The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 27, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 27, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS •na DOUZNANT NEWSPAPER or NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 231 Blythevllle Courier Blythevill* DaUy Newi MtMlsstppI Villcy Uadn Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1955 TEN PAGES Published DaUy Except Sunday SINGLE COPT FIVE CBHTf Traffic Toll: Two Deaths In Area Over Yule Holiday 1 Pemiscot County, which is ending a real rough year on its highways, provided the most news, accident-wise, over the long Christmas weekend, though at noon today Mississippi County had an identical fatality toll of one. Holiday Traffic Toll Sets Record A Wilson woman was killed early Friday morning as she motored to visit relatives in Memphis. But a wreck at the now infamous Steele junction on XI, S. 61 resulted in the death of a Negro woman, the critical injury of two other Negroes, severe injuries to three white people who occupied another car involved in the wreck and the nearly total loss of two vehicles. Dies at Hospital Dead was Willia Mae Penister, 42, who died a few minutes after being taken to Pemiscot County Hospital Christmas night. Riding with her in the pickup truck were her husband, James Penister. 55. who has chest and facial injuries: Minnie Berry, about 30. Penister's sister and who is in critical condition with a fractured skull, and Elmo Sturdevant. 51, driver of the truck who was not seriously injured. All were from New Madrid, Mo 602 Killed In Accidents Over Nat-ion By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's motorists in the 1954 Buick convertible race "d" and" rammed their"way which was traveling on U. S. 6l,j lrt _ nll t . „„,„„.,, »,, WI K/ T . were Charles Lipscomb, 27. Steele, who has a fractured skull, fractured ribs, .cuts and bruises; Mrs. Onlta Wilson. 25. Steele, who also has a skull injury, a teg fracture, bruises and cuts; Mrs. Anna Mae William, 26, Steele. who has a broken collar bone, cuts and bruises, and the driver of the car, Staff Sgt. John F. Franklin, Jr.. who is home on a two-month furlough from the Army in Germany. to an all-time record number of traffic deaths over the long Christmas holiday weekend. Latest figures showed at least 602 persons were killed in automobile accidents from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday (local time). In addition, 64 persons died in fires and 102 in miscellaneous accidents for an ovur-all total of 745 in the 78-hour period. VIakiii£ T U. S. 61'when it drove into the ' hl 1952 front and side of the Franklin car. It was the fifth accident at the new junction, where, the road to Steele joins the new stretch of U. S. 61 and Pemlscot County's 28th traffic fatality of 1955 Tllc P>'"™us record traffic death The over-all total this year also was a record for a three-day Christmas holiday. The previous hicrh was 734 in 1950. The record over-all loll for any holiday was 805 in the Ihree-day Fourth of July . Sturdevant and Penister both holiday period in 1950. staled that iheir truck did not stop at the junction's stop sign. Sturdevant said he did not see the stop sign. Penister's wife was sitting on his lap . and his sister See ACCIDENTS on Page S Farm Youth Is Killed In Accident DELL—A seven-year-old youth of the Cole Ridge community was crushed to death Saturday afternoon when he climbed onto the back of a piece of earth-moving equipment being operated by his father at their farm home. John Levoy Stockton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Corbett Stockton, was victim of the tragic accident. He \v:i5 rushed to Chiclia av, ba Hospital but was dead on arrival. The iad reportfdiy climbed on the back of an earth-mover pulled by a tractor which, his father was operating near their farm house. He was crushed bmealli lh<- buck- ; et when it was lowered by his; father who was unaware of his; presence. ' Services Held The family lives on a farm near Cole Ridge, soulh of D:-ll. '. Services were conducted ye.sier- day at. Cole Hidge Civ.irch by the Rev. Morris McGuirc and th" Rev. Oscar Patterson. Burial was in Memorial Part Cemetery. In addition to his parenls, survivors include two brothers, Harvey Morris Stockton and Jimmy Levoh Stockton. Pjillbearers were Curtis Loveless. B. Z. Dickson. Luther Eiibanks. Au- sic Young, John Duncan and Virgil Williams. Youth Injured Riding Tractor 5fXJ predicted The National Safety Council had predicted 560 Americans would be killed in motor mishaps during the 1955 Christmas holiday period. Said Council President Ned H. Dearborn: "We may have dreamed of a white Christmas but we have made it black with a record of death, destruction and disaster on the highway by winch no American can be anything bub depressed, ashamed nnd frightened. "We can only hope that the shock of this tragic and needless toll will have a sobering effect over the Nev Year's holiday and throughout 195G." On Dec. 1 when the nation observed the second annual Safe Driving Day, there were 69 traffic deaths in 24 hours. In the first 10 months this year traffic fatalities have averaged 102 per day. The Associated Press, for pur- po^es of comparison, made a snr- vev of traffic deaths during a non- hoi iclnv period — the weekend of Dec. 9-12. The count showed 3G4 motor fatalities in the 78-hour period. In the two-day Christmas holiday in 1954—covering a period of 54 hours — there were 392 traffic deaths, fi3 killed in fires and 60 killed in miscellaneous types of accidents, an over-all to'al of 515 Weather conditions at the .start of the loner weekend made driving hazardous in many sections of the country. The clouth list mounted steadily, with around 150 fatalities in Ihe final 24 hours. In Chica ff(*. where 14 persons were killed, there ./ere more than 2.500 :uito accidents, and 92 persons were arrested for drunken driving. In Los Anaeles (here Were 769 a ('detents. 429 persons were injured nnd 167 were arresred for drunk driving. The death toll by states—traffic. fire nnd miscellaneous included: Arkansas 905; Illinois 39 3 5; Missouri 16 1 0. WRECKED AT 61 JUNCTION—These vehicles were practically demolished when they met at the Steele junction of U. S. 61 Christinas night. One of the Negroes riding in the truck was dead short- ly after the wreck. Several white occupants of the 1954 Buick are in critical condition at Pemiscot County Hospital in Hayti. (Photos by Yeager) Senate Group Brands Communist Party 'Quasi-Military Conspiracy' By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Internal Security subcommittee described the Communist party of the United States today as "a Russian-inspired, Moscow-dominated, anti- American, quasimilitary conspiracy against our government, our ideals and our freedoms." The description was provided in a 100-page booklet, "A Handbook for Americans/' put out by Ihe subcommittee with the avowed aim of exposing what communism really is. Soviet Parliment Praises Defense Cuts in 56 Budget By RICHARD K. O'MALLEY MOSCOW (AP) — Delegates to the Supreme Soviet today sat through six hours of speeches in praise of the Kremlin's 1956 budget promising a cut in defense spending. Six more hours of speechmaking were scheduled for tonight. Although the delegates praised*—• • — •———-— — the budget, several voiced complaints against prices, shortages of goods and lagging deliveries Caruthersville Man's Death Termed Suicide Gail Downing, 13 year eld son ot Ray Downing of Rt. 1, was taken to 'Blytheville Hospital this morn- iii'4 with severe lacerations and fracture of the left leg. The youngster was injured this; ing the music, morning when the tractor on which j Tickets sire on sale at he was riding turned over. Legion Sponsoring New Year fve Dance American Legion's Dud Cason Post is sponsoring a New Year's Eve dance, in its auditorium. The 9 till 1 a.m. affair will find Johnny Greer's orchestra furnish- CARUTHERSVU.LE A 42- year-old farm worker's Christmas Eve death Was ruled suicide by John German, Pemiscot County Coroner. Willis Husih Hooper The subcommittee quoted the Subversive Activities Control Board's finding in 1953 that the U.S. Communist pa v ty is "substantially directed, dominated and controlled by the Soviet Union." Chairman Eastland (D-MIss) sniri in a foreword: "The average American is tui- aware of the amount of misinformation about the Communist Party U.S.A. which appears in the public press, in books unc 1 in ut- In sat on his bed. removed the shoe j n terances of public speakers, part. this misinformation is | planted consciously by members apparently: O f t j ie party. Hest, effect ig ways and . ^ „ .__ poisoning the and sox from his right foot, aimed! , ne:ms calculated to have the 12-j,'iuige shotgun, at his heart. j e j ianne i s O f American public opm- ancl fired the gun with his toe 11:30 Saturday night, German said. ] He was alone in hip home here. The body was discovered by neighbors Sunday morning. Neighbors heard the blast Saturday 1 night but thought it was a firecracker. Mrs. Hooper and two children were visiting Frank Hooper, .the dead man's brother, at the Kinfolks Ritige community near here Born July 20, 1913. in Dyer County, Term.. Mr. Hooper moved here four years ago. He had been in ill heaUft far more than a year. Services were concluded at 2 Monday afternoon from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C. K. Conner officiating Burial was in Little Prairie Cemetery. Vie leaves his wife, Mrs. Nora Hooper; a son, Donald: a daughter, Nora, all of CaruthersviHo; his mother, Mrs Nora ChiUress of McCuliock Chapel, Tenn.; a sister, Mrs. Edna Perry of Miston, Teim.; and two brothers, Frank I White Shoe Store. Floyd j Hooper of Kinfolks Ridge ' George Hooper of Miston. and Storm Wrecks Japanese Ship: 'Copter Pilot Plucks 14 from Sea TOKYO f/rt—Tovvei'ing sens broke up a Japanese freighter off northeast Japan today nnd a helicopter pilot from Kansas plucked 14 seamen from the water. Three sailors from another ship wore rescued by the U. S. de^ stroyer Ozbourn. Six other ships, one with 18 crewmen, were reported missing in the violent storms that have lashed the area for two days. 7 SffHtn lo Shore 1,339 ton freighter Handa The Maritime Safety Board said 7 crewmen managed to swim to shore, 150 yards away, and 13 others of the crew of 34 are still missing. Lt. Herbert G. Gales, of Kansas City, Kan. a helicopter pilot, picked up one sailor from the water, 5 from the bridge of the ship and 8 from the .antail. The rescues were made in several trips from sea to shore. Jap- The Maru - T . ... _ •ground near Hachlnohe City in rhe.ercd ns they watched Ihe Ajr • ftrnil* Mi hour wind* ami 40-foot I Force team bring th« sailor* toj C47 In the search for survivors. broke up after running ancse fishermen and villager? safety. Gates' crew included Capt. Harry T. Hedges, Tulsn and T.Sgt. William J. Tanski, Worchester. Mass. The copter flew back and forth for more than an hour, fighting winds of more than 30 knots. The Air Force said rescue helicopters seldom work m winds stronger than 15 knots. "In nil my years of rescue operations, I've never seen a rougher sea," declared CoJ. Tracy J Peterson, commander 'of the 3rd Air Rescue Group. Peterson piloted a Unique Problem "In part, it is due to our ieno- rance of the problem—the problem of the existence in our midst of a mass conspiratorial oryrmi'/arion controlled by.a. foreign power The Communist problem is unique in our history. "We earnestly believe that, given a more accurate knowledge of (he Communist conspiracy, r'w er Americans will fall victim to its wiles." The hnnaoooK quotes from Communist doctrinal writings testimony in hearings before SACB, its own subversive investigations and those of tlie House Connn!' t ee on Un-American Acitivities. "to differentiate '.he Communist party from bomi fide political panics in the United Slates." In this country, it snicl, the Communist party regards itself a.s "a commando force opera tin;.: in enemy territory in nehalf of the Soviet fatherland." The document quotes as typical an oath it said the Reds in 1935 exacted from party members: "I pledge myself Vo rally the masses to defend the Soviet Union, the land of victorious socialism. I pledge myself to remain at all times n vigilant, and firm Pair of Fires Over Weekend Several fires, including two (ills morning, were reported durinr the holiday weekend. , A frame house on East Moultric, occupied by a Mr. Enrt. ;iml owned by Mrs. Harve Lewis, was gutted this morning. Cause was unknown. A Negro house at fil!> Ilnrmon was destroyed by Humes early t-hls morning when It was ignited by a defective conl stove, Lre Bradley lived In the frame dwelling. defender of the Leninist line of the party, the only line that insures the triumph m Soviet Power in See COMMUNIST on Pape o Family Aided By Neighbors After Fire Friends and neighbors were pitching in today to :iid Mr. and, Mrs. Ben Shanks oi' 1521 West Hearn, victims o! a fire yesterday morning which doftroyt'd. practically all their clothes, bedclothes and some furniture. While the fire was confined to one bedroom and did not destroy their home, it was costly since they had no insurance on their belongings. Shanks is employed at the Air Base and his wife operates a beauty parlor in their home. Lewis Child's Condition Critical Condition nf D;mny U.'wis, the youngster who fell through the fuemens hatch at Blytheville fire station last week, was termed critical by Le Bonheur hospital officials today. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Linwnod Lewis and grandson of Blytheville's Pire Chief Roy Head fell approximately 16 feel onto (he concrete floor of the tire sliuinn, hitting his head against the floor. Doctors have pxprrss over his condition, today. The two houses of the Soviet Parliament were expected to meet on the budget again tomorrow. This would delay the anticipated report of Soviet Premier Nicolai Bulganin and Communist Party -Secretary Nikita Khrushchev on their trip to India, Burma and Afghanistan until Thursday. With Bulganin, Khrushchev and other Soviet leaders looking on, Finance Minister Arseny Zvrev presented the outline, of the 1956 delegates early in their opening meeting. Zverev's speech lacked the criticism aimed in previous years at "capitalist and imperialist warmongers." Slightly Higher The budget, slightly higher than thai outlined in February for 1955 estimated expnditures at 568,800,000,000 rubles and revenues at 591^&00,000,000. The 1955 budget put expenditures at 563,482,000,000 rubles and revenues at 590,192,000,000. The finance minister added, however, that a comparison of the figures for the two years was misleading because wholesale prices had been cut considerably during 1955. Zvrev said defense appropriations for the coming year would be 102 Vi billion rubles, just over 18 per cent of the total expenditure and nearly 10 per cnt below the 1955 estimate of 112, 122,000,000 rubles. (The Russians value the ruble arbitrarily at '25 cents, but its purchasing power is substantially less. However, the actual Soviet defense appropriation cannot be estimated accurately since many items which would be included under that category in other countries »re hidden under other headings. The U.S. government is spending for defense tit the rate of about 34'i billion dollars annually, or i about 55 per cent of its total expenditures. To Advance Economy Zvcrev declared the saving in the military budget would be used to help advance the national economy, education and culture. He recalled the cut of 640,000 in Russia's armed forces, announced f.'arlier this year, and Russia's decision to return to Finland the Porkkala navaU base. All these moves, he said, showed Russia's concrn for reducing world tension. Appropriations for heavy industry were cut from 190 billion rubles this year to 158.700.000,000 next year. But heavy industry also will benefit I'rom an allocation of 96,600,000.000 rubles for capital investment, more than half of the tut a I 100.800.000.000 • rubles earmarked for such investment. By contrast with the heavy in-' j dustry appropriation, the amount 1 j for production of consumer goods j 1 was put nt "more thnn" 26 billion[ rubles. However, Zvcrev promised j 1956 would bring a reduction in th? i retail prices of .such goods and! improvement in their quality. } Zvcrev said the Soviet Union is' j building several atomic power sta-l | lions which can meet a capacity! demand of 50.000 or 100.OOt) kilo-] watts. Foreign visitors already nave been admitted to a small 5.000-kilowatt plant in operation; near Moscow. Threat of New Floods Menaces North California SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New floods, menaced the devastated Yuba City area in north central California today as rivers in two states, swollen anew by heavy rain, raced toward the Pacific. Ner-roChi'd Dies Of Severe Burns A four year old Negro girl died four hours after arrival at Blyihc-j vllle Hospital yesterday. She \vns severely burned and unconscious after a Hre at 1013 Denny! St. She is Delores Claybrook, daugn- i tor of Louise Arnold. | In Oregon, the flood death toll* rose to 12 when a mud slide roared' down a canyon and crushed a home in the little town of Remote — killing Marion E. Neal, his wile and three of their six children. Most streams Were receding again after causing some new flooding in southern Oregon and north and central California. But the Feather River, bearing a new flood crest, threatened to surge again over evacuated Yuba City. Other flooding was feared in the rich delta area just east of San Francisco Bay where record flood waters from the mighty Sacramento and San Joaquiri Rivers are racing to the sea. 41 Dead There were at least 41 flood dead, 29 in California and 12 in. Oregon. In addition, at least 19 more were presumed dead in California. Three were missing in Oregon. Damage was estimated conservatively at 150 million dollars. Ellsworth Bunker, national Hed Cross president, predicted between 4.000 and 5,000 families would look to his organization for "long-time" aid. He said he had assigned 115 trained disaster staff men to the flood district. The delta area, where the San Jooquin iind Sacramento rivers join east of San Francisco Bay, and Yuba City were the remaining- danger spots. Yuba City, almost abandoned since its Feather River levee broke Saturday, faces another crest 1 today. Joe W. Sanderson, civilian defense coordinator, said water probably would return to earlier high mark s, six feet up some walls. The intensively farmed delta, laced with sin nil streams, is the last stretch before floodwaters pour into the bay and on to the Pacific Ocean. So strongly have the floods been running that the Golden Gate was brown yesterday. Three islands were flooded yi the delta yesterday. Levees were sandbagged (o save others. Tour Area Val Peterson, federal civil defense administrator, and high t Army officials set out on a two-day i tour of northern California areas j ravaged by floods. I "I in 1 .end to L'O out and get my I feet wet." Peterson told Gov. Good-1 win Knifiht yesterday at a confer-' ence called to discus.? federal aicl.j Because of lack of water and: barred from returning to Yuba j City. Dr. F. P. Wisner. health j service director, declared, "we have to keep these people out ofj town lest a runaway health hazard! be invited." He plans typhoid \ inoculations. Some had revisited their homes, trying to stUvnue property while; the city was two thirds out of [he '. flood. Those who attempted an '. early cleanup probably will have i to take out the mud again after! the latest crest. ' The Weather Bureau predicts! mostly clear skies today. j Fear Others Trapped | Communications improved and; exropt at Yuba City She death tolls became more solid. There were fi' dead in the Eureka area, 12 at Yuba City, 5 at Santa Cruz. 3 at! Coif ax smd 1 each at Santa Rosa, Stockton and Susanville. j Some c.'irs are still under waterl Sec FLOODS on Pajre 5 ! Congress to Get State of Union Report Jan. 5 WASHINGTON (fl — President Eisenhower's State of the Union message will go to Congress Jan. 5, two days after the lawmakers convene. The White House announced this today as the President conferred in his office with Secretary of State Dulles and Gen. Nathan Twining, Air Force chief of staff. Press Secretary James C. Hagerty declined to disclose the purpose of that conference. The State of the Union message will be read to the Senate and House this year by clerks because Eisenhower still is recuperating from his Sept. 24 heart attack. For the last three years the President has personally read to the lawmakers the message which outlines the administration's legislative program. Discussed Tope's Message The White House also disclosed today that the President and Dulles, at a conference yesterday, discussed in a "very general way" See IKE on Page 5 Post Office Sets Yule Mail Mark BlytheviHe's Post Office reported today that they handled a record amount of Christmas mail with a minimum of man hours during the pi\st \vcek thanks to: 1. The cooperation of the public, and 2. Their own efforts which resulted in making as many as three deliveries a day. Postmaster Ross Stevens today .said, "It \vas the marvelous cooperation of ihe mailing public which meant better service to everyone and less headaches to the Post Office which let us set a record uiiill not encounterinc any tremendous man power demands." Stevens said the public helped speed .service by mailing earlier, by mailim; with some consistency and by cloine a good job of arranging their mail. On Dec. 19. he said, their can- telling machine handled 100.000 pieces" of mail. A likt number of incoming mail was also handled on Hint day setting a new office record. All but six packages were delivered Christmas day, Stevens reported, saying families owning these undelivered packages were out of town. Weather Yeorenc/ Survey Shows: Industries See Continuing Boom NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday, wanner Wednesday. High this afternoon, mid 50s; low tonight, mid u> hi^h 30s, Miixlimini Katnrditv -74 Mtnlin\itn Sunday---12. Minimum Monday-31. Mftxlnmm yasUrtlny—55 Minimum this i.ionilnr 28. Sunrisn tomovmw • ~> -.ftfi. Sunset today—1:57. Mefin tcnipcratui n—-11.5. Preclpltntion 24 hours {7 a.m. tn 7 1) tn.J—none. Precipitation Jim. 1 to date—'10.00. This l)ntc I.asl Year Maximum vftstcrdny- -fl.l. Minimum Milv morning 'IK Precipitation Jan. l to etnte—M.00. WASHINGTON W—Secretary ut 1 Commerce Weeks says a survey [ by his (lepitrtment. shows that most I major industries expect to contin- I tie operating during the first half of 19.TII at peak levels or close to tl.em. Results of a yearend survey j which Week:- made public last night said that record output is for^soen by s.,r'.i industries as iron and .sli-el, aluminum, automobiles nnd trucks, construction and lumber. "One of Highest" The iron nnd steel industry was s;<i'l to expect (hat the r'lrst half of the new year will be "on* of Ui highest, if not the highest" production periods o n record. Aluminum .shipments, Weeks said, probably will run about 18 per cent ! above the first half of this yea and 7 per cent, above the last half. An output of -t 1 - millio; nutos i and tnu'ks was forecast in the ' first six months of 1956. That would be a record for the first h»H of any veav. The alrev;\{t industry was reported to have a ISli -billion-dollar backlog of orders. Shipbuilding orders are about 18 per coot higher than n year a^o, Weeks said, although sttil far be- hnr whnt is regarded as normal | good volume. Weeks said construction outlay! for 1956 are estimated at 44 billion dollars, which would surpas* the estimated 42-biUior-doUtvr record of t 1 is year by 5 per cent. i Newspapers nnd magazines, j Weeks said, anticipate continued ' slight -.irowOv in circulation and In advertising. A continuing tight supply of newsprint was forecast. The textile Inmistry fnce» "somewhat clouded" prospects because of record imports from countries having low wage seals, Weeks said. Peak operating leveli wore foresen for the consumer I durable gooda industry.

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