From the archives of Liberal’s hometown newspaper since 1886.
Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter
St. Anthony Church opens school, convent
The St. Anthony Catholic School was scheduled to be dedicated Sunday, July 5, 1964. An evening reception was scheduled along with an open house of the school and convent. The public was invited to attend and tour the school and convent.
Bishop Mason F. Forst, D.D., of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City was to be the one dedicating the school and convent following the Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by the Rev. John Lavrih, the resident pastor, on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee of Ordination.
The buildings were designed by the Liberal firm of Samuel R. McCamat and Associates, architects. The general contractor was Clasen and Kugler Construction Co. of Liberal.
Police received a phone call from Pratt from tourists who stated they thought they might have left a bag behind when they stopped for lunch at a restaurant in Liberal. Phone calls like that weren't particularly uncommon, but the contents of the bag were extremely strange.
The caller stated that the bag contained $31,000 in government bonds and $15,000 in securities. The caller, Bill Bursch, said he was traveling with an elderly Albuquerque, N.M. couple Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. McFarland, and that Mrs. McFarland had been carrying the bag and thought she left it hanging off the back of her chair.
A trio of men were arrested for drunk driving over the holiday weekend in Liberal. Paul J. Carrell, Plains, drew a total of six months in jail, as this was his fourth drunken driving conviction within two years. Sherman A. Fisher, Ulysses, pleaded innocent to a drunken driving charge and was released on $250 bond pending trial on July 17. Paul McAlvain pleaded innocent to a charge of drunken driving, reckless driving, and driving without a license. He was remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bond pending trial on July 13.
Plate glass windows in the showrooms of two car agencies were broken over the holiday weekend, one in what appeared to be a freak accident.
Police were called to Gould Motor Co. on South Kansas where a large window on the south side had been broken. Investigation revealed that a stray hub cap found on the showroom floor had apparently gone through the window high up near the roof line. Officers assumed a northbound car lost a hubcap which had hit the curb and bounced up through the window.
Further south on Kansas, a hole was found in the H&H Motor Co. window. This one, however, was attributed to a vandal with a BB or pellet gun.
A man and his wife were each given 30-day sentences in police court when they pleaded guilty to being under the influence of narcotic drugs. Jerry G. Navarro, of 411 1/2 South New York, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of narcotic drugs and his wife, Lupe, to being under the influence.
Other cases in police court included Missouri and Texas men being charged for vagrancy and panhandling; a Liberal man, for a drunken charge; assault and battery charges against two Liberal men; and minor traffic counts.