Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 3, 1971 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, June 3, 1971
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Gee Cee Scene wiHi f. b. The Two Ficrros Some persons apparently are confusing Manuel Fierro, the director of the Kansas Human Needs Corporation, with John Fierro, the Ford County Attorney. In fact, a Leoti woman whose letter was published in Public Pulse last week blames Manny for the wild charges made last fall about wholesale drug abuse on college campuses here and at Hays. That was John Fierro talking, not Manny. (Incidentally, that part of the letter was deleted.) •John Fierro's blast, based -sole- lyon the say-so of some young men arrested in a theft case, resulted in a KBI investigation which found nothing to support the charges. , Now, Manny finds himself rocking in much the same boat, since his charges about the plight of a Leoti family have been repudiated. In all charity, I think both Fierros got .carried away over their concern for social problems. Trouble was three communities were unnecessarily hurt in the process. Cases of abuse, ?neglect or discrimination can be exposed without resorting to reckless rhetoric. In plain language, first establish facts. * * * t A young visitor's wide-eyed re- 1 action upon seeing the world's larg- , est concrete free swimming pool for the first time: "Golly, it'looks like an ocean." * * * I wonder if our teaser ads promoting the movie "How to Frame a Figg" weren't just a bit too subtle. One, under special notices in classified, said: '''Wanted: extension cords—need a mile and half to reach to graveyard. Call H. A. Figg after five." > .Another, under miscellaneous, . was marked personal. . "Dear Ann Landers, should I .call Emma Letha or wait until she callS'ine?; H. A.Figg. I'm being framed." : Sgt.; Bob Frinfrock at the: police department' was- coricernM~enoi&igh~: about the cyrptic ads to call me at home the other day. I admitted at • that time I had no knowledge who i placed the ads, but suspected they were only harmless movie promotions and advised the sergeant to caji Jack Kempton. The theater man confessed that the only plot involved was one to lure people to the movie. Pretty sneaky, I: say. Anyway, it ; . is,....coinfortijpg..... tbv know we have" an alert'police department that takes nothing for granted. "-•.,*' * * Now that The Telegram's topside hail-damaged sign has finally been removed, i feel a bit more freedom to talk about others. Ours was an eyesore. The Hospitality House in Finnup Park has--worn out its welcome sign. The "Welcome Folks" message is hardly legible and could , stand repainting before the tourist season is' in full swing. As it is now, the ".welcome" fa a pretty feeble one. u WASHINGTON (AP) — Brig. Gen. John W. Donaldson, the first U.S. general accused of murdering civilians in South Vietnam says the , charges against him a re "based on ia one-sided report'* .SAIGON (AP) — Thousands of South Vietnamese marines are making a. new drive in the northwest corner of the country 15 to 20 miles below the demilitarized zone, where a North Vietnamese buildup is reported. WASHINGTON (AP)— A $5 billion Democratic program ;to. create public service jobs for the unemployed-has won House 'passage over strong administration opposition. WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the Treasury John B. Gon- nally planned a second trip to Capitol Hill today to sell the Nixon administration's general revenue sharing plan to a hard-to-convince House Ways and Means Committee. •••• •' -•-..•;•.'.•-.;••.:•.• .. Garden City Telegram Volume 42 lOe a Copy GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, 67846, THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1971 12 PAGES —No. 178 Docking Set To Veto Sales Tax Increase sass twajr to figure the cost -ot. living Gua Garden says, is to take your income and add 10 per cent f :i ''I -"I ' TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Robert Docking affirmed today. he is firmly committed to veto any attempt by the 1972 Kansas Legislature to increase the state's 3 per cent sales tax. The governor held a 30-minute news conference in. his office today—his first <toy back at the statehouse in a month since he began having back trouble. "Absolutely," . Docking replied when asked if he were firmly on record opposing a sales tax increase, and committed to vetoing any attempt to raise it. The governor said, however, that some tax increase will be required to meet state government spending needs. "I would say it will be necessary and highly desianable (to raise" taxes); if the legilature will just accept my tax reform proposals," Docking said. Docking proposed to the 1971 legislature that the state discontinue allowing corporations and financial institutions to deduct their federal income taxes on their state income tax returns. He also proposed applying the state sales tax to consumables—materials used in the manufacturing of goods, Which are taxed when sold. These proposes, Docking said today, should produce somewhere between $25 million and $28 million in additional revenue, and this amount would be adequate to fund state government in fiscal 1973. He said best estimates still are that the state's general rev- snue fund's low point in May 1972 will reach a balance of $900,000. But Docking laid this amount depends on such fac- • tors as a rise in employment and a good wheat crop. He indicated he is not fearful the state might dip into the red by May '72 because the legislature meets in January, and presumably could act to head off any deficit situation. Docking expressed reservations about federal revenue- sharing proposals, although he said he has not had time to suf- fciemtly study the Democratic congressmen's latest proposal to comment on it. "How do you share a federal deficit?" Docking asked in reply when quizzed on his present attitude toward federal revenue-sharing proposals. He had previously expressed reservations about them. Docking said he believes the best methods for the federal government to help alleviate the states' money problems is to eliminate the federal income tax deductions on state returns— "something the states themselves can do"—'and bave the federal government take over welfare programs but maintaining state administration of the programs. He called some of the revenue-sharing prograls "dangerous inflationary methods." Asked Why he changed his plan from disallowing deduction of federal income taxes on state returns from individual taxpayers to corporations .and financial institutions between the 1970 and 1971 sessions of the legislature, Docking replied: "Because it wasn't necessary to finance my budget. I believe in raising taxes only enough to meet the needs of state government." Keeping Cool in the Big Pool With the tiujrmometer reaching near the .mid-90 degree mark yesterday afternoon, the place to keep your cool wan fun aplenty; too— like, these boys and an inmertube at the City Pool farFhutup IPark. - • LOW-1NCOME HOUSING PROJECT $1 Million Grant for Ulysses ULYSSES — A $1 million low-income housing project bias been funded by Ulysses by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Was'b- fasten, Df C. , 'Joe Chdlen, chairman of the local bousing aufflhoriifcy, termed *he, funding a major step forward in upgradinig low- income hiousShg in ' flhe city of Chalen, who is also manager of Pioneer Telephone in Ulys- ses, said | tlbe project will include 30 buQdinigs covering two long blocks in northeast Ulysses. The two double blocks are looaited south of Hickok School. Funding for the project was announced Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D. C. by the state's congressional delegation. Ohiien said Hhe project's developer expects to start construction within 45 to 60 days. The developer <is H. A. Join- Heavy Rains Swamp East Half of State TOPEKA, Kan. t (AP) Heavy rain spawned by men- ancing thunderstorm clouds deluged the southeastern half of Kansas ..Wednesday and Wednesday night. The weather service said the thundershower activity should redevelop in the west late today and spread across, the state once more overnight. Heaviest amounts of rainfall reported included 4.50 inches at Diamond Springs, 3.56 inches at Sun City, 3.25 at Oxford anid 3.08 at • Elk. Amounts from one to two inches were common elsewhere. ,'" Despite the swollen black clouds which plunged many communities into near nighttime darkness,; reports of.-vio- • lent weather were rare Wednesday. A tornado funnel was reported four miles west of El Dorado in early afternoon, but, apparently caused - no damage, while Dodge City reported hail ' three-quairtters inch in diameter about 6 p.m. Wednesday. er and Associates, Kansas City, Kan. When completed, the project win provide 40 low-rent living units for elderly and low- income Ulysses residents. OMlen said ."there will be 16 units for elderly residents and 24 two and three bedroom homes for low-income families. The elderly units will be included in eight duplex structures. Also included in the project is a community center for arts, craifts >and recreation for the elderly. The project's manager wffl. be headquartered in that building, along With laundry facilities for the elderly residents. The elderly resident .duplexes •wH surround the community center on the northwest side of itihe project. Chilen said efforts to secure such a project for Ulysses have been under way about three years. He is chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Ulysses which was appointed by'the town's mayor to develop amd run the projiect. Other Authority members are Wenidel Check, Larry Carnaban, and Dr. L. W. Palmer. A filth member recently moved from town and has resigned from the authority. Total grant approved by HUD is for $956,303, 100 per cent of the total development costs of the project. Chilen termed funding of the project a major step toward helping the city of Ulysses upgrade its bousing..He said it is hoped some current run-down housing in the city Will be able to be eliminated by the project. Telegram Photo was in a pool. There St. Catherine Hospital Makes Visitor Appeal Due to the congestion in the halls of St. Catherine Hospital, hospital authorities have requested that no one other than immediate family visit patients for the present time. Because of the number of hospital patients placed in beds in the ball, numerous visitors make patient care and sanitary procedures almost impossible, officials said. All visitors should observe visiting hours alt the hospital, they said. STEVENS PARK AT 8 Season's Opening Concert Is Friday Hoffa to Relinquish Labor Post? WASHINGTON (AP) — Teamsters President James R. Hoffa has senit word from Ms prison cell that he will finally., relinquisih his 14-year reign over the giant labor .union, in» formed sources said today. The tough, 58-year-old Hoffia; whose stormy career as chief of the 2-anillion menuber union ended in prison four years ago, reportedly endorsed lie union's general vice president, Frank E. Fdtzsimmons, to succeed Mm. Hofifa, serving 13 years for jury tampering and mail fraud in tlie Leiwtisburg, Pa., federal penitenlbiary, • had exhausted innumerable legal avenues in a fruitless effort to win his freedom in time to run for re-election next monitih before finally giving in and agreeing to step aside. High Union sources bad spec' ulaibed for months that the government would not release Mm unital he agreed to step down from the presidency of tine union that wields powerful control in "the nation'* trucking industry. It was not immediately clear - whether Hoffa agreed to resign before toe Teamsiters con- ventt'on opening in' Miami Beac'h July 5, thus making Fitzsimmons union president immediately, or whether Hotfifia will hold office until the new election. Bitter way, . Fiitzsimmoms—> hiaodpicked by Hoffa as his stand-in alt the last convenitiion fivie years ago shortly before Hoffa went to prison—is regarded a cinch for endorsement by the dozen other Teamsters vice presidents. The Weather Cloudy with chance of thun* derstorms early tonight. Low in mid to low 60s. Partly cloudy and warm Friday. High in low 90s. Sunrise 6:23 Sunset 9:01 Max. Min. Free. Dodge City .... 94 60 1.27 Emporia 70 58 2.8» GtAHDEN CITY . 92 62 .07 Goodianld 80 S7 Persons passing by Steven® Park tomorrow night 'may hear anything from majestic marches to sprightly folk dances as the Municipal Band presents its first summer concert at 8 p.m. in the band shell. The 45-member Municipal Band, directed by Bob Brock, will perform 10 numbers including Burt Bacharach's "dose to You," the folk song, "Sheniandoah," and "Going Out of My Head." Other selections will be John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March," "Hogan's Hero March," "Tribute to the Trombone," "Two, Too, British," "Dragons and Jet Planes," "Little Grieg Suite," and "The Star Spangled Banner." Wayne LaMunyon of KUPK radio will emcee the program. More band musicians, particularly French horn players and trumpeters, are needed. Anyone interested in joining the Municipal Band should call Brock at 276-8771. Rehearsals are Wednesday nigbts, and concerts are Friday nights. President of Technical Institute Resigns Post SAiLINA, Kan. (AP) — Henry Neely announced his resignation as president of the Kansas Technical Institute Wednesday, saying he believed another person could work, better with city and state leaders. In a special meeting of the staff at the institute, Neely said he would end his six years as president July 31. He said his future plans are indefinite. Sugar History Dates Back to 1800s ^^^^^ . • ^^ __ .. . <• •» Not*: The Telegram today' begins a series of articles that will traoe the development of the region's sugar beet in- • dustry!) By NOLAN HOWELL Sugar.beets are green So West- em Kansas fields but the most controversial airing of Mexioan- Amexican diax^riminiaition in the region's history is casting a sour outlook on the beet'indus- • • try. • ,;%,.,;,-'....,', Mexican-American labor and '' ewgair''beets have been a hand- iri-band proposition, particularly in Southwest Kansas, Btaee the summer of 1906 when the region'* sugar beet industry began developing to eairnest. It is perhaps unjust to judge that which ia .today in western Kansas without first taking a glance backward to learn how it til, started, and What has taken place between the beginning >nd the, present. State-wide, Che *' history' of' » KwuM.dato t&ck to the 1800s when cane sorghum was grown for processing into sugar. During the late 1880$, towns across the state were seemingly vying with each other in the construction of sugar processing refineries. Among towns having sugar plants were Medicine Lodge, Port Scott, Douglass, Oonway Springs, Pratt amd Topeka. Three regional towns were included: Dodge City, whan was building a $100,000 sugar factory in 1887; Liberal, which was building a sugar plant in 1889 adJtev residents had approved a $15,000 bond issue to assist in Whe plant's financing; and Ness City, which built a $150,000 mil about 1888. However, cane sorghum was losing its attractiveness as a means of processing sugar in the Sunflower State. In January, 1890, a U..S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said Kansas sorghum with 10 per cent wgar: cnoteuV eotfid not compete with sugar beets which bad 14 per cent sugar content. A year later, in 1891, Kansas was said to be the only state in the nation still producing sorghum for sugar. Farmers were turning to other crops and cane-sorghum for sugar died out as a major Kansas crop. A quick end to several of the factories hastened the death blow. A fire on Aug. 23, 1890 destroyed the Ness City sugar mil, said to have been the state's -largest with a capacity of 300 tons daily. The Topeka mill, also a victim that year of fire, was rebuilt at a cost of $125,000 only to be sold at sheriff's sale on Nov. 10, 1891. The state's last remaining large miH, the Fort Scott refinery, was sold at auction on Jan. 27, 1893. Meanwhile, sugar beets were Introduced into .the state in 1889 with farmers in Western Kansas receiving a bounty from tot beets raised and shipped to sugar factories in Colorado and Nebraska. Typical of the bounties was the $1 a ton extra paid Jan. 1, 1902, to 75 Western Kansas Farmers for 1,800 tons of sugar beets which averaged above 12 per cent in sugar content. A 5-year government subsidized program of experimental sugar beet growing in Western Kansas—1900 to 1905—proved the region was well adapted to beet production. In 1905, more than 100 growers produced 6,695 tons, 35 per cent more than in any previous year. Early day ^ugar beet production in Southwest Kansas centered in the Deerfield and Lakin areas. It began in early 1902 when the American Sugar Beet Co., Rocky Ford, Colo., contracted with ar&a farmers for 500 acres of beets. The company provided seed at 10 cents per pound, as well as provid-, ing the implements to plan and cultivate tine crop, tite equip- ment to be paid for out of the first crop. First year's production was Deerfield, 2,155^2 tons, 1057 wagons loads requiring 92 rail cars for shipment to the Colorado factory; Lakin, 1,295 tons, 772 wagon loads, 58 oanis; amd Garden City, 161 tons, 100 wagons, and cars. Plans for 1903 called for 2,000 acres dev:tetl to beet production in the two adjoining counties. Lakiniites wore hopeful a sugar factory would be located in or near Lakin once the crop became firmly established. Top production that first year went to Henry Entz of Kearny County with'a production of 285 tons of beets on 13 acres, more than 20 tons per acre. Beets also made good feed for livestock. The Allen Brothers, also of Kearny County, experimented with beets that first year as good hog feed costing less than grain. Several years later, in 1907, sugar-beet pulp used by C. J s "Buffalo" Jones to fatten two carloads of catalo, a cross between cattle and buffalo. Development of a beet industry in Southwest Kansas led to a scramble to l-waite a refinery in the area. Garden City was fche victor over Lakin by attracting Colorado financial interests, where the beet industry was already well established. This led to the founding of the Garden Oily Company, a story which, among other developments: opened the area to corporation farming; played a major role in the growth and development of Garden City, Deerfield, and large portions of Finsney and Kearny counties; led to the construction of Lake McKinney in Kearmy County and related irrigation development in Kearny and Firavey counties; brought electric power to Garden City and area farms; located many of today's present beet farmers into the area; amd, introduced mi^nant farm labor*

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