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BLUE RIBBON Dorcas Kilpatrick is shown with her blue ribbon winning horse in
the intermediate 4-H class at the-Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. Judge Joe Iliver,
Oregon State College professor of animal husbandry made the ribbon presentation.
Eastern Oregon College Views
30 Years Of Continuous Growth
Thirty years in the IHe of nearly
any college signifies a period of
And when a college is the only
four-year institution of higher
learning in the eastern two-thirds
of a large stale like Oregon, a
P"riod of 30 years covers a lot
of changes indeed.
So when La Grande's Eastern
Oregon College Iooks back this
week to its founding on June 5,
1929, there are a lot of things to
remember. - - ' '
For instance, since EOC was
founded, enrollment has quad
rupled,, and the end isn't yet in
sight. When the "State Normal
School" opened, its doors for the
first academic session 30 years
ago this summer, 217 students
registered for classes. Next fall
812 are expected, and officials esti
mate that by 1970, enrollment will
be up to almost 1,500.
Campus growth has ben just as
Before 1929, the part of town at
the end of ninth street was . "an
abandoned cemetery, grown over
with weeds, inhabited by rodents,
and used chiefly by the young fry
of La Grande for games of In
dians. Now ten college buildings two
of them in the first year of use
are gpread around a campus of
Big things have happened in the
area of course offerings too. At
Johnson, Says 'Pressure'
Tactics Will. Boomerang
. WASHINGTON. .iUPJl Senate LeiUMir.side' any side.
Democratic"" Leader' Lyndon a.
Johnson today deplored "pres
sure" tactics in the conformation
fight of Commerce Secretary Lew
is L. Strauss.
He -told newsmen that the Sen
ate "is going to resent pressure
being applied before senators have
a chance to read the record." He
said he meant "pressure from
Money For Youths
PORTLAND (UPII A Russian
immigrant who died of cancer
May 17 has left his estate to help
needy youths get an education.
Samuel Edeland, a tailor, mi
grated from Russia many years
ago and lived in New York, south
ern Oregon and Portland. He was
in his 60's.
His will was filed in Probate
Court Thursday, asking that the
estate of nearly $3000 be used to
educate poor boys at Jesuit high
school near Beaverton. The -v. ill
asked that boys of all creeds and
colors be eligible for the scholar
ships, to be awarded by school
officials. Recinionts will be asked
to repay the money, if possible,
to keep the fund self-pcrpctuating.
"Efforts to pressure the Senate
in 'either direction or to mislead
the Senate will certainly boomer
ang,1' he said. i
He referred to . Thursday's
speech by Sen. George A. Smath
ers (D-Fla.) asserting that two
messages supporting Strauss, pur
portedly from Florida constituents,
proved to have been sent to Sma
thers without the knowledge of
the alleged signers.
Johnson, stressing that the Dem
ocratic Senate leadership is taking
no sides in the Strauss fight, com
mented that 'he has said repeated
ly he would follow the' course of
reading the record and forming
his own conclusion. He hoped oth
er senators "wlio have not already
voted" would follow the same
Johnson made his statement as
ihe Strauss controversy moved in
to its final phase formal floor
debate with the vqrdict still very
much in doubt. Even the timing of
the showdown was uncertain.
Johnson said he did not believe
anyone is "wise enough" to say
when the nomination can be
brought to a vote. Republican
Leader Everett M. Dlrksen (III.)
commented that a lnt of GOP
senators plan to speak on the issue.
first granting only a bachelor's
degree in teacher education, EOC
now offers the student, besides
bachelor of science degrees in ele
mentary and secondary education,
a bachelor s degree in general
studies and a master's degree in
the field of education.
This fall a program leading to
the bachelor of arts degree will
be inaugurated, and a new course
of studies in agriculture may be
in the offing.. In 1957 the Oregon
State Board of Higher Education
received a petition from the Union
County Pomona Grange asking
that instructors be added who are
"capable of teaching the first
two college years of standard
courses in preparation for de
grees in agriculture, forestry and
mining." . . ,- . .
Such a broad curriculum requires
a large faculty. A total of 61 per
sons are teaching - on the EOC
campus this year, and 37 percent
;iid -mictof ;s "degrees Mir various
fields. """ '';'."
Two, Ernest "Bob" Quinn, di
rector of athletics, and John Mill
er, director of teacher education,
have been with EOC since its
founding. Five have served more
than 20 years, and 12 members of
the staff have been on campus
15 years or more.
Enrollment increases and cur
riculum additions mean more busy
years ahead for EOC.
Plans call for more classroom
space to be made available by ex
pansion of Hoke Hall, present
student activity-classroom build
ing and possible erection of a
science building. Dorion Hall, new
College Coliseum were both con
struction with an eye toward future
Additional faculty members will
be added as enrollment climbs. A
new instructor in science is planned
for the fall term, 1959.
An important factor in EOC s
future is the Eastern Oregon Col
lege Advancement Association,
formed in 1953 with La Grande
and area business men. Recog
nizing the role played by the col
lege as an educational and cultural
center for , eastern Oregon, the
group promotes various campus
activities and projects. '
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UPI)
Mayor John Duncan is risk
ing "an early political death",
by being tough on speeders,
said former Mayor Cas Walk
er. Duncan has ordered full
use of radar to catch speed
ers. Walker said he had restric
ted use of radar because "it
is catching some of our best
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BONN. Germany (UPI) Kon
rad Adenauer electrified Germans
and the Western alliance today
with a surprise decision to re
main chancellor of West Germany
Instead of running for the less
important post of president.
The Communists were expecttd
to react strongly to the decision
since Adenauer is one of their
most implacable foes.
The move, announced to mem
bers of his Christian Democratic
Party Thursday night, was seen
as Adenauer's way of stiffening
the Western position at Geneva
and smoothing intra-party battles
over who should succeed him.
It demonstrated again that at
83 Adenauer still is the iron man
of postwar Germany.
An extraordinary session of the
Christian Democratic Party exec
utive committee was called for
this morning to decide who should
be the party's presidential candi
date now. A larger meeting of the
party s members of Parliament
was to follow.
Diplomatic sources in Geneva
said Adenauer probably decided
to remain chancellor in fear the
Western position at- the foreign
ministers conference was getting
too soft. - ,
As president, Adenauer would
have little voice in making policy.
The presidency of West Germany
is little more than a neutral hon
orary post. !
Some Geneva observers, who
had considered the foreign minis
ters conference.fwas making prog
ress," felt " Adenauer's turnabout
decision would further slow East
Coincidentally or not, the an
nouncement here came soon after
high Allied officials in Geneva
disclosed that the Western Big
Three might offer to, reduce their
West Berlin garrisons and make
other concessions if the Kremlin
would turn off the heat on the
He r er
L . LI v ,L I U 1
Takes New Appointment
DARCY M. SATER
Named New Manager.
H. L. Wagner & Sons
Appoint New Manager
EDWARDS AFB, Calif. (UPD
Flight of the experimental rocket
ship X15 was postponed today as
it taxied to the runway on what
possibly would have been its first
free glide test. '
Pilot Scott Crossfleld, sitting at
the controls of the needle-nosed
missile-aircraft as it clung be
neath a wing of the B52 "mother
ship," called a halt to. the flight
as they rolled toward the takeoff
at 9 a.m. p.d.t. .
Crossfield radioed to technicians
aboard the huge jet bomber that
he detected something wrong in
the X15's electrical system and
the B52 swung around and re
turned to the hangar.
The flight was put on a "two
hour hold" while technicians
checked out the electrical system.
Adverse winds blowing above
this desert base during the week
raised the probability the flight
might not get off until next week.
Darcy M. Sater, widely-known
grass seed executive, was appoint
ed manager this week of the II.
L. Wagner and Sons firm at Im
bler to succeed Raymond Wen
cel, who has been named Agri
cultural Advisor with the Inter
national Cooperation Administra
tion in Washington, D. C.
Appointment of Sater to the po
sition becomes effective July 1.
Sater comes to the Grande
Rondc valley from Seattle, where
GRAND CHAMPION Jimmy Thompson of the Lively Livestock Club, receives con
gratulations from Dr. J. D. Miller, head of the department of dairy and animal hus
bandry at OSC. Jimmys steer was judged grand champion in the 4-H division at the
Livestock Show. . '
In Car Mishap
Buckley Jensen, driver of the
car in which his wife was fatally
injured in a one-car accident near
North Powder May 15, was clear
ed of any criminal action by a
ennorer's jury here last night.
The jury determined, after lis
tening to witnesses and investi
gating officers, that Mrs. Jen
sen's death was not due to any
gross criminal act by any person.
Mrs. Jensen was killed instantly
when the car failed to negotiate
Three state police testified on
their investigation, along with the
physician who examined Mrs.
Jensen's body and Wayne Young.
Young told the jury that he was
driving about 60 miles per hour
and that Jensen passed him short
ly before the accident near High
way 30 on a county road leading
toward Anthony Lakes.
It was also brought out that
whiskey was found in the Jensen
car, and Jensen admitted that he
had earlier in the day taken a
"couple" of drinks.
The cononer's jury was called
by County Coroner Norman Dan
iels and District Attorney George
Anderson. v I
PORTLAND (UPI) Seven
workmen were overcome by chlo
rine gas fumes at the Pacific
Chain & Manufacturing Co. plant
in northwest Portland today.
Richard Gates and Larry
Muehlhauser, Portland, both help
ers in the aluminum melting zone
of the plant, were taken to Good
Samaritan Hospital where they
were reported in "satisfactory"
Five others were taken to the
hospital but discharged to go
home after treatment. They are:
Franklin Cook, Sherwood, Ken
neth Runyan Jr., David Laymon,
Elmo Workman, and Anthony Da
mioni, all of Portland.
: Sixty employes at the big foun
dry detected escaping gas shortly
after 8 a.m.
Benny Burns, Vancouver,
Wash., the. lead meltcr, grabbed
an emergency gas mask, drove a
plug into the cylinder and hauled
it outside the plant, while em
ployes in the magnesium and alu
minum foundry fled outside to
Firemen under Battalion Chief
Albert M. Oliverio took the leak
ing cylinder to the leeward end
of the building and, wearing 'gas
masks, played a fine stream of
water on it until safety officials
from the Pennsylvania Salt Co.
could take over the cylinder.
Pacific Chain Manager Robert
Burns said chlorine gas is used
to purge molten aluminum before
casting. He said a soft metal plug
in the cylinder apparently became
corroded, allowing the gas to es
Last Sunday a tank of chlorine
gas sprang a leak at the crowded
McCredie Spring resort swimming
pool east of Eugene, sending 53
persons to a Eugene hospital.
They all recovered.
To Stolen Hub Caps
A bright sun reflection yester
day led to the recovery of a num
ber of hub caps stolen from near
the La Grande High School Wed
nesday night during graduation
A woman resident near the
school noted a bright reflection
and on investigation found sev
eral hub caps partially covered by
grass apparently used to hide the
car parts. Police were called
and hub caps returned to Merrill
Smutz, Larry Miller and George
B. Tsiatsos. Miller recovered
nly two of his four hub caps
and two fender skirts stolen from
for the past two years he has
been owner of the Sater of Seat
tle firm, handlers of turf and field
For 15 years, from 1940 to 1955,
he was a vice president of the nation-wide
Charles H. Lilly seed
firm, which has head offices in
Seattle. He was first In charge
of production, and then head of
seed operations for the business.
During the five year period be
fore becoming a Lilly vice presi
dent, he was the West Coast sup
erintendent in charge of produc
tion for the Santa Cruz Fruit
Packing Co. at Oakland, Calif. '
Sater, 52, was born in Portland
and has lived in the Northwest
most of his life. He attended the
University of Washington, Ore
gon-Stato College, and -Wilson's
Business college in Seattle:
His wife, Agnes, and their two
children, will join him .later this
month in La Grande, where they
will live. They have a daughter,
Linda, 16, and one son, Mike,
Marion Wagner, president of H.
L. Wagner and Sons stated the
firm's board of directors is "very
happy to have such an exception
ally-qualified person to fill the
position of manger." He said Sa
ler is "one of the best-known men
in the seed business, both in this
country and abroad."
Wendcl, manager of the Imb
ler wholesale house since 1956,
will leave July 3 for his new post
vith the International Coopera
tion Administration. The ICA, an
outgrowth of tho U.S. Govern'
ment's Point Four program,
vorks in cooperation with some
70 other, countries on projects
intended to strengthen the eco
mic, defensive, and government
al structures of nations.
His prciimiary assignments will
consist of three weeks orienta
tion plus three months personal
specialization. A permanent as
signment will not be made until
October, when the rest of his
family will join him in Washing
Wendcl came to La Grande in
1958 as vocational . agricultural
instructor at La Grande high
school. From 1951 to 1956 he
icrved as Union County Agricul
ture Extension Agent.
DETAILED IN TALK
'summit" session next week and
apparently has ordered Foreign
Minister Andrei Gromyko to sit
tight here pending somo new pol
icy decision. The moves alerted
diplomats for a possible major
Ignoring these stalling tactics,
Herter went before the semi-public
Big Four plenary session this
afternoon with a formal answer
to earlier Communist charges that
West Berlin is a "cancer" of in
trigue. The secretary of state was
armed with this record of spying,
abduction and subversion centered
in Communist East Berlin and
East Germany: ,
One hundred and three kid
napings of West Bcrliners in 10
Hiring of espionage agents in
West Berlin by Soviet, Polish,
Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Bul
garian and East German opera
tives based in East Berlin.
Steady agitation and infiltra
tion of the West German Social
Democratic party,, trade unions,
student and sport organizations.
Underground activities of the
illegal Communist party In West
Germany, guided and financed
from East Berlin.
Such common criminal prac
tices as -burglary and holdups
aimed at gathering intelligence in
formation in West Berlin.
Herter was the lead-off speaker
at the 14th semipublic formal ses
sion, which followed two days of
secret talks that got nowhere.
Until Thursday afternoon, these
private conversations seemed to
be moving toward some sort of an
interim agreement which would
maintain western rights in Berlin
and ease the current crisis.
But Gromyko put on the brakes
Thursday. He returned to the old
Soviet demands for creation of a
free, demilitarized ' West Berlin.
Rtds Call Meeting
This deep freeze coincided with
HJoscow's announcement that East
German party boss Waiter Ul
bricht, Premier Otto Grotewohl,
and virtually all the rest of the
top Communist leadership would
go to Moscow Monday.
Western diplomats figured that
with the. Moscow talks beginning
Tuesday, there could be no prog
ress expected here before Gromy
ko gets new instructions perhaps
by Wednesday at the earliest.
GENEVA (UPI) Secretary of State Christian Herter to
day blasted Russia for espionage, subversion and outright
kidnaping activities carried out from East Berlin.
Herter gave the Big Four Foreign Ministers' Conference
a detailed indictment of Communist intrigues in an attempt
to blast through the sudden deep freeze imposed by the Rus
ians in the 4-week-old parley.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev has called the East
German leadership to a Moscow!
DES MOINES. Iowa (UPI)-A
crack Rock Island passenger
train cut a burning fuse on a suit
case full of 99 sticks of dynamite
just east of here today, keeping
the expertly made "bomb" from
George S c h u c k, West Des
Moines police chief and a World
War II demolition man, said the
suitcase bomb was the "work of
an expert." - The fuses were
"crimed just right," Schuck
said. ' ,
Someone reset the fust again
after the train passed, but the dy
namite failed to Ignite even
though the fuse burned up to the
Schuck said the failure of the
dynamite to go off was a "once
in a million chance."
The streamliner Rocky Moun
tain Rocket, train No.' 8, was on
its way from . the n Colorado '
Springs-Denver area to ) Chicago. '
It had 180 passenger, aboac1
J when it left the station here about "
1 a.m. p.d.t. . .. ..
The FBI was called into- the
case to investigate.
Sheriff's deputies ' said the re
port of the dynamite- on the
tracks came when Harold Clark,
a fireman on the Rock Island
train No. 8, radioed back to the
station there that the train had
just passed over something on
Trainmaster William B. 'Reese
went out to investigate the inci
dent and told authorities someone
was just leaving the scene after
lighting the fuse again. .
When Reese 'got there, the fuse
had burned to the cap on the dy
namite but failed to go off.
Deputy Eldon Lewis said Reese
saw a "1949 or 1950 Chevrolet"
driving away from the scene as
the trainmaster came up to - investigate.
California-Pacific Utilities Com
pany will Install new 22,000 volt
switches at the Union substation
at 4 a.m. Sunday, June 7. ".
Electric service In Union will
be temporarily interrupted from
4a.m. to 6 a.m. in order for the
inemen to safelv install the new
high voltage switches.
PlHLAUEbPHlA (UPI) A
high school honor student admit
ted Thursday night he strangled
3-year-old neighborhood girl
when she resisted his advances,
Investigators said Edward J.
Cooney Jr., Ms, admitted the slay
ing of little Becky Holt shortly af
ter confessing the crime to a Ro
man Catholic Priest who in turn
reminded him of his "obligation
to the authorities."
Scattered showers through
Saturday; possible thunder
showers today; cooler with
high both days 70-75; low to
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ROTARY ELBOW GREASE Rotarians Bob Haufle, swinging the sledge, Ned Jones,
center, and Merle Beckett set up the. fence for the Rotary-sponsored breakfast at
' the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show In Union. Breakfast will be served Saturday
morning from 7 to 10:30 a.m.