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Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:59

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

Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter

1964
Tedford first Liberal resident at USAF Academy

A strike at Tradewinds left people with too much time on their hands, and that in turn led to a spate of petty crimes.

Lonnie Ward, 25, of 1050 N. Nebraska, waived arraignment in District Court, then pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious mischief brought in connection with the shattering of Brown’s Furniture store window.

Judge L. L. Martin gave Ward, who was on strike from Tradewinds at the time of the incident, a 60-day county jail sentence and suspended sentence on condition he made full restitution for damages inflicted and court costs totaling $1,349.25 within one week.

Evidence at the damage scene indicated that several of the large plate glass windows had been broken out by kicking and the throwing of heavy steel nuts against them.

This corner of Southwest Kansas had been through a lot of fires in April of 1964, on both sides of the Rock Island tracks and both sides of the Cimarron River. More broke out early in May, and burned for more than two hours.

The fires were west of U.S. Highway 54 and the highway bridge. Seward County Sheriff’s officers said an eastbound Rock Island freight train apparently developed a hot-box and scattered sparks, which started the fire in an area of about two miles long. The train stopped after crossing the Cimarron Bridge and the hot-box was fixed.

Firemen, farmers and crews from National Helium and Panhandle Eastern fought the blazes, many of which burned themselves out.

Dan Tedford, a Liberal High School senior, earned acceptance into the United States Air Force Academy and planned to enter the Academy at Colorado Springs July 1.

The official announcement of his acceptance was made in Washington, D. C. by the Air Force and was relayed back to Liberal by Congressman Bob Dole.

Tedford’s appointment had been announced in late January of 1964, pending passing of the necessary tests. The most recent announcement, published in the Southwest Daily Times, said he passed the physical and entrance exams, making his acceptance into the academy official. Tedford was the first teenager from Liberal to enter into the Air Force Academy.

Two 16-year-old girls from Clinton, Okla., landed in jail in Liberal on car theft charges after being apprehended at Hugoton in a car stolen here from Sammy Owens at 909 1/2 N. Prospect.

Anntone Romans and Mary Francis Beavers were being held in the Seward County Jail. The two girls told officers they had been in Liberal for about three weeks. Police also interrogated the teenagers in relation to another stolen car in Liberal, taken from Getrude Gaut at 1028 North Washington. Officials found the Gaut automobile abandoned in Light Park an hour after the alarm. The girls drove a 1957 Ford at the time of their arrest.

A weekend burglary suspect gave officers a strange tip when he left his wallet containing identification at the scene of an attempted burglary at the Grandstaff Grocery at 423 West Second Street.

After being traced to his trailer on North Lincoln, Arthur M. Terry Jr., an oilfield worker, was asked by Sheriff Howard Smith to produce some form of identification.

“He reached into his back pocket and his hand came out empty as his face reddened,” Smith said.

Smith then handed the wallet to Terry, and asked, “Guess where we found it?”

Terry then admitted to robbing the grocery store, along with the Nazarene Church while on a drinking spree.

 

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