Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on July 16, 1969 · Page 1
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fa i. o ro f 1 i c, Center Inc. TO Uux *< ftiMM^f APOLLO 11 CREWMEN ON THEIR WAY . . . Astronauts begin historic flight Tickets to Rodeo Ready at 4 Spots Tickets to the sixth annual Brown County rodeo are now on sale at four locations in downtown Brownwood. Tickets may be bought in advance at First National Bank, Citizens National Bank, Southwest State Bank and Knobler's. General admission prices are $2 for adults and $1 for children. Some reserved section tickets are also available at prices of $60, $75, and $100. Each reserv-; ed section contains 10 seats. ' Dates of this year's rodeo are ' July 24-26 in the Earl . Wilson, arena on the Brady highway. I Featured on the program will be radio, television and motion; picture personality star Molly j Bee and rodeo clown George : Taylor. Also appearing will be the Texas Range Riders of Houston, a colorful drill team composed of ranchers, business and professional men. Performances are scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. daily. Events will include bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, girls' barrel racing, team tying, bull riding and arena pony express racing. Arena director will be Frank Switzer of Blanket. Bob Sawyer of Fort Worth will serve as announcer. Rodeo entry books will be open at noon July 23 in the Riverside Motor Hotel, according to C. Q. Davis Jr., chairman of the fair association's rodeo steering committee. Forecast Raises Chance for Rain The possibility—but only the possibility-of widely scattered late afternoon and evening thun- cjerstorms over Mid-Texas was posed today by the weather bureau. Forecasters say the area should remain clear to partly cloudy through Thursday unless the thunderstorms do develop this evening or Thursday evening, The forecast follows more than a week of JOO-degree plus temperatures including a 104 here Tuesday afternoon — which equals the summer's highest. The low here this morning was 74, Tonight's low and Thursday's high should be little different from those of the past week, the forecast said. Fierce thunderstorms and at least two menacing tornadoes threw punches at the Upper Texas Coast during the night, and the unruly weather moved on to Central Texas and the middle coastal plains this morning. The turbulence capped one of the hottest days yet this summer. B T ; X '—, 0 -v' o«js,y M __ gi —i — rownwood Bulletin TWELVE "PAGES t<56AY BfcOWNWOob, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 15,1959 VOL. 69 NO. 235 id Gent* Daily is cent* Streaks Perfecf Rocfcef Blast Hurls Ship From Earth's Gravity By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla fAP) — Reaching for a dream, America's Apollo 11 astronauts hurtled across the vastness of space today on a voyage of the ages, an attempt to land two men on the moon. Civilian commander Neil A. Armstrong, 38, Air Force Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Collins broke away from the embrace of earth's gravity at 12:16 p.m. (EDT) today as a Jarring rocket blast shot them out of earth orbit and sent them winging toward the moon 24 hours after launch from Cape Kennedy. The spacecraft had reached lt)3 miles in altitude at the end of the five-minute, 47-second burn. The power to boost the astro- nauts outward came from the third stage of the Saturn 5 rocket which had lifted them with a roar heard round the world. For 2Mi hours the astronauts had orbited the globe checking the spaceship's millions of parts before committing themselves to the quarter-million-mile journey to the moon. They reported Apollo 11 was perfect and the Mission Control Center in Houston flashed the go-ahead to take the critical step that started them toward the moon, the alluring first goal of man's boldest step into space. The firing of the third stage increased their speed from about 17,400 to 24,200 miles per hour, enough to break the grip of earth's gravity. It sent them on the lunar trail blazed twice by man in the last seven months—by the Apollo 8 and 10 astronauts who came tanlalizingly close as they orbited earth's only natural satellite. "That Saturn gave us a magnificent ride," said Armstrong. ; "It certainly looks like you're I on your way," Mission Control | replied. "We have no complaints about any of the three stages on ; that ride," Armstrong reported. I The Apollo 11 crew planned to I coast for three days, firing themselves into orbit 69 miles; I above the moon early Saturday '. afternoon U> set the stage for the landing attempt. During their first hours in space, the astronauts were very businesslike as they checked spaceship systems. There was very little conversation from the orbiting craft. The Cape Kennedy launch was right on schedule. The Visual is 'Go Today 7 "Houston, be advised the visual is go today." one of the astronauts said shortly after the spacecraft left the ground. "They finally gave me a window to look out." Armstrong's first words on achieving orbit were very businesslike. "The booster has been confirmed for orbital flight. Both! spacecraft are looking good," he said. He referred to the still attached third stage of the Saturn 5 which was to ignite later to boost Apollo 11 toward the moon. The astronauts were to circle the globe for 2 l t> hours to make certain the spaceship's thousands of systems were functioning. Then, at 12:16 p.m. (EDT), they were to restart the still-attached third stage of the Saturn 5 to start toward their target, 250.801 miles away. Barring problems, these three Columbuses of 'the Space Age are to sail outward across a quarter-mUlion-mile ocean of space for three days and fire themselves into orbit just 69 miles above the moon on Saturday. They are to follow the trail blazed twice in the last seven months, by the pioneers of Apollo P. and io. Detach Module for Moon Trip Sunday afternoon, and "Buzz" Aldrin are to detach a lunar module and fly it. down , to a landing at the Sea of Tran- ; quillity. Early the next day they. are to fullfull a centuries-old, dream by walking on and ex- j ploring the lunar landscape. j Civil defense officials estimated more than a million persons, i the largest crowd ever to wit- • ness a Cape Kennedy launching, cheered as the great rocket lifted away from earth. ' Thousands had camped ovc-; knight on beaches and other van-, tage points. Roads were' jammed early in the morning. Among those who watched the start of the moon mission from Cape Kennedy were former President Lyndon B. Johnson, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and Armstrong's wife, Janet, and their two sons, Eric, 12, and Mark, 6. Also watching the start of the moon mission were Armstrong's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Armstrong in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Mrs. Armstrong told newsmen she talked to her son the morning before launch. "He was happy," she said. "His usual self. Just like he always is." As the astronaut's parents spoke, one of the spacemen in the capsule told Mission Con- Choose Eagle As Apollo 11 Symbol The astronauts have chosen as their symbol the drawing of, an eagle swooping to the era- j ' tered surface, its talons grip-' I ping an olive branch. j j As is the manner of men,' Council Workshop Session Is Tonight Members of Brownwood city council will meet as a com- j mittee at 7 p.m. today for a ( workshop on possible removal! of parking meters from the downtown area. Since the meeting Is a com' mittee workshop, it will not be j a public meeting. i Armstrong and Aldrin will plant I an American flag on the surface j as a symbol of conquest. But they will not claim this territory | for the United States. To make this clear they will leave behind ; a plaque bearing these words: "Here men from the planet earth i "First set foot upon the moon "July 1969 A.D. I "We came in peace for all, 1 mankind." i They are to gather precious rocks from this new yorld, deploy scientific instruments and determine how well man in a bulky space suit can operate in' the unfamiliar one-sixth gravity | field on the moon. \ Armstrong and Aldrin aie to El Salvador Presses Attack By ABY MOWEON Associated Press Writer PAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Ignoring a call from the Organization of American States for a cease-fire, El Salvador pressed its invasion of Honduras today and demanded that {he Jionduran army "surrender before being defeated on the battleground." ' piplomatic sources in San Salvador said. Salvadorena forces appeared to have penetrated as mych as 20 miles inside Hcmdu> rag. The fiondurin government claimed that its troops "are. fighting valiantly ... pushing I back the enemy attack. 11 "A seven-nation peace keeping eornmjttee dispatched by the «tfv«d jfl ggn §a|yad,gr ; oigbl l« seek § cease- in bhe two-day-old war, but there was no immediate indication of success, Salvadorean government sources said the army was driving toward the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa in two columns —one made up of tanks, artillery and motori?ed vehicles moving along the South Highway, part of the Pan American j Highway, and the other an in-j fantry force marching through the mountains. Tegucigalpa is about 40 miles from the Honduras-EJi Salvador frontier, but nearly 75 miles by highway from. El Amatillo, | where the armored column reportedly crossed, the border. The capital^ o| bo^ «0ualrte* wlew saj peared to have temporarily halted air attacks by the World War II vintage planes of the two Central American republics. Twelve planes, eight of them Honduran, reportedly have been shot down. ! Honduran medical personnel i reported civilian and military! casualties were heavy on both ( sides of the border, but no gov- j ernment casualty reports werej available from either side. j Fighting was reported savage | and often hind-te-hand along the border. A report from Tegucigalpa said university students J were ready to man hospitals: and medical centers to aid the! expected to arrive to- "fam tt§ battle zones. plane* w TwMsy sir- outside San Salvador and a * Standard Oil of New Jersey re- j finery ?S miles away. E! Salva- \ dor admitted several gasoline! storage tanks were hit, and the: column of smoke cowld be seen \ in the capital. ] The war began Monday night [ when Honduras reported two) stabs into its territory from El i Salvador. The Salvadorean government said its invasion was launched to prevent an attack! by Honduran forces massed on the border for an invasion. The council of the OAS in! Washington approved a resolu-i tion calling for the two nations; to suspend hostilities and settle; their deferences peacefully. Ill asked, thf p^ce&eping com-' to rep&rt its IMings in4 "ta th esl time circumstances may allow." The undeclared war climaxed years of tension between overcrowded El Salvador and fertile, sparsely populated Honduras next door. BRQWNWQOP A R E A- Clear to partly coudy through Thursday. Widely scattered, late afternoon and evening thunderstorms. High Thursday near JO?. Maximum temperature here Tuesday 1,04, overnight low 74. Syjiset to^ay §:4l, iup- Heat Has Firemen Really on the Run JANICE FURRY . . . pecan queen Miss Furry Is Queen SAN ANTONTO - Janice Furry, 18-year-old Brown County pecan queen, became the 1969 state pecan queen here Tuesday night. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Myrl Furry of 2203 llth St. in Brownwood. She was among the 13 contestants who vyed for the title at the 48lh annual conference and state pecan show. Sponsoring the activities is the Texas Pecan Growers Assn. Miss Furry, a 1969 graduate of Brownwood High School, is being sponsored in the show by the Brown County Pecan Grow- (Sce FURRY'on Page 2) The wilting heat wave cur - rently gripping Mid-Texas is helping keep Brownwood fire men about five times as busy . as they were this time last summer. • A rash of grass and brush fires during early July have kept Brownwood and other Mid-Texas firemen — as well as volun- i teer firefighters —hopping. I Expect Worse j And fire officials expect the j situation to get worse before it : gets betters i "A good practice during the dry season is not to burn grass or brush unless absolutely necessary," cautions assistant Brownwood fire chief Burl Horton . ; He urged farmers and ranchers .where possible to construct fire guards (a strip of land which has been plowed or cleared by bulldozer) to prevent the spread of fire from one pasture or field to another. ! Extra Care 1 Brownwood fire captain Robert Perry urged everyone to be extra careful with matches and cigarettes during the rest of this dry siommor. Many fires are started each year by cigarettes carelessly tossed from the window of a moving car. ; "Also a 29 per cent humidity • reading or below during hot weather means fires can start spontaneously." Captain Perry warned. "We have had humidity readings that low or below this summer." During the first 10 days of July. Brownwood firemen got. called to 20 grass, trash or brush fires. The pace has not slackened since those first 10 days either. By contrast, during the same 10 days of last. July the department was called to only five grass fires—an increase of four times for this year over 1968. Top Readings Brownwood has recorded more than a week of consecutive high temperatures above 100 degrees. For example, the high here Monday was 103 while on the same day last year, the high was only 90 degrees. Last summer was one of the coolest, wettest ones on record for Brownwood and most of Mid- Texas. By contrast, this Bum ; mer appears headed for near, record levels. \ Grass and brush fires will con- 1 tinue to grow as a problem for firemen and residents alike until the dry spell is broken by general rains. | In the meantime, there isn't 1 much to do but be careful—and hope for rain. is clear down sitting in your , trol: "It sure ' there. It's like \ living room." j The astronauts go to the moon i asa men of peace, bearing the J flags and messages of many . lands. i I They may not make it. For Apollo 11 is not only maa's most i ambitious space adventure but: I also the most dangerous. I i The astronauts and space officials warned in advance that ! the flight might have to be i aborted at any time, even up to , the moment of lunar touchdown. And if the two astronauts do land, there is a remote chance j they could be stranded on the moon, with only two days of oxygen and no chance of rescue. Moisture Shortage Grows More Serious spend about 2Vi hours outside In all they are to be on the moon less than a day. | But in that time they will have opened the limitless frontier of space a bit farther. The 1 rocks thef bring home may pro- j vide clues to the origin of the moon, the earth and even the solar system—and set the course for future expeditions loi probe the universe beyond present imagination. If all goes well, much ot the! world will watch the entire lu- i nar surface activity beamed live via television from a camera the astronauts are to mount j 30 feet away from their landing (See APOLLO on Page 2) "We sure could use some moisture," said Cornanche County Agent Floyd Key. ; He's not the only one looking for rain. All farmers and ranchers in the Mid-Texas area are' about ready to cry for a few j drops. ) Key and other area agricultural agents say there is a ser- j ious shortage of moisture and '• if it doesn't rain soon it could! be critical. | RAIN HASN'T fallen in a Mid-! Texas County during July. Com-' bined with extremely hot days and range fires the dry weather | is, as expected at this time of; year, burning up range and pas-1 ture land. ] Illustrative of the moisture j shortage generally is seen in! Brown County statistics. i There has been no precipitation recorded here since June 23 when .26 of an inch fell. Total rainfall in Brownwood during June was only 1.33 inch whereas the June average is 3.02 inches. But it is having a serious effect on some crops as well. EASTLAND COUNTY, for instance, reports soil moisture very short. It looks like the pecan crop there will be only about 30 per cent of normal due to lack of rain. An average peach crop is expected and peanuts, which are being irrigated, art doing well. George Reese, Mills County agent, reports stock tanks beginning to dry up. San Saba County Agent Billy • F. Kidd says no measurable i rain has fallen there since June ; 2 and that a good general rain is needed. I "Needing moisture badly" is ; the way Kidd describes requirements for pecans, hay, and pasture lands, BROWN COUNTY Agent Chuck Threet says stands of ! sorghums and peanuts are good and that pecans are looking i good. But he noted there Is a ; shortage of soil moisture, especially on pastures and ranges. Key reports peanuts, which were planted only recently, are ' not hurting yet because of a , water shortage, i But Key said the lesser corn' stalk borer is pretty heavy, es- (See MOISTURE on Page 2) TRAFFIC'BLOCKED. - Th» Iwgi «o a whffl carn§ <rff Tuesday afttrnoon as C. F. Cpff*y ftf 1036 W, Commorct wa* meying thii h&MSf en Highway 377 ai Fourth St. Traffic wat blocked for about 15 mlnytti whllf mm gsrt frht wheel back so tht trailer, Thirt wtrt no injMries and thf hou»t wai r§t loaded and moved temporarily fp $ lot niarfey, it wai finely msvtd te 111 dtitinatipn thii morning. (JSylliHn Jhttt,

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