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Logansport, Indiana
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Tuesday, May 28, 1957
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LOGANSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY INDIANA: Partly • cloudy tonight and Wednesday with scattered thundershowers likely north and west portions late tonight or Wednesday. Temperature 12 noon 63 degrees. High Wednesday in the 80s. Sun- let 8:04 p.m., sunrise Wednesday 5:21 a.m. f" "yOTJR HOME TOWN >fE\VSI>APER 1 NOW IN OUR 113th-YEAR HOME EDITION Founded 1844— For All D»partm»»t« Pho»« 4141 LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 28, 1957. Dl\7 »d Price Per Copy, Seven Cents EXPLODE 'BATTLE SIZE' A-BOMB Peak Again Indicted In Road Scandal Charges False Notarization In Indictment Marion County Grand Jury Summons Former Highway Commissioner As A Witness INDIANAPOLIS (UP) — A Marion County grand jury today returned a new indictment of false notarization against Robert A. Peak, Milan at orney and one ot four men who face criminal charges in the Indiana highway scandal. The first indictment against Peak, ''Virgil (Red) Smith, Nile Teverbaugh and Harry Doggett were not affected by the court ruling. A former Indiana state highway commissionrr said today it appeared to him that attaches of the department's right-of-way division in the admiinistralion of former Gov. George Craig were "free spenders." William Sorrell, Knlghtstown, told newsmen "it seemed to me that these fellows in right-of-way were spending freely" and engaged in lavish living far more than he could afford. Sorrell was interviewed in a Marion County Courthouse corridor shortly before he appeared before a grand jury investigating Indiana's highway scandals. Subpenn Others Sorrell.also said that Arthur J. Mogilner, who sold $133,000 worth of an engine additive to the state during the Craig administration and teamed up with former highway chairman Virgil (Red) Smith to form a "public relations firm," "had the run of" the highway department. Sorrell said he was aware of the fact that Mogilner was friendly with Smith, William E. Sayer and Elmer (Doc) Sherwood, friends of Craig. Three others subpenaed as witnesses were Mrs. Mollie Davis, former owner of a Madison Ave. tavern: her son, James, and Theodore Dann, an Indianapolis ator- ney. Other Indictments Stand The first indictment against Peak, one of 11 returned early this month in the grand jury jjrobc, was thrown out of court last week on grounds it contained a typographical error. Resuming its study »f the many- faceted scandal this morning, the tamo Jury which indicted Peak and three associates promptly issued a now indictment correcting Uie error. Ten other indictments against Peak, Smith, Nile Teverbaugh and Harry Doggett were not affected by the court ruling. While Marion County extended Its inquiry, Wayne County Prosecutor Bert Keller searched for criminal evidence in "windfall" land-buying in the Richmond area. Confers With 1'ctcrn Keller conferred with Highway Chairman John Peters, right-of- way chief Charles Dawson and Prosecutor John Tinder 'on questionable deals involving the route of U.S. 27 north of Richmond. K«llor said he was chocking the gale to the s'ate of 1.2 acres of property by Carpenters Union official 0. William Bluier. Records showed Blaie'r bought 30 acres In September, 1955, for $18,500, find sold 1.2 acres.of that amount to the state for $111,00), Keller said. "I haven't found enough today to say we have a case for the grand jury," Keller said. But he said jury action would result from his inquiry. LARGEST CLASS STARTS TRAINING AT LOGANSPORT STATE HOSPITAL Most County Assessments Above Median Cass Assessor Reports 11,232 Households and 14,700 Autos and Trucks in County There are 11,232 sets of household _>ods in Cass county and 14,700 autos and trucks, according to per- Nuclear Device Blast Rocks Nevada Test Site Bomb Equal to 10,000 Tons of TNT Touched Off Just Before Dawn to Open New Series of Tests. ATOMIC TEST SITE, Nev. (UP) —The United States today fired the first of a long series of atomic test blasts amid a world atmosphere of disarmament talks and controversy over radiation effects on humans. The "battle-sized" nuclear device was touched off in the predawn darkness of the Nevada proving grounds this morning—Uie S> s Some to Have Long Memorial Day Holiday Logansport Plans Traditional Parade and Service Thursday in Honor of War Dead Since Memorial day Is on Thursday thie year, some Logansport residents will have an extended sonal property assessment figures compiled Tuesday by County Assessor J. Stewart Buchanan. state in oil categories except two, farm tractors and hogs. The average farm tractor assessment • in Cass was ,,$316 compared with a state median of $365, and the average assessment of hogs other than sows was $10 in Cass compared with a state median of $12. Cass household goods were assessed at an average of $291, compared with the state median of today. By order of the Governor, all employes of the Logansport state hospital will have a two-day holiday, returning to work Saturday morning. Most employes of the General Tire and Rubber company here aiso will have Friday off while a physical inventory is being taken. Since they do not work on Saturdays they will have a holiday from Wednesday evening until Monday $226; Cass autos and trucks were mor ning with the exception of those The largest class of student nurses ever to attend psychiatric nursing training at Logansport state hospital itark'il their training period Tucadny. The group, pictured above arc, left to right, front row, Marcllu Backs, Martha Borlack, Dorothy Oolando, Susie Fry, Beth Donaldson, Sharon Bowen, Janet Buess, Lorraine Blggcrstaff, Mrs. Bonnlo Brown, Mnrlene Genrhnrt, Betty Landolfl and Sammlc Philbert. Second row, Anna Kollcnbergcr, Joyce Hackctt, Sandra Eitncr, Mary Mauck, Beverly. Plait, Peggy Burnworth, Jarolyn Clark, Mury Bauman, June Hnncy, Alice Brand, Nancy Irvln and Virginia Shelby. Third row,.Phyllis Coin, Kayc Glenn, Nancy Piety,-Marcln Conway, Judy Smith, Lynda Smith, Bcttyann Aldrcd, Margaret Bauingnrtner, Mary Beth Bray, Patricia Lnyton and Patty Wheeler. Fourth row, Madeline Grlmci, Marilyn Durbln, Sue Cantcttcr, Nnncy ThomriH, Beth Hahn, Marilyn Estrlch, Henrietta Stickler, Jarie Wettschurack, Ruth Mlchaclaon, Barbara Hatflcld and Carol Hclnzman. Fifth row, Mrs. Carol Oldhnin. R. N., Arlcnc Hclcr, Jane Flora, Wandc Williamson, Katherlne Truttt, Marlcne Devlin, Julia EKtcrday, Dr. R. II. Maschmcyur, clinical director, and Dr. Johnson Chu. Sixth row, Ml»s Etholyn Davl», R. N., Mrs. Dorothy Hanaway, H. N., Mrs. Ruth Wltsaman, R. N., Mrs. Virginia McCaslIn, assistant director nursing education, Mrs. Mnrlhn Clem, Jl. N., and Miss Mary Cnughill, R. N. Seventh row, Miss Julia Dee, R. N., Mrs. Mary Leslie, R. N., Mrs. Margaret Kandior, R. N., Donald Brown, director ot nursing services, Dr. Frank Hogle, assistant superintendent, and Dr. John SouUiworth, super- valued at an average of $466, compared with a $415 state median; 2ass farm implements were valued at $811 compared with $640 for the Intendent. (Pharos-Tribune Photo-Engraving.) Charles Hurd Passes Away Charles H. Hurd, 86, 1108 Higl: itreet, a retired grain denier, dlcr. at 9:35 p.m. Monday at a hospital In Logansport. Born in South Whltley on Sept 14, 1870, he wns the son of Dnvk and Elizabeth (Haas) Hurd, Hl> wife, Elsie, preceded in death sev eral years ago. Survivors include three daugh ters, Mrs. Delight Cornthwaltc Mechanicsvillc, Md; Mrs. Mamit Cnnfield, city; Mrs. Florence Run yon, Eldora, Iowa; nine grandchil dren and 19 grent grandchildren three sisters, Mrs. E. E. Kelsey Huntlngton; Mrs. Effie Nicholas Washington, D. C.; and Mrs. Flor enco Osbornc, Newton; Iowa. The body Is ut the McCloskcy Hamilton chapel where friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Fun eral arrangements are incomplete Ml City Parks Will Open for' Memorial Day lleanup Campaign Complete in Riverside, Spencer, Dykeman • and Fairview Park Areas Logansport's four city parks will officially open for the summer season on Memorial day, it was announced Tuesday by Jess Riddlcbcrgor, superintendent of >arks. The annual spring cleanup pro- _cct in Riverside, Fairview, Spencer and Dykemnn park areas has icon completed, Riddleborger said, and the grounds appear ex- .remely attractive for plckniekers. The park department's work was complicated this yuar by an excessive number of rainy days and April's destructive ice storm, which left the parks littered with broken limbs and other debris. With a prospect of fair weather ahead, after a cool and damp spring, local resident. 1 ) are expected to take full advantage of :hc park's picnic and recreational facilities. Park department employes will be on duty during the early evening hours to accommodate persons on supper outings. No date has been sot for the opening of the municipal swimming pool, the superintendent said, since the pool bottom must be painted first. It Is hoped that swimming may start sometime during the flrsl week of June after the air tem- ernture warms sufficiently for the bathers. Southwestern Floods Force 7,000 to Flee Cloudbursts Reported in Flood-Stricken Texas; Four More Deaths Are Reported. By UNITED PRESS Cloudbursts continued to pepper flood-stricken sections of the Southwest today, where about 7,000 persons have been forced from their homes. At least four deaths were blamed >n the swirling waters from flash loods in Texas, Oklahoma, Ark- msas and Missouri. More than 6,000 persons driven 'rom their homes at Dallas and Fort Worth during the weekend remained in temporary shelters as he Trinity River continued its tryinK to ric | 0 a ]og ' rnmpage. j Serious flooding was reported Up to 10'A Inches of rain flooded.i along the Arkansas River as the .he little townot Sablrial, Tex., [flood crest rolled toward Fort west of San Antonio, Monday, and,Smith, Ark. about 7 inches fell at Wellman, In Oklahoma, about 50 roads southwest of Lubbock. A 4.31-ineh deluge at San Antonio .ouched off flash floods that forced some 200 persons to floe their lomes. At least 12 persons rapped in their homes by the sudden floods were rescued by police. A levee ' on the Trinity River H-okc south of Dallas, inundating valuable farmland and flooding iome homes. United Press photographer Jerry McNoill helped res- Sunny Skies Rout Chill By UNITED PRESS Clear weather prevailed from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River today as Indiana got IU third day of reprieve from a two-month siege of rain. While flood waters receded In all except the extreme southwest portion of Hooslerland, sunny skies warmed the state after an unusually chilly night. Temperatures fell within five degrees of freezing early this morning. It was 37 at Goshen, 39 at South Bend and Fort Wayne 45 at Evnosvllle, 47 at Indianapolis and 50 at Evansvllle In the mercury's latest unseasonnl twist. Temperatures mounted beneath the warm sun, however, am headed for highs ranging from 70 to 76 this afternoon. Tonight's lows will be more, moderale bu .still chilly, ranging from 48 lo M cue four persons stranded In tree tops In the rural area, McNeill wns aboard a rescue bout cruising the flooded af"ca. The flood victims were John Syring, 7, .who was washed from a truck in a culvert south of San Antonio, and Nathan 1 E. Harris, 40, Cook's Ramp, Ark., who drowned In the Arkansas River when a horse he was riding was swept away. Jeff Bowden and Garry Taff, both 15, drowned In the Mississippi near West Memphis, Ark., while were closed by high water and washouts, and highway engineers dumped fill along the bunks of Luke Texoma near Durant, in an effort lo save the U.S. 70 bridge across the Washita River. Floodwaters also spilled over rich delta land in southeastern Missouri after levees on the Missouri and St. Franeis rivers broke. Flood damage in the four states was counted In the millions of' dot lars. Chinese Reds Stirring Anti-American Feeling Communist Propaganda Seeks to Inflame Asia- tics; Quiet Prevails on Formosa. TOKYO (UP) — Communist China called today on "all patriotic forces" on Formosa to rise against the government and "drive the American aggressors out of the Island" In an.aftermath to Taipei's nnti - American .demonstrations of last Friday. The situation In Taipei was quiet, but there were repercussions In Hong Kong where American sailors were called back to their ships to prevent trouble, and in Manila where Mayor Arsenic Lacson said he would jail any Chinese attempting to demonstrate against the U. S. embassy. The Peiping broadcast today was the most bitter propaganda blast yet since the mobs wrecked the embassy In protest against the acquittal of M. Sgt. Robert Reynolds, Colora, Md., on manslaughter charges in the peeping torn slaying of a Chinese. The radio sought to inflame Asian nations against Americans with charges of "slaughter and rape" against U.S. servicemen. It called on Formosa residents to unite with the mainland and "achieve the peaceful unification of our great motherland," . United Press correspondent Robert Brown reported from Taipei that Americans there were convinced the riots were linked with internal politics despite of- 'ilcial Chinese insistence the riots were a spontaneous outburst against the Reynolds acquittal. Earlier reports' from Taipei suggested Uio riots were sparked by political forces anxious to make a deal with-the Communists and to discredit the government ot Gen- crallssiml Chiang Kal Shck. Communist'China moved in today to take advantage of any such developments. 'Peiping R a d i o broadcast an editorial in the official Communist paper the Peip- ing Peoples Daily declaring the Formosan riots a "serious warning to U.S. Imperialism." Brown reported from Taipei that top American military officials were worried about anti-Chinese resentment among the American soldiers and were fearful that the slightest public incident could touch off now trouble. Student Dies, Another Hurt In Car Crash N i n e t e e n-ycar-old Pnvid Schmitt, of Indianapolis Killed nnd Robert Havens, 19, Indianapolis, Injured Seriously ROCHESTER — Robert Havens, 19, of Indianapolis, who was in- iured seriously in a one-car accident Monday night in which his companion was killed, had regained consciousness and .was in 'good" condition, Tuesday, hospital authorities reported. Attending physician said Tuesday that Havens w:is "pretty fortunate." He suffered numerous abrasions but the physician said lie had no broken bones. Dead from the accident which occurred about 9 p.m. two miles south of Rochester on US 31 wns David Schmitt, 19, also of Indianapolis. Schmitt's body was taken Tuesday to Locke funeral home in Indianapolis. Tho youths, both students at Notre Dame, were northbound In ivcrtlble when the driver, believed to bo Havens lost control. Young Schmitt was a freshmnn at the university. Trucks indicated the car had veered off the road, zigzagging an erratic course on both-sides of the highway for 680 feet. Both occupants were tossed from the car. Dr. Howard Rowe, Fulton county coroner, listed the'cause of Schmitl's death as a skull fracture. A 1 friend of Schmitt's family revealed Tuesday that his mother died the day after Mother's Day, The crush happened near the Harold Carrlthor's home. State Trooper Mill'ord Buck also investigated. The car wns completely demolished. Papers foijnd in the car listed Schmitt's address at 4330 N. Park avenue and'Havens' at 5528 College avenue, Indianapolis. Schmitt is survived by his father, Francis J,, a brother, Jack, and n -sister, Alice Ann, all of In- Beef cows averaged $92 in Cass compared with $80 in the slate; milk cows in Cass were valued at $109 compared with only $84 median in the slate; and other cuttle, $55 in Cass compared with $51 in the state. two dollars above the state median; sows at nine dollars above the state median; and poultry at |5 a dozen, the same as the state. Assessment records show the 11,232 sets of household goods in the county include $6,694 in Logansport, 272 in Walton, 310 in Galveston, 34 in Onward, 27(i in Royal Center, and 3,646 in the remainder of the county. The 14,700 autos and trucks include 7,006 in Logansport, 354 in Galveston, 311 in Walton, 57 in Onward, 317 In Royal Center, and «,655 in the remainder of the county. There are 1,481 farm implements, 2,178,- farm tractors, . 2,9112 beef cows, 4,391 milk cows, 33,732 other cattle, 5,081 sheep, 7,724 sows, 26,539 other hogs, 4,060 dozen poultry, and 2,163 farms in the county on the basis of personal property assessments which were completed this month. Holiday Week Starts With Four Deaths Two Teenagers Among Latest Victims of Accidents on HoQsicr Highways By UNITED PRESS Five more traffic fatalities were added to Indiana's death list lodav engaged in taking the inventory. Some Gossard workers also nre not working all this week while an inventory is being taken. The local auto license branch also will be closed from Wednesday evening until Monday morning by authority of the commissioner of motor vehicles, according to Mrs. Ada Arnold, manager. For most local citizens, however, the Memorial day holiday will be only one day. Most local are planning lo follow the regular work schedule Friday. The city juilding, stores, courthouse, schools, and the post office will be closed all day Thursday. Logansport will honor its' war dead during the day with the traditional parade at 10 a.m. nnd a service at ML. Hope cemetery at 11 a.m. at which Col. Henry Chislolm of Ihe Bunker Hill Air Stu- Jon will be Ihe principal speaker. During Ihe parade, slops will be made at Ihe city building for services by Mothers of World War 1 at [lie Doughboy monument nnd services by Mothers of World War 11 at the Honor Roll, and again at .he Sixth street bridge for services by the Cass county Veterans coun ell for the Navy dead. Jack Bnumann, master of cere monies, said Tuesday that details of the program at Ml. Hope have not been completed. However, the Barbershop chorus will sing, the Legion hand will play, and the invocation will be given by the Rev. A. Dale Giles, pastor of the Wheatland avenue Methodist church. (Jlanapolls. President Changes Memorial Day Plans WASHINGTON (UP)'..— Press Secretary James C. Hngerty said today that President Elseifliower will spend Memorial Day weekend at the White House Instead of going to his farm at Gettysburg, Pa. The chief executive originally was expected to spend Thursday through Sunday at Gettysburg but decided Instead to remain here. detonation in the United States' program of nuclear and Ihermo- nuclear "peace - lies - in • strength" weapons testing. Foreign newsmen for th e first time had a "ring-side seat" at an American atomic experimental )!asl as the Atomic Energy Commission scientists finally found in .he -13th day of waiting Ihe com- Dination of wind and weather conditions that fit Iheir pattern of radiation safety factors. The top-secret device was set off atop a 500-foot steel tower of Yucca Flat at 6:55 a.m. c.d.t., 13 days behind schedule because Uie AEC, hyper-sensitive to continued criticism of radiation fallout, had to wait out the weather. Decline Comment Although scientists and the mili- lary remained silent as usual as to the exact nature of the device, it was believed by veteran atomic lest observers to be another in the family of atomic warheads the United Slates has been developing for small rockets or missiles. With a calculated yield of 10 kilotons, roughly equal in force to 10,000 tons of TNT, the device flashed 100 time's brighter than the sun. H was equivalent to about half the explosive violence of either of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki toward the end of World War II. The atomic cloud bearing radiation clinibed rapidly to the six-mile level and spread uot, heading east- Miami County Youth Killed CONVERSE. Ind. — Frederick Keyes Boosing, 24, of Converse was killed »t 12:15 a.m. Tuesday „ when the car he was driving failed]to dump radioactive, fallout from ward. Pilots flying within 150 miles' of Caliente, Ncv., east of Las Vegas, Nev., were advised to contact the nearest CAA tower for routing instructions to avoid Uie cloud. The flash of Uie blast was seen in Sacramento and San Diego, Calif., both about 350 airline miles from the site, giving its brilliance an approximate 700-miie diameter. Jap Newsman Sec a Sji-eclni'lo One of (he foreign newsmen, Chugo Koito, of the Japanese Kyodo news' service, was "somewhat disappointed" nt whnt he saw. "It is not as terrible as 1 had expected," Koito told United Press. "But it is terrible enough. 1 thought Wic blast nnd Uie flash would be more foursome than they were." He added, however, "Like nil the Japanese people, 1 would like to see nil A-bomb and H-bomb tests halted immediately because of the fallout danger." Stymidcd by adverse wlndi for 12 days, the scientists finall; found the weather to their liking today—the Kith day. For the firs, time since April 16 when the series was supposed to have beegun, Uie prevailing wlndi did not threaten of accidents vhlch -followed a weekend marred by 11 deaths. Ellsworth E. Wilson, 47, Kentland realtor and" partner of former Republican state chairman Alvln C. Cast, was s killed in an automobile-truck collision in U.S. 41 near Morocco this morning. The Chicago Motor Club predicted six persons would be killed and 175 Injured In 1,200 traffic accidents in Indiana on Memorial Day alone, not counting the day before, when many cars will jam the highways, and the days after, when above-normal week-end traf- flc c activity will be in effect. Two of the latest traffic victims In Hooslerland were teen-agers, a University of Notre Dame student, was killed near Rochester when a convertible swerved out of! control, . zigzagged 6BO feel and. a Navy cargo ship, killing an offi- to make u turn in slate road 18, two nnd n half miles west of Sweetser, and plunged over nn embankment into a tree. State Trooper Elvn Gibson, who investigated, said the youth, a student at Indiana university, apparently was traveling at high speed when the crash occurred. Henry Alderfer, Grant county coroner, said preliminary examination indicated death was caused by a skull fracture. The youth was enroiito .west. Surviving nre his parents, Mr. and Mrs, Frederick Boe.iing, and a brother. The body wns removed U> the local funeral home. Sailor Kills Ship Officer SAN FRANCISCO (UP)- _ A sailor went berserk today aboard rolled over twice. Ronnie Hawn, 18, Centervllle, was killed near Hagerstown when an automobile rammed a concrete bridge. Frederick Doesing, '24, Converse, was killed when his automobile missed a curve near Sweetser and hit a tree. Mrs. Treva sMIller, 47, Llgonler, was killed near Goshen in a head- on collision of two automobiles. DIES IN CATHEDRAL LAFAYETTE (UP) - Services were held today in St. Mary Cathedral for Howard Arthur Decker, 73, a Lafayette merchant, who fell dead In the vestibule of the cathedral Saturday as he left a church service. cer, wounding two other men and then taking four hostages on Die flying bridge of the ship, The shootings occurred shortly after 9 a.m. c.d.t. aboard the attack cargo ship Uvalde, tied up at Treasure Island naval station in the center of San Francisco Bay. The sailor shot the officer with a .45 caliber pistol. The sailor was demanding "pub' liclty" before he would give up Ihe • hostages nnd surrender and the vessel was ucaled off by a dc- Lachmcnt of Marines armed with shotguns. Father Schnur, senior Catholic chaplain at Treasure Island, went aboard the ship shortly after 10 a.m. to try to talk the sailor into surrendering. the atomic cloud onto nearby popu- "ated areas or contaminate the IcSi The kickoff shot of the 20 nu clear tests Ui be staged during th<- scries, today's pre-dawn blast presented a fearsome spectacle although it was a relatively sinal' one in the family ot fission explosions. for a few fascinating seconds' the darkness became day, as i! some giant floodlight had been nicked quickly on and Uicn off in She sky overhead. The detonation itself thundercH like the roar of a monster cannoi and the first shock wave reache News Nob, 11 miles distant, obou one minute after the flash. No hea was felt by newsmen. The fireball, about 900 feet in diameter, burned with a tempera lure approaching 1,000,000 degree centigrade, capable of mcltin steel girders, It. was prevcnte from touching Ihe ground, an sucking up dust, by Uie height c the tower, UIUK reducing lo a mini-. mum the possible radioactive fallout from Ihe atomic cloud. The tower vaporized in the bllndirig flash. The atomic cloud boiled upwar:' forming an unusual double mush room design out of the churnir fireball. Scientists calculated th cloud would climb nearly six mile into the sky before the strata- sphere winds began to curry it radioactive particles on n journc. which would ultimately take then. around the world. BAD CHECK CASHED City police reported a fraudv lent check, in the amount of $ was cashed today at the Krog< slor«, Eighth and Market streets.

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