$2.9 million contract to Loadcraft

May 10-13, 1966 Officials of Loadcraft, Inc. truck trailer manufacturers, were notified by the Washington office of Cong. O. C. Fisher that they had been awarded a contract in the amount of $2.9 million for 1,372 platform cargo trailers. This is the initial $8 million contract. Loadcraft President John C. Moellinger stated, “We and the people of the Brady area greatly appreciate Congressman Clark Fisher’s interest and help regarding this procurement, as it was through the help of his office that we were able to bid on this contract. This contract will be built at our Brady and brings our backlog of firm orders to a company all-time high of $16.5 million.” R.W. Moellinger, vice-president, stated, “This is the largest single contract our company has ever received. We have previously built two other contract on the same time and it brings the Brady plant current backlog of firm orders to $15 million.” *** Former Bradyite, Skinny Davenport, killed in accident A former Bradyite, Glen Royce (Skinny) Davenport, 28, was one of three persons killed in a head-on collision about three miles east of Monahans late Tuesday. Mr. Davenport was living in Odessa and was an employee of Cardinal Chemical Co. Mr. Davenport was alone in his car traveling east of I-20. Two occupants of the other car were killed and three injured. Graveside services for Davenport were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Monahans Cemetery. Born Jan. 9, 1938 in Brady, he lived in Wickett until four months ago when he moved to Odessa. He attended Brady schools and was a letterman on the Bulldog football team about ten years ago. Survivors include his father, G. E. Davenport of Monahans and one sister, Mrs. Patsy Fields of Austin. *** Rochelle eighth grade honor graduates named Cheryle Ann Kruckemeyer and Mickie McBee are honor graduates of the Rochelle eighth grade, according to Bill Spurgin, school principal. Cheryl Ann was named valedictorian with an average of 93.64. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilmer Kruckeymeyer of Mercury. Vickie was named salutatorian with an average of 92.071 and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.N. McBee of Rochelle. Eighth grade graduation exercises will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in the Rochelle gymnasium. Grade school awards will be presented and Spurgin will deliver the commencement address. *** Class sermon for Melvin graduates set for Sunday Jamie Hemphill of Mason, minister of the Melvin Church of Christ, will give the baccalaureate sermon for the Melvin High School graduating class Sunday at 7:45 p.m. at the Melvin School. Tommy Wells will play the piano processional and recessional. The Rev. L. R. Stuckey, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Melvin, will also be on the program. Benton Cain will be choir leader. Members of the graduating class are Tommy Carter, Eddy Bowman, Amanda Constancia, Beverly Jenkins, Royd Malmstrom, Mackye Morrow, Jimmy Murray, Delio Ortegon, Jr., Maria Perez, Janice Schwerterner, Abraham Rodriguez and Albert Rodriguez. *** Ex-Bulldog captain new bank prexy in San Angelo Frank Junell, currently executive vice president of the Citizens National Bank in Lubbock and former Bradyite, has been selected to become president of the Central National Bank in San Angelo. Junell attended school in Brady in the early 30s and was captain of the Bulldog football team. He was also chosen as all-district center in 1930. Junell’s father, the late Dan Junell was manager of an ice company in Brady in the late 1920s and early 1930s. *** Baccalaureate at Lohn Sunday Baccalaureate services for the Lohn graduating class will be held Sunday evening at 8 p.m. The speaker will be Henry McBroom, minister of Fourth and Bridge Street Church of Christ in Brady. The invocation will be pronounced by Gordon Newton and the benediction by J. D. Myers. Special music will be furnished by the chorus. Mrs. David Bishop will play the processional. Members of the Lohn graduating class are Wilson Bloomer, Joe Wayne Byrd, Alice Massey, Burl J. Myers, Roy Dean Short and Fowler Solsbery. Commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 20. The speaker will be Dr. Norris Campbell, associate professor of psychology and education at Abilene Christian College. Dr. Campbell is a native of McCulloch County, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. Ed Campbell of Pear Valley. *** Boswell to speak at Rochelle High Baccalaureate Baccalaureate services for the Rochelle graduating class will be held Sunday at Rochelle Methodist Church. Speaker will be the Rev. Bill Boswell, pastor of the First Christian Church of Brady. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Howard Johnson pastor of the Rochelle Methodist Church and the benediction will be pronounced by Warren Starnes, minister of the of the Rochelle Church of Christ. Mrs. Allen Posey will be pianist and Mrs. A. L. Neal choir director. Commencement exercises will be held in the school gymnasium Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. The address will be given by Penrose Metcalfe, Tom Greene County rancher and former state senator. Members of the graduating class are Jean Adams, Junior Booher, Bob Bratton, Linda Cates, Bobby Deeds, Mike Harvison, Cheryl Howard, Grey H Hutchens, Butch Lemke, Judy Matthews, Ronnie Mohr, Joey Ranne, Janet Smith, Mike Thompson and Rachel Villegas. *** PERSONAL MENTIONS Visit in New Mexico Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Bell were Mother’s Day guests in Alburquerque, N.M., of the their son-in-law and daughter, Maj. and Mrs. Kenneth Bull and children. They returned home Monday night. *** Visits daughter, family Mrs. L. F. Roderick of Garden City, Kan. spent ten days in Brady as a guest of son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Harrell and sons. Mr. Roderick arrived in Brady Thursday on their return to Kansas.

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