Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 3, 1969 · Page 48
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 48

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, April 3, 1969
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U L: i... S t.« CHESTER HARNESS Unorthodox artist Chester Harness dies By BEN VANCE SCOTTSDALE - Rites have been set for Chester Harness, 78, the "Johnny Ap- pleseed" of the art world who preferred to paint outdoors and plant his works beside the roadways of the panoramic West. Mrs. Harness, of 7602 E. Van Buren, died Tuesday in Mesa General Hospital, his lush landscapes a lingering memory in eyes progressively dimmed to blindness by cataracts since 1960. He started painting as a boy of 12 in his native Somerset, Ky., and was educated at Georgetown University in Kentucky. He had studied art only briefly. Since coming to the Valley in 1952 from Sacramento, Calif., his "studio" could be seen by passing motorists where he exhibited his wares. His brush ranged from an Arizona sunrise to sunset and every desert panorama in between. Bright and full of life like his paintings, Harness once observed, "An artist can move things around any way he wants. Just God Almighty and the artist. No one else." In earlier years he toured the Northwest, painting to pay his way. He married in 1916 and settled in Salem, Ore. in 1929. He had been a salesman, house painter and a labor leader. Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Messinger Mortuary, 515 E. Indian School. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Phoenix. Survivors include his wife, Bernice; a son, Fenno Harness, and a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Fischer, both of Sacramento; a brother and four sisters out of state; and four grandchildren. Three guilty in 2 murders Three men pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court yesterday to second- degree murder charges involving the deaths of two men. Don Jones, 47, and James Porter, 42, both transients, pleaded guilty to the fatal stabbing Oct. 29 of Lazara Christol, 69, of 1415 S. Third St. Samuel Lee Mixon, 40, of 1737 E. Wier, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Harold J. Freeman, 33, of 1539 W. Maricopa, on Sept. 30. Judge Warren L. McCarthy will sentence Jones on April 15 and Porter on April 22. Mixon will be sentenced by Judge Charles Ronan on April 17. Christol was stabbed to death by Jones and Porter in an alley near Third Street and Madison. Jones said the pair attempted to rob the victim, police said. Freeman was shot to death by Mixon at the rear of Dix on's Buffet, 1319 W. Buckeye Road, after an argument over a drink of whisky, police said. Group will study 'mining disasters WASHINGTON (UPI) The National Academy of Engineering will undertake a one*year, $75,000 study o" ways to reduce deaths it mining disasters, Eric A Walker, the academy president, announced. The study, financed by the 17. S. Bureau of Mines, will itress ways to improve rescue techniques and how to keep trapped miners alive rescue operations are Chandler mayor vows to cut taxes while raising city wages CHANDLER - Mayor George Nader said yesterday ho will recommend a 5 per cent general wage Increase for city employes and a 10-cent reduction in city property taxes in the 1969-70 budget. In addition to the across- the-board pay rise for city employes, Nader said, he will urge that a study be conducted to determine the need for an additional 5 per cert cost-of-living increase for em- ployes. The mayor said he will ask the city council to approve a proposed budget of $1,285,000, which would be $150,000 less then the current budget. Such a budget, he said, would drop the city property tax rate from $1.10 to $1.00 per $100 of assessed valuation. This would mark the third straight year in which property taxes would be reduced. The city council reduced the property tax in 1967 from $1.22 to $1.18 and again in d968 from $1.18 to 1.10. Nader declared the key to reducing the budget lies in the fact that many capital improvements needed in prior years have been built or are under construction. He said the , city, recently spent $1.5 million to construct the new sewage treatment plant, $600,000 for installation of sewer and water lines, and $1.1 millimn for the new city office complex, now under construction. Meanwhile, City Manager Gail Christy disclosed that Stuart Harrah, 31, city public works director, resigned Friday for personal reasons after working for two years with the city. Christy praised Harrah's work and declared he would be hard to replace. Mayor Nader said he plans to recommend that the city impose a freeze on further hiring of city employes, including filling the post left vacant by Harrah's resignation. The mayor pointed out that leaving Harrah's job unfilled will save the city $4,000 a year. 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