The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on April 11, 1963 · Page 1
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. >r I' ! EASTERT1ME IN THE CLASSROOM — Ottawa school children, no matter the bunny, painted egg and candy aspect of Easter, recognize Christian significance in observance with room decorations and programs. Here, Lincoln School secon-1 graders, Carol England, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. England IH, Ottawa RFD 4, and David Bien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bien, 603 N. Sycamore, display some of the Easter lilies fashioned by members of the class under direction of Eleanor M. Lloyd, teacher. Wall decoration and candles are part of "worship center" set up in classroom. (Herald Photo by Lois Smith) What Legislature Did And Didn't Do TOPEKA (AP)—Kansas legislators, who argued and haggled throughout the night, finally put the wraps on a 1964-65 state program early today and adjourned at 7:32 a.m. Reapportionment of the state Senate and passage of a new Sunday closing law were major items in the frustrating end of the session which began last Jan. 8. The new Senate alignment will give urban areas more voting strength. A $413,374,547 budget was approved for the fiscal year beign- ning July 1, comparing with expenditures of $406,787,630 approved for this year. The only tax increase was minor. It will boost intangible taxes on financial institutions by about $650,000 annually. Before the session ended there were warnings that the state will have to find more money by next year and that the new Sunday closing law will almost certainly be tested in court. Major legislation approved in the session included addition of Wichita University, a municipal school, to the state system of higher education; school, district unification, continuation of the state school aid program at its present rate, beginning of a medical care program for the aged and a $76 million college and university program. Turned down were an attempted cut-back of House membership, a one-cent per pack hike in cigar- et taxes, a new school financing plan and educational television. Giv. John Anderson, in his second term, won some major bills and lost others. His hardest-fought victory was admission of Wichita University to the state system. Major losses were the foundation finance plan for schools, which he struggled to get despite a series of defeats, and two bookkeeping measures to give the state a one-year revenue windfall. One would have de- Cheney Sworn In As Commissioner J. R. Cheney, who assumed the office of mayor of Ottawa in April, 1947, last night was sworn in as commissioner of finance and revenue. The new commissioner took the oath, administered by City Clerk Don Capper, at the close of a brief city commission meeting. Charles Queen, who served a 3-year term as finance commissioner and did not seek re-election, stated he had enjoyed his three years as commissioner. "It was a fine experience," he said. Only a few items came before the commission for consideration last night. An ordinance authorizing the issuance of sewer bonds in the sum of $77,673,94 was placed on first reading. These are the bonds sold recently, and the funds from the bonds will pay for sewer construction already completed. F. J. Indall, 332 Ash, was granted an extension of another year on the lease of vacant ground owned by the city in the vicinity of 4th and Ash. The area is used as a playground for youngsters of that area and Indall and others have assumed the responsibility of arranging for the lease with the city. Eugene Flaherty, chief of police, announced that during the Month of May a national vehicle safety check will be made, and Ottawa will participate in the national effort. It was announced that the name of a tavern, being established by Allen Reed in the north part of Ottawa has been changed from "Reed's Kozy Korner," to "Hickory Inn." Granting of the license was held up temporarily, pending the remodeling of the building to conform to city regulations, but the license has now been granted. layed distributing $12.5 million t counties and the other would have combined the sales tax and gen eral revenue funds. Wrangling over apportionmen began in January and continuet until the final hours. The new Senate plan will re- divide the present 40 districts to give more voting strength to urban areas, particularly in the Kan sas City. Wichita, and Topeki areas. The Senate was undei court order to reapportion. This is the first general reapportionment of the Senate this century. A House bill which would haw cut House membership from 12. to 105 members—reducing voting strength in the cities—was killed The House, which had originatec the bill as an offset to the Senate plan, killed it just after the Sen ate had reluctantly passed it. Sunday closing was one of the last battles fought. The bill which now goes to Anderson foi signing or veto, prohibits sale o many retail items on Sunday, would require all grocery store to close by 10 a.m. on Sundaj except small "mom and pop stores which have less than thre employes and less than 5,00( square feet of floor space. It was the exception for sma.. groceries that brought prediction of a quick court test. Some legis lators felt the distinction by size of stores was questionable from a legal basis. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Considerable cloudiness and con* tinued cool through Friday. Chance for showers tonight. Low tonight lower 40s. High Friday middle 60s. High temperature yesterday, 51; ]o today, 35; high year ago today, 62; in year ago today, 42; record high thi ?, at< Y "ia'il, 18 J 0; record lo * «"« <>«te 21 in 1818; hourly temperatures, 2 hours ending 8 a.m., today: B a. m. 10 a. m. 11 a. m. Noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p. m. 8 p. m. ....47 . .49 ....4B ....50 ....So ....50 ...50 ....48 . .47 ...'.47 ....45 t P. m. 10 p. m. 11 p. m. Midnight 1 a. m. 2 . m. 3 . m. 4 . m. 5 . m. m. m. m. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 , Adv Sad Conclusion: Tine Ship, 129 Souls Aboard Are Lost' Parts Of Sub Found WASHINGTON (AP) - Adm. George W. Anderson, chief of Naval operations, announced today hat "very reluctantly I have come to the conclusion that the Dhresher has indeed been lost." Anderson spoke at a news con- erence more than 25 hours after he nuclear-powered submarine carrying 129 officers, enlisted men and civilians was lost to contact some 220 miles east of Cape Cod in 8,480 feet of water. Anderson said two main factors inflenced his judgment: The salvage vessel recovery followed an oil slick detected Wednesday and found bits of cork used in internal construction of submarines. Even if there had been a com munications failure or the Thresh er had gotten out of position in relation to its escort ship, the Skylark, "surely in the interim there would have been opportun ity for the Thresher" to have reestablished contact. "I conclude with great regret and sadness that this fine ship with 129 souls aboard is lost," An derson said. He disclosed at the same time that orders had gone out to two other Threther class submarines —the Permit and the Plunger— to limit the depth to which they dive pending determination whether there are metal faults in the hull or other weaknesses. The naval chief said a court of inquiry will investigate, among other things, work done on the Thresher during overhaul at the Portsmouth, N.H. naval yard since last July. He noted that in the course ol this overhaul' and modernization, involving installation of new equipment, cuts as much as a yard wide had been made in the Thresher's hull. He said tests were made to fine out if there were any weaknesses and the indications were there were none. Anderson disclosed that the oil slick was sighted again this morning at 10:20 and this confirmed the position of the sub. Anderson asked if a n y occupants of the sub might be alive, said: "In my judgment, no." Asked how long the men in the sub might have lived, the Navy's top admiral said a "very, very short time," perhaps a matter of minutes." At least up to the time Anderson made his announcement the Navy had been fighting against the longest odds, compounded by foul weather and the depth of the water, and hoping for a miracle. Even as hope flickered toward extinction, the search effort continued in full force. The operation was hampered by worsening weather that turned back a Massachusetts Air National Guard plane heading for the scene with newsmen and photographers. A gale warning was issued and seas, already rough, ran higher. ' And the sea itself, 8,400 feet deep at that point, presented what naval officers conceded would be an impossible rescue problem even if the vessel could be found. As an example of that problem, the Navy estimated water pressure on the hull of the Thresher, if she is at the bottom, would OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 67 OTTAWA, KANSAS THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1963 NO. 104 7 CENTS FOURTEEN PAGES No Panic There What's It Like Deep Down In The Ocean? Editor's Note-What's it like cruising under the sea in a nuclear submarine such as the Thresher? How does the crew react in a deep dive, in an emergency? Elton C. Fay, AP military affairs writer, tells about it by drawing on his first-hand observations during rides on atomic subs. By ELTON C. FAY AP Military Affairs Writer WASHINGTON (AP)-Whatever happened aboard the Thresher, there almost certainly was no panic. Submariners have steel nerves. Years of training mean they react instantly and instinctively to orders, stance. whatever the What is it like aboard a high- speed, deep-ding atomic submarine? Such a submarine as the Thresher, lost in the Atlantic, perhaps under hundreds of feet of ocean? What is it like when a submarine goes down for hundreds of feet and then, for urgent reason, pushes past the red line marking on the depth indicator, beyond which mighty pressure builds up swiftly and dangerously? You remember rides aboard nuclear submarines. There is the calmness, the orderly way the ship is handled, the low-spoken commands and re- be about 3,696 pounds a square inch. That probably is more than three times the stress the hull was built to withstand. Just how deep the Thresher was designed to go is a military secret, but the Navy doesn't even talk in terms approaching 8,400 feet. All it will say of the Thresher's dive capacity is "over 400." Nevertheless the search fleet swelled to seven ships and submarines during the night, and seven more sped toward the area. The force included another nuclear submarine, the Seawolf. The searchers were using radar and sonar equipment, as well as relying on visual observation of the waters in case the Thresher might have surfaced. Also, search aircraft were equipped with a device called magnetic anomaly detection which determines changes in the earth's magnetic field due to the presence of large metal objects. The probability appeared that the cause of the apparent disaster never will be known. The last message from the Thresher was described by the Navy as operational — such pure routine that it was not even re- An Appeal On Steel WASHINGTON (AP)-President, Kennedy called upon the steel industry and the steelworkers union today to "avoid any action which would lead to a general across- the-board increase" in steel prices. "I urge this in their own enlightened self-interest and in the public interest as well," Kenneday said in a statement. But he held open the prospect of administration acceptance of selective, rather than broad price boosts. He said price adjustments up or down, as prompted by changes in supply and demand, "are not incompatible with a framework of general stability and steel price stability and are characteristic of any healthy economy." The presidential statement followed a day and a half of in: tensive White House scrutiny of a selective price increase averaging $6 a ton on some items announced Wednesday by Wheeling Steel Corp. No other company has announced a similar boost. sponses. Crewmen in the mess, drinking coffee, crewmen at the controls, crewmen in the machinery spaces, in the torpedo compartments. Submarines are quiet and nuclear submariners quieter. There was the time aboard the Seawolf, second atomic submarine built. The Seawolf had left Key West, Fla., headed on a routine trip to the New London, Conn., base. One day out a message came to join in a hun for a suspected unknown submarine in the area, off the Florida coast. The tempo changed. This wasn't practice; this was a hunt to see whether there was a Russian submarine hovering off the U.S. coast. Hour upon hour, the submarine cruised, stopping now, moving then. The focal point of the search was reached. The Seawolf hunted and listened high up, near the surface, then down deeper. The active sonar was turned on. It sent out its pinging notes and listened for echoes from a steel hull—or something. What was that ahead, down below? Take her deeper. The diving officer, standing behind the planes- man at the controls, called off the depth, "passing one hundred, passing two hundred," and more and more hundreds. The depth in* * * dicator needle crept steadily toward the red line, then passed it. The submarine was below the depth for which its hull and fittings were tested. Submarines can do this. It is hard on the boat and tenses up the nerves, but it is done on occasions. The captain had ordered: "Rig for quiet patrol" and in a moment "Rig for ultraquiet," A great stillness came. The ordinary white lights were off. The deep red of battle lights touched highlights on faces and instruments and control levers, left shadows in sable black. If you watched closely you caught crewmen stealing quick glances at rivets and hull fittings as the terrific pressure of deep water built up. The understanding is that a submarine hull usually doesn't just crush inwards, although this has happened in some accidents. What probably happens in most instances is that an intake valve or other fitting through the pressure hull gives way suddenly. A compartment floods and the pressure overwhelms the door and bulkheads into other cm- partments. Suddenly the boat is filled and the pressure equalizes. It goes down and down, until it rests on the bottom. * * * Her Son Safe Mrs. Allie Murray, 703 Princeton, received a call from her daughter - in - law today saying that her son, Gerald McLees, Portsmouth, N. H., was not on the USS Thresher. A retired Navy man, he is an electrician and works on the subs in the yard and also goes out on test dives. Mrs. Murray did not worry much about him when she heard the news last night that the sub was lost. This forenoon, however, when she heard the official report that it was on a test dive she really became worried. She heard that three Kansas men were on it. Gerald McLees was formerly of Richmond. Kansans aboard (he lost sub were Larry W. Claussen, Topeka; Don R. Dundas, Russell, and Douglas R. McClelland, Wichita. corded. Just what it said had not been reported by the Thresher's escort vessel, the Skylark. It was the Skylark that made the first report of trouble. Announcement of the probable loss of the ship was withheld for 11 hours in the waning hope that there had been only a communications failure. Word was relayed to President Kennedy, however, some three hours before the public announcement. A naval court of inquiry was ordered to convene at New London, Conn., to try to determine what happened. Didnt Know About The Jones Girls By THE ASSOCIATE!) PRESS Ihe Jones girls—blonde, blue- eyed identical twins—attend colleges hundreds of miles apart. They decided to switch schools for two days this week. "We fooled all of the important people — the administration and the professors," said Leila Jones, 20, a sophomore at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., adding: "We fooled some of the students too, but the word got around." She and her twin, Jean, a sophomore at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., thought up the caper last weekend. Tauy's Toot In such tragic losses is the promise of Holy Week most meaningful- * * + Waiting, Hoping, Praying? By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "Waiting and praying." The three words sum up th« hopes and fears of wives, parents and other kin of those aboard the nuclear submarine Thresher, reported miss* ing Wednesday. "I'm living in hope," said William Keiler of Green Bay, Wis., father of crewman Ronald D. Keiler, 22. The father said his son wrote two weeks ago -that he expected to be promoted to petty officer first class next Tuesday. "We're just waiting and praying now," said Mrs. Aaron S. Gunter of Jacksonville, Fla., whose son, Jade Gunter signalman Aaron was aboard the Thresher. Waiting at Portsmouth, N. H., was Gunter's wife, Doris Mae. "We are hoping and praying, we are not panicking," said Ralph E. Grafton of De Witt, N. Y., a suburb of Syracuse, father of Lt. j. g. John G. Grafton, 25. The lieutenant is single. He has two teen-aged sisters and a brother. Anna Kantz of Ann Arbor, Mich., is a widow whose bus- ' band died in 1955 and her eight- year-old daughter was killed by a car in 1945. She was too broken up to talk about her son, Thomas C. Kantz, 27. Marvin T. Helsius, 23, of Trout Creek, Mich., just last week wrote his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno B. Helsius, that he was considering making a career in the Navy. He has served about thre* years and seven months. Waiting hopefully in Spokane. Wash., were Mr. and Mrs. Everett B. Wiggins, parents of Lewis Wiggins, 29. Wiggins, a 12-year Navy veteran, has a wife and three children in Exeter, N. H. And in New London, Conn., • submarine commander said: "She's hoping for the best. All of us are hoping. All of us are praying." It was Lt. Cmdr. Shepherd Jenks speaking for the wife of Lt. Cmdr. John A. Harvey, in command of the Thresher. Jenks is commander of the nuclear Shipjack and a close friend of the Harveys. Harvey's mother, Mrs. Manning J. Harvey of Philadelphia, said: "I have great faith in him, great faith in my son's ability." "Both my sons, both my sons," grieved Mrs. Neil D. Shafer of Groton, Conn. She was referring to Benjamin, 35, and John, 33, both electricians aboard the Thresher. Mrs. George Burnett of Hobbs, N. M., said her son, Clyde E. Davison, 19, was on the Thresher less than 10 days after a two- week leave in Hobbs. She said young Davison, in the Navy for two years, had not been to sea- before. County Official Critically Hurt J. H. Button, Franklin County commissioner, was in a critical condition today from injuries suffered in a headon automobile collision late yesterday afternoon. A doctor today said Button, of Pomona RFD 1, no longer was in shock but was in a critical condition with broken ribs and possibly a fractured elbow. X- rays were to be made this afternoon. Button is at Ottawa's Ransom Memorial Hospital. The collision happened on a county road six miles north and a half east of Pomona. The car driven by Button collided with one driven by Harold K. Nash, Topeka. Nash was treated for cuts and bruises at Ransom Memorial. Joe Ferns, Franklin County sheriff, said the cars collided at the crest of a hill a little over a mile east of the Appanoose School. Nash was going west and Button was headed east prior to the accident. The 1963 model car r ven by Nash and Button's J. H. BUTTON 1962 model auto were demolish/ ed. .'.'.'. ' % ^ Button presently is serving hi| : second term as a • county co»n> missioner. He was first etecttjd, to the post in 1956, He is elect-: ed by the residents of the thjriL commission district

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