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RUINS TIMBER ATNORWALK By Nick Lamberto (R««liter Staff Writer) NORWALK, lA.-For years, officials of Norwalk have been putting off selling seven walnut trees at the city dump a mile and a half south of town. The city council had turned down bids of $600 a year ago and $1,200 just recently to make lumber out of the trees, "We figured the trees were becoming bigger and more valuable each year," said Mayor Ray VanWyngarden, 50. "Well, the decision wag made for us a week ago (Mar. IS,) when we found a man cutting the trees down. Now we're asking for bids again." Six of the walnut trees had been felled; the seventh still stood when Norwalk officials arrived at the dump, about 6% miles south of Des Moines. Mayor VanWyngarden, Coun cilman Charles McGinnis and Town Marshall Bill McNamara arrested a man and charged him with "destroying timber,' which carries a maximum penalty of a fine of $500, one year in jail or both, VanWyn- garden said. Confiscate Saws VanWygarden said the man arrested gave his name as Norman Roy Prock, jr., 39, of 2441 Lyon st., Des Moines. Two chain saws the man had with him were confiscated and a truck parked a mile away was taken to town and held there. Prock pleaded guilty to a charge of "wilfull trespass" in connection with the incident and was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence by District Judge Hobart E. Newton at Indianola Friday. Sheriff William Mathew? of Indianola said reports of timber rustling "are not uncommon all over Ac state, particularly if walnut trees are involved." "About a year ago a farmer lost 1,000 walnut logs," Mathews said. "Every county with timber has somewhat the same problem." State officials say they have had sporadic reports of timber thievery but none recently has been brought to their attention. Was Paid $150 Mayor VanWyngarden said "I. don't seem to have page Hoschar, Des Moines Register that Prock told him he had been paid $150 by another man to cut Norwalk's walnut trees. Two m$ri drove up in a logging truck while Norwalk officials were talking with Prock, VanWygarden said, but "we couldn't prove they were connected with the incident;" VanWyngarden said fee logs cut from the 59-year-old trees were 7 to 18 feet long and 15 inches or more in diameter. They were cut as "clear logs," or from the ground level to the first branches. Such logs are used for veneer. "I think that all six trees were worth about $2,000," Van- Wyngarden said. "The remaining tree is one that would have fallen across the roadway if cut down. It would have blocked the road." Boy, 6, Hurt in 3-Car Accident Byron John Fowler, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee Fowler, 2224 Locust st., West Des Moines, suffered minor head cuts in a three-car accident in the 3500 block of Merle Hay road just before noon Sunday. He was treated at Mercy Hospital. He was a passenger in a car driven by his father, which was hit from the rear by a car driven by Pearl D. Martin, 67, ( of 1962 Hickman road, police' said. The Fowler car then struck another car driven by Robert H. Lyon of 6416 Colby ave. Martin told Accident Investigator Roland Hoffman that he saw the cars ahead stopped in the center lane and tried to pass them on the right, but was being passed by another car at the time, and hit the Fowler car. No charges were filed. REGISTER PHOTO BY JACK BRINTON Ponder Timber Rustling' Norwalk City Councilman Charles McGinnis, left, and Mayor Ray Van Wyngarden view grove of seven walnut trees which apparently was the target of timber thieves. Six of the seven trees were cut down recently, and authorities arrested a man who told them he was paid $150 to do the job. ON CAPITOL H/LL- Reporter Comes to Aid Of a Forgetful Speaker By George Mills . Fred Benson of Sheldon stopped reading his speech before the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce last week. nine," he confessed. Allan reporter, came to the rescue, fie provided a page nine out of the advance copy that he had received, and saved the day. Benson is a member of the Republican State Central Committee and president-elect of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. BILLY GRAHAM - Gov. iarold Hughes is trying to re- :ruit evangelist Billy Graham to appear at the National Governors Conference July 5 at Los Angeles, Calif. Hughes is chairman of a GRAHAM ADCOCK MILLER law already chairman of the Iowa Liquor Control Commission, weighs 185 pounds now, up 20 pounds in a little more than a year. The 'prayer breakfast" that is to bejreason: He quit smoking three held at the conference on that j to four packages of cigarettes in has gained date. LABORATORIES — Five science-minded I o w a n s visited three states in an Iowa State University plane last week looking at laboratories. The group inspected laboratories in Madison, Wis., Lafayette, Ind., and Columbus, Ohio. The purpose:" To get some ideas oio what the State of Iowa should do about the laboratories, operated by the State Department of Agriculture. < That department is in the hroes of 'reorganization. The traveling group is expected to ^ubmit its laboratory recommendations soon. Members of he group are Dr. William Hauser, director, and Dr. Robert Morris, assistant director, of the State Hygienic Laboratory at Iowa City; Dr. V. H. Nielsen, head of the dairy and food in- lustry department; Dr. Vaughn ieaton, head of a veterinary aboratory at Iowa State University at Ames; and John H. Brockway, executive vice-president of the Iowa Dairy Foods Association, Inc., in Des Moines. Iowa State will be reimbursed by the Department of Agriculture for use of the plane. CONCERNED — One Iowa businessman returned a little worried from the trade mission to the Orient. He fears some Japanese firm might start manufacturing and selling copies of his products. CHUBBY - Homer Adcock, EXPERT Watch & Jewelry REPAIRING ' ' > ( .1 • 1 'i • . ; ROGERS JEWELERS early 1965, and weight as a result. DINNER - Iowa Republicans expect just about all their candidates for state offices to announce in the next two weeks. The reason: Tiie 'big G. 0. P. #5-a-plate dinner will be ,held Apr. U at Veterans Auditorium. No better opportunity than this will be offered this year for candidates to campaign for support among Republicans from all over the state. L. B. Liddy of West Des Moines is expected to announce soon for his old job of secretary of agriculture. And Robert Beck, Centerville publisher, may jump into the governor's race before long. Charles Percy. G. 0. P. senatorial hopeful in Illinois, will be the speaker. The Republicans are striving to make.the event a big money-raising success. ASSAILS BILL ON PACKAGING Senator Jack Miller (Rep., la.) said Sunday proposed "Truth in Packaging" legislation is "too 1 oosely drawn and too sweeping in the powers it would give the Fede r a 1 T r a de Commission;" Speaking at a n oon luncheon of the Iowa B akers Association at Hotel S avery, Miller said: "Iowa state provides for standard sizes of loaves of bread, but the Federal Trade Commission, as the legislation is presently drawn, could overturn these and set up different weights and measures. I fail to see what benefits this would have." Miller was skeptical of the Johnson administration's proposed increase in the minimum wage law because it would include smaller businesses and agricultural employes. "Agricultural labor, such as we v have in Iowa, does not lend itself readily to uniformity of hours and compensation," he said. Miller also criticized a new u n e mployment compensation bill, which, he said, would work considerable hardship on Iowa businesses and reduce Iowa's competitive position in obtaining new industry. About 240 bakers from Iowa attended the sixty-second annual convention over the weekend. Joe Carroll of Spencer was reelected president; Paul Seller of Indianola and Lloyd Ferguson of Ames, vice-presidents; Sid Pool of Des Moines, treasurer; and Mrs. Evelyn Coolidge of Des Moines, secretary. P0tMdin*iRftgisf0r Men., M«rth 1M9M ' LIMITS CAUCUS TO DEMOCRATS Lex Hawkins, chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee of Iowa, said Sunday that anyone who attends Democratic caucuses this evening must be a Democrat and must sign a registration declaration confirming he is a supporter of the party and not a member of any other political party. A new law says that "any person voting at a precinct caucus must be an eligible voter and a resident of the precinct," but the law does not say anything about being a party member or a registered voter. Hawkins said, "The recent attorney general's .[Assistant Attorney General Wade Clarke, jr.] opinion which said a person need not be registered to Vote dealt only with the question of registration in cities over 10,000 population and did not touch on the question of whether Republicans could attend Democratic caucuses or Democrats could attend Republican caucuses. "Democratic Party policy specifically points out that only eligible voting members of the Democratic Party of Iowa can vote at precinct caucuses. "If Republicans attend a caucus, they will have to change their part/ affiliation or leave the caucus." Hawkins also said he was "disappointed to hear that a lobbyist, active in the Republican Party [Gerald Bogan of Des Moines], said he might crash the Democratic caucus in his precinct." Hawkins said that the Demo- rats would not attempt to "meddle in the affairs" of the Republican caucuses to be held May 2. Democratic caucuses will be held in the state's 2,476 precincts tonight. The purpose of the precinct caucuses is to elect delegates to the county convention, vote on campaign issues and to elect precinct committeemen and committee women. Polk County Democrats may find out which of the county's 117 precincts they are in and the caucus locations by calling the county headquarters at 288-4747. What Do You Think? Question: What is your opinion of the cause of the mysterious lights seen in the sky to toartous parts of the country recently? (Aniwin ebtalntd around town.) L. E. McCurnin, 66, of Mitchelville, automobile sales office manager: "I've read articles about what's happened before when people reported seeing these things. It's always been attributed to atmospheric conditions and the like. I think like they do. This type of thing has been going on for years. I don't think it's an Air Force project or anything military. I discount this thought all the way. I believe what people are seeing are natural objects MCCURNIN or reflected light, not any type of flying stuff from outer space." Ed Morton, 58, of 905 E. Twenty-fifth st.: "I'm a retired Navy man and I've looked at objects from a distance and I don't think there's anything to all this. I'll bet a lot of people are looking for publicity in the reporting of their sightings. I've read reports from the Air Force and Navy and they never come up with anything concrete. You'd have to show me one before I'd say it was anything at all. I think a lot of this stuff is due to optical illusions and the like. There's nothing real in anything that people are reporting." MORTON Sara Whiting, 17, of Des Moines, Roosevelt High School junior: "It scares m« a littlfrWhen I read and hear about people sighting these thing. I think people are seeing other than material things. Maybe it's mass hypnosis—it's hard to believe that there is anything else involved. Maybe it's just some type of a gimmick peo- pie keep seeing, but it makes me wonder. If it is some type of a flying saucer, I'd like to see it. I would believe it if my MISS WHITINO father or someone I knew said they saw one, but not otherwise." Kayle Keeney, 19, of Milo: "There's no sense to it at all. These sightings don't bother me and I'm not really concerned about it but it sure is strange that all of a sudden everyone is seeing these mysterious lights in the sky. I would think that it's due to the imagination of many people- it's hard to believe that they are seeing anything that's real. On the other hand, I suppose it could be something but I really doubt it. Maybe a Jot of people are fooling "themselves, thinking they are seeing something.". MISS KIBNIY Drake Artist Exhibits in N.Y. (Special Dispatch to The Register) NEW YORK, N. Y.-An exhibition of 18 paintings by Florence Kawa, art instructor at Drake University, currently is on display at Contemporary Arts, Inc., 40 W. Fifty-sixth st. Miss Kawa previously has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Whitney Museum of Art of New York, and the New York Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in numerous collections and six of her paintings have been purchased by the United States Info r m a t i o n Agency for permanent installation in American Embassy buildings abroad. FORT DODGE FIREMAN DIES (The Register's low« News Service) FORT DODGE, IA. - A rookie fireman died here Sunday after he walked into the smoke-filled bathroom of a (burning house and was overcome before he could find his way out. Thomas Schleuger, 25, married and father of two children, died in Lutheran Hospital without regaining consciousness. Chief Leo Jordan said Schleu- ger's death was the first in the history of the city's paid fire department which was organized in 1915. Schleuger joined the department Feb. 1. With 10 other firemen riding two trucks he answered an alarm at 5:10 p.m. Sunday from a 2Mi-story frame house near the business district. Chief Jordan said the young fireman and three others, all wearing smoke masks, had taken lines of hose to the second floor. "Schleuger apparently wanted some fresh air," said Jordan, "and walked through a jdoor which he thought opened onto a balcony but actually opened into a bathroom. "There was no other way out and before he could find the only door, he was overcome." Suffers Head Cut As Car Hits Pole Kathleen E. 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