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St. Louis, Missouri
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Friday, July 31, 1970
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FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1970 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 3 A Nonpartisan Plan Removes Necessity Of Campaigning By J. RUSSELL DYE Of the Post-Dispatch Staff LAST OF A SERIES A St. Louis county judge often must spend more than $10,000 to campaign for re-election. A St. Louis judge must spend six cents the cost of mailing a letter to Jefferson City declaring that he intends to run. St. Louis judges, who are chosen imder the nonpartisan court plan, are barred from engaging in any kind of political activity. Judges in the county generally must conduct vigorous and exhausting campaigns under party banners to get reelected. St. Louis County voters will Jimmy Conzelman Dies Related Story on Page IC Jimmy Conzelman, Washington University football coach during the depression years and coach of the former Chicago Cardinals pro football team, died today at Missouri Baptist Hospital. Mr. Conzelman, 72 years old, had been at the hospital for some time. He was widely known in St. Louis for the last 40 years, and was recognized as one of the greatest athletes the city ever produced. In. addition to his football fame, Mr. Conzelman was a baseball player, musician and entertainer. In business, he was associated with the old St. Louis Browns, the baseball Cardinals, and was a vice president of D'Arcy Advertising Co. ' Mr. Conzelman coached the Washington University football !, team from 1932 to 1939, and was dismissed after his team won the 1939 Missouri Valley Conference championship. He coached the pro football Chicago Cardinals to a world championship in 1947 and to a western division title in 1948. The 11-1 regular season record Union Leader Freed On Bond Lester Straughan, southeastern Missouri union leader, was freed on bond late yesterday after his arrest on a Tour-count indictment returned earlier by 'a federal grand jury in St. Louis, i ' : It was the first indictment to be returned as a result of in- McNary Will Study Firm Lucier Ran Reports of the Securities and Exchange Commission will be studied by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office in its investigation of the bomb killing of Phillip J. 'Lucier a week ago, it was announced today. Prosecuting Attorney Gene McNary said he and several assistants would study the corporate structure of the Continental Telephone Corp., of which Lucier was president. McNary had suggested earlier that "something In the corporate structure of the company may have led to the killing." Lucier was killed by a bomb placed under the seat of a company automobile on the parking lot at the Pierre Laclede Center in Clayton. The blasting powder bomb was detonated when Lucier turned on the car ignition. The study of the corporate structure of Continental is designed to supply a background for possible grand jury investigation of the murder, McNary said. Special Jury The May term grand jury session runs through August, with meetings scheduled on Wednesdays. McNary indicated he would request a special jury, if such action waf deemed necessary. The $25,000 reward offered by Continental for i n f o r m a t ion leading to the arrest and con viction of persons responsible for Lucier's death has been increased to $50,000, a company spokesman announced late yesterday. Doubling the reward is designed to assist police in finding the killer, the spokesman said. The Major Case Squad, comprising officers from area iaw enforcement agencies, and Clayton police continued their interrogation of scores of persons. No specific clues have been reported. A motorist whose composite picture had been circulated by oolice reported to Clayton po-last night. He said he was the driver of a late model Dodge car that a witness reported left the Pierre Laclede parking lot after the bombing. Clayton Police Lt. Herbert Johnston said the man, "Had nothing significant to offer. He said he was not aware of a bombing." ballot in next Tuesday's primaries on adoption of the nonpartisan plan. Probate Judge Louis Kohn, who is running for renomination next week, hopes the plan will be approved, ending the ordeal of political campaigning. Public Office "The o r d e a 1," Judge Kohn said, "is similar to that of a candidate for public office. But it is in no way geared to select the person who will make the best judge. i "The first thing an attorney who hopes to run some day for office must do," Judge Kohn says, "is to join a party to establish his political credentials. 1 "He must toil in the vineyards ; of the party of his choice, help Jimmy Conzelman in 1948 earned for Mr. Conzelman the Coach of the Year award. Mr. Conzelman was inducted into professional football's Hall of Fame in 1964 and nominated to the college Hall of Fame in 1967. He was an after-dinner speaker- sculptor and song writer. He appeared in the Municipal Opera productions of "Good News" in 1940 and "Damn Yankees" in 1957. vestigations by a special federal strike force. Straughan was charged with receipt and sale of a large tractor in the Farmington area. The tractor had been stolen in June 1968 in Bloomington, III. He was charged also with obstructing justice by trying to convince a grand jury witness not to give correct testimony. Straughan is business agent of Operating Engineers Local 513. He posted a $5000 bond on the charges in Farmington late yesterday. Arraignment on the indictment is scheduled for Monday before United States District Judge John K. Regan in St. Louis. The special strike force is investigating organized crime in Missouri,. Kansas and eastern and southern Illinois. The group is re-examining labor disputes in the Cape Girardeau area and in the large new industrial developments in the Missouri Bootheel, specifically at the Noranda Aluminum Corp. plant that is under construction at New Madrid at a cost of $180,000,000. Some firms are reported to have abandoned plans in recent months to build in the area because of the labor atmosphere. Scott Paper Co. withdrew plans for a facility at Caruthers-ville. Its officers said that building costs in Missouri were too high. The company is building at Blytheville, Ark., instead. Bootheel activities of Louis Shoulders, a member of Laborers Local 42 here, and James F. Michaels Jr., active in the Sheet Metal Workers Union, are being checked also, it was learned. The strike force is said to be looking into gambling reports and into the cost of removing from Mississippi River barges machinery, material and equipment earmarked for south-eastern Missouri industrial plant construction. Cost of removing the items has skyrocketed to the extent that they exceed all the other Man Killed In Auto By Shotgun Blast Braxton Dillahunty, a worker in the city health department's rat control program, was shot to death today in his automobile as he was leaving for work. The car was parked just west of his home, 4555 North Market Street. Dillahunty, 41 yars old, was killed after he had seated him self in his car and started the engine. Police said he was shot by a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun. The man approach ed on foot and fired before Dillahunty could drive away. The shooting occurred at 8:30 a.m. Police recovered the shotgun, which was dropped as the as sailant fled on foot. Then en gine of Dillahunty's automo bile caught fire but the blaze was quickly extinguished by firemen. Dillahunty had work' ed for the city since Jan. 12. ing with precinct work, making speeches and doing the myriad chores that a regular party worker must do. "After several years," Judge Kohn continued, "the aspirant may be seriously considered as a candidate for a judicial post. Then, on the fateful day, the party leaders may call him and say: 'You have been a good worker and we think you might make a good judge. Why don't you run?' " "A candidate," Judge Kohn said, "must be sure first of all that he has a very understanding family, because campaigning will take him away from his home for several hours on many evenings every week. "If our future judge has pri- Mr. Conzelman was the only son of James G. Dunn Sr. and . Margaret Ryan. His father died ; when he was 11 months old, and he took the name of his stepfather, becoming James Dunn Conzelman. He played guard on the Mc- 'Kinley High School basketball team, and when he went into the Navy in World War I, he won the middleweight boxing " championship in a tournament ; at : the Great Lakes Naval i Training Station. Mr. Conzelman started playing football t McKinley High School and continued at Washington University. He never was i graduated. - He began playing pro football in 1920 with the ; Decatur Staleys. Before becoming Washington University football coach, he coached the Battery A Gunners of St. Louis in 1931. Mr. Conzelman lived at 6228 Pershing Avenue. , Surviving are his wife, Ann; ' a son, James D. Conzelman Jr. of Westport, Conn.; a sister, . Mrs. Arthur M. Donnelly of St. Louis; and two brothers, John G. Conzelman of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and Robert E. Conzelman of St. Louis. shipping costs from eastern United States points, it was reported. : Hal E- Hunter Jr., prosecut-. ing attorney for New Madrid County, told the ' Post-Dispatch ; he found that most . of the troubles at the Noranda, plant had been of a jurisdictional nature between various unions. He confirmed reports of Mi-chaels's early presence at the facility but said no evidence of wrongdoing had been obtained. The Straughan indictment alleges that the union leader on three separate occasions urged Sam G i b b s, a construction worker not to tell of his know-ledge of the tractor, The vehicle, with a retail value of about $16,000 was stolen from the Case Equipment Co., a Bloomington distributor, between June. 15 and 18, 1968, the McLean County, 111., sheriff's office said. It was recovered Feb. 27 this year at Flat River. v - , . ; Both Straughan and Gibbs f live in Farmington. FMGIDAME 1 L J T A sit. f.r .v.r, M. FURNITURE I APPLIANCE CO. 5000 te 32.000 ITU 3430 S. GRAND ' P 4-3000 OPEN EVENINGSiHMiHiaiHi 3air Wjercantite Co. AUGUST CARPET SALE! Polyester jj SHAG ? CARPET Heavy Weight Perfect Quality YD. Compare with carpet telllni ttsewhert from SS.9S to $10.50 tq. yd. Embossed CARPET SI88 Sq. Yd. ROOM SIZE 12'xnr . Srttn Acrllin $69 12x10' 59 Sold Nylon . PLUS OTHER SIZES NOT LISTED 55 Years ol Honest Fair Deallnf , 15257 - 4 Hocks West of Klnislilchwar Ufayettt mary opposition he must attend every township meeting, every township picnic, every card party and every kind of party function to solicit support. If he has no opposition he still must make the endless rounds of meetings. 3-Minute Talk "Nomination or endorsement really turns out to be a question of deciding who is the best candidate o n t h e basis of the three-minute talk the candidate gave at the meeting, or the candidate's physical appearance, or how big a contribution he made to the township campaign fund. "St. Louis County has 18 townships and every one has at least one political club and some have as many as. six," Judge Kohn said. "The candidate- must make as many as three or four speeches in one night if he is eager to win," he said. . "When a candidate goes to political meetings h e usually finds himself just a lone individual in a large group of candidates for senator, governor, supervisor, prosecuting a 1 1 o r-ney,. and magistrate. ' . Wave To Crowed "The major candidates are usually allotted 10 minutes for speech-making. Judicial candidates are given three minutes. ' Actually, if they are in luck they may be allowed to stand up and give a little wave to the: crowd. . "By .staying till the end of the meeting, they will have an op--portunity to mingle with the crowd and p e r h a p s induce someone to take some cam-' paign literature and bumper stickers. ' : "The round of meetings, pic-: nics, card parties and coffees is the future judge's daily fare in the three months preceding the primaries. "In addition to meetings, there is the task of r a i s i n g: money to advertise, print bro--chures, and put together some; kind .of a campaign organization, ..including precinct workJ ers, on election day. "The general election campaign is a rerun of the pri-marie s," Judge Kohn said. "The nominee will have to continue making speeches and raising money. , "Victory looks so close that it seems a worthwhile investment to put another mortgage on the' house to raise money for an extra bit of radio and television time. Brief Introduction "In general elections the judicial candidate is shunted even further into the background at political meetings. The big guns of the campaign are getting all the attention now. The most an aspiring judge can hope for is a brief introduction prior to the main speech. "Such campaigning is not conducive to the selection of the best qualified persons as judges. The process certainly does not examine the qualities that are ' generally considered essential for the judge. There is no test of legal knowledge, no test of character, no test of industry. "This is the reason that political parties have not always come up with the best qualified judicial candidates in St. Louis County. This is why we need the nonpartisan court plan." "Take Home" AIR CONDITIONER : IS IASY TO INSTALL 6000 BTU 1 - CARPET REMNANTS 89 Grn Polytstar . I?'I3'3" Ambar PolytsUr . M09 WE JELL ONLY PERFECT QUALITY CARPET SHAW ..... LiMIBC rA V. lus Stops at Bow30 A-M$ttt rM- FACED WITH ANNEXATION: Black Jack residents who want the community incorporated displaying signs ex- Council yesterday. (Post-Dispatch Photo) Black Jack Incorporation Argued Four p e r s o n s in the Black Jack Improvement Association, and their attorney, Roy W. Bergmann, testified before the St. Louis County Council yesterday in favor of a plan to incorporate their area. Council chambers were jammed with proponents of the plan. The proponents cited a variety of reasons for their positions, but none mentioned their opposition to a federally-subsidized housing project in the area for lower-and . middle-income persons. The incorporation proposal was opposed by mayors of two neighboring communities and an attorney for an interreli-gious group. The improvement association circulated incorporation p e t i-tions in the area after preliminary federal approval of the housing project at Parker and Old Jamestown roads. Dr. Ronald H. Pflueger, pres-i d e n t of the association, has said the group would use legal action if necessary to block construction of the 108-u n i t townhouse apartment project. It is planned by St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Florissant. Bergmann said that the residents of the area, just east of Florissant, appeared to qualify under existing incorporation 794 dresses further reduced for clearance $16 $28 values now Yes Only $10.90 for a great fashion look! But hurry, quantities are limited. Misses and junior dresses and sportsdress-es in this fabulous group. Boyd's Suburban Stores Open Friday Night CLAYTON CRESTWOOD PLAZA DOWNTOWN NORTHLAND NORTHWEST PLAZA WEST COUNTY JmBSP iiiittit mmmi. m statutes and deserved to be incorporated. He said the new community would be able to provide essential services and be a credit to the county. Others said that the area had been an identifiable community since before the turn of the century. Robert Schuchardt showed a Post Office map that he said was dated 1883 and identified the town of Bfack Jack. Maurice , L. Stewart (Rep.), Seventh District, chairman of the council, said two important elements were showing that there was a pre-existing com munity in the unincorporated area and that a majority of tax able residents had signed peti tions in favor of incorporation. He said that County Counselor Joseph B. Moore had in formed the council that pet tions submitted in favor of the proposal apparently contained sufficient signatures. ; Mayors James J. Eagan of Florissant and John G. Brawley of Ferguson opposed the proposed incorporation. Eagan said he doubted the existence of a community in the area or whether a new munici- plaity could provide essential services. Brawley, to the boos of many specta'tors, asserted that the incorporation drive was an effort N no 90 pressing their wish at a meeting of the St. Louis County by the association to "use zoning laws to exclude classes or races of certain people." Samuel H. Liberman, a lawyer who won the historic Jones vs. Mayer open housing case from St. Louis County before the United States Supreme Court, testified against the incorporation. He represented the 4ss ; As-' H " ' t , .... . (tenmA If Your Answer To Any Of These Questions Is NO This Musical-Comedy, Opening At MUNICIPAL OPERA This Monday Evening For 7 Nights, Can Change Them All To YES! Does your job include an all-day coffee break (with lots of sugar) ? Can you count on a 50 vacation with play? Does someone else get first dip in the secretarial pool? ROBERT MORSE RECREATING HIS ORIGINAL (ROADWAY AND MOTION PICTURE ROLE IN mm also starring ("The Great Gildersleeve") WILLARD WATERMAN Scots Now Scllinq At Municipal Theatre lei Office In Forest Park t Branch Ticket Offices Throughout Greater St. Louis. Inter-religious Center for Urban Affairs. He pointed out that residents of the area "had never seen fit to govern themselves before the housing project was proposed." Stewart said the council would take the testimony under advisement and have a decision soon. jfgf..... i i ' 88 - week 1

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