Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on October 22, 1956 · Page 1
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

Alton, Illinois
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Monday, October 22, 1956
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Tmff ie Toll 0 1194 0 Heaths 0 •Accident* fnvamnt Injury np Weather Serving the Alton Community for More Than 120 Years Alton area: Coolet tonlftht And Tneiday. Low ItiesdAjr MtttttaK near 80. tt!*h Tae*d*y afternoon In low 70s. Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXX1, No. 238 ALTON, ILL., MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1956. 20 PAGES 5c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press Schuman Of Games Attempts to secure comments from Sheriff Ogle on reports that gambling is going wide open In Madison County were unsuccessful this morning. State's Attorney Schuman was reached at noon and asked to comment on a St. Louis Post-Dispatch front page story on gambling reported underway in the county. He said he knew nothing of the Post-Distpatch story. He added that he did not know there was any gambling going on in the county "in any way, shape or form," nnd said he had received no complaints, Sherift Ogle had left his office and was not available for comment. As previously reported In the Telegraph, gambling games are reportedly operating In joints throughout the county and part of the profits is said to be used in an effort to defeat candidates running on an anti-gambling platform for election Nov. 6. Schuman and Ogle were queried previously about the reports and told a Telegraph representative they would "investigate". So far, the result of their investigation has not been divulged. Poker and blackjack games were reported Saturday night in two roadhouses east of Alton. Man Injured As Tractor Overturns An Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp. employe. Dale Allen, of 3605 Franor Ave., suffered a fractured pelvis in « tractor accident while at the farm home of John Simpson of near Dorsey. He It a patient in Alton Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Robert WatJdns, a daughter of Mr. Simpson, said that Allen and hi* wife had accompanied her to the home of her father Sunday and that Allen was helping move dirt with a tractor to make a roadway around a pond when the tractor overturned. Allen wa« thrown clear of the tractor, Mr*. Watkins laid, but incurred the fracture when he hit the ground. He probably will b« hospitlalzed for four weeks, it was laid. Among other area patients treated st the hospital and then dismissed were Beverly Sue Sanders, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanders of 125 West Cherry St., Hartford, lacerations to both hands, inflicted by a tin can, and Harry Keith, 53. of 3406 Agnes St., removal of a splinter from his right hand. Mrs. Mildred Plegge, wife of Erwin Plegge of Bethalto, was treated for contusions of her left arm, suffered in an automobile accident on Rt. 140. near Bethalto. Following treatment and X-ray examination, she returned home. Other victim* of automobile accidents were James Durham, 20, of 1716 Scovell St., who was treated for contusions, lacerations and abrasions of his scalp, and Charles Meyer, 29, of Belle ville, who suffered a spinal injury in an automobile mishap at Pere Marquettt Park, near Grafton. Little Will Have None Of Thomae EDWARDSVILLE — Republican candidate for county Recorder of Deeds George E. Little of Ed wardsvllle told the Telegraph today he has "broken" with GOP County Chairman Charles G Thomae. Little said he informed Thomae of his break at a GOP rally Sat urday night at the Three Maples Tavern between Moro and Prairie town. In informing the Telegraph of his action, Little alleged tha< Thomae has been making "deals' with Democrats and Republicans in both Madison and St. Clair counties. Little also said he did not wan to be affiliated with two of his Republican county ticket running mates, William G. Straube of Ed wardsvllle, party nominee for Coroner, and Ralph T. Smith of Al ton, who is seeking re-election as state representative. Chairman Thomae, queried by the Telegraph today, said he was "at a loss" to explain the reason lor the statement. He said Little had announced at the Prairietown area Republican meeting that he was going to have something for the press later, am that was the only intimation he Imc received that Anything was aboui to happen. Unique Blessed Kvenfc—Triplet Calves TRIPLET CALVES — Year-old Bobby Helens, son of Mr. and Airs. Garland Helens of the Fosterburg area, and triplet calves born Oct. 14 at the farm of his par- cnts. The multiple birth is unusual among bovines; even more unusual is the survival of all three. Mother of the calves is a Holateto, father Herford—Staff Photo. Laud Ruling In GM&O Tax Case (Related Story on Page Two) EDWARDSV1LLE — The recent U. S. Supreme Court decision in the Gulf, Mobile <t Ohio Railroad's tax objection case— won by the Madison County state's attorney's office in a long battle through the courts- is being hailed throughout the state. The decision on the railroad's objections to payment of $18,578.38 in taxes for 1951 was of statewide importance, as evidenced by congratulatory leters received by State's Attorney Fred P. Schuman and members of his staff from Illinois' Attorney General Latham Castle. While the G. M. & t). originally objected to its 1951 tax bill in this county only, It Jias since filed objections for succeeding years through 1955 and six other railroads have joined in similar objections for the past four tax years, with the result that the amount of such taxes tied up by objections together with Interest and penalty charges total nearly $1,000.000. Outcome of the G. M. & O. Railroad's original tax objection case, as ultimately«decided in the U, S. high tribunal, had been anxiously awaited by taxing bodies in this county, other counties where filing' of similar cases was in prospect, nnd the Illinois Department of Revenue, Fire Destroys Cabin Cruiser On Alton Lake Fire destroyed a cabin cruiser Sunday afternoon after It took fire near the Missouri shore opposite Alton. The flaming boat was beached near the entrance to Harbor Point. The fire department was called from Portage, but the craft was beyond saving before fire equipment could reach the scene. The fire was observed by motorists and boating enthusiasts who were on McAdams highway between Alton and Clifton. Traffic Piles Up River Dra In Vain Search While an estimated 2,000 spectators looked on, Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps members dragged the river fruitlessly near the west city limits, early Sunday evening, after an erroneous report that an automobile had plunged off the McAdams highway. Explanation finally reached was that the report about the submerged automobile was wholly unfounded, and that it resulted from an incident of late Saturday night when a tree at the edge of the highway was knocked down in the maneuvering of a river barge. Meantime, cars Jamming about the scene had blocked the river roadway, and five state highway patrolmen, a corps of Godfrey special deputies and constables, the Godfrey fire and emergency crews had followed the AVEC to the supposed scene of tragedy. Hour-Long Jam With scores of automobiles caught in the jam on the highway, more than an hour passed before those in authority could get th« roadway sufficiently unblocked for traffic to resume motion, A traffio patroman at Broadway and Piasa was told of the 2 Boys Treated At St. Joseph's For Eye Injuries Two boys with eys injuries were among patients treated Sunday in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Hospital and then dismissed. They were Jasper C. Cooper, 3, of 208 Washington Ave.. East Alton, who was struck in the left eye by BB shot, and Mark Going, 8, of Glen Carbon, who hit his left eye against the edge of R table. Other patients receiving treatment at the hospital and then returning home were William Wilson, 12, a cadet at Western Military Academy, who was treated for an ear injury inflicted by a fish hook, and Mrs. Alice Ripley, 61, of 409 Belle St., who was treated for a finger injury. Set for Princess LAST-MINUTE TOUCH — These members of a guard of honor get a personalized shoe check while wait* tag for arrival of Britain's Princess Margaret at a trade show in Moshi, Tanganyika, Thursday. (AP Wirephoto) supposed river tragedy at 6 p m. by a passing motorist who came from the scene. Police called on the emergency corps, state police, and Godfrey authorities. AVEC members responded with boats and dragging equipment. Fred Haper took a tow-car to the scene. Later the coroner was called. Haper and first emergency corps members to reach the riv er shore about 6:10 p. m. found the highway already blocked in the narrow section above the water works, and it was with ut most difficulty that emergency quipment could be squeezet through. Finally, after state pol Ice and help from Godfrey ar rived, the river bank had to be roped off so that the emergency boating equipment coulc be moved through the mass of spectators to be launched, witnesses reported. Discontinued at 8:15 p.m. Dragging and probing of the river was continued until 8:15 p. m. by which time it was definitely determined the rescue corpsmen were seeking a mere will-of-the-wisp. Those in the rescue activities, police were informed, found a large fallen tree at the scene near the point abovt the water works where t h« McAdams highway widens to four lanes The trunk of the fallen tree still was rooted to the embankmen at the river side of the highway The top branches were in the water. A motorist at the scene, be lieved the one responsible for the original report, relayed by another motorist to the police admitted he hadnt' seen a car run into the river. But he point ed to tire markings showing a vehicle had swerved off the highway immediately upstream from the fallen tree. Will Clark, 80, Dies After Fall W. C, dark, 80, retired Alton business man, died unexpectedly at 11:50 a. m. today in Alton Me mortal Hospital where he had "been a patient since Friday night following a fall at his home, 1603 Uberty St. He suf fered fractures of the right clav icle and right leg. The bone in his leg was broken in two places above the knee. ' The mishap occurred, Mrs Clark stated, while her husbanc was preparing to retire. A physician, who attended him at his home, advised he be moved to the hospital and an ambulance was summoned anc he was ta,ken to Alton Memorial Mr. Clark, who has been in failing health for the past two months, had been retired sine March of 1953. At time of his retirement he was the oldest bus inessman in the West Thin street area. He had been associated with West End establishments for 52 years. His last place of busi ness was at 329 Belle St., when he was in partnership with Harry G. Modes. Previously had been in business with W C. Gates, and the store, Gates Clark, was located in the Com mercial Building. The body is at Morrow-Quinn Mortuary, Fatal Fire Cause Still Unknown Jersey State's Attorney Attorney Claude J. Davis today in- 'ormed the Telegraph that the cause of the fire that killed four children jn their Grafton home early Saturday morning is un- cnown. Funeral services for William Arthur Wahle, 12, Irene Elizabeth Wahle, 10, Norberl James Wahle, Jr., and Homer Edward Wahle, 8, were conducted Sunday at Jacoby Funeral Home. The Rev. Robt. Brown of Grafton officiated, and the bodies were taken to St.. Louis for cremation. The four children of Mr. and Mrs. Norbnrt Wan) lost their lives in the midnight fire at their home in Grafton Friday, when flames swept the two-story frame dwelling in which they lived with their parents. The father was at work in an industrial plant in Madison County. The mother was the only member of the family at Mine who escaped from the holocaust. County officials were assisted by representatives from the state fire marshal's office Saturday morning attempting to determine cause of the fire. The father of the children told Sheriff Herman C. Kirchner early Saturday morning that a gas pipe line had been in bad condition earlier in the week and may have been a contributory factor. Coroner Rodney C.'Jacoby of Jerseyville Impaneled a jury to hear the evidence. The inquest was continued to a later date to enable the fire marshall's office to conclude its investigation. Illinois Deputy Fire Marshal Fred Haderlein of Carlyle with State's Attorney Davis conducted an investigation into the cause of the fire throughout the day Saturday, Davis stated. Two State Police Injured In Gun Fight LINCOLN, III. 3 1 — An attempt by two state policemen today to apprehend a traffic violator erupted into a gunshot battle that left both officers wounded, one seriously. State police said officers Glenn Nichols and Robert Golightly were wounded in the apprehension of Arvid Jopp, 24, and William G. Wilfong, 31, both of Joliet. Two others fled on foot in the confusion. Police said Nichols, about 38, is in serious condition at Lincoln Memorial Hospital here and Golightly, about 25, was treated for a broken leg. Police said they suspected Jopp and Wilfong, along with their two companions, of fleeing from the holdup Sunday of a Joliet drugstore. The officers told state police officials they were sitting in their car near a traffic light at the north edge of Lincoln when a southbound car almost struck a tanker truck making a turn off U. S. 66. When the policemen attempted to flag the violators down, the car sped on. Police chased the car further south and followed it when it took a secondary road northward. The officers finally forced it to halt near a service station. Golightly and Nichols asked the driver to show his license when one of the two men in the back seat slipped out and began firing at the officers over the roof of the car. New Communist Leaders In Poland Pledged To Take Own Independent Course No Soviet To Safeguard Dam Alton Lake To Be Lowered A Foot Starting Friday Alton Lake will bo lowered about a foot in the period from next Friday to Nov. 4, the St. Louis district of the Corps of Engineers announced Saturday. Purpose of the lowering, according to Col. George B. White, district engineer, is to safeguard Alton Dam. He said the difference in the water levels above and below the dam had to be kept within tolerable limits. In another notice issued yesterday, the St. Louis district engineer warned duck hunters, fishermen and persons interested in recreational boating of plans for reducing the level of Alton lake and pools upstream. The notice said the rate of lowering probably would not cause injury to fish but might cause changes in duck habitat along the river. Duck hunters were told that many shooting blinds might be rendered useless. Col. White suggested that boat owners whose crafts are kept at Alton lake keep in touch with operators of boat harbors, in order to make sure that boats that are to be pulled out for the winter are removed before normal access to boat launching ramps is interrupted by lower water levels. Military t, Junta Rules Honduras TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras G»A three-man military junta ruled this Central American republic today in the wake of what apparently was its first bloodless political coup in history. Julio Lozano, 71, was removed as chief of state by the junta led by Gen. Roque J. Rodriguez, leader of the Francisco Morazon Military Academy. Other members of the junta are Col. Hector Carraccioli, chief of the Honduras air force, which played a leading role in the revolt, and Maj. Roberto Galvez, son of former President Juan Manuel Galvez. A Honduras broadcast said one of the first acts of the junta was to proclaim illegal the election two weeks ago of a Constituent Assembly for this banana-growing country of slightly over 1% million population. The broadcast called the election "a national shame" and said it did not represent the popular will. The Assembly had been called by Lozano to meet Nov. 11 and was expected to elect him president for a full six-year term. Members of the Liberal party headed by the exiled Dr. Ramon Villeda Morales had assailed the election as a fraud. Twelve persons were killed in election day violence. Lozano, who has been acting president with the title chief of state since September 1934, claimed a clean sweep for his supporters in the election two weeks ago. He heads the National Union party. He declared that his party and the Reformist party, an allied group, won all 56 seats in .the Assembly. There was no report of fighting in connection with Sunday's coup. Apparently air force planes threatened to bomb the presides tial palace and Lozano submitted his resignation. River Stages Lock & Dam 36 W. Bureau 7 »-m. Rise. .20 Stage 2.6 (Zero 395.48 M.S.L.) Sea Level 1 a.m. Pool 419.00 Tail water 392.85 Saved by Telephone Call Woman, 82, Trapped 8 Days Without Food in New York NEW YORK JP— In eight days without a bite to eat, you begin to think about the end. Especially when you're 82. For eight harrowing days and nights, Mrs. Henrietta A. Emhardt, had been an accidental prisoner in the bathroom of her own apartment, in the heart of the city. "I thought I was going to have to die there," she said, "that I'd starve gradually to death." There wasn't even space to lie down in the tiny room. The only thing she had to drink was water. A week ago Friday she fell against the bathroom door, jamming it tightly. Then in trying to open it, she pulled the handle off the doorknob. The rod slipped out on the other side. She was trapped inside. Slje shouted, until her voice gave out, and pounded until her fists went raw, and beat with a brush on the water pipes until she was so weak she couldn't lift her arms. "For the first four or five days, oh, how I bounced on the door all day and night with all my might, hoping and praying that someone would help. "Over the water pipes, I could hear the sounds of people all over the house, and I couldn't understand how they could be so heartless as not to come." In a kind of listless, gnawing eternity, the time ran on. Vaguely, at times, she'd hear her telephone ring, but it was beyond her prison door. Unknown to her, in Darien, Conn., a cousin, J. S. Schulten, had been phoning repeatedly. Worried, he finally asked police to check on her. That was last Saturday night, Oct. 20 Police knocked down the bathroom door. A plucky Mrs, Emhardt, her spirits unbroken and her physical constitution weak but well, said of their coming: "You can never tell how thank' ful I was." The first thing she wanted was to go to bed. Today, rested and still eating ravenously, Mrs. Em hardt said: "My legs still are very weak and it'll take time to get my strength back, but otherwise I feel wonderful. My appetite is tremendous, Everything tastes good." Roughed Up CLAIM THEY WERE BEATEN BY UNION LEADERS—Nathan Ehrlich, 56, president of New York Local 51 of the Bakers Union and his wife, Lillian, are shown in their hotel suite at San Francisco where they claim they were beaten up by James G. Cross, Washington, D. C. International Bakers Union president and three other men. (AP Wirephoto) To Ike's Blast Expect Bulganin Reply Quickly WASHINGTON UP)—Russia's Premier Bulganin almost certainly will fire a quick reply to a letter from President Eisenhower accusing him of meddling in the American political campaign. But whether he does or not, • Bulganin's letter seems sure to) become a major political issue in I the coming two weeks with both Republicans and Democrats seeking to use it to their advantage in the debate over continuance of hydrogen bomb testing. Officials who forecast today that Bulganin will reply promptly said they expect him to deny any intention of interfering in the U.S. political campaign by his surprise message Friday renewing his appeal for an end to atomic and H- bomb tests. Foregoing diplomatic language in his reply, Eisenhower said Bulganin's newest plea attacked "my own sincerity" and was "personally offensive to me" in its attack on Secretary of State Dulles. Eisenhower said that if an ambassador had done what Bulganin did, he would be expelled from this country. In denouncing Bulganin's letter, Eisenhower in effect accused the Soviet leader of seeking to give a helping hand to Adlai E. Stevenson, the • Democratic presidential nominee, who has been urging that this country take the lead in working toward an end to big-scale nuclear tests. He says the danger to mankind from radiation set loose by such blasts is growing steadily. Eisenhower has rejected Stevenson's suggestion, saying a foolproof inspection system must be agreed upon before this nation can safely end its tests. Stevenson did not comment on Eisenhower's formal reply to Bul- ganin, winch the White House made public in midafternoon Sunday. But in a statement commenting on earlier remarks by White House press secretary James C. Hagerty, Stevenson deplored what he termed an effort to dismiss the Bulganin letter as a "propaganda exercise." Today's Chuckle One nice thing about these modern sports cars: If you flood the carburetor, you can just put the car over your shoulder and burp it. (Copr. Gen. Tea. Corp.) Military Move Seen WARSAW, Poland ,4> — Leaders wl^rrl to guide Poland on a new course independent of Moscow inve tnken the reins of the ruling 'ornmunist parly and swept the Stalinists from policy- making )OStS. Wladyslaw Gnmulka, a tough and taciturn 51-year-old Communist who became a national hero defying Stalin, emerged at tha top after a shakeup of the power- ul Politburo Sunday night. Surrounding Gomulka in the streamlined, nine-member ruling group were other men said to 'avor his demand for disentanglement from Soviet controls. All remained pledged to continued Communist government. Among the Stalinists tossed out of the Politburo was Marshal Sonstantin Rokossovsky, the Po- ish-born Soviet army hero installed by Stalin as head of Poland's military forces in 1949 to lold the country in the Soviet orbit. The election of a new Politburo, with Gomulka in the key post of Eirst secretary, climaxed a three- day meeting of the Party Central Committee. The Soviet Union exerted intense pressure to keep its men in places of authority. Despite tension, and reports of clashes between Polish and Soviet troops, Warsaw remained quiet throughout the meeting. Before he officially took power, Gomulka issued a virtual declaration of independence from Moscow. In a fiery speech to the Central Committee, he denounced what he called misrule of the past 12 years. "There is more than one road to socialism," he declared. "There is the Soviet way. There is the Yugoslav way. And there are other ways." Gomulka was the Polish Communist party chief once before, in the original Communist government after World War H. Then he was known as a friend of the Soviet Union. A member of the Workers movement since the age of 22, he had been in and out of jail for subversive activity in pre- World War II Poland, and twice had sought refuge in neighboring Russia. But he refused to go as far as others in turning his native land into a Soviet colony. On Stalin's orders, he was jailed in 1951 on a charge of Titoism. After his release from prison in December 1954 he became a symbol of so- called national communism. The Polish Communists "rehabilitated" him earlier this year. Some Polish Communists said they expect Hungary to take a similar course by returning to power former Premier Imre Nagy, who was deposed in 1955 as a rightist. Only Sunday thousands of Hungarian students is* sued ultimatums to the authorities threatening street demonstrations unless their demands for more freedom and better living conditions are met within two weeks. Sailing Races 500 Watch 42 Skippers Compete iu Fall Regatta About 500 spectators watched 42 skippers compete Saturday and Sunday on Alton Lake in three events sponsored by the St. Louis Sea Scouts at their harbor, !',» miles downstream from Portage des Sioux. The second annual fall regatta was in celebration of the Sea Scouts' 25th year of boating, according to Merlin Schumacher, race chairman. A steady 12-to-15 mile an hour breeze Saturday sent the competing craft scooting over two laps on a triangular course between Alton bluffs and Missouri bottomlands. All craft finished in a drizzling rain. The second event began on schedule at 11 a.m. Sunday, but after an hour and 15 minutes of the craft drifting aimlessly, it was called off because of a dead calm condition. At 2 p.m. a steady to-15 mile an hour breeze arose and the second one-lap event was run ahead of schedule. The overdue third race began at 4 p.m. and the wind died. Determined skippers remained on course and some didn't finish until dark. Skies remained overcast and threatening during the Sunday events. The eight types of sailing craft represented in the regatta attracted skippers from Alton, St. Louis, East St. Louis and Crab Orchard Lake. Members of the Alton Valley Sailing Association gained hori- ors in the Class E., Lightning and Snipe Classes. Winners for the three events were Class E, Frank Kodelya, first; Glen Mottin, second; and J. Brereton. third; Thistle class, Lester C. Haeckel, first; Carl Blank, second; Lightning class, W. R. (Buck) Wynn, first; Kenneth Mihill, second; and August Taoli, third. Large Miscellaneous class, Herbert PerUnutter, first; Howard Hecker, second; Cy Arnold, third; X class, John Schrader, first; Southern Cross, second; Lee W. Douglas, third; Snipe class, James A. Mitchell, first; J. F, Morris, second; Ben A. VVhiteside, third. Nipper class, Robert Gulledge, first; Walter Breville, second; Louis Garratto, third; Small Mifr ceJleoneous class, Mrs. R. (Ma* ine) Taylor, tost; Charles W. Robinson, second; Virgil I* Dann, third.

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