The Indianapolis News from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 30, 1949 · 6
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Monday, May 30, 1949
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Poge 6 11 rrr-S'-- 4 V 17" J W I m 4, An intestested party included, front row, Mrs. Tom J. K. Jenkins. Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are from Rich-Underwood, Mrs. D. C. Williams, Mrs. J. K. Jenkins and mond. The others ore Indianapolis fans. Dr. C. D. Williams. In the rear are Tom Underwood and 150,000 Continued from Pace 1 luck at varioui garnet of "skill." You might win a Icewpie doll or a toy panda If you were clever at throwing a ball or hoop. Atomic Condemer Introduced. On spicier had an eye-catcher the atomic condenser, a gadget touted to do wonderi (or the Ignition system of a car. The machine-minded crrwd marveled and bought. As often happens In dormitories, tome people just can't t'epp. So they held a party. And it was tome party. There was danclnft In the street Jitterbuging to Junes from auto radios. There were refreshments of the kind that comes In keglined cans and in bottles. There was laughter and barber shop harmony and talk and arguments and a few fights. The party was the continuation of one that began in the afternoon. At 2 p m. three men sat on chairs on a platform suspended over the sides of a cattle truck. At 8 p. m. they slept soundly on the truck bed. A man from Ohio pointed at them with a grin. "They poured it on too heavy In the straightaway." he aaid. "They spun in the turn." Most Talk on Racing Most of the talk was about racing cars and drivers and all the subjects dear to the heart of gasoline alley overhead valves, fuel injectors, high compression heads, gear ratios and hat-have-you? Seemed like every other man was either a hot-rod driver from Texas or a garage mechanic from Dubuque. In front of the gates of the Speedway were the "old settlers" who had been camping there for more than a week. Acclaimed as the first In front of Gate 1 and first to arrive for the show was Woodbridge Ferris. Detroit advertising man. who says he parked there May 18. There was a suspicion that Ferris might be advertlsinc a certain make of car which has seats that 1 can be made up into beds. His stepson. Pat Whit. 15. was having a "terrific" time "camp-lng out." Dut Mr Ferris, who arrived yesterday, said: "I'm tired out already. I don't see how anyone could stay that long In a car." First at Gate S In the first row at Gate 3 was Laurence Bisceglia. of Long Beach, Cal., who says there wasn't anyone re around when he I reached the Speedway May 19. I "The guards told me I was the first here," he said. "They gave 1 me a pass to the qualifying trials as a reward He waved the pass. "I don't really care." he added. "That While kid U a good kid. and he's having a good time. I don't want to spoil his fun." One thing la certain, he feels. His toy tux terrier. Tiny, was the firU dog at the race. Tiny is celebrating his first birthday today barking in support of Duke N'alon and N'oti No. 34. Also in the first row at Gate 3 were four hot-rod drivers from Ft Worth. Tci.-Pat Klrkwood. Frank Davis. Paul Lee per and Malvin Porter. "We got here early because of the flood at Ft Worth." said Kirkwood. "When our two race tracks disappeared under 33 feet of water we Just said. 'Aw, what the beckf and took off for Indianapolis." Indianapolis'! own representative among tha "old settlers" was 17-year-old Paul Donl, who said he lives Just seven blocks from the Speedwsy. Psul parked a beat up truck, marked "Novl Grooved Piston Special." -Ight la the second row In front of Gate 1. Paul thought Naton would win H a brfffi and reported that Lou Welch, Nalon't boss, stopped to talk to htm Tuesday. lie qouied Welch as saying. "Yoil got the winning number, son." Bud Thayer, New Paris, O.. who followed tha curf Buben John RACE FANS COME FROM NEAR AND FAR J f -, ; llrn ifyjr TV y ' i -i f PZ ... -"11. I i A. . State Pauses to Give Tribute to War Dead By LEO A grateful nation paused today to pay reverent tribute to its soldier dead. Once again the bells tolled for the nation's defenders in every armed conflict In cemeteries at home and on the thousands of graves where Americans fell overseas in service of their flag and country flowers wtVe ttrewp in symbolic memory. I This Memorial Day had par ticular significance in many Hoosler hearts. It marked the first time that more than 7.000 Hoosler war dead have been honored on their native solL From the strife ana turmoil of the Normandy and Anzio beachheads, from the bloody sieges of Tarawa and Iwo Jlma they have come back home to be repatriated. And on this day set aside to honor those who made the supreme sacrifice special welcome was extended across the vale that separates the living from the dead. Program and Parade Indianapolis Joined with the state and nation in conducting memorial services and in reco- Weather Luck Holds Again for Speedway The weather tuck of the Speedway held today "Partly cloudy and warmer today" wa the official forecast of the Weatner Bureau Prospects of rain, which had been included in unofficial bureau "outlooks" the last few days, dwindled to a possibility that some time tonight there might be scattered showers in the extreme southwest part of the state. Thus, the record of the Memorial Day race remained good as far as weather is concerned. Only one race. In 1928. was stopped by rain. Frank Lockhart won that year when rain forced the checkered flag at the 400-mile mark. There has not been a total postponement since 1913. The weather condition was good newt for rsce officials, driveis and visitors. It was an especially good break for the fly-in visitors who came by hundreds In every kind of airplane from the smallest to air line types. son, Cleveland, through Gat 1 when it opened at dawn, said he's been driving round trips to In dianapolls aince 1939 as an ardent backer of the Indianapolis Caps hockey team. These were the people who led the big rush into the oval. Thry like racing and crowds and the glamor of a sporting event that captures the attention of the world. Yet the whole truth requires the admission that not all persons who attend the races are racing fans. One woman who refused to be Quoted by name said: "I don't give a whoop for racing. I Just came along to keep aa eye on my husband. Sometimes he gets Ideas. I'm going to sit right beside him In the Infield and knit all day." The whole truth also brings tha confession that the eve of the race did net find every fan on tenterhooss ever the outcome. Relaxing at a prcraco party given by the Firestone people. James Weldon. Indianapolis optician, commented: "What worries me at present Is the love life of the mole. Each year there are lots of new moles. What beau me is bow they find each other without eyes and underground.'" - 1:1 i LITZ ratlng the graves of the soldier dead of all wars. Highlighting the city's observance of Memorial Day was the annual parade sponsored by the General Memorial Association and a formal program on Monu ment Circle. Patriotic societies, civic bodies. veterans' groups and other or ganizations marched in the parade. Headed by the military band of the 10th Air Force, the parade formed at North and Pennsylvania Streets, and the route was south on Pennsylvania Street to Washington Street, west to Meridian Street, and then north to Monument Circle. The Marlon County Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was In charge of the service on Monu ment Circle. The speaker was the Rev. G. Lsvon Fisher, pastor of the Centenary Christian Church. James C Ahern. president of the General Memorial Association, presided at special services for the war dead In Crown Hill cemetery. More than 1.400 flags were placed on graves of soldiers by Boy Scouts. The 10th Air Force band also took part in the program. 3 Cars Continued from Page 1 field hospital. Duke arrived a few minutes later. Nalon'a wife later said to newsmen: . "Duke told me he didn't know how he had presence of mind enough to get out of the car." VanAcker's Redmer Special turned completely around after Its skid, then went backward and hit the small retaining fence on the inside of the track and turned over once, coming to rest on tha fence. The driver slid out of the cockpit, uninjured. He was on his 10th lap at the time. He blamed a cracked front axle for his skid. Hit wife, hearing of the accident, started for tha field hospital and fainted en route. In a spectacular mishap in his 10th lap. Charley VanAcker skidded as hit car roared into the straightaway from the northwest turn, and then overturned. He apparently was not Injured. A short time earlier. George Lynch became the first driver casualty when his racer side-swipe th retaining wall at the southwest turn. Lynch suffered a broken left ankle and track burns. He climbed out of the car and sat on it waiting for a wrecker as the other cars roared by. Lynrh's car appeared to waver as it headed Into the turn, but he avoided crashing head on into the walL The car's wheels were damaged, but the wrecking car pulled It away. Lynch Mid his crackup was csused by the car In front slowing down. "I had to hit the wall to keep from running Into him," Lynch said In the f.eld hospital. "Damn It why did I have to go out to early?" Taken to the field hospital at the Speedway, Lynch was treated for track burns and an Injured left ankle. Dr. E. Rogers Smith, Speedway medical director, said he would be taken to Methodist Hospital later. Out of Race Continued from Page 1 Special, lost drain plug. 130 miles. No. 3 Rex Mays. Novl Mobil Special, magneto' trouble, 130 miles. No. 33-Jack McGrath. City of Tacoma, broken oil pump, 100 miles. No. ft Lee Wallard. L R. C. Special, fuel Una leak. 137V4 miles. THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS Speedway Continued from Page 1 gotiated beautifully as Duke, driving the pole car, led the pack. Lynch Cracks Up They completed one lap without mishap but on the second lap Car 26, the Auto Shippers special, hit the outside retaining wall. George Lynch, the driver, was not injured. Nalon. Mays, Duane Carter and Jack McGrath ran 1, 2, 3. 4 on the first lap. After completing his fifth lap, Bill Cantrell. in Car 74. went into the pits. Racing experts say you can't make more than one pit stop and win this race. The Lou Moore pit crew signaled O. K. to its drivers. Bill Holland and George Connor were running third and fourth. .Rose was back in the pack biding his time a characteristic of Mauri doing the unexpected. The Duke threw five aces at the folks for the first lap, 1:11.11. his 126.564 pace broke the track record held by Rex Mays. 123.02, made last year. Charles VanAcker, South Bend, in Car 10. the Redmer Special, turned over on the northwest turn. When he crawled out the crowd, breathless for the moment broke into a cheer. Now the reports of what had happened to cars in the pit began to come in aiong as Nalon and Mays increased their lead. Bill Cantr ell's two stops were due to carburetor trouble. The hood straps on Emil Andres Car 9 came loose and he spent 2 minutes in the pits. A black cloud of smoke above the woods at the northeast turn was visible from the press stand atop the paddock stand. An emergency was reported. Nalon in No. 54 failed to come by. The car was burning. From the pits there was a signal to another race team the words Nalon is out The yellow flag appeared. Seth Klein and Bill Vandewater. flag wavers .held the green flag up ot Rex Mays asking him whether the track was clear. Rex nodded yes as he went by for the 28th time The offciial standing at 25 miles: First No. 94. Duke Nalon. Second No. 3, Rex Mays. Third No. 6, Lee Wallard. Fourth No. 7. Bill Holland. Fifth No. 17, Duane Carter. The speed wss 127.723, a new record. Official standing at 50 miles was: First No. 54, Duke Nalon. Second No. 9. Rex Mays. Third No. 6. Lee Wallard. Fourth No. 7, Bill Holland. Fifth No. 22, George Connor. The average was 123.110 for this distance. N'alon Car Catches Fire The early speed began to take its toll. Charles VanAcker. No. 10, broke an axle, spun and went out on his 11th lap. Sara Hanks completed 20 laps In No. 18 and ran out of oiL Georje Lynch, No. 22. spun when the car in front of him braked too rapidly, putting him out Manuel Ayulo, No. 52, retired with a broken rod. When Nalon't car went out. his first thought was to let his mother know he wasn't hurt Wallard Passes Man The speed of the rare dropped some due to the 6-minuta period of yellow caution lights. Nalon led the race for the first 23 laps and then Rex moved out front By this time Lee Waltard. driving the I. R. C Special No. 6. a Maseratl, turned on hte speed and caught Rex on the 36th lap. Rex evidently was told to stay on Wallard'a tall because after nine laps Rex still was trailing Wallard by 9 seconds. When they reached the fifth pole 100 miles the speed was dow n to 120 327. Official standing at the end of 40 laps (100 miles): Elapsed time. 49 51 83. Average speed, 120.327. First No, second. No. S. third. No. 7. fourth. No. 17; fifth. No. 3; sixth. No. 22, seventh. No. 77; eighth. No. 12; ninth, No. 64; tenth. No. X j (It I Jf u. ! ; " J yj m f -r V , (?.; 'X The Ingersoll family from New Castle were among the Speedway fans. Miss Judith Ann Ingersoll greets Miss Helen Millikan, 317 E. Maple Rd., as her father Field Cut Continued from Page 1 runs and then its successful qualification sprint at 127 m. p. h. An AAA ruling prohibited an alternate car starting in the Grancor's place. The rule was made to keep owners of slower cars from buying their way into the race, an official explained. One of the first men arrested ! ; in the Speedway grounds was a Californian wearing the press j I credentials of the Pottsville (Pa.) Evening Republican. The news- j paper had reported the ticket and badge stolen. ' ) The burly guard at the Pagoda gate was Lou Karras, star tackle on Purdue University's football team. No one tried to strong-arm his way past Lou. The "triplets" in the Lou Moore stable, the three sleek Blue Crown Specials, had small powder puffs installed on the steering wheels. Lou explained that Mauri Rose. Bill Holland and George Connor could grab the puffs to wipe off their goggles during the race. Wilbur Shaw drove the pacemaker car wearing his cotton "corn shuckin' " glovea that were his trademark when he received the checkered flag in three races. Even celebrities had a few troubles at the track. Linda Darnell arrived bright and early. She started to her box in the observation stand above the paddock, but was refused admission. She had gone to the wrong stairway. The movie star was fashionably attired in a white suit with red shoes, red purse and red hat. She carried a movie camera and confided that she was shooting several hundred feet of film. Her husband, Hollywood Cameraman Pev Marley, left his cameras at home. ' The milling crowd at the southwest turn stepped graciously over a sleeping girL Someone remarked that the gal's alarm clock hadnt gone off yet. First car on the track was Bill Holland's No. 7, one of Lou Moore's entries. Lou pushed the racer onto the track. The last car to roll onto the bricks was the Iddlngs Special, driven by Johnny McDowell. For a while the Iddlngs was a questionable starter. Mechanics had transplanted its front end yesterday onto a dirt track car at Winchester. They Installed a new steering device and other front end equipment on No. 32 last night A. A. A. officials ruled, however, that the original front end would have to be Intact at race time. The pit crew worked feverishly getting the car ready Just 30 minutes before the starting bomb. There was a pall of gloom at the Bowes Seal Fast garage in Gasoline Alley. The doors were locked and thades were draw n. For the first time in years, the tlick-looking white Bowes cars weren't in the starting field. Both failed to qualify. . 1 Noses of veteran race fans ! ) perked up like bird dogs when i castor oil fumes saturated the I atmosphere as the cars were started at race time. Placed at strategic points in the pits were 30 glistening white refrigerators. Something cool to drink inside? Nope. Drivers' crash helmeU were stacked neatly inside the coolers. Speed pilots making pit stops would trade a hot helmet for a cool one. e T. E. (Pop) Myers. Speedway vice-president and a familiar figure for years at the track, made hia traditional pit visit before the rare, wishing each driver the best possible lurk. ITere's the way the "experts" guessed the winner's average speed. Joe Cloutier, Speedway treasurer 121.5. Roscoe Turner, former speed pilot. 122 Cannonhall Baker, former race driver.,124. Art Sparks, chief engineer with YOU SEE OLD FRIENDS AT THE SPEEDWAY, TOO 7 Dead in State Traffic Accidents Memorial Day week-end accidents had already claimed seven lives, in Indiana today as the heavy flow of traffic reached a peak on highways leading into Indianapolis. State police said the two-day toll was the lowest in history, but predicted the death list would be lengthened by evening. They warned race fans not to make a race track on the highways after leaving the Speedway. Across the nation the number of dead from traffic and othef accidents had mounted to 253. Traffic accounted for 144, drownings 47 and other accidental deaths 35. The dead in Indiana: Mrs. Joseph Misslcano, 46. Portland. Harold Oberholdt, 23, Huntington. Harry W. Fisher, 59. Monrovia. His wife. Mrs. Eunice Kelly Fisher, 55. James Richard Snider, 21, Montgomery. Russell Burkhardt 45, Indianapolis. Herbert Thomas McCrory, 38, Anderson. Mrs. Misslcano was killed last night when two automobiles collided at a county road intersection 6 miles south of Portland. Her husband and two other persons were hurt slightly. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher were killed Sunday . when their car was smashed by a Pennsylvania Railroad train at crossing a half mile north of Belleville In Hendricks County. Skid marks near the crossing indicated that Fisher made a desperate last second attempt to stop his car. The wreckage was strewn along the tracks for several hundred feet. Indianapolis Racing Cars. 123.4. Seth Klein, official starter,' 119 8 (ties last year). Wilbur Shaw, Speedway president, 121 5. Harry HarU, 121. Dr Smith is president of the Medical director, wore his familiar trout fishing outfit but added a blue beret tha gift of his fellow physicians In the National Psychiatric Association, association. Two hours before race time, the Speedway field hospital had treated 35 persons. Some had fainted; others were bruised in brawls, scratched climbing fences, cut stepping on beer bottles, and the assortment of injuries a crowd of 150.000 can receive. Natty Wilbur Shaw rolled the red Oldsmobile pace car from the starting lineup at 10:55 a. m. to lead the 32 growling racers around the brick and asphalt track into the first lap of the 33d annual race. Quick-thinking mechanics averted a garage fire this morning, causing many fans to remember the serious fire early on rare day In 1937. Someone had placed a blanket on the exhaust pipe of the Pat Clancy Special, the familiar six-wheeler. The car was being warmed up In Its Gasoline Alley stall when a mechanic noticed the blazing blanket It was Jerked away from the car in time to prevent damage. Typical fans were Bill Gross and Bob Aspey. of Cumberland. Md. They left home yesterday noon and drove straight through with a few "pit" stops. Aspey said he would shoot 700 feet of movies while Gross patted bulging pockets and added he had enough film for 250 "shots." Purdue University! ISO-piece band, paced by 16 glockenspiels, entertained the huge throng before race time. The band parad'd up and down the track, going through Intricate maneuvers. The Boiler Makers even formed a racer. The pit crew of the Novis watched the race on a television set installed at the "stop rpot" within 10 feet of tha track. and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Ingersoll, and her brother, Edward Ingersoll, look on. In the background is Larry Carter. The News Photo, Paul Shideler. Snider died Saturday of Injuries suffered when he fell from the fender of an automobile and was run over by the same vehicle. Burkhardt, an Indianapolis auctioneer, was injured fatally in a freak accident Saturday night at Highway 67 and Lyn-hurst Drive. After his car sideswiped another automobile, it smashed into a tree. Burkhardt was thrown out. The driverless vehicle roared on. It hit another tree, rolled across the highway and finally plunged into the ditch. McCrory was killed Sunday when he was struck by a Pennsylvania train. less than a block from his Anderson home. The estimated 30,000,000 motorists who hit the nation's high ways during the week end ap parently were plaving it safe. The death toll was well under the National Safety Council's prediction. Six Die as Boat Sinks One of the worst tragedies occurred at Maquoketa, la, where six persons drowned wlien their 14-foot flat-bottomed boat sank In the Mississippi River. Fjur of the dead were children. The worst traffic crash so far was at Shallotte. N. C, where seven persons were killed and three injured. The collision mi shed North Carolina's death toll to 11. The weather was perfect for flying. Only two airplane crashes had been counted on Memorial Day down. Two men were killed in Iowa, and one died in an Idaho crash. With the holiday almost over, the number of accidental deaths (traffic and otherwise) was well under the 453 reported last Memorial Day week end, when the holiday fell on Sunday, and the 482 in 1947. Oberholdt died early today in Noblesville Hospital from injuries suffered last night in an accident at the intersection of Highways 213 and 37, near Noblesville. A passenger in Ober-holdt's truck, Leonard Merriman, 20, Huntington, was injured critically. Indianapolis Truck Driver Dies in Crash Enos Wayne Cobb, 23, 2905 N. Meredith Ave., was killed Satur day when his car plunged out of control and struck an iron utility pole neat Cincinnati. The Indianapolis man was a driver for the Security Cartage Co., and was visiting a friend in Cincinnati when the accident occurred. Born In Eva, Ala., he lived In Indianapolis most of his life. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Dorothy Cobb; a son, Larry Wayne; his mother, Mrs. Dovie Cobb Hartselle, Ala., and eight brother sand four sisters. Funersl services will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Aaron Ruben Funeral Home. Burial will be in Washington Park Cemetery. Teacher College Editors Named Srtal H The Ktt TERRE HAUTE. Ind, May 30 Editors and business managers for student publications at Indiana State Teachers College have been chosea The 1950 "Sycamore." yearbook, will be edited by Mis Kate Cane, Attica, Junior who served as associate editor of tha yearbook this year. Business manager for the book will be Sally Jenkins, Terre Haute. Miss Jenkins was circulation manager for this year's book. The "Statesman," college biweekly newspaper, will be edited by Dolores McCampbell. Whiting, in the summer term. She served on this quarter's paper aa copy-reader and reporter. Editor for the 1949-50 "Statesman" U1 be Con McAuUXie. Terra Haute. Monday, Moy 30, 194? Own Knife Puts Alleged Molester in Hospital Bed An Indianapolis man was la a Logansport hospital today, and police were investigating a report that he was the victim of his own knife in an attempted molesting which backfired. Jack Wolfe, Logansport, told police the man approached him and a woman companion aa they sat in a parked car at 3:45 a. m. in Spencer Park. " Wolfe said the man drew a knife and ordered him from the car. Wolfe leaped out and wrested the knife away, inflict ing a deep gash on the assailant' left leg. Wolfe's companion tried to aid her escort, and the attacker bit her finger almost off. He escaped in a car. Later, the man was found In his wrecked auto 3 miles east of Logansport Television Continued from Page 1 stores aver tha state and surrounding areas. WFBM-TVs three camerai at the track were successfully recording important action. -Only blank tpott were distant sections of the oval where trees hid the track. ' Two cameras were set in the paddock and the third covered the southeast turn. Television parties were the order of the day. In addition to private home parties, many dealers and stores were "entertaining." Veteran patients flocked to Ward 1117 at Billings General Hospital, where two sets were installed through courtesy of tha Radio Equipment Co. Radio Corp. of America, a leading television manufacturer, installed 50 sets for employees and guests in the company cafeteria. The News city room viewed a General Electric set lent by Jack White, president of the White House, Broad Ripple furniture store. L. S. Ayres & Co. sponsored the race telecast, first backer of an Indianapolis-originated television program. The show started at 10 a. m. with a film. "Crucible of Speed." which traced the track's history. ! More than 3.000 sets were op erating in Indianapolis homes. WFBM-TV officials estimated 8.000 more sets were tuned in through the Louisville and Cincinnati areas. 16 DP's Headed to New Homes in Indiana WASHINGTON, May 30 (AP) Indiana la to be the new home for 16 displaced persona of Europe who were among 816 aboard tha Army transport General Stewart which docked at New York today. IT'S TIME TO SHINE WITH THE SHfNETHAT STAYS I it has a hard-wax finish GRIFFIN lUCIt UOw TAN 0X8400 l

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