The Orange Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 297, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 1, 1954 Page: 2 of 12
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lowar." _ , J have to create a water district.”
u r “ K rSSr1!?* Smith reminded that a district was
1 b?ileT, ' n £ not mandatory since Cove City was
^ fil.inn.i hT incorporated. “A city does not have
of the system by j to create a district,” he admon-
tax revenues. That revenue he es- ...
. ..tilfiiated would be about $6,000 per Again Regan charged: “The pub-
year, su«icient to retire bonds and ]j(. has not been giyen the f#cts
operate the ! Burkart is willing to install nine
ment was computed on a 35*>ear . blocks of six-inch pipe and provide
.. n. j ’■ fire Plugs for *n annual rental of
Mayor Pike detailed the city- $g5 pach Ht, asks a $2 40 rate for
??7lndnrJyStem 1 f f^,'r,nev3i»nd the first 3>°°° «*llons »nd 50 cent»
$130,000 is a lot of money an ()pr 1 000 gauons thereafter. He’s
we have to think matter willing to pay property, gross, re-
ln the light of 25 or 35 y ears, We ceipU and streel and al)ey ugc,ttfxes
would have a potential of 450 cus- to (he cjty u he is required to
tomers in the city and at a $3I t. • pav a|i three he asks an additional
mated average water bill the city , 1() cent the bms> or a totai of
woul<< on a" annual income ^ Lake street Wator Co
gt *l®-200. ^ifficient to re e is wjijing also to install a six-ipch
-bonds and give the city pjMOfar j Une to Adams Bayou.’* That tec
i operation, electricity to.ptinip w.i- tIon ba(J j^ged the largest number
; ter. hire a superintendent and Qf complamts.
part-time clerk for office work. After a question to the group if
& ^ and operation of a truck. [ they wanted to know what the
*ri P'*te estimated that 50 cents per gurkarts realized from operation
, - $100 valuation added to taxes of the system Regan diSclosed that
would pay for the system and. he | two average months of revenue
added: “That would give the entire ne((ed the couple $45 to $60.38, re-
. city a srx-inch water loop and fire, speptjvefy. "Burkart is a master
.fighting water outlets with a firej p)Urnber and works on the side. He
P*11*’ ,?lt£1,n ° *ee*. ?). ,evfr' - keeps this system operating.” Re-
house. Pike surmised that fire gan emphasized, “Mrs. Burkart
insurance rates would go down )teeps hooks and Burkart pays a
• from $5.40 per $1,000 to $2.80 per helpcr J75 . . . where on earth
..$1,000. ' could you hire a master plumber
Self-Sustaining for j150 per month which is what
Summing up. Pike offered: “The this all adds up to?" he asked.
' system would be almost paying for job Commended
itself—after five years, it would The matter erf inclusion in the
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and the Sabine River are on new
locations where the property
owners did not have previous
highway access. For this reason,
control of access rights was not
obtained," Simmons explained.
Following the reading of this
letter and a brief discussion by
commissioners, a petition signed
by 18 families living in Commis-
sioner E. K. (Bo) Ratcliff Pre-
cinct 2. The petition stated the
families reside in the 1000 block
of South St. in the Hobby Stark
addition off MacArthur Circle
and in the immediate area.
in fbe Old Courthouse.
• Commissioners greed to delay
taking over the draft board office
until the .end of the first week in
January so that Mrs. Cox could
find a new location. In today’s dis-
cussion, she mentioned the possi-
bility of moving to the Green
Judge' Charlie G. Grooms also
mentioned a report he had re-
ceived from representatives of St.
Mark’s Methodist Church con-
cerning the reception congregation
members had received from Mrs.
Lillie Augustine, home custodian.
"I have received complaints that
church women were treated very
disrespectfully. It’s not Very nice
and it’s certainly starting to get
rough. If it continues, we’re cer-
—Leader Photo by M»ry Altc Pokey
COVE CITY RESIDENTS HEAR WATER SYSTEM DEBATE
The Decision: Present Private Owners Will Retain Control
City of Ojaflge was brought up,
r Regan Questioned the average $3 j Regan saying: "If you had abater
iijf water bill pi
' ions’of water does an average fam- | would be by election. If you have
§, “i haven’t the least idea,” Regan
» asked: "Then, how in the world
f do you arrive at that figure? That’s
just a guess unless you have sta*
f tistics . . • what I’m going to give
ML.: you is facts."
As a laugh rippled through the
audience. Pike retorted that he
fe-awsn’t at the meeting to be at-
P? tacked by an attorney. "You re-
water billper house. He addressed i distrjcf. 50 per cent of the Orange
V ~ Pike- "How do you arrive at that j people would have to approve tak-
i figure? How many thousand gal- Hng over your debt and that voting
Ions of water does an average fern- ! would be by election. If you have
ily use?” When Pike replied that, i a city system, Orange would auto.
-......— matically take over your indebted-
ness if they took you in. I don’t
think they’d want to do either.”
Pike, taking charge of the meet-
ing again, said: "Milton did a good
job of covering the whole business.
Our purpose of this meeting is just
to give you some food for thought
and find out what you want to do.
__ _ Regan said I was praising one sys-
member^Mr. Regan,'that I said: tern and not Burkart’s. I told you
at the outset of this meeting that j I would present one thing at a
these figures Were estimates.” Pike | time. The figures given us by
again emphasized that figures on j Smith were not paid-for ... he
; the city system were estimates,
p . just prior to closing the meeting.
Regan then stated that Burkart’s
customers paid an average of $2
per month in water bills with one-
third of the customers paying only
$1.50. "How do you get 437 custo-
mers?”Regan asked Smith, ‘‘Burk-
art has only 332 customers and 12
businesses.” Addressing the crowd,
Regan advised, “Based ori these
F figures, you’re going to pay 25 per
cent more than that estimated $3
per month on taxes and water
“Of cuorse," declared the attor-
ney, “it’s to the advantage of a,
' bonding company or an engineer to sion
get as many connections in the1
gave them free of charge and as I
told you, they weren’t factual, just
estimates. One thing I found out
tonight I didn’t know and that was
that Burkart would install a six-
inch line further than Rhode Is-
land street, clear to the bayou.
That’s a good thing.” At a former
meeting of the council, Burkart
had skid he would not extend the
“I’m not trying to take a system
away,” continued Pike, "Burkart is
trying to do a good job but I’ve
got to satisfy the majority of the
people and that’s a big job—be-
lieve me, a big job. Four council-
men and I can’t make your deci-
. that is the people’s job."
estimate as possible. I’m hot say-! Questions were directed to Pike,
ing that Engineer Smith is wanting f Regan and Burkart. Aliie Bland,
a contract or that the bonding | oldtime resident, took a moment to
company wants to sell bonds . . .j declare: "Way back when we had
Fm just saying it would be to the n° water in' Cove, Gulf States
advantage of both.” | Utilities Co. refused to give us a
Mayor Pike injected again, “The i system and we organized a water
questions you’re asking are found- j company. Nobpdy would operate it
11'- ed on tentative figures.” Regan! until we perjsuaded Burkart. I
T.. immediately reiterated that what! think we ought to withdraw so
he wanted was to give the crowd; much agitation and criticism and
FACTS. do some boosting.” This brought
F* Regan outlined the additional
* costs to be incurred if the city es-
tablished a system, a billing clerk,
office equipment, office space,
“ * chemical for the water, in addition
to a superintendent, helper and a
; "Besides." he reminded, “you’re
going to have to pay legal and en-
gineering fees to start the ball roll-
ing. These I want you to think
^ • about. Who'd be interested in sell-
ing you a system? A lawyer might
K . . v an engineer might ... or a
*t*-bond man might . . . bonds arc
easy to sell and why? They draw
p£ihigh interest rates. Payments of
a heavy applause.
Mayor Pike wanted to know how
Burkart could finance proposed
improvements if his system was
not too remunerative. "Just check
his credit rating," said Regan.
When it was asked what water
bills would be per month, the at-
torney replied that would depend
on the future GSU water rate and
Until Burkart gets his franchise
from the council, improvements
cannot be made. It is likely that
action will be taken by the council
at a Thursday meeting at 6:30 p.m.
at the school.
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Fred Hanscom who also told of
his committee’s latest project, a
"Passport to/ Orange” which the
chamber soc/n will make available
to visitors and newcomers.
Navigation and waterways —
Port Director J. T. Arl.edge, sub-
stituting for Chairman S. Carle-
ton Trimble, reminded of federal
approval of a project to widen,
deepen and straighten the Orange
ship channel and predicted that
Congress will appropriate the
necessary funds next year. He also
announced that $34,000 in oil
xpyalty money -has been spent
improving the municipal dobks,
explained the delay in a campaign
for a countywide port district, and
predicted a move soon to deepen
Cow Bayou enough to make its
channel available Tor ocean-going
Education—J. H. David Sr., sub-
stituting for Chairman Dick Le-
Master, said this committee is
"feeling its way along" at present
but had important plans for the
•future. Later in the meeting, John
W. Simmons, executive vice presi-
dent of the chamber, said there
would be a "very significant”
announcement in the field of edu-
pose of this group was explained
by Bill Stringer who recalled the
recent controversy over a proposal
to make Green avenue a four-
lane, no parking thoroughfare. He
then read a letter from the State
Highway Department dealing with
this, subject and stating, "We think
it wise to make preparations for
four lanes today.”
Baseball—Jim Herring, a mem- |
ber of this committee, is at the
minor leagues meeting in Hous-
ton and may have something to
report when he returns, J. C.
(Bubba) Rudd told the assembly
last .night. Rudd also explained
why the proposal to move the Port
Arthur Sea Hawks to Orange was
Community affairs—This report
was highlighted by the announce-
ment of Clyde McKee that City
Commission, meeting a few blocks
away, had just come to terms
with Ralph Wolf of Waco who will
take over as city manager on
Tribute to Simmons
Craft returned to the floor to ex-
plain the background and func-
tions of the IDC and to pay tribute
to Simmons for his work as direc-
tor of that organization. In his brief
report, Simmons said the commit-
tee is now working in confidence
on “more than one" industrial
prospect and predicted there
would be an announcement of an-
other new plant for the county in
30 to 45 days. .
Several officials of Spencer j
Chemical Co, were introduced and
their spokesman, Plant Manager
Frank Pyle, announced these
figures concerning his company’s j
local works when it is in full op- [
eration: total cost, 15 million dol- s
lars; employment, 285: annual i
payroll, one and one-half million ;
P. C. Buck/ vice president and j
local manager for ir.e county’s
newest industry, Achesun Indus- i
* tries, also was introduced. He said :
/his company's plant, npw under
: construction in West Grange, will j
; be in operation early next year. |
Merger Working Well
Bob Dear, Jaycee president, told
i how this year’s integration of his
I organization's activities with the
senior chamber grew out Of an I
j idea from Simmons. The merger.
| Dear said, is working out fine and ■
I has met with “enthusiastic re- j
sponse” from Jaycees.
The session closed with a plea J
from School Board President BUI !
Butler who said the bi,ty schools j
have 387 mbre students this year
than last and disclosed that there
are more children in the first
| grade this term than in the entire
] high school.
Butler also recalled that 84 new
j classrooms had been constructed
I in the city during the past 3 years
! and in the next 3 to 4 years the
J district will need to build more
j than that.
"I wish,” said Butler, “that this
group would become vitally inter-
j ested in schools.”
Persons attending the meeting
voted to change the time of the
next’ quarterly session, in Febru-
; ary, to noon and make it a ltjnch-
! eoti meeting.
Optimist Tree Sale
To Begin This Week
Three thousand Christmas trees
from the State of Washington
were due to arrive- today to be
sold by the Optimist Club. Sales
will begin the later part of the
President Charlie Taylor said
they will, be placed on display on
several lots, one /of them next to
City Hall. /
Optimists last night at Little
Mexico Restaurant heard a talk
on progress of the Community
Hotel from Abe Kemble who was
introduced by Charles Mann.
A music and song program was
furnished by Lanie Claybar and
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ing in on the Senate.
Censure seemed plainly in the
cards. McCarthy himself predicted
to reporters that there will be a
"completely one - sided” verdict
against him. Democrats were re-
ported to be virtually solid /or
censure and Republicans to be split
about half and half.
A final verdict was a bare pos-
sibility by tonight, but it appeared
more likely it would corpe Tsome
It was presented by Mrs.' Audre J tainl.v going to have to do some-
Rcscikno. 108 Lucille Dr., who as- thing about it," Grooms said,
sured the court, the families were Commissioners also approved
greatly interested in having Lucille the issuance of four time war-
drive reopened to MacArthur. She rants, each for $1,598, for the pur-
explained that the road is closed chase of four 1955 Ford (business
now and has a great deal of mcon- tudor cars from the Paul Gasow
vemence to all concerned. Motors Co. The cars, each with
Claims Promise Made T collapsible back Seat, are be-
Use cf the road is blocked by a ing used by each of the four corn-
drainage ditch requiring the in- missioners.
stallation of large culverts. Mrs. They also accepted a right-of-
,Rascigne contended Ratcliff had wav easement- from Edgar W.
promised to do something about Brown Jr. to the county for the
LT danua,ry- but as yet no installation of utilities, lines, poles
aCc£~ ^,rL^ee/L„taketlu i and towers in connection with the
« as ~!™£S SKsrtW?s= srs
er Ernest Walles would try to ob-
tain a dragline to install the pipe Robe’'t s- Calvert, state comptrol-
and cover it jn the near future. P“b“c accounts at Austin,
A change in location of the local stajlrl¥ that the delinquent
draft board during the first week
in January was also agreed follow-
ing a discussion with Mrs. Gene-
vieve Cox, chief clerk. The draft
board has occupied quarters on
the third floor of the courthouse
since the first days of the Selective
collection contract with Ross Ter-
ry has been approved.
The contract runs from Jan.
1955, to Dec. 1956.
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For Other Christmas Gifts!
Representative Predicts Morse
Will Seek Post as Democrat
-WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep.-
elect Edith Green (D-Ore) pr«-
| diets that Sen. Morse, now listed
as an independent, will run for
re-election in Oregon in 1956 at
She said at a news conference
yesterday “Morse would be wel-
comed with open arms by Demo-
cratic leaders in the state and
rank-and-file party members.”
TOKYO (AP)—Seven milk
livery boys at a small dairy sUtre
Howey.er, with the razing of the here formed a union and handed
Old Courthouse imminent, addi- their employer a list of demands!
tional space is needed both for for better pay, food, shorter hours
storage and to provide an office and a promise to stop calling them
for .Paul Miller, justice of the i "bakayaro” (stupid fools). The
peace. Miller now has his office employer agreed to all demands.
Funeral Rites Held
For Vidor Resident
VIDOR (Spl)—Funeral sen
ices were held today at 2 p.m. <c
W. T. Blankenship, 86, who die
yesterday in a Beaumont Hospitr’
Services were held at the Chur
of Christ here with the minist,
Thomas Stone, officiating.
Burial was in Forest La,
Cemetery at Beaumont under d
rection of Carroll-Wallace Fu
Blankenship resided in the hon
of his son-in-law and daughtei
Constable and Mrs. Hop William
son. He was a native of Alabam:
but had lived here since 1924. Hi,
was a retired sawmill worker an<
a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include two othei
daughters, Mrs. Mabel Fonte.rur
of I.akeview, and Mrs. Bessie Fau-
cett of Beaumont, and two son-
Fred of Beaumont and George u
Pallbearers were G. L., Fred
Jr. and J. W. Blankenship, Thomas
Hinson, John Woodington Jr. and
Claude Williamson, all grandson'
about 60 CalifornL
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Browning, J. Cullen. The Orange Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 297, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 1, 1954, newspaper, December 1, 1954; Orange, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth558033/m1/2/: accessed February 15, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar State College – Orange.