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Inside* OBITUARY ...... PAGE » MARKETS ...... PAGE 9 FAMILY . ...... PAGE 10 SPORTS ....... PAGE 14 CLASSIFIED .... PAGE IS COMICS . ...... PAGE 16 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY THURSDAY Low 60, High 75 (Complete Weather, Paf« 3) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 197 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,1963 20 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Pr«J*. PEACE IN ALTON Disorder Brief In Birmingham TROUBLE IN BIRMINGHAM By DON MCKEB BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Two Negro brothers entered school with white children today and brief disorders broke out at the elementary school where they registered. Dwight and Floyd Armstrong, accompanied by four Negro men, entered the Graymont grammar school through a side door. They enrolled and 10 minutes later left by the same door. They became pupils in the fifth and sixth grades — the first Negroes in Alabama to enter an ele- mentary school with white children. Demonstrations by about 100 white persons who had gathered early on the sidewalks about the school followed. Police brought in riot squads armed with carbines and rifles, Yells The white segregationists yelled "let's get those niggers out of there" and "nigger lovers.". They chanted, "two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate." Using a megaphone, police Pupils of Lovejoy School present the new term today. The students are varying expressions as they enter the shown walking from their school bus building for the first day of classes in up to the front door. Area Students Trek Peacefully to Class More tharf 80,000 public school students in the Telegraph five- county area trooped to classes today; against- a background of peaceful integration that began some 10 years ago. Catholic Parochial school enrollment in the five counties last year totaled about 4,200, and some increase is expected this year. Total public school enrollment for Madison County is expected to top more than 62,000, projected figures show. Totals for other counties are roughly as follows: Jersey, 3,360; Greene, 3,900, Macoupin, 9,200; and Calhoun, 1,400. Alton's public school enrollment today was 11,537, as com- jared to 11,074 on the first day of school last year. However, Alton's enrollment totaled 11,453 last year on Sept. 10. Integration of classrooms in Alton began about eight years ago, beginning with the ninth grade and trickling on down yearly to the third grade, Dr. J. B. Johnson, superintendent said. The first three grades Wood River Cut Off Aetna's List The Aetna Insurance Co. has cancelled Wood River's workmen's compensation and general liability policies it was announced at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Insurance costs consequently will be higher, council members ware told. Over the past two years 40 claims were made on workmen's compensation and 13 claims were submitted to the insurance company on general liability claims for falls and other sidewalk accidents. Members of the council - appointed insurance committee, composed of three Wood River agents, said that as long as they have been in business they had never heard of a company canceling city insurance policies after 11 months of coverage with only 22 days remaining until the renewal date. It was noted that 90 per cent of the workmen's compensation claims during the past 18 months have been in the garbage and refuse pickup department. "Another unusual aspect of the cancellation," said City Manager Carlton Laird," is that the council is currently considering the possibility of contracting out this work and the Aetna company knows this." Del Webb, chairman of the insurance committee, Bob Elliott and Sid Biggerstaff gave a preliminary accounting of plans for a revamping of she city's insurance program whereby Wood River agents bid for the business. So far, however, no final decision has been made by the council regarding an insurance program. The report showed that injuries to city employees cost the company $12,294 over the two- year period and sidewalk injuries have resulted Jn insurance payments of $4,900. were integrated all at once to complete the district's program. Integration in Alton was begun and • accomplished on the district's own initiative, Johnson added. George T. Wilkins, then county superintendent of schools, told the Telegraph that integration in Alton was marked by little discontent. Some groups held a few tense meetings and a court suit was filed in 1952, but on the whole the action was peaceful. The grand total of public school enrollment in the Ed- wardsvilte district today was 4,844, figures showed. Integration in the Edwardsville district began in the fall of 1953, according to Wilkins, and was accomplished peacefully, though he said he received a few telephoned "threats." Integration there was accomplished all at once, not by grades, when it was agreed to close Lincoln School, a Negro elementary and high school, and assimilate its 70 students into the white schools, he said. In some of the outlying Telegraph areas, a scattered Negro or two was integrated into area public schools without incident. Other Madison County school enrollments in the Telegraph area reported today were as follows: East Alton Grade School District, 1,625; Wood River High School, 1,235; Wood River - Hartford Grade School, 1,507; Roxana, 3,513; and Bethalto, 3,288. Catholic school enrollment in Alton, Godfrey, Wood River, Bethalto and Edwardsville totaled 3,117 last year, according to figures supplied by the Diocesan Office in Springfield. Jerseyville's Catholic school enrollment last year was 521, and Carrollton's was 220. To Solve Problem Tuskegee Plans Private Schools TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP)—Tuskegee was faced with a new threat today of closing Tuskegee High School and opening a private school. 40 Remap Plan Blocked by Two Issues SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — Two major issues are still unresolved by a special reapportionment commission faced with the task of redrawing Illinois' 59 A group of approximately persons sent a telegram to Gov. George Wallace asking if a "nondenominational, freedom-of-choice school" is possible under existing Alabama laws. The governor told the group which calls itself the Organizational Committee for Freedom of Choice of Schools of Ma'con County, that the legislature had provided for such schools. On Monday and again Tuesday, Wallace had prevented the Tuskegee public school from opening. Mrs. W. G. Wadsworth, temporary chairman of the committee, said in a statement that a lot of people in Tuskegee do not agree with the statements that Macon County "is ready and willing to accept integration of their schools." She said her group "is planning ways and means for providing a school that parents may choose in ]ieu of an integrated school^ as prescribed by Alabama law." Israel, Syria Cease Fire Is Promised UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) —Syria and Israel pledged today to maintain a cease-fire on their uneasy border Union vetoed after the Soviet a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria in the slaying Aug. 19 of two Israeli farmers on the frontier. The U.S.-British resolution won the support of eight members of the Security Council. Morocco, an Arab league member, and the Soviet Union voted against it. Venezuela abstained. Council President Jacinto Castel Borja of the Philippines appealed to the Syrians and the Israelis to maintain the cease-fire they promised the U.N. truce supervisory organization after the shootings. At Morocco's request, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant promised he would have a survey of the peace situation in the region ready in two months. TODAY'S CHUCKLE A dollar bill may not do as much for you today as it used to, but you don't do as much for a dollar, either. (© 1963, General Features Corp.) DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 65". high 81°, low 70°. River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 3.3. Pool 23.3, None. House districts/ Republican and Democratic spokesmen said no agreement was reached Tuesday on whether Lake County should have two districts or whether Chicago districts should overlap into the suburbs. "We made quite a bit of progress," Fred Gurley, Chicago Republican, told newsmen, after the closed-door session. "The meeting was conducted in good humor although some differences arose." Democrat George Dunne of Chicago said the commission "is still confronted with problems in several major areas." The commission, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, will hold its next meeting in Springfield Sept. 17. Unless seven of the 10 members agree on a new map by Dec. 14, candidates for the 177 House seats would run for office statewide in 1964. The commission was created by Jov. Otto Kerner after he vetoed a Republican-drafted measure for reapportioning House districts. Kerner said the map was unfair because it failed to provide for new districts on a population basis. Each district has three representatives. Major disputes between Democrats and Republicans during the 1963 General Assembly involved Lake and Cook counties, the City of Chicago and Southern Illinois. The GOP measure vetoed by Kerner provided for Chicago to lose two of its 23 districts, suburban Cook County to gain two, and Southern Illinois to lose one district. Du Page County was made a two-district county but Lake County, over Democratic protests, was continued as a one-district county. Southern Illinois would have lost two districts — one to Du Page County and one to Lake County — under the Democratic proposal. Gurley said the commission agreed there should be a higher degree of "proportionality" in new districts, that each should have approximately the same number of people. Capt. George Wall offered to let one of the group advance and talk things over. The crowd shouted back: "We're going to stay here until they close the schools." At least three white men and one Negro man were arrested. Police broke up crowds of Negro spectators on a corner facing the demonstrators. After about 25 minutes of yelling and placard waving, the white group led by officials of the National States Rights Party filed back in cars in a nearby parking lot and departed. Gov. George C. Wallace, who Tuesday sent hundreds of state troopers, wildlife rangers and other special officers into the city, maintained silence at the executive mansion in Montgomery. The state forces did not show up at any of the three schools ordered desegregated by a federal court. The governor's press secretary said: "The governor is continuing to fight this integration of the school system of Alabama and he's continuing to fight the overpowering force of the federal government because he thinks it's destroying liberty and freedom in this country and it's leading to a military dictatorship." 93 Schools A total of 93 schools opened in Birmingham today with enrollment expected to exceed last year's record 72,000. Negroes did not appear as scheduled at the West End and Ramsay high schools. A group of about 50 states right- ers appeared at Ramsay. They waved Confederate flags and protested a police barricade. Some wore gestapo-type uniforms. In the gulf coast city of Mobile, two young Negroes accompanied by two city policemen registered for the 12th grade at the Board of Education office. There were no incidents. No other pupils were-present^ At Montgomery, Wallace continued to decline comment after desegregation had been accomplished. The Negroes went into the school shortly after white pupils began enrolling. Governor at Home At the time, Wallace's press secretary said the chief executive was in his mansion in Montgomery, 100 miles away. The Negroes entered the building at 8:05 a.m. to climax what had appeared to be an impending showdown between Wallace and both federal and local authorities, who had asked him not to interfere. He apparently decided to accede to that request, but there was not immediate statement from him. White women picketed on the sidewalk in front of the school as the Negro pupils made their historic walk through a doorway on the east side of the red brick building about 100 yards away. Their enrollment was the first public school desegregation below college level in Alabama, where the first break came in 1956 and again last June when the federal government faced down Wallace at the University of Alabama. Some white spectators and small groups of Negroes watched from street corners as white parents, mostly mothers, led their children to school. Balk at Pickets Some of the pupils and parents were balked by the pickets. Others brushed past the pickets and went into the school for enrollment. Three other pupils were to enroll at two white schools in the city, but they had failed to do so as the hour approached. BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A policeman carries off a demonstrator cradled in his arms after a group of white persons protested enrollment of two Negroes at Ramsay High in Birmingham today. The man holds a large Confederate flag he had been waving. (AP Wire- photo) Anti-Fire Measures Needed, Mayor Told Alton needs a local fire code with enforcement to be backed by a fire inspector, experts told Mayor P. W. Day today. Engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters who made an interim inspection here Tuesday, listed the fire code and fire inspector as their chief recommendations. Day said that he plans to give the suggestion immediate consideration with a view to recommending an ordinance to the city council. As an initial step, he will study a model municipal fire code, and some copies of ordinances in effect in other cities of the state which are to be sent him. In response to a request of the mayor, two engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters toured the city with Fire Chief Warren Grable Tuesday, and Day heard their recommendation for appointment of a fire inspector in a brief conference East End Hits at Idea of Lot Sale Selling Alton's E. 4th Street parking lot near Ridge Street would be shortsighted, the East End Improvement Assn. said Tuesday night. The group voted to go on record as opposing sale of the lot. A letter will be sent to Mayor P. W. Day and the City Council expressing the opposition. The association cited the potential increase of business and traffic in the East End resulting from new construction and refurbishing of existing businesses there as a reason for their stand. They contend that the parking space will be needed. Sale of the little patronized lot which has parking meters was favored last Wednesday night by Alton City Council. A resolution was adopted last week and an ordinance providing for sale of the parking lot will be drawn and presented at next council meeting. The East End group pointed out that hazardous driving conditions on some streets in the East End result from diagonal parking. It was suggested that an effort be made to provide for use of these streets solely for traffic and to encourage use of the existing lot for parking in the East End. Possible restriction of parking on East End streets to parallel parking with two-hour meters was discussed. In other business, it was reported that a .financial drive for the Halloween Parade is currently underway. The group's float committee chairman said a float for the parade is being planned. More television coverage of the parade was discussed. One member has talked with St. Louis television station representatives anc pointed out the chance for a nationwide showing of the evenl exists. Extension of coverage up to 15 or 30 minutes may be pos sible he said. Also discussed was repainting the Piasa Bird on the River bluffs, a project still in planning stages. Original plans for restoring the bird to the bluffs were delayed because of legal complications. just before their departure this morning. The last report of the Underwriters dates back to 1958, and Day had asked another inspection in connection with the plan of the city to replace and relocate the No. 1 fire station. He also sought information whether, in connection with a new central fire house, that the city could reduce the number of its hose houses from five to four. A ..- At his conference this ^morning, Day said, he was told by the engineers, that the Board does not assist in setting locations for fire stations. It was suggested that he send a letter later on to the Underwriters board, setting forth just what the city plans in the way of improvements, and that the board would then give its proposals critical consideration. The Board's engineers, Wailace E. Lloyd and Ronald S. Tvedik, told the Telegraph tha< their "whirlwind visit" here had been solely to gather facts for up-dating the 1958 report and recommendations of the board, and that no conclusions had been reached. The results of their visit, they said, will be used in issuing a supplement to the now 5-year-old decennial inspection report on Alton's fire-fighting status. The supplement will cover any changes found since 1958. Miss Illinois Is Back in In New Phone Book .. . Zyph Loses Last Place to Zyung By JACK BARBAN Telegraph Staff Writer The new telephone book is out and William 0. Zyph of Roxana has lost a status symbol. Since 1948 Zyph has been the last name in the Alton-Wood River area telephone directory, but in the new book he has been replaced by Ji Duk Zyiing, a foreign exchange student going to Alton SIU. Zyph had gone to an unlisted number, but not because he is miffed by .losing the alphabetical race. A»l b Vlret Zyung is a 35-year-old math and jtoysics major from Korea. He fgpects to hold the last spot only tbis year, as he graduates in June. The battle for first place in the directory has been won this year by the A-l Electric Co. of Alton. Last year the leadoff spot was held by A-l Decorating of Alton. The name of the decorating firm does not appear in the new book. The new book is a little heavier by eight pages and 3,200 names. There are 42,300 name listings as compared with 40,400 last year. The grand old name of Smith is still the most popular in the Alton- Wood River phone boo« with a total of 311 listings, beating out by a wide margin the Johnson's who have only 214. The 1963 version is a far cry from the 189k directory which the telephone company happened to have on hand. Alton in 1896 had 21,000 people as compared to the 43,000 now. The 67-year-old directory had only 13 pages of names including the classified list. The old book reflects the virtual hauling monoply of railroads in those days. The phone book informed subscribers the central office will give all available information regarding trains. "Railroad companies object to the annoyance of repeated requests for such information, but furnish it to the central office for distribution." Something to Remember Remember, the 1896 subscriber was warned, when not in use the hand telephone should always be left hanging upon the hook; otherwise a cull cannot be received "—and the battery will run down rapidly." Only 50 towns in the vicinity of Alton could be reached by long distance calls in those days. And of the 50, only nine could be reached day or night, including Alton Junction, Collinsville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Mitchell, Oldenburg, St. Jacob, St. Louis and Troy. Today, the area telephone user has the world at his fingertips. Direct distance dialing goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday. At that time, Alton - Wood River residents will be able to dial more than 83 million telephones, coast-to-coast in t h e United States and Canada. Other changes taking place Sunday include: all numbers in the area will be seven figures and the letter prefixes will be dropped. All Bethalto phones will have new numbers. The information number for Alton and Wood River will be 411 and the entire community will be transferred to the 618 area code number. Bob Hosier of the Alton office of Illinois Bell said the phone directory delivery will be completed by the end of this week. LAST NAME Ji Duk Zyung, a Korean foreign exchange student at Alton SIU, looks at the new 1908 phone book. He found his name listed last. * Pageant ATLANTIC CITY, N.H. (AP) Judy Schlieper of Decatur, III., Miss Illinois in the 1964 Miss America Pageant, has apparently xmnced back from a temporary <nockout from a virus. Miss Schlieper, 20, who has been confined for most of two days to ler hotel room, won the biggest cheer of the evening Tuesday night when she appeared in the 'ormal opening. She and 51 other contestants rode 34 brightly colored floats in parade through a 20-mile* per-hour wind that ruffled floats and flattened signs. Miss Wisconsin, Barbara Bon, ost her sign by the time she •cached Convention Hall, three* quarter mark of the 2'/a-hour parade through thousands of specta* tors. Air Force Abandons Search for Fliers MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - The Air Force has abandoned a search for 11 crewmen — 2 from Illinois •*aboard two KC135 jet tankers which disappeared last Wednej- day on a refueling mission near LJermuda. Pieces of wreckage, found in the sea between Bermuda and. the Bahama Islands, were to bQ sent to Air Force Base Homestead for study. Among the missing crew uienv hers ar« Capt. Keith R. Goffln, 29, of Bellvue, UJ., and Capt. Allan C. Ferguson, 18, ul Elgin, III. j

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