Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 31, 1968 · Page 7
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1968 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON. ILLINOIS 7—A Mt. Vernon Highlights Continued (Continued From Preceding Page) 5 , National Bank building at 10th and Broadway . . . Leland Snow of Walnut Hill was killed when a tractor hitchpin he was driving uphill broke and the tractor turned over on him. 9—The Jefferson county board may call a county-wide election this November on a proposal to issue $300,000 or more in tax bonds to repair the county court house. 10—Donald S. Grant, re-, elected president of the Mt. Vernon Loan and Building Association says the assets have reached an all-time high of $10,165,275.76 . . . Mt. Vernon Executive Services will construct a 16 unit apartment at 2020 Broadway. 11—The Mt. V. grade school board announced last night that it would receive sealed bids at 2:00 p.m. Aug. 14, for $935,000 bonds for construction of the new West Salem school . . . The Mt. V. grade school board last night hired Hayden Cooper, 49, as special education director of a two-county district . . . Pearl Edwards of the Ashley Road, has been appointed as a member of the Jefferson county Board of Review . . . Another attempt to annex a sizable Summersville area to the city of Mt. V. is in the courts . . Father Carl Kabat, O.M.I, has returned to the United States after a three-year ministry in the Philippine Islands ... A building at 814 Main street, will be demolished soon to make way for a parking lot for Jefferson Posit 141, American Legion. 13—Yesterday, four Mt. V youths returned from a 17-day trip which included two weeks in Europe with a musical group sponsored by the Illinois Music Education Association . . . Four young people from the Ina Free Will Baptist church, have won the right to represent the State of Illinois in Bible Bowl contests at the National competition . The Rev. Marvin A. Berkeland has accepted the position as pastor at Calmar, Iowa. He has been pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran church located at Broadway and 32nd street. 15—In his mid-month report City Manager Chester Lewis said that 1,300,000 gallons of water per day were used in Mt. Vernon last month — the highest volume in history. 16—City council last night awarded a $49,449.20 contract for a major street improvement project on 12th and Jordan streets . . . The Mt. Vernon high school board last night awarded a $36,955 bid to East Side Lumber Co. for the first phase of a three-year improvs- ment program, to meet safety requirements instituted by the state . . . Petitions for a Nov, 5 referendum on establishment of a Jefferson County Health Dept. were being circulated today . . . Second Lt. Roger Wayne Harris, 22, of Mt. Ver non, is recuperating in Saigon from wounds suffered from enemy mortar fire on the night of July 8. 17—Miss Brenda Ann Martin has been chosen at the Mt. Vernon State Fair to be Miss Jefferson County of 1968. ' 18—Preliminary engineering work has started this morning on a quarter-of-a-million dollar renovation project at the Mt. Vernon State Game Farm. 19—The first job on the Interstate 57-64 interchange at the west edge of Mt. Vernon—a black-top detour around the construction site—has been completed . . . The people of Dahl gren and a 14-mile area cf Hamilton county may vote to annex to the Rend Lake Conservancy District ... A brazen thief walked off with $1,720 from Bean's gas station at 6th and Main yesterday—in broad day- night and while the station was open for business . . . Directors of the 12-county Cumberland Trail Library System Jast night selected the Mt. Vernon firm of Wilson Hodge and Groh as architects of a new district library to be built hero. 20—Mt. V. had March sales tax receipts totaling $26,023.60. Carbonddale led by a narrow margin with $26,767.93. 22—Fifty-five members of the Mt. V. high school class cf 1928 celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their graduation with two meetings at the L. and N. Cafe last weekend. 23~Forty-five railroad cars carrying the first coal shipment from the new Inland Steel coal mine in Jefferson county, arrived at the company's steel mill in E. Chicago, Ind. .. James A. Grc-sham is the new Illinois Roll Telephone manager in ML. V. He succeeds Joe McGuckin, who has been named staff supervisor in Bell's state operations headquarters in Springfield . . . Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Jackson and Martin IGA Store will be performed tomorrow at their new location at. 212 north 10th street . . . The board of directors of Jefferson Memorial Hospital announced today a drive to raise a $1 million dollars to help build a new hoispital. 24—The Arrow Road Con­ struction Company of Mt. Prospect, HI. was low bidder at $469,771 for 13.87 miles of intermittent resurfacing on Rt. 460 from Nashville to a point west of Mt Vernon. 25—A U.S. House-Senate conference committee has made a new appropriation of $5,335,O0C for Rend Lake ... A record. $438,318 was paid out in social security cash benefits to 5610 residents of Jefferson county ioi February. This is an increase of $77,714 over the amount paid out for December 1966. 26—Burglars stole $40,000 worth of negotiable payroll checks near Dix last night at the trailer office of the Hoeffkenj Brothers Inc. and Eugene Luhr & Co.—contractors for 1-57 construction work . . . The Medical Associates at the Doctors Park have been issued a building permit for a $150,000 extension of their present clinic and construction started today. 27—The First Baptist church of this city will be 100 years old August 6 and will celebrate its centennial anniversary August 3-4. 29—An unmasked gunman robbed the attendant of the Clark Super 100 service station, 1515 Broadway, of $55 before daylight today . . . Estimated retail sales during 1967 in Jefferson county totaled $56,175,000. Of this, it was estimated Mt. Vernon totaled $47,785,000. 30—Mrs. Joe Laur of RFD 2, Woodlawn, killed a 51 inch rattlesnake in the backyard at her home . . . More than half the buildings on the north side of the Mt. Vernon square will be razed, the new owners, tiic Security Bank, announces. 31—Mt. Vernon's new sanitary landfill—located just across U. S. Highway 460 from the old city dump, south of town—will be opened at 7:00 o'clock tomorrow morning. AUGUST 1968 1—The Mt. Vernon Register- News today started printing on a new press and changed from a nine-columns per page format to eight columns . . . Vernon L. Mendenall of Arkansas, former resident, was one of five men pleading guilty to charges of selling securities in two insurance companies . . . Burglars failed to open a safe but stole $3,500 worth of office machines last night at the Tri-County Electric Cooperative on the Ashley Road west of this city . . . 2—Rend Lake Conservancy District officials have returned from Chicago with a $3 million check—the first money received from the federal government toward construction of the $13.5 million intercity water system . . . The Mt. Vernon Girl Scouts officially became a part of the area Shagbark Council yesterday . . . Al Eaves of Florissant, Mo., told local police that he was robbed of $90 at 11:00 a.m. today behind the Woolworth Store in Park Plaza Shopping Center. A truck driver for Kraft Foods, he was loading items into his truck when a man walked up behind him, took his billfold, and fled. 3—Fred Justice of 1500 Viola has compiled a document called "Directory of the Cemeteries of Jefferson County, Illinois"—'following two years of diligent research during which he visited the 133 cemeteries in this county .. . Ozark Air Lines set another new all-time record at the Mt. Vernon Airport in July. During the month, 613 personb boarded the Ozark planes in this city on flights between St. Louis and Chicago. During the same period 615 passengers get off Ozark planes in Mt. Vernon- setting a ncv all-time inbound record. 7—Congressman Kenneth J. Gray has announced approval of a $388,000 project for a Hamilton County Nursing Home at McLeansboro. It will be a 36-bcd wing added to Hamilton Memorial Hospital . . . Ten cars of a L. & N. freight train jumped the track in a spectacular wreck Sunday afternoon at the west edge of Dahlgrcn . . . One hundred years of church history were reviewed and celebrated Saturday and Sunday as the First Bapth.t Church of this city observed ils centennial. 8—Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county residents will vote November 5 on $350,000 in tax bonds to renovate the county court house . . . Construction of the new J. L. Buford grade school on south 34th street is expected to begin in mid-September and admits its first pupils in the fall of 1969 . . . High honor for Mt. Vernon educator was the renaming of West Salem as "J. L. Buford" school. 9—The Rev. Lloyd Burge of the Free Methodist Church was appointed pastor of the Effingham Free Methodist church for the coming year, at the annual conference held at Greenville, 111., this weelc. 12—The 78th annual Bonnie Holiness Camp Meeting will be held August 15 through 25. 13—Mrs. Irma Igo of Mt. Vernon has been appointed to the credentials committee for the Democratic National Convention . Mt. Vernon township high school board sets rules "No Long Hair or Short Skirts at Mt. Vernon High" thiB school year . . . The tentative budget for Mt. Vernon township high school forecasts an estimated income in the educational fund of $1,111,368.14 and 'expenditures of $1,219,767. In the building fund, income of $190,775 is expected, with an expenditure oi $197,800. 14—J. L. Buford, well-known Mt. Vernon educator, has been named fund drive chairman for Good Samaritan Hospital. The hospital seeks $500,000 more for expansion . . . Thieves hit Grand Prairie country school three times in three nights and carted off equipment valued at about $3,000. 15—The Illinois Supreme Court denied a rehearing of its decision upholding validity of the state Junior College Act . . . The Mt. Vernon g r a d a school board advertised for bid§*| for construction of the new J. L. Buford grade school . . . Last night the Mt. Vernon grade school board sold $935,000 worth of tax bonds to finance the construction of the new J. L. Buford school. 16—The Federal Aviation Agency today approved a $155,600 grant for a major improvement project at the Mt. Vernon Aii-port. 19—A $300,000-plus improvement project is assured this year for the Mt. Vernon Airport, it was announced today oy Stan Koziara, Airport Authority chairman. 20—The Rend Lake conser vancy district board last night authorized an engineering study to determine the size and location of a water line to serve Rend Lake College . . . Dean A. Lathrop of 100 North 33rd street has been named chairman of the 1968 United Fund Drive in Jefferson county . . . The city council accepted an offer from the county for $550 per month cost of sharing the city's sanitary landfill . . . Harold •Hutch' Hutchins, coach of 1954 Mt. Vernon state basketball champions, is dead. 21—Dix and Kell residents are expected to have water service between the 10th ana 15th of September . . . The trial of a Mt. Vernon man, Louis E. McMahan, 40, on charges of securities fraud continues in the U. S. District Court today . . . Construction bids for major expansion of the Woodlawn grade school were opened last night by the board of education. No contracts were awarded . . . Several prominent Mt. Vernon residents have been named by J. L. Buford, Good Samaritan Hospital expansion fund chairman to serve as category chairman of the upcoming campaign. 22— GOP candidate for congress Val Oshel got a big welcome in Mt. Vernon and tin. county this week . . . Wayne Fudge, comptroller for General Radiator has been named assistant chairman for the United Fund Drive . . . The Jefferson county board of sup- ervistors plans a pre-election sale of court house bonds prior to the November 5 vote on a proposal to issue $350,000 worth of tax bonds for major repairs to the county building. 23—Howard Mack, 32, drowned early today in a mine pi* at Belle Rive . . . Clarence DeWitt, a retired Mt. Vernon businessman and one of Jefferson county's outstanding Masons, died from a heart attack at: his home last night. 24—Construction work is expected to begin within two weeks on major expansion of the Field consolidated grade school, in Field township ... A chapter of "Parents Without Partners" will be organized in Mt. Vernon soon . . . The state highway department yesterday receiver; a low bid of $2,586,595 for the paving of state route 183 from a point two and three quarters miles east of Sesser to the intersection with state route 37. 27—Construction bids for major expansion of the Woodlawn grade school were accepted last night by 1ho. board of education. 28•-•The Rend Lake College board in a regular meeting last night, approved a resolution setting September 17 as the date for the sale of 3.1 million dollars worth of building bonds that will finance the construction of the new campus . . . Ml. Vernon has been told it must meet stiff new re u I r e- menls to obtain the proposed urban renewal project for the Mt. Vernon high school campus. 30—The Jefferson County Memorial Hospital board of directors and its 25-member advisory committee met in the supervisor's room in the county court house Tuesday evening to discuss the planning stages of the new hospital. 31—Contracts for $49,500 electrical work in the Appellate Court Building of Fifth District, Mt. Vernon were awarded to the Public Electric Construction Co. of Chicago. SEPTEMBER 1968 3—-Mt. Vernon has been assured of direct airline connections to Louisville, Ky., and to Springfield and Minneapolis, City Manager Chester Lewis announced today ... For 24 consecutive school years—from the fall of 1944 to the spring of 1968 at least one of the ten Dillingham children has been a student of the Mt. Vernon Township High School. Today Mr. and Mrs. Harry "Butch" Dillingham of 505 Cessna did not have a son or daughter enrolling at the high school. All ten graduated in the required four years. 4—School enrollment in Jefferson county shows an increase of 170 over last year, County Supt. Ogie Ellis reported today . . . Three well-known Jefferson county residents were killed in an head-on collision on Route 37, last night. The vie rims were Frank Coffin an, 64, cashier of the Ina State Bank, his wife, Lorene M. Coffman, 61, and Orville Earle Mcllroy. 55, of 102 Maple, Mt. Verinon, an engineer for the Rend Lake Cities Water System. 5—James Hutchcraft, a Dahlgren farmer was on a television panel show with prosi- dential candidate, Richard M. Nixon, Wednesday. He asked Mr. Nixon what he proposed to do to bring farm prices and parity up to the level of OIL world economy . . . The total enrollment of Mt. Vernon city grade schools has dropped from 2,546 students on opening day last year to 2,501 Wednesday according to school Supt. Dr. John Alford. 7—Mrs. Irene Pigg of 1C3 Castleton, has received eight medals from a representative of the aimed forces that has been awarded to her hero son, Edward Pigg, who was killed in Vietnam, May 11 . . . The Mt. Vernon Airport Authority has been awarded $134,000 by the State of Illinois to complete financing of a $337,000 runway improvement project. 10—Herbert J. Wilson last night resigned as minister of the Central Church of Christ. He has accepted a call to the Christian Church at Roachdale, Ind. . . . Bryon H. Fuller, vicc- president of the Bank of Zeigler, has been appointed new treasurer of the Rend Lake Conservancy District succeeding the late Frank Coffman . . . Charles R. "Bob" Wood of Fail- field has purchased ten acres for a travel-trailer court site 1,200 feet west of the 1-57 el overleaf on Route 460. He plans to call the new facility the Archway Inn. 11—The congregation of the Sliiloh Baptist church will break ground at 3:00 p.m. Sunday for the new house of worship at 11th and Forest. The church will move from its present location at 11th and Vaught . . . Three Indiana runaway youth arc m jail today. They allegedly placed a cross tie on Soutiiern Railroad tracks half-way between North street and Park Avenue in an attempt to slow down lie train so they could hop a ride to their hometown . . . The annual audit shows that the Mt. Vernon Grade School District received income of $1,266,895.35 for the past school year and that expenditures total $1,220,225.12. The receipts for the year include $376,389.23 from taxes. 16—Jim Stover, 35, of Opdyke, has been sworn in as a Jefferson county deputy sheriff . . . An old Mt. Vernon street, Lambert from Salem Road to Wilshire Drive will be opened next week with completion of a bridge. 17—Mt. Vemon council voted unanimously to annex an area south of town, on the west side of Benton Road, which became contiguous to the city by previous annexation of properties on the east side of Benton Road -to Fountain Place Industrial Park . . . The .Alt. Vernon township high school attendance report for six days noted a total of 1,738 students enrolled in the school. 18—Rend Lake College will soon have $3.1 million dollars in the bank as the college board voted unanimously to sell its tax bonds to Harris Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago and a group of associates. 19—A $2,586,595 contract for paving a highway wnieh will cro«s the middle of Rend Lake was awarded in Springfield yesterday by the state department. The Mt. Vernon grade schools board last night awarded c o n t r a c t s totaling $858,374.67 for the new J. .L Buford school. 20—Mrs. Richard Wallace, 1728 Briarvvood, has been appointed unit chairman of the Jefferson county unit of the American Cancer Society. 21—Dr. William M. Rutherford, ex-Mt. Vernonite, senior research specialist at IvI o u n d Laboratory, has been appointed scientist for the Atomic Energy Commission by Monsanto Research Corporation, a Monsanto subsdiiary, Miamiburg, Ohio .,. J. R. Lamberson yesterday became the sole owner of Hotel Emmerson. Lamberson purchased tlie interests of his two partners, Attorney Don Musick and J. C. Livingston, local pharmacist. The consideration was not announced. 23—The village aoard of Waltonville reported today there will be a meeting October 7 to consider ordinances for a revenue bond Issue to finance the construction of a water system. The people of Waltonville and Dareville expect to have city water by next summer. 24—Congressman Kenneth J. Gray predicted today that a delay in the widening of west Broadway in ML Vernon, from 34th to 42nd street is only temporary . . . The Mt. Vernon firm of Jefferson Asphalt Company submitted the low bid for a major project at the Mt. Vernon-Outland Airport. The bid was $354,950.17 . . . J. L. Buford, chairman of the Good Samaritan Hospital expansion fund drive announced today uie lay advisory board were 100 per cent in participation in the hospital fund drive, with a total of $47,550 contributed by the 16 members . . . Open House was held at General Radiator yesterday, when the plant unveiled the new manufacturing space at its Mt. Vernon plant of south 12!h street. 25—A lively Wallace-For- Fresidcnt campaign got under way in Hamilton county last night, spearheaded by Sam Atkinson, McLeansboro businessman and big game hunter . . . Atkinson planned to spend 90 per cent of his time and at least $1,500 of his money campaigning for George Wallace. 27-Sp/4 Roy D. Kohute, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert KohuU of Nason, received a hand wound in Vietnam on September 12 as a result of hostile action. 28—A $10,000 federal fund ior planning for 50 additional units of low-rent public housing in Mt. Vernon tor elderly people, has been granted. Leonard WPIIS. administrator of Jefferson county's public housing projects was notified yesterday yesterday that the planning grant had been approved. 30—Dana Pickett, a former Ml. Vernon alderman and fire chief, died at 10:29 a.m. Sunday in Good Samaritan Hospital . . . The Jefferson Memorial Hospital opened a fund drive today, which is designed to produce one million dollars for the proposed brand-new, fully equipped, 100 led ultra modem hospital, to be located west of "If. Vernon. OCTOBER 19G8 1 Members of the King City Retailers Association presented the teachers in the elementary and high schools and Rend Lake College with an apple for the [ Teacher Day in 27 local schools. | 2—An American flag is flying at the Mt. Vernon iArport today from a flag pole which used to be at the old Mt. Vemon por.t office. The First National Bank and Trust Co. bought the flag pole from Jefferson County Development Corp., and presented it to the airport as a community gift. 3—Rapid Progress is being made on the intersection of Interstate 57 and 64 with U.S. Route 460 at the western edge of Mt. Vernon . . . The 1968 United Fund Drive got off to an excellent start this week with $10,000 reported the first day. The United Fund goal for this year is $70,000. 4—Mt. Vernon Dowzer Electric, Inc., announced today the plans for an additional building to be erected on a tract of land just south of Dowzer's industrial park. The new plant will manufacture transformers. Recently the corporation sold 100,000 shares in common stock, and $1 million worth of 25-year bonds, Charles J. Covington, president, reported. 5—Mrs. Sharon Houseworlh, who was married in Jefferson county less than a month ago to Donald Houseworrh, was fatally injured late Friday in a two-car collision on a blacktop road two miles east of Ewing. 8—The Mt. Vernon city council took the first step toward issuance of $400,000 worth of revenue bonds to finance construction of two downtown off- street parking lots capaDle of accomodating 225 cars. The lots proposed would he located at the southeast comer of Ninth and Broadway and on the west side of lOtli street, north of Jordan . . . Ml. Vernon high school and the oily are cooperating to cany on an urban renewal project in a six-block area south of th. high school, without federal help. 10—John C. Hall, 64, a former football coach at Mt. Vernon high school, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . Jim Newcomb's Texaco sei-vice station in the Park Plaza Shopping Center, held its grand opening today. Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce Good Will Ambassadors were on the job to cut the ribbon, however it was a hot opening, simply because the ribbon cutting was replaced by a chain cutting with an acetylene torch. 11—J. R. Lamberson, vice- president and director of the Mt. Vemon Loan and Building Association resigned his position yesterday to devote his full time to die operation of Hotel Emmerson and other interests . . . Congressman Kenneth J. Gray speaking at a dinner meeting of the Kiwanis Club, revealed that the federal government has approved a $1 million grant to build 50 units of low rent housing in Mt. Vernon for elderly citi- ens . . . Kenneth A. Olson, president of General Radiator, Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of the Central Midwestern Regional Edu­ cational Laboratory, Inc. . . . Lisa -Ann Tucker of Mt. Vernon, was one of the winners of the Illinois State Library statewide essay contest, . . . Tlie city of {Mt. Vefrnon ha9 received a whopping $28,579.78 from flic three-quarter-of-a-cent municipal sales tax of June. 12—A huge crowd, estimated at 2,500 persons, feasted on ham and beans today as Wayne City celebrated its s e v e n t h annual "Bean Days." . . . Today marked the 20th anniversary of the Day Republican Candidate Thomas E. Dewey and his wife were splattered wiUi tomatoes at a night political speech in Ml. Vernon. Four boys standing in the dark on a railroad warehouse rooftop at 15th and Broadway, peppered the Deweys and Mt. Vernon Mayor Harry Bishop with ripe and green tomatoes. The "Tomato Barn" was demolished this summer. 14—Central Church of Christ plans to remodel the old sanctuary into, a classroom complex . . . The Rev. Ace Summers, long-tune pastor of the Bethel Tabernacle, has resigned. He was minister of the church for 38 years. The Rev. Aaron Perry has been named as the new pastor. 15—Congressman Kenneth J. Gray today announced approval of a $206,000 federal grant which will result in start of construction on a major improvement at Uie Mt. Vemon Airport which will cost over $350,000 . . . Long distance telephones service was disrupted in Mt. Vernon this momin & when a main underground toll cable was accidentally cut by earth moving equipment near the 1-57 interchange . . . Mt. Vernon high school plans to start buying property about November 1 in an 18-acre urban renewal area south of the high school campus. 16—Ground-breaking ceremonies on the South 34th street site of the new J. L. Buford school was held at 9:30 a.m. today. Earl D. Jamison, local builder, who donated the ten- acre $50,000 site removed the first shovel of earth and later he was presented with the shovel by Dr. Ferrell Fuckett. 18—Malcolm E. Henning of Mt. Vernon has been nominated to the board of directors of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce , . . Ernie Driggers, £ well known Mt. Vernon resident, has been appointed to the position of cashier of the Ina State Bank. He succeeds the the late Frank Coffman, wno was killed in an automobile accident last month . . . Dr. Morris Zelman made the announcement at a joint conference fneeting last night at Good Samaritan Hospital, that a rrw medical complex will be built by a group of Mt. Vernon doctors. The new medical center will also contain a nursing home and shelter care home. 21—Plans were announced today for the development of a 50icre-$5% million -'Time Square" shopping center in west Mt. Vernon, along with a huge residential area of more than 350 homes and apartment houses . . . The shopping center would be of a mall-type construction and corporation officials said there would be 12 acres "under roof" and 38 acres tor parking. Time Square Investment Corporation, composed principally of Illinois and Missouri investors, has obtained a 99-year lease on 50 acres of land at 32nd and Broadway, south of Broadway and west of the Hickory Grove Manor Nursing Home. 22—Two Mt. Vernon youth went on a wild ride early today and wound up in the city jail after the stolen car which they were driving struck Hie Rend Lake College nursing school, four cars and a utility pole . . . The Freeman Coal Corporation's new Orient No. 6 mine near Waltonville in Jefferson county will be in full operation, employing about 350 persons, by early 1970, the company reported Monday . . . The Mt. Vernon high school board cleared the way last night to start buying property in the 18.4 acre urban renewal area south and west of the campus ... In a special meeting last night the Rend Lake College Board voted to deposit $1,500,000 in the First National Bank and Trust Company, Mt. Vernon, secured for 2 years at 6 per cent interest, and $450,000 in the Bentoi. Community Bank also secured at 6 per cent interest for two years. The bulk of the $3.1 million Rend Lake College bond funds will be deposited in the two area banks and in short term U.S. Treasury notes. 24—A big load of electrical equipment of the Caldwell Electric Company was stolen Tuesday night from the Ramada Inn on the Ashley Road. 25—The Crown view Service Center, started four years ago is now complete. The complex, lcated on Ashley Road in west Mt. Vernon was started as a three-phase program in 1964 by Herbert E. Page, well known Mt. Veraon real estate and insurance salesman . . . Congressman Kenneth J. Gray today announced final federal approval jf loans for water systems at Waltonville, Belle Rive in Jef­ ferson county and Macedonia in Hamilton county. 26—Malcolm Henning was elected a District I Director of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce at the 50th annual meeting in Chicago Friday. 27—The appointment of the Rev. Clyde R. Funkhouser, D.D. as paslor of the First Methodist church was announced today by Bishop Lance Webb of Springfield. Dr. Funkhouser succeeds Dr. Don R. Crocker . . . Mrs. Mary E. Lamar, 21, of Route 4, Mt. Vernon was fatally injured in a car-freight train collision at East Peoria, 111., at 2:00 o'clock this morning. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband. Arthur, who w;-s treated and released at Si. Francis hospital . . . Army Corps of Engineers today recommended a $83,609,700 program for improving the Big Muddy River, making a 103 mile long lake extending from Rend Lake Dam confluence with the Mississippi River at Grand Tower. A recommendation is construction of 71 reservoirs, 30 proposed in Jefferson county. 29—Two men plunged to theli death Monday afternoon from i coal storage tower they were building for the Freeman Coal Co. near Waltonville. A third man. Jack Kiselewski, w a s "miraculously" saved . . . Julio Nixon, daughter of Presidential Candidate Richard Nixon, and her finance, David Eisenhower, grandson of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, flew to Mt. Vernon today and went Dy enr to Centralia to join the campaign special train. 30—Charming Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower almost stole the show when the GOP "Victory Train" paused in Mt. Vernon yesterday . . . Fire completely destroyed a storage building owned by the Endicott Furniture of WootUawn yesterday afternoon. The building was stocked with new bedroom suites, mattresses and springs. An estimate of the value of the destroyed furniture was n o t available. NOVEMBER 1968 1—Hints that Illinois is on the verge of acquiring the largest single private industrial development in its history continued to circulate today. The Humble Oil and Refining indicated the company is actively seeking opportunities to enter the coal business in Illinois. 2—The First National Bank and Trust Company today began to move into its new seven-story building, that has been named the "Golden Nuggett." The new First National, sheathed with gold-colored glass which reflects the sky, was constructed at a cost of $2 million. The board of directors hold their first official meeting Friday in the new building. 4—Three Mississippi residents were fatally injured Sunday in a two-car accident at 12:55 p.m. on Route 37 one-half mile south of the Kell road. 5—City council will decide November 18 on the annexation of the Summersvilie area. A bitter verbal battle erupted at city hall last night over proposed annexation of the area to the city of Mt. Vernon . . . Mt. Vernon councilmen last night: changed the city's law so restaurants can be licensed to sell beer and liquor ... A nine-year- old fire truck, which cost $70,000 when it was new, will be delivered to Mt. Vernon this Thursday for only $350. The Civil Defense is purchasing the equipment from the government surplus for the nominal sum . . . Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county will celebrate their 150th birthdays together next year in one big celebration. Plans for the sesquicentennial observance were revealed at last night's city council meeting. 6—Jefferson county voted Republican yesterday, like Illinois and the nation. Richard M. Nixon carried the county for President, Everett M. Dirksen for U. S. Senator and R i c h a r u Ogilive for Governor . . . Racketed to Jefferson county offices were Republican J e r r y Gott, circuit clerk, State's Attorney, Frank Walker and Democrat John Richardson, Coroner . . . Jefferson County gave Congressman Kenneth Gray a plurality of more than 2,000 votes as he was re-elected in this district for his eighth term . . . Elected to State Representatives from this district were incumbent Ben Blades, R., of Fairfield; Harold Stedelin, D., oi Centralia, the incumbents and the newcomer, Richard Hart, D., of Benton . . . Jim McLaughlin of Mt. Vernon w a s reelected clerk of the Fifth District Appellate Court for his third six-year term . . . William G. Eovaldi, a Bento;: Republican was elected judge of the second judicial court, ot which Jefferson county is a part . . . Wayne County voters went solid Republican yesterday from the national candidate to the local candidates. James Wilson was elected circuit clerk, Joe Harrison was elected State's Attorney and Ray Owens fas elected Cdronor . . . Hamilton County elected tiiree Democrats to county office yesterday. Elected were M. L. Hunt, Circuit Clerk; Elmo Wilson, Coroner; Frank Boman. State's. Attorney . . . Jefferson County overwhelmed two tax measurers in yesterday's election. A 1350,000 tax bond issue to repair the court house was defeated by a 3-to-l margin. A proposed tax supported County Health was defeated by a margin of almost 2-to-l . . . Beloved Physician, Dr. Harry Goff Thompson died yesterday at 5:25 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Harry resided at 324 South 12th street, and for over three-decades he hail been a physician and good friend to many Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county residents. 8—The village of Ina expert* to have its own fire truck and sub-station in the near future. The truck has been obtained from the .S. Government surplus property. Ina is a part of the Jefferson Fire Protection District, which has a fire station in Mt. Vernon. 9- "Karlii tremors jarred the midwest today. Frightened people all over the Ml. Vernon area ran into the street in a 40 degree weather when an earth tremor shook buildings for about ten seconds shortly after 11:00 a. m. today. There were no injuries reported in the area. The Mt. Vernon Register-News oi- fice building swayed for several seconds, office and production employees ran into the street. Only light damage was reported in the area . . . The first snow of the season fell in Mt. Vernon this morning. The temperature dipped to 32 degrees, tht freezing point, last night and was still freezing at 7:00 a.m. this morning. 12—John F. Jones, 55, of Herrin was killed Monday when tne car he was riding in hit a tree off Blinois 37, about IV* miles north of Dix . . , Saturday's earthquake, which shook Illinois from Cairo to Chicago caused extensive damage at McLeansboro, but only light damage in the Mt. Vemon area. The court house in Hamilton county, the First United Methodist church and a number of residential homes were damaged. 14—Tiic Appellate Court today affiiTncd the conviction of Lendell D. Gersbacher of Mt. Vernon on charges of raping and attempting to kill a young housewife in December or 1U66. Gersbacher, 32, who was sentenced to from seven to .14 years m prison last January 17, has been free on bond pending the appeal . . . Several residents from the West Salem school district attended the District aO school board meeting last night to voice a protest to the proposed plans not to equip the new J. L. Buford school kitchen for preparation of food for the hot lunch program . . . Major Gen. R. G. MacDonnell, division engineer for the Lower Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers went on an inspection tour today of tlie entire Rend Lake complex. A spokesman from the Rend Lake Conservancy District Office in Benton said today that work on all phases of thu Rend Lake project is progressing well . . . According to the spokesman work is well along on the inter-city water system which will include a treatment plant, and booster station and 125 miles of water distribution lines. Completion is planned for mid-1970. At least 95 per cent of the pipe for the water system is in the ground. 15—Times Square Investment Corporation has contracted to purchase 181 lotes in western Mt. Vernon for development of a major residential area southeast of a planned 50-acre shopping center. The contract i^ with Earl D. Jamison. The consideration was not revealed. 16—Construction will begin in the next ten days of five new $19,000-lo-$25,000 homes in We3t Mt. Vernon. The first in a large residential development planned by Times Square Investment Corporation . . . Tlie Superior Oil Company has completed a successful deep well in the Boyd field, Jefferson county. The Trenton lime pay zone was discovered in Boyd field in 1967. This is the second Trenton well in the field. IS—Mrs. Wiima SteUe. wife of the former Illinois Governor John Stelle, died Sunday in Shelbyville, 111. She had been living in Brazil, Ind. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro . . . The First National Bank opened for business at 9:30 a.m. this morning at tlie new location at Tenth and Broadway. Mt. Vernon's new "Golden Nuggett" is the biggest building in town, arid every inch of it is beautiful. Visitors could see at a glance how the towering edifice got its. nickname. As they approached the Tenth and Broadway corner tire laminated gold glass exterior walls looked like a giant mirror, reflecting the sky. 19—Eleven C. & E. I. railroad cars dei'ailed about 7;0o p.m. Monday in Mt. Vernon approximately three-quarters of a mile north of Main street . . . The derailment tore up a quarter mile of track. Mt. Vemon Rural Fire Chief Coy Reed said three of the cars contained flammable chemicals . . . The Mt. Vernon high school has bought (Ootinued on Next Pago)

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