Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 31, 1977 · Page 1
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Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, May 31, 1977
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Rosalynn discusses Cuba relations KINGSTON, Jamaica (UPI) Rosalynn Carter said today the United States Is making gestures toward Cuba and exploring the possibility of normalizing relations but "some very difficult problems" in the area of human rights must be solved firsU At a news conference here before departing for Costa Rica, Mrs. Carter said she had been asked about the prospects of reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba by Jamaica's Prime Minister Michael Mauley -- a close friend of Fidel Castro. "1 iold him that we were making some gestures and exploring to see if Cuba wanted normalization with the United States but that we have some very difficult problems to face with Cuba before we do reach any kind of normalization," she said. The gestures so far include opening travel with Cuba, an agreeement on fishing rights and a new proposal called "interests .sections" being negotiated this week in New York. Mrs. Carter said the problems faced fall into the human rights area, a key concern of her husband. Included are families separated and not able to get back together and political prisoners in Cuba. "There are lots of problems in Cuba, but we are in a dialogue with them. But we do have problems that I think can be worked out," Mrs. Carter said. Then she hastily added: "I don't know if they can be worked out or not." Earlier, Mrs. Carter called off a scheduled tour of a Jamaican sugar cooperative because the fields she was to walk through and try her hand at cane cutting had been turned into deep mud by heavy rains during the past week. Instead, she spent more than an hour touring a number of child care and community action projects in a slum area on Die waterfront in downtown Kingston. Hundreds of children and their poverty-stricken parents, most of whom are jobless, lined the streets pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of the First Lady, screaming her name and applauding. She lingered at a basic school for children between 3 and 5, listening to their language lesson, then cuddled infants at two day care centers in the slum area. One little girl named Rosie told Mrs. Carter she was in second grade. "Rosie, that's my name too," Mrs. Carter said. Holiday accident Robert Jesse Trujillo, 105 12th St., is treated by a Weld ' County Ambulance attendant after his pickup truck and a car collided at the Evans stoplight on U.S. 85 at 11:35 a.m. Monday. The driver of the other car was identified as Gerald Ray Hicks, rural La Salle. Trujillo was treated at Weld County General Hospital and released. Damage to the Hicks vehicle was- estimated at $300, while the Trujillo car damage was set at $1,000. (Tribune photo by.Mike Peters) Body count revised downward in Kentucky night club fire ByRICKVANSANT . . SOUTHGATE, Ky. (UPI) - The busboy who gave the first warning of the fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club Saturday night said today he thought the blaze was started by-cigarettes dumped into a tablecloth in a private party room, which he said was a common practice at the plush club. Campbell County Coroner Dr. Fred Stine today revised the number of dead downward from 160 to 158 because of "an oversight in the body count. "There were two numbers assigned to · 'bodies and there were no bodies," said Stine. Stine said 19 victims remain unidentified. He said three of the bodies were visually identifiable but. the 16 others were badly charred and would have to be identified by dental records' or finger- .prints. · , · .The busboy, Walter. Bailey, 18, Alexandria, Ky., showed up at the ruins of the club today to pick up his car and to talk with arson investigators.. "It's common practice to dump ashtrays in tablecloths," Bailey 'told newsmen. "That's the first thing that came to my mind when 1 saw the smoke. ' I figured a tablecloth had caught fire. "I remember about six months ago a tablecloth started smoldering," he said. "I think the fire started in the Zebra Room." Deputy Kentucky State Fire Marshal Tom Wald had said previously he had interviewed a waitress who had been cleaning up in the Zebra Room after a party and said she told him she saw smoke and flames in the room and tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. Bailey said he did not actually go into Zebra room that night but as he ran toward it he saw clouds of smoke pouring from the room which would hold about 26 to 30 persons. He said he saw a waitress come from the room and said "she looked terrified. She said, "There's a fire in the Zebra room.'" Bailey gave the first warning of the fire Saturday night when he went on stage in the Cabaret Room during a show by the comedy team of Jim Teter and Jim McDonald^ the warm up act for featured star singer John Davidson, and said there was a fire'in the club and people should begin leaving. But he said it could take a month of probing before the cause is known for the fire that razed the so-called "Showplace of the Midwest" in this Cincinnati suburb as it hosted 3,500 holiday weekend visitors. Another theory on the cause of the fire was espoused by Stine earlier who said he understood an oil-fueled electrical generator that was located in the basement of the Zebra room "blew flames" into the jammed packed Cabaret Room. See photo page 24 inside the Tribune Three Injured As Greeley police and a Weld County Ambulance attendant check Teresa Vohs, 200 N. 35th Ave., another ambulance attendant holds the woman's baby. Mrs. Vohs and the driver of the other car in the 9 a.m. Tuesday collision were treated at Weld County General Hosptal and released. The other driver was identified as Delores Duran, 518 10th St.. The baby received only a minor injury, and was not treated at the hospital. The accident occurred at 20th Avenue Court and 2nd Street. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) Abby n Agri-news 12 Classified 20-24 Comics 1C Crossword 16 Editorial 4 Heloise . 11 Horoscope 14 (44pages,4sections) Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TVlog Weather 6 14 6 17-19 15 16 6 Wm'spgs. 10-11 "I've got a little girl and she's in fourth grade and not much bigger than you." Officials traveling with Mrs. Carter on her two-week Latin American mission said earlier that Washington has formally proposed that the United States and Cuba install diplomats in each other's capitals. Mrs. Carter, acting as her husband's good will emissary in her diplomatic debut, had met for three hours Monday with Manley on topics ranging from U.S. relations with Cuba to Jamaica's rural development. The officials traveling with her, who declined to be named or quoted, said Monday the U.S. proposal calls for Cuban diplomats to operate from the. Czechoslovakian embassy in Washington and for the Americans to be stationed in the Swiss embassy in Havana. Currently, U.S. affairs in Havana and Cuban affairs in Washington are handled by Swiss and Czechoslovak diplomats in the two embassies. They said the United States made the so-called "interest section" proposal in writing to Havana on May 10 and that the two nations are discussing the proposal this week at an undisclosed location in New York. 15 CENTS A COPY ' Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 69, NO. 188 AND THE GREELEY RE PUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 GREELEY, COLORAD080631 . TUESDAY, MAY31,1977 Holiday traffic kills 456 By United Press International A total of 456 persons died in Memorial Day weekend traffic accidents, a final UPI national countshowed today. The figure was only one more than the 455 fatalities recorded during the three- day weekend a year ago. There were 425 deaths in 1975, according to National Safety .Council figures. The total fell within the .400 to 500 fatality range the NSC predicted for the holiday period which stretched from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday. NSC President Vincent Toofahy said the use of safety belts and the 55 miles per hour speed limit was a factor in cutting down fatalities from the carnage of previous years. More than 500 died in every Memorial Day weekend from 1966 through 1973 with 1968 setting the record with 628.' The final UPI count of accidental deaths gave this breakdown: Traffic 456 Drownings 117, Planes 12, Total 585 California reported the most deaths with 52, followed by Michigan 27, Texas 21, Pennsylvania 20 and Illinois 19. Only Alaska and the District of Columbia reported no weekend traffic fatalities. Millions of drivers jammed the nation's highways, heading to and from picnics, outings and reunions that traditionally mark the first warm-weather holiday of the year. An Illinois state police spokesman said warm weather was a factor in the high weekend death toll. "The hot weather brought them (motorists) out in droves. A lot of people who would probably have stayed home decided to take a trip.because of the hot weather," the spokesman said. Temperatures hit 90in much of Illinois. There were at least two freak accidents. Five-year-old Jennifer Zell was killed by an airplane while playing in a culvert Saturday in San Jose, Calif. Authorities said the plane crash-landed in the culvert and the propeller struck the girl, killing her instantly. Four of Jennifer's playmates escaped injury. New Summerfield, Tex., Mayor Eugene B. Spalding was killed when a car struck a gas pump where he was servicing his car Sunday. Spalding was trapped under a car which caught fire and exploded. Four die on Colorado highways DENVER (UPI) -The Colorado State Patrpl today said the deaths of..four persons involved in Memorial Day weekend traffic accidents marked a 10 year low and was primarily due to the 55 mile an hour speed limit. Patrol Maj. John Holland said three persons were killed in car rollovers and a fourth was involved in an automobile pedestrian accident. . . "We had four fatalities this year, which is four too many," Holland said. "But it's certainly better than previous years." He said eight persons were killed in highway accidents during the Memorial Day weekend last year. Biting remark spurs research WESTMINSTER, Md. (UPI) - The scientist who isolated the germ that causes "Legionnaire's Disease" says he pursued his research because of a biting remark a stranger made at a Christmas party lastyear. Dr. Joseph E. McDade, 37, a research scientist at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, said he initially quit trying to find the cause of the disease after six weeks of investigation last fall. But then at the party he met a man who wounded his pride -- and motivated him to return to his research for the cause of the disease that killed Legionnaires at their convention in Philadelphia last August. "I met a man whose name I never really heard, whose face I cannot remember, and whose words I probably will never forget," he said. McDade, a graduate, of Western Maryland College who delivered the 1977 commencement address during the weekend, described the conversation: Weather 1p.m. temperature: 76 NORTHERN COLORADO - Fair through Wednesday with isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers. Much warmer Wednesday. High today 75 to 85. Low tonight 50s. High Wednesday 85 to 95. Winds variable 5 to 15 miles per hour today and tonight. "We had been talking about Legionnaire's Disease. 'Actually I'm kind of disappointed,' he said. 'Everybody knows you guys at CDC are kind of weird -- beards and all that -- but people count on you guys to come up with answers to these things. If we can put a man on the moon, then we should be able to find the answer to Legionnaire's Disease. I mean's scary.' "Well, that comment really gnawed at my pride," McDade said. "He had been polite enough, but his message was loud and clear. If I had not found the answer to Legionnaire's Disease, then why wasn't I still looking for one?" McDade began working again to find - the cause of the'disease Dec. 27, and by the first week in January he and coworkers Martha Redus and Verne Newhouse managed to isolate the germ. Since then they have demonstrated that the same germ caused an outbreak that affected 94 persons at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington in 1965, and a less severe outbreak involving 144 persons at a county health department in Pontiac, ·Mich., in 1968. Hail damages wheat at Nunn NUNN -- Farmers in the Nunn area were hit hard by a hail and thunderstorm late Sunday, with wheat acreage in a three-mile wide strip wiped out for several miles. E.G. Foster, whose farm is southeast ofNunn.saidhe had two fields (about 130 acres) destroyed by the hail. "Some of our crops escaped damage but some of the fellas up here were hit pretty hard. It took out the crops pretty slick where it went through here and just beat it to the ground." Foster said some hail stones were as big as golf balls, with most of it being about marble size. The intensity of the storm was the most damaging, with hall piled more than three inches deep. Wheat in the area was 18 Inches tall or better before the storm. Where it was hit by the hail, the wheat was reduced to stubble. Oscar Barnes, another farmer east of Nunn, estimated he had one-half of his crop ruined. "There are two or three fellows out here that had their whol°. crop ruined," Barnes said. "It'.just mowed it off near the ground. I don't think you could have done a better job with a mower." Barnes estimated three inches of hail was left on the ground by the half-hour storm that began about sundown. Today's press run: 20,350 If you have not received your Tribute by 6:30 p.m., call 352-0211. after burial 56 years late ByBRENDAW.ROTZOLL CENTER BARNSTEAD.'N.H. (UPI) -- Anyone would be upset finding out his greatgrandfather's body had been stuffed in a receiving vault and left unburied for 56 years. But Robert G. Davis of Claremont has a double reason for being upset. He is a funeral director. Davis learned'of the strange history of his great-grandfather, Civil War veteran James R.C. Davis, through newspaper reports. He rushed over for Memorial Day services attended by most of Center Barnstead -- population 1,100. "I'm going to get to the bottom of this," Davis said, clutching a death report which claimed his great- grandfather was buried here May 15, 1921. James R.C. Davis actually was not buried until this spring. His body lay forgotten until -last August because someone put his coffin in a receiving vault normally used to store bodies during the winter, then forgot about it. Why it was put in the winter vault was a mystery. Two men with a collection of antique keys tried them out "for fun" on the old vault last summer, and were flabbergasted to find a rotted coffin with skeletal remains lying inside. A plaque lying on the floor identified the bones as those of Davis, a Center Barnstead native- who served in Company G, 7th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment, during the'Civil War. . " ' He spent much of his life in Ayer, Mass., but a death certificate showed he died in nearby Concord, N.H. The town spent half its yearly $300 cemetery budget to arrange for Davis' burial and to fix up the old vault -- a red brick structure set into the side of a small hill behind the fire station. Memorial Day services for Davis included music by the Pittsfield High School marching band, prayers, a musket salute by the Gilford Militia, a trumpeter playing "Taps," and two Girl Scouts unveiling the old-fashioned tombstone contributed by the Veterans Administration.

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