Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on July 24, 1957 · Page 11
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 11

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, July 24, 1957
Page 11
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Kasper, 6 Segregationists Vow to Appeal Conviction by White Jurors KNOXVILLE, Tenn. UP) - Coun sel for John Kasper and six Clinton segregationists convicted of interfering with ratial integration of Clinton High School vowed Wednesday to appeal. Obviously stunned by the verdict returned Tuesday by an all- white U.S. District Court jury, defense attorneys said they will appeal if denied a new trial. "We lost a skirmish but not a battle," said Robert L. Dobbs, Memphis, chief counsel for the Clinton defendants. "Of course, we'll appeal." Kasper's lawyer, J. Benjamin Simmons of Washington, D.C., said he too will file and appeal if U.S. District Judge Robert L. Taylor rejects the defense plea for a new trial. Taylor deferred sentencing pending argument on the defense's new trial motion. No date has been set. Those concicted face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and $1,000 fine, or both. Meanwhile, at the nearby town of Clinton there was some bitterness, some shock and some satisfaction over the verdict. Last fall, a dozen Negro students were enrolled in Clinton High School with some 800 whites. It was the first state-supported school in Tennessee to mix the races, following the Supreme Court ruling that segregation is unconstitutional. At first, everything -went smoothly. A Negro girl was elect- ad chairman of her classroom. Then violence flared , . . mobs . . . rioting. A trim young Baptist minister, the Rev. Paul Turner, was badly beaten after he escorted six Negro students past segregationists in the streets to the school. Out of that came the "Clinton trial." Seven Convicted Six men and a woman were con- vited of criminal contempt for violating a federal court order 12 Times Herald, Carroll, Iowa Wednesday, July 24, 19S7 against any interference with the desegregation of the high school. They were William Brakebfll, service station operator; Lawrence # B r a n 11 e y, unemployed; Alonzo Bullock, carpenter and itinerant preacher: Clyde Cook, farmer; W. H. Till, machinist; and Mrs. Mary Nell Currier, housewife—and John Kasper, segregationist organizer. Federal, Judge Robert L. Taylor deferred sentencing. Kasper, 27, came into Clinton from. Washington two days before the Negroes started to school late last August. The government charged that he was the "hub of the conspiracy" organized to force them out. Four other Clinton people were found innocent. They are Clifford Carter, 38, jobless truck driver; Edward Henson Nelson, 22, grocery clerk; Virgil Cleo Nelson, 23, carpenter; and Raymond Wood, 35, house painter. White Jurors The jurors who returned the verdict — which surprised the courtroom and many people outside it — were 10 men and, two women, all of them white Ten- nesseans. But this is east Tennessee. It is not the Deep South. It is a predominantly Republican community. Unlike the rest of the state, it sent men northward during the Civil War to fight on the Union side. "There won't be any convictions by juries in segregation cases down South," said William Shaw, assistant attorney general of Louisiana, a member of the defense battery in the trial. What brought the convictions jn Knoxville? The jurors, who are still members of a federal court panel, aren't talking. But people in Clin- WEEK-END SALE VALUES at WATERS ton all had the same answer— "The men on that jury were east Tennessee farmers, and they 're against violence," t *id Sidney Davis, a lawyer. "Folks around here are dead set against integration,", said Abston. "But they believe in law and order." Editor Speaket Horace Wells is one of the best- qualified to talk about it. He is editor of the weekly Clinton Courier-News. He has had three special citations from journalistic organizations around the country since the case broke—'and innumerable vicious, Ugly, warning letters and postcards, mostly anonymous. "There is no question that the majority of people here are against integration," he said. "They didn't want it, but they were willing to go along with it, last fall. Then the situation changed. "Prejudice has built up. It's going to take a long time to overcome the prejudice." What will happen next month when the fall term begins in the high school? "Whether people wil do anything about it, I don't know" said Wells. "Nobody is working for integration. Nobody will lift a finger to further it. "My own feeling is that the Negroes probably won't come back to school." Kasper said his conviction will not change his plans. "I am going to Nashville when the schools open there and they try to integrate them," he said "I'm going to fight this out." Defense lawyers, announcing that they will ask Judge Taylor for a new trial, were preparing briefs which must be submitted in 20 days. If Taylor denies it, they can appeal to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. "We're going to fight this out to a finish," said Ross Barnett, former president of the Mississippi Bar. Taylor indicated after the verdict that he would probably not pass sentence until after he has ruled on the defense motions for a new trial. The seven face maximum sentences of a $1,000 fine or six months confinement or both. Confession to Sheppard Slaying Termed a Fake INDIAN POW-W.OW . . . Indians in full ceremonial regalia each August perform the colorful rites of their ancestors at the tribal lands of the Mesquakie tribe of the Sac and Fox nation near Tama. The annual pow-wow, to be held Aug 8-11 this year, attracts thousands of visitors. LadiM' Short* and Pedal Pushers B r.k. n si~ E .«„ $1.49 Children's Shorts SiiM 7 to 14 98c Children's Summer Pajamos Siui 1 to 12 $1.49 Entire Stock, Famous Brand Ladies' Swim Suits s .w $9.90 CHILDREN'S PLAY SUITS Boxer Sty I* — Slzos 3 to ox. 3 $1.00 2Mnehot Wide White Outing Flannel . 3 y trd » $1.00 Fast Color Quadriga Prints 4 Y . rq . $1.00 Ladies' Blouses Clottout, One Tablo $1.49 Spring Stylet Children's Coats C io..o U t $5.00 Children's Play Clothes •oxer Jeant and Combed Cotton Tea Shirt* Slits 6 Months to 6 Years $1 Each Waterproof Infants Pants 69c Receiving Blankets 3 For $1.00 CloMOWt! Values to $1,91, Shorts and Pedal Pushers Sites 3 to 6x Solo 69c 5th St. Dept. Store 4-H Club Holds Achievement Show Richland Busy Bees 4-H Club met July 16, at the Ralston Community Building for the annual achievement show. A demonstration on "Curtain Capers" was given by LaVonne Kidney and Frankie Nolin, and "Framed" was demonstration given by Judy Jensen and Lola Kidney. They will represent the club at the fair. Fair entries are as follows: Senior Division: Portfolio — La? Vonne Kidney, Lola Kidney; dresser scarf — Lola Kidney, Frankie Nolin; cushion and cover — Lola Kidney, LaVonne Kidney; chair pad — Lola Kidney: reclaimed frame — LaVonne Kidney, Judy Sawyer; new frame — Frankie Nolin, LaVonne Kidney; curtains — LaVonne Kidney, Frankie Nolin; reconditioned bench — Marilyn Bundt; miscellaneous — Beverly Patrick, Lucille Peterson; one piece of painted furniture with accessories — LaVonne Kidney; one piece of furniture in natural finish with accessories — Judy Jensen; one piece of furniture covered with fabric with accessories — Frankie Nolin. Junior Division: portfolio — Judy Danner. Karen Stougard; cushion and cover — Karen Stou­ gard, Coleen Allen; wastebasket — Coleen Allen; framed picture — Rose Sawyer; bulletin board — Karen Stougard; Coleen Allen and miscellaneous — Rose Sawyer. Harold Tjadtnt on A Trip to Colorado (T|mn Her.U Newt StrvlM) LAKE VIEW - Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tjaden and daughters left Thursday for a week's vacation in Colorado and several other western states. Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Young of Grand Junction were dinner guests Sunday in the L. A, Drilling home. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ke- Hoe of Lake City were dinner guests Monday evening in the Drilling home. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Drilling of Pasadena, Calif., house-guests of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Drilling, for two months, plan to leave Wednesday for their home in California. Mr. and Mrs. William Dinges and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brinker of Auburn were weekend vacationers at Okoboji. Mrs. Robert Tofte and children are back from a two-week visit with relatives in Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs, Jack McConnell were hosts to the Wahoo Club at their farm home Thursday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Meister were guests. Four couples attend* ed. , The -Methodist WSCS held its July meeting Thursday afternoon. Minnie KUndt^m in charge of devotions and N her , theme was "The Stranger within the Gates." I Mrs. Sherman Higgins, program chairman, used'the theme, "The, Heart of the Stranger." She was assisted by Mrs. C. E. Cram, Mrs. Carl Sprou' and Mrs. Jack Tarpy. Mrs, ROM Eldridge and Mrs. Ernie Swansqn prepared refreshments. Indian Pow-Wow Nea^ Tama Colorful Event— Recreation, Historic Spots Await Vacationer In Marshalltown Area IOWA BECKONS NO. 21— MARSHALLTOWN lAV-Literally dozens of recreation spots, historical sites, camping places and natural wonders await the visitor within a 35-mile radius of this east central Iowa city. In this area is located the tribal lands of the Sac and Fox Indians, numerous indications of the co- mingling of industrial and agricultural pursuits and many links with Iowa's colorful past. One bridge between the past and present in Marshalltown is the Iowa Soldier's Home, which occupies 163 acres of rolling slopes and shaded lawns here. It is a "continuing monument to Iowans who an-j swered their country's call. First Veteran Amos Fox of Livermore was the first Civil War veteran admitted to the home Dec 1, 1887. Since that time it has provided for mqre than 2,000 Iowa veterans. Behind the home on the bank of the Iowa River is a monument to an Indian. White settlers placed it there in memory of a Pottawattamie tribesman, Wai-wai-wa, or Johnny Green as' the settlers called him, who warned of a pend ing invasion by the Sioux. In the small town of Albion north of here, old timers still re call a horse trader named Smith who resided there briefly. His true identity wasn't learned until a man going by tn« name of "Mr .Howard" was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Bob Ford in 1882 Smith of Albion and Howard of St. Joseph were the same man. His real name was Jesse James, Mesquakie Reservation One of the most colorful sights in Iowa is the Indian lands near Tama. Here on a 3,600-acre tract live the remnants of the Mesqua' kie tribe of the Sac and Fox na tion. The Sac and Fox each year as sume once more the dress and customs of their ancestors and provide one of Iowa's most interesting pageants. Brightly costumed in Indian handiwork, the Mesquakies hold an annual pow wow during Aug gust, the "leaf falling moon," The highlight of the pow wow comes when the men vie for the honor of champion dancer. Visitors come from throughout the Midwest, including Winneba- goes from Nebraska, Kickapoos 'and •Pottawattamies from Kansas, Sioux from the Dakotas and Chip-i pewas from Minnesota. The powj wow this year will be Aug. 8; through 11. « Fossil Field Ten miles west of Tama on Highway 30, at the LftGrand limestone quarries, are found a wealth of fossilized animal? and plants that lived in Iowa millions of years ago. B. H. Beane of Le Grand keeps on display a collection of fossil crinoids—animals that resemble flowers—that is one of the finest of its kind anywhere. At Iowa Falls in Hardin County is one of the few hydroelectric dams in the state. And for the visitor who likes boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking or camping there is a wide choice in the Marshalltown area. There is good blue gill and bass fishing in Pine Lake Start Park, north of here, where you can either camp *out or rent a cabin. Indian historians may explore for relics which may be found in the park. CLEVELAND WrV-Two men who helped send Dr. Sam Sheppard to Ohio Penitentiary for the buld- geonihg of his wife were back from Florida Wednesday with a 26th name to add to their list of fake confessors to the three-year- old murder. The two are Dr. Samuel R. Gerber, Cuyahoga County's veteran coroner, and James E. McArthur, who headed Cleveland detectives investigation of the July 4, 1954, crime. The name added to their list was that of Donald Joseph Wedler, 23, a petty criminal and narcotics addict who was jailed in Deland, Fla., as a fugitive from a road camp where he was doing time for robbery. Showered With Attention Only two or three of the previous "confessors" got much publicity. Wedler, a blond-sideburned young vagabond who has been brushing with the law since he was 14, was showered with attention for eight days. It began Tues-' day of last week when he told Sheriff Rodney Thursby of Volusia County, Fla., that he had bludgeoned a woman to death with a piece of pipe near Cleveland in i July. 1954. ' I After questioning Wedler for 3 j hours and 45 minutes Tuesday, Gerber concluded: "He's a liar." And,MoCarthur said: "He's never even been in Cleveland." There were two reasons why Wedler's confession made more news than the others. The "Court of Last Resort," sponsored by Argosy Magazine and beaded by mystery writer Erie Stanley Gardner, interested itself in Wedler's story. Upon the "court's" intercession, Gov. C. William O'Neill agreed to give Sam Sheppard a lie detector test. Later the governor ruled the test out. Gardner and his colleagues waited in Columbus Tuesday in hope O'Neill might reconsider, then left for New York, sorely disappointed. In New York Wednesday, Gard- the "Court of Last Resort" was doing "nothling" more about the ner said that 'at the moment" Sheppard case. He said the governor's decision was to bar the lie detector test resulted from a "misunderstanding." Gardner was interviewed on NBC-TV's "Today" show. Convinced Story Hoax After two hours, most of which was spent getting a life history. McArthur and .Gerber were convinced Wedler's story was "a complete hoax." 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