Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - December 5, 1946, Ada, Oklahoma
Ado joins with Eost Centro! State college in welcoming the downs of colleget ond universities to the onnuol speech ond debote tou moment — o real meet with the finest of competition.
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43rd Year—No. 197ADA, OKLAHOMA. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1946
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East Central Host To Annual Speech
Developing Into Second Largest Eyer Sponsored Here; Competition Opened Thursday, Ends on Saturday
Debaters from six states started arriving in Ada Thursday morning to participate in the East Central debate tournament, which started at noon Thursday with competition scheduled to start at 2 p. rn.
Many students were not scheduled to arrive until Friday morning; however, many of them arrived Thursday morning and Thursday events will be a form of instruction for those " -* whose contests start later.
First of County Superintendents In Visit to Ada
After statehood, it became the duty of the new county superintendents to district their counties, see that school buildings were constructed and equipped and organized school work set in motion.
The man who did that for Pontotoc county, Thomas F. Pierce, wa* a visitor in Ada for a short time Wednesday and in addition to seeing to some busines got in a bit of reminiscing with old friends.
He's been information clerk in the state capitol in Oklahoma for four years, but had four and a half decades of connection with teaching before that.
He was superintendent at Boff when Oklahoma became a state in 1907, established counties and called for election of county officials.
He announced for superintendent. was married to Miss BrooKs of Roff during the campaign, took her on some of the trips and was teasingly told by friends that she won the office for him.
Pierce held the office almost six year*, three under the territory holdover and almost three under the new setup.
Had Much To Do
There was plenty to be done. There was a bunch of little federal schools scattered over tim county—the government paid $50 a month if a teacher could get 15 or 20 children in a neighborhood together.
In the first two years the county built 62 new school buildings, equipped them with globes, charts, maps, new seats and the children, says Pierce were delighted with the clean new surroundings. Districting the county was itself a sizeable task, then seeing to elections of trustees, to voting of bonds for school buildings—Pierce acted as trustee until the elections could be held, sold all the bonds at IOO cents on the dollar and banked the funds for the treasurers-to-be.
To Central, OC, Panhandle
After his term as county superintendent Pierce was superintendent at Stonewall two years, taught at Central Normal "(now State) at Edmond, lectured for several years at Oklahoma university on psychology and history of education, worked in Panhandle schools—was superintendent at Texhoma, Eureka Consolidated. Optima and his last public school work 'was two years, at Gray in Beaver county.
Then it was home to Norman, where his family had remained while he was in northwest Oklahoma. Then he moved to Oklahoma City and served in several public capacities. He spent three summers in summer tours through Canada and the northern United States lecturing on psychology. He traveled 30,000 miles in the three summers.
Grew Cp On Farm
He ll have been on the payroll 50 years on January I, he says. This doesn’t count in years of nopay work on the farm growing up—there were nine sons and four daughters who had ‘plenty to eat and wear’ and his father made money when cotton v. s IO cents a pound.
Pierce remembers people griping’ less in those days and being less discontented, that they were ‘living then.’ But his lively interest in today’s affairs makes it plain that he hasn’t lost himself in memories of those earlier years but is still busy and awake to things in general as ever in the past.
Sellers Accused Of Burglarizing House
Paul Sellers Is charged with
burglary in the second degree. The charges are filed in the justice court of Percy Armstrong.
He is alleged, in a complaint signed by a deputy sheriff, to have broken into a house occupied by Elwood Kingsley on South Mississippi.
The property allegedly stolen was valued at $125.
Four witnesses were subpoenaed by the state.
OKLAHOMA: Fair tonight and Friday, oontinued mild.
Registration started at noon and continued until 2 p. rn. at which time the first round of events got underway.
A full program was on docket for Thursday afternoon and it was scheduled to continue until about IO p. m.
In some cases a contest can be disposed without preliminary (Gemination rounds, which will tend to decrease the amount of time necessary, for the tournament.
D. J. Nabors, speech director at East Central and director of tile tournament, said that this tournament will be the second largest ever sponsored by East Central. About two year^ before the start of the war, more than IOO debate teams entered the East Central tournament and this year the number has passed the 75 mark.
Nabors and his assistants were working feverishly Thursday morning getting ready for the opening events a few hours later.
The finals in the radio speaking contest will be in the form of an actual news broadcast that will be given Friday night over Radio Station KADA.
Alaska Ready For Statehood, Report
Governor Stresses Resources, Strategic Position,
Citizens Wont it
WICHITA, K^as., Dec. 5. UPI— Alaska—with an area one-fifth that of the United States and with rich natural resources still only tapped by its 90,000 population—is “ready for statehood,” says Ernest Gruening, governor since 1939 of that northern U. S. territory.
Stressing the strategic position of Alaska in airways and in national defense. Governor Gruening told a dinner club here Wednesday night that natives on the island of St. Lawrence saw Japanese vessels close enough to take motion pictures of the Alaska coastline two days before Pearl Harbor.
The Alcan highway constructed
by army engineers during World War II has been of great benefit to Alaska, h^ said, and advocated construction of a parallel highway “probably IOO miles inland for safety.”
Virgin forests, fishing and fur reserves only partly exploited, and the 168 minerals found in areas so far explored are among the territory’s vast resources, he said.
He expressed hope that “the new congress will ask for statehood for Alaska,” pointing out that Alaskans “voted for it at the general fall election.”
Two Charged With Reckless Driving
Reckless driving charges were filed Wednesday against Earl Loyd Sutton and Roy Loyle Winters in justice of ^jicace courts Bot Ii men were arrested and issued summons to appear in court, by Highway Patrolman O. O Campbell.
Sutton is alleged to have been driving a 1940 Plymouth from an unknown point to a point about six and a half miles north of Ada without due regard to traffic.
Winters is alleged to have committed an offense similar to that alleged to have been committed by Sutton.
Charges were filed against \\ inters rn the justice court of Percy Armstrong and Franklin Bourland, justice of peace, will hear the ease against Sutton.
Shopping Doys To Christmos
PUEBLO, COLORADO USES WOOD FOR FUEL: Pueblo, Colorado city employees chop down trees in Mineral Palace Park to aid the depleted coal supplies. At right, a »tiactor driven saw cuts wood into suitable s/.e as the men at left work a hand saw. City jail inmates sulit logs into burnable sizes. Crew Jiown can turn out reported 14 tons of logs an liour.-(NEA Telephoto).
Paving trews Push Concrete laying On SH ll This Week
A ribbon of concrete Is steadily lengthening from its starting place nine miles northwest ot Ada and coming toward the city as paving crews push their work on State Highway 13.
•Thursday morning the state highway division engineer’s office reported that about a mile of concrete had been laid on the first of the three sections that are to be paved.
Muran, Buckner and Lyles, Muskogee firm, has the 6 1/2 mile section from the junction of S. H. 13 and S. H. 19 just west of Ada.
The contractors were scheduled to start December IO but got their supplies and equipment on the spot early and were given the ‘go ahead* signal by the state. Favorable weather has enabled them to push ahead steadily.
Standard Paving Company of Tulsa has the paving confract for the next six miles and for the final four miles to connect with paving on Highway 18 south of the Asher bridge.
Standard is shipping materials for paving on the six-mile strip but is having difficulty getting some of the essential supplies. Grading work is in progress on the four-mile section. Contract for paving of both has already been let.
The weather and effects of the railroad embargo are the major worries of the contractors and of the state highway authorities as they rush the work along as rapidly as they can.
City of Oakland, Union Leaders Make Strike End Deal
OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 5, <JP> —The general strike, which for nearly three days gripped 1,000,-000 residents of East Bay communities in almost complete business paralysis, ended today shortly before I p. m. (CST).
Oakland city manager John F. Hassler said a return to work order would be given to all union business agents at a meeting today.
A union statement confirmed the agreement based on the conditions that police would not be used in breaking picket lines and that city officials remain neutral in labor disputes. Hassler said he gave assurances meeting the union conditions.
The agreement was reached at an early morning meeting after some 1,000,000 East Bay residents found all transportation tied up, food and other necessities in short supply and the city of Oakland under a state of emergency with full police powers voted to the mayor.
The general strike, fifth of its kind in the history of the American labor movement, moved toward a close shortly after announcement that the AFL teamsters union and the Independent Machinists union would go back to work today.
Still strikebound are the Kahn and Hastings Retail stores, source of the original dispute last October when the retail merchant association declined t& negotiate a contract for the two stores alone, but held out for blanket negotiations for all member stores when and if the majority of employes were union members.
Two New Tag Agents
OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 5 — (ZP)—Two new tag agents have been appointed in Grady county, the Oklahoma tax commission has announced.
The new agents are J. B. Davis, Minco, replacing Claude Slover, Minco, and Mrs. Harriett Neill, Chickasha, replacing Mrs. Hazel Goff, Chickasha. G. B. Worsham remains agent at Rush Springs.
Fenimore Inquest Set
RfVERSIDE, Calif., Dec. 5 — (ZP)—An inquest was set today in the death of Earby Charlie Fenimore, 27, of Comanche, Okla., who died Wednesday of injuries received Thanksgiving Day in Indio. The highway patrol said Fenimore was hit by a car driven by Indio’s mayor, john N. Filer.
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Except for Blacksmiths And O.C.A.&A. Ada Industries Are Using Gas and Can Keep Going
Abundance of Gas for Homes and Plants Paying Off In Comfort, Work Continuation Here; Effects Most Evident in Parcel Post Limitations at Present
Striking of coal miners hasn’t had much effect yet on Ada business, a bit of checking up reveals. The effect will
have to be general as only one large-scale coal user is in
The O. C. A. A A. railroad stills-—-
uses coal for power in its engines, but local officials report that there has been no shortage of coal yet. as far as they know. The
railroad has its own mines, located at Stigler, and may have
enough fuel on hand to keep going through the strike-caused slack period.
Blessings of being near an abundant supply of gas for industrial and home use is being realized by Ada residents as they read of distress in many other states growing out of lack of coal for fuel and power.
Effects here are expected to be gradual, except for the embargo limiting size and weight of parcels—this coming the- Christ
mas season peak approacher at the local postoffice—and perhaps slower movement of parcels and mail into and from regions served by coal-burning railroads.
Continued lack of coal would eventually be felt with growing effect here as manufacturing plants close down and rail movements are curtailed, reducing in larger amount the shipment of goods to local stores.
Laundry, P. O. Changed Over
W. C. Pritchett, manager of the Ada Steam Laundry, says that up until two years ago he had used coal to heat his boilers.
“Because of the trouble we had in obtaining coal and in view of strikes, we changed from coal to gas heating,’’ Pritchett explains.
At one time, the local postoffice was heated with coal, but long since it has been using gas. Oklahoma Portland Cement company once used coal, but is using gas now.
The few blacksmiths in this area probably had enough coal on hand to last through the shortage period because a few sacks of tho right ‘screening’ will last an ordinary blacksmith a whole year.
Probably the most trouble created in Ada by the coal strike thus far is the fact that so many people are*worried about the situation.
Smith Convicted OI Slaying of Woman
McAlester. Okla. Dec. 5. GD —A district court jury found Aubrey Earl Smith guilty of first degree manslaughter in the slaying of Mrs. Lottie Mac Blevins and set his pdnishment as four years in the state penitentiary.
The vedict was returned last night in the trial which began Monday in the court of Judge R. W. Higgins.
Smith was charged with murder in the slaying of Mrs. Blevins last June IO west of McAlester on U. S. highway 270.
Judge Higgins said he would sentence Smith Saturday. Bond was set today at $8,000.
Smith, 25. also is charged in the slaying of Clarence Cravens who was fatally wounded June IO at the time Mrs. Blevins was killed, but that case will not be heard until the next court term.
Mississippi Senior Vegetable Champ
BOSTON, Doc. 5.—(/P)—A Columbia, Miss., high school senior was named 1946 champion in the National Junior Vegetable Growers Association production and marketing contest.
The $500 award was presented to Jim Spell, 17, at the opening session of the organization^ 12th annual three-day convention. His project covered only an acre yet it yielded vegetables valued at $1,074.
Among four regional champions who received $200 scholarships were: Marjorie Ann Ball of Yukon, Okla.
CPA Administrator Resigns, larger Part of Job Done
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5—(ZP)_
John D. Small resigned today as civilan production administrator, predicting “still higher levels of production’’ when labor-manage-ment problems are solved.
In accepting the resignation effective tomorrow, President Truman replied:
“Now for several months, we have been near to full-time employment, and we have reached a peak of production never before attained in time of peace. Your work, as originally assigned, therefore has been virtually completed.”
Mr. Truman added:
“There are yet important problems to be solved through the machinery of your agency, but I do not feel it fair to urge you to remain when you have so long desired to return to private industry.
Presidential secretary Charles G. Ross told newsmen today Small has been trying to resign for some time.
Since remaining CPA functions, along with those of OPA and other emergency agencies are to be transferred to an overall liquidation agency, Ross said the president concurred in Small’s request to return to private industry.
The Small resignation follows by a day that of Wilson Wyatt as housing administrator. There had been differences between the two over priorities for building materials.
Ross said progress toward formation of the liquidating agency was proceeding rapidly.
In his letter of resignation, Small said he believed that the industrial transition from war to peace is largely behind us.’’
“I do not mean to imply that all of our problems have berm overcome.” Small continued. “However, once the difficult la-bor - ma nagement problems confronting the country are solved_
and I am confident that they will be solved — still higher levels of production will pave the way to an even higher standard of living for the people.”
Employers Urged To Use Yelerans
C Of C Speaker Urges Survey For Disabled First, Then Able Ex-servicemen
Every employer was urged to ‘survey’’ his business for openings ‘first for disabled veterans then for able veterans” by E. O. Fisher, the state Veterans Employment Representative. He spoke before the Ada Chamber of Commerce.
Fisher defended the VA and declared that the derided “52-20 club” is “as much the fault of civilians, you and me. as the fault of the veterans themselves.” The vet job finder explained his statement by saying that parents and others with influence over vets should have steered the youth more wisely.
Grady Stephens, with headquarters now at the Veterans Administration Guidance Center on the East Central College campus. explained that he would be calling upon local businesses to complete agreements to employ vets with definite aptitudes and experience.
Lewis Pushing Ahead With Strike Despite Fines Set Wednesday
Truman Will Talk Sunday
Will Go On Air To Spook To Notion On Cool Strike Crisis
WASHINGTON. Dec. 5. (.D — President Truman will address the nation on the coal strike crisis at 9:30 p. rn. (EST). Sunday.
Presidential Secretary Charles G. Ross told reporters today that Mr. Truman will speak for about 20 minutes on the situation growing out of the coal strike, which has brought mounting unemployment and has stymied reconverting industry.
Ross said the president was giving serious thought to the preparation of the speech and it mignt run longer than 20 minutes.
What Mr. Truman will say will depend on the state of affairs at the time he goes on the air. he added.
Ross declined to speculate on the possibility of a settlement of the strike prior to the broadcast, which will be carried by all major networks.
It will be the president’s first talk to the nation since he announced the removal of meat controls in mid-October.
Mr. Truman is expected to appeal to the striking soft coal miners over the head of John L. Lewis to go hack to work.
He was said to have withheld his decision to make the speech until Lewis’ contempt of court-trial was concluded.
End of the trial had brought fresh prodding by congress members for a radio appeal to the miners, or some other action aimed at getting coal production.
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Says Atomic Power Plants Able To Compete with Coal
PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 5. LD —Atomic power plants can be constructed on the eastern seaboard to compete economically with those using coal if bituminous prices rise as high as $10 a ton, says an executive of the Oak Ridge, Tcnn.. atomic project.
Dr. Charles A. Thomas, vice president of the Monsanto Chemical Co. and now directing the conversion of the Oak Ridge plant to non-military uses, declared that at the present price of $7 a ton. coal is the cheaper form.
But even if technological progress or rising coal prices bring about the atomic power plant, Dr. Thomas said, atomic energy never would wipe out the coal or oil industries. He said it would supplement—rather than supplant —use of these fuels.
The first experimental power plant ever to use atomic energy will he in operation at Oak Ridge by 1948, Dr. Thomas told a lecture group at the University of Pennsylvania last night
The Oak Ridge unit, he said. costs two and one-half times as much to build as would one using coal, but he adde d that technological advances would reduce the initial outlay considerably.
Dr. Thomas warned, however, that “in the shadows is the bomb itself” and the question of its future control “imperials all peacetime advances in the use of atomic energy.”
An atomic power plant would be most valuable, said Dr. Thomas, in a desolate region such as Alaska. He asserted that one airplane in flight could supply Alaska with enough fuel to operate for two or three years.
Dr. Thomas, one of the men who drafted the fundamental outlines of the Baruch plan for control of atomic power, envisioned atomic energy leading to giant ocean liners operating for more than a year without refueling. and to substances whicfc might attack each malignant growth and irradiate cancer.
4-H CLUB GIRLS IN REVUE —WEWOKA GIRL THERE
CHICAGO, Dec. 5 —(^-Forty-four 4-H* club girls, winner" in state competition, appeared in a dress revue today at the club’s National Dressmaking contest, one of the events at the 25th anniversary congress.
The girls, ranging in age from 15 to 20 years, modelled their own dress creations which ranged in total costs from $2 to $77.95.
State contest winners included: June Smith, 18, Wewoka, Okla.
Grim Deadlock Is Holding in Face Of Court Actions
New Contempt Citation, Use of Smith-Conally Act Threatened; Railway Unions Plcod for Colling Whole Thing Off; Supreme Court Test May Come Soon
By STERLING F. GREEN
WASHINGTON. Doc. 5.- (AF*) John L. Lewis grimly carried the crushing coal strike into its third week today despite $3,510,000 in fines, prospect of a new contempt citation and the threat of the Smith-Connally Act.
From every outward indication, the bushv-browed mine leader was determined to take jail, or what may come, rather than yield to a court order he contends is illegal and withdraw his termination of the UMW's contract with the government.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5.— (AP)—JoJhn L. Lewis struck a new legal blow in his bitter fight against the governmer.t today by appealing his contempt conviction to higher courts.
Lewis sent his attorneys to federal court to:
1. Appeal to the circuit court his own and his union’s conviction for contempt for not averting the coal strike.
2. Make bond for his $10,000 personal fine and his union’s $3,500,000 fine pending this appeal.
With this grim deadlock confronting the country, a group of railway unions issued a plea that Lewis and the government both call the whole thing off and let a presidential c m-mission settle all issues.
The Railway Labor Executives association, representing most of the rail unions, proposed: *
“I. The decision of the district federal court be heid in abeyance;
“2. The miners agree to return to work immediately;
“3. The president appoint a disinterested commission to promptly inquire into the complaints of the miners regarding hours of work, wages and working conditions and rep* rf i*s recommendations in thirty days from date of appointment, and the same shall become effective as of the date the miners return to work;
**4. That all parties agree to accept the recommendations of the commission; and
“5. That the pending court proceeding be vacated and dismissed.”
The association’s proposal was regarded in some quarters as a possible peace feeler inspired by the United Mine Workers* own AFL. Several of the rail unions are affiliated with the AFL.
There was no immediate comment from government of-
-- fficials or from the UMW.
Green Proposing Conference Of Operators, Lewis
WASHINGTON. Dec. 5. (AV-AFL President William Gr* en today proposed the calling of a conference of bituminous coal operators and John L. Lewis in an effort to find a solution to the coal strike.
Green appealed to the government. in control of the soft coal miners, to convene such a conference, “and through a sincere and honest discussion of the problems find a basis of accommodation which will be acceptable to all concerned and thus bring about a resumption of mining operations.”
Green issued his appeal as attorneys for Lewis and the United Mine Workers left UMW headquarters for federal court to post bond to meet a $3,500,000 contempt fine against the union.
They also planned steps to appeal the soft coal strike case to the circuit court of appeals.
Lewis himself did not accompany the group of union attorneys. who were lead by Welly K. Hopkins of the UMW and Joseph A Padway, general counsel for AFL.
Lewis was fined $10,000 per-sonnally in addition to the $3,-500.000 against the UMW.
The attorneys said thev plan nod to post bond for the full amounts of the fines pending appeal.
Attorneys for the Mine Worker* and for the gavel nment presses plans to g« t an early suprerru -*ouit ruling on the contempt OI court conviction under whicir Federal District Judge T Alai Goldsb. .rough fined the UMW $3 ■ 500.000 and Lewis $10,000 per socially.
The justice department hope" to steer the Lew is-UMW appea directly into the highest tour* by-passing the in-between circuli court of appeals. The h:gh coot could conceivably announce Monday whether it will take the ca** without waiting for an appeal* court ruling.
Lewis Not Havering
Ia*wis and tits attorneys sr oui not talk with reporters about what they planned regarding th* strike. But their demeanor h in tee there would be no wavering Iron the walkout which GoMs borough yesterday denounced as an “evil demoniac, monstrous thing ” Rather. Lewis’ defiant courtroom behavior when sentenced gave hi* miners the cue — stand youi ground.
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APACHE, Dec. 5. «/P> Thm Oklahoma High school athletic association has approved formation of the Washita Valiev independent basketball conference. Tile new conference will be compos ed of Carm gie, Anadarko. Minco, Cement. Fort Cobb. Apache and Cyril.
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If history repeats itself we ain't lookin' forward t* much.
Mrs. “Dud. ‘ Lark, who married while th* war w „z on, says it .Mi!! is.