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Friday, May 4, 1973
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Fridoy, May 4/ 1973 Gas Shortage? Area Farmers 9 Concern Is Wet Weather, Delay in Field Work By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Steti Writer) ... Talk of serious fuel shortages apparently has not yet Domereo area Banners, wno are more concerned about wet field conditions hampering spring work. "It almost drys up and I'm ready to go, then along conies another gulley washer," a Henderson County fanner lamented this morning. "Gas shortage?" he told a reporter. "I'd just like to get out there and burn some gas. Then I'll start worrying about gas shortages." AGRICULTURE extension advisers in Knox, Warren and Henderson counties agreed this morning that very little planting has been done so far this spring. "Virtually none," Warren County farm adviser Jim McCurdy answered when asked about the progress of com planting in his county. "We're about two weeks behind over here," MoCurdy commented. He estimated that during a normal planting season, Warren County farmers would have about 40 per cent of their seed corn in the ground by now. Tomorrow, according to the experts, is the ideal day to plant corn in this area. After May 5, each day that passes represents a one per cent reduction in corn yield. "In other words," McCurdy explained, "if a man plants on May 15, he should expect a 10 per cent reduction in his yield. Of course, that's an average year. Some years, the late com is best." "NORMALLY I suppose we'd have about 30 per cent of our corn in by now," Henderson County farm adviser Curt Eisenmeyer estimated. "And we're less than one per cent done." "Some guys still have plowing to do — all of it in some cases," Eisenmeyer added. Many Henderson County farmers have cropland located along creeks and streams that were flooded this spring. Some of the bottom land in Henderson County was still under water this morning. Skattered reports were coming in today of farmers who were getting into the fields. The weatherman appeared to be ready to cooperatte with clear skies for the next few days. DON TEEL, Knox County farm adviser, also reported spring farm work is behind and progressing slowly. "I talked to a couple of big operators who had 15-20 acres planted out of maybe a thousand," Teel said, "About enough to get the planter set. Some guys are afraid to get it (the equipment) off the driveway for fear it'll sink. A few places with good drainage, they're in the fields today," he added. Knox County farmers, in a normal year, expect to have about 50 per cent of their com planted by this time. "If we had our druthers, we'd be over half done," Teel said. "Last year was a good spring and we were probably 75 per cent done by now." Many farmers were behind when they started out this spring, as snow and rain last fall delayed the harvest and prevented fall plowing. Last month's total rainfall was more thin double the usual for April. "THE GROUND is really soaked," a farmer exclaimed earlier this week. "It just is not able to hold much water now—every time we get one of these rains." Farmers in Mercer and Henry counties were working late last week, and some corn was planted before weekend showers again halted farming operations. Some farm operations were also slowed by wind and hail damage, according Carrol Chambliss, agricultural agronomist at Macomb, who described the morale of some fanners as "very low." From across the state, farm­ ers and agricultural leaders described cropland as saturated. A UNIVERSITY of Illinois agronomist at Brownstown in Southern Illinois speculated that "with the best of weather there'll be no corn planted in his area before next week." In the eastern part of the state, agricultural experts report farmers are about one good drying day away from getting into the fields. But the soil moisture content is so high that "a 1-inch rain would set us back several days," according to an agronomist there. Less than 50 per cent of the corn ground in northern Illinois has been plowed, according to agricultural experts there, and the farmers were just beginning to get back into the fields late this week. Weather and River rose today at 8:87 ft.m., Mta >t 7:87 *>.m. ™ w * l ILLINOIS: Ttir tonight. Mottly gunny and warmer Saturday. Low tonight 37-42 northeast, 40-48 southwest. High Saturday <W-7* northeast, 70s southwest. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Generally fair and not quite so cool tonight, Partly aunny and warm Saturday. Low tonight mid to upper 40s, High Saturday 78-80. IOWA: Mostly fair and warmer tonight. Variable cloudiness and warmer Saturday with alight chance at icattered showers or thunderstorms extreme west by evening. Low tonight near 40 northeast, low 80a southwest. High Saturday 70s. LOCAL WEATHER i- Noo 5. t * m P« r,tUre - 8fl ! morning'a low, 34. Sky clear. (Thursday's maximum, 80; minimum, 39.) Sun 34 Permits t JtTtlf htD, FORECAST ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy with lit ature Sunday, throu, chance of answer* through. Tueaday. Hli to low toi norm, Lows 40* north jaw Sunday tper eos ' aouth. BurllAitttt^iM re GirardMu--44.0 fall LaSalle-14,1 fall 0.7 Peorlt»-S3.t fall 6.1 Havana—M.4 fall o.l Beardstown—18,1 fan 0 .9 St. Charlea—J7.7 Hie 0 .8 1.0 Construction Jobs Climb for Month Farmers in Some Parts of State Lack Fuel to Plant SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) — The Illinois Agriculture Department said Thursday farmers throughout the state are panicky because they don't have enough fuel to plant their spring crops. "IT'S BAD all over the state," said Don Handy, head of the department's special projects section. "It's spotty, but it's bad. It's a very serious problem in Illinois and we don't know how to solve it." Handy said there are 22.4 million acres of land to be planted in the state this season and will need an estimated 287 million gallons of gasoline and 163 million gallons of diesel fuel for their planting equipment. He said in the next 45 days alone — prime planting time — 167 million gallons of fuel will be needed. THE DEPARTMENT has set up a "fuel crisis line," Handy said, through which farmers may obtain information on possible fuel sources. He said 25 to 30 farmers are calling in each day. "We have a list of all the major companies and tank suppliers and we give them a list of distributors in their area," he said. "Some of the major suppliers are supplying fuel on an emergency basis because the crops have to be planted." Handy said one Cumberland County farm wife told him she and her husband had only 300 gallons of gas left to plant 1,100 acres. About 20 gallons of fuel are needed to plant one acre. "She said they were notified Wednesday by their distributor that they would receive no more fuel. They contacted every distributor in their area, and no one was willing to give them a drop," Handy said. "THEY HAD borrowed money on their farm, the floods hit them, and then the gasoline dealer tells them they can't have any fuel. "The wife said it was the first time she had ever seen her husband cry." Handy said a fuel inventory taken recently showed there are 920 million gallons of gasoline less available than there were a year ago. Gov. Daniel Walker met Thursday in Chicago with representatives from several of the major oil companies to see what can be done about the shortage in Illinois, both for the farmers and the small independent gasoline stations which cannot obtain adequate gas supplies. Study on City - County Jail Nearly Ready for Officials An architect's feasibility study for a joint city-county law enforcement building may be ready for presentation to city and county officials within the next two weeks. John Mellican, of the architectural firm of Weber, Griffith & Mellican, told representatives of both groups Thursday night that the study will be completed when he adds the verbal portion to completed schematic drawings. CITY AND COUNTY officials last night seemed generally to agree on the latest plan presented. The 3-story building with six levels contains a basement area housing Civil Defense quarters, shooting range, exercise and dayroom and parking facilities for police cars; a first floor housing the Galesburg Fire De- partm e n t, communications, records and administrative offices for the Galesburg Police Department, the Knox County sheriff and the fire depart­ ment, and a third floor with detention facilities. Total floor space is 54,398 square feet. Allocation of space for cost estimate was discussed last night, and there was general agreement that the county would be obligated for the detention area, its own office space, some area to be used jointly and approximately one-third of the basement space after the Civil Defense portion of the basement is paid for by thot agency. THE CITY would be obligated for the fire station portion of the building, area used by the Galesburg Police Department, a portion of joint area and some two-thirds of the basement area not covered by the CD allocation. Some details remain to be worked out, but Mellican told the group the space allocation would enable him to prepare cost estimate figures for the sMv. Also discussed was an arrangement which would put communications and records under the jurisdiction of the city police with a contract to furnish service to the county on a fee basis. The county in turn would be responsible for the detention facility with the city to pay for keep of its prisoners on a per diem or other equitable basis. MELLICAN SAID a quick assessment of figures showed (that the county would be responsible for some 20,000 square feet of the building. "That's pretty close to the state study which provided for 17,785 square feet," he said. Police Chief James H. Frakes said the unique concept of the building with city- county cooperation might make the project eligible for some federal funds. "The point I want to stress is thai; It will take complete cooperation to make it work," commented Willard Larson, R-4th, chairman of the Knox County Board's Jail and Sheriff's Office Committee. House Committee Approves Bill to Aid CluVs Members Groundbreaking Ceremony * * " - • part in the ceremony were, from left, Dave Tressell, estimator for Johnson Building system Inc., general contractor for the project; Allen Johnson, president and owner of Johnson Building System Inc.; Jim Reese of Davenport, Ford Motor Co. district representative; and Jim Hardine, vice president of Farmers & Mechanics Bank. Louis Lakis, center, owner of Lakis Ford, Inc., turns the first spade full of earth today during groundbreaking ceremony at the future location of the Ford dealership. To be located on 10 acres of land across from Linwood Cemetery on U. S. 34, the new Lakis Ford building will have a total area of approximately 35,000 square feet. Others taking Juvenile Home Eyes New Controls A bill which would give Lake Bracken Country Club members a hearing before the Illinois Commerce Commission advanced out of committee Thursday and will advance to the floor of the Illinois House. The Public Utilities Committee voted it out of committee 11-0, with one member voting present. Rep. Fred Tuerk, R.­ Peoria is the bill's sponsor. JOHN HATTERY, counsel for the Lake Bracken members, testified before the committee, giving a brief resume of the development of the lake and the country club. Hattery told the committee it was necessary for persons who have built homes on leased land around the lake to have a voice before the ICC in the event the railroad makes any disposition of the property contrary to club interest. The bill provides that any tenant who has been in possession of a home for five or more years and has made substantial improvements to the real estate has standing before the ICC in the event of a sale. As a public utility, the railroad is subject to regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission, and any disposition of the property by the railroad would require commission approval. Giving tenants "standing" with the commission would mean that tenant would have to be notified of any pending disposal and the chance to be heard before the commission, Hattery explained. Lake Bracken Country Club members will have a special meeting May 11 to discuss the possibility of purchase of the property. The Knox -County Board's Mary Davis Home will investigate the possibility of having the youth facility placed under the jurisdiction of the Director of Court Services. Committee members Thursday night agreed to check with Chief Judge Daniel J. Roberts and board officials to discuss the advantages of having the home as part of the probation system. DOUGLAS BERGMANN, R- lst, committee chairman, told committee members House Bill 1060, which is pending in the legislature, would put all juvenile detention facilities in the state in the probation system, State law now provides that any facility which is placed under the jurisdiction of the Director of Court Services qualifies for a reimbursement of up to $3,600 a year per staff member, with the exception of the superintendent, HB 1060 provides that a county would be reimbursed 100 per cent for staff salaries. Bergmann reported that he had met with Rep. A. T. McMaster, R-Onelda, to discuss the possibility of a state subsidy for operating the home. MsMASTER reportedly suggested that the committee take its request to the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. The committee tabled any action for the present, The committee accepted the resignation of David Johnson, home superintendent, who has accepted the post of Sangamon County Director of Court Services effective June 1. Judge William K. Richardson, who is responsible for the home, will screen applicants for Johnson's replacement, Johnson reported that three staff members may leave within the next 60 days, and he is currently interviewing applicants for the jobs, A monthly census report showed 21 new admissions during April, with a daily average of 14 at the home. Summer Road Work Plan A resolution for county road work to be done this summer will be presented at the May 9 meeting of the Knox County Board. The board's Highway Committee at a meeting this morning voted to prepare a resolution for work on County Road 17, County Road 2 and the Dahinda road from the Court Creek bridge to the village. Estimated cost of the work would be $119,000 and would come from motor fuel tax funds or federal aid assistance funds. Jack Witt, highway superintendent, said three ana a half miles of County Road 17 south from 111. 167; four miles of County Road 2 north of Oneida and the segment of the road from Dahinda to the See 'County'- (Continued on Page 3) Senate Transit Unit Approves Supplemental Freeways By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The state Senate Transportation Committee, despite administration testimony the state can't afford it, has approved a sup- are small, however, since House plan eventually would cost near* Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- ly $1 billion if built to con- Park Forest, Thursday critizied elusion. "No one has a higher regard for the supplemental freeways than myself," Bond said. "And legislative involvement in freeway planning and Walker has all but promised to veto the committed, another 1150 million has been pledged to Chicago and Cook County and only some $390 million is left for future freeway spending. "Shed Little Light" "The careless use of figures by the «ecretary of transportation this afternoon shed little light on the coat of any high plemental freeway system in- 1 measures if they reach his I know I speak for Governor eluding many of the routes re-jdesk. Walker as well. Our problem is jected by Gov. Daniel Walker.; The committee questioned that there may not be enough The vote was 12-3 in the:Transportation Secretary Lang-imoney to pay for it all." transportation committee. The home M. Bond for two hours Bond explained that, while!way program," Sen- Edward $121 million package next goes Thursday, and, at the end of $600 million for freeways wasMcBroom, R-Kankakee, said to the Senate appropriations the session, still didn't believe included in the 1971 transporta*!after the meeting, panel. then to the full Senate, his estimate that the Repubji- tion bond issue, some $80 mil- Sen. Tom Merritt, R.HoopeS' Chinees for ultimate passage can-sponsored Senate freeway lion of that already is spent or,ton, told Bond flatly he did not believe the Department of Transportation e s t i m a te and Sen- John Conolly, R-Waukegan, told Pond his estimate was "imposjjble." Senators Harber Hall, R* Bloomington. and John KnuppeJ D'Virginia, said they feel the state is committed to build the freeways Walker 'scrapped, since it was by promising those reads that former Gov, Richard B. Ogilvie secured passage of the $900 million bond issue. Still others on the committee,! including Senators Sam Vadala bene D-Udwerdsville and Clif ford L a t h e v o w, R-Carthaga, made special pleas for high ways in their areas. Vadalabene introduced an amendment to the GOP pack age calling for construction of a 4'lane link between Rock Island and East St. Louis which would utilise existing 1-74 be- See *Senate'- (Continued on Page 3) Construction activity in Galesburg — measured by the number of building permits issued by (he dry — increased during April compared to the previous three months. Irvin Spencer, city building inspector, reported today he issued 34 permits for projects valued at $356,917. BY COMPARISON, 33 permits for construction valued at $216,505 were issued this year in March, and 33 permits for $326,220 worth of building were issued here in April 1972. Most of the permits issued by Spencer last month — for work totaling $24,550 - were for garages and carports. Permits for four residential dwellings, with a combined esti­ mated value of $76,000, were issued for 2710 Montague Dr., 1462 Oriole Dr., 750 Columbus Ave, and 1858Bluebird Dr. Spencer issued seven permits far house Additions valued ait $19,500, and 10 miscellaneous category permits for projects by various busi- churches and individuals. Four permits to construct signs were also issued. THE CITY also approved permits last month to demolish a dwelling at 734 Hotton St., a vacant church at 53 N. Henderson St. and seven garages. So far this yaer, 16 permits for 33 dwelling units have been issued here. During the same time, four buildings containing six dwelling units have been demolished. Possible Death? Company Recalls Tuna 'Voluntarily' ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UPI) Ralston Purina Co. began a "voluntary recall" Thursday of cans of "Chicken-of-the-Sea" tuna fish following reports that a Moline, 111., woman became fatally ill after eating a tuna fish salad. A Ralston spokesman said the recall covered f,000 cases of 9% ounce cans distributed mainly in the Chicago area. The code number on the cans is 2H9M3- MK23E. The spokesman said there was no confirmation of any connection between the death Thursday of Mrs. Mildred Rodts and the Chicken-of-the- Sea tuna she had eaten Wednesday. He said the recall was "a precautionary measure." Mrs. Rodts, 52, was hospitalized Wednesday night when she became violently ill about an hour after eating tuna fish salad containing the Ralston Purina product, Rock Island County Coroner James Shaw said. Shaw said the brand of tuna was removed from the shelves of all stores in the Moline area in Illinois and Iowa. Dr. Jose Acosta, the pathologist who examined Mrs. Rodts, said poisoning from the tuna was "suspected, but not definite." Grocers Here Find No Cans Galesburg grocers reported today, that they had no cans of the "Chicken of the Sea" tuna — linked to the death Thursday of a Moline woman — on their shelves. Early this morning, grocers checked their stock for the tuna bearing code number 2H9M3-MK23E but found none. Most grocers said they had not been notified by their headquarters to check the tuna cans, but did so voluntarily as soon as the numbers were announced. He said he was "baffled" because it did not appear that Mrs. Rodts died of botulism, the type of poison usually associated with contaminated canned foods." The woman was brought to Sinai Illinl Hospital at 8 p.m. Wednesday by her husband, Robert, after she suffered extensive vomiting and diarrhea. Acosta said she went into shock and died about 12 hours after eating the tuna. He said she was the only person in her home to have eaten the salad, Authorities were examining the salad and empty tuna can. Snapper. The mower that works like a beaver. 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