The Cuero Daily Record (Cuero, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 272, Ed. 1 Tuesday, December 4, 1973 Page: 1 of 7
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Governor l**ue» Energy Statement
Traffic Thinner As Motorists Feel Pinch
Traffic was thinner on the nation's highways Sunday, tlie first
day ol voluntary shutdowns liv the nation s 220.000 gas stations.
Many motorists filleil their tanks on Friday ami Saturday and
many of those who didn't awoke Monday morning to find several
stations still ’Closed because of no gas
Cuero area motorists lined up at the pumps in record num-
hers Friday ami Saturilay and many of them filled anything close-
ly resembling gasoline cans with the highly volatile fuel, ignor-
ing warnings to the contrary
"People really seem to be scared they're going to run out of
gas." one station attemlent said
It appeared that those most severely affected over the week-
end were long-distance travelers
As a rule Saturday's business was just about double that of
any previous Saturday. . M
"We've had some people drive in almost frantic from search-
ing for a gas station."
A spokesman for the Association of Petroleum Retailers,
warned that storing fuel in car trunks was dangerous. He said
he would ask Congress to ban the sale of gas in anything larger
than a one-gallon container.
"People who try to travel anyway, in spite of the shortage,
are endangering the lives of other people by driving around with
fuel in their trunks, " he said ,
Meanwhile, the battle continues over to ration or not to ration.
Many high government officials say that "rationing is a must"
if we are to get through this crisis.
Senator William Proxmire, urged the rationing of gasoline.
He said the administration's program "won't do the job."
Proxmire also took issue with a proposal within the admin-
istration to let petroleum prices rise to accomplish a sort of
automatic rationing. He said that would leave those with mod-
TOO BAD IT’S NOT IN COLOR—because Cuero’s number one
Gobbler fan, Mayor Jack Edgar is wearing his green shirt and
booster club cap as he signs a proclamation establishing Friday
as "Mean Green" day in Cuero. The mayor urges all Cueroites
to wear green, back the team and attend the game in Conroe, if
possible. (Staff Photo)
“Mean Green” Proclamation
WHEREAS, the gridiron heroics of the "mean green” have
brought fame and fortune from near and far to the All America
City of Cuero,
AND. WHEREAS, the name of good sportsmanship has brought
accolades from opposing coaches and their teams.
AND, WHEREAS, in spite of adversity, bad-mouthing and in-
uendoes. the coaching staff and team members have consistently
overcome such barriers to prove throughout the season that they
are indeed, number one,
AND. FURTHERMORE WHEREAS, the fans have rallied to the
call of the "mean green" with each succeeding Friday night,
AND. WHEREAS, the Gobbler coaching staff, the band, the
cheerleaders, the twirlers, the trotters and the entire school
faculty and students have echoed loud and clear their feelings
and emotions concerning Cuero's right to be number one,
I. JACK EDGAR. MAYOR OF CUERO proclaim Friday, the
seventh day of December, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hun-
dred and seventy three to be "MEAN GREEN" DAY...and there-
fore, I urge all loyal and devoted fans to back the Gobblers in
Conroe as they take to the field against Henderson and another
step toward the coveted Class AAA State Football Crown.
Mayor of Cuero
Cuero Football Fans Will
Close Down Cfty On Friday
Basketball will have to wait, the "energy crisis" must be
content to take a back seat and Christmas shopping will be slowed
' to a virtual standstill as hundreds of Cuero motorists and busi-
nessmen take to the highway Friday afternoon for a four hour
trip to Conroe and another evening of "mean green" gridiron
Cuero merchants have indicated, many at least, that they will
padlock their doors at high-noon for the 175 mile trip to watch
their beloved Cuero Gobblers do battle with the Henderson Lions
in semi-final action of State football playoffs
Some merchants, rather than a noon closing time have said
that they will "turn off the lights" around 2:30 or 3 00.
Booster club president Jim Conrad reports that two commer-
cial buses have already been chartered and that reservations
are being taken for at least one more Round trip tickets are
selling at $10.50 per person The chartered buses will depart
Cuero between 3 45 and 4 p m
Dr. E. E. Sims, Cuero School Superintendent ami High School
Principal DeWayne Scott were in Conrbe today ami will return
with 1500 tickets which will go on sale at 6 a m tomorrow at
Keeslers. Ducats will cost $2 50 in Cuero Student tickets are $1
available only at school Tickets at the game will cost $3
Cuero schools will be dismissed early Friday The exact time
will he announced later this week
est incomes unable to drive to work ami "literally millions of
other modest income Americans would spend a winter of shiv-
Governor Dolph Briscoe in his remarks concerning the energy
crisis stated that first, we must not panic or over-react. We
have enough fuel to get through this crisis if we use it wisely.
Second, we must recognize that this is a national problem.
There are many things we can do here in Texas to help alleviate
the problem, but the final solutions will have to come as a result
of national policy.
Third, this is not a partisan issue—and if anyone tries to make
it such, we will all suffer the consequences.
And fourth, we must stop looking for scapegoats. There is
plenty of blame to go around. As a people we have been waste-
ful. Every national administration for twenty years has ignored
the warning signs. Environmental concerns have not been proper-
ly balanced against our energy needs. The important thing now is
not to decide who is responsible for the energy crisis, but to de-
termine what our response to the crisis is going to be.
The Governor said that state government can and must take
the lead in the energy-saving effort. The people of this State can-
not and should not be expected to accept sacrifices that their
public officials are unwilling to make themselves.
• On a State agency basis, Briscoe made these points.
First, we must reduce the use of motor fuel by all state agen-
cies by 25 percent—and this includes fuel used by state airplanes.
Second, thermostats in all state buildings throughout Texas
(except schools and hospitals) will be set at 65 degrees for heat-
ing and 78 degrees for cooling. In areas of high humidity, the
cooling setting will be 76.
Third, the Executive Director of the State Board of Control
will begin work immediately on a car-pooling plan for state em-
ployees to provide parking incentives for those who participate
in this program.
Fourth, the Board of Control will readjust its cleanup schedule
in all state offices throughout Texas so that only one floor will
be lighted at a time in the evening, and so that all floors will be
dark after midnight.
Fifth, state agencies will purchase the smallest cars possible
to do the job.
Sixth, the Adjutant General has reduced the use of fuel by the
National Guard by 25 percent.
And seventh, I am today naming the Texas Education Agency
to coordinate an energy saving program in the 1133 school dis-
tricts of the state. The goal of this program will be to reduce
the energy consumjition in the public schools by 15 percent.
I am requesting that each school district, with the authoriza-
tion of its Board of Education, file with the TEA an energy con-
servation plan to include the following minimum steps:
—set all thermostats at 68 degrees during cold weather and
at 78 degrees during warm weather, with the 76 degree variation
for areas oflilgh humidity;
—reduce the setting of all thermostats to 65 degrees a half
hour prior to the departure of students from a building and re-
set the thermostats to 68 degrees one hour prior to the arrival
of students in the morning;
—schedule, for the months of January, February and March,
classes to end at 2:30 p.m. for all students;
—schedule all student activities, including athletic events, in
(See Pinch, Page •)
Cuero Retail Merchants
Sponsor Holiday Movies
Floyd Lange, chairman of
the retail merchants com-
mittee, reported to the Cuero
Chamber of Commerce last
night that two free movies
will be shown at the Rialto
Theater on coming weekends.
Lange said the shows will be
for children to view while their
parents do Christmas shopping.
"Rio Lobo", starring John
Wayne, will be shown on Dec.
8, while "Black Beauty” will be
on Dec. 15. The cost of the
shows will be paid for by mem-
bers of the retail committee
and tickets will be available
from Standard Printing Co.,
Liebermans, J. C. Penneys,
White Auto Store, Thread
Spread, Klecka and Center
Pharmacies. Lester Frers,
Keeslers, The Smart Shop,
Richards of Cuero, Ryans
Flower Shop, Stimsons. Massey
Furniture, Means Furniture,
Perrys, Reuss Pharmacy,
Bottom Dollar and the El
Lange also reported the re-
tail committee would be meet-
ing with the local news media
in the near future to establish
programs and publicity for pro-
jects in 1974.
• Chamber director John Post
reported his sports committee
was planning several benefit
sporting events to raise funds
for various community projects.
He said the San Antonio Spurs
and several well-known disc
jockeys have been contacted
for a basketball game with
the Chamber of Commerce.
Post noted he has not received
any replies yet He said the
money raised would be used
to assist the Little League
Program, high school projects
and other Cuero activities
The directors discussed an
out-standing bill which stemmed
from retail's on the Chamber
float The repairs,
amounting to $236 38. were made
by Welier Motor Com|iany and
the charges were forwarded
to the Runge Decorating Com-
pany of San Antonio who limit
the float. In that the float was
under a six-month warrenty
at the time of the breakdown,
the Chamber feels the rejiair
expense should be paid by
Directors voted to have the
(See Merchants, Page •)
By POM,V HOWERTON
Frances. Oliver says son
Robert, who has been "doing"
Europe for the past couple of
years, telephoned from New
York that he expects to get
home before Christmas and
hopes she will leave him the
Christmas tree to decorate.
*>'*' ' Betty Lackey and Shirley
Crain were in San Antonio
today to meet Jerry Schmidt
1 of Los Angeles, daughter of the
late Colonel S C. Lackey, who
will be visiting Betty for a
week. They'will be joined Fri-
day by Joyce Shaw Spahn of
Corpus Christi who will spend
the weekend with them.
Ella Katzmark reports that
her husband Frank is comfort-
ably situated in the Cuero Nurs-
ing Home where he'll be glad
to see friends
Anna Schorre and her sister.
Amelia B. Hodges, who is visit-
ing here from Kansas City were
in Bay City Sunday where they
attended a lunc heon for Anna s
granddaughter Martha Schorre
and her fiance 1
Mr and Mrs W T Spears
(Sm Polliwogs, Pag* 8)
IS IT A TWO-EYED NOSE NOZZLER PUR-
PLE PEOPLE EATER? No, but it is a gas
guzzler nose nozzle filler-upper and it is
obviously of great concern to many mot-
orists the width and breadth of the land.
Cuero motorists are just beginning to feel
the pinch of the energy crisis and more
specifically the gasoline shortage. Many
a commuter motorist has asked himself
the question "what will I do if gasoline is
rationed or the cost is so high I can't afford
to buy it?” So tar no one has volunteered
Laf -A - Day
A school bus driver is a
man who thought ho likod
Eight building permits totaling
$8,750 were issued by the city
during the month of November,
according to Don Polzin. City
The Pentecostal Church of God
was issued a permit in the
amount of $4,000 for repair and
rennovation of church property.
No fee was charged.
The total November permit
cost was reported to be $27.
The Muti Hotel is better than
half-way demolished and is ex-
pected to be completely cleared
prior to the February deadline,
weather permitting, according to
Jeanette Thomas. 28. of 702 To-
go Cuero, driver of a 1%0
Chevrolet was issued a ticket
for following too close to a ve-
(See Collision, Page 8)
18 PAV-S TO
6HOP FOR U/CV.
To Accidental Shooting
An accidental gunshot vound
to the head proved fatal to
five-year-old Ardean Eldredge
as he lost the battle for life
this morning in Cuero Com-
The son of Mr. and Mrs.
Leroy Eldredge had been in
the intensive care ward of the
hospital since the accident Sat-
The accident occured in the
hospital parking lot while young
Eldredge waited in the family
car while his father was visiting
his mother, a patient in the
hospital Investigating officer
Glenn Boldt of the Cuero
Police Department theorized
that the young boy fired the
fatal shot while playing with
a single-action revolver found
under the front seat of the fam-
The gun discharged hitting
him in the right eye and exit-
ing at the back of the head.
Four other Eldredge children
were in the car at the time,
according to Boldt.
A thorough search of the car
interior and area for the spent
bullet proved futile
Services are pending at Oak
Memorial Funeral Home.
Shoplifting Clioic Ionite
Cuero merchants and businessmen are reminded of the free
clinic designed to aid local sales people against shoplifting
offenders The clinic sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce
will begin at 7 p.m tonight in the Civil Defense Office of the
DeWitt County Jail.
Local law enforcement officers will conduct the program.
The brief seminar will also explain how shoplifters may be
prosecuted and the new laws which will go into effect Jan. 1.
City Violations Given
For Month Of November
Fourteen persons were charg-
ed with citv violations during
the month ot November, accord-
ing to official records, with
nine being charged with being
drunk in public offenses.
. The nine include Delmar
C Byrd Jr . 200 block of North
Clinton. Pete Dropala. 200
block ot North Clinton; Robert
DuHo.se Jr . 100 block of East
Main; Clara Teresa Hernandez.
" 300 block of North Esplanade;
Linda Jurek. 300 block of South
Esplanade; Willie H Lubvine-
skv. Blue Moon. 300 block of
South Esplanade; Joe Milligan,
w 200 block East Morgan anti
Jose Olguin. 400 block of West
Robert Mathis was ttooked
for unlawfully permitting ami
allowing filth and other im-
pure and unwholesome matter
to accumulate and remain on
'the ground, then and there
occupied by him at 202 T L’
William G. Nami was charged
on two separate counts of
unlawfully permitting and allow-
ing weeds, rubbish, brush and
other unsightly objectionable
anti unsanitary matter to ac-
cumulate on lots no 1,2,3 and
4 on block 9 and lot 5 on
block 36 of Fairview Park
Julian Flores and Richard
Olguin were booked for engag
ing in a boisterous and dis-
orderly conduct under circum
stances in which such conduct
tended to cause and provoke
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Berner, Homer K. The Cuero Daily Record (Cuero, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 272, Ed. 1 Tuesday, December 4, 1973, newspaper, December 4, 1973; Cuero, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1099142/m1/1/: accessed November 15, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Cuero Public Library.