Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 6, 1963 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Friday, September 6, 1963
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Inside: EDITORIAL ..... PAGE 4 OBITUARY .... 5 . FAMILY ....... PAGE ft COMICS . . . PAGE 10 SPORTS ... PAGE 12 CLASSIFIED .... PAGE IS TELEVISION ... PAGE 8 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY SATURDAY Low in 60s, High 80 (Complete Weather, Page 2) Established January 15, 1836. 18 PAGES ALTON, ILL., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,1963 Vol. CXXVIII, No. 199 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. Funds Low, GAACto Do or Die Dissolution of the Greater Alton Association of Commerce if its membership and financial problems are not resolved by November is the problem faced by its board of directors. The announcement was made by President Frank Hollis at a hair-down open discussion dinner sponsored by "friends" of GAAC for a number of members and some non-members, at Lockhaven Country Club Thursday evening. In the end, the group authorized Hollis to nnme a committee of seven to go into the problem and seek to arrive at some kind of recommendation to tho board of directors. Offers Alternatives Hollis, himself, had two alternatives to a dissolution to suggest: 1. Immediate increase in support for the organization from both present and former members, with an accompanying reduction in petty criticism, or 2. Some sort of consolidation plan involving GAAC and other organizations of similar nature with like aims. Hollis viewed the GAAC's move to new quarters at street level in the 100 block on East Broadway as a definite recent advancement in arousing greater support, saying it had had more visitors in its first few days there than during a number of years in its former upper floor quarters. But the fact remained, he emphasized, that the board of directors had been unable to get a quorum at a meeting since last May—a fact denoting lack of interest as well as shortage of finances. Cites Financial Status Executive Director Francis M. Kaar, queried by the Telegraph this morning, said the association would have exhausted its regular sources of income by the end of this month, as well as the balance of an emergency fund amassed several years ago, by the end of November. He estimated that, compared to the 541,000 budget adopted by the association for the present year (with only $30,000 actual income to date), a $60,000 budget would be required to carry on the local program as it should, especially that involved in attracting industries to the area. Hollis last night had emphasized by repetition the need for the association to make personal contacts with industries on which it got "leads" and from which inquiries were received. "Chambers who obtain industries send their representatives flying out to see them. We have to be satisfied with answering their inquiries by letter," he pointed out. Several of those present suggested that the association should have a program that would provide dynamic attraction and be recognized as performing service to the community. Kaar — before he excused himself from the session to permit, he explained, freer discussion — had outlined the current program of the association. The aims cited were to promote new industries, a strong highway and street promotion activity, educational, cultural, and recreational promotion, sewer facilities for the area (now well on the way to realization), and business area modernization. But it was difficult to dramatize any part the Association was performing in connection with them. Kaar explained the new program, including the industrial attraction phase, adopted two years ago, could have been undertaken only after considerable advancement in an earlier program adopted seven years ago, which prepared for a community that would be more attractive to industry. This program included adequate sewers, street lighting, a building trades agreement to end difficulties in that industry, building code city park improvements, and annexation. More Money Released for Airport Job Release of $14,365 in federal funds for work at Civic Memorial Airport was announced Thursday by Gov. Otto Kerner. M. D. Walston, manager of (lie airport, said the grant was an additional payment on widening and paving of the taxi strips which IB now under way. Funds are released periodically as work progresses on the projects, Walston said. Additional payments will be forthcoming, he added. QUITS COUNTY JOB Mrs. June Boyer, K.N., who has resigned as head of Madison County Nursing Home, charging she was a mere figurehead. Patient is Mrs. Blanche Long of Collinsville. County Nursing Probe Probable By WILLIAM RYAN Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE.— An investigation may be sought into conditions at the Madison County Nursing Home here which have contributed, at least in part, to a rapid turnover in administrative personnel over the past five years, the Telegraph learned today. Rebate to Water Users Cut About Half in Appeals Court In Huntsville, Ala. Wallace Closes 4 Schools Some members of the County Board of Supervisors, which makes annual appropriations for operating expenses of the state- licensed institution, indicated today they would welcome such ah investigation following disclosure by the Telegraph Thursday that the current director of the nursing home has resigned, effective next Tuesday. Mrs. June N. Boyer of Wood River, a registered nurse, who has held the position as administrator and director of nursing service at the county institution the past nine months, listed among her reasons for resigning the office a lack of "help, equipment or cooperation to efficiently run the institution." Mrs. Boyer told a Telegraph reporter today a lack of needed supplies rather than equipment was among the considerations leading to her resignation. She Lists Reasons Mrs. Boyer cited as primary reasons for her action a lack of delegated authority to her to administer the institution, lack of trust by the County Board of Supervisors' committee in her ability to deal with personnel, absence of any security in the position and a demand for "time clock punching." Mrs. Boyer, employed last December by the County Board's nursing home committee on a probationary basis as administrator, said she has never had any authority to "hire or fire" any employe at the institution. Employes were hired by the committee after it conducted interviews with applicants, she explained. She said she also had been given no authority, until last week, to make any food purchases for the nursing home, but was permitted to authorize buying of any drugs for which there was immediate need. In the interview Mrs. Boyer described herself as a mere figurehead administrator of the institution, with all ultimate authority retained by the county board's nursing home commit- tee, headed by Nameoki Township assistant supervisor Charles Werner. Werner Bought Groceries Werner, until last week when he finally directed'her to order groceries, has undertaken all such food purchases in the past, coming to the nursing home each week to meet with salesmen from reputable area suppliers, Mrs. Boyer asserted. The committee for the institution has met at least once a week at the nursing home, usually on Tuesdays, and has assumed virtually all administrative functions—giving her only token authority — Mrs. Boyer said. When she first was employed as administrator nine months ago, Mrs. Boyer said, the board's nursing home committee retained her on a probationary basis to extend for three months, after which, she said, she was to be given an employment contract. Such a contract never has been offered and "4've felt sort of like walking a tight rope every week, without knowing if I would still have my job next day," Mrs. Boyer told the Telegraph. Didn't Ask Bids All other county department heads, such as the county highway superintendent and medical director of the county tuberculosis sanatorium, are employed directly by the county board of supervisors under a contract resolution, it was pointed out. Such has not been the case in employment of an administrator for the county nursing home, whose employment has been arranged solely through the board committee for the institution without any sanction of the supervisors body. Also, it was brought out during the interview with Mrs. Boyer, purchases of foodstuffs for the county nursing home have been made by Werner without any calls for competitive bids from suppliers. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) Gov. George C. Wallace shut down four city schools today to block integration temporarily but one group of militant mothers marched their children through state trooper lines to register them. While helmeted troopers balked classroom activities at the four schools ordered closed for one day in an executive order issued by Wallace, pupils started a new School year at 24 others. Enrollment at the four last year totaled 2,323 and attendance at all schools in this city of 100,000 was about 24,000. The marching mothers scored their coup at one of the three grammar schools ordered integrated by the federal courts and ordered closed by Wallace despite the protest of the City Council and the mayor. About 25 mothers turned deaf ears to troopers and their message that the East Clinton School was closed. They proceeded resolutely up the steps. The troopers stood aside. The mothers went in and registered their tots, then left when told by school officials that there would be no classes today. While they were making their entry, a state highway patrol loudspeaker boomed, "Don't hurt them, don't huft them; let them go in!" School days were delayed for the four Negro children who had been ordered admitted into white schools by the federal courts. S.W- Hereford IV, whose father was one of those who sued in federal court for desegregation, was the first Negro turned back. Two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents accompanied the Hereford party. It was the same story at three other schools for the three other Negroes—John Brewton, 7; Veronica Terrell Pearson, 13; and County Board Will Get Longer Bar Hours Bill EDWARDSVILLE. — A resolution sponsored by a group of tavern owners seeking an hour's extension of closing time will be on the agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the County Board. County Clerk Eulalia Hotz told the Telegraph today, that the tavern group's proposed hour- change resolution was presented to her by their attorney, James Massa of Collinsville. Ministerial groups in the county have long opposed any changes in the present closing hours for taverns in the county outside corporate limits—1 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on Sundays. As reported Thursday by the Telegraph, such groups have re stated their opposition to relax ing closing hours and will reg ister their objections when the County Board meets Tuesday tor possible action on the tavern men's request to lower the closing hours. Several abortive attempts have been made by tavern groups in the past to alter the present closing hours. The proposed resolution submitted to the county clerk would extend the closing time for taverns outside cities or villages until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on Sunday. Berin Road May Beat Belt Finale Extension of the south leg of the Beltline to East Alton to connect with Alternate Rte. 67 "probably" will be taken up after completion of the Berm Highway, an assistant state highway en- Telegraph today, assistant to Dis- Puts Lid On Rate Refund By JACK BARBAN Telcgniph Staff Writer The Fourth District Appellate burl today has ruled against water users in the Alton Water Co. rebate fund case which in effect means that customers of the company will get half of what was asked in the appeal. The court allowed a rebate of no more than $270,000 plus 5 per cent interest over a about l'/2 years. This period of may push BARRED FROM ENTERING; HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Army sergeant argues with state patrolmen today as his wheelchair-ridden child was denied entrance to the Fifth Ave- nue Elementary School. A Negro boy was also denied entrance to the school which is under federal orders to integrate. (AP Wirephoto) Integration Delay Request Rejected TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) U.S. Circuit Judge Walter P. Gewin today rejected a request backed by Gov. George Wallace for a stay of public school segregation in Birmingham. David C. Piggie, 6. FBI agents were seen at all of these school grounds. "Thank you, sir," Mrs. Odell Pearson told a trooper sergeant who advised her, "No school today." City Atty. Joe Payne said the city planned no legal action because Wallace had assured officials that school opening would be permitted Monday. "This is an unfortunate situation we have been subjected to by the governor," Mayor R.B. Searcy said. "We did not ask for troopers to be sent in here and I did not want them. "1 think Wallace should remember he is fussing at the federal government for sending troops into our state." The early morning executive order of Wallace said he acted "in conformity with the constitutional and statutory power vested in me as governor." He directed a one-day delay "for the sole and expressed purpose of allowing the governor to preserve the peace, maintain domestic tranquality, and to protect the lives and property of all citizens of the state." The temporary breach of the Wallace line at East Clinton was not repeated at the other schools. An aide to Wallace telephoned Joe Payne, attorney for the Huntsville Board of Education, and said the closure would be foi one day only. The governor's of flee said Wallace is a strong supporter of education and that his action was caused by unusual circumstances which he said existed in Alabama- At the other schools, the troopers ran into resentment on the part of parents, One woman wanted to know, "What would you do if we broke through?" Troopers ignored the question. DATA AT THE HAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 60°. high 78°, low 61". River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrg. to 8 a.m. 3.2. Pool 23.2. None. Red Cl USSR. By JOHN RODERICK Associated Press Staff Writer TOKYO (AP)— Red China accused the Russians today of trying to subvert a district government of its uranium-rich Sinkiang Red Chinese Refugees Flee To Soviet Union MOSCOW (AP)— Refugees from China have been streaming into the Soviet Union in recent weeks, Western sources said today. One source said 50,000 have come over since the middle of last y •, and that they were still coming when he got his last report, about a week ago. Other sources said they had heard about an exodus from China to the Soviet Union, but that happened about a year ago. The reports circulated in Moscow shortly after the Red Chinese accused the Russians of having "enticed and coerced several tens of thousands of Chinese citizens into going to (he Soviet Union." D.C. Has Dim Royal S> By FRANCES LEWINE WASHINGTON (AP)— Booming sonic bursts of nighttime fireworks at the White House entertained President Kennedy's guests but kept police busy explaining the aerial blasts lo worried residents in the capital area. After the first colorful rocket exploded with a crescendo about 11:20 Thursday night, police said they started getting a barrage of telephone calls. When the 15»minute display in honor of the king and queen of Afghanistan had ended, police iina A< of Subi Province and of stirring up trouble along their common border in 1960. It said thousands of Chinese were lured or forced into the Soviet* Union and are still there. Furthermore, the blast over Peking Radio charged that Premier Khrushchev in 1958 "put forward unreasonable demands designed to bring China under Soviet military control." These demands were not explained. But Peking was more specific about what it says has been going on in Sinkiarg, the remote province in northwest China where Moscow in 1950 won the right to exploit various minerals including uranium, used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Refugees A Chinese language version said the Russians admitted tens of thousands of Chinese into Soviet territory last year in an attempt to overthrow the Chinese administration of Hi, a district in Sinki- ang. Presumably they would be used as a fifth column in Hi, once controlled by czarist Russia. An English language broadcast, however, spoke of Soviet subversive activity in Hi and called it View of ... nap, Crai clocked close to 1,000 calls. The switchboards of Washington news paper offices were flooded. Mos( callers said they thought there had been an explosion or bomb burst. When they learned the noisemaking came from White House fireworks, a few disgruntled residents said it shouldn't have been done at that time ol night. But, for President Kennedy, King Mohammed Zahir, Queen Homaira and the 115 other guests watching from balconies and the south lawn ol the White House, it ccuses version an example of "how the leaders of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union have sabotaged Chinese-Soviet unity." "In April and May, 1962," Peking said in the English broadcast, "the CPSU used their organs and personnel in Sinkiang, China, to carry out large-scale subversive activities in the Hi region and enticed and coerced several tens of thousands of Chinese citizens into going lo the Soviet Union." HI-DutiiU'xl Border It said Peking lodged repeated protests but that Russia had refused to repatriate them on the "pretext of the 'sense of Soviet legality' and 'humanitarianism.' " It added that "to this day, this incident remains unsettled." The border between the Soviet Union and China in Sinkiang is ill-defined and there have been repeated conflicts there. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Take a look at your tax bills and you'll quit calling them "cheap politicians." (0 1963, General Features Corp.) vkle, Pop was an exciting bit of alter dinnei entertainment. A military review on the floodlighted green lawn, with some 300 Marines, Air Force bagpipers anr Army colonial fife and drummers also had been featured and dre\\ admiration. But, when the fireworks lit up the sky, the President's guests re acted like youngsters. The formal black tie state din net- in honor of the visiting roya couple marked the opening of thi fail social season at the White House. ;ineer told the E. R. Ailes, trict Engineer William S. Krause, said the greatest problem now is completion of the River Road and Berm Highway. Ailes said the district engineer realizes that "we're going to have to proceed with extension of the Beltline because it is an essential improvement for the area, but we have no definite schedule for its completion." The proposed extension of the Beltline, Ailes said, is included in the H. W. Lochner & Co. report of highway construction plans in the Alton - Wood River area which was made public Thursday. However, he added, the report does not lay out the exact route but only includes the "general 1 route of the Beltline without de tails. Needs Special Study Before the plans for the exten sion of the Beltline can be com pleted, Ailes said, a special study in the East Alton area will have to be made to establish exactly where the route will go. The Lochner report, Ailes ex plained, "won't solve all the prcb- ems" of road planning in the area. In its present stage, he said, the report sets up roads to be tested for traffic, considers the ntire road program and includes : listing of routes for improvement and suggested improvement, but will not show details. Ailes could not predict what priority the extension of the Belt- ine would have over road projects in the area, other than it would come after the completion of the River Road extension to Wood River where that route also would connect with Alternate i7. The latter road is now being redesignated as Illinois Route 3. Sometimes, Ailes said, factors )eyond the control of engineers make it impossible to follow prev ously established priorities. Foresee Traffic Problems Meanwhile, in commenting on the proposed extension, both East Alton Trustee William Linkogle and Wood River City Manager Carlton Laird said the route would create traffic problems if it were run through the urban area instead of on the outskirts. Linkogle said the highway's advantage to the area would be according to its location. Though it would bring customers to the community, he said, if it were on the outskirts of the urban area it also would lighten the traffic- load on other streets. Laird said if the extension were run through the urban area it night create a "bottleneck," but that improvements of Rte. Ill ;md the River Road might meet many of the traffic needs in the area. Laird said he believed the Belt- line extension could be built cheaper if run on the outskirts of ii'ban areas because property that would have to be condemned would be less expensive. Vietnamese Forced To Defeet Wednesday SAIGON (AP) — Two government soldiers ol Cambodian origin forced 64 South Vietnamese ivil guardsmen to defect from Ihpir Mekong River delta base last Wednesday, the governmen reported today. However, 37 of the defectors es eaped and have since returned to their base about 70 miles south o here, the government forts are being made the others. The govenunent said said. Ef to local the 3 took advantage of a sudden am bush by Communist guerrillas t escape. the rebate as high as $300,000. The suit involved two additional counts which would have brought the total rebate figure to $465,000. However, the court ruled against the additional t w • counts. The case was based on 47Va pe» ent increase in effect d&iring the year period, starting in 958. The increase was set aside n a ruling by the circuit court in :dwardsville in 1962. The suit has covered much ;round. It was before the Su- >reme Court, the Illinois Com- nerce Commission, and the Circuit Court of Madison County be- ore it reached the appeals court on the three-count phase. The company posted a $270,000 bond which is the amount involved in the appellate ruling. Posted Bond The other two counts in which the appellate court ruled against the water users involved: 1) a common Jaw claim for a refund for the difference in the amount collected during the refund per- od plus interest at 5 per cent; 2.) The water users asked for in addition to a refund, punitive damages for alleged wilfulness n charging the 47 1 ,6 percent increase from Jan. 22, 1960 to Aug. 1, 1960 after the Circuit Court lad ruled the increase invalid. The Appellate Court found :hat Section 72 of the Public Utilities Act bars common law action and also that the Alton Water Co. did not wilfully vio- ate the law as found under ormer rulings of article 73 of he Illinois Public Utilities Act. n he companies actions acted with expediency after the finding. The action got underway in .957 when the Illinois Commerce Commission granted the Alton .Vater Co. a 47% per cent rate ncrease effective Jan. 1, 1958. The ICC's order granting the ncrease was appealed to the Madison County Circuit Court, udge James 0. Monroe, on Vov. 25, 1958, entered a judgment setting aside the rate increase. The former rates became effective. The 47 J /z per 1 cent rate increase was ruled il- egal and the sum involved was determined at $465,000. Appealed Order The opinion filed by Judge Monroe held that customers of he water company could sue n court for refunds and did not lave to apply to the ICC. The Illinois Supreme Court in January, 1960. affirmed Judge Monroe's decision holding the 47',a per cent rate hike illegal Hid the Madison County Circuit Hourt subsequently entered judgment approving a 35 per cent rate increase instead of he 47M; per cent. The 35-cent ncrease was affirmed by the State Supreme Court, May 25, 1962. The opinion handed down by Judge Monroe, June 5, 1962, ound the 47 ">a per cent overcharge was willful, from the ime of the State Supreme Court's decision. Judge Monroe held that Alton Water Co. must pay attorney ees of the rate-payer plaintiffs n the equity refund suit. Plaintiffs in the refund 'case ,vere Alton Brick Co., Alton Laundry Co., Laclede Steel Co., Owens-Illinois Glass Co., Russell-Miller Co., and also Roy Geltz. C. Hartman and Edna Marshall on behalf of themselves arid I he 14,000 rate-paying customers of Alton Water Co. Following Judge Monroe's decision water bill payments to Alton Water Co. during pending litigation were impounded in an Alton bank under the name of Circuit Court Clerk Willard Fortell, uiulei- previous designation of Judge Monroe as trustee-

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