The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 1, 1963 · Page 1
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TTAWA HERALD VOL. 67 NO. 69 OTTAWA, KANSAS FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1963 7 CENTS Ottawan red In Collision 2-Car Smaslmp On Highway 68 SCENE OF INJURY - AI Kramer, Kansas City, lies in ditch on K68 after being hurt in coUi- sum. Approaching scene is Sheriff Joe Ferns. Readying stretcher is Bob Roberts. (Herald Photo by Robert B. Wellington). School Unification Bill Set For Entry TOPEKA (AP)-The House Education Committee voted unanimously today to introduce an amended version of a unified school district measure as a new bill. It will be introduced Monday and will be referred directly to the,floor of the House. The new bill will be essentially the same in its major provisions as a bill the committee introduced earlier which was discussed at two public hearings earlier this week. Generally, the bill provides for creation of planning units in each county to devise a system of one or more unified districts for each particular county. In counties which have an expected enrollment of fewer than 3,750 students, there could be anywhere from 1 to 4 unified districts. In counties with a larger number of students, each district would have to have a minimum of 750 students expected. Once the districts are planned, they are subject to review and veto or approval by the state superintendent of public instruction. If he approves, the proposed districts are submitted to a vote of the people in the planning unit or county. Votes in cities and rural areas would be counted sep- arately and approval by both the cities and rural areas would be required. If a planning unit or county was unable to devise a plan that is approved by the state superintendent or is rejected by the voters, the question would be sub- mitted to the Legislaive Council. The bill provides that the new unified districts would begin operation in 1966. The unified districts would be governed by six-member boards which could be elected at large or on a district basis. No Sign Of Rain TOPEKA (AP)-Generally pleasant weather moved across Kansas today but badly-needed moisture was still not in sight. Skies were expected to be partly cloudy through tonight with temperatures on the milder side. Highs today were generally forecast from near 50 degrees in the east to the 60s west with lows tonight from about 25 to 35 degrees. Highs Thursday ranged from a chilly 36 at Chanute to 56 at Goodland with early morning low from 17 Abilene, Manhattan and Topeka to 29 at Dodge City. A changing air mass will bring more clouds to the state Saturday and halt the warming trend. However, no significant drop in temperatures is expected. They'll Buy Ottawa businessmen will find the coffee on the Franklin County 4-H'ers tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m. in the basement of Memorial Auditorium. The businessmen's coffee heralds the opening tomorrow of National 4-H Week. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Variable cloudiness and mild tonight and Saturday. Highs Saturday in 50s. Low tonight around 30. High temperature yesterday, 38: low today, 18; high year ago today, 30; low year ago today, 1; record high this date, 76 In 19'J1; record low this date, 0 in 1913; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: 9 a. m 30 9 p. m 28 10 a. m 31 10 p. m 27 11 a. m 32 11 p. m 25 Noon 33 Midnight 24 1 p. m 34 ' 2 p. m 36 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p. m. .'.37 37 38 37 .34 8 p. m 31 m 2am. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 5 a. m. 6 a. m. 7 a. m. 8 a. m. .22 21 20 .......21 21 18 20 21 Mrs. Don Harbison, 528 S. Sycamore, and Al Kramer, Kansas City, were injured in a 2-car collision at 10:30 this morning on K68 about six miles east of Ottawa. Their conditions were listed as serious at Ransom Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Harbison reportedly suffered multiple fractures. Mrs. Harbison was going east on the highway and Kramer was headed west prior to the accident. Kramer told officers Mrs. Harbison turned on her turn signal and pulled across the highway in front of him as she was going into a driveway at the Elmer Perkins home. The two cars collided and came to rest about 30 feet from the driveway. Both were destroyed. Both drivers were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Gas Service Income Up KANSAS CITY (AP)-The Gas Service Co. today reported net income for the 12-months period ending Jan. 31, 1963 at $4,397, 159, equal to $2.68 a common share, after preferred dividends. This compares with a net income of $3,451,431, or $2.16 a share, in. the previous 12-months period. Preferred dividend requirements were $375,000 for the period, against $207,292. Natural gas sales for the period showed a gain of 13 million cubic feet over the previous 12-months period ending Jan. 31. House Votes For KSTA Investigation TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas House voted 63-49 today for an investigation of the administration of the Kansas State Teachers Association. The resolution received the exact number required when Rep. Odd Williams, R-L a w r e nc e, changed his vote to "yes." The count had stood 62-50 from some time, one short of the number required for adoption of the resolution, when Williams announced his change. The resolution now goes to the Senate. If adopted there it will go to Gov. John Anderson. The investigative move is an outgrowth of legislative ire over remarks made recently by C. 0. Wright, executive secretary of the teachers group. Wright was quoted as saying Kansas has one of the most backward school systems in the nation, and that Kansas legislators lack the social concept that it is the responsibility of the state to educate the children. Men, If Your Feet Hurt try the Real McCoys at Paines Bootery. Adv. GIRL WITH THE FOUR H's - Calling attention to National 4-H Week, March 2-9, is The Herald's March Calendar Girl, Carolyn Mages, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Mages, 521 S. Cherry. Carolyn has a pair of "hands", a pretty "head" and a warm "heart", and she is obviously "healthy". The 16-year-old Ottawa High junior is a member of the OHS Drill Team, vice president of Pep Club and of Future Homemakers of America, an honor student and Girl Scout. Her 4-H projects are photography and personal development. She's a member of Town and Country 4-H Club and is in her eighth year in organization. (Herald I'lioto) Fred Has Smoothed Rough Roads ENGINEER 25 YEARS — Fred Gardner, 519 W. 4th, observes 25 years of service as Franklin County Engineer today. Gardner assumed engineer's duties on March 1, 1938. (Herald Photo) Fred Gardner, 519 W. 4th, is observing his 25th anniversary as Franklin County engineer today. Gardner, 63, came to Franklin County on March 1, 1938, after serving as county engineer in Anderson County and in Miami and Rawlins Counties. The improvements in road maintenance equipment over the years since Gardner was graduated from Kansas State University as an engineer is the one thing that is outstandingly great, he said. When Gardner came to Franklin County in 1938, roads were maintained by 4-horse teams. Each man was responsible for the upkeep of an 8-mile stretch, or district, of road. Today, with modern equipment one man maintains 60 miles of road. There were very few paved roads, or even state highways, at the time, Gardner recalls, and in those days property owners pe- titioned for a strip of paving on' a road. Today the state appropriates funds and simply builds the highways. In those days, there was a 3-mill levy for roads, and that was more than the levy for paying the salaries of the road department, the engineer said. Most of the rock road in Franklin County is a result of WPA legislation. Gardner said he received word at the Anderson County courthouse in Garnett one day in the mid-1930s that he was to employ 550 men immediately. "We didn't get done that fast," he said, "but we put that many to work within 10 days." For some years the county highway department has employed an average of 35 men. Under the new county road unit system, adopted after last November's election, about 50 to 55 men eventually will be hired by Franklin County. All the improvements in rosA construction and maintenance are wonderful" compared to the old ways of 25 years ago, in Gardner's opinion. The engineer and his wife, Edna, have one daughter, Mrs. Jess Gilmore, 804 S. Willow. Card- 1 ner, a native of Miami County, was born at Louisburg and attended Louisburg schools before entering Kansas State University, Manhattan, to study engineering. Gardner's years of engineering have been good ones for Franklin County and for him. The years ahead will continue to progress under his direction. Tauy's Toot If the NFO formula for the farm program is as good as its sausage recipe, Yummy! Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 Adv, NFO Outlines Campaign For "Improved Farm Living" EAT HIGH ON HOG - Charles Thorn, WeUsville. Douglas County NFO chairman (standing), discusses NFO activities with Harvey Sickels, Fontanelkv Iowa, at Franklin County NFO "Whole Hog Sausage Feed" at Wellsville High School last night. Mrs. Sickels U seated at left. (Herald Photo) By DICK CRAWFORD More than 600 members of the National Farmers Organization gathered at the Wellsville High School last night for the Franklin County "Whole Hog Sausage Feed" and to hear Harvey Sickels, national secretary, discuss activities and recent accomplishments of the organization. Sickels discussed the NFO's program in general terms, stressing the organization's goal "to improve and stabilize the living standards of the American farm families" through collective bargaining with meat packers, supermarket chains, grain purchasers and dairies. Last night's gathering was part of the national organization's plan "to get the NFO story to 500,000 persons in 1963." The sausage feeds such as the one at Wellsville, will be held in every chartered NFO county in the 12- state NFO territory. Sickels pointed out that the NFO has worked toward a collective bargaining program which, he says, is giving the farmers the first real price protection through their own efforts. Since the organization was founded in 1955, it has attained the strength to be a force for the farmers' good, Sickels said. The national secretary pointed out that the organization does not feel farmers are satisfied with prices, despite NFO efforts, and he said action is being taken to raise prices by a stepped-up bargaining program adopted by the NFO at last December's national convention at Des Moines. In recent weeks the NFO has taken eight steps toward accomplishing "an improved and stabilized farm living standard," according to officers and the board of directors. The steps, including the sausage feed programs, are: 1. "A decision to use the threat of lifting the recess on the meat part of the all-out holding action to establish a floor under prices for farm commodities; and an unwillingness on the part of the NFO to tolerate any drastic price drops. 2. "A decision by the national board of directors to lift the recess on the meat part of the all-out holding action at the most opportune time. 3. "A definite timetable to include other commodities in this action, if the processors do not continue to sign contracts in sufficient numbers. 4. "Launching a 'lock the granary' door campaign designed to keep corn and soybeans off the market, putting the pinch feed lot operations. 5. Formation and the carrying out of plans for the largest organizing drive in the history of the NFO. 6. "Launching "Whole Hog Sausage Feeds" to air the NFO and its goals. 7. "Singing of additional dairy processors; and increase activities on the part of the dairy, grain and meat commodity departments. 8. "Increased expression of interest in the NFO, with inquiries about the NFO collective bar- Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer Files For School Board Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer, 1147 S. Hickory, has filed as a candidate for one of the board of education positions to be filled at the April 2 election. Mrs. Spencer is the wife of Dr. Lewis Spencer of the Ottawa University faculty. She is a graduate of Murray State College, Murray, Ky., has a master's degree from University of Maryland, and has done graduate work at Northwestern University, Evanston, HI., and at University of Kansas, Lawrence. Dr. and Mrs. Spencer have four children, one in junior high, two in Garfield grade school, and one of pre-school age. The Spencers are active in First Baptist Church, both working with youth of junior high age in the Sunday School. Mrs. Spencer is the third person to file as a candidate for a board of education position. The MRS. ELIZABETH SPENCER others are Vern Chesbro and Dr. Jqhu Hudelson. gaining program received from as far away as Texas and California." Sickels said the program of sausage feeds is helping tell the NFO story. He said one member of the national board has addressed groups gathered at county feeds nearly every night since the first of the year with the smallest crowd numbering 300. Most of the sausage feeds gather from 500 to 1,200 members and prospective members, or just interested people he said. The Wellsville meeting last night drew farmers from Maimi, Johnson, Douglas, Anderson and Jefferson Counties plus members and other farmers from Franklin County. About 500 of last night's crowd are NFO members and about 100 are non-members. The menu last night included link sausages, potatoe salad, baked beans, ice cream, cookies and coffee. The food was prepared by the wives of Franklin County NFO members. A country music band from Eudora provided entertainment. The NFO officers thanked the women for "their excellent food preparation," Sickels and his wife, who some* times travels with him, said they; were much impressed by thf friendly people of Kansas •«*'$ added that they hop* to' reS ;;;t oft«. TV

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