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State Aviation Authority
By GRADY PANNELL
Observer Staff Writ"
Municipal Airport, (bout
five miles east of La Grand
will not bt tht propoHd (it
for th city's contemplated
now sewage ditpoMl facility.
Dr. W. M. Peere of La
Grand, senior mombar local
ly of th Oregon Board of
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New to the Eastern Oregon College faculty and to La Grande is Howard L. Bailey,
assistant professor of mathematics, shown here with his family. From left,' Jimmy,
Mrs. (Juanita) Bailey, Jean, Dorothy, Mr. Bailey, and Peggy. The Baileys moved to
La Grande from Klamath Falls. The new EOC prof has attended Stanford Univer
sity, has his B.A. and M.Ed, from the University of Oregon and a M.S. from Oregon
State, lie has taught in both the Portland and Klamath Falls public schools.
Massive NYC Security Forces
To Guard Khrushchev's Visit
NEW YORK (UPI) Mas
sive security forces took fan
tastic precautions today
to protect the life of Ni
le it a S, Khrushchev in this
Authorities entrusted with Khru
shchev's safely said New York
was potentially the most, danger
ous place he will visit on his
The uncertain reaction of New
York's large population of Iron
Curtain refugees to the Russian
premier's visit added to the prob
lems of protecting him in its nar
row, crowded streets closely bor
dered by many-windowed build
ings. "Washington was never like
this." said chief police inspector
Thomas A. Nielson. "We will have
to maintain maximum security at
Got First Workout
Police got their first workout
early this morning, eight hours
before Khrushchev's arrival by
train from Washington. The desk
of the Hotel Commodore, where
the Soviet leader will lunch, re
ceived a call from a man who
said, "Get those un-Americans out
of there. We've planted three
An hour's search of the hotel
(ailed to turn up anything suspi
cious. The ballroom, where Mayor
Robert F. Wagner will play host
to Khrushchev, already had been
sealed off as a security measure.
Several anti-Communist refugee
organizations have announced
their intention to
shchev. Police have staked out0rized the city commission to
five locations for orderly demon
strations a full block away
from locations where the Commu
nist boss. will make public appear
ances. Sniper, Fanatic Dangerous
But the main danger is from the
lone sniper and the bomb-planting
fanatic. Police will search every
roof and building along the routes
of Khrushchev's motorcade and
police lining the routes will face
the spectators. Parked cars and
litter baskets along the way have
In addition to FBI and State De
partment security men, 3.300 city
police have been assigned to
guard the Russian premier. He
will have to gaze at the sparkling
skyscrapers, the teaming garment
district, and the apartments of
millionaires from behind a 16
man police bodyguard of six-foot
experts in snapshooting and Judo
Rigid instructions have been
spelled out for "utmost vigilance"
at the formal events on Khru
shchev's two-day schedule in
cluding a reception at former
Gov. Averell Harriman's home, a
Waldorf-Astoria dinner, and visits
to the United Nations and Mrs.
Eleanor Roosevelt's Hyde Turk
Aeronautic informtd Th
Observer exclusively of th
9ncy' rejection to otida-tion-type
sewage ponds yes
Th letter of rejection, ad
dressed to the city commit
ton, was read without dis
cussion by the city fathers
ADDED TO EOC FAMILY
On Raw Liver During Hazing
LOS ANGELES d'PII-A Uni
versity of Southern California stu
dent choked to death early today
on a large piece of raw liver fed
him as part of his initiation into
Richard Swanson, 21, a pre
dental student, collapsed at the
Kappa Sigma Fraternity house
David C. S'aght was appointed
city manager, pro tern, at th
city commission's regular meeting
Slaght, who has previously han
dled the position in the city man
ager's absence, was given the
position at sn annual salary rate
of $8,400. The appointment was
eff-ctive Sept. I.
Fred J. Young, former city
manager, offered his resignation
lat? in August to be effective
Sept. 12. Slaght has filled the posi
tion of city manager during the
first part of the month while
Young concluded his affairs.
Two ordinances were given third
and final readings and approved
by the city commission at -last
night's meeting. No. 1908 auth-
make a deed of conveyance to the
State of Oregon for property north
west or the armory in La Grande.
The second resolution adopted
the engineer's report on improve
ment district No. 247. The district
is on K Ave. between 11th Ptreet
and Hill Avenue.
Commissioners also voted to ap
prove a renewal of the city's lease
with the Mavericks Club at an
annual fee of $100. Acting on the
recommendation of Slaght, they
agreed to renew the lease for a
period of five years. The city
has maintained a rock crusher site
on the club's property for the past
10 years at no cost. The last lease
expired in December of 1958.
Slaght recommended approval of
the lease m the grounds that the
present site offers a short haul for
city trucks. The city has a por
tion of the club's property fenced
off for use by city-owned equip
ment. A low bid of $1,500 was accepted
by the commission from the Ore
gon Tractor Co. to furnish the
city with a three-quarter ton pick
up truck. The commission accept
ed the bid on the recommendation
of Slaght. after he had checked the
Or. Pear, a member of
th aviation board for 16
years, stated that th entire
ttat agency was unanimous
In Its rejection to the airport
He cited th following rea
when the piece of meat lodged
in his throat. Police said the piece
of liver weighed about a quarter
of a pound
An ambulance was called, but
the estimated 50 fraternity mem
bers and pledges at the scene ap
parently were too frightened to
tell the ambulance driver what
Driver Nathan Ruben said:
"I got practically no coopera
tion at all. If someone had told
me what had happened I might
have been able to save him."
Ruben said Swanson was still
alive when he arrived.
"The told me he had spasms
of the throat, he said.
reached my finger in his throat.
but I couldn't feel anything
Ruben said he tried to keep
Swanson breathing until firemen
with a resuscitator arrived. They
bundled Swanson in the ambu
lance and sped to Central Receiv
ing Hospital, but it was too late.
The youth had died.
"If only someone had told me,"
said Ruben. "I was working in
the dark and didn't have a chance
and neither did the kid.''
Detective Sgt. Robert Thompson
said Swanson s parents, Dr. and
Mrs. Arthur Swanson, Hollywood,
were called to the hospital
All of the members of the fra
ternity were there also, Thomp
son said. But the parents never
speke to them or asked them any
questions. They were too shocked
by the sudden death, said Thomp
son. The elder Swanson is a den
tist and has one other son, A.L.
Swanson, also a dentist.
Thompson said one youth. Kap
pa Sigma President Dan Hayes,
20, was being questioned.
"If we book him it will be (or
manslaughter because none of the
boys snoke up and - told - Ruben
whit actually had happened."
Thompson said Swanson was
one of the first of about 12
pledges ordered to swallow the
liver as part of the initiation.
Rainbow Girls To Meet
NORTH POWDER (Special)
The Faith Assembly Order of Rain
bow Girls ' will hold a special
meeting to elect officers Monday.
NORTH POWDER (Special) -Pictures
were taken of the entire
North Powder school enrollment
last week by a La Grande photo
Increasing cloud with occa
sional rain late tonight and Fri
day; highs tO-eS; low 34-41.
Rejects Airport Sewage Site Here
1. Seepage; 2. Glare from
ponds: J. Difference in tem
perature which would csus
cold weather fog; 4. Attract
wildlife fowl and other birds
and thus create flying haz
ards. Th city commission has
no common! on th latest ob
LA GRANDE, ORE., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1959
Crowds Again Cool To Nikita
In Broadway Tour Of Red Boss
l r i
NEW YORK (UPI) Soviet I
Premier Nikita Khrushchev
said today President Eisen
hower had shown great poli
tical wisdom by taking the
not universally approved
step of inviting the Russian
leader to America.
Khrushchev came to the na
tion's biggest city from Washing
ton to start his coast to coast
tour. He encountered another
large and curious but cool and
almost silent reception.
An estimated 80,000 lunchtime
New Yorkers stood 10 deep on
downtown streets beneath the tow
ering skyscrapers as the world's
No. 1 communist was whisked 23
blocks from Pennsylvania Rail
road Station to a mayor's lunch
eon in his honor at the Commo
It was there that Khrushchev
commented on being invited to
the United States by Eisenhower.
"We respect him for his role
in World War II as an ally."
Khrushchev said, "and my re
spect has grown because to have
invited me here called for will
-"Not every American" would
have made this step," Khrush
"He is a great man, who under
stands great politics."
The Premier, his wife, family
and official party came here on
a special 15-car train (rom Wash
ington. There was polite clapping from
a few persons and an occasional
isolated cheer. But, as he had in
Washington. Khruschev again got
mainly the silent treatment.
Khrushchev brought with him a
new disarmement proposal which
he will unveil Friday in a major
speech to the United Nations.
The Premier, his wife, fam:,v
and official party pulled int.- ...
railroad station at 1:54 a.m.
p.d.t. after a trip from Washing
ton. There he had told a national
television audience Wednesday
that he stuck by his prediction that
Communism would bury capital
ism. President Eisenhower flatly re
jected that idea at his press con
ference today. He said he did not
believe the American public would
be fooled by the Russian leader's
forecasts of Communist domi
nance of the world.
Khrushchev revealed before he
ended the first of two visits to
Washington that he will lay before
the United Nations in New York
on Friday a new Soviet proposal
on disarmament which he called
"the most burning issue of our
Nuclear Ban Hinted
The Soviet premier gave no de
tails. But American officials said
he might, call (or a permanent
ban en production of all nuclear
His words of peace came during
the highlight of his capital visit,
a nationally televised address to
the National Press Club. But he
mixed them with an angry flare
up when questioned about Rus
sia's intervention in Hungary and
what he was doing while Stalin
was "committing crimes" under
the cult of personality.
Press Club President William H.
Lawrence asked Khrushchev to
confirm or deny that he once said
he would "bury us.'1
"I believe I did use that expres
sion once," Khrushchev replied.
"And if I did, I will try to ex
plain why and what it means. The
expression I used was distorted,
and deliberately, because what
was meant was not the physical
burial of any people but the ques
tion of the historical force of de
velopment." Khrushchev went on to say that
Just as capitalism had replaced
feudalism. Communism would re
"Now, capitalism is struggling,
fighting against Communism. I
personally am convinced that
Communism would be victorious.
jection to oxidation ponds at
the proposed city property
airport area, but several
weeks ago threatened to take
legal action when the county
airport toning board voiced
disapproval to the proposed
A bond election has been
I ' iff
RIGID INSPECTION President Eisenhower (left) and
walk past the honor guard after Khrushchev s arrival at Andrews Air force Base, Md.
In the center is Alexander Akalolvsky, th e interpreter.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. UPI
The United States apparently
failed today in an effort to put a
265-pound global navigation satel
lite into orbit around the earth.
A tall Thor-Ahle rocket shot the
satellite aloft at 7:34 a.m. p.d.t.,
but the Defense Department an
nounced ; " """t the
rocket's Inird ige aF1a. ecu,
failed to fire, and "it must be
assumed that the satellite did not
As scientists here awaited furth
er word on the firing, other scien
tists were readying the 11th and
final Vanguaid rocket for a try
at orbiting a 50-pound space-
XI 5 Rocket
EDWARDS AFB, Calif. UPI
An X15 manned rocket plane
flashed through desert skies in a
six-minute powered flight for the
first time today and the test pilot
reported "everything worked per
fectly in this "Kitty Hawk ven
ture opening the way to human
Oilot Scott Crossfield, 38, icy
calm after his epic flight, said
"I just pushed the switches, that's
all. The actual success of a flight
like this rests with the airplane
If it works right, I can fly it."
The eng:neer-pilot, who followed
the plane from the drawing board
to its first powered flight in more
than two years of research and
construction, was asked if the test
was timed to coincide with Soviet
Premier Nikita Khrushchev's vis
it," he replied, "We have more
important things to do up here.'
Medford Man New
Chairman Of State
Robert W. Root, of Medford
Wednesday afternoon was named
to a one year term as chairman
of the Oregon Water Resources
Root succeeds John II. Davis,
of Staytcn, as chairman.
The board met in a formal
session here Tuesday evening
and Wednesday and heard a com
prehensive report on the Grande
Ronde River Basin study. The
board's recommendations, based
on its finding, will be announced
Following the recommenda
tions, public hearings will be
held in La Grande.
The board ended the two-day
wsslon here yesterday afternoon
following the naming of the new
scheduled her for Oct. 2
when La Grande residents
can ballot on th $344,000
Pear pointed out that the
only recourse left open to the
city for possible appeal of
.the state board's rejection
would be to the Federal Avia
studying satellite, probably later
this week. This will officially close
Project Vanguard, America s first
The 90-foot Thor-Ahle rocket that
sent the 266-pound satellite sky
ward appeared to perform perfect
ly at first in Its second try as a
moon carrier. Ten minutes after
launch of Air Force said the
second of the rocket's three stages
had -fired successfully.
The aim was to get the sphere
into a difficult circular orbit 400
miles from the earth. If successful
it would be visible from all over
the United States. Its life expec
tancy was "several years.
The Thor-Able firing followed a
perfect launching of an operational
Atlas missile Wednesday night.
The Atlas flew almost its maxi
mum range .traveling almost 6,300
statute miles. It landed in the As
cension Island area of the South
Today's 3-inch spherical satel
lite contained "everything but the
kitchen sink, and in a nonminia
turized form," said Project Tran
sit officials. With a successful or
biting, the satellite would trans
mit information "as long as it's
Three Year Program
Within the satellite vehicle were
ultra-stable oscillators, solar cells
and chemical batteries and an
infrared scanner, all designed to
provide the first test for a new
Project Transit will extend over
a three-year period in its efforts
to provide a "reliable global all
weather means of fixing the posi
tion of surface craft, submarines
and aircraft more precisely, and
to provide a more accurate
means of maritime and aerial
navigation than is now availble
under any weather conditions,"
AAU Women Will
Hold Fall Meeting
WALLOWA (Special i-The Wal
lowa County branch of the Ameri
can Association of University
Women will hold its first fall
luncheon meeting on Saturday at
I p.m. at the home of Mrs. J. L.
Rosewall in Enterprise.
All eligible women are Invited
Eastern Oregon College in La
Grande has been accepted by
AAUW. Some 438 co'leges in the
United States are approved by the
organization. The Wallowa Metho
dist Church will hold a "retreat"
at the Methodist camp grounds at
Wallowa Lake beginning Friday
evening, and continuing through
tion Authority of Los Angeles.
C. W. Drew heads this re
Peare added, however,
that it was unlikely the fed
eral agency would be sympa
thetic to the city's appeal, thus
leaving no other course open
other than possible high
Soviet Premier Khrushchev
OK Bond Election
($ty i commissioners, in a
hastily called meeting, have
postponed the scheduled Oct.
2 bond election vote on a
proposed new $334,000 sew
age treatment plant.
They cited the reason for
shortage of time between
now and the bond voting
date of early October because
a court ruling would be ne
cessitated over objections to
the Municipal Airport plant
Commissioners decided to
took for an alternate site for
the treatment plan and also
are studying advisability of
taking the matter to court
at a later date.
The Munloux tuberculin test
will be given to approximately
2,000 students in Union County
during the later part of Scptem-
Der and October.
Testing will be done by the
Union County Health Depart
ment and is sponsored by the
Union County Tuberculosis and
The test will be given to all
junior and senior high school
students. Request slips will be
given to students for signatures
The Mantoux tuberculin test is
used to detect tuberculosis germs
in the body and was discussed
in some detail at high school as
semblies throughout the area by
Donald Harmon, director of case
finding fo;' the Oregon Tuber
culosis and Health Association. He
explained the test to students
in Elgin, Imblcr, Union and La
Five County Cases
The mobile chest X rav units
of Oregon State Board of Health
no longer offer chest ex-rays to
persons under the age of 21. It
is for that reason that associa
tion officials arc. urging parents
to take advantage of the testing
Last year there were 572 pre
viously unknown cases of tu
berculosis in Oregon. Five of
the cases were' in Union county.
The tests will be given Mon
day at Elgin and Tuesday at
Imbler. Union school students
will be given the test on Monday.
Sept. 28, with testing due at the
La Grande Junior High School
on Tuesday, Sept. 29. .
.The testing will be concluded
Tuesday, Oct. 6. t the La Grande
High School. .
The test was given at Island
City last Tuesday.
To Mrs. Couzens
Wilbur M. Osterloh has been
appointed by the Union County
Rural School Board to succeed
Mrs. Veda K. Couzens as county
superintendent of schools.
Osterloh and his family have
lived in Eastern Oregon for more
than eight years. Mrs. Osterloh
is a science teacher at Powder
Valley High School. The Osterloh's
have four boys. Walter 12. Ron
nie 10, Russell 4. and Douglas I.
The family will continue to reside
temporarily in North Powder
where the children are in school.
Osterloh has attended Oregon
State College and received his
B.S. degree in business adminis
tration from the University of
Oregon. He holds a M.S. degree
from New York University. He
also has taken graduate work from
the University of Oregon. Eastern
Oregon College and Gonzaga Uni
versity. , Union Teacher
For the last three years Oster-!
loh has been teaching commercial
subjects at Union High School. He.
has served on the teaching salary
committee and was chairman of
the curriculum committee. He
also has taught retailing at Rutg-'
i ers University in New Jersey..
During the 10 years preceding his
teaching, he has held several man
agement positions in business.
Osterloh served four years in
the armed services during World
War II. He was a company com-;
mander of a rifle company in the.
American Division in the South
Pacific and is a captain in the'
U.S. Army Reserves.
Osterloh has been active in civic'
affairs-as president of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce of Baker,.'
chairman of the retail merchants
committee of the Baker County;
Chamber of Commerce and a mem
ber of its educational committee.;
Mrs. Couzens has no definite
plans for the future but has in
dicated that she would like to take
some graduate work at Eastern
Oregon College. She also In
dicated that she might possibly
do some substitute teaching in
the surrounding schools.
City Police ,
La Grande police arrested sev
en local drivers for violation of
the basic rule yesterday with the
aid of radar. Those arrested
Leo Rhodes Lewis, 39, 1002
Third St., stopped at 4:12 p.m.
at the intersection of Fourth
and M for traveling 29 miles per
hour in a 20 mile zone. Lewis
was released on $7 bail.
Orville Andrews Lee, 49, 1414
Walnut St., picked up in a school
zone between Fourth SL and M
Ave. at 3:47 p.m. Bail was set
Donald Dale Chandler. 33,
1404 Cherry St., arrested at 4:20
p.m. at the intersection of Fourth
and M. Bail was set at $10.
Leonard Lamar Winn, 29,
2414 N. Fir St., charged with vio
lation of the basic rule on Wil
low St. at 3:31 p.m. He was re
leased on $10 bail.
Mcrlen Bethel Davis, 1103 E
Ave., charged with traveling 35
miles per hour in a 20 mile zone
on Fourth St. Davis posted $10
bail and was released. :
Elsa Marie Hammond, 48, 2004
First St., charged with exceed
ing the 20 mile zone by 10 miles
per hour. She was picked up at
3:25 p.m. and released on $10
A teen age driver was picked
up at 3:38 p.m. for traveling 32
miles per hour in a 20 mile zone.
Island City :;
La Grande ;
Generous Allowance. '
at Observer Office
or Contact Bill Bebout
Ph. WO 3-3161