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$3,000 Annual Scholarship Trust: o e 3 01.103, T 0 . 7a 1- 1-70 ^ 6 Recluse Leaves Legacy to Youth By STAN BROTHERTON Daily News Editor He lived the life of a true recluse, prowling the alleys, roaming the streets. He collected "things" that everyone described as junk. As far as Estherville people knew he had but one gainful job, and that a task that demanded only a few hours a week. He drove a rattletrap car. When he died at the age of 89, on June 26, 1970, many people believed him to be the penniless hermit that he had appeared. But he had been known to read the Wall Street Journal and keep a shrewd eye on the stock market. And today, Guy Webber's legacy is revealed as more than just a memory of a colorful personage. . The Guy L. Webber Trust, money from his estate, i«. dedicated to helping young Estherville graduates through college. Income from the trust will yield approximately $3,000 per year for the scholarships. According to the probate of will, the estimated net value of the Webber estate is something over $41,000. GUY L. WEBBER was a native of Franklin County, Iowa. It is known that he attended Iowa Falls College (forerunner to Ellsworth). As a young man he was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad, and came to Dickinson County in 1917 where he was on a farm. He moved to Estherville in 1920 where he began his life as a recluse. He set up housekeeping in the river lowlands on the west side of the city. Later he acquired property off the south end of 12th Street. There he lived in what neighbors described as a 12x12 shack. There were always complaints about his dogs and his goats. The goats roamed and from time to time would mess up wash on a neighbor's line. To protect his house against the winter blasts, he'd line the shack with cardboard from boxes he'd collect around the city. "He never was known to take handouts," recalled one resident. "He was not a panhandler. He was self-sufficient, and would buy food in stores from time to time." A man who had sold him used cars said he once sold Webber ten "junkers" at onetime. "He'd drive an old car until it quit," Mayor Linn Foderberg remembers. "Then he'd simply park it on his property and drive another." THE ABANDONED cars were jammed full of the varied items he would pick up around the city. "After he'd moved to Good Samaritan Home about five years before he died," said Police Chief Clarence Hackett, "We hauled one full truckload of sofa cushions away." Some of the old cars were used for storing of clothing. In the summertime he would wash clothing U.S. Coast Guard Seizes Russ Ship JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Soviet fishing ship seized by the U.S. Coast Guard broke away early today with a boarding party of Americans aboard. A Coast Guard craft was authorized to fire across the Russian vessel's bow, but got it back Into custody with no shots fired in a four-hour chase through the ice-choked Bering Sea. The Lamut, flagship of an 80- ship Soviet fishing fleet, was being led to the naval station at Adak in the Aleutians on charges of fishing in U.S. waters when it tried to escape from the Storis, an armed Coast Guard icebreaker. The Soviet stern trawler Kol- yvan had been seized at the same time as the Lamut, a factory ship, but did not attempt to break away, Coast Guard authorities said. The Coast Guard said it seized the ships Monday night for alleged violation of the U.S. 12-mile contiguous fishing zone near St. Matthew Island, about 200 miles west of the Alaskan mainland. The two vessels were boarded by the Coast Guard about 9% miles off the island coast while moored together for unloading. As they began their 600-mile trip to Adak, spokesman said, both Soviet vessels suddenly stopped and advised the Storis they i would not proceed further. On further orders, both Russian ships again began heading toward Adak when the Lamut, carrying fleet commander Vladimir Artemov, suddenly split away. Coast Guard headquarters in; Washington, D.C., authorized the Storis to fire a warning shot across the bow of the Lamut. It was not known why the Lamut returned to custody. The cutter Balsam, stationed at Adak, was dispatched to aid the 230-foot Storis, the smallest City Woman is Critically Hurt Mrs. Arnold Dalen, Estherville, was critically injured and her two daughters and five people in an Illinois automobile were injured in a car accident occurring at Little Rock at 9:05 a.m. yesterday. Mrs. Dalen is reported to have head injuries and internal injuries. She was taken to Rock Rapids Hospital for emergency treatment and transferred to McCannon Hospital in Sioux FaUs. Both cars were totally wrecked in the accident which occurred about one-quarter mile east of Little Rock on Highway 9. Mrs. Dalen and a daughter, Mrs. David Dean, Estherville, were passengers in a car driven by Mrs. Dalen's other daughter, Mrs. Gary Russell, Superior. The Russell car, a 1968 Chevrolet, was proceeding west on Highway 9. A 1971 Chevrolet driven by Leo Engels, Mendota, 111., was going south on L26, a county blacktop. The Engels car entered the intersection, striking the Russell car on the right front corner. Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Dean both were taken to Rock Rapids Hospital and treated for cuts and bruises. Engels and four passengers in his car were all injured. Engels, Margaret Engels, 45, Elizabeth Engels, 60, and Joseph Engels, 64, were treated for cuts and bruises at Sibley hospital. William Engels, 19, was taken to Rock Rapids hospital and treated for a broken collarbone, as well as cuts and bruises. Ambulances had been called from both hospitals because of the number of injured. Mrs. Dalen and her daughters were reported on their way to Sioux Falls on a shopping expedition at the time of the accident. of the three vessels. Spokesman said a C130 aircraft would be dispatched to the scene at daybreak. The 362-foot Lamut and the 278-foot Kolyvan, a trawler, were part of an 80-ship fleet generally known to be in the Bering Sea area. Spokesmen said the seizure took place in an ice cake one- foot thick with both Soviet ships moored together vfith ice anchors. No word was received immediately on any harm to the boarding crews on either ship. . Additional Coast Guardmen were placed on'Tttith ship's following the chase, the spokesman said. The Storis carries a 3-inch gun, two rocket launchers and two helicopters. The ships were believed to have been in international waters when the Lamut attempted to break away. Earlier, a Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau, Alaska, said both, seizures took place without incident, and the vessels probably would be brought to port at Adak in the Aleutian Islands. Lt. Cmdr. Emmanuel Schneider, the 17th District Coast Guard intelligence chief, had said there was little danger the Soviet ships would attempt to flee. "So long as we are with them, they are within our jurisdiction," Schneider said. "It's conceivable, but very unlikely that they would refuse to cooperate." New Division for Festival Skating A new division has been added to the ice skating competition for the Fourth Annual Estherville Winter Sports Festival, according to Al Conlee, chairman of that division. The new division will be known as the Tyke Division and will be for those youngsters 6 and 7 years of age; other divisions of competition will be the Cub Division for those eight and nine years of age. Both the Tike and Cub races wil be 100 yards, for those 10 and 11 years of age and will be a 150-yard race; the Juvenile Division will be for those 12 and 13 years of age and will be a 200-yard race; and the Junior Division will be for 14 and 15 year olds and will be 250- yards. The exact rink to be used for the ice skating competition will be announced closer to the time of the event to assure that the best possible rink can be determined and utilized, Conlee said. All boys and girls who wish to participate in the ice skating competition may obtain an entry blank from the Estherville Chamber of Commerce office, or they may be obtained at the race location on race day. However, blanks must be completed at least 30 minutes before the qualifying starting time. The races will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the youngest group to race first. Boys and girls will compete In separate races in their individual race groups. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded racers. DAVE MARTIN New Manager At Gibson's New manager of the Gibson store here is Dave Martin, recently of Eldorado, Kan., where he has been with the company as assistant. A native of Southern Illinois, he calls Kansas his home. He attended high school and junior college at Chanute, Kan., and last year graduated from Emporia State College with a B.S. degree in business. He and his wife, Beverly, expect to move to Estherville soon. Martin replaces John Cox who has become manager of a Gibson store at Fort Dodge. The changeover took place Monday. in a large tank outside his shack and this he would store away for winter. When weather was bitter, he might wear two or three coats at a time. There was no plumbing, no electricity inside his home. Heat came from a cookstove and Webber would warm himself ona sofa pushed close to the stove. The single room was piled high with old newspapers, shoes and countless other items. There was said to be hardly room to move. Webber's lone job in Estherville was operating a Sunday morning Des Moines Register route. It is believed that shrewd investments and a frugal life built up his estate so that he could spend his money on others. He visited the Emmet County Bank often, where he went over the Wall Street Journal and studied the markets. Webber always paid his own way. When he moved to Good Samaritan, he was on his own. After Webber vacated his property, the shack and land were ordered cleared and Chief Hackett recalls that "many truckloads" of the hermit's collection made their way to the city dump. Some money from salvage went to a church youth group. All traces of Guy L. Webber's world are gone. Except his legacy to the future through Estherville students. 1971 Graduate Wins First Webber Award Prior to his death, Mr. Webber established a trust fund which is being administered by the Emmet County State Bank. The trust will be used to grant scholarships to Estherville students attending college. One student will be selected every year from the graduating seniors and given approximately a $750 scholarship for each of the four years of college. Bill Carrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Carrison of Estherville is the first scholarship winner, it was announced today by Jim Currell, president of the State Bank. A freshman at Mid-America Nazarene College In Kansas, young Carrison is a 1971 graduate of Estherville High School. FIRST SCHOLARSHIP TO BILL CARRISON The Forecast Estherville DOLLAR DAYS Thursday-Friday-Saturday AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; no. 74 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Tiesdiy, Jaeaary 18, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Council Move May Update Downtown BY CHUCK OSTHEEMEE " "• ' Daily News Staff Initial action that could result in drastic changes for Estherville's central business district was taken last night by the city council. Funding to initiate planning for redevelopment of the downtown area led a list of approvals made by the council. In other business city employes were offered a 5.5 per cent cost of living increase; there was approval for the hiring of a recreational director, and a vote to initiate a sewer rate study. Acting on a recommendation by the Estherville Planning and Zoning Commission, the council passed a "resolution of necessity" setting an area bordered by the north by 4th Ave. N., on the east by 9th St., on the west by the Des Moines River, on the south by 3rd Ave. S. as an area with "one or more siums or blighted areas in this municipality." The resolution further resolved that "the rehabilitation, conservation, redevelopment of combination thereof of such slum or blighted area is necessary in the interest of public health, safety, morals, or welfare of the residents of Estherville." Funds in the amount of $5,000 were appropriated by the council for the second step in the redevelopment undertaking for the development of a general plan. Once the general outlines of a plan have been developed, certain studies are required to provide data necessary for decision making, including a structural condition report on all buildings in the study area, a relocation report concerning probable number of families, businesses and individuals to be diapaced, a land use am) marketability study, a preliminary engineering report, and an acquistion appraisal report. PRELIMINARY reports have already been completed by Peoples Natural Gas Company and Dale D. Jacobson, Inc., Consulting engineers along with several others for the development of the business district of the city. City Manager Charles Bernard, when introducing the motion to the council, said that "I feel that if we don't redesign the business district a business district will locate on the outskirts of Estherville and break the backs of the downtown businessmen." Bob Knox, executive secretary of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce, suggested that ''We are not asking for the approval of one basic play but just to «*t the ball rotting." THE COUNCIL voted to give a 5.5 per cent cost of living pay increase, excluding reclassified personnel except three who would receive more from the 5.5 per cent increase than from a reclassification; emergency Employment Act personnel, city officials— city manager, finance director, and purchasing agent- part-time and temporary employ­ es, and one employe who received a merit increase in 1972. The council questioned the percentage increase over a set salary increase but felt that most of the employes were in a range between $7,500 and $8,500 and the difference would not be substantial. ACTING on the recommendation of City Manager Charles Bernard, the council voted to Nixon Sees Upturn in Economy WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nixon administration says a solid gain in industrial production last month is an encouraging sign that the economy is beginning to turn upward. The Federal Reserve Board reported Monday that its industrial-production index increased by 0.7 per cent in December after a 0.6-per-cent advance in November. The December figure was 107.8 per cent of the 1967 base year, but 3.7 per cent below the mid-1969 peak. A spokesman for President Nixon's Council of Economic Advisers said that since August, when the President made his bold economic moves, the factory-production figure has been strong, rising at about a 7- per-cent annual rate. "This is very encouraging," the spokesman said. "It's the kind of thing that makes you smile." He said output was particularly strong in the manufacturing sector, moving ahead by 0.8 per cent. For all of 1971, however, performance of the key economic indicator was less than vigorous. The board said the index was 3 per cent higher than a year ago. In past economic recoveries, the industrial-output indicator has grown by as much as 7 or 8 per cent. The moderate growth for all of 1971 left the economy with considerable slack. The December report indicated a possible quickening of the nation's economic pace, something the administration has watched for since the first of the year. But about half the December increase reflected a snapback of coal production from a re-;, cent strike. The automobile industry, one of the key factors in a strong recovery, kept production at about the November level of 8.6 million units. Output of such materials as steel, textiles and paper increased, along with consumer goods and business equipment. Production of most household appliances increased but consumer staples declined. In a companion report, the Federal Reserve Board reported that the nation's factories operated at 74 per cent of capacity in the last three months of 1971, up slightly from 73.9 per cent in the third quarter of last year. The failure of factories to operate at closer to capacity is largely traceable to the slugg­ ish increase in industrial production. Factories were operating at 86.5 per cent of capacity in 1969, 78.2 per cent in 1970 and 74.5 per cent for all of 1971. The figures parallel the nation's economic growth. Civil Rights WASHINGTON CAP) - Congress opens its 1972 session today with a trio of civil-rights measures and final action on foreign aid high on the agenda. J o b-dincrimination and s c h o o l-busing disputes are promised in the first two bills on the Senate calendar. The first Senate bill will be taken up Wednesday. The House scheduled final action Wednesday or Thursday. Nab 23 for Smuggling Heroin NEW YORK (AP) - Twentythree men, most of them French citizens, have been charged with smuggling 1,500 pounds of heroin into the United States. French-American cooperation has led to the arrest of 16 of them. Five are in custody in the United States, 10 in France and one in Canada. The indictment announced Monday told of get-togethers in a Paris cafe, delivery of suitcases in New York's Waldorf- Astoria Hotel, cash in six figures changing hands and a clandestine traffic in automobile keys. Federal authorities estimated the wholesale value of the smuggled heroin at $8 million and gave it a street value of between $200 million and $300 million. U.S. Atty. Whitney Norm Seymour Jr. said the indictment was filed Jan. 4, but not unsealed until Monday to allow French authorities time to round up some of the suspects. Included In the indictment are 20 French citizens, an Austrian arrested in France and two Bronx residents identified as Louis Cirillo and John Anthony Astuto. Cirillo, 48 was arrested in Miami in October and is being held here. Astuto, 27, also known as Salvatore Rizzo, is still at large. The Indictment accused the defendants of conspiring to conceal large amounts of heroin in automobiles — usually expensive—and shipping them to the United States. A key break in the case came last September when customs agents uncovered a $40 million cache of heroin in a sports car brought aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth 2, and they made several arrests. Early in October French authorities made additional arrests In Paris and seized 233 pounds of heroin, described at the time as France's biggest drug haul. adopt, on a one-year trial basis, a position of city recreation director. The position would coordinate the recreation programs of all organizations—public, civic and other noWor-profits. Organizations would continue to sponsor events as well as new programs with the director providing the necessary professional leadership. Also in the field of recreation, the council voted to sponsor a summer music festival as requested by a group of Estherville High School and college students. The group needs a sponsor in order to be eligible to buy scripts. Bernard informed the council that the money was available in the recreation fund. ALSO APPROVED by the council was $13,000 to immediately undertake a sewer rate study, a choice which the council selected over another study costing $7,727 but which was not a full examination of the city's system. Bernard consulted three registered sanitary engineers about the necessity of comparing Estherville rates with other communities with the same population and all felt that with each community being unique with its own factors, a researcher was handicapped in utilizing gathered data for a comparison of local waste water treatment. The council also felt that by conducting a rate study now, instead of later as outlined in the predesigned report, the data would permit the city to immediately establish equitable rates for all users. These rates could be revised in the future to support the proposed capital improvements. In other council action, beer permits were approved, subject to approval of city attorney Dave Fitzgibbons, for the Gardston Hotel and Casa Loma; the clerk's, milk, police court, and utilities reports were approved, individual surety bonds were approved for city government officials, Stan Fagre was appointed to the Regional Planning commission, and Ruth Fillenwarth to the City Planning and Zoning Commission. The council also approved the airport commission annual reports, and ratified agreements with Morrell's for completion of their removal of paunch manure from the city's sewer system and the employment of the firm of Knobbe, Gallagher, Bolgerd- ing and Wadsworth, namely Gene Ringsdorf, to audit all city funds as of Dec. 31, 1971.

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