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   Corona Daily Independent (Newspaper) - December 26, 1956, Corona, California                                 WEATHER  Generally clear with diminishing winds. Not much change in temperature.  Temperatures *  Noon today, 79; low, 49. i Yesterday's high, 74. ■ ^ Frost warning, 32. Rainfall, season, .22. This time last year, 1.58.  VOL.43 7 CENTS CORONA, CALIF. DIAL REdwood 7-1234  Tomorrow's Headlines Today ^^  ■ rm  • « •  Supporting What We Believe Right  Opposing What We Believe Wrong • • «  PUBLISHED DAILY FOR 43 YEARS  WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 26, 1956.  STARS' HOMES IN DANGER  Fire Rages Out of Control Near Malibu a$ Women and Children Are Evacuated to Safety From Flames  A brush fire, fanned by gusts of wind up to M miles an hour, burned out of control in the Santa Monica mountains in MalibiP and all women and childreh In the danger area have been ordered evacuated.  At least 1,000 persons were evacuated and 53 homes destroyed. One man died in the flames and unconfirmed reports say two others were trapped and killed.  RALPH EDWARDS HOME BURNED The fire is burning In the «rea where many Hollywood personalities live. The $75,00« beach home of radio-TV star Ralph Edwards was reported destroyed and the $25,000 home of Harvey Knox, stepfather of the controversial football star Rnnic Knox, was burned to the ground. The $75,000 estate of MGM film producer Arthur Freed and his $150,000 orchid collection also went up in flames. ,  The Los Angeles County Fire Department put Its major 'conflagration plan" into operation, which calls up all reserves on a standby basis and pits civil defense units into the fight. Equipment was reqquested from the five surrounding countics.  TWO MILLION DOLLAR DAMAGE Preliminary estimates of property damage set tlie toll at better than $2,000,000 already. And the fire fighters have little hope of controlling the blaze before nightfall.  The flames have burned more than 8,000 acres. Nine hundred fire fighers, 50 engine companies and ISO pieces of equipment aïe battling he blaze.;  The threat of a water shortage was immiment as fire crews used water from home swimming pools to battle the blaze. The flames spread out over a nine-mile front and the current hot spot is Tancas Bcach. i  ONE DEAD IN FIRE One man has died in the fire. He was identified as Franlt L. Dock-over, of Zuma Beach, whose charred body was found in a car. He apparently was trapped as he tried to flee. He saw the flames and had ordered his wife and child to leave while he stayed in an attempt to save his home.  All women and children in the area between Látigo and Ramerò canyons were ordered evacuated. The men were allowed "to remain  (Continued on Page 10) --11, -  Diminishing Winds,  C|«ar Weatfier in  Area Are Forecast  With only 22-lOOth of an inch of rainfall since July 1, the forests and foothills are dry and fire danger high. At this date a year ago rainfall was 1.58 inches or more than seven times as much. There is no prospect ol rain.  Today's vveatlier forecast is for clear weather through Thui'sday with the strong gusty winds diminishing. Tiiere will be little change in temperature. It was 79 at noon today and 49 wa.s tliq low last night witli 71 a higli yesterday.  Fire danger in the mountains and foothills is high. Little change in temperatures is indicated.  In Soutlifrn California mountain areas tliere is high fire danger.  In Southern California interior and desert regions it also will he clear through Thursday witli gusty iiortlierly winds of 20 to 30 miles per houi-. TIio lowest temperature in tho country early this morning was 25-lielow-/.eio at Gunnison, Colo. Yesterday's high was 84 at Long Beach, CaliL  Citizens Bank Raises Interest Rate on Savings  Citizens National Trust & Savings Bank of Riverside will increase the rate of interest it pays on savings deposits to two-and one lialf per cent commencing tiie first of the year, Elden Smith, president, announced today. This rate will be effective at all of Citizens 22 offices.  "Interest rates have been rising throughout the United States," Smith stated in announcing the increase of one-half per cent. "This is a reflection of the great demand for credit to finance the unprecedented building of new factories, power plants, schools, markets, homes and other capital facilities. Because the rise in the interest is beginning to add to the income which the bank receives from loaning and investing savings deposits, wc arc happy to be able to increase the rate paid to two and one-half per cent.  "It is our policy to pay the highest rate of return consistent with the maximum in safety and availability for savings .funds. Should income from high grade loans and investments continue to rise, wo shall recognize our obligation to give consideration to a fin-ther adjustment in savings rates. However, we will t'ontinue to recognize the safety and availability of savings funds as our prime responsibility." -(fej-  Tucker Honored  After 45 Years  With Santa Fe  Emmet R. Tucker, chief clerk at the Santa Fe Railroad station here, has been honored by the railroad for long and faithful service.  As a Christmas gift, and in recognition of "efficient and loyal service" over a period of 45 years, Tuclter and his wife received a lifc-timc pass on the Santa Fe and affiliated railroads.  The citation which accompanicd the pa.-^s was signed by Santa Fe rrcKidmt Fred Gurley. Tuckcr spent the entire 45 years at the  Corona station.  --  Firemen Cleared Streets During Wind; One Fire Reported  Corona First Chief Glen (Spec) Hart, and Fire Inspector Leonard Cox were at the corner of Sixth and Main Sts. yesterday picking up paper and j)aper bdxcs that were blowing on the street.  Not only did tlicy use Christmas day to protect tlio downtown area from fire, but also tidied up the appearance of the city during the big blow.  They patrolled the ity all day yesterday and were gateiul^ for no fires. There was one alarm, at 10:50 p.m. yesterday, but it was not serious. A cigarette had burnt a hole in a davenport at 606 East Sixth St. but the fire did not spread. _. . .  CHRISTMAS WAS MERRY for Roger Croly, six-year-old Corona leukemia vicfim, just like it was for all the other boys and qirls in town. Roger got his share—or maybe more—of presents and an abundance of Christmas cards. One of his nicest presents was a new aluminum wheel chair just his size, the gift of the Corona Kiwanis club and •jfriends of. Roger. The chair was given in the name of the City of Hope. The local campaign for funds for the City of Hope continues until Dec. 28. Contributions may be mailed to "City of Hope, P.O. 'Box 607, Corona. Roger, who is a patient , at the City of Hope but who is able to spend much of his time at home, is the son of Mr. and Mrs, J. W. Croly, 1967 Via Del Rio, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lisle. I 104 Vicentia Ave.—CDI Photo.  256,000 (euntjf Population, Tax Association Estimates, Up 15,500 or 6.4% in Year  85,954 or 50^% Gain Since 1950, Riverside Figures Reveal  Population of Riverside county hit a new higii of 256,000 people for Jan. 1, California Taxpayers'  association estimated today. The number of people in the county increased by 15,500 or 6.4 per cent from the 240,500 population of the county on Jan. 1, 1!)56.  Since the April, 19.50 federal census population of 170,046, the county has grown by 85.954 people, or 50.5 per cent, the Cal-Tax estimates show.  Basis of the state-wide Taxpayers' association figures is numbers of children in the elementary schools in the countji—both public and parochial.  I^opulation of the 15 counties which comprise the gi'eater Southern California mi)rket area is at an all-time high of 8,895,070 for Jan.  1, 1957, compared with 8.442,290 for (Continued on Page 10)  "And All Through the House. . . "  Ihere was hot chocolate, doughnuts and carol singing at a house Santa Claus «turely will never forget.  It used to be the home of the man who gave Santa his official portrait—Clement iVloore.  The house is in Newport, R.I. And a group of citizens arc planning to take it over in the name of a trust which would distribute gifts to needy children around the country at Christmas.  The only orginal copy of Moore's famous poem was read in the historic house Christmas Eve.  You remember. It starts out: " 'Twas the night before Christmas ..."  Three Get Jail Terms for DWI Over Holidays  Two Others Fined for Hit and Run^ Driving Without a License  Two men from the Corona area and one from Norwalk received fines and jail sentences here after pleading guilty to charges of driving whil^. intoxicated.  Thei^il terms were imposed hy ,|Udgc W. S. Caudill of the Tomes-Cfll Judicial District Justice Court, to se?ve, as a deterent to holiday drinl^ing drivers in an effort fo reduce highway slaughter.  In Accident  William R, Riggs, 47. of 15529 Crossdhlt» St., Norwalk, was arrested following an acident at 11:45 am. Monday at Main and Olive Sts. Police said Riggs, driving south on Main, ran into the rear of B car driven south on Main by Dorothy L. Henly, of 215 East Olive St.. who had stopped to allow traffic to pass before turning east onto Olive. There were no skidmarks from either car, police said. No one was injured. Riggs pleaded ^ilty, to the drunk driving charge today, was fined $210, sentenced to s<rve five days in the county jail and had his driver's license restricted one year.  Arthur IJ. Olson, 43, of 823 South Filbert St., was arrested for dmnk driving at 4:05 p.m. Saturday on Commercial street. He pleaded guilty to the charge Monday and was fined $158, sentenced to five days in the county jail and had his license restricted for 90 days to driving to and from work.  Wayne E. Channel, 23, of 4075 North Byron St., Homo Gardens, was iiirested at 4:57 p.m. Saturday after his car lan into a light pole in the 900 block on West Olive St. Police said Channel was driving east on Olive street when his car jumped the north curb, traveled 45 feet and struck the light pole. Ih; pleaded guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated and driving with-dbt an operatoi's license in his pos-.sesslon. He was fined $108, sen-te«ced to five days in the county jail and had his license restricted lor 90 day:- to driving to ;md from wo)k.  No License  Emelio Juarez, 22, of 122 Mow-;ird St., was fojnd guilty in a court trial of hit and nin driving. He was charged with hitting ii hyclrant and damaging; a ¡iasoline pump at Walt's RichficId service station in November and n'.t complying with the vehicle code requiretnent of leaving his name and address. He was lined $25 '.w Ju'ige Criudlll and sentenced to serve 60 days in the county jail. The fiO-day sentence was suspended on condition he make restitution of >$146.20 to the service station for damage.  Record Death Toll Climbs to 894 as 707 Are Dead in Highway Accidents  Mrs. Donald Ryan of Zancsvil|c, O., gave birth to twin daughters Christmas Day, her fourth consecutive set of twins, but one of the infants died at birth. The other girl was reported in good condition. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan attracted medical attention after their family doctor confirmed twins weie expected. Some families have more than four sets of (wins, doctors said, but usually a single birth has occurred between the sets of twins.  Poor Ole' Saint Hick—olos  By United Pres.s  Here a Christmas chuckle from the Hollywood film capital about the Santa Claus who drank too much: Hurry W. Clark was arrested on Christmas Eve and jailed on a drunk driving charge. He was still wearing his Santa Claus outfit. He told the arresting; officers: "I've been to several parties playing Santa Claus, nnd everyone gave me a drink."  Special Council Meet Friday on Parking Proposal  The City Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Friday to work out tho final details of the purchase of a (juarter-block of downtown land for parking purposes.  The land, rd the south-west corner of I-'Ifth and Ramona, wiis purchased by four downtown merchants from Tiny Naylor. The terms were cash, or at least one third in cash, with a total pric(! of $35,000. The city "wanted the land for parking, to complete a four-lot parking arrangement in the downtown ai-es, but the city did not have the necessary fund.s. The merchants, Virgil Cunning, Ax Tis-nerat and Frank and Jim Emerson, arranged to buy the property from Naylor for immediate resale to the city. The city plans to buy the properly on a lease-purchase plan with 10 yeins to pay it off.  Also on the agenda I'riday will be a request fiom city employee« to have Monday, New Year's Eve day, off, as well as N(,'W Year's Day. The employees asked for time off since county and state offices, as well as other city offices throughout the county, . will be closed. Onlyonci person entered the C:ity Hall on the day of Christmas Eve, City Manager Ralph Pfiffner said.  (By United Press)  Here is the latest United Press count of holiday accident deaths, compiled from 6 p.m. Friday to Christmas midnight:  Highways ..................707  Fires ............................................48  Plane crashes ............................................. 9  Miscellaneous ....................130  Total ....................................................................894  -FUI-  DECORATIONS WISHED ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS—Gay  lights and -figures, including many displays of the traditional nativity scene, have been erected in the Corona area for the enjoyment of passers-by. Above, two members of the ¡udging committcc, Mrs. Burt Irwin, left» of Corond, and  Miss Olive Sneezum, of England, presented a grand award to Robert Oroico, of 167 North Vicentia Ave., for his "Disneyland Christmas". Grand awards, plus lesser awards, were given in each of tho eight districts Judged by the 27 pcrsoni in Ihc judging commilfce.—CDI Photo« ^ ___  burning Permits in Unincorporatec Areas Required  All burning permits Issued hy the California .State Division of [■'oreslry in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County will expire next Monday, Dec. 31, lítriíf. Huining permits are recjuii'ed for all ty))es of outside fires, including the huiiiing of tiash in inciner-atois.  Huining permits may be obtained seven days a w(!ek, fr<!e of charge, a( your nearest California Division of I'oréHtry Fire .Station. Ihe following locations of I'orest-ry Stations in the extreme west end of Riverside County are listed for your convenience:  Corona l ire Station, l.'ill Ham-ner Ave,, Norci), phone RE V-ri.'HI.  I.a Sierra l ire Station, 1I12'1 Pierce Place. Phone OV 0-1311.  Highgrove hire Station, i)IO Center St.. Highgrove. Phone OV C-21()5.  West River.side I'ire .Station, 7:>'i:> Mis:,ion lilvd, (SunMyslujie). Phone OV !, :>2(i(l.  filen Av(]ii I ire Station, 0(i'i;i Mission Itlvd I'hoiie OV Ti-.'ilO!).  Pcdiey l ire Station, f)270 Mm-onite Ave., Pcdiey. I'hone OV :>-(í3H:!.  Please note the telephone num-b(!r of your nearest fire station and place it near your phone for use In reporting fires. Prompt reporting of fires to the proper station can be Ihe determining factor in savitig life and [)roperty.  I'ire call cards with the correct (clej)l(()ne number of youi' fiic station are available atid given fiee of charge to every prison obtaining his burning permit.  -^-  F^rnest IIohnc.-> appeared before Justice falter Crossett at Hath, N, Y., charged with third degice assault by his wii(,', Nina Mae. (j'ossetl asked Holmes what was in a bijx'he was cairying. Holmes said it was a coat he intended to give his wife foi Christmas. Mra. Iluluica wiUidicw the cliurgcs.  More than 100 of the nation's rccord Christmas holiday traffic deaths were counted in the Western states. California had more traffic fatalities than any other state in the country: a total of 72.  New Mexico ran second in the west with 12. Colorado had eight. . .Utah six. . .Washington state five. . .Arizona five. . .Montana four. . .Oregon two and Idaho two.  Wyoming got through the long holiday period with no traffic deaths. Four persons died in fires in Montana and there were throe fire deaths in California and one in Washington. An 11-month-old baby boy was suffocated in Wyoming by smoke from a smouldering Christmas tree.  Seven persons died in plane crashes in the Western states and two men died in Colorado from drinking wood alcohol.  Berserk Negro Kills Girl, Driver on Bus When She Reports His Attempts to Get Fresh With Her  A berserk Negro passenger on a bus shot a'nd killed the bus driver and an IK-year-old girl passenger at a depot in Cleveland this morning, •and hder fell mortally wounded hy the bulléis ol police pursuers.  Five bystanders in Ihe crowded terminal were wounded—nono seriously. Ihe gunman hiid been lepriniauded by ihe driver [or m'o* histing Ihe young woman whom he killed minutes later.  SUMATRA SIMMERS AS REVOLT GETS MORE AND MORE REVOLTING IN INDIES  Pr<!.sl(Teril~SuT{arno of Indonesia decreed n state of siege today for ICast Sumatra. He made the movíí in ordei' lo pr(!venl riwolts in north and central Sumatra from S|)reading over the whole island.  NIXON SUGGESTS THREE WAYS TO HANDLE THE HUNGARIAN REFUGEE PROBLEM  Vice President Nixon has suggested three ways in which the United Slates can do its full share in helpiii)', Huni;aiian lefugees. Nixon said this country could either increase its quota of refugees . . . eHlablish a so-cidled "open end" (|Uola with a definit«,' ceiling ... or agree to take a certain percentagci of all refugees leaving Hungary, Nixon gave President Eisenhower u rejjorl on his inspection oí refugee camps today.  BEST MOVIE AND BEST ACTORS:  Sixteen New York film critics have come up with their sclcc-tlonn for the 1038 best In the movie world.  They chose "Around the World in 80 Days" a.s the top picture, John Hiidton as the best director, uiid Kirk Douglas and Ingrld Bergman as the top performers.  L. A. SUPERVISORS ASKED TO PUT NON-CITIZENS ON OLD AGE PENSIONS TO SAVE COUNTY FUNDS  I.OH Angeles county supervisors have been asked lo support slate legislation which would make non citi/.ens eligible to receive old-age assistance.  County Manager Arthur .1. Will said such a law would save I.oS Angeles taxpayers more than $.100,000 yeaily by taking some «<18 aliens off county relief rolls, He said llie coinUy nuiil now fool tho entire bill for all persons icceivinc, general leliet.  However, 4lie county conlribulis only '/i/¿ per cent toward pensions under Old Ag(i Assistance, wilh Ihe state and fedeial governments putting in the rest lliruugb grants-in aid.  LOS ANGELES D.A. GETS NINE MORE DEPUTIES  l.O.S ANüFLlóS (111—I.OS Angfdes Coinily Oistrict Attorney Williiun H. McKesson has received permission from county supervisors to let him hire nine additional trial despulles al a iiay scale oí $077 to $842 a month.  The request was foiwardcd lo the Ixiard in a report submitted by f.'ounty Manager Arthur .1. Will. M( Kesson said si.x of (he deputies would b(? assigned lo Ihe (lislri< I alloi'ney'.s ceiiral trial office, while lhre(; others would go tu bianclu s in Van Nuys, lil Monte and Long Beach.  'Ihe rcpoit poinled out that the work load in the district attorney's office has nicieased 10 per ccni. When the slaff re()uircment3 were i-stiinated last spring only ,') |ier cent incica.'.c wab cxpccted.  SHE HAS NOT COME HOME FROM THE OfFICE PARTY YET—SO THEY CALL FBI  I h(' Mil has joined the search lor a ^2-year-old New IvnglanJ switchboard operator who disappeared alter an office t'hiistmas j)arty, Carol O'Hoyle was last seen I'arly I'riday morning near a bus station in Brockton, Muss. Slie was wearing an evening gown and dancing slii)pers.  A few hours before, she had attended a party in the office of an Attleboro costume company. She had left the parly with a young man who told police later that he drove her around (or nine hours, but that sIk! refused to go hume.  He said iie left her out at the bub ¿tution. blic hasn't been heai4 from since.  REPORTER AND WIFE HELD BY JAIL ESCAPEES IN ALBUQUERQUE THRILLER  A 2l)-year old city hall reportei' for the Albuquerque Journal and his wife were held for nearly thiee hours when two escaped jail breakers entered their home and d( cided t(j "hole up". Reporter Jack Gill says he and his wife remained calm throughout the time they won» held by escaj)ees Robeit 15. Kennedy and I'loyd Stokes. The two men first said they would "hole up" in tliu Ciill liome for a day or two but lutcr changed their mind and left in Gill's car under the urging oí tb« fopoiicr and bib wife, Ibu Ciills were UuL haimcU. n ■ imiMm   

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