Friday. April 21. 1973 Mississipprs Level Folk atOquawka After a Record 24-Foot-7 Inch Crest OQUAWKA - The flooding Missiuiiipi River had dropped about 18 inches here this morning ifter surpassing the rec* on high water mark set in 1MS« residents reported this morning. The swollen river reached 24-feet-7 inches late Wednesday — three inches above the previous high water mark set almost exactly eight years ago and nearly 10 feet above flood stage. BUT THE massive effort by volunteers in this flood-besieged river town during the past weelt apparently paid off. Their levee held bacic the rampaging water. "We dui't dare let up now, though/' a resident said this morning. "My experience with levees — and that's a lot of experience — is that they'll brealt on you after it's over and (the river's) going down. Maybe we tend to let up or the sand g6ts saturated or something." Residents here did not let up, however, as they continued tc reinforce the dike today. The west wind they have feared all week but did not have to face was beginning to blow this morning, and state highway department trucks were unloading picket fence to be placed along the river side of the levee. "IT'S TO keep the plastic sheets from tearing," a village trustee explained. He express ed confidence thdt the levee would hold now despite the wind. The levee constructed this weeic is higher, wider and stronger than the one built to hold Back the IMS flood. Unlike i>revious years, when large sections of t *Je levee were removed a£ter the flood threat bad passed, this dike may become permanent. "There's been no time to talk much about a levee district," a newly-elected village trustee said this morning, but we talked aibout taking it down to 3 or 4 feet in some places and graveling it so you could drive over It.^' IN RESPONSE to a query about possible probl^s be tween the village an da property owner who won a court injunction iMt year tiwt forced the villig<i to remove a Siction of the dike, the tnis- (ee said the newlyrdected boafd would attempt to work with the property owner. "The other board more or less told him what he would do. We plan to ask him what we can do — woilt together," he exiplained. The property owner indicated list year he might have compromised if the original levee had been properly maintained. Responding to a request from Illinois Gov. Daniel Walker, President Nixon Thursday declared 43 Illinois counties "flood disaster areas," making them eligible for federal relief hmds when the floodwaters recede l^* ficltntiy to measure property damage. Civil Defense officials estimated damage at $58 million. The Army Corps Of Engineers estimates 504,000 acres of land were flooded although damage was not expected to be substantial since the primary crops are not. planted until May and June. ABOUT 1,068 homes and 22 businesses have been damaged, according to estimates. Illinois became the second midwestern state, after a Missouri, to be declared a flood disaster area. Other states along the Mississippi are ex- peetid to reeeivt simitar de- slgnitkMii. The rimpiging MlMiiiippl RIvir rtfled along tt record depth! ind still kept thouiinds from (heir homes and |obs. Crests htve come and fone but the muddy waters still buried thousartds of acres of farmlands and river front industries stayed closed. The Mississippi has reached its highest points down t» Hannibal, Mo., and is falHng, Army engineers reported. No flew livee breaks have been reported on nilnois See^River'- (Continued on page 3) with tmt UMVL ^ of £««t iauui. tonight as-ai High Saturdijr wesTKitM ILUkOfS: falf ind cold tonight with ehanee of frott. Sunny and w«rin«r Saturday. Low tonight mid am. High saturdfay soa. IOWA: Clear and cold tonight. Runny and warmor saturdtty. L«w toMgnt around 30 northeast, upper 30s wMt. High Saturday upper SOs east, Upper «M west. iOCAt. WCAtMtn no6n tamperAture. 66; jnorning'l low, 42. Sky Cloudy, (tliursday's maximum, 58; minimum, 42.) Sun rose today at S:OS a.m., tets at 6:80 p.m. Housing Area Project By Appeals idy Siin- ^, With chance iMidiSr or TUes- „.js upper aoutti. aay. Lew sof or WW nrvtN at A <iti I)ubu(|ue-1T.8 fall o.s I)airiftp«rt-^1S.S ftll OS Btirluiftcn—20.7 fail O.S Keoku1t -22.i fall 0.8 Quincy—27.2 fall 0.9 Orafton-32.3 rMt 1.4 Alton—3S.9 rise 1.1 l*iJ^«.«'i5 &.l *l «e 0., LaSall*--lS.4 laUJ.4 ^ Peoria—24.4 no chang* Havana—23.8 rise 0.6 Beardstown—26.3 rise 0.7 St. Charles—39.4 fall 0.8 --iliii " iiiiii ijiiiiiiiii.. ''i 'lii-l \\ BUI . _ ,:;:if jasMfr ill! '- iiiiii'* • • '"''Wi, l.!ifiiif'''''fl|||j| ^ The Knox County Zoning BoaM of Appeals Thursday afternoon approved a request for a large-scale residential development in a conservation district In Cedar Township and a zoning variance to allow reductions In lot area and width in the development. RUSSELL E. GEHRING plans to develop the 13*unit project south of Lake Bracken. The approval was conditioned on approval of the project's final plat by the Knox County Regional Plan Commission and restrictive covenants detailing obligations of landowners for a common area proposed as part of the development. Charles Bell, counsel for Gehring, said topographical features at the site caused the request for the variance. A total of 80 acres is involved. Kenneth Schrader, engineer, told board members plans call for 13 residences to be built on IV^ acres each, with an open area of 26 acres to be owned jointly by residents. SCHRADER SAID that tests showed the soil Is suitable for septic tanks. Gehrhig, responding to a question from a previous hearing said he had received an opinion from a licensed well driver that the effect of a spring on the water supply for residents would be nil Lloyd Yoho, Cedar Township road commissioner, said the township had petitioned the county Dec. 1, 1971, for a bridge to be constructed north of the proposed development. He said that while plans had originally called for construction of the bridge this year, it had been delayed at least a year. HE SAID plans also call for Improvement of the road and reduction of a steep grade which now exists. Robert Masterson, Khox County zoning administrator, said the Knox County Soil and Conservation Service had no objection to the proposed plan. District 205 Teachers Will Vote on Negotiation Limits School District 20S's teachers will vote soon on the Board of Education bargaining team's plan to limit current negotiations to salaries and insurance benefits. William Sargeaot, president of the Gelesburg Education Association (GEA), which represents the teachers in the negotiations, said today that ballots will be sent to all members of the staff. "Hopefully we will know the results of the vote sometime next week, he said. > The proposal I was presented to teachers at a meeting Thursday afternoon. Sargeant said that about 120 of the district's 460 teachers attended the session at Galesburg High School. The board's team will present the plan at Monday night's meeting of the entire school board. Loser and Fighter Mrs. Dorothy Welch, St. Charles, Mo., in photo at left, hasn't been convinced to leave her n\obile home along the flooding Missouri River and suffers her plight by cooling her feet in the floodwater. Most other residents in her area left. Above, Missouri Gov. Christopher Bond helped deliver sandbags to a command post at Arnold, Mo., after arriving in the area with the bags by helicopter. UNIFAX Staff By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) The staff of Thudichum Research Laboratory at Galesburg State Research Hospital will be cut by 25 persons. Dr. Leroy P. Levitt, director of the Illinois Department o( Mental Health since March 1 after being appointed by Gov. Daniel Walker, visited the hospital Tuesday as part of a systematic tour of state mental hospitals, according to Dr. Angelo Zocchi, acting director of the Galesburg facility. LETTERS explaining the changes and cutbacks were distributed to employes of the laboratory the following day. The laboratory has a staff of ^ persons. Zocchi said this morning the reasons given for the staff reduction were a reorganization of research development programs and budgetary considerations. He said some research programs will be consolidated, while others which are not directly related to mental health will be eliminated. He said the research program into schizophrenia will be retained at Thudichum Research Laboratory. ASKED IF the laboratory's recognition as one of the leading in the nation might bt diminished, Zocchi replied that the laboratory might retain its status in the field of schizophrenia even though its input into other projects might be cut. Zocchi said no cutbacks in personnel in other areas of the hospital were contemplated. "In fact we talked about increasing the staff on the assumption there will be a phasing-out of Peoria State Hospital," he said. Asked if he had any indication whether the closing of the Peoria facility is imminent, he said, "No, it remains a great mystery." Zocchi did say that studies have shown that the facility is not in the best of shape. SOME vacancies presently exist at the Galesburg hospital, according to Zocchi, and persons laid off in the laboratory will have the oppor tunity to apply for those positions. Dr. Thomas Tourlentes, director of Galesburg State Research Hospital for 17 years and now direcl ^Df of psychiatric services at Rock Island Franciscan Hospital and the community mental heaUh center, this morning termed the action "an expedient decision by persons who do not have all the facts." He said it is his opinion the laboratory will continue an important contributor to the field of mental health in the immediate future "but the long-term aspects are more discouraging." TOURLENTES said that cutting the staff of the laboratory was short-sighted in view of the contribution it has made in the field of tranquilizing drugs alone. "It is recognized world-wide. There can be little clinical advance if there are not supporting educational and research programs," he commented. Terming the attitude" which produced the cutback "reverse provincialism," Tourlentes said, "People in big cities thinic such a research program can't be mawnted and maintained in rural Galesburg." He said the prevalent attitude has been that such pro grams should take place in universities. "But universities haven't done the job," he said. TOURLENTES said the 700 scientific papers contributed during- the 20 years of the laboratory's existence are a significant contribution. "How can you separate the basic from applied?" he said. Bryan Hannigan, administrative assistant to the deputy director of the state Department of Mental Health, told the Galesburg Register-Mail this morning that in a layoff process, the department is bound by the state personnel code not to discuss layoffs before employes involved re ceive a registered letter Informing them of the decision. He said he believes that laboratory employes have not yet received the letter but Instead were given form 6P162. "And can you believe that form Is pink?'* he asked. That form notifies employes that a layoff action has been started. HANNIGAN SAID that field reviews are presently being taken by the department director and budget analysts to review facilities and programs. ; . _ See 'Regearch'- (Contlnued on Page 13) Program Will Start 'Postal Week' Ten original stamps honoring American postal workers will be released during ceremonies Monday which will mark the beginning of Postal Week here, Galesburg Postmaster Howard Hallberg announced today. Next week was designated Postal Week by U.S. Postmaster General E- T. Klassen for "recognition of the vital responsibilities assigned to the mail service." Ceremonies in Galesburg Monday will begin at 12:30 p.m., Hallberg presiding. A number of local political and civic leaders will participate. Ceremonies will be held in the local post office lobby. Customers visiting the post office Monday will receive free souvenir envelopes printed with special cachets. T^ey may also purchase first day covers featuring the 10 8-cent stamps. Visitors will also be invited to participate in hourly tours through the post office, where the mail is processed and delivered. Tours will begin at 9 a.m. Reservists Plan Field Exercise Fifteen members of the Heller U.S. Army Reserve Center, 1881 E. Fremont St., will participate In a field tratnlru exercise Saturday near Macomb. They will be accom- panled by M. Sgt. Leon Feins. Galesburg, the unit's adviser. Reservists will board heH- copters tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. ai Galesburg Municipal Airport for the trip to the training site. The unit will return to Galesburg Saturday at 3:45 p.m- During the exercise, the local unit will be the "aggres- IlllnolS University senior ROTC unit, Peine said. Alderman Gets Jail Term^ Fine CHICAGO (UPI) - "I am a broke man," former Chicago Alderman Joseph Jambrone told U.S. District Judge William J. Lynch Thursday. "I am sorry for what I have dime." Lynch then sentenced the 55- year-old Democrat to two years in prison and fined him $15,000 for acceptUig bribes h return for arranging zoning variations in the 28th Waid. Jambrone, who did not seek re-election in 1970, was convicted April 12 for bribery and income tax evasion. He was charged with accepting a total of ;^5,500 in bribes. Congressman Would Name Bug Attorney ROCKFORD, 111. (UPI) -'Republican Congressman John B. Anders >3n of Illinois thhiks the best man to prosecute the Watergate spy case Is U.S. Attorney James R. Thompson of the government's Chipago ddce. Thompson, whose office won convlcthxis of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Otto Kemer, his former aide, Tlieodore J. Isaacs, and Cook County Clerk Edvard J. Barrett, should handle the Watergate Investigation, Anderson told a news conference Thursday. Thompson said he was "pleased" to hear Anderson regards him so highly, but said he believes any special Watergate prosecutor should be an attorney not connected with the Justice Department. Sales Up WASHINGTON (UPI) - U.S. retail sales last week ran about 18 per cent above a year ago, the Census Bureau reports. Sales at retail outlets around the nation were valued at an estimated $10 billion fo^: the week ending April 22, the report issued Thursday said. This was about five per cent above the previous week. Gas Shortage Helps Brand Dealers; Rationing Seen By United Press International An oil industry spokesman said lliursday the nation was "OQ the brink" of gasoline rationing amid charges by indeprndent service stations aod some state officials that distributors were using the fuel shortage to put them out of busJnpjMif for the benefit of their own retail outlets. The clmos oi the independents were substantiated to some extent by a spokesmtn for the Illinois Gasoline Dealers Association (IGDA) who said the shortage is the "best thing that's happened to the major branded stations in the past 20 years." Robert Jacobs, IGDA executive director said the shortgae "whether caused by accident or design," was stabilizing the market. "It is eliminating so-called 'mavericks' in the business who indulge in price cutting," he said. "I l>elieve when this crunch is over there will be at least ono-third less non-branded stations in operation and those remaining wiH be better independents." Jacobs' remarks were made in the upcoming May issue of "Service Station Dealer," an industry periodical. In an interview pilblished in the May edition of Intellectual Digest, John G. McLean, Chairman of Continental Oil Co., said the United States is on the brink of gas rationing. He also said a long-term fuel shortage could be averted if consumers were willing to pay higher prices. While the claims and counterclaims were flying, some officials at state leves have been taking a long and hard look at the situation. In Connecticut, Attorney General Robert K. Killian, two weeks ago, subpoenaed the records of five major firms to see if unfair quotas had been set. "The purported national gasoline shortage ... may well have been deliberately created to drive independents out of business and drastically increase the wholesale and retail price of gasoline," he said. In Maryland, the attorney general was investigating reports of collusion among major distributors in that state. The Family of ROSIE H. NYMAN Wishes to express gratitude to Doctors Willcutts, Douglas and Kamp and the staff nriembjirs qf St, Mary's Hospital and the Galesburg Clinic for their dedication to her during her Illness. Also Thanks to Rev. G. Harold Ahlberg for his , many visits, as vy^ell as to the numerous other people Iwho sent cards, visited and prayed for her. We sincerely Thank each of you for your kindness to all of us. We will alv^ays be grateful. 1 ( .........
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