Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on June 23, 1972 · Page 2
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Pampa, Texas
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Friday, June 23, 1972
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Hth YEAR Friday, Jun« 23. 1972 t Couple Sends Greetings o Hamill For 100th Birthday HOUSTON (AP>- President and Mrs. Nixon are among those who have sent greetings to Curtis G. Hamill for his iMth birthday The City of Beaumont also has issued an official proclamation for the Saturday anniversary. Hamill is the only living member of the crew that drilled the oil well that moved the nation out of the kerosine age and into the gasoline age. The 100,000 barrels a day Lucas gusher blew in with a roar on Jan. 10, INI, atop the Spindletop salt dome on the coastal plain near Beaumont in the southeast comer of Texas. At age 100, Hamill still believes Jan. 10 should be observed annually as one of the nation's most historic dates. "It has to be one of the most important days in history," he says. "It's results have gone around the world." Wells that produced only 15 to 20 barrels a day were thought to be good ones until Spindletop. The emphasis had been on kerosine for lighting and heating but Spindletop and the gushers that followed switched the emphasis to gasoline. Among the 130 oil companies organized in Beaumont after the 1901 discovery were firms that became such giants as Gulf Oil Corp. and Texaco Inc. Within 10 years, the nation had 600,000 automobiles. At 100, Hamill loves to talk, answers the telephone himself, has a sharp memory, and a sharp wit. He moves about his two-bedroom apartment on the eighth floor of Clarewood House with surprising ease with the aid of a cane. His eyesight is failing a bit but his hearing is good. He appears more like a man in his 70s, especially when dressed in the clothes he will wear Saturday at a private family celebration at the exclusive River Oaks Country Club—checked sport coat, blue slacks, blue shirt, bright red tie, and black loafers. "It is just another birthday," Hamill says. But his own excitement over the Saturday anniversity has been shown by his telephone calls to friends to read them the letter from President Nixon. "Mrs. Nixon and I were delighted to learn you are celebrating your 100th birthday on June 24." Nixon wrote. Store May File Charges Against Two Persons At 8:18 Tuesday night Levine's Department Store reported two men had taken a shirt without paying and gave a description of their car. Shortly after this, Officer Brian Stafford gave chase to the vehicle, stopping it after it had run a red traffic light. After interrogation the man produced the shirt and told officers he had let the other man out at a local bar. The case is pending charges against the men by the department store. Stock Market Quotations The loHowinf II • m. Chicifu Gichanie live cilllt fulurei ire (urniihed by In. Amnrlllo ollicei of Merrill. Lynch. Pierce. Fennenitd Smith. Inc. Frev. Clote Open Hilh Low bail Feb. 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American Tel and Tel 41 Cabot 44S Celaaeie 41'i Citwi fcrvice MS DIA IIS DP A I Geaeral Electric tt'« General Mwori 7IS GMwftar n't GuHOil M IBM.., »J Heawy I 7IS PfellUlw ?'« PNA I4S bariHMbuck IliS tttlly *»'• Ilai4ard Oil al Indiana M'i Standard Oil o( New Jerwy 74'i te.tfcwealera Public Service II IVC 1£ Teaaco MS Ul.tUtl I** SUBSCRIPTION RATES Ofhe ftanipa Daily News By carrier in Pampa and RTZ 11.75 per monlh. 15.25 per 3 months 110.50 per S monlhi $21 00 P*r year. By motor roule|1.75 per monlh By mail In RTZ 113 per year. By mail outside RTZ 118.M per year and RTZ. Single cony 10 cents daily 15 cents Sunday. Published daily e»cepl Salurday by Ihe Pampa Daily News Aichtson and Somervnie. Pampa. Texas 7W5 Phone .M-252S all deparlmenU. Enur«d m second cl.M mailer under the act March 1. 1171. "We know this will be a day filled with congratulations from your family and friends and we want to add our own wishes that peace, Joy, and content will always be yours." Dry holes at shallow depths had been drilled at Spindletop but Capt. Anthony Lucas, an Austrian engineer, was convinced a deeper test would find oil. Two Pennsylvania prospectors, James M. Guffey and John H. Galey, obtained a $300,000 loan from the Mellon interests to finance a 1,200 foot test by Lucas. Curtis Hamill's brother, Al, was the drilling contractor. "I was the rigman but got driller's pay," Curtis Hamill recalls. "Peck Burd was the fireman. We sometimes had a driller, sometimes not. I don't remember whether my pay was $85 or $90 a month. I've used both figures." The Hamill brothers, veterans of the Corsicana field in North Texas, thought they could drill the well in todays. Drilling began in October. "We ran into every type of trouble imaginable, things never encountered before," Curtis Hamill says. "There was talk of moving to another site and starting over but we were determined to reach 1,200 feet. The final depth was 1,142 feet." Hamill was at the 42-foot lev- el of the 72-foot drilling rig when the well blew in with a geyser of oil that reached heights of 100 to 200 feet. "I got down somehow, I don't know just how, but it must have been by way of the ladder," he says. "It blew 32 sections of 20- foot pipe out of the hole. It was a miracle no one was hurt." Then came the job of shutting off the geyser of oil, a job that was not completed until Jan. 18. They called in some experts but gave the job to Al and me after one of the experts checked the pressure of the gusher and said 'I wouldn't try to put a gate on that well if you gave me the whole county'," Hamill says. The brothers designed a gate or valve that controlled the well with surprising ease. "I got $35 extra for the gate," Hamill says. Hamill later became an oil driller, then a producer, and retired in comfort at San Antonio and Kerrville before his wife died in 1961. Three of five children are living, including Claud Hamill, a Houston oil operator. Hamill was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., and moved to Texas with his family at age four. Prior to becoming involved in oil drilling at Corsicana, Hamill met his wife, Eva Smith, while selling charcoal heated smoothing irons in Central Texas. Dallas Court Inquiring Disappearance Of Trio DALLAS (AP) — A colleague of Leon Horton's testified Thursday that the Dallas attorney admitted taking the elderly housekeeper of missing investor Robert L. "Tex" Roberts to a bus station, probably for a "hit" from a hired killer. The testimony, from Randolph Scott, past president of the Dallas Bar Association, came during an inquiry into the disappearance of Roberts, 85, Mrs. Jessie L. Forsyth, 89, and Mrs. Annie Farley, 72. The three have been missing since Aug. 15,1970. Scott was telling the court of Judge Dee Brown Walker what he said Morton told him and two other lawyers last Thursday at the Dallas County jail. Morton, formerly an attorney for Roberts, was recently convicted on several forgery charges pertaining to Roberts' estate. Scott, who said he was acting as a "disinterested witness" in visiting Morton, told the court of Horton's story regarding Mrs. Farley, the housekeeper. According to Scott, Morton said he was told to take Mrs. Farley to a bus station and leave her there. Morton would identify his instructors only as "they." He said he was afraid to reveal who "they" were because he feared reprisals against himself and his family. He said one other person, Ardis O'Dell Reed, 35, a notary from Grand Prairie, went with him to drop off the elderly woman. Reed was an alleged witness to one of the forgeries On The Record Highlud General Hospital THURSDAY Admissions Robert J. Clements, 818 N. Somerville. Mrs. Irene E. Moore, 915 Duncan. Leslie M. Alexander, 1121 Terry. Mrs. Wilma Leona Paulson, 325 N. Nelson. Mrs. Hattie Leatrice Mills, 1900 N. Banks. Miss Glenda R. Kingham, Panhandle. Virgil E.Helton, Wheeler. Mrs. Bessie L. Stephens, 712 Deane Drive. Raymond D. Bowles, 800 E. Gordon. Dismissals David K. Cook, 1037 Huff Road. Mrs. Shirley Doke, 1152 Terrace. Baby Girl Doke. 1152 Terrace. Debra Harris, 1336 N. Russell. Duncan Murdock, 737 N. Dwight. Ronald Niccum, 1300 E. Kingsmill. Mrs. Judith Simpson, 1120 Terrace. Baby Girl Simpson, 1120 Terrace. Mrs. Geneva F. Richardson, Panhandle. Mrs. Johnnie Sandy, 314 N. Warren. Mrs. Mar jorie O'Neal. 1WIN. Christy. Mrs. Sherron J. Tigrett, Perryton. Mrs. Betty J. Beyer, 2717 Comancbe. Mrs. Georgia B. Nicholaison, 232Tignor. Norman Walberg, 621 E. Kingsmill. for which Morton was convicted. Reed's whereabouts are unknown. Scott also testified that Morton told him he had not heard anything from the missing trio since August 1970. Then Whitley Sessions, receiver for the Roberts estate, asked Scott, "Did he (Morton) say if he also set up Roberts and Forsyth?" "He did not," Scott replied. Sessions earlier mentioned a "hit man, a hired killer" named Mac. Scott testified that Morton said he had given some bearer bonds belonging to Mrs. Forsyth to "them." Morton said "they" were going to keep the bonds until "the heat was off and they could cash them." Another witness questioned Thursday was Mitchell D. Stevens, a law associate of Horton's. Stevens' brother is chairman of the board of the Western Reserve Bank at Amarillo. It was in that bank that Morton placed funds he had illegally obtained from Roberts' estate. Mainly About People Rummage Sale: Elks Lodge, 1523 N. Hobart. Saturday 9:00 a.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by Ladies of the Elks. (Adv.) • Kirby Vacuum Sweeper Company is now selling Bison Vacuum Cleaners. Still servicing Kirby at the same location. 512'.* S. Cuyler. 669-2990. (Adv.) Water Wagons and fishing floaters. Pampa Tent and Awning. (Adv.) Hi-Land Golf Driving Range—West Kentucky opens Saturday, June 24. 10 a.m.--10 p.m. (Adv.) Garage Sale—125 N. Sumner. Starts Saturday. (Adv.) Garage Sale: 1044 S. Sumner. First time! (Adv.) Special Plate Lunches. Bar-b-q beef sandwich plate, $1. Chicken plate, 69 cents. Burger plate, 69 cents. Fish plate, 79 cents. Don't cook today-call S & J! 669-3661. (Adv.) Superserendipitific Garage sale. 102 W. 18th. Opens Friday 10:00 a.m. through Saturday June23rdand24th. (Adv.) Blonde three-piece bedroom suite.Call665-1053. (Adv.) The Lone Star Squares will dance at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Optimist Club building. Herrick Allen of Amarillo will be the caller. The club's usual caller, Sammy Parsley, is slated to call dances in Perryton tonight and in Stratford Saturday night. Visitors are welcome. The DMF Auxiliary, Cities Service gas, will hold a retirement party and covered-dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. today in the Flame Room of Pioneer Natural Gas building. MlUv ruNfckAL UlKfct fOKS 6o5-2323 State Senate Unit Okays 2 Appointees AUSTIN, Tex. (APl - Trie Senate Nominations Committee took a breather today after tor- wardtaf to the Senate the appointment* of Laity Teaver Jr. and Durwood Manford to the State Insurance Board. Teaver, the chairman, was appointed to the three-member board last Aug. 27 to complete the unexpired term of Charm Mathews, who quit to accept an appointment by Gov. Preston Smith as a state district judge in Austin. Teaver's term expires Jan. 31, 1975. He was an assistant to Smith before his appointment. Manford has been on the board since 1961, and Smith reappointed him to a term ending Jan. 1,1977. A former House member Manford was speaker in 1949. Sen, A. R. Schwartz, Galveston, told the commissioners Thursday the board may be the "most unpopular" appointed body in Texas history because it has neglected the public's interest. He claimed the board had relied of the "rummy dummy figures of insurance companies for lo these many years" in setting insurance rates. Teaver said the cost of extended coverage policies for property had risen 379 per cent since 1962, and a rate increase approved by the board last July for fire and casualty policies has raised premiums since then by (55 million. District Atty. Investigating Herbicide Case LAREDO, Tex. (AP)-Asst. Dist. Atty. Charles Borchers said Thursday that his office is inquiring into the circumstances under which three young sisters apparently swallowed a herbicide and one of them died. He reported that medical authorities asked an investigation after the death of Graciela Bermudez, 9, a third grade pupil, at a hospital Tuesday. A doctor blamed cardiac arrest. She and sisters Gloria Elva, 10, and Maria, 12 were taken to the hospital Saturday. Attendants said they were treated at once to control heavy vomiting and proper medication was prescribed. Gloria Elva underwent surgery Thursday for removal of a piece of metal from her lower intestine. The physician said authorities are interested in determining how the metal became lodged in her body and are concerned about other findings in medical examinations of the three girls. The sisters were rushed to the hospital after a brother found them at home. He said Graciela was wrapped in a blanket on a bed and the other two seemed to be dazed and incoherent. Their father is a seasonal migrant worker. Obituaries MM.E8MEAIIELL Mrs. Baste Mae Abell, 71, mother of Mrs. G.M. Martin, Ml? DIMM, died Thursday morning In the Lubbock Oittopathlc Hospital. Funeral service, were to be at 4 p.m. today in the Resthaven Memorial Park Chapel, Lubbock. She had been • long-time MM.WlAANDEfWON tomtit ItrirfettwiTi 1pm. teeay in Perryton for Mrs. Ora Deent Anderson. 74, Senate Slates Meeting With Nothing On Agenda Survivors include two daughter!, Including Mrs. Martin; one son; and five grandchildren. . MISS GLADYS HICKMAN Miss Gladys Eliiabeth Hickman, 71, 715 N. Hobart, died Friday, June 1«, in a Glen Rose hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday in Keene, Tex., and burial was In the Keene Cemetery. A Pampa resident for 40 years, she was born in Pueblo, Colo,, Aug. 3, IHS. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. For health reasons, she moved to Keene two years ago to live with her niece and nephew, Mr, and Mrs. Blwood White. She is survived by six nephews, three nieces and one brother. who died Tueaday Bom in Fayetteville, Ark., she had been a Perryton resident for SI years. She was a member of the Church of the Natarene, Perryton. Surviving are her husband, Lonnie H. Anderson; four sons, Melvin Anderson of Fruitland, N.M., Vernon Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Donald Anderson of Perryton and Eldon Anderson of Compton, Calif.; two brothers, Oscar Norwood of Hulbert, Okla., and Owen Norwood of Tahlequah, Okla.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. R.D.ALEXANDER Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church of Wheeler for Raymond D. Alexander of Amarillo, who died Wednesday after suffering an apparent heart attack. Burial was to be in Wheeler. Born at Sweetwater, he was a grounds maintenance man for Amarillo College. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; two sons; two daughters; his mother, Mrs. Elsie Alexander of Wheeler; one brother, one sister and five grandchildren. AUSTIN, fei. (APl - Senators scheduled a rare Friday work teuton today ~ with nothing on the agnail fif them udo A t p.m. committee hearing on two anti-busina] resolutions was believed to be the main reason why Senate leaders beat back motions to quit for the weekend Sen. William Moore of Bryan, chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and author of one of the resolutions, apparently wanted to assure full attendance at the hearing. Meanwhile, the house Appropriations Committee continued its slow-but "democratic," as chairman Bill Flnck said repeatedly-deliberations on the 1973 state budget. Thursday afternoon, mittee completely eliminated the $111,000 appropriation recommended by the Legislative Budget Board for the commission that runs a museum in Fredericksburg honoring the late Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz. Rep. Neil Caldwell of Angleton said the museum should be run by the Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Hk> i•*!••! ib^^**l^MAfltaltt^ loTKai amity vmmniwf by a ataarate agaMy pcpltadlrectorlB.M. The committee's vice-chairman, Rep. Hilary Doran of Del Rio, Mid that salary waa "an mtult to a lot of key people here ^^^A AAA h^A^k *£ Ad^M^t^^M ** wno ire nevoi w •gnicm. On other matters, though, the committee found It hard to keep appropriations at rock button level, as demanded by Gov. Preston Smith's "no new taxes" mandate. It moved, at one point, to reduce the proposed raise for Smith from 94.500 to 14,000, but backtracked later on and gave Smith the full raise-to 913,000 a year. Dallas Rep. Fred Agnich, Republican national committeeman from Texas, made the motion to cut the raise, then later made the motion to restore ft. He said the original cut "apparently created the impression that I was having a personal fuss with the governor, and certainly it was not that at all." Widow Testifies In Trial Of Her $4.5 Million Suit HOUSTON (AP> - The widow of a man who received an artificial heart says she saw her husband without a heart in his chest. Mrs. Haskell Karp of Skokie, III., testified in federal court Thursday she waa taken to the gallery of the operating room of the hospital three years ago to view her husband following his surgery. "I saw the most unbelievable thing in my life," she said. "A man lying down without a heart in his chest... a machine with dials and tubes... a lot of people milling around down there." Mrs. Karp testified in the trial of her $4.5 million malpractice Pampa Police Hunt For Car With 3 Men Pampa police are searching for a car bearing three men who fled Tuesday night when they were observed taking gasoline from tanks belonging to a local firm. Larry Davis, Bayroid Oilfield Supply, 615 E. Tyng, told officers he was awaiting the unlaoding of a truck when he saw the men at the rear of the building with two 5-gallon cans. When they saw they were observed, they ran, driving away in an older model Oldsmdbile, green and white in color. Davis asked police to patrol the area frequently because they had been missing a considerable amount of gasoline. Ham Radio Operators To Set Up 2 Stations Local amateur radio operators will join 12,000 other ham radio operators this weekend as they participate in the annual exercises of Field Day. Two stations will be set up locally on the Billy Davis Ranch three miles southeast of Lefors from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. Various radio clubs and related groups of hams from Nova Scotia to Hawaii and from the Yukon to Puerto Rico will operate from one to IB complete radio stations, competing against units of the same size for the highest number of radio contacts with other Field Day stations. The test has been run annually since 1933, except during World War II, by the American Radio Relay League, a society of amateur operators from the United States and Canada. The groups will set up and operate their radio equipment without using commercial electrical power. Locally, power will be supplied by gasoline-driven electrical generators. The tests are conducted to simulate conditions resulting when various disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes or floods, cut power lines. The Field Day exercises enable the groups to be prepared to serve to meet the responses needed in case of an actual disaster. Area persons are welcome to drop by the ranch during the Field Day events. UNO** NfW MANAOIMCNT S\DERI DAILY and SUNDAY 1 1 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5 p.m.-ip.m. Banquot Rooms Available CHILDS PLATE .65' Enjoy Piano Artistry Evening* at Purr's SATURDAY MENU MEATS Pork Chop Suoy with lico ...................... BS< Italian Moot Balls and Spaghotti with farmotan Chooto ........................ ?5 C VEGETABLES Bakod Hominy Grits with Choose ........ . ....... 25' Hot Banana Frittora ............................ 24' SALADS Htalth Slaw Cottogo Chocs* with Radish Groon Onion and Poppor 22' DESSERTS •ocan No ..................................... 35 Hot Spicy Applo Dumpling . . .................... 2S suit against famed heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Domingo Liotta. Mrs. Karp claims Dr. Cooley used her husband for human experimentation. A jury in U.S. District Judge John V. Singleton's court is hearing the case. Karp, 47, received the artificial heart April 4.1969. Cooley has testified Karp was given the artificial device when a human donor heart could not be found. A human heart was transplanted three days later but Karp died a day later. Mrs. Karp said her opinion of Cooley changed from trust to suspicion after she saw a television show that included scenes of her husband's operation. "My quarrel is that he used my husband for human experimentation and put him on display to the world," Mrs. Karp testified. General Electric invents the three-bedroom clock radio $ 10 So low priced, you can afford one for every bedroom. Wakes you to AM music, has instant sound, direct drum tuning, extra-large clock face, and extra-compact cabinetry. 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