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ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER OCTOBER 4, 1895 AT POST OFFICE AT TIPTIN, INDIANA VOLUME 69, NUMBER 70 TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24. 1964 7 CENTS PER COPY — 35 CENTS PER WEEK AMERICAN OFFICER'S CLUB IS BOMBED Flood Toll Heavy On West Coast; Water Receding By MICHAEL HUDSON United Press International SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) —It will be a bleak Christmas Eve for more than 7,000 persons left homeless by three days of floods in Northern California, Oregon and Idaho.. The three-day rampage already has taken at least 13 lives. Debris-filled waters receded during a welcome respite from heavy rains in Northern California Wednesday, while Oregon Gov. Mark Hatfield w a s also optimistic when the rains slackened. "We seem to be over the hump," he said, but he also termed it "in terms of totality and involvement of the entire state ... the greatest disaster ever." A least 10 have died in Oregon. Battle Raging Waters In Idaho, harried flood fighters concentrated on the little farm town of Declo, whose 300 inhabitants wer^e endangered from the bursting of an earth- fill dam on Marsh Creek.•Ervine Dewey, owner of the private dam, said "there's more water coming down that creek than I've ever seen and I'm 51." A wall of water from the dam swirled down the stream, lapped over a smaller dam and spread out into lowlands around the town. Residents mobilized to build dikes to keep out the water. " While falling rain complicated the situation at Declo, the forecast for the rest of -Idaho was for cooler weather and milder rains. Worst Appears Over In California, George Deathrage of the California Department of Water Resources said "at this time, it appears that the worst is over in California,' but the picture could change at any time. If we get another heavy storm, we could be in more trouble." The long-range forecast called for only intermittent rains. . But the lower river levels proved little solace for 4,000 homeless persons facing a joyless Christmas. Fourteen lumber= and resort California towns were either under water or isolated; major highways were blocked; and damage was estimated at upwards of $36 million. Photographer Neil Hurlbert reported flying over the floor region. He said he saw some persons floating down the Eel River on a house. He also saw a freight train, partly broken up, grotesquely floating on its side toward the ocean. At Weott, the Humboldt county sheriff's office reported that the steeple of a tall church was the only building visible above the water level. - Rescue Crew Lost Although only two California deaths were confirmed, a heroic three-man crew who rescued at least 16 flood victims was feared lost after wreckage of their aircraft was sighted about 40 miles north of Eurkea. Res cuers hoped to reach the wreckage today and look for survivors. The Air Force and a commercial line, -Pacific Airlines began an airlift of food into Eurkea, Calif., 225 miles north of San Francisco on the coast! "'Flying ' boxcars" arid : a two engine- passenger plane loaded with groceries were landing and taking off; every 30 minutes in an effort to replenish the dwindling food supplies in the "redwood empire" area. Gov. Edmund G .Brown dispatched National Guardsmen to the area, the Sixth Army sent GI's to help out and the Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Benning­ ton left today with a 2,000-man crew which will miss its Chirst- mas on dry land. The big carrier also carried a full hold of food and medical supplies. Pre-Holiday Deaths Mount On Highways By United Press International A rash of pre-holiday traffic accidents late Wednesday and early today killed nine persons Indiana highways to increase the state-wide toll for 1964 to at least 1,360 compared with 1,295 a year ago. Two persons were killed early today just north of Valparaiso on Indiana 49 in a headon col : llsjon of two cars. Killed were Villers Yazel, 62, and Robert Csaba, 26, both of Valparaiso, his son-in-law. rPolice "sard" Keith Crawford, 39, Valparaiso, driver of one of the cars, was hospitalized in critical condition. They said one of the. cars was o,n the wrong side of the highway. Csaba was identified as the other driver. John Stapleton, 30, Gas City, was killed in an unusual acci- det at a U.S. 35 junction west of. Jonesboro in Green County. Authorities said he lost control when he slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting another car. His vehicle rammed a utility pole and tree and his engine was torn loose by the impact and hurled into the second car. which also went out of control and - plowed into a ditch on the opposite side of the highway Charles Kemmer, 47, Marion, the other motorist, was injured. Ralph Walters, 59, Bedford, was killed late Wednesday night when a car driven by a nephew, Eugene Walters, 34, Bedford, collided with a parked truck at a White River bridge on Indiana 37 two miles south of Bedford. Francis A. Huston, 25, Homer, died in Major Hospital at Shelbyville early today of injuries suffered Wednesday night when his car hit a bridge abutment about 12 miles east of Shelbyville. 'Police said Huston was hurled through the windshield. Sanford Saunders, 40, Amity, an Indiana National Guard adviser returning home from a daylong meeting at Shelbyville, was killed Wednesday night when his car went out of control on a county road south of Shelbyville and hit a tree. Police said he apparently fell asleep ' at the wheel. Ethel Fleetwood, 70, Spencer, was injured fatally Wednesday afternoon when her car went out of control on Indiana 39 near Monrovia and struck a tree. She died later in an Indianapolis hospital. Mrs. Florence Lott, 37, R.R. 3, Columbia City, was killed in a head-on collision on Indiana 109 north of Columbia City.-Police said a car driven by George Myers, 33, Ligonier, pulled out to pass another vehicle and crashed into Mrs. Lett's oncoming car. - Myers and a passenger, James Dunbar, 36, ^Cromwell, were injured seriously. Mrs. May Johnson, 47, Vermilion, 111., was killed when her husband, Arthur,, pulled into the path of another car in an attempt, to make a left turn off U.S. 41 south of Terre Haute. Her granddaughter, Geanna Johns, 7 months, was injured seriously. Grand Jury To Investigate Fire at Home Annual Christmas Party for employees of the Tipton Tribune and- their families was held recently at the West Street Christian Church. A partial view of the group shows them here gathered around tables where a dinner was served to all prior to an evening of gan'es. ' (TRIBUNE Photo-Engraving) Welsh Defends Highway Boss INDIANAPOLIS (UPD—Gov­ ernor Welsh said Wednesday that Chairman David Cohen of the State Highway Commission had not acted illegally in helping to incorporaate three firms which have done business directly or indirectly with the commission. Welsh issued the statement after an investigation conducted at his request by George Goodwin, executive director of the State Highway Department. The governor conceded that Cohen had been "indiscreet" in drawing up incorporation papers for the three firms, one of which numbered his brother and mother-in-law among the incorporators. However, Welsh said, there is "no indication that he (Cohen) has acted illegally or has violated his trust to the people 'of Indiana." Noting that Cohen, an East Chicago attorney, is a part-time employe as highway chairman Welsh said he had drawn up the incorporation papers for the three companies "on behalf of a long-time client." Welsh said Cohen's brother. Morris, and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Freida Phillips, Chicago were incorporators of one of the firms. One of the firms obtained a contract to conduct a traffic survey for the commission while the other two supply thermoplastic highway marking material to contracting firms doing business with the commission. "Nothing in my .records would indicate any undue influ ence has been used in behalf of these companies," Welsh said. "I think Dave Cohen has a dis tinguished record- as highway chairman and the department has made remarkable progress under him. This should be kept in mind. "If the people have not been injured, it is nothing more than an indiscretion which, in my opinion, is unfortuate," Welsh said. WEAKER Cloudy and mild today with occassional rliin but turning colder lata this afternoon. High today in mid 60s. Cloudy and turning colder tonight with rain ending this evening. Lew tonight 37 to 35. Friday cloudy and cold with rein arid enow mixed by evening. High Friday In mid 30t. Two Hitchikers Admit Slaying SAVANNAH, Ga. (UPI)—Two jive-talking hitchhikers boasted to police Wednesday of killing a textile executive who • gave them a ride and of stealing his car to continue a five-state crime spree. Like we might as well clear it all up, we're only going to fry once," one of the pair told detectives during seven hours of questioning. Weaving a trail of armed robberies, assaults and automobile thefts through-Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina, the youths also boasted of shooting a Marine sergeant who tried to stop them from stealing his car in Huntington; W.Va., their home town. Marine Recovers That was a tough sonofa birch. I hope he dies," one of the pair told officers. The Marine was wounded in a six-shot fusillade but recovered. Authorities identified the two as Roy Dale Chatterton, 20, a hulking, scraggly-bearded,. six- foot-six ex-Marine and' Wood row Whisman, a 21-year-old high school dropout. The two smilingly told how they pulled a knife and a gun on. Billy A. Copeland after the Barwick Mills executive picked them up Dec. 15. They forced him to drive to a rural shack bound him, bludgeoned him with a heavy board and left him to die. "Like man, we hit him with two-by-four," police' quoted Chatterton as saying. "Like man, he was breathing hard like his nose was stopped up." Found in Shack Floyd County officers, acting on instructions from police here found Copeland's bound body Wednesday in an abandoned shack near Rome. He had freed his hands and tried to crawl to the door before dying of head injuries. Copeland,- a popular, respected father of four from Lafayette, Ga., was en route to pick up his oldest son at Berry College in Rome when he picked up. the two hitchhikers. Authorities arrested the pair in Guyton, a Savannah suburb, Friday after receiving a com plaint they had robbed Mrs E, M. Dilas of $15. HIGH ANDL OW NEW YORK (UPI) — The lowest temperature reported to the U.S., Weather Bureau this morning,' excluding Alaska and Hawaii, was 28 below at Cut Bank, Mont. The high Wednes day was 85 at McAUen, Tex Federal Agejits Probe 52 Wounded In Heart Of Saigon Christmas Eve MUNCIE, Ind. (UPI)—Federal agents today pressed an investigation of the source and" intended destination of an arsenal of submachine guns and ammu nition for them found in the home of a self-styled "amateur gusmith" here. U.S. Dist. Atty. Richard P. Stein of Indianapolis refuged to confirm or deny reports that he guns found at the home of Wallace R. Chrich, 27, Tuesday night were intended for a militant right-wing organization Stein would say oniy that the case is "under further investigation." Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division agents who raided the -'hrich home with Muncie police Tuesday night said they found seven assembled and operative submachine guns, enough parts to assemble about 100 more and several boxes of 45-caliber ammunition. Chrich, a machinist at a General Motors Corp. plant here, was charged with violation of the National Firearms Act and was released under $2,500 bond. He told agents he was selling the guns for an "out-of-town" man in an effort to make money for Christmas. He said he did not realize ,he was violating the law. Agents said Chrich told them he had sold two of the guns and police said they were seeking the purchasrs. Manwhile, Maj. G*en. John S. Anderson, Indiana adjutant general, Wednesday ordered an investigation to determine whether any National Guard weapons were involved. Chrich. is a sergeant in the Indiana! National Guard. Authorities said the guns apparently were from government surplus stocks which had been sold after being made inoperative. They said the guns had been repaired and placed in firing condition. SHELBYVILLE, Id. (UPI)— Shelby County Prosecutor Phillip Brown will ask a grand jury which meets here next month to investigate a fire which claimed the lives of 20 elderly pa'ients at a Jountaintown nursing home last Friday. Brown announced his decision Wednesday following a conference at Indianapolis with State Fire Marshal Ira Aderson and Deputy Fire Marshal Howard Boegaholtz. Despite a report that Boegaholtz found no negligence in connection with the fire at the Maples Convalescent Home, Brown said he believed that, because of the magnitude of the fire, "I believe a full investigation should be made." He said he did not know how many witnesses he would call before the jury, which meets Jan. 11, but that it could be as many as 50." He said witnesses would include state and county investigators, surviving patients, attendants at the home arid others. He said he did not know whether he would call Max McGraw, Greenfield, bpeXi ator of the home. He said, however, that a waiver of immunity would be required before.McGraw ap peared before the jury if he were called. Following Brown's visit, Anderson called in newsmen and read a statement defending the report o the fire and the previous fire safety rating given the home. He refused to answer questions regarding it. Just two days before the fire, the Indiana Health Facilities Council had withheld renewal of the home's license on grounds of health violations and had given McGraw until March 1 to remedy the defects. Anderson said the investigation report made public Tuesday was "a complete and thorough report from the standpoint only of the investigation made by the fire marshal. "The conclusions arrived at by our investigator are fully set out in our report and require no further comment or enlargement of the findings. The report is also complete in regards • to fire safety and fire prevention and the cause of conflagration,' Anderson said. Boegaholtz had reported the fire was caused when an overheated oil furnace ignited soot and carbon deposits in a chimney. Good Citizen Rebecca Ann Costomiris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Comstomiris, R. R. l, Cicero, has been selected as Jackson Central High School's Good Citizen for the 19S4-G5 school year. - V M »'3 -Costeffliris.• k nn.hnnnrj student at Jackson Central. She has .been active in academic, service, and community extracurricular activities. She has been a class officer for three years. This, year she is the Student Council President, Varsity Cheerleader, 4-H President, and holds, elected positions in several organizations. Miss Costomiris says the highlight of her high school career second to being selected D.A.R recipient, was a trip this past summer to the National Student Council Convention in Bangor, Maine, as an Indiana delegate. TRAFFIC WARNING By United Press International The Christmas holiday weekend begins today with a prediction from the National Safety Council that between 550 and 650 persons will die in traffic accidents before it ends. Hundreds of thousands of students, servicemen -and travelers jammed the major arteries of transportation in a last-minute rush to make it home for the holidays. Highway casualties will be counted between 8 p.m. local time today and midnight Sunday. By MICHAEL MALLOY United Press International SAIGON (UPI) — A Christmas Eve bomb blast ripped [through an American military 'officers' club in the heart of Saigon tonight, wounding at least 38 Americans, 13 Vietnamese and one Australian. One report said 52 Americans jhad been wounded. The blast !sct the building afire, set off explosions in the gas tanks of jars and trucks in the parking lot, shattered windows a quarter of a mile away, and hurled l^j heavy truck tires 50 yards. It came just before the dinner hour, while many officers were washing up. Some of The wounded were led from the building clad only in bloody shorts. Police said the device iveighed at least 100 pounds. Apparently it was set off in a parked U.S. military jeep in a garage inside the building. Only . the fenders and bumpers of the vehicle were left. _ TRe~miilding. the Brink bachelor officers' • quarters, houses 125 military officers. It has an officers' club and an officers* mess. There was no indication if the blast was a Communist Viet Cong terrorist foray. The building is surrounded by a fence topped with barbed wire and is guarded by sentries around the clock. The blast blew out plate glass windows in the fashionable Caravelle Hotel, two blocks away, ten minutes before the arrival of comedian Bob Hope, who came to Viet Nam today to provide Christmas entertainment for American troops. Officials could not recall an explosion of comparable size from a bomb in the capital. The blast created consternation in the area surrounding the barracks. Ambulances and emergency apparatus were rushed to the scene. llilitary policemen made a hurried search of the 100 rooms in the barracks and said there were no fatalities. Windows as far away as a quarter of a mile were shattered by the blast. Heavy truck tires were hurled 50 yards or more. The entire ground floor erupted into smoke Coloring Contest Winners Named Winners in the Tipton Tribune Annual Coloring Contest were announced today. First and second place champions in two di- isions were selected. Winner in the division for five to eight-year-olds was Debbie Kay Needier, 8, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Don Needier, 133 Ash Street. Debbie is a third grader of Mrs. Underwood at Lincoln School. Runnerup to Debbie was Chris Kleyla, R. R. 1, Atlanta, an eight-year-old third grader of Mrs. Erwin at the Lutheran School. Champion of the nine to twelve-year-old division was Bobby. Rump, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rump, R. R. 4, Tipton. Bobby is a seventh grade pupil of Mrs. Stahl at the Lutheran School. Janet Kathryn Riffe, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Riffe, 108 Green St., i won second place in the division. She is a fifth grade student of Mrs. Leininger at Jefferson School. The champions were presented their prizes this morning by Joe O'Banion of the Tribune Staff. Each received an Art Craft set,.Our congratulations to these budding young artists! Native of Tipton County Stricken Mrs. Neva Brockus, 81, formerly of the Normanda community died at her horn c 9 in Mcntpelicr Saturday morning following a heart attack. Born in Tipton county Aug. 22, 1883, she was the daughter of William! and Maggie (Cole) Chappie.. : She was maried to Otto Brockus who preceded her in death in 1949. She was a member of the Blackford Methodist church. Surviving is a son, Raymond Brockus and one granddaughter, both of Montpieler; one brother Ross Chappie, of Pheoni.< Ariz.; j of th e buildin three sisters, Mrs. Olga Pigman, flames. and black of Chicago; Mrs. Dena Towe, spumed into the sk Pheonix, Ariz, and Mrs. Wen- . . ... dell (Hulda) Smith, of Kokomo. . h ^ m "!"" » 0,dl * rs r :» in '° Also several cousins and other p ^ k,n S and pushed sev- teral cars and tracks away to relatives in Tipton county Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home,' Montpelier at 10 a.m. and burial was s beside her late husband in.the Normanda Cemetery. Sailor Finds Family Dead LONG BEACH, Calif. (UPD— The packages are under the gaily-decorafed Christmas tree. Three stockings hang from the wall. But tragedy, not Santa Claus, visited the home of sailor Thomas Sprouse. 'Sprouse, 28, arrived home Wednesday from a 'pre'-Christmas visit with his parents. in Des Moines. Iowa,' arid' found his wife and their three' chuV dren dead. Investigators said the family apparently, was asphyxiated by an unvented gas heater that was still burning. Mrs. Shirley Mae Sprouse, 23, was found kneeling beside the (ConttntMd on Pag* () prevent further explosions. Others ran from room to room to check for victims, while Vietnamese fire units battled the blaze. The Christmas Eve explosion occurred just as officers were returning to the building to wash up for dinner. "If it had come a few minutes later, the building would have been full of men home from their offices," said Lt. Col. Louis A. Breault, of Auburn, Mass., a resident of the barracks. "We don't know where we will spend Christmas now," he said. At the time of the blast, most of Saigon's newsmen were meeting with Vietnamese officials two blocks away at a U.S. Information ,,. Service facility. The .explosion broke windows in the conference room. ...Plate .glass windows were shattered at the Caravelle Hotel, Saigon's most fashionable, just ten minutes before comedian Jerry Colonna and other members of the Bob Hope party drove up to check in.

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