The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 23, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 23, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 83 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, APRIL 23,1966 TEN CENTS 10 PAGES ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) - A chartered airliner crashed in he foothills of the rugged Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma Friday night, killing H of its 98 passengers, most of hem Army recruits preparing or advanced basic training. Seventeen survivors of the crash, which occurred when the huge turboprop overshot a converted World War II air base EARTHBOUND REHEARSAL — Scheduled to undertake the most involved space walk to date on the upcoming Gemini- 9 flight, astronaut Eugene German does his earthbound rehearsing in a special flight simulator at Dallas, Tex. In full space equipment, including chest and back packs, the astronaut can maneuver the computer-controlled simulator to achieve many of the sensations of actual space flight. Group Hears Rights Charge Few Negro job holders in government offices and a general lack of them in teaching jobs were two complaints made in civil rights hearings begun last night at Portageville, Mo. Sponsored by thn Missouri Advisory Committee on Human Rights, the hearings are being held to consider problems of southeast Missouri. The state comission will report its findings to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Panelists for the hearings, which end tonight, are Richard P. Ellerbrake of St. Louis, chairman; Miss Nancy L. Garrett of St. Louis; Dr. Lorenzo Greene of Lincoln University; Dr. John W. Dennett of Washington University; Myron Schwartz, inter - group official from St. Louis; Dr. John B. Envin of Washington University; and J. E. Wilmore of the Memphis Civil Rights office. Typical of the complainants was Mrs. Marshall Currin of Charleston, Mo., who reported low employment figures for Negroes in public offices. Mrs. Currin also claimed that the pace of school integration TB Seminar Is Friday A seminar on "Local Tuberculosis Needs and Resources" will be held Friday at the Drummer Boy Restaurant, with Keith Bilbrey presiding. Registration for the seminar will begin at 8:45 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be highlighted by a series of conferences and a panel discussion composed of health officials and representatives of school, industry, and county government. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Nursing and the League for Mississippi County TB Association. Mrs. Phillip J. Deer, executive director of the TB Association, will make a special report ai the State Board meeting in Little Rock last week, which she attended as a delegate. Two Don't Mix? NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) General Sessions Court Judge Benton Giles, defeated in a recent Republican primary, inserted an advertisement in the Newport Plain Talk to thank the people who voted for him. "Thanks," the advertisement began. Just below the ad was similar one, signed by Mrs. Giles. "Thanks," it began. "I want to thank the voters of Cocke County for not voting for my husband. Now. t h at I'fc is onl of politics I may be able to get pirn jn church." was too slow. R. B. Neighbors of Cap* Gi rardeau told the committee that employment of Negro teachers :n the Cape Gjrardeau area was "pitifully small." Representatives of welfare offices in southeast Missouri.have supplied detailed records to the committee for reference during the hearings. Today's final day of hearings began at 9 a.m. and will continue until all witnesses have been heard, a committee spokesman said. Airliner Crash Kills 81 in Oklahoma "The plane wobbled all over two miles from the airport run the place as we were coming down," said Pvt. James Gorman of Bellerose, N.Y., one of the survivors. "Then the plane hit." Pvt. Joseph Deeny, 20, Lindenwold, N.J., said he "had to crawl to get away from the flames — they were licking at my legs." "A couple of my friends were runway, were hospitalized, most j near me, and they were hurt of them in critical condition. The dead were taken to a emporary morgue set up in Ardmore's Civic Auditorium. There, 81 bodies were counted within a few hours after scores of rescuers began the grim task of moving victims from the leavily timbered hillside. The death toll included one lerson who survived the crash )ut died later in an Ardmore •mspital. The official death count was confirmed by Col. George Donovan, battalion coir.ander of the Ardmore National Guard unit. * * * There were 92 Army recruits and six civilian crew members aboard the plane. The American Flyers airliner was to have stopped in Ardmore for fuel. It was flying from Ft. Ord, Calif., where the recruits had just completed basic training, to Ft. Benning, Ga., where they were to start airborne and other types of advanced training. The plane was piloted by Reed Pigman, president of American Flyers. Pigman was identified as one of the dead. A search continued through the night for victims of the crash, which left wreckage scattered over a wide area. "We worked like slaves, but it just didn't do any good," said Dr. James. Schuller at Ardmore General Hospital when the man who survived the crash later died. * * * "It looked like an oil well blowing up," an eyewitness, Richardo Herera, 23, an American Flyers student said. awful bad," Deeny said. He had been sleeping in the rear of the plane and was thrown out when it slammed into the sandstone and granite slopes. Gorman said he was still fastened by his seat belt when the plane slammed to earth. "There was fire all around me and I undid my seat belt and got out ... But I didn't have to climb out. There wasn't any more plane." The crash of the Lockheed Electra turboprop occurred during light rain. There was no severe weather although at this time of year tornadoes frequently are associated with rains in Oklahoma. The crash occurred on the W, R. Goddard ranch which sprawls over several thousand acres in this rich oil and agricultural area. Mrs. W. A. Broughton, a caretaker of the ranch, described the scene "terrible. The plane is just all over the mountainside." The plane left Ft, Ord during the evening and was scheduled to make a fuel stop at the former Air Force base, now used for municipal air traffic. Report of the crash sent scores of federal, state and local officers swarming over the way and because of fog and rain. The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. (EST). It was the first crash of an American Flyer plane since Pigman, 59, founded the company in 1939 with only one plane. Pigman's secretary, Ruby Hickman of Fort Worth, Tex., identified the company president as pilot of the airliner. She also said the copilot was Bill Marr and the chief flight engineer was Tony Pica. A witness to the crash, Bill C. Robertson of Ardmore, a me- chanic for American Flyers, said, "All I saw was a ball of fire over the hill from the end of the runway," Jess Eiott, fireman at a nearby airport, said, "Bodies were torn all to pieces and you couldn't tell what had happened. It was down in the woods and mountains and we just couldn't tell." Ray Madewell said he helped remove five survivors and the injured appeared to be "in pretty bad shape." Eleven of the survivors were taken to Arbuckle Memorial Hospital at Sulphur, 25 miles northeast of here. Four were admitted to Ardmore General and one of these died a lew hours later. Two were admitted to Ardmore Memorial and one was taken to Ardmore Osteopathic Hospital. Hospitals reported that most of the injured suffered severe burns and other injuries and it would be some time before most of them could be moved to military hospitals. A Civil Aeronautics Board investigation team was sent quickly from Washington to de- termine what caused the crash. Gorman, describing from hit hospital bed what happened before the crash, said, "The plant wobbled all over the place as wa were coming down... We banked left and then banked right. "Then we hit," The task of notifying next of kin was taken over by military authorities. Ft. Sill officials said when identifications were determined, the information was to be distributed to other military installations for notification of relatives. Trapped' Reds Give Allies Slip By THOMAS A. REEDY SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — A regiment of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops slipped through an Allied trap today and, though badly mauled, escaped in.o the jun- jgets. The regiment, almost surrounded by U. S. Marines and South Vietnamese government troops six miles northwest of Quang Ngai, apparently found a hole in the perimeter and faded off to the west. A U. S. military spokesman area, guiding emergency vehi-f said Allled forces had gone cles and restricting the many f f f'^ f f°™^iet Cong d e- spectators who clogged high- ( fector to get at the Ut Vlet Cong ways into the area. Rescuers carried the dead and injured through muddy terrain to the closest point that ambulances could reach. * * * The wreckage wasn't located until a half-hour after the crash, because of the isolated location Estes Perjury May Face Charges By FINIS MOTHERSHEAD EL PASO, Tex. (AP) - Instead of the retrial Billie Sol Esfes sought in his multimillion- dollar fraud case, the imprisoned promoter faced a prospect today of prosecution on a iharge of lying under oath. U, S. Dist. Judge Leo Brewster said Friday that Estes "I got caught redhanded in as brazen an exhibition of perjury as I have ever seen in the 40 years I have been going to the courtroom." The judge read a 14-page statement in refusing to set aside Estes' 15-year sentence for peddling worthless anhydrous ammonia (fertilizer) tank mortgages to nearly a dozen finance companies. He held that defense lawyers failed to prove that a Chicago official of one lending firm gave false testimony at Estes' trial here in 1963 or that there was new evidence to justify another jury hearing the case, "My opinion is that there is no reasonable probability that the defendant would be acquitted or would get a hung jury on a new trial," Judge Brewster said. * * * Jaw muscles of the bespectacled Estes, a former lay preach' er of the Church of Christ, tightened visibly as he heard the decision. His wife, their five children and his mother, Mrs. John L. Hospital Here Is Accredited Chickasawba been accredited Hospital has by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. Announcement of the action was made from the commission's officw io Chicago. Estes of Clyde, Tex., maintained outward composure. U. S. marshals led Estes back 'o spend another night in the El Paso County jail before his re- urn to the Leavenworth, Kan., Federal Prison. He has served 15 months of his term and possibly could go free under parole after five years. Judge Brewster's comments raised the possibility of fresh charges, however. The court directed that U. S. attorneys call Estes' testimony to the attention of a federal grand jury. Contradictory statements by Estes and Hilbert Kreeger Jr. of Chicago, formerly with the Walter E. Heller Co., were reviewed in detail by the jurist. Estes, in testifying for the first time about selling $25 million in mortgages to various finance companies, said Kreeger agreed to put Heller money jnto the transactions with full knowledge that fertilizer tanks securing the loans existed only on paper. They worked out a deal, Estes said, late in May 1961 when dence showed that Estes was on a trip to Washington, D.C., in 1961 at that time he told of conferring with Kreeger in Pecos and Plainview, Tex. Concerning Estes' claim that he twice discussed dealings with Kreeger by telephone, the jurist said: "I believe there were no such conversations." Kreeger made West Texas. a trip through Kreeger testified for the government in 1963 when Estes was convicted, and again at the hearing just ended on the defense motion for a new trial. The Chicagoan insisted he had agreed to no transaction like that described by Estes and that he never even had talked to the onetime Texas kingpin of farm finance. Heller credit had refused Estes applications, Kreeger said, and was unaware he and his associates had negotiated $7 million In mortgages which Holler purchased through broker Robert Graham of Fort Wayned, Ind. Judge Brewfter bald fte «*• Regiment, and....the-Zlst.. North Vietnamese Regiment. The two units were forced together after they were batered by U.S. Marines in Operations Utah and Texas in March. What was left took a new mauling but not as much as the Allied officers had expected. The original figure of 257 Communists killed over a 48-hour fire fight was scaled down to 220. Allied casualties were described as light. Most o£ the 220 dead Communists were victims of air and artillery attacks, spokesmen said. The operation named Hot Springs also resulted in more than 100 weapons captured from the Communists, including a score of .50 caliber machine guns and 57 mm recoilless rifles. * * * Air attacks over North Viet Nam Friday cost the U. S. Air Force two planes. A Voodoo on a special photo reconnaissance was shot down by ground fire northeast of Hanoi and the pilot was listed as missing. An F105 Thunderchief fighter bomber School Delegation Fails To Ease Desegregation Pressure WASHINGTON (AP)—School | a speedup of student and teach- officials from east Arkansas indicated Friday little satisfaction following a meeting with U. S. Office of Education official in which the group sought to ease the pressure of school desegregation. The group specifically complained of guidelines established this year which call for increased student and faculty desegregation. State Education Commissioner A. W. Ford headed a delegation of 30 school board embers and superintendents and Arkansas Athletic Association members. The group had representation from Arkansas, Desha, Phillips, Monroe, Cross, Lee and Crittenden counties. They, along with Arkansas congressional delegation, met with David Seeley, assistant commissioner for equal educational opportunity, for SVt hours. Sens. John L. McClellan and 3. William Fulbright urged that more time be given each school district to work out its desegregation plan. Ford said schoolmen were generally unhappy with the re- find guideline!, which Mil fer er desegregation. Ford said there were 6,800 Negroes in former white schools and that there would be 20,000 "if we were let alone without the guidelines." The Arkansans contended they had acted in good faith by taking steps to desegregate, but Seeley said good faith involved more than minimum compliance. "There has to be a commitment made by local boards, that whether we like it or not, that we are going to bring about desegregation of the schools," Seeley said McClellan said the office of education was using deceptive terms in talking about freedom of choice plans because ultimately it was demanding in- tergration no matter what choice was made. "We will try to be reasonable," Seeley said. "All we ask is that the boards do all they can to bring about desegregation." "There is only one hope, if you can call a hope... that they will be patient and act reasonable and give you a chance to make it work." Me- Qtllaa told the icboobun. was hit by automatic weapons fire about 40 miles northwest of Hanoi and the pilot was also recorded as missing. The Air Force spotted five surface to air missiles in flight during Friday's attacks but evaded all of them. Capt. James R. Mitchell, 36, of Ogden, Utah, said one SAM blasted about 350 feet above his Thunderchief and two others went by without exploding. The fighter bombers destroyed three railroad bridges, damaged one highway bridge and blasted four mili.ary storage buildings in the southern panhandle along the Red River Valley railway line. Navy pilots from the carriers Enterprise and Kitty Hawk struck the Dong AP military area 24 miles south of Vinh and also bombed the Dien Chau railroad bridge 23 miles north of that ci.y. Nine cargo junks were sunk and several railway and highway routes were cut. B52's assaulted a suspected U.S. Building Bomb Stocks A Defense spokesman said WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States has bought back or otherwise reacquired 18,000 bombs from allies so far this year for use in Southeast Asia, it was learned today. Department the bombs came from six countries that are recipients of U.S. military aid. The countries were not identified. Some of the 18,000 bombs, the spokesman said, were merely reclaimed under existing aid agreements. Others were bought jack "for no more than we sold them." The Defense Department provided this information in response to questions without saying that the ordnance is being sent to Viet Nam. But other sources said the armaments are going to Viet Nam to boost what are described as bomb inventories now near minimum levels. A source acknowledged that the Air Force is having problems with its bomb supplies although he insisted that no air operations over Viet Nam have canceled for lack of bombs. Air ordnance inventories must not be allowed to decrease further, it was said. The Pentagon issued this statement in response to queries about the reacquisition of bombs: "We have reacquired under i r military assistance program. . . this year approximately 18,000 bombs of various types, less than 3 per cent of the number used to date in Viet m. They were obtained from several countries under the terms of our ... agreement by which we may reacquire military materiel provided by us when it is excess to the requirements of the country concerned. There are no plans to reacquire more bombs under this pro- Base Gates To Close Blytheville Air Force Base will conduct a 12-hour war game under simulated nuclear attack conditions on Monday, May 2, according to Col. William G. Ivey, base commander. "The base will be closed to the general public on that day except for emergency use," Ivey said. Those requiring access to the base will be accomplished by air police. During the exercise the base comissary sales store, exchange, service station, library, service club, and cleaners will be closed, Ivey said. Base sirens will alert personnel to the variously staged emergency situations, and no part of the exercises will be held off the the air base area, according to Ivey. gram. One week Department ago the disclosed Defense it had repurchased for $21 each some 5,500 bombs sold for $1.70 each to a West German firm in 1964. This repurchase, the Pentagon stated, indicated no shortage of bombs in Viet Nam. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara assured the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that. reports of serious bombs shortages were "baloney." Stop 'Anarchy On Wheels/ Says LBJ WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson, calling for prompt congressional passage of safety legislation, says the nation can no longer tolerate "anarchy on wheels...We can no longer tolerate unsafe automobiles." The nation must do something : 'about the slaughter — the senseless slaughter — on our highways," Johnson told members of Congress and transportation industry leaders Friday as he proclaimed the week of May 15-22 National Transportation Week. The President also urged creation of a Cabinet-level Department of Transportation, which he proposed earlier, to pull together dozens of agencies "scattered all over the place." But he placed the emphasis on highway safety in his talk, noting that 50,000 Americans die each y«ar to highway* Viet Cong concentration near the Cambodian border 70 miles northwest of Saigon for the second straight day. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiiii* WEE BEASTIES PLAGUE CITY HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — This place is bugged. For two weeks now, swarms of millions of six-legged insects with brown and white stripes have darkened the sun over this Pacific Coast community eating everything that doesn't eat them first and giving everybody the flits. "Plague take those noisome curculionidae!" is the anguished cry on every liprOr at least a few. The curculionidae, members of the weevil clan, are also known as snout beetles, because of the snorkel tabe-lik* facial structure which is the little beastie's mouth. As fanners have long known, and Huntington Beach residents are learning, there is nothing more evil than an underfed weevil. The weevils have been breeding apace In the many open fields that abound in suburban Huntington Beach. When they grow up, they go to town for lunch. Laments homeowner Raymond Kinsley: "They have destroyed all the flowers around the homes, gotten into kitchens and eaten food and even chewed leaves off plastic plants." ' The snout beetles normally devour plants from root to leafy green top. But they are also known to burrow into wood and even fell trees. They also fell themselves, dying en masse after gorging themselves on everybody's calendulas. One of the chief outdoor sports since the onset of the insects has been shoveling their millions of bodies off sidewalks, patios and driveways. What to do? "I've tried everything from bug sprays to kitchen cleansers and gasoline," says Kinsley's neighbor, Dave Bach. "But only a few of them die. We just don't know what to do." The bugs are an annual occurrence but are much worse this year. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiin Cubans Learn Farming MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Thousands of Cuban high school students are leaving classrooms to learn agriculture in the fields, Havana radio says. For a 42-day period, a newscast heard in Miami said, the students will help cut sugar cane and pick coffee beans and vegetables. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiii Weather forecast Mostly cloudy through Sunday with showers and thunderstorms. Mild through Sunday. Low tonight 60 to 66. High Sunday 70 to 76.

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