George and Claire Maerkle
Vestal Couple, Other New Yorkers, Were Among Victims of Plane Crash ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) For those left behind in Upstate New York, there was heartbreak today over the loss of relatives or .friends in the crash of an American Airlines jet in which 95 persons died. Three teen-aged teen-aged teen-aged girls in Vestal, a Binghamton suburb, lost their parents. parents. Mr. and. Mrs. George P. Maer-kle Maer-kle Maer-kle were aboard the Los , Angeles-bound Angeles-bound Angeles-bound craft when it nose-dived nose-dived nose-dived Thursday into a swampy area shortly shortly after taking off from nearby Idlewild Airport in New York City. At Johnstown, Anthony Polacek, had remained at home while his wife, Sophie, 63, a tavern-owner tavern-owner tavern-owner left for a visit to a son, Richard, and his family in the Glendora-Azusa Glendora-Azusa Glendora-Azusa section section of California. Another couple, who moved in 1959 with their four children from Binghamton Binghamton to White Plains, were aboard the plane. They were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Sarley. At Niskayuna, near Schenectady, friends of a former school board president, Dr. John F. Youngblood, were saddened to learn that he was among the victims. He was a young General Electric Co. engineer, the fafher of three teen-age teen-age teen-age children, and had been transferred to California California in 1958. He was returning home after visiting GE installations at Schenectady. Also aboard the plane were W. Alton Jones, board chairman of Richfield Oil Co., a prominent summer summer resident of Lake Placid, and Arnold S. Kirkeby, of Bel-Air, Bel-Air, Bel-Air, Calif., who had at one time owned or had an interest in about 25 major hotels, hotels, including the Saranao Inn at Saranac Lake. Maerkle and Sarley both were engineers. engineers. Sarley had been manager of special engineer communications for the International Business Machines. Machines. Corp. at White Plains. He was enroute to the West Coast to take another assignment in IBM's data proce'ssing division. Maerkle was employed by the Mcintosh Lab oratory Inc. of Binghamton. Jones was flying West to keep fishing date in Mexican waters with former President Eisenhower, He re centlv save a large estate to the Northwood School in Lake Placid The school is operated by the Lake Placid Club, of which Jones was member. As New York Hailed Glenn A motorcycle policeman escorts Lt. Col. and Mrs. John H. Glenn Jr. up Broadway through streaming- streaming- ticker tape as New l ork saluted the astronaut. With the Glenns but not shown was Mce President Lyndon B. Johnson, who sounded the theme of the day by calling it "a great day for New York and America." Millions of New Yorkers lined the parade route.