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Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:31

From the archives of Liberal’s hometown newspaper since 1886.

Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter


Roaming burglars and oil rig accidents wreak havoc

Ronald Duane Eichman, age 31, of 723 South Seward, was killed, April 4, 1964, in an oil rig accident near Laverne, Okla.

Eichman was an employee of Arrow Drilling Co. He was killed when a section of drill pipe dropped and pinned him against a wall while he and other drillers were making a connection on the rig floor.

Eichman was born in 1933, at Russell. He married his wife, Norma, in 1956, and they moved to Liberal in 1939. Eichman was a member of the American Legion, and the Lutheran Church, as well as a United States Army veteran.

Eichman was survived by his wife, Norma Eichman, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Eichman, three brothers, and four sisters.

A father, Clifford Clinard, 23 years of age, and two of his children, Donna Faye, 5, and Gary Lynn, 4, were being treated in Epworth Hospital after surviving a car wreck.

Their vehicle spun out of control in passing and was struck by a truck after re-entering the roadway. Another passenger in the car, Armond “Pete” Herrell, 51, of Liberal, survived the wreck with no injury. The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. on a county road 3 miles east of Liberal. Neither occupants of the truck were injured.

Two night clubs, a business office, and a private residence were robbed over a weekend. Losses were minor, but the damage was relatively extensive.

At Vada’s Speakeasy at 733 S. Kansas Ave., the back door was forced open to gain entry. Five amusement and vending machines had been broken open and badly damaged. Losses from the machines hadn’t been determined.

A block away, the Tiki Club, at 838 South Kansas was broken into as well. The rear door had been forced, and $24.50 was reported missing from a cigarette machine, which had been forced open.

Liberal Iron & Metal’s office was broken into, and money was stolen from the office’s soda machine.

The residents of 106 E. Hickory reported their house had been forced into, and a .30-06 Winchester rifle in a brown case was taken, along with a pair of black boots.

As prom approached, parents prepared for the newly invented “After-the-prom” party. The party was parent-sponsored, and there were many committees involved in the planning process. The party was to be at the Armory, starting at 12:30 a.m., wrapping up at 4 a.m. Breakfast was going to be served, and all Liberal High School juniors and seniors were invited.

Disc jockeys from radio station KLIB would be on hand to play all of the latest hits for dancing. Approximately 25 sets of parents were actively taking part in sponsoring the party. Provisions for several party games were being made, and the whole evening was set up to be “a wonderful night for the high school juniors and seniors,” the paper promised.

Liberal music students, most of them from Liberal Senior High, won a total of 15 superior ratings (I) and 22 excellent (II) ratings at the District Music Festival in Dodge City. Band, vocal and orchestra departments of Tom Ward, Clarence Hooper and Bob Edwards were represented. Some of the students who received I ratings were Bob Graber, trumpet; Elaine Chilton, baritone saxophone, and Virginia Light, clarinet. Some of those who received II’s were Maureen Gohn, percussion; Delores Waters, flute; and the Freshman chorus.

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