The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on February 16, 1974 · Page 2
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Bookkeeper PATTERSON Composition HI it** »*»*» Composition DIANE SMITH Composition JUDY HALSRUD Circulation SUBSCRIPTION RATES HUMBOLDT AND ADJOINING COUNTIES The Humboldt Republican, One Year $6.00 the Humboldt Independent, One year $6.00 Both for One Year $7.00 ELSEWHERE IN IOWA Republican or Independent, One Year "... $7.00 Both for One Year -.,.; $8.00 ELSEWHERE IN UNITED STATES Independent or Republican, One Year $8.00 Both for One Year $9.00 ADVERTISING RATES Display Per Inch, Republican or Independent $1.00 Combination Republican and Independent $1.47 National Rate, Combination Republican and Independent. $1.47 Classified Ads, Minimum $1.00, Per Word $0.05 Card of Thanks, Minimum $1.00, Per Word $0.05 Notices, Minimum $1.00, Per Word $0.05 The reward of thrift Iowa's gas allocation is to be cut by 2 per cent, while those of a number of other states are to be increased. lowans have reduced consumption of gasoline and some other petroleum products, through voluntary measures, by about the percentage set as a goal by the President in his early announcements on the energy crisis. The state legislature has established a statewide speed limit of 55 miles per hour that will go into effect March 1. In slowing down, we have learned — by individual score-keeping — that it really does give more miles per gallon to cut the speed. Even a number of truckers, who were sure that they could not slow down that much and economize, have learned that except in very hilly country, it is an efficient speed. Their objection that they can cover less ground in a day is another matter. Iowa utility companies report less electricity is being used by the consumers and rate increases are asked by some to offset loss in revenue. Some states, particularly in the northeastern United States, have reacted to the energy crisis in a much different fashion. There has been panic buyini It is great to have a Lincoln birthday each year just to recall some of the utterances of this gteat man. Just recall what Lincoln had to say in his "House Divided" speech in 18S8: "If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do and how to do it." Nothing that has come out in Washingtoirln the past 18 months has been more in point to our confused national situation. And then he wrote to Congress in 1862: "In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would hot willingly be responsible through time and in eternity." How many of our statesmen and politicians are following that creed in Washington today? Not many. It's grab the attention now; tomorrow will take care of itself. We used to think of oil as "black gold" in a sort of humorous way. The Beverly Hillbillies called it "Texas tea." But it looks as if the gooey stuff might replace real gold. You've heard the stories about Russia buying U.S. wheat and then reselling at a profit. And now comes the story of the purchase of $13 million in oil from Iraq and reselling it to the West Germans for $40 million. It might be well for you to start saving all your old newspapers. The possibility of feeding old newspapers to livestock was the subject of an announcement recently of a laboratory process to convert waste paper _into an animal food supplement. • According to researchers at against' tfie"oil compartiis^ftir'tftefr failure to meet a crisis they had been warning was coming for more than a decade. There have been public statements by public officials that the shortage is contrived, not real, and a criminal conspiracy to raise prices. And if there has been any reduction in gasoline consumption, it seems to have been a matter of availability, rather than voluntary cooperation. But the Federal Energy Office is allocating those uncooperative states more gasoline, as a .sop to stop their protects. And the thirfty states are being rewarded by further reductions in the gasoline made available. If that is thrift's reward, there will not be voluntary conservation for long anywhere. Hold Feb. 12 rites for Mrs. Torgerson which has patented the process, the supplement has nearly 50 per cent more protein than soybeans. The product may come on the market in 1978 (that's a few years ahead of the Alaska pipeline). Funeral services for Mrs. T. M. (Marie) Torgerson, 87, who died Saturday, Feb. 9, in Mitchell County Memorial Hospital, were held Tuesday, Feb. 12. at Champion Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Thompson, pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church officiated. A second service was held in St. Olaf Lutheran Church at Bode Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Palmer Loken officiating. Interment was in Bode cemetery. Marie Watnem was born in Norway, the daughter of Peter and Martha Watnem. At the age of 18 she came to the United States, living first in Illinois, then later in Iowa. She was married to Trygve Torgerson in 1908 and the couple farmed near Bode until they moved to Osage 26 years ago. She was preceded in death by a son, and her husband who died in 1973. She is survived by two sons: Marshall, West Des Moines, and Donald, New Haven; three daughters: Myrtle Torgerson, Osage; Mrs. Ronald (Verna) May, Humboldt; and Mrs. Maynard (Wilma) Satern, Riceville; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was the last survivor of 13 children. soloist and Mrs. David Engel organist. A group from the ALCW served refreshments to the family and friends after the committal. Champion Funeral Home of Osage was in charge of arrangements. According,, the bacterium called cellulo- monas is used in the process. The bacterium breaks down cellulose fibers in paper, wood and yard wastes into a nearly tasteless granular synthetic protein. Not many years ago, engineers were afraid the Great Lakes were drying up. Now that the lakes are at record levels, they are concerned by erosion of the shoreline. Which goes to show if you are an engineer, you can always find something to worry about. For closing take this tip from the big city newspaper, The Chicago Tribune: "There's no gasoline shortage. There's just a surplus of automobiles." Livermore services for Luther Riley, 83 Luther Riley. 83. Livermore, died Tues,dav evening ir; Hum bold'. Care Center South. Services, were held Thursday from Wilson Funeral C hape] ai Lh ermore with burial in Union Cemetery. Surviving are the widow; sons: Duane. Nevada; Donald, Fort Dodge; Jerry, Hope Haven; a stepson, Kenneth Vokes, Bellevue, Neb.; daughters: Mrs. Bill Drummer, South Beloit, 111.; and Mrs. John Ellis and Mrs. Linda Miller, both of Rockford, 111.; 11 grandchildren; a brother. Lyman West Bend, and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Necker, Livermore. Luther Riley was born in Benton County. He married Virginia Miller in 1939 at Plainfield. He was a farm laborer and had worked for a time at Gunder Manufacturing, Humboldt. Police Report Court Calendar Casket bearers were Gary Satern, Stephen Satern, My- roii May, Dennis May, Larry Anderson, Leo Runde and Gerald Torgerson. Mrs- Don Aure was the 13980 Jerry Dean Thorn vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Department of Public Safety, and the State of Iowa, on an action of appeal. Petition filed Feb. 8. Humboldt Police report the following activities this week: Four accidents with $1,400 damage. Six traffic summons. One report of vandalism which is still under investigation. Two lost items. Two home break-ins reported Thursday which are still under investigation according to police. Thirteen ambulance calls. Mad housewife Feb. 13,1974 To the editor: Diary of a Mad Housewife: From Newsweek. She says in part: I am angry because we have become a Nation of sheep. We let go unchallenged artocities that should warm the hearts of totalitarian leaders everywhere. The President pays little, and~Gov. of Calif., pays no taxes, only the middle class average poor get the tax shaft. My husband belongs to no union so he gets no cost of living raises. We need gas as much as anybody but if we blocked a hi-way we would be arrested. Why, if there is a shortage of gas. is the big oil companies allowed to make huge profits? They should bear part of the burden of our troubles. Oh no, we pay 50c plus for gas. What are our leaders doing? Wallowing in Watergate. We are taken for fools and suckers and we must be. We are fools because we have let big money interest take over our country. The economist rattles on about supply and demand and trade deficits and baloney, then he goes back to his well padded pay check while we nod our heads and eat Macaroni. Congress, a body of elected officials completely surrounded by a vacumm is supposed to reflect the will of the people, and its reflecting all right - reflecting our lack of will to change what is wrong. Where are our voices? There is a scene from "The Magnificent Seven" in which the outlaw says to the poor villagers whose town has been plundered. "If God didn't want them shorn, He would not have made them sheep." R. Falb Livermore Remembers paper Feb. 12, 1974 Mr. McLaughlin: This letter may not interest you, but in last weeks Independent you had an article that was of interest to me and brought back many memories. Two of my sisters set type by hand before the linotype was used at the Independent and who worked for AI Adams. I knew both Mr. Adams and his wife. They were such nice kind people. And Mr. Minion was my father-in-law. I worked at the Republican a good many years for Mr. Jaqua and operated the unitype before they got the linotype. I was the first one to use it there. That was really something. I was good at spelling and could set a whole galley without a mistake. 1 was quite proud of that. On Thursday we all pitched in for getting the paper off the press. The folder was separate from the press and I learned to use that. Lots of funny things can happen, like the time T was correcting a big ad and the store whose ad it was was having a big coat sale and it was spread in big type across the page and wouldn't you know, coat got spelled with a "g" instead of a "c" and it went to press and a lot of papers were printed before the mistake was discovered. Needless to say I dropped into the depths. I know Mr. Jaqua was mad, but he didn't ball me out much as it was my first ad proof reading. My older sister also worked for John Hopkins. I was quite young and was very fascinated by the hand operated press. As I remember it was a small newspaper. And yes, the press was run by a gas engine or motor in the back press room. Yes, those...were happy days. We worked six days a week from i&lliinti| 6 p.m.. Humboldtt nas-jure" changed from unpav53~"'main street which were mud puddles on, rainy days and snow melting. But I think people were happier way back there. There are very few people living there that I know now. I saw a picture of Dr. Coddington in the paper recently and couldn't believe it was he. I knew him when he was a small schoolboy, he and his brother Kell. His father was our doctor for a good many years. Yes, Humboldt is a greatly changed town from the way I first knew it. And it has changed so much since I left there in 1958. I lived there from 1899 until 1958. Do you know what I missed the most? Walking down the street or going to church and not seeing a familiar face to say "good morning" to. I will go back there some day to my eternal rest in Union Cemetery where my husband lies. I'm sorry if this letter is a nuisance to you, but as I said that article brought back so many memories. Thank You. Mrs. Ada Minion 2302 llth Ave. S. Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 NEWS OF THE STATE! bill to each lawmaker on the subject of emergency powers for the governor. Sen. Earl Willits, D-Des Moines, immediately branded the bill as a "blatant power grab" by the governor. Among other things, Willits pointed out that the proposal to create an office of energy management would allow the governor to suspend any statute that might be in conflict with executive action on the energy crisis. The proposed bill would establish an 11 member energy council, a director and a staff. The governor would be empowered to select a director, but, as Willits pointed out, the director would not have to be confirmed by the Senate. "I can't believe a.governor would want that much power,' Willits said. "Why not just suspend the Legislature?" Sen. Willits also took a verbal poke at the proposed salary for the director. The bill calls for the salary to be fixed by the governor and not to exceed the salary of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction who presently receives $28,500. Willits doesn't like the idea of tying a salary to that of another state official. GASOLINE Meanwhile, State Geologist Sam Tuthill says he fully expects gasoline rationing to be put into effect by June 1. Tuthill, a top energy adviser to Gov. Ray, said he also expects further critical energy problems to arise in coming years. Tuthill said our national system for the production, distribution and use of energy has become so well tuned that there isn't much stretch in it. A breakdown or interruption in any one part of the chain was bound to throw the entire system out of kilter. INSURANCE Iowa would have the highest automobile liability insurance required of any state in the union if a bill passed by the Senate becomes law. The bill approved by the Senate 32 to 10 and sent to the House would require about 270,000 lowans to increase their auto liability insurance coverage. The present minimum coverage is $10,000 for causing death or injury to one person, $20,000 for death or injury benefits to two or more persons growing out of a single accident, and $5,000 for property damage. The bill would raise the limits to $25,000-$50,000 and $10,000. Men it ttfe annual election af, officers Weld TMmty night, ft wtfwd) L W, tint, dm Dodffefl WflS elected fifestdent and R»y — jiVi&'mflw...,. the chill field? tt 21 At fil«cted fft tfrfryiir «>....„ 6ft the board of director! wwe Phil. Cfdwl, Brian rfohnsenY .'EarD.foftnidfj, Maiedjft -At SUfifordV Geoffrey Raw. and John- Wiltey, Richard 0, "Barney" Green's Was elected to a one-year unexpired term, succeeding L, W, Lent. Returning directors include Clyde Bayse, Norman Philby and Ljtfe schwendemantt. , ' Thursday night was the annliat Sweetheart Banquet of the United Methodist Men. Over 150 were in attendance. Featured on the program was a singing group, "Wind Experience," of Westmar College, Le Mars. Gary Bristol, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bristol of Humboldt, is a member of the grotip. A plaque Was presented by Lent to Stanley Jensen, former United Methodist Men's president in appreciation for his help and services to Lent and United Methodist Men. ^y* nub IB i*«4«»* *i*wv*f • '• • VIRW *»••••*• It is the rtmbirtfed effe-ctbf you to , kin-. ' - jtftf'r '' fctt v f# v ji*f tS For too many y«M people temperature < trair; suffered frdstBttMtfetSeathj ubd\rt wiittf,. cfifli — r --_ because they dressed to the flesh freeze! qoMly ai r 2 thermofhetetfrialifntf Instead degrees b*l6W;,4ero 1 '4fid i ,< of the "chill fattaf."' . wind of only 6 rrtllei per hour That is: wtiy. the U.S. tterfe is the thill temper**, — •«•"•» iw \ " i*^,. VIIV W*W* .!*«« « KQ VIIV VIII** W4IIWVBOTT}, Weather Bu7e4U;/reseftrehed ture chart as Issjftd By .ijjf; " * ' r !• ttwmoMiwr 'W«*rfl«i:' £ WIND SPEED 40 30 20 10 6 -10 -20 ^30 Chill Ftettt lit 6 mph lOmph tSitiph 20 mph 25 mph 30 mph 35 mph 40 mph 3* 28 -22. 18 16 13 11 4 10 - 6 <1 16 6 - S -16 '-26 -'36 ' 6: 4 -9 -21 .-33 ^46/ - ; 68" J-. 9-5 -18 -36 -48-M ••'-' **. I 4 10 -25 -39 -S3 -,6.7, -,82" > 15 -29 -44 -89 -74,' - 88 ' 33 -48 -63 -,79 -, 94 ; 35 -49 -67 -82 - 98 21-37 - 53 -69 ^85-100 i 0 2 -18 20 Newcomer* party Newcomers Club held its February meeting Feb. 11, in First National Social Center. The meeting began with comments by Mrs. Richard Naeve who spoke on breast cancer and showed two movies, one concering quacks, and the other on Dr. Pap. Following her presentation, a business meeting was held. Suggestions were made for a fund raising project and where the money should go. Newcomers voted that this term's fund should go to Senior Citizen's Service. The project will be a card party open to the public, at First National Social Center March 11, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a charge of $1 per person. Women's Political Caucus criticized a portion of the present inheritance tax law that requires women to prove their contributions ,,,to the estate of a man and wife if they claim the estate was jointly held at the time of the husband's death. They claim this discriminates against women. ROADS The Senate has passed a "watered-down" road classification bill which puts a freeze on any transfer of roads. As approved, the bill simply sets up the machinery at the state and local levels to determine the most common uses of roads and whether cities, counties or the state would pay to maintain and improve them. There may be an interim study committee appointed to recommend changes in the road tax distribution formula. SCHOOLS The Iowa House, by a vote of 98 to 0, has approved a bill to pump an additional $25 million to Iowa's public schools. The action came as the lower chamber modified the formula for the school foundation plan. The money is intended to provide cost-of- living raises for teachers. About $19 million will come from the state and $6 million from additional local property taxes. DETENTE is a word much in the news these days, especially in reports of U.S.-Soviet relations. It sounds nicer than cold war. It is a word of French origin. What does it mean? By definition, it is a lessening of tension or hostility, especially between nations. Most of the 3.6 BILLION humans alive today want, or should want, de'tente — a lessening of tensions. The alternative could be devastation on such a massive scale that it numbs the mind. Despite the current popularity of detente, it could be catastrophic for the U.S. to confuse Soviet smiles as friendship rather than disarming diplomacy. Many of us groaned as the new U.S. budget called for 80 billion dollars for the military. There is some fat in that budget that should be cut away— calculated elimination • of waste' is in order .— but economy should not trimper' with hard-core defense. To do so is to negotiate from a position of weekness and to invite agression by those who think themselves strong enough to destroy us — as did the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Communism and its philosophy has not changed! Diplomacy, Soviet 'style, may seek to exploit the western i desire for peace into a position of weakness. I sense that they try to achieve ;by smile diplomacy what ihey have failed to achieve by force — until they have superior force. Negotiate for peace? Yert But proceed with caution! • » Communism respects nothing more than power. Detente can be mutually rewarding if the spirit is mutual and blessed'with trust and a record of trust. Isn't it sensible that one who drives a car be legally and financially responsible as to how it is driven? In the absence of mandatory liability many drivers seek to protect themselves against loss caused by the irresponsible driver, the uninsured, driver.,.About 15 • per cent-do not 'Carry, liability, car i insurance..! Here-,is need' for a good law aimed lit justice. The state legislature's current consideration of mandatory liability insurance seems one, of the most sensible recommendations to emerge from the current session to date. Report injury in accidents By Don R»id Manager Iowa Pratt Association ENERGY One oi the problems facing the Iowa Legislature is how much power to delegate to the governor to handle any emergency that might arise because of the energy crisis. There an- two schools of thought. One is that the Legislature should be cut in, even if it means a special -session. The other is to let the governor act. Dissention over this issue came to light when the state comptroller sent a proposed INHERITANCE A move is underway in the Legislature to change the state's inheritance tax law. Under the present law a ^husband or wife can inherit up to $10,000 free of state taxes; sons and daughters can inherit $15,000; parents, $10,000 and grandchildren, $5,000. A bill introduced in the House by 38 members would double these exemptions. Sponsors of the bill say it would cost about $3-to-$4 million annually, but they are quick to point out that the exemption rates have not been changed since 1931. At a public hearing held in the House on the bill, the Iowa LUNCHES A fight may be brewing in the Legislature over a hot lunch program in Iowa's 273 non-public schools. Here's what happened: A joint House-Senate appropriations subcommittee is recommending that $104,847 in state funds be used for 1974-75 hot lunch programs in non-public schools. The $104,847 was included in a bill appropriating a total of $1.3 million for the state's share of funding hot lunch programs in both the non-public schools as well as in all 451 of the state's public school districts. The vote was 10 to 1 with only Rep. Robert Kreamer, R-Des Moines, casting a "no" vote. Kreamer argued that the Legislature had spoken on the issue in 1973. "I don't want to go through this church-state hassle again." Kreamer recalled that the 1973 Legislature has appropriated $4.4 million to fund auxiliary services for private schools and- the constitutionality of this act is now being tested in the federal courts. One person was injured and . two others were charged during in-town accidents, The Humboldt Police department said Thursday. Eunice M. Zuetlau, 57, Dakota City, received neck injuries and was taken to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital following a collision at 4th street north and 3rd avenue north Monday, Jan. 21. Mrs. Zuetlau's auto was reportedly hit by John H. Enderlin, 26, Humboldt, who was driving a car owned by Kenneth F. Hodgins, Humboldt. Hodgin's car received $200 damage to the left front, while the Zuetlau auto was undamaged. No charges were filed. Jan. 26 Ronald D. Rittgers, 47, Havelock, travelling south on Highway 169 in the left lane turned into the right lane in front of Edwin C. Thilges, 24, Bode, who was travelling south on Highway 169 in the right lane. The Rittger's car received damage to the right door and fender estimated at $350 and the Thilges auto received damage to the left front estimated at $250 to repair. Rittgers was charged after the incident. Karen L. Anderson, 33, Fort Dodge, was charged in an accident which occurred Feb. 3 on Highway 169 between two passenger cars. Ms. Anderson, travelling north in the right lane, turned into the left lane in front of .Marie Grawburg, 26, Des 'Moines, who* was travelling north in the left lane. Ms. Grawburg was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident. Police reports indicate the Grawburg car received $40 damages to the left front, while the Anderson car sustained $120 damages to the left rear door and fender. At the intersection of Highways 169 and 3. Jan. 22, John B. Kirkpatrick, 20, Humboldt, allegedly drove into Franklin D. Ohrtman, 40, Pomeroy, police reports indicate. Kirkpatrick's car "sustained $50 damage to the left front corner, and the Ohrtman pick-up truck sustained damage to the left rear fender and bumper estimated at $150 to repair. No charges were filed. As Richard S. Weverstad, 31, Humboldt, was travelling west on Sumner Avenue, Jan. 24, Bonnie Bjornson, 47, Humboldt, was backing from the curb and reportedly struck Weverstad. Wever- stad's car received damage to the right front fender and light estimated at $170 to repair and the Bjornson car received $5 damage to the taillight. No charges were filed by Humboldt Police. Linda K. Northup, 16, Humboldt, was driving west on Sumner Avenue Jan. 22, when she was hit by Donna Wilson. 42, Humboldt, as the latter was backing out of • parking space. Miss Northup> car is owned by Dr. M. L. Northup and received $218 damage t(^,the right front fender. Mrs. Wilson's auto received damage to the right rear bumper estimated at $170 repair costs. Also on Sumner Avenue, Brian Sexe, driving a car owned by Charles Sexe. collided with Albert Hadv, 57, Humboldt. Sexe started, to slide going up the hill due to icy conditions and allegedly hit Hadar, who was driving 4 car owned by Hadar Mfn* facturing Company police said. Hadar was driving dow» the hill, according to police reports.

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