The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 24, 1961 · Page 1
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Power Cable Failure Causes Blackout Confusion Reigned When Lights Went Out THIS IF CHARLES — Galen Scott, who plays Charles in Ottawa Community Theater production of "Blithe Spirit" Nov. 1618, studies his part while waiting to rehearse. Scott portrays a debonair author in comedy by Noel Coward. (Herald Photo) By LAMAR PHILLIPS i Confusion reigned for a short time in Ottawa last night as a result of a power failure at the city electric plant, and a call to the fire department, only minutes apart. The two incidents were related, the power failure causing the fire alarm to be turned in. Later, a hot skillet added to the confusion, but was incidental to the call which summoned the fire trucks. At 6:35, failure of a power cable at the plant put the entire city in darkness and also gave Pomona a blackout, since that town, nine miles west of Ottawa, is supplied with electric power by the city of Ottawa. At the time of the cable failure, units in operation at t h e plant were a 2,500-kilowatt steam unit and the diesel - electric en gine of 3,500-killowatt capacity giving a total capacity of 6,000 kilowatts, Don Hamilton, water and light department superinten dent said. Hamilton said at the time o he failure a load of 4,500 to 4,-j 00 kilowatts was being carried o supply Ottawa and Pomona with electric service. When the underground cable ailure occurred, things happened quickly. Both the steam unit and the diesel stopped opera- ion automatically. With tremendous steam pressure and heat present, the stop- jing of the steam generator immediately increased the pressure in the boiler and automatic pop- off valves took care of that situation. The noise of valves popping, and steam escaping, gave rise to quick rumors in Ottawa that there had been an explosion at the light plant. About three minutes after the city was plunged into darkness, the fire department vehicles, with lights flashing and sirens wail ing, made a run to answer a cal from the Crum Care Home, 803 S. Main. General confusion fol lowed for several minutes. The alarm at the care home was a result of the power failure A fire alarm system at the home utomatically switched to emer- ;ency batteries when the power ailed, and something went wrong in the automatic switchover, causing it to sound its ire alarm, thus causing people at :he home to call the fire department. While firemen were at the lome, a skillet on a stove in a Dasement apartment caught fire. Firemen gave it a couple of squirts with a fire extinguisher and that took care of the fire situation. The smoke and odor from the burning skillet added just the atmosphere needed, however, to convince a large crowd of curious Ottawans that the care home had caught fire. Fire Chief Harry Gilliland said this morning that it was fortunate there was no real blaze. "If we had been required to connect hose to a fire hydrant we couldn't have done so without damaging some of the automobiles that crowded to the scene to see what was happening." Hamilton explained this morning that the big diesel engine stopped automatitally, when the cable failure occurred, by operation of automatic equipment. The engine is equipped with an alarm system consisting of loud horns which honk when something happens and it is necessary to stop the machine. The engine has still another safety feature, however, Hamilton said. The power line that operates the horn warning system is supplied from the steam equipment. "When anything happens to cut off the power on the warning system circuit," Hamilton explained, "the diesel engine will stop automatically. It did so last evening." The cable failure occurred at 6:35, Hamilton said. At 6:45 the i city connected in with the Kansas! City Power & Light Company lines and the button on the diesel was pushed at the same time, and the lights came on again. At 7:10, 25 minutes later, the point of trouble on the cable had been found and handled, and the plant went back on steam and diesel units as it had been prior to the failure at 6:35. This morning Hamilton said the plant's 4,000-kilowatt generator was not in use at the time of the failure. "That unit was down because we have it opened for routine inspection by insurance inspectors as required by law and by Gen- eral Electric Company experts,** he explained, adding, "We do this regularly on our units." The cable which failed was being inspected this morning to determine cause of the failure. It is one of a number of cables put in about 1950, Hamilton said. In 1932 the city experienced a number of cable failures and the trouble resulted in a lawsuit with ! a contractor. "The failures before were on rather long hook-ups," Hamilton said he had been informed by plant employes. Hamilton was not here at that time. "The failure last evening," he continued, "was on a short line, (Continued on Page 10) OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 65 NO. 270 OTTAWA, KANSAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1961 7 CENTS TWELVE PAGES Side Storm Of Protests Swipes Over Nuclear Blast MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Officers: said Michael Karpan had j equipped a gambling parlor with) everything needed for a success-1 ful operation—except a back door. | Detective Sgt. Joe Gorman said I a room behind Karpan's grocery j had a mirror peephole in the door a warning buzzer connected to the front of the store and other furnishings worth about $10,000. But when a vice squad broke through the door the nine persons inside had,.no way out Karpan, 39, was charged with operating a gambling game. Mighty Crash TAMPA, Fla. (AP)-A young wife crashed her car into a utility pole Monday and caused the biggest electric power failure in the city since Hurricane Donna last year. Cora Dupuy, 19, an expectant mother, was admitted to a hospital in good condition. . The crash snapped off the utility pole, brought down heavy transmission wires and shorted out four utility sub-stations. Electronic Road? HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - A government official says automobiles may soon zip safely over electronic highways at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. William Ruder, assistant secretary of commerce, told the Outdoor Advertising Association of America Monday a test electronic highway may be built into the interstate system between two major cities as soon as feasibility studies are completed Here's What Happened To Herald A number of area comuni- ties didn't receive Monday's Herald in the mail today. The papers, in a mail truck bound for Kansas City, were among other mail scattered over countryside a mile south of Olathe on Interstate 35, when the truck ran out of control, striking a guard rail at the south end of the Santa Fe overpass. John L. Schwartz, 23, Overland Park, driver of the two-ton van belonging to Avis Truck Rental, Kansas City, Mo., told officers that something gave way in the steering and he was unable to control the vehicle. The driver was not injured. Among those communities which did not receive Oct. 23 issues of the Herald are Rantoul, Osawatomie, Lane, Wellsville, Baldwin, Shawnee Mission, Kansas City, Greeley, Edgerton and Paola. Kremlin, Soviet Press Still Mum On Subject LONDON (AP) — Protests and demonstrations spread throughout the non-Communist world today against Soviet detonation of a giant hydrogen bomb. Government leaders, scientists and newspapers, especially in Discoverer Fails To Orbit VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) —Discoverer XXXIII has failed to achieve orbit, setting back further the program which was designed to perfect a way to recover packages from space. The engine of the second-stage Agena rocket apparently shut off Monday before reaching orbital speed, the Air Force said. The rocket presumably burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific. During the three years the program has encompassed, only eight capsules have been recovered. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 adv from the blast. But British De- Western Europe and Japan, expressed shock and. horror at the IO-to-50 megaton blast set off in .he arctic Monday. India's Prime Minister Nehru said he was 'deeply pained and shocked." The Russian people themselves were unaware of the blast, not reported either by the Soviet government or press. In Italy, tens of thousands of high school and university students marched out of classes and paraded through streets in a dozen cities in protest against the Soviet blast. In Manila, more than 7,500 Filipino college students were reported to have signed a petition urging the Soviet Union to halt further tests. British pacifist and philosopher Earl Bertrand Russell, 89, led a ban-the-bomb delegation to the Soviet Embassy in London to deliver a protest letter and said afterward: "We had a nice interview, but in the end it was too much for the (Soviet) charge d'affaires." Russell said the Russians told him there would be no fallout Selecting A Jury For York, Latham fense Minister Harold Watkinson said the British government is taking steps to make substitutes for fresh milk which might be contaminated from the Soviet blast. He said preliminary evidence from the huge Soviet blast and its accompanying smaller one "suggests a yield of the order of j 30 megatons." In Australia, however, officials of the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization said its measurements indicated the Russian explosion was in the 50 megaton region. They said shock waves from the explosion— 8,800 miles away—were still being registered today. West Europe's newspapers were almost unanimous in their condemnation of the explosion as an act of terrorism without any scientific justification. Japanese were alarmed by a warning from experts there that highly radioactive rain and dust from the blast would reach their shores around Friday. The Tokyo government called a conference of scientists to decide whether the expected levels of radiation would be harmful to humans. The experts sought ways of coping with water and vegetable contamination. Face-Lift For Factory If you were to visit the Parmelee. Inc., building, 634 King, today and again Saturday, you would see evidence of something approaching a miracle. Today the building is vacant, rather dirty and has few of the facilities of a factory. By Saturday, it's expected to be pretty close to a modern plant, lacking the equipment which Parmelee, new Ottawa, industry, will move in in November. Members and associate members of the Ottawa Builders Association and other craftsmen will move in tomorrow night to create the big change. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, painters and other craftsmen will do the job for nothing, to help the new industry get in operation. "It's going to be work and fun," said Allen Loyd, association president. Work will include painting the floor, walls and a ceiling which is to be installed; construction of partitions for the office; installation of lighting and bath facilities. Parmelee, manufacturer of safety spectacles, goggles and shields, announced eariler it would open a plant in Ottawa which would hire about 70 persons at the outset and about 200 ultimately. The company bought the building, formerly owned by Ottawa Steel. City workmen have patched the concrete floor. The workmen will their own equipment. BOOK FAIR FARE — Nell Barnaby, Ottawa librarian, inspects illustrations to be used during Community Book Fair here Nov. 12-18. Illustrations, in black and white and color, are by Marguerite de Angeli, Robert Osborn and Gordon Laite. (Herald Photo) The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Considerable cloudiness to night; not quite so cool tonight; Wednesday partly cloudy; highs Wednesday in the 60s; lows tonight 40-45. Hgh temperature yrsterday, 64; low tnrluy. 40; high year ago today, 81; low year RKO today. 44; record high this date. 68 in 1939; record low this date. 22 in 1917; hourly temperatures, 21 hours ending B a.m., today: 8 a. m 51 8 p. m 47 10 a. m 55 I'l P. m 45 11 a. m 68 11 p. m 45 Noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m .62 .63 64 4 p. m. 63 6 p. m 6U 6 p. in 5.) 7 p. m S2 ft p. m ID .60 Midnight 43 1 a. in. 3 a. m. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 5 a. m. 6 a. m. 7 a. m. 8 a. in, 42 41 46 46 46 46 48 40 (Pictures on Page 8) RUSSELL, Kan. (AP)- Selection of a jury in the trial of two teen-aged soldiers charged with murder got under way today after three additional motions for continuances were denied. Attorneys for George Ronald York, 18, of Jacksonville, Fla., and James Douglas Latham, 19, Mauriceville, Tex., unsuccessfully sought continuances for time to prepare their case, to obtain psychiatric examinations and to dismiss part of the juror list because of possible prejudice. District Judge Benedict P. Cruise of Hays overruled the three motions and ordered jury selection to begin. Attorneys for the youths, who are accused of killing' Otto Ziegler, 62, Oakley, Kan., railroad man, raised the sanity issue and said they have unsuccessfully attempted to get psychiatric examinations. A sanity commission has ruled the boys are capable of standing trial but their attorneys contend the examination did not go into their condition on June 9 when Ziegler was killed. The attorneys also contended local newspaper publicity may have prejudiced residents of this area. Northern Kansas Telephone Sold To Chicago Company They asked, but were overruled, that all Russell Township residents be dismissed from the panel. They also renewed an argument from Monday that two new members of the defense counsel staff have not had time to prepare for ' trial. I As selection of jurors began, York and Latham—who are also accused of killing six other persons in four other states—moved from between guards to a table with their attorneys. Up to that time they had been flanked in the courtroom by a Russell County officer and a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent. Judge Cruise filled the jury box with the first 12 persons and immediately sent the other prospective jurors out of the courtroom. The panel members filled the third floor corridor of the Russell County courthouse while waiting to be called into the courtroom. Up to now there have apparently been few spectators because the jury panel of 200 has filled all available space. Seated in the courtroom were members of York's and Latham's families. Prosecution attorneys have said they will seek the deat£ penalty. Check Hood District Petition An official enumeration of registered voters in School District, 56, Hood, shows 146, County Clerk Bruce Spears said today. Spears said 105 persons signed the petition to transfer the district to Ottawa. This, he said, is 71.91 per cent of the registered voters in the district. Seventy- five signatures or 51 per cent of the registered voters, is required to effect the transfer. Any remonstrance must be filed with the superintendent of county schools by Nov. 18. It would need 37 signatures, he said. Rejects 'Right' Of Inspection LONDON (AP) —Britain today strongly rejected the right claimed by East Germans to inspect the papers of Western officials crossing into East Berlin. The new East German move to curtail Allied rights in Berlin was incident at an East Berlin check point involving the United States minister. E. Allan Lijjhrner Jr. use . . Charles Colbern, who was instrumental in getting Parmelee interested in Ottawa, will provide coffee for the workmen. Said Loyd: "We are proud to help accomplish this act of getting a new business into Ottawa and to help in promoting community growth and interest." Members and associate members of the association are Lindel Chism, Oscar Turner, Lyle Hanes, Al Morgan, Bob Coleman, Allen Loyd Jr., Orral (Butch) Slanart Jr., Virgil D. Ecord, George D. Scott, Louis Ames, Don Gorton, Bob Sayler, Albert Swallow. H. B. Parks, Harold Gallagan, Nuzman Lumber Co., Anchor Savings and Loan, Ottawa Lumber Co., Ottawa Savings and Loan, Roy Brown Plumbing and Heating, Mealman and Gorton Painting Contractors, Durbin Plumbing and Heating, Robert Snodgrass, Parrott's Electric, Dale Brown, Louie Mumma, Jim Peterson, Nitcher Floor Service. Dan Rochl, First National Bank, E. E. Haley, Gas Service Co., Woodsum Nursery and Kansas State Bank. Loyd stressed that other organizations and individuals will be helping with the renovation. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Tuesday—0. During October—28. During 1961 — 426 Comparable 1960 period — 399. Announcement was made today of the purchase of the stock of Northern Kansas Telephone Company, of Ottawa, by Telephones, Inc., of Chicago. The announcement was made by Thomas E. Gleason, president of Northern Kansas Telephone Company, and Perry D. Woodward, president of Telephones, Inc. In connection with the announcement, Gleason stated: "The four common stock-holders of Northern Kansas Telephone Company feel that in the sale of their stock to Telephones, Inc., they have provided further impetus to the growth and development of the company and in further improvement in service to its telephone subscribers. "We feel that in becoming a part of their larger organization, our subscribers will have the benefits of the wider experience and technical ability of the Telephones, Inc., organization. We also feel that the financial support of Telephones, Inc., will better equip the company for further expansion and growth." Woodward said that Telephones, Inc., now has operating companies in the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas Prizes For Many At Hallowesta Many persons will take home prizes from Ottawa's Hallowesta Saturday. Cash prizes will be awarded to 12 winners in the children's Hal- lowe'en costume contest. And several Ottawa stores will j present prizes in guessing contests held during the clay, said Dick Walker, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce retailer committee, ! i The Hallowesta, featuring the j costume contest, round and square dancing on the street and game and refreshment booths, will open at 7 p.m. The site will be the 200 and 300 blocks of South Main which will be closed to traffic for the festival. The costume judging booth will be located in front of Wassmer Clothing Company. The judging will begin at 7:30. Cash prizes of $5 for first, $.'! for second and $2 for third will be awarded winners in each of four age groups. Registration for the contest should be made at the Chamber of Commerce office by Saturd^, noon. The contest age groups arc under 5, 5 through 9, 10 through 14 and 15 through 18. The little "spooks" won't be the only ones seen Saturday. Store and office workers clown- towns are urged to wear costumes during the day. Everyone attending the Hallowesta Saturday night also may wear costumes. Details of the guessing contests to be, conducted by the stores will be available at the stores participating. The Jaycees and Jaynes, who spearheaded the revival of the Hallowesta, once held annually, will help organizations set up the game and refreshment booths be- ,tween 5 and 7 p.m. and serves nearly 50,000 telephone subscribers. He also noted that Telephones, Inc., recently had completed a public offering of 250,000 shares of its common stock and that the company plans additional acquisitions of telephone properties. Woodward said Gleason will continue as president and general manager of Northern Kansas Telephone Company. Northern Kansas Telephone Company now serves approximately 9,300 subscribers in 35 exchange areas in Eastern Kansas. The Company employs approximately 80 people, 20 of which are employed in the general offices in Ottawa, the remainder being employed locally in the areas which the company serves. i The selling stockholders are I Douglas and Thomas E. Glea| son, Ottawa, John J McGrath, McGrath Engineering, Inc., Topeka, and Fred P. Marshall. Toronto, Kansas. Visiting Telephone, Inc., execu- i lives were guests at a luncheon j held today at the North Ameri- I can Hotel. Attending were North| ern Kansas officials and local ! business leaders. Weather Shift i TOPEKA (AP)-An unexpected shift in the weather pattern brought a prediction today of showers for some sections of Kansas. Monday forecasters had indicated several days of clear, mild weather were ahead for Kansas. Tauv's Toot # For a fesv minutes last night, we would have traded the world's largest electric generator for the old sooty coal oil lamp that went to the dump when Grandpa died.

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