PARK EVICTIONS UP TO COURTS
RICHMOND, Dec. 6--(AP)--Federal and State agencies today sought to secure immediate promise of homesteads in resettlement units for mountaineers who have refused to quit the Shenandoah National Park.
A temporary truce was declared last night by the National Park Service and the State Conservation Commission in their contest with the several families of park dwellers who refused to leave their homes despite eviction writs, returnable in courts of four counties yesterday. The Park Service has notified Virginia the Park must be cleared of all save those with permits before its scheduled transfer to the U.S. Dec. 26.
J.R. Lassiter, Shenandoah Park superintendent, today went to Washington to ascertain if the resettlement division would accept the recalcitrant ones' applications for homesteads at this late date.
A high official of the Virginia Works Administration said it was understood that the Park Service's grant of "additional time" to the mountain people in which to move meant that their removal would be delayed only long enough to secure homesteads for them.
Page County officers said they would return writs against several families in that county to the circuit court today with the explanation that the mountaineers could not be moved from their houses now because of the impassable condition of high mountain roads. it is necessary to walk two or three miles over icy paths to the homes of several, it was said.
Members of nine Madison County families were ordered to appear before Judge Lemuel Smith in the circuit court of that county today, following their failure to comply with eviction writs issued by W.E. Armstrong of Front Royal, counsel for the Virginia conservation commission.
Clerk A.H. Cave of Madison today said he did not know what conservation the Park office may have had with Judge Smith at the latter's office in Charlottesville yesterday, but said it was certain that none of the recalcitrant mountaineers would "be put out immediately."
Members of the Madison group told interviewers they would not leave their homes peacefully. It was believed that some attempt to provide funds and shelter for them will be made.
Sheriff W.E. Lucas of Rockingham County last night said that five families on whom he had served eviction writs were moving their property and would be out of the Park area today. Circuit Judge H.W. Bertram today said he had not talked with the Park office and did not know that any of the Rockingham people were to be brought before him.
Sheriff J Mason Smith of Albemarle County said he was waiting orders as to what to do in the case of Mrs. Carrie Walton, who was ordered evicted in that County.