The Gilmer Mirror (Gilmer, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 21, 1960 Page: 1 of 2
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Democrats Pick Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson
Sen. John F. Kennedy won the Democratic Party nomination
for President on the first ballot in Los Angeles convention last
Thursday he personally chose Texas’ Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson
for his vice-presidential nominee running mate,
It was a surprise selection, but clearly the only ticket which
stood the best chance of victory in November. Johnson’s appear-
ance on Ihe ticket would sooth some of the badly mauled South-
ern feelings because of the strongest civil rights platform plank
ever approved by the Democrats.
“With Johnson running for vice-president, our prospects are
better for carrying Texas/' commented Gov. Price Daniel of the
Lone Star State, co-chairman of the Texas delegation to the con-
In his acceptance speech Kennedy denied he would be influ-
enced by the Catholic Church of which he is a member. He said
he hoped no American “considering the really critical issues fac-
ing this country will waste his franchise by voting either for me
or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is
not relevant . . . my decisions on every public policy will be my
own—as an American, a Democrat and a free man.”
Sen. Johnson, in his acceptance speech, noted that in the!
beleaguered western free world today “this is no time for a nap in,
the afternoon. America must, to those who threaten the peace
and freedom of mankind, speak with a decisive voice, speak with.
;one voice, speak again with the voice of a government undivided,
of a nation fully united/’
, Johnson praised Kennedy, said he would support the plat-
form, and would share his campaign slogan, which he now said
is “all the way with JFK and LBJ, and I am proud to be on the
Kennedy tipped off how he would oppose the probable GOP
nominee Vice-President Richard Nixon, when he said “Mr. Nixon
may feel it is his turn now, after the New Deal and the Fair Deal,
but before he deals, someone had better cut the cards.”
The' Republican Convention opens Monday in Chicago, and
Nixon is the odds-on choice for the presidential nomination.
VOL. 83, NO. 29
GILMER, UPSHUR COUNTY, TEXAS. THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1960
TEN CENTS A COPY
She Was Found Five Hours Later
Sister Shot Accidentally,
Girl Leaves on Horseback •
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BY SAKAII GREENE night when doctors operated to rod to clean a .22 rifle.
A 15-year-old Gilmont girl remove the spleen, sew the Mrs. Snell heard Marianne
accidentally wounded her 10- hver where the bullet pene- sc:pe^m and say, “You’ve shot
year-old sister with a .22 rifle trated it and make other re- ™pnt -Th^„ Frances replied,
late Saturday afternoon then pairs But ^ Wf?,t loaded-’ JJa-
fled on horseback to nearby P „„ „ T „„ . r'anlle tearfully repeated that
woods where she wandered for M H' T' SnelI> mother o£ sh® was. ?hot and Fences, stun-
more than five hours the two girls, reconstructed the nfi, said again the gun wasn’t
a . ; \ , , accident like this: loaded.
sister’s life Frdnnpp/snlif°r 11 was 5 P-m- Saturday and Mrs. Snell saw the bullet hole
agreed to ’ruSm u!!! £ £k“ Mr. Snell a Lone Star Steel em- in Marianne’s midriff and she
a*L tt i , , .. 11°5ne wdfn ployee, had just come in and ahd Mr. Snell left immediately
Concord road with word^Nu Was reading in the bedroom. to take Marianne to the Gilmer
her sister would recover^ ^ * MrS< Sne11 WaS sewing in the h(3spital where xt was discovered
,. _ „ . ‘ dining room, getting Marianne’s the bullet had passed completely
Victim In Fair- Condition clothses ready for GA camp through her body
Marianne Snell, victim of the which began Monday. Frances Aftpr 1ho h ,
accident was in an improved was seated on the living room + * er the hospital stalf had
condition at Ragland-Fenlaw s°fa between a friend, Lee Her- taken over Mrs. Snell called
Hospital Wednesday. She was ring, and her younger sister, home to make sure Frances was
in critical condition Saturday _ She was using her father’s ram- She SHOOTING, page 8 '
Election Set Saturday on
E, Mountain School Change
OK on Calling
Gilmer City Council last
Thursday night authorized call-
ing of an election on whether
to close a short section of Allen
St. west of the football field.
Election request came from
School Board President Jimmie
N. Shepperd and from the
board’s attorney, F. L. Garrison.
“The school needs that street
closed for the benefit of about
600 elementary school kids. We
understand the only way to^lo
it is to call an election,” raid
Adjoining property owners
Quinton Floyd and his mother
had brought an injunction
against the school when it at-
tempted to close the roadway
temporarily, during school
hours. And Judge Lindsey
granted a temporary restrain-
ing order against the school.
Attorney Garrison agreed
that the injunction suit was
properly brought. But he said
the board was now asking the
city to do something that is
provided by law.
Mr. Shepperd said the board
JANIE BARNETT, left, senior winner, and Jane Wing-
ington, junior winner, admire each other’s entries in the Up-
shur County 4-H Dress Revue.—Mirror Photo.
Janie Barnett Is
Dress Revue Victor
Voters in East Mountain | cofnmon district fading out of
school district Saturday will I existence. i ----- —-------— -------
decide whether to convert the The boJrd said the cost of the | was not intentionally trying to
common school district into an j school program would still be towei the value of any one s
independent district. Polling j determined by -budget require- I P^P^i'ty.
Southwestern Electric Power Place is at the scho°t and resi- j m<fnts, which would be set by! We arf as’king that the pro-
»- office safe , in Gilmer was | — voteK« are eligi- .t^. .local board. Apjl no more/tecil0g 0 S^n!? be
1 ~ : 1 ole funds Would be raised other set. ctxivjmLx. Crnee ,>
Janie Barnett, first - place
winner in the senior division of
the 4-H Girls Dress Revue, will
represent Upshur County in Ex-
tension District 5 Revue Aug-
ust 11 and 12 at the REA in Gil-
Jane Wiginton won first place
in the junior division. She will
represent Upshur County in the
junior division of the district
Janie’s prize-winning suit was
of blue wool, fully lined, tailor-
ed button holes, and a tuck-ef-
Jane placed first with a blue
and white checked gingham.
Other Winners Listed
Second-place, winner in the
senior division was Linda Loyd
with a red wool suit, fully lined,
tailored buttonholes, black ac-
cessories. Sarah Gage won third
place with a black sundress of
cotton blend, with detachable
collars and a jacket. Fourth
place was awarded Nona Rae
Hall with a fall cotton dress.
In the junior division win-
ners and their dresses were Sue
Trice, a blue and white check
sundress; Roe Mary Huggins, a
small flowered print dress with
Started in Gilmer 40 Years Ago
pink trim and self fabric belt.
Other girls entering the
junior division were Linda
Guest, Janie Shaw, Mary Mar-
tha Lindsey, and Audrey Hall.
Judges were Mrs. David Shel-
ton, Mrs. Odie Banks, and Mrs.
Bonar Denson, girls records; and
Mrs. Lewis Stracener and Mrs.
J. M. Beckham, the construction
and dress on the girl.
On August 12 a luncheon will
be held in Kind's Dining Room
honoring these girls, their
mothers, and other county win-
ners of the district.
Janie received $10 from
Farmers and Merchants Na-
tional Bank, and Jane received
$5 from the First National Bank.
Entry prizes to all girls were
certificates for the movies, com-
pliments of Cranfill Cox of the
In their study of clothing the
past year the girls not only
learned the skills and new tech-
niques of sewing but also learn-
ed to plan a wardrobe using
their favorite basic color. They
learned to select and care for
the different kinds of fabrics
and how to select proper acces-
sories for them.
Co. office safe in Gilmer was
forced open Saturday night and
$293 cash taken.
Power Company Manager
Mason Reardon told police that
slightly more than $200 was in
bills and rest silver. No checks
appeared to have been taken,
by thieves who used some sort
of bar to pry the safe door open.
Police said a similar bar was
used by the burglars to gain
entry through a back window
which was forced open. George
Heath discovered the burglary
East Mountain school board
members supporting the change
stated it was necessary:
1. To continue the present
complete school program which
more than meets minimum state
2. To enable the district to
become independent of the
county board and county pro-
gram and deal directly with the
state Education Agency.
3. To follow the modern trend
over the state which sees the
But Show and Contest Went On, Anyway
than to meet budget require
As a common district, pro-
perty valuation for tax purposes
is set on the county values. As
the oil field properties are de-
pleted and lowered in value,
this automatically lowers the
tax base for the school district.
As an independent district, the
school may set its own values to
meet its requirements for ope-
Rain Again Wets Peacheree
Well, it rained last Thursday
afternoon. Right on schedule for
the second annual Gilmer
Despite it, as last year, the
show went on.
Pretty girls in summer cos-
tumes and floppy straw hats
directed traffic from the high-
way to the square. There under
a tent furnished by Loyds Fun-
eral Home, other girls and ladies
served fresh, sliced Upshur
“I believe we would have run
out, if it had not rained,” com-
mented Mrs. Mary Lee Baird,
who directed Peacheree ar-
Bob Shelton and the Jones
Junction band from KSLA-TV,
Shreveport, were unable to put
on the downtown show, but
played before a good sized au-
dience at Upshur-Rural Elec-
WinneL of the Miss Peaches ^ along with two granddaughters
and Cream contest, as judged by
the “old master” Cranfill Cox,
Jr., was Betty Davis, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Oris Davis of
Union Ridge. She received a
$10 gift certificate at any Gil-
Runners up in the contest
were Ray Mullican, $5 gift cer-
tificate; Bobbie Finnie, a bushel
of peaches; and Nancy Duncan,
a kiss from Bob Shelton, to the
delight of the crowd.
Girls who took part in the
Peaches and Cream contest
of the Jim Mings’, Gay Gooding
and Jerry Green, and Janet
Williams, daughter of a Union
Ridge grower, greeted folks on
the highway and helped serve
Borden’s furnished cream.
Peaches were kept on ice at
Kind’s, White Swan, Galvin’s
and Gaddis Gro. Camp Fire
girls and Boy Scouts helped peel
and slice peaches furnished by
growers. Mrs. Baird thanked
these growers for their co-ope-
Sec STREET, page 3
Mother and Son Injured
When Car Collides With
Rear of Another Friday
A collision Friday mornin
near Gilmer seriously injured
12-year-old boy and also hos!-
pitalized his mother here.
Injured were Mrs. W. L.
Thompson, 45, of Route 2, Big
Sandy, and her son, Thomas
Gene Thompson. She has in-
ternal injuries, cuts and bruises.
Her son’s face struck the da§h
and windshield, breaking his
jaw in two places, and suffering
numerous cuts and bruises.
Their car crashed into the
rear of a car driven by Jack
Davidson, 55, of Route 3, Gil-
mer. Neither he nor his wife and
a boy in the car, Phillip Paul
Davidson, were injured. The
collision occurred in front of the
Ira Gunn home on Highway 155,
a %-mile south of the City
limits about 10 a.m. Friday. The
pavement was wet.
Mrs. Thompson told investi-
gating Highway Patrolmen that
the other car appeared to be
stopped on the highway. A
truck was coming the other Way
and she was unable to avQid
hitting the car. Davidson told
investigators he was not stop-
ped, but was driving slowly.
A. S. By man, Early Filling
Station Operator, Retires
By GRETA CATES
Last week marked the end of
a 40-year career of A. S. Byman
as the first filling station ope-
rator in Gilmer.
“The most hectic time I ever
spent in the filling station busi-
ness was the first week,” Mr.
Both he and his customers
had to get accustomed to the
business, since it was the first
of its kind in Gilmer. I
Moving here in December,
1919, Mr. Byman was,-persuad-
ed by his wifehsr:brother to go,
into business at The station that
was being built by Judge Simp-
son, father of Tully Simpson.
The station, which was open-
ed in March, 1920, was located
on the corner of Marshall and
Chandler Streets, where
Stropp’s Insurance Agency and
Upshur County Abstract now
Prior to this time the only
semblance of a filling station
was curb pumps in front of the
garages belonging to the father
of Tully Reynolds and a Mr.
Hauled in Barrels
Mr. Byman named his busi-
ness Gilmer Filling Station and
employed Royce Hogg and Tom-
mie Mitchell. Mr. W. C. Frazier,
the Gulf agent, provided the
station with gasoline hauled in
barrels on his truck.
During the five years that Mr.
Byman stayed at this location,
he had the contract with the
city for keeping the fire truck.
“Royce and Tommie, as well
as Royce’s brother, Ross, par-
ticularly enjoyed being around
when there was a fire and we
had to get the old hand-crank
fire truck out,” Mr. Byman re-
For the past few years Mr.
Byman has been in business
with J. A. Stembridge. Their
station was first located beside
the depot and is now in front of
the Crystal Theatre.
When asked to compare the
See BYMAN, page 2
CRANFILL COX, JR., awards Nancy
Duncan her prize in the Miss Peaches and
Cream contest at the Peacheree, a kiss from
Bob Shelton. At right is Betty Davis of Un-
ion Ridge who won the title. Others in the
picture are, left to right, Pat Aldredge,
Connie Fannin and Linda Loyd. Others in
the contest were Rose Coffman of Ore City?
Bobbie Finney, Ben Parsons, Raye Mullican,
Linda Duncan, Nancy Fennell, Pat Snow,
Sandy Brown and Sara Gage.—Mirror Photo.
• • • uvll, 1 • lYLlIlll/Uj
. . . Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson
A Day of Reckoning
Last week the National Democratic Convention exposed
all of the prejudices and all of the regional differences of the
Democratic Party to the glaring light of television, the col-
umns of the nation’s press and radio.
Voters in their living rooms listened to the family
squabble. Texans cringed when we heard them speak of our
state and our favorite son in such uncomplimentary terms.
But then we had a good chuckle when we heard Nathan and
Rau of the ADA say “we Liberals have no place to go.”
This was after Lyndon Johnson was put on the ticket.
And when the tumult and shouting died away, we wit-
nessed the heartening reconciliation and a strong bid for a
united party now and in November.
The Northern Liberals were strong enough to win the
presidential nomination for Senator John F. Kennedy. But
then after the balloting they suddenly woke up and realized
they had won the nomination but were not likely to win the
election unless the Southern States voted with them.
This is the first recognition given Southern Democrats
by Northern Liberals since 1932 when Franklin D. Roosevelt
called on John Garner to help win an election and lead the
country out of the depression.
Again in July 1960 it was a Texan, Lyndon B. Johnson,
who was called upon to reconcile differences and help
unify the party. He accepted the call out of party loyalty
and a patriotic ambition to help his country in troubled
Johnson is not worried about a Catholic occupying the
White House, but he does have grave concern over the Com-
munistic encroachments in Cuba, Mexico and our other
neighbors. He may not be too enthusiastic about the ex-
treme Civil Rights plank in the Democratic platform, but
certainly he did not agree when Eisenhower sent Federal
troops into Little Rock.
Like the Liberal Democrats who said “we do not have
any place to go,” Southern Democrats cannot expect any-
thing from the Republicans, a regional Northern party. We
have tried them for the past eight years and all we have
reaped has been “sit down demonstrations” and Federal
troops in a southern state.
This is a day of reckoning for the South and for America
It is time to settle our family squabble and present a united
front to the world.
Johnson is probably the one man in American politics ,
today who can persuade Texas, South Carolina, Florida and
other southern states to remain in the ranks of the Demo-
cratic party in November.
And let the South remember this. He is the only man
in American politics who can, and is willing to influence
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other Northern
states to stop treating the Southern voters like rebellious
The only hope the South has is to stay in the Democratic
party. Keep their Congressmen and Senators in their key
positions on the major committees, and perhaps moderate
some of the extreme views on the platform. But what is even
more important is to stay with the party so that a Democratic
Administration can correct some of: theft blunders of pur
foreign policy and restore world leadership to the United
States.— Georgia Laschinger.
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