The daily news. (Batavia, N.Y.) 1881-current, April 13, 1965, Image 1

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W a n n e r Clearing tonight; fair, warmer Wed­ nesday; low, 32. T h e D a i l y N e w s B a t a v i a A r e a - - C o m m u n i t y o f O p p o r t u n i t y EIGHTY-SEVENTH YEAR BATAVIA, N. Y., 14020, TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 1965 PRICE EIGHT GENTS M a n y Still M issing; L o s s $2 3 7 Million By the Associated Press The Midwest was still coun­ ting its dead today as the Palm Sunday tornadoes claimed their 248th v ic t im . M a n y m o r e w e r e missing in the stricken six-state area. The Red Cross said at least 5 ,- 000 persons were injured. In-- co m p lete e s t im a t e s listed d a m ­ age at$237 million. Officials in Indiana, where 141 persons were battered to death by a series of twisters, combed through debris in fields, homes and businesses in a hunt for more victims. Expects to Pint) More “I think we’ll find more bodies,” predicted Sheriff Woo­ dy L. Caton of Elkhart County, Ind. The tornadoes claimed 65 v i c t i m s in th e coun ty, 45 of th e m w ith in one sq u a r e m ile . Similar searches, coupled with vast cleanup operations, took place in Ohio and Michi­ gan, where the grim Sunday twisters claimed 53 and 44 deaths, respectively. Seven persons were killed in Illinois and three in Wisconsin. A tornado seriously Injured m Io w a fa r m e r b u t n o death® w e r e re p o r t e d th e r e . Looting Breaks Out The cleanup operations were hampered by power shortages, damaged communication sys- tems, highways strewn with de­ bris and, in many places, heavy looting. Hospitals and fa m ilie s were p la g u e d b y th e p o s s ib ility of water shortages and health per­ ils. Many pumping systems failed to operate. A s th e se a r c h fo r m o r e tw ist­ e r v i c t i m s w e n t on, o f f icia ls in Minnesota battled to contain the Mississippi River, which threat­ ened to overflow at record heights. Businesses Shut Down Riverfront businesses shut down, employes stayed away from work and school children fro m sch o o l a s th e flood th r e a t grew in the St. Paul, Minn., area. At least six persons have been killed and 20,000 made homeless by Minnesota and Wisconsin floods. The Palm Sunday tornadoes first were sighted in Iowa and then moved to the east, increas­ ing with intensity with every strike. Destruction was so great in some areas that officials said it was im p o s s ib le to estim a t e damage. Two Towns Erased Elkhart, Ind., officials placed the tornado cost at $100 million to$150 million. Ohio estimated damage at $50 million, Michigan at$20 million, Illinois at $12 mil­ lion and Wisconsin at$5 million. The barrage of tornadoes was the worst disaster in Indiana history. Two towns, RussiaviUe and Alto, were completely wiped off the map. Some highways remained blocked 36 hours after tornadoes ripped three wide swaths through the central and north­ ern sections of Indiana. Battered bodies, many in night clothing, packed morgues set up in high school gymnasi­ ums and stores. “It’s as close to hell as I care to be,” said one weary news- maji who toured the disaster area. Lima Village Pondering Town Merger LIMA, N.Y. (AP)—Taxpayers here will decide soon whether to slap a “going out of busi­ ness” sign on their village gov­ ernment. And it’s all in an effort to avoid duplication of services for the village’s 1,400 residents. The village is also part of the Town of Lima which has a pop­ ulation of 3,200. The town was established in 1789, and the village was incor­ porated in 1867. “It seems silly,” says Village Mayor Gerald Fickens, \to have both a town board and a vil­ lage board, a town attorney and a village attorney and other duplications of effort.” P ick e n s s a y s h e h o p e s b y June 1 to present his proposal to the voters. Viets Kill American Emissary SAIGON South Viet Nam (AP) — Ail American aid offi­ cial captured by the Viet Cong last Aug. 8 was shot and killed by his Communist captors on Jan. 12 after he secaped for sev­ en days, a U.S. spokesman an­ nounced today. The official was Joseph W. Grainger, 39, of Sumter, S.C. His mother, Mary F. Grainger, lives in West Hartford, Conn. G r a in g e r , an A ir F o r c e v e t e r ­ an , w a s th e U.S. econ o m ic a s ­ sistance mission’s representa­ tiv e in P h y Y e P r o v in c e , 230 m iles n o r th e a s t o f S a igon . He was captured in an am­ bush with a Filipino assistant and the Vietnamese manager of a sugar cane experiment sta­ tion. The U.S. spokesman said in­ dependent eyewitnesses had reported his death. “The American mission con- the murder of an unarmed civilian, weakened by hunger and unable to defend himself,” the spokesman said. “This\ is a violation of interna* tional law and accepted human­ itarian principles. “His murder is a wanton vio­ lation of the 1949 Geneva con­ vention on the protection of ci­ vilians.” Seven Vietnamese air force SKyraiders bombed and de­ stro y e d th e Thanh Y e n b r id g e in North Viet Nam 70 miies north of the South Vietnamese border today, a Vietnamese spokesman announced. Jamestown Man Dies of Burns JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP)- Burton Lawson, 27, oflSinclair- ville, died today in WCA Hos­ pital of burns suffered in an ex­ plosion and fire that destroyed his father’s home. The blast and fire wrecked the two-story, frame house Mon­ day. Firemen said they had not determined the cause of the ex­ plosion. Lawson was alone in the house. His father, Albert, is a patient in the Veterans Admin­ istration Hospital in Buffalo. T TO DRILL WELLS, IT WAS WINDY — Twenty-four First Graders of Mrs. Rob­ ert Eilson's class, their interest whetted by recent rocket launchings, sent helium-filled balloons into the stiff winds Monday. The balloons contain plastic bags with letters ask­ ing finders to return an addressed post card. Youngsters Will map the landing sites. It was quite a launching. Man Dies Of Injury In Crash an A 50-year-old Buffalo man, injured in an accident on Rt. 33, east of Pea Viner Corners, a week ago, died Monday night (April 12, 1965) at Buffalo Gen­ eral Hospital. Lawrence Plant of 210 Jef­ ferson Ave. apparently died of h e a d in ju r ies su f fe r e d in th e c r a s h w h ich also in v o lved tw o tractor-trailer units. The Erie County Medical Examiner’s o f fice said it w a s a w a it in g a p h y s icia n 's re p o r t b e fo r e a death c e r t if i c a t e could b e issued. Mr, Plant had suffered apparent brain concussion, fo r e h e a d la c e r a t io n s an d le f t hip injuries and was not be­ lieved to have been critically injured at the time of the ac­ cident. He was transferred from Genesee Memorial Hospi­ tal to Buffalo General Satur­ day. The death) raises to nine the number of fatalities on Genesee County highways this year, compared with seven at the corresponding date last year. Scene of the accident was a half-mile east of the Griswold Rd, intersection. Mr. Plant’s westbound car hit' the left side of an eastbound tractor-trailer, then went out of control and struck a second tractor-trailer before coming to a rest on the shoulder of the road. The truck drivers, Robert A. Kelley,. 40, of Syracuse and George F. 'Heins, Jr., 34, of Brockport, were not injured. Easter Bunny In Trouble 'LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Easter bunny will have to make his Southern California deliv­ eries by rowboat and dogsled if the weatherman is correct. Having enjoyed a bit of sun­ shine sandwiched between storm fronts Monday, more rain and snow are on the Easter week outlook for this normally warm and dry region. A new front moving south from Alaska is expected to bring up to three inches of rain before the weekend and more snow to mountain areas already buried under as much as eight feet. ‘ The current series of storms struck March 31 and have been dumping rain ever since, mak­ ing it the wettste April since 1926. Face to Face with Twin Tornadoes COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — The tragedy which struck a 10- mile-long corridor south of here was almost beyond human en­ durance. Not one — but two— tornadoes raked the area within 30 minutes. “The first had us reeling,” said Branch County Sheriff Keith Wilhelm. “The second knocked us out.” The deadly game of follow- the-leader was played by the twisters down a two-mile-wide corridor on Palm Sunday. Two Goldwater Lake resorts were wrecked, cars were tossed fr o m a h i g h w a y a s f a r a s 200 feed and a house trailer wound­ up 50 feet out in the lake. When it was all over, the co u n ty h a d 20 d e a d , a n d a t l e a s t 200 injured* Even amid the death and de­ struction there was something to be thankful for. T h e t o ll o f d e a d a n d in ju r e d a t the resorts — Pearl Beach and C r y s t a l B e a c h — ’ ’p r o b a b ly would have been terrible two months from now,” said Sheriff Wilhelm. “At this time of year most of the cottages are va­ cant.” Erwin Feller, a member of the Michigan State Fair Board, and his wife were in their home at Pearl Beach when the first tornado demolished their guest house. The couple ran out to survey the damage and spotted an in­ jured woman lying on the beach, bleeding badly. They did what they could to help. “Then the second one came along,” Feller said, “and smashed our own house.” J u e l W e igh , a B r a n c h C o u n ty sheriff’s deputy, was en route to check on the situatioiLafter the first twister hit. As he neared the lake, his car was snatched up by the second and demol­ ished. Weigh was sucked out by the w in d a n d ro lle d 75 fe e t , suf­ fe r i n g m in o r in ju r ies. Dazed and bewildered survi­ v o r s to ld s i m i la r sto r ie s in o t h e r storm-ravaged sections of Mich­ igan. North of Grand Rapids, a rag­ ing twister plowed its way across rich fruit lands. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ingersoll were in the barn doing chores when they heard “an awful roar” and the rattle of hail. They ran to a basement corner just as a small mountain of hay came tumbling dow n an d th e ro o f fe l l in. Their home — where they had lived 26 years — was pounded into a pile of splinters. “Our whole life’s work is gone,” said Mrs. Ingersoll tear­ fu lly . On the other side of the state, at Manitou Beach, another tor­ nado swooped down on the Lyle Ferguson farm where Ferguson, 47; his wife, Irene, 46; their d a u g h t e r , C a r o l M a r t in ; h e r husband, Larry, and their two children were spending a quiet In a n in s tan t, th e one-story frame house was scattered over a quarter of a mile — and all s i x w e r e d e a d . Demolition Is Avoiding Pre- In Jackson St. Demolition of the Family Theater building at 22 Jackson St. will be delayed a week to eliminate restriction of park­ ing in the downtown area this week. The Batavia Urban Renewal Agency Monday agreed to with­ hold the razing of the building for a week to co-operate with downtown merchants at this busy time. The agency has completed the purchase of the theater building and a parking lot adjoining it and it will be required to close the lot for two weeks while the demolition is in progress. Urban Renewal Director Wal­ ter D. Webdale told the agency the demolition contractor, Soc­ cio & DeUa Penna, Inc., had agreed to begin the project next Monday, The agency also adopted a recommendation to the City Public Works Dept, suggesting the hiring of the operator of the parking lot, Frank B. Dor­ an of Elba, as demolition site inspector to oversee the razing of the theater building. The in­ spector would insure that the specifications for the removal of the building and the filling of the lot were fulfilled. Mr. Doran would be paid $1.92 per hour for all time spent on the job. It is expected to require about two weeks. The Dept, of Public Works would be reimbursed by the Urban Renewal Agency. It is planned Mr. Doran will continue to operate the parking lot for the city when it is re­ opened and a financial arrange­ ment was discussed. Mr. Doran has previously operated the lot on agreement with the Marine Trust Co. Discuss Methods Several methods were dis­ cussed and Mr. Webdale said he would meet with merchants Next Week, Easter Rush Sector and develop a plan within the next two weeks. He noted that Buffalo has a program in co­ operation with the Retail Coun­ cil. City Administrator Ira M. Gates suggested the program be set up on a short term basis to p e r m it the c i t y to e x p e r i­ ment with several programs. He said the experience with the operation of the smaller lot mig'ht provide a program for the operation of the large lot to be formed in the center of the Court St. project. Councilman Walter S. Briggs of the Fourth Ward commented that it might be well to con­ sider a plan of operating the large lot without parking me­ ters as the meters tend to force shoppers to outlying shop­ ping centers. Previous plans had been for the metering of the lot. The Very Rev. John T. San­ born, also a member of the agency, pointed out that the merchants in suburban shop­ ping plazas are charged a por­ tion of the cost of the parking areas in rent and this charge is passed on to the customer in higher prices. The agency approved an amendment to its request for federal aid , increasing the amount$653,298. The change was to bring the total request to equal 75 per cent of the esti­ mated gross cost of the Court St. project, or $2,274,275. It had previously requested$1,- 721,077, the net estim a t e d fig­ ure. Snow Plays An Encore In the Area Winter paid a return visit to the Batavia .area today in the wake of high winds which swept the sector on Monday. The blowing snow this morning was a reminder that April can be a tricky month weatherwise. There were no reports of wind damage al­ though there were some scat­ tered power interruptions. The outlook is for clearing tonight and a low about 32. W e d n e s d a y w i l l s e e fa i r sk ie s w ith slig h t ly w a r m e r tem p e r ­ a t u r e s . Mahoney Gets Thru w ay Post A L B A N Y , N . Y . (A P ) — T h e State Senate promptly and unanimously confirmed the ap­ pointm e n t o f fo r m e r S e n a t e M a ­ jority Leader Walter J. Ma­ honey to the State Thruway Au­ thority. The action was taken soon aft­ er Gov. Rockefeller announced th e ap p o in t m e n t M o n d a y . Mahoney succeeds Charles R. Diebold of Buffalo in the $17,- 000-a-year post. Diebold re­ signed March 9. M a h o n e y , a lso o f B u f fa lo , h a d se r v e d in. th e S e n a t e 28 y a e r s . He was among a number of Re­ publicans defeated in the Demo­ c r a t i c lan d s lid e la s t N o v e m b e r . M a h o n e y , a t h o m e , declin e d comment Monday night on whether he would still seek to re t u r n t o th e L e g i s la t u r e . Schools Face Borrowing In Aid Lack Unless there is immediate ac tion on approval of a state bud­ get, Genesee County school dis­ tricts may not receive more than$2 million in state aid due this week. No problems are expected, however, since school districts have good credit ratings and will be able to borrow anything they may need until a budget is approved. The City School Dist. is to re ceive $450,000 while$250,000 is due in Le Roy and $1,574,215 in the six schools in the Genesee Supervisory Dist. Theodore A. Surowka, busi­ ness manager for the City Dist., said there are no immediate problems, but the district would have to borrow funds if the check does not arrive by next week. The district must meet a$100,000 payroll Thursday and Friday and also has a $110,000 bond issue payment due May 1. These are in addition to operat­ ing expenses. In Le Roy, Dr, Donald. E, Horr, superintendent, said the district has some money due from an interest account at this time and will be able to meet its payroll with no difficulty. He said a note is due next week and the district might have to bor­ row about$15,000. In the Supervisory Dist. Supt. H. W. Vanderhoof said he ex­ pected that most districts will have to borrow money if the sta t e c h e c k s do not a r r i v e “ v e r y soon.” All have payrolls to meet on Friday. Aid due to the central districts Shop Center Is Sought Near Plaza Four cases, including one for a shopping center adjoining Eastown Plaza, will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals when it meets at 7:30 p. m. Wednesday in the conference room at City Hall. In c lud e d is a req u e s t fro m Ryan-DeWitt Corp. for a rear yard and parking variance to permit construction of a 62 by 221 foot shopping plaza for stores and offices on property it owns on the west border of Eastown Plaza. The rear yard variance is required because the firm has 30 feet while the minimum required is 35 feet. In connection with this, the Board also will consider the re­ quest from Humble Oil Corp for a rear yard variance on its service station which is at the front of the Ryan-DeWitt prop­ erty on East Main St. When Ryan-DeWitt sold part of the property to Humble Oil the rear yard left from the service sta­ tion was only 12 feet instead of the required 35 feet. The Hum­ ble firm seeks a variance to waive the rear yard require­ ment. j, Also to be considered is a request from David H. Gatgens, operator of the Batavia Coin- O-Matic Laundry at 249 West Main St. for a variance to per­ mit placing a sign atop exist­ ing signs by the driveway. The ordinance calls for a 10-foot set­ back for signs, but the exist­ ing signs preceded the ordin­ ance. Up fo r reco n s id e r a tio n is the req u e s t o f L o u is V i e le fo r con­ struction of a storage shed on his property at 61 Swan St. This was tabled last month. The com­ m e r c i a l and re s id e n t ia l bound­ ary line goes through fee Viele property and Mr. Viele seeks to place the storage shed in the residential area since he al­ ready has two non-conforming barns in that a r e a . A three foot side variance will be required along with the non-conforming use extension. -<♦> R. T. Byrne To Instruct In Japan Raymond T. Byrne of 256 East Ave., chairman of the Science Dept, at Batavia High School, wiU go a b r o a d a g a in next Summer to assist teach­ ers of another nation. Mr. Byrne said today he will spend August in Japan at seminars at three universities in instructing teachers in new methods of chemistry teach­ ing. Mr. Byrne plans to leave in mid-July to fly to the West Coast and to Hawaii before going to Japan. The Japan­ ese trip is being sponsored by the Japanese Chemical Society and the Asian Foundation. Universities in Tokyo and two other large cities wUl be the centers for the seminars. Assignments have not yet been detailed, Mr. Byrne said. Mr. Byrne was asked to in­ struct in Japan last year but had a prior commitment to go to India where he spent part of the Spring and Summer in instruction at Poona Univer­ sity. is: A le x a n d e r $269,920; O a k field- Alabama$283,228; Pembroke $350,149; Byron-Bergen$267,944; Elba $177,072 and Pavilion$225,- 902. Crash Hurts Passenger Critically Three persons were injured, one of them critically, in a two- car collision at 7:45 p. m. Mon­ day at the intersection of Rt. 33 and the Mill Rd. in the town of Stafford. The scene is just east of the bridge carrying Rt. 33 over the Thruway. In critical condition at St. Jerome Hospital is Charles Ma- dafferi, 50, of 124 Lyell Ave., R o c h e s t e r . H e h a s a p o s s ib le cru s h e d ch e s t an d h e a d an d fa ­ cial lacerations. State Police said he was a passenger in a car driven by John A d d a n te, 49, of 250 E l l i ­ son St., Rochester. Mr. Addante was released after treatment at the sa m e h o s p ital for la c e r a ­ tions of the forehead and right hand. Driver of the second car, Mrs. Victoria McAllister, 47, of Hol­ ley is in the same hospital suf­ fering lacerations of the face, head and neck. She is in “fair” condition. State Police said the Addante car was westbound and Mrs. McAllister was eastbound and making a left turn into M ill R d . T h e R o c h e s t e r veh i cle sla m m e d into th e rig h t fron t section of the Holley woman’s car. T h e a c c id e n t re p o r t a t Troop A H e a d q u a r t e r s lists an im p r o ­ p e r turn on the part of Mrs. McAllister as the cause of the accident. Troopers said action is pending. House Lost To Flames In Stafford Loss has been set at more than $12,000 in the fire which Monday afternoon virtually des­ troyed the two-story frame resi­ den c e occup ied by M r . an d M r s . John Bartholemew at 5576 School Rd, in the town of Staf­ ford. Cayse of the fire has not been determined, Sheriff’s Dep­ uty Joseph A. Joy reported. Raymond J. Branton, Stafford dairy farm operator and a mem­ ber of the Stafford Fire Dept., was injured when he fell through the kitchen floor into the base­ ment. Mr,, Branton suffered cuts of the right side of his face and cuts and burns of the forehead and face. He was given first aid at the scene and later received treatment at Genesee Memorial Hospital. Deputy Joy said the flames apparently erupted near the kit­ chen and spread upward through a rear partition. Mrs. Bartholemew had been in Batavia to shop and pick up her husband from work and was en ro u t e h o m e w h e n fire trucks passed her car- She fol­ lowed the trucks to find the home ablaze. She had left the house at 2 p. m. He is employed by the New York Central Rail­ road. Deputy Joy said the fire was discovered at 3:45 p. m. by Mrs. Bartholemew’s sister-in- law, Mrs. Dominic Barthole­ mew, who lives in a trailer near the h o m e . She sa w the flames when she went to get a news­ paper from the mail box. In c lu d e d in the lo s s w a s be­ tween 70 to 100 dozen eggs sus­ pended in wire baskets from the basement ceiling. The cou­ ple sells eggs commercially. Stafford firemen were aided by volunteers from the town of Batavia, Byron and South By­ ron. The Bartholomews a r e stay­ ing with the Dominie Bartholo­ mews. Board U n a n im o u s In T w o E fforts On W a ter, S e w e r s The Batavia Town Board Mon­ day night authorized the expen­ diture of funds to drill test wells and is requesting city co-opera­ tion in the extension of water an d s e w e r s e r v i c e to va r io u s areas of the town. At its ’regular meeting, the board unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the ex­ penditure of up to$8,000 for d r illin g wells to locate a water supply for town residents. The action is in accordance with the recommendations of Kenneth G. Woodward of Webster, town consulting engineer, Unanimous authorization was also given sending a letter of intent to the city asking co­ operation in the extension of services, as requested, to areas adjoining the city. This was also a suggestion of Mr. Wood­ ward in fee proposed plans for providing additional water- and sewer service. Group on Hand Increased services have been supported by the Town of Ba­ tavia Businessmen’s Assn. and 16 members of that group ap­ peared at the meeting in the Town Hall to reaffirm its stand. Glenn R. Morton of 5036 El­ licott St. Rd., an attorney, act­ ing a s sp o k e s m a n for the group, said there was a “desperate need for water and sewer serv­ ice in the town” and comment­ ed that it was “the responsible function of government to un­ dertake a remedy for this need to preclude the stifling of growth in the community.” Mr. Morton asked the board to adopt a three-point program which included the two meas­ ures later adopted and an addi­ tional item calling for the ap­ pointment of an independent citizens committee. Suggests Committee The committee would inves­ tigate public support for a w a ­ ter and sewer program and would survey the residents for the extent of the service de­ sired. No action was taken on this proposal. Mr. Morton told the News to­ day he felt the board would give the committee proposal further consideration and hoped action would be taken at the next meeting. “We feel that it is imperative to the formation of a water and sewer program that the public be kept v/eU informed and that an extensive cross section of their opinion be taken into con­ sideration,” he said. Questioned Delay During the 45-minute discus­ sion of the matter, Gerald Shepard of the Clinton St. Rd. questioned the delay in action when the engineering report was received in February. Su­ pervisor John E. Howe replied action had been taken as soon as a joint meeting of the board, the engineer and the business­ men’s committee could be ar­ ranged. Mr. Shepard also asked the feeling of Supervisor Howe and Councilman Carl B. Boyce on fee matter prior to the vote and both indicated they favored it. Councilman Robert Branton and Justices E. Harry Miller and Kenneth Hodgins also sup- Continued on Page 4 Wyoming Board Moving On Mental Health Program A local law for the creation of a Wyoming County Community Mental Health Board was intro­ duced this afternoon at the reg­ ular meeting of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors in Warsaw. Passage was indicated. The introduction of the law was the first step in the creation of a county-wide mental health program. It appeared the board was moving toward the adoption of the measure at the May ses­ sion following the required pub­ lic h e a r in g . Creation of the program is in a c c o r d a n c e with the State Men­ tal Hygiene Law which spec­ ifies the appointment of a nine- member committee. The coun­ ty health commissioner and the county welfare commissioner must serve as members and two of the remaining members to be appointed b y th e B o a r d o f Su­ p e r v iso r s m u s t b e p h y s icia n s practicing in the county. A source close to the super­ visors said the solons consider the crea t io n o f the p r o g r a m as a m a t t e r of “ s o m e i m p o r t a n c e .” Similar programs in other areas co s t coun ties fro m $30,000 to$35,000, an n u a lly, depending on the extent of the u s e o f the p r o ­ gram and th e s e r v i c e s offered . Half of the cost is in state funds as with the public health program. The matter of a co-operative program between Genesee and Wyoming counties has been discussed at a meeting of mem­ bers of Wyoming County and Genesee County supervisory rep­ resentatives. The program would involve the sharing of c e r t a in em p lo y e s , a s is done w ith th e H e a lth D e p a r t m e n t s of the two counties. It is expected the mental health program w ill be d iscu s s ­ ed W e d n e s d a y a t th e m e e t in g of th e G e n e s e e C o u n t y B o a r d o f Supervisors. ■}