The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 25, 1959 · Page 1
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Freeport, Texas
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Friday, September 25, 1959
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THI FACTS W*lK«i*D *0lM$W "fAGSS FROM THE PAST" Will fiATURE ORIGINAL LANDOWNERS Tide Schedule Friday — High none. Low 8:12 p.m. Saturday — High 12:18 a.m. « Low 4:17 p.m. Weather Cast Partly cloudy and miM through Saturday with widely scattered showers. Winds out of the southeast. Low tonight 78, high on Saturday 86. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1959 Houstonianls 14th County Traffic Death t A Houston woman died less than an hour after she was injured in a two car crash on lain slick-Highway 35 near Al* vln Thursday afternoon. Her death raises the number of traffic fatalities in Brazoria County In 1939 to 14. The 18tK death, which occurred In early September, also resulted from a Highway 35 wreck. Mrs. Katherine Charleston, 47, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston about 5:30 pjn. Thursday. Her husband, Robert Oan Charleston, 46, a passenger in tho car she was driving, was seriously injured. They were taken to St. Joseph's by Martin Brothers ambulance. Charleston underwent surgery lor a head injuryjhorttjSattbt he reached the hospital. '•'.'• tfX'' Five other persons, all of whom were riding in the other car, were slightly Injured. They were taken to Alvin Memorial Hospital by Froberg Funeral Homo ambulance, and were treated and released. All the occupants of that car were Freeport residents. The driver, Alvin Hlggins, 32, and passengers, Mr. and Mrs. Cordell White, Charles White, and Sylvester Bullard, received'on- ly minor injuries. State Highway Patrolman Cflrl Morrison said the accident occurred when one of the drivers apparently lost control of his car during a heavy rain at about 4:3Q pan. Thursday. He said the car apparently got on the wrong side of the road, colliding with the other vehicle at a' point approximately four miles north of Alvin on 4 Highway-35.. ' The Charleston car was go* ing north and the Higgins cat south, he 'added. "-.';, •,". Morrison said investigation is continuing, but no charge* have been filed as yet. SHIPS OFF TP BEAUMONT 'Not since 1955 have the Bra- zosport Exporters played in Beaumont, but tonight at 7:30 the'Shippers'are due to clash with South Park in a closing non-district game. Harden Cooper's Exporters will return to their home tun of Hopper Field next. Friday to open the District 12-AAAA .gridiron season against Galena Park. . The Shippers left at noon to| \ day for Beaumont and will remain overnight, coming back »home by special bus Saturday. The BrazosporUSouth Park game will be featured In The Facts Weekend Edition sports , , section, along with game. stories from other Brazoria County elevens hi action tonight PRICE 5 CENTS PLANNING TB PATCH JEST PROGRAM Arranging for a commliu* to ui up the TB pilch tailing program in AnaUtoh Schools ait, frara l*it Mated.'Jack Hartflf, SoUlhild. School; Frtd Wood, junior high and high school; Sam Plummar. Central EUm.nUrr; and standing, Tiiilf WiU- irioreland. Motthildt Eltmtnitrr. Th«t at* In charge.of tha TB pitch ta«U at thai* schools. Ravelle Gardiner will fake can of the letting at Marshall School. Tha program U due to begin in schools throughout the county on NOT. 16. Member! of tha Braioria County TB Auociation urg* parents io glr< Jheir consent for tha left to their children. At County-Wide Meeting County Civil Defense Education Discussed The possibility of offering courses in Civil Defense education for adults was a major topic for discussion at a Civil Defense meeting Thursday ev- . program was recently ening. The set, up by. the Texas Education Agency and moj, be offered through the public schools. About 20 persons from all parts of Brazoria County met at the Angleton courthouse to discuss this program and to hear reports concerning the changing emphasis of civil defense planning. County Judge Alton Arnold spoke to the group about working over the complete system of civil defense in Brazoria County. ... He reported on present trends In other areas of the country. He said people should be kept U City Manager A. A. Mac- LEAN, busily adjusting-.the air conditioner, opening v*pd-clos« ing windows, and getting; out all the chairs he could find at the JACK LEE trial in the LJ cny hall last night although he insisted he was "off duty". We still think MAC could have filled the city coffers had he only had the coffee pot on and sold coffee crowd to the capacity The motion wai seconded by He announced that the eight Angleton Superintendent of School O. V. McDaniel and carried unanimously. , A second motion by Dr. Hayes was seconded by Lake Jackson Civil Defense coordi annual conference of Unite* States CD Councils will be held Oct. 13 through 16 at the Sham rock Hilton Hotel in Houston He also announced that th Civil Defense booth at thi naton John L, Dunn, and also year's Brazoria County Fair carried. That motion..was io the! will be handled by Various lo- effect that a "committee be or-]cal-C0* groups." Thesjf.wflHn ganized to study the' problems' elude'Alvin, Tuesday; Brozorily of 'civil defense courses for adults in public schools. The committee would include administrative officers' of all school .districts in the county with County; School .Superintendent J. Paul Rogers to be appointed chairman; The civil defense group expressed the hope that county citizens will respond to these courses. Judge Arnold said they will probably -be advertised and some method will be set Wednesday; Angleton, Thurs day; Lake Jackson, Friday; anc West Columbia on Saturday. more informed and more" aware i u p \ 9 attempt to determine the of what Is happening and what] number of persons who are in- is being talked about in civil wrested, defense work today. _ j Judge ^^ ^ &e ^^ fenseVe^t °be >&£ t^^'SKSJ^A have received Texas Education Agency training on the subject. One or more teacher workshops are expected to be set up in the county before the regular courses are offered. Don Berry of changing from a matter-of evacuation to stress ', on fallout shelters", Judge Arnold stated. In that connection, he explained that the Texas Education Agency is fostering courses in Civil Defense education for Instructors for courses/,to be taught spoke of the need for more hospital units. He explained schools would pay the instructors , for these .courses, and "he Most all Brazosport communities were represented among the spectators who crowded Into the packed council chamber tinned courtroom ... Chief O. C. MERRYMAN>f Clute was in the audience, Freeporter MAUDE BLAKE was there, plus lots of Lake Jackson folks, including E. C. REA, JOE and ALMA PERKINS, the TYLER BAKERS, GRADY DANSBY, BILL WILLIAMS, LES MAY, MONROE •SCHRADER, and CHRISTINE WINSTON ... Called on the jury panel but not chosen to serve were JOE TALBOT, SAM ELLISON, JAMES ELBERTj '.C,-,H.I GREEN, J. A. WOODAHA;W>d' BOB FREDRICKSON ... And, elsewhere on Thursday, FRANK K. STEVENS SR. of Angleton, celebrating his 74th birthday by presenting a program at the luncheon meeting ot Brazosport realtors. He showed a film on Texas title processing Coming One of, the purposes of Thursday's meeting was to try to determine , whether Brazoria County wants to go into that program. Representatives 'were present from all the schools in the county, with the exception ot Alvlb, West Columbia, Sweeny and Many*!. If these courses can be had and if there is enough response for them, then some of the people who have taken'the courses could meet as committees to work out the new Civil Defense program for the county, Judge Arnold explained, Dr. Bascora Hayes, Brazos- port Superintendent of Schools, made' a' motion that all local superintendents and school baanji in the county bu urged his help to any ,area which might be interested in this. j Rogers, who served as coun CD coordinator, urged the people to take part in the courses. LJ Jury Finds Lee Assault Fisherman Fined; Says Hardman Was Involved A fisherman was fined $35 lis morning on a charge of isturbing the peace which he laid grew out of a shuffleboard ame with the judge who fined im. The judge, however, .denied that he ever played shuffleboard with the man. Clarence Daniels, crewman n the trawler Capt. Joe F, told olice late Thursday that the ncident had occurred earlier n the evening at the Parker louse, a downtown Freeport tavern. • Daniels said that he and City Fudge G. C. Hardman were loth drinking beer, and that he lad played a game of shuffle board with the judge. He had won the game, he aid, and an argument with tho udge followed. Daniels said he judge threatened to put him in jail, and when he asked why, Hardman said: "because 'm the judge." Today Judge Hardman denied playing shuffleboard with Daniels. He said that he had seen Daniels enter the tavern and said that Daniels was us- ng loud, abusive language. He told Daniels to leave because e was drunk. Freeport police said Hardman was leaving just as they rrived in response to a call rom Mrs. Maude Blake of The re leaving together in Fazio's ar when officers arrested .hem. At the police station, both hrimpers made notarized iatements to police who also called in witnesses to observe )anlel'f speech, action and ap- icarance. These witnesses were Buster Curry, Mike Marcus ind Buddy Kolak. Daniels was then released Ince police had no warrant from Judge Hardman. Hardman said today Ida Mae Wood- PROOF GREENSBORO, N. C. — , Salts counselor Howard Wise htupt said that clocking de vices in dtputment itam have proved what everybody has suspected all along: I takes a-woman seven mi nutti to buy -what a man buys In one minute. CAN'T Adams Rites Set In Shreveport , Jay Adams, 58, of Route : West Columbia, died in a Free port hospital Thursday after noon. He had been in ill healtf for about five years. The body was sent by Freeport Funeral Home this morning to Shreveport, La, for services and burial. Funeral services are scheduled for 4 pjn. Saturday at the Osborae Funeral Home Chapel, with Mr. Jack Arvin, Church of Christ pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Centuries Memorial Park. Adams had been a county resident for about three years. He was a steam fitter, working on construction. He was a member of the Woodman of the World and Pipe Fitters Local Union 211. Survivors include his widow, Mattie S.; sisters, Mrs. Rose Burchfield of Eldaroda, Ark., and Mrs. Alice Heldenbrand of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Johnny Adams of Mew Boston, Tex., and a number of nieces and nephews. LONDON— Tatt about adding iamlite iaJWrrl • • Alter being lock** acd dentally in • batik vault f* 20 minutes,. Stanley Dale tmerged to Sad that a policeman had ttckeied his for pverpaxklaf at » minute meter.. arker .rawler House. owner, Daniels and John Fazio, Chicken Barbecue The men of .Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church will have a chicken barbecue Saturday at the Jones Creek Community House. ard, barmaid at The Parker House, filed the charge about 6 pjn. but officers .did not come for it After learning from Mrs. Blake that Daniels had beea released, Judge Hardman said he called police about 9 pjn. Police told him Daniels was out on a boat and Hardman said he again told them to pick Daniels up as he was very drunk. Fazio brought Daniels to Judge Hardman about 10 BJn. today. Daniels pleaded guilty to the charge and .paid his $35 One, Hardman said. Point 4 Program Rosharon Topic The Rosharoh Home Demonstration Club is inviting all Brazoria County residents to attend a special program at the Rosharon Firemen's Hall Saturday. The program will follow the Rosharon Fire Department Box „ , , .„ . . .Supper, which will begin at Serving : time will be from 7.30 pjn . During the program 5 to 8 pjn. Ticket! will be available af the community house and are priced at $1.25 tor adults and 75 cents for children. Proceeds from the barbecue will be used for air conditioning for the church. The public is invited to attend. Has Firea Department answered tw* fee calls Thursday, night Botti wert minor residential fire*.";" • At about 7:30 pjn. they were called to extinguish a bllu» at the Arthur* Alexander Jbten* fltt 301 West Cedar. At abottt 1030 pjn. they received the -second call, to put out a blaze- in tha kitchen of the C. A. Tawnsend luimo at 318- South C. D. Snjrder of Fulton, will show colored slides and lecture on his six year assignment with the Point Four program in Burma and Thailand. His work in those countries involved improving agriculture, education, health, sanitation and home economics. The.program promises to be both educational and entertain ing, and anyone interested ia ' At Watt Columbia Bond Election Is Saturday 'West Columbia voters go to the polls Saturday to decide whether the city should undertake the $290,000 water and sewer improvement program proposed by the city council. Mayor O. W. Pond explained bond election recently dur- to *toi*ut> a system of train- in| a public, meeting, stressing ing iff Civil Defense for adult* that an—»<»•>"• a A "•'««» as ur|«J by the Texas "' J — ' • imn1 ""' S. A. up for Saturday birthdays are DAVID HAROLD COLLINS, BARBARA LORF< tion Agency fryoufs Are Saturday Final eliminations for the Bi-azoria County Fair talent show,-'Brazoria, Brevities, will be held Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds auditorium. All .participants in the show are asked to be present and those who plan to present talent act» are to come 'in CM- w*j I.IM**»«*| *->***w«**»*» uv*»* ' ,• cu** *»V^ »f v %V VW*149 Hi VW* ING, and MRS. JACK TAY-jmme no that pictures may be LOR... (made., and that the heavy strain of the two new school plants could not be handled at present. Pond pointed out that fiscal agents employed by- the city advised that the city was in sound financial condition and that the bond issue could-be ! safely undertaken at this time; by the city to sur-'They also advised a rate in- vey these departments, had:crease for water aid sewer deemed them necessary. {services, stressing that this in- Half ot (he proposed bond crease was necessary whether issue is set for revenue bonds and the bonds. other half for tax Pond told the voters that this; money was needed to provide milch needed relief all over the city in the water and sewer Jltiea. City Manager Jimmy Dodson pointed (jut that a large sctiool building program is beginning i a the city; and that he does not believe that:the city o|n accomodate these plants under thi present .situation. He sii4 that the present lines are overloaded throughout the city, or not the bond issue passes. Engineer Russell recommended raising the rates in the use categories rather than raising the minimum rates. He caid that the expenses of the city are proportionately higher than other cities in the area because of the lower revenue.. The mayor and city manager have invited anyone to come to them with questions about the bond issue, and then asked that all qualified voters visit the polls on Saturday at the, American Legion Hall. j 521,288 Contract Is Aworied Messengers Get Thanked , Freepori police get • "bou < flu»f this w*«k from a wo man far Ib* trips tb*r had mad* to h*r hem*. Mrs.Fl<gwKf,Jl*m»«x of A .'contract lor 10.9 mjDe* of construction on FM 5J1 end State Highway J88 in Braieria County has been awartf«d to t>n Aramas Pass firm, bat been announced in Austin thta week by the State Highway Commission, t • Surivner and Hlchardion, Inc., submitted the low bid of $766,868 on the project Construction of grading, structure!, base and surfacing from State 288 via Anchor to State Highway 35 at Bailey's Prairie is expected to take 260 working days, according to W.' E. Car- Clute Council Cancels Out The Clute City Council again bad to call off a regular meeting set for Thursday night. Failure to have a quorum was again the reason for the cancellation. City Secretary F. M. Sanders said that Councilman Omer Fletcher, who is; in the moving business, was away on a trip, Councilman W. W. McKinney was called to • Galveston hospital where his father is ill, and new Councilman J. O. Johnson had to work. Sanders said, that council, business would,'probably fcs handled along with the public hearing on the «tty budget, set % 7:30 pjn, Tuesday, michael, district highway engineer at Houston. F. G. Miksovsky, resident engineer at Angleton win be In charge of the project while it Is under construction. . phoned TnMday to thank them fox delivering lome in the NOTICE Of APPEAL GIVEN BY ATTORNEYS By GLENN HEATH Editor Of The Facts A six-man jury took only 15 minutes early this morning to find that Constable Jack Lee was guilty of an assault on a Lake Jackson business man «'t, L !f y% S char g ed with striking Bob Sloan, awner of Bobs TV in Lake Jackson and "pulling and push- rig him in a violent manner." — ing nun m a violent manner.' The incident occurred at noon,Aug. 31. The attack itself was not denied. Constable Lee admitted on the witness stand that ie struck -Sloan, and that he then dragged Sloan in the direction of his car, with the in tentlon of jailing him for disturbing the peace. The question was whether or not Lee was acting in self defense when he struck Sloan. In their verdict, the jurors upheld the contention of the prosecutor, City Attorney Frank Stevens of Angleton, that Lee's assault on the business man was not in self defense, and was not justified. They set his fine at $25, the maximum allowed hi the simple/assault charge. Defense Attorney Thad Davis immediately announced to City Judge Z. B. Lee his intention of appealing the case. On appeal, the case would go to County Court for a trial de novo—a new trial. For,:'a Corporation Court case, the trial was "a' lengthy one. It began at 7:10 in the Lake Jackson City Hall council chamber. -It was 'nearly two hours later that the jury panel of 12 was qualified and,six selected. ; Testimony and Jury arguments continued'to 12:14 a.m. 'todayf Bn(Ttn« verdict was read by th« }uiy ioieman, R. K. Trdchler, at 12:30' ajn. By the time the seven witnesses had completed their testimony, it became clear that there ..were no known outside witnesses-\to the actual blow the constable struck, or to the words and actions of the two men Just prior to the blow. The two men directly involved " Sloan's smallness. He also pointed out Sloan's timid appearance during the testimony. The constable, who voluntarily. took the stand, told a different account. He denied knowing Mrs. Ray well. He said that he was at the Eagle Island Motor Co. in search of information about the former owner of the business, in connection with a civil suit.' He had used the manager's phone, he said, in order to call home and leave word that he would be late for lunch. He said no one answered the call, and he hung up. As he was ' -'ng the office, he said, "this fellow came rushing in an-' insisted I was calling his said that "I called htm a damned liar." He snid that after they left the building, Sloan became profane and Abusive, saying once to Lee that "you're a G— D— lying ^O.B." About then, Lee said. ""nan made a statement to the "ffect that he "was going to f ir yon " and out his hand in Ms oocVet. Lee said he thought Sloan was going for a knife, and th-pfnre "I hit him in self- defense." A wavn pf snickers from the audience greeted this testimony. and Pitv office." Z. B She said «he .now bad i pbato* eo lhe> could get mei Ufea dinct, and expreued her gratitude to lha depart' meat for past favors. PQLJCff RCPOttT: Disturbances On FP, Clute Dockets The Freeport Police Depart-1 when officers arrived to inves- ment had few calls the pastltigate the matter. 24 hours according to a Friday morning check. After a disturbance in a Freeport cafe Guy James Williams was arrested Thursday night He entered a plea of guilty and was fined $5 plus f 18.50, totalling $23.50 if it is paid before he is transferred to Angleton. Williams was jailed after the hearing. Police got a report of a cutting in the Tarpon Inn Village area at 8:50 pjn. Thursday. The unknown caller said two Latin Americans had cut a third youth with a knife but the injury was not serious. All three youths were gone Singing Convention The Brazoria County Singing Convention will meet Sunday at 3 pjn, at the Emaauel Baptist Church in Clute, according to D. B. Crockett, publicity director. FP JAYCEES TO MAN TWO GAS STATIONS SATURDAY • V. . - . - Fr«por» Junior Cbambe? ol Comnwrc* muaJMn will iakf ev*r operation o| two Ft»«poit service tiations Batur- day, wilt • percentage of «v* d*y'« profits going* . dilfc trsMurj to supper* thai* Wfied <Me Proljet* .! ;• The JayeM-nuwaad tiaiions will be BUly's Mobil* «a- tion and J4uriril'i T**ac«. Thi dub mtmbera iavitt avwrf- on* to drop by and g*t .font setcial sacrie* and help pw- mote civic projects at ft* aama tint*. .. ;. ' . . , ; Th* funif 4«lv«d bent VH pio)*et wfll b* UM far Jh« Cbrmmai program, acewdiaj Jo Ckarltf ptojeot chairrflMi. " : A minor accident was reported at 8:04 a.m. Friday at West Fourth and Cherry. Involved were a 1957 Plymouth driven by Elsia Louise Miller, 815 West Ninth, and a 1948 DeSoto driven by Charley Dolly, 131 East Broad, Damage was estimated at $10 to the Plymouth and none to the other car. Dolly got a tio- ket for following too closely. LAKE JACKSON Lake Jackson Police HUef J. S. "Cap" Brown said Friday morning that the city had a quiet 24 hours with nothing to report. He said investigation of the accident at Center Way and Azalea on Wednesday resulted in a ticket being issued to Mrs. Julia Harvey for failure to grant right of way, CLUTE One family disturbance with a man arrested for disturbing the peace about 10:30 pjn. Thursday was all Clute Police Chief O. C. Merryman had to report on Friday morning. Cougar Canteen Dance A benefit dance will be held at the Cougar Canteen on South Main Street in Clute, beginning at 8 pjn. Saturday. • Music will be by Bud KeHey's Trio. Proceeds will be used for th« canteen. The dance is for both teenagers and adults. Adult tickets are priced at $1.50 .per .couple and $1 for stags. Teenagers will uss their cu- —Lee "and Sloan — were the only apparent witnesses to tho key issues. Therefore, the case narrowed to a question of whether the jury would believe Lee's account of the incident, or Sloan's account Sloan testified that during the morning of Aug. 31, there had been many phone calls at the shop for Mrs. Oleta Ray, an employee - of the shop at that time. Mrs. Ray identified the caller as Constable Lee, and said he had asked her to have lunch with him. She told the caller not to bother her any more, especially while she was at work Sloan said. Sloan said that he began answering tho phone himself during the course of the morning, and that on many occasions, when he would pick up the phone, the caller would immediately hang up. About noon, he said, a car driven by a man that Mrs. Ray identified as Lee parked at the nearby Lake Club and went in. Then, Sloan said, the constable walked very slowly past the television shop in the direction of the adjacent Bagle Island Motor Co. Shortly afterward, he said, the phone rang. Sloan said he picked up the phone, set down, and dashed over to the Eagle Island Motor Co. building. , He said he saw Lea coming out of the manager's office and said to him: "Hey, buddy, how about laying off- my tele ohone. 1 * Re said lee denied calling him. He said that they had argued only briefly when Bob Betts, manager of the motor -omnRny, agked~ them to g<r outside. : Outside, Sloan said, lee be came abusive and profane. Al one time, Sloan' said, Lee referred to him as "you G— D— lying little S.OJB." Sloan sale he remarked to Lee thai "you're; a fine •representative ol the law." About then, Sloan said, -ft, got hit In the mouth." He 'said four teeth were loosen»d by the blow. During the later Jury argument, % Prosecutor Steven* pointi*. ; out contrast between IV* Mh, Md . . rapped .for order. A moment later when the constable testified that the attack was oreceded by "loud and vociferous language" on the part of Sloan, the snickering again irose, and once more Judge Lee demanded order in the courtroom. The constable said that after striking Sloan, he put him un- ler arrest, and began dragging lim to his car. He contended :hat the language being used )y Sloan constituted a distur- Dance of the peace, and that his intention was to file a complaint in Lake Jackson city •:ourt on that offense. Although he had earlier stated that his business at the motor company was information that would lead to serving paper in a civil suit, he contended that he was off duty as a constable at the time he hit Sloan, and arrested him. He said that the arrest was a "citizen arrest", and that any citizen was entitled to arrest another person for "disturbing the peace, or a felony committed in his sight." He said that while he was dragging Sloan, Sloan apologized and admitted that he bad no real proof that Lee had made the phon» call to his office. Then when Mrs. Ray ran out of the shop and defended Sloan, the constable said, he. decided to drop the intention of arresting Sloan. Nont of the witnesses could say that they saw a badge or gun on Lee at the time of the incident. Much of the questioning by the attorneys was aimed at discrediting witnesses for the opposing side. Davis attempted to show that there was more than an employer-employee relationship between Mrs. Ray and Sloan. He also pointed out discrepancies between statements made by Mrs. Ray and Sloan concerning her wages; and in his jury argument later pointed this _out in an attempt to impeach' Sloan's credibility. Steven countered by pointing out discrepancies between testimony between Mrs. Hay and Lee's credibility could be impeached by the same line of thought. The courtroom remained packed throughuot the trial, until the verdict early this morning. Members of the jury were Treichler, Joe Walters, J. C. Powell, Leslie Clement, S. M. Clifford, and Bill Zimmerman. Sun Data Sets today at 6:14 p.m. Rises Saturday at 8:11 a.m. StU Saturday at HI PJB. ,:-W II P M I

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