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Wilbur M. Osterloh has officially assumed new duties
. as Union County school superintendent, his appoint
ment coming this week by the county school board. He
succeeds Mrs. Veda Couzens in the post following her
announcement of retirement here. (Observer Photo)
U.S. Wonders How
Far Nikita Will Go
WASHINGTON UPH-U.S. of
ficials wanted to know today
whether Soviet Premier Nikita
Khrushchev would accept full in
struction and control as ingredi
ents of his sweeping formula for
total world disarmament.
They frankly doubted a mixture
acceptable to the Western Allies
would be forthcoming.
President Eisenhower was giv
ing careful study to Khrushchev's
plan in the quiet seclusion of his
Pennsylvania farm. A copy of the
premier's United Nations sieech
was sent to Gettysburg a few
hours after Khrushchev called for
total disarmament by all nations
within four years.
Secretary of State Christian A.
lleiter expressed the' general view
of American officials and political
leaders. He said in a statement:
Herter Stresses Controls
"Speaking in general terms. I
think I can say that the United
States will go as far on the path
towards controlled disarmament
as any other country.
' "I stress the word 'cont-olled'
because up to now the previous
proposals have foundered on the
Soviet government's refusal to
agree on effective control."
Other U.S. olfcials unofficially
viewed the Khrushchev plan as
little else but an attractive pie in
the sky. But they were willing to
talk it over with the Soviets to
find out how high in the sky it
" These officials think the Soviet
premier may have overdone it in
United Nations Delegates View
Khrushchev Talk As Propaganda
NEW YORK iUPI Premier
Nikita S. Khrushchev's Utopian
proposal "to turn swords into
plowshares" within four years was
dismissed Friday by veteran Unit
ed Nations delegates as another
astute propaganda device of world
To Land When
- SHANNON. Ireland (UP1 An
Air France Super-Constellation en
route from New York to Paris
with 21 persons made an emer
gency landing here today with its
fuselage ripped open by a runa
way propeller and only two of its
four engines working.
Passengers said the plane plum
meted to wave-top level within
seconds after the propeller flew
off and buried itself in the fuse
lage. No one was injured, how
ever. The-huge airliner flew the last
400 miles over the Atlantic to a
safe landing here with only its
two portside engines operating.
Airport officials called it a "rare
i The plane was carrying 12 pas
sengers and nine crew members.
Pilot Andre Compere said his
outer starboard engine developed
trouble and "we had Just got it
feathered when. ..whoosh.. No. S
engine propeller just whipped
The propeller buried itself in
the fuselage on the starboa'd or
right side just above the wing.
trying to gain a propaganda vic
tory at the United Nations. They
expressed confidence that sober
reflection would cause most dip
lomats to look on the Russian
leader's disarmament plan as un
To Pin Down Soviets
The united States, these officials
said, is determined to try to pin
down the Soviets on their defini
lion of controls to police a dis
armament plan. Present plans call
for the United States and Soviet
Union, as well as four other West
ern nations and four other Com
munist countries, to take up the
issue once more at Geneva early
American officials were wonder
ina what Khrushchev meant, for
example, by his U..N. statement
that the Soviet Union is in favcr
of "strict' international control
over the implementation of a dis
armament agreement, but al
ways against the system of con
trol being separated from disar
"We favor general disarmament
under control, but we ae against
control without . disarmament,
Some U.S. officials feared
Khrushchev meant that he would
not agree to controls until dis.ir
mamer.t actually was under way
The U.S. position has been that
any -arms control plan must be
accompanied by a foolproof in
spection system to insure that dis
armament is lived up to.
The Soviets have balked at this.
communism's No. 1 traveling
Unrealistic as the project may
be. it is likely to appeal particu
larly to the have-nots and to the
under-developed peoples to whom
Khrushchev promises to convert
guns into butter.
Implied in his plan is also the
eventual substitution of the rule
of law for the force of arms for
securing world order.
If the three-stage program for
total disarmament is accepted.
Khrushchev, in effect, pledges to
open up the once hermetically
sealed borders of the Soviet Union
to free-for-all inspection for, as he
said Friday, "states will have
nothing to conceal."
He would then be willing to ac
cept President Eisenhower's 0)en
skies plan of 1955 for complete
By the Soviet premier's own
admission, he did not just con
ceive the idea of total disarma
ment. A few days ago, he quipped
before the National Press Club in
Washington "repetition is the
mother of knowledge."
The plan had been proposed to
the League of Nations in 1927 and
1932 by the late Foreign Commis
sar Maxim l.ilvinov. the pre-war
champion of collective security
who coined the phrase "peace is
Question Nikita's Sincerity
Whether or not total disarma
ment is realistic, and aside from
the obvious propaganda value of
expounding his plan from the
world's most important forum, the
question is being asked whether
Khrushchev really means what he
(UPI) Danny Mono, 70,
was only a waitar with a wife
and thrae children at home,
but he had (ritnds.
On Monday Danny's friends
tMill return hit 20 vears of
courtly service at the Beach
combers Cafe in Hollywood
by serving as pallbearers at
Friday, tha friends, includ
ing Bcb Cummings, Fred As
taire, Cornell Wilde and Phil
Htrris, wore trying to decide
who will be given the honor
of delivering a graveside eul
ogy for Danny in Valhalla
Danny died in General Hos
pital last Thursday.
m Grande police continued
their crackdown on traffic viola
tors, with the arrest of 15 more
drivers Friday for violation of the
basic rule. Officers moved the ra
dar site to Spruce and W Streets
in the afternoon where the ma
jority of the violations were re
corded. Bail was set at $1 for every
mile over the speed limit and
hearings were scheduled for Mon
day and Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Those arrested were:
Donald James Verstrate, 21.
1612 Z Ave.; Adrian Theodore
Rimbey, 26. 1422 Z Ave.; Fred
Charles Hofman, 56, 2716 Ash
Ave : Wilma V. Nebeker, 32. Rt.
1; Bruce F.dgar Westerfield, 33,
Rt. 1; Rey Leslie Hedden, 42, 1504
M Ave.; Allen Thomas Smith,
2101 O St.; Cullen Edward Kel
soe, 19, 1810 Fourth St.; Joyce
Marilyn Fertjg, 34, 2114 Adams
Ave.; Florence Maine Prescott,
51, Rt. 2. Box 192; George Fred
crick Bceman, 21. Box 52. Island
City; Gerald Dcwayne Roe, 23,
802 J Ave.; Charles Franklin
Rothwell, 26, 704 Ash St,; Ken
neth Earl Williams, 24, 2301 Fir
A teenage' girl was also ar
rested by police for violation of
the basic rule.
Police also arrested a Utah
man for running a red light at
Fourth and Adams at 12:15 a.m.
John Royal Stone, 21, Orem,
Utah, was released on $10 bail.
Victor Lamont Thompson, 22,
311 Division, was arrested on a
separate VBR charge at the inter
section of Greenwood at 12:53
a m. Saturday Thompson was re
leased on $15 bail.
Henry J. Buck, 602 Crook St..
reported to police Friday that
someone had stolen a buzz saw,
valued at $35. from the back of a
flatbed truck parked by his house.
The theft occurred betwen 3 and
5 a.m. Friday morning, police
Sir Winston Churchill once lay
down the criterion for judging a
country's policy on the basis of
weather such policy was in its
national interest. Do the Russians
stand to gain or lose from partial
or general disarmament?
During his short presence In
this country, Khrushchev has ex
pressed bluntly to American au
diences what he has repeatedly
said in Communist countries his
conviction that time is on his side.
Khrushchev has staked his ca
reer and is deeply committed to
the materialization of the current
Soviet seven-year economic plan
which, he says, will eventually
produce a higher standard of liv
ing than America s.
Although Communist Russia has
scored impressive economic
achievements since the end of the
war, it su.'fers incomparably more
than the United States from the
crushing armament burden. Much
less than America, Russia can
produce both guns and butter. It
would presumably gain relatively
more than America from partial
or total disarmament.
A totalitarian, planned economy
like Russia could convert from
military to civilian production
more easily than a free enter
City Firemen Roll
On Oil Stove Blaze
La Grande firemen were called
to a fire at 908 I Ave.
The call came at 3:52 p.m.
uhrn an oil stove overheated.
Firemen were able to control the
flames and no damage was reported.
LA GRANDE, ORE., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1959
East Coast Junket
SEES NEW YORK SIGHTS
FROM EMPIRE STATE TOP
NEW YORK (UPI) Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrush
chev takes off today on a sightseeing tour of the L'nited
States aboard the same jet airliner that recently flew Pres
ident Eisenhower to Europe.
Before leaving rew oK, vvnere lie went to the top of
the 102-story Empire State Building after making a disarma
ment speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Khrushchev
planned to ride through Itarlem.
The plane that will fly Khru
shchev and his party to Los An
geles for lunch in Hollywood with
movie stars, a tour of Disney
land, if time is available, and an
inspection of a housing develop
ment, is a VC-137. military ver
sion of the Boeing 707.
TU1M Stays Behind
The huge TU-114 turboprop
plane that brought Khrushchev to
the United States from Moscow
last Tuesday was left at An
drews Air Force Base, Md., near
Khrushchev did not get to see
much of New York during his
two-day visit because of the elab
orate security precautions taken
to protect him.
He was driven through the city's
streets to his various destinations
at fast speeds and got only fleet
ing glimpses of the new buildings
;a s, mm' " v w wyt'"'
"V, " v-. "'"''' sliver replica of 4he- building. ,
' ' . U.N. Speech Highlight
,--'"7 ' ' j The highlight of Khrushchev's
J' '. j New York visit was his 73-minule
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MRS. TWILLA CARSON
Bill Carson's Wife
Covers Perry Area
For The Observer
PERRY (Special) Mrs. Twil
la (Bill) Carson of Perry, is now
a member of the Observer cor
respondent's staff. She will be
covering news from Perry, Upper
Perry and Hilgard. She expressed
her desire to serve these areas to
the best of her ability, and asks
that persons with news items call
her at anytime.
Mrs. Carson is the mother of
two sons, Billy, six years old, and
Ricky, who is three. They live at
She attended La Grande High
School and lived in this area most
of her life with the exception of
a short time in Idaho and Klgin.
Of Wis Probation
Ange'lee Minor, 17, charged with
violation of his probation, was
given a second chance Friday by
Circuit Judge A. F. Brownton
when the youth had a two-year
prison sentence suspended.
Arrested originally on a lar
ceny charge for which he pleaded
guilty. Minor violated his probation
when he left Union County for
Portland without consent of his
He was picked up at his home
here by local police on the viola
tion. He told the jurist that he
had to take care of several press
ing matters in Portland involving
his getting ready to resume school
ing at La Grande. The judge de
cided then to give the youth a sec
Terms of the second probation,
however, must be strictly followed.
Judge Brownton said, and If a vio
lation occurs again he will have
no alternative other than to sen
tence the youth to the state prison.
Khrushchev Steps Off
For West Coast Visit
n Last ii
in the constantly grow ing metrop
Gets Panoramic View
But Khrushchev enjoyed a pan
oramic view of the city rmlay
from the observation tower of the
Empire State, the world's tallest
building, lie later expressed a
preference for Moscow.
"When our soldiers came back
from the World War, they had a
Song which went something like
this: 'Bulgaria is certainly a fine
country, but Russia is best of
all;" Khrushchev said. "So, of
course, I could paraphrase that
and say. 'New York is a fine
city, but. of course, Moscow, is
best of all.''
Khiushchev, almost apologizing.
sail) it was only natural tor a per
son to prefer his own home town
to another city
Co. Henry Crown, owner of the
Empire State, thanked Klirush
add-ess to the U.N. General As
sembly in which he proposed
abolition of all armies, navies, air
forces and foreign bases in four
"This means that land armies,
navies and air forces shall cease
to exist, that general staffs and
war ministries shall be alwlished,
that military schools shall close,
that military bases on foreign
territories shall be withdrawn, that
all nuclear weaiions shall be de
stroyed and fissionable material
used lor peaceful purposes only,
that rockets shall be liquidated
and rocket facilities shall remain
only as a means of transport, that
outer space shall be used for
peaceful purposes, and that there
shall remain only limited contin
gents of police and militia to
maintain internal order and pro
tect the citizens," Khrushchev
Khrushchev's disarmament plan
generally was considered as a
rehash of Kremlin arms reduc
tions proposals of recent years
One diplomat said it was "like
British trifle "desert the best of
Nevertheless, President Eisen
hower was carefully studying the
text of Khrushchev's speech at
Gettysburg where he is resting
before resuming his talks with the
premier at secluded Camp David
when the Soviet visitors return,
REUNION HERE Mrs.
Florence Bain, 50, of Se
attle, re visited L a
Grande several days ago
after an absence of 50
years. Her parents came
here in covered wagon.
Her second look at this
area was a surprising
one . . . the growth of
the town and its many
NEW TO EOC FAMILY Not new to the La Grande
area is the Gerald E. Young family. From left, wife Ar
lene, son Douglas Edward, and Gerald, newly appoint
ed instructor in physical science at Eastern Oregon
College. Young, from La Grande, attended EOC and
received both his bachelor and master of science de
grees from the college. (EOC Photo)
Quit Rescue Efforts
For Trapped' Miners
CIIRYSTON. Scotland (UPI)
Officials today began flooding the
Auchengeich coal mine, ending
the last hope of relatives of 47
miners trapped since Friday in the
Wood shavings and sawdust is
again available from Mt. Emily
Farmers and city dwellers are
advised that trucks will be loaded
free of charge by Mt. Emily work
ers, according to Ted Sidor, county
Extension agent, who said that the
material available can be used
for composts, mulches, soil con
ditioners and animal bedding.
Next to animal bedding, probably
the greatest use for these wood
products is as a source of organic
mater and soil conditions. Many
materials are used for building
up organic matter in the soils.
This may meet with some
skepticism, continued Sidor, be
cause it is generally known that
wood, straw and similar fibrous
matter in raw form rob the soil
of nitrogen. It is a fact that wood
and other materials will cause a
nitrogen deficiency when added to
It has been noted, however, that
in general, 20 pounds of actual
nitrogen per ton of wood material
will avoid nitrogen deficiency.
About half this amount should be
added the second and third year.
If home owners intend to make
compost of the material, nitrog-n
need not be added although addi
tion of nitrogen will hasten the
decomposition of the material.
Prospective users of compost and
mulches, should keep in mind
the 'limitations of these high or
ganic materials. They are not a
complete fertilizer as ordinarily
made and their physical action is
generally more important than nu
trition, he explained.
To La Grande
By GRADY PANNELL
Observer Staff Writer
Florence Bain dropped in on
La Grande for a short stay a
couple of days ago.
It had been SO years since she
left town and that day she traveled
by horse and wagon.
She was less than a year old,
was a premature baby by the
name of Florence Parr, and her
birth, then in an old fram house
here which emitted winter's whis
tling winds and drifting snow,
attracted many visitors.
"I was so tiny that everyone
gave up hopes of my living." she
recalls. "Today I would be classi
fied as an incubator baby," she
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Walter W. Parr, came to La
Grande SO years ago by covered
"pure hell" of fire and deadly
lumes a mile underground.
Daring rescue crews brought
six other men to the surface
alive and one dead before being
forced to end operations because
deadly carbon monoxide gas be
gan filling the shafts.
The death toll of 48 made the
disaster the worst in Scottish
mine history of the century.
Anxious relatives maintained a
vigil at the pithead until the
early hours of this morning. Wives,
children, parents and sweethearts
heard the announcement Friday
night that the mine would be
flooded to put out the fire.
But they stood there patiently
until Abe Moffat, president of the
Scottish Miners Union, told them
there was no purpose in waiting
and to go home.
They went reluctantly. They
were fully aware that any of the
men who might have survived the
fire and fumes were doomed when
the water began pouring in.
A short circuit in a ventilating
fan touched off the explosion at
7:30 a.m. Friday while the day
shift was moving through the
shaft to the coal face.
For 18 hours, rescue teams
braved death in the attempts to
reach the 47 entombed men. When
the deadly fire damp made fur
ther rescue attempts impossible
officials abandoned hoi and an
nounced the pit would be flooded
to put out the underground blaze.
Here Monday Eve
La Grande Toastmasters will
meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the
Sacajawea coffee shop, Gerald
Strickler, club president announced
Robert McCroskey, Mel Loree
ana strickler are scheduled speak
ers, with Kelly Moore as toast
masier. i he nominating com
mittee will report on candidates
tor otrice for the next club term,
Grandmother In Return Trip
After Absence Of 50 Years
wagon: Her dad was a trader
who drifted from town to town,
never settling too long in any one
But the Parrs are remembered
here by some of the older citi
zens. "When I told a few ol
them who I was, how long I had
been away from the town of my
birth, etc., they remembered us,"
Mrs. Bain says.
She mentioned J. H. Peare, a
local businessman. Norman Desi
let, a barber, and Andy Brown,
custodian of the local Eagles lodge,
as three of "the nicest people I
haye met, and they remembered
us." she said.
Florence Bain was here with her
husband for only two days, but she
fell in love immediately with La
Grande and its people.
"It's nice to wa'k down the
street and have people speak to
LOS ANGELES (UPI) A
sleek U.S. military jet airliner '
landed Soviet Premier Nikita
Khrushchev at International
Airport today for a whirl
wind courtship with excited
Hollywod movie star follow
ed by a plush civic banquet.
The plane, the same one used
recently by President Eisenhow
er on a trip to Europe, landed
at 12:10 p.m. p.d.t. after a S hour
28 minute trip from New York's
Police and secret service men
surrounded the plane when it
halted at an isolated section of
the airport barred from the pub
lie. Premier Khrushchev stopped
briefly in the doorway of the plane
squinting at the bright sun then
he and his wife, Nina, stepped
smiling down the stairway to be
greeted by Mayor Norris Poul
son. Mrs. Khrushchev accepted a
bouquet of bird of paradise flow
ers as the couple stepped forward
into a ring of civic dignitaries.
Television cameras peeked over
the shoulders of the pressing of
ficials to glimpse the Premier
smiling, nodding his head and
doffing his hat in the circle.
The Premier took a brief pre
pared statement from a pocket of
his tan suit.
"I am happy to avail myself
to the opportunity to visit your
city, I thank you for your gen
erosity in inviting me," Khrush
chev said through his interpreter.
For security reasons the Khrush
chev party landed at an isolated
section of International Airport,
and the public was held outside
miles of fencing.
After a brief welcome at plane-
side by Mayor Norris Poulson, the
Khrushchev entourate was bun
dled into a waiting motorcade.
Guarded by squadrons of motor
cycle officers, they drove with si
rens sounding to the hilltop 20th
After a luncheon attended by
the elite of moviedom, including
late-arriving Marilyn Monroe, Eli
zabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher,
the Khrushchev family and party
toured the studio lot and visited
the production set of "Can Can.
Master of ceremonies Frank Sin
atra sang a song from the picture
and introduced the new duet of co
stars. Louis Jourdan and Maurice
Then, while the Soviet Premier
toured such mundane sights aa
housing projects, his two daught
ers, a son and son-in-law left with
their official escorts for a quick
but fun-filled afternoon at Amer
ica's fabulous playpark, "Disney
land." Some 800 invited representatives
of business, labor and industry
will join the 300-member travelong
party for the banquet and hear
opening remarks by Ambassador
Henry Cabot Lodge before the
On Sunday the entire party will
board a morning train for San
Francisco and continue the barn
storming tour to Des Moines,
Iowa, the Roswell Garst farm at
Coon Rapids, Iowa; and Pitts
burgh. Khrushchef was to round out hia
tour in a series of "cold war"
talks with President Eisenhower
at the quiet retreat of Camp Da
you," she pointed out, explaining
that in Seattle where she now re
sides, you can live on the same
street for years and yet not know
your neighbors or hardly ever
have them speak to you.
She doesn't remember which
street her folks lived on here
for those several months of resi
dence, and a trip to the county
courthouse didn't help any, as her
birth had not been recorded in
She and her parents went by
wagon to Livingston, Mont., and
until 1915 resided there during
which several other children were
born. Her mother and dad then
parted marital life and her mom
took the children to Portland
where they all resided until U6L,
The very young looking and
vivacious brunette admitted that
she had three grandchildren now.