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What They Did Then—rNews From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago OCTOBER 7, 1M1 An additional rise of two feet ia 24 hours pushed gtt river here to a stage that threatened bottoms dwellers in the East End. Some already had begun to move to higher ground. The water reached 23.1 feet. At 26 feet it would be high enough to flood lower factions of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri avenues. • Mayor Struif announced the proposed sale of a 1115,000 hood issue to pay police and fire back-sal- iffes had been canceled on advice of Corporation Counselor Karl K Hoagland. The city's financial tmergeacy was brought about by a new state law rafetog police-fire minimum pay to |175 per month. Tie fend tedder bad given the dty oaly 48 hours to its solitary proposal Posting of weight load limits on the Elm-Central bridge caused Alderman Jarrett, chairman of the city council's finance committee, to question whether the bridge would bear the city's fire trucks. Ue proposed tests of the bridge's capacity. Eight cats' and dogs' bodies were removed from the city's streets in two months, a claim from the city's refuse hauler, the Alton General Hauling Co., disclosed. General's contract called for pickups of the bodies at 50 cents apiece. Complete overhaul of the city's license code was proposed to the City Council by Corporation Counselor Hoagland to reduce overlapping provisions and mike enforcement of the city's revenue program more effective — «nd profitable. The state Liquor Control Commission assigned 18 investjjators, and Attorney General Barrett called OA 'local officials to undertake a genuine anti-slot machine law enforcement campaign in LaSalle County. A tax committee of three was appointed by Wood River Mayor Charles Baker to expedite collection of delinquent property taxes under the Harris Act. On the committee were Aldermen Marvin Doil and Clyde Borman, with City Attorney Francis Manning. State's Attorney C. W. Burton had recommended formation of such committees in communities throughout the county. 50 Years Ago OCTOBER 7, Itlf Joint sponsorship of « large municipal coliseum to the rear of the high school building was suggested during the school board's meeting by Secretary Andrew Season-. CouoMMttuf OB Uw popoitl to bold. dances in the Alton schools, Schnonr suggested other needs for such a public center. High school enrollment was fast outgrowing the size of the old gymnasium. Furthermore, the Y.M.C.A. had discontinued allowing high school to use its gym for basketball games. While no action was taken, members of the board, in their discussion, appeared to favor the plan if the city would stand half the cost. The Mississippi Sand Co.'s new quarry steam shovel was working out well. It was first used w strip off the surface soil down to the limestone, then could, with equal ease, load the blasted out rock into cars. Suits totaling $16,000 were filed in circuit court Against the Wood River Drainage and Levee District Commission by Albert, John A. and George J. Biog- ering and James F. Murphy. Property owners in the A of UK drajaagc district, U» plwaUtts ob- jected to the timing of the construction schedule, which would leave their property unprotected, they said, from water turned on their land by the earlier phases. Bees had swarmed under the cover of tb* 125- foot high standpipe storage tank of Alton Water Co. on State Street They had stored so much honey ther» that it protruded the eves. Jack Maaaghan, Grafioa road gardener, noticed it as he drove by. Elected Democratic precinct committeemen would suing the main control over campaign plans and execution, an analysis of the newly formed Wilson Club's functions disclosed. J. C. Faulstich continued head of the precinct organization. Piasa Lodge Masons disclosed « decision to erect their long-discussed new temple on the site of the existing one, with minor changes of property so a* 19 position U squ#rely at the end of Third Street

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 07 Oct 1966, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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