Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 21, 1969 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Mjanday high 40 low 35. A. trace oJ rain. t:60 a.m. today 35. Downtown at noon (oday 47. a MEMBER AUDr BUREA*' OF CIRCULATION' - \ SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER " WEATHER Southern Illinois — Occasional drinta southeast and chance of light freezing drizzle tonight. Lows from the SOs central to the 30s extreme south, prizzle ending Wednesday with highs generally in the 80s. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 95 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c SUMMERSVILLE VOTE FEB. 25 Meets With Security Council New President Beats Staff Aides To Work WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon, the inaugural pomp an-' pageantry behind him, rose eariy today to begin the somber of guiding the nation through turmoil at home and war abroad. - Although the new chief execu- ihe did not retire until 2:30 a.m. after appearances at six iraugural balls, he was up at 7 a m. and, after a breakfast of orange juice, oatmeal and coilee, in his oval office 30 minutes later. Nixon began his term as 37th president Monday with a pledge 'to consecrate my office, my "nergies, and all of the wisdom I can summon, to the cause of peace among nations." . But it was a rather lonely Mart today for the politician whose career once teetered on oblivion for he ,beat all of his s'aff aides to their offices. Nixon's desk, once used in the White House by Woodrow Wilson, is the same one Nixon used as vice president in his office at the Capitol. Even before he plunged into the merry whirl of Monday night's inaugural balls where Republicans celebrated their return to power after an eight- year gap—the new President had arranged for a meeting of the National Security Council today. Nixon also planned to meet with Gen. Earle Weeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and aides said he would confer soon with his Cabinet and Urban Affairs Council. In the heady atmosphere of Inauguration Day, the former transfer of presidential power from Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson to Republican Nixon was earned out in peace and harmony. The day was marred, however, by brief and scattered but sometimes bloody confrontations between police and a small band of antiwar protestors who -o- -o- -o- tried but failed to seriously disrupt the inauguration events. It was at 12:16 p.m. Monday that the 56-year-old son of a California grocer stood in the shadow of the towering Capitol dome and, with • his right hand upraised and his left hand on two family Bibles held by his wife Pat, repeated in a firm and forceful voice the 35-word oath administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren. Spiro T. Agnew, former Maryland governor and son of a Greek immigrant, had been sworn in moments earlier as vice president. Looking on were President Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, the Democratic vice persident whom Nixon narrowly defeated in November's general election. 17-MInute Address Then, after cannons roared out a 21-gun salute and the Ma(Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) Gang Slaughter SEVEN SHOT, THREE DIE IN E. ST. LOUIS EAST ST. LOUIS, —ITJ. (AP)— Three magazine salesmen were shot to death and four others were wounded by gunfire Moil- day night as they stepped from their bus-like vehicle on orders from another group of men. ' Police said witnesses told them that the attackers, carrying various types of weapons, had surrounded the vehicle and that just before they opened fire they shouted, "Mighty War Lords!" The bus-like vehicle was riddled with bullet holes and all the windows were shot out or shattered. Robbery was not a motive, the police said, because money from the salesmen's day's sales was still in the vehicle and the victims still had money on them. The attackers and those attacked were Negroes, police said. They said there is a black militant group i n the area known as the War Lords but they did not believe the shootings had racial overtones. A spokesman for a Kansas City publishers service said the victims had been under its employ for about a week. He said he knew of no reason for the shooting. Police said Gerald Collins, 21, of St. Louis, and Lorenzo Lewis Jr.,-19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Were dead when officers arrived. William Singleton, 18, of Philadelphia, Pa., died about four hours later at a hospital. 2 Grants To Mr. V. Hospital Good Samaritan Gets $946,831 In Texas Johnson Family Is Back Home AUSTENH, Tex. (AP) — The trapping of power were still there—the big blue and white presidential jet, the historic seal of office, the Secret Service, the special communications machines, the special attentions of a solicitous crew. But the burdens of power were gone. The man with the bag for Armageddon was gone. It made all the difference. The plane felt lighter. Flying home from Washington history, Lyndon B. Johnson and his family reflected an admixture of weary exaltation, relief, liberation and nostalgia. They were returning to Texas in the same plane in which the 36th president of the United States took his oath of office five years and two months ago in'Dallas, the same plane on which he flew to Washington with the body and the, widow of the 35th president. If that'somber fact gave them a special feeling of coming full cycle, they did not express it. But they did telk of their last moments in the White House, the last special little things they (Continued On Page 2 Col. 2.) California Is Hard Hit By Heavy Rains SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in federal grants has been awarded to hospitals and medical care facilities in U Illinois commu- partment announced today. The funds will aid in construction and equipping of community hospitals and other institutions, said Dr. Franklin Yoder, health director. The awards are tentative, subject to final approval of the Public Health Service. Approved projects and grant awards are: General hospital construction: St. John's Hospital, Springfield, $1,230,000; Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon, $820,805; Community Hospital of Ottawa, 410,000; Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin, $356,000; St. Margeret Hospital, Spring Valley, $1,230,000. Modernization: Englewood Hosiptal, Chicago, $1,008,000; St. Mary of Nazarety Hospital, Chicago, $1,680,000; University of Chicago' Hospitals and Clinics, ,$191,464. Long-term care facilities: Community Hospital of Ottawa, $315,086; Monroe County Nursing Home, Waterloo, $360,000; Herrin Hospital, Hemn, $225,000; Resurrection Hospital, Chicago, $492,873; Galena Park Home, Peoria Heights, $389,700. Diagnostic and treatment centers: St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, $171,118; St. John's Hospital, Springfield ,$520,700. Rehabilitation centers: Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon, $126,026; DuPage Easter Seal Treatment Center, Villa Park, $151,423. Council OKs 20 Pet. Cut In 2 Years Cut Water Rate 25c Per Month Stolen Diamond Set In Teeth ' ROME, Ga. (AP) — A. diamond in the,rough is one thing -••-but a diamond in the mouth? Rome Detective Supt. John Barnett said it was the most unusual recovery, of stolen property he has seen in 16 years of police work. Detectives said a $1,300 diamond, stolen from a jewelry store Jan. 11, was recovered Monday with the help of a dentist. The, diamond had been mounted by another dentist—at the 'request of his patient—between two front teeth. The Calhoun, Ga., man, whpse 'name was hot released, said he purchased the diamond in a pool hall. , MOTORIST KILLED ALVIN, 111. (AP)—Marie K. Daniels, 56, of Alvin, was Wile'' Monday in a two-car collision on Illinois 119, about a mile north of Alvin. - The driver of the second car, James Horner Jr., 28, of Bismarck, was hospitalized in Dan- villa ' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Heavy rain and strong winds pounded waterlogged 1 California today and in hardest-hit ai'e^is deaths mounted, evacuations dc- curred and damage soared. Much of the rest of the nation also had bad weather. Flooding, mudslides, toppled trees, traffic accidents and washed-put • roads troubled the Los Angeles area on Monday. At least 20 persons have died in that county because of automobile accidents blamed on the four-day storm. While the first two storm northern and central California, Meteorologists earmarked the third for Southern California and said a fourth was expected. Kenneth Levitt, an independent weather, statistician, said that by 6 p.m. Monday 5.09 inches of rain had fallen on the Los Angeles civic center. Sacramento County sheriff's officers said that possibly as many as 200 persons were evacuated Monday night from Sherman Island which is about 10 miles long and three miles wide and lies between deep water channels in the Sacramento-San (Continued On Page 2 Qol. 8) 4-Way Talks Soon -^Lodge PARIS (AP) — Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, emerging from a working session with South . Vietnamese allies, announced today there will be a four-way meeting on substantive matters on Vietnam peace this week. He said the precise time;and date will be announced later. Lodge met with South Vietnamese Ambassador Phang Dam Lam for less than an hour. Lodge was accompanied by the outgoing deputy U.S. negotiator Cyrus R. Vance and by Lodge's own chief aides, Lawrence Walsh and v Marshall Green. . i, On the South Vietnamese sido jLs:m was accompanied by his 1 deputy, Nguyen Kuan Phong. | It was Vance and Phong who led the allied delegations at the four-sided ' procedural meeting Saturday at which the negotiators cut through the obstacles which had held up the opening of the four-way talks for more than two month* South Of Campus High School Buys 8 More Properties The Mt. Vernon High School board of education last night approved the purchase of eight additional properties in the four- block area south of the present Mt. Vernon high campus. •Agreements have been reached and options exercised on the following: Harry Gant, 519 Casey; Pearl Schaffer, 507 Casey; William Clyde Ten-ell, 509 Opdyke; Estella Page, 507 S. 7th; Raymond Rutherford, 418 S. 7th; Mattie Lee Warren, 520 Opdyke; Mary England, 505 S. 6th; and the Sherman Simmons property at 404 S. 7th. The total purchase price was listed at $31,282.01. There are eight pieces of property remaining in the area in which the board believes a new football field and physical education facilities can be located. Members of, the board expressed confidence in the ability of Jim O'Connell to negotiate with the owners during the coming month. Six additional properties remain in the extreme south end of the area that the board and administration feel may be left unpurchased. The prices placed upon these places are quite high and it may be possible the school can achieve its goal without these purchases, -Supt, Shields said. At last night's meeting the board instructed the superintendent and O'Connell to make initial contacts with the property owners west of Seventh street to Eighth street. Unit School Survey Ogie Ellis, Jefferson county superintendent of schools, attended the session and presented copies of the county school program survey to the members of the board. The educational survey, recently completed^by Eastern Illinois University, recommends basically reorganization of the school systems of the county. Ellis pointed out that probably the school district which would profit the least was Mt. Vernon Township High School District 201. The" strongest advantage in a reorganization move ment would be in curricular coordination Within the several schools. The board approved the employment of Sammy Hicks, a graduate of Southern Illinois University, to complete the school year as supervisor of students in the library study hall. School Board Election Dates for the coming Board of Education election were set. The first day for filing petitions will be February 26. The last day to file Will* be March 22, and the election will be held on April 12. Two members, V. N. Chaney and Robert Lipps, will complete their present term of office. No announcement concerning their seeking reelection has as • yet | been made. ! Greenville College and the State office of the superintendent have asked that Mt. Vernon high provide facilities for a State Physics Institute for secondary school physics teachers to be held two Saturdays each month from January through May. The board agreed to provide the facilities free of charge providing the Institute would pay the custodial charge. A report , prepared by Howard Jones, vocational director and presented by . Superintendent J. D. Shields, was made on the continuing development of the Mt. Vernon area secondary vocational program. It was approved by -the board 1 that plans be made to incorporate diversified occupations, distributive education, office occupations, vocational welding, and food service cooperative into the area vocational program during the 1969-70 school year. Programs within the center would , start at 12:15 and would conj elude at 2:45 each school day. May Start Tennis The board instructed the superintendent to continue a study of the feasibility of establishing tennis as a sport on the high school level. Several requests Starting May 1 this year the minimum water rate in Mt. Vernon will be cut 25 cents per month — from the present $2.60 to $2.35. It is part of a 20 per cent reduction in water rates voted by the city council last night to take effect over a two year period. Water rates will be reduced 10 per cent on May 1 this year and another 10 per cent on May 1, 1970. Voting "yes" on the ordinance cutting the rates were Mayor Joe Martin and Councilm e n Woodrow Burnette, Coy Flota and Russell Laur. Councilman Kenneth Martin, away from the city on vacation was absent. In other major action last last night the council: 1. Authorized City Manager Kenneth Setzekorn to obtain the services of the St. Louis law firm, Charles and Trauernicht, to draw up an ordinance for the sale of $100,000 worth of revenue bonds to help finance major extension of sewer and water mains to the west and southwest parts of the city. 2. Autohrized development of alternate plans for sanitary se- were in the west area and to ask for new construction bids on the revised plans. 3. Heard City Manager Setzekorn predict that the state will soon approve plans for electric traffic signals at 12th and Main and at 12th and Broadway. Cut Water Rates The reduction in water rates for residential users on May 1 this year will be as follows: First 2,000 gallons — from present $2.60 to'. $2.35. Next 4,000 gallons — from $1.85 to $1.65. Next 9,000 gallons - from $1.55 to $1.40. Next 35,000 gallons $1.20 to $1.10. Next 50,000 gallons 75 cents to 70 cents. Next 100,000 gallons 45 cnets to 40 cents. Industrial Cut, Too The reduction for industrial users, effective May 1, will be as follows: First 2,000 gallons $2.60 to' $2.35. Next 4,000 gallons $1.85 to $1.65. Next 9,000 gallons $1.55 to $1.40 . Next 35,000 gallons 90 cents to 80 cents. Next 50,000 gallons 60 cents to 55 cents. Next 100,000 gallons 40 cents to 35 cents. Next 300,000 gallons — from 30 cents to 27 cents. Over 500,000 gallons -- from 18 cents to 16 cents. Another Cut, Next Year The additional 10 per cent reduction to take effect May 1, 1970 will reduce the monthly minimum. charge from $2.35 to $2.15. The reductions will not affect the bulk rates on contracts between the city and area towns like Woodlawn, Dix and Blufird. Water Problems City" Manager Setzekorn said he will soon propose a policy for sale of water by area towns which buy water from Mt. Vernon on a bulk rate. At the last council meeting i there was discussion that some I people may be obtaining water j when their properties are not adjacent to mains between Mt. Vernon and Dix, in violation of [the contract. ;- Setzekron said he inadvertently used the word "bootlegging" j in j describing the practice. "I Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) CLAY SHAW from from from — from from Charges Conspiracy In JFK Assassination GARRISON STARTS CLAY SHAW TRIAL -o- o- -o- JIM GARRISON from from from | from Group Starts Ted's Campaign: MIAMI (AP* — A group; boosting Sen. Edward M. Ken-; nedy, D-Mass., for president in; 1972 will kickoff its Florida of- 1 fort tonight close to the Key Biscayne home of President Nixon, j Lawrence H. Plummer, chair-; man of the Kennedy group, said; it, deliberately chose to meet at: a restaurant favored by Nixon, j "We nicked this site because; it is one of the new Presidents favorite dining places," Blum-j mer said. "We selected this' date because it is the first day- after President Nixon's inaugu- : ration." Destroy Missile On Test Flight CAPE KENNEDY. Fla. (AP^ —A Poseidon missiie developed: trouble 17 seconds after blasting, off on its third test flight today and was destroyed by the range safety officer in a spectacular explosion. The multiwarhead submarine, weapon developed n-ouble in the first stage, Navy officials said. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Selection of the Clay Shaw trial jury starts today in a courtroom showdown on Dist. Arty. Jim Garrison's claim that President John F. Kennedy was killed by a band of conspirators—not by a lone sniper. Judge Edward A. Haggerty Jr. summoned 169 citizens for examination as prospective jurors with still others readily available. Shaw, 55, a tall, chain-smoking, retired business executive is charged with conspinng to murder the president who was assassinated in Dallas November 22, 1963. The Criminal district courtroom was under extraordinary guard. Deputies were Under orders to search all spectators. Opening of the trial, was preceded by an unusual legal flip-flop by the prosecution. Asst. Dist. Atty. James L. Alcock, named by Garrison to handle the case, asked Friday that the trial be delayed indefinitely. Then he withdrew the motion when it came before Judge Haggerty in a hearing Monday. At the hearing, Alcock accused U.S. Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark of deliberately inlerefer- ing by releasing a report on the Kennedy autopsy "on the eve of the picking of the jury for the Shaw trial." Clark's announcement Thursday was that a panel of experts had examined the secret record and upheld the autopsy report that the bullets which killed the President were fired from above and behind. Garrison says the autopsy material would back his contention that; the President; was hit by bullets fired from both front nnd rear. "It was not; the first time that Atty. Gen. Clark tried to' interfere in this case with public statements," said Alcock in con- mending that Clark's statement could influence prospective ju- (Continued On Page 2 Col. 2) On Primary Day PEOPLE TO DECIDE ON ANNEXATION The people of Mt. Vernon will vote February 25 to accept or reject annexation of a large Summersville area. The city council officially called the special election last night, to coincide with the city's regular primary 'election. Voting yes on a motion calling the special election wore Mayor Joe Martin and Councilmen Coy Flota, Woodrow Burnette and Russell Laur. Councilman Martin who is on vacation, was absent. The special election is the result of petitions which wore filed January 16 in the city clerk's office, asking for a referendum. There were 901 signatures on the petitions. Proposed annexation of the Summersville area was rejected by the city council December 16 on a 3 "yes." 2 "no" vote. (Under city ordinance, a 4-to-l vote is required to annex property to the city.) City Attorney Bill Howard told the council that the result of the February 25 election will be the final decision on the annexation, which has resulted in bitter controversy for many weeks. If a simple majority votes in favor of annexation, it would over-ride the council's rejection, if a simple majority votes against annexation, it would be confirmation of the council's action. The city attorney told the smnurEKsvnxE AREA HAS 600 PEOPLE If the Summersville area is annexed to Mt. Vernon the population of the town will grow about 500. The area proposed for annexation in the February 25 special election covers 259 acres and contains 157 houses, seven commercial structures and the Summersville school. Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Ed Sullivan To Visit Mt. V., Centralia Soon Republicans Fire 227 State Employes council that the signatures on the ptitions were sufficient to make it mandatory that the council call the election. The only decision left to the council in the matter was selection of a date for the election. The February 25 date was picked because it coincides with the primary election and, thus, will not be an added expense to the city. In the same election the voters will nominate two candidates for mayor, from a field of four men; four candidates for two city councilman seats, from a field of six men; and candidates of city clerk and city treasurer. More Controversy Even as the council called the special election for a final decision on Summersville, the old controversy erupted again. It started after a letter from four Summersville area residents was read, expressing an opinion that the 3-2 council vote December 16 was sufficient to annex the area and asking that the city start providing city services for the area. The Summersville residents contended that state law requires only a simple majority to annex property to a city. The Mt. Vernon city ordinance requires a two- thirds majority. It was contended that state law is paramount to city ordinances and that the annexation should be allowed. The letter was signed by Herb Mulkey, 1113 Fairfield Road: Clyde L. Miller, 1042 Fairfield Ed Sullivan, the well-known television personality and owner of the Sullivan Cable TV services in Mt. Vernon and Centralia will be in Southern Illinois in February. According to John Manion,' Jr., manager of the Sullivan Cable TV in Mt. Vernon and Russell Zimmermann, manager of the Sullivan Cable TV in Centralia, details .and the exact date of the visit are not complete. Sullivan visited Mt. Vernon two years ago when he purchased die Cabte TV franchise. CHICAGO (AP) — George E. Mahin, Illinois Director of Revenue, announced today the firing of 227 employes which he said would save the state $2 miilion annually in salaries: Mahin told a news conference 1)'.r>t letters were sent to the dismissed employes Monday. He said the affected employes were revenue inspectors and that the elimination of their jobs reduces the department's work force by 16 per cent.' Mahin, who was picked by Goy. Richard B. Ogilvie to head the tearii which effected the transition from former Goy. Samuel H. Shapiro's administration, said that 15 to^20 of the fi--eel inspectors had civil service status. "The rest were political patronage employes. . . The payroll was padded," Mahin said. "A survey indicated that these employes were not performing the services for which they were hired." Mahin said many of these "so-called inspectors held other fvll-time jobs. Their work was largely ineffective and poorly organized and the time they actually spent working was minimal." Vie said that any of the dismissed employes having the Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) >DO YOU TAKE YOUR BAR EXAM TODAY ?

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