Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 4, 1976 · Page 1
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•:•*•: m 1 withind brook* The 19th Voter It was kind of interesting to be in the middle of a small election drama yesterday. You may have read The Telegram story Tuesday about the 19th voter at the Garden Valley Retirement Village precinct (5th of the 2nd) who discovered he only had been given two ballots when he should have had three. That was me. Good old number 19. It wouldn't have amounted to a row of beans if it were just a matter of the election official forgetting to give me the third ballot. But none of 4he first 18 voters got the third ballot (national, state). Election officials apparently thought there were only two ballots (county and special question). How many voters would have passed through the line before the error was discovered is anybody's guess. • Anyway, I can't take any special credit because I just sort of stumbled onto the problem. I was still shaking the cobwebs from a long night's sleep when I voted yesterday and wasn't too alert to begin with. I should have known, but didn't, that there should have been three ballots, instead of the two I was handed. I marked the county ballot, and the special question, but couldn't find the associate judge's race. I scrutinized the county ballot again, but it wasn't there. I left the booth and advised the election officials that I couldn't find the judge's race. They searched and couldn't find it either. The officials finally discovered that there was another packet of ballots that hadn't been opened. The envelope contained national and state ballots, which included the Republican associate district judge race. (No race on the Democrat side). It should have dawned on me in the first place that a district race covering 6 counties would not be on the county ballot. As I said, the cobwebs still hadn't cleared. Election officials notified the 18 voters who missed the third ballot and at late afternoon most of them had returned to complete their voting. So, no harm done. I know you are saying it was no big deal. Which it wasn't. The election officials are conscientious. A human error was made and rectified. But if it had been the 77th or 89th voter who discovered the omission, the problem would have been larger and the consequences could have been serious. The only reason I am writing about the incident at all is that it is the first time in 28 years of voting in Kansas that anything out of the ordinary ever happened to me. I have never missed an election of any kind, but the procedure has been always routine and hardly memorable. Well, let me back up on that. The 1948 election was memorable because it was the first time I had ever marked a ballot and I was 28 years old. As a native of Washington, D.C., I never had the privilege of voting for anything. So I looked forward to my first election in Kansas, which was in '48. I started off with a bang. I voted for Dewey. Weather Sunrise 6: SO Sunset8:48 Clear to partly cloudy with Isolated late afternoon and nighttime thunderstorms through Thursday. Lows tonight mid 60s. Highs Thursday low Ms. Southwesterly winds 10 to 20 mph tonight. Temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Mas. .Win. Prec. Dodge City Emporla GARDEN CITY Goodland Hill City Russell Salina Topeka Wichita 85 63 83 81 86 82 86 , B5 85 68 64 66 55 66 68 69 68 Garden Sass m Garden City GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4,1976 Vol. 47 20 Pages, Two Sections —No. 233i 15c a Copy Telegram Rep. Litton, Wife, Children Killed In Plane Crash Tragedy After Election Victory CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Rep. Jerry Litton, who won his race for the Missouri Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate, died Tuesday night with his wife and two children in a plane crash on his way to a victory celebration. The Missouri Democratic State Committee will meet to choose from the other candidates who include Rep. James Symington and former Gov. Warren Hearnes. Symington said he and his family were "stunned beyond words by this tragic news. It is unbelievable. It is horrifying." Litton's plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Chillicothe airport en route to meet with his campaign staff for a victory celebration. Also killed were the pilot Paul Rupp Jr., and his son Paul Rupp III. Livingston County Sheriff's officers said the plane had apparently just taken off and was banking for a turn when it nosedived into the field, about 75 feet north of U.S. 36. The wheels of the plane caught on a barbed wire fence and the aircraft burst into flames on impact. Rumors reached Kansas City and his supporters waited for more than an hour before the Missouri Department of Public Safety confirmed that it was the Litton plane that had crashed in a bean field. G. K. Meinershagen, a Chillicothe dentist, confirmed early Wednesday through dental records that Litton was among the victims. "The hearts of all Missourians go out to the remaining members of the Litton family," said Gov. Christopher Bond. Litton, a millionaire farmer and businessman, was making his first bid for the Senate coming a long way from his humble birth in a three-room house near Lock Springs, Mo., 39 years ago. "I had three goals: I wanted to have the finest pure-bred cattle operation in the world; I wanted to make a million dollars; and I wanted to be elected to the United States House of Representatives by the time I was 35 or so," Litton said recently, recalling plans he had mapped for himself at the age of 19. Litton, first elected to Congress in 1972, had watched the early election returns at his Chillicothe home^before heading for the airport. Litton's wife, Sharon, was 38. The children killed in the crash were Scott, 12, and Linda, 13. Hours after the crash, people were sitting on the hoods of their cars around the courthouse in Chillicothe as if in a daze, many red-eyed from crying. Livingston County Sheriff Kelsey Reeter said he would order an autopsy on the pilot. "A lot of people are trying to figure out why I drive so hard and why I work so hard, and why I give so many speeches and why I go so many places," Litton said last winter in an interview. "I do it because I like it. I do it because I enjoy it." Litton wasn't kidding. In his first term as Congressman, from Missouri's 6th District, the northwest part of the state, he traveled to 50 other congressional districts to give speeches. He returned to northern Missouri during his first 100 weeks in office to speak 90 times. Litton's abilities as a public speaker surfaced in high school when he worked as a part-time radio newscaster. He once said he took a course in public speaking to overcome his shyness. But by the time he reached 19 he was giving high school commencement addresses and speaking at large functions throughout the state. Entering the University of Missouri in the late 1950s, he became the youngest student ever elected president of his fraternity, was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and earned many other leadership and scholarship honors. Charley Litton, the congressman's father, suffered repeated business failures in the 1950s. In 1962, Litton, now a graduate of Missouri with a degree in ag- riculture journalism, convinced his father to invest with him in a new breed of French cattle, Charolais. The father-son team was an instant success. The Litton stock won awards and the Litton Charolais Ranch near Chillicothe became known to- cattlemen of the world. The ranch was sold in 1974 for $3.8 million. When he announced as a candidate for the Senate, many of his detractors sneered at the ambitious stockman, branding him a "workaholic," with, "something up his sleeve." "I've workd hard all my life," he said later. "Sometimes you help an old lady across the street just because you want to help her. Not because you are going to rob her when you get her to the other side." Finney Farmers Doubtful Voluntary Wheat Controls? Merrill Vsetecka Huschka Liquor Issue Defeated Mike Merrill Upset Winner One man's vacation, Gus Garden says, is another man's overtime. *:•:• 1 (See voting chart ON Page 3) A- proposal to allow con-- sumption of alcoholic beverages at the Finney County Exhibition Building went down to a narrow 73-vote defeat in Tuesday's primary election. But the biggest surprise was the easy victory by Mike Merrill over incumbent Robert Buerkle in the Democratic race for second district commissioner. The nomination is tantamount to election because the winner has no opposition in November. Martin Huschka won the Republican nomination in the 3rd district commission race, defeating Raymond Oyler. County Attorney Don Vsetecka won his bid for reelection defeating Philip Vieux, a newcomer. Vsetecka has no opposition in November. The liquor issue was defeated 1500 to 1427. It means no liquor may be consumed at any time at the Exhibition Building. Supporters sought approval to attract conventions to the huge building. The primary races were marked by a lower than normal turnout. Onlu 3,030 persons out of 9,399 registered voters made the trip to Finney County polls. Carol Brown, county clerk, said the low turnout could probably be blamed on the high number of uncontested races. There were only four local primary races where candidates faced opposition. In three of those races, the candidates will have no opposition in November. Three other persons faced no opposition in either races. All terms are four years. The contest drawing the most interest was Mike Merrill's challenge against incumbent County Commissioner Bob Buerkle. They were seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2nd district. Merrill soundly defeated Buerkle by a two-to-one margin — 251 to 121. Merrill received the backing of voters who complained about the new county landfill site. The site was chosen while Buerkle was chairman of the county commission. Merrill also received 97 write-in votes on the Republican ballot. More than 128 write-in votes would have allowed his name to be printed on the November ballot as a Republican. However, he will be unopposed in the general election as a Democrat. In the 3rd district commission contest, Martin /Huschka defeated Raymond Oyler-by a vote of 411 to 339. Huschka will face Democrat James Concannon Jr., in the November election. Finney County Attorney Don Vsetecka easily defeated challenger Philip Vieux — 1,243 to 452. Vieux, a Dodge City native planned to open his law practice here this month. Harrison Smith, county judge, won the republican nomination for associate district judge against Michael Quint. Smith will be unopposed in the November election. He also won handily in other counties of the 25th judicial district (see related story). Bill Addington, Elkhart, seeking the Democratic nomination for 1st District Congressman, received more votes in Finney County than his opponent Randy Yowell of Hays. But Yowell carried the district-wide contest. He will face incumbent Keith Sebelius in November. A November race is' set for county sheriff between Democratic incumbent Grover Craig and Republican Gaylord Cook, a former deputy sheriff. Both were unopposed in the primary. Three persons face no opposition in either election. Donna Bradford, a Democrat, is seeking her seventh term as county treasurer. Margaret Harmon, a Republican, is seeking another term as register of deeds. Carol Brown, a Democrat, is seeking her second term as county clerk. Finney County wheat growers apparently don't think a voluntary acreage reduction will work to lower wheat surpluses and to force a price increase. That was their message last night to Earl Hayes, Stafford president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. The local market dropped below $3 per bushel last week and by next wheat harvest national reserves will be at record levels, Hayes said. "What are we going to do about it?" "If we do not take some action to either develop some more foreign markets, or adopt voluntary acreage controls this fall and reduce our planting — and possibly improve our lines of communication with the Burner. . . we cannot continue to farm," he said. Hayes reiterated his complaints about unions and government. "It just burns me up when I think of the canning settlement in California," he said. "Within the next three years they will receive $1.92 increase in wages. They are close to the $5 level now. That's going to increase the price of a can of pears, a can of peaches or a can of tomatoes up two to four cents a can." "Where was President Ford * * * Becky Herman Wheat Queen Miller Back In Politics Becky Herman, was named con- Finney County Wheat Queen last night at a board meeting of county wheat growers. She's the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Herman, 1004 Conkling. Margaret Lobmeyer, of Mr. and Mrs. WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Vern Miller, who served four years as Kansas attorney daughter general but lost a bid for the Marion Lobmeyer, S. Star Rt., governorship two years ago, was runner-up, staged a dramatic political Ms - Herman, a student at comeback Tuesday. Kansas University, received a Miller easily defeated in- $150 scholarship, jewelry and cumbent Sedgwick County P>"°w s made by Wheathearts, Dist. Atty. Keith Sanborn, wives of the wheatgrowers. 18,153 votes to 10,734, to claim She will represent Finney the Democratic nomination County in the state Wheat for that office. Q ueen contest in December. and George Meany when this cost of living increase came .about?" he said. "Do you realize we could get $6 wheat and the $3 increase would increase the cost of flour in a loaf of bread only about 3.6 cents?" Hayes said possible grower action would be discussed in upcoming KAWG meetings next week and at the National Association of Wheat Growers meeting Aug. 18 and 19 at Denver. Several farmers told Hayes that they didn't think voliin^ tary crop production was the answer. Instead, they should work for new and increased foreign markets. E. R. Hornbaker, 1001 Davis, said he knew many farmers throughout the state who were going to plant all the wheat they could while the price remains near the $3 level. They think they have to, he said, to meet their increased costs. "I don't know how you can convince them to cut back wheat acreage unless the price gets so low they can't afford it," he said. Another farmer laughed and said, "I'll volunteer for my neighbor to cut down his acreage but I won't cut down mine." Don Doll, who farms northeast of Garden City said, "I think the only way an acreage Judge's Race Smith Easy Victor Harrison Smith, Finney County judge, scored an easy victory in the race for associate district judge, with Michael Quint, deputy county attorney. Smith won in all six counties of the 25th judicial district. The associate district judge will assume the duties of county, probate and juvenile judgeships in Finney County and will work with the district judge in the other counties. Smith won by nearly 700 votes — 2,070 to 1,395. In Finney County the totals were 957 for Smith and 808 for Smith Quint. In Scott County it was 309 to 253. Kearny County totals were 280 for Smith to 148 for Quint. In Hamilton County '•it was 151 to 119. In Greeley County it was 217 to 95 and in Wichita County the vote was 156 to 82. Smith, a Republican, has no opposition in the November general election. The new position becomes effective Jan. 10, 1977. control program is going to work is through the government but I don't know anyone who wants to see the government back into it." Another farmer suggested that wheat growers push for sales promotions to foreign markets. The possibilities are wide open, he said. Electronic products from Japan could be. exchanged for wheat or Mideast countries could trade with oil. Hayes said this is the first time farmers have control over reserves of wheat, which 'could reach one billion bushels by next June. Spray Pilot Soaked LEOTI — The owner of a Leoti crop dusting service was drenched with chemical this morning in a spraying mishap north of Tribune near the Greeley-Wallace County line. Being treated this morning at Wichita County Hospital was John F. Notestine Jr., owner of Notestine Inc. Mrs. Notestine said her husband suffered no injuries other than the dousing and said doctors were working to find an antidote for the chemical. Details of the mishap are sketchy. A spokesman at Notestine said the pilot was flying near the Marvin Sides farm about 11 a.m. when it's believed that the hopper burst. Notestine, she said, was apparently doused with the chemical. She said Notestine walked about a quarter of a mile and was washing off when he was found by someone who took him to the hospital. "No one really knows what happened right now," she said. Mrs. Notestine said she hadn't had a chance to talk to her husband about what happened, but it looked like he was going to be okay. Sen. Storey Upset Blow to Governor's Prestige TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two of the youngest members of the Kansas House won nomination to the Senate in stunning upsets in Tuesday's primary election. The youngsters defeated veteran legislators and, in the process, one of them handed a sharp blow to the prestige of Gov. Robert F. Bennett, Rep. Ron Hein, 26, dealt Bennett's personal friend, Sen. Bob Storey of Topeka, a 4,409-2,324 defeat. Bennett made it a point to be present when Storey announced his candidacy, and Storey's wife, Pat, is a key member of the governor's staff. Hein has served only two years in the House. Storey has been in the Senate eight years and is one of the leaders of that body. He is chairman of the Transportation and Utilities Committee and a member of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. The other youthful victor is Rep. Joseph Norvell, D-Hays, also 26. Norvell has served just four years in the House but defeated Sen. Albert Campbell, a veteran of eight years in the House and Senate, by a vote of 5,320 to 2,318. At least six other incumbent legislators appeared to go down to defeat in primary election contests. But in some races, the votes were so close the outcomes may be in doubt until official canvasses are completed. Among the apparent losers was a nine-term veteran, Herbert A. Rogg, Russell Demo- crat. Patrick B. Augustine, Ellis, led Rogg by 28 votes on the basis of complete but unofficial returns in the 110th District. Rep. William Southern, Ellinwood Republican, was defeated by Jerry Lee McCullough, Great Bend, by 221 votes, in the 113th. Complete but nofficial tallies gave Samuel Burr Sifers, Mission Hills, a nine- vote edge over Rep. Earl Ward, R-Mission Hills; Herman G. Dillon, Kansas City, an 11-vote margin over Rep. Joseph A. Wicinski, D- Kansas City, and William Eddy, Leawood, a 27-vcld edge over Rep. Ole Nesmith, R-Leawood. Going down by a wider mar- gin was Rep. William K. "Ken" Marshall, D-Topeka. He had a 121-vote deficit in a race against Anthony Hensley, Topeka. Veteran senators turning back primary election challenges were Joseph Harder, RMoundridge, majority leader of the Senate; Arden Booth, RLawrence; D. Wayne Zimmerman, Olathe; Leslie Droge, R-Seneca; John Vermillion, R-Independence, and James Francisco, D-Mulvane. Rep. Pascal Roniger, R- Burdick, seemed to have duplicated his cliffhanger victory of 1974 over former Rep. William Novak, R-Lost Springs. When redistricting threw them together in 1974, Roniger squeezed out a nine-vote victory over Novak, 1,353 to 1,344. This year Roniger increased the margin to 17, out polling Novak 1,373 to 1,356. Other incumbent House members fending off primary election opposition included; C. Fred Lorentz, R-Fredonia; Arthur Douville, R-Overland Park; Joe Hoagland, R-Overland Park; W. Edgar Moore, R-Olathe; Francis Gordon, R- Highland; Ben Foster, R- Wichita; Glee Jones, R- Hiawatha; Bill Wisdom, D- Kansas City; Joseph M. "Babe" Mikesic, D-Kansas City; Ruth Luzzati.D-Wichita; Theo Cribbs, D-Wichita; Ardena Matlack, D-Clearwater, and Homer A. Jarchow, D-Wichita. S

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