The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on September 5, 1978 · Page 3
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 3

Bloomington, Illinois
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Tuesday, September 5, 1978
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He was laid up about 11 months and the doctors told him he'd never work again. Emmett. one of many persons who watched or participated in Monday's Labor Day Parade, also said doctors are amazed that even though he has emphysema he still can be a cement mason at the age of 67. Nevertheless, Emmett is working and said he'll continue to work "until I drop dead." Then he laughed and said he'd at least like to work until he's 70. Emmett was one of the laborers and Monday's festivities or watched the parade along its 17-block route from Main and Front streets to Miller Park. For the workers, it was their day a show of unity. Emmett said he's proud of his status as a laborer and many McLean County residents honored him by nominating him for laborer of the year. As a result. Emmett. 44 Second Street, Greenwood Mobile Home Court, received the Laborer of the Year Award, sponsored by WJBC Radio. A 30-year member of the Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local 152, Emmett also has been plagued by skin his dedication to the work ethic. "I've worked since I was 12 years old." Emmett said. "I left school at 14 to support my family. I also supported my grandmother at 19 when my father died." he said. "During the 1930s in the Depression I learned to appreciate work. I dug in and made a living," he said. "But, sometimes I went hungry." Emmett and other area laborers were honored with awards bestowed at Miller Park after the parade. The parade, which included two marching bands, floats antique cars and clowns, traveled west on Front, south on Lee Street and then west on Wood Street to the park. The Normal Community High School Ironmen Marching Band and the NCHS Flag Corps were highlights of the parade. Also in the parade were political candidates and local officials. Also honored Monday was Lester W. Kerfoot. an assistant business agent and treasurer for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 63. Kerfoot was given the George Meany Award for service to youth. The award is given through the Bloom-ington Trades and Labor Assembly for service to the Boy Scouts of America. Kerfoot is a volunteer member of the Corn Belt district of the scouts. Many spectators enjoyed the parade along its route as moderate temperatures and sunny skies combined for a good time. Three-year-old Katy Whalen said she walked with members of the Laborers Union Local 362. The shy young lady wouldn't say much more than that. Her father. Tom Whalen. a construction worker with the local, firmly believes in the parade as a symbol of solidarity. "If working people don't get together, they can't make it work," he said. "It's great that they started it (the parade)." Whalen said. "It .shows unity. union members who Darticipated in cancer. That doesn't seem to stop him in Lee Street and then west on wood Mreei cu u.mmlc u. uk ..,. union membe s who pa ic pated V WWWWWWW"""'"" ""W"--" ... .ii,.- , I I II Mll I Car-train crash kil 3 near Bel If lower By Greg Conroy BELLFLOWER-Three men, two burned beyond recognition, died early Monday in a fiery car-train crash on U.S. 136 at Illinois 54. It was the third accident involving a train in McLean County since Friday. County Coroner William T. Anderson said one of the victims was Ricky Poskitt, 19, Rantoul. Anderson tentatively identified the other two victims as brothers from Rantoul. Poskitt was identified by by an identification tag around his neck. Anderson said dental records at Tinker Air Force in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be checked today for positive identification. Anderson said the brothers' family lived at the base. A fourth person in the car, Ray Donald ( vLance, also' of Rantoul, was found about 30 feet from the burning vehicle. Trooper Paul McKinney of District 6 state police said Lance probably crawled from the wreckage. Lance was taken to Burnham City Hospital, Champaign, where he was in serious condition Monday night. Anderson said the 3:30 a.m. accident occurred when the eastbound car struck the 13th car of the 87-car, Illinois Central Gulf freight train. He said there were no skid marks at the scene, indicating the driver did not brake. McKinney said the car was traveling about 40 mph and the freight was traveling less than 10 mph. Anderson said thick fog may have obscured the driver's vision. He said railroad warning lights at the intersection were working properly. Anderson said the freight was bound for Kansas City. The burning wreckage was not discovered until trainmen in the caboose sighted it. Farmer City firemen extinguished the blaze and DeWitt County sheriff's police and Farmer City police assisted at the crash scene. The victims were taken to Stensel Funeral Home in LeRoy. Carolyn Myers, 31, Cooksville, was injured Friday when the car she was driving struck an ICG train about 2 miles northeast of Merna. She was in good condition Monday night at Brokaw Hospital. Michael Denight, 24, of 506 N. Linden St. was injured Friday when his car struck a 67-car ICG freight train at the Raab Road crossing on Normal's northeast edge. He was released after treatment at Brokaw.. Denight was charged with disobeying a railroad signal. . Day of protest and death By Pantagraph wire services Some traditional end-of-summer celebrations were disrupted Labor Day, one with tragedy when a helicopter hurtled into a crowd of picknickers at a Pennsylvania church festival. In Michigan, demonstrators used the once-a-year opening of a pedestrian walkway to dump 150 pounds of what they said was tainted meat into the strait connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. In Maine, a bogus report of a 60-foot tidal wave cleared beaches along the southern coast. In Ohio, about 100 migrant workers, striking for better wages from tomato growers, picked Labor Day to begin a 100-mile march to the statehouse in Columbus. The helicopter crash in Derry, Pa., killed at least six persons and injured at least seven, police said. It apparently occurred as the craft swooped down to drop prizes to some 500 festival-goers at St. Joseph's Church. Many other holiday deaths were predicted across the nation. The National $ Safety Council said 487 persons had been killed by midnight Monday nationwide. Members of the American Agriculture Movement used the traditional, one-day opening of the Mackinac Bridge to pedestrians to dramatize their protest against imported beef. They tossed some 150 pounds over the side, with Louis Saunders of Quincy, Mich, saying: "It doesn't hurt the fish any more than it does us." The number of Illinois traffic deaths mounted steadily Monday in the final day of the long Labor Day holiday weekend despite increased police vigilance to enforce the 55 mph speed limit more strictly than usual. A count by United Press International late Monday showed at least 26 persons had died in holiday traffic accidents on the state's highways since 6 p.m. Friday night. Terry D. Hood, 18, of Kansas, 111., was killed Monday in a one-car accident on Illinois 16 east of Kansas. Donald Schrieber, of Jerseyville, was killed in the early morning hours in a single-car accident on Illinois 267 south of town. And Roberta Hughes, 66, Forest, Miss., was killed early Monday when the driver of the car in which she was a passenger fell asleep at the wheel, causing it to crash on Interstate 57 four miles North of Salem. In one of the weekend's most bizarre accidents, Jeffrey D. Beyer, 18, of Freeport, was killed Saturday night in a motorcycle accident at the junction of Illinois 75 and River Road East of town. When the accident occurred, a companion on another motorcycle declined to stop, speeding instead into Freeport for help. Police said ambulance attendants arrived at the scene a short time later, but were unable to find the body which had sailed 375 feet into the yard of a private residence. Perry Kutzke, who lives outside Freeport, discovered the body Sunday morning after returning home from a camping outing with his family. Linda Ramirez, 3, Chicago, was struck by a car and killed Sunday night on the city's North Side. Sarah A. Matichak, 18, of Joliet, was killed Sunday in a one-car accident in Southern Illinois. T . - -v 1 -wvwu.... , , I J ' r-H - :V j . r h r. : I "-4 j - f I t 1 ' , , J ft! 4 ' fj CZlLil : 1 ; i fi -j ii '1 j. ' " ? , 1 ,i 'U : : li'f -fl . j j i ;" I Jpl i f mm., . j il T5 sf,, I s iHt ' i 1 lrl M ' ' ! 1 P h " . C KiS 'ill r ' , v:rj--Y- . Funks Grove Only the sun's welcome depot of the Illinois Central Gulf Rail- DeDOf OfOW glow brought life this Labor Day week- road. (Pantagraph photo by Pete Ensen-i 2 end to the long-abandoned Funks Grove berger)

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