Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 14, 1973 · Page 17
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, June 14, 1973
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Parsons College's Closing 'Great Hurt' to Community By NORMAN D. SANDLER FAIRFIELD, Iowa (UPI) The campus ot Parsons College is an empty place now, with only a skeleton staff remaining to finish off the details before the 98-year-old school can officially close its doors. Six years ago, this was "Dropout U," perhaps'the best known diploma mill In the country. A wheeling* dealing president, Millard 0. Roberts, filled the old denominational campus with new buildings, paid out the third highest faculty salaries in the nation, and invited anyone who couldn't get into other colleges—but could pay the stiff price at Parsons—to come to Fairfield. Favorite Refuge In the 1960s, Parsons became a favorite refuge for those who couldn't make It in the East's Ivy League. Its football team got to be so good other schools in its old league wouldn't play it any more. Then, in 10(57, Parsons lost its academic accreditation. That token of academic respectability was regained four' years later. By that time, Roberts was long gone,,upon request, The students stopped coming. The bills piled up. Last week, Parsons announced it couldn't make it any more. The college, which owes $16 million,' officially and voluntarily filed for bankruptcy in federal court In'Des Moines, Iowa, Monday. Fairfield, a college town longer than anyone can remember, is' one no longer. Now, water, gas, electricity and telephone lines have been disconnected for all but three of the college's nearly 50 build­ ings, many of ' which have stood empty since 1967* The Impact of Parsons' closing on Fairfield has been a major concern of college (officials, community leaders, and even Federal Bankruptcy Judge Richard F, Sfagcman. At the time the college closed two |wceks ago, it employed approximately 175 Fairfield area residents and had a total monthly payroll of $150,000. "It's something we'll get used to," one Fairfield retailer, said. "I think that everyone had an idea that this might happen, and we've been preparing for it for the past five years. I think it's a terrible thing for the people at the college and for Fairfield, but we survived through the drops in enrollment and the Joss of accreditation six years ago, so I think the town Will be able to weather this problem, too." 131 NO. CHERRY ST. O.T.'s BUDGET ANNEX EVERY DAY IS SALE DAY AT G.T.'s BUDGET ANNEX and SAVE! STORAGE WAREHOUSE REFURBISHED AIR CONDITIONER 5-Year Warranty on sealed refrigeration unit 1-Year Warranty on other parts 5000™..... JE£_ $ 82 00 6000 BTU ........... S $ 94 00 8000™ S $ 110 00 9000 BTU X 1 ' ------ $ 125 00 10,000 BTU ~ H25 00 12,000 BTU S $ 160 00 14,000 8 u S $ 145 00 07 rtflft BTU Regular $99 coo £mI /WW $399.95 m*4m*§ Shop Early. Quantities are Limited Use Your O.TVs Charge Plate Gafesburg Register-Moil, Galesburg, 111, Thursday, June 1,4, 1973 1 O.T. Johnson Co., Gateiburg's Greatest Store Sine* 1862/ SHOP O.T.'s 10 to 9 MONDAY & FRIDAY OTHER DAYS 10 to 5. June's Best Buys OUR BEST DYNAMARK 8 H.P. RIDING MOWER Give your lawn that professionally groomed look this year. And here's the mower that has the power and features to help you do the job. Features like the rugged 8 H.P. motor, 4 speed transaxle transmission and battery-alternator system. Plus easy electric key start. $ 499 95 DYNAMARK 20" ROTARY. 3 HP. Briggs & Stratton engine. Safety chute and rear apron. DYNAMARK 22' ROTARY MOWER. 3Ma HP, Briggs & Stratton engine. All the safety features. DYNAMARK 20" DELUXE. 3V2 HP. Tucemseh engine. Vertical pull start. Free grass catcher. Height Adj. Reg. $69.95 — COUGAR 20" DELUXE. 3% HP. Briggs & Stratton engine. Vertical pull start. Height Adj. Catcher $9.95. Reg. $64.88 DYNAMARK 22" SELF-PROPELLED. 3V 2 HP. Briggs & Stratton engine. Rear drive. Height adjustment. *49 M ? 54 95 $ 64 95 *59 88 W Other Special Mower Prices ENGINE: 8 H.P. - 4 Cycle Briggs & Stratton. Electric start, just turn the key. 1 Gallon fuel tank and auxiliary hand start. THE TRANSMISSION: 4 Speed tractor type heavy duty transaxle delivers .maximum driving power to the rear wheels. Direct gear,drive uses no chains, needs no adjustments. Gears and differentials sealed in permanently lubricated die-cast aluminum housing. Built-in disc brakes. CUTTING DECK: A big 36" twin blade fully floating mechanism follows ground contour for scalp free cuts. Single Jever height adjuster lets you change cutting heights from seat. THE" TRACTOR: —Rugged 1 Piece drawn steel frame,.., Cast aluminum front grill arid headlight , section. Fully floating front end with geared 6:1 rack & pinion steering for easy handling. Single pedal clutch and brake plus parking brake. Head-/ light switch, key starter, gas gauge and throttle./ /f THE TIRES: Pneumatic tires 15x6.00 front -18x 9.50 rear. Meets or exceeds safety standards. / ft GYM DANDY SWING SET This is the Gym Dandy Swing Set for the small yard or small family. 2" tubing. Has two swings and a Swan- Scooter (Scooter has only one seat instead of two as shown. Ground space needed 64'x94\ GENUINE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD 5-PIECE PATIO SET Genuine California Redwood Set includes Chaise Lounge and two matching Chairs with foam - filled cushions covered in Turquoise Blue Floral Vinyl. Plus two genuine Redwood End Tables that can double as benches. All 5 pieces now only, 3 POS GR ITION ILL SOY© *4,00 CAST ALUMINUM 2-GRID HIBACHI PORTABLE B-B-Q GRILL SAVE 39c REG. $1.39 STURDY HEAVY GAUGE Double Grids have height adj. to three levels. Rustproof. Light weight. 10"x20". Holds 4 steaks. REG, $11.95 $795 LAWN & PATIO SHOP — O.T.'$ — DOWNSTAIRS STORE

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