The Ennis Daily News (Ennis, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 243, Ed. 1 Friday, October 14, 1955 Page: 1 of 6
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For All Departments
of The News
THE ENNIS DAILFNEWS
IN THE 64th YEAR
UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRE
ENNIS, TEXAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1955
SIX PAGES—FIVE CENTS
Flashes Across Texas Skies
By UNITED PRESS
Reports of a brilliant ball of fire
that flashed high across Texas
Skies shortly utter 10 am. today!
and suddenly disintegrated into a |
black ball of smoke crane from
hundreds of persons over Texas.
There also were unconfirmed re-
ports of Jet plane crashes.
iRejxjTts of the fireball came
first from the lower Rio Grande
Valley, where weather bureaus of
at least two cities reported seeing
the flaming bail of fire sweep
across the sky at extremely high
Reports of oilier persons spotting
the mysterious object came from
Browuwood in VVIest Texas and
from Tyler in East Texas.
Theie also were unconfirmed re-
ports of two Jet planes having
crushed around Duvall County in
tlie Lower Rio ‘Grnade Valley.
Oscar Monnig, an amateur as-
tronomer in Fort Worth, said the
flashing object had the character-1
istics of a fireball, from the in-1
formation he had pieced together
by the various reports.
O. H Seiler, Fort Worth. Texas,
businessman said I10 was drivingf
near Edinburg, Texas, in the lower j
I?no Grande Valley when he saw
“a ball of fire going so fust that it j
.ob'appog ed m about lliree or
Seller said it trailed red fire and j
was headed earthward at about a !
45 degree angle He did not see it
Weather Bureaus In Galveston.; The Post Office Department. in-
Brownsville and Corpus Chn.su also| eluding the Ennis Past. Office, is co-
rejxufed seeing the objet.
Air Force planes from Harlingen,
Tex , and Coast Guard ships were
sent out uito the Laguna Madre
aita of the Texas coast to hunt
for the object aftei one report said
it may have crashed in that sec-
Mrs. Frances K. Hams, ukho j that woold contribute to fire haz-
works for a Galveston radio station Jards
< K’GBC1, she was on her way home I Georg 1 Barney Jr and Keith Mul-
f.om tJie station when she saw it.! key make up the committee.
She said: "It was a large, long I Thus committee has also written
trail of fire out of the southwest.! letters to the w ives of the postal
USED IN DOPE OPERATIONS—Sen. Price Daniel,
Texas, left, Sen. John Butler of Maryland, and Lee Speer,
special investigator for narcotic probing Senate sulxtom-
mittee meeting in Austin, examine one of the “lx>ttom-
less trunks" Speer said Frenchman Antonio d’ Agostino
used in his international smuggling. d’Agostino, in soli-
tarv confinement in Travis County jail in Austin, has
not testified before subcommittee because his attorneys
wanted time to talk with him. (NEA Telephoto)
Palmer High School Yearbook
Wins Fourth Consecutive Award
For the 4th consecutive year the nual year book conference, it has
the Palmer School yearbook. "Foot-| been reported from Now Yrk.
prints" has been an award win-! In this year's conference, the
ning publication in the Columbia' fifteenth, the 1954-55 edition of
Scholastic Press Association's an-
Local Post Office
Cooperating in Fire
“Footprints” won second place in
the division for offset yearbooks
in senior high schools of 300 or
This nnkes two first and two
second prizes for the Palmer yeor-
Editor of the award winning
j 1954-55 publication was Evelyn
j Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and
i Mrs. Pinkie Armstrong, Rioute One.
Palmer. Janice Anthony, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Anthony,
! was assistant editor; Douglas Glan-
I don, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. P.
I W. Holloman, was business mana-
ger. Altogether there were 14 stu-
oporaung with the President's dec-
laration of National Fire Prevention
Week. October 9-15.
Postmaster George Barney states
that he has appointed * local com- j denteth^'atZfr
mittee, at the office to give, Mrf> j^^ny Blocker, the former
the post office premises a good ; Mlss Prance€ uVnnc Oow of Emils
going over to con^ct any condition ‘
Gentry And Bus
To Attend Ad
Meet in Dallas
Charles Gentry, manager, »nd Dan
Bus, editor, of The Ennis Daily
News will attend the Texas Press
Association's Fifth Annual Ad Meet
Saturday at the Balter Hotel in
Gentry will serve as discussion
leader in a panel on "Industrial
Promotion’* during the afternoon
Two agency men, a businessman
who uses lots of advertising, a
printing salesman, and a newspaper
publisher are headline speakers for
Tin* agency men are Mike Rine-
hart of Circle Advertising Agency,
Waco, and Bill Sansing. McCann -
Erickson, Inc., Dallas.
Jack McCollum of Huntsville is
the businessman who claims he has
built his large enterprise through
the use of cooperative advertising.
Roy Cowan, salesman for South-
west Printing Company in Dallas
will discuss salesmanship.
Paul C. Smith, publisher of The
Lyon County Reporter In Rock
Weekly Newspaper Representatives,
Ls scheduled to tak© part in a panel
session, for a roimtable discussion of
Louie. Freeman, n vvoung man
from Jenks, Okla„ who has credited
some fame for himself as a racon-
teur on almost any subject, will
take over at the luncheon, for a
break between the serious morning
and afternoon sessions.
Russell W. Bryant, publisher of
Tire Italy News-Herald and TPA
president, explained that, since the,
TPA Ad Meet ls a one-day affair,
it begins early with a breakfast, and
moves rapidly all day, until ad-
journment at 5 p.m. Host for the
"Early Bird” breakfast at 7:29 a m.
will be the State Fair of Texas.
Admen are to be guests of Lester
Jordan, SMU sports publicity di-
rector and former Ennis News edi-
tor, in the evening for the football
game b»*i ween SMU and Rice Insti-
tute, played at the Cotton Bowl.
Awards in the association's an-
nual Ad Idea and Ad Campaign con-
tests are scheduled for the luncheon
Scouts To Distribute
Smile Day Bags Sunday
HUMORS ARK FLYING—A radiant Princess Margaret,
left, accompanied by her cousin, Princess Alexandra,
dnve off in a car after arriving in Ixmdon from Scot-
land. Margaret’s arrival coincides with visit of Capt.
Peter Townsend and has caused increased speculation
aliout their rumored romance. (NEA Telephoto)
and pretty fur out in the gulf. It
suddenly disintegrated into a black
pufl of smoke and disappeared- "
The crew of a commercial air-
liner was reported to have seen
a "brilliant explosion" south of
Lake Tyler in East Texas. Resi-
dents in that section of Texas also
reported .seeing what they thought
was a smoking jet plane and said
h, appeared to be falling.
The police dispatcher at Bay-
town. Texas, said he started get-
ting | dozens of telephone calls
Loin persons reporting that a flam-
ing plane had flown over the city.
The Mid-Way Airport tower be
employees Urging then cooperation
In their homes.
Postmaster Barney stated that he
heartedly agrees with Fire Marshal
Charles J. Novv’s statement that lire
prevention is everybody's job.
has sponsored the school yearbook , penod Thc winning man or woman
Film Shown Club
stnee it was first published in 1947
Mrs. Blocker Is secretray to Roy
J. Watson, superintendent of Pal-
mer Public Schools.
The Palmer High School award
to the outstanding staff member
for the 1.954-56 edition went to
Harold Adams, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Roy Adams, who was head
Sue Hughey, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Harris Hughey, Ls editor for
the 1955-56 edition of "Footprints,"
and was a three-year staff member
on last year's award winning edi-
tion. She won thc best salesperson
award year before last
Fifty Ellis County Men Summoned
For Jury Service In District Court
A film depicting progress which j
the Southern Pacific Lines isi
making in nn effort to deliver
freight, shipments promptly and j
tween Beaumont and Port Arthur j w ithout, damage was shown at the
r« ported seeing what tower mem-
bers said looked like a fireball
headed out into the Gulf.
Hie sheriffs office at Columbus,; nH)f,rthe mrrtine and the show-1 Members of the Blackball Water
Tixus, faid it had received reports nmn 101 tlu ni u anci Sanitation Association renre-
r.„„.......... \LJlne of thc film, "Million Dollar ana sanitation Association icpio-
scntlng 12 communities were pre-
Hickman explained thc coin-
plan for putting money
Kiwams luncheon on Thrjulay.
R. W Hickman, assistant super- j
Lntcndcnt for thc SP on thc Dallas-;
Austin Division, was program chair-
fiom 100 "excited" persons who “K
said they saw a burning plane in!
the air. None could pinpoint the
location I 3W*’*
At Water Meeting
sent at a meeting of the organiza-
tion at City Hall in Ennis Thurs-
One man said lie saw a plane)
explode. Others said they saw* aj
fiery object that appeared to lx*
an aircraft but that they couldn't
be positive it was a plane
The Houston Weather /Bureau
said it had been advised bv the
Brownsville Weather Bureau that
"a meteor apparently passed ovtr
this area" at about the time the
object was first sighted.
All Children 15 And Below
In Salk Priority Group
AUSTIN. Tex. (UP).—The Texas
priority group for Salk polio vac-
cine now includes all children 15
years of age or younger. State
Health Officer Dr. Henry A. Hollo
announced yesterday at Austin raLs-
Ing of the age from 10 to 15. Preg-
nant women continue to bo includ-
ed in the priority group. The vac-
cine. Dr Hrdle said—Ls becoming
more and more plentiful every day.
| saved through a reduction ot clauns
for delay and damage into a con-
structive program for the benefit
of the railroad, the employees and
In (lie discussion which followed
the showing of the film. Hickman
stated that the Southern Pacific
is actually the biggest railroad in
the United States. Southern Pacific
owned and maintained tracks from
New Orleans to Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Portland, and Seattle;
and from Houston to Brownsville
on the south and to Denison on
the North, lie said, explaining fur-
ther that the Southern Pacific
owned 85 per cent of the Cotton
Bell to St. Louis.
Hickman also told about a big
pipeline which the SP is putting
in on its own right-of-way, from
California to El Paso. The pipe-
line can be used for both oil and
gas, and might have as many as
seven or eight different kinds of
oil flowing through it, in separate
blocks, at the same time, he said.
TGA Tourney Moves.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (UP'.—'Thc
19th annual TGA Tournament mov-
ed into the semi-final round at the
Sim Antonio Country Club today.
But not before two former cham-
pions were ousted in quarterfinal
play. Dick Harrison, the, 1954 cham-
pion from San Antonio, was beaten
by Ed Tyler of Houston, 2 and 1;
while A1 Ferrando of San Antonio
dumped Colonel W. It. Stickman,
1951 finalist and 1953 champion, i*
When purchasing household ap-
pliance* see us for assistance in fl-
lancing. Low bank rate*, conven-
cut term*. Member of f'DIC. tN>
Nib STATK BANK.
i da*, night,.
Forty persons were present Cities
j and towns represented were Ennis,
Cleburne, Wnxahachie, Hillabofro,
Corsicana, Ferris, Palmer, Midlo-
thian, Seagoville, Abbott, Frost and
Mayrtr Jack McKay of Ennis
presented a talk on city govern-
ment and the gathering saw a film
on water needs of communities.
Buster Floyd, city water super-
intendent of Ennis, served as dis-
cussion leader for the group. L.
Stephens of Cleburne, president ot
the association, and M. Gibson of
Ferris, association secretary, were
among those present.
Buster Floyd, city water super-
intendent, stated today that work
of laying a 21-inch drainage pipe
to carry water from Tower Hill to
Old Lake is about half completed,
Thc !K)0 foot line extends from a
]>oint on Clay Street Into the lake
near the old pump house.
Floyd stated the project will be
completed about Tuesday.
A similar project, designed to
carry water running down ditches
on thc US Highway 287 rlght-of-
wa.v into Like Clark, lias been
completed, Floyd stated.
in each contest, will receive a copper
plaque with Ins or her name en-
graved thereon, Plaquee are contri-
buted by Harold Coulthart of Metro
Associated Services. All entries In
the contests are to bo displayed j
following the luncheon.
McCollum .Rinehart, Cowan and j
Sansing will speak on the morn- |
ing program. They will take part j
in the open forum discussion sc hod- j
uled for the afternoon sessions also.
Smith's discussion of national ad- j
vertising will be a part of that ses- j
sion. Program chairman for this;
year’s meeting us William E. Berger, |
publisher of The Hondo Anvil-Her- j
aid. More than 100 admen and wo- J
men from Texas’ daily and weekly |
newspapers have pre-registered for j
Fifty Eli is County men, includ-
ing seven from Ennis, liave been
summoned for Jury duty at 10 a.m.
Monday at the district courtroom in
WatctHiachie, according to records
of District Clerk Jake Talley.
Of th© fifty persons summoned, 17
are from Waxahachie; seven are
from Ennis and seven are from
Midlothian. 8ix are from Italy and
six from Milford with three due to
report from May pearl and one each
frem Bristol, Bardwell, f'omyston
Of BSU at Waco
Special to Ennis Daily News
ABILENE (Spit — Representing
Hardin-Sin • morn* University at, the
Texas Baptist Union convention at
Waco October 14-16 was Oa.rot j Charles
To Attend State Fair
Explorer Scout Post and Boy
Scout Troop 305, sponsored by the
Tabernacle Baptist Church, will
visit thc State Fag of Texas it*
Dallas Saturday, Scoutmaster A. B
Si. Clair revealed today.
St. Clair said the scouts will meet
at the Scout Room at thc church
at 10:30 for flic trip.
Vandeislice of Ennis. Miss Vander-
slice is a Sophomore student at.
Director of Religious Activities
for Hardin-Slmmom* University is
Prof. Truett Sherilf. The Univer-
sity has just completed its annual
fall Life Commitment Week, a
period devoted to assisting students
in finding their specific area of
I pniritual service Rev. .John A. Ras-
| co of Odessa was the speaker for
' the special week.
Ei mis resident summoned In-
clude Clyde Gilmore. A E. New-
berry. Howard A. Yates, H. M.
Schoepe Jr., C. E Hoover, C. C.
Merritt and J. Roy Olaspy.
Those due to report from Midlo-
thian are W. JET Malone, J. D. Flee-
man, Cecil Duvall, Ben H. Bruce,
Lewis Allen, Louis Johnson and Bar-
Italy residents summoned for
jury duty are Allen Reeves. Wes-
ley Almond, Roy Dunn, H. Corley,
W. C. Commons and J. W. Jar-
rett while those from Milford will be
J. D. Boren, Joe Clanton, T. O.
Wimbish, W. B. Bingham, Bolon
Fudge and Raymond Hyles.
Waxahachians summoned to re-
port for jury duty include E. L.
HagLer Jr., W. B. Banks, Jr., B. V.
Lowry, J. H. Adair, John E. Shive,
Ross Crawford Jr., M. M. Sharp.
K Forbes, Guy Atkins, J.
All Local Scout Units Participating
In Collection Of Old Clothing
Bags for the collection of discarded clothing will be left
on all Ennis porches and doorsteps Sunday.
This will be the first phase of the Smile Day project
being conducted jointly by all units of the Explorer Scouts,
Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts in Ennis.
The following Sunday, scouts will return to each home
in Ennis hoping to find the bags, filled with clothing, placed
on the porches for the collection.
Takes No Action
On Opened Bids
No action was taken on bid* on a
new police car and on millwork for
the new wing at Ennis Municipal
Hospital which were opened at a
special meeting of the Ennis City
Commission Thursday afternoon.
The commission voted to give the
bids further consideration.
Action taken at the meeting in-
cluded rehirlng Grady Crlbbe a* a
police officer, accepting the reaigna-
t.lon of Miss Eva Lee, Smith and Mra.
Lottie M. Barham, nurses at Ennis
Municipal Hospital, and employing
Mrs. Nettle L. Buchanan as a new
nurse on the hospital sterff.
The commission also voted to
send Mayor Jack McKay and City
Attorney Qeorge P. Hines to
Brownsville for a meeting of the
League of Texas Municipalities and
Its affiliated organizations on Oc-
tober 23, 24 and 25.
O. Barnett, Henry Curry, H_ F.
Banders, L. 8. Fatten. R. L. March-
man, James E. Seale, Howard Raney
and R. W. CaldwcJ.
Others are If. L Cornwell, Lon
Earl Hayes and R. C. Baze. all of
May perl: Ed M. Moore of Bristol;
W. B Bruce of Bardwell; H. D.
Lynn of Forrest-on and Glpn Odom
Civil suits are. docketed for Mon-
day's court session, the district
clerk's records showed
Wednesday Is Set
As Chest Deadline
Local Legion Post
Opposes Closing Of
Chiam-Landera Poet 361 of the
American Legion adopted a resolu-
tion at its meeting Thursday night
protesting thc closing of tile vet-
erans hospital ct McKinney.
The resolution of the Ennis post,
to be sent to congressional leaders,
called for the McKinney hospital
to be maintained a* a 1,000-bed in-
The resolution stated the hospi-
tal is needed for veterans of this
In other tvislness conducted at
the meeting, a stag party was
slated for November 12 and the
first Monday in December was set
a* the next family night.
A large number of local dele-
gates have made plans to attend
the Sixth District convention in
Hillsboro, October 22-23, it was
revealed at the meeting.
Phone Wage Talks
In Second Day
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UP).—Nego-
tiators held their second straight
all-day session yesterday in an ef-
fort to reach agreement on a new
wage contract In Southwestern
Bell Telephone's six-state system.
Thc length of thc talks indi-
Earlier, brief meetings between
company and 070 oonmumica-'
tions workers had brought a chargtl
of stealing from Union Director.
Frank P. Lonergan.
Loneugan indicated yesterday
that thc pci 11 of a strike appears
to be abating with the firm's will
lngncss to negotiate.
The 51-thousand telephone work-
ers have empowered the negotiat-
ing committee to call a strike, if
President W. B Rider of the
Ennis Community Chest today set
next Wednesday as the deadline
for workers in the chest drive to
complete and turn In their solicita-
Rider urged all workers to com-
plete their calls and make their
To Be Saturday
Funeral services for Thoma* Lynn
Collier, sheet metal worker for the
Southern Pacific in Ennis, have
been set for 10 a.m. Saturday.
Dr. Roy A. Langston will conduct
the rites at Keever Chapel.
Collier, a resident of Ennis for 29
years, died In the BP Hospital In
Houston Thursday. He bad been a
patient there for two weeks and
had been 111 for several months.
He avis born in Meridian, Miss.
Before coming to Ennis he was em-
ployed by the Southern Pacific In
Tuscon, Artz, and by the Texas Pa-
:>fic in Fort Worth.
Survivors Include his wife, the
Quick, easy * loan* made on rash
value of life Insurance policies. Low
ale*. Member of FDIC. tNNJis
IT ATE BANK.
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ON VISIT—Group Opt. Brier Towngend, in car. is
qiu'stioned by newsmen as he arrives at Ferryfield,
England, Wednesday for a visit in London. Thr earlier
arrival of Princess Margaret in London from Scotland
has increased speculation that the Princess will announce
whether or not she will wed the divorced commoner.
final report at the earliest possible
time so that, tlte campaign in ralso
$11,000 for eight chest agcnclc* former Miss Ethel Goodrum of Fort
| Worth; one son, Lt. Richard Collier
of the U. 8. Air Force, now sta-
chii be completed.
At the same tune, Rider expre*.
sod his appreciation to worker*
in all three divisions for the work
they have done in bringing tho
drive near its goal.
Drive Auditor Buddie Davis gave
$9,120.03 as the latest figure on
This places the campaign $1,879-
.97 short of its $11,000 goal
Clothing collected by the Scouts
will be taken to City Hall where
workers erf the Ennla Community
Trust will store it.
Local Need* Served First
The Community Trust will retain
all the clothing It need* in its work
among the needy of this community.
The remainder will be given to the
Goodwill Industries In Dallas for
cleaning and repairing. Thu gives
paid employment to 270 handicap-
ped persons who would otherwise
be dependent upon tax-supported or
private charity .
The Smile Day project Is a major
Scouting project and is being car-
ried out on these dates by Scouts
all over Circle Ten Council.
Assistant District Commissioner
Murray Cole ls director of the Smile
D«y “good turn" of the Ennis
soouta. Joe Lind ley is assistant
chairman of the project.
Cub* To Place Bag*
Cole has announced that placing
of th© bags In Ennis would be con-
ducted by Cub Scouts while older
boy* in Boy Scout and Explorer
Scout units will pick up the bags
the following Sunday.
Cole said that *dult leaders a- uld
make the rounds of the toam with
the Cubs this Sunday when they
place the bags at each home.
Tho city has been dlvdiod Into
several sections, with each unit re-
sponsible for a certain area.
Colored scouts as well as white
scouts will participate in the pro-
gram, Cole stated. However, all
clothing collected from colored resi-
dences will be retained in Ennis for
use among needy Negroes here it
was pointed out-
Assignment of areas was made aa
Cub Pack 369, with Lionel] Cave
as cubmaster, will take care of the
Day bags to all homes north of
Ennis Avenue and west of the Sou-
thern Pacific main line.
Cub Pack 211, with Jim McCoy as
cubmaster, will handle the, area
south of Ennis Avenue and west of
SP’s main line.
Negro Boy Scout Troop 483 with
Jesse Orifftn as scoutmatsor will
distribute bags to all colored resi-
dences south orf Ennis Avenue and
west of the railroad.
Cub Pack 203. with H, A. Drcte.ux
as mubmaster. will take care of the
area east of the SP tracks and south
of a line running dowm Be’.knap to
Paris, on Paris to Ennis Avenue and
out Ennis Avenue to the city’s east-
Colored Cub Pack 431. of which
M. H. Hunter Jr, is cubmaster, will
distribute bags In the area east of
the railroad and north of the
boundary of Pack's 203's t?rr!tory.
Urdu To Meet At 1:30 PM.
All units which will participate In
Sunday's distribution of Smile Day
bags will meet on the Safeway Store
parking lot. at 1:30 pm. Sunday to
receive the bags and Instructions
for the distribution.
Scouts who will pick the contribu-
tions of old clothing up will meet
at the same place the following
Sunday at 1:30 pm. to begin tho
Commissioner of Scouts
James Youngblood, former
tior.ed in Fort Worth; one daugh-
ter, Shirley Collier of the home ad-
dress; and four sisters, Mrs. D M. | master of Ennis Pack 203. has b’-en
Lyle, Mrs. Tim Corbitt, Mrs. T. C. named assistant district coimmi-
Buntyn and Mrs. Ed Strandberg, all sioner.
of Tyler. | In his new capacity, he will serve
Collier was a member of the First i as latson officer between Ennis Dis-
Methodist Church and a veteran of trict Commissioner Richtncnd Mc-
World War I, having served in the Kinney and Explorer Scout, Boy
Leaders of the drive expressed Fourth Mcchnnicul Regiment of tire , Scout, and Cub Scout unit* 230
nfidetit. t.liat tho uota would be Air Service. | sponsored by St. Johns Church.
Burial will be in Greenwood H. A. Docteur has been named
Cemetery, Fort Worth. cubmaster to succeed Youngblood.
confident that the uota would be
met by the Wednesday deadline
set by Rider.
It was announced today that per-
sons who may have been gone
w hen workers came around pr were
otherwise missed can make their
contributions direct to Buddie Da-
vis. auditor for thc drive, at his
insurance office on West Knox
Generally fair and mild this
afternoon and tomorrow. Cool
again tonight. Low tonight 50
high today 78— high tomorrow
EARLY ENNIS AND EUIS COUNTY:
1881: Higginbotham Elected Mayor
By ALFRED E. MENN
Research Historian, Austin, Touts
The result of the municipal election in Ennis in 1881:
A small vote was polled.
Captain C,. G. Higpinl>othum was elected Mayor; John
Harlan, City Marshal. Five aldermen and four school trus-
tees were also elected.
Captain J. It. Hall, a prominent citizen of Ennis, pass-
ed away. _'
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