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6—A THE REGISTER-NEWS — 1IT. VERNON. ILLINOIS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1968 MT. VERNON 1968 NEWS HIGHLIGHTS -o- -o- -o- -o- 1 -o- -o- -o- -o- -o- -o A day-to-day review of the news in the Mt. Vernon area in 1968, fro mthe files of The lister-News. Regi -o- -o- -o- JANTIARY 1968 2 The first baby of the year. Dary] rk w Brent Higgins. was born at 11:03 o 'clock this morning in Good Samaritan Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. David Higgin.. . . .lack VVeeros and Bob Hali are the champions of the annual New Year's Day "open to tlv world" pinochle tournament at the Mt. Vernon fire department. 3--Mt. Vernon h:.d a recet (i construction year. Building permits were issued in 1967 foi construction to cost S4.030.091 . . . city council last nighl approved purchase of !r.7.866.L'S worth of pipe to extend sani- , tory sewers to fountain Plac ' the industrial park being do- : v eloped soulh of town by C. .1. Covington and Dowzcr Electric. 4- -Josep.'^ ".Joe" P'rankhn , Garrison. 86. former Drivers; correspondent for The Register- ', News, and a poet, died Wednesday afternoon in Good: Samaritan hospiial. '•>—Julius C. Lustig. 60. former chief of the Mt. Vernon fire I department, died suddenly on a j business call to Fairfield this! morning ... A wet. snowy : and chilly December pushed j the total precipitation for 1967' to 43.97 inches—1.49 inches more than the long term average of 42.48 inches. 6—Don Walls has assumed his new duties as personnel man ager at hern reelected president of the Mt. Vernon State Fair Association. Roy Estes is vice president and Max Shurtz is secre tary-ireasurer . . . The Reno Lake College board has hired Ronald Krupp as dean of the vocational department. His salary will be S13.500 per year . . . The board has also approved iian for first-phaso building of (he new $0.5 million campus. 18-Sugar Camp Baptist Churc'i, one of the histoiical churches of Jefferson county near Belle Rive, will dedicate an education annex Sunday afternoon . . .. Lendell D. Gers- bachor. recently convicted of raping and shooting Mrs. Don.'ia Joan Eskew, has been sentenced lo from seven to 14 year;-, in prison. 22- The people of the Opuyke ilea voted to annex to the Mt. Veinuii rural fire district. 59- Itj . . . Mt. Vernon p o 1 i c report lock throwing vandals broke a windshield and three windows out of a Demon bus al'icr the Benton basketball 'earn beat tile Mt. Vernon Rams here Saturday night. 23—Dr. R. A. Alexander, president of the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Staff. Di. j Alan W. Anderson, secretary, I and Dr. H. Goff Thompson, vice | president, today inspected the j newly-installed $65,000 X-Ray j machine at the hospital . . . General Radiator. Inc. j Marshall Cro.s of near Bode Rive is ihe new president ci tne Jefferson County Far m Bureau. He succeeds Robert Kent. 24—Mt. Vernon Police Chief Fred Dedman has been installed ins sergeant-at-ai-ms of the Ilii j nois Chiefs of Police Association. I 25—A jury in circuit, court has ! ruled that. $7.400 is jusl com- E. E Curtis, president "of The; P ensat ;.7 ^ a ^'"Jf °J ™ First'National Bank and Trust ! aere ot la,,d on west Broadway. Co.. announces that the nank s net earnings after taxes and before reserves for 1967 wore a record S270.334.51, or 47.72 8—Charles Mays, 14. of Wamac, was accidentally killed when a shotgun carried by 18- year-old Albert L. Finckbone of near Dix. discharged and the bullet struck the youth in the chest . . . Byron L. Rucker. a well known Mt. Vernon oil operator, died this morning at his home, 1804 Franklin per share. 9—The Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson and Wilson was chosen by the county board to plan renovation of the Jeffei- 1 son county court house. ' 11—Jefferson county collected $125 in the first ween of IboS under a new system in whicn revenue stamps for property deeds are being handled by the state in the county clerK 's office, instead of by the federal government at the post office . . . The Haw Creek Drainage District of Hamilton and White counties has received a $241,700 loan to improve 129,000 acrea of cropland. 12—Floyd Richard Donoho, 61, of RFD 1. Blulord, w a s killed yesterday morning in a farm accident in Farrington township . . . Full three-year accreditation of Mt. Vernon's Good Samaritan Hospital has been renewed by the Joint Commission of Accreditation. 13—In July. Mt. Vernon collected S17.416.24 lrom the half- cent sales tax. In August, when the three-quarter cent tax went into effect, the income jumped to S24.433.22. and, in September it reached a whopping $2a,3lC..':9~Making Mt. Vernon the leader in retail sales throughout southern Illinois . . . Tile Illinois J u n j o r Colleg' Board has appro\ed a master plan for construction of a new S10 million Rend Lake College campus at Ina. J.5 - Funds ior the $30 niiliio.. Rend Like projc ct were "unfrozen" today according to Con- gr sman ivenm ,;i .!. ' ,1 ay and work on t ie main clam at Benton can go forward without delay. i.j - George D. Williams, w.-.o in tin- past 7-J years has i.id am more subdivisions and additions to Mi. Verncn than anybody else, quietly observed hu» 90i'i birthd.:y jelerday- ut his dev'x in ti'.e John B. Rogers building . . . Nine county schoocs were closed today as Mi. Vernon and Jefferson county began Jigging out fi-'.ni under a sevvn- incii snowfall. 16- Tie Mt. Vernon city c-.un­ ci! last night bought two new police patrol cars—at a cost -A $2,890 for both—trading in the two present police cars ... The council also appropriated' $8,000 from motor fuel tax funds : to install traffic signals at Tetnh ' and Newby . . . And, at the I same session, it granted a 30- j year electric franchise to Tn- Cotinty Electric Cooperative, so I i on the appi-oaeh of the I-5T i interchange. The land belongs i lo John R. Watts and is located | near 4-'nd street. 26—The $100 million mark has been surpassed by Mt. Vernon's three banks and two savings and loan associations. 29—Sgt. Tom Edwards has resigned from the Mt. Vernon police department . . . James Abner Phillips, a Mt. Vernon high school senior, was a ci- tlentully shot and killed Sunday afternoon while hunting rabbits.. 30—An Laird has been elected president of the King City Retailers. 31.—U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray, West Frankfort Democrat and a 13-year veteran in Congress, has announced thet he is not seeking re-election. FEBRUARY 1968 5—Fred H. Beckmeyer. 24, a corpsman with the Third Marine Division in South Vietnam, is dead of wounds. He was the only- son of Mr. and Mrs. \V. 11. Beckmeyer of this city. 6—A. E. (Gene) inin has- been appointed to the police and fire commission by the city council. 7 -The Mt. Vernon district office of the Prudential Insurance Co. has moved from 109'j North Ninth, where it has been located for almost 29 years, to a newly constructed one-story building at 2020 Broadway . . . Clarence William Pearson. 1)3 plant superintendent at ML. Vernon High School, died eariy today billowing a heai-t attack • his homo. 8 -Paratrooper James Hamilton. 19-year-old grandson of \lr. and Mrs. Waiter Hamilton o Wal'onville w.is killed in > • • in Vietnam . . . Ciarics W. Waite. supervisor of Mt. \ i iiion townshi;:. was electro .• hairman of the Jefferson Coun•y I'.oaul of Supervisors . . . T'-i' Mi. Verncn Fire and Pol; < ('n.n .'niKsion has appointed Bob Iia\ Askew. .32, as a probationary palioeman. Patrolman Rofo*'.'! '-. Smith has been promoteu 'a -ergcnni . . . Congressman \'' •."iieu Orav lias announced ibal a S10.9HS federal grant ir s been approved lor studies of a comprehensive plan for the o f'.erly growth and development uf .h-person county. 0 -Two local National Guard units have merged and the now Mt. Vernon unit—Company A. :ird Battalion, 130th Infantry - lias 168 enlisted men and s i x officers. Merged were the form-;* Company A, 1st Battalion and foimer Company A, 3rd Battalion . . . 10—Lendell D. Gresbacher, Mrs. W. C. (Bud) Hayes ui RFD 1, Woodlawn. , 14—The assessed valuation ci j Jefferson county for 1967—on which taxes will be paid this [ spring—is $93,624,840, the highest in the county's history. Tins | is an increase of SI1.662.940 ; over the 1966 valuation. ! 1.5 Construction is expected I to begin about Aug. 1 on a I modern new $935,000 W c s f j Salem grade school as the re- i suit of an election yestertlaj | which carried 1,033 to 120 ... j Mt. Vernon's Elks will join j their brothers all over America j Feb. 18 to observe the 100th j anniversary of Elkdom Assessed valuation increased in 17 of the 19 Jefferson county school districts for 1967. Valu- ntien of District 201 (Mt. Vernon high school) jumped $6,665, from $59,337,490 to $66,115,155 ... Valuation of District 80 ; i Alt. Vcmon schools and junior I high) increased $3.398.0'i5 from $39,072,570 to $42,470,615. 16—J. D. Barter Engineering i Corp. of Harris burg has sub- i mitted the apparent low bid of i $7,678,792.50 for construction of ; the main dam for Rend Lake. 17—The 44.8 million dollar , fiend Lake is now 27 per cent ! completed according to Col. Eri: win R. Decker, district engineer '. of the St. Louis U.S. Army i Corps of Engineers . . . Mi. ; Vernon residents will pay taxo .i ; this spring at the rate of $5.;!58 • on each $100 of assessed vai- j uation—the highest in the city'* ! his lory . . . • 19—It was 80 years ae;.; ytsterday that the devastating ' 1S8S tornado hit Mt. Vernon— j leaving 30 dead, 329 residences blown away or burned, and 1,250 I people homeless . . . M;..jor : Leslie Earl Manntn. a veteran • of two wars, died Sunday at tnc age of 76 . . . 20—An average ot 19,299 ear.-, i travel on south Tenth s»ive<, ; past Virginia avenue, evei-y dny : according to a state traffic count . . . The City of Mt. Vernon plans lo sell the old post office ; at llth and Main . . . T.ie minimum price set by the city eour.- : cil for I lie P.O. iniildnv, is $70,000 . . . A p r e v i e vv of prop jet commercial a'r service for Mt. Vernon occurred this morning when an Ozarl- Lines FH227B plan" flew t'ie St. Louis-to-Mt. Vernon-u,- Chicago flight. 21—The Rend Lake Collet- board has added general education courses specially designed for low-ability students who don't qualify tor university- : transfer programs . . . Members ' of the college board have raised Hie salary of Dr. Howard Ravv- • linson, college dean, from $16,000 to $17,000 . . . The salaty I of James Yates, personnel dean, ' has been raised from $10,600 to $1.2,000—following the recommendation of Dr. James M. .Snyder, president. 22—A $95,000 federal , ment has been approved for conservation projects in six western townships of Jefferson county, ID boost tile economy for flood control, and to reduce , siltage into Rend Lake. 23- Tiie state highway cit; pari ment has awarded a $10i>,- 110 ecntract for improvement oi the intersection of state routes 37 and 161, commonly known as the Centralia "Y.". 24—Final approval of $1,117., 000 in additional federal loans for the Rend Lake intercity water system is confirmed by Congressman Kenneth Gray. 26—Edward E. Curtis, president of the First National Bank • and Trust Co.. has announced Tie operation of the first multi- bank <:. o :n p u l e r center in sourVm 'llinois. It. is valued at more than $400,000. 27 The Mt. Vernon Social . ^••entity offices estimated i,, ; u Jefferson county's 5,4LS oen- oMfiaries wij] get an additional $1 ('i .S79 (>>• more on .March 2 They were previously drawing a total of more than $.360,60* per month. 2!) A modern u-lelvpe- machine—-to provide staie-wide communications--has been installed at the Mt. Vernon poij e department and -.'.ill soon be in service . . . Sullivan Cable TV Co. today paid the city ot Mt. Vernon $3,433.94 franchis' tax for the past year. Mayer has sold Motel Vernon is the third lime in ten >ear&: Class at 800 Main street for $120,000. i that the bank has been burglar-1 Fort The purchaser is Quentin Pai -| ized. On April 15, 1958, burglera . 25- 2S at Airborne School at Benning, Ga. In the third gas station ris of Murphysboro. made off with a 6—According to Congressman which contained Kenneth Gray, the Housing aim and, on July 27, IP65. Urban Development Agency has carted off about $900 in approved a $94,000 federal grant dimes, and quarters. ' to Mt. Vernon to help extend 27—The 38-acve Mt. i water and sanitary sewer lines Fairground has been ; to the west side of town. Max Shurlz for a price 1 7—The Mt. Vernon police de- U00. partment will begin enforce- 28 A $96,000 tax levy will oe ment of the city's controversial up for approval at the annual Sunday closing "Blue Law" this Mt. Vernon township meeting Sunday. next Tuesday . . . Lynn Welge, 9—Contracts totaling $100,733 76, a form")- merchant, died for a major addition lo the this morning. Waltonville grade school have' 30—Miss Susan Piercy, ifi- been awarded and work is e.v • year-old daughter of Mr. and pected lo begin within 301 Mrs. Wayne Piercy of this city days . . . Security Bank of j has been crowned Miss Sesqui- Mt. Vei-non has purchased the; centennial of Jefferson county, two-story brick office building at 118 north Tenth street from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dull. j M 7: o 9 a today a 1.3—John Cardinal Cody of; sleek new FH-227B plane touch- Chicago, assisted by Monsignorjed down at Mt. Vernon Airport Joseph T. Healey of Harvard, j today—inaugurating jot: service 111., and Mosignor Michael O. | to Ibis city. Driscoll of Jacksonville, celt-' 2 -A seven-man board will hrated Mass at St. Mary's j K i ni j n j Ster t ] ie now industrial Catholic church this mormns., par!< . Tnn board includes Charles The former, and Jay Dillingham, j w> WaitP rilairman president of the Kansas City three-ton sa:e i robbery in Ml. Vernon a holdup about $20,C001 man got. $94 at Cooper's DX thieves j station. Oakland Avenue and nickels, Salem Road . . . Two state ! highway garages, to uost $98,525 Vernon will be built this summer on sold to stale route 37, at. tiie south edge of Sii'),-[of Mt. Vernon . . . Mt. Vernon Airport Authority members were disappointed over federt.l allotment for the local airport. They were alloted only $12,300. They had hoped for a 5900.000 grant. 29—Aubrey A. Crow tier died. The retired Register-News foreman, who was 74 years old, died at 5:20 p.m. Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. -o- -o- -o- Main street, has been consolidated with Aunt Nellie Foods. Inc.. at Clyman, Wis. 31—A petition is being circulated for annexation of the Fairfield high school district into the Rend Lake College district . . . Mode O Day dress shop has moved to 802 Park Plaza shopping center. JUNE -0- -o- -0- operation of the new sanitary I landfill south of town . . . The , | Rend Lake Conservancy District Board, meeting in Benton last night, sold $13.5 million worth APRIL Stockyards, were the m a i ;i speakers at a Clergy-Businessmen's lun.heon at the Elks Club. 14- -Dr. L. Ivmmerson Ward, a native of Mt. Vernon an.; chairman of the Mayo CIitiie Board at Rochester, Minn.. ha.v been selected to leceive tl'.<? Illini Achievement Award this year. 15--A $7,678,792.30 contract tor construction of the main Rend Lake Dam will be signed today in Benton . . . S/3gt. Samuel Mateer of this city has received the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. 16 -Fred J. Schlosser has been appointed assistant administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital and Mrs. Jewel McCut'cheon is the new pei- sonncl manager . . . Magor Ford. 27. of Chicago, was killed yesterday in a collision on Route 37 south uf Dix. Five persons were injured -non e seriously—in the accident . . . Guy A. Wood. Jr.. has been appointed a member of the Governing Board c:' fiood Samaritan Hospital . . . Sgt. Larry G. Clay has been awarded i the Silver Star for gallentiy ir.; i.ombal in Vietnam. A former resident, he is the son of Mr. Charles Bourland of Big Rapiiio. Mi.h. 15- Paul T. Cullins. (iO. a retired Mt. Vernon postal employee, was fatally injured this morning when his car hit a bridge abutempnt west of ML- Leansboro. 19--Clifford Ames, vocational drafting teacher for the past 42 years at Ml. Vernon high! school has resigned anrl Al Vprhoyen has resigned frotr . . Paul i manager of Jei'i'ei-: Film Bureau, is 1 Mayor Joe Martin, vice chairman; Harold Roffman. Jim McLaughlin, City Manager Chester Lewis, and Allen (Bud) Wilkersor,. 3—Tax levies totaling $96,000. lo operate Mt. Vernon township for the next fiscal year, were adopted at the annuil town meeting today. 5 Miss Teenage America inns. Stephanie Crane, will be a special guest at the Mt. Vernon Township High School lo- nicrin and tomorrow. 9- -Jack Trotter has been reappointed superintendent of the Jefferson county highway department and was granted a S?.,000-ppar-ye.ir raise to make his salary $15,000 per yeai. II—Lester Keller is I t r .-; t president of Village of Bonnie . . . 17.942 vehicles registered in Jefferson county in 1967. 12 Project Uplift has received a federal grant of $221 .120 . . . Walk Kirk spoke ai the iiam< basketball banquet. 13 Stale has released $200,- fiftOO to build two new higiuvav ^arases a short distance south of Mt. Vernon. 15 -An L & N train wreck blocked the way of Easter worshipers wh'm it derailed on a curve east of McLean''no . . . Woodlawn has approved issuance of $226,000 in tax bonds lo finance additions to the grade school . . . Dr. Fen ell Puekett and Robert Krebs were reelected to Mt. Vernon giade school hoard of education, the only contested school boam election in the aiea Saturday . 17—The new Inland mine between Waltonville and Sesser MAT 1 -XL Hardware, one of the great hardwaie outlets in the nation will begin operation here Thursday at 7-30 Mt. Park Plaza . . . Mrs. Langrlon ol Wood law t is .100 years old today . . . Larry L Foster. 50, has been appointed assistant manage c of the Rend Lake Conservancy District . . . "Chuck" Chizk. south 13lh street, has ben appointed a deputy sheriff of Jefferson county. He succeeds Harry Shehorn. 2—The City of 'Ml. Vernon was sued for $114,000 today by a group of property owners who also seek a court, injuriion to halt use of Ihe present glutted . the cilv gave lot on! Eighth i city dump . up its off-street parking Jordan street west of street yesterday. I- Work has officially started on ihe main Rend Lake dam. which will cost $7,678,702. 5—St. Mary's Catholic grade school will reopen in September aftc; being closed .several years. 7—Representative Gray announced House committee approval of a new $1 million federal building for Mt. Vernon . . . City Council turned down two bids on old Post Office at last night's meeting. 8 Top officials of the Black Gold District of Boy Scou's, Ok;>\v Valley Council, in the coming year are George Leatherman. district chairman; .John Lipps, vice chairmavi; Rev. Robert Krause, Fairfiel'i, vice chairman; and Wilton Webb, district commissioner . . . 4—Supervisors are studying financing methods for county court house repairs ... a new 18-unit apartment is going up council last night annexed an area on the north side of Broarl- on west Broadway . . . city way from 27fh street lo ells' street. 5—The Mt. Vernon G i t 1 Scouts charter expires hove on July 31. Aft. Vernon Scouts may join Shagbark Area Council. 6—A new $1.00,000 addition is planned for Children's Home in Vernon I Mt. Vernon . . . Eighty-one re- A n n a j ceived A.A. degrees at first Rend Lake College Commencement . . . C. E. Brehm's wildcat oil well in Hamilton county promises to produce several hundred barrels per day. 7—Diplomas will be giver, lo 349 graduates a I Mt. Vernon High School . . . Mt. Vernon is 149 years old today . . . The Jefferson County Boar d endorsed a plan to include all 10 lowns'iips of Jefferson county in tlie boundaries of the Mt. Vernon Airport Authority. 8- Everett Bolen, age 20, ex- Belle Rive boy loses both eyes in Vietnam . . . Donald Margolin is the now manager of Montgomery Wards here in Mt. Vernon. He sti cceds Wm. Ezell. 10—Jack and Ann Garrison are going north of the Arctic Circle on an 11,000 mile automobile trip . . . Paul Dickerson is honored by retailers as Mt. Vernon's Father of the Year. 11 —A citizens commitiec which envisions a million and a half dollar Alt. Vernon civic center will unveil some of iis ideas next Monday nigh! at the city council meeting. 12—In a light primary vote Richard B. Ogitivc topped the four-man Republican field for governor . . . Lin "Billy" Milchell of Los Angeles, one of nine brothers in a preacher's family which grew up in Ml. Vernon, was here today . . Bon C. Blades of Fairfield, allot-, (he maintenance staff V. Thomas, son Countv Wayne City, was killed TUP : in a car-tvu'.k collision north of i Fairfield . . . Pfe. Lonnie (1 I Odle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul iodle of 1000 south 22nd street, «?" wounded in South Vietnam ... Tlie TVelson Concrete Culvert Co.. whose general office '. is in Mt. Vernon, will round out j fifty years in business this i month. Charles S. Ward heads produced 13,650 tons of cord' the firm, dining Marcn . . . Pfc. Tonv ' tf't—T'.IP villaof Dix is Gates has been seriously wound- seeking 12"public housing units . Tames E. Fatherly of Galatia, Wilberl Ranee Lane. 61. of I Republicans and Harold D. Stedelin of Centralia and Richard O. 7-JARCIJ lfi«8 1 it can serve areas it now serveo , under sentence of seven years to 14 .years in prison, is at liberty on $15,000 bond, pending disposition of his appeal to the Appellate Court. 13—The Sliver Star—the nation's third highest award —has been posthumously presented to Lance Corporal Lowell h a y IJoyOdOOO, 20, of Woodlawn. It was presented to his motbur, v,he*i they are annexed to th city . . . Fire loss in tlie Dig rural area of the Jefferson Fire Protection district totaled $44,153 in 1967 . . . Freeman Coal is sinking a new mine—Orient No. 6 ijortheast of Orient No. ,3 nih-.c and southeast of V.'aJ- JUimiiJe, " I . 17—Charles W. Waite h a s 1 A contract for paving ol a •icction of Interstate 57 in iVjari- . on county, near Salem, has been awarded by the Illinois Division ' of Highways. <\ —Larry Euz -jne Sinks, 20, \ son of Air. and Mrs. George Sinks of Chalsworlh, 111., for; mer residents, has been killed i in action in Vietnam. 5—Mr. and Mrs. Earl D. Jamison have purchased a square block of land—extending from Broadway south to Casey Avenue and from 27th to 28th street— for over $100,000 . . . They have also sold one and one-third acres near the 1 -57 interchange went of Mt. Vernon for $75,000 . . . Kenneth M, the new- president of Ihe Ml. Vernon Chamber of Commerce. 20—Substantial salary boosts -ranging from $790 to $2,420 , per year—have been granted to the Rend Lake College facult;. . . . The Rend Lake College board has set May 21 as a tentative date for saie of $3.1 million worth of tax bonds to pro\ ido t/ie local share of a new •S10 million campus south of IriM . . . The board voted for a twelve and one-hail' year maturity on the bonds and estimated thai principal and interest can be paid with a tax ' rate of 11.8 cents per Si0(1 ! valuation . . . Plans for a new 100-bed two and one-half million rViJlnr Jefferson Memorial Hospital, in west Ml. Verncn. have been announced by hospital officials . . . Ray Tibbs has been ei :ct, d p resident of i be : Illinois Petroleum Marketers ! Association. 21 -Tlie Rend Lake Conservancy District vvil : < on tribute $.",,000 to provide .corkers mis slimmer in a conservation pro'; sram on the west side of Jci : ferson county which will help 1 reduce siltage into Rend Lake . . . Jet service is scheduled to begin April 1 at the Mt. Ver- I non Airport. 22—Paul \V. Craig of Marion has been hired as the new manager and treasurer at Mt. Vernon high school. His salary IK j $9,(,00 per year . . . Bob We'uc. j , superintendent Mt. Verncn sewer department, will become plant supeiintendent at the high school on April 1, ar a salary of $7,500 . . . Mt. | Vernon grade and junior iiigii i school teachers have been graut- 1 ed raises for the corning school year, ranging from $300 lo .$117 per year . . . Congressman, Kenneth Gray reports rhat the < I e (| e t a 1 government has approved $2,870 for a student work -study program at Rend Lake College 26- Burglars h a m m e r e d through a vault at the Ina State ed in Vietnam ... A group of Alt. Vernon business men, headed by President Ed Curtis of the First National Bank and T-ust Company, has bought controlling interest in the Edgar County National Bank at Paris, 111. The group also owns control of Security National at Cairo, 111., and Centra horn. Ky. president ol National Farmers Organization of Illinois, of Ml. Verncn. is on lite 1 state consult! I ion revision committee. 18 Howard Roberson of 1m, is ihe new president of the 'I •!:(! Lake Association . . . . . . Bob Filberth, 20 year old Mt. Vernon soldier, was wounded for the second time in Vietnam . . . Rend College plan* to lease Bonnie Grade school lor classes in agriculture. 14— Pfc. Edward W. Figg, 21-year-old son of Mrs. Irc:,e E. Pigg of 103 Castleton Ave., Bank in Owens-: died last Saturday from wound!, . . Edgar Hall,: suffered in combat in Vietnam. l.V-Frank E. Welborn. Ait. Vernon businessman for almost half a century, died yesterday at North Shoie Hospital ir. Miami. Fla. 20—Burglars broke into Texico State Bank over Ine the al- Don Musick is president of the ! weekend but failed in an tempi to crack the steel safe. 21—The city council voted to i amend I he city's Blue Law and j I allow all business places, except ! Stan Koizara has been elected ' taverns, to remain open on Sun- Alt. Vernon grade schools board of education . . . Frank T. Williams has been hired as custodian of Mt. Vernon city hall . . . of the Lay Advisory Good Samnnhu Hots- Mc- osult liie .Mdcni Hoard of pi'al. 10- Charles E. Holland, Leansboro, has died as a r of burns March 31. 1964 . . . Bell Telephone workers in All. Vernon are on strike . . . due .o patient overflow, beds were being set up in the hallways today at Good Samaritan Hospital. 22—Mrs. Jackie McNealy, 19, of Alt. Vcmon and son, David, were killed in an automobile accident on Route 7 . . . Mrs. clays from noon to 5:00 p.m. . . . The city council last night granted $300 per year raises io ; most Ml. Vernon city employees i and a $1,000 per year raise io , City Manager Chester Lewis t burns . . . The city council sold the old Alt. Vernon posl office last night ; for $72,250. 24—The state has awarder 1 a contract Cor construction ol a ; rest area about three miles . southeast of Mt. Vernon on eJ. I S. 460 . . . Owen E. Jones is new commander of V.F.W. . . Eleanor Rebecca Mitchell, wife ; sixty-five war veterans who died of John Russell Mitchell, died suddenly Saturday at the Mitchell's Mt. Vernon Cedarhurst estate. 23—In the Class A A division ihe City of! of IMS A Ml. Vernon High ! School Music Department won the Sweepstakes trophy and Centralia and Belleville tied tor the runner-up. 24—-Mt. Vernon postmen get 12 new station wagons and can ride on their appointed rounds . . . Cily officials were assured thai the state will sp..-nd approximately $6,500 in marine motor fuel funds to build public boat docks at Lake Jaycee . . . S/Maj. Carl E. Pilkington, Mt. Vernon, had the honor of presenting his son, Pfc. Carl E. Pilkington, Jr. his Airborne be Bank Jasi night and took an estimated $450 in change. This Wings and a trophy as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of here in the past year will honored Memorial Day. i 25— The Illinois Commerce Commission has ordered the , installation of flashing signal ! lights at the 27th street crossing 'of the L. & N. Railroad . . . Glenn Murphy, former Jefferson county sheriff, died at 7:30 a.m. today. ' 27—Byron Emerson IIJIB resigned as minister of music and organist at First Presbyterian church, where he served nine years and four months. 28--King City Retailers will lease the former city off street parking lot on Jordan street, near 8th street, for store em­ ployes parking. 29 -The T r i n i t y Episcopal Church will break ground for a new pariBh hall Sunday, June 2 Hart of Benton, Democrats, woa their party nominations yesterday for state representatives in the 58th district. 12 -Irene Purcell has retired as Register-News society editor . . . One son iii Vietnam . . . another on the way there ... a third son back home from Ine war . . . and the youngest son ready to take his physical to enter Ihe service. This is the unusual wartime situation this week at 'he '-o••-<• "f A 1 ', 'l'.d 1 Mrs. Raymond Myers of Waltonville. t.", The 1 Vein-ill -.; l- a <i e school ho:• rd IPSI night approved a $1,200 ppv year salrny eeoot ' for Supl. John Attord and a i 5 per cent increase in pay for custodiars in the school system . . . in the first 12 days of .lime L'ofl passengers boarded > i Ozark planes at the local air-' : port an average of almost 22 ; pas-ongers per day. 14 -An industrial consultant' was employed and the manager ! i of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of ! Commerce, Bob Poisall. was ic-, employed at a salary increase. \ as the Chamber's board of di-1 j lectors met in June session' Thursday. 15—The Stale of Illinois wei.i lo court yesterday to force lite Cily of Aft. Vernon to stop using Ihe glutled oily d u m p .soulh of town . . . Pfc. Gary; Robinson, young All. Vernon! soldier, is recuperating f v o m ' suffered when a nap,.!m bomb exploded during a bnliic near Saigon . . Earl D. Jamison is today observing his 25th < anniversary as a Ml. Vernon businessman. 17 -The old Mt. Vernon posi cilice, sold by the city council i last month, has officially become., the property of the Jefferson! County Development Corpoi a-1 tion . . . Field Consolidated' school district has voted a $110,-1 000 bond issue for building addi-' lions and improvements. 18—J. Wallace Owen, former vice president of the First National Bank and Trust Company here, has been elected president of the Edgar County National Bank in Paris, 111. 19---R. C. Kruppa has assumed duties as the new vocational dean on Rend Lake College . . . General Radiator has won tlie "Chrotnee" Award for the fourth straight year . . . M. J. "Jack" Mitchell presented a $25,()u0 check to Sister M. Joanne, administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital, to fiance construction of a residence for the Sisters of St. Francis . . . Ihe statu has granted the City of Mt. Sugarint Company, o09|Vemon a temporary permit for 'of bonds to federal agencies to | finance construction of the inter! city water system . . . The Rend j Lake College Board heard a report of plans to air condition all buildings - including the gymnasium—at the now campus between 1-57 anci the shore of. Rend Lake. 20—Dr. L. Emmerson Ward, • Mt. Vernon native, Mayo clinician and distinguished rhemato- logist, is president elect of the American Rheumatism Association. 21--Liberty Petroleum Company, Inc., has purchased the block between Casey and Broadway Avenues, bordered by 27ih and 281 h street . . . Leo A. Heffington of Mf. Verncn lattt right was elected president of the Cumberland Trail library system board with headquarters.- at Flora. 22—Rend Lake College district I is a legally created and existing • junior college district: Judge Alvin Lacy Williams ruled in circuit court here yesterday. 24 fatally injured in a tragic . hoacl-on automobile crash Sun• day afternoon five miles south ; of Belle Rive, were Roy Byron I Morgan and his wife, Vera Irma ! Morgan, and Ernest Kent Lankford, all of Belle Rive. 25 -Jel ferson county Repuo- ficans and Democrats last night i re-elected their county chair- i men for two more years. Frank ! H. Walker heads tbt Republican ; county central committee and 'Bill Holloway heads Hie Dem : oeruts . . . Four All. Vernon • high school students musicians | will embark for Dijon, France jwilii Ihe Illinois All Stale ! Musicians. 26 M. V. "Doc" Harrell wil' become general manager for , Freeman Coal Mining Corpo- j ration on July 1, it was an! nounced today by N. T. Camicia. i Freeman president. Harrell succeeds llau-iy Williamson, Jr. . . . Karl F. Whitlenberg, an alumnus of the Mt. Vernon i township high school, graduated I with distinction from the U.S. Air Force Academy . . . The ! Rend Lake Conservancy Distnci ! will soon apply for a $970,840 : federal grant and loan to finance i a sewage system to serve the } Rend Lake College, the village I of Ina and ouVr developments on the east side of the 18.900 j acre lake . . . two tennia courts j at the Mt. Vernon city park | have been resurfaced and worn ' is underway on the construction of two new hard surfaced courts. 27 Singer Company held its grand opening today at 726 i Plaza Shopping Center. ; 28—John Lipps is the new ! president of the United Fund of i,Jefferson county and will guide lhis year's campaign, starting .Oct. I . . . The Ramada Inn = is expecled to open this fall, i the: Chamber of Commerce reports. 2L>- Gro.md v. ill be broken .Monday for another new structure in ihe office complex of . Crown view, Ashley Road . . . : Sixty-eight Illinois delegates to the ijeinoeralic National C'on- ' volition were selected Friday at file party's slate convention, irma Igo and James R. Mc- Liui,'hlm of AL.. Vernon were .among (hose chosen . . . Mi. , v'ernon city councilmen expect ; to award contracts totaling ••> IDS,;nexl -Monday for con- .true!ion of sower and water \ mains to Ihe airpoit ir.duslnyl I park and a 1 ."0,000 gallon elevated water tank in west Ait. Vernon. ILLV I Thieves got a big haut at Die Knox Rowe Grocery Store, comer of Nason Road and Route MS . . The Travelodge plans lo add 20 units to its 40-unit motel at 750 soulh 10th street ... A long bitter controversy over Ml. Vernon's Sunday (dosing "Blue Law" came to a quiet and peaceful end when Hie (ily council authorized Sunday business hour's . . . Cpl. Kenneth Wayne Seidel, 20, of RFD 1. Wayne City, has sacrificed Ins life for his country in Vietnam. 2- Nancy Branch is the 1963 Legion Queen—crowned at Mt. V. Veterans Reunion last nlgbt. 3- Navy Construction Mecll. 2C James L. Parkhill of Dahlgren, was aboard the chartered DCS Seaboard-World Airlines plane released Trom the Sovitt Island of Sturup in the Kunlien ChuJn. 5- Van Fen -ill, Bi-State Express manager here and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce transportation committee, reported today that Illinois Rl. 15-U.S. Hi. 460 would undergo a 'face-lifting' for a distance ol 13.87 miles, starting just west of Mt. V. to NashviJle. 5— "The Top of the First" restaurant will occupy the entire top floor of the new 6-story First (Continued on Next Page)

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