The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on January 5, 1961 · Page 1
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Freeport, Texas
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Thursday, January 5, 1961
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W£ST COLUMBIA-SWEENY GRID PLAYERS PLACE ON ALL-STATE TEAM-SEE DETAILS, PAGE 3 Tide Schedule toddy: Jjflgh 7:12 p.m. Low 11:88 p.m. Ffldny; High 3:48 a.m., 7:50 p.m. Low U;24 a.m. THE Cast Mostly cloudy with occasional rain and continued cool through Friday, Low tonight 60, High Friday 60. SERWO OKAZOSPORT, BE S-281i~AU Otliti Offiewi Bfc J.JSI1— Except Angl.iont Tl 9-S24* WEST COLi/MB/A, BRAZORIA, SWEENY, OLD OCEAN, DA NBVRr and DAMON VOL. 48 NO. 270 Freeport, Texas THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1961 ftuck Crash \couRTHOUSf COKKIDORS.- Cause Of 2nd Wreck Todav Associated Press Member Price 6 Cents Extensive damage resulted to onsj)f two Irucks invo'lved !n an nc*dent about two miles cast L! ^ngleton early Thursday. A sec- Ipml accident at the scene nboiit tj:15 a.m. was duo to the crowd [{lowing the trucks, according to Vtnvostlgating ottlcers. Several persons received minor Injuries in the two wrecks. Slnte Highway Patrolman Thomas D. Grand Bald the truck collision occurred at 1:35 a.m. when a 1957 International turck triWtor, going toward Angleton on Highway 35, got on the ivrong side of the highway and sideswiped a 1958 International bobtail trucK owned by Foremost Dairy ot Texas City, going toward Alvln. The trucktractor, loaded wltsi motors, then veered to the left and went across a fence, overturning In a field, Oran said. The other truck, half-loaded with milk, vci^d off to the right of the highway, but stayed uprignt. Orand said both vehicles ended up on the south side of the road. The truck-trailer and Its l«id oi motors was valued at a total of $36,000. Grand said it was damaged extensively. The milk truck received an estimated damage of J400. Verbon R. Privctt ot Urand Prairie was driver and owner of thtf^ruck tractor which was leased to the Wales Trucking Company of Dallas, Orand said. Die milk truck was driven by James Kenneth Tipps of Fcxat City, and a passenger was R. T. Wilkins o( the same city. Orand said all three men re- icivcd various bruises and minor Injuries but did not immediately seek treatment. He said charges ore pending. Spte Highway Patrolman Gilbert Kiel investigated the acta- dcnt at t>2 stune 'lo&Ubn at 7:15 a.m. . * He said the crowd of people viewing the trucks at the side of the road, caused traffic congestion. Marvin Lynn Day of Houston, driving a 1S57 Oldsmobile. was going east when a 3955 Ford pickup truck driven by Darvon Jo«\Webb of Houston tried to slow because of the congestion. Kiel said Webb's vehicle skidded on the slick road, got on the wrong side ot the highway and hit the Oldsmobile. Two .xcu- pants of the Oldsmobile, Mrs. Sandra Sanford and her five year old son, Marshun, both of Houston, received minor injuries. Orand said they were dismissed after a checkup and treatment ut Anstoton Clinic. Kiel said about $300 in damages resulted to the car and pickup truck. He said a charge of driving on the wrong side of the roadway was filed against Webb, and a charge of failure to display a driver's license was filed against Day. Belli charges were filed in Justice R. F. Potts' Court in An- glcton. By MAINE BETH JONES He entered from the west door of the Brazoria County Court- louse, looking at the small -natal cttera beside each door as no passed down the lonfe hail. Finally arriving at the Sheriff's 3fflce on the opposite end of the 3Ulldlng, he paused for a moment, ilralghtened the dejected slump of his shoulders, and strode Inside. "I'd like to talk to the Sheriff or a deputy or somebody," tin said. The radio dispatcher behind the glass directed him to a rear office as he explained further. "I think I'll need to make a corn- rialnt or something, but first I d Ike to talk to somebody who'll tell me what to do." Settled in a chair with one .it the deputies, the man took a deep jreath before beginning. "I've let myself be s w 1 n d 1 cd out of Tty?ft Reported A residential burglary was reported to Freeport police Tuesday by Edmund Jones ot 507 East Fifth Street. Jones told officers that someone broke the front door lock on the house. He said they en tercd the room of Alison. Jones, Inking a brown leather jacket , valued at $30, nnd two cartons of cigarettes valued at $5. JO ANN P r .'H.\M Bnd JOE ROGERS, ',tv_ cuiebrote birth dft Friday . . ,. < ... . ELEANOR FLANIKEN, eel- the beginning of tire year with friends in Hous- ,'ln . . . Li" BARBARA CASTIL E, vlslt- Inu In Tyler this week . . . And Around Th* Countyl WC Minister II. E. McCAS KILL, to move to a new posi lion with a LUH Cruets, N.M., c^rch where the cllmute will biRettcr for his wlfa . . . MRS. LILLIAN (3AYLE, driving a new cor these duys. . MRS. G. S. CHOW and chit drcii, G. S. JH., BUDDY, and SHIRLEY of Uruiurlu, back from Atkins, Ark., where the.v at tended the fum-iul of Mli CROW's sister-in-law who wu> killed In an auto accident. The CROWS had to drive through It J ot leu wid siiuw uu tilt: trip, \ 'Down Payment' Went Down The Drain $100," he Mid. "If I could afford It, I guess it ought to he charged up to experience and maybe It would teach me a lesson. But I can't afford It. Besides, I sure hate for that slick talking salesman to get off clean. Noticing that the deputy looked a little puzzled, the man explained, "It all started when a door-fo-door salesman came to our house about a month ago. He said he represented a Houston Construction firm Interested in getting started In this area. He showed me his card, and carried a briefcase, and he looked like he was just what he said. 'We've passed your house several times, the salesman said in a confidential tone. "You own this property? The man admitted rather proud- ly that he did. — at least almost. ''Fine place, the salesman said firmly. "Just the sort of place we'd like to use as a sort of model. What he wanted was to cover the exterior of the house with a new kind of shingles. At least that's what he said. Since Ihe house was on a main roadway, it would be seen by a great mar.y people passing by, and it would be a perfect advertisement of the quality of the firms product and work. There was one catch, he admitted with disarming candor. The homeowner would have to agree to place a small sign in the corner of his front yard. He oast- ened to explain that this would be nothing obtrusive or objectionable, just a small signboard with the firm's name and address. If the owner would agree, the company could covar his house for half the regular cost. The salesman was eonvincinij. Except for his"'good fortune In building In this exact location, the proposition would not be available to the owner. It was just the right place for a casual passer-by to notice the home, see the quality of the shingles, and fret a glimpse of the sign. The owner was into rested. Large scratch pads bearing the company name were brought forth from the briefcase which had already yielded a sample shingle and the color choice. There were scratches and figures on the pads within a few minutes, and the owner was told what the total would be — a sum which seemed reasonable. Almost ready to sign the papers, Jie owner stopped for a last cautious question about the amount of monthly payments. The salesman was reassuring. The rates were very reasonable, and only a small down payment was required. When the nome owner looked doubtful, the salesman became confidential again "We call it a down payment," he said, "but It's really more like earnest money. We've had some trouble with people signing the papers and letting us install the siding and then refusing to pay us." The owner looked shocked that such dishonesty could exist. "You know the type," the salesman continued. "They think they can beat us because it represents such an expense to remove the shingles. They know it would hardly pay us to do that, nnd they think they can get them for 1 nothing." Considering it in that light, the owner understood. He did a brief bit of mental juggling involving whether the dentist bill could be jut off one month and his wife would agree to wait until next year for a new coat. Satisfied thai he could swing it, he signed his name with a flourish. Several weeks passed before he became really upset becaus3 no workers had arrived. Finally he dug out his copy of the contrac and called the Houston number listed there. The long distance operator tried several times, bu finally admitted defeat, "/ou must have made a mistake," she said. "There is no such number. Looking ruefully at the deputy the man said, "I've made a mis- take, all right. But it didn't hare anything to do with the telephone numb™"." F ; to do whatever he couL . j deputy showed Jie man across the hall to the office of the justice of peace, where he could file a swindle charge. "It would have been easier to find this man if you had become suspicious earlier," he said. "Why did you wait so long to try to call the construction company?" The home owner's shoulders slumped again. "The salesman told me the company was expanding so rapidly that it would probably be several weeks before they got around to fixing our house. He said not to worry, lie wouldn't forget me." Then, his voice assuming note of bitterness, he added, "I'll just bet he won't." Cuba Makes Bid For US Policy Change By JFK HAVANA (AP) The Cuban Cabinet made a thinly veiled bid today for a change In US poucy toward Fidel Castro's regime under the incoming Kennedy Administration. There was no indication ot any cnange in Castro's policy toward the United States, towever. A statement Issued after a long night cabinet session in Havana put the entire blame for the US break in diplomatic relations with Cuba on the Eisenhower Administration. The outgoing US Administration also* was accused of "Threatening with other aggrct- " worse and" muoV more ah obvious retaxnce to Cuba's charges that American invasion a imminent The statement expressed the hope that relations would be reestablished "Some day. . .when the governors of the United States finally understand that it is possible to maintain sincere and friendly relations with the people of Cuba on the basis of respect for their sovereign rights. Their legitimate inter ests and their national dignity." The statement made no speriric mention ot President-Elect Kennedy, but the government radio- TV network tnroughout yesterday had emphasized that Kennedy did not participate in the decision to break relations. The cabinet statement also complained tha* Eisenhower had broken relations with less than three vv e c ks remaining of tils term in office. Kennedy during the PrcsioVjatial campaign criticized the Castro regime harshly, and the Cuban Prime Minister in tUTi called the D c m o c ratic candidate an "ignorant, illiterate, beardless kid." But in a speech Nov. 28, Castro indicated he hoped for more sympathy from Kennedy, saying "We shall see what the new administration r e p 1 a c Ing Eisenhower's does, Kennedy made much domngoguery (in the campaign). But it's one thing witn a guitar and another with a violin." There had been unconfirmed reports that the cabinet would also discuss the US Naval Base at Guantiinamo, but the statement made no mention of it. The United States lias declared it will hold and defend the Base despite the diplomatic break, and Castro has said several times he would get the Base away from the United States by legal means, not by force. The United States holds the Base under a treaty It contends can be scrapped only by agreement of both countries. Planes leaving Havana lor the United States were packed Americans q u 111 i ng Cuba, but many more stayed to take iJ--eir Chances under tN> regime Eisenhower called a dictatorship. Tns Xirnerican flag wax hauled^ jiown from over'the US EmbassyPind most of the Embassy'ttatl oiled for home. The UN 'Security Co u n c i 1 resumes debate this afternoon en Cuba's charge that the United Slates plans to invade Cuba. fae US is expected to insist today that the Council drop the Cuoan charge without taking any formal action. As the debate opened yesterday, the US called 'he Cuoan charge false and ridiculous. The US position on dropping the matter has dimmed the. chances for Council approval of a resolution submitted by two Latin-American nations, Chile and Ecuador. They called on the US end Cuba 10 settle their differences by peaceful means. US Ambassador James Mids- worth blamed the Fldela Castro regime in two speeches. Each time, he accused Castro of turning Cuba into a center for C-im- munist subversion in the Western Hemisphere. Charge D'Affaires Daniel Braddock and a 12-man skeleton staff remain In Havana to dose the US Embassy and turn over U.S. Post Off ice Receipts Up Over Area Post Offices of Brazosport and Brazoria report that gross receipts for 1960 are above the figures for 1959, with Freeport recording tlvs largest dollar gain of $16,202 over 1959 receipts. Clute and Brazoria Post Off! ccs each had an increase ot rver (3,000 In 1960, and Lake government the Swiss affairs in Cuba to Ambassador. Armed Castro militiamen ringed the E.T.- bassy List night as the bulk of Braddock's staff drove off in two buses to take the night ieriy to Florida. As the Americans were pulling out, 35 Soviet tourists were being welcome at More than 60 Havana Embassy Airport. and ninny American civilians sailed aboard the ferry. Shattered hopes of some 50,000 Cubans with visa applications pending were revived by a statement in Washington i n d ica'.: they would be admitted to the US without visas. The State i paifment statement took some of (lie sting out of Havana radio taunts that the US Embassy )-as closed is doors to what' were branded sellout!) ucd traitors. -< In Washington, high diplomatic officials c.\pcct new Inter-Am"ri- can moves next month aimed at putting pressure on Premier. tlio Cuban COUNTY It w^s changeover time Mond»r »t **>• Bxasoria" : £eunty Courthouse as several new officials took theb oath of effica along wiih a number of re-elected ones. Here, Judge Alton Arnold, loft, swears in Tax Collector-Assessor H. A. Thomas. Comrr.iti ioner Henry Jordan. Sheriff Jack Marshall and Corruiistiiner Dixie Brown. At far tight, numerous drain- OATH OF OFFICE age district commissioners aUo took tht oath oi office ai the tamt lime. Seated ue the other members, both past and' prest-nt. of the Commissioners Court. Commissioners, ai Judge Arnold's suggestion, met today in a closed informal session to discuss salaries and employees. Editorial: ONE OF WORLD'S GREAT FIRMS WILL ADD STATURE TO COUNTY Banquet Group Meets A meeting of the Labor Banquet Committee preparing the Jackson receipts were up by $858. Frc*cport Postmaster Tex. Fluniken reports a 11)60 gross [Jan- 1* clinia.-. of the annual intake of $199,417, with $183,- Trucport Labor School Is sched- 215 for 1859. Robert M. Ander- •, ,-( , or 7:3 o p . m . today. It will M>n, Cluto postmaster, says that $:ti,2US was recorded for 1960 with $23.090 fur 1959. In Lake Jucksou Postmaster Annette Monsanto Chemical Company's decision to locate a major plant in Brazoria County will likely be recorded as our most significant single event of this decade. This firm is one of the truly great industries of the world. Along with Dow, duPont and a limited few others in the chemical field, it has helped establish the stature of American ingenuity. These few are self-regenerative giants, creating through unceasing research not only their own rank in the world's industrial production, but also the nation's increasing economy, technical progress, and standard of living. These several also share a mutual esteem. Though keen competitors, '.hey are each among the best customers of the other. The by-products of one are the raw materials of the other. The manager of Dow's Western Division once remarked thst one ot his biggest handicaps was the shortage of large industrial customers. Monsanto, therefore, as a customer of the county's existing industry, and as a participant in the cost of maintaining the community, will be a tremendous asset to the county. The Facts joins industrial officials, businessmen and citizens in welcoming this fine organization to the courty. The influence of Moiiounto on the cov i future economy and community affairs i- j great to picture at this time. Certainly it will increase national att .'a. to Braioria and the resources that 'nave lhdi~''.ries to U. ••lit should be observed that Monsanto 1 as chosen V site in an undeveloped arefc some distance from any e itablished conajunity. There U no establis si • iac" -trm fading from this site to a^- -•-. _.»\ «nter. In a stialght line, uie sifi . \mfmlles i from Alvin, 13 to Angleton, ' and Lake Barbara, 18 to Lai.c jackst to Freeport. These are relatively shoi tances. The few miles difference might be entirely secondary to other advantages individual communities might offer. What tb r «. means is tryt the effect of Monsanto on each individual community in the county may depend a great deal on what each community can and will do in the near future to make itself attractive to these newcomers. Just as the natural resources of the county, unimportant in their original state, are the raw materials with which these industries create saleable products; industries and their employment are the raw materials from which business men and communities create progress and growth for themselves. It takes creative ability and effort for the industries to turn crude oil into a. chemical product. Likewise, it takes creative ability and effort for business and the community to turn industrial employment and its payrolls into business sales and neighbors. Angleton is taking appropriate steps ' • "iv- ing itself an advantage in this event by undertaking on its own to establish direct access to the new plant Brarosport might timilariy take steps to overcci-.e the slight handicap of distance and compete for a share of the economic berefit of this new development. It might be observed that Brazosport could accomplish more aa a 1 unit than as several communities unwilling to agrte on impr,, .-oments. *i-r iRdlvidiuU businessmen may take tb£ im^ w tiatty* in providing the i tryice lhat Mpruaji brought'jpeat employees may need. Fa- example, those wl .-;:« rental prop^-ty in wsp.-wt, Angtetoo, a'«l elsewhere, i.light . jwspaper - •••.'re Mow usl. B-.I.P' -• •' lo • known in s hiring person 7 • -' 't at these points. ;.x of Monsanto >e county. We businessmen, \io our utmost wcome. . feel welcome here Aiioleton Has New Utility Dent. Head The City of Angleton has its first fulltime water and sewer superintendent in some months, with the hiring of E. L. Whiddon to that post on Jan. 1. Whiddon, his wife Doris, and their two daughters, Wanda and Nancy, are living at 917 Meadow Lane. The family formerly resided in El Paso, where Whiddon was employed by the Rockwell Manufacturing Co. Prior j to that, he served as water superintendent for the City of Bellaire. A native of Wharton, Whiddon is a graduate of the Wharton High School and attended the University of Houston. Angleton City Councilmen have discussed employing a fullUme water and sewer superintendent for several months. G. L. Rouse of Anfileton served as part time superintendent of the department until Whiddon's employment. "Our biggest problem at present concerns the sewage lift station," Whiddon said. He added that lift pumps are now being installed to help correct those difficulties. *. Deed For U Library Is Accepted The deed for the building which is to house the Lake Jackson Library was accepted Tuesday night by the City of Lake Jackson. The building, which now houses Jie Style Mart, is being given to the city by Dow Chemical Co. tor the sum of $1. Announcement of the sum to be paid brougnt a tongue in cheek offer from the audience to give the $1 if the donor could then claim to have given the city a library. The transfer of ownership of the building stipulated that Dow is to remove the display cases from the building and that t:ie cooling : tpwer lor the Super Valu grocery .next door is to be left on the "library roof until arrangements are made. The Council authorized Mayor Kara Cooper to draft a letter ormally expressing appreciation to Dow and a c k n owledsins the deed transfer. He was also authorized to give formal notice to the Style Mart that the building is to be vacated. The deed transfer requires tlat the city make use of the ouil<l- ing for library purposes in eight months from change. the owners hip Due to this time limit, the council agreed with Cooper's proposal that Councilmen Stan Gamble aid Jim May be appointed to obtain ideas and estimates on architectural studies toward converting the building into a library. It was also suggested that the Brazosport Library Association be represented as the actual planning progresses. Military Set To Deal With Laos Crisis T HONOLULU (AP) - Powerful elements of the US 7th Fleet — and alerted American Bases in the Western Pacific — stood ready to deal with any eventuality in the developing Laos crisis. That was the appraisal of Informed sources who declined to be quoted. But they said that in addition to Naval units in the Soutn China Sea, Air, Marine and Army Forces were ready to move rn the Southeast Asian Kingdom bases in 0 k i n a wa, Japan, Formosa and the Philippines. The assessment of American readiness came after a statement issued yesterday by Admiral Harry Felt, top US Commander in the Pacific in which he said tersely: "We are prepared to accomplish whatever may be required of us by higher authorities of our government. Certain precautionary measures have been taken. These include the augmentation of our airlift capability in the Western Pacific and a repositioning of some of our mobile fleet force." Military sources said Marine elements ready to give any needed assist include the 20,000-man 3rd Marine Division and the Marine Air Whig on Okinawa. The Leathernecks are trained in jungle warfare. Other units include: The 503rd Airborne Infantry on Okinawa, a 2,000-man reinforced battle group. The paratroopers are part of the 25th Infantry L'ivi- sion and recently practice-jumped in South Korea. The first special force, a crack army unit of 300 men, also on Okinawa. The Air Force in Southeastern Asia is represented by the 13th Air Force. „,.".,..,. The closest unit to Labs is tne 405th Fighter Wing at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. It is equipped with FIDO and F102 supersonic jets. Air units on Okinawa include squadrons equipped with supersonic jets, in addition to troop carrier squadrons manning C130 turboprops for swift movement of ground troops and supplies. The US 7th Fleet has assembled in the South China Sea a force of three carriers, about 30 destroyers, a dozen submarines and escort and supply vessels. In Hawaii, a key unit of the 25th Infantry Division embarKed on "practice mobility exercises" yesterday. The exercise included the .oad- ing aboard a transport plane at Hickam Air Force Base. There also were unloading drills. Marine Mews S/s Hess Voyager Due Jan. 5 Phillips Dock S/s Hess Mariner Due Jan. 6 Phillips Dock JC Meeting All residents of Jones Crefk are invited to attend a special meeting of the Jones Creek Community Club tonight. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Community House, and officers are to be elected. ', lir new environment.. Jefferson Lake Sulohur Shutdown Definite Oiecr reports $60.604 fur 1900 and i(i5.V4G lor 19511. Mli. Cecolla Phillips, Hiazo- riu postmaster, reports that the 1UUO receipts of $21.742 Hvl) per oent iiH'ifase lD5a i-how About 40 employees of Jeffjr- son Lake S u 1 p h ur Company's (.'Ifinens Dome Wine near Bra- be held in the Operating Engi-' xoria have been dropped front Die ut 223 payroll, nnd the company has started the salvaging of equipment nuers Local 564 Hall Ave. C in Freeport. Member* are urged to attend, and to have a report on their nnd cleaning of the lease in preparation (or a full closedown. Hubert Bcaird, personnel man- ticket sales. Members with un- tt S«', said Thursday that the new .old tickets are reminded that!* 1 ' wells under development . . . UU Clemens Dome did not come thoy must be m not later taun< U|J , 0 evuvtntions. He said de- 10 p.m. Monday. Ivuluuineut hud ceased, uaul 49 em- ployees were terminated the tWt week of December. '• At present there are 33 hourly paid employees, in addition to the office force and company officials, on the company payroll at Clemens Doaie. The closedown is proc-^ding according to schedule, Beam) said. No definite date has yet been set for the end of operations. With the closing of Clemens! County. "At one time Braioria County produced probably fourths of the world's supply of sulphur." he added, Dome, Beaird siys the mining o(| sulphur will cud iu If you i*il to icctiv* rout Fscl< by S pjn., pleat* call th« Balkum t»*id«n c *. S133 b*to» S pan. and • copy will b» d«liyei»d to you. County Offices To Close Saturdays; Start Jan- 7 Six County officials have announced that their offices will be closed all day Saturdays, beginning this week. Offices to be closed will be those of County Superintendent of Schools J. Paul Rogers, County Auditor Frank A. Taylor, District Clerk Mrs. Jimmie P. Higgins, County Clerk Herbert Stevens Jr., County Treasurer O. V. Robinson, and Tax Assessor - Collector H. A. Thomas. In making the announcement, the officials said that most adjoining counties close their offices on Saturdays. In past years, the County offices have been First '61 DWI Conviction Recorded One of two inen charged with driving while Lake Jackson intoxicated by police became Brazoria County's first DWI conviction of 1961. Lake Jackson Police Chief J. S. "Cap" Brown said Kenneth Lee McMullen, who lives on the Old Angleton Road, had his driver's license suspended and was fined $78.40 in County Court at Acgleton Tuesday. Mc- MuUen entered a plea of guilty to the charge. Another man, Richard P. Sweeny oi Aujlctou, was also charged with DWI. He and McMullen were each arrested early Sunday on Plantation Drive in Lake Jackson, Chief Brown said. Both were taken to County Jail in Angleton and Chief Brown filed the charges in County Court Sunday morning. Chief Brown said Sweeny made $300 band, and his hearing is to come up later. Sun Data Sets Today 5:36 p.m. Hises Friday 7:18 a.m. &eu Fviduy 5:37 open on Saturday morning, but the officials say they do little business during that four-hour period each week. The change will mean a 40- hour week for a number of county employees, instead of the 44-hour week they have been working. The County Road Department employees have not been working on Saturdays but have been putting in a 45-hour week by working nine hours daily. The change being announced will not affect those employees. Sought For Message Freeport police and the Brazoria County Sheriffs Department were asked early Thursday to help in trying to locate a man whose wife is seriously ill. A message from Beaumont officers requests local officers to check all pipeline and construction companies of Brazos- port for Dennis C. Cahill, 64, known as "Pop". Cahill was last seen in Brazosport a few days before Christmas, according to the message. If located, Cahill is to cajl Bsaumont where his wife is seriously ill.

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