Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on May 28, 1971 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Gee Cee Garden Telegram Volume 42 "TOc • Copy GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, 67846, FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1971 —No. 174 with f. b. 'I Ain't Got No Body' Jim Steward looked down at the remains of the racing car body spread out on the floor of his plant and said: "I didn't know whether 'to laugh or cry." And therein lies a story of the city's overly efficient trash hauling service. Steward a' city commisioner and owner of Machine Supply Co., is also a racing car buff. So are some of his employes. Together they built a micro- midget racing car over the winter months. The oar, not much bigger than a go-cart, was complete except for the painting of the removable shell or body which is made of fiber-glass. In fact, it has already been raced once at the little one-eighth mile track east of town and won a trophy with Gary. "Knuckles" Waltz at the wheel. The other day Waltz, an employe of Stewards, removed the racing shell, which had only a prime coat of paint, washed it and set it outside of the plant to dry. ' ' But he made one mistake. He set it too nearia trash barrel> A city refuse department worker, thinking it was something to b» discarded, picked up the light racing body (actually it was in sections) and threw into the truck, which compacted it. "We finally tracked it down," said Steward. "But all we got back was pieces." * * * About the toughest assignment any Kansas -legislator could get would be to talk about the accomplishments of the last session. I missed Rep. David Heinemann's talk yesterday to the Kiwanis Club but I saw him later and he filled me in. He said the high point was the resolution the legislators passed and sent to the astronauts in outer space saying "we will trade our docking problem for yours." * * * Help!, the program to assist drug users in the Garden City area, is reducing its houre. The two-night a week project, started by a group of civic-minded men with the assistance of young people who have been involved in drugs and know what to do to help others, will be open for telephone calls I from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. beginning I tonight Calls are received both ft Friday and Saturday nights. Former hours were 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.nt. . 'A spokesman said the group felt, just as much could be accomplished in the shorter call period. The' fact is not a call has been received in the last three weeks. The number is 275-4222. News Digest SAIGON (AP) — Waves of U.S. and South Vietnamese aircraft bombed and strafed North Vietnamese forces today in the third day of heavy fighting near the Cambodian rubber plantation town of SnouU TOTAL NOW 20 AT YUBA CITY; 'IT SEEMS THERE'S NO END... * 8 More Bodies Found in Orchards YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) Twenty bodies how have been unearthed from fruit orchards near Yuba City and Sheriff Roy D. Whiteaker said "We expect to recover more later today." Today's re-port was the first formal confirmation of the toll of 20-4ihe largest member of persons allegedly slain by one person in the United States in this century. Wfaiteaker was asked at a news conference if some sort of map was being used to Vocate more bodies and 'he replied, "No we aire not." "It seems there's no end to them," a weary deputy sheriff said as the toll mounted Thursday. Sheriff Whilteafeer said three more bodies were found Thursday afternoon for a total of 15. Later, a Yuba Oiity policeman and a deputy sheriff said the number of bodies rose to 20 as night Ml. "Somewhere lairoumd tore We've got one hall of a crime scene," the policeman, said. W'hiiteaker had said the first .15 bodies were of transient farm workers or drifters ranging in age from 40 to 63. All had been hacked and 'slashed to death on the back of the head by a machete or similar weapon. There were no descriptions of the latest five bodies. Isolated in a Yuba City 1 jail and charged Wednesday with 10 of the murders was Juan V. Corona, 37, of Yuba City,- who spent three months in a state mental hospital, in 1956. There still wasi no motive for the. 1 macabre slayings. -...- • .-•- ' • ' •• The thuee bodies reported by W'hiteafceir were in crude, shallow graves in peach and plum orchards. "I have no idea" how long the search will continue', the sheriff said. Suspected graves nave been discovered during general searches by lawmen and farmers in a mile-square area along the Feather River five miles north of Yuba City. Whiteaker described them as "indentations" in the soil. Corona, a native of Mexico has operated a farm labor contracting service off and on for 15 years in'Yuba City, collecting crews for ranchers at harvest time. With his wife and four daughters, aged 4 'through 8, he lived in a three-year-old, $22,000 tract home. His wife Gloria described Mm at a good buiband and father who couldn't kMl anyone. "I love him and always will want him back home. He ... couldn't have done anything like this," she said. Sutter Counity Superior Court necordis disclosed that Corona, then 22, was committed to Dew- ibt State Hospital ait Auburn, about 50 miles to the southeast, on Jan. 16, 1956, ait the request of his brother, Natividad, and two doctors who gave a tentative diagnosis of schizophrenia. Corona was released as "recovered" three months and two days later. It also was learned that Corona and his brother were sued for $800,000 in damages a year ago by Jose Romero Raya who claimed the brothers severely beat him. A judge in nearby Marysville awarded $250,000 in still unpaid damages, calling the case "one of the most vicious to come before the court." No criminal charge was filed. Up to 'this morning, five of the victims weri known to have been ideiataiied. The job was complicated by varying stages of decomposition of the bodies and the fact thait most were believed to have been transients and 'drifters. 40 CHILDREN 45 Killed In German k ion Time Is Here Tele-cram photo School bells rang for the last' time this term in Garden City public schools today. Picnics aplenty, despite the damp day, marked the occasion. Fifth graders from Jennie Wilson School, in the northeast part of the city, trekked to Stevens Bark in the downtown area for a noontme outing. Relaxing with a pop and thoughts of carefree days •ahead are, from left, Kevin Merringer, Frank Kinney and Kevin Roderick. ASSIGNED TO ASSIST LOW INCOME FAMIII ES IN LEOTI COMMUNITY Vents Frustration WASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups planning a massive lobbying effort for cutting off U.S. war funds in Indochina by the end of' the year have listed 24 senators as special targets — including the Senate's top two Republican leaders. ' "•'"'''•' •• •••.•••• By NOLAN HOW ELL LEOTI - A frustrated VISTA volunteer hurled a rock through a house .window here Thursday and theni turned himself in to the Wichita County sheriff's office. •.- ,.\ '-'•'•"•• •'• . • "If I'm beginning to* lose my •andty alter only being here a. year and three months, I can certainly ' sympathize with the poor person living his entire 'life here, Bob Ericfcson later told the Telegram. Erickson and his 26-year-old wife, Ellen, .have lived in Leoti since March 21, 1970, as VISTA volunteers assigned to assist low income families of the oom- Tbursday's incident stemmed from a phone call telling the couple the home they had rented for the summer for use as a day care center would not be available. The program is scheduled to begin June 7. The empty home is to the south of the couple's rented home. Erickson said he let his frustration get the best of him by hurling a rock through a window of the home. Later he felt remorse and turned himself in to the sheriff's office. No charge® were filed and the volunteer return-, ed home. The Ericksons, from Newark, N.J., said the incident was but the latest of many they have experienced since 'arriving in BRUSSELS (AP)—Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Brussels today and Secretary,of Defense Melvin R. Laird planned to appeal for greater naval cooperation in the Mediterranean. CAIRO (AP)—The Soviet Union and Egypt signed a15-year treaty of friendship and cooperation Thursday night, renewing their close alliance in the wake of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's purge of his rivals for power. WASHINGTON (AP)—Government decisions on the safety of food and drugs are too often based on politics rather than good science, a: blue-ribbon advisory committee probing the Food and Drug Administration reports. garden suss Some women could be likened to fishermen, Gus Garden says; They brag about the ones who got away and complain about the 009 they landed. Services Monday At Valley View Memorial Day serviced at Valley View Cemetery here Monday honoring dead of all wax's will last approximately half an hour. The service starts •* 10 a.m. The traditional event is a Joint porjeet of Harry H. Renick Post No. 9 American Legion and John J. Haskell Posit No. 2279 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Site will be the monument to unknown soldiers, located in the center tection of the cemetery. Several selections by the Garden City Municipal Band will open the service. Bob Brock ia band director. The joint Legion- VFW color guard and firing •quad will then enter. The colors will jointly be raised to half-mast by Commanders Jim Waller of the VFW and Stewart Boone of the Legion. The band will play the national anthem. . Invocation will be by the Rev. William H. Travis of the First Baptist Church. Memorial roll call will be by J. D. (Jap) Adams of Garden City, 7th District Legion committeeman. Tb«it list it of'20 !o«al who have passed on since last Memorial Day. Another musical tribute by the band will follow. The Memorial Day address will be by the Rev. Ivar Gjellstad of St. James Lutheran Church. Then will come one minute of cilent tribute to the dead, and another musical selection. Two wreaths will be placed on , tomb by Poppy Queens — girls who sold the most poppies this year for the two veterans groups. Placing the legion wreath will be Linda Coleman and Rose Meroado. The VFW wreath will be placed by Betsy Sroufe, Dawn Martin, and Shawna Pansier. The firing squad will then pay its tribute: three volleys by each of seven rifles. Two buglers from the band will play taps and the echo. Rev. Travis will give the benediction. Sometime during the service, a Weeden Aviation plane piloted by Bill Weeden will make several passes over the cemetery. It will scatter some 400-500 pop- pie* among the graves* Leoti. They Said the community had either turned a deaf ear to the needs of the poor or had aittempted to block the programs the couple have-attempted to initiate to assist low-income families. "'. V : . However, they were quick to admit,that the attitudes are not peculiar to Wichita County; they may be found throughout the Untied States. One. of Erickson's major frustoations has been, his attempt to start . a program of "self-help" housing, built by low-income families for their own use. A similar program has been started in Ulysses, he said, under the guidance of another VISTA volunteer couple there. Erickson said the 3-man local Farmers Home Administration board, under which the federally-subsidized program is administered, has, resisted his efforts from the beginning. The board consists of one Wichita County man and two members from adjoining Scott County. Of the first eight families to make application for the program, the volunteer said, "One was turned down point blank, two were told to go ahead, and the others were told to clean up their debts." ' The program has met wilth some degree of success, Erickson admitted, particularly since the present FHA supervisor arrived on the job. Three homes are now under construction on Leoti's north side and three others are planned. i However, they are not being built by the families who will live in them as the program intended; he said. The homes' being built by families in Ulysses will cost from $12,500 to $14,000 while the same homes being built by a contractor in Leoti will cost .between $14,000 and $16,000, Erickson said. Other frustrations the Erick- sons outlined to the Telegram, included denial by the local school board for a room in a ^school Building for use thi* summer in a Head-Start proj-. ect; and difficulties In getting a day nursery off the ground this past year. He noted that hs was asked to meet Monday with the irate Wicfoilba County Board of Commissioners who were seeking to learn the truth 'behind a statement made in Washington, D.C. alleging a child with two broken arms was denied medical treatment in Leoti. "They (the .commissioners) asked if I oared to make a statement. I said 'yes, I don't know anything about the kid, but I would like to make a statement about the community.' I ended up talking to a pencil." One successful program that the Ericksons helped launch this past year was establishment of an Adult Basic Education program with the assistance of the local school board and the Garden City Community Junior College. The Ericksons, saying they became involved in wanting to solve problems of the poor after the Newark, N.J. riots, point out that: "Getting to'the roots of poverty is a lot easier in a rural area like Leoti than having them (the poor)-get lost in the jungles of the cities." The couple will end their VISTA tour in June but hopes to remain in the Western Kansas area to continue working with Mexican-Americans. The Weofher Possibility of showers tonight. Low tonight in mid to upper SO**. High tomorrow near 80. Sunnise 6:25 Sunset 8:57 Max. Min. Free. Dodge City 72 54 Emporia 68 49 .01 GARDEN CITY . 71 56 Goodland . 59 51 Hill City ..65 53 RusseiU 65 52 Sallna 65 53 Topeka .. 66 44 Wichita 71 54 WUPPERTAL, Germany (AP) — Forty 'schoolchildren and five adults wiere killed -<, Thursday night in the worst train wreck ia Wesit German history. Raiilfoad officials said - alt least 24 other persons weire seriously injured in the head-on coiEidion of a special two-coach passenger train and a freight. The two trains crashed into each other on a single-track line between the Wuppertal suburbs of Oberbarmen and Radievormwald. The freight train engineer, who was not hurt, told authorities he had gotten a go-ahead signal from a station master up the line, but the station master denied giving such a signal. Railroad officials suspended the station master, and an investigation into the cause of the wreck was undiar way. .The boys., amid girls In the wreck were 15 .and 16 years old, seniors at the Radevormwalder junior scihool. They were returning from a study tour of Hue North Germain catty of Bremen. KilLsd with 'them were two of their teachers, a cbaperone and two railroad employe®. The children had traveled from Bremen to Wuppertal in a regular passenger train amid then changed to tibe diesel coaches known colloquially as railbuses. Officials said the freight train was on a regularly scheduled run from Radevormwald to Wuppeiftal, and the passenger coaches were headed in the opposite direction. The collision occurred shortly after 9 p.m. The freight made a scheduled stop at the small station of DiaJilerau, where the line has two sets of 'tracks to permit two-way traffic. The engineer sadid he took a sign from the station master as the signal to pul out, but the station master denied giving any such signal. He told authorities he tried in vain to signal the freight to halt, then alerted all rescue stations .along the line of the impending collision. The first passenger coach was crushed by the heavier freight locomotive. Telegram Will Not Publish .on Monday There will be no Tele* gram published Monday be* cause of the Memorial Day haliday. Also, many stores in the city will be closed Monday. Big Pool to Open Sunday For 50th Straight Season Weather permitting, Sunday will- be Big Splash Day: opening, of the 1971 season for the world's largest free concrete municipal outdoor swimming pool in Finnup Park here. It's the 50th consecutive season since the pool opened .on Tuesday, July 18, 1922. Many thousands have taken a dip in the Big Dipper in its half-century of existence. Pool manager for the second year will be Mrs. Marvin (Twila) McMicbael. "We're hoping for another good season this summer," she saM Thursday. "Last summer we had swimmers from every state except Hawaii. A number of foreign countries were also represented." No charge baa ever been miade for swimming in the city- owned pod. Daily hours will ba 1 to 8 p.m. when weather permits. Head lifeguard again will be University of Kansas student Kent Shaw. It's his eighth season at the pool. Assistant head guard will be recent Garden City Higlh graduate Darrell Radke. • Other 1971 lifeguards will ba Zane Shaw, Michelyn Jo Smith, Janice Marie Hamman, Mary K. Wieland, Laurna Bauer, Deaun Trayer, and John W. Burroughs. All guards have at least one year of experience. Rules for the big pool will again be the same. For the second straight season, no smoking will be allowed in rooms or ia the pool area. Because of health regulations, no cut-off jeans will be permitted. Red Cross water safety instruction courses were to start this morning at the pod, with Beth Tedrow again in charge. The five-day session is for lifeguards at the big pool and for guards from around the region. As in past years, the pool will run 13 days at a time, then shut down 24 hours for draining, cleaning, and re-filling. The pool is almost the same length as a football field. Its capacity is almost 3 million gallons—2,800,000, to be exact. Through the years, the local pool hias "fended off" many changes to its claim as biggest of 'the big swim pools.

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