Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - July 2, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Today's Chuckle Maybe the best way to make sure that crime doesn't pay is to turn it over to the government. Reader's Tip "It Seems To Me" airs the Otocsin situation on Page 4. Vol. 60 - No. 156 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Saturday, July 2, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 24 PAGES TODAY Off Red Coast.,. Navy Planes Sink North Viet Boats By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP)-Firing bombs and rockets, U.S. Navy planes sank three North Vietnamese torpedo boats which made a high speed run at an American destroyer, the U.S. command announced today. Fourteen aircraft from the aircraft carriers Hancock and Constellation took part in the two-hour engagement 38 miles from North Viet Nam's coast Friday. The planes returned fire after antiaircraft gunners aboard the Communist craft opened fire. Navy destroyers in the area picked up 19 North Vietnamese survivors. The torpedo boats are small ships equipped with torpedoes, cannon and heavy machine- guns. Normally they are manned by no more than 15 men. The enemy gunners damaged one American plane, but the pilot made it back safely to the Constellation. In another development, the U.S. Command announced that four U.S. planes were lost in Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 2 Philipsburg Mystery Deepens Native In Great Purge Killed Of Red China Adopted Son Held In Fatal Shooting At Hollidaysburg HOLLIDAYSBURG. - A former Philipsburg woman was shot and killed at her home here yesterday afternoon and police are holding her 13-year-old adopted son in the shooting. Mrs. Betty Jane Sharpless, 37, was pronounced dead on arrival at Aitoona Mercy Hospital at 3:30 p. m. with gunshot wounds of the stomach. Police are holding Ronald Eugene Sharpless, 13, at the Blair County Detention Home at Aitoona. Her husband, Glenn W. Sharpless, is a native of Sandy Ridge. The shooting look place in the living room of the fashionable Sharpless home at 37-C Sylvan Drive, Hollidaysburg, shortly after Mrs. Sharpless had returned home from work. She was employed as a stenographer in a warehouse at Aitoona. The woman's body was found on the porch of a neighbor's home, where she had apparently run for help after being shot. As she was running for help, she was apparently shot again. An autopsy was scheduled today at Mercy Hospital. - Mrs. Sharpless' husband, a plumber employed at Huntingdon, was not at home when the shooting occurred. The couple adopted young Ronald shortly after he was born, and the boy was known to be close to his parents. He went hunting in the Sandy Ridge area last year, and the family was believed to have been planning to spend the July Fourth week- Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 5 Swim Pool Attracts 7,617 in First Week Attendance continued ever the 1.100 mark for the seventh straight day yesterday at the new Clearfield Community Swimming "Pool. Pool Manager Robert Shearer reported Friday's total at 1,175 to swell the total for the first full week of operation to 7,616. The pool will be open today until 9:30 p. m. and on Sunday and Monday from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Swimming lessons will be resumed Tuesday at 9:30 a. m. until noon and the pool will be opened for regular swimming from 1 until 9:30 p. m. Inside The Progress Classified Ads ........ 8, 9 Hints From Heloise ...... 5 Comics .............. 10, 11 News From Around World 2 Sports ................. 6, 7 Obituaries .............. 12 Hospital News ........... 2 Editorial, Columns ...... 4 Social News ............. 3 Today in History ........ 4 Church News ......... 2, 5 War's Effect On Politics Causes Concern By CARL P. LEUBSDORF WASHINGTON (AP)-Some veteran Democrats in the House, worried over the political effects of the Viet Nam war, fear the parly may lose substantially more than the off-year average of 37 seats in November's elections. Although most are keeping quiet publicly, they admit privately they are worried not only about their own prospects but about the chances of the 63 Democrats who were elected in lflfe4 with less than 55 per cent pluralities. "Everybody is hoping Viet Nam will go away by November," said one long-term House member this week. "But it won't and we're going to be stuck with the consequences." Another, asked if he agreed with estimates that the Democrats may lose 20 to 50 seats, replied: "If every place is like my district, we'll lost twice that many." Along with the increased bombing of North Viet Nam, the results of Tuesday's New York primary had a sobering effect on congressmen who hope the war will have minimal effect on balloting. Rep. Leonard Farbstein, a Democrat and an administration supporter, finally was declared the victor by 151 voles after a close race with an opponent who favored immediate peace in Viet Nam. Two other veteran Democratic congressmen, Reps. Edna Kelly and Abraham J. Muller, had close calls against candidates who were outspoken doves on Viet Nam. In a suburban Westchester County district, a Negro pacifist polled more than 40 per cent of thj Democratic vote against the organization nominee. The district now is represented by Republican Rep. Ogden R. Reid. Many freshmen Democrats have not been reluctant to talk about Viet Nam at home. They Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 5 Please Turn to Page 12. Col. 7 Generally fair end little temperature change tonight and Sunday, low tonight in the 60s. High Sunday 87 to 95. Sunrise 5:44-Sunset 8:48 Clearfield River Level Friday 7 p. m. - 5 feet (stationary). Today 7 a. m, - 5 feet (stationary). Clearfield Weather Friday low 58; High 106. Overnight low 60. Mid - State Airport Friday low 49; High 85. Overnight low 45. County Residents Named to Office At National Session Two members from the Clearfield County Chapter, children of (he American Colonists, were named to national office at the national assembly of the group held at Kansas City, Kan. Mary Kathryn Runk and Terry Knee from the Clearfield area were named corresponding secretary and historian respectively. Indiana County received recognition also with the election of Janice Newton and Debra Steffy as vice-president and chaplain. Dr. A. Pauline Sanders was elected vice-president, Eastern States, and Mrs. Frances Strong Hclman as librarian of the Advisory Council. The nominating committee of the Johann Michael Rishel Chapter met recently in the home of Mrs. Lester J. Kaufman at Irvona. Committee members include Mrs. Dean Braucht of Coalport and Mrs. Orvis Knee of Clearfield. Survey Shows Segregation In Most Schools By TOM SEPPY WASHINGTON (AP)-The Office of Education has told President Johnson and Congress that a nationwide survey of education shows American children are attending public schools which are largely segregated. "We have now documented what we have always believed," Education Commissioner Harold Howe II said. "American children attend schools where almost all of their fellow students are of the same racial background as they are." Howe briefed newsmen Friday in advance of the formal issuing of the report, which he described as "the largest examination of schools in the United States ever undertaken." The survey was authorized under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires the Office of Education to make a report to the President and Congress by today on equal opportunities for whites and Negroes in the schools. The report, entitled "Equality for Educational Opportunity," is based on studies of 4,000 schools, 605,000 children and 60,-000 teachers. Howe released a summary of the report Friday and said the complete 400-page report will be issued next month. The summary said: "In its desegregation decision of 1954, the Supreme Court held that separate schools for Negroes and while children are inherently unequal. "This survey finds that, when measured by that yardstick, American public education remains largely unequal in most Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 7 Damage Totals $850 In Borough Accident Property damage totaled $850 in a two-car accident in Clearfield borough at 4:55 p.m. yesterday. There were no injuries. Borough police reported that a car operated by Joan Ellen Kinkead, 16, 415 Elm Ave., was tr. veling north on Third Street when an auto driven by Catherine E. Shaffer, 59, Clearfield R. D. 3, pulled out from Cherry Street into the side of the Kinkead auto. Damage was estimated at $500 to the 1965 Kinkead sedan and $350 lo the 1964 Shaffer sedan. Police charged Mrs. Shaffer with failure to yield the right of way. By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent New Peking press pronouncements serve only to deepen the mystery surrounding the great purge now sweeping the Chinese Communist party. Many scores, of prominent educators, party theoreticians, writers and even scientists have been purged and vilified for "anti-party crimes." Yet, the purge has barely brushed the top level of the party, and from all indications - the struggle now going on is far from resolved. The latest performance of the Peking press further obscures the situation. All Peking newspapers carried huge front-page portraits of Mao Tze-tung and articles on Mao's "thinking," ostensibly to hail the party's 45th birthday,. The papers carried articles by lop leaders in this order: Liu Shao-chi, who as government chairman, is president; Premier Chou En-lai, Defense Minister Lin Piao, the Politburo member whose army press has spearheaded the purge and who thus looks like a powerful figure, and Teng Hsiao-ping, the party's general secretary. Chances are this order of pre- NORTH VIET NAM CLAIMS PILOT DOWNED - This radio-photo monitored in Warsaw, Poland, was issued by Viet Nam News Agency with caption: "Murphy Neal Jones, 28, captain of U. S. Air Force, service number FR69506, one of U. S. pilots captured in North Viet Nam on June 29. He was captured by militia of Vinh Phuc province after bailing out of his crashing plane hit by Hanoi's ground fire." (AP Wirephoto via cable from Warsaw) Throughout Nation... Medicares First Day Went on Smoothly EDITOR'S NOTE - Members of a special AP task force kept a close watch throughout the first day of medicare in a group of hospitals around the country. The following account is based on their reports. NEW YORK (AP) - Down the corridors of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital figures in white passed each other with a cheerful greeting: "Happy medicarel" For (he nation's hospitals Friday was indeed happy medicare - the first day of the Social Security hospital program for persons 65 years and older had gone smoother ---than anyone had dared hope. $178,157 Put Into County's Economy By New Program Give Little in Return... Soviets Reap Dividends From French President By FRED W. COLEMAN MOSCOW (AP) - Diplomats taking a second look at President Charles de Gaulle's 11-day Soviet visit say he may have helped the Soviets more than they helped him. De Gaulle returned lo Paris Friday after a widely-publicized tour that produced friendly speeches from both sides but little in the way of major political agreement. The biggest Soviet gain was De Gaulle's decision, even before his arrival here, lo withdraw France from the Military arm of the North Atlantic Treaty- Organization, sonTediplr/nrals said. The Soviets have long sought lo break up the alliance and reduce U. S. influence in Europe. The Russians also reaped div- idends from De Gaulle's speeches here and Ihe Communist regime is expected to make use of them to emphasize French support of Soviet policies. For example. De Gaulle repeatedly described the Soviet Union as a country with peaceful intentions. He also backed the Moscow line of peaceful coexistance. He did not menlion the apparently contradictory policy of Soviet support for Communist-led wars of national liberation such as in Viet Nam. The French - Soviet accords jij^�4ipx.c.o.aper.aiio.n4a .adeuce. and space were also seen as Soviet gains. Although high French sources said they saw no contradiction, Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 2 Ringing of Bells Asked at Osceola, Clearfield July 4 Clearfield Legionnaires are joining with their colleagues from all over the nation in sponsoring "Make Freed o m Really Ring," a movement to promote the ringing of bells on the Fourth of July. Members of the John Lewis Shade Post No. 6 of the American Legion have been working to promote public participation in the project, which involves the ringing of bells at 2 p. m. Monday. T. Jack Norris, newly-elected commander of the Clearfield Legion post, urged everyone in the community to participate in the commemoration. He said the celebration will focus pri- Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 4 Olanta Boy Injured In Swimming Mishap Still Reported Serious A 12-ycar-old Olanta boy who was injured in a swimming accident near his home last weekend remains in serious condition at Presbyterian Hospital at Pittsburgh. A relative of the boy, Scott Dressier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mearle Bressler, told The Progress that he was still serious, although he had "improved quite a bit." Young Bressler's address is Room 1211, Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, and he would welcome any cards. The boy was injured last Sunday when he sufffered head injuries while swimming in a creek near his home. He was taken first to Clearfield Hospital, then removed to Pittsburgh the same day. "Establishment of Community Action in Clearfield County, Inc., has injected $178,157 of outside money into Clearfield County's economy." So reads the report on the organization's activities for the period Nov. 15, 1965, to May 31, 1966. The report then quickly draws attention to the "great concern of those of us who are more fortunate for those who are less fortunate." - Continuing, the report states: "This has been proven by hundreds of volunteers who have given unselfishly of hundreds of hours of their time to help develop and promote projects." The projects concerned number four - compiling information for the Program Development Application, "Project Medicare Alert," "Project Head Start" and "Project Upward Bound." The combined total budgets for Clearfield County's involvement in these projects amounts to $196,699 and of this amount, the federal government's share was $178,157. Clearfield County's "in-kind" contribution to the first three projects mentioned is valued at $18,542, of which the county paid out $997 in actual money. On the fourth program, "Project Upward Bound." Clearf i e I d County benefited from the total budget of $137,544 without having to "contribute ny resources except time making arrangements; however, Clearf i e 1 d County's federal share in this nine-county program figured at $41,256. The organization's progress report, which was compiled by William W. Strange, president of the Board of Directors, draws allention to the following points: "First: the County expenditures for this period were only $997. The federal share of approved projects is $178,157. In other words, for every 10 cents of county expenditure, Clearfield County has derived almost $18 from the federal government, or a ratio of 178 to 1. "Second: more than 100 taxpayers of the county have benefited through either full time or part time employment. "Third: one of the most gratifying experiences of the whole program is the unselfish giving of time by hundreds of volunteers serving on the various area boards and in the many Federal Grant Approved For Youth Project A federal grant of $13,349 has been approved for a Neighborhood Youth Corps project at Philipsburg. Sen. Joseph S. Clark (D-Pa.) notified The Progress yesterday that Secretary of Labor W. Wil-lard Wirtz had approved the grant for a youlh project to he administered under Community Action in Clearfield County, Inc. According to Community Ac-lion office director Fred Rhoads, Ihe project will provide summer work experience for 27 deserving young people from the area between July 5 and Sept. 2. The total cost of Ihe project will be $15,234, with in-kind funds covering the $1,885 not provided in the federal grant. Mr. Rhoads said the work will center on beautification projects in the Philipsburg area, including work at South Park and Cold Stream Dam, as well as other smaller projects. The youths will install sprinkler systems, drainage, pipes and electrical fixtures for floodlights, and plant trees and shrubs, and work at various other jobs, Mr. Rhoads said. Still, there were problems: mountains of paper work, missing form1;, bewildered patients, lost medicare cards, and one woman who got mad and swung her purse at a hospital worker. By midafternoon, in Ihe usually frantic emergency room at Jackson Memorial, interns sat with their feet propped on a table. "It's the quietest day we've had," said Dr. James Con-naughlon. who joined the Miami hospital last month after graduation from the University of Indiana. The situation was virtually the same in hospital after hospital across the United States. Fear expressed by some that medical facilities would be swamped by elderly people evaporated as the day wore on like any other before a July 4 holiday. Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Ihe first in the nation lo be certified for medicare, admitted not a single medicare patient. Six elderly patients already in the hospital, however, were automatically switched over lo medicare at its start. 12:01 a.m. Friday. "Heaven help us when Tuesday comes," said Alfred E. Riley, business manager of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Chicago. Riley said he looks for a big inflow of patients then because of the people who wanted lo be home for the holiday or delayed entry because so many doctors would be away for the weekend. At 9 a.m. on the first day, Anna Winston, 71, of New York City, showed up in the emergency room at mammoth Mt. Sinai Hospital complaining of "aches and pains." Within an hour she became one of the hospital's 19 first-day medicare admissions. "I knew I'd wind up in the hospital because I was very Please Turn lo Page 12, Col. 6 Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 5 At Philipsburg... For Rent Sign Hangs On 50 Bird Houses PHILIPSBURG - "The "For Rent" sign still hangs on some 50 purple martin bird houses erected in the community this spring. The hoped-for influx of the mosquito killers did not materialize. The mosquitoes, natural food of these members of the swallow family, are on the scene in force, however, and are as nasty, or more - $3.1 Million Budget Set By DuBois Board DUBOIS - The DuBois Area School Board has adopted a record $3.1 million budget for the ensuing school year and raised the real estate tax from 34 to 37 mills. The board slashed $140,300 from the original figure before final adoption Wednesday. Some $1.5 million of the budget income will come in the form of state aid while local sources will derive $1,341,964. The DuBois District began the current fiscal year with a balance of $180,000. so, than ever before. A few purple martins are reported to be in the area. But, in spite of the numerous attractive new homes erected for the martins, they did not invade the district in force. Martins have inspected some of the new homes but as far as could be determined up to this time not a single home has tenants. Some of the older homes reportedly are occupied but doubt was expressed as to the species. Four of the adjoining municipalities purchased 34 aluminum martin houses, each with 12 compartments, and four additional houses were purchased by the Kiwanis Club. Others were bought by individuals. Quite a few other houses, of various designs and makes, Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 4 You Con Hove A Busy Time This Weekend Area residents, like most Americans, are preparing to pour out to recreation sites and special events in commemoration of Independence Day. Highlighting Ihe holiday in the area will be an amateur show and beauty contest at Clearfield, a firemen's celebration at Osceola Mills and an air show at Mid-State Airport. The Clearfield Area Jaycees talent show will begin at 7 p. m. Monday at the Driving Park. After the contest, a new Miss Clearfield Area Jaycees will be selected from among five semi-finalists. The Columbia Fire Company at Osceola Mills will celebrate its 44th annual firemen's fair, beginning with a parade at 11 a. m. Monday. The parade and the air show at Philipsburg will join forces momentarily when two pilots taking part in the aerial extravaganza will fly a German Messerschmitt and a British Spitfire over the town at the start of the parade. Parade Chairman James Baughman announced today that acceptances have thus far been received from 43 fire company units, a number of miscellaneous entries, and from the following five bands: Osceola Mills Junior High School, Moshannon Valley High School, West Branch Area High School, the Alto Cadets, and the Claysburg Please Turn to Page 12, Col. 4 New Contract for Curwensville Tannery Okayed CURWENSVILLE-The Amalgamated Meat Cutlers and Butchers Workmen of America (AFL-CIO) and Howes Leather Co. reached agreement yesterday on a new 25-month contract for workers at Franklin Tanning Co. here. The union membership ratified the pact by a 70 to 35 vote at the tannery yesterday afternoon. Highlights of the contract, which will extend to Aug. 1, 1968, include an hourly wage increase and increases in pension and vacation plans. Over-all, union members will receive the equivalent of an additional 25 cents per hour, a spokesman said. During the first 13 months, the contract provides a general wage hike of nine cents per hour for all employes, a fourth week of vacation for men with 25 years or more service, an increase in the pension plan from $40 per member per month to $50 and modifications in the qualifications of the pension plan. The night shift premium was increased from five lo ten cents per hour over the regular wage Please Turn to Tagc 12, Col. 8 Philipsburg Firemen Answer Three Calls PHILIPSBURG - Volunteer firemen responded to three fire alarms yesterday and today. Today's alarm at 6:10 a. m. was for a reported automobile fire. However, there was no fire. Alarms were received at 3:36 and 5:42 p. m. yesterday for brush fires in the weeds. The first was for a fire near the powder magazines above Cold Stream Dam and the second was for a fire that threatened the electric transformer at a coal plant at One Mile Run. Coalport Native Killed in Crash At Blandburg BLANDBURG - A Coalport native was killed here early this morning in a one-car accident on Route 865. Slate police from Ebensburg said Mrs. Grace Larue (Keith) Franks, 29, presently of 1305 Fourth St., Aitoona, was traveling south on Route 865 when she went off Ihe road to the left and struck a utility pole. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Aitoona General Hospital at 5 a. m. Police said the accident occurred at approximately 3:50 a. m. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Ihe Troxcll Funeral Home. Furlher details were not available at press time today. Here's Some Horse Sense Imagine selling a horse for only 87 cents! No, that's not what the horse went for, that's what it cost Judy Fetcenko of Philipsburg to place an ad in The Progress Classified section. The horse was sold the first day the four-day ad ran so the ad was canceled. Results: another successful sale at a low, low cost. Phone calls the first day? She received at least 20. FOR SALE: PALOMINO MARE - gentle, reasonably priced; also saddle and bridle, in good condition. Phone Philipsburg 342-1327. 6:22-4d-b(35) To Bay, Sell, Rest, Trade, Use The Progress Classified Ads Phone Clearfield 765-5535 Or Your Nearest Progress Office.