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Sunny and hot Sunday; low
tonight 50-55; high Sunday
279th Ittjt 63rd Year
LA GRANDE, OREGON, SATURDAY, JULY 18, 1959
Pric 5 Ctntt
Ike Gives Vote
WASHINGTON HPI Career
diplomat Charles E. Bohlen today
was closer to a high Slate De
partment post with a public vote
o( confidence from President Ei
senhower. White House Press Secretary
James C. Hagerty late Friday re
layed the President's views. He
rejected any idea that Eisenhower
lacked confidence in Bohlen. for
4 mer U.S. ambassador to Moscow
who now is ambassador to The
"Nothing could be further from
the truth." Hagerty said, adding
that the President "has a great
deal of confidence in Ambassador
High administration officials
have said Secretary of State
Christian A. Herter would offer
Bohlen a $l9.250-a-year post on
the State Department's policy
planning staff, specializing in Rus
Certain Republicans in Congress
including Senate GOP Leader
Everett M. Dirksen have objected
to such a post for Bohlen. They
cite his participation in an sup
port of the Tehran and Potsdam
agreements with Russia.
Hagerty was asked if Eisenhow
er felt he had been misunderstood
when he somewhat sharply told a
news conference earlier this week
that Hcrtcr had no plans to switch
"I'm not going to confirm or
deny what I've seen on the news
tickers, Hagerty replied.
Dispatches from Manila quoted
reliable sources as saying Bohlen
probably would accept the post in
stead of retiring from diplomatic
service as planned.
At his news conference. Eisen
hower had told newsmen he had
a "completely negative" report
from Herter on the idea of put
ting Bohlen in a top Washington
When a reporter broke In to
say that only a week before
Herter had said he still was try
ing to "induce" Bohlen to take
such a position, the President cut
him off short with the statement,
"I don't care what he (Herter)
may have said."
Dr. C. L. Gilstrap
After 32 Years
- Dr. C. L. Gilstrap is announcing
his retirement from practice.
Gilstrap has been in the medi
cal profession for 32 years. He
has sold his office equipment,
practice and records to Dr. Rich
ard A. Gingrich.
Gingrich, who it a graduate of
the medical school at Loma Linda,
Calif., interned at the Portland
Sanitarium and has been a resi
dent of Oregon for 15 years. Al
ter completing his army require
ments as a lieutenant of an army
dispensary in St. Louis, Mo., he
will return to Oregon to begin
practice about August 25.
He is 28, is married and has
j.Bill To End Toll
WASHINGTON (UPI) Sen.
Richard L. Neuberger, (D Ore. I
said today he was having legisla
tion drafted to free from tolls
the Interstate bridges across the
Columbia river between Portland
Sen. Neuberger said he believed
the fate of the legislation would
depend on the attitude taken by
the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads,
which so far has opposed reim
bursement to the states for toll
sections of the federal interstate
Catholic Church Bah
LONG BEACH. Calif. UPI - A
church ban on Catholic girls ap
pearing in bathing suits could
"wreck" the Miss Universe beau
ty pageant, officials declared to
day. "At least 25 per cent of the
girls are Catholic," pageant direc
tor Oscar Mcinhart said, "and
nearly all of them are from the
Latin American countries."
The statement was made as
Memhardt officially denied re
ports that Miss New Mexico, Sue
Ingersoll. would withdraw from
the pageant because the Arch
bishop of Santa Fe had ruled
against Catholic girls appearing
if i A mm
IVA.Tll Ji si x;..w.
QUEEN SELECTION TONIGHT
One of these four girls will be named Queen of the Thirteenth Annual Elgin Stam
pede tonight on the basis of the amount of tickets they have sold to the two-day ro
deo. Each girl's tickets will be counted separately and then they will be brought to
gether for the announcement of the big news. The candidates are from left, Celia
Coclasure, Jordyce Tameris, both of Elgin, Ella Mae Denton, Union's entry, and
Wanda Schaures of. La Grande.
13th Annual Elgin Stampede
Opens With Coronation Ball
By VIRGINIA ANDERSON
Oburver Staff Writer
Excitement will reach fever pitch
in Elgin tonight in anti
cipation of the selection of th?
queen to rule over the Thirteenth
Annual Elgin Stampede, July 25-26.
With many special events and
the inauguration of the Outdoor
pageant, the Coronation Ball opens
the door, to Elgin's busiest time
of the year. .
Elgin's 0'n Drill team. 20 riders
strong, will be performing in the
Stampede under the direction of
The Walla Walla Wagonettes, an
all-girl drill team, will be on hand
to do their special bareback pre
Besides the RCA approved ro
deo which begins at 2 p.m. on Sat
urday and Sunday, many other
activities are being squeezed into
the busy weekend.
"Two parades will highlight-the
Scene Of Past
POZNAN. Poland UPI i Soviet
Premier Nikita Khrushchev ar
rived by train today at this in
dustrial city which was the scene
of serious workers' riots in 19j6.
The visiting Russian leader was
accompanied by Polish Commu
nist party chief Wladislaw Gom
ulka, the official Soviet news
agency Tass reported.
Khrushchev did not visit the Ge
gielski Locomotive Factory where
the Poznan riots actually got
started on June 27, 1956 but de
toured to visit a collective farm.
Some of his entourage went to
the factory where the uprising had
forced the Polish government to
adopt a more moderate line and
had major repercussions through
out the Communist satellites.
It was the fifth day of Khrush
chev's Polish visit. He arrived
from the Baltic seaport of Zsczecin
where he pledged Friday that Rus
sia would continue its efforts to
end western occupation rights in
'Wreck' Beauty Event
in bathing suits in public beauty
And Miss Ingersoll herself de
clared she would defy the ban
and remain in the contest.
"After a thorough and painful
searching of my conscience, 1
have come to a decision as to
where my obligation lies," she
said. She indicated she thought
the opinion of the archbishop was
only that of one prelate and that
there is disagreement "among
At the same time the pretty,
dark-haired girl branded as "ri
diculous'' a rumor that she had
hired a press agent.
Memhardt reluctantly admitted
I tie felt honoring of such a ban by
Stampede. The annual Kids Pa
rade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday
and the big paride will begin at
11:30 a.m., Sunday.
There will be a carnival there
both days and dances in the
Stampede hall each night.
The Lane Sisters, and Homer,
a comedy trampoline act. will he
WASHINGTON t!PI '-Teamster
President James R. Hoffa
and the Senate Rackets Commit
tee ended their two-year hate
feast this week wflh shouts, snarls
In his fourth and probably last
apiwarance before the inquiry.
Hoffa shouted "that's a lie" when
asked if he financed his business
ventures with payoffs from com
panies that employed his union
The committee suggested that
the short, stocky boss of the
truck drivers accepted payoffs
from employers in return for be
traying the best interests of his
"This burns me up," Hoffa
snapped. "It's not true. I defy
anybody to prove it."
At another point in the nine
hour hearing, the Teamster' presi
dent threatened to sue chief com
mittee counsel Robert F. Kennedy
if he continued to link Hoffa with
left-wing labor leaders.
W;hen the tumnlt was over,
stern-faced committee chairman
John L. McClellan D-Ark.)
branded Hoffa a "fountainhead
. . . of corruption."
The House Labor Committee
Friday finished writing a labor
clean-up bill far more lenient
than a measure the Senate passed
Union officials said the House
hill would be "much easier to live
Jfith." Business spokesmen and
conservative congressmen com
plained that the more than 100
amendments tacked on by the
House committee emasculated the
ail Catholic girls could wreck
such contests hy reducing them
to mere fashion shows.
But he pointed out that to date
only one Catholic church official
had issued such a ban, while oth
ers condoned, even gave their
blessing to his beauty parade.
"The current Miss Universe,
Luz Marina Zuluago of Colombia,
is a Catholic girl," he pointed
out. "And the year before, Gladys
Zcrtder of Peru, was a Catholic
As a matter of fact, Meinhardl
and his officials declared after
checking into the matter, an arch
bishop went to Miss Zuluago's
home to bless it after she was
named the winner.
there along with the clowns, Les
Case and Donk Thompson.
Chairmen for this year's stam
pede are Casey Keefer and Larry
Follctt, general chairmen; Carl
Long, Casey Keefer and Larry
Follctt, program; Ray McCall.
parade; Richard Cason. club
events: Dale Clark, tickets;
George Carroll, advertising; Bon
Hayes, polico . and gate: Rex
TVmlctt, decorations; Walley
Koto M Tov;sr.nd. ground
Mcrvit Bennett, dances: Bill Hind
man, arena director; Stub Krausc.
kids parade; Earn Adams, club
concessions; Marsarcttc Follctt,
queen contest; Midlrcd Harwood.
queen mother; Herman Stroeber.
This year's announcer will be
Rob Chambers of Pendleton.
Stock for the rodeo will be fur
nished by Harley Tucker.
BOISE i UPI i More than 2.000
Boiseans turned out on a hot
summer's morning to welcome
the On-to-Orcgon wagon train in
to Idaho's capital today.
The milling crowd roundly ap
plauded the seven wagons as they
rolled up in front of the massive
state capitol building, and young
sters and oldsters alike surged
forward to engulf the train when
it stopped. Led by Wagonmastcr
Tex Serpa, the cavalcade arrived
in Boise right on the dot 9:45
It was led into the city by red
shirted Ada county sheriff's
mounted posse members and po
lice. Although no state dignitaries
were on hand to extend a wel
come, the crowd did its share
with an enthusiastic cheer as the
train came clanking down the
Boise residents started arriving
an hour early and found respite
from the sun by seeking shady
spots on the capitol lawn, but chil
dren of all sizes and cameramen
crowded around to talk to the
No Freight Car
For This Year
PORTLAND (UPI) No freight
car shortage this year is a fore
cast of .ic West Coast Lumber
Oregon shippers arc reported to
have a surplus of cars in mid
summer to carry their loads.
K. C. Batchcldcr, traffic man
ager of the Lumberman's Associ
ation was optimistic, but at the
same time, warned the nation's
railroads that have been reported
ly retiring freight cars faster than
they build them, that such a pol
icy is dangerous.
There has been a shortage of
wide door boxcars, Batchelder
said, but generally speaking, sup
ply of cars have been ample.
They said the railroads deserve
credit for increasing the size of
cars since World War II.
To Quit By Triumphant Fidel
Soviet Toughness Dims
Prospects For Summit
Session, Berlin Truce '
GENEVA (I'PI) Prospects of an early Berlin truce and
a summit conference in September faded today under a
cloud of growing Russian toughness in the foreign ministers
The Western, foreign ministers scheduled another strat
egy session for this morning at the headquarters of the
French delegation but the atmosphere was gloomy.
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko told the West
PITTSBURGH UPI) Muss
layoffs in stcel-rcluted Industries
are gaining momentum although
the nation's steel furnaces have
been shut down for only four
Coal mines, a railroad and a
manufacturing company were the
latest to lay off workers in the
nationwide strike of the United
A construction union official
said refusal to cross the picket
lines, which has halted 200 mil
lion dollars worth of construction
projects, was not ordered by the
union but is traditionally left to
the indiivdual. The policy of the
tradesmen is not to cross picket
Maintenance Crews Strike
A dispute within the strike it
self resulted Friday at the Columbia-Geneva
Steel Division of
U.S. Steel Corp., near Provo,
Utah. Maintenance crews, kept on
the job to keep equipment in good
working order, were ordered off
the job by W. A. Biggs, president
of USW Local 2701 In Geneva. He
said the crews had been working
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.. but were
told by company officials they
must now work from 8 a. m. until
4:30 p. m.
As prospects of a long, bitter
strike grow, Pennsylvania Gov.
David L. Lawrence appointed a
committee of state officials to
plan for financial assistance to
help families in distress.
Lawrence will ask the state
Legislature Monday to provide
stop-gap funds to offset an ex
peeled heavy drainage of the
state relief funds.
Lawrence said he is acting on
past experience with steel strikes
and the state government is pre
paring to "prevent misery and
hardship at the family level."
W. F. Munford, president of
U.S. Steel, said in a letter to
each of the company's employes
that he was "deeply disturbed"
by Vhat he said were distorted
statements in recent weeks con
ccrning the industry's position.
Munford said union leaders
"close their eyes" to the fact
Steclworkers are now paid at the
highest level of the world's indus
trial workers. He also said the
low cost product of foreign pro
ducers are jeopardizing jobs of
American steel workers.
Police Cite Man
For Hit And Run
Frank Watt, 1507 Fourth St., was
arrested this morning on a charge
of hit and run.
A John Doc warrant, issued by
Ross E. Hearing, municipal judge,
was served at 12:29 this morning
by a La Grande police officer
The warrant was issued on the
complaint of George Brojkivich.
2701 Fourth St., after a vehicle
was struck while being parked in
front of 1424 Adams.
Watt posted hail of $M0 and a
hearing was schedule for 3 p.m
The warrant was issued for
.failure to stop a motor vehicle at
the scene of an accident and
failure to leave name and address
or make a diligent inquiry as to
the owner of the vehicle struck or
to leave any information at the
scene of the accident.
Car Wreck Reported
A minor automobile accid'-nt in
volving two La Grande drivers
was reported to police yesterday.
Sandra Lee Hawk, 1002 Adams
Ave., was proceeding west on M
Ave. and approaching the inter
section of 10th St. when the ac
cident occurred. The other car was
driven by Rortia Anne Frazcr,
1510 L Ave.
Minor damage to the left rear
door nd fender of the Frazer car
was reported by police.
ern ministers at lunch rriday
there could be no Berlin
truce without first making East
and West Germany equal partners
on the matter of working out Ger
"What the Russians in effect
demand is that we should agree
to surrender all of Germany in
the future for the sake of peace
in Berlin now," said a highly
competent Western source who
asked not to be identified.
United States Secretary of State
Christian Hcrtcr and British for
eign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd were
meeting this morning with French
Foreign Minister Couve dc Mur
ville to figure out their next
The three were expected to put
the finishing touches on a West
ern counter - plan for reunifying
Germany which informed diplo
matic sources say will be hand
ed to Gromyko within "the next
The Western plan calls the Big
Four powers to remain basically
responsible for bringing Fast and
West Germany together while at
the same time having German
advisers" to work out all the
details among themselves.
But Gromyko served notice Fri
day that this idea nr. any other
would bo coldly received. Accord
ing to conference sourtcs,- he de
manded acceptance of Russia's
plan for an all German commis
sion on reunification and made it
clear this was the only way Rus
sia would agree to guarantee
Western rights in Berlin.
Western officials considered the
Soviet plan a booby trap which
would give the East German
puppet state equal voice with
West Germany and which con
ceivably could lead to a Commu
nist takeover of West Germany.
Ordered To Court
PORTLAND UPIl U.S. Dis
trict Judge Gus J. Solomon Fri
day ordered the Salem Building
Trades Council and Teamsters
Union local 324 to appear in his
court July 24.
They are to show cause why
they should not be enjoined from
alleged violations of fair labor
practices in a wage, hours and
working conditions dispute with
Cascade Employers Association.
The show cause order was ask
ed by the National Labor Rela
tions board in a preliminary in
quiry the NLRB found reason to
believe a secondary boycott is be
ing practiced by the Unions
against sand and gravel concerns
in Corvallis and Salem.
A court Injunction is being ask
ed by the NLRB to prevent the
unions from alleged boycotting
until an inquiry is completed on
'WHEN WILL THE WHISTLE BLOW?'
Last Check For Steelworker;
Will Have To Go A Long Way
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. UPD
Ray Rcyna, 40, is a steelworker
out of a Job and for him and
thousands of others it's a waiting
While negotiators huddle around
polished bargaining tables, tho Job
of feeding, clothing and housing
his family of seven goes on for
Rcyna. a veteran of 10 years
at the Inland Steel, walked off
the Job with his fellow workers
last Tuesday at midnight.
He draws his last check next
Tuesday. He doesn't know when
the next one will come.
"This last check Is going to
have to last me,'' he said. "It
may have to provide food for a
From his rented two story,
Edwin Lynn Fogle took
correspondence course o n
hew to win friends and in
fluence people while serving
a 10-year burglary term In
Indian State Prison. Th
course pprd to work with
Gov. Harold Handley, who
commuted Fogla't sntnc
Friday. But it didn't have
much effect on Wisconsin of
ficials, who promptly took
him Into custody to fac
charges of violating proba
The School District Reorganiza
tion election will be held Monday
from 2 to 8 p.m.
Local voters may cast ballots at
Greenwood school and at the Jun
ior high school building.
The proposal would form a new
administrative district made up
of all county school districts except
the North Powder area.
If the vote is favorable all
present school boards will be
abolished and a new board will
take over on July 1, I960.
Tins new administrative district
would be divided by the committee
into seven zones as nearly equal
in school census population as pos
siblc. One elector will be elected
from each zone. The new ad
ministrator will be appointed by
the new board.
Also local school committees
composed of three members shall
b? elected for each elementary.
junior high and high school attend
ance unit in the administrative
school district. These committees
may advise the board in regard
to school needs, progress, im
provemcnts, teachers, among
The second proposed adminis
trative district provided by the
reorganization plan is composed
of North Powder and Muddy Creek
districts which territory is made
up of property in both Baker and
According to Veda E. Couzens.
Union county school superintend
ent, this plan was agreed upon by
both Baker and Union county com
mittees because of the location of
th joint districts.
The elections for the second
proposal will be held at the Muddy
Creek and North' Powder schools
during regular election time.
The voting for the people of the
Elgin area will be in the grade
school library during regular vot
Veda Couzens urges area resi
dents to "Vote as you think best,
Irriqon Man Arrested
An Irrigon, Oregon man was
arrested by the Oregon State police
for being drunk on a public high
way last night.
William Arnold Gollyhorn was
pick"d up by State Police at MP
290, Highway 30 at 10:10 p.m,
Bail was set at $25 by George
Miller, Justice Court Judge. Golly
horn was held overnight in the
city Jail according to police
five room house, Rcyna can sec
the mill's idled smoke stacks.
"It's rough," He said grimly.
"Six kids to support and no work.
But I've got to support the union
because they got me what I've
For Rcyna the days of no work
drag. His day now consists of
taking his regular turn at pick
eting the . sprawling mill. He
walks the line for six hours and
then goes home or Joins other
strikers on street corners. The
words and thoughts are the same
"when will the factory whistle
blow and work resume?"
But for Rcyna strikes are noth
ing new. The veteran Steelworker
was in the mills when the 59 day
strike erupted in 1952 and the 38
day walkout broke out in 1956.
HAVANA (I'PI) A man
scarcely known outside of Cuba
took the oath of office as Cuba's
new president in the early hours
today after a political upheaval
which ousted President Manuel
Urrutia Lleo and catapulted Fidel
Castro to a new peak of power.
Castro announced he was with
drawing his own resignation as
premier after a four-hour speech
in which he accused Urrutia of
Named to take Urmtia's place
was Dr. Osvaldo Dorticos Torra-
do, cabinet member credited with
drawing up the revolutionary re
gime's laws and decrees, includ
ing death penalties for counter
revolutionaries and those who op
posed Castro s land reforms.
Urrutia was given an armed
guard for his own protection and
moved with his family into the
home of his brother-in-law, Lin
coln Llaguno, in suburban Bauta.
The owner of the $35,000 home
Urrutia bought recently in subur
ban Biltmore told United Press
International there was no truth
to reports the house had been
ransacked. The former owner
said the reports may have
stemmed from the fact he moved
out some furniture into his new
Friday night Castro described
Urmtia's purchase of the home
as the first source of conflict be
tween himself and Urrutia.
Urrutia purchased the house
after less than four months
office and furnished it through
purchases from the government
ministry charged with seizure of
goods left by former dictator Ful
Urrutia as president received
the same $100,000 annual pay as
Batista, but Castro said he con
sidered the purchase of the bouse
After the explosive hours of
Friday night. Havana returned to
normal today. The Cuban confed
eration of labor had instructed Its
members to report for work as
usual, and Cuba's political crisis
was over, at least for the mo
ment. Civic Groups Plan
Wagon Train Meal
The Lions Club and the JC's an
nounced today plans for a dinner
to honor the Oregon Wagon Train
when it arrives in La Grande at
the end of the month.
Present plans call for a ham
dinner to be served at the armory
either July 29 or 30. The public is
invited to attend the meal and wel
come the wagon train people.
Lt. Oakley Summers and George
Bcrshidc, co-chairmen of the event.
announced that their will be a
charge for the meal. The price
has not yet been set.
The groups hope to feed between
500 and 1000 people att he meal.
Teenage Driver Cited
A teenage driver was arrested
by l.a Grande police yesterday ev
ening for disobeying a stop sign.
The Cove youth was arrested at
8:13 at Spruce St. and Highway 82
according to police.
Bail was set a $3 and a hearing
scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m.
But Reyna admits this one will
"My family wasn't as large
then," he said. "Now we hava
more mouths to feed."
To Rcyna's wife. Amelia, . the
strike means something else. -
It means stretching the budget
dollar and planning of economical
Rcyna and his fellow strikers
figure the walkout will last a boot
"Steelworking Is my business,"
he said. "I don't plan on look
ing for other work. '
"We'll Just have to pull our
belts in a notch," he said.
For the steelworker! tts a pe
riod of waiting and the waiting