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Freeport, Texas
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SJ-! WEEKEN t l on BRAZOSPORT FACTS VOL. 47 NO. 129 WEEKEND Edition 1O{ J, » SUNDAY, STUDENTS FIND OUTLET FOR CRAFT It was a short step from ichool Jo a lull- time trade for these two'recast ex-students of Braxoiport Senior High. They art Elton Fullen, left, and Gene Morris, shown operating a lath* In the metals manufac- .ftirinjr. plant-of Ktlco-PwducJf fa Freeport.' Earlier this year, ih» two were itu- denii oi H. L. Howard, metal iradei In~ •tiuc'or at the high school. They graduated in Mst> and began work immediately with Ktlco. Now, learning quickly through the grounding received In school, the; art becoming cogs tin Braiosporfs industrial wheel. The two an members of the Stale Vocational Industrial Club, of which Howard U sponsor of the local chapter. Miss Brazoria Bequtif Title Won By Sally Ann Cox Sally Ann Cox, l$-year-old daughter; of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cox, was chosen "Miss BrsC- zoria Beautiful" Friday nijfrt in Brazoria. Linda Alice Hughes, 18, daughter of Mr. :and Mrs. B. R, Hughes, was awarded the second place trophy, and Melba Jean Danford, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garvin Danford, took third place, Sally Ann was presenteAjwitb. a bouquet of American roses, and Misses Hughes and Daa- iord received orchid corsages, compliments of the Holly Ridge Nursery. Beauty judges W. V. "Buster" Curry, Ralph -Ehrlich and C. R.. Frederick were'hard pressed to select the winners from the 15 young misses competing. Their choice was finally made from a group of six final, ..consisting of the three Mrs. Wait,; Wife Of Port Manager, Dies Saturday Mrs. Katharyn Idella 72, wife pt J. Russell Wait, Walt, general manager of the Brazos Navigation District; died Saturday morning,In a local hospital. Service-- will be held at 4 •- V •»— r— Mattress, Auto Fires Reported Two fires tyec? reported to Brazosport Jriday but both were minor In nature. D. A, Bell of 1335 West 10th In Freeport, reported that a mattress .had been on fire In the front yard at. 1129 West 10th. The investigating officer found. th»t the occupant of the house had put the burring mattress outside «nd back In the house and went to sleep. Mrs. O. T. Woodall of Lake pin. Monday at Freeport,Fun , era! Home ChapeL Burial will! be in Angieton Cemetery un der the -direction of Freepor Funeral: Home. Mrs. Wait, who lived at 131 West Uth Street, had been Freeport resident about fou years, moving here from Hous ion;-, where Walk was directo of the^Port of Houston. Befor moving, to Houston, the Waits lived in Charleston, S, ~ where' their fly? children v bojjn. • , Mr. 'and.Mrs, Wait celebrate< their- gqlden wedding annlver sai-y May 23. Survivors other than her hus band include two sons, J, R Wait Jr,, of Bellaire, and Har old V. Walt of New Orleans daughters. Katharyn Ehlers o Houston;'Jennje McSpadden, Austin, Jnd Te^na McGoodwln of San Antonio. And, two, sisters, Mrs, W« Jam Eby of wagon on fire oa Oyster Creek Drive near , th» ^-ifscopal church in Lake Jackson. An alarm was sou,.ded but the cUspatchey was notified soon .after that the fire was already out. '£ ". -,•-." . „ Sun Data 'f Rises Sunday at 5:54 a.m. Sets Sunday at 6:54 pjn. The !Uy loHUPS of FP, off on vacation . , . Sunday birthdays being celebrated by the GARRISON twins BRIAN an4 BRUCE. If* ako birthdaTtime for an* c ,reek resident, MARK GBANDJBAJ*. MIKE AB- will mw* up another year on Monday ? 0 ^ 8 Bl>4 PAUL EDQU1ST, both in in Houston recently ... in H' Ot £' WHiTTJNGTON. » surgicaj parent recently in Hermann. Hospital in Houston ... . SSSyi ?,S MI , TH ' °" th * crltic » l u « l 8t D°w Hospital . DICK tt)pi,MAN, getting a hearty wekom* homrtrom nil i IjimlJy even though his arrival was in the wee hours s£t- workini1 winners: and 12-year-old Janet Parrish,;. 13 - year i old D o n n a Marie: Smith, and Carol Ann Sloan, 1C. " Sally Ann was entered under the contest name of "Miss Phillips 66," sponsored by Furness "Bubba" Ootcher. . The beauty event was emceed by Bill/Stevens. Seven-year-old Sena Dian daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W M. Case, of Freeport w awarded first place trophy in the 2-8 year old group in th Youth Talent Show for he rendition of « modern j dance. : Evelyn and Ludie Brown, : and 14, daughters of Mr. an Mrs. Bill Brown of Brazori took first place honors in th -15 year old group/for the presentation of, a vocal due Runner up bronze medal wen to 12-year-old Janet Parrish daughter of Mr,, and Mrs. Jen nings Parrish of Brazoria, fo her unusual pantomime. Nineteen y«j a r old Georg J. French <rf An«Jetoi» and h brother Earl, I5,vt<jbk the tro nhy In the 16-20 year old grou for nerformance with the bu whip. '••• • , ••• •-• -,. Talent Chairman Frank Travis Jr.. hart selected th team of Mrs. Thelma Willis, R. Sims and Herbert Steven Jj. to judge, the te'ent event. "A capacity crowd; was.0 hand for the dual event, de signed to promote interest i the current Clean-up .campaign General Chairman Dorothy M Smith estimated that ticke sales, amounted to approxi mately $140, not including th cold drinks concession whiel was handled by tht ; Brazoria "lirl Scouts. , , • Neighborhood chairman Mrs. Prentiss Rost was in charge o «»•* cold dnnks sales, from which revenue realized wil further defray sorapbook and hoto ..expenses tor the city'i •ntry In the National Cleanes Town .Contest. Vlpe rhairman Ben Vollbaum who save the welcome address staled that never before had "eh 4nferes{ been stimulate! n th«> clean-uo campaign, b»l th's year's omanlzation «d^ some well laid plan* o» other events, Which would continue throughout the year. 33, "J959" Af Commissioners Court Constable Question Arises Again tie jftriH \\JOMEA who has seen much thev have AuBust. / __:.» . . , *'..i ; '.'.'. *^ 67 MARIE BilH JONES Facts riawswrUet • A former Brazoria County Grand Jury foreman questioned the need (or paying eight constables a total of $9,600 during I960. ••• ;.' The query as to whether Brazoria County Commissioners' Court did not intend fo reduce salaries of the constable* or ' some other change to reduce cost of those officials was posed Thursday at. *<v annual County Budget hearing. It came from Jach Garrett, a Danbury rancher and rice farmer, who served as foreman of the April-September County Grand Jury. »... Garrett asked why constables should receive so much salaries, when the eight df them turned in total fees of only. $127.70, during 1958. ' Commissioner Jack Norris of Freeport defended the item a* t appeared in the budget, say- ng, "The people elected these men, nd I think they are entitled to'make enough to at east pay for their car expensed." Garrett then questioned just what duties the constables ac-j tually perform, stating flatly; "I don't know anyone in here who has seen much they have done." Norris mentioned one df the constables who he *ald spend* at least $100 each month working with children of the county in the constable's posse. Garrett conceded that in on* or two Instances, the constables were performing useful »er- vice*. Constable .C. B. "Sec" Robertson of Angieton organized and sponsors the County Junior Mounted Posse. This was one of several times since January : of" this year that commissioners have found themselves involved in a discussion of the salaries cori- stables should receive. When other county salaries were set in January, the court postponed for about two weeks, the setting of constables': salaries. In a second meeting during that month, they set the salaries at the same $100 per month per constable as they had -paid in 1958. At that time, Commissioner orris stated that he would have another recommendation to make, concerning justice precinct lines, whte the proper time came. Commissioner George Duncan explained that the "proper time" would b« in August. During,'an informal discussion earlier this month, when the subject again arose, one commissioner indicated that in his opinion, the court should postpone, action on changing the justice precinct lines for another ; year, until the constable and justices of the peace are closer to the expiration of their terms of office. The reason for this was that salaries; of the constables and justices who have already been elected to office, might have to be paid until the terms expired b# law, even though the justice lines were changed. All : eight of the county's justices-were elected in July, 1958. Their four-year terms will expire: in 1962. The eight constable positions come up for election in July, 1960, and that terrh will expire in 1964. Spice justice precinct changes can be made only in August, anj] since constables .come up for election in July, there is the question of whether action ajyear from now would mean that the, eight elected constables would have to be paid tor a full, 'four-year term. :' The justices of the peace are not salaried officials, but are paid on a fee basis. JAst what a change in the justice precinct lines would mean, when they had two years left to serve, was not discussed. At Thursday's budget hearing, Norris stated, that "It is not the fee the constables bring in, it is what they might keep from happening." He added that they work with volunteer fire departments, work traffic, assist in helping at various meetings, and perform other services which are not reflected in the fees they turn In. Five of the constables turned in no fees whatsoever, during 1958, and the other three turned in fees totaling $127.70. When this fact was presented during the January mee.tings, Commissioner Bill Isaacs of Alvin vigorously opposed -setting the salaries at $100 per month, as they had been in the preceding year. "This Commissioners' Court is charged with the duty of not only budgeting money to 'meet expenses, but we have the responsibility of seeing that the county gets something for its money. If they were doing anything on the job, they would have some kind of report to turn in." Constable Jack Lee of Free- » —- kww»^ and waiters, the provided for the^case of.all teams — a and Coast Guard Chief ALEXANDgR JBROMfc speaker* recently at a Lions Club meeting Knows • fl ' ST. LOUIS (UPI) — Hury E. HMMW. W, h.aid thai police were looking for him, to he dn>Pp*d down to headquarter* to find out why. "I found out/* Hwaoa Mid. after they untied him for pasting tad clutcki. • + '•' • • Brazoria County •'•"^ • '•* ' '1892 An unsigned letteV written IJB 1892: %' ''h? "The place chose* for the meeting of the Brazoria County Farmers Alliance was one of the most beautiful in thir«*c- tlon of Texas . . ../The camping ground! was in a grove of nuge Uveoaks and- pecans on '.Godfrey MolUer's plantation about 10 miles southeast of Angieton. . ~ "" • on> "A cohort of cooks and others'were bmy orar hwae p , of glowing coals. Quarters of tat beef, mutton and ' «• scot»» of large chickens, ducks and tu»k«y», wag- ids of Aand-plclwd oysters and. in fact, rrembico good was served In abundance. . • ',' : jr AUianc* had ^ M ^ mttxa ^ XK ^^'- 'soon hostler, and the owner had 'no ranner trouoiei '. "About 220 ladies and gentlemen were present, £ Business begin by;the formal opening of th* Braioria County Fanned Alliance b T the fallowing oiHceri: J. E. Wlluajm. president; E. M. Crew., vie* president; B«r. J. L. Mumy. secretary; J. J. Shirley. eBmplata; L. A Sow»n. lecturer; J. H. Bniner, auiiUnl .lecturer; O.-W. Mollitr. door keeper; 8. G. Jamiton. asilstaai door keeper; Godfrey MolUer, lergeant at arms; Wi H. HoJjertton, business agent. • • .. ,- /.. . .•. ' -, v .• •' "At 1 pan. the chef sounded the gong and all hands were treated to. a wonderful dinner. After dinner, a more open session was indulged in '• ••'•'• "A resolution was passed denouncing the committee-of three or four persons who had gon« to Austin recently to work for the division of Brazoria and Galvestoh Counties . Their statement before the legislature that they represented the wishes of the white voten of Brazoria County was declared utterly false." 1882 And, from another -letter: "I found an old settler. Sam Damon, originally from Maine, but who has lived in Texas for more thaa four decades. ' • •: > -.-... "I asked hunt Why U then ao milk to be had. even io put in coffee, as there SMmed to be eiough cowsT "'Well,' remarked Sam Damon, with every appearance of frankness, 'because the cows could not be milked on horseback'! . . •..•••- . "Since that time, I have visited other counties, and at each place the table was furnished with milk at each meal. s.r« i (ram TtiM Ln4 otRct B*e*rfe u« DT «t< port compared the cunstaoies salane ol $9,6UO with eight sheriff's deputies, who would receive salaries totalling $34,- J68. He added that the deputies would use county cars, on ..hich the county would pay expenses, and that the constables provide all their own expenses, including providing their own offices. He then asked what amount of fees eight deputies would turn iu during a year. Lee said he had answered complaints ranging from dog poisoning to bootlegging. An informal discussion of the court brought out the fact that if the number of justice precincts is reduced there will probably be five remaining in the county. These would include one each in Commissioners' Precincts Two, Three and Four, with two justice precincts in Commissioners' Precinct One. Of those, one would be in Braz- osport, and one in Angieton, it was thought. The statute requires a minimum of four such precincts in each county, and a maximum of eight. Even eight months ago, when the court discussed the constables' salaries, the question was not a new one. A report trom aie October - March, 1956, Brazoria County Grand Jury recommended that the) court cut the constables' salaries .to a minmum allowed by state law. Mrs. Ralph E, Gray of Lake Jackson was foreman of that grand jury. '..••. The constables nave worked on a salary basis for only,about four years, County Auditor .F. A. Taylor said. Prior to that time, they were paid on a. fee basis. Their first salary was set at $25 per month, and several raises were given, to bring it to its present $100 per month • total. , The county's eight constables include Roberson, Precinct One, Angieton; F. E. Edwards, Precinct Two, West Columbia; F. A. Roden, Precinct Three, Alvin; W. S. Riggs, Precinct Four, Brazoria; Alec F. Hood, Precinct Five, Sweeny; J. T. Fitzgerald, Precinct Six, Velasco; Jack L. Lee, Precinct even, Freeport; and D. L. Cop T oinger, Precinct Eight, Pearland. District Attorney Sam Lea said that in the event the number of justice precincts is re- • duced, "it is a question of resl- : rtence" to determine which of ' the constables and justices would retain their positions. Shrimp Fishing Recovers Under New State Laws Local fishermen are* more shrimp in the nearby Gulf this year than in many past seasons. This quickly, shrimpers believe, the industry is receiving the benefits ot House Bjjfl It, the ? shrimp conservation law passed in this year's session of the Texas Legislature. Revise,Bffi if is intended to rev»r^'flwaertr«Ston^*:bnT mature" shrimp in 09* apt-wrong grounSs. In and sports fishermen had made increasing inroads in these tiny bay shrimp,, before they migrated to the Gulf to reach maturity. Bay activities Hhowed up ; steadily decreasing shrim haules by the commercial fish ,ermen. Last year was one o the worst on record .for loca fisherman. The Freeport Shrii*p Asso elation was formed, and was aggressively active in the fijrh by the Texas Shrimp Assotia tion to enact conservation laws. The effect w»s immediate "We can't attribute the good fishing to but one thing," sav Wright Gore, president of th Freeport, Shrimp Association "there's just more shrimp going into the Gulf. AH other condi tions are the same. 11 Two groups were causine the trouble in the bays before this. One was the fisherman who under the guise of bait deal ers, were supplying file tiny shrimp to canneries. These canneries would set up In a good place, operate until bay shrimping grounds were depleted, .then moWon. In depleting tie bay?, they were demolishing the' fishing in toe nearby' Giilt'* Their operation/ have been illegal tor a long time, but un-_ der old laws enforcement was difficult. .••""• Another group that caused : »uch dama((e..was_.sports, flilj- ermen-^They seldom us&i.'the small shrimp,' but ""destroyed Beth these groups were restricted under House Bill 12 by closed seasons in the bays, lim- past recent seasons, bait, large numbers of them in the ™^. «.!,„»,_ «,;..> —J- In Brazoria County Youth Study Planned About 60 persons from al parts of Brazoria. County were iresent Thursday evening foj an organizational meeting hek it the Brazoria County Courthouse. The meeting was for committees which will prepare a report on all phases of youth n this county. County Judge Alton Afn'olc said the report is to be used in ircparing for the President's White House Conference on Youth, to be held in April. Jjidge Arnold, and other county judges in all other counties of the state, received report from Gov. Price Danel to assist in setting up the •ight committees on youth, A. Guy Crouch of Alvin has wen named general chairman f all eight committees in 8S- embiy. About 10 members will e chosen for each committee with announcement of the members and chairmen to be made later. Judge Arnold said each com- nittee will set its own meet- ngs. They will compile data on their phase of the youth 'ide Schedule Sunday «- Hifb «:19 «j», and 8:02 »4n. — Low 12;|7 pa*. study, and all reports 'will be Included in Brazoria County's report to the state, which will be given at a meeting with the governor. The county reports must be completed in September. The state material will then be assembled' for [use at the White House conference. Dr. Gladys Polk at Freepert will attend the conference from Brazoria County. Among the phases covered by the committees will be juvenile delinquency, finance, recreation, health, values and ideals, youth participation, education, and. welfare. . The juvenile delinquency committee is scheduled to meet at the courthouse Monday night, Judge Arnold said. Parents Reminded Of BP Immunization Policies Parents are reminded that the Immunization policy of Brazos- port schools requires that all new students, regardless of grade classification, must show evidence of having had smallpox and poliomyelitis vaccinations and typhoid and dypther- ia immunizations on .entering Brazosport 1 schools. '. At grade toyr and above, diphtheria immunization shall >e discretionary with the family ptatician Jor ttudents. Typhoid booster thots are required every three yeiri and revaccination tor smallpox every five year*. Three poliomyelitis vaccination shots are required to «o*t tht policy, j Kindergarten students shall be immunized and vaccinated for typhoid, smallpox, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis as well as first grade students who do not have them. Brazosport second gradew, none; third grade, typhoid booster.; .fourth grade, none; fifth grade, smallpox vaqcina- tion; sixth grade, typhoid booster; seventh and eighth grades, none; ninth grade, typhoid booster; 10th grade, smallpox vaccination; llth grade .none; and 12th grade, typhoid booster. . • ' • Deadline for getting the vaccinations and immunization* is 0«*. I ot th» aeheol yen. of bringing the small amounts 'of food-sized shrimp they were a We to flii<J in the bays. Marine Mews S/s Gulf Farmer Due Aug. 24 Brazos Harbor S/s KepwickhaU Due Aug. 26 Brazos Harbor Stations on total boat haules, a ban on the shrimp use of bait shrimp for food, and relatively severe penalties for violations. • > Shrimpers are of their own accord providing the" state with the means for better ^e^force- menu-Through' thVassociarions, they; have voluntarily upped their licensing fees from $21 to S30. The intent is for the extra funds to be used for more game wardens. ' • Louisiana had the same trouble in past years. Their shrimp industry hit bottom, and laws more stringent than the provisions of Texas' House Bill 12 were passed. The Louisiana law is so re- ctive U?at only cast nets can be used in the-bays. Violators can have their boat and trawl confiscated. Strict en- forcement began this year. Gore pointed out that in on* two-month period, the fishing in the Gulf off Louisiana was 200 per cent beter than in a previous "similar period. "There's no .question as to, the benefit of this conservation?' program," Gore,said;, U • Most .shrimpers in the area al*f> feeX; there's" rio' but lhat;thteIs-going of the best shrimp seasons in many years. Partly cloudy and warm with widely scattered showeri through Sunday. East to southeast winds due.'High of 88 on Sunday.' POLICE REPORT: Four Wrecks Friday Two accidents were reportec on Friday in the west end o Brazoria County and Freepor police also worked two acci dents Friday. Pi- A Houston man suffered a dislocated shoulder in a 12:0f p.m. wreck investigated Friday by Highway Patrolman Allan Goode. The accident involvec two cars and occurred between the San Bernard River bridge and the Sweeny cutoff road on Highway 35. Goode also investigated a 10 a.m. wreck Friday when a track turned over on Highway 36. There were no injuries. Freeport police were called to investigate a wreck about i pjn. Friday when Lee Roy Jurries, 1344 Avg. H, Freeport, driving a 1941 Chevrolet pickup, was injured on Avenue H, at the back entrance to Dow Plant B. Damage to the truck was estimated at $10. At about 8:15 p.m. Friday, Freeport police investigated a wreck in front of the Brazos- port Meat Market on Gulf Blvd. Anna Lee Monroe of 105 Acacia in Lake Jackson was issued ticket for failure to grant right of way. The 1958 Plymouth she was driving had an estimated $275 damages, while the other car, driven by Clyde Mckinney of Freeport, had about $350 damage. There were two accidents in 'reeport Thursday according o police department reports. An accident at 11:17 ajn. at Casualty Corner', West Second and Bay Streets, involved 1955 Oldsmobile driven by ames Lyle Baker, 51 Camelia Court, Lake Jackson, and a 956 Ford station wagon driv- n by Loyola Teson Tarver. "Route 1, Hagerman Road, Freeport. There was about $10 damage o the Baker auto and Tarver eceived a ticket for failure to grant right of way. There was ppaxcntiy DO vehicle. " The accident at West Second and Hickory about 9 a.m. resulted in $150 damage to the 1854 Ford half ton pickup driven by Harold V. Fitzgerald, Route 2, Freeport, and about $75 to the 1958 Chevrolet driven by Tony Cabrera, 418 East Fifth. Freeport police issued a ticket to Fitzgerald for following too closely. A look at the Freeport police blotter Saturday indicated that dogs cause about as many calls as people but there was the routine run of drunks, thefts, etc., along with numerous dog pickup requests. Two drunks were picked up and one person was arrested for disturbing the peace. Friday, police notified Simon Buras, owner of a gun taken from the boat Kilroy that they had recovered the gun. He did not wish to file charges against WHAT'S INSIDE The fascinating itory of a fabulous plantation bom* zuar Clute that helped bring civilisation io Texas U told by Facts. Newswriter Polly O'Connell in a serial that begins today on Page S. In August nighi life palls, and so does the mediocrity oi TV. Thai's the time for librocublculating. Keen-witted Catherine Munson Foster, author of The Facts' weekly Books column, discusses the pastime on Page 12. The prospects for Sweeny Bulldogs looks beller la the coming football season. A detailed rundown on th« Sweeny setup appears today on Page 7. It's the first in Sporii Editor BUI McMurray'i annual Facts county football roundup. .. Keeping up wilb Ihs Joneses U • problem for almost everyone. It's particularly rough for the Joneses. Laugh through this sparkling account of ihe trials of a parent, in a new column by Marie Beth Jones. Page 3. The area has produced many skilled tarpon fishermen. One of the best tells of tome of his experiences, and in ihe pieces* gives some worthwhile tips on angliag. Page (V ' the person who took the gun, however. Police also worked a call which came in at 4:11 p.m. when a fight was reported on South Sixth Street. The investigating officer found the fight to be a family affair involving a man and wife. Hart's Drive Inn reported at 11:50 p.m. Friday a car had left taking a tray and without paying their bill. Mrs. Maxine Wannall of 1714 West 10th reported to police shortly before midnight Friday that a prowler had knocked nt her door but refused to give a name. Later, she said she saw a shadow at her window. Police could find no one around I the home when they arrived. I One officer also turned in a I report early Saturday that he had iound a red and white bi- '. cycle. ..j Clute and Lake Jackson po- j lice departments indicated n» activity over the Friday nigh* j period. «"V*

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