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"  1111% REESE runs around fight end, escapes two tacklel players and heads for the goal line Friday night the Bronchos' defeat of the White Deer Bucks. Clarendon ]Press Photo by Richard Allen] ie & Clyde story a ex-con reveals films have tried to reveal, Bonnie and at all. They were just a couple of bums who to seek their fortunes in the city and decided to crime or two together. And from that, they became in crime but not lovers. hfformation came from a neighborhood kid who grew up And he turned out to be a crook Just like lltwn, a reformed dope.addict and prisen.bird, who is Sunday night at First Baptist Church in Clarendon, told the real truths about Bonnie and Clyde Friday In an with The Clarendon Press. got together to go to Dallas so that Bonnie ! a boytMend and Clyde could find a girlfriend," Brown portray them as JevetlJiiffl/aPs net were Just partners in crime." was in Jail with Clyde Barrow at age 1S, and hung two famous criminals through his teen years. was a homosexual and Bonnie was a dollar Brown said. "They had nothing in common but the committed." "They spent night after night in the ar, not ! to clean up or even find a bed to sleep in. Clyde was one drivers I ever knew. He knew every back road In Oklahoma. They were qnite a pair." has tried to make these two criminals But they were Just a couple of hard-core crlmhuds. should know bow horrible they really were." anless Wedding folks of Clarendon may or may not know, a very organization has lately come into being and been THE DONLEY COUNTY" LIVING HISTORY by name. As you may have guessed, our aim Is and Doniey County history to life with an The Athens Ampltheatre In April and a revival ROOST SAGA in June 1974. a long story, we are starting early with plans for, and, as a fund-raising scheme, we have stage A WOMANLESS WEDDINGft It wm be very and more fun than a barrel of monkias for the [Cent. un PJqle 8] i l MILS. Jack Brown leek at a hook he wcote temall abeut dope addict and criminal. Brown was an inmate with A! Capone, machine Gun Kelley and Birdman, t laved by God and now tolls his story to young people eountzy. He is In Clarendon to speak at the First Sunday night [tonight] at 7:30 p.m. [Press Photo] Clarendon, Donlo]/ Count, Texas / LYNN FLOYD is tackled by two White Deer players during Friday night's game. Floyd was among the sophomores who saw action after the Brones ran up a big score on the Bucks. Floyd Sunday, September 16, 1973 Volume II, No. 22 II II IIIII I II Broncs beat White Deer, 42.0 Offense, defense resemb/e last year's State Team by Dean Singleton WHITE DEER--Clarendon's Bronchos romped and stomped and galloped and ran here Friday night, displaying their old traits of state football quality, and came up victors over the White Deer Bucks, 42-0, in a game that saw Clarendon do everything right and White Deer do everything wrong. Coach Clyde Noonkester's Bronchos could have run the score up to 100 points if he had so desired. The Broncs got off to a quick 35-0 lead, and Noonkester sent in his second string, then his third string, then started looking up in the stands for some freshmen or junior high players to keep the score somewhere in the respectable range. But even his sophomore crew outplayed the hapless Bucks, who normally play a close competitive ballgame. Actually, the Bucks did show some poise at times, but after getting behind so had, there just wasn't much left to shoot for. and his sophomore teammates made an Impressive showing Friday night after the first-stringers retired. Clarendon won the game, 42-0. [Press Photo by Richard Allen] The Bronchos looked much like that same team that advanced to the state finals last year, exhibiting speed, power and crafty plays on offense, and tough, aggressive defense that couldn't have been matched by anybody on this certain night. The offense generated just over 500 yards in total offense, and the defense, using everybody on the bench from first to third strings, held the Bucks to only 118 yards total offense, 29 yards in the first half. Everybody on the team got a chance to play. Noonkester pulled his first squad out early in the second period, and sent them back only when the Bucks got close to scoring. The entire team played an aggressive ballgame. Even the inexperienced sophomores moved in to hit hard on defense and strive hard on offense. It was a night when everything went right. Kenneth Reese saw a lot Of time at quarterback, and he looked very impressive and threatening to the opposing team. Starting quarterback Randy Croslin was superb, but Noonkester wanted a look at Reese in the signal-calling spot, and the look he got was most pleasing. The Brenes got started with the scoring early in the game. White Deer won the toss, but could make only 7 yards in the first series. They punted to Kenneth Reese on the 40, and he returned to the Buck 47. On the first play from scrimmage, Ke41  took the handoff from Croslin and broke through the line for a 47-yard touchdown run. Kilag's kick was good, and it was 7-0// with 9:56 remaining in the first period. White Deer got the ball on their 6 after a long King kickoff. After gaining 3 yards and being dropped for a 4-yard loss, quarterback Buddy Cummins fumbled on a handoff, and Clarendon's Wayne Hardin recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. King's kick was good, and it was 14-0 with 8:28 left in the first period. The Bucks took the ball on the kickoff, but had another unsuccessful series, thanks to big defensive efforts by Hardin, Johnny Gerner and others. On a fourth down punt, Clarendon took the ball at the 50. Croslin ran off tackle for 4 yards, then Reese took the ball and galloped 46 yards for a touchdown. The kick was good, and it was 21-0 with 6:05 left in the opening stanza. period. Stan Shelton had intercepted a White Deer pass on the Buck 28. Reese ran for S, Croslin hit for 6, then Reese picked up 7, King ran for 2, Reese for 3, then Reese ran around right end for a touchdown. The kick was good, and it was 28.0 with 7:32 left in the half. By this time, most of the subs were in the game and doing a [Cont. on page 8] Minnesota doctor looking at Clarendon Dr. Dale LaTonn, 38, a medical doctor from Warrad, Minnesota, flew to Clarendon Friday to meet with hospital board members and look at Clarendon and the medical facilities. Dr. LaTonn had visited with board members earlier, and decided to come back for a second look. He told members that after talking with Dr. R. L. (Rip) Gilkey, who plans to move to Clarendon to take over the practice of Dr. George W. Smith, he decided he was interested in looking further at Clarendon. Dr. LaTonn was scheduled to meet with board members again Saturday at 5 p.m. The Minnesota doctor said that he talked with Dr. Gilkey twice after visiting here last. He said he received encouragement from Dr. Gilkey about moving to Clarendon. Dr. Gilkey plans to open his office at the Adair Clinic on September 24. Dr. George W. Smith spent his last day at the clinic Friday, and will begin work soon with the Veterans Administration in Amarillo. Dr. Gilkey talked with The Clarendon Press Friday afternoon, and stated that he had talked with Dr. LaTonn. He said he'told Dr. LaTonn that there is a need for at least 2 doctors in Clarendon, and that he would be happy to help him or any other reliable doctor "all I can." Dr. Gilkey told The Press, "I'm not coming to Clarendon with the idea of opening the hospital. At such time when the hospital is open with other physicians, I will put my patients in the hospital." "I plan to practice at Adair Clinic, and when and if the hospital board gets their problems solved, I will consider practicing at the hospital," he said. Dr. Gilkey said that he would use the Medical Center nursing home as soon as he arrives. As far as Dr. LaTonn or any other doctor is concerned, Gilkey said, "1 will work with anyone, if he's a good doctor and reliable." Dr. Gilkey will practice on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24 and 25, then will move here on Oct. 1 to begin his full-time practice. He and his wife, Jane, have purchased the Clyde Hudson home. "We're looking forward to being back in Clarendon," Gilkey said. Gilkey practiced here from 1959 to 1969 before moving to Waxahachie. ISN'T IT A SHAME that two-dollar bills were discontinued? They come in so handy these days for buying a dollar's worth of anything. by DEAN SINGLETON Jack Brown ran off with a carnival when he was 13 years old and living in Dallas. And the day he left with that carnival was the day he walked into a life of crime--crime worse than most any man has ever known. For Jack Brown entered a world of dope. And dope sent him into a world of crime and crime lead him to jail. "Marijuana was just small stuff. We didn't even consider it dope. It vas when I got off on heroin that my problems began," Brown told The Clarendon Press in an exclusive ifiterview Friday. Brown said he committed all kinds of crime during his teen years, a time when he ran around with such friends as Bonnie and Clyde prior to their hay-day in crime. But it was at age 20 that he was first sent to prison after robbing a bank in  Tyler. He was convicted and sent to Leavenworth Federal Prison. While at Leavenworth, Brown was involved in a riot in which several prisoners were killed. He was blamed for some of the deaths, although he had little to do with it, and transferred to Alcatraz, where the worst of the criminals were kept. It was Alcatraz where he prisoned with such famous gangsters as A! Capone, Machine Gun Kelley and the Birdman of Alcatraz. "I shaved AI Capone's head just before he died," Brown recalls. "He was on his death bed, but he was still the same man, until he finally lost his mind just before death." What kind of man was AI Capone? "He was a beligerant, harsh-talking man who thought he knew everything because he had $40 million. He was a bad character." On the contrary, Machine Gun Kelley was "one of the nicest men I ever knew" after he finally settled down in prison and realized he was there to stay. "Kelley read good books and had good manners when I knew him," Brown recalled. Brown later wag transferred to Leavenworth again, then was sent to Lexington because of his heavy drug problem. He soon was parolled, but was sent back because he got on dope again and committed some more crimes. He was sentenced to 40 years in Oklahoma prison, but was paroiled in 10 years after a hard fight for freedom. But he wasn't out long. He got into a poker game, "played some crooked poker," and got a knife stabbed clear through him. "I got a knife, stabbed that silly fool 20 times, and he still wouldn't die," Brown recalls. With this; he was sentenced to die in the electric chair. He stayed on death row for four years, but never was executed. He spent 15 years in San Quenton, and it was reported at that time that he had committed 5,000 crimes. Brown received a pardon from Gov. Pat Brown, and was released 12 years ago. "My baby daughter and wife brought me to the Lord," Brown states. "Gay Nell (his daughter) persuaded me to go to church, and before long God saved my soul. It's been wonderful ever since." Brown's wife, Pearl, was a Christian all through Brown's life n 1929 of crime. They married i , a year after she was named Miss Texas. All during the time Brown was on the run away from the law, Pearl kept their home together. "It was the hands of God that kept us together," she Said. "Religion finally saved him." Since that time, Brown has travelled nationwide, telling of his life and how God saved him and made a new man out of him. He speaks to young persons everywhere, and talks to 500,000 young . people each year, telling them the evils of dope. And they respond to his truthful story. A movie was made 10 years ago which described the life of Jack Brown. The movie, entitled "The Man With the Golden Arm," starred Frank Sinatra and was a big hi movie. Another movie is presently being made about Brown's life. Brown revealed his story in a book, "Monkey Off My Back." m which he describes in detail his life's story. The book described his life on the cover, in brief: A biting flamboyant character. He was a junkie, con-man, convict and killer. Jack has spent more time in prisons than most people have on their jobs. Jack was a con-man who had to "earn" tons of money to support his drug habit...but the trail of easy money always led back to the same place--stone walls, iron bars. guards. Sure, Jack knew men of underworld infamy--"Machin Gun Kelley," AI Capone, the "Bird man of Alcatraz," and all. But they didn't help him. Jack was in and out of hospitals and penitentaries like they had revolving doors. But they didn't help either. Jack's story of prison life is unbelievable-of beatings, fights, riots, rotten guards, murders, immoralities of eyeD' description--but the real story is in the way he escaped all this. All because of'a wife, a family, a God...all who refused to give up on him. Jack's story is a big one. He'll tell it at First Baptist Church Sunday night (tonight) at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. %