Ex-Brady woman and daughter killed in major wreck

August 16-19, 1960 Mrs. W.S. Stephenson, 52, of Van Horn and her daughter, Miss Patience Stephenson, 17, were killed Tuesday afternoon in an automobile-truck accident in San Angelo. Mrs. Stephenson was the wife of a former operator of the Rockway Courts-Cafe at Camp San Saba. The Stephensons lived in Brady and operated the courts from 1941 to 1949. The bodies of Mrs. Stephenson and her daughter were returned to Brady for funeral services at Wilkerson Chapel at 3 p.m. Thursday. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery. Mrs. Stephenson was the former Alice Evelyn Bader, born Nov. 6, 1907, at Stacy. She and her husband, “Slick” Stephenson, were married Jan. 19, 1929. Survivors are her husband; a son, T.R. of Pecos; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Burleson of Port Lavaca; a sister, Mrs. A.C. Evans of San Angelo; a brother, T.Q. Cooper of Longview; and four grandchildren. The daughter, Patience, was born in Brady Nov. 19, 1942. The accident in San Angelo occurred about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when Miss Stephenson, driving with her mother as a passenger on the right, attempted to make a left hand turn into the Tejas Motel on U.S. Highway 87. The Stephenson car was hit broadside by a diesel gasoline transport truck headed in the opposite direction. Both women died instantly. The truck driver was not hurt. Another passenger in the rear seat of the Stephenson car, Margarito Ortega, 23, of Hobbs, N.Mex., and Odessa, survived the crash but was seriously injured. An employee of the Stephensons, he was taken to the Shannon Hospital in San Angelo. Stephenson was in Longview at the time of the wreck. His wife and daughter had gone to San Angelo to visit Mrs. Stephenson’s sister, Mrs. Evans. * * * California woman seeks ‘lost’ mine A California woman in her middle 50s was in Brady Monday in search of the Keiser Iron Mining Company, supposedly in operation on “Keiser Creek” in central McCulloch County. The woman went to see Chamber of Commerce manager Roger Wheeler in search of “a physical map of the county, showing all of the creeks.” She told Wheeler she knew there was no mining company, but wanted to see if there was a Keiser Creek. She said she had paid $1,000 for stock in the company. She found a Keiser Creek in Mason County, and even found a rancher who had received $250 from representatives of the company. The rancher said he had been paid $250 to hold open a lease on some of his property to the Keiser Iron Mining Company. He said he was to have received $5,500 for the lease, but hasn’t heard any word from the company since the original payment last spring. The woman said she had purchased the stock in May from “some very reliable people in the geophysical business in my home town.” She said they were all “respected citizens in the town, and were probably as surprised to learn there was no mining company as she was.” The woman said she became suspicious when she received no letter from the company after she invested her money. She checked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Mines, and found that no “Keiser Iron Mining Company” was registered there. She said she was trying to collect all the information she could on the company so she could file suit. * * * Band elects 5 majorettes The Brady Bulldog Band elected five majorettes Tuesday night during the band’s encampment at Garner State Park. They are Nancy Archer, Barbara McCord, Tony Flemming, Kathryn Leach and Pat Porter. Jeannette Sorell was named alternate. All are new except Barbara who was an alternate last year. Charlotte Kyzar, a majorette last year, is the band’s drum major, elected last spring. Nancy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Archer; Barbara, the daughter of Mrs. L.D. Mask Yoakum; Tony, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Flemming; Kathryn, daughter of Douglas Leach; Pat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Porter; and Jeannette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sorell. * * * 4 suspects taken to Austin for tests Four suspects in the rape of a six-year-old Brady girl were taken to Austin Thursday for lie detector tests. Brady Police Chief Dorman Gibbs, Deputy Sheriff Golden Jones, and Texas Ranger Charlie Miller took the four men to Austin. They were expected back Thursday night. Two of the suspects were taken to Austin for the lie detector tests Monday, but the tests were inconclusive. The girl was raped about 2 or 3 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, in her home in southeast Brady. * * * Lohn News Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Ewing and children went to Soaper, Okla., Saturday and visited until Monday with the former’s brother, Irving Ewing and family. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore of Austin who were married recently, will be complimented with a miscellaneous shower at the Tabernacle Saturday night at 8 p.m. All of their friends and relatives are invited. Carl Lane of Roswell, N. Mex., spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Carroll Saturday. Sunday afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bratton. Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Phillips and family were Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ray Willey and Glenda Fay of Bowie, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. Byron Mariner and daughter, Marie Ann and her friend, Marcus Melnar, all of Wharton, Chief and Mrs. R.C. Strickland, Randy and Shirley of Lakehurst, N.J., Mr. and Mrs. Garland Talley and Janna of Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Brown of Richland Springs. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS New daughter Mr. and Mrs. Narvel L. Rogers of Hurst are the proud parents of a 9-pound baby girl born Aug. 10. She has been named Teresa Kaye. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Grady Moore of Lohn and Mrs. N.R. Rogers of Brady. * * * Shower at Lohn A wedding shower for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore, married in Austin July 15, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lohn Tabernacle. The bride is the former Carolyn Hilton, daughter of E.L. Hilton of Eagle Lake and Mrs. M.V. McDougold of Giddings. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady Moore of Lohn. * * * In Comanche for reunion Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Tate were in Comanche Thursday to attend the Old Settlers Reunion. The Tates are former residents of Comanche.

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