1951-04-21 Panta 05 Detroit Letter

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1951-04-21 Panta 05 Detroit Letter - Letter Says Prison Head Lacked Ability Reveals...
Letter Says Prison Head Lacked Ability Reveals Whitney Asked to Quit Previous Job Pantograph Wire Services D WIGHT A state senator Friday offered to an investigating investigating committee a letter saying Miss Doris Whitney, superintendent superintendent of the Dwight State Reformatory Reformatory for Women, was asked to resign resign from her last position. The Illinois state welfare . director, director, however, said her resigna tion was forced because of poll tics. fctate sen. Fred J. Hart (R, Streator) offered a letter from a Blake Gillies, superintendent of we Detroit. Mich.. House of Cor rection at Plymouth, Mich., to a state senate committee investiga ting operations of the Dwight Re formatory. "Lacked Ability" Miss Whitney was the head of tne Women's Division in the Mich igan institution from Oct. 20, 1347 to Aug. 15, 1949. In his letter. Gillies sain Miss Whitney "lacked the ability, tem perament, and experience neces sary to carry out her duties satis factorily." He said "It was suggested suggested that she resign which she did." Fred H. Hoehler, stat director of the public welfare who was called as a witness before the three-man three-man three-man committee, said Miss Whitney was forced to resign from the Detroit institution because because of politics. He said she re fused to employ Gillies' son in the institution. Hoehler said John C. Dancy. a member of the board of trustees at the Detroit House of Correct ion, had recommended Miss Whitney Whitney and called the trouble with Gillies a political row. The Department of Welfare ex ecutive said Gov. Adlai Steven aon knew about Miss Whitney's resignation and the circumstances surrounding it. Chenoan Testified Dr. H. A. Von Ruden of Chenoa, a Democratic state central com mitteeman and a dentist employed at the Dwight reformatory, tes tified in a closed session after a brief period of open testimony. He told committee members he was reluctant to testify before newspapermen. Von Ruden had brought up "hearsay" testimony that Miss Whitney, Hoehler, and guard Captain Captain Michael Lee Burns had engaged engaged in a drinking party, but Hoehler denied it. Hoehler called the story a "deliberate lie," and said he had had but one drink at the Dwight institution and that was when he had felt ill. Miss Beatrice Spandet of Dwight member of the board of directors of the Geneva Training School for Girls, testified that a waitress had told her Miss Doris Whitney visited a Pontiac tavern two or three times a week with a man who had a "strange accent." Names Informant Mrs. Spandet, a member of the county Democratic central committee, committee, testified she was told this April 4, 1950, by Mrs. Robert Travcrs. But Mrs. Travcrs told the committee committee she did not say this. She said she told Mrs. Spandet that Miss Whitney had been in the tavern a total of two or three times. She said she recalled only one occasion when Miss Whitney was served an alcoholic drink. Another witness. Dr. Andrew McGee, Dwight physician, earlier testified that Reformatory Warden Warden Mona Harris did not require surgery after an attack by one of the inmates. The investigation was started after the attack was made puo lie. The committee will report to the state senate before May 1. PAMSY PLANTS NOW READY MAPLEW00D GREENHOUSES 301 E. Miller Phone 6632-5 6632-5 6632-5 Mrs. Valentine Heads Dry Grove School Club' DRY GROVE (PNS) Mrs. Clinton Valentine was elected president of the Munsell School Community Club at a" meeting Wednesday at the home of Mrs. EEie Black. othe rofficers elected were Mrs. William Hanover, vice president; Mrs. Ellie Black, secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Neal McCue, flower flower secretary and Miss Mary Di-veley, Di-veley, Di-veley, reporter. Pekin Miner, 50, Charged With Murder Attempt PEKIN (PNS) Frank Drudi, 50 year old Pekin miner, was being held in the Tazewell County jail Friday night on two charges of assault with intent to murder following a shooting here late Thursday night. Drudi was charged with wound ing Jules LeMoine, 40, of Pekin in the left hip. LeMoine was reported reported in good condition at Pekin Pub lic Hospital Friday night. According to Pekin police Drudi attacked LeMoine and his wife, Thelma, who is Drudi's former wife, at a Pekin street intersec tion at about 11 p. m. Thursday. They said Drudi jumped from his parked car and shot LeMoine. He also tried to shoot Mrs. LeMoine but his gun jammed, police said. Alter the shooting Drudi returned returned to his home where he was arrested. During questioning he told police he had been separated for a number of years from his former wife who married Le Moine about six months ago. Warrants for Drudi's arrest were signed by Mr. and Mrs. Le Moine. A hearing is scheduled Saturday before Police Magis trate Julius janssen. Wallis Gets 5 to 8 Years For Robbery PEKIN (PNS) Virgil E wains, 2.6, or uncoin was sen tenced Friday to a term of five to eight years in the state penitentiary penitentiary for the armed robbery of a Tazewell county tavern. Sentence was passed by Circuit Judge Howard White in whose court Wallis was tried this week. Wallis was found guilty Wednes day by a jury which had heard the youth repudiate an earlier confes sion. The jury deliberated only about 30 minutes before reaching its verdict. j Wallis was charged with taking part in the holdup of the Black Oak Tavern near Hopedale Aug. 28 ,1950. De Wit Youth Slate Meeting CLINTON (PNS) New mem bers will be welcomed at a meeting meeting of DeWitt County Rural Youth at 8 p. m. Saturday in Clinton YMCA. Committee members working on plans for the county wide party climaxing the current membership membership drive in Rural Youth include include Irma Wisegarver, Ruth Sronce, Juanita Jackson and Bob Reiman. entertainment: Joan Hoge, Bob Sessions and Bill Sampson, welcome; Janice Jiles, and Phyllis Plotner, food. Newly named board members for the county Rural Youth announced announced bv Bob Wade, president, are: Miss Jiles, Bob Sampson, Jo-ann Jo-ann Jo-ann Todd, Donna Weikel, Bob Sessions. Miss Hoge, and Charles Luker. a Judge Dismisses Contempt Charge LINCOLN (PNS) William Herbert McDaniels of Lincoln tak en in custody on a writ of capias m. til in He El N. ter, of vicinity. 13. I. he to

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