Lawler starts work on new food store

May 18-22, 1962 Norman Lawler started work this week on a new super market in Brady for A. L. Evans of Kerrville, operator of the Evans Foodway Stores. The building will be erected facing South Bridge Street on a tract, between West First and West Second, purchased and cleared by Lawler in 1953. Of all-masonry construction, the building will be located on the south side of the lot. It will be 70 feet wide, 122 feet deep, and will provide 8,100 square feet of floor space. Costing about $65,000, it will be completed in 60 days Lawler said. Evans will install $50,000 to $60,000 worth of new fixtures. This will be company’s 15th store. Others are located in Kerrville, Ballinger, Brownwood, Pecos, Eldorado, Sonora, Big Lake and New Mexico. Lawler is building the store and will lease it to Evans. He added that he has plans to add other buildings on the lot to complete a shopping center on the site. With his brother, Gerald, Lawler owns the Southwest Park Shopping Center in Abilene. Primarily a home builder, he has put up more than 2,000 homes in the Rio Grande Valley and in Abilene since 1937. Most of the houses have been built in Abilene where the Lawler Construction Company has operated since 1939. Lawler has been spending about five days a week in Abilene and two days at his home here. He, however, plans to start a home building program in Brady and began work on three houses on South Pine Street this week. He plans to spend about four days a week now in Brady and three in Abilene. * * * Melvin seniors get diplomas Friday night Ronnie Cook is the valedictorian and Louise Turner is salutatorian of Melvin High School’s senior class which will be graduated in commencement exercises at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Based on their grades for the last two years, Cook had an averaged of 94.6 and Louise had an average of 94.2. Runner-up was Mary Sue Wilkerson with an average of 92.1 Cook is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymon Cook; Louise is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claud Turner; and Mary Sue, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilkerson. Penrose B. Metcalfe of San Angelo, a member of the State Board of Education, will be the commencement speaker. Other members of the class are Gary Sutton, Gilbert Perez, Richard Germany, Elwood Flemming, Richard Gonzales, Gregory Lopez, Margaret Martinez, Rosalinda Perez, and Reuben De Los Santos. Cook is president of the class, secretary of the FFA Chapter, was Halloween King at the annual carnival, football captain, and active in basketball. He plans to major in science next fall at Tarleton State College. Louise is the class reporter, a majorette of the pep squad, past football sweetheart, past drum major and member of Future Homemakers. She played volley ball and basketball for four years. Mary Sue is past football sweetheart and has been active in FHA work, volley ball and basketball. * * * City Council agrees to ‘work together’ The divided City Council informally agreed to set aside their political difference and to work together “for the good of the town and Brady Lake.” In a variety of other action, the Council: ‘Authorized $500 for repairs to the Boy Scout Lodge so it can be used for the County 4-H Clubs and the county agents, as well as the Scouts. Mayor John Rudder said the agents, Norman Drake and Mrs. Vyvien Duncan, have agreed to take care of the building. The 4-H clubs have been meeting at the lodge for several months. ‘Authorized $1,500 in repairs for the municipal clubhouse at the golf course, repainting and sealing of cracks in the walls of the building. ‘Voted $800 for the summer recreation program sponsored by the Brady schools. ‘Voted to give more study to a request from Ed Williams for a franchise to use city streets and string wires on city utility poles “to transmit music to stores and other establishments.” Williams’ request said the music would be provided by a new company, Musicale Services Company, to be formed and owned by citizens of Brady. ‘Authorized repainting of the “Curtis Field, Brady, Texas” sign on hangars at Curtis Field. The sign, now faded, identifies the field and town to visiting air passengers. * * * Ledbetter ruled insane, returns to hospital Rollie Ledbetter, 44, Brady rancher charged with the poison death of his wife, was found insane by a jury in Waco last week and was returned to the Rusk State Hospital. Being tried in 54th District Court on whether he was sane at the time of his wife’s death and whether he is sane now, the jury ruled him insane of both counts. Three psychiatrists, testifying for the defense, agreed in their findings of insanity. Ledbetter was committed to the Rusk Hospital at a trial in Austin in 1960. Later when he was released he became subject to being tried for murder and was reindicted. Trial of the case under the new indictment was moved to Waco on a change of venue. Ledbetter originally was indicted in Brady in 1958 after his wife, the former Gladys Rae Smith, a telephone operator here, died in Brady Hospital. * * * Ricks promoted in Air Force ROTC Cadet Robert Ricks has been promoted to cadet airman third class in the Air Force ROTC at Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos. A freshman at SWTSC and in his first year of Air Force ROTC, Ricks is a 1961 graduate of Brady High School. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Ricks of Brady. * * * Brady student wins third in Short Story Contest Robert Carmichael, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Carmichael of Brady, was honored at the annual Texas Chirstian University Creative Writing Day Thursday, May 10. “A Change in Time,” a short story by Carmichael, was awarded third place in the short story contest. Carmichael is a senior student at the university. Dr. Walter Prescott Webb, noted author and distinguished professor of history at the University of Texas, spoke at an all-school convocation where the winners were announced. * * * Brady A&M senior appointed editor of student newspaper Larry Smith of Brady, journalism senior at Texas A&M College, will be editor this summer of The Battalion, A&M student newspaper. His appointment was confirmed by the student publication board last week. Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Smith of Brady, Smith, 22, served as sports editor of The Battalion this year and was assistant sports editor last year. He is scheduled to graduate at the end of the first semester of the summer term. * * * County Demo meeting quiet Only five persons showed up Saturday afternoon for the county Democratic Convention at the Courthouse. “All was peace and harmony,” said County Chairman Paul Lohn. A resolution was passed pledging support to the Democratic nominees in next November’s general election. Others present were Herbert Harkrider, Bill Jordan, W. E. Hardin, and Clarence Salter. All five men were elected as delegates to the state Democratic Convention, along with Mrs. G. H. Ricks, Frank Lohn and Mrs. Richard Moseley. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Attends dinner Mrs. F. J. Pennington was in Thalia on Mother’s Day when her brother, A. E. Oliver and his wife honored their mother, Mrs. M. A. Oliver, 89. A dinner was served in her honor at the A.E. Oliver home on Sunday with seven children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numbering 40, attending. * * * Parents of son Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Henderson of Voca are the proud parents of a son born Friday, May 11, in Medical and Surgical Hospital.

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