The Ludington Daily News from Ludington, Michigan on October 30, 1939 · Page 1
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Ludington, Michigan
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Monday, October 30, 1939
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THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS VOLUME XLX, NO. 1. LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN, MONDAY, OCT. 30, 1939. PRICE, THREE CENTS. HOUSE COMMITTEE STUDIES MEASURE Five Boys Explode Dynamite; All Dead HUNT SOURCE OF EXPLOSIVE IN TRAGEDY Bodies Are Blown to Bits! and Spread over Wide Area Actress Dies ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo., Oct. 30 _ (fi>) —The source of an explosive which blasted five small , boys to death apparently when they set it off with a bullet from a borrowed hunting rifle was sought by officers today. Sheriff M. J. Dankowski and Coroner J. Warden Opie theorized the boys found some dynamite in a coal mining district just north of town Sunday and exploded it by shooting at it. The sheriff said near the scene were pieces of paper which might have been used for wrapping dynamite sticks. In one. he said, was a hole apparently made by a .22 caliber rifle bullet. The dead, all of Rock Springs, were: | O'Dean Grant, 11, and his brother, Gordon, 9, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Grant; Donald Cooper, 8, son of Mrs. James Gilday; David Chamberlain, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Chamberlain, and Valentino Herrero, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pino Herrero. The rifle for the small game hunt on the town's outskirts had been borrowed by the Cooper boy. the sheriff said. Only the splintered stock was found near the crater of the blast. The explosion scattered parts of the bodies 57 yards, and left a hole in the ground three feet| wide and 18 inches deep. Identification was through bits of clothing, some of which was hanging from nearby telegraph lines. Force of the detonation flattened six-foot scrub greasewood within 15 feet, and broke win-j dows in several homes in the northern part of town. It occurred near a railroad; spur to the mining district. | Coroner Opie said Dillwyn | Ramsey, a deputy sheriff, and j Ray Smith, a taxi driver, were j first to arrive at the blast scene, | and reported there apparently! had been no one near the boys when the explosive was discharged. Had Played One of Greatest! Roles While Suffering from Disease MT. CLEMENS, Oct. 30.—W)— Prosecutor Ivan A. Johnston suid today he hoped to have a solution of the St. Clair Shores slaying of Mrs. Herbert C. Patterson within 48 hours. Five of the six suspects questioned so far have been released. More than a dozen persons have been interviewed about various phases of the case as investigators sought a complete picture of the victim's mode of life. Fashionably dressed women were among those asked to heln in this respect. The prosecutor said he believed the 56-year-old housewife was killed -with a butcherknife which was among her kitchen utensils. The knife had been missing. Mrs. Patterson was stabbed in the chest and back. Her body was found 1 last Thursday morning in the kitchen of her home. She apparently was attacked just after she arose as the body was clad only in shoes and underwear. To make operations as pleasant as possible for patients, artificial perfumes are being used in anesthetics. NEW YORK, Oct. so. Private funeral services will be held today for Alice Brady, stage and screen favorite for a quarter of a century. Burial will follow in Sleepy Hollow cemetery at Tarrytown, N. Y., for the dark-eyed actress who played one of her greatest film roles—Mrs. O'Leary in "In Old Chicago"—while suffering from the disease that killed her. • This performance won her an award from "the National Academy of Motion Pictures in 1938. For more than a year, she had known she was stricken with cancer. Saturday night she died quietly in her sleep only a few days before her 47th birthday. At the bedside were her father, William A. Brady, famous Broadway producer, and her stepmother, actress Grace George. Her .son, Donald Cane, also survives. She was starred in both the silent and sound eras of the screen. She last appeared in "Young Mr. Lincoln." Among j stage plays in which she was i featured were "Little Women," The Family Cupboard," "Forever After,' 1 "The Bride of the Lamb," "The Thief." "Sour Grapes," and Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning becomes Electra." War Is Quiet As Political Phases Rise STATE AUTO CRASHES KILL 16 PERSONS Three Die as Freight Train Hits Auto at Port Huron (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) At least 16 persons were killed in highway accidents in Michigan over the week-end. Three died in one crash at Port Huron when a freight train struck their automobile. PORT HURON—Three persons, all from the Detroit area, were killed Saturday night when a Grand Trunk freight train struck their automobile at a crossing. The dead: Stanley Shpakow, 43, Detroit; Walter Skuratonich, 50, Allenton, and Edward Siskow, 50, Dearborn. FLINT—Mickey Ferguson, 46, of Fenton, was killed Saturday in an auto-train accident. BAY CITY—Mrs. Bertha Rahn, 80, was struck and fatally injured by an automobile Sunday. HOWELL—Vernon Stone, 18, of Grand Rapids, was killed in a three-car collision Saturday. NEWBERRY—F. Earl Campbell, 45, office manager of the Michigan employment service bureau at Sault Ste. Marie, was killed Saturday when his automobile skidded and overturned on snowy roads east of here. GRAND RAPIDS—Mrs. Grace Mosher, 70, Grand Rapids, was struck and killed by an automobile Sunday. DETROIT — Three persons died in automobile accidents in the Detroit area over the weekend. They were Donald Strube, 6, Hazel Park; Herbert Szam- bers, 26, Inkster, and Aloysius Fabinski, 31, Detroit. MT. CLEMENS—Fred Budel, 42, of Richmond, was killed Saturday in a fall from a moving automobile. State P.oliceman Orsen Sutden said Budel had been given a ride in the rear compartment of a roadster and fell out when the machine went over a bump. BRIGHTON—George Palmer, | (Please turn to Page 6, Column 6) Fire I! 1 Taxation Problem Faces State Grange Convention TRAVERSE CITY, Oct. 30.— (/P)—Taxation problems lay heavily on the minds of delegates to the annual convention of the Michigan State Grange as the politically influential were elected last year to serve two-year terms. Governor Dickinson, who likes to tell how he sometimes was called "radical" 50 years ago because he joined the secret society of farmers gath- | Grange, is to address a ban- |A gun section chief gives the signal to fire as a battery of guns goes into .action during annual maneuvers near Balmorhea, Texas. The howitzers 'shown above have an effective range of 8,000 yards, are extremely mobile and take their positions rapidly. Six thousand men are participating in the wa* games. ered its forces here today for pre-convention activities. A group of members worked on resolutions criticizing the new intangible tax law as impair to persons of modest means by granting inequitable exemptions to the owners of high income-producing investments. The Grange has fought the sales tax for years, favoring a state income tax in its place. Tuesday the Grange will launch into a three-day business program . C. H. Bramble, of Lansing, state master whose annual report is to highlight the program Tuesday, said more than 1,000 of the organization's 25,000 active and 15,000 inactive members would attend the convention, although this is an off-year meeting with positions on the executive" committee the only ones at stake in the election. Other officers quet session Wednesday. The Grange, now considered conservative, once was described as radical because it espoused such causes as woman's suffrage, governmental regulation of public utility services, phild labor laws and the gasoline tax. Endurance Fliers Land After Month In Plane *—*—*—*—# — *—*—*—*—x- Hallowe'en Dance Tuesday Evening, Oct. 31, 1939. Eagles' Hall Gotid Music. T Price, 25c per person. *—#—#—•*—# — *—#_#_^. * (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The surface quiet of Europe's war without battles went unruffled today. Armies massed along the Western front were kept inactive by Germany and the French-British Allies as they pursued their conflict with less dramatic weapons of propaganda, • diplomacy and blockade. Europe showed particular inter- terest in the neutral roles of the United States and the Soviet Union. British and French newspapers expressed gratitude over the United States Senate vote for repeal of the arms embargo but a French deputy warned France against depending too heavily on American war supplies. The deputy, Henri De Kerillis, urged wider production at home ais protection against draining French gold to the United States and the eventuality that American industry would be busy filling British orders. Anxious over Russian-Italian rivalry for leadership in the Balkans, the nations of Southeast Europe held hopes a definite statement of Russian aims might be made Tuesday when the Supreme Soviet meets in Moscow. Air raid warnings sounded in London and East'Kent but no raiders appeared and the information ministry started an investigation of why the alarms were sounded. Whereabouts of the United States Freighter City of Flint remained unknown. Though German officials were silent, the vessel apparently was on her way from Murmansk, with a German prize crew in command, heading toward a Nazi port. Barn-Storming Aviator Confesses Shooting Companion in Dramatic Mid-Air Struggle MACON, Mo., Oct. 30. Three Missouri counties sought custody today of Earnest P. (Larry) Pletch, 29-year-old barnstorming aviator and confessed slayer of his companion in a dramatic mid-air struggle. Pletch, who told Indiana authorities he fatally shot Carl Bivens, 30-year-old Brookfield, Mo., flying instructor after they quarreled while in a plane over Northeastern Missouri, faced possible charges of first degree murder, kidnaping and airplane theft by Macon, Linn and Shelby counties. 'Prosecuting Attorney Fred C. Bollow of Shelby county said a conference was planned by prosecuting attorneys of the three counties to decide which would prefer charges against the youth. Bolow expressed his belief Bivens was killed while in the air over Camon county although his •body was found in a thicket near Cherry Box, in Shelby county. Flying alone in a yellow monoplane, Pletch was arrested when he made a forced landing at Bloomington, Ind., Saturday night, almost at the same time Bivens' body was found. Coroner C. W. Musgrove said the instructor had been shot twice in the head. LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 30. —•(#>)—Clyde Schlieper and Wes Carroll, the only men ever to live for a month in the sky, were the toast of the town today. The 25-year-old fliers returned to Mother Earth Sunday afternoon after 30 days and 6 hours aloft. Their record of 726 hours far eclipsed the former standard of 653 hours, 33 minutes, established by Fred and Al Key near Meridian, Miss., in 1935. They winged past that mark last Thursday. The long hours aloft softened their muscles and left them, temporarily, partially deaf. It seemed strange, they said, not to have the throb and the throaty song of motors underfoot. They will be guests at a Chamber of Commerce celebration tonight. They planned to. rest until then. The pair slept in beds Sunday night for the first time in 55,000 miles. Naps in the plane were taken in two-hour stretches. The cabin gave them room enough to lie down, but not to roll over. "You don't know how good it is to live like a human being again," grinned Carroll. "And you don't know what a relief it is to know there's no more danger," agreed his pret- ty wife. A flier herself, she had offered to relieve one of the men. Her husband rejected the idea. Mrs. Schlieper, whose cooking kept the men's strength up during the gruelling flight, was all smiles too. The women were the first to greet the fliers when they landed. Most of the flight was over Rosamond Dry lake, 60 miles north of Long Beach, but the last several hours were over Marine stadium as part of a civic air show. Plans are being completed and registrations taken for a Ingham County Circuit Judge Is Investigating Alleged Misuse of Money LANSING, Oct. 30.—UP)—Circuit Judge Leland W. Carr planned to reopen today his one-man grand jury investigation of an asserted misuse of $80,000 in state funds appropriated to advertise the 1938 and 1939 tax sales. Former Auditor General George T. Gundry and Martin J. Lavan, Gundry's former legal advisor, were scheduled to re- i turn to the witness stand, fol- inquiry during which both were questioned. The investigation, instigated Organization Is Faced with Increasing Demands for Its Assistance Faced with a growing demand for Red Cross assistance, the American Red Cross will embark Nov. 11 on its greatest membership campaign since the World war, Rev. J. A. Landin, chairman of the Mason county Red Cross chapter, declared today. Rev. Paul Haskell Clark, publicity chairman for the Mason county 1939 roll call, announced that chairmen for the various sections of the county have been completed, as follows: Ludington, First ward, first precinct, Mrs. Fred Roth; second precinct, Mrs. Ralph Sheldon; Second ward, first precinct, Mrs. J. W. Baltzer; second precinct, Mrs. A. N. Kinney; Third ward, Mrs. Albert N. Boline; Fourth ward, east, Rev. Joseph Koss; Fourth ward, west, Rev. John Christensen; Fifth ward, Mrs. Albert Palm. Ludington schools, H. H. Hawley; marine, R. C. Buchanan; industries, W. S. Vivian; organizations, George Dorrell; coast guard, Captain Charles Bontekoe. Scottville, Mrs. Orve Pittard; Amber, Jens K. Hasse; Branch, Mrs. A. A. Johnson; Ouster, Mrs. Frank Comstock; Eden, Bert Barton; Freesoil, Mrs. A. Surrarrer; Hamlin, Mrs. Neil Trepanier. Logan, Grove Taylor; Meade, Mrs. William Hasenbank; Pere Marquette, Mrs. Amy Inman; Riverton, Mrs. Max Rahn; Sheridan, Mrs. F. E. Stewart; Sherman, Mrs. V. Chancellor; Summit, Mrs. Emil VanAelst; Victory, Mrs. Sam Hjortholm. General chairmen of the Mason county roll call are W. S. Vivian, with H. N. Willoughby as associate chairman. Mr. Vivian Plans for Event Are Complete with Announcement That Judges Are Chosen With the big annual community Hallowe'en party only one day away, Ludington kids are busy preparing for a full evening of tun and entertainment. Sponsored this year by the PT-A's of the city, the party will be held in a roped-off area on Ludington avenue between James street and Rath avenue. Plans for the big event were BAN ON PARKING T. J. Barber announced this morning that no parking would be allowed in the Hal- lowe'en party area on Ludington avenue between James street and Rath avenue between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 p. m. Tuesday. Motorists are requested to co-operate with the party committee and make it a point to have all automobiles out ot the party area by 7:15 p. m. at the latest. complete today with announcement that judges for the costume parade and other events have been selected. The evening's program will get underway at 7:30 with a big Hal- lowe'en snake-dance starting at the courthouse and proceeding west on Ludington avenue to the party area. Children are asked LEADERS SEEK VOTE WITHOUT ANY CHANGES Anti-Repeal Bloc Insists ott Right to Alter Senate Version { WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—(£>)—• Differing the Senate neutrality bill to the House on a "take it or leave it" basis, administration leaders took sharp issue today with demands of arms embargo advocates for a chance to revise the Legislation. This question of parliamentary procedure important to both sides for tactical reasons, was laid before the House rules committee. It was a skirmish heralding Tuesday's debate in the House. The administration forces, confident of duplicating their Senate victory for embargo repeal and a "cash and carry" trade program, wanted to pre- ' vent amendments being offered from the floor. They insisted that the House vote on the original Senate bill. But Rep. Fish (R-NY), leader of the anli-repeal bloc, contended that the House had a right to alter the measure as it saw fit. He served notice that he not only would fight in the rules committee for that privilege, but also would seek at least three days of House debate. Repeal chieftains tentatively suggested two days. Although administration lieutenants 'Claimed victory by at least three davs of House debate. Repeal chieftains tentatively suggested two days. Although administration lieutenants claimed victory by at Wast 30 Voites, Fish disputed this statement anG estimated .the margin for either side at lesa; than 10 votes. Rep. Bolarul (D-Pa), the Democratic whip, was taking a poll to ascertain t!ie v '• views of all party members. House consideration of the bill was complicated by an intricate parliamentary situation. The reason was this: Last summer the House passed its own neutrality bill, containing a modified arms embargo. It would permit the sale of such "implements of •war" as air r planes, but would bar sale of arms and ammunition to belligerents. At present, "implements of war" also are banned. When , President Roosevelt called Congress into special session last month, the Senate unique six weeks' course of in-I by the State Bar of Michigan h a s "consented tcreolapp Jack struction in selling and other and Attorney General Thomas M CF arTnri™n^ n1 ?h»fp ema n ?n phases of merchandising, sched- i Read, reopened amid reports in uled to open at Ludington high school Wednesday night. Lawrence T. Thomson of Lansing, state supervisor of the division of control for business education the state board of WEATHER Lower Michigan: Mostly cloudy tonight and Tuesday, with some light rain or snow in northwest and extreme north portions Tuesday. Colder in south central and extreme east portions tonight; slowly rising temperature Tuesday. Detroit and Vicinity: Mostly cloudy tonight and Tuesday; colder tonight; slowly rising temperature Tuesday; mod- crate to fresh northwesterly winds. The sun sets today at 5:29 and rises Tuesday at 7:04. The moon rises Monday at 7:21 p. m. Temperature at coast guard station for 24 hours ending at 7 a, m.: Maximum 43, minimum 38. vocational education, is expected to arrive in Ludington Wednesday. At the opening session Wednesday night Mr. Thomson will help arrange the course for the ensuing six weeks. The course, offered to retail merchants, salespeople and others in this region interested in that vocation, is unique in that phases of merchandising the majority of students are interested in, will 'be the first discussed. Talks will be given and discussions led by various prominent Ludington merchants who are well acquainted with all phases of merchandising and related subjects. One of the most interesting courses of its kind ever offered in Ludington, it is being sponsored co-jointly by the retail division erf the Ludington Chamber of Commerce "and the state board of control for vocational education. All persons desiring to attend are asked to get in touch with W. E. Rynerson, chairman of the retail merchants' committee. capitol circles that its course would be broadened beyond the study of tax sales in Wayne and Oakland counties. There was no official confirmation of that report, however, and court sources continued to maintain a heavy silence in regard to the progress of the inquiry. McFarland, general chairman to date, who is unable to serve for remainder of the drive because of absence from the city. Mr. Vivian was roll call general chairman in 1938. International at-a-Glance (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) LONDON—Air raid warnings sound in London and East Kent but no raiders appear; opposition to voice grievances in Parliament. BERLIN—City of Flint appar- man prize crew in command. KANSAS CITY, Oct. 30.—(AP) — Tom Pendergast, one-time boss of the Kansas City Democratic machine, and R. Emmett O'Malley, former state insurance superintendent, were named today hi indictments returned by a county grand jury investigating settlement of the Missouri fire insurance rate case. The county jury indicted Pendergast for bribery in connection with settlement of the $9,000,000 fire insurance rate case. O'Malley was charged with accepting a bribe in connection with the compromise. Both now are in Leaveriworth penitentiary serving sentences sun in the daytime and as for federal incorrte tax evasion. tents at night. Hospital Fund Donors Listed Meade township donors, a oartial list of those from Sherman township and names from several other sections of Mason county continued today to be added to a list of contributors to complete a new hospital building for Mason county. Included in the list; Meade [township, William Hasenbank Jr., William Tucker, I. J. Howell, Earl Edwards, John Bennett, Raymond Weaver. Sherman, townsnip, Fred W. Reek, Schoenherr Lumber Co., Florenz Michevich, Leo Bitely, Herman Hanson, Wallace Blohm, Catherine Wilson, Clare joint Senate-House committee which seeks a compromise. to be at the courthouse early so wrote an ent i re i y 'new measure. I^+HiF- ume P arade can start | Whenever the two chambers ap- there will be no end of fun for the kids is evidenced by the list of prize contests lined up for the kids. Jn addition to four costume awards, prizes will be given boy and girl winners in six other contests. Roy Grotemat, in charge of the amateur entertainment program, will be present with his sound system so that the program may be heard by all. As in other years, the evening's fun will be wound up with free cider and doughnuts for all children present. According to program officials, there will be plenty of refreshments on hand with no danger of a shortage. Music for the parade and during the party will be furnished by a special band made up of Ludington high school band members. \ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30.— (ff>)— The 1939 Golden Gate International exposition ended Sunday night, and its historians wrote of it today that it was an artistic success, but a financial flop. Bets were about even that the $50,000,000 show on Treasure Island would be re-opened in 1940. A total of 147,674 persons paid admissions on the closing day, bringing the attendance for its 254 days of operation to 10,496,203. The closing day figure was considerably higher than the. 128,697 attendance on Feb. 18, the opening day, but far below that of Oct. 8, when the exposition's all-time daily record of 187,730 was set. | Whether the exposition will be re-opened next year appeared today to depend on the wishes of creditors, who have their choice of dividing up approximately $500,000 in ready cash now, or gambling that another season's operations would enable the exposition to pay off in full its $4,606,914 of debts. ently heading from Murmansk j Adams' toward German port with Ger- others: Mrs. F. W. Heysett, Brown's tavern, Clarence Rine- PARIS—Deputy warns France (.bolt, Theodore Winkel, Capt. against depending on Arneri- i Charles Robertson, Joe Cosetti can war supplies; western front]of Logan township. Miss" Mary quiet. BUDAPEST—Southeastern Europe watches Supreme Soviet session Tuesday for clue to Russia's policy. GENEVA—Spy trial presses Swiss campaign against espionage. Jin Turkey, cloaks worn toy carriers on certain trade routes are used as' protection against the Ostrander, Mrs. Frank Win- jeski. SUICIDE IS FOUND ANN ARBOR, Oct. 30.—(#>)— A farmhand found the body of George Yliman, 34, Sunday in a swamp near his Whittmore lake home, from which he disappeared June 5. A shotgun was beside the body and Coroner Edwin G. Ganzhorn pronounced the death suicide. CENSORSHIP AND INDEPENDENCE News from warring nations is subject to strict censorship. It may sometimes be misleading. It is the right and duty of every American citizen to do his own thinking, hold to his own beliefs and not permit himself or his country to become a victim of emotionalism or propaganda. THE NEWS-

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