Geeslins recommend ‘slow boat to China’

December 29, 1959 “If you have time, interest and a little money for travel, Lee and I recommend the Orient via a cargo vessel. Our trip out was so pleasant we are coming back the same way,” writes Edward Geeslin from the Philippines where he and his wife Lee are visiting their son, Conrad. “There were only four passengers aboard when we left San Francisco. The crew members were friendly, and the food excellent. We spent 19 days from San Francisco to Hong Kong, relaxing, reading, walking our deck and games.” Mr. Geeslin tells of his trip in a letter received last week by the Brady Rotary Club of which he is a longtime member. “I have enjoyed the Manila Rotary Club very much. Here you find Rotary International in action. Their program is much like ours, and their speakers are gathered from among the most important men in the Philippines and visitors from around the world,” Mr. Geeslin wrote. “One week there were 18 guests from the provinces and four foreign countries.” Aboard the cargo vessel Mr. Geeslin had the run of the ship from the cook’s galley to the captain’s deck “and enjoyed seeing what made it go’ “‘We took a taxi one day and toured Hong Kong, and the next day we went up to Kowloon to within half a mile of Red China. Kowloon is the portion of the China Mainland belonging to the British. “Hong Kong successfully boasts that you can buy anything you want cheaper than you can in the country in which it was made, but I shall remember it more as a place of millions (over two million) of refugees from Red China. No amount of housing is sufficient, although the British have built thousands of units. The refugees are pitiful and keep slipping in. “The scenery is beautiful, looking like a movie set’An overnight stop at Subic Bay was interesting only because our Seabees built it. It is operated entirely by Filipino personnel, and you’ve read recently that it has been turned over to the Philippines. The ship’s purser took us to lunch at the swank officers club. Uncle Sam does well by his boys over there. “We got into Manila very late Sunday afternoon, having spent four Sundays on the ocean. The docks are so crowded here that the ships are tied to bouys and cargo is unloaded on barges. Since no dock was available, Conrad came out for us in a launch. Owing to the courtesy of the customs officials, we came in and left our luggage to be cleared the following day. “We didn’t get to meet our three grandsons until Monday. I don’t have to tell you fathers and grandfathers that they are handsome and let’s say vigorous, as fine a set of boys as you’d find anywhere. Lee and I are enjoying them, their mother and father, as much as we thought we would. “Life is pleasant in the tropics. The climate right now is perfect. The temperature ranges from 70 to 86 degrees. A norther is predicted, however, and it may get as low as 50 degrees in the mountain provinces. “The morning paper said a new typhoon is on the way. The last one dropped so much water that men are still fishing on vacant lots. “I like the businessmen of the Philippines very much, and going to the office everyday I have had the opportunity of meeting a good many. They have terrific problems to face but seem to take them in their stride without the tensions felt at home.” * * * Police have quiet yule; not even one drunk jailed Police Chief Dorman Gibbs says it was a quite Christmas weekend in Brady, few traffic tickets and no drunk drivers. “We didn’t even put a single drunk in jail. Of course, we may have missed some,” he smiled. “But it was one of the nicest Christmases we’ve had. “Traffic was slow and orderly. And the Highway Patrolmen say they gave fewer tickets than any time in years.” * * * Verner receives Masonic honor Cecil Verner of Brady, prominent in Masonic work for many years, has been awarded the designation of Knight of the York Cross Honour. The honorary degree, highest in the York Rite of Freemasonry, is conferred only on those who have held the highest office in each of the four bodies of the rite. Verner thus becomes the 7,690th to receive this award during the past 31 years in North America, although there are four million members of the fraternity. The Brady man served as Master of Mountain Lodge, Santa Anna, in 1946; High Priest of Santa Anna Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, in 1944; Master of Santa Anna Council, Royal and Select Masters in 1944; and Commander of Brady Commandery, Knights Templar, Brady, in 1955. Verner was selected to membership in Texas Priory and his election confirmed by Convert General of the Order on Dec. 19, and a certificate of membership has been mailed to him. * * * Star-Telegram cites 4 Bulldog gridders The Fort Worth Star-Telegram named Brady guard Scott Appleton to its all-state Class AA team Tuesday morning. Three other Bulldogs’fullback Billy Ross Cavin, tackle Kenneth Bode and center Bill Archer’received honorable mention among the state’s schoolboy football elite. Joining Appleton on the all-state team were three Stamford boys, quarterback Tom Lovvorn, center Wendell Robinson and guard Bobby Gamblin. Others on the team were Richard Inman, Belton end; Hal Ratcliff, Dimmitt end; Jimmy Allen of Freer and Bill Gravitt of Denver City at tackle; Charles Lipsey of Cisco and Conley Atchley of DeKalb at halfback, and Olney fullback Harold Philipp. Among other boys, familiar to Brady fans who received honorable mentions were: Duane Lindsey of Stamford and Dickie Kubecks of Palacios at end; James Craig of Jasper and Terry McLeod of Jasper at tackle; Robert Moehnke of Taylor at center; Berney Keszler of Palacios at quarterback; Buddie Ford of Taylor at halfback; Charley Helmer of Stamford; Tommy Waggoner of Terrell; and Ernie Koy of Bellville at fullback. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Home from Missouri Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Bell and Dickie Bell returned home Tuesday from Memphis, Mo., where they had spent 10 days as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bell and family. * * * Here for holidays Dr. and Mrs. George Granville and baby of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Offutt of Austin, B.K. Brittian of Seymour and John I. King of Sonora, were guests of Mrs. J.B. Granville and family for the Christmas holidays. * * * Home for Christmas Edward Samuel, who is in the National Guard and stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., arrived home Tuesday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Samuel and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. V.R. Jones. Edward has a 14-day leave. * * * Guests in Carrithers home Dr. Milburn Carrithers of Houston, is a guest for a few days of his mother, Mrs. A.B. Carrithers. Mrs. Carrithers brother, Jim McCulloch of California, is her guest also for the holidays. * * * Guests of Gartmans Mr. and Mrs. Creighton Craig and the former’s mother, Mrs. Alice Craig, all of Dallas, spent last Saturday and Sunday here as guests of the lady’s father, Jack Gartman and family. * * * Guests in Steelhammer home Guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Steelhammer for the holidays were their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Steelhammer of El Paso. They were met in Brady by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Terry of Raymondville, who were guests in the Steelhammer home. Gilbert Steelhammer, who is stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., was also home for the Christmas holidays.

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