The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 18, 1958 Page: 1 of 16
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THE ROCKDALE REPORTER
Rockdale Messenger Established 1873
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ROCKDALE. MILAM COUNTY. TEXAS. THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 18. 1958
'ROUND ROCKDALE "
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Fish and Scales
^HERE’S no pun intended in
that heading. The scales are
not what you think. Not Iona ago
Walter Dean was fishing at Lake
Travis with A. L Lucas and
Walker Jones when he brought in
a 5-lb. carp.
Nothing too unusual about this
. . . except hooked on -the same
line with the fish was a pair of
hand scales like you use to weigh
fish with. “They worked, too,”
pRANK KELLEY, former Rock-
dalian who has been living in
Colorado City for more years than
he probably cares to admit, was
reminiscing about the old days
as he sat in a chair in my office
Bubbling over with enthusiasm
for the Rockdale of those early
“oil field days.’’ Frank, between
great puffs on his cigarette, con-
fided: “I am convinced it is im-
possible for a man to starve to
death in Rockdale If it were pos-
sible, I would have done it back
in those days.”
Frank loved Rockdale then and
there were a great number of
people he still remembers who
stood by him and helped him
through many financial difficul-
tis. He still loves Rockdale.
“Those were really lean days
for me," Frank recalled. He was
trying to get a start in the oil
business. "At one time I guess I
owed everybody in Rockdale and
some of them 1 owed a whole lot
for a long time,” he admitted.
But, as he explained it. some-
how he finally got off dead cen-
ter and started making money.
He’s been making it ever since
in right fair size chunks and to-
day is one of Colorado City’s most
respected citizen*- He’s been af
filiated with almost all school
and city affairs at one time or an-
other and has also been a power
in the West Texas Chamber of
Body of Gause Man, 23, Is Found
On MP Tracks by RR Train Crew
LIONS. ROTARY. GARDEN CLUB
Three Civic Clubs Volunteer Aid to UF
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Come Here and Let Me Tell You:
The South Milam United Fund drive starts soon and
the Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Garden Club have all
volunteered their services. Be ready to greet these
UF workers and give the United Way!
Three Rockdale civic organi-
zations this week volunteered
their services to the South Milam
County United Fund drive which
begins October 2.
The Rotary club, which handled
the special gifts division last year,
again will handle this campaign.
Rev. F. T. Sager is chairman
of special gifts, with Rotary presi-
dent Don Williams co-chairman.
The Rockdale Lions club will be
in charge of the kickoff breakfast
later in the campaign, w’ith
Charles Hord heading this phase
of the program. The Lions served
in this same capacity last year,
UF chairman W. H. Cooke pointed
The Rockdale Garden club
told United Lund officials this
week that the club appreciated
the work the United Fund did and
wanted to have a part in the
campaign. The club and its mem-
bers probably will work with
some phase of the general drive,
under the supervision of Dale
Cockrell, according to Jim Knight,
As campaign chairman Knight
is acting as co-ordinator between
the three phases of the Rockdale
campaign: special gifts, payroll
deduction, and the house to house
campaign. Rev. Sager heads the
special gifts; Mrs. Vera Thompson
the downtown payroll deduction;
Pete Murray, Alcoa payroll de-
duction; Donald Giimp and Dick
Moore, IGC payroll deduction;
and Cockrell heads the Rockdale
campaign. Murrell Camp is
chairman of the rural community
campaign. Parris Wheatley will
be in charge of out of town
solicitations. W. P. Hogan will
be in charge of the kickoff break-
Plans for the Rockdale drive
were formulated Saturday at a
meeting attended by Sager, Mrs.
Thompson, Cockrell, Knight and
Cooke. T. L. Austin, who headed
the Rockdale drive last year, also
attended and helped set up the
October 2 will be the starting
date for the drive. Special pro-
grams arranged by Don Mercer
and Charles Taylor, of the pub-
licity committee, will be given at
the Rotary club Sept. 30 and the
Lions club Oct. 1, preceding the
drive, Knight said.
First work will be done by the
Rotary club special gifts commit-
tee starting October 2 Knight
said plans will be set in motion
to complete this phase in one
week, and on October 9 the pay-
roll deduction phase of the cam-
paign will begin.
The kickoff breakfast will be
held on the morning of October
14, with some well-known state
figure to be the keynote speaker.
At this banquet will be all of the
community' campaign workers and
local campaign people and the
general drive will begin following
the breakfast, Knight explained.
In the downtown drive headed
See UNITED FUND, page 2
6 Ways to Improve Schools
Suggested by P-TA Speaker
( sed Clothing for
Children l rgently
Needed hv Hoard
Used clothing is badly i
needed by the Milam Coun-
ty Child Welfare Board to
take care of needy children |
500 Due at
Frank’s wife is the former Miss
Mabel Turner of Rockdale. They
never miss a chance to stop here
when in this part of the state
and renew old acquaintances.
JF you want to read about the
all-time classic in typographi-
cal errors, turn to the editorial
page and read the Ten Years
Ago column. The error was made
in an advertisement in The Re-
porter and brought such great
readership that every business
house in Rockdale was wishing a
similar error could be arranged in
And then it was from this
column back twenty years ago
that I pick up the following ex-
cerpts from what was termed
“Lexicon of the Prize Fight Man-
ager’’ as originally prepared by
Jeff Davis in the San Antonio
Some 500 fox hound enfhusi
The Board solicits used jasts from Texas and adjoining
clothing of any kind for dis-1 strifes arc expected to converge on
ti 'button where it will do I Rockdale Saturday when the Mi-
the most good. A spokesman Mam County fox and Wolf Hunt-
said that children’s cloth- e,s Association stages its third an-
ing of all kinds is urgently | nual barbecue and bench show,
needed at this time.
winners in the 10 classes of the
bench show. Trophies arc on dis-
play in the show window of E.
M. Peebles & Sons.
Representatives of several feed
companies will be on band to dis-
Six recommendations for im-
proving the American educational
system were outlined to members
of the Rockdale Parent-Teachers
Association Tuesday night by Dr.
George J. Beto, president of Con-
ordia Lutheran college in Austin.
Dr. Beto, noted educator who
has gained nation-wide recogni-
tion for his work as a member of
the Texas Board of Corrections,
spoke to a near capacity crowd in
the elementary school cafetorium.
His recommendations for im-
proving the American educational
1. Raise teacher salaries. The
profession is losing many out-
standing teachers because of the
present salary scales.
2. Give teachers more prestige.
At present they do not have the
social prestige they deserve and
people are too critical of them.
3. Abandon the nine-month
tribute free dog food to show win-
At least 60 top fox hounds are j net s, Blackburn said.
I expected to be entered in the! Officials of the show will be ^hool term^in^favor of a termed
It you have used clothing j show, said Cliff Blackburn of
, . . . .. .. — • ----- ----- ------------- - | Johnny Schillings, of Waco,
to donate, take it to the j Hockdakx president of the Milam judge; O. J. Godbehere of Bryan,
! ringmaster; and Judson Shaws of
Fair Park | Ragley, La., master of ceremonies.
Grand champion hound in last
Clothing Center at the city. County Fox Hunters,
hall or contact Mrs. A. E. T} . . vents at
Ryan, Mrs. John T. Hale, or I .f, ? * , v_ei^S at , ...
V,.............j, | will begin at 6:30 p. m. with
Mrs. George Bredt.
Fall Comes Early:
barbecue supper free to members | year’s show was Sundial Danny
Boy, owned by X. Powell of Long-
of the Milam county association
Anyone with a $1
ticket can eat.
At 8 p. m.. the bench show will
begin under the pavilion at Fair
Attendance at the show • de-
pends on the weather, Blackburn
said. Heavy rains before last
year’s show flooded road* in East
Texas and cut attendance, al-
though 57 dogs were entered.
Attendance at the
to the barbecue
supper, Rockdale Girl Scouts will
sell pies and cakes at the barbe-
cue and show.
SPLENDOR: Like I got a splen-
dor in my finger.
HARNESS: His Royal Harness,
the Duke of Windsor.
VOYAGE: You say something is
null and voyage.
MANICURE: A fertilizer.
CLOCK: A dumb person.
LYCEUM: An insect extermin-
PURPOSE: A marine mammal
PILASTER: To get overserved
with maltous or vinous beverages.
ATTIC: A person who takes
FALLACY: Like honest is the
BASSOON: A monkey with
ALBUMEN: A book in which
grandma keeps photos.
CUTICLE: A good looking num-
PERDITION: A fighter is in the
pink of perdition.
KENNEL: What everyone in
ELOCUTIONIST: The man who
pulls the switch at Sing Sing's
free dog food will
be given to
Fall came to Rockdale a lit'le
ahead of schedule this week, as
rain Tuesday and Wednesday sent ] jn 1956, was more than 500.
temperatures dropping into the
70’s and 60 s.
Rockdale received a total of .89- j
inch of rain this week, while re j / \ TP&L INDUSTRIAL SURVEY
cords at Alcoa’s Rockdale Works
Lowest maximum of the week
was tHo 75 recorded at Alcoa dur-
ing the 24-hour period ending ai
3 a. m. today. Rockdale weaiiier
observer W. C. Marrs recorded a
75Vts maximum during the 24-
hour period ending «u 6 p. m.
Lowest minimum of the week
was a 66 at Alcoa Monday, while
Rockdale had a low of 661.a both
Sunday and Wednesday.
Weather records for the week.
11 or 12 months. The present
nine-month term is a vestige of
the days of the agricultural eco-
nomy, when school children were
needed to work in the fields in the
4. Revise class sizes. The old
teacher-pupil ratios of 1-25 in
elementary school, 1-20 in junior
high and 1-15 in high school and
college date back to the third
century and are found in the
5. Give greater attention to the
differentiation in curriculum. In
other words, fit the course to the
ability of the pupil, giving special
attention to the needs of the gifted
pupil as well as the average and
6. Secure the highest type of
men and women for school board
members. If we don't have them
at present, Dr. Beto said, it is
because of a general lack of con-
cern on the part of the people.
Dr. Beto, in his opening re-
marks, said the American educa-
Climbs to 1,413
Registration in the Rockdale
schools has climbed to 1.413
pupils, Supt J M. Moorman told
the Rockdale school board Thurs-
Of these, 1.122 are registered
>n the white schools and 29! in
the Aycock Negro school, he told
the board at its regular meeting.
Three teachers were formally
elected by the board at the meet-
ing. They are Mrs. Jim Knight for
’’ulltime English-Spanish teacher
in the high school, Mrs. E. L.
Davenport for half-time teacher
in the junior high, and Mrs. A. T.
Weydell lor half-time home
economics teacher in the high
In other action, the board voted
to pay for insurance on 25 Ay-
cock high athletes at the cost of
S10 per boy.
The board also approved ex-
pense money for high school
science teachers J. E. White and
Charles Finch to attend a science
conference in Austin Oct. 24-25.
Quotations for roof repairs on
the junior high building were re-
viewed. No action was taken as
ill the bids were not for the same
work and bids will have to be re-
tional system today faces a serious
challenge because of the short-
comings in the system pointed up
by the recent Russian sputniks.
"The future of America depends
on the classrooms and playgrounds
of today," he said.
The Austin educator said he
believes we are not facing actual
war—“a holocaust"—but a long,
hard cold war, centered in the
minds and talents of our youth.
He traced the history of the
American school system, conclud-
with this statement: “Although
our educational system is 250
years old, we still have no com-
prehensive philosophy of educa-
tion If we do have, I have not
Dr. Beto. who gained nationwide
recognition for establishing in the
Texas Prison System a program
under which inmates could com-
plete a high school education,
said that between 18 and 20 per
cent of the inmates arc illiterate.
And that is not because the
inmates did not have the oppor-
tunity to get an education, he
added, for 60 per cent of the in-
mates are under 30 years of age.
A battery of tests given inmates
upon entering the Prison System
show that 18 to 20 per cent have
less than a third grade education.
60 per cent have only a grade
school education, while only 20
per cent have a high school educa-
tion or above.
A good crowd attended the first
meeting of the year, despite the
rain, said Mrs. Millard Brown,
publicity chairman. The first
grade won the room count with
Mrs. James Burns, membership
chairman, gave the last call for
prospective members to join the
The body of a 23-year-old
Gause man. who apparently
nad been struck by a train
was found on the Missouri-
Pacific Railroad tracks about
a mile west of Gause early
He was Billy Darrell Ruddick,
whose father, Lester H. Ruddick,
is a maintenance-of-way employee
of the railroad.
Ruddick. last seen by his family
between 8 and 9 o'clock Thursday
night, apparently was hit by a
north-bound train late Thursday
night or early Friday morning.
O. M. Brockmann, Missouri-
Pacific agent in Rockdale, said
two north-bound trains passed
through during the time after
Ruddick was last seen and before
his body was found.
Sheriff Carl Black, who was
called to investigate by the crew
of a south-bound freight that dis-
covered the body about 3:50 a m.
Friday, said Ruddiek’s body was
found between the rails on the
Ruddick's injuries included a
crushed skull, compound fracture
of the right femur, broken left
forearm and multiple cuts and
bruises over the face.
Wesley Woods of Milano, jus-
tice of the peace of Precinct 3,
returned a verdict of accidental
Funeral services for Ruddick
were held from the Gause Metho-
dist church Saturday with Rev.
Richard Spinn Jr. officiating.
Phillips & Luckey funeral di-
rectors of Rockdale were in
Burial was in the Gause ceme-
Survivors include the parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Ruddick;
a sister. Miss Bobby Glenn Rud-
dick; live brothers. Lester. Wal-
ter, Charles, Elbert and Clifton.
Deep Test Drilling
At 9,156 Feet Today
General Crude's No. 1 Perry,
10 miles southeast of Rockdale,
was reported drilling in hard
sand at 9.156 feet this morning.
R. J. <Red> Sisk, assistant drill-
ing superintendent, said the crew
is cutting approximately one foot
per hour in the hard sand, run-
ning a diamond core barrel.
The well, a Smackover deep
test, was spudded in June 22. The
Smackover is expected to be found
at about 14.000 feet.
1)1 Not Available.
Hitch Your Wagon to Alcoa, City Advised
Girl Scout Directors
Name New Officers
L. P. (Tommy) Thompson was
named president of the Rockdale
Girl Scout hoard .it a board meet-
Oilier officers named were Mrs.
Louts Austin, secretary; Mrs.
Frank Brandon, treasurer; W. H.
Cooke and Miss Irma Dunnington,
publicity chairmen: Harold
Luckey, nominating chairman; I.
H Builock, building and grounds
chairman: and Mrs. Jim S. Jones,
Holdover direct01 on ihe C11 rI
Scout board are Mis. Brtee Crow,
Mrs. Tommy Thouipbotij llutold
Love, Joe Yates. Mis. Jim Golcy.
Mrs. H. S Woods, Al Goehler and
II. II Coffield
At the meeting Monday, Sat-
urday. Sept. 27 was set as the date
for the Girl Scout membership
drive kickolf. The kickoff will
be held al 10 a.m. at the Scout
house. Nov. 1 is the deadline
set for girls to register for mem-
bership in the Scouts,
In other action, meeting lime
of the Girl Scout hoard was
changed from 1 p.nv to 1:30 pm.
The next meeting, which will be
with the Leaders club, will be
held Ui. 13,
Rockdale should identify it-
seif with aluminum and Alcoa,
seek new small industries com-
plementary to Alcoa and expand
the city water and sewage facili-
These are the recommendations
made in the report of the Texas
Power & Light Co.’s planning de-
partment, following a "community
development survey" of Rockdale.
The report, compiled in co-
operation with the Rockdale
Chamber of Commerce, was ex-
plained to Rockdale business
loaders by five TP&L representa-
tives at a meeting here Thursday.
The 87-page report contains
just about anything a company
would need to know in consider-
ing Rockdale as a possible plant
location. It was explained to the
Rockdale businessmen at the
meeting in the Community Room
of the Rockdale State Bank by
James Eppright, head of the
TP&L industrial department;
John Clary, TP&L industrial con-
sultant; Harry Clark, Dick Brock-
onridge and Roger Pitt.
“You won't find many adjec-
tives in this report," Eppright
told the businessmen.
There aren’t many adjectives,
but there are plenty of facts, as
given through charts, maps,
graphs and just plain words.
It’s not the type of reading
you'd do to forget your troubles
after a hard day’s work But it
is the type of information comp-
anies want to know when they're
looking for a new plant location.
Let's scan over' the report and
find out some interesting facts
about Rockdale—and its future.
About the only opinion in the
entire report is on a page headed
"Conclusion? and Recommenda-
tions. ” It savs:
1 The AI
dominant fnetui in the
2. Sufficient workers are avail- j
abic to supply me requirements
of additional industry.
3. Electric power and natural
gas' are available in sufficient
quantities to supply alll expected
4. The water supply is apparent-
ly adequate to meet present needs,
while the sewage disposal system
is overloaded at the present time.
Thus the report’s recommenda-
tions: Identify Rockdale with
the aluminum industry and Alcoa;
sock new small industries com-
plementary to Alcoa; and deter-
mine and plan the necessary ex-
pansion of water and sewage
Next comes a section on the [ according to type and percentage |
city and its history, followed by
a section on labor and trends. In
this section it shows that while
the population ot Milam county
has been decreasing since 1930,
Rockdale’s population has increas-
ed sharply since 1950.
A table on the Milam county
laoor market for March 1958
shows a total labor force of 11,-
325. including 2,293 women.
A section on markets of the
Rockdale area, complete with
charts and graphs follows.
In the section on distribution
facilities, a table breaks down
the retail outlets in Milam county
of retail sales.
Lignite, the big reason for the
location of the Alcoa Rockdale
Works, is discussed in the section
on raw materials. . . the de-
pletion of oil and gas reserves
could make lignite an increasingly
important factor in the Rockdale
economy,” the report says. "The
lignite reserve in Milam county
has been estimated at more than
200 million tons.”
This section also notes the shift
in Milam county land from crop-
land to pasture land. From 1929
to 1954, it says, cropland decreased
over 150,000 acres, while pasture
land rose from 159.470 acres in
1929 to 312.243 acres in 1954.
Rail, truck and bus routes
serving Rockdale are discussed in
the section on transportation.
A section on legislation dis-
cusses both state and local govern-
ment as it affects industry, in
particular Rockdale’s zoning ordi-
nance. This ordinance divides
the city into family districts, re-
tail commercial centers and com-
mercial and industrial districts.
A section on existing indus-
tries in Milam county consists
mostly of statistics and charts,
but docs point out that because
of the location of Alcoa’s Rockdale
Works the number of workers in
durable goods industries greatly
mum ( ompanv 01
idale Works is .1
BACKING TIIK TIGERS- These
night. as shown by the banner in
the Rockdale team a <i 0 loss. No
this season, doing then part to I
i\ Rockdale lii:’,li school cheerleaders had a good idea for the Rockdale Tigers Friday
m; background. But the Cameron Yot men didn't go along with the idea, and dealt
he least hit discouraged by the setback, these six L’irls will be on hand at every game
o;.t th< Tiecrs to victory. Left to right, tin \ are Janice Smith. 1'atsv Ovcrturff. I'atsy
| outnumber those in non-durable
The city statistics section deals
with city government, advertis-
ing mediums, banking facilities,
finances, fire and police protec-
tion, living conditions, climate,
Utilities available and rates are
outlined in a section on utilities.
Ten suggested industrial sites,
some inside and some outside the
city limits, arc described in the
report. All suggested sites are
on property adjoining one of the
two railroads which pass through
The report is concluded with an
appendix which contains statisti-
cal tables, charts, graphs and maps
There arc a lot of hard-boiled
tacts—facts industries seeking
new locations expect to know—in
It will be a big help to the
Chamber of Commerce in its im-
portant work of trying to lure
new industry to Rockdale, says
Parris Wheatley, C of C manager.
Home delivery subscril'-
ers who do not get their Re-
porter by 6 p. m. any Thurs-
day should phone their car-
rier boy immcdately. A
copy will be brought to you
Mean, i’ulJy Grubb;, Willy ik Lamb and ILla Ma»uCw>>, head cheerleader. Uicporter -lull yhuiu).
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