Ada Evening News, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1962, Ada, Oklahoma
At the close of business on January 2, one Ada merchant made a statement that is about as accurate as you can get. "It's certainly the best day we've had so far this he said. Peace-Loving Armadillos Move Up From South, P-6 THE ADA EVENING NEWS Duncan Tumbles Adans In League See Sports Page 58TH YEAR NO. 255 ADA, OKLAHOMA, SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 1962 Special Election Dominates Area Political Interest By ERNEST THOMPSON One race has pushed the others into the background as the 1962 political campaign gains momentum in Pontotoc County. Thus far, the race for county commissioner in district two has dominated the political scene. A vacancy in that district, created by the death of incumbent George R. Collins, is responsible for the paramount interest in that district. At least 10 names have been mentioned as possible candidates for Collins' post, but the chances are the field will be narrowed to five or 'six as filing opens Mon- day morning. The county commissioner special election is scheduled for Jan. 23, and the regular Democratic primaries come in the spring. Thus, the candidates for the commission post have only two weeks in which to campaign and only 11 months to" serve, unless the same nian wins the spe- cial election and the regu- 30 Pages 5 CENTS WEEKDAY, 10 CENTS SUNDAY lar one. Thus far, these names have been mentioned: Bob Austcll, former commission- er, is definitely in the race. He was defeated by Collins in the 1958 election. Tom Murphy, also making his second try at the office, was de- Ifeated by Collins in 1960. The "cast" is almost complete j Drexel Sales, an Ada oilman and for a big political get-together jbusincssman> is makjng his first in Ada on Jan. 24. venture into politics. All except one major guberna-l Samps McCown, the first avow- torial candidate and scores of led candidate for the post, is defi- state and county officers are nitely running. 'Casf' Lines Up For Big Here scheduled to be on hand here on that date for a March of Dimes lund-raising dinner. Accept Francis Mayhue, local attor- ney and chairman of the M.O.D. campaign, said Saturday all can- didates for governor of Oklaho- ma in the upcoming election have been invited and all except one have accepted. W. B. "Bill" Atkinson. "Ray- mond Gary, Preston George Miskovsky and Tommy Dec Fraser have all accepted in- vitations to be here for the charity event. Only Fred Harris. Lawton senator, has. .other com-.' mitments on that date. GOP Invited Mayhue said Henry Bellmon, potential Republican candidate, has also been invited, but it isn't F. 0. "Bud" Jones, Ada me- chanic, is expected to run. Leo McNinch, a county rancher from the Vanoss area, is also plan ning to make the race. Clyde R. Haskins, Oil Center grocer, announced late last week. Clive Rigsby, the first avowed candidate before the vacancy oc- curred, -will probably not seek the nomination at the special election. Other names mentioned are: Ed (Continued on Two) Council Sets Meeting On Charter Revision Ada's City Council meets Mon- day at p.m. in a special ses- known yet whether he'll be able to with the charter revision com. attend. 14 This 21'oup, appointed invitatwns have been sent to P approximately laO other state of- ffa ficers. including representatives some is under the chairman Charles F. Spencer, East Central State Dates Conflict Possible revisions to update and Among those who accepted are Supreme Court Justice Den- (Continued on Page Two) original charter. He is a.nation- ally known authority in this field. He was assisted on the commit- ted by D. C. Willoughby, Ed Gwin, Vernon Roberts and Jim Arm- strong. The council will meet with the committee to discuss the possible changes. City Manager J. B, Da- light snow flurries and strong north- erly winds, spreading across state; partly cloudy Sunday; jvidson noted that only a few minor not quite so cold extreme c'ast; changes are anticipated. generally fair and Sun- i Any changes, however, must be day night: high Sunday In 40s. j endorsed by city voters and it is i not possible that voters may have High temperature in Ada Sat- jthe opportunity of voting1 on the urday was 38, after a Friday j proposed changes when general night low of 19, Reading at 5 'election time for the council rolls p. m. Saturday, 33. April. WEATHER CASUALTY: Elda Marion Robertson, 39, 1906 North Broadway, was the driver of this car. Robertson was driving toward Ada on SH 19, approximately a mill weit of the intersection with SH 13. He lost control of his car, rt- marking later that he felt he hit a slick spot on the paving. The vehicle swerved across the highway, plunging off the road and leaping a small ditch on the north side. Trooper H. T. Gay, who investigated the accident, said Robertson was alone in the car and no other vehicle was involved. Robert- son was taken to Valley View Hospital where a spokesman noted ht might have a possible back injury. The accident took place at approximately Staff Cause Death Near Asher Roads Ada High Works Out New Plan For Scheduling Added Classes KONAWA (Special) iene Wood, 29-year-old Mrs. Al- Asher woman, was killed in a one-car traffic mishap blamed on icy roads about p.m. Friday. The accident occurred a mile north of Asher. Mrs. Wood was alone in the car and was travelling south when the car skidded, left the road and overturned. Mrs. Wood leaves the husband, Robert Wood; a son, Robert Lee Wood, a step-son, George Arthur Noland, both of the h6me, three brothers. Lee Gregg, Asher; Ern- est and Carl Gregg, of Okla- homa City; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Gregg, Asher. Services have been set tentative; ly for 2 p.m. Monday and will be in the Asher Baptist Church. Watts Funeral Home of Konawa is directing the services. Mrs. Wood was born in Potla- watomie County in August, 1932. Accidents Come In Quick Order On Same Road Two accidents in a space of about three hours' time and six miles distance sent officers and ambulances rushing out SH 13 northwest of Ada Saturday. The ambulances weren't need- ed on either call and the second of the two accidents remained a "mystery" to the investigating .officer hours after it was report- ed. In the first of the two mishaps a Stillwater man narrowly es- caped death or serious injury Sat- urday afternoon when the semi- trailer truck he was driving over- turned on SH 13 about 12 miles northwest of Ada. Ralph Newsom, Stillwater, driv- er of the truck, said the right drive wheel of his tractor came off as he was driving toward Ada. The rig jackknifed, and both trac- tor and trailer overturned. (Continued on Pago Two) By GEORGE GURLEY A new system for scheduling classes will greet students at Ada High School next fall. Elton Stewart, Ada High princi- pal, this week revealed plans for a system which he designates as a "six period floater" system. The reason for the change is simple. State authorities have hiked the requirements necessary for a stu- dent to graduate from high school. In fact, the new requirements go into effect for the graduating class this spring. Graduates are now re- quired to hold 36 credits as op- posed to 32 formerly required for graduation. Stewart said careful checks have been made of all seniors at the high school. All of the class can graduate under the new require- ment that is providing they pass all their classes this year. "If they Stewart said, "it will mean summer school for some of them." The new ruling requires the 36 credits and 27 of these must be secured in the top three grades. 10 through 12. The new system make it easier for students to accumulate the additional credits and will also add certain new courses to the class schedule at Ada High School Currently classes at Ada High School begin at a.m. continue until noon, resume at p.m. Widespread Storm Takes Heavy Toll Of Highway Deaths Tkere's Lot boing On-UndergroiLnd By ERNEST THOMPSON In Paris, the- fabled tunnels stretch for miles- unfier the city streets. In Warsaw, a fantastic maze of sewers wind their way for miles beneath the surface of the city. In New York, subways and com- plicated utility galleries create an awesome underground world. In Ada, Okla., there's nothing quite so romantic or terrifying under the streets. but, if it were not for the various things underground, the city could not function. For example, under the placid layer of concrete at the intersec- tion of Main and Braodway, there lies a fantastic labyrinth of pipes, cables and abandoned conduits of a bygone era, as well as a net- work of conductors now in use. First, there are the signal light cables that control the flow of traffic in the city. The cables con- nect with a master control box at the central fire station. Although the system is old and worn, if it were not for these slim .cables. idowntown traffic would be chaos within minutes. Also, just a few feet beneath the surface, telephone cables are planted, providing communica- tions with any part of the-world. The cables are distinguishable by marks on the streets where they cr ,s. Sewers, storm and sanitary, al- strects under storm sewers normally follow the alleys, depos- iting their excess water into nat- ural drainage ditches. The sanity sewers carry the refuse of the city to the sewage treatment plant north of town. Natural gas lines are profuse. Without them, the city would be a cold place. And, the most abundant of un- so criss-cross the the surface. The Bad Weather Batters At j Eastern U.S. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A blustery storm loaded with snow, sleet and torren- tial rains battered the east- ern half of the nation Sat- urday and ran up a grim toll of multiple deaths on ice-slicked or fog-shrouded highways. The vast storm grounded; planes in a number of major j cities, disrupted bus sched-1 ules and caused a rash of and disband at p.m. The stu-j traffic accidents, that will dents have a five period day. itake police several days to The new system is basically a collcge approach to classes. It will permit a Allen Bank Loses Officials of the Fanners State, Bank in Allen said late Friday that thieves made off with in silver in a break-in early spectacular bank Friday morning. Their loot was confined to sil- ver held by the bank and they did not even gel all of this. The bank had a total of SI .926 silver when the robbery took No figures were yet available; tile thieves overlooked on losses by private boxholders i in quarters in one parcel. i at the 'bank. The thieves entered the building iy a back door then used a "cut- to certain student to secure as many as six credits a semester but he will attend no more than five classes a day. Here's how it works: the first period is constant. Everyone makes it at the same time five days a week. It will be of shorter duration that the other periods, only 55 minutes. On any given day, the first period will be fol- lowed by four periods of 70 min- utes each. But during the week, the student will be taking five subject during these four periods. How? He will meet each class four times a week instead of five, leaving room to sandwich in the extra class. Underthis system-.'Stewart said that classes would probably, begin at. .and. dismiss -in- the afternoon at p.m.. Each'stu- dent then, after the-short first hour which everyone will meet five days a week, will, in five day's time, meet each class four times for 70 minutes each session for a total of 280 minutes of class time a week in any given subject. Stewart said the change will per- mit a decrease in student load for many" teachers and permit the ad- dition of additional classes to the overall schedule. He said advanced English com- position, additional math courses, zoology, botany and geography were some of the courses under consideration. the bank's central vault. From the vault they took the also rifled safe compile in some spokesman for Eight persons riding in one car j the bank no estimate of ...i 11 from this area would be available until each box holder had an opportunity to check. A spokesman for the bank said a total of 63 safety deposity boxes were entered. Saturday morning, bank and insurance company rep- resentatives were beginning a check with boxholders to secure an accurate estimate of loss. Ernest L. Hodges, vice-presi- dent, said the bank would be open for business at the regular time on Monday morning. Banker Suffers At Konawa Heart Attack were killed when then- vehicle and a semitrailer truck collided in rainy, foggy weather in south- eastern Illinois. A few hours later, three high school students were killed in a head-on collision of their car and a semitrailer truck less than 20 miles away from the other acci- dent scene. Four deaf mutes, traveling from Michigan to Toledo to play in a basketball game were killed when their car skidded across the icy Toledo-Detroit Expressway near Toledo and slammed into a trac- tor-trailer in the opposite lane, The storm buried Kansas City under 10 inches of snow. Snow fell throughout the day in Chicago. Snow, sleet and freezing rain made driving hazardous in a storm1 zone stretching from Texas to New England. Operations at IdJewild .Airport in New York were brought to a virtual standstill as fog and rain blotted out ceiling and visibility: In Chicago, both Midway and O'Hare airports were closed down temporarily when heavy falling snow cut .visibility almost to zero. Planes were grounded at Roch- ester, N.Y. Fog shut down Inter- national Airport at Philadelphia incoming Portland, Maine, Municipal Airport because of ice on the runways. Meanwhile, a new storm center developed in th Dakotas causing severe blizzard conditions in .the western half and some northeast- ern sections of North Dakota. The Chicago Weather Bureau The FBI is spearheading an in- tensive investigation into the break-in. Agent J. R. Field, who is in charge of.the investigation, was joined Friday by other agents and also representatives of the State Crime Bureau. Pontotoc County Sheriff Oren Phillips and his staff and repre- sentatives of the Ada Police De- partment are also cooperating. A large body of evidence was left at the bank. A burglar alarm in a nearby building was freak- ishly set off by high winds at about 5 a.m. Friday and officers felt the alarm may well have caused the thieves to flee. Certainly, they left in a great hurry, leaving jimmy bars, gog- gles, a violin case which carried tools, a large sledge hammer, a slicker for shielding the-torch and The thieves did not take any: currency which remained coat with .38 calibre ammuni- lested in two special safes. tion in one "pocket. Tickets Go Thieves Jake On Sale For j Purse from Gary's Talk Woman A campaign to push ticket sales in Ada for the upcoming annual meeting of the Oklahoma High- way 99 Association, featuring an address by former governor Ray- mond Gary, will get underway this week. Leon Biddy, directing the cam- paign in Ada, will meet Monday with workers at 2 p.m. in the County law officers were search- ing Saturday for three persons involved in the theft of a purse and about S100 from a Roff wom- an. Roff. City Marshal I. W. Hale said the theft occurred at 5 p.m. Friday, just as Mrs. W. W. Potts, owner of Potts Drug Store, was about to close the store. 'ho The dinner meeting is set Mrs. Potts told officers two Negro men came into the store for i and asked for some headache KONAWA (Special) Frank P. Swan, president of the First Na-, said tlie centers of the two storms derground pipes are those carry-, Uonal Bank was brought by join Sunday causing heavy ing water to the various homes and businesses. In all, Ada has more than 80 two to 21 inches in size. Three major pump lines run from the reservoir to the city and approx- (Continutd on Page Two) buiance to Valley View Hospital', snow in northern Michigan, early Saturday after having suf-> Cold weather pushed into the fered a heart attack. His condition shortly afternoon Saturday was reported "poor." A longtime resident of Konawa, Mr. Swan is active in civic af- fairs. southeast, threatening added mis- ery to victims of a tornado that killed a baby girl, injured 60 per- sons and made between 600 and 700 persons homeless at Crestview' iin northern Florida. i (Continued on Page Two) Jan. '23 at 7 p.m. in the East tablets. She had just emptied the Central Student Union Building, cash register, she said, and had Lou Allard, Drumright publisher, veteran legislator and president of the association, announced plans for the big affair. Some 500 tickets will be avail- able, 250 from Ada and the re- mainder to other communities along the major state rood. Gary, an acknowledged candi- (Continued on Page Two) 5-5 (Copr. Gen. Fea. Corp.) Questions That Never Should Have Been Asked What kept you boys up so lati lust night? Whit's btcomt of that big box of candy we had? Who's had my new magazine?