Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on July 3, 1968 · Page 16
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Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California · Page 16

Redlands, California
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Wednesday, July 3, 1968
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Page 76, Wednesdoy, July 3, 1968 Redlands, Colif. Elemenfory summer schools pay off Redlands public schools believe they have struck gold in their elementary summer school program this year. Attendance is up sharply to 2,500 or nearly half of attendance in the regular school year. Parents are happy to have a half day baby-sitter. The children are enthusiastic about the program because it is different from their regular classes. The teachers are excited over the approach and the results obtained. The administrators are so gleeful that they wish they could figure out how to get ,5uch a spirit of enthusiasm year around. And the property taxpayer can be happy too, because the program is financed through state assistance without burden on the regular school budget. Further, the program comes closer to answering the critics who have long urged that the large investment in school buildings be productive in summer as well as the other nine months of the year. One of the things that gives the summer program popularity is the option to choose classes. Those that need improvement in reading or mathematics get a chance to master shortcomings that became evident during regular classes. Parents are informed of the situation. There are classes in arts and music to develop appreciation and creativity. A course in science and mathematics relates science to everyday life. Mathematics includes number games in a way that used to be thought only within the capability of much older students. There are courses in creative wiiting and literature, also in rhythm and choms. For the intermediary children, grades four through six, there are also courses in drama and in speech and debate, which is sort of a leadership course, and in music and theory. For the gifted learners with high potential there is a team of six teachers. The pro- gi'am is to try to broaden the interests of students into the liberal arts and to stay away from science and math where it is easy to beef up the studying during the regular year. There are seven schools being used in the program. Where the classes meet at the junior highs, the libraries are open and the children are encouraged to use them. Qasses in the program are of two hours duration with two classes a morning. This v.'orks much better than one-hour classes which were tried during the experimental years. Teachers who work in the program are paid at a lesser rate than in regular school, about 60 to 75 per cent of their usual salaries. Professionally interested in this special tj-pe of teaching, they find it satisfying work. Attendance in the schools is at about the same ratio in all parts of the district. Pupils living nearest to the schools find it easier to attend, however, as no bus service is provided. Critics of the program view it as a device for mothers to have someone look after their children for part of the summer. Proponents are the children, particularly the youngest ones, and the school people who can see at first hand what is being accomplished. Redlands schools have been innovators. New programs and new methods are common. There is nothing static about the educational process. Redlands has tried to move ahead. The type of schooling offered in this summer program is one of the dividends reaped by many a family fortunate enough to have diildren enrolled. Eyesore removal Redlands City Council took a step forward last night when a committee was authorized to guide the removal of telephone and electrical poles lines in the city. This follows out the policy set by the state Public Utilities Commission to convert from overhead to underground utility systems. Redlands has had its own program under way since 1964 when it first required imder- groimd systems in new subdivisions. The Edison company some years ago started converting in Redlands and the photos published in the Facts recently of Brookside avenue before and after poles were removed illustrate the aesthetic success of the project. Edison has just asked for a rate increase, the first in 11 years. Progress on the pole removal program will help take the sting out of this increase in the cost of living. The Newsreel Of course all husbands have their rights, but unlike those contained in the Constitution, they are extremely alienable. The amateur who joins'the professional golf tour may not learn much about driving or putting, but he can pick up some useful pointers on humility. Maybe a lot of magazine subscriptions could be sold by a young man who came to the door and admitted, right off, he was sellmg magazine subscriptions. With a Groin Of Salt By Frank and Bill Meere One of Redlands blessings fa the photographers that it has had in town over the years. They not only knew a good picture when they saw it, they took the pains to take it properly. Above all they had the sense to preserve their glass plate negatives, or in later days, film. The work of these men such as R. J. Philippi who started taking pictures about the time the town was incorporated in 1888 and Elias F. Everitt who apparently arrived about 10 years later, provide Redlands with a wealth of historical material. For some months we have been accumulating early day Redlands photographs, 1885-1915. We have been copying them on 35 millimeter film and plan to make a historical sUde show for use during Redlands 80th anniversary next November. Everitt was around a lot longer than Philippi and left a mine of negatives. These are in wooden boxes and stored at the Asis- tcncia. To find the interesting ones is a colossal chore and it took us many hours to comb through the glass plates. Everitt saved every baby, every individual portrait, every family, every horse, every dog he ever took. Plus the occasional news picture. The collection was indexed in his day, but now it is one big jumble. We re-lived Redlands with Everitt's work and were rewarded with some fine negatives that Cliff Kenison has been able to print into good positives. ^Vhen Everitt didn't have anything else to do he would go to Smiley Heights and photograph the valley. Occasionally he had access to the upper story of Albert K. Smiley's house because some of his best shots of the valley and mountains beyond were taken from that vantage point The house has since burned down. Ruth Smiley Drake (Mrs. A. B.) tells us that she can remembers Everitt well. "He was a squatty little man, and wore a black patch over one eye. Frequently -we would look out and see Mr. Everitt setting up his tripod and getting under the black cloth to focus the camera." Everitt's work was used on postcards, in brochures and other advertising material and did much to lure easterners to this dreamland. We doubt that any modem day photographer could do a better job, because few would have the time or patience that Everitt had. His name appears in the 1900 directory and he is listed as living at 501 Orange street (comer of Stuart), which was also his residence. Today that is the location of Sara's cafe. He continues to be listed through the 1923 directory. Redlands was fortunate that he was around at the time of the visits of the three Presidents, Wilham McKinley in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and William Howard Taft in 1909. Everitt did some fine news photography of these events. We have imearthed a few of them that are different from the standard works that have been kicking around for years. Sam Graham, whose uncle Edward Graham, rode in the carriage with McKinley on the historic tour of Redlands, loaned us an Everitt photo of the President greeting Mrs. Henrietta Partridge, Sam's aunt, in Smiley Heights. It is an exceptionally good photo. Probably there are other such gems in albums of Redlands longtime residents and if anyone finds one we would appreciate the chance to copy it — just bring it to the Facts or phone and tell us about it. Edgar R. Fisher, retired telephone company executive, has long been interested in photography and is a top notch amateur. As a young man he used to trail around with "old man EveriU" and help him with his bulky cameras and tripods. .4. lot of Everitt's talent brushed off on Ed, because, he like Everitt is a good technician. More than that though, they both have a sense about pictures and interesting subject matter the average photographer would never think of. Ed once started mining Everitt's old plates, but tired of the project. He passed them on to us and we are copying them for posterity. Quick Quiz 0—To what extent is gold present in sea water? A—All sea water contains gold solution. The average amount is about one grain (five cents' worth) of gold to one ton of water. Q—For whom is the Gregorian (%ant named? A—St Gregory, Pope of Rome from 590 to 604. who bad made collections of the music used in the Catholic services. Q _ Which of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table were father and son? A — Sir Galahad was the son of Sir Lancelot. Warren resignation stirs trouble By WILLIAM S. WHITE • THE BOrsrOOD OAJ THE BURNING DECK Redlands Yesterdays FIVE YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 96, lowest 53. Enthusiasm mounts for Redlands' "Old Fashioned Fourth of July" celebration expected to attract thousands to Sylvan Park tomorrow. City Council enters final phase of annexing about 100 acres along Brookside avenue after protests by several property owners ruled insufficient to defeat the annexation. Don Poe, Redlands police captain, scores hole-in^)ne on fifth hole at Redlands Country club. TEN YEARS AGO Temperatures —• Highest 91, lowest 55. Two street improvement projects on agenda for next year include widening, regrading and paving a part of San Mateo street and the widening of Fourth street north of Olive avenue. Dairyman Edward G. Van Grouw of Loma Linda suffers estimated loss of nearly $7,000 when 21 cows executed in freak accident Principal Jack Binkley reports final elementary summer school enrollment of 93. The youngsters are attending capable learner and reading improvement classes at Lmcoln school. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 93, lowest 57. Pioneer Isaac Ford honored at party commemorating his 25 years of service on the City Planning commission. Special Yucaipa civic committee reports it is making good progress on plans for incorporation of a section of the valley. Duane Sickle elected commander of American Legion Post 106, succeeding William H. Johnson Jr. Timely Quote The fact we must remember is that we are educating students for a world that will not be ours but will be theirs. Give them a chance to be heard. —Dr. Carlos P. Romule, president of HI * University of Philippines. Berry's World Senators, ghetto fail to communicate WASHINGTO.V - It often happens that men get swallowed down, like Jonah by the Whale, and become imprisoned by a dark environment. Jonah, the lucky one, escaped, but most men don't — and this was the story being enacted the other day when the Senate Investigations subcommittee was study- ujg the case of the Blackstone Rangers. I am helped a little here because a professional psychiatrist in the audience was doing a psychoanalysis of the chief witness, the Reverend Jdin E. Fry of the First Presbyterian Church in South Side Chicago. Reverend Fry, a cham-smok- er with a tormented face behind heavy, blacked-rimmed spectacles, spent the morning in fighting off accusatory questions by Chairman McClellan and other Senators. Fry admitted to being a friend and advisor to the Ranger gang, but denied any knowledge of its guns, its marijuana, its extortion rackets. The walls of the committee room were festooned with blowup charts of urban riots and ttith mug-shots of 28 Ranger leaders, all of them with police identification bibs around their necks. Several of the jail-birds had been given well-paying jobs by the War on Pover^ Office. They'd acted as instructors and supervisors in a job-training school connected with Reverend Fry's church. The "preacher." as McClellan kept calling him, insisted that the young outlaws were good ghetto educators, despite their own lack of education. Their friendship, faith and understanding twoard the pupils made up for all else, said the preacher. Fry's responses drew very caustic comment from McClellan and his colleagues. The Senators thought it grossly absurd that confirmed criminals had been paid as much as $6,500 a year to supervise instruction of the young. It was evident from their questions that the Senators believed the preacher to be a liar and probably a collaborator ® IMS fcr NEA, IK. "Would H be all right fv US fo have some 'soul food!'" By HOLMES ALEXANDER in gangster activities. But the psychiatrist (whose name I omit from this informed paraphrase of his diagnosis) saw John Fry as a Jonah who was still in the \Vhale's dark belly. The preacher was not a deliberate liar and apologist, said the psychiatrist, but had been ingested by the environment of the Ranger gangland. He. the preacher, was so much imprisoned within the Blackstone organism that he'd become "one of the boys." Their mentality, their morality, their outlook had become his — so much so that he had liUle in common with the grown men of the Senate Committee. It seemed an acceptable theory on Reverend Fry, but it also had, I thought, some reverse application to the Senators. They, too, had been swallowed by a ^Vhale. They lived within the cavernous gullet of the governmental Leviathan. Their mentality, morality and outlook were those of stem national lawmakers. They were examining the grotesque mismanagement of a huge public program — the War on Poverty. They were trving to learn how the intent of Congress to help the Poor had been subverted into a subsidy for ex-convicts and young gangsters. They had so little understanding of Fry that they could not see the one worthwhile point he was trying to make: that while ex-cons would not make suitable instructors for ordinary high school kids, they might have something to offer to classes of dropouts in the slums. The preacher was not a bad fellow, and the Senators were not monsters. But they were at loggerheads all morning. It is an impasse not uncommon in our time. Our environments gobble us up. Tbe Whale's belly of a slum is a confinement, and so in a different way is the vast apparatus of Federalia. Men enclosed in these contrasting places to not conununicate very well. They do not give one another much assistance in the common task of American self- government. The Almanac Today is Wednesday. July 3, the 183th day of 1968 with 181 to follow. The moon is in its first quarter. The morning star is Saturn. The evening star is Jupiter. On this day in history: In 1775 George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass. In 1819 the Bank of Savings in New York City became the first of its kind to open with 80 depositers on the first day putting into their accounts $2,807. In 1892 workers at the Carnegie Steel Co. in Homestead, Pa., went on strike. Before it was over on Nov. 20, 1892, seven guards along with 11 strikers and spectators bad been fatally shot In 1950 American soldiers met the North Koreans in battle for the first time. A thought for the day: French novelist Anatole France said, "People who have no weaknesses are terrible: there is no way to take advantage of them." WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court faces substantial alternation, of significant tone at least in the retirement of Chief Justice Earl Warren. In the departure of Warren, President Johnson's elevation to his place of Associate Justice Abe Fortas, and the President's simultaneous appointment of a new "brother" on the high bench in Homer Thombcrry of Texas, some winds of change arc blowing over the great marble palace that fronts the Capitol. To be sure, about half the Republican members of the Senate have rejected the counsel of their party leader, Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois, and arrayed themselves to fight Senate confirmation of these nominations. It is a pity — a pity because there is only a narrowly partisan motivation here. The dissenters, ied by the ordinarily sound and able Sen. Robert Griffin of Michigan, are not really challenging the character or competence of Fortas or Thornberry. Their real objection is that these are the choices of a "lame duck" President. What they are saying is lamentably crass. It is that vacancies should remain until a new President — and by this they mean a Republican President — is installed. Their position inescapably is that seats on the world's highest tribunal should be regarded pretty baldly as campaign booty. Their push, to which Presidential aspirant Richard Nixon has unwisely given his blessing, will come to little. Fortas and Thornberry will be confirmed anyhow, but in the meantime a stain of small and pointless partisanship will have been cast over the scene. But when this politicking is over and Fortas and Thombcrrj- have sworn the great oath, whither this successor bench to the old "Warren court"? Those — including this columnist — who have long yearned for a less hyper-liberal court, a bench less disposed to strike down the legitimate rights of the states and of the prosecuting authorities. will have some cause for a certain renewed hope. It is a hope, though it should be seer, as a qualified one. for .several human reasons. The new Chief Justice, .^be Fortas. as an .Associate Justice has shown a deeply liberal view, not too different from Warren's, and this no doubt will continue. Still, the complaint of the court's rational critics under Warren has been almost as much against its often emotionalized manner of speaking and deciding as against the decisions themselves. And if Fortas is not likely to depart widely from the philosophy of the Warren court, he is very likely at all events to express it with far greater detachment, with far more concern for unsentimental reality and, to be frank, with far greater legal learning. For, agree with him or not, this man has professional equipment of rare and undeniable brillance. As to Thornberry, his career in the lower courts has evoked solid respect from those who are after all the best of critics, the practicing lawyers at his bar. It is tricky and maybe presumptuous, too, to predict the course of any judge. That disclaimer aside, it is fair to say that Thornberry by Eastern standards is only moderately hb- eral and that his whole mind and personality are calm and balanced. Finally, Fortas and Thornberry are beyond doubt old and close friends of the President — "cronies." perhaps, in tha hostile definition. Friends of liberal Presidents, however, can sometimes make the best and soundest of judges, as witness .Associate Justice Byron White, a partisan worker for John F. Kennedy whose civilized judicial conservatism now lights up the bench. Conversely. Earl Warren was anjthing but a crony of President Eisenhower, who was himself conservative and who was, moreover, to find it ver>' hard to rejoice in the Warren appointment he had made at the behest of others. (Copyright, 1968, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) The little man who's never there By NORTON MOCKRIDGE NEW YORK - Alexander C. Brown, of the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., reviewed my newest book, "The Scrawl of the Wild," which is a spoofy history of graffiU and who writes it and he praised it highly, for which I thank him. But I thank him even more for this story which supports contention that nobody ever catches a graffiti writer in the act of scribbling on the wall. "Seems." says .Mr. Brown, "that many years ago. a predecessor of Kilroy wrote his name, J. B. King, all over the shipyard here. Naked walls remained naked only briefly. J. S. King was there. Ships, shops — anything and everything in the yard — suddenly blossomed forth with J. B. Kings in large letters. "Finally, and this part may be apocryphal, an attempt was made to trick Mr. King into revealing his identity. The following notice was prominently displayed: "'Who is this stupid J. B. King who writes his name on ever>ihing?' "For days they watched and waited. Nothing happened. But then, someone must have turned his back momentarily, for the answer suddenly appeared: " 'You can look and look till your e>-eballs itch. But you'll never catch me, you S.O.B.' "It was signed: 'J. B. King.' And catch him, they never did!" So, with that great story as a lead-off, why not a plunge into some of the latest graffiti? My good friend, Fred Pool, director of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, is always on the lookout for graffiti for me. (He's the man. you know, who spotted a friend coming out of a men's room and saw him putting away a felt-tip markmg pen. ^Vben Fred asked him if he'd been writing on the wall, the man indignantly said: "Of course not! I was just correcting some English!") Anyway, Fred recently was in Houston International Airport, and when he went to the men's room he saw this lettered on the much-marked wall: "This WaU to be Printed m a New Addition Soon." And Fred saw a variant on the well-known graffiti that goes: "The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away" to which someone appends, "Indian-Giver Be the Name of the Lord." Fred says that printed in big letters on a construction fence was: "The Lord Giveth and the Loid Taketh Away." Under which somebody had scribbled: "Well, you can kick my fanny if that ain't fair!" .•Another good friend of mine who always watches out for graffiti is Ezra Shine. He was in a railway station in England recently and he inspected the walls for something interesting. Ninety-nine per cent of the scribbles were in the "Mary Icves Tom." "Tony loves Nellie" and "Ned loves Amy" cate- gorj-. It was just love, love, love and more love, in a sickening dose. But just as the train came in. Ezra's eye happened to light on: ".Marge HATES Marvin." and he felt much better all the way to London. He also saw the following poem tacked up on a bulletin board in a public park in Devonshire: "Resemble not the slimy snail Which with its filth records its trail. Let it be said, where you have been — You left the face of nature clean." Among the political graffiti noted here and there are: "Nelson Rockefeller for City Council." "Would you really buy a NEW car from George Romney?" "Mayor Lindsay — Go .Ahead and Raise the Tax on Liquor and Drive Us All to Drink," (and in reference to the towing away of illegally parked cars) "Lindsay Is a Dance Master — Heel and Tow!" Sherman Aipert says he saw (his crayoned on the side of a funeral parlor: "Pay Now, Die Later. Use Our Laid-Away Plan." On the wall of a psychedelic dance palace was written: "Fight for Touch Dancmg." And in the men's room of Shine's Restaurant here, where some pretty earthy scribbles constantly appear, was this inscription: "People who can see the handwriting on the wall learn lots of dirty words." Which reminds me that many years ago Hendrik William van Loon used to send greeting cards to friends on which he had lettered the legend: "A dirty mind is a perpetual solace." (Copyright, 1968, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) One Minute Pulpit Uphold me according to thy promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope! — Psalms 119:116. Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developmg what is good. — Calvin Coolidge, 20th U.S. president.

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