Alton's Sewer Project. . . See Map and Story Page 15 Inside: EDITORIAL PAGE 4 COMICS PAGE 14 FAMILY PAGE 20 TELEVISION .... PAGE 33 SPORTS PAGE 36 CLASSIFIED PAGE 39 OBITUARY PAGE 39 MARKETS PAGE 39 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years MILD FRIDAY Low 60, High 85 (Complete Weather, Page 8) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 210 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1963 44 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. Aftermath of a Violent Smaslmp JLl Like the wingspread of a wrecked airplane, front section of a station wagon, cut in two in a Beltline crash at Bnckmaster Lane Wednesday evening, blocks west lane of highway. Bystander and Alton Police Patrolman Rudy Sowders contemplate the wreck, said by police to be the worst non-fatal accident since Belt- line was built. Photos by Don Hayes. Flood Waters Rising; Crews Work on Levees At Rosewood Heights Flay Sewer Fund Plan By L. ALLEN KLOPK Telegraph Staff Writer An organized citizen's group blasted the financing ot a proposed sewer system for Rosewood Heights, Collage Hills, and Forest Homes at a meeting Wednesday night. GRIEF Gerris J. Carroll, 19, waits in ambulance after accident. He feared one of his companions had been killed. (Related picture Page 2.) ROADSIDE SALVAGE Alton Police Patrolman Rudy Sowders contemplates station wagon engine which was wrenched from the car by the impact of the crash. 5 Hurt in Belt Crash Five persons were injured, two seriously, when a sports car sliced a station wagon in two on the Beltline Highway Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The spectacular accident occurred when William G. Smith, 51, of 326 E. 12th St., drove a station wagon onto the highway where it collided with a 1963 day- old sports car occupied by three youths. Seriously J. Carroll, driver of the sports car, and Paul Herbstreit, 44, of 1406 George St., injured were Gerris 19, of 3203 Alby St., a passenger in Smith's vehicle. Carroll received fractures of both the upper and lower jaws and a back injury. He is a patient at Alton Memorial Hospital. Herbstreit, who received a skull fracture, is a patient at St. John's Hospital at St. Louis. Also injured were David Monroe, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monroe of 220 Maurice St., and Elmer D. Lovelace, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Lovelace of 105 Mather. Monroe received a severely lacerated right knee and a left arm injury and Lovelace received face and head lacerations. Both are students at Alton Senior High School. Illinois state police, who inves tigated the accident, said it occurred while Smith was attempting to drive his station wagon onto the highway at Buckmaster Lane.' Lovelace, one of those riding with Carroll, said Carroll had just bought the new sports car Tuesday and was taking "me and Dave" (Monroe) for a ride. Lovelace said Smith, driver of the station wagon, may have misjudged the distance because of the low-slung sports car" and drove onto the highway. "All I remember is whirling Why Injuries Serious? Sees Speed Main Cause Alton Police Capt. William Petersen said most Beltline accidents result in serious injuries because of the speed that cars travel on the read. Speed limit on the route is 65 miles per hour except for approaches to stoplights, which are 45 miles per hour, he said. "A lot of it is carelessness," he added. Visibility on the Belt- line is good at every intersection except at Alby Street, where people coming east over the railroad overpass are upon the intersec tion before they realize it," he said. Another problem and cause of accidents on the busy Beltline is that motorists fail to realize that they must yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn from the Belt highway, Petersen said. He noted that after a Telegraph series of articles on the dangers of travel on the Belt highway the accident rate dropped sharply as motorists exerted greater caution for a period. Problems arise on the Belt highway because it originally was designed as a freeway, the officer said. However, failure to keep it a limited access road, as originally planned, adds to the danger since there are numerous side roads not protected by traffic lights which enter the highway. How the United Fund Stands Today (Climbing Toward Last Year's Record) TEAM Carpenters Cement Finishers Steamfitters Interior Decorators Plumbers Iron Workers Teamsters Glaziers Bricklayers Electricians Operating Engineers SUPERINTENDENT Robert S. Mlnsker Sid E. Cahoon George Phillips Mrs. Harry Mondhink Joe Victor William Fisher R. F. Judson John Paul Dr. Games Smith John Dippel Al Barnerd CARDS CARDS GOAL SELECTED REPORTED $11,780 10,514 10,714 12,200 10,415 10,693 10,706 12,290 10,158 10,530 10,000 $120,000 117 112 131 125 111 121 99 113 119 107 374 1529 95 37 35 48 49 20 19 63 27 24 104 TOTAL PLEDGED $ 7,344.00 4,105.00 8,046.00 4,552.00 3,373.00 2,220.00 2,201.00 5,765.00 2,484.00 2,381.00 5,244.80 $42,715.80 around and hitting that tree," he said. He said the station wagon had stopped on the highway in front of the oncoming sports car, Carroll is employed at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Smith and Herbstreit are employ es of Alton Box Board Co. Myers Pleads Innocent in Slaying Case BELLEVILLE, 111. (AP) — John Edwin Myers of Chicago, accused of slaying a Belleville man and his daughter in August, 1961, pleaded innocent today in St Clair County Court.* St. Clair Circuit Judge Joseph Flemming appointed two East St Louis lawyers, Ray Freeark am John Raffelle, to defend him. No trial date has been set, a cour spokesman said. Myers was returned from Bif, Springs, Texas, last week, where he was sentenced <o death foi killing Arthur L. DeKraai, an Iowa hitchhiker. A new trial was ordered, however. Authorities derided to let Illinois proceed with its case. He is accused of murdering George Ballard, 47, and his daughter, Carol, 11 on Aug. 31, 1961. Donna Marie Stone, 13, of Ed- .vardsville, who accompanied My ers during his travels, has pleaded guilty and is serving a term in an Illinois institution. They said they have a better plan. Members of the objecting Citizens for an Economic Sewer Sys tern were among 150 persons at the meeting at St. Kevin's Church, Rosewood Heights, which was called by the Wood River Township Sanitary District. The Sanitary District's plan calls for $965,000 in general ob ligation bonds and $2,335,000 in rev enue bonds to finance the system. The $3,300,000 total will be paid for at an average of $4.85 per month. An average on t h e general taxes per month would be $2.70, so that a total of $7.35 per month or 25 cents per day would be the average charge per home owner. The board has the power to levy 20 cents per $100 assessed valuation for operating expens- His Wil^l^r; Bingo Raided Police raided a bingo game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on East Alton Avenue Wed nesday night after an irate bus )and complained to police that us wife was spending their money every Wednesday night. "I want her brought out of here," the husband told police. He said he was a taxpayer and didn't think there was supposed o be gambling going on in the village. He added that they were gam- )ling and using money and if the police department didn't do some- hing about it, he would. Police Chief Harold Riggins and Captain Ebert Grimes discovered from 50 to 70 people playing Dingo in a large back room of the building. They arrested John E. Delashmet, 32, of 1434 Fifth St., Cottage Hills, and Owen D. Curtis, 30, of 505 Harper Court, East Alton. Delashmet was doing the calling for the bingo game and Curtis was acting as cashier, police reported. Both pleaded innocent today before 0. W. Vernor, Wood River police magistrate, who conduct- DATA AT THE DAM ou.m. temperature Yesierclay's today 61°. high 88°. low 61°. Kivei stage below Precipitation da in ut 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 am. 3.7. Pool 23.3. None. es, if it sees fit. The citizens committee feels the board will levy a 20-cent tax, but Aaron Martin, chairman of the board, pointed out the present directors do not see why (he 20 cents would ever have to be levied. "The addition of more homes in the three areas will increase our revenue so there will be no need for the 20 cent levy," Martin said. In opposing the measure, the citizens group has figured costs on the project and has come up with the following: The bond issues will total $3,300,000, the same as the district has estimated; the interest on the bonds will be $3,300,000; and the 20-cent tax levy will be $1,400,000. The three total $8,000,000. Interest Costs Unknown The sanitary board said i' couldn't estimate the cost of the interest on the bonds Until they are sold. The;'major differences in the two views were: 1) the 20 - cent optional tax that the board could impose for operating expense, and 2) the rate of interest that will be charged for the bonds. ENJOY FLOOD Four youngsters are having a big time riding a floating dog house in the flood waters of Port Acres section of Port Arthur, Texas, today. (AP Wirephoto) In relation to the bonds, figures show interest on the City of Alton has just issued general obligation bonds totalling $1,625,000 at an interest rate of 2.7 to 2.9 percent and revenue bonds to- talling $4,840,000 at an interest rate of 3.78 to 3.5 percent. The total amount of interest to be paid on the $6,465,000 will be $5,300,000. Martin pointed out last night that sewer problems in the district include raw sewage flowing down street gutters, and septic tanks functioning improperly. Such problems must be corrected to insure healthful conditions in the three areas, he said. The objectors feel the septic systems that are functioning pro- ed court at the East Alton Poice department. They were re- eased on $20 bonds each. Mayor Charles Vanpreter, who ,vas contacted were informed ordered the VFW Post. Gambling after the police of the gambling, police raid on the equipment confiscated at the VFW Post were bingo cards and cage, four dollars in change and a strong box with a key. perly there are are adequate, improper and where functioning units, they can be corrected by the use of sewage lagoons. Tells Scope of Problem Martin told the group the problem is community wide and the use of lagoons and septic systems would cost more in the long run than installing a complete sewage system now. Several of the persons attending the meeting expressed the idea the three villages could enter sewer systems of Bethalto, Wood River, East Alton, or Olin- Mathieson Chemical Corp. Martin pointed out that the cost of such a move would be prohibitive. He also said some of the of- cials of the three villages and Olin have expressed no interest in the idea. Marshall H. Smith, an attorney for the citizens group, said no formal presentation has ever been made to the Wood River City Council. Gromyko Suggests Disarmament Talks By MAX HARRBLSON UNITED 'NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) — Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko today proposed an 18-nation summit meeting on disarmament during the first quarter of 1964. President Ken- the U.S. policy The proposal was made by the Soviet leader in a major policy declaration before the U.N. General Assembly, nedy will give statement Friday. Gromyko asserted that the assembly session was opening in a more favorable atmosphere this year as a result of recent developments, including the signing of the limited nuclear test ban treaty. The speech was generally mild, in comparison with Soviet declarations at recent U.N. sessions, and Gromyko stressed repeatedly what he called the change international climate. Gromyko specifically proposed that the 18-nation disarmament committee meet "with the participation of leading statesmen of the highest level." He suggested that the meeting might be held in Moscow. He said that the meeting should deal both with the question of complete and general disarmament and with separate measures to achieve the further alleviation of international tension. His harshest words were reserved for West Germany. He charged that Chancellor Konrad Adenauer had consistently tried to block measures which would relax tensions. Gromyko spoke after Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson had called on member nations to take advantage of the improved international atmosphere. He called this session "the assembly of opportunity." Brazilian Foreign Minister Joao Augusto de Araujo Castro led off the general debate by challenging the nuclear powers to broaden immediately the limited nuclear test ban treaty to include underground testing. Gromyko ranged over the whole field of foreign affairs. Turning to outer space problems, he proposed an agreement between the Soviet Union and the United States banning the launching of nuclear-bearing vehicles into space. On the question of Red China, Gromyko once more pressed for the seating of the Peking regime in the United Nations despite the Moscow-Peking split. Russia Asks Respect for Her Border MOSCOW (AP)—The Soviet Union today cautioned Red China that good neighborly relations depend on respect for borders. It made clear Moscow will not side with Peking in any Chinese con flicl with India. The apparent reference to reported tensions on the Soviet Chinese border appeared in an editorial in the Communist party organ Pravda, assailing the Chi nese attitude in its border dispute with India. The editorial reproached Peking for refusing to negotiate a settlement with India. Peking recently revived tradi tional Chinese rivalry with Russia over vast tcrritorities China lost by conquest in the 19th century. Danger To Many Homes By ED STAATS BEAUMONT, Tex. (AP)— Slowly rising waters at the eight-foot levee protecting suburban Port Acres intensified a critical situation today', and an emergency call wen! out for fresh workers to bolster sandbagging operations. If flood waters topped the levee they would pour into hundreds of homes. "The situation is still very critical," said Sawyer Wolston, Civil Defense coordinator for the southeast Texas area slapped by hurricane Cindy and swamped by subsequent massive rains. "We need at least 200 more workers," Wolston said. "Most of those who worked through the night have either dropped out from exhaustion or returned to their jobs." There svas no way of telling if icavy runoffs upriver would push the water level at Port Acres over he levee. Cloudbursts of the past two days subsided into occasional light showers. All but a few of several thousand evacuees were able to return and start shoveling mud from soggy homes. Emphasizing that losses could not be appraised accurately until flood waters finish ebbing, the Jefferson County Civil Defense Council estimated damage might reach $10.5 million. The council appealed for Texas Gov. John Connally to declare the county, which includes Beaumont and Port Arthur, a disaster area. Rains measuring up to nearly two feet drained into the Neches River and created the threat to Port Acres, 10 miles south of here and just west of Port Arthur. Spokesman for the U.S. Engineers said if water topped an eight-foot levee protecting Port Acres, it could gush into 600 of the town's 1,000 homes and rout more than 2,000 people. In a final advisory on hurricane Cindy, the Weather Bureau said it had degenerated into little more than a trace of the storm which packed 80-mile winds two days ago. Predicting showers for another day or two over southern Louisiana and much of south Texas, the Weather Bureau said the last traces of Cindy should disappear by early Friday at the latest ove-. 1 southwest Texas or northern Mexico. Public Health Service Urges Flu Vaccination WASHINGTON (AP)—The Public Health Service said today that "high risk" groups of the population should get vaccinated nosv against influenza. But it added thai the 1963-64 winter is not expected to produce widespread flu outbreaks. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Many people are like buttons — always popping off at the wrong time. (C, 1U63, ienaral Features Corp.) This One's for 'Good Roads' Schools Get New 'Day 9 to Celebrate By ED POUND Telegraph Staff Writer Move over, Lief Ericson Day! American Indian Day, Arbor Day, etc. You have another partner. Administrators, teachers a n d youngsters are happily (ho-hum) awaiting April 15, 1964, when "Good Roads Day" will be observed in the state of Illinois for the first time. The bill that made Good Roads Day into a law was introduced to the House during the last session by Rep. C. A. Walker. It received almost unanimous approval in both House and Senate. The new statute states: "The 15th day of April in each year is designated as Illinois Good Roads Day, to be observed throughout the State as a day for holding appropriate exercises in the public' schools and elsewhere to show the value of our public highways in the economy of our State and the contributions they represent to the prosperity, com- foj'd, and well-being of the ciii zens of Illinois." Teachers in the Alton school system have a difficult time digging up material to observe such special days. Anyway, they are doing the job without help from the legislature, assistant super- ti-ndenl of Alton schools E. M. Leamon says. It is difficult to fit such obscure observations into the school curricula, the administrator said. Year after year teachers repeat themselves in their struggle to set aside a certain amount of Unit' to discuss Good Roads Day and the like. Why do legislators pans such bills? "Personally, I would say legislators generally do not understand the problems which confront school administrators in preparing curricula to educate our boys and girls as we would like them educated," Leamon said in answering the question. Will Alton go all out in ouserv- inu Good Ruads Day next April 15? "We will observe it, no question about that, because the law says we have too," replied Lta- mon. "We'll await instructions from the state superintendent of instruction. Ray Page, as to what can be done." How do you go about preparing to celebrate Good Roads Day? "That will take some thinking," Leainon answered. He did add that these observances are worthwhile probably, but they do not have a place io the school system. When schools set aside time to honor such legislation, the diversion eats up valuable class time, Leamon said. Alton schools touch on most of these holidays without being reminded at some time in the classrooms during the school year, Leamon said. "Maybe next year we'll have River Navigation Day," U-.imon observed wryly.
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