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U. of 0. library Eugene, Oregon Corr.p TO WTOIY l?erf i i Established 1873 , M Pages HOSEBURG OREGON MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 1955 179-55 PRICE 5c Sutherlin Group Presents Reasons For For N. Umpqua Road Link By CEORGE CASTILLO. City Editor, News-Review A Sutherlin delegation came to Saturday's Taxpayers League meeting at the Hotel Umpqua armed to the teeth with facts and figures aimed at proving the need of a "short route." As it' was the facts and figures weren't needed to counter any "anti-short-route" contenders. Only one voice of opposition to the proposed route from the Nonpareil Road to the Lone Rock Bridge north of Glide was raised. It had been reported in advance notices of the meeting that the league wanted to examine the project to determine if it was "of doubtful value." As a result, a crack Sutherlin squad of explainers came prepared to show any unbelievers the error of their contentions. After more than an hour and a half of talk, the league members decided to hold any fire they might have until after a survey of the so-called "short route" had been completed. The county engineering department is currently making such a survey on that route which Sutherlin has claimed for three years was the best. It is called the Bradley Creek-Gassy Creek route. The only voice of opposition raised to a route from the Nonpareil area to Lone Rock was that of Adrian Standley of Glide. Ha said it would be far better to im-nmtn the mute now being built along the north side of the North umpqua mver irom. wiium- u Lone Rock than to build another new route. He said it would be cheaper to make this road a logging route than to build another and that it would be practically (Continued On Page 2 Col. 1) Three Major Bills Block Congress Adjournment WASHINGTON W) Congress' adjournment plans were snarled today by disputes over public housing and pay raises for its own employes. Other major legislation was also pending. Leader in both branches fixed tonight' as their new goal for quitting. Three key measures tied up, in Senate-House conferences make up the bulk of the remaining work load, although lawmakers interested in numerous other bills will make last-ditch efforts to get them through. The three are: 1. The housing bill, on which Senate-House conferees met until almost midnight Saturday and then broke up in a sharp disagreement on public housing. 2. The Defense Production Act, to extend several powers requested by President Eisenhower in the mobilization program. Almost the same conferees are involved in this as on the housing bill. 3. The 92-milhon-dollar legislative appropriations bill, final mon-ev measure of the session. Conferees failed to reach agreement on this Friday, did not meet Saturday. In The Day's News By FRANK' JENKINS Early Friday morning the tcle-tvpe threw all its watchers into -omethihg of a tizzy by spitting Sit the news that later in the day President Eisenhower would make a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. WOW!!! . Was that something! It gave us all the shivers. Being professionals, we knew that according to all the accepted rules "very important" news would hare to be BAD news. The politically minded among us promptly jumped to the conclusion that the announcement would have to do with Ike's plans for next year that is to say, will he or won't he run. But That conclusion didn't jibe with the more or less accepted rule ,that "very important" news (the (Continued on Page Four Col. 3) The Weather Partly cloudy today, tonight and Tuesday. Little cooler today. Highest temp, last 14 hours .. 90 Lowest ttm,. last 24 hours 54 Highest temp, any August ...10 Lowest ttmp. any August 39 Precip. last 24 hours 0 Prtcip. from August I ,, I Precip. from Sept. 1 22.59 Deficiency from Seot. 1 7.59 Sunset tonight, 7:35 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow, 5:03 a.m. Announces Liberty For 11 Imprisoned American Airmen 'Short Route Heads League Henry Goodmanson. above. newcomer from Drain to Roseburg, was elected Saturday afternoon as new president of the Douglas Coun ty Taxpayer league. . - He succeeds J. F. Bonebrake of Roseburg, who declined a nomina tion lor another term. Other officers named were: Robert Hansen. Sutherlin. first vice presdent; Huron Clough of Can-yonville, second vice president; and Thomas Pargeter, Roseburg, re-elected secretary. Girl Coaxes Shotgun From Beau, Kills Herself WESTON, Conn. OB Lynn Faust, 19, kept after her boy friend to take her crow hunting. They went off into the deep woods Sunday. Lynn begged her beau Buell Neidlinger, 19, to let her carry his 16-gauge shotgun. He Dassed it over to her. She took it, leaned against a tree and put the end of the barrel under her chin. Neidlinger was startled. "You're not thinking of doing anything like that?" he asked. No, Lynn said. Then she kissed him, told him she loved him and darted off suddenly. Neidlinger was puzzled for a moment, but ran after her. Before he could reach her. he saw her stop, place the gun under her chin again and pull the trigger. She died instantly. Dr. Harry S. Phillips, medical examiner, said Lynn committed suicide. He said she had suicidal tendencies. Neidlinger was so badly shaken he required medical treatment. Doll Maker Apologize To Iks For Protest NEW YORK W-DoU manufac turer David Rosenstein has sent apologies to President Eisenhower for a protest over the President's purchase of Swiss dolls for his grandchild. Rosenstein, president of the National Doll Manufacturers Assn., said the complant, sent out under his name, was the work of an over-zealous press agent. Rosenstein said the complaint, sent out under publicity release, and his personal feelings are exactly opposite too what it aid. Five Hurt At Salem In Race Car Accident SALEM Of) A race car swerved into a guard rail at the Hollywood Bowl track north jf here Saturday night, and five spectators were injured. Richard S. Ketchem, 21, Salem, was struck by a piece of the shattered rail, suffering bead injuries. GRID SYSTEM PUZZLES The recent reversal of the oneway grid system in Roseburg continues to perplex some drivers, evidently. City police parked near the Pacific Telephone it Telegraph Building Sunday afternoon for 30 minutes and issued warnings to more than 12 motorists beaded in the wrong direction! ml leniency' Action Cites Good Conduct Peiping Radio States Release Recommended By 'Peoples Court' TOKYO W Red China an nounced Monday night it was releasing 11 U.S. airmen whose conviction for "spying" was one major cause of friction with the United States. A Peiping radio announcement that they had been ordered released came as representatives of the United Stated and Red China met at Geneva, primarily to discuss release of Americans in China. The broadcast did not say when or where the 11, who were shot down in the Korean War, would be released. But the probable exit is the British colony of Hong Kong. If the Communists act as promptly as they did in releasing four other airmen, then the 11 may walk free Tuesday. Last May 30, Feiping announced that Capt. Harold E. Fischer Jr., Swea City, Iowa, a double jet ace of the Korean War, and three others were being released. Thev reached Hong Kong the next day. iney were accused ot violating tho air over Red China during the war. Prisoners Listed The 11 and their sentences are: Col. John Knox Arnold Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 10 years. Maj. William H. Baumer, Lewia-burg, Pa., '8 years. Capt. Eugene John Vaadl, Clayton, N.Y., 6 yea .. Capt. Elmer , F. Lellewellyn, Missoula, Mont., 5 years. Lt- Wallace L. Brown, Bank, mg., a years, Lt. John W. Buck, Armathwaite, Tenn., 4 years. Sgt. Howard W. Brown, St. Paul, Minn., 4 years. Steven E. Kiba. airman 1st class, Akron, Ohio, 4 years. Harry M. Benjamin Jr.. airman 2nd class, Worthington, Minn., 4 John W. Thompson III, airman 2nd class, Orange, Va., 4 years. Daniel C. Schmidt, airman 2nd class, Redding, Calif., 4 years. ine u were in a B29 which was (Continued on Page 2 Col. 2) Butchers' Strike Enters 2nd Day; Pickets Walk Pickets were still carrvinff nlac. ards today proclaiming a strike of meat cutters at the Safeway store in Roseburg. No new developments resulted over the weekend, however. No new move was made hv th Roseburg Independent Meat Dealers Employers Committee, which has been negotiating with the local meat cutters union. Secretary Al Henninger said today the committee would take no steps until the return from a Cleveland, Ohio, convention of H. E. Carlson, Portland, secretary of the Independent Grocers Assn. Hirli Smith, Eugene, secretary of the Oregon Federated Butchers, would not comment. The Roseburg Independent Meat Dealers Employers Committee and representatives of the Safeway Stores Inc. have been working in conjunction in negotiations with ine local union. if I. t lie in ii THE FINISH of o race that struck the fancy of the notion is shown above os John Spencer spurs his horse across the finish line on Sheridan Street to the cheerj of some 2,000 people. He arrived just seven minutes otter the "Nightcrowler", which made one of its rare arrivals on time ot 2:55. (Gene Powell picture) 'Grand mot Her, Age '57, Bride Of Youth Of 18 ' SIDNEY, Australia Ml News of the wedding of a 57-year-old grandmother and a youth of 18 were made public Monday. The bridegroom, shy, soft spoken Colin Dempsey, said to a reporter, "When you love each other as much as we do, age doesn't count." His wife is gray-haired Mrs. Hannah Bessie Branklin, who has seven children and twelve grandchildren. She and Dempsey were married in the Sydney suburb of iruiidtord Friday. Colin hugged his bride Monday as he said, "It was a quiet wedding. We both knew what we were doing. All we know is that we have loved each other since we first met and that's why we got married-." Mrs. Dempsey said, "I love him. Age doesn't count." Mrs. Dempsey was first married in 1929. Her husband died some years ago. Fast Action Urged On Rights-Of-Way To O&C Timber New support for condemnation to speed acquisition of rights-of-way to O&C timber has been given by the Assn. of O&C Counties. The association's executive com mittee, meeting in Portland Friday, drafted a message to the Bu reau ot Land Management urging the agency to condemn rights-of way in the Camp Creek and Par adise Creek areas in western Douglas County. . ,.- . Douglas County Judge Carl C. Hill, association nresident. said to day me association "leeis tne government is too reluctant when it comes to condemning" for roads where public interest Is involved. Apparently some officials dread the legal entanglements which crop up where there is stiff oppo sition irom private owners, t h e judge said. The judge pointed out that the message to BLM was based upon recommendations from the asso ciation's road committee, headed by Commissioner Elmer R. Met-zger. The Paradise Creek acreage is between ' Elkton and Scottsburg, extending into the Smith River area. The Camp Creek acreage is south of there, in the Loon Lake area. Most On O&C Land More than two-thirds of the tim ber involved is on O&C lands, or an estimated (do million board (Continued on Page 2 Col, J) Hours Set For Issuing -City ' Burning Permits Beginning Monday, no burning permits will be issued in the citv of Roseburg between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.. according to Fire Chief W. E. (Dutch Mills. The chief said that during the burning hours resident could get permission by calling OR 3-4459 or j-mju. ae reminded citizens that it is required by city ordinance to have a burning permit "the year "round." Residents burning trash without permission are subject to a $50 fine. Chief Mills pointed out. Ocean Still Holds Bodies Of Three Men Winchester Bay Boat Tragedy Due To Ride Close To Jetty, Belief The bodies of throe Douglas County men, lost Saturday morning in the capsizing of a pleasure boat at the mouth of the Umpqua River, still were missing today. The boat upset took the lie of one other Douglas County man, but his body was recovered soon after the tragedy. He was Clifford Kenneth Flory, 51, Sutherlin. -Missing and presumed dead are: Royce Bowman, 27, Reedsport: Cecil liaig. Sutherlin: and Robert S. Sandau, Oakland. Two other men were rescued. They were identified as Lloyd L. Ballentine, 41, Sutherlin, and Albert Earl Lewis, 24, Reedsport Alley Jensen, commanding officer of the U. S. Coast Guard lifeboat station at Winchester Bay, said the accident probably happed-ed because the pilot of the boat, tnought to be liaig, pulled too close to the south jetty at the Umpqua bar. A big breaker sent the boat rolling in that turbulent area of the Umpqua mouth. Lewis was pulled from the water a few minutes later by a commercial fisheonvan, John Clausen, skipper of the Brownie. Two Treated For Shock Coast guardsmen affected the rescue of Ballentine. Jensen said Ballentine was observed by a lookout to W lleir tire Jetty rocks. A beach patrol in a jeep hurried onto the jetty and tossed a ring buoy to Ballentine as the tide washed him near the jetty. Ballentine was taken to the Coast Guard station, where he was released after being given first aid by a Reedsport doctor. Lewis also was treated for exposure and shock and released. Flory's body was found in the ocean surf along the beach south of the jetty about an hour after (Continued on Page 2 Col. 8) Fisherman's Body Found On Umpqua River Bank The body of a 51-year-old fish erman, August Herman Speidel, was found on the bank of the North Umpqua River near Glide Sunday. He apparently had succumbed to a heart attack a ohort time before, according to Coroner L. L. Powers. The man was found by another fisherman, K. H. Hobday, accord ing to Sheriff Ira C. Byrd. An officer who investigated reported the body was found on the Osborne Ranch directly across the river southwest of Glide. Speidel, a former resident of Glide and Roseburg, had been living at Camas Valley, where he was a carrier for The News-Re view, the coroner eaid. At o n t time Speidel worked at the Osborne Ranch. He also was a car penter. Speidel was born Sept. 4, 1903. There are no known survivors. The body was removed to The Chapel of the Roses, and funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mm a ...yi-J ': V A! v H '-ft'? 0' Ik ' V : y" , L. . - ln .: : 1 " r-in wo-itmrlnsV'liiiiat tm- r -rn i RACE STARTS Alan Knudtson, Roseburg Chamber of Commerce director, handed a baton to Johnny Spencer, Roseburg, Saturday night at Eugene to start the race. Spencer, aboard his horse Sunday, also rode the last lop ot Roseburg. In engine cab are Claude A. Bridenstine, engineer, and O. R. Stein, fireman both of Portland. Other pictures Page 3. (Photo by Chuck Grell) Rough, Rattling, Nightcrawler Gets Late Start In Race But Keeps Chugging At Victory Pace By CHUCK GRELL - Staff Writer, News-Review The "Nightcrawler," rough as It may be, keeps right on schedule. Those who rode the train felt the same sensations as swells just outside the (jolden the trade lying, on pi' s 85 - Ascent Of Rice Hill Gives 'Crawler' Permanent Lead Southern Pacific Co. proved one point Sunday morning. It's cheaper to burn hay than diesel oil. but diescl fuel, does the job faster. There's no indication the company will replace its "Nightcrawler" with horses even though the ponies can travel nearly as fast between Eugene and Roseburg. The "Nightcrawler" came into Roseburg on schedule at 2:55 a.m. Sunday with only a seven-minute margin over the "Pony Express" which had raced it from bugene to prove the trail is quicker than the rail. The "Pony Express" fell short only slightly. It was a dramatic contest for the last 53 miles (railroad distance). The horses got a 26-muiute jump on the SP's obsolete passenger train at the start of the race. After posing for photographers for about five minutes, Roseburg's Johnny Spencer got his buckskin steed in gear at 11:49 p.m. Satur day from the Eugene depot. Held up by the same cameramen for 14 minutes, the "Rogue River" lurched to a start at 12:19 a.m. A procession of cars, at least two miles long, quickly formed behind the "Pony Eicpress," marking progress of the race all the way to Roseburg. At Cottage Grove, where the "Nightcrawler" pulled in at 12:55 a.m., the riders were still six minutes ahead of the train. Nineteen minutes later, at 1:14 a.m.. the passenger forged ahead of a rider just north of Curtin. But the "Pony fcxpress quickly regained the lead at Curtin, where the thorn in the side of SP was (Continued on Page 2 Col, S) Derby Anchor Man, Sons Show Energy To Spare Anchor man John Spencer and his sons Don and Stanley ended the dtrby with energy to spar. Sunday morning about 1, they headed for Mtdford, where Don and Stanley planned to participate in a Douglas County Mounted Sheriffs Poise drill at a rodeo. Spencer, who's been riding all hit lif, operates ttie 1,4v0-acr '55" Ranch owned by Eddie Kehlhagtn. Heiress To Belmont Fortune Kills Herself NEW YORK Ml -Miss Alice Bel mont, 44, a granddaughter of socially prominent August Belmont Jr. and one of the heirs of his huge fortune, died in her gas-filled Manhattan apartment Sunday. Polica Jisted her death as an apparent suicide. She had lived alone for the past two years. arory in Column 5 Regular from Eugene Sunday morning fishermen heading Into the Gate as the train negotiated year - old rlght-of -way. .: But artful engineer Claude A. Bridenstine has the route figured to a - x. He started from Eugene 14 minutes late, but by the time he had reacned cottage Gtove, the train was on schedule. It staved that way an ine way in. And it made all scheduled siods. nlus a few un scheduled. The train arrived in Kiipcno with only 17 passengers aboard. But 32 more, many representatives or me press Dtit mostly sightseers, flooded aboard there, reamrin thn SP to shunt an additional chair car on to the "Rogue River," a frilly name considering everything. Frilly, that is, U the SP wishes to connote luxury. Accurate if the railroad means that the Rogue River is noted for rough rides by boat, in the case of the southern Oregon river. The old SP grade Is just what It used to be when laid out in the 1870's. Back to the passengers. M-e climbed aboard along the way until 55 were riding the rail. A party of sightseers, as completely obsessed in beer as In the thrill ride, added to the festive air of the occasion. Bv the end of the race, the horses were nearly forgotten by some. The press people aboard were aided heartily by Leith Abbott, SP public relations man from Portland. Abbott was Johnny-on-the-spot when information was needed concerning schedules, etc. Abbott boarded the train at Eugene and stayed on as far as someplace south of Oakland. All of a sudden he disappeared. Ho didn't get off at Roseburg. Tho title "Friendly Southern Pa- (Continued on Page 2 Col. 6) Comparisons Of Derby Time Show Close Race Here are a few facta on the race. The "Nightcrawler" took 2 hours 40 minutes, from departure from Eugene to arrival In Roseburg, en-route. Distance it travelled was 75 miles. Average speed: 28.152 miles per hour. Figuring it from the time the horses started, the train took 3 hours 6 minutes, an average speed of 24.33 mph. But look at what the horses did I On trie train's normal schedule, it's 3 hours 13 minutes from the time it pulls into the Eugene depot until it reaches Roseburg. That's exactly the time it took the horses to tour the oo-rrse. The "Nightcrawler's" speed in that time: 23.32 mph. The horses ran a 67-mile course. That's an average speed of 20.83 miles per hour. Here are comparative arrival times along the way: Station SP Horstt Goshen 12:29 12:10 Creswell 12:35 12:22 Cottage Gr. 12:55 12:49 Divide 1:06 1:04 Anlauf 1:15 1:15 Drain 1:29 Yoncalla 1:43 Rice Hill 155 1:55 Oakland 2:12 2:22 Sutherlin 2:21 2:35 Horses Lose Epic Derby By 7 Minutes Overland Steep Hills Too Much Of Handicap For Ponies To Offset By LAURA OLSON Staff Writer, Newt-Review The "iron horse" officially won the nationally-famed Pony Express vs. Southern Pacific match this weekend in southern Oreeon. hut the gallant ponies and their riders gave cheering spectators a real race. And the attempt was nearly successful. John R. ' Spencer, Sunshine iioao, a Douglas County Mounted Sheriff's Posse member, brought his steed into the Roseburg Depot at 3:02 a.m. only seven minutes after the "nightcrawler" chugged into its stable. Spencer was leadoff rider on his buckskin, "Sunday," when the runy r,spressmen got underway TARDY AGAIN The "nightcrawler" reverted to its normal behind-time schedule Monday morning. According to the train register at the Southern Pacific Depot, Roseburg, No. 329 arrived at 3:05 a.m. That is 10 minutes behind time. The entry was logged in by Conductor Klum. At 3:28 a.m. the "Rogue River" continued south to Ashland. at the Eugene Southern Pacific Depot at 11:49 Dm. NnlnrHav Way Is Lighted The horsemen's (and women's) wy was lighted by powerful spot ugma ucameu irom Billy Jlohr s wrecker. Ahead of thi.m o nno. las County Sheriff's car cleared uic paw oi iraiuc. Immediately behind Mohr came the mobile radio unit of station KRNR. ODerated bv amnfonr . dioman Don Bell. Roseburff. Bell and Bill Baldwin, station announcer, gave the folks at home a "blow-by-blow" account of the race. Operating from mobile unit W7SHA. they were assisted by "hams' throughout the utate. Cooperation between participating ndera was resoundingly good. Men and women from communities bordering the SP "Rogue River'' line were "in' place" in each relay spot except one. ine norses seemed Jet-propelled In many stretches. itmer lice Garrett, Roseburg, was unofficially clocked at 38 miles per hour north of CreswelL He rode a quarter horse, and the animal's tremendous speed sent wind swishing through Garrett's; red shirt. There were ntltoi taxt whose mounts tifarnllv shooting off the pavement. Only One Mishap The only mishap sent a horseman tumbling. That came in Cottage Grove where several hundred had gathered. Another Douglas County Mounted Sheriff's Posse member. Don J. Snnncpr ?n inn of John Spencer, tore through Cot- (Continued on Page 2 Col. 2) Chamber Readies S. P. Case For PUC Hearing Roseburg Chamber of Com. merce Director Alan Knudtson has uie answer when folks ask him, "what next?" now that the Pony Express vs. train race Is history. Sunday he said the chamber was assembling its case to present to the Public Utilities Commission at forthcoming hearings. "We have requested the hearings," he said, "as have other southern Oregon communities. It will allow the pco. pie ami tne to meet face-to-face to discuss the matter M improved service." Knudtson termed the SP "iron horse" victory as "hollow" and added "it showed SP service up." The Pony Express stunt chairman said he was well pleased with the race. He commended the "wholehearted" cooperation of the 87 riders, residents of communities along the way and the people of Roseburg. He said there were only a few mishaps In the weekend ride. One was the fall of Don Spencer and his mount in Cottage Grove. Another came when Mrs. Harry (Dorothy) Norton, Oakland, had to ride her horse a second mile in the Pass Creek area when one relay point was not manned. Knudtson said he wished some of the Southern Pacific officials had accepted an earlier Invitation to participate in post race activities. None showe.l up at the Roseburg SP depot. Ho said he was somewhat disappointed that no congratulatory note was forthcom ing from Gov. Pnul Patterson. TRAFFIC CHARGE FACED Two men were arrested by Roseburg City Police Sunday afternoon and charged with violation of the basic traffic rule. Glen J. Ellis, 25, Rt. 1 Box 857, Roseburg, and I.lovd James Veach, 28. Camas Valley Route, are scheduled to appear before Municipal Judge Randolph Slocum Wednesday at 7 p.m. Levity Foct Rant By L. f. Relr.enstein Perhaps the S. P. Co. got a million dollars worth of enjoyment out of the derby victory of the 'Nightcrawler' to ease its agony from the annual $500,000 loss in its operation.

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