The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 10, 1961 · Page 1
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Tuesday, October 10, 1961
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ASSUME COMMAND — Almeda Sinclair (left), the new Franklin County treasurer, and Vcl- ma Powers, her deputy, are sworn in by Bruce Spears, county clerk, prior to taking over at noon today. Miss Sinclair, who served three years as deputy under Mrs. Roselyn Whirley, was elected in November. (Herald Photo) Side Employment Swipes Record Set OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 65 NO. 258 OTTAWA, KANSAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1961 7 CENTS 2 SECTIONS — 24 PAGES Ottawa Plants To Expand Sizeable expansions of the two garment plants in Ottawa were announced today. Mode O'Day announced it hopes to expand personnel by 40 per cent over the next six months while the Bruce Co. revealed plans for an immediate 10 per cent growth. Together the plants will offer additional jobs for more than 60 persons, mostly women, in the immediate future. Both announced they need experienced sewing machine operators and persons capable of taking train- ing courses on machines. I Howard Duncan, manager of the Mode O'Day plant located on the second floor of the Professional building, said his firm employs 100 persons now, needs to add 20 operators in the next 90 days and hopes to increase total employment to 140 within s i x months. He explained the expansion results from a recent sale of the Mode O'Day group to Founders, Inc., a firm with a number of stores across the nation. The par ent firm has increased merchan dising goals of its house dresses and is endeavoring to fill the needs of its stores through factories such as is located here. Average weekly payroll of the plant now is about $5,000, Duncan said, and with expansion this would be increased to nearly $7,000. Earl Guist, manager of the local Bruce Co. plant, a subsidiary of the H. D. Lee Co., said his plant now produces 100 dozen pairs of "Lee Riders" pants at the present time in addition to 60 dozen lined and unb'ned jack- ets. The local plant is also producing western-style Lee jackets at the rate of 30 dozen a day. It is hoped that this production of jackets can be doubled to meet the needs in the area west of the Mississippi. Guisl said his plant now employs 140 persons and hopes to boost this to 160 as soon as possible. In the past the firm has slowed production during November and December to handle inventory problems. However, no such slowdown is anticipated this year. "Demand is such now that w« plan to push production the year- round," Guist said today. Bruce now has an annual payroll of nearly $360,000 and hopes to expand this to about $400,000. The Bruce manager said that no building expansion is contemplated at this time but thaf "when we adci more employes we will be faced with a parking problem." The Bruce plant is located near 15th and Main. Both Bruce and Mode O'Day draw employes from Ottawa and Franklin, Anderson, Miami, Johnson and Osage Counties. TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—What happens when a determined man tangles with a determined squirrel? Why, the nuttiest things you ever heard. Cling Peterson has a pecan tree in his backyard and a female squirrel has picked it out as her personal supermarket. "I got a couple handsful of nuts off the tree so far this year," says Peterson, "but this squirrel's cleared a couple pounds already. "I'm willing to share the nuts with her. I'm willing to split on a 50-50 basis, but she wants to take all the pecans." To thwart the determined squirrel, the determined Peterson: Put a metal mesh wire barier on the pecan trees trunk.- Cut down an orange tree she was using for a launching pad. Trimmed back the plum tree she moved to after he cut down the orange tree. Fitted an old wash tub around the pecan tree's trunk. Wired up the branches so the squirrel can't leap up to them from the ground. "I ain't going to say I got her licked yet," he says. "She'll think about something new. But for the moment I got her checked." Bad Formula EL DORADO (AP) - A child plus auto ignition plus reverse gear equal damage to a duplex housing unit and two cars. An unidentified youngster in an automobile owned by R.W. Leedy of El Dorado turned on the ignition switch to listen to the car radio. The auto, which was in reverse gear, backed across the street, striking a car owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Reed. The Reed car was driven against the wall of the duplex, damaging an apartment occupied by the Reed family and an adjoining apartment occupied - by Mrs. Gene Willcut. Officers estimated damage to the building at several hundred dollars. Damage to the Leedy car was placed at $750 and to the Reed vehicle at $300. Shelter Unsafe DECATUR, HI. (AP)-A. Webber Borchers, 55, was arrested Monday night on a charge of constructing a fallout shelter without a city building permit. "I think it's ridiculous," Borchers said today after obtaining his liberty on $100 bond. "Nobody can say you don't have the right to defend yourself until you ask permission." Requiring a building permit to protect a family amounts to paying a tribute to the city for a special privilege, he added. A police magistrate will hear the case in a week. Conviction could carry a fine from $10 to $100. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Scattered showers and local thunderstorms tonight; Wednesday diminishing cloudiness and cooler; highs this afternoon 7075; lows tonight 50s; highs Wednesday 60s. High temperature yesterdaly. 7i; ow today, 65; high year ago today, 86; low year ago today, 83; record his* this date, 90 In U31; record low this date 21, in 1806; hourly temperatures, 2* hours ending 8 a.m., today: September Level Highest For Month In History WASHINGTON (AP) — Employment of wage and salary workers in the United States reached 53,900,000 in September, the highest figure for any month, the Labor Department said today. Total employment, which in eludes the self-employed and oth ers, however, dropped 1.5 million from August, to about 67 million. The Labor Department said the drop was due mainly to the return to school of young workers who left summer jobs. Unemployment dropped 450,000 to 4.1 million, but the labor Department said the decline was mostly seasonal. Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg said the total of employed was about 200,000 above the previous record, set in September 1960, and 2.6 million above the level in February, when economists say the recession hit bottom. Seymour Wolfbein, Labor De aid, there was a marked decrease in long-term unemployment. The number of workers without jobs for 15 weeks or more ropped from 1,194,000 in August o 1,067,00 Oin September and hose unemployed for 27 weeks or more declined from 1,917,000 to ,405,000. partent manpower expert, said the employment figure for September would have been higher except for the strikes in General Motors auto plants last week. Discounting the effect of Hur ricane Carla, and the Jewish religious holidays which also took place during the week surveyed, Goldberg said the factory work week, seasonally adjusted, was up a full hour since February and the weekly earnings of factory workers were up almost $2.50 dining the period. Wolfbein said that, primarily due to the auto strike, weather factors, and the religious holidays there was a dip in the average work week in manufacturing in dustries from 40.1 hours in Au gust to 39.6 hours in September The unemployment rate ha: held fairly steady for the past 1! months, hovering at or slightlj below 7 per cent of the labo force. During September, Wolfbei Teamsters Rejected By AFL-CIO NEW YORK (AP)-The AFL- CIO Executive Council today voted 25 to 2 against permitting ;he International Brotherhood of Teamsters to rejoin the merged labor movement as long as it has its present leadership. AFL-CIO President George Meany said the position taken by the Executive Council was in line with the organization's constitutional provisos against memberships by groups under corrupt domination. "There is every indication that the (Teamsters) union is more than ever now under the influence of criminal and corrupt elements," said Meany. The Teamsters Union was ousted from the AFL-CIO four years ago. OF Mary Rising Again Bears Watching Says Observer The Marais des Cygnes River valley is again in a situation that will stand close watching for the next 24 hours, Richard Garrett, Topeka weather bureau, said to day. Rains in the valley upstream from Ottawa early today had amounted to an average of two inches or more, and more rain is in the picture, Garrett said. The weatherman said the val ley could get as much as two or two-and-a-half inches more rain this afternoon and tonight and this could push the river up sharply, though there is nothing in sight yet in the way of an alarming rise. At noon today the river at the Ottawa Main Street gauge had begun to rise- slightly, but the stage has been low for several days and it will take considerable run-off to move the river to a high stage. Rain up to 7 a.m., today in the upper valley included: Reading 2.53; Osage City 1.96; Overbrook 1.48; Alta Vista 1.82. Ottawa had a total of 1.33 up to noon today, and Quenemo reported 1.81 up to noon. Rain has been falling in light to brisk showers through the morning in much of the valley. GROUP DISCUSSION — Delegates to 2-day zone school for teachers and officials get together prior to opening session at Garfield School here today. An estimated 170 teachers are attending the meetings. (Herald Photo) Kills Four After Receiving A Reprimand For Loaf ing Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Tuesday—4. For October — 8. For 1961 — 405. Comparable 1960 period — 374. Chest Drive Over $10,000 Mark Cyclones Of '16 To Watch Game B ». m. 10 a. m. 11 a. m. Noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 6 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p. m. I p. m. .57 B p. m. 89 W i — !-• -— - - ' w " 60 10 p. m 68 62 11 p. m.. 87 65 Midnight 66 68 71 .73 74 72 70 70 6B m 66 m 68 m 65 m 66 m 65 m 66 m 67 m 67 The $10,000 mark was reached yesterday in Ottawa's United Chest Fund drive. Mrs. Charles Anderson, secretary, said the total after yesterday's donations were added was $10,605.75, almost half the $22,097 goal. "I think it's wonderful," she said. "We had hoped to reach the $10,000 mark Monday, and we did." The fund was boosted yesterday by about $600 donated by Ottawa's elementary school teachers. Mrs. Anderson said advance gifts account for most of the total to date. A few reports from the fair share phase have been counted. No reports are in, of coures, on the door-to-door canvass in residential areas, which was started yesterday. The downtown door-to-door drive was launched today. Lee A. Casida is chairman, and Howard Doyen, assistant chairman, for this year's drive. Glenn Underwood, 1 ast year's drive chairman, is helping them. In addition, a large number of Ottawans are engaged in I the various phases of the drive. 4 United Chest Boxscore Total For 15 Days $10,605 Left To Raise $11,492 Eleven Agencies Need Your Help * * * Agencies which share the fund and the amount each is to receive this year follow: Red Cross, $5,000; Boys Club, $2,500; Boy Scouts, $3,300; Kansas Children's Service League, $800; Franklin County Guidance Center, $3,000; Girl Scouts Santa Fe Trail Council, $1,350; Salvation Army, $2,000; Well Child Clinic, $547; Franklin County Humane Society, $500; Franklin County Teens, Inc., $1,600, and the Cerebral Palsy Association, $1,000. RainValls Over State TOPEKA (AP)-Rains from a half inch to more than three inches virtually covered Kansas overnight with more predicted for today in much of the state. Temperatures have remained mild as a cold front retreated to the north but they will drop by Wednesday. Heaviest rains in the past 24 hours included Atlanta with 3.74 inches, Arkansas City 3.51, Peck 3.32, Winfield 2.42, Junction City 3.23, Thrall 3.09, Havensville 2.75, Marysville 2.72, Lebo 2.62 and Topeka with amounts varying from 2 to Wi inches. An area across the state north and south, from the Oklahoma line to Nebraska, had rains of from one to three inches. There were clouds and showers before noon today over eastern Kansas with scattered showers in the west. A number of well - remembered Ottawans will be back in town on Oct. 27 to attend a dinner and the football game between Ottawa and Lawrence High Schools. They have good reason to return to Ottawa, because it will be a 45th anniversary get-together for them. In 1916, these fellows were playing football at Ottawa High under the coaching wisdom of Prof. R. E. "Bucky" Gowans, and they were a tough outfit to handle, according to old-time Ottawans. Centennial Vans Attract Many TOPEKA (AP) — More than 100,000 people have visited the two centennial mobile exhibits which are touring the state, officials of the Kansas Centennial Commission estimated today. The exhibits were visiting Kansas City today and Wednesday. The schedule for the remainder of their tour: Lawrence Oct. 12-13, Ottawa Oct. 14, Emporia Oct. 16-17, Eureka Oct. 18-19, Yates Center Oct. 20-21, lola Oct. 23-24, Chanute Oct. 25, Fort Scott Oct. 26-27, Pittsburg Oct. 28-30, Oswego Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Parsons Nov. 2-3. LOOK INSIDE FOR: City Commission should welcome vote by people, Editorial, Pg. 4. New industrial lighting boom brightens old industry, Pg. 5. Pakistani press has problems, Pg. 4. Claims U.S. trains troops for Cuban invasion, Pg. 8. Johnny Youngberg, of Kansas City, a team member well remembered in Ottawa, has been quite active through the years in keeping the team members in touch with each other, and, in Ottawa recently, reported that he had responses from most of the fellows, saying they will be here. Many will bring their wives. The following have reported that they will be present at the dinner and the game later: Hugh A. Branaman, St. Joseph, Mo.; Early Carder, Fredonia; Claude Cochran, Kansas City, Mo.; Lindsey Drum, Emporia; J. Emmett Grant, Dodge City; Clifford Hersh, Topeka; Murray V. Kennedy, Springfield, Mo.; R. E. "Boscoe" Lancaster, Lawrence; George C. Mahaffy, Wichita; Charles A. Ott, Wakeeney; Roy Rodgers, Lyndon; Ralph Weinheimer, Ottawa, and Young berg of Kansas City. Four Others Hurt Before Guard Slays Berserk Man GARY, Ind. (AP) — A steel worker ran amok with a pistol while being reprimanded today for loafing on the job and killed four men jefore he was shot down by a plant guard. Arbie Davis, 29. Gary, also wounded four other men in the wild rampage through several buildings of the U.S. Steel Co. sheet and tin mill. Apt Pupil SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Gerard Braud catches on young. A month ago, his father, Walter Braud, showed him how to whistle Now, he whistles on his own. Gerard is 10 months old. Killed before the laborer died with a guard's bullet in his head were Joe Guydon, 37; Donald Moran, 46; Royal Rutt and Neal Wolfrath, 48. Louis Massa, plant general labor foreman thought at first to have been killed, was reported later still alive in Mercy Hospital. Also wounded were Ben Proft, Gerald Myers, 48, and David Shaefer, 29. Authorities said Guydon, a track gang boss, caught Davis and another worker talking when they were supposed to be working. He ordered them back to work and turned in a report reprimanding Davis for loafing. Davis was told to report this morning to Massa's office, where he was awaited by Massa, Guydon and Moran, track gang foreman. It was not known whether the workman said anything in the office before opening fire with a revolver, dropping all three foremen. Davis then ran to the maintenance and utilities building, where he shot Proft and Myers. Both men also are foremen. He went next door to the fac- tory's industrial relations office, asked for a man who wasn't there, entered another building and shot Wolfrath and Rutt. Wolfrath was a metallurgist. Ruft was a trainee. Davis ran from that building, firing three wild shots which spattered against the building wall. Two workmen began to chase the berserk gunman but stopped when they saw him reload his pistol. As he was reloading, plant protection officer Chester Merida drove up, got out and fired two shots. The first slug caught Davii in the head and killed him. More Than 500 To Attend OU Centennial Convocation Kennedy Press Meeting On TV President Kennedy's press conference tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. will be on television Channel 4 (live) at 5:30 and on Channels 5, 9 and 13 (taped) at 6 o'clock, all Ottawa times. Interest is growing in the Ottawa University Centennial Convocation to be Friday, Oct. 20, according to Homer Fairly, convocation director. He estimates a total attendance of more than 500 at the various events. Fairly said there will be room for everyone who wishes to attend, so local people should plan to be present. The day-long program will open with a panel discussion in the University Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. and end with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons. A scries of conferences in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 will attract attention due to the leadership involved. One on business will be led by Sheldon Coleman, president of the Coleman Company in Wichita, and Dr. W. J. Coppoc, New York, an official of Texaco, Inc. A conference on science will be led by Dr. Chester Roberts, retired professor of chemistry at Colgate University in Hamilton, N. Y., and Dr. Lewis V. Spencer of the OU physics department and an authority in the field of radiation shielding. Teaching will be covered at the third conference. A. A. Brown, Denver, former superintendent of schools in Littleton, Colo., and T. R. Palmquist, superintendent of Turner high school, will be the leaders. Dr. Ronald V. Wells of the American Baptist Board of Education, New York, will open, the afternoon session. Following the conferences will be campus tours and a tea given by President and Mrs. Andrew B. Martin in Mammel Art Center. Rules School Act Illegal HILL CITY, Kan. (AP) - The 1961 school district unification act passed by the 1901 Kansas Legislature was declared unconstitutional Monday. District Judge C. E. Birncy held principally that the power to establish, organize and unify school districts is a legislative function the Legislature cannot delegate to the counties. Eighteen school districts and six counties — Russell, Rooks, Ellis, Graham, Gove and Norton — brought action to test the act. Judge Birney also ruled the law is too vague and indefinite, that it is not statewide in character because Greeley county was exempt and not uniform because separate provisions are made for reorganization of certain districts containing first and second-class cities. In addition, he held that the act does not permit electors to institute any type of reorganization, providing only they may accept or reject a reorganization proposed by a county planning committee. Prescriptlons-Raney, CH 2-3092 adv. Tauv's Toot *' * To Mode O'Day and Bruce, in the words of a famous storybook detective, "Cherchei 1» femme."

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