Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 26, 1956 · Page 1
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Traffic Tuff Todayi Vear'i Aceldeitts 4 H3« 'Injury 0 117 Deaths 0 2 •Accident* Involving injury. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 120 Years Wentfcer Alton area: Partly etowty *M| warm tonlftht Mid FHday. L«w« «»t Friday mottling In ml<W!« 70s. Hlghfftt Friday afternoon in middle 90*. Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXXI, No. 164 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, JULY 26, 1956. 36 PAGES 5c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press Unanimous Vote City Accepts U. S. Sewer Loan; Hires Firms for Survey After formally accepting an offer of the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency to advance the city $25,000 to obtain preliminary plans for a sewer system, City Council, Wednesday night, voted to approve a contract with engineering firms for the proposed survey and report. The Council voted also to retain the services of the same engineers for design and construction supervision if and when projected sewers are constructed. Firms retained for the preliminary survey and subsequenl planning are Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab of Alton and Crawford, Murphy & Tilly of Spring' field. „ Twelve members of the Council were present, and the action to accept the federal sewer planning loan was unanimous. Subsequent approval of the agreement offered by the associated engineering firms was by an 11-1 vote with Alderman Parker voting in the negative. Parker objected that he couldn't determine from the contract the monetary amount to be paid the engineers if sewer projects eventually are carried out. Sewer construction projects that might be outlined by the preliminary survey report are FOUR DIE AS SHIPS COLLIDE estimated to cost possibly $3% million. > Bond issues likely would have to be voted to carry out such improvements. Include* Aerial Survey Engineers under the federal loan agreement would have nine months to carry out the preliminary planning which would include some aerial surveys up to a maximum cost of 53,000. The contract with the engineering firms provides they are to carry out the work outlined under the federal loan agreement for which they will receive $25,000 including the amount earmarked for aerial surveys. It further provides that, in the event the city arranges within five years after their preliminary report to proceed with projects outlined, the same firms are to be retained to furnish complete engineering service throughout the period of design and construction. Fee* Jot Service. For these services the city Is to pay fees in accordance with the schedule of minimum fees for this clast of work which have been adopted by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, as of July 14,1956, and which now are in effect. The federal loan agreement and the engineering contract offer were presented by Alderman Warren, chairman of the sewers committee. By resolutions, Mayor Struif then was empowered to sign the agreements and contracts. Parker proposed laying over the resolutions pending further study into monetary costs involved, but after discussion of the agreement and contract didn't press for delay. out of SIO,OM City Engineer Fairfield said th* city had applied for a $35.00 loan, but that the federal agency, after finding Alton had a post-war sewer plan that would be usable in connection with the proposed new survey and report, cut the amount offered to $25,000. The two engineering firms, he explained, are willing to take on the project as covered by the federal loan agreement. They see no profit possibilities, he said, but are willing to take on the project in the hope of subsequent work coming to them as a result, Carry AU Coats He and Mayor Struif pointed out that the engineering firms must carry all the costs of the work for almost • year, and that federal funds to compensate them cannot be released until they have turned in an acceptable report to the Housing £ Home Finance Agency. The preliminary survey and report for which the government advances $25,000 will cost the city nothing, they averred, but would be charged into cost* of later projects U carried out. "We don't get a cent from the government to pay for the engineering until the federal agency approves the report to be completed by the engineers," said Fairfield. To a question by Alderman Mclaughlin, "Can the engineers come back on the city for any fees," City Counsellor O'Neill answered, "I see no way for them to come to the city for any added coats." River Stage* Stage 140 Fall .n Pool 418.87 Tailwatw 397.08 Council OKs Rezoning Of Ball Park Quick action was taken by City Council, Wednesday night, to approve rezoning of the former Sportsmans Park so it may be improved with a shopping center. After adopting a report of the Board of Zoning Appeals, recommending the tract be reclassified from residence to business use, the Council on motion of Alderman Geltz, ordinance chairman, sus pended the rules for immediate enactment of the required ordinance. The rezoning was asked by the William H. Feldwisch estate heirs, and option purchasers represented by Walter Hale of Hale Realty Co. No objections were made to the rezoning when a public hearing on the petition was held the council was told. Adjacent property owners and tenants had certified their approval of the change, it was pointed out. Ah ordinance proposing some additional parking restrictions was given first reading, but was laid over with suggestions for some amendments. The ordinance includes a provision to ban parking on Chamberlain street, between Bozza and Walker, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blind Boy Is Happy Although Eyes Are Odd ORLANDO, Fla. W - Mike H- bole's two artificial eyes don't quite match but it doesn't worry the happy 4-year-old. He's glad to get the bandage off. "Do I look pretty again?" he asked his father after an artificial left eye was fitted Wednesday. The Rev. James Sibole assured Ills son he did and the boy went home happy to play on the swing set and whirligig in his back yard. It was only a week after an operation removed Mike's cancerous eye. But the bandage bothered him when a heat rash broke out under it and he asked for his new eye. The surgeon who removed Mike's right eye two years ago and the left one last week approved the boy's request. He had expected it would be several weeks before an artificial eye would be fitted over the plastic sphere inserted at the time of the operation. An optical firm representative from New York also was caught by surprise and didn't have an eye that quite matched Mike's right one. A better matching job will come later. Mike is getting around the house well, his father reported, and is looking forward to going to Miami next month with his mother and 20-month-old Mike will brother. attend a preschool clan for blind children at Miami. Urges Hose House Sales Be Speeded Action to speed proposed sale of some city hose house properties, in order that the city may proceed with erection of a new sanitation department garage al the foot of Central avenue and erection of a new No. 1 hose house on the Union Depot sitp was urged in City Council, Wednesday night, by Alderman Whetzel. Whetzel demanded, "Who's holding up what on calling of bids for sale of the hose house properties?" Answer came that necessary descriptions of the real estate to be offered remain to be completed before proposals may be invited. Legally exact descriptions are mandatory to show exactly what the city offers to convey to purchasers. "I'll get into this matter at once," said Mayor Struif. "I'm sure the descriptions can be made ready by our next meeting." Approved some weeks ago by the Council was that purchase bids be called on three properties: The No. 1 hose house at State and Wall Streets; rear lots on the Northside hose house tract; and the old No. 3, or Hope, hose house on East Broadway at Pear, now the sanitation department garage. Expectation Is that the sale will make financially possible a new hose house on the Union Depot site, and a sanitation department garage at a location to place the housing of refuse trucks outside a business district. Further implementing the project, Alderman Stobbs secured adoption last night of a resolution to void the Depot Club lease and terminate other leases on the Union Depot site, some of which are for car-parking rights. Object is to open the way for razing the old depot building and clearing the site. Already the Council's public ing but still higher than on previous days in July at that hour. Indicatons were the mercury would be above 90 for the third time during the month, and for the first time since July 2. Even if July continues hot for the remaining five days, it may still set a record for comparatively low average temperature. Already, the month has taken high rank for rainfall. Despite Statement Ex-A uditor Hodge Pleads Innocent SPRINGFIELD, 111. (ff) — Orville E. Hodge, deposed Illinois state auditor, pleaded innocent today to charges of embezzlement, forgery and confidence game. Hodge was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars by cashing fake state checks. The ex-auditor, who has taken full blame for the scandal, stood by in Sangamon County Circuit Court as Judge Dewitt S. Crow granted a motion for permission to withdraw the plea any time within the next 30 days. The motion, by Arthur M. Fitz gerald of Springfield, Hodge's at torney, also would permit motion to quash or other appropriate ac tions. Prosecutors said they ex pected the motion and called i routine. A copy of the 46 indictments returned Tuesday against Hodgi by a grand jury was turned ove: to Fitzgerald who asked for timi to examine them. Taken Responsibility Hodge took full responsibility for the scandal in his office bu a prosecutor said Wednesday i sounds like Hodge is "shielding someone." This was the summary ol Hodge's 176-page statement on missing state funds as presentee to newsmen by George P. Coutra ton, Sangamon County (Spring field) state's attorney. Coutrakon Interviewed the one time big man in the Republican state administration after the scandal broke and, on the basis of the interview, a county grand jury returned 46 indictments against him Tuesday. Each was based on the fraudulent cashing of state warrants (checks). These indictments were in ad dition to 54 indictments returned ast week by a federal grand jury n Chicago, which accused Hodge lis office manager Edward Epping and the former president o: Chicago's Southmoor Bank ant Trust Co., Edward A. Hintz, ol committee has called tor bids for the erection of the sanitation department garage in the city common near the foot of Oak street. Bids are to be received Aug. 6 under plans and specifications by Keeney & Stolze, architects retained for the project some time ago by the Council. Last Week In July Seen More Typical July was in its final week, and promised for today the kind of weather to which Alton has become accustomed in the seventh month of the year. Overnight maximum and minimum temperatures were 88 and 70, in the 1956 July tradition of summer resort weather. But, at 8 this morning, the mercury was at 80. and was climbing, fcy mid-morning the temperature had topped 90 at the Telegraph,+_, . This probably was two degreestl^ ge ' m accountin g for me or so above the "official" read- mishandling $872,000 in federally insured bank deposits. Million Dollars Missing All told, money missing from the state treasury is estimated t amount to more than a million dollars, Coutrakon told reporters the im plication of Hodge's statement was "I'll take full responsibility.' He added: 'He could be shielding Epping He could be shielding Hintz. It could be somebody we don't know about." The prosecutor has said further ndictments may be issued in the case. Coutrakon 'described Hodge as vague and contradictory at times ie said he once asked Hodge why he could not give complete details on the cashing of the fraudulent warrants. Hodge replied: "I was very busy trying to do a good job in the auditor's office and this particular part has always been hazy to me. My mind does not function when it comes o this angle." Other highlights mary: of the sum- money: "Well, I foolishly bought bad in. vestments and I paid my ex tenses which were very high and have some of the money in in vestments." On rumored tie-ins with downstate racket figures Frank (Buser) Wortman, Elmer (Dutch) Dowling, and Thomas Berry: He knew Wortman and Dowling 'only slightly," Berry somewhat better. No One Injured WRECKED BY PLANE-Air Force personnel grope through the debris of an apartmenl-grocery store building at New Castle, Pa., after a jet training plane crashed Into the structure. Only one woman was in the building last night and she ran to safety. (AP Wirephoto) New Judge To Be GOP Of County SPRINGFIELD. — (Special.)— Gov. William G. Stratton said today he has decided to name a Madison County attorney to the Third Judicial Circuit vacancy, created by the recent death of Circuit Judge R. W. Griffith, Granite City. He said he expects to make the appointment shortly and that the new judge probably would be a Republican. Two Republicans and two Democrats have been mentioned as possible appointees. The Republicans are John B. Coppinger and Alton City Judge I. H. Streeper. The Democrats are James O. Monroe Jr., Collins ville, and George Moran of Granite City. Coppinger was the top choice of the Madison County Bar As sociation as a Republican appointee. Streeper was second but he has since disavowed any desire to switch jobs. Streeper, it was said here, has been mentioned as a possibility for a federal judgeship in the Springfield-Alton area. (At Alton today, when told of the report, Judge Streeper said: "No comment.") Monroe and Moran were the only ones presented as possible Democratic appointees to the Griffith vacancy so a vote count was held unnecessary. Jess R. Brown, former Madison County circuit judge, was third in the voting for the Republican judi cial appointment. Democrats are pressing for appointment one of then* party on the ground that it would pave the way to a coalition slate of two Democrats and two Republicans at the June, 1957, judicial election. The Third Circuit has four circuit judges. Current judges are: Republicans, Quentin Spivey, East St. Louis, and Byron O. House, Nashville, and Democrat Joseph Fleming, East St. Louis. House was named by Stratton to replace the late Circuit Judge E. F. Bareis, East St. Louis. Calhoun Man, Gun Accident Victim, Dies KAMPSVILLE. — Sterling Lange, 51, carpenter, died Wednesday night at 10 o'clock in DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, where he had been receiving treatment for a gunshot wound over the right eye. Lange was accidentally shot early Tuesday morning when his foot became entangled in a wire Fence, and as he fell, the .22-caliber rifle struck the ground and was discharged. The bullet entered his head just above the right eye. He was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital for treatment anc later was removed to DePau Hospital for treatment by a specialist. Lange resided here with his sister, Mrs. Lucille Ruyle. The body is at Hanks Funeral Home n Hardin. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Vessels Rescue L705 NEW YORK m — Two great jisauantlu liners, laden with thousands of carefree passengers, collided with a rending crash in dense fog off Massachusetts Wednesday night. One — the Italian liner Andrea Doria — keeled over and plunged to its doom in the ocean depth at midmorning today. But before the luxurious Andrea Doria vanished beneath the gentle swells of the relatively calm sea 45 miles south of Nantucket Island, its 1,709 passengers and crew CRASH VICTIM-—An unidentified man on stretcher is fed intravenously by a were snatched to safety by other Navy corpsman as he is placed in ambulance at Nantucket, Mass., today following shi P s to history's greatest rescue his removal from the Swedish liner Stockholm by helicopter. (AP Wirephoto) operation. Four died later. An undetermined number were injured. The disastrous smash occurred at 11:20 o'clock some 200 mile* northeast of New York when, for some reason, the Andrea Doria and the Swedish liner Stockholm crossed paths. Both carried modem radar equipment. Radio New* At 11:22 p.m. came the electrl- 'ying radio message from the Stockholm: "We have collided with another ship. Please (stand by) ship in collision." A few moments later the Stockholm added: "Badly damaged. Full bow crushed. Our No. 1 hold filled with water. Help if you can." Then, ascertaining the identity of the other vessel, the Stockholm told the Andrea Doria: "Lower your lifeboats. We can pick you up." Back came this message: "We too are bending (listing). Impossible to put boats over side. Please send lifeboats immediately." Sharp Debate Meters Retained At Bridge Exit The Clark Highway Bridge traffic problem came into a flurry of discussion by City Council, Wednesday night, when the finance committee reported against the removal at this time of parking meters on the south side of E. Broadway between langdon, the bridge exit, and Henry streets. Alderman Parker, who proposed the step at the last previous meeting, scathingly denounced the committee report, but it was approved with only Parker casting the opposing vote. Committee Chairman Gleiber reported his committee studied the proposed meter removal on the scene. But it found two eastbound lanes for moving traffic merged at Henry into a single lane, and that the meter removal inadvisable under present conditions. Parker complained the report 21 Youngsters Back Up Dog In Biting Case GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. «l — Twenty-one children waited patiently through hours of judicial procedure Wednesday for a chance Edward J. felt about a 4-year-old cocker •o tell Police Judge Jurleson how they Blackie — ipaniel. Blackie, the pet of the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan G. Casper, is charged with biting a 5-year-old neighbor girl. If convic- ed the dog can be ordered either confined or destroyed. The complaint against Blackie was brought by Mr. and Mrs. James C. Shuszer. They said heir daughter Lynn received a )ite on the lip which required our stitches to close. The Shus- zers seek a court order to prevent the dog from biting anyone else. When the Raspers' attorney asked for witnesses, hands shot up all over the courtroom. Judge iurleson allowed six youngsters ranged in age o testify. They rom 5 to 15. should have made suggestions to alleviate the problem. Gleiber replied that the committee hadn't gone beyond scope of what the resolution specified. Alderman Whetzel declared: "If any action is to be taken, first we must relieve congestion between Henry and Weigler (now E. Third). Elimination of parking in that narrow block would be the best bet." Mayor Struif commented that the state engineers now are making a traffic study in the bridge matter that should bring suggestions to reduce Broadway congestion. And the Alderman Warren declared. "The east side of the approach must be widened like the west side to bring relief. Removing parking meters alone won't solve the problem of speeding right turns off the bridge." Parker countered by offering a new resolution which, he averred, "offers a solution that will work." The resolution included a diagram-map to outline his plan which he asked aldermen to study. It proposed his traffic exit arrangement be put into effect, and that Commission make a the Traffic study of hourly timing and of days when the proposed arrangement should be in effect. Steel Strike Settlement Is Delayed By ROBERT M. FARRINGTON NEW YORK (S) — Final agreement on a new contract ending the 26-day-old steel strike was put off at least 24 hours today. Meetings scheduled to present a new contract to union chieftains 'or their approval were postponed until Friday. Neither steel nor union spokesmen would go into details. It was understood that while general out- ines of the new contract have jeen accepted, the negotiators are having trouble putting detailed provisions into contract language Asked-if^there was any *gnifi cance in the delay, John A. Steph ens, of U. S. Steel, industry chie negotiator, said "It just mean we have not concluded an agree ment." David J. McDonald, president ol the United Steelworkers of Amer ica, refused to say anything other than they were "still negotiating. 1 A union spokesman said meetings McDonald had scheduled today with his Executive Board and the Wage .Policy Committee, groups which would have to ap- irove any new contract, have been nit off until Friday. McDonald las said there will be no announcement of an agreement until t has been approved by the committee. Top executives of the 12 major teel producers involved in the contract talks have arrived in York, apparently to be hand for a settlement. Other ships in the vicinity, In- eluding the majestic "French liner He de France, began picking up the exchange and raced from all points of the compass. As they came near, the Andrea Doria's veteran skipper, Capt. Piero Calamai, ordered all passengers and most of his crew to abandon ship. Greatest Rescue Then began the greatest sea •escue of all times—even eclipsing hat when the mammoth Titanic went down in 1912; Only 690 were aved from the Titanic. Fifteen mndred perished. Lifeboats left the converging escue craft and sped toward the og-wrapped Andrea Doria. Passengers and crew scrambled own the dangerously leaning Ital- an vessel's sides on precipitous (Continued on Page t, Col. l.y Heart-Lung Machine Would Cut Risk East Alton Girl, 3, Born With Hole in Heart, Marks Third Birthday; Awaits Operation EAST ALTON.—A young, attractive East Alton couple observed the third birthday of their daughter Saturday under the grim shadow of a doctor's warn- Municipal Band Concert Program Thursday, Riverview Park, 8 p.m. Sunday, Rock Spring Park, 8 p.m. Mrs. Dorothy Messick, vocal soloist. Chester Hughes, guest director. George Loveless, manager. March, "Charter Oak," Qs- terling. Overture, "Soldier of Fortune," Hildreth. Modern. "Fandango," Perkins. Fantasy, "Fantasy for Band," Erickson. Concert March, "March of the Martians," Soderstrom. Favorite, "Laura," Mercer. Solo, "Lovely to Look At," Kern, Mrs. Dorothy Messick. Dixieland Band, featuiv ing Caldwell, Colburn, Mlll- cian, Schreier, King, Milford. and Loveless. March, "Nut- nu'ggers," Osterllng. ing that the child won't reach school age if her damaged hear is not soon repaired. But three years after her birth the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wil liam Wiemers, 409 Ohio Ave. have become accustomed to such ominous news. For 3-year-old Jo Ellen was born with what is commonly called a hole in the heart. Any strenuous activity on her part could prove fatal. Due to her condition, Jo Ellen, a tiny girl who weighs 23 pounds now, has been an habitue ol hospitals and doctors' offices ever since she was born (weighing one pound and 14 ounces Alton Memorial Hospital records show). Periodically, usually every two months, her mother takes a day off at Laclede Steel Co., where she works in the main office, to bring Jo Ellen to Children's Hospital in St. Louis for a checkup. But if Jo Ellen's skin coloring turns more pronouncedly blue or gray, or if she catches cold, a quick unscheduled trip to the clinic there is made to avert serious complications. In comfortably furnished quarters in a defense area home, Jo Ellen is carefully supervised by a full-time baby sitter who takes care of her; Mike, her 4- year-old _ brother, and Vickie. her 18-monfh-old sister. The other two children are normally healthy. Mrs. Wiemers, who said she JO KLLKN WIEMKKS, 3, am} her Brents, Mr. and Mr*. William Wieaiers, hi their home.— -Staff Photo. work in order to help pay ever- present hospital and doctor bills. Her husband, employed at Standard Oil Co., is 25 years old; Mrs. Wiemers, 24. They've been married now for six years. Besides her parents and brother and sister, neighbors have gotten used to Jo Ellen's lack of activity. She is not in such critical shape, however, that she can't walk around the house or outdoors, or play with her dolls. And Jo Ellen is the best judge of whether her heart is under too much strain, her mother said. When it is, the child wobbles and automatically "squnts like a duck." That's the sign that she can't catch her breath and that she must be calmed, she continued. Heart specialists in St. Louis have told the Wiemers that, though surgery must be per* formed to correct the defect, the child's chances for survival under present operating conditions there are slight. What will save the life of the blond-haired, wistful looking Jo Ellen, specialists say, is a rare heart-lung machine which will cut the risks of the operation more than half. The Wienit'rs are taking the first step in bringing such M machine to the St. Louis area with a donation to the Globe- Democrat's campaign to procure the device which that newspaper says will save the live* of 900 children each year. They hope residents around bore will do the same, not only for t'w benefit of their own child, but tocau** others so afflicted wlU L» bwlped.

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