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Millenium Countdown: 1963

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Paper: Daily Appeal – 36 days to the millennium – Friday, Jan. 25, 1963

Owner: Donald W. Reynolds

General Manager: Edwin B. Brown

Managing Editor: Ed Allison

Editor: Jim Leavy

Advertising Director: William Dolan

Circulation Manager: Wallace Colin

Published daily Monday through Friday at King and Division streets.

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Capital a busy place for news at start of 1963

By Kelli Du Fresne

In fewer than nine months from Jan. 25, 1963, Nevada will celebrate its 100th birthday. A commission has been set up to organize the festivities and three Carsonites were named to serve.

A link has been found between car ownership and grades in high schoolers, brothel owner Joseph Conforte is being tried for income tax evasion, and Kennedy’s deficit-spending budget is being blasted.

Newly re-elected Gov. Grant Sawyer is heading up a company of government employees to open a new subdivision, cities are seeking a gas tax and the Koontz family home has been burgled.

The headline said: “Sawyer Heads Company In Carson City” and was followed by:

Gov. Grant Sawyer and four other state officials are executives of a company that announced plans Wednesday for a new capital city subdivision.

Sawyer is director of Heckmount Enterprises Inc. Other officers are Nevada Industrial Commission Chairman C.A. Heckethorn, NIC Commissioner Keith Mount and two other NIC employees, Keith Mackay and William Crowell.

Mount said the corporation owns 32.5 acres of land northwest of Carson City which it plans to subdivide within the next year.

He said the property will be divided into 132 half-acre lots but only eight of them will be offered for sale. Five are reserved for corporate officers.

Another headline said: “Three Carsonites To Aid Centennial” and was followed by:

A Centennial Committee on early Day Nevada Families was appointed this week by the Nevada Centennial Commission. Thomas C. Wilson, Chairman, announced the committee would be responsible for research and recognition of early day families, and their descendants, who played an important role in the history of Nevada.

The committee will be under the co-chairmanship of Keith Lee and John D. Winters of Carson City.

Lee is serving his second term as State Controller and is a native Nevadan. He was born in Panace, in Lincoln County, where he graduated from Lincoln County High School. Lee is also a graduate of the University of Nevada. He now resides in Carson City with his wife Seville. The Lees have two children, a son Keith Lamar, a sophomore at the University of Nevada, and a daughter Nancy Kay, a sophomore at Ormsby County High School, Carson City.

John D. Winters is a third generation native of Nevada. The grandson of John D. Winters of the Comstock area, and the son of the late Senator Ira L. Winters and Mary Kearney Winters. He attended Carson City public schools and graduated from the University of Nevada. Since 1952, Winters has been a cattle rancher in Carson City and Dayton. He lives at the old family home west of Carson City.

They have one daughter, Sheila, who attends the University of Washington.

The members of the committee are Dr. James Hulse, of the University of Nevada; Florence Bovett, Gardnerville; and Mary Rochon.

Mary Rochon was born in Carson City, and has lived there all her life. She has been an employee of the Highway Department for the past 25 years. She is secretary to W. Otis Wright, State Highway Engineer.

Beneath the headline “Conforte Trial in Seventh Day” was this story:

The income tax evasion trial of former bawdy house operator Joe Conforte today moved into its seventh day in federal court here.

Conforte, 37, is being tried before Judge Myron Crocker on charges he evaded payment of $28,400 in taxes for 1956-58 by under-reporting his income.

Testimony from 38 witnesses and stipulations from five others has thus far been heard and the government had entered 179 exhibits into the trial record.

Nine witnesses mounted the stand yesterday to tell the judge and jury about Conforte’s financial transactions concerning the purchase and sale of nine cars.

The government tried to show that all of the cars were bought by the defendant. Defense attorneys maintained that despite the fact their client’s name appeared on the purchase order, some of the autos had been bought and paid for by other individuals.

A headline: “Mixing Midnight Oil” was followed by an editorial which said:

Further statistics support a strong suspicion that gasoline and “midnight oil” do not mix. Or to put it another way, if you want to be reasonably sure that your offspring advance academically, make doubly sure that they don’t have a car.

A recent survey of 25,000 high school students in Canada and the United States reveals the pattern: Of the 17 percent who actually own their automobiles, half were in the bottom quarter of the class.

Of the 18 percent who had been in the top quarter of their class, 87 percent fell in their academic standing after they began to drive. And throughout ,the more often the students drove, the worse their grades were.

The moral seems to be: Don’t be too quick to solve your child’s transportation problems. Let him work on it. And if he fails at motorization, and is forced to walk a bit, don’t worry. It seems to sharpen his wits for other things.

The headline said: “JFK Budget Probably In Error” and was followed by a report by Lyle C. Wilson of the Washington office of United Press International. The report said:

There will be no greater fire power leveled against President Kennedy’s new budget than the statement of a powerful member of the president’s own party, Chairman Clarence Cannon, D.-Mo., of the House Appropriations Committee.

The Republican National Committee should reproduce Cannon’s remarks and circulate them to the millions of voters. What Cannon had to say is in the Jan. 17 Congressional Record, pages 508-515. Reading time is about an hour because Cannon’s statement is accompanied by tables on deficit spending debt and miscalculations.

Cannon condemns the Kennedy budget in all respects as a menace to the welfare of the republic. He fears its inflationary impact at home. He also fears it will lead to a shattering loss of confidence in the U.S. dollar abroad.

Foreigners possess dollars and other claims against the United States aggregating more than $21 billion. Through foreign central banks, the claims can be exchanged for U.S. gold. Since Dec. 31, 1957, when the U.S. golf hoard amounted to $22.9 billion foreigners have been cashing their assets for U.S. gold. The balance of international payments thus has been against the United States.

Since that date, the U.S. gold hoard has shrunk to just under $16 billion, a loss of about $7 billion. The United States is required by law to maintain a 25 percent gold backing for its currency and deposits. The United States is short more than $17 billion in gold to meet the 25 percent requirements and the $21 billion of possible foreign claims. Cannon fears that the 1964 deficit budget and others to come will frighten foreign creditors into unloading their claims against the United States for gold.

On the basis of the budget as presented, plus a statement by Treasury Secretary Douglas Dillon, Cannon foresees three more successive budget deficits in fiscal years 1964, ’65 and ’66. These deficits, Cannon believes to be assured. He has no confidence of an end to deficit financing in fiscal 1967 or soon there after.

Though a week late, the Appeal reported on a mishap from the Jan. 19 inaugural ball.

The headline said: “Burglars Loot Koontz Home” and was followed by a report that read: Burglars looted the home of Secretary of State John Koontz Saturday night while Koontz and his wife were attending the inaugural ball.

Police Sgt. Bill Furlong said the break-in “appeared to be a well-planned professional job.”

Missing were $350 in cash and several pieces of jewelry.

Burglars were busy while the Koontzes celebrated the installation of Gov. Grant Sawyer. Sawyer served two terms as governor from 1959 until 1967.

In the same edition, the paper reports Sawyer has said he would remove the poll tax. Counties are quick to seek another source of income.

The headline said “Request Cent Gasoline Tax” and was followed by: Directors of the Nevada Municipal Association met here over the weekend and voted to ask the legislature to allow cities to tack a one-cent a gallon tax on gasoline sales.

The vote came after association secretary said the cities would stand to lose $100,000 when the poll tax is repealed, as Gov. Grant Sawyer suggested in his state of the state message.