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Own Son And Five Others
HOUSTON, Tex. (UPI)
Children returned to classes
at Edgar A. Poe elementary
school today where a mad
man bomber turned a play
period into a nightmare of
horror and left six persons
dead and 19 others injured.
Authorities scheduled classes to
day even though windows in the
school were shattered by Tues
day's blast that tossed bits of hu
man flesh on children at play.
The madman was Paul Harold
Orgeron, a 49-year-old former con
vict. He carried his bomb in a
big black suitcase and apparently
touched it off with a timing de
vice he worked with his foot.
Orgeron killed himself, his own
seven-year-old son, Paul, two
other seven year old boys, a he
roic school custodian and a school
He might have killed more but
for the quick work of teachers
who herded some of the charges
back into the building when Orge
ron, after trying to gather a group
of children around him, yelled
that he had a 'bomb.
One of the seven-year-old boys
killed was Johnny C. Fitch, the
grandson of Vice Adm. Aubrey W.
Fitch who was second in com
mand to the late Adm. William
Halsey during the Pacific fighting
in Wo Jd War II.
The other victims were Bill
Ilawes, 7: custodian James A
Montgomery, 56: a id the teacher.
Mrs. Jeannie A. Koulter, 56.
So shattering was the blast that
it was several hours before Orge
ron s identity could be established
by fingerprints on a severed hand
found in the schoolyard.
Montgomery's head was blown
off when he tried to rush the for
All of the injured were pupils
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cAicpi mis. i. c. iuiy, we priir
cipal. She lost a leg while answer
ing a summons to investigate a
scene caused by Orgeron.
Police found a note on the
ground signed by P.H. Orgeron.
It said: -
"I want Bobby (name illegible)
Orgeron, mother of my son, Dusty
Paul Orgeron. I want to return
my son to her. I have tried hard
to get the police department to
return my son to her."
Union Boys Interested
In Scouting Advised
UNION (Special) Boys eight
years of age and older who are
interested in joining the Boy
Scouts are asked to contact the
scoutmasters in Union.
Eight to 11 year olds should
contact F. V. . Pumphrcy and
boys over 11 should get in touch
wtth Howard Naegeli.
Laos Rebels Elude
VIENTIANE, Laos, UI'I
Communist Pathet Lao rebel
troops withdrawing northward in
Red-threatened Samncua Province
In Flight; Rocket
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla.
(UPIl A wobbling intermediate
range Jupiter missile exploded in
flight about 1,000 feet over the
missile Test Center here early to
day. Scientists and technicians
dashed safely to cover from the
The missile, airborne with frogs,
specimens of humai blood and
skin and 14 pregnant mice in its
nose cone, faltered on blast-off
and technicians intentionally de
stroyed the big bird seconds later.
It was the third missile failure
here in a little more than 24
hours. The same Jupiter was
scrubbed Tuesday after it ignited
but developed a malfunction, cut
ting off the engine automatically.
Prior to Tuesday's first Jupiter
launching attempt, a Vanguard
rocket test was called off.
The - Jupiter's nose cone was
scheduled to be recovered from
the Atlantic Ocean about 1.500
miles down the tracking range.
Scientists planned the biochemi
cal experiments to study space
flight conditions on various bio
logical systems, including gravity
loads, weightlessness and cosmic
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SEMINAR HERE Dr. Charles Frederick Warnath, a
member of the psychology department faculty at the
University of Oregon, will conduct a supervisory semi
nar on Human Factors in Management here during
September and October. Seminar meetings are sched
uled at the Sacajawea Hotel tomorrow and on Oct. 1, 8, .
15 anrl 22.
AMES. Iowa UPI l This quiet
college town was stunned today
by the senseless killing of a young
mother and her adopted daughter
by an honor student at Iowa State
Police said they were set upon
Tuesday by Harry McDaniel, 20.
McDaniel offered no explana
tion for strangling the two, police
said, except to explain that he
has had "momentary urges to
County Attorney Donald J. Nel
son took McDaniel, a junior stu
dent in electrical engineering, be
fore Municipal Judge Albert Stein
berg Tuesday night.
McDaniel, a blond, curly-hai'ed
youth, pleaded innocent to two
open charges of murder and was
ordered held on $30,000 bond.
Apparently have eluded govern
ment columns attempting to
spring a jungle (rap on them,
Laotian army sources said today.
The government of Laos mean
while imposed a midnight curfew
on night life in Vientiane, appar
ently in fear of a wave of Com
munist terrorism in the tiny cap
ital city of this Southeast Asian
The situation in the remote pro
vinces appeared less serious now
that a United Nations investigat
ing committee wasjjn the scene.
The army sources said the Com
munist units which bes!eged Mu
ong Song and Muong Hiem last
week began pulling back last Sun
day. Government troops in neighbor
ing Luang Prabang Province then
were dispatched eastward in a
bid to cut off the rebels.
The sources said, however, that
"We can't find them the jungle
is too thick."
It was believed the rebels a-e
making discovery almost impos
sible in the jungle.
Government troops were expect
ed to move southeast to reinforce
loyal elements defending Muong
Song and prevent any similar
deep penetration by the Communist-led
Muong Hiem had been the
southernmost penetration by the
rebels in that area, but no activi
ty has been reported from there
The army sources said Red
propaganda work is continuing in
the Muong Song region, but there
have been no clashes.
Twenty executives, administra
tors and supervisors from Eastern
Oregon will meet at the Sacaja
wea Hotel here Thursday for the
first of five seminar sessions on
Human Factors in Management.
The seminar, designed for person
responsible for directing the ac
tivities of others and stressing the
fundamentals of supervisory lead
ership, is made available through
General Extension Division of the
Oregon State System of Higher
Education in response to requests
quests of business and industrial
concerns in the La Grande area.
Seminar leader is Dr. Charles
Frederick Warnath, a member
of the psychology - department
faculty at the University of Ore
gon. Seminar participants will
m'et wi'h Dr. Warnath on Thurs
day and on Oct. 1, 8. 15 and 22
for discussion and study of prob
lems pertinent to supervision and,
management in business. Topics
scheduled for consideration are
difference in perception and the
relationship between perception'
and action, individual differenc
es, communication, defense me
chanisms, conflicts, group atmos
phere, individuality and leader
ship. The five Thursday meetings will j
begin with dinner at 5 p.m. at
the hotel and evening sessions
scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.
Arrangements for the seminar
in La Grande have been made
through the cooperation of the
participating organizations and
Donald E. Low, business and in
dustrial services consultant for
General Extension Division, and
Charles A. Ivi?, the division's re
gional representative on 4he East
ern Oregon College campus.
Wide U.S. Region
United Press international
A Canadian cold snap bit into
tho northern half of the nation to
day, putting the first hint of fall ,
into the air and cringing winter
clothes out of moth balls.
The weather Bureau predicted
the cool air would spread through
Virginia into the Northern Gulf
Coast states and into Oklahoma
and the Southern Rockies by night
Early today, the entire north
from the North Atlantic states
through the Northern Rockies and
most of the Far West from Cana
da to Mexico was feeling the
Temperatures dropped into the
30s from North Dakota through
the northern Creat Lakes and
Northern New England.
LA GRANDE, ORE-, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1959
Establishment of a slate water
policy for the Grande Ronde River
basin was cited by officials of Uie
Oregon Water Resources Commis
sion here this morning. i
The commission, on a two day
junket and survey of this area,
informed interested spectators at
the Sacajawea Hotel that a water
policy to be laid here will be
binding on all state agencies.
John H. Davis, chairman o( the
commission, said that the policy
will not be necessarily fixed and
inflexible but will be adjusted to
the needs of the basin. A formal
hearing will be held in La Grande
before final determination of the
policy, he said. ,
Malcolm H. Carr, investigations
engineer for the commission, pre
sented charts to illustrate discus
sion and reports on the uses,
classifications, sources, future pos
sibilities and lack of water in the
On pollution abatement, it was
pointed out that this was a prob-
blem here due to inadequate
stream flow. Water control touch
ed upon erosion, this factor termed '
as critical in tho Wallowa sub
basin; and flood problems.
Wildlife resources were said very '
good with many tourists, hunters
and fishermen attracted to the j
area. Fishing conditions, however, i
ccu'd be improved, it was pointed
High temperatures in the Grande j
Ronde and low flow at certain I
times were cited as problems for :
the sp:ing salmon run. The coin
mission stressed the importance
o this river system in Eastern
Oregon, however. t ;
Irrigation was pointed out as the ,
largest, single use for water. The
commission also said that there !
was even a greater potential in i
the area for irrigated land, and
noted that the Bureau of Reclama- .
tion was studying -irrigation de
velopment in possibly supplement
ing th basin with Catherine
Creek flow. .
A cocktail hour arid dinner was
held at the hoteL' Tuesday night
during which connriissjon officials
were introduced? They included
Davis and Mrs. DaXis. Mr. and
Mrs. Karl Onthank, Brig. Gen.
L. H. Foote, George Corey, all
board members; Don Lane. E. J.
Watson and Mrs. Watson. Malcolm
Karr, commission staff members;
Travis Roberts, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife; Lewis Rydell, Corps of
Engineers; Mr. and Mrs. A. B.
Martin, Pacific Northwst Power;
Hugh Smith, Pacific Power and
Light; Waldemer Seton, Tim
Vaughan, W.W.P.; Al Alspaugh.
P.P.&L..; Clem Stern, P.N.P.; Roy
Ho'mberg, pilot, Jack Forsythe.
pilot, and Miss Patty Norris, sec
retary, all P.P.L. employes; and
Spud Olson, California Pacific
NEW BUILDING TO GO UP
Robert R. Carey, left, breaks ground for the Inland Machinery Co's. new $200,000
building. Roy Bechtel of Bechtel Bros. Builders, general building contractor,
watches as Carey sinks spade in the ground. The 20,000 square foot structure will
house office, sales, parts antCservice departments. Inland Machinery Co. has been
" in operation in La Grande since July 1, 1948. . (Observer Photo)
Of Moon Rocket
DURBAN, South Africa
(UPI)-Danith tailor N. Ian
ten Tuesday night bacama th
first known casualty of th
Soviet moon rocket.
Larten, in a downtown bar,
tang out th challenge, "Th
Russians didn't hit th moon."
Secondt later a tankard of
beer crashed across hit head,
thrown by a tailor of Soviet
While Larten waited for an
ambulance to whisk him to a
hospital he explained that he
and the Russian tailor were
"We last met in Hong Kong,"
he recaller with pride. "W
had a fight there too."
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STATE BOARD MEETS IN LA GRANDE
- The Oregon Water Resources Board met in La Grande this morning and heard a re
port from Malcolm H. Carr, investigating engineer for the board, on 'water re
sources and uses in the Grande Ronde valley. The board, from left, includes La
Salle E. Coles, Prineville; George H. Corey, Pendleton; Gen. L. H. Foote, Forest
Grove; John D. Davis, chairman of the board from Stayton, and Karl W. Onthank,
Eugene. Foote was recently appointed to the board by Gov. Mark O. Hatfield.
2 Traffic Violations; Hearings Slated
A La Grande teenager was ar
rested by city police yesterday eve
ning on a charge of reckless
A 16-year-old boy was arrested
at the intersection of Fourth and
Spring Streets at 5:18 p.m. A
hearing was scheduled for 3 p.m.
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NIKITA TO GRIPS
WASHINGTON UPI Soviet
Premier Nikita Khrushchev avow
edly heartened by a "good begin
ning" of an American viist,
undergoes today the sharpest
cross-examination of Communist
motives he is likely to get in pub
lic during his 13-day stay.
The Russ'an leader was to
speak and then submit to a no-holds-barred
question session at a
lunch of the National Press Club,
headquarters for the capital's vet
eran news correspondents.
tomorow. Ball was set at $100.
Police also arrested a Pendleton
driver for making an illegal "U"
turn ort Fourth between Jefferson
and Adams Avenue this morning.
Charles Goldman Fisher was ar
rested at 8:33 following the viola
tion. A hearing was scheduled for
3 p.m. Thursday.
Khrushchev declared in a toast
at a White House dinner Tuesday
night that the I'nited States and
the Soviet Union are "much too
strong" to quarrel. He said Rus
sian intentions are based on the
need to improve relations.
"It e were weak countries,
then it would be another matter,
because when the weak quarrel
they are just scratching each oth
er's (aces and it takes just a cou
ple of days of a cosmetician and
everything comes out right again"
BARLETTA. Italy UPI-A
new five-story apartment house.
containing 24 families totaling 10K
persons, collapsed without warn
ing today. Many residents were
trapped and killed, and police es
timated the death toll would be
Police said they had recovered
16 bodies so far and taken 13 in
jured from the twisted mass of
steel and stone. An estimated 80
still were missing.
A doctor at Barlctta's only hos
pital told United Press Interna
tional "by telephone that most of
the dead showed signs of asphyx
ia, meaning that they were
choked to death under, the rubble.
The dead included men, women
Authorities threw an army cor
don around the hospitul to control
a crowd of anxious friends and
Nikita Likes U.S.
BELTSVILLE, Md. ' (UPD -Russian
'Premier Nikita Khrush
chev engaged in a spirited dis
cussion with Agriculture Secretary
Ezra T. Benson today over the
relative merits of Soviet and
American cattle raising.
The exchange occurred as Ben-
! son escorted Khrushchev and his
wife, Nina, around the Agriculture
Department's 11,000-acre research
When shown the first group of
cattle at the center's livestock
demonstration area, Khrushchev
said through an interpreter that
"these are very good cows the
results which you have achieved
are very good."
"But in a three-year period," he
added, . "we have Increased our
average milk yield per cow 600
litres (a year)." He conceded that
Russia started at a "very low
starting point" . compared to the
United States, and added that "it
is easier to gain from a low start
"We are now starting to forge
ahead in matters of milk yield,"
Variable high clouds
through Thursday; high
Thursday 65-70; low tonight
WASHINGTON (UPI) So
viet Premier Nikita Khrush
chev said today that "it
would be sheer madness to
allow a new world war to
come to a head."
Unless the United States and
Russia work together for peace,
he said, "the earth will be covered
with ashes and graves."
Speaking before a National
Press Club luncheon, he declared
that "the Soviet people have long
made their choice for peace."
"We are convinced that the
American people also are for
peace," he said.
Earlier in his speech, he said
that "we have come to your coun
try with an open heart."
"We are not here to beg for
anything or to force anything on
you. Our aim is to see your coun
try, its great people, which has
made a tremendous contribution
to the development of mankind, to
meet your statesmen and public
leaders, and to have useful dis
cussions on all questions which to
day agitate the peoples of our
countries and the whole of maa-i
"We want to reach agreement
with the strong and thereby reach
agreement with all countries on
the abolition of the cold war," ha
"All countries will gain by this,
in equal measure." . .-
Wants Good Relations
He said it seems "strange' thai
some people have expressed "ap
prehensions" about his exchange
of visits with President Eisenhow
er, as if the Soviet Union had
"some sinister designs in expres
sing readiness to improve its re
lations with the United States."
"These allegations are simply
ridiculous,- said: "War have no
intention of producing a quarrel
"On the contrary, we are taking
every measure to have good re
lations not only with the U. S.. but
also with its allies. We would like
the meetings between statesmen
of the U.S.S.R. and the U. S. to
contribute in turn to the further
improvement of relations between,
the Soviet Union and the United
Kingdom, between the Soviet Union,
and France and other allies of the
The speech was the highlight
of Khrushchev's second day in the
William H. Lawrence of the New
York Times, president of the Nfe
tional Press Club, introduced
Khrushchev with the quip that "to
day we have moved you into the"
ballroom and out of the kitchen
where you debated with Vice Pres
dent Nixon."' Khrushchev smiled
broadly at this.
First Major Speech
Lawrence explained that
Khrushchev, after his speech,
would answer questions submitted
in writing by reporters in the au
dience. This was the Soviet Premier's
first full-scale speech since arriv
ing in the United States yesterday.
At a reception before the lunch
eon speech, Khrushchev, bantering
with club officials, said "we are
not as pictured sometimes gobb
ling up babies.
the Russian leader said.
He told Benson the Russians
have found that grazing areas are)
equally or even more important
than strain. The great gains In
Russian milk production, he said,
were made with "ordinary cows
which had no baronial sires."
-"AH we did was give them good
food," he said.
His reference to "baronial siresl'
was prompted by the fact that aH
Beltsville cattle have long pedi
grees. A dozen Holstein cows are
the result of a 40-year breeding
Rpnsnn told his visitor .thai
Americans believe that food "can
be, and should be, an agency far
peace." He said the U. S. want
to share Its food production know
how to promote peace. , r
Khrushchev, who wants to gala
supremacy of the U. S. in Food
production, also took a look at the
center's hogs, sheep and fardoas
white turkeys. He also saw a dem
onstration of new chemicals that
have doubled the size of some