The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 24, 1969 · Page 1
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Sobbing Pueblo Skipper Tells Of Suicide Attempt After 'Confessing' CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The captain of the Pueblo says he confessed to spying after .blood-chilling mental torture, and then tried to drown himself in a bucket of water. Tears streaming, his voice .breaking with anguish, Cmdr. 'Lloyd M. Bucher told a Navy court of inquiry Thursday that North Koreans finally broke him by threatening to shoot his crewmen one-by-one in front of him—and summoning the youngest sailor and saying they would start with him. Bucher's account of the terror ended—at least for now—his public appearances. He goes before a closed session of the court today to give secret—classified—testimony, and will be followed, the Navy said, by Rear Adm. Frank L. Johnson, commander of U.S. naval forces in Japan at the time the Pueblo was seized. Bucher has said he radioed desperately for help as North Korean gunboats sur- rounded the intelligence ship, but it never arrived. The Navy said Johnson would testify after closed-door accounts from one or more of. three captains under his command in Japan when the Pueblo was seized off North Korea last year. Summaries of all secret sessions will be prepared, deleting all classified information, and made available to newsmen, a Navy spokesman said. Open court sessions are scheduled to resume Wednes•day. After describing why he confessed, Bucher said Thursday, "sometime during the night 1 attempted to commit suicide by drowning myself in a bucket of water in my room but was unable to accomplish this." "Mentally, 1 was quite disturbed," he said, partly because of the embarrassment he thought his confession caused the United States. The typewritten confession said Bucher was a CIA agent, that his ship intruded into North Korean waters and that he was trying to put South Koreans ashore. "And 1 realized," he said, "they (North Koreans) needed me alive more than anyone else in the crew for public appearances that I was afraid of and knew were coming." The court warned Bucher Wednesday he may have violated regulations by surrendering the ship. Bucher got) in his fourth day of testimony and has been unusually calm, sometimes tense, until he came to describing an interrogation before he confessed. As he talked he began trembling. "They made me kneel on the floor," Bucher said. He said a North Korean he nicknamed Super Colonel, or "Super C," seemed desperate. "'You have two minutes to decide to sign the confession or be shot'," Bucher said he was told. "I spent two minutes on the floor and 1 repeated over and over...(the skipper's voice broke and he paused) I love you, Rose, I love you, Rose." His blonde wife Rose sobbed and rubbed her eyes at that point in his testimony. "At the end of the two minutes he asked me to sign," Bucher said. "I said I wouldn't. He told a guard at my side to move so when I got shot and the bullet passed through my head, he would not be hit." '"Kill the ... .!,'" Bucher said a North Korean shouted. '"The gun clicked but it didn't fire. I had fully expected to be shot. But when the slide was drawn back, presumably to insert another bullet, I did not hear any bullet hit the floor and 1 damn weil knew it was a game they were playing." Two more minutes went by, Bucher said, and "the officer said, 'He's not worth a bullet,' and told me I would be beaten to death. Two guards beat me to (Sec SKIPPER, Page 2) The Sun Invites MR. AND MRS. EUGENE C. CARLSON 706 Rosewood to the Branson Theater. This coupon good for two tickets when presented at the Branson Box Office Good Through Jan. 28. Now Showing "THE HORSE IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT 1 aptoUm OVER 50,000 READERS EVERY DAY YOUR HOME NEWSPAPER VOL 46, NO. 111 TELEPHONE NUMBER: 4224302 Friday, January 24, 1969 BAYTOWN, TEXAS, 77520 Ten Cerrts Par Copy \KPOTS Council Defers Action On Rent Plan, Poverty Panel Hatchell Contract FELIX HATCHELL Wednesday night was granted a new three- year contract by the school board as principal of Cedar Bayou Junior School. Charles Closs was granted another three- year contract as principal of Highlands Junior School. Hatchell's name was inadvertently dropped from The Sun's list of new administrators receiving contracts, causing Closs to be listed wrongly as principal at Cedar Bayou. Services Saturday FUNERAL SERVICES for First Lt. Floyd Granger, husband of the former Dawn Robins of Baytown, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eastern Heights Baptist Church in DeQuincy, La. Lt. Granger was killed earlier this month in Vietnam. The Snyder Funeral Home in DeQuincy is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Granger is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald O. Robins of Sulphur, La., formerly of Baytown. Brother Dies FUNERAL SERVICES were held in Pasadena Wednesday for Martin Lehr, brother of three Baytown residents, Mrs. Lilly Schilling, Ben Lehr and Woodrow Lehr. Attend Funeral THE W. M. RUSSELL, E. J. Trchalek and Jerry Weir families attended funeral services in Jacksonville last Tuesday for a relative fatally burned in a tractor accident. By BILL HARTMAN Two topics on the city council agenda Thursday night— one on a Fi-LA rent supplement program and one on a proposal to form a 15-man commission to coordinate all programs within the poverty program area in Baytown — were postponed for further consideration. Baytonian Frank Thieien appeared before council to go over a rent supplement plan which needs council backing before it can be initiated. Thieien explained that the rent program was not like public housing. It is coordinated through the Federal Housing Administration. Tenants gel a supplement from the government if they cannot meet the rent payments. He said it was a low-rent program that has proved successful. He pointed out one big difference between the rent supplement program and federal housing. Under the rent plan, taxes are paid. Federal housing programs make payments in lieu of taxes. Sig Osterhus, chairman of the Baylown Inter-Faith Housing Corp., also spoke out on the rent supplement plan. He said his group likes the idea and would like to learn more about the plan. The Inter-Faith group is made up of representatives of churches of all faiths and races Oslerhus said his group's purpose is to improve housing for low income families in Baytown He said the non-profit group has been performing studies on housing needs and coordinating them. He said the group mighi act as a non-profit sponsor oi new housing programs. Rev. Burnette W. Dowler appeared to ask for the formation of the coordinating commission on programs in the Baytown poverty area. He said 95 per cent of the federal money for poverty in Harris County is used in Houston. Dowler said this commission could provide information for the Harris County Community Action Association which it doesn't have. "We recognize the HCCAA and have no intentions of being in opposition to or contrary to their program." He said this commission would provide citizen support for the HCCAA here and would be able to carry out plans from that organization in the event of personnel changes by the HCCAA in Baytown. "If one of HCCAA's representatives here gets a program going, then is transferred to another area, the program would die. Our group could keep these programs going until a replacement is named." Dowler also pointed out he had an endorsement from the Baytown Human Relations Council. "We have also checked and there is no violation of law for the commission to be established," he added. Richard Timmons, senior community organizer for HC- CAA, said if there was one thing his organization needs it is more citizen support. Councilman Glen Walker asked that the proposal be postponed until the Feb. 13 meeting during which time councilmen could have time to consider the plan more fully. Councilman Ted Kloesel, a member of the HCCAA board, said the organization's efforts are new and coordination is difficult. He said he would like to study Dowler's proposal to see how it would fit in and to be sure there would be no overlapping. Seven GIs Killed As 999th 'Chopper' Falls SAIGON (AP) — The U.S. Command announced today a medical evacuation helicopter was shot down in highlands killing the central seven and I WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY and turning colder through Friday is the U.S. Weather Bureau forecast for the Baytown-IIouston area. Saturday is expected to be fair and cold. Temperature range expected, near 40 to mid-50s. AROUND bringing the war's total of choppers lost in combat to 999. The command also belatedly announced that a helicopter shot down Jan. 15 south of Da Nang killed Col. Michael M. Spark, 41, Alexandria, Va., commander of the 3rd Marine Division's 3rd Bill To Help Needy In College Proposed FLORA WILHITE, city librarian, says a tree The Sun published a picture of in front of the library is supposed to droop. It's an ornamental mulberry tree, she says, and they all "grow that way." Grover Edge, commenting on the Astros trading off Rusty Slaub, says "They don't want a winning team, they want a mediocre team." Mrs. R. X. Turner of Baytown is at the bedside of her sister, Mrs. Thelma V. Landram of Muskogee, Okla., formerly of Madill, Okla., who is seriously ill in M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Rhonda Dunn has birthday No. 11 coming up ... Mr. and Mrs. Asa Moss and son Donnie enjoy a visit by nephew Gerald Mecks of Oklahoma City. Sp. 4 Meeks has just returned from Vietnam . . . Sgt. and Mrs. Fred Rios leave soon for California where he will be stationed at Fort Ord . . . Bill Reber's Boy Scouts getting ready for their annual rugged winter campout at Camp Strake. WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal for a "civilian GI bill" to enable needy students to attend college will be introduced in the 91st Congress. Rep. Ogden R. Reid, R-N.Y., said he would draft the new legislation, which would implement a report by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. "Any qualified student ought to have the chance for a higher education, including masters and doctors degrees if he decides to pursue them," Red said in an interview. The report, released last Dec. 12, contains 22 recommendations, including a massive program of direct grants to needy students, with federal matching grants, student loans, work study programs and doctoral fellowships. Extensive aid for medical training also is included. Although the report is viewed favorably by most congressmen, the chances of formal enactment this year are almost nonexistent. A key member of the House Subcommittee on Education, Rep. Albert Quie, R-Minn., said, "1 doubt if we're going to do anything about higher education this year." In an interview before he took office, Robert Finch, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said he had talked about it with President Nixon, "but not in any depth." He said some of the reports may be forged into administration proposals. "I'm generally in favor of the emphasis on medical and dental schools," Finch said, although he added, "Probably the areas of real concern are for elementary and second schools." Reid himself said, "1 realize that the effort at the elementary level has to be improved if we are going to maximize the opportunity at the upper levels of higher education. Still, I hope the education and labor committee will act soon on higher education." (See NEEDY, Page 2) Regiment. Six others, including a Marine officer, died with him in the flaming crash. Spark was the first Marine regimental commander killed in Vietnam. The medical evacuation helicopter was downed Thursday in the central highlands 23 miles northwest of Pleiku. Three wounded Americans and four crewmen were killed. The command said it was clearly marked with red crosses. In addition to the number of helicopters lost in combat, the U.S. Command said 1,316 others have been lost since Jan. 1, 1961, due to mechanical failure, enemy barrages that caught them on the ground and other causes. Meanwhile, U.S. military analysts said from now until mid- February is a critical period in the Vietnam war because of the peace talks in Paris and the new administration in Washington. These experts do not see any imminent threat to Saigon. In stead they anticipate enemy at tacks on the three provinces along the Cambodian border northwest to northeast of the capital—Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Phuoc Long. The analysts said intelligence reports indicate the Communis command plans to increase operations in an attempt to give the negotiators from Hanoi anc the Viet Cong greater leverage in Paris and to put pressure on the Nixon administration while it is still shaking down. An enemy winter-spring offen sive has been anticipated sine last Dec. 13, but the experts said they believe the U.S. anc South Vietnamese operation that have smashed numerou bases. JANUARY THAW? Our World Today ntoM AP wnuca -t- Massive clean-up starts in central Mississippi after devastating tornado killed 29 persons, injured more than 150 and left 300 homeless. Damage was estimated in the millions. + Thousands of sobbing, wailing Czechs file past closed coffin of Jan Palach who set himself afire for the cause of freedom. Czech leaders have warned against violence at the funeral. + Moscow newspapers carry brief, identical reports of the shooting which wounded at least two persons in a motorcade carrying Russia's space heroes and Soviet political leaders. + Nixon administration easily wins first congressional test, gaining confirmation of controversial Walter ilickel as Secretary of the Interior. + Leading Senate backer of electoral reform sees little chance of Congress agreeing soon on a change in the Electoral College. + President Nixon withdraws 155 nominations, including two ambassadors, five judges and dozens of postmasters, submitted by President Johnson in last days of his administration. -+• President Nixon hopes to start sending a "significant legislative program" to Congress within several weeks. Area Unit To Combat Bay Pollution Urged Council Employs Specialist To Study Zoning Standards The city council, at the request I of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Thursday night approved the hiring of a League City invironmentaJ engineer to review the performance standards in the city's proposed zoning ordinance. JeromeK. Brasch was hired at a fee of $150 for the first 10 hours and$10 for each additional hour of study. He will review the standards governing noise, vibration, glare, smoke and parliculale matter as set forth in the proposed ordinance. No dale has been set for the commission to make its recommendation on the proposed zoning ordinance. The city council can, if it wishes, approve or reject a zoning ordinance. Or it can be submitted to a city vote. The performance standards review could be one of the final hurdles for the planning commission before the ordinance is formally presented to council. The planning commission has been meeting with councilmen for the past several weeks reviewing the proposals in informal sessions. The commission has spent two years revising a proposal that was first presented in 1965. It was prepared by a Houston engineering firm. Zoning could be a big issue in the upcoming city election. Council Thursday night okayed an ordinance setting the election for April 1. The mayor's post and three council jobs expire this year. Councilmen whose terms are up are Glen Walker, Don Hullum and Lamar Kelley. Neither Mayor Seaborn Cravey, nor the three councilmen, have announced their intentions. Councilman Albert Fanestiel has filed for mayor. Council also unanimously approved changing the name of Kentucky Street Park to Rufus Bergeron Park, in honor of the late city councilman. A formal letter will be sent to Mrs. Bergeron informing her of the dedication. Approval was given to get one appraisal of right-of-way at the intersection of Massey Tompkins and Raccoon where the Baker Road extension would tie in. Council received its audit report from the firm of Gerace and Hullum. James Gerace, who presented it, said the city's accounting "is in excellent position as is the city's financial condition." The council will meet at noon Tuesday with representatives from Chambers county to see ii they can work out a plan to provide sewer service to residents outside the city to the northeast An emergency $3,000 expense was okayed to purchase a new motor for the Baker Road water well. U.S. Steel, City Panel To Discuss CB Discharge Plan Harry Spitz, general superintendent of U. S. Steel's Texas Works, will meet with the Baytown Air and Water Conservation Board Tuesday night to discuss the steel company's plans for discharging industrial water and treated domestic sewage into Cedar Bayou. Plans Are Ready For Goose Creek Party By JOHNELLA BOYNTON Final plans were being completed Friday for an open house to be held Sunday afternoon at the Community Building commemorating the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the old City of Goose Creek. Main event of the open house, to be held from noon to 6 p.m., will be a slide show of scenes from the early boomtown days of the area as well as the latter days of the 30s and 40s and after World War II. The slide show will be presented at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m. by Al Chappell, division manager of THIS WAS GOOSE CREEK 50 YEARS AGO SCENE OF BUSTLING activity in 1919 was this am •lonf the oM Goose Creek and Dayton Railroad tracks. The handsome Model T $ are parked in front of the old Oiler Theater, which still stands at the corner of Defee and Commerce streets. As you can we, it was dose to the depot, and a little later the brand new Humble Oil Refinery would run a train into town twice a week called the "Theater Special." General Telephone Co. Chappell presented the slides at last Friday's meeting of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce and was asked to show them again at the open house. During the slide show, a 10- minute film classic, "The Face on the Bar Room Floor" will be shown starring Charlie Chaplin. Pam Phelps will play old- fashioned piano accompaniment. The Robert E. Lee choir will sing from 3:30 to 4 p.m. And the Chem-Tones, a barbershop quartet, will sing around 1 p.m. Residents of the area who have early pictures or other articles of the period are invited to bring them to the Community Building from 8 a.n. to noon Sunday so that they can be exhibited for the open house. Ken Persenaire, parks and recreation director of the City of Baytown, is handling general arrangements. Per senaire said among the items to be on exhibit will be the complete set of original minutes of the Old City of Goose Creek. Exhibitors can remove their articles from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Coffee and refreshments will be served by members of the Lum Roark Chapter of the United Daughters of the Con -- federacy and of the Baytown Genealogical Society. The women will be wearing old- fashioned costumes of the period. Goose Creek was incorporated on Jan. 28, 1919, which is next Tuesday. Sunday was selected as the date for the open house so .that more people could attend. U. S. Steel has applied to the Texas Water Quality Board for a permit to discharge the water and waste. A public hearing on the request will be held by the state board at 1 p.m., Feb. 3, in Austin. Spitz will meet with the Baytown board to discuss the application. Jack Walker is chairman of the Baytown group, which includes Councilmen Albert Fanestiel, Glen Walker and Andy Braswell. Other members are S. 0. Brady, Dave Moore, Dean King and Gene Midler. The USS application asks for a permit to discharge an average of 184,220,000 gallons per day of industrial wastewater and treated domestic sewage. This permit however, is for long-range steel company plans whereby the discharge would be from three outlets. The first two phases of the steel mill, which are the only two announced, would involve (Se« U. S. STEEL, Page 2) Historical Marker To Honor Poet Sjolander By WANDA ORTON historical marker will be dedicated in memory of Cedar Bayou poet John P. Sjolander at 3 p.m. Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. L. Scott, 6330 Sjolander Road. Sjolander, whose poems and stories were widely published in magazines, anthologies and literature texts in the U. S. and Europe, was an early settler of Cedar Bayou. He died in 1939 at age 88. His two surviving children, Mrs. Scott and Sam Y. Sjolander, will be present at the dedication ceremony arranged by the Harris County Historical Survey Committee. Dr. Richard D. Strahan, a member of the survey committee, said the historical marker has been provided by state funds. It is the responsibility of survey committees, he explained to screen proposals of various historical groups for placement of these state financed markers. I. M. (Deacon) Jones of Baytown assisted in compiling information for the marker FULL SERVICE NO SERVICE CHAPGL CIT'Z^NS NATION A: Bank & Ttust Co which gives a brief summary of Sjolander's life and pays tribute to his literary accomplishments. Sjolander for many years was unofficially known as "Dean of Texas Poets." Frank Tritico, chairman of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee, will participate in the ceremony, along with R. L. "Dick" Raycraft, representing County Judge Bill Elliott's office; Mayor Seaborn Cravey, representing the City ol Baytown; Mrs. Ed Vaught of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Mrs. E. M Black of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Robert Miller, a social science student at Lee College, wil present a short biographica sketch of Sjolander. W. J. (Bill) Strickler will be master of ceremonies. The invocation will be given by the Rev. P. Waller Henckell. A color guard will b« provided by Boy Scout Troop 183. A Lee College instrumental group, directed by David Corder, Lee College music instructor, will play a prelude and patriotic selections. Dr. Strahan, the only member of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee in East Harris County, has arranged the program. He is president of Lee College. 3-County Authority Proposed AUSTIN (AP) —Members of an interim legislative committee rying to clear up the air and water in Texas recommended Thursday a regional authority to combat pollution around lalveston Bay, an area where they say the air and water needs clearing up the most. The Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority would include three counties — Harris, Galveston and Chambers — said the committee Chairman, Sen. Criss Cole of Houston. Cole said more counties should have been included "but politics is the basic reason why they weren't." "The political powers in some of these counties seem to feel pollution is strictly a local problem and they don't want any outsiders stepping in to take over. In other cases, a big industry which is responsible for most of the pollution problems in that area will wield a great deal of political influence," Cole said. If the authority were adopted, Cole said a board of nine members would be appointed, three from each county. The authority would control water pollution and waste disposal, the committee said. It would set, under state supervision, standards for water quality and solid waste disposal and would be empowered to acquire construct and operate waste collection, treatment and disposal systems. As the state's water quality agent, the board should coordinate the water quality work of other agencies, the committee said. The committee also recommended misdemeanor legislation with fines ranging from $10 to $1,000 for air and water pollution. The misdemeanor offense would supplement existing civil penalties and provide for a greater degree of flexibility in responding to air and water pollution violations, Cole said. The committee vice chairman, Speaker Gus Mutscher, said the committee had made great strides in the past five years in combatting pollution problems. The Air Control Act and the Water Quality Acts are steps in the right direction, Mutscher said. "We have the basic laws to fight pollution," Cole said. "Now all we have to do is perfect them." Light Freeze Due Tonight A light freeze Friday night Is (he Baytown area weather forecast. Partly cloudy skies are expected through Saturday with northerly winds of 20 (o 30 miles p«r hour diminishing slowly Friday night. High Friday afternoon is expected to be in the mid 40s, and low Friday night In the low 30s. High Saturday near SO. Outlook for Sunday is partly cloudy and coot. SHOT 9:30 TO 9:00

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