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2; ^Gojesbu^ Thursday, July 5, 1973 Oquawka Marina Family Kept As Boaters Descend on River Weather and River Stages By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) OQUAWKA Tuesday afternoon ttiey came, many of them, and pitched camps on the sandbars tip river. During the early morning hours Wednesday a thunderstorm rolled in from the west, but despite the downpour, most stayed and were joined later by other boaters who came to spend their Fourth of July holiday on the Mississippi. The clouds broke away and by 9 a.m. they were gone. The irrepressible Independence Day heat set in. By midmorning people were arriving in droves, impatiently lining up to launch their beats. A cluster of colorful water craft gathered about the gas pumps, in final preparation. "They're the drunks and they're the families together," Hal Devore described them. "And there are the guys who just love the river," he added. Along with his brother, Kent, and his father, Dayton, who started it all, Hal operates DcVore's Marina south of Oquawka. Wednesday, July 4, would be one of the biggest days of the year on the river. WHILE SCORES of holiday beaters loaded ice chests and picnic baskets into their boats, the Devores hustled — pumping gas or tuning a tern- permental engines for worried boat owners. "You can't save it, huh?" a young man standing on the dock asked a marina employe who tossed a chewed and broken propeller blade into a pile of similarly damaged props. He was one of those who maybe took the wrong fork in a slough or collided with an underwater wingdam. He was about to shell out $40 for a new prop. He seemed unconcerned about it as he swilled a soft drink — worried only that he was losing precious time on the river. Boating can be a relatively inexpensive hobby if you're satisfied with a $400 runabout. Most aren't. "The emphasis recently seems to be on luxury," Barb DeVore noted. She and her husband, Kent, live near the marina. They both work there. "Like this carpet and plush interior," she gestured toward the demonstrator model she was driving. Some of the boats on the river Wednesday were $40,000 or $50,000 cabin cruisers, but the average boater probably paid $4,000 to $6,000 to get into the water. DeVORE'S Marina is strictly a family affair. It was conceived in 1950 when Dayton DeVore, now 62 years old, bought seven acres of swamp and three axes. "The boys didn't know how to use an ax when we started," he recalls With humor. "They do now, though." The marina stretches along the waterfront for several hundred feet, an efficient and secure base for boats with "Port of Oquawka" painted on them. There are about 60 boat stalls there, several buildings, and a large parking lot that is always jammed with trucks, cars, trailers and more boats. Dayton operated a garage uptown for years before he bought the undeveloped parcel of land and started to build. He and his family have done almost all the work themselves. A boat stall at DeVore's may rent for $160 per year where an identical stall somewhere else will cost $400. That's because the De* Vores built the stalls themselves. v "It was a gamble and a lot of people said I wad crazy for doing it," he remembered. "Sometimes I thought I was too. But we did it. The only encouragement I had outside the family was from Carl Wayne and they told him he was crazy too When he built that elevator up there," he continued. Carl Wayne's "cra- sry" project — a grain elevator on the river front — developed into a highly successful business. Like Dayton, his gamble paid off and many of their critics have since tried to cash in on similar ventures. Few have succeeded. BUT DAYTON'S success with the marina didn't come easy. There were years of body-breaking labor and discouraging setbacks. Angry floodwaters have smashed docks and breakwaters, and ice jams have proved even more destructive. It cost Dayton dearly in other ways too. His father was killed in a construction accident at the marina during the first year. "It was the only time he ever came close to giving it up," his daughter-in -law, Eunice said, "when his father was killed here." But he didn't quit. "He wouldn't know how to quit," she continued. "He's.a self- made, self-efficient man. He has no time for people who don't work for what they have." Eunice, along with the rest of them, displays a profound respect for the head of the family. "A man works with his hands — builds for himself and he doesn't lose interest in the thing he makes. He's not inclined to move on to something else," Dayton explained as he rested on a pile of lumber in the home he is building for himself and his wife, Enid. It's a 2-story structure overlooking the river and the marina — a masterpiece of construction with its fitted, hand finished wood. "It's solid," Dayton said as he ran his hand over a door frame. "Nailed together good and 20 18-foot pilings around the foundation." THE HOME is located on a piece of land that juts into the river. When the record floods Area Residents Enjoy Holiday Thousands of Galesburg area residents converged on Lake Storey Wednesday to enjoy Fourth of July festivities. At left, above. Chuck Mooney, a lifeguard, Watches over a crowd of bathers. Jim Lindberg, above right, participates in a game of frisbee. An unidentified girl, left, finds cotton candy finger-licking good while Norma Britten and Steve Podwojski, at right enjoy a bicycle ride around the lake drive. (Register-Mail photos by Steve Stout.) ftw ^MM V 'jiWi licit Hwi 1 | !h 1 •• J" 'll, 1 | i | r i|,!|!il] IJjjirMiy l| Li' 1 V -i iii:'«.: iu 11,' f i p i.S',. i iliLvwV - ,. iS 'l B I' I'I "! Mil li 'l'ltf 11 vlJilik LIUJiUliiiGltk 1 1 came this spring, the Water swirled up around the home, washing away the dirt he had htuled In to make a lawn. Other structures were wrecked and washed away but the new home was sound. "That rivet's mean.., pushing and pounding at you," he related, from a lifetime of experience, The numerous islands and sandbars north of the marina were strewn with boats and sunbathers Wednesday. Everywhere crafts of all sizes and shapes skimmed along the top of the waves, pulling Water skiers or just racing along in the wind. Firecrackers popped along the shore, the only visible reference here to the 197th birthday of a nation. > . Marina employes darted In and out of the showroom, office and services areas/They wore white uniform shirts with the manna's name embroidered on them — all except Dayton. He was wearing familiar bib overalls and See'River'- (Continued on Page 3) Nursing Home To Use Boost For Operation KNOXVIIJLE - Members of fflhe Knox County Board Nursing Home Committee yesterday decided itJbait a $9 We increase which started July 1 would go toward operating the home. According to John Bivens, nursling tome aidministaaitor, there hiad been some diiiliference of opinion as to whether the nate increase, ifram $404 to $413 per month, would be used to repay a $100,000 loan from the county's general fund or for operation of the nursling home.. Bivens said tat if ithe rate' increase was used for repaying the loan, then the nursing home would be no better off than be- tar the increase, The home expects to loose over $30,000 this year and lost over $20,000 last year. Bivens also advised the committee that one of the home's two aiir conditioning units has been malfunctioning for about a month. Alter some difficulty, a firm.has been found which will examine the unit and estimate cost of repairs, he said. Special Meet The committee decided that if purchase of a new unit is, necessary, a special meeting will be called so bids may be requested by the County Board at its July meeting. The air conditioner is a 25,000 b.t .u. unit and is eight years old. The committee was also advised by (Bivens iihiat letters wii&l be sent to ithe relatives of paitienfts who are not being seen by doctors every 90 days as required by state regulation. The families wiill be requested to seek another doctor for .the patient or else the 'home will find one for them, said Bivens. Most doctors, said Bivens, are too busy'to visit patients and feel they are getting quality supervision ait the-home so visits are not necessary. This places the home's director of nursing in (the position of. diagnosing' and prescribing 'for patients and.; that is ithe doctor's job, Bivejis' said. ILLINOIS: Tonight partly clouds' and warmer northwest, fair southeast. Friday partly iunhy, ttarmet and more huftild with chartc* M thunderstorms north, mostly sunny, hot and humid south. Low tonight low MB to low 70s. High Friday 68-94 north, 92-68 south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Faif tk night. Friday mosUy sunny. Low to* night around 70. High Friday 9085* ers_ tonight, mairtly north and central. Warm ands humid Friday with threat orthundershawert, Low to- hight «8<f0, High Friday Ida noMh, 90s nwith. LOCALWtATKW . Noon temperatnire, M; morning's low, 8ft. Sky mostly clear, wind out of the west at 8 m.p.h. (Wednesday's maximum, 81; minimum, W; Catholic Parish Tuesday's, maximum, 91; minimum, 73.) Sunfose, today at 8 :36 a.m., sett at 8:32 p.m. Humidity, 81%.. tjrttftoEiTronECAiT ILLINOIS: Partly cloUdy Saturday through Monday with chance of showers .and Uiunderitorms Sunday and Monday. Low. 80s. High 80s- 90*.' AtVtftTfAdtt Dubuque-*.* no chinge Daevnport—7.8 rlM 0.1 BurUftyton—it net o.i Keonuk-9.8 Mae j.« Quiney-ia.i me Orafton--lS.9, rise 0.3 Altaians fH«. *.l , • st. Louis—14.S fen 0.4 . m Cape Oirardeau->40 fall 0.8 . 1 uuttttMfJ.flMLfl , Peoria—154 iair*.] v Havana-18.« faU 4 O.J Beardstown—HJ fall 0.4 St. Charles—15.3 rise 0.8 Church To Study Permanent Home Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish's makeshift church may be renovated into a permanent church in the Costa Primary School building, 2401 N. Broad St. When members of the Costa school board met Tuesday night, Rev. W. H. Weimer, the parish's new pastor, suggested, a study be made on converting the present church in the school gymnasium to a "real, formal church." y ' The Diocesan Board and consulting architects will make the study, Rhea Garrett; board secretary said. , Although no cost estimate yet has been given on the project, Fr. Weeimer said the project would save money. The original thought of the board and parish- oners was to construct a new (church in a separte structure. Children attending the primary school may use a small Chapel near the temporary church for a gymnasium, Mrs. Garrett.said. Other renovations at the site include repairing damage from the storm which hit Galesburg June 16. The roof of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent and the Costa primary school were hit by falling tree limbs. Repairs are expected to cost about $1,090. Costa Catholic School, 2726 Costa Drive, also is being improved. A $2,550 playground is being constructed in an 82x80- foot area southwest of the school. The playground, planned by the Costa Community Assn. and Costa Quarterback Club, will include black-topped basketball, tennis and handball courts. , A new boiler and generator motor also will be installed in the Catholic school within three weeks, John Sullivan, board president, reported. The hew equioment is estimated to cost $4,000. Pace Picks Up at Airport As Ozark Resumes Flights Phones were ringing constantly this morning at Galesburg Municipal Airport as Ozark Airlines resumed operations after an 11-week strike by mechanics. "We're back in full operation," said Richard Boyce, .local Ozark manager. The first flight out this morning, the 10:22 to St. Louis, left with a "good load," Boyce commented. About 20 passengers boarded for the Galesburg-St. Louis hop. The plane has a capacity of 44 but Boyce said it normally is not full. The response from most people boarding the flight was that they were "glad we were back," the manager commented. "Everything has -been going real smooth. We've taken quite a few reservations this morning," he added. The strike of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. ended last week with the mechanics winning a pay raise. Their hourly wage now Will be $7 and closed-circuit television equipment will be removed. The mechanics charged that the equipment was being used as a "Big Brother" to spy on them. About 85 per cent service will be resumed today, a spokesman for the airlines said. Full service should be restored within 30 days. Besides the 560 mechanics idled by the strike, about 1,800 other Ozark employes were without work. Local Ozark em­ ployes reported they lost a total of $9,000 in wages while out of work. KIRLINS WEEK-END SPECMl "A Delicious Toste Sensation" FROSTED PRETZELS A crisp, crunchy pretzel frosted with delicious white chocolate coating. Regular $1.89 lb. $149 Special Thousands Enjoy July 4 Activities By LAHRY R.EID (Staff Writer) Thousands of residents took advantage of ideal weather Wednesday ito attend Independence Day festivities at Galesburg area lakes. The prospect of good weather was bleak early yesterday morning following a rainstorm which kit nearly IVz inches of preciipifcatton in Ithe tarea. However, skies cleared and all activates went off <as planned. Fourth of July events at Lake Storey, sponsored by the Galies- bwg Jaycees, included a fireworks display, skydiving and music by a rock band and by Bill Reeves and the Midstate Opry, a Western Illinois country and western outfit, Klaus Hemmer, Jaycee president, said that the crowd was above average. Jaycees, he said, asked for a $1 donation per car to help defray expenses. Hemmer said that expenses were met, adding that there was a little money left oVer. Skydiving J. T. Hill gave his annual skydiving performance and climaxed his program with a dive into Lake Storey at 9:15 p.im. In addition to fireworks at Lake Bracken, there were boat races, a waiter show put on by children of dub members and golf matches. Winners of boat races were (Mike (McFarland, fastest and add boats together, and Marty Kidder, slow craft comipetation. PdondcHstyle meals were served and free dee cream cones were given to members over 75. Club oMciaiLs estimated that between 3,5004,000 persons attended fertiyiities at the lake. Aotivities.at Soangetaha Ooun- See 'Thoiisands'- (Continued on Page 11) Master Charge Welcome Couple Injured During Fireworks Display BISHOP HELL— A man and his wife were injured last night when something fell on them during a fireworks demonstration here. Firemen said they were unable to determine whether the object that struck Mr. and Mrs. Max Olson, of near Oneida, fell from bursting fireworks or was thrown into the crowd by another spectator. Olson suffered a severe cut on the head while Ms wife received minor injuries. The fireworks demonstration was stepped and the lights turned on fallowing the mishap. Two doctors in the crowd administered first aid at the scene before the injured pair was taken to a hospital for treatment. Firemen said they searched the area where Mr. and Mrs. Olson were standing but were unable to find the object that caused the injuries. Officials estimated the crowd to be-the largest ever to turn out for the Bishop Hill celebration. Wedding Invitations 36-Hour Service On . . . Engraved Invitations Hallmark BRIDAL 4 SHOWER DECORATIONS BRIDE'S MEMORY ALBUMS YOUR CONVENIENT HALLMARK STORE 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. DAILY SUNDAYS - NOON TILL 5:30 P.M. 221 E. Main St. — Downtown Galesburg

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