The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 2, 1966 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOL.M-NO.M BLrmjtVlLLB, ABKANSA3 (7MU!) SATURDAY, JULY 2,19M TIN CIMTS 10 PAGES County Farms Get Larger Mississippi County's farms continue to get larger, smaller In number and more valuable according to the results of the 1964 census of agriculture which was released this week by the Department of Commerce. The number of farms in the county dropped from the 2,904 recorded in the 1959 census to 1,828. Protest Filed On Mis-Quote Blytheville attorney Oscar Fendler today protested that "extremist remarks" were incorrectly attributed to him in • syndicated newspaper column last week about a dispute between the American Trial Lawyers' Association and the Johnson administration over Office of Economic Opportunity legal services. The article, writen by John P. MacKenzie of the Washington Post news service, was publish ed in other newspapers in the nation. It quotes some remarks allegedly made by Fendler in an article written for the ATLA magazine 'Trial. The text reads in part: "In the forthcoming issue of Trial, the ATLA magazine, Oscar Fendler, past president of the Arkansas Bar Association, emphasizes that he conducted a personal investigation of the (OEO legal) program 'without portfolio from the America,! Bar Association'. Fendler reports that he surveyed 100 bar organizations and discovered that 'the present OEO program as designed is socialistic- unrealistic, bureaucratic and autocratic.'" * * . * Fendler said these four ac Jectives were added to a revised draft of his article with out his approval. "I wired Rich hard S. Jacobson of the maga zine, asking him to hold uj printing the article until m; own revisions could be receiv ed." According to Fendler, Jacob son had asked permission to re vise for the sake of brevity "When he got my revisions, he corrected the copy and remov ed those portions of his own re vision not authorized by me." * * * These unauthorized revisions were nevertheless "leaked 1 with the rest of the story to MacKenzie, acording to Fend- In 1959, the average size of a Mississippi County farm was 183 acres. In 1984, the size of the average farm had grown to 287 acres. The Department of Commerce placed an average per-acre val ue of (430.06 on the county's land in '64. This compared to the 1959 valuation of (305 per acre, (including buildings). (The agricultural censes is taken each five years, in years ending to "9" and "4".) Soybean acreage WES up slightly (244,179 vs. 243,517) while colon acreage was down (176,328 vs. 189,656.) Value of farm products in the county went up just a. bit. In 1964, value of all products was $56,411,793. In 1959, value of all crops sold was $56,393,817. Average value of the county's ings) was $123-363. In 1959, the farms (including land and build- average was placed at $53,588, but this was when theaverage farm was smaller. -inffliiiiiiiffliiimiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiijMMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii BULLETIN PARIS (AP) - France exploded an atomic bomb in the Pacific today, the Minut- er of Information announced. The explosion took place on the French Polynesian •ton of Muroroa, the government added. The unclear device wai the first of a series of six atmospheric explosions planned by the French this year. ler. "The article as printed in 'Trial' did not contain the remarks quoted by MacKenzie," he said. " I have been a member ol . the American Bar Association for more than 30 years," Fendler said. "I am not a member of American Trial Lawyers Association. My only interest is that all citizens of the United States have available for them the most capable type of legal services; and that the legal profession remain an effective a gency, always independent and alert and ready to defend the rights and freedoms of American citizens." Fendler said his article for "Trial" suggested merely that the government allocate OEO legal service fundi to the organized bar associations in each state and local community, who would- in turn, supervise the government's extended service programs. legal Flying Farmers Are Here Today Some 100 delegates to a weekend Arkansas Flying Farmers' convention here toured Blytheville Air Force Base this morn- Ing and were guests at a noon luncheon at the Officers' Club. Tonight the group will be guests at a banquet at the Officers' Club. Delegates here include the entire executive committee of the International Flying Farmers, and the national organiza- ftu«a «nd GOULD, Ark. (AP)-Two persons were killed and seven others injured today in a three-vehicle collision on U.S. 65 in the city limits of Gould. State Trooper Robert Gill identified the dead as Billy Ray Woosley, 35, and his wife, Inez, 27, of Florala, Ala. •iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiouiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiii 610 to Die In Wrecks RACING SCHOOL BELL — Work, preparatory to paving of Tenth Street where it adjoins Blythevffle High School was in full swing this week as crews removed the old asphalt base of tenth. The city's summer paving and drainage projects are choking off much traffic in the north part of the city. Parts of north Division, Tenth and Broadway are closed currently. Edwards hopes to see much of the work completed early next year and said the Tenth Street work at the school is to be finished before classes reconvene in September. (Courier News Photo) WESTMORELAND NOW FEELS U.S. Is Winning Viet Nam War Suit Is Filed In Civil Court An $11,000 law suit has been filed in the civil division of Cir cuit Court against Robert White Plaintiff is Herbert M. Ander son. In the suit, $1,000 is asked to compensate for damages to the plaintiff's automobile in a June 13 collision on Interstate 55. An other $10,000 is asked for .per sonal injuries. In the criminal division of the court, Prosecuting Attorney A S. (Todd) Harrison has filed a complaint charging Lee Andrew Reed Sr. of failure and refusa to support a minor child. A bench warrant has been is- used for Reed's arrest. Hayti Plans Festive 4th More than firecrackers will pop at Hayti's Northside Park fuly 4. The Junior Chamber of Commerce's third annual fete also promises to provide plenty of excitement. The selection of "Miss Misouri Bootheel" at 2:15 p.m. will lighlight the event. Twenty poung ladies are entered. Entertainment will include Sherry Grooms of TV's Ted deck Show fame, the Viscounts if Caruthersvilie and the Key- tones, a Hayti bend. W. W. Chism of Hayti will emcee. A variety of Hayti civic clubs will man games and concessions and plans call for prizes to be awarded every hour from 2 to 6p.m. By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON, South Viet Nam AP)'- Gen. William C. Westmoreland, commander of U.S. orces in Viet Nam, told newsmen in Saigon he thinks the war against the Communist is eing won. It was his most op- mistic public comment on the ghting. "Six months ago I stated that we had not yet started to win. But certainly at that time we had stopped losing," he said. "Since then we have a string of victdries to our credit, we have increased our forces and military power, and we have gained in effectiveness. "We have a long way to g but, without question, the ene my is taking bitter losses an suffering both physically ana psychologically." Asked if he would say "w< have now begun to win," West moreland replied, "Yes." He declined to elaborate. A Naval battle off North Vie Nam's coast Cost the Com munists several torpedo boats Firing bombs and rockets, U.S Navy planes sank three North Vietnamese torpedo boats which made a high speed run at an American destroyer, the U.S command announced today. Fourteen aircraft from the aircraft carriers Hancock anc tonstellation took part in the ;wo-hour engagement 38 miles from North Viet Nam's coast tiday. The planes returned fire after antiaircraft gunners aboard the Communist craft opened fire. Navy destroyers in the area licked up 19 North Vietnamese survivors. The torpedo boats are small hips equipped with torpedoes, annon and heavy machine- guns. Normally they are manned by no more than 15 men. NO PUBLICATION ON MONDAY The Courier News will not publish on Monday. Following a Fourth of July holiday, publication will be resumed $0 Tuesday., phong in International waters. Tt began when Communist patrol boats closed in at high speeds on U.S. ships patrolling the area, the Navy said. The incident recalled the "attack by three torpedo boats on the destroyer Madtiox in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964. The destroyer evaded torpedos fired by the craft, which the Navy said came from North Viet Nam, and President John- son ordered retaliatory air i U.S. Command announced thai strikes against North Viet Nam. The 1964 attack led Congress to give Johnson a mandate "to take all necessary measures in support of freedom, and in defense of peace, in Southeast Asia." This became known as four U.S. planes were lost in various missions over North Viet Nam Friday. This brought to 277 the total number of planes lost : Borth of the 17th Parallel. The loss of one of the planes, an F105 whose pilot was rescued the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; from the sea, was announced and still serves as the mandate for Johnson to conduct the war. * * * In another development, the The enemy gunners damaged >ne American plane, but the )ilot made it back safely to the Constellation. The naval battle took place 60 miles outside the port of Hai- tudents Stage 'rotest in Tokyo TOKYO (AP)-Somc 40 uni- ersity professors and students at down in front of Tokyo's J.S. Embassy today when their equest for an intervitw with Ambassador Edwin 0. Reisch- uer was rejected. The demonstrators wanted to land Reischauer a written protest against U.S. bombings of he Hanoi-Haiphong area and Iso talk with him. They were old he was out of twon. Police later dispersed the LANDING ON AIR — Engineers are working on a new landing system for airplanes-which would eliminat wheels and the necessity for elaborate runways. Bell Aerosystems is developing an inflatable ring which has thousands of tiny ventholes on the underside. There is enough downward an: pressure exerted to float the plane several inches above the ground. -55 Wreck Kills Man A Memphis Negro, Henry Williams Evans, 52, died instantly when his '59 Oldsmobile struck an overpass abuttment « Interstate 55 near Burdette at about 6:10 a.m. today. State Highway Patrolman Marvin Weeks said two sets of ire marks indicated that Evans was traveling south at a high rate of speed when he encountered another driver moving in everse into his lane of traffic. Weeks said tire .narks showed this unidentified driver had iparently tried to cross the me- liari strip separating north- iound and southbound traffic nd had become lodged in mud. He was backing out in a lortherly direction, trying to get ack '11110 the southbound lane when Evans apparently saw him nd swerved toward the shoui- or to avoid him, Weeks said. This sudden maneuver threw Ivans' car into a 745-foot skid, Weeks said. The car lurched cross both lanes of traffic and he median, finally crashing in- o the abuttment. Evans struck the abuttment With such {ores that fe wsj de-. capitated, Weeks said. Evans was identified as an employee of Memphis Light- Gas and Water Company. JKFJr.Gers 'Mild Burns' HONOLULU (AP) - Young John F. Kennedy Jr. has received "mild burns" from a campfire on a Hawaii beach. The 5-year-old son of the late President suffered what his mother described as "minor burns to his right hand and buttocks." He was reportedly tugging at a sleeping bag when he stumbled and fell into the still- liot coals of a beach campfire Thursday. The Kennedys — John, his mother, sister Caroline, 9, and cousin Sidney Lawford — were visiting Parker Ranch on Hawaii Island, 200 miles southeast of Honolulu, when the accident happened. They are to leave the islands next Tuesday. Friday. Pilots of the other three planes were sighted parachuting but enemy ground fire thwarted rescue efforts. In the city of Da Nang, South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky predicted that the people of'North Viet Nam will overthrow the Communist government there very soon. He made the statement in answer to a newsman's question and said he does not have any specific intelligence reports to reinforce his prediction. He also declined to place a time limit on the predicted overthrow. Asked why he made the statement, he said: "Because we are anti-Communist." Ky was in Da Nang to present South Vietnamese military decorations to almost 80 American officers and enlisted men. Among decorations Ky awarded was the National Order Fourth Class and Gallantry Cross -,vith Palm which the premier pinned on Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt, the highest ranking U.S. Marine in Viet Nam. In early morning hours Friday, American B52 Stratoforts attacked major enemy targets, ncluding a Viet Cong division isadquarters near Hue and a troop concentration in Tay Ninh Province 60 mies northwest ol Saigon. The U.S. Army announced It terminated two major opera- ions—Nathan Hale in the coastal area near Tuy Hoa and Jay n the North not far from the 17 jarallel, dividing South Viet Nam from the Communist North. Nathan Hale resulted in 459 enemy killed and 3$ captured. Jay, fought mainly by U.S. Marines, killed 92 guerrillas. The South Vietnamese army reported launching 15 new operations Friday. Each operation nvolves at least a battalion — By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic deaths rose with quickening speed today on the first full day of the long Independence Day weekend. The total, in the tabulation period that began at 6 p.m. (local time) Friday and will end at midnight Monday, reached 51. Typical. 4th of July weather- hot and humid—covered most of the country. Many areas had rain, and slick highways heightened the danger to thousands of travelers. Alabama witnessed a grisly prelude to the holiday. A bus plunged down an embankment near Ozark Friday, killing 12 migratory workers. Two wrecks on wet roads in the Huntsville area cost the lives of 10 persons. Then four persons died in a head-on collision Friday night in Huntsville. The National Safety Council has estimated that between 510 and 610 persons will die in motor vehicle accidents during the loliday weekend. The safety council said that most of the more than 19 million motor vehicles now registered n the United States will be on he road at some time during the holiday weekend. The council estimates they will travel a total of 9.5 billion miles. Safety experts say that the jeneral use of seat belts could save up to 70 lives this weekend. Rodger Ward, the race driver who works as a driving safety consultant, said that in driving safely it's the little things that, count. Ward said that fatal collisions can be caused by such appar- ently minor actions as eating an ice cream bar with one hand and driving with the other. * * * •.. •.. "Everbody wants to live,!but to see some of them on a highway, a person has to wonder just how long they want to live," Ward said. For comparison purposes, The Associated Press made a traffic count for the 78-hour nonholiday weekend from 6 p.m. Friday, June 17 to midnight Monday, June 20. During this period there were 383 highway deaths. -• The worst traffic toll for-a three-day Independence Day weekend was in 1965, when 551 persons died. The highest traffic toll for any three-day holiday came during the 1964 Christmas Weekend, when 720 persons were killed. The lowest traffic toll for any three-day July 4 observance-was in 1947, when 255 persons died. FIRST ARKANSAN IS KILLED WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) —Billy Edwards, 18, of Walnut Ridge, became the first Arkansas fatality in the 4-day holiday weekend death count Friday when he was killed at 6 p.m. in a traffic accident on Arkansas 34, about 8% miles nbrttf of here. State Trooper Sheldon Evans said Edwards was a passenger in a truck driven by his brother, Homer Edwards, 21, also fl! Walnut Ridge, who apparently lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. The May death count started at 6 p.m. Friday and runs hrough midnight Monday. Four Cons To Get Chair LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Ion March 4. His convictions about 600-men. They reported 14 net Cong killed. United Fund Checks Mailed Third quarter United Fund checks have been mailed to the various United Fund agencies. Total of the checks is $10,500. A United Fund meeting has teen set for July IS in the Chamber of Commerce office at :30 p.m. New officers will be elected at the meeting. ^ ' .v-w,*& !<• onesboro man convicted twice n connection with the slaying : six members of a Poinsett ounty farm family is scheduled to die in the electric chair July 22, the governor's office said Friday. For Frank Harris, 59, it is a second appointment with death. Gov. Orval Faubus also set execution dates for three others on death row, including the man who's been there longer than anyone else, Luther Bailey of Woodson. Bailey and William L. Maxwell of Hot Springs are sched uled to die July 15, and James Williams of Crossett is to go to the electric chair the same day as Harris. A federal court granted Harris a reprieve a few hours, before he was to be electrocuted King Downs Bueno For Tennis Crown WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Billie Jean King of Long Beach, Calif., defeated Maria Bueno of Brazil, a former champion, for the singles crown of the women's division in the All- England Tennis Tournament today, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. More NYC Funds A modification of Mississippi County's Youth Corps project has been approved- Sen. J. W. Fulbright said today. Total cost of the modification project will be $39,700, Fulbright stated. Post Office to Close No regular mail deliveries will be made on Monday, July 4, according to the Poet Office here. Shipments of perishable items and special delivery mail will be processed, though. The post office windows will be closed all day, came over the deaths of Leonard Dever, Mrs. Dever and four of the six Dever children. The Devers died and their farm home near Trumann burned the night of Dec. 20, 1963. Harris first was convicted of Dever's murder, but the state Supreme Court overturned the verdict, ruling that testimony by one of the surviving Dever children should not have been allowed at the trial. Harris' 1965 conviction in the deaths of the other members of the Dever family, however, was upheld by the state Supreme Court. Bailey, 50, has been convicted twice for rape of a Little Rock woman. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 1956 conviction because it said Negroes had been systematically excuded from the jury, but Bailey was again convicted on the charge in 1962. Bailey, Williams and Maxwell are Negroes. Williams, 35, was convicted in 1964 of the rape-slaying of Mrs. Thomas Degges, 25, of near Hamburg. The victim's young child told authorities* man pulled his mother from their home, and her body was found a few days later on a seldom used logging road in the area. Maxwell, 26, was convicted in 1962 for raping a Hot Springs woman. Authorities said the. attacker broke into the woman's lome, shoved aside her 80-year- old father and dragged her to a remote spot. „"."._ Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy through 'Sim- day. Scattered showers and thun* dershowen through Sunday. Little change in temperature through Sunday. Low tonight <4> 71 High Sunday Mtt. : -V

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