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Helen Hokinson Met Death
On Rare Trip From New York
» Th® cartoon Miss Hoklnson drew for the Community Chest.
* Miss Helen E. Hokinson, whose
drawing board reproductions of
over-uphdlstered suburban ma
trons won a national following,
was making one of her rare trips
from New York when she crashed
to death with 54 others aboard an
: airliner here yesterday.
The cartoonist for the New
.Yorker and other publications had
•given up her regular habits for A
^day to make an appearance In
Jbehalf of Washington’s Commu
*nity Chest Fund drive.
* Three hundred and fifty prom
inent Washington women were
I awaiting her arrival at a May
* flower Hotel luncheon. Others
.had gathered at National Airport
!to escort her to the city.
Mrs. Henry Gichner, Chest pro
gram director, broke the news to
the luncheon group. The women
gasped in shocked surprise; some
were moved to tears. As they
filed out of the luncheon meeting,
many stopped at a Hokinson orig
inal, displayed on an easel.
Cartoon Drawn for Occasion.
Typically Hokinson, it showed
three bosomy matrons of the type
that has inspired organization of
;Tedfle®fi£fcrabs.' One of the wom
■en Is sa^ingf “$3o Mary’s working
for «the Community Chest, too.
Hovrbrave!” Miss Hokinson drew
It especially for the occasion, and
It was to have been auctioned.
The fund workers had stood for
a moment of silent tribute to the
e Miss Hokinson’s
il, Ruth Crane a£h
Pounced on her WMAL radio pro
gram that “in just 19 minutes a
speaker for the Community Chest
luncheon is to land at National
Airport."
< Mrs. Paul W. Watson, 340 Wes
mond drive, Alexandria, was
, [listening to the program. She idly
[looked out the window for an air
plane and saw one. It seemed to
:be broken in two, and was fall
ing rapidly to earth. It disap
peared and she heard an explo
sion.
{ Planned Alumnae Luncheon.
r After the luncheon, Miss Hokin
«on had planned a reunion with
«ome of her Smith College alum
in ae friends. One of them was
Mrs. Bertram D. Hulen, who had
jgone to the airport to greet her.
;A few months ago Mrs. Hulen’s
husband, the New York Times’
State Department reporter, was
killed with 12 other newspapermen
In an airplane crash in India.
Miss Hokinson broke into the
New Yorker six month after that
.magazine was founded in 1925,
•and more recently had been draw
ing a daily” cartoon for the New
•York Mirror.
I Not unlike her shy, retiring self,
{her biography in "Who’s Who in
{America” was cut to the bare
{minimum of “cartoonist” and her
New York home address.
A ' ' '
: 55 Deaths Set
\ World Markin
\ Plane Crashes
•y the Associated Press
Hie crash of an Eastern Airlines
plane here yesterday was the worst
airplane disaster in the world’s
history.
The unofficial death toll of 55
persons is the hfghest ever recorded
for a heavier-than-air craft.
X The only air disaster of any type
to exceed it was April 4,1933, whezi
,-the Navy dirigible Akron crashed
joff the New Jersey Coast. Seven
ty-three persons died.
- The worst previous airplane dis
laster was the crash of an American
Oslazie in England August 23, 1944,
Iwhen 54 persons were killed, in
cluding 35 children.
; The worst previous one in the
^United States was the crash of an
^Eastern Airlines plane May 30,
4947, near Port Deposit, Md. Fifty
-three perished.
i Aerial collisions have caused the
Cnly fatal accidents on the airlines
3n the last 14 months.
; The last previous fatal crash
Cther than collisions was the fail
fure of a wing on a Northwest Air
lines plane near Winona, Minn.,
August 29, 1948. Thirty-seven
:persons were killed.
;Lakes Shipbuilder Dies '
i DETROIT, Nov. 2 W.—Joseph
jPage, 83, a retired Great Lakes
Shipbuilder, died yesterday. For
41 years he was associated with
the Great Lakes Engineering
Works in River Rouge. He was
bran in Quebec, Canada.
HELEN HOKINSON. {
\ • *•' r.
The heroine of her cartoons
was a middle-aged, plump matron
who expressed her frustrations
and pleasures in rib-tickling
naivete. Miss Hokinson’s own
figure was slight, but she always
insisted she really liked the
Was Native of Illinois.
She once explained it thus:
“These women who’ve given up
all hdpe of being thin and who’ve
reached the stage, as one of my
captions reads, of not caring
whether stripes are vertical Or
not. look comical to me, and so
I draw them that way. But I
am not the least bit critical of
them.”
Most of her ideas came from
eavesdropping on clubs, flower
shows, buses and Fifth avenue
shops. Her quizzical lady treas
urers of toe Garden Club became
a yardstick for hundreds of ma
trons all over America. In Akron,
Ohio, one group of midle-agers
formed a “Helen Hokinson” re
ducing club and kept their in
spirational leader informed of de
velopments.
Reticent about her age, Miss
Hokinson was bom about 50 years
ago in Mendota, HI. She studied
at the Academy of Fine Arts for
five years, specializing in fashion.
drawing. After a bit of that kind
of work for Fifth avenue shops,
she decided it was boring, and
went to the Parsons School of
Design. In viewing figures in
terms of geometrical form, she
suddenly found her sketches very
funny, and continued to draw
them for that reason.
Truman Signs 792d Bill,
Last Awaiting His Action
President Truman yesterday
signed the last bill which had been
awaiting his action from the first
session of the 81st Congress.
It confers jurisdiction on the
United States Court of Claims to
render judgment on claims of em
ployes of the Alaska Railroad for
overtime work performed.
The bill was the 792d passed by
tjfie 81st Congress to be approved
by the President. He vetoed 32.
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Bates Boarded Plane
After Important Work
Delayed Trip Here
Representative George J. Bates,
the Massachusetts Republican
killed in yesterday’s airplane
crash here, was due in Wash
ington Monday, but "important
business’’ detained him in Boston
overnight.
His office said Mr. Bates was
coming here to attend the orien
tation conferences which began
Monday at the Pentagon. He
telephoned, however, that he
would be delayed.
Mr. Bates was active in public
life for 31 years. In Congress he
was a high-ranking member of
the House Armed Services Com
mittee and ranking minority
member of the House District
Committee.
Married 38 Yean.
Known as a "commuting Con
gressman,” Mr. Bates seldom
missed a week end with his family
in Salem. The day before the
crash he and Mrs. Bates had
celebrated their 38th wedding
anniversary.
Long a leader in Massachusetts
Republican circles, Mr. Bates had
been prominently mentioned as a
possible GOP candidate for Gov
ernor of Massachusetts.
Prom the time he entered public
life in 1918, Mr. Bates lost only
one election. That came in 1930
when he was defeated in tpe Re
publican primary for sheriff of
Essex county. He was serving as
mayor of Salem at the time.
Mr. Bates served on the District
Committee from the time he came
to Washington 13 years ago and
was influential in a multitude of
measures affecting the Capital.
Notable among these were the
tax bills, including the $18,000,000
revenue measure based on the
sales tax. For many years, Mr.
Bates waged a determined fight
against sales taxes and was in
strumental in defeating these pro
posed levies for Washington. But
this year, he became a champion
of the sales tax because he could
And no adequate substitute for
it to solve the District’s financial
troubles.
Headed Fiscal .Group.
Former chairman of the Dis
trict .Subcommittee on Fiscal Af
fairs, Mr. Bates was active in pay
legislation, taking a leading part
in pay raises for District school
teachers and other city employes.
He was much concerned with
other District affairs, ranging
from traffic problems to the fact
that the Commissioners met be
hind closed doors. He wanted the
Commissioners to open their doors
to the public at least twice a
month to give the taxpayers a
chance fo express their views.
' Aided in B-36 Inquiry.
Frederick P. H. Siddons, presi
as one of
j__ _ _w__ _____ experts’’
Si local fiscal alfairs. "The Na
on has lost an able statesman
and the District of Columbia a
REPRESENTATIVE BATES.
—Harris-Ewing Photo.
devoted friend,” Mr. Siddons said.
The District Commissioners sent
a telegram of sympathy to Mrs.
Bates. Their message said:
“The District and the citizens
of the Nation’s Capital were ex
tremely fortunate in having a
man of Mr. Bates’ knowledge of
municipal affairs on our commit
tee in Congress. He was a true
friend of the District and his un
timely death is a great loss.”
Recently he participated in the
B-36 inquiry as a member of the
Armed Services group. He served
on the Naval Affairs Committee
before it was merged with the
Military Affairs Committee — a
merger he opposed.
Criticized Denfeld Ouster.
During the past month he had
been outspoken against cuts in
the Navy’s aviation budget and
was highly critical of the ouster
of Admiral Denfeld as chief of
naval operations last week.
As representative of a district
with important shoe and textile
plants, he opposed reciprocal
trade agreements that he feared
would improve the marketing po
sition of foreign products to the
disadvantage of New England
shoes and textiles.
Xhe 59-year-old legislator be
gan his career of public service
as a member of the Masschusetts
House of Representatives, where
he served seven years. He then
served for 14 years as Mayor of
Salem, and completed his Mayor’s
term before coming to Washing
ton.
Family’s War Service Cited.
Bom in Salem February 25,
1891, Mr. Bates was educated in
the Salem public schools. He was
married In 1911 and had nine
children, two of whom have died.
A salute to Mr. Bates and his
family was given in the House in
October, 1942, when Representa
tive Canfield, Republican, of New
Jersey arose to pay tribute to the
patriotic service of the Bates
family.
Mr. Canfield pointed out Mr.
Bates’ own hard work on the
Naval Affairs Committee, cited a
report that Mr. Bates’ son-in-law
had given his life in the battle
for the' Solomon Islands, that
three Bates sons were in the serv
ice and that a daughter had
joined the WAVES.
Chevy Chase Couple
Took DC-4 After Delay
In Flight From Europe
A 24-hour delay in their return
flight from a European vacation
placed Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F.
Miller of Chevy Chase, Md., on
the ill-fated Eastern Air Lines
plane that crashed in a collision
at National Airport yesterday.
Had the plane on which they
reached the United States not
been held up a day by unfavor
able weather conditions, the Mil
lers would have arrived home
Monday and escaped death, rel
atives said.
Mr. Miller, 55, a patent attorney
with E. I. Du Pont de Nemours &
Co., Inc., and his wife, Mrs. Mil
dred Miller, 43, left September 26
for a vacation abroad. They
made both Atlantic crossings by
plane.
Two Children Survivfe.
The Millers made their home
at 5612 Grove street, Chevy Chase.
A daughter, Mildred Carof Miller,
14, attends Georgetown Visitation
Convent, and a son, Ralph F.
Miller, jr., is a student at the Uni
versity of Rochester, N. Y.
Relatives said Mrs. Miller was
employed in confidential Govern
ment work at the time of her
death. Mr. Miller had been with
duPont 20 years. He joined the
chemical firm after a number of
years as an examiner in the Pat
ent Office, specializing in chem
ical cases.
His office was in the National
Press Building.
Mr. Miller was a native of Al
toona, Pa., but had been a Wash
ington resident approximately 30
years, except for his first few
years with duPont, when he was
assigned to headquarters of the
corporation in Wilmington, Del.
He was a graduate of Altoona
High School and George Wash
ington University.
Mrs. Miller, a native of Mount
Carmel, 111., also was a college
graduate. She had lived in Wash
ington approximately 25 years.
In addition to their daughter
and son, she is survived by her
mother, Mrs. Mary Stephenson,
who made her home with the
Millers.
Mr. Miller also is survived by
his mother, Mrs. Mary E. Milier
of Altoona; a sister, Mrs. W. P.
Koeck of Altoona, and three
brothers, Joseph W. Miller of
Pittsburgh and George and
Charles Miller, both of Altoona.
Funeral arrangements had not
been completed today.
Arthur M. Cathcart Dies;
Stanford Law Professor
By th« Aiiociat«d Prm
PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 2 —
Arthur M. Cathcart, 76, professor
emeritus of law at Stanford Uni
versity and nationally known as
an authority on constitutional
law, died yesterday. He had been
suffering frpm.caacerpf tbe.^one.
A member of the Hastings Coir
lege of Law faculty in San, Fran
cisco after his Stanford retire
ment in 1938, he„had continued
teaching until last spring.
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