The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on October 15, 1966 · 1
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Saturday, October 15, 1966
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Where to Find It: Comics 4-8 TV, Radio 7 Editorials 8 Weather 3-S Markets 13 Women 11 1 THE WEATHER Decreasing cloudiness, windy and colder. High near 50, low about 34. Rain chances 10 per cent. Sunrise, 7:26 a. m.; sunset, 6:36 p. m. mi ii m i s - The Newspaper Iowa Depends Upon Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday Morning, October 15, 196624 Pages Two Sections Price 10 Cents mm 6 Known "f srs, i." ; . - Wti .nil Jf, 4.-, 5 1 View of Laughter Angers Judge at Harlan By Nick (Register HARLAN, IA. Justice of The Peace A. Bruce Potter chided 55 strikers on trial for unlawful assembly here Friday for laugh ing in court. "I'm going to demand that there be no more laughter in court," Justice Potter said. "This is a serious matter." The rebuke came after testimony by Highway Patrolman Robert W. Elliott, who said he saw "Connie Alex (a defendant) break windows (at the Western Iowa Pork Plant) with the club and the crowd cheered. Laughter in Court There was laughter from the crowd in the courtroom in the Shelby County courthouse and Countv Attorney Jerry u Lar son asked that "the dignity of the court be maintained. Defense Attorney Arthur C. Hedberg, jr., of Des Moines, objected to the remark by Lar son, asking him (Hedoerg) io do something about his clients' behavior in court. "I wish you would warn the women to refrain from putting their arms around the men, too," Larson said. "I'm sure my clients will follow the court's direction and instruction," Hedberg said. The state rested its case about 4 p. m. Friday and Defense Attorney Hedberg asked for a recess until 9 a. m. today before he presents testimony. About 32 state witnesses testified in the trial of the strikers, charged with unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine or 30 days in jail. Fifty-five of the defendants I . s iv , Belmond Looking Laraberto Staff Writer) were identified by the witnesses as having been present the morning of Oct. 3 during and after violence broke out at the packing plant east of Harlan. Originally, 65 had been charged, but 10 were not identified by witnesses. : Local 1225 of United Packinghouse Workers of America (U.P.W.A.) has been on strike at the plant since Aug. 18. The HARLAN - Continued on Page Seven Social Security Action Unlikely WASHINGTON, D. C. (AP) - Senate leaders seemingly slammed the door Friday against any action this session raising Social Security benefits and they signaled hopes for adjournment before the end of next week. The two Senate leaders Democrat Mike Mansfield of Montana and Republican Ev erett Dirksen of Illinois ad- vised the Senate they don't think now is the time to bring up any legislation that would require hearings. That would include the Social Security measure now being considered in the House Ways and Means Committee. Mansfield said he had hopes now .that Congress could ad- Mourn for the year sometime next week, jp Dead. r ST"-?-. 4 West After Tornado STORM LASHES D.M., ANKENY A short but violent thunderstorm battered north and west portions of the Des Moines area about 5 p. m. Friday, causing property damage estimated at several hundred thousand dol lars. . The Weather Bureau at the Des Moines Municipal . Airport said it had reports of winds gusting from 50 to 80 miles an hour during the half-hour-long storm, although the airport was not directly in the storm area. Bureau officials said that while the official rainfall ' here was only .01 of an inch, many areas received much more. Ankeny Hit Hard The Ankeny area north of Des Moines -alone suffered an esti mated $200,000 damage after a "big black cloud moved in and STORM Continued on Page Nine INSIDE THE REGISTER Vote Curbs On Business SENATE PASSES a bill suspending 7 per cent tax investment credit for businesses on new construction, machin ery, equipment Page 2 PRESIDENT KENNEDY reveals that an Irish Catholic would find it impossible to join one of Boston's exclusive clubs ..Pg 21 200 s : n, v v Struck. MORE PICTURES: Pages 4, 5 Champions Named in Last National Corn Pick Contest By Tom Patrick , " (Register Staff Writer) CEDAR RAPIDS. IA. One Friday became the National Corn Picking Contest's last cham pions. This, the eighteenth contest, was the last. There will be no more. . ' ' This year's contest association president, Ray Loftesness, Sioux Falls, S. D., said sponsor ing groups had come to the conclusion that the contests had served their purpose of promoting safety and corn harvest efficiency. ) . Loftesness said that the harvesting machines - and their highly efficient operators, are coming close to the near perfect score of 100. And there has been a big reduction in corn picking acci dents. : Dr., Norval Wardle, extension safety specialist at Iowa State University, said that in 1929, when , the. national contest started, harvesting accidents occurred on the average of every four minutes during the season. - - Field grain loss averages; in the contests have been cut down to as low as 5 per cent in most cases. .. - . - , But perhaps most influential in terminating the contest were the farm-implement manufacturers. They refused to finance another one. Representatives of - trie com panies feel they could spend the $100,000 (cost of putting on the, national show) in a more worth while way in the fields of agri cultural research and development. An Iowan came within three- tenths of a point of taking home i national championship -p the Injured; Many Missing :. L k4i 'J arm. .v M '"' 'J "ST rni Wisconsin and two Missouri men picker-sneller division. He is Ted Stringer of Mount Vernon ' Stringer scored 92.5 points with his International Harvester machine but was bettered by Thomas Call, 32, of Jamesport, Mo. who scored 92.8 in operating a New Idea machine. J. C. Drake of Jonesville, Mich., was third with a New Idea.' Another Iowan, Dan Coulter of Reinbeck, placed second in the 2-row competition, with his Allis Chalmers. Warren Reppen of Edgerton, Wis., won first place with an Allis Chalmers, Donald Farr of Gower, Mo., buses for the school district. Mt. was third with an International Sterling is in west-central Illi-Harvester. nois. Potomac Fever WASHINGTON, D. C.L. B. J. says he never told anyone that "you never had it so good." Especially anyone bright enough to read the stock market reports. Representative Celler holds up action on a bill to approve the pro football merger. That sort of thing can get you IS yards for offensive holding. Mr. Johnson says he relaxes easily and lakes a nap every jcondition. day. He's like Jack Valenti he sleeps better knowing he's j 22. Mrs. John Pals, 52, Meser-president. j vey. No condition. 23. Mrs. Bernard Nevy, 50, A federal court says the is constitutional. It's O. K., though, for you to wear a beard while you're not burning one. Everybody is waiting to see how Nick Katzcnbach does in Viet Nam. Look what he did for north-south relations in the U. S. a1 s wf- Tfe'T -:.J REGISTER PHOTO BY DAVE PENNEY and 6. Robert Kennedys Expecting Again NEW YORK, N. Y. (AP) -Senator . Robert F. Kennedy (Dem., N.Y.) is due to become a father next spring for the tenth time, his office disclosed Friday. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, have six boys and three girls. The youngest, Matthew Taylor, was born Jan. 11, 1965. ILLINOIS TWISTER MT. STERLING. ILL. (AP) - A tornado struck the south- east edge of Mt. Sterling Friday; night and cut a swath to the northern section of the town, damaging several buildings and causing 15 to 20 injuries. Police said the twister tore uuu .e i..a u. w stroyed a garage which housed Re. U. S. Pat. Off. law against burning draft cards ! Jack Wilson Parade-Watchers Fill Streets, Then It Hits By Jerry Szumski (Reaister Staff Writer) BELMOND, IA. At least six persons were killed and an estimated 200 were injured Friday afternoon when a tornado dropped out of pitch-black clouds and flattened this Wright County town of 2,506 persons. Scores of business buildings and homes wore destroyed or damaged. The storm loss runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was one of the worst days in Iowa's long tornado history. Storm clouds literally covered the state and in addition to the disaster at Belmond, damage was felt near Lenox, in Taylor County, and near Colfax, in Jasper County. The funnel clouds also were sighted near Newton, Monroe and Cedar Rapids. The storms also spawned lightning,' which was blamed for two other deaths in southern Iowa near Mount Ayr. The Belmond dead were identified as: , Sam Crabtree, about 80, whose body was found beneath the wreckage of his home in the south part of town. His wife was taken to the Belmond Community Hospital with undetermined injuries. Mrs. Edwin L. Chapman, found dead in her home. Mike Kurtz, about (i'Z, reportedly killed while riding on a cement-mixer truck. ' 31rs. Emma Sorenson, found in the wreckage of her home. Mrs. Ella Tierce, found in wreckage of her home. John Greenlander, found dead at home. The last three were reported to be in their seventies. Partial List Of Injured A partial list of those injured in the Belmond tornado. At Community Memorial Hospital, Clarion: 1. Jennie Retleff, 52, Belmond fair. 2. George Gordon, 96, Bel mond, good 3. William Rabe, 54, Belmond poor 4. Guy Quasdors, 60, Belmond good 5, Mrs. Diane Lerdal, 21, Bel mond, good. 6. Miss Frances Tanner, 53 Aptos, Calif., good 7. Mrs. Marjorie Groom, 32 Rowan, fair. 8. Mrs. Rose Dettman, 77, Belmond, good 9. Ted Townsan, 70, Belmond, good. 10. Mrs. Elda Reynolds, 46, Belmond, good 11. Mary Koener, 30, Bel mond, good. 12. Michael Shimp, 4, Bel- mond- Pr 13. Marty Shimp, 2, Belmond, good 14. Miss Diane Draper, 20, Belmond, good. . 15. Howard Becnken, 13, Bel mond, good. At Frankj General Hospital, 16. Henry Cahill, serious. 17. Kenneth Bowen, satisfactory. 18. Ivan Kelly, treated and released. At Memorial Hospital,' Mason City: 19. Janet Wiemann, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bena Wie mann, Belmond. No condition. 20. Kenneth Austin, 41, Mason ! City, no condition. At Merry Hospital, Mason City: 21. Cheryl Roelofsen, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Roelofsen, Belmond. No Belmond. No condition. 24. Mrs. John Kline, 66, Shef field. No condition. 25. Mrs. Barbara Sandman, Belmond. No condition. 26. Mrs. Ed Ackerman, 40, Belmond. No cjpditioa. Many persons were reported missing and it was feared the death toll would go higher. Iowa Adjutant General Junior Miller, after a conference with Gov. Harold Hughes in Des Moines, ordered National Guard units at Hampton and Eagle Grove sent to Belmond. The. troops helped in searching through the rubble and guarded against potential looting. About 160 Guardsmen set up road blocks leading into the stricken town. Maj. Wesley Warner of Goldfield was in command. Guard headquarters were set up in the telephone company building. The soldiers were billeted in the Trinity Lutheran Church. No unauthorized persons were being allowed into town by nightfall. The tornado struck just a few minutes before 3 p. m., just as the Belmond High School home coming parade had moved down Main street. Crowds of spectators had gathered to watch the parade and still thronged in the downtown area as the storm struck. Screams filled the air as shattered windows scattered flying glass into the streets. It was almost as dark as night under the cloud and the storm immediately-knocked out elec- BELMOND - Continued on Page Four Webster (& vrry Story HCity Boone "'tornado I C,ty STRIKES HERE jBelmond cSfTj- Fort ?

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