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   Mt Vernon Register News (Newspaper) - July 9, 1966, Mt Vernon, Illinois                                TEMPERATURE Friday high 93, low 64. 7:00 a.ni. today 77 Downtown noon today 93, MI VERNON REGISTER-NEWS WEATHER 1 Continued warm through Sunday with isolated thundershow-ers. High temperatures today and Sunday in 90s. Low tonight in 70s. Sunny and not quite eo warm Monday. VOLUME XLV-NO. 240 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1966 30c PER WEEK AMBUSH TABLE ON REDS BIT. V. l-ANDMABK GOING DOWN-Above, the old J. J. Fly & Sons bnUdingr, on Tenth street, left, and the former Sears Roebuck store, center, will be in the hands of the wreckers next week. The cleared site will be used for expansion of the King City Federal Savings and Loan Association, whose modem office building is shown at right. A corner of the John B. Rogers building can be seen at extreme left and the Odd Fellows building at extreme right. Lower photo is of the original Fly building, built in 1893, It was the only masonry business stnicluro on the block at the time. To the north of it were a temporary tin business iHiildIng iind the pioneer Ilordman residence. The Odd Fellows building, constructed in 1897, was once the First Presbyterian Ciiurch. (Mary Jane Studio Photo) _X_     -X-    -X- -X-    ~X-    -X- -X-    -X-    -X- CLEAR SITE FOR KING CITY FEDERAL EXPANSION OM J J. Fly Building In Wreckers' Hands Next Week In 1893 A 73-yeai--old three stoi-y bi-ick building which will be in the hands of the wreckers in downtown Mt. Vernon next week, played a prominent part in the early business history of the town. For years the tall nari'ow edifice  on   the  west side of Illinois 33rd Troops Pass Ready Test CAMP MCCOY, Wis. (AP) - Illinois' 33rd Division came home today, its annual two week field training behind it. "Our 4,500-man seloclee reserve foi'ce brigade passed its readiness tests in good style," M'j. Gen. Francis P. Kane, the division commanding general Baid Friday. "The encampment also provided an inlrodudion to basic training for more Uian 1,700 recruits," The division's reserve force is part of a natiori-widc force of 150,000 National Guard and reserve troops which could be combat-ready in nine weeks. Units from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan would comprise one full-strength division in such an emergency all-up of troops. Drop McCleery Murder Charge QUINCY, 111. (AP) - An indictment charging Ronald McCleery, 18, with the murder of a Quincy secretary was dismissed Friday, but McCleery remained in jail on delinquency charges. A Circuit Court jury acquitted McCleery a week ago on a cliarge of murdering Miss Judith Ann Greening, 22. Friday Judge John T. Retu--don dropped the indictment accusing him of murdering Miss Greening's roommate, Miss Donetta Pickens, 21. Tlie women, both secretaries for a Quincy firm, lived in an apartment near McCloery's liome. Thev were shot and stabbed to dftth March 21. Judge ReaSaon said the murder charge was dropped without prejudice to the state and could be revived in a new indictment if further evidence is uncovered. A spokesman for the Illinois Youth Commission said McCleery would be held in a detention institution under a delinquency order resulting from his involvement in a 19G4 burglary. Milburn Moore Mt V. Man Dies In Fall In Louisiana Mil bum Moore, 51, a former resident of Mt. Vernon, died at 6:15 a.m. today from injuries received in an oil field mishap in Louisiana. His death occurred at a hospital in Zachary, Ind. Mr. Moore was fatally hurt when he fell from scaffolding while patinting an oil storage tank near Zachary. He was rushed to tlie hospital in Zachai-y, where he remained as a patient until his death. Mr. Moore was employed by a Houston, Texas paint firm. He was the son of Mrs. Georgia Moore, 1303 Main street. The body will be brought to Mt. Vernon for funeral services and burial. The body will be taken to the Pulley Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements wera incomplete this morning. 'PAY OFF CIIUBCH MOBTGAOE-Officials of the First Community church receive a paid-up $63,000 mortgage yesterday at the Mt. Vernon Loan and Building Association. The congregation will celebrate this Sunday by burning the mortgage, proclaiming that the church Is debt free. From the left are Paul Partridge, chairman of the finance committee; Irvln Hertenstein, chairman of the church council; Lucille Jones, bookkeeper at Mt. Vernon Loan and Building; Jim Jackson, chairman of the church trustees; Rev. Bayne Wilson, the pastor, and Ed Hall, chairman ot Uin fund drive. Tenth street, just north pf the John B. Rogers ' building, was knovm as the J. J. Fly & Sons building. The Fly firm carried a complete line of furniture and caskets and was in the undertaking business long before the turn of the century. The original Fly buUding, as well as two buildings immediately north, will be demolished for expansion of the King City Federal Savings and Loan Association. "While the Fly building is not the oldest structure in town, it played a part in the history of the commiuiity as it represented one of the finest families and one of the early businesses in southern Illinois," said E. B. Moss, local historian. The late J. J. Fly started the buisness in a small frame building on west Main street, just a half block off of the square, in the year 1850. "Mr. Fly, a master woodworker and carpenter, made fumitm^ and wooden caskets of all kinds, which he sold at retail. "He did a thriving business and soon outgrew his original building. He moved to north Tenth street where, in 1893, he built a three-story brick structure. He soon outgrew this building and constructed a duplicate brick building joining it on the north,' Mr. Moss said. (These are two of the three buildings which will be leveled to make room for the King City Federal expansion. The other building, adjoining them to the north, foiTOerly housed the Sears Roebuck store.) In 1880 - 86 years ago - J. J. Fly took his son, O. B. Fly, into the business as a partner. Two years later he took another son, W. S. Fly, into the business as the third partner. They started in the undertaking business in 1880. The Fly family discontinued businss here several years ago. Until recently the original Fly building was occupied by the Singer sewing machine company and the other Fly structure by Livingston Drugs. Start Demolition The Richard Hunt Construction Co. of Mt. Vernon has been awarded the contract for demolition, remodeling and development of the King City Federal expansion. Demolition work is scheduled to start next week. The Illinois Power Co. and Illinois Bell Telephone Company have already removed their service lines from the buildings, clearing the way for start of demolition. The   expansion   project   is CGoDtJinued oo Page 2, OHma il Five Lines Struck AIR TRAVEL' SKARLED IN 231 CITIES By GAYLORD SHAW WASHINGTON (API - The Civil Aeronautics Board acted today to relieve air traffic congestion over the nation built up by a strike against five major airlines. Tlie board approved a series of measures to increase service at air terminals where passengers have been held up by the strike of the AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists. The relaxation of regulations affecting both scheduled and nonscheduled airlines was announced by the board as negotiations were resumed in tfie day-old strike that has snarled travel in 231 cities. The strike was called Friday against Eastern, National, Trans World. United and Northwest airlines. Both sides appeared gloomy about prospects for a quick end to the cripplin walkout by more than 35,000 meaianics and other ground personnel, members of the AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists. At Johnson's request. Assistant Seci-etary of Labor James J. Reynolds called negotiators back into session. Reynolds said day and night meetings will continue as long as necessary and indica-ed the airlines and union are still far apart. The union's chief negotiator, Joseph W. Ramsey, predicted the walkout "will last mora or leSs indefinitely." "The strike against Eastern, National, Northwest, Trans World and United Airlines began at 6 a.m. local time Fri-^'iy. It quickly hobbled a vital *gment of the nation's trans-i.,.iation industry, grounding thousands of businessmen, tourists and servicemen. Together, the five airlines normally carry an estimated 60 per cent of the air passengers on some 5,000 flights daily. The chairman of the airline negotiating committee, William J. Curtin, has described the union requests as unacceptable and criticized the union for breaking off negotiations Thursday, "18 hours befoi-e the strike." Union President P.L. Siemill-er, however, says "we're not withdrawing our demands." The union is seeking increases totaling 53 cents an hour over a three-year period. The carriers have offered 30 cents an hour and a presidential panel has recommended raises up to 48 cents spread over a 42-month peiiod. Top mechanics now earn $3.52 hourly. Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz is scheduled to return tonight from a trip to the Far East and presumably will take a hand in negotiations. Military Planes Ready The Defense Department ordered that military aurcraft be made available on a priority basis to assure that tlie tieup does not interfere with essential travel by an estimated 100,000 militai-y and civilian personnel about to leave for, or just returned from, duty in Southeast Asia. Prior to the strike, the union had announced its membei-s would continue to work on Defense-chartered flights. Sen. Wayne Morse, D-Orc., who headed the presidential panel, called anew Fl-iday for the sti-ike to be called off while federal mediation continues. Ozarfc Uses Jet At St. Louis, Mo., Ozark Airlines announced it was pressing its new DC9 jet Into service one week ahead of schedule, and said it will add 20 extra flights daily to handle increased numbers of passengers. Railroads reported a 40 per cent increase in passenger loads on departing trains, while Greyhound bus said its business was up 10 per cent. In the Omaha, Neb., area, Frontier Airlines put on three extra Omaha-Denver flights, Miiuieapolis and Kansas City. Omaha flights if needed. Ozark Airlines announced adding of a flight to Chicago. Braniff Airways said it anticipated no trouble in handling its air traffic to Minneapolis   and   ansas   City. ^X-   -X-   -X- -X- _.X-   -X-    -X- BLAST OIL DEPOTS AGAIN-White fireball marks direct hit by U.S. fighter-bombers from the caniers Constellation and Hancock on oil storage tanks, buildings and docking fa^ duties on the Cam Cau River, just two miles northwest of Haiphong. Photo, taken half way through the raid, was released by the U.S. J\a.vy in Saigon. Initial raid in the area was last Juno 39. (AP Wirephoto) iCootinued on Page 2. Iloluma % Inland Lets Contracts To Equip Shafts CHICAGO-A contract for completely equipping the t\vo new shafts at the Inland Mine soutli-west of Mt. Vernon, 111., has been let by Inland Steel Company to Connellsville Corporation, mine shaft designers and equipment contractors of Con-neUsville, Pa. The contract for both the production shaft and the service shaft of the coal mine includes the design and construptibii fot head frames as well as conveyance and counter weight guides and structures. It also covers the installation of all skip and cage conveyances and automatic weighing and skip-loading facilities. The main hoists and ventilation fans will also be installed by Connellsville. The contract calls for completion by January 1, 1968. Sinking of tlie two concrete lined shafts was begun last. April by Zeni-McKinney-Williams, an affiliate of Dravo, Inc. Both will go down 750 feet to the coal seam, but the production shaft, used for hoisting coal to the surface, wUl extend to 900 feet in order to provide space for the installation of skip-loading equipment. The service shaft will accommodate, the miners and their machinery and provide proper ventilation to the mine. Located 275 miles south of Chicago in Jefferson county, the mine is scheduled to go into operation in 1968. Its initial scheduled production rate will be 3 million tons per year of raw coal, which will be shipped to Inland's steel mill at East Chicago, Indiana. Most of the shipments will be metallurgical grade coal for the manufacture of coke large quantities of which are required for the production o^i^on in tiie first step,of steelmakiqg. The balance win be steam cQ.al grade for use in the steel milt's power plants, -      ' : GENERALS TELL McNAMARA REDS CANT START MONSOON OFFENSIVE For Seven-Day Run Mt. V. State Fair Opens OnJulylZ The 60th annual Mt. Vernon State Fair will open Sunday, July 17 for seven days and nights of horse- racing, farm exhibits and western and thrill shows. Charles W. Waite, Fair president said today that there will be a free gate each afternoon all week long. The gate charge will not begin until 4:30 p.m. each day. The World's Fair Carnival which played at, the World's Fair two years ago, will be on the midway all week. Here is tJie program for tlie Fan-: Sunday Afternoon, July 17 - National Championship Flag Race and Western Horse Show. Monday Night - McKinley's Wild West Show. Tuesday - 4-H Day. Tuesday Night - Jefferson County Beauty Queen Contest. Wednesday Afternoon (Mt. Vernon Day) - Harness Racing. Wednesday Night - Horse Racing under the lights. Thursday Afternoon - Running Horse Haces. Thursday Night - Hai'ness Racing. Friday Afternoon - 4-H Day, Horse Pulling Contest. Friday Night - Tractor Pulling Contest. Saturday Afteraoon - Running Horse Races. Saturday Night - Society Horse Show. WASH^^GTON (AP> - Secretary of Defense Robert S. Mc-Namara said today the increased tempo of U.S. operations in Viet Nam in recent months has denied the Communists "the opportunity.to assemble sufficient forces to mount a monsoon offensive." McNamara, returning from a Viet Nam war conference at U.S. Pacific command headquarters in Honolulu, described Mmself as ""cautiously optimistic" and said, "We're gaining militarily."' 'But the defense secretary said it would be "impossible to predict a time" when the campaign might be broifght to a successful conclusion. McNamara conferred in Honolulu with Adm. U.S. Grant Sharp, U.S.-Pacific commander, who recently returned from a visit to Viet Nam. -From the Honolulu meeting came a teport that the Viet Cong had ibeen "thrown off balance" and thwarted in its efforts to mount a rainy-season offensive because of the growth of U.S. forces. McNamara credited recent gains in the war to what he called a "very substantial expansion" of U.S. forces in recent months to a total of about 280,000 men and particularly to the increase in the helicopter force to about 1,700 machines, givmg the u!s. troops a swifter striking ability. As a result, McNamara said, Communist Viet Cong ambush tactics - so successful in the past-are now "suffering severe setbacks." He said the air strikes against vital oil supplies in North Viet Nam "have been successful." But he said it is too early to learn whether the loss of oil supplies will cut back truck traffic carrying Communist sup- LURE 2,000 VIET CONG INTO TRAP Enemy Attacks Yank Armored Column Used As Bait, Runs Into Massive Artillery, Aerial Fire. (Continued on Page X Column 4) Chief Red However, Fox dont Mem too Im* the 96-yeajr-old Ogalala THKY LOOK SKEPTICAL-The chUdren^.9urronndlng: pressed by his rain dance in downto�^n Columbia, Mo. Sioux Indian says his rain dance is not hokum, and it has never failed to produce rain somewhere in the area. Columbia has bad no appreciable rain for three w�oks. 9y ROBERT TUCKiMAN SAIGON (AP)-A U.S. armored column lured a heavy Viet Cong force into the fire of waiting artillery, alerted warplanes and battalions of helicopter-borne 1st Infantry Division troops north of Saigon today. It was the second execution of such reverse ambush tactics in 10 days. Contact was broken just before dark. Field reports said it was believed the enemy - a force of at least regimental size estimated at more than 2,000 men - was withdrawing to the northwest. That would be in the direction of the Cambodian frontier. A spokesman at a forward command post reported American units were setting up a blocking force behind the Viet Cong in an effort to cut off their, escape routes. There was no immediate report of casualties on either side.; Coupled with the sudden flare-up in ground fighting after a 10-day lull, the U.S. command reported renewed aerial pounding of five oil installations in North Viet Nam. In the political field, a Vietnamese general court-martial disciplined., five generals who cooperated with Buddhist dissidents in the spring .uprising against Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's government and sentenced them to 60 days in prison. The chief figure forced Intoi retirement was Lt. Gen. Nguy-* en Chanh Thi, a rival of Ky whose dismissal March 10 aij commander of the northernmost 1st Corps area |touched off three months of political turmoil. . A U.S. spoltesman said a Viet Cong force of at least regimen* tal size hit an armored column of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division which had been, put out as bait along a secondary road near the Cambodian border.     f By prearranged plan, the spokesman said, U.S. forces immediately flew in several battalions of reinforcements by helicopter and hit the enemy force with pre-planned au: attacks and artillery barrages. The methods employed by th� Ist Division forces were the newly developed "reverse ambush" tactics, used with success in the same area in Binh Long Province by the same American troops 10 days ago. They involve sending an armored column along a highway as a tempting target for an enemy junbush* then hitting it hard with helicopter reinforcements, air strikes and artillery. The latest action broke out shortly before noon when, the U.S. spokesman said, the Viet Cong ambush force hit an American armored motorized column moving along a secondary highway 12 miles southwest of An Loo, and about 43 miles north of Saigon. The U.S. reaction force-helicopter-borne reinforcements, air strikes and artillery barrages-struck to turn the ambush into a trap of their own^ the spokesman said. By late afternoon, he reported, heavy fighting still was under way in flatlands covered with dense jungle and bamboo thickets. Before  nightfall.   U.S.   and (Continued on Page 2. Column 6) Bob Beckmeyer Opposes Gray For Congress SPRINGFIELD - Bob Beckmeyer of Nashville will opposu Rep. Kenneth Gray of West Frankfort in the race for Congressman in the 21st district this fall. Beckmeyer was a last minute ATite-in candidate for the Republican nomination last month. The GOP State Central Committee has annoimced that he will be the endorsed candidate of the party in November. Beckmeyer, a businessman, ]� a fanner >taU KiveMDtatiw*   

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