The Cuero Record (Cuero, Tex.), Vol. 73, No. 39, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 15, 1967 Page: 1 of 16
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fteaeffcta Versus Coata?
Merit Should Decide
City Bond Election
By JACK HOWERTON. Record Publisher
It Is unfortunate when individuals attempt to in-
ject personalities into a bond election or a political
Bond proposals should not be. predicated by per-
sonalities but upon the merits of the proposals alone.
Public officials should be selected on a basis of
capability, proven community leadership, business and
financial experience, when candidates with such quali-
fications are a-ailable. Elections should not be regarded
as popularity contests, but as safeguards thru which
citizen* can be assured of fair, efficient and represen-
If the taxpayers of G'uero choose to approve Mr
Dill’s proposed $950,000 bond issues, and the $500,000 or
more Interest debt they will incur, it is personally al-
right with the publisher of this newspaper. We are ready
to go along with the wishes or the majority of Cuero
citizens, something the Mayor and Council members have
declined to do
As directing head of one of Cuero’s oldest business
establishments, and one that would benefit as much
as any other should Cuero grow and progress, we per-
sonally do not believe approval of all three of the city’s
three bond proposals would prove a wise move on the
part of the taxpayers of Cuero.
We believe the bond and Interest costs far outweigh
the economic benefit that might accrue to the city or
property owners should the bonds be approved, particu-
larly at a time when Interest rates are the highest In
years. ' |
We believe it would prove a serious and costly mis-
take for Cuero voters to empower the present council
with the right to tie up the city’s entire projected sur-
plus tax and electric department income for a period of cA 32 years as an Oklahoma Su
up to 30 years. preme Court justice before bc-
As previously stated we plan to vote In favor of the,coming die subject of a state-
$225,000 proposal for sewage plant improvements and (wide scandal, entered the It. s
against the $200,000 waterworks and $525,000 tax guar- Correctional Institute at Seago-
anteed street Improvement bonds. We do not oppose |viUe Tuesday to begin a three-
these proposed city improvements but we do feel there -vp^^“J
is better, more economical and more beneficial way to get he was happy that “he could
them done. The half million dollars in interest charges see the end of this thing,” sur-
Counell is asking taxpayers to assume will lay any new! okTatoma^aty ’ eLr^esday
Water lines or pave any streets. ! and was driven to the college
Our decisions are not based in any way on personal- ! campus-like institution later in
Lies but upon merits of the proposals themselves. ______
We hold, no personal animosity against City Mana-j a Denver odrNTT court
ger James Dill or against any present member of the |ury Tuesday acquitted three
. jl ,, _ .... . , . San Francisco actors of com
City Council. They are entitled to their individual opin-
P.O. Box 6066
Hindi Rumbles With
Bombs Of U. S. Planes
“A NEWSPAPER REFLECTS ITS COMMUNITY”
! n, leasing cloudiness Tonight
becoming cloudy to partly clou
rlv Thursday Turning colder
late tonight and TluirSdax
Temps 54-69 for Cuero York
toon and Yoakum.
In Bloody Battle
SAHtON ATP Scant) Kw
ican mar.nos aided by l_\ S.
plane.-) and art:Ter\ today kill-
ed r’46 V;et Cong in one of the
■■bloodiest fights of the war. Han-
oi rejjorted U. $. planes bomb-
, od uj eiis around life North Viet-
namese capital at noon today,
. j The S<>v:ef ne\', s agency Tass
j *aid Hanoi rumbled to the
i M»imd> of heavy antiaircraft
VOL. 73—NO. 39 CUERO, TEXAS 77934, WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 15, 1967 16 PAGES - 10c
Then* wrrw no
and no confirm ation
raids on Saigon mttthiTy
Tbe rugged Korean veteran^
fighting with the support of U J.
planes and artillery, fought for
three Ivairs through a rice pad.
dy against » Communist fere#
of 1,(KX) men armed with flam*-
throwers and rocket launcher*.
A spokesman said the Korean*
Cold Fronts Bearing
Down On Cuero Sector fo-S—
Bv ED ANDERSON
B> United Press International, shifted around. Actually. t b e (night lows ranged from 44 at
Two cold fronts, one from the I Pacific front was ahead a little ; Midland ro 6.’ at Corpus Chrls-
jPacific and a much colder one bit of the Arctic front and wasj*''
EAR], SGIXV, 75, who sen-- the Arctic, .joined forces j drawing in The Arctic front rigtit
and swept imo Texas today. I behind it."
threatening to chill the state in-1 That meam the much colder
to the ’teens and to bring snow, lair of the Arctic mass caught a
By Thursday morning, a low
of io wes expected, wih snow up
to inches in Northwest Texas.
Advance winds of the fronts
kicked up dust in the Panhan-
dle and Plains.
ride into Texas on the breezes
of tiie Pacific front.
A dust, storm warning was
issued for West CentraJ Texas,
where the Weather Bureau said
winds would gust to 60 miles an
“The fronts passed Amarillo hour ahead of the front. Then
around 7:30 a m ," a spokes-'the northern winds were ex-
man for the U. S. Weather Bu-1 ported nearly to match those
reau there said “Our winds I gusts in the cold fronts. Over-
ton s which we have published willingly, and Incidentally
Without charge. We reserve for ourself these same rights.
Our criticism of City Council expressed in an edi-
torial In Sunday's Record was not of the Councilmen in
mltting lewd acts and using
filthy language in presenting a
minstrel show. One of the act-
ors promised a repeat perform-
ance after the verdict.
The three-man, three-woman
divldually but of their Joint decision to resubmit the "®atr^
Peter Mohon, 25. William Lan-
dyn, 32, and Earl Robertson, 37
$950,000 city bond issue in its exact form to Cuero tax-
payers in another special election February 21 after the
taxpayers had decisively defeated all three proposals in
the special election of November 29.
We stated in Sunday’s editorial that “they” (the Barrel.”
Councilmen) have failed to show the sound business
judgment citizens would have a right to expect from
practical and experienced business executives.
innocent of the charges.
The three were members of a
play, "Civil Rights in a Cracker
Slated by Baptists
The son shined in Uuero
yesterday and today like H
mi spring and with tempera-
tures to nia U-li. The KCFll
weather station reported the
Wednesday morning low was
a mild H4 degree*. The high
Tuesday was 74.
Warmest spol in the state
yesterday was Presidio with
There In a possibility the
cold front will set off show-
ers and thundershowers when
it hits the Cuero area and
coUldes with warm Holt air.
;gun«, .and bursts of rockets as
'American planes swept - in over suffered moderate casualties.
Uhe city and bombed and »?raf-! Violent Day
ed industries and "populated The grim fight highlighted
I localities anitirvd Hanoi lone of the most, violent days of
! tlw war in recent weeks. The
it It It Vjet Cone loosed terrorists to-
day to sink a IT. S. Navy mine-
sweeper and damage at least
two others in the Long Tau Ri-
ver connecting Saigon with the
vea. A third naval vessel was
These attacks cost the Amer-
icans 13 wounded and one miss-
A U. S. military spokesman
said American pilots kept up
their renewed pressure on
North Vietnam Tuesday, sc-ik-
ing in at least 67 and possibly
more mission.'. The' Monday
raids were dir* cted against the
southern panhandle — the sup-
ply route to South Vietnam.
Terrible monsoon weather has
limited visibility over North
Vietnam since President John-
son ordered a resumption of
the bombing raids after the lu-
nar new year’s truce. But a
Tass display from Hanoi spoke
of sunny weather for the first
Intermediate and Young Peo-
ple’s Classes of the First Bap-
tist Church are being hosted at
a Valentine banquet Saturday,
February 18, at 7 p.m., in the
church fellowship hall.
Dr. Raymond R. Reese will
be master of ceremonies.
Entertainment for the even-
BYItON BECKWITH, the ac-
cused ambush slayer of Negro
leader Medgar Evers, announ-
We also stated and will state again that if there
was more business leadership among Council members (with the hope of cornering a
“it would provide Cuero with a better balanced and 'lhitIc *?!?*” v<?te
more representative governing body." trial, in the 1963 death oi Evers
Our criticism of Mr. Dill is not based on a personal
dislike of him as an Individual. As a long time Cuero
resident, a taxpayer and a pretty good ataed customer
9f the City Electric Department we do not like the way
he handles our money.
We pay taxes to buy police and Are protection and
recreation facilities. We supported take over of the
electric distribution system because we were promised
it would be conducted as a business and that profits,
paid to the city In lieu of taxes, would be used to pave
our streets and lay our water and sewer lines. We deeply
resent that much of this money Is being stored away
in city savings accounts In area banks.
We believe Council decisions should be reached in
open meetings after public discussion and not at coffee
f sessions and cloak room sessions which has been largely
the practice since Mr. Dill took over operation of the
We believe the City Manager has made many scr-
ip us blunders during his brief residence in Cuero. Among
them we list take over of the City Electric Department
Without assuming any of Its responsibilities to the com-
munity, stripping of all authority from city department
ended in hung juries, Is free on
$100,000 bond and technically
could be tried again although bo
further prosecution is expected.
A GENERAL COURT martial
board Tuesday at Camp Pendle-
ton, Calif., convicted Lanoe Cpl.
Ralph E. Whittet, IS. Oklaho-
ma City, of involuntary man-
slaughter in the fatal beating
at another Marine.
Whittet was sentenced to two
years confinement at hard la-
bor, reduced to the grade of pri-
vate and ordered to forfeit ail
pay and allowances. He also
will be dishonorably discharged.
Whittet was found guilty of
taking part in the assault on
Lance Cpl. John D. Rice, 20,
Paeoima. Calif., in the barrpdcs
here last Nov. 28. Rice died in
the San Diego Naval hospital
RICHARD FRANKLIN Speck,
accused of the mass slaying of
eight South Side nurses in Chi-
cago was transported today) un-
announced and under an ex-
Troop 245 Sets
Scouts and adult scouters of
Boy Scout Troop 245 will meet
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the
Scout. Hut on W. Courthouse St.
O. L. Eaves, scoutmaster,
said the troop observed Scout
\V<*ek, which ended Sunday,
with a display in the windows of
the former Cuero Stamp Center
building on E. Main St.
The Wolf Patrol was com-
mended for their clean-up pro-
ject during the week. The pa-
trol picked up litter from near
the High School to a point near
John C. French school on
Members of ihe patrol are
Wayne Tiffin, Lynn Wright, I>a-
vkl Tiffin, Nat Perente and
Jackie St. Clair.
The cold front* brought in-
tense storms in the nation from
the Rocky Mountains, across
the Great Plains to the mid-
west. Winds as high as 90 miles
an hour were recorded in Colo-
ing will be provided bv Miss j rad" Tuesday and gusts over 40
Mary Robinson, a freshman atjwrp the Plalns
Miss Robinson is a member
of the Fresliman A-Cappella
Choir and two different church
choirs. She also participates in
a tutoring program for under-
The musician is majoring in j
English and history, and plans!
to teach while continuing piano j
Before entering Baylor, Miss
Robinson was graduated from
Garland High School as class
salutatorian. She was a mem-
ber of a folk trio, "He, Him. and
Her", while a member of the
Garland High School band she
was named all-state French
horn player. She was also a
member of the all-state choir
for two consecutive years. Miss
Robinson belonged to the Na-
tional Honor Society and was
active in the Latin Club.
She sings folk songs to music
she play’s on both the guitar and
Those planning to attend Sat-
urday’s banquet may bring a
guest. They are asked to noti-
fy Gayle Stimson.
Heads, hiring an outside auditing firm at Klmoet, three tight aecurity guard, to
times the cost of a local auditor, removing white way <Se® PE®MJE’ Pa** l<)
lights from the city downtown business area, tearing
down the ^alLpax* lence without replacing it, attempt-
ing to charge the FT A for use of a few light globes at
their annual Livestock Show, attempting to charge the
|)efhocratie Executive Committee for use of the CouncU
Chamber to hold an election, removal of parking meters
from locations in front business firms who wanted them,
flowing traffic by eliminating right turns after a com-
plete stop on zed lights at Cuero street corners, engag-
ing in % x controversy with the State Highway Depart-
ment ana obligating the city for an amount we believe
will total near $100,000 for audits, engineering- fees,
jnapi, financial advice ‘and expenses and a City Master
plan, when all hills are in.
Poenisch Jury Picked
Testimony in the Leonard Ma-
xie Poenisch rape trial is sche-
duled to resume Thursday at
9 a.m. in the 24th District Court
at Port Lavaca.
Jury selection was completed
Tuesday and testimony began.
The court examined TO of the
100 persons summoned before
getting the. all male jury.
Poenisch, 34-year-old Cuero
welder, is being tried for the
alleged rape of his minor dau-
ghter Sept 30, 1965 in Cuero
Die case originally was being gst.
tried in Cuero before a defense
motion for a mistrial and
change of venue. Judge Joe Kel-
ly, presiding over die court,
granted the defense motion in
the January trial here and set
it for the port city.
Jurors selected are: T. J.
Weaver, Amos Wehmeyer, Jr„
R. C. Wilson, Jr.. W. M. Cook,
Royce C. Wood, O. G. Young,
Carl Crittenden, J. L. Cusack.
Clyde Dabbs, J. E. Thielen,
Wayne Daggs and Walter Hen-
Four promotions in per-
sonnel of the Farmers State
Bank here were announced
Alfred Gerhoid and Merles
Koenig were promoted to as-
sistant vice presidents.
Janell Warling and Dean
Wagner were advanced to as-
it was announced also that
interest on time deposits have
been increased to five per
cent on certificates of 11,000
or more and five and one-half
per cent on certificates in
amounts of J100.000 held for
The bank’s officers are: R.
F. Blackwell, chairman of the
board; Ed Pat Mixon, presi-
dent; Estella J. Sehorre, vice
president and cashier, and
Bert Kirk, Jr., 2nd vice-pre-
NEW YORK (UPIi ~ Lew
Alcindor. the nation’s best pi-
votman, and Jimmy Walker, la-
beled the best all-around college
player in the country, were
named Tuesday as unanimous
selections to the National Bas-
ketball Association coaches All-
Westley Unaeld of Louisville
and Houston's Elvin Hayes were
named on seven out of 30
THE NATION,ILLY syndica-
ted columnist Tom Anderson
asked some pertinent questions
In The Cuero Record’s
STRAIGHT TALK column yes-
terday. Firing heavy verba) bul-
lets, Anderson (no kin of ours)
asks: “Why are we sending men
to die in an undeclared war we
have no intention of winning?
. . Why are our boys being
murdered by an enemy our
Commander-in-Chief is deliber-
ately helping . . . Johnson
talks peace, freedom, equality,
Great Society and says we’ll
| stay in Vietnam. Has he ever
I said vcc’l) win? Should any
| American ever be sent to die ,, .
'In any war ye tfco.lt iptejjfito p**9 '■ve®ks.
win? Is it Victory we plaiS«r*
is it murder? ' '<■ \ j
Anderson asks for reader ans-f
Well, dear Tom, don’t you)
know the munition and arms
makers and their bankers have
to make a living, Don’t you
know- they mu t have New York
penthouses, estates on Long Is-
land, chateaus in France and
money in Swiss banks? And
giant war machines if they are
not used get rusty
Then also there is the ancient
god--Moloch — who has never
(lacked for worshippers or
(priests. This is the god which
' demands human sacrifices. In
World War I die god’s name
was disguised as “Democracy.
T!:"t w’as the war waged by
this country In Europe to "save
WORLD WAR D was fought
for “Die Four Freedoms'
whatever they were.
America’s Civil War was wag-
ed to ‘ free the Negro from sla-
very,” but all over this country
now Negroes ar< chanting
"We ll Overcome.” that is, win
No, the Negroes don’t feel
free. They are complaining that
while Negro enlisted men only
make up about 11 per cent of
the total fighting force in South
Vietnam they account for 17.8
per cent of over-all combat
The Puerto Ricans are com-
plaining also that they are be-
ing slain also out of proportion
and likewise are American* of
Mexican descent protesting
they also are bearing the brunt
of combat in Vietnam.
DEWITT OOTNTf casualties
support these claims somewhat.
Out of its four combat deaths
in the Asian war, two have been
Latin Americans, one Negro and
Some day a scrapegoat will
be named tor the bloody busi-
ness In Vietnam. We’ll make a
calculation: It’ll be LBJ. And
when that day comes you will
scarcely find anyone who’ll ad-
mit they ever voted tor him.
AUSTIN — Rep. R. H. Cory
of Victoria has introduced a bill
in the Texas Legislature to give
the Guadalupe-BJaneo River Au-
thority, the power to undertake
sewage treatment activity. Cory
said river authorities prevailed
on him to write the bill because
they will be Retting more into
sewage disposal operations.
The Cory bill would authorize
river authorities to contract
with cities and industries to
take over their waste disposal
operations. The bill authorizes
the issuance of bonds.
It has been pointed out that
the GBRA could qualify for fed-
eral aid in sewage projects in-
cluding proposed new operat-
ions at Victoria and Cuero.
School Board Defeats Stir Town
New Altars In
To Be Blessed
T.iree new marble altars In
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
and the addition to St. MSohael’s
School will be blessed by the
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Manning
of San Antonio at • p.m. Sun-
The public is invited to attend
the blessing and to tour the
addition following the blessing.
Msgr. Manning will address
the people during the t p.m.
Mass, which will be celebrated
by the Rev. John Flynn, pastor
of St. Michael’s. The marble al-
tars. imparted from Italy, wert
donated by members «t ihe Par-
Parts of the addition to the
school are now in use. The en-
tire addition will be utilized
starting in September, included
are four classrooms, a music
room, teachers lounge and book
WAYNE, N. J. (UPI)-Mass
faculty rei&utions in this
middle-class suburban township
were forecast today in protest
of the overwhelming defeat at
two Jewish school board candi-
dates, both targets at aati*
Semitic taunts and threats
An Incumbent school board
official publicly last week urged
their defeat, saying "mbit
Jewish people are liberals,"
"Bigotry has won,” said §|elt
Mandril, who. with Robert
fwsiB, 'was defeated Tuesday
night by a wide margin.
Mandell and Kraus came in last
in a five-man race with three
“It is expected that file school
district’s staff will receive
approximately 380 resignations
in protest'of this bigotry,” said
Mandell He did not elaborate.
v . Noting that a proposed $8.5
million school budget also was
soundly defeated. Mandell ad-
ded: “An analysis of the rote
voted along religious lines.
David Caliri, an incumbent
supporting the budget, was
reelected as high man. This
clearly demonstrates that fiscal
considerations were not a fac-
Kraus received 3,207 votes
and Mandell, an incumbent, got
3,173 compared to 7,488 tor
Caliri, 8,741 for John McLaugh-
lin. and $.009 for Richard Dav-
„ v ; \ J x
The election rnmpaign heated
Miller, vice president of the
school board and the only
member of the board opposed
to the budget, issued the follow-
Most Jewish people Em
liberals, especially when it
oomet to spending tor educa-
tion. If the two Jews ere
elected, It would take only two
more votes tor a majority, and
Wayne eoukl be in real financial
trouble. TWo more votes and we
could We what is left of Christ
demonstrates yjptat the voters | up last week when Newton, in Christmas eeSebratxms m csw
schools. Think about it.”
Subsequently, Mandell and bis
family reported receiving anon*
ymous telephone calls tram
person Who shouted “sieg hell”
and other anti-Semitic taunts to
torn and his family
After a furor wes raised over
Miller’s statement by local civic
leaden and high public offi-
cials, MiBer apologised to the
Jewish community of about
3.000 in Wayne, bat refused to
iwtoaet his remarks.
Mrs. Herbert Rahke, who wee
fered a stroke. Is resting at h*r
Herbert Rahke, husband at
Mrs. Rahke, said that alHwuih
itoc tori at first thought She had
suffered a stroke the Ian An*
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