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a place to grew Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 — No. 150 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll Iowa, Wednesday, June 26, 1974 — Twenty-two Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week 1 C _ Single IDC Copy Over Primary Winner Jo Garst Democrats Select Perkins for House Race It took just an hour here Tuesday for Democrats in the 55th Representative District to decide procedure and then select Carroll Perkins, 47, Jefferson, as their candidate for the House seat in the November general election. The vote nominating Perkins came at a special meeting of the 55th District Representative central committee in the court room of the Carroll County Court House. Perkins' nomination was overwhelming as he received 32 of the 41 votes cast. Jo Garst, Coon Rapids, the primary election winner by a slim margin, and a second candidate for the House seat nomination, received the other nine votes cast, while Bill Ryerson, Jefferson, received no support from the committee members. Perkins will oppose Republican incumbent William R. Ferguson, Glidden, for the House seat in the general election. The margin Perkins received Tuesday night is even more Disaster Meeting Thursday Special informational meetings for local public officials will be held at four locations in Iowa's storm stricken areas, including Carroll, Gov. Robert Ray announced Wednesday. The meetings in Carroll, Des Moines, Dubuque and Marengo are follow ups to President Nixon's disaster declaration in 37 Iowa counties, Ray's office said Tuesday. These meetings are to initiate federal financial aid for repairs to publicly-owned facilities in counties which have been declared disaster areas as a result of the recent severe weather. The meetings will be held Thursday in Carroll, Friday in Dubuque and Marengo and Saturday in Des Moines. The Carroll meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kuemper High School gymnasium, according to James Strautman. Carroll County disaster chairman, He said the meeting is intended for officials from communities where public buildings were damaged. Strautman said the meeting is for communities in Carroll County and surrounding counties, but said he was not told the specific counties involved. The purpose of this meeting is to brief public officials on federal grants available for storm damage and the procedure for applying for the Meeting, See Page 2 30 Families Evacuated; Gas Leak in Rail Car ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP)-About 30 families were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure in the wake of a train derailment at the edge of this southwest Iowa community of about 7,500 persons early Wednesday. Authorities ordered the evacuation after a rupture developed in one of the cars loaded with about 25,000 gallons of propane gas. Police and firemen hosed down the area, but no explosion or fire developed. No injuries were reported in the derailment of about 15 cars of a westbound Rock Island Lines freight at the north edge of Atlantic. startling when the circumstances which led up to the special meeting of the committee, called by State Democratic Chairman Tom Whitney, is examined. Perkins, Mrs. Garst and Ryerson were the three Democratic candidates seeking nomination for the 55th District House seat in the June 4 primary election. The vote totals for the three candidates in the primary election were close enough that none of the three received the necessary 35 per cent of the vote as required by law. A canvass of the vote by the boards of supervisors in the counties comprising the 55th District revealed that Mrs. Garst had received 34.8 per cent of the vote, Perkins, 34.7 per cent, and Ryerson about 30.5 per cent. As the percentages reveal, Mrs. Garst was the winner of the primary election in terms of the popular vote. She received 891 votes, compared to 888 for Perkins and 780 for Ryerson. But Mrs. Garst's total was approximately five votes short of the necessary 35 per cent. Following the nominating meeting Tuesday, the soft-spoken Perkins said the huge nomination margin came as a surprise to him and said he was not able to explain the margin in comparison with the primary election totals. Perkins was among several delegates at the meeting who said they thought the nomination of a candidate would take more than one ballot. According to procedure set up before the nomination got under way, if none of the three candidates received a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, a second ballot would have been taken with only the names of the two top vote-getters from the first ballot. Perkins is a native of Greene County and has farmed primarily in a grain and cattle operation in the Jefferson Raise Funds for Ferguson — —Staff Photo The Carroll County Republican Women's Club sponsored a fund-raising picnic for State Rep. W. R. Ferguson at Swan Lake Park Tuesday evening. The Glidden Republican is seeking reelection to his 55th district seat. About 40 persons attended the picnic. Here, Mr and Mrs. Ferguson wait in line for their meal. Shown are Mrs. Arthur A. Neu (left), Mrs. Paul Conner (back to camera), Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson and Odella McGowan. SEC: WASHINGTON (AP) —The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued the National Farmer Organization, which it contends is broke and lied to its members when it borrowed more than $7 million from them. The farmers group was charged with fraud, false statements and failure to disclose information about its financial condition. The suit filed in Des Moines, Iowa, and announced in Washington, came one day after the farm organization's board, in an emergency meeting, unanimously approved a resolution denying any fraud and requesting that the commission make a more thorough investigation. NFO President Oren Lee Staley has suggested in a newsletter to members that the commission's probe is part of a government effort to ruin the group. Staley pointed out that the NFO was listed among White House "enemies" in Watergate testimony by ousted presidential counsel John W. Dean III. An SEC spokesman denied on Tuesday that the suit is related to the enemies list. '•'The charges speak for themselves,"he said. The suit charges that the farm organization is in the red and can't pay its bills. NFO, which markets a broad range of commodities for its members, has had trouble collecting the $75-a-year dues it asks of its members, and recently launched a drive to collect delinquent dues, estimated by sources close to the farm organization at $12 million or more.' Staiey sent a letter to members June 13, marked "confidential for members only—not to be released to the press." In it, he said the SEC investigation is the biggest problem to confront the farm group in its 18-year history. "B?jk dues must be paid immediately or NFO is lost," he said. "NFO's existence depends on your decision." When news accounts of the letter appeared, Staley denied that the group is faced with financial collapse and said the is Broke, for Loan SEC's complaints were technical. The suit asks for a court order to prevent the NFO from continuing its allegedly misleading practices, and for a special auditor to determine the NFO's true financial shape. The group, which reports income of nearly $9 million a year, never has revealed membership figures, but estimates place the number of paid-up members at roughly 160,000 nationwide. \ Charge lowjan in Traffic Death COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa ( AP)— A traffic accident early Monday in which a Navy serviceman was killed has resulted in charges against a 21-year old Council Bluffs man. Donald Anderson has been charged with driving while under the influence of : alcohol. He has been arraigned and released on $1,000 bond. Gary Koebell, 22, who was home on leave, was killed after he was thrown from his car. New Pact Signed by President BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — President Nixon paused today in his journey to the Moscow summit to join America's chief European allies in the ceremonial signing of the new Atlantic Alliance declaration. The signing ceremony lasted about 15 minutes as the "representatives of the alliance's 15 members fixed their signatures in rapid succession to the document. The Dutch secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Joseph M. A. H. Luns, made a brief speech in French and English, before the meeting adjourned for picture taking. France's new president. Valery Giscard d'Estaing was absent and sent Premier Jacques Chirac. It was the first appearance of a French premier at NATO headquarters since President Charles de Gaulle expelled the •a~l 1 i a n-c-e-'- s ovi lit a r y headquarters from France. "Without the alliance, it is doubtful that detente.with the Soviet Union would have begun, and wit h out a continuing strong alliance, it is doubtful if the detente would continue." Nixon said on his arrival Tuesday night in the Belgian capital. The declaration approved last week at the spring meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization formalizes a pledge that the United States will consult NATO'S 14 other members before staking out new policies. After the signing by Nixon and heads of the other allied governments, the American President was to brief his allies about his Moscow trip at a closed session and then hold individual conferences with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Italian Premier Mariano Rumor. Nixon in his arrival remarks said his presence at NATO headquarters between his visits to the Middle East and Moscow "symbolizes the central role that the Atlantic Alliance plays in pursuing our goal of a lasting peace in the world." The President and Mrs. Nixon remain in Brussels until Thursday, when they fly to the Soviet capital for the third annual meeting between Nixon and Soviet Communist party Nixon, See Page 2 Atntrak Meeting Closer; Plan 1975 Bid The meeting between representatives of the Western Association of Railroad Passengers (WARP) and Department of Transportation officials to discuss obtaining an Amtrack passenger train route from Chicago west to Portland-and Los Angeles, apparently is at least one step closer to reality. Congressman William J. Scherle (R-Iowa) has received a letter from the office of the Secretary of Transportation saying a meeting will be arranged. • The letter from Roy Chambers, the Department of Transportation's Director of Congressional Relations, says, "this is to confirm conversations between your staff and Mr. Howard Cohen, special assistant to the Under Secretary for Amtrak matters. I know that Mr. Cohen has discussed the Iowa proposals with the Under Secretary. As soon as Mr. Barnum (the Under Secretary) returns to Washington late next week we will discuss the matter with him again and firm up arrangements for an appropriate meeting between Mr. William Keith and the Iowa group." Keith, of Carroll, is chairman of WARP and has been working to meet with Department of Transportation (DOT) officials for several months concerning the proposed route. Keith first directed a letter to DOT Secretary Claude S. Brinegar requesting a meeting on June 11. "After almost two months of phone calls to the Secretary's office by WARP officials and congressional leaders of Iowa and other states along the proposed routes. Congressman Scherle has finally received a letter of acknowledgement to our request, "Keith said. Keith said that due to the long delay, it is now impossible to make application for the 1974 Amtrak experimental route selection, because that selection will be made on July 1. "We are therefore changing our request for the 1975 experimental route," Keith said. A mailing from WARP's headquarters in Carroll Tuesday went to WARP affiliates as well as Chambers of Commerce and development offices and government officials along the proposed route. "We are passing this information on to you at this time in hopes that you will be prepa red to join us in Washington. D. C. on whatever date the Secretary of Transportation grants us a meeting," Keith said in the -Staff Photo Victory Smile — Carroll Perkins, Jefferson, was selected Tuesday night as the Democratic candidate for the 55th District Representative seat. Perkins, a Jefferson-area farmer, won the nomination at a special meeting of the legislative central committee. He received 32 of the 41 votes at the meeting to win the nomination. Jo Garst, Coon Rapids, received nine votes while the third candidate for the nomination, Bill Ryerson, Jefferson, received no votes. Perkins (above) is congratulated on his victory by Mary Farrell Beiter, Carroll, a delegate at the meeting. Court Rules in 2 Area Cases The Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the rulings of District Court Judge. E. J. Flattery, Fort Dodge, in the case of State of Iowa vs. • Clarence L. Simons, Carnarvon. On Sept. 13, 1972, Flattery found Simons guilty of operating a motor vehicle while .under the influence of alcohol. He had been arrested April 29, 1972, by Iowa State Trooper Larry Long, Carroll, after a collision involving a vehicle allegedly driven by Simons and a vehicle driven by Neal Reising, Wall Lake. Following the District Court ruling, Simons asked Judge Flattery for a new trial claiming the court erred in not dismissing the case. Simons claimed the county attorney, David Green, had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Simons was the operator of the vehicle at the time of the collision. Also, Simons claimed the court erred in not dismissing the case because he said he area for the last 25 years. Perkins served two and one-half years with the U. S. Navy during World War II. He attended the University of Missouri, earning a B.S. degree in business and public administration in 1948. He has served five years as a member of the Jefferson Community School Board and is a charter member and past president of the Greene County Historical Society. He is also a former director of the Central Iowa Farm Business Association. Perkins is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Jefferson, the American Legion and Elks. He and his wife Eileen have five children. David, 21, who farms with his father, Dan, 20, a sophomore at the University of Colorado; Tim, 17, Mary Ellen 15 and Jane 13, students in the Jefferson Community schools. Petersen Conviction Reversed DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— The manslaughter conviction of Michael Dean Peterson in the strangulation death of his fiance in her Storm Lake apartment was reversed Wednesday by the Iowa Supreme Court. • The court held that Peterson's constitutional rights were violated when law enforcement officers took a sample of his blood without his consent and without obtaining a warrant. The court sent the case back to Palo Alto District Court, where the case was tried on a change of venue from Buena Vista County Court with orders to grant Peterson's motion for a new trial. In jts ruling, the high court also reversed previous supreme court rulings and held that the trial court was in error when it refused to allow defense attorneys to take depositions from state . witnesses before the trial. The girl, Jean Marie Christensen, was found dead in her appartment October, 17, 1-971. Peterson testified he was with Christensen from about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 16, until 1:30 a.m. on the 17th, but denied any quarrel or fight took place. Peterson, 21, of Alta, was convicted of manslaughter in September, 1972, and was ordered to serve not more than eight years in prison. He filed an appeal and has been free on $10,000 bond. During the trial, there was evidence that Miss Christensen had had sexual intercourse before the time of death. Miss Christensen was two months pregnant at the time and Peterson was father of the child. They planned to be married and on the evening of Oct. 16 had talked with a minister about their marriage plans. Peterson was arrested Nov. 5,1971. He objected to having a blood sample taken until he had talked with his lawyer about it, but an Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent told him the procedure was legal, and if it wasn't, his attorney could keep it out of evidence at the trial. The high court held it was a violation of Peterson's con- Petersen, See Page 2 Area Forecast Mostly fair and a little warmer Wednesday night, lows around 60. Little change Thursday, highs in mid 80s. had been placed in former jeopardy. The former jeopardy claim came because Simons was not only charged with OMVUI, but also with failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead. He paid a fine on the lesser charge. But Judge Flattery said in his original ruling that it is possible to commit two violations with one act, and said since the acts were separate Simons was not placed in former jeopardy. Judge Flattery denied Simons' request for a new trial. In another Carroll County case, the Supreme Court Wednesday granted Alpharetta Earl, Martha E. Sorenson and Russell S. Earl $9,600 in punitive damages and $30 in ordinary damages from Warren Clark, Lake City. District Court Judge A. J. Braginton, Manson, ordered Clark to pay the trio $2,000 in Cases. See Page 2 bulletin while reminding those on the mailing list that Over 80,000 questionnaires from private citizens were returned to WARP headquarters from a survey conducted earlier. "We want a representative from every town and city 'along the route, every news media, every Chamber of Commerce, every state government and every congressional leader from each state that is interested in our proposal to join us and be prepared to speak at this meeting," Keith said. "The general public has spoken with a voice of 80,000. Now we must be prepared to carry that message to Washington." Rubbish Fire — The Carroll fire department was called to the James J. Hoffman farm early Tuesday afternoon to fight a rubbish fire. Firemen -Staff Photo put the blaze out quickly and no damage was done. The farm is about a mile south of Carroll on Grant Road.