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;Vj Vi ?j Monday, July 10,1978 The Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind.—5 "There's not much left after I pay the bills." Galveston's new post office building is a sign of the progress here. Times Have Changed Since Galvesfon Was Rail Town By Ken Bledsoe State Editor Bid Wininger is probably the oldest living Pennsy Railroad telegrapher. The 90-year-old Galveston resident remembers when Galveston was a hustling railroad town that saw 34 to 38 trains come through each day: In 1904, Bid claims, Galveston had the most carload outbound shipments of a town its size in the Pennsylvania Railroad system. The cargo included livestock, corn, wheat, oats, clover seeds, kitchen cabinets, hogs, straw, logs and apples. Nowadays, Bid says there's just "one train a week: it switches at the elevator." Railroads swept Bid right off his feet during the heyday of toe iron horse in the early part of this century. He recalls going to work for the railroad as a teenager, getting "passes" by which he was able to see much of the country and getting paid $42.50 per month, oftentimes in $10 gold pieces, off the pay car. But times changed. Bid quit the railroad after about 10 years and went back to the farm, making careers out of both farming and agriculture equipment sales. He saw the interurban between Logansport and Kokomo in its glory and watched U.S-, Highway 35 become the major transportation artery it is today. He recalls Galveston residents riding the interurban to Kokomo every day to work at Kingston Brass Works or Standard Battery. This was in the 1920's and 1930's, so the trend of economic reliance on Kokomo is nothing new; it goes back at least 50 years. Bid's son Gene, with whom Bid now lives, sees World War II as the event which made the biggest change in society. "World War II did it when women were hired," Gene said. Since World War II and the large scale practice of hiring women, the economy and the population here have soared. Gene sees the growth and change as being especially startling in the past 15 years. "Things were stable for many years," he explained, "then it all shot up. Prices change everyday." Bid puts it another way, saying there used to be "security; now it's dog eat dog, a rat race." The change, to Bid, has meant the 'loss of neighborhoods, but the overall effect has been a good one which has brought an increased standard of living for everyone, Bid concluded. A man of strong opinion, Bid Wininger is openly critical of big government and its inefficiency. He sees great'danger in the rising amount of "home competition" from abroad and cited Japanese steel mills as a prime example. One of his pet peeves is politicians who say one thing one day and something in contradiction the next day. President Harry Truman provided the type of leadership needed in more politicians .today: "He wasn't wishy washy; he was firm and what he proposed he performed," Bid stated. How will all the inflation and government inefficiency stop? "The people will stop it," says Bid. Regarding the recent approval of Proposition 13 in California. Bid remarked, "It's about time!" Allie Ronk was born northeast o[ Galveston 77 years ago this July. She's lived here most of her life and is completely familiar with folks going to their jobs in Kokomo since her husband worked in Kokomo 21 years, "when we were first married." Only recently, Allie sold her home of 40 years in Galveston. It was getting hard to maintain and heat, Allie said. Ironically, the land on which her home stood is now occupied with the tov/n's new post office, a sign of the town's growth. Another irony in Allie's life is her present home, a mobile home in the Smith Trailer Park south of town. All around her are neighbors who commute to their jobs in Kokomo. "I used to know everybody n town, butl don't anymore." Allie believes Galveston's small town flavor has been lost with all the growth and progress. She thinks the biggest change in the town over the years has been the construction of the housing developments such as Broadacre. "People are making good money, but are still not satisfied," Allie stated. "You can't save anything today." She has much the same problems as others on fixed incomes. She calls the cost of clothes today "terrible" and Bid Wininger: "Harry Truman wasn't wishy-washy: he was firm, and what he proposed he performed." said, "There's not much left after I pay the bills." People, Allie observed, used to be content to work and have a roof over their heads and food on the table, but these basics are "just not enough" for people today. But she doesn't complain much. Allie says, "I just live day. to day. The neighbor boy cuts my grass for free. There isn't anyone here (in the trailer park) who wouldn't do anything for me if I needed them." Both Allie and Bid Wininger remember Galveston in the old days when neighborhoods were "smaller. -Perhaps the influx of people has lessened the small town flavor of the town a bit, but there are still plenty of neighbors here who will cut your grass and help you out in other ways when you need it. This friendliness of Galveston and its small town country atmosphere are what draw people here in search of homes and a place to raise their families. One young father looking for property for sale at a local realtor's office was stopped outside the office and asked, "Why are you trying to locate here?" The man, a factory worker in Kokomo, looked over at his wife and small child waiting for him in the truck and said, "I'm tired of Kokomo; it's crowded there and I want my kids to be brought up here." Tomorrow's installation of "Galveston: Fastest Growing Town in Cass County" examines the housing situation and includes interviews with one of the tovwj's leading realtors and contractors. West Central Superintendent Quits Post FRANCESVILLE - West Central superintendent Richard Kirkpatrick has resigned. Dr. Kirkpatrick said he has accepted the position of director of personnel at Vigo County schools in Terre Haute. His resignation is effective July 21. He served as West Central's superintendent six years, since July of 1972. He said the Francesville-Medaryville area was a wholesome community which is concerned about its children. He said one of his major accomplishments while superintendent here was obtaining North Central accrediation for the school system. Twin takes Sets Reorganization MONTICELLO - The Twin Lakes school board will reorganize July 11. A financial report will be given by Supt. Robert Hanni and progress reports will be given on summer maintenance and staffing. The .resignations of teachers Patricia Bowsher of Woodlawn and Debra Brown of Roosevelt will be accepted. Four teachers contracts are expected to be approved. They include the contracts of Frank Rupe, industrial arts at the high school; Devilyna Nichols, math at the high school; Kenneth Peters, math at the high school; and Susan Scanlon. elementary music. Textbook rentals and school lunch prices for next year are to be approved and -a board member will be appointed special education representative. Another board member will, be appointed as legislative liaison. Bids for electronics equipment and elementary Bike Thefts Investigated Four bike thefts are being investigated by Logansport and Cass County police. Karen Mills, 650 E. and 225 S., told Deputy Thomas Wallace that sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 9:22 p m Thursday thieves stole her daughter's pink Huffy bicycle from her residence. The bike is valued at $40, Patty Gerlach, 324VS. High St., reported to Patrolman Paul Russell that sometime Thursday thieves stole her 10-speed Free Spirit bicycle from the yard of 1427 High St. The bike is deep bronze in color and valued at $50. Thieves stole a blue and white Schwinn bicycle Thursday off the front porch of 1515 Smead St., Mrs. Ruth Tatman told Sgt. James Kinnaman. Hamilton Stuart, 1211 North St., reported to Sgt. John Hall that a 10-speed Schwinn bicycle was stolen off his front porch Wednesday. The bike is blue in color. classroom furniture for the Oaklawn school will be reviewed. The proposed budget and 1979 calendar will be reviewed. 5 f Fire Calls Mode Logansport. firefighters answers 51 fire calls that resulted in 52,350 worth of damage during June. According to the monthly report released by Fire Chief Frank Murray, fire units answered 14 residential fires and 12 calls that proved to be- false. Of the false alarms, seven were malicious. Firefighters also extinguished eight business fires, seven trash blazes and seven auto fires. Firefighters made five service calls, answered three nursing home alarms, two school alarms, one hospital alarm and one grass fire. Of the 51 calls answered by firefighters during June, 43 came from the city and eight were rural. Pharos Flashes Less than half" of the teaching graduates who wanted jobs in public schools this year were able to find them, the National Education Association says. The NEA report shows there not only are fewer teaching jobs available; there are fewer college graduates wanting to teach. Last year 164,000 new graduates tried to get the 85,000 teaching positions available, compared with 94,000 positions available the previous year for 185,000 graduates. Despite the surplus of people wanting teaching jobs, there is a shortage of teachers in some fields-mathematics, science, vocational-technical subjects, and agriculture. The NEA report indicates that there has been a steady decline for five years in the number of graduates seeking teaching careers. With all of the discipline problems teachers have now, about nine percent of the teachers surveyed by the NEA said they would not choose the same profession if they could start over again. This is a substantial increase over the two percent who felt that way in 196V and the 3.6 percent who wanted out in 1971. ***** The oldest person on U. S. Social Security rolls is a former slave, Charlie Smith, of Bartow, Okla., who celebrated his 136th birthday last week. ***** Engineers expect a rapid expansion in electronics in autos in the next few years, and by the early 1980s electronics are expected to account for 10 percent of the cost of a car. Electronic uses include automatic speed control, anti-skid control, intermittent windshield wipers, tape players, engine controls, and a fuel warning display. ***** A sur/ey has shown that replacing all the parts on a car is four times as expensive as buying a new car with all the same parts'already assembled. In an effort to dramatize the high cost of repairing crashed automobiles, the Alliance of American Insurers checked on what it would cost to rebuild a 1978 Chevrolet four-door Imapala after a hypothetical crash that totaled all its parts. It was discovered that the car, which cost $5,097 new, would require $23,400 in parts and labor to put back on the road after the crash. The U, S. Census Bureau says 16 million people in this country were living alone last year, an increase of 50 percent since 1970. ***** Two of the oldest former Burlington residents who participated in that town's celebration of its 150th anniversary are sisters, the former Goldie Cooke, 95, now Mrs. N. L. Gaye of Frankfort, and the former Nellie Cooke, 93, now Mrs. Grover Sink of Flora. As children, the women- lived with their aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Everman. The old Everman residence still stands in Burlington. , ***** An AP-NBC News poll conducted last month showed only 20 percent of American voters think Congress is doing either a good or excellent job. Michael Scott Hunter, 8, of 1721 Erie Ave., caught a large moth-butterfly with a wingspan of 6" inches Friday on the fence of a. neighbor, Marie Dishner, 1713 Erie Ave. It was brown with red and white stripes and was about 2V4 inches long. $3,000 Sculpture Grant Rwu Board Approved For Hospital To Organize .The Indiana Arts Commission has approved a sculpture grant for the Logansport State Hospital. Supt. James Frohbieter was informed that it is the first such grant made to a mental hospital. It is for $3,000. Funds for the grant will be available next year. In accepting the grant, the hospital agrees to match it with "in- kind" services. This may include financial donations from individuals and organizations as well as services provided by the hospital in bringing the sculpture project to completion. This is the first time a commissioned art work has been considered by Longcliff. The applicant ior the grant was submitted after Ralph Cary. assistant superintendent, read about the work of the Indiana Arts Commission and its programs. Announcement of the grant has been sent to sculptors, art schools and galleries. More than 20 artists have shown an interest in the project. A local committee composed of Cary, Ann Snyder, Mary Lou Crisman, and Nancy Blair Hargrove will review the artists' works and make recommendations. The hospital also has applied for a National Endowment for the Arts grant which encourages art in public places. Donations to the Endowment can be assigned to the hospital's project and will then be matched by federal funds, Longcliff officials said. Cary pointed out that contemporary art is widely diversified and it is impossible to please everyone, but he expressed hope that the sculpture chosen for the hospital will have enough impact to move the majority of people. "Good art is still an excellent investment," he declared. 27 Killed In Area In First Six Months Twenty-seven persons have been killed in traffic accidents during the first half of 1978 in the five-county coverage area of the Peru state police. According to the monthly report issued Friday by First Sgt. John Gaylor, post commander, three persons were 'killed in Cass County during the first six months of 1978. Eight persons lost their lives on Miami County roadways during the same time period, while three have been killed in Fulton County. A total of 13 persons.have been killed in Wabash and Howard counties. In June, state police conducted-a total'of 49 criminal investigations which led to the arrest of 19 persons. In Cass County, four troopers worked a total of 660 hours, patrolled 6,543 miles. investigated 17 accidents, made 42 traffic arrests, issued 97 warnings, issued 38 notices to repair vehicles, assisted 41 motorists and filed 32 interrogation reports. In Fulton County, three troopers worked 511 hours, patrolled 9,980 miles, investigated nine accidents, made 122 traffic arrests, issued 132 warnings, issued 18 notices to repair vehicles, assisted 20 motorists and filed eight interroagtion reports. In Miami County, six troopers worked a total of 978 hours, patrolled 17,698 miles, investigated eight accidents, made 152 traffic arrests, issued 180 warnings, issued 64 notices to repair vehicles, assisted 72 motorists and filed 20 interrogation r -ports. The entire 35-man force at District 23 worked a total of 5,769 hours, patrolled 85,108 miles, investigated 59 accidents, made 613 traffic arrests, issued 772 warnings, issued 229 notices to repair vehicles, assisted 225 motorists and filed 78 interroagtion reports. PERU — The Peru school board will reorganize July 10. The election of officers will take place during the 7 p.m. meeting in the administration office here. Some resignations and appointments are also on the agenda. The board is expected to approve an application for Title I funds. The board will discuss the vocational school budget and hear a report from state tax commissioners. Reports on fire extinguishers and roof repairs will be given and a request to use the old high school parking lot will be considered. Flora Board Plans Meeting FLORA - The Carroll School Board will conduct its reorganizational meeting Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the administdration office. During the reorganizational meeting, a new president, vice president, secretary and treasurer will be selected. The treasurer can not be a board, member. The new officers will serve a one year term. The board will recognize the county clerk's certification of Fred W. Martin and William V. Pickart. Board members will then sign the oath of office. The agenda also calls for a public hearing on the transfer of $750,000 from the cumulative building fund to the general fund and a request by Charles Whitlock, Carroll High School principal, to attend the annnual Principals Association Conference at Indiana University. The board will consider a usage agreement with the Flora Town Board in reference to the school corporation using the tennis courts, baseball diamond and other facilities for the athletic program. Also, the board president will sign a contract with Von Burton in reference to the Burlington heating plant. Executive sessions to consider the athletic director's position and 1979 budget will be conducted.