The Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 131, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 6, 1980 Page: 1 of 16
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Established as the Cherokee Sentinel. February 27.1850
Rusk, Texas, 75785, Thursday, November 6,1980
Metíais Honor Valor of Capt. Francis W. Townsend
Veterans Day Nov. 11:
A Longtime Tradition
Next Tuesday is Nov. 11. It Isn't just
another day on the calendar. To every
person who is able to read this, Nov.
11 is recognized as that one day out of
the year when we pause to pay special
tribute to Veterans.
The observance began as a com-
memoration to the end of fighting in
World War I. That was Nov. 11,1918. A
long time ago.
The tradition continues because
Americans, as a nation of people,
remember. And the event becomes
more significant if one remembers a
particular person. The community or
Rusk can have no better example of
heroism in defense of freedom than
Capt. Francis W. Townsend.
The honor graduate and outstan-
ding athelete of Rusk High School was
paid special tribute last month-Sept.
20-at the U.S. Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Attending the service were his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Town-
send of Rusk and two of his sisters,
Jonl Townsend and Janet Townsend
Capt. Townsend was one of 17 to be
included in the Memorial Service. The
War Memorial, as it is known, stands
at the north end of the Air Gardens,
and contains the names of graduates
Mihrf as a result of hostile action
during a state of military conflict.
The Cadet Wing/Graduate
Memorial Ceremony program repor-
ted this: "On 1 August 1979, Captain
Francis W. Townsend, Claas of 1970,
was declared KIA after having been
listed as MIA since 13 August 1972.
Francis was the navigator of an RF-
4C aircraft which was reported
missing while on a photo recon-
naissance mission in North Viet-
nam...Francis served as the Squar-
dron Operations and Training Officer
and Flight Commander of the 10th
Cadet Squadron and was a member of
the Ski Club, the History Club and the
Professional Studies Group. He
majored in Engineering Science and
was on the Dean's List four
semesters, the Commandant's List
one semester and the Superinten-
dent's List one semester. Upon
receiving his navigator wings at
Mather AFB, Francis was assigned to
the 18th Tactical Reconnaissance
Squadron at Shaw AFB. At the time of
the crash he was assigned to the 14th
Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at
Udorn AB, Thailand."
In recent months several
posthumous awards have been
received by the Townsend family.
These include the Air Medal with Ten-
th Oak Leaf Cluster, The
Distinguished Flying Cross and Pur-
Citations which accompanied the
medals of honor read in part:"...on
May 11, 1972...Lt. Townsend led a
flight of two unarmed reconnaissance
aircraft on an extremely dangerous
mission to photograph high priority
targets in the heart of North Vietnam.
With complete disregard for his per-
sonal safety, Lt. Townsend displayed
extraordinary courage and deter-
mination in leading his unescorted
flight through numerous surface-to-
air missile attacks and intense an-
tiaircraft artillery fire to successfully
obtain the invaluable intelligence
data. The outstanding heroism and
selfless devotion to duty displayed by
Lt. Townsend reflect great credit
upon himself and the United States
Air Force. (The Distinguished Flying
Also,"...the airmanship and
courage exhibited by Lt. Townsend in
the successful accomplishment of
these important missions, under ex-
tremely hazardous conditions,
demonstrated his outstanding
proficiency and steadfast devotion to
Also,"...First Lt. Francis W. Town-
send distinguished himself by
meritorious achievement while par-
ticipating in aerial flight as an RF-f4C
Weapon Systems Operator in the area
•See TOWNSEND, p. 14
Run...don't walk...to the nearest
window and feast your eyes on the
beauty, the wonder, the glorious
colors of Autumn in East Texas! Like
the child that grows up too soon, this
marvelous display of Mother Nature's
artistry with a paint pallet will
quickly change. Do you remember
those 100-degree temperature days of
the Summer? And we thought it would
never rain again? Who would or could
have believed that this Autumn would
prove to be so exquisitely
Mere than looking out the nearest
window, find the time to take a drive!
Any direction from our home base will
provide you with enough heart-lifting
to see you through the coldest,
the Iciest, of winters!
Fortunately for us natives, we know
about East Texas winters. However, a
family of newcomers-the Laotian
family sponsored by First United
Methodist Church-will be seeing and
experiencing it (or the first time. The
weather to which they're accustomed
will hardly be the norm hare.
Net too long ago. our neighbor. O.D.
(Red) Blaaktoshtp. appeared at the
haek dMr with a bufe hag el cleaned,
reedy ta eeek. fresh fish. I accepted
the aeHkherly |W with Ms cm string
attached-that I share with my
mother! They're such kind, con-
siderate people! But still there was
too much fish for us and I commented
on this situation to our minister, Dr.
Before I knew it, I was in the fish
cooking business over my head! My
only comment had been, "there's too
much for us, and we really should
share these delicious, freshly caught
morsels with our Laotian family!"
Never, never offer ideas. You know
who gets to expedite them! It was the
preacher's opinion that the Laotian
family needed to be introduced to our
way of cooking, as well as how to use
the kitchen stove!
Me...what can't manage breakfast
for one, much less dinner for two, I
thought! How will I handle dinner for
10 with fish I don't even know how to
cook? It Is always amaslng how
quickly Mother Necessity provides
the necessary Invention! It worked
out o.k., but I was glad that none of
my many superiors In the finer art of
culinary ability was present to watch
my demonstration of "how to-on this
miraculous gadget called a stove."
In the meantime, our new citizens
have survived much such actions of
love, and need still more! It isn't easy
•HMH'AHOI T.P U
Reagan Carries Cherokee County
R ecord Numbers
Cherokeen County voters turned out
in record numbers Tuesday when
11,735 voters went to the polls and
favored Ronald Reagan over
President Jimmy Carter by 27 votes,
according to complete but unofficial
County records show that the
previous high for voter turnout was
established in the July, 1946, primary
when 8,002 votes were cast.
Out of a registered 18,147 voters in
Cherokee County, 64.66 percent went
to the polls, electing national, state,
Approval to build 104 luxury type
apartments at a cost of 2.9 million
dollars on 10 acres of land fronting
4th Street in Rusk was given by the
Rusk Planning and Zoning Com-
mission Tuesday afternoon.
After a lengthy discussion with
Woody Schick of Urban Developers,
Inc. of Shreveport, La., the board
voted to recommend the property be
changed from single family to multi-
family on the condition that the com-
pany execute an agreement with an
adjoining property owner that
assured only luxury type apartments
would be built on the site.
Opposition to low-rent housing on
this site developed some months back,
and the zoning board voted not to
recommend a change last summer.
The large majority of property
owners in the area appeared in op-
position to any type of low rent
development in this neighborhood.
"If we have this agreement, then
everyone should be satisfied," com-
mented Jerry Smith, member of the
Schick agreed, and said that he
would give assurances to the board
and council that only luxury apar-
tments would be built.
Preliminary plans call for 28, one
bedroom; 64, two bedroom and 12,
three bedroom apartments. A swim-
ming pool, tennis courts, club house,
and fire places in some units are in-
cluded in the site development, Schick
said. Rent on the apartments would
range from $250 to $390 per month.
"We are appealing to the higher
salaried employees at Rusk State
Hospital and other business and
professional people in this area," ex-
A survey of Rusk State Hospital
employees will be made within two
weeks to determine exactly how many
people are interested. It is estimated
that over 500 emolovees at the huae
Rusk facility do not live in Rusk.
Development of a four billion dollar
lignite plant by Exxon is expected to
bring tremendous growth to all cities
in this area. Exxon has already leased
over 35,000 acres of land, and has ap-
plied for permits from the state and
federal government to construct the
plant. A final decision as to whether
the company will begin construction
or not is expected in 1981 or 1982.
Show and Sell
Slated Nov, 15
Several artists and craftsmen will
be participating in the Rusk Chamber
of Commerce Merchants Division's
first "show and sell day" Saturday,
Nov. 15 in the downtown area, accor-
ding to Fred Gaines, division chair-
The event is open to all amateur and
professional artists and craftsmen,
Gaines said. However, only han-
dmade items may be displayed.
Exhibitors will display their wares
on card tables set up around the
square. Permits for participation in
the show can be obtained at the Rusk
Chamber office for $1 after a sample
of the exhibitors work has been
presented to the chamber staff for in-
spection. Display tables will be
provided by the exhibitor.
Gaines said the November showing
will be the last until spring, when he
hopes it will become a regular event,
every third Saturday of the month.
Dr. A. J. Dalgleish submitted his
resignation as chief of staff at Rusk
Memorial Hospital last week. The ac-
tion came during a staff meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 28.
He announces plans to join the staff
of Rusk State Hospital after a brief
Dr. Dalgleish says, "I intend to
remain in Rusk. I love East Texas and
want to stay here. I appreciate the
good working relationship that exists
between the patients and myself."
Dr. Carl Ramzy, who has worked in
association with Dr. Dalgleish the
past four months will assume the
"I feel that Dr. Ramzy is very com-
petent and I am confident in asking
him to take over my work. Patients
also will find him both pleasant and
competent. He can be reached by
phone at 683-4211," states Dr.
Mrs. John Hassell will continue her
service to Dr. Ramzy at well as aid
patlenta' of Dr. Dalgleish who have
Dr. Dalgleish began the private
Gactlce of medicine in Rusk Decern-
ür. AJ.DalgMah, RMH chief of ntaff,
county and precinct representatives.
County favored the Republican ticket
of Reagan and George Bush with 5,619
votes to the Democractic ticket of
Jimmy Carter and Walter Móndale
with 5,592 ballots, unofficial election
returns Wednesday showed.
In the only contested county race,
Sheriff Allen Horton was elected for
his first full term with 8, 470 ballots
over his Republican opponent Tracy
Henderson, who garnered 2,254 votes.
Cherokee County helped to put
Crockett resident Jim Turner into the
State House of Representatives by
casting 7,607 votes for Turner while
giving 2,789 votes for Jim Clark.
Cherokee voters favored about as
many of the proposed constitutional
amendments as they opposed, with
Amendments 1, 6, 7 and 9 receiving
the approval of area residents.
Amendment No. 1 dealt with un-
manned bank teller machines, 6
authorized the governor to remove
appointed state officials with the
Senate's approval, 7 allowed counties
with less than 5,000 residents to per-
form private road work and 9 gave
spouses the right to decide whether
property would be considered com-
munity or separate property.
Other contest returns from
Cherokee voters are as follows:
-For U.S. "Representative, Dist. 1
(uncontested): Sam B. Hall Jr.,
-For Railroad Commissioner:
Henry C. Grover, 2,853; Buddy Tem-
-For Railroad Commissioner,
(unexpired term): H.J. "Doc" Blan-
chard, 2,445; James E. "Jim"
Nugent, 7,482; David Hutzelman, 57.
--For Associate Justice, Supreme
Court, Place 1: Jim Brady, 2,883;
James P. Wallace, 7,002.
-For Associate Justice, Supreme
Court, Place 2: Sears McGee, 7,541.
-For Associate Justice, Supreme
Court, Place 3: Robert M. Campbell,
-For Associate Justice, Supreme
Court, Place 4 (unexpired term):
Will Garwood, 3,193; C.L. Ray, 6,675.
-For Judge, Court of Criminal Ap-
peals, Place 1: Marvin O. Teague,
For Judge, Court of Criminal Ap-
peals, Place 2: Mike McCormick,
-For Judge, Court of Criminal Ap-
peals, Place 3: Tom Davis, 7,240.
-For State Representative, 15th
District: Jim Clark, 2,789; Jim Tur-
-For Associate Justice, Court of
Civil Appeals, 12th District: James H.
•See ELECTION, p. 14
After a grand finale against Fair-
field last week that beats all, the Rusk
Fighting Eagles face the Teague
players Friday at Mustek Stadium at
Frar.V. Merriwell couldn't have
come up with a more exciting ending:
It was fourth down, no timeouts, and
only 14 seconds remained in the game
with the visiting Eagles trailing by a
When the smoke cleared, Coach
Rick Largent's never-say-die Eagles
had come away with perhaps the
biggest upset of the season by
defeating Fairfield 7-3. Faced with
elimination from the 18-AAA race,
Rusk Quarterback Kenny Finley fired
a 20 yard touchdown strike to split-end
Randy Sturrock to stun the District
leading Eagles from Fairfield on their
With the victory, Rusk was propelled
Into a first place tie with Malakoff,
Crockett, and Fairfield, all with 1-1
ledgers in district play.
*Ne« KAULKS. p. 14
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