Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 1959 Page: 1 of 8
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Second Sea Water Conversion Plant
May Utilize Atomic Heal Process
Secretary of the Interior Fred
A. Seaton today announced selec-
tion of the multi-stage flash dis-
tillation process for the second
saline water demonstration plant.
The plant will be designed to con-
vert sea water to fresh at an antici-
pated rate of at least 1,000,000
gallons a day.
“We have asked the Atomic
Energy Commission to provide a
low-temperature atomic reactor as
the heat source for this plant,” Sec-
retary Seaton said. “Before such a
combination can be assured, sev-
eral technical considerations must
be resolved and a mutually accept-
able site must be selected.
“Our studies of the feasibility of
the use of atomic energy as the heat
source for large-scale sea water
distillation are definitely promis-
ing. When we reach a cooperative
agreement with the A.E.C. it will,
By LORRAINE 11ASFORD
We all know the story of the Old
Lady who lived in the shoe, she
had so many children she didn’t
know what to do, so spanked them
all soundly and put them to bed.
Well, we have had so much wind,
and especially on week ends, we’d
like to spank it soundly and put
it to bed for a while. It just
seems that one builds up their
hopes on a few nice days during
the week, that this week end will
really be a good one—but along
comes that wind to foul things up
During the middle of the week,
fishermen wading along by the
seawall, and close to the Pavilion,
landed some dandy speckled trout,
around two and three pounds.
IWhat the week end rains did to
the Tres-Palacios river remains to
be reported. The river was fish-
able for some time, small specks,
sand trout, drum and gafftopsails
were being taken. The river bait
camps also had some live bait.
The local bait camp operators
have been working the bay for the
past ten days, and though shrimp
still are not too abundant, live
bait has been available at local
camps. The price is $2.00 per quart.
Redfish (small sized), some trout
and drum have been taken at the
Army Camp. Fishermen picked this
spot on unpleasant windy days, as
it is somewhat protected.
When boats could go out, gaff-
tops were plentiful, for those who
cared for them, around Beacon
Two. Some going as high as six
pounds, but for the most, it was
around two pounds.
Kellar Bay is a good spot for
red fish, trout and drum.
* * »
Many of us have never seen or
may never see a stonefish, unless
we have an encyclopedia, or fish-
book with a picture of one listed,
but it is known as one of the
most poisonous of all fishes. Death
may result from infectious poison-
ing by its venom.
* * *
AUSTIN—All commercial shrimp
boat operations in Texas coastal
waters, except those used for bait
purposes, will be closed until Aug-
ust 15, according to an announce-
ment by the Texas Game and Fish
The commission moved quickly
to set new shrimping seasons when
Gov. Daniel signed HB12 into law.
The new law also closes commer-
cial shrimping in the Gulf waters
under state jurisdiction from June
1 to July 15. The season for inside
waters is now from August 15 to
Dec. 15 and from July 15 to May
31 for Gulf waters.
Under the provisions, bait
shrimpers may not take more than
250 pounds of head-on bait shrimp
per day. Processing them for hu-
man consumption is illegal.
Although shrimp may be taken
for personal use at any time, no
person may possess more than two
quarts of shrimp, fresh or frozen,
during the closed season. Shrimp
taken for personal use cannot be
sold. The new law also places a
limit on size of commercial shrimp
and the size of trawls in which
they may be taken.
(See “FISHING,” Page 4)
“Isn’t that sweet...he like$
we hope, open new horizons for the
peaceful application of atomic
energy. The dream of large vol-
umes of low-cost converted water
for the arid areas of the world
should be a long step nearer real-
The Secretary said that most
of the major conversion plants now
in commercial operation utilize
flash distillation. Improved design
and performance specifications pro-
posed by the Office of Saline Water
and private research and industrial
organizations are hoped to reduce
capital cost by as much as 45 per-
Public Law 85-883, signed by
President Eisenhower on Septem-
ber 2, 1958, authorizes the expendi-
ture of $10,000,000 for the con-
struction of not less than five
demonstration plants for the pro-
duction, from sea water or brackish
water, of water suitable for agri-
cultural, industrial, municipal, and
other consumptive uses.
The law required the first pro-
cess to be selected on or before
March 2, and the remaining pro-
cesses at three-month intervals
thereafter. Secretary Seaton select-
ed on March 2 the first process for
the demonstration plant program,
known as long-tube vertical mul-
tiple effect distillation. The dead-
line for the selection of this second
process was fixed for June 2.
“In the authorizing legislation,”
Dr. Miller said, “Congress desig-
nated general areas for the loca-
tion of the demonstration plants:
one on the east, west, and gulf
coast for the conversion of sea wa-
ter; one in the arid areas of the
Southwest, and one in the Northern
Great Plains for the conversion of
“The long-tube vertical and the
multi-stage flash distillation pro-
cesses will be for the conversion of
sea water to fresh,” Dr. Miller
said. “A site for these plants has
not yet been announced, but a Site
Selection Board has been appointed
and held its first meeting on May
16. This Board will evaluate the
proposals of 143 cities and com-
munities who have requested that
one of the five demonstration
plants be located in their area.”
“It cannot be predetermined how
much time the Board will require
in reaching a decision as to the lo-
cation of the plants, but we hope at
least one site can be selected before
the end of May,” Dr. Miller said.
The Palacios Chamber yf Com-
merce met with Edward A. Cad-
wallader, Staff Engineer, Office of
Saline 'Water, Department of the
Interior and V. M. Schamburger
Jr., Texas Board of Water Engin-
eers, on April 25 relative to Pa-
lacios’ application for one of the
plants to be located here.
About twenty Palacios business
and professional men met with
Cadwallader and Schamburger for
about two hours. After the meet-
ing they were taken to two sites
near Palacios. One was at the
southeast comer of Camp Hulen
and the other was at the southeast
corner of the tract which joins the
new turning basin on the west.
Cadwallader stated at this meet-
ing that the plants now being plan-
ned will not be the last that the de-
partment will build and that if
Palacios is not selected as a site
for one of the first plants that our
application will be kept on file and
will receive consideration for plants
that will be built later in the re-
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 1959
PALACIOS, MATAGORDA COUNTY, TEXAS
VOLUME LIT, NUMBER 22
Dr. Guy Newman Addresses
Senior And Junior High Grads
Years With Beacon
With this issue the Beacon will
complete 40 years of publication
under the Dismukes family, and
as the years have rolled by we
have strived to live up to the in-
troduction given by the former
publisher, T. L, Tucker, when he
wrote, ". . . and will give, Beacon
readers a paper representative of
their interests and the needs of
Mr. Tucker also stated that the
late J. W. Dismukes had in his
own family all the help he will
require. That help is still intact,
with a combined family experience
of over 145 years in the newspaper
In serving these past 40 years
it has taken the cooperation of
businessmen and readers to con-
tinue through some mighty slim
years. We have a number of faith-
ful regular advertiser in Brandon’s,
Feather and Son, H. C. Campbell,
J. N. Rice, Hunt’s Food Market,
Hollywood Theatre, John F. Grant
Lumber Company, Petersen’s Res-
taurant, Dr. Runyon, Cooper’s Ben
Franklin, Hunter Floral Service,
Palacios Pharmacy, The ‘Y’ Cafe,
Capitol Drug, R. J. Rogers TV,
City State Bank of Palacios and
Dr. Howard F. Bonar. There is
seldom a week when their ad is
not in your Beacon.
And then there are reader* who
we are sure have never missed an
issue during our 40 years of ser-
vice. Many others who are faith-
ful readers, however, not for so
Night At Exercises
The graduating classes of Pa-
lacios High and Junior High
Schools, their parents and friends
heard an interesting talk by Dr.
Guy Newman, president of Howard
Payne College, at Commencement
exercises Monday evening at the
Junior High auditorium.
Honor students of the Senior
clnsR were Patricia Christy, vale-
dictorian, and Jutta Haubold, sa-
Dr. John W. Hart, president of
the school board, presented di-
plomas to the graduates of the sen-
ior high and junior high schools.
Awards to outstanding students
for outstanding work in various
courses were presented by J. G.
Smith, principal of the high school.
Patricia Christy received medals
for her work in English and science.
Jutta Haubold and Verner Bow-
ers were presented the Outstand-
ing Girl and Boy award and Tom-
my Hamlin and Betty Ann Friery,
the Athletic awards.
lOther awards presented were:
Shirley Bowers, home economics;
Verner Bowers, agriculture; Den-
nis Jensen, mathematics; Elaine
Tumlinson, commercial; Patricia
Rogers, history, and Billy Douglas,
Jutta Haubold was recipient of
the D.A.R. award.
Those receiving the Trull Schol-
arship were!| Patricia Rogers,
Elaine Tumlinson, Rosie Bernal,
Jon Claybourn and Jutta Haubold.
L. A. House presented the Amer-
ican Legion award to Joy Jensen
and Ralph Bowers, outstanding girl
and boy of the junior high grad-
Baccalaureate services were held
Sunday night with Rev. Anthony
Costantino of St. Anthony’s Catho-
lic Church, delivering the sermon.
Rev. Clinton Harris of the Meth-
odist Church gave the invocation.
The scripture was read by Rev,
David Hughes of the Church of
God of Prophecy and Rev. Richard
Stone of the First Presbyterian
Church gave the benediction.
The processional and recessional
were played by Mrs. C. W. Craw-
ford and Ray J. Baltar sang a solo.
FOR BIG EVENT!
Friday evening, June 5, is an
important date for every business
and professional person of Pa-
lacios. Please keep this date
Watch next week's Beacon for
Boating Safely Is
At Rotary Meeting
Dr. John C. White was in charge
of the Rotary program Wednesday
noon and brought an interesting
program on Safety in Boating, and
stated that safety means pleasure
in pleasure boating.
He explained the Boating Act of
1957 that is now being put into
effect over the United States.
Visitors at the meeting were
Cap Traylor and George Rhodes of
Port Lavaca and Rev. Richard
Stone, new Presbyterian pastor of
At The Bayview
Patients In Hospital
Mrs. Julia Adams, Mrs. J. E.
Yaws, Thomas Edward Yaws, Mrs.
W. A. Whitney, Mrs. Concepcion
Alamia, Earl Ringo, Mrs. J. V.
Hemphill, Mrs. Fred Roessler, Mrs.
Ruben Villarreal, Sr., Billy Ray
Dolezal, Jane Ellen Curry.
Mrs. D. B. Tumlinson, Mrs.
Eugene Barnes, O. A. McGuffee,
C. A. Burke, Bob Raplee, Ruben
Villarreal, J. P. Utesch, Nat Ad-
kins, Jr., O. L. Gillaspie, Mrs. Mar-
garet Gillett, Mrs. F. M. Frankson,
Mrs. Gladys Faubion, Mrs. Jack
IWoodson, Mrs. Paul Talmadge, F.
M. Frankson, Mrs. O. J. Loftin,
Mrs. Susie Perciville, Ted Crone,
Mary Helen Sanders and E. W.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE BEACON.
Drastic Slate Production Cut Fails To
Slow Drilling Activity In Local Area
Just when everything was rosy—
boom!—the Texas Railroad Com-
mission ordered a drastic cut in oil
production for June.
The number of producing days
was slashed from 12 to 10, indicat-
ing a big surplus of oil stocks on
Oil operators say Texas, the rest
of the nation, and the world, for
that matter, have oil running out
of their ears. Unless consumption
greatly increases, the outlook for
the oil business is not good.
Late drill reports, field-by-field,
Palacios—Texaco is moving in to
drill No. 1 Evelyn Harriman, a
northeast Palacios Field extender
projected to 10,300 feet. . . Chris-
tie, Mitchell & Mitchell are testing
No. 1 Richard Carlson Unit and
the operators’ No. 1 J. R. Ressler
Unit is waiting on a potential. . .
C. M. & M.’s No. 1 E. Wagner
is around 8,700 feet.
Pheasant—Michel T. Halbouty is
testing No. 1 McDonald Gas Unit
No. 3. Bottom of the hole is 9,380
North Collegeport — Ohio Oil
Company is moving in to dig No. 1
Stanley Kubela, projected to 10,-
000 feet. . . Sinclair, et al, are
testing No. 1 Roy Nelson Unit.
West Blessing—North Central
Oil Corporation will dig No. 1 Al-
bert Schwenn one mile west of
Blessing. The Schwenn is project-
ed to 11,000 feet.
Tidehaven—Texkan Oil Com
pany’s No. 1 Grace P. Heffelfinger
has spudded and is drilling ahead.
El Maton—'Monsanto Chemical
Company’s No. 1 Clarence Mehrens
is drilling on to 12,090 feet.
Southeast Francitas — Ernest
Cockrell Jr.’s No. 1 L. P. Neuszer
is digging around 11,000 feet. The
venture is projected to 12,500 feet.
Menefee—Anderson & Cooke’s
No. 2 A. G. Menefee was finaled
for 7,700,000 cubic feet of dry gas
daily from 4,428-31 feet. . . Ander-
son & Cooke’s No. 1 A. Ekvall is
waiting on a potential test.
North Louise—Spur Oil Com-
pany’s No. 1 Blanche Vitera is
around 4,500 feet.
Northwest Louise—Ben Marks’
No. 1 Denman Kountze & J. T.
Stewart will go to 7,300 feet.
Northeast El Campo—R. J. Mc-
Galliard’s No. 1 A. Watz is pro-
jected to 6,000 feet.
Southwest East Bernard — San
Jacinto Drilling Company’s No. 1
G. H. Northington Jr. was plugged
No. 1 Carl N. Reynolds was com-
pleted for a gas well, which bot-
toms at 7,350 feet. It is waiting
on a potential test.
Boling—Davis Brothers Oil Well
Service Company finaled Nos. 5
and 10 Floyd Estate for oil pump-
Northwest El Campo—Gilcrease
Oil Company plugged and abandon-
ed No. 2 E. H. Swanson at 6,062
feet. . . R. J. McGalliard’s No. 1
C. T. Zapp, et al, bottoms at 5,996
feet. > i Midhurst Oil Corporat-
ion’s 2-A Edith Herrmann is wait-
ing on a potential test as an oiler
from 5,882-54 feet.
Blue Basin—J. A. Kimmey is
starting No. 3 Wade S. Roberts,
projected to 4,700 feet.
Wadsworth — Magnolia Petrol-
eum Company reported completion
of No. 1 J. C. Layton for an abso-
Be sure and read “The Hal-
bouty Story” in this issue.
lute open flow of 14,000,000 cubic
feet of gas daily from perforations
at 9,872-908 feet, registering a tub-
ing pressure of 2,823 pounds.
West Bay City—Willard Gill Pe-
troleums reported that No. 1 W. D.
Cornelius made 1,600,000 cubic feet
of gas plus 42 barrels of distillate
from 10,547-10,565 feet, register-
(See “OIL CUT,” Page 4)
Play Havoc Al T
Cate Early Sunday
Vandals and thieves had a busy
time Saturday and .Sunday in and
Between 10:30 Saturday night
and 5 Sunday morning vandals en-
tered the ‘Y’ Cafe and wrecked
the place. When Mrs. Pearl Koontz,
owner of the cafe, and her em-
ployees, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cavazos
and Mrs. Mabel Dole opened the
cafe at 4:55 Sunday morning they
found a mess beyond description.
All plugs to the ice boxes and
deep freezes had been disconnected,
three gas jets wide open, the meat,
shrimp and fish removed from the
deep freezes with catsup and tar-
tar sauce poured over it and all
produce piled on the kitchen floor.
Over 70 dozen eggs were broken,,
many having been thrown against
the wall. Eleven gallons of ice
cream were dumped on the dining
room floor with pies, cookies, candy
and cigars thrown in. The sugar
bowls were emptied and catsup
poured on the tables and chairs.
The miik and cream cartons were
opened and the contents poured be-
hind the counter and in the silver-
ware. The cash register, cigarette
machine and nickelodian were brok-
Local and county authorities
were summoned and are investigat-
The Halbouty Story .
Some Call Him A Genius In Oil Industry
(Reprinted by special permis-
sion from the Spring issue of
“The Inch,” publication of the
Texas Eastern Transmission Cor-
poration, Houston, Texas.)
Genius, someone has said, con-
sists partly of doing the right
thing at the appropriate time.
In the oil business, Michel T. Hal-
bouty is known as something of a
genius. Whether it’s taking just
one more core, drilling in an area
surrounded by dry holes, or risking
millions on leases in an untested
oil domain, Mike Halbouty seems to
make the right move instinctively.
As a result, the dynamic Mr. Hal-
bouty is recognized as one of the
most outstanding geologists and
petroleum engineers in the nation,
and is internationally respected for
his scientific ability to find oil and
gas. An authority on the geologi-
cal and engineering problems of
the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and
Texas, he ranks as one of the top
experts on the geology of pierce-
ment-type salt domes, those under-
ground monuments to the earth’s
eccentricity that have trapped so
Rounding out his reputation as
a triple-threat oil man, Halbouty
is one of the most aggressive and
successful independent oil operators
in the country. Geologically respon-
sible for the discovery of oil and
gas fields and extensions all over
the world, he is one of the grow-
ing number of producers who sup-
ply natural gas to Texas Eastern
A fearless individualist, Hal-
bouty has become almost a legend
in his own time by his refusal to
develop preconceptions about Moth-
er Nature. He doesn’t subscribe to
geological theories simply because
others accept them. What’s more,
he always backs up his sometimes-
revolutionary experiments with his
own money. On an amazing number
of occasions, his ideas prove out.
Statistically, how does Halbouty
stack up to a competitive, high-
stake game where the dice are
loaded nine to one against finding
oil or gas with a wildcat well?
Pretty fair, according to the rec-
ord. Over the past ten-year period,
he’s hit 44 per cent of his wild-
cats, 86 per cent of field develop-
ment wells, and 67 per cent of all
wells drilled. Hardly anybody has
taken such tremendous strides
toward making an exact science of
geology, generally considered an
It’s a giant step from a news-
boy’s bailiwick to a position of
prominence in the rugged oil busi-
ness. Mike Halbouty made it with
a combination of scientific prepa-
ration, dogged perseverence, su-
preme confidence in his own judge-
ment, and—as Halbouty is the first
to admit—a generous helping of
good luck. To understand how he
did it, you have to go back 50
years, It’s quite a story.
Born Michel Thomas Halbouty
in Beaumont on June 21, 1909,
Mike was one of six children of a
hard-working Lebanese grocer. He
grew up in a town where the smell
of oil was heavy, and the wooden
derricks of Spindletop were not too
far distant. People stood on street
corners and spoke of the geologic
derring-do of Patillc Higgins and
Captain Anthony Lucas just as
they do today.
When he was six years old,
young Halbouty became a news-
boy for both the Beaumont Enter-
prise and Journal. Even then, he
was a hustler and a two-fisted
scrapper. Some of the other news-
boys didn’t like the way he parted
his hair (which, even today, is dis-
tinctively right down the middle).
More especially, they didn’t like
the fact that his hawking spot, the
old post office corner, was the best
in town. But Mike didn’t relinquish
that corner until several years
later, when he went to work at the
Magnolia Refinery, loading gon-
dolas with coke in his spare time.
When he was 14 and a junior in
Beaumont High School, Mike took
his first job (a summer one) in
the oil fields. It was 1925, during
the second boom at Spindletop, and
Halbouty hired on as a dollar-a-
day water boy with the Yount-Lee
Oil Company. Even then, Mike
wanted to be a scientist—a geolo-
gist and an engineer—in the oil
So, at 15, giving up a contract
with the old Beaumont Oiler Base-
ball Club of the Texas League,
he headed for Texas Agricultural
& Mechanical College. There he
earned a Bachelor of Science de-
gree in geology and petroleum en-
gineering in 1930, and a Master of
Science degree a year later, hav-
ing been granted a fellowship for
outstanding scholastic work. Twen-
ty-five years later, in 1956, he was
to receive a professional degree in
geological engineering from his
alma mater (the first to be con-
ferred by Texas A.&M.).
On the College Station campus,
he was president of five under-
graduate societies and editor-in-
chief of the yearbook, which won
All-American honors as the best
college or university annual in the
country. While an undergraduate,
Hailbouty further distinguished
himself by working out the geology
of Atascosa County, and making
the first base map of the Charlotte-
Jourdanton-Leming fault system,
where Humble Oil & Refining Com-
pany was later to discover two
major oil fields.
The story of Halbouty’s first big
break, already an oil industry
classic, has a strong Horatio Alger
flavor. Just out of college, Mike
had taken the lowliest job in the oM
fields—rear rodman on a survey-
ing chain gang—and later moved
up to roustabout and roughneck.
(See “HALBOUTY,” Page 3)
EDNA —i Burglars raided the
Crown-Central Petroleum Co. office
in the Carancahua Community near
here Sunday, stealing an adding
machine, a typewriter, a drawing
set and several desk lamps.
Cub Scout Training
Program May 28-29
A Cubbers training session is to
be held at Weimer Hall, May 28-29.
The courses will be held from 2:00
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please meet in
the M.Y.F. room.
The course will cover: What Cub
Scouting Is, The Achievement Plan
ar.d Den and Pack Activities.
John Kelly, Scout Executive will
put on the training course. Mrs.
Bob Stewart is to assist.
Anyone wishing to take the
course or information please call
Mrs. Stewart, phone 7886.
Post Office, Bank And
Others To Close Sat.
Saturday, May 30, is Memorial
Day and will be observed as a holi-
day by both the City State Bank
of Palacios and the post-office.
Regular mail delivery will be
made on that day, however, the
windows will be closed to the
Date Max. Min. Prec.
May 19 85° 75’ 0.00
May 20 86" 74° 0.00
May 21 83° 64" 0.36
May 22 85° 76° 0.01
May 23 78’ 68’ 1.20
May 24 85° 67° 0.02
May 25 85’ 74c 0.00
May 26 86° 76’ 0.00
Total rainfall for year: 18.44
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