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Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1972, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin THE DAILY Fifty-Seventh Year-No. INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Tuesday, May 2, 1972 Single Copy 15 Cents FBI Director Hoover fo un WASHINGTON (AP) J. Edgar Hoover, embodiment of the FBI and focus of law en- forcement achievement and controversy for nearly half a century, is dead. The 77-year-old director of the Federal Bureau of Investi- gation died of natural causes in his home Monday night, the Justice Department announced. The District of Columbia coroner attributed the death to "hypertensive cardiovascular ailment linked to high blood pressure. The coro- ner. Dr. James L. Luke, said after examining the body that the immediate cause of death might have been a heart at- tack. He said an autopsy was not indicated. President Nixon, upon hear- ing of Hoover's death, called him a "truly remarkable man who served the country for 48 years under eight presidents with unparalleled devotion to duty and dedication." Nixon spoke emotionally of his "profound sense of personal loss." Hoover was a virtual legend in the United States, an "un- touchable" who died in office despite efforts by critics in re- cent years to have him retired. New appeal made in Galley case WASHINGTON (AP) Law- yers for Lt. William Galley have filed suit with the Army Court of Military Review charging the Army made 32 er- rors in convicting Calley of the 1968 My Lai killings. Briefs were filed late Monday with the court, according to Galley's c'hief attorney. George Latimer of Salt Lake City. Latimer refused to discuss the briefs in detail but said they raise "some questions about the methods used" to get some of the evidence. He disagreed, however, with a copyrighted article in the Nashville Tennessean that said "manufactured" appeared in the briefs in reference to evi- dence. "It's rather an extensive brief with a number of ques- tions of legal rulings and ques- tions of constitutional Latimer said. The Nashville newspaper said command influence was cited by the lawyers as having come 10 bear on Galley's eventual conviction last year. The paper said the briefs charged Gen. William C. Wesr- moreland, Army chief of staff, influenced the outcome because 11 was in his personal interest as commander in Vietnam when the My Lai incident oc- curred to let the guilt stop with Calley and go no higher. Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of 22 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. A review cut that to 20 years, but Calley still had the option to appeal to the military appeals court. President Nixon has said he will make a final tt-'icw of the case. d d He had shaped the FBI into a massive, powerful federal agen- cy during his career. Across Pennsylvania Avenue from the office where Hoover worked, a massive powerful federal building to house the FBI is under construction. Even before Hoover's death, there had been continuing spec- ulation about whether the new building would be named for him or perhaps might even house his final resting place. Speculation on a successor to Hoover also began long before his death as political pressure to retire Hoover alternately waxed and waned. It had seemed almost certain he would retire or be retired if the Democrats beat President Nixon in the November elec- tion. Nixon now will be able to pick a successor. Washington, D.C. police chief Jerry Wilson, a recent Nixon law enforce- ment favorite, had been prominently mentioned as a possible successor before Hoo- ver's death. Also among those mentioned: Associate Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court and Robert C. Mardian, former assistant attorney general who headed the Justice Department internal security division. The White House announced last month that Mardian had left the government to join the committee coordinating Presi- dent Nixon's "re-election effort. The White House declined to discuss who would succeed Hoover. Acting Atty. Gen. Richard Kleindienst issued a one-para- graph statement in which he said Hoover's body was found by his maid at approximately a.m. today. "It is with profound personal grief that I announce that J. Edgar Hoover passed away during the night at his resi- Kleindienst said. "His personal physician informed d in ho me me that his death was clue to natural causes." The jut-jawed FBI head was permitted by presidential order to continue in his government ion after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Hoover, unmarried, domi- nated the bureau during his lifetime as no man in any other federal agency. Wielding vast power, he was said to lavish on the FBI the pride and posses- siveness of a stern ana watch- ful parent. He joined the bureau as its acting director in 1921 after several years as a Justice Department law clerk, and became director three years later. Born in Washing- ton, D.C., on Jan. 1, 1895, Hoo- ver received his law degree from George Washington Uni- versity and lived all his life in the District of Columbia. He had a fondness for dogs, for his garden and for horse- racing, confining himself to two-dollar bets. But nothing transcended his devotion for the FBI. As much as he loved the bu- reau, Hoover hated commu- nism. He reduced the Commu- nist party in the United States to a shell, riddling the organ- ization with agents so that members never were sure who they were talking to. The FBI grew from a small govern mert investigative in 1908 after de- mands by President Theodore Roosevelt that something be done about political and busi- ness a massive or- ganization of some em- ployes, including special agents. When Hoover took com- mand in 1924, the number of agents totaled less than 500. And the bureau Hoover joined was badly organized. Politics played an important role in its functioning, and violations over which the bureau had jurisdic- tion were few. Legal action eyed in VTA merger The possibility that legal aclion may be taken against the slate Vocational. Technical and Adult Education Board arose Monday when a reorganized Citizens Committee for Vocational Education voted to retain counsel to research the legality of the merger of VTA Dislrict M, Wisconsin Rapids, and District 15, Wausau. T h e committee is an organization of District H rosidcnls objective is In preserve the district in ils present form. Dr. Arthur P. Hayward of Wisconsin Rapids, c o m m i I I e P. chairman, was authorized a I a meeting at the Mead Inn Monday afternoon lo "lake whatever action is necessary in implement Ihe committee's wishes and lo in- vile other interested parlies lo participate in ihe aclion." Should adequate legal grounds bo established in warrant such an ion, Haywan.i said ho would ask Frederick Wenze.l of Marsh- tiekl, District M board chair- man, to call a special board meeting lo challenge the legality of Ihe merger, .scheduled to lake effect July L Legal aclion also may be instituted by ihe Wood County Board in an attempt to declare invalid Ihe composition of a new VTA board elecled recently lo serve ihe merged district. Wood County Board Chairman Andrew J. Hellner, Wisconsin Rapids, who cast Ihe sole vote against the new VTA board, said il. fails by far lo meet the one-man, line-vote represen- tation requirement laid down by Ihe U.S. Supreme Court. He pointed out thai one man was elected lo serve all of Wood Counly and parl of Jackson County wilh a total population of about fiS.fiOO, and that, one man also wa.s elected to serve a four-county area with a population of or half Ihe of the Wood County area. T h o county cnrponilinn counsel is sludying what legal a< tion could be laken. Within the government, there were growing reports of corrup- tion and scandal among high officials. Even the Bureau of Investigation was said t o be touched. Atty. Gen. Harlan F. Stone picked Hoover to clean house, and Hoover did his own ticket. Over the yeans there have been demands from critics that Hoover step out as FBI chief. Sen. George S. McGovern, D- S.D., in his current campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has said he would replace Hoover. Only this week columnist Jack Anderson told a congres- sional committee that Hoover prepared dossiers on prominent Americans not accused of crime. Anderson said he had seen copies of FBI reports on sex activities, and said some of these were given to President Customers to be told of price cuts MILWAUKEE (AP) The Price Commission will try to find some way to tell Sentry Food Store customers which prices the stores reduce to comply with a commission or- der, a spokesman said Monday. '.'We feel an obligation to in- form the people on what this means to them, but we don't want a huge administrative bot- said Jeffrey Eves, a commission public affairs offi- cer. The Godfrey Co., which owns or franchises 74 Sentry stores in Wisconsin, was ordered last week to cut prices after the Price Commission ruled it had earned more profits than allow- able under commission rules. The commission has not de- ciJed how to relay the informa- tion on price cuts to Sentry cus- tomers, or even if it would be possible, Eves said in an inter- view with the Milwaukee Jour- nal. He said Che matter is sched- uled for discussion by the full commission. Sentry could handle the price cuts, which must be made by May 8, in various ways, in- cluding cuts on specific items or an across-the-board cut, Eves said. He said Godfrey had not ex- ceeded the profit margin by than 10 per cent. Other chains, with larger viola- tions, are under order to cu! prices to reduce profits by the end of their fiscal years. But Sentry finished its fiscal year with ihe excess profits, and thereby was ordered lo m.ike triple reductions. "It's a difficult Eves said. "Bui you have to draw the line somewhere." Humphrey complains of problems with voting in Ohio primary ny The Associated Press Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey and aides to Sen. George McGovcrn complained of voling problems in Ihe populous Cleve- land area loday as they battled ai Ihe voting booths across Ohio for national convention delegates. Humphrey also was bucking Al.ibama Gov. George C. Wal- lace in Indiana in a bid for a pair of Midwestern prlmaiv victories thai could vault him lo ihe front of rile Democratie presidential race. Humphrey said he was "prel- ty damned mad" and talked of gelling an attorney "lo see what is going on" at the Cuya- hoga of Mloclions. Voting in Cleve- land was snarled, mainly due lo mechanical problems. Robert McAlister, Ohio chair- man for McGovern, nn of- ficial complaint was filed on Ihe failure of ai least 100 pol- ling places in Cleveland lo open on lime al a.m. He said complaints were made to Sec- retary of Stale Ted W. Brown, Ihe Cleveland Hoard of F.Iee- lions, ihe FBI and to the U.S. JuMice Department. Moderate lo rneavy voting was reported during Ihe morn- ing in Ohio, and the turnout wa.s described as light in In- diana. Lyndon B. Johnson during his term in the White House for bedtime reading. Hoover groomed no one for his shoes, but he often ex- pressed the wish that the next director come from within the FBI ranks. During the years of Hoover's reign there never was a known case of scandal inside of the FBI and Hoover's stock remark about his agents was: "They can't be bought." Hoover's parents, Dickerson Naylor Hoover, a Coast and Geodetic Survey employe, and the former Anna Marie Scheit- lin, niece of the first Swiss con- sul general to the United States, came to Washington in ths early part of the 19th centu- ry- Most accounts say Hoover's mother ruled the and her youngest son John Ed- a strict discipline. As a youngster, Hoover in a church was a boy taught Sun- day school. He played baseball, and it was during a game that a ball smashed his nose, giving him the famous tough-as-a-bulldog look. Hoover attended Washing- ton's Central High School. When he was turned down by 2 FBI DIRECTOR DIES J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, died Monday night at age 77 at his home in Washington. (AP Wirephoto) Committee recommends endorsing Grand Rapids sanitary district Endorsement of a proposed sanitary district in Grand Rapids was recommended Monday by the Wisonsin Rapids School Board's Building Grounds Committee. The committee also agreed to study a request by Lincoln High Principal Gerald Skaar that a study be made of the feasibility of erecting a temporary steel building at Lincoln in the fall of 1973 to permit expansion of the industrial arts program. Town Chairman Jess Eichhorn explained that only Children's Choice School would be immediately affected if sewers are installed, although plans for sewer installation at Two Mile School might be speeded up by creation of a district. Installation at Grant School would be about six or seven years away under current plans. While hook-up charges of and user fees of per month have been estimated for homes, rates for schools and commercial buildings have not yet been estimated, Eichhorn said. The school district owns 40 acres along County Trunk W and 80 acres along 16th St. which could eventually be af- fected. Eichhorn noted that VTA District 14 has already signed the petition seeking a sanitary district, and with VTA, school district and city approval, the town would have petitions from close to 51 per cent of the land in the proposed district needed in order to create the district. Eichhorn noted that the city owns about 600 acres of land in the town. Skaar emphasized he was not requesting erection of an in- dustrial arts building, but merely wanted approval to study the feasibility of such a plan in the event the ad- ministration wanted to consider it in the 1973 budget. The building, possibly to h o u s e carpentry, special education laboratories and other open laboratory facilities, could be located on the front lawn of the school, Skaar suggesetd. H e agreed with board members that such a building might be an eyesore, but said he was more concerned with providing educational op- portunities than the appearance of ihe facility. "If we make a committment to program development, we must provide the Skaar explained. Raymond Hanson, building a n d grounds supervisor, suggested it might be more feasible to convert the Lincoln auto mechanics shop to other use and try to find space out- side of the school for an auto shop. He reported that the school has been ordered to bring the auto shop up to state codes by replacing the fire wall and ceiling, which he suggested would be a very expensive project. Skaar noted that expanding the industrial arts program in the future would coincide with plans for development of a career education program. This would be a good time to develop such a program, he noted, considering availability of federal and state aids. Skaar expressed the hope that by November, "the board will present a step-by-step plan" for a new high school building or remodeling Lincoln, prior to his making a formal request for a temporary shop building. In another matter, the committee agreed to get bids on a three-compartment utility sink for the Lowell School stage. Committee members accepted an administration request that the stage be retained. The committee also agreed to study a problem with un- derground pipes being plugged up at Grant School by elements in Ihe water supply. Once-Over THE DAILY Q TRIBUNE It was Constable Custer, not crazy cavalryman MILWAUKEE (AP) Harvey Custer, unlike George Armstrong Custer, has won his last stand. School board officials ruled Tuesday there is no need to change the name of Custer High School, whose title had drawn protests from Indian groups on grounds it glorified the controversial instigator of the 1876 battle of the Little Big Horn. Research, officials reported, shows ihe school was named after Custer Avenue, which had been named for Harvey Custer, a local constable in the 1830s. Weather in a word: Blaaaah Look on the bright side: at least we haven't had any snow lately. Aside from that cheerful fact, Ihe weather for the next few days won't be anything to write your relatives about. Occasional rain is expected tonight, with a windy low of <10 degrees forecast. Wednesday, things will remain cloudy, windy and cool, with a chance of showers and temperatures in the upper -10's. All we have 10 look forward lo Thursday through Sunday is slightly warmer temperatures, mostly in the 50's. but it will remain cloudy uncl drizzly most of I ha I period. The high Monday in Wisconsin Rapids was (Hi degrees, I ho low '15, with .20 inches of precipitation. Today's 6 a.m. temperature was '1-1 degrees. Inner-city residents blast FHA homeowner program WASHINGTON (AP) They came by the busful. these ang- ry homeowners from ihe na- tion's major inner cities. Their complaint was about the Federal Housing Adminis- Iniiion and tho decrepit, FHA- certifiecl and insured houses sold through the government's .scandal-ridden inner-city home ownership program. Their official voice was Iho Naiional People's Caucus, .in infiiiil amalgam of crass- Today's chuckle The deluxe model costs no more than the standard model. You just a pay a little longer. roots organizations represent- ing while ethnics, blacks and Spanish-speaking Americans. The whites' concern was ihe blockbusting, deterioration and abandonment that struck t'iieir neighborhoods because of the home ownership programs. The minorities were angry about Ihe shoddy housing foisted on them. l! nil spilled forth in a hear- ing room of the Senate antitrust and monopoly .subcommittee. The panel wa.s opening a nroiv.- of Ihe financial machinations responsible for scandals in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago and St. dals the government estimates will bring housing aban- donments nationwide in til.' next few years at a cost to the FHA of billion, Carmel McCrudden of Phila- delphia told Ihe subcommittee about the FHA-eertified house she' bought from a real estate agent: "He look my husband to seo Ihe house on one occasion. There were people living in it at the lime. Since ihe furniture svas in place and carpel ing on Ihe floor, we did not notice any defects "The only thing we noticed was we had sand walls and a din floor in the basement. Th real estale. agent lolc! us not 10 worry because, the owners would be made to mnke repairs in :i.e. basement in order to re- ceive FHA approval. "I believed him. tie called us up and iold us the basemen! had been taken care of and that, ceriificalions had been issued on ihe plumbing, roofing, elcc- tricity and woodwork. made settlement and came directly to the house Phi: basement had not been m< nied and plastered. Tho real estale man was nolil'ied, bui tie said there was nothing ne could do. "I approached FHA and the moitgage company. F.ach said il was now my responsibility, even though FHA had 'ap- proved' the house. No sooner A 2 Many thanks for sending mo tho magnificent elephant H will hr; n Iraisured
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