Thursday, July 10, 1958   Vol. C680



East Farewell – The 4th of July was once again celebrated in town with a magnificent fireworks display presented by Fireworks International, the same group that presented last year’s spectacular event. This year they tried a new platform for launching the fireworks. They brought in a huge barge and floated it out into the middle of Lake Charles and set the fireworks off from the barge. This made viewing excellent from almost any place along the lake’s shore. It was an awe-inspiring display, even bigger and brighter than last year’s record setting display. This year there were over 1,000 fireworks set off in the fifteen minute display. That averages out to about 10 a minute and the sky was full of exploding carnations, sparkling rain and beautiful multi-bursts.

            The town hosted many out of towners who have made it a tradition to come for the show and take a vacation at the same time. This year with the 4th falling on a Friday the event was held on Friday night after sundown. The day and evening was full of 4th of July civic events like a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Lakefront Plaza in the late afternoon. All the shops and restaurants stayed open even after the fireworks display and welcomed many visitors to dine and stroll down Main Street. The unofficial estimate of the crowd was over 8,500, there will probably be a higher total once all the local residents report guest they may have had. Parties around the lake were numerous; every lakefront property was decked out with patriotic flags and streamers. Most of the off-shore homes were decorated, too. The barge shooting off the fireworks brought many boaters out on the lake to watch. Boats from the fairly expensive and exotic down to the simplest rowboats and canoes floated all around the lake which may have turned out to be the best viewing venue.

            The spectacular fireworks tradition has gotten noticed all across the region and many, many people have put it on the calendars as their mid-summer must attend event.

Fireworks viewed from the deck of a local yacht




East Farewell – The Travelers continued their losing ways last Saturday as they lost to the league leading Slate Mountain Miners and their pitching ace, Tony “Michael” Angelo, 4-0. This was the Travelers first shutout all season. Angelo was very sharp, striking out 11 Travelers. The only hits the Travelers had were four singles throughout the game mostly with two outs in the inning. The Miners, on the other hand, were able to pepper pitcher, Danny Lane with nine hits including a two run homer from Nick Cantina, the Miners new slugger. Lane also gave up five walks and the defense committed two errors.

            The stands were full for this game. Falling on July 5th the town was hosting a 4th of July celebration and there were many fans from Slate Mountain in town for the fireworks. The Travelers usually almost sell out their home games but with their current losing streak it seemed some fair-weather fans have stayed home leaving unused tickets for the Slate Mountain fans. It seemed the distribution of fans was about even this game which did not help the Travelers who are used to a rousing home team advantage when playing at home.

            “This is totally unacceptable,” said Travelers slugger, Johnny Cloos, after the game, “We are much better than this and I don’t like it. I don’t like losing and I know our fans don’t like it either. We are going to have meeting in the locker room and get to the bottom of this. We are going to turn things around. I promise you that.”

            He then went into the locker room and the door was closed tight. We will have to wait and see what comes out of that meeting. Perhaps we will get an answer next week when the Travelers travel to Riverview to face the Anglers. The Anglers have been struggling also so there is a chance that the Travelers will start to get back on track and climb out of the cellar. The game begins at 1:30 in Riverview Park.



Secretary of State Dulles completes his one-day visit with Premier de Gaulle and learns France plans to build atomic weapons whether or not it receives U.S. nuclear secrets.                                                                        

The Supreme Court refuses to short cut usual procedures and rule directly on an appeal from an order suspending desegregation in Little Rock.  It said it was sure the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis would act on the appeals “in ample time” to permit arrangements to be made for the next school year. In another action, the court struck down a $100 thousand fine levied against the NAACP by an Alabama judge, who imposed the fine in 1956. Circuit Judge Walter Jones imposed the fine on the ground the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to produce a list of its members. The judge also barred the NAACP from doing business in Alabama.

The Senate votes to make Alaska the 49th State. This will put the Union some 55 miles from the Russian Siberia.

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees play to a 3-3 tie when the11:59pm Saturday night curfew halts play at the top of the 11th inning. The Sox had scored 2 runs extra, but under American league rules the score reverted back to the previous full inning as goes on the books as a tie.

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Published by JD Carroll