Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on October 17, 1963 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, October 17, 1963
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Galesbur Thursday. Oct-. 17. 1963 in Monmouth as Vigil Arson Investigation Continues By ROBERT LeMAY State police will pull out of Monmouth and the city will attempt to go back to normal operations and wait to see what happens. Wednesday night was quiet despite threats that there would be more mysterious fires. Mayor Allan Walters called his last press conference this noon. Although state police arc the state pulling out, the state police crime bureau, headed by John Newbold, will remain in Monmouth to help investigations of Monday n i g h t's three major fires, in which arson is suspected. Fire Chief Dale Moore said there was still no direct evidence of arson, although the appearances of the fires Monday night still hint strongly of arson. However, he said, that even with an accidental fire the spread of the flames would be rapid, in an area such as the lumberyard, because the materials are stacked for a natural draft. These stacks are not meant to resist fire and dust near the ceilings would also help cause a rapid spread of i move, fire. m ,>IHI"N Composite Sketch Of Suspect tion one way or another, Mayor Walters said he knew of fio such Rain and some 100 armed guards at various key sites were enough to dampen any arsonist's ardor to fulfill a threat to ignite' four more fires in Monmouth Wednesday night. A lead came yesterday from Santa Monica, Calif., where Theodore Allen, who attended Monmouth College, and is the son of a former congressman, recalled that on a Monmouth visit June 9 as he was taking pictures at the Public Square, a man came out of the YMCA Building. This man told Allen it was a good thing to take pictures now, because Monmouth "would be in all the papers because something was going to happen in a few months." Allen dismissed the incident as the statement of a crackpot, although the man's face did make an impression. When Allen read of the fires here, he contacted Santa Monica police who sent an artist to draw a Picture Transmitted United Press International transmitted a facsimile of the sketch by wire to the Galesburg Register-Mail, where prints were made for state police working on the case and Galesburg police. Mayor Walters said many people were convinced the man depicted in the picture was now in the Galesburg State Research Hospital and had been there some time. A check this morn- hind schedule because of the swarm of news media seeking information from them. However, he also said he was interested in seeking a state office at some lime. The mayor said he was not actively seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, but also said he couldn't say he was not interested in it. At the 6 p.m. conference, he said it was surmised the three fires Monday night were started on the roofs and that a timing device could have been used, but he did not attribute this to any of the investigators. At the midnight meeting, he admitted no cause of the blazes had been discovered, nor had any timing device been found. Fire Chief Dale Moore said Tuesday, before the city officials were told by the mayor not to talk, that if a timing device were used, it would probably be found in the ruins. Three persons thus far have taken polygraph tests, the mayor said, but all have proven negative. John Newbold, head of the state police crime section, said three persons were under investigation. He said their histories warranted the action. All 16 persons employed by the three firms burned out in Monday's blazes are now working. At the Monmouth lumber firm, seven are working, but no definite plans for rebuilding have yet been formed. At Fullerton six employes are working to clean up the debris. This firm will definitely rebuild, according to Norman Gerber, manager. Richard Merillat has his three men working on cleaning up the damaged property, and hopes to be in full swing in a short time. Merillat received good news Wednesday when he found his fire insurance had not lapsed as he had earlier feared. The premium had fallen due Oct. 1, but he neglected to pay it. His insurance agent, Robert C. Berry of Galesburg, told him there was a grace period, and a claims manager from Springfield was scheduled to be in Monmouth this afternoon to settle Merillat/s claim. Merillat had estimated damage Tuesday at $28,000-$30,000. Called Mayor's Wife Tuesday night thought responsible the for said composite picture. Although the mayor Wednesday night that many townspeople and some authorities felt the composite sketch was that of the man in Galesburg State Research Hospital, he said today at noon that present information shows no connection between the man Allen saw and the man in the state hospital. When quizzed as to whether there were any plans to get a picture of the hospitalized man and fly it to Allen in Santa Monica for positive identifica- ing showed the man checked out of the YMCA and into Monmouth Hospital June 16. He was dismissed there June 19 and was immediately taken to Research Hospital in Galesburg. Patient Not Reported Absent Dr. Thomas Tourlentes, superintendent at Galesburg State Research Hospital, said today that every record showed the patient was in his ward at the time of the fires. Wards are not open at night, and when a bed check shows a patient missing, the absence is reported, Tour­ lentes said. The patient in question was never reported absent. Mayor Quizzed on Politics At a press conference Wednesday at 6 p.m. and again at midnight, Mayor Walters was asked if he was handling all news announcements himself to further his political ambitions. The mayor earlier had issued orders that other officials were not to make statements concerning the investigation. He said he had taken the job to free other officials to work on the case, stating that the investigations were 24 hours be- was .v.-.w SOUTHERN ST At Selection Solitaires W • + f 4 ANGEL'S WINO $500 001: • + * Bomb Threat Regarded as Crank Call Galesburg authorities today were inclined to dismiss a threat to blow up four local gas stations Wednesday night as the work of a crackpot. "Someone cashing In on the Monmouth publicity," said Police Chief William Miller. 'This is something you almost might expect." His reference was to the rash of major fires in Monmouth this week, believed to be the work of an arsonist. Shortly before 9 o'clock last night the Intra State Telephone Co. switchboard received a call from an unidentified man who reported to have said: Operator, I'm in Galesburg tonight. I'm going to blow up four gas stations, and I want you to notify the police. Did you hear me?" Then he repeated the statement. The operator notified her supervisor, and as she started to plug into the call, the caller hung up the phone. A tracer was placed on the call, which was found to have come from the booth on Main Street, near the Public Square. Police were notified and one squad car was at the southwest corner of the Square within a few seconds, police reported, but they failed to find anyone. A space of three or four minutes was said to have elapsed between the time the call was placed and its source was traced and given to the police. The operator said that the caller's voice sounded like an older voice, possibly middle- aged. She related that the caller did not sound excited or drunk. man the three fires Monday night called Mayor Allan Walters' wife and said four more fires would be set Wednesday night if the Western Stoneware Co. did not shut down. Marshall Romine, the pottery plant's superintendent, kept the operations going in defiance of the threat. City officials, convinced the arsonist would strike Wednesday night, renewed their vigilance efforts. Mayor Walters said at his first press conference Wednesday noon: "What else can I expect? He has never lied to us before. Everytime he has issued a threat he has fulfilled his promise." The mayor was referring to two previous occurrences at the stoneware firm. On Sept. 9 a fire, possibly caused by an arsonist, was investigated. The roof of one building was burned. The following day when men came to repair the roof, they found the plastic material used to cover the burned area as a temporary measure had also been burned, but damage was slight. Homes Scorched Later that week Romine received his first call. The man said the pottery plant would be (Continued on page 27) Bids Slated On Work for Interstate Bids on two highway projects north of Galesburg will be opened by the state Division of Highways Nov. 1 in Springfield, it was announced today. Up for bidding are two structures on the proposed U.S. 34 bypass and Interstate 74. These are among more than $30 million worth of highway work in the state scheduled for the eighth and last bidding session of the season, it was announced by Francis P. Lorenz, director of the state Department of Public Works and Buildings. One of the Knox County projects is for an interchange at the intersection of the U.S. 34 bypass and Interstate 74, approximately a mile northeast of Galesburg. Two parallel grade separation structures will carry the bypass over Interstate 74. The other project is construction of a grade separation (Continued on page 27) » The Weather K«T to Paff* l W«ath«i Strip* Brown—B torn Yellow-Fair fUd— Warm Blna—Cold NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy, continued warm and humid, with scattered showers or thundershowers likely tonight and Friday. Lows tonight 58-63, higns Friday 78-85. IOWA: Mostly cloudy tonight and Friday with widely scattered showers and thundershowers tonight and mostly in south portion Friday. A little warmer in northwest Friday. Low tonight 50-55, high Friday 65-70. r CHICAGO AND VICINITY: Cloudy and mild tonight, chance of some showers. Lows around 60. Cloudy, chance of showers or thundershowers Friday. Not much change in temperatures. Highs ! around 80. Probably fair Saturday, not much change in temperatures. GALESBURG AND VICINITY: Partly cloudy, continued warm and humid with scattered showers or thundershowers likely tonight and Friday. Lows tonight 58-63, highs Friday 78-85. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 67; morning's low, 59. Sky cloudy, wind calm. (Wednesday's maximum, 80; midnight, 63.) Sun rose today at 7:12 a. m.. sets at 6:19 p. m. Humidity, 90%. RIVER STAGES St. Louis—1.2 rise 0.2. Beardstown—9.8 rise 0.1. Havana—Missing. Peoria—11.6 rise 0.1. LaSalle—10.3 no change. Keokuk—2.2 fall 0.4. Dubuque—6.8 no change. Davenport—3.1 no change. Burlington—7.1 rise 0.1. LINE TO BE BROKEN—Arrow points to sec- can be connected at a lower level, due to new tion of present water pipeline between highway construction. Also shown is the Oquawka and Galesburg which is to be brok- slough constructed to carry away the water, en Wednesday morning. The break, just west Across the top of the slough is a portion of of 17. S. 34 in the Miner Hill vicinity, will be a by-pass line for use if necessary during made to drain the line so new section of pipe the changeover operations. Pipe lin e Breaks in water transmission lines normally come without warning and are unwelcome, but there will be a scheduled break Wednesday about 4 a. m., weather and other conditions permitting, in the pipeline carrying water from the Mississippi River at Oquawka to Galesburg. Clark Palmer, Galesburg water superintendent, related that the break is necessary in order to drain an area of the present 36-inch pipeline to permit connecting a new section of about 550 feet. The present line passes under U.S. 34, just beyond the Triangle in the Miner Hill vicinity on the Galesburg- Monmouth road. Relocation of U.S. 34 necessitates taking the pipeline to a greater depth. There will be no shortage of UnitedFund G reak Scheduled water in Galesburg, Palmer said, and the work will be paid for by federal and state funds in connection with the highway improvement. Provision has been made for protection of Galesburg's water supply during the changeover operations. All reservoirs will be completely filled and pumps at the city's wells will operate, Palmer stated. Also, a 16-inch by-pass line has been installed for use in the event the switch is not completed within the anticipated time. The closest valves to the construction area are about Vk miles east and five miles west. These will be closed and a clamshell bucket will be used to break into the present 36-inch line, just west of the existing highway, will A man-made slough the water al IsL ng Way Off Cook County Sheriff Tells Need for Downstate Support Republican Cook County Sheriff Richard Ogilvie brought to Knox County Wednesday a plea for downstate support in molding a new look for the GOP in Democratic Cook County. Downstaters tend to look at Chicago's West Side Bloc as representative of the Republi- With one week remaining in the official campaign, $68,700 or almost 38 per cent of the $182,300 goal has been raised in the Knox County United Fund-Red Cross Appeal. Wednesday's report meeting was held at the Custer Inn with the Lions Club. The total than can Party in Cook County, he told some 50 Knox County Republican leaders at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn, and this isn't so. Ogilvie described efforts of new Republican leadership to quarantine the West Side Bloc by withholding patronage jobs and bringing real Republicans on the scene. The West Side Bloc is the term used to describe a group of Republicans, some on Democrat payrolls, who frequently vote with the Cook County Democratic machine. Ogilvie said he was touring downstate with the MIDNIGHT STAB $200.00 ^ n H - V, that P • • h • h n CANTEIiUtY $450.00 + - % * • • - - * •v-:.Vi * * • • ¥ • h 4 * fr + 1 d + i + I 4 -V.'.W** F + n ri fa 4*4 . 4 . k * i L ¥ *> + - 4 - I i • w fr L> * k r • * * 4 * h EUREKA $475.00 message the new Republicans no longer will act like Democrats and that "the cast of characters is being changed." With a little more help from downstate, he said, Illinois can be placed more firmly in the Republican column. As the sole major Republican Cook County office-holder in the heavily Democratic area, Ogilvie is a political rarity and has gained widespread note for reform in his office. of the middle class, not of big business," he said. Ogilvie said yesterday the Cook County Republican organization, headed by Hayes Robertson, a candidate for governor, had reached no decision ou united party action in the gubernatorial race. Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier and Charles Percy, Chicago industrialist, are also candidates for the GOP nomination. Ogilvie also had some advice for Orlando Wilson, Chicago police superintendent, in eliminating organized " Eliminate political tion." is an increase of more $16,000 over the amount reported last week. Campaign authorities said today that many divisions still have considerable work to do toward completion of the drive. The work of the women's divi- one-fourth carry away emerging from the broken pipe. The amount of water which could come from the pipe between the two valves could to- + tal IVz - 2 million gallons, the water superintendent said. There are 9 million gallons of water in the 30-mile line, and the area to be drained represents approximately 14 miles, according to Palmer. How much of the water will leave the pipe ;s not known, but when its level is down sufficiently to permit operations, work of connecting the ends of the newly installed line with the old line will be undertaken. The schedule lists the (< down time" as 12 hours or less, including dewater- ing of the line and making the new connections. After the connections are com- ^ pleted, approximately six hours will be required to again fill the line, Palmer said. Also after the line is restored, there will be tests of the line and the water before the line is restored to normal operations, he added. only about and since farmers crime: protec- Ogilvie was presented to the Knox County Republican group yesterday by County Judge Daniel J. Roberts, a personal friend of long standing. sion is completed, are still busy in their fields very little has been done in the county, campaign officials said. Of the 40 firms in the corporate division, 23 have not yet reported and only one-fifth of the industrial employes have reported, they related. They indicated only scattered contributions made in the commercial and government and community services divisions. Campaign contributions were noted yesterday from Bank of Galesburg, $500; Farmers & Mechanics Bank, $750, and Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan Association, $1,200. Employes of Park Drive Dairy noted contributions of better than $22 per person, a partial report from the City of Galesburg showed an average of nearly $19 per person. A par(Continued on page 3) ANDES CANDIES HALLMARK HALL FAME SPECIAL THE TEMPEST OCTOBER 20 Regular $1.80 SPECIAL Andes famous Pecanettes, jumbo pecans rolled In soft caramel and dipped in smooth Swiss chocolate. the very best of our i'W 11 r 4 ^nBlflHKI II ™ ot ' $ the price of o II new Hammond Organ diamond ring ooUeotion I °* C ^ oHe * S * Gamble Music Co. On Negro Asked his Vote about the H * b b I Tradition makes the solitaire the ideal — Artcarved quality makes these unequalled anywhere. And what exquisite settings! Each a modern triumph, each designed to bring out the diamond's lull brilliance. Fully, guaranteed for lasting value. Nationally advertised in SEVENTEEN, BRIDE'S and other, fine magazines. EASY TERMS ELLIS Jewelers 219 IAST MAIN ST. * - 564 N. Henderson St. opinion Republican Party's chances of snagging the Negro vote in Chicago, Ogilvie saw little prospect of an even split. But, he said, there is a growing middle class of Negroes—property owners with incomes between $6,000 and $20 l 000~who fit better in the Republican fold than in the Democratic. "I see the Republican Party as the party h + 4 h 4 * * P J Hi'. • 4 • + F • j * i - ' + V.'.' > * Hi' ' 4 h + J + J I p - *u*outt4 Artcarved CORPUS CHR1STI QUARTERBACK CLUB LUMNI Saturday, Oct 19 - 9 to 12 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL Music by CHARLES KNAPP •nd the QUINTONES Quarterback of the Year To Be Chosen - EVERYONE WELCOME - A FEW REALLY GOOD BUYS FROM OUR ANNIVERSARY SALE ODDS AND ENDS LARGE ENOUGH FOR WALL TO WALL CARPET or ROOM SIZE RUGS from $5.95 tq. yd. YOUR NAME PRINTED BOXED CHRISTMAS CARDS 25 Cards From $1.00 up ONLY 14 MORE DAYS MINIMUM ORDER $2.00 WHIIE THEY LAST 20% DISCOUNT CHRISTMAS ALBUM ORDERS OFFER EXPIRES OCT, 31 132 E. 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