Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 12, 1976 · Page 3
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Garden City, Kansas
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Monday, July 12, 1976
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Kansas Wheat Harvest: '..'. May Be Too Good' STAFFORD, Kan. (AP) Leaning against his combine during an afternoon break from harvesting, Earl Hayes squints in the bright Kansas sunshine and wonders if he and thousands of other wheat farmers have done their job too well. "This is turning out to be a pretty fair crop, better than we anticipated," said Hayes, a stocky, 61-year-old farmer who grows wheat. and sorghum near Stafford in south-central Kansas. "It may be too good," he added slowly, "but that depends in large part on what our government decides to do to us this year." Hayes, president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, is not used to feeling glum about a good harvest, but he has a nagging fear that farmers who responded to government appeals for all- Markets (Prices at 12:30 p.m. today at Garden City Ca-op.) Wheat $3.22 down 7 Milo $4.50'unchg. Corn $2.85 unchg. 1 p.m. stocks (The following price quotations are furnished to the Telegram by Heinold, O'Connor and Cloonan, Inc. -276-3244). Allied Supplies 5'» American Cyanamid 25 :1 j American Motors 4 :I t American Brands 41 Anaconda 28 AT&T ' 57", lleech Aircraft 22'j Bethlehem Siccl W4 out production may now be left holding a bag filled with grain. "We may be building some wheat stocks that will be price depressing," Hayes said. "That hasn't been demonstrated yet, but it's pretty clear we're going to have a lot of wheat to sell and that means we've got to have an open export market." Across the great plains, farmers are harvesting their second huge wheat crop in a row to help replenish American granaries that were virtually depleted by the 197273 Russian grain deal. This year's crop, now about half harvested, is estimated at nearly two billion bushels, second only to last year's 2.1 billion bushel crop. At the same time, farmers in the corn belt have planted their biggest crop since 1949 and a record 6.4 billion bushel crop is forecast for harvest this fall. The huge wheat and corn crops could be good news for consumers, by helping hold down food prices, but they could spell trouble for farmers as slocks continue to build. The flood of grain has boosted U.S. wheat stockpiles from a 27-year low of about 300 million bushels in mid-1974 to 665 million bushels on June 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the wheat reserve a year from now will be 850 million bushels, nearly equal to the stocks on hand before the Russian buying spree triggered fears of a worldwide shortage and sent wheat prices rocketing to nearly $6 a bushel in 1974. A disastrous Russian grain harvest last year brought the Soviets back to the U.S. market for 16.5 million tons of wheat and corn, sending wheat prices, up again from less than $3 a'bushel to nearly $4 until the government declared a moratorium on sales last October. "That embargo broke our prices and they remain broken to this day," Hayes said, surveying a 100-acre field of wheat he had nearly finished harvesting. "If something like that happened again this year it would be a disaster for farmers." Wheat prices' in Kansas have fluctuated for weeks in a range from $3.30 to $3.60 a bushel, gaining strength this past week from the announcement of additional Russian purchases under an agreement signed after last year's embargo. The new sales brought total Soviet purchases to more than four million metric tons of the agreement's minimum six million tons, but Hayes argues the grain agreement is working against farmers. "It's all cut and dried now,", he said. "Everyone in the market knows the Russians can buy up to eight million tons and anything over that has to have approval of our government." By restricting Soviet purchases, the agreement has limited the price increases that accompany Russian buying, Hayes added. "These restrictive agreements have given us a more controlled market on wheat than we've ever had before," the farm leader said. "It means we have the freedom to produce all we want, but not the freedom to sell." Two of every three bushels of wheat grown by American farmers must be exported, Hayes said, making sales to foreign nations of critical im- portance, particularly in times of surplus production. "Our biggest worry now is whether the government may step in again and interfere with our export sales," he added. "If the export market is cut off our supplies are going to build up mighty fast and there would be no way to stop prices from dropping." Even with full access to foreign markets, an oversupply of American grain may develop with world grain production forecast at a record this year while the agriculture department predicts reduced export demand for U.S. wheat. The rapid buildup of wheat stocks has caused the National Association of Wheat Growers to issue its second warning this year asking farmers to restrain production as seeding begins this fall for the 1977 crop. "The question is can we continue to expand production and build up our carryover stocks," said Jerry Rees, NAWG executive director. "We think it's time to begin restraining acreage or one of these times we're going to hit a normal crop and then we'll be in trouble for three or four years." Farmers "lucked out" this year because adverse weather in the United States, Russia and western Europe reduced world grain production, though a record 375 million tons is still forecast, and headed off ,the immediate threat of a critical surplus, Rees said. "Right now we're sitting on a teeter-totter," he added. "The crop situation is not fully known yet because harvest is still under way in various parts of the world. We're hoping farmers will look at the Page 3 Garden City Telegram Monday, July 12,1976 situation and consider some restraint, at least as a minimum not to increase acreage again." Whether farmers heed the warning signs and hold back as seeding begins in August and September will be determined by events and wheat prices in weeks ahead, said Hayes and John Junior Armstrong, president of the Kansas Farm Bureau. "There isn't a farmer alive who doesn't like to farm at full throttle," Armstrong said. "It's in our nature to produce all we can and we think we can sell it all, if the government stays out of the market." Farmers' enthusiasm for fence-to-fence planting that has been a government policy could diminish rapidly if wheat prices drop and grain stocks continue to build, the farm leaders added. "It's difficult to get farmers to cut back production." Ex-Garden Citian 'Mingles'Briefly With the Famous (Editor's note: Keith Denchfield, a former Garden Citian, is the son of Mrs. Ray Denchfield, 705 N. 5th.) WAKEENEY (HNS) — At first, it seemed an ordinary speeding ticket. Just as routine as the others Keith Denchfield has issued in his years as a highway patrolman. However, this one was a little different and it gave Denchfield the opportunity to mingle briefly, though only on a professional basis, with the famous. Riding in the back of the eastbound van Denchfield flagged down on 1-70 last month was Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize winning Russian author who has since defected to the West. Denchfield said he had clocked the van on radar at 76 miles an hour. When he approached the woman who was driving, Denchfield knew it was probably going to be a long process because the woman spoke little English. "She showed me her passport and her travel visa," he said. "But that wasn't much help — it was all in Russian." When he couldn't get through to the woman, her husband sitting in the back of the van rose and said he was Solzhenitsyn. "I didn't recognize him until he told me who he was, then I remembered the pictures I had seen of him," Denchfield said. "I didn't even know he was in the country. I asked if he was the author of 'Gulag Archipelago' and he said he was." "Gulag Archipelago" is Solzhenitsyn's internationally-acclaimed novel about his experiences in a Russian forced-labor camp. Apparently, Solzhenitsyn was on a sabbatical from teaching, at California's Stanford University and was on his way to visit his wife's brother in Vermont. Solzhenitsyn spoke English fairly well, Denchfield said, until the technicalities of court appearance and posting bond proved beyond his language skills. "The van belonged to his brother- in-law and they were on their way to Vermont to return it," he said. "He didn't understand bonds and things. He thought if the police stopped you it was off to jail, but I told him we did things a little differently here." Although he felt sure Solzhenitsyn could have paid the bond and the fine with no problem, Denchfield wanted the author and his wife to fully understand what had happened. "I wrote a note on the back of the ticket explaining things to the brother in Vermont and let them leave." Even though Mrs. Solzhenitsyn gave her address as Zurich, Switz., which is the author's true address, and they had full documentation from the authorities, there still was some doubt as to the identity of the speeders. "The name on the ticket is spelled differently from what it is on the book," Denchfield said. "You never know with Russian, though." The doubts were effectively disspelled with a call from New York from a man with a foreign accent. A few days later a money order covering the $25 fine and $9.15 court costs arrived from the brother in Vermont. Denchfield said Mrs. Solzhenitsyn was much like any other driver he has ticketed. "She never did admit she was speeding." Boeing Chrysler Cities Service Colorado Interstate Dillons Du Pont Eastman Kodak El Paso NO Ford General Electric General Motors . . . Halliburton 1 IBM • •• ... International Harvester International Paper Mar Cor National Distributor Northern Natural PanEPL ...,, Penney JO tWv'.v." < -, •:< . . . .«'• • Phillips Petroleum ... ,,.,:.' Proctor Gamble . .-.-. f> KCA ... ., Santa Fe Industries Sears •'' Spcrry Hand Standard Oil Indiana Standard Oil New Jersey Texaco United Slate Steel Wcstinghouse Electric Woolworlh . ...41'H lit .53 :I H . '.'. 'lO' 29' 135 :l 101' T4- % . .58 : ' ......57' .69" 63' .278' 3JR '.'.'.'. .72' 38' 28' 47' .W 'f^SJj 1 rft'f.'SS 1 .. 29 . M' 51 •' '.'. .wv .. ..28 ...53'» .'...17 . . .23 ; '« CAIUIKN CITY LIVESTOCK Receipts: 340 cattle; 60 hogs Market was fairly active on calves and light thin yearling steers, with poor country attendance. Steer calves were selling from $39 to $41. Heifer calves were selling from $33 to $34. Plainer steers and heifers were the hardest to sell of all classes. Heavy yearling steers and feeders not available for market test. Medium to good yearling heifers sold from $29 to $33.50. Yearling feeder steers in load lots sold actively from $38.50 to $40. No choice steers available. Cow market was steady. No < top cows available. Most cows sold from $25 to $28. Canners sold from $24 to $26. Top bulls not available. Top butcher hogs sold from $48.25 to $48.80. Light hogs sold from $45.10 to $45.25. Heavy butcher hogs sold up to $45.25. Sows sold up to $38.25. Stock pigs sold from $45 to $46. Estimating for next Friday's sale — 1100 cattle and 125 hogs. Professional Ability. Philip C. Vieux for County Attorney. Pd. for by P. C. Vieux. — Pol. Adv. THE RARE LIPIZZAN Stallions, created for the royal Hapsburg family of Austria, went through the paces Sunday for a crowd of several thousand persons at the fairgrounds. 3,000 Watch Lipizzan Show "Ladies and Gentlemen, what you will see this afternoon is an example of the almost lost art of horsemanship," said master of ceremonies Otto Herrmann owner and trainer of the Royal Lipizzan Stallions. More than 3,000 people attended the performance of the famous Lipizzans at the Finney County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon. The audience showed its appreciation often as the aristocratic horses performed at the slightest whim of their riders. Two of the crowd pleasing features were the famous battle plunges, "airs above ground," and the unusual feat of a horse jumping over a barrier on only its hind legs. Horse lovers as well as horse admirers could easily appreciate the horses and horsemanship displayed during the 90-minute performance..— R.H. Their owners and trainers, the Herrmann family, led them through a variety of canters and leaps. Wichita Black Coalition To Battle Drug Pushers WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The newly formed Wichita Black Coaliton announced Sunday it is launching a full-scale assault on drug pushers in the black community. With support from 60 black organizations in the city and a private security unit, the group said it would attempt to eradicate sellers of hard drugs, particularly heroin. Formation of the new group was announced Sunday by Dr. George Rogers and Rashida Abdul-Hakeem, a Muslim leader. "The Band-Aid, plasticized educational approach has not solved, nor even stabilized, the saje, use and addiction of hard narcotics and/therefore, other alternative methods and thrusts are immediately necessary," Abdul-Hakeem said. The group estimates the number of black addicts has jumped from about 100 five years ago to nearly 2,500. The coalition will be financed by private funds from the black community and will use a secret intelligence network to seek out pushers and "excise, exorcise and wipe out completely the hard narcotic menace in pur community," the leaders said. Once a pusher has been identified, the coalition will attempt by "private conference" to .dissuade them from further activity, the leaders said, but if that fails the names of pushers will be published. "Community wrath will be heaped upon them," the coali- ton said in a news release. "If they persist, we will work hand in hand with any law enforcement agency to rid them from our midst." The secret security unit has been formed to protect coalition leaders from reprisals as the group predicts "massive" opposition from drug pushers. Rogers said the coalition is "not a vigilante group" and has discussed their campaign with Wichita police. Mrs. Stella Meyer Mrs. Stella Meyer, 79, 206 N. 4th, died Saturday afternoon at her home. She was born on April 23, 1897, at Lancaster, Mo., and had been a resident of Garden City since 1939. She moved here from Holcomb. Mrs.lMeyer was a member of the First Christian Church, American Legion, VFW, and Eagles Auxiliary. , She was married to Earl F. Sutton on Oct. 23, 1915 at Hutchinson. She was later married to Fred W. Meyer. He died Feb. 26, 1968. Survivors include a son, Roy Sutton, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Lola 'Welch and Mrs. Edith Fuller, both of Hutchinson, and Mrs. Lesta Holmes, Castle Rock, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Hall, Grand Junction, Colo.; five grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Phillips-White Funeral Home, the Rev. Alvin, Daetwiler, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home until service time. James M. Allen Funeral for James M. Allen, 59, 610V 2 Burnside Drive, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Phillips-White Funeral Home, the Rev. Alvin Daetwiler officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery with deaths Military Graveside Services being conducted. Mr. Allen died Friday evening at St. Catherine Hospital. He was a retired mechanic. He was born Jan. 24,1917, at Coffeyville, and had been a resident of Garden City since 1971. He moved here from. Electra, Tex. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include three sons, Clyde, Carlos and Floyd, all of Colorado Springs; two daughters, Ruby and Norma Lee, both of Colorado Springs; four brothers, John, 204 E. Hillside, Marion, 602 Burnside Drive, Harold, Vinita, Okla., and Leo, Guthrie, Okla., and one sister, Mrs. Mable Snook, Garden City. Friends may call at the funeral home until service time. Harold Shuman Funeral for Harold Shuman, 64, Sharon Springs, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Methodist Church; Sharon Springs, the Rev. Paul McNall officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Plains Cemetery, Plains. Mr. Shuman died Friday at St. Catherine Hospital after a nine-month illness. Mrs. Ralph Martin Mrs. Ralph Martin, mother of Mrs. Jack Purcell, 2006 Belmont, died Sunday afternoon at Atchison. She is survived by one other daughter. Funeral and burial will be Tuesday afternoon in Atchison. Friends may call at Harris-Aronsburg Mortuary there. Holcomb Man Hurt in Mishap A Holcomb man was treated and released from St. Catherine Hospital following a one-car accident early Sunday morning on a county road northwest of Garden City. Paul Mader, Holcomb, suffered lacerations to his face and head when the car he was driving skidded for 250 feet in a field. The car finally came to a halt when it struck a utility pole. The mishap occurred 2 miles north and 3>2 miles west of the city. Time of the accident was 1:45 a.m. The car was a total loss, according to the Finney County sheriff's office. I See * m m By The Telegram Openings are still available for the second session of painting and drawing classes at the Civic Center for beginners and advanced students ages 6 through 14. Registration fee is $4, and more information can be obtained by calling the Civic Center at 276-2362. Busy Debut for Hospital's Emergency Room Policy ONLY WOMAN in the world able to lead a Royal Lipizzan Stallion in the famous "airs above ground" is Gabriel la Herrmann. The "airs" are meant to clear the way when a rider is surrounded in battle. State Officials Are Married TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - W. Keith Weltmer, Kansas secretary of administration, and Elwill M. Shanahan, Kansas secretary of state, were married here Sunday at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Pierson. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Pierson! Mrs. Pierson is a cousin of the bride. Following the cermony the couple left for a resort at Peekskill, N. Y., and will be at home in Topeka after Aug.l. Weltmer, a retired brigadier general in the Kansas National Guard, is a former faculty member at the University of Kansas. St. Catherine Hospital's new policy of providing a physician to staff the emergency room round-the-clock on weekends got quite a workout the first time it went into effect. That was this past weekend, and hospital personnel describe the period from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. today as "busy" in the emergency room. During that 58-hour period, the physician on duty saw 125 patients in the emergency room, 35 of whom had no family physician. Comparable figures show that the weekend before the new policy went into effect, 85 patients were treated, 12 of whom had no family physician. A year ago this weekend, 81 patients, including nine who had no family physician, were treated in the emergency room. Saturday night, 14 persons were brought to the emergency room from two .separate vehicular accidents. Dr. Larry W. Johnson, Hutchinson, the physician on duty this weekend, said: "This is one of the best- designed emergency room facilities I have ever worked in. . . I was especially pleased by the cooperation of the nursing and medical staffs. Frequently emergency rooms are badly used. People come who don't really need to use them. But this weekend, almost everyone I saw really needed to be seen." He added that because of the design of the emergency room, "it was easy to handle 11 of the accident victims who were brought in at once." The physician, provided through Physician's placement Group, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., will be on duty from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. During this first month, two physicians will alternate duty in Garden City, and both will commute. The new hospital policy is not intended to replace the family physician in emergency room cases, hospital officials say. Family physicians will be called to the hospital to treat their patients, but the on-duty physician will be on hand for those patients who have no family physician, or those who require immediate treatment until their own physician arrives. Vote Experience Re-Elect Don Vsetecka Republican for Finney County Attorney • Finney County Attorney since 1975 • Deputy county attorney 1972 to 1974. • Permanent resident with sound experience (Pd. Pol Ad-Paid for by Don Vsetecka) I

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