The Ennis Daily News (Ennis, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 198, Ed. 1 Monday, August 22, 1955 Page: 1 of 4
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!i.-rvey C. Rust
Go* Box £066
For All Departments
of The News
Hhe Ennis daily news
IN THE 64th YEAR
UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRE
ENNIS, TEXAS, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1955
FOUR PAGES—FIVE CENTS
Two Negro Brothers
Drown In Pit
HOUSTON.—Two Negro brothers,
Verticil Mattox, 13. and Eddie, 9.
were drowned in a pit near Lake
Houston during a neighborhood pic-
nic yesterday. Members of the Mat-
tox family say Vernell was drown-
ed trying to save his young bro-
ther who had stepped into a deep
hole while wading in waist deep
water Both bodies were recovered.
Mainland Gambling Houses
Closed In Galveston County
GALVESTON. — Galveston Sher-
iff Frank Biaggne has reported that
gambling operations along t h e
•’Strip" in nearby Kemah, Texas
were closed down over the week-
end by "orders." Sheriff Biaggne
rays the orders came from District
Attorney Marsene, Johnson Jr., who
earlier announced that he had
complaints from citizens about the
“mainland" gambling spots. How-
ever, the shutdown order seema
concentrated in Kemah. Other
mainland card and dice games were
reported in full operation. Island
gambling wasn’t included in the
order. Johnson said Saturday he
would crackdown on island gamb-
ling- too. Il he received any com-
plaints about it. However, so far—
he says he has received no such
Texan All-Round Cowboy
Of Iowa Rodeo
SIDNEY. Iowa— Harry Tom-
kins of Dublin. Texas, has been
named all-around cowboy champ-
ion of the Sidney, Iowa, Rodeo.
He won more than 14-hundred
dollars prize money during the
live-day run which ended Saturday
Baytown Police Have
Merry Chase With Selves
BAYTOWN. — Baytown Patrol-
man Ray Turner heard a radio call
worn a fellow officer w h'
radio call from fellow officer who
said he was chasing a burglary sus-
pect on the same street which
Turner was patrolling. Turner
speededup his patrol car—then lis-
tened again. Deputy Sheriff M. M.
Erowi:'- voice said on the radio,
’hurry, he’s speeding up." Turner
whipped his car across the road
as a roadblock. A car about 300
yards behind him skidded to a
stop. Deputy Brown jumped out.
Brown had been chasing the patrol
WATER. WATER EVERYWHERE—A frightened due stares tit the cameraman as flood
waters from the swollen Farmington River swirl around an Army truck stalled in rescue
mission at Farmington, Conn. A record rainfall of almost 14 inches sent flood waters
over much of the state, taking at least 33 lives. (NEA Telephoto)
FOUR YEARS OLD:
In Critical Condition
In Woman's Fall To Death
HAN ANTONIO. (UP) .--Thirty-
six-year-old Juanita Cortez of
Hondo, Texas, has fallen to her
death today from the fourth floor
of Robert B. Green Hospital in San
The body hit a car parked in the
physicians’ parking lot and then
landed between two parked cars.
Acting Coroner E. H Talbert or-
dered an investigation.
She had been working as a wai-
tress in a Han Antonio cafe until
she entered the hospital on June
20th. Hospital officers say she was
Vote Slated Tomorrow
On Hofheinz Impeachment
HOUSTON. CUIP>—‘Houston City
Councilmen have argued pro and
con for three hours and then cal-
led for a roll call vote tomorrow
on whether or not to impeach Mayor
Mayor Roy Hofheinz.
The roll call vote was decided
on after one councilman walked
out. two others failed to attend a
meeting, and another councilman
said he favored waiting until next
A four-year-old Negro boy—the
victim of a hit-and-run accident—
remained unconscious and in cri-
tical condition in Ennis Municipal
The boy was truck before his mo-
ther’s eyes Saturday night as they
crossed US Highway 75 at an inter-
section at 1300 North Kaufman.
Ennis' police quoted the boy’s mo-
ther. Jessie Mae Conner, 203 East
Moore, * as saying her s o n
Larry, ran ahead ais ,they pre-
pared to cross the highway about
8:30 p.m. Saturday.
She said that a 1954 Chevrolet
Announced By TPA
AtJSIN. (Spld—Plans for an "ali
out" observance of National News-
paper Week, Oct. 1-8. have been
anounced by the Texas Press As-
sociation, according to TPA Presi-
dent Russell W. Bryant, publisher
of the Italy News-Herald.
A speaker bureau of mote than
50 publishers from all sections of
the state has been named by the
association. Speakers will be avail-
able for appearances before all
types of civic and social organi-
zations during the week.
Slogan for the 1955 observance
of National Newspaper Week is
"Your Newspaper Fights for Your
Right to Know." TPA hopes to im-
press upon newspaper readers the
fact that newspapers need to ob-
tain information in order to keep
the Texas public an informed pub-
Recent instances of misdealing
by public officials never would have
been possible if the newspapermen
and women of Texas had had free
access to public records,” Bryant
said. “It. has been proven again
and again that the public will take
action if it is armed with the in-
infoimation on which to act."
Organizations desiring to take
part in the National Newspaper
V«f( ek observance may make ar-
rangements for speakers through
their local newspaper publishers, or
by writing direct to the Texas Press
Association, 1710 San Antonio
FILES FOR DIVORCE—Airman Daniel C. Schmidt,
center, returned POW, files for divorce at Red Bluff,
Calif., as Alice E. Davis, Tehama County clerk, left, and
Mrs. D. F. Ferguson, Schmidt’s mother-in-law, look on.
Schmidt, whose wife, Una, remarried while he was a pri-
soner of the Chinese Reds, will seek custody of his son,
Danny Jr., 212, according to his lawyer. (NEA Telephoto)
with a green body and yellow top,
traveling north on the highway,
struck the boy and carried him on
the front bumper for almost a
block before he fell off and rolled
off the pavement.
The car failed to stop.
The noy was taken to Ennis Mu-
nicipal Hospital. His doctor said this
morning that he was suffering from
severe head injuries and a broken
right leg. He has failed to regain
consciousness since the, accident and
his condition is described by the
physician as critical.
Three Others Treated
Thee other Ennis Negroes received
emergency treatment for abrasions
following an accident here at 9:15
The accident occurred in the 1400
block of North Kaufman, at 9:15
a.in. Sunday, Ennis police stated.
According to the police report, a
car driven by Phillip Carter, 1207 N.
Kaufman, traveling south on the
highway — ran off the pavement,
traveled 80 feet before returning to
the pavement and crashing into a
car driven north on the highway
by L W. Washington, Route 4, En-
The impact of the collision over-
turned the Washington car-while
the other car traveled tyick across
the pavement and ran into a ditch.
Both cars were described by officers
Ike To Meet
DENVER. Colo. 1 UP 1.—President
Eisenhower is breaking off his vaca-
tion to check on the progress of
flood relief in the Northeast.
Mr. Eisenhower has asked the
governors of affected states to meet
with him in Hartford. Conn., to-
morrow to see, what else can be
done. Before that meeting, the
President will fly over Pennsylvania,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New
Jersey, Rhode Island and New York
to see for himsej.f the havoc caused
The President will take off from
his vacation headquarters here
about 9 o’clock Denver time tonight,
He is due in Hartford about 8:30
a.m. <EDT‘ tomorrow.
The President made a special ap-
peal for Americans to give to the
Rod Cross, which says that avail-
able flood relief funds aren’t
Mr. Eisenhower also gave practi-
cally a blank check to Civil Defense
Administrator Val Peterson in de-
ciding how much money govern-
ment money to spend in the dis-
Over 200 Dead In Flood
1 loss of life, Pennsylvania has
si.l ”d the most... at least 110
dean all, at least 202 persons are
dead a uany more feared dead
through 8-state areas from
Massachusel. Virginia. Prop-
erty loss is staggering—estimated in
the billions and receding flood wa-
ters have left behind new problems
Anti-typhoid shots and water
purification equipment are combat-
ting the threat of disease. The Red
Cross says 34,000 familiies are
homeless. Many persons lost their
means of llvelhood when the flood
waters washed away entire indust-
as total losses.
Washington was uninjured but
his small son. a passenger in the
car, was taken to the hospital for
Both Carter and a passenger in
his car, Erma Lee Banks, 1400 N.
Breekenridge. were taken to the
hospital for emergency treatment.
None were admitted us patients by
Two Accidents Today
Other accidents, classed as minor,
were investigated by the Ennis Po-
The last reported was 9:30 this
A York Transport oil truck driven
by Richard D. Desmuke of Hous-
ton. traveling north on the highway
hit the rear of a car driven by
Blackman R. Cooper of Route 1,
Police said that Cooper, also
driving north on the highway was
attempting to make a left turn
when the accident occurred. Dam-
age was reported as minor.
Officers stated that another car
left the road to avoid being in-
volved in the accident.
Truck &■ Car Involved
In another accident at 6:40 a.m.
today, a car driven by Simon Lin-
coln of 405 W. Milam, traveling east
on Bavlor, and a panel truck driven
by Henry Frank Drozd, 1004 East
Milam, traveling south on Main, col-
lided. Minor damage was reported.
In another minor accident at 8:20
a.m. Sunday, a car driven south on
McKinney by Earl Cecil Robinson,
Route 1. Ennis was making a U-
turn at Main Street when it col-
lided with a car driven cast on En-
ins Avenue by Ivan Jerome
Hoji us!a. V
The United Press reports that
traffic accidents have taken the
lives of at least 13 persons over the
week-end in Texas.
When purchasing household ap-
pliances see us for assistance in fi-
nancing. Low bank rates, conven-
ient terms. Member of FDIC. EN-
NIS STATE RANK.
1955 Cotton Ginning
Off To Slow Start
May Be Short
K. P. Officials
In Ennis Today
High officials of the Knights of
P.s thias who are in Ennis for a
meeting ol the local lodge at 8 o'-
clock 'this evening include Jack
Needham Browmvood, grand chan-
cellor of Texas: W. H. Lindsey,
Dallas, grand secretary, and Dr.
Paul • Campbell head of the ex-
tension department for the United
States pul Canada.
On Tuesday night, the officials
will be in Corsicana for a District
VIII meeting at the KP Hall there.
William V Mowlam of Corsi-
cana will preside. He has recently
been named district VIII deputy
grand chancellor for the sixth
C. D. Lanier, head of the Ennis
KP Lodge said delegations from
Ennis, Mexia, Waxahachie and
Hillsboro are expected to attend
the meeting in corsicana.
Ennis Boy Scouts To
Ennis Boy Scouts who will attend
an area Order of tile Arrow meet-
ing at Camp Strake at Conroe on
August 26. 27 and 28 Include Ray
Telfair Jr. and Wilson McKinney
of Troop 210, Brotherhood mem-
The order of the Arrow, an hon-
orary camping organization, within
Bey Scouts includes three degrees.
Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil.
Those recently initiated as Or-
deal members at Camp Wisdom in-
clude Ray Telfair, assistant scout
master of Troop 210 and vice chair-
man of the Ennis Boy Scout Dis-
trict Mike Doyle, Barry Black-
well. Ikm Simpson, lovd Mynatt,
Jimmy Jeter and Robert Ensman
of Troop 205.
Recently initiated as Brother-
hood members were Wilson Mc-
Kinney. and Joe Neal McClendon
of Troop 210 and Ralph Denny,
Henry Lee Horn. Jack Benton and
J. L,. Roberts of Troop 205.
Two Members To
Get Third Degree
At IOOF Meeting
The third degree will be conferred
upon two members at the regular
meeting of IGGF Ennis Lodge 227
Tuesday night. George Collins, noble
grand, said today.
The meeting will be held at 8 p.m.
at IOOF' Hall. Collins stated.
FLOOD AREA—Boxed are some of the cities hard hit
by the worst flood ever to hit the northeast section of
the United States. The floods spread death and destruc-
tion over a five-state area. Pennsylvania and Connecticut
were hardest hit. But heavy damage and deaths were
reported in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
The unofficial death toll stands at P4 for the area. (NEA
New Sewer Line on South McKinney
Attend Area Meet Of Completion Due By Wednesday
Order Of Arrow
A new sewer line on South Mi
Kinney Street is expected to b e
completed by Wednesday after-
noon, City Water Superintendent
Buster Floyd said today .
The line is being built to pro-
vide service for ten homes where it.
lias been requested, Floyd stated.
The 900 feet of sewer line ore
being placed in the 800. 900 and 1000
blocks of South McKinney, tying on
Quick, easy loans made on cash
value of life insurance policies. Low
rates. Member of FDIC. ENNIS
R. L. Sparkman, Pioneer Ellis Countian,
To Celebrate 99th Birthday Saturday
R. L. Sparkman, who has spent
87 years in Ellis County and the
last 47 years in Ennis, will be 99
years old on August 27.
Sparkman lives in his own home
at 800 West Ennis Avenue and
although his eye sight has failed
he keeps up with the news of the
day.by radio and through the papers
which are read to him bv his
daughter. Mrs. C. P. Clark, who has
a home across the street, but stays
with her father.
Drove Covered Wagon
Sparkman was born in Missis-
sippi and drove a covered wagon
to Texas when he was 12 years of
age. The wagon, in which Spark-
man brought his mother and the
other children, was one of several
in a caravan. The father, who was
versify at Waco and was baptized
m the Brazos River. In those days
when a boy went to college he
took his feather bed with him and
Sparkman still has his and also the
trunk which he took to Baylor.
After leaving Baylor he was
graduated from a business college
in Poughkeepsie, N. ,Y.
He was married to Miss Emma
White, daughter of a Bristol mer-
chant. Slip died eight years ago,
soon after the celebration of their
sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.
Built Business Empire
Spnrklinan acquired three gins
and three general merchandise
stores: one each at Bristol, Alsdorf
and Crisp, nnd built his own tele-
phone lines linking his various
holdings with Ennis.
When he came to Ennis to live.
ill and seeking a change of climate, Sparkman built three mills:
made the trip in a buggy. He had
been held in an enemy camp dur-
ing the Civil War and had walked
home after the cessation of hos-
The family stopped first in Lan-
caster and lived there for a short
time before they bought the farm
at Bristol where R. L. Sparkman
v Huhtized In Brazos
Sift kman attended Baylor Uni-
a flour mill, a corn meal mill and
a chicken teed mill. All his hold-
ings were disposed of when he re-
tired from business at the age of
Sparkman has two daughters.
Mrs Clark and Mrs. Leonard Sellers
of Ennis, and a foster daughter,
(Miss Annie Henrlcksen of Dallas
To brighten his days there are
also t! iree grandchildren and five
In Gulf And
BROWNSVILLE, Tex. *UP».—
The Brownsville a n d Miami
weather bureas have reported two
separate lines of squally, disturbed
weather on the Yucatan Peninsula
to the southern end of the Baha-
One easterly wave stretches from
the eastern tip of Jamica in the
Carribean to the southern end of
the Bahamas in the Atlantic. The
other extends from Yucatan to 400
miles east of Brownsville in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters say the easterly wav-
es show no signs of developing
circular winds characteristic of a
tropical storm but "it will he some
time before we can tell anything
more about it."
Chief forecaster John Hagan of
the Brownsville Weather Bureau
say they are the fourth and fifth
easterly waves in the past few
months. iAn earlier wave was re-
sponsible for rains which measured
up to six inches last week in the
lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
He says the wave in the Gulf will
cause more rajns in the valley.
A spokesman at the Miami Wea-
ther Bureau says the easterly wave
extending from Jamaica to the
Bahamas has caused blustery wea-
ther with winds as high as 35
miles per hour in Cuba and at
Turk Islands in the Bahamas.
On Marriage Plans
LONDON, Englnnd i UP‘.--All’s
still quiet In the British royal fam-
ily—romantically speaking. Prin-
cess Margaret turned 25 yesterday
and now is free to marry without
consent of her sister. Queen Eliza-
beth. But there’s no word so far
as to whether she’ll announce her
engagement to Captain Peter
Towsend. In fact, it’s not known
whether the princess still is inter-
ested m the divorced 40-year-old
father of two. The British press
says "yes.” But Princess Margaret
is saying nothing.
Toll Rises To 202
NEW YORK N Y (UP).—A re-
vised count shows at least 202 dead
from the floods In eight states and
scores more feared dead. Health of-
ficials have urged all disaster area
residents to get anti-typhoid shots
and boll all water as « precaution
to an existing line at Madison
Street and running to Burnett.
One In Series
The new line is one in a series
which have already been built and
\thleh are yet to be built to make
ind(x>r plumbing available to every
home in Second Ward, where the.
city's sanitation campaign is cur-
rently being concentrated, F’loyd
He said an earlier survey had in-
dicated 163 open toilets in the
F’loyd estimated that 25 outdoor
toilets have, been eliminated in the
ward since the drive started. Per-
mits have been issued and con-
struction is underway to eliminate
some 10 others at present, he add-
Required By Ordinance
Floyd said that a city ordinance
requires residences on property
within 200 feet of a sewer line to
connect to the line. He said that
this ordinance is being enforced
He stated that the city is asking
persons to connect without further
notice and that the city was doing
everything possible to help those
seeking to tie, on to sewer lines.
Regular meeting of the
Farmers Fellowship Club,
was scheduled for next Thursday
night, has been postponed until
Monday, August 29. County Agent
Walter Kruse revealed Saturday.
The meeting place is to be an-
Featured speaker at the Young
Farmers meeting will he C. B.
Spencer of the Texas Cottonseed
Crushers Association. The program
will be on cotton defoliation.
A survey of pins in the En-
nis area shows most of them
to be behind in the number of
bales of cotton processed to
date, compared with the same
period for last year.
The Ennis Co-op Gin has
pinned 81 bales this year, com-
pared to 223 for last year, accord-
ing to figures supiied by W. A.
Shaw, bookkeeper at the gin, W*ho
ventured an opinion that this
year's crop is short: a little better
than last year’s, but still short
and no top crop in prospect.
Only One Gin Ahead
The Planters Gin in Ennis has
processed five bales this year, com-
pared to one for the same time
last year and John P Boren, man-
ager at the gin says he believes
the crop is either a little better,
or a little earlier than last years.
The Kirkpatrick Gin at Tetico
reports five bales so far. compared
to 12 or 15 for the same period
last year. Lt>o Kirkpatrick, owner,
says he believes the old cotton
yield will be a little better, per
acre, than the 1954 yield. He says
however, that there is a lot of
young cotton that wont’ make be-
cause ol the worms and weevils.
According to the records of the
Planters Co-operative Ginning So-
ciety at Bardwell, their gin has
handled 36 bales this year, com-
pared to 139 bales the same period
last year. George Grammar, book-
keeper at the gin, said the crop
seeines to be pretty short, on ac-
count. of insect infestation.
Tile Bardwell Co-op Gin it
Bardwell has ginned 29 bales this
year, compared with 150 bales tor
the sme period last year, according
to J VV. Bartlett, operator.
The Kirven Gin, between Ennis
and Rteagor Springs, reported 32
bales ginned from this year’s crop,
compared to 200 bales at this time
last year. Bob Crittendon, mnager
at the gin. sai dsome fanners in
that vicinity were picking half a
bale to the acre, which is a good
average, but that the crop is spot-
ty and that, generally speaking,
the crop is short.
Commissioner’s Son Victim
Of Rheumatic Fever
AUSTIN. - It has been disclosed
here that the four-year-old son of
Agriculture Commisioner and Mrs.
John White i.s a victim of rheumatic
fever. The family physician says
the boy. Edward White, is making
"satisfactory progress.” However, it
is anticipated he will be kept in bed
under observation "for several
Clear to partly cloudy and
warm through tomorrow. High
both afternoons upper 90’s and
the low tonight in the middle
HOUSES TOPPLED LIKE TENPINS—This house in
Scranton, Pa„ whs pushed over against its neighbor, and
minutes after thin picture was taken it collapsed into the
water as the flooding Lackawanna River pushed build-
ings around like tenpins. The heavy rain storm, causing
one of the most.violent and destructive floods iii Eastern
Pennsylvania history, claimed at least 48 lives and left a
staggering damage toll. (NEA Telephoto)
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