The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 26, 1969 · Page 1
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Baytown, Texas
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Sunday, January 26, 1969
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The Sun Invites MR. AND MRS. ROBERT RAZO 1405 Oak to the Bmnson Theater. This coupon good for two tickets when presented at the Branson Box Office Good Through Jan. 28. Now Showing "THE HORSE IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT" aptoUm fetm YOUR HOME NEWSPAPER VOL 46, NO. 112 TELEPHONE NUMBER: 4224302 OVER 50,000 READERS EVERY DAY Sunday, January 26, 1969 BAYTOWN, TEXAS, 77520 T*n C«ntt P*r Copy OTS Different Man JOE B. ORTON, 802 West Murrill, is not the same J. B. Orion who was listed in a Sun story Friday in reference to cases bound over to the grand jury in Justice of the Peace Glenn Vickery's Court. Catholic Meeting HOME AND School Association of St. Joseph School will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in the auditorium. Dr. Francis Yeager, a professor at the University of Houston and president of the Board of Education for Ihe Galveston-Houston Diocese will speak on "Catholic Education in the Galveston - Houston Diocess." The public is invited to attend. Rebekah Club PAST NOBLE Grand Club of the Goose Creek Rebekah Lodge will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Mrs. Inez Tadlock, 416 N. Ashbo). Sister Dies MRS. ELBERT A. Davis, 77, died Saturday morning in a Pasadena Hospital. Funeral services are to be announced by the Davis Funeral Home of Ncdcrland. Mrs. Davis was Ihe sister of Mrs. Luther T. Lea and Mrs. Nannie Coody, both of Bay town. Ball Tickets TICKETS FOR the Crippled Children's Ball lo be held Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 2600 W. Main may still be obtained from members of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. Frank Tilion's orchestra will play. The dance will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday Dinner EXOTIC entertainment from the Orient will be the order of the uvening when Ihe members of Hie Past Presidents' Association ol the Baytown Lions Club hold their quarterly dinner meeting ut Holiday Inn at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. U8. All past presidents and their wives are invited to attend. The dinner will be on a "dutch treat" basis at $2.50 per plate. Approximately 45 persons are expected. Major Accident PORF1R1O MARTINEZ Jr., 15, of 13U8 Cherry, was injured on his motorcycle at 9:30 a,m. Saturday when he was struck by a car driven by Mrs. Sara Shcley, 5003 . Somerset. Patrolman Bobby Powell said a helmet probably saved Martine/.' life. He was taken to San Jacinlo Methodist Hospital. I WEATHER CI,OUI>Y TO partly cloudy and cold is the weekend weather forecast in the Haytown area, although a warming treiut is expected by .Monday. The unofficial low reading here Saturday morning was :tl degrees. COUNCILMAN Albert Fanestiel congratulates City Manager Fritz Lanham and his associates on "the fine job you did" on a program for the Goose Creek anniversary celebralion. Baylor Student John Black enjoys a big Irack meel. . . Mr. and Mr. R. J. Grimes gel a kick out of a Houston movie that attracted several Baytonians . . . Mayor Seaborn Cravey is trying to kick the flu bug. VIC DAVIS IS ready busy these days . . . The Sun's Classified Department is in a quandry trying to guess who the "Satisfied Customer" is that sent Ihe gianl box of chocolates. Shirley Waugh Robinson is in Pasadena - Bayshore Hospital on Spencer. She can have visitors. No Senrice Change At ... Rewards Given For Service ROBERT L. GILLETTE FRED DITTMAN DAVID EVANS IS OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN Award Presented By Larry Hale Three Baytonians Honored Bv Jaycees At Award Fete '7 »y BILL IIAKT.MAN David W. Evans, Robert L. Gillette and Fred Ditlman were honored Friday night at the Distinguished Service Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Baytown Junior Chamber of Commerce. Friday's was the 2Bth such awards banquet sponsored by the Jaycees. It was held at Holiday Inn. Evans was honored as the city's outstanding young man under 35. Gillette, a former outstanding young man recepient in 1951, was picked as Baytown's distinguished citizen. Ditlman was honored for 50 years of service to Baytown. Presentations to Evans and Gillette were made by Larry Hale, one of the first to receive the distinguished citizen award when the Jaycees began the program back in ISMl. Evans, who is president of the Baytown Jaycees, made the presentation loDittman, in com- mcratiori of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ihe old city of Goose Creek. Diltrnan moved to Baytown in BULLETIN BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)Egypt has decided to restore diplomatic relations with the United States, Al Anwar newspaper reported today. It said the Egyptian government will resume relations on Feb. 15 and has communicated its decision, and the reasons behind it, to all Arab envoys in Cairo. No further details were given. Member F.O.I.C. early 1919, and as his plaque proclaimed, he has been a major booster of youlh in Baylown ever since. Baylonian Glen Walker served as master of ceremonies and Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance was the speaker. Jaycee Davis Whilted paid tribute to those bosses of Jaycees who atlended Ihe banquel. Evans, who lives at 135 Katherine, works at the Herbert- Hauser Agency. He is 29. Hale, in making Ihe presentation, said Evans' long lisl of communily activities "make a lot of us older folks a bit envious." In addition lo being Jaycee president, David is a member of the Brownwood Civic Association, member Noon Optimist Club, member Wooster Baptisl Church, past president Slerling Booster Club, active in the cancer crusade and Uniled Fund work, candidate for Texas Jaycees stale direclor, chairman mobile home parks board, key man award Baytown Jaycees and was listed in the 1968 book of outstanding young men in America. He is a graduale of Robert E. Lee High, was 1959 class president al Sam Houston Slate College and attended Texas A&M. He and his wife, Jean, have two children, Lisa, 4, and David, 3. Gillette is a partner in Ihe law firm of Reid, Strickland, Gilletle and Ramsey. He moved lo Baytown after World War II to join the firm of Reid and Slrick- land. He was a member of the Harris Counly Hospilal Board of Governors six years. He is a member and pasl president of lie Baylown Lions Club, senior dvisor lo Jaycees, pasl presi- cnl of the Baylown Chamber of Commerce, preserved American egion awards lo Baylown unior high school sludents 21 ears, pasl commander of American Legion Post 323. He is also a director at Citizens National Bank, director at Goose Jreek Country Club, member Baytown Heallh League Board, pasl direclor Baytown Com- nunily Chesl, former grand jury commissioner, member Harris Jounly Bar Association, Easl Harris Bar Association, founder if Lou Gehrig Baseball League •ind past president of the Bay- own East Lillle League. Mr. and Mrs. Gillelte live at .24 North Burnel Drive. They lave Ihree children, John, 24; Michael, 23; and Jane, 18. Fred Dittman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl, came lo Baytown right after World War .. For many years he was idenli fied wilh Ihe aulomobile busi- icss in Baylown. He began accumulating Humble stock, which he look in as (See JAYCEES, Page 2) Branch Library For Edison Area Opened Sterling Municipal Library has opened a branch facility at Edison Courts for aged and handicapped residents. Mrs. Flora Wilhile, cily librarian, said a librarian will visit Ihe facility al 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Movies will be shown and a book review given when possible, Mrs. Wilhile said. (See PICTURE, Page 2) The books placed in Ihe Activity Center will nol be checked oul the same way as those in the main library, but will be on an honor basis, Gene Halter, who will he in charge of Ihe branch, said. Books wilh large prinl will also be made available for the elderly who have Irouble reading small prinl. Mrs. Miriam Turner, executive director of Ihe Baylown Housing Aulhorily, said Mrs. Jcanelte Larsen, a member of her staff, will help in future development branch library. of the FULL SERVICE NO SERVICE CHARGE CITIZENS NATIONAL Bank & Trust Co State Of The World + Uniformed servicemen hijacked to Cuba by a Navy deserter say their Communist interrogators badgered them. Sixteen servicemen were among 40 passengers hijacked on National Airlines flight from Key West to Miami. + Walter Sires, scheduled to be executed five days from Saturday for rape of a pregnant Houston housewife, receives indefinite stay from U. S. District Judge Joe Ingraham. + Todd Williams, 30, of Houston is shot to death on city's northeast side after argument over pool game. + Brush fire burns estimated 5,000 acres overnight in Laredo until contained largely with bulldozers. No homes are threatened. + Leslye Diane Coon, 17, is found slain in a small house near her home in Longview. She was shot in temple and strangled. + Huge mudslide smashes into wealthy suburban home near Los Angeles, killing one man and for a time trapping six firemen who tried to rescue him. + Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans criminal district court winds up its first week with eight jurors seated, a fresh venire on top and defense witness hiding in Iowa. Shaw is charged with conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy. -I- President Nixon's surprise order halting grant of air routes awarded by Johnson administration delays scheduled start of rich new' trans - Pacific service that had been sought by all major trunk carriers except one. Open House Will Star Goose Creek The public is invited Sunday to an open house from noon to 5 p.m. al Ihe Community Building commemoraling Ihe 50th anniversary of Ihe incorporalion of Ihe Cily of Goose Creek. Those who atlend will be asked lo sign a registralion book which will record those presenl for the anniversary celebralion. Registrants will be asked to sign their name, address and the date they moved to the area. Those who came in 1920 or before will be recognized during the program. A slide show depicling early scenes of Ihe area will be presented at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m. by AI Chappell. Mayor Pro-Tern A. M. "Andy" Braswell, subbing for ailing Mayor Seaborn Cravey, will preside. Coffee and cookies will be served by hoslesses dressed in old-fashioned coslumes. A display of pictures and olher arlicles relaled lo early Goose Creek hislory is being arranged Gas Blast Wrecks 35 Homes In Mississippi Fame Slow In Coming To 'The Bard Of Cedar Bayou' (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the first in a series of articles about the late John P. Sjolander, Cedar Bayou poet for whom a Texas historical marker wilt be dedicated Monday at his homesite on Sjolander (load.) By WANDA ORTON A boy on a bicycle slopped to read the words on the impressive Texas hislorical marker newly installed at 6330 Sjolander Road. The marker, to be dedicated in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday, describes the life and accomplishments of John Peter Sjolander, Swedish immigrant who became known as "Dean of Texas Poets . . . the Bard of Cedar Bayou." Such lilies are none loo laudatory. In fact, the true genius of the poetry of John Peter Sjolander is yet to be realized and may not be for some INLFAsks New Rule In Saigon PARIS (AP) — The Viet Cong opened Ihe firsl session of substantive Vietnam peace talks today by demanding that a new "peace cabinel" be formed in Saigon, replacing the presenl regime and sending a new delegation lo Ihe Paris negolialions. The demand was contained in a 5,000-word policy slalement read by Foreign Minister Tran Buu Kiem of the National Liberation Front, the first speaker at the session. Before the meeling, the chief U.S. negotiator, Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, indicated his "opener" would be proposed guarantees of the demilitarized zone which separates North and South Vietnam. Kiem said a "vigorous popular movement is developing" in South Vietnam which demands the overthrow of the present government of President Nguyen Van Thieu and Vice President Nguyen Can Ky. He said Ihis movement demanded "Ihe formation of a cabinet for the resloralion of peace which has Ihe good will lo negotiate at Ihe four-sided conference." He insisted lhal such a cabi- nel must consider the NLF an independenl party equal lo the others at Ihe conference and "fully competent to setlle Ihe problems of Soulh Vietnam." Area Indigent Medical Aid Up To Harris Court Ky JEAN KRONEBERGER HOUSTON (Sp) — A ruling by Harris Counly Commissioners Courl is one of the final hurdles lo be cleared before Ihe Baytown Heallh League Clinic can offer services to indigent residents of Barrett Station and La Porle. Al a meeling of the Harris Counly Hospilal Dislrict Board of Managers al Ben Taub Hospital, Ihe board voled lo ask Ihe commissioners lo approve transfer of the Health League's unused drug funds into payroll funding for the clinic. A group of Barren Stalion and La Porte residents had visiled Ihe board meeling in December, requesting an arrangement which would allow them to use the health league clinic in Baylown instead of traveling the greater distance to Ben Taub Hospilal in Houston. They cited expense and lack of public transportation as primary factors in their petition. Dr. Karl Opryshek, in a lellcr lo the board, also stated the health league's willingness lo serve Barren Slalion and La Porte residents, if additional staff payroll funding cculd he provided by the hospital district. He poinled oul thai Ihe district has budgeted $18,000 worth of drugs to the clinic, and that only about $12,000 of this amounl is being used. He suggesled lhal Ihe $6,000 budget surplus be used to pay Ihe nurse's salary at Ihe clinic, Ihus allowing Ihe health league to use its other funds to expand its services to addilional patients. AI Thursday's meeling, board member Don Horn moved that the board authorize the clinics commitlee lo ask Ihe commissioners to approve Ihe budgel Iransfer, and "gel the money down there." Horn had expressed disap- poinlmenl when Clinics Commil- lee Chairman Quenlon Mease, Ihe board's only Negro member, had reported lhat he had no recommendalion Thursday on Ihe December petition. Horn said he thoughl the "people down there have been very patient," and that since "sickness is prevalent at Ihis time of year," the money should be allocated "posl-hasle." Hospital administrator W. B. Forsler said the law requires thai the. Commissioners Court approve ' Ithe item transfers" in the hospital district budgel. "The question is, can we lake money appropriated for drugs and spend il for payroll," Forster said. "II needs further looking into because it is not clear." The clinics committee's other member, Mrs. McClelland Wallace, asserled that the commit- lee is "not unmindful" of Ihe needs of people in Easl Harris Counly. "We have not had lime to go into it deeply," she said, adding that the committee's deadline for making a recommendation is Feb. 13. Health League executive secretary Charles Caldwell told the board that for the remainder of the fiscal year ending in April, the clinic would need only $3,000. Mease said he thoughl clarification of the line item transfer policy by Ihe commissioners was "Ihe only Ihing prevenling" transfer of Ihe funds. The discussion of the health league item came midway in a long agenda which began with sweating in of three new board members, Delbert Atkinson, William T. Jones and Pal G. McDowell Jr., and a re- appointee, Mrs. McClelland Wallace. (See INDIGENT, Pa«e 2) time, according to customary literary time tables. "Someone once told me it may be 50 years from his death before he is really well known," his daughter, Mrs. E. L. Scott, said, as she brought out stacks of magazines containing her father's poems and his book of poetry, "The Salt of the Earth and Sea." "He'd gel ideas for poems while working in Ihe field and he'd go wrile down his ideas and in a few days he'd have a new poem," Mrs. Scoll said. "He was ai^ays reading and I remember he took Ihe Galveslon newspaper. He wrote for Ihem and Ihey never charged him a cent for a subscription, they just always sent it to him." When amateur writers visited Sjolander to get his opinion of their work, Mrs. Scott recalls lhal her father "was critical and told the truth, what he really Ihoughl aboul it." "He didn't write much in his lasl years. He said, 'You know, 1 kind of believe my writing was (See FAME, Page 2) Legislature Slow In Buckling Down To Job By ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas legislators, who have been in session two weeks, are still looking for a program to tell them who the players are and where the action is. The 61sl Legislature reconvenes Monday morning wilh scant prospect of getting down to real lawmakirig for al least a Ihird week. LI. Gov. Ben Barnes and Speaker Gus Mutscher say their senale and house committees will be named "no later than Thursday"—which is when both houses likely will adjourn for anolher 3-'£ day weekend. Neilher Barnes nor Mulscher, as new presiding officers of their chambers, have spelled oul lo members their aims for the rest of this 140-day regular session. No bill can be inlroduced or debated by either house until the committees are appointed, except by four-fifths vote of the members in each house or if the governor declares a measure an emergency. Gov. Preston Smith delivered his first formal address to legislators last Thursday, lisling only one piece of emergency legislalion — higher interest rales for school bonds. "Price tags and priorilies remain lo be decided," he said. A day laler, on Friday, Smith told newsmen the legislature would be asked, probably Monday before committees are appointed, lo approve fund transfers giving more money immediately to the governor's office, the legislature's expense ac- counl, junior colleges and Ihe aid to families of dependent children fund. Smilh said he did not know the total cosl. Olher sources said Ihe package cost would be more than $1 million. "It's just an appropriations bill but I'll put an emergency tag on it if necessary," the new governor lold newsmen. He said he did not mention the eslimaled $1 million emergency mailer lo legislalors Thursday because he was unaware at thai lime of a shorl- age of welfare funds. Smith also told newsmen Friday that his recommendations on state spending for 1970-71 would not be made for anolher iwo or maybe Ihree weeks. His lax recommendations, Smilh said, would not be made "unlil il is delermined how much we need to raise." 8 Persons Injured In Laurel LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Eighteen tank cars loaded with butane gas exploded with a series of tremendous blasts early today, sending balls of fire and debris through a several-block area. At least eight persons were hospitalized and 35 homes were reported destroyed. One tank car was blown two blocks by the force of the explosions, set off when one of the lankers derailed about 10 blocks from the downtown area. Police feared another eighl tank cars, part of the same shipment, might be touched off by the flames. Each held 30,000 gallons of gas. Residents in Jackson, 90 miles to the north, said they could see the night sky light up when the cars erupted about 4:30 a.m. Windows were blown out in a four-mile radius around the site of the blasts. Telephone service was disrupted in a wide area. National Guard and Civil Defense units were alerted, and residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated from their homes in the sub-freezing dawn. The injured were suffering from burns and shock, authorities said. Six Perish In BexarFire SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A mother and five children in south Bexar County died in a predawn Tire Saturday that lev- elled their home. A bottled gas tank had exploded. The tentatively identified victims were listed as Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Patterson, 35, and her children Eugene, 18;Nancy, 16; Margaret, 13; John Robert, 12; and Betty Arlene, 4. The father, Willie Eugene, 41, suffered burns over 70 per cent of his body. He was taken to the Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio. First Goose Creek Mayor Donated To City Projects By WANDA ORTON Goose Creek's first mayor of- len look money from his own pockel to help pay for city projects. Mrs. Willie Mae Strangmeier, 701 N. Jones, recalls lhal her falher, Mayor William Bussey, was never reimbursed for helping to pay for several city improvements during the days when Goose Creek was without funds. "And he didn't care lo be reimbursed," she said. The first mayor of Goose Creek aclually did not enjoy the public limelight and never sought recognition, she recalls. Appointed mayor, he served one term in 1919. His daughter remembers little about the political activities in those early days but does recall seeing a man writing city business down in a "great big ledger." A business man wilh varied interests, Mayor Bussey was a prosperous rice farmer in Jefferson County before moving lo Goose Creek in J916. The 1915 Galveslon storm had wiped oul his five rice farms, sweeping gulf waters over Ihe fields. "He salvaged whal he could and decided lo come here," Mrs. Strangmeier said. Before the 1915 storm he had talked of retiring early and traveling around the world. Fale had olher plans for Ihis man who was to become one of the political and business pioneers of Goose Creek, a sleepy litlle village awakened by Ihe gush of "black gold." For awhile his family remained al Iheir home in China, a small communily in Jefferson County near Beaumont. During Ihis time Mrs. Strang- meier recalls she once visiled her father, arriving here by boat at Busch's Landing. "I \vas frightened to death!" she says of her first impression of the bustling boom town where people were living in tents and there were reports even of "lots of killings." The family moved here in 1918. (See MAYOR, Page 2) SHOP f :30 TO 1:00 MAYOR BUSSEY AND DAUGHTER WILLIE MAE Photo Taken on Mrs. Strangnwier's First Vteit Here

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