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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, June 11, 1973
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2; Galesburg Register-Mail, Galesburg, 111. Mondoy, June 11, 1973 Federal Board Blames BN Crash on 'Phantom By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) A fiery head-on collision between two freight trains last year near Maquon which killed four veteran Burlington Northern Railroad employes resulted after the crew of a westbound train misread a signal at Yates City, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said today. In a report, the NTSB blamed the crash on the failure of the westbound train to stop at Yates City, where the crew would have received alternate instructions. The error occurred when the engineer, Glenn E. Way, 46, Knoxville, "may have failed to interpret the signal correctly . . . because of the effects of alcohol and a misleading phantom . . . westbound train's order signal." Way was killed in the grinding crash May 24, 1972, on a curve on a single track about two miles east of Maquon. Others who lost their lives were Way's front end brake- man, Ghlcc Wilson, 64, M Irwin St., and the engineer and brakeman on the eastbound train, Frederick A. Mitchell, 51, Knoxville, and Robert McGraw, 35, Oneida. ACCORDING to the NTSB investigation, the order sign at Yates City was positioned at "stop," but may have been misread by the crew on the westbound train when sunlight shining through the green lens made in more visible than the lighted red lens. The green light indicated a clear track ahead, and the westbound freight passed through Yates City instead of pulling onto a siding as it would have been ordered to do. The crash occurred about eight miles beyond. The two trains came into each other's view when they were about 800 feet apart, according to authorities. Railroad officials speculated there was no time for the four men to leap from the trains before the collision. BOTH TRAINS were travel­ ing over their 30 milc-pcr- hour speed limits when they rounded the curve, the board determined, adding that Burlington Northern trains had routinely exceeded the speed limit on that section of track. The train crews probably were not aware of the excessive speed, the board said, as speed records had not been evaluated and train crews had never been admonished. Besides the lights on the order sign at Yates City, the signal is marked with arms, but these may have been partly obstructed from the view of the crew on the rear of the train by a utility pole, the board said. Wilson, the front end brakeman on the westbound train either misinterpreted the signal along with Way, was asleep, was in another part of the train, or "his physical reactions like those of the engineer may have been impaired by alcohol," according to the report. BLOOD alcohol tests were performed on all the railroad­ ers who died except Wilson. Two separate tests were made on samples taken from each of the three men. At one testing station, a slight trace of ethonal alcohol was found in Mitchell and McGraw. In the other test, no alcohol was found in either. Both blood alcohol tests on Way indicated he had consumed alpohol, but the official who performed one of the tests later called it "virtually invalid" because the bodies were so badly burned. Signal Members of the railroaders' families, and men they worked with, declared, none wore drinking, and are 'generally convinced the order signal in Yates City indicated they had a clear track. There was no agent on duty at Yates City when the westbound freight passed, although several witnesses have testified the signal was on "stop." See Tetleral'- (Continued on Page 3) County Board Stands by Regulations For Reclamation of Stripmined Lands By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) The Knox County Board this morning Reaffirmed its stand on reclamation standards for stripmined land. In a 22-0 vote, board members stood by the recommendation of the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals to require mining firms to set aside the top six feet of overburden for replacement at the conclusion of mining; to restore the land to its original topography; to post a performance bond of $1,000 an acre and to complete reclamation within six months of the end of the permit year. The Zoning Board of Appeals had reached a decision on the reclamation standards May 23 — nearly a year after it had originally set the standards in July 1972. Midland Coal Co. asked for and received a rehearing after the original ruling. THE ZONING board gave Midland 30 days from the date of the decision to file a statement of intent to comply and to post the required bond. There are three apparent alternatives as the next step in the dispute over reclamation standards. If Midland continues to mine without meeting the county's rules, the county could seek an injunction against the mining firm. The firm could agree to comply with the county's rules or it could file legal action against the county to test the rule. Mine officials had earlier indicated to county officials that legal action will be taken if the county stood firm on reclamation. Thomas West, counsel for the coal company, asked the board to review the zoning board's action, calling it an unreasonable use of police power. West said there was no evidence to support the board's decision and asked that a restriction be adopted that would be consistent with the previous reclamation offer of John J. Sense, Midland president. SENSE reiterated the company's proposal this morning to the effect that 75 per cent of land previously used for crops would be restored for that use and that the land would be restored to withini four per cent of its original contour. Sense told board members this morning that replacement of the top six feet of overburden is both unreasonable and unnecessary. He said the firm's proposal is to restore the land to its original contour "and let nature take its course." He said the firm would not resist the posting of the bond but would take issue with the 6-month limit, citing weather as one factor which would prevent the conclusion of reclamation within that time limit. HARRY THOMPSON, R- 2nd, said that the decision to be made was one of philosophy. "At one time there was a philosophy that each person could treat private land as he chose. That's one reason zoning laws were instituted. Destroying land and water takes away from soneone else. Now we have to decide if we are to be keepers of the land for future generations or if we are going to allow persons to come in and take what they want and then leave the land." Sense had earlier pointed out that the mining firm owned the land in question and could take it out of production if it so chose. State Rep. A. T. McMaster, R-Oneida, attended this morning's board meeting and pointed out the possibility that new laws may be enacted which could affect reclamation for the entire state. McMaster is the author of such legislative proposals. "This issue is more involved than we realize. First we must consider if we as a country have the right to set such'rules, and it is settled that the county does have the right. Then we must consider if county rules can supersede state law, and that would be a matter for the courts to decide," McMaster said. IN OTHER action during this morning's meeting, the board approved the allocation of $161,000 in federal revenue sharing funds received by the county for the first six months of the year. Richard Olson, R-2nd, Revenue Committee chairman, proposed that the funds be divided among public safety projects for sheriff's cars and maintenance, $15,996; public health for TB services, $40,000; social services, $25,000; administration and supplies, $20,000; capitad expenditures for courthouse remodeling and repair, $20,000, and initial payment should a landfill site be purchased, $40,000. Olson, who noted that the plan for expenditure of the money must be published by June 20, said a look at the county budget for the coming year showed that funds would have to be used to maintain the present level of service. "We'll plow no new land," Olson said. He pointed out that figures approved by the board were only an estimate. THE BOARD also approved the expenditure of up to $7,000 to the Peoria firm of Daily & Associates for engineering work at the proposed landfill site east of Wataga. Leonard Scott, who owns land a half-mile west of the proposed site, spoke against development of the landfill, citing a liability he would face in development of a subdivision. '.'I am not personally against it, but the psychological effect of having the landfill located there could be a liability to me," he said. Mrs. C. A. Rose of Wataga, spoke against the location of the landfill, citing the proximity to Firemen's Park and a swimming pool used by village children. "Our township supervisor is not representing us," she charged. Mrs. John Robbins, who said the people of Wataga are against the proposed site, expressed the opinion that the Village Board should have been notified that steps were being taken to consider the property. CARLSON said the proposed site represented no real .threat to anyone and told objectors the county had no plans to undertake any plan that would be undesirable to Wataga." The board deferred action on a request for a zoning change from rural residential to highway business made by Rufus Gatlin for land on Pennsylvania Avenue to build a garage for his wrecker service. Action was deferred on the motion of Lomac Payton, D- 3rd, who said the city had given Gatlin "a dirty deal." The City of Galesburg had objected to Gatlin's request to the county but may rescind that objection, according to Robert Masterson, zoning administrator. IN OTHER action, the board: —Adopted an amendment to the county liquor ordinance establishing a beer-only category at an annual fee of $600. Weather and River Stages RIVER 8TA08S Dubuque—13,2 foil 0.4 Davenport—12.4 fall O.fl Burlington—18.4 fall 0.4 Keokuk—14.8 fall O.ff Qulncy—i?,D fall 0..1 Grafton—20.1 fall 0.2 Alton—21.5 fall 0,4 St. Louis—27.1 fall 0.« Cape Girardeau—34.1 fall 0.4 LaSalle— lfl.0 fall 0.4 Peoria—17.4 fall 0,2 Havana—16.1 no change Beardstown—17.1 fall o.t St. Charles—21,5 fall 1,2 WESTERN ILLINOIS • Clear to partly cloudy and continued warm and humid tonight. Tuesday partly cloudy with slight chance of afternoon or evening thunderehow- ersr. Low tonight upper 60s to low 70s. High Tuesday near 00. LOCAL WEATHEH Noon temperature, 86; morning's low, 70. Sky clear.; (Sunday's maximum, no; minimum. 67.; Saturday's maximum, 91; minimum, 60.) Sun rose today at 5:30 a.m., sets at 8:29 p.m. Near Macomb See 'County'- (Continued on Page 3) Travel Expense Claim Leads to Rule Change The Knox County Board's Rules Committee this morning voted to recommend a rules change after one board member—James Walsh, R-2nd—had submitted a claim for mileage to meetings to which he did not drive his own car, but instead rode with another board member. Acting at a special session called after the regular board meeting, the board adopted the proposed rules change unanimously. The amendment will be distributed to board members before the next meeting and may be voted on in July. The recommended change says that a board member shall be paid 15 cents a mile for driving his own vehicle for board, committee meetings, conventions or workshops. The previous rule said that board members shall be allowed 15 cents a mile for every mile of necessary travel for board, committee meeting, conventions or workshops. Walsh later withdrew' the claims he had submitted, but Louis Windish, D-5th, rules committee chairman, said Walsh had indicated today that he may re-instate the claim after the legal aspect of the question has been researched. State statute stipulates that board members shall be reimbursed for mileage for expenses incurred. Charge Against Walker To Be Probed By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The main question is: Has Gov. Daniel Walker tried to cover up irregularities in his campaign financing by firing, the man who was investigating? A special subcommittee of the House Executive Committee scheduled its first meeting to­ day in an effort to find the answer. The facts in the case are scanty. The charges and countercharges abound. —Fact: Walker has fired two Liquor Control Commission chairmen who said they were directing probes of Anthony Angelos, an alleged contributor to Walker's campaign who al­ legedly held a liquor license at the time he made the gifts. Such a contribution would be illegal. —Charge: Both men say they think they were fired because Walker wanted to impede their probes of Angelos. —Countercharge: Walker says the firing of Lawrence E. Johnson of Champaign a week ago came because he refused to accept budget cuts and was a "poor administrator." The earlier ' firing was of Republican Donald Adams of Quincy, one of many GOP appointees who left state service after Democrat Walker's election. See 'Charge'- (Continued on Page 3) Airplane Crash Takes Life Of 24-Year-Old Avon Pilot AVON — Charles Richard Ogle, 24, of near Avon, a part- time Bushnell policeman, was killed Sunday when the plane he was piloting crashed near Macomb. A spokesman at Macomb Municipal Airport said the crash occurred at 1:47 p.m., one and three-quarters miles southwest of the airport. Ogle was pronounced dead on arrival at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb. ACCORDING to the spokesman, Ogle had taken off in a single-seat Jones-Stits Playboy, when the plane stalled then went into a spin before crashing. Ogle had been flying for two years and had two other small planes. He was born Oct. 26, 1948, r. f Macomb. He was a graduate of Bushnell-Prairie City High School and a student at Western Illinois University. HE SERVED in the United States Army in Vietnam, and was a part-time Bushnell policeman. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Bushnell, the Veterans of Foreigh Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans, both at Bushnell. Surviving Are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. (Rosalie Dimmitt) Ogle, RR1, Avon; two sisters, Mrs. Beverly Naslund, Avon, and Elizabeth at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dimmitt, Bushnell, and pa ternal grandmother, Mrs. Ernest Gardner, Bushnell. Funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bushnell. United Methodist Church,. with Rev. James Weiss, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Bushnell Cemetery with graveside services performed by the Bushnell VFW post. Visitation will be Tuesday after 1 p.m. at the Martin Hoi- lis Funeral Home, Bushnell, until 9 a.m. Wednesday. A memorial fund has been established in his memory. Body Found in Freight Gar 'HolyRoller 9 Bus Leaves Tomorrow With Britain-Bound Local Youth 'Unavailable 9 Public Defender Under Fire At McDonough Board Meet MACOMB—Members of the McDonough County Board this morning listened to a complaint charging that John Gorby, ifche county's public defender, wasn't available for a 3-week period to handle court cases. Mrs. Tola Lambert, a Macomb board member, said that a deputy sheriff made the complaint to her, Mrs. Lambert siad she interviewed two men, represented by Gorby, who told her they wanted to plead guilty to charges of theft but were unable to because the public defender was out of town. Gortoy told the board that he had been wrapping up a case in MoHemry County, adding that when he returned to McDonough Ooun/ty he received no complaints from his clients. "Every time the sheriff's department officials want to hustle up a plea of guilty they run to the county board," Gorby argued. County board members indicated that it wasn't up to them to intervene in the ease, addling that they were only concerned with the aspects of his employment. Robert Ausbury, the board cbadrman, said he planned to meet next week with Chief Judge Daniel Roberts, Galesburg, to resolve the matter. Gorby, who was hired recently as public defender, said he thought the McHenry County case would be wrapped up by the time he started his new job but delays interfered. Gorby said he believed the job there was now completed. In other business the board employed Mrs. Madelyn Grimm ®s a public health nurse to fill a vacancy. Her salary will be $350 a month. Robert Martin, 771 N. Orafford St., Bushnell, was reappointed to another 3-year term on the county's welfare service oommittee. Board members also voted to give $1,500 to the Scenic Western Illinois Tourism Council Region 3 for the. ensuimg year and extended delinquent payments for first instaJ'lme»t of real estate taxes to July 1. Twelve Galesburg teen-agers tomorrow will board a bus called the "Holy Roller" and take off on a trip to England where they will paint a convent in Bristol and spend three days sleeping in a crypt in St. Peter's Church in London. "The purpose of the trip is to jell the kids into a Christian community. It's very disciplined," Rev. Thadd Rudd cf Grace Episcopal Church explained. Fr. Rudd initiated the idea of summer mission trips three years ag 'J while in Van Buren, Ark. About 12 teen-agers from his former church in Van Buren arrived here Saturday to accompany the Galesburg youth. They attended a similar mission trip in Colorado last summer. Fr. Rudd said he invented the mission idea because he found teen-agers to be difficult to reach. When they are on the mission they are away from their environment of clean sheets and soft beds. "They come back different people," Rudd added. MOST OF the youth worked at part-time jobs and held fund-raising events to earn their way to England. Parents contributed by paying for part of the trip. It will cost each person about $350 for the month-long experience. Members of the community also helped finance the trip. Edward McCormack, president of Burlington Northern Railroad, and workers from Gunther Construction Co. rebuilt the 1957 Ford bus. The youth will travel to Toronto on the bus then fly to England. Richard Johnson, president of Protexall Inc., today supplied 24 teen-agers and their chaperones with matching jackets to be worn on a month-long mission trip to England. The trip was initiated by Rev. Thadd Rudd of Grace Episcopal Church, pictured at left. Twelve Galesburg teen-agers and twelve from Van Buren, Ark, will leave Suiting Up Galesburg Tuesday. Among the group will be, from left, Janita Griffith, 17, Galesburg; Allen Furr, 16, Arkansas; Edward Flinn, 14, Maquon, and Sister Rosamond, an Episcopal nun originally from Bristol, England, now serving in Van Buren, Ark. Authorities today were attempting to learn the identity of a man whose body was discovered in a Burlington Northern Railroad car Sunday by railroad officials. Galesburg police, who were called at 10:05 a.m., said the body was found in a refrigerator car loaded with onions and destined for a Chicago market. The box car was loaded and left Tulleson, Ariz., six days ago. The car was located in the Burlington Northern yards near the intersection of Pros­ pect and Broad streets. Railroad men separated the car from the rest of the train while local authorities attempted to learn the man's identy. He was carrying no identification, police said, but Mexican money was found in the man's clothing. • Knox County Coroner Roger Hannam pronounced the man dead at the scene. The body was removed to Foley Mortuary. Cause of death had not been determined this morning. , RED CROSS Bloodmobile To Visit ABINGDON This Wednesday WHEN: WEDS., JUNE 13 WHERE: ABINGDON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH ABINGDON Hours:! 1 to 6 p.m. Home Savings and Loan Assn., supplied the paint for the "Holy Roller." Protexall Inc. outfitted the teen-agers with matching jackets. They will arrive in England Thursday night and spend the first three nights in the crypt. The next 10 days will be spent in Bristol where they will paint the convent and take part in the least of Corpus Christi. The remainder of the trip will be spent traveling to Wales, Scotland and Sunderland. "It will be a journey through the church of England," Fr. Rudd explained. Each morning the youth will attend church services and each evening they will participate in devotions. "It's great to see what North American kids do once they are out of the country. They certainly are not ugly Americans at all," the clergyman said. The 12 Galesburg youth participating in the mission are Cindy McFarland, Pamela Tharp, Juanita Griffith, Chris Curtis, Elizabeth Brady, Ann Harris, Jeffrey Johnson, Debbie Lundeen, Edward Flinn, David Hendrickson, James Crowell and Chris McClure. Donate Blood ... Help Others and SAVE A LIFE! THANKS TO THI ABINGDON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH FOR USE OF THEIR BUIIDINO, Mrs, Charles Dahler, chairman aftiifed by Mrs. Fred Shoop and Mrs, Barnard Una, Mrs, Archibald, donor recruitment and Mr*. Mariey ffeuall, chairman of canteen. GALESBURG REGIONAL Red Cross Blood Center Wfc Ai'u An A^f'/i' y ol Tin* UnlM WttV

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