Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 17, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Thursday high 44 low 39. Rainfall Thursday .35. 7:00 a.m. today 43. Downtown at noun today 50. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDr BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Occasional rain or drizzle tonight. Lows tonight in the 80s central to the low 40s extreme south. Saturday rain or drizzle ending with highs from the SO* central to the 40s extreme south. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 92 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c SOVIET SPACEM RETURN MARSHA AND HER MINI—Marsha Thompson, secretary in the Iowa House of Representatives, poses in her orange minir dress which set off some debate among legislators in Des Moines, Iowa. Most felt that Marsha's eight-inches-above- the-knee mini was not mini enough, while others argued it would be a distraction. (AP Wirephotoj Newlyweds To Start Out With 23 Children 3 Killed, 43 Injured, 1 Missing In I.C. Wreek 'Campus' Passenger Train Hits Freight No Regrets LBJ Will Turn Out The Ranch Lights WASHINGTON (AP) — Led by their leaders, senators from both parties paid tribute to President Johnson today just three days before he retires from the presidency. "Probably no president had so great a combination of physical drive and conviction on big matters," said Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois. "When Lyndon Baines Johnson leaves the nation's capital," Dirksen said, "We shall miss him, He will also miss us." Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, of Montana, said that when historians write about his presidency "President Johnson will be seen to have linked the past to the present and kept open the essential links of the present and future." In Johnson's own words, "It's been a little sad 1 for me in the last few days." He made the observation Thursday night at a reception given by the Senate. But as the President makes the rounds of goodbye receptions, for him and for trusted associates, he insists that he has no regrets about leaving'office. "I've never questioned my judgment in not wanting to run again," Johnson said Thursday night at a reception given by the Senate, where he served 13 of his 38 years in Washington. The President's wife, their two daughters and their grand L son accompanied him to the Capitol. Johnson told the senators that they had treated him fairly, "as well as I deserved and better. I'm mighty grateful to every one of you." The sadness of parting with old friends, and old! antagonists, was softened by Johnson, joking and poking fun at himself. Harking back to his campaign to cut White House costs by ordering the lights turned out, Johnson reminded the senators that he was taking a big cut in pay next week. "If you think you have a problem cutting out lights, you just better not look at the LBJ ranch after sundown," he quipped. The ranch down near Johnson City, Tex., is where the John- Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) BOSTON (AP) — Talk about a ready-made family! Fred and Fran are starting out with 23 "kids." Frederick J. O'Donnell, a widower, and Frances Brady, a widow, are assured of a big turnout for their marriage Feb. 2 at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Jamaica Plain section. O'Donnell, an assistant city clerk, recently solved the housing shortage. He bought a three-family home and is converting it into a 16-room, one family residence. O'Donnell, thin and bespectacled, has 13 children—seven sons and six daughters, ranging in.age from 8 through 25. Mrs. Brady, plump and pretty, has 10 children, from 9 to 26. "I know it sounds startling to most people, but when you have such a large family a few more doesn't present such a problem," 'Donnell said. He added that Fran has three children married "and my three oldest girls will be sharing an apartment, so we will number only 19." The children of each family joined 1 in helping send wedding invitations. And, naturally, all are looking forward to the big day. "The experience of raising a Fog, Rain And Drizzle Oyer State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain and drizzle lapped at the snow cover in Illinois today, and fog added to the general nastiness of the weather. In some northern and western sections the temperatures were low enough to lay a glaze of ice over the fogbound highways. For a time, Chicago's lakefront airport, Meigs Field, reported zero visibility but the big airports — Midway and O'Hare International — reported normal operations in spite of visibilities ranging down to an eighth of a mile. The collision of a passenger train and a freight near Kankakee was tentatively attributed to fog that obscured a warning signal. Two' persons were reported killed and six injured in the wreck . Morning rush hour traffic in some parts of the Chicago area was slowed to 10 miles an hour for a time, but the state high way department reported "no major problems." Fog in the St. Louis area spread to other Southern Illinois areas and all Illinois weather stations reported rain or drizzle. The heaviest amounts were in the south. Cairo's 24-hour total was 1.09 inchest The Weather Bureau said the sloppy, foggy Weather would continue through tonight, with rain probably changing to snow in about the northern half of the state tonight. Temperatures were expected to peak in the middle 30s to the 40s in most places, but perhaps as high as 50 in the extreme south. An overnight freeze was forecast for western and northern areas. With States AGNEW TO BE LIAISON FOR NIXON S Others Hurt Near McLeansboro (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Public Invited Open House At Good Sam Chapel This Weekend Everyone is invited to visit the new Good Samaritan Hospital chapel and M. J. Mitchell Hail, the Sisters residence at a two- day open house beginning this weekend. Open house will be held from 2:00 : -to 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20. The open house invitation is extended by Good Samaritan Hospital and the Sisters of St. Francis. TSUDEAU RETURNS OTTAWA (AP) — Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau returned home today after a 13- day European trip during which he attended the Commonwealth prime ministers' conference and had a private audience with Pope Paul VI. Mothers March Volunteers To Ring Doorbells Monday KANKAKEE, 111. (AP) Two engineers and a fireman were killed and another man was reported missing today when the southbound Illinois Central's passenger train, "The Campus" collided with an IC freight train in heavy fog. Rescue workers searched through the twisted wreckage to determine whether more bodies were inside. State troopers said 43 persons were injured. Ten were taken to hospitals and four of those were reported in serious condition. The known dead were William J Coffey of Matteson, 111., engineer of the passenger train and E.L. Lee of Marham, 111., the fireman. The Kankakee County sheriff's office identified a third victim as R.W. Dinkleman of Chicago Heights, engineer of the freight train. The sheriff's office said the fireman of the freight train was beJ'eved to be trapped in the wreckage. The victims were William J. Coffey, of Madison, 111., engineer of the passenger train, and E.L. Lee, of Markham, 111., the fireman. The Kankakee County sheriff's office said the engineer of the freight train, R. W, Dinkleman of Chicago Heights, was be • lieved to be trapped in the wreckage. The passenger train was made up of 10 cars and three mail cars. The freight train was made up pi 78 cars and a caboose and was pulled toy two diesel locomotives. , , The passerigW tr&ln's engine was reported to haVe tipped over onto Route 54 and sonrie cars were derailed onto a cornfield on the other side of the tracks. The Illinois Centra' main line as well BS the highway were blocked. Illinois Cen- train spokesman Robert O'Brien said a work crew Is on the scene clearing the wreckage. He said other trains will be routed over other lines : Friday. O'Brien said the freight train apparently failed to see a signal in the fog and overran a switch point in to the path o* the passenger train. The train was en route from Chicago to Carbondale, HI. The injured were taken to St. Mary's and Riverside hospitals in Kankakee, about 10 miles south of the crash. An IC spokesman said the crash took place at a point where three tracks narrowed to two. Traffic on U.S. 54 was rerouted as wreckage spilled over the embankment. One of the injured treated was Dr. Milton Adler, 42, head of the Adler Psychiatric Clinic in Champaign, III. Those admitted to' St. Mary's hospital in Kankakee included Dante Andreotti, 53 of Alexandria, Va.; Delmar Hilton, 59, of Marion, HI.;- Janice Spicer, 25, of Champaign, 111.: David Drazy, 19, of Kankakee; Harold Scanlin, 64, of Bradley, HI., Mrs. Wilma Sims, 52, of Aurora, Colo.; Mrs. Sonia Siegel, 41, of Champaign and John Paul Jones, 24, of Kankakee. The freight train was en route from Champaign to the Illinois Central fregiht yard in Markham, south of Chicago. Woman, Little Boy Die In Car Crash Mothers March volunteer ringing neighbors' doorbells on behalf of the fight against birth defects are annual January hap- peiJngs. We are concerened with a happier new year for every child," said Mrs. Ron Adcock, 1017 So 25th, Mothers' March chairman of the 1969 Mothers' March on Birth Defects. The annual door- b(.ll ringing campaign by women volunteers to raise money mm for the March of Dimes will Wi taice place this year on Monday, ||p January 20th. "We need more ||$| vol.mteers," Mrs. Adcock ex- ffl rlained. "The need is urgent **J if Mt. Vernon is to match the jgjgj goals achieved in other years " "Since 1958, the March of Dimes has led the way in overcoming a age - old fear of every mother," she said, "during those years, it has established more than 100 Birth Defect (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Approve Three Talk Tables MRS. RON ADCOCK PARIS (AP) —American and North Vietnamese officials inspected and approved today a set of three tables provided by the French for the opening of the Vietnam peace talks, which are expected to be slow and tortuous. The four delegations—American, South Vietnamese, North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong —Netional Liberation Front- assemble Saturday around a round table about 15 feet in diameter. Their secretarial staffs gather at two rectangular tables aligned with the center of the round table and 18 inches from Its edge. This arrangement broke a | deadlock of two months over the shape of the table and speaking I order, but it was so vague and [ambiguous as to becloud any participant's claim to victory. The vagueness of the arrangement seemed deliberate. KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Nixon assigned his vice president, Spiro T. Agnew, today to serve as his liaison with state and local government officials in a move to make the federal machinery "sensitive, receptive and responsive to their views." Nixon said a practical and functional role for state and mu- 1 nidpal officials in shaping federal policies is "absolutely essential to my administration." The President-elect earlier j pk-dged himself to purposeful and energetic pursuit of the Vietnam peace negotiations, without signaling any policy alteration in that quest. His statement on Saturday's coming resumption of the Paris peace talks was brief and little more than a formality. The break in the procedural deadlock which had stalled the talks was a preinauguration bonus for the incoming administration. Nixon, working and relaxing at Key Biscayne, at first indicated through a spokesman that he would have nothing to say on the matter. Later he issued this statement: "I am pleased that new talks can now begin in Paris. My administration will pursue these talks with energy and purpose." The president-elect will wind up his four-day Florida respite and fly to New York tonight, his inaugural address presumably all but ready for Monday's ceremony. He has made no public appearances and has been reported at work daily on the speech he will deliver from the steps of the Capitol as the nation's 37th president. Nixon announced Thursd'ay his selection of George A. Lincoln, a retired brigadier general and professor at the U.S. Military Academy, to become director of the Office of Emergency Planning. He has since served periodically as an adviser to the Pentagon and the White House on military assistance, defense equipment and manpower and related topics. Lincoln, 65, served as a logistics, policy and strategy planner during World War II and since becoming a prefessor at West Point 22 years ago has served periodically as an adviser to the Pentagon and White House on defense equipment, manpower and related topics. There has been no clear outline of the Nixon policy on the Vietnam war or the peace negotiations. The President-elect plans, sometime after Monday's inauguration, to dispatch written policy instructions to his negotiators, the U.S. Embassy in Saigon and military commanders in Vietnam. No Policy Shift Nixon's choice of advisers and diplomats, and his past statements on the Vietnam conflict, indicate no major shift in U.S. policy. In campaign statements, Nixon ruled out U.S. withdrawal or the imposition through negotiations of a coalition government on South Vietnam. "The South Vietnamese people must have a right to self-determination," he said! in a compendium of campaign positions. "That is a minimum which we must insist on." Two diplomats who played key roles in the Vietnam councils of the outgoing administration were named by Nixon to major assignments in the new one. Henry Cabot Lodge, twice Hickel Heckled Hearings On Cabinet Continue WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Senate committees considering top-level nominations in the new administration grapple today with the question of how far they should go in forcing government officials to dispose of personal financial holdings. And Gov . Walter Hickel of Alaska, designated the new secretary of interior, was called for a third day of testimony before the Senate Interior Committee which has been probing deeply into his experience and his views. Winton M. Blount of Alabama, head of a large construction firm, appears before the Post Office Committee on his nomination as postmaster general. No difficulties are anticipated. He is the last of the 12 cabinet nominees called to Capitol Hill for committee questioning prior to Senate voting on confirming the appointments. Despite the prolonged interrogation of Hickel, which may extend into Saturday, and to questions over private finances, all 12 nominations are expected to receive speedy approval after Nixon's inauguration Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield indicated Thursday that confirmations might be completed by next Tuesday. The questions about personal financial holdings involved David M. Kennedy, a Chicago banker named treasury secretary, and David Packard of Palo Alto, Calif., chosen deputy secretary of defense. The Senate Finance Committee, interviewing Kennedy, was told by one of its members Thursday that Kennedy's stock- trust proposal constitutes "a clear conflict of interest." Sen. Albert Gore, D-Tenn., said in a letter to the committee that under the trust Kennedy would not be actually divesting himself of stock in the Continental Illinois Bank, which he has headed. Gore said some of his objections applied also to Packard's plan to place in a trust, from which he would not profit, the $300 million worth of stock he owns in the Hewlett-Packard Co: Since 1947, top Pentagon officials have been required to sell stock holdings. The Senate Arms Services Committee acts on Packard's nomination today after passing on Rep. Melvin R. Laird, R- Wis., as secretary of Defense. Other cabinet appointees either have, or are due to receive shortly, advance approval of the various Senate committees. The procedure is unofficial. Nixon will submit the nominations formally Monday and the advance hearing procedure will permit prompt action. Land In Snow COSMONAUT V0LYN0V IS STILL IN SKY A head- on collision four miles south of McLeansboro yesterday afternoon took the lives of a woman and a little boy and sent six persons to hospitals, five of them with critical injuries. Fatally hurt in the accident which occurred on state route 142, were Mrs. Velma Thomas. 52, of Route 3, Galatia. 111., and her seven -year- old grandson. Jon Mark Dardeen of Buena Park, Calif. Removed to an Evansville, Indiana hospital with critical injuries were Die boy's father, John S. Dardeen, 29, of Buena Park, his wife, Jane, and two other children, Andrea, 17 months old, and Michael Allen, 5. Two McLennsboro area sisters occupants of the other car, were taken to Hamilton Mem orial Hospital in McLeansboro. They are Orma Knight, 52, Route 5, McLeansboro, who was reported in critical condition today with head injuries and multiple leg fractures, and Ava Allardin, 52, of Route 2, McLeansboro, who was reported in good condition. She suffered wrist and foot fractures. The California family was visiting Mrs. Dardeen's parents, Howard and Velma Thomas of Route 3, Galatia. The bodies of Mrs. Thomas and her little grandson were taken to the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Funeral arrangements were incomplete today. Mrs. Thomas was born in pale, 111., near McLeansboro, the daughter of Wilson and Eva (Curtis) Clark. Survivors include her husband, Howard; six soriSt Lawrence of Galatia, Robert of Frankfort, Kenneth and? Howard of Peoria, and Darrell and Charles, at Home; four daughters, Jane Dardeen of Buena Park, Calif., Mae Diggins of Cleveland, Ohio, and Sharon and Hazel, at home; and two sisters, Alice Birchler and Venita Clark, both of California. Jon Mark Dardeen, age 7, was born January 14,1962 in California, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dardeen. Survivors, besides hts parents, brother and sister, include the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dardeen of Eldorado and Howard Thomas of Galatia. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 3) Mt V. Bank Files Wayne Co. Suit ]• AIRFIELD — A big foreclosure suit was filed Wednesday in Wayne County circuit court against a Fairfield businessman, J. Robert Thompson, and other defendants. The plaintiff, Bank of Illinois, at Mt. Vernon, alleges that Thompson owes them 5296,045 in unpaid notes and interest. Four notes total $279,373, and plaintiff also asks judgment for $16,672 in interest. The notes are $156,000; $52,187; $2,000; and $69,186. Tnompson is said to have mortgaged properties in Grover and Big Mound townships to obtain his loans from the bank. The bank asks for foreclosure. Lovely Brenda Ann Martin Jefferson County Queen In State Contest Today (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Equitable Life Moving Feb. 1 To New Mt. V. Office Equitable Life Assurance will move its Mt. Vernon office February 1 from the John B. Rogers building to large modern quarters in the new building of the Crown View Service Center complex on the Ashley Rd. Equitable has been located in the Rogers building, at Tenth and Main, for over 30 years. The office forces of Equitable's Fairfield and Mt. Vernoti offices will be combined in the expanded operation here. Brenda Ann Martin, Jefferson county's lovely 1968 queen, is in Springfield today to compete (for the title of Illinois queen. Miss Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Faril Martin of Route 1, Opdyke, was crowned Miss Jefferson County at a beauty pageant which was a feature last July at the Mt. Vernon State Fair. She will join about 60 other county fair queens at a special :»a at the St. Nicholas Hotel this afternoon. Tomorrow she and the other qutens will begin the competition for Miss Illinois County Fair. The winner, to be crowned Monday night at the Armory in Springfield, will reign at the Illinois State Fair in August. The state queen contest is a feature of the annual meeting of the Illinois State Fair Asso- MOSCOW (AP) — Three Soviet cosmonauts in the spaceship Soyuz 4 landed in the snow and howling winds about 1,500 miles southeast of Moscow today. The temperature at the landing site was 31 degrees below zero. Soyuz 5 with cosmonaut Boris Voiynov remained in orbit. Tass news agency said the crew, two of whom had • transferred to Soyuz 4 from Soyuz 5 after an orbital linkup Thursday, landed about 25 miles rorthwest of Karaganda in Kazakhstan. It reported that villagers nshed through the snow with overcoats to protect the spacemen from the biting cold. "How are you feeling, dear hoys?" one asked them. 'No words can express it. ... Very glad. Extremely happy," a cosmonaut replied. The cosmonauts climbed a beard a helicopter and were flown into the steel-making city of Karaganda where they will be put up in the Chaika-Seagull —Motel temporarily, Tass reported. Tass said a recovery helicopter had first spotted the descending spaceship and a crewman shouted over the radio to ground control: "I can see th':m." The first .ship to land was commanded by Vladimir Shata- lov, who was launched into orbit Tuesday. Two days later he was joined in his cabin by Alexei Yeliseyev and Yevgeny Khru- nov, who climbed aboard from Soyuz 5—achieving the world's first crew, transfer in orbit. Radio Moscow said Voiynov reported from space after the landing of his comrades mat he "feels excellent." There was no immediate report on his plans for a return to earth. Soyuz 4 docked in orbit Thursday with Soyuz 5, and then separated after transfer of the two crewmen. The feat was reported here as a step toward creation of long-term space laboratories. The radio broadcast said Soyuz 4 landed in the "predetermined region" at 1:53 a.m. EST, after a "smooth" parachute descent through the earth's atmosphere. The three cosmonauts, in preparation for their landing, had strapped themselves into their seats. Then commander ments in the craft's position and fired a re-entry blast from the ship's rocket. "The ship then made a controlled descent through the atmosphere," the announcer said. Capsules Separate After the rocket was switched off, he added, Soyuz 4's crew capsule was separated from the working quarters, and the two sections plunged separately into the atmosphere. Recovery crews, "friends and journalists were the first persons to greet the returning cosmonauts," he said. Tass reported the cosmonauts had stowed all scientific instruments, films and cameras in the landing capsule, then it was separated from the ship's working quarters. The storage insured safe return of data gathered during the mission. Tass gave no details on the fate of the empty working quarters, but they presumably were intended to burn up during re-entery. Tass later reported first details of the new self-sufficient space suits worn by the two cosmonauts who made the transfer Thursday. . The suits contain compart- Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) DILL'.ES (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) QUEEN BRENDA k I WORK FOR BO-PEE Pi WHAT'S YOUR RACKET ? 4*

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