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1 111 TlieEeDorter Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1979 20c 1 09th year No. 60 Fond du Lac, Wi. i AV" v' , v ktrrxAi Ml lElf Two men search for salvageable items in the home of Eddie Kyle in Lone Grove, Okla., Tuesday. The dwelling Blustery storm By The Associated Press A blustery, snow-laden storm sent an icy prelude to winter through portions of the central and southern Plains, killing eight persons, stranding motorists, knocking out power Today This is the 304th day of 1979. The day's highlight in history: On this date in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the chapel door at Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. On this date: In 1864, Nevada became the nation's 36th state. In 1968, in a nationally-televised address, President Lyndon Johnson announced an end to the bombing of North Vietnam. In 1973, the United States ended the world-wide military alert called in response to hostilities in the Mideast. Five years ago: Richard Nixon was reported "alert" and rested but still critical after complications from phlebitis surgery. Today's birthdays: Former Attorney General Griffin Bell is 61, diplomat Joseph Sisco is 60. Thought for today: "There is nothing so captivating as new knowledge." Peter Latham (1789-1875). Shades of Star Wars Jason, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnl Coster-Mullen, 698 EllisI St., was all ready for his! trick -or-treating today ini a robot suit that features I lights that blink and! shine. The suit, using I parts found around the! house, was constructed by I Jason's father. His mother explained that the only purchased parts are the dryer vent tubes and batteries and bulbs for the lights that operate on the light emitting diode principle. Trick-or-treat-ing hours in Fond du Lac-and North Fond du Lac today were to run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with all -the little ghosts and goblins welcome at houses with porch lights turned on. Jane dropping politics DAVIS, Calif. (AP) Jane Fonda, who has led outspoken campaigns against nuclear energy and the Vietnam War, has announced she will drop out of politics for a few years to make .films. "I am stepping down from the political arena and will be spending the next years of my life pretty much exclusively making six films," Ms. Fonda said Friday. She said, though, that the films would be political in nature. Gifts for princess SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Princess Margaret was presented with a bit of Americana, in the form of two bumper stickers, as she continued a Royal Opera House fund-raising visit. "Thank God I'm British," and "Thank God I'm English," were the inscriptions. on the stickers handed the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II at a reception at a country club here. On the inside Parking problems : P.2 Professor studies British schools P. 8 Dodge County traffic fatality P. 15 4-H leaders recognized P. 19 Agriculture P. 19 Area news Pp.15-16 Classified ads . . . Pp.24-27 Comics I.P.18. Editorials P.4 Entertainment P.13 Financebusiness ... P. 12 Local news Pp.2-3 Obituaries P.28 Sports Pp.20-22 Today Pp.8-9 Special sections: Prange - Reporter real estate Weather word Windy ! Weather news see Page 28 I'll doit again! That's what Mary R. said after she sold her car when she placed an ad with the Reporter's used car section (Class 48). Mary got good response to go with her sale. A good response is what you'll get from your ad when you place it in the People's Place. Call 922-4600 and ask for Nancy. Salvage begins was badly damaged by a tornado that ripped through the area. No one was in the house when the twister struck; and sending some Texas residents to shelters to keep warm. Blizzard warnings were in effect early today across western Kansas and west-central Nebraska, and travelers A IITTIE IEARY VACAM'T CULTIVATE A WTH CON TINUOUS , DI6S 1979 LA TwmSyW Way, Penney's, Sears, i I I f cA 2 takes big toll advisories were posted for the Texas Panhandle, northeastern New Mexico and the mountains and foothills of Colorado, the National Weather Service said. Two persons were killed Tuesday when a freak tornado spawned by the storm smashed a mobil home in a rural community near Ardmore, Okla. Six other people died in traffic accidents, including a man and woman struck by a car when they stopped to help a vehicle stalled in a snow-filled ditch in the Texas Panhandle. A Continental Trailways bus en route from Amarillo, Texas, ' to Denver was stranded in southeastern Colorado, and plows trying to reach it drove against 90 mph winds and snow drifts of up to 12 feet, the Colorado State Patrol said. Trailways officials in Amarillo declined to say how many people were on board the bus. More than a dozen cars and trucks also were reported stranded in southeastern Colorado, and Kansas Highway Patrol officers rescued motorists stuck on highways in the southwestern part of that state. Texas Department of Public Safety patrolmen said more than 400 autos and trucks were abandoned along Interstate 40 between Amarillo and Tucumcari, N.M. "We got every road you can think of closed," said Colorado State Patrolman Perry Powell at Campo. "We got cars, trucks, buses and everything else just stranded all over the place. We are just trying to get to them and get the people in here." Meanwhile, nearly two dozen people were injured as tornados and high winds, some up to 70 miles an hour, lashed parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the tornado victims as Teresa Carroll, 59, of rural 'Haunted house' victim of crime MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The March of Dimes "haunted house" on Madison's East Side was closed Tuesday after instances of vandalism, burglary, arson and attempted arson. "We decided not to tempt fate," Kathy Mundt, community service representative for the local chapter of the charity, said, Madison Fire Department officials recommended closing the house, which had been plagued with fires since it opened Oct. 19. Ms. Mundt said juveniles suspected of the incidents had set fires in restrooms, dump-sters and leaves around the house, which has been set up in an abandoned gasoline service station. Strobe light and fire extinguishers were stolen, and last week a rock was thrown throuugh a front window, she said. She said closing the house early would cost the charity about $600 in lost revenue. Many perish in MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Western Airlines DC-10 jetliner bound from Los Angeles with about 90 persons aboard and landing in a fog crashed at the Mexico City airport today, plowing into two buildings. Reporters at the scene counted 40 bodies retrieved from the wreckage. One witness said the crash sounded like a clap of thunder and "there was a big flash of light." Other witnesses said the DC-10's right wing hit one AP Laserphoto however, two other persons in the area were killed and three more injured by the tornado. Ardmore and Jimmie Lee Bob, 41, of Ardmore, who was nearly decapitated by pieces of the mobil home as he got out of his truck. The twister, which hit without warning, destroyed two mobile homes and one house before skipping 10 miles north to Woodford, where several other buildings were damaged. As the storm moved east, it triggered heavy rains along the Gulf Coast, causing flooding in the Texas cities of Galveston, Beaumont and Houston. Civil Defense officials in Galveston said as many as 200 people fled their homes as waters rose. Nearly 7,000 customers in 10 farming communities in southeastern Colorado were without power when winds up to 60 mph combined with wet snow and knocked down power poles. Eight communities in Texas Panhandle communities were also without power Tuesday, night, according to Southwest Public Service officials. Residents in some of the towns gathered at community shelters to keep warm, expecting overnight temperatures below 30 degrees. Temperatures before dawn ranged from 10 at Rawlins, Wyo., to 80 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Some other reports: Anchorage 37 partly cloudy, Atlanta 64 partly cloudy, Bismarck 38 cloudy, Boston 39 clear, Chicago 54 hazy. Community S&L escalates borrowers' interest rates By MICHAEL MENTZER Reporter Staff Writer More than 1,000 homeowners in Fond du Lac and the surrounding area are painfully aware today of the forces exerted by inflation on something as tangible as their house payments. Between 1,000 and 2,000 homeowners who borrowed money from Community Savings & Loan to purchase their homes were notified by mail Tuesday that the interest rate on their loans is being increased. In simple terms, it means that more than 1,000 homeowners will be paying more on their monthly house payment. A spokesman for Community Savings & Loan said he did not know exactly how many borrowers were affected, but noted that the number falls between 1,000 and 2,000. The increase becomes effective March 1, 1980, according to the letter addressed to all mortgage holders who obtained home loans between 1967 and the present. The interest adjustment clause is included in home loan documents beginning in 1967. Prior to that year, there was no clause relating to interest adjustments. Robert Danelski. vice airport building and then the plane crashed against a new building under construction, part of which is used by the Mexican post office, and the roof crashed in. One airport rascue worker said there were three children among the dead, but this could not be further verified. An airport control tower employee said he understood there were at leas,t 10 survivors, among them a purser, unidentified, and the captain, Foreign oil purchase in U.S. jumps ahead WASHINGTON (AP) - The Carter administration is sticking by predictions it will meet its target for reduced oil imports this year despite a large increase in U.S. purchases of foreign oil in September. Trade figures released Tuesday by the Commerce Department show the nation imported 260.9 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products last month, an increase of 6 percent from the previous month. After subtracting the roughly 7 million barrels of oil products the United States exported, the September figure works out to net imports averaging about 8.46 million barrels per day for the month. The Carter administration target is 8.2 million barrels per day. But a White House official, who asked for anonymity, pointed out that the administration target is "an average per day for the entire year." He added that the administration had set its goal knowing "imports were likely to rise in the final months (of 1979) to replenish stocks diminished during the Iran problem." U.S. oil imports were down sharply early this year when Iranian oil production was cut during the revolution that ousted the shah. Soo Line rail repair work starts in city Traffic will be diverted or rerouted in two areas as early as this week to allow Soo Line Railroad crews to repair defective rail track at street crossings. Police Chief Melvin E. Heller said today that traffic will be merged into one lane at the crossing on West Scott Street while track is replaced. Follett Street west of Brooke Street will be closed during the rail Bid for prison is not official CAMPBELLSPORT- Recent news reports emanating from Gov. Lee Dreyfus' office in Madison noted that Camp-bellsport is among state communities sending the governor correspondence regarding the site for a new prison. However, a check with local officials here revealed that the letter received from Camp-bellsport was not sent with the sanction of any official village group. Apparently an individual person in or near the village wrote the letter requesting that Campbellsport be considered as a site for a new prison facility. president-lending at Community Savings & Loan, said, "The board of directors stalled this decision as long as possible." He said an increase in the interest adjustment clause, often referred to as an "escalator clause," has been discussed by the board for at least the past three months. It is the first time in the history of Community Savings & Loan, formerly Fond du Lac Savings & Loan, that interest rates have been adjusted. Banks and savings & loan institutions (except First Federal S&L) throughout Wisconsin and the United States have invoked the escalator clause several times in recent years. John Cooper, branch manager at Mutual Savings & Loan, said Tuesday that Mutual S&L interest rates have been increased on existing home loans at least twice in recent years. Danelski said Tuesday that monthly house payments will increase by $10 or less for about two-thirds of homeowners who are affected by the escalator clause. Ninety percent of the remaining one-third will experience an increase between $10 and $20 per month. The remainder will be required to pay more than $20 in increased Mexico City plane whose last name was given as Jilber. Red Cross spokesman Julio Mendela, said "there are survivors and dead but we do not know exactly how many." A spokeswoman for the emergency ward at the Centro Medico hospital said four injured were taken there, all in serious condition. She said three of them were identified as Americans. An American Airlines DC-10 crashed after takeoff from A staff member of the Senate Energy Committee, who asked not to be identified, added that a more critical measure a figure published weekly by the Department of Energy shows that imports averaged 8.2 million barrels per day in the four weeks ending Oct. 19. "And that doesn't take into account exports, which will lower the daily average some," he said. Meanwhile, the Senate voted Tuesday to reduce the president's power to unilaterally impose quotas and fees on imported oil. The measure, approved 70-23, would let the House and Senate reject, by simple majority vote, any presidential quota proposal. However, the president could veto their resolution of disapproval, and both houses then would have to muster a two-thirds majority to make their original decision stand. The bill now goes to the House. President Carter announced last July that he intended to set the 8.2 million barrel per day quota, but the actual day-to-day level has not been set to allow time for Energy Department hearings on the subject. In a major speech on energy July 15, Carter put it this way: "Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 never. From now on. every new crossing project. Heller is urging motorists to be aware of an interceptor sewer construction project near the Soo Line crossing on Scott Street. Soo Line and sewer crews will work together to limit inconvenience in that area, he said. Super Excavators, the sewer construction contractor, has hjred off-duty police officers for traffic control during the construction project. Rail repair will be completed in three to four days, according to Soo officials. Trains will travel at reduced speed while reoairs are being made. As a result, intersections will be blocked longer than usual. Rail defects were located during a recent survey of Soo Line track throughout the city. In addition to the major defects at crossings on Follett and Scott Streets, several minor defects were identified. Federal law requires the railroad to replace defective rails as soon as possible. Heller said Soo Line officials notified police to facilitate movement of traffic while the project is in progress. monthly payments. The maximum adjustment in the interest rate on existing home loans is 2 percent, and the rate was raised no higher than 9.75 percent. As an example, a homeowner who borrowed at an interest rate of 7 percent now has an interest rate of 9 percent, an increase of 2 percent, the maximum as determined by the Community Board of Directors. A homeowner who borrowed at 7.75, 8, 8.25, 8.50 or any other figure above 7.75 percent now has an interest rate of 9.75 percent, the highest possible as allowed by the board of directors. Current interest rates on home loans through savings and loan institutions ranges from 11.875 at Community Savings & Loan to 12 percent (the maximum allowed by law in Wisconsin) at First Federal. A down payment of 50 percent is required at First Federal and Mutual Savings & Loans. There is no restriction on down payments at Community. Danelski said, "We are one of a handful in the state of Wisconsin that are still lending." The reason for the increase in the interest rate, said Danelski, is purely economic. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last May 25, killing all 273 persons aboard in the worst aviation disaster in U.S. history. Western Airlines spokesman in Los Angeles said the plane carried 76 passengers and a crew of 13, but added "the exact number will need further checking. We are not too sure here right now." Luis Pasquel, vice president for Western in Mexico, said the plane, Flight 605, was approaching the airport over Lake addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation." According to the new Commerce report, imports of crude oil and petroleum products totaled 2.28 billion barrels during the first nine months of the year, or an average of 8.35 million barrels per day. All oil-related imports averaged 8.7 million barrels per day in 1977, according to Commerce data. Crude oil imports that year averaged about 6.9 million barrels per day. Commerce figures show. The Commerce report said the g yL J". I v 1 eOL 1 'Witch For the 15th year, Reva O'Neill, alias "The Witch." plans to touch down tonight at the airport at Phillipsburg, Kan , where she will be escorted to the courthouse square to preside at an annual program for some 2.000 youngsters. She will distribute apples and bright, new pennies to the kiddies. Kiddies are unafraid of Witch of the West PHILLIPSBURG. Kan. (AP) As Halloween darkness shrouds this small Kansas town, an old crone roars through the streets atop a fire engine, cackling "come to me, come to the witch." By the hundreds, wide-eyed children pour out of their houses and run to the courthouse square to see the Witch of the West. Parents follow to partake of the special home brew and participate in a festival that began as a neighborhood spoof and turned into a yearly institution for the whole town. For the 15th year, the bright red chariot of Reva O'Neill, alias The Witch, will be escorted tonight by town leaders to the square, an annual mecca for 2,000 local youngsters. There the Good Fairy, grocer Don Lumpkin, will be waiting in his ballet tutu, red tights and combat boots to assist the witch in doling out shiny new apples and pennies sprinkled with gold dust. "It's quite a sight," said Mrs. O'Neill, an ash-blond grandmother who is co-owner of Phillipsburg's only disco supper club. "Kids are scared to death but entranced, too. Some are bawling, some wet their pants. But all of them want to see the witch and get their penny. It's the greatest kick in the world for me." Mrs. O'Neill conceived her Halloween role in 1965, and in the years since her costume has grown from a simple black sheet into an elaborate outfit accented by pointy-toed black boots, a high peaked hat and dozens of rings and necklaces that jingle as she cavorts through her portrayal of a good witch who is crash Texcoco when it crashed within airport boundaries. He gave no additional details. Pasquel said there apparently was no fire. However, a Mexican radio station report earlier said a ball of fire was seen coming out of the rear of the plane. Flight 605 is nonstop from Los Angeles and is popularly known as the "Tecolote" or night-owl. because of the night flying. It also is occasionally dubbed the "Red Eye Special." nation's trade deficit in September was $2.83 billion, in large part because of a record $5 8 billion bill for imported oil. The September deficit compared with a $24 billion deficit in August and was the largest for a single month since a $3.1 billion deficit in January. Exports totaled $15.8 billion in September, up 0 1 percent from August. Imports rose 2.6 percent, to $18.7 billion. Commerce indicated that exports for the year should total $175 billion as imports hit nearly $199 billion. That would leave the nation with a trade deficit of about $24 billion, compared with about $28.5 billion in 1978. of West' AP Laserphoto slightly bonkers. "I asked the witch to come to Phillipsburg because these children were so sweet and innocent," she said in a recent interview. "It had become a jaded event, a knock on the door, an apathetic 'Trick or Treat.' a handful of candy and they were gone. I asked one kid to do a trick before he got his treat and he though I was crazy. I decided to put a little pizzazz back into the occasion." Mrs. O'Neil, who says she's a "perpetual 39 years old," foots the bill for the town party. Her husband, Don, a rancher, played the Good Fairy until 1970, when he died of cancer. That same year she, too, was stricken with the disease but recovered following surgery and witn the help of her six children, now aged 18 to 27, the witch made her annual visit that October. The first year Mrs. O'Neill played the witch, her husband pressed a shiny new penny into the fist of little Jackie Hunziker, telling her "Here, honey, make a wish and this will bring you a boyfriend." Ten years later Jackie carried that penny in her shoe when she married the O'Neills' son, Tom. "Being the Witch of the West is a lot more to me than just dressing up once a year and having a good time," says Mrs. O'Neill. "I love to have fun, I've taken belly dancing lessons, I can disco, I decorate the town at Christmas time. But being the witch gives a special meaning to my life. It's my way of saying thank you to the people of this town for being so good to me. It helps me belong." $174,189

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