Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on November 16, 1966 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Wednesday, November 16, 1966
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 65, low 36 7:00 a.m. today 39 Downtovm noon today 67 MT.VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER" Southern Illlnoijj—Fair to partly cloudy and mild through Thursday. Lows tonight in 40s, highs Thursday in low to mid 70s. VOLUME XLVII—NO. 42 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1966 30c Per Week JOHNSON OPERATIONS SUCCESSFUL CHURCH CONFERENCE- HEAD — Archbisliop John Frnncls Deanlen of Detroit holds a news conference in WasliinKton/ after cardinals and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church elected hira as the first president of their £piscoitiil Conference. (AP Wircphoto) $1,100 Gift Legion Gives Big Boost To United Fund Mt. Vernon Legionnaires this Weelc gave a big boost to the Jefferson county United Fund drive toward its goal of 550 ,000. Jefferson Post 141 voted unanimously, at an official session this week, to donate ?l ,10a to the United Fund. That was $100, or ten per cent, more than the $1,000 donated by the Legion last year. "We decided to voluntarily Increase our donation to United rund this year, without being asked," said Legion Commander Drayton Allison. "We know that the goal has been increased tills year and we want to do everything we can to help put United Fund over the top." Commander Allison said that the Legionnaires of Jefferson Post 141 realize the importance of the United Fund and its support of ten worthwhile agencies. After Allison explained the increase in the United Fund goal and said the Legion committee approved a $100 increase in this year's donation, the $1,100 contribution was approved by unanimous vote. "We will deliver our $1,100 check to United Fund officials In a few days," the commander said. Legionnaires also voted to donate $150 to the Pyi-amid Times, Mt. Vernon Community College newspaper, to pay for postage for gift boxes to men serving in Vict Nam. The college students and the college newspaper have been collecting funds to send the Christmas gifts overseas. Roy Alvis Of Kell Killed In Viet Nam Marine Pfc. Roy Gene Alvis of Kell has been killed hi action in Viet Nam. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Alvis of Kell were notified by the Marine Corps that their 20-year-old son was killed Saturday. Pfc. Alvis entered the Marines last March and left for Viet Nam on September 21. The young Marine was killed by fragmentation wounds from a hostile explosion, There was no immediate word concerning arrival of the body and funeral arrangements. Pfc. Alvis was a 1964 graduate of the Salem high school. Besides his parents-, he is survived by two brothers, Larry and Ronnie, of Kell; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alvis of Kell. National Post In Legion For Harry Henn HaiTy Henn, of 208 south Fourth street, has been appointed to a national position in the American Legion. National Commander John E. Davis has announced from Indianapolis, Ind., that he has appointed Henn as a vice chairman of the National Security Council of the National Executive Committee. "We are proud that a member of our Mt. Vernon post has been appointed to a national position," said Drayton Allison, commander of local Post 141. Henn's appointment is to continue nntil the 1967 fall meetuig of the Legion's national e>^cutive committee. In informing Henn of the appointment National Commander Davis said, "This appointment is made upon the recommendation of your Department officers in recognition of your dedicated service to.our organization." It is the national committee's duty to, promote the American Legion's national security program. In a letter to Henn, Commander Davis said, "I count on your help during the coming year to add to the strength of the American Legion, not only in our national security program, but also in our other programs of service and in membership." Three lllinoisans Killed In Action WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon announced Tuesday two Marines and one soldier from Illinois were killed in the Viet Nam war. The victims include Lance Cpl. Alan H. Shields, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Shields, of Oaklawn; Pfc. Roy G. Alvis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Alvis of Kell; and Army Sgt. Maynard J. Humes, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Humes of Urbana. HONOR MT. V. MEN—Recipients of the lUinoig Agricultural Association award for 28-yean service to africultnre were announced during the 62nd lAA annual meeting in Chicago. Recipients Included, from lef^ seated: Cad Oaaton, vocational agriculture instructor, Mt. Vernon; anil Tracy BawUngs, assistant farm adviser, Jefferson County. Mt. Vernon. Standing is B. L. Unley, vocational agriculture in- stniotor, Benton. >- It's Official Now County Vote Canvassed; No Change The results of last week's election are official now. There were a few minor vote changes in the canvass yesterday but the final results were the same. Countj.' Clerk-elect Dewey Barton picked up six votes in the canvass in the only close county race. He defeated Lester Davis by 67 votes. Count Special Ballots A total of 13,915 votes were cast at Jefferson county's 47 precincts. Here are the results of the Heavy Ground Fighting On Two Viet War Fronts TEACHER AND WIFE DARES START REND SCHOLARSHIP FUND NEW OFFICERS TO TAKE OVER DEC, 5 Five men elected to Jefferson county offices last week will officially assume their duties on Monday, December 5. They are Sheriff Dewey E. Barton, who was elected county clerk; County Treasurer Robert (Bob) Ruddick, who was elected sheriff; Leslie C. Elliott, who was elected county treasurer; Frank H. Walker, who was elected state's attorney; and Ogie Ellis, who was unopposed for relection as county superintendent of schools. Jefferson county VQting on special ballots: 1. To retail Judge Alvin Lacy Williams in office — 8,385 yes; 2,845 no. 2. Revenue Article — 4,184 yes; 4,933 no. 3. Amendment to permit sheriffs and county treasurers to succeed themselves — 4,391 yes; 4,443 no. The Official Vote Following is the official vote in Jefferson county. FOR U.S. SEN.ATOR — Paul H. Douglas, D., 6,347; Charles H. Percy, R., 7,205. FOR' STATE TREASURER — Adlai E. Stevenson in, D., 7,002; Harris Rowe, R., 6,035. FOR SUPT, OF PUBLIC IN- SraUCTION-Donald M. Prince D., 6,088; Ray Page, R., 6,852. FOR TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — Frances Best Watkins, D., 6,381; Kenney E. Williamson, D., 6,395; Richard 0. Hart, D., 6,387; Donald R. Grimes, R., 6,102; Ralph C. Hahn, R., 6,092; James A. Weatherly, R., 6,170. FOR CONGRESS - Kenneth J. Gray, D., 7.705; Bob Beckmeyer, R., 5,999. FOR STATE SENATOR — Philip B. Benefiel, D., 5,890: Paul W. Broyles, R., 7,323. FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVES — Bert Baker, D., 10,343; Harold D. Stedelin, D., 10,083; Ben C. Blades, R., 9,577; James E. Eatherly, R.. 9,199. FOR SHERIFF - Robert (Bob) Ruddick, D., 7,181; R^y LaVem HaU, R., 6,282. FOR COUNTY CLERK — Lester F. Davis. D., 6,650; Dewey E. Barton, R., 6,717. FOR COUNTY TREASURKt- Owen E. Jones, D., 6,440, Leslie C. Elliott, R., 6,798. FOR COUNTY SUPT. OF SCHOOLS — Ogie Ellis, D., 8,558; No Republican CANDIDATE. FOR STATE'S ATTORNEY ~ Lawrence J. Starman, D., 5,901; Frank H. Walker, R., 7,225. Waltonville Mine Idled By Dispute WALTONVnl ^Ill. (AP- Union miners at the Orient No. 3 coal mine have voted to stay from work in a dispute over seniority rights with the Freeman Coal Co., a union official said today. Stanley Meadows, recording secretary tjf Local 9111 of the United Mine Workers of America, said workei's left the mine Tuesday morning and voted unanimously at a meeting Tuesday night in Breese to "stay idle until all permanent vacancies are filled according to contract." The coal mine, the largest in Southern Illinois, employs about 500 workers. No one was available'at ,the company to comment. PEMSXRIAN KHXED Mt. Vernon High Tax And Aid Revenue For School Off Mt. Vernon High Scliool is receiving less revenue this year from both the county and the state due to decreases in attendance and assessed valuation. This was realed last night during regular meetings of the high school and Community College Boards. Paul Fitch, treasurer for District 201. said both the high school and Community College have received a total of $915,849 in taxes from the county. He explained that the collections for the schools this year are less than a year ago due to the drop in assessed valuation. Superintendent Eltis Henson said the high schol will receive about $94,000 in slate aid, some $33,000 less than a year ago. The decrease in state aid is the result of a drop in enrollment. Aid is paid on the basis of average daily attendance. In other business ttie lAgh school board: 1. Learned that it will take an estimated $43,100 in alterations to enable the school to meet new state safety code standards: 2. Authorized several new- text books; 3. Was told students may have a 10-day rest from classes next spring as the result of a holiday weekend beginning Friday, followed by school "rest days" the following week; 4. Heard the superintendent report that there are 208 persons em-olled in adult education classes; 6. Learned that the average attendance for October was 96.6 per cent of the enrollment. In his report on tax collections Fitch said the Community College received $97,171 for its education fund and $41,671 for the building fund. High school collections were divided like this: Education fund, $5.32,841.46; building fund, $103,7©; bond and interest, $82,351.74; transportation, $44,418.72, and municipal retirement $13,829.33. Henson explained that high schools receive the majority of their operational money from local taxation while grade school systems get the most from state aid. Fitch noted that District 80 (Mt. Vernon grade system) wiU get more than $300,000 this year from stale aid, compared to the high school's $94,000. District 80, on the other hand, does not receive nearly as much from local taxes as the high school. The estimates on state safety standards were submitted by L. N. Davis, architect, who was to conduct a safety employed survey. He has said he wants to review the estimated costs before submitting a final report for a(Continued on Page 2, Colunm 7) Rend Lake Junior College is barely more than three weeks old but already has its first scholarship fund. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Dare, No. 5 Homestead, last night announced establishment of the fund that will provide a scholarship each year to a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. Mr. and Mrs. Dare made the announcement during a regular meeting of the Mt. Vernon Community College board. Dare, who heads the Commu- Jiily CJollege social science department, has been teaching in the high school and Community College for 29 years. He has taught a total of 41 years. The grant will be known as the Glenn L. Dare Social Science Teachers Scholarship to Rend Lake College. It will have a financial value of between $100 and $125 for one year of shidy toward a teaching degree in social sciences. The fh:st winner will be chosen this spring, followed by successive awards each year. Dare said the principal of the high school and two faculty members will form a committee to select the winner each year on the basis, of scholarship and attendance. The grant will be limited to Mt. VemoirMtgtrgraauates. Dair| said he hoped thfe scholarship "will get some deserving students started in study ihat will eventually find them earning degrees as social science teachers." The Rend Lake Junior College District was established October 22 in an election that gave it a 7-1 majority. Eltis Henson, superhitendent, told the board that Dr. Robert Dames is on the Community College campus to evaluate and make recommendations on curriculum. Dames is affiliated with the State Junior College Boai-d. Dames, Henson said, has surveyed new,library facilities and commended the college for establishing the new facility. "He was particularly pleased that seven per cent of oiu- total budget is being applied to library," Henson commented. During the summer the Community College purchased the old First Baptist Church and parsonage at 8th and Jordan to convert the buildings into library, student lounge and teacher office space. Henson said "I doubt if we could provide proper library facilities for the Rend Lake College if we had not of taken this step." He was referring to the lapse of time necessary to construct campus facilities for the Rend Lake college. He said "we will probably operate the Rend Lake school on this campus until the new facilities are complete." Work on the new school cannot begin until after a board is elected and organized. The board election will be held December 17. GRAIN COMPANY FIRE OTTAWA, 111. (AP) - Fire damaged the one-story office building of the Wallace Grain Co. today on the west edge of Ottawa. The company estimated the loss at $15,000. HOOFESTON, - lU. (AP)-Violet Shank, 30. was struck and killed by an automobile Tuesday night as she crossed Illinois 1 in Hawkins Bakery Is Under New Ownership Hawkins Baker, at 1108 Main street, is operating under new ownership. Tlie business has been purchased by Edward G. Billings and his wife, Marie, and they have already assumed active operation of the bakery. Mr. and Mrs. Billings pui-chas- ed the business from the Hawkins estate and have leased the building for a five-year period, with an option to extend the lease. The consideration was not announced. Mr. and Mi^. Billings came here from St. Louis, where he operated bakeries from 1889 lai' 1 By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Ground fighting flared anew on widely separated fronts today as American infantrymen battled the Viet Cong in Communist War Zone C near the Cambodian border and U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops were locked in heavy fighting with Hanoi regulars near the buffer zone betweeh the two Viet Nams. U.S. planes, backing up the Americans in both areas, rained blows at the enemy. One Marine helicopter was shot down but there were no casualties. It was the 224th helicopter ^reported lost in South Viet Nam in the war. As the Marines fought the North Vietnamese soldiers about 10 miles south of the demilitarized zone, giant B52 bombers struck in embatUed Tay Ninh Province 60 miles northwest of Saigon for the seventh straight day, following up 104 strikes on Viet Cong positions by smaller tactical bombers. The B52 raid at mid-day came about the same time a battalion of 600 to 700 men of the'U.S. 1st Infantry Division made contact with a Viet Cong force of unknown size. The outcome of the clash was not yet reported by U.S. headquarters. To the north, two companies of Marines and two companies of South Vietnamese troops were reported in hard combat witii wMt-yJas beli^Veijvi^.'be' ^ reinforce<J company 6t Hanoi fegplars. It was the; iirst Jh?avy contact reported tli* area since late Septfembet^ . The Marines reportecl klllihg 14 North Vietnamese and a Marine spokesman said the fighting was Continuing tonight. ; Both U.S. aiJd Soutii Vietnamese casualties were' reported light. Elsewhere, ground acti6n was slack. Bad. weather ovfer' Noi^h Viet Nam ;once again cut heavily into U.S. air strikes. The U.S. Navy disclosed tiiat it had sunk or . damaged 298 Communist cargo barges off the coast of North Viet Nam in the first 20 days of a new campaign — called Traffic Cop — to chdce off seaborne infiltration into South Viet Nam. Adm. Roy L. Johnson, commander in chief of the Pacific Filet, said Traffic Cop has had a "substantial effect" MI the Communist supply line. Destroyers Sink Batgeo He reported U.S. destroyers sank 155 barges and damaged 144 more from Oct. 25 liirough Nov. 13. Prevtously, the Navy tried to cut the CoromitinisL sea supply line by intercepting traffic south of tiie 17th Parallel dividing North and South. Viet Nam. In other developments. Premier Nguyen .Cao Ky's government announced a CaWnet reshuffle and U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge denied reports that he is quitting his post. Tlie Ky govemment said it would swear in four new Cabinet ministers Friday to replace men who quit as a result of the dispute between northern and southern factions in the govem­ ment. In the Tay Ninh sector where Operation Attleborp continued, a unit of the 1st Infantry Division reported destroying a Viet Cong camp and finding 15 enemy dead. A U.S. spokesman said they were killed by air strikes by FlOO Super Sabre jets. Other units of the 1st Division uncovered 490 tons of rice in two cadies to bring the total rice captured in Operation Attieboro to a near record 2,000 tons. U.S. forces have reported killing 965 Communist soldietrs "I was bom in the bakery bus- since the operation to flush out iness," said Mr. Billings. His the Viet Cong 9th Division start-' father, V.D. Billings opened tiie ed Oct. 15. An estimated 30,000 first bakery in Kansas City, Kan- 1 U.S. troops are pushuig the (as. 'hmt TRIAI^ NEARS END—Samuel H. Sheppard and his second wife, Ariane, leave courthouse in Cleveland after the last witnesses were heard In his second degree murder trial which began Oct. 24. The-Jury got the case at 10:80 today. (AP Wirephoto) Arthur C. Wood Mt V.Man Dies; Hurt In Collision Arthur Cplman Wood, 50, of 2410 Casey avenue, died yesterday in a Belleville hospital of Ipjiiries received October ,15 in ah .pcident near Mascoutah. • I SfeiiWood w^i^iiijjw!^''»*iei>) a Hawkins Bakery truck of Mt, Veinoncolid^ with a car on R6ute 15 just east of Mascoutah, C:arl E. Galiher,: 17. driver of the truck, was also injured. State police'reported that the coUsion occurred as the truck was passing a fcar driven by Evelyn Schneider,. 18. Route 1, Mascoutah. The truck overturned into a ditch and burst into flames. Funeral services for Mr. Wood will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Myers Chapel, with the Revs. Harold Conroyd and Clarence Coats officiating. fiurial will be in Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Myers CJiapel after 4 p.m. tomorrow. He was bom Aug. 22, 1916, at Bluford, the son of Fred B. and Anna (Fry) Wood. He was an employe of Hawkins Bakery. Mr. Wood was married in Missouri in 1940 to Mildred Maxme Fry, who survives. He was a member of the East Side Baptist Church. Other survivors Include: One son, Janies R. Wood of Mt. Vemon; his mother, Mrs. Anna Wood of Bluford; two brothers, Virgil and Irvm Wood, both of Springfield, III.,, three sisters, Helen Wood of Bluford, Dorothy WhiUock of. Mt. Vernon and Vermadel Reeker-of Minnesota. Kids Sabotage The Cat Killer VAXHOLM, Sweden (AP) Cat-loving youngsters armed with red ribbons are sabotaging Polle Paalson, a bicycle- mounted sharpshooter liired by the town council to extermuiate stray cats. Officials in this small coastal community northeast of Stock- hohn outiawed stray cats be- caiuse they were hunting pheasant and other valuable fowl. Paalson was told to shoot all cats not wearing red ribbons. School children formed vigilante cat-saving bands and tied life-saving red riblrons on evei7 cat they could find. CUT BEHIGN POLYP FROM HIS THROAT "Just A Store Throot/' President Says After Surgery; Doctors Also Repair Abdominol Hernia. Sheppard Fate Is In Jury's Hands CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP)— Samuel H. Sheppard's second- degree murder case went to a jury of seven men and five women at 10:30 a.m. today, midway in the fourth week of his retrial. ... 'ConiimpB Plpaf Jlidge Francis. 'J; 'Talty <'g«v«. tMspatiel a choice of three verdicts in Its judgment of Sheppard hi the July 4. 1964. bludgeon, slaying of his first wife, Marilyn., The choices were: guilty of second-degree murder. for which the sentence is life; first- degree manslaughter, carrying a sentence of one to 20 years; or acqijittal. Sheppard,.. 42.. is charged in the indictment . with "unlawfully purposefully and maliciously" killing his wife. Sheppard . stared intenUy at the jury during Judge Talty's 40- minute charge. His second wife, blonde Ariane Tebbenjohanns Sheppard. also listened with obvious interest from the second row of the spectator section. The jury retired from a court- roorh direcUy across the corridor from the scene of Sheppard's 1954 conviction for second-d^ gree murder. He served nhie years in prison before winning a new trial from the U.S. Supreme Ourt. Sheppard. who testified at his first trial, failed to take the witness stand this time. Judge Talty warned the jurors that he had a constitutional right to remain silent and that they were not to "draw any. inferences­ ure to testify." Bonnie-lna Park District Hearing Dec 6 A hearing on a proposal to create a park dishrict in tiie Bonnie-lna area has been postponed to December 6. The hearing had previously been set lor November 23. Under the continuance the hearing will now be held at 10 a .m. Tuesday, December 6, by Associate Circuit Judge Alvin Lacy Williams. The proposed district, to be known as the Casey Fork Park District, would include a strip of land about three miles wide and six miles long on the east Bide of Rend Lake, in Uie fiia peninsula area. The hearing will deterpiine whether an election will \K called. "I was the youngest of seven sons and we were all bakers," BiUhigs said. Hawkings Bakery is the oldest bakery in Illinois with a record of 68 years of continouous operation. Mr. and Mrs. Billings will continue to operate the business under the name of Hawkins Ba- kei-y. Another company of the 1st Division came under enemy mortar fire early today about 20 miles northwest of Saigon, and a U.S. spokesman said the 180- man unit suffered moderate casualties. The infantrymen killed nine Viet Cong and captured one, the spokesman said. BS2 Stratoforts staged a sec- I ond raid today, and struck at a j suspected Viet C^ong trahiing They will have a complete line and supply area 15 miles west of (of bekmi pr «luol» . ...'<Ste nortbem iOMtalcita! e( ttM, FREIGHT CARS, NEW AUTOS BURN Paxton Wreck Blocks I .e. And Route 45 PAXTON. 111. (AP) - Fire broke out after a derailment of en Illinois Central Railroad freight train south of Paxton today but firemen brought the flames under contrpL "the wreck blocked main tracks of the railroad and U.S. 45. Thirty-seven cars Ictt the rails and thi-ec tri-level cars among those that caught fire. There was an unconfirmed report that the derailment may have been caused by an overheated axle bearing, the railroad spokesman said. . The train wj|»'boiind'frpm;Cbi- cago to New Orleans. Paxton it some ISO milas south of Chlca- By WALTER R. HEARS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson underwent successful surgery today and. just four hours later, was able to talk to a group of newsmen in a hoarse whisper. Johnson, who doubtiess was delighted by word from his doctors that his twin operations turned up no sign of malignancy, told half a dozen reporters who gathered in his hospital suite: "Just a sore throat, that's all — sore and very painful." Johnson, who was in the operating room at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in suburban Maryland for about an hour, displayed good color and high spirits when the reporters visited with him for 17 minutes at ills.invitation. Johnson didn't do much talk- tag, though, limiting himself tfli a couple of brief comments. For the most part, when he wanted to say someting, he scribbled messages on paper. During the visit, Johnson was going through a folder of papers labeled "Action Items." A number were messages of good wishes. Some were reports from federal officials — one in^ forming^lbbn that he «hould Mf in apposition withta the first 10 days of December to make a publio announcement on his budget-cutting efforts and fu" ture tax policy. Before Johnson summoned the newsmen, a growth r* moved from his throat had beetf pronounced' "clear-cut" free <A cancer. The second operation, carried but along with the throat surgery, was for an ab« dominal hernia. In half an hour after that was finished he was already writing questions for his doctors on thef back of medical forms. Even aa surgeons turned to the repau- of a rupture in the existing surgical scar on the President's side, experts were in a room adjacent to the Bethesda Naval Hospital operating theater, examinmg the polyp clipped firom the edge of iiis right vocal cord. Their verdict: It was not malignant. Dr. James C. Cain, long a personal physician to Johnson, said it was "clear-cut" benign. White House press secretary Bill D. Moyers said Johnson was in the operating room about 53 mmutes, from about 6:27 a.m. until 7:20. Moyers said it took Dr. Wilbuxt J. Gould 17 minutes to remove the polyp, using forceps inserted through Johnson's mouth. Then Dr. George A. Hallenbeck, assisted by Dr. James P. Osbom, took over, repairing the incisional hernia that erupted at the site of gall bladder surgery — conducted at the same hospital just 57 weeks ago. That phase of the operation took 19 minutes. Moyers said preparatory work and other routine tasks accounted for the remainder of the time in the operating room. Moyers said Johnson would be drinking liquids later today, and would be able to use his voice when essential. But he said the doctors want voice usage — which Gould blamed for the polyp in the first place—held to a minimum. And the doctoi-s have told Johnson he can make no formal speeches for four to five weeks. During those weeks, Moyers said, the President will be ex- priencing discomfort from the swelling in his throat, Humphrey Stands By For a period of some 90 minutes, Johnson was under the mfluence of the general anesthetic. During those minutes^ Vice President Hubert H. Hum^ phry was standing by at his apartment in southwest Wash« Ington, ready to act if emergency arose. "No such action was necessary," said Moyers, who tele* phoned Humphrey with word that the operation was over and r

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