The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 21, 1976 · Page 9
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December 21, 1976 PAGEio HAYS DAILY NEWS Mayor Daley, Last Of Bosses, Is Dead Courts Presidents Mayor Richard J. Daley'» power reached from ward halls to the White Home and helped the careers of scores of polltlcans. Top photo shows Daley at a fundraising dinner for Lyndon Johnson In 1968 In Chicago. Bottom photo shows the lifelong Democratic with Harry Truman In 1960 at an Executive Club meeting In Chicago. (UPI Photo) By TIM CODER CHICAGO (UPI) - Mayor Richard J, Daley, 74, the last of the big city bosses whose influence extended from the city wards to the White House, collapsed and died of a heart attack in his doctor's office Monday. Church bells tolled mournfully over the wind-and-snow- swept streets of Bridgeport, the old, ethnic neighborhood on the South Side where Daley lived, proclaiming the news. Some 500 persons packed the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord to pray for the man who had ruled the city for 21 years — the only mayor a generation of Chicagoans had ever known. In political circles, Democrats jockeyed for position in the political vacuum created by Daley's death. The immediate future of government in the nation's second largest city was muddled by infighting over provisions for naming an acting mayor. City statutes call for the City Council to meet and appoint an acting mayor to run the city until a special election is held. But there was confusion over who serves as acting mayor until the council meets Wednesday. Daley, as was his routine, began his last day early, stopping to attend church services before arriving at his office and a Christmas breakfast for city department heads. He stopped at Civic Center Plaza, next door to his office, to watch ice artists carve Christmas sculpture and then appeared at the dedication of a South Side park, where he look time to toss a basketball through the hoop in an inside gymnasium. A short time later, complaining of chest pains, Daley hurried to the office of his personal physician, Dr. Thomas Coogan Jr. Coogan said an elec- trocardiagram and a checkup indicated 'an irregular heart Tempo Price cuts on stereo LP's Each 447 On RCA records Save on this great selection of top LP's! Hall & Gates, "Bigger Than Both of Us"; Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band; John Denver, "Spirit"; John Denver, "Rocky Mountain Christmas"; Jefferson Starship, "Spitfire"; Starland Vocal Band; Dave & Sugar; Famous artists, "Wanted! The Outlaws"; Ronnie Milsap, "Live"; From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee. 39 VAR Ea. Reg. 2.17 LP's on Pickwick records 1.77 Popular hits and famous artists on the Pickwick label. The Beach Boys, "Wow! Great Concert!"; Bobby Vlnton, "Melodies of Love"; Country Road, "John Denver's Country"; Kings Road, "Elton John Rock Hits"; Million or More in '76; Kings Road play hit TV themes. WEEKDAYS 9-9 SUNDAYS 12-7 CENTENNIAL SHOPPING CENTER 377 Each 2-record sets Elvis Presley, "Double Dynamite" on the Pickwick label. rhythm and that he had told Daley to check into a hospital. He said the mayor agreed. Coogan said he left the room while Daley phoned bis son, Michael. When Cobgan returned, the aging mayor was in the throes of the fatal heart attack, Daley .never regainc consciousness, despite efforts of paramedics and a. medical team from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Doctors applied closed chest heart massage and used drugs and a hand respirator to keep Daley alive. Specialists made surgical openings in Daley's throat and chest to aid breathing while members of the mayor's family waited in the next room, praying. Finally, a priest was called to administer the last rites of the Roman Catholic church. After 90 mjnutes of fruitless efforts, Daley' was declared dead. The news spread quickly to City Hall and to the old "Back of the Yards" neighborhood called Bridgeport, where Daley grew up and where he still lived. Messages of sympathy poured in — from President-elect Jimmy Carter, from President Ford, from the hundreds of powerful men who had been friends and political allies of the mayor, known in his time as the "Sultan of Clout," "King Richard," and the chief engineer of "the city that works." > "He was a great and good friend to me, and a great Democratic leader," President-elect Jimmy Carter said in a statement from his home in Plains, Ga. President Ford, vacationing in Vail, Colo., issued a statement saying Daley was "a towering figure in the American scene and (he) will be long remembered by the people of Chicago, of Illinois and of the nation." Daley's influence in the political world ran deep. He won the title of kingmaker in I960 by delivering Illinois and the presidency to John F. Kennedy. But the tenderest recollections were seen in the city, where passersby dabbed tears from their eyes when they heard the news. Perhaps that was the greatest tribute to Daley, who worked up from secretary to a ward boss to be elected mayor of Chicago in 1955 Daley had written his own eulogy some time ago. "When the curtain comes down some day — and it's bound to — I'll just just say, 'I did the best I could.'" With JFK Richard Daley of Chicago was one of the first of the Democratic powerhouses to get on the Kennedy bandwagon. Then he did as much as Windsor Hotel Ordered Closed GARDEN CITY, Kan. (UPI) — The Windsor Hotel, once called "The Waldorf of the Prairie," will close next month by order of the state fire marshal. The 90-year-old hotel last week was given 30 days to clear its rooms of 50 to 100 tenants who live there because it is inexpensive. Low-cost housing is scarce in western Kansas, and no one knows where the tenants will go after the closing. The hotel, which is in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of many aging hotels' in the state which are the focus of a fire inspection program following the deaths of five young men in a Baker University fraternity house fire Aug. 29 and the deaths of five elderly persons in a fire at the Holton City Hotel last Sunday. "They've got all kinds of problems with the building," State Fire Marshal. Floyd Dibbern said of the Windsor. any man to get him elected. Here Daley is shown with JFK in 1960 on the campaign trail 'for the then-Presidential nominee. (UPI Photo) With Carter Mayor Daley listens as President-elect Jimmy Carter makes an airport address. Daley a powerful Democrat, was a Carter supporter. (UPI Photo) vT^ IN /^ yfc ^ TC Happy Wishes for •- Christmas .# H loping you put together Your nicest Christmas everl Add our thanks to your holiday decorations. HAYS OIL CO. 1300 Main Hays Hands Of Time Claim Building 4 WILSON (HNS) — An early-day building that was at one time considered the showplace of Wilson's business district will soon fall to the hands of time. The Gregor building, probably built in the 1880s, is being razed. The present limestone building may have replaced a wooden structure that probably was destroyed by fire, according to the Wilson World. The structure has housed several clothing businesses. Wilson State bank has owned the structure for the past several years. The project is expected to be completed by early January. E,et us, one and all, delight In the treasure* and adornment* that decorate Cliriatniaa! Our tluiukM. DAIRY QUEEN 7th and Riley Hays

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