Milestones, Dec. 15, 1947

Divorced. By Joan Davis, 35, one of radio's loudest and most expensive comediennes (her contract calls for $10,000 a week): Si Wills, 48, once her vaudeville partner, then writer of her radio scripts; after 16 years of marriage, one child; in Los Angeles.

Died. Lieut. Commander Allan Ramsey Wurtele (rhymes with "fur tell"). U.S.N. (ret.), 54, pioneer in mechanized cane-farming; of a heart ailment; in Mix, La. Wurtele invented a mechanical cane-harvester, and developed a process for converting sugar into synthetic rubber, attracted wider attention in 1939 when he proposed a plan to appease...

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