Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on April 26, 1950 · Page 9
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 9

Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, April 26, 1950
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ALTON SVUNtNQ TfcLEGRAPH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26,1950 Impending Loss of Job Possibk motive for Professor's Shooting ... -PERU, Neb., April 26. (/ft - As- tafeiates today could offer only on*- Hfetive — distress, over the impending loss of his'lob—for the « tt*gle behavior yesterday o» an i otherwise mild-mannered psychology professor who shot aftd killed two fellow college officials, then himself. For 24 years, Dr. Barney K Baker, 64, had taught on the beau- Hiul "campus of the thousand oaks" at Peru Stale Teachers College. ' Yesterday the new college catalog came out. it revealed publfcly for the first time what Dr. Baker had Known since last fail—that he was being droppell In a reorganization of the school's department of education. The catalog, said County Attorney Fred C. Klechel, may have been the trigger that sent the professor walking wordlessly Into the offices of the college president and head of the education ddepartment to kill them at their desks. Slain werq Dr. William L. Nicholas, 48, president of the college since 1948, and Dr. Paul A, Max- head of the education department head and Dr. Baker's Immediate superior, Less than an hour later, Bnker's body was found In the living room of his home at the edg6 of the campus. Neatly laid out were his keys, with pieces of paper to Identify them, and a typewritten note with Instructions for disposal of the body, Tacked to the front doorbell Was another 'note: "Tell Prof, (C. A.) Huck (mathematics teacher at the college) to take charge." Scribbled at the bottom of the typewritten note was the apparent COLLEGE HEAD SLAIN - Dr. William L. Nicholas, president of Peru Slate Teachers College (above) Peru, Neb., was shot and killed as he sat at his desk. Dr. Paul A. Maxwell, a professor also was killed. Counly Attorney Fred C. Kiechel said the two were slain by D. B. K. Baker, psychology instructor, who later killed himself.—AP Wirephoto. tlpoff to the motive: "Willie (the college president) tried to fire the wrong person." Klechel called It "obviously a The original NON-YtlLOWINO WHIH ENAMEL for kitchens and bathrooms! $1.86 Qt. Keep the walls and woodwork In your kitchen and bathroom gleaming white with Liquid-Lite. This famou* O'Brien •narnel »tay» whit* on any Interior surface—wood, metal, plaster, Easy to apply. Waihe* like porcelain. Covert in °" v ° n "°° BUCK'S O'BRIEN PAINTS PAINT and FLOOR COVERING STORE 888 EAST BROADWAY Dial S-30S1 SHINNIES UP THE GIN-POLE — A steeplejack working on the cathedral spire foundation, bhmnicd up the derrick pole to free a fouled pulley, Monday afternoon, just before the ram squall struck. He slid clown again safely, and work was completed for the day with (he coming of the rain Joday was too windy to continue, so the last piece of the new steeple will probably go up Wednesday.—Staff photo double murder find suicide" and said there would be no Inquest. He said the slnylngs were "pre- mcdltnted" and Dr. Bnker apparently prepared his notes In advance of the slaylngs. Lending credence to the premeditation theory was the professor's behavior just before the shootings. Waiting to see Dr. Nicholas, he traded small talk with two representatives of an Omaha typewriter company, also waiting. There wns no sign of fury. Mary Louise Smith, Dr. Maxwell's secretary, said she looked up as Dr. Bnker entered. "I asked if there wns anything I could do for him," she said. "I was too late. Dr. Maxwell was sitting at his desk reading. He did not see who came In. Dr. Baker had the gun at his head as I spoke. He didn't say anything. I think there were two or three shots. "Dr. Baker just walked across the hall to his own office, put on his hat and coat and left. I ran out screaming." Classes halted abruptly at the school, a state owned institution with about 400 students In a town of about 1000 persons. They were resumed today but the week's extra curricular activities — a track meet, a senior's violin recital, a career conference for prospective Pamper your feet with Air Step Casuals Multicolor, tan, beige and balenolaga suede. THf SHOE W/TH THE YOUTHFUL FEEL Swing into spring with surefooted grace ... in the smart new casuals crafted with the added comfort of Air Step's Magic Sole. We have a new and complete selection of patterns, presenting styles for every occasion... for every fashion whim. Tan buck and domoo •abot. '7.95 WIDTHS» AAAA—AA-B Tan buck and domoo tee. 7.95 Other Styles $7.95 to $10.95 WE FIT BY X-RAY BBOWNbUt Sho» 121 W, 3RD ST. teachers and a meeting ot the southeast Nebraska . schoolman's association—were called off. Dean R. A. Quclle was named acting president. Godfrey Cubs Receive Awards GODFKEY — Cub Den 5 participated in the advancement and county fair program of Pack 1 last night. Don 5 meets at (he home of Mrs. Hnrlan Metcalfe, den mother, and the members are Gary Metcalfe, Jack Orrill, Gerald Brandt, and Harold Horsley jr. Since there is no Cub Pack~"Tn the Godfrey area, the den is affiliated with Pack 1 in Alton. Gary Melcalfo and Jack Orrill received one gold and one silver arrow. Gerald Brandt and Harold Horsley received one gold arrow. For the county fair, Den 5 sold popcorn and operated a booth where darts were thrown at balloons. Young Men's Club Elects at Godfrey GODFREY — Jack Roberts was elected president of the Young Men's Club at a special meeting Monday evening at the town hall. Other officers elected were Jerry Moore, vice-president, Louis Weldman, secretary, and Don Page, treasurer. Birthday Party GODFREY—Carol Mae Carlton celebrated her fifth birthday Tuesday afternoon with a party -at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carlton. Games were played and refresh- .nents were served by Mrs. Carlton, The guests received charm bracelets and balloons as favors. Children present were Sandra Carson, Sharon Orrill, Janice Harting, Marilyn Horsley, and Johnny Horsley, Godfrey Homecoming Publicitors Named GODFREY — Committees met last night to report progress made on plans for the school homecoming, tq be held May 12 in Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel. The publicity committee was named. It includes Mrs. Logan Hickerson, Mrs. Charles Brown, and Mrs. Harold Horsley. Final meeting of committee chairmen and members will be held at the school May 8. Chesterfield CHESTERFIELD — Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Lockyer left Sunday morning for a vacation through the Ozarks, Kansas, and Texas. S. A. Malone Is the guest of his brother, Burl Malone, Irvine, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Myron Eldred were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Sahne and family, Wood River. Guests over Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kraushaar included Mr. and Mrs. William McDonald and daughters of Macomb, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Elsler and family, and Mrs. Augusta Baxter, Jerseyville. Mr. and Mrs, Wayne Mefford and family and Mr, and Mrs. Maurice Mefford and sons were Sunday guests of Mrs. Mabel Cornel, Hettick. Mrs. James Reader observed her birthday Tuesday. She was given a card shower by her many friends. Mrs. Reader has been confined to her home by illness several months. Mrs, Wijbur Dams and daughter, Mrs. Samuel Burns, attended funeral rites tor Henry Allen at Stults funeral hpme, Palmyra, Tuesday, Peter F. Burps returned Tue»day from St. John's Hospital, Springfield, where he had been'a surgical patient the past three weeks, I'.nil youi hut wulcr piubluiu^ willi u MI It dtp til dub It G E N I' H A I >$ t Lt CIIII L AUIUMAIH WAliK III A I IK m'f Broadway 301 E. Broadway Plal Y Legislators VotcBallotReform Compulsory Sex Educa- .tioti Also Favored SPRINGFIELD, April 28. VP>~ Youthful lawmakers of the YMCA mock legislature scattered to their homes today after endorsing compulsory sex education In Illinois schools and ballot reforms. Before their two-day session ended yesterday, the 260 young men and women delegates also approved a $90,000,000 appropriation for country roads, but this was promptly vetoed by their governor. The legislature was conducted fls part of the YMCA's youth and government program, and Is conceived as an annual affair. This was Its first meeting. William Turner of Jollet, governor of the assembly, commended the group for advocating the sex Instruction program. He called It a "means to help our youth In the ethical nnrl moral aspects of sex education." The bill's sponsor was Hoy Curtis Small, a Harrlsburg High School senior, who called upon his colleague to pioneer In "breaking down barriers" against teaching about sex problems. "We must free ourselves from the superstitions and bondage that veils and holds back vital Information," Small declared In debate on the measure. He said many high schools offer instruction in nursing. "What's the use o£ teaching young girls how to put a diaper on a baby when they are ignorant of where the baby comes from In the first place?" he asked. He asserted that many parents are "Ignorant" or bashful when It comes to Instructing their song and daughters about sex, and that only a "pitiful" 'minority are well enough Informed to teach children what they should know. The bill provided for a course In "human relations" In all high schools and another course for high school seniors on marriage and family relationships. Turner vetoed the appropriation for country roads because "we don't have enough money". The regular 1949 session of the Illinois General Assembly turned down a proposal for spending $15,000,000 over two years on rural roads. Two ballot reforms were endorsed. The youths passed a resolution urging a referendum on a constitutional amendment lowering the voting age to 18. They also okayed a bill to set up an open primary in the state with candidates of all partly placed on a single ballot. Under this plan, voters would not be restricted to choices in one party. Other legislation approved would establish a four, instead of the present two, year curriculum at navy pier (Chicago) branch of the University of Illinois, and permit edliefe gfftdtiitet ta for scholarships to state teachers' colleges. When It was all over, Turner told his assembly: "We did in two days what the actual legislature , does In six months. Of course we didn't put quite fts'much deliberation into It. But there was considerable heated debate." It would cost $140 an acre to return to Oklahoma soil the nitrogen that has been taken from It, according to estimates. • Worden Senior Play Friday WOftDEN — The senior play, "Here Comes Charlie," a three-act comedy, will be given Friday at 7&0 p. m. at the City Mall. The cast Includes Myra Dust- tnann, Doren Miller, Mary Lou Schneider, Albert Kayser, Bernard Glassmeyer, Benita Ward, Alfred , Antoinette Bagaglld, ta Welch and Billle Johfllcffi. Entertainment between acts «H11 include music and leading by Batbara Howard. Wofden Note* WOttDEN — Adele Card! Ambuehl, who was operated eft last week at St. Francis' Hospttfti, Lttchfteld, for appendicitis, te* turned home Monday. Mr. and Mrs. otto Dltte* and Mr. and Mrs. August H. Zlrges at* tended the 35th wedding annlvef- sary celebration of Mr. and Mrs, Myrle Sherfy In Staunton, Monday. Wake up your living room with a custom-made Wall Mirror! • Add color and charm to your living room with a handsome wall mirror. 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