The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on February 5, 1963 · Page 1
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 1

Ottawa, Kansas
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Tuesday, February 5, 1963
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OTTAWA HERALD OTTAWA, KANSAS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1963 VOL. 67 NO. 48 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES Asks Pay Increase For City Teachers DON JONES A salary proposal which would increase the starting teacher base of the Ottawa school district by $350 a year was presented to the school board last night. Spokesman for the salary com- Don Jones Funeral Thursday Services for Don W. Jones, 47, 314& Walnut, assistant fire chief, will be at Grace Episcopal Church Thursday at 11 a.m. Father Leopold Hoppe will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Mr. Jones died in Stormont-Vail Hospital Monday at 1 p.m. He entered the hospital Saturday and underwent surgery Monday morning. He was born Oct. 24, 1915, at Meadville, Mo., and had lived in Ottawa since 1951, moving from Chillicothe, Mo. He married Doris Peterson, March 14, 1958, in Ottawa. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Mr. Jones began work with the fire department in 1952 and was advanced to the position of assistant fire chief in August, 1961. Before moving here he was employed by the Greyhound Bus Lines. He was president of the Kansas State Fireman's Association three terms. During World War n he served in the infantry division of the US Army. He was a member of Ottawa Lodge No. 18, AF &AM; Ottawa Chapter No. 7, RAM; Ottawa Council No. 18, R & SM; Tancred Commandry No. 11, Knights Templar, and Retta Conclave No. 8, True Kindred. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Donna and Nancy, of the home; one brother, Howard Jones, Independence, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. Marion Cooper, Slater, Mo., and Mrs. Norma Childs, Chillicothe, Mo. A prayer service will be conducted from the mortuary Wednesday at 8 p.m. Friends may call at the mortuary from Tuesday evening to Wednesday at 8 p.m. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the Don Jones Memorial fund of Grace Episcopal Church. mittee of the Ottawa Teachers Association was Allen Unruh, principal at Eugene Field School. He proposed that starting teachers be paid $4,500 a year as opposed to the $4,150 now paid. In the plan submitted, the committee would have this increase apply to all teachers now employed. The proposal further would grant teachers in the first three pay grades an earned increment of $100. Teachers in the next five grades would receive increment of $150 and those above these grades would receive increments of $200. Total price tag on the increases proposed was estimated by Howard Larson, clerk of the board, at $53,900, exclusive of increases for principals and other employes of the system not covered by the teacher salary scale. The increments are ap jlied to various grades which :eachers attain through experience and study above the normal starting degrees. Unruh listed three reasons why the board should consider the increases at this time. These reasons are: "In order to attract capable, energetic, well-trained teachers for our children, we must have a salary schedule that is com parable to other schools in the area. "The younger teacher will want to stay in the Ottawa system because it will be financially profitable to him. This obviously reduces the teacher turnover rate. "This will, in a token way, recognize the career teacher who has given so many years of service to the Ottawa schools. Dr. Olin G. Wollen, board president, pointed out to the delegation of teachers present that this increase, reduced to mills would mean about a 5-mill levy increase. This, he said, couplet with the fact that at least three new teachers will have to be hirec for next year, means the boarc might find next year's levy above the legal limit and that specia permission might be needed to levy a sufficent amount to fill all needs. The board took no action las * * * fflllplB^ night but did schedule a meeting or Feb. 14 at which time it will i liscuss teacher qualifications with all principals. As one board mem- >er pointed out, it would be help- ul to the board were each prin- :ipal to evaluate each teacher be- ore the March meeting when new :ontracts will be offered. In other actions pertaining to jmployes, the board last night re- lired all principals, the salaries o be set later. It also accepted :he resignation of Mrs. Pat Jef- r erson who has been succeeded Dy Mrs. Norman Hazen as 4th grade teacher at Field School. Ask Wider Street At School Two representatives of Trinity Methodist Church presented a parking problem to the school board last night. They were Rev. Roy H. Armstrong and Dwight Haworth. The church officials urged the board to join the church in the widening of Massasoit between Hickory and Cedar. Haworth pointed out the street is now 24 feet wide and, with parking on both sides, is too narrow for safe traffic. He said the city engineer has drawn a plan to widen the street 20 feet on both sides to permit angle parking of about 44 cars. The plan would- involve the removal of a number of trees and cutting back the parking on both sides nearly to the sidewalks. Cost of the project would be about $9,850 of which the school district would pay half. The rest would be assessed against property owners in the area, including the church. Haworth presented a petition which would make the church and the school board initiators of the action. He urged prompt action so that the project, if approved could be included in a spring work letting now being prepared by the city. The board took the proposal under advisement. * * * Board Undecided On Bond Election Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Tuesday—0 For February—4 For 1963-25 Comparable 1962 period—41 The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Continued fair and mild tonight. Partly cloudy and cooler Wednesday. Low tonight in 30s. High Wednesday 45 to SO. KANSAS FORECAST - Generally fair and continued mild tonight Wednesday clear to partly cloudy and a little cooler. Low tonight in lower 30s. High Wednesday 5545. High temperature yesterday, 61; low today, 27; high year ago today, 30; low year ago today, 23; record high this date. 68 in 1(38; record low this date, 6 below zero in 1002 and 1836; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: • a. m 37 t p. m 41 10 a. m 42 10 p. m 38 11 a. m 44 11 p. m 34 Noon 49 Midnight' 33 1 p. m 63 1 > p. m 57 3 p. m 58 4 p. m 61 5 p, m. ..,,...58 6 p. m. 53 7 p. m 47 • p. m 43 m. m. m. m, m. m. • a. m. 32 31 2» 28 28 27 27 37 After lengthy discussion, the Ottawa school board left undecided last night when it would try a third time to get a high school bond issue passed. The second attempt failed Jan. 15. With four members present, two were for another try in April while two would delay action until the fall. The board took no action either way, planning to discuss the matter further at a special Feb. 14 session. Present at the meeting, however, and urging action in the near future were Henry A. Hoi- brook and R. Howard Windsor, representatives of the Kansas City investment firm of Parker Eisen Waeckerle Adams & Purcell, Inc. Holbrook pointed out that the bond market is favorable now, and delay to next fall probably would cost the district considerable funds in the way of added interest over the next 20 years. The investment officials proposed that they be hired by the board to assist in putting across the bond issue. They would do all legal work involved, along with printing of bonds, and handle promotion of the issue. In return the investment firm would have the right to buy the bond issue at a pre-determined rate based on the current bond market. The board took no action, delaying the matter until all board members are present. In other action, the board dis cussed the hot lunch program Clerk Howard Larson pointed out the program now is operating with a deficit of $1,389. Supt. Hen ry A. Parker was asked to make a study of expanding the ho lunch program to all grade schools next year. This would be done by serving at all schools using the Lincoln school kitchen to prepare the food and trans porting lunches to each building Larson also pointed out tha he had computed the costs of the last two bond elections. Total cos to the district, he said, was $1, 549.50 for both elections. POST OFFICE SITE — Construction work on new Ottawa post office was square feet with approximately 20,000 feet of maneuvering space outside. Tall resumed yesterday following halt during severe weather in January. In foreground beams for front entrance, on north side, arc at extreme left in picture. (Herald Postmaster T. J. Cummings confers with Louis Saladino, construction superintendent. Photo by Lois Smith) Tentative date for occupancy of new building is August 1. It will contain 9,000 'Crazy' Manager Stops Robbers DETROIT (AP)—The holdup men looked like salesmen. So, when the one carrying a brief case pushed a 45-caliber automatic into the stomach of supermarket manager Jere Jeeves he thought it was in fun. 'Go ahead and shoot," Reeves said. The astonished gunman turned to his partner and said, "This guy s crazy. Let's get out of here." They fled. "I didn't think it was a holdup," Reeves, 29, told police, "or I wouldnt have done anything so foolish." Mercury To Drop TOPEKA (AP)—Unseasonably warm temperatures will continue across Kansas today but sharply colder weather is due for a return to the state. Temperatures today were predicted to reach 70 to 75 degrees in the west and 65 to 70 in the east. Tonight's lows will be in the 30s across the state. A Pacific front will reach western Kansas tonight and spread across the state Wednesday with temperatures in the 40s, about 20 to 25 degrees lower than today. Then arctic air will move in with Thursday due to be sharply colder. No precipitation is indicated, however, and the Weather Bureau said the cold would apparently be of brief duration. Injured Boy Still Critical Charles L. Hadsall, 15, was termed slightly improved but still critical with a basal skull fracture suffered Sunday afternoon when a car he was working under fell on him. The auto fell on the boy when the homemade wooden tripod used to raise it slipped. Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ledom, 130 N. Locust. He is at Ransom Memorial Hospital. Are JFK's Marines As Tough As Ted's? By FRANK CORMIER WASHINGTON (AP)-At President Kennedy's suggestion, 20 Marine officers will attempt a 50-mile hike next week—to see if they can move forward with the vigor demanded of Leathernecks by President Theodore Roosevelt. The unusual military exercise, to be conducted at Camp Lejuene, N.C., stemmed from the recent discovery of a long-forgotten executive order in which Roosevelt prescribed fitness standards for Marine officers. Gen. David M. Shoup, the Marine commandant who shares Kennedy's interest in fitness, sent the 54-year-old document to the President as an historic curiosity. Kennedy decided, however, that it was more than a curiosity. He responded with a proposal that Shoup find out "how well our present-day officers perform the tests specified by President Roosevelt." In a matter of hours, Marine headquarters prepared a detailed directive ordering a test by officers of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune. At least 10 captains and 10 lieutenants, selected to provide a representative sample of personnel, will take the test. Shoup warned they should not be told about the experiment in advance. Once the officers are assembled, they will get these marching orders: Walk 50 miles in no more than three days, with actual walking time and rest stops limited to 2; hours. Shoup noted, rather pointedly, that some officers of 1908 covered the course in a single day. Upon reaching the final half- mile, the officers must double- time 200 yards, rest for 3 seconds, then double-time for 300 yards, rest a minute, and wind up with a 200-yard dash to the Finish line. Actually, this could be more than a test of Marine vigor. The entire White House staff may have a stake in the results—par- Tauy's Toot There are Marine privates who'd give their next shore leave to call the "hups, tups, thrips, fo-ahs" for the officers' march. Doesn't Want Central Time TOPEKA (AP)-A bill to put all of Kansas on Central Standard Time has stirred heated opposition in Greeley County, Rep. Jess Taylor, R-Tribune, said Monday. Greeley and several other western counties are on Mountain time. Taylor said he had received a petition opposing the Central time proposal. "I think just about everyone in the county signed it," Taylor said, exhibiting a bulky envelope containing the petition and signatures. Prescriptions—Raney, CH .2-3092 Adv licularly Pierre Salinger, Kennedy's press secretary. As Kennedy noted in his letter to Shoup, Theodore Roosevelt "laid down such requirements not only for the officers of the Marine Corps but, when possible, for members of his own family, members of his staff and Cabinet, and even for unlucky foreign diplomats" who were dragooned into hiking with him through Washington's Rock Creek Park. The President told Shoup that if the test indicates "that the strength and stamina of the modern Marine is at least equivalent to that of his antecedents, I will then ask Mr. Salinger to look into the matter personally and give me a report on the fitness of the White House staff." Sorry, Old Boy NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Newton police looked into the city jail today and found they had an extra prisoner. "What are you doing here?" an officer asked the man, one who has appeared in police court several times. "It's cold outside," the man replied. "This is my office. Get out." The officer obligingly got out and locked the cell door behind him. Police indicated the voluntary prisoner would be charged with being drunk. Opposes Tax Money Investment TOPEKA (AP) - Proposed investment of inactive tax money came under fire at a meeting of the State Affairs Committee of the Kansas House Monday. The discussion centered on a proposal to allow governmental subdivisions to invest inactive funds. John S. Dean Jr., attorney for the Kansas Bankers Association, said the legislation is being proposed primarily by county and school officials seeking more tax money. He said reserve funds should be used to reduce taxes, allowing taxpayers to hang onto their money and do their own investing. E. R. Zook of Lawrence, who headed the Governor's Economic Development Committee, said more help could be given to the taxpayer by allowing him to pay taxes on a quarterly rather than a semi-annual basis. Zook, who said he spoke as a private citizen, said this would allow the money to remain longer in the hands of the taxpayers. He said if the legislation passes there would be an obvious decrease in lendable funds Mn Kansas. There also would be an increase in costs to borrowers because interest rates would rise and fall in accordance with availability of lendable funds, he said. More Guardsmen In State Under Reorganization Plan TOPEKA (AP)-Maj. Gen. Joe Nickell, Kansas adjutant general, said today that despite reorganization of the 35th Infantry Division, the National Guard will have more men in Kansas. Nickel appeared before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on the guard's budget for the next fiscal year. R e organization would have little effect on the budget, he said, with a change of only about 1 per cent. In the reorganization, the 35th will be dissolved. An artillery group and an infantry brigade will be formed. "We'll get sonic increase in strength and continue to have a National Guard organization in every city that has one now," Nickel! said. He said there would lie about 7,000 men under the new alignment compared with 6,600 under the present organization. Federal expenditures per man were estimated at about $500, up slightly from last year. In answer to questions from committee members, Nickell said (he new units would be beefed up to about 80 per cent of war strength. Under the old organization, guard units would at about 60 per cent of war strength when the last Berlin crisis resulted in call-ups, Nickell said. There will be no change in state requirements which are to furnish facilities and manpower, he said. All armories now in use will be utilized. Nickell said Kansas costs of guard operations as recommended by Gov. John Anderson would be $868,000 compared with $858,000 last year. JFK For New Mental Health Programs By JOHN BARBOUR AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP)-President Kennedy urged today bold new programs he said would eventually free hundreds of thousands of mental patients from hospital beds and lighten the tragic toll of mental retardation. The cost for the first year would be $31.35 million, but it might cost many millions more when the program accelerates. His proposals were in a special message to Congress on mental health — the first such message sent to Capitol Hill by an American president. Kennedy, asked for an across- the-board legislative program for: New community mental health centers, the centerpiece for bringing the mentally Ul back to a useful life, and preventing new cases earlier. More pre-natal care for mothers-to-be to help insure their infants will not be doomed to mental retardation. More child health care to detect and treat threatened cases earlier. / More trained personnel and fa- cilities for training and rehabilitation of the menially ill and retarded. More research centers to get at the causes and, hopefully, the cures. Specifically, the President intends to introduce four new bills, one of them not to be fully implemented until the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1964. That bill would encourage state or local governments or non-profit groups to establish networks of community mental health centers. It would provide part of the construction costs and up to 75 per cent of the staff costs for the first 15 months, decreasing thereafter for the rest of the four-year program. There is no price tag for this program. It now costs the American taxpayers more that $2.4 billion a year for services to the mentally ill and retarded, the President said. Within a decade or two, the President said, a broad, new mental health program can reduce by at least half the 600,000 hospitalized mental patients. "Many more mentally ill can be helped to remain in their own homes without hardship to them- selves or their families," he said. "Those who are hospitalized can be helped to return to their own communities. All but a small proportion can be restored to useful life." The community mental health center can be the focus of care, diagnosis, rehabilitation and emergency service, he said. It would operate day and night, for inpatients and outpatients. It would aim at prevention as well as treatment. Such centers, using new methods of treatment and tranquilize, will reduce the treatment periods to weeks or months, rather than years, the President said. This means that mental illness could be paid for as other medical and hospital costs. The President said he has directed that a study be made to explore ways for encouraging expansion of private health insurance to include mental health care. Several programs were recommended by the President to help prevent some of the 126,000 annual new cases of mental retardation, and to rehabilitate and care for some 20,000 mentally retarded now in institutions.

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