Berkshire Eagle, January 2, 1956

Berkshire Eagle

January 02, 1956

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Berkshire Eagle (Newspaper) - January 2, 1956, Pittsfield, Massachusetts LULU WAR CAUSE Real Reason Is Arms Race Between US. and USS.R. 13 The Ea City Edition Entered Mcond clest motor. Pott Office. Pittsfield. ifaw. Volume 206 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Monday, January- 2, 1956. 30 GENERAL ELECTRIC EMPLOYMENT PITTSFIELD POPULATJOH IUUUU8 40JZ-44 Dr. Stein Is Health Chief; Callashan Heads Council Veteran Re-elected In Three-Way Battle Patrick E. Callaghan, a member of the City Council for the past 10 years, this morning was re-elected president of the Council for a fourth two-year term. 3H5658 RAPID RISE in total GE employment at the end of the was necessitated by extecma of World War II in a crash program. This chart shows that normal of employment for GE in Pittsfield "is now from to compared to an aver- age of only to 6.000 before World War II. GE officials state that intensive marketing and engineering, by aggressive manufacturing efforts enabled normal Pittsfield GE employment to remain at double that of before World war II, in peace. Auto Deaths Estimate By United Press The traffic death count mounted slowly across the nation on the last day of ihe New Year's holiday, and safety experts said the total might be "well below" what they had feared. "But not far enough said Ned H Dcarbom. president of the National Safety Council with offi- ces in Chicago. The United Press count at noon (EST) today showed 281 traffic deaths since 6 p.m. Friday. Fires took 52 lives, five died in plane crashes and 50 in miscellaneous mishaps, for an overall total of 388. California Has 25 California had 23 dead -n traffic. New York Texas 19, Florida and Georgia 14 each, Michigan 13. Maryland and 12 among the leaders. "The way it looks now the holi- day traffic" toll will end up around 340 or said Dearborn This would be well below our pre-holi- day estimate of 420, but not far Enough below Every driver is in- vited to join in an effort to make our preholiday estimate look so high that it's the sillier the better." On the highways, the National Safety Council believed the wide- spread traffic crackdown and care- ful driving had paid off in lives saved. Seven Deathless States Seven states had deathless traf- fic Tennessee, Maine, North Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, and Utah. In stark comparison, there were more than 435 traffic deaths by 6 a.m. exactly one week ago on the final day of the "Black Christ- mas' 'week end. The toll finally mounted to 621, an all-time holiday record. ployes as our normal and desir- able level" in Pittsfield. "It is also well to note that our weekly pay rolls in excess of onejtotai QE employment m Pittsfield million Mr. Ginn said, ijg now Snghdy over verify- As he has noted our predictions of a year 40-year-old GD executive said. Manager Ginn Forecasts 'Excellent Year' for GE Predictions for an "excellent year" for General Electric Co.'s Pittsfield operations were forecast today by William S. Ginn, general manager of the GE transformer division headquartered here. Steady Employment "We expect to hold our em- ployment steady here casions, Mr. Ginn pointed out that GE considers to em- Anita LONDON it was, a gay New Year's Eve party at the swank Berkeley Hotel and in walked actress Anita Ekberg. Anita, Sweden's answer to the ice and snow, was wearing a snug velvet gown which drew all eyes. The stitches gave way. She flung her arms across her body to hold the wayward dress up and raced 20 paces to an anteroom. A woman eyewitness later gave this description: "Under it Anita." McCarthy Fights Funds To Probe Loyalty, Security WASHINGTON (UP) Sen. Jo- seph R. McCarthy (R-Wis) said to- day he will fight to cut off funds of two Senate subcommittees which have criticized the adminis- tration's loyalty-security program. McCarthy told a reporter he will speak on the Senate floor against appropriations for the Constitution- al Rights Subcommittee headed by ,Sen. Thomas C. Hennings Jr. (D- jMoi. and the Government Em- ployes Security Subcommittee un- SINGAPORE Australian jder Sen. Olm D. Johnston Aussies Shell Malay Rebels going into action lor the; first time against Malayan Com-! Making Cause Harder munists fired 900 to 1.000 rounds -ees McCarthy said the subcommit- doing a tremendous dis- of artillery shells into guerr.lla J service. They are wrecking the se hideouts in the Boncsu forest re- j cur: program what there is serve Sunday night and this :t- For GE today eased a detailed graph of the com- pany's Pittsfield employment. It shows a gradual decrease from rtforld War n, postwar and Korean War peaks and a leveling off to the current status of between .o Tt shows an all-time peak of during 1943: another peak of early in 1949 and a 1951 Korean War peak of For those who still might look at the current figure of and cry for a return to the good old days, a second look at the chart would show that the current level is considerably above the pre- World War n average of between i.OOO and Report by Departments Individual reports by managers of the three major Pittsfield GE departments bears out Mr. Ginn's forecast of "excellent" for the nev. year. About of the city's 10.500 GE employes are approximately evenly divided between the power and distribution transformer de- partments. Naval ordnance de- partment plants employ about and the chemical division, 355. Here's the outlook from the dis- tribution transformer department as foreseen by Raymond W. Smith, department general manager: "We are enjoying the best period of steady orders that we have ever had, and it looks as though it will continue at a high level all during 1956. We expect to have difficulty in meeting our customers' require- ments, even wiih some overtime work, so 1 am very optimistic about 1956." compete satisfactorily, or suffer the the power transformer department manager said. For naval ordnance department operations. General Manager Wal- ter B. Booth forecast a pickup in employment this year. "As a result of an increase in orders received during the second half of 1955, a gradual increase in employment will be experiencec during 1956 ss these orders are en- gineered and reach the manufac- turing state, Mr. Booth said- He gave no estimate on the size of the expected employment in- crease. Naval ordnance depart- ment Pittsfield employment peaked at about during the Korean War. Mr. Ginn said the GE Co'umbus Avenue plant will vacated by March 1. completely GE gave the building to Piitsfield Industrial De- velopment Co. list July to be used to attract new industry or facilitate expansion of existing industry. Columbus Ave. Transfers The GE executive said the place- ment of Columbus Avenue em ployes in other Pittsfield GE jobs has been progressing rapiciiy with only about 100 lefi o> be trans ferred by March. Mr. Ginn said that current lev- els and long-term predictions fo President Senators Ask Westinghouse Strike Probe Ten Join Plea, Say Public Interest Is Jeopardized WASHINGTON Demo- cratic senators said "the public interest requires an early Senate inquiry" into the 12-week- ild strike of Westinghouse Electric Corp. employes. "The stalemate seriously harms not only the best interests of the company, its stockholders and em- ployes, but also the welfare of the country as a they said in a joint statement. Collective Bargaining; In proposing a Senate inquiry, they spoke of the "deeply disturb- ng circumstances" of the strike and what they called "the ap- jarent failure of collective bar- gaining despite many weeks of dis- The statement was issued by Sens. Douglas Murray Lehman Humphrey Neely Morse (Ore) McNamara Kilgore (WVa) Mansfield (Mont) and O'Mahoney They noted that the governors of Pennsylvania. New York and Maryland, as well as others, have urged both sides to submit all is- sues to arbitration but that this proposal has been rejected by the company. Wins on First Ballot i The veteran, who voted for him-' self, picked up ths necessary six- votes on the first ballot. Council- man Frank M. Pupo of Ward 6 had three votes, and Councilman- at-Large Roy F. Brown had two votes. Each candidate voted for himself. Others who voted for Callahan were Councilman John Burbank (Ward 4) "-ho placed the incum- bent's name in nomination, Edward M. Connally (Ward Bernard J. Murphy (Ward Daniel England Jr (Ward 5) and John F. Fraser (Ward Voting with Pupo were Councilmen at Large Charles J. Kidney and Anthony D. Tagliente. And voting with Brown was Ward 2 Councilman Christopher Pigott Pigott nominated Browp, Kidney nominated Pupo. After the first ballot. Brown moved that the Cal- laghan election be made unani- mous, and it was so voted. Fraser's Vote Decisive The deciding vote for Callaghan as cast by Councilman Fraser. The Ward 7 freshman had been one of six Council members in- volved in a. plan to unseat Cal- laghan, but he switched to the" in- cumbent when he saw that none ol the other contenders could get suf- acient votes. Ney Agreed Upon As Saar Premier SAARBRUECKEN. Saar Leaders of the three pro-German parties in the Saar agreed today or. a coalition government for the coal-rich border territory. Thev said it would be headed by Hubert Ney as Premier. Ney, 63. is chairman of the Christian Democratic Union, which emerged as the strongest party in the Saar's parliamentary elections Dec. 18. the transformer business remain optimistic. "It is he said, "that the vigorously expanding econ6my of our country, particularly in the electrical fields, will continue at an even greater pace than in the Looking to the more distant fu- ture, Mr. Ginn said that not only will new products such as color television, air conditioning and others build the power demands and need for transformers, but in- creased family sizes and the re- sultant population increase will The area economy has been alone account for many customers The Republican said der Some 100 guerrillas were.suspect-, cratic control, "are doing exactly man to be lurking in the forest re-'opposite" to a resolution passed by lacf v-par in urmrn tnp serve. the Senate last year in which the boosted shghtiy in recent weeks by scattered overtime assignments for GE distribution transformer department workers. Power Transformer Outlook The outlook is not as bright in the power transformer department. Manager J. W. looks for 1955 to be "somewhat better than 1955 "We have been most fortunate m the markets of years ahead. "In said the GrJ execu- tive, "our problem will be to find ways and means of increasing the output with the relatively limited additional manpower that will be available, if demand predictions come Bouncing jDemocrats, in effect, promised ;oJin the power transformer business continue investigations of 1955, because we had many serious obstacles to overcome and I "Instead, we have two active (the outlook early in 'o5 was very ST. LOLIi '.tt buouroan cornrmttees doing every-1pessimistic. However, with an all- coe is claiming the bizgest, if they can to make it marketing effort, backed up by the baby in the St. Louis'on persons fighting intensive engineering and manu- aroa 'nr she new vea- McCarthy said. facturing improvements we were area .or ,ne new >ea.. i .o aneviate our situation A 13-pour.d was hom; Crittoal Reports somewhat rather than face a de- to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henmncs subcommittee.I clme which could have proven at 10 a.m. Sunday Bamnouse wh-lCh received S50.000 last year Mr. Seaman said. I wasn't s been through operation, has "We he continued, "that; it all before. charged that the secunty program' 1956 will be a fairly good year. He is was 48-> ear- old Hemrich Schneider, head of the right-wing Saar Democrats. The new Cabinet will include rep- resentatives of all three pro-Ger- man parties, the CDU, the Demo- crats and the Socialists. The three parties won 33 of the 50 seats in Parliament. They are pledged to seek early union of the Saar with West Germany. his colleagues. "The only way I can repay he said, "is by seeping close to the oath of of- [ice which we just took as is humanly possible. In the coming two years, we will be faced by many problems, and regardless of our differences, I hope we will approach them in a spirit of co- operation and fairness." Inauguration Tonight After the election and after adoption of the same rules and orders which guided the Council's procedures for the past two years, the Council formally notified Mayor Harvey E. Lake (who was sworn into office earlier in the morning by City Clerk John J. Fitzgerald) that it was ready to hear his message. Lake, after con- gratulating the new president, asked that the session be ad- journed until 8 p.m. at the North Junior High School auditorium, and the Council unanimously granted his request. The new mayor said he would discuss the school program, sew- ers, water, budgets (particularly public He also said he would appoint a transit committee which would study public transpor- tation problems in the city, and that he would touch on promotion of new industry. In the matter of schools, he is pretty much committed to the wishes of the School Department, which has called for construction of a new 300-pupil ele- mentary school in the outer Wil- liams Street area. in the Middle East No Exceptions The statement said that licenses for the export of surplus war equipment are issued only in ac- cordance with this policy. "And none will be granted to private for the export o war material which might be re- conditioned and re-exported as weapons of war, unless the gov- ernment of the country of destina- tion is prepared to give a guaran- tee against that the statement said. Man Bites CORTLAND. N.Y. (UP) The owner of an ill-tempered Pekingese returned home from a New Year's Eve party and was bitten on the leg by trie dog. He bit the dog on the nose and leg. "He's been snapping at me for weeks." the man told the physi- cian. "I just wanted to get even." Free Silver 'Riot' LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UP) The lure of free silver dollars caused a near riot on the glittering hotel strip in Las Vegas at the height of New Year's Eve merrymaking. The fashionable Sands Hotel's French Polls Choked for Assembly Vote From AP and UP PARIS Swelling crowds of French voters, including an unus- ually large turnout of women, gathered around polling places to- day f.s France elected its third National Assembly since the World War H liberation. The weather ranged from scat- tered sunshine in the south to gloomy skies in the north and snow in the mountainous Jura District of Premier Edgar Faure, but no- where did it deter the voters. In Jura snowplows were out on the roads early and in some voters arrived on skis. Stability Doubtful There were 544 seats at stake in continental France and a recorc 5.300 ca-ididates after them. There also was a record number 01 eligible Voters in overseas areas name gesture of handing out deputies today. Two others, one dollars backfired when extra po- lice were called out to hold back crowds. Waitresses carrying money-laden trays fled for shelter. their is 38. Forecast Wfather Bureau) Increasing cloudi- ness and slowly moderating temperatures today, likely fol- lowed by some intermittent light lale lonich? and r.sing to is to 20 today above, high Tuesday in the Olhfr irtrnl trtathfr lialn uill found ait Pige 1, Section 2- ed by the witnesses against them, j transformer's to increase in 1957. Tne Johnston subcommittee the power requirements of last year. It was i the country should exceed the ca- concemrateo. on the pro-1 pacity to deliver with the presently cram for federal workers and has installed equipment." (charged :hat the administration's' Mr. Seaman said that the most 'ftOTres on persons fired as secur-1 serious threat to the trans- ity risks are 90 per cent false, 'former department comes from I j foreign competition. Foxing at 14th Hole Xaval Ordnance Pickup BROMLEY, England "Domestic manufacturers of cus-( Go.fer Anhur Slade lost the four-.torn-built equipment like powerj teontri hoie to a fox Sunday transformers are regularly losing! Slade saw The fox run out to foreign competition by as! !he grab the ball in its (much as 10 to 50 per cer.t on bid ar.d disappear. He put Mr. Seaman Clerk John j. FitrgeraW. He delner hit tonight at 8 at Junior Hiph Looking on, from le.fl to rijtht, are the new Rooert, a city fireman; Daniel O'Brien, ale-narrf of the Clnh; Chai-les W. Koscher, a Lake campaign Edwn E. Rerfer, rity solicitor; Paul A. aolichor; John J. anditor. Snuffy Teeners LONDON latest craze for British teen-age girls is snuff. Tobacconists reported snuff sales to teen-age girls have soared in recent weeks. Nobody knows who started the snuff craze. Tlie The two main issues foreshad- owed in the campaign were: 1. What to do about rebellious! and potentially rebellious overseas- territories. 2. How to cabinets from; changing every few months. i The campaign developed into three-cornered battle amons: 1. Premier Edgar Faure's right- of-oenier coalition, which was ex- pected to pick off something con- siderably less than a clear major- 's. Former Premier Pierre Men- FreacJi Vote Continued on Second Page Problem Solved I Are you up in the aii over some small financial problem that could easily be solved if you had a few dollars to spare? If you are, there is no reason why you can't solve that problem in a very short time. 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