The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on November 18, 1961 · Page 1
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OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 65 NO. 292 OTTAWA, KANSAa SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1961 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES Side Swipes DETROIT (AP) - The Crane Budget Bureau, Inc., started last March with the announced purpose of helping Detroiters avoid bankruptcy, filed a bankruptcy petition Friday in federal court. The firm's intent was to advise clients for ,a fee on methods by which they could meet their financial obligations. He Was Canny GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) William Reid was a canny Scot. When he died last September he left explicit instructions in his will for his executor. He wrote: "This may come to you as a great surprise, to be able to count the miser's hoard. This what I want you to do: "Get the case out of the cupboard with 'C.R.' on it. The key can be found in a tin with beans in it. This case contains all the things you require—policies, title deeds, insurance record cards, etc. . . . "Collect the old case from the sideboard. There is a cash box in it. "There is also a cash box at the bottom of the kitchen cupboard with a few cans on top of it. "There is a pocket book between the two mattresses and another below the center lump of coal at the back of the bunker. "In the old clock box on the top shelf there are a few pounds. "Make sure you find everything." The executor did. It amounted to 2,518 pounds ($7,040). Only Kidding WARWICK, Va. (AP)-A make- believe archologist and his amazing find at the bottom of a Grecian grave shaft have returned to limbo after a brief life given them by an elderjy scholar. Dr. Laban Lacy Rice, 91, admitted Friday he was out to pull a few legs with his story of the discovery of the grave of the mythical-historical King Orestes in the Citadel of Mycenae. His hoax was felt all the way to Athens, where the Greek Archeological Society denied it all. Dr. Rice, retired president of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., and an authority on relativity, said, "Being a classical scholar, I decided to perpetrate a classical hoax." Court Suit Seeks Election On Power Plant Expansion Asks Injunction Against Purchase Of A Generator A suit which would force the City of Ottawa to hold a special election on whether or not to expand the municipal light plant was filed in District Court late Friday. The petition lists as plaintiffs Eva Prager, Lyle D. Hanes, Eva Hanes, Vernon E. Honn, Peter Papps and W. W. Robe. It was filed by attorney Myron S. Steere. Named as plaintiffs were the city, Mayor Kenneth Andrews, FRIENDS — W. T. Dawson, new deputy at Franklin County Humane Society Shelter, stops for a visit with two new-found friends. Dawson and his wife have living quarters at the shelter. (Herald Photo) Jackie Okay After Fall From Horse Tauy's Toot Reckon it will be a white Thanksgiving? The Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Snow tonight with accumulations not to exceed three inches; Sunday partly cloudy; low tonight 20s; high Sunday 30s. High temperature yesterday, 45; low today. 30; high year ago today, 57; low year ago today. 31; record high this date, 78 In 1908: record low this date. 9 In 1903; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: 8 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon .. 1 p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. 31 35 40 43 44 B p.m ......... 35 10 p.m ......... 34 11 p.m ......... 33 Midnight ....... 31 1 a.m ......... 32 45 2 a.m 44 43 4'0 39 37 35 33 34 33 34 34 a.m 34 a.m .34 p.m. a.m. a.m. a.m By FRANCES LEWDSE MIDDLEBURG, Va. (AP) Mrs. Jacqueline Kenedy has assured her husband that she's all right and a top White House spokesman dismissed the First Lady's fall from a horse as "a very minor mishap." "The horse stopped, but she didn't," was the way one eyewitness described Mrs. Kennedy's tumble Friday when her horse balked at a jump while she was riding with the Piedmont Hunt in Northern Virginia. Mrs. Kennedy, who has been riding horses since she was a child, got up, remounted quickly and rejoined the foxhunters. The White House said she returned to Glen Ora, the Kennedy country estate here, in the late afternoon and "was fine." There were varying versions of the spill at a rail fence crossing on the huge estate of Paul Mellon near Upperville, Va. Mellon, of the wealthy Pittsburgh family, and A. C. Randolph, master of the hunt, had taken the jump just ahead of the First Lady. Mrs. Eve Fout, a friend and neighbor of Mrs. Kennedy, said a photographer had tried to take a picture of the First Lady as she approached the jump on her horse, Bit of Irish. The horse balked and Mrs. Kennedy slipped off but "got right back on," Mrs Fout said. But Marshall P. Hawkins, of Warrenton, Va., who said he was he only photographer present, said he was standing 40 feet away when he saw Mrs. Kennedy's mount "refusing, coming into the ump." The horse stopped but she didn't," he said, and Mrs. Kennedy sailed over the horse's head. She landed across the rail fence, and the fall "knocked the wind out of her a little bit," he said. Expect Snow Over State TOPEKA (AP)—Snow was due to cover all of Kansas except a few southeastern counties today as a storm in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles moved eastward. Northern and northeastern sections of the state had snow by early this morning. Sublette reported four inches since Friday night. Most other areas had up to one inch. Moisture content was running about .10 of and inch with Garden City reporting the most, .14. The Weather Bureau predicted from one to two inches of snow today in the west and one to three inches in the northeast. All snowfall is expected to end by tonight. Full House For OU Play A packed house saw the opening performance of the Ottawa University..,Players, presentation of "The Immaginary Invalid" in the university auditorium last night. "It was very well presented," Miss Lulu Brown, 405 E. 9th, retired English instructor at the university, commented. "It was well cast and the costuming and make-up were fine, she continued. "The director deserves very great praise." The play, directed by Miss Ktherine Pappas, also will be presented tonight at 8. Commissioners James W. Grogan and Charles Queen and City Clerk Donald Capper. Seven pages in length, the petition is based on a recent movement by a group of Ottawans who passed petitions protesting the planned purchase of a 3,500-KW gas diesel generator by the city. The petitions, which carried more than 1,200 names, were declared insufficient by the city commission which found a number of the names on the petitions were not signed exactly as they appear on the city poll books. The court action alleges the plaintiffs are taxpayers and have sufficient cause of action. Eva Prager alleges she was wrongfully told by the city clerk's office her name was listed as Mrs. Eva E. Prager when actual ly it was listed as Mrs. Eva Prager. Her name was stricken from the petition when she signed using the "E." Eva Hanes alleges her name also was wrongfully removed. Vernon E. Honn makes a similar allegation. Lyle D. Hanes alleges he has a special interest in that he carried the protest petitions. Peter Papps and W. W. Robe claim a special interest in that they verified the 217 names un- awfully stricken and did not receive proper determination by the governing body. The petition also alleges the city ordinance covering issuance of revenue bonds does not specifically state payment should be made from revenue derived from the operation of the light plant. Further, it is alleged the ordinance specifically limits the city's purchase of a gas-diesel engine to one which produces 3,500-KW. This, it is claimed, eliminates competitive bidding as o ly Enterprise Engine Corp. produces an engine of this exact size and type. It also is claimed that the city contemplates the purchase of another engine exactly like one now in use and that said engine is "mechanically defective, has required extensive repairs, has been used less than 15 per cent of the time since its purchase and presently requires a complete re-design. . . before it can be efficiently used. . . " Another claim made in the petition is that the city clerk stated protest petitions filed required at least 937 names and then later raised this figure to 972 names. It also is stated the clerk failed "to strike from the registration books those names who failed to vote in the last general election, or those who had departed this life or those who had moved or were not otherwise qualified electors at the time" it was determined the exact number needed ;o make a petition sufficient. It also is alleged in the petition .hat the mayor and city commissioners have been "grossly negligent in their duties as elected city officials if they did not know that Don Hamilton, superintendent of the Electric Plant, was very friendly and cooperative with C. C. Wilson, of Mission, Kansas, salesman and or manufacturer's agent for Enterprise Engine Corporation, of San Francisco, Calif., as well as Universal Engineering, consulting engineers. . .' The plaintiffs claim that as late as September of this year that Hamilton worked with Wilson in the "attempted sale of an En terprise Engine to the City ol Girard, Kansas, and even parti cipated in taking some of the officials of Girard to Tucumcari New Mexico." The petition further states that C C. Wilson, Hamilton and Uni versal Engineering "are engagec in a scheme and an attempt to sell a 3,500-KW Enterprise dual fuel engine to the City. . . " It also is charged that as a result of the actions of the defendants or other city officials or employes: Electors were wrongfully informed how they should sign protest petitions; Efficiency of the city's gas-diesel engine was misrepresented; Rumors were circulated that he Kansas City Power and Light ]ompany was trying to take over the local plant; It was advertised and suggested the public is too stupid to make a decision on light plant needs; The city failed to disclose to the people that under the ordinance passed the city cannot legally purchase anything but a 3,500-KW engine made by Enterprise Engine Corp. Finally the action says that the city officials have "been wined and dined" by Enterprise, that some have "participated in duck hunting safaris aand some have made trips to San Francisco all at the invitation of C. C. Wilson," of Enterprise Engine Corp. It is claimed purchase of another such engine would result in an increase in the tax burden and bring about the "inefficiency and deterioration of the Light Plant." The petition asks the court to fix a date for an election and also the city "be restrained and permanently enjoined from the purchase of a 3,500-KW engine or any other engine until an election is called." Woman Dies LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - An elderly woman died today after her clothing had been set afire by an open gas heater in her bath room. Mrs. Lecretia Stewart, 64, rushed from the bathroom to a bed in the hope of putting out the flames with bedding but the bedding ignited. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Saturday—4 For November—34 For 1961-468 Comparable 1960 period—443. Nelson Rockefellers Part; Political Reverberations? NEW YORK (AP)-Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and his wife have parted in the first step toward a divorce to end 31 years of marriage. The decision to dissolve the union of the Philadelphia heiress and the wealthy, potential Republican presidential candidate was announced Friday night in a terse statement issued on behalf of both. A spokesman said the agre- ment to separate was "amicable." A political aide to the governor said the divorce would "absolutely not" affect Rockefeller's plans to run for reelection next year. Although Rockefeller has not publicly acknowledged it, he is considered a strong possibility for the 1964 GOP nomination for president. The terse announcement of the separation and divorce plans was issued from the Rockefeller family offices in Rockefeller Plaza and read: "It was announced today that Governor and Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller have arrived at an agreement of legal separation. "It is anticipated that the terms of the agreement will be incorporated into a subsequent decree of divorce. "Gov. and Mrs. Rockefeller were married in 1930. They have five adult children. "There has been an agreement property settlement and Mrs. Rockefeller will continue to have a New York apartment at 810 Fifth Avenue. Governor Rockefeller will reside at the apartment of his brother, Laurence S. Rockefeller." The governor is 53 and his wife 54. The couple have three sons and two daughters, all living away from home, and eight grandchildren. All except Michael, the youngest son, are married. He is now in Dutch Guiana with an archeological expedition. The impending divorce will be the second among the five sons of the late John D. Rockefeller Jr. Winthrop Rockefeller, younger brother of the governor, was divorced from Barbara (Bobo) Scars in a spectacular court suit several years ago. Mrs. Rockefeller was reported slaying in New York Friday nighl and her husband at their estate in Tarrytown, N.Y. Although neither was available for comment, 'a family spokesman said the divorce would be soughl outside New York where the only ground for such action is adult cry. OU Gifts Total $62,910 Nineteen additional pledges .otaling $6,600 were reported last night by the advance gifts group of the Ottawa University cen- ;ennial drive. The total pledged to date stands at $62,910. Advance gifts chairman Robert A. Anderson said that 71 pledges have been received. Last report meeting of this group will be Friday. Kick-off of the general campaign has been set for Nov. 27, general chairman Milo Hewitt said today. A sound and color movie of Ottawa University will be shown at 8 p.m. the day of the kickoff. The showing and meeting will be at the Memorial Auditorium. Dr. A. B. Martin, president of OU, will speak briefly to workers at that time. The public is welcomed. The general drive group, under the direction of Lester Moore, will meet on Monday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at the North American Hotel. Kills Self In Sheriffs Office WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP)- A man committed suicide in the sheriff's office Friday after being arrested on a charge involving a $10 bed check, Sheriff Dorsey Rayl said. The man was Bleuford Paul B y b e e, 55, of Lebanon, a taxi driver at Ft. Leonard Wood. Sheriff Rayl said Bybee apparently drank poison. Shortly after his arrest, Bybee got permission to buy cigarettes in a drug store across the street. Ranger Test in By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —A satellite space platform was fired into orbit today but failed to eject a piggyback Ranger 2 payload for an intended million- mile round trip into space. Test officials said this second Shipwrecked Girl Off Critical List Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 adv. MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-An 11-year- old girl, orphaned in a shipwreck she barely survived, was off a hospital's "critical" list today and apparently gaining strength that may enable her to tell what happened on the ill-fated ketch Blue belle. A lot of people—including FBI and Coast Guard investigators- want to know. Attaches at Mercy Hospital said no one would be allowed to ques- ion sunburned, blonde Terry Jo Duperrault of Green Bay, Wis., until she feels up to par. The child, taken semi-conscious 'rom a liferaft bobbing on the Atlantic Ocean off the Bahamas, s now the only witness to the Bluebelle's breakup with seven persons aboard. The skipper, Julian A. Harvey, survived the Fort Lauderdale charter boat's destruction as he had several other brushes with death in the air and afloat. But he committed suicide Friday leaving a note that said: "I got too tired and nervous. I couldn't stand it any longer." Harvey said after being taken to Nassau Monday that the Bluebelle's mainmast snapped, yanked down the smaller mizzenmast, and tore holes through the deck. Then, he said, fire broke out and EVERYBODY SHOPS IN OTTAWA, or at least stops for a bite to eat. This small, gray Iamb seems content with curb service as he nibbles upholstery in the back seat of car parked on Main Street here yesterday. (Herald Photo) he had time only to launch a boat and a raft before the 60-foot ketch sank. With Harvey's death by razor slashes in a Miami motel, the Bluebelle tragedy's toll rose to six. The dead body of Terry Jo's sister, Renee, was in the boat in which Harvey was picked up Monday. Presumed drowned were the child's father, Dr. Arthur Duperrault, 49, his wife, Jean, 38, of Green Bay, their son, Brian, 14, and Mary Harvey, wife of the skipper. The Bluebelle's sinking Sunday came a little more than two months after Harvey took out lurge double indemnity life insur- nce policies on both himself and Mary with the Travelers Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn. A $20,000 policy on his wife named Harvey as beneficiary. A $25,000 policy on himself was taken out in her behalf. Baby Killed •/ KANSAS CITY (AP) — A two- car collision killed a 6-week-old baby and injured nine other persons Friday night at the Antioch shopping center. The baby was Trena Liberty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Liberty Jr. The injured included Mr. and Mrs. Liberty, their four other children, and three persons in the other car. straight disappointment In the Ranger program probably would delay plans to fire a third Ranger toward a landing on the moon early next year. A powerful Atlas Agena rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 3:12 a.m. without trouble. Within 10 minutes the Agena second stage settled into a parking orbit around the earth at a speed of 18,000 miles an hour. After coasting for 14 minutes on this course, the Agena was to have reignited to increase the speed to 23,800 miles an hour and kick the 675-pound Ranger 2 free on a deep-space trajectory. But the second ignition apparently did not occur and the Agena and Ranger 2 continued in an orbit ranging from 145 to 94 miles from the earth. Officials were studying data in an attempt to determine if the two vehicles separated. The Ranger 1 launching met a similar fate last Aug. 23. Agena reignition failed on that shot, too, because of a faulty pressure switch in the engine. But the two vehicles did separate and spun in low orbit for several days before being dragged to fiery destruction in the atmosphere. Rangers 1 and 2 were to swing in highly elliptical orbits reaching more than 500,000 miles into space to test means of sending future vehicles to the moon, Mars and Venus. Three lunar landings and one Venus probe are planned next year using the same equipment and parking orbit technique employed today. Greeley Resident Among 3 Killed PAOLA, Kan. (AP)-Four persons lost their lives early today in a three-car accident four miles south of Paola on U. S. 169. Killed outright were Leon J. Rocker, 17, Greeley, Kan.; Cecil R. Bernal, 32, Spring Hill, Kan., and David J. Truhe, 41, Spring Hill. Miss Mary A. Chase, 15, Osawatomie, died several hours later in the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Miss Bonnie Chase, 15, Osawatomie, also was taken to the medical center, where her condition was reported critical. Two other persons were hospitalized in Paola. They were Arnold Volken, 17 and Miss Judy Landwehr. Hi, both reported in fair condition. Miss Sharp was a passenger in j a ear driven by Rocker, as were j Miss Chase, Miss Landwclir and j Volken. | Truhe was riding with Bernal. Gary L. Brock, Richmond, Kan., listed as the driver of the third car, escaped injury. Sheriff's officers said the crash occurred at the entrance to » drivein theater.

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