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El Paso, Texas
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Pllt t-B lifr TOg EL PASO TIMES, Snndiv, Defmtr 1MO Jail (Continued from Paw IB) more than a week, jail commission executive director Robert Viterna said no punishment is planned. ewelers Notes Viterna said county officials have shown great deal of sensitivity to the jail problems names of 10 applicants to the Texas Cora mis-' sion of Law and Standards for approval. The commission will check the background of each applicant before it grants or withholds approval. Results of the records checks will not be known for 13 to 20 days, Montes said. The new jailers earn $879 a month. After adding benefits, the 10 jailers will cost the county $120,000 a year. Even though the jail has not been able to the jail commission requirements for ana seem to ne control of the lau. by Martha Williams Martin WiSiamt 'm a popular feature fj writerpeaker for modern Jeweler Mutpt. which hu a circoLatioD i Lhrotudbont the entire United State The county is moving toward the ultimate able to comply with the commission's order. Since then, the jail population has been growing even more. One reason the population is swelling is the seasonal increase in shoplifting and drunk driving arrests, Reyes said. No one knows just how high the jail popula tion will get. But Montes said he expects the number of inmates to begin dropping in mid-" January. County courts will not begin to clear cases brought in over the holidays until then, Montes solution to the jail problems, Viterna said, referring to construction of the new mate county jail scheduletffor completion in i ervinej over 27,000 jewelen. Martha 1 1.1 L. I I i rm. rj) wm iter uiwmhii VCU vwu uu upcrSIV Ben William Jewelen at MeRae Wedgewood in El Paso. Mr. William a "Certified CemologMl, American Gem Society" and a Master Watchmaker. said. 1912 Friday, 22 prisoners were waiting to be sported to the Texas Department of Correc- a i i 1 1 i (PL. A QUESTION OP VALUI lions ai nunsivme, monies saw. i ne pnsuucrs will not be moved until next week when a bus 0GCJ. M5G KM It Is not unusual for a customer to brlna us lowelrv items for reoalr which from TDC nicks them un. thave come to them throuah the fomifv or puchased moiw years ago. Assuming the Items ore costume ewelry, the customer is often very I apologetic or defensive about it and will say, I realixe this in inexpensive I but I like it ond want It repaired. I've had it other places and they will not I Montes said he expects the jail commission to approve the variance. If the variance is approved, the county will m. a nt if. i have to increase the number of jailers. The Sheriff's Deoartment received permis Probablv the 'other Blares' declined the lob rea izina the item was notl expensive ond would not justify the charges. This may be true in part, butl sion from county commissioners last month to hire 10 new guards. Montes said Friday he has submitted the it is not true in entirely. There is absolutely no value which can be piocedl en sentiment. A woman who has arown uo fond of the oearls on herl neck could care less about their value or original cost. If such anl I IJ I a. I I aL.I rem is nanaea aown, an owner snouia do aoie to nave it repaireg ui inei 'same as on expensive item, assuming it con be repaired. I Some ewelers limit their repair operation to service only fine items. Wei feet it Is a mistok for the ieweler at well as his customer. It is true thotl many Inexpensive items cannot be repaired. It is also true that many can fixed to give satisfactory service and years of personal enjoyment. 'Another point to make is this, a lot of costumejewelry purchased years ago is now considered fine costume lewelrv or in some cases, fine jewelry. Metal and stones were more abundant then and less expensive. It Is notl unusual to fine genuine stones mounted in brass or gold filled metals. It would be unlikely to find en extremely expensive stone mounted this woy as rare and expensive stones were considered more valuable many years and people read it in the newspapers. ago also. The stones tending to show up In old jewelry are quartz of various colors and types jode, turquoise, lapis lazuli, ivory, garnet, amber, et and various other less expensive stones. A good example of this is turquoise once considered inexpensive, has Increased many times over in WE Will CELEBRATE OUR 100 ANNIVERSARY IN Et PASO WITH THE PUBLICATION Of OUR CENTENNIAL EDITIONS APRIL 1, WE KNOW YOUU WANT YOUR BUSINESS REPRESENTED IN THESE VERY SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS WHICH COINCIDE WITH El PASO'S "FOUR CENTURIES '11" CELEBRATION. value. Another old timer is lapis lazuli which was once abundant and not particularly expensive, now commanding an impressive price. If a metal will withstand heat it can be worked on. If the stone will Withstond the heat, there is no problem, otherwise the stone must be removed. In some cases there is no way of predeterminina whether or not a metal will withstand the required heat until it Is put to the test. If it starts to melt, this is the end of the repair efforts. Another alternative is to 'soft solder'. This tvoe of solderina is not as satisfactory as hard solder as it Former jailer hecalls good, bad of work By PATRICIA TATUM Times staff writer Raymond O'Rourke said he had his share of problems when he was the El Paso County Jail administrator, but he also enjoyed his work. O'Rourke was the sheriff's jail captain when he retired in 1972 after almost 38 years vice. "Any place where you have over 600 prisoners in the jail," he said, "you have a lot of 'work to do." The jail was built in 1916, the same year that O'Rourke's family moved to El Paso from New Mexico. The structure was remodeled extensively in 1956. It can accommodate more 500 prisoners, but state standards now limit the population to 419. if: O'Rourke admitted his share of trouble the jail, but he was never overwhelmed, he said. The suicides, beatings and prisoner escapes that occurred during his long tenure seldom appeared in the press as they do today, O'Rourke said. "We had escapes but there was not one who ever escaped that was not recap-- tured," O'Rourke said. is done at a lower heat and is softer, and it is grey color. In many coses it NEYVSWPER PRINTING CORPORATION Mk a Uw PO to. jrj I fen 188! terd 1981 I- mokai tne difference as to whether or not a piece can be repaired. The only way to find out whether something can be repaired or not is to have it checked out. Don't assume iust because one ieweler told you it 'could not be repaired that this is so. Maybe he should have told you it could be repaired under certain circumstances. tl Paso'i 1 1 media for the past 100 yean. NIXT SUNDAYS TOURMALINI Den Williams Jewelers Gemologist for McRae Wedsewood 1 El Paso County Sheriff Chris Fox, later vice-president of State National Bank, hired O'Rourke in 1934. O'Rourke said work then in the midst of the Depression was scarce. O'Rourke accepted the jailer position, even though he had never seen the inside of a jail. U-When O'Rourke started, jailers worked seven days a week. He said he learned to like his work in spite of the long hours. He was promoted to captain in 1942 and did not have to work the long hours. But old work habits were hard to break. "Even on my day off, Sunday, I would go to then to jail to see if everything was all 'Tight," he said. O'Rourke was known for establishing good rapport with some of the men he locked up. couid sit down and talk to a person," 6'Rourke said. "They had respect for me." Z' No two days were alike as a jailer, he said. work day began at 6:30 a.m. A half hour later, with yellow pad in hand, he said he walked the corridors of the jail's 16 cell blocks, four of which housed women prisoners, and listened to their complaints. "Face to face you get better results," he And among the prisoner complaints was the abuse their jailers dished out, O'Rourke "It happened," he said. "With 600 prisoners, you've got some trouble. But it was taken care ss vJ jiwouncinQ' 1GOLD (Marked Unmarked) 1900 LOW PRICES SASSON JEANS $24.00 VIOLA JEANS. Sale NOW in effect through 1980 SILVER USA COINS Silver Dollar! 1935 and earlier Dimes, Quarters, Half 1964 and oar I Hall Dollars 1965-1970 War Nickels 1942-1945 JEWELRY Rings, Wotch Cases Chains, Cuff Links, Bracelets, etc. Dental Gold Gold Bart Scrap Gold Gold Coins of the World of right away." O'Rourke said he never abused anyone in his i life, but he never let any prisoner or jailer run him. He still receives telephone calls from IN ALL FOUR STORES! ran FOREIGN COINS All Types MEXICAN COINS All Typos CANADIAN COINS 1 964 Earlier SILVERWARE METALS MEDALLIONS SILVER BARS FRANKLIN MINT SETS, ETC. ex-prisoners after eight years of retirement 'asking me how rm doing," he said. 'O'Rourke acted as best man in an wedding and also receives Christmas 'greetings from others. EASY ACCESS plenty of Parking Space Friendly, Courteous Service Sell to Local Established Dealer for Higher Payment Member of El Paso Chamber of Commerce El Paso Better Business Bureau YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR CALL FOR LATEST QUOTES We will be glad to provide you with the current buy prices by telephone. Check with us before selling our prices are based on daily market values. SUNDAY- DEC. 7 ,1980 10:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. Icq i -f i 1 1 1 TrHE FRBCHJEAJSTORE mJcA K. 12624 MESA 2. CHELMONT fl)lJ 3-1340 LEE JKEVINO 4. NORTHEAST 9126 DYER LOCATED IN BASSETT SHOPPING CENTER ON THE MO SIDE OF THE MALL ENTER FROM OUTSIDE NEXT fO WHITE HOUSE 10TO25Cff NO DELIVERIES OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. SUN CITY i'fV POTTER'S FLOWERS A GIFTS COIN AND STAMP CO INC ALIBIS Mnnhna'Awo COINS AND STAMPS OF THE WORLD 67 Insert Cent 1 Pm, Tis 79925 (915) 772 277

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