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\5*- ' 3 By KENNETH JOHNSON • (Staff Writer) ftemembor the gas shortage that wasn't golflg to hit Galesburg this summer? Well, if there's so much fuel available ,to local customers, E. L. McCue, who owns lndef>endent gas stations in Galesburg and Knoxville, would like to know why his tanks are almost empty. IN A STORY last Thursday in the flegister-Mail, Galesburg service station managers assured local motorists there would be enough gasoline for this summer's peak driving season. Yet a short time after the paper hit the street, several stations were getting the word from wholesalers or parent companies that .their supply, was being cut off or cut back. And so the gas shortage controversy continues. On the on* hand, vou have the be­ lievers, who faithfully accept all the propaganda put out by the major oil companies, in* dudiftg Johnny Cash's impassioned plea to "slow down and we'll all get there." ON THE OTHER HAND, you have the skeptics — primarily independent gas station owners — who see the current gas problem as a scheme cooked up by the major oil, companies and slowly injected into a vulnerable sector of .the economy in hopes of reviving profits and killing off competition. And there are, of course, people openly unhappy with both sides of the major oil company vs. independent standoff, which is commonly referred to as "the gas shortage." You see these people riding to work every morning on bicycles or standing at the corner waiting for the bus. McCUE OIL CO.. an inde­ pendent operation in Galesburg since 1950, was one of of gasoline, the first businesses in this at the time, and we sold a lot irea to be hit hard by the gas shortage. McCue is ... or was . . . supplied by J. D. Street and Co. of Havana, a wholesale outlet for Zephyr. "All along they've been telling me not to worry, there would be plenty ,of gas," McCue said. "In April I was on a monthly quota system—that is my wholesaler would provide me with as much gasoline as it did in April, 1972. This was just fine with me; there was a gas war goiing on "So in April I thought I was pretty well set. Then last month J. D. Street sent me a letter saying they were cutting my supply 20 per cent. I g6t a similar letter this month, slicing my quota another 20 per cent," he said. The outspoken McCue, who blames the major oil companies for creating the gas problem, has only enough fuel to last until Saturday. "Then I'll just have to close up and go home," he said. In the past, McCue Oil Co. has been open seven days a week, 14 hours a day. However, current shortages have put a stf angle-hold on the business. McCue has been forced to shut down two days a week and cut back his hours. "A couple of times I've run out of gas and stayed at the station, trying to explain to my customers what happened. This thing has really gotten me down. We've worked hard for more than 20 years to build up a business, and then we get shot down by something like this . . . something we have no control over." McCUE described the gas a * * • shortage as "a weapon tool of competition being used by the major oil companies." McCue cited several reasons for his beliefs, "First of all, the gas wars Initiated primarily by independent, cut-rate stations — have sliced into the major oil companies* profits. In order to revive earnings and control Galesburg Carpenter Still Working at 80 V - \ LARRY ANDE; (Staff Writer) ."Oscar Anderson is a carpenter on construction jobs — which would be nothing out of the ordinary except that he celebrated his 80th birthday Tuesday. At 80, Mr. Anderson, who lives at 274 Garfield Ave. with his wife, Anna, still likes to do the work he has done most of his life. The small, white- haired gentleman is an exceptional combination of skill with the hands and desire to keep busy. "I FEEL better the day I'm working than the day I'm sit tog," he says. His dynamism has involved him in most every major construction in Galesburg since he came to the city from Sweden in 1923. Moreover, Oscar is so proficient at his trade that people come to him when they have work to be done. In fact, he often receives more work offers than he can handle. HIS SPECIALTY Is fancy trimwork, and he accepts as many jobs as he can. This •week he is working at the Steak 'n Shake on Main Street, for example. Although working mostly on commercial jobs, Oscar has also done house remodeling. He has his own workshop at home to spend his time in when not on the job. A list of buildings he has worked on reads like a map of Galesburg — "every big job in town" as he says with a note of pride. HOTEL CUSTER, the old Broadview Hotel, Bondi Building, Knox College Memorial Gym, Galesburg High School and the two junior high schools are some of the projects he has worked on. Not always a carpenter, Oscar was a butcher by trade in his native Sweden. He was a butcher in a meat shop on East Main when he first came to Galesburg, but he soon turned to carpentry. He began as an apprentice carpenter and then moved up to carpentry foreman. THE FIRST CARPENTRY job he had in Galesburg was helping construct an apartment building on Prairie Street. In 1927 he also helped build the windmill which used to stand near the entrance to Lincoln Park. And during his career he has not allowed injuries to hold him back, either. He fell from a scaffold in 1937 and broke both his lower legs. More recently, he broke a hip while working on the high school building. After the 1937 incident, doctors told him he probably would never walk again and recommended amputation. Oscar refused, and today he can walk as well as anyone. SO HE KEEPS working. When asked if he planned to work several more years, Oscar, with a twinkle in his eye, replied, "I hope so." Oscar Anderson 4 il Power Wants Illinois Power Co. is asking for a rehearing and reconsideration of the Illinois Commerce Commission order on May 16, which approved an increase in electric rates. THE RATE increase granted will not provide the additional revenues essential to the company's financial needs, Wendell J. Kelley, president of Illinois Power, said today. He added that if relief is not granted promptly, the company has "no alternative but to file a new rate proceeding at an early date." Recent ICC decisions using an original cost basis in determining rates have had an adverse effect on Illinois utilities, Kelley charged. He said the rehearing petition challenges this concept. UNTIL RECENTLY, Kelley noted, Illinois rate cases have been decided on a fair value rate base. However, earlier this year the ICC in deciding on a Central Illinois Public Service Co. case—reverted to an origi­ nal cost base and has followed that pattern since, Kelley said. The ICC allowed Illinois Power Co. new rates which would produce approximately an $8.7 million annual increase in electric revenues based on 1972 usage. Illinois Power requested a rate increase which would generate more than $24 million in additional revenue. Davis Reports Sale of Bonds In Knox County Knox County residents purchased $110,934 in Series E and H United States Savings Bonds in April, reports E. N, Davis, Galesburg, volunteer county chairman of the Savings and Bond Committee. Other counties reporting purchases were Fulton, $135,992; Henderson, $22,047; Hen- rv, $150,976; McDonough, $43,- 68S; Mercer, $25,376; Stark, $8,387, and Warren, $36,015. Sales in Illinois totaled $39,969,718, according to Clarence S. Sochowski, north central regional director of the Treasury Department. Sales represented an increase of 6.4 per cent over April 1972, Sochowski said. New Modular Home Dean Stones Mobile City, located on Knoxville Road, is offering a first in the Galesburg area ... an A-frame modular home. The Cedar Chalet, product of Burk-Kin Homes Corp., White Pigeon, Mich., is designed as a vacation home. While the Cedar Chalet is delivered in two halves and bolted together, Stone pointed out that the home should be put on a concrete foundation. The structure is not considered a trailer, thus there are no zoning problems, he said. The Cedar Chalet has three bedrooms, a dining room, living room, kitchen and one and a half baths. Available in a variety of exterior colors and styles, the Cedar Chalet sells for $21,300. the market, they cartte up with thejas mt6S\ 4 t WHILST MANY independent stations in Galesburg have b$en forced to m down on their days md hours, McCue said that 'Wr funny most of the stations supplied by major companies are open more hours and selling more gas/' McCue, who sold a million gallons of gasoline last year at his two stations, said none of the wholesale outlets in Galesburg will give him any fuel. He plans to stay with Zephyr as long as possible, but he concedes he may have to find a new supply ... and soon. "I GUESS they're out to get me," McCue revealed. After staring out the window of his home for a few moments, he looked up and added with a smile, "You know, I'm sure glad we didn't run out of gas while the boys were in Vietnam. Nixon would never have gotten them home." EPA Group To Develop Regulations SPRINGFIELD A citizen's advisory group is being formed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to aid in the development of jair pollution regulations for complex sources, suoh -as s h o p p i n g centers, sports arenas and recreation parks., COMPLEX SOURCES are described by' the federal EPA BIS combinations of buildings or commercial! attractions which individuaiHy may not pose a pollution threat, but which may affect air quality indirectly through traffic, congestion and associated urban and commercial development. "New regulations which are being required by the federal government will affect many kinds of residential and commercial development," s»add Jack M. Marco, acting director of the Illinois EPA. "WE WISH to bring as many of those people as possible into the early decision­ making process, so that we can be sure that the proposed' regulations will be workable and reasonable," Marco said. Planning groups, municipal officials, environmental groups, government agencies, special interest groups, business and industry associations and citizen organizations have been asked to participate in the discussions. THE ACTUAL TEXT of the (regulations will be written by the Illinois EPA and the state Insti for Environmental Quality. The two* agencies, however, plan to take the advisory giroup's discussion and recommendations into account, tieeiis Dairy. Queens* synonymous with 1 milk shakes and SUfld^es In QsAmtwtgtdt a quarter of a century,, have an eye on the sandwich market. . fim and Linda Klavohn, owners end managers of Gatesbtif g'S two Dairy Queens, have expanded their Brazier food line at the DQ on Grand Avenue. In explaining the addition to the sandwich line, Klavohn noted that the Dairy Queen at 1614 Grand Ave. was built 28 years ago. It was the seventh store in the Dairy Queen chain, which today includes more than 4,500 businesses around the worid. Klavohn remodeled the building two years ago. Branch Office Opens Up Stotlef & Co., Chicago, a national commodities dealer, has opened a branch office in Galesburg. Located at 210 Bond! Building, the local office deals strictly in commodities, Lester Kronsted, manager-representative, said today. The firm trades on the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and all other principal exchanges. Store Addis New Lines Since remodeling the store, Mrs. Joseph Hecht, owner of Ellis Jewelers, 219 E. Main St., has added several new lines and patterns'of watches, china and crystal at the downtown business. Ellis Jewelers has expanded its wedding and anniversary department and now carries many lines of china, crystal, sterling and siilver. In addition, the store offers a wide variety of watches, diamonds and costume jewelry, Mrs. Hecht said. , ' ' A Main Street business for more than a quarter of a century, Ellis Jewelers was opened 35 years ago by the late Joseph Hecht. ^ Cafe Open Seven Days Wimley's Cafe, 871 W. Brooks St., opened for business June 1. Owned by Malissie Wimley, the cafe will be serving food from 7 a. m.-9 p. m. weekdays and 7 a. m.-ll p. m, on weekends. Miss Wimley, who has been in the restaurant business most of her life, said she opened the cafe on Galesburg*s west side because of a shortage of eating establishments in that section of the city. Ford District Sets Mark Daven in Louis M JL of Galesburg, sold a record number of cars and trucks in May, B. G. Willis, district manager, said today. Dealers sold 3,820 cars during May, nearly 10 per cent ahead of the previous record for the month. Truck sales of 1,575 topped the previous May high, which was set last year. Ford's Davenport district includes 199 dealers in eastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois. Free Tests Being Given Carl P. Williams, general manager of Beltone Hearing Aid Service, 314 Bondi Building, said today the new Galesburg business is giving free hearing evaluation tests. The Beltone office opened in May. The firm specializes in hearing aids, parts and service, Williams said. The office is open weekdays from 9 a. m.-5 p. m. Admiral Names Managers Admiral — A planning Kraft as corporate manager of compensation. The promotions were announced this week by Michael Mullin, vice president in charge of industrial relations. Both men are residents of Chicago. Discontinues Credit Card Ozark Air Lines will discontinue issuance and acceptance of its TIC-A-TRIP credit card and ticket stock effective Aug. 1, Paul J. Rogers, senior vice president of the airlines, revealed today. "We have found that most of our customers prefer to use one of the 'universal' credit cards," Rogers said. Ozark will continue to accept American Express, Bank Americard, Carte Blanche, Diners 0ub, Master- charce and Universal Air Travel Plan credit cards. to spion hi c ft MACOMB Executive opinion of industrial espionage and theft of processes amounting to an estimated loss of $5.3 billion this year will be studied by a Western Illinois University professor for the Harvard Business Review (HBR). jerry L. Wall, WIU assistant professor of management sciences and a U. S. Army in- ceived a grant from the HBR to conduct the study; his findings will be published in that journal. "ALL MANAGERS have use methods of information collection which are quite questionable in nature. In 1965, the loss resulting desire to know what their from ^^ial espionage and doing and tteft °^ processes was esti- compeiitons are most managers engage in gathering intelligence information on their competitoi's in one way or -another," asserted Wall. "However, some diligence captain, has re- of these managers seam to mated to be $2 billion annually/ 1 he continued. "By 1970, this loss was estimated to have risen to $4 billion annually. Assuming these figures are reasonably accurate, extra­ polation will give an expected loss of $5.2 billion for 1973. Wall noted that industrial managers are apparently cognizant of this fact as a projection of 1973 expenditures for private crime-related security services and equipment is $4.4 billion, "in 1965, this figure was approximately $2.2 billion," he reported. IT ALSO is estimated that 292,000 persons will be employed as guards and private police or detectives by industry this year, Wall said. This same labor force numbered about 284,000 in 1965. He said that methods of detection and protection from loss of business secrete can be categorized into three areas: physical security; procedural security safeguards; and attempts to control the human element The first two areas are designed to keep those desirous <tf obtaining information from gaining access to it. "As for the human element, management usually finds its largest security headaches as people <are notoriously hard to keep quiet, particularly when that new idea, process or product is considered to be something special and something to brag abont," Wall observed. WALL'S STUDY wilt sample executive opinion in these three areas as to what typo* of information are considered) important and therefore in need of protection. He will sieek to determine what methods of collection of "intelligence" information are most commonly used; what security measures are practiced; and what environmental char­ acteristics of a business or Industry may indicate the likelihood of the image of cerbalu collection techniques. "It Is Jioped that MB study will provide additional insight into tills area of concern to business and huimU and may auggcat some of (lie lac- tors contributing lo Ihi.s lo.ss thereby aiding in lln prevention or decrease/' ho ex* plained.

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