Brady man killed by car in Abilene

December 6-9, 1960 Elbert Underwood, 57-year-old Brady bootmaker, was struck by a car and fatally injured Monday evening in Abilene. Hit as he was crossing east South 11th Street about 6:30 p.m., he died about 10:15 p.m. in Abilene’s Hendrick Memorial Hospital. The body was brought to Brady Tuesday morning to Wilkerson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday with burial in Brady Cemetery. Mr. Underwood was the father of Brady’s former city secretary, James E. Underwood, now of Garland. Abilene policeman Lloyd Skiles said a witness told him that Mr. Underwood was walking from north to south across the street when he spotted the car coming ‘and got confused.’ The car swerved in an attempt to miss him. Driving the car was Willie Trice Gilmore, 60, of Abilene. He was traveling east in a 1953 Pontiac on South 11th. Mr. Underwood’s legs and pelvis were fractured. Mr. Underwood had been in Abilene about five weeks. He was born in Brady Aug. 9, 1903, and married the former Stella Richie on April 22, 1944. * * * Small world, Jerrilyn learns in Chicago Brady High coach Jerrilyn Lohn returned Saturday afternoon from the National 4-H Congress in Chicago with a prize ‘small world’ story. During a banquet she sat next to a 4-H adult representative from far-off Iran and was almost floored when the man remarked: ‘I have a good friend from Brady, Texas!’ The friend was J.D. Hampton, former vocational agriculture teacher at Brady High School, now with the State Department in Iran. Jerrilyn and 33 other Texas 4-H delegates left by train Nov. 24 to join 1,300 other 4-H boys and girls from all parts of the United States, Puerto Rico and 29 foreign countries at the Chicago convention. They stayed at the Conrad Hilton Hotel, heard outstanding speakers, including Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson, and had their meals at ‘three banquets a day with top entertainment and orchestras.’ The delegates danced to the music of Lawrence Welk at the famous Aragon Ballroom, heard the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, saw the premier of the new movie, ‘Tomboy and the Champ,’ and attended the International Livestock Show and Rodeo. Jerrilyn attended the convention as a winner of a Santa Fe Educational Award, sponsored by the Santa Fe Railway. She was selected on the basis of her outstanding work in the 4-H Club. * * * Crowd greets opening of new bowling alley The new Parkway Lanes Bowling Alley quietly opened for business Monday night, and a full hour of bowlers showed. ‘The word just got around,’ said Billy Hicks, manager. ‘It was a very good turnout. We couldn’t have handled any more.’ A formal opening of the new recreation center, at the entrance to Richards Park, will be held in about two weeks after all of the facilities are completed. ‘The snack bar isn’t open yet, and we haven’t finished the parking lot and the nursery. But we hope to have that done shortly.’ The bowling alley has eight lanes with automatic pin-setters. ‘Until we get settled we’ll open sometime in the afternoon and run until midnight,’ Hicks said. Regular hours will be 10 a.m. until midnight, opening on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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