The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 82, No. 01, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1954 Page: 1 of 20
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March oi Dimes
THE ROCKDALE REPORTER
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Rockdale Reporter Established 1933
ROCKDALE. MILAM COUNTY. TEXAS. THURSDAY. JAN. 21, 1954
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Power Plant in Operation
At Alcoa Rockdale Works
T<":.v, took ,'inutV *r fur wap I step Power I Mont at the Rockdale Works1'' * tn'« method develop* •) at which officially .s urn a l led the bc-
toduy as one uf the nation’s lend-, climaxed years of research and, Denver, Colorado, under thedircc- (tinning of power plant operations,
uu; aluminum-producing states | m ul> twent.v-foui months of con- don of V F. I'.niv, Chief of the M. II :>rpc:r M lamed that be
when Aluminum Company of Am- | (ruction work. Coal Prunch, Region IV, and under cause of the experimental nature
l ira's Rockdale Works began pro- J The power plant employs the the sponsorship of Texas Power A of ‘he power operation, some time
luring metal with electric power i use of lignite, a compnritaveiy new Light Company. M be requir d to udjus* and tune
ci i itc*d at its own partially luel to industrial power produc- K. T Keck, Vice President of the initial power unit before it will
completed steam plant. j tion iTexas Power & Light Company, be ready for continuous operation.
O oration of the first boiler and | Hefotv burning in the steam boil-1 and J. D. Harper, Rockdale Works' The Sandow Power Plant is be-
irb 1 i,< i. tot a t i-i the Sandow on, tho lignite fuel is being dried Manager, throw the swttchoa ing ojwatfid for Alcoa by Indus*
Only 8 Mere Days
To Pay Taxes,
Deadline Jan. 31
1.259 /itlend Classes
Taxpayers have only eight more
days m which to submit their pay-
ment of 1053 taxes before penal
ties will be assessed, it was an
Gains New High
The increase tins year is
Enrollment in the Rockdale In- | dents
dependent School District public ! 184
tiouneed this week by school, city | school:, totaled 1259 students here i At the Roekdale m-Ium.'im, ih mei
and county tax collector'. this week at opening of tho year’s! pal Norman Midcchek listed his all
All taxes paid aftei the deadline,1 second half of work. The mid ' Uino high for the year at 993 The . , C)1 „ ,,
I term figures etedib-. 990 attending peak c ame last week, shortly be ,T. I • A L. ..ince timt time a second
when complete will have three
(onerating units, each capable o£
prodiu ing 80,000 kilowatts.
The second unit is scheduled to
ho in operation early this year, at
which time the Rockdale Works
wd place all of its aluminum-pro-
ducing facilities in operation The
third unit is expected to be com-
pleted and ready for operation by
thr* middle of 1964
The Rockdale works has been in
l art i a I operation here since Nov-
. -j > ( infill, v» hen *j';e ft* unit
began production of aluminum
v\ ith electric power supplied by
ALCOA’S ROCKDALE WORKS—-look another step forward this week with the announcement that aluminum was
being produced with electrical power generated at its power plant, now partially complete. The aerial view above
shows how the plant looks with its recent improvements. The Sandow Power Plant which started producing power
this week is located near the twin stacks in the upper center. The power plant is operated by Industrial Generating
Company. Water from the 850 acre artificial lake shown in the background will be used for cooling purposes in the
power plant. In the foreground, at left are shown the long potrooms. to the right, the carbon plant.____
Fire Destroys Perry
Building at 4 a. m.
Fire of an undetermined origin
swept through the Perry Building
on Cameron street here this morn-
ing completely destroying the
building and its contents.
Total damages inflicted by the
blaze was not immediately avail-
able but a portion of the contents
was valued at between $10-11,000
by its owner Ray Smith.
Smith was sleeping in the rear
of the store when the fire broke
out and fled with only a small por-
tion of his personal belongings, lie
had rented the building from Pres-
ton Perry, Sr., owner, several
'nnimn onri/rtAic *
to | Heavy brick firewalls on each
| side of the Perry Building assisted
It was reported that the. blaze 'the department in confining the
is first discovered by a bus I fire to the one building.
weeks ago, and was planning
open a recreation hall.
driver making his regular stop
at tho bus station next door. The
first alarm was sounded at 3:20
a. m., a general alarm went out
at 3:30 a. m.
Members of the Rockdale Volun-
teer Fire Department battled the
blaze approximately four hours in
Pumpers began operations at Ihc
early hour and continued through
till 8:15 a. rn. Fire Chief Johnny
Weed estimated that approximate-
ly 52,000 gallons of water was
used in lighting the fire and stated
that at one time five large lines
The A-l Cafe, located next door,
received only minor damages if
any, Tommy Thompson, owner re-
ported. Moore’s Cleaning shop,
two doors down from the building,
also escaped serious damages,
owner Jack Moore said.
Clothing in the cleaning plant
was moved from the building and
were not harmed, it was reported.
The Perry Building was com-
pletely gutted by the fire, the ceil-
ing burned out and the walls so
damaged by the intense heat that
they began cracking. Areas around
the building have been roped off
were pouring water into the blaze. ijn at1 attempt, to keep people from
Firemen found the building!the sections where the walls may
ablaze on arrival and were not able 1 fall.
to save any part of the structure. ' See FIRE, Page 2
Open Postal Box
Rockdale Lions completed plans'
for their city-wide postal box sale
at their regular luncheon here
Wednesday. Assignments of ter-
ritories was mule and the sa1"
was declared open by Sales Man-
ager Collier Pearson.
Residents were to receive their
first calls from th> dub salesmen
in certain parts of the city Wed-
nesday evening, the drive to place
a mail rcceptical is expected to
continue throughout the month.
Pearson and his co-worker in
the planning, Bob Grccnwuld, re-
viewed members on the sales plan
Display boards containing five
dil rent boxes will be carried by
January 31, will be assessed an
County taxes- are payable at the
courthouse in Cameron, city taxes
are being accepted at the city hall
and taxes from the Rockdale In
dependent School District are pay-|
able at the school tax office in
the new elementary school build-
ing on Belton Street.
The different offices have re-
ported a bi isk business since the
first of the year and each remind-
ed taxpayers that payment at then-
earliest convenience would avoid
tho lust minute rush.
classes in the Roekdale schools,
289 at Aycock Colored School,
The two schools last year mark
cd time with a total of 1,085 stu-
To 21 Degrees
Thursday a. in.
fore the close of the first semester. ^ unit lias boon put into production
"On Friday we had several check I on power supplied by the light
out of school since it was the last i company.
day ot the In t semester, but we I Production of power from the
also had a group of new students | first boiloi and turbogenerator
enrolling". Maleehek explained.; of the Sandow I’owei Plant this
The school official pointed out that i week marks the first time that lig-
last yeai the peak enrollment was ! into has been used on a large seat'*
845, the av erage, B2.r> j for industrial power t reduction.
This year 990 students was i. ., Regarded as a "green-coal”, lig-
ported average since Christmas. I •"»« in its original form was not,
At Aycock, Principal O. E. Wil-[deemed an -ffident source of fuel
At 10 a. m. Thursday
into hst< d his peak enrollment at
Rockdale weather, like most of, 275# ,.lken m November IPs see-
took a sudden change n|U| ;.t<-1 tallcy ol 289 shows
morning. Shirt sleeves gain of 2» students over
until the Parry method of drying
was developed at Denver
Parry’s discovery paved the way
Students at the Rockdale .schools
drew extra holidays here this week t
all duo tu the weather
under heavy overcoats Thursday
in the change from summer tem-
Iperature.s to mld-wintei mercury
W C Mari . weather recorder,
Supt. or Schools W. C. (in inn ' 11 '"in ted that tile city 'll loved h
reported that all classes were dis- 1'ig.h of 80 degrees Wednesday,
missed at 10 a. m. this morning liis recording instruments had a,
for the remainder of the week ; low ot 21 degrees at 7:45 a. m. this
They are scheduled to reconvene morning, a drop of 59 degrees.
Monday as usual, weather permit- j The weather forecast was for
ting. continued cold through Friday.
which dominated street wear Wed-j y,,[ir*s average of 240
nesday were carefully tucked away J* Moth officials reported fluetua-! lignite is found in
last lor the location of an aluminum
Irnv’ltinu plant at Rockdale where
' It unite* in
The use of the fuel called for
inriea e l facilities for mining
operations. At present liyrnltc Is.
"the' lower grades,'\l»e j l*eing dug by electrically operated
Maleehek explained that with 12
grades and with extra .sections ns
Public Library Possibilities
Discussed Here Yesterday
A beginning war madi Lite yes
terday afternoon toward Ihc future
each crew and resident* will have establishment of a public library
tlv-ir choice of boxer ranging in
price from $1 to $7. Order* will be
taken by the club members and de-
livery made the following week.
Proceeds of the sale will go into
tin- organizations general fund for
use in local welfare projects.
SAM PEEBLES NAMED PBEXY
MILAM YOUNG DEMOCBATS
H CHTUNG --- "Poll Max" muss
dieses Jahr separat. bczahlt
worden, da sie nacht mil der
allgcmeinen St ou e r - Redlining
sloht. (Signed* Walter Triesch,
Assessor urul Steuereinnehmer.
M’lic above notice recently ap-1 Young Democrats of Milam Membership dues were announced
neared 'in the German language ,county met in the District Corn-Lot $1 per year,
section of The New Braunfels | room Cameron Wednesday night The Young Democrats organized
Zeitung - Chronicle, and c v e n j organize the Milam Young Dem- for the purpose of supporting the
lhon .li N un may not be able to ,ocrats ( Uib. Sam Peebles of Rock- i Democratic party and encouraging
‘ • __ jyoung mcn j() take more active
read it. I am sure you get the.’'1*'**4’ was named to head the or
idea: It’s poll tax paying time. 1 Sanitation during its first year.
Hf lull* i\C »'iz«r«rv cn!nnt/»H U’f'i i» '
,i|y what the Convtl county Milton Schiller, Cameron, Vice-! ’ *m 1<tnlts ‘1 ' ,uls
,if vh ' i i President; At Menke. Rockdale., resident was to appoint a
' , I 1 ' ' ,j s eret n-v Gene HI ike Cameron laws committee who will make -
oi led: \ on must pay your podJ ’ "> • Gtn« BU,k0’ C*muon’ formal report at the next moot-
t‘!x» The organization meeting saw | ?>ated t„ be a special called
__ 25 charter members listed on the nipeting in Rockdale soon, f ecbles
Milam ! roll. Charter members from Rock-1 named Joe ’i ates and Lytnan liar
... , ' 11 i !# ■ i nrl i iH»t II 11 f'of f if'lrl .Tnhn i 1 |1, 1 ^
Income Tax Affcnt
To Assist Local
To assist taxpayers in filing their |
income tax returns, F. J. Schultz action w. a .mall group head* !
of the Cameron office of the In- j b>' li, v Tum-r aetjng ■ hair
ternal Revenue Service will bo ot j *V',n !ke ^ ,1,1 * f L'ie Alt.m
the ( hamber of Commerce oiiicc ' ' • A . i» ...! lailj-i *»in
in Rockdale on Friday, January! mlttee was comp"sed ol Mi 14 V.
for Rockdale when .. group ol in-
terested citizens met at the Cmim
h’ i uf Commerce oft.ee for pro
The meeting was n climax to
correspondence begun over a
month ago between the local
Chamber and officials of the
Texas State Library and the Texas
Library Association Thm re pi • ................
se:itnlives <>f 1h< mi niei were on | nouneod thi:
hand for yesterday’s meeting. Tiiey
were: V. E. Porterfield, acting
diredoi ol Extension; W It. Har
well, acting stare librarian; and
W. M'. Peace, assistant records
ehii'f . ar file State Library.
Forming the nucleu for local
i, nisfet o| , .indent not mo .cd Ilin','s UMn« h,u’‘’ ‘3?nrtl
, . i.n - Ihnrki’ts Fhf* r«n»l is -liit>iD <! from
lui> omen in Uu* « o« • >ol, . up i
pose one from each class drops j “"*1
from the roll, that’s 12 off the total
Marshall, Mr Eleanor Warren,
Mrs II. I) Maxwell, Mrs Roy
Ncidigh and Mr: Roy Turner.
Chamber Managei Bob Greenwald
i (i d ,,i. the met ling.
Discm si on of the jrropo: ed li-
brary project centered around such I
problems as finding a suitable In I
ration, obtaining an adequate l.nuk
collection, sources of financing,
and employment ol a competent
and qualified librarian
Commdtce Chairman Tuna r an
morning that a go-
ahead signal had been given by
P T A. President John Parmelce
and Program Chairman Linwood
Mehaffcy t.. devote tiie next regu-
I a i PTA se ■ ion to an open meet-
ing for further dlicur ion and < v-
phuatlon of the new project Date
for that me* line, is cl for Tucs
day, Fcbi uai y 18 Offlrei of vai
ions civic oi i.'.aniz)itiorir Will be
e--(Jt-eiai iy m \ i m ■<! t>.
with all nthei interested.
enrollment,” lie explained.
Enrollment by classes at the
Roekdale sntools was announced
Kir^giiulr UW, hmcivM grad*
0n ».*i ,n|p (mirth e\ndr 97
fifth 101, sixth 78, seventh 92,
eighth 85, ninth 81), lenlti 67,
eleventh 48, twelfth 53
Aycock's enrollment breakdown
was as follows:
First graeje 18, second 21, third
"a, fourth 30, fifth 18, sixth 24, | smelting opera Mom. will produce
seventh '.!!•. eighth 18, ninth 25,1 around 170,000,000 pounds of
tenth 25, eleventh 20, twelfth 16 1 aluminum pet ydai
belt which carries the lignite from
the mining area 3 miles to tho
dryers where it is prepared for
burning in tho power plant boil-
The power plant and Its fncill-
tlc are ex i sect ed to be completed
by the middle of the year. How-
ever, the second unit is due com-
pletion in the near future and the
l taut will be put on full produc-
tion at this time.
The Rockdale Works, in full
Include H. H. Coffleld. .luhnl™
ml a- R K..... Harper, W P. Hogan, Bob Nelson, Norvic <’aperton of Cameron
W. H. Cooke, William Shepard ‘ “ ‘ '
Ar.d here's something else you'll ■ ‘*bd 7 H. Ryan.
v ,.v U> remember if you’re a resi-j K was |Kiintod out that voting
Korkdah You must pay membership was open to anyone Peebles, Joe Yates, Lyman Harris,
vour city’poll tax too?H you want mterested in joining the club but I M. C. Perry, A1 Menke. Charles
io vote "in -i city election I have ! *hi|t only those persons 18-40 years Hord, O L. Whitmire and Bob
it on the v ff.cial word o! City At llf w,-re eligible to hold office, Thompson_______
torncy E. A. Camp, however, that
' j Schultz states returns can be'
k-v | prepared quickly and more accur-I
ately if each person wanting as j
sist.ance will bring a prepared list !
of all items of income, business
expt^nses, and such non-businers i
deductions as contributions, taxes,
Rockdale, Milton ^ Schiller J interest medical expens.-, and pro- 1
He further asks that persons j
having businc* * or rent income m (
volving depreciation bnng a <-opy t
of their last year s income tax re-
turn. In addition, W-2 .statement:
from all places where ( mployed
during 1953 will be needed.
to the By-Laws Committee
Attending th( organizational
meeting from Rockdale were Sam
it Was a 'Possum, Not Bull,
But the China Didn't Know
a lot o
I K.WK IION'1 It \ J h ;. items on the cabinet and kiteh-
:11 .i china closet can do hi table hi fun investigating the
d;-ru (g , t>ijt in the) pantry
Warrens a possum on ai Aftei tu stroll, lie went back
you do NOT have to have a city
poll tax to vote in Rockdale in a
general state election.
Deadline January 51!
QN THE editorial page, page 4c,
^tin-, week there appears a
brand new column which is being
written by "The Newcomer.”
You’ll want to read this interesting
Poll Tax Payments Slow at
Dawn of Big Election Year
The Newcomer says he wants
to write his impressions about
Rockdale, as a new citizen,
may be a little critical at times,
but he promises his criticism will
always be constructive. He may
Ticket, to a part in another big
election year went on sale m
October in the way of poll tax pny-
Hc j merits They will continue on sale
until January 31.
If you are interested in getting
in the act with tho citizen's right
toss a few bouquets now and then, Mo comment on election returns or
too, he says. Anri he wants ideas candidates, nows the tune to aet.
from his readers.
1 have an idea that The New-
comer is going to provide Reporter
readers with an interesting col-
umn. and what’s more, some food
for thought each week.
Incidentally, both the Newcomer
and 1 feel that his column will be
more effective if he remains
Sec RAMPLINGS, Page 2
There’s only 8 more days left in
w hich you can pay your poll taxes.
In Rockdale, two of the tax pay-
ments give you a clear slate of
freedom in the polling booths for
the year. Each can be purchased
at a small fee.
County poll tax receipts are pay-
able at Gaither Motor Company
or at Ihc county court house in
Cameron at $1.7.‘>; city poll taxi's,
require $1 and are available at
Payments are reported slower
than usual but an expected to
I ickup this week. Johnny Yclvcr-
ton, office manager for Gaither
Motors, reported his branch of-
fice writing only 88 tax receipts
;m It lull nfer.' fid, ;l,r. w.n e and | /nto his home m the wall, burled
china i just a tie.truolivc ' himself in lie papei nest and went
O’Po.sr.ums are Just not liked by J to sleep,
the Warrens anymore. Mrs Warren .sounded the alarm
In fact, tin W.vm’ii ' tcvlmg j vm < n • In went down to pro; are
toward o p. ■ um . ineliid. , return breakfast ' I thought Ijnwrerux*
ing ttiem to then Algonquian ori- [had knocked the stuff off the
| gin. ! kitchen shelf but when 1 went into
Tho'.rh tin- Rockdale family h . ! th .t bn .kfast room I thought there
I nev er guiii uti ie.'ord as being m 1 ad ben an earthquake”, she * aid.
fav or (f the animals, they were * On finding the O’potsum curlitd
j never much against them until up in th* Irattom ot the wall she
1 this week. I notified the Reporter.
t all tarted sometime Sunday| Sam Summers and Wendell
! night or early Monday morning j Dyer, ’possum hunters ol the Re-
war ' when one of the furry clan tired.. porter staff, volunteered to evict
in the walllth* intruder from hr- homestead,
and derided .Armed wth a long stu k and u wire
I of the payments to date It
estimated that betw*een 2508 andijof hi < elude I hum*
3(100 jicrsons had paid their poll j of th* hieidvf.ist room
tax. Th< county voting strength) to roam.
up the wall, he knock-
(mall dcwir which pro-
to the electrical
[ind climbed out on one
was listed at between 5,000 and
In case there's
doubt in your
up to Tuesday afternoon. A re-1 mind that you can’t get your
port from the county tax officej money’s worth; here’s some of the
listed approximately c>fv
hulf of! scheduled elections;
the county's voting strength ns be-
ing duely authorized at the pre-
sent time to east a vote.
City white man’s primary, ter
tx* held the first Tuesday in March
Consists of nomination of enndi-
The county [oil tax register list-j dates for Mayor, Aldcrmun Warrl
ed 2.018 payments for the three | 1 Alderman, Ward II Present
month period ending December j Mayor is W P. Hogan Alderman
31, 1954 A spokesman of the de- Ward I. Harold Luckoy; Alderman
part mint said Tuesday that duo| Ward II, M N Strieker
to the increased work in receiving I City General Election, to be
property tax payments the pustjcalled th*1 first Tuesday in April
ft ,v days, no count had been made ' See l’OLL TAX, Huge 2
eri ojicn a
of a series of shelves housing de-
corate. c pieces of glassware, china
and crystal. Mr. O’Possum tip|*ed
off a numbei- of pieces of the
collection, inad< his rounds of th«
second shelf and then took a stroll
along a window hclf, far enough
to knock over a planter cf ivy onto
a coffee table, huttering its glass
Then, apparently in scar* h or
|food, lie made tt.*: ro nn of th*
adjoining kitchen, lipping ovci a
mu > , thr) stood on a chair and
tishcrl iiirn out of the boxed-in
corner of the breakfast room.
One** ainui-d from his
Mr O’Possum put up q
scrap After evading the loop
several minutes hr was finall;
caught and came out of the wall
snarling arid in a fighting mood,
unbecoming to Webster's descrip-
tion “when caught, It feigns death”.
After it war all over. Mrs War-
ren viewed ’.he shattered glass on
the floor, tii*' .'.mall door in the
wall enclosure, and was thinking
in terms of latches So was her
mother. Mr E. B. Phillips, who
also resides iti the home.
"YEAH, SO WHAT ’- Snarls Mr. O’Possum when confronted
with the results of his Monday morning escapade which left
broken crystal, glassware and china scattered over the break-
fast room at the Lawrence Warren home. Satn Summers, left,
Wendell Dyer, top, employees of the Reporter who yanked
Mr. O’Possum from his nest in a small recessed area in the
wall, >:ivo him one last look at the damages before evicting
him from what was probably his happiest home. (Reporter
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