The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on April 17, 1963 · Page 1
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VOL. 87 NO. 109 OTTAWA HERALD OTTAWA, KANSAS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1963 7 CENTS TEN PAGES Signs S Doub g Bill Stand New Honor For Lois NEW MAN ON THE JOB — County Commissioners Earl Richardson and Cecil Vining (center) acquaint newly-appointed Commissioner Donald Averill with workings of board. (Herald Photo) Wellsville Farmer New Commissioner Mrs. Lois Smith, women's editor of The Ottawa Herald, will be honored tomorrow night as an outstanding Kansas newspaperwoman at a dinner at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Mrs. Smith was chosen by the KU chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, national professional journalism society to receive this year's award as outstanding woman journalist of Kansas. The chapter annually bestows such an honor at its Matrix Table dinner. Donald Averill, Wellsville, was sworn in this morning as a Franklin County commissioner to complete the unexpired term of J. H. Button who died last Thursday of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Averill, 53, was appointed to the post by county commissioners, Earl Richardson and Cecil Vining, and Bruce Spears, Franklin County clerk. He will serve as commissioner, representing the third commission district, until next November when the post comes up for election. Averill may run for the office at that time, or step down. Mr. Button was fatally injured in a 2-car collision near his home north of Pomona last Wednesday. Averill is a farmer in the Wellsville area. He and his wife, Vona, have two children, a son Larry, RFD 1, Wellsville, and a daughter, Mrs. Wendel Hicks, Emporia. Both are married. The new commissioner is a Republican and life-long resident of Franklin County. He grew up in the Wellsville area and attended Franklin County schools. He is a graduate of Wellsvile High School. Averill is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Averill who lived many years in the Wellsville vicinity. The new commissioner took his oath of office at 9 this morning in the Franklin County district courtroom with Floyd Coffman, district judge, presiding. AveriU's appointment left a vacancy on the Franklin Township board on which he has served for nearly 10 years. He was appointed township board trustee this year after serving as board clerk for nine years. He has also served on the Wellsville school board for seven years. For the past four years he has been director of the school board. On the board of commissioners, Averill will take over the duties of secretary, formerly held by Richardson. Richardson will become chairman of the board of social welfare, comprised of the commission members. Mr. Button held the welfare chairmanship at the time of his death. Vining is chairman of the board. The three commissioners will appoint a replacement to fill the unexpired township board post. Donald Fiehler, Lawrence Murphy and Averill comprised the board. The third district is made up of all Franklin County territory if * * north of the Marais des Cygnes River, Greenwood Township south of the river and the first and second precincts of the first ward in Ottawa. The first ward is made up the area north of the Marais des Cygnes River and east of Main Street. Would Salve Their Souls LONDON (AP) - A plea was sounded today to permit British prison inmates to wear civilian clothes instead of the jail uniforms which "wound a man's soul." The appeal was issued by the Federation of Clothing Manufacturers. Teachers Choose Delegates Mrs. Beth Studebaker, Princeton High School, and Forrest Bond, Williamsburg, were elected as Franklin County's delegates to the representative assembly of the Kansas State Teachers' Association at the regular meeting of the Franklin County Teachers Association last night. Clayton True, Lane High School, and Carlin Nalley, Pomona High School were selected alternates. The teachers selected Charles McAnarney, superintendent of District Jt. 10, as a delegate for the National Educational Association convention in Detroit in July. George Fuller, a senior at Princeton High School, was picked as the recipient of this year's Franklin County Teacher's Association scholarship. Mrs. Smith has claimed more first places in Kansas Press Women's contests than any other newspaperwoman in recent years. Most of her prize-winning entries have been articles, pictures and editorials which have appeared in The Herald. However, she has won with articles published in flower and garden magazines, Farm Journal, Ford Times, Christian Science Monitor and the Kansas City Star. About 75 persons will attend the dinner at 6:30 tomorrow night in the KU Union. They'll hear Margaret Sally Reach, author and a member of the William Allen White Foundation board of trustees, speak on her work and travels. MRS. LOIS SMITH Expects Early Tests In Court TOPEKA, Kan. f AP)—Gov. John Anderson signed Kansas' new Sunday closing law today although admittedly with some doubts of its constitutionality. "I have some elements of doubt about its validity," he said, "but I believe the courts should pass on it rather than me when it is not patently unconstitutional." "I imagine they will have an early chance," he said. The Sunday closing law will go into effect July 1. His announcement came shortly after Atty. Gen. William M. Ferguson cast doubts on legality of the controversial bill which would prohibit the sale of many items on Sunday. He said it would probably be constitutional in the U.S. Supreme Court but that it may be unconstitutional under the Kansas Constitution. Bethlehem, Others To Increase Prices Would Establish Planning Group NEW YORK (AP) — Selective steel price rises all but completed a sweep through the industry today. The nation's seven largest producers had fallen into line, and alter them tumbled a growing stream of large and small steel- makers. Rounding out the top seven to -day were Bethlehem Steel Co., National Steel Corp., and Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., second, fifth and seventh ranking firms. Their announcements came less than 24 hours after the dam broke \vhen U.S. Steel Corp., industry The Franklin County commissioners have been urged to adopt the use of a land use map and establish a planning commission for the county by a committee appointed sometime ago by the commission to study both proposals. The committee has informed the commissioners that a planning commission and land use map would conserve and protect property and building values, industrial and commercial enterprises and residential areas in the county. The group also said the land use map and planning commission would help promote industrial and economic growth in the county and help develop use of land in an orderly manner, par- ticularly land near or adjacent to the corporate limits of the cities within the county. The committee based its opinion the highway and railroad facilities in Franklin County, the new Pomona Reservoir potential as a recreation area and flood control device, the flood-free aspect of Ottawa as a city attractive to business and industry and the county's nearness to the metropolitan area of Kansas City from which new residents could commute easily from this area. The committee appointed to study the proposals is made up of William S. Bowers, E. E. Haley, Earle Leatherberry, Paul Gaynor, James L. Allen, DeWayne Lofgreen, M. M. Edwards, Clarence E. Keith, R. M. Clogston and Ray F. Koontz. Is This Hoiv "Golden Boy" Gets His Gold? Begin Work On Supermarket The contract for the construction of the new Safeway Store at 9th-Main was signed this morning by PEL Construction Company, 721 N. Locust, general contractors, and Mrs. G. C. Fredeen, 109 E. 9th, owner of the property and future building which will be leased to Safeway. PEL Construction was awarded the contract after the firm's base bid of $128,900 was accpeted. PEL was the only Ottawa firm that submitted bids on the project Nine out-of-town firms bid. Construction work on the new structure began this afternoon. The contract sets a completion date 150 days after work begins. Allen Loyd, co-owner of the contracting firm, said he expects to have the building completed before the 150-day limit. Grieving Dad To Join Daughter In Cemetery ^ CHICAGO (AP)-James Lee, a grieving father who gave away nearly all his possessions to charitable institutions in memory of his 9-year-old daughter, is dead by his own hand. Two police officers found Lee, 46, Tuesday night moments before they said he fatally shot himself in a tavern telephone booth. In his pockets they found a child's crayon drawing, much folded and worn. On it was written: "Please leave in my coat pocket.^ I want it to be buried with me." The drawing was signed in childish print by his blonde daughter, Shirley Lee, who perished March 4 in a flash fire in their apartment. Her mother had died . when she was 2. « Lee was to grief stricken then that he asked total strangers to attend the services so Shirley would have "a nice funeral." He said he had no family to attend. Shortly after Shirley's funeral, Lee gave his 19-apartment building, where the fire occurred, and a two-flat building to the Lutheran Church of St. Philip, which Shirley attended. Several plaques in her memory were placed in the church and her school. Before Lee died in a North Side tavern he called the Chicago Daily News and told William F. Rooney assistant city editor, he had sent the newspaper a Manila envelope. Mooney said he stalled Lee while a reporter asked police to trace the call. As Mooney listened the envelope arrived. Its contents included a note Lee said he wrote while visit- ing Shirley's grave late Monday night. "Strange," it said, "but I am very calm here on the edge of eternity. I want only to get it over and done with." "If I don't finish this up.I'll be a bum," Mooney said Lee told him shortly before the shot was fired. Mooney said he heard a scuffling sound (the police trying to get into the telephone booth) and then he heard a shot. Mooney said Lee, in instructions included in the package, asked to be buried next to Shirley in St. Lucas Cemetery. Lee built his modest wealth first in a trucking business he started with a single truck. After his wife died he shifted to building investment and management, so he could be close to his dat%hter. Warm and Dry TOPEKA (AP)— Temperatures will continue warm in Kansas today and Thursday but hopes for badly-needed rain faded. Gulf moisture skirted around the state and moved northeast. A cool front that entered Kansas Tuesday retreated to the 'north, cutting off hopes for showers. A new weak cool front dipped into the state overnight but was not strong enough to make any appreciable change. NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions were suspended indefinitely by the National Football League today. Commissioner Pete Rozelle supervised the investigation and announced the findings at a news conference in his office. Rozelle said Hornung, the league's most valuable player in 1961 with the champion Packers but hobbled by injuries during most of the 1962 season, had placed bets on NFL and college games in some instances reaching the sum of $500, from 1959 through 1901. Rozelle said Hornung also had transmitted specific information concerning NFL games for betting purposes. Karras, the 250-pound defensive tackle of the Lions who said in a television interview he bet on games but only for cigarettes and cigars, was judged guilty of associating with individuals described by Detroit police as "known hoodlums." Rozcllc said Karras had made at least six significant bets on NFL games since 1958 ranging from $50 to $100. He said there was no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing or any evidence that Karras sold information for betting purposes or ever bet against his own team. Asked when it would be possible to review the indefinite suspensions of Hornung and Karras Rozelle said: "The earliest that any consideration could be given to the review of their cases woulc be in 1964." Neither Hornung nor Karra will receive any pay while under suspension. The Detroit club was fined $4,000 because a report to Coach Detroi Augus "of certain associations by mem bers of the Detroit team" was no' forwarded to the proper club authority and also because un authorized individuals were per mitted to sit on the Lions' bencl during games. Summarizing an extensive in vestigation that included 52 sepa rate interviews and covered sev eral months, Rozelle found no evi dence of criminal wrongdoin designed to influence the outcom of games. George Wilson by the Police Department last Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-309 Adv iant, posted markups after sev- ral days of hesitation. Despite some variations, the ethlehem and National markups eld to the general pattern set reviously, corresponding closely irith those posted Tuesday by y U.S. Steel Corp., the largest leelmaker. The Bethlehem increase, con- ined to three big-tonnage items, idded $4 a ton to the price of int rolled sheets and strip, $5 on cold rolled sheets and $7 on gal- anized sheets. In addition to "Big Steel" Jones ind Laughlin Steel Corp., Armco Steel Corp. and Inland Steel Co. oined the parade Tuesday. Armco and Inland declined a year ago to join in across-the- board increases which collapsed. Some industry sources 6th pgh 108. Ferguson's objections were as to vagueness and the provisions for certain exemptions. "I view the bill as one dealing more with economic factors than with moral issues," Anderson said. "It is more of a trade law. "It is not as much of a blue law as the old one (held unconstitutional a year ago)." The governor said that traditionally courts have held that "this is an area of government in which the landmarks should be determining their wisdom on it subject only to constitutional limitations." Ferguson in a memorandum, said amendments put in the bill at the end of the session weakened it. He cited vagueness and arbitrary classifications of business as possible grounds for an adverse ruling. The bill, he said, "could probably be defended against attack on the ground that it violates the constitution of the United States although it must be admitted that the final amendments weaken the bill," he said in his memorandum. "However, the bill in the form in which it was finally approved has serious infirmities when measured against the constitution of Kansas as it has been construed by the Kansas Supreme Court." He particularly took exception to an amendment which exempts from the bill any business that sells "anything on Sunday so long as he is also engaged in the business of selling merchandise pertaining to the repair and maintenance of farm equipment." He said it "appears to be an arbi- Wave Last Night If you found it a bit difficult to sleep last night because of the temperature, it was because a new weather record was established. Last night was the warmest night on record for the date. The lowest the mercury managed to reach during the night was 67 degrees, and it did not reach that mark until during the early morning hours today. At midnight the temperature was 71 degrees, and at 1 a.m., it reached 72 before dropping to 67 between 5 and 6 a.m. Previous record high minimum for the date was Gfi degrees in 1937. "Another 20 Minutes We'd All Have Died" trary exception from a law which our constitution requires to operate upon all members of a group alike. It may be, in other words, an unreasonable classification," he said. Ferguson said a criminal law "must be sufficiently clear to enable a man of common intelligence to determine who is included within the scope of the law and what acts are prohibited, it is unconstitutional because it is vague and indefinite. The element of vagueness in this bill is emphasized because of the numerous exceptions to its application." "It is difficult to tell whether or not a commodity is one pro- libited from sale on Sunday or vhether it is within one of the •xceptions. "This is particularly true with •cspcct to the two general excep- ions to the terms of the bill—the me involving emergencies and he other involving those dealing n merchandise pertaining to the •epair and maintenance of farm equipment." Ferguson said that a bill is pra sumed to he constitutional and! hat the Sunday closing measure s no exception "If it becomes the law of Kansas, I will defend its constitutionality in the courts as I would any law in this state," he said. "But it is difficult to say in advance what any court will do." Singers Guests Of The Sheriff Four members of the Ottawa University concert choir, which left this morning on a tour, will be guests of the sheriff at Lincoln, 111., tonight. But not in the jail. The students,' who'll go all the way to Massachusetts on the singing tour, are being given lodging by people in the cities at which they sing. There was some speculation that the Lincoln sheriff is a good Baptist. 1NMAN, Kan. (AP)-"I thought we were all goners," said Rogers Malmstrom from his hospital bed. "In another 20 minutes we would have all been dead." Malmstrom, 29, his wife, and their three small children spent nearly two hours clinging to an overturned boat on Lake Inman Tuesday before rescuers came to their aid. "We watched two boats playing on the other side and yelled and screamed and yelled and screamed," said Malmstrom, "but I guess they couldn't hear us." Malmstrom took his family to the lake for an outing. A wave capsized the ] 2-foot boat. "I was under the boat," said Malmstrom. "I grabbed (he two boys and dragged them out. "My wife said something about the baby and I could hear her crying under the boat so I dived back under and got her out." The children had life jackets but Malmstrom and his wife did not. Malmstrom pushed the children up on the bow of the boat while he and his wife clung to the sides. Then the boat began to sink and he straddled the bow to keep the family together. The boat finally rested on the lake bottom with the bow below water. The water was about seven feet deep at that point. "We kept screaming and waving our arms, even the kids were screaming," said Mrs. Malm- slrom. Her husband took off his shirt and tried to wave it but had to stop to Keep the children together. "The water kept getting rougher and rougher and the kids were crying and 1 was getting so weak from trying to keep everyone together," said Malmstrom. Harold and Charles Keffer, brothers of Hutchinson, finally rode a boat close enough to hear the Malmstroms' calls. "Up until that time I didn't know anything was wrong," said Harold Keffer. "They yelled for help and we got them in our boat." Aside from being tired none were harmed. Tauy's Toot Turn on the condiioner cure mv heat exhaustion. and The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Clear to partly cloudy and cooler tonight and Thursday. Low tonight 45 to 55. High Thursday 60s. High temperature yesterday, 84; low today, 67; high year ago today, 73; low year ago today, 41; record high this date, BB in 1913 and 1954; record low this date, 22 In 1904 and 1907; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending I a.m., today : 9 a. m ....... 67 9 p. m ........ 12 IV) a. m ....... 70 10 p. m ........ Tl 11 a. m ........ 75 11 p. m ........ 71 Noon 1 p. m 2 p. m 3 p. m 4 p. m 5 p. m fi p. m 7 p. m • p. m 80 83 83 83 81 79 78 73 78 Midnight m m. ra m. m m m m n ......10 10 .••., .W M M

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