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T^k jl T1 1 I Timei Herald, Carroll, IP. *) f-k el Tfc -m TedlS CHoSCI! m Deaths, funerals) ^^^. IJaily Kecord For Legion C MAURICE MILLER COON RAPIDS - Maurice (Mose) Miller, 58, of Coon Rapids, died early Thursday, April 1, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Carroll. He had been,ill with cancer for about a year. Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Annunciation Church here by the Rev. Edward Carpenter. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at the Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Mr. Miller was born-here June 26, 1917, a son of John and Nell Doran Miller He graduated from Coon Rapids High School and attended Iowa State College for three years. On March 3, 1941, he entered the Army. He was in service for4'/i> years, spending 3'/i years in Italy, Northern Ireland and North Africa. His marriage to Janet Schreck of Templeton took place May 20, 1947, and they have lived in Coon Rapids since then. He was associated with Garst Store and later, with Miller Hy-Line Chick Co. Mr. Miller was a member of Annunciation Church, the Knights of Columbus at Templeton and the Coon Rapids American Legion Post. He served on the Coon Rapids city council for six years. Surviving with his wife are two children, Mike of Omaha, Neb., and Susan of Coon Rapids; and a sister, Mrs. Temple (Mary Katherine) Schlageter of Monaga, Calif. He was a son-in-law of Mrs. Louis Schreck of Templeton. The family suggests that memorials be in the form of donations-to the American Cancer Society. MRS. EDNA C. DAVIS Mrs. Edna C. Davis, 78, of Carroll died Thursday, April 1, at an Urbandale nursing home, where she had resided for about two weeks. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carroll, with the Rev. Donald Wuertz officiating. Interment will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Glid'd-en. The Caldwell-Brian-Robbins Funeral Home,..Des Moines, is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William (Margit). Murphy of Urbandale and Mrs. 'Delmar (Marilyn) Borer of Fairport, N.Y.; and four sons, Clinton of Albuquerque, N.M., Edgar of Omaha, Neb., Charles of Morningside, Md., and Jerry of Fort Dodge; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. WILLIAM P. ELLWANGER LAKE VIEW - William P. Ellwanger, 95, of Lake View died Wednesday, March 31, at Lorjng Hospital in Sac City. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home, Sac. City. Burial will be at LaKe View in the Ferguson Cemetery. Mr. Ellwanger, a retired farmer, was a lifelong resident of the Sac City and Lake View areas. He is survived by two daughters, Vera of Lake View and Mrs. Andrew Latham of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a son. Lawrence of Corydon; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred Ellwanger of Lake View. IN MEMORY OF Jesse M. Loomis Scranton — Age 87 Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ, Scranton. Officiating Rev. Dan King Casket will be moved to the church at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Interment Scranton Cemetery DAMN AND WOODHOUSE FUNERAL HOMES BERNARD J. COMES Mass of the resurrection for Bernard J. (Ben) Comes, 80. of Carroll was celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday in Holy Spirit Church here by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. LeoLenz, V.F. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. O.W. Koester of Scranton also was in the sanctuary. Pallbearers were Robert Maystadt, John Oswald, Andrew Kasperbauer, Vertis Petersen, Paul Quandt and Roscoe Sapp. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, under direction of the Twit Funeral Home. Attending the funeral were relatives and friends from Omaha, Neb.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Pocahontas, Ames, Fonda, Scranton,, Anita, Glidden, Cedar Rapids, Westside, Vail, Breda, Ralston, Des Moines, Willey, Fort Dodge and Carroll. Mr. Comes, a retired real estate and insurance salesman, died at his home March 29 after being ill for three years. MRS. GEORGE BERGER Final rites for Mrs. George (Theresia) Berger, 77, of Carroll were held here Thursday afternoon. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Henry B. Karhoff celebrated the mass of the resurrection at 1:30 in St. Lawrence Church. Other priests in the sanctuary were the Revs. Dale Reiff and James Smith of Carroll, James^angman of Willey, Robert Gralapp of Lidderdale, Jerome Koenig of Lohrville and Edmund Carpenter of Coon Rapids. Grandchildren of Mrs. Berger participating included Mark Bluml, lector; Jeffrey Bluml, Dennis Berger, Tom Berger, Donald Berger and John Berger, mass servers; Sr. Rosemary Riesberg, Doris Bass and Jani Berger, gift bearers. Pallbearers, also grandsons, were Dale Berger, Jim Riesberg, Dan Seidl, Roger Berger, Donald Meiners and Ron Berger. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Sharp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The church was filled with relatives and friends from Fremont, Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.; LaCross, Wis.; Tacoma, Wash.; Carroll, Coon Rapids, Dedham, Glidden, Lake City, Wesley, Jesup, Templeton, Iowa City, Lohrville, Farnhamville, Des Moines, Atlantic;••-Rosalie 1 ,' Fisc'us, Audubon, Breda, Willey, Halbur, Arcadia, Manning, Panora, " Harlan, Portsmouth, Lidderdale, Wall Lake, Boone, Scranton, Anita, Gray, Fonda, Auburn, Perry and Westside. Mrs. Berger died at her home March 29 after a five-week illness. JESSE M. LOOMIS SCRANTON - Jesse Morton Loomis, 87, of Scranton, died unexpectedly at his home at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 1. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ here, with interment in the Scranton Cemetery. The Rev. Dan King will officiate. Friends may call at the Dahn-Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, when the casket will be moved to the church. The family prayer service will be held at the church at 1:45 p.m. Mr. Loomis was born at Whitefield, 111., Oct. 6, 1888, a son of Sayburt E. and Elizabeth R. Wilson Loomis. Most of his life was spent in the Scranton area. He farmed southwest of Scranton until retiring about 1951. He was married to Hazel McDonald at Jefferson Dec. 25,1912. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Scranton, and was a deacon and honorary elder of the church. Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Bill (Madge) Gibson of Scranton; three grandsons and eight great-grandchildren; and a half-brother, Percy Loomis of Stuart, Fla. Mr. Loomis was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta May; a sister, a brother and a half-brother. SURGICAL PATIENT Kenneth K. Holley is a surgical patient in St. Joseph's Hospital, Omaha, Neb. He is in Room 207. NOTICE ; CARROLL PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS i ON MONDAY, April 5,1976 will be I 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This change will enable staff members to qttend the district meeting of the Iowa Library Association. We regret any inconvenience caused to Library users. Markets GRAIN Soybeans, No. 2 $4.30 Corn, No. 2 yellow 2.41 Oats , 1-40 OMAHA, Neb. (AP)-Livestock quotations Friday: Hogs: 4,600; barrows and gilts slow, 25 to mostly 50 lower; U.S. 1-3 200-240 Ib 46.2546.50; sows 25 to 50 lower, instances 25 to 75 lower; 350-600 Ib. 41-41.75. Cattle and calves: 1,800; mainly feeder cattle for auction sale; two loads heifers 75 higher than feedlot mates Thursday; limited trade on cows steady; two loads choice 1,025 Ib heifers 38.25; utility and commercial cows 27.50-30.00; canner and cutter 22.00-28.50. Sheep: none. Estimated receipts Monday: Cattle and calves 6,500; hogs 5,000; sheep 600. DES MOINES,. Iowa (AP) (USDA) Iowa - southern Minnesota direct hogs: Estimated receipts Friday 55,000; actual receipts Thursday 82,0.00.;, week ago 58,000; year ago 55,000. Butchers 25 lower than midsession Thursday or 25-50 lower than close; trade rather slow; demand moderate; U.S. • 1-3 200-230 Ibs at country points 44.75-45.00, plants 45.00-45.75; few in country 44.50; plants 46.00; sows " mostly steady, instances 50 higher, U.S. 1-3 270-330 Ibs 39.50-41.50, few 39.00. . . Sheep: Estimated receipts Friday 300; slaughter lambs steady Thursday; choice and prime 90-110 Ib shorn No. 1 pelts 55.00; choice 90-110 Ib wooled 50.00. • Taxes (Continued From Page 1) ago. House action on the package is not expected until next week. ' The package grants • property ta^ relief through increased homestead and farmland credits, changing the method of valuing farms, limiting budgets of local governments and increasing property tax reimbursement for the low-income elderly and . handicapped.''•'"' ' " :''IrTa"ddition, <a'citizens tas'k force would be created to consider and recommend better ways of financing local government than through property taxes. "I sincerely believe our property tax system needs a complete overhaul," said Sen. Norman Junkins, D-Adel. "I know this bill will not cure all the ills, but at least it's a beginning. We have, equalized the tax burden about as close as we could." Sen. Philip Hill, R-Des Moines, called the package "totally unfair. 1 ' He said many people in his district would benefit more under the plan than any other plan considered. "But I also represent some of the poor people of the state of Iowa — some of the average people of Iowa. For the first time in two years, we can now say you, the majority (Democratic ) party have put it to the average people of Iowa Sen. Clifton Lamborn, R-Maquoketa, noted the plan cost much more than budgeted. He said he was .afraid other budgets would have to be cut in the future to finance the tax relief. "What we're doing is not $54 million we're spending," said S'en. William Palmer, chairman of the Appropriations Committee. "It's $54 million we're returning." Palmer predicted the state would end the current fiscal year with a $90 million surplus. : Democrats put the 'package together in caucus over the past two weeks after it became apparent they did not have the votes to approve a House-Senate conference committee compromise approved by the House. When final details of the package were worked out Wednesday, Lamborn, the Republican leader, told Democratic Leader George - Kinley, D-Des Moines, he would guarantee six GOP votes for the package. This required 20 Democratic votes and Kinley got.them in caucus. Those 26 affirmative votes were cast in both amending the conference committee report and accepting the report. Then Sen. Fred Nolting, D-Waterloo, switched and made it 27 votes for final passage of the bill. COURT HOUSE New Vehicles Registered— Raymond 0. Snook, Glidden, Honda; Gregory J. Siemann, Carroll, Honda; James B. Williams, Carroll, Honda; Ronald J. or Judy A. Halbur, Coon Rapids, Ford; Jerome or Agnes C. Schwaller, Coon Rapids, Dodge; H.J. or Lillian Nelson, Glidden, Ford; Steve D. Jons, Westside, Yamaha; Dale Jons, Westside, Chevrolet; Danny L. or Nancy E. Braden, Carroll, Pacer; Marvin J. Tigges, Dedham, Dodge; Gerald E. or David A. Darling, Carroll, Dodge; Donald H. Danneman, Manning, Ford; Anthony H. or Colleen S. Meiners, Dedham, Chevrolet. Real Estate Transfers- James L. and Patricia A. Pietig to Orville J. and Marie B. Murphy, Lot 2, Block 1, Buchheit Addition, Carroll. Herman J. and Alita M. Bauer to Herman J. Bauer, NE fractional '/4, Sec. 5, Twp. 82 N, Range 34 W. Josephine Kennebeck estate to John J. and Patricia Halbur, part of N'/feSW'/i. Sec. 14, Twp. 83 N, Range 34 W. Josephine Kennebeck estate to Lou Ella and John Saam, part of N'^SW'/i and SE'/iNW'/i. Sec. 14, Twp. 83 N, Range 34 W. Daily Grain DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)Corn and soybean prices paid to Iowa farmers at the close of business Thursday. Prices obtained from country elevators by the-Iowa Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Corn Soybeans Northwest 2.35-2.42 4.22-4.34 N. Central 2.38-2.44 4.31-4.39 Northeast 2.37-2.51 4.364.47 Southwest 2.30-2.38 4.22-4.36 S. Central 2.35-2.45 4.34-4.38 Southeast 2.47-2.54 4.42-4.52 Board of Trade CHICAGO (AP) — Most corn and soybean prices rose slightjy on the Chicago Board of Trade today while wheat and oats were mixed. Wheat was unsteady and further'weakened by Canada's confirmation of an option by Brazil to purchase 300,000 bushels. ' '•(:•••< i:m Soybean prices jumped as: much as 2'/2 cents, aided by reports that Brazil's sales were slow. Corn climbed about a ce/it while oats were inconclusive. Soybean oil and meal were mostly up. • Strike - (Continued From Page 1) are moved by truck, and some key industries had only a few days' supply of materials at hand. But grocery store and gasoline supplies appeared generally to be adequate for the short term, and hospital facilities generally indicated no immediate shortages in essential medical supplies, drugs or equipment. Several grocery store associations indicated that it would be at least a week before food supplies might begin to reflect the strike's effects. The federal Department of Transportation said one million workers would be forced off their jobs by a week-long strike, translating to a $300-million loss to the economy. Federal officials also feared that a big Teamsters settlement would touch off yet another inflationary wage spiral, setting the pattern for other big-labor industries that negotiate later in the year. T e amsters in the continental United States manned picket lines when their three-year contract expired at 12 : 01 a.m. Thursday. ST. ANTHONY REGIONAL HOSPITAL Admission March 30— Orville Anderson, Audubon Admissions March 31— David D. Fehring, Carroll Mrs. Albert J. Berning, Breda Conrad Huelshorst, Arcadia Bernard Meiners, Dedham Valentino Tuel, Coon Rapids Philip C. Wilson, Carroll Steven E. Wilson, Carroll . Chad M. Stevens, Scranton Mrs. Max A. Olesen, Coon Rapids Patricia L. Warneke, Carroll . Admission April 1— ' Mrs. Grace Wehr, Carroll CARROLL COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE Thursday- Lillian Ricke, Arcadia, taken from Mercy Hospital in Omaha to her home. Church Services FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1620 North Adams Street Carroll, Iowa Ernest W. Larson, Minister Marilyn Reimenschneider, Education Assistant Sunday— 9:15 a.m. Church School 10:30 a.m. Family Worship. Rainbow Sunday 1:30 p.m. Seekers Adult Fellowship "Paint Party" followed by pot luck supper. ' 6:30 p.m. Lenten Discussion Group with Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Mcllvain Monday— 12:00 Noon Carroll Clergy meeting at St. Anthony Hospital 3:30p.m. Brownies Tuesday— 9:30 a.m. Lenten Bible Study in Social Room 3:39 p.m. Girl Scouts Wednesdays' a.m. UMW trip to Sioux City 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pancake Supper sponsored by Sr. UMYF. Tickets $1.50. Welcome. 7:30 p.m. Finance Committee Thursday— 9:00 a.m. Quilting , 3;3p,p.m,.Children's,Chpir , 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts ' Politics (Continued From Page 1) governor said such a takeover would add $15 billion to $20 billion to the budget without improving benefits. The states should carry the'welfare burden, he said, not local governments. The Department of Health, Education and Welfare has said it does not know exactly how much it would cost for the federal government to assume all welfare costs. Neither Jackson nor Udall said specifically how they would pay for such a program, although Jackson has said he would finance his social programs through full employment, which he has said would raise the government's income tax revenues. Wallace, in an interview in Rhinelander, Wis., said the United States is more dependent on foreign energy sources that it was during the oil embargo of 1973-74. He called for Congress to enact a national energy conservation plan. Sen. Frank Church of Idaho, the most recent entrant in the Democratic race, said he will ask the three television networks to sell him a half-hour for a live address. In Neenah, Wis., former Defense Secretary Melvin Laird accused Reagan of making a phony attack on America's military might in his nationally televised address. For Legion State Camps Times Herald News Service ARCADIA — The Ehlers and Gerken Post 694, American Legion here named Shawn Schmitz to attend Boys' State this year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Schmitz, Arcadia. Shawn is a junior at Kuemper High School. Jim Tomka, son of the Victor Tomkas, rural Carroll, was selected as the alternate delegate. The American Legion Post 607 of Breda selected Diane Stork to attend Girls' State this year. The junior at St. Bernard High School is the • daughter of the Louis Storks, rural Breda. The alternate delegate is Jenny Dirkx, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Dirkx, Breda. Girls' State will be at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, June 5-12. Honor Roll at St. Lawrence The St. Lawrence School honor roll for the third quarter was released Friday by Sr. Mary Myron Stork, principal. Seventh and eighth grade students receiving a 3.0 (B average) or better out of a possible 4.0 are named to the list. Eighth Grade— 4.0 — Scott Beckman, Lisa Chase, Carol Herman, Richard Kloser and Karen Stockert. 3.8 — Amy Baumhover, Lon Brincks, Joan Lickteig, Jane Menkeand James Smith. 3.7 — Patty Cavanaugh, Kathy Daeges, Ken Knight, Lori Meyer and Julie Nelson. 3.5 — Glna Pollastrinl, Renee Ruhde and Vince Wernlmont. 3.3 — Brian Beliinghausen, Tom Dalhoff, Ann Hagedorn and Connie Wieland. 3.2 — Kevin Ausman, Kit Heese, Mary Kay Schmitz, Mary Jo Wieland and Carolyn Wittrock. 3.0 — Rhonda Hoffman, John Strautman and Gerald Tegels. Seventh Grade — 4.0 — Kelly Fleskes, Bruce Gramowski, Lora Hagemann and Don Heese. 3.B — Kim Foley, Cathy Knight and MelanieStevens.3.7—Jeff Danner. 3.5 — Sharyl Rolfes, Mike Wernimont and Joyce Willenborg. 3.3 — Joni Bernholtz, Amy Daiker, Steve Loneman, Beth Meye.r, Paula Pollastrini and Jane Riesberg. 3.2 — Leanne Bierl, Lori Broich, Tim Sernett and Cathy Waters. 3.0 — Kevin Schaeuble and Sheryi Schmitz. _Wall Street NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market lost more ground today under the continuing influence of concern over the national trucking strike and its possible economic effects. The noon Dow Jones average of 30 industrials was off 6.22 at 987.88 after a 5.35 drop Thursday. Losers outpaced gainers by about a 5-3 margin ampng New York Stock Exchange-listed issues. • Analysts said the market was dominated by concern that the trucking strike, in its second day, might soon begin to impede the progress of the economic recovery. With that preoccupation, the market showed little response to the government's report of another decline in the unemployment rate last month. The Weather IOWA FORECAST Sunny and warmer today. Highs low 60s northeast to mid 70s southwest. Increasing cloudiness tonight. Turning colder northwest. Lows mid 30s northwest to mid 40s southeast. Considerable cloudiness and colder Saturday. A slight chance of showers north. Highs upper 40s northwest to mid 50s south. IOWA EXTENDED FORECAST Sunday through Tuesday: Little if any precipitation. Mild with highs in 50s Sunday MOSTLY SUNNY and 60s Monday and Tuesday. Lows in 30s Sunday and mid-30s to low 40s Monday and Tuesday. The Weather in Carroll (Daily Temperatures Courtesy of Iowa Public Service Co.) Yesterday's high 69 Yesterday's low '. .29 At 7 a.m. today 42 At 10 a.m. today 62 Weather A Year Ago— Temperatures a year ago today in.Carroll ranged from a high of 26 to a low of 12 degrees. Class (Continued From Page 1) because we're training skilled workers." DMACC bought the land where the house is located. The college'permits Carroll to purchase needed materials. The class has been using the college's basic house design for the project. The house measures 1,152 square feet on the first floor. The students drew up a basement floor plan which includes a recreation-family area, laundry and half bathroom and workshop. Features in the rest of the house include three bedrooms with large closets, Thermopane windows throughout, two large sliding glass doors, a fireplace in the living room, interior accent stonework, birch interior doors, birch custom cabinets, natural gas, forced air heating, central air conditioning, patios, exterior stonework and a garage. . Bids on the house will be accepted from April 17 to May ' 7. Special appointment showings for those interested can be arranged during this time by calling Carroll at 792-3260. Bid forms can also be obtained from Carroll. A $500 certified check must be attached to each bid, Carroll said. Bids will be sent to DMACC in Ankeny where they will be opened by college officials and one bid accepted. Checks from the other bidders will be sent back. An open house for the students' project is scheduled for May 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. : Ray: 'Nat My Plan' DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Robert Ray said Friday a property tax'relief package approved by the Senate late Thursday shows some improvement over earlier plans. "It has to be better than nothing," Ray said. "Property taxes would skyrocket without getting some money pumped back into the system. Something has to be done, and this does something," he said. But Ray said he is concerned with the cost of the package. It would take $54 million out of the state treasury in the first year. ' 'This is about $7 million more this year than what we recommended, and $8 million, or they say maybe $18 million, than ours next year," Ray said. The governor complained that legislators will cut a few thousand dollars out of his budget and say, "Look, we cut the governor's budget," and then go over by several million dollars in other areas. "I want you to know'it's not my plan," Ray said. The Senate-passed .proposal, which goes to the House, pumps property tax credits into homesteads, and in the second and third year changes the valuation methods on farmland. Ray had proposed gettirig.windfall money back to property tax payers through'additional school aid. The windfall came about through the property revaluation ordered by the state revenue department last fall. This revaluation automatically results in lower levels of school aid and increases property taxes without a plan to return the money. Shots Fired at Mission NEW YORK (AP) —iA man claiming to represent the Jewish Armed Resistance said his group was responsible for two shots fired into the Soviet mission to the United Nations early today. The man said in a telephone call that the shots, fired with a high-powered .222-caliber rifle, were in retaliation for the alleged .continued imprisonment of Marina Tiemkin. She' is a teen-ager who reportedly is incarcerated because she applied for a exit visa to Israel. The caller also demanded freedom for several other Russian Jews he said were in custody in the Soviet Union. . ,.. Oil Breakup Passes Test WASHINGTON (AP) — A new effort to break up the nations' largest oil corporations into a host of smaller companies may have won the approval of a Senate panel but the industry giants are far from becoming one-pump outfits. The proposal to force the break-up of the 18 largest oil companies won bare .4, to 3 approval Thursday from the Senate JudiciaryiGommittee's subcommittee on anti-trust, but despite its earth-shaking intentions, the move caused few ripples on Capitol Hill. Getting through the subcommittee is probably the easiest test the bill will face, and there were no predictions that it would successfully make it through the full Judiciary Committee, much less through Congress and past the President. Backers of the measure hailed it as major legislation for consumers, Prepare to End Strike WASHINGTON (AP) — The Ford administration today started preparations to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act and end the nationwide truckers strike if Teamsters and trucking company officials do not reach agreement quickly, administration sources reported. , Presidential assistant L. William Seidman asked several government agencies to prepare reports on the economic impact of the nationwide trucking strike, the sources said. The reports, to be returned to the White House by noon Saturday, would be needed if President Ford asked for a court'in junction under the act to stop the walkout. However, sources said it would probably be Tuesday at the earliest before the government could go into court. '•'',...' The move was seen as an effort by the government to put added pressure on union and industry negotiators to resolve their dispute,, without government' intervention. .'..',.' i f Big Crop Optimism WASHINGTON (AP) — Although farmers have not yet planted their spring crops, including corn, Agriculture Department officials are expressing optimism that 1976 grain production will be huge and that the United States can respond to growing world demands for food. Meanwhile, despite drought damage to the winter wheat crop in parts of the Great Plains, the weather has been generally cooperative in letting farmers get off to a rapid start in field work this spring. But for practical purposes, this is a pre-dawn period for farmers. Huge 1975 crops are harvested but most of this year's grain production is on the drawing board. USDA officials have been playing hunches and odds for some time in talking about 1976 harvests. Assistant Secretary Richard E. Bell, who oversees . domestic and international programs for USDA, said Thursday and the United States failed to meet its full production capacity in 1975 but that the situation should improve this year. More Divorces WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans are getting divorced and fewer are getting married. Women are having fewer children, and more people are choosing to live alone. , These are some of the Changes Americans made in' their life during 1975, according to a Census Bureau report released Thursday. . The report, edited b,y Dr. Paul Click, senior demographer in the bureau's population division, outlines the country's population growth, social characteristics, employment and income and ethnic breakdown. • ••. \: :•••• The report said young ; people are continuing a tendency to postpone marriage.' In 1975, some 40 per cent of women between'the ages of 20 and 24 were single, compared with 28 per'cent in 1960. Almost 60 per cent of males the same age'were single, compaVed with 53 per cent in 1960. "We're not quite sure If'this delay in marriage means that more people want'to be single throughout -their life," Click said. "Only 4 per cent of women in their late 40s are single, but We may have as many as 8 per cent if more women don't niarry later in their life."

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