The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 14, 1963 · Page 1
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OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 67 NO. 86 OTTAWA. KANSAS THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1963 7 CENTS FOURTEEN PAGES SLIGHT OBSTRUCTION - This was the scene at Welda today where an oil well rig blocked US169. (Herald Photo) Oil Rig Blocking Highway WELDA — There is a slight obstruction in US169 which runs past this Anderson County town. It's an oil well rig pumping away noisily right in the middle of the highway. Traffic on the highway is detoured to the east for a mile to miss the big rig. Actually the workers for the G. T. Shewmaker firm of Paola aren't after oil. They are out to stop the flow of oil. It sounds unusual. And it is. Here is what has happened. Back about 1937 there was an oil well on that particular spot. It went down about 850 feet into oil-bearing sands. When the well production diminished, the well was plugged. After that the state built US169 right over the plugged well. But the well didn't stay plugged. In recent years oil recovery firms working to the south have forced water into the oil bearing sands. This water under pressure pushed oil northward through the sand strata and it was recovered by other wells pushed into the same formations. But the Welda hole appears to have been a weak link ... or a poorly plugged well. In January seepage of oil appeared on. the surface of the highway. It ran over into the ditch. So the state has moved in to take care of the problem. First job was to block the highway. Late yesterday the rig was shoved into place. Today, under the watchful eye of Vaughn Bobo, Ottawa, the rig was drilling away. The old hole will be cleaned out down to the oil-bearing sands, then it will be plugged again, this time with concrete instead of the shale and gravel formerely used. Then the highway will be repaired. Cost of the project is being borne by the state. Supervising the job is 0. D. Garrett of Wellsville, state well plugger in this area. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Fair and warmer tonight and tomorrow. Low tonight in the 30s. High tomorrow in the 60s. KANSAS FORECAST - Fair and warmer tonight and tomorrow becoming partly cloudy to cloudy west portion tomorrow afternoon with increasing southerly winds. Lows tonight mid- 20s northwest to low 30s southeast Highs tomorrow in the 50s west to 60s east. High temperature yesterday, 40; low today, 35; high year ago today, 40; low year ago today, If; record high this date, 82 in 1935; record low this date, 8 in 1897; hourly temperatures, 84 hours ending 8 a.m., today; 9 a. m. .38 9 p 10 a. m 38 10 p 11 a. m 39 11 p Noon p. m. p. m. p. m. p. m. p. m, p. m. p. m. p. m. 40 39 39 39 38 38 37 37 40 Midnight 37 1 a 2 a 3 a 4 a 6 6 a 7 a ....37 ....37 m 37 m 35 m 32 m 30 m 29 m 28 m. m. m. .37 .25 .27 Boys Tennis Shoes 2.99 Self Serv. Dept. Paines Boot Adv. Robbers Get 'Trash', 219 Pretty $100 Bills ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two men armed with Luger pistols robbed a junk dealer Wednesday night of $21,900 the dealer found in a box of trash. A short time later a 16-year old youth was wounded in a chase but police said the youth was the victim of mistaken identity and was not involved in the robbery. Police said the money belonged to an 82-year-old retired businessman, Joseph Kelley, who did not believe in banks. Detective Harold Crafton said Kelley moved from the house where the money was found to a nursing home about a week ago. Patrolman Chester Balz said Thomas Pogue, 39, found the money in one of three boxes he collected at the vacant Kelley house Sunday. Kelley's son, Jay, gave what he thought was trash to Pogue. "It contained trash alright," Crafton said, "trash and 219 beautiful green $100 bils." Officers first thought the money might have been connected with the infamous Bobby Greenlease kidnapping case because one of the kidnappers Bonnie Brown Heady, was arrested six blocks from where the money was found. Balz" 'said Pogue gave this account of the Robbery: Two men, one wearing a stocking mask and the other his face smeared with shoe polish or burnt cork, walked into the Pogue home. They pushed Pogue, his wife, his son-in-law and their daughter into the living room. One man walked into the bed room and got the money. Balz said Pogue told several of his friends that he had the money. The two men left and Frank Demanule, 27, Pogue's son-in-law, followed them with a 16 gauge shotgun. Balz said Demanule lost sight of them^for a few minutes and then spotted two youths walk' ing down the street. Demanule told them to halt and the two youths ducked. Balz said Demanule shot one of them. The youth who' was shot, Robert'Law- rence, 16, is in good condition at City Hospital with pellet wounds of the arms, legs and back. Balz said neither Lawrence nor his companion, William Doll, 17, had anything to do with the robbery. Doll and Lawrence told Balz that they saw a car, with at least three men inside, drive away from the Pogue house. Missourian Apparent Low Bidder Apparent low bidder for the inal contract on clearing work n the Pomona Reservoir basin s G. W. Wood Construction Co., Monett, Mo., it was announced today by the Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Mo. The bid of the Monett firm was $82,400. Five other bids were received, none by Ottawa firms. Highest bid received was $250,(00 submitted by Joe Dougherty Construction, Inc., Lincoln, Neb. The contract calls for clearing trees, brush, fences and other structures from the area between 954 and 977 feet above sea level in the reservoir basin. It is expected that a work order will be issued soon, and the contractor will have 10 days to begin work after receiving the work order. The work is to be completed in 150 calendar days. This is the second stage of the clearing work, the first stage being that area of the reservior basin below 954 feet above sea level. The permanent pool level of the reservoir is 974 feet above sea level, three feet below the top line of the clearing work for which bids were opened today. With good weather the work on the dam is expected to be completed by the time the clearing work is completed, or sooner, and the project will be ready to start impounding water for the permanent lake when the fall rains begin. Plan Summer Play Program Representatives of the Ottawa recreation commission, the board of education and city officials met last night for an informal discussion following the meeting of the city commissioners. The meeting was held to discuss plans of each of the groups for carrying out the recreation program for the coming summer, and to coordinate the efforts of the three. Among things discussed was the use of school property in the southwest part of town for some of * * * Finds Busy Corner At Sth-Hickory Chief of Police Eugene Flaherty reported to the city commissioners last night that he has made a brief survey of traffic conditions at the intersection of 5th and Hickory and found the corner quite busy. The chief of police checked the flow of traffic for 20 minutes at the time students are released from junior and senior high school, which is the same time many motorists are driving home for the lunch hour. •He found that in the 20-minute period 83 pedestrians and 169 vehicles crossed the intersection. The situation will be studied in greater detail to determine whether a traffic light might be needed at the intersection or whether the situation can be handled in some other way. Hickory Street is to be widened, from 5th to 7th, and this could make the intersection even busier if the traffic flow increases after the widening project is completed, it was pointed out the recreation programs, and also the use of city-owned land on West 2nd Street. The city owns land which was used as a waste area during the construction of the flood protection works for placing waste material not suitable for levee construction. This area has now been leveled and can be used for recreation. An effort will be made to use the city land on West 2nd for baseball diamonds, and if funds are. available a start is to be made toward lighting at least one of the baseball diamonds as soon as possible. It may not be possible to completely light the area for use this summer, but it is felt that possibly enough lighting can be installed to make the area usable for twilight games. Other discussions are to be held in the period prior to the start of the summer recreation program after the close of the school term. * * * Plan Inspection Of Flood Works Representatives of the Corps of Army Engineers, Kansas City, will make their spring inspection of the Ottawa flood protec- ion works on March 20, starting at 8 a.m., City Engineer Robert Lister has been informed. The project, completed last year by the Corps of Engineers, will undergo periodic inspection by the Corps to assure its proper maintenance according to standards required under federal regulations, Tally's Toot Like that Lig rig in Paris, ain't it CanPark Free For One Day Shoppers in Ottawa's business district can ignore the parking meters on Wednesday, March 20, it was announced at the meeting of the city commissioners last night. The announcement followed a request by J. L. Hysom and Jim Chapman of the Chamber of Commerce retail committee that, for that one day, motorists need not put coins in the parking meters. It is the first day of the special spring shopping period in Ottawa which has been designated, "Suddenly It's Spring." The special event will run March 20 to 23, inclusive, but the free parking will be only for the opening day. The city commissioners agreed to the parking meter holiday after Hysom and Chapman had ex plained the reason for the request. Hysom also discussed with the commissioners the need for parking lot space in Ottawa. Among things discussed was the question of parking on the courthouse yard. The county commissioners have declined to go along with the idea of turning the south portion ol the courthouse yard into a parking lot. Hysom suggested that perhaps those favoring such a parking lot should circulate a petition to present to the county commissioners to give them a true picture of the feeling for, or against, such a plan. The city commissioners tok Hysom they had no objection to such a petition being circulated but that such a move would be up to the business people others interested. and PrescriptiQos-Raney, CH 2-3092 Adv Walkout, Washington Intervention Looming Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Thursday—0 For March—10 For 1963—71 Comparable 1962 period—84 Railroad Action May Be Explosive CHICAGO (AP) — A nationwide railroad strike and quick White House intervention appeared possible today after the collapse of railroad-union negotiations on the featherbedding issue. Just 90 minutes after Wednesday's bargaining session opened, a conference of representatives of the five operating labor unions and the railroads broke down. H. E. Gilbert, president of the Brotherhood of Firemen and En- ginemen, said the carrier representatives walked out of the meeting. •Tames E. Wolfe, chief management negotiator, said: "I don't think that anybody walked out. We told them we were disappointed and that we thought they were stalling." Wolfe announced that the railroads will act as soon as possible to make sweeping changes in the work rules to eliminate what they call featherbedding. The carriers first notified the unions of the changes in 1959. The unions, representing 200,000 members, have stated that such action would trigger a strike. Wolfe said the breakoff in negotiations, the third, should lead to a fact-finding board by President Kennedy, which would delay any strike for at least 60 days. At stake are 65,000 jobs and million a year. The two sides appeared to be separated on ground rules. The railroads wanted to conduct the talks within- the-framework of the presidential railroad commission report of Feb. 28, 1962. This report accepted some of management's demands, and management accepted the report. The unions wanted bargaining to include their proposals. The commission recommended elimination of the jobs of 40,000 firemen on diesel locomotives in yard and freight service. The remaining jobs involve other workers. The unions—engineers, firemen, trainmen, brakemen and switchmen — rejected the report and tried to stop the rules revisions in the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on March 4 management's right to make the changes. However, the rewriting of rules cannot be done until the court mandate is received later this month. Leads Pilgrims LISBON, Portugal (AP)-Francis Cardinal Spellman led 250 American Catholics into Lisbon today for a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Fatima Rome. en route to Complains City Water Poor 'Mix 9 LARGS, Scotland (AP)-A wluV ky-loving taxpayer has complained to the town council that its water supply is spoiling the taste of his drink. The taxpayer whose name was not disclosed, said he had to travel 30 miles, all the way to Glasgow, for bottled water to mix his drinks. Robert A. Wilson, the municipal water engineer, agreed that the local supply has been tasting funny lately but said all would be well soon. He explained: "The recent heavy snows are melting and this is carrying a taste of heather down from the hills into our reservoir. It won't do the man's whisky the slightest harm." School Unification Bill Up For Vote TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas House recommended Wednesday passage of a bill to unify Kansas school districts, after devoting an entire day to proposed amendments. The bill advances for a final vote. Passage will send it to the Senate. Legislative experts said the bill survived almost unchanged from the version presented by the Education Committee, although the House adopted 20 amendments and rejected three. The measure is designed to replace a law passed by the 1961 Legislature but declared unconstitutional by the Kansas Supreme Court. The goal is a uniform system of Bulletin TOPEKA (AP) - The House passed a unified school district bill, 74-45, today and sent it to the Senate. school districts offering grades one through 12. Some districts offer only grade school and others offer only high school. The bill sets up an intricate check system that provides a new district must be approved by the state superintendent of public instruction and by its voters. City and rural votes would be counted separately, and both must be favorable. The districts would be drawn up by planning committees. The amended bill requires • minimum enrollment of 400 students, except that a planning board could recommend a district with fewer students if it has not less than 200 square miles of territory and an assessed valuation of at least $2 million. The bill provides no school in operation when a district is organized will be closed unless • majority of the parents give their consent. OH BOY, SUGAR! - Kelly Jo Pickens (left), 2, munches sugar cube with Sabin polio vaccine, type III amid crowd at Franklin County courthouse last night. Kelly Jo's sister, 7-year- old Kimberly, takes her vaccine without coaxing as brother Daniel, 5, watches nurse's hand, Parents of children are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pickens, 636 S. Locust. (Herald Photo) 1,559 Take Polio 'Cubes' A total of 1,290 Franklin Coun- tians received Sabin polio vaccine type III at the courthouse last night while 295 Pomona residents and 64 Lane people took the vaccine in those cities, bringing the number of county residents who have taken type III to 1,559. The Franklin County health office began administering the vaccine last Sunday in Ottawa and other towns and will end this session of immunization Saturday when the vaccine will again be given at the courthouse between 9:30 and 11 a.m. The vaccine will also be given between 5 and 7 tonight at the Princeton School and the Richmond Methodist Church. The health office has urged all children and young adults be given type in, since the young people are more susceptible to polio and more likely to be carriers of the disease. Sabin vaccine type I and type II have been given previously in Franklin County and both types will be given at a later date to those who have not yet taken them. Type HI may be taken safely even though the other types have pot been taken. Byrd Given Interstate Oil Post Richard C. Byrd, Ottawa attorney who is chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission, has been appointed chairman of the resolutions committee of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission. His appointment was announced today by Gov. Mattew E. Welsh of Indiana, who is chairman of the IOCC. Byrd, who is first vice chairman of the multi- state organization, will also service the IOCC as a member of four other committees, finance, bylaws, fuels policy and federal power commission area pricing. Expect WU Bill Out Next Week TOPEKA (AP) - The compromise bill to bring Wichita University into the state system if scheduled tentatively to come to the House floor early next week, Speaker Charles Arthur said Wednesday. He said some members will bf absent the latter part of thif week to attend the Kansas Livestock Association's annual meefe ing. ? Womens Heels 4.99 to 7.91 Self Serv. Dept. Paines Boot Ad?,

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