City launches cleanup on fire hazards

June 21-24, 1960 A cleanup campaign’as a joint fire prevention and beautification project’was launched this week by the City of Brady and the Chamber of Commerce Civil Improvement Committee. “We have a serious fire threat with so many vacant lots grown up with weeds and grass,” said City Supt. James Feazelle and C-C manager Roger Wheeler. Brady residents are asked to clean up the weeds and trash sometime this week, and city trucks will start hauling it off next Monday morning. The trucks hope to cover the whole town next Monday and Tuesday. “Just pile it up at the side of the yard or somewhere the truck crews can find it,” Feazelle advised. Wheeler added that the Chamber of Commerce has a list of boys who want summer work, for those people who don’t want to do the cleanup job themselves. Fire Chief Howard Salter said that “you shouldn’t stop with just the grass,” that any other fire hazard’like those “gallon glass jugs of gasoline in the garage”‘should be cleaned out also. The fire threat is so great, Wheeler said, “that three or four houses could burn up, and it’s getting more dangerous every day.” The C-C’s Civic Improvement Committee is headed by Cecil Coggin and A.J. Ricks, Jr. * * * Burglars work fast, raid two companies Brady Butane Company and the Heart O’ Texas Supply Company were burglarized less than an hour apart Monday night. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. The burglars pried open a window at Brady Butane at the end of South Bridge to gain entrance. Jean Williams, co-owner of the company, found the window open and a box, in which the firm kept their small change and cash, lying empty on the floor. “I called the police and they told me to leave everything just like I found it until they could get a fingerprint expert to look the place over,” he said. Williams said he estimated about $60 had been taken from the cash box, but wasn’t sure whether anything else had been stolen. A sharp pointed tool, “which may have been the one used to pry open the window at Brady Butane” was found by Sheriff Luke Vogel at the scene of the other break-in, the Heart O’ Texas Supply Company on the San Angelo highway. Burglars there had used a cutting torch and some other tools belonging to the farm implement company to open the safe. Bufford Sheffield, owner of the company, said there was about $80 in cash in the safe. Files and desk drawers had been opened in what was apparently a search for more money, but the thieves missed some cash Sheffield said was hidden in one of the file drawers. Vogel said the burglaries must have taken place Monday night between 1 and 2 a.m. Burl Spence, whose filling station is next door to the Heart O’ Texas Company, said he heard his dog barking about 1:30 a.m., but didn’t pay any attention to it at the time. Vogel was waiting for a fingerprint expert from Austin before doing anything else about the case. * * * ‘Miss Heart O’ Texas’ contestants named Twenty-six McCulloch County girls have been invited to participate in the “Miss Heart O’ Texas” contest, the opening event of the 1960 July Jubilee. The colorful contest will be held in Bulldog Stadium on Friday night, July 1, beginning at 8 p.m. Out-of-town judges will choose “Miss Heart O’ Texas,” and she will reign at a whirlwind of activities during the Jubilee, succeeding Miss Ann Cates, “Miss Heart O’ Texas” of 1959. Jack Reams and his Combo from Waco will play for the pageantry. The invited contestants are Sidney Maricle, Nancy Hill, Janet Hicks, Charlene Brown, Joyce Somerfeld, Brenda Gary, Bennie Teague, Tommye Low, Brenda Shaeg, Carlene Brown, Janice Davenport, Linda Bradham, Brenda Shuffield, Caroline Williams, Lea Ann Ledbetter, Marsha McDonald, Diana Myers, Frances Behrens, Anita Young, Patti Broad, Glenda Cornelius, Susan Sorell, Glenda Johnson, Ann Gault, Elene Corder and Rosalie Rice. * * * Brady publisher to head State Press Society L.B. Smith, publisher of The Brady Standard, was elected president of the Texas Press Association in Houston Saturday. Vice president last year, Smith succeeds Tom Whithead, Sr., publisher of the Brenham Banner-Press. Others elected at the TPA’s annual convention were Forrest Weimhold of the Levelland Daily Sun-News, vice president; and Bob Baldridge of the Clifton Record, secretary-treasurer. Added to the board of directors were U.O. Clements of the Panola Watchman at Carthage and James Allison, Jr., of the Midland Reporter-Telegram. Among the speakers at the convention was Mrs. June Benefield Hinckley, who was reared in Brady and held her first newspaper job with The Brady Standard. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Journalism, she went to Houston where she now writes a column for The Houston Chronicle. The publishers also heard an address by Vice President Richard Nixon and former Texas Governor Allan Shivers. The state association of newspapers was founded in Houston in 1880. * * * Of all the luck! Boy breaks leg ‘in summertime Ben Thomas Garrett, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Garrett of Brady, has a problem. It’s summertime, and he’s in bed with a broken leg. It all started last Friday when Ben and some friends were playing baseball near Ben’s home at 1700 North Davidson. Ben’s mother said the boys had made a back stop of “two big pieces of plywood propped up with a stick.” The wind blew the whole thing down, and Ben, in trying to get away fell and twisted his leg. “At first we didn’t think it was broken, but sure enough, it was,” Mrs. Garrett exclaimed. So Ben was rushed to San Antonio where the leg was set. “He’s home now, and feeling real good,” his mother said. “But he’s got to wear a cast from his waist down to his toes.” Ben will be in bed for the next eight weeks. Then he will have to walk on crutches for two weeks. “But he will be all right in time for school in September,” Mrs. Garrett added. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Attending SMU Ed Carrithers, a 1960 Brady High graduate, is enrolled this summer at SMU in Dallas. * * * Daughter of Gartmans Mr.a nd Mrs. Jackie Gartman announce the safe arrival of a daughter born at Brady Hospital last Friday night. the little msis tipped the scales at 6 1/2 pounds in her birthday clothes. * * * Sisters visit Mrs. A.W. Moseley had her sisters, Mrs. C.M. Barrier of Abilene and Mrs. A.D. Steed of Amarillo, as weekend guests.

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