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Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1966, Ada, Oklahoma The Sooner Cynic, an amateur agricultural experimenter, announces plans to cross a potato with a sponge. He reckons it might not taste as good as a regular potato, but think of all the gravy it will hold THE ADA EVENING NEWS 63RD YEAR NO. 68 ADA, OKLAHOMA, TUESDAY, MAY 31,1966 IO PAGES 5 CENTS WEEKDAYS, IO CENTS SUNDAY Associated Press Survey Indicates Food Prices Up 7 Per Cent From 1965 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A housewives* budget brigade concluded today that government price indexes fairly reflect a hard fact of life in the 1960s: it is costing more and more to feed the family. Many housewives seem firmly convinced that food prices just about doubled in the past year. They didn’t, but government figures, supported by an independent Associated Press survey in March, show that the cok of a typical week’s shopping went up nearly 7 per cent. Meats, however, have risen sharply. Based on the government’s national price averages, it cost $6.22 to buy one pound each of sirloin steak, hamburger, pork chops, ham, bacon and lamb chops in mid-March, compared with $5.12 in mid-March of 1965 — a rise of 21.5 per cenL By contrast, the other items on the shopping list of the AP’s budget brigade rose only 1.5 per cent. The AP’s budget brigade figures, and the government’s, should enable skeptical shop- Brs to judge for themselves. ie AP housewives themselves started out highly skeptical on their 12-city spot survey. They said food prices over-all were unquestionably high, although many a penny could be shaved off the grocery bill by determined b a r g a i n-hunting from store to store. Some made the point that few housewives can spare so much time from their other home-making duties. If a housewife does all her shopping at one store, the researcher in St. Louis said, “It doesn’t matter much which store you shop at — they’ll get all your money anyway.” “Each store’s weekly bargains really were bargains,” she reported. “They cut off as much as 20 or 30 cents per item. But they seem to make it up somewhere else.” The Associated Press budget brigade priced a list of 38 to 40 food items, from potatoes to sirloin steak, in three supermarkets in each of the 12 cities on March IO. The results were set alongside returns from U. S. Department of Labor checkers who shopped a wider range of stores in the same cities at approximately the same time. (The government checkers also covered stores in 50 smaller cities for which no price breakdown is published). . In the 12 cities where the AP paralleled the government survey, average total bills were remarkably similar and in the case of St. Louis came out at precisely the same figure — $20.43. The government goes about Its monthly price-gathering in a coolly scientific way, using 125 checkers working under field supervisors and supported by computers at home base. The AP survey was a matronly affair on a much smaller scale but following in the footsteps of the government checkers. AP housewives spiced their findings with pointed comments about food prices — like “exorbitant” and “skyrocketing.” Food prices make up only 22.5 per cent of the government’s over-all cost of living index, which during the March-to-March period rose 2.5 per cent. However, it is food prices which the housewife encounters face to face every week Both AP and government checkers reported Cleveland to be the cheapest city for the over-all food bill. Government checkers came up with a figure of $19.67 for 39 items, and the AP housewife found the same items for $18.77. Government checkers found San Francisco to be the costliest city, with an average price of $21.27 for 39 items compared with $19.70 reported by the AP checker. Costliest city in the AP survey was Boston, with a total of $21.06 compared with the government finding of $21.10. In between the extremes came Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St Louis and Washington, D.C. AP’s San Francisco checker called recent price rises in meat “exorbitant.” “My budget is strained to the breaking point,” commented the Cleveland housewife. The housewife in Washington complained that “some basic items of diet have increased over the past year with no publicity — bread up 4 cents, milk up 4 cents, rice up 4 cents, potatoes up 15 to 25 cents for IO pounds.” Said the Chicagoan: “The manager of a store I checked said he had 600 ’voids’ in the past week. A ‘void’ is where a i customer finds he doesn’t have I enough money to pay for every thing in his basket.” “All prices have skyrocketed but meat is extremely high,” said the Pittsburgh reporter. The Baltimore surveyor said “an employe of one of the supermarkets included in my canvass claimed he is spending more time changing the shelf prices of goods than stocking the shelves themselves.” “The average housewife finds herself buying a lower quality item to keep her budget bal anced,” said the Detroiter. “I watch pennies closer than ever before.” The AP budget brigade turned up a wide spread in prices for individual items from store to store in the same city. But by the time they had priced all the items on the list, the total tended to be about the same. In Baltimore, for example, one store had an 89-cent special on sirloin steak while a second store charged $1.19. Neverthe less die checker’s total bill was $26.57 in the first store, $20.59 in the other. Reports by both sets of checkers indicated that pork prices, which had been in orbit for months, were beginning to level out or decline, although still far higher than a year ago. Government checkers reported an average price of $1.11.7 for pork chops in Baltimore compared with $1.17.7 in February and 93.2 cents in March 1965, $1.09.5 in Boston compared with $1.06.7 and 90.6 cents, $1.13.2 in Cleveland compared with $1.15.7 and 90.8 cents, and $1.07.6 in Detroit compared with $1.12.1 and 85.1 cents. AP’s budget brigade found their three-store average price for pork chops to be $1.17.7 in Baltimore, $1.11.7 in Boston, $L11.3 in Cleveland and 99 cents in Detroit. The tendency for food prices in general to level out was re flected in April statistics announced by the government a week ago showing that over-all food costs rose only .1 of I per cent over the March averages. The AP budget brigade in general agreed that there are several ways to resist advancing prices. These include buying only the items on a prepared list, placing a limit on the total to be spent, eliminating luxuries and buying less expensive grades. The AP’s Detroit checker said advances in the processing of foods often beguile the shopper into spending more than she intended. “Before, it was canned peas, now it’s frozen peas with miniature onions or in mushroom sauce,” she said. “Corn once came packed in water. Now it is frozen in pure butter.” The Cleveland member of the team remarked that “so complete and elegant an array of prepared foods now is on the market that I begin to suspect the cook may be done away with.” The budget brigade said shopping in several stores saves money, but may prolong the chore of buying the groceries beyond that which a busy housewife can spare. The Philadelphia checker said: “I find it necessary to devote considerably more time to shopping all three stores to take Sunday Combat Victim Addn Dies In Vietnam A young Ada Marine, Lance Corporal Noel D. Marr, 25, was killed Sunday in combat in Vietnam. He is die first serviceman from Ada to die in the fighting there. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Trobaugh, 817 East 14th, Ada. The Trobaughs were advised of their son’s death in a telegram from the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Preliminary details are sketchy. The telegram stated Cpl. Man* died from “multiple fragmentation wounds” from an enemy explosive device. Presumably it was a booby trap or possibly a mine. He had been in Vietnam since March 21. Serving as a grenade launcher, he was attached to Co. L, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. At the time of his death, he was participating in Operation Georgia, a Marine sweep against enemy strongholds in the north of Vietnam. He was in the general Da Nang area but the exact location was not given. Cpl. Marr grew up in Ada! graduating from Hayes and Ada Junior High School. He attended Ada High School for two years but graduated from Horace Mann High School. He joined the Marine Corps seven years ago and planned to Javits Seeking No. Two Slot? He Has Backing WASHINGTON (AP) - It is an American tradition that no politician runs openly for vice president. Sen. Jacob K. Javits isn’t exactly breaking that tradition but he may be bending it. In a field where few men care to publicly venture, Javits quietly is trying to narrow down — to himself — the GOP’s choice of a 1968 vice presidential candidate. Although the New York Republican insists publicly he has made no decision, he has told friends privately he would be willing to give up his Senate seat to get the Republican second-place nomination two years from now. Behind Javits’s willingness to risk his political future is his desire to become the first Jewish candidate on a major party ticket. It is his private opinion that this would be a crowning achievement for a political career in which he has gone all out for civil rights. It also is Javits’s view that if John F. Kennedy had not won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960, it would have been another decade before a Roman Catholic break- NOEL D. MARR make a career of military service. He had served two tours of duty in Okinawa before his assignment in Vietnam and had also served at Marine stations in California, Rhode Island and North Carolina. Originally a clerk-typist, Marr volunteered for a special guerrilla unit approximately a year ago. After intensive training in North Carolina, he was in Ada for a 25-day furlough in February. He was actually en route overseas then. He flew to Okinawa for another brief training period and then joined Marine units in Vietnam in March. He was based at a village approximately ll miles southwest of Da Nang. The Trobaughs said they heard from their son regularly. He recently told of participating in an action against a Communist-controlled village. For the first time since 1961, the village was freed from Viet Cong control and the road serving the village was opened to traffic. When he was killed, Cpl. Marr was on the final day of the Marine action and was due to be rotated to rear echelons for a rest period before going into combat again. He said he had not had his boots off for more than 15 minutes at a time in the last month. The last letter the Trobaughs received from their son was on Saturday. On Sunday, the official telegram came, on the eve of Memorial Day. His body will be flown back to this country and a full mili- (See “Adati Killed” Page 2) Buddhists Meet With Viet Military Junta SAIGON (AP) - Buddhist leaders held a surprise meeting with leaders of the military junta today, apparently the first round of talks to end the antigovernment campaign by compromise. The monks met with Premier Nguyen Cao Ky and Chief of through in the political field. He I State Nguyen Van Thieu, a Ro- feels the Jews may be IO years away from a similar achievement if he fails to get the second place spot in 1968. Republican Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York has gone a long way toward linking Javits’s vice-presidential aspirations to the presidential hopes of Gov. George Romney of Michigan. In a Long Island, N.Y., speech last week, Rockefeller said he had bowed out of the presidential picture “forever” and suggested that Romney and Javits should share the top spots on the 1968 Republican ticket. The New York governor also said he would be in favor of Javits’s running for the 1968 nomination as a favorite son candidate from New York. If Rockefeller is re-elected, Javits’s friends will be re-minding him of the favorite son support. If the governor should lose, the delegation will be Javits’ by default. JACOB K. JAVITS man Catholic and a target in the Buddhist campaign to force the military junta to resign in favor of a provisional civilian regime. Gemini 9 Gets 'Go' Sign For Three-Day Trip CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) - The “go” light flashed brightly to tracking stations around the world today for the Gemini 9 spacemen to embark on a three-day exploration of some unknowns of space travel. “We’re ready to go,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas P. Stafford. His rookie pilot, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, soon to become the world’s champion cosmic stroller, agreed. They’ll ride a mighty Titan rocket into the hostile void of space at 10:38 p.m. (CST) Wednesday to search the skies for a stubby target satellite, then boldy latch Gemini 9’s nose to it Their target, known as an Augmented Target Docking Adapter — ATDA, will be powered into a 185-mile high circular course around the globe by an Atlas booster one hour and 38 minutes before the Titan cranks its engines. Healthy and trained to razor sharpness, the Gemini twins planned a final review of their vital, action-packed mission with top space agency officials during the day. They also hoped to crowd in a few more hours of practice sessions in a mockup version of the tiny Gemini spaceship.  ___ The meeting came after another Buddhist, a 17-year-old I girl, had burned herself to death in Hue, center of government opposition in the North. She was the fifth and possibly the sixth suicide in the wave of antigovernment protests. iThich (venerable) Tam Chau, [head of the powerful Buddhist [institute, headed the delegation [of four that called at heavily guarded Gia Long Palace, [Tbieu’s residence. I An institute spokesman said [no statement will be made for [tile time being. I The influential Monk Thich [Tri Quang, leader of the Buddhist struggle movement in the [north provinces, issued an ap-1 |peal earlier in the day for a [halt to protest suicides. H Quang said he spoke for the [supreme patriarch of South Viet-jnamese Buddhism, Tich Tmh iKhiet, when he urged “all Bud-jdhists to cease acts of self-sacri-jfice in the name of Dharma I I (the Buddhist gospel).” I Tri Quang’s followers in Hue [distributed the edict two hours I latter Nguyen Thi Van died in a [hospital. She doused herself! [with gasoline and struck a match outside of Hue’s Thanh | Hoi pagoda at 3 a.m.    ■ I Monks and nuns from the pal jgoda took the girl to a hospital! [after extinguishing the flames,) put she died in convulsions | three hours later, according to [reports from Hue, 400 miles | northeast of Saigon.    ■ I The reports indicated the girl I acted on her own and that her | death had not been arranged by I the Buddhist leadership. Nuns! I at the pagoda said she left bel | hind three letters protesting I U.S. support of Premier Nguyen | Cao Ky’s military regime. ■ I Two more Buddhists—a monk | in Dalat and a nun in the Bud-jdhist Institute in Saigon—burned [ themselves to death Monday. A Buddhist girl was said to have! slashed her wrists and bled to| death Monday in Dalat, 140 miles northeast of Saigon, but I this could not bt confirmed. ■ Bill Lee Heads Community Chest Drive This Year G. William “Bill” Lee, wellknown Ada businessman, will head the fund drive for the Ada Community Chest next fall. Lee accepted the post of fund drive chairman this week. He is well-versed in Community Chest activities. He has served on the board and was president of the organization last year when it mounted a revitalized fund-raising effort that saw a record $58,000 raised here. Martin Clark was fund drive chairman of that campaign. Oliver Parker is currently Community Chest president. Mr. and Mrs. Lee live at 912 East 25th. They have four children. David is associated with his father in Ada at The Lee Co. Lt. Wayne Lee is with the post engineers at Berchtesgaden, Germany. Janet, a freshman at OU, will be a counselor this summer at a camp in Maine. Phillip is a student at Ada Junior High. Lee was born in Roosevelt, Okla., and lived there until he was 13, moving with his family to Oklahoma City. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, attended junior college and came to Ada when he was 26. “I’ve been in Ada for 26 years,” Lee said, “and that will let everybody know how old 1 1 am.” He opened The Lee Co. in Ada in November 1945, at 116 South Broadway. Later the firm moved to 111 East Main and in 1962 Lee purchased the building at 230 East Main which now houses the large firm. The company is the largest of its type in southern Oklahoma, dealing in glass, paints, wallpapers and other decorator items. A second store was opened in Durant in 1948 and a third store was added in January 1956, in Stillwater. The Lees are active members of the First Methodist Church. He is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees and is also chairman for Scout Troop 13. A member of the Kiwanis Club, he served as president of that group and was Lt. Governor for the international civic club in 1960. He was also instrumental in organizing the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ada. Lee said the fund drive in 1966 will not use outside professional help. He said the drive will attempt to raise even more than the $58,000 figure secured in 1965. “We are already beginning to build our organizational framework for the drive,” Lee said. “I know we can again count on the cooperation of local residents to help make this effort a real success.” Seven member agencies participate in the Chest program here: Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Ada Boys Club, U.S.O., Child Welfare and the Ada Summer Playground program. advantage of their loss leaders and determine which stores have the better values.” The brigade’s San Francisco housewife said she was surprised to find that “a market well known for its ‘low prices* charged more for meat than another market considered high-priced for meat. This latter market was considerably lower in prices and its meat was superior.” ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Food Index Here’s a way to check for yourself what’s happened to food prices. Govt.    Govt.    A.P. Survey Survey Survey Natl.    Natl.    12-City s |j|    Avg.    Avg.    Avg. *    Mid-    Mid-    Mid- March    March    March .60.9 .70.2 Chairman of tho 1966 Community Chest drive in Ada is G. William "Bill" Lee, pictured above at his business. The Lee Co., on East Main. (NEWS Staff Photo) 45th Unit Has 48-Hour 'War' FT. CHAFFEE, Ark. (AP)-The first two Selected Reserve Force units to undergo testing during the 45th Infantry Division’s two-week encampment continued today a 48-hour assault exercise begun Monday. Shawnee’s maintenance company and Oklahoma City’s medical company will be engaged in the mock war until Wednesday, when Stillwater’s “hot” Co. A of the 120 th Engineer Battalion takes over. The problem facing the Stillwater group will be repairing some bridges on the far outskirts of Ft. Chaffee under harassing “enemy” fire. The unit will move north to the Arkansas River tonight to attempt a crossing. Then its role changes to an infantry mission. Judge Dismisses Suit For KIEN Receivership MCALESTER (Staff) - Federal District Judge Edwin Langley dismissed an attempt to throw Television Station KTEN, Ada, into receivership this afternoon at a hearing here. The hearing was on a suit contesting ownership and management of Eastern Oklahoma Television, Inc., Ada. The suit was filed May 4 by Ralph Stone, a California resident and stockholder in the corporation. After listening to testimony of Stone and Elwood Kemp, Ada attorney, Judge Langley dismissed the suit to place the station in receivership. The judge took under advisement other parts of the proceedings. Whether the case proceeds or not on the stock issue apparently depends on Kemp’s status. He will study the case and try to decide if Kemp should be a party to the plaintiffs suit, instead of being listed as a defendant. If he finds Kemp is on the plaintiff’s side of the issue, the case would not be within the jurisdiction of federal court since Kemp is a resident of Oklahoma. Stone’s residence in California was the determining factor in jurisdiction. The Stone suit asked, ultimately, for a determination of the company’s stock ownership and the legality of some disputed stock. Attorney for the Plaintiff, Gus Rinehart, Oklahoma City, alleged in his opening remarks that immediate action on the suit was necessary. He also charged that the television corporation is in debt by about a half-million dollars and that $165,000 of that, owed to Clear-vue Cable Corp., is due in the very near future. Accountant for the television firm, Jack Fentem, appeared to testify that the corporation has made a profit several times during its operation. Austin Deaton, attorney for KTEN, in his opening statement, said no creditors have complained about the bills owed by the television station and have not voiced objection to Hoover’s management. _ Deaton, member of an Ada law firm, declared Stone, a former Adan, is a “latecomer” to the corporation, having purchased stock in the past month or two. “He (Stone) filed this suit for the furtherance of his own ends and not because of any present danger to the stockholders’ interests,” Deaton said. The corporation’s attorney also said the $165,000 owed to Clearvue is not due immediately, but over a period of IO years. Deaton said the television corporation’s directors became aware of the possible complaint by Stone on April 15 and directed him (Deaton) to file in court a suit to determine ownership and legality of disputed shares. Deaton said he believed this was now unnecessary since the Federal District Court is qualified to determine both issues. Stone charged in his petition that Hoover has 432 shares of voting stock in his name but that 430 shares of that stock were illegally issued. He also alleged that the corporation has never shown a profit but that a total of $90,-603.26 was paid out in dividends over a period from 1955 to 1959. Those dividends, Stone alleged, were never authorized | Tempting | Ss    S | BURLINGTON, N. C. | H (AP) — An Air Force re- I H cruiter offered some inter- I I esting inducements to rn rn Donnie Ray Clark, a Bur- | | lington high school senior. I I Donnie received a letter I m from Sgt. Morris M. j f§ Greene saying “a whole §§ | new horizon of friends” I | was just around the cor- I I ner in the Women’s Air § I Force.    ^ | Unfortunately, Donnie I H couldn’t pass the WAF I rn physical. And he says he i I has no immediate plans to I m join any branch of the | I service.    I Dr. Cross Will Retire In 1968 As Head Of OU NORMAN, OKLA., (AP)-Dr. George L. Cross touched off a giant guessing game Monday with the announcement that he will retire after 25 years as president of the University of Oklahoma June 30, 1968. Dr. Cross, in confirming his retirement plans, declined to designate his choice of a successor, but said: “I won’t divorce myself entirely from the question ... I may have a name or two to drop into the hat.” But the long-time educator also indicated he wouldn’t be friendly to the type of pressures and politicking which confused OU’s search for a head football coach to succeed athletic director Gomer Jones. Dr. Cross said that if he is on the selection committee he would reject anyone who actively campaigned for the job or whose friends campaigned for him. The retirement announcement followed by only a few days the disclosure by Ben Henneke, president of the University of Tulsa, that he will retire effective Sept. 15,1967. Dr. Cross has been a member of the OU faculty for 35 of his 61 years, coming to Oklahoma in 1934 from the University of South Dakota, where he had headed the botany department. He became eligible for retirement a year ago under OU policy permitting voluntary retirement at the age of 60 with 30 years service. His retirement will come five years before the mandatory retirement age of 68. Following the announcement to the faculty senate, Dr. Cross held a news conference at which he issued a statement saying: “I am grateful to the citizens of Oklahoma for permitting me the privilege of serving them and their children for most of my professional career.” 1965 /bite flour, 5 lb ........ Corn Flakes, 12 oz....... Rice, short grain, lh ... Bread, white, lb ... Sirloin steak, lb .. Hamburger, lb .......... Pork chops, lb .......... Whole ham, lb  ....... Bacon, lb .... Lamb chops, lb ......... Frankfurters, lh..... Bologna, 8 oz ........ Frying chicken, lb ...... Turkey, lb ... Haddock fillet, frozen, lb .. .61.33 Tuna fish, 6% oz can 32.0 Fresh milk, % gal.......47.3 Evaporated milk, 14% oz can 15.2 American process cheese, lb .......... Butter, lb ... Bananas, lb . Fresh orange juice, qt ... Potatoes, IO lb ....... Cabbage, lb ., Lettuce, size 24, head ... Spinach, IO oz....... Tomatoes, lb lone IQfiA I TOO    luDv .58.0    .58.2    .58.4 .29.0    .29.0    .28.2 .18.9    .19.1    .18.0 .21.0    .21.6    .22.7 1.07.6    1.19.3    1.31.6 .48.8    .54.3    .61.8 .3 1.09.7 1.10.2 .82.3 .99.8 .79.6 .94.9 1.36.4 1.56.6 1.36.5 .82.4 .73.3 .69.9 .40.7 .47.2 .44.8 .38.5 .47.5 .43.7 .50.9 .41.1 .50.0 .65.2 .66.7 .34.2 .34.2 .48.4 .47.7 .15.4 .15.33 .37.6 .74.9 .15.7 .40.3 .79.6 .15.4 .38.7 .78.7 .14.4 .47.8 .41.8 .42.4 .99.4 .10.4 .69.4 .13.0 .70.1 .12.4 .22.9 .30.8 .30.8 .28.2 .37.2 .29.6 .31.7 .27.7 .30.4 Pears, No. 2% can..... .45.1 .51.4 .47.4 Orange juice concentrate, frozen, 6 oz can .... .25.8 .21.8 .20.2 Peas, green, No. 303 can .23.3 .24.1 .21.1 Eggs, Grade A large, doz .. ’.47.4 .61.5 .61.1 Margarine, lb .......... .27.8 .28.3 .29.1 Salad or cooking oil, pt .. .34.3 .36.9 .35.4 Sugar, 5 lb ... .59.2 .59.7 .57.5 Coffee, I lb can .... .83.9 .82.5 .81.3 Coffee, instant, 6 oz ........ .98.5 .89.7 .86.0 Tea bags, pkg of 48 ....... .61.3 .60.8 .64.1 Chicken soup, IO% oz can ........ .18.2 .18.1 .17.4 Spaghetti, 15% oz can ..... .15.0 .15.7 .17.0 French fried potatoes, frozen, 9 oz........ .17.1 .15.9 .15.0 Totals .... $19.15$20.46$20.10 Death Toll Soars I To New Records By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The death toil on the nation’s roads has soared to an unprecedented three-day Memorial Day figure and it may surpass the total fatalities recorded for any Memorial Day weekend regardless of duration. As of Monday midnight, local time, 519 lives were lost on America’s highways. The death count began at 6 p.m. local time Friday. In other accidents, 43 persons perished in boating mishaps and 90 persons drowned. Ten of the drowning victims were recorded in South Carolina. The highest previous traffic death toll for a three-day Memorial Day period was 474 last year. ■California, with more automobiles and miles of freeways than any other state, recorded , the highest number of deaths as j of midflight, 55.,    J