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Daily News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1969, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania ttl ADS DIAL MISS CLASSIFIED 6434040 or 5424641 THE DAILY NEWS State Libiary Education Building Harriot Pa VOL 48 NIKE CENTS PER HUNTINGDON and MOUNT UNION SATURDAY MAY 31 1969 PHONE 6434040 NO 104 Bicycle Rider Is Killed A Virginia boy spendir iemorlal Day in Huntingdon Co mty was killed yesterday after toon when the bicycle he was was struck by a car on toote 522 in Shirley Township wo miles south of Mount Union The lad 8yearold Craig Har mon Apartment 4 116 North Wayne Street Arlington Va was dead on arrival at Harrlsburg General Hospital at pm yesterday The holiday death was Huntingdon Countys fifth traffic fatality of the year 1969 Harmon suffered severe head injuries with brain damage He was pronounced dead at the hos pital by Dr John Frost who told State Police that death probably was due to a cerebral hemor rhage An autopsy is being per formed to determine the exact cause of death Craigs mother Mrs Jacque line Harmon of the Arlington address was spending the holiday visiting her friend Miss Steph anle McClureShirleysburgRD The fatal accident happened yes terday afternoon at in front of the McClure home The dead boys brother Mark 9 witnessed the accident and saw Craigs body being hurled through the air for a distance of 80 feet following the impact State Trooper William Benton Confd at Page 2 In Contest Vacation Land Sign Is Erected A sign urging travelers to stop for information about vaca tion spots in the fourcountyarea composed by Huntingdon Mifflin Juniata and Fulton has been erected at Indian Caverns by the Juniata Mountain Vacation Agen cy The sign the firs tin the county will be followed by others in key spots within the multicounty dev elopment The signs are intended to help distribute information about Pennsylvanias vacation land The regional offices of the association in Huntingdon Mil flintovm MoConnellsburg and Lewistown previously answered hundreds of tetters stimulated by 100000 brochures distributed by the agency More than 100000 placemats have been used by restaurants in the area The colorful place mats caught the eye of passing motorists and prompted a stay in the section The Juniata Mountain Vacation Agency with the cooperation of the Penn State EstensionService has sponsored training schools for the personnel of motels ser Contd on Page 10 MARGARET WHITE Mount Union Fire Queen Selected Miss Margaret White has been chosen as 1969 queen of the Mount Union Fire Company Margaret 18yearold dau ghter of Mr and Mrs Vernon White of 109 West Ridge Street Mount Union will represent the Mount Union Fire Company at the Huntingdon County Firemens Association Convention in Shade Gap on Saturday July 5 Miss White a brunette with hazelcolored eyes is a senior at the Mount Union Area High School and is taking the academic course She plans to attend Penn State In the fall where she will major in art educa tion Peggy has been awarded the Betty Crocker Award for Future Homemaker of Tomorrow for senior girL She is a member of the National Honor Society She was the recipient of the presi dential physical fitness award for two successive years Her school activities include the Drama Club Geology and Meterorology Club French Club Art Club Girls Athletic Associa tion cheerleader Trojan staff and Ilium staff Her hobbles include swimming cooking sewing and reading Peggy is a member of the First United Methodist Church Mount Union New Bridge Opens About August 1 r The SroitMleld Bridge project should be completed about August 1 Robert Cree chief engineer for D W Miller the contractor said today The fourspan bridge itself is scheduled to be finished by July 15 The concrete decking has al ready been completed and the sidewalks and parapet walls rail ings are now being poured The aluminum railings and lighting will be installed as soon as the concrete work Is done Three light standards will be erected on the span across the Juniata River Cree said that the roadway also is scheduled for completion by July 15 with blacktopplng slated to start in about 10 days or around June 9 The engineer noted however that there may be a problem with a 25foot piece of tiein roadway at the east Huntingdon end of the job He pointed out that the Huntingdon Gas Company has found it necessary to change its facilities at the point where the new bridge roadway Joins the old Penn Street thoroughfare near the Portstown Arch Cree said that it is possible that this gas main problem may delay the tiein work beyond the scheduled July 15 date Between July 15 and August 15 the Miller workers will be pouring concrete sidewalks and doing general cleanup work at the bridge site After the new bridge four Contd on Page 10 GIs Go Back On Offensive After OneDay CeaseFire Three Outstanding Speakers Are Scheduled Centennial Sunday School Conclave Set For June 7 Runaway Truck Causes 000 Damage Reported 158 Truce Violations Three outstanding speakers have been selected for the 100th anniversary convention of the Huntingdon County Sunday School Shade Gap PO Will Be Remodeled Postmaster General WintonM Blount announced today that the main office of the Shade Gap Post Office will be remodeled The owner of the building Don aid J Locke Main Street Shade Gap will continue to lease it to the Post Office Department under a new contract for five years with renewal options running ough 15 years Cost of the remodeling is es timated at The build ing will be increased in size from Contd on Page 10 Lions Trim Trails In Blairs Park The Huntingdon Lions Club will complete the trimming oftrails in Blairs Par kin the near future President Stanley Pote re ported today that another work schedule will be set up shortly and the burning of brush will take place next fall Members of the club assembled at the park last Saturday and trimmed two trails with an over all length of more than one mile The trails are now open for those who enjoy walking in the park during this season of the year The Lions also have scheduled another project the sale of light bulbs next Thursday June 5 starting about pm All of the proceeds will be donated by the club to the Mary Ann Gates Fund Occupational hazards often taken to be a part of the job by management and workers were discussed at the Lions club meeting last Thursday evening by Russell Bobkoskie of Williams port regional industrial hygie nist for the 16 county Region 4 Confd onPage7 URIST FORMATION Tourist Information Is Available This Juniata Mountain Vacation Agency tourist information sign the first in the county was erected at Indian Caverns The sign carries out in attractive green and white the trade mark of the association which is now recognized for its representation of hospitality Pictured with the sign are left to right William Germann manager of WHUN William E Swigart Jr president of the Juniata Mountain Vacation Agency and Harold Wertz owner of Indian Caverns Kneeling is Edward Busa Innkeeper of Holiday Inn Jr on Saturday June 7 at the Stone Church of the Association Brethren Each session morning after noon and evening will feature a special message Giving the keynote message In the evening will be the Rev Ralph ZEbersole currently full time managingdirector of the development and camping pro gram for the Middle District Church of the Brethren Camp Blue Diamond Petersburg Before assuming his present duties Mr Ebersole was a pastor at Brethren Churches at Bethel Reading Claysburg and Tyrone Another event of the evening session on the conclave will be the Installation of officers by the general secretary of the Penn sylvania State Sunday School As sociation B McClaln Cochran Mr Cochran will give the aft ernoon message of the conven tion Before becoming general retary of the state organization J aX Mr Cochran served for four years as field secretary of the Pennsylvania ChristlanEndeavor Union He has held various teach ing and administrative positions in the education field Cochran is a member of the Dally News Harrisburg Bureau Calvary United Methodist Church HARRISBURG The celling of Harrisburg and serves on the on personal property taxable for board and education committee county purposes would be raised In keeping with the 100th annisharply for seventh class coun versary theme Albert M Rung ties such as Huntingdon County well known historian of the Jun Contd on Page 10 REV RALPH EBERSOLE Rash Of Fires Hit Harrisburg HARR1SBURG Pa UPI Molotov cocktails were used to set a rash of Memorial Day fires Including a major general alarm blaze which wrecked a warehouse in this state cap Itol Some 250 firemen answered 17 alarms in a threehour pe riod early Friday By daybreak the fires were out but a thick pall of smoke covered the up town section of the city where the Negro population is concen trated Six firemen suffered minor injuries and smoke inhalation and firemen from 10 communi ties answered a call for help to battle the blazes Police counted at least seven fires and 10 false alarms dur ing the period William Sweet an investiga tor for the state police fire marshals office said bottles filled with gasoline and kero sene were used to start all the fires Gasoline fined beer bottles Confd on Page 2 A runaway garbage truck caused damage in a Memorial Day accident Hunting don State Police said today Richard Denton Delhi 25 Petersburg parked the 1967 International truck on Hill Street in Petersburg at 10 am yester day About 4 pm the truck drifted east down the hill hit a bank and turned 90 degrees south onto private property where it knocked over a concrete retain ing wall and crashed into a house owned by Donald R Hurley 445 Contd on Page 2 Son Of Area Forest Fire Burns Over 4 Acres Friday under terms of a bill now in the Senate At present the tax ceiling for personal property is 20 mills This ceiling would be upped to 30 mills according to the bill in the Senate committee While the bill would be the maximum personal property tax permissable to 30 mills it would Contd on Page 10 THE WEATHER wl T IClltCtlll Mrs Betty Sanks Vltch of Tampa Fla a former resident of Huntingdon has received word that her son died in Vietnam on Sunday May 25 1969 She was given the tragic news in a De partment of Defense telegram on Thursday Army Sp4 Ralph Allen Vitch 20 was killed in action at Per fection H1U near Hamburger Hill in the A Shau Valley He had been in Vietnam since Novem ber 1968 serving with the 101st Airborne Division VltchWas born March 4 1949 a son of Anthony Vltch of Okla homa and Mrs Betty Sanks Vitch of 2003 East Henry Street Tampa Fla His mother was reared in Huntingdon and is a Contd on Page 10 SAIGON B52 bombers leading the way US troops went back on the offensive today following a one day truce that cost 13 Americans dead and 62 wound ed Announcing the casualties Gen Crelghton W Abrams military command accused the Viet Cong and North Vietna mese of 158 violations of the Allies ceasefire 85 of them serious The UJ5 and South Vietna mese truce ended at 6 ajn Saigon time 6 pjn Friday with the Communists finishing their 48hour ceasefire for Buddhas birthday an hour later Bomb Outskirts American B52 bombers swept over Saigons northern outskirts almost immediately dropping 90 tons of bombs on Communist bivouacs 45 miles northwest of the capital military spokesmen said On the northern coast a squad of UJS helicopter ships caught a Viet Cong platoon in the open after 6 ajn Contd on Page 2 Sunny and warm today The high in the upper 70s to mid 80s Fair and a little warmer tonight The low in the upper 50s and lower 60s Showers likely and continued warm Sun day The high in the 80s The outlook for Monday is warm with showers It took the Department of For ests and Waters three hours to bring a forest fire under control yesterday on jacks Heads Up Shirleysburg Memorial Day Mountain in Brady Township I miles northeast of Mill Creek The fire burned over about four acres of State Game Lands on the west side of the moun tain about half way up Jacks Mountain on the Slab foot Road Rothrock District officials said the fire started at an old saw dust pile The blaze was lo cated at 4 pjn by the Loop Fire Tower and also the Green wood Fire Tower The fire was under control at 8 pjm but fire fighters kept a check on the area throughout the night Forester Robert Sweeney was in charge of the fire fighting assisted by Forester Earl Hig gins and Inspectors Donald Rus sell and Charles Curfman of Confd on Page 2 Loss In Blaze Fire destroyed a frame shed adjacent to the trailer home of Mrs Robey H Lewis 1309 Oneida Street Huntingdon on Memorial Day with a loss esti mated at about Fire Chief Robert Jessell said the blaze started when a gasoline can being handled by 14yearold Stevie Getz exploded and set fire to the interior of the small build ing at the rear of the mobile home The shed was a mass of flames when firemen arrived The contents of the building including a water heater lawn mower toys bed with springs and mattress tools and a space heater were destroyed The general alarm was sound ed at and a short time later at am the firemen were called for a brush fire along the Cold Springs Road Oneida Town ship three miles north of Hunt Contd on Page 10 Dedication Of New Water System Held Citizens of Shirleysburg began a half days Memorial Day activities yesterday at 2 pm when local county and state offi cials assembled at the wellsite along Dark Hollow Road to dedicate the new Shirleysburg municipal water system The citizens stood with one eye on the past and one eye on the future as they listened to State Senator D elmer Hawbaicer State Assemblyman Orville Snare County Commissioner James DiCosimo and representatives of various state and local agen cies involved in making the dream of a community water system a reality SUPPLIES FUTURE The recognition of a working system to provide pure and ade quate water supply for the future citizens of Shirleysburg was a nod to past community leaders and the first of a number of events in the comminitys 1969 Memorial Day observance Following the dedication a street parade was held from the to the Shirley Home for the Aged Luncheon and re freshments were served at the town hall to visiting dignitaries 25 Gountians To Graduate At Tyrone Twentyfive Huntingdon County seniors will be graduated at the annual Tyrone Area High School commencement to be held on Monday June 9 at 8 in the high school auditorium There are 221 In the graduating class N Grant Hlxson high school principal announced to day The baccaleureate program will be held at the high school audi torium on Sunday afternoon June 8 at pm Dr Cleo Dawson lecturer psychologist and author of the best seller She Came To The Valley will be the baccalaur eate speaker while John A Eng elmann a retired lieutenant col onel of the U S Air Force will address the seniors at the commencement program Dr Dawson has devoted her life to education She is the product of five universities and a speech graduate of the Baylor College School of Expression She has a bachelors degree from Southern Methodist University and her masters and doctorate from the Contd on Page 10 an old time music and square dance social at the town haU later in the day The intent of the dedication was carried in the program Contd on Page 2 citizens and guests of toe com munity by members of Croghans Men led by its president Frank Chesney and by the Womens Auxiliary Music was provided by Charley Mitchell and his band for INSIDE THE NEWS Ann Landers 12 Albert Rung 6 Along The Juniata 12 Church Page 3 Classified Ads10 11 Comics 9 Crossword11 News of Yesteryear 6 Obituaries 2 Society Club News 8 Sports4 5 Memorial Day deaths on the nations highways were running well ahead of last years rate today The death rate for this years 78hour holiday Friday ran 50 per cent ahead of last year then dropped to 33 per cent going into today The National Safety Council estimates 550 to 650 persons would be killed in traffic between 6 pm local time Thursday and midnight Sunday compared to the 500 who would die in a similar nonholiday period The record for all Memorial Day holidays was set last year when 628 persons died in a day The record for a threeday Memorial holiday was 542 persons set in 1S66 Teachers To Be Featured On Talk Program Teachers Invade New Worlds in Alabama and Pennsylvania is the subject to be presented on the Lets Talk It Over show on Radio Station WHUN on Tues day June 3 at oclock Participants will be two teach ers a brand new Juniata Col lege graduate in elementary ed ucation Mrs Ethel Jones of the Crawford Apartments Hunt ingdon and a longtime area teach er Theodore Schreiber ofShir leysburg a member of the faculty at Rothrock High School Mrs Jones will teach this Fall in the Mount Union Area school district the first Negro teacher In Mount Union Mr Schreiber will be heading south right after his school closes to teach in deep south Miles Col US Sergeant lege Alabama during the sum c mer school session EsCaDCS From Both teachers will discuss their reasons for choosing these Communists particular schools their respon sibilities qualms in a new sit uation and the expected reward SAIGON UPOA US Army sergeant escaped nine months of Communist captivity and flagged down an American helicopter four days later fora ride to safety Friday military spokesmen said today When they picked me up I was actually crying the announcement quoted Sgt Ken neth R Gregory 23 of Altus Okla Highway Deaths Far Ahead Of 68 A United Press International count at 5 am EDT showed at least 192 persons killed in traffic The breakdown Traffic 192 Drownings 60 Planes 7 Miscellaneous 11 Total 270 Missouri led the nation with 17 traffic deaths and California had 16 Michigan had 13 Ohio 11 and New York Georgia and Kansas each had 10 The worst accident of the holiday period occurred early Friday at Boswell Va where six persons died in a cartruck crash Five persons died Thursday night at Heflin Ala when a camper and a truck collided The US Military Command said Gregory was In good condition but had lost 10 pounds since his capture last Aug 25 In an ambush near Tay Nlnh City 60 miles northwest of Saigon Nurses at the U S 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long BInh north of Saigon fed Gregory fried chicken lor his first best food Ive had in a long time he said The announcement gave no details of Gregorys escape saying only that he broke free Monday and was picked up Friday 12 miles northwest of Tay Nlnh City by a helicopter of the UJS 1st Air Cavalry Division ;