Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 9, 1963 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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TEMPERATURE Saturday high ti7, low 39. Sunday high 55, low 30. 7:00 n. m. lodny 24. Downtown noon today 29. Ruin and snowfall from 7:00 a. m. Sunday to 7:00 n. m. Monday 1.54. Ml VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Fair to partly cloudy and cold tonight. Low 15-23. Increasing cloudiness and a little warmer Tuesday, high In mid to upper 30.3 VOLUME XLIV — NO. 59 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1963 30c PER WEEK JET EXPLODES AIR KILLED BOLIVIAN REDS HOLD 4 AMERICANS FOG CEILING — A delist blanket of rog covered the Kogue- Valley mid Bedford, Ore., early this week. Hot air rrom lumber mill sawdust burners on the valley floor made bumps In the Jog. Two youths watch the sunrise from a vantage point on Roxy Ann Peak, above the fop. (AP Wirephoto) Lights Go On At Santa Claus Lanes In Mt. V. The Jaycees turned on the ights last night and Mt. Vernon's "Santa Claus Lanes" \v*"A i look prettier than ever. The King City is indeed a beautiful Christmas city after ast. night's transformation engineered by the hard-working H I young men <)l ,nc Jaycees. Thirty club members turned out. Sunday morning for a mass work party. Despite snow, blus- cry, cold weather the Jaycees put in a tough eight-hour day, putting up tho Christmas trees and lights on west Broadway and north Salem Road. It took 150 man-hours of work to finish the job, but the cold, weary Jaycees must have had a warm feeling of community accomplishment last night when they turned on the lights or the first time this Yule season. The first snow of the season and the huge gaily lighted tree at. Tenth and Maple, provided a perfect background which transformed Santa Claus Lane into a winter wonderland. ROHRBACH'S REPORT SAYS: PLANNING DIRECTOR NEEDED IN MT. V. Mt. V. Man Is Charged With Arson Police arrested a Mt. Vernon man aSturday night and charged him with trying to set fire to an apartment house on south 11th street. John M. Jordan, 53, of 307 south Tenth street, was chnrg- CHARGK JORDAN SKT HOTEL KIKK HKKE Authorities this afternoon said that John M. Jordan, 'MVJ south Tenth, will be charged with sotting a fire last August 13 which destroyed i ho South Tenth Street Hotel. Jordan is being questioned by city police and local and si ate fire department officials. ed with arson and was lodged In jail. Firemen controlled the fire, at. an apartment house at 310 south 11th street, before it caused much damage. Police charge that Jordan used old newspapers to set fire to a couch on the back porch of the apartment house. The couch was destroyed and police said the back wall of the house was scorched, near a window. Police said Jordan had admitted setting fire to the couch because he was "mad" at Sadie Randolph, who lives in the rear apartment. Dies In Prison Cell At Age 89 SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (API- Antonio Ditardo, who lived in San Quentin Prison for 13 years had repeatedly turned down offers of parole, died in his sleep Sunday. The native of Italy would have 'been 89 Jan. 17. Ditardo had served m ore time in the prison than any oilier man now there. Ditardo was convicted of killing his wife in San Jose, Calif., Feb. IS, 1920, after a quarrel about money. Two months later, lie began a life term, rejected by friends and family. He was offered parole starting in 1!M5, but always turned it down. "Why I want to go out? I just want to stay hero until the Big Boss calls," he told authorities. (editor's Note—This is the third of series of articles concerning the comprehensive plan for Mt. Vernon, prepared for the community by professional planners.) City planners have outlined Mt. Vernon's many problems ind opportunities and have recommended actions to achieve future goals. It is imperative that in the years :.head the Mt. Vernon Planning Commission lie provided with competent professional planning assistance to carry out the required technical work, said Planner C-erwin K. Rohrbach of St. Louis. The comprehensive plan, in recommending organization for an effective program, suggests thai a professional planning consultant be retained on a continuing basis. If the city's financial structure warrants, a full-time planning director should be hired, the master plan states. "In any case the ultimate responsibility for any success of planning will rest on an informed body of local citizens, 1 ' Rohrbach said. Keep Committees It is strongly recommended that citizen committees which have worked with the planners should continue to assist the Planning Commission in continually reviewing the comprehensive plan. The plan points mil that one of the most important tools available in implementing the plan is a new zoning ordinance which regulates the uses that can ho made of private land. The Planning Commission is studying and revising the zoning ordinance now and a public hearing on it: will be held, probably in early 1%4. The ordinance will zone areas within a mile and a half of the city limits and will set up controls on land uses to conform to the plan for future growth of the community. Subdivision regulations will control the platting or replat- fing of private land. Urge Urban Renewal Urban renewal grants from the federal government could be an important source of money to help carry out community projects, the report states. Rohrbach urges Mt. Vernon to look at the purpose of urban renewal, how a community can use it, what kinds of actions are assisted and how the cost Frank Sinatra's Son Kidnaped Mass Rites For 11 Killed On Tracks MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP> Mass funeral rites were sched- STATELINE, Calif. (AP) Frank Sinatra Jr., singing son of the famed crooner and film star, was abducted by two men at gunpoint Sunday night from his motel room just before he was to go on stage at a casino, sheriff's deputies reported. Several hours later police radio broadcasts alerted all units to look for two men for questioning. They were identified as Jollied today for 11 members of a | soph James Sorce, 23, and Midland City family killed in a j Thomas Patrick Keating, 21. car-train crash Saturday. I Officers available to newsmen Only one occupant of an old! gave no reason why the men station wagon which pulled in j were sought. Nor were they front of a freight train survived identified further. — 1-year-old Margaret Ann: In San Francisco, however, Langlord. police said Keating and Sorce The victims were Mr. a nd i wore wanted for a bank robbery Mrs. Henry Langford, two sons!in Long Beach and that they and a daughter, six grandchil- i were escapees from a youth au- dren and two daughters-in-iviw. Witnesses said the station wagon apparently stalled on the tracks and was struck broadside by an Atlantic Coast Line freight train. Money, Bonds, Gun Stolen In Break-In Here Thieves who burglarized a Mt. Vernon home during the , weekend took a gun, stocks j and bonds, and money. 1 Police said the thieves entered the home of Kenneth Jones, No. 1 North Highland Fast, through a window. They took a small steel safety box which contained stocks, bonds and personal papers, from $15 to $20 from a piggy bank, and a .22 calibre automatic rifle valued at $(50. Arrest Two For Sunday Purchase ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police made the first arrests Sunday lor violation of Missouri's' Sunday sales law in St. Louis County. Officers arrested a father and son and booked Ihem for sale of prohibited items on Sunday. Police said they bought two pair of pliers at a supply store operated by the two. (Continued on Page 2, Column 4) JAHTW HELPER J/WJ Caught Stealing Kitchen Sink SYRACUSE, N.Y. Ml - Mrs. j Rose Mancini summoned firemen Sunday when water began pouring through the ceiling of her grocery and apartment m downtown Syracuse. Firemen and police went to an unoccupied on Hie second floor. There, police said, they found Sam Gary, 35, and Robert I.,, Chapman, 38, both of Syracuse, trying with wrenches lo remove the kitchen sink. The men were jailed on third-degree burglary charges. Raise Fund For Oswald Widow SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES BENTON, III. Wi Sponsors of a fund-raising campaign for the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald say they have received S260 since the program was initiated Thanksgiving Day. The Rev. Roy A. Kale, who originated the campaign, said donations have included several Christmas cards addressed to Oswald's widow, Marina, 22, and her two daughters. The campaign. Kale said, is intended to show the former Russian woman no stigma is attached to her by her husband's alleged assassination of President Kennedy. thorily camp at Tracy, Calif. Authorities said the FBI had been called in on the case. Deputies immediately set up roadblocks on mountain roads \ in the Lake Tahoe area, already | made difficult by three inches I of snow. Sheriff George Byars of Dougi las County, Nov., said "we still think they are in the area," on the California - Nevada border. Sinatra is 19 years old. Sinatra Sr. flew in his two-engine plane to the area early today from Palm Springs, Calif, He' was lo start work Ibis morning at Warner Bros, studio in Los Angeles on the movie, "Robin and the Seven Hoods." Only three montlis ago he announced he would divest himself of Nevada gambling interests estimated to be worth about $3.5 million. He pulled out after the Nevada Gaming Control Board accused him of violating slate regulations by entertaining Chicago underworld figure Sam Gian- eana at Sinatra's Cal-Ncva Lodge on Lake Tahoe. Ironically, young Sinatra was louring with a band, led by Sam Donahue, billed as the Tommy Dorsey Band. Sinatra Sr. rose to fame willi that group, and in his act the younger Sinatra sang his father's old songs. Also ironically, young Sinatra sang at Hurrah's Lake Tahoe Casino, a competitor of his father's Oil-Neva Lodge. Dragnet operations were directed by the El Dorado, Calif., County sheriff's office, because the abduction took place just within the California border. Stateline is 60 miles southwest of Reno. Joe Foss, a trumpeter with the Dorsey band, told officers he and Sinatra Jr. were eating dinner in Sinatra's motel room. About 8:30 p.m., Hie telephone rang and Sinatra hung up after u brief conversation. At about 9:30, Foss reported, there was a knock on the demand a shout of "room service." Two men, one armed with a small revolver, hurst in, asking "Where's the money?" sheriff's deputies said Foss told them. They took the small amount in the two men's wallets, then tied and gagged Foss with tape. Foss said they also taped Sinatra's hands. Foss said a third man might have been standing outside. One man carried a package of some sort, he added. After forcing Foss to lie on the YANKS ARE AMONG 21 HOSTAGES Tin Miners Give Bolivian Gov't 24 Hours To Free 2 Reds Or "Suffer The Consequences." LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Communist-led tin miners holding four Americans among 21 hostages today gave the government 24 hours to free two arrested Communists or "suffer the consequences." The Federal of Mine Workers sent their word to the government by way of radio transmissions from their strongholds more than 150 miles south of this capital. The miners, led by leftist Vice President Juan Lechin, defied a government troop buildup and an offer from President Johnson of full U. S. assistance to the government, to win freedom for the hostages, held since Friday night. I The miners' broadcast said the union wanted the i-elease of the two Communist union heads arrested by the government, during the day Friday. The leaders, Irineo Pimental and Federico Escobar, w ere arrested on a court order in connection with union agitation against a government erackdown on union power in the operation of the mines, Bolivia's main source of income. The broadcast said the union was giving the government the ultimatum to resolve "The problem of the detained union leaders, and if it does not do so, it; will have to suffer the consequences." The broadcasts did not spell out what the consequences would be, but sources here said they could mean a threat to the safety of the hostages. The miners originally promised the hostages would not be harmed. The government has said that under no circumstances would it set the two Communists free. President Victor Paz Estenssoro scheduled a cabinet meeting, meanwhile, amid reports he will degree a state of siege. American Contacts Embassy One of the Americans, Thomas Martin, 21, of New York, a U.S. Information Service officer, contacted the U. S. Embassy Sunday night by radiotelephone for the second time since Saturday. He said he and the three other Americans were well. He said he was being held under strong military guard, but did not. elaborate. The miners announced they would start a series of strikes today at the 25 mines run by the government. Ono From Peace Corps Besides Martin, the other Americans are Michael A. Kris- SEEK CAUSE -LIGHTNING OR BOMB? Pan American From Puerto Rico Reported It Was In Flames Before Crash In Maryland. CLEARED EXPRESSWAY AND HEAVY GUARD FOR JOHNSON CONVOY — A large group of New York motorcycle policemen flank the convoy carrying President Johnson and his party as it races down the Van WycU Expressway in Queens section of New York toward Manhattan Sunday. Other policemen stand guard on bridge and expressway entrances as all other traffic was stopped on t he road until the Presidential parly had cleared it. The. President was enroute from Idlewild airport to Manhattan to nttentt funeral rites for former New York Gov. Herbert Lehman. (AP Wirephoto) To Use Canada Plant Studebaker Quits Making Cars In U.S. DISPUTED BY STATE'S ATTORNEY BOARD OKs EXTRA HIGHWAY DEPT. PAY NEAV YORK (API - Stude -i baker Corp. will quit auto production in the United States hut continue to make cars in Canada, Dow Jones News Service,' said today in a copyrighted'. story. Ending of operations at Stu- I debaker's plant in South Bend, i m ' obe of last s P n "S' s i Jefferson county supervisors | today unanimously backed the I county highway committee in I a controversy with State's Attorney Jay B. Stringer over expense payments to two employ­ es of the highway department. In a letter last week Slring- The legality of a special Jeff- or asked the board to take erson county grand jury which steps to recover payments indicted 27 persons during a made to the employees, which, Mt. Ver- he said, "appear to have been lawful author- Legality Of Grand Jury Challenged ueuamu s u.a, ... «ur non township election was chal- made without too where the company has! . . to- ity." made cars for 50 years, will cut j , f , • off employment for about 6,000 persons, including 5,000 hourly workers the story said. day. ! The array of the grand jury ! was challenged in motions filed . by Bob Shaw and Helen Greene, The business news service Uv(> of , he 27 pci . sons in(iicted . (Continued on Pago 2, Column 71 At the same time they filed motions to quash the indictments. In the grand jury challenge they charged that Sheriff Dewey Barton chose the jury on a political basis, with an intent to choose a jury having a loyalty and bias in favor of the Republican party. The defendants also charge that three of the jurors served illegally. They included two ministers whom, the motion charges, are specifically exempted from jury duty, and another juror which, the motion states, resides in another county. In a resolution adopted today, the county board noted that William H. Carnahan, Jr., assistant superintendent of the county highway department, has been receiving $400 per month salary and an additional 850 per month for expenses and that Georgie Meadows, foreman, has been receiving $350 per month during winter months and an additional $100 per month during, spring, summer and early fall as compensation for extra work and expenses. In his letter to the board Stringer said that Assistant Slate's Attorney Sam Phillips, who has been conducting an investigation of the highway department, has been unable to find where the board authorized these payments. In today's action the board said the payments have heretofore been approved by the county highway committee —a committee of the county board acting for and on behalf of the county board. The payments have been within the , amount appropriated by the Jefferson county supervisors , t .., a mtv board for the highway voted unanimously today lo sup- j department, the resolution not- said all auto production will be i concentrated at Studcbaker's; Canadian car plant in Hamilton, | Onl. I Tlie announcement will be made at a news conference in • New York Tuesday, it said. ; Randolph Ji. Guthrie. Stude- j baker's board chairman and a j New York attorney, confirmed, that Studebaker will have an i announcement then on its fu-. Hire plans. Asked about car-making activity, Guthrie said, "we are i continuing in the automobile ; business." "At South Bend?" he was j asked. "I'm not going to get into all the details. Everything will be disclosed at the news conference," Guthrie replied. Studcbaker's car business, once the sole reason for its existence but now accounting for about one-half sales value, has been losing money heavily. Sales of the 19liI model introduced a few months ago lagged " 'J 10 J^."]k. w,1 5? }}}?., ^""l! r »rt"pTOpTe \>rrh7 \Vw^lawn area \ cd!' County Asks For Interchanges At W'dlawn, Opdyke Bend operation was shut down last week — while competitors' assembly plants hummed — lo keep already excessive inventories of Larks and 11 a w k s from building higher. OBLONG DEFEATS BONDS in asking for an interchange of east-west superhighway 64 two miles noi th of Woodlawn. At the same lime the county board adopted a resolution asking for mother interchange in eastern Jefferson county, somewhere in the Belle Rive-Opdyke area. Approximately 200 persons at- The resolution said that the additional pay for extra work and expenses "were necessary expenses and reasonably required for the operation" of the highway department. The board ratified and con- (Continued on Page 2, Column 6) OBLONG, 111. (API—A $375,000 bond issue to build eight f | em i e d a lively "meeting at Wood. lawn yesterday at which plans classrooms at an Oblong elementary school was defeated in a referendum Saturday 432-346. MOTHER, CHILDREN ESCAPE Opdyke Home, Hit By Lightning, Burns (Continued on Page 2, Column 7) J An Opdyke woman and her two children were lucky to escape with their lives at 9:20 Saturday night when lightning hit. their home, with a resulting explosion and flash fire which quickly destroyed the house. Mrs. Earl Champ and her two children, Bobby Earl, 12, and Farla Jean, 8, escaped the flames although Mrs. Champ had trouble getting the front door open after the force of the explosion twisted the six-room house and jammed the door. A piece of flying copper wire struck Mrs. Champ near one eye and Farla Jean suffered a cut on one foot. The Chump home was a mass of flames within minutes after the lightning struck during an unusual winter rain, electrical and snow storm. Mr. Champ was away from home when the lightning struck. Mis wife, Shirley, and their two children escaped only with the clothing they were wearing. The house burned to the ground and all the family's pos sessions burned. Heard Mile Away The explosion in the Champ home was heard more than a mile away. One resident said the blast was so loud he thought it was a train wreck. Waller Petersen, who lives a half block from the Champ home, ran to the scene and reported that the house was burning in all rooms upon his arrival. The explosion broke basement windows at the Petersen home and knocked pictures off of walls. Lightning aparently ran in on electrical wires at the Petersen home, burning out the gas furnace motor and damaging appliances. The Champ's pet dog was pulled out of the burning house but suffered severe burns. Mr. and Mrs. Chump and their children are living temporarily at the home of her parents in Belle Rive. were outlined lo seek an Interstate 61 interchange. A delegation will submit the plans lo an 1-61 public hearing in Ml. Vernon Thursday morning. Current 1-61 plans calls for only two interchanges in Jefferson county, both at Mt. Vernon. Supervisors said at today's meeting they do nol know whether people of the Belle Rive-Opdyke area plan to attend the meeting to ask for an interchange. Another Victim Deer Season Is Still Open On Highways Here Wild deer in Jefferson county are in more danger from cars than from hunters, The hunting season for deer is closed now, but the wild animals are still falling victims to modern transpotalion. The latest victim, described us a "big deer," was killed by a car or truck last night on route .'17, between Bonnie and Inti. Authorities said some one will probably feast on venison as the result of the latest car- deer crash. The deer had been hauled iiway when officers arrived at the scene. JAIL NO JUST — Claiming it was only a jest, Cuban citizen Omar I'adilla. above, accused of I lircatening to shoot President Johnson, was held In lieu of $25,000 bull In Now York Sunday. Arrested Saturday by secret Service men, h vi w us charged with the Illegal possession of a rifle under state law which nuikos it a crime for an alien to own a rifle without a permit. (AP Wirephoto) KLKTON, Md. fAP> -- A federal investigator said today he was convinced that a four- ! engine jot airliner exploded in the air before it plunged to earth killing all 81 pensons aboard. Robert Allen, deputy director of safety for the Civil Aeronautics Board, said: "We cannot at this time tell" whether the Boeing 707 which crashed during a thunderstorm Sunday night was struck by lightning. Asked if there was any sign of a bombing of the Pan American World Airways plane, Allen told a news conference: "I would say not at this particular time but we have not ruled out any possibility." The Federal Aviation Agency also released today an unofficial and partial transcript of the final conversation between the crew and the control t o w e r at Philadelphia's airport. "Clipper 214 out of control. Here we go . . ." the plane crew told Paul Slexy in the tower. Then this exchange: Alexy—"Clipper 214, did you call Philadelphia?" ' 214—"Clipper 214 is going down in flames." Alexy—"Clipper 213, roger. Message has been received." Then silence. Allen told newsmen that fact wreckage was scattered over an area of one square mile "certainly would Indicate that an in-flight breakup occurred." "Disinegralion of this magnitude is hard to imagine," he said. Saying he was "convinced that there was an explosion before it lilt the ground," he added: "What type it was I don't know. It could be decompression of the hull or rupture of fuel cells." CAB investigators received conflicting reports on whether lightning could have caused the crash. They also learned another plane had been in trouble in the same general area at about the same time because of turbulence. This report indicated that rough weather, rather than lightning, was a major factor. As investigators began their work, police searched for victims in a m u d cl y cornfield where the plane dropped in fiery fragments from 5,000 feel. Witnesses said it was struck by lighlning. "It (lightning) could cause it," said B. R. Allen of the Civil Aeronautics Board, one of two federal officials heading the Investigation. "We really can't tell until we look at the wreckage." The plane, en route from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia with 73 passengers—two of them infants — and a crew of eight, came down in a stubbled cornfield about .15 miles southwest of Wilmington, Del., near U.S. 40 line. By good chance, about 65 persons had stepped safely off the plane dm-ing a stop in Baltimore only a few minutes earlier. "It was a funny noise, a sound '. had never heard before, unbelievable," said Mrs. Dean WIN moth, who lives in the village of. Meadow View near Elkton. "We knew then; would be no survivors out of it. because it was just a ball of fire." The plane disintegrated In the air. Sheriff Edgar Startt said bits of wreckage fell over an area of four square miles. The cornfield was a rain-soaked jumble of burning bits ot wreckage. As officials met lo plan their investigation ot the tragedy, a skirmish-like line of state troopers and suitors from the. nearby Bainbrlclgo (Md.) Nuvul Base moved through the Holds. The sailors were told to raise their hands when they found unythlng. As hands began popping up, white-coated troopers answered each call, tagging the remains and returning them In plusllc bags lor transportation to a (Continued on Pago 2, Column 8), Ml VERNON STORES OPEN TONIGHT FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS

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