Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on November 12, 1966 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Saturday, November 12, 1966
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TEMPERATURE Thursday high 52, low 27. Friday high 52, low 30. 7:00 a.m. today 34. Downtown noon today 37. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS r WEATHER ^ Fair and colder tonight with low in 20s. Not quite so cold Sunday, chance of showers in afternoon. High In upper 40s and low SOs. Monday decreasing cloudiness and cool. YANKS TAKE HEAVY AIR LOSSES IN HAMILTON COUNTY MONDAY SET TRIPLE FUNERAL FOR WRECK VICTIMS THEV GOT THE GREEN LIGHT—Gemini 12 pilots James A. I^o^ell Jr., left, and Eil«in E. Aldrln—after two frustmtlng deUy»—blasted off Friday at Cape Kennedy in the final flight of the Gemini series. The faulty autopUot system, which caused the postponcn|en^ from Wednesday and Thursday, %vas checked and pronounced fit. ' (AP VVlrephoto) ASTRONAUTS CHASE ECLIPSE Over The Atlantic 19 Men Lost In Crash Of Radar Plane cms Am FORCE BASE, Mass. (AP) — A crack team of Air Force investigators began a probe today of the second crash in 16 montlis of a radar picket plane in the Atlantic. The search resumed at dawn for the 19 men who were aboard the giant Constellation when it went down early Friday 125 miles soutlieast of Nantucket Island. Col. James Lyle, commander of the 551st Early Warning and Control Wing to which the plane was attached, said of the search, "I have hope. Until I receive word there is no hope, I won't give up." All but one of the men aboard were married and their families included 40 children. The New Bedford fishing boat Stephen R reported seeing the plane flying low in fog and rain squalls, bank steeply to the right, and plunge cartwheeling into the water with a fiery explosion at 1:30 a.m. The boat reported seeing no parachutes. Phosgene Gas Perils Town HOMER. Mich. (AP) — The Residents of this little community were back In their homes today, assured by experts that the threat of deadly phosgene gas had ended. A train wreck Friday morning, which caused a spectacular explosion and fire and threatened to convert two cailoads of vinyl chloride into nauseating and potentially fatal phosgene gas, brought evacuation of most of Homer's 1,600 residents. No injuries were reported. Col. Fredrick Davids, state police director, called an end to the evacuation at 5:30 p.m. Friday after being assured by New York Central Railroad General Manager William Salter and Homer Fire Chief Bruce Gregg that the danger had passed. Salter said he could not estimate the cost of the damage. He declined to speculate on the cause of the wreck. Tax Money Received By District 80 The Mt Vernon grade school system has received $503,283.94 in county tax collections, varying only $982 from its estimate. The District 80 board was told Thtu-sday nigjit that the dieck had been received earlier the same day. Virginia Riley, administrative assistant in the school system, had estimated several months ago that the taxes would yield $502,351.44. The estimates must be made in advance to enable the board to establish an operating budget for the school year. The taxes will provide $287, 576.44 for the education fund, $67,561.03 for the buCding fund, $132,665.65 for the bond and interest fund, and $15,450.82 for municipal retirement. Miss Riley's estimates in respective order had been $287,059, $67,458.48, $132,405.96 and $15,428. Harold Hathaway, principal at Lincoln, told the board that an enrollment increase of about 120 pupils means that all the space at the school is taken up in class sessions, leaving none available for special activities. He said the Lincoln Parent- Teacher Association donated "junior obstacle course" for the school playground. He said the recreation facilities cost about $900, earned through the P-TA's annual carnival. The board voted to permit teachers transferring to the District 80 system to continue tax sheltered annuity programs under previous commitment to companies other than the one presently operating a group plan lor the Mt. Vernon faculty. Dr. John Alford, superintendent, said District 80 is one of the few systems in the state able to fill all vancies this year. He said "the teacher shortage will make recruiting more difficult." In the state as a whole there ac* iimost $2,500 unfilled vacancies this year. Alford and Mrs. Helen Steffy, a member of the board, told of attending a conference at University City, Mo., on the "dynamics of time change." LOGAN ST. BAPTIST CHURCH Ceremony Here Sunday To Mark New Sanctuary The Logan Street Baptist Church will hold a cornerstone laying ceremony Sunday to mark completion of a $227,480 sanctuary that will seat 750 persons. Tlio special prograjn will follow the regular worship service at the church. The Rev. F.L. Trotter, pastor, said a histoi-y of the church, along with highlights of the scripture will bo placed in the cor- nei-stonc. The bistoiy will indud* te steps taken to erect the new brick sanctuary at 21st and Logan. It was during the summer of 1965 that the church member ship voted to sell old houses at 609 and 611 South 21st and to clear the land lor construction of the sanctuary. A building committee was chosen that indued Rex Hodge, Bill Fulford, Charles Carpenter, Eur- Bge Witter, Byron Weld and By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Shielding their eyes against the sun's glare, the Gemini 12 astronauts chased the moon across South American today and snapped photographs of one of nature's most spectacular sights: a solar eclipse. For 10 minutes as their space ship raced across the skies, James A. Lovell Jr. and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. were busy cameramen, recording the steady movement of the new moon as it slipped across tlie face of the sun. For seven or eight seconds the sun was in rare total eclipse and the Gemini 12 pictures may give man his most revealing look at this phenomenon and perhaps answer some scientific riddles. Before speeding out over the Atlantic, Lovell and Aldrin pitched the spacecraft nose down in an apparently unsuccessful effort to photograph the giant 52-mile-wide shadow of the moon as it slid across Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. "We hit the eclipse right on the money," Lovell reported. "But we were unsuccessful in picking up the shadow." "Roger," answered mission conti-oi, "we figured it would be a long way off." The eclipse over, Gemini 12 sped on toward another important task. At 11:29 a.m. Aldrin was to open his hatch for a 2- hour 2(>-minute work session, the first of three he plans outside the craft during the flight in hopes of learning man's physical limitations in weightless space. To obtain the eclipse photos, Lovell and Aldrin had to steer Gemini 12 to a precise spot above the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Peru. Because of the possibility of eye damage, they were cautioned not to look at the sun. To reduce the danger, they pulled a shade over one window and installed a filter on the other. They mounted three cameras — two for 16mm movies and one still camera that snapped three pictures of the total eclipse at three different exposures ranging up to four seconds. For 10 minutes, at an altitude of about 170 miles, the movie cameras recorded a partial eclipse as the moon started to obscure the sun. The total eclipse followed. The pictures were among more than one million that were taken of the rare eclipse — first of its kind in 18 months and only the 39th this century. In all, it was to last three hours, starting in the Pacific west of tlie Galapagos Islands and ending in the Atlantic southeast of Brazil. Scientists View Eclipse Scores of scientists from around the world roamed South American skies in more than two dozen planes, aiming cameras and other equipment at the phenomenon. Sounding rockets were fired from bases in Brazil and Argentina and scores of balloons and shipboard cameras were brought into play. This dramatic treat of nature Merger Of Methodists, UB Approved CHICAGO (AP) — The merger of two churches into the largest Protestant Church in the United States — The United Methodist Church, with 11,081,000 members — has been approved by delegates of the two churches. In separate meetings in the same hotel Friday, delegates to the general conferences of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church voted overwhelming approval of the merger. The Methodist Church, with 10,331,000 members, is second in size to the Southern Baptist Convention wdth 10,393,000 members. Merger with the 750,000- member EUB would make the new church, to be known as The United Methodist Church, the nation's largest Protestant Church. The merger, which must be ratified by regional conferences of the two churches, was approved 749-40 among Methodist delegates. EUB delegates voted 325-88 for approval. Policy differences that threatened to stymie the merger were resolved by a joint committee only hours before the vote. Most issues were resolved in favor of current Methodist practice. Both churches agreed on the proposed name. Among the issues were election of bishops for life, district superintendents to. b^, appointed by the bishops, and acceptance of a 1972 target to eliminate racially segregated conferences. There had been sentiment for an earlier date. EUB policy delegates had favored four-year terms for bishops and annual election of district superintendents. Two-thirds of both churches' regional conferences, which usually convene February through August, must ratify the merger. Leaders of both churches said ratification appeared likely. (Continiwd on Page 2, Col. 1% New Telephone Books For Mt. V. Area Next Week lUinois BeU will begin mailing new telephone directories to local residents starting Tuesday, November 15. Joe McGuckin, telephone company manager, urged customers not to use new directories to learn Bluford numbers until November 20. "Many Bluford customers will get new telephone niunbers on November 20," he explained. "New numbers are listed in directories now being delivered. These new nimibers won't be dialable until we activate new equipment on the 20th." Accoi-ding to McGuckin, the cover on this year's directory shows a field of growing com Behind the field, silhouetted against a full moon, is a busy factory. The cover was designed to symbolize the blending of agriculture and industry that has made Illinois one of America's greatest states. Customers may begin using the new directory for Mt. Vernon, Harmony and Dix numbers as soon as they receive it, McGuckin said. He cautioned them to give old directories a thorough shaking before throwing them away, however, to make sure no photographs or valuables have been left between the pages. Anyone who has not received a new directory in the mail by November 23 may get one by calling the telephone company business office, the manager added. Immediate delivery will be arranged. A former Hamilton county couple and their three-year-old son were kUled November 8 in an automobile accident at Springerville, Arizona. They are Harry Wheeler. 49, his wife, Thelma M. Wheeler, 47, and their son, Timmy. All were residents of Chandler Heights, Ariz. Joint funeral services will be held for them at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Prospect church, nea« McLeansboro, with the Rev. Joe Campbell officiating. Burial wUl be in the adjoining cemetery. The bodies will lie in state at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro where friends m*ji call after 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Wheeler was bom March 26,1917, in Hamilton county, the son of S. S. and Polly Ann (Hamilton) Wheeler. Mrs. Wheeler was born Mai-ch 18, 1919 in Hamilton county, the daughter of Tom and Erma (Thompson) Nipper. They are survived by a son, Steve Wheeler; two daughters, Diana and Leona Wheeler, aU at home; his daughters, Sharon of Indiana, and Mrs. Patricia Tucker of Elgin; his two brothers, Vernon J. Wheeler of Waukegan and Leland Wheeler of Norris City; her parents, Tom Nipper and Mrs. Erma Hicks, both of McLeansboro; her three sons, Charles, Joseph and Hanry Scott all of Chandler Heights; her two daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Stallings of Omaha, HI., and Mrs. Rose Mape Richardson, Herald, 111.; her brother, Ralph Nipper of Diniphan, Mo.; her sister, Mrs. Dorothy Moore of Norris City; and Mrs, Wheeler's nine grandchildren, Mr. Wheeler was a veteran of World War Two and a membes of the Norris City American Legion Post. Christmas Seal Sales Start In Jefferson Co. The annual Christmas Seal sale is under way in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county. The Christmas seals will be in the mail next Monday to homes throughout the county. William C. Davis, president of the Jefferson County Tuberculosis Association, pointed out as the campaign began that everybody should support the Christmas Seals campaign to help support the fight against tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. "Fight TB and other respii-a- tory diseases by using Christmas Seals on all your mail," lu-ged President Davis. 5 PUNES, 3 COPTERS SHOT DOWN (NEA Radlo-Telephoto) AiVIERICAN SOLDIERS bow their heads In prayer for their dead comrades, the victtaM of Communist suicide attacks during a battle about 55 miles northwest of Saigon, BABY DIES IN FIRE CHICAGO (AP) - Fire officials reported a 3 -month-old girl left alone in a West Side apait- ment Friday was killed when fire swept- the home. The victim, Sonja Hatohott, apparently died of smoke inhalation, fire officials said. James Nagle, acting fire chief, estimated damage at $2,500. He said the fire was confined to two roome. Cause of the fire was undetermined. South Viets Wreck Green Beret Club SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — South Vietnamese rangers today assaulted a U.S. Special Forces building at Hon Quan, 70 miles north of Saigon, and two Americans were wounded, reliable sources said. Tempers flared, informants said, after trouble had been building up between allied military men in the area over several days. These sources said the rangers used two armored personnel carriers to knock down part of a wall at the recreation club used by the members of the Green Beret team stationed at Hon Quan, then fired into the building with automatic weapons. No other details were immediately available. The ^U.S. military command in Saigon said it had no information on the incident. About 70 .'Americans are stationed in the Hon Quan rubber plantation country north of Saigon. There are some 35 Special Foi'ces men, 25 U.S. Air Force personnel and about eight civilians. Troops of the U.S. 1st Division normally are based in the area, but were moved a few days ago to join Operation Attleboro in Tay Ninh Province. There have been reports of fi-iction between some Vietnamese rangers and American troops in the region in the past few weeks. One account said an American soldier had been killed in a dub there recently, and that a Vietnamese soldier had been beaten up in retaliation. JC BOARD ACCEPTS STUDY RECOMMENDED NINE S. ILLINOIS COLLEGES She's A Viet War Widow Second Time MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Her first husband was killed in Viet Nam. She remarried, and her second husband was killed in Viet Nam. She gave birth to two sons — one fathered by the fu-st husband, the oUier by the second. Neither father lived to see his child. Mrs. Bernard Kistler, 26, was informed of the death of her second husband only an hour after she gave birth to his son. Today, Mrs. Kistler was coming out of the shock of the double tragedy in Meadville City Her first husband. Army Lt. William T. Reach of Ormond, Fla., was killed 22 months ago on a Viet Nam battlefield. Mrs. Kistler was informed Thursday her second husband, also an Army lieutenant, had been killed in a Viet Cong attack. Doctors said she lapsed into a severe shock when she heard of his death. Today, a hospital spokesman said, "She's getting along as well as you could expect under the circumstances." She received visitors Friday. The spokesman said the baby — still unnamed — was "doing real good." Both of her husbands were ! graduates of West Point. TRAFFIC DEATH ^ni. (AP)- YOUTH KflXED JOUET, lU. (AP) — Clmrles JERSEYVILLE, _ _ Mrs. Mary Zipprich, 75, was; Wollak, 20, of Joliet, was kiUed killed in a collision Friday on I Friday night in an auto colli- niinois 16 west of Jerseyville. She was a passenger in an auto driven by her daughtei'-in-law, Mrs. Jerome Zipprich, police said. sion at the intersection of Black and Essington roads west of Joliet. Seven other persons were injured in the crash, none seriously. NORMAL, 111. (AP) -A study recommending that the Illinois Junior College Board establish nine junior college districts in a disputed Southern Illinois region has been accepted by tlie board. The board Fi'iday told representatives of the districts Involved that they may accept or reject tlie study's recommendations which attempt to eliminate overlap among districts. But the board ruled that representatives must consider the study's recommendations. The study was carried out by Ken Brunner of the Higher Education Services Department of Southern Illinois University. After study, representatives will be required to provide evidence that proposed districts in their area will be likely to receive public support. The board did not commit Itself to accepting district proposals. Its action means that the state board will examine each step the individual districts take in establishing their boundaries. The make up of the districts proposed by Brunner: 1. Egyptian District — Jackson and Williamson counties, and portions of Franklin and Perry counties. 2. Shawnee — Pulaski, Alexander, Union, Johnson and Massac counties. 3. Southeastern Illinois District — Gallatin, Hardin and Saline counties; portions of Pope and Johnson counties; and the Carmi and Norris-Omaha portions of White County. 4. Wabash Valley District — Wabash, Wayne and Albion Counties; portions of Edwards County; the Lawrenceville and St. Francisville portions of Lawrence County; and a portion of White Ctounty. 5. Olney Community College Distrct — Jasper, Clay, Richland, Bridgeport and sumner counties; portions of Lawrence County; and the Cisne portion of (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) iGontinued on Fags 2, Column 2) HlTRtN KILLEVO CXDLLINSVILLE, 111. (AP) Earl Paul, 71, of 609 Laurel Avenue, Cbllinsville, was killed late Friday by a nit-and-run auto as he and an elderly companion attempted to cross Vandalia Street, police said. Officers said the other man, Joe Holton of Collinsville, who officers said was about 90, told them Paul was struck by a dark green station wagon as they crossed the street to their VETERANS HONOBED-Guest» for Mt, Vernon High School's salute to veterans are pictured here behind Band Director Charles Gregg as he leads the school band in a selection during a Veterans Day program Thursday. Frederick E, Memtt of Salem. Illinois Department commander of the American Legion wa. among the guests, James B, Wham. Centralia .1. ... , ,uaoya DeWitt EtaoUM CasualHct In Bomber, Chopper Crashes Arc Heovy; Reds Renew Mortar Attacks At Toy Ninh. SAIGON, South Viet Naffli (AP) — Communist antiaircraft fire shot down five U. S. planes during raids over North Vief Nam Friday in one of the heaviest days of American losses ot the war. U. S. headquarters, reporting this today, said the pilot of one plane was rescued, but the six fliers aboard the other four air- a'alt are missing. A Tass dispatch from Hanoi quoted the North Vietnamese News Agency as saying fouH planes were shot down and "several U,S. Air Force pilots were imprisoned." Headquarters also announced that three American helicopters were shot down Friday while supporting ground operations near the Plei Djereng Special Forces camp in the highlands close to the Cambodian border. In ground action, the Vlel! Cong unleashed heavy mortal* attacks Friday niglit and today on three American command posts in the Tay Ninh sector, where fighting has flared for the last nine days. In two attadis, the Communists sent 75 to 80 rounds ol! mortar fire into the adjoining camps ot.the U. S. 2Sth Infantry Division and the 196th Ught Infantry Brigade, located lout! miles west of Tay Ninh City. In another attack early today« the Viet Cong unloaded another mortar bombardment on the 1st Infantry Division command posit 17 miles east of Tay Ninh near Dau Tieng. Saigon headquarters said 70 rounds were fired, but reports from the 1st Division scene, laid about 200 hit tiie area. U.S. headquarters said American casualties were light in all the attacks, revising an earliei; announcement which said U.S; forces suffered moderate casualties in one of the ihelllngs. Damage to equipment, mostly; helicopters, was described as light also. Also in the Tay Ninh fighting, ranging 60 to 65 miles northeast of Saigon in War Zone C, U. S. ground forces reported killhig 14 Viet Cong Friday and finding 14 more bodies. WS Cong KlUed This brought to 928 the number of Viet Cong officially reported killed during Operation Attleboro, Into which the largest U. S. force of the war has been thrown. Massed against the Viet Cong 9th Division are the equivalent of two U. S. divisions or about 30,000 men. As the enemy launched Its mortar barrage agabst the 196th Brigade, the Americans called hi planes to drop flares and C:46s equipped with rapid- fire weapons to suppress the attack. Also in the Tay Ninh action, a unit of the 1st Infantry Division today uncovered a steel underground bunker 17 miles northeast of Tay Ninh City, A spoke» man said the bunker contained 3,000 fragmentation grenades and 1,000 rifle grenades. The latest haul raised to more than 23,300 the number of enemy grenades seized in the operation. U .S, forces also have captured 490 claymore antipersonnel mines, destroyed 206 bunkers, tunnels and caves and seized 674 tons of rice. In support of the ground troops, U .S. B52 bombers raided Viet Cong positions in Tay Ninh Pi-ovince twice in less than 24 hours. The first raid struck Friday night 25 miles of Tay Ninh. Heavy Air Losses The five planes sliot down over North Viet Nam represented an unusually high percentage inasmuch as American pilots flew only 78 bombing missions Friday, about half the number flown with better weather. The losses raised to 426 the mmiber of planes reported downed over the north. The worst single day's losses was last Aug, 7 when seven U.S. planes went down over North Viet Nam. Of the five shot down Friday, ([Continued on Eass 2, CoL 31

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