The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 22, 1963 · Page 1
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OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 87 NO. 87 OTTAWA. KANSAS FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 1963 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES About-Face On Retirement House Votes To Let Folks Work Past 70 TOPEKA(AP) - The Kansas House, in a complete reversal of form, today passed a bill liberalizing the mandatory retirement provisions of the public employes retirement act. The vote was 73-12. Earlier this week the House voted 66-27 against passage of the same bill. But state officials connected with the retirement system quickly got the House to agree to reconsider. The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments. While the measure makes many amendments to the two-year-old * * * retirement act, the crucial provisions in the initial House vote to reject the measure were the ones dealing with mandatory retirement. At present 65 is the normal retirement age but employes can be extended on a year to year basis until age 70 when retirement becomes mandatory. Under the provisions of the bill, age 65 still would be considered normal retirement age but the employe would keep on working unless he or the employing authority gave notice otherwise. It also would- allow persons to work beyond age 70 if the employing authority makes application to the State Civil Service Board and * * * certifies that the employe is phys ically and mentally capable of performing the duties of his position. Many House members objected they had been sold the retirement act in the first place as being needed to make employes retire at a fixed age, and two years later a move is made to start making exceptions. ] Action on the retirement bill came as the House waded through final passage of a big backlog of bills. The House members were working under a deadline to complete consideration of most House-originated bills this week. * * * House Sends Many To Senate Vision Tests For Drivers Among Measures Passed TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas House whittled away today at a tremendous backlog of bills. Barring a Saturday session, today was the last day the House could consider most of the bills it has originated. Among proposals passed and sent to the Senate were ones which would: Implement the right to work amendment to the Kansas Constitution by providing for recovery of reble damages and assessment of punitive damages for violation. Require eye tests for applicants for drivers' licenses foil owing their 40th, 50th and 6Qth -birth-, days and each time an application is made for a license after age 66. Keep control of firemen and police pension funds at the state level rather than allow local control under home rule powers. Authorize Hays and Russell to enter into a contract with the federal government to obtain water from the proposed Moundridge Reservoir. Order Legislative Council studies of the administration of the unemployment compensation law, the feasibility of waterways trans- jortation on the Kansas and Arkansas rivers, and the advisability of legislation for registration of groups of persons performing public health services. Allow a vote on making a countywide tax levy for support of a junior college to be placed Defore the voters at either a spec- al or a general election. Set up a $2 million fund from Won't Appeal Vote Ruling ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)-Republican Elmer L. Andersen plans to waive his appeal and will turn the disquted Minnesota govemship over to Democrat Karl F. Rolvaag Monday, The Associated Press learned today. Three judges who supervised the recount of votes from the Nov. 6 election ruled Thursday that Rol- vaag won by 91 votes of the more than VA million cast. Andersen confided his plans to several state legislators and is expected to make a public announcement during the weekend. Under state law, he has 10 days to file an appeal to the Supreme Court. Waiver of the appeal will permit Rolvaag, 49, to assume office Monday—some four months and three weeks after the closest gov ernor election in Minnesota history. He's Real Hot With Snowball DUNSMUIR, Calif. (AP)-Gary Hisey was convicted Thursday of disturbing the peace. The charge: Knocking L. N. Mu lenix off a bar stool with a snowball. Hisey got a 60-day suspended jail sentence and two years probation. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Fair and continued mild through Saturday. Low tonight middle 30s. High Saturday, 65-70. High temperature yesterday, 83; low today, 27; high year ago today, 49; low year ago today, 35; record high this date, 93 in 1907 and 1910; record low this date, 7 in 11)55; hourly temperatures, 34 hours ending 8 a.m., today: 9 a. m ...37 9 p. m. ..,,...37 10 a. m 40 10 p. m. .......35 11 a. m 46 U p. m. 33 Midnight 31 Noon 48 i p. m so a p. m 52 3 p. m 53 4 p. m 62 s p. m 51 6 p. m 48 7 p. m 44 • p. • 40 m 30 m 39 m 28 m. 28 m. 27 m 29 m 30 a. .»«...« highway moneys to be used as a revolving fund for the purchase of right of way in advance of th< time it is actually needed for con struction. Provide for licensing of custom blenders of commercial fertiliz ers. Direct a Legislative C o u n c i study of the advisability of legis lation for an optional form o county manager form. Give incorporated cities more latitude in levying a tax of up to one mill to be used in seeming industries or manufacturing in stallations in or near such cities 1100 Dead, 75,000 Homeless After Eruption Of Volcano DENPASAR, Bali (AP) — The deluge of lava from sacred Agung volcano was reported to have stopped today after five days of eruption. The governor of Bali said at least 1,100 islanders have perished. "We have 75,000 homeless people to feed at this point, and we need help from everybody," said Gov. Anak Agung Sutedja. He said another 200,000 may have lost their livelihood. Thousands of acres of once-fertile rice- land lay beneath tons of lava and ash that have blanketed Bali's northeast coast. An estimated 100,000 Balinese were fleeing the stricken area Riding and afoot, they carriec what possessions they could a they tried to get away from th 10,308-foot volcano which eruptec briefly in February after years o virtual quiet, then went into vio lent action Sunday. A civil defense spokesman i Jakarta said earlier that mor violent eruptions were feared, anc authorities were trying to clea about 250,000 persons from a ra dius of 20 miles around the vol cano. Much Nicer Now PLUG OIL WELL UNDER HIGHWAY - Workers dump cement into old oil well located under US169 near Welda. It was expected job would be finished late today. (Herald Photo). and highway opened to traffic Asks Gates On City Levee Ramps Ottawa's flood protection works underwent its spring inspection yesterday, the inspector being D. H. Chappell of the Corps of U. S. Army Engineers, Kansas City District, builders of the project. Chappell told City Engineer Robert Lister that the city should proceed at once with construction of gates at the ramps leading onto the earth levee system to prevent unauthorized traffic from damaging the crown of the levees. He also said the city of Ottawa should be vigilant in preventing encroachment on levee right- of-way by construction or farming operations. The engineer also said he found that some rocks from the rip-rap on the levee slopes had been dropped or thrown into various parts of valve wells and sluice gate wells and this should be guarded against in the future. The inspecting engineer said he found one thing in particular on which the Corps of Engineers frowns. He found that considerable grass had been burned of) on one of the levee slopes. This, he said, is bad practice and should be avoided. Tauy's Toot It would have been a nice day to have dropped the retirement age to around 32. Plug Leaky Well; To Open Highway WELDA — Traffic should return to normal on US169 past this town late today if that leaky oil well doesn't kick up another fuss. Workers hired by the state today were putting what they hope are the finishing touches on an old well that began flowing through the highway early in January. 0. D. Garrett, Wellsville, well plugging supervisor for the state, said this morning that the work on the well should be done by noon and that at 1 p.m. highway crews were to move in to patch the highway. Garrelt traced the troubles with the leaky well back to 1936 when the state bought the well, the No. 2 Brecheisen, so that a highway could be built over it. "It never was really plugged," Garrett said. "And when water flooding moved into the area, salt water and oil were forced to the surface " The flow damaged the road so traffic was re-routed, and the state hired Shewmaker Drilling firm, Paola, to clean out the old well. A hole was cut in the highway and a drilling rig moved in to clean out the well. The driller ran pipe down to the bottom in the old hole, 857 feet, in what is called the Squirrel sand. Then to make sure, the hole was drilled five feet deeper. Then plugging began. In all more than 200 sacks of cement were forced into the hole to plug it. It was filled every foot of the way. Where the hole passed through limestone formations, workers build bridges, then dumped cement to seal the well on several levels. Capping the whole operation will be a length of pipe with a welded steel plate on top, just below the level of the roadbed. "It should never trouble us again," Garrett said. "But looking back, it has been an expensive goof." Ten Pounds Off, Forty To Go LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Mary Ferguson, the housewife who vowed she'd lose 50 of her 244 pounds in two weeks, is now 10 pounds lighter—and says she has lost two inches from her hips, three and one-half inches from her bust. Her waist, alas, hasn't changed yet. Mrs. Ferguson, 36, who chose a hotel room for fasting in private, is sticking to a diet of coffee, tea and boullion. She eats no solids. Childrens Dress Shoes 2.993.99 Self Serv. Paines Bootery. Adv. American Dies In Viet Nam War SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) —The 66th American fatality in the South Viet Nam war since late 1961 was reported today. He was a U.S. Army enlisted man who was killed Thursday in the crash of an Army transport helicopter in the mountainous Da- lat area 160 miles northeast of Saigon. The American pilot and copilot suffered broken arms, and two of five Vietnamese army passengers were injured seriously. The helicopter's American crew chief escaped unhurt. The crash was attributed to mechanical failure. The helicopter was on a supply mission. The names of the Americans were not announced. Ottawa today, with its cleaf skies and warming sunshine appears about ready to move, with the rest of Kansas and the Mid- dlewest, into spring. Six years ago today things were different. The weather bureau put out warnings for possible blizzard conditions in the state, and in a matter of hours the state was swept by stiff winds, with snow in the west portion and rain in the east part. The storm, with heavy snow, driven on strong winds, swept nine states and caused a number of deaths. Power lines and communication lines were brought down in Western Kansas and other states, the storm reaching as far south as Texas. The area around Amarillo was hard hit. Ottawa and surrounding area received rain as its share of the storm. The rain here measured 2.50 inches, the heaviest downpour in about a year and a half. Ottawa's water supply had been getting low, and the Marais des Cygnes river had stopped flowing. The pools of water behind the three dams owned by the city of Ottawa — Waterworks dam, Keifer dam and Miller dam were dwindling to low levels when the rain began. The rain was sufficiently intense to cause quick runoff, and the pools behind the dams began to fill slowly. By the time the runoff was all in the river the pools had filled and water was running over the dams, thus giving Ottawa its full supply of reserve water. In the blizzard of six years ago, drifts reached 25 to 30 feet in height as the snow piled deeper and deeper in Western Kansas. Ten deaths resulted in Kansas, and the livestock loss was estimated at 23,000 animals. Ottawans Named Among interim appointees of Gov. John Anderson, of Kansas, approved yesterday by the State Senate were two Ottawans. Appointments of Milo Hewitt to the Industrial Development Commission, and Robert A. Anderson to the Board of Social Welfare were approved. Boys Tennis Shoes 2.99-3.99 Self Serv. Paines Bootery. Adv. Last Day At Creamery After 56 Years LAST DAY ON JOB - Clarence Day, 521 Aih, make* notation in ledger as he finishes his last day of work at Bennett's Creamery after M yean of service. (Herald Photo) By DICK CRAWFORD Clarence Day, 520 Ash, retired :oday after 56 years of service with the Bennett Creamery. Day, 79, came to Ottawa to work at the local cermery in 1907 as a butter maker. Through the years he worked his way to plant supervisor and several years ago was given the position of technical advisor, the post he held until today. Things have changed a great deal since March 23, 1907, Day recalls. He has 'seen the Bennett plant grow from a capactiy of 10,000 pounds of milk a day to the present 300,000-pound production level it handles most of the year. "The changes I've seen over the years have been the most unusual happenings in my time here," Day said. Before coming to Ottawa, Day worked with his father in Iowa, his home state. His father also was a creamery man. "I worked with my father un til I got a chance to come here and work on my own," he said. When he came to Ottawa, B. D. Bennett and D. W. Dawkins, founders of the Bennett Creamery, had been operating the business for only a few years. In those days it was known as the Ottawa Condensing Company and later as the Forest Park Creamery Company. In the early days the plant received the cream from milk skim ming stations in nearby towns and made it into ice cream and Butter. But with the advent of cream separators the skimming stations ceased to exist, and the creamery began buying cream directly from the farmers. Day recalls the old times when j the plant made ice cream in the then modern manner — with salt and ice. Day arrived in Ottawa about 10 o'clock one March night. He went to the home of D. W. Dawkins who had contacted him about the job in the creamery. He spent his first night at the Dawkins home and began working with Dawkins' brother, Olin, the next day and continued working with him until his retirement in 1952. From 1907 to 1919 Day worked as a butter maker. In 1919 he was made plant supervisor, the position he held until 1952 when he was promoted to technical supervisor. In 1914, Day married Mary Lindquist who died several years ago. The couple had two children — a daughter, Mrs. Harold Rich, Oakland, Calif., and a son, Arthur, who also died several years ago. The son and his wife and the daughter each had two daughters. Through the years Day attended several short courses at the University of Wisconsin, and later he spent some time teaching short courses in the dairy industries department of that university. Looking back over the years, Day said he has seen the plant here grow from ice cream and butter making to the manufacture Snow Piles Up In East By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Heavy snow hit sections ol Maryland and West Virginia today. Up to 10 inches of snow piled up overnight in the Clarksburg and Elins area of West Virginia. Snow on the ground in Garrett County in Western Maryland measured 10 inches. The Western Maryland Railway in Cumberland, Md., reported two feet of snow and drifts up to 16 feet in Laurelbank in Pocahontas County, W.Va. One train encountered snow up to its headlight. But the 70 loaded coal cari were pulled through by nine diesel locomotives. Clear weather favored most ol the nation. of ice cream mix, sweet cream, condensed milk, dried milk and eggs, soybean powder and other products. "It's been interesting to develop the proper methods of making these products," he said. From horse and wagon to re- 'rigerator truck deliveries, Day las watched and help guide the Bennett Creamery. He purchased all the stainless steel equipment used by the company. "I've considered retirement several times," Day said, "and everytime I mentioned it to Junior (Ransom Bennett Jr., vice president of the firm), he would tell me to stay as long as I wanted to. I'll go through with it this time, though," he added. In 1960 the company sent Day on a 7-week tour of 16 European countries. "Everyone t bought that was my swan song," he smiled, "but when I got back home I was on the job again." During his tour of Europe someone suggested that he visit a few creameries overseas, "but there just wasn't enough time." Day has no special plans for the future. He said his greatest regret is not having his wife to enjoy retirement with. He plans to travel some, work with his flowers and manage a little time for fishing. "I tell everyone I'm going to do 'what comes naturally.' " Milk Price Bill Killed By House TOPEKA (AP)-A bill to end milk price wars in Kansas was killed today by the House Agricultural Committee. The measure had passed the Senate. It would have made it illegal for processors to sell milk below cost to promote the sale of other merchandise or to "unfairly divert trade from a competitor." Farmers and retailers would not have been directly affected by the bill. It was reported some grocers strongly opposed the measures. Sponsors had hoped it would replace a law held unconstitutional several years ago by the Kansas Supreme Court. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 Adv. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)—Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Friday— 9 For March—15 For 1963-76 Comparable 1962 period—98 $3 Million Sale MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - Actor Joel McCrea sold 1,000 acres of ranch land Thursday to a horn* developer for a reported $3 million. Men! Feet hurt try the Real McCoys. Paines Bootery. Adv.

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