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Wednesday, January 30, 1963
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Michigan 9 s Biggest Buy . . . For Reader And For Advertiser FINAL EDITION BENTON HARBOR, MICH. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1963 24 PAGES PRICE 7 CENTS W E A T H E R F O R E C A S T Cloudy, snow flurries continuing, with low tonight near zero* T E M P E R A T U R E S Readings from lues, noon to Wed. noon: 12 n. . . . 6 p. m. 9 p. m. 12 m. .. 3 a. m. 6 a. m. 9 ». m. 12 n. . . . 13 16 li Hifh, 21, at 3 p. m.; low, 11 at 8 a. ra. Harvey S ONLY MAN ALIVE WHO EVER DID Season-good And Old Tale Is Wonderful BY BEN NOTTINGHAM N-P Staff Writer Harvey Seasongood is probably the only human ever to see the "Phantom Skater" of Hickory Creek. And when he did it wasn't by choice. It was 75 years ago -- three- Quarters of a century -- that Seasongood saw the Phamtom Skater, he says, but he remembers it as though it happened last night. The 84-year-old retiree was born on the banks of Hickory Creek, and has spent his entire life along the reaches of the colorful stream, absorbing its color, charm and mystery. He lives on Maiden Lane south of St. Joseph, about one-half mile east of the creek that has . been a part of his life since late in the 19th century. For many years of his adult life he owned a farm implement store where Glendlord Lumber Co. is now on Glenlord road, only a whoop and a holler from Hickory Creek. WINDING CREEK Originating in a swampy area in Baroda township, Hickory Creek proper winds north through "the sleepy little villages of Baroda and Stevensville, emptying into the St. Joseph River near what is now Berrien Hills Country Club southeast of St. Joseph. The.eight-to-10 miles of its length flows through an area somehow set aside from the rest of Berrien county. Seasongood was nine years old 75 years ago and even at that age he had heard of the Phantom Skater for several years. January was the month of deep snows, he recalls, and the month when the creek would freeze over and rumors of the dark skater start once again. A section of the creek near an Old wooden bridge was a favorite spot for skating and sledding and 25 or 30 area youngsters would gather on the ice after school. The old bridge was located not far from the present Glen- lord road bridge. CHILDREN WARNED Children, engrossed in their games, would often forget to go home on time. Parents, not familiar with modern psychology, would often warn: "You'd better come home early or the Phantom Bkater'll get you." One night little Harvey Seasongood was skating with other youngsters on the creek near the old bridge and, because a bright full moon had come out early, there" was no deepening darkness to warn them of waiting suppers. It was tag and blind man's bluff and one-catch-all and poni- pom-pull-away and duck-on-a- rock and so much breathless fun that the hours had slipped swift- TALES OF HICKORY CREEK: Harvey Seasongood, 84.. is a philosopher-historian who has spent his entire life along the banks of Hickory Greek south of St. Joseph. The creek flows from a swamp in Baroda township, runs north through Baroda and Stevensville, and empties into the St. Joseph River opposite Berrien Hills Country Club south of St. Joseph. A retired store operator, living on Maiden Lane just west of Cleveland avenue, between Stevensville and St. Joseph, Seasongood recalls vividly the scenes and stories connected with Hickory Creek 75 years ago. (News-Palladium photo) ly past when suddenly, from more than a mile downstream, ame the sound of the Phantom Skater's scraping blades. Shouts, shrieking laughter and scuffling s k a t e s stopped as time stood still and the echo hung on the creek banks a long moment. LAUGHTER STOPS Then the ice cleared in an instant. Children scrambled through knee-deep snow with their skates on, leaving shoes and boots behind on the banks as they ran for home. Not the last to leave was little Harvey. A barbed-wire fence stood at the top of the creek bank between Harvey and his father's farm. Older children went over the top and younger ones wiggled under but Harvey, trying to dive between the strands, became entangled and, in desperate thrash- Rockefeller Sees Fault With Holding Of Facts Attacks Administration's Handling Of Cuba By CHARLES STOKER ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) -- Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller attacked the public information policies of the Kennedy administration Tuesday night, demanding to know when the American people will be told what he called the true situation in Cuba. The Republican governor told the New York State Publishers Association there is a philosophy, "all too popular in high places, that the public cannot be told the whole truth about the international INDEX TO Inside Pages SECTION ONE Editorials Page 2 St. Joseph News Page 3 Women's Section Pages 4, 5, 6 Ann Landers Page 6 Obituaries Page 12 SECTION TWO Area Highlights Page 1 Sports Pages 2, .1 Comics, TV, Radio Page « Markets Page * Classified Adi Page* 10.11 situation" because the people might panic. He called this concept "fundamentally and dangerously wrong." It was the second assault on the Democratic national administration in two days by Rockefeller, who is considered a likely GOP presidential nominee in next year's election. DISLIKES TEST DECISION The governor expressed "deep concern" Monday over President Kennedy's decision to halt underground nuclear tests during negotiations with the Soviet Union on a test-ban treaty and also said he was disturbed by an "apparent weakening" of the U.S. position on treaty provisions. State Sen. Walter J, Mahoney, majority leader of the Republican- controlled Senate and a booster of the Rockefeller presidential candidacy, said Tuesday that federal agent* have been sent into the GOV. ROCKEFELLER Wants "whole truth" state in search of information that could damage the Rockefeller administration. Officials in Washington denied the allegations. . Rockefeller said he had no personal knowledge of the situation Mahoney described. The governor, in his speech to the publishers, said the view that the whole truth could not be revealed is invalid, because "it grossly underestimates the intelligence of the American people-and threatens the very foundations of democracy itself." ing to get free, trapped himself hopelessly. The scraping, thrusting crunch of the Phantom Skater's blades grew louder after each silent glide, drawing nearer and nearer with the speed of an express train. Gasping a n d terrified, little Harvey twisted around inside his sheepskin jacket to stare in fascinated horror. He can't forget the sight. TERRIFYING SIGHT Green sparks and blue flames flashed from enormous blades as the Phantom Skater came into view around a bend in Hickory Creek. He was at least 18 feet tall, Harvey says, wearing black tights and a black skull cap. And though the full moon made near daylight on the new snow, he cast no shadow. As the huge black figure approached the old timber bridge, it slowly went into a crouch and its speed seemed to increase. With an eerie laugh that froze the tears on little Harvey's cheeks, t h e Phantom Skater leaped high in the air and hurdled the old wooden bridge. CAN'T FORGET IT As he came down on the other side, moonlight struck silver on the huge, glittering skates and-the sight is an indelible picture in Harvey's memory--one blade was bonded to a cloven hoof! Lighting with a roar of sparks and flanie that melted snow in a half acre circle, the Phantom Skater sped down Hickory Creek with giant strides. He hadn't noticed little ,Harvey caught in the fence. Harvey remembers seeing the glow from the green sparks and blue flame long after the tall, black form was out of sight ar6und a bend, though he doesn't remember how long he was caught in the fence or how he got home. He was the only one ever to actually see the Phantom Skater of Hickory, Creek and the children with him the only ones ever to hear his skates. But there was never another youngster late from a skating party for many generations, he says. Perm, wave special $8.95. Temple Beauty Salon. YU 3-6348. Adv. Of Hickory Creek i RECORD HIGH MICH. BUDGET S.J. Plan Board Votes Against Co-Op Housing Final Decision On Zoning Up To City Council At the urging of area residents, the St. Joseph planning commission last night turned clown a request to rezone a 10-acre site for a $1 million-plus housing venture. Anticipate Surplus To Cut Deficit DR. BERNARD RADDE Property owner irked Enders closed today because of inventory. Adv. Fetke Clothing Co. will be closed tonight at 5:30 P.M. Adv. Man Dies In Sleep After Being Cut Death Under Investigation EAU CLAIRE--The mysterious death of a badly cut 39-year-old Negro about a mile and a half south of here was under investigation by Berrien sheriff's officers today. The dead man was identified as Loranzo Keith of Route 1, Berrien Center. Deputies said Keith apparently died in his sleep at a home owned by Henry Sharp, 76. Deputy Irv Divis said he got the following account of the death from Irene Gardener, a housekeeper at the Sharp home: Keith arrived at the house about 1;30 this morning, bleeding from about a dozen cuts on his face. He told the housekeeper "Leave me alone," when she suggested he see a doctor. He went to sleep on a bed. Mrs. Gardener said she had no idea where he'd been. Later this morning, she sent her two children to school, then noticed that Keith wasn't moving and called sheriff's deputies. The bed was covered with blood. Deputies were trying to determine cause of the death. Detective Arthur Johnson said at noon today that Mrs. Gardener, 31, was being taken to the Berrien county hospital for treatment of several cuts on the forehead which she said she sustained in helping Keith into the house. Johnson said Mrs. Gardener then will be taken to the sheriff's office for questioning. Investigators learned Keith had roomed in Sharp's four-room house since 1958.~ Sharp, who retired nine years ago, told officers Mrs. Gardener awakened him at 8:30 a.m. today and asked him to look at Keith. Missile Test VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. CAP) ·-- The Air Force says a Titan I missile launched from here hit its target 5,000 miles out in the Pacific. Starting this Friday . .. Weather by phone! Tune WHFB/Radio 1060 for details. --Adv. Located on Lakeview and South State streets, the residential- zoned plot is near Laboratory Equipment Co. The Bert L. Smokier Co. of Kalamazoo asked the property be rezoned for "special use." Approximately 120 apartments valued at roughly 510,000 each were reportedly planned by the development firm. SCHOOL'S POSITION Although the St. Joseph board of education has taken no official stand on the matter, members, speaking as private citizens, have said they left the project would add children to the school system without adding equivalent tax base to provide for them. FEAR DETERIORATION The principal objection stated, however, by four residents of the proposed project area was fear of property devaluation if the co-op apartments \vere erected there. The four reflected sentiments expressed in a petition presented earlier to the city commission by a group of property owners in the adjoining area. After planning commission members voted 5 to 2 against recommending the zoning change, the owners of the 10~acre tract shot back that they will now sell it to "anybody." The land is owned by Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Radde, 37 Lake Shore drive. Mrs. Radde said today that the planners "know what's going j to happen to it." "We have been stymied every time we try to do something with this land by a couple of selfish people," she said. She added her belief that residents of the area feared that "the wrong kind of people" would become co-op res- (See back page, sec. 1, col. 8) Think Killer Shark Taken In Australia SYDNEY, Australia CAP)--Two fishermen c a u g h t a 10-foot bronze whaler shark last night. It is believed to be the one that killed actress Marcia Hathaway, 32, Monday. The shark was hooked 100 yards from the point at which the actress was attacked in Sydney harbor. Teeth fragments taken from Miss Hathaway's leg indicated she was killed by a bronze whaler. MURDER CHARGE Schmaltz Trial In Second Day The murder trial of Dennis L. Schmaltz, 17, went into its second day this morning with detective Matthew! Casserly on the witness stand testifying to statements and pictures taken at the scene of the alleged crime. The teenager is charged with! Romney Says It Will Restore State Confidence By GENE SCHROEDER LANSING (AP) -- Gov. George Romney today proposed a record S547 million "balanced" general fund state budget which he said would rebuild confidence in Michigan's financial integrity. "This budget is both* prudent-because it lives within its income-and progressive--because it provides for the future," Romney declared in a message to a joint session of the legislature. The governor predicted total anticipated revenues for the 196364 fiscal year would reach S560.6. leaving a surplus of $13.6 million for reduction of the state's deficit. Michigan T s deficit as of last July i was $85.6 million. Romney said all reports indicated the state would have a current year operating surplus of $33 million to apply upon the deficit. CUT DEFICIT IN HALF The combination of the two surpluses--$46.6 million--would reduce the $85.6 million deficit by about 54 per cent, he said. The deficit would then be down to $39 million. "The reduction of the deficit by this amount will do much to improve Michigan's economic climate and stimulate confidence." Romney asserted. The previous budget request record was set last year when then-Gov. John Swainson proposed the figure $528 million. Romney called for increased appropriations for a capital outlay building program, higher education, school aid, economic expansion, mental health, civil service pay raise, and other individual projects and programs. He disclosed that the state's approximately 120 · agencies asked for a total of $721 million but were provided with about $547 million in the final proposed spending plan. Merely to maintain the present level of state services, the governor said, a total of $29.5 million must be added to current general fund appropriations of $511.7 million. INCREASE SCHOOL AID Part of this increase, he 1 explained, must go for state aid to local school systems, which are faced with an influx of 58,000 (See back page, sec. 1, col. 1) the fatal shooting last July 15 of Theodore A. (Shorty) Barton, a former hired hand at the Schmaltz farm southwest of Baroda. A pretrial resulted in a hung Lange, Berrien county vious jury, Ronald prosecutor, is conducting the prosecution and attorney George Keller is appearing for the defense. The trial's first witness Tuesday was Dr. William Benner, twin city pathologist, who performed the autopsy on Barton. He testified the victim bled to death as a result of the gunshot wound in the thigh. Following Benner, D e n n i s ' mother, Mrs. Hattie Schmaltz testified to what she remembered of events leading up to the shooting. She told the court she awoke just prior to the shooting to find a man standing in her room near her bed. She said she did not recognize him and screamed: "Oh, my God, what are you doing here.". She said he replied: "I came to get even with you and the boys!" 'GET OUT' She said her son soon entered the room, discovered the man, and ordered him to "get out from (See back page, fee. 1. col. 8) Can You Save Tax Money ? Interesting question this time of year. And the answer is no, unless you try. One way you mijrht learn how to cut the April 15 bill is to read Sylvia Porter's six-part series, "How To Save on Taxes," starting Feb. 4 in The Newi- Palladium.

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