The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 20, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 20, 1966
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yOL.62~NO.13a BLTTHBVILLB. AEKAIfSAS (72815) SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1966 TIN CENTS 10 PAGES Eastern Turkey Shaken 3,000 FEARED DEAD IN KILLER QUAKE The number of known and estimated dead rose by the hour as army and civilian rescue teams fought through the rugged, mountainous back country of the quake-stunned area to destroyed villages and reach towns, Officials reported many thousands injured. The full fury of the quake Friday afternoon hit the town of Varto, a community of 3,000 inhabitants, "It can be said that nothing remained of Varto," a Turkish Army officer reported from the scene. The Turkish Interior Ministry earlier had expressed belief the quake, which leveled dozens of other villages, might have taken 1,500 lives. Civilian officials at Varto said 816 bodies had been recovered In that area alone and they estimated that at least 3,000 persons had perished in the surrounding desert of rubble left by the killer quake. They said scores of villages around Varto had been wiped out. A Turkish radio report said many inhabitants were buried under the wreckage, including some pupils at the Varto school, who could be faintly heard crying for help. The quake struck mountain villages in four provinces near the Iranian frontier, about 650 miles east of Istanbul. The governor of Erzurum Province reported in a radio broadcast from Ali Akarsu Friday night that all dwellings were leveled in 24 villages in the province. He said about 90 per cent of all buildings in the city of Erzurum, with a population of 55,000 were demolished, as were most of those in Hinis Township. The local hospital also was destroyed. The casualty reports from the four stricken provinces — Erzu- Foe of ASC's Office Closing Says He's Holding Dynamite By iiunn mum Staff Writer Why did the county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committee close their Blytheville office? As far as Jack Robinson, the thorn in the ASC county conv mittee's side, is concerned, it wasn't for the reason the group gave in announcing the April move. At that time an ASC spokesman said, "The -exodus of farmers to urban areas and the precipitate drop in farm contracts makes them simply un- Ilcucsaal y . it a a uui af-o"« ««a gy system and we're getting rid of it." . If that is not the reason for the closing— as Robinson contends— what is the truth? The gin and implement dealer isn't talking . . . yet. "What I've got on them (the county committee) is dynamite and they know it. "The county ASC office has done a good job. I want to get them to sit down with me at a table. I don't want to blast them like they were SOB's," Robinson said. Auto Workers Gripe on By WHITEY SAWYER DETROIT (AP) — Against a background of unrest among skilled tradesmen over work orders and wages, auto industry representatives meet Monday with the United Auto Workers on a proposal that skilled work- Minnie Smith Rites Sunday Mrs. Minnie Lee Smith, widow of Tom Smith, died yesterday at Chickasawba Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Smith was born in Bradford, Tenn., and had been a resident here for about 45 years. She and her husband were in the grocery business for many years here. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Long of Blytheville; Two sons, Marvin Smith Blytheville and A. C. Smith of Mrs. Pearl Ar- of Ada, Okla.; Two sisters, rington and Mrs. Ina Maleare, both of Marmaduke; A brother, Jim Connell of Blytheville; Ten grandchildren and a great grandchild. Services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home chapel, with A. W. Goff officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William Lee Arrington, Homer Connell, Cecil Connell, J. B. Maleare, Leonard Connell, Louis Connell, Rothell Arrington and Odell Arrington. ers be granted an immediate pay raise. The UAW's contracts with the Big Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — don't expire for another year. The union wants to reopen the agreements to negotiate a wage increase. The industry is expected to reject the proposal, which comes as it is beginning production of 1967 models. Ford Motor Co. said 195 of 285 skilled workers on the day shift as its Woodhaven stamping plant were absent Friday and called the absenteeism "an unauthorized work stoppage." But 1,400 production workers remained on the job and Ford said production continued. Edward J. Plawecki, president of UAW Local 387, said the men failed to report because new orders assign electricians to cleanup work properly done by janitors. Similar cleanup work was planned for tool and die makers, Plawecki claimed. However, a Ford spokesman said electricians have been required for the last year to clean up their work areas rather than start new jobs if they had 15 minutes or so of spare time al the end of a shift. If there was no time, he said, they were not required to do it. The spokesman said tool an: die makers already are required to clean up their work areas when time allows. Both skilled and production workers have complained throughout the industry aboul work rules and production standards, the UAW said. See LABOR on Page 10 "But," he continued, "I'm irepared to go to federal court 6 represent the fanners in north Mississippi County and reestablish an office here. I'm willing to fight this thing 10 years because I know I'm right." * * * Just what the "dynamite" Is hat he intends to use in court, lobinson won't tell. But he does lave a host of grievances he is willing to air. One of the objections that rankles him is-as he claims- he community committeemen were not consulted before the Blytheville office was padlocked. In the county there are_.27 men elected by the farmers to serve as representatives in ASC business. These are called community committeemen. .The 27, in turn, elect three men,to.function as the 'ASC county committee/ The present county committee is comprised of Hitdred Bunch of Osceola, chairman; P. D. Johnson of Osceola and W. B. Tyre of West Ridge. It is against these three—functioning as a committee — that Robinson says he holds his "dynamite." Of the 27 community committeemen, Robinson claims to have rounded up 16 who assert they were never consulted on the move. All of the 16 live in north Mississippi County. * * * Another objection Robinson is vocal about concerns the inconvenience and expense north Mississippi County fanners say they are saddled with. "Did you know," he demands, his eyes snapping, "that 46 people or corporations in south Mississippi .County control 95,027 acres of farm land? The county has about 485,000 acres, equally divided between north and south and two-thirds of the iarmers live in the north half. So that means that most of the little farmers suffer while a landfull enjoy all the benefits." The two-thirds of the farmers in .the north end of the county, Robinson says as he consults a >rochure he has compiled, will have to pay $100,000 a year, 'or $1 million travel expense the next 10 years," because of ;he move. "Because of the new 'diverted acreage' arrangement of the Agriculture Department we farmers are compelled to go to the ASC office. "We have to sigh a performance contract pledging how we will use our acreage during the year. If we want to level some of our diverted (land left idle) acreage, wei have "> to apply at the ; "If -we are over-planted, or art off on our diverted acreage we have to go to the ASC office to post money and to get paymen from the ASC office we have to go down there and sign a form that we are in compliance. "So, he said,- "we are being forced into all this expense." * * * Robinson says he is fighting an uphill battle. He recalls a conversation with Chauncey Dentdn, one of five state ASC committeement and a south Mississippi County landowner. "Denton told me, in Jada McGuire's office during a telephone conversation, he had not considered the. travel expense to farmers up here and he fell he couldn't give us any help," See ASC on Page 10 6 People Dead in Tragedy TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Six members of a Little Rock family on their way to see a seventh who is in the Air Force were killed Friday when their family- sized van skidded off a rain- slick turnpike bridge near here. A seventh person in the van, the Air Force man's fiancee, lived through the crash. The victims were: David Williams, 49, a construction worker and television repairman. Lucy Jean Williams, 40, his wife. Marilyn Williams, 16, a daughter. Jackie Williams, 11, a daugh- ter. Johnny Williams, 10, a son. Robin Williams, 3, a daugh ter. All but Robin Williams die< in the crash, and the child died a few hours after the accident The survivor was Terr Wheeler, 17, of Little Rock. .She is engaged to Larry David Wil liams, son of David Williams who is stationed at the Clinton Sherman Air Force Base, Okla The van plunged through about 35 feet of bridge railing flew some 100 feet across the Verdegris River bottoms am landed in a pile of large rocks about 30 feet below the bridge Protests Use of Whip Convict Files Petition By ALVIN SCHAY LITTLE ROCK, Ark. .(AP) Arkansas' controversy over whipping of convicts, dormant for six months, has flared again with a prisoner's hand-written charge that he was strapped for not picking a crop he couldn't see. William King Jackson, 27, a Gresham, S.C., man sentenced in 1963 to five years in the state penitentiary for burglary, filed a neatly printed, six-page petition in U.S. District Court Friday, He charged that he was whipped with the five-foot leather strap for overlooking - because of his peor vision — "okra in ttie field." Prison officials said they would issue a statement commenting on the petition sometime this weekend. Last November, a U.S. district judge, acting on convict petitions, ruled that use of the whip constituted cruel and unusual punishment as prohibited by the Constitution unless the penitentiary board established explicit rules for its use. The board adopted a set of rules Feb. 2, but they have not been tested in court. As a result of the first controversy, warden Dan Stephens resigned, he was succeeded by 0. E. Bishop. Prison officials contend the whip is an effective way to maintain discipline. Opponents argue that solitary confinement would work as well. The officials say they don't have facilities for solitary confinement. Under the new rules, a man may be whipped for not meeting his quota in the fields, but the decision 'must b e made by a two-man prison board, not by the field supervisor. Quotas are based on a man's age and physical condition. The penitentiary operates entirely-on revenue from Its vast farmland. Jackson said in the petition that ht was charged July tt with overlooking okra an< "brought to trial." He said he told a. warden that his eyesjgh was bad and mat the prison doctor had given him medicin for his eyes and instructed tha he be furnished with eyeglasses He got the whipping anyway Jackson's petition said. The prison physician was no available for comment. Jackson asked for a restraining order to preven among other things, use of ft whip, excessive work hours am unreasonable work conditions. The state attorney general' office will have 20 days to repl to the petition, filed before U.! District Judgt Oren Harrii. um, Mus, Bingol and Bhfls:— ose as the Turkish government 'ith the help of the U.S. Air 'orce mounted a massive emer- ency aid and rescue operation; The Turkish 3rd Army based n the city of Erzurum, largest rban center in the disaster rea, sent troops and trucks into ie surrounding mountainous' ountryside to reach residents f ruined villages. •' The U.S. Air Force sent one lane load of doctors and medial supplies into the stricken rea from Ankara and two pth- rs from Adana and alerted two more plane loads to follow. The Americans rushed in 7;Wfl ounds of medical supplies and tood ready to fly in more. """'' iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiffl BULLETIN " ANKARA, Turkey (API- Destructive new earth tremors devastated eastern Turkey today, toppling 50 buildings in Erzurum city and adding to a killer earthquake's death toll reaching- 1 into the thousands. COTTON BOLL — This large .cotton boll Is cast in concrete and occupies part of one wall .at the Cotton Boll tVocatjonal Technical School at Burdette. Classes are scheduled to begin there next month. (Courier News Photo) The quakes began at 2:30 p.m. ocal time Friday. The newspa- er Milliyet reported it was r ery strong for 20 seconds and ras felt in Armenia and the neighboring Soviet Union. The Erzurum weather bureau laid the earth tremors lasted ive minutes. j."..V" The Soviet news agency listed the intensity of the.quake as i on the :12-p6int Soviet scale; equal''to : ..7,5. on the 10-point Richter scale used in the West, 43-Day Airline Strike Is Officially Over By NEIL GILBRIDE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Five major airlines, shut down for 43 days by a machinists union strike, smoothly resumed air service today witti the walkout at an end. There was little crowding at airports across the country as Eastern, National, Northwest, Trans World and United began jooking passengers and sending their planes skyward. Reservations were reported leavier than usual for a Saturday, but some planes on the five ines were taking'off with less than full loads. Service is expected to swing back to normal Monday. The biggest airline strike in history ended Friday when members of the International Association of Machinists, AFL-CIO, voted 17,727 to 8,235 to accept a three-year contract union leaders had negotiated with the airlines Monday. An earlier settlement proposal was rejected July 31. 'The strike is now over," said union president P.L. (Roy) Siemiller as he announced the ratification vole. The contract approval sending 35,400 strikers back to work permits Congress to drop politically explosive legislation that would have ordered strikers back to their jobs for the first time in U.S. history. Organized labor had lined up solidly in opposition to the legislation. But it shatters White House guidelines designed to limit •«ge hikes to 3.2 per cent a year and sets a precedent for other unions to cite in pressing for fatter paychecks. Estimated at a 6 per cent «r more annual increase, the new contract gives 15 per cent In wage hikes over three years plus a cost-of-living guarantee against sharply rising prices worth up to I cent* m«re per hour in the final year of the top-rated mechanics, who have been receiving $3.25 an hour, will be paid at least $4.08 an hour within three years. Siemiller already was looking to the future. "It is just like a prize fight," he said. "This round is over, but there will be another one in 2 years and 4 months," referring to the contract's expiration date. Fully paid pensions and better health benefits and vacations will be prime goals next time, Siemiller said. In an early indication to tha effect of the hefty contract, tne A F L-CIO Workers of America said in taking a nationwide strike vote among Western Electric Co. agreement in This means Communications telephone installers that it was shooting for a similar agreement designed to shatter the administration's anti-inflation wage guidelines. Siemiller said "we claim no credit for shattering anything," but his union earlier boasted the airlines settlement "shreds" the guidelines. The five airlines lost estimated revenues of $340 million during the strike, although it was not certain how much of this would be recouped through a pact under which other big air lines that remained operating share windfall profits with four of the grounded carriers. The strikers and furloughed employes of the five airlines lost an estimated $67 million in wages, some of it covered by School Faculty Integration Set In compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, BlyUieville schools will desegregate their faculties, this year, Supt. J. K. Williams announced today. One Negro teacher has been assigned to Central, Fairview, Lange, oudbury and Blytheville Junior High, Williams said. In addition, a Negro music teacher and a Negro librarian will be working in elementary schools. Harrison have two white faculty members on a part-time basis. Other white teachers have been given part-time assignments as music teachers and librarians in Robinson, Franklin and Promised Land schools. James L. Mathes, former principal at Sudbury and sixth- grade teacher at Fairview, will teach tht sixth grade and serve High School will as principal of Promised Land School. Promised Land will include grades one through six. Other students will be transported to schools in the city. "The U. S. Office of Education lias not approved or disapproved this plan as of this date," Williams said. "We hope they accept the plan without any adjustments so we can proceed according to our schedule. "The teachers assigned to these new position^, have been carefully selected and we are asking them to work in these assignnients for at least one school year." Student integration, Williams reported, is proceeding accord' ing to plans approved last year. All students have been given a choice of schools to attend this year. ;25 weekly strike benefits and semporary jobs elsewhere. "The good news I have for you tonight could have beea TS a month ago if Sen. Vayne Morse D-Ore. and his associate had just kept quiet on the Senate floor and let collective bargaining work," Siemiller said in announcing ratification.- This remark touched on a major question in the strike — should Congress and the White feuse keep hands off such major labor-management clashes? The airlines appeared for a :ime to be waiting to see whether Congress would force the strikers back to .work pending iirther negotiations or compulsory arbitration. ^ . But as Congress, facing ele~c- ions just three months away, showed increasing signs of .-'de- ay and the multimillion-dollar airlines losses mounted, the-set- jement was hammered out in a iinal 2-hour negotiation ses- ions in the Labor Department ; jasement early Tuesday. j It was the second agreement J — the first was an abortive J SVhite House settlement, an- | nounced by President Johnson 1 hat ended in a crushing rejec- f tion vote July 31. J There was no comment from he Johnson administration on .he final settlement, nor indication whether the lent now would go through with bis hint last January of new ti-strike legislation Weather Forecast ARKANSAS - Partly through.--tonight with vtid scattered shc-wers and thund showers. Partly cloudj cloudy .Sunday with icat showers and thunflenho most numerous west por No Important tempera change. Low. tonight £74 f| •Hill!

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