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LA GRANDE OBSERVER
21tt Issue 4th Year
Soroptimists Convene Here
GIVING THE DEPARTMENT
Members of the Chamber of Commerce "Fire Prevention Week" committee join La
Grande city firemen in an effort to drum up local interest in fire prevention. From
left, Earl Edwards, Al VVestenskow, drive r William Rudd, Sam Shorb, Clarence Hill,
Bill Bebout, and fire chief Ray Snider. Fi re Prevention Week is scheduled for Oct.
4 through 10. - . (Observer Photo)
An assembly will be held at
Eastern Oregon College Satur
day morning at which time new
students and ether college per
sonnel will be offieally weleom-
ed by the La Grande Chamber
' of Commerce and city officials.
. Serving as chairman of the
program is Ned Jones, with Ed
Bennett as chairman of the mer
chants phase of the program.
Following the 9 a.m. assembly,
students will be transported by
motor caravan to the business
, district of La Grande by the Re
tail Merchants Association and
Part of the day's observance
will be "open house" by the
downtown businesses and regis
tration by students at the par
A drawing for two prizes
boy's and girl's is scheduled for
4 p.m. at each store. Przes will
be either cash, merchandise
certificates or merchandise gifts
of '$5, respectively.
Also to be present at several
of the stores will be offical
hostesses to greet students whe
will wear special identifcation
tags, according to Loren Hughes,
ENTERPRISE ( Special Wa'
lowa County Wranglers are spon
soring a horse show and rodeo
Saturday - at the fairgrounds.
Scheduled events are calf roping,
cow cutting, barrel racing, pole
bending, track racing and reining.
Th horse show will be held Sat
urday morning and the rodeo
events in the afternoon. A food and
refreshment stand will take care
of those who are hungry or thirsty.
Don Kooch is chairman of the
show. Over 50 horses will be en
tered. '.' This Is the first show of this
kind to be held in Enterprise and
there will be no judging, no entry
fee, and no admission.
Cash Grain Mart
1 CHICAGO (UPD Cash grain:
Wheat: 2 red wheat 192'i.
Corn: 1 yellow CCC W: 2 yel
low CCC 114H: 2 yellow 115; 2
yellow lake 113-114: 3 yellow 114.
3 yellow lake 12; 4 yellow CCC
Oats: 1 heavy white 70; 1 extra
heavy white 70' j; 2 heavy white
70; 2 extra heavy white 70-70'i
70; 2 extra heavy white 70 714;
sample grade extra heavy white
Rye: 2 plump 138X.
Gem Club Sets Meet
UNION (Special" The Blue
Mountain Gem Club will meet
Saturday at the club house for a
potluck dinner and business meet
ing at 7 p.m.
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COLOMBO. Ceylon UPI
Prime Minister Solomon W.R.D
Bandaranaike. 60, was gravely
wounded in an assassination at
tempt today when one of two vis
itors wearing the saffron robes of
a Buddhist priest shot elm point
blank with a .45 caliber automat
Govenor General Sir Oliver
Goonetileke proclaimed a state of
emergency virtual martial law
throughout Ceylon and called up
the army, navy and air force re
serves to aid police and the regu
lar armed forces in preserving
3 Other Arrests
Made By Police
A Summerville man was arrest
ed for driving while under the in
fluence of intoxicating liquor early
this morning by La Grande police.
Richard Lavonne Hewitt. 28. was
arresled at 2:02 a.m. at the inter
section of Adams Avenue and
Fourth Street. Bail was set at
$250 and a hearing scheduled for
3 p.m. today.
Laverne Leonard Brant, 18, was
arrested for operating a motor
vehicle while his driver's license
was suspended. Brant, who re
sides in a La Grande apartment,
was picked up at Adams Avenue
and Willow Street at 10:02 ajn.
-His bail was set at $250 and a
hearing scheduled for this after
noon at 3.
George Weber wss arrested on
a charge of vagrancy at 11:52
p.m. yesterday! Weber was taken
into custody on Jefferson.
James John Brown, 21, 2206 N
Avenue, was arrested on Adams
Avenue for making an illegal "U"
turn at 11:05 last night.
Hearings for both Weber and
Brown are scheduled for 8 p.m.
List Medford Medic .
As 'Doctor Of Year'
MEDFORD (l'PI Dr. Wil
liam W. P. Holt, Medford was
named Oregon's "Doctor of the
Year" for 1959 Thursday night by
the Oregon State Medical Society
The 84-year-old pioneer South
ern Oregon physician was feted
during the inaugural banquet and
ball honoring the society's new
president, Dr. Louis J. Feves of
Dr. Holt was automatically
placed in the running for national
"Doctor of the Year" honors by
virtue of his selection. The Amer
ican Medical Association makes
the national selection.
Dr. Holt graduated from the
University of Oregon medical
school in 1905 and began his first
practice at the community of
Eagle Point in l'.KH.
The man who shot the Premier
as he scrambled to. his feet after
prostrating himself before the two
"Monks" was shot by police. The
other was captured, A bystander
who threw himself between the
Premier and ' the two assailants
was gravely wounded when the
triggerman fired four more shots.
The shooting took place early
this morning on the verandah of
the Prime Minister's bungalow in
Colombo. The slight, bespectacled
Premier had stepped out on the
verandah to welcome his early
morning visitors when the gun
man shot him in the abdomen.
Bandaranaike, a contemporary
of Sir Anthony Eden when he
studied at Oxford, suffered a rup
tured liver and spleen. He was
rushed to the general hospital
where three surgeons began an
operation they hoped would save
Elgin VFW Codies
ELGIN (Special) v The VFW
Auxiliary District 6 meeting will
be held at Enterprise Sunday, with
a noon luncheon preceding the ses
sion. President, Mrs. H"len Trump of
Elgin will preside over the meet
ing. There will be six depart
The VFW Auxiliary members
are preparing a list o.' Elgin resi
dents blood types, so the types
needed in an emergency will be
available. The list will be left
with Lenn Allen at the Post Office.
Everyone is urged to leave their
nome and blood types.
Bridge Club. Meeting
UNION (Special) Lucky
13 Bridge Club will meet tonight
at the home of Mrs. Lowell Hutch
inson at 7 o'clock.
He was the first official Jack
son county physician from 1908 to
1913. He has been active on the
staffs of Sacred Heart hospital
and Rogue Valley Memorial hos
Dr. Leo E. Hollister of Palo Al
to, Calif., said complications from
tranquilizing drugs are no longer
of as much concern as they were
several years ago.
An extensive study of complica
tions from use of tranquilizing
drugs has been carried on by Dr.
Hollister during the past five
"Don't use them unless they
are really needed," he warned,
However, he foresaw no danger of
Americans "vegitating on tran
quilizing drugs" while the Rus
sians move forward to do great
LA GRANDE, OREGON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1959
La Grande will welcome the dis
trict divisional meeting of the
Soropotimlst Federation of the
Americfs, Inc., Saturday and Fun
day. Feature of the con'ab h-re will
be the visitation and address
by the organization's governor.
Borghild Helgesen, who gives th"
key speech at the opening session
Saturday, and a summary at the
convention's conclusion Sunday
More than 100 Soroptimists from
the northwest division, district No.
2, will be here for the meeting
under the direction of regions'
o'ficers. Also to attend is Mrs.
Eloise Hamilton, Portland, district
Serving as general chairman lo
cally is Katheryn Snider. Her
committee is as follows:
Registration Dr. Martha Addy.
chairman: Stella Block, Amber
McCoy, Irma Wylde.
Hostesses Dr. Morearet Morris,
chairman: Faye Bailey, Frankie
Baum, Mabel Doty, Ailen McDon
ald, Lydia Prouty. Beatriee Young.
Housing Lucille Lumsden.
chairman; Nelle Grimmett.
Banquet Eva Miller, chairman:
Helen Becker, Cressa Ha:t, Ann
Johnson, Fern Roth, Elizabeth
Entertainmnt June McManus,
chairman; Betty Faulkner, Ida
McHaley, Charlotte Ward, Irma
Coffee Hour Lucille Lumsden;
printing Mildred Tiss; publicity-
A ga'a evening is planned for
the visiting delegates Saturday
night by the local Soroptimists.
The Wallowa County Soroptimist,
under the chairmanship of Dorothy
Wergen and Rose Ricker, presi
dent, will host the Sunday morning
New Priest Serves
At Our Lady Of
The Valley Church
Appointed to serve at Our Lady
of the Valley Catholic Church
h?re is Father Charles Dreisbach.
his appointment being made by
the Most Rev. Bishop Leipzig of
the Baker Diocese.
Father Dreisbach replaces the
Rev. Leo Weckerle at Our Lady
following the latter's selection to
take post graduate work in Can
non Law at the Catholic University
of America, Washington, D.C.
The new priest comes to La
Grande from Bakr, his hometown.
where he attended grade and high
school at St. Francis Academy.
He was ordained to the priesthood
in May of this year fol'owing
graduation from the University ot
Portland in 1950 and seminary
studies at Mt. )ngl near Salem.
A three-year Navy veteran, he
will serve as St. Joseph's Hospital
champlain and celebrate Sunday
Mass at Elgin each week in addi
tion to other parish duties. Pastor
of Our Lady of the Valley is the
Very Rev. M. M. Crotty.
Lebanese In Clash
With Armed Units
BEIRUT. Lebanon (UPI) Hun
dreds of Lebanese demonstrating
against the execution of 17 anti
Communist leaders in nearby Iraq
last Sunday clashed with armed
security forces in a pitched battle
The battle started two blocks
from the Iraqi Embassy. Police
used tear gas bombs to keep
the mobs away from the embassy
There was no immediate report
The paraders had -assembled
outside a high school and marched
to a mosque for prayers. They
carried banners with slogans prais
ing the mobs which have been re
ported demonstrating in Iraq this
week and vowing that the "Arab
people will wipe out the Reds."
Similar demonstrations were re
ported in Tripoli and Sidon.
LAKEWOOD, N. J. (UPI)
A drive's dream world has
dawnrd in this resort town.
Policamen stand by glum
ly watching at a motorist
Pull into a no-parking load
ing ion. Another driver
Parks beside a meter and
doesn't pull out a dim.
It all t'artrt Wednesday
when Ocean Cojiity Judge
John J. Ewart Informed lo
cal officials ha had invalidat
ed parts of the local motor
. vehicle ordinance In a test
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STATE, COUNTY EDUCATORS
School District Reorganization Committee of Union County met with D. YV. Patch,
Salem, state director, this morning at the county school superintendent's office to dis
cuss county reorganization plan. Left to right, Thomas Lampkin, North Powder, Un
ion County tommittce chairman; Henry Weatherspoon, Elgin," committee member;
Mrs. Veda E. Couzens, retiring county superintendent; Patch, and Wilbur Osterloh,
recently-named superintendent. (Observer Photo)
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla
l UPI i The unprecedented pad
test explosion which consumed
America's newest moon rocket
Thursday apparently dropped the
United States at least another
month behind In jt lunar explora
tion race with Russia.
No substitute 'was in sight im
mediately for the towering Atlas
Able rocket destroyed when
flames spurted during an ignition
test and touched off blasts in .the
first and second stages.
Scientists disappointed by this
latest in a series of setbacks- set
to work planning another moon
rocket. But it seemed almost cer
tain such a new try would not be
made until the first of November,
at the earliest, when the moon
makes a comparatively close ap
proach to earth.
The A 1 1 a s-Able was being
groomed for a shot at putting a
375-pound multi purpose satellite
into a lunar orbit when the moon
made a "near" approach of about
219.000 miles between Oct. 3-6.
Components for another Atlas
Able are available, but the trick
is in getting them . together m
staging. Work had been under
way for several weeks on the first
Atlas-Able, and it appeared doubt
ful that a:iothcr could be built in
less than two weeks.
Scientists may choose between
the Atlas-Able and the usually
reliable "cousin" Thor-Able for
their next moon-bound rocket.
Towle To Portland
COVE (Special Clifford Towl?
left Wednesday for Portland to
bring back his mother, Mrs. Tom
Towle. Tom Towle is reported
Ex-Marine Freed From 'False
LOS ANGELES (UPD "How
can five solid citizens point to
you and say, 'that's the man, of
ficer'? What hapiened to cause
my arrest? And why was I kept
in jail for nearly a month for a
crime I didn't commit when I had
nine witnesses who said I was
miles away from the clothing
store when it was held up?"
The questions were asked by
Clifford D.' Isbell, 22, a tall, dark
and handsome ex-Marine who
says he isn't bitter even though
the incarceration cost him a fine
job opportunity, a month of his
lite, attorneys' fees, confidence in
the law and, possibly, future se
curity because of circulation of
his picture among many police
Isbell was arrested Aug. 28 at
his apartment 60 miles from here
in San Bernardino as a suscct
in a (1,242 robbery Aug. 22 of a
chain clothing store in nearby
Pico Rivera. Ilis roommate also
was arrested on the same lip
from an unidentified person but
Khrushchev Says U.S.
Tour Eased Tensions
WASHINGTON (UPI) Soviet
Premier Nikita Khrushchev said
today he thinks his tour of the
United States contributed to a les
sening of international tensions
"to a certain extent." V
But the Soviet leader added that
he will know more about that af
ter his cold war talks with Presi
dent Eisenhower beginning tonight
at Camp David, Md.
Khrushchev also told an im
proptu news conference outside
the Soviet Embassy that he hopes
the President will make an exten
sive trip through the Soviet Union
a trip longer than he took in
the United States "since our
country is bigger."
Both Khrushchev and President
Eisenhower held separate strategy
conferences with their top advis
ers during the morning to prepare
for their talks.
The White House announced that
Eisenhower and Khrushchev would
fly to Camp David by helicopter,
taking off from the White House
lawn at 2:15 p.m. p.d.t.
Asked to state what he regard-
Youth Methodists Of
Cove Planning Dinner
COVE (Special) The young
people of the Methodist Church are
having a progressive dinner Fri
day evening. They will start at
6:30 with the cocktail at Walter
Obendorfs. The salad will be
served at Claude Bakers.
Then, it's on to Clifford Towle's
for the main course. Mrs. LcRoy
Childers, helped by Mrs. Clara
Lowry, will serve the dessert.
was released several days later
when victims failed to identify
But they were firm in their
identification of Isbell all five
witnesses to the holdup.
Sherman Wallin, manager of
the store and one of the witness
es, said witnesses had been in
structed not to discuss the case.
. "I've been instructed by my
employee and others not to com
ment on it," Wallin said, "it's
A clerk, Osmond Wolfe, also
one of the five, had moved from
his residence and was not avail
able for comment. Isbell was re
leased Wednesday after two men
who were, arrested in Montana
admitted the clothing store hold
up. Isbell, originally from Stockton,
Calif., said he lost his respect for
detectives handling the case four
days after he was arrested when
one of them told him, ' I'll see
you behind bars."'
"If one of those detectives felt
ed as the one outstanding issue
standing in the way of world
peace, Khrushchev smiled and
"It will be better to discuss that
question with the President than
Looking considerably refreshed
after his night's rest at Blair
House, Khrushchev went to the
Soviet Embassy in the company
of Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei
Gromyko and Russian Ambassa
dor Milhail Menshikov.
The Soviet Leader had spent the
morning getting briefed for the
Camp David talks, which may
prove a turning point in the 13-year-old
Cornered by Newsmen
Cornered by newsmen on the
steps of the Soviet Embassy,
Khrushchev answered questions
for about five minutes with Men
shikov doing the translating.
"What do you think that Presi
dent Eisenhower should see in the
"That is the choice of your
Mr. Preesident, he replied.
White House Press Secretary
James C, Hagerty said the Presi
dent and Khrushchev would get
down to brass tacks discussions
during dinner, shortly after their
arrival at the presidential retreat
in the Catoctin Mountains of Mary
land, about 60 miles north of here.
The President conferred for an
hour and a half today with Sec
retary of State Christian A. Her-
ter, U, N. Ambassador Henry Ca
bot Lodge, U. S. Ambassador to
Moscow Llewellyn E. Thompson,
and Deputy Undersecretary of
State Livingston T. Mecchant.
he was doing his job honestly,
then I don't understand him," Is
bell said. "If he thinks that what
he did is all that's required of
him, then I'm disappointed in
him. They all thought I was
Isbell said since his 1958 hon
orable discharge from the Ma
rine Corps he had been attending
college and working in grocery
stores. He Said he recently passed
an insurance selling job aptitude
test with top grades but that he
didn't know if he could qualify
now due to the arrest.
"I've been told that these peo
ple feel I may have a record,"
he said. "There's some question
about mug shots of me being all
over the state and the next time
there's robbery, victims will
start looking at my pictures
again, and you can see what
Isbell s lawyers, George Dell,
Los Angeles, and Philip Kassel,
San Bernardino, said they didn't
know if all trace of the episode
REDMOND (UPI) Auth
orities today were checking
into reports of an unidenti
fied flying object sighted ov
er this Central Oregon city
early Thursday by a police
man and an employe of the
Federation Aviation Agency.
Robert Dickerson of Redmond
city police said he first saw the
strange object during night patrol
at the east city limits. He said
it came to within 200 feet of the
ground and moved from side to
lie called Redmond airport and
notified LaVerne Wertz, a flight
service specialist with the FAA.
who then also sighted the object
with binoculars. It was described
as round and flat, like a mush
Both men said the object
glowed in hues of pale green.
bright yellow and crimson and at
times shot long blue bursts ot
flame. It hovered over the area
for at least one hour, they said.
Radar Spots Some thine
Wertz said Seattle. Wash., FAA
authorities told him the object
was picked up on a radar screen
and observed for about two hours
between altitudes ot (.000
Although Air Force officials In
Portland declined to comment,
Wertz said he was told jet inter
ceptors were - dispatched from
Portland Air Base but the object
vanished in clouds at about 14.600
The FAA in Seattle told WerU
the report was sent to Hamilton
Air Force Base, California, for in
vestigation by appropriate mili
Wertz also said the Seattle FAA
office ordered him to search the
Redmond area by plane. He and
a private pilot, Ben Jacques, can
vassed a large area southeast of
here using a device to check for
radioactivity, but nothing turned
French Air Crash
Kills 53 Persons
BORDEAUX. France (UPD An
American-made French airliner
exploded, crashed and burned
near here Thursday night, killing
at least 53 of the 65 persons
aboard and injuring the 12 sur
vivors. So far as was known, there
were no Americaps among the
The four-engined DC-7, on a
flight from Paris to Bamako in
West Africa, stopped in this At
lantic port to pick up 20 passen
Airport officials said the big
plane, operated by France's TAI
Airline, appeared to have trouble
with its engines during the take
could be removed from records.
They also were mum as to wheth
er Isbell would try to take action
against the government for bis
"Manley Bowler, chief deputy
district attorney, had Isbell re
leased on his own recognizance as
soon as he learned the men had
admitted the holdup," Kassel
said. "He acted as quickly as
he could. On Oct. 18 there will
be a formal dismissal sought to
court. That's the date Isbell was
supposed to go to trial since he
was ordered held after his pre
liminary hearing. ' ,
"We can't say anything about
any future action till after Octt
Isbell said his attorneys halved
(l.ooo fee so he would have some
thing left. "I'd felt the fee was
very reasonable in the first
place," he said.
"I'm going home (to San Ber
nardino) now, and there won't be
any celebration. I'm Just glad to