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Progress, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania Today's Chuckle Optimist: One who thinks he can live like a millionaire if he earns a million .dollars. THE PROGRESS Reader's Tip Pollster Samuel Lubell has another report. Turn to Page 4. Vol. 60 No. 1 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Monday, January 3, 1966 Copies Daily 16 PAGES TODAY U. S. Forces Invade Mekong Delta Decision oh Adjournment Awaited... General Assembly Sessions Headed on Collision Course HARRISURG (APB) This is a new calendar year 1965 General Assembly is still alive and on a collision course with the 1966 General Assembly which convenes at noon Tues- day. Democrats who rule the House previously raised the question of whether it is possible to conduct a general legislative session along with a fiscal session. Like all meetings in even-num- bered years, the 1966 session is limited by the state constitution to fiscal matters. The House Rules Committee was scheduled to consider the question of final adjournment for 1965 at a meeting today. Informed political observers speculated that the Democrats would forsake further legal ar- gument and allow the 1965 ses- sion to dissolve automatically with the opening of the 1966 ses- sion. As long as there is no inter- ruption between legislative ses- sions, Gov. Scranton can't make interim appointments to various boards and commissions. One such key vacancy is on the Turnpike Commission. Some Democrats fear that if a Repub- lican were appointed during an interim it would give control over hundreds of turnpike jobs to the GOP. The House and the Republican- controlled senate, meanwhile, returned today in continuation of the 1965 legislative session. A major fight was expected on the proposed multi-million dollar capital budget for the 1965-67 bi- ennium. House Appropriations Chair- man Martin P. Mullen is pledg- ed to carry his battle over the budget to the House floor. This could put him in political hot water with other Democratic leaders. Mullen, a Philadelphia Demo- crat, is seeking to reduce the proposed million capital budget on grounds of saving tax- payers "millions and millions of dollars." As for the upcoming session, A. James Reichley, Scranton's Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 5 Traffic Crisis Passes But N. Y. Strike Continues By JERRY BUCK NEW YORK brunt of a two-day-old transit strike hit New York this dreary Mon- day, threatened for a time to overwhelm Manhattan with au- tomobiles, then eased into a flow described as normal. As traffic had piled up during the early rush hour Mayor John V. Lindsay warned he might be forced to close off the city to any more automobiles. Lindsay, who took office just hours before the bus and sub- way workers struck New Year's Day, climbed into a police heli- Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Grassflat Sailor Is Killed In ParachuteJump MILTON, Fla. Edward H. Force, 20, of Grassflat, Pa., a Navy petty officer and Viet Nam. veteran, was killed here Saturday when his parachute failed to open during a jump. Force, a third class parachute rigger, fell feet to his death. He1 was the of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fores, who moved two weeks ago from Grassflat to Mill Hall. They received word of the tragedy Saturday night. The young sailor was the last of three men to leave a civilian plane during a practice jump. The Navy said they did not know if he had rigged his own chute for the jump. The body is scheduled to be brought to the Johnston Funer- al Home at Grassflat tomorrow evening, accompanied by a Navy escort. Petty Officer Force underwent Navy basic training at Great Lakes, 111. He had been based in Florida since returning irom Viet Nam where he had served aboard the USS Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier which launch- ed the initial American air attack against Communist in- stallations in North Viet Nam last March. Force joined the Navy Feb. 28, 1962, after leaving West Branch High School in his sen- ior year. But he continued his high school education in the service and received his di- ploma. His Navy enlistment would have ended next month, short- ly after his 21st birthday, but his tour of duty was extended until next June. He was born Feb. 9, 1945. He is survived by his parents and a brother, Ernest, also of Mill Hall. Complete- Funeral arrange- ments will be announced later. Youth Treated For Hip Bullet Wound A McKeesport youth was treat- ed in the Clearfield Hospital yesterday for a hip wound suf- fered at p. m. yesterday when a bullet ricochetted after being fired by a friend. The boy. James R. Bryer, 18, was in the -woods in Keating Township, Clinton County, with William T. Starry, 15, also of McKeesport. Starry fired a 22 caliber rifle at a glass jar which he had placed in a tree Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 5 POST-CEREMONY CHAT Four of five newly-elected county officials exchange greetings with Judge John A. Cherry after they" were sworn into office today. Clockwise they are Sheriff William Charney, Prothono- tary Archie Hill, County Surveyor John Hess and Jury Commissioner John Palmer (in Unable to be present because of illness was Kelly Bloom, the other newly-elected jury commissioner. Burglars Hit Service Stations, ieW VFIV State and Clearfield borough police today were continuing their investigation into five burglaries in the Clearfield area four of which are known to have been committed over the week- end. The fifth, the theft of an un- determined amount of cash from a juke box at the VFW on North Third Street, was dis- covered early last evening and is thought to have occurred sometime before Christmas. Police said someone pried open the cash drawer of the machine and emptied it of quarters, dimes and nickels. State police at the Clearfield substation, meanwhile, reported that four service stations on the outskirts of the borough were broken into sometime between 2 and 6 a. m. Saturday. A woman told police she saw three young men drive away in a station wagon at about 5 a. Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 5 Three Clearfield Postal Workers Start Retirement By BETTY HAMILTON Progress Staff Writer With the start of the new year, patrons of the Clear- fie'd Post Office found three familiar faces missing. Thursday was the last day on the job for Assistant Postmaster Herbert Roseberry of 315 Park Ave., money order clerk Ralph Knepp of 703 Ogden Ave., and fireman-laborer Leroy Fink of 312 East Pine St. Taking advantage of new postal service pension reg- ulations, the trio decided to retire at the end of the year and spend the immediate fu- ture in such pleasant occu- pations as visits to the south, hunting ond fishing. Each admittedly was leaving the post office with a certain amount of regrets and with their own particular memories of pleasant and amusing inci- dents m tnoir innny yonrs of working for Uncle Sam. Perhaps the ono who has ac- cumulated the most memories is Mr. Roicbcrry who retired after more than 42 years with the U. S. Post Office Depart- ment. During this span of years he saw the Clearfield Post Office expand from first floor quar- ters in the old Moose Building on Market street (the rooms now occupied by tho State l.ifjiior Sloro) lo n modern building its own on North Second Street postage rates Jury Commissioners New Clearfield County Officials Sworn In William B. Charney of Houtzdale and Archie Hill of Morrisdale were sworn in as sheriff and as prothonotary and clerk of courts respectively of Clearfield County today. While family members and other well-wishers looked on, the two newly-elected county officers were sworn in by Judge John A. Cherry. Others who took the oath of office included John "Mutt" Palmer as jury commissioner, Helen Wrigley and Joanne Burchill as deputies in the prothonotary's office, John Rokosky and George R. Dietzel as sheriff's deputies, and John W. Hess as county surveyor. The other jury commission- er, Kelly D. Bloom, became ill the weekend and was un- able to be present. He will be Driver Is Injured As Car Hits Tree One driver was injured and damage in two traffic accidents investigated over the New Year's weekend by the Clear- field Borough police was esti- mated at Richard James Lelliot, 38, of Box 1128, Charlotte, N C was treated in the Clearfield Hos- pital and released after his 1965 coupe skidded and struck a tree on South Second ftreet Friday morning at o'clock. Dam- age to his car was set at S975. Meanwhile damage w a s placed at S225 in a collision of two cars on New Year's Eve at a downtown intersection. A 1956 sedan operated by Don- ald B. Gillingham, 28, of 312 Nichols St, Clearfield, was Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3 Please Turn lo Page 14, Col. 4 District Road Toll for 1965 Accidents 512 Injured 409 Damages Deaths ........12 Deaths Elsewhere 2 Totals for 1964 Accidents r.82 Injured 425 Damages Deaths Deaths Elsewhere fi Totals for 1963 Accidents Injured 505 nor. 20 sworn in at a later date. Mr. Palmer, who also has been ill, was brought lo the ceremony from the hospital in a wheelchair at his request. lie was commended by Judge Cher- ry for "his tremendous interest in county government." Prothonotary Hill, a Repub- lican who succeeds Carl E. Walker, also a Republican, was the first to take the oath. Both he and Sheriff Charney were called before the bench together After taking their oaths sep- arately, Judge Cherry called on Mr. Palmer, who was wheeled before the bench. Next came the deputies, all of whom with the exception of Mr. Dietzel, aro continuing to serve. Mr. Dietzel was appointed by Sheriff Charney to replace John E. Husak in i-ne with the change- over of the office from Republi- can to Democratic control. Mr. Rokosky, who served under Sheriff James B. Reese, is be- ing retained, at least temporar- ily. The last new officer lo be sworn in was Mr. Hess, who was unopposed last November for county surveyor. At the outset of tho program, which lasted only 2fi minutes, Judge Cherry emphasized tho importance of the ceremony and more specifically, the oath that soon would be administered. Ho said flint long after officers aro gone the onurthouso remains and their records remain Thon he produced a souvenir spoon Please Turn to Page G, Col. 2 Inside The Progress Classified Ads 12, 13 Comics 15 Sports 10, 11 Heloise 9 Columns 4 Obituaries 14 Hospital News 13 Today in History 9 Social News 8, 1G Blasts by Hanoi Fail To Dampen Peace Mission WASHINGTON (AP) Two of President Johnson's peace envoys continued their efforts today despite new dampening blasts from Hanoi. The North Vietnamese Communist party organ Nhan Dan branded the current U. S. peace moves as "trickery" and said that if any political solution to the Viet Nam war is to be achieved the United States must halt "definitely and unconditionally" all acts of war against the North. The Hanoi newspaper also said Washington would have to acknowledge the four conditions the Communists have set down for an end to the war. What was meant by "acknowledge" was not immediately clear. Wash- ington has let it be known that it would be willing to discuss the four points if negotiations got under way. U. S. efforts to get such talks started moved ahead with rov- Ambassador W. Averpll Harriman's arrival in Pakistan for talks with President Mo- hammed Ayub Khan while G. Mennen Williams carried the American iew to African lead- ers. As the flurry, of American dip- lomatic activity continued, the lull in the bombings of North Viet Nam targets moved into its nth day. The bombing moratorium is viewed as a part of Washing- ton's efforts to establish condi- tions favorable to the beginning of peace talks with North Viet Nam. The public reaction from Ha- noi was anything but encourag- ing. Only hours before the party organ Nhan Dan made its dec- larations, North Viet Nam's President Ho Chi Minh had de- clared that the Communists would fight until final victory. He said he was standing firm on his terms for peace terms already rejected by the United States. Ho's views were in messages to the Japanese newspaper Asa- hi Shimbun and to a Havana meeting of leftists from three continents. The message si'g- Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Grampian Girl Is First Baby Of New Year A Grampian couple, Mr. and Mrs. Fredric McCracken, has the first baby of 1966 in the learfield County Moshannon Valley area. The baby girl, named Robin Lynn, was born at a. m. Saturday, Jan. 1, in the Clear- field Hospital. The McCrackens and two oth- area couples will share in quite a few gifts from partici- pating merchants and The Progress as the parents of the first three babies, all girls in- cidentally, born in the new year. Second baby to arrive in the area was Kathryn Ann Hess, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Hess of Philips- burg, who was born at p. m. Saturday in the Philipsburg Slate General Hospital. Third was Christina Lee Round daughter of Mr and Mrs. Terry Round of Madera R. D., who arrived at 9-15 am. Sun- day, also in the Philipsburg Hospital. The girls are the first chil- dren for the McCrackens and the Rounds. For the Hess fami- ly, it's the second girl: they have a one-year-old daughter, Susan Kay. Weights of the ar- rivals were: McCracken, 7 pounds, 8 ounces' Hess, 7 Viet Cong Unit Eludes Pursuers Guerrillas Withdraw Into Marshes Near Cambodian Frontier By THOMAS A. REEDY SAIGON, South Viet Nam AP) U.S. paratroopers slogged through mud and swamp today in their first big nvasion of the Mekong Delta )ut a large Viet Cong force slipped deeper into the Red sanctuary, eluding their pur- suers. The probe by the 173rd Air- borne Brigade, backed by artil- lery, air strikes and even tanks, jcgan with high hopes of rous- ing the guerrillas from their stronghold. Although they offered some brisk skirmishes and steady sniper fire at the start of the op- eration New Year's Day, the Viet Cong withdrew into the marshes ia the direction of the Plain of Reeds near the Cam- bodian frontier. By this afternoon, there was only occasional contact with the guerrillas. A U.S. spokesman said the 173rd Brigade had killed 111 Viet Cong, captured 7 and de- tained 502 suspects. Vietnamese troops killed 125 guerrillas in the fighting, their spokesmen said. The U.S. paratroopers had moved westward from Saigon into the sugar and rice fields around Bao Trai, 20 miles from the capital. They captured a large store of rice and other food and some National Libera- tion Front flags. After the initial encounters, however, the Viet Cong headed toward the Plain of Reeds, a marshy Communist area on the northern fringe of the Mekong Delta. It has long been consid- ered a Viet Cong infiltration route and base camp. It was considered doubtful that 'he heavily armed Ameri- cans would attempt to pursue Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3 Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 7 Available For Race This Fall, Miss Blatt Says IIARRISBURG wom- an governor of Pennsylvania? This question aulted into the political limelight over the week end with an announcement by Miss Geneiicve Blatt that she is available as a candidate for gov- ernor on the Democratic ticket. Miss Blatt, serving her third four-year term as state secreta- ry of internal affairs, said in a New Year's Day statement: "I have decided to announce my availability as a candidate for governor. Nominating peti- tions will be circulated as as possible and they will be filed if the response is sufficiently en- couraging." A gubernatorial election will be held in Pennsylvania this No- vember. Gov. Scranton, a Re- Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3 Snow Storms Hit Northwest, New England By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Heavy snows and arctic tem- peratures swept across the Northwest today. A heavy snowfall covered the mountains of western Oregon and a cold wave struck Mon- tana cast of the Continental Di- vide. Powerful winds whipped through most of the Northwest- ern states. Ram fell along the northern Pacific Coast and snow inland. A six-inch overnight snowfall preceded the invasion of arctic air in Missoula. Great Falls, Mont., accumulated four inches of snow during the night. Wind gusts up to 75 miles-an- hotir lashed Livingston, Mont., during the early murning hours. Temperatures were expected to plunge to 20 below zero tonight in northern Montana. Another storm dumped a half foot of snow over a wide belt from the northern Midwest to New England, closing schools and highways and making driv- ing treacherous. Idaho officials shooed all but emergency vehicles off 250 miles of roads between Moscow and the tiny ski resort village of McCall Sunday as falling snow made travel impossible. owners said about 500 colloRe students were trapped in McCall. crowding as many as eight lo a room with little hope Please Turn to Page 14, Col 7 Snow flurries ending in the north portion this eve- ning. Clearing and colder tonight, lows 18 to 26. Mostly sunny with little temperature change Tues- day. Sunrise Clearfield River Level Sunday 7 p. m. 5.82 feet Precipitation .40. Today 7 a. m. 6.05 feet Precipitation .95. Clearfieid Weather Sunday low 36; High 37. Overnight low 36. Mid State Airport Sunday low 30; High 37. Overnight low 34. Five Day Forecast Jan. 4-8 Tempera- tures will average about five degrees above nor- mal. The normol high will be 34 to 36 and the nor- mal low 21 to 22. There will be only minor dav to day changes in tempera- ture. Precipjjfction mostly as rain about Friday will averaoe about three-quar- ters of an inch. John R. Crago Changing Brand at I Service Stations Area rosidonts will he wit- nessing an event at the turn of the year as signs at 16 local Phillips service stations come down and Humble Oil Refining Company's Essn identi- fication plaques arc hoisted in their place. The move follows years of negotiations between Humble Oil and Refining Co. and offi- ei.ils of John R. Crnjjo, Ino of no.'irfifld uliidi has hnndlod IXso '.rodiuts oxcopl for more than 20 years The Turn to Page 6. Col 4 Mahaffey Man Ends Duty in Viet Nam; Stationed in Japan MISAWA. Japan The son of a Mahaffey, Pa., couple re- cently completed a tour of duty in Viet Nam supporting U. S. Air Force operations. S Sgt. Glenn A. Redden, son of Mr and Mrs. Ford Redden of R. D. 2, is an aircraft crew chief at Misawa AB, Japan. During the sergeant's stay in Viet Nam, he helped maintain RF-101 Voodoo aircraft of the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air- field. The "45th flew vital bat photo-reconnaissance mis- sions in support of American and Vietnamese ground oper- ations. The sergeant is a graduate of Curwcnsvillc High School. His is the former Toyo Furutam from Japan. Lions Club Sponsors Kickoff Dinner For Annual Dimes Drive The annual March of Dimes fund drive in Clearfield County will be launched at a dinner for National Foundation work- ers in the county this evening at 6-15 o'clock in the New Dime- ling Hotel Janins K McClung of Harris- burg, state representative of the National Foundation, will be the principal speaker at the dinner which is again being sponsored bv the Clearfield Lions Club. The Foundation's chief proj- ect again this year is research for the prevention of birth de- fects, and it hopes that work in this field will e as suc- cessful as its research for the prevention of polio. It was pointed out that there has not been one new of polio in in two years. Richard J. Cook Kylertown Resident Dies of injury In Fall on Cellar Steps KYI KRTOWX II a r v c y OicU Maines a lifelong irsi-