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Dover Daily Reporter (Newspaper) - December 21, 1964, Dover, Ohio Ball Of Fire' Snuffs Out Dad s Fulfilled Promise To Dying Wife By JOHN SHEPPARD TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) — One thing 32-year - old Robert A. Church promised his wife before she died of cancer in 1961 was that he would raise their three sons the way she would have. “He wras a wonderful father,” said a housekeeper who cooked for the boys ranging in age from six to 13. “He tried harder than ever to give the boys the love and care they needed after their mother died.” Eany Sunday a house near Tiffin became what a neighbor woman called “a ball of fire,” trapping and killing the young widower and his three sons — Robert D., 13, Michael, 8, and Jeffrey, 6. Mrs. Grace Miller, 53, who lives two houses away from the fire scene in Hopewell Township, said she heard a blast at 3:30 a.m. She looked out the window and saw the two-story frame house belonging to Church in flames. “It was an inferno and flames were leaping all over the place,” recalled Andrew Clouse, fire chief in Bascom. He arrived IO minutes after he got the alarm. “There wasn’t anything we could do but water it down. It w'as so horrible knowing that you couldn’t do anything for those we were told were inside.” Clouse said a gas furnace in the house may have caused the blaze. He set the loss at $10,-000 and was to continue his investigation today. Church, a construction foreman, recently installed the furnace himself, and authorities later checked and approved his work, according to neighbors. Miss Helen Jordan, 23-year-old housekeeper who lives two blocks away with her mother, last saw the boys and their father Friday. She would return to her home after Church returned from work. “He was wonderful,” Miss Jordan said in a choked voice.” He was never mean to them, Better Photography ... A Mark Of Reporter Quality The Daily Reporter VOL. 62. NO. 137.    40    PAG!—. Largest Circulation In Tuscarawas County Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio, Monday, December 21, 1064 was determined to raise them the best way he could—and was doing what he set out to do. “He did everything for those boys that was humanly possible. He was a real gentleman and he showed the boys that he loved them just as their mother would have.” HOME EDITION NOW READ BY 12,000 FAMILIES PHONE 4-2167 7 CENTS the freight train. A member of the freight train crew said the engineer apparently had been dozing and did not see the stopped train until too late. The engineer, identified as Miguel Sanchez Cruz, fled from the scene. The passenger train had left Tenosique, in Tabasco, and was on its way to Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz State. It had halted for a 10-minute routine stop when the freight train hit it. fractures and other injuries. The accident occurred at the mountain village of Tacotalpa, 45 miles south of this capital of Tabasco State in Southeastern Mexico. The area is about 600 miles southeast of Mexico City. The Americans were on their way back to Mexico City after visiting the archeological area of Palenque, in nearby Chiapas. Authorities blamed the wreck on the fog and lack of attention on the part of the engineer of VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico (AP) — A speeding freight train rammed into the back of a halted passenger train in dense fog near here Sunday, killing 41 persons and injuring 75. Three of the injured were American tourists. Nils Werner of Alhambra, Calif., was reported in critical condition. His right ann had been amputated and he was in danger of losing a leg. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Benson of Fresno, Calif., were reported doing well. They suffered leg Two Dover High seniors paced county students in the Ohio General Scholarship Test. The test was administered Nov. 20 to approximately 300 seniors in the county and more than 18,000 in the state. Richard W. Benson, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Benson of 521 S. Tuscarawas Ave., scored 774 points to place first in the county, ninth in the district and good for honorable mention in the state. Peter J. Weller, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Weller of lilt Crater Ave., ranked second in the county, scoring 694 points. He received honorable mention in the district and state. A public hearing on the proposed county subdivision regulations is scheduled before County Commissioners Tuesday at I p.m. The hearing will be confined to discussion of standards and construction or roads, alleys, highways, streets, bridges and ditches and all utilities and other pertinent items. The County Regional Planning Commission wall not formally participate in Tuesday’s hearing. The RPC will conduct See PLANNING, Page 33 MAY BE HER LAST CHRISTMAS TREE—Doomed to die from the rare Niemann-Pick disease, Suzie Lietz, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lietz, St. Louis, Mo., laughs and plays with a neighbor's cat, Fluffy, in front of what may be her last Christmas tree. Her brother, Kevin, 4, died this year of the same hereditary disease that always is fatal within 4 years, according to doctors. WINTER OFFICIALLY HERE Repairs were being made this morning when this picture was taken at Ann & Paps Bar in Roswell, the scene of an unusual auto crash Saturday night.WeathervaneNew Snow Stings U. S. 'Northeners' Roswell Tavern Hit By 2 Vehicles SATURDAY High 32    Low    8 YESTERDAY High 33    Low    20 Elsewhere In U.S. High Low Pr. Albuquerque, clear . 39 25    .. Chicago, clear ..... 30    26    .. Cleveland, cloudy .. 31 24    .. I .os Angeles, cloudy 59 56 .45 Miami, cloudy ..... 76    69    .14 New York, clear ... 34 25 .14 Pittsburgh, cloudy . 35 28    .. St. Louis, cloudy ... 41 25    .. San Fran., rain .... 63 60 .08 Washington, cloudy . 38 27 TODAY 7 a.rn.............. 21 SNOW Last 48 hours ... I inch TOMORROW Sunrise............7:47 Sunset.............5:01 High 35    Low    27 Forecast: Partly cloudy and colder. Close behind was New Philadelphia senior, Gale E. Morgan (677) with similar district and state honors. Fourth was Frank ll. Andreas of Strasburg (672). Also earning similar state and district honors were Gary D. Leatherman of New Philadelphia (663), placing fifth in the county, and William E. Geib (661) of Garaway, sixth. Tied for seventh position in the county were Geoffrey N. Coleman of New Philadelphia See SENIORS, Page 33 The impact, according to Fab-iano, tossed 4 patrons from a booth onto the floor. “It drove them halfway across the place,” he said. Injured were: Michael and Beverly Cottis and Dorothy Cooper of Sherrodsville. They were treated in Union Hospital for contusions. The fourth person, Gene Cooper, was unhurt. Being field in County Jail for driving while under the influence of alcohol is Edward Ford, 41, of Midvale. Ford, according to deputies, drove his auto into a parked vehicle owned by Rudy Ruffini of RD I, New Philadelphia, forcing it into another parked auto, owned by Kathryn M. Szymialis of RD 3, New Philadelphia. The Ford and Ruffini autos then careened into the building. The Szymialis auto just barely missed the bar. Ford, who will appear in Central District Court, suffered a lacerated lip and chin. He also was treated at Union Hospital. Carpenters today were repairing a gaping hole in the side of Ann & Paps Bar in Roswell following a spectacular accident: Saturday night when 2 autos crashed into it. “It sounded like an explosion,” bar owner Joe Fabiano said.Tax Decision Is Due Today The County Budget Committee was to meet this afternoon to consider the requests of Go-! shen Local School District Board I of Education to remove the 4-mill additional levy, approved in the Nov. 3 election, from the 1964 tax duplicate. County Auditor Donald Kinsey said this morning he had received the Goshen Board’s resolution asking for the levy reduction. The resolution was approved unanimously at a board meeting Dec. 15. The letter containing the resolution, however, was misdirected to the County Commissioner’s office and was not received by Kinsey until this morning. Goshen Local Board had been under the impression that this 4-mill levy would not go into effect if the consolidation of the Southern Local Schools passed at the Nov. 3 election. Though the consolidation did pass at the last election, the 4-mill levy was still placed on the Goshen School District’s tax duplicate. If the 4-mill levy is removed, it will mean a $4 reduction for every $1,000 valuation for all taxpayers within the Goshen Lo-i cal School District. Dover Jaycees, their wives and families spread some Christmas cheer yesterday, distributing certificates for 153 pairs of shoes to needy youngsters in the Dover area. More than $500 worth of toys, donated by students in the junior high and purchased by the Jaycees Wives, also were given out. Gene Dummermuth, chairman of the annual Christmas tree sale which is used to finance the shoe project, reports that every tree was sold by Sun. day and that the proceeds covered all of the screened requests for shoes. Dummermuth expressed appreciation to several businessmen and the 420 purchasers of trees for making this year’s project the most successful ever. He added that one Dover woman dropped off a $5 donation and that others paid a $1 extra for their trees. Parents of guardians are asked to “cash in” their shoe certificates at Nobil’s Shoe Store in Miracle Lane Plaza this week. The $300,000 damage suit against Marcia J. Bigler, 18, of Midvale, involved in a fatal traffic mishap last July 19, has been dismissed by Common j Pleas Court. Leonard Schmidt, 43, of Greensburg, O., on Sept. IO, filed suit against Miss Bigler, who was driving the station wagon which allegedly ran headon into his automobile at the intersection of County Road 69 and Route 250 at Brightwood. Schmidt was hospitalized with multiple fractures, lacerations and internal injuries, which he claimed would permanently impair him in the use of his limbs. The case was dismissed without record, after representation to the court that the parties had reached a settlement. Costs were assessed to the defendant. On Dec. 3, Miss Bigler was acquitted in a jury trial on a traffic manslaughter charge, following the death of Mrs. Kenneth (Regina) Limpert, 30, or North Olmsted, a passenger in the Schmidt auto.Philo Council To Air Salary Hike Tonight New Philadelphia City Council members will meet tonight with Mayor Joe Fritz to take action on the proposed 1965 budget of the city’s general fund. Main point of the discussion will be salary increases for city employes, including police and firemen. Council, at an earlier session, asked Fritz to prepare such a budget, trying to adjust pay raises of approximately $50 monthly for city workers with an expected general fund deficit in 1965. At the Dec. 14 session, President William Hinig of Council called for tonight’s special meeting after Fritz announced the budget had been prepared and copies of it distributed to council members for study. Hinig, upon special request, invited members of city departments to tonight’s session. He advised, however, that public discussion would have to wait until the regular council I session was terminated.Uh'ville Police Investigate Theft Of Auto Battery UHRICHSVILLE — Richard Davis of 617 Trenton Ave. reported that a battery and air filter had been stolen from his auto while it was parked in his garage Saturday night. Davis told police he did not lock the garage door. Police checked the area and found the filter on a trash pile but were unable to locate the battery valued at $27. A boy’s red bicycle with the bar and rear fender missing was reported stolen by Jack Riley of 583 E. 1st St. Riley said the bicycle had been taken within the last 2 weeks. By ROBIN MINNOCK LEOPOLDVILLE, the Congo (AP) — Thirty more white hostages, all missionaries and their families, are believed to have been killed by rebels in the northeastern Congo, refugees arriving here said Sunday. The missing include an American, Mary Baker of Richmond, Va. She was last reported at Banaba, 82 miles north of Stanleyville, on Nov. 20. Fifteen other missionaries were missing from Banaba and 14 more from Bafwasende, 150 miles northeast of Stanleyville. Fourteen refugees freed at Bafwasende by white mercenary troops said they were not sure the other hostages in the town had been killed. “We heard one volley of rifle fire,” said Dolena Burk of Calgary, Alta., “but later the sim-bas (rebel soldiers) promised us See CONGO, Page 2 Driver Damages 43 Lawns In Phila Forty-three lawns were slightly damaged by a “short-cut” motorist Saturday night in New Philadelphia. Chief Louis Clark this morning was checking out several Ups concerning the incident. Police said they found tracks in front and back yards of homes on 3rd and 4th Sts. NW, N. Broadway, Ross and Kader-ly Aves. NW, Church SW and 4th Sts. SW.Assailant Sought In Strasburg Case STRASBURG — Pobce Chief Robert Mosley said today he intended to pick up a teenage youth for questioning in connection with a Friday assault case in front of the high school. Mosley said 16-year-old Gary McCoy of 6th St. SW was examined at Union Hospital after he was “knocked cold” when struck by another youth. The assailant, Mosley said, sped away in a car containing other youths. Bulb Thefts Continue John Strazisar of 230 3rd St. SW, told New Philadelphia police Sunday morning someone had stolen a string of lights from his outside decorations. Other bulbs were reported missing by Alberta Miller of 417 St. Clair Ave. SW, and Hazel Mowls of 202 4th St. SYV. STRASBURG — “There’s someone in the high school,” Pobce Chief Robert Mosley was told by an excited telephone caller at 4 a.m. Sunday. Mosley, who temporarily is living in Dover, sped up Interstate 77 to the school where he nabbed 3 youths—members of an early morning basketball team. “It is the only time we had to play,” they told Mosley, explaining they gained entrance through an unlocked door. The “team” was sent home, the bghts turned out, the school locked—and Mosley returned to bed.Veterans To Man SA Yule Kettles Veterans’ organizations will man Salvation Army kettles in Dover and New Philadelphia from 6 to 9 p.m. during the 3 remaining shopping days this week. Tonight the American Legion will man the kettles, Tuesday the VFW and Wednesday the Disabled American Veterans. Orders for groceries, clothing and toys will be issued at the Citadel Tuesday and Wednesday from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Dover and New Philadelphia Rotary and Kiwanis members manned the kettles Saturday and collected $766. YOUNG GENERALS' ACTION DISPLEASES U.SWater Main Break Is Being Repaired Water service to homes in the area of Becker’s Farm Market at 1127 N. Tuscarawas Ave., was expected to be restored sometime early this afternoon after a water main on Davis St. broke this morning. The break, reported at 8:30, was being repaired by Supt. Walter Hisrich and a Water Department crew. It was expected to be completed within 3 to 4 hours, according to Service Director IL S. Ream. Purge DamagesVietnamese Position Brig. Gen. Nguyen Chanh Thi, commander of the 1st Army Corps, is the dominant member of the junta. He escaped to Cambodia in 1960 after failing in an attempt to overthrow the Ngo Dinh Diem government. Since Diem’s death he has risen rapidly in the Vietnamese army. Acting with him in Sunday’s pre-dawn, bloodless purge were See DAMAGES, Page 33 Bv MALCOLM W. BROWNE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — The future of South Viet Nam’s government and the war against the Viet Cong have been thrown into doubt by a weekend political purge by young Vietnamese generals. The “Young Turks” dissolved the High National Council and arrested most of its nine members, plus more than 20 other leading politicians. Dear Abby ....... Your Horoscope . Around The World Goren On Bridge Obituaries ....... Television ....... Sports ...........* Women’s Pages .. Dr. Crane ....... Dr. Alvarez ..... ;

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