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LA GRANDE OBSERVER
Fair through Friday with
riling temperature; high Fri
day 4o-S2; lew tonight H-tt.
55th Issue 64th Year
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AUNT JEMIMA OFFICIALLY WELCOMED
Aunt Jemima was welcomed to La Grande yesterday afternoon by Arlo Noyes,
(left) representing the city, and Francis Snodgrass, Chamber of Commerce manager.
Aunt Jemima (center) will be in La Grande today and tomorrow, with a full
schedule of appointments. She is being sponsored here by the Kiwanis Club and
will appear at the group's pancake feed at the Armory tomorrow night. (Observer)
Midwest Area Gripped By Snow
Storm; 8 Traffic Deaths Result
United Press International
Wet snow turned the Twin Cities
area of Minnesota into a sprawl
ins traffic jam today and other
storms gave motorists headaches
across parts of the midwest."
v -JSight deaths were blamed on
road, conditions in the West and
Midwest, f.our in Wisconsin
and one each in Iowa, Illinois.
Montana and Colorado in a 48
A Minneapolis police dispatcher
said "it's a mess," in the Twin
Cities and fender-bender collisions
were so numerous that police
were forced to confine their on-the-spot
handlings to those in
which personal injuries were in
volved. Some drivers reported they took
90 minutes or more to travel eight
or 10 miles.
A few schools were closed in
southern Minnesota because bus-
Red Cross Blood
Mobile Will Visit
Union Area Friday
UNION (Special) The Blood
mobile unit cf the Red Cross will
be in Union Friday for the an
nual blcod drawing.
Quota for Union has been 100
pints in past years and it is ex
pected to be the same for this
Mrs. Neal Morrison is the lo
cal chairman. The unit will be
set up at the Union High School
gymnasium, from 2 until 6 p.m.
Blood donors who give a pint of
blcod will be given a pint of ice
Local churches are canvassing
the area to sign donors. Mrs.
Morrison stated that withdrawals
from the bank by Union the area
has been high this year.
Threat Of Perjury After Quiz
Show Probe Reveals Falsehoods
WASHINGTON UPI The
Revlon Company's former adver
tising chief renewed today h i s
charge that officials of the firm
knew that the television quiz
shows Ihey sponsored were "controlled"-
by the producers.
Members of the House subcom
mittee investigating rigging of TV
quiz programs raised a question
of perjury Wednesday when a for
mer Revlon executive denied a
statement by George J. Abrams.
who had served as vice president
In charge cf advertising.
Abrams appeared before the
subcommittee to repeat under
oath what he had said in a sworn
statement denied by Martin Jtev
son, former executive vice presi
dent of Revlon. Inc. The cosme
tics firm sponsored the "$S4.000
Question" and "$M.0O0 Challenge"
"The statement was completely
true and correct," Abrams said.
ses could not run, and strong
winds whipped the state.
Other schools were closed in
northwest Iowa because roads
were overlaid with snow which
measured up to four inches deep
it Sioux CMy aiM drifted deeper
in other spots. Sioux City reported
a rash of minor motor accidents
and trees and power lines in the
area were damaged by high
Driving was hazardous in parts
of northern Wisconsin, and the
Michigan Highway Department is
sued its first road condition re
port of the season, reporting gen
erally slippery conditions on roads
in a nine county area of western
upper Michigan. Strong winds and
blowing snow swept over most of
Kansas, where a hard freeze was
Montana had snow H inches
deep in spots, and some night
temperatures of 10 below zero.
While the North Central states
reeled under the near blizzard
Theta Delta Phi
Confab At EOC
The district convention of Theta
Delta Phi. men's scholastic honor
ary, is scheduled for Eastern
O.cgon Co'lege Friday and Satur
day. Pat Kirklin, junior from Baker
and president of the EOC chapter,
indicated delegates from Southern
Oregon College. Oregon College of
Education, and Portland State will
Feature of the two-day confer
ence will be the Friday banquet
with Willard Carey, La Graifde
atto;ney, as speaker. The busi
ness sessions are scheduled Sat
urday at 9 a.m.
Abrams. now an executive of
the Warner-Lambert Pharmaceuti
cal Grp., was called as today's
lead-off witness by Chairman Or
en Harris D-Ark who said his
affidavit and Revson's denial had
presented "a pretty serious situa
tion." The witness, who said he had
volunteered to appear in person,
ampfasired that participants in
the weekly meeting of sponsors
aid producers of the two quiz
shows "k'ew that the producers
had the ability It control the des
liny of the contestants."
Revson at Meeting
Asked to list those in atten
dance, he named Martin Revson
This is my honest belief, that
everyone present knew," Abrams
Revson told the committee
Wednesday that "it never entered
my mind that the producer could
blast, house wrecking winds
whipped through Dixie, causing
thousands of dollars in damage.
Two tornadoes were rcjoited in
in contrast to the winter con
ditjnnj well of tl: Miiiiiiipi.
most:' the East had summerlike
Cutside the storm urea Spo
kane, Wash., reported its first
snow of the season and rain mixed
with snow brought out snow-plows
on northwestern Iowa highways.
Award Road Contract
On Indian Reservation
PORTLAND il'PIi A S42.9."0
contract for surfacing 3 miles
of the Hall Toyslap road on the
Umatilla Indian Reservation has
been awarded to Russell Olson
Construction Company of Pendle
ton. The Bureau of Indian Affairs
said the project is located alout
10 miles cast of Pendleton and in
volves select borrow and crushed
aggregate surfacing. The Olson
bid was one of six.
City To Take Down Traffic
Control Sign Near Market
Carl G. Helm Jr., citv attorney.
has returned a favorable opinion
to the city commission regarding
the protest bv Attorney S. II
Uurleigh and Albertscn's Market
in the placing of "no left turn"
signs on Adams Avenue.
The commission' voted last
night to have the signs removed
and directed Police Chief Oliver
Reeve to request the State High
wav commission to take the
Burleigh had charged the com
mission with an "uneonstitution-
But Abrams, under questioning
by Harris, said Revson definitely
was amorg those aware of the
producers' ab'lity to "ask a tough
or easy question" depending on
whether they wanted an "excit
ing'' contestant to stay oi t h c
program or a "dull" one to be
prcluecis Steve Carlin and
Mcrt hophn have testified the two
big money programs were "con
trolled." that the sponsor knew it
a-.d made "urgent suge tions
as to who sh uld win or lose.
Rep. John B. Bennett iR-Mich.)
asked Abrams if there was "any
doubt in your mind" that Martin
Revson knew the producers were
control'ing the fu'ure J contes
tants. I find it ery difficult to be
lieve he wouldn't know, sitting in
on OVw meetings,'' Alirains repeated.
LA GRANDE, OREGON, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1959
FIND USE FOR
BARI, Italy (UPI)-Who taid
there's no space inside thott
little Italian cart?
Two rustlers Wednesday
managod to (tuff stolen co
into a Fiat 400, wi'h only its
horn poking out tht window.
Thty abandoned tho car and
cow and fltd when a police
car chased them. It tcok the
police a quarter of an hour to
get the cow out ot the car.
WASHINGTON ITH Bal
loonist Malcolm D. Itoss said to
day that a newly discovered ra
diation hazard makes manned
flight in sjlar space "appear
quite unrealistic" for the lime
Cnnlr. Itoss, whose many bal
loon flights for the Office of Na
val Research have made scien-
ti.ic history and won him world
acclaim, referred to unpredictable
outbursts on the sun which fill
solar space with swarms of high
ly penetrating particles.
This new hazard is in addition
to that of the so-called Van Al
len belts, zones of energetic par
ticles discovered in the earth's
magnetic field by the Explorer
satellites and Pioneer moon
The new rndiation, Ross said,
make the dangers of the Van Al
len belts "seem pale by compari
.Measurements made by Univer
sity of Minnesota scientists indi
cate that when a giant solar flare
occurs, a space traveler in the
sun's system might receive a
radiation dose of 1,000 Roentgens
in an hour.
According to present theory,
Ross pointed out, just 30 minutes
of exposure to this new hazard
in space would prove fatal to
half of a spaceship's occupants.
Even at balloon heights of 80,
000 to 90.000 feet the radiation
intensity during flares amounts
to 10 Roentgens rn hour. At the
higher altitudes of space flight
Ross said, shielding would have
to be so heavy that it "may not
bo sr practical solution. : '
Cubans Open Fire
On U.S. Home Of
HAVANA, Cuba iL'PIi Three
men dressed in military uniforms
and carrying rifles fired on Amer
ican-born Maj. William Morgan's
house Wednesday night in an ap
parent assassination attempt, it
was disclosed today. One of the
attackers was captured.
Morgan is a Castro supporter
and holds the rank of "comman
dan'e," or major, in the Cuban
The search for missing Cuban
Army Commander Maj. Camillo
Cienfuegos, meanwhile, went into
its eighth day in an atmosphere of
al and discriminatory" action in
the placing of the signs.
Helm to'd the commission that
the city or the highway com
mission does have the authority
to limit left turns and the au
thority may be enforced by the
agency having charge of traffic
enforcement or engineering.
In reply to the charge that the
action was discriminatory, the at
torney told commissioners that
this was a factual determination
and that discrimination could not
he maintained. The existence of
traffic hazards, highway traffic
and large parking areas create a
potential danger, he said.
"The irgulation is proper and
could he enforced." Helm said.
Helm explained the alternativ
es available to the commissicn.
They cou'd have a test case and
proceed up to the Oregon Su
preme Cr.urt for a final decision
(in the matter or they could re
move the signs.
Commissioners decided the cost
of litigating the matter would
be excessive for the issue at stake
and directed Reeve to have the
Okeh Package Liquor
License For Market
City commissioners approved
the renewal of packaged liquor
Lccnse for Chris' Foods, 1204
Spiing Ave., at last night's meet
ing. The application was approved
t-,v police Chief Oliver Reeve.
Chris' Foods is operated by Mar
ion M. C'hristcnsen.
ore Than 3,600 Qualified
Fo Vote On Bond Issue Here
NEW YO'tK il'PD A con
victed Brooklyn policy racketeer
was murd Tod Wednesday night
by two masked gunmen who
wounded him on a busy street and
then calmly followed him into a
tavern to finish the job.
The victim. Frank (Frankie
Shots' Ahbatemarco, 59. was hit
in the face and stomach with a
total of eight bullets. II? died in
a hospital without regaining con
Ahbatemarco. who was reported
to be the head of a million-do'lar
policy ring, was in a tavern chat
ting with his bartender cousin,
Anthony Cardiello shortly before
When he left the tavern two
masked gunmen stepped out of a
parked car and confronted him.
Ahbatemarco attempted to flee
and the gunmen opened fire.
The wounded racketeer stag
gered back into the tavern. The
assassins followed him with guns
Cardiello and the bar's only
patron dived behind the bar while
the gunmen stalked the bleeding
When Ahbatemarco fell on the
tavern floor, the gunmen calmly
pumped four more bullets into
him, looked him over to make
sure he was dead and then ran
back to their waiting car. They
dropped a .32 caliber revolver on
the sidewalk and sped away.
Wins Nobel Prize
OSLO, Norway UIM Philip
Noi'l-Bjikor, s pritiah l,;iUr party
member of Parliament who has
campaigned vigorously for world
disarmament for more than 30
years, won the Nobel peace prize
The Norwegian Storting Parlia
ment! awarded the prize.-which
carries a cash award of $42,602, to
the 70-year-old elder statesman of
the British Labor party without
listing a specific, reason for his
But Noel-Baker, descended from
a family with Quaker and paci
fist traditions, had devoted the
greater part of his life to working
for international peace and coop
eration. He was instrumental in found
ing the League of Nations and
was one of the earliest members
of its secretariat. He also was
a moving spirit in founding the
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Here is city engineer's drawing of proposed new sew
age lagoon oxidation pond site for the city of La
Grande. The 230 acre Rex Griggs ranch (lower right of
picture) has been acquired by the city, with a purchase
option for $80,000, on which to construct the lagoons.
New Police Matron
On The Force
The appointment of two per
sons to fill vacancies in the La
Grande police department has
been announced by Chief Oliver
Carole Lee Marks, 23, was nam
ed to the position of clerk-matron,
effective Oct. 28.
David Vernon Lester, 27, was
named to post of patrolman with
the department, effective Nov. 1.
Mrs. Marks is a 1955 graduate
of La Grande High School and was
born and raised in the city. She
served 10 months with the U. S.
Air Force in a communications
squadron at Fart Worth, Tex
' Is Married
The new matron is married and
the mother of two children. Her
husband is presently serving with
the Air Force and will return to
La Grande following completion
Lester was also born in La
Grande and graduated from l.a
Grande High School in 1949. He
served with the Air Force and
was discharged in 1953.
The past two years he has ser
ved as correctional officer at the
Oregcn State Penetentiary. Les
ter is married and the father of
one child. He fills the vacancy
created by the resignation of Gay
The two appointments bring
the department back to full
PROPOSED SEWAGE LAGOON
POLLS OPEN NOON FRIDAY
ON SEWAGE PLANT BALLOT
By GRADY PANNEL
Observer Staff Writer
More than 3,600 residents of La Grande are eligible
to ballot tomorrow in the special $360,000 sewage bond ref
erendum, and indications point to a large turnout of voters.
The polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Voters will
cast their ballots at the following places:
Presbyterian church, Sixth Street and Spring Avenue,
for all legal voters residing south of the right-of-way of the
main line of the Union Pacific."
Railroad; the La Grande Garden
Club, 1309 Y Ave., for legal voters
living north of the right-of-way
of the UP main line.
People who cannot get to the
polls Friday can cast absentee
ballets today at the city re
Despite bitter opposition from
Island City area residents, who
oppose the oxidation type sewage
facility on the 230 acre Rex Griggs
ranch northeast of La Grande,
the issue could be fairly close.
If it should be defeated?
"We will call for another bond
election within 30 or 60 days,"
according to Dr. Gordon Clarke,
The Observer learned exclu
sively today that passage of
the $340,000 sewage bond issue
could and up as a legal matter
before the Oregon Supreme
Dr. William Peare, senior
member locally of the State
Board of Aeronautics, said that
zoning lews as applied at Muni
cipal Airport place the pro
posed lagoon treatment plant
site within jurisdictional con
trol of the SB A.
"Some of the finest legal
minds in Oregon and the U.S.
drew up these laws. If they
are not complied with, then,
it's up to the courts to rule on
them," Dr. Peare advised.
"I personally believe the law
is binding in this case, and it
applies here," he added.
Norm Daniels, chairman of
the Airport Zoning Board, de
clined specific comment. He
did say, however, that the
board had lone control within
a 15,000 feet radius.
"We have not discussed this
issue," he commented.
MISSILE SITE READIED
CAPK CANAVERAL, Fla.
'UPD Launching facilities for
one of the nation's newest ballis
tic missiles, the 700-mile range
Pershing, will be completed here
within the next few weeks. The
two-stage Pershing is a solid-fuel
The new facility would be located east of the present '
sewage treatment plant. Gekeler Lane residents, as well ' '
as Island City area people, are. strongly opposed to la- f
goons in that area.
president of the city commission.
A second referendum would be for
construction of a new mechanical
sewage plant rather than the la
goon system now called for.
Should a second special elec
"The matter would be placed
in the hands of the State Sanitary
Authority," Clarke said. There
was an added implication that the
state, then, would come in and
build a sewage plant, with the city
having to foot the bill.
The entire matter of a new sew
age plant was lost almost in the
shuffle of correspondence between
city officials, consulting engineers
and state health officials until
several weeks ago when the issue!
began to gather steam.
Boiling Point '. ,
The sewage question reached a!
boiling point this week after it
was disclosed that the Griggs'
property, about half way between
La Grande and Island City, had
been acquired by the city with a
purchase option for $80,500. On
this proocrty the oxidation ponds
would be constructed.
With the boiling stage reached
and an eruption likely from the
Island City area, city commis
sioners met with valley property
owners at Island City Monday
night. It was a heated session.
Charges by irate property own
ers varied from mild to extreme.
There were even veiled threats
of legal action.
That meeting was in contrast to
Tuesday night's session before La
Grande residents at the junior high
school. City fathers had the horse
power here, and even the weather
was in their favor, some said.
Reports by a consulting engineer
and regional State Sanitary Auth
ority man left little room for
dissenting discussion. Every ques
tion asked was answered with
The meeting boiled down to one
main point, Clarke said:
'We simply have to face the
facts. Our present sewage plant
is not up to current health stand
ards. The issue is this, gentlemen,
we need a new sewage plant."
The issue will be decided at the