The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 9, 1971 · Page 31
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Saturday, October 9, 1971
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Judges Salaries Hit No-Fault Not A Cure-AU By DEAN HINNEN No-fault insurance should not be looked upon as a "panacea" for insurance problems, Leon Jaworski, president of the American Bar Association said Friday. Jaworski, in Hutchinson to address the Kansas Bar Association mid-year conference, also said criticism of bar associations who have opposed no-fault is unjust. The ABA is "in the midst of a complete re-examination (of no-fault)," Jaworski said. He said the report will be "meaningful and objective." He said that while some at torneys would lose a portion of their business if no-fault were accepted, charges that bar as sociations opposed the plan because of selfish motives are "untrue." A recent Forbes magazine article indicated that of $1.4 billion in insurance claims settled in court, claimants received $700 million, attorneys $600 million and $100 million went for other legal fees. Jaworski said study of no- fault plans should continue, but "we should not be impulsive about it." "If some new idea develops (like no-fault), we must not quickly jump to the idea as a panacea," he said, and called no-fault, "something of an imponderable." "It has been tried in a limited way in Massachusetts and recently adopted in a limited manner in Florida," he explained. In other topics in a Friday morning interview, Jaworski said he was "ashamed" of the rate of judges' salaries in his home state of Texas. Blaming the relatively low salary for judges as compared with attorney's earning ability, Jaworski said the Local Musician lo Larncd Club Recital Mrs. Michael Spoon, 1822 Ash, will be the young musician presented this year in a homecoming recital by the Larned Music Club. The program will be at the Larned First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Spoon is the former Sharon Turner, daughter of Larned Superintendent of Schools Alvah A. Turner and Mrs. Turner. Dorothy E. Miller, Larned, will be the accompanist. Michael Spoon, vocal music teacher at Hutchinson High School, will join his wife in singing folk songs, which will make up the second half of the program. He will accompany with his 12-string guitar. The couple sang at the State Music Club convention in Wichita last year. Hauser Bound Over On Battery Charge KINGMAN - Eugene Haaser, 41, Zenda, charged with attempted aggravated battery against the Nashville - Zenda high school assistant football coach, Charles Fiegel, was bound over here Thursday for district court trial. Hauser is free on bond and will be arraigned Nov. 10. The charge arose from an alleged attack Sept. 11 on Fiegel because Hauser supposedly was upset with training rules imposed on football players by the coach. Wins Fire Award GREAT BEND - Countryside School won its first fire prevention trophy this week. The school's project of sketches and displays won a first place award by the Great Bend Fire Department. quality down. of judges is going "It's false economy to hold down judicial salaries to hold down governmental costs," he said, "because you're not going to end up with the best passible judges." "The caliber of judges interested in accepting appointments is much lower than they were 20 years ago," Jaworski said. Jaworksi said he also is opposed to the election of district judges, as practiced in both Kansas and Texas. He favors what is commonly known as "The Missouri Plan" where judges are appointed and then run against their judicial record, in much the same man ner as is done with Supreme Court Justices in Kansas. Jaworski says much of the problems of crowded courts are a result of "social gains in the last ten years." lie says the Supreme Court decisions leading to attorneys for indigents and their presence during questioning has in creased the number of criminal trials. "There are fewer pleas of guilty now," Jaworksi ex plained, but said the courts could "probably adopt some changes in procedures that can speed the systems." Among the changes he would like to see is examination of the practice of continuations, which he calls "one of the most abused practices." He says the Kansas district court judges' suggestion for the use of smaller juries is "worthy of consideration," and says state courts should adopt the federal system of jury selection, to speed that process. Jaworski was also critical of defense attorneys who don't follow courtroom decorum, but said attorneys have an obligation to defend unpopular cases. Courthouse Stays Closed McPHERSON - The McPherson County courthouse will be closed Columbus Day Monday, according to a decision reached Friday afternoon between county attorney Ward Ferguson and commission chairman Gus Lindholm. The closing decision was originally made back in, January when county commissioners set the year's holidays during a regular commission meeting. Learning that most of McPherson's businesses and banks planned to be open that day, Lindholm thought it would serve the public more if the courthouse also remained open, thus touching off a minor disagreement. Some courthouse individuals contacted Ferguson requesting an opinion. Ferguson said he routinely asked the state attorney general's office for confirmation. Under the statutes, since the commissioners had voted to close the courthouse, the only way it could be opened was through a commission vote. Since one commissioner was out of the state, this wasn't possible, Ferguson said Friday. All commissioners would have to attend the meeting. Charges Are Filed Following Car Crash Charges were filed Friday against Carroll D. Warrick, 30, 2927 East 4th, who knocked down signs and a tree and demolished his car when he crashed into Crupper's Corner Thursday morning. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated and eluding an officer. Green Eggs May Prove A Windfall The Hutchinson News Saturday, Oct. 9, 1971 Page 3 Deaths (Hutchinson NOWJUPI Telepholo) SEXTON'S JOYFUL FAMILY, holding his picture, eagerly awaits his arrival from Vietnam. Family Learns Son is Free Bang on Door Good News (C) 1971 Washington Star WASHINGTON - Utility inspector John C. Sexton worked the night shift at the Chevrolet plant in Warren, Mich., until 2 a.m. Friday and then went home to bed, worrying as usual about his son, John, a captive of the Viet Cong since Aug. 12, 1969. "I was in bed, and there was this banging on the door," Sexton said. "There was an Army lieutenant standing there, and I said, 'come in, Lieutenant, but don't give me no bad news.' The lieutenant's message ended two years of anguish for Sexton, 49, and his wife, Mildred, 46, and within a few hours they were talking by telephone with their 22-year-old son. lie was released by the Communists in a totally unexpected move. The parents and son talked about a Christmas dinner and American cars. "He sounded just great," Sexton said. "Hello, Dad, was the first thing he said. And we laughed a lot," Sexton said. "We talked for an hour and a half all the way from Saigon." "He said they didn't physically mistreat him," Sexton said. He said he did not discuss with his son why he was suddenly released. "They just gave him a map and showed him the road," Sexton said. "He walked for days and miles." Sexton was pronounced in "generally good condition" after examination at an Army hospital. He told U.S. officers he "kept seeing new faces all the time, never the same ones" but he did not say how many other American prisoners he saw. He said he was constantly being shifted around during his captivity and was never allowed to approach the other prisoners. The Sextoas said they had written to their son many times during his two years of captivity. "He got one of our letters," Sexton said his son (old him. Sexton and his wife were among other relatives of captured or missing American servicemen, who visited Washington last month in a show of concern for their loved ones. It was then that Sexton got the first word that his son was alive, he said. Shown Letter The Army, Sexton said, show cd him a letter dated August 1969, written by his son, saying, Cheney Resort Plan Is Given New Life CHENEY—New life has been breathed into a proposed $9.5 million resort complex at Cheney Reservoir with a report that a team from the Economic Development Administration considering federal funding. Rep. W. W. Graber, D-Pretty Prairie, told the Cheney Lake Association this week that the Cheney resort plan is the only one in Kansas that qualifies for such funding. Application was reportedly made through an ec- Education a Must For All Drinkers (Continued from page 1) ism units, cither under existing departments or as separate entities. The Governor's Advisory Committee on Alcoholism should be re-funded to carry on its work, and it could possibly serve as the skelton for such a control unit. More funds shoud be made available for existing alcoholism units at state hospitals, and the Legislature should be gearing up for a statewide fight of the problem. Communities should become actively involved in control of alcohol abuse. Since most adults in most communities drink, such control is not a popular public service because it tends to point a finger. It shouldn't, and that is exactly why community leaders should get behind it. All public leaders, and this is especially true of governmental policymakers, should search openly for solutions to this growing problem. Expediency and fear of political repercussion will be blunted only if the public fully understands the depth of the disease in Kansas. The problem has not gone away even though it has been swept under a public rug. It is going to grow in the next years, according to all alcoholism experts. Youngsters are drinking earlier. The average age of the alcoholic is going down. It is time to face up to the problem for what it is: a danerous and spreading disease. And, finally, the alcohol industry should join the movement for better education, more realistic control and research. In fact, the industry should be a leader in all three fields. Alcohol is here to stay. It is a social drug that does not cause everyone who uses it harm. But it is not a drug to be taken lightly. And its side effects are everyone's concern. onomic development district formed a couple of months ago and including Reno, Kingman, Sumner, Sedgwick and Butler Counties. According to Graber, one of the requirements is that such a district have an unemployment rate of at least six per cent. If approved, the Economic Development Administration would provide $8 million from various government agencies and the Kansas legislature would need to approve issuance of $1.5 million in revenue bonds to make up the difference. The development plan includes a lodge, 18-hole golf course, restaurant, public docks, road improvements and other facilities. Graber told the Cheney Lake Association he feels the plan has a good chance of being approved. He said an evaluation team from Washington would be in Kansas later this month and would probably make an on-site inspection of the reservoir. Graber said "We should know in about 60 days if federal funds are available." Lester Rosen, administrative assistant to Congressman Garner Shriver, R-Kansas, told The News Friday an interagency economic adjustment committee will be in the area Oct. 27-28 to study various aspects of economic adjustment, including the Cheney Reservoir project. "I'm sure that is one of the projects they will take a close look at," he said. The economic development district had to be authorized initially by each county commission, then Governor Docking, and finally the Economic Development Administration. Rosen said he did not know if the district has yet been au- thoized by EDA. "I am alive and well in a National liberation Front hospital." It was in his son's personal file and Sexton at first thought the Army had kept it from him. Friday he later was told by a colonel that the Army had just received it two weeks before. "I am not mad at anybody. The Army said it had just received the letter two weeks be fore and wanted to verify it before sending it to us," Sexton said. "The Army, the govern ment, even up to President Nix on, couldn't have been nicer," Sexton said. "The first thing he wants when he gets home is a Chist- mas dinner," Sexton said. "The last Christmas he spent at home was 1968. I said he would get the dinner, sweet potatoes, baked beans, ham and turkey. "I guess he really liked those Christmas dinners we had when he was home — he had a lot of time to think about them." The younger Sexton had been in the Army since enlisting in 1966 after graduating from Lincoln High School in Warren. He did a tour of duty in Germany and volunteered for Vietnam against his father's advice. "He said his friends had to go to Vietnam and he said he couldn't stay in Germany but wanted to go too," Sexton said. Now his son will be home "just as quick as they can bring him here." HLs son was wounded when his personnel carrier was ambushed, suffering a broken arm and facial wounds. Fall Foliage Tour Is Back The News' Fall Foliage tour group returned to Hutchinson from a two -week visit to the Northeast and parts of Canada. The tour was hosted by Alvin Dumler, retired editorial staffer, and his wife. Harley Wheeler was driver. The tourists: From Hutchinton — Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baurrwr, 324 Crescent Blvd.; Mr». Elm« Murphy, 2S04 Independence; Mrs. Doroth/ Mundweller, I002A East 23rd; Mar/ Ellen Smles, 5 East 2«th; Mr. and Mrs. Neal Klassen, 124 Downing Road; Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Taylor, W02 North Monroe; Mrs. Thelma McNuul, 325 Wast «th) Mrs. True Foster, 223 East 16th. From Other CltfM — Haiel Pries* and Thelma Johnston, McPherson; Mrs. Faye C. Wocknltz, Mri. Hazel Siller, Mrs. A. W. Burgess. Mrs. Alma Rlchhart, Nickerson; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Plehler, A/\rs. Ernest Crowl. Mr .and Mrs. A. M. Blakely, Lyons; Mil red Habroek, Mrs. Nalva Brueggeman, Hays; Mr, and Mrs. Howard Hynes, Arllnyton; Mrs. Esther Brumlleld, Martian Booerd, Ermlna Kennedy, Lewis; Mrs. Florence Steward. Pretty Prairie. Edith Blubaugh, Burrlon; Mrs. Garnet) Schulz, Newton; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Banmen, North Newton; Mrs. Marie Gartung, Kinsley; Mrs, Martha Elledge, Trousdale; Mrs. Mildred Hathaway, Mrs. Velma Rains. Garfield; Mr, and Mrs. Everett E. Avery, Larned; Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Walte, Mr. and Mrs, Clyde Durham, Hudson. McPHERSON - Mr. and Mrs. lister Beck, winter residents of McPherson, may not have the goose that lays the golden egg, but their Bantam hens may be worth more. The two hens, a gift f r o m them to their eight-year-old granddaughter, Lucerne who lives in Costa Mesa, Calif., arc kept at tlu> Beck farm n e a r Poabody. The hens lay green eggs. Last year the Becks sent two of tile eggs to their granddaughter to show at school. Everyone thought, "They're a lovely green," but nothing else until the other day when Lucerne's mother, Mrs. Rosalie DeSa read about a farmer in Essex, England, who is getting $600 for a green egg from his hen, Clara. Clara is believed to he a throwback to an ancient breed, the story says. Apparently several of these lions swam ashore from Spanish Armada galleons sunk in the English Channel. The eggs are in demand by English museums and research groups which feel they may be able to probe deeper into the process of evolution by studying the eggs. The Becks don't know if there's any relationship l>c- twecn their bantams, Arabcllc and Clarabellc, and the English Clara, but the green eggs make them wonder. Three Are Injured In Partridge Wreck PARTRIDGE - Three persons received minor injuries in a two-car accident at ::*0 p.m. Friday 1.6 miles west of US50- K6I on a county road. All were taken to North Hospital. Grace A. Casebolt, 68, 424 East 14th, was treated and dismissed. Elmer L. Kiser, 70, Arnold, Md., was also treated and dismissed. Mrs, E. L. Kiser, 68, his wife, was admitted in good condition to North Hospital suffering a knee injury. The Highway Patrol said the Casebolt car was southbound and the Kiser car was eastbound when the two vehicles collided at an intersection. Damage to the cars was estimated at $1000 each. (More deaths, page 8) Mrs. II. L. Tlnslcy Mrs. Didema Tinsley, 101, Hutchinson, died Friday at Mount Carmcl, III. Born July 7, 1870, in Braymer, Mo,, she was married to H. L. Tinsley in 11)91 S h e was visiting a daughter at the time of her death. Survivors include (laughters: Mrs. O. O. Creson, Ventura, Calif.; Mrs. C. E. Skiles, Mount Carmcl, III.; Mrs. Tom Dewar, Laguna Hills, Calif.; Mrs. (J. Fred Williams, RED 2, Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six groat- great-grandchildrcn. Buhler Man Given Fine For Speeding Carroll L. Montgomery, .'17, rural Buhler, pleaded guilty to one charge of speeding Friday in district court, and a second arge against him of speeding was dismissed. Montgomery pleaded guilty to driving 71 mph in a GO rnph zone March 8 a n d was fined $10. He h a d also been charged with speeding 00 mph in a 70 mph /one May 12. Montgomery testified in magistrate court Sept. 20 that he had been speeding May 12 out of fright when, after he passed two motorists going cast near Prairie Dunes, one of the motorists started chasing him. The person chasing him in an unmarked car, turned out to he captain of the sheriff's detective division, Douglas Dick, who has sinco retired from the department. Dick subsequently ticketed Montgomery in the driveway of his farm home, one-fourth mile south of East 30th and the Haven-Buhler Road intersection. Montgomery said ho had been frightened because he had his young daughter with him. County Attorney Porter Brown said he dismissed the case rather than have two jury trials since both cases had been appealed to the district court Graveside service will be at Fairview Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday; Rev. Wesley Davis. •John Allen Niday Jr. STERLING - John Allen Niday Jr., 18, died Thursday at his home. Born Oct. 9, 1952, in Sterling, he married Peggy Elliott Aug. 1, 1970, in Topeka. He was an employee of the Detroiter Mobile Home Corp., Hutchinson. He lived in Sterling all his life. Survivors include the widow; parents: Mr. and Mrs. John Allen Niday Sr., Sterling; daughter: Stephanie, of the home; sister: Sherry, Wichita; brother: Mike, Sterling; grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Niday, Sterling. Burial will be in Sterling Community Cemetery. Lewis F. Banister LITTLE RIVER - Lewis F. Banister, 78, died Thursday at his home after a short illness. Born Nov. 6, 1893, in Little River, he married Blossom O 'Brien .Jan. 12, 1916, in Little River. She died May 29, 1969. He was a retired farmer in Little River. He lived here all of his life. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Little River. Survivors include a son: Delano, Liberal; sisters: Mrs. Carrie Hague, Johnson; Mrs. Fred Fuller, Claflin; Mrs. Nona Davenport, Downing, Mo,; four grandchildren; nine great­ grandchildren. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church; Rev. Jack Callaway. Burial will be in Bean Memorial Cemetery, Little River. Friends may call from l p.m. Saturday until service time at the Williamson Funeral Home, Little River. Phone Hike Okay May Take 8 Months Complaints Revealed Raided Carnival Booth Operated Here One of the Royal American carnival booths that was raided by lawmen at the Arkansas State Fair this week, was in operation, with variations, at the Kansas State Fair last month, and Fair officials received at least three complaints about it. Clell Blackburn, 1101 East 30th, told The News Thursday night that he had called both Wallace White, State Fair secretary and police to complain about one of the games. White acknowledged Friday that he had received three complaints about one booth. The booth in question was one in which contestants dropped small rubber balls into numbered holes on a playing board. The numbers of the holes arc added and if they come to the right total the player is a winner. Blackburn said hid son lost a considerable amount at the game, and the senior Blackburn then began observing the game. He said he watched for hours on three different days, "But I never saw anybody win." "It really wasn't gambling here, because you didn't have a chance to win," he said. White said that to his knowledge, money was returned to the persons who lodged complaints with the booth's operators, but Blackburn says his son didn't get his money back. White said the booth was legal here, because "they played for kewple dolls and radios," not money as in Arkansas. "This is the way it was set up to operate—if it operated otherwise it was the operator, not the game,"-he continued. Blackburn was outspoken in his criticism of both White and Attorney General Vera Miller, who checked out Royal Ameri­ can games at the Mid-America Fair in Topeka and then visited the State Fair here. Comparing it to the raids on private clubs in Barton County, Blackburn said, it "seems funny to raid clubs, but condone this." "I'm wondering about the equality of justice in the state," he said. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - It may be as much as eight months before there is a decision on an application filed Fri day by Southwestern Bell Tele phone Co. for a $14.78 million increase in rates, the chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission said. Dale E. Saffcls said a decision then will be dependent on the evidence and the federal price freeze standards in force at that time. James F. Haake, vice president and general manager of Southwestern Bell in Kansas, said the rate application was filed at this time "because it represents the amount we feel we really need if we are to continue to provide the people of Kansas with the kind of telephone service they want and need." Need More Revenue "Due to the effects of Inflation which we have already experienced — primarily in the form of increased wages and taxes — we must have more revenue in order to meet our service obligations in Kansas," Haake said. Saffcls said the next step will be to audit the books of Southwestern Bell and to make a Reno Farm Bureau Sets Thursday Meet The 50th annual meeting of the Reno County Farm Bureau Association will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Hilton Inn. Fifty-year members of the organization will be honored. Ray Frisbie of McDonald, president of the Kansas Farm Bureau, will be guest speaker. Mrs. Curtis Ramsey, reigning queen of the KFB, also will be a guest. Walter B. Burling, Arlington, and Mrs. Robert Bacon, RFD 4, Hutchinson, will be recognized as the man and woman Farm Bureau leaders of the county for 1971. Reservations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday. general investigation of its op- oration. He said the commission has retained the accounting firm of Elmer Fox and Co. of Wichita to do this. Special Counsel He said Jack Glaves of Wich ita, former chief counsel of the commission, has been hired as special counsel in the case. He said James Wells, now chief counsel for the commission, also will work on the case. "There is not much to be done until the audit and investigation is completed," Saffels said. After the application is checked and the audit and investigation completed, the matter will be set for public hearing, More Bad Luck Hits Garden City Grocery GARDEN CITY - Fire damaged a storage building behind Stoner's No. 1 grocery store at Five Points here about 7 :30 p.m. Friday. Chief Tommy Thomas estimated damage at $300. The building, about 20 feet behind the main store, contained wooden fixtures, Fire gutted the center portion of the struc-[ ture. Four trucks from the Garden City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. Cause of the fire was not determined. This is the second time Stoner's store has been hit by ill luck. About four months ago, a grain truck's brakes failed. The truck struck the building, knocking out a wall. Delay Open House Duo to a death in the family, the open house honoring Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rapp, 1517 Woodlawn, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the home of their son-in- law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Krenzin, 3108 Princeton Drive, will be postponed until Sunday, Oct. 17. Mrs. W. I). Hull LITTLE RIVER- Mrs. Ethel Lulu Hull, 79, died Friday at the Rice County District Hospital after a short illness. Born April 14, 1892, in Mitchell, she was married to W. D. Hull May 19, 1912, in Mitchell. He died June 11, 1965. She lived in Little River since 1962. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Little River. Survivors include a son: Rennie, Little River; Dan Jr., Lyons; daughter; Mrs. Elmer Staplcton, Lyons; Mrs. Paul Swanson, Bushton; Maxine, Little River; step-sisters: Mrs. Andrews Swenson, McPherson; Mrs. Cal Lundstrom, Little River; Mrs. Ina Schierling, McPherson; Mrs. Elva Smith, Wiley, Colo.; Mrs. Mabel Anderson, Windom; step-brother: Lynn Frey, McPherson; three grandchildren; nine great­ grandchildren. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church; Rev. Jack Callaway. Burial will be in Geneseo Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Williamson Funeral Home, Little River. George O. Learned ZENITH—George O. Learned, 94, died Friday at the Stafford District Hospital after a short illness. Born April 5, 1876, in Anderson, Ind., he married Sarah Jane Thompson Dec. 24,1908, in Zenith. She died April 1, 1964. He was a retired farmer. He lived here 90 years. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Stafford. Survivors include daughters: Mrs. Beulah Hoelscher, Bushton; Alta and Vera, Zenith; Mrs. Pearl Abbott, Tribune; sons: Ralph, Turon; Earl, Concordia; Oscar, Atwood; brother: Wilmer, Zenith; sister: Anna, 711'/* East A, Hutchinson; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church; Rev. Willis Poole. Burial will be in Stafford Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the church in care of the Peacock-Milton Funeral Home, Stafford. Funerals Harvey Duer STAFFORD - Funeral services for Harry Duer, 58, Las Vegas, Nev., former Stafford resident, were held Thursday in Boulder City, Nev. He died Sunday in a Las Vegas Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born March 4, 1913, in Stafford and lived there until moving away about 20 years ago. He worked in the oil fields near Stafford. He was married to Melva Paine of Preston. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a Mason. Survivors include the widow; son: Layton, Roswell, N. M.; sister: Daisy Briscoe, Russellville, Ark.

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