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2£^Ggle§bura Re&''$ter*MoiI, Galesbufg, Monday, July 9, J 973 Covered Bridge atGreenbush Burns, Arson Suspe cted By LORRAINE STAUTH • (Motirtvouth Correspondent) GREENBUSH - The historic Covered bridge here is gone. "'It • was totally destroyed by * fire that an observer de- Ibribed as "engulfing it a>U at jSJbce" Sunday about 1:30 a.m. ^Warren County Sheriff Daivid Watkins said there is reason tio luspect arson and that he has jfequested the state fire mar mat to assist with the invest! gation. si A oar was seen approadiing the bridge from the south only about two minutes before the bridge became a blazing inferno and the car took off as soon as the fire started. : Avion firefighters called to the Scene about five ml 'MUites after the..fire broke out said there Was nothing they could da by the time they arrived. Residents Watch -"The old bridge didn't have ti6 die, by herself, though," a Greenbush resident said Sunday. He said several area residents joined the firefighters at the scene and that a few motorists drove up. out of curiosity. "I suppose they thought some of us were crazy because we were crying," he said. .;;Some stiH cried when they drove down Sunday morning after church to see what was left of the Greenbush bridge. $ ft wasn't a pretty sight—just 3 few wisps of smoke curling from a couple of charred gird ers that had landed on the banks of Big Nigger Creek; trees wiith even their topmost leave s scorched and seered, and the muddy water of the creek coding sluggishly around the few tangled pieces of wire and embers. A little boy rode up on his bicycle, jammed his fist toward his hose and said, "What'd they have to go and burn our bridge for?" Old and young seemed to agree. The greenbush covered bridge was a part of their heritage — and they are going to miss it. Many Memories . Not all the memories of the Greenbush covered bridge are pleasant. The destructive blaze was not the first time tragedy has struck at the site. While Thomas Crabb was building a bridge across the same spot in 1885, one of his employes, Stephen Balderson, was killed in a construction accident. In the fall of 1888, Charles West was Med when a steam threshing machine he was driving Gnashed through the first bridge, Sept. 11, 1888. A history of Greenbush tells how the bridge collapsed under the weight of West's threshing ma- Chine and how West was injured and burned by steam when the rig and bridge fell into the creek. He died from) his injuries later that day, The Greenbush covered bridge that burned Sunday was built to replace the one destroyed by the threshing machine accident. And there are some unpleasant memories attached to that structure such as the car crashing into it a few years ago— but most of today's Greenbush residents have only pleasant memories of the bridge. Many of those memories were shared Sunday, by members who attended a reunion at the Greenbush Community Center I of former pupils of three area schools. J. G. Giliflillan who has operated the first farm east ,of Greenbush since 1925 recalls "I remember that we always had a legend about the bridge —that a boy must kiss his girl every time they crossed it together. Ivan Byerly, who lived at Greenbush from 1910-1929 before moving to Abingdon, told' how some boys had stolen his brother's wagon one Halloween. "Then they tore it to pieces and piled the pieces all over the HI bridge, even up on the roof," he said. youth. Mrs. Schmalshof, Whose great-great-grandfather, James Simmons, was the second man to settle in Greenbush Township, said, "That's what we always did every Sunday afternoon, wient to the bridge to see what new names had been carved on it." There was a lot of talk in Greenbush Sunday about the covered bridge—talk about how young people had used it for almost a century to warm up in whan they got cold skating on the creek; about what a popular fishing spot it was; talk About how hard it was going to be for seme of the local farmers to get to their fields until it's replaced; talk about how many stories and articles had been! written about the bridge and the many artists who had come to draw and paint it. Greenbush is a small village and the covered bridge was about its only claim to famis. Mrs. Schmalshof, who lives by the road between Greenbush and the bridge, said,. "So many people used to stop and ask 'Where's Greenbush' and we'd tell them they had just driven through it and the bridge was right on down the road." The Greenbush residents liked their bridge. Some' of them weren't too pleased when the state took over its upkeep in the mid-Sixties and changed its looks a little by putting on a new shake roof and changing the shape of the ends. New Move Other residents sought the help of their state and national legislators in keeping the covered bridge where it wfis when some people wanted to move it few years ago to make it mere accessible to visitors making the Spoon River Drive. Some people spoke Sunday of attempting to erect a replica. Others maintained it "wouldn't be the same." But all seemed in agreement with Mrs. Ray Bridge Before, After Fire Mrs. Lois Schmalshof, above left, holds a Paddick. Above, spectators portrait of the covered bridge at Greenbush which was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon. The picture was painted by Mrs. Lois stand on the remains of the bridge after the blaze, believed to have been caused by arson. Register- Mail photos by Lorraine Stauth.) McGee, Avon, who said, "I don't Mrs. Richard Wolf, who lives understand why anybody would just up the hill from the burned want to do such a senseless bridge, said Sunday, "It just thing.' I doesn't seem right to look out and not see the bridge there, nor that my children should be deprived of that part of their heritage." Teachers Learn New Technique at Seminar MONMOUTH - Eleven teachers from the Monmouth area have just completed a Neiv Officers ;, Officers of the Warren County Agricultural Extension Coun- ij'cil elected Thursday are from left, Jim Hendel of Roseville, tvice chairman; Ralph Elliott of Monmouth, chairman; Hugh S'Winbigler of Monmouth, secretary, and Delbert Price of Alexis, treasurer. Pupils' Reunion Board Report GREENBUSH - The third LOTlStrUCtlOn . annual Greenbush Reunion A grandmother (who asked to be left nameless) giggled like a workshop offered by the Mon- schoolgirl as she recalled how mouth College Department of a neighbor boy had carved his Education, on techniques and and her initials on the old bridge procedures for a program of when she was 12. "And he even put a heart around them," she said. Names Carved Guided Educa- The discussion of names being carved on the bridge reminded Mrs. Lois Schmalshof, of Greenbush, of one of her favorite pastimes during her for pupils from three former Greenbush school districts ; was Sunday at the Greenbush Community Center, the former Greenbush School. t The schools were the Greenbush Lincoln School located northeast of Greenbush Junction on the pavement, the Simmons Holeman District School southeast of Greenbush, and the Greenbush School. About 100 former pupils, •teachers and family members 'met for a potluck dinner at noon. THE MAILBOX (Continued from Page 4) war and soldiers were suffering in the field. And she was accused of leaking a portion of the President's message to the New York Herald in advance of its communication to Congress and the House Committee on the Judiciary. A White House gardener was used as the fall guy. And it can be said that Lincoln made another secret visit to the Capitol and urged the Republicans, on the investigating committee to spare him disgrace. These were free and easy times. Lincoln took walks alone and once was fired upon and he ran home to the White House losing his $8 plug hat as he ran. He laughed about it. I think Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln were harassed more than the Nixons. 7- Reef Waldrep, Macomb. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Register-Mail welcomes tempered, constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Register- Mail, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of space limitations, letters should not exceed 200 words in length. They will be subject to condensation. The Register- Mail would prefer letters typed pud double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's signature and address. Defamatory material will be rejected. No letters can De returned. MONMOUTH - Members of the Board of Education of District 38 will hear a report on construction plans for Garfield and Willits schools Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. They will also act on resignations from Gerald Goodman, industrial arts teacher and varsity basketball and baseball coach at Monmouth High School; Mary Ellen Pittman, a high school mathematics teacher, and Carol Lewis, a fifth grade teacher at Lincoln School. Also on the agenda is a discussion of vacancies being held open pending approval of Title I funds. The vacancies in this category include teachers for English at the high school and second and third grades at Willits. Other vacancies to be considered include those for teachers for mathematics, industrial arts, and art at Monmouth High School, and fifth grade at Lincoln. Other items on the agenda include state aid, citizens advisory committee, special education claims, a physical education report, and a report concerning the new construction trades class. MONMOUTH Community Memorial Hospital Admissions Friday: Mrs. Paul Adams, Dean Chapin, Edward Peterson, Mrs. Linda Nickols, Mrs. Clark Shamblin, Monmouth; Richard Crain, Alexis. Dismissals Friday: Larry Smith, Seaton; Lewis Brown, Oquawka; Mrs. Leona Gilbert, Clifford Irvin, Miss Mary Ward 1 , Monmouth. Admissions Saturday: Mrs. Royal Youngblood, Harry Kinzer, Monmouth; Mrs. Marie Sharp, Alexis; Mrs. Flora Olson, Oquawka. Dismissals Saturday: Miles Snodgrass, Carl Christensen, Mrs. Joseph Kraul, Kirkwood; Mrs. David Lawson and baby, Gladstone; Miss Peggy Gittings, Gregory Fox, Mrs. Kathryn Thulin, Mrs. James Higbee and baby, William Christee, Mrs. David Vaughn and baby, Mrs. Clark Shamblin, Mrs. Vernon Hathaway, Monmouth; Mrs. David Dowell and baby, Alexis. Individually ' tion. The workshop featured Dr. John Christoffersen, associate professor of education and unit leader of a multi-unit pro gram'at Western Illinois Laboratory School at Macomb It was coordinated by Mrs. Mary Johnson, instructor of Education for Monmouth College. "Individually Guided Education," explained Christoffersen, "is a program whereby the teacher establishes individual objectives for each child, rather than for the whole class at large. The student, then, has the opportunity to select the materials and methods needed to reach the goal. Students are not faced with the strain of competition from their peers or the fear of failure." Christoffersen pointed out that it does not necessarily mean teachers must prepare individual lessons for every student, since students may be grouped in similar interest and progress groups. "Many of these teachers who participated in the workshop have now completed curriculum plans for the first six weeks of school next fall," Mrs. Johnson said. . "There are many questions and concerns about the IGE system," explained Christoffersen. "Especially from those who have taught in a traditional school system for many years. In some aspects, there is much more work to be done by the teacher in preparing and keeping track of progress for each student. "Those teachers who have been through the program insist, however, that rewards are high," continued Christoffersen. "Students need less prodding and drilling because they learn concepts in relation to something in which they are individually interested. : " •» J 1 H|, ill! *• ' .jlllliiii 'ii"' Chapter Will Survey Village ROSEVILLE - Members of Chapter U-TTT, voted to call on all homes in the Village of Roseville for a canvass for the Warren County Health Survey. Roseville residents will be asked to fill out a questionnaire on health needs in the county. The June meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Harold Winters, with Mrs. Robert Purlee assisting. A Founder's Day program was presented following the business meeting, also a physical fitness program, by Mrs. Paul Stevenson, with members participating. Roseville MRS. IRA LAND Correspondent Roseville P. O. Box 145 Phone 426-2642 Miss Denise Mills was the guest of honor at a miscellaneous bridal shower Thursday at the home of Mrs. Herman Walker. Her marriage to Stephen Mummert will be solemnized at the home of h< j r mother, Mrs. Harlan Jacobson, Saturday. Yacht Race An erial view of the start of the 362-mile Marblehead to Halifax Yacht Race shows some of the yachts with their spinnakers full of wind as they get underway. A record fleet of 109 boats are entered in the 15th running of the race. There were different starting times due to the large number of boats. Officials said they expected the leading yachts to arrive at Halifax sometime early Wednesday. UNIFAX "One important point is stressed in our discussion of Individually Guided Education. There is little evidence that the individualized procedures will surpass traditional methods in teaching skills — this point is often used in praising the system. However, it is a major source in the alleviation of boredom, disinterest, frustration and fear of failure to students. And of course, I feel that herein lies the most important aspect of the program," he said. Another teaching aspect approached in the educational workshop was the creation of educational games, simulations and role playing. As part of the workshop training, participants prepared a game for a specific type of student, and presented it to the class. Teachers participating in the workshop were Carol Lewis and Kathy O'Brien from Lincoln School, Monmouth; Dorothy Struble from Garfield School, Monmouth; Margaret Campbell, Elsie Italy Has 35th New Government ROME (UPI) - A new center-left coalition led by Premier Mariano Rumor took office Sunday as the 35th government of Italy since 1943, its prospects for longterm survival haunted by inflation, rising crime and a faltering economy. Rumor, a bachelor onetime high school teacher, said after taking the oath of office that he would seek parliament's approval of a program concentrating on dealing with economic problems, the weakness of the lira and rising rightwing violence. I A Christian Democrat who ' became premier for the fourth time in five years, Rumor took the oath of office from President Giovanni Leone 26 days after the collapse of a center-right coalition led by outgoing Premier Giulio An- dreofcti. Rumor leads a 28-member cabinet composed of Christian Democrats, Socialists, Social Democrats and Republicans. The dominant Christian Democrats received 16 cabinet posts, the Socialists six, the Social Democrats four and the Republicans two. Jenks, Josephine Ross, Julia Sehreiber, and Joanna Watson, Yorkwood School District; Nancy Terpening of L. T. Stone School, Galesburg, and Verna Davies and Joan Swenson, Monmouth College students. CONSOLIDATED REPORT OF CONDITION of Bank of Galesburg of Galesburg, Illinois AND SUBSIDIARIES at the close of business on June 30, 1973. Published In Response to Call of the COMMISSIONER OF BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES of the State of Illinois. ASSETS ' '' 1. Cash and due froth banks (including $7,366.03 un posted debits) .$ 3,165,087.57 2. U.S. Treasury securities , - 1,795*967.64 3. Obligations of other U.S. Government agencies and corporations -— 1 ,909,765.58 4. Obligations of States and political subdivisions 4,573,251.59 5. Other securities (including $-NONE„ corporate stocks) - — 610,361.80 7. Federal funds sold and securities purchased under agreements to resell 100,000.00 8. Other loans (including $64,886.55 overdrafts) 15,974,111.38 9. Bank premises, furiiiture and fixtures, and other assets representing bank premises 417,124.66 10. Real estate owned other than bank premises 1.00 13. Other assets 297,984.00 14. TOTAL ASSETS r ~ 28,843,655.22 LIABILITIES 15. Demand deposits of individuals, partnerships!], and corporations 9,146,731.29 16. Time and savings deposits of individuals, partnerships, and corporations ... — 11,949,693.58 17. Deposits of United States Government 801,780.58 18. Deposits of States and political subdivisions 4,239,623.18 i 20. Depoits of commercial banks 65,634,37 21. Certified and officers, checks, etc. i 300,179.37 22. TOTAL DEPOSITS $26,503,642.37 (a) Total demand deposits ...$12,250,900.35 (b) Total time and savings deposits $14,252,742.02 17. Other liabilities 595,470.46 28. TOTAL LIABILITIES $27,099,112.83 RESERVES ON LOANS AND SECURITIES 30. Reserve for bad debt losses in loans (set up pursuant to Inetrnal Revenue Service rulings) 262,408.52 33. TOTAL RESERVES ON LOANS AND SECURITIES i 262,408.52 CAPITAL ACCOUNTS Equity capital, total (items 36 to 40 below) .... 1,482,133.87 . Common stock-total par value 375,000.00 (No. shares authorized 37,500) (No. shares outstanding 37,500) 38. Surplus 875,000.00 39. Undivided profits 232,133.87 41. 42. TOTAL CAPITAL ACCOUNTS (items 34 and 35 above) 1,482,133.87 28,843,655.22 TOTAL LIABILITIES, RESERVES, AND CAPITAL ACCOUNTS (items 28, 29, 33, and 41 above) .... I, Lawrence A. Lord, Cashier, of the above-named bank, do solemnly swear that this report of condition is true and correct, to the best of my knowledge and belief. Correct-Attest: LAWRENCE A. LORD JOHN H. BURNS JAMES F. OBERWORTMANN JAMES P. BENBOW, JR. Directors. (NOTARY'S SEAL) State of Illinois, County of Knox, ss. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of July, 1973. My commission expires July, 1975. M. CIRIMOTICH, Notary Public.