The mystery of Amelia Earhart lay locked in the silent watery wastes of the vast Pacific today. Four Naval vessels and the 1,900 weary men who sought her and her navigator 16 days gave them up for dead and sailed for home.

More than 290,000 square miles of equatorial ocean, reefs and islands were scoured by ships and planes in an almost hopeless search for the tousle-haired aviatrix and her companion, Capt. Frederick J. Noonan, who dropped from sight July 3.

D.B. Moore, Gulf Oil distributor for Faulkner County, observed his 34th anniversary with the Gulf organization this week and last night he and Mrs. Moore were honorees at a dinner at Town House Restaurant.

J.A. Griffey of Little Rock, area sales manager for Gulf Oil, who has worked with Moore since 1928, spoke briefly and expressed thanks for the contributions made by the Moore family. W. Dean Moore served as master of ceremonies and introduced guests.

Donald W. Bissell, a son of William and Jo Anne Bissell of Conway, has joined the U.S. Navy.

Bissell is attending basic training at Naval Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. After completing the training, he will participate in an 11-week training session in the Navy’s Aviation Machinist Mate rating at Memphis Naval Air Station in Millington, Tenn.

The Faulkner County Retirees chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association elected officers at a recent meeting.

Jewell Steinbeck was elected president. Other officers include Bobby Gwatney, vice president, and Jean Hurst, secretary-treasurer. All are former state employees and all are residents of Conway.