Second man arrested on burglary charge

Aug. 9-12, 1960 Carl Ray Bates, alias “Cotton” Bates, a 29-year-old Dallas man, is the second of two men to be charged with burglary of Duncan Chevrolet Company here last Tuesday night, Aug. 2. A state-wide search was triggered for Bates last week after Brady police arrested Gary Lee Jackson, 25, also of Dallas. Jackson told police he had a partner, but would give his name only as “Tommy.” Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker’s men picked up Bates, a known associate of Jackson, last Saturday. They also picked up and questioned Wanda Nowell, 15, Bates’ Dallas girlfriend. It was the girl who dropped the first hint that Bates and Jackson may have been together in Brady. Sheriff Luke Vogel exchanged prisoners with Dallas County officers in Stephenville Sunday. Jackson was taken to Dallas for questioning by Dallas County officials, and Bates was brought here. In a written statement to Brady law officers, Bates said he had met Jackson about a year ago and that they came to Brady on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Bates said they were driving a 1955 brown and white Ford belonging to Jackson, although Jackson had told the police that “Tommy” had left in a black 1953 Buick. After the burglar alarm went off at Duncan Chevrolet Company, Bates said, “I went to the car. About an hour later I got in the car and started looking for Gary but couldn’t find him and went to Mason and then back to Brownwood. I changed clothes about two miles out of Brady on the Brownwood road, then went from Brownwood to Dallas. I didn’t hear anything else about Gary until the officer picked me up in Dallas.” * * * 56 merchants now enrolled in stamp plan James Isbell, chairman of the Retail Trade Committee, told directors of the Chamber of Commerce Monday night that 56 Brady merchants have signed up for the Brady Trade Stamp Program as of Monday. Isbell said the merchants will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Country Club to elect the directors and officers. At that time, the new officers will take over operation of the program from the Chamber of Commerce. Latest firms joining the program are Lawrence Sinclair Service Station, Humble Sales, Cox Studio, Sanders Grocery, Moore and Nowlin Auto Repair, Brady Monument Works, City Electric, Reeves Service Station, Household Company, Broad Mercantile Company, Brady Drive-in Grocery, Gray’s 66 Service Station, Selman Gulf Station, Brady Oil Company, McBride’s Humble Station, Moore Electric, Scott’s Gulf Service, Clevenger’s Mobile Station and Wolf Electric. * * * New courthouse’ No, not any time soon The County Commissioners Court talked Monday about building a new courthouse’but just talked about it. “This old courthouse will have to last us a long time to come,” Judge Love Kimbrough told the commissioners. “It’s too bad we can’t get the old building fixed up some’painted; the ceilings lowered; some kind of flooring on the floors.” The commissioners took an inspection tour of the courthouse and noted the rundown condition of the walls, floors and electrical wiring. The condition of the courthouse was brought to the attention of several people during the trial of Brown County Commissioner H.O. Wilson here last month. Visitors in the McCulloch County building couldn’t help but notice the plaster falling from the walls and ceilings, the dirty windows, the cracking floors, the poor lighting. “Why don’t you get this courtroom air conditioned, or at least put a fan in here,” an unhappy witness commented as he wiped the perspiration from his face with a wet handkerchief. “And get rid of these nasty spittoons,” said another after pulling his foot from one for the second or third time. * * * Pucketts open new cafeteria on square “Home cooked’home seasoned food.” That’s the fare at Brady’s newest and most unique eating establishments, Puckett’s Cafeteria. The new food-house is located on the east side of the square in the building formerly occupied by the Famous Waffle House. Owners Mr. and Mrs. George Puckett have been open since Monday morning and have scheduled a Grand Opening for Wednesday. “Free coffee and doughnuts will be served all day Wednesday,” say the Pucketts, “and the coffee comes in those big “truck-driver size” cups. Mrs. Puckett said customers will have a wide variety of main dishes, salads and desserts to choose from at lunch or supper. “We are going to try to have four varieties of meat, at least six vegetables, about 10 salads and 10 desserts at the noon and evening meal every day,” she said. In addition to the cafeteria style lunch and supper, breakfast will be served in the regular “cafe” order way. The new cafeteria will be open every day for breakfast from 6-9 a.m.; for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for supper from 5-8 p.m. Mrs. Ida Darley will be the main cook, but Mrs. Puckett said she and her husband would probably be back in the kitchen some, too. The Pucketts have been in the restaurant business together for 25 years. * * * Bride-elect honored with gift tea Miss Aileen Swenning, bride-elect of Jimmie Bratton, was honored with a gift tea in the Trinity Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Friday afternoon, Aug. 5, from 6-8 p.m. Hostesses for the occasion were Misses Carlene Brown, Bette Bowden, Elene Corder, Ann Gault, Linda Gail Bradham, Diana Williamson, Sandra Bryson, Mrs. Forest Hanson, and Mrs. S.P. Tomlinson, III. The receiving line was composed of the honoree, her mother, Mrs. L.G. Swenning, the bride-groom-elect’s mother, Mrs. Lloyd Bratton and Mrs. Tomlinson. The serving table, covered with a red net cloth over red satin, was centered with a beautiful white gladioli, white mums and pearl grapes arranged in a milk glass epergne. Cake squares decorated with tiny red roses, red and white mints and red punch were served. Miss Ann Gault presided at the bride’s book where 60 guests were registered. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Attend funeral at Matador Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Renfroe of Melvin, J.E. Renfroe and Mrs. A.L. Renfroe of Brady, attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. G.W. Bennett at Matador, Sunday.

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