Fitchburg Sentinel from Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 27, 1963 · Page 1
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Fitchburg Sentinel from Fitchburg, Massachusetts · Page 1

Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Wednesday, March 27, 1963
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The tplrlt of the age li the very thing that a great man changes.--Benjamin Diiraell. THE WEATHER Cloudy, Cooler (Complete Report On Page I ESTABLISHED 1838 Vol. CXXV FITCHBURG, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1963-THIRTY-SIX PAGES lecind Glut Foitaf* ? ·t ntchbur« HIM. SEVEN CENTS Building Trades Hard Hit Here; Future In Doubt The bright spring sunlight that has bathed the region the past few days is more than a warm caress to hundreds of construction workers and contractors in the Fitch- he said, "we're much lower now than we've been in the past." The district council covers an area generally bounded by Athol and Ayer. Mr Phalen said April may bring a burg area It's dollars and cents!turnabout in the picture. "We're and jobs at a time when things are!optimistic, of course that things "far from good." i wil1 P ick U P" he addcd A spot survey of contractors a n d . A contractor who furnishes ce- labor organizations in the vicinity ment for all types of construction has turned up these facts: isaid his business "looks good" on (1) An estimated 200 carpenters roads, but building construction has out of 360 belonging to the North- been slow. He said an analysis look- ern Massachusetts District Council ing to the future forecasts that busi- of Carpenters, AFL-CIO, are out ness may be "a little better than O f wor |( .average." He cautioned that "we'll (2) About 40 plumbers and steam- simply have to wait and see if fitters, out of the 175 who belong things improve." to Local 92 Plumbers and Steamfit- Francis G. Demers of Local 92. ters Union. AFL-CIO, are unomploy- plumbers and steamfitters union, (reported that 40 of his members (3) Six out of seven contractors'-are out of work. He described this in the Fitchburg area said the win- as " a n unusually high number." ter months just past have beeniThe area covered by Local 92 cor- "rough going" All seven agreed-responds approximately · with that that they are optimistic that a pick- covered by the carpenters' council, up will come in the next two Mr. Demers said his work takes months, but all seven also a c k n o w l - j h i m into regular contact with build- _. j r edged that there "arc not too many .-' rs and he has found few signs statement in which he forecasts orders in sight." "^ optimism. bad ncws f or taxpayers. Thomas E. Phalen an officer of Contractors seem to be far behind He said the final cost of the the district council for the carpen- previous years, he said. "1 wish 1 Crocker Elementary School on t e r s ' u n i o n reported that 200 of his C0ll 'd be more optimistic,' Mr. whittemore street "will run hun- 360 members are out of work. i Demers added, "but it simply;l dreds of thousands of dollars over ctl. THEODORE S. BENNETT Fears High Costs Crocker School -Bad News For City's Taxpayers? School Committeeman Theodore S. Bennett today issued a public Wild Chase, Roadblock Fail To 'Net' Theft Trio Police this forenoon continued an intensive search for three men suspected of breaking into a drug store and cafe early this morning, one of whom ran a stolen car through police roadblock at 80 miles-per-hour with two cruisers in hot pursuit. The stolen car, which eluded police as did two of the trio who some liquor was the total haul at outran a squad of police officers I both establishments. foot, finally crashed into aj At j 35 a desk officers at parked car a mile away and w a s j p o l i c e headquarters received a re- abandoned. Police believed a sec-| port lhat three m c n were 5een run . ond car might have been stolen to make a getaway. Narrowly escaping injury when the stolen car shot through the roadblock at Ashburnham and Westminster streets were Ptl. An- ning toward the West End Pharmacy from a car parked on Sanborn street. Several police officers were dispatched. On arrival, Res. Ptl. George F. L a , r e n c e and p t . Stephen _. drew M. Quinn and Ptl. Kenneth; I o n g j e y a p proac hed the car, but B. Maynard, who were manning the driver sped 0 [( T h cy gave the roadblock. I chase. Meanwhile, the other two I Broken into were the West E n d ! m e n r a n towan | the Nashua Kiver Pharmacy, 131 Westminster street, j behind West Fitchburg fire sub- and the Hillside Cafe, 6 Beech. statjon street. A small amount of cash anil "We are in very bad shape," he said. He added that carpenter work is "seasonable" and usually is low at this time of year. "However," wouldn't be an honest estimate." He said he expects that his 40 members now unemployed soon will find CONSTRUCTION. Page 14 Bur She And Pilot Doing Fine -Rescued Heroine Faces Amputation Oi 5 Toes WHITEHORSE, Yukon Terri-| mother. "You'd never believe the lory (AP) - Helen Klaben, formed by her doctor she lose her five right toes, had j n . I attention I'm getting." at least one bit of good news for her mother in Brooklyn -- she should be home in about eight days. Dr. Nes(a James said the Yukon's 21-year-old heroine will be able to leave the Whithorse Hospital next Wednesday. Dr. James is treating Miss Klaben and Ralph Flores. the pilot of the plane that crashed Feb. 4 on a mountainside in the frozen wilderness 75 miles south of the! Yukon-British Columbia border. The doctor gave this report: Miss Klaben suffered a broken Flores also was considerably livelier than he has been since ; Indian trappers found him Sunday night near his distress signal that a passing bush pilot spotted. "I feel like a million dollars," said and the flier 42-year-old electrician after a good night's "I talked with my wife and she might be able to come visit me." Flores' wife and six children live in San Bri'-". O-'if ·.···.. -. the architect's estimated figures." Mr. Bennett said he has been besieged with financial questions about the school and arrived at the above conclusion after detailed study of final plans and specifications. He said further that the current $1,477,000 estimate is "already well over the $1,210,000 once quoted our committee." The statement by Bennett follows: "Many residents of Fitchburg have asked the obvious question as to what the Whittemore street school will cost. From all indications after going over the plans and specifications, it would appear to me that the cost would be considerably over the estimate of $1,477,000 that Mr. (Theodore J.) Brodeur gave the School Committee. "This figure in itself "is already well over the $1,210,000 once quoted BENNETT, Page 6 BULLETIN Fire Ravages Pleasant St. Apt. Building A fire burned out of control on the third floor of a 12- family apartment house at 5256 Pleasant street shortly after 1 this afternoon. Initial efforts by firefighters to control the blaze were fruitless. Officials said apparently all persons in the building at the time of the blaze were safely evacuated. There were no reported injuries by 1.30 p. m. Smoke and flames poured relentlessly through windows on the third and top floor and threatened to break through the roof momentarily. Several hose lines from engine pump- FIRE, Page 20 A second cruiser, containing Sgt. Chris'os P. Sardelis and Ptl. Arthur J. DiTommaso, arrived and Ptl. DiTommaso gave chase on foot for the two running men. He was unable to apprehend them. Meanwhile, Res. Ptl. Lawrence and Ptl. Longley were pursuing the car, a late model vehicle, and radioed to a third cruiser, manned by Ptl. Quinn and Ptl. Maynard, to establish a roadblock at Ashburnham and Westminster streets. After attempting to cliide police on side streets of West Fitchburg, the'stolen car continued on Westminster street toward the roadblock. The cruiser was parked across the roadway, its blue light flashing. Clocked at speeds of 80 miles- per-hour, the stolen car edged with headlights out between the parked cruiser and a stone wall with only a few inches to spare on each side. Ptl. Quinn and Ptl. Maynard were forced to jump to the sidewalk to avoid being hit. Ptl. Quinn later said the stolen vehicle was "literally on its two right wheels as it rounded the turn," long known as a particularly dangerous corner. Res. Ptl. Lawrence and Ptl. CHASE. Page 5 left arm, which apparently has was on his way home from a job in Canada, taking Miss uiabcn as a passenger, when their plane crashed. Bush pilot Jack McCallum sale he had been reprimanded for "healed in good position." She al- making the risky landing which so suffered frostbite on the toes i resulted in Miss Klaben's rescue of her right foot and on both. McCallum said he landed his heels. The toes will have to b e j l i s h t plane in a narrow, tree-lined removed but the heels seem to be! clearing about three miles from improving nicely. I Miss Klaben's campsite. The pi- Florefe suffered a broken nose, · lot who had spotted the pair, a broken jaw and frostbite on two j Chuck Hamilton, had been cau- toes. He appears to be recovering : tioned earlier by Indians not to from all his injuries. .try to bm! i« H.P ' · · ' - r ' o u fine. Miss Klaben was full of laughs After McCallum landed safely, Tuesday as she chatted by tele- h a m i l t i phone with her family and close McCallum. a pilot for the Cana- friends from a wheelchair at t h e i d i a n Department of Transport- nurses' station in the hospital. which corresponds to the U.S "I'm a celebrity," she told her RESCUE, Page 6 CARRIED FROM PLANE--Helen Klabenj 21, of Brooklyn, N. Y., whose gangrenous feet are bundled up, is carried from a rescue plane at Watson Lake by Gordon Tool, left, a meteorologist, and Keith Jorgenson, who is in charge of the radio station at Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. Miss Klaben and the pilot of the plane in which she was flying, Ralph Flores, 42, of San Bruno, Calif., spent 50 days in sub-zero weather after their light plane crashed. After rescue they were taken to Whitehorse for hospitalization. (AP Wirephoto). C. of C. Told Of Economic Peril- Prexy Challenges Industry To Action Cautioning that America is in the co-operation, to create the Want Another Look -Councilors OK Bills Tentatively The City Council has voted in the last two day's to seek legislative permission to pay a total of $69,191 in bills for water and school projects but has given strong indications it wants to take another long, hard look at these money matters. The council voted unanimously last night to adopt a resolution seeking an enabling act from the Massachusetts legislature which would- grant permission to pay $38,000 to the Salah and Pecci Construction Co. of Boston ior work performed on the Meetinghouse Hill transmission line and Oak Hill reservoir water projects. On Monday the council adopted similar resolutions for payment of $12,517 owed to T. J. Brodeur Associates, a Worcester architect, and $18,674 to Tri-Mark Construction Co. of Dorchester. Brodeur Associates-did the planning and Tri-Mark the site clearing for the Crocker School construction on Whittemore street. In each case, however, members of the council drove home the point that the legislation being sought is merely "permissive" and is in no way binding upon the city. All three bills must gain additional council approval before they can be paid and members of the coun- , . 'cil said they feel the question of ONARGA, HI. (AP)-A Bataaniwho owe it money for various reap a y m e n l is open to £urther investi . HIS WORLD WAR TWO 'BILL' DEFERRED Veteran Shown With Wife On Illinois Farm He May Not Have To Pay 'Bill'-- Deafh March Survivor's War Debf Suspended death march survivor and his sons : family expressed happiness today after the State Department said it has temporarily suspended attempts .to "collect Tiafments of World War II emergency relief. The State Department maintains that the family of Noble In including war relief. Washington, Sen. Paul H.l ga ' i0 " Douglas, D-IU., who asked the State Department to delay its demand for payment, has introduced a bill which would cancel the debt. A spokesman for Douglas said the department did not agree to put off attempting to col- Frank Smith owes $1,421 for relief |i ect th e payments pending the out- provided to Viola Smith and herj c o m e O f the Douglas bill but in - agreed to waive the Thursday , the ' deadline it had set for payment. son, Carl, while they were terned in the Far East by Japanese during World War II. Smith, 47, an ex-Marine told The Smith said the State Department Before the resolution was passed last night, Councilors C. Warren Smith, Jr.,- and Walter E. Bennett asked assurance that the legislation is not binding. Council Pres. John G. Lemay said it is his understanding that the enabling legislation cannot go into effect until the council gives final approval to the payment. The issue came up because the work on the school and water Associated Press Tuesday night: I'm real happy about it. I'm not , only happy for myself, but for cal -" has dunned the family for p a y - j project was contracted for in 1962 ment since the 1950s, adding that!and not paid for by Jan. 10, this bill was larger because of others in similar circumstances." accrued interest. He maintains year. State statute forbids carrying bills over into a second year. His wife said: "This is the best De- .serious economic trouble unless in- derstanding and sell it to their own ip a ' rtmen t has told him there* are] ;.|!duslry and free enerprise rise toj e m p l o y e s i m appealing to you to; s o m e 2 ,000 persons ^J-1 meet the challenge, S. Benson, president of Harding College in Searcy, Ark., unveiled JOHN H. LONG, JR. Named Bank Advisor George | ^ w h a t yQu can toward a beUer understanding of the American a bleak business outlook to 384 per-'way. If we fail, there will be multi- sons attending last night's annual' p l i e d con f us ion and eventually the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce I Dark Ages again." dinner meeting. I Dr. Benson described Com- Speaking to a capacity audience munists as the sworn enemy of at the Buttercup Hill Club in capitalism and stated "they cam- I.unenhurg, Dr. Benson warned 'paign in earnest and wrap them- that industry must take the'selves in the American flag." He initiative to (1) hold the line on wages; (2) increase productivity; government has nothing: The $38,000 owed to Salah and coming, adding: "They are not p e cci Construction Co. is part of going to get the money." (more than $100.000 originally sought Rep. Leslie C. Arends, R-Ill., ! for work and materials on the in the nation' BATAAN, Page 6 I COUNCIL, Page S and (3) wage a constant fight said they spread the idea t h a t profits are immoral but he pointed out that i t h o l profits are "the sparkplug ··VI iy i *+*' ··*»*· against the goals of Communism !that makes the engine go." if the U. S. is to hold its place as ( jt was profits through free enter a world of power. prise, Dr. Benson said, which made The principal speaker called for this country the world power it is John H Long Jr. vice-president a more realistic governmental at- today. in r h a r w nf labor relations and a l i t u d c toward taxation and said He warned that Communists in charge ot laoor relations ana a ( U n ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,.,,,,,,,,,( 1,0,1 f a i i n r i n = on an ,inr-rasinff war to make director of the Simonds Saw the federal government had failed wage an unceasing .to create "a favorable industrial a n t i Communists unpopular and Steel Co., was today elected an:atmosphere." . t h a t if they succeed "they can advisory director of the Fitchburgj He urged more co-operation be- win." office of the Worcester County jtween industry, government and i He pointed out this country s in- National Bank, 533 Main street, 'labor to hold the line on "the pro-Idebtedness stating "we ve given Born in Flint, Mich., he is a ' fit squeeze." . i away 100 billion dollars -bu t:noted graduate of Albion College and He,said: "Industries' part is to.we could do this as no other peo- Loyola University School of Law" furnish the leadership to achieve' CHAMBER, Page 20 He is a member of the Massachu-' setts and American Bar Assn's. and a member of the Labor Law Committee of the American Bar Assn. During World War II he served as a lieutenant colonel on the staff of Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson. Upon discharge in 1946 he joined Simonds Saw Steel Co. Periodically for the past two he has been on loan to the LONG, Page 6 WAINO AALTO General Manager-Treas. Retired RatVaa/a Editor Su/kanen Succumbs In F/a. Elis Sulkanen, 75, of 15 Johnson street, a former editor-in-chief of :he Raivaaja. died in a Lake Worth hospital early today according to word received here. He had been vacationing in Florida for the past four weeks. Mr. Sulkanen was editor of the Raivaaja for '10 years previous to lis retirement June 15, 1962. He was widely known throughout the Finnish communities of ;he country as a lecturer on international, social and political ques- lons, and because of the numerous articles and pamphlets he had written. SULKANEN. Page S Co-op Refund $126,167 Sales of $4.250,000 with s a v i n g s . a n d the bakery and dairy produc- of $206.045, were reported to t h c ' t i o n units as contributing factors stockholders at the annual meet- in the success of the overall opening of the United Co-operative ation. Society of Fitchburg last night at Mr. Aalto was re-elected treas- the Co-op Center, 151 Elm street, i u r e r of the concern for one year. Waino Aalto, general manager j Rudolph A. Laakso was re-elec- and treasurer, announced a five ted clerk for a one-year term, per cent dividend on shares, total-. £i ectcc j directors were Wcikko ing S12.792.12 and a patronage E Lento a n d Waino A. Tienhaara refund of S126,167.58 based upon 0 [ n, ls c j ( v ^rvo D Peltonen of 3.7 per cent of 1962 purchases. W e s t m i n s t e r and Cyrille P. Lan- This, Aalto noted, will pump an dry of Gardner for Hie Gardner extra S143.280.65 into the economy area. of greater Fitchburg during t h e . Elected to the public relations month of April and will benefit |committee were Rev. William the entire business community. :Sumncr, Aili Nicmi and Elsie L. - In his report, Aalto stated that j Ruosteoja of this city, Tauno the bulk of the company's savings Hagelberg of Ashburnham and stemmed from the supermarket. jToivo Linden of Gardner, but also cited the fuel oil division CO-OP. Page 20 New York Newspapers May Publish Tomorrow NEW YORK (AP)--Eight m a j o r ' i f ratification comes quickly. "We New York City newspapers, w i l l ' p u b l i s h Thursday papers." blacked out for 110 days, are ex- Amplifying, he said that if rati- pected to be back on the streets fjeation came b y ' 6 p.m., he ex- with Thursday editions if striking pected that all morning papers photoengravers quickly ratify a , W0 uld publish but he did not in- peace pact today. ,dicate when he thought the four Negotiators for the Photoen- morning dailies would get their ·avers Union early today ac- first editions on the streets, cepted contract terms proposed by Wagner announced tentative set- Mayor Robert F. Wagner and ap- tlement of proved by publishers of the eight; strike at a Dailies. 2:17 a.m PRESENT CITIZENSHIP' AWARD -- The annual Chamber of Commerce "Citizenship Award" was presented to Angelo N. Berbatis, third from left, for his contribution to the Practical Politics Course.' Left to right, are Porter S. Dickinson, first vice-president; James M. Moran, president; Mr. Berbatis; Ernest N. Daulton, past president and Norman C. Weeks, second vice-president of the chamber. the photoengravers 1 news conference at were the The announcement came almost The photoengravers ,-v.v «.~ . ., last of four striking unions to exactly 109 days after the news, reach new work agreements in P»Per shutdown was precipitated the longest and costliest news- i » « 2 : a . m . l a s t Dec. 8 by a strike paper shutdown in the city's his- of the PTM.e ; s_un,on_aga,nstjpur tory. Estimates of the loss run in excess of $200 million. Frank McGowan, president of the photoengravers local, said he expects the rank-and-file to ratify an amended contract proposal put forth by the mayor and accepted by the union's negotiating committee, 8-2. Walter N. Thayer, president of the Herald Tribune and a spokesman for Ibe publishers, laid that of the city's nine major dailies. The other five papers closed down voluntarily but one. the Post, resumed publication March 4. Wagner said his pholoengraver settlement formula contained "certain amendments" to the proposal he made Monday night. Publishers accepted that proposal Tuesday morning. They also accepted the amendments, the mayor said. NEWSPAPERS, Page 6

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