Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 29, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, May 29, 1973
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I fioltsbufa.ftcQister*Mail i! .,Ga.lesbu.rfl y III. Tuesday, May 29, 1973 Annual Memorial Day Parade, Service Attracts Young and Old in Galesburg Sy AMDREA S^ERRETTI (Staff Writer) An 11-yew-o I d freckled- •aued boy stood at attention behind several men as they fired a gun solute. His Strang pose, his bright white shirt, stood out in the midst of Memorial Day services at Mope Cemetery Monday. Yeans ago the meaning of the day would have inspired many boys that age to do as he did, and perhaps they would have dreamed of being honored some day for their efforts to defend America. But even though Jeff Soper, (the 11-year-old, stood at attention out of respect, he, like other youths in the world of 1973, said he would not like to join (he armed forces. "I just don't like to go to war. I hate it," Jeff explained. His father, Dean Soper, served in the Navy in the Korean War. An 8-year-old boy also attending the memorial service, offered a comment about the Vietnam War. "I don't like it, to tefl you the truth." He added that he would not like to join the armed forces because "You might get lolled." MANY MEN were kilted in wars throughout the history of the country. Monday was their day of (recognition. It was a day of leisure, a day of war stories spun by elderly veterans and a day for parades. Children standing along the Galesburg parade route on Main Street (Monday had varied ideas about ithe meaning of the day. "It means be happy because of people who fought in the war for us," Tuesday Spinks said. Lori Hendricks said it meant "Having a tot of fun and seeing people.'' The highlight of the parade for most children was not the marching veterans but the free suckers tossed to them (from all ambulance in the parade. Other highlights of the parade included rank upon rank of baton twirlers. Some little girls holding batons wore more metals on their chests than the legionnaires. Girls were doing handstands around the Public Square. Some little girls carried pompons larger than themselves and could hardly keep them off the ground. AND THERE were school bands. The young musicians sometimes had to struggle to work out the difficulties of turning around the Public Square. There were clowns, a sheriff 's posse on horseback, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and antique cars carrying senior citizens. More senior citi­ zens sat and watched from park benches on the square as the parade passed on its way to the cemetery. As the parade drifted down Main Street few persons noticed a small monument company along Ihe route. For Mrs. Paul Lacky of Lacky & Sons Monument Co. the day meant watching a parade for the 36th year and "a lot of hard work." Mrs. Lacky said Memorial Day is the time people think of graves they haven't marked in years. One grave which had gone unmarked was that of Joseph O. Stone, an Army private who served in World War I. He was born in 1890 and died in 1972, and his stone was a government issue. THERE ARE three styles of markers the federal government issues for veterans —• grey granite slabs; white, marble, vertical markers and bronze plaques. After the government issues the grave stones each Memorial Day veterans place flags in the ground nearby. About 1,500 flags were placed in cemeteries in the Galesburg area this year, said Rod Christiansen, a past American Legion commander. And each year after services are held in the cemeteries the legionnaires retrieve the flags to save them for the next Memorial Day. Each year the services seem to take on the same air, but this year some clergymen and other speakers made references to the present state of the country and the Watergate affair. The Rev. Ordell Peterson of First Lutheran Church said the nation is in a "state of confusion" but added that a just court system would help solve the nation's problems. HE ALSO spoke of the "bravery, valor and unselfishness" of servicemen everywhere and the "struggles, pain and suffering" of those who cared about the soldiers. During the speech the grumble of a passing street cleaning truck drowned out part of the clergyman's speech and made Memorial Day seem like any other day. Few persons followed the parade route to the cemetery for s e r v i c e s. Christiansen stayed for the services and afterwards chatted with some of the onlookers, saying the cemetery was a fascinating place because of the history it contained. He pointed out the graves of several unknown soldiers. One grave stone across from the graves of some unknown soldiers read: "What hopes lie buried here?" It seemed to sum up the day. JLUNOtS: cooler lonlfht: fnfr northern third, variable cloudlnem central and aouth with ch«nc« ot shower* extreme noulh. wednen- day mostly minny north, variable cloudiness with chsnee ot showers south. Low tonight mostly <!0s north, 48-IW south. Hl«h Wednesday mid «0» to mid 70s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy with chance or thunder- ahowers tonight and Wednesday. <?»i«ht mid to upper Ms, High Wednesday M-70, toWA- Tonliht partly ?1 ° urt iV •D *Mt. s ^irv r4h Low Generally fair Wednesday, M»W Generally fair w«nn"""ji j' tonliht upper 40s north and west, near 80 southeast. Hl«h Wednesday low 70s. LOCAL WEATHEH Noon temperature,.84; momnfij low, 82. Sky cloudy. (Monday* maximum, 70; minimum, 81; Sun- ILLINOIS to Stttty cloudy Thursday th^ghjtmhiy. Tern. ntvtn iTAott BurHnjrS«rf4J .MjN .'l. KeokuJr ~lM &U $.1 quincy -iii riM OJ Orafton— 81.3 no chanf* Xlton-~a3.4 tff 0.4 4 St. Loule -W .l riM 0.4 Cape Girardeau—3S.4 tali 0 .7 LaSalle-lB .7 MM J J Peoria— 15.4 rise 0.2 Havana— 18.1 riat 0.1 Beardstown— 16.3 no change St. Charles— 24.4 rise 1.9 Holiday Traffic Death Toll Near 500 Mark, May Grow _ ..... T„I _i:~.,„1 |pian*a , By United Press International The traffic death count for the Memorial Day weekend neared the 500 mark today, but a final traffic death count could fall within the National Safety Council estimate of between 550 and 650. A United Press International count at 11 a.m. EDT showed 503 persons dead in traffic since the holiday period began at 6 p.m. Friday. A breakdown of accidental deaths: Traffic 503 Drowning 129 Planes 16 Other 65 Total 713 California reported 53 traffic deaths, New York 35, Texas 30, Florida 29 and Ohio 24. The National Safety Council had estimated that as many as 650 persons could die in traffic before the 78-hour weekend ended at midnight Monday. The death count rose steadily during the weekend despite inclement weather that included tornadoes, floods and heavy rains in the southern and central states. Memorial Day in Galesburg featured the annual parade down Main Street and services at Hope Cemetery. Rev. Ordell Peterson, left, spoke about the bravery of soldiers and the suffering of those who waited at home. The Galesburg High School band, above, was one of many units in the par- Memorial Day in Galesburg ade that stirred patriotic feelings among young and old alike, as witnessed by the Boy Scout, below, saluting the flag. The services ended with taps and the traditional rifle salute. (Register-Mail photos by Dale Humphrey.) Lake Bracken Board Okays $1.2 Million Offer for Land The Lake Bracken Country Club board of directors has authorized its negotiating team to offer the Burlington Northern Railroad $1.2 million for club property, according to Clem Ekstrom, club president. Ekstrom said this morning that the figure is the appraised value of the property. Ekstrom noted that members, at a special meeting May 11,. voted to allow the club's negotiators to proceed with the approval of the board of directors. Ekstrom said the board subsequently met and authorized the $1.2 million offer. Stevenson Charges Oil Firms Attempting To Ax Little Guy CHICAGO (UPI)-Sen. Adlai Stevenson, D-Ill., charged today that the major oil companies are trying to drive independent gasoline dealers out of business by cutting off fuel supplies in hopes of pushing prices up. "There are antitrust implications in these matters," Stevenson said as he opened a one-day hearing on the fuel shortage and its impact in Illinois. "The antitrust laws are intended to preserve competition. But there is evidence that the major oil companies are using the fuel shortage they helped to create to drive out their competition. Could Continue "If the independents are elmi- inated from the market the price of gasoline and other petroleum products could contin- us to rise. And if the farmers cannot obtain the fuel with which to plant their crops, the already high price of food will rise higher.' Most of the independent gaso­ line dealers who testified at the hearing agreed with Stevenson's premise, and none of the major oil companies was present to refute the charges. "If this conspiracy is not nipped in the bud, the gasoline prices will soon be out of sight," said Charles Hague, president of the Tri-America Oil Co. which operates 12 small stations in Chicago. Thrown Out? "I liken what is happening to an airline saying all its coach passengers will be thrown out of the plane—en route." Stevenson said that the Federal Trade Commission and other agencies are investigating whether the major oil companies are breaking antitrust laws. He said the Nixon administration has "resolutely refused to act" on the problem. The hearing which Stevenson conducted was on behalf of the consumer subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee. Landfill Unit Slates Visit To Neiv Site Members of the Knox County Board's Sanitary Landfill Ctomrnifctee were to inspect the proposed new landfill site late this afternoon. John Carlson, R-lst, committee chairman, said this morning that members planned to look over the site, owned by Floyd H. Grant, east of Wataga. The county has an option on the property. Barring rain, Carlson said, the committee will discuss at the site the location for starting landfill operations early in the fall. He said the committee will also discuss test borings and other tests necessary for Environmental Protection Agency approval. Carlson said he has toured the site with an engineer from the Peoria firm of Daley and Associates, but a full engineering report has yet to be received. The report, is a prerequisite for EPA approval, according to the chairman. "We are going on the assumption that everything is going to move along smoothly, and we will be able to move the landfill operation to the new site in the fail. We just about have to plan to do something by then/ 5 Carlson Court Restricts Access To Broadcast Advertising WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Move Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 (BEM) today that broadcasters are not Chief required by either federal law,Burger for Vietnam Peace ruling which directed the Federal Communications Corn- Justice Warren E mission t0 se * U P "regulatory said in the majority ,S uidelines " on how to deal with nmninn that aivin? pvprvnnp advertisements on matters SUD- or the Constitution's guarante^ of free speech to accept oaid, : ,_.. 8 > The Supreme Court) , sMe th case was before it, had frozen speech to accept paidl time ^ lead t£) monopoUza . advertising on such public tion of ^ airwaves by those 1 issues as war or pontics. ;best able to afford it, and inject ithe right of broadcasters to The Court reversed a decision more government control over continue the traditional practice bv uV- US Court of Appeals broadcast media. of not accepting such adver- here in a'test case brought by. Justices William J. Brennanj^• And in the Democratic National Com-Jr. and Thurgood Marshalljo^ess or the broadcasters mittee and an antiwar group dissented from the opinion,!might work out some limited called Business Executives' rejecting the appeals court jform of advertising access. Class Produces Drugs Program An ninth grade English class at Lombard Junior High School has produced a drug information program which will be seen on cable television here May 30 at 8 p.m. and June 1 at 7 p.m. Twenty-seven ninth graders in Miss Sheryl Hinman's English class decided to produce the show later reading the novel, "Tuned Out." The story teMs the experiences of a young boy who learns his older brother is hooked on drugs. The students researched what drug help is available in the community. Lodge Delegates Vote to Eliminate Race Restriction CHICAGO (UPI) — Delegates to the 85th annual international convention of the Loyal Order of Moose have voted to drop a racial restriction on membership which has been in the order's constitution since its founding in 1888. In a vote by a show of hands, delegates to the convention Mpnday approved a short resolution saying that all reference to race would be eliminated] from the constitution and gen-j eral laws of the Loyal Order of Moose. NEW! SOMETHING NEW HAS BEEN ADDED TO GALESBURG'S RED CROSS BLOOD PROGRAM. Municipal Tax Bills Arrive-All Are Higher If you are a resident of a Knox County municipality, chances are ycu opened a tax bill today which showed an increase over las', year. A comparison of tax rates for persons residing in municipalities shows that in every instance the rate for 1972 taxes is up over 1971. All tax bills were mailed over the weekend, and due date for first installment payments has been set for July 2. Second installment payments will be due Sept. 1. The largest single rate in­ crease will be felt by Maquon residents, where tax bills will reflect an increase of $1,264 per $100 of assessed valuation. London Mills residents will see an increase in their rate of $1.10 per $100 of assessed valuation. Both rates experienced a hike because voters passed a bond issue for a new high school for District 4. The bond issue created a hike in tax rates for District 4 residents of $1,009. City of Galesburg residents experienced one of the small­ er tax rate increases. Bills will reflect an increase of .128 cents per $100* of assessed valuation. Williamsfield taxpayers have the distinction of receiving the smallest increase of any Knox County municipality —.009 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The sanitary rate for Williamsfield residents took a drop of 5.7 cents, and small increases in other areas kept the rate nearly constant. Knoxville residents will see an increase of 627 cents per $100 of assessed valuation based on an increase of .359 cents for a sewer bond issue and a hike in the school rate of .174 cents. An increase of 30 cents per $100 of assessed valuation brought about by a bond issue to separate storm and sewer water is shown in the rate increase to Abingdon voters. Indian Point Township voters will pay .484 cents per $100 of assessed valuation more, and Cedar Township residents will pay .417 cents more. A hike in the school rate of .525 cents for a building program is reflected for residents of the ROVA school district. Towns affected and their rate increase include Rio, .621 cents; Oneida, .049 cents; Altona, .634 cents; Victoria- Copley Township, .599 cents, and Victoria—Victoria Township. .594 cents. Other municipalities and the rate of tax increase per $100 of assessed valuation include St. Augustine, .119 cents; Henderson, .087 cents; East Galesburg, .238 cents; Wataga, .092 cents; and Yates City, .305 cents. For the Convenience of the donor there will be no Waiting ... You Go Right Thru! Everyone Is Welcome At Galesburg Regional Red Cross Blood Center W« Ait An Agtncy Of th« Unlttd Fund

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