Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on May 28, 1969 · Page 1
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Wednesday, May 28, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday Ugh 93, low 58. 7:00 a.m. today 60. Downtown at noon today 84. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OP CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL—SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER FORECAST Southern Diinois — Generally fair and warm tonight, low in the 60s. Partly cloudy and con* tinued warm Thursday with a chance of thundershowers. The high near 90. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 214 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c LOS ANGELES YORTY YANKS EVA CUA T£ HAMBURGER HILL "O- -0- -o- -0- -O- -0- Kor«a Cost $18 Billion Viet War Cast Hears $100 Billion Mascoutah Victims NAME TEEN MURDERS SUSPECT BELLEVILLE, IlL (AP) The St. Clair County sheriff's office announced today that warrants have been issued for the arrest, of a man identified as William Raymond Nickerson lor the murder of two Mascoutah High School teen-agers. : Chief Deputy Sheriff Coboy Rodriguez said an unlawful flight warrant was being requested from federal authorities. At the same time Sheriff Jerry Dall of nearby Clinton County said warrants charging the same man with rape and robbery were issued in connection ynth an April 25 incident near Breeze, 111. Simultaneously, Harold W. Barrick, prosecuting attorney for Ralls County, Mo., said a wiirrant has been issued charg- iiijg Nickerson with rape in a case which occurred near Crystal Blue Lake about five miles southwest of Hannibal, the night of March 3L Officers gave no background on Nickerson and said his present whereabouts are unknown. Nickerson was charged in the slayuig of Michael Morrison, 18, and Debra Means, 15, both children of Air Force master sergeants at Scott Air Force Base, 111. ^Authorities said the teen-agers viere slain May 4. Their bodies Wj^e found the following after- hdon about six miles southwest of Mascoutah in a strip mining area. They had been last seen alive by friends at a post-high school prom party. Rodriguez described the man named in the warrant as very dangerous. "He is apt to kill if there is resistance," he said. Authorities declined to identify any witnesses, saying "We've got to protect these people." Snicker-A-Day Every time you graduate from the school of experience someone thinks up a new course. HHiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiimiiiiiiiiiitiniiiiii ^M^A^;•.'v•••'•<•c"• -s fvv Kids Stay Up 2nd Night On Delyte's Lawn CARBONDALE, 111. (AP) The sit -in on the lawn of Southern Illinois University's president continued into the night Tuesday as students pressed demands for an end to curfew hours for women undergradu- ites. Some 200 students held the vigil as the sit-in moved into its second night. The demonstrators were considering an end to the sit -in after SIU ; Chancellor Robert W. Macvicar announced that Wednesday and Thursday classes at the school will be devoted to discussion of any student probleins at the option of the in- Btrtictor and the students in each class. However, most of the demonstrators adopted a wait-and-see attitude and brought out sleeping bags and blankets for the second night. The crowd on the front lawn and across the street from President Delyte W. Morris' home ranged from 450 Monday after- WASHINGTON (AP) - Vietnam is fast becoming a hundred-billion-dollar war. Government figures show the 1970 defense budget will add $25.4 billion to officially admitted expenses dating back to 1965, raising the price of the conflict to $108.2 billion. Hidden or indirect costs probably add hundreds of millions to the real expense of the war, although the scope of these items is sometimes difficult to assess because of official secrecy. For example, the American government is doling out millions in economic assistance to reinforce such Vietnam border countries as Thailand and Laos which could sway the balance of power in the area. The Pentagon budget lumps admitted Vietnam war costs under a category entitled "Estimated Special Support for Southeast Asia Operations." This covers the acknowledged U.S. expenses of maintaining dozens of ships, hundreds of planes and helicopters and 634,000 military personnel in and off Vietnam and outlying areas; certam military assistance in the way of weapons and equipment to not only Vietnam but also Thailand and Laos; and outright grants of foodstuffs and other materials to Vietnam which have totaled over $1 billion since 1965. The Southeast Asia category does not, however, fully reflect some other war-related expenses such as construction of the Thai-owned airfield near Sattahip, Thailand, which the United States built in 1965 to handle KC135 tankers and B52 bombers flying missions into Laos and iSouth Vietnam. This Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) -o- -o- -0- -o- -o- -0- MILES 20 SOUTH VIETNAM In some of the bloodiest fighting for a strategic point since the months-long battle of Khe Sanh last year, Americans and South Vietnamese troops fuially took by storm Dong Ap Bia Mountain. The 3,000-foot peak, nicknamed "Hamburger Hill," which commands the southern end of the Ashau valley only a few miles from the Laotian border and the Ho Chi Minh trail has been given up by the American forces. In Legislature MOTOR FUEL TAX BOOST CUT TO CENT SPRINGFIELD, III. (AP) Grov. Richard B. Ogilvie's proposed motor fuel tax boost was pared to one cent a gallon for gasoline and diesel fuels Tuesday night by the Illinois House. Today he faced-a threat by at least one Republican to vote agamst it unless the use of the estimated $38 million a year in extra revenue was restricted to building state highways. Originally, Ogilvie had asked for 2'/^ cents a gallon increase in the six cents a gallon gasoline tax. He asked for a 3^ cent increase in the diesel fuel tax. Then he dropped the request to an even 2 cents a gallon boost on both gasoline and diesel. Tuesday night, Rep. W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest chairman of the highway study commission whose recommendations Ogilvie adopted, reduced the proposal to a one cent a gallon boost on gasoline and diesel. Blair said the state would get about $25 million of the $38 million the increase would produce. Under a formula, local governments would share the remainder. Rep. Alan Schoeberlein, R(Continued On Page 2 Col. 2) Jackie Lee Johnson Ex-Mt. V. Boy Killed In Vietnam Jackie Lee Johnson^ 20, a former Mt. Vernon boy, has been killed in combat in Vietnam. The young Maruie was the son of Roy and Mary (Sweat) Johnson, former Mt. Vernon residents who live at Elkhart, Ind. Jackie Lee was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Henn, 208 south Fourth street. When the family lived here the young Marine attended Franklin grade school. The Johnsons moved to Elkhart 12 years ago. Mr. Johnson was employed at the Master Baking Co. here several years ago. Details of Marine Pvt. Jolin- son's death were not immediately learned here, except that he was struck by enemy fire during combat last Sunday. His parents were notified of his death at 1:30 this morning. The body will be brought to the Pulley Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon some time in the next ten days to two weeks. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Burial will be in Sursa cemetery. Besides his parents, Jackie Lee is survived by a brother. Buddy, of Elkhart, and a sister, Linda, of Leonidas, Mich. He was born October 14, 1948 m Mt. Vernon. Bloody Battio,Scene END SEARCH OF PEAK, GO INTO VALLEY SAIGON (AP) — American paratroopers moved out from the crest of Dong Ap Bia, the 3,000-foot mountain they seized a week ago, and pushed their search operations today along the nearby A Shau Valley. "They have completed their search of the mountain and now are continuing their reconnaissance in force mission," said an officer of the 101st airborneDi- vision, which seized the mountain. He added that the troops began moving off the top of Dong Ap Bia shortly after daylight. Hours later, however, a spokesman for the U.S. Command in Saigon said some American forces, described only as "a considerable group," still were on top of the mountain. There was no immediate explanation of the discrepancy in the two accounts. The fightmg for Dong Ap Bia cost 50 Americans killed and 300 wounded and 600 North Vietnamese soldiers were reported killed. The action has become a matter of political controversy in the Unij^ States. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and others did not thmk the battle and the American casualties were jtistified. There are at times conflicts in accounts from the field and from headquarters m Saigon during actions, sometimes because of communications difficulties or other reasons. Spokesmen emphasized that the over-all operation is continuing ui and around the A Shau Valley, a longtime North Vietnamese stronghold and a staging area for attacks on Hue and the big U.S. military base at Da Nang. On the basis of the reports that the paratroopers were moving off the hill after 10 days of bloody fighting, a U.S. command spokesman in Saigon said: "There's no tactical reason to stay there." "We feel we've gotten every- thmg out of this mountain that we're going to get," another officer said. (AP WIrephoto) SIT-IN AT SlU-Students sit on the lawn of S9uthern Illinois University President Delyte W. Morris in CariMudale in protest of the administration's policy of women's hours. The students stayed on the lawn until 3 a.m. voicing demands on hours and other policies. noon, just after the sit-in began, to an estimated 2,500 at mid- evening. Shortly aftermldnjght it dwin­ dled to around 400 persons and the count ranged from 50 to 30 persons during the day Tuesday. Several members of the stu­ dent senate participated in the peaceful sit-in. University security police were not brought into service. , Started In Mt. Vernon With 58 RADIATOR COMPANY EMPLOYS 400 HERE RENEWS TOUR - New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller faces newsmen at New York City after addressing American Management Association. He begins a second of three fact-finding trips to Latin America on behaif af President Nixon. His second trip will include stops at Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Trin'.dad and Tobago. Court Kills Motorcycle Helmet Lavy SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP)-A 1967 law requiring motorcyclists to wear protective helmets was declared unconstitutional today by the Illinois Supreme Court. The court found the law to go beyond the police power of the Legislature as defined in the Illinois and U.S. donstitutions. Although protection of motorcycle operators and passengers is a "laudable prupose," the opinoin added, regulation of what is essentially a mater of personal safety cannot be justified. Thfe law also requires wind screens on motorcycles and the wearing of goggles. In the decision, the high court reversed the Madison County Circuit Court conviction of Donald Fries for not wearing a helmet. Fries contended the law was "unduly restrictive upon the individual freedom for a motorcyclist to choose to wear or not to wear a helmet." Bills to repeal the law, sponsored by Sen. Robert Mitchler, R-Oswego, are pending in the legislature. At Mt. V. Airport; Name 1969-70 Board Plan 5-Acre Tracts At industrial Park The 100- acre industrial park at Mt. Vernon Airport will soon be sub- divided into five acre tracts and offered for lease to industries. The board of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation — the non profit group that administers the property — has authorized an initial plan of subdivision, with the final plan to be submitted to the board. The corporation reorganized for the coming year at a recent meeting and elected Charles W. Waite, chairman of the Jefferson county board, as chairman for 1969-70. Other officers elected by the directors were Mt. Vernon Mayor Holland Lewis, executive vice president; David Bayer of Bank of Illinois and chairman of the Mt. Vernon Airport Authority, second vice president; and Chester B. Lewis, a vice president of Pu-st National Bank and Trust Co., secretary - treasurer. Name Board Members Under the by- laws of the non profit corporation, the industrial park is administered by a nine- member board of durectors. The mayor of Mt. Vernon county board chahrman and the Airport Authority chairman are automatically members of the -O- -O- -0- board, and each appoints two other members. Board Chairman Waite has appointed Harold Hoffmann, a consulting engineer, and Joe Martin, an insurance man and former Mt. Vernon mayor, to the board for 1969-70. Mayor Lewis appointed Chester Lewis, former Mt. Vernon city manager, and Kenneth Olson of General Radiator Co. Airport Chairman Bayer appointed Frank Hall, of Precision Engineering Co., and will soon make his second appointment. Five- Acre Tracts In its decision to subdivide the industrial park land into five-acre tracts the directors emphasized that the tracts could be further subdivided, or increased in size, to suit the needs of a new industry. After the subdivision plan is developed a complete brochure of the layout will be made and widely circulated. The board is empowered to grant leases on the industrial park property up to 65 years. Leasing costs have not yet been set by the directors. At its organizatton session the board appomted the law furm of Kirk and Musick and the engineeruig firm of Hoffmann and Setzekom as corporation consultants, to serve without pay. Progress has been steady during the Mt. Vernon history of General Radiator. This was disclosed Tuesday night during a plant tour and concluding dinner at The Flaming Pit by members of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce Personnel Management club. Tour hosts were three department heads of General Radiator, Don Walls, Harry Morrison and Art Hansen. Founded in 1947 at Sturtevant, Wis., the plant was re- located at Marion, III., in 1951. one of four founders was Steve Hansen, father of Art Hansen. Majority ownership of the firm was obtained by Malcolm Henning in 1953 and a year later he located the plant here. Henning retired as president in the fall of 1957 and is now executive vice president in charge of operations for Chro- malloy American, Inc., parent company of General Radiator. Henning was succeeded as General Radiator's president by Kenneth Olson, recently elected president of the Chamber of Commerce. General Radiator start e d here with 58 employes and today there are 337 employes in production and an over all employment total of more than 400, the personnel club members were told. The Mt. Vernon plant produces engine cooling devices and heat transfer products, mostly for earth moving equipment and stationary machines. Fairfield, Centralia apd Mt. Vernon firnM weTii represented on the tour and at the dinner, the latter being concluded with a general discussion of industrial personnel activities. Richard Wi^se's invitation that the club members meet at Power Cores June 17 was accepted. A 5:30 p.m. tour of the plant will be followed by dinner at Crownview restaurant. For Deceased Veterans 6 White Crosses Added To Military Cemetery Here The American Legion is adding six more white crosses to the miniature military cemetery on the court house lawn here. The crosses contain the names of Jefferson county veterans who have died since last Memorial Day, and were missed in the original list of deceased veterans. Fifty five war veterans of the county have died in the past year and three of the county's young soldiers have been killed in Vietnam War combat. Here are the deceased veterans whose names will be added on the white crosses, the scene of Memorial Day services this Friday: World War I Fred Clark. John Gaston. Ben H. Haynes. Tony L. Mydler. World War U Roe 0. Gaddis. Fred (Ted) Sodders. Negro Loses MASSIVE TURNOUT OF VOTERS LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Sam Yorty, an underdog after rrnning second in the primary, bounced back today and captured his third terf in a runoff election with Thomas Bradley, a Negro councilman. Voters of the nation's third largest city turned out in massive numbers in the climax of a bitterly fought campaign. Supporters of Bradley said they had lodged a complaint with the state attorney general's office over a "candidates card" widely . distributed in areas where the city's 15 to 20 per cent Negro population lives. They claimed the card said Bradley votes should be made on hole No. 3 of the punch card- computer ballot. If voters did so, they would have voted for Yorty. Bradley, 51, a former police lieutenant who hoped to become the third Negro mayor of a major U.S. city, refused to concede. He won 42 per cent of the vote to Yorty's 26 per cent in the April primary, but was forced into a runoff when he failed to gain a majority. Pollsters right up to election day had him maintaining a margin. Semi-official returns from all but six of 2,890 precincts in Tuesday's runoff gave Yorty 447,000, or 53 per cent, to Bradley's 392,379, or 47 per cent. Bradley's 100,000-vote edge in the primary came as 66 per cent of the 1,127,000 registered voters went to the polls. This time the figure was about 80 per cent, much of it from predominately white areas. Jubilant over his comeback, Yorty told cheering supporters they had brought him "back from what appeared to be certain defeat." He promisd to make Los Angeles "a greater city in the commg four years." "I was just a symbol of what we are trying to do," he added. At almost the same time, Bradley was telling his supporters that "it appears we'll still have to wait some time before we learn how this thmg turns out." Then he made a quiet appeal, asking his supporters to remain calm after a campaign in which he was accused by Yorty. of surrounding himself with black militants. "Keep the faith in what we've been trying to do," Bradley said. No Negro ever has been elected mayor of a city of this size. The largest cities now with elected Negro mayors are Cleveland, Ohio, and Gary, Ind. Yorty had banked on a conservative trend and this carried over m contests for school board and junior college trustees, where candidates regarded as conservatives generally won. Sun Is Bright, Hot !n Illinois Need Lifeguards For Jaycee Beach The city needs a lifesaver — for the Jaycee beach, that is. City Manager Kenneth Setzekorn said two lifeguards are needed for the Jaycee Beach which is scheduled to open Memorial Day. A muiimum of a senior lifesaving certificate is needed. Applicants should apply to Setze­ kom at the city hall. Setzekom said the beach would open at 1 p.m. and will close at 8 p.m. The concession stand will be operated by John Paul Anderson. An admission of 10 cents for children and 25 cents for adults ^iU be charged. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The sun was bright and hot in Illinois today and the mercury threatened to break existing records inth e Chicago area. The Weather Bureau said the Chicago area high readmg would be 94 today, erasing a record 91 set for the date in 1941. Early readings backed the forecasters' predictions . Temperatures were in the mid 60s throughout the stote and steadily climbing under clear skies in most areas. Accompanying the temperature rise in northern Illinois was a gam m humidity. Southern Illmois highs were also in the 90s and the enture state was threatened with scat< tered thundershowers today and tonight. Tonight's lows will be in the 60s and continued hot weather is expected T^ursdi^.

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