Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 23, 1968 · Page 1
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Monday, December 23, 1968
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TEMPERATURE Saturday high 34, low 33. Sunday high 50, low 32. Rainfall .05 7:00 a.m. today 23. Downtown at noon today 30. REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDr BUREAM OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER ~f Roothcm Illinois — Fair and finite cold tonight With the low 8 to 15. Sunny and Continued cold Tuesday with the high 28 to 34. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 72 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, MONDAY. DECEMBER 23. 196S 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c REDS FREE PUEBLO CREWM Men To Reach Moon Tuesday ahead, of when we'll from the PULL OUT OF EARTH GRAVITY SPACE CENTER, Houston (API - The bold adventurers of Apollo 8 sped ever closer to the moon today and reported they arc ready to blast themselves into lunar orbit early Tuesday, fulfilling man's centuries- old desire to explore this mysterious body. As the spaceship flew unerringly toward the grip of lunar gravity, commander Frank Borman reported the astronauts were healthy and eager to make their Christmas Eve orhit of the moon. More than 180,000 miles from his home planet and nearly 50,000 miles from the moon, Borman reported: "We're looking course, to tomorrow be just 60 miles moon." But he emphasized he would not commit his ship to a lunar orbit unless he was satisfied everything was perfect. "I hope you have everyone looking over everything very carefully," Borman told Mission Control. "We want a perfect spacecraft before we consider the LOI burn." LOI stands for lunar orbit insertion—the moment when the astronauts fire their engine to brake their speed sufficiently to enter moon orbit. \ That critical engine burn is to ! occur early Tuesday when: Apollo 8 is behind the moon, out i of radio communication with earth. It will be about 15 minutes after the firing, when the ship emerges from the backside, before the ground will know the success of the maneuver. Air Force Col. Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders reach a climactic moment at 3:29 p.m. EST today when they will be captured by the gravity field of the moon— the first time man will be in the grasp of another heavenly body. The tug of the moon will increase Apollo 8's speed, and the spacemen will, sweep toward their historic lunar orbit. A burst from their spaceship engine at 4:59 a.m. Tuesday is to. swing them into orbit just 69 miles above the surface. Glynn Lunney, a flight controller, said today that "every- Outer Space TV Shot Of Earth Is Flop 82 Americans Liberated Underwent Cruel Beatings, Terror In Last 2 Weeks -o- -o- SPACE CENTER. Houston ,(AP) — The first televised view of earth from deep space was a * loD Sunday—but not to the AtOON AT'TfMf? | mother of astronaut James A. Lovell Jr. No mother ever got a' son's birthday greeting from farther away. Experts at the Space Center were still trying early today to come up with a solution to Apollo 8's television problem for today's telecast. Sunday's show, the first of seven planned for the Apollo 8 moon mission, was to have been in two parts. First, the interior of the spacecraft with a wide- angle lens; then a telephoto view of the receding earth that should have shown all of the United States, western Canada, Reds Attack On Eve Of Cease-Fire SAIGON (AP) The Commu nist command launched a series I after he of heavy attacks across South ] crewmen Vietnam during the weekend preceding the start tonight of its three-day Christmas cease-fire. The heaviest fighting, often at hand-to-hand range with mortars and rockets falling on American troops at the rate of 100 a minute, rayed only six Jaliljif £'A%'TM ;^*j ?4 Hon the Gulf of Mexico and down to i milcs from lllc 1;rucc site w | ne re half of Antarctica. ; us anf | viot Cong representa- Viewers could see clearly Air 1 Force Col. Frank Borman in the spacecraft commander's posi- |»oeHk Ocean Navy Capt. Lovell in the equipment bay fixing lunch and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders demnostrating weightlessness by trying to snag his floating toothbrush with his teeth- ike a child bobbing for an apple. But when Anders put on the telephoto lens the screen went blank. SEOUL (API The commander of the USS Pueblo said today he and his men were beat- on in the final weeks of their North Korean captivity in "the most concentrated form of terror that I've ever seen or dreamed is possible." Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher told a news conference of the beatings and his surviving 81 readied South Korea and' were dispatched to a U.S. military hospital for medical checkups. Some of the men still had black eyes and bruises and others suffered from malnutrician, Bucher said. "I was beaten less than anyone else," he said. "I was mostly terrified of pos- tives are to meet Christmas I sible beating and I was kept in Day to discuss the release of [solitary confinement during the three American prisoners. I entire 11 months and there were A force of 1,500 freshly' manyT occasions when I didn't equipped North Vietnamese soldiers stormed out of Cambodia Sunday morning and lost at least 103 dead and a huge pile of weapons and ammunition in a six-hour attack on an American patrol base 44 miles northwest of Saigon. Christopher Boy j ^ os * '" c ' e Lumber Expanding, Moving Is Fatally Shot pLAN S'VILLE HOME BUILDING PROJECT think I was going to make it." He sair'. he was punched and kicked by the North Koreans but never hit with a stick or a club as some of his men were. "Commencing with the week before last, we went through the most concentrated form of terror that I've ever seen or The U.S. infantrymen, in deep (droamed is possible. . . . bunkers but outnumbered by | ..j wasn - t pve pared totally for about three-to-one. reported 17j thc beatings ... I thought that of their men killed and 12 1 they were tota]]y brutal with n0 vyounded. Bazooka-firing North FOUR OF THE 82 SURVIVING members of the crew «f the U.S.S. Pueblo, who were released by North Korea today ut Pannuinjom. MULKEYTOWN. 111. (AP) A 15-year-old youth, James W Williams of Christopher, was fa- : tally shot Sunday while he and j . a companion were on a hunt- : v *ereiTIOny ing trip. Coroner Kirby Webb of j Franklin County said Williams j and Steven Migielicz, 16, of ! Mulkeytown, were carrying 1 shotguns but that it wasn't certain which gun was fired. , Webb said the shooting ap- j peared to be accidental. j Julie Kisses Dad, But Not The Groom None Injured In Ozark Mishap YORK (Continued On Page 2 Col. 3) SHOPPING DAY 'TIL CHRISTMAS ST. LOUIS (AP> — A twin-engine Ozark Airlines FH-227B landed gear-up at Lambert-St. Louis Airport Sunday after the airplane's left: wheel malfunctioned. None of the 23 passengers and 1 i three crew members aboard the St. Louis-Chicago flight were injured when the airliner touched down on a foam covered runway, an Ozark spokesman said. Damage to the aircraft was minimal. Fire Breaks Out In Kinmundy KINMUNDY. 111. (API --Fire broke out in the business section of Kinmundy today, burning a grocery, insurance and real estate office, a cafe and two vacant buildings. Another store was threatened by flames ind two minor explosions were reported. Kinmundy is 15 miles north of Salem on U.S. 37. NEW Nixon, younge President-elect Dwight David only grandson of the former president, were married Sunday in a brief Protestant ceremony that from beginning to end carried out the bride's wish for a private and personal wedding. Before a small, white, silk- covered altar banked by rows of red and white poinsettias in the historic old Marble Collegiate Church, Julie surprised her father when she turned and kissed him after he gave her hand to the groom. At the end of the ceremony, she again broke tradition and did not kiss the groom. "That was her idea," Nixon told reporters after the 12-min ulc ceremony," ... If she nan- Alt. Vernon continued to make orogress today with the announcement at the Chamber of Ommerce that East Side Lum>or Co., 406 East: Main St., had .!-roken ground Monday for a qigantic expansion program on Old Fairfield Rd. President William T. Edmison told the chamber that this 31— j year old .firm would be re-lo(AP) - • Julie I cated by April 1. 1969 and in ad- daughter of i dition announcing plans for the , construction of 25 new homes Nixon. and j during 1969 inSummersville. Six Eisenhower II, | SU ch homes are now under construction on Airport Rd. and the remaining homes will occupy lots on Marteeny ;ind one other street. mercy of any kind. They were done for one purpose and that was to terrify people. I had about half-of the.-crew last-week beaten badly. There are still many people in the crew today who have carried black eyes Six American B52 bombers at- j and bruised ribs. I had one man Vietnamese torpedoed their way through the barbed wire and i-f ought in the,,trenches connecting the bunkers. At least 30 enemy bodies were strung along the barbed wire. tacked positions within three miles of the patrol base and of the truce site early today, dropping nearly 200 tons of explosives on "enemy activity, base camps, storage areas and bunker complexes," the U.S. Command said. Closer to Saigon. 400 North Vietnamese troops slashed into a South Vietnamese infantry company 16 miles southeast of the capital and triggered a sev- • en-hour battle that raged until' early today. , The North Vietnamese killed 12 government soldiers and wounded 36 out of the 150-man company before two U.S. Navy i last week (who was) beaten 'with a four by four (timber). ! "I think that there are many j in my crew who are in very bad physical condition and just from a nutritional jDoint of view. "The bruises and that sort of .thing I think are going to heal up quickly," Bucher said. The men were in a hospital near Seoul for medical checks before being flown to rejoin t their families for Christmas in' San Diego, Calif. A U.S. military spokesman in Seoul said he did not know how soon the Pueblo men would leave for the United States. But helicopter gunships helped : it was thought here they might Speaking in an optimistic j break up (lie three-prong attack. i leave' Tuesday. mood, President Edmison related to the chamber his confidence and that of his two! A government spokesman said a sweep of the battlefield at daybreak turned up 64 enemy bod- dles all of the her life as riage, she will be all right." Il was also Julie's idea to substitute the words thee and thou in the Reformed Church of America service. The Nixons are Quakers. David, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Eisenhower, is an Episcopalian. 1 1 siness ,partners, sons Thomas | ies and 22 abandoned weapons, fi id William David, in Mt. Vernon and all of Jefferson county. "There is very little guess wcrk as to the future of our area." said President Edmison. "More housing is needed and Hie East Side Lumber Co. is confident that the rqsidents of Summersvlllo and all others residing in the eastern sector of .Mt. Vernon want, to be a pari i uf the community's march for- i w;.rd." Edmison predicted that with- great events of : in the next three years East well as this mar- ; side Lumber Co. would build a minimum total of 100 new homes in the Summersville a:ea. In its new quarters, East Side Lumber will occupy current building of Bi- State Express, Inc. CHESTER LEWIS center, who resigned last week as Mt. Vornon cfty manager,. accepts new position today ns vice president in charge of now business and industrial development at First National Bank and Trust Co. Announcement of Lewis*, appointment wad made by Bunk President Edward E. Curtis, left. At' right is Nell smith, vice president mid trust officer of the bank. (Delo Photo Craft) Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) City Manager Lewis Vice President At 1st National Chester Lewis, who resigned as Mt. Vernon's city manager last week, will join the staff of Fh'sl National Bank and Trust Co. on January 15. Edward E. Curtis, bank president, announced today that Lewis has accepted a position as vice president in charge of business and industrial development. Lewis, Mt. Vernon's first city manager, resigned a week ago today, effective no later than January 31. , Over the weekend Lewis sent a letter to the council announcing that he had accepted a job and asking that his resig- i Continued On Page 2 Col. ?) The spokesman said there were no immediate plans to let the men talk to their families by telephone from Korea. U.S. Repudiate Document In Advance To win the release of the men after 11 months of captivity, a U.S. representative at the armistice hut in Panmunjom signed a statement apologizing for "the grave acts of espionage committed by the U.S. ship . . . after having intruded into the territorial waters of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea." But first he repudiated the 'statement and said he was signing it only to free the ship's jcrew, a procedure to which the j North Koreans agreed. Bucher also told his news j conference that at no time did; the Pueblo sail within 13 miles of North Korea, let alone inside the 12-mile limit set by the North Korean government. Bucher came first over the CAPT. LLOYD M. BUCHER of the U.S.S. Pueblo-reported today that his crew men were beaten mid lerrori/.ed during their raplivity in North Korea, -o- -o- -o- briclge, accompanied as far as the boundary line at the U.N. Command side by about eight North Korean observers. Half-Hour Procession The slow procession of men over the bridge took slightly more than a half hour and was accompanied by propaganda broadcasts over North Korean loudspeakers. Two tape recordings, which sounded like Bucher's voice, were replayed continuously confessing "crimes" against North Korea, apologizing for them and telling the North Korean ' "thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts" for lenient treatment. From the distance at which newsmen wore kept, none of the men appeared seriously hurt. They strode over the bridge deliberately. Some ran to the helicopters from the buses that took them to the landing pad. They wore gray shirts and trousers with dark blue overcoats and blue-top tennis shoes. After they crossed the bridge, many donned heavy U.S. Navy Charge Two In County Burglaries Jefferson county a u thorities have issued burglary warrants against two men currently befog, held in the Johnson county jail in Vienna. Jefferson county deputy Sheriff Bill Hill said the two men, Robert Leon Wheeler and 1 Gary Gene McGill, both of Eldorado, have been under investigation by Jefferson county authorities for burglaries committed recently in Jefferson county. The two allegedly have also committed several burglaries in Franklin county. Hill said the two are wanted to in Jefferson county for burglaries allegedly committed December 9 at the Richardson Grocery in Belle Rive and Green's Grocery and Foster's I mp 1 e- ment Co. in Dix. Hill said the two were arrested in Johnson Couniy Friday after a break- in at a Gor'e- ville residence. Stolen from the Richardson grocery were 135 cartons of cigarettes, 10 boxes of shotgun shells, 20 boxes of cigars, two cases of pound bacon, three rolls of lunch meat, 12 pair of leather gloves and $75 in change. Two clocks, stamps, 10 rolls of pennies and sevei"al cartons of cigarettes were taken from the Green Grocery Store in Dix. Tools and toys were taken from the Foster Implement Co. All three burglaries were committed the same night. Cassius Clay Is Out Of Jail MIAMI. Fla. (AP) Muhammad Ali was released from the JDade County Jail today, one of i some 50 prisoners granted ! Christmas amnesty. I Ali's release came eight days ., , . , , ' after he entered the jail for a parkas provided in the freezing j 1May sent ence on a 1967 traffic temperature. charge. THE BRONZE STAR is pinned on the chest of Sgt. Jesse J. Long of Mt. Vernon, for heroism during year long combat duly in Vietnam. This scene was in Vietnam, before Sgt. Long came home t« spend Christmas with Ills wife aiid their five children in Mt. Vernon. Sgt. Jesse Long Bronze Star Winner Home A Mt. Vernon sergeant home for Christmas after a year of combat in Vietnam — has been awarded a Bronze Star for outstanding service. He is Sgt. Jesse J. Long of 2000 College Avenue, who is enjoying the holiday with his wife, Violet, and their five children. Sgt. Long, a veteran of six and one half years service,', served in Vietnam from December 1967 to December this year. TJie citation which accompanied his Bronze Star medal noted his "meritoriuous achievement 'In ground! operations against 'Hostile forces" during his ^yea'p*; in Vietnam. The citation states that "t|e (Continued On Page 2 Col. BY'

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