The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 18, 1968 · Page 1
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TlftlS High (Itlc 10:58 a.m. Low at 7:22 p.m. High Tliurs, 3:02 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Low at 8:f>2 a.m. and 8:10 p.m. Sun sots 7:23, rises 7:08, sots 7:22. Volume 57, No. 173 OVER 50,000 READERS EVERY DAY Tfo family doily poper of flrozor/o County THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS Associated Press Member COPYRIGHT ml nv Wednesday, September 18, 1958 Freaport, Texas 77541 Fair and mlW through ThitM* • N winds 8-18 mph. High lodijr and Tliurs. tnld 80'g, low to* night high 50's. Dolly IQc Jr. College bonds pass 2 to 1 A UOVHOOD YKAKMMj not only to KO down to the sea but dov. n into It Ins been amply fulfilled by Murray 1). lilack who was si-faker at last nlr.ht's Ura/os- (jorl Chamber of Commerce Kii-ellnK. IHack ait! tils wile, at right, are pictured following his talk as they -Acre surrounded by many of the 200 (<ersons attending the meetinK field at the I- rec- IKTI Municipal I'ark. Black used the diver's helmet, plus slides, to illustrate his talk on the sea ami what Us development can mean to Texas. Offshore oil seen as key i to new industry for Texas H) The JCOO itiilllun which major oil comiutittis slapped onto the table for t-'UU oil leases Just got thfii) Hit • Uie saint' . and therp'a goim: to t»- a lot moru monoy and work put Into backing up that Ix-t. If the faith these companies have already shown in the offshore pos.slbllilles along the Gulf Coast pays olf. it will mean that an entire new industry win sprint up in Texas — with ltrau»s|«.irt in a fine pusltlon to cash in on jl the winnings. This Is the way Murray black sues It and this is the way the jouthful president of the Ulvcon Inc.. underwater contractors and end n e e r .•>, told It to the nearly 200 |*>r- sonj attending the Dra/o.s- port Chamber of Commerce Kail Bualnesu Meetlnt: Tuesday night. ) Black backed up his words with tho announcement that his own firm plans to o)-o>n a Bra/osjort office within the next three to six months. "We have great faith In the future of Texas," he said. Black, who benan his underwater career diving for abalone in California, explained (hat there had been a 'great change In the diving business in Uiw la.st IT. years. This *us chiefly dii« to the advonl of the off shore oil drill he said. When the search got for undersea pot first began, the only <ri|' . itrtn- * divers were Un- abalonu lumi- «rs Black said. The early divi-rs' e.'.'orts •Acre rhh'fly ahr.vd at yetting to the bolli-m, but this !s not enough v.tn-n oil is Involved. do so.'nelhlng once down there. This means that today's divers nci»d to be young men who arc xnrtiK'ors and technicians. •'. Ijlll- Oil ,ti .-. "I,- ! :,".shore Interest i-.t prvseiil. !iis not the oMy'iiieof importune?, ttlaci. said. The poSsibllltle.s are "'•xcltirig und then? Is i*.i lad of ideas," hi- .i.ild. He said the "In" basket of Von have lo hov. to 'Continued on II) Sweeny Council okays plat on subdivision i' JIMMY JOHNSTON of Long- ,vlew, calling parents KLVIS 'and EULA JOHNSTONofClute with good news that he'd won a gold Cadillac, ''loaded" even to a full tank of gas, in a contest conducted by a restaurant chain. , , BOB FIUNKLIN, keeping pretty calm conducting his emcee duties at the HI'Cham- ber meeting last night despite ja screen close behind him being blown to the floor twice wind whipped through the . i-eeport Pavilion, site of the session. . . And, V, A, THOU PL-:, prefacing tha lilting of his ar- rang«m«itts committee for the meeting by saying there were so many who'd helped that he might be mistaken for the guest .'speaker. . . WILLIAM McCALL, identified by error in yesterday's Facts as county juvenile officer, a position he did hold but has now retired from. The error occurred in photo information concerning t h e Sweeny Youth Council for Mc- CALL's still active in youth work, just not officially. . . .SWKKNY - The Clti Council In regular session Tues- da> approved a preliminary plat on a proposed sulidlvlslnn to U- devebijvd b;. MacDonald Development, Inc. Hill Arendalc, representative of the development com- pan>. told thu Council it will cost approxlniatel:. $130,000 to Install the improvements In the subdivision. He pointed out thai the development called for underground utility service lines. To I.H» known as San Bernard Villas, the 21-acre residential plat beliu; planned will provide 00 lots and will have restrictions to make this a first class residential area, Aren- daJr said, Located adjacent to the present city limits on Ashley- WU.soii Hoad and the Old Ocean Highway, the MacDonald interests' 200 acres of land here will be developed in three stages if the growth of the community and business and residential needs indicate. Arendale explained. The subdivision plans and specifications areU'liu;drawn up by .S. A. Ktis.sull lOiU'jneer- tnt; firm i- 4 Rosenberg. S. A. Kussell Jr., a member of the firm, presented the preliminary plans for Council approval. The developers will request that the 21-acre tract, plus other acreage set aside for business development, betaken into the city when final details of the plat are com - pleted, hopefully by the next Council meeting, Arendale said. He also told the Council that the roadway through the property, known as Ashley- Wilson Road, has been donated to the County and will become a public thoroughfare Instead of a private road there. lt& also said that two acres of land surrounding a Pan American Co. oil well adjacent to the subdivision will be do- naif, f to the clt> for a park site or an 1 ' other comparable Usi> the.. mU;hl want to make of thl.s area. Tin 1 proposed annexation of this prnjK-rt;. will also in- clu !e acreage r«'Ci>ntl;. acquired In the cit;. Iron, the Mac-Donald lU'Vek'pn.eiit C.i. Bids higher than hoped on warehouse Bids opened Tuesday for construction of a new warehouse at Brazos Harbor ran higher than hoped for and have been turned over to the Navigation District engineers for a recommendation. The lour bids ranged from $1,013 000 to $1,312,155, with the estimated number oi working days needed to complete the project ranging irom 180 to 200. Commissioners ac c ept ed the bids and referred them to Baker, Wachtstetter and Associates — the consulting engineers that designed the warehouse — lor tabulation and recommendations. James Baker, of Baker and Wachtstetter, said the bids were somewhat higher than the estimates made by the consulting engineers. The engineers will study the bids to determine the reason tor the difference in the estimates, then make a recommendation to the commissioners for awarding the contract. Bids for the warehouse project, which includes some improvements 'o existing mcil- itles, were itrst taken Aug. 29. At that time, there was only one contractor bid and commissioners readvertised for additional bids. AT BRAZOSWOOD HIGH Study finds slab foundation sound A 'juestluned slab, several specialists agreed, does no- thinc to lower the quality o! the new Brazoswood High School. This was the gist of re|x<rts to the Board nl K'Jucatlon Tucsdai by architects and a consulting engineer. The Hoard's throe-man Technical Adivsory Committee, headed by J. I.. (Ho) itoss, concur- By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. SAN Dlf.GO, Calif. - Kose Iluclier lias received the .'irst letter !ro:n her husband since the L'.S. !nteIlli;ence-Katheriiu; ship I'ueblo which he commanded v. ;LS seized b;, North Korea. • SAN ANTONIO - Mini- monorall trains, closed lor more than a day and a half after two of the trains derailed in Hi.'tnisl- air's worst accident, resumed their l.D mile trek around the tracks Tuesday. • NOVATO, Calil. - The financial angel of a -K. member hippie colony seems unperturbed that a court u>:n- ;•;.-.;• . -.'inded v,lj „ i' 5 H-il U i. is j 5 00,000, "God v.ill pr;ivid<-," said Donald b. Mo'.'cy, ..';, .-ho (jult a real er.t.ite mv> st:neitt career. e WASHI.'.Y/"i : — Republican candidate Kiel.,r: M. Nixon has Indicated h- in;ht !«••* ill- ing to di-li.it,. ;i..-:i.ocratic presidential •:.; ; < \\-\\\ Hubert 11. HU.T.I hre> - but nut i: the confrontation :.a•'. to include third party i:ai,:i:.!at.' ueorge C. 'A a 11 ace. • T.'.!. AVIV - Israeli raid Jordanian gunners kept up their duel across •.'.:>• .Jordan Klver Tuesday nii;h: ..sihel'N Security Council neared ap- prciv.il o! a resolution a call- Ing once more on Israel and her Arab Iocs to ui S>TVI- the cease-lire. • MOSCOW - A Soviet government s|x.ikt>sm.iii today denied a British r<-p. n that a Soviet space probe had passed near the moon and is believed on its way back to the earth, • HOl'STON - A Klce I'lli- versity graduate, protesting Texas' inandati..ry motorcycle helmet lav., says he '.Mil take his case (o the Court u/Crim- inal Appeals in Austin. William U, Smith, 2", w,is lined $50 in county criminal court Tuesday lor not wearing a helmet while operating ins motorcycle. Clute Council approves gas rate increase CMTK — The Clute Council approved Houston Natural Gas Company's request lor a rate increase. Representatives from the gas company had nn?t earlier with the Council and explained the need for this increase. Their reasons Included the rising costs that make operating expenses higher, and wage increases. The rate increase will only raise the residential bills less than live cents aday, the company siKjkesman said. The request was approved unanimously by the Council Tuesday. Councilman Jessie Tipton, whose wile is in the intensive care unit at Community Hospital, was not present. red. School officials had investigated alter citizens complained that reinforcing materials were Improperly placed in the concrete. The slab concerned is In an area that is to become the principal's office. All who spoke at Hie meeting disagreed with the complaints. They felt the reinforcement was laid as re- 'juired. Also, they reported that the structural strength o/ the building does not depend on the reinforcing materials in the slab. There were a dually two slabs questioned. One rejjort- ed more than a week aKO was in a covered walkway area. Architect Ountar Koetter said that while this slab was being poured ; a heavy rain caused the sand fill-to become :i,:iddy. when the superintend- on' continued the ixjiir, the sand w.is pushed up into the concrete in several places. The inspector and contractor Ujtl. discovered these flaws, and the whole slab has since been torn out, Koetter said. At that, he said, the flaws were '"marginal." The questioned slab in the building proper was of more significance to ofiicials. The citizen report was that it was i" ."laces under the slabortoo .- r the bottom. : C. h. Xtmmerman, of Wal- ttr }'. Moore and Associates, reported that the particular slit) had "no significance with r<v,;.eet to the support of exterior walls, the second floor, or tlie nof. "The actual structural val'j- the ability tu support ap; Led loads, is dej^ndem upon the earth fill placed beneath the slab." The function of the slab is to spread the loads more evenly over the fill. Reinforcing materials in the slab serve to restrict cracking clue to temperature changes, Zimmerman said in (Continued on Page 11) WOODY SULLIVAN Resigns post Sullivan resigns; is not 'homesick' CLL'TE - The resignation of Chief of Police Woody Sullivan was accepted "regretfully" by members oftheCity Council Tuesday night. Sullivan, who is accepting a job as chief of police in his hometown, said that he had his reasons for leaving and that they were not '"homesickness." "1 came here two years ago to quiet this town down. I've found the people here to be just wonderful and maybe someday I'll come back,"Sullivan said. He praised the people of Clute and especially wanted it known that it was not because Judge Albert Hester that he was leaving. "Judge Hester has conducted his court with respect and has always been most helpful. I owe him a pat on the back." the chief said. "When I first came here, everyone warned me that I wouldn't be able to operate because of the judge, but I found that tol*entirel> wrong. "He has come to the police station, even in his slippers, to help anytime I've called him," Sullivan said. "I'd also like to say "thanks" for the fine cooperation I've received from area police officers and from the Sheriff's Department, he added. One of the things that Sullivan will miss the most is the Clute children. He has personally handled school patrols in the morning and evenings. He has also put in many days working two shifts. Sullivan feels that a police chief should accept full responsibility in running a police department and he must stay with it. (Continued on Page 11) Brazosport Junior College's $5 million bond program Was approved by nearly a two to one vote Tuesday despite heavy rains and flooding which forced some voters to wade to their polling places. The bonds gained approval in all voting boxes with «total of 2,017 votes for and 1,040 against. This was in sharp contrast to last December's similar election In which all but one precinct turned down the bonds by a 1.009 to 719 vote. Tuesday's turnout of 3,073 property owners was considerably above the 1.732 .that voted in December. In Freeport's three precincts, Pet. 18, the only box giving the December proposal an okay, by 121 to 78, again led the way to approval with a decisive 264 to 70 margin Tuesday. Pet. 17 voters favored the proposal 239 to 139 against. Their December tally was 120 against and 110 for. Pet. 7 carried by a 111 to 96 vote, compared to December's 63-46 defeat. Both Lake Jackson precincts carried Tuesday byde- clsive votes. Pet. 22 voters okayed the bonds 282 to 196 and Pet. 23 by 584 to 298. In the December election, Pet. 22 defeated the measure 243 to 118 and Pet. 23 by a 327 to 198 vote. Clute Pet. 19 approved the issue by a 176 to 113 margin compared to a 73 to 58 negative vote in December. Jones Creek turned out Tuesday to give approval 114 to 70. The previous proposal was defeated 48-17. Oyster Creek Pet. 8 gave the bonds the nod by a 46 (Continued on Page 11) Further Red Barn testing is planned Progress, '68! Has Bra?oria County continued to grow during the past year' How? where? What have ue achieved in and lor our ..communities' How have we improved our lives and those o: others? Kach year The Facts undertakes to review- the enorts of '.housands of people in our many communities in growing, improving, changing. : This coming Sunday. The i-acts' "Progress, '08" will be included with the regular Sunday morning paper. There is no added cost. Tins is a part 01 our news service. This is about you, and your neighbors, and what you have fall done in a year i r :r.ore. :': Watch for it Sunday. FOR DOW BADISCHE CLL'TE - In a public hearing Tuesday afternoon, a representative of the Texas Air Control Board stated that Red Barn Chemical's time oftest- ing a means to control air pollution should be over. Ted Wirnberl;. said Red Parn should now comply with pollution regulations. The meeting, held at the Clute Cit\ Hall, was to determine whether Red Barn should be granted a variance from the requirements of the Clean Air Act of Texas. Wimberly told Red Barn that as soon as the weather permitted, members of the Texas Air Control Board would be down to test the air. Lurex feature of anniversary show The drama oi converting raw chemicals into glamorous evening wear and attractive children's clothing will be reflected in a community program and fashion show Friday night at the high school, Dow Cadische Co., celebrating its 10th anniversary in Bra:-.osj>ort this weekend, is the si>onsor. Along with the program, which starts at 7:30. each woman — or girl — attending will receive a pair o: hosiery made from silver or gold Lurex metallic yarn. Lurex is one o: the products made by Dow Badische since it entered the man- mad..' fibers business in February, 1900. The company also manufactures acrylic. nylon-G and polyester libers which are used in both home uirnishings and lashion fabrics. Jerry T. Faubiuii, Dow Badische president and former resident 01 Freeport, will brielly describe the company as it exists today — a chemicals and libers producer. Dr. T. H. Toepel — executive vice president, the first emplojee oi Dow Badische Chemical Co, when it was lormed 10 years ago May 10, and also a tormer Brazosport resident — will present background on the company as it was being lormed and on its rapid growth in the past 10 years. A L'0-minute film will dramatize the grow th and vast human contribution of Dow Badische people making the growth possible. Capping the program will be the lashion show which will highlight the theme, "The Flow oi Fashion to Fit All Pocketbooks." Miss Mary i.llen warnes ot 1'enny Baker, Inc., New York City, will narrate the 30- gar:n<?m presentation. Fashions for all hours and for men, women and children will be featured. Included, for example, will be: Sportswear and town and country wear for v. omen, back-to-school clothes ior young people and children, leisure apparel plus goli knits and back-to-town knits, swim- wear or Lurex ajid live swim suits by Cole of California — bringing out a sub-theme of "Fashion from Coast-to-Coast," short cocktail dresses, a ball gown and adazzling nnale oi the best of Americajicouiurelash- ions. Among the designers represented will be Kleibacker, John Moore, Farm, Andrew Woods and Monte Fono. The evening program will be part 01 a three-point event the company is sponsoring ior its anniversary observance. Friday morning, the press of the Houston area and a lew irom elsewhere in the nation will tour the Dow Badische plant. A barbecue will be conducted Saturday starting at 12:30p.m. for Dow Badische families at the Lake JacksonHecreationCenter. "A report of this hearing and our findings will be given in a meeting in Austin on Oct. 17," he added. Red Barn filed the petition for a variance and requested authority to continue the emissions at the present level until May 30. 19G9. At the hearing, Red Barn manager Roberts. McGeetold the Control Board that they would have all equipment installed and be operating in complete compliance with regulations by March 31. He said that some of the phases of the work were already completed and that contracts and purchase orders could be shown as proof of the company's intentions. He said that tests conducted by Stubbs-Overbeck and Associates, consulting engineers, showed that a portion of the plant was now in compliance, t.'. M. Overbeck of the corn- pan;, was present at the hearing and backed up McCee's statements. Cit;. Attorne;. Garvin German;., spokesman for the City of Clute which is protesting Red Barn's request for dela;., said these statements were an ''old story." To support this statement he read from the official minutes of several previous council meetings beginning in June of 1905. shortly after Red Barn began operations. These minutes contained similar pron.ises, each with a definite date that the problem would be solved. Wimberl> asked McGee if. the present plans would do the job. McGee told the Board that they felt it definitelj would and that the;, foresaw no problems in meeting the date of March 31. 1969, to come into compliance. Germany said that Clute did not want to see the plant closed but felt that the citizens of Clute had a right to enjoy clean air. He said the city representatives were not knowledgeable in technical data and that they had to trust in the Board's decisions to protect them.

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