Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on October 16, 1963 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, October 16, 1963
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2 Galesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, III. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1963 Fire Probers at Monmouth Brace for New Breakout By ROBERT LeMAY MONMOUTH - Monm o u t h eity officials are convinced that thd arsonist who caused three major fires ihere Monday night intends to strike again tonight They based their assumption ©n the fact that the man, identified as the same individual by three persons he has called, has not lied about his inten tions in the past, and that he has been proven correct in his previous statements. In a press conference at noon today, Mayor Allan Walters said the man's grudge is definitely against the Western Stoneware Co., and that the man was connected with the fires Monday. Law enforcers who will be on duty tonight include 10 regular policemen, 30 auxiliary policemen, sheriff's deputies and state troopers. Clears Way for Guards Joseph E. Ragen, stale director of public safety, has been called, and he told Mayor Walters that Gov. Otto Kerher has been apprised of the situation. This action clears the way for a quick mobilization of the Illinois National Guard if extra help is needed. Mayor Walters began the press conferences today after he ordered all city officials to refer information seekers to his office. State officials, headed by Walter Parlier, deputy state fire marshal, agreed to accept this flow of news. (State Fire Marshal William J. Cowhey was in Monmouth yesterday, but only for about an hour.) Reasons given for this move were to free other officials for attending to their primary mission of preventing further fires and catching the arsonist, and to prevent misinterpretation of information. The conferences will be held every day at noon and 6 p.m. until the matter is settled, Mayor Walters said, and a conference will be; held at midnight if anything happens. The phone calls on which the city bases its assumption that the arsonist will strike again tonight were made to three individuals. Reports Phone Call Earlier this morning, the mayor's wife told the Galesburg Register-Mail that she did receive a call from a man Tuesday about 7:30 p.m. threatening new fires tonight. Mrs. Walters said the man told her, "There will be no fires tonight (Tuesday). But I've said this before, and I mean it now. If the pottery (Western Stoneware Co.) isn't closed tomorrow, then there will be four fires tomorrow night." There were no fires in Monmouth Tuesday night, as the man said, and the town prepared to meet the new threats. Voice Compared Mrs. Walters said she knew what was coming flic minule the unidentified caller said, "Is this the mayor's home?" She said her husband had described the voice to her from calls made to Marshall Romine at Western Stoneware, and the description matched the caller's voice perfectly. "It was a horrible feeling to know this man was on the other end of the line," she said. Mrs. Walters was home with her three children, 10, 7 and 14 months. Attempting to draw more information from him, she quizzed him on his grudge against the pottery plant, but he only repeated his previous statement and hung up. Speaks Slowly Mrs. Walters said the man spoke very slowly and quietly, and sounded very well-mannered. "He did not sound at all excited," she reported. Romine said this morning that the way Mrs. Walters described the man's voice matched that of the man who made the two calls he has received. These calls last month told of a bomb threat to the plant, and scorching of a house and garage of two plant superintendents. Work at the plant continued throughout the night, Romine commented, because no definite word of the call to the mayor's wife was received until morning. But the first shift went to work as usual today, he said. Employ 200 standing guard. Others roamed the city. City officials estimated approximately 200 townspeople volunteered to stand guard at various points during the night. At the Colonial Nursing Horne, men with guns poked out of car windows sat on each corner. Turning down a side road just south of the Burlington tracks next to the destroyed Fullerton Lumber Co., headlights picked out three men standing with ax handles. Lurk in Shadows Driving past Immaculate Conception School, two Monmouth College students were noted lurking in the shadows. Three young men sitting in the back of a truck kept an eye on the area a block east of Main Street and south of Broadway Street. This was the story throughout this city, haunted by the fact Approximately 200 employes work at the plant, and Romine said bowing to this maniac would jeopardize all the workers' livelihoods. He plans to proceed with normal operations, but admitted the guards there have been increased a bit. Guards have been stationed at the plant since the bomb threat Sept. 16. The police chief's wife also was reported to have talked with the mysterious caller by telephone Tuesday. This morning, Mrs. Romano said she was not at liberty to divulge any information. Western Stoneware has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the man. The Monmouth City Council, Tuesday, authorized the mayor to add another $200 to the sum, making the reward now offered $700. Lights Increased To a casual driver going through the city Tuesday night, nothing out of the ordinary would have been noticed, except for an unusual number of lights burning. ' But on side streets, in cars and alleys, men armed with rifles, shotguns, ax handles, baseball bats and other weapons were keeping a close eye on everyone and every movement. At the Monmouth Hospital, state troopers sent into the area specially for the alert were 1 USE YOUR CCA! GIRLS' NYLON PANTS Full Famhloned for perrect fltt Anderson Tells Cosmos Nursing Home Needs Ralph Anderson, chairman of the Knox County Nursing Home corrtrhitlee of the Board of Supervisors, told Cosmopolitan Club members Monday the background behind the move to get a new home in the county. He told the club members that the present home must be closed within a few years, according to the Illinois Department of Registration. "It costs $180 per month for each patient now in the home to operate the institution," he said. But this cost would be reduced by a new home because of more efficient operations, he commented. A citizens committee and the nursing home committee have spent several months working on the project, and the Board of Supervisors will probably be asked to put the $1.8 million bond issue up for a referendum next April. Club members were told that the sale of "trick or treat" candy will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stein Sporting Goods store. that the arsonist that caused the three fires Monday night was still loose. The thought of Richard Merillat going for coffee only to return to find his Monmouth Metal Culvert Co. in flames kept all of them at their posts. Appear on Edge At the fire station, an unusual number of firemen stayed close to the engines. Many of them were without many hours of sleep since the Monday night fires, and they were too much on edge to sleep. As the nighttime vigils grew longer, the men grew tenser. This morning city officials reminded everyone that they wanted the man, or men, responsible for the fires alive. One young man, whose car ran out of gas, was seen striding bravely along U.S. 34 on the eastern edge of town with a can of fuel. Passersby commented that he would probably be watched for a month. Call Off Events Most social events in the city were called off, and one .style show was postponed for lack of a stage. The Parents' Club of Immaculate Conception School had planned a style show. But the Fullerton fire destroyed the stage that was being built there. The show will now be held Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Damage caused by the fires was listed at $150,000 for the Fullerton firm, $75,000 for Monmouth lumber and $30,000 for the culvert works. The first one broke out at 10:54 p.m. at the Monmouth Lumber Co., the second lumber yard was discovered on fire one hour later, and the culvert plant was found burning at 2 a.m. Twelve communities sent units to the city to battle the blazes, which officials say were definitely the work of an arsonist. Two Defendants Appear in County Court A plea of guilty to a charge of reckless driving was entered this morning, in Knox County Court by Joe M. Redington, 45, of 555 W. South St. Following the plea, Judge Daniel J. Roberts assessed a fine of $300, plus costs, against the defendant. The plea came on a new charge filed today after an earlier charge of driving while intoxicated was dismissed. Redington previously pleaded not guilty to the DWI count, which was entered on the records last April 8. Also this morning, Daryl BoQ- ton, 26, of Dunlap Route 1, pleaded guilty to a deception count involving a $15 check. His request for probation was granted on recommendation by Sheriff Max E. Jones. The judge then placed him on probation to the sheriff for one year and ordered him to pay costs of the case. Bouton had made restitution for the check, according to the court information. Sizes: 7-8, 10, 12.14 Colors- Blue, Red, Black, Cranberry, Navy. Because they're styled and made by Danskin, famous for ballet tights, you know these carefully knit stretch pants will fit beautifully! Durable, will not shrink, sag or wrinkle. Stay in place without stirrup straps. Indoor-outdoor weight. Wash and drip dry. CHIIDREN'S — O.T.'s — SECOND FLOOR NLRB Hearing Is Conducted At Courthouse A hearing, started Tuesday by a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer, still was in progress at noon today at the Knox County Courthouse. Purpose of the hearing, it was indicated, was to determine the eligibility list in a vote by office employes of Midwest Manufacturing Corp., on the question of affiliation with the local unit of the Office Employes International Union. Alter NLRB rules on the question of which employes are eligible to vote on union affiliation, a date for balloting on the question will be set. Birth Record Born at Cottage Hospital to: Mr. and Mrs. Gale E. Lindeen, 1951 McMaster Ave., a boy Tuesday at 10:14 p. m. Mr. and Mrs. David Shreeves, Knoxville, a girl today at 8:19 a. m. Born at St. Mary's Hospital to: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Young, 241 S. Academy St., a boy Tuesday at 9:28 p. m. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hulin, 101 Phoenix, Normal, 111., are the parents of a daughter, LuAnn Sue, born Monday. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hulin, Williamsfield, and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sherman of Victoria. FFA Joins in Tuberculosis Seal Sale Knox County Tuberculosis Association officials joined forces with Future Farmers of America Tuesday night to map plans for the 1963 Christmas Seal campaign. Paul Newcomer, campaign chairman, said association members have decided on Nov. 15 as a kick-off date for the campaign. In an address to 40 persons present, Kent Slater of Augusta state'president of the FFA, explained how his organization can participate in the campaign by assisting in tuberculin testing programs in schools, chest X-rays and distributing posters and health materials. Slater was recently named honorary chairman of the 1963 Illinois Christmas Seal campaign. Attending with Slater were FFA and Future Homemakers of America members and instructors from ROVA, Abingdon, Williamsfield, Yates City and Knoxville. Members voted to give $500 to the Illinois Tuberculosis Grant-in Aid Fund and $1,600 for medical research funds to be used in Illinois. George Weberling, Springfield, Christmas Seal campaign director for the state TB association, spoke on "Habit or Need." He said that the use of these seals has become a tradition through the years and their sale is "even more necessary today in order to find obscure cases among indigent alcoholics." Mrs. R. A. Cheesman, executive secretary, reported on -the association's exhibit on health at the Western Division Teachers Institute last week. Refreshments were served by Miss Louis Shawver and Mrs. Corinne Anderson. DISCUSS CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN— Knox County Tuberculosis Association officials met Tuesday night with Future Farmers of America representatives to prepare plans for the Nov. 15 Christmas Seal Campaign. Included were (I. to r.) W. M. Work, president of the Knox County TB Association; Paul Newcomer of Knoxville, campaign chairman; Larry Morris, vice president of the Ab* ingdon FFA; Kent Slater, state FFA president and honorary chairman of the 1963 Christmas Seal campaign, and George Weberling of Springfield, state campaign director for Christmas Seals. Burlington Bets On Sunshine for Gold Locomotive The Burlington Railroad will paint one of its two remaining steam locomotives gold and use it to pull a 50th anniversary excursion train out of Casper, Wyo., next Sunday. The Burlington first entered Casper Oct. 20, 19i3. If the sun shines, it should make quite a sight, a railroad official said. If, on the other hand, it rains, the result will be less spectacular—water-based paint was used to paint the locomotive so that it could easily be restored to its natural black after the excursion. State Seeks Rehearing on Prevailing Wage Ruling SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP)-Atty. Gen. William G. Clark Is attacking a Supreme Court ruling on prevailing wages, saying it allows cities to compete unfairly with private employment on public works. In a petition on file with the court today, Clark is asking for a rehearing of the September ruling which softened enforcement of the act requiring local governments to pay the prevailing wage. The ruling declared unconstitutional a 1961 amendment giving the state power to deny motor fuel tax funds to local governments which failed to pay the same rate of pay as private contractors for the same type of work. Not Equal Protection The Supreme Court said the amendment violated the Consti­ tution clause of equal protection. It said the local governments with full-time employes and contractors with hourly rate employes, by their natures, cannot give workers the same economic benefits. The court said city employes received fringe benefits which enabled them to do as well or better than hourly rate employes "in the long run." "But the court overlooks the (Continued on page 37) UNCLE HARRY SAYS Hitting the ceiling is not the way to get up in the world. GO WEST BUY AN ELECTRIC DRYER from Illinois Power will gjye you a G. E. Electric Blanket Offer limited to IPC electric customers LIMITED TIME-ACT NOWl The Weather Kay to Pag« 1 WMtlttr Strip* Brown—Storm Yallow-Fatf R«d-Warin Bin*—Cold NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy, continued warm with widely scattered showers or thundershowers tonight and Thursday. Low tonight 58-63, high Thursday 78-85. IOWA: Considerable cloudiness through Thursday with scattered showers and thundershowers. Not much temperature change tonight and- Thursday. Lows tonight hear 50 northwest to 60 southeast. Highs Thursday 70s northwest to lower 80s southeast. CHICAGO AND VICINITY: Partly cloudy tonight, chance of a few thundershowers, low around 60. Partly cloudy, continued warm Thursday, chance of a few showers. High in lower 80s. South to southeast winds 8-15 m.p.h. through Thursday, fair, mild Friday. GALESBURG AND VICINITY: Partly cloudy, continued warm 1 with widely scattered showers or thundershowers tonight and Thursday. Low tonight 58-63. Illinois 5-Day Extended Forecast NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Temperatures will average at least 10 degrees above normal through Monday. The normal high is 60-67, the normal low 39-45. Continued warm with little day-to-day change. Very little precipitation with none at some localities. Scattered showers Thursday. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 77; morning's low, 65. Sky mostly cloudy, wind out of the south. (Tuesday's maximum, 87; midnight, 72.) Sun rose today at 7:11 a. m., sets at 6:20 p. m. Humidity, 60%. RIVER STAGES St. Louis—1.4 fall 0.1. Beardstown—9.7 no change. Havana—5.6 no change. Peoria—11.5 rise 0.1. LaSallie—10.3 fall 0.4. Keokuk—2.6 rise P.5. Dubuque—6.8 no change. Davenport—3.1 rise 0.1. Burlington—7.0 no change. Close Forest Areas Both hunting and picnic areas at the Henderson State Forest will be closed until further notice due to the high fire haz- zard, it was announced today by caretaker Harold Henshaw. Fire Power Show at High School A two-day fire power show to be presented by Jerry Mayer, St. Paul fire protection engineer, will begin Thursday at Galesburg High School at 8:55 a. m. Mayer, a specialist in demonstrations of causes and control of fires and explosions, will present a number of unusual demonstrations on control of fires, explosions in industrial properties, institutions, mercantile establishments, farms and homes. Sponsoring the program is the Galesburg Fire Department, assisted by the Knox County Safety Council. Following the morning session tomorrow, Mayer will present a show to parochial students at the Galesburg High School at 12:45 p. m. A technical session for fire department personnel and industrial employes will be held at the school at 7:30 p. m. For junior high school students, Mayer will appear at Lombard Friday at 8:30 a. m. and Churchill at 1:45 p. m. An evening session for parents will be held at Churchill at 8. All sessions are free, but tickets are required for the technical session at the high school. The show has been financed by 18 firms and agencies in Galesburg. Registration Of Voters Is Aim of Demos Addressing a gathering of 170 Monday evening at a potluck dinner at the Elks Club, Edward L. Kennedy, chairman of the Knox County Democratic Central Committee, said that an immediate start would be made on voter registration in preparation for the 1964 elections. Kennedy also reiterated the duties and obligations of committeemen in their respective precincts. _ Also speaking before the gathering was Dan Teefey of Mount Sterling, Democratic state representative for the 50th District. Teefey reviewed legislation passed by the last session of the Illinois General Assembly and discussed its importance in the coming political campaign. The program following the dinner included an impersonation by Miss Alberta Faucon of Maquon and accordion selections by Mrs. Mary Jane Peterson of Knoxville. Table decorations were in the Halloween motif. Attending the dinner were committeemen and committeewomen in the city and county precincts, along with state em­ ployes. DRS. CROWELL and REED 612 Bondi Building Office Now Open also on WEDNESDAY 2 to 5 P.M. -4 (f3ernhard .Alt C^ardi mann touches off a spark of character and beauty impossible to define, but we hope that exhilarating spark will not retard your visit to our very exceptional Ladies Shop. BONDI BLDG. r

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