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ll 2 ,,(folesbu rQ Register-MoiI, Galesburg, Saturdgy, J une 16, 1973 i« II ll il ll Council Faces Full Load At Monday Night Session Some 30 agenda items, including the final reading of the annual appropriation ordinance, will keep the City Council occupied at a formal •meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall. A controversial amendment to a pre-annexation agreement with Western Estates Development Corp, may be ready for a final council decision. For the past month residents of Parkwest Subdivision have • opposed amending the agreement because they feel the developer will, not construct a road called Kings Canyon Blvd. .Donald Deets, developer, and James Hardine of Farmers and Mechanics Bank met with City Manager Thomas Herring earlier this week to discuss the amendment. THE COUNCIL also is set to approve an agreement with the Department of Transportation for improvements to Henderson, Fremont and Dayton streets with a TOPICS grant. The total cost of the improvements is $302,500 but the city must pay $89,000 of this amount. The state pays the remainder. The list of improvements includes the widening portions of the streets, the modernization of traffic signals at Henderson and Dayton streets and at Henderson and Fremont streets. An ordinance to eliminate the city utility tax by April 1, 1974 is on first reading. In pre-annexation agree ments with Midwest Manufacturing Corp. and Alton Box Board Co. earlier this year the city agreed to remove the utility tax. Another ordinance on first reading will confirm the zoning of the shopping mall to be built on North Henderson Street to a comprehensive planned development district. AN ORDINANCE on final reading would annex property owned by Florence Jordan and Roy and Loretta Drasites. The Drasites are seeking to. open a Toyota car dealership north of Main Street and east of U.S. 34 at the west edge of the city. The city will zone the property B-2 commercial. Also on final reading is an amendment to the zoning ordinance to all6w pharmacies as a conditional use in zoned multi-family districts. A defi­ nition of pharmacies is included in this amendment. An amendment to the building code will provide a storm water runoff to a storm sewer. If a land owner paves more than 50 feet of his property he will be required to install a storm sewer. This is on final reading. THE COUNCIL is scheduled to consider appointments to various city boards and commissions to fill terms which expire in July. Among these are: — Two members to the Airport Advisory Committee for 3-year terms. — One member to the Air- See 'Council' (Continued on Page 15) Galesburg Fire Chief Ted Webber oversees the loading of Galesburg's oldest fire truck which will be transported to Prescott, Ariz, to the home of its new owner. The last time the Good»bye Old Timer 1936-vintage truck was used by the Galesburg fire department was for the 1969, fire at the old Broadview Hotel; (Register-Mail photo by Steve Stout) Molasses Train Leaves Tracks By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) Ernest Curtis, Abingdon police chief, knows how to handle a sticky situation. Flies and people created a problem following the derailment of 19 cars of a Burlington Northern freight train in Abingdon early this morning. Curtis called out auxiliary police to handle the people, but the flies were a little harder to manage. • The last 19 cars of freight train 109 to Beardstown derailed west of Ellison Street opposite Sta-Rite Industries today at 6:30 a.m. blocking the main line south. Part of the cargo was molasses. J. Williamson was 'the train's engineer. No injuries were reported in the accident. Early reports indicated that one of the derailed cars contained poisonous gas and another was leaking oil, but both reports proved to be untrue. CURTIS SAID one car con­ tained fertilizer, but there was no danger from the substance. The substance which appeared at first to be oil was molasses. "Boy, have we got flies," Curtis said. A considerable length of track was torn up by the derailment, but officials had established no cause for the accident early this morning. Cars were tossed about as they left the track, and one flat car was driven through a boxcar. The caboose remained on its wheels. THE NOISE of the'derail­ ment brought Troy Ellison, who lives, nearby, to the scene. He first checked to make sure that the occupants of the caboose were uninjured. The derailment blocked the main line of the BN south. A special crew was called out from Mendota after the crash to clear the tracks, but railroad officiate would not estimate how long it would take to open the line. Sticky Situation Nineteen cars of a Burlington Northern freight train derailed this morning in Abingdon/No injuries were reported. Officials said the accident drew a large number of spectators to the scene in addition to quantities of flies. Part of the cargo was molasses. (Register-Mail photos by Dale Humphrey) Birds Terrorize Neighborhood CHICAGO. (UPI) - David Richter woke up Friday in suburban Mount Prospect to discover his neighbors, the mailman and the local police under siege by fierce, beady- eyed bluejays. Like an episode straight from Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds," the 18-year-old youth jumped out of bed when he heard a man screaming at his door, "Let me in. Please can I come in." Richter let the man in and saw mail spewed over his front lawn. The man was terrified. "Then I saw this bird come at the screen. The birds are dive-bombing," Richter said. "The guy calls his boss at the Post Office. His boss thinks he's nuts and says he's coming over. "The boss no sooner gets his foot out the door (of the car) and this bird dive-bombs him," Richter said. "Ten minutes later, this girl walks down the street. I start to yell and 'pow' she gets nailed on the head," he said. Richter called the Mount Prospect police and formally complained that "birds were attacking people. "The police thought I was some kind of nut. They said they'd come over. The cop walks up and 'pow' he gets it," Richter said. "You had to have begn there to believe it." Richter said he found a baby bluejay in his garage and concluded the young bird was the source of the trouble. Oldest Fire Truck Departs Scene City of Galesburg officials yesterday "said good-bye" to one of the last fire trucks built at. National Fire Apparatus Co., a Galesburg firm that folded in 1937. A victim of ^deteriorating engine and unattainable insurance requirements, the 1936 truck was taken from its "home" at the Maple Avenue station and loaded on a lowboy for the journey to the home of its new owner,, V.. E. Van La'anen, Prescott, Ariz. • "She travels at about 30 miles per hour," explained one fireman. "And when you come to a corner the brakes are questionable." Parts were impossible to attain, adding to complications in maintaining it for city use. , , • . VAN LAANEN took a liking to the truck after he received pictures of it during the time the city was attempting to sell the vehicle. He liked it so well, he bid $2,000 for it and plans to use it as a showpiece in front of his rock shop -in Prescott. The city had tried to get rid of the -vehicle at various times but bids were too low, according- to Arvey Henson, purchasing agent. The first bids submitted on. i the truck ranged from $200 to $400. Then in July; of .last :->year Van Laanen tried to purchase it for $1,000 but: tb^ city-still ; said this Was unacceptable. ••' * v.,-; >.r , Capt. Kenny Olmsted of the'fire'•department-'-said-the vehicle has a "tremendous pumper. It, is a rotary pumper and with that big engine it could sit and- pump all day." The "old girl" saw many fires in its. day, firemen said. The last time it was used was at the Broadview Hotel Ore in 1969.' : " ' •> . >V; "Jury Rules Accidental Death Nixon CharmsPekin During Ceremony For Dirksen Center By MICHAEL JOHNSON (Assistant to the Editor) PEKIN-President Richard Nixon and the late Sen. Ever- crett McKinley Dirksen used to talk about foreign policy, and the President's hopes of one day visiting Peking, the capital of mainland China. Dirksen, in his customary gravel-throated drawl and dry humor, agreed that a trip to Peking would be fine, but insisted that "you've really never seen anything until you've teen Pekin, 111." Nixon told that story Friday during his first visit to this central Illinois community where the late Senate majority leader spent many hours strolling through his garden talking to the marigolds. THE PRESIDENT rode through the downtown area of Dirksen's hometown of 30,000 inhabitants shortly before noon yesterday amid a crowd of cheering spectators equal to the community's population. His motorcade stopped at the corner of Fourth and Broadway where more enthusiastic midwest- erners watched him and Dirksen's widow unveil the cornerstone for the Everett M. Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center and the Ptkin Public Library. Attending the ceremonies under threatening rain clouds was a star-studded list of guests that Pekin had never seen before. On the platform were Mr. and Mrs Nixon Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott. Sa - , and Mrs. Howard Baktr Jr. and their daughter, Ser. Charles H. Percy and Sen Adia. S".*- venson III of I. Sen James O. Ea-,tiar>d Sur, Roman Hruska kzr y .e. A rends of illino. -. i..„;<;>;; ',ov Daniel Walker, Ma iVn'k.-wn and Sen. Dirk.v&f. ? :vn W'A- cr, Thomas. Pe*.r, M.iy;r W.;- liam Waldfnft.-t; i.ut t-um Henry AltortV .v^ui j lown- state Illinois campaign chairman. In the audience were more dignitaries. Roaming through the throng was Presid2ntial Press Secretary Ronald Zeig- lw, more than 200 newsmen, and aides to the public officials. THE PRESIDENT concentrated his address on the familiar therm of what is good about America, the nation's political system and an administration tainted by the Watergate scandal. At the close cf his prepared text. Nixon quoted a speech given by Dirksen on the Senate floor in 1962. i have a couple of grandchildren in Tennessee," Nixon qucted. "Thsy are growing up. Tney will be the custodians and trusteas of this country when thsy grow up. 1 want Six; 'Nixon' i Continued on Page 9) Accidental death was the verdict of a Knox County Coroner's jury following inquests last night into two recent deaths. The inquests were conducted at Hinchliff - Pearson - West Chapel by Roger. Hannam, Knox County Coroner. The jury found that Harlan E. Brandt, 70, Canton, died as a result of bronchial pneumonia due to rib fractures and $M other trauma sustained in cn 1,1,1 ' April 27 accident lVa miles south of Avon tin- 111. 41. He i died at St. Mary's Hospital Ml May 20. Brandt was the driver of a car which collided nearly head-on with one driven by Alfred Sloan, Avon, on a bridge at the bottom of a grade. Sloan declined to testify on advise of counsel, and his wife, Debra, told jurors she had no recollection of anything the day of the accident. CHARLES E. Pollitt, Canton, an Illinois State Trooper, said the collision occurred in the south-bound lane. The Sloan car was traveling south, he said. The second inquest was into the June 2 death of Charles W. Hollister, 19, of Santa Barbara, Calif. The coroner read into the record the deposition of Roger Bowman, 461 / PhiMips St., Illinois State Trooper, who was called to the scene of the accident. BOWMAN said the accident call came at 4:35 p.m. and placed the location a half mile east of the Main Street exit on 1-74. The trooper said it was raining hard at the time. He found the car on its top. Bowman theorized that the driver of the car had overcorrected after he started in a slide on wet pavement : and had gone into the ditch and flipped over. He said his investiigation showed no extreme speed, and no tickets were issued. Hannam read the depositions of Edward Migues, Los Angeles, Calif, the driver of the car, and Larry Trachen- berger, Bethesda, Md,, the front seat passenger. Migues said Hollister was sleeping on the back seat at the time of the accident. Ho said he had reduced speed by about 10 m.p.h. due to the heavy rain. No occupant of the car had anything to drink, he said. Weather and River Stages ILLINOIS: Tonight warm and humid with thunderstorms likely north nnd central, chance of thunderstorms south. Sunday partly sunny and hot with chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low tonight 70s. High Sunday mostly 80s north, upper 80s or low 90s central and south. WESTERN ILLINOIS; Partly cloudy through Sunday with chance 0/ thunderstorms tonight and Sunday morning. Low tonight around 70. High Sunday near 90. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 88; morning's low, 74. Sky clear. (Friday's maximum, 8(1; minimum, 71.) Sun rose today at 8:1(0 n,in,, sets at 8:31 p.m. RIVER BTAOEB Dubuque-U.S fall 0,4 .Davenport—10.8 fall 0.2 Burlington—13.0 fall O.S Keokuk—11.0 fall 0.8 Quincy—14.5 fall 0.8 GraUon—18.6 fall 0.8 Alton-10.0 fail 0.4 St. Charles-23.0 fall Cape Girardeau—31 B LaSulle—16.0 fall 0.0 Peoria—18.8 fall 0.4 Havana—18.4 fall 0.3 Beardstown—18.8 fall 0.0 fail 0.7 0.2 President Nixon and Mrs. liirhsen unveil cornerstone,

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