Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 7, 1956 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Rloodroohilc Tuesday. 12 to 6 Rosewood School ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 120 Years Weather Alton area; Cloudy t<mljtht Wrrtaesdtiy wiih scattprrd »h era. Lowest Wediw»d*y morn- •nif In lower 70s. BlglMit \\?A« n«sdn,y Afternoon In low** 90s* Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXXI, No. 174 ALTON, ILL.,'TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1956. 16 PAGES 5c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press Judge 'On the Spot 9 Hazardous Situation Can Arise in AdoptionHearing (EDITOR'S NOTE: There are many ramifications in the overall adoption picture as seen In Madison County. This Id the fourth of a series of articles describing some of the problems and possible solutions). By RON LAWRENCE EDWARDSVILLE — A judgi hearing an adoption case can find himself in an extremelj precarious and hazardous situa tion with some of the conditions now existing in the area. Much to this embarrassmen can be traced to improper place ment of children, which in turn .. in many cases, reflects the lack of adequate investigation. Basically, the situation In which a judge sometimes finds himself goes something like this: As the law now stands in normal adoption cases a petition for adoption may not be filec until the adoptive family has had the child for six months. By the time the hearing can be held, another month or two has elapsed. An investigation of the foster home and the child — in most cases where the county is involved and not where child welfare agencies make the inquiries —normally is not made until the petition is filed. Perhaps by the time the hearing is held the adopting parent* have had the child in their home for seven or eight months. It takes only a matter of days for a sentimental attachment to develop. After six months this Attachment is even stronger. The investigation after this six month waiting period may show that the home conditions are no conducive to the child's best in terests, or the child may not be best suited 4o the home. The Judge's Problem What can the judge do? In many cases where there is no extreme violation of standards he is hesi tant to deny the adoption and ord- Egypt May Appeal To UN SecurityGroup LONDON » — Cairo sources said today Egypt may rush an appeal to the U. N. Security Council in the Suez Canal case ahead of the Aug. 16 conference sponsored in London by the Big Three Western powers. An informant close to President Gamal Abdel Nasser said the Egyptians were considering complaining to the Security Council that British and French military movements and parliamentary statements were a threat to peace. If an appeal is made, he said, it would be before Aug. 16. Replies to invitations to the 24- nation conference called by Britain, France and the United States were lagging. Sir George Young, head of the British Foreign Office news department, announced that attendance did not imply advance approval of the idea of putting the Suez Canal under international control. He said Britain, France and the United States had agreed upon the principle of international control, and that the conference would discuss the idea, but that other countries attending could put forward their own proposals. His statement seemed aimed at such invited countries as India, Ceylon and Indonesia, which have been hesitating over their replies. Some diplomats have reported that these countries were holding off because it might appear they were approving the principle of internationalization beforehand. Young refused to reply to a news conference question whether the British government considered itself bound beforehand to any conference decisions. Won't Accept Unfettered Control Prime Minister Eden has de clared that Britain is resolved not to 'accept the unfettered control of the canal by Egypt. Sources close to Nasser on the other hand have reported that he was ready to fight rattier than permit the canal to pass under international control. Acceptances to the proposed 24- nation conference were lagging and uncertainty clouded Its prospects as Sir George Young, head of the Foreign Office news department, made- the announcement. In Cairo, an Egyptian source said President Gamal Abdel Nasser's government is considering complaining to the U. N. Security Council before Aug. 16 that British and French moves in the crisis constitute a threat to peace. River Stages Look * OMU M W Fall 1.7 Ptol 4X8,83 Tttilwater er the child returned to its natural parents, or transferred to thi adoptive parents. Refusal to grant an adoption In such instance probably woul< have serious affect upon the child' well-being and mi^ht be harmfu to the parents. So, in most border line cases, the jud e is inclined t grant the adoption, even though i is questionable. This cannot be blamed on thi judge. He has to work with the tools Available to the court—am in many instances these tools are outdated. What is the answer? One judge who admitted to this reporter he has found himself in many sucl situations, suggested that the adoption statutes be amended to require pre-placement investigations Improper placements are a big problem," he .said. "However, can't police every placement." It is generally agreed many o these improper placements do no arise from agency-placed children but develop from individual placements. The county cannot be entirely blamed for these undesirable placements for it does not have the fa cilities, finances, and personnel to handle the job. Some of the blame might be placed on the lack of a county detentibn home where unwanted and abandoned children can be placed when the need for immediate-care arises. ' Incidents where immediate care of a cHild develops were related to this reporter. Take this typical situation: Typical Situation A child ,is picked up off the streets by police late at night. Perhaps \jt has been deserted by its parents. A county probation officer usually is called and given custody of the child. Most probation officers have a list of couples who want to adopt children or care for them. What is the officer to do when she is called out of bed early in the morning and is given custody of the child? She has several alternatives. She can find one of several foster homes that isn't already overcrowded. Or she can take the child home with her. But this sometimes is impossible. Or, she can do what is done in many instances — make tb* rounds of the prospective adoptive couples she knows and find one that will accept the child. Even if Madison county did have a detention home where these children could lie taken, it would not entirely solve the problem. Many agree that this, combined with pre-placement investigations, would eliminate many of the problems. WEDNESDAY: Other problems faced by the county and adoption statutes which could be improved. Restaurants, Bars Tentative Plan To Graduate AIRS. MARY SOKKACH Ship on Its Way to Trouble Area MEDITERRANEAN BOUND—Sunday beach crowds see the aircraft carrier HMS Theseus, her deck loaded with paratroopers and equipment, head out to sea from her Portsmouth, England base on the way to an unannounced Mediterranean destination. The big carrier is one of the British warships ordered to the Mediterranean during the current Suez Canal crisis. (AP Wirephoto) Under St. Charles Court Bridge Toll Profits Top $500,000 in 18 Months A net profit of more than $1,000. daily has been the average for the Clark Bridge. An analysis of records impounded by the Alton City Court shows how more than a half-million net profit in bridge tolls accrued last year and during the first six months of this year, under operation by the St. Charles County Court. The records list itemized expenses, which include fees to officers of St. Charles County Court. The % average monthly expenses in 1955 were ?12,317. The actual total (gross) revenue received as an average per month in 1955 was $43,669 — which is well over $1,000 daily before expenses are deducted. To Present Records .Attorneys for Bridge Receiver Paul Davey are to present the impounded records ' along with records of the receiver's opera- Bids Under Estimate New City Garage May Be of Brick ' -"'•".«/ IT •_ , Bids received Monday on a new city sanitation "department garage are considered so favorable by the public buildings committee of City Council that members are considering a change from concrete block to brick walls for the structure.. Seven bids were received by the committee, composed of Aldermen Warren, Geltz, and Dooley, and low by the scant margin of $5 was a proposal of Hellrung Construction Co. at $20,995. Next lowest bid was that of Cannon Construction Co. of Wood River at $21,000 Other bids tabulated by the committee were: Wuellner- Manns Construction Co., $21,055; Marvin Mallory, Wood River, $22,490; Linebarger & Son, $32,101; J. J. Wuellner & Son, $23,580; and J. P. Yungck, $24,485. The bidding specifications as irepared by the city's architects, Ceeney & Stolze, included three alternates. These were provided as a means for cutting cost should proposals run to a higher figure than the city could afford at this time. Chairman Warren said that inasmuch as the City Council has appropriated $25,000 of sales tax unds for the building and the x;st bids were, in round figures, 14,000 under the appropriation, alternates would be unconsidered. After opening the bids, committee members conferred with he architects and discussed the xjssibllity of securing from the >est bidder a figure on altering planned wall construction from Grandmother Top-Ranking Graduate at St. Joseph's A grandmother, whose daugh- :er is on maternity leave from 5t. Joseph's Hospital School of Cursing, is the top ranking student in a class of 27 to be graduated from the nursing school next Sunday. She is Mrs. Mary M. Sorkach, mother of four children in the nursing profession, and the widow of John Sorkach Sr. of Belleville; who was an orderly for nearly a quarter of a century in It. Elizabeth's. Hospital, Belleville. Her youngest daughter, Mrs. Albert Belanger of 2222 Brown St., is on leave from her studies at the hospital because of the >irth of a son, John Albert, three weeks ago. If hef studies had not been in- errupted by her marriage and arrival of a her son, Mrs. Belanger would have received her diploma in the tame class as her mother. • Besides Mrs. Belanger, Mrs. Sorkach's children are Jessie, a ;raduate 9! St. John's Hospital iohool of Nursing, Snri and a member of the graduate nursing staff. Marianne, also a graduate of St. Joseph's in Alton, and now employed in the office of an Alton physician, and John Jr., who studied nursing in Alton before entering military service. Mrs. Sorkach will receive her diploma from Bishop William A. O'Connor of Springfield, in services in St. Patrick's Church which will be witnessed by all of her children with exception of her son in the Navy, who will be unable to be present. The commencement is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. , The Rev. Father John Ratchford, pastor of St. Anselms' Church, Kampsville, will deliver the address. Choral, selections will be given by the novices of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate novitiates in Godfrey. A reception will be held in the lounge of the nurses home tor relatives and friends of the graduates immediately after the program. concrete blocks to a brick-faced wall. It was believed there is sufficient in the appropriation to cover the cost of a better wall structure than was initially specified. Brick walls, it was pointed out by Warren, would be likely more permanent, and would make the new building conform in appearance to the adjacent municipal garage erected several years ago. The site chosen for the sanitation truck garage is on the city commons, immediately south of Front street extension at Oak street, It is on the west end of the city tract where the municipal garage fronts the easterly end at Central avenue. The plan of the city is to provide a properly appointed building for the sanitation department equipment and quit the use of the former No. 3 hose house on E. Broadway at Pear for any city use. Already the Council has authorized that the old No. 3 (Hope) hose house site be offered for sale. Receipts from such sale could be applied to cost of a new No. 1 hose house proposed for erection on the old Union Depot site at Front and Market streets. Sale of the present No. 1 hose house on State at Wall also is proposed. In response to a call for bids on furnishing fuel oil for heating the No. 4 hose house, Alderman Dooley of the fire department committee, announced, only one proposal was received. City Fuel & Supply Co. made the lone bid at 14.4 cents a gallon with an agreement for burner adjustments. All bids opened last night were taken Under advisement by the committees pending reports to the Council at its regular meeting Wednesday night. Mrs. George M. Ryrie Fractures Hip in Fall Mrs. George M. Ryrie, 88, of 1308 Henry St., is a patient in Alton Memorial Hospital where she was moved this morning following a fall from a walker at her home in which she incurred a hip fracture. Mrs. Ryrie expects to undergo surgical treatment Wednesday for pinning of the bone. The mishap occurred only a few days after Mrs. Ryrie hud returned to her home from St. Anthony's Infirmary where she had been a patient since April for treatment of a pelvic injury. She had been getting about with the aid of a walker. 1 .l tion of the bridge, in Alton City Court Thursday. The St. Charles County Court records are to be considered in the controversial bridge receivership case, along with the records of the receivership, which began June 29. The records prior to receivership now on hand in the Alton City Court Clerk's office were described as copies of reports that were filed by the bridge officers with St. Charles County Court during the time when that authority controlled the bridge. St. Charles Court turned the bridge and $200,000 over to the State Highway Division of Missouri on June 30, a day after the bridge was seized by the receiver on an injunction order issued by Alton City Judge I. M. Streeper. States Purpose Purpose of the receivership the receiver has stated, is to prevent discontinuance of tbD> untii assurance'is given by state highway division of Missouri and Illinois that adequate approaches will be constructed on the Alton side. The argument of those who obtained the receivership is that the approach expense and other responsibilities will fall on the shoulders of the Alton taxpayers unless some agreement is reached with the bridge owner (i. e., the State of Missouri). The records for the first six months of this year show an average monthly income of $40,985, with an average monthly net profit of $29,626. Where the money was spent in the last six months is also shown. One major item is listed as fees to "county officers". The fees totaled $5,987.91. Toll collectors' salaries in the first half of this year totaled $22,376.20. Maintenance 'expense was $2,997.44. Inspection fee expenses were $650. Interest on bonds was $312.50, Report for June As far back as Dec. '31, 1949, the bonds outstanding against the bridge totaled only $25,000 at 2Vj per cent. This sum is not quite $3,000 more than has been paid in the last six-month period for toll collectors' salaries alone. The report for June of this year shows a gross of $42,722.73 was received in bridge tolls. Expenses totaled $10,422.34. The net profit was $32,300.39. Why bridge tolly produce such great daily revenue is shown in a report on '(traffic passing over the bridge. In the first six months of this year, 1,042.632 passenger cars paid toll.t Commercial cars, trucks and buses, totaled 143,196. This is a total of 1.185,828 vehicles. The figures from which the revenue averages were taken are: Gross revenue in '55... $524,029 Expenses, in '55 $147,801 Net revenue in '55 $376,228 Gross January through June '46 $245,912 Expenses same period. $68,156 Net, same period $177,756 Revenue Drops Under operation by the receiver at reduced tolls, the revenue from the bridge had dropped. The expenses also have seen cut under receivership operation, it was stated—and to wing this to court attention, the records prior to receivership are to be considered also Thursday, the receiver said. From the bridge toll revenue, the records show, the St. Charles Court paid Missouri in to the State 1952,' $570,000; 1953, $315,000; in 1955, $345,000; n 1956 the payment listed is the $200,000 turned over to the with the bridge, 4 Persons Suffer Arm Fractures Four persons with left arm fractures were treated in the emergency room of Alton Memorial Hospital Monday wfthin a period of less than -an hour. Two of the victims, Mrs. C. L. Naughton of 432 Sullivan Ave., Rosewood Heights, and Michael Poe, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Poe of 420 Sullivan Ave., Rosewood Heights, were next door neighbors. The other two were Susan E. Olson, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Olson of 1638 Jersey St., and James Craig, 8, Rt. 2, Godfrey. Mrs. 'Naughton, who was the first of the quartette to enter the emergency room, pointed out that the accident in which she suffered a fracture of her left wrist, had an amusing "twist. 1 She said that she came into collision with her son, Ray, 15 who will be on the Roxana football team this fall, and who was running in the yard at their home. Ray slipped on the grass and his feet struck his mother and unbalanced her, causing her to fall. Michael Poe's fracture, to his left elbow, was suffered in a fall from a swing at Rock Spring Park, lie entered the hospital at 8:30 p.m. and was there at the same time as Mrs. Naughton. At 8:40 p.m. James Craig sought treatment for a fracture of his left clavicle, suffered in a fall while doing calisthenics. He was followed at 8:50 p.m. by Susan E. Olson, who slipped and fell in the yard at her home. Susan suffered a fracture of both bones in her left arm. Earlier in the evening a 20- month-old Wood River* baby, Charles Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ellis of 953 Fergu son Ave., was treated in the emergency room of the hospital Eor a fracture of his left clavicle. In the group at St. Joseph's Hospital were two who suffered injuries to their left wrists. They were Joseph Cook, 12, and Robert Clayton, 11, of the Catholic Children's Home. Both left the hospital after emergency treatment. Sandra Baird, 6, of Rt. 2, Godfrey, was treated 'for injuries to icr left ribs, suffered in a fall :rom a bicycle. Darby Campbell, 6, of 626 Washington Ave., was treated for wound to his left land. Eisenhower Asks Bulganin 'Do More' To Aid World Peace A tentative plan has been advanced for settlement of thi union contract dispute affecting restaurant and taverns In thi Alton-Wood River area. At. a meeting of union and proprietors' representatives Monday afternoon at Hotel Stratford, agreement was reached on a truce until Aug. 15. Gerald DaUon, business representative of the union Local 243, said at noon today: "An extension of the contract through Aug. 15 has been agreed to by the union and restaurant and tavern owners' associations. Possibility of a settlement has improved over last week." He added there are meetings Thyer Denies He Refused To Pay Toll Arthur Thyer of Bunker Hill didn't refuse to pay his toll when crossing the Clark Bridge Saturday noon, he told the Telegraph Monday night. And, he says, he has the unsigned receipt to prove it. The fact that the receipt is unsigned, he said, is the explanation for the delay at the toll house which brought police complaints of blocking traffic, resisting arrest, and destruction of property. * Thyer said he had demanded that the receipt for the toll be signed by the toll collector, an* the altercation developed from there. "I don't think you can get a refund on an unsigned receipt," he protested to the Telegraph in his call from Bunker Hill. "I wanted it signed". Thyer said he paid $72 in fines, costs and damages resulting to the toll gate. scheduled for further discussion through the balance of thi week. A strike of bartenders and res taurant workers had threatenei to develop this week, with pick ettng and shutdowns of estab lishments. In Monday's meeting, John King, representative of the Bar tenders and Restaurant Worker International Union, added hi voice to the move toward peaceful settlement of the contract ne gotiations. Proprietors and union representatives agreed that operation of taverns and restaurants coulc continue under the contract tha expired July 31 while an llth hour plan is presented to the membership of the union and to the proprietors' associations. Restaurant proprietors me last night to consider the lates- terms for contract settlement Tavern proprietors are to mee Wednesday, it was said. The union membership is slated to meet in the next several days, also, it was reported. A spokesman for the proprietors this morning cautioned the Telegraph that, "The developments at Monday's meeting do not mean the settlement is wrapped up. It is still a delicate mat ter." Picketing by the union of an Upper Alton restaurant may be confusing to some Restauran Association members and to the general public, a spokesman fo the Restaurant Association pointed out today. He said th restaurant is not a member o the Association and the pick& ing has nothing to do with the contract negotiations now under way. "It is a matter only between the owner of the place and the union which wants to organize it," he said. Plans Retirement MISS AMELIA B. KINGEMANN With Paper 41 Years Miss Amelia Ringemann Announces Retirement As Telegraph Society Editor Back in the early days 'of World War I Amelia Ringemann valked into the Telegraph and >egan learning to be society edi- or — the publication's first. Dean of the Telegraph staff now — from the standpoint of uninterrupted service — except or Publisher P. B. Cousley, she now has announced plans to re- ire with the end of August, She will be the second mem- >er of tiie staff to announce re- irement within two months. J. B. Mawdsley, composing •oorn superintendent and a 25- ear continuous employe, saidnis arewell July 1. Miss Ringemann has been at he social desk continuously since she took her post with the ,'elegraph in June, 1915, when t was located at its old Fourth wid Piasa street stand. During that period she has written, or supervised the writing, of stories about nearly every wedding involving either Alton girls or boys. Unti! recent years she performed the task of producing the society and women's page by herself. More recently she has had assistants. In her early days communication of news by telephone was a secondary channel. The Tele- graph's'society reporter invaded Union Depot, trudged from there on down to the riverfront. She knew the rough and ready men who operated and frequented the fish markets. The crossing watchman at the foot of Pi- usa street, who had a knack tor spending the time of day with many visitors, was a vol- source of news. Of course she was aided and abetted by Publisher Cousley, himself. He met the noon streetcars at Earth's corner, bearing Alton's industrial tycoons to their jobs or toward their homes, and skimmed off a rich store of stories from them about everything from their family goings and comings to the latest developments in their manufacturing plants. Miss Ringemann's current assistant, Mrs. Al Visioni, will be her successor. Mrs. Visioni came to the Telegraph from Council Bluffs, la., wher she had served as woman's page editor. The Telegraph is drafting Mrs, Visioni'e new assistant from it* staff, too. She Is Mrs. Bernard Hughes, who for several years had been employed in the news office ia ft Ike Seeks To Realize Old Hopes WASHINGTON UP) — President Eisenhower called today on Russia's Premier Bulganin to "do more to realize the hopes which were born at our meeting at Geneva" a year ago. In a personal letter to the Soviet leader, Eisenhower also urged anew that Russia agree to Eisenhower's earlier proposal to freeze production of atomic weapons. He also sounded a new appeal for the Soviets to reconsider their rejection of his "open skies" aerial reconnaissance proposal. The President, in effect, turned down Bulganin's proposal that the West match Russia's announced move reducing the size of it* armed forces by 1,200,000 men. The letter to Bulganin was in reply to one Eisenhower received June 6 proposing what Bulganin called a "new approach" to disarmament. Bulganin's plan was basically unilateral, uninspected armed forces cuts by the big powers. He coupled the proposal with one for withdrawal of all foreign forces from Germany. Eisenhower said he welcomed Russia's move in reducing manpower but that it merely followed sarlier moves by this country to 'steadily reduce" the size of its armed forces. "I doubt that such reduction of his particular kind as bur gov- imments may make in their respective national interests, will contribute effectively'to eliminate the fear, and the vast cost, generated by national armaments," Eisenhower wrote. Eisenhower's letter was delivered at noon today in Moscow by Ambassador Charles Bohlen, who personally handed it to the Soviet Premier. The Bulganin letter to which Eisenhower replied was one of a series which the President and the Premier have exchanged. American officials at the time of its receipt predicted a polite rejection. The American sources said Bul- janin again urged reduction of forces without any provision* for safeguards against violations—a point on which the Western powers long have insisted. With regard to East Germany, the U. S. informants said, the Bul- anin formula would simply result in withdrawal of Russian orces from East Germany into 'oland while America's six divi- ions in West Germany would have to be pulled all the way back across the Atlantic. They took the new this would sharply weaken Vestern security. S. O'Neill Is Lawyer For Mrs. Hodge There were indications today hat Mrs. Margaret C. Hodge, reportedly in seclusion at her oceanfront Hotel Esquire in Ft. jauderdale, Fla., will go before a Sangamon County Grand Jury at Springfield this week for ques- ioning in the $1,000,000 scandal nvolving her husband, ousted State Auditor Orville E. Hodge. The Chicago American today dentified Mrs. Hodge's attorney s Schaefer O'Neill of Alton and uoted him as saying:" "She Mrs. Hodge) will be back some ime this week, but I don't know vhat day." The Sangamon County state's ttorney, it is understood, wants Irs. Hodge to tell what she nows of the money allegedly re- eived by her husband from cash- ig of state- warrants. The pledge of Mrs. Hodge's ap. earance, given by Attorney )'Neill—according to the Oiica- o American news story camo s Sangamon County State's At- orney George P. Coutrakon in> isted he would subpoena her if he could be located anywhere 'ithin Illinois. The Chicago American quoted v Neill as saying Mrs, Hwlge •ants to return any funds »h« nay have which were illegally (.•quired by her husband. "She doesn't want any money hut he acquired wrongfully." I'Neill reportedly toltl the C'hJU ago newspaper. Coutrakon una* hi* ftfcie. ill* own article reported, bud ««14 hey toped to Jearn from MM, iodgci why h«r htwbaud d*cio«I in hit) count*; at action fund*,

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