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TEMPERATURE Monday high 30, low 23. 7:00 n.m, today 20. Downtown noon today 31. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois—Mostly cloudy wilh snow likely tonight and Wednesday with 1 lo 3 Inches accumulating by Wednesday morning. Low tonight in low to mid 20s. High Wednesday around 30. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 60 MOUNT VERNON, ILLLINOIS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1963 30c PER WEEK LOCKE BUYS VERNOIS FOUNDRY INDIANA AlJTO.MOim.rc KACTOKV — This Is an aerial view of the, ninlii Sludebnkcr car production facilities in .South Head, covering Ml acres. Other facilities in South Head Include a truck assembly plant and an 810 acre proving ground. (Al* Wlrcphoto) Push Search For Sinatra In Mountains STATELINE, Calif. (AP) The Vlil threw ;i wall of silence today around tlio case of kid­ naped Frank Sinatra ,lr. as fears grow for the safety of Hie famed entertainer's 19-year-old son. "We have a big job lo do here to solve this ease, anl 1 will have nothing more to give until something happens," Curtis 0. Lynum, the FBI agent in charge, told a news conference. As time passed wilh no word of any ransom demand from the Studebaker Closing South Bend Plant BULLETIN WASHINGTON (Al')—Secretary of Dcfenso Robert S. Mc- Namaru ordered the Air Force would start orbiting the earth in about four years. Farm Bureau Told JOHNSON FOR BIGGER SHARE TO FARMERS CHICAGO (AP) — President Johnson said lolay the nation needs lo search for better ways —ever responsive to changing conditions—to help faimers and ranchers share more fully in the bounty they help create. In a message read before the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the President invited the big farm organization to help show how such a goal might be reached. Johnson's message was read before I lie several thousand delegates by Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, assistant Democrat leader in the Senate. Humphrey himself was to address the convention later. "If our Democratic society is to thrive, it has a basic underlying need for free expression by its people. Those citizens whose roots are in the soil have a special responsibility lo participate in policy discussion and make recommendations to the government." In inviting the Farm Bureau and oilier farm groups to submit their views, the President said, "We need to search for belter ways ever responsive PRODUCTION TO CONTINUE IN KING CITY J Carl Schwcinfurth, Head Of Firm Since 1920, Announces Jan. 2 Takeover; Predicts Increased Work. " 4 THE I.OCKB STOVE COMPANY of Kansas City, Mo., will take over operation of Vemois, Inc., on January 2. The largo foundry which manufactures stoves and ranges in east Ml. Vernon, is shown in this aerial photograph. The new owner* will operate (he plant under the same name and will make (he same products. Killer Was A Loner By KOGEK LANE AP Business News Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Sludeba- ker Corp. lost $-10 million building automobiles in the United States since 1959, Chairman Randolph II. Guthrie said today. I to chaging conditions, to en- today to develop a manned mili- I Studebaker announced Mon- 011 >' farmers and ranchers tarv space laboratory t h a t i day it will close ils assembly! to share more fully in the boun- ' plant at South Rend, lnd., hut i 'V wIiicH they help create, will continue production al ils ! The delegates received the Hamilton, Out., plant. presidential message with en- Pope Plans Peace commission Plea At Bethlehem ; Gets Oswald I FBI Report Gets Senate OK. Frank Sinatra Jr. two gunmen who hustled young Sinatra into a Sierra snowstorm Sunday night, Sheriff Ernest Carlson said there is always fear for the victim's lite in every kidnaping case. The worried faiher spent a j sleepless night in a chair by Hie telephone in his Reno hotel room. Friends said lie caught only fitful dozing naps in keeping the telephone vigil lie was advised by FBI agents to keep. John Foss, young Sinatra's trumpet player roommate, said the gunman left him hound and gagged <m the floor or their Lake Tahoe motel room and look him out into the storm. The weather turned clear and cold today as 30 FBI agents and more than 70 other officers pushed their hunt into a second day. Foss played in the band with which young Sinatra was appearing. There was a brief flurry of excitement Monday night when FBI agents announced (hey had seized six men and IS guns 20 miles west of Lake Tahoe. Two of the men were identified as Joseph James Sorce, £1, of El Cerrito, Calif., and Thomas Patrick Keating, 21, of Riverside, Calif., wanted for two bank robberies which netted $13,000. After Sinatra Jr. vanished, officers had put out an alert, saying these two men were known lo be in the area and might possibly be connected with Hie Sinatra case. But arresting FBI agents said the two and their four alleged conspirators, seized in Iwo cars on U.S. 50, were held only for the bank robberies. Officers took Foss to view the men but he could make no positive identification. In Reno, the worried Sinatra Sr. said: "I've always had a fear of kid­ naping, especially when the children were much younger than they are now. "But I thought that was all past, now that they're grown up." A spokesman in his suite said Sinatra was "sleepless, nervous, tired, worried, concerned — everything a father should be .'f $511,000 Grant For Rend Lake The Senate yesterday appropriated $511,000 for Rend Lake as it voted 528,730,900 for Illinois projects as part of a $4.5 billion public works bill. hi a telegram to The Register-News, Senator Paul H. Douglas said that $501,000 will be used for Rend Lake pre- construction planning in 1964 and that $10,000 has been especially designated for beginning of cons) ruction. Senator Douglas noted that Hie amount, approved by the Senate is the same as that approved by the House of Representatives last month, except that the Senate-passed version officially puts the project in the construction phase. The Senate bill, together with the bill introduced by Rep. Kenneth Gray and passed by Congress, will enable local funds to be committed and used on Rend Lake land acquisition, construction and road re-location in Franklin and Jefferson counties. Congressman Gray announced thai the Senate action approves all southern Illinois water and public works projects previously passed by the House. "The bill will now go to conference with no change in our projects and is expected to reach the president for signature within two weeks," Cong. Gray said. "Funds will be available immediately thereafter." Wilier southern Illinois appropriations included: Big Muddy River surveys, $115,000. Carlyle Reservoir construction. $5,900,000. Wabash River surveys, $250,000. "We were being bled lo death there," Guthrie said of Stude- bakcr's auto production operations at South Bend. Details of Studebaker's plans to end auto production in United States and concentrate on production in Canada were outlined al a news conference by Guthrie; Byers A. Burlingame, president, and Gordon E. Grundy, president of Studebaker of Canada Ltd. They made these points Production of the Avanti, Studebaker's sports car, will cease. Dealers will be encouraged to stay with Studebaker. The price of Sludelnker cars made in Canada and sold in the United States is expected lo remain the same as current prices here. The officials said severance pay will be given to salaried employes. Union employes will be covered by contract provisions. T h e s c include supplemental •unemployment benefits and some pension rights. Ihusiasm. Farm Bureau President Charles B. Shuman, in a talk before the convention Monday, urged the new administration lo review farm policies Vi ,n 1 which the late president Kenne- wc dy had followed. In delivering the message, Humphrey said lie regarded the Johnson message as being of significance. "I came here for more than to deliver a few words to the delegates," the Minnesota senator said. Johnson has said that in the nation's endeavor lo help promote; better agricultural conditions, he needed answers to a number of questions. "How can we use the pricing By EUGENE IJCVIN VATICAN CITY (API—An informed source said today Pope Paul VI, after visiting both Israel and Jordan on his Holy Land pilgrimage, will deliver a major speech in Bethlehem Jan. 6 appealing to all mankind for peace and unity. The source said the Pope would visit both Israel and J or Retired Car Co. Official Here Dies WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of a presidential commission were expected today to begin a poini-by-poinl examination of an exhaustive FBI report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The report is said to conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald, a bitter loner with a chip on his shoulder, cooly planned and car- Clarence Warren Reynolds, dan. crossing" the "aimed border 1 former president of the J. P. between them twice. The source j Devine Co. and retired vice-i ried out Ihc murder alone m2p\^.Tror^ Mt> Vcrnon | The detailed report, 'turned! iln u »l ,ieceucn I car Co., died at 3:45 p.m. Mon-! over to the commission Monday ted pilgamagt , |b (he Jmi(x Dep arlmcnt, is Jan. 4-Leaves Romes i.con-1 ..,..! believed to state also that Jacki ardo da Vinci Airport about b | Mr. Reynolds, who resided at, Ruby kjlled 0swald on hjs own a.m. (midnight bbl Jan. _ .11, | Ulli Oakland Avenue, was S2 • an( j without ever having known the 24-year-old Marxist. President Johnson ordered the j Carl Sehweinfui'Ui announces sale. flying nonstop to Amman and arriving about 10 or 10:30 (3-3:30 a.m. ESTl. Drives to Jerusalem to celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, tours Christian shrines in Old Jerusalem and spends the night at the apostolic delegation in Jerusalem. Jan. 5—Drives into Israel in the morning and tours Biblical sites there, including Nazareth, mechanism of the free market j Tiberias and _the Sea of Galilee. with more vitalily than presently?" "In this endeavor, how can we better coordinate the role of government with the area of the private secior, including the farmers' own institutions in the marketing of farm products? "In this endeavor, how can The decision announced Mon-1 our efficiency in producing and day, struck a heavy blow in j marketing be reflected in fair South Bend, lnd., where (he j and open competition in the company has 6,000 employes world's markets? and turned out nearly 92 per .. ln lnis ent i c . lVor> w hat cent of last years production.; s | mukl we c]o l0 assurc oUr . Security Ups Dividend; Will Pay Quarterly At the regular December meeting of the board of directors of Security Bank of Mt. Vernon the directors declared a $3.60 per share dividend which is an increase of twenty percent over the 1963 dividend. The 1964 dividend will be paid quarterly as follows: Ninety cents per share to be paid on January 15, as of record January 1, ninety cents per share to be paid on April 15, as of record April 1, ninety cents per share to be paid on July 15, as of record July 1, and ninety cents per share to be paid October 15, as of October 1. The board instructed the officers to transfer $50,000 to surplus and undivided profits. J. Marvin Powers, president of Security Bank made this announcement today. He further stated that the bank is experiencing another successful year in its fifty-three years of continuous banking service and lie is very optimistic about the future for Ml. Vernon and southern Illinois, Indiana Gov. Matthew E. Welsh issued a statement saying the state will give "top priority" to finding new jobs for displaced Studebaker employes. In what turned out to be a tip- off, Studebaker shut down South Bend plants lasl week to let sagging sales of 1961 models catch! up with output that was clogging distribution channels. About 1,500 production workers were laid off Nov. 1. An estimated one million Stu- debakcrs are on U.S. roads. Company officials promised lo maintain a flow of parts, accessories and service through a network of 2,100 dealers. Byers Burlingame, two weeks ago named president of the company that traces its origins to a blacksmith shop set up in 1852, said the sharp curtailment and limiting of assembly operations to a comparatively small Canadian plant in Hamilton, Out,, was a "realistic" solution to Studebaker problems. Lark Was Success Burlingame said unprofitable operations on declining volume at South Bend were sapping the company's financial strength. A more or less steady downhill sl»le in Studebaker fortunes in the last decade was interrupted in 1959 when the Lark, a compact model, enjoyed temporary success and the concern cleared $28.5 million. Break-even years then were sandwiched around a S3.1-mil- lion red ink showing in 1961. selves of adequate reserves? "These are the questions," the president said, "that musi lie answered as you meet to study the issues and the facts underlying them. I will look forward with interest to your recommendations." Returns to Jordan in the ven ing to spend the second night al 1 he apostolic delegation in Jerusalem. Jan. 6—Goes to Bethlehem in the morning, celebrates a pontifical Mass in the Church of the Nativity and then makes a speech. Drives to Amman for the flight back to Rome, where he is due about 5:30 p.m. ; (11:30 a.m. EST). Aden Bomb Kills One And Injures 39 ADEN (API—A bomb flung from an airport balcony at a British high commissioner's. killed an Indian woman : enameling furnace. The sale of Vemois, Inc« (formerly Mt. Vernon Furnaca and Manufacturing Company) to interests with which it has been closely associated for many years lias been announced by Carl Schwcinfurth, president and cofounder of the Vernois company. The new ownership will taka over January 2, 1964. Vernois, Inc., will continue to operate under the same name, making the same products as now manufactured, but will be an affiliate of Locke Stove Company of Kansas City, Missouri. "It is anticipated that there will be an increased employment in the Mt. Vernon plant in the near future. A strong belief that this will occur was a determining factor in the decision of the pres. ent Vernois owners to sell," Mr. Schweinfurth said. Mr. Schweinfurth will retire from active management, but ha has been asked to continue to give the benefit of his long experience in dealing with the future affairs of the Mt. Vernon plant. Cavi Schweinfurth has headed the Vernois plant since it was organized in Mt. Vernon in 1920. The business now employs about 320 persons. \ The company's first product i was a warm air furnace but over I the years the manufacture has t included gas and coal heaters, l floor furnaces, gas ranges and electric ranges. The new owners are nationally known and their Warm Morn' ing stoves and heaters have been ; made under contract for several | years at the Mt. Vernon foundry. Locke has a large and efficient sales organization. The Mt. Vernon plant is equip! ped with a model mechanical . foundry and has a continuous FBr investigation. In turning over the report lo the seven-man commission headed by Chief Juslice Earl War-. , ren, the Justice Department said i P ;lrt . v . . • i the commission "has requested! 10 ^ ant ' njlUeC 39 olhcl ' p - cr *' In Election Probe ,u„. ...„ ,-eport not be made i sons - .including _ the commission- 1 ,1 tiemun nuuc icr and three aides ^County Defers Paying Bill For Investigator Clarence, Reynolds 11 months and 23 days Plan Shower For Opdyke Family There will be a household shower for Mr. and Mrs. Earl Champ of Opdyke at the Opdyke grade school Thursday evening, December 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Champ family lost all its possessions in a fire which destroyed Die family home Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Champ have two children, Bobby Earl, 12, and Farla Jean 8. The visit to Bethlehem will; of flK °' come on the Feat of Epiphany \ A. well liked, respected resi- which commemorates the visit j dent of this community for Hie of the three Wise Men to the in-! past 68 years, Mr. Reynolds' f . '" ~", " fant Jesus. i was a director of the car shops | bduOtdClG Jet The source said the Pope liei 'c at the same time he serv-' might make other speeches, but ! ed the big railroad car maiiu- thal the one in Bethlehem will laeluring plant as vice presi- bc the most important. ] dent He was a past Exalted Ruler of the F.Iks Lodge. (hat the public until the commission has . reviewed it and taken whatever: S'r Kennedy Trevaskis, the action ii may feel appropriate." j bigh commissioner, suffered The commission was charged : ™»'«'' '"J 1 "')'. Bl " °. em 'SC bv Johnson to learn all the factsi Henderson deputy assistant surrounding Kennedy's death at; commissioner, and secretary the hands'of a sniper in Dallas ;J»" hosier of the Information Nov. 22 and to make them ' Ministry was hit in the shoulder known lo the nation and Ihc! Also injured were two offi- Ihc Jetterson county boaid world so there would be no'cials of the Federation of South! yesterday deferred action on shadows'of mystery i Arabia. One of them, Informa- i a $169 claim presented by Sam Thus in studying the FBI re- l''°n Minister Sultan Ahmed Bin j Phillips for investigative work port—gathered by"scorcs of gov-: Abdulla Fadhli, was listed as in last spring's Mt. Vernon ernmenl agents who arc con-; seriously injured. . j township election, tinuing their investigation — the I The official party of British; The bill was referred to the seven'members of the panel will ] and Arab officials were prepar-j claims committee and will be be alert for any holes, flaws or ing to leave for London and | acted upon at the January 6 dicrepencies they may have to talks on the constitution ol this j meeting of the board, clear up in hearings. ! aggregate of sheikdoms and | The claim was for 146 hours j emirates, a British protectorate i 0 f work last April and May in I along the southern coast of the j "investigating votes" in the Training Planes . ary 'Arabian Peninsula. Talks were, April township election. heduled with Colonial Secre-| Phillips was hired by State's The source said it would be, more than an appeal for Chris- j Funeral services will be held tian unity. He said it would be I Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. al Mya general plea for religious and political harmony made in such a way that it would be addressed to all mankind. Governor's Christmas Party SPRINGFIELD, III. (API Gov. Otto Kerner's Christmas party for children of Illinois will be held in the State Armory in Springfield Saturday, Dec. 21. The annual Christmas party was begun under the late Gov. Henry Horner in the 1930s and has been continued by each of his successors. Duncan Sandys. ) Attorney Jav B. Stringer to There was no clue to the j assist him in probing alleged WILLIAMS AIR FORCE identity of the bomb thrower, j volP fraud in the election, which r>AsK, Ariz. (API - l-ederaL I he revolutionary regime of | has resulteci in indictment of 2T agents are investigating the de-• neighboring Yemen claims ter-, n 0rsons liberate damage to 61 jet train-1 ritory along the ill-defined borers here. tier and strongly opposed erea- I.anding gear wires on the T- lion of the federation. But !'S trainers were found cut Mon- whether a Yemeni had a hand . . flay during a pre-flight check, in the bombing was not known ic in slate at wing commander Col. William' immediately. A number of spec all 75' ' .... WITH SAWED-OFF SHOT GUN Gunman Robs Mt. V. Gas Station, Gives Money Back An unmasked man armed with a sawed-off shotgun robbed the operator of a Mt. Vernon gas station early last night—-then gave the money back. Mervin Mcador, operator of eis ('impel. The Rev. Herbert J. Wilson will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will Myers Chapel, where friends. c L j nc i| ey j r . ordered may call after 4:00 p.m. today. | tl .. Unei . s gl - 0U nded. Mr. Reynolds was born Do- j Lt. James Ridley, base infor- cember 16, 1880, al Homer, III., j mat ion officer, said the severed the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert. i wires could Reynolds. : landing gear tators who were on the balcony were questioned. As police reconstructed the incident, the bomb came Hying have caused the j rom the spectator's balcony of not lo retract and! an airport building and landed „, , , . , , , ,„ , the Phillips 66 station at 400 Studebaker losses jumped to $9.-j |)(!r kins, said Ihc man walked 8 million in the nine months end- inlo tho stalidn about 6:30 pnv cd Sept. 30 A pioneer automaker, Studebaker started lo turn away from wagons and buggies with an electric car in 1902, and began making gasoline-powered vehicles two years later. It became the world's fourth largest car builder before falling back. The company has prospered as a wagon maker for the Union Army in the Civil War. It manufactured prairie schooners as the nation expanded westward 'He turned his back to me, then whirled around and pointed the sawed-off gun," Mcador said. When Meador asked, "What do you want?" the robber answered, "You know what I want." Meador look $27 in folded bills and shoved them across his desk to the gunman, who leafed through the bills, then handed them back to Meador. "Let's go for a walk and the robber in the decades that followed, fi-; don't look back,' nally pulling out of horse-drawn said. vehicle production in 1920. |4 Meador walked as dii'«cted JANTW HELPER and the robber ran. A Perkins Avenue resident said a man answering the gunman's description got in a car | and Mary Reynolds, and drove away. not. far from the service slut ion. ! Second Robbery Police said the robber answers the description of a gunman who robbed the attendant at another gas station here last Thursday night and stole $160. He was described as 25 to 30 years of age, 5 feel 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing between 130 and 140 pounds. The robber had light hair and was wearing a three-quarter length brown coat. Lasl Thursday a man of the same description used a sawed- off shot gun in a robbery at the Phillips 66 station on the Ashley Road, at the west edge of town. lie was married lo Pearl • short circuited the electrical sys-i in a [lower bed near the high Riddle, who preceded him in i teni. commissioner's party. death January 23, 1957. ; He attended Eureka College and was a member of the Central Church of Christ, the Elks Lodge and the Modern Woodmen. Mr. Reynolds is survived by one sou, Russell Dean Reynolds of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Walter B. Price of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Helen Ferren of Maltoon; a half-brother, Ray Reynolds of Mt. Vernon; two grandsons and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Juanita Rothe DESTROYED BUILDING; 16 RESCUED Accidentally Set Hotel On Fire, Mt. V. Man Says SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR 6IFTS IN OUR AD PAGES A man held here on an arson charge told investigators late yesterday that he accidentally set the fire which destroyed the Tenth Street Hotel last August 13 and sent three elderly men lo the hospital. John M. Jordan, 53, of 307'i south Tenth Street had been arrested on a charge of trying to set fire to an apartment house last Saturday night at 310 south lllli street. Police and fire officials questioned Jordan yesterday afternoon and he told them he was responsible for two other fire*, but that in each case it was accidentally set. Jordan, who used to live at the Tenth Street Hotel, said that on the night of August 13 he was sitting in the lounge with a group of hotel occupants, watching television. He said he dozed off to sleep the rest room. He said lie carelessly threw the cigaret in a I rash can and that when he started out he smelted smoke. He said he went back into the rest room, turned tho water on in the lavatory, scooped up water with his hands and threw it in Ilie trash can. "I thought 1 had il out," he said. He said he was "scared" and that he ran most of the way to a relative's home where lie spent the night. Hcseue 10 Men Mt. Vernon firemen rescued 16 elderly men as flames raced I h r o u g h the two-and-a-half story hotel in the early morning of August 13. Three of the men were hospitalized. The hotel was destroyed. Jordan told officluls that he accidentally set a fire in a and when he awakened the TV i garage al the rear of the same was turned off and no one else ! hotel about a year ago. was in the room, He said he He is being held in the conn- lighted a fcgaret and went lo I ty jail under $10,000 bond, Since that time Phillips has been appointed assistant state's attorney of Jefferson county and is being paid a salary by pilvatc donations. He is currently conducting an investigation of the county highway department. In other action at Monday's .session the supervisors: 1 —Accepted the low bid of the Joe Martin Insurance Agency for fleet insurance on county highway vehicles, at a premium of $1,591.98 for 1964. 2— Accepted the low bid oC Texaco, Inc. for furnishing gas and diesel fuel for the county highway department for 1964. 3--Vacated and returned to township control a short section of Tolle Road, from old Fairfield Road north to the point where It meets a relocated section of the road. 4— Approved semi-annual reports of the sheriff, county clerk and county treasurer. 5—Approved the report of the justices of the peace, showing collections totaling $1,066 in November. 6—Heard County Treasurer Bob R u d d i c k report that $9,174,13 wus collected in delinquent personal property taxes during November. 7- Appropriated $ 10 5,0 0 0 from motor fuel lax for 1984 maintenance of county roads and appropriated $12,000 in motor fuel tux for the salary of the county superintendent of highways. 8— Adjourned to January 6, rOLAltIS HITS TAHtim CAPE KENEDY, Flu. (AP) - The Polnrltj A9 submarine missile scored its 15th swxet* in Its last 16 luunchlnga Mon« day night, striking a target arc* 1 ,300 mUea dowo

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