The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 16, 1968 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 16, 1968
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(Ark.) Cflgrler Newt - Tuetday, January U, 19M « Draft Board Members Over 75 Must Retire By HAL COOPER Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - More titen 1,500 of the old men who have been selecting the young men to fight in Vietnam have retired from draft boards across 'the country in recent weeks. Othem will follow. Dozeni of the retired were more than 80. Some were in their 90s. Many had served on their local boards since the inception of Selective Service in 1841. Under federal legislation which became effective Jan. 1, draft board members—they are unpaid volunteers—must retire upon reaching 75. There are 4,087 local boards with a total of 17,232 member: and 96 appeal boards with 593 members. During January the age rule required the retirement of 1,508 local board members and 36 appeal board members. As an extreme example of the rule's effect, it eliminated fur tlicr service by all five members at Hot Springs, S.D., where Joe C. Weyl was dean of the board at 89. Another 333 board members in various parts of the nation will reach 75 during 1968. • * * * In general, the retiring oldsters say they never regretted the time and effort spent serving on their boards, and during the hectic buildup of armed services manpower during World War II they sometimes worked from morning to mid- night. Archer A. Page, 80, who was on a Richond, Va., local board from the start of Selective Service, told an interviewer: "I must have acted on 25,000 or more individual cases over the years. It was a duty to be done just as the boys we were sending out had a duty." 'I thought about giving the job up several times, but I didn't" said Tom Hargis, 85, who was chairman of the board of Madison County, Ark,, from the time it was organized. "I knew somebody had to do it, so I just kept staying on." Dr. George Earl, 83, until Jan. 1 a member of the Minnesota ststfi Sclsctivfi Service Anofisl Board, said, "It's been tough a of resigning." One of 65 Californians required to retire because of th age limit was peppery John 1 Dunning, 87, of Sacramento who served on his local boart from the start. * * * He said the World War I draftees Were better thin thos the boards are getting today. "They were a lot healthier for one thing," Dunning said i an interview. "But what ca you expect the way kids are liv ing now, using dope, growin their hair long, running around "We didn't have the problem with those in World War II tha we have now. Now you have a thflett prtnsniAiiHftii* nhi*>f*tlftf ii lean uoiionenuuus oujcmuii •who come to board meeting lot of times but I never thought | prepared to read thru hour worth of documents to you, If you let them." John J. Quinn, 82, an original member of his local board at Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, took a contrary view. "The Vietnam draftees are better qualified mentally because educational opportunities are greater," Quinn declared. 1 Physically they are just as good as those we got in the Second World War." All of the oldsters interviewed felt, with few, or no reservations, that the Selective Service System is fair. "It seems fine just the way it is," said Dunning. "Anything as large as that cai gis cor an; "T lie tha t the dul for i wo if dra of leg S ass fiBHHHIHMI Huntsville Banker Retires from 27 Year Duty By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) A federal regulation requiring employe* of the Selective Service system to retire at age 75 went into effect Jan. I and relieved an 85-year-old Huntsville banker from what he considered his duty for 27 years. "I was glad to get relieved from it," says Tom Hargis, who became chairman of- the Madison County Draft Board Oct. 15, 1940, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him to the board on the recommendation of Gov. Carl Bailey. Hargis, who can't recall how many young men were drafted by his board during his term of service because "that;s been quite a while," says he has never deeply regretted drafting anyone. "I always thought it was a necessity of the government I belong to and his duly to serve," said Hargis. "I always felt that wiien it came time for me to do my duty in serving the board, I'd just do it regardless of friend or foe." * * * He said he could recall no amusing dodges by potential draftees but most of them "used a little of everything." When they were reasoned with, however, most would "go on and do their duty," he said. He said the primary excuses for avoiding the draft related to sickness in the family or to the financial support of a' Hargis does not agree with Draft Director . Gen. Lewis Hershey's position that boards should induct any dfaft-deffered protestors against the Vietnam war whose actions are not in the "national interest." "All should have the same treatment," Hargis said, saying he believed those with a legitimate deferment should not lose it simply for protesting the war in Vietnam. Asked if he had been more reluctant to draft young men for service, in Vietnam, Hargis said, "I always felt that the other war (World War II) was more important. There was more enthusiasm among the people. "This war is kind of a drag, but probably, not for those boys over there. I really haven't come to the conclusion to knw what the war's about and they never have declared any war yet anyway, have they? I thought they were just trying to work, out something and get some peace over there without fami- losing any of our boys, but-they are not doing any good at it." Hargis, who has lived in Madison County all his life, never served in the armed forces, probably because of his age during World War I. "I registered for the draft every ; time but I never was called out," he said. He said he never had to draft any of his relatives because both of his sons "didn't wait to be drafted—Siey just went." "My two boys served in that last war—that Japan War, you know," he said, "Both went in the Air .Corps as soon as they became of age and stayed until H was over, one for 3Vi years and the other for four." « « * Comparing current draftees t those of the 1940s and 1950s Hargis said today's young man "might be a little more on th brighter side" of current events Hargis said he thought abou resigning as board chairman several times. "Sometimes I'd get kind o disguested but I knew it had t be done by somebody so I jus kept staying on," he said. He says he believes the Se lective Service system hi worked fairly through the years and although "anything as large as that can't be all perfect, really wouldn't recommend an; changes." At 85, Tom Hargis can now devote fulltime to serving as president of the First Nation* Bank of Huntsville, a position he assumed about two years aft er becoming chairman of me draft board. He has spent 60 years in the bank, starting as a janitor when "I used a broom and built the fires and did a little of everything." Prehistoric Monsters do not seem so remote when one Views the wildlife inhabiting the Galapagos Islands—sometimes colled the "enchanted isles"-—650 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, It was after his visit to the Galapagos in 1835 that Charles Darwin developed his theories on evolution, The islands, discovered in 1535, have been dubbed enchanted because of the extraordinary tameness of the animals. Joan and Alan Root, bottom left, husband ond wife team, were filming a British documentary when they received a visit from o fngote bird. Prince Philip, president of the World Wildlife Fund, will narrate the film. Marine iguanas, left and bottom right, swarm over the islands without fear of man. The fear instinct, it is explained, takes thousands of years to develop. NewsBri HOLLYWOOD (AP) - A $1- billion face-lifting may be in the works for the motion picture capital. A preliminary plan approved by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission calls for establishment of a Hollywood motion picture, television and communications industry center. The proposed movie center would be built on 85 acres on which the city has placed a six- month building freeie. Eventually the project would embrace US aerei. EATON, Ohio (AP) - A gar. bage truck driver may have saved his Preble County town $12,000 by dumping a load of garbage in the middle of U.S. 127. Raymond "Peck" Server wat driving toward the dump when another thicker motioned to Kim 'that (he truck was on fire. ....... Sarver promptly stopped his $ 12,000 truck and dumped the smoking refuse onto the high* way. Volunteer firemen put out the fire and the garbage was loaded aboard a substitute truck. MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-An Army private home on leave from Vietnam received some smokr ing material in the mail. Postal inspectors said the 128 packages disguised as filter-tip metholated cigarettes contained 2,560 marijuana cigarettes, Bach package had been opened from the bottom and the regular tobacco substituted with high grade marijuana, postal inspectors said. The private was charged with causing marijuana: to be smuggled Into the country. IAN OUENro dltf. (AP) - After a ilx-day food strike, M men on San Quentin prison's death row ended their protest and sat down to lunch. The meal, which prison administrators said was routine, consisted of beef broth and rice, lettuce salad, beef fricassee, chicken, fried steak, mixed vegetables pork and beans, peach cream pudding, hot corn bread, oleo, milk coffee. The men first struck claiming the food was inedible. They subsisted on commissary candy bars. Quick Quiz (J^-Why was the oil leasing scandal of the 19SOs called the "Teapot Dome" scandal? I A—The scandal was named Teapot Dome after a rock formation on one of the oil reservations involved. Q-In what year was the tint English Bible printed? A—Miles Coverdale published it in 1535. Q—What animals come down trees head first? A-Squirrels, chipmunks and similar light-bodies arboreal rodents. can't be all perfect," said Hargis, "but I really wouldn't recommend any changes." "I don't think there should be any changes at all," said Page. "The system has done a magnificent job and you can make that as strong as horseradish." Quinn thought the system on the whole works fairly but was dubious aboul the exemptions for college students. "There are some guys who wouldn't still be going to college if it were not a way out of the draft," he declared. ' And lots of kids can't afford to go to col- "ege." Some civil rights leaders have asserted that Selective Service I is unfair to nonwhites from poor families who cannot afford to give their sons a higher education. But the Rev. Mr. Pair, a Negro, described the system as "the best method I would have been able to imagine." Replacements for tha retiring old board members are expected to be in much lower age j brackets in most states. A presi- 1 dential commission which studied the Selective Service system recomended last year that the boards be made up of younger men. The first step in choosing local draft board members is for state directors to collect nomi- nations from prominent citizen! of the community. The directors forward the nominations to the governors, who pass on their recommendations to the national director, Gen. Lewis B. Hershey. He makes the appointments. oo FALSE TEETH Reck, Slide or Slip? Don't Uv» In ftsr ot HIM teeth loosrnilng, wobbling or dropping Just at the wrong tlms. 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