Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 169, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 17, 1952 Page: 1 of 16
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SWEETWATER, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JULY 17, 1952
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ULTRA-SECRET—The Navy's ultra-secret, highly refrigerated
Douglas Skyrocket flew 1,238 miles an hour, twice the speed of
sound, near the Moffett Field, Calif., Naval Air Station. (NEA Tele-
Lamar Street Paving
•Cost About $83,000
Set At 1,238
American Scientists Urged
To Find Even Better Plane
LOS ANGELES, Calif., .July 17 (UP)—Secretary of the
Navy Dan A. Kimball confirmed Wednesday night that the
Navy's D-582-2 Skyrocket has flown 1,238 miles per hour
and urged American scientists to develop an even better
In a statement issued by naval officers at Kimball's
news conference, the secretary officially confirmed reports
of the rocket plane's amazing speed and said it had reached
an altitude of 79,494 feet in a test flight. That speed would
be almost twice the speed of sound at that altitude.
Word that the plane had flown
Are Also Included
Bids on the new Lamar Street
pavement job here were opened by
the state highway commission in
Austin Wednesday with the low
bids reported around $811,000 — less
than engineering estimates.
Low bidder was reported to have
Jet F-80's and T-33 trainers from
Webb Air Force Base at Big Spring
are due to be landing at Sweetwa-
ter airport soon.
Air Force officials made a gener-
al inspection of the $51,000 airport
improvement project Thursday and
found the work satisfactory. Some
work remains to be done before
the project is completed.
The Air Force is reimbursing the
city for reconditioning the airport
and will share in operating costs
of the field in return for temporary
use of the field as a landing field.
A crew of about eight men with
an ambulance, crash truck and
radio car will be stationed here.
Another class of 200 is due to start
Aug. 15 and it is believed that the
local field will see service then if
Appropriation for a permanent
landing field nearer Big Spring has
been approved but about a year
will be required for its comple-
been Dailey and Holifield with Ned
Hoffman Construction Co. nearby.
The commission will analyze the
bids and award the contract prob-
ably next Tuesday.
The project is a combination job
of rebuilding Lamar Street paving
to be a heavy duty, 52-feet wide
pavement from Alamo street to the
cily limits, and also including
curb, gutter, sidewalks and drive-
The city of Sweetwater is paying
for sidewalks, curb, gutter and
driveways but arrangement was
made to include ail in the one proj-
If the contract is cleared next
week work could start in a short
time, it is believed.
nearly 1,300 miles per hour leaked
out earlier this week, but the Navy
and the Douglas Aircraft Co.,
which built the Skyrocket, refused
to confirm the report.
Kimball said the test flights were
made last year by Douglas test
pilot Bill Bridgeman over the Mo-
jave desert of California.
"On Aug. 7, Bridgeman flew the
rocket ship to unprecedented
heights to top the 16-year-old
mark of 72,394 feet attained in 1935
by an occupied balloon," the news
Kimball said the Skyrocket
reached the speed of 1,238 miles
per hour on Aug. 15, 1951. The of-
ficial world speed record of 679.81
was set by a North American F-86
in a speech to the Institute of
Aeronautical Sciences, Kimball
asked scientists to provide Ameri-
Rain showers that have "been in
sight" of this area for the past six
days out of the cool front from the
north—were forecast Thursday
from a "warm front out of the
can military forces with an atom- south."
ic-powered plane and better guided j Weather observers said that rain
Russell, Kefauver Make
Bids For Big City Votes
From Car Top
In Big Cities
By United Press
Texas politicians readied a final
big weekend pitch Thursday as the
first Democratic primary loomed
10 days distant.
Increased tempo of campaigning
and most vividly accented by U
S. senatorial candidate E. VV.
Napier of Wichita Falls who climb-
ed atop his automobile as it moved
slowly down Fort Worth streets to
speak to the noon crowds.
Thursday afternoon, Napier mov-
ed to Dallas to campaign the same
way during the Big-D home-from-
Gov. Allan Shivers was the lone
exception among feverish cam-
Shivers Goes to Chicago
lie made a 6:45 a. m. state-wide
See NAPIER—Page 8
Dies Of Polio
Holio, with which he was strick-
en Monday at his home in Brown-
wood, claimed the life early
Thursday of Johnny Clay, 29, for-1 east of Texarkana
mer Sweatwater resident-and son
| clouds from the coast—churned up
by tropical storms, would head to-
j ward West Texas to bring light
By UNITED PRESS
Tornadoes, squalls, drenching
] rain, near flood and temperatures
| ranging from freezing to 102 de-
i grees hit the Southwest Wednesday
I and Thursday.
Two baby tornadoes struck north-
PEP TALK—Sen. Edwin Johnson of Colorado, campaign manager for Sen. Richard Russell of Geor-
gia who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination at the National Convention, is applaud-
ed by campaign headquarter workers at Sen. R ussell's Conrad Hilton Hotel office as he de-
livers a pep-talk. The National Convention begins July 21. (NEA Telephoto*.
Nolan County Fair leaders rue-1
fully decided in a meeting Wed-
| east ol rexarkana, just across the nesday night that revival of the
Arkansas-lexas stat" ie Wed- *,nee popular fair, planned this
Mesday- Fall, will have to be put off until
An area of squally weather along (next year.
' the northwest coast of the Gulf Lack of rajn has made th farm
| of Mexico brought the ram and,products either none.existent 01. of
of Mrs. Walter Carter of 207 Pe-
Young Clay, father of two small
children, died in the polio ward of
a San Angelo hospital, where he
was taken the day he became ill.
He was placed in an iron lung on
I uesdav. Ilis condition was known (lour mav foe expected in the
to be serious, but his death was I squalls Thursday, compared to 40-
not expected. | niile-an-hour winds Wednesday.
Funeral services are set for 3 p.
in. Friday in the First Presbyterian
storms in Texas, Oklahoma, Louis-
iana and Arkansas.
Government meteorologists said
the squalls are diminishing, how-
ever. Winds of 25 to 35 miles per
Cox Says He Was Away
From Job Just 21 Days
Replies To Charges
Made By Burleson
Jack Cox of Breekenridge, candi-
date for Congress opposing re-elec-
tion ol Omar Burleson, declared
here Wednesday afternoon that he
was absentee from the legislature
only 21 days during his six years
as a member of the house.
His statement whs in answer to
Burleson's charge here Tuesday
night that the records showed that
Cox failed 706 times to answer
Cox, who spoke here on the south
side of the court house square Wed-
nesday afternoon, arrived with a
caravan of ears from Breeken-
ridge. He was introduced by
"An erroneous impression has
been created by my opponent," Cox
said, "in an effort to get attention
away from Washington, my oppo-
nent said that I was absent from
the legislature 706 times. There
were only three sessions of 120 days
each. If I had been absent every-
day it would have amounted to
only 360 times. Bue I was absent
only 21 times—10 days when my
daughter was born and my wife
Rains In Parts
Of PCA's Area
Although the Sweetwater Pro-
duction Credit Association annual
stockholders meeting hail only
about 2,000 present here Wednes-
day, compared with 2750 a year
ago—Secretary O. 11. Berry said
he was "glad of the reason some
didn't get here."
Good rains in the Lamesa and
O'Donnel country and some rains
in Borden county and Fisher coun-
ty had the farmers planting feed,
reports showed. Many telephoned
their regrets but were offered con-
gratulations on the rain.
was very ill, two days last year
and none in the special session."
Cox said that the Texas legisla-
ture votes by push-button machine
and has many calls for votes, some
purely local, uncontested bills call-
ing for as many as three votes
each. He said he could have been
away from his desk many times on
the mechanical roll call but he was
in the legislature.
He charged thai Burleson was in
South America when the "impor-
tant cotton allotment bill was pass-
ed" and "he says he never missed
Cox said that the legislators get
only S600 a year compared witli
$12,500 for congressmen plus $2,500
tax-exempt expenses in Washing-
Tells of Record
He said that he had worked for
and voted for the first farm-to-mar-
ket road bill in Texas, voted for
the bill to submit constitutional
amendment for raising old age as-
sistance, that he believes "in col-
lective bargaining and the princi-
ples of unionism although 1 do not
believe in closed shop." He urged
a fight for slate's rights and local
"My opponent said that Texas
government costs have gone up.
Texas operates on a pay as you go
basis; we owe nobody a red cent
and we have the lowest bonded in-
debtedness of any state. Since 1945
the Federal government has spent
more money than all the presidents
before since George Washington."
lie stressed the need for "hon-
esty in government" and a firm
foreign policy. "We have given
away without any strings attach-
ed more than $55 billion dollars—
as much as all income taxes col-
lected. I would send no money to a
foreign country until it agrees to
help us fight socialism It is not
right to send supplies to England
to be sent to Red China lo kill our
He said Burleson has voted for
See COX—Page 8
Church in Brownwood.
Mr. Clay was born in Claude,
Texas, and moved to Sweetwater
with his parents in 1926. He left
here about 1941, when construction
of Camp Bowie was underway.
During World War II he served with
the Air Force in England for near-
Iv three years. At the outbreak of
the Korean fighting, he was recall-
eu to service as ail Air Force re-
stive and was at McDill AF Base
in Florida until he was released
lrom active duty^last October. He
was an electrical engineer.
Surviving are his wife; the two
children, Johnny Craig Clay Jr.,
age 5. and Debra June, 16 months;
the mother, Mrs. Carter of Sweet-
water; his father, John Clay of
Kerrville; a brother, E. T. Clay
of Brady; ad two sisters, Mrs.
Lois Howe of Brady and Mrs. Mar-
garette Neal of San Angelo.
BROWNWOOD, July 17 IIP)—Tohn
C. Clay, 29-year-old Brownwood
electrician and second vice presi-
dent of the Brownwood Junior
Chamber of Commerce, died of po-
lio in the San Angelo Clinic-Hos-
He was Brown county's first po-
lio case and first polio death of
1952 He became ill on a fishing
trip Sunday, was taken to the hos-
pital Monday and placed in an iron
Clay was an Air Force veteran
of World War II and the Korean
war. lie had lived in Brownwood
The cantankerous weather condi-
I tions produced drenching rains,
j ranging up to 7.64 inches at Lake
Charles, La., in a single 24-hour
period. Weather bureau officials
said nearly 11 inches of rain has
See WEATHER—Page 8
a quality below fair exhibition stan-
There has been high interest
among all segments of the county
population in getting a county fair
started again. It was hoped to start
in a small way and build up to a
better show each succeeding year.
But the weather thought otherwise.
Rains may come yet but it will
be too late to produce exhibition
type products, committeemen said.
The meeting was a joint session
of the Fair Association, the agri-
cultural committee of the Board of
City Development and the BCD
board. R. S. Biggerstaff, president
of the fair board, said that the
group regretted conditions but felt
it would be a mistake to try to hold
a fair this season.
Opinion was generally in this
line although several still favored
trying to hold some kind of a fair
"to get started."
Maverick To Battle
Texas Shivers Group
•H1CAGO. July 17 W—Former ^bly disposed toward four or five
Rep. Maury Maverick, leader of a candidates."
"Loyalist" Texas delegation, to the .At various times, Maverick re-
Democratic convention, Thursday ; ferreel to the rival Texans as
rejected any talk of compromise "Dixiecrats," "Shiverscrats" and
with a rival anti-administration fac- "whatever you want to call them."
tion headed by Gov. Allan Shivers
There were reports that the cre-
dentials subcommittee of the Dem-
ocratic national committee would
attempt a compromise Friday by
I offering to split the 52-vote Texas
I delegation evenly between the
Shivers and Maverick factions.
Maverick claimed no knowledge
of such a compropiise.
"Shivers is carrying Russell on
one shoulder and Eisenhower on
the other," Maverick said. He ac-
cused the governor of plotting to ] form-writing
CHICAGO, July 17 llPi—Sens.
Richard B. Russell and Estes Ke-
fauver made rival pitches Thurs-
day for big city support in next
week's Democratic national con-
The two men are currently the
leading candidates, in delegate tot-
als. for the Democratic presiden-
Russell told reporters at a news
conference that he is frankly "very
much interested" in getting the
support of Chicago Democratic
leader Jacob M. Arvey. He talked
politics with Arvey, Russell said,
but failed to get a commitment.
Arvey's personal choice is Gov. Ad-
lai E. Stevenson of Illinois.
The Georgian bid for union labor
support Wednesday night by repu-
diating the Taft-Hartley act, for
which he twice has voted. He said
Thursday he would follow this up
by conferring with CIO President
Philip Murray when Murray comes
CHICAGO, July 17 llPv—Left-wing
Democrats howled down compro-
mise talk Thursday and threatened
a sit-down strike on election <lay
uitjss the party adopts a tougher-
than-ever civil right plank.
That challenge was flung down
to the middle-of-the-road Demo-
crats and the right-wing southern-
ers by Stanley Gerwitz, chairman
of the national executive conmit-
tee of Americans for Democratic
Testimony was prepared for de-
livery before the Democratic plat-
put Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on
the Democratic ballot in Texas as
the Democratic presidential nom-
inee this fall—"that is. if he does-
not happen to like the man the
'That is what is known as Rus-
Votes So Far
Texas To Boost-
PITTSBURGH, July 17 (IP)— In-
dustry sources said Thursday that
the steel companies and the strik-
ing CIO United Steelworkers were
"very near" agreement with the
major issue in dispute the right of
workers to quit the union.
USW spokesmen would only say
that "we are still in disagreement"
and that no joint negotiations were AUSTIN. July 17 (IP)—Texas oil
scheduled. They were apparently | allowable for August was boosted
marking time until the union's 170- j sharply Thursday by the Railroad
mail wage policy committee meets ! Commission to a total of 2,924.306
here Monday. ! barrels daily, an increase of 187,-
However, company sources said j 392 barrels.
the "substantial" roadblock in the | The surprise action by the Rail-
way of settlement was CIO Presi-jroad Commission was the first in-
dent Philip Murray's demand for crease in the state's allowable pro-
elimination of a clause in prev-1 duction in five months. The com-
ious agreements which permits I mission previously had taken four
workers to withdraw voluntarily straight heavy cuts in the allowa-
from the union during a 15-day j ble.
period before the expiration date j The commission hiked the num-
of the contract. j ber of producing days over the
The union cloaked its plans in i state generally from 18 to 20. while
secrecy. A mystifying development J continuing the vast East Texas
was the failure of thousands of U. | field on a 19-day schedule.
S. Steel Corp. employes in the j The Fort Chadbourne field, pre-
Pittsburgh district to pick up va- | viously shut-down, was granted an
cation pay checks ready for dis- allowable of 61 barrels a day.
tribution Thursday. j Purchasers' nominations for Tex-
j as> permissive production toward
the peak of more than 3,150,000
barrels daily it had reached in
March when the four successive
cuts were ordered.
In Truce Talks
PANMUNJOM. July 17 OP)—Allied
j truce negotiators expected the
[ Communists to come up with some-
| thing "extremely important" when
truce negotiations resume Friday
18 p.m. est Thursday) after a five-
Allied officers positively refused
to comment themselves on the na-
ture of the expected _ "break" in
the negotiations, fy vould they
say whether they ' . - ' meant
a speedy end to the Korean war
"We're the legal delegation and j See MAVERICK—Page
we ought to be seated," he said.
"I don't think a split would be
acceptable. My disposition is I'd
like to be seated or not seated."
The credentials committee goes
to work Friday on the Texas dis-
pute and a similar contest involv-
ing Mississippi's 18 convention
Works With Byrnes
The Texas governor has been
working closely with Gov. James
High interest in the Demoratic
primary election is indicated by a
total of 149 absentee ballots cast
thus far in Nolan County.
Mrs. Mary Roy. County Clerk,
Byrnes of South Carolina in the | pointed out Thursday that absentee
said the Democrats can't beat Gen.
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Republi-
can ticket in November without
the independent, liberal, labor and
minority group vote the ADA
'Can Stay Home'
"To those Democrats who con-
tend that the liberal-labor coalition
in ADA and the great independent
and minority vote in the country
will have no place to go—just one
word of warning." said Gerwitz:
"These groups don't have to go
anywhere. They can just stay
home. The margin of victory in
1952 will be the gap between pas-
sive indifference and the enthu-
siastic support of these groups."
battle to regain control of the Dem- j balloting for the primary ends at
ocratic party from northern liberal I midnight. Tuesday, July 22.
elements. | Persons who are disabled call
Shivers leans toward Sen. Rich-! vote by obtaining a doctor's certi-
ard B. Russell for the Democratic ! ficate through the county clerk's
presidential nomination. His dele-1 office. Applications tor these are
gation, if it is seated, would be ! available at the county clerk office
expected to follow him down the
Maverick's group is not pledged
to any candidate. Maverick said he
himself has no individual favorite
at this time and "I'm very favor-
and after they are filled out by a
doctor, a representative of the
county clerk's office will go to the
home to take the vote. This voting
also ends Tuesday as it is counted
as absentee voting.
3 Wells Promising
West From Airport
LETHAL 'BABY'—This is the new, controversial FD-25 "Baby
Bomber" offered by Fletcher Aircraft Corporation, of Pasadena,
Calif. Designed to eliminate enemy ground installations at a
fraction of the cost of a modern jet fighter, the plane is only 30
feet long, weight 2500 pounds when fully armed and has a 2S0
TEHRAN, Iran, July 17 ilpi— Shah
Mohammed Reza Pahlevi an-
nounced the resignation of Premeir
Mohammed Mossadegh Thursday
and ordered out police and army
Reef oil producers No. 7. 8 and 9
for the Rowan & Hope field be-
tween Roscoe and Sweetwater and
just west of municipal airport lands
were believed in the finishing stag-
Oil Associates No 1 Nemir, south
of Highway 80, was acidized and
was swabbing for completion.
Rowan & Hope No. 1-B Nemir,
offset to the first Ohio producer,
was drilling the reef at 6374 feet
after hitting it fairly high with
prospects of making "another nice
Ohio Oil Co. No 1 Nemir (Ac-
count 21 is testing in the reef
which was topped at about 6300. It
is believed high enough to make a
good well if oil saturation is as ex-
Two other wells are drilling in
the field. Seaboard No. 2 Turner
May has set 376 feet of surface
casing. Honolulu Oil Co. No 1
Alva Chitse.v. north offset to the
Wallace well, has started.
and plans a
ing gaugers to three
East of Sweetwater, reports
from the new No. 1 Irl Faver
lenburger discovery paint a prett
picture of it Tests are said to
show that the formation gives con-
siderable depth below the pay be-
r El- j
Dudley Keith to
FORT WORTH—Dudley Keith,
who has been appointed adminis-
trator of the Sweetwater City Hos-
pital, will leave City-County Hos-
pital here Aug. 1 but another Dud-
ley Keith will be there to take his
place as hospital purchasing agent.
He is the son. Robert Dudley Keith.
26. co-supervisor of the hospital
blood bank and laboratory.
Dudley Keith. 49, who will re-
place Ray Whitehead as Sweetwa-
ter hospital administrator, is a
native of Fort Worth. He traveled
in West Texas from 1926 to 1942
as a surgical and medical supply
salesman and got an order to equip
the Sweetwater hospital when it
opened about 15 years ago.
Keith entered the Army Medical
Corps in 1942. After his release
from duty as a major, he became
purchasing agent at Harris Hospi-
tal Two years later he joined the
City-County Hospital where he has
been for three years.
"We certainly hate to lose him,"
Administrator Lowell Hudson said,
fore the water table is found This "but of course we know his leav-
well is estimated at least 100 bar- ing will be a prolessional advance
re Is a day " I for him." ;
Truman Urges Party to Hold To
New Deal-Fair Deal Principles
CHICAGO. July 17 HP—President i we are the representatives of the
Truman says "there must be no greatest poliltical^ Party .the
i other political organization has
! done so much, so well, for so many
betrayal of the New Deal and the
Fair Deal" by the Democratic na-I
"We should all remembar that
we are the representatives of the
greatest political party in the
world." Mr. Truman said in a mes-
sage that will be published in the
SWEETWATER — Temperatur
high. Wednesday. 96; low, Thu
day morning. 69; barometer, 29.'
steady. Partly cloudy, not mi
change in temperature. Rela<
humiclitv, 50 per cent, steady.
WEST TEXAS—Partly cl«
interna- j through Friday. Widely scatt
troops to keep order in his restless j southwest with some 13 producers | tional leadership " i mostly afternoon thundersho
capital. already. General Crude is lncreas l "We should all remember that j No important temperature cna
At Claytonviiie No. 3 Ralph Col-J convention's official program
lins of General Crude is down to j Since 1933. he said, the Demo-
2750 feet. General Crude's west out-1 cratie party has "brought this
post. No. 1 Louie Condry, is re- 1 country from the depths of weak-
ported at 4992, nearing the reef. ! ness and despair to the heights of
Claytonville's pool is extending : national prosperity and
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