The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California on January 2, 1969 · Page 25
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The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California · Page 25

Fresno, California
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Thursday, January 2, 1969
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Pntumonia Victim Actor Barton MacLane/ Madera Rancher/ 66/ Dies HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Character actor Barton MacLane, whose gravel voice and menacing, hooded eyes made him of the screen's most bad guys, died yesterday pneumonia at the age of 66. MacLane, star of 20 "Torchy Blaine" movies in the 1930s and innumerable westerns, was admitted to St. John's .Hospital in Santa Monica two weeks He died at 7 a.m. The story of how MacLane broke into the movies could have been.made into a picture itself. . He was a football star at Wesleyan University in Middlelown, Conn., in 1924 and he once ran a kickoff back 100 yards, was promptly hired to appear in "Quarterback" with Richard Dix. In most of his television shows and more than 150 movies, MacLane was the "heavy." And when he played a good guy, it usually was in the same gruff manner. His screen credits included "Treasure of Sierra Madn "San Quentin," "The Prince and The Pauper," "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" and "Thunderbirds." He played the police lieutenant in the "Torchy Elaine" series. In recent years, MacLane maintained a home in the Grent- wood section of Los Angeles but spent much of his time on a cattle ranch he owned in the I Sierra foothills of M a d e r a I County. I Whimsically, he named some | of the livestock after show busi- ?l ness celebrities. A rooster was jj called Mickey Rooney and a tur- | key named Walter Brennan. i "Mae West is the best milk , cow in the place," he once said. ", "She gives 16 quarts a day." j MacLane also appeared in a \ series of Broadway productions including the Guthrie McClintic ^production of "Yellow-Jack." He recently appeared in an episode of "The Outlaws" television series as U.S. Marshal Frank Caine. Shortly before he one entered the hospital, MacLane enduring had just completed a role in "I of Dream of Jeannie" in which he played an Air Force general. MacLane is survived by his widow, actress uiariotte Wynters, an adopted daughter a n d one grandchild. Funeral arrangements were pending in Beverly Hills. Double Rainbow McClatchy Newspaper* Service COARSEGOLD--Actor Barton MacLane who died yesterday in Santa Monica owned the Double Rainbow horse and cattle ranch He about 13 miles from here on the River Road. He spent considerable time at the ranch when not acting in movies or in television. He owned the ranch for about 25 years. MacLane also played g o l f many times in Madera and a few years ago was grand marshal in the Madera Fair parade. Mrs. David Rudicel of Fresno is a granddaughter. Ski Searchers Find Youth's Body In Snow Slide RENO (AP) -- The body of a young Nevada skier lost since last Friday was found yesterday buried five feet deep in a snow slide. David Ross Jr., 19, of Carson City, became separated f r o m companions while descending Slide Mountain southwest of here. He was the object of an intensive ground and air search last Saturday and Sunday. A ski p a t r o l group continued t h e search during the week. "He apparently was crossing around behind the mountain between Price Lake and Tahoe Meadows," said Bruce Woodgate, leader of the patrol and a friend of Ross. Barton MacLane -- Ex-football star. Rifle Greeting To 1969 Kills Mother Of Five PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The 35-year-old mother of five was shot and killed apparently by a man firing a rifle to celebrate the New Year. Margaret Massengiii collapsed and died in an upstairs bedroom after a rifle bullet had crashed through a window and struck her in the chest. "It's a mad dream. I can't believe it. I just can't believe it," said her husband, Jack, 39, a Marine gunnery sergeant when he learned of the tragedy. He was out at the time and his wife had elected to stay home with the children to mark the New Year. Police arrested Edsel Thornhill, 23, a sailor who lived across the street, and charged him with murder. Homicide Lt. Donald Patterson said Thornhill admitted firing a .30-.30 lever action rifle from outside his house and then from an upstairs ' window to mark the New Year. Fast-service direct line to place Bee Want Ads, 233-0992. All other departments, dial the regular Fresno Bee number, 268-5221. THE FRESNO BEE 7-B Thursday, January 2, 1969 24Perishln China Airlines T · I *fc *l I ««*«* laiwon TAIPEI (UPI)-A China airlines DC3 with 24 p e r s o n s aboard veered off course a n d crashed into the rugged mountains of southern Taiwan today. There were no reports of survivors. The twin - engine propeller plane was carrying 19 passengers and a crew of five on the iSG-iiliic li'ip fi'uiii TaiCriUiig tu the southern port of Kaohsiung. No passenger list was available here and it was not known whether any foreigners were on board the Nationalist Chinese domestic airliner. Witnesses told police they saw the plane smash into a moun tain about 30 miles north of its destination. The Nationalist Chinese ai force and C h i n a airlines dis patched search planes. Missing Airliner TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) - A search is under way for a char tered M e x i c a n DCS missing since Tuesday with 22 passen gers and four crew members aboard. Airport authorities at Tampl co said the plane was carrying employes of the Mexican gov ernment oil monoploy, Petroleos Mexicanos, from Reynosa to i New Year's holiday in Tampico, Champion Liar Tells A Tiny One BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Charles V. Wilson h a s been named the World's Champion Liar of 1968 for describing his hometown as "so small we had to extend the tov.'n limits, so there would be room in town for a phone booth." Wilson, of Ethel, La., was accorded the honor by the Burlington Liars Club. 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