Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 2, 1969 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Thursday, January 2, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 89 low 8. • Wednesday high 25 low 11 [^Rainfall Tuesday .75 [7:00 a.m. today 15 Downtown noon today 40 MEMBER AUDI" 1 " BUREAM OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois: partly cloudy tonight. Chance of rain or snow beginning tonight and continuing into Friday. The low tonight 24 to 34. Turning colder on Friday with the high in the 30s. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 79 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1965) 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c KILLS WIFE ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-ELECT RELAXES — Richard B. Ogilvle (R), Illinois Republican governor-elect, and his wife, Dorothy, are relaxing at a Tucson ranch. Wrangler E. F. Austin (Li) tells them about ranching in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains Just east of Tucson. (AP Wirephoto) Recommended Over 2-Year Period 20 PER CENT WATER RATE CUT IN MT. V.? Helping Motorist Sims Man Is Killed In Accident Ogie Rutherford, 52, of Sims, was fatally injured at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in an unusual accident while he was helping a motorist. > Mr. Rutherford, who operated the DX service station at the Sims crossroad oh state route 15, had closed the station and gone to his nearby home. A car driven by Joe Milner, 72, of Near Johnsonville, got into ditch on the Sims road and he went to the Rutherford home and asked for help. Mr. Rutherford used his pickup truck to pull the Milner car out of the ditch. The tragic accident, in which Mr, Rutherford was apparently run over by one of the vehicles, occurred after the car was pulled out of the ditch. Deputy Coroner Jim Colbert of Fairfield said that exact details of the accident will not be known until an inquest is held. No date had been set toddy for the inquest. Funeral services tor Mr. Rutherford will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Ciiapel in Wayne City and burial will be in the Thomason cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Richardson Chapel, where friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Friday. • •-Mr. Rutherford was born October 12, 1915 in Wayne county, the son of Orlie and Flora (Brewer) Rutherford. „On February 2, 1943 he was married to Daisy Desch, who survives. • -Also surviving are one son, Terry, who is serving with the U,;;S. Army in Vietnam; two daughters, Patty • Ann Boyd of Fairfield and Eva June Rutherford of Washington, D.C; one sister, Audrey Griffith of Lockport, HI-1 and five grandchildren. The Mt. Vernon Utility Commission is expected to recommend to the city council tonight that water rates be reduced 20 r-er cent over the next two y^-ars. The proposed water reduction rates would begin with a 10 per cent decrease beginning May 1 of this year, followed •by another 10 per cent d e- crease in May of 1970. City Manager Chester Lewis pointed out that estimated water receipts for 1968-69 would be higher than those during the past six years, justifying the reduction. Lewis noted several reasons for the increased revenue: (1) In the past two years, 200 new customers were added to the system. Although a major share was residential, there was an expansion of commercial activity which continues. (2) The reduced summer rate, which had been in effect during previous years, was not used is 1968, resulting in about a $10,000 per month increase in revenue and (3) New service charges applied against a new customer requesting water service resulted in about a $12,000 gain. The water department had a surplus of $43,714.12 during 1067-68 . Lewis said the rate reduction would probably eliminate nearly all of the surplus. Estimated water revenue for 1967-68 was set at $523,179.12. Expenditures were set at $415,715. Another $13,750 was set aside to retire Airport Industrial Pork bonds, while another $50,000 was tabbed for capital expenditures for the expansion of the system, emergencies and capital equipment structures. At present, the city has 6,451 water users. The largest percentage of water users are in the 200.1-50,000 gallon bracket, which produces 68.5 per cent of the revenue. According to figures compiled by Lewis, a single residential customer uses an average of $6 per month water, or $72 annually. 3 Yanks Freed CASUALTY LIST DOWN IN VIETNAM SAIGON (AP) — The year 1968 ended with the lowest weekly American death toll since the bombing of North Vietnam ended, the U.S. Command reported today. But the number of South Vietnamese dead was the highest in three months, indicating an increasing part' in the war by the Saigon government's troops. The reported toll of enemy dead was as usual, above 2,000 and five times the allied total. Communiques today reflected the recent changed nature of the war-—small, widely scattered ground actions, the uncovering of more enemy supply dumps, and the shelling of allied posts coupled with enemy hit-and-run attacks. The death of 113 American servicemen Christmas week was the lowest in 10 weeks. South Vietnamese losses in the •same week were 279 dead', the highest hi 13 weeks, while 2,135 Viet Cong fchd North Vietnamese were reported killed. The casualty report covered the Christmas truce period, and the figures indicat&I the cease­ fire was only norhinally observed. The cease-fire declared by the Viet Cong command for New Year's ended early toaky, and shortly after- two Afeerican bases-and one South ViefiS&iaese post were sheltedi No significant ground action was reported, although Amerir can and South Vietnamese troops were patrolling up and down the country. North Vietnam claimed its gunners in Ha Bac Province brought down a pilotless U.S. reconnaissance plane today. The U.S. Command does not comment on the activities of pi­ lotless planes over the North. Since the U.S. and South Vietnamese commands did not declare a New Year's truce this year, there was no question of any violations. A U.S. spokesman said the war "went on at about the same level—it wasn't as bad as it has been and it wasnt' as good as it could be." The Viet Cong cease-fire ended at 1 a.m. Saigon time—about the time millions of Americans weer turning on television sets to watch the annual bowl games. — Within a few minutes about 10 enemy shells burst on the U.S. Marine airfield at Marble Mountain, near Da'Nang. A few hours later an artillery 'base of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division 60 THROUGH THE GATE goes the 81-foot-long second stage for the Apollo 10 Saturn V space vehicle. The st.itje was barged through the Kennedy Space Center's Banana River Bridge en route to the Launch Com pic?:."!) r.ts --—i !, y area Continued On Page 2 CoL 6> By Greek Gunman Onassis Airliner Hijacked CAIRO (AP) — An Olympic Airways DC6 plane landed at Cairo airport today after being hijacked by a lone Greek gunman following takeoff from Crete for Athens, Egyptian officials said. Airport authorities said the pilot; told them, the hijacker fired a warning shot over the airman's hi^d through the cockpit window wh«% he tried to contact Athens airpoisfc. Officials gave this account: The hijacker burst into the cockpit soon after takeoff and told the pilot to fly south to Egypt.. When, the, pilot tried, to. warn Athens airport, the gun- riian fired the warning shot. The hijacker was taken into custody and the plane's 97 passengers and 5 crew members were provided accommodations by Egyptian authorities until they, return. Officials said the passenger list included 27 women and 7 children. Officials did not immediately identify the hijacker, tout Cairo radio said he was George Lamo- retz, 29, who had been sentenced to a year's imprisonment lor opposing the Greek military regime in 1967. The hijacker was taken into custody. The passengers were served sandwiches while the ir.vetigation went on. Ioannis Georgakis, chairman of the airline, took a Boeing 707 pet to Cairo to bring the passengers back to Athens. The airline is owned by Aristotle Onassis, who interrupted a New Year's holiday with his wife, the former Jacqueline Kennedy, and her children on the island of Skorpios to fly to Athens. DILLIES THAT GUY'S TWICE AS BRIGHT AS YOU ARE . More Driver Tests, Age 18 Minimum Illinois Driver License Lows Changed SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP( — Extensive changes in the Illinois drivers license law, including reexamination of motorists every nine years, sro in effect today. Because of the huge undertaking, the reexamination program will proceed slowly and in; the first stages will apply chiefly to drivers with previous revocations or suspensions and convictions for traffic violations. Secretary of State Paul Powell estimates that everyone who falls in this poor driver category will be examined within three to four years. Only one-ninth of licensed drivers will be called for new tests each year. Drivers who rccclvse renewal notices without instriAtions to take the exam- -o- -o- -0- ination may submit their applications and' their licenses will be renewed. When an examination is given it will include a vision test, written test on traffic laws and in some cases the driving test, Powell said. Many of the new licensing provisions deal with young drivers. The minimum age to qualify for a driving permit is raised from 16 to 18 years. Persons 16 and 17 still may obtain a license if they have passed an approved driver education course. An application by a person under 21, unless he is married, nuat be accompanied by written consent of a parent or guardian, The license can be revoked if a parent or guardian later| withdraws consent for the under 21 driver. When a driver is under 18, he is subject to curfew laws and the license can be revoked for violations. Additional provisions of the newly effective law Include: —A permit to operate a passenger car will not allow the the holder to operate a motorcycle. A special license is re- required for motorcyclists. —The driver license fee, formerly $5, is to $8. Four dollars of the increase is allocated to the driver education fund. Fee for a duplicate or corrected license is raised from $1 to $3. —The secertary of state is required to suspend a driver (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) County Waiting For First Baby Of New Year Jefferson county is still waiting for its first baby of the new year. The first arrival of 1969 will be showered with an array of gifts from local merchants. Neither Jefferson Memorial nor the Good Samaritan Hospital today reported any expectant mothers in the hospital. One child, a daughter, was born to Mr. asd Mrs. Dale Nunnery of Belleville at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. Since that time, the siork has been idle. The rules for the "First Baby" contest are as follows: (1) The child's parents must be residents of Jefferson county •ind (2) the child must be born in Jefferson county. Several organizations in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county will present gifts to the first baby born in 1969. Mother And 3 Children Burn May Boost Nixon Salary WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Nixon may be voted a hefty pay raise before he takes office on Jan. 20. So may Vice President-elect Spiro T. Agnew and the speaker of the House. Congressional leaders have agreed informally to start legislative action on the raises next Monday, with the House actong first and the Senate ready to approve quickly. To be effective for the four- year term to which Nixon was elected, anx change in his salary must be voted before he takes office. A special commission that studied' federal pay scales recently recommended to Prertr dent Johnson that the pay of top executives, judges and members of Congress be substantiial- ly increased. The commisson had no jurisdiction over the pay of the presdent, the vice president, and the speaker but sad those salaries also should be adjusted'. The pi'esent plan is to raise the pay of the president, starting Jan. 20, from $100,000 to $150,000 a year, along with an increase in official expense allowances. The salary of the president has not been raised snce 1949. The 81st Congress boosted from $75,000 to $100,000 the pay of Harry S. Truman before he took the oath for a four-year term to which he had been elected in November 1948. Prior to that, the salary had been $75,000 since 1909. reached no agreement on how much, if any, their own and other salaries should be raised. The special commission suggested a hike from the present $30,000 to $50,000. The commission recommendations have not been sent to Congress by Pres­ dent Johnson, who has until Jan. 18 to approve, disapprove or revise them. Whatever the President recommends would become effective 30 days later unless vetoed by ether branch of Congress. Actor Barton MacLane Dead SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Barton MacLane, 66, veteran character actor who had played the "bad guy' in more than 150 movies and numerous television shows, died Wednesday of double pneumonia. During his 33- year acting acreer he appeared in such films as "Treasure of Sierra Madre" and "San Quentin." Attack Arab Positions ISRAELI HELICOPTERS, PLANES CROSS JORDAN New Owner In Charge At Pulley Funeral Home By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLES E. HUGHEY Charles E. Hughey assumed ownership and active management of the Pulley Funeral Home here yesterday. He announced that he has purchased the funeral home, at 1314 Main street, from Mrs. Ruth Pulley and Mrs. Lorraine Gutz- Ier. He will be assisted by his wife, Susan, in operation of the funeral home. Hughey, a graduate of Mt. Vernon high school with the class of 1959, attended Mt. Vernn Community College one year. In 1961 he graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, at Louisville. The new owners announced that the business will continue to operate under the name Pulley Funeral Home for the present. Mr. and Mrs. Hughey have moved to Mt. Vernon from Marion, where he was embahner and funeral director for the James R. Wilson Funeral Home. Previously Hughey served as embalmer and funeral director for the Pulley Funeral Home here. Hughey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. 0. Hughey of Bonnie. Mrs. Hughey, the former Susan Knapp, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Knapp of Marion. Mr. Knapp operates Knapp's Flowers there. Israeli warplanes attacked Arab positions in Jordan today to silence guns which had 1 fired on an army patrol, an Israeli army spokesman reported. The spokesman said the planes roared in low over the Jordan River near Beit Yosef, 10 miles south of the Sea of Galilee. No further details of the attack were available immediately. The army also said it inter cepted and drove back a band oE saboteurs who had crossed from Jordan, into Israel near Massa- da, just south of Galilee Wednesday night. The spokesman said Israeli troops found an assault rifle and a bag of antipersonnel mines in a search of the area. Jordan reported earlier that armed Israeli helicopters struck at Jordanian forces in the southern desert Wednesday and that a Jordanian soldier was killed. There was no admission of the attack from the Israelis, but the same area along the Jordanian- Israeli frontier was the scene of an Israeli helicopter attack Tuesday in which three Jordanian security police were killed. A Jordanian spokesman in Amman said that on Wednesday five Israel helicopters crossed the frontier with a jet fighter escort and machine-gunned Jorda- nans near the frontier village of Gharandal, 40 miles north of the port of Aqaba. In addition to the soldier killed 1 , two civilians were wounded in the attack, the spokesman said. The attack was reported less than 12 hours after the U.N. Security Council condemned Israel for the commando raid Saturday in which 13 Lebanese commercial aircraft were destroyed at Beirut's International Airport. Insurance Rates Soar Because of the Beirut airport attack, London underwriters announced a 500 per cent increase in war risk insurance rates for goods shipped to or from Israel and half a dozen of her Arab neighbors. For example, $240 worth of coverage will cost 90 cents instead of 18. The spokesman also said insurance costs will double for cargoes outside the Middle East if they are shipped aboard vessels owned by or sailing under the flag of Israel or any of the six Arab nations. PITTSBURG, 111. (AP) — A mother and her three-year-old son perished in a tire that consumed the home ot Paul Alsip, .27, early today southeast of Pittsburg, a Williamson County community of 485. Alsip, who suffered burns in the fire which prevented him from returning to attempt to rescue his family : was in fair condition in a Marion hospital. Coroner Jim Wilson reported that Pauline Alsip, 23, and her child were believed dead in the fire. 1, Transplant Plans Visit To U.S. Blaiberg Celebrates Heart Anniversary Berserk Gunman N.Y. TOWN IN PANIC; 5 WOUNDED WESTERNVTLLE, N.Y. (AP) - Ralph MacLachlan, a meat ! cutter who. shot and killed his ! estranged wife and three other ' persons in a Wednesday night rampage, put a bullet through his head today as officers closed in, police reported. Mrs. MacLachlan, 33, was shot as she and members of her family sat in their home in this central New York village. Her sister, Mrs. Jane Turke Ringrose, 35, and Mrs. Ringrose's 12-year-old daughter, Barbara, were killed at the same time. The other four occupants of the house were wounded before MacLachlan left. Police said he then ran to the next-door home of Mrs. James Pepper, apparently to try to get the Pepper automobile. Mrs. Pepper's 10-year-old son, James Jr., was fatally wounded. Mrs. Pepper was critically wounded, as were three other persons. Mrs. Pepper was shot in the head and spine. Two other of her children saved their lives by hiding in a closet. MacLachlan, officers said, stole a jeep from a service station and began a flight into the rough country of the Adirondack mountains that sit just above Wosternville. Early today the blue jeep was spotted by state troopers Dominick DePaola Jr., and Thomas Buck and they gave chase. MacLachlan fired three shots through the windshield of the troopers' automobile, then retreated inside a tractor sales house in the hamlet of Remsen, 10 miles east of Westemville. DePaola and Buck were reinforced and volleys of shots were exchanged before MacLachlan shot himself to death. No motive was established lmmediotely, but officers said MacLachlan and his wife had been separated for about two weeks. MacLachlan, 37, was* 6-foot-2 outdoorsman. worked in Oneida, N.Y. An alert went out for his arrest shortly after the shootings, which happened after 10 p.m. A young girl called Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy James Campbell at 10:24 p.m. Wednesday and screamed: "Three people have been shot and I'm going to be shot next." Campbell said: "I don't know what happened. She let out a scream and that was the last I heard." Five Wounded Mrs. Pepper and the othei" wounded were taken to Rome- Murphy Memorial Hospital. Cynthia Ringrose, 11, Robert Ringrose, 36, and Perry Turke, 68, also were in critical condition. Turke's 62-year-old wife, like the rest of the injured, was shot more than once. She, however, was not listed as critical. The Turkes, the Peppers and' the MacLachlans lived side by side in the rolling, snowy hills of Westernville, their homes separated by small fields. The officers involved in the Walter Huffstutler Register-News Veteran Retires NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Philip Blaiberg, celebrating the first anniversary of his heart transplant; said by transatlantic telephone >'today that he will visit the United States in March or April. He would have come sooner, ranged by Stein and Day, pub- lifters of his book "Look' at $ Heart." sol Stein, preside' f t " the firm, said Blaiberg expects to come to New York at the end of March or the beginning of April. Stein also announced that he said, but for the cold weather ; B i a iberg has established a trust and the Hong Kong flu. ' fund for Dorothy and Muriel "All I'd need now is to get pneumonia," Blaiberg jokingly told newsmen in New York. The retired dentist, the world's longest surviving heart transplant patient, said his anniversary was "a lovely, sunny day" in, Cape Town, South Africa, so "we went to the beach and 1 had a lovely swim." The telephone call was ar- Haupt, widow and mother of Clive Haupt, donor of his new heart. Asked what he looked forward to in the United 1 States, Blaiberg said: "Like a schoolboy, I'd like to see the Empire State Building." "I've never felt better in my (Continued On Page 2 Walter Huffstutler, 65, former head pressman, retired today after 43 years of service with The Register- News. Mr. Huffstutler and his wife, C • , resale at 1322 S. 13th bireet. He expects to keep busy with the many shop tools he has been aceumulatng as a hobby and. he and hs wife also enjoy motoring. Mr. Huffstutler joined The Register-News staff in 1925, working in the stereotype foundry. He came to the newspaper from the Mt. Vemon Car shops. A native of the Delafield neighborhood in Hamilton county, he is a graduate of McLeansbc- ro high school. Before coming to Mt. Vernon he was in business for himself at Delafield, operating a cream buying station. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Setzekorn To Act As Interim City Manager The city council is expected to ask City Engineer Kenneth Setzekorn tonight to serve as interim city manager of Mt. Vernon. Setzekorn, long time engineer for the city, would serve until a full- time city manager is employed . The council will hold its first meeting of the new year at 7:30 p.m., an informal session preceding the regular meeting next Monday night. Councilmen have indicated they will begin the search soon for a new city manager, to succeed Chester Lewis. Lewis who has resigned effective January 15, has joined the staff at First National Bank and Trust company, as vice president in charge of new business and industry. Normally it takes a period of several weeks to employ a city manager. Applications are expected to be sought soon but it could be after the city election in April before a manager is hired!

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