The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 10, 1970 Page: 1 of 8
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Mrs. Victor Lnokey
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COUNTY SINCE 1879
Oldest Journalistic Venture West of the Brazos
Old Volume No. Ninety-five, New Volume No. Eighty-seven Albany, Texas 76430, Thursday, December 10, 1970
Buddy Ray Dulin:
The Albany Chamber of Com-
merce, in its regular scheduled
meeting of Dec. 4, as a group,
took recognition that the Albany
Chest goal for 1070-71 had been
A number ot our members
have served in key positions in
Albany Chest campaigns of the
past and have intimate know-
ledge of the magnitude of the
task when imposed atop regular
duties which in themselves con-
stitue demanding attention.
Thus, a knowledgeable group
recognizes the planning, organiza-
tion and execution necessary to
conduct a successful Albany
Therefore, the Albany Cham-
ber of Commerce wishes to ex-
tend to you its commendation
for a job "well done."
Albany Chamber of
Merle Joyce, Mgr.
GARDEN CLUB DECORATES
UNUSED PARKING METERS
The Albany Garden Club met
Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Youth
Center, then went down town to
decorate the parking meters for
the holidays. Greenery and red
bows were used.
Each member brought a gift to
go to the Veterans Hospital.
The Albany Garden Club will
sponsor the Breckenridge Boys
Choir Monday, Dec. 14, at the
Methodist Church. This should
prove to be a very entertaining
evening and put all in a holiday
Mrs. Knight, school counselor,
is in need of durable toys to be
used in play therapy sessions at
the elementary school.
Any organization, Sunday
school class, or individual who
would like to contribute to this
program call Mrs. Clifton Cald-
well for information. Phone No.
BAND AT ASSEMBLY
Ron Heuss, band director, in-
vites all interested persons to at-
tend the high school assembly
Monday, Dec. 14, at 8:30 a. m.,
when the high school band will
present a concert featuring
LANCE CPL JERRY SANDERS
Jerry Sanders, with the Marine
Corps in the Vietnam area, was
recently promoted to lance cor-
poral Jerry is aboard the USS
Carrier Ranger, and received his
ion Nov 11 He is the son
NATIVITY TO BE PRESENTED
DURING CHRISTMAS WEEK
The Albany Nativity, after
three years, will be presented
Sunday through Wednesday,
Dec. 20-23, at Nancy Smith Ele-
mentary School. Only one per-
formance will be presented Sun-
day, at 7:30 p. m., and two each
of the other evenings, 7:30 and
Hundreds of requests have al-
ready been recieved for tickets.
The Albany Nativity, written
by the late Dr. Robert E. Nail,
Jr., was first performed Dec. 18,
1930, in Matthews Memorial
Preabyterian Church. The proj-
ect was and has remained non-
denominational. The pageant hap-
pened to be performed first in
the Presbyterian Church because
the architectural features of that
building were readily adaptable
to the staging, and because the
church was the only one in Al-
bany with a pipe organ. The
production of 1970 will be the
20th, and the first since Dr.
Nail's death in 1968. In the 19
productions which have preced-
ed it the pageant has been per-
formed a total of 169 times The
seven performances scheduled
for 1970 will bring the total to
Nine productions were held in
the Presbyterian Church. Then,
in 1952, new scenery was con-
structed, new lighting devised,
and the production was restaged
in the auditorium of Albany's
Nancy Smith Elementary School.
The change was made largely
because the little church was no
longer able to accommodate the
crowds which the Nativity drew.
Though the auditorium of the
school holds about a hundred
more people at each perform-
ance, It is still small enough to
keep the audisnce in a close, In-
timate contact with the perform-
ance. Mr. Nail felt that the close
relation between audience and
actors in the pageant is a most
important element in developing
the strong spiritual impact which
the Nativity seems to have on its
While the Nativity was held in
the Presbyterian Church, the
late Mrs. Laura Elliott was or-
ganist and the Reverend J. A.
Owen was musical director.
Since moving to the elementary
school Miss Alice Reyonlds has
been organist and musical direc-
tor. It is a dramatic retelling
of the Christmas story, compos-
ed largely of quotations from the
Scriptures, presented against a
background of organ and choral
music. Choral background mus-
ic has, been taped by the Breck-
enridge boys Choir and the Abi-
lene Christian College A Capella
choir. The pageant consists of a
prologue, three short playlets,
and an epilogue.
The pageant is perfromed in
and before three arches
arranged as an altar triptych. As
it is played, the actors assume
positions before the arches which
give the impression of the relig-
ious paintings of the Renaissance
period. The pageant closes with
a green-robed chorus of third,
fourth and fifth grade children
singing two of the best loved
About 200 Albany people are
involved in the Nativity.
Performers often drop out of
the cast, for various reasons, for
a production or so, then return
to play again as needed.
One performer who was a part
of the angelic choir in that first
performance in 1939 was Miss
Margie Sedwick. She is return-
ing to the Nativity in another
role this year as Mrs. John Bray,
Jr., director of the Nativity.
Other performers in that 1939
show re-appearing this year are
Sam Webb, who portrays Joseph
as he has done in each of the 166
prior performances; John Tarl-
ton, who portrays the aged shep-
herd, Abiram; and Judge I. M.
Chism, who portrays the prophet
Micah. Miss Alice Reynolds,
serving as organist and musical
director again this year, also
served as musical director of the
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LIONS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP
IN CROSS PLAINS TOURNEY
Competing in the annual Cross
Plains basketball tournament,
the Albany Lions defeated the
Buffaloes 66-64 in a thrilling
double overtime championship
game Saturday night, Dec. S.
This made the fourth win in as
many outings for the Lions.
In first round piay Friday, Al-
bany faced Talpa Centennial and
c:<me out the victors by 67-44.
Marty Halbert took high point
honors with 12, while Hise netted
11 and Hudman ten.
Lewis of Cross Plains had a 25
Beeks 3-1-7; Lackey, 3-3-9; Ha-
good, 5-2-12; Halbert, 2-0-4; Ed-
mison, 1-0-2; Hudman, 7-0-14;
Hise, 5-2-12; Await, 2-0-4; Wiloth,
11 18 8 17 2 10
10 13 11 20 2 8
21 14 11 21-67
10 6 8 12-44
Semi-final action pitted the
Lions against Eula Saturday af-
ternoon. Albany dominated each
quarter and gained the finals
with a 72-46 decision. Melvin Hud-
man led the scoring with 13.
Marty Halbert, Rocky Hagood
and Tom Lackey balanced the at-
tack by dropping In ten each. <
20 16 1> 18-72
11 8 12 14-46
The championship features was
a rematch of the 69 tourney, but
the Lions captured the traveling
trophy this year with a 66-64 de-
cision. Albany managed a mere
11-10 advantage in the first per-
iod, but widened their lead to
29-23 by half time A cold third
quarter cut their margin to *714
by the cloee at the third The
Buffaloes knotted the acore in
to tie it up at
Albany Downs L-A <9-65
In the fifth outing of the young
season, the Albany Lions defeat-
ed the Lueders-Avoca Raiders
69-65 Tuesday night.
L-A jumped out to a 14-10 first
quarter lead. Albany surged
back with 23 points in the second
stanza to lead 33-31 at the mid-
way period. Albany held a nar-
row 50-40 margin as the third
quarter ended. The locals prov-
ed stronger in the Anal period by
outscoring L-A 10-16.
Melvin Hudman led the Albany
attack with 20, while Jimmy Hise
added 18 more D. Huffaker got
17 for the losers
Beeks, 1-0^2; Lackey, 2-4-8;
Hagood, 5-2-13; Halbert, 0-2-2;
Hudman, 7-6-20; Hise, 0-0-18;
10 23 17 19- 68
10 17 18 16 65
The Uons next action is the
Rule tournament Friday after-
noon when they meet Munday in
the first round. Second round
action will be heki Saturday Al-
bany meets Cross Plaint here
Tuesday, Doc. 18 at 1.30 and An-
ton there Thursday, Dor 17, at
for news and ad copy.
Set for Dec 13
Members of the community
choir are working hard in prep-
aration for the "Worship in Mus-
ic" service to be presented Sun-
day, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p. m. The
concert will be given in the Meth-
odist Church, and the public is
The cantata, "Love Transcend-
ing," will be presented. Also on
the program are selections from
"God's Greatest Gift," by Dress-
ier; "Jesus Is Born," Butler;
"A Child Is Born In Bethlehem,"
Bach; "Noel Nouvelet," Zgoda-
va; "Gabriel's Message," Schalk;
"Good Christian Men, Rejoice!"
a German Folksong; "Of the Fa-
ther's Love Begotten," and "All
Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!"
A brass sextet composed of
Ron Heuss, Melinda Viertel,
Susan Pennington, David Priest,
Roger Gibson and James Gibson,
will accompany parts of the con-
cert. Brenda Dillingham will
play the tympani and Karen Lit-
tle will play the flute accom-
Accompanist for the program
will be Nancy Law, and the di
rector will be Mrs. Rodney
Williams. J. W. Cloud will nar-
Soloists include Jon Rex Jones,
Mrs. Joe A. Webb, Richard Mid-
dlebrook, Mrs. Larry Shoemak-
er, Mrs. Buddy Rodgers, Julian
Latham, Mrs. James Garvin,
Mrs. Ron Heuss, Mrs. James
Bernstein, Dr. Luther Key, and
Mrs. Pete Jones.
Others singing in the choir are
Rev. John Fisher, Rev. Rodney
Williams, Johnny Viertel, Jerry
Estqp, Harold Ron Heuss,
Mrs. Charles Iftefl, Linda Neff,
Melinda Viertel, Mrs. Buddy
Rodgers, Mrs. Jerry Estop,
Mrs. John Linville, Mrs. Joe
Williams, Vickie Williams, Mrs.
Ed Seal, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Cloud, Mrs. T. S. Fuller, Mrs.
Nadine Brewster, Mrs. Bruce
Bray, Mrs. Bill Glenn, Mrs. Jack
Priest, Cassie Window and Mrs.
The advertising committee of
the Presbyterian Bazaar extends
sincere thanks to all who came,
to those who donated, and a
special thanks to Mrs. Helen
Price, The Albany News and a
number of out-of-town friends for
Mrs. Ethel Matthews Casey.
Days This Week
With one exception, West Tex-
as has enjoyed balmy days dur-
ing the second week in Decem-
ber. The exception was a 28 de-
gree reading Monday morning.
High for the week was last
Thursday's 82 and Wednesday's
80. No moisture has been re-
ceived this week.
Temperatures for the week,
with highs for afternoon before,
are given below:
Friday: 82 and 36.
Saturday: 77 and 49.
Sunday: 62 and 34.
Monday: 61 and 28.
Tuesday: 67 and 48.
Wednesday: 77 and 53.
This morning: 80 and 53.
Rev D. E. Aden received word
the first of the week of the birth
of a great granddaughter on Fri-
day, Dec 4. She is the daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy
Aden at Odessa. The Adens have
another daughter, who is three
»nd a half years old.
Mr and Mrs. J. D. Aden of
Jal N. M, are the grandpar
I OR Ql-AUTOMATIC CLUB
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Mrs. Cook to Be
Mrs. Anna Mathilda Cook, res-
ident of Shackelford County the
past 63 years, died in her sleep
Monday night at her home on the
Hickman Ranch south of Albany.
She was 78 years of age.
Funeral is to be held this
(Thursday) afternoon from Trin-
ity Lutheran Church at 2:00 with
the pastor, Rev. John Fischer,
Burial will be in the Albany
Cemetery under direction of God-
frey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cook was born Jan. 8, 1892
at Paige, Texas, daughter of the
late Gottlieb and Anna Borajak
Jentho. The family came to this
county in 1907, residing on the
Snyder Ranch west of Moran and
later on the Hickman ranch.
She was married to B. H. Cook
in Albany Nov. 26, 1914.
Mrs. Cook was a life-long
member of the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband;
two sons, Almond and Cari, both
of Moran; a daughter, Mrs.
Frances Gosnell of Cisco; 16
grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. Also surviving
are two sisters, Mrs. Emma
Bernstein and Alma Jentho, both
of Long Beach, Calif.
A grandson, Clifford Cook, is
an employee of the Albany News.
Pallbearers are Morris Snyder,
Ralph Snyder, Robert Tonn, Bert
Boyett, Don Boyett and Boyd
THE BRECKENRIDGE BOYS,CHOIR, a polished, experienced mnui-
cal group, will bring to Albany a program of (Christmas carols sung
by boys from all churches and nationalities at the First United Meth-
odist Church Monday, Dec. 14, at 8 p. m.
II It EC K HOYS CHOIR TO SING
CAROLS HERE MONDA Y EVE
The plaque received by "The
Citizens of Albany" last week
from Governor Preston Smith
was on display at Friday's Cham-
ber of Commerce luncheon Mrs.
Gaither Lieb read the inscription
on the plaque, which told that
Albany citizens had been honor-
ed by the Governor's Confer-
ence on Tourism at Austin for
continuing the Fort Griffin Fan-
dangle as a community project.
The plaque is on display at the
First National Bank.
Announcement was made that
Highway 380, which had served
Albany for years, has been offi-
cially re-routed from Old Glory
to Greenville, and now the Old
Glory, Stamford, Albany and Cis-
co route is State Highway No. 6.
Thanks were expressed by
President Todd to Holson Well
Service for using its equipment
to place the large Christmas tree
on Main Street, to the Albany
Garden Club for placing green-
ery and ribbon on the unused
parking meter poles down town,
to the West Texas Utilities Co.
and the City of Albany for their
aid in getting up the decorations
Guest was Kenneth Neal of
Abilene, member of the Texas
Agriculture Products, who ex-
plained some of the work of his
Leon Slaughter of the West
Texas Chamber of Commerce
was speaker for the hour and
gave some statistics concerning
population changes during the
past decade He showed that rur-
al areas have been losing popula-
tion to the big cities, and stated
that the small areas, such as
Shackelford County, should strive
to hold and increase their popu-
lation through new industry. He
referred to a blackboard chart
that showed that Shackelford
County's population was down
19 percent the last ton years,
while bank deposits were up 18
percent and retail salas up 32
percent He said the county's
economy coukl be increased by
feed lota, hog production, and
commended John E Beall for his
Modular Homes industry
Announcement was made that
figt John W Warner. Jr , mem
her of the Department of the
Army Speakers Program, would
be with the chamber Friday of
Under sponsorship of the Al-
bany Garden Club, the Brecken-
ridge Boys Choir will present
two ensembles, a treble choir,
male chorus and soloists.
The program will begin at
8:00 p m. Monday in First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, Everyone
is cordially invited to attend the
concert and the reception in the
fellowship hall immediately fol-
owing the performance.
Bobby Durham, senior music
major at Hardin Simmons Uni-
veilsity • and former Ronnie Bills
Merit Award winner with the
choir, will be guest soloist for
the performance. Durham will
sing Cantique de Noel by Adam
and a piece from a suite by
John Alden Carpenter He is a
former Breckenridge High
School basketball player and
graduate of Cisco Junior Col-
T\rto members of the male
chorus have sung the role of
Amahl during their treble years
in the Menotti opera, "Amahl
, and the Night Visitors." Paul
Smith, tenor soloist, and Knox
Todd, whose voice has just set-
tled into a baritone register, are
also instrumentalists. Smith
plays guitar and Todd trumpet.
Counted among its memories
ami providing challenge for the
fill lire are the, choir's appear-
ances with the Abilene and Dal-
las Symphony orchestras, a
White House appearance shared
with the Greater Boston Youth
Symphony, concerts in schools
and clubs in eight states, and
.the New York World's Fair
At the World's Fair; where
the boys sang nine performanc-
es in 1964, the choir was armed
with a new Sampler written for
the group by Robert Nail When
they received an invitation to
sing for Secretary of State
Dean Ru6k, his family and offi-
cial party, at the Federal Pa-
vilion it was discovered they
would be limited to a ten-min-
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LIONS PLACE NINE MEN ON
ALL - DISTRICT TEAM
Dies In Dallas
Mrs. Mary Wellman, former
resident of Albany and mother
of Mrs. Mary Franklin (Cloud)
Stephenson, passed away in Dal-
las Nov. 21. Story of her death,
carried in the Throckmorton
Funeral services for Mrs.
Mary Whitby Wellman, 54, of
Dallas were held .Saturday, Nov.
21, in Restlands Wildwood Chap-
el. Burial was in Restland Me-
morial Park, Dallas.
A native of Throckmorton
County, she had lived in Dallas
for 22 years. She was the daugh-
ter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Whitby of Throckmorton
Survivors include a daughter,
Mrs Tex Stephenson of Dallas;
two step-sons, Eugene Wellman
of Odessa, and Bill Wellman of
Wichita Falls; two sisters, Mrs.
J. C. Cave of Hermleigh and
Mrs. Clifton Hooker of Sulphur
Springs; three brothers, Archie
Whitby of Houston, Ed C Whit-
by of San Antonio and John
Whitby of Sulphur Springs, and
A swine meeting will be held
Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 p m.
in the court hou^e in Albany.
Dr W. B Tl >mas, Extension
Service specialist, Texas A AM
University, will discus* "Major
Factors Influencing Cost of Pro-
All interests! persons are in-
vited to attend.
WINS ALL DISTRICT
Karen little, who ploys flute
in the AHS hand conducted by
Ron Heuss. won all-dlotriit in
Umi contnit At Abilene Issl Sit-
This entitles her to compete in
Coaches of District 7-8 met last
Wednesday to select all district
players and gave Albany nine
places on the offensive and de-
fensive teams, and also named
seven Lions to the honorable
mention list The Lions, cham-
pions of district 7-A, headed the
list in number of players.
Jim Hise, Albany end and de-
fensive back, and Harold Schka-
de, outstanding guard, were nam
ed on both the offensive and de-
Making the offensive squad
from Albany were: Jim Hise,
end; Banton Green, tackle; Har
old Schkade, guard, and Bob
Tidwell, running back.
On the defensive unit from Al-
bany were Terry Spurgin and
Melvin Hudman, ends; Damon
Garvin and Harold Schkade,
guards; Jim Hise, defensive
Placed on the honorable men-
tion list were William Nelson,
Terry Await, Bobby Beeks, Ricky
Jones, Mike Carnes, Mike Ed-
mison and Henry Musselman.
All-district selections were
Ends, Jimmy Hise, 165, Al-
bany: Ricky Vestal, 152, Baud;
tackles, Banton Green, 175, Al-
bany; Don Freeman. 228, Ros-
coe: guards, Harold Schkade,
165, Albany: Ivan Logsdon, 185,
Knox City, center, Dale Cheairs,
175, Wylie; quarterback, Mike
Newton, 175, Knox City; running
backs, Cecil Faircioth, 165,
Baird Gary Ray burn, 198, Roa-
coe, Bob Tidwell, 190, Albany.
Ends, Mickey Gerloff. 160, As-
permont Tern, Spurgin, 132, Al-
bany; Melvin Hudman. 175, Al-
bany. tackles Mack Spencer,
178, Knox Cly; Johnny Robinson
2U6, Baird, guards. Damon Gar-
vin, 180, Albany: Harold Schka-
de 165, Albany; linebackers,
Gary Ray burn. 105, Roacoe
Newton. 178, Knox City;
dary, Larry Brown. 166
Jimmy Hiae til. Albany,
Ungford, 146, Knox City
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