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Charleston Daily Mail (Newspaper) - April 17, 1962, Charleston, West Virginia STATE TODAY'S NEWS TODAY (Ilmrlef ton Smln laiI FINAL if if EDITION VOLUME 138-NO. 91 CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 17, 1962 FIVE CB4TS EXPLOSION WRECKS SECTION OF OLIN MATHIESON PLANT Seekford Hails Finding Of Jury In Milk Dispute Booted By Church, Dixie Woman Begs In Vain On Knees NEW ORLEANS. La. (AP) A 41-year-old woman, one of three Roman Catholics excommunicated in a segregation feud, begged for Archbishop Johseph Francis Rummers forgiveness today, "but Satan intervened acd he refused." Mrs. B. J. Gaillot Jr.. appeared at the archbishop's residence at! mid-morning as he talked to a group of women on a prayer pilgrim- age. Firemen play water hoses on the wreckage of the ethylene oxide processing section of Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp. which exploded this morning, injuring more than 25 employes. Wirephoto. FIRST GRADE BOY NABBED AS BOSS OF ROBBERY RING FIXED IN MILLIONS Health Chief Clear On Ban, Funds Use By TOM CUMMLN'GS. Of The Daily Mail Staff "I'm extremely remarked Dr. Page H. Seek- ford. director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Depart- ment. The statement was his reaction to the grand jury's I commendation yesterday afternoon of the agency's "high standard of milk inspection." Before their special report to Intermediate Judge J. Thompson, the 16 jurors had received a compre-i 'hcnsivc report of the department's position in the milk that followed its refusal to grant a permit to; 'a Kentucky dairy last December. I GOP SCANS VOTER LIST FOR FAKES Kanawha County Young Re- publicans are starting a pilot program that could result in a check of the entire voters' registration list of the county for improper registration. Tom Potter of the Youn? GOP unit here said the rcsi- DALLAS UPi Police ar- rested a first grader yesterday and said he told of leading nine friends in half a dozen rob- beries. Grade school principal Finis Tatum called police after hear- ing that several youngsters were passing out greenbacks. Patrolmen rounded up the She strode toward the archbish-U didn't get she said. "Satan op as he led the group in prayer intervened and he would not bless on the expansive lawn in front me." of his residence and then fell toi "Don't listen to Satan 1 her knees. ibegged him not to listen to "I told him that 1 knew in she told two Associated heart he had nothing to do newsmen on the scene. "1 my she on my knees and he wouldn't speaking of her expulsion from listen to me." The archbishop excommunicated the church by the archbishop's order yesterday. Political leader Mrs. Gaillot, Perez and Ricuo Leander Perez Sn and official (for failing to heed his March 31 Jackson Ricau of the pro-segre- gation citizens council were ex- communicated along with her. "I beg you before she said on her knees in front of the 85-year-old prelate, "to look up to personal letters to them, warning them not to interfere with his edict desegregating parochial schools next fall. Mrs. Gaillot picketed Archbish- op Rummel's residence the day heaven. Between you and order became public. Perez you know it's God's law to seg- regate." RESTRAINED BY OTHERS She tried to get closer to the archbishop but two women 're- strained intervened and they wouldn't let me close to him." and another 15. All are Negroes. The youngest told of stealing S144 from a super- market till, and at gas stations and "whole handfuls of money" in three other stores. The youngsters went on a spree at the state fair and gave most of what was left to playmates. Officers recovered just They sent the 'boys to the juvenile home. Kentucky Plant Blast Hurts 25 Robert J. Louderback. assistant 'prosecuting attorney, spent more ithan one hour presenting his find- lings to jurors. He carried with him into the grand jury room a sheaf of newspaper clippings that detailed the W. B. Modern Dairy affair, reports from field inspec- tions of Kentucky milk sources, GRAND JURY INDICTS 110, WILL RECONVENE MAY 15 on City Sec story BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) A tremendous explosion of four----- gallon tanks of an anti-freeze preparation ripped throughjliealtn department findings and several buildings and injured 25 employes at the Olin .Mathieson :cxlensive correspondence amon Chemical Corp. plant today. Damage was estimated in the millions of dollars. Several fires' broke out after the blast occurred. j Nineteen were hospitalized at Elizabelhlown, 30 miles south of the plant site. Doctors said none was believed critically hurt. The other injured received treatment at Brandenburg. jfore" anj Poe Street, employe hide. We were glad of the various parlies involved in the dis- pute. Dr. Seekford noted: "This was the first time we have been able to lay the full our various actions be- Ifore any body. We had nothinj doing in accepting a contribution' from the Dairymen's Sales Co-1 operative Assn. The money had! been allocated for 'milk inspec- tors' expenses. But Laughorn said that jurors believed it would be better if public funds were to be used in the future for this purpose. The contribution amounted to Dr. Seekford said the prac- tice had been dropped. "I never felt that the health department should accept the con- ribution for a specific purpose. think the grand jury acted seasibly in recommending a change." A. L. Lively, principal milk and Ricau have been among the most vocal voices for segrega tion. The women who were with Archbishop Rummel when Mrs. Gaillot arrived were on a special pilgrimage. One of them said "we are praying for the sick and the I asked for his blessing and are praying for every- Vatican Backs Act Of Bishop VATICAN CITY W-The Vati- can firmly backs an American Roman Catholic archbishop's ex-, communication of three segrega- tionists, informed sources said to- day. Archbishop Joseph Francis Ptummel of New Orleans was de- clared to do all bishops and archbishops of the church- full authority for his action. "The fact that he took one source said, "indicates he prob- ably'had no alternative." The same sources recalled that the archibishop's fight against racism in his archdiocese was of long standing. The V a I i c a n's TOsservatore Romano, on Oct. 18. 1955, in a stern editorial entitled "Strains of Race." approved his action in defending a Negro priest who had been prevented from serving Mass. The fight of the segregationists could find no sympathy in the Vatican, whose popes have fre- quently spoken against racial ac- tions. These sources also pointed out that the college of cardinals now includes Negroes and the num- ber of Negro bishops and arch- bishops in recent years has ex- ceeded 50. There are many Ne- gro priests and nuns. one. Before Mrs. Gaillot arrived, three women carried small signs SRC Proposes Safety Moves At Heck Store The State Road Commission to- day announced plans designed to eliminate rear end collisions on U. S. 60 near Heck's Discount Store where a woman was killed protesting her excommunication. Detective Nick Marello took their is police custom since the early eays of school desegre- did not interfere with them. last Friday night. Safety Director Roy Coen said the commission in the near future will widen U. S. 60 at that point to provide two additional lanes. For east-bound traffic attempt- ing left turns across the highway Sec BOOTED, Pg. 12, Col. 7 to get to Heck's there will be a urn-out lane. For west-bound :raffic turning off U. S. 60 on to Heck's parking lot there will be a 74 Reds Slain In Viet Swoop SAIGON, South Viet Nam UB lovernment troops attacked two lommunist guerrilla bases in central Viet Nam's Ninh Thuan 'rovince over the weekend and kHled 74 Viet Cong fighters, the semi-official Viet Nam News Agency reported. Twelve government troops vere reported killed in one op- eration Friday and seven wound- ed. Losses in the second battle Saturday were not reported. The agency said the govern- ment troops liberated 40 moun- aineers held at one of the bases, rhe battles took place 20 miles southwest and 25 miles northeast of Phan Rang, capital of the Missing Plane Lands In Cuba MIAMI. Fla. single engine plane, missing since Friday with three men aboard, was located today at an airport near Havana. Cuba. Owner of the plane. A. B. Low- rence, said he was convinced the plane was hijacked. The plane, a Cessna 170. left Miami's Tamiami Airport at 11 a. m. Friday and landed at Campo Libertad Airfield near Havana about three hours later, the Coast Juard said. Search was halted Sunday after planes of the Coast Guard search and rescue service criss-crossed waters off south Florida and found no wreckage. Lowrence, owner of the Ameri- can Aviation Corp., identified the pilot as Woodruff Meade, 23, and said he was a "loyal employe" .urn-off lane. Traffic using the turn-out lane can come to a stop without im- peding other traffic using the re- maining two east-bound lanes. Coen said the commission is studying another plan to proted motorists pulling out of the store's parking lot onto U. S. 60. This plan includes the construe, tion of a road between U. S, 60 and the Kanawha River paralle to Heck's. Out-bound traffic would have to use this road and wouk be regulated by a traffic light a the intersection of that road and U. S. 60. If this plan is worked out, Coen said a guard rail may be built along the front of the park- ing lot to bar direct access from the lot to U. S. 60. manager for the firm, said the noise of the explosion awoke him at his home in Elizabcthtown. "How any of them got out! chance to explain the steps we took to defend the public's health." E. L. Laughorn, grand jury fore- lists of five precincts will be taken first, to see if those registered actually re- side in those precincts. Three are downtown, one is at Washington Manor and an- other is on Lick Branch, Pot- ter said. If there is evidence of im- proper registration. Potter said those registrations will be chal- lenged according to the state's election laws. Results in the five precincts will determine whether the canvass of registration lists will be made on a county-wide basis, according to Potter. province. The Agency also reported the Viet Cong blew up a tank truck Sunday in Angiang Province, killing seven militiamen. Informed military sources re- ported that guerrillas operating in the Mekong River delta were believed to have captured sever- al 40mm antiaircraft guns last week. Such guns would be a ma- jor threat to U. S. army helicop- ters that fly Vietnamese troops into battle in the delta. The U. S. helicopters are fre- quently hit by Viet Cong small arms fire, and at least one is be- lieved to have been hit by .50 caliber machine-gun fire. One has been brought down, but no fligh: casualties have been reported. U. S. Army Secretary Elvis J. Stahr Jr., visiting Saigon during a far eastern tour, said the U. S. THE WEATHER CITY Cloudy and warm to- government believes Viet Nam can be cleared of Communist sub- version in "a matter of a few years" if the people of South Viet Nam are determined to remain free. Stahr said the battle against alive, I'll never rcad the reporL said of the 50 men in the plant L also exonerated lhe at the time of the explosion. !hcalth dePartm'nt any wrong- Several of the 20 concrete block buildings on the company's 100- acre layout were destroyed or heavily damaged. Street and Jim Troyan, production manager, placed the loss at several mil- lion dollars. They said it prob- ably would lake weeks to deter- nine the true amount of the loss. In New York an Olin Mathieson spokesman said serious damage vas limited to a minor portion of the plant and that most of it s expected to be back in opera- ion within 48 hours. CAUSE NOT KNOWN The cause of the explosion lot immediately determined. It occurred at a. m. "It appears to have occurred n the ethylene oxide section of he building in which a compound 'or antifreeze is Street said. "We don't know .vhether contamination or over heating or what set it off." The force of the explosion blew out windows in Brandenburg, miles away. Clocks stopped throughout the plant and power was disrupted in the area. Shirley Wilson, an employe from Irvington, said he was walk- ing toward a1 fence that separates the chemical plant from the per- sonnel office "when there was a loud explosion that knocked me backwards. I got up and it flat tened me again. I thought it was the end of the world.' Wilscn was shaken up but oth- erwise escaped injury. ALL WALK AWAY Street said that all of those in he plant walked away from the sanitarian whose field inspection led to the health board's refusal of the milk permit, appeared to be pleased with the jury's find- ings. Last October Lively made in- spections of dairy milk sources from which the Modern Dairy Co. of Russell, Ky., proposed to ship milk into the Charleston area. See MILK ROW, Pg. 12, Col. 3 GOVERNOR BACK FROM JAPAN Expects Coal Sales Hike 3ov. Barron, displaying a weary smile and several gifts, returned oday from his goodwill visit to Japan with the prediction that West Virginia would boost its coal exports to that nation. He said he was told during several conferences with business executives that Japan will expand its need for coal three to four imcs during the next eight to 10 years. The governor said he hopes' West Virginia will be able to Dem Leaders, JFK Discuss Steel Inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) A pro- posal that President Kennedy set up a commission to look into steel industry policies and needs ia the aftermath of the cancelled price increase was discussed today at the weekly meeting of Democratic congressional leaders with President. There was nothing to indicate, however, that any priority tag was put on the plan, advanced by Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D- Minn., the acting senate Demo- supply much of that coal to Jap- an. Barren said he had no date in mind for calling a conference of company and union officials with researchers in a move to step up West Virginia's coal exports. One of a group of American governors touring Japan, Barron said he cut short his visit by two days in order to tackle the rou- tine business that had piled- up since he left April 3. The governor said he found the people as well as the officials extremely friendly, except in one >refecture That was in Kyoto, where the left-wing gov- ernment gave the Americans a cool reception. Barron said if the actions of the people are any indication, Japan is truly becoming a de- mocracy. He arrived in Charleston in a state plane from Chicago and found only one greeter a news- man upon his arrival .in the predawn chill. Barron displayed a brightly decorated kimono and an ornate porcelain dish that had been given him by the Japanese. Barron also returned with a half-dozen of the West Virginia flags he had taken to give to the Japanese. n scene. One mar Communist subversion basically as miss- ing for three hours showed up at the personnel office with cuts and bruises and somewhat, dazed. He explained that he had to circle debris and burning buildings to make his way to the personnel department. night and Wednesday with oc-'to resist. _____ casional showers; low tonight inj Asked at a news conference who had night instructorlow 40s- Tomorrow's high near whether a further buildup of for the firm about three depends on the will of the people A development bulding. almost i in the center of the explosion area. was a shambles. Its sides were CHARLEY WEST SAYS: i American military advisors Lowrence said one of the two! STATE Chance of scatteredjplanned. Stahr replied: "It de-j men who hired the plane for tonight and Wednesday, low pends on the way the situation j sightseeing trip gave the namejlonight 35 to 42. Warmer tomor- develops. Whatever is needed we I T. H. Moore. -row. lexpect to provide.'1 flattened and a large tank that been creeled nearby was 30 feet. It blocked Charlestc To Huge BY FRANK SHAFFER Business Writer A 20 by 24-foot cinderblock building erected here in 1946 as an experiment in food service has grown into a 10-state. million business. The 16-year growth record of Parkette Foods, home of "Shon-ey's Big is one of the most interesting postwar business stories in West Virginia. The Drive-li 10-State 1 the Kanawha City Drive-In which, opened originally in 1950. "At the original building on Kanawha Boulevard we were experimenting with what we thought was a good, new concept in food service." recalls Alex Schoenbaum. president of the firm, "We were right and went ahead with our plans. The present building at that location was opened in 1948." The 50s were a period of Zooms Business moving outside the Kanawha Valley. Three restaurants were opened in Huntington and two in Parkersburg. Then came the expansion outside West Virginia with franchised stores. Before 1958, Shoney's re5tau-rants were operating in Rich mond. Salem, Hampton, Norfolk and Newport News, Va., Rochester, N. Y., Philadelphia, Chatta nooga, Charlotte and Wheeling, After purchasing Hodo's Drive _ spotlighted this as Shon- expansion. Shoney's opened in Whttzer White is the first All- jey's prepares to open on Wed- Kanawha City, on Summers Street American to sit OB the bench. jnesday a 100-scal dining room at and in South Charleston, before Classified Comics Crossword Editorials In on the boulevard east of Elk; Horoscope River in 1958. expansion con-! My Answer See DRIVE-IN, Pg. 12, Cot I' Obituaries e two-story personnel office looked as if it had been hit by a tornado. A smaller concrete block building had part of its roof torn away. Looking out from the second floor of the personnel office, the scene was that of a junkyard. The accident was the at the plant since it went into op- eration in this Ohio River com- Today's Index 22 PAGES-2 SECTIONS Page Page 22 Of AH Things 2 W. Sports 3 16; Senior Forum 14 17 Theaters 11 4 TV.......... ]6 14 Warming Up 8 17 Women's___ 6 5 Weather 12 Health. 17, TRADE TRIP oVER-Gov. Barron arrived at Kanawha Air- port at a.m.. today, ending a lour that started April 3 and took him to Japan with other governors. All were spon- sored by the State Department. Barron flew here from Chicago in the state executive airplane and is shown above with his executive assistant. Curtis Trent, and a Japanese kimono. Trent flew home from Chicago with Barron. The governor cut his trip short because, he said, state business was piling up during his absence. cratic leader. Reports from the breakfast ses- sion indicated that a variety of subjects entered the talk, mostly in their relation to Kennedy's suc- cessful fight against the steel price rise. Speaker John W. McCormack described Kennedy as "very pleased with the results" of that effort. Asked whether he feels Ken- nedy's victory will strengthen the President's position with re- spect to such legislation as med- ical care for the aged, Mc- Cormack said the answer is yes. He said Kennedy in the steel situation gave "clear evidence of outstanding leadership which the people of the United States are happy to see. McCormack said today's dis- cussion covered the medical care and trade bills, and a measure to provide youth job training. Humphrey said he mentioned the Steel Study Commission pro- posal to Kennedy and hopes to discuss it at greater length with Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges and the President's Coun- cil of Economic Advisers. Democratic support and some Republican skepticism has greeted the proposal for a nonpartisan in- quiry. Sen. Paul Douglas, D-I11., .vice chairman of the Senate-House Economic Committee, applauded this as offering a way to get basic information he said Congress may not have the time nor facilities to dig up. Sen. Estes Kefauver. D-Tenn., said in a separate interview he thought it would be a very useful to set up such a commission. Ho said it could supplement the work of his own Senate Antitrust sub- committee in sifting cost informa- tion in an effort to arrive at a fair price for steel. See STEEL. Pg. 12, Col. 5 Extortion Of Laid To Hoffa Agent WASHINGTON George Roxburgh, business agent of the Detroit home local of Teamsters President James R. Hoffa. was charged today with extorting more than from a trucking com- pany. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy i said the charge was contained in i a single-count indictment returned j against Roxburgh, 49, by a fed- jeral grand jury in Detroit. I Roxburgh was accused of I threatening the Interstate Motor j Freight System of Grand Rapids, !Mich., with labor disputes to itain ;