The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 7, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 7, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. C3—NO. 47 BLYTHEVILLE, ABKANSAS (7231S) TUESDAY, MAY 7, 19b8 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Lurleen Wallace Dies Of Lurleen Wallace MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Gov. Lurleen B. Wallace, 41, whose compassion for the afflicted symbolized her brief career as a public official, died in her sleep today after a two-year battle against cancer. Her husband, George, whom she succeeded as governor 16 months ago, and her four children were at her bedside in the ^white-columned executive mansion when the end came at 12:34 • a.m. Immediately on her death, Lt. Gov. Albert Brewer, 39- JeaiMild Decatur, Ala., attorney,'became governor under Alabama's law of succession. Funeral :>'arrangements have not been announced.' Despite the recurring cancer which caused three operations in two years, there was no known evidence that Mrs. Wallace had been stricken with another malignancy since a small tumor was removed from her pelvic wall last Feb. 22. But there were obvious debilitating after effects which tore away her resistance and ultimately left her too weak to fight back. Friends said she weighed only about 65 pounds.. The immediate cause of death was not made known in the official announcement from acting news secretary Ed Ewing. His voice quivering with enioFion, Ewing said the governor "lost her gallant fight for life at 12:34 a.m. Tuesday, May 7. She died quietly in her sleep." Mrs/Wallace died on the day • thousands ; of Alabama voters were preparing to vote in a statewide Democratic primary election in which her husband was almost certain to win the presidential support of the regular Democratic party machinery in his state. • She took office in January 1967 with the promise that her husband would share in major decisions of' the governor's office. Mrs. Wallace nevertheless insisted on a new public health program 7 as the first priority of her administration. ' She was especially concerned for the mentally ill, and she visited the.state's mental hospital and talked with the patients. Under her guidance, the legislature submitted and the voters approved a $15 million bond issue to build new facilities for the treatment of mental illness. Her efforts won the annual William Crawford Gorgas award from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. It was accepted on her behalf by her eldest daughter, Mrs. James Parsoiis, in Birmingham last month. Mrs. Parsons, 22, and the oth- er three Wallace children—Peggy, 18; George Wallace Jr., 16, and Janie Lee Wallace, 7—were at their mother's side when sh'8 died. For Janie Lee, it was especially cruel. She had received the best birthday present she could wish for when she reached the age' of 7 on April 13—Mrs. .Wallace went home after nearly two months in the hospital. There had been hope, however slender, that the governor might survive. She took short walks around the mansion, even went for a car ride a time or two. But she took: a turn for the worse Sunday night. Doctors said there were symptoms of a recurring abdominal abscess. .The first disclosure that Mrs. Wallace had been stricken with cancer came at a Montgomery hospital in January 1966. Doc-' .tors said a tumor had been removed from the uterus and "there evidence of any remaining malignancy." . But .17 months later, physicians in Montgomery and cancer specialists at Houston, Tex.,' found a recurrence of cancer, a lemon-size growth in the' lower abdominal region. The malignancy developed, the physicians explained; because microscopic cells left after the first operation grew on the external surface of an intestine. Crop X 68 Moves Fast As Weather Cooperates Area farmers have untold millions of dollars invested in modern farm equipment. As a consequence, when the sun shines, they figuratively make hay at a pace which was undreamed of hi other years. "It still amazes me," County Agent Keith Bilbrey was saying yesterday, "how much the farmer can get done in a short period of time." His current: estimate: 80 percent of the cotton in this area now is planted. Other good news: the crop figures to be 50 percent larger than last year's rain - soaked attempt when' only about 97,000 acres were harvested in. the county. Right now, it appears ,that 150,000 acres will be planted this spring. There is news which isn't so. good, Bilbrey pointed out. "The ground has dried rapid- ly and the planting operation has been slowed drastically because of this drying of the soil. "Some of the heavier land is more difficult to put into shape for planting when it gets so- dry." Cold weather of this week See WEATHER on Page 2 Sheriff's Killer Caught THE NEWEST ENTRY In the Miss Blytheville contest js Miss Lynda Bradford, 20- year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kay Bradford of Blytheville. Miss Bradford has blond hair and blue eyes and is 5 feet 2. She is a graduate of Keiser High School and enjoys water tiding, dancing and ill MOUNTAIN :,' HOME, Ark. AP)—Edwin 0. Pitman, 28, wanted in the'slaying of Baxter County Sheriff Emmett Edmonds, was captured early today outside, the home .of his wife's parents at nearby Cotter, ending one of the most massive manhunts ever staged in the rugged Ozark Mountains. • Pitman was .spotted by volunteer deputy John Ed isbell of Little Rock about 12:30 a.m, and the capture was made 15 minutes later by Boone County Sheriff Doyle Hickman of Harrison. , . ' Authorities said that as many as 200 persons had participated in the round-the-clock search lor Pitman following his escape from the Baxter County Jail here early Saturday morning: Edmonds, 49, the father of three, was' killed during the wbto brand anotbw officer were overpowered by Pitman. Edmonds was felled by two bullets, police said today. Previous reports said that he had been hit three times. .After Isbell, an/engineer de-. signing a water sewage project for Mountain Home, spotted Pitman, Hickman moved in from 1 two ; blocks away and quickly Gets Firetruck FT. GORDON, Ga. (AP) - A boyhood dream-that of driving a firetruck—has come true for a Ft. Gordon soldier. Spec. 4 Ray Laski, 2C, a medical specialist from West Hartford, Conn., not only drives but .owns his very own firetruck equipped with 25-pound solid brass belland six helmets, in- made the arrest. He said Pitman 'dived under a pickup-truck when lights were beamed in on the, house. Officers said Hickman ordered Pitman'to come out from under the truck, hold his hands up and 'move with his back towards the officers. Pitman offered no- resistance, police said. A 357 magnum pistol, identified as belong to city policeman Abe Heiskill, was found at Pitman's feet. The fugitive from Cotter had been jailed oh a charge of attempted burglary and was to have appeared in circuit court Wednesday at a pretrial set- lion. Funeral services for Edmonds were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church here with burial in Memorial GardtM. s ""PAVING ON SOUTH 21ST STREET Is mov-. ' 'Ing north from Basin,' heading for West Rose,'"The paving is part of a• $134,000 project known as Improvement District Seven. The cost is bei ing equally shared by the city and district property ' owners. West Rose, from 16th to 21st, al- ready'has been paved. (Courier News Photo) :.< Coal Miners By HOLGER JENSEN ' Associated Press Writer HOMINY FALLS, W.Va. (AP). — The call went out for skin divers today to aid in the rescue of 25 coal miners trapped inside a two-mile coal shaft by thousands of gallons of water. The divers were due in from Philadelphia before noon to aid the miners trapped in the low, L-shaped mine shaft since noon Monday. Surface rescue units, which worked through a night of near freezing temperatures, had made telephone contact with 15 of the entombed men. The other 10 were at the low end of the flooded shaft and had not been heard from since water poured through a mine wall from an ad-' jacent abandoned mine.' The officials hoped the three divers equipped with scuba, selfcontained underwater breathing apparatus, could make their way to the miners with air tanks and possibly food. Rescue directors scored a breakthrough when they lashed plastic tubes containing water, sandwiches and hot coffee to the mine conveyor belt to the 13 trapped nearest the entrance. The packages went in at 4:44 a.m. and 13 minutes later, the radiotelephone crackled with . the word, "We got 'em." One and a half hours after the first food packages were sent in, blankets and a large oxygen cylinder followed. The items were lashed to the-conveyor belt in the same manner 'as the food packages. '.-.•.. "I know 15 of the guys are going to be okay," said Ernest Fitzwater, who escaped from the mine just before it became flooded. But he said the 10, including his brother, Joe, are at the deepest part. "There is no way they can get out alive." The men were chipping coal from the wall of the mine, located about 70 miles southeast of . Charleston in southeastern West Virginia; when they punched through into an abandoned mine filled with water. A wall of water, one official mid, cascaded through and iso- UM *• «*w to UM puug* way too low for a man to stand tip straight. The men who are marooned one mile from the mine's entrance "are unharmed, high and dry and safe," officials of the Gauley Coal and Coke Co., operators of the mine, said Monday night. C.E. Richardson, president of the Maust Coal and Coke Corp., parent firm of the Gauley company, said, "we know 15 of the men are O.K. As for the other 10 ... well, we just haven't heard anything from them. And we don't know how much water is down there. "It's impossible to say how many thousands of gallons of water are down there. The pumps are working pretty good but the water level is rising." The men who rescuers felt See MINERS on Page 2 'Man of Peace' KANSAS CITY (AP) - Harry S. Truman, who observes his 84th birthday Wednesday, will be honored at a luncheon by friends and admirers as "the man of peace." Truman was born May 8, 1884. It is uncertain, however, whether the former president will attend the annual affair. He has been staying close to his home in Independence, Mo., except for an occasional morning walk accompanied by a police officer. Henry J. Talge, retired businessman and personal friend of Truman, said it would be a chore for the former president to shake hands with between 200 and 300 persons expected to attend the luncheon. Thunderstorms Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and thunderstorms over the state tonight and east half Wednesday. Not much change in temperatures tonight and a little cooler Wednesday. Low tonight Mi WNt to 60t tut, ! MAY 7 TWO BURGLARIES OCCURRED recently, according to the Blytheville Police Department this morning. Sometime Saturday afternoon, thieves entered tin Emmitt Wheat residence at 304 Pittman, stealing a coin collection valued at $700, Police Chief George Ford said. Both Wheat and his wife were at work at the time the burglar gained entrance to the house through; an unlocked rear door, autorities said. ..'.•. , The most easily recognizable of the 25 to 30 rolls of coins taken, is a 1879 S $5 gold piece, worth approximately $35, Ford added. Thieves also broke into Joe McCall's Texaco Service Station on East Main about 2 a.m. Sunday, stealing about $175 in cash, the police department reported. Entrance to the station was obtained by throwing a chunk of concrete through the glass in the door, authorities said. Both burglaries continue to be investigated today, Ford said. AN AUTO ACCIDENT which occured at 3 30 am. Sunday resulted in the death of Eugene Hawkins, 30 r of Osceola, the Arkansas State Police said today. The accident happened on the. Nodena Road, one- and-one-half miles east of Highway 61, when Hawkins lost control of the 1958 Ford he was driving and overturned, authorities said. The body was removed to the Swift Funeral'Home in Osceola where funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced BLYTHEVTLLE FIREMEN and an ambulance were called at about 8 p.m. last night to assist Mrs Uzzell Branson, who suffered a heart attack at her home on West Main, the fire department reported today. She was rushed to Chickasawba Hospital where her physician said this morning that her condition remained serious, but that she is improved. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW being taken from-persons who wish to attend the summer session of the pra&- tical nurses school in Jonesbbro, according to Mr. Jane Mclllrath, instruction coordinator. - < Summer classes are scheduled to begin June 17 and applications should be turned in before June 4, Mrs. Mcllrath said. r " Prospective students may apply at Chickasawba Hospital, Monday through Thursday from 8:30, x a,m. until 4 p.m. and in Osceola at the Osceok MemwW Hospital on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Mr*Mil> Britttild. . , . "

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