From the archives of Liberal’s hometown newspaper since 1886.
Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter
Carnival workers lead police on merry chase
Local churches banded together to honor juniors and seniors of Liberal Senior High School at a party in the Fellowship Hall of the First Church of God.
The “Hawaiian Cruise Affair,” sponsored by eight local churches, promised a festive evening. Each couple attending would receive a colored Polaroid picture of themselves in formal attire.
The party was to go from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., after which transportation was being provided, and the participating couples were being taken out to Boy’s Ranch near Amarillo. They would be given a tour of the ranch, then they would hold a morning worship service, and lunch was to be provided afterward.
Lawmen apprehended a pair of young carnival workers after a long, eventful night, including a car chase and foot race.
The two miscreants, Johnny O. Mann, 21, of Tampa, Fla., and William John Annicker III of San Antonio had reportedly stolen a car parked in front of the 54 Cafe. Mann was listed as an AWOL (Absent Without Leave) soldier from Fort Lewis, Wash.
The alert was sounded when the car’s owner, Jerry Dean Frey, a Central Airlines employee living at the Warren Hotel, called the police and reported that “he just saw two men driving away in his car.”
Law enforcement threw up roadblocks and pursued the two men by vehicle until they abandoned the car. Even then, they continued to flee the police on foot. Eventually, Liberal police officers tracked the men down and took them into custody.
A brand-new Ford pickup truck sped off from a parking lot while Don Hergert of Independent Motors attempted to check ownership before he purchased the vehicle. After the car left, Hergert and local officers learned the truck had been stolen from Sand Springs, Okla. Attempts to apprehend the truck and driver were unsuccessful.
Charles Peterson of 1007 North Calvert, was hospitalized in Liberal for treatment of chest injuries inflicted in a drilling rig accident on a location a short distance northeast of Hayne. Coworkers reported that a heavy drill collar swung around and struck Peterson in the chest while he worked on the rig floor. Thankfully, he was not pinned against anything, which could very possibly have made any injuries inflicted exponentially worse.
After running as hard as she could for 10 minutes, Mrs. Riley Watson of 222 South Clay managed to stack up a total of $223.39 worth of groceries and meats in Liberal.
Mrs. Watson was the winner of a 10-minute shopping spree contest sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. Under the contest rules, the store was cleared of customers and Mrs. Watson was allowed free all the groceries she could gather and carry to the check stand in her arms. Mrs. Watson gathered a variety of several armloads of meats, canned goods, cereal, sugar and flour, washing powder, and, of course, several cartons of Pepsi. Disposing of the groceries wouldn’t be a problem, as there were six children in the Watson family.