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   Panama City News (Newspaper) - November 5, 1952, Panama City, Florida                                VOL. 1---NO. 5. PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOV. 5, 1952 Bay Defeats Hospital Bill And Endorses School Fund TW TFR4VK- a _____ 8 PAGES BY FRANK PERICOLA Bay county voters, in a record general election turnout yesterday, gave their endorsement to Adlai Stevenson, decided against any change in Bay Memorial Hospital restrictions against osteopaths. voted for the school amendment i and gave Ira Hill a lead in the f write-in vote for tax assessor. The vote on whether to change the number of justices of the peace, abolish the office or keep them as is was still undecided on complete returns at 2'30 a. m., with those wantmg to oust the justices having a slight majority In complete precincts and an even greater lead in incomplete re- turns. The vote counting was slow. The size of the ballot, with the 11 stale amendments and three local acts, plus the record vote prevented a rapid cleanup and at 2-30 a. m today only 15 of the county's 52 precincts had completed their count on the amendments. Tremendous interest centers in the local act concerning Bay Me- morial hospital. A total of 495 voters had expressed a desire to loosen restrictions and 783 want a status quo, on complete returns. On the justice of the peace dis- trict act, the complete vote at a. m. was- For a change 410. no 375. Of those wanting a change. 334 voted to abolish the office and 82 to reduce the number to two. the" vote in precincts were Still counting early to day was mainly in favor of either eliminating the justice and con. stable offices or reducing the num ber to two. Bay county voters gave their approval to the school building amendment. 454 to 224, on com- plete returns and that was the trend in incomplete returns. The write-in race- between Hill, Gerald Conrad and Savely Mc- Quagge for the post of county tax assessor vacated by the death of Dune McQuagge is still undecided with the count m 15 precincts com- plete out of 52 being: Hill 351. Savely McQuagge 309, Conrad 219. Whatever the outcome, there is certain to be a court test to de- cide whether the write in entitiles the high man to the office or whether a special election must be held later. Bay voters are giving their as- sent to the livestock fencing act, 332 to 280. They are voting against boosting the number of supreme court justices to ten, 239 to 153, and voted against the county home rule amendment, 211 to 165. Local voters s.fc favoring cre- ation of a Bay-Washington sena- (Turn to BAY, Page 2) GOP Victory Is Landslide WASHINGTON, Nov. D. Eisenhower rolled up a smashing landslide victory over Adlai E Steveson today to give the nation its first Republican president in 20 years. Stevenson conceded defeat at a m (EST) The five-star general, in his first bid for political office will succeed President Truman next Jan. 20 and brin? to an end two decades of "New Deal-Fair Deal" rule The Eisenhower victory was _ truly of landslide proportions. He cracked the Solid South with f f JF Here Is How Ike Stands DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER here last at Bay County Courthouse were poll- Myron E. Clark, Mrs. Forace Holland and Mrs Lewis E Allen. Counting at many precincts ran all night (Staff t t. with Florida and Virginia. He carried the big-voting Northern states like New York, Illinois, Ohio, Massa- chusetts, and New Jersey. The United Press tabulation of unofficial returns at the moment of Stevenson's surrender gave a popular vote standing of- Eisnhower Stevenson In electoral votes the real pay- off in a presidential the picture was the same. Eisenhower had won, or was leading, in 39 states with a total of 442 electoral votes. Stevenson had won or was leading only in nine states with a total count of 89 electoral votes. Republicans had high hopes that control of Congress went with their smashing presidential victory. Incomplete returns indicated, a trend in that direction. In. the Senate, where it takes 4! seats for control, the picture was EC; sard Jo Eevlew Final Recnests For Chamber Job Board of directors of Panama City Chamber of Commerce meet here at 11 a.m. Friday to review final applications for Chamber manager. The special meeting, called by President S A. Daffin Jr., will be held at the organiza- tion's offices. F. William Broome, present man- ager of the Chamber of Commerce here, has offered his resignation effective Nov. 15 to accept another position. A three man committee, headed by Harvey Mathis, has been re- Viewing applications. M G. Nelson find George Cowgill are the other two members of the committee. A chamber spokesman vesterday said applications been nar- rowed down to two by the selec- tions committee. Both of those applicants will be Interviewed personally at Friday's and a selection "probably" Made. The meeting replaces next week's regular session. It will be the final board meeting for Broome. who has been here January, 1951. Grant Newberry Issumes Airport Authority Post Dr. Grant Newberry, Panama City optometrist, toot over yester- day as new chairman of Panama City Airport Authority. He replaces Phillip A. Roll, who resigned from the position some weeks ago. Newberry's election came at the jroup's Monday nigfit meeting here. The appointment was effective im- mediatelj. In other actions, members of the named Rae Steele secretary- treasurer to succeed Newberry, and appointed Larry G. Smtlh, lo- cal attornev, temporary executive secretary to succeed F. William Broome. present executive secre- ary, who has resigned. They also voted to step up the general maintenance program at Panama City Municipal Airport, and tooic under study a letter from National Airlines requesting the Au- thority to make arrangements for extending present runways or con- structing newer, longer to ac- comodatc new aircraft National in- tends to use. National said that the company's new Convair liners cannot be op- erated "at full load" on present runwavs at tne airport. They asked that runways be lenghened to a minimum of feet, and said that feet would be "desir- able." Mr. Average Man-on-the-Street Turns Into Political Bigwig on Voting Day Impossible to Hold Election Without Vfiiiing Candidates VINELLES. France, Oct. 4 was not excitement at Vinzclle's own election. Seven town councilmcnt resiirned. A by- election was called replace them. Nobody entered the race. Only 16 out of 272 registered voters slioivcd up at the polls to write in candidates. One spoiled hi- ballot. The villagers decided today to try- ajjain next Sunday. City Heads Slate Meeting to Close Sewer System Job City Commissioners are slated to meet here tomorrow afternoon with consulting engineers and sewer pro- ject officials to map out prelimin- ary plans for closing out the city's sewer project. The meeting was called last week at the recommendation of the en- gineers, Smith and Gillespie. It will be held near the close of he Commission's regular 5 p.m. Thursday session. Project Comptroller Leon Mathis ;aid the conference will be concern- ed primarily with the disposition of supplies and equipment which will still be on hand when the last project released to Contractor Mar- vin R. Boyce is completed. Boyce is pushing toward com- pletion of that project now. An estimated is expected to remain in funds and "materials on hand and on the project inven- according to the engineers. An additional according to estimates of cltv officials, will remain in salvageable equipment. City Commissioners have said in the past that termination of the city's construction agreement with Boyce would not mean an end to all sewer construction here. Mayor Carl Gray in a statement last week to Commissioners said the project "is a continuing thing." Present plans, commissioners say, is to use whatever amount remains m the fund after comple- tion of present projects for laying smaller mains and laterals. "The program would continue, they say, until funds are totally exhaus ted. FAMILY STILL GROWING HARLAN. Ky., 62- year-old Jack Harris became a fa? ther. it was his 22nd child. It was the sixth child for his fifth wife, who is 28 BY RICHARD DAW Mr -Average Citizen became Mr. Political Bigwig yesterday for his once-a-year splurge into the realm of big-time politics, and turned out to be just as enthusiastic, if not as polished, as any politician. The streets and s'tores of the city became bandboxes for any- one who felt like voicing an opin- ion on the merits of Eisenhower or Stevenson, the hospital bill or justice of the peace act, or any other subject which seemed to him to be of a political nature. Most polling places hummed with activity, but throughout the whole thing most people kept per- fect order. Pollsters spent a sleep- less night counting the ballots of the expected-record turnout. Everyone in Panama City seem- ed political minded. Both cam- paign headquaiters, especially those of the Eisenhower support- ers, got numerous calls during the day and had a parade of people in and out. In a downtown newstand, a wom- an wound up a conversation with the proprietor by saying, "I'd bet- ter get on home, they'll start broadcasting the soon (Turn to MR. AVERAGE, Page 2) 25 1 IHcials, Civic Panel Slate United States, Spain Making Good Progress On Two-Way Agreement WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UP) Che United States and Spain are waking good progress in negotiat- ng a military and an -economic igreement in Madrid, official ources reported today. Representatives of nearly 30 civic clubs. Bay Countv School Board, and athletic advisoiy committee members are expected to confer here tomorrow with Citv Commis- sior.crs on the proposed construc- tion of a S200.000 high school sta- dium Th discussion will take place at the regular 5 p m. Thursday Com- mission meeting. Construction of the stadium would be financed through sale of S250.000 in revenue certificates. City receipts from the Gulf Power Com- pany franchise contract would De pledged to retire the certificates. Invitations to attend the session were issued by City Clerk Leon Mathir to all local civic clubs after City Commissioners were informed two weeks ago by Fiscal Ascent jBir.ion Smith that the issue would be ''legal" and "marketable." Smith told City Commissioners that annual payments of about would be necessary to meet payments on 30 year certificates. Payments on 20 year certificates wouJo be slightly more than jeaih. Tne city now receives to S30.000 annually from its agreement with the power company. But May- or Carl R. Gray, who originally proposed the plan for construction of the stadium, said payments Tun to OTSSCIALS, Page 2) October Postoffice Receipts Show Gains Over Month Year Ago Postal receipts here continued to gam last month over the same period one year ago. according to figures made available yesterday afternoon by Postmaster Joe E Padgett. Total receipts for October amounted to 56 a gain of more than over the October 19ol total of 89 The figures also indicate a slight mcrease over August postal busi- ess here. Total receipts that month 'were approximately Post office transactions normally show a steady increase during Nov- ember, reaching a peak m Decem- ber, Holdovers 35 Elected 5 jj Leading 4 15 Totals 44 51 1 In the House, where it takes 218 seats for control the picture was: D E Elected 149 95 Leading: 5Q 101 That gave the Republicans a lead of 196 to 192 with 47 contests still unreported. Stevenson took his defeat in good spirit. He pledged his support to the new Republican President and urged his backers to do the same In Huntsville, Ala., his running mate, Sen. John J. Sparkman, said T shall certainly do my best to cooperate with Gen. Eisenhower "General Eisenhower has been a great leader in he said. "He has been a vigorous and valiant opponent in the Campaign. These qualities shall now be dedicated to leading us all through the next four years. "It is traditionally American to fight hard befoie an election. It equally traditional to close ranks as soon as the people have spoken "I urge you all to give to Gen- eral Eisenhower the support he will need to carry out the great By UNITED PRESS Here is President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower's program as indi- cated in his speeches and state- ments KOREArPlans to go to Korea to see what can be done to bring the war "to an early and honorable" end. INFLATION: Intends to cut gov- ernment spending, tighten govern- ment monetary controls, coordinate economic policies of the Federal Reserve Board and CIVIL RIGHTS: Promises' that there will be no discrimination as long as I can help it in private or public life based upon any such' thing as color or creed or has made no specific promises on new civil rights legislation. FARM: Favors continuation of present law setting price supports on basic crops at 90 per cent of parity through 1954. LABOR: Wants Tart-Hartley law tasks that lie before him him mine. Eisenhower accepted his victory (Turn to GOP, Page 2) revised so that it could not "be used to break does not favor repeal. PUBLIC POWER: Favors river basin development "but not at the expense of accepting super-govern- ment in which the people of the region have no choice GOVERNMENT JOBS: Plans a top to bottom" shakeup of key- officials in the capital, but assures oyal and honest federal employes hey have nothing to worry about FOREIGN POLICY: Plans to re- tore a "true" bipartisan foreign >ohcy by inviting Democratic lead- is _m Congress to participate in oreign affairs conference. TAXES: Wants taxes reduced af- er spending has been cut TIDELANDS: Favors legislation to give ownership of the so-called oidelands to the states. SOCIAL SECURITY: Wants Con- gress to "improve and extend" social security coverage and bene- RICHARD M. NIXON NEW ADMIN1SIB. TO CLEAN FLORIDA'S 10 VOTES m OOP FOR FIRST TIME SIMCE1928 Courthouse Because of Death Of Dune McQuagge Bay County Courthouse closes at noon today m observance of the death of D. G. (Dune) McQuagge, veteran county tax assessor who died here Saturday night. Funeral services" will be held at 2pm. at Wallace Memorial Pres- byterian church. The Rev. Richard Scoggms will officiate. The body will he in state at the church from 10 a.m. until time for rites. McQuagge fust took over the tax assessor's office in 1933. He was subsequently elected to four terr.-_. He was a candidate without opposi- tion to succeed himself in today's general election. By FRANK EIDGE JR. United Press Staff Correspondent MIAMI, Fla Nov. 4 Dwight D. Eisenhower captured Florida's 10 electoral votes for President tonight to crack the "Solid South" for the Republican party for the first time since 1928. Florida GOP campaign manager G. Harold Alexander claimed vic- tory for the Republican presiden- tial ticket at p.m. (EST) as Eisenhower's lead over Democrat Adlai Stevenson increased steadily m nearly every county east of Tallahassee, thp state capnol. The traditionally Democratic vote from rural West Florida, where many past elections have been decided, was conceded little chance to wipe out Eisenhower's commanding lead collected in the heaviest vote in the peninsula's history. With more than three-fourth's of the state's vote counted. Eisenhow- er led Stevenson by 101 655 votes. Returns from of the state's precincts gave 439.145 for Eisenhower and for Stev- enson. Elsewhere on the ballot. Florida's voters were retaining: the Demo- cratic party in office. This included Dan McCarty of Foit Pierce who will install his "businessman's plat- form" from the governor's mansion next January. With precincts reported in the gubernatorial race, McCarty polled votes to 173.343 for Republican Harry Swan of Miami. Democrats were leading in all four congressional races, but the balloting was close In the First ,TThere- youthful Republi- can William C. Cramer of St Petersburg, who won election to the state House of Representatives two years ago, made a stron- showing against Democrat Courf- ney Campbell of Clearwater Beach From the incomplete returns' Eisenhower won eight of Florida's 6  creed, color, or religion i he has made no specific live recommendations; on I score'1 j sk Congress to improve and! extend social secuntj These were the essentials of i it s time for a chance" His election promises new faces new ideas new methods of opera- tion m the capital Eisenhower, who once wrote that he could never accept high public orfice, is the first Republican to be elected president since Herbert Hoover defeated Alfred E Smith m 1928. When he takes the oath of office on the Cap.tol stens Jan 20 Eisenhower, at 62. will be the fourth o'ctes: man to become chief executn e W.lham Henry Harrison was 63 when he was inaugurated, 65 aca foimer general gave up -rrr.v commission and S19.041 ;.er.r m -r.Iitary retire- time in History. Tne thrcv of atomic war, the ngntmr m Koiea, rela- tons v.ith Russia. m the oipaitsan pol.ci. amon? our ?lucs are arnons me issues racing the nresi- cierr-eipri are aueiit.on iiom man who will T.if.> ,-idade nign prices, high tr corr- u.'L.ion pmor.r officials, !n- ?rd rights rij 'S r- I hero meet tne fic.r.- him as a .ir.n r- I: wont oe> a to single O'u: r-- .--o cnsractenstic "as piimnn.y for Eisen- accesses Bu: his lehrnre 01 _ood staff work: and nava uscn factors in his climb to t.-'e ro 5 Jn 40 err, >f In Ln aces; err.ph- on "oamv o" he on the Wiih Bonfire and MQJSW CCIa ftflsVJi B.-tv school's homecomino- celebration opens here tomorrow night at the "Big Blow The ev- ent wnich starts with a bonfire on I the school baseball field, begins 3.t Homecoming queen, elected bv a student ballot, will be crowned ,the. "Blow-" Her identuv %vill be kept secret until that time Activities will continue Friday morning with open house at the school at 10 a. m. Students will act as guides for visitors and will show, them through the school building and classrooms. A special invitation to attend has been is- sued Panama City residents A three band parade, featuring floats bv various at tne school, will down-town streets at 2.15 p ;r "v" Tne nue. pas' front of tr, mi Cuy's ci. i, Mayor Carl R Ten. Byrne-? managing- editor aid. will be ,n; Jut isviewmg stand w presidents of Ba bodv. at the scboo. Harrison viewing stand in Theater, to the foot of Pana- section. i Gray, the Rev. j Tom News-Hei- Also on the 1 many school stu- i l scboo! -rr.c-av night. Ba" r'ich's Torna i lor does win take on Drnan at Tom-' "Blew" fc two c.i c.'rrrs will be l G SMCl Will ..-n during the will ae .--re-iame cera- Center e w.il climax the n. George Gore '.Dplv the music. be ck dance" in the v Nauonal Hon-   

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