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TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 41 low ST. A trace of rain. 9:00 aim. today 48. Downtown at noon today 46. 3TER-NEW MEMBER AUDF BUREAP OF CIRCULATION; SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —- SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER • ; * WEATHER Southern Illinois — Bate or dirlnte ending by early tonight bat with another period of rain likely Friday. Low tonight 3S to 45. High Friday in the 40s to around SO extreme sooth. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 91 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c TRANSFER -o- -o- -o- -o- -O- 7 '>*%-„%V£r*''-~ ^ VT^i^-V- ,4, IMP lllllllllllll^llllllllillllll^ §•••11 DAMAGE ABOARD THE "BIG E"—Wrecked plane showrt on deck of the fire-scarred nuclear carrier Enterprise after the ship returned to Pearl Harbor. Fifteen aircraft on the flight deck were restroyed and a number of others damaged when a series of explosions and fire swept the carrier on a training exercise. (AP Wirephoto) 151 YANK INI WEEK 26 Big E Dead ROCKETS .SAIGON CAP) — Viet Gong lolcijers attempting to break out of an allied cordon on Eatangan Peninsula caught U. S. Marines in an ambush, military spokesmen reported today. Two Americans were killed »nd five wounded, the spokesmen said. Enemy casualties in the ambush Wednesday were rot known. * With J military activity picking up, four more Americans were killed and 16 wounded in the Da Nang-Quang Ngai City sector. U. S. forces killed 36 enemy soldiers. Two" more helicopters wrre shot down, one an observation craft supporting troops rear- Quang Ngai City. All three crewmen were killed. The losses caused to 983 the number of American helicopters downed by enemy gunners. Five U. S. Navy men were killed and five wounded Thursday when their harbor boat hit a mine in the Cua Viet River south of the demilitarized zone's eastern flank, the Navy announced. In a 40-minute light near. An Khe, eight North Vietnamese soldiers and three U. S. paratroopers of the 173rd , Airborne Brigade were killed and 11 paratroopers wounded. The paratroopers were riding armored (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) UP ON DECK Annexation Election in April? FILE PETITIONS FOR SUMMERSVILLE VOTE It appears probable today that the people of Mt. Vernon will decide in mid- April whether or not to annex a sizable Summersville area to the city. Petitions asking the city council to call a city- wide election on the annexation" proposal were filed this morning, in the office of City Clerk Paul Hayes. . The petitions, which contained 901 signatures, will be presented to the city council at next Monday night's meeting. It appears probable that the council will call the special election for April 15, and that it will be held in conjunction with the regular city election that day in 'which a mayor, two councilmen, a city clerk and a city treasurer will be elected. If a special election is held along with the city election the city will not have to pay the heavy extra expenses of a special election at a different time. The proposed annexation of the Summersville area was rejected by the city council December 16 after weeks of bit- tr controversy. If an election is held the decision of the voters would be final on the annexation question. If a majority of the voters favor annexation it would have the effect of over - riding the city council's rejection. The 901 signatures on the petition are far above the 525 necessary. State statute provides that at least 10 per cent of the entire vote cast for mayor candidates four years ago must sign such a petition. before it can be considered. Start Saturday AGREEMENT ON TALKS AT ROUND TABLE PEARL HARBOR (AP)—The U.S. Navy carried on with cleanup operations aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise today as investigators sought to pin down the cause of explosions and fire which killed 25 crewmen and injured 85. A 26th sailor was missing in the disaster which struck the 85,000- ton warship on a training exercise 75 miles southwest of Honolulu Tuesday. Adm. John J. Hyland, commander of the Pacific fleet, said he was "confident that we are going to be able to establish ex actly what did happen and what caused it." v The explosions and fire put the Enterprise, world's largest combat vessel, out of action until repairs are completed. No official source would guess how long this would take. It was indicated that the ship would start back to its home port of Alameda, Calif., as soon as possible. "We'll choose the location which will.be able to make repairs best and quickest so that we can return the Enterprise to service just as soon as it can possibly be done," said Hyland. In Honolulu's Tripler Army Hospital, 58 injured crewmen (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Campaign Drive In February James Gresham Named Heart Drive Chairman Appointment of .lames A. Gresham, manager of Illinois Bell Telephone Company to serve as campaign - chairman of the 1969 Heart Fund campaign in Jefferson County was announced today by Ronald Aissie, president of the Jefferson County Heart Association, who also disclosed the cmpaign will be conducted throughout the entire month of February with a number of special events which will be announced later. Gresham said that key committee chairmen m the month- long campaign will be announced in the near future. The' Heart Fund drive will reach its (high point here during the seven day period starting February 17th, when Heart Sunday volunteers will visit their neighbors to deliver educational information and to receive Heart Fund contributions. The gifts support research, educational and community service activities of the local Heart (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) , JAMES GRESHAM Paris CAP) — The United State? arid North Vietnam, with the consent of their respective allies, announced today (ft major breakthrough which' will permit the long-stalled Vietnam beace talks to begin Saturday mbrn- ing. The American, North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese and National Liberation Front delegations will meet around an unmarked round table at the International Conference Center. A U. S. spokesman refused to characterize the agreement in any way, or to say whether it represented a concession by the U. S.- Saigon side, which had been insistent" all along on a marked table which would clearly show that the peace conference was two-sided. Evidently, the agreement was reached with the understanding that the two sides could view the conference in any way they chose; andAmericans and South Vietnamese' still stress their view that it will be two-sided. The sudden and unexpected breakthrough makes it possible for peace conference machinery to be in motion two days before the expiration of President Johnson's term of office. But for some time it is expected the enlarged conference will deal with procedural matters before it finally gets down to talking about how to achieve peace in Vietnam. Set Fair Dates Waite Heads Mt. V. State Fair Again Charles W. Waite was reelected president of the Mt. Vernon State Fair Association last night for the 15th year. At the annual meeting o f stockholders the board also set the dates of July 14 to 19 inclusive for the Mt. Vernon State Fair this year. The stockholders elected Clarence E. Brehm, well known Mt. Vernon oil producer and livestock raiser, as a new member of the board. Directors reelected were Charles W. Waite, Max Shurtz, Roy J^olt, Roy Estes, Russell Patterson, Henry "Hank" Piper, Ruth Maxwell and Archie Body. The directors elected the following officers for the coming year: Charjes W. Waite, president; Roy'iEstesi vice president; Clarence E. Brehm, vice president; and Max Shurtz,- secretary- treasurer. "We have already strated working to assure an outstanding Fail- this year," Presi d ent Waite said. "The addition of Mr. Brehm as a director and officer of the Fair will help us to put on outstanding eevnts for many years to come. Mr. Brehm is enthusaistic about Fu- ure Fairs and 1 is already working bard on the 19$ pyent." Guild Votes On New AP Wage^ Offer NEW YORK (AP) - Members of the United Telegraph Workers union returned to work at Associated Press offices Thursday, while striking Wire Service guild members voted on a new management offer to end their week-long walkout. The UTW employes, who operate and maintain teleprin­ ters and other equipment, had refused to cross picket lines of the guild (Which struck AP at 8 a.m. last Thursday. The resumption of work by the UTW put AP transmission operations back to normal. Supervisory personnel had been operating the machines. The announcement that Guild members would vote on a new AP offer was made by Walter A. Maggiolo, disputes director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, after three days of extensive discussions with both sides in Washington. The new proposal adhered to the $250 weekly top minimum for newsmen, photographers and some other employes, offered at the start of the strike in the third year of thecontract. The new offer did not include the modified Guild shop which had been one of the Guild's demands. The AP's new offer, in mediation, added these new benefits to its prestrike offer: —Reduction in the work week from 40 to' 37% hours for em­ ployes on night, overnight and Sunday duty. —An additional holiday, increasing the number to eight. —A cost-of-living allowance based on any rise in the 1970 index above 4.7-per cent. For each 1 per cent the index rises above 4.7 during 1970, employes on scale or receiving a general increase would receive, a 1 per cent increase in 1971. —An increase of $2 in monthly hospitalization benefits. —Increased vacation benefits, with employes getting three weeks after four years and four weeks after nine years. They now get three weeks' vacation after five years and four weeks after 10 years. The Guild's last proposal before the strike sought a top minimum of $264 and maintenance of present union membership plus a requirement that eight of 10 new employes must join the Guild: Linked In Orbit TWO MOVE FROM 1 SHIP TO ANOTHER RUSSIAN SPACE QUARTET—Four rookie Soviet cosmonauts, orbiting: earth in two space ships, posed in Moscow prior to their flights. Vladimir Shatalov, second left, was alone in Soyuz 4, while: Yevgeny Khranov, left, Boris Volynov, third left, and Alexei Yeliseyev, right, manned Soyuz 5. (AP Wirephoto) $12,000 Extra Cost PLAN BIG KITCHEN AT BUFORD Neon Sign, Farrar Oil Co. Mt. V. Firms Merge With Texas Company Setzekorn On Job As Acting City Manager Kenneth Setzekorn started serving Mt. Vernon in a new capacity this morning — as acting city manager. Setzekorn, a consulting engineer who has served as engineer for the city for several years, was appointed acting city manager by unanimous. vote of the city council last month. He succeeds Chester Leiws, who resigned as city manager and/today assumed new duties as a vice president of First National Bank and Trust Co. "I will do. my very best for Mt. Vernon," Setzekorn said as he took over the city hall office which had been occupied by Lewis for 13 years. "I want to expj&ss my thanks to the many fseople who have expressed f»nfi,d£nce in ma-" The J. L. 'Buford School will be equipped with a full service kitchen large enough to prepare and serve meals to the students who will be attending classes in the new school. The decision was arrived, at Wednesday night at the District 80 Board of Education meeting. For the past few weeks, board members have been debating as to whether a full service kitchen should be installed in the new school. Tne decision was arrived at Wednesday night at the District 80 Board of Education meeting, The original plan was to have Board • Election Set In April The District 80 Board of Education Monday night directed Virginia Riley, adrhinistrat i v e assistant, to prepare for the April School Board election. The terms of John Howard and J. Russell Stewart expire in April. The first day for filing petitions with Miss Riley will be Feb. 26. March 22 wil be the final day for filing petitions. The election is scheduled for April 12. The polling place for the election will be at the Casey Jr. High. Both Howard and Stewart say they are undecided on whether to run for re-election. Besides Howard and Stewart, other members on the present board include Donald Musick, Dr. Ferrell Puckett, R o b e rt Krebs, Dr. Alan Anderson, and Joe McClure. a full scullery and only a serving kitchen with limited food preparation ability. Under this plan, it would, have been necessary to use some other building in the system to prepare the food necessary to serve the Bute rd kitchen. Board members, Superintendent Dr. John Alford and architects had envisioned installing a central kitchen at the Franklin School to serve the Buford School along with Franklin and Edison Schools. The satellite tending program plan now ap- (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Woo a" Named King City Federal Elects Officers, Reports Growth Guy Wood Jr. was elected chairman of the board and pre- sidept of the King City Federal Savings and Loan Association, at the annual meeting of the association Wednesday afternoon; Other officers elected were John O. Lipps, vice - president and Margaret Benton, secretary -treasurer. The board of directors for the year 1969 will be C. E. Brehm C. J. Covington, Paul M. Fitch, D. E. Fumall, James R. Hertenstein, John O. Lipps, C. James Wilson and Guy Wood, Jr. Other members of the King City Federal staff are: Virginia Bain, Tom Cox, Leila Dare, Hedy Goss, Peggy Piercy, Virignia Piper, Betty Jo' Snyder, Sherry Williams and Pat .Wilson. The managing officer reported that in completing the 55th year of operation with assets of $19, 662,839.72, the association experienced a growth in savings of $1,485,754.13 for the year and increased the total Surplus and Reserves to $1,619,471.85. During the year the association made new loans totalling $3,100,638.74, thereby helping many families to attain > home- cwnership. King City Federal Savings in 1968 representing savings and investments of $17,355, 852.13. Each account is insured for safety by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, an instrumentality of the federal government. Nixon Works On Inaugural KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Nixon worked and relaxed in privacy and public silence today, as he has since coming to his Florida hideway two days ago. Press aide Brace Whelihan said Nixon was at work on his inaugural address; with the assistance of two newly arrived staff members, Miss Rose Mary Woods, his personal secretary, and Raymond K. Price, a special assistant and speechwriter, arrived Wednesday. Best Approach To Needs Survey Team Proposes County Unit District Ogie Ellis, Jefferson County Superintendent of Schools Wednesday night, made comments to the District 80 Board of Education on a survey of Jefferson County Schools recently completed by Eastern Illinois University. The survey team, headed by Robert V. Shuff, concludes that the formation of a Jefferson County Unit District, is the best approach to future educational needs in the county. "No matter what criterion might be applied to the district organization problems of Jefferson County, this alternative of consolidating the entire county into a sing)? district tyilh hjmV ted exceptions on teh fringes appears as the only defensible one," says the report. The report notes that the entire county is in effect a single sociological unit. The only high school in the county of sufficient size to provide an adequate program is Mt. Vernon. There is no realistic grouping of districts outside of the Mt. Vernon high school area which could provide another high school of adequate size in the county. "It would be reasonable, therefore, for the entire fcounty, with Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Two acquisitions of Mt. Vernon companies, consisting of three corporations and a parter- nership, have been made by Texas American Oil Corp. of Midland, Texas, it was announced today by Nash J. Dowdle, Texas Americun president. Fletcher Farrar, president of Farrar Oil Co., and) Coyn Mateer, president of Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Co. Acquired were Farrar Oil Co, and its subsidiary, Petro Dril ling Co.; and Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Co. Partnership and Mt, Vernon Neon Sign Co., Inc. All of the companies are headquartered in Mt. Vernon. As a result of the acquisitions, Texas American will acquire 381 gross, 114 net, producing oil and or gas wells, most of which are located in the Illinois basin of southern Illinois. Current monthly production from the wells is approximately 28,000 barrels of oil. Approximately an equal number of wells were acquired from Farrar and Ml. Vernon Neon Sign Co. The Petro Drilling Co. subsidiary of Farrar is considered one of the largest oil well servicing companies in Illinois. Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Co., Inc., operates a neon sign sales and service business. Prior to the merger, Fletcher F. Farrar, president of Farrar Oil Co., was the principal shareholder in Farrar Oil. It will be operated as a division of Texas American • and Farrar will remain as president of the division. Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Co. and Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Co., Inc., were the properties of Coyn Mateer and Howard Richardson, both of Mt. Vernon. Mateer will remain as president and chief executive officer of Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Co., Inc. Commenting on the acquisitions Dowdle said, "The acquisitions, and the abilities of Mr. Farrar and Mr. Mateer, will add greatly to the strength and overall plan for the growth and expansion of Texas American." Texas American Oil is an independent, oil company operating primarily in Oklahoma, West Texas. and Southeastern New Mexico. Through subsidiaries and affiliates, Texas American Oil is also active in oil shale, coal, silver, uranium, and sulphur. Keep Employes Mt. Vernon Neon Sign, on the Salem Road, will continue to operate here, the same as in the past and with the same em­ ployes. "There will be no change in our daily operation and we plan to retain all of our present em­ ployes," Mateer said. Since Mt. Vernon Neon began its operations here 35 years ago not a single full-time employe Jias ever missed a payday. Four of the original, workers of the company are still on the staff. They are Coyn Mateer and Howard Richardson, partners in the business, and two employes, Mike Gibson and Ray .Highsmith. The name of the company will remain the same and it will be operated as a division of Texas American Oil. Mateer and Richardson, < who have become substantial stockholders of Texas American Oil, will continue to head and manage the affairs of the sign company, < MOSCOW (AP) — Two Soviet cosmonauts tansferred from one orbiting spaceship to another today, scoring a dramatic first for the Soviet space program The two space ships, Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5, had linked up in orbit shortly befprc cosmonauts Yevgeny Khrunov and Alexei Yeliseyev made the transfer. The official news agency Tass s-a.d they moved from Soyuz 5 to join Vladimir Shatalov in Soyuz 4, leaving Boris Volynov alone : n Soyuz 5. Tass said the two space ships separated after being locked together for 4 hours, 35 minutes. There was no immediate word on the remainder of 1he flight program. Radio Moscow said the two cosmonauts were outside the linked-up ships "about an hour." Khrunov and Y e 1 i s e y e v donned space suits just before (lie maneuver. Radio Moscow said the suits were equipped with a new life-support system. "Thus Shatalov's two-day solitude in orbit was over," Tass eaid. Khrunov exited from Soyuz 5 and climbed aboard the companion ship above the territory of South America. Yeliseyev made his move over the Soviet Union. "The condition of all cosmonauts is good," Radio Moscow said. Soyuz 4 hurtled into orbit Tuesday and Soyuz 5 followed a day later. Tass described the'space suits as "a new autonomous regeneration-type lifesustaining system." This appeared to mean uiat the cosmonaut could survive without the cable connected to the oxygen supply of the pace ship. Use Hatches The one-hour duration of the space walk was calculated from the moment the hatch of Soyuz 5 was opened to the time the hatch of Soyuz 4 was shut. A Tass editor said that Khru­ nov and Yeliseyev passed into the working compartment of Soyuz 5, sealed it off from the crew quarters where Volynov was sitting, then opened the hatch. Meanwhile, the editor said, Shatalov's working compartment hatch was opened as he remained isolated in his crew quarters. After the transfer was completed, both hatches were closed and the working compartments (Continued On Page 2 Col. 2) Chemicals Blaze Spectacular Fire Along Railroad North Of Mt. V. A spectacular fire occurred Northeast of Mt. Vernon this morning, where c h e micals were spilled in a C. & E. I. train wreck several weeks ago. The blaze endangered a railroad trestle almost a mile north of Main street. Mt. Vernon rural f i rem e n drove a fire truck along the railroad tracks, straddling the rails, to reach the fire scene. They used fog to control the blaze and it caused no property damage. The blaze along the railroad right-of-way was controlled in two hours. DILLIES • LET'S OPEN UF* A NEW BRANCH OFFICE. • 1 It I Th» tAitut SirlrifcattlU. ^

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