Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 13, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE | Saturday high 33 low 10. I Sunday high 33 low 12. * 7:00 a.m. today 25. { Downtown at noon today 40. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER ^ I. MEMBER AUDr BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE Southern Illinois Fair to partly cloudy through Tuesday with lowly moderating temperatures. Low tonight 18 to 25 except 25 to 30 extreme south, A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER high Tuesday 38 to 48. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 88 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c 0GILVIE BECOMES GOVERNOR Held In County Jail ARREST TWO MEN IN LUSTIG ROBBERY Woman Killed Man Jailed On Murder Charge Here ALEX JOHNSON Alex Johnson, 50, of 1015 Bell street, was arrested by city police Saturday night and charged with murdering a Mt. Vernon housewife. The victim, Mrs. Mary Lee James, 40, of 1215 Cherry street, was found unconscious Friday night near the Sportsman's Tavern, 1128 south Tenth street. She was rushed by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital and was dead upon arrival. An autopsy Saturday revealed that she died from a .22 calibre bullet wound in the head. After an intensive investigation by Police Chief Fred Dedman, Captain Holland Irvin and Sgt. Dale Farley, Johnson was arrested at 8:30 Saturday night. A murder warrant was issued and bond was set at $40,000 by Judge Alvin Lacy Williams. Officers said that Johnson has confessed he shot at Mrs. James with a .22 calibre revolver. Police were told that Mrs. James saw Johnson at the tavern and that she paid him 50c cents she had borrowed previously. Later, they said, he and Mrs. James had an argument outside the tavern. Johnson claimed that Mrs. James threatened him with a knife, officers said. First reports Saturday were that Mrs. James had collapsed and died from natural causes. Police intensified their investigation after the autopsy. Mrs. James had been a resident of Mt. Vernon for 15 (Continued On Page z Col. 8) Two Mt. Vernon men have b^en aiTested and charged with the January 3 robbery of Miss Sadie Lustig. Jefferson County Sheriff Bob Ruddick identified the two as Leon McKinney, 23, 1301 south 9th street and Jerry Taylor, 18, 907 Cleveland, both Negroes. Ruddick said that Taylor was a> rested Thursday evening by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, while McKinney was arrested Friday. Robbery warrants were filed against the two Friday night. Miss Lustig, owner and operator of Lustig's Shoe and Clothing Store, 707 south 10th street, was chocked, beaten and robbed about 3:30 p.m. January 3. Miss Lustig said the two men involved in the bi*azen daylight robbery are Negroes She said they took a $900 dia mond ring off her finger and tfole a watch and an undetermined amount of money. The two robbers entered the store on a pretext of buying clothing. After the robbery, the men fled through the back door of the store. Miss Lustig, released from the Good Samaritan Hospital cently, suffered facial bruises during the attack. The two men are being held on $20,000 bond each. Wire Service Strike Still On WASHINGTON (AP) - Mediation efforts in the Wire Service Guild Strike against The Associated Press moved to Washington today at the call of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Guild walked out last Thursday in a dispute over wages and a modified Guild shop. AP Service in the United States and abroad was not interrupted. The Guild announced at a membership meeting Saturday night in New York that the union had reverted to its original bargaining demand of a $280 -a- week top minimum in the first year. Its last proposal before the walkout was $264 after two years. The announcement was reported in a recording made available to inquirers at a special telephone number set up by the Guild. The AP has offered a $250 top minimum for newsmen, photographers, and certain other em­ ployes, beginning in the third year of a three-year contract. The proposed pact provides for increases from $43 to $48 in the top minimums. At Mekong Base VIET CONG BLOWS UP 15 HELICOPTERS Calls For State amiation, Poverty Fight Reorgi SAIGON (AP)—The Viet Cong blasted their way into the biggest U.S. airfield in the Mekong Delta early today and blew up 15 helicopters worth an estimated $5 million before they were repelled by base defenders. Another six helicopters were reported damaged in a mortar barrage at the headquarters of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division 40 miles away. One officer called the attacks an "oozing beginning" of the long-awaited enemy offensive in the 14,250- square mile delta south of Saigon. The Viet Cong attack on Can Tho, 80 miles south of the capital, was the first major ground probe against an allied airfield in several weeks. It hit the headquarters of the U.S. Army's 164th Aviation Group, the nerve center for military operations in the Mekong Delta in the region's biggest city. Enemy sappers broke through the airfield's defenses under cover of a heavy mortar, rocket and machine-gun barrage that pinned down the Americans while the Viet Cong attached explosives to the helicopters. A barracks area west of the airfield was attacked simultaneously. Field reports said five cargo and troop-carryirig Chinooks and 10 smaller helicopter gun- ships were destroyed or cam- aged. U. S. casualties were eight killed and 10 wounded. •The U. S. Command said:The enemy soldiers were quickly repelled' by airfield security personnel, supported by U.S. Army'helicopter gunships and! a U.S. Air Force Dragon ship," a fixed-wing aircraft equipped with rapid-firing Gatling guns. A spokesman said the American retaliatory fire killed four Viet Cong. Forty miles north of Can Tho, Viet Cong gunners slammed Bonds For Ina School Defeated Residents of the Ina-Bonnie area Saturday defeated proposals to provide funds for a new $420,000 Ina grade school, by 2- tc-1 margins. They voted 251 to 137 against a $120,000 tax bond issue and 250 to 125 against authorizing a $20,000 per year tax levy to repay a loan from the state building commission. School authorities said a decision may be made later this month on whether or not to call another special election on a similar bond proposal. The vote will be canvassed on January 20 and the regular meeting of the school board will be held on January 27. Discussion of the future of the school system may be held at one ci ? these meetings. Here was the vote on the two proposals: On Bond Issue — at Bonnie precinct, 27 yes, 117 no; at Ina precinct, 106 yes, 134 no. On Annual Tax Levy — at Bonnie precinct, 29 yes, 113 no; at Ina precinct, 96 yes, 137 no. After Exams Eligibility List Still Zero For Mt. V. Police Jobs (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) Mt. Vernon is still having trouble getting an eligibility list for police department Jobs. Four applicants took written examinations Saturday and none passed. The Fire and Police Commission said that there is hot single name on the eligibility list for the police department. When it advertised recently for applicants for police jobs 38 men took out application forms. Eight qualified to write . the examination but only four appeared to take the test Saturday Commission members said they expect to seek applicants again soon. They said they had no plans to lower the standards for employment on the police department. LINCOLN COLLEGE FIRE LINCOLN, 111. (APV — Firo of undetermined origin destroy, ed the administration building at Lincoln College early today, Firemen answered the alarm at two o'clock this morning and fought the stubborn blaze for more than four hours. GOOD WISHES—King City Retailers Association directors and other friends and well wishers of Rose Hirons (Rosa's) were on hand Monday morning as she re-located her shop from 208 South 9th St. to 106 South 9th St. A grand opening will be held in February. Mrs. Hirons is in center, front row, with her husband, Malcolm, to her right Don Shaffer, President King City Retailers Association, on her left, and Arthur Laird, on Malcolm Hiron's right Laird is the immediate past president of King City Retailers Association, a division of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce that cooperated with its Good Will Ambassadors, headed by Marion Heifner, in greeting Rose Hirons in her new location.. First row, from left, Dale Carpenter, Marvin Powers, Laird, Mr. Hirons, Mrs. Hirons, Shafer, Rosalie Talbott, Anne DiPrlmo. In rear, from left, John Echols, Robert Nassauer, Bob Hutchison, Roger Smith, Don Lee, Marion Heifner, Ron Alssle, Lowell Simmons, Bobbie Atchison, James Henneberry, Jim Jackson, Jim Gresham, Clyde White, Bob Thompson, Bill Stetty, Doo Weoler, Tony Wlsnlewski and Kermit Willmore. ^ | (Delo Photo Craft) SPRINFGFIELD, HI. (AP) — Gove. Richard B. Ogilvie ushered in a new four : year Republican administration today with a call for reorganization of state government and a figlrt against poverty and ignorance. The governor, in his inaugural speech before a joint legislative session in the State armory, said the creation of a new Illinois constitution offers a "special and immense opportunity" to deal with present and future state problems. "No other task before us will demand such a moratorium on partisanship and such an exercise in citizen involvement," he said. During its regular six-month session, the Republican controlled legislature will set up the machinery for a convention which will be empowered to rewrite the state's 1870 basic charter. Ogilvie, who began his public career as a special legal assistant in an investigation of Chicago hoodlums, said no objective was more important "than to mobilize the full force of this state's government against poverty and ignorance." "For these are the twin scourges of our society. They are at the roots of crime and of the decay of our cities," he Ogilvie generalized about what he had in mind for the next four years and made no mention of specific governmental reforms or of the revenue crisis facing the state, He alluded briefly to fiscal problems with a remark that a strict system of priorities Under annual budget controls must be set up "that He alluded briefly to fiscal problems with a remark that a strict system of priorities under annual budget. controls must be set up "that will help us do our most important jobs well, while letting other tasks wait thei rtum.". Ogilvie doesn't plan to decide on tax proposals until a revenue study commission named by outgoing Democratic Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro' makes a report. The commission's full recommendations are not expected be- for March. Ogilvie said the constiutional convention could write a document that will provide a "rational basis for fair taxation and fical responsibility," ...Probably the biggest decision facing Ogilvie during this term is whether to seek a state income tax with its potential for producing the additional millions of dollars to meet increased demands for education, mental health and other state services. Even though he has solid republican majorities in the house and senate to back up his proposed programs, Ogilvie placed strong emphasis on "putting aside partisanship in a common effort to achieve common goals.". End Split State "Above all," said Oglivie, whose political career was spawned in the metropolitan area outside democratic dominated Chicago, "We must put an end to the historic split between Chicago and the rest of the State." "This dicotomy has cost us dearly in wasted bitterness and squandered efforts." he said. "We are all Illinoisans together, and together we must make progress in the towns and on the farms," he added. Ogilvie promised to serve "with equal devotion ,the hopes FACING MOON LANDING—Air Force Col. Edwin Aldrln Jr., holding model of lunar module he'll fly to surface of moon from lunar orbit, explains how landing will be attempted. Aldrin demonstrated at press conference in Space Center, Houston, Texas. (AP Wirephoto) Seek Election On Annexation MT. V. MAY VOTE ON SUMMERSVILLE The people of Mt. Vernon may vote before long on whether or not to annex a sizable Summersville area to the city. The proposed annexation was rejected by the city council on December 16. Petitions are being circulated asking that the question of the annexation be submitted to the voters of Mt. Vernon. If an election is called the decision of the voters would be final on the annexation question. In effect, if a majority of the people voted to annex, tho election would over-ride tine rejection of the council. It: was . reported today that an election will be called if at least 525 residents of Mt. Vernon sign the petition. That would be over 10 per cent of the entire vote cast for all candidates for mayor I of Mt. Vernon four years ago. 15-Minute Talk Nixon Will Cut It Short On Monday Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) NEW YORK (AP)—President-elect Nixon begins today the final week of preparation for his inauguration Monday, Jan. 20, working on an address which he hopes to keep concise. Nioxn apparently is trying to make his inaugural address about a 15-minute speech. He remarked that this is more difficult than writing one twice as long. The President-elect had no announced appointments on this schedule, but is expected to attend a dinner tonight for Secretary of Commerce-designate Maurice H. Starts. Nioxn spoke on a telephone hookup Sunday night to 2,500 persons gathered at Stevens Point, Wis., to honor Rep. Melvin R. Laird, selected by Nixon to become secretary of defense. He said Laird "will play a great role not only in strengthening the United States but in bringing peace to all the world." Laird told the residents of his j congressional district that he wanted to stay in Congress and become speaker of the House. "But," he said, "I think I can do more for the 7th District, Wisconsin and the nation as secretary of defense than by continuing as a congressman." Nixon spent a leisurely Sunday at his apartment and an aide said he watched the professional football Super Bowl on television. Nixon, something of a football buff, may have been less sur- pi'ised than some other fans at the New York Jets' upset 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts. Don't Get Your News Second-Hand Don't depend on your friend or neighbor to keep you informed about important news developments. Word-of-mouth mouth news is often inaccurate and misleading. The newspaper is a good source of accurate and current news. Daily reading will keep you well informed. To refresh your memory of your hews reading, take our weekly News Quiz, printed today on. Page 5-A. Answers are on Page 6A. The News Quiz is one of the VEC Instructional Materials sponsored by The Register-News as part of its "Living Textbook" Program for participating area schools. Ask $8.5 Million, Rend Lake Dam Congressman Kenneth J. Gray today urged President Lyndon Johnson to include $8.5 million in his budget message to Congress for completion of the Rend Lake dam. "This would be over $2.5 million more than appropriated last year and would accelerate completion of the entire project by this year," Rep. Gray said. • The Congressman said he also conferred with the U. S. Army Corps • of Engineers on the increased appropriation for Rend Lake, the 18,9000-acre reservoir in Jefferson and Franklin counties, i. Keep Surtax? Johnson Starts Last Week On Job WASHINGTON (A P) - Presi dent Johnson will recommend continuation of the income sur lax at 10 per cent in his State of the Union message Tuesday night, it was learned authoritatively today. The President was said to have decided to go ahead with this recommendation without any assurance that President-elect Nixon would support it. It was not immediately clear for how long Johnson will urge extension of the tax, which would expire June 30 unless Congress acts to continue it. Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois said Sunday he thinks Nixon would go along with the tax as long as the Vietnam war continues with high expenditures. The tax brings in about $13 billion a year and Johnson is said to have determined that he could not submit a balanced budget to Congress Wednesday unless the revenue from what has generally been regarded as a war tax is continued. Johnson has decided to submit a balanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It would forecast a small surplus in revenues over expenditures. Nixon is at liberty to revise | this budget but its basic assumptions on revenue and expenditures could be changed only with great difficulty. George Christian, White House news secretary, said at a briefing that submission of the budget Wednesday will be followed by an economic message Thursday. In a nationally televised and (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) GOP TAKING OVER AFTER EIGHT YEARS ..SPRINGFIELD, 111, (AP) This was inauguration day for Richard Buell Ogilvie, a short stocky man who began his public career as a crime fighter before becoming Illinois* 35(h governor. His induction returns the governor's office to Republican control after nn eight year absence and gives the new chief executive tho support of a GOP legislature to carry out his programs. In the past two elected Democratic administrations of Govs. Otto Kerner and Adlai E. Stevenson, control of the legislature was either split or in the hands of Republicans. Ogilvie comes into office with Gen. William J. Scott and Supreme Court Clerk Justin Taft. The latter office is a minor one. Two stalwarts of the Democratic Party also being inaugurated are Secretary of State Paul Powell for a second term . .Two stalwarts of the Democratic Party also being inaugurated are Secretary of State Paul Powell for a second term and Michael J. Hewlett for his third term. Another Democrat moving into state office is Paul Simon, a former state senator who is the first lieutenant, governor in Illinois history elected from the opposite party of the governor. A Springfield community breakfast and an inter-falth religious service for the newly- elected state officials preceded the inaugural ceremonies in the state armory before a joint session of the legislature. Ogilvie, 45, from the Chicago suburban community of Northfield, began his career in 1950 following his graduation from Yale University and Chicago- Kent College of Law. As special assistant to the U.S. attorney general, he helped investigate and prosecute cases involving Chicago crime syndicate figures Served As Sheriff In his first try for political office, he was elected sheriff of Cook County in 1962. Four years later, he was elected president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, a politically important position with control over patronage jobs. With his sights set on the governorship, Ogilvie began campaigning early for the 1968 GOP nomination and overcame a strong challenge from John Henry Altorfer of Peoria in the Republican primary. Ogilvie is the first Republican governor from the Cook County area since the late Dwight H. Green of Chicago won two four- year terms beginning in 1941. William G. Stratton, a down- stater from Morris, served two terms as governor before being defeated by Kerner, who led Democrats back to the governorship in 1960. Kerner resigned in mid-1968 to take a federal judgeship and was succeeded by Samuel H. Shapiro, who advanced from lieutenant governor. Wounded In War As a tank commander in World War H, Ogilvie was hit by a German shell in the Alsace region of France in 1944 and has a permanent scar on the left side of his face from the wound. He became involved in active politics as a leader of the young Republican Organization of Cook County, where he was a strong antagonist of Democratic Mayor Richard J,. Daley of Chicago. Harlow Richardson Assumes Duties Ex-Mt. V. City Manager Is St L. County Treasurer Harlow R. Richardson, former Mt. Vernon city manager, has assumed duties as county treasurer of St. Louis county, Mo. He succeded Thomas C. Dunne, the last elected county treasurer under the old county charter. Richardson was appointed to the post recently under a new St. Louis county charter which provides for appointment of the treasurer. He was Mt. Vernon city marager from November, 1955 to September, 1959 and still owns a home here, at 3217 Peach street. Richardson, 52, served as city manager at Ashland, Wis., before coming to Mt. Vernon. Since leaving as Mt. Vernon city manager he has been a management consultant to gov- i .-rnment agencies. His salary as county treas- lu-er will be between $10,308 4jnd $13,152 per year.

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