Schools call off classes in ice storm

October 18-21, 1960 Heavy rains last weekend that sent Brady Creek on a rise have forced a change in plans for the dedication of the new West Commerce Street Bridge Thursday. The ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. at Richards Park if the weather is good or at the National Guard Armory in case of more rain. “We had planned to hold the ceremonies under the new bridge but that’s out now, of course,” said Roger Wheeler, manager of the Chamber of Commerce. The ceremonies cannot be held on top of the bridge because the State Highway Department plans to have the bridge open to traffic before Thursday, and the department doesn’t want to stop traffic once it begins. Work was all but completed on the bridge early this week, and the highway department crews were erecting new road signs, preparing to abandon the present detour on West White Street. The new bridge, under construction since last January, will be dedicated to Robert J. Milligan of Brownwood in appreciation of his service to Brady and McCulloch County in highway planning and construction. Milligan, with the highway department since 1925, has served in the Brownwood office since 1929 and has been district engineer for the last eight years. He retired Sept. 15. Memorial plaques for Milligan will be installed at each end of the new bridge. The plaques were furnished by the City of Brady, the Chamber of Commerce, the Commissioners Court and other local friends of Milligan. Coming for the dedication are Herb Petry of Carrizo Springs, chairman of the Texas Highway Commission; Hal Woodward of Coleman, a member of the commission, other highway officials and engineers and representatives of the “U.S. Highway 87 Association,” an organization pledged to work for improvement of Highway 87. Woodward will serve as master of ceremonies, and Petry will make the principal address. Milligan will be introduced by James Feazelle, City superintendent for the City of Brady. * * * Woman driver ‘never so scared’ as rain and hail batter auto A young San Antonio woman, driving alone in a 1959 Chevrolet convertible, got caught in Saturday night’s terrific hail storm on U.S. 87 at Whiteland. “I was never so scared in my life,” she said. The car slid off in the ditch, the rain was pouring down, the water started rising and then the hail beat out the top of the car. She is Miss Bobbie J. Cords, 23, of 533 Westfall, San Antonio. En route to Amarillo, she had to stop “when it began raining so hard I couldn’t see the highway. And then the hail started. I knew Brady wasn’t so far back down the highway so I started to turn around and slid off the ditch.” Although the car didn’t drown out, she couldn’t get it out and had to wait. “It seemed like hours before I saw a car coming down the highway. I started blinking my lights.” In the car were Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Schwertner, who live on U.S. 87 three miles east of Melvin. They were returning from St. Patrick’s Fall Festival at the National Guard Armory Saturday night. The Schwertners rescued Miss Cords, took her to their home and put her up for the night. Schwertner then went back Sunday morning and pulled her car out of the ditch. “I was freezing. My clothes were soaking when they got me out,” Miss Cords said. “I could put my hand out the window and touch the water rising up the side.” But she was afraid to leave the car for fear of being hit by the hail stones. “I’ve seen little ones but these were as big as baseballs.” The hail punctured holes two to three inches wide in the top of the convertible, knocked out a rear light and a rear-view mirror, and dented the hood. Miss Cords was very grateful, of course, to the Schwertners for their help and she returned to San Antonio in her damaged car Tuesday afternoon. “My insurance man will die when he sees it,” she smiled. The hail at Whiteland striped the leaves from trees, killed chickens, sparrows and jack rabbits, and Harry Hanson lost 12 lambs. Homes in the area suffered heavy damage to roofs and screened windows. Along the ditches of the highway the hail stones were pulled up eight to 10 inches deep and gave off a thick fog that obscured the highway as they melted. * * * Rochelle falls to Blanket, 33-0 The Blanket Tigers beat the Hornets at Rochelle Friday night, 33-0. “We have no excuses or alibis,” said Rochelle coach Kenneth Mitchell. “We just met a team with more desire to fight.” The Hornets’ offense couldn’t move, and the Tigers controlled the ball. Rochelle ran only three plays in the first quarter, nine in the second, six in the third, and 14 in the fourth, a total of only 32 plays in the game. “Blanket came to play. I have never seen a team which stayed fired up for the entire game as they did. Blanket has the smallest school in the district, and if the Edgar boys ever graduate maybe we can beat them.” The Hornets go to Menard this Friday night. * * * Melvin drops close one to Menard, 14-13 The Melvin Bulldogs led most of the night but finally lost a heart-breaker to the visiting Menard Yellowjackets Friday, 14-13. Melvin opened the scoring after recovering its own kickoff on the Menard 25. Eight plays later Reuben de los Santos scored from the 5, and quarterback Richard Germany kicked the extra point. Menard came back, however, and scored on a 64-yard drive, but Melvin still led, 7-6. The Bulldogs added their second touchdown in the third quarter on a 17-yard run around end by Eddie Sandoval, but the extra point attempt failed this time. Menard’s Kenneth Hudson tallied from six yards out in the fourth period, making it Melvin 13-Menard 12. Hudson then pushed over the two extra points to win the game for the Yellowjackets, 14-13. Melvin goes to Richland Springs this Friday, and Menard is at home against Rochelle.

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