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1-70 ••" "I. -ory 4 3 ' 50316 Terril Victims Seek $354,000 in Deaths Damage suits amounting to $354,088.06 were filed Tuesday in Dickinson County District Court against sixteen-year old Linda Jo Wolterman and her parents. Floyd L. and Mary M. Wolterman, all of Spirit Lake. Miss Wolterman was involved in a head-on collision December 23 west of Spirit Lake which resulted in the deaths of two brothers, Jimmy Lee and Dennis Van Lenning. Patricia Ann Van Lenning of Terril, widow of Jimmy Lee and Peter Van Lenning, Spirit Lake, father of Dennis have asked the court to award them damage in separate suits. Mrs. Van Lenning and Peter Van Lenning each allege that Miss Wolterman was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the accident and thus should be responsible for dam­ ages to the estates of the two brothers. Mrs. Van Lenning, as executor of her husband's estate, is asking the court to award her $200,000 damage for the premature death of her husband and her son's father, depriving both of his services and support. She is also asking $2,132.63 damages and interest for the cost of his funeral. Peter Van Lenning is asking $150,000 damages as executor of his son, Dennis' estate. He alleges he and his wife have been deprived of the affection, companionship and love of their minor son. Another $1,955.43 and interest has been asked for funeral costs. The Van Lennlngs with their attorney's, Welty and Wilke of Spirit Lake, have requested jury trials. - Mllford Mail AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 77 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Friday, January 21, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Educator Honored W. C. Hilburn was guest of honor at a retirement party Wednesday given in appreciation of his 19 years of service in the Estherville school system, during a 44 year career in education. Shown pouring coffee for him is Sandra Sunde, while Betty Jean Reynolds offers refreshments to Mrs. Hilburn, seated. More than 100 from Estherville school personnel- administrators, teachers, teachers' aides, and secretaries—attended. Co-chairmen of the coffee were Mrs. Grace Soeth, remedial reading teacher, and Mrs. Janice Stevens, first grade teacher. Hilburn was presented a gift of trap-shooting equipment from the Estherville Education Association. (Daily News Photo by Chuck Ostheimer) Nab Jumping Hijacker DENVER CAP) - A young mustachioed man who hijacked a jetliner in Nevada, collected $50,000 ransom and then parachuted from the craft over the Colorado plains is awaiting ac- With Controls Economy Outgrows Cost of Living WASHINGTON (AP) - The cost of living surged four-tenths of one per cent last month after the price freeze eased, the government said today, but De- tics said almost two-thirds of last month's jump was due to a 1.1 per cent increase in food prices, highlighted by a big 5.6 per cent jump in the cost of cember "s-increase stUMeft'*971 - * -Iresfr-fruH*- and vegetables', with^ the best inflation record in For all of 1971 the cost of liv- four years. tag rose 3.4 per cent, lowest The Bureau of Labor Statis- since a 3.0 per cent increase in 1967. Intervening increases were 4.7 per cent in 1968, 6.1 per cent in 1969, and 5.5 per cent in 1970. The four-tenths of one per cent iDetsemtier v Jump Jwtff twice * the largest increase for any month during the August 15-November 14 price freeze. The ad­ ministration has long predicted a "bulge" in prices would show up because strict freeze controls became more flexible in the second, phase of President was the same whether figured on an unadjusted basis or adjusted to compensate for normal seasonal variations. It included besides the 1.1 per Nl*»r~fl ; economic stabilization ^jfemV increase In food prices;- a program. The increase for December Last Quarter Gains Showed Snap 'WASHINGTON (AP) - The rpace of the nation's economy quickened in the final three months of 1971, growing at a snappy 6.1 per cent rate while inflation slowed to a crawl, the Commerce Department said today in a report of national output. Despite the sharp pickup in growth, however, the economy turned in a disappointing performance for all of 1971. It grew at an average of 2.7 per cent for the year, well below the rate needed to trim unemployment. But the fourth-quarter gain in Gross National Product output of the nation's goods and services, gave the Nixon administration new hope that the economy has moved out of the doldrums, ready for a strong 1972 advance. The 6.1 per cent increase in "real GNP," output measured in terms of 1958 non-inflated dollars, was coupled with a marked deceleration in the rate of inflation, partly reflecting President Nixon's moves to control wages and prices. As measured by GNP, inflation rose by only 1.5 per cent, the lowest quarterly rate since the third quarter of 1965, ment rate remained high dur- the department said. That com- tag that period and closed out pared with a 2.5 per cent rate the year at 6.1 per cent. This in the third quarter and a 4.6 indicated that the strong per cent average rate for all of growth had failed to cut into the 1971. jobless rate. It was during the middle of GNP rose by $19.6 billion in Hears He's Dead DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Ralph Lee Woodward, 60, turned on the 5 a.m. radio news here Thursday while he dressed for work. He heard he had been killed Wednesday night at the Shamrock Tavern in Davenport. The verbal obituary left him "kind of shook up," Woodward said, but since he knew he had been asleep in his room here at the time of the shooting, he just finished dressing and reported for work as usual. There, he said he caused shock and amazement among other employes of International Multifoods, Corp. in Davenport. The biggest shock, however, was reserved for Jack Sanford, Woodward's foreman, who had been informed of his employes' "death" by Davenport police about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sanford said police told him Woodward had been shot and killed and requested the "dead man's" middle name, address and next of kin. To the best of his knowledge, Sanford told police, Woodward's closest kin was a brother, Lewis, in Pontiac, Mich. Sanford, who said he "didn't sleep a damn" for the rest of the night, said he began to have doubts about the dead man's real identity when morning news reports gave conflicting ages and addresses for Woodward. The police could have gotten accurate information on both scores from the company insurance card that Woodward always carried with him, Sanford explained. He tried to reach Davenport police after he got to work, Sanford said. But he said he could not get any information from officers. Finally, when a truck driver told him Woodward had been "positively identified," Sanford said he gave up. About five minutes later, Sanford recalled, the "dead man" reported for work. Wobdward said he set the record straight with his brother, Lewis, when the Michigan man called at the Davenport plant to confirm the death of Ralph Woodward. Davenport police said Thursday the mixup occured when the dead man was identified as Woodward by a policeman who, is an aquaintance of Woodward. There was no identification on the body, officers said, so the officer's identification was thought to be correct. Later Wednesday night the son of Clifford Mutum, the actual victim, came to the bar looking for his father. Police said they put out an all points bulletin on Mutum, fearing he had been taken hostage by the slayers. Eventually, police discovered that Mutum was one of the victims and Woodward was alive and well. the quarter that Nixon's wage- price freeze moved into the less stringent Phase 2, in which wages and prices were allowed to go up within certain limits. The GNP figures are also subject to substantial later revisions, and all the figures could be affected. But government analysts cited the figures as proof that the economic upswing predicted by Nixon began during the final part of last year. "The economy has already shifted into a higher gear and the prospects for strong real growth and moderating inflation in 1972 are excellent," said Dr. Harold C. Passer, assistant secretary of commerce for economic affairs. Despite the sizable fourth- quarter gain, the unemploy- the October-December quarter to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,073 trillion. But for the year as a whole, GNP averaged $1,047 trillion. This is well below the administration's original 1970 forecast of $1,065 trillion, which it officially abandoned at mid-year when it became obvious that the economy's performance was falling short of its forecast. The report showed that the savings rate of Americans declined in the last three months of the year, indicating that consumers are beginning to spend more of their take-home pay. The savings rate dropped to 7.7 per cent of disposable personal income, compared with 8.1 per cent in the third quarter. But even the 7.7 per cent is historically high. Spencerite is Appointed To Commerce Commission DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Robert Ray Thursday night announced the appointment of Fred Moore, 51, of Spencer to the Iowa Commerce Commission. With the selection of Moore, Ray has named all three of the current commissioners. Moore, an attorney, also has real estate and insurance activities. He replaces Dick A. Witt of Des Moines, who resigned Dec. 22 for health reasons. Witt's term was to expire June 30, 1973. Moore's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Moore, a Democrat, will receive a $15,000 annual salary. The other two ICC commissioners, chairman Maurice Van Nostrand and Howard Bell are both Republicans. Ray praised Moore, saying he "will bring to the commission a good understanding of business and finance. He is a person who can readily grasp and interpret the complex information the commerce commissioners must deal with daily." Moore is a graduate of Georgetown University at Washington, D.C., and received his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is a veteran of World War II, is a Catholic and is a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge. Moore is married and has three daughters. Moore served two terms on the Democratic State Central Committee from the 6th District. In 1970 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress, losing to Republican incumbent Wiley Mayne. Moore served on the State Crime Commission and was a member of the Iowa State Parole Board six years. three-tenths of one per cent increase in the cost of housing and a two-tenths of one per cent increase for health and recreation. There were some declines. Apparel and upkeep dipped one-tenths of one per cent and transportation fell two-tenths of one per cent. During the Price Freeze the Consumer Price Index advanced one-tenth of one per cent in September and two- tenths of one per cent in both October and November. The government said that in the four months since President Nixon announced the price freeze the cost of living has risen at a yearly rate, seasonally adjusted, of 2.4 per cent. This compares with a 4.1 per cent rate for the six preceding months. However, if the four-tenths of one per cent rate for December were to continue for a year, the increase would be 4.8 per cent. The increase for December brings the CPIto 123.1 per cent of its 1967 level. This means it cost $12.31 last month to buy a representative package of goods and services that cost $10 in 1967. Along with the cost of living, the government announced that average weekly earnings for rank and file workers went up $1.44 last month to $130.55. This is $8.12 or 6.6 per cent above a year earlier. But because prices rose during the year the rank and file workers' purchasing power increased only 3.2 per cent over the year. The CPI is considered an imperfect measure of the effects of the price freeze because about 20 per cent of the individual prices that go into it are not sampled each month but are taken at periods of three months or six months. Much of what goes into the cost of living has been freed from any price controls whatsoever by President Nixon's Cost of Living Council. The Forecast tion on a federal charge of air piracy. The hijacker was identified by the FBI in Washington as Richard Charles LaPolnt, 23. A spokesman said the identification was made through finger prints. Earlier, the FBI said the hijacker had purchased a ticket for the Hughes Air West flight under the name of John Shane. Still remaining, however, was the mystery as to how the hijacker made his exit from the DC9. Officials said the only door open when the plane landed at Denver's Stapleton toter- national Airport Thursday was a baggage compartment. liaPoint is expected to be-taken into custody at the Logan County Hospital in Sterling, 90 miles northeast of Denver. He will be brought to Denver for a hearing on the charge. Claiming he had a bomb, the man commandeered plane at Las Vegas' Mc Car ran International Airport Thursday as it taxied down the runway for a flight to Reno. Before allowing the 56 passengers and two stewardesses to deplane, he demanded and was given $50,000 in $10 and $20 bills, three parachutes and two crash helmets. He then directed pilot Don Burkhard of Seattle to fly to Denver. At Reno, two Air Force Fill jets were ordered into the air at the request of the FBI and they tailed the DC9 as it headed east. Over the plains near Sterling, the hijacker left the plane. The Fills kept the parachute in sight as it drifted toward the grassy farmland below, radioing his position to their home base at Nellls Air Force Base, Reno. One of the military pilots, Lt. Col. Edward Satterfield, said he saw the man land in a plowed field. "When he looked up and saw me, he threw a case up in the air like he was disgusted that he had been followed," Satterfield said. FBI agents and Colorado State Patrol officers guided by directions from the Flllfc tracked footprints through mud and snow from a spot where they found a parachute and helmet. Peter Blackburn, a 52-year- old farmer, said he saw two state policemen spot the man in a pile of weeds. The man stood up, raised his hands, and was handcuffed without a struggle, Blackburn said. FBI agent John Morley said the man complained of an injured leg and was taken to the hospital in Sterling. Dr. John Naugle said he had suffered a sprained left wrist, a sprained left ankle and a slight cut on the left forearm. He was held overnight under guard. Burkhard and the two other crewmembers the hijacker kept aboard on the flight from Las Vegas to Denver—first officer Frank McDonald and stewardess Trudi Hunt- said they were ordered to keep the cockpit door closed as the DC9 approached Denver and did not see the man jump. Miss Hunt of Seattle said the hijack started when "he rang the call button and showed me the device." She said it appeared to be composed of sticks of dynamite. Miss Hunt said she called Burkhard to inspect the device, contained in a paper bag, and the pilot said he was satisfied that the man did bAve a bond*. Burkharcl flsed the Wcratt's intercom to advise the passengers. After the money and parachutes were brought aboard, Burkhard said, the man told him, "We're heading for Denver." The hijacker gave no further instructions, Burkhard said, until he ordered the pilot, McDonald and Miss Hunt into the cockpit as the plane neared its destination. At Denver, police defused the device and said it would have seriously damaged the plane had it been ignited. The hijacking was the fifth in just over two months involving hijackers apparently hoping to collect airline ransom money and parachute to freedom. Teenage Iowa Governor? Wind Chill (8 a.m.) -23 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A teen-age Iowa governor? It could happen if a constitutional amendment introduced in the Iowa House by Rep. Vernon Ewell, D-Waterloo, Friday is adopted. Ewell proposes to knock out of the Iowa Constitution the requirement that a person be 21 years old to serve in the Iowa House, 25 years old to be a state senator and 30 years old to be governor or lieutenant governor. He would change the Constitution to require only that a person be of "legal voting age as provided by law" to hold any of those offices. Since an amendment to the United States Constitution has given all Americans the right to vote in all elections at age 18 instead of 21 as formerly, an Iowan could qualify to serve as governor, lieutenant governor or legislator at that age. Ewell said he believes that "anyone who meets the residence and citizenship requirements and legal age requirement should be eligible to be elected to these state offices." Ewell, 35, is a Waterloo school teacher who doubles as sports writer for a suburban newspaper and has steadfastly championed youth in his two legislative terms. He was joined by three other young Democrats in sponsoring the proposed amendment- Reps. William Gluba, 29, of Davenport; Arthur Small, 37, of Iowa City and Michael Blouin, 26, of Dubuque. Republican leaders in the House say there is virtually no chance that Ewell's amendment will be considered in the current session since the emphasis is on keeping it short. If by some magic set of circumstances it did pass it couldn't become part of the Constitution until 1974 at the earliest. That is because a Constitutional Amendment must be approved by two consecutive General Assemblies and then ratified by a vote of the people in order to become effective. Democrats Leap to Counter Nixon Talk WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon's hopes for avoiding Democratic criticism of his State of the Union message lasted about as long as it took Edmund S. Muskie and Hubert H. Humphrey to reach the television cameras. And Democrats were to take to the airwaves today with an hour-long live television-radio response featuring questions phoned in by listeners around the country. The prompt response to Nixon's State of the Union message, delivered Thursday, served to underscore the fact that this is a presidential-election year and that Nixon himself is a declared candidate for a second term. Republican reaction was generally favorable, but even a few GOP members of Congress registered complaints. Rep. John Ashbrook, R-Ohio, called the speech a "depressing blend of liberal utopianism in domestic policy and continued apathy concerning our deteriorating national security." Ashbrook, who is opposing Nixon in the New Hampshire presidential primary, said the speech had widened the split between Nixon and conservative Republicans. Muskie called the half-hour address "an empty speech." Humphrey said it created "a major confrontation with the leaders of Congress" and is unlikely to bring favorable action on the President's stalled legislative program. In the major new note of his speech, Nixon pledged to unveil later this year what he termed a revolutionary plan to ease the reliance on property taxes to finance public education. Police Court Open Evenings Police Court at City Hall will be open on Thursday evenings, 6:30-7 p.m., for the next nine weeks, Jan. 27 through March 23.

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