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Crowds Pack Streets
13th Issue 64th Year
HOUSTON, Ttx. UPI A
mlddle-oged and apparently
demented man screamed.
"Stay away from me or I'll
blew you into bit," today and
throw a powerful suitcase
bomb into playing children
at Edgar A. Poo Elementary
School for white students,
killing five pupils, two adults
and probably blowing himself
An all-points bulletin was issued
lor Harold Orgeron, who authori
ties said was a suspect. He has
a record ot safe cracking. His
station wagon was seen near the
school just before the bombing.
Sheriff Buster Kern's deputies
said scores were injured.
Twenty seven ambulances rushed
to the scene and 15 left with in
jured and maimed pupils in them.
First reports said the bomb
thrower was killed in his own ex
plosion, but later reports indicated
that he escaped in the confusion.
Houston police and the Texas
Rangers were looking for a 1958
station wagon that was at the
Marvin Dewoody, who lives near
the school, said he was a block
awav when the bomb went otr.
"It knocked my car against the
curb," h. said. ."I drove to the
school and saw the confusion
There were Darts of bodies all
over the yard. Somebody told me
there had been a man in tne
building with a black suitcase and
they ordered him out. Soon after
that the explosion happenea.
"Broken glass and debris littered
the school yard. People were run
nine about everywhere screaming
Hundreds of frantic mothers were
milling about, screaming and
The first victims were identified
as Bill Hawes. pupil, and Johnny
Fitch, 7. a pupil. The teacher was
Jennie Koltcr and the custodian
James A. Montgomery.
The story of the bombing, as
Sheriff KcnTs men fitted it to
gether from confused and shocked
pupils and teachers, was this:
A man entered the schoolyard,
where the children were playing,
with a black suitcase in his hands.
Ho yelled. "Slay away from me
or I'll blow you to bits."
Somebody hurried to get Mont
gomery. Montgomery came back
and rushed at the man who threw
the suitcase at him and fled. It
The bomb blew out windows in
the school and in residences for
two or three blocks around. It
scattered bits of clothing and flesh
over the schoolyard.
Last Friday, a total of 682 pu
pils were enrolled in the school.
Police List One
Minor Car Wreck
La Grande police reported a
minor traffic accident early this
morning in front of 1902 Adams
A vehicle operated by Merlen
Bethel Davis, Rt. 1, Box 369, was
involved In an accident with a
parked automobile owned by Al
vin Spencer Hawk, 1902 Adams
' Ave., police said.
Extensive damage to the car
operated by Davis was reported
Violet Thome. Foothill Road,
suffered bruised shins in the 1:47
a.m. accident but was not treated
by a doctor, police said.
On UP Spur Line
ELGIN (Special) A chip car
from the Western Stud Mill near
here broke loose about 11 a m
today and backed into the ca
boose of a Union Pacific freight
According to spokesmen, th
lone occupant of the caboose
Jumped tlear just before the
chip car crashed. The caboose
was completely demolished, now
UP officials were investigating
at the accident scene during
early afternoon and could not be
reached for additional miorma
lion or comment f
On Tap Here
A meeting of the State Wat
oi Resources Board is schedul
ed hc(e Wednesday at 9 a m. dur
ing which time a comprehensive
report on the Grande Ronde Riv
er basin study will be given.
Reports will detail the studies
of beneficial use of water, in
dustrial, mining, recreation, wild
life and fish life uses.
Pollution abatement, drainage
and reclamation were also part
cf the original survey, it was
The conference will be held in
the small ballroom of the Saca
iawca and will have state offi
cials as well as regional people
NEW YORK UPI More than
900 white students were expected
to show up for "integrated" clas
ses today, ending a peaceful boy
cott to protest the transfer of Ne
gro and Puerto Rican children to
five predominantly white schools
Monday's boycott in Queens was
billed by the students' parents as
a one-day protest against transfer
ring students across county lines.
School officials said they did not
believe the parents would try to
continue the demonstration this
Two hur.d-ed Negro students
also boycotted their ne'ghborhood
schools' in Harlem Monday. Their
parents plan to take them Wed
nesday to Riverdale. an all-white
section of the Bronx, to attempt
to enroll them in schools there.
This move was another reac
tion to the school board's policy
of transferring students from
crowded schools to less crowded
ones. The board transferred sev
eral hundred white students to the
Riverdale school, and the Negroes
claim they have as much right as
anyone to be transferred from
schools they claim are "segregat
ed and inferior."
' No other incidents occurred to
mar the return of 1,500,000 stu
dents to the city's schools Mon
day. There was picketing but no vio
lence at five elementary schools
hi the neat Ridgewood-Glendalc
section of Queens as 302 transfer
students, most of them Negro, ar
rived in special buses. Teachers
said the new students, neatly
dressed and well-behaved,' got
along amicably with their white
Wayne Morris Dies
Of Heart Attack
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI I Ac
tor Wayne Morris, died of a heart
attack Monday aboard an aircraft
Carrier in the Pacific, where
unknown to most of his fans he
played his greatest role during
World War II. -
Morris, 45, collapsed while
atching air operations from the
3ride;e of the carrier USS Bon
Homme Richard, which was con
flicting exercises off Monterey.
Calif., about 100 miles south of
As a carrier pilot during the
ar, the veteran actor was award
ed four Distinguished Flying
Crosses and two air medals. He
shot down seven Japanese plane;
and was credited with sinking an
enemy gunboat and a destroyer.
Morris was aboard the Bon
ilomme Richard Monday as a
;uest of his uncle and wartime
quadron leader, Capt. David Mc-
ampbell. skipper of the carrier.
Teachers Reception Due
IMBLER (Special) A teachers
reception will be held Thursday
at t p.m. in the Wade Hall. It
will be the first P.T.A. meeting
of the current school year.
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I LIVE ABOUT RIGHT THERE
Camilla Oerley, a student from Austria (center) shows Joy Haun, (left) and Sylvia
Haun, pictures of her home town, Vienna. The girls find they have a lot in common.
Miss Oerley will be attending the La Grande High School for the full term, return
ing home next summer.
On Route 30
William A. Isham and Robert
E Niblett, both of Billings, Mont.,
are reported in serious condition
at the Grande Ronde hospital as
a result of injuries suffered in a
one-vehicle wreck at 7:30 a.m.
'Isham was driving a freight
truck and trailer on Highway 30
at the Mountain Springs over
head and failed to negotiate a
curve, state police said. The
truck crashed , into a bank and
rolled over onto its side.
Niblett was in the sleeping
compartment when the mishap
Investigating officers said that
too much speed was the apparent
cause of the accident.
Mop Up Forest Fire
Southwest Of Bend
BEND (UPI) Mopping up
operations were under way today
on a forest fire which burned
some' 550 acres about 20 miles
southwest ft here near the De
Forest Service officials in Port
land said the blaze burned about
332 acres in National Forest land.
The fire started Sunday and was
AUSTRIAN EXCHANGE STUDENT
Camilla Oerley, 17, Attending
La Grande High, Likes America
By MAXINE NURMI
Observer Staff Writer
A new studeni seen in the halls
of La Grande High School this
year is Camilla Oerley, 17 year
old girl from Vienna, Austria. She
is a member of the senior class.
Miss Oerley was selected through
the American Field Service rep
resentative at Portland. There are
certain qualifications a youth must
have to b eligible.' The family
selected for them to stay with is
required to have a daughter or
son of the same age and grade in
school, thus making it easier for
young people to get acquainted.
The local Rotary Club formed
the necessary association to spon
sor a youth in this area. The Val
setz Lumber Co. then gave the
required amount of money to
support her here. This includes
a small amount of spending mon
ey, school supplies, and neces
sities that are needed.
Dr. and Mrs. James Haun and
family were selected for the home
away from home of Miss Oerley
The family includes Drand Mrs.
Haun. a son David, two daughters.
Sylvia and Joy, and now Camilla.
Subjects Miss Oerley is taking
in school include speech, English,
U.S. History, social problems, typ
ing and drivers training. The
driving is new to her as a person
has to be J8 to start .driving in
Austria. In ber
horn ' the
LA GRANDE, OREGON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1959
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SNACK TIME Camilla Oerley, standing in the native
costume of Austria, prepares to pour a glass of milk for
Joy Haun, a "sort of sister," while living in La Grande.
She finds many things similar to her home country.
jects are assigned for the eight
years of high school. Her subjects
were Latin, math, English and
German, history, biology, physics,
chemistry, religion, and physical
education. These subjects are tak
en each year with no variation.
Students of Austria start school
at the age o six, attend four
years of grad? school and then
high school until tw.7 are 14. At
that time they may drop out, but
if they wish to go on to a uni
versity they must complete the
eight years of high school. Mif-s
Oerley plans to complete her last
year of school there, upon her
return, and then go to the Uni
versity of Vienna, to study lang
uages, psychology and the sub
jects needed to teach, or. if she
can master it, to become an in
terpreter. Schools in Austria are six days
a week, starting at 8 a.m.. and
completing the day at 1 or 2 p.m.
Miss Oerley's family Includes
her parents, and one small broth
er, Thomas, who is six months
old. Her mother is a secretary for
a health insurance company and
her father is a writer. At present
he is working with a psychologist,
in writing books, the second of
which has bwn published. Prior
to that he wrote for newspapers.
magazines, and did novels.
On interviewing Miss Oerley,
her country was compared to
ours as much the same in many
ways. The climate, mountains,
vegetables, fruits and animals are
all very similar. Even the youth
of Austria like jazz, b-bop, Ameri
can movies, and try to follow
America in various ways. Her
home town of Vienna has a popu
lation of more than one and a half
million people. They do not live
in individual homes as families
do here. Only a very few are able
to have a house to themselves.
There are no spacious lawns or
yards for children to play in. She
was impressed with the fact that
so many people know each other.
Th? word "cute" had her puz
zled, as this was not one taught
in her English classes.
She saw her first football game
on the home field, when La Grande
played Union. She said she had
never yelled so much at a game
before, and is looking forward to
the next. Football in her country
is played similar to our soccer
bail. She also had her first ham
burger and liked it very much,
especially the tomato whatever it
was, that went in it.
Saw First Cowboy
Mr. and Mrs. Rice McHaley
were hosts to a trip to Brownie
Dam, for Miss Oerley, during
se Camilla on pg eight
Operate On Moon
LONDON UPI London's
Daily Express today roportod
an alleged question and ens
wor with an unidentified offi
cial of tho U.S. Stat Depart
ment which ran Ilk this:
Q.-How long will it take
to got a man to tho moon?
A. Fivo days. Ono day to
got him thoro, four days to
got him through Russian cus
The Island City post office will
be converted to an Independent
station of the La Grande post of
fice at an "early date, accord
ing to information forwarded to
The Observer by Sen. Richard L.
A letter to the Oregon lenafor
from the U.S. Post Office De
partment said that Mrs. Audrey
IS Phillips, postmaster at Is
land City, has submitted her re
Rural stations are established
when considered necessary to
facilitate the transactions of pos
tal business in communities
where a considerable numbor of
people would be seriously incon
venienced if required to trans
act postal business with rural or
star route carriers only.
Rural stations provide facilities
for the sale of stamp supplies,
the transaction of money order
! business, and the acceptance, de
livery and dispatch of ordinary,
registered, insured and CO D.
The community served by a
rural station retains its identity
and the residents may continue
to use their present mailing ad
dress, the letter indicated.
There are 90 families in Is
land City, four of which receive
mail through general delivery
and through post office boxes.
There Is one school in the area
and 17 busings establishments.
There is an average of four
money orders issued daily.
The total cost of operating the
post office amounts to $5,537 a
vcar. which Includes the post
master's salary and allowances
for leave replacement and other
clerical hire. '
The investigation disclosed
that adequate postal service
could be provided the patrons of
the Island City post office by the
establishment of a rural station.
A contractual agreement in the
amount of $2,400 per year has
been obtained for the operation
of the rural station. It will be
in the same location as the pres
ent office. There would be no
rhanee in the receipt and dis
patch of mail, the aopanmcm
Der Bingle Proud
Father Of Baby
Girl, His First
LOS ANGELES (UPD-Crooner
Bing Crosby, father of five sons,
let out a joyful "whaoo" Monday
night at Queen of Angels Hospital
when his wife, actress Kathy
Grant, gave birth to their first
"You could hear him the lengtn
of the corridor,'' said an attend
ant. "And the corridor is about
two blocks long."
The 55-year-old finger took his
24-year-old wife to the hospital at
5:34 p.m. Monday. Two hours la
ter she gave birth to a (-pound.
15-ounce girl. -
The couple named the child
Mary Frances. They have one
other child. Harry Llllis Crosby
III. born at the tame hospital
Aug. 8. 1958. Crosby's four grown
sons were by hit marriage to his
first wife, the late Dixie Lee.
Dr. Abner J. Moss, the same
physician who delivered Crosby
and Miss Grant's son. nicknamed
Tex, delivered the baby.
adjourned at dawn today, ending
its eight month session with last
minute action on two of its most
controversial issues civil rights
and foreign aid.
The first session of the Demo
cratic-controlled 86th Congress
ended at 6:24 a.m. e.d.t. when
the Senate adjourned sine die.
The House had quit at 6:21 a.m.
e d.t. The second session, barring
an unexpected special call by
President Eisenhower, will con
vene on Jan. 6.
Adjournment came less than six
hours before the scheduled Wash
ington arrival of Soviet Premier
Nikita Khrushchev and eliminated
the question of whether he should
be invited to address a joint ses
The legislators shoved some of
their biggest problems under the
rug until 1960. They postponed the
main civil rights fight until mid
February and also put off action
on farm and school aid legisla
Played to Packed Galleries
While the House marked time
most of the final day of the long
est session in eight years, the Sen
ate played to packed visitors and
galleries in a windup debate on
The product of its labor was a
two-year extension of the federal
Civil Rights Commission, which
the House accepted as part of a
catch-all $3,626,000,000 appropna
Qf the bill's total, $3425.813.000
was for the foreign aid program
A $500,000 item covered next
year's expenses of the Civil
Rights Commission, which had
been scheduled to die Nov. 8.
Democrats, who ruled the 1959
session with top-heavy majorites
in loth Houses, claimed they pro
duced a "solid and substantial"
record despite the frustrations of
GOP leaders held that public
support of President Eisenhower's
fight for economy and a balanced
budget forced the Democrats to
"bend" in his direction.
The session's accomplishments
included approval of Hawaiian
statehood, a compromise labor re
form bill, plus housing, airport
construction, veterans aid and in
ternational monetary measures.
PENDLETON (Special) An
added feature of the Wednesday
and Thursday performances of the
1959 Pendleton Round-Up will be
the Miss Rodeo of Oregon contest
to select the cowgirl who will
represent Oregon at the Miss Rod
eo of America Contest to be held
in Las Vegas in November. Girls
from all IRM approved rodeos in
Oregon will enter this contest
which was won last year by Judy
Lazinka (Mrs. Ron Currin of Hep
pner). queen of the 1958 Pendleton
The girls are judged on horse
manship, persona'ity, and appear
ance. The horsemanship contest
will be staged Wedn-sday and
Thursday as part of the regular
Round-up show. The personality
and appearance divisions will be
judged during the girls' entire stay
in Pendleton. A Western style
show is being planned for Wed
nesday night at Happy Canyon as
part of the Happy Canyon Dance
entertainment, following the first
performance of this pageant At
that time, the girls will be pre
sented to the public.
Horsemanship plays an impor
tant role in the contest as each
girl must perform in a prescribed
pattern which has been designed
to show her ability to handle a
horse under any circumstances.
The girls use their own saddles,
but the horses are furnished by
the Round-Up Association, the
girls drawing for horses each of
the two days.
Partly cloudy tonight and
Wednesday; patches fog or
low clouds; low tonight 36
46; high Wednesday 62-72.
Soviet Premier Nikita 1
Khrushchev arrived today on
his fateful 13-day American
visit and drove through
crowd-packed streets which
politely applauded but raised
scarcely a cneer of welcome.
President Eisenhower met the
Russian leader at the foot of his
plane at Andrews Air Force Base
and there he got the full-
dress ceremonial welcome accord
ed a head of state.
But if the world's No. 1 Commu
nist had expected warmth and an
ovation from the American pub
lic, he was completely disappoint
ed. Eisenhower welcomed him with
the t hope that his visit, and the
President's return trip to Russia
later, would contribute to a bet
ter understanding of their respec
tive peoples and systems.
But the President added a tart
commentary on their differences.
"In our system the people them
selves establish and control the
government." he said. "You will
find that they, like your people,
want to live in peace with justice."
Proud of Moon Rocket
Khrushchev replied that he had
come to America with "an open
heart and good intentions."
"The Soviet people want to live
in friendship with the American
people." he said. "There are no
obstacles to having the relations'
between our countries develop as
relations between good neighbors."
Khrushchev made proud men
tion of the Soviet feat of launching
a rocket to the moon.
"A pennant bearing the national
emblem of the Soviet Union is now
on the moon," he said.
"The Soviet pennant as an old
resident of the moon will welcome
your pennant and they will live
there together in peace and friend
ship as we both should live togeth
er on the earth in peace and friend
ship. . ." s .
The Soviet leader's mammoth
TU114 turbo-prop arrived almost
an hour behind schedule. Confu
sion was compounded when the
great craft had to be turned .
around on the runway so that
Khrushchev emerged on the other
side of the plane from the color
guard that was lined up for him.
Lisenhower went around the
plane and greeted the Soviet lead
er at the foot of a specially built
The President shook hands
heartily with Khrushchev, with his
wife. Mrs. Nina Khrushchev, and
with Foreign Minister Andrei Gro
Gold Stars In Lapels
Khrushchev wore a dark gray
suit and carried a black hat. On
his lapels were two gold stars.
Mrs. Khrushchev was dressed in
a blue print suit and was wearing
a black nai ana Diacs snoes.
It was the first ' time in his
career that Khrushchev had" been
accorded the full honors of a vis
iting chief of state and he got the
full treatment 21-gun cannon
salute, review of an honor guard
of the four U. S. armed services,
reception by the top-ranking offi
cials of the American government
and their wives, and the playing
of the national anthems of the two
The mast severe security meas
ures in peacetime history were In- a
voked to protect Khrushchev from
Both men . made brief and for
mal opening statements at the air
port. Eisenhower assured Khrush
chev that the people of the United
States bore those of the Soviet
Union no ill will.
Khrushchev's plane landed at
9:21 am. p.d.t.
Review Honor Troops
The Army band began playing a
march when Khrushchev first
stepped on the ground and con
tinued it as he walked steadily
down the long taxiway. reviewing
the honor troops with Eisenhower
at his side.
The Premier was bareheaded as
The well-drilled troops snapped -briskly
to attention and the 50
flags of the American states went
up in unison behind the speaker's
stand as Khrushchev and Eisenr
Eisenhower removed his hat as
they reached the official red wel
coming carpet. Khrushchev moved
slowly down the official receiving
line, with especially hearty hand
clasps for the ladies.
Mrs. Khrushchev followed him.
Both smiled broadly s children
from the Russian Embassy presy
ented them with red rosea. ,
Khrushchev bowed and then
hugged the girl who gave him a
bouquet of roses.
He and the President stood rig
idly at attention as the bands
played the Russian national an
them to the thunderous backdrop
of the 21-gun salute from 75 Milli
meter howitzers. The band then
went immediately Into the "Star
Spangled Banner" as Eisenhower
stood with his right hand over bis