Dixon Evening Telegraph from Dixon, Illinois on May 20, 1955 · Page 1
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Dixon, Illinois
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Friday, May 20, 1955
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N. natm n.I should di al holidays. "' Vaccine by June 30 Is Latest Word NEW "V OH.K — The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis has informed health officers in every state that it believes enough 5-aik varcine will be available for second inoculations by June 30. if leleased by federal authorities. Since most schools will be closed at that time, states were urged to formulate plans "to meet this eventuality. " Fear Child Ate Poison OREGON — (Special) — A three-year-old Rorkford girl was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital from an uncle's farm near here today, and it was feared she had eaten poisoned wheat. Officials in the hospital said Patricia Sibigtroth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Sibigtroth, Rockford, was under treatment, but gave no report of her condition. The child was visiting al the home of her uncle and aunt, the Harold Carlsons, who farm near Lighthouse Church near Oregon. Dixon Evening Telegraph Serving the Heart of Rock River Valley for More Than a Century Dial 2-1111 Number 119 104th Year DIXON, ILLINOIS, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1955 PRICE SIX CENTS Battle Floods in Dust Bowl Area ram NOTES FROM A CITY EDITOR'S DAYBOOK— The second annual "Prom Jubi lee, at which all Dixon nign school juniors and seniors will go on the town, is all set for June S. The first such event last year was a whopping success, although the weather was a bit inclement and made the outdoor portion of the program somewhat uncomfortable. The event comes off after the annual junior-senior prom at the high school and includes a movie premier at one of the Dixon movie houses, a "night club" session at the Elks club, an out-of-doors breakfast at Lowell park, and a swim at the beach. Last year's production had the moms and pops out in force as the young men and women, in their fines*, arrived for the raid-night, movie. It wan truly a spectacular and achieved its main aim of giving the high school youth ''something to do" after the annual ainner and dancing-These sort of things go a long tvay to prove that properly planned "fun" for teenagers can be as gay tnd entertaining for them as other iess desirable activities, euch as running hither and yon in a motor car. Howard Lieber Is the chairman for this year's event, at which the adult sponsors will try to be as Inconspicuous as it is possible to T>e . Th« Dixon Junior Chamber of Commerce's flag selling campaign will get into full swing tonight and Saturday in the downtown business district, according to co-chairmen Joe Braun and_Bud Herzog. The Javcees vrill also conduct house-to-house canvass Monday and Tuesday. Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay for the Dixon police department's new electric speed checker. The Javcees purchased the checker in con junction with their annual traffic safety campaign. They are selling the flags to stimulate patriotism on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and other national holidays. Mayor William Slothower recently proclaimed May 21 to Memorial Day as Flag Display week in Dixon and urged all Dixonites to display the United States flag on their homes during the 10-day period. Flag display kits, which sell for S3. 95 each, have been set up in Ames furniture store, Erzinger's shoe store. Barger's shop and in the L. J. Welch and Co. office. Warren Walder. Jaycee president, explained: "This sale is in keeping with our organization's policy of fostering and supporting Americanism.*' He added, "Every homo should have a were honored for 25 years of service with the firm Ray Koester. Cleveland. Ohio, industrial relations manager for Medusa, who made the presentation of watches : Everett Siden and Ebon Stonecipher, who received awards, and E. W. Carlson, superintendent of the Dixon Medusa plant. GI Held Captive by Reds Given 12 Years in Prison Army Court-Martial Finds Pvt. Marchuk 'Informer9 BERLIN Pvt. William T. Marchuk of Norristown, Pa., held ca.p-tive in Russia for six years, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for giving U. S. military secrets to the Soviet Union. The sentence was handed down by an Army court-martial which had also convicted Marchuk of deserting to the Communists in East Berlin in February 1949, when he was drunk. The sentence includes dishonorable discharge and for feiture of all pay and allowances. Near Tears The 39-year-old soldier was near ars as the sentence was an-junced by the seven-officer court. Its findings are subject to review by higher military authorities. Marchuk pleaded innocent to all charges. He did not take the wit- :ss stand in nis own aeiense. The doors of the courtroom were closed during a major portion of the trial since much of the evi dence dealt with the activities ot rmy intelligence unit in West n 'in which Marchuk had •ved. Some of the secret evidence was .ealed toda;. when the law offi-r Lt. Col. James E. Johnson, of Jonesboro. Ark., advised the co;:rt r~ •relic! nents indicated that the following vidence had ho.cn presented be-ind closed doors: 1. M?. relink was intoxicated when i deserted Communist East Jrrlin in February J 9*9. 2. The Rursir.ns used alf-ohol and rugs in order to make him spill ntelligcnce secrets. :;. Marchuk had made a written Virtually the only evidence heard openly was statements by five per sons who had been in the Vorkuta slave labor camp with Marchuk. John H. Noble of Detroit, and Pvt. William A. Verdine of Starks, Employers Not Required to Pay For Voting Time SPRINGFIELD. 111. (/Pi— Illinois employers do not have to pay employes when they take time off to vote, the State Supreme Court ruled today. The high court upheld that section of a 1943 law requiring employers to grant two hours off to vote. But a provision requiring pay-while voting was declared invalid on the ground it deprived employers of property without due process of law. The case involved a suit by 49 employes of the Benjamin Manufacturing Co. of Chicago. The Supreme Court noted that the firm worked from ? a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and that the employes could have voted before coming to work. Instead they asked for and received time off during working hours. The company refused to pay for hours not actually worked and the employes sued for the deducted U. S. Engaged in 'Slide Rule' War With Soviets BOSTON '.-T--The United States is engage! in a. "slide rule with the Soviet Union thai now has the world's largest combat air force and a growing stockpile of nuclear weapons, the commander of the U. S. Air Force Research Development command said today. Lt. Gen. Thomas S. Power said that to the concepts of "hot war" and "cold war" must now be added that of the "slide rule war — the race to maintain technological su- He spoke at a conference on "air power and New England" sponsored by the New England Council and thf. Air Force Cambridge Research Center. Modem warfare must delegate more and more of the fighting— and even the thinking— to the machine. Gen. Power asserted. The Soviets have "resources in manpower and materiel we could not possibly match." he said. "That is why we must rely primarily on qualitative superiority." h« mi. And thi* fuperiority "must be overwhelming" to deter the Soviet bloc, he added. Gen. Power continued that the Soviet Union has some 20.000 combat planes with bombers "compa- able to B47 and B52." and "an advanced guided missile program." Whi)* noting Lh« Sonet's air muscles. Gen. Power said "we have been doing rather well ourselves" in the slide rule war. "The Air Force now has the finest strategic bomber group in' the world." he said, and "all our fighters are now jet propelled. "We are confident thai adequate qualitative superiority in the air is— and will be— on our aide." accused Russian • speaking Marchuk of being "pro-Communist i his attitude" and or associating ,ith informers of the Soviet secret police at Vorkuta. Three Yugoslav ivors, however, gave contrary statements. They said they never considered Marchuk pro-Communist. Marchuk was assigned to Army intelligence because of his fluency i Russian. His parents were born l Russia. Alabama Bank Robbed Of $85,000 JACKSONVILLE, Ala. Wi — Four armed white men robbed the First National Bank of Jacksonville of between SS5.000 and $90,000 today, after kidnaping a bank official from his home. The bandits surprised Jesse N. Wood, assistant vice president and cashier, at his house and forced him to accompany two men to the bank while the other two guarded his wife and two children. At the bank they waited outside, meeting employes as they arrived for work, tying them up and putting them in a back room. When a. time lock opened Die bank vault, they scooped up between $85,000 and $90,000 and carried it off in a. repossessed bank car. Dan W. Gray, bank vice president, made the estimate of the amount stolen. He. said the loss was covered by insurance. After raiding the bank vault the robbers forced Wood to help them carry the money to the bank car. Russia Rejects Berlin Road Tax Protest by Big 3 BERLIN W — The Big Tnree Western ambassadors were rebuffed today in their plea for Sonet intervention to rescue West Berlin from Communist "blackmail" taxe* on its vital truck traf fic i i the Soviet Ambas-? M. Pu kin rejected outright an Allied proposal that the four powers occupying Berlin appoint German experts to study the tax problem and recommend a solution to them. He repeated Moscow's claim thai the high taxes imposed on Beriin highway freight seven weeks ago are the "sole responsibility'' of the Communis^ Cast German republic. Cost of Living Lowest in Two Government Says Autos? Rents Drop April Take-Home Pay Shows Hike; Lower Than March WASHINGTON (JP)— Liv ing costs eased down a fraction in April to the lowest point in nearly two years. The government reported today its index declined one-tenth of 1 per cent to 114.2 per cent of the 1947-49 average. This is three-tenths of 1 per cent less than in April last year. It is the lowest the index has been since May, 1953, when it was 114.0. Lower prices for automobiles and a fractional decline in rents were mainly responsible for the lower index reading. Mrs. Aryness Joy Wickens. acting commissioner of labor statistics, said both used and new car prices dropped 4 per cent between March and April. These are actual purchase* prices, not list prices. The decline in residential rents was less than a tenth of 1 per cent, but represented the first downward move since the government's rent rollback in 1942, under rent controls. In foods, the greatest April price change was a sharp rise in cost of potatoes because of the March freeze. Prices went up 30 per cent from March and 60 per cent over April last year. The Labor Department also said that take-home pay of factory workers and the purchasing power of their pay were at record highs for the month of April. $61.7 .e department reported that age net spendable weekly earnings were S69.05 for a factory for dependents and with pendents. This was about 40 c Idle Gambling . de less than in March for both types orker. The decline was due to shorter scheduled work hours, more than offsetting a email hourly earnings. Relatives of ™ Serum-Treated Tots Get Polio BERKELEY, Calif, (tf! cases of polio which developed among close relatives of youngsters given Salk inoculations were reported Thursday by the State Health Depart] Dr. Malcolm R. Merrill, state health director clear whether 1 relationship bet' and the family members. He said it possi- Dr. Merrill said only in one in stance did a. vaccinated child ir these families develop the disease To date 36 California c'nildrcr inoculated with the Salk vaccine have developed polio. Devices Legal Evidence: Court SPRINGFIELD. Til. (.P -Thp Illinois SupiPme Court today upheld the conviction of Lester Cattaneo of Depue in a gambling rase. Caiianeo was found guilty of possession of gambling devices which were seized in 1953. He was fined $500. The court said that a dice table, dice and chips picked up in the raid had no value or use other than gambling and that they "constituted gambling devices per se." Tn other decisions, the Supreme Upheld th* Cook County Circuit Court which awarded $i?7..V)0 to Ruth Elaine Allendorf. whose hus band. Jams?, was killed in 1352 while working at Gary, Ind., as a switch foreman for the Elgin, Jo-liet and Eastern Railway Co. Affirmed the Bureau County Cir cuit Court decision validating ta for 1052 in Drainage District Fc Manlius Township, Bureau Cour 7,ita. Sullivan had challenged the assessments. i pla< A group of Chicago b; Mete ; him i These itics also show that one najor causes of teenage idleness, nothing to do and to go. Dixon has a youth problem. Court records and a check of the police blotter gives even the skeptic sufficient proof of this statement. Dixon also has a youth center. Statistics show that 500 teenagers a week make use of its facilities. That's 500 less teenagers on the streets. Dixon's youth center has a problem, it needs money to keep operating. It needs to be remodeled to remain attractive to the lin gers who aren't weekly entries in the police court column. The citizens and organizations of Dixon hold the key to this pmb-em. The youth of Dixon need your support. Mail or bring in "Youth Center" contributions to The Evening Telegraph. Furniture pledges should be ade by -.nhr; failed Thursday to > another couise. alf. representing the il Merchant Assn. n for the delegation, executive. The delegation recommended instead of a city sales tax that Stratton raise the state sales levy a full cent for two years tand rebate half of ihe increased amount to cities "The governor didn'i go for it," Melcalf told newsmen. "He thinks th<? cities should raise their own J money." Now Years : iTTTl n w CAPITOL CHORUS— Eight pretty girls, all congressional secretaries, strike a leggy pose before the Capitol as they kick up a routine from their forthcoming variety show. The young ladies, members of the Congressional Secretaries club, will entertain legislators who employ them June 21 at a show for the benefit of retarded children. "Left to right are: Patricia Morris. Ann Burke, Betty Lewis. Shirley Shull, Ruth Morris, Patty Burtner. Eve Fat-zinick, and Cornelia Van Home. (AP wirephoto) Youth Fund Now $337.85 Center Gives Youth 'Something" to Do' The Dixon Youth Center fund today stands at I337.S5— $2,162.15 short of its goal of ?2,500. Contributions from 10 individuals, firms and organizations tcday totaled $115. Statistics show that ji and the amounts given: Mothers of World War II W. Walker Medusa Cement Plant J. Richard Keller Hey Bros Mrs. Charles R. Walgreen Hal Koberts Mr. and Mrs. Otto Oner* Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Lund Home Telephone Willard Jones Mei Gov. Stratton Sticks by o.mi Half -Cent Sales Tax Plan SPRINGFIELD. 111. W-Gov. Stratton is sticking by his program calling for a half-cent city sales tax without referendum and a half-cent late saies tax boost. Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago agreed on the program last week. Bills to v it out are pending in the Legislature. aid. ■ith a city sales His delegation included Newton C. Farr. representing the Chicago Real Estate Board and the Chicago Metropolitan Builders; John T. Pirie Jr. of Carson, Pirie, Scott ft Co.: Elmer T. Stevens, of Charles A. Stevens and Co.: Gilbert Seribner Jr., president of the Civic Federation of Chicago and others. Four States Ravaged by Rising Water Colorado Declares Emergency; Texas, Oklahoma Deluged By the Associated Press Rivers swollen bv torren tial rains raged through parts of four Southwestern states today in one of the most destructive spring floods in years. persons were dead. Four schoolboys were killed during a ainstorm when a lightning bolt felled 42 youngsters at Kingsville, :x. A Colorado woman drowned. Mass evacuation was in progress two southeast Colorado cities, here the state civil defense di rector declared an emergency. Scores of homes and business lores were abandoned to rising aters elsewhere in Colorado, Ok lahoma and Texas. Northeast New Mexico also was hit by heavy 2,000 Isolated Authorities in Colorado estimat ed at least 2,000 persons were isolated or have been evacuated. An additional 300 persons were removed from homes in scattered Oklahoma communities. Despite the destructiveness of. the four-day storm, it brought the first substantial moisture of the year to once-rich agricultural and ranching areas. Texas logged up to 15 inches of rain and Oklahoma 12. At Conchas Dam, in New Mexico ains increased water storage by 60,000 acre-feet. That was typical . of once-dry reservoirs throughout the irrigated West. Highways were closed in much of the four-state area as roiling streams reached flood stage. Bridges were washed out or threatened. Communications were disrupted. At Lufkin, Tex., a windstorm partially unroofed a super- arket while 80 persons scurried to safety. Flood Warnings Flood warnings were issued for the North Canadian and Cimarron n Oklahoma, and for the Canadian river in New Mexico. rado. nost critical flood area, , was in southeast Colo At Trinidad, the Purgatoire ver. which normally courses at ie to two-foot depth, reached 25 feet and closed four bridges link ing the city's northern and southern halves. Three homes were swept away by the raging torrer.:s, and 10 railroad cars toppiei! over at the city's flooded Santa Fe railroad yards. Ten blocks of property were under later. Village Swamped Four miles south of that city of 12.204. the .village of Siarkvill6 was swamped when Raton Creek overflowed its banks. It washed away three homes and the Sacred Heart church. Seven hundred inhabitant? were Weltered in special quarters at Trinidad . A dike .long crumbled late Thursday at La-Junta and sent up to three feet of water swirling into small industrial buildings and private homes. The city's two bridges were closed. One resident estimated L0S5 La Juntans had moved to higher ground. The Red Cross. National Guard — Weather- FIVE DAY FORECAST: Uli- nois-- Temueratures wiii «v age near normal: norma! high 75 north to 79 south, normal low 51 north to 56 south: warm Sat- urdav. cooler Sunday. n.-= trend Tuesday and Wednesday. Precipitation around .10 of J inch north to near .50 of an ini extreme south, as scattered showers ir. south Saturday and over entire area Saturday night. Fartlv cloudv tonight and Saturday with scattered show- I ers and" thunderstorms develop- j ing Saturday. Cooler Saturday I n rht. Low tonignt upper ovs. High Saturday around 80. Low j Saturday nignc low *uj>. High Thursday W Low today 54 Sunns* 8:40 ». m. Sunaet j aperABGHIVE® _ N 1RCHI' EWSR EWSPAP.ERS

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