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LA GRANDE, OREGON, FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 1959
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Into Orbit After
WILL HELP FIND ANSWERS
FOR FUTURE SPACE SHOTS
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. (UPI) A Paddlewheel satel
lite was hurled into orbit around the earth today in an ef
fort to find answers to the problems facing proposed shots
to Venus and Mars.
The satellite, Explorer Six, was propelled into the skies
at 7:13 a.m. (p.d.t.) in the nose of a huge Thor Able III rock
et. Almost three hours later the National Aeronautics and
NEW YORK (UPI) Thirty
Democrats were reported signed
today as Co-sponsors of a Senate
resolution calling on President Ei
senhower to set a deadline for a
voluntary steel strike settlement
and to set up a fact finding board
if it is not met.
Sen. Stuart Symington (D-Mo.).
author of the propossal, said it
would remain open for further
sponsoring signatures today and
be submitted tonight to the Sen
ate Committee on Labor and pub
Meanwhile Federal Mediation
Director Joseph F. Finnegan said
union and industry negotiators
are "getting down to brass tacks"
although still not talking "hard
cash" as they go. into their fifth
consecutive .day , of. bargaining
" talks, .since -U -strike began 24
days ago. '.
Despite the apparent improve
ment in contract talks Finne
gan declined to characterize it as
definite progress both sides re
stated their so-far unyielding po
sitions in display newspaper ad
vertisements today, a technique
deplored earlier this week by the
The steel " industry advertise
menu said "thanks for your let
ters!" to "thousands of you" who
replied to an earlier request for
comment "by a 20 to 1 margin. .
supported our stand against infla
"You have already told us how
you feel, the advertisement said.
"Why not tell Mr, David J. Mc
Donald, president,' United Steel
workers of America ''
On Fire Mop Up
Mop-up operations are expected
to be completed on the fire near
Upper Perry in about a week.
Forestry, officials report that
there are still "hot spots" in the
fire but it is under control.
Sixteen men and two pumpers
were working today in a continua
tion of the mop up operations.
The work is slow because of
burning stumps and underground
roots that are difficult to extinguish.
RUMORS START ON CANADIAN TOUR
Palace Announcement Says
Elizabeth Expecting Baby
LONDON ( UPI ) Queen Eliza
beth expects a baby early next
year, Buckingham Palace an
The expected child will be the
third for Queen Elizabeth and
Prince Philip. Prince Charles,
heir to the throne, is 10. Prin
ces Anne will be nine next week.
The new child, it a boy, will
take precedence over Princess
Anne in line of succession to the
An official palace announce
ment today ended weeks of spec
ulation that the JJ-year-old British
monarch was pregnant.
The rumors had started during
her Canadian tow which ended
last weekend and during which
the Queen at one time had
to cancel part of her official
Both the queen and the Duke
of Edinburgh always have been
anxuus to have more children
I Space Administration announced
in Woshingtont that an orbit had
The satellite, containing paddle-
shaped fins that are filled with
solar cells to recharge its chemi
cal batteries, went into a long or
bit that brought it within 140
miles of the earth every 11 hours.
Its -most distant point from the
earth was 23,000 miles.
During its 11-hour flight around
the earth, Explorer Six was to
reach its maximum altitude at 1
p.m. P.D.T., over South America
and its closest point at 7:30 p.m.
The 142 - pound satellite was
crammed with instruments for 15
major scientific experiments.
"Additional information on the
progress of the experiment will be
reported after the data from the
tracking stations are analyzed,
Solar Cells Are Used
It said all further information
on remaining phases of the test
would come from NASA head
quarters in Washington.
The aluminum-covered artificial
moon, nick-named the Paddle-
wheel because of four paddle
shaped vanes projecting from it.
was the most comprehensive sci
entific package the United States
has attempted to hurl into orbit
around the earth.
Attached to the four vanes were
8.000 solar cells to recharge the
satellite's chemical batteries dur
ong its earth-circling journey. If
this method of keeping batteries
alive proves successful, it will
mean the U.S. has devised a
power supply for maintaining
communications with space
probes taking months to reach
Venus and Mars.
The 14 other major scientific
experiments aboard the satellite
include devices to measure the
hazardous belts of radiation sur
rounding the earth and a TV
scanning device designed to send
back crude pictures of the earth's
College Dance At EOC
Set For This Evening
A dance for all valley college
students home for summer vaca
tion and those attending the sum
mer session at EOC will be held
tonight at Hoke Hall.
The dance will be from 9 to 12
p.m. with music from records.
High school graduates planning
to attend college this fall are also
and it was understood they were
"very happy" about having an
other. The Queen's doctors have
stressed that she is in good
health. This is based on thorough
examinations they carried out
over a period of three straight
days this week.
Because of the pregnancy. Eliz
abeth will be unable to carry out
the tour of West Africa she and
the duke had planned for the fall.
She also cancelled for the time
being the tour to the Orkney and
Shetland Islands off Scotland that
she was about to undertake.
The Queen and the Duke of
Edinburgh were married on Nov.
20, 1947. Prince Charles, now the
Prince of Wales, was born the
next year. Princess Anne In 1950.
The British people were told at
exactly 2 p.m. London time that
their Queen was expecting anoth-
BOBBIES ARE GUARDING
GUARDS AT THE PALACE
LONDON (UPI) London bobbies guarded the guards at
Buckingham Palace Joday
It was the latest move, to protect the high-stepping, red
coated, bearskin-hatted guardsmen from an invading army of
summer tourists. "
The guardsmen always have been plagued with giggling,
snickering, camera-clicking tourists. By tradition they can of
fer no defense but must stand, sphinx-like and unsmiling, even
when someone sticks his tongue out at them or sidles up along
side of them to pose fur a snapshot
, This year, however, has been especially rough on the guards
and Uiey have shown the wear and tear. One recently was con
fined to barracks for kicking an American woman tourist who
giggled at him.
"Pushed, prodded, humiliated why should our soldiers have
to put up with this kind of treatment?" the Daily Sketch ask
ed in an editorial today. "Guards are not there to amuse visi
tors . . . after what happened to one whose boot got in the
way of an American mom, they have to watch their step lit
erally." "We must put a stop to these shameful scenes."
Asks Congress To Act'F
WASHINGTON (UPI) Presi
dent Eisenhower threw his full
personal and official prestige be
hind a strong labor reform bill
Thursday night in a tough-word
ed nationwide radio-TV appeal for
"truly effective" legislation.
In the 15-minute speech, Eisen
hower called on Congress to re-
Here For Big
Four state AAU champions will
be among the contestants at to
morrow's third annual Eastern
Oregon Swimming and Diving
Championships at the Veterans
The meet wljl draw upwards of
120 contestants of all age groups
from the swimming clubs of
Pendleton, Hermiston and La
State champions who will ap
pear in various events an to
morrow s 50-event program are:
Bonnie Scott, La Grande, win-'
ner of the women s and girls'
diving titles at the 1959 Wash
ington State Onpn AAU meet at
Jennifer Smith, La Grande,
1958 Oregon Open AAU title
holder for the 13-14 girls back
Steve Fedor, La Grande, 1958
Oregon Open AAU titleholder lor
the 13-14 boys breaststroke.
Mary Morgan, Pendleton, 1958
Oregon Open AAU titleholder
for the 13-14 girls breaststroke.
The meet will begin at 1:30 p.
To climax the day's activities
the La Grande Youth Activities
Council will sponsor a teen-age
dance at the Armory beginning
at 8:30 p.m., Mrs. Melba Fisk an
The dance marks the comple
tion of one year of Saturday
night dances for the teenagers of
the area. The first dance was
held a year ago at the comple
tion of the district swimming
Members of visiting teams are
invited to the affair. There will
be a nominal admission charge.
er child. Immediately after the
chimes of Big Ben rang out over
the British Broadcasting Corpora
tion, an announcer , broke the glad
The new baby will be the first
in more than a century to be born
to a reigning Queen of England
The child will use the same era
die used by royal infants over the
past 100 years. The present
Queen s great-great grandmother,
Queen Victoria, ordered the cra
dle for her first born.
Neither Frinec Charles nor
Princess Anne was born while
Elizabeth was Queen. The last
child born to a reigning sovereign
of England was Princess Beatrice,
daughter of Queen Victoria, and
that was on April 14. 1857. She
died Oct. 28, 1944.
The last son born to a sovereign
was Victoria's eighth child, Prince
Leopold, Duke of Albany, born
April 7, 1853.
spond to an "overwhelming na
tionnl disffraee" of racketeers.
crooks and other corrupt elements j
in labor unions.
The President gave examples
of "blackmail" picketing, second
ary boycotts and "no-man's land"
cases. After each one, he looked
directly into the TV lens and de
clared sternly, "I want that sort
of thing stopped. So does Ameri
. He praised a proposed bill by
Reps. Phil M. Landrum D-Ga.)
and Robert P. Griffin (R-Mich.)
a good start toward a real
labor reform law. He also pointed
out that his own recommendations
still were before Congress.
Senate- Bill "Weak"
Eisenhower rejected as too
weak a moderate Senate-passed
bill and an even milder measure
approved by the House Labor
Committee. He said neither "will
really do the job to curb the
abuses the American people want
to see corrected."
Backers of the rival measures
gave sharply different assess
ments of the effect of Eisen
hower's address on the House
labor reform showdown expected
next week. '
Chairman Graham A. Barden
(D - N. C.) of the House Labor
Committee, who favors the Lan-
drum-Gritfin measure, said the
"situation looks very good" for
approval of that bill.
But Sen. John F. Kennedy D
Mass), chief author of the Senate
bill, warned that the Landrum
Griffin measure might cause a
congressional deadlock that would
kill all reform, legislation. He
said the measure would "reck the
legitimate union movement."
ALBANY (UPI) A roaring
fire destroyed the Linn Plywood
company plant here Thursday af
ternoon. Damage was estimated
at one million dollars.
The blaze, reported at 4:44 p.m.
was whipped by 2 miles per hour
winds across the two-block long'
plant. It started in the north end
of the building.
The flames spread to dry rub
ble nearby and raced to nearby
houses. One home was destroyed
and at elast three others dam
aged. Burning embers carried the
fire to adjacent grasslands.
A 40-acre grass fire six blocks
away from the plant was caused
by flying embers. The blaze
threatened the Sunrise school and
a housing division.
- Units were called in from Cor
vallis and Lebanon to help fight
The plant employed about 300
persons. It was reported to have
closed Wednesday and was to re
Thousands of dollars of stack
ed plywood went up in flames
that scared to 200 feet during the
height of the fire. Steel boxcars
buckled from the heat.
Cause of the fire was not im
La Grande Police Warn
Of Turning Violations
Police Chief Oliver Reeve warn
ed motorists that it is illegal to
make turns across the double line
in the middle of Adams Ave.
Reeve said that motorists have
been making such turns with in
creasing frequency and are crea
ting a hazard to the flow of traffic.
K - f . . . v
MISS PIONEER OREGON
Helen Meek is a descendent of pioneer, Joe Meek.
DESCENDANT OF JOE MEEK
TO ATTEND PLAY TONIGHT
By VIRGINIA ANDERSON ;
Observer Staff Writer
Joe Meek's-great grand-doughtor
will be on hand for the production
of "Doctor in Buckskin Clad" to
night. Helen Meek of Portland was
selected by the Sons and daughters
of Oregon Pioneers to be "Miss
Pioneer Oregon" and will attend
the play in that capacity.
She was selected as Miss Pio
neer Oregon because oi ner
pioneer ancestory. Her great-
grandmother was a Nez Perce In
dian drincess. daughter of Chief
Kow-e-so-te, and niece of Chief
Joseph. Helen was named after
her great-aunt, Helen Mar, who.
at the age of eight years, died from
Of Ken Nelson
Kenneth Nelson, a former La
Grsnde resident and son of Horace
Nelson of La Grande, died yester
day morning from botulism poison
ing. Nelson and his family contracted
the poison from homemade canned
The family doctor reported yes
terday afternoon that Mrs. Nelson
The couple's 15-year-old daugh
ter, Wanda, died last week. They
had three children.
The La Grande Jaycces are
planning to donate 10 per cent of
their gross ticket sales from the
Grand Ole Opry to the Nelson
family. The Tennessee company
will perform here September -S,
at 7:30 p.m.. in the high school
Tickets may be purchased from
any Jaycee member.
President Will Take
To Camp David For Private Talk
WASHINGTON (UPI Presi-
dent Eisenhower is expected to
take Soviet Premier Nikita S.
Khrushchev to his secluded Camp
David retreat in Maryland for in
formal talks at some point during
the Russian leader's visit next
This was reported today by
well - informed officials who said
tentative plans for the Camp Da
vid talks are emerging from U.S.
Soviet negotiations on arrange
ments for the Khrushchev visit,
which begins Sept. 15.
Officials said Eisenhower and
Khrushchev would have a much
better chance to get down to
brawi tacks in a discussion of
cold war problems in the relaxed,
private atmosphere of the moun-
measles and exposure during the
Whitman Massacre. .
Uer gown was. designed and
made at Charles F. Berg in Port
land. It was adapted from 1858
styles and required 18 yards of
antique ivory taffeta, called crystal
charm, and is edged with 15 yards
Helen will be a senior this Fall
at Washington high school in Port
land. Her main hobby is dancing
and at present she is with the
Park and Recreation Work in the
Theatre Workshop group. " ;
In the play which she will see.
Jack Rye plays the part of Joe
The play runs for the last time
this weekend, and it begins at 8
p.m. in the college coliseum. '
The cast of "Doctor In Buckskin
Clad" will travel to Independence,
Oregon, August 15 to put the play
on there in conjunction with the
arrival of the Centennial Wagon
train. They are being co-sponsored
by Independence and the Advance
Youth Dance Planned
For Saturday Night '
The Youth Activities Council will
sponsor a teen-age dance lor tne
youth of the area and members
of visiting t"ams participating in
the Eastern Oregon Swimming and
Diving Championships Saturday
evening at the Armory, Mrs. How
ard Fisk announced today.
Dancing will start at 8:30 p.m.
and last until 11:30 p.m..
The series of teen-age dances
held throughout the year began
last August with the district swim
ming championships. Visiting
teams for the afternoon swim meet
are Pendleton, Hermiston and pos
A nominal admission charge will
tain retreat than at White House
The President and ' British
Prime Minister Harold Macmil
lan went to Camp David, which
is in the Catoctin mountains about
75 miles from Washington,- last
spring for several days of con
ferences. The disclosure that Khrushchev
might be invited to Camp David
came amid these other develop
ments in connection with his visit
to this country:
Vice President Richard M.
Nixon and Secretary of State
Christian A. Herter .were to re
port to the President's cabinet
this morning on their recent deal
ings with the Soviets. -
Defense Secretary Neil H. Mc-
Death Toll May Hit
25 In Disaster Area
ROSEBURG. Ore. (UPI) A truck loaded with six tons
of explosive chemicals and dynamite blew up here early
today, devastating a large area and damaging nearly every
building in the downtown pan oi mis cy oi o,uw.
Police Chief Vernon Murdock said there were 11 dead. '
The coroner, Dr. C. H. Babbitt,
counted and that the deatn
least 50 persons were injured.
The truck belonged to the Pa
cific "Powder Company of Seattle.
Officials there said it contained
four tons of solid ammonium ni
trate fertilizer and two tons of
The ammonium nitrate was tne
same type of cnemicai wmco
blew up in a ship in 1947 at Tex
as City. Tex., resulting In 561
Property loss here was expect
ed to run into the millions of
Murdock said many business es
tablishments were destroyed. Sev
en or eight houses near the blast
scene also were lost and at least
30 damaged severely, he said.
I would say the entire down
town area has damage to build
ings," the chief added-
Truck Parked For Night
The truck was parked for- the
night near a building supply com
pany. It blew up after a fire
broke out in the supply firm.
The truck driver, George Ruth
erford. 47. Chehalis, Wash., was
reported to have been injured by
flying glass while staying at a
nearby hotel. State Police Lt. How
ard Benninghoff said Rutherford
haofreceived permission from the
Gerritsen Building Supply Com-
pany to park his truck near their
warehouse and had checked the
truck at midnight.
The fire alarm was turned in at
1:15 a m.
One of the victims was identi
fied as Assistant Fire Chief Roy
McFarland. Another was a man
named Harry Carmichael. A po
lice officer, Donald Desues, about
34, was reported missing,
The blast tore a hole 50 feet
across and 10 to 15 feet deep. The
hole was tilled with three or four
feet of water from broken mains.
Murdock said an area of three
blocks by three blocks was burned
out by the fire.
Like Bombed Out Art
The police chief said the de
stroyed businsses included three
or four automobile agencies, ser
vice stations, garages, a soft
drink plant, the Gerritsen Supply
Company, the Farmers Cooper
ative Building and others.
Firemen managed to keep two
propane tanks located near the
disaster area from exploding
They had ordered a seven-square
block area evacuated as a pre
caution. The area near the center of the
blast looked as if it had been
bombed out. The explosion oc
curred about three blocks west of
the main downtown business sec
tion as firemen and police arrived
to answer the alarm.
Dave Coron, news editor of ra
dio station KRXL, rushed to the
scene and saw two persons lying
in the street. "Both were still
alive but were bleeding badly,1
he said. "There were hot wires
down all over the place.
The blast broke windows up to
at least a mile away.
State ef Emergency
Business in this southwest Ore-
eon lumber center was at a stand
still today. The National Guard
was called out and a state of
Fire departments from Eugene
and Springfield. 75 miles to the
north, were called to help. The
fires finally were contained after
See ROSEBURG On Page I
Elroy said he would welcome a
chance to show U.S. military hi
saltations to Khrushchev. He said
it would be "constructive" for the
Soviet leader to see that "the
military- strength opposing him is
sizable, effective and competent
to carry out its' mission."
Sen. Albert Gore D Tenn.)
suggested that Eisenhower Invite
Khrushchev for cruise on the
atomic submarine Nautilus. Gore
said it would be an "enjoyable,
invigorartag, and challenging ex
perience" for the Soviet leader.
European nations concerned
over the prospect of a "Big Two"
approach to world affairs began
a round of talks today designed
to Insure that their interests will
said nine bodies had been
ion may go as rugn as zd. At
In Stride j
ROSEBURG (UPI) The stur-i.
dy people of Roseburg have be-f
gun the long process of cleaning!
up after the disastrous explosion
and fire that devastated a part of:
this city of some 13,000.
Although the city was in a state
of emergency, it's not In state
The people have taken theiri
loss and misfortune in stride. :
Much of the town's business.
district was closed to all but
those persons carrying police per-!
mils. Most of the buildings bave
been damaged, and few have"
windows left. ,
Cas Lines Leak
Gas lines as far as six blocks!
from the blast center were leak-,
ing and some areas were closed'
to all persons because of the.
No smoking bans have been,
placed on much of the disaster
But still the people steadily coo-1
tinue their monumental cleanup'
C. H. Patchett, owner of Pat'
Tavern, one of the few business
operating in Roseburg today
pointed to deep pock marks on
the hard top of his bar made by
flying glass and softly exitaimd,
"It's unbelievable!" -
"It happened real quick," Pat
chett said. "It was like being un
der a jet blasting off."
"We have a lot of fine people
in this town, and they're all work
ing real hard to get it going
again," he said. v
One jewelry store owner said
he lost diamonds valued at $25,
000 to $30,000. The diamonds and
diamond rings were blown out in
to the street from window show
cases and mixed with the shat
A young woman stood behind
the framework of another jewelry
store front without windows. She
had been sweeping, but now she
leaned on her broom and wept .
softly as she looked at the broken
chinaware and chrystalware litter
ing the floor.
Mrs. Nettie Myers, proprietor of
Myers Shoe Repair was at home,
some nine blocks from the explo;
"My land," she exclaimed, "it
knocked me right off my feet.'- "
"It was like you would think
the end of the world would be."
There was a small green stra,w
basket sitting on the counter In
side her store. She bad no idea
where it came from. It blew in
when the windows blew out.
FIREMEN ANSWER CALL
Firemen were called to X703
Spruce St. early this morning to
put out a fire. The" department
was called at 2:40 a.m. when grass,
was burning along the side of ft'
street. A wood pile also was burn-
at Observer Office
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