The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on December 18, 1964 · Page 1
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JUROLQ J. nuirroa • ARCHIVES ASSISTANT IMOIAMA STATS LISR/UU ISDlASAPOLia, ISPIASA ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER OCTOBER 4/1895 AT POST OFFICE AT TIPTIN, INDIANA VOLUME 69, NUMBER 65 TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1964 7 CENTS PER COPY — 35 CENTS PER WEEK By EUGENE J. CADOU United Press International INDIANAPOLIS (UPI)— Indiana, a state that pioneered for the nomination of Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, has lost much of its conservatism. Republican leaders at two meetings this week took action that might herald the unseating of oldtime GOP right - winters because of the landslide victory of the Democrats in the November election. The upshot may be terrific pressure on Walter Beardsley and Mrs. Cecil Harden, Indiana members of the GOP national committee, and on State Chairman Robert N. Stewart to support the ouster of Goldw.ater's hand-picked national chairman, Dean Burch. The apparently to date have been against dethroning the right-wing national party head The GOP state committee voted to indorse the policies of the three leaders this week, but it was significant that there were six members who dissented from the indorsement — the committeemen and women from the populous 11th and 4th. Districts and the 10th District. The vote against the reigning powers probably will be heavier, when the conservative-mainstream issue is raised at later meetings. Mayors Kiel?' Traces More nsignificarit yet was the action at the inaugural meeting • of "The Indiana-, Republican Mayors Association" the following day. The organization adopted a resolution saying the Democratic landslide in this state calls for a GOP recognition of "the people's desire for political people appeared to be the chief target. The' group, who posses the only remaining formidable Republican power in the .state, also resolved that the November debacle of the party should bring about "realistic recobni- tion of the decisive importance of the middle class, and a broader base of appeal to all voters as individuals, if the Republican party ever is to win again." Forty-four of the 61 GOP mayors in the state were present. There now are only 50 Democratic mayors. Mayors Seek Power It was obvious that the mayors, who won only a year before the GOP catastrophe • this year, are determined to take their place in the sun. Former Gov. Harold W. Handley, an arch conservative in the past, even urged creation of a new GOP image and possible a new name for the party! even as the Republicans succeeded the Whigs in days of yore. He changed his mind because, he said, the GOP has lost the backing of Negroes, Labor, Catholics, Jews and a substantial ;number of farmers under current policies. "We are .no longer the party of the rich," was the-comment of one of Hoosierdom's shrewdest politicos, H. Dale Brown, 11th District and Marion County chairman. Final Rites For William Bendix ENCINO, Calif. (UPI) — Actor. William Bendix was laid to rest Thursday at services at- -tended by 400 friends who heard him hailed as a gentle, good man who wrote his own eulogy with his life's work. "He was a man who loved God, his neighbors and much good," said the (Francis Osborne. "We . . loved him in life, let us not for 'get him in death. • A requiem . mass ,_jts . celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic church. Interment followed in San Fernando Mission cemetery. - ; Bendix,'58, died last Monday in Good Samaritan Hospital of lobar pneumonia and a stomach ailment ' did Rev. have 20 PERISH IN NURSING HOME FIRE Workers End Strike Against Space Center CAPE KENNEDY (UPI) — Space construction began a slow return to normal today after a carpenters union local witlidrew pickets that stalled moonport and Air Force building for a day. Workers began returning to their jobs at dawn. An Army Corps of Engineers spokesman estimated that 80 to 85 per cent of the 4,500 t man work force would be on the job later today. The carpenters, members of Local 1685, set up picket lines at entrances to the space center and at nearby Patrick Air Force Base in a surprise move Thursday to protest the use of non-union labor by one contractor. v About 3,500 workers refused to cross the lines Thursday. Key construction was halted at, the vast Merritt Island Moon base, on the new Air Force Titan-3 military space rocket complex and on other space projects. The corps spokesman said construction got under way slowly this morning but was picking up speed as workers returned. A spokesman for the Brevard Building Trades Council said he expected a" full force at work Monday. Willard Van Hoose, business agent for the carpenters local, said the union decided to withdraw its pickets lale Thursday night. He said negotiations are now underway to resolve the dispute with the contractor, Akwa-Downey Construction Co.; of Milwaukee, Wis: Thursday's picketing was the fourth time this.year that picket lines had stalled construction at the space center. The previous disputes were stopped by federal court orders after tying up building for a total of eight days. 3,000 ORNAMENTS and 960 lights bespangle this Christmas. tree in the White House Blue Room. The First Family also has another tree, a smaller long needle pine, on a table in the West Hall on the second floor living quarters. TRAIN DERAILED BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (UPI)— Twelve cars of a 57-unit Baltimore & Ohio Railroad freight train were derailed at nearby Ewing. today when - a bolster arm' on one of the cars broke, but there were no injuries. However, railroad officials said it will take 24 to 48 hours to clear the wreckage and repair about 300 feet of track. In the meantime, other trains were re-routed. Fifty-two of the cars were hauling a mixed cargo and the other five were empty. Three were tank cars filled with caustic soda and one of them was leaking. Authorities said, however, there appeared to be no danger of fire or from any fumes. The front section of the westbound train continued to Mitchell. HIGH AND LOW NEW YORK (UPI) — The lowest temperature reported to- Bureau, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, was 30 below zero at Hibbing, Minn. The highest reported Thursday was 85 at McAllen, Tex. • ' •* Leadership Of Charles Halleck Is Challenged (WASHINGTON (UPI) — Supporters of Rep. Gerald iFord today tried to fan sentiment against the House Republican leadership of Rep. Charles A. Halleck - into a full-fledged revolt. [Disagreeing with observations that Halleck had quelled any attempt to oust him at-the next party caucus on Jan. 4, two Republican congressmen predicted that Ford would win p he challenged- Halleck. ,\ [Ford "kept his counsel, but is expected to announce shortly whether he will seek to replace Halleck. | The two Ford boosters—Reps. Charles E. Goodell, R-N.Y., and Robert -P.. Griffin, R-Mich. ^ said their soundings of GOP sentiment had convinced them that Ford could win. | Goodell and Griffin were key figures- two years ago in the elevation of Ford to chairman of the GOP conference. Ford beat Rep. Charles B. .Hoeven, R-Iowa, for the- post after a secret campaign. J The effort to unseat Halleck has been more open. Goodell said he and others who pressed for the unusual post-election GOP caucus Thursday prom : ised to keep the leadership issue out of the proceedings, 'and we lived up to that commitment." Because of the promise to steer" clear of the leadership matter, Griffin said, he and Goodell did not know prior to the caucus whether there was sufficient support to change leaders. SUES FOR INJURY. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (UPI)— Joseph Beasley, 45, R.R. 6, Terre Haute, filed an $85,000 damage suit- against the Terre Haute Gas Corp: Thursday for injuries suffered in an explosion here Oct 20. | The suit was the first filed in connection, with the blast which wrecked a store and injured 16 persons. Sharpsville Bank Robber Held In Indianapolis Jail INDIANAPOLIS (UP I) — James Branham, 22, Kokomo, a bread truck salesman who said he robbed a bank to get money to pay his debts, was held in lieu of $10,000 bond today in the Marion County Jail. Branham was arraigned before U.S. Commissioner Thomas Gibson, Jr., Thursday a few hours after .he held, up the Sharpsville branch of the Union State Bank and fled with $2,895. Gibson ordered him jailed when he was unable to post bond. Branham, who had paid of£ about $800 of debts at Kokomo after the robbery, was arrested Thursday afternoon as he headed south along U.S.- 31 .near Westfield. His pregnant wife and their young son were with him when he was arrested. . Hamilton County Sheriff Marcus Pass water and Carmel Patrolman Rex Durr said Branham had about $600 on his person and more money was.found in a shoebox in the trunk of his car. . ' He was arrested when Durr spotted Branham's bright red compact car which answered the description of the bandit's car. Branham had been sought since police learned he suddenly paid his employer $300 in overdue route collections and then asked for a few days off. Branham, who formerly lived in.New Albany, was placed on two years probation and fined $50 last year in Bartholomew Circuit Court for the theft of stereo sets from Arvin Industries, Inc., Columbus, where lfe then worked. SENTENCED TO LIFE SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (UPI)— Jerry Butler, 26, former Columbus High' School basketball player, was sentenced today to life in prison in the shooting death of Frank Tyler, 35. Judge Harold Barger sentenced Butler in the death of the Decatur County farmhand in Shelby Circuit Court The defense filed a motion for retrial but no date was .set. for the hearing.' - ' LOOKING FOR LUIKtRS— A police helicopter hovers, near the ground to guard the United Nations ttullding'(background) .In ?New York, part of the extra safety precautions being : taken as a result of the bazooka shell flredat the building from across the river. Lincoln School Presents Holiday Program for PTA A Christmas program was presented for Parent Teachers association-, Thursday evening at Lincoln school by grades one to six under the direction of Mrs. Darle Simmons with Julia Burkett, accompanist. Don Needier, PTA president opened the program welcoming guests and turned the program over to Mrs. Simmons. The program opened with a reading by , Susan Crume on "The Whole World Comes .to Bethlehem." The first graders ifp 'ilowed- with the singing of "Toyland" with soloist Dickie Hungate and a medley including "Away in the Manger," "Up on the House Top" '.'Jingle Bells" and "We Wish you a Merry Christmas." Boys of the first. grade presented a "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers." . "Santa Claus is Coming to Tow" was sung by second graders featuring solos by Karen - Off, Sharon • Wheat, Brenda Netherton, Bud Fultz, Jeff Salsbery. and Randy Smith. They also sang "Here Comes-Santa" with solos by Jay Ballard and Cathy Atkinson concluding with the song "Rudolph" sung by Dennis Sullivan as eight reindeers appeared pulling a sleigh as Santa walked behind it ' The third graders sang the song "Frosty the .Snowman" as third grade boys made a snowman on the stage. Third grade girls dressed as silver belles danced as the song "Silver Belles" was sung. They closed their portion of the program singing "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open.Fire." The songs "Let it Snow," "It's a Marshmallow World," was sung by a chorus of fourth graders as other fourth graders acted out the songs. They closed their part of - the program with soloists Mark Stillwell and Patty Burk singing "It's Beginning to Look a. lot like Christmas" as shoppers acted out the song. The fifth and sixth grades in the form of a chorus dressed in blue" robes with white collars sang "Sleighride," "Winter Wonderland" and " "White Christmas." The closing scene, featured a nativity scene portrayed b y sixth graders with Cindy Rode as Mary; Mike Kendall, as Joseph; Douglas Alumbaugh, Randy Tetef and Richard Deal as the Three Wise Men; Bob Sullivan, David Snith and Dennis Sherrill as the Three Shepr herds; Jesnine *Brunk, Karen Holderman and Lynda Hoover, as Angels. In the background of the nativity scene singing the following songs '.'Caroling," "Angels we ,-' have Heard on High," "Rise Now - Oh Shepherds," "Christ is Born," and closing song "Silent Night" were members of the.-Lincoln school choir. • - RULED SUICIDE ' KNOX, Ind,. (UPI) — Starke County CoronejP-Raymond Braman ruled the 'death Thursday of Donald Fletcher, 30, a suicide. Fletcher's mother found him shot to death at their home here. The motive, for the suicide was not revealed. Business Elite Meet Today With Johnson By JOHN A. GOLDSMITH United Press International WASHINGTON (UPI)—President .Johnson . followed up a long economic discussion with top labor leaders by; offering equal time today to a group of the' nation's business elite. 'F/ourteen top executives were invited to meet with the president at the White House. Press secretary George E. Reedy said .they were invited to give ihe Presittent "their v views on '.urrent problems." The m»» \*« was scheduled for 1 p.m. EST. The meeting. Rp»dy said, is similar in purpfis=> to Thursday's session at '.vhich AFL-CIO President George Moany and other labor leaders gave the President'their views on a wide variety of economic problems. List Of Leaders Invited to today's session were: Donald C. Cook, president of American Electric. Power Co., New York; Frederick Kappel, chairman of American Telephone & Telegraph, New York; Henry Ford II, chairman of'Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.; Frazer B. Wilde, chairman of Connecticut . General. Life Insurance, Hartford; Charles Thornton, president. of Litton Industries; Beverly Hills, Calif.; Thomas J.Watson Jr., chairman of International Business Machines, New York; Roger Blough, . chairman of United States Steel, New York. Frederic Donner, chairman of General Motors, New York; David Rockefeller, chairman of Chase."Manhattan -Bank,' New York; Frank Stanton, president of Columbia: Broadcasting System, New York; Bill Stolk/ chairman of American Can, New York; Michael McCarthy, president of Merrill, Lynch. Pierce, ;Fenner and Smith, New York; William B. Murphy, president of Campbell Soup, Camden, N. J.; and Frank Magee of Aluminum Co- of America. • No Commitment. . Johnson, - in. - his discussion with the labor leaders, gave no commitment on how he might support the Democratic platform's pledge to abolish state !right-to-work" laws. Metfny told newsmen after the two hour and 15 minute meeting, "I'm quite sure the President is going to support the platform." Reedy also told newsmen the President "stands on the Democratic platform." At issue in the right-to-work controversy is section 14B of the Taft-Hartly labor law which permits states to restrict federal provisions which allow labor management contracts recognizing the union shop. The Democratic platforms -of 1960 and 1954 both 'called for repeal of section 14B. WEATHER cold and (Mostly sunny and night. Saturday 'sunny a little warmer. High to- d«-.y near 15. Low tonight zero to 4 above. High Saturday .18 to 24. Fifteen Persons Rescued; Building Burns To Ground By HORTENSE MYERS United Press International FOUNTAINTOWN, Ind. (UPI) — Fire swept through a small country nursing home before dawn > today and authorities estimated at least 20 elderly patients were killed. The temperature was 3 degrees above zero. Firemen had to break through the ice of nearby Brandywine Creek, to get water to fight the flames. Twelve persons were It n o w n i d«»ad in the flames which consumed the two-story, white frame Maples Convalescent Home, located at the edge of 'his hamlet of 250 persons. Fountaintown is 10 southeast of rndianapolis. Fire departments from villages throughout • the Indiana countryside fought the blaze. The water in their pumper trucks gave out and they had to go to the creek. Stagger From Building The towering flame^ of the 'jagic fire could be seen five miles away. Nurses staggered from the building carrying aged batiehts. The ones who survived were sleeping on"the first floor. Those on the second floor died, firemen said. Kenny Purbers, one of the first men on the scene, said : 'a nurse, told me "The kitchen's on fire and the hall's on r ire.' She was hysterical. She couldn't talk." Max McGraw, who has owned ind operated the home for 10 years, gasped "I couldn't stand to stay over there. They were my family." . Nine.Bodies Recovered ; McGraw said there were 34 oatients, a fulltime nurse and two nurse's aides in the home when the fire broke out. Nine todies were removed from the rubble before dawn, fifteen persons were rescued and treat- id for shock, exposure and smoke inhalation. 'Firemen feared the missing Persons had died in the flames. They hesitated to- fix a firm ieath estimate in the hope that ;ome persons had escaped '•hrough side entrances. , The blaze broke out shortly -before 3 a.m. EST and-engulfed 'he rest home almost immediately. State troopers Richard .West- 'ake and Ronald White were the arst officers on the scene. They »nd the nurses helped first floor patients through flames and smoke • out the front and side doors. 10 Able to Walk Hope for the rest vanished within minutes. Although McGraw said the 10 patients on 'he upper floors were able to walk,' it appeared none had a chance to survive. Deputy Sheriff Jim Bogeman, who watched the building burn, aid there were, no cries or screams. "I never heard a thing, but the. blazing fire," he said. The fire was out by dawn. One wall was standing. The twisted shapes of iron bedsteads rose out of the smudged snow. A Christmas tree on the front portico was encrusted in ice. McGraw, who was in a state 17TH MAMIAGI ^Hotelmsii and Bantlst preacher Glynn Wolfe, 60, gets a marriage license in Lbs Angeles "with 18- year-old De Merle Rankin Wolf for his 17th trip to the altar. She had divorced nun three weeks before because he'was seeing too.much of a previous wife. He has had IS, one of ;: them-twice and nowTJe Merle a second time. All teenagers. De -Merle nas two children by a former husband. of shock, said his patients had come from all over the country. Some were as old as 90. All were elderly. He said they enjoyed sitting on the home's tree-shaded lawn, watching the busy traffic on U.S. 52 or looking across the Indiana farmland. * Always CareTuily Inspected The rest home was one of the principal buildings in Fountaintown. It stood on a slight incline on the edge of town. As it burned to the ground, most of the* town's population stood in the cold, watching silently and helplessly. Fire Chief Carlos Jeffries said that the nursing home had always been inspected caref'illy. "Max McGraw operated a very nice nursing home and to the best of my knowledge complied with all of the regulations," he said. Sheriff Edgehill Moore, Who was in charge of the investigation, said the cause of the fire had not been determined. There were unconformed reports that it had started in a closet. It was Indiana's second major tragedy in "a little, more than a year. On Oct. 31, 19S3, in nearby Indianapolis, an explosion at the State "Fairgrounds Coliseum killed 74 persons at an ice show. The fire broke out as the patients, most of them bedfast, slept on two floors of the two- story white frame structure located at the intersection of two highways just east of Fountaintown. Cites Aid As Heroine White, of the Connersville post, who was patrolling roads in the area, said a nurse's aid was helping infirm patients to safety through the front door of the blazing house when he arrived. He identified her as Mrs. Myrtle Donahue. "I helped all I could," White said. • "That nurse did a real wonderful job. I don't think any of them except maybe one could walk. We put the people in cars and then transferred them to ambulances. They were just shocked. It was so cold." Mrs. Donahue was taken to a hospital suffering from shock. White said three nurse"s aids were on night duty. White said 15 were rescued. He said he helped place 11 of them in two cars and two pickup trucks at the scene to shield them from the bitter cold until ambulances came, and four others were taken to a nearby fire station. Given Top Rating Howard Boegaholtz, an investigator for the state fire marshal's office, arrived at the scene within a short time from his home at Edinburg to seek the cause' of the blaze. Boegaholtz said the nursing home was last inspected by state officials last June 15 and given a top rating for use for 35 patients. McGraw said, however, that only 34 inmates were there when the fire occurred. Fountaintown Fire Chief Carlos Jeffries praised^Mrs. Donahue as a heroine for "outstanding" efforts to save the trapped oldsters. Brandywine, the creek from which firemen drew water to fight the flames, was made famous by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. "The Old Swimmin' Hole" which he made famous in verse was on Brandywine about eight miles from Fountaintown near his hometown of Greenfield. Authorities said the fire probably started in a small closet in a hallway on the ground floor,- according' to state police. The closet contained bedding add medical supplies. A temporary morgue was expected, to be established at the Murphy Funeral Home at Shelby ville, where most of the bodies were taken.

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