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   Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - December 26, 1964, Hutchinson, Kansas                                The Hutchinson News 93rd Y�ar No. 176 20 Pagts Hutchinson, Kansas, Saturday, Docombor 26, 1964 MO 2-3311 vriea 7c nivnniui __ nt, jrwww       r< � i (New, Photo by Duane Kerr) PANORAMA OF DEATH -� Grotesquely twisted steel and shattered glass graphically tell story of this Christmas day tragedy on K61 near Inman, Victim of Air Crash Here Dies Robert Lind, 34-year-old aviation Industry executive from Wichita, died at Grace Hospital at 12:15 a.m. Christmas day from skull fractures received when his plane crashed in a pasture southwest of Hutchinson Thursday night. The plane, laden with Christmas gifts for his wife and three children, crashed about '9:45 p.m. Thursday. Lind was flying a single-engine Piper Comanche 400. The former president and manager of the Thurderbird Flying Service in Wichita, Lind was returning to his Wichita home from Kansas City where he had recently opened a new aviation agency. .   ( Investigators were trying to determine how Lind got so far off course. The crash scene is about 45 miles northwest of Wichita. The plane clipped a ~fenc�; plowed through a ditch four feet deep and piled up in a pasture on the R. N. Mast farm. The crash was discovered by Lester Troyer of Yoder, who was driving on a township road and saw the revolving flasher light on top of the plane's cabin "Something fishy out there," Troyer said to his wife. He turned his car until the h e a d-lights illuminated the crash scene, notified the. sheriff's office and helped pull the pilot from the wreckage. The plane was damaged extensively. Lind's survivors include the widow and three children; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Lind, and a sister, Barbara, of Chicago. Troops Sent After Slaying ADEN (AP) - British troops rushed to Crater, Aden's acient commercial township, Friday night, after a local police inspector was shot down and killed by a submachine gun burst fired from a speeding car by a terrorist. Killed was Chief Inspector Fadhl Ahmed Khalil, a married man with no children. Police said several bullets were found in his body and nine in the car in which he was sitting. Police here said the killers were associated with the "Liberation Front" operating from bases in Yemen. Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Sir Charles Harington, commander-in-chief of the mideast command, Friday appealed for calm and self restraint as his 18-year-old son Guy Harington was still lying in a hospital with shrapnel wounds in the back sustained in a teen-age Christmas party bomb blast Tuesday. Three Killed on K61 Tragic End to Yule Visit An out-of-control broadslide, the scream of buring rubber ending in a resounding crash and the names of three (Melanomas were added to the holiday traffic death list Christmas day. The accident at 2:45 p.m. Friday 19 miles northeast of Hutchinson on K61 near Inman was the tragic aftermath of a family gathering in Mcpherson^ Two of the victims were the parents of Mrs. Larry D. Smith,  McPherson.  They were Ralph Phillips, 64, a n d his wife, Ollie, 62, of Bartles-ville, Okla. The other passenger in the car was Mrs. Carrie Weaver, about 75, of Tulsa. All were killed instantly when their southbound vehicle careened into a car driven by 19-year-old Cecil D. Johnson of McPherson. Johnson was reported in "fairly good" condition at McPherson County Hospital where he was taken for treatment of facial fractures. The   Phillips'   and Mrs. Weaver had spent Christmas morning with the Smith family and were enroute to Hutchinson to visit friends before returning to Oklahoma. McPherson County sheriff Dale Bishop said Phillips, driver of the Oklahoma car, drove onto the road shoulder and when he pulled back onto the highway apparently lost control of the car. According to a satement from the injured McPherson youth, his first warning of the impending collison was when he saw the Oklahoma sedan sliding toward him broadside. Johnson's car smashed into the right side of the Phillip's vehicle, crushing the Oklahoma car to half its normal width. Impact of the collision was so great that the glove compartment in Phillip's car was pushed almost into the driver's seat. The Christmas day fatalities brought McPherson County's 1964 traffic death toll to 11. Traffic Toll Grows Weather KANSAS - Clearing Saturday, colder west sad south-ceatral, highs around it; fab* and cold Saturday sight; San-day geserslly fair and warmer. Hutchinson Weather Friday's high 40 at 3 p.m.; Friday's low and midnight reading, 24. Record high 67 in 1929; record low -13 in 1918. Barometer-28.01 and rising sharply. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The death rate on the nation's streets, roads and highways increased steadily Friday as a rwuM,Qf severa4.multiple fata.Il- The toflrose notably in see Uons of the nation stricken with rain, ice, snow-slicked highways and heavy fog. The latest count of traffic fa talities since the start of the holiday weekend at 6 p.m. local time Thursday was 206. Trafiic deaths have averaged 110 per day during this year. The National Safety Council had estimated that between 550 and 650 persons would be killed during the threcHlay Christmas holiday. that ends at midnight Sunday. At least 31 persons were killed In eight separate accidents, in eluding seven members of two families in Georgia, families of four in Illinois and Arkansas, and families of three in Ohio and Tennessee. One of the worst accidents occurred Friday hear Cumm-ing, Ga., where seven members of two Gainesville, Ga., families died when a station wagon crashed down a 30-foot embankment and plunged into a lake. Mr. and Mrs. Johnny E. Brown and three of their four children were killed. Two children of the Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rogers family also lost their lives in the accident. Four members of the Charles Celebrations Lift Spirits By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Christians throughout most of the world turned Friday to normal pursuits of a holiday weekend with spirits uplifted by Christmas celebrations centered on the themes of love and peace. But South Viet Nam, Malaysia and the Congo remained familiar trouble spots. Crowds thinned in Bethlehem and Nazareth, where thousands of pilgrims worshiped Friday at sites of Christ's birth and youth. Rabbi Subs for Reno Police Chief RENO, Nev. (AP) - Rabbi Philip H. Weinberg filled in as Reno's police chief Friday and said he had a very enjoyable time. Weinberg, 43, offered to relieve Reno Police Chief Elmer Briscoe to allow him to spend Christmas Day at home with his family. Heath family died Friday in a two-car accident on an icy highway near Danville, 111. Seven other persons were lisetd in serious, condition as a result of the crash. " In an accident near Marked Tree, Ark., five persons - including a family of four - were killed in a head-on collision. The William E. Carter family and another person died when the gasoline tank of one car exploded following the collision Christmas Eve. Two men and a woman were killed in a three-car crackup near the southern Oklahoma town of Durant early Friday. A, Cleveland couple and their daughter were killed Christmas Eve ip*� twfccar collision in Oevautjd.     � Three members of the Charles Edward Harris family died in a head-on collision on U.S. 41A, 10 miles south of Clarksville, Tenn. Harris and his daughters - aged 3 and 5 - were killed. The mother survived. Retired Police Captain Bob Bruce Dead After Long Illness Robert (Bob) Bruce, 54, who served nearly 21 years on the Hutchinson police andx retired as a captain, died Christmas day of lung cancer. Death came at 1 a.m. Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Martha Sayler, 101 East 5th. Bruce had been ill 15 months. He was the father of nine children. Bruce, with his trim mustache and graying hair, was a familiar figure to Hutchonions. Although police work and traffic control were his life's work, he once admitted his boyhood ambition was to be a fireman. He was born June 15, 1910 in Texarkana, Ark. The family home was only a half block from the fire station. 'If I ever wanted to be anything, it was a fireman," he once told an interviewer. "It was always a big thrill to see the fire horses come racing out of the fire house," Married to 1931 Bruce came to Hutchinson in 1930 from Medora. He married Margaret Thompson, Sept. 2, 1931, in Hutchinson. Before joining the police department in 1941, he worked as a clerk at the old Bisonte and as timekeeper for Santa Fe. Bruce moved up through the ranks of the police department and was named captain in 1955: He retired July 15, 1962. Because his prime concern was traffic safety, he was affectionately known as "Mr. Safety." He founded the Hutchinson Safety Council in November 1954 and served as advisor until his retirement. , His most chilling moment as police officer came when a Capt Bob Brace drunk pointed a gun at him and said: "Don't move or I'll shoot." Bruce calmly played the bluff and ordered the man to give up the gun. The drunk - meekly handed over the weapon. He was a member of St. Teresa's Church and Knights of Columbus. His wife died in February, 1961. Survivors are six daughters, Mrs. Rose Mary Bergenske, 940 East A; Mrs. Margaret Daniel, Imperial Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Martha Sayler, 101 East 5th; and Michelle, Rebecca, Christine, of the home at 101 East 5th; three sons, James R., Albuquerque, N.M.; Joseph M., U.S. Navy in the South Pacific; and Jerome of the home; a sister, Mrs. Abe Friesen, Medora; and 10 grandchildren. Sonny Liston Jailed After Denver Fuss Earlier Story and Pftare Page t DENVER (AP) - Former world's heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston was Jailed by Denver police Friday after a pushing and shoving fracas which pitted Liston against 10 patrolmen. While the former champion struck no blows during the melee, police reported that Liston "kept bouncing back out of the car like a rubber ball" when officers attempted to take him into custody. Liston and a friend were pulled over after two patrolmen became suspicious when Liston staggered and almost fell in parking lot prior to getting in his car. Neither policeman recognized the fighter until he got out of the car after being flagged down. When Liston resisted the officers' attempts to see his driver's license, help was summoned. Refused Test After finally giving in, Liston was rushed to an interrogation room at an East Denver police station and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor. After 30 minutes of conversation, he still refused to take a breath test. He told one officer he had had "one.beer" and a short time later he consumed "six or eight." Police said his responses were liberally sprinkled with profanity. Liston flunked the visual section of the sobriety examination. Five hours later, Liston was released and ordered to appear Tuesday in the Traffic Bureau The Chritmas Day disturb ance was the second time in nine months that he has been arrested. On March Liston was arrested for reportedly going 76 miles an hour through a 30 mile speed zone in Denver. At the time he was also charged with carrying a concealed .22-caliber pistol. Liston paid a $300 fine on the speeding charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus a $300 fine on the concealed weapon charge, but the jail sentence was suspended. Leaves Hospital LONDON (AP) - Dr. Roberto Arias, 47, Panamian husband of prima ballerina Margot Fon-teyn, left his hospital bed to spend Christmas Day with his wife and her family. Rescued, But Die In Crash SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The Coast Guard said Friday it now appears there were six instead of three persons aboard its helicopter which crashed Tuesday during flood rescue work in northwestern California. All were feared dead. The Coast Guard was advised that the copter's three-man crew picked up two women and a girl shortly before it smashed into a remote wilderness sector north of Areata. At the time, it was being guided by radar through fog and rain toward an airstrip. The amphibious single-tur-bined copter vanished Tuesday. The wreckage was sighted Wednesday, with no sign of life, but the rugged terrain has defied efforts of ground searchers to reach the spot. The women, Betty Kemps and If arte Bahanson, and Mr*. Kemps' daughter, Melanie, SO months old, were plucked ifrom a flooded home near Kerndale on Tuesday. The husbands of the two women confirmed the pickup and said they have not been seen since. Experienced loggers and woodsmen have joined the; ground search of the heavily wooded wreckage site. i Portland Imperiled By Flood SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Flood waters which have caused more than 40 deaths and property damage in the millions of dollars for six days in the Far West posed their greatest peril Friday night, at Portland, Ore. The business district in that city of 373,000 was in danger; its railroad station was closed; its main rail and highway links north were cut, To the south, in storm-bat- in tered northwestern California, the aircraft carrier Bennington arrived off Eureka, Calif, with 20 Maine helicopters, five doctors and medical supplies for 1,000 patients. The helicopters joined as many more of the Army, Navy and private firms struggling through fog and rain to aid the sick and homeless. One sought to get a doctor to a man with a broken back. Another warship, a destroyer, unloaded enough food in the area Friday to serve flood victims 30,000 meals. At Portland,- the swollen Willamette River, 12 feet above flood stage for lowland areas, actually rose above the main seawall protecting the business district for more than a mile of the river's length/Only an additional concrete barrier, three feet high and six inches thick, stood between the roiling waters and Portland's downtown area The water level was less than two feet from the top of that barrier. And anxious citizens were told it would be at least another 24 hours before they could know if the danger was past. In Oregon, a.workman trying to clear away a log was swept oyer a Deschutes River dam to probable death, Government'agencies  and the R�4I Cross spurred a hussive relief effort to aid 30,000 affect-ad families in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada. The Red Cross cared for more than 3,500 refugees at California and Oregon shelters. The destroyer escort Walton steamed Into Humboldt Bay at Eureka, Calif., with 52 Red Cross disaster workers, stores of blankets and rations, and 20 tons of emergency power equipment for flood-torn Humboldt and Del Norte counties. A heavy fog shrouded this northwestern California corner, the state's major center of Christmas misery. Flight Halted The fog halted helicopter rescue and relief flights, frustrating the major means of reaching hundreds of refugees,from flood-smashed towns along the Eel river. Diking crews worked throughout Christmas Eve piling sandbags against a three-foot concrete fence topping Portland's downtown seawall. The weather Bureau said the Willamette's 30-foot crest would hold for 24 hours at a level just over the main seawall structure and surging at the foot of the sandbagged fence. Harbor Drive, the major north-south highway arterial through west Portland, was blocked by water seeping through section joints of the seawall fence. . Busy tugs cleared debris from pilings at 10 bridges linking! west and east Portland. The Williamette flows through the heart of Oregon's largest dty. The critical relief need in-Cat; ifomia centered in Humaejft and Del Norte counties where 4,-000 persons were driven from their homes in 14 battered communities. Hundreds have huddled since last Tuesday on high ground sections of Highway 101, the Redwood Highway. Fifteen bridges on the route were washed away and great sections of the roadway were destroyed, jlljl �HI' jKm Phots by David Lovett) HAPPY BOY with i new toy ... Tom Berry, 909 North Plum, shows lots of bounce on a sunny Christmas day as he plays with his new basketball, a Christmas gift. The weather was just right for such strenuous exercise, about 40 degrees. LOOK WHAT SANTA BROUGHT! - This little black ball of far be lag aszzled by D'Ann, I, aad RMeae Davis, 4, Is a puppy that the girls fesad la their Christmas stockist. The P"P. watch came from the Hunaae Society, has set keen used yet bat the sisters are leasing to "SpooUe" er "Blackle". The girls are the daughters af Mr. aad Mrs. Bill Davis, SIS North Puna. Youths Fire Into Tavern DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Three white youths in a passing car sprayed a hail of machinegun fire into a Negro tavern crowded with Christmas Eve merrymakers. Six Negro men were wounded, none seriously. Within minutes after the apparently motiveless shooting, more than 100 police cars spread a wide net for the black sedan and its three occupants. Witnesses said a steady burst of machinegun fire erupted from the rear seat of the car as it drove slowly past the Circle Tavern on the western outskirts of this Atlantic beach communi-ty. Slugs tore through the door and window of the tavern, sending terrified patrons diving for cover. Two of the wounded were reported sitting in a car parked outside of the tavern. "I heard the noise, a sort of loud, long brrrrrrrt" said Bob McGowan, who was sitting, in the dining room of his nearby home. "I thought at first it was i bunch of firecrackers," he saidA Lt. James Cooper of sheriffs \ police said an unidentified truck driver saw the car approach the tavern, with two youths in the front seat and the third holding the machinegun in the rear. Intercepted Letter SAM CHAMBERS Weatherman Dodge City Dear Sam:       / We may dream of a white Christmas, but for most of us the bills remind us its really;. a red-ink Christmas. Yours, Hutch   

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