The Ennis Weekly Local (Ennis, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 29, 1956 Page: 1 of 8
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ENNIS, ELLIS i’OUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1956
VOL. XXXI NO. 13
ELEPHANTS ALWAYS REMEMBER—Anri senreeh anyone in Sarasota, Fla., will ever
forget the sight of Sunny, the water-skiing elephant, skittering her 1 .‘UK) pounds over
the waves on huge pontoon-like skis, l! was her gargantuan farewell to vacation time
as the Ringling “l»ig Top” made preparations for going on the road.
SHOT IN SCUFFLE TODAY
Injury In Shell
Ennisites employed at the Shell
Chemical Corporation plant at
Deer Park, near Houston, were un-
injured in an explosion at the plant
early this morning.
Relatives here received reports
Hint Clovis Lewis, son in law' of Mr.
and Mrs. Bryan Adams, Ben Nolen
Bristow, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. T.
Bristow and Grover Martin, son of
Mrs. H. G. Martin were uninjured.
Lewis was the only one of the
three in the plant at the tone, ac-
cording to reports reaching Ennis.
The other two were curoute to
Only two workers suffered minor
injuries. A plant spokesman was
quoted by United Press as saying
four workmen were in an operating
unit which exploded. Two of tive
men escaped injury altogether and
the other two suffered lacerations
on their legs and bodies.
The two men injured were iden-
tified as Bennie Vyoral of Pasadena
and W. W. Lavender of Doer Park.
To Open April 13
An Ennis negro who was shot in
a scuffle with an Ennis policeman
in the early morning hours under-
went surgery at Ennis Municipal
Hospital and, according to Con-
stable Obie Freeman, is in serious
Freeman said that the Negro,
Willie Burleson, 47, of 604 East
Latimer St., was caught stealing
chickens from Philip Martinez.
Burleson is said to have lived in
Ennis three or four years and to
Bids for X-Ray equipment for
Ennis Municipal Hospital were sub-
mitted at a meeting of the hospital
board Monday night.
The board had interviews with
representatives of three turns sub-
mitting bids, The bids were turned
over to a committee composed of
Charles J. Novy, Bill Rider, J. W.
Branscome and Dan Bus for study.
The board chairman, C. F. Moser,
indicated that a special meeting
of the board would be called fol-
lowing the completion of the study
at which time the board is ex-
pected to make recommendations
to the City Commission regarding
the purchase of equipment.
Dr. Bernard Rosen of Corsicana
was also interviewed in regard to
doing radiological work lor the
local hospital, but action was defer-
The hospital board plans to have
the hospital assume operation of
the X-Ray facilities at the hospi-
tal. This service is presently being
provided by Dr. A. L. Thomas and
Dr. Fred Story, who privately own
the equipment, in use and lease
space lor its operation from the
•Hospital Manager Dudley Gate-
wood reported that Mrs. C. M.
Gallagher is resigning from the
hospital staff effective April 1 and
•that Mrs. Edna Fay Gerron is re-
signing ellective April f>. Mrs. Alvin
Mosley was added to the staff
work at odd jobs.
According to Freeman, Martinez,
who operates a chicken ranch on
Highway 287, just outside the limits,
west of Ennis, had missed an esti-
mated 500 chickens over a period
of several weeks and had gone to
his lighted chicken houses around
1:30 o'clock this morning when he
saw the man in the house.
The thief reportedly had a trailer
containing approximately 100 chic-
kens paikcd on the highway.
Martinez watched the man go tc
the trailer, and figuring that he
would return to get more chickens,
lie called a neighbor. Burleson
drove away toward town, however,
then apparently circled back to the
Old Waxahaehie Road where Mar-
tinez located tlu* trailer and called
Martinez accompanied officer
Grady Cribbs to the scene and
found that the man had his wife
and eight year old son in the car
Cribbs told Burleson to drive to
For John Vrana
Funeral services for John Vrana,
76, were held at the St. John
Church at 9 a.rn today.
The Very Rev. V ,P. Mieola was
celebrant for the requiem mass.
Vrana died at his home on Route
2 early Thursday morning. He lufi
been ill several years.
Burial under :he direction ol the
Buneh-Emmert Funeral Home was
ill the St. Joseph Com!cry.
Grandsons who served as pall-
bearers included George Vrana and
John Maliska. both of Ennis; Stan-
ley Praehyl and Adolph Vrana, both
of Dallas, and Jerry Prachvl and
Joe Spaniel, both of Waxahaclne.
| the ixilice station and that he
i would follow him. Then, Burleson
who was standing on the road
talking to the officer, made a lunge
for Cribbs and tried to get hia gun.
f reeman reported.
While Cribbs was struggling with
the man Martinez asked the of-
licer what he should do. According
; to the report to the nows, Cribbs
told him to get the man "off of
me" and it was then that Martinez
filed the shot from a 38 calibre
pistol which struck Burleson in the
ffM^eson then started driving
his cai to the police station with
the officers trailing but became
so weak at the intersection of West
Emu Avenue and Clay that he
I could not continue. Cribbs and
• Martinez who had been joined by
Officer Henry Wilson took him to
the station and then transferred
I him to tile hospital, around 4:30
a.m. An operation was scheduled
lor 7:30 a.m.
A check with the hospital before
press time revealed that the Negro
i was still alive.
Freeman said tile man had 3#
I or 40 chickens at his home and
that lie understood that he had
' been selling the stolen chickens in
Freeman went to Waxaliachic
I this morning to confer with County
Attorney Bruce Allen as to the
charges to be filed.
The charges will be filed ill C. W.
I Duke's Justict ol me Peace Court
1 here and then transferred to the
District Court in Waxahaclne,
Struck By Car
On Ennis Avenue
A little Negro girl, described as
about 12 years old, received emer-
gency treatment at Ennis Municipal
Hospital after being struck by an
automobile in the 100 block of West
Ennis Avenue, the Ennis Police De-
The officers state she ran out in
front of a vehicle driven by George
W. Hayes, Route 4, Ennis about 7:10
The girl was taken to the hospital
in a Buneh-Emmert Funeral Home
ambulance. She was released after
receiving emergency treatment and
Th girl was identified as Ada (Bat-
tle, 1006 West Ennis Avenue.
' ' M
DKATH LI0A1*—Donald F. Ferguson is caught by
cameraman as .he leaped to his death from the 16th floor
of a Wichita, Kansas, hotel.
Plans for Open House and Program
Are to Be Announced at Early Date
April 13 has been set as the date
or the opening of the Ennis Com-
munity Center Building.
Plans for the building were for-
mulated in 1960.
At a meeting in the Community
pletc. Other members of the house
committee are H. J. Stone, James
C. Collins, Hubert Marcia and W.
Association officers are W. O.
Satterfield, president; R. H. Dttt-
Cfnter Association Thursday night,! berner, first vice president; Dr. O.
Robert Muirhead, house committee A. MklMurray, second vioe presl-
cluunnan, reported that the fir.it dent; Pat Cosgrove, treasurer; Mist
unit of the building is now corn- Emma Jean Sims, secretary.
Week of Service
Menibers of the board of direc-
tors are the presidents of various
(jubs and organizations who are
sponsoring the center project.
Persons attending the Thursday
meeting approved rules and regula-
tions governing the use and opera,
tlon of the building submitted by
Di. MoMurray who had been ap-
_ lt , , pointed to perform this task. The
In preparation lor the celebra- rules ttre ^ ^ pushed in the
Lion of the resurrection of Christ near futUPe ai& are ^ * prlnt«d
at Easter, a series of services will for dutJ.lbutlon ^ visitors at the
be held at the F rat Christian open houae event on AprU ^
Church during the week of March i
25 to April 1. | Dr. MoMurray is general chair.
Dr. O. L. Hargis, minister of the ,nan °f arrangements for the open
church, said tlie period lia.s been house. Those wlio will assist him
designated as Spiritual Emphasis include Mrs. W. R. Sc tween, Mrs.
Week and that the services will ^• McDonnell, Mrs. A. E. Naw-
be open to all wlio are interested, beiry, Mrs. J. F. Atwood, Mrs. J,
V. Lawhon, Mrs. F. E. Davis, Mr*;
W. B. Rider and Miss Thelma
Dies at Age of 83
Mrs. Fate Moseley, the former
Mi. vs Dorn Sain. Ennis, died
lecently at her home near New-
bum. Tcnn . according to infor-
mation received by friends here.
She was 83 years of age and had
been ill two years.
Mrs. Moseley was a nurse in
Ennis for a number of years.
23 Out For
Twenty-three candidates for the
Carver Wildcat football squad have
reported for spring drills. Coach
Melvin Hunter announces.
Six lettermen will form the core
of the I960 edition of the local
They will be Seniors Tommy
Ware, Emmanuel White a ad Jimmie
Bates and Juniors Walter Morrison,
Billy Blakeley and Jesse Felder.
Also reporting for training were
Eddie Ray Curtis and Isiah Mc-
Weil, who will be seniors. Juniors
reporting include Sammie Myers.
William Perry and Marvin Burr.
Second-year men out ate William
MoDade, Earl Thompson, Sammie
Bates, and Chester Jones.
Eight freshmen have rej>oi"rd.
They are Elgin Collins. Avo Leaks,
Willie Earl Barnes. Norris Taylor,
L. B Alexander, E. F Huffman,
Marshall Ivory and Bobby Brown.
K P Grand Lodge
Officers Visit Here
An enthusiastic meeting of
Knights of Pythias Emus Lodge II
Wednesday night was reported to-
day by Grand Chancellor Jack
Needham of Brownsville .
Needham headed a group of
grand digna'aries here Wednesday
for an official visit.
Needham stated that grand lodge
John Vrana, 76,
Dies at His Home
John Vrana, 76, a retired farmer,
did at lus home. Ennis. Route 3, at
6:30 a.m. today. He had been ill sev-
i He was born in Czechoslovakia,
May 22, 1879, and had lived in and
Pear Ennis since infancy.
Vrana was married here to Miss
Josephine Kolarik in 1900.
Sunvlvois include lus wife: two
Buns, John Vrana and Joe Vrana,
both of Ennis; eight daughters.
Mrs. Ernest Hejny. Mrs. Will
praehyl, Mrs, Leo Praehyl, M r s.
iohu Maliska, Mrs. Joe Spaniel,
Mrs. Joe Svehlak and Mrs. John
ftubin or Ennis and Mrs, John Vrla
Also surviving are one brother,
Frank Vrana of Ennis, 48 grandchil-
dren and 22 great grandchildren.
m Vrana was a member of the KJT
j Rosary will be recited at Bunch-
KiiUiU'rt Chapel at 7:30 o'clock to-
| Funeral services at the St. John
i'atholic Church will be at 9 a.m
"Friday. The Very Rev. Msgr. V P
tlocla will be celebrant for the
r i ■
Eurljl ’« j1 he in ot. Jcvtph Ccnie-
iexy m Lmus.
N K W YORK—\Villi:im U.
Sehween (ri.u'lil). vice-presi-
dent iv f American Carbon
Paper MIV. Co., Inc.. Knnis,
is shown holding Andy, six-
montlis-old kangaroo. who
was featured truest at 52nd
annual meeting hero of Fx-
plorers (’lul>. Fchween’s firm
tU-asp on chain was evidenee
of his respect for kangaroo's
I noted kickintr prowess. Shown
in photo with Sehween is fam-
ed explorer Nelson S. Knaggs
of the Hilton-Davis Chemical
I Co., Cincinnati. Affair, at
j which Lowell Thomas was
toastmaster, was attended by
explorer. fiuui all pail ol
| the oi Id.
Burial Rites for
Terry Wayne Ray
Funoial Services for Teriy
Wayne Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Atwell R'ay. were held at Bunch-
E.nmcrt Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m.
Sunday with the Rev. Orbic Lamb
conducting the rites.
The infant was bom at Ennis
Municipal on Saturday.
Survivors include the parents;
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A.
Ray and Mr. and Mrs. Coye Pres-
tidge, all of Ennis, and a great
grandmother, Mrs. Emma Van of
Los Angeles. Calif. Burial was in
To Start Friday
At Ennis Schools
Easter vacation for Ennis Public
School students and faculty mem-
bers will begin Friday, March 30,
and extend through Monday, April
2, according to information received
from school administrators this
Sam Davis was program chairman
for the Kiwanis Club meeting at
noun on Thursday.
Davis introduced Jerry Reynolds,
English and speech teacher at Ennis
High School, who presented a group
of EHH students in a series of
Background music was by Mrs.
Anna Lee Fmk.
The pantomimes were "Two Hours
To Study" by Donnie Mills and Kay
Ann Aldridge; "Temptation" by Joe
Fisher; "Innocence and Guilt” by
joy MeNabb. and "The Ilock. Layer"
by Jack Gulledge.
(' W Duke announced that next
week's program would be on Texas
Speaker at Graham
The Rev Frank R Sandifer w.ll
go to Graham on Wednesday to de-
liver the concluding sermon in a se-
ne., of special Lenten services in ai
Episcopal church there.
ENNIS OPTIMISTS DIG DEEP SO
MORE BOYS CAN MAKE TEAM
Draw Heavy Fines
In Ennis Court
Mayor pro tern O. L. Hindman
reported this morning that four
| persons have now paid fines for the
destruction of 27 street lights in a
1 recent pellet gun rampage.
The four who pleaded guilty and
paid their fines included two Ennis
1 service men and a young man who
: lives on a rural route and works in
Dallas, each of wliom paid fines
I of $100, and an Ennis High School
boy who paid a $25 fine.
Total fines collected for the de-
‘.'i<*' 'u oi l,*lu globu. amounted
I -C 5a.«J.
By DAN BUS
The Ennis Optimists arc not the
kind of guys who fool around when
they want to get something done
At a meeting of tlie club Monday
conches of the Optimlst-sivonsored
PeeWce football club told of their
A record number of 52 small-frys
have reported for the spring drills
the PecWccs are now holding otter
Interest In Papers
Floyd W. Casebolt, former editor
} of The Ennis Daily News, has sold
his 50 per cent interest in the
Times Publishing Company, pub-
j Usher of the Eastland Telegram
and the Ranger Times, to the for-
mer owner of this interest, Onous
H. Dick, Co-Owner u> Joe Dennis
1 of Ranger.
Mr. and Mrs Casebolt will con-
tinue to uui.e their home ia JLa*t-
school each Monday, Tuesday
‘There just aren't enough practice
uniforms to go around", the coaches
declared, "What arc we going to do
Optimists, who have as their mot-
to "Friend of the Boy" aren't the
kind of follows who would want to
see any boy sidelined for the lack
of a uniform.
So, the fifteen or sixteen members
present at the meeting got their
heads together dug into their poc-
ketbooks and came up with $126.
"That ought to do it", the beam-
ing coaches said.
Because of the large number of
boys out, they have been divided
into two squads Lloyd Pool and
Jude Smith coach the larger boys
while Billy Abies and Jack Fcather-
ston are coaching the younger lads,
Drills are held from 3 15 to 4 45
pm 1,1. .ida IDuaIj «iWi Wi d-
officers were optimistic as to the
future of the Ennis lodge.
Also present from the grand lodge
was Grand Vice Chancellor S a m
Heaberlin of Nacogdoches. He stat-
»*d that many plans for future ac-
tivities of the local organization
were made at the meeting.
The official visit of the grand
chancellor and grand vice-chancel-
lor followed three days of special
work w-lth the Ennis lodge by John
W. Haygood, extension director of
the Knights of Pythias in Texas
and Jack Howard, Browniwood, spe-
cial deputy from the grand lodge.
Also attending the official visit
meeting here Wednesday night were
a delegation from Corsicana headed
by William V Mowlam, district dep-
uty of the KP’s District Eight
Charles E. Gentry, afiiandellor-
commatuler of the Ennis Lodge,
stated that the local lodge would
hold another meeting Tuesday night
at 8 p.m. to continue plans for the
District Deputy Mowlam of
sicatxa will be present.
Mrs. T. W. King
Dies in Denton
Mrs. T W. King, 43, former resi-
dent of Ennis, died in a Denton
huspital Monday night. She had
been ill three months.
Mrs. King was the former Miss
Carrie Lee Lewis, daughter oi the
late Mr. and Mrs. R. E Lewis of
Ennis. She had made her home in
Denton for more than 20 years.
She was graduated from Ennis
High School and from North Texas
Survivors include her husband;
one son, Terrell King, and one
daughter, Muss Geneha King, all
of Denton; one brother, Robert E.
Lewis of McKinney and one .aster,
Muss Genella Lewis of Decatur.
Mrs. King was a member ol the
Order of the Eastern Star and was
a Rwimbow' Girl aixnusor.
Finn* ral servKV*> at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday will bo at the First
Methodist Church m l>eiiton.
Burial will be m Fort Worth.
| The services will center around
the last week in the life of Jesus
and the purpose is to encourage j
each person to take a spiritual Mrs. Lawrt&n is chairman In
inventory, Dr. Hargis explained. charge of entertainment for the
Sermon subjects are “The Cross, opening of the building,
a Paradox,” Sunday morning,; Miss Mildred Davis is head of a
.March 26; "We Crucified Jesus," committee for the placing of me-
Sunday evening; "The Ccxst of mortal plaques in the building.
Forgiveness,” Monday evening; j
Will YOU Take Plai.r „ £““rov'" «port,d » Mum <X
Tuesday evenln*; "If It Be Pus- “’f0 T?* *! tr<**“7
•sidle,'• Thumduy evening; "Heart- L°^ton<“™ lblUa “ *• kaam'-
break Hill,” Friday evening; ”Tiie[°‘
PRmstlo of Wings in the Dark,”
Sunday morning, April 1.
A communion service will be held
on Thursday evening.
Tillere will be sunrise services
Other morning services will be at
10:45 a.m. and all evening services
will be at 7:30 p.m., except on
March 25 when the evening service
will be at 7 pm.
Dies of Wounds
Willie Burleson who was shot
after allegedly stealing chickens
from the Philip Martinez Chicken
Rauch west of Ennis died in Ennis
Municipal Hospital around 6:45
Burleson, 47, lived at 604 East
Latimer St., recording t.o Informa-
tion received lnxii local officers.
According to Constable Otoie
Frewnan and Police Officer Grady
CTtbas, Cribbs and Alartinez came
uix.ti Burleson at a point on Old
V.'aXnbachir iv/wttu wiieir he iiad
parked n trailer containing approx-
imately 100 chickens stolen around
1.30 a in. Saturday morning.
According to the report, Burlc-
rmi made a lunge for Crlblxs and
tried to get his pistol and then
in Id Cribbs m his grip until Mar
tin! /, final a pistol at him.
Surgery was performed at the
huspital around 7:30 a.m. Saturday
For Youth Fair
Hie Chamber of Common*
Youth Fair Committee has reported
$1,991 collected to date for prises
for tive annual livestock show for
FFA, 4-H and FHA members to be
field at tlie Ennis Livestock Com-
mission Building on April 2,
Tlie report was heard at a meet-
ing at the Chamber of Commerce
office Thursday afternoon.
Gerald Tolleson, chairman Of the
fair committee, stated that all
prospective donors to the prize fund
had not been contacted and that he
expects to collect at least $2,350.
Tolleson said persons who have
promised to donate and have not
turned their contribution in should
do so by Monday In order that the
program for the fair can be com-
W B. Rider Jr. was appointed to
assist Tolleson in the over all man-
agement of the fair.
Department heads appointed in-
cluded Buck Bardwell of the Hart
Farms at. Palmer heef Typon-
ard Gehrig, beef breeding animals;
Wade Middleton, poultry and Pat
Carpenter of tlie Soil Conservation
Tlie head of the dairy division is
to be announced
Jack Poff Buys
in Local Store
Jack Puff h.»s purchased Mrs
Owen Gilpin's interest in Thomas A
Gilpin Clothiers here it was an.
The firm’s name will be changed
to Thomas A Poff and will con.
tinuc to operate according to i:s
present .policy and at its present In.
cation, it was stated.
Puff has made Ennis his home
| .since returning from fhe seif ice in
¥«* wt, boru And reand ui
Ollie Stamps Dies
In Oklahoma City
011:o .stamps of Oklahoma Oity
die;i there this morning.
S- ini 's, a retired government
cm,' -'c. haci been in ;ll health for
i long time
if. mi, 'he husband of (be for.
me M. ,s Ella Lackey, niece of Mrs.
W i1 \hC^;i i4r. and Mrs. Mat
C .ddw ell.
Fm •• •! s. vices and burial will
In Gsi.;' ii:,i Ci on Thursday.
( NI! A Tulophoto)
VF.m Ml (II A LINK -Mrit-
ain’s Fiold .Marshal Sir ,lt*hn
Haniihjf, pnwnh>r trout*ral at’
('ypius, is shown at Kvroniu.
(\vprus, in tho first picture
takon of him since the alx>i-
tive atf'*mot as his assassina-
tion. All Greek Cypriot imtoor
servants at Gov e r ti m e n t
Honse in Nicosia have hecn
dismisseil for “security rei-
j,” *' J1, c;py» ii. < •*■► — At
the bum > m 5 bi t.
\ irter has been received for
the Fih.s County Oram and stor-
uu A -.-sxlAtion The site for tlie
.• > K Uitlon s headquarters which
a ill I, ;u t.|ie vicinity of Waxaha-
n:c is .■'ill pending.
1'he initial capacity of t.he gram
dc\at»r will dc 400,000 bush©!*
Directors of the association ara
iistixl as Sam Brindley and Quen-
tin Oolladay. both of Maypwrl;
\\ I) Bi*zrk of Bardwell, Reger
1. re of Waxahaehie Route 4; Dick
Thomas oi Waxahaclue Rout# 5,
Field Patterson^ of Waxh*chi«
Route 1 Lester E*pjw of Palmer;
Bumie Tate of Waxahaehie Routs
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