FURNITURE & APPLIANCE OECORA ™6 CENTER -Awards Range In Value Up To $6,000 Three Merit Scholars Here FIRE FIGHT This ladder, with Police Chief Eugene Flaherty out front, was used to gain access to the second floor fire at Douglas Brothers furniture store Tuesday afternoon. Wiring Listed As Cause Two Ottawa students have re. ceived National Merit Scholar, ships, and an Ottawa High School girl has been recognized as an honorary Merit Scholar. Winners of the scholarships are John C. Hoppe, the son oi the Rev. and Mrs. Leopold H. Hoppe, 409 S. Elm; and Jean Northway, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Northway, 1247 S. Cedar a Singer Company Merit Scholar. Barbara Hughes, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hughes, 1444 S. Elm, has been recognized as an Honorary Merit Scholar. The tenth annual Merit Pro. gram began in March of 1964 when 807,000 students in 17,162 schools took the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). In September of 1964, about 14,000 students became semifinalists in the program. Stipends accompanying Merit Scholarships are not announced, since they are based in part on the finances of the scholar's family. The range is from $400 to $6,000 or more for the four years of college. The students who have accepted other scholarship offer or plan to enter one of the service academies or a specialized type of training not covered by the Merit Program are designated as Honorary Merit Scholars, in order to honor them for their high achievement. John Hoppe Is an early ad mis. sion freshman at Ottawa Univer. sity. While attending Ottawa High School (OHS), he was on the high honor roll, a member of the OHS "Categories" TV quiz show team in 1963, nominated to Boys' State, a first place winner In a clarinet trio at the State Music Festival in 1963, a member of The Kansas All . State Lions Band, and an active participant in school clubs. At OU, John was on the Dean's List and the honors roll during the fall semester, a member of Sigma Alpha Honors Society, an active participant on the OU de. bate team, and the dramatics club. John intends to major in political science at the Univer. sity of Kansas and plans a career as an attorney. Jean Northway is an OHS sen. ior. She was a member of Quill and Scroll in 1965, a member of the Methodist Youth Fellow, ship, vice president of Kayettes in 1964.65, and a member of the school drama club. Jean intends to major in home economics at the University of Kansas and plans a career as a JEAN NORTHWAY JOHN HOPPE BARBARA HUGHES home economist in foods and nutrition. Barbara Hughes did not accept a Merit Scholarship because she had previously been awarded a Watkins scholarship tutheUni. versity of Kansas. Her major is undecided. Barbara, a senior at OHS, was the school newspaper editor in 1964.65, yearbook editor in 19G3. 19C4, speaker of the house at Girls' State in 1064, named outstanding camper in microbiology at the National Science F'ounda. tion's science and math carnp at KU in 1964, and will return this summer as a research apprentice. Barbara was also active in Kayettes, and served as vice president of the City Youth Coun. cil and of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. As an Honorary Merit Scholar, Barbara will re. ceive no financial aid from the National Merit Scholarship Cor. poration and the college she aU tends does not receive a grant. Most Merit Scholarships also carry an unrestricted gift to the college the student has chosen, In most cases these grants pro. vide $250 a year to privately supported colleges, and $100 a year to publicly supported col. leges. Of Fire At Douglas Store OTTAWA HERALD By ZEKEWIGGLESWORTH A fire early Tuesday afternoon gutted the top floor of the Douglas Brothers furniture store, 113S. Main, causing anestimated$12,000damage. Fire Chief Harry Gilliland said this morning after an inspection of the building that the fire was apparently caused by faulty wiring. He said a candle-manufacturing operation on the second floor apparently had no connection with the blaze. The only injury in the fire was to Mrs. William H. Douglas. She cut her right wrist when she smashed a door window on the second floojz-of the building trying to get to the scene of the blaze. She was treated and released from Ransom Memorial Hospital. Gilliland said there were no injuries to his firemen, but that one man had a dose of smoke inhalation. William H. Douglas, president of the firm, said this morning most of the damage to his building was confined to the front, or west, part of the second floor. That area, remodeled less than a year ago, was declared a total loss by Gilliland. Douglas said it was used as an office and living quarters, and that remodeling had included lowering the ceiling. Gilliland said that during fire-fighting efforts, the partitions raised some problems for firemen because they couldn't get to the fire. Douglas said he and his brother, Noel Douglas, were listening to the 2:30 p. m., news when he noticed s moke '' rolling down the front stairs'' to the upper floor. "There was nobody up there," he said. "Mary (his wife) was uptown and there was nobody here but my brother and me." He said the candle-making area was not the cause of the fire. "There was nobody in the wax department, and the stoves up there were turned off." He said the building and contents were insured, but said he was not sure the total loss was covered. He said there was some damage to merchandise on the lower floor from smoke and water. A. C. Richeson, a public accountant whose office is on the lower front of the Douglas building, suffered water and smoke damage. It will take an estimated $1,500-$2,000 to clean up his office. The building is owned by the Douglas brothers. Douglas said the next step is to "wait for the insurance man. Then we'll rebuild." VOL. 69 NO. 117 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 1965, OTTAWA, KANSAS 7 cents 16 pages One School Official Sees No Advantage, But Teachers Pleased By Law Change By ZEKE WIGGLESWORTH A lot of first and second grade teachers, at least in Ottawa, will be happy about a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. William Avery. The bill raises the minimum age requirement for starting school by four months —in other words, the average age for enter, ing kindergarten will jump from five years, two months, to five years, six months. As the bill stands now, children who will be six on or before Jan. 1, 1966, are eligible to enter the first grade this fall, and those who will be five by that date can enter kindergarten. But, each year for three years, the entering date will be moved up one month. In 1967, for ex. ample, a child would have to be five by Nov. 1 of that year to enter school, and by 1969, Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Fair and warmer tonight. Low tonight 40 to 45. Thursday partly cloudy and warmer. High in 70s. High temperature Tuesday, 56; low temperature today, 30; high a year ago today, 64; low a year ago today, 48; record high this date, 91 in 1910; record low this d ate, 30 in 1928. Precipitation for the 24 hour period ending at 7 a. m., light to moderate frost. Hourly temperatures, ending at 8 a. m. today: he must be five by Sept. 1. The idea behind all this, ac« cording to the congressmen responsible for passing it, is to raise the "maturity" of school age children. One local elementary principal, Allen Unruh at Eugene Field School, sees a great deal of sense in the new law. "There has been a theory around for quite a while," Un. ruh said Tuesday, "about a child being able to read when he reaches a mental age of six years, six months. You didn't hear much about it for a while, but it's being heard again." He said lower grade teachers will probably welcome the new law. "I think teachers generally feel that the youngsters who have the most trouble are the September to December group, that is, the younger group. They seem to US Plane Fired On have many retentions (repeating the grade) in that group." He said there can be as much as a year between children of the same grade, the way things oper« ate now. "We had a child here last year that just missed the entering date by two days, Jan. 3. He had to enter this year, and he's going to be a year older than the child who was born by the Jan. 1 deadline for this year. I think in many ways that's better. "We have noticed that a child who enters in the younger group, September to December birth, date, can take until the fourth or fifth grade to catch up. Now, of course, this is not true in all cases. I must speak generally." He said there are two theories on the problem. "One says that you should take the child where he is, and move him, whether he is ready or not. The other says the child should wait until he is mature enough to take care of the materials we present. Unrush said it is becoming important that children be mature enough to cope with school ma- terials. "We are trying to start math in the first, second and third grades, so these children must have maturity in the early grades. Another factor is dropouts. If a child begins meeting failures in the early grades, it could cause quite aproblem when he gets to the age where he can quit school." There has been some opposition to the law, however, As one other District 30 school official said, it could cause "anxiety" problems. If a child moves to Kansas from another state, for example, he may have completed kindergarten but not be old enough for first grade here. It was also pointed out that children who will end up in professions such as medicine, law and architecture will have just that much more of a wait before Tauys Toot Wonder if the bill should be amended to provide mothers with tranquilizers? they can begin their careers. The legislators who enacted the law reported that they re. ceived a flood of mail from par. ents protesting the bill, some from parents who felt the schools should take over the responsibility of baby.sitting their children. At any rate, the bill is now law, and your children, whether they like it or not, are going to be a little older before they start the hard climb toward com. pletion of an education. Richmond Wins Richmond High School successfully defended its Franklin County League track championship yes. terday. Besides Richmond, Pomona, Princeton, and Williamsburg competed in the anuual meet. For the story and pictures, see pages 4 and 5. DOUGLAS FIRE Firemen are seen fighting Tuesday afternoon's $12,000 Douglas Brothers fire. The television antenna on the top of the store can be seen collapsing as firemen douse the area with water. At right, William H. Douglas, president of the firm, is seen, soaking wet, carrying articles from the lower part of the store. 9 10 11 a. a. a. m. 54 m. m. Noon . . . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 P. P. P. P. P. P. P. P. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. 53 52 . 52 51 51 51 50 49 49 47 42 9 10 11 P. P. P. m. 39 m. m. Midnight. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. 37 36 36 36 36 35 34 32 32 36 39 Barometer, 30.28. WASHINGTON (AP) —A U.S. RB47 reconnaissance plane was attacked and damaged by two North Korean MIG17 fighters over the Sea of Japan 50 miles from the Korean mainland Tuesday, the Defense Depart, ment announced today. The brief announcement said the U.S. plane suffered damage but was able to land safely at Yokota Air Base in Japan and there were no injuries to the crew. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The Defense Department said, "The aircraft was flying more than 8 miles from the Korean mainland, and parallel to the coast, at the time of the attack." Miss Ottawa Entrant Open House Open house and dedica. tion of the H.D. Lee Com. pany's new Bruce Plant on West 17th will be May 13. On that day, a Thursday, doors of the new plant which currently employs 270 persons will be opened to the public. Guided tours will be held every hour on the hour. Earl Guist, manager, said that company officials from the home office in Kansas City would be pres. ent. A luncheon for civic and business officials will be held at the Country Club. Success Of Bills Remains A Mystery I By ZEKE WIGGLESWORTH The Kansas Legislature, in its 1965 session, passed in one fell swoop many of the bills that have been battled over there for many years. Among these were civil rights legislation, the foundation school aid plan, and reapportionment of the house, and the private club bill. After the smoke cleared, many legislators were scratching their heads in an effort to figure out just why everything passed. One of these is Sen. Bill Bowers, theFtf*' ™ -trict»s state senator. "I don't know. I've been trying to figure out myself why all those bills came during this particular session. Now I know, for example, that the Senate, in 1963, passed a finance plan for schools. The House killed it. I think one of the things which has happened is that the leadership in the House has finally realized that these things are inevitable, and were bound to be passed sometime. And, I suppose as Wayne Angell (state representative from Ottawa) says, it boils down to the people wanted them." He said the most significant piece of legislation to come out of the session was the foundation plan for education, and also he said, the methods enacted for financing it. "The present amount to be used for financing the plan will be inadequate in a few years," Bowers said, "and it will mean another sales tax Increase."The legislature this session raised sales tax from 2.5 to 3 cents, a half-cent lower than that requested by the governor. "I wish that people would realize that these increases are directly related to an improved school financing program, and that they are Intended to relieve the ad valorem tax situation." He said the overall plan enacted by the legislators—a program of unifying the 'state's school dls. tricts coupled with financing them—is a method which gives small school districts a chance at survival. "This is all tied together to enable poorer districts with less assessed valuation to receive more, state aid to improve the quality of their education." Turning to civil rights, Sen. Bowers said that legislation in this area didnt get too far. "The fair housing bill didnt make it out of senate commit, tee, and the public accommodations law which was passed had its enforcement features watered down. But some progress was made, and the legislative council (a bi-cameral legislative study group of which Bowers is a member) has been ordered to draw up a bill for the next session." He said the legislature took "a significant step" in passing the private club law. "The law goes a long way toward enforcing not only liquor laws but the spread of indiscrim. inate public drinking. It gives the Alcoholic Beverage Control com* mission, the attorney general and state and local law enforcement agencies a tool to enforce liquor laws and gambling laws. Time may prove Inequities in the law, but these will be ironed out.'* Besides the legislative council, Bowers is a member of many committees in the senate, including the water resources commit, tee which he chairs. (See SUCCESS, page 14) MARGARET LUCILLE HENNING - Margaret is 18 and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Henning of 420 E. llth, Ottawa. She is a senior at Ottawa High School. Margaret is five foot six with brown hair and blue eyes. She will dance as her talent in the Miss Ottawa Pageant, May 7.
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