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Des Moines Sunday Register Jun II, 1972 D-R Lr- Ml . GOP Plank On Transit Is Urged By Christine Hansen Planning for the expected transportation crisis should begin immediately, the Iowa Republican Platform Committee was told Saturday. In the second of a series of hearings the platform unit will hold across the state, concern REGISTER PHOTO Happiness Is . . . A Place of Beauty in Hamilton County Situated in a picturesque, historic area of Hamil- across the Boone River. Area residents oppose the ton County is the Tunnel Mill Bridge, which is sched- project, saying they fear it will mar the beauty of uled to lie replaced by a $500,000 bridge and road the region. John Kalsbeck of Doon displays one of his 11 Hampshire piglets that he took to market Friday to put an end to a controversy which began six weeks ago when he started raising the piglets in his garage. Some residents of Doon were upset because the town has an ordinance that forbids the keeping of livestock within the south of Webster City, also is scheduled for letting Tuesday. "We just don't feel that this new Tunnel Mill road is needed at all," said Mrs. Eggert Pahl, who lives at the north end of the proposed project. "We feel that other roads in the county need to be repaired and maintained before they build new ones." The new road would cut diagonally across the Pahl farm, separating the farm buildings from their home, she said. The Tunnel Mill road winds through the Boone River hills much as it did when it first was built a century or so ago. "It is such a scenic drive," Mrs. Pahl said. "Most of the traffic over it has been people out for a Sunday or an evening simply to see the beauty of the ing. "So I've brought them along from the time they were born. I fed them, made sure they had the proper shots, castrated them and watched them grow to the time now when they're ready for sale." Kalsbeek housed the sow and the little ones in his garage, located just off the main street of Doon. "I didn't think anything about it," he said. "There's a lot of folks in town that have animals horses, sheep, chickens, cows, and pigs. "But pretty soon my neigh ance at a Sioux Center sale barn. That appearance was Friday afternoon. "I'm told that they should be worth about $15 each," Kalsbeck said Friday morning as he loaded the litter. "Maybe they'll be worth even more. Because of this controversy about raising them in town, they're about the most famous pigs in northwest Iowa." The time of reckoning came and passed. Friday afternoon: "I only got $11.75 each for them," he said. "The only guy at the sale who knew the story of them was eat-ing lunch when they were auctioned. "But I guess I came out pret- Ijty well," he said I hear that some guys have to stay up all night while they're being born. 1 slept through the whole thing and the next morning, I had 11 healthy Hamps. And all 11 wera on the market Friday afternoon." Happy Days Sale Ends Controversy Over Piglets By a Staff Writer DOON, IA. - School teacher John Kalsbeek, after one day at the hog markets, came back with the same storv that: the 'Doon old timers of t h e business give. daily: Prices are too I DES MOINES ) low. For the past, six weeks, Kalsbeek has been playing guardian to 11 Hampshire piglets that were farrowed m his ga - rage here touching off a lo- cal controversy because of a town ordinance that forbids the housing of livestock within the city limits. It started when farmer Ed VanEgdom had one tardy sow among several that were ready to farrow. VanEgdom, whose wife is a faculty member with Kalsbeek at the Northwest Iowa Protestant Reformed school here, offered the teacher a sow ready to litter. "Watched Them Grow" "Ed told me that I could have the little pigs, but that I had to give the sow back," Kalsbeck said here Friday morn- 1 1 TUNNEL- Continued from Page One Office for rianning and Programming. "Wp just don't fppl that this mad should be built," said Hrahham. Fnvirnnmental Review Hp cited an environmental review of the area by one of the department's wildlife biologists, Rockncy FSridges of Rice Lake. It was written to rebut an environmental-! m p a c t statement written by Hamilton County Engineer Wesley D. Smith. Smith's statement for the Stale Highway Commission said: "There appears to be no evidence of any significant amount of wildlife breeding, nesting or feeding in this area," and "there is no recreation carried on in this area at the present time." Bridges found that the "present wildlife in the area would consist mainly of squirrels, deer, rabbits, pheasants, in u s k r a t , mink, raccoon, wood ducks, fox, coyote, mourning doves, plus other -fonhT Webster, .1- I D56l Stanhope 0 12 3 Seals ot Miles Broken Line Locates Road Project ay r . '. Boone Webster Cily I . . : : J )a 1 D$ Mpinos j f-J, ( l2? T HAMILTON jT COUNTY C ( ji- " toV It bors started complaining," he said. "They didn't say anything to me, of course, but they went to the town council. didn't really think it was some - thing to get upset about, but 1 guess I was wrong." The topic of Kalsbeck's pig gery came before the council, and two members were dispatched to talk to the teacher. "Use Judgment" After they had surveyed the. situation and after realizing the potential effect on their own in-town animal operations if they ruled that Kalsbeck's pigs had to go they told him "to use my own best judgment," Kalsbeek said. Kalsbeek 's judgment was to continue to feed the pigs until they were ready for an appear- ! 1 1 (The Register's Iowa New Service) KEOTA, IA. - The Keota. Eagle newspaper had this cheerful news item in last week's edition: "The B3agle crew is fishing this week on the good old Skunk River." over property taxes, needs for all forms of transportation and the quality of education were voiced to the GOP committee. Mrs. Harriett Lindberg of Des Moines told the committee a platform plank backing state purchase and maintenance of railroad right-of-ways should be included in the party's state platform as a step toward meeting future transportation needs. The committee is drafting Nth the state platform and resolutions which will be presented to the State Republican Presidential Convention here next month. Mrs. Lindberg suggested t h e railroad right-of-ways would furnish Iowa with excellent cross-state corridors for future transportation be it transportation of utilities and commodities through pipelines and wires, or transportation of persons with a system of bicycle paths. "It is simply no longer pos sible or even probable to move people and goods by road," said Mrs. Lindberg. She suggested the Republican unit call for a legislative study of r i g h t-of-way purchase, couDled with immediate imple mentation of a purchasing pro- graui. John Murray of Ames, for mer administrative assistant to Gov. Robert Ray, called on the committee to include piattorm endorsement of a state Department of Transportation a governmental reorganization long pushed by Ray. State Treasurer Maurice Bar-inper. chairman of the platform unit, said these additional hear ings have been scheduled tor the committee: June 19," Cres-ton; June 20, Council Bluffs and Sioux City, June 21, Fort Dodge and Waterloo; June 22, Dubuque and Clinton; June 23, Davenport and Cedar Rapids; June 26, Ottumwa; and June 27, Fort Madison. HOLD 'LUNCH-IN' AT DAVENPORT By a Staff Writer DAVENPORT, IA. - Some 60 persons occupied a section of a department store tea room Saturday for more than an hour in a "lunch-in" here designed to dramatize two social action agencies' fight against alleged "discriminatory" job advertising in two Quad-Cities' newspapers. Representatives of the Quad-City Coalition and National Organization for Women (NOW) have been campaigning against the Davenport Times-Democrat and Moline Dispatch for printing "Help Wanted" advertisements under separate male and female classifications. The "lunch-in" was held in the Peterson, Harned, Von Maur Department Store tea room. Ruth Ofner, a spokesman for the Coalition, said the organizations were appealing to store officials to "join us, and help us resist these discriminatory' practices." The groups' representatives met with W. H. Webb, superin-: t e n d e n t of the department store. Mrs. Ofner said Webb agreed to arrange a meeting at1 7:30 p.m. Monday between the groups' leaders and the owners of the store. Owners of the store are Rich-1 ard Von Maur, sr., Richard Von Maur, jr., and Charles Von Maur. Mrs. Ofner said management had previously ignored ! requests to discuss the groups' position on the issue. After the meeting was promised, Mrs. Ofner spoke to the group and told members to leave in an orderly fashion. "I'd like all of you to leave a tip for the waitresses," said Mrs. Ofner, who thanked the waitresses for their patience. Then the group applauded, and walked out. 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A few miles upstream was the old Bone's Mill, where in 1869 the miller, John Ross, was found shot to death. His nephew was suspected, but was acquitted after a trial and the murderer never was identified. The mill was demolishod in 1899 when a steam boiler exploded. Several miles downstream from Tunnel Mill was Bell's Mill, now commemorated in a Hamilton County park. Built In 1853, its last owner was Benjamin Bell, a Revolutionary War soldier who came west to Iowa to seek his fortune. Roll died on the night of Mar. 2, 1888, at the age of 102, and on that same night a flood carried away the mill dam. It was never rebuilt, though traces may still be seen in the river channel at low water. The Tunnel Mill area survived another attack on its beauty in more recent years. There was a project during the 1950s to construct a 70-foot-high dam to create a recreation lake that would flood the valley all the way to Webster City. ' The plan never got off the ground. CREDITED WITH SAVING 3 LIVES By Thomas Ryder (Register Staff Writer) RKLLEVUE, IA. - Loekmen at Lock and Dam here credit the quick action of a 10-year-old girl with saving the lives of three fishermen whose boat was caught fast in a back-current below the dam last week. The three fishermen were identified as Dale Olson, 35, his brother, Gary, 31, and Dale's son, Jeff, 11. Gerald Galusha, who was on duty with fellow lockman Robert Carter, said the three were fishing in a small boat below the dam when the boat became caught in the back-current. "Their motor failed and they were pushed against a tainter gate," Galusha said. "They were out of sight but their cries for help were heard by little Judi Brock-hage who ran to us for help. We shut the tainter gates which stopped the water flow and threw them a line." He said Judi is the daughter of lockmaster Robert Brock-hage and likes to take walks along the river near the lock and dam. 1 I HOCKENBERG Hospital Supply Co. 2nd I Walnut . Ph. 2M602 'On Mvnt, lw 5030? small woodland mammals and songbirds." "The area now is used for hunting, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and other common forms of recreation," Bridges reported. Smith contended that "although there will be many trees removed in a 1.1 mile section of this project, many of the trees are pirns and are dead or dying." But Bridges found that, "even though the elm trees are dead or soon will be, it is assumed natural succession will result in another species of tree becoming dominant and filling the void. Lists Trees "The path of the right-of-way traverses some very much alive oak, hickory, aspen, Cottonwood, basswood and- silver maple, to mention a few." Bridges conceded that "if properly seeded, the right-of-way eventually will provide more nesting cover for upland game than now exists on the area," but that "with a loss of this many timber acres of habitat, there will be a corresponding reduction in the total population of wildlife." Smith's statement said: "We believe this project will have no significant impact on the wildlife or recreational aspects." By contrast, Bridges reported: "This project will significantly alter the character of the area." Opponents of the project have pointed out that if a direct road into Webster City is needed in the area, one is available only two to three miles to the cast. Iowa Highway 17, which traverses the county north and south, is scheduled for up-grading in the Highway Commission's five-year plan. The first step in this plan, construction of a new bridge over the Boone and building a connection with relocated U.S. Highway 20 Soesbe. "We have a security problem in the park, and we need a chain-link fence around the campground, plus new roads, driveways, and water facilities." But Highway Commissioner Robert Rigler of New Hampton commented: "If they're trying to take us for extra money, then maybe we should delay their road for a while until they become reasonable." The park board's Soesbe said that the extra money is to be used to build a chain-link fence around the replacement land and,. in reality, the park board is letting the Highway Commission off easy. "If we really wanted to nick the Highway Commission, we could have asked for another $50,000 or so to help develop the new land," he said. "This new park land eventually will cost the people of Clinton money, and we could charge that to the commission." Money for Fence Soesbe said about half of the $15,000 would be used for the fence to cover the 32-acre plot, and the rest for the other im provements. He said that if the park board doesn't get the en tire $57,000 the tana deal win De off. And if the land deal is off, the Highway Commission can't take the 12 acres through the present park that it needs to rebuild Highway 67. The HUD regulation would forbid it. . Soesbe said that the park board will have to buy the entire 32 acres for the new park section because the Asks Road Unit for Extra $15,000 to Bay Park Land f 'ir? ,"eSlV' rf dTk H ""I "" SEND FOR ypaje Album of JtM lI I J core v 7 jf j Homes, full of new k hills. M r s . Pahl said petitions signed by more than 200 persons opposing the project were presented at the board of supervisors hearing last April and that more registered their objections after that. "But they just ignored us," she said. "We were told it was part of their long-range plan. "Considered Unsafe" County Engineer Smith has justified the project by pointing out that the Tunnel Mill Bridge is "considered unsafe and must be replaced or the road closed." He said the bridge is at least 75 years old. It, is lfi feet wide. "The people in this section of the county have never had a snfe route to Webster City with good continuity in connecting roads," Smith said. The Tunnel Mill area is one of the most historic in Hamilton County. The river here makes a horseshoe bend of about 2 miles around a hogback ridge. In the early 1850s, a settler named Robert Watson, called by his fellow pioneers "Blue Jacket Watson" because that is what he always wore, dug a tunnel 450 feet long through the ridge, built a present owner refuses to split up the land. "He's just like the park board," Soesbe said. "It's, all or nothing." If the Highway Commission can't use the land through Eagle Point Park, the highway will have to be rerouted through difficult terrain that commission officials estimate would drive up the cost of the pioject by at least $250,000. Under present plans, the commission plans to buy right-of-way land for the 5.7-mile segment in 1974, grade the terrain the next year and begin paving in 1976. The total cast will be about $1 million. Sweitzer said that the commission this year already has had to buy new land for the Linn County Conservation Commission to replace acreage taken from Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City. The commission is rebuilding Iowa Highway 13 through the area. Add to Costs "There will be many more instances where we will have to buy new land for parks when we go through their territory," Swcitzer said. "This will add a considerable amount to our right-of-way costs." Commission Chairman William Gray of Cedar Rapids agreed, saying that Cedar Rapids is almost surrounded by land covered under HUD's Open Spaces program, and that when the commission builds the new Interstate Highway 380 plus a state freeway and other roads, such land will have to be 100'S OF PLANS TO CHOOSE FROM OR USE YOUR OWN, OR THE BEST OF BOTH. By Han Filler (Rglstor Staff Writer) CLINTON, IA. - The Iowa Highway Commission is in a dither because the Clinton Park Board is asking for an extra $15,000 above t h e purchase price for a 32- acre parcel of 0 WN" 200 land. The parcel is to replace park land taken for a new highway. "Governmental hijacking" is how the commission's right-of-way director, Gordon Sweitzer, described it. But the Clinton Park Board feels it is letting the Highway Commission off easy. The Highway Commission plans to rebuild U.S. Highway fi7 norlh of Clinton using land that now is along the western edge of the 150-aore Eagle Point Park north of the city. Must Replace Land Beeausp the Clinton Park Roard has used money from the "Open Spaces" program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it is required to replace any park land and facilities taken for highway building. The wav the, program works, the citv finds the replacement land, and then bills the Highway Commission. The Pa,''t board has an option on 32 acres south of the main entrance to the park, at a cost of $42,000, and wants another $15,000 to spend for security. "The new land will be campgrounds," explained Park Board Chairman Robert Clinlon (PES MOINES f Division op tvnns products company Forget apartment or tract inconvenience! Live where you want ... at the price you can afford the Capp Homes Way! Start by acting as your own contractor and save 20 . . up to 40 by doing as much of the easy finishing as you want. Low cost purchase plans save you even more! Start to save now -all materials are delivered FREE to your lot, and expert carpenters erect and enclose your home in five or six days! 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