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Tuesday, April 24, 1973
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2 GolesburQ Regisfer-MQil, Golesburg, III. Tuesdoy. April 24, 1973 It 'M '.mi ' MMU' Residents at Keithsburg Lose 3'Week Fight With River as Levee Gives Away Weather and River Stages «-*« »=» MUX. »y WtLIilAM CAMPBELL (StaK Writer) K^ITHSBUIIG - Residents here lost their 3^edc battle with the Mississippi River this morning as the rising water battered a hole in the levee at the foot of Main Street and poured into tlie village. "I was walking to work this morning and I heard someone down on Main Street yelling for help," Mayor Elmer Ferguson recounted. "I ran back down there, but by then it was too late. It (ttie river) was cutting through onto Main Street." AREA residents, aided by state and Henderson County Conservation District em­ ployes and their equipment, have worked around the clock throughout the weekend and Monday. "We thought we had it (the levee) in pretty good shape," Ferguson continueid, "but I suppose it got to seeping underneath." Robert Nylin, operator of the Keithsburg Shell service station, saw the levee go out. "About 10 to seven, I guess. I looked out and saw it come over the top. Then the whole thing went and sihe came through. It went right up against the boat shed," Nylin said. WATER INCHED across the floor toward Nylin as he stood talking on the telephone. "It's come up maybe an inch on my pumps out there in the last hour," he continued. Nylin was set for the flood, or as set as he could be "when you're going under. The only thing is if those (underground gasoline) tanks pop out of the ground. They're not full, see, and the air in them could bring Uieni up. It might snap the line and if they rolled over you'd be in trouble. I'm not thinking like that, though. I just figure it won't happen." Keithsburg is located in a valley, flanked on south by the sand hills, and a quarter- mile to the north by more high ground. The river was passing Fourth Street as Ny­ lin talked, five blocks from its banks. "IT'S STILL coming in," Ferguson reported about 10 a.m. "We've fnoved 10 families out, there are seven or eight more that we'll take out if they want," he said. Residents of the town were loading personal possessions onto trucks provided by farmers from the surrounding countryside as they fled before the rising water. The river finally broke through at a point where a temporary levee had been constructed. About 100 workers have been laboring to plug three holes cut in the town's permanent levee two years ago at the river end of Main, Jacks 0)1 and Washington streets. Jackson Street on the north was hardest hit. The water this morning was building up against A secondary dike near the intersection of Jackson and Sixth Street. "IP THAT one goes, it'll flood all the way to 16th Street," the mayor estimated. That is three blocks from the east side of the town. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 12ieet. "One of the aldermen told me this morning it was about 19' 1", and they're still saying we'll crest at 18. It was 18' 4" last night when they were telling us that," he added. Ferguson said they ran out of sandbags Sunday and re­ quested more from the Army Corps of Engineers. The mayor also asked if they could get National Guardsmen to help, but was told that no guardsmen were availaUe. "They're working other places," he explained. The mayor declined to estimate the amount of ivoperty damage being sustained by residents of the village of 850. "It's too soon to say," he rephed. NYLIN SAID shortly after 9 a.m. that about 20O feet of the levee had been washed away. "They were fighting it all See ^Kesidents'- (Continued on Page 3) ILLINOIS; :T6Bltht pHrtly cloudy north, mostly cloudy touth with showett and thundentoniM itMly •xtrerrte sbuth. WedKMday partly cloudy with chance of showers extreme south in morning. Low tonight u|>per 90S extreme north, upper 408 souUt. High Wednesday m north, 70s south, WESTERN ILLINOIS: Showers And posiibly thundershowers likely tonight and early Wednesday. Partial clearing and cooler Wednesday flfternoon. Low tonight around SO. High Wednteday mid 60s. IOWA: M08tl7 cloudy with chance of showers west and south, parUy cloudy northeast tonight. Wednesday partly sunny and cool" W tonight 406 north, 50s High Wednesday SOs north, er. Low south 60S south. LOCAL WEATHSR Noon temperature, 61; mornings low, 90. Sky clear. (Monday's maxl- mum, 71; minimum, 49.) Sun rose today at 5:09 a.m., sets, at 0:47 p.m. BXTtNOEDrdHBeAtT ILLINOIS: Cool period Thursday through Saturday with chance ot showers around Thursday. Lows in the SOU and low 40a throughout the p«rlodb Highs in. the 80s northwest and 60B southeast on Thursday and highs in the 80s and low 608 Friday and Saturday. ntVSII StAOM bubuque-^17.9 rise O.d Davenport—Ig.l rise 0.8^ Buriington--ai.i rise o,7 Keokuk--M.4 rise 0.1 QUincy—27.8 rise O.J^ Grafton—28.8 rise 1.9 Alton—32.0 riae 1.8 ^ _ St. Louis—38.S rise 1.9 Cape Girardeau—41.6 rise 0.8 LaSalle—27.3 rUe 0.4 Peoria-a2.8 rise 1.4^ Havana-20.8 rise 0.8 ^_ BeardstOWn—23,7 rise 07 St. Charles—34,7 rise 1.2 Mississippi Continues to Rise, Thousands Flee Homes By United Press International The flooding Mississippi River continued to rise today, forcing thousands of persons from their homes, inundating farmland and making roads and bridges impassable. The mighty river stood at a record 28.1 feet at Quincy, 111., Monday and continued to inch even higher. The Mississippi rose almost 11 feet during the weekend at Quincy. Authorities estimated that some 3,800 persons, mostly farmers, had left their homes in rural areas along the river north and south of Quincy, taking farm equipment with them. Most of Quincy's 45,000 residents were safe from the river's wrath, since the city sits atop bluffs and is protected by high levees. However, some farmland, shops and factories outside the levees were flooded or closed. Use Underwater Pumps National Guardsmen and Civil Defense workers helped sandbag levees and a city water pumping plant at Quincy. Authorities said the water plant may be flooded, but that the pumps were designed to work under water. Memorial Bridge, between Quincy and Missouri was closed Monday and officials said the bridge at Hannibal, Mo., about 20 miles downstream may be closed today. The bridge closings prevented hundreds of Missouri residents employed in the Quincy area from getting to work. At Rock Island, almost 150 miles north of Quincy, the National Weather Service predicted that the Mississippi River could crest Wednesday at 19.5 feet, second only to the record 1965 crest of 22.4 feet. River Breaks Levee The flooding Rock River, which caused an estimated $10 million damage in Winnebago County around Rockford during the weekend, broke through a levee Monday and marooned some 1,500 persons in the Whiteside County town of Erie. Authorities said more than 100,000 acres of land around Erie was under water and the floodwaters flowed over each of eight roads leading into the town, leaving it completely isolated. Gov. Daniel Walker late Monday activated an Illinois National Guard unit to aid in the evacuation of Grafton, 111., located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers about 50 miles north of St. Louis. High Crests Facing Many River Towns By United Press International An estimated 5,000 flood- displaced persons waited today for their submerged lands to reappear as the rampaging Mississippi River rolled southward under sunny skies and drying winds. But the mighty river, still burdened by abnormal spring rains, buried more than 1,400 miles along its course from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans. The National Weather Service said record high crestsi of the Mississippi and its tributaries were still in store for many towns along the way. The highest flood crest in history, 43.5 feet, was expected to reach St. Louis Thursday. Floodwaters already were lapping at the grassy slope leading iiJ up to the Gateway Arch. At least four deaths have been blamed on the latest flood of the Mississippi and its feeder streams. Record crests were commonplace for Mississippi-bound rivers. The Iowa River reached a depth of 18.1 feet at Wapello, eight above flood stage. The Skunk River was up to 27.1 feet at Augusta, Iowa, more than 12 feet over flood level and more than two feet over the record high in 1960. An Iowa Civil Defense worker said the situation at Burlington was "a lot worse than in 1965 and that was-supposed to be the big one." A record crest of 23.5 feet was measured at Keokuk and water was still rising over the 16 feet flood mark. In St. -Charles County of Missouri) where the Missouri River joins the Mississippi, authorities said it was impossible to count the number of persons forced to leave their homes because of high water. In Arkansas, Gov. Dales L. Bumpers ordered 50 National Guardsmen to help with the evacuation of flood-endangered areas along the Arkansas In the rich Mississippi Delta region around Greenwood, :«..U.t >.a ovnflpf.S eS- River Laps At Oqumvka An unidentified observer, in photo at top left, stands atop the levee at the foot of Scby- ler Street in Oquawka Monday and watches the flood-swollen Mississippi lap at the dike protecting the town. A similar levee holding back the water in front of Keithsburg, nine miles north, gave way this morning shortly before 7 a.m., flooding a substantial part of that community. At top right, two young volunteers, Brad Talbot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Talbot, and George H. Olson Jr., whose father operates a diner nearby, fill a sandbag as they have seen older workers doing for several days. Water covered hundreds of acres of farmland and numerous roads outside the village, including the road at right leading from Oquawka south to the Galesburg water pumping station. By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) reach its flood stage, 35 feet, by ""f ff^. s'^,,,. , Aoril m at (keenyiood, Miss., a Belated Stories: Page 3 dty about SO miles east of the .The City Council Monday Mississippii '^^S^ii discussed Herring's ^TUfi ms^ismppi eemami at recommmdatms ^^or about W4 feet (teep at VMrng, ^^If of the fiscai 1973-74 bud- J ^mmm abov/fSi pt. The im assessed vahia- — ^ Haiomai Weatb- ^^^> told,-decreased ' • •• w«id begin a atJ 'Wt 16.6 million trm WVs mfitma explained the de- City Taxes Expected to Increase crease was attributed to ths Homestead Act and exemptions on personal property. The 1972 assessed valuation is about $110.7 million, while 1971's was about $117.3 million. Increases in funds not wn- trolled by the City Council which will add to the tax burden are police pension, firemen's pension, Hbrary and Illinois Municipal Retirement funds. The police pension fund's cost to the city increased from $80,000 last year to $125,000 this year. The firemen's pension fund — which tihows a "drastic" increase, according to Herring — went from $85,000 to $185,000. The municipal retirement fund in- be increased slightly, the tax 520. Herring recommended the public library's request for ?177,000 be met. Last year the library requested about $168,000, but received $160,000. WHILE THE TAX levy will increased slightly, the tax rate will show a more substantial increase, Herring said. The tax levy is the actual dollar amount paid by individuals. The tax rate, a percentage figure, is compiled by dividijig the percentage of total assessed valuation into the valuation of the jindividual's property, he explained. Other recommendations in the second half of the basic budget for Galesburg provide for airport improvements and water division projects. Airport improvements include land purchases, runway widening and a fire equipment building. These will bring the airport up to FAA standards for certification and provide for the installation of a precision instrument landing system in 1974. THE CITY'S SHARE of the total airport improvement cost of $941,200 is about $242,300. The federal government will pay $470,600 and the slate $228,;i00. The $45,000 balance due on the water service building will be paid off this year. About $33,000 will be spent to rebuild a pump at the Oquawka pumping station. Appropriations for city water mains total $104,180. The water fund equity is $126,220, an aU-time high. The total proposed allocation is $937,420. Salary increases, not including library expenses, exceed $225,000. Total salaries, not including the library, are $2,553,960. The Public Benefit Fund appropriation has been raised from $60,000 to $78,230. This For Northland Vew Sewer Bids Sought for May Bids to construct a stprm sewer for Northland Subdivision will be taken May 21, G. W. Henderson, superintendent of the Galesburg Sanitary District, said Monday. The project will cost about $109,000. The city's share will be $55,300, and the sanitary district will pay $53,700. The district's trustees Tuesday authorized Henderson to advertise for bids. The trustees also accepted a $9,233 bid for insurance from the Clifford Anderson Agency, Galesburg. The package includes liability, automobile and wwkmen's compensation. Hospitalization insurance bids will be discussed at the next regular board meeting. AgEngineer National Prexy To Speak at Galesburg Meet Dr. Clarence Kelly, national president of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, will be the featured speaker Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the annual meeting of the Quad City Section of the ASAE at Galesburg Sheraton Motor Inn. Dr. Kelly will discuss a need for increased participation in national ASAE activities by the industrial membership of the society. The Quad City Section "Agricultural Engineer of the Year" will be announced at the day-long session, which will get under way at 1 p.m. Computers, power transmissions and controls will be among the items discussed during a series of afternoon sessions. Members will also tour several Galesburg industries. Child Sellers Lose Custody Of Children Former State Solon Guilty In Tax Gise SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A former state senator, who was convicted last year of perjury durmg a racetrack stock investigation, has pleaded guilty to a charge he evaded income taxes on the sale of racetrack stock. Paul A. Ziegler, 61, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge he did not report a $17,000 capital gain from the sale of Washing- 'ZltXT'"^^ Association-„-7-the"-judg-e" saidZ-'You stocK m 1970 sold the girl's hopes and future Continues Bond down the river for money." JOLIET, 111. (UPI)-Mr. and Mrs. Fred Flynn of Bolingbrook, charged with selling their 12 - year - old daughter, Rita, for marriage, have lost custody of Rita and their other two children. Will County Circuit Court Judge Angelo F. Pistilli Monday night, after a two - day hearing, granted the state's request that the children be removed from the Flynns' custody. "This was nothing more than a sellout of your child for A U.S. District Court judge at Benton ordered a presen- tencing investigation and continued Ziegler's $1,000 bond. The Internal Revenue Service said Ziegler knew the sale brought his joint taxable income to $16,524.37 although he reported only $8,099.37. In February, 1972, Ziegler was convicted of perjury before a fedferal grand jury in Chicago investigating the Illinois racetrack scandal. He told the jury he did not remember who loaned him $15,000 on his Washington Park stock and said he did not remember what later became of it. The Flynns are charged with selling Rita to Harold Miller of Oak Park for about $28,000. Miller was arrested last month in North Carolina, where he and the girl had gone to be married. The Flynns and Miller were to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to abandon a child. In taking Rita, 12, Michael, 13, and Michele, 10, from the Flynns' custody, Pistilli said testimony showed that the Flynns had "brainwashed" Rita and had promised her "a puppy and a trip to Disneyland" as wedding gifts. Ziegler was sentenced to six' All three of the Flynn chil- months in prison and fined idren were Mrs. Flynn's by a See ^City'- (Continued on Page 3) $1,000 on the perjury charge. Ziegler worked from 1967 until November, 1970, under former Secretary of state Paul Powell, whose shoebox fortune prompted the grand jury investigation. Served 16 Years Before working for Powell the Carmi Democrat served 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly, first in the House and after 1957 in the Senate. He lost a Senate re-election bid in 1970. Also Monday, Leslie W. Nimmo, founder of the Horace Mann Insurance Companies, surrendered to Internal Reve-| nue Service agents in Springfield, who charged him with filing three false personal income tax returns and two false corporate returns. Next Meeting Next negotiation session be-l tween representatives of School I District 205's Board of Educa-j tion and the teachers will bej Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Galesburg High School. previous marriage but were legally adopted by Flynn. "You are unfit parents and I hereby terminate all (your) parential rights," the judge said. The children were temporarily placed in the custody of Mrs. Flynn's sister, Mrs. Barbara Walitshek of Schaumburg. Pistilli said the Flynns had "a perverted sense of right and wrong" and "a deficiency of moral rectitude." THANK YOU We would like to take thi3 way to thank all our friends, neighbors and relatives for the many cards, gifts of food, money during the loss of our son, brother, husband and step - father. It was rather sad that his funeral was the day before his fathers 91st burthday. Again, thanks to our friends, neighbors and relatives for helpUig us bear the sorrow. The family of EDWARD E. REED

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