Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 31, 1968 · Page 8
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8— A THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON. ILLINOIS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1988 Mt. Vernon Highlights Continued Continued From Preceding Page) the first piece of property in an 18-acre urban renewal area south of the high school campus. The property of Mr. and Mrs. Ceaton Bullock. 405 south Sixth street, was purchased for a prcet. of $4,400 . . . Proposed annexation of a big Summersville area was still up in the air today, after another bitter fuss at M:, Vernon city hall last night. Tlie council put off a final decision for two more weeks, tabling a motion to annex the area uniil December 2 meeting. 20—A $l,000-a-year liquor license was issued at city hail yesterday to Bernie Kelley, operator of NuBowi Lanes, 17th and George street The license was issued under the new dram shop classfication adopted by the city council this month . . . Members of the Rend Lake College board, at a meeting at the Bonnie campus Tuesday night, approved the purchase of the Byford Jones property on which the new college campus will be constructed. The purchase price of the 351 acre site was 5242,500 less option money that had been previously paid ... A truck driver escaped injury early last night when a train crashed into a big truck-tailer at the C. and E. I.. Railroad crossing on U. S. Route 460 at the southeast edge of town ... An unusual and beneficial result ol the November 9 earthquake was reported today by National Association Petroleum. Two small oil wells in the Cartter field, in Marion county, have doubled production. 21—The Mt. Vernon Appellate Court today reversed a Wayne County Circuit Court perjury conviction of Charles "Black Charlie" Harris of Fairfield. Harris was sentenced to 7 to 12 years for perjury concurrently with a 60 to 75 year sentence for murder and arson. Harris was convicted in the 1964 slaying of a former girlfriend and a man in Wayne County. 23—Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pressgroves and little son, Johr. Edward escaped from their trailer home at 1:00 o'clock this morning, moments before it burst into a mass of flames, which destroyed the trailer . . . Rep. Ben Blades of Fairfield scored a net gain of two votes over Rep. James Eatherly of Galatia in a discovery recount of four Jefferson county precincts yesterday . . . Thieves ransacked a parked campei trailer in Jefferson county while the owners were hunting in Hamilton county. Dr. Carl Roberts and Don Garner, both of Wheaton, 111., told officers that the thieves took a quantity of hunting equipment and food. 25—General Russell L. Maxwell, 77, a native of Oakdale, 111., died at his home Sunday. He was a leading Army strategist on industrial warfare during World War II . . . Two Jefferson county children were killed in separate accidents over the weekend. Jefferson county coroner John Richardson identified the accident victims as Theresa Darlene Marlow, 8, of Bluford, who died at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, when a load of freshly loaded harvested corn was dumped on top of her as she played in a corn bin . . . Don Michael Clarke, 15, of Route 2, Ina, was dead on arrival at Good Samaritan Hospital, "when a house, which the father and other relatives were in the process of removing, collapsed and pinned the youth under- overall are five Crops Lakes to cost $55,320,000, sixty-six smaller soil conservation reservoirs to cost $18,645,100. over 1.000 miles of main and sub- lateral charmed improvement to cost S9.644.100. and land treatment measures to cost $21,306,400. 29—Charles Shelby W aid, president of Nelson Concrete Culvert Company, and one of Mt. Vernon's best known businessmen died at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning at Good Samaritan Hospital . . . Rend Lake College officials expressed hope today that contracts can be awarded in two weeks for construction of the new ioile^c on the campus south of Ina. Bids for first-phase construction of the college, opened with the apparent' low bidders, Lipps Construction Company, Mt. Vernon, general contractor, and H. and H. Plumbing Co. of Mt. Vernon, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning also plumbing and sewering. 30—-Fire at 8:20 last night caused heavy damage to the B and B Grocery store at 407 south 27th street. Damage estimated at between $4,000 and $7,0000 ... An argument ovei a quarter at a Mt. Vernon tavern late yesterday ended in gunfire, which sent one man to the hospital and another to jail . . . Rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital was Richard Spearman, 33. of 10i0 Jones and lodged in jail after admitting he fired two shots it. Spearman, was George Henry Hale, 59, of 717 Herbert Street. December • 1968 2. Robert Filberth, a Mt. Vernon soldier who was wounded twice in Vietnam arrived home on leave today. , 3. The Mt. Vernon high school board last night approved the purchase of nine more properties south of the Campus, for a total of $26,150. . . An old brick building at Harrison street anc : Johnson Alley, the former Roth Dairy, was wrecked yesterday. 4. The Mt. Vernon Truck and Body Company 2222 south 10th has broken ground for construction of a 48 x 200 foot building, for expansion. .. . Basil Moore of Marshall, HI., was last night's guest speaker when the Jefferson County Historical Society ended a year long observance of the 150th anniversary of Illinois statehood. He spoke about "The Illinois Years" in Lincoln's life. . . 5. Flashing signals will be installed at the Southern crossings at Harrison street and Casey Avenue, with the state paying the entire cost of $39,400. The crossings at Park Avenue and North street win remain open. The Southern crossings at Maple street and Opdyke Avenue will be barricaded! and closed. . . Rev. Donald R. Crocker, former minister of the First United Methodist church in ML Vernon has become a member of the Florida conference of the UM church at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 6. The new M. J. Mitchell Hall Sisters' residence chapel at Good Samaritan will be dedicated in a ceremony at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8. 7. The wreckers will take over two downtown Mt. Vernon buildings next Monday morning. The Old First National Bank at Tenth and Main and the old post office at 11th and Main. After the demolition the areas will be paved for off- street and employees pledged to give $9,203 to Good S-.-.maritan Expansion fund. . . I" mp H. Rodgers of Tcrre Hajute. Ind., a former resident of Mt. Vernon has purchased the Mug Drive-In, 1109 Salem Road. Kathryn McKay, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McKay was bom at 12:12 on 12th day of 12th month, in Good Samaritan. 14. Mt. Vernon's new seven- story First National Bank and Trust Company was hailed yesterday as a symbol of the rebirth of prosperity in this community and all southern Illinois. Governor - elect Richard B. Ogilvie and' Lieutenant Governor - elect Paul Simons appeared on a program dedicating the new First National Bank and Trust Company, Saturday. 16. Guy A. Wood died at 2:10 p.m. yesterday at Good Samaritan .. . At the time of his death he was chairman of the board of King City Federal Savings and Loan Association, an institution he had headed for the past 46 years. 17. The Mt. Vernon city council last night turned down annexation of a big Summersville area by a vote of 3 "yes" and "2" no. Annexation requires a 4-to-l vote of the council. . . A site proposed for 50 units of public housing for elderly people in Mt. Vernon has been ruled acceptable by the federal government. The site is three acres west of Shawnee street, between Jefferson Mem orial Hospital and the Park Plaza Shopping Center. . . In a regular monthly session last night the Mt. Vernon High school board approved the purchase of seven additional parcels of pro- perry in the four- block area south of the high school. . . Chester Lewis resigned suddenly last night as Mt. Vernon City's manager. 18. James R. McLaughlin, 65, idied at 10:45 this morning at 'Good Samaritan Hospital, 15 days after he was sworn in to begin his third six- year- term as clerk of the Appellate Court here. . . The Mt. Vernon Jaycees held their annual "Christmas Shopping Tour" for under- priviledged children T uesday evening. . . A 20-by-10 foot replica of the front page of the Register- News proudly proclaims the recent arrival of Clay Hoskin's grandcaughter, Elizabeth Ann Duncan, daughter of Richard and Betty Jean iHos- kins) Duncan of RFD, Centralia. . . . Kenneth Bayer's annual outdoor Christmas party for the children of the Mt. Vernon area parking, according to officials .1 K^L^Jf J^S**!' T of th« vircf M Q t)^ a i T>=~t, —A dav accepted two $1,000 checks i ,..th of Eldorado h.-we been under investigation by Jefferson county authorities for burglaries committed recently in Jefferson county. . . . The East Side Lumber Company, 406 East Main Street, broke ground Monday for an expansion program on Old Fairfield Road. President William T. Edmisor told Chamber of Commerce that this 31- years old firm would be relocated by April 1, 1969, and in addition announced plans for the construction of 25 new horn es during 1969 in the Summersville area. 23. Chester Lewis, who resigned as Mt. Vernon's city manager last week, will join the staff of First National Bank and Trust Company on January 15. 24. Four Alt. Vernon men yesterday secured controlling stock in the Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company through acquisition of Atlas Management Corp. and Lincohj Heritage Life Insurance Agency, the holding companies that own the insurance company. The new owners are Edward E. Curtis , president of the First National Bank and Trust Company, Neil Smith vice- president and Trust officer ci the bank, M. J. Milchell and Dr. R. A. Alexander, bank directors. . . The insurance company will move to the fifth Iloor of the new bank building . . . Mi's. Byford Jones of Ina won the Christmas lighting contest for rural area contestants. 26. Contracts totaling $39,982 tor renovation and repair of the interior of 'he Appellate Court building in Mt. Vernon, have been awarded. . . . Mr. and Mrs. 0. E. Stimson, 909 South 23ro 'treet, won the Mt. Vernon Christmas lighting contest. . . Doran Kernodle, 61, a former Ml. Vernon pharmacist, was found dead late this morning in his room at the Thompson Hotel, 317 south 10th street. . People of the Bonnie - Ina area will vole January 11 on proposals to provide funds for a proposed new $420,000 grade school. 27. James Eatherly of Gala- j tia, defeated candidate for state legislature in this district, yesterday petitioned for a recount of all the ballots in the seven counties of 58th district. . . Postal rates for newspapers, will be increased January 1. . . . Fire uestroyed the home of Liilie Dobbs at 1300 north Tenth street, about midnight last night. 30. Walter T. "Buck" Simmons of Venice, Ml., Democra- Sd ^. h Dle ^r°V- m : ^ Cha ™ « — Fred Welsh, plant superintendent of the International Shoe- Company, today announced the retirement of Charles F. ORourke, assistant superintendent of the Mt. Vernon plant and C. Vic Grant, factory foreman ty. is the new Appellate Court clerk in Mt. Vernon. He succeeds the late James R. McLaughlin of Mt. Vernon, who died December 18, only 15 days after lie was sworn in to bejjin his third six- year term as clerk -rheRe ^ak7Goteio7rd';?' fl«hdlsttirt _Appellate Tuesday night authorized Ger- \^ n - • , J he ™ mc "? a L f es _ Tt„;„ k -. D „.„u tax has become the biggest m- man instructor Heintz Boech- mann and French instructor' come producer for the City of Mrs. Carolann DeSelms to pro- Mt - ^rnon An example is the ceed with plans for a summer, month nf &*Pternoer, for-which European tour for college ere-! thc . cl * re .f lvea *3<U26-U cUt. The two instructors last i maintaining its second placw night outlined tentative plans | m «i ail sales m southern for the European trip. . . Ap- i Illmois - • J he congregations proximately 25 students and fa-! of tvvo churches voted yesterday culty are planning the trip! t° ™^ heginrung January 1. which would begin June 15. I Tl1 '- merger will be of the West 19. Dahlgren and an area sur- \ *» )om United Methodist church rounding it was annexed this week into the Rend Lake Conservancy District. . . Dahlgren plans to build its own water distribution system, at an estimated cost of $220,000. on Ashley Road, and the Trinity United Mclhodist church, formerly United Brethren, at 17th and Casey. . . The lineup for the 1969 Mt. Vernon city elec tion is complete with four can- E. M. Self, Jr., president of; dr1nt.es for mayor and six men the Jefferson County Memorial i seeking two positions in the city council. The candidates whose of the First National Bank and Trust Co. 9. Rev. and Mrs. Ross Partridge will leave Christmas mor- neath. The accident occurrer' i ning for the Middle East This at 11:15 p.m. at the family! unusual tour is the gift of the home about two miles south of j Brotherhood of the Pleasant Hill Nason .... Fire early today j Baptist Church, totally destroyed the four-room ; 10. The Jefferson county home of Mr. and Mrs. E d d i e J board of supervisors, in a rou-; I Brooks, about four and one- half miles southwest of Mt. Vernon on the Waltonville Road. The Brooks are reported to be betical order: For Mayor Woodrow Burnett. George Hri- denreich. Rolland Lewis and Jack Sullivan. For city council names will appear on the Feb- for the new hospital building j ruary primary ballot, in Alpha- fund. Marvin Powers, president of Security Bank and Trust Company presented a check in behalf of the bank; James Kaufman, commander of the Amen- men, Coy Flota, William B. Hol- can Legion Post 141 presented lenbach, J. R. Lamberson, Gale a check on behalf of the Post Martin. Paul Partridge and Her... A producing oil well in • mar Willis For city clerk, Paul mnrtM „ '* Hamilton County, drilled by C. i Hayes, the incumbent, who i* SuVt hou^VstSy fncre^| L - " rehm ° l ™ U Vein ° n ™»'. unnpp «*cd. For C.ty treasurer, PH^hP ^^r ^rShlin £f^r ione of four Pxt ensions to Mi- Mary Lou Eubanks, the incun-,- ed the salary of Public Defen- lnois oil fields m November. . bent unopposed. rier, Joe Frank Allen from $300; to $358.33. Louis E. McMa- Brehnis No. 1 Hollis, N 19 visiting in Shawneetown ... — -•' • • ~«"«> m^m.*- J k< .... ,, rfVJ11 „ Af i iniH^iiv nt th« Residents of the Dahlgren ar,,^ of Mt. Vernon was senten- £ f -J^Tb\S% £ voted overwhelmingly Saturda.* ced 10 foUr y c ' ars ^prison- rale ol ua ,MrrLls ptr aay ' A big crane, equipped, on'a ^itieTfr^rconv^cuZ ^ heavy shovel, started to. to annex to the Rend Lake Con- ment and f ! ned S10 - 000 Monday servancy District. The vote .a:™ | ™* ^cttoj. ^ u ^ 306 "yes" and only 13 "no. 26— Testifying at Carbondalr also ordered McMahan to serve bl< f K of ^ uUd J ngs „ on 016 ^ i tnA „ „, „ , „ • «ve years probation after com- Sldu ot ^ e MU Vern ° n pub ^ C today at a public hearing on ; 1(?tj ^'sentence. McMahan, squan; - The °T ned by proposed $104.9 million d* velopment of the Big Muddy River Basin, Mt. Vernon Mayor Joe Martin asked the U. S. Uie Security Bank and Trust 40. was convicted by a jury , .„,.,. in August Company, once housed Webbs I 11. Construction of a high qua- Bowk , Su * e - O'Brien's O f I ice jlity $150,000 road in the Sum- 1 ^P 1 *' Jan ? Studio -^ Am ~ Corps of Engineers to seriously jmersville area — to serve the> encun Tavern and AIoc.e-0-Day consider construction of t w o j Ml. Vernon Aiiport industrial Stort 'more big lakes in Jefferson | park -- will begin next spring,; Vernon Mcndenall ol Little County—Snow Lake northeast | it was announced today by Jack| Itouk ' Ark '* a immcr • Vlt - Ver- of Mt. Vernon and Pinnacle | Trotter, county highway super- ! non resident, received a two- Lake near Woodlawn. intendent. The road will be i year sentc 'nce for federal securi- There still Is no cure for the 27—Aviation history will be- about a mile and half long - ,ties violations and mail fraud, common cold, but some druex. made in Mt. Vernon the wet*-! starting at the Bi- State Ma- j with a Provision he will be eli- such as antMiifttomim* can <•»*« end of July 4, when the "Powdei (chinery corner on route 15, ex-!S ible for I ,arok ' in six montns - y ™ r di *'? mfor !- Vo " ,nn ward Puff Derby" will make AJI. j tending north on Liebengood to Vernon, a mandatory slop on the 23rd annual AH-Women Tran:- tinental Air Race. This year's race wiH start at San Diego, Calif., on July 4, 1969, and will terminate at Dulles International Airport, Washington, D. C, on July 7, 1969 . . . Not a dissenting voice was heard yesterday as Southern Illinois unanimously endorsed a plan to develop' the Big Muddy River Bas- 1 in Irom Jefferson County souU: to the Mississippi River. The plans call for building 71 lakes, including five large U, S. Corps of Engineers Jakes. One of the larger lakes would be built on Seyen Mile Creek, northeast of JMt, ' Vflrnon. Jjficluded In the Airport Road, and north on Sanson Drive to old Route 15. Nugget" the magnificent new $2 million seven -story home of the First National Bank and Trust Co., will be dedicated 1 at ceremonies at 3:00 p.m tomorrow in the bank's main lobby. . . . Jefferson county people paid more than four-and-a-quarter million dollars in taxes this year — and 62 per cent of it went to support and operate schools. . . Trinity Episcopal church has begun construction of a new parish hall adjacent to its present building at the corner of 11th and Harrison streets. 13. The Illinois Power Company He was also placed on five off a co,d bv keeping your re years probation sistance hie;h with a balanced 21. The metal tower of an die ' 1 . nCl « dl »S " jt ™ a " d j sufficient sleep — also by avoiding persons with' colds. Colds square came are sprea d by direct personal 12. Mt. Vernon's "Golden^ year-old building on the Mt \~--^^Z Colds A " ' Vernon public square came are spread ^ dlrcct Iia , mJ^ 3 ^-^! 1 ,-. 11 !m ° r f ur,g : contact thru talking, coughing, The tower toppled all in pieces an d sneezing. One sneeze can into the ruins of a two story spray thousands of infectious brick structure at Ninth and! droplet* which may float In the Main streets. It is one of four air more than an hour, buildings covering a half block othe north side of the public i square which is being demolish- j ed. i 22, Jefferson county authort-' tics have issued burglary warrants against two men currently being held in the Johnson county jail in Vienna. . . Jefferson county deputy sheriff Bill Hill said the two men, Leon Wheeler and Gary Gene McGill SOUTH SIDE DRUG STORE tew 700 Pork Plaza —Mf. Vernon Save now on sheets! 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