54 Years Ago

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2006

Government says H-Bomb research carried out in Eniwetok nuclear tests

WASHINGTON (AP) n The Atomic Energy Commission has officially disclosed that the hydrogen bomb research was included in a test of nuclear weapons at heavily guarded Eniwetok Atoll.

But the commission stood pat today on its refusal to admit such a bomb had been exploded. The commission, after issuing its terse announcement last night, also spoke of possible prosecution for those who have written letters home about seeing what the described as the world’s first H-Bomb blast.

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Dr. Harold C. Urey, Nobel Prize winning scientist who was a key figure in the development of the atom bomb, said in Chicago he believed the AEC announcement meant the United States has successfully exploded its first H-bomb.

Four to attend Red Cross meet

Four local Red Cross officials will attend a meeting of the coordinating committee of the Tidewater Blood Center at the Norfolk Municipal Airport on Tuesday.

E.A. Brothers, chairman of the Suffolk-Nansemond Chapter; Douglas Kincaid, head of the blood program; Mrs. Seth Matthews, new executive; and Mrs. Landes Small, executive secretary, will discuss ways to increase donations to the Bloodmobile.

Bennett opens cleaning plant

Bennett’s Master Cleaners, Suffolk’s newest dry cleaning plant, announces its formal opening for business at 105 Hall Avenue tomorrow.

Under the direction of W.E. Gene Bennett, who has years of experience in the cleaning business, the new plant has installed the finest dry cleaning equipment available. Its location affords plenty of free parking space for those persons who use the “cash and carry” but the firm has brand new trucks to insure prompt pickup and delivery service.

Bennett is a resident of the city, residing with his wife and two daughters at 129 Wellons Street.

To employ courts for light games

The five tennis courts behind Thomas Jefferson School will be used as a play area for pupils, Principal James M. Helmer said. Space for play at recess has long been a problem at “TeeJay” because of the poor drainage on the land behind the school.

Recently the health and physical education division of the state Board of Education recommended that a minimum of $3,000 worth of hard play surface be acquired by each elementary school.

Lawyer leads Raiders to surprisingly easy triumph

Believed to be all through following a series of injuries that contributed to their downfall on two consecutive weeks, the Raider gridders proved very much alive here last Friday after scoring a 21-0 triumph over Harrisonburg in the Seventh Annual Peanut Bowl Football Game at Peanut Park.

Following a 14-13 conquest of Maury her on Oct. 24, a game which cost Suffolk the services of its only real quarterback, Jan Ellis, the Raiders dropped two consecutive games at South Norfolk and Wilson n foes over which they might normally have been favored

Nick Lawyer, Suffolk’s No. 1 offensive threat, was hurt in the Wilson games and until Friday morning, it wasn’t certain he would play against Harrisonburg.

But Lawyer did play n and Harrisonburg can be thankful that his bruised hip didn’t permit the Raider star to operate at top speed.

…Sharing offensive honors with Lawyer was Fred Matthews, 180-pound halfback who only recently joined the ranks.