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Freeport, Texas
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Tuesday, September 1, 1959
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BP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY DAY IS WEDNESDAY Tide Schedule Today; High 1:30 p.m. Lew 7:58! p.». Wednesday: High 1:32 a.m. and 2:26 p.m. Low 8:40 a.m. and 8:38 p.m. THE Weother Coil Partly cloudy and littfa ehange In temperature today and Wednesday, raodeiatt southerly winds. Low tonight 78, high Wednesday 98.' • VOL, 47 NO. 137 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1959 PRICE 5 OENTS BOARD ASKS JUDGE TO RESIGN The Welfare Dollar-J3 Establishing Age Qualification Is Not Usually Hard By MARIE BETH JONES . ' Faeii, Ntwiwrtln . Most of us have heard stories of • people who, though they were well'over the-65-year mark, were unable to receive State Welfare aid. because they could not prove their age. '•-.,, . ' . ' The facts, according: to State, Welfare Worker Mias Viola Morgan, are something entlrly different from those stories. "If the person is pretty old, we just don't have much trouble proving he is past 85," Miss Morgan wild. "The 1900 census gives the date and year of birth, as well as their age that year." Other sources which may be tapped to establish a person's uge are draft registrations for World War I, birth certificates of the applicant's children, poll taxes, school census records, insurance policies, and marriage records. In explaining this final fource, Miss Morgan said, "A man has to be 16 years old to be married legally ift Texas, and a woman has to be 14. If the man was married 49 years-ago or the woman 51 years ago, we can assume they are 65 years . old or more." Aid if not held up for proof of age, she said. A state field worker can recommend aid immediately where she feels the applicant is past 65, and do the checking later, These records are not likely to aid persons who ire not yet 65, for though a person might-falsify his age in some Of them, he would-claim to be younger, not older, state workers say. Fraudulent Claims Are few In estimating the age of an applicant, tne worker is apt to take into consideration more than lust physical appearance. Each applicant gives a detailed personal history, and this often has a great bearing on the worker's guess as to his age. Surprisingly enough, Miss Morgan reports that there are almost no fraudulent claims for assistance — • claims from persons who deliberately lie about their age or conceal personal resources in an effort to get state aid. '-. There are, however, numerous people who feel that they are in need because they are not accustomed to their reduced circumstances. These include, the woman whose husband, while ht v lived, made a good salary. After his death, she Is forced to live oh social security benefits. , .-(,;•• - -• ,Jn, the P a $'f.9ur years,,there has been only one case of a- person •<MibeAte^;"lJ*rt«r^\lqtjC^Sp»wrce»^MU«-M gan said.. This resource was propettj located In another com Applicants rarely take offense at any question* the "pension lady" asks them. Tiie questions are of a personal nature, and the worker tries to explain the reason for each of the more personal ones. . | One question which seems to have no bearing on wheth Chief of Police Barney R. Priest turned in his resignation Monday. A letter stating his intentions waff delivered personally at a special meeting of the Freeport Board of Commissioners. '•'.'."'. ' His resignation is effective Sept. 30. -:The letter stated two reasons for his leaving; One was the af- !ect of the coastal climate on the health of his family. The rther was the "incessant oppos- tlon and harassment" of City Judge G. C. Hardman. ';? Chief Priest saw he had .been offered a position with the Pol- 'ce Department'in-Austin, and that under the circumstances, er the. applicant is due assistance, is the inquiry as to churcti J. S. "Cap" Brown made the or lodge affiliation. , • ' ••*••* "~ ™ ••••"—•«» i....«j w.. Churches Often Offer Aid The worker is required to ask the question, and Mist WELFARE eROER CAN BE IMPORTANT PAPER To Some Of County's Aged, It Is Only Means Of Survival POLICE REPORT: Assault Charge Is Against Constable Lee thought it would be to' the Jest, interests of his family to do so. The chief of police served on the Austin police force for ij •ears before coming to Freeport last year to replace Chester Simons. Before leaving the council chamber Monday. Chief Priest offered a suggestion as to the procedure for replacing him.' • .He sugegsted that the Board lotm a special seven-man com- mftsinn to screen apollcants for the office. To this commission, he sug- 'esUnJ that the Board aoDolrit 'he head rriminolozy professors from Texas AVM. Southern M»thrxfi<» University, and the nf Houston: Houston Carl Shnotrine: the director of th* oolice school 'n» the Trxst Deoart- / PiiW'« fSafptv: and two pv.--.nnrt businessmen. members indicated ^Constable: Jack Lee of Free- •aj arrested on-a. charge ft^^-feiBr^u^ffufijCte,, _,._. 8ajn. near|CM<''toffiSw^ ing an altcrcaUon »1th a Lake" man about Mon -• Lake,; Jacksoji -Police Chief arrest on a warrant issued by Justice of the Peace R. C. Thomas's court after Bobby F. Sloan filed charges against Lee "there about 5 p.m. Monday. Sloan, who^iperates Bob's TV Morgan explains the reasons for the requirement. . . . -,. - . Sometimes a church, wishes to aid an old person of their] at 8-B Clrclf Way, Lake .Jack- faith with Christmas gifts and with food at Thanksgiving-<on, said that Constable Lee or other times, or with clothing. They call the Welfare De-!struck him In the mouth about partment to inquire if they know of anyone they might help, I noon Monday. Yhe incident oc- Monday. curred iiis/front of another Circle Ways firm. Sloan said. Sloan saH the blow came after *e told Constable Lee to nuit phunlng his place of business and then hunting up when he answered. This followed such ^calls, which nhout .Sloan accused Lee <rf making. S'oan also wild Constable Lee used abusive ungun"» during the altercation which was witne: ' by about six Demons. Sloan sir. .{ he did not hit Constable Le* either before or after the incident. . . %.••••«>• -* Constable Lee posted the $300 bond j?t by Judge Thomas who said a date for -a bearing will be set later, With the applicant's permission, his name is given. Calls often come from undertakers who report that old Joe Jones has died and no one seems to know what his faith was. The undertaker would' like to have a minister of that faith hold services. If the individual was receiving state aid, there is a record of his church affiliation. An old Angleton man became ill, and was confined to bed for eight long months before he died. He had no relatives and could not hire help to prepare his food and bathe him, change his bed linens, and all the other sickroom nMds. The church of his faith took over his care, with one pert son volunteering to do the work each day. A similar caie in Brazosport received assistance from fellow church members for the two months before his death, Many lodges retain homes for its older members who wish to live there, and often if lodge affiliation is known, that is another avenue of aiding the needy person. Many void people do not get the proper food and care when they live alone, and it they can ba persuaded to move into a lodge or other home, they can be mor« comfortable during their remaining years. Field workers get all sorts of requesta from their applicants, but one .of the most common ii for suggestion* on cutting living expenses. ' Food Ideas Most Requested "What can I eat that it good for m*. and yet doesn't cost too much?", many of the applicants ask. The workers usually refer these requesta to the County home demonstration agents for answering. They feel these agents ore much better qualified to suggest meals which are well oalanced and nutritious, and yet inexpensive. Another request which cornea frequently is that from welfare workers In other states or counties. In amwer to, , . t these request*, the local workers check birth certificates, mar- al ajter a ^ aor surgery Monday. • • • - - -' - - i MARY CORB1N, carrying her transistor radio around in her pocket after receiving it as a birthday gift from husband, RAY. Coming up for birthday wishes Wednesday will be JEAVNE GARDNER. FAY JOINER at LJ, wondering if she has a. crazy mixed up pear tree that thinks the recent wet weather was spring rainfall. Seems the pear tree has recently been sporting several blooms. . . HERB WATTS, expected hack home soon with his bride of six month.! who's just now her degree work, tiia type lice really In a prepared statement brought to Facts Publisher,Jim iabos^fi'.^nf ~ "537^1 T^C>T Wr Lee: charge. "This Is something- that ] enforcement officers who do their duty usually sometime in s/ia contend their career with. Considering the source a,nd, the circumstances surrounding hlfn I consider this a compliment.' I havfr at all times tried to deal .fairly • with all Whom I have come : in contact In. my police work." Earlier in the morning, Nabors received a phone call from a woman who Identified herself ax "Mrs. Frank Jones." She nsked that the paper not print the Mory about Constable Lee. She. warned that Nabors would "suffer unpleasant trouble" «nd that a lot of people would be after him it the story were printed. "REEPORT A variety of calls were on the Freeport > police morning. report A disturbance about 8 p.m. Mo. day <n n Treeoort bar loe- J in the «nn Block of West First resulted In the arrest of a man and woman ou charges fo affray. Freeport police booked them at ti .station and they were released on a $15 bond each,- to TswerWthe charges ..'-1Sl3a«» ' ' : "~ "-, six-year-old • boy who , escaped baby sitter for awhile Monday morning had Freeport police on the search Reported missing at 11:16 a.m. he was foui'4 at 11:38 a.m. . A Freeport woman called police at 6:58 p.m. Monday to report children throwing rotten eggs at her home and car Officers investigated the matter. ; ; A car stolen from Kosenstock Motors, Houston, on June 6 was In Freeport Monday. Re•- Dorothy Morris of Gulf-Mex Fisheries, at S:04 a.m. and Capt. George Rush a shn" '<""• later, the 1956 Buick had been narked "in that area for-about a month'. When Freeport Dispatcher Dorpthv Winn checked (he ownershin <\f the. Buick. she found that the "insurance company had already settle* with Rosenstock on the Buiek and it was now insurance company property. A Tuesday morning check with Clute Police Chief O. C Merryman found nothing to re- oort for the past 34 hours. Police Ask Cooperation During First School Days FANNIE MAE JONES, a patient in Room 9 at Bow Hospit- riage records, and interview people here, to aid in checking out application; for otner areas. In return, such work is done for local workers when they need information from other parts of the state or nation. Though a father can be forced to support his minor children, as discussed in Sunday's article, those sam« children, as adults, cannot be forced to help support their parents. In sume cases, of course, the children are financially unable to aid. In a few cases, though they are able to., assist their parents, they refuse to do so. Miss Morgan said this latter problem U very rcre in Brazoria County, and is found more often in metropolitan areas, "where the neighbor! won't find out about it." t • She estimated that at least 75 per cent of tha old people who receive assistance live in their own homes along or with children. Most of the others live in homes for the ag$d Ot in nursing home*. There are three such establishments in the county, with i each *n dlitp. Ancflfttnn flnrt TJ\mrr<n/tl A fs%lal nt MAMA , one each ,'n Clute, Angleton, and Liverpool. A tola} of than 40 persons live in those homes in Braioria County, but not all of them receive assistance. The aged lone man is most likely to h* in really dirt clrcumsUnces. H» may ba the one who hat niv«r married, or who ii estranged from hit family Often he cam* to Texts turn another state as a young man, and lost contact with bit brothers) and sisters. Once in a while he may have outlived all hi* relatives — even his own children. There is something very pitiful about living a long life and then having to depend on something as impersonal, at state aid for existence 'during your final yean. • Mostly, though, the. people who really need aid don't worry about that, too much. They have come to mli» thkt *a Impersonal check beat! a hungry «tomtch aoy~4iy «# tht week, • ^ ** Seemj clayed havoc with Facts photos In Monday's issua. Vacation- time in th« engraving department about thret :. versed photo*, feet of which made a left-bapdw put pit Mayor RUSSELL). To further com- olicaU things, two bridal picture* wen also twllchad. Our apologiet go to all Concerned ••nij especially to the misplaced Vide*. MRS JAY DEE SHARP vid MRS. JOHN The Lake Jackson and Clute police departments are asking the cooperation of parents and students during these opening days of school. Chief J. S. "Cap" Brown of Lake Jackson said that traffic can create a problem around some of the schools, especially if ('• weather is bad. Parents can help his department by observing the one way routes at soma of the schools, he added. For delivering students to the Jui.'or High School unit, parents should enter Circle Way from Oak Drive, let students out. and continue on Circle Way to Oyster Creek Drive where they can make a turn |f desired, -.-,.• .- :• • . .'-••-. Students for the primary school should be unloaded at Magnolia- and : Winding Way. Mafmolia will be one way from 4«r .-WajjCtp Winding Way ^™^ . be made. The drive* at the A- P. Beut- et School ai* adequate without special twtfio rules, Chief Brown WAK '-•,'. If parents will observe these suggestion^ it will aid the police department, especially durlafi th# first few days, of school m.-'-Wy* for the safety are being selected and ' ' "t pa duty. Paltce C. Merrvman of West- Marion Street park autos iq drives rather than on the street as school opens. This will walking to enable Terrell students W. Ogg School to stay on the sides ol the street and out .of the traffic traveling to the school. He also asks that utudents riding bicycles keep to the right side of streets, use had signals and observe the • same traffic rules as autos. CHIEF PRIEST POST they f«1t the suggestion a eood one. and mieht that wa* matte the choice of a suer»"or in <»iat manner. Board members exnressed re- ere< at Priest's leaving. "Need- fo say. w<; are unset at this r1«<-v-ion," M*y<jr Jim Russell said. C. M. Helnin- rrerl commissioner, said he "hated to se« Barney leave; but '1 •tie.""! he knows what he'« do- The Board voted to accept his Mayor Russell gave a brief statement of .thinks for Priest's work. "The city is forhmate in having a man able to establish the renutation for courtesy and efficiency your department »«." he said. He observed that Datrolmen 'wear their imlform with pride. The rt»nartment generates ore- stige. Businessmen have commented on the protection (riven them during Hurricane Debra. The records are in better shape than they ever have been. Civil liberties have been protected. There are no incidents of false arrest or Imprisonment, or of •Hshonesty. "I oersonally think I speak for the majority of the people of Freeoort when I thank you," the mayor concluded. In his letter of resignation, Chief Priest said that "there are reasons for wanting to remain in this oosition a: well as reasons for wanting to leave. "I feel that we have embarked on a program of growth. of expansion in a physical way. of advancement in the field of law enforcement, and in the realm of good will. Such a pro-' gram is still in the process of maturine. therefore I resien with regrets." However. •>* said .the climate has affected his family "to the M>int that a move tr> another area would be best for them. >-S of my family have been constantly under the care of the doctor since being here." Also, lr said, this move was desirable bece se "a certain department has been most detri- m-ntal to f program we set out to accomplish, in spite of the iood cooperation of the mayor and city commissioners. "~ -ch incessant opposition and harassment, nonsensical indeed, have been detrimental to my health." •• • As to his year's Work, he said that "with no intention to boast of my own abilities, I'sincerely believe that I have put forth my best efforts to serve the cTty as a capable administrator of the poi'"" department. I plan on.leaving with no regrets in this regard. "I have utmost confidence in the mtyor and the city commissioners and -I believe that they will make a wise choice In the •selection of my successor/ "Thus. T foresee-no deterioration- of ffc? department in its program (if good law -enforcement for our good city in the >„<•...-•.." . . • ,.,. _ He concluded that'"it has leen a real nleasure to work in Ihis community with the- district attorney. Snm Lee, and its aides: with Sheriff Jack rshall and his department; with th° mayor and the city commissinnprs. and with the riersnnnel of the Police Department. "I «'»nt to th*" 1 - each of the 'after for every effort expended to make the Police Denart• »<-t desirable .force for the good and welfar« of the city which Freeport deserves." ACTION FOLLOWS PRIEST DECISION A letter asking City Judge G. C. Hardman Sr. to resign was drawn up and unanimously approved by the Freeport Board of Commissioners at a special meeting Monday night. • •"..• This move was agreed to by the Board immediately after Chief of Police Barney — : '——Priest turned in his letter of resignation. It also followed an incident last Wednesday night, when an argument between Judge Hardman and Mayor Jim Russell led to fist-swinging by the judge. In the letter, it was pointed out that there had been difficulties between the corporation court 1 and "at least three different police chiefs." In the interests of harm.'ny and justice the letter stated, the city juds? should resign effective Sept. 30—the same date nn which Chief Priest's resignation takes effect. The letter reminded '.le iudse that during the hented session last Wednesday, he had told the Rnard members that they would have no peace until they ?ot rid of him or the chief of nolice. T?oarrl members asked Bill Rlarlfurell, director of public works, to have .the letter sent to .Tud"e Hardman by registered mail, with a return receipt renuesfed. When a Facts reoorter called his office this morning, .Tudee HardHidi; sold that he had not yet received the letter. He said he would not comment on the Board's action until he had read the letter. ;After Chief Priest concluded his statements to the ed that in the past three years the city had received resignations from three Chiefs of police — A. J. Schamerhorn, Chester Simons, and Bajney Prlert. The mayor asked the Council: "What assurance do wa have that the next chief ol police would have any more cooperation!" He also mentioned the editorial in The Facts asking tha Board to restore the .corporation court to a condition that would causa the public to respect ii. Mayor Russell reminded the Board that during the Weojiec- uay incident he had said that the Board would have to get fid ol eiiaer um Or the present chiel of police. "uoes the Board nave any suggestions as to how to r«- soive this haiassment of the Police Department oy Corporation Court?" the mayor asked. Commissioner C. M. Helpinstill observed that "I have been on the Council for six years. Somehow, I don't believe; that the Police Department has been wrong all that time." "It is not good for a city to Monday, Mayor Russell observ. HERE'S FINAL MUST ACHED MYSTERY MAN IN CONTEST Thi final ploiut* In th» .contest ia identify ih« mus- iached men whole . plcrurei ' .T* b«n running In Th« Fact, daily sine* !»-• W«d••-'day. when two appeared. If you can correctly Identity all leyen of the phoioi T< ' may b« the winner of a liable writt watch, donated b» "• --"in'* Jewelers In Tarpon Inn Village. The iris* win be cither a worn•V» or a man's wair-h. All ""•' *••»» »« rlo to «n- i*r tilt confeit, which cloiei •oday< i* »nd a Hit of lh« •«m«t. alonq with Ihn proper ••tmben, on * poit card io ~>tph Ehrllch, The Daw Entrlei muii be ooiimuk- •d no later than Thursday, ^«pt. J. So, get out those, -h«»o« »h«t yon have b»en saying and get your entry in the nail. HUMBERT Craig Rites Scheduled Today Funeral services of Mason Locke Weems Craig, well known West Columbia businessman, were set for 3 p.m today at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at West Columbia. The Rev. Charles Norfleet was to officiate, with Wait Funeral Home in charge of burial in the West Columbia Mausoleum. Craig died suddenly Sunday morning in Atlanta, Ga., while on a business trip. A lifelong Brazoria County resident, Craig had developed a process for printing cf cafe menus and received a patent on it. Using the process, be operated the Research Laboratory in West Columbia, opening it in Marshall Formby To Be FP Kiwanis Speaker Marshall Formby, Plainview attorney and former chairman of the State Highiyay Coramis- sicm, will be guest speaker at : the' Freeport Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Dow Hotel at noon Wednesday. Formby was born in Hopkins County and attended school at McAdpo and Spur in Dickens County. He holds a BA degree from Texas Tech and a master's degree in journalism from the; University of Texas. His business career has included publishing newspapers and owning and operating radio stations in West Texas. He was president of the West Sun Data 'Sets today 6:44 p.m. .Rises Wednesday 5:59 a.m. S«ta Wednesday *:iS a.m. I'exas County Judges and Commissioners Association from 1939 to 1840. From 1940 to 1945 Formby was State Senator from the old District 30 in the Lubbock area. During part of the term he was in the armed forces, serving four years with the Corps of Engineers. He is 48 years old, married, and has a son and daughter. He is a member of the Baptist Church, a Rotarian, and a Shriner. Formby has an interest in Radio Station KPAN, Hereford; KFLD, Floydada; KTUE, Tulia; and owner of KSML, Seminole. He is a practicing attorney at Plainview and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for GOVIIDW «t VMM iu I860. MARSHALL FORMBY Kiwanis Sp'sbe* tha last 1930's. The volume of business done by the,.firm by mail has been credited with the West Columbia Post Office gaining second class status. ' Craig was a Rotarian, a member of the' Episcopal church, and a Mason. He had been quite active in civic affairs in the west end of Brazoria County. He resided in East Columbia. Craig had celebrated his 65th birthday just last Wednesday. The occasion was marked by a birthday party in his honor held at his business with employees .attending, Survivors include the wife, Frances; a daughter, Mrs. S. D. Freeman Jr. of Indonesia; a brother, John Craig Sr., of East Columbia; . and two grandchildren. . TH£ HARD WAY VENICE, Calif. (DPI) — Albert 'A. Tammer, 31. learned the hard way thai, when sell said; "It is a vital function. I wonder whether or-not applicants will be willing to subject themselves to the same harassment?" •••.-• "I have a suggestion," Commissioner Dave Harsdorff said. _ _ "I would;like to -se.e us mafl the - judge 'rd~";lregijt«red ijerterj pointing out that there has bee^l no peace between the Police Department .and Corporation Court in • a number of years, and asking that the judge resign as of Sept. 30, the .same time that the chief's resignation is effective. "I'll put that in the form of a motion," he said. Mayor Russell observed that "Barney v has resigned. This seems to have been the judge's primary objective. He just might be big enough to tender his resignation so the Police Department can operate." ' "This seems like a good sol; ution," said Commissioner D, V. ; Collins. "I think Freeport has (been suffering considerably ifrom this condition for a numr ^ber of years. 'T second the motion." ha said. The motion was unanimously approved. The Board instructed City Attorney Wayne Holder to draft a letter stating their position. When the letter was read to them, it was approved and all agreed to sign it. The letter read: "Dear Mr. Hardman: "As you are well aware the p.oblems related, to retaining a Chief of Police for the City of Freeport have multiplied In recent years. Frequent difficulties have been experienced by the oolice department with your office, covering the tenure of office of at least three ^i/fprpnt police chiefs. "In face of the adverse pub- licitv to the City of Freeport ind the view of the difficulty that the City has heretofore |n- -nrred in selecting a Chief at Police,, we members of the Commissioners re- request that you of -oectfully 'ender your resignation as City Tudse effective Sept. SO. 1959. "In so doing, we remind you if your suggestion on Wednesday night, August 26. 19SO. •vherein you requested that the "•'» authorities take action to ^liminate you or the nresent "hief of Police. Since the Chief -•' Police ha* submitted his re- -i-nnfion effective September 30. 1959, we unanimously re- miest that vour resignation be c..hmiH.** effective on the same r*ate. "M f> result nf this action. •ho "o-sjb'iity of the recurrence. >' the oroblemi" of the past wfll vtonjen, »?• involved, ifaj<-., ^liminsted. and the Cltv of someibnes. the better par! oJ | "-/. e nort will have the ooport-' valor not to try lo break up ' Tamratr, a. dishwasher, told polict thai when h» iried to act «« a peacemaker, two scuffling womin biat htm inlo stmi-coniciousness and took hi* cigarette lljhler <nd hli w«lltt confsiniag $5. to brine »bout harmony d Justice for the welfare of - general nublic." Marine News S ,'ississippi Lloyd Due Sept. 3 Brazos Harbor

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