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   Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - December 15, 1964, Fairbanks, Alaska                                CITY NEWS BRIEF LATE ews 'America's Farthest North Dally Newspaper Member of The Associated Press HOME EDITION 15f Per Copy FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1964 294 POINT BARROW FIRE LOSS HEAVY First Aid Courses An advanced first aid refresh- er and a special first aid in- structor's course will be taught by the Fairbanks- Ski Patrol. The advanced refresher, man- datory for ski patrol members, will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Wednes- day. Dec. 16 at p.m. The instructor's course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays start-1 ing Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Both classes will be conducted! at the Fairbanks Health Gen-! ter. 800 Airport Road. Volunteers Needed Plan are under way for starting a volunteer fire de- partment for the area near thel Fairbanks International Air-1 port. A meeting will be held atj 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Crash! Station at the airport. Business i and homeowners in that area! are urged to attend. If the) temperature is -50 or colder the; 4 j____ t meeting will be held same A 3b degree rise in temperature in the Copper time, same place one week: Center area has left an Army demolition team holding later. For further information j the dynamite maybe. The team from Ft. Richardson has been standing Weather Change May Slow Flood Klutina River Ice Causing Serious Floods in Copper Center Area; Warmer Weather May Alleviate Jam Pressure cali4796986 Couch Elected of James S. Couch, long active in health and safety education work in the Fairbanks area, to the assoc.jtion's board of di- rectors for the two year term, 1965-66. Couch succeeds Mrs. Edward Prince of Hamilton Acres as a board member ac- cording to word received from by to dynamite an ice jam in the Klutina River which The Alaska Tuberculosis As- is threatening the area with floods sociation announces the election _ _ Monday temperatures in the area ranged in the -60's. This morning they moved up to -36. "This is liable to alleviate George Copper Narcotics: Jury Chosen Charges of' Mrs. Lapreal F Bie jg association executive director. chosen in Superior Court 8 Soroptimist Club's Drawing The Soroptimist Club's draw- ing for the winner of the gift certificate from Norland's, will be held at a.m. Fri- The drawing during Ner- land's "C f e e Break" on KFRB. The public is invited to day at Nerland's. will take place Edward Merck, 41, was ar- rested after two police officers allegedly saw him. last May 12 giving a package of marijuana to a man in a downtown apart- ment building. Attorneys began selecting jur- ors in Judge Everett Hepp's courtroom at p.m. Monday. attend.' Members complete the se- lection before the court recess- ed. At Merck's preliminary hear- ing in August, a city police of- ficer testified he was standing behind an apartment door and observed Merck making tne marijuana delivery. Merck's attorney is William Emmal. Prosecuting for the state is assistant district attor- ney Steve DeLisio. The trial is expected to last most of this week. to turn in their tickets to Vera Myatt of the Northward Beauty! Salon by Wednesday. j Volunteer Fire Group A meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Ralph LaSalle, corner of Tanana Drive and Aurora Way, Highway Park. Further plans for fire protection in this area will be discussed. All residents of the outlying areas .serviced by the Eielson Fire Department are urged to attend. Call 488- 6833 for further information. Main's Program On! Main Junior High's Christ- mas pr o g r a m will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the school gym. No admission will be charged and the public is welcome and invited to attend. On the program will be a one act play, choruses from the seventh and eighth grades, a string ensemble, and the cadet and concert bands. Sorority Christmas Party Wednesday night members of Alpha Gamma chapter of E. S.A. will meet at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Peggy Bruce 949 Gilmore, for their annual Christmas party. Members and guests attending will exchange gifts and are reminded to bring donations for the Christ- mas basket for a needy family. Christmas Program The annual Christmas Pro- gram of the Barnette PTA will be at p.m. Monday in the Barnette multipurpose room. It will consist of choral and in- strumental music and a short play by Mrs. McNavish's class. PUB Board Meet There will be a Public Utili- ties Board meeting at 8 p.m. tonight in the board room ofi the MUS. 645 Fifth Ave. College Women The American Home Depart- ment of the College Women's (Continued on Page 9, 5) Plane Wreckage Sighted Near Unalakleet ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP- Barring bad weather, a helicop- ter crew was to be sent out to- day to try to land near the wreckage of a small plane near Unalakleet. Authorities said they believed it was the craft in which Ed Olson, about 58, a Unalakleet pilot, left St. Michael last Wed- nesday to fly 50 miles to home. The wreckage was spotted yesterday on the ice of Norton Sound, about 48 miles southwest of Unalakleet by the crew of a C54 Air Force transport plane. Russ Thompson, a Civil Air Patrol pilot, flew to the scene but was unable to land because of high wind. He flew over the downed plane several times and said it looked badly damaged. the said Ashby, owner of the Center Lodge. "On the other hand it may bring it right down on top of us. We'll just have to wait and see." According to the Alaska Dis- aster Officer, the ice jam the second major one in the wave of sub-zero weather was causing serious, intermittent flooding. Col. Bud Turner of the dis- aster office said the exact poin of the Klutina jam has no been identified because ice foj in the area has made aeria checks impossible. "There is a hydrologist on his way out this morning, Ashby said. "There is no water over the road yet. There are three homes endangered near here and I have three families stay- ing here at the lodge now Twelve families are involved altogether, most of them live 16 miles down the highway." In Soldotna, Civil Defense Director Marion Sellars report- ed the Kenai River had risen eight feet in 24 hours. There still was 14 feet of freeboard al the Soldotna bridge, he said. The Kenai River jam below Soldotna required the evacua- tion of six families. A seven mile long ice jam starting about four miles below Soldotna and running to Cook Inlet is forcing the river to back up and overflow. No addi- tional residents in the area were considered in immediate dan- ger. Boat Loses Prop VANCOUVER, B. C. (AP) Two vessels and a helicopter to- day were rushing to the assist- ance of a United States boat that lost its propeller in heavy seas near the Alaska border, 40 miles north of Prince Rupert. The RCAF Search and Rescue Office here said it received a request for assistance from the 53-foot Roman Holiday which was dragging its anchor in Brundige Inlet near Dundad Is- and. Roy Earling, Retired Mining Engineer, Dies in Wash. Dec. 15. Cloudy with light snow tonight and Wednesday. Low tonight -20; high Wednes- day 5; low last night -SO; high yesterday -45; temperature at 11 a.m. -19. Sunrise Wednes- day a.m. and sunset p.m. giving a total of three hours and 47 minutes of sun- shine. Roy B. Earling, retired min- jing engineer who spent much of his professional life in Alas- ka, died yesterday at his home in Port Blakely, Wash. Mr. Earling had suffered a second fractured hip this fall and had been hospitalized in Seattle until recently. Word of Mr. Earling's death was receiv- ed in Fairbanks by Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford from Mr. Ear- ling's widow, Mary. The prominent mining engi- neer retired in 1952 as vice president and general manager of the Fairbanks Exploration Co., a part of the U.S. Smelt- ing, Refining and Mining Co. after 33 years with the com- pany starting in Boston in 1919. Mr. Earling came to Alaska in 1924 going first to Nome and in 1926 coming to Fairbanks. He was born May 29, 1887 in Mil-i waukee, Wis., and graduated from Michigan College of Mines 1908. Until 1917 he worked in in Arizona for various copper mining companies. During World War I Mr. Ear- ling served as a lieutenant in the field artillery. He was a past grand master of Tanana Lodge 162 F A.M., an honorary member of Igloo No. 4, Pio- neers of Alaska, member of the American Mining Congress and the American Institute of Min- ing Engineers. Besides his widow Mr. Ear- ling is survived by three daugh- ters, Mrs. James Ellis of Bell- vue, Wash., Mrs. Sam Allen of Altadena, Calif., and Mrs. Lytle Lindeberg of Port Blakely, and a brother Everett of Zurich, Switzerland. Since his retirement in 1952 he remained active as a min- ing consultant in Seattle until recent years. Services will be held Satur- day in Seattle. PRE-CHRISTMAS 18-year-old mother and her one-year-old son died Monday when this trailer and wanigan went up in flames at 13 Mile Richardson Highway. The bodies of the mother, Katherine Grounds and her son, Wayne Grounds Jr., were found together. Authorities think the...mother was trying to save her child. Neighbors who tried to help rescue the two forced open the door, but in- tense smoke and heat prevented them from entering. The father, Wayne Sr., 21, brought his wife and child to Alaska from Los Angeles several months ago. He was working at the time of the fire. Staff photo Doesn't Your Heart Ache For Them? KETCHIKAN (AP) Ketchilcan hai just experi- enced the coldest December night in the history of the Weather Bureau a bone tingling degree below zero. In December 1917 and again in December 1933 a low of zero was recorded here. There are five and one-half inches of snow on the ground here and three inches were measured at the weather bu- reau at nearby Annette Is- land. Despite the chilling cold, more than kids were downtown last night to greet the arrival of Santa Claus on a preliminary junket down from the North Pole. 2 Trailers, House Destroyed In Rash of Fires Overnight As the bitter cold snap relax- ed its grip on the Fairbanks area this morning, two trailers and an unoccupied house caught fire and were destroyed. At 3 a.m. a trailer belonging to James Otis Joiner of Pope's Trailer Court, Road burned. Mile Badger Another, belonging to Ester E. Compton, 21, of 302 Second in Graehl was destroyed at 5 a.m. A third fire at a.m. Mon- day destroyed an unoccupied house belonging to Wesley Williams Wright, 30, of 105 Ros- ella. Also Monday, a mother and her infant son died in a trailer blaze about 11 a.m. at 13 Mile Richardson Highway. They were Mrs. Katherine Grounds, j out by the Lemeta-College Fire 18, and Wayne, Jr., 1. i- Ft. Wainwright fire _n_.r ment answered the call to Bad- iflue, in tne kitchen, authorities ger Road. I Department, equip-i ft began around a heating When they arrived, it was reported, the trailer was totally engulfed. Joiner was not home. He was going to work at Eielson Air Force Base when the fire broke out. The Hamilton Acres Fire) Department extinguished the i blazing 40-foot trailer in Graehl. The fire started when cur-i tains near a heater went up in flames, Miss Compton told au- thorities. The fire on Rosella was put said. The dwelling was insured. Just because the City Coun- cil has become a bit scroogish this year, that's no reason the citizenry has to follow suit. Santa frowns on scroogeism when it comes to providing a merry Christmas to children who would ordinarily not have one. There are many of these un- fortunate children in Fair- banks and it seems to Santa :hat they should be helped by :hose who can help. The city has cut back their :axes, so why not distribute the savings into our fund? That is probably the best- spent money you'll ever have. While you're downtown Christmas shopping, stop into the News-Miner and plunk down a donation. Your gift will not be wrapped )rettily, but it will cause chil- drens eyes to glisten. If you won't brave the cold, ust slip a check into an enve- ope and send it to the News- Winer Christmas Fund, Box The greatest joy in the world is in giving: Why not let this be the happiest Christmas for you and for all others. You only have 10 days left. Please note, we're foreclos- ing on Al Polet to cash in a few chips for the poor. He has the interest-to bond himself to our ideal and that's to his credit. Come on Al, we're banking on you. Some folks have written let- Mayor's Bid By Roosevelt i LOS ANGELES (AP) Rep. James Roosevelt, D-Calif., says he'll run for mayor of Los An- i geles. i The 56-year-old eldest son of the late President Franklin D. 'Roosevelt a news confer- jence Monday there has been enough Los Angeles City "gov- ernment by tantrum." Mayor Samuel W. Yorty's fight with the City Council majority has given the city a bad image, Roosevelt said, and consequently "the city has not made the progress it should have." Yorty, also a Democrat, hasn't announced for re-election but is considered a certainty to do so. He fired back about Roos- evelt: "Now that he has solved all the problems in Washington, i he's come charging down from Beverly Hills to solve al! our problems in Los Angeles even before taking the path of office for his new term in Congress." Roosevelt said he won't re- sign his congressional seat to run for mayor. He said he doesn't think such a move is necessary. He noted that Norris Poulson retained his House seat in 1953 ters containing attacks on campaigning successfully ta's column. So we are looking up a-tax consultant. (Conlinutd on Pagt 1, Col. 7) for mayor. The constitutional issue was not raised in campaign. that New Method To Detect Lung Cancer BALTIMORE (AP' A new method for detecting lung can- cer has been developed at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Curt P. Richter, who de- vised the test and equipment, said today the technique is of value in identifying some lung cancer patients among those with chest ailments. The test, which involves measuring the skin's electrical resistance, takes only 10 min- utes to administer. It has only a limited use, Dr. Richter said, since it is designed to show up only early cancers which affect sympathetic nerves. He emphasized that other me- thods of detecting lung cancer are now outdated by the new technique. Dr. Richter said he does not Flames Eat Building Housing 7 Businesses Three Structures Close to Burning Building Saved; Probable Cause of Fire May Have Been Fueling Accident By MIKE DALTOX Stall Writer Barrow Shopping Center, a huge, I two-story structure housing seven businesses and valued at more than a quarter of a million dollars, burned last night in -30 temperatures. No lives were lost. A slight breeze was blowing at Barrow when the fire broke out about p.m. Strong winds, very common at the northernmost town in Alaska, could have spread the fire j through the most heavily popu- I la ted portion of the village. Three structures that were very close to the blazing Shop- jping Center were saved by firefighting equipment from the Vinnell Corporation camp about four miles away. The Golden Valley Electric Association's Barrow plant lay within 50 feet of the blaze. The homes of Wyman and j Henry Panigeo were evacuated I and the two families removed all of their belongings and mov- able fixtures. Fueling Accident Probable cause of the fire, ac- cording to Mrs. Oscar Calyillo who escaped the blazing build- ing with her four small children, could have been a fueling acci- dent outside the building. The building was being refueled at the time. She talked by long distance telephone with her hus- band in Fairbanks last night. Calvillo, manager of the Barrow j branch of the Miners and Mer-j chants Bank, was weathered-in i in Fairbanks yesterday by -551 degree temperatures. I Temperatures at Barrow for' the last three weeks have hov-; ered in the -30 and -40 brackets. lUse of fuel oil is very heavy in I !these low temperatures. WASHINGTON (AP The An estimated 40 people were Pentagon is aiming to complete i in the building when it caught the revolutionary reorganization j fire. Fifteen of these live in the of the Army's Reserve forces in I upper floor of the structure. I about 16 months, it was learned Ten of the 15 were small chiI-! today. OSCAR CALVILLO, manager of the Barrow branch of the Miners and Merchants Bank, sweated out Barrow's disas- trous fire last night, not knowing until it was over that his wife and their four small children escaped safely. The family lost all of their be- longings. freu-s Miner Srilf p'lnfo Pentagon Sets Target Date dren ranging from age months to about 10 years. two Key officers of the National Guard and the Army Reserve For one family, that of Mrs.; have been told in s ecrel brief- Gladys Fravel, this is the that the objective date for ond disastrous fire in less thanifinal action is (he end of March one year. Last Jan. 17 lire de- m stroyed the Fravel's family1 home at Barrow. Lou Fravei It is expected that Guard and cers form, some of these ot- tcld The Associated four children whom he believed to be trapped. The family had already forced open a back door and escaped. Housed in Building The Army staff, aided by Guuard and Reserve officials, already has begun the difficult Housed in the burned of worki solutions for the problems involved in shift- ing Arm> Reservists and Natkmal pool hall and lounge, a ware- housing area, two occupied apartments, a hotel section, and One of the first jobs to be han- a "troop the 60 per cent completed lnvolves surveying dra Telephone Co. exchange, the 4000 Reserve units io decide The structure was owned by -which 2.000 or so will fit into the Barrow Development Corp and expanded Guard organizations, Barrow Shopping Center whose and how theX wil1 be distributed principal stockholders are the states. Fravel, Robert Keller and Ed Such a troop list which is Burnell. It was constructed really only a beginning point for about two years ago. It is not known how much in- (Conlinued on Page f, col. t i 1L is "ui Known now rnucn in- know what percentage of lung surance was carried on the _ cancers migh be detected in j building or its contents, but the toe curable stage because he I development corporation was does not know what proportion j financed by the Small Business of them press upon or damage j Administration and very prob- nerves before they spread to (ably was insured, a SBA re- other tissues. quirement. The equipment used in the test consists of two small bat- teries of 22.5 and 90 volts, wires, two electrodes and meters which record the flow of cur- rent and resistance to it. 9 SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS There is no fire fighting equip- ment in Barrow and there is al- ways a shortage of water to fight any fires that break out. Water at Barrow this time of the year is stored in frozen chunks by the homes and taken in and melted when needed. In summer months water is hauled from freshwater lakes in 50 gallon barrels. Water Problem A supply of water in a large portable tractor-drawn tank was brought to the village last night from Vinnell's camp. A special- ly equipped tracked vehicle (LVT) with a limited supply of (Commute! on Page f. Col. "My wif sent me to the store las afore it warmed up. When rhe fog cleared she found me in a bar. Way she's talking you'd think I got lost pose."   

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