The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 2, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 2, 1968
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T^T VTt-IlH\7TT T IE Y^OT TD1"RD JDLI 1 rlJc VJLLLE A-»tJ UKlriK. VOL. «2-NO. 271 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Alley Ends P.O. Career By Webb Laseter IH Staff Writer Wednesday marked the end of more than 30 years service at the Blytheville Post Office for Carson L. Alley, superintendent of mails. Alley began his career with the postal depart* ment on July I, 1930, his service being interrupted only by a twb-arid-one-half year tour .of duty with the U, S. Navy during World War II., Even while in uniform, however, :he had his hands in a mail bagi He was.assigned to Port Hueh- eme, Calif., and several other naval installations as a mail clerk. During this period, Alley said he had "seen more mail in one pile than some small (post) offices handle in one year." "Once," he continued, "I was with a unit of about 40 men who processed 12 boxcars of registered mail .headed for overseas in 72 hours:" ',.' Before the war "back in the mid '30s',, Alley recalls delivering mail on rural routes with a companion, who alternated with him, riding on horseback and carrying the mail on foot when roads were made impassable for automobiles by bad weather. "I made one trip to Tomato during high water in a boat," he said laughingly. Another anecdote which came to mind, Alley said, was when a "man with snuff all over his face asked me to lick a stamp for him. I told him that I just sold stamps; I didn't lick 'em " * * * Alley started as a special delivery messenger working his way to his present position of superintendent of mails. The past 30 years have wrought many changes in the postal system making it what it is today, Alley said. "I've seen the post office in Blytheville grow from a three-route system to a 15-route system, the starting salary (rise) from 65 cents an hour to the present $2.60 an hour, and the personnel go from. 10 employes to 51," he said. • • Alley also witnessed the three building moves I made b'y the local department, starting at the 200 block of Main Street and going to the old Federal Building and finally arriving at its present location , Contrasting the delivery system of today wifh that of'yesteryear, Alley said he remembers when the first mail truck was put in operation. "It was a model T Ford, truck and could hold no more "maif then a'regular" pick-up. Now we have four one-ton delivery vans whose capacity is about 300 cubic inches plus one smaller truck," he Said. With no reservations, Alley said he would "do it all over again" if he were just starting out and advised interested young people embarking on a career to investigate job opportunities within the postal department. * * * . Reflecting a moment, Alley looked over his desk before performing one last official act, stamping and signing some papers. Then.he said, "I realize that I'll be leaving something that has made up a large part of my life-these last 30 years. . .but I'm not really retiring;" he said, "just changing jobs.": Following his retirement, Alley will be associated with Franson Farms, an organization which specializes in raising black angus cattle. • With a smile on his face, Alley rose from his desk, checked his watch, put on his coat and departed with a final word: "I like to fish and I expect to do quite a bit after I get settled in my new job." February 2 MORE WERE KILLED in Mississippi County auto accidents the first month of 1968 than died in all of 1967. Two persons were killed in Missco traffic accidents in January, according to Arkansas State Trooper Jim Woolen. In 1967 one person was killed in the county, he "The leading contributing cause of accidents was speeding,'* he said, ''either too fast for prevailing conditions or excessivei speed." Other fatalities in State Police Distrcit 3-which includes this area—in January were, two deaths each in Crittenden, St Francis and Phillips Counties. -•' • ' ' • • ' • ''' "' lii 1987 one person was killed in Crittenden wrecks, and none died in either St. Francis or Phillips, Woolen said. ELECTION RESULTS, listing precinct-by-pre-; cinct voting in Tuesday's legislative .contest between Ed Allison and Mrs. L. H. Autry, may be found in a chart on Page Two of today's Courier News. BRAGGADOCIO-One Negro man has been arrested and one is being sought in connection with an attempted assault of a white woman Wednesday night,; according to the Pemiscot County Sheriff'! Department. Two Nagro mm flagged down the. wwnan'B ear on RouJj W.dn-day nlttt «nd OH* leering off her cWfai, • apokeiiinan M.- ^ . They were frightened away by the approach of another car, the spokesman said. The mm'now in custody "wai arrested about boon War. VIET REDS TAKING FIERCE BEATING LAST OFFICIAL ACT—After more than 30 years of service with the Blytheville Post Office, Carson L. Alley, superintendent of mails, signs some documents for the last tune before retiring yesterday. Over the years Alley has seep three postmasters come and go and ends his association with the fourth, Hugh Hudson, after both began their careers together as mail clerks. (Courier News Photo) '" By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U.S. and South Vietnamese officials said today their forces were crushing the biggest Communist offensive of the war with skyrocketing losses to the enemy: But Red troops were reported in control of much of Hue, the ancient imperial capital, and Smith Vietnamese dive-bombers still roared over the streets of Saigon attacking Viet Cong holdouts. Associated Press correspondent John Lengel reported from Hue, 50 miles south of the demilitarized zone, that four battalions of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese controlled most of the streets in the coastal city. Lengel said U.S. Marines and infantrymen and South Vietnamese troops were battling more to maintain their positions than to oust the enemy. South Vietnamese .President Nguyen Van. .Thieu and U.S. Ambassador,, Ellsworth Bunker went on television to assert that the Communists .were being defeated with .unparalleled losses. The U.S: Command said 10,553 of the enemy had been killed in the four-day countrywide assaults on the cities and towns of South Vietnam. Allied losses were put at 917 dead and 2,817 wounded, including 281 Americans killed and 1,195 wounded. Thieu said, "The'back of the Viet Cong attack has been broken." He said there is still Communist resistance "in a few provincial capitals .,. but we can consider they have been totally defeated." "Although the enemy raided numerous cities and towns throughout the republic and achieved some temporary successes, they have failed to take and hold any major installations or localities," said a U.S. com- munique. "Although some enemy units are still occupying positions in a few cities, they are . rapidly being driven out. The allies have detained 3,076 suspects and captured over 1,800 individual and over 300 crew-served weapons." But as Thieu and Bunker broadcast, South Vietnamese bombers were strafing a block of houses near the racetrack in the southwestern end of Saigon to clear out Communist troops. Rockets streaked from armed helicopters into other Viet Cong entrenched in a crowded squatter area in a northwestern suburb of the capital. There was fighting in at least Life Is Threatened; Credence Added to Story Johnson Moved to Tucker By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark (AP) A prisoner who led authorities to the unmarked graves of three men at Cummins Prison Farm has been transferred to another prison because of reported ttireats on his life. Prison Supt. Thomas 0. Murton said Thursday the "indica- " tidns of threats" against Reuben Johnson, 59, gave credence to Johnson's story that murdered inmates were buried on the prison, grounds. , Johnson pointed out the pasture at the prison where the skeletons of. three men were exh'umed Monday, touching off speculation that more bodies were buried in a clandestine graveyard for murdered convicts. Johnson says he helped bury 10 or 12 slain inmates. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller was skeptical about reports from some state officials th'at the bones came from a paupers graveyard. "I am sure they would be able to produce the records if it is a paupers graveyard," Rockefeller said "There are no records available showing that they ever established a paupers graveyard at Cummins." Murton related details of t5ie alleged threat against Johnson at a joint news conference with the governor. Murton, who became Superintendent Jan. 1, said he had transferred Johnson to the smaller Tucker Prison Farm 30 miles southeast of Little Rock Wednesday. Johnson became the first Negro inmate at Tucker except for those under a death sentence. Murton said information had drifted to him from the white inmate population at Cummins that "several of them were going to wipe him (Johnson) out" "I don't know if the report was valid or not, but it might be and it certainly lends credence to his story," Murton said- Johnson has estimated that as many as 2,000 bodies might be buried at Cummins. Murton, who came here to discuss "recent developments" at the prison with the governor, said the motive of any men who might threaten. Johnson's life was obvious.; "Some may have thought-they might be implicated and possibly face court prosecution;" Murton said. Rockefeller appeared to be irritated at the amount of publici: ty received from ttie discovery of the skeletons. "I don't look forward to running a sideshow at Cummins," Rockefeller said. "This is a See PRISON on Page 2 _ . ...• . . ^.i' • ' '. •'. • • •-..',Sewer Bond Vote Set for Feb. 27 Sports Ducky Have Meet By Herb Wight Managing Editor . The great, c u m-b e r s o m e wheels of state and federal regulations are beginning to move and Blytheville citizens will be called on to approve an $835,000 sewer revenue bond Feb. 27. Yesterday Mayor Tom Little t received a letter from the federal Water Pollution Control Administration announcing approval of the city's application for a $342,000 federal grant to help finance improvement and expansion of the present sewer system. The federal money, the revenue bonds and about $400,000 possessed by the Blytheville Sewer Commission will be used to implement a $1.5 million renovation of the sewer system, Little said. Monday night at 7 the city council will meet in the munici- pal courtroom to adopt an election ordinance, the mayor said. * * * While voters will be asked to approve the 30-year revenue bonds Feb. 27, the city's sewer commissioners - Bob Porter, Clyde Capp and Johnny Meyer- feel the city has no choice but to approve the bond sale. Monday night the commissioners will present the council with the following recommenda- See BOND on Page 2 half a dozen other spots In Saigon. "'; Marauding bands Of guerrillas roved the capital's streets, sniping at helicopters approaching the top of the six-story U.S. Embassy building. South Vietnamese rangers caught one group of Viet Cong eating soup at a sidewalk restaurant. The heaviest fighting was re^ ported in the southwestern section of the city around the Buddhist An Quang-Pagoda. Lengel reported the Communists in Hue were attacking with machine guns, mortars and rockets. He said the enemy fire was so intense that two U.S. helicopters were shot down as tljejf tried torun the gantlet to collect wounded. «. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese held a major part of the old walled citadel, once-seat~of the Vietnamese emperors biit now a pile of ruins, and the headquarters of the South Vietnamese army's 1st Infantry Division. a= South Vietnamese troops held a small part of the citadel; while the Americans were fighting from a half-block-square compound housing the U.S .advisory headquarters. ' ' Lengel said refugees had poured into the city, swelling the normal 40,000 population enormously,-and civilian casualties from the fighting were believed High.' He reported a senior American civilian adviser,'t« the pacification program may have been captured and the fate of nine other American civilians was not'knowrt. > ." "No one really controls Hue," Lengel said. "There are islands of government resistance and islands Of Viet Cong 'Strength;" Reports of civilian casualties were lagging far behind the military figures.'•Thieu : ih a preliminary report said 136 civilians had been killed arid 1,841 wounded, including 90 killed and-1,082 wounded in Saigon/But reports from other cities and towns indicated the figure would increase greatly as : more information came in. ••';."' !;; ". The total of enemy dead reported by the allies was more than three times the previous record for enemy dead in one week of the war. But the American death .toll was well below the weekly record of 337 last May, during a period of heavy shelling of Marine posts below the DMZ. '"•'• Fighting in Saigon raged around the capital's biggest hospital, Cho Ray, the race track in the southwestern section and the South Vietnamese armored See VIETNAM on Page 2 Whether it was the 137 ducks prepared for their supper that drew them or not, about 100 area sportsmen gathered at 'the Manila High School cafeteria last night in spite. Of a driving rain. Some said the men really came to elect officers and board members for the Mississippi County Wildlife Association. Regardless of the reason, the men were there, a duck feast was enjoyed and elections were held. Officers for 1968 are John Charles Bright, president, Hayes T. Sullivan, first vice- president, Harold Anderson, second vice-president, Bill Sample, secretary-treasurer, and R. A. Nelson, in charge of public relations. Newly-elected board members are Norman Raids, Tom Little, R. E. (Bob) Wilson, Col. William J. Agan, Duke Speck, Gary Thomas, Don Brewer, Uliee Nichols, Bill Tomlinson, and Dr. E. A. Shaneyfelt. _ • Guest speaker at the meeting was Dave Donaldson, a water fowl biologist with the state game and fish commission from ParagouM. '• • Doiuldion iaW b* ba§ flown two water fowl lurveyt hi re» cent weeta and fte result! did not took very encouraging for county duck hunters thisyear. "J wish. I Muld paint a rosier picture, he said, but the ratio of young to old ducks appears to be less than one to one." In ah effort to attract more ducks to the area, Donaldson said Simmons field would be planted in rice, corn, and millet and that enough millet would be available for individuals who wished to seed their own hunting areas. Donaldson advised hunters to plant the millet in July or August at the rate of about 20 pounds of seed to the acre. Reporting on efforts to stock Mallard Lake for the fishing season, Donaldson said that over one million bass fingerlings have been added to the lake and that more may be add-: ed later following a biological survey to determine if this is feasible. An appropriation for $12,000 has also been approved for gravel to be used oh the roads in the vicinity of the lake to make the area more accessible for sportsmen, he said. At this time Donaldson added there is no equipment available to perform the necessary construction but he hopes "to have this problem solved by July." Before the meeting ended, the wildlife association voted uriani., mously to make the dock sup- perm amwaT affair and presented lifetime memberships to Dobe Griffin, W. C. Samples and Dfck HUlbouM. Cherry Speaks To Rotarians "You can look forward to the day when it will be even more difficult to get into a hospital, when you will receive less attention from your doctor and when it will cost you even more," Chickasawba Hospital Administrator John Cherry told members of Blytheville's Rotary club yesterday. Cherry said that the county hospital patient load is running at 50 percent Medicare patients. This influx of elderly patients, he said, will continue to force prices up and services down. Principal reason for this, he stated, is that the medical services are being offered by the government where little is available. That is, the demand greatly outweighs the supply of skills and facilities. This, he said, will force up prices, "You can thank the individual who said, 'Give, me your money and Til buy health care for you'. . .But in another election he can promise something else." Cherry was introduced by Rotariao Dr. C. S. Campbell. Russian Ships Collide Off Korea WASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Departmenl reported today a' "minor collision" between an American destroyer, and a Russian merchant ship in the Sea of Japan Wednesday. No casualties were reported. The department said the accident occurred in a crossing situation. It claimed the destroyer had the right of way under international maritime rules. The department issued this statement: "Soviet merchant ship Kapitan Vislobokov and the destroyer U.S.S. Rowan (D-782) had a minor collision in the Sea of Japan approximately K'miles east of Pohang, South Korea, at 1:53 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 31. ' : ' '. ' "There were no personnel casualties aboard the destroyer Rowan and no casualties were reported by the merchant ship. The Rowaa wstalMd 'minor damage,' a , three-foot hole above the water line on the port bow. When queried by flashing lights, the Vislobokov signaled 'no assistance required' and 'damage to my stern two meters in length.' "The collision took place at 36 degrees 06 minutes north and 130 degrees, 28 minutes east. The accident occurred in a crossing situalion, with the Rowan having the right of way under international regulations, being on an easterly course while the Vislobokov was on a southerly heading. "The Rowan is a Gearing class destroyer with a displacement of 3500 tons 'and a length of 350 feet. It is commanded by Commander Loren I. Moore of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and carried a crew of approximately 250 men. The Soviet merchant ship Vislobokov has a displacement Of about 10,000 tons and is 511 feet long. '., j : :'; "The incident is'being invesfll- gated by the Navy." !„„" There was no immediate indication al the Pentagon that the ship collision had any direct connection with North Korea's seizure of the U.S. intelligent 1 * 1 ship'Pueblo on Jan. 22. ' . The Pentagon would- not say what the Rowan was doing ; tt ttie area nor confirm that it vfU assigned to one of the carrier task forces recently:dispatched to the Sea of Japan. -....' -j-,v The Sea of Japan lies between Japan, on the one hand, and Siberian Russia and Korea, iea .See SOVIET on Page t ".:;. Wtof/w topcoat -i«Clear and colder tonight Saturday fair with slowly rising temperatures, Low tonight Ma north and low 30s south. ,!',r

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