Swank 12-lane bowling center to be built here

August 30-Sept. 2-1960 A new and modern 12-lane bowling center will be constructed in Brady by a local corporation, Brady Bowl, Inc. The new enterprise will be built at the corner of Memory Lane and the San Angelo Highway, a tract of land comprising one square acre having been purchased from Dr. James F. Jones, former Brady veterinarian, but now practicing at Hurst. Manager and vice president of Brady Bowl, Inc., is Billy Hicks, now of Midland, but formerly of Brady. He is the son of Mr. ad Mrs. W.A. Hicks of Brady, and his wife is the former Doris Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Campbell, also of Brady. Hicks will leave shortly for Los Angeles, Calif., where he will attend the Brunswick Bowling School for four weeks. There he will familiarize himself with the new Brunswick equipment, which has been purchased for the local bowling lanes. “We’ve purchased the latest and the best equipment on the market,” a spokesman for Brady Bowl, Inc., said Monday afternoon. “Called the Gold Crown, it is tops in the field today, with automatic pin setters.” The bowling center also will be equipped with a snack bar and a nursery will be provided in an adjoining building. The building housing the 12 lanes will be 72×137 feet in size, of masonry construction and steel suspension, indirect lighting, wall-to-wall carpeting, tile rest rooms and fiber glass seats for spectators. It will be air-conditioned with a 20-ton unit. There will be a drive-in marquee for loading and unloading and also to provide against inclement weather. With the building facing east, there will be plenty of parking space for bowling patrons. Construction on the new enterprise is due to begin Monday, Sept. 5, with Ballard & Anderson, specialists from Roswell, N.Mex., to be in charge. This will be their 19th construction and installation of bowling lanes. They will sub-let much of the work to local labor. The new owners say the approximate completion date is Nov. 15, when a gigantic opening for the recreation center will be planned. Bowling has become one of the most popular sports in America the past few years, “and we are going to provide Brady and the adjoining trade territory one of the finest and most modern recreation centers in West Texas,” a member of the firm added. * * * Fliers brave storm for Rochelle party Storm clouds in the Austin area put a damper on Sunday morning’s “fly-in breakfast” at Rochelle, but nine planes still managed to get through. A few clouds dotted the Rochelle area, but it was still good flying weather up here in the Heart of Texas. All Sunday morning the planes would circle low over Rochelle until they spotted the new landing strip built last spring by T.E. Price just two blocs west of Rochelle’s main drag. The planes would line up on the runway and then swoop low to a landing and race to a stop. Don Price of Austin, son of the Rochelle Prices, was at the end of the runway to direct planes to a parking place and to greet the passengers. The planes drew quite a few spectators. Drivers stopped on the highway and lined the fence to get a look at the sleek, trim aircraft, decorated with bright colors and lean lines. T.E. Price built the landing strip for his son, Don, and a grandson, Bill Price, both fliers. The strip is open also for other fliers, and the breakfast was held to acquaint Texas private pilots with the facilities. Each load of visitors was shuttled up to the Price home on the hill just northeast of the field. There, Mrs. T.E. Price had huge platters of scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, and pots of hot coffee ready. The guests ate at picnic tables set up on the Prices’ grassy backyard and then enjoyed the view from the Prices’ front porch, looking far out into Brown, San Saba and Mason Counties. More than 40 guests registered, from Houston, Hillsboro, Austin, Killeen, Graham, Temple and Bergstrom Air Force Base. Brady fliers Harry L. Curtis, Norman Lawler, James Walton, Noble Johnson, Dave and Patsy Quinn flew over from Brady’s Curtis field for breakfast, too. Mr. and Mrs. James Kilpatrick of Killeen brought their three small children, Mike, Bruce and Sharon. The planes included two Comanches, a Mooney from Houston, a Cessna 180, two Cessna 182s, a Stinson Voyager, a Piper Tri-Pacer and a Cessna 170. They are valued from $10,000 to $25,000. * * * Man, 65, critically hurt in wreck here Victor McWhorter, about 65, from Coleman, was critically injured about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the collision of two autos at the “three-way” intersection four miles northwest of Brady. Mrs. McWhorter also was seriously injured. Both were taken to Brady Hospital. Three persons in the second car escaped with only minor cuts and bruises. The McWhorters, in a 1955 Plymouth four-door headed south, were entering the San Angelo highway from the Santa Anna highway. Driving the second car, a 1959 Chevrolet four-door was W.B. Bertrand, 57, of Vidor. With him were his wife and his son, William O. Bertrand, 26, an Airman stationed in Alexandria, La. The car belonged to the son. The Bertrands, headed west on U.S. 87, were en route to Ruidoso, N. Mex., to the horse races. The elder Bertrand is manager of the Four Oaks Ranch, a Thoroughbred horse breeding ranch. Bertrand had horses in Brady at the July Jubilee in 1958 and was a witness here at a well-publicized fatal shooting that year in the stable area. Bertrand had planned to be in Ruidoso to see one of his two-year-old colts run Friday. In Brady Hospital, Mr. McWhorter was unconscious, had a fractured skull and was bleeding from his ears. Mrs. McWhorter had a severe cut on her head, in addition to other lacerations and bruises. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Attends sister’s funeral Mrs. F.J. Pennington received word Sunday afternoon that her sister, Mrs. Jessie Whitfield of Albuquerque, N. Mex., had passed away. She was resident of McCulloch County several years ago. Mrs. Pennington and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Spivey of Liberty Hill attended the funeral services in Albuquerque, Tuesday. * * * In Brady Hospital Jim Boyd was rushed by ambulance to Brady Hospital Monday afternoon after suffering a stroke at his home at Rochelle. His condition was considered serious Tuesday morning. * * * Visits grandparents Tom Mann returned to Coleman last week after visiting several days with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Duke Mann.

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