Fall kills man at new sand plant

A 41-year-old Voca worker was fatally injured about 11:30 a.m. Monday when he fell from a 22-foot pole at the Heart O’ Texas Mining Corp’s drying plant under construction in southeast Brady. He was Walter Robert (Pete) Behrens. Taken to Brady Hospital, he died at 8:18 p.m. Monday. Born Sept. 1, 1919, at Voca, he had lived there all his life and had been working for the new mining corporation since it first began work at Voca. The company plans to mine sand at Voca on property purchased from Behrens’ brother, Wes Behrens. Monday at the corporation’s plant in Brady, he was helping erect a structure to hold electrical equipment, used in controlling the drying and screening operations. On a ladder against the upright pipe, he was cutting of a 10 or 12-foot section above his head. When the cut was made, the section flipped and knocked him from the ladder. He fell to the concrete base 22 feet below. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Baptist Church in Voca, with the pastor, the Rev. Carman Bonner officiating. Wilkerson Funeral Home directed burial in the Voca Cemetery. Mr. Behrens married the former Mamie Surber in Rochelle on June 3, 1939. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Maudelyn Wilson of Boerne and Sherron Behrens of Voca; and two sons, Jackie Ray and Rodney Behrens. Also surviving are a brother, Wesley Behrens of Voca; and five sisters; Mrs. Ruby Salter of Voca, Mrs. Annie Taylor of San Angelo, Mrs. Lena Mae Engdahl of Brady, Mrs. Willie Faye Allen of El Paso, and Mrs. Evalyne Davenport of Jacksonville, Fla. * * * Fisher’s bill may pave way for lake House passage of a bill in Washington last week may help smooth the path for construction of Brady’s proposed lake on Brady Creek. The bill may increase the government’s share of the cost and would allow the City of Brady to borrow from the government for the City’s share’if funds are not available at a reasonable interest rate elsewhere. Congressman O.C. Fisher notified the City Council of passage of the bill in the following telegram: ‘House today passed bill providing that eleven major watershed projects, including the watershed where Brady Creek is located, shall be entitled to same benefits as watershed projects under Public Law 566. This includes authority for government loans to help local interests finance local share for joint project between local interests and Soil Conservation Service.’ The principal benefit to the Brady project would come through inclusion of the fish and wildlife benefits of the lake in figuring the SCS’s share of the cost. The government’s share now is based only on the benefits of flood control for agricultural and municipal purposes. Should the City borrow its share of the cost from the government, a sizable saving could be made in interest costs. From private sources the interest rate might up 4 1/2 percent or higher; the government rate would be considerably lower. Fisher’s work on the bill is the result of his visit here during the July Jubilee. The City Council’s committee on the lake outlined their problems to him, and en route back to Washington, Fisher met Senator Lyndon Johnson and six other Texas congressmen in Dallas and discussed the bill with them. Passage of the bill in the Senate is expected sometime this week. * * * Brady soldier injured in auto wreck in Hawaii Richard Camargo, 21, specialist in the Army and stationed in Hawaii, was seriously injured in a military vehicle accident on Sept. 6, according to a telegram received Tuesday morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eutimio Camargo of Brady. The message from Maj. Gen. R.V. Lee said, “Your son has been seriously ill in Hawaii since Sept. 6. The specific medical cause is unknown. He was in a military vehicle involved in an accident. Please be assured that the best medical facilities and doctors have been made available, and every measure is being taken to aid his recovery. “A report of his condition will be furnished you in a few days.” Richard is a 1957 graduate of Brady High School, and joined the Army for a two-year stint in January, 1958. * * * Cattlemen here leery of Brucellosis plans Cattlemen attending a brucellosis control meeting here Saturday afternoon seem inclined to “wait and see.” They wanted to have more information before agreeing to enter either program offered by the State Livestock Sanitary Commission under a new law. One program, known as Type 1, provides only for the vaccination of calves. The other, Type 2, provides for a system of testing for brucellosis and slaughtering of those animals found infected. In a show of hands, the McCulloch County cattlemen’about 30 of them’said their choice of the programs now would be Type 1. They felt a vaccination program’done at their own expense’might do a better job of ridding the county of brucellosis with less hardship than the “test and slaughter” program. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Winners named Two winners have been named for a gun and a bicycle given away during the Emergency Appeal of the March of Dimes. The bicycle went to Kenny Pimm, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pimm. The gun went to J.W. Corbett of Brownwood. * * * Here from Bangs Mrs. Velma Heath and daughter, Linda, and Mrs. B.J. Lively of Bangs, visited last Wednesday in the home of C.E. Terry. * * * Here from Abilene Mr. and Mrs. Roy Doyle and little daughter, Cecelia of Abilene, former residents of Brady, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Ereckson. The Doyles’ oldest son, Mike, graduated from Abilene High School last May and will enter the University of Oklahoma next week. * * * Here from Washington Mr. and Mrs. William T. Jones and children, Scott, Mark and Noel Paul of Spokane, Wash., were recent guests of Mrs. Jones’ mother, Mrs. James T. Mann. * * * To teach in Melvin Mrs. Ammie Fowler, formerly of Blackwell, has been elected to teach the fifth grade in Melvin. She plans to move to Melvin this week. * * * Enjoy week vacation Mr. and Mrs. George Cude and Sandra returned home Sunday after a week’s visit in Crosbyton, Dimmitt and Pecos where they visited relatives.

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