The Taylor Daily Press (Taylor, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 38, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 2, 1960 Page: 1 of 6
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Humid - Mild
Humid and mild through Wednesday. Occasional rain
tonight. Thunder showers Wednesday.
Today’s Range: 58-68. Tomorrow’s Range: 58-72.
Yesterday’s High: 66. Rainfall: .05.
Tomorrow’s Sunrise: 7:21 a.m. Sunset: 6:09 p.m.
Moonrise Today: 10:52 a.m. Moonset Tomorrow: None.
Lake Levels: Travis 680.28’. Buchanan 1018.20’.
U.S. Weather Bureau Forecast for
Taylor and Williamson County
VOLUME 47, NUMBER 38
TAYLOR, TEXAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1960
(£) — Associated Press
Price Five Cents
State of Emergency
Egyptian Army Takes Up Position
Along Israeli Frontier in Desert
CAIRO &P) — Egyptian army troops today were reported to have taken up
positions along the U. N.-patrolled Egyptian-Israeli frontier in the Sinai Desert as a
result of clashes between Israeli and Syrian troops.
The newspaper A1 Ahram reported Egyptian troops have moved up all along
Israel’s western desert frontier in the past three days. The paper said the Egyptian
army had been placed on a state of emergency so that it and forces in the Syrian
province of the United Arab Republic would be “fully prepared to meet all eventu-
Two last-minute candidates
Monday filed for constable of Pre-
cint 5 (Jarrell), County Clerk
Dick Cervenka reported today.
Otherwise the ballot is “set”
for the first primary May 7 in
Deadline for filing was midnight
Floyd Gibbs, the incumbent,
and Frank R. Conlee announced
for the Jarrell constable’s job.
Gibbs was appointed a year ago
to fill out an unexpire,d term.
Wilson Fox of Taylor, chair-
man of the Williamson County
Democratic Executive Committee,
said there was a slim possibility
of someone filing by mail. Can-
didates were eligible to announce
by mail postmarked not later
But as Mr. Cervenka said, “I
guess that about winds it up.”
There will be six contested
County commissioner of Precinct
1 (Georgetown): Cleo K. Rodg-
ers, Wesley T. Johnson, and A.
C. “Doc” Weir.
County commissioner of Pre-
lct 3 (Granger): Lee Rister,
Fim Pope, Bob Rozacky, Dan
Constable Precinct 8 (Round
Rock): Johnny Roepke, Leonard
M. (Buck) Wickson.
Constable Precinct 5 (Jarrell):
Floyd Gibbs, Frank R. Conlee.
Constable Precinct 2 (Granger):
Nelson Hall, Louis Kaderka.
Constable Precinct 4 (Florence):
E. W. Boggs, Weldon Dixon.
One office does not have a
candidate. No one has filed for
public weigher at Granger. Dan
Gaida vacated the job to run for
Those running without opposi-
tion are State Representative O.
H. “Muggie” Schram, District
Judge D. B. Wood, Tax Assessor-
Collector Jack Gillum, Sheriff
Henry Matysek, County Attorney
J. R. Owen, Constable Precinct
1 (Georgetown) Bob Champion.
Constable Precinct 3 (Liberty
Hill) Joe Spivey, Constable Pre-
cinct 6 (Taylor) Ned Fails, Pub-
lic Weigher Precinct 6 (Taylor)
The county commissioners
court Monday will appoint pre-
cinct election judges.
On Feb. 8 the county execu-
tive committee will meet to ap-
portion costs of the primary a-
mong the candidates.
TEACHER FOUND GUILTY
LAREDO (/P) — George White,
19, Austin school teacher and foqt-
lall coach, Monday pleaded guilty
To charges of smuggling 1,000 neb-
utal tablets from Mexico. Sentenc-
ing will be Monday.
alities.” All military leaves were
In Oslo, the Norwegian army
command announced Norwegian
troops serving with the U.N.
force would be pulled out immed-
iately if serious fighting devel-
oped between the U.A.R. and Is-
rael. The Norwegian command
said its troops were on the Egyp-
tian-Israeli border for police duty
Daily clashes since Friday be-
tween Israeli and Syrian troops
prompted the dispatch of the
Egyptian forces to the Sinai fron-
tier where men of the U.N. Em-
ergency Force maintain preven-
tive patrols as an aftermath of
the Israeli invasion of 1956.
So far there has been no action
on -the Israeli-Egyptian fron-
tier. Four days of shooting which
renewed fears of a Middle East
outbreak have been limited to
Israel’s northeast frontier, where
a demilitarized zone separates
Israel and -the Syrian province
of the U.A.R.
Israel charged most firing
Monday night from the Syrian
side of the frontier. An Israeli
spokesman said Syrian mortars
and machineguns opened fire
just before midnight in the de-
militarized Jordan River sector
near the Sea of Galilee.
Monday’s violence included an
air battle over the border area
and an artillery and tank battle
before dawn on the southeast
shore of -the Sea of Galilee.
The Syrians said -their MIG jets
shot down one of four Israeli
Super-Mystere jet fighters and
damaged another over Syrian
territory. An Israeli spokesman
said two Israeli fighters took on
four Syrian jets over Israeli ter-
ritory and repulsed the Arab
planes without casualties to
Israel reported three Israeli
(See EGYPTIAN, Page 6)
The State Health Department
said today that at least 49 coun-
ties, including Williamson and
Milam, have more than 50 cases
Two hundred cases were re-
ported in Williamson County, 79
in Milam County.
A number are of the Asian
The weekly report does not in-
clude the state’s two most popu-
lous counties—Harris and Dallas.
In Dallas today the City Health
Department reported 5 more
deaths from upper respiratory
ailments, raising the year’s total
to 35, the Associated Press said.
The Houston Post quoted a lo-
cal epidemilogist as estimating
some 100,000 Houstonians have
been stricken with flu and other
related disorders since Jan. 1.
Last week more than 10 per cent
of -the students in the Houston
Independent School District were
absent, the highest rate of -the
Dr. J. E. Peavy, state health
commissioner urged Texans strick-
en with flu to leave doctoring of
the ailment to physicians.
' o X
Government Seeks Power
To Pule Algiers by Decree
TAKES ADVANTAGE—Mrs. Ray Lewis, left, takes
advantage of the special tree sale now in progress
and buys four fruit trees from Mrs. F. W. Scharn-
berg, member of the Taylor Garden Club sponsoring
the special sale. The sale will continue through
Wednesday. —-Taylor Press Staff Photo
A “first minute” rush on 1960
license plates was reported by
Jack Gillum, county tax collector.
The new, black plates with
white numbers and letters went
on sale Monday morning. “They
were waiting in line when we
opened,” said Mr. Gillum. “We’ve
never had a rush like that before,
Mr. Gillum said between 200
and 300 new plates were sold
Monday morning and the rush
was continuing during the after-
noon. He had no explanation why
vehicle owners were so eager to
register their vehicles.
The sale was reported brisk
in Taylor, too, but more along
normal lines. Katy Alice Rivison
reported something like 75 plates
sold. “The first day usually is
pretty good but we expect this
to slow down the second day,
The county has “AN” and
“AM” prefixes. Taylor numbers
are “AM” starting with number
The reward in the Max Woods
shooting case at Round Rock has
grown to around $300.
The cash is being put up by
Round Rock citizens for informa-
tion leading to the arrest and
conviction of the guilty party in
the Jan. 25 shooting of Woods in
Taps Tavern in Round Rock. The
.22 caliber bullet was fired from
outside, through the wall, and
struck Woods in the chest while
he was playing pool with three
other men. Woods, 67, is still in
critical condition in an Austin hos-
pital, although he improved over
Meanwhile, Williamson County
Sheriff Henry Matysek said no
new clues have come up since all
original ones checked out nega-
“We’re working day and night
on the case checking cars, pick-
ing up -rifle's, and processing
everything, but haven’t come up
with anything,” said the sheriff.
Excitement spurred at 5:15 p.
m. Sunday when a .22 caliber
bullet entered the Samuel Mercer
residence at Round Rock. But,
the bullet was apparently just
stray fired by kids shooting a-
long a creek about one-fourth
(See REWARD, Page 6)
Proxmire Sees 10-Year
Fight Against Johnson
liam Proxmire (D-Wis) said today
it may take 10 years to win his
fight against what he calls one-
man rule of the Senate by Senate
Democratic Leader Lyndon John-
Proxmire said he is encourag-
ed by the “sharply increasing
number of senators who want to
be counted with us.” But he
said there is little prospect that
Johnson’s powers could be curb
“This will be a very long strug-
gle before we win, and by long
I mean several years—perhaps
10 years or more (Wisconsin
voters willing),” Proxmire said
in a newsletter.
Johnson on Jan. 12 turned back
a revolt against his powers. A
closed conference that day . of
Democratic senators voted down,
51-12, a proposal to strip Johnson
of control of the party policy com-
mittee, expand the committee’s
size and direct it to develop an
over-all policy. Sen. Ralph Yar-
borough (D-Tex) was one of the
12 voting against Johnson.
Proxmire did not say how he
planned to gain additional sup-
port for curbing Johnson’s pow-
ers. Last year he made several
Sen. Wil- Senate speeches criticizing John-
son. He contended individual De-
mocratic senators had little voice
in shaping party policy or in de-
ciding what legislation would be
brought up in the Senate.
COUPLAND, Feb. 2 (Spl)
Burglars who could have had in
mind opening their own grocery
store took a large amount of
merchandise from Speckels Red
& White Store in Coupland some-
time Monday night.
“To haul off all the loot, they
would have to have had either
a pretty good sized pick-up truck
or a big automobile,” Constable
Ned Fails said.
The burglars entered the down-
town building by breaking the
glass in -the front door. They
(See BURGLARS, Page 6)
Man in Orbit
WASHINGTON (£! — Werhner
von Braun, U. S. rocket expert,
said today he would not be sur-
prised if the Soviet Union puts a
man into orbit and lands instru-
ments on the moon this year.
Von Braun made the observa-
tions after warning that the Unit
cd States should not expect won-
ders from the 113-million-dollar
budget boost given to the space
exploration Monday by President
The German-born space scien-
tist said the accelerated program
will move the United States ahead
a year in its rocket booster pro-
gram. But the Soviet Union, he
added, will still be several years
ahead in space exploration.
He was asked by members of
the House Committee on Science
and Astronautics when he thought
the Soviet Union would achieve
manned orbital flight and a soft
landing of delicate instruments on
“I would not be surprised,” he
said, “if they did these things
The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration has drawn
up a 10-year program that calls
for putting a man into orbit some-
time next year. Instrument land-
ing on the moon is scheduled for
Gen. Thomas S. Power contend-
ed that this country needs broad-
er plans and more money for de-
fense because nobody knows when
Soviet leaders might launch a
surprise missile attack.
At the same time he renewed,
in testimony at a Senate hearing,
an estimate of Soviet missile ca-
pabilities which has put him in
disagreement with the Pentagon’s
The four-star general, chief of
the Strategic Air Command, said
in a New York speech Jan. 19
that a surprise attack by 300
within 30 minutes wipe out most
of the bomber and missile strik-
ing forces of this country unless
missile warning systems are
ready. Those forces are Power’s
Since then Secretary of Defense
Thomas S. Gates Jr. has told
Congress that he and the Joint
Chiefs of Staff consider Power’s
As a witness today at a joint
hearing of the Senate Space Com-
mittee and the Watchdog Pre-
paredness subcommittee on con-
flicting proposals for defense,
Power told the senators:
“I still stand by my statements
in that speech.
Power said the proper margin
of safety requires that a large
part of SAC’s big jet bombers be
so the bombers would not be
caught on the ground and des-
troyed by surprise.
Two Teachers Killed
By School Principal
HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (2B -
A 44-year-old grade school prin-
cipal shot two iteachers to death
today as their pupils screamed
“• ' ' j I /
Mild and humid weather with
rain tonight and thunder show-
ers Wednesday is forecast for the
Taylor-Williamson County area.
But if the sloppy weather has
you upset, there’s a bright side
— if you believe in the unof-
ficial report from the ground-hog.
There was little chance the lit-
tle critter would see his shadow
in this area today, which is sup-
posed to mean we’ll have an
The Weather Bureau forecast
showers for all of the state for
Wednesday, with possible thund-
er showers for North Central
Cooler weather is expected in
North Central and Northwest
Light rain fell on Central Tex-
as early today, and above freez-
ing temperatures were reported
throughout the state, the Associat-
ed Press said.
The low in the Taylor area to-
day was 58, with a high of 68
predicted for this afternoon. To-
morrow’s range will be 58-72.
Only .05 of an inch of rain was
recorded as of 7 a. m. today.
He held off pursuers with a
shotgun and fled in his aging
car, touching off a manhunt.
Fifth graders in the William
Reed School were bewildered,
then shocked when Principal
Leonard Redden stalked in with
a shotgun, shouting, “Hang me,
will you!” and shot Miss Harriet
Robson, 52, in the right chest.
Then the principal walked up a
ramp to the sixth grade room of
another veteran teacher, Mrs.
Minnie McFerren, 57, and killed
her with a point-blank shot in the
There were about 30 children
in each classroom.
Back in the corridor, Redden
waved the gun at Silas McCaf-
frey, a janitor, and Ralph
Grimme, another sixth grade
teacher who ran to see why Mrs.
McFerren’s children were
Grimme and McCaffrey chased
Redden out of the building but
he threatened them with the gun
again and drove away as McCaf-
frey pleaded, “Don’t shoot me,
School officials said they knew
of no trouble between Redden
and the two teachers, who were
among the oldest in the city’s
However, they said Redden
had been losing weight in the
last month and had become in-
All schools in the city were
closed for the rest of the day
after the shooting on order of
E. Phillips Blackburn, city
Redden’s wife is a business ed-
ucation teacher in the Missis-
sinewa High School in nearby Gas
City. They have two sons, Bruce,
a sophomore in Hartford City
High School, and Dennis, a third
State police sent one of their
planes from Fort Wayne, 50
miles to the north, to try to spot
the 40-year-old principal. He was
believed to be driving a gray-
(See TEACHERS, Page 6)
PARIS (iT) — Premier Michel
Debre today asked the National
Assembly for decree powers to in-
that President Charles de
Gaulle’s policies are followed in
France and Algeria.
He told an emergency assembly
session “there was reason to fear
civil war” in Algeria last week
in the French settlers’ uprising
and that special powers are nec-
essary to avoid the same thing
happening again. The Cabinet
wants the right to rule by decree
for 14 months.
He said that “justice will take
over the cases of those who were
at the origin of the actions” in
Shortly before Debre spoke two
more assembly deputies were ar-
rested on warrants charging at-
tacks on the security of the state,
the charge on which Deputy
Pierre Lagaillarde is held as the
military chief of the uprising.
Jean — Baptiste Biaggi, 41, a
right-wing Parisian deputy; and
Mourad Kaouah, 40, a Moslem
deputy from Algiers, were locked
up along with Lagaillarde.
A French examining magis-
trate, a sort of one-man grand
jury, questioned a long list of
persons suspected of shipping
arms to the French insurgents.
A government bill to be sub-
mitted to a special session of the
National Assembly and the Sen-
ate asks for special powers to
govern by decree until April 1,
1961. Parliament would be in re-
cess until that date, when it
would meet to ratify or disap-
prove the Cabinet decrees is-
sued in the interim.
Both houses were expected to
grant the Cabinet’s request, but
strong criticism was expected
first from right-wing extremists.
The call for special powers
came in the wake of the collapse,
Monday of the right-wing colo-
nials’ revolt against De Gaulle’s
promise of self-determination for
the North African territory still
in the throes of a year-old revolt
(See ALGIERS, Page 6)
Morning temperatures varied
continuous airborne alert, from 34 degrees at Dalhart to
59 at Brownsville. Temperatures
ranged from the mid 30s to the
- LATE NEWS BRIEFS -
Attorney General Race Develops
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Threats to Daniel s Bid Disappear
borough, Houston attor-
ney, is running for Lt.
Governor of Texas against
the veteran and present
Lt. Governor Ben Ram-
AUSTIN Iff). — The last of tvsto
strong threats to Gov. Price Dan-
iel’s bid for a third term disap-
peared Monday when Marshall
Formby decided not to run for
Earlier Atty. Gen. Will Wilson
switched his apparent 1960 poli-
tical aims from the governor’s
chair to re-election.
Still in the race for Democratic
nomination to be governor is Jack
Fox of Breckenridge, former ex-
ecutive secretary of Freedom In
The filing deadline for the May
7 Democratic primaries ended at
midnight with Sen. Lyndon B.
Johnson hearing a small group of
Bob Looney, a young Austin at-
torney, filed less than three hours
before midnight as a candidate for
attorney general. He will oppose
Wilson and House Speaker Wag-
The 35-year-old Looney is the
son of a well known Austin attor-
ney, Everette Looney.
Texas Republicans will nomi-
nate their statewide candidates at
a May 30 convention.
Democratic nomination in Texas
usually means election. However,
GOP leaders promise a slate of
statewide candidates, including op-
ponents for Daniel and Johnson.
“I certainly am not closing the
door on anything in the future,”
Formby told reporters here Mon-
day. “I just don’t think it’s worth
it. I think a race would be a
bitter son of a gun. I like a hard
race, but not a bitter one.”
The 46-year-old former State
Highway Commission chairman
announced more than a year ago
that he planned to run for gov-
Formby said he thought he
could defeat Daniel but to defeat
the governor would require “the
kind of campaign that would
bring about further division a-
mong the Democrats of our state.
This year is not the time for
such a bitter campaign to be car-
ried to the people of Texas.”
Formby calls Plainview his
Lt. Gov. Ben Ramsey, running
for his sixth term, officially got
an opponent when Don Yarbor-
ough, Houston attorney, paid his
$600 filing fee.
Candidates without opponents in-
clude Agriculture Commissioner
John White, State Treasurer Jesse
James, Railroad Commissioner
Ernest O, Thompson, Supreme
Court Justice Clyde E. Smith and
Supreme Court Justice Joe Green-
Contested races include: gover-
nor, Daniel and Cox; lieutenant
governor, Ramsey and Yarbor-
ough; attorney general, Looney,
Carr and Wilson; land commis-
sioner, Bill Allcorn and Jerry Sad-
ler; state comptroller, Robert S.
Calvert and V. L. Ramsey; Court
of Criminals Appeals judge, Jim
Bowmer, Lloyd W. Davidson and
W. T. McDonald; and chief jus-
tice, Supreme Court, Robert W.
Calvert and Robert G. Hughes.
In 12 races for positions on the
courts of civil appeals, there is
only one contest. That was in the
(See THREATS, Page 6)
MURCHISON TO BUY $10 MILLION FIRM
NEW YORK — The Murchison interests of Texas said
Monday they will buy the late Robert Young’s interests in
Alleghany Corp. for 10 million dollars. Murchison spokes-
men said the Texans did not plan to seek control of Alleg-
hany, a big holding company that controls the New York
Central Railroad and Investors Diversified Services Inc., of
PROTESTANT GROUP CONDONES AFFILIATION
BUCK HILL FALLS, Pa. — A protestant church agency
says ithe presidency should not be denied any citizen “on
grounds of race, religion or ethnic origin.” The Council for
Christian Social Action of the United Church of Christ
made the declaration.
CAROLE’S TRANSCRIPT DENIED AS EVIDENCE
LOS ANGELES — In a crucial ruling, the judge in the
Finch murder trial today refused to admit into evidence
Carole Tregoff’s account of what happened the night her
lover’s wife was slain.
SEVEN KILLED IN U.S. BOMBER CRASH
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico *•— A U.S. Air Force B52
Stratofortress crashed and burned at Ramey Base Monday
night, and the Air Force announced all seven airmen
aboard were killed. Names of the seven crewmen were
MacARTHUR CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
NEW YORK — Further improvement was reported to-
day in the condition of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who entered
Lenox Hill Hospital four days ago for treatment of an
enlarged prostrate gland.
Fog and Rain
Blamed in 3
Fog and wet pavement share
in the cause of one major acci-
dent and two minor ones in the
past 24 hours.
The 1960 Ford stationwagon driv-
en by Roy Gene Artzt of San
Antonio overturned on a curve
on fog-covered State highway 29,
6.8 miles northwest of Taylor,
at 5:45 a. m. today.
The car, owned by the Texas
Armored Carrier Corporation of
Dallas, is a total loss. The driv-
er was not injured.
Texas highway patrolmen of
The two other accidents oc-
curred in Taylor and were in-
vestigated by city police.
At 9:50 p. m. Monday the 1956
International truck-tractor driv-
en by Charles Franklin of Rog-
ers skidded on the wet pavement
into the intersection at South
Main and Walnut and hit the
1950 Plymouth driven by Donald
Baker of Taylor.
Franklin told police the signal
(See FOG, Page 6)
FORT WORTH, Tex. UP) —Two
bearded beatniks left their cof-
fee houses Monday night long
enough to file for political office.
Each filed for the post of Demo-
cratic precinct chairman — the
only office that requires no fil-
“Big Mike” filed in Precinct
95, an exclusive residential dis-
trict near Texas Christian Uni-
“The Hero” filed in a downtown
district, Precinct 4.
Wrapped in an outfit made of
two Army blankets tied around
the waist with some old cord,
and wearing leather thong san-
dals, “Big Mike” said he plans
to start a door-to-door campaign
His real name is Mike Calla-
way, 23, recently discharged
from the Air Force.
His pad is in the rear of a cof-
fee house called “The Kismet’
where Mike reads poetry.
“The Hero” is Peter Gill, a
tall, bearded Fort Worth resi-
dent who pads down above “The
Cellar,” a downtown coffee house
where he reads poetry, bounces
(See BEATNIKS, Page 6)
Three to Attend
Three Taylor Chamber of Com-
merce officials will attend the
second annual East Texas Insti-
tute for presidents, officers, and
directors Thursday and Friday in
They are President John Smith,
Director Roy Day, and Manager
Subjects to be covered include
responsibility of presidents, direc-
tors, and management, effective
committee organization, a realis-
tic look at Chamber financing,
and a plan for political action.
GRANGER, Feb. 2 (Spl) The
Rev. Frank A. Simcik, having
recently completed his work at
the Presbyterian Theological Se-
minary in Austin, has accepted
the pastorship of the local Breth-
ern church. He and his wife are
presently setting up their resi-
dence here. In addition to the
Granger church, Rev. Simcik
will serve churches at Ocker and
Wall, and be co-pastor of the
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R.
Simcik of Temple, Rev. Simcik
is twenty-five years of age, a
graduate of Temple High School
and Temple Junior College.
Part of his early school days
were spent in this county when
his parents lived at Beyersville
near Taylor. He was an eighth
grade student at Thrall Public
Schools when he left with his
parents to live near Temple.
Rev. Simcik received his B. A.
(See SIMCIK, Page 6)
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