The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 19, 1954 · Page 1
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Cloudy And Mild BAYSHOBE WEATHER—Mostly cloudy and mild, widely scattered showers through Wednesday. Low of 62 expected Tuesday night. Moderate to fresh southerly winds. ' lautoutu P.O. BOX. THE SUN GIVES FULL COVERAGE OF ... HOMETOWN NEWS WITH SPECIAL TREATMENT TO"r STATE. NATIONAL AND LOCAL NEWS & VOL. 34, NO. 196 BAYTQWN, TEXAS Tuesday, January 19, 1954 TODAY'S NEWS TODAY TELEPHONE: 8302. Five Cents Per Copy POLICE RESCUE WEALTHY REALTOR FROM KIDNAPERS Praised MPs For Killing GI-General In Hot Water MOSE SUMMER "The Sage of West Pearce" On Lee's Birthday"Mr. Mose 1 Sumner Begins His 66th Year By FRED HARTMAN This is Jan. 19, a big day in Baytown and observed as the birthday of Robert B. Lee and. Mose Sum- ncr. Born In 1807, Gen. Lee, militarist and educator, lived to be 63 and died in 1870. Born In 18S9, Mose Sumner observe! birthday No. 65 Tuesday among a host of friends who have known *nd admired him for a quarter of a century. It is fitting that Lee and Sumner have the same birthdays. Both havt left lasting impressions on Sun Spots Society To Meet THE BAYTOWN Society for Crippled Children will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Baytown Community House to elect officers and discuss policies for the coming year. Mrs. E. J. Gray Is president of the society, which operates the cerebral palsy treatment center here. Board To Vote THE BOARD of supervisors of the Cedar Bayou Water Control tnid Improvement District Ko- SO will elect new officers at its first meetins of the year Tuesday nijtht. The session will start at 7 p.m. in the library of Cedar Bayou school. Three new directors, L. I* Lawless, H. I- Hanson and YV. J. Bartck, will be. sworn in. Circle Meeting GRACE MONROE Circle or St. Mark's Methodist church will meet M 8 p.m. Tuesday in the home of of Mrs. C L. Dickinson on North Burnet. The time has been changed to 8 p.m. so members may attend special Spiritual Life services at the church at 7 p.m. Kilman To Speak ED KILMAN of the Houston Post will be the principal speaker' nt a meeting of the men's " brotherhood of the. First Presbyterian church nt 7 p.m. Tuesday. The program was .arranged hy Billy G- Smith, atid Kilmnn, a moted authority on Texas history, will talk on that subject. Rotary Speaker DR. W. A. HAML.ETT, retired Baptist minister of La Porte, was to address memlbcrs of the La Porte Rotary club at noon Tuesday. Honored Rotarian for the day is Clarence Ghent, owner of the La Porte Cleaners. Ghent was to introduce the speaker. Around Town CONNIE BORDELON inviting a friend to stop by for coffee at her new home . . . Lois Rogan making plans for another meeting . . . Rex Shanks taking in a Cinema Guild movie, or at least planning to • . . Frances Lander busy hostessing. H. V. Herbert doing a little publicity . . . Mrs. W. W. Cox and Mrs. N. G. Hopper comparing notes on their grandchildren . • . Many Baytonians out star-gazing Monday night to see the eclipse of the moon. LA PORTE: Mrs. Lois Compton finds a pencil and returns it to George Morrow . . . Polled Chief Walter Roberson telling how his young son gets mad when he ovcr- siceps . . . Art Simpson excited about imminent building plans. the youth of their age, Lee as a general and as a college president and Mr. Mose for his continued interest in things that mean the most for young people of his adopted home town. Mr. Mose missed being a native Texan by only six months. He was that old when his Tnother brought him from New York City to Brenham after his father earlier had come south. Mr. Mose was the fourth of 11 children. His father for yeara had been a prosperous peddler out of New York into the Pennsylvania coal mine area. He did well and would sell miners one trip and collect from them, later. This plan worked well until a crippling: strike put the miners out of work and left them«.wi.yiout the wherewithal to pay. It broke Mr. Mose's father, and he left his then small family behind and started south. He intended to stop at Key West, Fla., which in those days was something of a boom town. They wouldn't let passengers off the boat at Key West because of yellow fever, and finally the trip ended at Galveston. There some friend suggested that Brenham was a " coming community, and Mr. Mose's father went there. There Mose Sumner spent his early days, and although world's goods wore scarce, there still remain fond memories of those early days late in the 19th century. When only a child of nine or 10, Mr. Mose showed business acumen that later was to stand him in good stead. Many people in those days hunted and trapped for hides near Brenham, and there was money to be made in buying loads of hides off white farmers and negro farm workers for resale. When Mr, Mose had money available—and it wasn't often—hc bought hides for commission merchants. When he didn't have the ready money—which was often— he would borrow it, make the deal and then pay back his creditor. He left school in Brenham in the seventh grade to go to work to help support his father's growing family. At the time he probably didn't care too much, but later he became a zealous supporter of thc public education program that would give the youth of this age a chance he didn't have. At the age of 14 Mr. Mose got his first job—in a Brenham soap factory. His pay was $30 a month,- but the only drawback was that at the end of the first month, the owner couldn't pay off. However, he didn't quit, and at the end of the second month he got pay for both months—20 silver dollars. "I had never seen that much money before, nor have I ever 'seen' that much since," Mr. Mose said Monday. "You know, that was a lot of money." He had to walk two miles to work, and wore overalls. Tallow that had spilled on his clothes (See Mose Summer—Pajte Seven) QUICKIES . . By Ken Reynolds COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan- 19:—UP—Brig.-Gen. George W Keyser, bunded as a martinet .who had praised two" military po-' licemen for, killing an escaping stockade prisoner at Camp Carson, said Monday night .that the guards will be given a routine court martial on murder charges. 'Pfc, Richard W. Gillins, 23-year- old Korean- veteran with.three battle-stars,, was felled by shot gun Blasts after he had .climbed one fence and was running toward another. The Academy, S. D., soldier died before he could be given medical attention, because a shotgun pellet had ruptured his spleen. Gillins was being held in the Camp Carson stockage for court martial on charges that he fell asleep whilfe guarding two Army prisoners. . Camp Carson officials said the guards who killed -.him, Pfc. Leon James and Pfc. Floyd Wilburn of th e 19th MP Company, first shouted for him to halt and did not fire until it was apparent that Gillins would not stop. The Rocky Mountain News, Denver Scripps-Howard Daily, charged editorially over the weekend that Keyser. Camp Carson commander, had. praised the guards tor killing Gillins, and that he was not "equipped" for leadership in the "modern American citize_ns army." The newspaper said Keyser, who retires this week after 38 years' service, was wise to get out of the Army. At a press, conference Monday Final Plans For Chamber Banquet Are Announced Banquet Committee members for the Chamber of Commerce have announced final plans for tM meeting at 7 p.m. next Monday, at Robert E- Lee cafeteria. Principal speaker at the event will be Frank C. Smith, president of the Houston Natural Gas Corporation, who has long been a booster of the "golden Gulft Coast of Texas." Mus:-: will be furnished by the Robert E. Lee high school choir under the direction of Tommy F. Seale. Another feature of the meeting will be an appearance of magician, Cal Emmett, President Lloyd T.- Jones will preside over thc first part of the program and will turn his duties over to incoming President Theo Wilburn midway during the meeting. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Clyde Foltz, pastor of the First Christian Church. The dinner will be catered by Arthur Manteris. He has a special shipment of Kansas City Steaks to serve. Tickets are $4 per plate and may be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce or from com- mitteemcn, A. C. Kraft, H. F. Massey, Harry M. Bowen, W. J. Strickler and Syd Gould. night, Keyser maintained that he personally considered the shooting "a regrettable' incident" and said the two'MPs will /be' court .mar- tialed on murder charges. ';' . (It is; standard Army, procedure to legally absolve, guards of guilt if they, killed unavoidable in the line of duty, or .'to punish them if, in violation of orders, they shot to .kill instead of to disable:) Keyser said when the Cariip- Carson /provost marshal informed him one of the guards was badly shaken by the incident, he had the following message relayed to them: "Guarding prisoners is a serious business and we are not.,playing at soldiering when guarding prisoners. The general compliments you both for attempting to do your duty." Had Jones and Wilburn failed to stop Gillins from escaping, Keyset said, they both would have been subject to court martial and pos sibly sentenced to a year at hard labor and dishonorable discharge Keyser said an investigation showed that .Jones and Wilburn twice shouted at Gillins to halt, and that they,were under orders not to kill, but rather to disable escapees. WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF - SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 19— (IP)— A high-pressure main gas line exploded 1 Tuesday near Sari Antonio/ seriously burning a farmer's wife and partly or totally destroying his house, a four-car garage, car, tractor, truck arid some livestock. MA3VGUM, Okla., Jan. 19— OB— Chester Davenport, who only n few weeks ago was one of the nation's "most-wanted" criminals, became one of the most-guarded at his arraignment on escape charges here. SIERRA MADRE, Calif.. Jan. 10— (IP)— Police reported 1 Tuesday the entire 8,000 population of this hillside city was evacuating as hip-deep mud and silt from fire-denuded mountain slopes threatened to swamp the community. •. . ' .Tan. 19-— KB— The Communists demanded Tuesday that the Indians stop their planned turnback of 22,000 Korean war prisoners, but an Indian spokesman said the nnti-Kcd Chinese and North Koreans still will be released starting at 9 a-m. (6 p.m. cst) Wednesday. Administrative Staff Of Schools Appointed • .The school year lieu.- lacks a lev** days of being half over, but members of the administrative staff will get notice Tuesday that they have been re-employed for the 1954-1955 session. City Issues Warning On Dog Tags Baytown clop; - owners were wnrn.ed Tuesday to be sure their pets have anti-rallies .shots and are wearing collars with 1954 city tags. If they are running loose without the up-lo-djite city taps next week, they aro to wind up in the city dogr pound. City Finance Director A. V. Barber warned* ' Barber said n drive will start next week to pick up untapKcd (ings and those with outdated tnj,-s. The new tags are on sale for SI at the city tax office nt City Hnll. Owners must also present a certificate showing the dog has received an anti-rabios shot within the last six months. Ranger Just 'Tired' Of Parr ALICE, Tex., .Tan. 19—<m— Ranger Capt. A. Y. Alice, who engnscd in a bloody fist fight Monday with George Parr, said Tuesday he told him he was "tired of the things that have benn goinp on in Duval county." Parr, known sis the "Duke ol Duval," received a twisted nml bloody cur in thc fracas and his nephew, Duval County Sheriff Archer Parr, got his face slapped. Three Rangers and a Department of Public Safety radio technician were involved in the fight. ' ; This step was mada possiblp .Monday night when school trustees by unanimous vote approved George H. Gentry's recommendation that thc fltitira staff of 24 persons be given new contract's with the understanding that Gentry could change assignments at a later time if developments justified them. However, he told the board ho planned no reassignments, but thought that both he and tho board should retain the right to make changes that might be in thc best interests of the schools. In making the recommendations, Gentry indicated he would he willing to discuss any of them personal!}'. Action was taken en masse, and not a name was mentioned. Later Gentry said he had been told by L. P. Hodge, principal of Anson Jones Elementary school, that thc 1954-1955 session would be the last for the veteran school man. That year would end a 25- year term here for Hodge, and he notified the superintendent in advance that he would accept reassignment but would choose to retire when that term ended. This action paved the way for consideration of the other 325 school employes at a later meeting. Informally, Gentry said hc hoped to have recommendations on the entire faculty and school employe personnel before the board at least by a March meeting. The Monday night meeting had been asked for by thc superintendent for action on the administrative staff. Lee College's dean and assistant dean were also included. Gentry said the first half of the school term had been good, and he said he thought that several steps had been taken to make the (Sec Schools—Page Two) Congressional Roundup — Early Vote Seen On St. Lawrence Seaway WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 — UP— Senate Republican Leader William F. Knowland Tuesday prepared a move that could end the first length;, debate of the new session and force an early vote on the St. Lawrence seaway bill. Knowland said he would ask the Senate to agree to a motion limiting debate on the long - pending measure and bring it to a vote late Wednesday or Thursday. Other congressional developments: FARM Sen. Allen J. Ellender (D-La.) discounted a fear voiced by Secretary of Agriculture Ezra T. Ben- son before the Senate Agriculture committee that consumers might rebel at federal aid to agriculture if present high level price supports are continued. Eltaxler said the administration's proposed "flexible" supports would drive consumer food prices higher. Benson was recalled before the committee for further questioning on the administration program. BRICKER AMENDMENT Sen. John W. Bricker (R-Ohio) rejected as "entirely unacceptable" the latest proposal for breaking the deadlock with the adminip'ra- tion over his proposal to limit presidential treaty-making powers. R. B. Morgan's, Brother Dies Suddenly "... I was shooting ducfcs at the time with a gnn I got in The Sim Want Ads—when he got m the way I" Mr- and Mrs. R. B. Morgan. 210- West Gulf, have gone to Laurel, Miss., to attend funeral services for Morgan's brotner, George B. Morgan, who died near there suddenly after suffering a heart attack while driving his car down a highway. Just two weeks a?:o the Morgans were called to Laurel to attend ser- vices after the death of Mrs. Morgan's mother. • The funeral will be held Wednesday at Surnmeral Funeral Home in Laurel with burial in Myric community cemetery near Laurel. Morgan is survived by his widow, his brother here, two children and five sisters. CITIZENSHIP Rep. Kenneth B. Keating (H- N.Y.), ranking House Judiciary committee member, predicted easy house passage of President Eisenhower's proposal to strip Communist conspirators of their U.S. citizenship. HEALTH Mr. Eisenhower's health proposals touched of/ a debate in Congress over how far the government should go in helping Americans Kt-t and pay for better medical care. POST OFFICE Sen. Olin D. Johnston (D-S.C.) predicted the Senate Post Office committee would take no action on a controversial plan to overhaul the Post Office Department. The plan was drafted by the committee's advisory council and was sharply attacked by Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfieid. DEFENSE President Eisenhower will recommend a $4 billion .slash in defense spending in the budget message he sends to Congress Thursday, informed sources revealed Tuesday. REV. WAYTsTE McCLESKEY Rev. McCleskey To Be Honored By Southwestern The Rev. Wayne McCleskey, pastor of St. Mark's Methodist church, will be awarded thc honorary doctor of divinity degree by Southwestern university at the university's 1954 commencement exercises in May. McCleskey has been pastor of the Baytawn church since 19'19. During this period St, Mark's membership has shown an Increase of 74 per cent while a 71 per cent gain has been accomplished in the church's budget. Sunday school attendance has shown an Increase of 83 per cent. A $145.000 building program for St. Mark's 'ifls begun since McCleskey's coming and all but $10,000 of the debt has been liquidated. At the present an additional $225,000 expansion program has been planned in detail and will get underway In the near future. Active In civic»affairs, McCles-- key is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Crippled Children. He was at one time president of the Kiwanis club and a member of its board of directors, chairman of the Baytown Welfare league and a member of Its board of directors, and president of the Baytown Ministerial alliance. In religious circles, the Rev. McClcskoy Is secretary of the Texas Methodist conference, chairman of the conference advisory committee, chairman, of thc Texas Conference Planning commission, a member of the Board of Education of the conference nnd a member of the executive committee of thc Board of Education. Hc served as president of conference secretaries of the South Central jurisdiction at one time and in 1952 was alternate delegate to thc General conference of the Methodist church. Ho was also a delegate to the Jurtarjictlonal conference in the same year. Other places of responsibility he now holds include dean of the conference's School of Missions, a member of the manager's board of the School of Missions, district commissioner of the Methodist home in Waco and a member of the Jurisdictional Court of Appeals. McCleskey holds the AB, BD and MA degrees from Southern Methodist university and Is a member of the university's Alumni Fund council. Motorist Is Jailed County Judge Phil Pcdcn fined William Cade Vooctman, 17. Baytown truck driver, S75 and sen- tencccf him to jail for three days on a charge of drunk driving filed against him on Nov. 25 when his car was in collision with a truck in Bnytown. Patrolman W. C. Turner and Calvin Istre reported that Voortman was going tho wrong way around the traffic circle «t Texas, Market and Decker. His oar was in collision with a truck driven by John S. Brecken ridge of HOUK- ton. The officers said they found a nearly empty wine bottle in Voortman's car. They filed the drunk driving charge, nnd gave him a ticket for going the wrong way on a one-way street. Clouds Blanket Texas As Temperatures Rise A damp cloud cover continued to hover over much of Texas Tuesday as temperatures edged upward to virtually shirt-sleeve warmth. The U. S. Weather Bureau said all of the state was cloudy Tuesday morning, with low clouds and fog confined to Central and East Texas and the San Angelo - Midland area southward. The fog was scheduled to lift, however, and only a few scattered showers in South Central and East Texas were in the books for the next 36-hour span. 64-Hour Manhunt Held Under Press Blackout In Sen Francisco Area SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 --UP— A wealthy 36-year- old San Francisco realtor, kidnaped and tield for $300,000 ransom for 64 terror-filled hours, v.'as rescued unharmed Tuesday after a grim manhunt carried on under a voluntary press blackout. The kidnaper, described as "two tough professionals,'/ surrendered without a fight when their elaborate plot fell to pieces and were taken to jail: in heavy shackles. The case, one of the best-kept newspaper crime secrets m history, exploded with dramatic suddenness shortly before 6 a.m. cst Tuesday. . ' There had ; been an absolute i*. i . it* •• > "i secrecy blanket—despite the ""*— ""* fact all local npwg and radio me-. din. had been "in on the story"' from the beginning. Police said the 100 per cent cooperation of the press "probably saved the kidnaped man's life." The victim,. Leonard Moskovitz, who operates a flourishing real estate business with his identical twin brother, Alfred, was .found in a Kidnaping Victim Aged 10 Years In Hours Of Terror By LEONARD MOSKOVITZ " As Told to United Press ,.„,,. . . • ----- SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 —UP ww » ., ? OW1 T :res«tenee -The legal records show that Itn where he had been kept drugged, 36. But I've aged 10 year, in the shackled, and blindfolded. pas t terror-filled days His abductors, Harold Jackson, It all began last Wednesday 57, and Joseph Lear, 43. of the when a nicely dressed man came Sdcinmenlo area, had tormented i nlo tho ottice and asked about a mm with -threats of emasculation home in a high class district. I to send portions of his body home gave him some sample showings lfn !j ls ,:', m v dld not ? ay> »• --the Richmond and Sea Cliff Ihe kidnapers at first demanded (two of San Francisco's elite an even half-million dollars, but neighborhoods) and I mentioned wm r n«n d h n ^ d , emand ,. l ° ° n e in Sea CUff ^hat seemed lik« $300,000 when the victim's dis- w h a f ho wintcd fraught family pleaded 'they could ^ 7 0GM ™ / , M ,, . x not raise such a sUm .,_ e toW me he wouM *^ v « *>? TVT i -4 . * • . , ,. .*at house and get in touch With Moskovit/. Gl-year-old father, me directors of the Golden Gate Bridge and one-time foreman of the Son Francisco county grand i,,.- v J ° . -'• • - ' ••' ' •'The ransom demand; .was the second 'laW in hife topped . only by tho recent Green ease case in Kansas City in which $600.000 was paid to kidnapers Car] Austin Hall and Bonnie Brown Heady. In the present case, th e kidnapers wern Grabbed before -i nnnnv of S ranso C m R was pa* .The" famMy had arranged to gather thc cash at the Bank o f America at 10 am Tuesday '-,"•, ,1, . . ,.„ , ., Ounng toe tension -filled three day.s. Moskoyitz twin brother and father negotiated with the kidnap- era m a "ones of guarded tele- Phone C a Is and ads in the personals column of a local nc.wspa- pL>ri It was pie telephone calls made by the kidnapers Dint eventually fiave police Tuesday's break in the case. Lear macro thc mistake of talking too long to Albert from a sidewalk public telephone l»oth. The call was traced and a squad of some 25 heavily-armed officers led by Homicide Inspector Al Nelder surrounded the booth while the kidnaper was still chattering awny with final details for the bij; payoff. He g?iv 0 up sheepishly and led the raiding squad to a home nt 167 Arbor Struct — roughly three miles across the city. Neldcr, who had removed his shoes for silence, kicked thc door in with his stocking feet. The raiding officers caught Jackson com- pletcly by surprise and held him under a dozen Run muzzles while they freed a disheveled but ru- lievcd Moskovitz from the? bed. The kidnap victim told police he had spent most of the time shackled, gagged, blindfolded and with ear plugs in his ears. The kidnap- crs tied two saucers inside his knees with adhesive tape so he could not move without making a sound. Details of the capture were given by Capt. of Inspectors James English and District Attorney Thomas Lynch. Lynch said thc kidnaper called Alfred, known to his family as "Ollic," at 12:55 a.m. and allowed fhc brother to talk to Leonard. (See Manhunt — I'IIRC Two) with me on Saturday or Sun- . ^f ' L 1 " 1 "! b , ln ? »>at I was working f at £^ J ? ai ?, d , he sa i d(he , would * et m touch with me Satuiday morning. -••• '•" •'•••• '• , . • .- • -IT-"'.!""',, "•>•"' ""•'?• •• ''" '•'•-'—• ' •'•'• •• > ^'^ Jf r^' 12 % *•?•• and ° C f h ° U * e , T . to arratj £ e glvcn t ^. is £?, me as was thc ktdna Per as Harold Jackson. h h ^, w ? man -J h . at OWn ' cd the , house alld she sald to eome ou '" I called him back and he said, - can you pick mc up t the ^ hall. I'm here on business and my w j fe took the car.' I went to the cily hnll a ,,d tooted my horn and hc cnm racin dow ' ^ t and I recognixed him. He asked me to drive near Diamond Struct in Glen Park saying 1hat his wife had fione to her brother's and he wanted me to meet his brother-in-law who was helping finance the house. I drove out Chencry anil Diamond to Arbor and stopped in front of ISO Arbor and I said this is not the address you fiave me. He said 'that's okay we'll walk, it's only a couple of doors away.' So we walked to 1G7 Arbor Street. Lunt (Jackson) kept me in front of him as we walked up the sidewalk to the doorway. I thought this way unusual, but didn't think anything was really wrong. When we got to the door, someone gave me a big cheery greeting. We went in and Jackson saw that I got into th ft living room — with a push. He ordered me to sit on the couch, grabbed both my arms saying 'don't get excited.' Meantime. the other man with a knife in his hand came in and said 'one peep out of you and it's the end.' I was terrified. I was petrified. Nothing like this had ever hap- pcned to me before. I tried not to show my fear. They said they didn't want to hurt me. that all they wanted was money and 'you and your old man ar P the ones that have got it.' They said that if he didn't have it ho knew where to lay his hands on 5500,000 right away. At the same time, they searched me. They looked in my wallet for money. Nothing was there because it was {See Victim — Page Two) Kidnaping Best Kept Secret San Francisco Newsmen 'Sat On It 1 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19—UP— The kidnaping of realtor Leonard Moskovitz was one of the best kept secrets in the history of American journalism. Since his abduction last Saturday every newspaperman in the San Francisco bay area has known about the story but all "sat on it" at thp request of police. Probably neverbcfore hav e so many wire services, newspapers and radio stations held up publication of a big story for so long. The reason that police requested this co-operation was that the first note received by MoskoviU' parents said specifically that if anything about the kidnaping appeared in the newspapers, Moskovitz would be immediately killed. Chief of Inspectors James L. English said it was "a miracle" the story had not leaked out earlier. But he gave full credit for saying the man's life to the press. The kidnaped man's father, Maurice Moskovitz, said "our son is alive because the press kept their word. They did not break the police confidence." When the first note was received, about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, English was bombarded with questions from reporters. He immediately gave instructions to all police stations in the area that all questions by newsmen on the kid- naping should be referred to him. English carefully explained to each inquiry that the only hop* of keeping Moskovitz alive lay in keeping the news suppressed. He said that he would answer no questions unless the news tout involved agreed to hold off until the case was solved, Moskovitit was found or the embargo was broken.

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