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Volume 104 no.8
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Coleman, Texas, July 3,1984
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PEE WEE CHAMPS in 1984 were the Falcons
(Coleman) who posted a spotless 10-0 slate this
season. Members of the championship squad
include, front row, left to right: Ben Rudolph,
Saul Ramirez, Michael Darring, Don Salas, Ricky
Espitia, Jason Rasco; back row: manager Mack
Salas, Tyson Faries, Chris Nunez, Cody Parrott,
Boyd Lee Diaz and Danny Barnett. Not present
at picture time were coach Trent Garrett and
Daniel Diaz, Jr. The team was sponsored by Oil
Belt Supply.
Rodeo Committees Named
Committees for the 1984 Annual
Coleman Rodeo have been announ-
ced by association president Charlie
Hemphill, as follows, the first name
being that of the chairman.
Arena directors: Jack Home,
Paul Cannon, Tom Kingsbery, Don-
nie Neff, Wayne McClure, Ted
Taylor and Joe Pat Hemphill.
Advertising: Donnie Henderson,
Tim Parrott, Stan Brudney and
David Huff.
Program book: Nance Campbell,
Henry Dodson, Milton Autry, Stan
General utilities and grounds
maintenance: Nance Campbell, Rex
Mayes, Don Wilkinson, Jake Me
Creary, Bobby Rabon, Zeno Hemp
hill, Bucky Duvall, James Barr
Wayne McClure, Cecil Johnson
Delma Johnson, Burgess Steward
son, Jinks Jamison, Roy Alexan
der, Charles Taylor and Tim Par
Public relations: David Huff, Col
lier Watson, Milton Autry, C. D
Bruce, Wade Hemphill, Earle
Smith, Dennis Gaines, Eldon Knox
T. L. Sparkman, Maynard Gaines
and W. T. Stewardson.
Decorations: Nance Campbell
Dan Edington, Tim Parrott and Eric
Wednesday parade: Charles R.
Taylor, Jr., David Huff, Bill Sneed
and Don Starnes.
Saturday parade: Dwight Nanny,
Golf Scramble
Set For July 4
A two-person (pick your own
team) scramble is scheduled at
Coleman Country Club Wednesday,
July 4. Scoring will be on a handicap
Entries are to be in by noon
Wednesday. Play will start at 1:30
p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per person
and cash prizes will be awarded.
City Council To
Meet Thursday
Coleman City Council will meet
Thursday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m. in
regular session.
Only agenda item is under new
business, to approve specifications
for a van for the Light Distribution
Department. The City Manager s
report will complete the session.
Jack Horne, Joe Pat Hemphill.
Sound car: Donnie Henderson,
Stan Brudney, and Ross Jones.
Concessions: Lang Martin, Danny
Armstrong, Rusty Ryan, Mark Grif-
fis, Collier Watson, Scott Beaver,
Stan Brudney, Steve Stephenson
and Jim McAnally.
Ticket booths: Dink Taylor, Ben
Taylor, David Watson, Bill Sneed,
Willie Campbell, Dwight Nanny and
Henry Dodson.
Cattle loading and untying calves
and steers: Jay Davis, Brent McMil-
lan, Donnie Neff, Don Wilkinson,
Bobby Rabon, James Allen and
Amon Otts.
Ushers: Charles Hickman, Ogden
Brown, Rex Beck, B. B. Nunley,
Weldon Davis, Don Rhone, E. W.
Scott, T. L. Sparkman, Cecil John-
son, Donnie Henderson, E. J. Barr,
Don Starnes, John D. Rhone, Ben
Wilson, Dr. Jack Gordon. , ,
Ticket takers: Ross Jones, Ed
Graves, Harold Kinney, Jim-fHfi.
Russell Johnson, Charles Coats, Jim
Gardner, Thomas Clark, Nick Tay-
lor, Anthony Strawn, Tom Mac
Policing grounds: H. F. Fenton,
Wade Turner.
Parking: C. M. Huckabee, Rex
[Continued on Page 7-A ]
Deposits And Loans
At All-Time Highs
Combined bank deposits and increase of over $3 million from the DEPOSITS
loans in Coleman County continue to yeport three months ago and up June30,1984 ......$106,747,360.29
set records. As of June 30, 1984 about $11 million from the report a March 31,1984..... 100,306,179.76
combined deposits totaled $106,747,- year ago. June 30,1983...... 95,091,012.27
360.29, up over $6 million from the Following are comparison re- J“ne 30,1982 ...... 84,956,011.16
report three months ago and up ports, from figures furnished by June 30,1981 ...... 77,083,388.92
close to $12 million from the report a the First Coleman National Bank, LOANS
year ago. Coleman Bank and Santa Anna June 30,1984 .......$54,037,682.79
Loans too are well up, showing an National Bank. March 31,1984 ...... 50,807,514.16
June 30,1983 ....... 42,954,834.46
wwrr a June30,1982 ....... 40,431,942.75
CHS Catettes Win .......
Number of Awards ColherV/atson,
Officers of the 1984 Blue Catettes officer participants were Lindy No- H 61611 K 6 ON6 J
Drill Team returned from camp at Ion, Melisha Mason, Lisa Redden,
San Marcos with an impressive Gwen Brown and Michelle Hinton. Im Pflrf|iar||)||)
number of group and individual This is the first time that Coleman s ■■■ 1
trophies, and the 5-girl group won te*“J1" ofp“”' ... . Announcement is made today by
the outstanding officers trophy . Collier Watson that he and Helen
given for first pUce. h... . puj^hl,
Melisha Mason was named to the Texas. Mrs. Tidwell has been as- * bf,fk"ow" a® Watfon and K*ar,e/.'
six-man all-star dance team. Lindy sociated with drill teams in colleges Citified Public Accountants, of-
Nolen was first runner-up in the 8ince 1960, and is known as the £cing “ f"1 Coleman Nat,onal
Miss Halftime USA event. Each of “dean” of drill team groups. Bank building-
the five girls earned individual “It was a great camp for the Mg Kearley has been with the
awards totaling 32 for blue-ribbon officers who will lead Coleman's drill Collier Watson firm the past two
performances in jazz, high kick, team during the 1984 football sea- yearg ghe recejved certification in
pom-pom and novelty dances. The son," states Shelly Taylor, sponsor. january this year. Her husband is
F. Furman Kearley, Director of
Drill Team Sets Rodeo Barbecue
A barbecue meal on Thursday, be served and tickets for adults are bave resided in the Echo community
July 12, the second night of the $5, and for children $3. since January, 1982. The Kearleys
Coleman Rodeo, will be sponsored Proceeds from the event will help have two daughters, Janice Mink of
by the Coleman High Drill team toward expenses of the group which Austin and Amy Burks of Brown-
Booster Club. Serving hours will be include purchase of field and pep wood-
from 6 to 8:80 p.W. &t the National rally uniforms, props, and other Ms. Kearley graduated with ac-
Guard Armory, conveniently loca- materials needed for performances. counting degree in August, 1981
ted to the Rodeo Grounds. Booster Club members feel that drill from Abilene Christian University.
Members of the drill team will be team performances are “classy" she attended graduate school and
selling tickets before the supper and productions for all Bluecat fans, and taught two classes in accounting at
at a booth located downtown begin they say, "Buy a ticket, enjoy a good ACU. During the spring semester of
ning Monday, July 9, and continu meal and show your support of an j982 ghe worked part time with
ing through the day Thursday. July outstanding group of Coleman High Wolfe, Roberson and Brown, CPAs
12. A complete barbecue meal will School girls”. * jn Abilene.
Memorable Experience for Coleman Man
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On Return To France 40 Years Later
By Milton Autry
Most everyone as they go through
life has at least one memorable
experience, a truly special, unusual
happening, something to reflect on
time and time again.
A Coleman man has had such an
experience. He is R. C. Miller of 901
High Road, brother of Foster Miller,
son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bob
Miller and grandson of early-day
Coleman County Sheriff Robert
Last month Miller was in France
where he renewed acquaintance
with two Frenchmen whom he
met 40 years ago during World War
II, one of whom saved his life.
But back to the beginning of the
story. In 1944 Lt. Miller was a
Counter-Intelligence officer assign-
ed to the 8th Infantry Division. The
work of his group primarily was to
prevent espionage and sabotage by
the enemy. The unit was to be put
on Omaha Beach on June 7, D-day
plus one.
About 40 men were placed on a
motorized raft, after scaling down
the side of the ship on rope ladders
and they headed for the beach. Soon
they had a problem, the raft stuck
on a sunken ship and would not
move. They were there a long time,
in fact until the tide came in and
lifted the raft off the sunken ship.
They reached the beach that
night. Miller and a friend. Sandy
McQuigg, went up the beach, found
ah old cemetery and spent the night
Fireworks Display
To Be Bigger, Better
Word from Sherrill Ragsdale,
who is in charge of the planning and
firing of the fireworks display
tomorrow night, July 4th. is that the
display will be bigger and better
this year. Ragsdale has been in
charge of the display since its
The display is a project of the
Coleman Chamber of Commerce,
and Coleman Bank will supply the
fireworks. The display will begin at
about 9:30 to 9:45. depending on
tight conditions.
Location for viewing will be at
Coleman City Park. Firing wifi be on
property provided by Larry Till
man. The City of Coleman wfl] assist
with site preparation and Stem pel
Manufacturing Company personnel
will handle preparations and firing.
there. They were to remain in that
area for a while, before the break-
out came. Miller well recalls seeing
General George Patton in his tank,
with pearl handled six shooters on
both hips, waving to everyone to get
out of the way as tanks were coming
through. This was at Avranches.
Patton and his tanks went south and
Miller and McQuigg, in a jeep, went
to Brittany, pulling into Mont St.
Michel on August 7.
This is where the story really
starts. As Miller and friend drove
the jeep into Mont St. Michel area
they saw a man on a bicycle. He
recognized them as Americans and
it turned out they were the first
Americans to arrive there.The man
on the bicycle quickly waved for
them to follow him in a different
direction than they were headed.
Miller was to find out why 40 years
The Frenchman took them on to
the famed abbey out in the bay that
was surrounded by water when the
tide came in. The Germans had left
the abbey the day before and the
friend thought they would be safe
there. Soon it was dark, the tide
came in and they could not leave, so
they spent the night in the abbey at
the upper level of the huge struc-
There was a terrific bombard-
ment that night which Miller and
McQuigg observed from their eleva-
ted position. The thought entered
their mind that they might bo cut off
from other American personnel.
The next morning they met the
Mayor, a balding young man. Then
they had two friends, the man on
the bicycle and the Mayor. They
rejoined their unit that day.
Now we jump 40 years into the
present. Last month Miller took a
three-week tour of Europe and
ended the tour in Paris. He wanted
to visit Omaha beach and took a
train to Normandy, but when he
arrived there he was informed that
no rooms were available due to the
40-year observance of the Nor-
mandy landing. So, Miller took
transportation on down to Brittany
and Mont St. Michel.
At Moot St Michel he re visited
the abbey and while there he asked
a fellow if anyone was around who
was there 40 years ago. The man
replied no, but as Miller was going
down the steps he heard the man
call to someone, saying “hey, Ameri-
can looking for you."
When Miller got to the bottom of
the steps he saw a man standing
there, looking intently at him.
Suddenly the man smiled and ex-
claimed, “you were the one driving
the Jeep", and the Frenchman was
the man on the bicycle 40 years ago,
Philippe Luizard.
The Frenchman showed Miller
why he had detoured him 40 years
ago, taking him to a spot where
there was a German machine gun
nest, dangerously close to where
they had driven the Jeep. Just a bit
closer and they would have been
goners. Luizard also told them there
were Germans all over the place. He
couldn't understand how Miller and
McQuigg managed to survive that
The bicycle rider of 40 years ago
is now quite prosperous, owning a
large hotel and several other busi-
nesses there. Miller became his
guest and he refused to accept any
Soon Miller was to meet the
Mayor of 40 years ago, Julien
Nicolle. The old Mayor recognized
Miller too. Suddenly this was a big
occasion for Mont St. Michel. The
current Mayor and all the Council
members had a special session, with
news people in attendance. They
broke out the champagne, and
asked Miller to sign their official
The entry on the city record had
to do with the two Americans
arriving there in 1944. Some ques-
tion came up concerning the exact
time, when an old gentleman
brought out his diary and read from
it that two Americans arrived in a
Jeep on August 7, 1944 at 5:00 p.m.
The people of Mont St. Michel kept
Miller there three days, entertain-
ing and honoring him all the while.
Many pictures were taken and the
Frenchmen will be sending Miller
copies of the news story in the
R. C. Miller had another interest
in his trip to Normandy and Brit
tany. He wanted to locate the grave
of Troy Gillespie who was killed in
action there. He did find out that
Gillespie's grave is in a cemetery at
St. Laurent, where 9,386 Americans
were buried, close to Normandy
Now, Miller is back home with
pictures, keepsakes and a lot of good
The Coleman resident retired
here last year, after spending the
past 26 years in Hawaii, in Civil
Service intelligence. After World
War II he spent time in Korea
when he was called back from re-
serve status to active duty. He is a
native of Coleman and a graduate of
Coleman High School.
Concerning Mont St. Michel, he
explains that the tide no longer
covers the roadway to the abbey.
Sand has filled in the crossing and a
dike has been built, so that a
permanent road is now there and a
crossing may be made at any time.
He observed many changes in the
abbey and village since his visit
there 40 years ago. It is now a
tourist center and all business there
is for serving the tourist. The large
abbey itself contains restaurants
and hotels.
R.C. Miller With Friends....Mont Mich*l Irrlft^kground

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