Grant Wentz Murder Suicide The Sunday Herals 26 Nov 1939

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Grant Wentz Murder Suicide
The Sunday Herals 26 Nov 1939 - OTAH: , Generally fair, little change | M...
OTAH: , Generally fair, little change | M temperature Sonday. •bit temp., Sai*rta) «5 Mta. temp., Saturday 18 Call The Herald • It you do aot ncrtve promptly, eall Ite 498. before » p. 10 a m, Sunda _ be delivered to you. copy VOL. 17, NO. 22 UTAH'S ONLY DAILY SOUTH OF SAW LAKHI PROVO, UTAH COUNTY^ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1939 UNTTBD _ PKBJ98 TXLEQBAPB NBW8 SBRYICB Santa To Lead Floats In Provo's Christmas Parade Monday Night Old and Young: to Join in Merry Making as Provo Hails Return of Patron Saint; Free Candy Promised for Kids Fresh from headquarters at the North Pole, Santa Glaus comes to Provo Monday for the official Christmas opening in the downtown business district. He is expected here early Monday to ride on a special float in the parade which will march on Center street from Fifth West promptly at 6:30 p. m. Thousands of colored lights will blink in the season when they are turned on by Mayor Mark Anderson in the down<Stown down<Stown district -immediately preceding preceding the parade. Crowds Expected— Some 25,000 people will line the streets to see Santy lead the parade Which will include •23 unite: Bands from Franklin and Timpanogos grade schools; Dixon and Farrer junior HlgHs; Provo and Lincoln high schools, and Brigham Young university. Floats—Lincoln high school, Provo high school girls' and boys' organizations, B. Y. high, junior junior hig'h, B. Y. senior high, Sharon Sharon school, Joaquin school, Tim- panogos school, Dixon high, Franklin school, Maeser school, and the following Provo high clubs: debate, photo, home economics, economics, dramatic, commercial MERRY GO-ROUND A Daily Picture of What's Going On in National Affair* * DREW PEARSON and ROBERT S. ALLEN T COUGARS, WYOMING TIE IN 7-7 TIT Wyoming Converts BYU Fumble Into Touchdown Touchdown to Tie * — . : —— ; 4, , ... ._ • • — Film Labor Lelder Surrenders Ned Bruce, Leader of U. S. Art Renaissance, All Tangled Tangled in Red Tape; FDR Gives Him Moral Support As He Offers To Resign Federal Art Job; Brought About New Deal for Artists Working" On Government Buildings; Old-Timers in Bureaucratic Procurement Division Aiming To Oust Him. (Editor's Note: The Washington Washington Merry - Go - Round's famous Brass Ring is tendered tendered this week to Edward Bruce, 60, the Government's expert on fine ait.) WASHINGTON — Several days ago Franklin Roosevelt and Edward "Ned" :i vtsttefl ttie* Corcoran Art Gallery together, inspecting about 450 . paintings and works of sculpture designed for federal buildings by artists all over the country. Afterwards, the President re- inarket that it was "one of the most interesting exhibits" he had. ever seen, and that it reflected the spirit of the average American. American. The President is an art lover and genuinely felt what he said. But that was not the real reason reason 7ie attended the exhibit. Real reason was because he wanted to boost his friend Ned Bruce and Bruce'g work of carrying carrying the spirit of the New Deal to forgotten artists. Not many people besides the President know it, but Bruce"S resignation is on the desk of W. E. Reynolds, director of the Procurement Division, in which Bruce has done an outstanding (Continued on Page 4, Sec. 2) and bouncers. Others — 100 costume characters, characters, Farrer junior high bicycle unit, and Lakeview, Timpanogos and Maeser marching units. The route for the marchers will take the parade along Center Center street from -Fifth West to University avenue, north to First North, east to First East, then to Center street where the units will break up. Free Candy Bags- Following- the parade, free candy distribution to the kiddies will be made on the lawns east of the city and county building. Christmas music will be broadcast. broadcast. t - -relayed -relayed over the city business district by radios placed in front of-stor.es by the merchants. Several Several stores are planning open houses during the evening. The special yuletide music will start at 6 p m-i from ProVo nigh where a group of high school singers will assemble for a KOVO broadcast. To handle the crowds in the business district, police and sheriff officers have asked assistance assistance from CCC and national guard groups. Parade watchers are asked to cooperate by keeping keeping out of the path of LARAMIEV Wyo., Nov. 25 (U.R>—Wyoming university's luckless Big Seven conference conference football team ended the 1939 season with an average of .000 today ^despite an tip- set 7. to t 7 tie in a final game with Brigham' Young university's university's highly favored Cougars. The .-upset left B. Y. U. with a season's record of five 'wins, one defeat and two ties. Ties do not count in Big Seven standings and Brigham -Young now has no chance to' finish better than third BIG SEVEN STANDING W Li T Pet. Colorado U 41 0 : .80» Utah 4 1 1 :S5« Denver . , S 1 1 1 1 .750 .500 .400 Brigham Young . .2 3 Utah State 2 3 Colorado State 2 4 0 .388 Wyoming 0 5 1 .000 SATURDAY'S RESULTS Brigharo Young 7, Wyoming 7. in the circuit.. It was the first time Wyoming had not lost a game by a lopsided score this year. Converts Fumble— Brigham Young's score came in the second period. Wyoming evened the game in the closing minutes. A lightning break paved the way for the tie. Gary Landman, substitute Wyoming back, pounced pounced on a B. Y. U. fumble and galloped 44 yards for a touchdown touchdown without a .hand being laid on him. King converted to tie the score. . A shivering crowd of 1,500 saw Brigham Young score earlier in a bruising 74-yard drive with ing into pay dirt from the goal line. Chipman Converted. Brigham' Young- was within 12 yards of another score when the game ended. Jackson fell under a tackier on the 12 after a long pass as the gun sounded. Wyoming missed two scoring chances. The Cowboys fumbled on the 10 in the first period after after Fullback George Dorrington's pass had set up a 70-yard gain. William Bioff (left) shown as 'he surrendered ' to police in Los Angeles, Angeles, after an order for his arrest .had been issued by Chicago authorities authorities on an old charge of pandering! With Bioff is his "attorney Michael Luddy (right). The Hollywood section of the International. Alliance cf Theatrical Stage Employees, headed by Bioff, prepared to go ahead with the strike threatened last week in spite of Bioffs arrest, if negotiations with through. motion picture producers fell "©Film "©Film Strike i Averted Byj Wage Raise HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 25 (U.E>—William Bioff, leader of the American Federation of Labor studio studio workers, announced after .a meeting today that Hollywood producers had agreed to raise wages 10 per cent—and that ^ threatened strike which would have closed the studios and nati6ns*"theatefs, would' not TaJ place. Strike Called Off— The'Announement toy Bioff that the strike had been called off came as 20 leaders of the various studio unions wefe meeting above,a tire store to formulate plans to call the strike . , As they were planning a .strike that would take the - producers -by surprise, Bioff was called to the marchers the All business firms of the city are urged to decorate their establishments establishments for Monday's opening, opening, according to W. C. LaBrache, general chairman. HOUSE MOVING Freedom Denied To A. Lee Romero wall B. Y. U. line in the fourth and lost the ball on clowns on the one-foot line. The lineups: B. Y. U.— —Wyoming Weenig le Patterson Leavitt It. Gilbert Dueweke Lack Miner Blackham c Fordyce Lewis ... Bateman . Reeve K. Jensen Brink .... Chipman rg.. rt... ,....re Sturman qb.. Dorrington Ih Shrum rh White Bradbard Devitt f. Thorpe Officials: Referee, Vidal; umpire, umpire, Hines; linesman, MacDougall; MacDougall; field judge, Whipple. Score by periods: president of the Producers association, association, informed him the producers had agreed to all the .union demands. demands. The The union, affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Theatrical stage employes, had demanded flat 10 per cent wage increase for about 23,000 workers, mostly carpenters, painters, and those responsible responsible for erecting sets on sound stages The producers had claimed they could not afford the wage increases increases because of the curtailment of foreign markets due to the war in Europe. Germans Claim Bombers Hit Four British Warships BERLIN, Nov. 25 (U.E) — The Germans announced officially tonight tonight that German bombers had scored 'hits on four British warships warships in the North sea today. The announcement said the German aerial attack occurred 900 kilometers (about 550 miles) north of the German coast. That would be off the coast of Scot~ Scot~ "A German bomber squadron today made several bombing attacks attacks upon -British warships. in the northern North sea, 900 kilometers kilometers from the German north seacoast," the announcement said. "It was unmistakably observed observed that four British warships received direct hits. Despite the extremely heavy anti-aircraft fire, all of the German planes returned home unharmed." Eldred Services Set for Tuesday Funeral services for Mrs. Lottie Lottie F. Eldred, 60, wife of L. J. Eldred, will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p. m., in the Fourth ward chapel with Bishop Victor J. Bird in charge. Friends may call at the Hatch- Quist mortuary Monday -and Tuesday, prior to the services. Interment will be in the Provo City burial park. ENGLAND IS AROUSED BY MINE MENACE Accused By Germany of Using "Q-Boato" in War On Subs By UNITED PRESS Firs.t official claim in the war that Great Britain has revived her World war antisubmarine antisubmarine tactics by using Q-boats — heavily armed but innocent appearing merchant ships disguised as neutrals— came from the Berlin high command today. A German communique said a Nazi U-boat, "in the area of submarine submarine operations," had destroyed a British Q-boat or submarine trap, whose armaments had been concealed. This time, the com- munique said, the Q-boat was disguised disguised as a Dutch ship. Claims From Berlin— The communique claimed also a submarine had destroyed a 1,000- ton British naval auxiliary vessel. Those claims from Berlin were countered by assertions in reliable reliable private quarters 3 in London that the British had captured a German submarine while it was making an audacious attempt to enter the Firth of Clyde, on the southwest coast of Scotland. It was believed it was the same U- boat which last month entered Scapa Flow and torpedoed the British battleship Royal Oak. The British for the moment concenerated on meeting the menace menace of German mine warfare. The admiralty, after disclosing that on Thursday it had been necessary to partially close the port of London London while the Thames estuary was swept clear of mines, called for volunteers to assist in widespread widespread mine-sweeping operations. The British admit to the loss of 58,692 tons of. naval vessels and 286,563 tons of merchant ships, ia the first .aajaya^of- the. war. These figures do not include include 51,000 tons of British naval vessels immobilized from active service by German submarines and planes. Neutrals Protest- Decision of the Allies to retali- ite against German mine-sowing operations by extending'their economic economic warfare to German exports, brought a storm of protests from neutral nations. The Netherlands and Belgium, which protested : first, were joined by Japan, Italy, U. S. and Sweden, and it was expected expected Norway and Denmark soon would protest that to blockade German exports is illegal. Both sides reported that the western front, where weather conditions conditions became worse, was relatively relatively quiet The Germans said there was minor patrol and artillery artillery activity. The French said about the same, except they claimed to have repulsed two German German patrols and to have taken four German prisoners. There was more excitement in London arid Birmingham than there was on the western front. Bombs, exploding at two-hour intervals Family of Five Meet Death In Murder, Suicide Family Which lift Prova in March Wiped Out in Slaying .Tragedy; Circumstances Indicate Deed Premeditated SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 25 <U.R> — A Salt Lake City father gassed, strangled and shot his wife and three children this morning and then took his own life. The father, 31-year-old Grant Wentz, was found in the midst of a Macabre death scene—a .22 caliber rifle by his side, a bullet through his head, and his family dead in their beds. Sheriffs officers said the children had apparently been strangled by a clothes line, beaten with a hammer, and shot.. Officers, also found gas In the home turned on but unlit. Besides Wentz, the dead included his wife, Afton Wentz^ 27; his daughters, Dalene 7, Marie 6, and Earth 5. Former Orem Resident— Wentz was a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Frank Wentz of Orem, and his wife was Afton Angus Wentz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Angus of 270 South Ninth West street, @Provo. They lived on the Went* . farm in Orem until last March, when they went to Salt Lake, where they operated a lunch stand "Inn-Stead," at 2827 South State street, between Murray and Salt Lake City. The murder and suicide was discovered discovered by Ming Toy Franche, 19, an employe in the lunchroom operated by Wentz, when she Two Families Plunged Into Deep Sorrow Two grief-stricken families Ur Provo and Orem mourned the untimely deaths of a son, a daughter and grandchildren, Saturday Saturday in the Salt Lake City five- death tragedy. came to work this morning. The story told by Miss Franche indicated indicated the slayings were premeditated, premeditated, police said. She said Wentz had told her to take the night off last night, ap- At the T. Frank Wentz home patently to allow him time to in Orem, the staggering news, almost impossible to beueve, found both Mr. and Mrs. Wentz already ill. Prostrated with grief they have been kept bedfast since the first word of the death of Grant, his wife and children, 'had reached the home. Mr. and Mrs. Angus and their children were stunned by the news that their daughter and husband and their three grandchildren grandchildren were dead. Mrs. Angus bore up braVery~ under the" shock, trying to minimize her own loss while her heart ached in grief for the family of her son-in-law. Grant Wentz, was born July 1, 1906, the son of T. Frank and Lydla Farley Wentz of Orem. He attended attended the Spencer grade school and later entered the Lincoln high school and Sharon stake seminary. He attended the Logan high school one year. At the age of 22 he entered the U. S. naval service, but was honorably honorably released two years later. Following his marriage to Afton Angus of Provo on March 16, 1932, he became associated with his father in the poultry and fruitgrowing: fruitgrowing: business on the Wentz farm, west of the Snow Station on the Orem line. Move to Salt Lake Last March the family moved to Salt Lake City where they had (Continued on Page Three) commit the murders. Wentz was believed to have gone completely berserk. A bloody hammer gave evidence of the bludgeoning before he garrotect them. Finally he shot them, and. then turned on the gas. Wentz's body was still warm when the coroner arrived. Miss Franche said she sensed something was wrong when she smelled gas as she entered th» the on on a couch and 1 Eight Calls Keep Firemen Busy Mrs. Wentz dead in her bedroom. She tan to a nearby gas station to call police: Sheriff's officers bad to turn off the gas from an outside outside valve before they could enter the apartment, above the lunchroom. lunchroom. There they found Wentz on the floor, and the other children in their twin beds. Except for the marks on the children, officers said that they found no evidence indicating that a struggle took place. Police were at a loss for a motive, motive, particularly since neighbors said everything was apparently going well with the family. They attempted to reconstruct the slaying from bits of evidence picked up at the death scene, and to find any employes or customers who had been in the lunchroom late last night. No inquest was deemed necessary necessary by the acting coroner Justice Justice of the Peace Arthur R Brtng;- hurst who gave the vardict as "quadruple murder, suicide." No possible motive for the crime (Continued on Page Three))

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The Sunday Herald (Provo, Utah)26 Nov 1939, SunPage 1
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