Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California on March 29, 1963 · Page 1
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•Ì&M èè ** ' "r -e StR VINO ALL Of MÀRIN COUNTY VOL. 102 to< PER COPY SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY. MARCH 29, 1963 PHONE: 4S4-3020 No. 6 San Rafael Youth After Explosion Dies MUD SLIDE—A bulldozer was being used today to clear mud away from an unoccupied duplex apartment where a slide piled dirt up to the MORE y/ET STUFF DUE eaves yesterday. Mud oozed through windows of the apartment in the 300 block of Olema Road, just west of Fairfax. (Independent-Journal photo) Rain Slacks Off A Little, But Mud Slides Start In Mud slides began in Marin County yesterday as a three- day rain storm, which slacked off to spring showers today, began to take its toll. The forecast was for showers through tomorrow with the chance of rain 60 per cent. Snow was predicted for the northern Sierra with cloudy weather in the south. Several large boulders fell from the northern slope of Puerto Suello Hill onto the Lincoln Avenue exit from Highway 101 in San Rafael at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Traffic had to be routed around the boulders by the California Highway Patrol. A slide piled dirt up to the eaves of a duplex in the 300 block of Olema Road, just west of the Fairfax city limits. County Building Inspector Otto Meyer said mud began oozing through the windows of the unoccupied building. One side of the apartment, according to Meyer, showed signs of deflection so the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was contacted to turn off the gas to prevent fire. The apartment, owned by developer Bowman Pollock, was vacated three days ago when the tenants moved out. Joe Gallow was the contractor and Avella and Kircher took care of the excavation. For dairymen in the county “the rain is certainly beneficial,” according to county agricultural commissioner Richard Straw. He said, “I would like to see it quit for a while and come; back in a few weeks but it is certainly helping to lengthen the moisture content of the See WEATHER, page 4 COMIC DICTIONARY BORE A person whose conversation it is hard to listen to but easy to yawn at. College Science Head Wilson Plans To Retire Want To Return From Your Vacation Happy— And Paid For? START SAVINS NOW JOIN ROSS VALLEY'S VACATION CLUB $2 to $20 weekly earns 4.8% interest Phone 454*8432 for Save*by*mail kit ROSS VALLEY - SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION San Anselmo Resignation of Dr. Paul T. Wilson, head of the life sciences department of the College of Marin, effective June 30, was accepted with “extreme regret” last night by the Marin Junior College District board. Wilson, who has taught at the college since the fall of 1932, said he will be 65 years old on May 26 and wishes to retire. Trustee Robert E. Rogers said, ‘ We are losing a very fine member of our staff.” “The college won’t be the same without you,” said board President Elizabeth M. Deedy. Wilson joined the college faculty after receiving his Ph. D. degree at University of California in Berkeley. He previously taught zoology for two years at Berkeley. During his years at College of Marin, he taught physiology, anatomy, geology, geography, health education and photography besides zoology, his main field. He became head of the department of life sciences in 1946. He is a member of numerous scientific and educational organizations. He was a strong backer of the Point Reyes National Seashore project. He was born on a farm near Yakima, Wash., and received his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College at Walla Walla, Wash. In World War I he served in France in the veterinary corps. His wife, Elsie, teaches science at Katharine Branson School in Ross. MIGs Fire On U.S. Ship - In Error' WASHINGTON UP )—'The Cuban government has told the United States its MIG jets “probably fired in er- orM at the U.S. ship Floridian, and the Cuban government had “no intention” of shooting at the American ship, the State Department announced today. Press officer Lincoln White disclosed receipt of two messages from the Castro regime in which the Cubans contended their forces were out looking for a “suspect boat.” U.S. DEMAND The United States promptly sent Havana a demand for “a full explanation of this matter.” White declined to describe the U.S. note as a protest. In Miami the captain of the Floridian said today two Soviet-built MIGs fired shots across the bow and stern of his vessel yesterday 20 miles off the coast of Cuba and he flashed an immediate distress call to the Coast Guard in Miami. U.S. Navy jets from Key West, Fla., did not reach the scene of the incident until 55 minutes later, the second engineer, Norman Teeples, of Dania, Fla., reported. CIRCLE SHIP “The planes appeared and circled the ship for about 20 minutes,” Capt. Curtis Olson told a news conference aboard the ship shortly after the Floridian reached here under escort of U. S. fighter planes. After the first firing pass by the hostile jets, Olson said, his reaction was: “This couldn’t be happening to us.” It was the second incident of its kind reported in a month. Two MIGs with Cuban markings fired at a U.S. shrimp boat 60 miles off the Cuban coast last month. The Floridian was traveling at 15.4 knots when the planes approached and stepped its See SHOOT, page 4 PAUL E. WILSON On faculty since 1932 WHERE TO FIND IT Almanac ................. 21 Bridge...................................21 Comics ....................................21 Crossword Puzzle ..............21 Editorial Page .....................20 How to Keep Well 23 Income Tax Facts................6 Marin Calendar .................35 Marin Dining.........................6 Marin Women 17, 18, 19 Parent’s Corner...................18 Radio and TV Log ............35 Sports .....................13, 14, 15 Stocks Today.........................4 Theaters ........................... 2 Tide Chart ...........................21 Vital Statistics .......................4 World News In Brief 2 DAVID H. CHUCHE Victim of explosion WATER CONSUMERS LARKSPUR, CORTE MADERA and ALTO Due to inclement weather, the water main flushing program in Larkspur, Corte Madera and Alto has been rescheduled between the hours of 8:00 P.M., Friday, March 29, and 5:00 A.M., March 30, 1963. It is possible that you will be without water service or that the water quality will be impaired during portions of these periods. Therefore, it is requested that you draw sufficient water for your needs prior to these times. We regret any inconvenience which may be caused, but this is an essential part of our purification program. MARIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT Dipsea Race Gets Sponsor In Mill Valley The Mill Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce has received verbal sanction to sponsor this year’s Dipsea race, Richard H. Sloan, chairman of the Dipsea Race Committee, said today. This will bring the race back to Marin, Sloan said. It has been sponsored for about the last seven years by the South of Market Boys in San Francisco. The club last year expressed a wish to end sponsorship, Sloan reported. This year’s running is to be Sunday, Aug. 25. It is the 53rd, said Sloan. Honor Student At College In Pomona David Howard Chuche, 19, former San Rafael High School student body president and an honor student at Claremont College in Pomona, died today of injuries suffered in an explosion that blew up a Pomona motel room Wednesday night. The blast, blamed by police to an open gas jet plus a lighted match, blew Chuche through the door of the room, wrecked that room and caved in five adjoining. Seven persons were injured by flying debris, but none seriously enough to require hospitalization. Young Chuche, who suffered second and third degree burns over 80 per cent of his body, was able to give police only a brief statement after the explosion. He died at 7:38 a.m. today in Pomona Valley Community Hospital. The tragedy gave Pomona authorities a puzzle. HAD SCHOLARSHIP Chuche entered Claremont College last September on a scholarship—one of several scholarships he was offered prior to his graduation from San Rafael High last June. He made B-plus grades the first semester at Claremont. He had planned to study to become a lawyer, with politics in mind as a career. A few days ago, however, he reportedly told his parents he planned to quit school and take a job. NOT IN DORM On Tuesday night, he did not stay in his dormitory room. College officials asked Pomona police to put out a missing persons report, saying he was believed to be despondent over imagined failure in a school test. He was not located until the explosion Wednesday night. Then police learned he had rented a room Tuesday afternoon at the motel, saying he would be there about a week. About 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, Patrick J. Grabowski, the motel manager, was putting linen in a closet near Chuche’s room when an explosion rocked the place, he told police. The front door blew off the young student’s room. Chuche was hurled through it, his hair on fire. TORE OFF SHIRT Grabowski tore off his shirt and used it to smother the flames from Chuche’s head, then carried the youth to an undamaged motel room. A flash fire, quickly extinguished, followed the blast. Pomona police said the gas line to a wall heater had been disconnected and gas was escaping. They said Chuche told them he had turned on the gas heater, waited a few minutes, and as nothing happened, struck a match. He said the explosion was accidental and he had not meant to hurt anyone. Young Chuche was born in San Rafael and attended Coleman School, Davidson Junior High and San Rafael High School. He was among the most popular students at the high school, as well as a leading scholar. He was sophomore class president, student body vice president in his junior year, and student body president in the first semester of See STUDENT, page 4 Direct Line Asked By U.S. Again GENEVA UP> — The United States pressed the Soviet Union today for the establishment of a direct permanent communications link between the leaders of the two powers to avoid the risk of war by accident or miscalculation. U.S. Ambassador Charles C. Stelle told the 17-nation disarmament talks the Cuban crisis demonstrated the need for improved continuous and reliable communications between the leaders of the two major military powers, the United States and the Soviet Union. He said the U.S. government “is prepared to act quickly” in setting up a permanent line which could be used both for teletype and voice communications. He said the American end of the line would be in the National Command Center which maintains continuing contact with the president and his principal assistants. Soviet negotiator Semyon K. Tsarapkin has refused so far to enter into detailed negotiations on the American proposals. RAINFALL Total to date .................. 40 03 This date last year.......... 36 91 Average to date.............. 32.43 Daily ................................... .38 TEMPERATURES San Rafael noon today . 56 Yesterday’s high 61, low. 50 Motel SURVEYS DAMAGE — Patrick Grabowsky, manager of Pala Motel in Pomona, examines door which was blown off hinges by blast which took the life of David Howard Chuche of San Rafael, a Claremont College student. The explosion, which also injured seven other persons, was blamed to escaping gas plus a lighted match. (AP Wirephoto) Marin wood Up In Air Over Fire Chief Again By ALTON S. BOCK Marinwood may soon again be without a fire chief. Marinwood Community Services District fire commissioners last night unanimously approved a “recommendation for dismissal” of Fire Chief John G. Unsworth. It was the second time in 15 months that Marinwood has been beset with what the commission calls personnel problems involving the fire chief. A stormy battle which split the community climaxed Jan. 18, 1962, when Fire Chief Donald G. Ray threw down his badge at a Marinwood Community Services District board meeting after he was threatened with a pay reduction and probation for alleged insubordination. James McElhattan, fire commission chairman, said today only that the recommended firing of Unsworth was based on a “memorandum of record” which will be presented to the CSD board Monday at 8 p.m. in Mary E. Silveira School. He said reasons for the dismissal will be presented at the meeting. Unsworth was present when the vote was taken at last night's commission meeting, held after a closed session in which the commission and the chief discussed “personnel problems.” The fire commission met just prior to a scheduled CSD board meeting, but three CSD board members failed to show up and the meeting was post* poned until Monday because of lack of a quorum. CSD board Chairman Howard Council said, “1 really have no comment on the cituation until I find out what the problem really is, as it is presented to us Monday.” Council admitted he had known of difficulties involving Unsworth’s administration of the fire department, but had been given no specific informa, tion. Difficulties have supposedly existed between the chief and the two paid firemen, Joseph D. Medley and James W. Cam. See CHIEF, page 4 WEATHER FORECAST Bay Area: Variable cloudiness tomorrow with occasional rain. Sierra Nevada: Occasional snow northern and central ranges tomorrow. 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