Young man buried alive, lives to laugh about it

Aug. 23-26, 1960 A 22-year-old Brady man was buried under three to four feet of Sand for approximately 45 minutes Friday afternoon and lived to tell about it. The man is Jimmy Ellison, an employee with Heart O’ Texas Mining Company at Voca. The company produced frac-sand for the mining industry. ‘The first thing I heard when they were digging me out was someone saying, ‘I’m afraid he’s a gonner,’ Ellison said from his bed at the hospital. ‘I yelled, ‘I’m sure not a gonner! Get me out of here!’ Ellison received a few scratches and bruises, but he was in good condition and was able to laugh about his ordeal. He was dismissed from the hospital Sunday morning but has not returned to work yet. ‘It’s a miracle he’s alive,’ his doctor said. Ellison and his brother, Terry Ellison, 24, were shoveling sand from a 20-foot pile into a chute which drops the sand to a conveyor belt. The belt takes the sand from under the pile through a concrete tunnel about 15 feet long. The chute had eaten out the center of the pile, and Jimmy had climbed down to loosen up the sand when the sides caved in. His brother grabbed his hand and tried to pull him out, but more sand caved in and covered him up. Terry ran for help, but the rescuers couldn’t dig Jimmy out from the top without caving in still more sand. Finally they decided to turn on the conveyor belt and bring him out through the chute. ‘It was rough in there. The sand was going down and I was going down with it,’ Ellison said. ‘I couldn’t panic. The sand was packed so tight that I couldn’t move. I belched once and it just lodged in my throat. My legs were numb. ‘My old hat fell over my face, and I guess that’s why I could breathe a little.’ Inside the tunnel, the rescuers clawed the sand out through the chute with their bare hands. There wasn’t enough room for a shovel. Finally they freed Ellison’s head and one arm, but he ‘was half upside down and crossway’ in the chute, an opening about one foot wide and three feet long. ‘It must have been 25 or 30 minutes before I saw daylight,’ Ellison said.’ The accident occurred about 12:40 p.m., and he didn’t get out of the chute until about 1:25 p.m. After they freed Ellison’s head to give him some air, the rescuers then took a cutting torch and tore out part of the conveyor belt allowing Ellison to tumble on through the chute. ‘They threw a bucket of water in my face, but all I needed was fresh air,’ he laughed. While Ellison was trapped, a resuscitator was rushed to Voca by the Brady Fire Department, but Ellison didn’t need it, and he was brought to the hospital. Ellison and his wife, the former Olga Lou Cavin, are the parents of a five-month-old son. *’*’* Work to start on new motel south of city Construction will start in about a week on a new 18-unit motel at the south end of South Bridge at the Mason-Menard ‘Y’ intersection. The motel is being built by Billy Jack Neal, a native of Rochelle and member of a longtime McCulloch County ranching family. ‘I have made a close study of motels in town comparable in size to Brady in West Texas and in a few small cities. I think this one will be better arranged and better constructed than some of the larger ones in this vicinity,’ Neal said. Each unit will be large enough to be made into a double unit (two double beds) if necessary. All will be of masonry construction, with carpeted floors, draped windows, ceramic tile baths with tub and shower with glass enclosures. The motel will be built on a tract 340 feet wide on the highway and 255 feet deep. At the crest of the hill on the east side of the highway, the tract was purchased from Mrs. C.A. Gavit. A heated swimming pool, 18 by 36 feet, and ample paved parking and driveway areas are included in the plans also. Playground equipment will be installed on two grass areas. The Landon Corp. of Los Angeles, Calif., will build the pool, ‘the same crew that built Bing Crosby’s newest pool,’ Neal said. ‘I think they’re the best.’ The pool will hold 22,000 gallons of water, being refiltered every six hours. All electric, the motel will be heated with a thermostatically controlled electric heating system and refrigerated air conditioning. Neal got his first taste of the motel business when he opened the first fishing resort on the new Falcon Lake on the Rio Grande River about four years ago. He had 17 units there, plus a fishing and tackle store, a floating dock and 30 boats. He operated the property for three years, selling it in March, 1959, and returning to the ranch at Rochelle. Neal was born and reared in Rochelle and graduated from Rochelle High School and Texas Tech in Lubbock. *’*’* Newman regains city golf crown Pete Newman, winner of the Heart O’ Texas Golf Tournament here last May, added Brady’s All-City Tournament crown to his collection Sunday afternoon. He defeated the defending champion, Paul Huntington, 4-3, in the finals. It was Newman’s second All-City title; he won the first tourney in 1957. Newman went into the finals after finally eliminating Gerald Lemons’his foe in the finals in ’57’in the semi-finals, 1 up on 22 holes. Huntington won his way to the finals after downing Jerome Wilkerson in the semi-finals. Mrs. Ed Tittle won the women’s flight, 3-2, over Miss Jetta Baker. This was the first year the tournament has had female golfers competing. Other winners: Championship Consolation: Ben Davis Geeslin over John Hughes, 4-2. First Flight: C.A. Reynolds over J.D. Barley, 2-1. Second Flight: Lewis Jordan over Jimmy Cusenbary, 2-1. Second Flight Consolation: Bud Gober over Ramond Wilensky, 1 up. Third Flight: Leonard Atherton over Charles Samuel, 3-2. Third Flight Consolation: Jon Ed Weaver over Travis Snowden, 1 up. Women’s Consolation: Mrs. Dave Quinn over Mrs. Buster Sayles, 1 up. *’*’* Appleton blocks punt, but Sooners win anyway, 14-13 Brady’s Scott Appleton blocked a punt to set up Texas’ second touchdown in the Oil Bowl football game in Wichita Falls Friday night, but it just wasn’t enough, and Oklahoma won the upset game, 14-13. Texas following the blocked punt by Appleton, took over on the Sooner 29-yard line, and Travis Reagan pushed the ball to the 2-yard line. Then quarterback Jerry Gibson of Breckenridge drove over for the touchdown. But then Gibson, going for a 2-point conversion and victory, fumbled the snap and Texas was saddled with the defeat. It was only the second victory for Oklahoma in the 15-game series. There has been one tie, and Texas has won 13 games.

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