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The Sun Invites MR. AND MRS. A. H. KNOBLES 209 W.James to the Brunson Theater. This coupon good for two tickets when presented at the Brunson Box Office Good Through Feb. 12 Now Showing "STEVE MCQUEEN AS BULLITT" ^•"—^^"^"^••^•••^•^^^^^^^^•^•^•^•i^^^^B^B aptoton OVER 50,000 READERS EVERY DAY YOUR HO NEWSPAPER VOL. 46, NO. 114 TELEPHONE NUMBER: 422-8302 Timday, January 28, 1969 BAYTOWN, TEXAS, 77520 Ten Cents Per Copy Bulletin AUSTIN (AP) - Members of the legislature heard a plea today for tighter state control and regulation of the insurance industry. Bart Hodges, president of the 6,333-member Texas Association of Life Underwriters, asked the legislature to tighten requirements for licensing life insurance agents in order to upgrade the profession and provide greater protection to Texas citizens. OTS Bicycle Marking BAYTOWN OPTIMISTS will resume marking serial numbers on bicycles beginning Saturday, Ron Cooper has announced. Bicycles will be marked from 9 a.m. Saturday lo noon al Sam Houston and Carver-Jones schools. Bicycles will be marked the following day, Sunday, at Baylown Junior School, DeZavala and San Jacinto elementary schools from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Dance A DANCE will be held from 9 p.m. lo ) a.m. Saturday al the Knights of Columbus Hall. Music will be furnished by Gil Baca's Orchestra, and tlress will be semi-formal. AAUW Meeting THE AMERICAN Association of University Women will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Culpepper's lurnilurc store, 612 W. Texas Avenue, instead of al the meeting place originally scheduled. Meeting Postponed A MEETING OF the Home Owners Club of Bayridge has been postponed for a week. The club will meet Feb. 5. Gun Club GULF COAST Gun Club meeting will be held al 7:30 p.m. Tuesday al Ihe Chamber oi Commerce building. Memberships will be renewed and new keys for Ihe rille range will be available. New officers will be elected. | WEATHER \ MOSTLY CLOUDY and continued mild through Wednesday. Tempi-ratlin' range expected, low fills to upper 70s. The temperature in the Bay- lown-lloiislon urea hit 7!) degrees Monday afternoon, passing the 78-degrec record high for the day set in 1!M7, according to the U.S. Weather Bureau in Houston. SUE JONES does a quick change act between courses a I progressive dinner .. . Libbyanc Myrtle Louise Moore off lo Dallas for market-week . . . Mrs F. L. McAlisler proud of daugh tcr Marsha . . . Hay belle Binder busy with some more of those "Baylown Sun" metal flowers Marie Barnett excited abou talking over the radio and win ning a record album. Debbie Hensler and Milli Considine enjoyed the wcckctu al Champions. They also enjoyec a dinner and Ihe theater in Hous ton. L. A. Mullinsof 201 Pamela is a patient at Baytown Hospital . JoTayior back from a flying lri| lo Oklahoma lo check on her ncv, grandchild . . . Add the names o Jocelyn Wessclhoft and Kath> Wahrmund to Ihe lisl of new graduates from Ihc University o: Houston. No Senrice Charge At ... P«opto Stot* lank M«mb*r F.D.I.C. HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATED PRESENT MONDAY AT A ceremony dedicating a marker to the memory of the late Cedar Bayou poet, John Peter Sjolander, were the poet's daughter and son. They are Mrs. Edward Scott and Sam Y. Sjolander, who stand on either side of the marker. With them is Frank Tritico, chairman of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee, on the left, and Mrs. Sam Sjolander, on the right. The marker stands in front of Mrs. Scott's home at 6330 Sjolander Road. (Baytown Sun Photo By Robby Nixon) Sjolander Didn't Let His Poetry Chain Him To Desk (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last in a series of articles about John Peter Sjolander, Cedar Bayou poet who died in liCHI. leaving a legacy of remarkable verse.) By WANDA OKTON A literary genius, an intellectual giant was John Peter Sjolander. But what of Sjolander the nan: Was his wondrous mind contained in an ivory tower, a cultural isolation booth far removed from his fellow man? Hardly. John SjoJander was a man of lis land and home. His was a Yiendly, communicative nature, and be was a devoted family man, hard-working farmer. 'Who's Who in America" and joems in American literature aooks notwithstanding, John Sjolander was still a man who oved lo till llic soil. Creativity, to him was agriculture as well as ilcrature. Tins dean of Texas poets was lso an active Cedar Bayou Mason, a Democrat, a school joard member. A prototype of J. Frank Dobie or Robert Burns or Walt Whit- man, he not only wrote about the people, he was one of them. Aptly, his book of poems is tilled, "Salt of the Earth and the Sea." Lines from bis "Toiler's Song" capsule his philosophy: "Rejoice, O heart! The treasure- house of kings is bare compared with his who toils and sings." Another poem with a built-in clue to the "real" Sjolander is "Children's Laughter" in which this father of five wrote: "Children's laughter, pure and sweet As a;i angel-choir complete, 'Neath my roof tree ringing: Music for the gods well meet. Purest pleasure bringing." His daughter, Mrs. E. L. Scott, found that poem in an April, 1886, issue of Peterson's Magazine printed in Philadelphia. "He was always laughing and singing," Mrs. Scott recalls. "The only thing that irrilated him was for you to whistle while he was trying lo write a poem. He wouldn't mind if you watched over bis shoulder but he didn't want us lo whistle then." Books, his grcal enthusiasm in life, were to be shared, nol stored away. "When the library opened downtown (country branch library) he brought them two big boxes of books," Mrs. Scott said. And when friends came to his home and showed interest in a book, Mrs. Scott said she remembers her father frequently saying, "Here, you read it. Take it with you." He probably gave away nearly as many books as he read, she recalls. A, L. Bennett, former Lee College English instructor, interviewed Sjolander a year before his death in 1938 for a Texas Outlook article. The poet told him then: "I am growing old, as you can see. I can't see, and I can't hear, but I am thankful for one thing: I can still laugh." Schoolchildren were constantly writing to Sjolander, whose poems were included in some literature textbooks. Sjolander used to laugh about the school boy who wrote him anc complimented him as "the most notorious poet of Texas." College students also were interested in the poet's works, and (See SJOLANDER, Page 2) Nixon Scores High Marks In 1st Press Conference WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Nixon's first news conference since entering the White House was over, one participant was overheard to say ol Monday's 28-minute session: "When you've seen one presidential press conference, you've seen them all." Not exactly true, of course, The man, the questions and answers arc different. But somehow the basic problems seem the same since Harry Truman stood behind his Oval Room desk on April 17, 1945 to face the press for his first news conference. The presidential window on the world had no television eye then. The chief executive could be quoted directly only with his specific permission. The omnipresent TV camera is new and the ground rules different bul the window still opens out on war, just as it did then. Standing before a lone microphone, flanked on each side by portraits of George and Martha Washington caught in the glare of TV lights, Nixon, spoke without notes. He dispensed with the often- employed opening statement which in the case of Dwight D. Eisenhower ran for a solid 21 minutes. Nixon's debut was a generally solemn affair. It was relieved only by a somewhat worn presidential joke about turning on the White House lights. There was none of the blustering of Truman or of the coffee chat atmosphere of Johnson's unscheduled first news meeting Dec. 7, 1963 with 25 White House regulars around his desk. There was no attempt to match the Kennedy wit. There was clear avoidance of Eisenhower's tortured syntax. For one who has seen five presidents steel their nerves against the presumed dragons of the press for the first time, Nixon gels better than an average grade. Despite a tell-tale line of white tenseness across his up per lip and a bit of nervous throat clearing, the new Republican president handled himself easily and confidently. Generally, he spoke to the point, displaying fundamental •cnowledgc of the problems pressing upon him. Nixon Pushes Drive To Win Demo Solons' Help Pictures Highlight Goose Creek's '50th' The Baytown Sun Tuesday celebrates the 50th birthday of the incorporation of the old City of Goose Creek with a special two-page spread of early pictures of this area. (See Pages 6 and 7.) it was on Jan. 28, 1919, that the City of Goose Creek received its charter. It was the first incorporated city in theTri-Citiesareaof Goose Creek, Pelly and Baytown. Pelly later incorporated, and in 1948 the three cities were consolidated into the present City of Baytown. Special credit for the pictures used in the Sun's salute goes to Norman D'Olive, Mrs. Robert L. Carter and Mrs. Robert F. Dial, who supplied the old photographs. State Of I The World! FROM AP WIRES '*• + Two men. one brandishing a .as revolver and the other armed with a bomb, hijack a National Airlines jet over the Florida ThCverglades and force the pilot to fly to Cuba. + Legislation to set up standards for the mailing of unsolicited credit cards and limit consumer liability for lost or stolen cards is introduced in U.S.Senate by Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis. + Fire erupts in sprawling coal mine it) ML Morris, Pa., possibly trapping 10 miners deep underground. + Iraq's public hanging of ll men, including nine Jews, on charges of spying for Israel, draws widespread condemnation around World. + Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper publishes Chinese text of President Nixon's inaugural address in full on its front page. Kyode News Service's correspondent in Peking reports. + Nations in North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in Brussels agree to set up series of plans to bring together combined fleet of as many as 50 ships in case of crisis in Atlantic. + Veteran character actress Thelma Kilter is stricken by heart attack at her home in Forest Hills Garden, Queens, N.Y., according to police. + Comedian Bob Hope will undergo treatment it; Los Angeles for eye hemorrhage he suffered Sunday night. + Crack battalion of government rangers backed by U.S. planes and artillery kill ;i:>U North Vietnamese in bloody battle 18 miles from Laotian border, according to South Vietnamese Headquarters in Saigon. Blood Donors Are Needed Donors are needed to replace I!I pints of blood required recently for Howard Brockington of Highlands following surgery in Houston. The Robert E. Lee High School graduate is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Brockington of Crosby. All types of blood will be accepted at the blood bank at ~>:!0;i Caroline in Houston. Persons needing transportation may call Mrs. T. J. Kirk at 426-2125. School Trustees Name Tax Board In 4-3 Vote Procedure Argument Precedes Balloting '*' WILLIAM A. McELHANNON Friday Is School Tax Deadline You have until the close of the business day Friday to pay your 1968 ad valorem school taxes, before they become delinquent and subject to penalties. That was a reminder issued Monday by School District Tax Assessor-Collector Hobart Enoch. Enoch said he will also accept tax payments through the mail postmarked Jan. 31 (Friday) without penalty. Enoch's collections have been going very well as the deadline nears. Gianl Humble Oil and Refining Co. made its final tax payment Monday, and that accounts for more than one-half of the entire $6,515,674 to be collected on the school district's 1968 tax roll. The company's total tax bill is 53,491,948. The district's second largest taxpayer, Gulf Oil, paid its bill of $334,732, and U. S. Steel, now the district's third largest taxpayer, mailed in its check for $133,153. Enoch said with these payments, his current collections are running about 90.54 per cent. He expects to collect a little more lhan 96 per cent of the roll bv the deadline. CD Course BAYTOWN CIVIL Defense unit will conduct a shelter living training course beginning 6 p.m. Friday and ending 10 a.m. Saturday in basement of city hall. H. E. Zimmerman will be the instructor. Participants are asked to bring an inflatable mattress, cot and old blanket, and wear clothes suitable for sleeping. WILTON A. ROPER . i iLJ^^HU*^. f 1 I By JOHNELLA BOYNTON The school board Monday night disagreed openly on procedure in selecting the 1969 tax equalization board and - despite a secret ballot - disagreed almost as openly on the selection of the third member of the board. In a 4-3 vote, trustees appointed Wilton A. Roper, William A. McElhannon and Norman O. McEIvany as members of the tax board and set its first meeting for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. An earlier motion to name Roper, McElhannon and Paul L. Storck to the board was defeated by the same 4-3 the board, and Wahrmund pro- vote. Trustees Glenn Lippman, Bob Wahrmund, Troy Peterson and James "Slick" Ellis voted in favor of the successful combination of Roper, McElhannon and McEIvany and against the first combination. Trustees Fabian Greenwell, Philip Dignam and Mrs. Karl W. Opryshek voted on the loser's side on both motions. The secret ballot was proposed as a step in "good diplomacy" todet ermine the concensus of the board in the choice of the tax board's third member. It was taken over the objections of Mrs. Opryshek, Dignam and Greenwell. New school board parliamentarian Dean Johnston and School Attorney Bruce Ramsey seemed in some disagree- NORMAN O. McELVANY ™nt over the procedure It was Wahrmund who pro- osed the secret ballot on the hird member of the tax board, ^.sked to advise the board on 'hether or not the secret ballot as correct procedure, Johnson deferred the question to amsey. Ramsey ruled that it ould be legal, but Johnston ater commented that "my un- erstanding of public bodies is lat they have meetings of pub- c record," including a record s to how each individual mem- er votes. Ramsey still advised the x>ard it could take a secret allot "to see what three you p ant to vote on." Mrs. Opryshek did not an- ounce the result of the secret allot except to say that the guidance" of the vote was that ficElvany be elected. Ramsey len advised trustees to take n open vote on a resolution aming the three members of WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon, coming out of his tirsl news conference with high marks, launched a major effort today lo win friends in the Dem- ocrulie-controlled Congress. Most of today's schedule was devoted lo meetings with Capi- lol Hill leaders, ranging from a sunup breakfast with Republicans, lo lunch al the House with members of both parties and an afternoon session at the While House with congressional Democrats. Nixon also is planning to apply a personal touch as boss of the federal bureaucracy and press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said before Ihe chief executive is through he will have visited mosl if not all of Die major departments. Alter a lunch al the Senate Wednesday, for instance, Nixon will visit Ihc Stale Department. Later in Ihe week he plans a repeat of his Monday visit to the Pentagon. Nixon's maiden news conference as President Monday drew high praise from Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and Senate Democratic Whip Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. "He did vury well," said Kennedy. Mansfield said he was favorably impressed with the "lone, the lenor, the frankness" of responses by the President who marked almost exactly one week in office when he went before live radio and television in the East Room of the While House. Thai was Ihe general impression, loo, of the more than 450 newsmen who attended—a record for first news conferences by newly elected presidents. Even John F. Kennedy, who was the first to open his news conferences to live lelcvi- sion coverage, drew fewer—118 —at his maiden appearance Jan. 25, 1961. Standing before a simple, chest-high microphone, without the lectern favored by his predecessors and speaking without notes, Nixon quickly overcame slight initial nervousness. With one hand jammed in a |x>cket, the olher waving for emphasis, the President said tin; Paris peace talks were "off FULL SERVICE NO SERVICE CHARGE CITIZENS NATIONAL Bank & Trust Co. lo a good start" and thai the United States planned what he called new tactics there. "We believe that those tactics may be more successful than the tactics of the past," the President said without further elaboration. He also indicated a possible move away from the Johnson administration's approach lo Arab-Israeli tensions which were based on letting the two ides work out their differences with some kind of United Nations mediation. "I believe we need new initiatives and new leadership on the part of the United Stales in order lo cool off the situation in the Mideast," Nixon said. "The next explosion in the Mideast, I think, could involve very well confrontation between the nuclear powers, which we wanl to avoid." Perhaps most startling of the presidential pronouncements—if the word can be applied to the low-key 2K-minute session thai produced no real bombshells— was the emergence of what appeared lo be a new Nixon theory of U.S military strength. "1 think 'sufficiency' is a bet- ler term, actually, lhan either 'superiority' or 'parity,'" Nixon (See NIXON, Page 2) New Staff Is Set Up By Police New assignments for police lieutenants have been announced in the reorganization of the supervisory staff in the Baytown Police Department. Police Chief Blair Mann said the new organization, along with a revised working hour schedule, "will greatly improve the efficiency of the department." Lt. Glen King will be in charge of the training and recruiting of new officers and have the responsibility of heading the service division. In the latter are the humane division, sign shop, radio repair and building maintenance. Ll. Charles Cowan will be in charge of records, dispatching, jail services and the iden- lificalion office. Heading patrol and traffic will be Lt. B. T. Ausley. Lt. James P. Taylor will be in charge of the detective and juvenile divisions. Assistant Police Chief R. H. "Bo" Turner explained the new plan calls specific areas of responsibility. "Where all of the lieutenants used to be in charge of some of the same functions we are now breaking down the responsibilities to specific people." The newly created juvenile division was at first directly under the police chief. This has been moved lo work under the supervision of the deteclive lieutenant. The identification officer, formerly under supervision of the detective lieutenant, will be handled with the records, dispatching and jail services. "Actually we are copying the plans of some other police departments who have organi/.cd their responsibilities this way," Chief Mann said, "and it should work out very well." The plan goes inlo effect immediately, although it may take a week or 10 clays before the exact routines are worked out. The department also is working on revising ils policies, rules and regulations. PTA Workshop THE REV. JACK McGinnis, youlh counselor and pastor at Assumption Church in Houston will speak at tliu 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Parent-Teacher Association Council meeting in room 27 of Carver-Jones Ele- mcnlary School. Family Communications will be the topic. posed the motion which was then passed. Implied in the successful motion is that Roper will serve a term of one year on the tax board, McElhannon a two-year term and McEIvany a three- year term. A system of rotation of equalization board members was recommended to the school board by the 1968 equalization board. Although most trustees seem in favor of the recommendation, they are handicapped in implementing it because present law limits them to appointment of tax board members to one- year terms. The successful motion announces their "intent" to reelect tax board members so that a system of rotation can be followed. The "intent." of the present board is subject to the actions of future boards. Roper and McElhannon both served on the 1968 tax equalization board, and Roper served also on the 1967 board. McEIvany is a newcomer to the board. Roper is a real estate agent. McElhannon is an engineer with Humble Oil and Refining Co. McEIvany is in the real estate department of U.S. Steel, and Storck is an independent mortgage loan broker. The four men were among five nominees submitted bv * * trustees for consideration as members of the 1969 tax equalization board. The fifth nominee. Building Contractor Dan Savell, asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration. Qualifications of the candidates for appointment were not (See TRUSTEE, Page 2) * * * Consultant Will Help Find Superintendent The school board's committee or seleclion of a new superin- endent was authorized Monday night to try to find a professional consultant in the board's search or a successor lo Supt. George I. Gentry. In a unanimous vote, trustees authorized the committee, chair- maned by Trustee Glenn Lipp- nan, to seek the services of a consultant who would review the ichool system, help draw up a ob description, design a brochure, provide a list for the brochure's distribution and act as an advisor lo the board. Lippman said his committee avored obtaining the services of a consultant. He estimated the consultant would cost the district ibout SltXJ a day and lhat his services would be needed for five o 10 days. Trustees asked the committee to investigate a good cross- eel ion of possible consultants ind also expressed their interest n receiving suggestions from matrons of the school district as lo nominees for the job. The school board also aulhor- zecl Ihe committee to send out ettors to the Baytown Class- •oom Teachers Association and the LJaytown Education Association usking for their suggestions n Ihe employment of a new superintendent. SHOP 9:30 TO 9:00 And it informally approved the idea of obtaining a post office box lo keep other school mail (See CONSULTANT, Page 2) Futile Battle Is 0 ver MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Ron Frederickson couldn't take what he considered the futility of life tied to a kidney machine. Last Wednesday the 33-year- old blind, pain-ridden diabetic signed a waiver removing himself from further treatment. He died Monday. Only a week ago he told his wife Karen, 24, that he was "ready to die." "I could put up with the blindness and even the pain but the futility—I mean being inactive and with no chance to do anything—this is the worst of all," he said. For nearly three years, both Frederickson and his doctors knew the diabetic condition which caused his kidney condition would be fatal. His life expectancy with machine treatments might have been a few weeks or months. "I tell you I'm not afraid of death," Frederickson told Minneapolis Star columnist Jim Klobuchar. Do you know how I feel. I'm kind of excited. Some time ago I became what I think is a real Christian. I now really believe this is just a beginning." Mrs. Frederickson is the only immediate survivor.

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