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Bennington Evening Banner (Newspaper) - June 28, 1955, Bennington, Vermont The Bennington evening Banner fifty second year no. 15,740 Price five cents Bennington Vermont tuesday Jine 28, 1955 weather Clear and Cool tonight. Fair and warm Willie hears that the average Man has no head for figures. At least one professor says so. He does pretty Well with his eyes however Battle looms selectmen told to go ahead with plans Kontax Rathof a school of accept Clarks Woods sewer system personality clash develops Over dogs Banner a Grant uncovers Cornerstone Bong contractors engaged in demolishing old graded school building and a school trustee Are shown holding a Copper Box found entombed in the Cornerstone of the 80-year-old building monday. At left Janet Hayes holds a copy of the Bennington Banner dated May 28, 1874 when it was a weekly found in the Box. Beside her Rowland Gelinas of Pittsfield mass., hands the Copper Box to graded school District trustee Robert Hayes. To Hayes right is Louis a. Gelinas of North Adams mass., contractor for demolition of the building who Points to spot beneath the Date Stone where the Box was found. Its contents were turned Over to principal miss Ruth Bodine for preservation by the District. Demolishing of school yields relics of 1874 80-year-old reason son school hold today a a a Banner of May 28, 1874 gives traffic counts 7. Forecast record details of Cornerstone laying tourist season Cornet band firemen present business session at 3 a word Battle Over a request for a record High budget appropriation was brewing this morning As voters prepared to debate increasing school costs at the annual meeting of the graded school District to be held at 8 tonight in the armory. Early this afternoon they began balloting on a series of articles which have been described As a a routine business facing the District and electing District officers. The meeting officially opened at i 2 30 p. Rn., with the polls declare i open for ballot voting and the business discussion was adjourned i until 8 p. In. The polls will Remai i open until 8 30 p. In. Tonight a trustee request for funds in the amount of $421,900 was expected to be a a a hot topic of discussion. The amount is the highest Ever requested and would incur a tax of $4.85 a an increase of 19 cents Over last years tax rate. The net increase of $18,816 Over last years budget has been cited by the school Board As made necessary by a $7,678 automatic increase in teachers salaries an additional $10,200 to employ three new teachers for Reading dental Hygiene and Driver education and $4,-400 for increased costs of school Plant operation. This years proposed tax rate includes $4.23 for current expenses an increase of 13 cents Over last year and 62 cents for debt reduction an increase of 6 cents Over last year. The six cent increase in debt reduction this year has been attributed to interest payments which must banners Grant where will the other to go a tile t e a c h e r of the fourth fifth and sixth grades at the Hicks school faces a problem this fall when she must decide where to put ail additional to pupils after the 83 youngsters shown above have filled every seat now Iii the room. During the past year this room had an enrolment of 29 pupils but in the next two years that number will jump to 43 youngsters. The situation is one facing several of the Rural districts schools and is pointed to by school officials As a prime reason for presentation of a new school building program for action by Rural voters on thursday evening. Montpelier m a Vermont is in line for a record summer n a it. A. J tourist season if the Highway tray first Steps in demolishing the old graded school build no during the month of May is ing on school Street Early monday morning yielded a Copper any indication Box buried in the Cornerstone of the building and containing the state Highway department i Mulde on a special loan of $80,000 relics representative of the year in which the building was said today that the vehicle count required to Complete construction started 1874. At 13 of 15 recording Quot nations show�?T-1 4 a a a Louis and Roland Gelinas w to have employed a six Man of an increase from May last year. Crew to tear Down the 80-year-old building which served As Iho count re main 1 same at heart of the graded school District until this summer found Ain of 1� the Box. Of the new elementary school. State Aid is to be received in a j like amount upon demolition of the old graded school to repay the percentage gain Otic per borrowed . E i was registered on . Route of the total $44,190 debt service it was removed from the right fint Corne piece of the one m6sf heavily travelled expenses estimated this year $38,-i main Entrance to the Structure directly below a Stone Bear highways in the state where the 900 is for interest and principal ing the Date a june 1,1874�?�. Count Rose to 250,294 vehicles in j payments on the new elementary the Copper Box its outside turned to a corroded Lead May. School. An additional $4,750 is for color by the years it had been inside its Small Tomb was gains of up to 18 per cent were i interest and principal payments of tightly sealed and All its contents Are in perfect condition recorded on counters located o n 1 special appropriations voted in each of the Many paper Docu-4 . Route 7 on the West Side of 1952, and $540 is for interest on j of the special loan of $80,000. Against these increases trustees have anticipated reductions of $500 i in costs of administration and $920 in fixed charges made possible by a an of intr him ii ments contained in the Box was q a a a folded several times to fit the Small Dole Wagner As head of school supers Container and then tied tightly with string to permit inclusion of Many items. One of the uncovered items was a copy of the Bennington Banner when it was a weekly newspaper dated May 28, 1874, containing a Story telling of the Cornerstone laying ceremonies planned to be held june i of that year. Another item was a report of the citizens committee dated May is w hich noted that the Rev. C. S. H. Hubbard had been named chairman and George a. Wood Secretary of the committee to plan the Cornerstone laying. Other committee members listed in the Handwritten report included a. B. Valentine the Rev. B. Hawley the Rev. J. Isham Bliss Isaac Merton and John t. Shurtleff. The state and an 18 per cent in crease was noted Down on . 4 at Mendon a Cross state route. Similarly some of the less heavily travelled feeder routes showed increases the largest being a 23 per cent gain on Vermont route Castleton a a Springfield 12 at South Woodbury. Educator has succeeded supt. Leon e. Wagner of Bennington As president of the Vermont school superintendents association. Supt. Lyman a Bole of Springfield was elected to the presidency As the group met at Castleton monday for a five Day conference. Gaysville Man crushed to death in cab of truck Montpelier la a Vermont a other officers named were34th Highway death of the year was supt. Thomas Byrnes of Windsor recorded last night when a Gays vice president and supt. Fremont Ville Man was crushed in the cab w pc. ,. Fiske of Waterbury Secretary of a heavy logging truck which a a a is 1 la j. Engineer treasurer. Crashed off . Route 4 on men a Lynsi Thomas a Hale of 610 eliminating the special rented Facil Ity kindergarten and its inclusion in the new elementary school program. One candidate for election to the school Board Paul j. Martin of 412 South st., is campaigning on a slogan of a lower Martin opposes the incumbent chairman of the Board mrs. Reba Moninger who is completing her first term As a representative of Ward 5. The Only other elective office contest pits Ivor s. Pelsue of 924 today a session opened this Don Mountain morning under the direction of re state police identified the victim pert j. Spencer of the state depart Randall Bix 43, a passenger in a program for the special Cere ment of education. Listed As a truck driven by Louis r. Lar Ronny said the Bennington Cornet speakers Are l. L. Wells Ralph Mie 45, of Bethel. Larmie was band with its ii members listed Eaton Lloyd Moulton and Fiske. Taken to Rutland City Hospital would provide music for the pro commissioner of education John Here his condition was not be Grain and the general Stark steam Holden conducted both the morn sieved of by serious. Engine company would have a part eng an j afternoon sessions. Speak heavy truck landed Upsi c Gage st., an employee of Thurber a garage. In the program. Also included in the Copper Box was a printed pamphlet explaining the a necessity Cost and taxation for the new graded signed by a. B. Valentine the brochure consisted of a series of questions and lengthy answers offering information on a variety of subjects. Present graded school trustee Robert Hayes on the scene monday afternoon when the contents of the Box were being examined noted the similarity of the arguments both pro and con As used in 1874 and in the past two years to present the new school program. At the time of its presentation Cost of the building was estimated at $24,696.88 and the Booklet said it would require a tax of $3.25 on ers during the afternoon included Bole mrs. Helen Lawrence president of the Vermont Council of i n Public education Robert w. Mitchell editor of the Rutland Herald c. P. Smith jr., chairman of the state Board of education and mrs. Aline Ward president of the Vermont Congress of parents and teachers. Supt. Allan j. Heath of Benning i ton is also attending the meeting which winds up on thursday. Down in a Ravine. The cause of the Accident Vav a s not immediately this years traffic death toll is running eight ahead of last year name or. Brown As psychiatric consultant Here truck strike forces local firm to close due to the trucking strike which has spread like wildfire the grand list of that Day which from new England to Atlanta was reported to be about $8,000. Cost of the building later ran up to about $40,000 after heating and ventilating systems were installed and other improvements were made. Ga., the local terminal of Gays express will discontinue operations tonight Anthony c. Lombardo manager announced this noon. Lombardo said the orders to Ltd. Robert b. Aiken. Commissioner of health today named or. Earle o. Brown of North j Adams mass., As part time psychiatric consultant to the health departments child guidance clinics in Rutland and Benning j on. Or. Brown is engaged in Pri ate practice of psychiatry in Worthem Berkshire county. Mass., and Bennington county. He is a graduate of Albany medical College and had his pay Quot Hla tric residency at Ypsilanti it Tate Hospital Ypsilanti Mich. The Booklet noted that if the i dose came Lite this morning fron a Ding was approved a that Quot construction could be contracted in Abou w members of h a the Winter when old prices would p of l teamsters Union out of be lower. A similar strategy was Boston picketed the local terminal i followed in contracting construction of the new elementary school on the same site two years ago. Other documents contained in the Box included a group of papers carrying the signature of each see demolishing continued on Page four from yesterday afternoon until1 today. They were urging some to Drivers Here who Are members of the Vermont local 597, to go out on a sympathy strike. Drivers Are not striking Here but Are being Laid off the strike has tied up operations. Reasonable All kinds of used building material for Sale come Early and avoid the Rush Bennington graded school ask for or. Gelinas i after 6 p. Rn., Call Ernest Shepard 9220 county court awards $344.50 to f. M. Rogers a Williamstown mass., real estate broker was awarded $344.50 by a county court jury Friday in a suit brought against James and Jeanne Quinn of Pownal. The broker Frederick m. Rogers sued for a $500 commission he maintained we As due him for the Sale of the Quinn property. Counsel for Rogers was Manfred w. Ehrich or. Harold of Brien was attorney for the Quinn a. Two divorces were also awarded by the court last w Eek. Agnes d. Piper of Dorset was granted a divorce on grounds of Hryce year separation from Raymond h. Piper of Brooklyn n. Y. Irs. Piper was represented by attorney James b. Campbell of Manchester. Adelord e. Pellerin of Benning on won a divorce from Clara Pel Erin of North Adams also on grounds of three year separation. The jury which is now released will return july la to hear a Case to be announced later. Jaw Bone and Tusk Puzzle contractor Palisades Idaho it a a jaw one and a pair of giant tusks were uncovered yesterday at the Palisades dam project site. William Donaldson Idaho Falls a worker at the dam found them. He said the tusks were four inches in diameter at the Small end and went up to 12 inches in diameter at a distance three feet from the Point. He said he would seek help from Idaho state College in identifying the Bones. Mrs. Miller goes to trial july la on draft charge Brattleboro it. In a mrs. J Lucille Miller 45, of Bethel who spent several weeks in a Washington . Mental Hospital after being taken from her Home in a tear Gas barrage goes on trial july la on charges she tried to influence Young men against selective service. Mrs. Miller was adjudged men tally competent yesterday in Federal court after a doctor from the Hospital said she was Able to consult with counsel in mapping her defense. When a . Marshal attempted to take her into custody May 3, her husband Manuel 47, held the marshal at Bay with a Rifle for 12 hours until troopers hurled tear Gas into the Miller Home. Miller contended his wife was entitled to trial on the draft indictment. She had been ruled insane in Vermont court while the indictment was pending. Miller himself also must face trial on charges he interfered with the marshal in the performance of duty. Mrs. Miller once published a pamphlet titled a the Green Mountain Rifleman a a in which she criticized communists. _ i senator Barry will not resign Chittenden Post Burlington in a state sen. Leslie Barry of Chittenden county said today he has no intention of resigning his Senate seat even though he is leaving Vermont for a Job in new York City. Barry a Democrat who is serving his first term in the state office will join a publishing House As a publicity agent. He has been a news writer and columnist for the Burlington daily news. I if Barry did resign it would give governor Johnson the Chance to appoint a person to fill the vacancy. Johnson undoubtedly would name a re pub bean. The four Man Chittenden county delegation is democratic. Barry said he would return to Vermont if a special session of the legislature was called. He also said that he would name the recipients of ten $2i 0 senatorial scholarships before he leaves the state. A controversial figure in the last session freshman senator Barry was known chiefly for his multiple attempts to gain a fifth Senate seat for Chittenden county. Land fill dump project bids to be let shortly Bennington selectmen have been told they May proceed with the acceptance of a deed to sewer system property owned by Ward l. Lyons in the Clarks Woods area. Town counsel Norton Barber informed the Board monday night that with the revising of one phase contained in the deed the document is satisfactory and the selectmen should go ahead with plans for development of a town operated sewer system there. Lyons who developed the Clarks Woods area As a private Speculator offered to turn the system Over to the town last year. His offer we a finally accepted by the voters o the town in March. To Date selectmen have delayed appointing a sewer commission to supervise operation of the system and have done Little town Ard having the town actually take charge of the program. Barber pointed out to the Board that Lyons owns no equipment of. Maintaining the system and the Board will have to make its own arrangements for maintenance and repairs. Selectmen discussed Tho possibility of contracting the maintenance Job at their meeting monday night. Ender present plans the Board is expected to ask residents of Clarks Woods who will pay a rental fee to keep the system in operation to elect a number of persons to serve As sewer commission Jers. Responsibility for the care operation maintenance and All financial details will be vested in fhe commission we Ith the selectmen j supervising their actions. A a personality clash Between the dog Warden Charles Batease and his assistant George Rogers was aired by selectmen at their j regular meeting. Batease made the cleavage Between the two men apparent when he came before the Board to submit his resignation after Many years of service. He said he had a stood it As Long an 18 per cent increase in Pupil enrolment during the As 1 can and inferred that his next two years was pinpointed today by officials of the Rural a Lastant was criticizing his work school District As a prime reason for new facilities which Rie 0 a eneral Public without voters of the District will vote upon thursday evening. By it in a a a Richard b Leake Iii chairman of the Prudential com Effort Quot m it tee said the 18 per cent increase Between enrolments with Rogers which apparently this past year and enrolments in 1956-57 is one answer to stemmed from an incident where the Many questions asked by Rural voters As to the need for in Batease had taken an unlicensed expanded facilities. Dog picked up by Rogers away to meet the jump from a 377-Pupil total enrolment in from the latter Rural schools this past year to a total of 447 pupils in 1956, the Prudential committee has proposed construction of a five classroom building on the town farm site at an estimated Cost of approximately $190,000. Board members said their estimates on Pupil enrolments for the next two years Are a a conservative Calculi tons based on present enrolments and school census records ?.vvardens can be brought in pc gathered by the districts administrative staff. Ussl0n of their problems new in order to meet the heavy in Quot Batease has flux of new pupils the Board has Job for Nalany years Warller a a i h 1 parents that it year r0gers was hired t Assis will end a program of educating him in his duties during the Dav the seventh and eighth grades in time when Batease s employee one building this fall if some re-1 Tuu time. Batease handles All nigh Lief is not assured. Calls and Rogers takes All Dayl of the Myca swimming Pool at. A a a a Jagt oars a2� Tho Lis net de Calls under the present arranged cited to place All its seventh and ment. Hicks Corners opened monday and eighth graders in the Beech Street just prior to airing of the do will be open from 9 a. In. To 8 p. In. School where better facilities and Pute selectmen noted that the do each weekday until september 5. A better faculty could be located wardens had reported a total c 18 unlicensed dogs confiscated an j. I unless some form of Relief is be announced later. Promised Leake has said the those in charge this summer Are Board has no alternative but to director and instructor John Bove take the seventh graders out of and assisting him Are Howard the Beech Street school and place and Village trustee Winston loth Guare and William Kornitzer. B?m.b1a1ck 111 the Rural schools on next Steps to be taken in Estal this fall. Expected enrolment of 447 in Rural schools next year is major reason for new building Only Promise of Relief will 7th Grade from move into Rural schools this autumn keep selectmen told Batease he Coul it resign with a a couple weeks be lice if he so desired but that the desired him to remain on the Jot t. Garry Buckley urged that a tease withhold his action until Boti Hicks Corners swimming Pool opened monday killed during the month of a upon complaint. The meeting ended with an Horn Long discussion Between the boar see selectmen continued on Page five the Pool and filter bed a e Board members have said How been cleaned and new Sand added Ever that if the District can be anyone is welcomed to use the assured larger facilities within Pool at any time it is open. No another year it will continue the swimming after 8 p. In. Every a doubling up a program at the one should obey the rules and the Beech Street school on an Emer life guards on duty. Otherwise gency basis this coming year they will be expelled from the Pool. If a new building is approved alternating each year Bette always do the things that Are go it is expected it would be ready the boys and girls department ing to help everyone enjoy the for occupancy in 1956. Be Kurn Hattin graduation the Pool and do not do the things that the a a emergency program now a it a Ucol Ltd it held in saxons rive in carried on at Beech Street tons the graduates from the Kurn Hattin graduates four from this area might spoil that enjoyment. Pownal Road crash damages two cars two cars were damaged monday afternoon on the Mason Road in Pownal when they collided on the narrow dirt Road. A were won by Kay a state police said the cars were Tine another year if 4here was Jae Foster William Gill re operated by Joseph j. Romanow positive indication that it would Wasco and Steven Black ski 45, of Bennington and Nellie be solved by the fall of 1956. A Foster was the highest Rai Livingston of Pownal. Problems of overcrowding at ing girl in the Clas and deliver the cars were travelling in of the Beech Street school Are How a Short essay As did several oth polite directions when the left Ever Only one phase of the Dif boys and girls. Howard Rice front portions of the vehicles col faculties cited today by the Pru Brattleboro. President of 11 tided. No one was injured. Dam dental committee. Board of trustees presented 11 age to the first car was estimated they said substantial increase diplomas assisted by Wayne i As minor to the second vehicle in the numbers of pupils now be Claire school principal miss for being carried on at Beech Street school for the past year has in-1 a a Yvere a eluded use of a basement class an0 Black Bennington room which the state department Arthur Davis Bennin of education says must be ceased i Rances nor since the room does not meet Jas bennington0 171 classroom standards. U it is believed the a a emergency a citizenship awards Mal ii is Lune emergency in memory of gov d m j program would be allowed to con get weeks were win b Tine ant her Var if Harp was. A moderate. Apr. John gated. Heffeman invest see expected continued on Page four Ter also won a prize in Oral in t bsh. Howard Hollis won a Pri in boy scout work and athletics

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