "That's how it got to the back bedroom where the children were," the detective said. Police Sgt. J.C. Mosier said the woman may have committed suicide and inadvertently poisoned the rest of her family. She may have also gone out to the car to be by herself and became overcome with the fumes before she could shut off the engine, Stephens said. Investigators also speculated that the woman may have tried to kill herself and the other family members . Interviews with Mrs. Robbins' relatives and her ex-husband indicate she had had emotional problems and had attempted suicide before, Stephens said. The 39-year-old husband and the children were probably sleepy or asleep when Mrs. Robbins started the car and did not hear the running motor, Stephens said. Robbins was found before a television still on in the den and appeared to be almost asleep, Stephens said. Members of the family were last seen Monday, neighbors said. Penultimate Pencils. Outrageous Offer. V'' For Lips. For Eyes. Our Color Complements Offer For Fall. From August 10 through September 30, these four coordinated color pencils-Warm Rose, Cerise, Goldspice, Slate-a $27 value, are yours for only $1.50 with a $12 min imum purchase of Merle Norman cosmetics. i A n M Vtanan to Vtoman UUL WW J u Bring ttjisg into one of the following Merle Norman Studios. Limit one per customer, while supplies last. Old Town Parkway 362-7544 Downtown 207 W. 6th 332-2781 West Gate Plaza 1359 W. University 333-2436 State Briefs Mining contract sought AUSTIN (AP) A Pennsylvania company and the General Land Office are working to finalize agreement for mining the rare metal beryllium in West Texas. Land Commissioner Garry Mauro says the company would be mining the metal on state- owned land in Hudspeth County. An agreement was reached last week which will mean about $400,000 in royalties annually to the Permanent School Fund, which helps finance Texas public schools, Mauro said. Mike Connolly, spokesman for Mauro, said the state and the company have "a general agreement but not a contract yet." Child dies on cocaine HEREFORD (AP) This rural Panhandle community with its towering feed mills and Old West-style main street may seem an unlikely setting for a 9-year-old to die a cocaine-related death. But residents say it is proof that drugs are a problem everywhere. Manuel Saucedo, who would have been in the fourth grade, died from an allergic reaction to cocaine on Aug. 17, an autopsy released this week revealed. Police who interviewed family members were uncertain how the boy obtained the cocaine that killed him. The case probably will be referred to a grand jury, investigators said. Emigre leaves family AUSTIN (AP) After years of harassment by Soviet authorities, "Pavel Timonin has made it to the United States, but he was forced to leave his daughters behind. Interviewed at his sister's home in Austin during a family reunion this week, Timonin recounted his difficulties in the Soviet Union. He was forced from one job to another, harassed by the KGB, denounced as a "false Christian" in the Moscow press, represented to his children as a traitor, threatened with arrest and separated from his sister and mother. But he said he never gave up hopes of emigrating, and the fight ended suddenly. Court upholds verdict HOUSTON (AP) A state appeals court has upheld the $53 million verdict a jury leveled against the grandparents of two boys who have been missing for more than a year. The First District Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the August 1985 civil jury verdict that found Charles William "Chick" Smith and his wife, Pat, aided in concealing the whereabouts of their grandsons from the boys' mother, Carolyn Shaffer Smith. The couple's lawyers said they will appeal the decision. Both boys Charles William Smith III, 7, and Christopher Jason Smith, 5 have been missing for more than a year since their father, Charles William Smith Jr., allegedly abducted them after the mother received a divorce and custody of the children. Helicopter plot alleged OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A man convicted in two daring bank robberies in which a helicopter was used for the getaway allegedly plotted to use a chopper to escape from a federal prison, authorities said Friday. The alleged scheme was broken up Thursday night with the arrest of two women in an Oklahoma City motel, said U.S. Marshal Stuart Earnest. 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