The Kokomo Tribune from Kokomo, Indiana on December 22, 1951 · Page 1
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THE KOKOMO TRIBUNE THE KOKOMO D I S P A T C H VOL. LXIX--NO. 95 CITY EDITION KOKOMO, IND., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1951 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS City To Cast Routine Aside For Christmas Only Necessary Services To Be Going On Tuesday All public buildings, financial institutions, and governmental units in general wil be closed Tuesday, Christmas Day. Combined with a general "holiday trend" among industries, Christmas Day will be observed as "the most quiet holiday" of the year. " Only skeleton crews will be operation in some plants, while in others, employes will get both Monday and Tuesday off. In some instances, employes were given a holiday which started Friday afternoon and will end on Wednesday morning. Employes in the City Building and Courthouse will be off from Saturday noon to Monday morning, will work Monday, and be oft again on Tuesday. Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday. Postal officials said the Christmas mailing rush is over and there is no backlog o£ mail. All mail is being moved on a current basis. The usual hours will be observed on Monday, but on!y the normal skeleton holiday crew will work Christmas Day. Extra deliveries will be made Sunday and again on Christmas Day if there is a sufficient numbei or parcels. There will be no letter delivery Christmas Day. The entire Postoffice force wil go back on a regular schedule of hours Wednesday. Both banks will be closed on Christmas Day. The First National will remain open until 5 p.m. on Monday, the day before Christmas, but the Union Bank and Trust Company will close at 3 p.m. on that date--suspending the normal Monday 5 o'clock closing time for this week. The public library will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Howard County auto license branch bureau, and the Social Security office also will be closed on Tuesday. Paul Balpin, Social Security manager for six counties, said the office in the Armstrong Landon building also will close on the day before Christmas. The office, however, departed from its usual Saturday closing to compensate for the Monday closing. Some restaurants will be closed but others have signified they will be ready to serve Christmas Day "turkey" on Tuesday. Stores will close at 0:30 p.m. Monday and some will re-open as usual Wednesday morning while others will, remain closed all day V/ednesday. Motorists will receive one-hour free parking in the downtown area again on Monday and, of course, will not have to put money in the meter slots on the holiday. Taverns will observe the alcoholic beverage state law and will be closed from midnight Monday ·until 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sieve Awaits Ruling on Right To Ask Parole MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. W -- D. C. Stephenson, former Indiana Ku Klux Klan leader, must wait another month to hear whether he can ever apply again for parole from his life prison term. Trustee of the Indiana State Prison decided Friday night to wail until their January meeting to decide on future parole policy for the man who once said: "I am the law in Indiana." Warden Alfred F. Dowd said the trustees will decide when, if ever Stephenson shall be permitted to apply for another parole. He said tne board could deny him the right to apply at all. Stephenson was returned recently from Minneapolis to resume his life sentence on a charge of murder in the death of Miss Madge Oberholtzer, an Indiana Statehouse employe, in 1925. He was parolee early last year after dozens o£ at tempts to win his freedom througl the courts. However, he was de clared a parole violator for leav ing Carbondale, 111., without per mission of a parole agent. Two Centenarians In England Die LONDON /n--Two of Britain's oldest women died today, one a the age of 109 and the other a! 103. Mrs. Matilda Coppins, listed try British newspapers as the oldes in the nation, died at a Salvation Army home in St. Leonards. Mrs Zorador Parkin, six years younger, died at her son's horn at Khyl. Qood Fellows Soon To Spread Happiness It's almost Christmas for hundreds of children who do not have much--kids who need more to wear, more to eat and a few toys. Only a matter of some 30 hours and these underprivileged youngsters will begin to experience the joy of getting gifts. The Good Fellows of Kokomo will begin arriving at their homes with their baskets of toys and garments. The Good Fellows' trucks will begin to roll at 10 a. m. Monday, carrying presents to scores of Good Fellows Schedule Sunday--YWCA Chapter A members meet at High School Vocational building to pack gift parcels and baskets. Sunday--Supplemental toys and gifts of clothing which citizens want to include in Good Fellows baskets should be brought to vocational building. Monday--Boy Scouts, Jaycees and National Guardsmen meet at vocational building at 10 a, m. to begin distribution. humble homes throughout the city By noon, packages containing- dolls games, sweaters, caps, sox, mittens etc., will be delivered to more than 400 needy children. Other organizations--the Salvation Army, Red Cross, church groups, etc.--will be leaving baskets of food and gifts of various kinds at homes where there is little income and in some cases only the bare essentials of life. Many elderly couples having only scant means will be remembered with baskets. Letters to the Good Fellows continued to come in Saturday, and while the deadline for screening them was Friday, the Howard County Welfare Department made an extra 'effort to check all of them so that no child would be missed. Where the letters referred to needy adults, they were passed along to the clearing center at the Kokomo Community Chest and called to the attention of one or more organizations devoting their efforts to the welfare of those in need. The work of the Good Fellows was being appreciated by family after family. Many a mother, writing in behalf of her children, echoed the expression that one woman made in her letter when she said, "May the Lord help you in your work." This is the 41st"year that the community Good Fellows Fund has been raised to bring Christmas happiness into homes that would not know it unless someone more fortunate intervened. With The Tribune acting as a collection center, generous citizens in Kokomo, as well as away from here, have opened their hearts and pocketbooks to see that all deserving children are remembered with gifts. First Winter Day Brings Cold Snap Indiana Weather INDIANA -- Increasing cloudi ness and not quite so cold tonight Sunday mostly cloudy and warme with snow developing North and central portions and* rain or snow extreme south by afternoon. Low tonight zero to 5 above north, 10-1 above south. High Sunday 20-2^ north, 25-35 south. Tribune Weather Heport For 24-hour period ending 2 p. m Saturday: Maximum, 21; minimum ·4. At 2 p. m. Saturday: 21. Reading Dec. 22, 1950: Maximum 33; minimum, 1. Sun sets Saturday at 4:24 p. m. Sun rises Sunday at 7:02 a. m. Early Paper The Christmas Day edition of The Tribune will be printed early, in accord with the usual plan to permit Tribune employes a full holiday. The Tuesday edition will be printed Monday night and will be delivered by the carrier boys around 10 or 11 o'clock Monday night One More Duty Awaits County lommissioners The Howard County Board of Commissioners, in session a total of four of the last five days, will be back in for the final meeting of the year Monday to sign claims closing out the books for 1951. This action will terminate a hec- :ic week for the board which saw the turning down of printing bids said to be "exorbitant" and t h r e e-day purchasing session wherein road supplies totaling about $113,000 were purchased. The claims to be signed Monday the board are of a routine na- :ure, according to Mrs. Mildred Bertram, county auditor. Approximately 300 claims are on the docket for the commissioners signatures. Meanwhile, the board closed out its purchasing session Friday af- :ernoon by awarding contracts for :he purchase of stone and gravel. Gravel contracts were spread among six contractors who have leases on pits in the county. These included Clarence L. Goodier, Ko- tomo; Fred Goodier Gravel Company, Galveston; Ted McKinney and Son, Tipton; Pipe Creek Stone Company, ICokomo; Stuntz-Yeoman Company, Kokomo and Fred E. Thomas, Greentown. The board said that in spreading out the contracts, gravel could be hauled from various pits in the county which are closer to the actual scene of road work tipera- :ions. The contract for the furnishing of crushed stone was given the Stuntz-Yeoman Company. Will Announce NEW TORK UP)--Harold E. Stassen, who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1948 said today he would make an announcement in Philadelphia Thurs day night on his position in the 1952 race. Frigid Temperature Registered in All Sections of Nation By The Associated Press The first day of the winter season howled into the snow-covered and frigid Midwest today on a new fall of snow and biting cold. There appeared no immediate re- ief in the central part of the coun- :ry. But some higher temperature: appeared in prospect in the Eastern states. The fresh onslaught of snow and cold'ln the storm-buffeted mid-con- :inent followed a week of snow and .ce and sub-zero temperatures over wide areas east of the Rockies. Deaths attributed to the series of storms and cold which struck week ago mounted to 260. The winter season's official opening today is 11:01 a. m.. EST. Transportation in many Midwes 1 cities was tied up. Thousands motorists were forced to abandon automobiles in the snow-clogged roads. Bus schedules as far west as Omaha, Neb., were cancelled Fri day night by most of the major bus lines operating out of Chicago Airline operations also were cur tailed while trains were running behind normal schedules. In South Dakota, hammered by blizzards for more than two weeks snow crews, farmers and ranchers battled to clear roads of snow drifts measuring up to 15 feet. The mercury tumbled rapidly Friday over the North Central r gion as a fresh mass of frigid air from Northwestern Canada pushec across the border. Snow pelted areas from Central Minnesota east ward through Michigan. Chicago got more than an inch of new snow Friday, making th total so far this month 24.7 inche and the season's total 39 inches This heavy fall in the Midwes metropolis compared to a full win ter season average of 33.4 inches Kokomo GI Arrives Home on Rotation SAN FRANCISCO IP--The trans port Gen. A. W. Brewster arrived today with a list of rotation com bat personnel, Enlisted Reserv Corpsmen and other Army men The rotation combat soldiers from Indiana included: Cpl. Vernon C. Austin, 407 S Union St., Kokomo. Cpl. Ronald H. Perry, 710 E 32nd St., Anderson. Cpl. Harold J. Terry, Route 5 Connersville. Fall Term Of Circuit Court Ends Saturday 8 Juvenile Cases Heard Among Last Matters of Period The Howard Circuit Court closed :s September term Saturday. The January term of court will ipen on the 14th. Criminal cases vill be set on the 16th while civil ases will be put on trial, dockets 'an. 18. From the outset, the September erm has been "relatively quiet" ompared to other terms this year. Only one civil case was heard by a ury while three criminal actions vere actually taken before a jury. At the beginning: of the term about 20 civil cases wore put on he docket for trial by jury. With he exception of one case, all were :ither postponed or settlements cached out of court. The chief criminal trial of the erm was that of William Edward iVoolum, who was sentenced to Ife imprisonment for the murder if his wife, Mary Koselyn Woolum. Before closing the term, Judge VEerton Stanley disposed of eight uvenile cases which involved a eries of burglaries by six youths ranging in age from 12 to 17 and 15-year-old girl who was committed to a state institution for vio- ation of probation. Admits Several Escapades One of the cases involved a 13- ear-old boy who admitted break- ng into several filling stations and other establishments "to get money to buy my parents and frienda Ihristmas presents," as he explained to the court. The youth told Judge Stanley however that after he had stolen .he money, he was afraid to buy the gifts because he thought the 'police might take them back." In one of the escapades, the boy admitted shooting several bullets into a parked car north of Kokomo 'just for the fun of it." When informed by the judge .hat there might have been someone asleep in the car who mighl lave been killed by the bullets Tom the stolen gun, the youth Droke down and said he "hadn'1 :hought of that." In one of the breakins, the boy told the judge he had gone to church early in the morning and after leaving the church, decided on the breakin. First Offender Passing judgment of two years probation on the boy, the judge said "he was taking into consid eration the fact that this was the defendant's first time to fall into trouble with law enforcement .uthorities. However, the young :een-ager will be required to report at prescribed intervals to Mrs.. Mary Troy, the juvenile pro bation officer, and to fulfill other mandates of his probation. Three others among the seven boys were put on probation pend ing their good behavior in, the fu ture- Three ol the boys are "repeat ers," Judge Stanley said, and wil be committed to state institutions Fear Mine Blast Death Toll Of 60 Hoosiers Slide And Shiver As Christmas Nears By The Associated Press The worst of Indiana's new cold wave is yet to come, the weathe bureau said today, but ice is wear ing off the heavily traveled roads And winter didn't arrive official! until 10:01 (C.S.T.) this morning. The death toll for "the week-long storm stood at 34. Once again, the Weather Bureau forecast a night of temperature around the zero mark. The range is expected .to be from zero in th North to 15 above in Southern Indiana. Sub-zero temperatures fail ed to arrive this morning. · State police reported main road in Central and Southern Indiana generally clear, though sideroad are still icy. Only the northwestern corner o Indiana 'reported main roads ex tremely slippery. But packed sno' and ice are general across the en tire north quarter of the state Just south of that area, icy spot are wearing off the main high ·ways. Ohio and Kentucky roads wer (Continued on Pag* 5, Column 5) VICTIMS OF TOY STORE CRASH -- Police and attendants help make injured women comfortable after a skidding truck crashed through the show window and into the center of a Brooklyn toy store Dec. 20. Mrs. Eileen Supnet, 27, who had been pinned against the front of the truck within the store, lies on stretcher in center amid wreckage of toddler carts and toys. Seated at left is Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbons, 69, another of the seven persons injured in the freak accident. (AP Wirephoto) Cleveland Woman Is Millionth Car Fatality Traffic History 'M Day' Reached At 11:27 A. M. By The Associated Press The nation's traffic death toll since the advent of the automobile reached the million mark today. The total reached the million mark on The Associated Press tally, sheet, with the report of the death of Miss Elma Wischmeier, 52. She died in a Cleveland, Ohio, hospital at 7:20 p. m. E. S, T., Friday. The news of her death was reported to the AP at 11:27 a. m., E. S. T., today. This date--Dec. 22--thus became M day, the day the U. S. reached a grim milestone in its motoring history. The latest death in point of time on the AP list of the last 10 victims was that of Dave Dawson, 25, of Dunbury, Tex. He died at 9:20 m., EST., from injuries suffered in an automobile accident which occurred at 2:20 a. m., EST. He was one of three injured in that accident Dawson was victim No. 999,996 on the AP roster, which listed deaths in the order in which they were reported. The actual 1,000,000th victim never can be definitely identified. The main reason is that statistics for the early years of the century were estimates instead of precise figures. The National Safety Council earlier this month had predicted the millionth victim would be reported around noon today. It appeared the council's estimate would be nearly correct. In the last two days, in a nationwide spot check the toll has averaged about 100 a day. This figure corresponds to the normal number of traffic fatalities at this time of the season. The toll for 1951 already is the second highest in the last 10 years. More than 36,000 persons have lost their lives in motor mishaps. This compared with the record breaking 39,969 in 1941 and with 35,000 1950. Highway travel in wide areas of the country was hazardous because of ice and snow. But thousands hit the highways on Christmas trips. As the grim toll neared the million mark, the council had estimated that 600 persons would be killed in traffic accidents over the holiday period. The one millionth victim will not be identified by the council, because statistics up to 1932 were estimated, not actual figures. The nation-wide spot check is being taken by the council with the cooperation of The Associated (Continued on Fog* 3, Column 8) Santa Glaus Turning Up Everywhere To Scatter Cheer and Good Will By The Associated Press The week end bowed to the Yule spirit today with Santa Glaus turning up everywhere -- at the White House, in court rooms, at orphanages, and in men's hearts. He was both a messenger of joy and a bearer of sadness in this second successive y.ear with Americans fighting in Korea. His bag of gifts bulged with hope, faith' and sympathy. At Pope Air Force Base, N. C., Santa arrived in a. helicopter Friday bringing mountains of presents to 1,000 orpha,ns feted by the Ninth Air Force in what probably was North Carolina's biggest Christ- mas party ever. In Washington, President Truman met with his Cabinet and afterwards Attorney General J Howard McGrath told newsmen: "We talked about Santa Claus and decided he was a pretty good fellow." Santa's spirit seemed to b§ watching in a New York City court room where Federal Judge Samuel H. Kaufman freed a 19-year-old car thief, got him a job and gave him a ten-dollar bill. Vito Stamata had Santa in his heart, and six-year-old Ralph Mar- imario, of Hasbrouck Heights, N. (Continued on Page 5, Column 2} Many Diggers Still Trapped Underground Explosion Cause Mystery; Men On Pre-Holiday Shift By ALLAN MERRITT WEST FRANKFORT, HI. W) -Fear that all the 60 or more miners, tripped by an underground ex- I plosion, were dead mounted here today as hours passed without any signs of life from them. Only six bodies had been recovered by noon but both mine and state officials held little hope for the other men. Arlie Cook, day manager of the mine, emerged from the pit in mid-morning and expressed fear hat the dead might reach 90. And )it boss Deneen Taylor, who helped bring out some of the bodies, predicted "it will be worse than Cen- ralia" where 111 miners died in 1947. In Chicago officials of the mining company reported 20 bodies had een found. Rescue workers reported locating a number of other bodes but the exact number could not be immediately confirmed at the cene where grim-faced relatives tept a sorrowful Christmastida ·igil. State Mine Director Walter Eadie and the mine superintendent, John R. Foster, "conservatively" estimated 80 men had been trapped m feet below the earth and some two miles back from the main ;haft. But grim-faced rescue workers, many of them miners of long experience, thought there were at east 100 caught in the blocked soft coal pit. And Eadle and Foster agreed their own estimate wag 'conservative." The explosion came less than art Frankfort Man Slays Mother, Sister, Then Perishes in Fire Holds Rescuers At Bay with Gun While Home Bums FRANKFORT, Ind. W) -- A 65- year-old man held off firemen and would-be rescuers with a shotgun late Friday while his house burned down around him. After the ashes cooled hours later, the charred bodies of the man, hia mother and his sister were found in the ruins. Police said an attempt to send the man, James Powell, to a mental institution apparently caused him to kill his mother and sister before he set fire to the house. The mother was Mrs. Nora Powell, 84. The sister was Mrs. Lillian Everman, 55. Mrs. Everman, who lived in Al buquerque, N. M., had been visiting her mother and brother at their home, near. Michigantown, east of Frankfort. Sheriff Maynard Lewis said she came to his office Thursday to inquire about procedure for committing Powell to an institution. Dr. J. O. Ashley, Michigantown veterinarian, and two youths, Neil Perrel, 15, and Mike : Wayt, 16, first saw the fin;. They tried to enter it, but shotgun blasts drove them back. The youths suffered minor wounds in the legs. Dr. Ashley was not hurt, but his automobile was riddled. ' Overill Barnetl:, Michigantown marshal, said Powell hid on the second floor of the' frame house and held off firemen with shots while the flames spread through :he house. The body of Powell's dog, which he had described as "the only friend I've got in the world,' also was found in the ruins. It's a Grim Jig-Saw Puzzle MOB SEEKING SNOW SHOVELING JOBS -- Policemen fight to keep order in mob seeking jobs os snow shovelers, Dec. 20, when continued snowfall on the city of Detroit, Mich., prompted Mayor Albert E. Cobo to declare a state of emergency. The men crowd around a Department of Public Works hiring hall hoping Jo earn Christmas money. (AP Wirephoto) Husband Reported Killed; Benefit Paid; Wife Remarries; He's POW WASHINGTON tfP» -- A lot ^ of pieces are still missing in the jigsaw puzzle of the bride who says her first soldier-husband, officially reported dead, apparently is a prisoner of the Reds in Korea. In the midst of the dilemma is 22-year-old Agnes Dixon Sasser of Atlanta, Ga. Mrs. Sasser says the Army reported her first husband, Pfc. Walter B. Dixon, serial number RA- 17266334, was killed in action in Korea last May and that the government paid her his $10,000 insurance benefits. In September she married Pfc. William G. Sasser. Then came the prisoner of war list, compiled by the Communists and described by U. S. officials as "definitely not official." Among the 3,198 American names was that o; Pfc. Walter B. Dilxon, serial number RA1726334. "That's my Wi-Jter," Mrs. Sasser said ·when she read the newspapers. "It's his name and serial number." f But the Army was just as c fused as Mrs. Sasser. According to its records, Pfc. Dixon never had a wife. Listed as his next of kin, the Army said was Mrs. Loreaiti G. Storey of Sikeston, Mo. It was to her the (Continued en Fog* 5, Column 4) \ Good Fellows Fund Previously reported $2,802.67 In memory of Frank and Ella Anleitner 2.00 Bonnie, Barbara Miller 2.00 A Friend 5.00 Sally and Phillip 5.00 A Friend 2.00 E T. SI. 2.00 Alike Meadows 1.00 Accurate Parts, Inc 100.00 Local 292 UAW-CIO 25.08 In memory of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Harrison, Monticello, Ind... · · · 6.00 In memory of Mother.... 2.00 Buckner Electric Shop.. 6.00 Cecilia and Debbie 3.00 3rd Shift Maintenance Wrought Alloy 7.00 Elliott, Barry Hartstcin 6.00 Past Presidents, Mothers of W. War II 6.00 Debbie 6.00 In memory of our loved ones 6.00 The Smith Twins--Diana and Debbie 5.00 Diane Andrews 10.00 Judy Lester LOO Clay Home Demonstration Club 2.60 Clinton, Carrie Draper... 10.00 A Friend 2.00 Total $2,619.07 1 SHOPPING J. hour after the night shift ot 20 men had reported for work at 8:30 p. m. EST., Friday. Rescue workers, some wearing gas masks, were impeded by foul lir as they timbered their way :oward the trapped men. The blast, believed to have been set off by methane, or marsh gas, knocked out cross section air locks In tha vast diggings of the Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin No. 2 mine. Because of the shattered concrete air locks fresh air from the outside was throttled at the point of the explosion. This caused fear among old-time miners that the Tapped men may have died from lack of oxygen. Telephone communications which thread the 25-year-old mine's web of tunnels were knocked out in the blast area. And there was no sign, of life from that section. "I'm of the opinion there's no liope at all for those that are down there," said Eadie at mid-morning, even as rescue workers appeared :o be some four to five hours away from reaching the men. Foster, superintendent of the mine for 22 years, said that reports from the rescue teams indicate they have uncovered at least 14 dead. The teams passed up bodies ef the dead and centered their efforts of reaching miners who might be alive. "The dead men we can't help," Foster said. "We are doing everything possible to get to the men who may be alive." Rescue workers from the surrounding towns of Benton, Duquoin, . Herrin and Dowell rushed to the disaster to help. An actual count of the trapped men was impossible because many of the miners who escaped went back into the pit to help with rescue work. Twelve hours after the explosion, thick, evil smelling smoke still belched each time the elevator doors in the deep shaft^ere opened. · Inside the dismal concrete building sheltering the shaft, about 30 women--mothers and wives--wera standing around in forlorn groups. Some were sobbing. One woman was standing: aside, alone. Hundreds of other persons, many of them relatives, gathered outside the mine to await word. Cars lined the highway for miles around the mine and police tried desperately to keep traffic open. Ambulances were standing: by. The five bodies were taken to the junior high school where they were stretched out on the gymnasium floor. There they were identified. City officials made ready to care for as many as 100 bodies there. Authorities said the condition of the bodies indicated that some of the dead had been killed by concussion. The mine employs about 1,100 men. The night shift had began its last trick before starting: the Christmas holiday. The dead were identified as William R. Smith, H. Summers, J. L. Black and Howard Wall, all of the West Frankfort area. The fifth man was not identified. Joseph L. Burnett, a foreman, said he was working: in a section the mine several miles from the point of the explosion. "I didn't hear anything: or feel anything- unusual," he said. "The (Continued on Pen* 5, Column 3)

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