Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 22, 1969 · Page 1
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Wednesday, January 22, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 43, low 33. Rainfall Tuesday .05. 7:60 a .m. today 42. Downtown at noon today 54. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDr BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Chance of occasional light rain or drizzle tonight and Thursday. Lows tonight from the 40s central to the low 50s south. Highs Thursday from the 40s west central to the 80s south. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 96 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c CABINET MEMBERS SWORN At E. St. Louis GANG CHIEF ACCUSED IN MASSACRE EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — Charles "Swede" Jeffries, leader of an. East St. Louis youth gang, was charged with murder Tuesday following a gangland- style gun spree that left three persons dead and four others wounded. Police said the four survivors tentatively identified Jeffries, 22-year-old chieftain <ot the War Lords gang, from a phootgraph. Four other War Lords members were taken into custody earlier but were not held. One of the survivors, Dan Roberts, 22, of Washington, D.C., said the seven victims, all members of a magazine sales crew.were in a company van when several armed men approached. The men ordered the crew from the truck and opened fire when they complied, he said. Assistant chief of Police J. Cedell Mosley said the Monday attack might have followed a dispute over "The War Lords' girls." The dead were identified as Gerald W. Collins, 21, of St. Louis; William Singleton, 19, of Philadelphia; and Lorenzo Lewis, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Roberts, Melvin Richardson, 84, Michael Harris, 20, both of JSt. Louis; and Max Robinson, believed to be from Brooklyn, *urvived the attack. All seven victims were employed by a Kansas , City, Mo., publishing service. Roberts said one of the gunmen wore a goatee and black beret with an insignia on it. He told police the attackers yelled "Mighty War Lords" during the incident. Although authorities said there appeared to be no link between the Monday shootings and a series of sniping incidents which have plagued the Southern .Illinois community in recent months, Illinois State Police were called in Tuesday night. V IBA To Award Contracts EXPECT START ON REND LAKE COLLEGE CONSTRUCTION SOON Dr. James Snyder, president of the Rend Lake College, told acard members Tuesday night that he had been informed by Waiter Daspit, administrative assistant to the Illinois Building Authority, that awarding of con- sturction contracts for the new college will be recommended at the IBA meeting Thursday. i'he Rend Lake board accep- it-.-d low bids totaling $2, 721,772 Dec. 3 for first phase construction of buildings on the new cimpus south of Ina. If the bids are accepted by the IBA, consturction will probably begin within a few weeks. Low bids approved by the coir lege board included: Lipps Construction Co., Mt. Vernon, general contract — $1,723,009. II & H Plumbing, Mt. Vemon, plumbing and sewering $215,803. Harrison F. Blades, Decatur, electrical work —$262,620 . Allied School Equipment, Springfield, gymnasium equipment — $21,735. Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Two Rivers, Wis., science laboratory equipment — $50,331. The first phase of construction a 1-Dtiy Teacher Strike Failure SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A one-day strike called by a teachers' union in an effort to disrupt California's statewide college system appeared today to have failed. The American Federation of Teachers, claiming about 2,000 members among the 11,000 instructors in the 19 state colleges, had called for picketing at 13 campuses. At. several, no pickets appeared, and at numerous others only a half-dozen showed up. Classes, and in many cases final examinations, ,went on as usual for most of the 125,000 students in the: nation's largest college system, r -o- -o- -c- scheduled tor completion in 1970 will include an academic building, science building, small gymnasium and parking space for 54 cars. Waiver Act Test In other action Tuesday night, the board adopted a resolution to permit part- time students to enroll without taking the ACT (American College Testing) test. A second reading of the resolution will be required to make the action official. "This might encourage more people to enroll in school," said College Dean Howard Rawlinson. "A lot of people, especially a- du'+s, may want to take a three or four hour credit course but may hesitate because of the ACT test requirement," said Rawlinson. • "We want to make school more attractive to people and I think this will help," said Snyder. - Students taking less than 11 credit hours per semester are considered part-time. Those enrolled for more than 12 hours of work are considered full time d will be required to take -o- -o- -o- Teens Killed Woman, Wounded Husband CHICAGOANS GUILTY OF MOUNDS MURDER College Campus On Golf Course HARRISBURG, HI. (AP) — Trustees of Southeastern Illinois Junior College at Harrisburg picked a campus site Tuesday n:'ght that may mean loss of the community's golf course. The site is the 118-acre Shawnee Hills Country Club with a nine-hole course. The nearest other course for the 145 members is about five miles away, between Elorado and Raleigh. The trustees picked the country club —one of six proposed sues — because of its closeness to Harrisburg and the consequent lower costs of utilities. The choise is subject to appraisal and approval by the State Junior College Board. The district includes Saline, Gallatin, Pope and Hardin, counties and parts of White and Johnson counties. Olney Mayor Dies In Hospital GLNEY, 111. (AP) — M. A. Edmiston, 50, mayor of Noble, died today in Richland Memorial Hospital. Edmiston also was Richland County Civil Defense director. MOUND CITY, 111. (AP) — Two Chicago teen-agers were convicted by a jury late Tues day of the Sept. 8 murder of Mrs. Ray Coonrod, 22, in her Ivme at nearby Mounds. Sentencing was set for Feb 20 by Judge Peyton Kunce in Circuit Court in Pulaski County, The jury made no recommen dation as to sentences for Earl Minis and Steven J. Tillman, both 18. The state asked for the dealh penalty. Two other youths who were h: the Coonrod home at the time of the shooting — Andrew Allen and Franklin D. Johnson, both 19, of Chicago— were convicted of murder and kidnaping in Champaign County. Mrs. Coonrod was accosted in the driveway at her home as she was returned home from trip to a nearby community and foiced inside. She was killed by a single gunshot wound of the head. Her 24-year-old husband was shot in the head five times but has recovered. Allen and Johnson, who testi fiej for the prosecution, said during the trjal he shot Ray Coonrod in the forehead with a .22-caliber pistol and almost at the same moment Tillman shot Mrs. Coonrod with a rifle. Al'.en and Johnson were convicted of the murder of Mrs. Beatrice Smith, 39, of Chicago Heights, HI., in a rest area be- Ihe ACT test. Loard members instruct e d Snyder and Board Chairman Dr. Curtis Parker to attend a meeting Thursday in Peoria with the Board Division and the Administrative Division of the Illinois Association of Community Colleges. Board members instructed Snyder and Parker to present a resolution at the meeting supporting the proposals on equali- zacion drawn up by the staff of the Illinois Junior College Boards and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. These two boards have stressed a be lief 'th'at it is time to recog­ nise the great disparity of the financial base which supports the student in the several different college districts and to initiate an equalization formula." Snyder reported to the board on conversations he had with members of the North Central Accreditation team which visited the campus recently. Snyder told board members the accreditation team seemed "favorable" toward the school in most areas of its operation. YANKS FIND MAJOR CONG SUPPLY BASE ILLINOIS IN PARADE—The Illinois float pus,es down Pennsylvania Ave., ral parade in Washington Monday. during the Inaugu- (AF Wirephoto) (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) X4* "' /;>< , SAIGON (AP) — American air cavalrymen leapfrogging along the Cambodian border north of Saigon by helicopter uncovered a . major Viet Cong supply base Tuesday and without firing a shot seized the second largest munitions stockpile captured in the war, military spokesmen reported 1 today. The U.S. Command also announced that three more million-dollar jet fighters were shot Carbondale Jet Pilot Is Saved SAIGON (AP) — Capt. Fred Davis of Carbondale, 111., ejected from his disabled jet just before it exploded, and a South Vietnamese fishing boat pulled him from the South China Sea, the Navy announced today. Navy spokesmen said Davis, F100 Supersabre was hit by ground fire about 10 miles east of Saigon Tuesday. The pilot nursed the plane to the sea and ba'led out just off the coast. Davis was not injured. down in South Vietnam Monday and Tuesday. Two of the pilots were rescued; the third was killed. A spokesman said the air cavalrymen pulled 30 tons of rockets, mortars, recoilless rifle shells and explosives from a complex of 30 bunkers 60 miles north-northwest of Saigon and 1 Emergency—Reagan California Soaked From End To End LAOS REDS ATTACK VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Four Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese battalions have attacked government positions south of the royal capital of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, military sources said today. only seven miles from the Cam-! bodian border. Previously, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops have captured more than 600 tons of enemy weapons, ammunition and food up and down the country in the last three weeks, enough to (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) A FRIEND INDEED—The Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce said today that a chamber member and an immediate post member of its board of directors, Malcolm E. Hennlng, had been presented an American Boy Scout award for his long and continued Interest in the welfare of youth, especially the Boy Scout movement. Henning, left, was presented the award at the chamber by Rollln Reynolds, assistant Boy Scout executive of the Okaw Valley Council, Belleville. The council is composed of five districts in nine counties, including Jefferson, Wayne, Washington, St. Clair, Madison, Marion, Clay, Randolph and Monroe. The counties of Jefferson, Wayne and a portion of Washington, make up the Black Gold district, which includes 13 Cub packs, 16 troops, five Explorer Posts, 398 Cub Scouts, 345 Boy Scouts.and 62 Explorers. Henning retired as president of General Radiator Co., Inc., here Dee. 31, 1967, to become executive vice president-operations of American Chromalloy Corp., parent company of General Radiator. Henning resides at 114 North 14th St., where he maintains his office. I OS ANGELES (AP) - California got a breather today from four days of rain that brought an official state of emergency and caused flood waters that swept away six boys arid four men in a raging creek The 10 were presumed drowned. Skies were generally dry, except for scattered showers, but more rain was a possibility Thursday. For the first time in history, the weather bureau said, all California stations re ported rain on Tuesday. Responding to requests from .Jties swamped by flood waters Gov. Ronald Reagan declared a state, of emergency, permitting the state to issue relief funds and seek federal money. In the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, a cloudburst sent water, carrying boulders and mud, surging through a development of about 100 homes. Some residents evacuated and others took refuge on rooftops. Half a dozen homes were reported badly damaged. Downpours up to 16 inches hit the San Luis Obispo area of wi st-central California, causing ha\oc in the town. And near the Ventura County mountain community of Ojai, where rain was almost as heavy, the 10 vanished. Six boys on an outing, their adult leader and three men trying to rescue them were torn one by one from a bulldozer after it stalled in rising floodwaters of Sespe Creek. A survivor, John Eckersley, 28, an' Ojai teacher who had joined up with the youth group while hiking alone, said he reached.a bank and collapsed after being washed off the vehicle. A helicopter rescued him Tuesday. "Water was rising up over us," John Scott Eckersley, 28, said in Ojai Community Hospital. "One by one, we got numb from the cold and just slipped away. "The chief was first to go. Finally, there were just two of us, (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) HAMMOND WITHOUT WATER FOUR HOURS Hickel Delayed 11 Below As Soviet Hails Cosmonauts At West Edge Of Mt. Vernon First State Convention Booked At Ramada Inn "The bi-annual state convention of the Woodmen of The World Life Insurance Society will be held in the Mt. Vernon Ramada Inn May 8, 9 and 10 this year. Over two hundred delegates and guests will attend the convention, representing over 20,000 Woodmen members throughout the state. The meeting will be presided over by Judge Randall Quindry of Fail-field, who is the state president. Also attending the convention wiil be John Robison of Fairfield, national director and Percy Atkinson of Mt. Vernon, state treasurer. There will also be attending executive officers from the national headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska." The convention is the first to be announced for the new Rar mada at the west edge of Mt. Vernon at the 1-57 and U.S. 460 intersection. MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union's newest space heroes, the four cosmonauts of Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5, flew to wintry Moscow today for a rousing public welcome and honors from the country's leaders. Vladimir Shatalov, Boris Vc- lynov, Yevgeny Khrunov and Alexei Yeliseyev were given a traditional outdoor airport reception and street parade despite the bitter cold of 11 degrees below zero. They were awarded the Order of Lenin and made Gold Star Heroes of the Soviet Union, the country's highest honors in an indoor Kremlin ceremony. Citizens bundled in fur caps and heavy overcoats stamped their feet and cheered from temporary grandstands, while the four men marched from their Ilyushin airliner on a red carpet to a stand crowded with dignitaries and the cosmonauts' families. They were embraced 1 and kissed by Communist party General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev and President Nikolai V. Podgorny. Missing from the ceremony was Premier Alexei N. Kosygin. He was officially reported 1 to be on vacation, but the fact that he would skip such a popular public event gave some support to reports he is ill. The four-day Soyuz mission achieved the first orbital docking of manned spaceships and the transfer of two crew members from one ship to the other. Following the airport ceremony the cosmonauts and officials climbed into limousines for the triumphal drive to the Kremlin. HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Atout 210,000 residents of Hammond were without drinking water for about four hours Tuesday night when a 24-inch water main broke near the Lake Michigan filtration plant. Thousands of gallons of water flooded a 10-bloek area, ripping a hole 15 feet deep and 30 feet wide in the pavement, washing several inches of sand on streets and flooding basements of homes and buildings. A portable generator being used t'o' power lights for emergency workers toppled into the hole when more pavement collapsed. The city's fire hydrants were turned off and nearby fire departments were alerted to the emergency. No fires were reported during the period between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday. Robert Shy, superintendent of the Hammond Department of Waterworks, said the main may have split because of its age. The broken main was one of four drawing water to the city, The other mains were turned off until repairmen could determine which one had broke. The city boosted its water pressure by tapping lines from Calumet City, 111., and East Chi cago. Suburban communities of Highland, Munster, Lansing and Black Oak, which received their water from Hammond, drew on alternate supplies. Civil Defense workers helped control crowds of hundreds of residents who turned out to watch emergency crews. NIXON MAY BACK UP ON SURCHARGE WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon's budget director hinted today that Nixon—if he can trim spending plans far enough—might back awuy from support of extending the 10 per cent income tax surcharge. He did so following a three- hour Cabinet meeting, which came after the swearing in of 11 of Nixon's Cabinet members. Budget Director Robert T. Mayo told newsmen he has a mandate from Nixon "to keep the budget under strict control" and will look, program by program, at the budget President Johnson submitted earlier this month for the fiscal year beginning July 1. "We hope to get it down," said Mayo, referring to the Peace Talks Start Saturday PARIS (AP) — North Vietnam's speedy agreement to begin substantive peace talks Saturday appeared a hopeful omen to some U.S. officials today, but they warned again that long and difficult bargaining lies ahead. These officials, said the apparent willingness to negotiate seriously does not necessarily mean Hanoi and the Vict Cong's National Liberation Front will reduce their demands. This was apparent in an editorial of the official Hanoi newspaper Nhan Dan, broadcast Tuesday by Radio Hanoi a few hours after the agreement for a Saturday session was announced. The only way to halt the Vietnam war, said Nhan Dan, is for the United States to comply with Hanoi's four-point program and the five NLF demands—an end to American "aggression in Vietnam," withdrawal of all non-Vietnamese troops and liquidation of their bases, noninterference in South Vietnam's political future and South Vietnam's eventual reunification with the North. Reelect Officers Woodlawn Bank Votes $20 Per Share Dividend A $20 -per-share dividend was declared at the annual stockholders meeting yesterday after- nunn at the First National Bank of Woodlawn. Officers of the Bank were reelected as follows — E. C. Champ, president; George E. Hill, vice president; Bill Maze, cashier; Louise A. Smith, assistant cashier; and Doris Brown, bookkeeper. Directors of the bank are E. C. . Champ, Carwin Eubank, Paul A. Duncan, Goerge E. Hill, Mary Edith Jaco, Theo Smith and Viva Watkins. Officials reported that 1968 was a good year for the bank and that prospects for 1969 are bright, \ Fly To Duliirh Rend Trustees Ask For Federal Help In Project Rend Lake Conservancy District officials flew to Duluth, Minn, today to confer with Economic Development Administration officials on federal funds to help develop the Whittington Point recreation area, on the east side of the lake. Formal application for funds, for sewer lines and other developments, was expected to be made. On the flight to Duluth were Dick Jones, conservancy district manager, trustees Frank Feltmeier of Mt. Vernon, John Douglas of Benton and Angelo Bione of Christopher, and Bud Givenrod and Larry Lipe of the Benton engineering firm o f Vinyard and Givenrod. At last night's board meeting in Benton the trustees agreed to explore a request to assist the Hamilton county community of Macedonia to obtain water from Rend Lake. Johnson-prepared spending blueprint which envisioned a budget surplus of 53.4 billion. In response to questions, Mayo acknowledged that budget cuts—if deep enough—might make it unnecessary to extend 1 at least part of the 10 per cent surcharge past its scheduled June 30 expiration date. But he emphasized that under present circumstances Nixon stands by his support of Johnson's call to Congress for a one-year extension of the full amount of the tax. Chief Justice Earl Warren administered the oath individually to the 11 department heads at an 8 a.m., nationally televised ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Also taking the oath because they will sit in on Cabinet meetings were Budget Director Robert P. Mayo and Charles W. Yost, ambassador to the United Nations. The 12th Cabinet appointee, Republican Gov. Walter J. Hickel of Alaska, did not participate. His nomination as secretary of the interior has hit at least a momentary snag in the Senate where some members question his devotion to the cause of conservation. Nixon and Warren, long reported at personal and political odds, are seeing a lot of each other lately—even to hte point of sharing a morning pot of coffee before today's ceremonies. Warren was at the White House, too, to swear in 81 mem- Julie and David Visit Mamie WASHINGTON (AP) — Julie and David Eisenhower ended their inauguration stay at the White House* today arid left for Gettysburg, Pa., to visit former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, David's grandmother, J Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) DILLIES I'M AFRAID I CAN'T HELP YOU, MY HANDS ARE TIED ! 'ssssesssr

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