The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 23, 1986 · Page 7
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 7

Baytown, Texas
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Wednesday, April 23, 1986
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me BAYTOWN SUN T-4 Booth, Gillette comment Chamber's beginnings recalled BARBECUE CHEFS BARBECUE CHEFS, from left, Jimmy Kovalclk, Rodney Hanson, Larry Salinas and his son, Jerad, are busy preparing the pit for the St. Joseph's Church Bazaar. Barbecue will be served from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. April 27 at the Knights of Columbus grounds, 2600 W. Main. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) By DAVID MOHLMAN At Tuesday's renewal of Sterling Municipal Library's series, "Baytown: The Early Years," Zenobla Booth and Robert Gillette shared memories of how the Chamber of Commerce helped promote growth in what is now Baytown. Audrey Maeser, the library's director of reader services, produced the program and students from the Lee College television workshop, supervised by LC coordinator of media services Alan Swenson, videotaped the program. The Chamber of Commerce helped bring construction of the Airline Highway (Highway 73), the Baytown-La Porte Tunnel, Decker Drive, and other transportation improvements, said Mrs. Booth. In 1939, the year Mrs. Booth began working for the chamber, the only way to get here was to take Highway 90 to Crosby or, from across the channel, to wait sometimes for hours, especially during summer, to take the ferry at Lynchburg or Morgan's Point, said Mrs. Booth. "You will never know what a wonderful day it was" when chamber members toured the completed tunnel, said Mrs. Booth. She said she remembers being told there were 1,250,000 tiles in the tunnel. When it rained in those days, said Mrs. Booth, persons crossed Many questioned in murders EL PASO (AP) — More than 200 people have been detained in the past 10 days for questioning in the rape and strangulation deaths of four women, Mexican officials say. Both the Juarez, Mexico, City Police and State Judicial Police have had extra patrols on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande since April 12, when two of the four bodies were discovered. But despite the number of people questioned, spokesmen for the two Juarez police departments said they have no definite suspects in the killings. .'Spokesmen for the police and sheriff's departments in El Paso also said Tuesday they had no neft' developments in the deaths. Most of the people detained by Mexican police in the past 10 days were released within 36 hours, officials said. A few were booked on lesser charges such as vagrancy or carrying a weapon. Authorities on both sides of the border were alerted to the possibility of a serial killer when the bodies of two teen-age girls were discovered April 12 in the Rio Grande. The two girls, along with two other bodies discovered Feb. 22 and March 25, showed signs of rape and strangulation. The bodies of three other women have been found in the river since, but at least one of those deaths is thought to be an accidental drowning, police say. Despite speculation that the murders were committed by one man, Sgt. Felipe Pando of the State Judicial Police said a coroner's report showed that at least one of the victims was raped by more than one person. But Pando said he does believe some of the killings may be linked to the same person or people. Since April 12, State Judicial Police have arrested about 40 people in the river area. City police have arrested about 20 people per night in the river area since April 12, said Rafael Gonzalez Rodriguez, director of the Juarez City Police department. "They're mostly people who have come from other places and are trying to pass the river. The rest are vagrants and troublemakers," Gonzalez said. Libya warned about terrorism WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, linking tough talk against Libyan terrorism with his campaign for more aid for iNHc'araguan rebels, accused Nicaragua's leftist government of*''t'rying to build a Libya on our doorstep." In'a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation on Tuesday night, Jleagan said no one should have been surprised by last week's U.S. bombing raid on Libya in retaliation for terrorist attacks against Americans. M could recite here a long list of; speeches and statements by myself and Cabinet officers outlining the terrorist danger, presenting the evidence of collaboration among certain ter- rorists states and making clear to those states we would not tolerate what amounts to acts of war against the American people," the president said. Turning to his fight for $100 million in military and other aid to guerrillas attempting to overthrow Nicaragua's Sandinista government, Reagan declared: "1 hope every member of Congress will reflect on the fact that the Sandinistas have been training, supporting and directing as well as sheltering terrorists; and in this sense they are trying to build a Libya on our doorstep. And it's the Contras, the freedom fighters, who are stopping them." Reagan told his dinner audience that while Americans Council to consider rules From Page 1 treatment division. + Authorization for seeking bids for a water line on Cedar Ba'you-Lynchburg Road. -f-Appointments to the Bayfovvn Industrial Development Corporation Board, Planning Commission, Auto Wrecker Committee, Traffic Commission and Baytown Housing Finance Corporation. -(-City manager's report. Consent agenda items include a proposal that would permit the city to charge a $2..50 administrative fee to comply with a court order to withhold income from a city employee's check for child support. Other consent agenda items include the awarding of contracts for cold mix asphalt, sewer sliplining, emergency repairs to a blower at the central wastewater treatment plant and the reroofing of a metal garage. Consent agenda items are grouped together for consideration in one vote rather than by individual items. Council's regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall after a 5:30 p.m. work session. After the regular meeting, an executive session will be held on pending litigation and land acquisition. LC to study insurance plan From Page 1 Regent Alden Weaver expired at the end of 1985. Though Regent Reggie Brewer's term ends in 1986, the board must name one of its members to replace him because his term as regent ends Thursday. The board is also scheduled to: -f-Consider bids on a video cassette editor-recorder and a character generator for the LC Instructional Media Center. + Adopt a resolution expressing both its appreciation to secretary Gladys O'Brien for her service to the college and board members' best wishes upon her retirement. -rSet a time to hear a grievance of a maintenance employee. 4-Consider a recommendation to change an employee's job classification. have "sometimes noisy" disagreements about foreign and other policies, "no foreign power should mistake disagreement for disunity, or disputes for decadence." "Those who are tempted to do so should reflect on our national character, on our record of littering history with the wreckage of regimes who made the mistake of underestimating the will of the American people. their love of freedom and their national valor," he said. In Tripoli Wednesday, officials ordered all journalists representing the United States and Common Market nations to leave immediately in retaliation for new restrictions on Libyan diplomats in Europe and Britain's decision to expel 21 Libyans. The officials said East Bloc, Canadian and Japanese journalists could stay, as well as reporters from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Austria — Western European nations that are not members of the Common Market. Reporters were being ordered to leave in retaliation for measures taken by the Common Market on Monday restricting Libyan diplomatic representation, and for Britain's announcement Tuesday that it was expelling 21 Libyans, mostly students, accused of subversive activity. The administration disclosed Tuesday that it had considered, but decided against, ordering the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 Libyans in the United States to leave the country. "We have considered whether to send them home and have decided not to." John Whitehead, deputy secretary of state, told two subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a joint hearing. Whitehead said the administration decided not to expel the Libyans because it might be helpful in a post-Khadafy Libya to have a corps of Libyans with exposure to the United Statca. Parker Borg, deputy director of the State Department's counterterrorism office, said most Libyans In the United States are students. Texas Avenue on boards because the street was all dirt. Mrs. Booth, the first employee hired by the chamber when it reactivated in 1939, said soon after she was hired Jack Jacobs came in from Mangum, Okla.. and began work as chamber manager. "You don't know how lucky we were to have a group of progressive businessmen," said Mrs. Booth. "They put their shoulders to the wheel and stayed with it." In those days there was very little money, but people worked together to get things done, said Mrs. Booth. "That's important to remember in today's times," she said. Mrs. Booth and the crowd laughed after she said she remembers walking down Texas Avenue, stopping at each merchant's store, going in and asking, "Aren't you ready to pay your (chamber) dues about now?" so she and Jacobs could get paid. GtUette, a Baytown attorney, recalled when he came to Baytown in 1M6 he joined the very active Junior Chamber of Commerce, The junior chamber won state and national awards, he said. Later, members of that group joined the senior chamber, said Gillette. Gillette said when he came here. William E. Marshall was president of the chamber. Soon, Jack Jacobs became chamber president, he said. Nelson McElroy was chamber manager, he added. Gillette continued by naming 15 to 20 men who served as chamber president after Jacobs. The list included W T "Willie" Busch, W.C. "Pop" Swain. Gillette's partner Robert Strickland, Theo Wilburn, Gor don Famed. Fred Hartman, Jack and Bill Strickler and others. Gillette also noted the hard work of L.G. "Prof" Sanders, president In 1939 of the first com bined Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. Sander*, who managed Culpepper's Pitnriture Store for almost 40 years aad also was associated with Citizens Bank and Trust Co., served many terms as a chamber director. "Prof Sanders could gel more done than anybody I know except Fred Hartman," said Gillette. Gillette apologized to the audience for a story he was going to tell which he said some might consider grotesque He then told about riding to Houston in Sanders' burial procession in July 1969. Gillette recalled how. during the long ride, everyone in the same vehicle as him began telling first one story, then another, about Sanders and their memories o( him. Soon, the memories had them all laughing, he said. Gillette said he later told Sanders' wife, Thelma. what happened, --and she said, 'That's exactly the way Prof would have Speakers tell stories of city From Page 1 Altman said she and her husband stayed at the Delmonle Hotel for a time because there were no places here to live at first. They eventually moved into a room which included a kitchen and bath at a house next to the funeral home on Pearce Street, she said. Mrs. Altman named businesses on the south side of the avenue. These included furniture stores, the Palace Theater (someone in the audience remarked it also was called the "Goalhouse" i. jewelers, clothing stores, a shoe store, the county library and two places — Harry's Drug Store and Tri-City Cafe — where many merchants of ten gathered. Citizens Bank was in the Pruett building, which later housed Max Allman's ready-to- wear clothing store Mrs Altman said when she and her husband began selling women's clothing, she decided to keep sold bridal dresses in the bank vault "so if the place burned down, the girls could still get married. "It was a busy, busy three blocks always." Mrs Altman said of Texas Avenue. Before he began his part of the description of the avenue. Altman described his first few months in Goose Creek. When he got to Houston on his way to Baytown in June 19-41. it began raining, he said. The rain continued here until September. "I decided if it ever stopped raining. 1 was moving out," said Altman, us members of the audience laughed It look mules to move the cars, he said. Aitrnan described businesses on the north side of Texas Avenue These included a service station, cufe. the Southern Pacific railroad station, dress and clothes shops, a barber shop, jewelers, shoe stores, grocery stores, furniture stores, the Texan Theater, a pharmacy, a (axi stand, a hamburger and hot dog stand and the original Chamber of Commerce building. "Baytown was a good business town." said Altman He noted it was a 25- to :io-mile drive to Houston via dirt road "It took half a day to get there and half a day to get hack 'So Baylown was good to us." Idaho storm levels acres of forest BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A storm ripped through two eastern Idaho counties Tuesday evening, with wind gusts to 58 mph and possible tornadoes that leveled up to 1,500 acres of trees, threw a mobile home BO feet and left 10,000 people without electricity, authorities said. Two minor injuries were reported in connection with the storm that hit Boise and Ada counties before blowing itself out in the Boise National Forest, authorities said. An apparent tornado was spot- ted on radar at Mountain Home Air Force Base southeast of Boise, said National Weather Service spokesman Gerry Burdwell, and Boise County Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Richards said another may have hit the Lowman area northeast of Boise in the national forest U.S. Forest Service Ranger Charlie Vaughn estimated Tuesday night that up to 1.500 acres oi trees were snapped in the forest. Richards said. Don Shaw, owner of the South Fork Lodge in Lowman. said hail the sue of j>olf halls pelted the area, roofs were ripped off some buildings and trees covered much of Idaho "People coming in from Stanley said it looked like a disaster area," Sh^w said. Stanley is east of Low man along Idaho 21 Residents of Idaho City and other parts of the County were among 10.000 Idaho Power customers without power, said spokesman Larry Taylor. PRE-MOTHERS DAY SALE There has never be«n a better lime !o purchase furniture from Wilkenfeld's. Furniture Is the gitl that the entire family will enjoy throughout th« years. Swivel Rockers Prices star! al $ 149 so You'll discover o large selection of swivel rockers in various styles and colors. All sole priced during This Special Sale! 30 • 60 • 90 DAYS SAMCASCASH FREE DELIVERY! MIRRORS We've reduced iha entire stock Ol mirrors and now you can save even more oil our already sale price' Save an additional 10% LARGE SELECTION OF RECLINERS ON SALE SELECTED STOCK Of LAMPS 10% S*ve *»*« moral J>at«jo<i oft Mte price ENTIRE STOCK OF BOSTON ROCKERS Saw* »»<KI mortt Addilton4 4*C4MM»te off Mi* price 1 0 /* ETAGERE Perfect lor any room of your home Use to display all your special momentos. 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