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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, August 1, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 115 BLYTHBVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 1966 TIN CENTS intt 14 PAGES A City Moves On Hot's Rise By Jack Baker Staff Writer There's a little fellow tip in Caruthersville, Missouri, who over a telephone line on a certain Saturday morning sounded like all manner of hoop-de-ha-ha, and, because a black-and-white newspaper needs color to be read all over, I made an appointment to see him. The man's name was B. F. (Hot) Rogers, and, since during our telephone conversation he came on like ten kinds of country humorist, I was thinking of him as possibly comparable to another Rogers named Will. Some two weeks later I saw the gentleman, and he turned out to be an earnest, blandly egotistical man who talked more like a Rogers named Hornsby. In that confrontation, Rogers —who is both mayor of Caruthersville and Pemiscot County collector — employed a recurring theme when talking of his past political races. "There was so much pressure on me to ran that year.:." he woud say, or "A lot of people just insisted that I run..." or "So many people asked me to run...." The implied ending every time was refuse?" "How could I Rogers has already this year been re-elected to a third term as mayor, but he's run into trouble in his bid for an unprecedented third term as county collector. Specifically the trouble i s named Camille Huber, a man who not only did not insist that Rogers run but indeed asked him not to. Huber is from Hayti, and he, like Hayti Mayor Lee Roy Bain (himsef a candidate before withdrawing Friday in Huber's favor), feels that it's time to pass tie collector's job frorr north Pemiscot to the step-child south part of the county. Huber also objects to the idea of a third term. Bodtheel politics is as curious as Bootheel mores, and the oddest thing about the collector's race this year is that all the candidates have had only nice things to say about each other. Since both Rogers and Huber are competent men, Pemiscot voters are presumably being asked to select the nicer of them at the polls. Of course, there are a few real issues at stake, but, outweighing them all, even the always Implicit regional jealousies, is the personality and per* plex of Hot Rogers. Kroger Site Is Sold Blytheville Federal Savings and Loan Co., announced today the purchase of the property now occupied by Kroger's supermarket. This property adjoins Blytheville Federal on the north. Kroger will continue in possession of the property under the long-term lease it holds, W. J. Pollard, Blytheville Federal president, said. "The purchase was made as an investment and because the continued growth of Blytheville Federal will dictate future expansion," Pollard said. The new acquisition has 185- foot frontage on North Second and extend eastward some 230 feet. It also includes a parking lot which adjoins First Street. Kroger occupied its store on the site in 1959 when it was built on lots formerly occupied by Delta Lumber Company. The property was sold by Mrs. Pauline Jones, Mrs. Marilyn Davis and Mrs. Peggy Seely, all heirs of the late E. R. Jones, and the sale was handled by E. M. (Buddy) Terry. Assets of Blytheville Federal have grown from $75,000 in 1947 to over $10 million by July 1 of this year. Many years' before he got to be a public man, B. F. Rogers was an aggressive little street Johnny who hawked popcorn right out of the popper and hollered "Hot Popcorn!" so loud that the river rats could have heard him. The residents of Caruthersville heard him, .too, and they not only bought his popcorn, but they gave the little fellow a new name: "Hot" — apparently out of respect both to the quality of his hawking and to the intense oven fire that so visibly burned behind his sp".niel - like brown eyes. This was in the 1920's, when Caruthersville was a river town rougher than most — a haven of gambling, bootlegging, and the "49'er" genre of girlie show. There were tonKs and saloons on every street corner, and, for that matter, if a man didn't mind dropping a bundle or taking a chance on getting his head blown off, there was riverboat gambling on any of several "floating places" that were always docking at Caruthersville. Hot stayed clear of the rough stuff, although hfe sometimes profited from its aftermath. For sample, fee made an occasional tilling — metaphorically — by doing weekend scrounging for empty whiskey bottles. These dead soldiers were worth a nickel apiece to the saloons that bought them, and, on many a Monday morning Hot showed up at, say, Barnett's Saloon with 100 bottles, making a cool $5 profit. It was at Barnett's Saloon one night that young Hot saw a rea killing. He was sucking a straw at a soda fountain across the street when he heard a gun go off, and he was across the street and almost at the saloon's folding doors before the same gun sounded again. Hot got there just in time to see the saloon's proprietor draw his own gun and shoot a man named Swail dead with one shot. It was Swail's misfortune to have missed twice, and his example must have been instructive to Hot. Hot Rogers . .. where the money is. Pemiscot Ballots Cast Tomorrow CARUTHERSVILLE - By sundown tomorrow the political smoke in Pemiscot County will have cleared as the last ballot in the Democratic primary will have been cast. Four candidates vie for seat 160 in Missouri's House of Representatives. Competing for the newly-created post are Vic Downing of Bragg City, Leonard E. Kindred of Deering, Charles Cable of Senath and Paul G. Still of Steele. Charles W. Foley is running unopposed for state representative for the 162nd district. Following is a list of hopefuls seeking nomination for county of fees: Presiding Judge of County Court — Alonzo P. Kersey Jr. of Caruthersville and Ott E. Mo-, non of Holland. I County Court Judge, 1st District — Earl Gill of Hayti. County Court Judge, 2nd District — M. L. Viar of Steele. Prosecuting Attorney — Sharon J. Pate of Caruthersville. Circuit Clerk — Robert M. Rushing of Cooler. Recorder of Deeds — James T. Ahern of Caruthersville and Charley Wilson of Concord. County Collector — B. F. 'Hot' Rogers of Caruthersville, and Camille B. Huber of Hayti. County Clerk — Harold S. Jones of Caruthersville. County Treasurer — Felix Kyle of Caruthersville and Rogers Van Ausdall, also of Caruthersville. Probate Judge — Sidney Chat- fin of Caruthersville. Magistrate — Robert W. Hawkins of Caruthersville. Polls open tomorrow at 6 a.m. Hot hasn't missed many shots on his long journey from an impoverished, chaotic boyhood to his; present local eminence. Besides being the owner of much political power, the onetime boy popcorn peddler, at 58, is worth a great deal of money these days. Probably the only people besides him who know how much exactly and where it comes from are his wife Mary and the boys from the Internal Revenue Service — both of whom have to know. Not that Rogers is less than honest. He accounts for every :enny of public money that passes fiirbugh his hands in either of his official capacities, and not even political opponents lave ever challenged his fiscal ith'ics. But he is pretty close-mouthed about his own private income. ie cals himself a "trader," and in his time he has traded in iarmland, real estate, groceries, See CITY on Page 7 Voter League Meets Blytheville Voters League meets Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is to be held in First Baptist Church at 121 E. Cleveland. The session ii open to the public. Mayor Hit On 1-55 A 1964 Oldsmobil* driven by Mayor Jimmie Edwards was struck from the rear at about 11:20 Saturday night by a 1955 Ford laundry wagon, driven by Billy Joe Watson of Paducah, Ky., according to Highway Patrolman Gilbert Mann. Mann said the accident occurred in the northbound lane of Interstate 55 about a m i 1 e south of the Highway 18 junction. A passenger in the Oldsmobile was Sheriff Bill Berryman. No injuries were reported. Watson has been charged with failure to yield right of way. Whites Riot In Chicago By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thousands of whites resorted speech in which he promised to continue to preach nonviolence. to violence Sunday in a Chicago Earlier Sunday, a Negro and neighborhood where an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a second march to protest alleged housing discrimination. The white crowd, which police said was at least 3,000 strong, hurled bottles, rocks and firecrackers at 350 civil rights dem onstrators, then set fire to about 30 cars belonging to some of the marchers. There also were outbreaks of violence during the weekend and early today in, Omaha, Los Angeles and New York City. The Rev. James Bevel, who led the march into the all-white section on Chicago's Southwest Side, quickly prodded the marchers from the area while enlarged police forces attempt- id to hold back the whites. Scores of young whites were arrested and at least 60 persons were treated for cuts and >ruises. White youths continued to roam the area after the demonstrators left. King, who has made Chicago a target in civil rights work, called for an all-night vigil at a real estate firm in the neighbor- lood last Frday. He and the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations have al- eged the real estate firms tell legroes no housing is available or them but show houses to >rospective white buyers. In a march Saturday, eight lersons were arrested and six were injured in brief scuffles. King, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Con- 'erence, appeared at the Ra- eigh, N.C., Coliseum for a Russians Aid Viers In Border Keeping MOSCOW (AP) - Two Soviet rentier guards have returned o Moscow after helping North Viet Nam develop its border guard system, a Moscow news- >aoer reported. It did not in- :lude how long ago they were in Hanoi, a Ku Klux Klansman exchanged punches in the North Carolina capital after a Klan rally and parade drew an estimated 1,550 persons. UNLIMBERS WHIP Holt Adopts Get-Tough Line iiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiniiniiiii BULLETIN LITTLE ROCK (AP) -Kenneth Sulcer, the seventh place candidate in last Tuesday's Democratic preferential primary, today cast his support to Jim Johnson, the man who led the ticket. "I could not support a candidate who is 'wholly owned' by the political machine," Sulcer said. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIlHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIt LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Frank Holt changed his campaign tactics Sunday and lashed out at Ms Aug. 9 gubernatorial runoff foe, Jim Johnson, whom Holt said chose "the low road of mud, falsehoods, hatred, fear threats and emotionalism." Holt, meeting with some 400 supporters,- said Arkansans "can and will recognize the hypocrisy of trying to use the word of God to inflame passions, to create prejudices, to arouse hatred and to divide people." "I choose to build.our state, not destroy it," Holt declared. Carpenter over Joe Basore for lieutenant governor and had endorsed Joe Purcell for attorney general over incumbent Bruce Bennett during the primary election race. Johnson did receive one backer, however. Winston Chandler, who withdrew from the governor's race and threw his support to Al- ford, announced that he was backing Johnson. At a news conference, Chandler said, "After looking over the political situation, I consider Jim Johnson the man that can carry the Democratic Party to victory in November." * * * Johnson held his own news conference v Saturday and re- Youth Charged In Gory Murder VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP)-A 19-year-old Texas been charged with youth has first-degree murder and was being held in an Oklahoma City jail today awaiting laboratory confirmation on the identity of a body found near Ozark Saturday. Prosecutor Jack Yates of the 15th Judicial District filed the murder charge in Crawford Circuit Court Saturday after the finding of a body believed to "The playing of class against j be that of Kenneth Rush Kien:lass and group against group ilen, 19, who disappeared July will dissipate and destroy our niman resources, our material wealth, our spiritual well-being, and finally our very ability to achieve the place of leadership among the states that Arkansas and her people 'so richly deserve." Holt added, "We are now fighting for the future of our state. I pray that we will not destroy what we have labored so long to build." 1. Franklin County Deputy Coroner Tommy Dangers said Sunday night that he had X-rayed ^he jaw. of the victim and sent jit to Oklahoma City where authorities were to compare it with Kienlen's dental records. At Oklahoma City, Crime Bureau Director Earl Goerke said, "We're just waiting for confirmation of what we are already I almost certain of." Holt said he would fight with I Charged with murder is Denall his energy to save the state nis Sossamon, who was arrest' in Dallas Saturday. He 'from the purveyors of prejudices that would turn our and into a battleground, if necessary, to achieve personal ambitions for power." Holt, wbo has been endorsed by two defeated candidates, Jrooks Hays and Dale Alford, licked up additional support Saturday when the Committee Three Dead In Accidents By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A two-car collision alongside Arkansas 27 has claimed the life of a Texas, school teacher. It injured four other persons. The victim, Mrs. Mary Bry ant, 60, of Houston, died when the cars collided Sunday on Arkansas 27 about six miles north of Nashville. She was one of three persons killed in weekend traffic accidents in Arkansas, an Associated Press count showed today. Mrs. Bryant was in a car which collided with one driven jy L. D. May, 19, of Nashviue. Officers quoted May as saying he was attempting to pass another vehicle when he saw the car driven by Larry Chaffin, 21, of Little Rock. Officers said both drivers left the road on the same side and collided head-on about 14 feet off the highway. Chaffin and his wife and May and his passenger, Roland Hopkins, 15, of Murfreesboro, were hospitalized at Nashville. None was believed seriously injured. Mrs. Abernell Brumfield, 32, of Bogalusa, La., was killed Sunday when a car driven by her husband, Marvin, 38, struck a bridge on U.S. 70 about 11 miles west of West Memphis. Don Carol Crowder, 16, of Parkin was killed Saturday when the car in which he was riding overturned in a, ditch about seven miles east of Wynne. Five other Parkin teenagers in the car were injured, officers said. on Poitical Education of the Arkansas State AFL-CIO endorsed him. "We would be derelict in our duty if we put our head in the sand and watched this state, if this man (Johnson) is elected, go to hell," said J. Bill Becker, president of the state AFL-CIO. Johnson had a satisfactory labor record, Becker said, perhaps better than Holt's. But he added that the issues were "larger than the wage, larger than minimum ed waived extradition and was sen to Oklahoma City. Arkansas authorities are now awaiting confirmation fiiat the body is that of Kienlen before moving for extradition to have Sossoman sent here. Discovery of the body cli- Young Kienlen's blood-spattered red sports car was discovered eight days after the boy's disappearance, abandoned along U.S. 266 near Checptah, Okla. Police then found two Marines who had ridden in the car, but said the driver was not the Kienlen boy. minded members of the press that he is a segregationist. ;, Johnson said, if elected, the would fire many, if not all .of the department heads in Gov. Orval Faubus' administration. He said also: —The state's lawsuit over as? phalt purchases from oil companies should seek no less than $10 million, not the $3.5 million announced by the Highway Commision. —The 106,000 votes he .got, while not a majority, indicate "the true voice of the people.'* He charged that A. J. Moss, the new welfare commissioner, is "whispering" that welfar.* grants will be increased in August if Holt is elected. ••-*, Johnson said the 1965 legislature authorized this increase but it was held back for use' a wedge to "buy the votes :qf the deserving old folks of our state." ;M. S Johnson charged that James E. Bland, director of the state Employment Security Division, is~a behind-the-scenes leader.-to See ELECTION on Page 7> ; Speck Handled ; With Kid Gloves maxed a started by three-week search the Del City boy': father, Air Force Maj. Kenneth A. Kienlen of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., 10 days after his son was last seen. Sun-bleached and scattered remains of a body were found on Maniteau Mountain in a leavily wooded area near Ozark not far from where Sossoman was born. The search began within ours after two Oklahoma agents questioned Sossamon in social se- Dallas, where he was being held curity . . . these issues go to the core of our democratic Institutions." Becker accused Johnson of spreading hatred in campaign speeches around the state. Johnson replied that ' men who voted down in connection with a car-theft charge in Oklahoma City. Sossamon had been living in Grand Prairie, between Dallas and Fort Worth. Sheriff Bob Pritchard and other law enforcement officers there found the body, a portion o! know my record shows that I've been a friend of the working man." But, he added, "I understand they've been put under tremendous pressure by the national leadership in Washington." COPE also endorsed Claude which was lying under a log. Prichard said there was a bullet hole in the skull. Kienlen had been staying with his grandparents in Del City. He left there with his father's permission July 1 to drive to Little Rock to visit a girl friend. LSD 'Trip' Kills Youth BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)-An LSD "trip" with three friends ended with a fatal three-story fall for a Berkeley youth Sunday. Friends of Vernon L. Cox, 20, occasional University of California student and son of a retired Air Force officer, told police he jumped from & window some four hours after taking the hal- drug LSD for the lucinatory first time. Kenneth D. Tavalin, 19, one of the witnesses to Cox's behavior under the influence of the drug, said, "Vernon was in touch with reality one minute and the next minuU'he lost control. W« re- strained him several times from leaving the apartment." Other witnesses were Ronald E. Ryer, 23, and Francis D. Turner, 30. Both lived in the Telegraph Avenue building from which the youth jumped, across the street from the one in which he lived. They said Cox repeatedly insisted he was going to take a trip to Europe. When they prevented him from leaving the apartment for the last time, they told police, Cox ran into a bedroom and jumped out the window. Police said no arrests were made. iniiunninininiiiiHinuiiniiiiiiiniiiniiiiiimniiniHiniiiiii BULLETIN CHICAGO (AP) - Richard Speck, 24, pleaded innocent today to indictments charging he murdered eight young nursing students. The pock-marked drifter stood in a crowded Circuit Court room of Chief Judge Alexander J. Napoli surrounded by four sheriff's policemen. iiiiiiiHiiniilliilliiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiliii By BARRY SCHWEID WASHINGTON (AP) "You're already prejudiced without one word of evidence against Speck brought forth," Louisville attorney John T. Ballantine told the delegates to the National Association of Legal Secretaries last week. 'That's exactly what the press and b ar are trying to avoid," he added. Two-thirds of the 400 delegates, meeting in Louisville, lad raised their hand when Bal- :antine asked how many thought Richard Speck, indicted in the saying of eight student nurses in Chicago, should be sentenced ;o at least 10 years in prison. The rest, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported, had raised ;heir hands when he asked how many thought Speck should be committed to a mental institution on the grounds of insanity. The incident points up the dif- : iulty of assuring the accused n a widely publicized criminal case a fair trial. What makes the Speck case larlicularly significant is that it ollows two historic Supreme Court decisions. In one, the court cited "prejudicial news accounts" in ruling that Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard did not get a fair trial in the bludgeon slaying of his first wife. , . . . ;™.-. i In the other, the court lint* posed a series of restrictions on police questioning of suspects, including the rule that the suspect must be told of his right to remain silent and to have a lawyer at his side. As a result, Chicago authorities have been treading very carefully in their dealings with the 24-year-old seaman and with the press. Speck has been se- cuded from reporters and even the state's attorney's office has been careful not to talk to him. Newsmen were told to leave the corridors of the hospital as soon as Speck's identity was pinned down. The Suprema Court decision on police questioning bad put new limits on the use of confessions at trials, and so far as is known no effort has been made to draw a confession from Speck. Large, Black Dog Sought by Parents The parents of a child who was bit by a dog are most anxious to find the animal. The eight-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ira Spain, 1112 Moore St. PO 3-3719) was bit'by the dog on Tuesday last week. Mrs. Spain described the dog was "large and solid black." He answers to the name of 'Blackie." Any information on the dog should be passed along to Mrs. Spain. Mrs. Lovett Dies; Services Tomorrow Mrs. Ruby Mae Lovett. widow of R. W. Lovett of 509 Chickasawba, died yesterday at Chickasawba Hospital. She was 77. Born in Spartanburg, S. C., sh« had lived here about 25 years. She was a member of First Methodist Church. She leaves five daughters, Mrs. Claude Barr and Mrs. Homer Gant, both of Beulah, Miss., Miss Annie Lou Lovett and Mrs. George Wiginton, both of Blytheville and Mrs. Ralph Barr of Tampa, Fla.; Three brothers, W. F. O'Nealj, Allie O'Neal and Clyde O'Neal, all of Blytheville; -if. A sister, Mrs. Verna Bullock of Portland. Ore.; Eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services will be tomorrow^at 2 p.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel with Rev. E. H. Hall officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery '.'••-> Pallbearers are Joe Payne, James Hawkins, Shed B e vill, Clyde Davis O'Neal, R W. Bevill and W. J. Craig. Weother foneast Clear to partly cloudy and warmer through tonight, becorff- ing partly cloudy Tuesday.-A few thundershowers extreme north late tonight becoming scattered over area Tuesdiy. Little change In temperatures Tuesday. Low tonight 88-74. HfK Tuesday 88 north to 98 southi-'

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