The Orange Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 38, Ed. 1 Monday, February 15, 1954 Page: 2 of 8
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PAGE TWO THE ORANGE LEADER MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1954
Hats off, Please While We Talk About Houston —^
Orange Suburb Said To Have 1,000
Millionaires, Not All of Them Rich
| Man-Made Island off California Coast To Be Drilling Site |
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — • wharf and dock will be built illegally drilling an oil well with- !
a wharf and dock will be built
alongside the drum on pilings.
“Then we start moving our
equipment to the island,” Pyles
said. “Our guess is that we’ll start
drilling some time the early part
Running down through the
gravel to the ocean floor are three
so-called conductor pipes through
which the drill pipes will be
Will Build Three
“We’ll build three- wells—if ,the.
first one. is any good,” Pyles ex-
Monterey people have discussed
their project all along with the
confidence indicating belief they
have a good thing.
The company began working on
the island drilling idea in 1944. It
applied for a drilling permit in
1947 but didn't get a go-ahead
from federal and state agencies
The company says the delay
was caused by the dispute be-
tween federal and state govern-*
ments over tideland oil. A federal
law has given coastal states title’
to oil and other mineral rights
under seas on their coast lines.
Work on the island was halted
a year ago January when the City
of Seal Beach charged Monterey
Oil with failure to get a building
illegally drilling an oil well with-
in the city limits.
The oil concern replied it had
permission from the state lands
commission to build the, island.
The Superior Court refused to
grant the firm a writ of prohibi-
tion. however, and the company
appealed. The Fourth District
Court of Appeals in San Diego
decreed that the state holds ex-
An oil company expects to start
boring into the. ocean floor—a
mile and a half out from this
Southern California community—
in about seven weeks.
Monterey Oil Co., will be drill-
ing from a $1,500,000 steel, gravel
and concrete island it is building
for the purpose. The manmade
island is the first like it on the
Pacific Coast and probably .the
first anywhere in the world.
Legal disputes with Seal Beach
delayed the extraordinary project
for nearly a year. Its status today,
says Monterey vice president-di-
rector E. E. Pyles, is this:
A steel drum 75 feet in diame-
ter and 70 feet tall has been set
up on the ocean floor. The ocean
is 45 feet deep at this point, so
the drum extends 25 feet atlbve
the surface. It was laid down in
Filled With Gravel
The drum, its steel skin more
than an inch thick, has been filled
! with gravel to within five feet of
I the top. On top of this gravel, con-
j crete is being poured to provide
| a platform flush with the top
j ing with the district court. 8r**'
Seal Beach is "very friendly*
I toward the operation since con
; elusion of the legal hassle, PyfeJ
With expenses of litigation and
attendant shutdown of construT
tion for more than a year, he s»iH*
ihp island is pvnania<4 *. *
ping Spanish moss to suggest the
Old South and royal paim trees
sugegst the tropics. There is
busy main street with its smart,
modern shops and above, at night,
you see the lighted store signs!
along with one which says, “Jesus
There are the Negro and Mexi- j
can slums and the exclusive River ;
Oaks section, where most of the;
millionaires live, where every ga- :
rage seems to have at least two
sets of Cadillac fish tails sticking
out and where the country club
costs $10,000 to join.
There is the beautiful new Texas
Medical Center, now rising as a
monument to Houston philanthro-
py and which one day may be a
bulwark of research. And down-
town, there is a slick, modern
building which looks like a new
hotel or a TV station. This is po-
lice headquarters and the city jail.
The city has grown so fast there
aren’t enough storm sewers to
drain off rain water and half the
town’s residential streets have no
street lights. Because Houston is
still unzoned, • you see some odd
contrasts: a fertilizer plant ad-
joining a beautiful home and a
perfectly manicured private lawn
ending up at a septic tank factory.
Because the town has grown so
fast, the dfime rate is high but
not so bad as the loosely applied
tag, “Murder Capital of the Coun-
try,” might imply.
In 1952. Houston ranked second
to Atlanta in proportionate nunK
ber of murder and non-negligent
wears $30,000 worth of diamonds manslaughter cases reported to
and owns a 100-foot yacht. He is the FBI. But both the FBI and lo-
said to be particularly fond of cal authorities point out that no
spending a rainy afternoon riding 1 conclusions can be drawn from
around town in his Cadillac, ac- : this because cities use too many
companied by a bucket of pink different bases for reporting homl-
champagnc in the back seat. Once, j cide. -—v
at a charity auction, he paid $72,- j Crime Wave
000 for a prize steer and then cut1 Recently the city seemed lo be
it up for steaks at a press party. I in the throes of an armed robbery
In urban Dallas, which is in- wave. A huge police dragnet pull-
clined to look down its nose at ed in 1,000 known criminals off the
Houston, the Shamrock is known streets. One shady character call-
as the “Damrock.” In Houston, the ed headquarters and asked if he
Shamrock seems to be the hub could go out on the street to look
of cafe society. for a job. "It's okay,” he was told.
Rising suddenly out of extreme- "as long as you don’t do it after
ly flat land, the hotel seems more sundown.”
massive and taller than it is. Look- Public sin Is now a matter of
ing it over once, architect Frank the past. Houston's brothels were
Uoyd Wright had but one com- closed three or four years ago,
ment: “Why?” Inside, the hotel including one with an attached 12-
is decorated in 67 shades of green, car garage.
The first thing you see in the lob- ! Any report on the city must al-
by is a spotlighted portrait of Me- so include the fact that a survey
Carthy. , by the Houston Post found that a
Played Smaller Towns 1 “nrrasmic fear of communism . ..
The huge Emerald Room, which has permeated the city.” The Min-
seats 1.000 night-club style, once ute Women, an organization of in-
prompted a visiting comic to say, 1cu :e patriots, have been unusual-
“I’ve played towns smaller than ly active here,
this.” On one occasion, the American
In the ground - floor jewelry Friends Service Committee had
shop, they’ll tell you at the drop of some difficulty arranging a meet-
the word "publicity” that one night ing here because someone said the
an oilman came in and took one Quaker organization was harbor-
of these and one of those and one ing Communists. Others cried that
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r SAI L PETT Hugh Roy Cullen, the generous.
)N, Tex. (>P) — If the volatile philanthropist who has
will remove their hats.! given away an estimated 175 mil- i to
lion dollars. Others belong to Jesse
Jones, former secretary of com-
merce. who owns 35 of the biggest | you
buildings in downtown Houston,
and Will Clayton, who, until he re-
tired recently, headed one of the
world’s largest cotton firms. In
their personal habits, men like
Cullen, Jones and Clayton live
quietly. * *
But not Jim West, millionaire
oil and cattleman. He is said to
own 30 cars, including 11 Cadil-
lacs, four planes, and and two
ranches—one of 60,000 acres and
one of 160,000.
In his dress, Jim favors a 10-
gallon hat, a diamond - studded
Texas Ranger’s badge and a hpge
I ARE HERE AGAIN !
Whether you need noils, staples,
wire, fencing for the yard, tocks,
sandpaper, paint, brushes, glue, etc.
. i . Orange Supply Co. has it!
tion more than tripled but rlous-
ton's more than quadrupled.
Today . Houston has 665,000 peo-
ple. It has, somebody said, about
1,000 millionaires. But mpl
■them are rich: some have less than
15 mfSion. This is a town with
about 4.000 air-conditioned Cadil-
lacs and. if you’re rich and drive
only the biggest Buick money can
buy, you're somewhat daring and
Can’t Keep Up
This town has grown so fast
even the press agents can’t keep
up with its superlatives. It was
started by two real estate promot-
ers from New England in 1R36,
shortly after Sam Houston won
Texas her independence from
Mexico at nearby San Jacinto. The
site is marked today by a monu-
ment, which—wouldn’t you know?
i% —is 15 feet higher than the Wash-
. -ington National Monument. who’s as fajt wUh a buck as he
y For more than 100 years, it has! jS with his fists. And there’s Doug
— been a new town, always growing | Prince, who owns a chain of hani-
and changing. Every time you look burger restaurants.
— there’s another Dig building going Among other things you hear
SK up in Houston. about Prince, you hear that he
Up to 1930, the city's population
x tripled every 30 years. From 1940
,t,?.to 1950, it jumped from 21st to
££3 4th in the national population
.'. ranking. Back in 1836, you could
, ' buy in Houston at $1 an acre. To-
,:<Z, day. some of the downtown area
goes for as much as $2,000 a front
• The city rises abruptly out of
* the Texas flats about 50 miles
from the Gulf of Mexico. Galves-
ton, right on the Gulf, had a bet-
ter natural port. But one day In
1915. while Galveston’s back was
turned. Houston completed a 50-
mile deepwpter channel to the
Today, the port of Houston han-
dles shipping tonnage second only
In volume to New York—an ex-
- ception Texans bear with brave
stoicism. It is said to be the world's
greatest oil port and one of the
greatest for cotton.
Within a 200-mile radius of the
city, say the experts, more wealth
is taken from the ground than in
any other area of equal sire In
the world. Some 270 oil fields gush
more than 200 million barrels of
oil a year. Other fields produce
millions of cubic feet of natural
gas. Houston also has a huge re-
fining and petro-chemical indus-
All this, plus the fact that oil-
men are allowed a 27 per cent
"depletion allowance” in their tax
returns, has made for some incred-
Gave $175 Million
One of the biggest belongs to
SUCCUMBS—Mrs. Anita Mc-
Cormick Blaine, above, the only
daughter of the late Cyrus Hall
McCormick, inventor of the
leaping machine, died Friday
night. She was 87. A widow for
60 years, idle inherited a large
fortune fronv -her father , and
considered it her task to “dis-
tribute the money where it will
do the most good." (AP Wire-
COME IN TODAY!
I of the drum.
j The .outside of the drum is
| banked with breakwater-type
boulders or riprap to steady it
from the ocean's sway.
After the concreting job is done.
107 IFTH ST.
permit for the structure and with
to heat it
visiting Rhodes scholars must be
carefully watched because, it was
alleged, they advocate union with
’A Sale Without Sorvicc
I* like. Salt
mollpsks. and the illustrations in-
cluded pictures of the housing ha-
bits of oysters. One had attached
itself to the bowl of a pipe. A
Chesapeake Bay oyster had set-
tled down on a set of false teeth.
Just Needs Look
Although no mollusk man him-
. self. Chesky needed but a look to
“My teeth!” he cried.
Chasky immediately raked out
his prooent set, and—with his wife
joining him in this scientific en-
terprise—compared it with the
picture, tooth for tooth.
“No doubt about it.” Chesky
Mid. “They're mine. My wife
agrees with me.”
Fifteen years ago. Cheeky Mid.
I he and two companions went fish-
■ ing in Chesapeake Bay. The fish
: weren’t nibbling, so they went
swimming instead. In the course
! of horsing around, out popped
i Chesky’s teeth and down they
'HANGING THE IVY PLANTS A BIT
LOWER MAKES OUR OCTOPUS OUTLETS
LESS NOTICE ABLE, PONT YOU THINK?*
The pup might~as well have his bath, tool
There’s plenty of hot water for every purpose
... with an automatic GAS water heater on
the job 24 hours a day.
Here in the Gulf South folks depend on gas to do
many of the big jobs in the home. And
well they may ... for adequate sup- BH
plies of natural gas are available for HE|
present needs, and more is being found |H|
all the time.
INSTALL ADEQUATE WIRING
SABINE ELECTRIC COMPANY
1003-14th Phone 8-2544
ural gas service is the biggest bargain
in the home today — worth every cent
they pay for it... and then some!
PARISH ELECTRIC SERVICE
20!i Sixth Phone 8-4874
Chock To PurtkoM Volontine
BOSTON (API—A florist re-
ported to police yesterday that a
young man bought $12 worth of
flowers for his “Valentine" and
paid for them with a $29 check.
The girl and the address were
fictitious and the check was a
j phony, police i»w 1
HEADRICK ELECTRIC SERVICE
K Gum Phone 8-4000
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Browning, J. Cullen. The Orange Leader (Orange, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 38, Ed. 1 Monday, February 15, 1954, newspaper, February 15, 1954; Orange, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth558120/m1/2/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar State College – Orange.