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No whitewashing Seek death penalty for Ku Klux slayers night called the killing, an "outrageous crime" and said such acts "will not be tolerated" In Alabama. L - V -' MWWyfi" X W ' .- 1 Arrested 1 Collie LeRoy Wilkins, Jr., center, appeared before the U.S. Commissioner Friday in connection with the death of white Civil rights worker Mrs. Viola Gregg Liuzzo. Wilkins, 21, and two other white men were arrested and taken to Jefferson County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond each. (UPI) i . Green flag lowered Girl injured in accident GREENWOOD A child lay In the street injured by an auto mobile. Little Sandy Hagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hagner, was lucky. Today she is at home with only two broken ribs and! several cuts. Sandy, a second grader at Our Lady . of Greenwood Catholic school, was on her way from school to the dentist when she was hit by an automobile as she ran from the east side to the west side of Madison avenue across from Woodmen Football Field. The 1960 Chevrolet was en route south on Madison avenue driven by Alfred O. Tanksley, 18, of rural Brownstown. Police said he was not speeding and the driver was not held. Sandy was pavement to carried from the a nearby doctor's office. She was then taken to her family physician who ordered X- rays be taken at the professional Building. The little girl is one of eight children of the Hagners who re side at 812 N. Madison avenue. The only thing she ate after the accident Friday at 2:40 p.m. was some ice cream to celebrate her sister Carla's sixth birthday, Mrs. Hagner said that she learned that the three older sis ters of Sandy, also going to the dentist, had crossed the street and that Sandy must have run across the road trying to catch up. She said ; Sandy will probably miss a week of school. Her mother related that her daughter's worry now is that the Green Flag, awarded for safety, will be lowered from the pole for a month. school's flag. State Police accepting trooper applications State Police Supt. Robert A. O'Neal announced today that app licatlons are now being accepted from young Hoosler men who want to be troopers. . The recruit Academy will be held on the Indiana University campus at Bloomington beginning - July 5 and lasting for eight weeks. Cadets who successfully com. plete the training will be appoint. ed to trooper ranks September 1. Candidates must be United States citizens and have physically resided in Indiana at least one year Immediately prior to applying; not less than 5 feet -9 Inches or more than 6 feet 5 Inches in height with weight in proportion; at least 21 years of age and not 30 or over on the opening date of the Academy. An application must hold a valid, unrestricted Indiana motor vehicle operator's license and a diploma from an accredited high school. ' While in training, cadets will be provided, living quarters meals and tuition. In addition, they will receive scholastic cre dit for college courses included in the curriculum. The deadline for applications has been set for April 16. Young men who want to be state troopers and can meet the requirements should send for their app lication immediately by writing to "Superintendent, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis, Attention Personnel Section." Scout dinner slated tonight FRANKLIN The annual Boy Scout appreciation dinner for the Whetzel Trace district will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. In the city. The dinner is scheduled for the cafeteria at Franklin Comm. unity high school where awards for individual adult leadership will be made. MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UPI) Alabama authorities today apparently Intend to seek the death penalty for four Ku Klux Klansmen. arrested in the sniper slaying of a white woman civil rights worker. "There will be no sweeping under the rug of whitewashing of this case," said state Atty. Gen. Richmond Flowers. Friday night. "We will ask for the maximum penalty If we get the evidence." The Klansmen were arrested lay FBI agents Friday and U.S. Atty. Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach said at a Washington news -conference with President Johnson "I think we've got the men we want.'! The I group was charged with conspiring to violate the civil rights of Mrs. Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-old Detroit mother of five who was shot to death Thursday night on U.S. 80 while running shuttle service for civil rights demonstrators following a mass demonstration at . the Alabama Capitol. Three of the Klansmen were released under $50,000 bond each, apparently arranged by the United Klans of America. The other Klansman, Collie Le-roy Wilkin Jr., 21, of Fairfield, Ala., was to. be given a hearing on an additional charge of violating hfs probation. Wilkin was put under two years probation last November for possessing a sawe'd off shotgun. The three released: Klansmen were Identified as Eugene Thomas, 43, of Bessemer, Ala.; William Orvllle Eaton, 41, also of Bessemer, and Gary Thomas Rowe Jr., 31, of Birmingham. Rowe had to, be restrained by FBI agents when, he tried to hit a news photographer. Thomas, Wilkins and Eaton were arraigned before U. S. Commissioner Louise O. Charlton in Blrmlngha. Rowe appeared before a commissioner in Selma. Flowers said he had contacted Circuit Solicitor Arthur E. Gamble Jr. whose district includes Lowndes County, where the slaying occurred, and the state would press maximum charges "if it is a first degree murder case and from early reports it seems to be one." Gov. George Wallace Friday Mrs. Liuzzo, wife of Team, sters union business agentJLn-thony J. Liuzzo, had come to Alabama to participate in a huge civil rights grievance demonstration by 30,000 persons Thursday that climaxed a 50 mile march from Selma ; to Montgomery. National Guards-men and Army military policemen called into service by President Johnson had guarded the march and demonstration. Tift Vol. 2 No. 209 to Franklin, Indiana, Saturday, March 28, 1965 " t J Massey received award uarvin Massev, center, oi i?ranKiin, is snown receiving a meri torious service award from the Purdue Agricultural Alumni association. He was presented the award at a district meeting in North Vernon Friday night by Richard Ward. At left is Don Purkhiser, president of the Johnson county chapter of the association. j Garvin Massey presented meritorious service award Mother of eight dies of injuries FRANKLIN Garvin Massey was awarded a meritorious service award Friday at a meeting of the Purdue Agricultural Alum-nl association at North Vernon. Mr. Massey received a framed certificate for his service. He had taught vocational agricultural for 28 years at Union township high school and had been a volunteer 4 H leader for many years. He was praised for contributing to the county by training many farm leaders of today. Johnson county received an-other award at the Third South, eastern Indiana Purdue Ag Round. up meeting Friday in addition to Mr. Massey's honor. The local county chapter of the association, Including all gradu ates of the agricultural school of Purdue, received the Old Oaken Bucket award for outstanding work on various projects con-nected with the university. First given this year, the award will be a traveling trophy. Following the presentation of 4-H buildtmr in Dean Earl Butz rural school ' at steak fry and awards at the North Vernon, of the agricul- Purdue, spoke on "Formula for Greatness." He stressed the Importance of educating the youth of the United States. He said that education is a costly process, but not so costly as not to education our future leaders. He quoted for. mer president Dwight Eisenhow. er, saying, "National power equals military power plus economic power plus spiritual power." j : otner speakers during . the evening were Dr. Jack Judy, Purdue, veterinary school, and Mauri Williamson, executive secretary of the alumni association. The toastmaster was Carter Eyerage. Rep hows Greenwbod ort s had a "sundown" law EDITOR'S NOTE: This is ' the second of two articles on the Negro-white .relation- . ships in Johnson county, based on information from -the Indiana Civil Rights Com-jj mlslon. " By ROBERT REED The progressive city of Green, wood is one of 19 Indiana com-muni ties that once had an unwritten ' 'sundown law" forbidding Negroes to be in town after dark according to the Indiana Civil Rights, Commission. A private report just made public by the Commission discloses a recent investigation made of the so-called ' 'sundown towns." I Dr. Donald Royer, research sociologist, says "none of the. Interviewers were able to find any evidence from any town clerks or records In the towns that written sundown ordinances existed now or in the past.'' However, Dr. Royer added: "The myth of legally, enacted sundown ordinances has apparently, served the purpose over the years of making racially exclusive customs seem legitimate and right." . More than two thirds of those interviewed in the 19 communities indicated "unwritten laws have been in effect in their communities in the past." . The 16-page study cites a specific incident which allegedly occurred "in r ecent years" in the city of Greenwood. .Officials of the Civil Rights Commission reported a Negro family visited a housing develop, ment with a real estate agent and "were also Introduced to the neighbors" where a home was for . sale. Says the report: "When the owners returned that evening they were met by openly hostile ' neighbors planning a demonstration to protest the move, and In response the mayor dispatched police to patrol the area. "Faced by these threats, the owners took the house off the market, and the Negro couple did not make any further attempts to buy in the community." The Civil Rights Commission noted that several Negroes lived in Greenwood until the 1920's. Several were highly respected and one graduated from Green, wood high school. Since then the town has been exclusively white. Says Dr. Royer; "Half of the respondents interviewed attributed this fact to the racial mores of the community, and the other half to lack of employment opportunities. None of the respondents, however, indicated that they would block the attempt of a Negro family to buy or rent a home in the community." Civil Rights officials are con. tinulng their studies of various communities and their reaction to "sundown laws." There' are a total of 17 counties in, the district of which nine are organized in the association. Approximately 205 attended the Friday night meeting. Crawford, Wood attend conference Two educators who reside inl Johnson county, will be consul-tants for a post-legislative con ference at Ball state University weanesaay at wmcn school su perintendents and business man agers re invited to become more acquainted with new legislation enacted by the 1965 Indiana Gen. era! Assembly. They are Eldon Crawford of Franklin, assistant state super intendent of public Instruction, and Earl L. Wood, of Greenwood, Indiana State Teachers Assocla tlon administrative services dl rector- Mrs. Ida Jones, critically in jured in an accident on state road 44 Tuesday, died at 6 a.m. today in Methodist hospital in Indianapolis. Mrs. Jones, who resided with her husband and eight children on Franklin route 4, was driving a statlonwagon which crashed into a cement post about; four miles east of Franklin Tuesday afternoon. She was hospitalized with a severe head injury affecting her spinal cord, a member of the family reported. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Murphy Fun eral home in Shelbyvllle, and burial will be in the Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was born Ida Bruer on September 22, 1930, in Colum bus, Kentucky. Her father died before she was born. Her mother, No injuries reported in accidents Johnson county sheriff's offi cers reported two property dam age accidents Friday evening In the county. In a one-car accident at 8;45 p.m., a car driven by James Stevens, 36, 1135 Orchard Lane, Franklin, hit a bridge abutment and overturned. The accident occurred four miles East of Whiteland on road 500 East. Damage to the 1963 cartas set at $750. I Two cars collided at 4 p.m. one mile west of Franklin on state road 44. Authorities said a car driven by Mary Scott, 54, Whiteland route 1, made a left turn into the path of a car driven by Virginia Nalle 4, or Trafalgar. Damage was estimated at $250 to each car in volved. Mrs. Katie Columbus. Watkins, survives in Mrs. Jones and her family had lived in Indianapolis and moved to the Franklin area in 1957. She had married Roy E. Jones In July, 1947. Until approximate- ly four weeks ago, she had been employed at the Methodist home in Franklin. Survivors Include the mother, the husband,' a brother, James of Columbus, and eight children ranging in age from 17 to three. The children are Duane, Mike, Anthony, Gregory, Teresa, Reba, Sheila and Angela Jones. Russell Stott gets county JP position ;:-. , Expect for I.U. hugecrowd banquet Russell Stott EDINBURG Johnson county Civil Defense director Russell Stott of Edinburg has been ap pointed Blue River township jus-tice of the peace by the county commissioners. The appointment, made in a session today, is subject to the approval of the Indiana governor Roger Branigin. Stott will replace Robert E ver-road who recently resigned. Both men are Republicans and Stott was a -candidate for the Indiana it. governor's post during the Republican convention of 1964. County commissioner Victor Qulllen said today that Stott would probably assume his justice of the peace duties some time April. Over two hundred reservations had been received by yesterday morning for the gala Johnson County LU. Club dinner honoring j Jon McGlocklin and Tom and Dick Van Arsdale at Scott Hall on Wednesday, March 31, according to reports receiv- ed from ; ticket chairmen -Joy Judge Jack Rogers, club vice- president. A crowd of 400 is ex pected when last minute reser vations are in. Elvis J. Stahr, president of Indiana University, will deliver the after! dinner speech. Honor. ed guest besides McGlocklin and the Van Arsdale twins will in clude long-time basketball coach Branch McCracken, the new head basketball coach at LU., Lou Watson, William Or wig, athletic director, his assistant Bob Dro, and Max Sklrven, LU. Alumni field secretary. Among honored local guests will be Jon McGlocklln's par. ents, the Zlon McGlockllns, the Raymond Van Arsdales and Ar thur Thomas, parents and grand, parents of the Van Arsdale twins, ana Ted server and Richard Cum. mings, both of the local high school athletic staff. Also to be honored will be the winner of the Johnson County LU, Alumni Club's annual scholar, ship for full tuition and fees for one year. This scholarship is given to an outstanding Johnson County high school senior, whose name is announced at the annual spring meeting. Former winners have been Miss Kathy Lybrook, Miss Elizabeth Streightoff. and Miss Nancy. Vandeventer. Members of the club working to make the dinner a success are program chairman, Judge Jack Rogers; decoration committee, Mrs. John Records and Mrs Lee Hodgen: membership chair. man, Charles G. Henderson: tick- et committee, William Buchanan, Kenneth Auxler, Clarence Engle- man, and Joe Van Valer; pub licity, Ward McCarty and Rex Redifer. President of the club is Cliff Antcliff. A receiving line will be for-med prior to the dinner so that all persons attending may offer congratulations to Jon, Dick, and Tom, and also meet President Star and the LU. staff mem- bers attending. Ward McCarty, local Varsity Club chairman, who has been interested in the three outstanding athletes since their high school days, will be in the receiving line along with clut officers. in Everroad's resignation will be effective April 1. Everroad and his wife plan to move to Ander son, Indiana where he has accepted another position. He has been the justice of the peace in Edinburg since 1963. Stott is a member of the John, son county Selective Service board and is president of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. He is president of the Indiana Huguenot Sopiety. Governor may attend program at fraternity FRANKLIN Presentation of a "Golden Lesion Award" to Forrest V. Rags dale, 999 Dame street, and possibly an address bv eovernor.RoeerBrankln.wlll ' highlight the Phi Delta Theta fraternity's Founders Day ban.: quet at the frat house on March 28. The "Golden Legion Award." which . is presented to 50-year pin men, will be presented to Mr. Ragsdale by Leroy Hem inger, president of the Indiana Delta chapter's alumni association. Although it has not been eon. firmed as yet, Gov. Branigin, a distinguished alumni of the local Phi Delta Theta fraternity, may address the group at the Founders Dav affair. . In addition, Secretary of State, John Bottorff, also an alumni of the local fraternity, is expected to serve as master of ceremonies at the affair. A ' buffet dinner will be served up at 6 p. m. prior to former Founders day activities. Owners beware Edinburg marshal orders strays shot EDINBURG. A flood of complaints over stray dogs has led Edinburg town marshal Winfrey Burton to issue a statement decreeing that after this Monday all loose dogs will be shot on sight." Burton reported that his decision had received approval from the local town board, and that beginning Monday, all Edinburg police officials will shoot any stray dog on sight. Burton added that the rule whether they are tagged or not. will apply to all loose dogs, Speaking today on the situation, Burton said, "I'm getting sick and tired of answering the phone so much to listen to complaints about loose dogs." ' x; Burton commented that he averages from ten to fifteen calls -a day on the loose dog situation. "I even get them at my home", he added. Apparently the number of complaints have Increased in the last few weeks. Burton said, "I think more people are letting their dogs run loose because It's so close to assessment time. They don't want to buy tags for the dogs." Johnson county is currently under a quarantine which was initiated by the state health board. Burton said, 'Since this quarantine is still in effect my men will be under orders to shoot all loose dogs on sight." V

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