Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 28, 1963 · Page 1
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feffifdmAt ...... iiAoij i OBITUARY ...... PAGE « PAMILV . ..... PAGE 14 TfeLEVJStbN . . I . PAGE IS COMICS ....... PAGE 26 MAHKE PAGE 24 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH CLODDY Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years tow % High 8S (Complete Weather, Pftfc 9) Established JattUafy 15, 1836, Vol. dXXVtlt, No. 192 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28,1963 28 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press, CONSTITUTION AVENVE JAMMED Thousands of Marchers T? 1 • Ti • 1 "•"!• r hnd to Uacial Bias WASHINGTON — Constitution Avenue appears the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington, filled with marchers, carrying placards, today as dem- Police estimated crowds totaled more than 110,000 onstrators walk from the Washington Monument to people. (AP Wirephoto) Schools Don't Want Student Fare Profit Alton Board or Education does not want a 5-cent commission for selling student bus tickets, the board said today in its objection to Bi-State Transit Agency's proposed revised student bus fare of ?1.50 for 10 rides. The objection was one of two which will be lodged with Bi- State against the new schedule received Monday. Bi-Slate wil be requested to again review its student fare policy for Alton. Another objection is to the weekly limit on the 10-ride ticket. Under the plan, the $1.50 ticket will be good only on bus lines within the district of issue and will be restricted to the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon- Aldermanic Body Inspects Dogtown Headed by Chairman Darrell E. Riley, the six-member Board of Health committee of Alton City Council, made a 40-minute tour of Dogtown Tuesday evening. The trip was preliminary, to consideration of resolution p posing independent action by the city to clear the Dogtown area of substandard dwellings anc ramshackle structures. On return to City Hall, the board of health group deferred making a recommendation on the clearing project, pending a de- AAA Plans To Build in Upper Alton The Automobile Club of Missouri will erect an office building at Brown Street and Washington Avenue in Upper Alton it a bid for zoning change is successful. The club has obtained an option to purchase the Hildebrand residence place of four lots immediately south of Brawn and extending between- Washington and Main Street. The property, at 1417 Washington, has a three-story residence which would be razed to make way for the proposed building and parking area. Owners of the ; 'iract are listed as Mi's. 'Nannie Hildebrand of 1417 Washington, and Mrs. Thomas Elder, now residing in Mexico. The tract is part of what has been known as the Schmerge Block. • . • « Application of the Auto Club through its secretary asks a zoning change in the property from R-2 and R-4, its present residential classification, to C-2, a commercial classification. ' The petition for the rezoning, filed with CJity Clerk,Paul Price, will be referred by the city council to the city plan commission for a public hearing and recommendation as is provided for by city zoning enactments, It points out that the zone change asked would in effect be an extension , southward for a half block of-: the Upper Alton business district between Washington and Main. Opposite the site on Washington is the I?Jck and Poole drug store and the Calvary Baptist Church. One block north qf the site is the Washington Square Shopping Cpter. t / A letter accQjnjwnying the club's application says its planned office structure would be much like one it : recently completed in East St. Louis, and not over 3-itory height. An Alton architect, William L. Fllppo, has been retained j ts prepare plans, termination of what housing is available at Alton Acres housing project for displaced residents of Dogtown. The committee proposes to recommend to the City Council tonight that the housing availability angle be referred to the aldermanic housing committee for a conference with Alton Housing Authority officials. In its brief tour of Dogtown, the Board of Health group, largely piloted by Alderman Louis Bowman, learned there are still 23 families living there. Must Provide Housing Alderman Bowman, sponsor of the clearance resolution, said afterward that the city, under the cooperation agreement for obtaining public housing, is required to provide a dwelling place for families that might be displaced by condemnation of their homes. Bowman's resolution proposes the city investigate structural conditions in Dogtown. Where substandard conditions are found, owners should be notified to enclose, repair, or demolish them. If owners fail to comply, condemnation would follow. Also before the committee is an amendment proposed by Alderman Roy Geltz that no inspections be made until the cost of a city clearance program is determined, and until the number of residents is known, and whether there is other adequate housing available for'them. After their tour, committee members said all questions in Jeltz's amendment had resolved, except whether public housing ill be available. Talked to l£esldeiits During the Dogtown tour committee members talked to several owner • residents of properties there. Three said they svould be willing to move out if they were assured of other and better housing and could still retain right to later sale of their Dogtown premises at fair consideration. Alderman Clifford Dabbs in an independent stroll, south of Palmer and Missouri intersection, said he found a resident who wanted to stay in Dogtown. The man told him he had deferred re- and improvements to his dwelling only because he was told it might be taken in the now- shelved urban renewal project. The resident told Dabbs he thought It unwise to spend money !or Improvements until he knew if he would lose his home. Besides Chairman Riley, Bowman, and Dabbs, others of the group at the committee session were Aldermen Oney Kldwell, J. P. McUughlin, and Newell Allen. days through Fridays. Said Unfair This is considered unfair to the student, the board said, since he will be paying for transportation he will not use at times, when the school week is shorter than five days, or when the student is absent because of illness. During eight weeks of the school year, some form of holiday occurs on which the student will not ordinarily use his bus ticket. In addition, the board said, the administration of a weekly* bus ticket will be considerably more 'difficult than an unlimited 10- ride ticket. As for the commission of 5 cents weekly, it would be payable to the school system. No Cost to Schools The board said since the sale of the tickets will not represent any significant cost to the school system, Bi-State will be asked to pass this saving on to the students by reducing the cost of the ticket by 5 cents. Bi-State had announced the revised student rate of $1.50 for 10-rides, to be available in Alton, Belleville, Granite City and Madison. The revision downward was the result of complaints against a proposed increase to 2, lodged by Belleville officials. The revised rate is the same which was in effect last year in Alton, except for elementary school students, who paid $1 for a 10-ride bus ticket. It is scheduled to take effect Sept. 15. School board attorney R. W. Griffith Jr. said he would write a letter to Bi-State, probably today, at the request of the board, outlining the objections to the proposed rate. Monument Cleared in False Bomb Report WASHINGTON (AP)—A brief bomb scare led police to clear the Washington Monument of visitors today as civil rights demonstrators marched away from the structure. A quick check showed there was no bomb, however. Spectators at the march had been permitted to go up the monument elevators and view the civil rights march all through the morning. At about 1 p.m., the park police cleared everybody from the monument and even refunded money to those who had paid for the ride to (lie top. They did not clear the area around the base of the monument. Wood River Will Have Sewer Vote A general sewer bond election —not required by law — is scheduled in Wood Jliver Township Sanitary Sewer District. The date has not been set. Voters of the district will be asked to decide on the issuance of ?2,335,000 in revenue bonds to finance the proposed Wood River sewer system. The district's board of trustees could have issued the bonds by ordinance, but when residents petitioned for a general election, the board decided to submit the question to the voters. A petition calling for the general election was submitted to the sanitary district's clerk, Roger Harris, who told the telegraph that petition was examined by him and declared valid and an election will be held. The petition was signed by approximately 537 sanitary district residents, most of whom live in the Rosewood Heights area. The sanitary district also includes Cottage Hills and Forest Homes. Rosewood Heights residents opposed the $960,000 general obligation bond issue, passed by referendum in July, by a vote of 635 votes against to 563 votes in favor. The sewer system proposed will cost $3,300,000 and will include a treatment plant, sanitary, interceptor and lateral sewers, lift stations and force mains where sewage must be pumped. The sanitary sewer district created by a vote of residents in the area two years ago, includes about 2,350 acres and approximately 10,000 people. The project is expected to be adequate for the needs of 18,000 residents expected to be living in the area by 1980. Harris said the sanitary district board of trustees plans to iold an informational meeting to answer questions of objectors before the election on the revenue bonds is held. No date has been set for the election. Former Premier of South Korea Indicted SEOUL, Korea (AP)—Former Premier Yo-Chan (Tiger) Song, outspoken critic of the ruling military junta, was indicted today on charges of slandering the government. The 47-year-old Korean Wat- hero and retired lieutenant gov- eral could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Note date war set for his court martial. THRONG AT MONUMENT SITE Mass of demonstrators leave the the Lincoln Memorial today. Observers Washington Monument, background, reported that the march was conducted for the March on Washington parade to without incident. (AP Wirephoto) House Working on Senate Version of Arbitration Bill Estimated 100,000 Participate in Walk WASHINGTON (AP) — Softly chanting freedom songs, a multitude of Negroes and white sympathizers estimated at more than 100,000 moved on Abraham Lincoln's shrine today in a great civil rights march. A small army of police, nation-.lie accommodations bill. This has WASHINGTON (AP)-With the strike deadline only 12 hours away, the House went to work today on a Senate-approved resolution that would force arbitration to avert a nationwide railroad walkout. House Speaker John W. McCormack, D-Mass., told reporters he ivas confident the House would win the race with the clock, and jet the resolution to President Kennedy for signing into law well in advance of the 12:01 a.m. deadline. Expects Passage "I would think the railroad bill would pass, and pass with a reasonable degree o[ rapidity," McCormack told newsmen. "I would think that it would get through very quickly " He did not predict whether the House would accept without change a measure pussed by the Senate Tuesday, or make changes which would necessitate a compromise. But the effort was to send a bill quickly to President Kennedy. White House officials said tlvat if the House passes tlra legislation without change, a copy could be placed on Kennedy's desk for signing within a half hour after House action. A spokesman for tlic railroads said that as soon as the bill becomes law the railroads will act immediately to can* el proposed A'ork rules changes which the unions have said will cause them lo strike. Kulcs I'o.stoil Notices of the work rules changes have already been posted to become effective Just after midnight, but the rail spokesman said the carriers are standing by to cancel the notices. A Senate Labor Committee specialist said enactment of the bill would mark the first time to his knowledge that Congress has ever set up procedure for compulsory arbitration. The measure would force arbitration to settle the two big issues in the work rules dispute: The elimination of 32,000 firemen's jobs and how many men are needed to run a train. Tot Burned as Tricycle Plunges Into Trash Fire Two - year - old Leslie Vahle of Alton lost control of her tricycle on a sloping walk and plunged into a pile of smouldering trash in an unused wading pool Tuesday afternoon, Leslie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Wayne Vahle, 1403 Henry St., suffered first and second-degree burns to her left hand and forearm, and second - degree burns to her right thumb and left knee. She was given emergency treatment at St. Joseph's hospital and released. Her father, owner of a marine and railroad supply firm, said a doctor indicated Leslie will have no scars from the burns. Under the Senate measure, there would be 180 days for arbitration-negotiations before a strike could ensue if the lesser issues were still unsettled. Further congressional action might be requested then. House leaders hoped to pass the measure and speed it to President Kennedy for signing before the strike deadline. Waikout Threat With the walkout threat just around the bend, the Senate inched out the throttle, beat down some other proposals and pushed through the emergency measure which is similar to one that had been drafted by the House Commerce Committee. This is expected to simplify matters, for leaders plan to have the House take up the Senate bill as a substitute for its own version. That way the House could pass the measure and send it straight to the White House, rather than returning it to liie Senate for final action. Rep. Oren Harris, D-Ark., chairman of the House Commerce Committee, expressed belief the House can act on the measure in time to block the strike which would tie up 195 railroads, practically every major line in the country. Five operating unions representing the engineers, firemen, conductors, brakemen and switchmen have said they will strike the moment the railroads put into effect the job-cutting new work rules. al guardsmen and police reservists had little to do because — up to noon at least — the massive gathering was one of the most orderly on record. The police estimated the turnout at 110,000 persons at noon. And still more were on the way. Deputy Police Chief Howard Co- veil reported in early afternoon there were many buses still en route through distant avenues in northwest Washington. Advance crowd estimates had ranged as high as 250,000. Ahead of Schedule The march of less than a mile, from the monument to the Lincoln Memorial, actually got under way in impromptu fashion nearly half an hour before the 11:30 scheduled time. Some of the placards read: "Before we'll be a slave, we'll be buried in our grave." "Segregation disunites the United States." "No U.S. dough to help Jim Crow." In freedom we were born, in freedom we must live." The demonstration was a giant demand that racial discrimination be abolished, root and branch, throughout America. Just about everybody, Negro and white, was polite, and evidently intent on proving false some advance predictions thai there might be an explosion of disorder. Not all the marchers were somber, by any means. Enthusiasm Someone started the yell "Jim Crow must go" at one point, and this was taken up for a time with the enthusiasm of a footbal crowd. The religious tone was reflectec in signs which proclaimed "Goc of justice, God of power, can America deny freedom in this hour?" Shortly after noon a group o; Hollywood stars including Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis Jr. arrived on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. They were welcomed by the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jackie Robinson, who was the first Negro to play big league baseball, told the crowd: "I know all of us are going to go away feeling . .. We cannot turn back." Negro songstress Lena Home, wearing the yellow legionnaire cap of the marchers, shouted: 'Freedom!" into the microphone and got a roar of "freedom!" back from the crowd. Support Pledged The march leaders met with Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and House. Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield of Montana said no commitments were asked or given in the session with him. Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said Senate republican leader Everett M. Dirk sen of Illinois pledged support for all of the administration's civil rights program except the pub TODAY'S CHUCKLE You're only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. (© 1063, General Features Corp.) Police Chief Says: »> To Ask Safeguards to Foil Con Games All banks and savings and loan organizations in Alton will be asked to institute safeguards against large withdrawals following the bilking of $5,000 Tuesday from an elderly woman. Police Chief John Heafner said every effort should be made to slow down the withdrawal of large sums of money and police should be called if a financial Institution has any suspicion about such transactions. Mrs. Otto Ziegler, 81, 417 Prospect St., wp the victim of two women working the "pigeon drop". Mrs. Ziegler withdrew the money from a savings and loan company to be used as evidence of good faith. After she gave the swindlers the $5,000, they were supposed to meet her later and give her additional money. Heafner said "If anyone in Alton is approached in a deal where a person has reason to be leary, the police will be glad to investigate. This was the second loss in a "pigeon drop" in Alton in the last four months. Jn May, an elderly woman was bilked out of $2,000 when she put that amount up as "good faith money" when another women said she had just found $3,000.. Some banks have adopted a policy of slowing down the large withdrawal of money by elderly persons in an effort to curb the swindling racket. A spokesman for the First National Bank of St. Louis told the Telegraph today that it has instituted safeguards against such swindles, Tellers are instructed to have such suspected victims confer with a bank officer before permitting the withdrawal. This warning by the bank does not work in all cases as the $5,000 swindle in Alton proved Tuesday. Mrs, Ziegler cashed the check, at the First National Bank in Alton, despite the pleas of the bank teller, who knew her. An official of the bank was called and he also tried to persuade the woman to think over the transaction, but the woman was insistent and, also, the woman ac- compunying her wanted the check cashed. A spokesman for the bank said, "We made ivery effort to caution the '.(Oman and halt the transaction, but if a person wants the check cashed there is nothing we can do." An Alton Woman in 1960 w a s bilked out of $100 in u similar type of operation in a promise to share in $6,000 by a man, Last month, an attempt to bilk a woman out of ?40 was stopped when the woman's son became suspicious and informed police. V been Dirksen's position all along. Wilkins said House GOP leader Charles Halleck of Indiana told them he was "holding conferences (on the legislation) and the Republican attitude always has been friendly to civil rights." House Speaker Jolin W. McCormack, D-Mass., was quoted as predicting the House would pass a strong civil rights bill. In the late afternoon, the march eaders had an engagement to see President Kennedy. On the monument grounds there was a carnival atmosphere. Here and there groups of bearded, guitar-playing folk singers performed. Soft drink and sandwich wagons were doing business. Women were selling brochures, priced at $1, entitled "We Shall Overcome." At Center By a striped canvas tent served as headquarters for the march operation, a group was marching around in a circle, hand-clapping rythmically and singing. The whole area was heavily policed. Along a major part of Constitution Avenue, officers stood shoulder to shoulder. There were civil police and military police. Also available, if needed, were several thousand troops at military posts in the Washington area. George Lincoln Rockwell, leader of the anti-Negro anti-Jew American Nazi Party, showed up at daybreak on the fringe of the monument ground with about 40 young followers, and police promptly ringed them in a tight circle. The Nazis were not in uniform and Rockwell said they did not plan a counter-demonstration but would only act as observers. City Worker Dies in Belt Auto Crash One city employe of the Alton Recreation Department was killed and another was injured seriously in an automobile collision about 1 p.m. today on the Beltline at Municipal Golf Course Road. John Haug, 77, of 1907 State St., a recreation department caretaker, died about 1:50 p.m. in Alton Memorial Hospital from head and internal injuries suffered in the accident. Police said he was the driver of one car. The victim was hurled 90 feet by the impact. Injured seriously was Haug's passenger, Darrell Colley, 38, of 1207 Union St., a maintenance man for the recreation department. He was injured about the shoulders, ribs, chest and skull, the hospital reported. The occupants of the other car, only one of whom was reported injured, were Lindsey Morris, the driver, of 1909 Hickory St., and three children, Edward, 12; Jerome, 8; and Dianna, 14, Dian- ua was given emergency treatment at the hospital. Police said that, apparently, Haug drove from the Golf Course Road into the path of Morris's car on the Beltline. Youth Admits Phone Booth Bombings ST. LOUIS (AP) -The bombing of three South Side telephone booths last week have been solved with the arrest of a 17-year-old boy, who police said admits detonating the blast "just for kicks." The circuit attorney's office said Larry Schoenotch was charged with bombing. A spokesman for the circuit attorney's office* said the charge is a felony. 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