The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 24, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 24, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 8« BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 1966 TIN CINTS 12 PAGES RACIAL ROWS HIT CHICAGO, CLEVELAND COW LIFT — Airdrops by transports to supply outpost units have been battlefield business as usual since World War II. But there was something unusual about the mission of the C-128 at left. Cargo included a cow, right, that reached the ground at the U.S. Army Special Forces Camp at Phu Tuc, South Viet Nam, apparently none the worse for the experience despite a slightly battered crate. Live animals are being airlifted regularly to isolated positions to be kept for food when needed. On Park:'We Do All We Can with Funds' "I know we get criticized for rot doing enough, but we do all we can with the money we have," Raleigh Sylvester, manager of the Northeast Arkansas District Fair, which also has a custodial interest in Walker Park, told members of Blytheville's Rotary Club yesterday. "The city has a piece of property which is worth millions, an annual district fair which is worth something and you might say it didn't cost the city anything." Sylvester, who is a long-time member of the Fair Board, traced the history of Walker Park and the NBA Fair. The Fair Board obtained the Walker Park property by swapping some 40 acres it owned north of Moultrie near the railroad, he said. "However, when the city applied for help in developing it under a WPA project, federal regulations specified that any WPA project could be done only on property owned by a political subdivision. * * * Thus, he said, the deed to the property was given to the city. "It was through the efforts of men like Jesse Taylor, Clarence Jim Johnson Rapt Foes WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Jim Johnson suggested Thursday night that Gov. Orval Faubus take along two people when he makes the proposed trip to Viet Nam at President Johnson's invitation. The two, Jim Johnson said, are William J. Smith, the go- ernor's legal and legislative aide, and Martin Luther King, the civil rights leaders. And, the Democratic candidate for governor said, Faubus could do the nation a big favor by leaving Smith and King in Viet Nam. Smith has been a frequent target of Johnson, who calls him, among other things, "the assistant governor in charge of influence." Johnson, in a speech here gain charged that three of his opponents — Frank Holt, Dr. Dale Alford and Brooks Hays —were put in' the governor's race by backers of the Faubus administration. Wilson and others that we have Walker Park and its facilities. I think the park is going to be more important to the community as time goes by, too," he said. Under the WPA grant, Sylvester reported, $100,000 was spent to build the lake, swimming pool, grandstand and main exhibit building at the .park. The park is maintained by the Fair Board by receipts from rentals of buildings, profits (if any) on the annual district fair and an occasional grant from the Arkansas Legislature. "We see the need for improve- ments, just as anyone else," Sylvester explained, "but the money isn't there to undeertake them." Sylvester feels the Fair Board will be or has been the butt of criticism for the death of the deer in Walker Park. "I was against putting the deer there. We've had a lot of experience with these things and I felt like something like this would happen. But you hate to turn down the Jaycees when they come up with a project like this," he stated. Rotarian Dick J. White introduced Sylvester. Economy On Move SOUTH SIDE POOL OPENS Southside swimming pool will open Saturday at 1:30 p.m. according to the Southside Park Commission. Walker Park, the city's other public swimming pool, was j 10.3 per cent, Missco; 8,2 per opened earlier this month. ' cent) If the economy of Blytheville and Mississippi County is any gauge, the nation is in good shape. Figures released today by the Chamber of Commeerce show retail sales here reached a new high in 1965. The statistics were compiled by Sales Management magazine. Sales in Blytheville last year were pegged at $4i,730,000, an increase of $2 million over 1964. Equivalent figures for the county showed 1965 sales at $77,330,000, up $5 million for 1964. The Chamber report showed Blytheville's 1965 effective buying income at $42,678,000, up $5 million from 1964. Mississippi County's effective buying income was $101,409,000, up $7 million from 1964. "Our figures show an increase in every category over 1964," Chamber executive Vice President Jada McGuire said. The data include new estimated population figures of 27,000 for Blytheville, and 74,600 for the county; a Blytheville per capita income of $1,581 and one of $1,359 for the county; a per household income of $5,269 for Blytheville and $5,070 for Mississippi County. Blytheville now has an estimated 8,100 households as against Mississippi County's 20,000, the report shows. These household are broken down into income group as follows? $0 to $2,499 - Blytheville: 33.5 per cent, Missco: 19.4 per cent; $2,500 to $3,999 - Blytheville: 20.8 per cent, Missco.: 21.8 per cent; $4,000 to 16,999 - Blytheville: 28 per cent, Missco: 22.8 per cent; $7,000 to $9,999 - Blytheville: $10,000 and over — Blytheville: 9.4 per cent, Missco: 7.8 per cent. McGuire said the big three categories in retail sales in Bly- iheville during 1965 were lumber, building, and hardware: $8,760,000; automotive: $8,758,000: food: $7,591,000. Civil Court Session Ends Cases involving more than $60,000 in settlements were decided during the recent civil division of circuit court presided over by Judge John Mosby. One case involved a $19,116.26 settlement plus $500 legal fees. The judgment was awarded plaintiff Planters Credit Association. Production Defendants U.S. 'Star' Helping Map The Earth VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - America's new star in the sky—a silvery 100-foot balloon—orbited the poles today, providing a way to find out where on earth things are. PAGEOS, flie national Aeronautics and Space Administration's earth-mapping project, is a 125-pound plastic balloon coated with aluminum. PAGEOS stands for Passive Geodetic Earth-Orbiting Satellite. The big ball, intricately folded inside a'Canister, was pushed into orbit Thursday by a thrust- augmented Thor-Agena-D rocket combination. Its orbital path is circular, 2,600 miles above the earth. Once in orbit, the balloon was popped out of its protective canister. The big gas bag expanded as Hie heat of the sun vaporized chemicals inside. PAGEOS' mission, idealists said, is to act as the world's highest-flying photographers' model, providing a pinpoint of •effected light near the horizon were Ira Ray Gill and Eva Belle Gill. The next highest judgment was awarded William H. Russell and Patricia P. Russell, plaintiffs. They received $10,001 when the court decided against defendants James W. Mabrey and Delta Farm Company. In other decisions involving more than $5,000; Plaintiff Robert Walker appeared before the court as administrator for the estate 0! Robert Walker Jr., deceased and administrator on behalf ol Robert and Alma Walker, father and mother of the deceased The court directed the plaintiff to recover $1,203 on behall of the estate of the deceasec and to recover $6,797 on behalf of the parents. The judgments were against defendants Frank Harshman and General Motors Acceptance Corporation. Plaintiff Truckaway Corporation was awarded $6,163.9] against defendant Mark E. Sanders. Plaintiffs Jesse R. Snyder and Wilma Synder received a combined judgement of $6,000 against defendant F. L. Wicker doing business as F. L. Wicke* Machine Shop. Other judgments awarder were: JUNE 13: Plaintiff Leachville State Bank was awarded posses sion of defendant Norma Lm Caster's 1965 Pontiac LeMans. Plaintiff Bob Sullivan Chev ralet - Cadillac Company was awarded a $777.14 judgment against defendant T. N. Bennett. Plaintiff Union Chevrolet was awarded a $882.33 judgmen' against defendant G. B. Decker Plaintiff W. K. Ingram wan awarded a $1,174.80 judgmen against defendant James K Reeves. Plaintiff Commercial Credi Corp., was awarded a judgmen of $443.62 against garnishe» Meyer's Bakery, Inc., involving defendant Dewey E, Davis. Plaintiff Progressive Loan o Poplar Bluff was given a $1,436.86 judgment against do- f e n d a n t, E. F. McCanless diaries were dismissed agains co-defendant Gary McCanless. Plaintiff Dr. Hardin 0. Henrickson was granted » (626.64 judgment against defendant Ma; Owens. Plaintiff Southwestern Bel Telephone Co., was awarded $388 judgment against defem ant Earl Johnson,' doing bus ness as Johnson's Phillip's 66 Set COURT on Pap I IN CLEVELAND | CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) The summer calm in an East Side neighborhood was shattered by violence Thursday night as a young Negro boy was shot and wounded, a white woman was injured by a thrown brick, and shots were fired at two policemen. Several businesses operated by white men were looted and vandalized. It was the second night of trouble in the area but police said the situation was brought under control quickly. The violence erupted along a section of Superior Avenue where Negro and white neighborhoods come together. Earl Stapler, 30, a Negro, told a newsman, "We want all the white businessmen out of this area, and you can quote me on lat. If we can't go into Sowin- ki Park, then they can't come ver here." The Sowinski area has been a rouble spot before. Racial dis- urbances broke out there three ears ago after a 15-year-old r hite girl was attacked by a roup of Negro youths in the ark. The wounded boy, 9-year-old tephen Griffin, was reported fair condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital with a bulelt wound in tie lower abdomen. His brother, Lichard, 16, said a white man ired the shot from a passing onvertible. Police Chief Richard Wagner aid the Griffin boy told police IB had joined a group of boys who were throwing stones at :ars. The shot was fired by a nan whose car itoned, police said. Two patrolmen said they were ired on by two men across the treet as they drove up in front of a grocery, where a smoke wmb had been thrown through he window. The men who fired on them fled on foot, the officers said. Vandals tossed canned goods and watermelons out o! the store into the street. Mrs. George Gachko, 36, was struck in the face by a brick thrown through the window of a car in which she and her hus- )and were driving. She was taken to a hospital for Xrays. Gachko, a machine operator said the brick came from a ;roup of Negro teen-agers who were standing near an intersection. Gachko said the youths yelled, 'We want freedom." "It's getting so bad I donM 'eel safe without a shotgun in lie car," he said. At least a dozen store windows were reported smashed Police rushed eight cars carrying helmeted officers into the more disturbances. They were eleased outside the neighbor- ood. It was the fourth disturbance n five nights at the park. They egan Sunday when a crowd of whites mistook two Puerto Rians for Negroes and chased hem from the beach, police aid. IN FLORIDA POMPANO BEACH, Fla. AP) — A relative calm pre- ailed in the riot-ridden Negro ection of Pompano Beach to- ay with police and Negro lead- rs anticipating a prompt return o normalcy. "I really tiiink it's all over," aid the Rev. Samuel Collier, astor of the Mount Calvary Negro Baptist Church, a leader in efforts to restore peace. Arid Police Chief Joseph Zie- IN CHICAGO CHICAGO (AP) - Helmetec jolicemen held back a crowd oi white persons threatening a ;roup of Negroes playing base>all Thursday night in a South Side lakefront park. About 75 Negroes, most of them from the Ida B. Wells pub ic housing project, traveled II miles to play ball in Calument Park. A crowd of white people gath ered and exchanged jeers and :aunts with the Negroes. Police arrested several whites and Ne groes. Frank Ditto, a leader of ;he Negroes, was charged with inciting to riot. Mike Anderson, 18, a Negro said, "We felt it was our God given right to go where we wanted to go. In the Ida B Wells housing deevelopment, we don't have grass to play on." Police pushed the whites back across to a parking lot away from the baseball diamonc when the yelling between the two groups became loud. When they had the crowd, es timated at about 200, corralled about a block away from th Negroes, many of the white began leaving. There were angry words ex changed between the Negroe and an integrated group oi policemen watching them as th whites were dispersed. Seven fire crackers exploded. Most *t the Negroes then wer taken from the park in a larg police van because police for* gler said he had no plans to dispatch extra police units into the area where some 600 Negroes rioted Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Liquor stores and bars, closed Wednesday as bands of Negroes roamed, were open for business. The only place boarded up was Russ' supermarket, where a white owner, Arthur Marks, 42, was alleged to have slapped a 10-year-old Negro boy Tuesday, touching off the disturbance. Marks was charged with assault and battery. He moved out of his house and is reportedly staying at a hotel. He is free on $500 bond. Trial is scheduled for Monday . Twenty-eight persons were arrested for disorderly conduct during the rioting fiiat drew over 100 members of the riot squads from three police de EASY DOES IT—Nuclear technology is no monopoly of the large nations. This picture, released by official Communist sources, shows the pressure vessel of a nuclear reactor being assembled in Czechoslavakia. iinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiin Fluoridation to be Topic Of Town Meeting Here Fluoridation of djrinking water will be the subject of the Mississippi County Young Republicans Club's second town meeting. Dr. Fred Wagner, Blytheville dentist, will be the speaker at Tuesday night's session which will begin at 8 o'clock in City Hall. Dr. Wagner began practicing dentistry in Blytheville about one year ago when he joined Dr. Charles Craig after three years of practice in Georgia. Questions from the floor will be invited following his remarks. The session is open to the public. •NiHiniuniM $58.61 Billion War Funds Recommended By WILLIAM R. ARBOGAST WASHINGTON (AP) - Assuming that the war in Viet Nam may go on for another year, the House Appropriations Committee recommended today f58.61 billion in risw Defense Department financing for the fiscal year starting July 1. But the committee, in a report jy Chairman George H. Mahon, D-Tex., emphasized that the decision for full-year financing was "arbitrary" and "should not be construed as a prediction as to when the war will end." "The date of the termination of the war is, of course, impossible to predict," it added. The funds recommended by the committee, subject to House action next week, are $946.68 million more than President Johnson requested and almost $12 billion more than was appropriated in a comparable bill last year. Last year's initial bill was inadequate, however, and an extra $11 billion was provided in a second measure. The money in the pending bill might not be enough, the committee noted, and several billion dollars more may be needed If combat operations continue at a hlftilavel. A Republican minority report, agreeing that the huge appropriation won't be enough called for creation of a "blue ribbon commission" to make an "independent and objective evaluation of the projected defense posture of this country." "What could be more penny wise and pound-foolish than to save a few cents on defense today only to lose the peace tomorrow'?" the report asked. The increases over the President's formal appropriation re quests included $163.3 million for the new Nike-X antiballistic missile system and an unspeci fied amount for construction o one nuclear powered frigate instead of two conventional de stroyers. The administration was opposed to both of these programs. Also included, but not provid ed for in the President's budget were $67 million to retain sepa rate Army National Guard am Army Reserve organizations; I million to continue operation o a B52 fleet of 600 aircraft; »!».» million for additional light observation helicopters; and $55 million te provide for Increase! production capability for the F12 interceptor plane. artments. The Rev. Mr. Collier, Mayor tewart Kester and other white nd Negro leaders planned a iscussion of the problems that ed to the first racial outburst in his city of 16,000. IN MISSISSIPPI By DON MCKEE CANTON, Miss. (AP)-Frazzled by a hectic night of tear ;as and tension, the Mississippi narch regroups today for new 'confrontations." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said a detachment would drive iO miles east to Philadelphia, Vliss., a Ku Klux Klan strong- told, for a rally. We will maintain the peace come hell or high water," said Gov. Paul Johnson, in u rging Philadelphia residents to .stay away from the rally—part of the" march's effort to spur Negro voter registration. • •• The busy schedule also called for organization of Negro boycott of downtown' white merchants and a general work stoppage by Negroes in Canton while a few continue Bie march toward Jackson. •:.;;: From Canton, the march swings south along U.S. 51,; the same highway where it all was started by James H. Meredith in Memphis, Tehn., 20 days and 220 miles ago. Jackson is 20 miles from Canton. Meredith is the slender Negro who broke Hie racial barrier at the University of Mississippi in 1962. He was wounded by shot r blasts June 6 as he walked lear Hernando. Civil rights leaders rushed in to take up his march. Recovered from his wounds, Meredith—now a Columbia University law student—planned to rejoin Sie march today. • ,. : : Claude Sterrett, traveling with Meredith, said they would leave Memphis by car at 3 p.m. Meredith was carrying the ivory and ebony walking cane given him by an African chieftain-with tape binding the crack caused when he fell on the cane during file shooting. King, who got a strong dose of tear .gas in Thursday night's uproar in Canton, called the highway patrol move to drive the crowd off a Negro school ground "brutal inhumanity." The barrage of about 40 tear gas canisters came after the marchers set up Sieir big tents on the school ground in defiance of the city's refusal to allow them to camp there. About 100 police in riot dress moved in on the crowd, drove tbem back with clubs and the choking gas, then pulled down the tents, packed them on the truck and had the truck hauled off with a wrecker. During the operation, the school ground was ringed by patrolmen with leveled shotguns and rifles. The action came after about 2,500 Negroes, with'a sprinkling of whites, field a rally on the awn at the courthouse in downtown Canton. The crowd then moved on to the school ground, about eight blocks away. . . Many were kicked and slugged with gun butts by the gas-masked highway patrolmen as demonstrators groped blindly in the acrid clouds of tear gas rolling over the area. One white Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. John Prater of Chicago, who has been on the march for several days, .was punched in the stomach with a rifle butt. When a marcher pro- See RIOT on Page 9 Charting Growth Chamber of Commerce figures show that 18 new households located in Blytheville during May and four new businesses went into operation. :• A complete list of these newcomers is available at th« Chamber office at City Hall, • iliiilliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiililiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiii Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and warm through Saturday. Slight chance of widely scattered afternoon thundershowers Saturday. Ten percent probability of, showers Saturday afternoon. Outlook Sunday little change.; iniiuiHiiiiiiiii

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