Schools call off classes in ice storm

October 25-28, 1960 Two Melvin High School football players were injured’one fatally’about 5:45 p.m. Saturday when their car went out of control and overturned nine miles West of Brady on U.S. Highway 87. Tommy Taylor, 16, a guard, died in Brady Hospital Sunday afternoon of a skull fracture and crushed chest. He was the son of Mrs. E.A. Taylor, a Melvin first-grade teacher. Richard Germany, also 16, Melvin’s starting quarterback, suffered multiple lacerations of the scalp and face and a severely sprained neck. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Germany of Melvin. Richard, in Brady Hospital, was “doing all right” Tuesday. His doctor said he was making satisfactory progress and had a good night Monday. Friends said Tommy, in a 1956 Chevrolet two-door, had been to Brady Saturday afternoon to pick up a pair of boots, and Richard had gone along with him. Returning to Melvin, they were headed west, first ran off the right side of the highway, cut back to the left, climbed an enbankment about six feet high, overturning and clipping off a row of fence posts and knocking down a utility pole. Tommy was found about 30 feet on the other side of the fence from the car. Richard was found near the car. The accident and Tommy’s death were a severe shock to the Melvin community. Tommy’s father died of a heart attack just three weeks ago and was well thought of in Melvin. The Melvin school dismissed classes at noon Tuesday for the funeral in the Melvin Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Day-Loveless Funeral Home directed burial in the Eden Cemetery. At Mrs. Taylor’s request, the funeral arrangements duplicated those of her husband three weeks ago. Melvin has a football game coming up Friday night at Bangs, and Supt. Floyd Marshall said the boys have voted to go ahead and play it despite their grief for their lost teammates. Coach Charles Seydler said David Siler, 130-pound sophomore, will fill in at quarterback for the injured Germany. Germany is a junior at Melvin High, as was young Taylor. It was McCulloch County’s fifth traffic fatality this year. * * * Brady FFA team places 5th in Judging Contest A Brady FFA team placed fifth in a range judging contest in Brownwood Saturday, sponsored by Howard Payne College and the Middle Colorado Soil Conservation District Supervisors Association. On the team were Kenneth Hudspeth, Don Miller, Larry Wells and alternate, Ronnie Kyzar. ‘It was the first they had been in competition,” said Earl Behrens, FFA advisor. Brady had a second team also, but only one from each school was permitted to compete for the awards. On the team were Mark Day, Jimmy Criswell, David Taylor and alternate, T.A. Wilton. The boys were accompanied by Behrens and E.L. Ross. Teams from six counties in this area were entered in the contest. * * * Grid Sweetheart named at Lohn Karen Willey is the football sweetheart and Terry Mitchell is “Mister Football” at Lohn High School. Both seniors, they were presented at Friday’s game with Brookesmith. * * * Jailed San Saba rancher stays there Strong-willed rancher William J. Edmondson says he despises governmental control and is proving it the hard way’by serving a 73-day term in San Saba County jail. The 58-year-old Edmondson is the only prisoner in the jail. He is serving out a $200 fine, plus $19.50 court costs all because he refused to pen up 12 cows and a bull so they could be inspected under the state’s new brucellosis control law. “I told ’em they could take the cattle, that I’d shove ’em out the gate at them, but that the government wasn’t coming on my property and take control of it,” Edmondson said. He and his wife live on a 320-acre farm and ranch on the Colorado River. He has 7 more days to serve. Long ago Edmondson developed a deep dislike for government agricultural programs and can’t understand why, if he leaves them alone, they won’t leave him alone. His troubles started when San Saba ranchers petitioned the Texas Livestock Sanitary Commission to inspect all of the county’s cattle for brucellosis and certify the county free of the disease. In human beings, the illness is known as undulant fever. The new law provides that a rancher who refuses to aid in the program, after 75 percent of the county’s ranchers have voted for it, can be fined up to $200. That is the law that caused Edmondson’s stay in jail. When he refused to pen up his cattle for tests, he was arrested. Sheriff Brantley Barker took some men out to Edmondson’s ranch and tested the cattle’all disease free. Peace Justice Ward Ellis Jr., said, “We’ve tried every way we know how to make it easier for Mr. Edmondson. We offered to come out to his place and do all the work. He could be fined for every day he refused, but he’s serving out just the one $200 fine.” “I didn’t object to them testing the cows anywhere else, but they have no right to come on my property and take charge of it and me,” Edmondson said. * * * $500 award goes to Brady student Vernon Ryan, Brady student at the University of Texas, has been awarded a $500 scholarship award from Mobil Oil Company. Son of Mr. and Mrs. V.L. (Pat) Ryan, Ryan is working on a master’s degree in geology. The Mobile award is his third in the last 18 months. Previously he received awards from the National Science Foundation and the Terra Club of Houston, an organization of geologists and petroleum engineers. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Bennetts here Capt. and Mrs. S.B. Bennett and son, Sam, 14, arrived in Brady Tuesday to be guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gray. Mrs. Bennett is Mrs. Gray’s sister. Capt. Bennett is being transferred from San Diego Calif., to New Orleans. the Bennetts were to leave Thursday for Dallas to see another son, John, a student at SMU. * * * Dismissed from Hospital A.W. Moseley, who had been a patient in Brady Hospital following a car accident, was able to return to his home Monday.

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