Ada Evening News, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1962, Ada, Oklahoma
GUARD, PATROL WATCH BALLOT BOXES THE ADA EVENING NEWS 59TH YEAR NO. 61 ADA, OKLAHOMA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 1962 8 Pages 5 CENTS WEEKDAY, 10 CENTS SUNDAY I Troops Bar Completion Of Count Here; Nichols, Rigsby, Griffin, Jones Win Races CLIVE RIGSBY State Representative Gary Carries County But No Figures Are Official; Some Tabulations Differ By ERNEST THOMPSON Nothing is'offical. absolutely nothing. As national guardsmen and Highway.Patrol troopers guard the ballot boxes in the event of possible recounts, the returns from the Democratic primary runoff election Tuesday are all unofficial. Here's the way it appears in Pontotoc County. Raymond Gary received a plurality of to Bill At- kinson's in the race for the nomination for gover- nor. 4, -Jf -A- Robert W. Ford carried the county in the state senate runoff by out-polling Allen G. Nichols, to But, Nichols made up for that margin by taking Sem- inole County, 4.252 to That means Nichols has an unofficial plurality of to a margin of only 298 votes. The state representative's race in this county was just as close. ALLEN G. NICHOLS State Senator Clive Rigsby and Jay W. Hester ran neck-and-neck in practically all boxes with Rigsby gaining the nomination by a margin of to Hester's In the sneriff's race. Burl Grif- fin defeated Cecil Smith by a margin of to F. 0. "Bud" Jones unseated incumbent Bob Austell in the dis- trict two commissioner's race by a vote of 1.840 to 1.310. Pontotoc County also voted for Leo Winters (lieutenant Charles Nesbitt (attorney gener- A. F. Shaw Glen R.'Key (treasurer) and W. T. Bill Hughes (commissioner of The county voted "yes" to State Question 400, but turned thumbs down on State Question It was a much larger vote here Race Upsets Legislative Organization OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Or- ganization of the House and Sen- ate for the 1963 legislative session .was upset today by uncertainty over the Democratic nomination for governor. Sen. Roy Boecher, Kingfisher, said he and House Speaker J. D. McCarty, Oklahoma City, are holding back at least temporarily 405, than anticipated. Early balloting prer0gative of the governor. ___ n cnrtfp nf _ _i- _ LOCKOUT The cloie race for the Democratic nomina- tion for governor led Gov. J. Howard Edmondion last night The caucuses had been sched- to ordtr tn. Highway Patrol and National Guard to guard uled for Thursday to select new ballot boxet pending a probable recount. Locally, Mign- way Trooper, Spike Mitchell went on duty outside the elec- rion board office at 2 a. m. At 10 a. m. he rel.eved by three gu.rd.m.n, (lift to right) Pfc. Stanley. Scott, on Democratic caucuses. officers of the two houses. Boecher is expected to become Senate president pro tempore sue ceeding Everett S.'Collins and Me Carty is expected-to'continue as speaker regardless of who event- ually wins the gubernatorial nom- Sgt Billy Barrett and Pvt. Oiborne Leonard, all of Ada'j "C" Company. Dispossessed election board secretary Wood- row Gibson, wandering wraith-like about the courthouse thii morning, said he approved Edmondson's action because it takes a lot of pressure off but added that he d left his tobacco in the office last night and couldn't even get m to get himself a chew. (NEWS Staff ination. However, legislative leaders are hesitant to name majority floor leaders since this -normally is ai BURL GRIFFIN County Sheriff F. O. BUD JONES County Commissioner It is being claimed that Cuba is the biggest countty in the its capital in Havana, its Government in Russia, and most of its people in the United States. (Copr. Gen. Fca. Corp.) was light, but a late surge 01 voters pushed the total beyond the May 1 vote of The largest vote cast Tuesday was in the sheriffs race. The closest votes were for state senate .and representative. The nip-and-tuck senate race saw Ford amass a lead of votes in this county. However, Nichols led Seminole County by a margin. Those figures are absolutely un- official. Some other tabulators came up with different totals and nobody will know exactly how the race came out until the official tally sheet is available. Ford said Wednesday morning he plans no request for a recount at the present time. "I'll have to wait and see what the official total was before I even consider asking for a Ford commented. Rigsby and Hester conducted a donnybrook. Even in the big-vote precincts, the difference was usually slight. According to the unofficial tally, Rigsby carried 36 of the 56 boxes to come up with his 327-vote margin. Rigsby is making his first race for office. He will face Republican opposition in the fall, as will the winner of the state senate race. Griffin and Smith carried about the same number of precincts, but Griffin's margins were wider in most cases, giving him the nom- ination for sheriff. Smith led the first primary with votes to Griffin's deputy to Bill Broadrick three years ago; also faces Republican opposition in the general election. Jones beat Austell in 13 of the county commission district's 16 precincts. Jones was making his second race for the post. He tried for it in a special election earlier (Continued on Page Two) The only time in recent years .hat floor leaders have been select- ed independently by the two hous- es came two years ago when the legislature rebelled against Gov. J. Howard Edmondson. Boecher said caucuses could be held before the race between for- mer Gov. Raymond Gary and W. P. Bill Atkinson is decided. But he added: "I've been in touch with the speaker and we feel that we prob- ably will check the thing out be- fore we do call one. We don't want to start this thing out on an un- cooperative basis like the last time. "We could organize and leave the floor leader open. That would show good faith as far as that is VofersDefeaf Legislator's Pay Increase By TirE ASSOCIATED PRESS Oklahoma voters approved Tues- day a constitutional amendment fixing the order of succession of state officials, but defeated a pro- posed' amendment raising legisla- ,ive salaries and limiting the length of legislative sessions. Complete, unofficial returns from the state's 3.143 precincts Winters Breezes In; Cowboy Defeats Key THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In other races for slate offices. Democratic office, nominaton the1. fe state's second highest office in Tuesday's runoff election. Winters, involved in .one of the more lively state campaigns, the fall. Bill Hughes i more nvtiy oieiic gave this vote on the a whopping amendment: Yes 250.535, NO ,__, n. 032. With of precincts re- porting, the vote on the legislative pay proposal was against and in favor. Approval of the succession ques- lead for lieutenant governor over veteran office holder Wilburn Cartwright, a member of the state Corporation Commission, with all but a handful of precincts still of Democratic no Republican opposition in other bitterly fought race, and Cowboy Pink Williams won the nomination for treasurer in a close Democratic runoff against Glen R. Key. downed John Briscoe in the labor commission er's race and A. F. Shaw breezed to victory over Pat Flanigan for auditor. Charles Nesbitt, an Oklahoma City attorney, won the Demo- cratic nomination for attorney general- over former state Civil Defense director Tom Brett in an- You know if could of high-ranking state oil, tato a recount and be several Such.alaw'was passed tion authorizes the legislature to pass a law setting up a formula] for succession to public office in' case of a disaster involving the I deaths of high-ranking state offi- weeks. Boecher beat out Sen. Leon Field, Texhoma, for the top Sen- ate post. He "has 27 members sieged to vote for far more :han half of the 41 Democratic senators and'Senate nominees. He and Field both supported Gary, as did a majority of the senators. Mentioned as probable floor leaders if Gary should emerge vic- tor are Sen. Ed Berrong, Weather- ford, and Sen. Robert Lollar, Mi- mi. There is speculation that Sen. Tom Payne, Okmulgee, would be in the running for floor leader if Atkinson gets the nomination. McCarty gave quiet support to Gary, but has stayed on friendly terms with Atkinson..He has more than 100 members pledged to sup- port him for a second term as speaker. Rep. Russell Ruby, Muskogee is expected lobe floor leader if Gary wins. Atkinson's choice has not been revealed. 1959, but the attorney general held 1 it' was unconstitutional. The defeat of the legislative pay increase was the second time in two years it had faifed at the polls. The proposal would have raised legislative pay-to a month, plus for each day a legislator was present during the session. The proposal also would have lim- ited sessions to 91' legislative days and special sessions to 20 days. Legislators receive a month regular pay plus a day for the first 75 legislative days of a ses- sion and a day thereafter.' Wickersham Pulls Out Another Close Contest THE ASSOCIATED PRESS I Wickersham; who has served a _ finfim-ficc Recount Looms As Atkinson's Lead Is But 707 Votes THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Highway Patrol troopers and National Guardsmen stood watch over the ballot boxes today as a partial re- check of unofficial totals increased Midwest City builder W. P. Bill Atkinson's lead over former Gov. Raymond Gary to 707 in the closest Democratic race for governor in Oklahoma. Gov. J. Howard Edmondson ordered troopers and guardsmen to each county courthouse early today "to protect the ballot boxes and the ballots therein" in case of a recount. He said at mid-morning that the patrol was substan- tially in control of all the ballots by this and most have since been relieved by guardsmen: The guardsmen may stay at their post until noon Saturday deadline for requesting a recount. The torrid runoff ended in a photo finish, and expected gecount could keep the outcome hanging in balance for weeks. A recheck of 27 counties in- creased Atkinson's lead from 533 to 695. All of the state's pre- cincts have reported, but 202 ab- sentee ballots still are uncounted in Haskell County where a protest was lodged. The virtually complete but un- official totals show, Atkinson with votes to for Gary. Louie R. Geiser, secretary of the slate Election Board, said some county election officials were being barred by guardsmen from completing their tabulations. He said some counties totaled their vote but did not complete their County precinct-by-precinct tabulation to Adair be sent to the state Election Boar Alfalfa Geiser said he would confer Atoka with Edmondson in an attempt to Beaver clear up the situation and permit Bcckham. a completion of the work. Elaine Geiser said if this is not permit- ted, it will be impossible to ob- tain official results by Saturday as scheduled. A candidate requesting a recount must post per county or a total of for a complete job. Edmondson told newsmen at his morning news conference, "I wouldn't want .to comment on the outcome of the election, especial- ly .in view of the'action which I .have taken, to protect.the ballots." He added, "this is certainly not to be taken as 'a. reflection on any official. The order is applicable to all counties." Atkinson .wasn't yet sure he had a victory to celebrate. "It looks like a great he said as the final votes came in, but then a abulation error was discovered, lis lead shrank somewhat and he said no statement would be issued Here s The Unofficial Vote Tally (AP Democratic governors table: County I total of 16 years in congress over With all but a handful of pre- cincts unreported, the vote was: Lieutenant governor Winters Cartwright Attorney general Nesbitt 871, Brett Treasurer. Williams Key Auditor Shaw Flani- gan Labor-commissioner Hughes Winters, 39, said in a victory statement thanking voters, "I know we face the most difficult race of all in November." "However, if I should finally be he said, "I hope that I can make the people of Oklahoma as happy with my conduct in of- fice as they have made me by giving me this great honor." Winters' Republican opponent in I total of 16 years in congress, uvui winters- Republican opponent in Rep. Victor Wickersham, past 22 years, will meet Re- Novcmber is Tulsa attorney Dale )ma'a in-agaiii, out-agam 6th pllblican Glen Gibson of Minco lnigriggs homa'a _0- District congressman, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday for a 9th term on the basis of complete and unofficial returns. With all 638 precincts in the western Oklahoma distrct report- ing, Wickersham led veteran state Rep. Jim Bullard of Duncan by votes. The Mangum Demo- crat had votes to for Bullard. the November election The 1.308 margin, although close, was a landslide compared with Wickersham's victory over Republican Clyde Wheeler in 1960. Wheeler led Wickersham by 183 votes in the first count of votes but 'the veteran congressman re- versed the tally in a recount and won by 76 -votes. Wickersham first was elected to -BULLETIN- The Frisco Railroad today at nu.i....---.. noon sidetracked an gallon Doug Martin. Complete unoffjc a tank of yellow phosphorus after returns gave'Wright votes _ i 1.. in IOC Frtu "Martin Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Iraig Creek busier Delaware Dewey Ellis iarfield Jarvin Grant Sreer Harmon flarper Haskell until later. Gary, sober and worried, return- Hughes ed to his home near. Madill late Jackson Tuesday night. But he was to re- jeffersorl turn to Oklahoma City, today. Johnston He said no statement would be Kay ssued until official returns are Kingfisher in, .and indicated he will ask for Kiowa a recount if they show him be- Latimer :iini LeFlore This was the first time in mem- Lincoln ory of political observers that of- Logan ficers have been stationed in all Love 77 counties to guard ballots. McClain Troopers were posted in the court- McCurtair. houses shortly after midnight and Mclntosh they were to be relieved by Major guardsmen during the day. Marshall "I have taken this action after Mayes a talk'with Clee Fitzgerald, chair- Murray man of the state Election Muskogee said Edmondson. "He asked tha Noble Cartwright, 70, although losing to Winters, still has four, years remaining on his term of office as a member of the Corporation Commission. Winters, who surprised many political observers by leading a field of 15 candidates in the May 1 primary, demanded during.run- off campaign that Cartwright re- sign his office and give back his In the 1st Distrct, Herbert W. the House of Representatives in reccived while out cam. ravor i Wright easily won the Democratic j 1940 -and served three terms be-jpajgnjng. Cartwright countered j up to at nomination over another Tulsan, fore being defeated m 1946. winte'rs earned'big attorney ed. Martin flnmDlete. unofficial years later he was elected again ,vas siatp official If all possible assistance be given toJNowata see that the integrity of the ballot I be protected and preserved... "I am confident this action is what both gubernatorial candi- dates would want me to I am equally confident it will meet with.the wholehearted approval of all who cast ballots desiring only that they be given their equal voice.in the final outcome of this election." If Atkinson holds onto his nar- row lead, he will have pulled one o.C the biggest upsets in Oklahoma politics. Gary was rated a solid favorite by most observers right the time the tabulation start- flames were seen at the.tank's seal. The car was sidetracked just east of the cement plant near Twentieth Street. Ada firemen are- attempting to correct the dangerous situation. to for Martin.. Wright, an attorney, 'will meet incumbent Republican Page Belcher in the November general election. Belcher defeated Wright .when they me't in. 1953. later he was elected again and served four-' consecutive terms.- Toby Morris' won the next two: Wickersham again came fighting' back and, edged Morris in the Democratic runoff to .set up the down-past-the-wire battle with wheeler.- fees while he-was a state official for seven years. Nesbitt hammered away in his campaign against what he called the "attorney fee racket" during the first primary but during the (Continued, on Page Two) If Gary should finally emerge the victor, he will become the first Oklahoma governor ever to win nomination to a second term. The Democratic nominee will meet Republican Henry Bellmon, (Continued on Page Two) Pels. Rpd. 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Mo. million Continental Airlines jet, possibly torn apart by a violent storm, fell to the ground in sec- tions Tuesday night, killing all 45 persons aboard. The only known survivor, res- cued from an intact section of the fuselage after an all-night search, died in a hospital 90 minutes after rescue. He was Tafcehiko Nakano, 27, an engineer who carried business cards listing addresses in Oak Park, 111., and Los Angeles. He was removed from the mid- dle section of the fuselage, which, shorn of its wings and tail sec-' tion, plunged into a shallow gully about 20 miles from where debris first started spewing from the doomed plane. Temporary morgues were set up in a garage in Unionville, a- small community just south of the Iowa line. The plane was Continental's Flight 11 en route .from Chicago, to Kansas City and Los Angeles with 37 passengers and a crew of 8. It apparently broke up over CenterviUe, Iowa, about 20 miles north of here. The fuselage lay undiscovered in a clover field on a oper- ated by Terry Bunnell, from about p.m. (CST) when it vanished from a radar surveillance screen until after dawn. Dewey Ballard, air carrier operations inspector for the Fed- eral Aviation Agency, at Kansas City, viewed the fuselage this morning-and said it appeared to have been broken up "by-some tremendous force." tremendous said Ballard, "might have been a tor; nado or extremely heavy turbu- He said the plane, apparently broke apart in the air and pieces spread out as they fell. Jerry Hoshner, a member of .a Continental Airlines investigation team, said'the flight should have been at about feet and traveling 500 "to 600 miles per hour-at-the time of the-crash. The inside of the fuselage was a jumble of bodies, seats, luggage and clothing. Nakano was, found1 half way down on the right side of the in- tact section, lying with his back against three seats.. When told help had reached him, he was-able, to-respond-only fee- bly. He died in'St. Joseph's hos- pital in CenterviUe. The ..craft, a .Boeing 707 piloted by veteran Capt. Fred Gray of Pa: cific Palisads, last report at -p.m.- -from -aj position 35 miles northeast of Kirksville, Mo. This was about'. 120. air miles northeast of Kansas City where it was due to land about 25-.minutes later.' The--plane -then -disappeared- from the FAA surveillance radar at Kansas.City. About that time, too, Mrs. Carl Jones, wife of the postmaster at Cincinnati, -Iowa, saw a bright blue .Hash in the. sky. Others saw it too. Residents of this 'farm country, disagreed about the sound that Some described it as a popping sound, others as a loud explosion. Junior a farm from just north said she'heard a large thun- der, just'after a storm had passed over' She looked out the door and stars were shining from a clear sky, she said. The Weather Bureau said squall .ines packing'winds up to 80 miles an hour were pounding' through the Kirksville area about the time the plane was lost on the radar screen. Two CenterviUe men, Jack Mor- ris and Leo Craver, found the first piece of wreckage on Highway. .60 about five miles south of. 'Center- viUe. It was a curved piece of metal. They brought it to'the police station. Officers phoned the high- way patrol and were told a Con- tinental plane.was missing.. Search parties set out and found a trail of bits and pieces of debris. The'trail led in a southwesterly direction over the Iowa line and into Missouri. Here and '.there the searchers found reminders of what they knew must lie door bear- ing" a' picture, of an Con- tinental's emblem, sandwiches and an inner door, probably the emer- gency exit, with the legend: "To be opened on takeoff and landing." 1 The trail covered i distance of. about 20 miles. It ended in a pasture where Lester Cook and his son, Ronnie. 17, saw the fuselage in the first light of dawn. The crash was the first involv- ing fatalities on a Continental Air- lines plane in the company's 23 years of operation. It was the second involving a 707 jet since tha first of the year. An American Airlines 707 crashed in Jamaica. Bay, N.Y.. last March 1, taking the lives of 95 persons.'