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~xz / a 5 ^* ....raU j j N I... 1 IC ; )\ f ->■ Tn jW l ëSipziz&s jWrrrl WIDE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER 1958 SIDNEY HILLMAN AWARD WINNER 2mm MONTANAS ONLY-' Vol. XXV—No. 4 HELENA, MONTANA, DECEMBER 27, 1963 $3.00 Per Year Kennedy Assassination pave Tragic Cast to Year's Events *c By the EDITOR Until that fateful noon of November 22 when the assa John Fitzgerald Kennedy, two developments above all el 1963 an historical identification. One was that after aln £ bullet struck down President 5 med destined to give the Year ^ «yo decades of "cold war", the major power's at last began taking the first cautious steps > >ward lessening the danger of nuclear annihilation. The other was the increasingly insistent demand of American Negroes that, after a century of patience, they be accorded the rights as well as the responsibilities of first class citizenship. ♦ Closely intertwined with Peace and Civil Rights, too, was the great en cyclical, Pacem En Terris, by the late Pope John. That leader of the oldest and largest religious sect of all Christendom, placed the Catholic Church squarely behind "progressive disarmament," the strengthening of the United Nations, and the impera tive need for the nations of the world to find the way to Peace, lest a nu clear war "be set off by some un . controllable and unexpected chance . . That same encyclical, too, was most insistent that the rights of hu man beings are, by God, sacred, and not something to be given or taken away by other humans. It is a power ful statement in support of the dig nity of the individual and his right to develop his capabilities to the full est, irrespective of race, creed or color. IN A MOMENT, IT WAS NO MORE" But, when the dreadful news was flashed from Dallas, all other im portant and historic events of the year were waved into the background. Not since the murder of Abraham Lincoln almost a century ago, did any single event so shake the nation. As a leader, John F. Kennedy was a young man, an energetic man, a man in a hurry in many respects. I i (< Congressional Report Dinner". . Mansfield, Metcalf, Olsen Will Address Democratic Meeting HELENA Montanans again will be given an unique opportunity to hear in person from our Senators and Con gressmen about activities in the nation's capital the last year, Fred Barrett, Chester, chair man of the Democratic State Central Committee, announced this week. Barrett referred to the annual Con gressional Report Dinner, featuring U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, Sen. Lee Metcalf and Rep. Arnold Olsen, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, January 4, at the Finlen Hotel in Butte. "All Montanans are anxious cer y y Lockwood Appointed To Rehabilitation Executive Committee It has been announced by Francis S. Irons, president of the National Council of State Directors of Rehabil itation, that Glenn O. Lockwood, re habilitation director in Montana, has been appointed as a member of the executive committee of the Council of State Directors representing the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana. . The Council is composed of all of the directors of rehabilitation pro grams in the United States and serves as an advisory board to the Vocation al Rehabilitation Administration in Washington, D. C. He had played a key role in the be ginning thaw of the "cold war". His administration had given new stature to the continuing effort to right an old wrong long saddled on American Negroes and other minority groups. As Sen. Mike Mansfield said in his solemnly beautiful statement at the bier of the late President in the Cap itol rotunda: He gave us of his love that we, too, in turn, might give. He gave that we might give of our selves, that we might give to one another until there would be no room, no room at all, for the bigot ry, the hatred, prejudice and the arrogance which converged in that moment of horror to strike him down. In leaving us—these gifts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Presi dent of the United States, leaves with us. Will we take them, Mr. President? Will we have, now, the sense and the responsibility and the courage to take them?" The late President, in less than three years in office, created for millions of Americans what has been appropriately termed by the AFL CIO Committee on Political Action, "A shining legacy of progress illumi nated by his deep concern for the welfare and security of his fellow citizens and the people of the world. ii tainly to hear firsthand from our delegation about the effects in Wash ington, D. C., and on Congress of the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy and the elevation of Lyn don B. Johnson to the presidency. "Sen. Mansfield's role as the third most important man in our national government as Senate Majority Lead er gives us in the Treasure State an even closeer relationship to these ma jor events. "I know that many Montanans will want to express their gratitude indi vidually to Sen. Mansfield for the stirring eulogy he delivered during the final rites of our late President, Barrett added. Barrett said 500 to 1,000 Demo crats are expected to gather for the dinner in Butte to hear reports on legislation of concern to the state and the nation. Personal invitations have gone to all county chairmen, state committee men and committeewomen, Demo cratic Women's Club officials, state legislators and Democratic office holders. Announced and prospective gubernatorial candidates are expected also. » Gordon R. Bennett, Helena at torney, is general chairman for the event and will co-ordinate statewide activities. He said the banquet will be a major fund-raising effort for Democrats looking toward "Election Year" 1964, and dinner tickets will be $5.00 per plate with $100.00 spon sor tickets also to be sold. The Report Dinner is to be spon sored by the Democratic State Cen tral Committee in co-operation with the Silver Bow County Democratic Central Committee. Montana Roundup Next Week We'll have a roundup on some of the more meaningful political events in Montana this past year, in next week's VOICE.—EDITOR. And, as monuments to his memory, COPE lists: "À nuclear test ban, a step back from the abyss of war and toward the goal of peace; a manpower re training program to help the jobless learn new skills; aid to depressed areas to attack chronic unemploy ment; giant steps toward the achieve ment of equal rights for all Ameri cans; increased compensation for the unemployed; increased social security benefits for the elderly; increased minimum wage; new programs in mental health; aid to medical school construction and scholarship help for doctors-to-be; the Peace Corps; the Alliance for Progress; housing; equal pay for women. VIET NAM, SOUTH AMERICA While there was a generally in creasing relaxed atmosphere in for eign affairs and the Peace Corps was being acclaimed by nation after na tion as our finest "good will ambas sador", prospects were anything but y* bright in South Viet Nam. American boys were dying in that hell hole of southeast Asia, and more and more people began asking "why"? One tyranny was overturned, reportedly with the assistance of our cloak-and dagger Central Intelligence Agency. Another regime took over. Still, as the year ends, prospects of defeating the Communist Viet Cong guerrillas look even more dismal. In nine years, hundreds of mil lions of U.S, dollars were poured into —See Page 3 State Electrical Workers Support Knowles Project The Montana State Council of Electrical Workers held their annual convention in Butte, on December 13 and 14, 1963. This convention stood in silent meditation in memory of our late President, John F. Kennedy. This convention voted to give full support to the construction of Knowles Dam. This convention also supported Plan 4 of the Upper Missouri River Development Program and the diver sion of water into the Milk River from the Marias River and the Mis souri River. Convention speakers were Stanley E. Thompson, International vice pres ident of the Eighth IBEW district, and Ralph Leigon, International ex ecutive council member from Las Vegas, Nevada, Guests present were International Representatives F. J. Belisle and \nthony Butorac. Officers elected were Glenn Evan gelisti, president; W. L. Halpine, first vice president; Tom Larsen, second vice president, and A. G. Bolenske, secretary-treasurer. «istorioal society Smeltermen's Union-16 Is 66 Years Old This Month GREAT FALLS—Great Falls Mill and Smeltermen's Union No. 16, celebrating its sixty sixth anniversary this month, is perhaps the oldest continuous affiliated local union of the In ternational Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. Local No. 16 was chartered by the Western Federation of Miners on December 30, 1897. The Western Federation of Miners changed its name to Inter national Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers in 1916. The offi cers and members of Local 16 are rather proud of the fact that not once during the local's 66-year history has it ever been delinquent in its per capita tax payments or other obliga tions to either the WFM or Mine-Mill. The officers and members of this local union are rightfully proud of the role their local has played and the contribution it has made to the labor movement in Great Falls, in Montana, and to Mine-Mill generally. It is recognized that it must have required considerable wisdom and courage to maintain the local union during the hectic years of the Palmer Raids following World War I, during which period the labor movement in America was almost completely de stroyed. The sixty-sixth anniversary cele bration was highlighted by a banquet held for the officers, stewards and their wives on December 12, 1963. The banquet was held at the DeMolay Memorial Restaurant. In order to be eligible for the banquet, officers and stewards must have participated in the 5-month stewards training pro gram conducted by International Rep resentative J. P. Mooney, which ended in November. Each officer and steward who qualified was pre sented with a Mine-Mill cigarette lighter and lapel pin, as an award from the International Union. The cigarette lighters are engraved with the Mine-Mill emblem. The ladies in attendance expressed that they thought the banquet was a wonderful gesture, as did the offi cers and stewards. There was some discussion of making this an annual affair to celebrate the local's anni versary. There was also positive dis 893,000 IN FREIGHT There were 893,000 persons work ing in motor freight transportation and storage at the end of 1962—of whom 76,000 were female employees according to the U. S. Department of Labor, In Flathead . . Labor Council Jurisdiction Now Covers Entire County KALISPELL—The Kalispell Central Trades and Labor Council has received sanction of the AFL-CIO to change its name, and extend its jurisdic tion throughout Flathead coun ty. Henceforth, it will be known as "Flathead County Trades & Labor Council", according to its secretary, R, P. Petersen. Joe B. Crosswhite, of Columbia Falls, will be president of the Council. Cross white is also president of Montana State AFL-CIO. WORKSHOP, JANUARY 10-11 One of the first functions of the Flathead county organization, in co operation with Montana AFL-CIO, will be the sponsoring of a End Work Shop" at Kalispell Janu ary 10 and 11, 1964. The Work Shop will begin with a banquet at Orly's Supper Club Friday evening, January 10, which will be presided over by Crosswhite with principal speakers to be James S, Umber, executive sec retary, Montana AFL-CIO, and James J. Leary, director of Region 20 for the National AFL-CIO. Region 20 includes Montana. Its headquarters are at Boise, Idaho. Leary is a native of Butte and still retains his residence there. The Saturday program of the work shop will be in the Eagles Building Week cussion about forming a ladies auxil iary, which is to be discussed further in January. The local union has managed its finances well over the years. It owns its own building, which is a two-story brick structure with a full basement, located at 412 First Avenue South. The basement is used for the local's offices, meeting halls, conference rooms, kitchen, etc. The first floor houses the Great Falls Commercial College, and the third floor is hotel apartments. The property is estimated to be worth between $126,000 and $150,000. Wheat Plan For 1964 Unveiled By National FU DENVER—A wheat program for 1964, drafted to counter an expected $600 million drop in farm income, has been unveiled by the National Farmers Union, following a meeting of the NFU executive board here last week. Support of the 750,000 member or ganization was pledged for a nation wide campaign to put over the pro gram early next year, in time for the 1964 wheat crop. The program calls for a price sup port level of $2.60 a bushel on domes tic consumption and exports. Farm ers who do not sign up in the pro gram, however, would not be eligible for the $2.50 support. The plan would be in effect for 1964 and 1965 so that Congress could consider both wheat and grain pro grams fqr 1966 and thereafter. The present feed grain program expires with the 1966 crop. Direct payment would be made to farmers for the portion of the wheat crop exported. The certificate plan of the rye program—defeated by growers in referendum—would be in effect. Farmers would cut their wheat acreage by 10 per cent to qualify for the program. This would mean 49.6 million acres in wheat rather than the present 55 million, the committee said. Details of the proposal were mailed Sunday to President Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Orville Free man. and will get underway at 9 a.m. First discussion will be headed up by Dr. George Heliker, economics professor at Montana State University, and president of University Teachers Union. Heliker will speak on the pending federal income tax cut, un employment and ways and means of fully utilizing the nation's industrial capacity. Second Saturday morning panel will be on Montana's present Unem ployment Compensation Act, cover age, benefits, finances, needed legis lation, etc. Helena, will be the moderator. Saturday afternoon will start off with a session on "Workmen's Com pensation and Safety Codes", and will have Deer Lodge Sen. Luke Mc Keon as speaker. Second afternoon item will be on Right - Wingers and 'Right-to - Work' ", with Ed Lashman, Denver, the leader. Lashman is regional pub lic relations officer for the AFL Don Merritt of UCC, . * CIO. An analysis and summary of the workshop will be given by State AFL CIO President Joe Crosswhite, be ginning at 4:15 p.m. As a means of financing the Work Shop, local unions are asked to pur chase blocks of banquet tickets for members and their wives who, in turn, are expected to attend Saturday's seminar discussions.