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C2 Wednesday, January 24, 1990 the Rapid City journal Timothy S. Morey services for Timothy Stuart Morey, 9- month-old son of Timothy Fontenot HBHBBHHHIH of Ville Platte. and Kandi Morey Senate committee revives Indian scholarship program Today's obituaries those students who are really serious about education," Whitebird said. Glen Burton Hackett Mary Louise Clair James E. Clark Ruth M.

Houk Philomena E. Petersen Vera L. Priest Ronald F. Houska Joseph Szczesniak Vilas Fallis Bertha Pasek Paul Theisen Charlene Overton Timothy S. Morey of Rapid City, will be 11 a.m.

Thursday at Behrens Mortuary in Rapid City, with the Rev. Jim McGee officiating. He died Jan. 18 at Decatur, Ga. Following the service the body will be cremated.

He was born April 12, 1989, in Atlanta. Survivors include his parents; a sister, Terrajh Sinclair of Rapid City; a brother, Robert Sinclair of Rapid City; a maternal grandmother, Dorothy Blakley of Rapid City; a maternal grandfather, Daniel Sinclair of Jeffersonville, two maternal great-grandmothers, Ruby Handley of Wisconsin and Lillian Sinclair of Jacksonville, three aunts and three uncles; a paternal grandmother, Marie Alena Fontenot of Ville Platte and paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fonenot of Ville Platte. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, four great-grandparents and an uncle.

There currently are 292 resident Indians attending state universities, including 47 juniors, 84 seniors and 29 graduate students. Whitebird Ruth M. Houk would be left to the executive director of the Board of Regents, she said. Students would have to maintain at least a average and be on course for graduation. Records presented by the regents indicate that junior and senior Indian students currently enrolled in state universities would have no trouble meeting those requirements, Wagner said.

Whitebird said state scholarships to Indian students were granted for many years before the early 1980s. He said they were dropped for a variety of reasons, including an emotional exchange between a few Indian students and the Legislature's Appropriations Committee. "The students used a confrontational method and it didn't work," Whitebird said. Wagner said that in a year during which Mickelson was trying to encourage better race relations, reinstating the scholarships made sense. She said $50,000 wasn't a huge amount of money to commit for the first year.

"I wish it could be a lot more, but for now I think the need is to get it started," Wagner said. "Really, this isn't a cost; it's an investment." Kevin Woster Capital Bureau PIERRE A defunct state scholarship program for Indian college students might be revived by the spirit of state-tribal reconciliation, The Senate Education Committee this week voted 7-0 to put $50,000 into the Indian student scholarship program, which was dropped from the state budget during the early 1980s. The proposal now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Francis Whitebird, state Indian affairs coordinator, said the scholarship fund would be available to Indian college students at the junior, senior and graduate levels. Eligibility would apply only to state residents who are members of state Indian tribes and attending one of South Dakota's six state-supported universities, Whitebird said.

The scholarships would be granted through the state Board of Regents office, and would be directed primarily at covering tuition costs, Whitebird said. "It's targeted for juniors and seniors. Statistics show there's a high dropout rate for Indian students those freshman and sophomore years, so we wanted to make the most of the available money for Services for Ruth Magdalene Houk, 77, Rapid City, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Behrens Mortuary, with the Rev. Bob Garrard officiating.

Burial will be in Pine Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Houk died Monday at a local nursing home. Visitation will be at Behrens Mortuary Thursday and Friday from 9 Sen. Mary Wagner, R-Brookings, is the lead sponsor on the scholarship bill.

She said she thought the bill had a good chance of passing, and that if it did, it would be signed by Gov. George Mickelson. "I'm surely not looking for a veto if we pass it," Wagner said. "This governor is committed to education. And from sitting on his Indian (Affairs) Commission, I know that he is concerned about making things better between the tribes and the state." Wagner said there was no cap on how much each eligible student who applied for a scholarship could receive.

Scholarships would vary according to financial needs, she said, and much of the discretion of scholarship amounts Charlene Overton Services for Charlene Owen Overton, 69, Box Elder, will be at 1 1 a.m. today at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City, with the Rev. Kenneth Dugan officiating. She died Monday morning at her home in Box Elder. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m.

until service time. A second service will be at And Laid off First Federal Savings workers to receive vacation pay erson, with burial in Greentown (Ind.) Cemetery. She was born June 19, 1920, at Toledo, Ohio, to Fred and Belle (Wolf) Sherer. She grew up in the Greentown area and graduated from high school at Kokomo, Ind. For most of her life she lived in the Claypool, area and was a resident of the Rapid City area since 1977.

Survivors include one daughter, Anna Belle (Mrs. James) McGuire of Box Elder; one son, Robert Sherer of Anderson, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter. Philomena E. Petersen Ken Baka Staff Writer a.m.

to 8 p.m. A memorial was established to the American Heart Association. She was born June 9, 1912, at Plankinton to John and Bertha (Jarms) Muller. She began her schooling in Plankinton and when she was a teen-ager moved with her family to Rapid City. She graduated from Rapid City High School.

She then graduated from Black Hills Normal in Spearfish and taught school at Fairburn. She married Truman "True" Houk on June 8, 1935, in Rapid City. They lived in Rapid City where her husband was an insurance agent. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Rapid City Does and a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the North Rapid Mothers Club. Survivors include one son, Jon F.

Houk of Santa Rosa, one daughter, Karen (Mrs. Paul) Arnold-Johnson of Rapid City; one sister, Gayle Bachman of Indio, a foster daughter, Cynthia Muse of Rye, N.H.; five grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Donald Houk of Rapid City. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1973, two brothers and one sister. Mary Louise Clair Services for Mary Louise Clair, 82, Rapid City, will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev.

Bob Garrard officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Mrs. Clair died Saturday at her home. Visitation will be from 3 p.m.

to 8 p.m. Thursday at Behrens Mortuary and for one hour before the service Vilas Fallis HARROLD Mass of Ihe Resurrection for Vilas Fallis, 60, Harrold, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Big Bend Community Center with the Rev. Gary Lantz and the Rev. Yvon Sheey as the celebrants.

Burial will be at St. Cathryn's Catholic Church Cemetery at Big Bend. Fallis died Monday at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. Wake services will be at 8:30 p.m. today at Big Bend Community Center.

Vilas LaVern Fallis was born March 19, 1929, at Big Bend on the Missouri River in Hughes County to Cleveland Grover and Lucy (Berry) Fallis. He grew up in that area and attended Big Bend School and Stephan High School. He served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge he returned to South Dakota and operated heavy equipment at the Oahe Dam construction site.

He then worked at Big Bend Dam and the Chamberlain Airport, as well as other projects in North Dakota and South Dakota. In 1968 he returned to the family farm, working there and on other farms in the area. On Jan. 17, 1950, he married Hil-degarde B. Mulhern at Fort Pierre.

In January 1989, their home at the farm burned to the ground. On Sept. 23, 1989, Mrs. Fallis died. He had been in failing health since.

He was a member of the Dakota Vets. Survivors include four sons, Grover Fallis of Lower Brule, Jim and Rockey Fallis, both of Big Bend, and Barry Fallis of Sioux Falls; two daughters, Lauella Fallis of Chinle, and April Fallis of Fort Thompson; two brothers, Stanley and Cleveland Fallis, both of Fort Thompson; one sister, Clara Harrison of Pierre; 27 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one granddaughter. Feigum-Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Joseph F.

Szczesniak Services for Joseph F. "Alaska Joe" Szczesniak, 78, of Rapid City, who died early Tuesday morning at Rapid City Regional Hospital, are pending with Nunn Harper Funeral Home in Rome, N.Y. Local arrangements are by Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. Szczesniak was born Aug. 24, 1911, at Utica, N.Y., to Ignatius and Kat-herine (Kulic) Szczesniak and grew up at Utica.

On July 7, 1937, he married Agnes Kubala at Utica. They lived at Rome, N.Y., where he worked at General Cable Corp. for 36 years and briefly for the city of Rome. He was also an assistant fire chief with Rome Independent Hose Co. No.

1 volunteer firemen. In 1960 he married Clara Hewitt at Rome. He lived at Rapid City since 1979. Surviving are two daughters, Ellie who left in December over a reported disagreement on the thrift's future course. Other higher-up executives had resigned then or shortly before Pugh's resignation.

The number of people terminated Friday coincidentally "balanced" with the total work force by sex and age, said Van Brocklin. "It was just the way it worked." Samuelsen said the board realized about a year ago that it needed a new direction. He said the board had no specific policy for that direction but that its goal was to attract local investors. "The government doesn't want mutuals in business in the future," Samuelsen said, referring to stringent federal rules for savings and loans. (Depositor-owned thrifts are called mutuals.) Samuelsen said.

"Darrell Van Brocklin we are very satisfied with We are happy with him. We'll keep him for a while." Salaries of retained workers were not reduced, Samuelsen said. About 70 of those workers met at the thrift's headquarters for about 1V4 hours Saturday afternoon to learn who now reports to whom, said Dar-rell Van Brocklin, president. At the meeting some workers "asked a few questions" about the terminations "but everyone basically knew what was going on," said Van Brocklin, who became president Jan. 2.

Van Brocklin said personnel changes would be announced soon. It was Van Brocklin who planned the job reductions. "Management came to us and let us know what was going on and we OK'd it," said Samuelsen, explaining that plans were made after Van Brocklin arrived. "He basically put the thing together," said Samuelsen. Van Brocklin replaced Lloyd Pugh, First Federal Savings Bank workers who were laid off Friday will receive no severance pay but will receive vacation pay, according to the thrift.

John D. Samuelsen, the thrift's board chairman, said no policy required the lender to pay severance pay to workers who lose their jobs. First Federal Savings also did not have to award vacation pay, but chose to do so, he said. Thirty-two of the savings and loan's workers, or about 22 percent of the work force, were laid off as part of a plan to make the depositor-owned thrift attractive enough for eventual sale to local investors by cutting costs. Friday's terminations included officers, such as the personnel manager, and managers of branches in Rapid City, Sturgis and Sioux Falls, it was learned.

Black Hills loggers meet with IRS LE MARS, Iowa Services for former Rapid City resident Philomena "Phil" Petersen, who died Tuesday, are scheduled for Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. She had cancer. Petersen and her husband, Bill, managed the Sands Motel in Rapid City, S.D., for several years in the 1970s. She was born March 27, 1914, in Carroll, Iowa.

Petersen and her husband lived in Sioux City for many years where she worked as a beauty shop owner-operator. Survivors include three sons, Keith Petersen of Sioux City; Kent Petersen of Littleton, and Clyde "Pete" Petersen of Rapid City; two sisters, (a twin) Josephine Treinen of Le Mars and Bertha Hathaway of Miles City, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986 and a brother, Albert, in 1965. Arrangements are with the Johnson-Mauer Funeral Home of Le Mars. James E.

Clark WALL Services are pending at Rush Funeral Home in Wall for James Edward Clark, 74, Wall, who died unexpectedly Tuesday at Las Vegas, Nev. He was1 a long-time owner and operator of Clark's IGA store. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor "Mickey" Clark; two sons, Jim Clark and Tom Clark, both of Wall; one daughter, Janette Fraser of Dead-wood; one brother, Lee Clark of Rapid City; and three grandchildren. ft- Friday at the church. A scholarship memorial was established.

She was born Sept. 11, 1907, at Plymouth County, Iowa, to William Brown and Emma Louise (Pond) Mil-ner. She was reared and attended schools in Iowa and graduated from Sioux City, Iowa, Central High School. She married Alva A. Clair on May 24, 1929, in Sioux City.

They lived at Sioux City and Omaha, and in 1947 moved to the Milner ranch near Hermosa. In 1950, they moved to Rapid City. She worked as a seamstress for 60 years and retired Jan. 1, 1990. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years.

Survivors include two sons, Douglas H. Clair and Horace W. Clair, both of Denver; a daughter, Karen E. Speich of Tucson, one brother, Richard Milner of Westfield, Iowa; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987, one son, an infant granddaughter, three brothers and one sister.

Dirk Moore Staff Writer Black Hills loggers took a first step Monday toward ironing out differences with the Internal Revenue Service, differences they say are pushing them out of business. About 30 loggers met with IRS officials in a meeting that was expected to be open to the public. However, the IRS officials told the loggers they would not meet with them if the press were allowed to attend the meeting. Don Quaschnick, president of the Black Hills Timber Association, said the IRS officials were worried the meeting would turn into a "free-for-all," and they feared it would lead to public disclosure of personal finances. After the meeting, loggers said the IRS asked them to compile a list of questions that would be submitted to the agency through Quaschnick.

Quaschnick said the questions were likely to deal with conflicts between the IRS and loggers over expenses that loggers had wanted to deduct from their income taxes. Those expenses would include deductions for mileage, saw rental and depreciation of equipment. Tuesday's meeting was arranged by officials with the office of Sen. Tom Daschle, Rich Gordon, a Daschle aide, said the IRS would attempt to answer the questions from the loggers and would consider attending another meeting if more questions remained. "There's just mass confusion out there.

And because of that, they (loggers) are doing the wrong things and getting penalized for it," said Gordon. Quaschnick said many loggers were waiting for direction from the IRS before they filed their tax returns for 1989. "What we need are some guidelines. Right now we have no guidelines to go by," he said. Last year, IRS officials said they were checking loggers to determine whether they paid the right amount of income taxes and registered the correct deductions.

Loggers said the IRS' refusal to accept certain deductions had damaged their businesses significantly. Quaschnick said he had been battling the IRS for the past decade over expense deductions. Ron Riggs, a logger from Spearfish, said the IRS position on deductions had forced him to give up logging. One of his major expenses was mileage. "If I lose these commuting miles, I would lose $5,000 in expenses," he said.

The logger works as an independent sub-contractor who is paid by lumber mills for the wood they take from the forest. As independent workers, they are not eligible for unemployment insurance when a logging contract ends. Quaschnick said the average logger had a net income of $38 a day after his expenses were deducted. Among those expenses are large payments for workmen's compensation and equipment. (Mrs.

Joe) Hornyak, Rapid City, and Barbara Mierek, Westernville, N.Y.; one son, Francis "Butch" Szczesniak, Oneida, N.Y.; one brother, Henry Szczesniak, Rome; one sister, Stephanie Diskin, Rome; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his two wives. Logger, sawmill commended for concern for fire-damaged area Reaction mixed to Native American Day gram was particularly important because many Indian students were falling through the cracks for federal aid. Lakota Times Pubisher Tim Giago praised the proposal to observe a Native American Day in South Dakota, saying it indicates a willingness to improve Indian-white relations in the state. Giago said he was not concerned that Native American Day would be observed on the second Monday in October, now designated as Pioneers Day in South Dakota and as Columbus Day across most of the nation.

Columbus has been decried by some Indians as a perpetrator of genocide against native peoples. "To replace Pioneer Day and make it Native American Day, why not?" he asked. "Most Indians on the reservation don't celebrate Columbus Day, anyhow." Glen Burton Hackett VANCOUVER, Wash. Services for Glen Burton Hackett, 75, former Rapid City, S.D., resident who died Jan. 13 at Vancouver, were held Jan.

17 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial was Saturday at Shelly, Idaho. Hackett grew up at Rapid City, graduating from Rapid City High School in 1933. After working several years in Rapid City, he moved to Idaho. He lived in Vancouver since 1942, working in the lumber business and, later, the aluminum industry.

Survivors include his wife, Viola; his mother, Bessie Jane Hackett of Vancouver; one son, Arlan Hackett of Vancouver; one daughter, Dixie Hackett of Vancouver; a stepdaughter, Arlene Adams, Shelly; two Bertha E. Pasek Services are pending for former longtime Rapid City resident Bertha E. Pasek, 77, of Dell Rapids, who died Tuesday in a Dell Rapids nursing I home. Survivors include two sisters, Lydia (Mrs. Jim) Westerman and Freida (Mrs.

Gene) Marcher, both of Dell Rapids. Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements. Ronald F. Houska Services are pending with Osheim-Catron Funeral Home for Ronald F. Houska, 43, Lawrenceville, who died Tuesday at Mobile, Ala.

Among the survivors are his ents, Levi and Helen Houska, and two sisters, Carol (Mrs. William) McCol-lam, and Yvonne (Mrs. Joseph) Bollwerk, all of Rapid City. Paul Theisen SPEARFISH Funeral services are pending for Paul Theisen, 67, Spearfish, who died Monday at Grants, Wednesday Evening Specials BILLINGS, Mont. Exceptional care in salvaging timber in a southeastern Montana fire area earned commendations for Hulett, sawmill operator Jim Neiman and logging contractor Jay Moore.

In presenting certificates of appreciation, Custer National Forest Supervisor Curt Bates praised Neiman and Moore for "their profound concern for the highly sensitive environment" of the Schiller fire on the Ashland Ranger District. Assessment after the July 1988 fire showed the area should be logged as soon as possible to reduce timber losses and the risk of insect infestation in remaining live trees. To complicate the work, soil losses in the fire increased hazards of wind and water erosion and revealed numerous archaeology sites that required protection. From the start of logging last February, Neiman and Moore "displayed their concern for the environment" and often went beyond contract terms to protect the resources, said Bates. In addition, Neiman, Moore and trucking contractor Doug Walker took special care to minimize impact on private land they crossed to gain access to the national forest timber sale sites.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) A proposed Native American Day honoring Indian contributions to the state's heritage will help South Dakota shed its image as "the Mississippi of the North," an Indian publisher said Monday. But a former state senator said a symbolic observance didn't go far enough toward correcting the underlying problems that foster such an image. South Dakota Republican leaders on Friday announced their support for two new state holidays: Native American Day and Martin Luther King Day, marking the birthday of the slain civil rights leader. "A day is fine, but it doesn't really improve the condition of Indian people," said Thomas Shortbull of Rapid City, one of the few Indians to have served in the Legislature. Shortbull, a Democrat who served from 1982-88, said he would prefer to see the restoration of an Indian scholarship program, economic development on the reservations and other specific measures.

"Other than just words, we need some concrete action as for how we're going to improve the condition of Indian people," he said. Shortbull said the scholarship pro Now Serving Lunches CHOICE PRIME RIB Au lu. 12-14 t. sisters, Dons Faye Folds, Lansing, and Lorraine Moore, Rapid City; two grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren. Vera L.

Priest Plans for a memorial service are pending for Vera Priest, 87, who died Monday in Rapid City. Survivors include two nieces, Mar-jorie Schacklett and Maxine Nine, and a nephew, James McCoy, all of Rapid City. Behrens Mortuary is in charge of arrangements fySmSi Sfrvrd with chokt of potato, wup, aalad and frnri bated rofU and butttr, coffer Innervations rtqunted) CATTLEMAN'S CUT, 18 20 01. Thnr art the original pricrs fiom April. 1982, thr year the Fire-side Inn butrwd to the pound It our way of laying "Thank You" to all of our frarnds and luitomers 9.95 11.50 The Fireside Inn N.M.

Survivors include his wife, Florence of Spearfish. Fidler Funeral Chapel of Spearfish Hi in charge of arrangements. Hours: 11 Daily Dinner 5 10 p.m. Sunday 3-9 p.m. (Located 64T.iles from the Fish Hatchery on West Hwy.


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