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Scattered Storms Partly cloudy, warmer, scattered thunderstorms tonight, low 55; Wednesday partly cloudy and cooler. Flint Lake temperatures-minimum, 62; today. 1:30 p.m. 85. Vol. 29--No. 275 Telephones 2-7601 and 2-7611 Valparaiso, Indiana, Tuesday, May 22, 1956 COMPROMISE FARM HOME OF VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY Associated Press Leased Wire Five Cents Business Region Extension Okayed By KARL D. HENRICHS Motion recommending to the City council that eiglxt lots in the 400 block of East Lincolnway be rezoned from residential to local business was passed Monday by a 3 to 2 vote. The rezoning recommendation of the City Plan commission is expected to come before the council next Monday. Tough Guys No Match For Woman (EDITOR'S NOTE--85th In Porter county historical series based on facts and legends as compiled by a local journalist) By THE STROLLER Mrs. Moses Trim was really trim. She was a little gray dove sort of woman, bubbling over with personality. No one would have ever guessed she was the mother of a 15-year-old son. The boy's name was Wallace Trim, and her husband, Moses Trim, was the Porter county sheriff from 1844 to 1848. Prom the first day he was nominated for the office Mrs. Trim had some doubts about it. She wasn't particularly impressed with the idea of giving up her. home and making the county jail her residence. After Moses was elected, she decided that perhaps it was an opportunity for both her and her husband to do some good for hu* manjty, so she as usual became an agreeable and able helpmate. Does Cooking She did the cooking, served the prisoners their meals and took over the office records. There was a safety cell in the old jail, a sort of sub-basement affair, with two small high windows, and an overhead trap and a removable stairway. This was for the dangerous criminals, and those who created a continual disturbance in the regular cell block. It was seldom used, but in early January 1848 there were two vicious prisoners, horse thieves from the Swamp, and a "tough guy" from the Door village area being held for the LaPorte sheriff. This trio became wildly vicious, so Sheriff Trim was forced to confine them in the safety cell. Especially so, since there were a number of disreputable persons from the Kankakee milling around the jail, looking it over very carefully. Called To Drug Store On Jan. 5, Sheriff Trim was called to Joseph Lomax's drug store to examine some beeswax which Dr. Lomax had taken in trade. It was later found to be filled with stones to increase the weight. The deputy was also absent when Mrs. Trini went to the trap door with the basket of supper for the three prisoners confined there. Wallace Trim carried the basket When Mrs. Trim leaned over to hand the men the basket, one of them grabbed her wrist, and demanded "Put that ladder down here." Mrs. Trim quietly said to the boy, "Get your father", while With six of 11 commission members present and Alfred W. Rader, president, not voting, the recommendation was passed by affirmative votes of Mayor John E. Wiggins, City Engineer Charles G. Peller and Ray Berlin. Voting against the motion were Mrs. Paul Vietzke, commission secretary, and Mrs. Maynard Nie- quist. At a public hearing earlier in the meeting, Mrs. Lucy D.^ Putnam, 403 Lincolnway, presented a remonstrance asking that the area remain residential. The petition included signatures of 10 persons living on Lincolnway, Locust, In diana and Jefferson in that area. In the past two months, the commission received requests from owners of five of the eight properties in question who asked for rezoning. The Putnam and Kilavos properties at-403 and 408 Lincolnway, respectively, were represented on the remonstrance petition. Proposal Explained Ten persons interested in the rezoning proposal were in the audience Monday evening in City Hall. After President Rader explained the history of the proposal, realtor Harley Snyder, representing William Schleman, the original rezoning petitioner, explained that the Schleman property at the northwest corner of Lincolnway and Locust earlier had been sold for a filling station development. He said, however, that the property since has been sold to Marshall Weinstein, who proposes to operate a photography studio there. Weinstein said he hoped to build a new structure if possible for the studio which would involve "no odor, no fire hazards, no noise and little traffic." Mrs. Putnam, spokesman for the remonstrators, said "We're speaking in defense of our homes. We are not opposed to progress." She acknowledged that "a studio could be just as attractive as a home." But, she added, the proposal "means we could have some undesirable businesses if the block is rezoned for business." Rectlls Earlier Move Mrs. Putnam recalled that several years ago a lot at the southeast corner of Lincolnway and Valparaiso was rezoned for business. She said the lot "has become a second-hand car lot. It has not been used for the purpose for which it was rezoned." Later in the meeting, Mayor Wiggins referred to the same rezoning move and commented that "we were sold down the river." President Rader explained the city has no authoiity to enforce the promises made when that lot was requested for rezoning for use as a privately-owned off-street parking lot. During the commission's dis- (Continued on page 6, column 2) Newland Is Hit By Wind By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A small tornado struck in northwestern Indiana last midnight as electrical storms and heavy rains battered the state. The twister hit Newland in Jasper county, but state police said the only damage was to a store front. No one was injured. State police said damage to the store, operated by James Bennett, was estimated at S3,000. At Monticello, 25 miles southeast of Newland, farmfields were flooded by 3 07 inches of ram, accompanied by some hail. Other heavy overnight rains also were concentrated in northern Indiana -- Logansport (1.64), Noblesville (1.38), Kokomo (1.31), Berne (.91). The Weather Bureau said more thunderstorms are likely tonight, and some may be heavy, especially in northern Indiana. The second wave of showers is expected to bring slightly cooler weather, after the high 80s expected today. Highs of 70-81 were forecast for Wednesday. The five-day outlook said another warmup is due Thursday, but the weekend is likely, to be cooler over the entire state. (Continued on page 6, column 1) Report 3 Diphtheria Cases In Michigan City MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- Iff) -- Three new cases of diphtheria were reported here today. An epidemic of 61 cases ran Crane Lifts Equipment Like Toy WORKMAN PEERS over side of the Northern Indiana Public Service company Lincolnway office building as crane lifts 800-pound piece of air-conditionmg equipment to the top of the roof as if it were a toy. The building is being completely air-conditioned. (V-M Staff Photo) X-Ray Unit Work Boom Anticipated Examinations and therapy in the X-ray department at Porter Memorial hospital this year will show a considerable increase over 1955, Radiologist Robert Milroy predicts. Since 1953, before the deep therapy machine was installed and treatments were given with the large machine, the volume has more than trebled, he said. Average work load today, and due to increase with the years, consists of about 35 examinations, 10 treatments, and on certain days when this work is done, between 15 and 20 fiuoroscopic examinations in a day, he stated. Tells of Work Dr. Milroy, who came to the hospital as full-time radiologist the later half of 1953, told about Ids work at the Rotary meeting Monday noon in Hotel Lembke. He was presented by Norman Johnston, program chairman. Discovered in 1895 by Prof. Wilhelm Roentgen, professor of physics in the University of Wurzburg, Bavaria, the X-ray probably had been pioduced but not recognized by many previous investigators, Dr. Milroy explained. Because of its power of penetration of opague objects, the potential of the ray in the realm of medicine was immediately recognized Roentgen's discovery c a m e about purely by accident in his research concerning passing an electric current into an evacuated tube. Negatives which had been taken to diagnose a variety of ailments were used by the speaker to show how the X-ray discloses bone fractures, tumors, and the pre- Sons Agree To Provide For Mother Compromise In Old Age Case Is Reached By Board By BETSY MACFIE A compromise on an old age case which, has been of concern for the past several months was reached Monday evening by the Porter County Welfare board- No support suit will be filed against the four adult sons of the recipient, on condition that they all provide for their mother, who was about to apply for welfare aid. In addition, an offer of S25 monthly made by one son for the father' partial support will be accepted, and the staff will keep the case under "close scrutiny." Welfare Director Thelrna Tackett pointed out that all four sons are in debt and use up their incomes. A court case probably would not get desired results, she said. Vote For Compromise Voting for this action after lengthy discussion were Mrs. Owen Daly, board president; Ross ! eight eighth-grade pupils also will Skmkle, vice president, and Mrs. j be presented certificates the same Chris Johnsen, member. Absent DICK YOUNG VALAYDA NOAK Top Wheeler Students Speak On Award Night WHEELER--Twenty-four Wheeler High school seniors will receive diplomas in commencement exercises at 8 p. m. Thursday in the school auditorium. Thirtv- 24 Diplomas To Be Given At Wheeler Ball State Dean To Talk May 24 At Senior Rites WHEELER -- Dr. Richard W. Burkhardt, dean of Ball State Teachers college, will deliver the Wheeler High school commencement address in exercises at 8 p. m., Thursday at the school. Principal Loren Betz will present diplomas to 24 seniors and 38 eighth-grade students. Dr. Burkhardt, who came to Ball State in 1952 from Syracuse, N. Y., will speak on "The"Testing Time." The 24 Wheeler High school graduates are: Carolyn Bell, Sheridan Bell, Arlene Brady, Kathleen Cairns, Thomas Chelf, Jack Conner, Judith Davies, Gary Grimes, Robert Haggerty, Daniel Hull, Janet Rosier, Fred Kuehl, Valay- da Noak, Dale Piske, Betty Pitt-, f T , . . , , man, Dorothy Raines, Barbara Iie de P artm ent, and the other is were board members Mrs. Franklin Petry and Pine Trustee Harry Joers. Welfare Atty. C h a r l e s Clifford attended the session. The board also heard reports on the welfare department's office location and staff employment problems. County commissioners h a v e made no definite proposal as to ri e w quarters for the welfare office, which is handicapped as to space, noise, ventilation and light, Mrs. Tackett told the board. It was agreed that a new office outside the courthouse w o u l d probably be impractical, as this would involve extra expense. Letters of resignation from Miss Virginia Palonis and Mrs. Evelyn Weight, clerk-stenographers, were accepted by the board members. Miss Joan Kalina, a new clerical worker, was introduced. "We've hired one clerical worker and have a possibility of another by tne first of June. We've had several applications for a child welfare worker, but it still hasn't worked out," Mrs. Tackett said. Review 26 Cases In other business, the board held its regular monthly review. Twenty-six cases came up for board action. No new old age cases were approved, but five were discontinued, two due to death and three for other reasons. One new assistance to dependent child was okayed, and another discontinued. Also approved was a crippled child's case, and two hospital committments. One of the hos-i pital cases involved a ward of evening. Speaking Monday night at the annual school award program were Dick Young, valedictorian, and Valayda Noak, salutatorian. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Young, was a basketball, baseball and track athlete at Wheeler where he had a scholastic average of 3.73. He was a member of the chorus four years and a soloist with that group. A member of the student council, he was a delegate to Boys State in 1955, participated in junior and senior plays and is business manager of the 1956 yearbook. Dick has been a 4-H member for nine years. Miss Noak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Noak, has a 3.40 scholastic average. She is president of the Girls Athletic association and a member of the school chorus. Kodrick, Donna Kodriguez, Sue Strehler, Judith Susdorf, Thomas Tarnow, Fred Tresemer, Arthur White, Jr., and Kichard Young. Wright Is Sponsor ' Charles Wright is class sponsor. Eighth-grade students who will receive diplomas on the same program are: Cynthia Abraham, Kathleen Beckman, Gloria Bell, Patricia Bell, Shirley Cauley, Dianne Diggin, Arthureen Ebner, William Falls, Ludene Fox, James Fox, Jcannette Frame, Earl Cast, Mary icnce of virus pneumonia. In cer- j ^ast, Kenneth Hardesty, Jacob tain cases chemical liquids inject- Hartog, Jr., Roland Hawkins, from Feb. 17 to April 11, and ' cd into the body are necessary in John Hollis, Richard Huber. health officials warned there order that X-ray films will dis- on a repayment basis. Vendor medical payments totaling $2.809.81 for 43 adults and $30 75 for four children were approved. The board also approved, as recommended by North County Welfare Worker Kay Lutton, the purchase of two pairs of glasses for a woman recipient with an unusual eye condition. Cases were presented by Mrs. Lutton and by Mrs Betty Brown, south county welfare worker. The board will hold its next regular meeting in the welfare office at 8 p. m., Monday, June 18, and its budget meeting July 2. IS RE-ARPOINTED INDIANAPOLIS--OP--Harold A might be a new outbreak about a month after the first. (Continued on page 6, column 4) National, State Moose Leaders Stop Here R A N K I N G DIGNITARIES of the Loyal Order of Moose are shown during a stop-over in the city Monday, with Karl Bauer, left, secretary of the local lodge. Paul E. McCarville, center, supreme governor, of Fort Dodge, la., and Crawford Barker, state director, of Huntington, were enroute to participate in a class enrollment at Hammond and a ceremony honoring the national leader. (V-M Staff Photo) Also May Hull, Sharon Johnson, Marjorie Melton, Carol Miller, Judith Miller, Myron Porter, Michael Potter, William Reveal, Charles Robinson, Patricia Robinson, Richard Rodriguez, Ruth Selman. Gerald Spagna, S h a r o n Stephens, Charles Stowers, Dulcie Stowers, J a m e s Tapocsi, Ruth Tarnow, Kenneth White and Ann Tucker. Music at the commencement program will be by the Wheeler High school chorus directed by Charles Wright. Benediction will be by Thomas Chelf, senior class president. Crop Loans Here Top Million Dollar Mark (EDITOR'S NOTE--First of a series explaining tte function of the Porter County Agricultural Stabilization ana Conservation office Later articles TV ill deal witn loans for crops other than, command the conservation program.) By BETSY MACFIE A mammoth-sized business is conducted for Porter county farmers -- which also affects city dwellers -- in a small office on the top floor of the county courthouse. The federal agency is the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office, still referred to by many as the "triple A." Financed by federal taxes of** city and rural residents alike, the ASC office, backed by the Department of Agriculture in Washington, handles price "stabilizing" crop loans, and conservation grants. Crops loans here this year have already passed the SI million mark--mainly in corn. Corn loans to individual farmers in this county run as small as S400 and as large at $28,000 ASC Manager Kaymond Rans reported. With May 31 the application deadline for corn loans, they already total about 31,200,000 for 324 farmers, compared to $511,994 last year. In the 1954-55 year, only S683,- 000 was spent on the entire program, including crop loans for corn, wheat, soybeans and oats, and the conservation program. Other program areas have not corresponded to the huge corn loan increase. The outlay in corn loans may be explained by the gap between the government support price, $1 60 per bushel, and the market price, which has been running from about S1.25 to its current figure, $1 42. Here's how the "loans," which are actually purchases, work in the case of corn, for example: Farmer Jones harvests his corn in the fall, and applies in the Shmdler of Newburgh has been! ASC office for a loan sometime re-appointed to a three-year term on State Toll Bridge commission, Gov. Craig's office has announced. between then and the May 31 application deadline. A loan is generally sought for the "excess" crop-- that which is not used for feed or for the farmers's own use. The corn found in groceries is that which was sold on the open market, without benefit of price support, Rans explained. Cashed At Bank If Farmer Jones is within his allotment (number of 1 acres-for growing corn allowed by the"federal government), he gets a loan mortgage, to be cashed' at the bank, for the government's purchase of his corn, based on the support price. But meanwhile, if the market price of corn should rise, Farmer Jones may want to buy back his corn, and he may do this up until the July 31 maturity date, or as soon as the crop becomes government property. Up until July 31, the corn is kept on the farm, but soon after that, it is either put in one of the bins in the county or shipped out. as property of the U. S. government. Farmers are buying more steel bins every year, Rans pointed out, for the "home storage" period. Theoretically, the government ' House Group Makes Trade With Solons Soil Bank, Feed Grain Provisions Form Swap Basis WASHINGTON -- (#) A compromise farm carrying a proposed $1,200,000,000 soil bank plan, was approved today by a Senate- House conference committee. Sen. Ellender (D-La) said th* biggest trade in reaching the compromise .was "The Senate dropped its provision that th» soil bank need not be put in op* eration this y.ear and the Hous* agreed to take our feed grain provisions." The House had voted for higher price supports for feed grains than had the Senate. Ellender said "everything was harmonious" in the committee session. Report Is Signed "All conferees already hava signed the report and I hope to get Senate approval later in the day if I can bring it up by unanimous consent," he said. Asked if anything in the present bill might cause a veto, Ellender exploded: "No, great God. No." The new bill is a second try by Congress to work out an election-year farm measure. A catchall bill was vetoed by President Eisenhower on April 16. A main objection by Eisenhower was that the measure would have junked the administration's flexible price support 'system. Agreements Cited Ellender and Chairman Cooley (D-NC) of the House Agriculture committee and its conferees reported these agreements in the new version: 1. A directive to the secretary of agriculture to sell up to five million bales of government-held cotton on world markets in competition with other cotton producing nations. 2. A two-price program for rice that had been opposed by the administration when it was mandatory. The new version allows the secretary to accept or .reject but it also prevents him from cutting back rice acreage eligible (Continued on page 6, column 6) could sell some of iis corn on the open market. But this is rarely done, and Rans said he does not remember it happening in Porter county in recent years. Or the corn could be sold or given away to needy countries. Or, what most often happens, it can be stored indefinitely. Rezoning, Subdivision Plans To Be Hearing Topics At June I Hearings on rezoning and subdivision proposals will be conduct- j ed at the June 18 meeting of the City Plan commission. Rezoning request considered IT COULD BE! DETROIT -- I/PI--A large pizza pie cushioned Hie head-first fall of a 10-year-old boy from a moving automobile Monday. The youngster, William Shelhart, was holding the Italian baked delicacy while riding with an older cousin, Thomas A. Esse. Esse made a sharp turn, the car door flew open and out toppled Vyilliam -- pizza and all. He fell head-first, landed on the pizza and skidded across the paved street. His only wound was a bruised knee. side of Glendale. Franklin street extended north will run through the proposed development. The subdivision plan, presented by Paul Tanck. was given pre- sion. Monday by the commission was jlnninary approval by the commis- from Raymond and Maxme Rhoda, who ask for a change from suburban classification to general business for two lots in Artillas subdivision on the west side of In other subdivision action, the planning body gave final approval to the 39-acre Warner's Woods subdivision, located on Burlington I Ind. 49, a quarter-mile north of I Beach road a quarter-mile east of Glendale. These lots now house the R and R Trucking service. To what use the area would be put if rezoned was not disclosed at the meeting. The commission set 8 p. m. June IP as the hearing date on the request. Subdivision to be considered at another June 18 hearing is the eight-lot Foster Heights subdivi- Campbell road. Mr. and Mrs. L. H Large are the owners and Edward V. Warner is the subdivides The approval followed a public hearing on the proposal at which no remonstrators were present. The commission's approval was given pending the changing of two street names in the subdivision from Arbor Lane and Woodlane since there are streets with I sion of 3.51 acres on the south I similar names in this area. Meeting with the commission was Mrs. Oral Richardson, who again sought help from the planning body in the matter of a power line which Northern Indiana Public Service company proposes to run north of the city- through the two-mile planning jurisdic- Uonal area. City Engineer Charles G. Peller, chairman of a commission committee appointed to study the matter late last year, reviewed the committee's report of last December that "the line is essential and that the committee cannot suggest an alternate route." Several commission members suggested to Mrs. Richardson that a citizens' group might be the proper agency to form to air any grievances against the power line proposal. New Trial For 2 Boys Not Granted Will Appeal To Higher Court, Attorney Says A motion for new trial for two youths, 16 and 17, sentenced to Boys' school by him April 5, was denied this morning by Juvenile Judge G. L. Burns. Atty Ira C. Tilton, counsel for the two local brothers who were sent to the school following March breakins here, said he will appeal the case to the Indiana Appellate court. Record of the case must be prepared by the county clerk and court reporter within 90 days from the time they receive a written request to do so, Atty. Tilton said The Appellate court will try the case purely on record, he added. Argument on the motion was conducted in the Circuit court room this morning by Atty. Tilton rnd Prosecutor Fred Crumpacker, neither of whom was present during the close-door juvenile proceedings April 5. Deputy Prosecutor Al Pivarnik appeared for the state at that time. Judge Cites Law Atty. Tiiton this morning alleged that Probation Officer Ken- r.eth Wolf did not sign the affidavits against the two youths. Prosecutor Crumpacker and Judge Burns held that this was a mere inadvertence, which did not make the affidavits defective. It was also maintained by Tilton that the youths were not arraigned, allowed to enter a plea, or advised of their constitutional rights- He further argued that they should have been tried separately, under the law. Judge Burns cited law to the effect that juvenile courts are in no sense criminal courts, and do not provide for trial by jury, arraignment, plea, or warrant for arrest. The law provides that juveniles may be required to be witnesses against themselves, but this was not done at the April 5 meeting, the judge said. It was ?lso pointed out that although the juveniles were tried together, findings 'against them were made separately.