Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 16, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 16, 1973
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* 2 <^le$bufflJ^eQistef:Mc>J.l/ Galesburg, Monday, July 16, 1973 ox County Will File Complaint S Seeking Review of Mining Decision tive review is provided for by statute and would mean that the court has the right to pass on questions of fact and law with regard to the permit. . "The real question is whether the county has the right to be heard, examine witnesses and introduce testimony of its own," Barash said this morning. Recommendatory? E. E. Filer, director of the Department of Mines and Minerals, told county officials at an informal meeting more than two weeks ago that the county's rights were only recommendatory. The county had filed objections to the coal company's By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) Knox County will file a complaint within the next few days asking for an administrative re- View of a Department of Mines and Minerals decision granting a permit to Midland Coal Co. to mine in the county during 197374. Burrel Barash, counsel for the county,, said this morning the complaint will be filed in Knox County Circuit Court asking for a review of the permit to mine some 600 acres in Victoria and Copley townships. The permit] became effective July 1. Barash said the administra- Stratton Quits County Board For New Post Bruce C. Stratton, R-2nd, today confirmed that he will resign as a member of the Knox County Board. He was elected to his second term last year and drew a 2- year term at the board organizational meeting in May, 1972. Stratton said he is stepping down because he was appointed administrative director of the Office of the State Appellate Defender effective July 1 and will be moving to Springfield. Stratton said his new duties are almost totally administrative and will keep him close to his office. I the formal resignation will com,: "I wish I didn't have to re--within the next few days, sign. Being a member of the j Stratton recently served Knox County Board has been a good experience," Stratton said from his Springfield office ; today. Stratton said he has made no official declaration of his resignation because he had been waiting to talk to Richard Burgland, R-lst, board chairman prior to filing, a formal letter of resigna application for a permit to mine, but the state department issued the permit over the county's objections. Barash said coal company attorneys have indicated they will file a complaint for a declaratory judgment challenging the constitutionality, of the county's reclamation requirements. The legal maneuvers are the latest in a series dating back more than a year. In July 1972, the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals set reclamation standards calling for replacement of the top six feet of overburden, restoring strip- mined land to its original con-| tour and posting a performance bond of $1,000 an acre. The mining firm asked for a rehearing on the grounds that the reclamation standards were not financially feasible. The rehearing convened in September 1972 and concluded March 1973. Re -Affirmation The appeals board took the case under advisement following the conclusion of the rehearing, and on May 23 brought in a decision re-affirming its stand with minor changes. The coal company was given 30 days to file a statement of intent to comply with county regulations, and on the eve of the deadline filed suit asking that the reclamation require ments be set aside on the grounds they were unfeasible and unnecessary. The county countered with a cease and desist order, and the coal company came back with a petition asking that the order 'be set aside pending the outcome cl the suit. A continuance was ordered at the first hearing set July 2, and the court file shows no date for another hearing at .the present time. Judge Gale Mathers reportedly asked that he be removed from the case at a Friday meeting with attorneys for both sides. Judge Keith Scott will hear the case. Compromise? Neither county officials nor representatives of the mining firm would today confirm that there have been talks of a com- pfomtise between the two sides. Barash said he had no knowl edge Of any compromise offer. Robert Izard, Midland gener al manager of operations, said when questioned about compromise talks, "Not as far as I know. There has been a meeting or two, but the answer to your question is, 'No, as far as I know.'" Weather and River Stages 1 Bank's Stockholders Plan 2 Flee Jail, Sale to Group in Chicago Bruce C. Stratton ... resigning from board tion. He said he expects that mittses. as chairman of a special committee appointed to study the county liquor ordinance and propose amendment-si The committee proposed that the county add to the ordinance a beer-owly provision which was adopted at the June board meeting. He has also been a member of the landfill and Mary Davis Home corn- By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) Several major stockholders in the Community Bank of Galcs- burg, 1380 N. Henderson St., plan to sell their interests in the bank to a Chicago group, the Galesburg • Register-Mail learned today. A reliable source said the group, headed by Ralph A. Acker, president of West Suburban Bank and Main Bank of Lombard, is attempting to buy controlling interest of the bank. An agreement has been reached, but no sale has been consummated. Major Stockholders Major stockholders of Community Bank are John H. Weber, J. Barry Weber and the Weber Foundation, Inc. The Weber family owns: or controls more than 5,000 shares of stock. The bank opened for business July 21, 1967. A former executive officer of the Community bank said today the bank has managed to stay .above water because of its numerous house­ hold accounts. However, he added, the bank has failed to show much profit because of its inability to land large corporate accounts. Sources close to the bank say Community's biggest problems have been internal. In the six years it has been open, the bank has had three presidents. In addition, several executive officers have left in the past six months. Other Galesburg bankers believe that Community Bank was undercapitalized in the beginning. Capital stock consisted of 20,000 shares, with a par value of $10 per share. Capitalization of the bank was $400,000. No Comment J. Barry Weber, president of the bank, was asked early this morning if the Weber family was selling its stock in Community Bank. "I have no comment on this," Weber replied. Weber, who owns 1,770 shares! in the bank, denied reports his family/ owned or controlled 51' per cent of Community Bank stock. Later, however, Weber decided to break his silence. He confirmed reports that a "substantial" percentage of Community Bank will be sold to the Chicago group. Weber said the local bank will "affiliate" with three Chicago area banks — West Suburban Bank and Main Bank, both in Lombard, and Darien Bank of Darien. Weber repeatedly emphasized the word "affiliated" and pointed out that no stock sale has taken place. However, he also revealed that several major stockholders in the bank plan to sell their interests. He declined to say who they are. The sale of stock has already been approved by the bank's board of directors, Weber said. Sale Soon Acker, who rerpresents the Chicago group interested in pur- See'Bank'- (Continued on Page 15) L Gives Up In Galesburg Log Cabin Going Up Bob Byerly, left above, lake director at the Oak Run Recreational Land Development east of Galesburg, admires the work of Pat Cherrington, center, of Dahinda, and Sigfred Peck, Galesburg, as they reconstruct a Jog cabin originally built by Pat's great-grand­ father in the 1850s. The cabin is being erected on a lot next to the Oak Run information center. Cherrington, left, a descendant of Knox County's early settlers, hand-fashioned a wooden peg in the reconstruction work. ALEDO—Authorities here and in surrounding communities today were searching for a 23- year-old Knoxville man who, with another inmate, sawed his way out of the Mercer County Jail Sunday. The second escapee, 18-year- old LeRoy L. Brasmer, turned himself into Galesburg police later. He was returned to Mercer County lawmen. At large, after he and Brasmer sawed the bars off a second story window and jumped to the ground, is Alfred E. Barger. According to Brasmer, the Knoxville man spoke of getting a gun after the escape and authorities today said Barger should be considered dangerous. Brasmer said he and Barger split up in Aledo, with Barger indicating he planned to, flee to Mexico. Mercer County Sheriff Warren Demick said the pair apparently cut their way out using a saw blade smuggled into them by a visitor. Neither was'visit- :d frequently during their in- :arceration and authorities were Peking the person"who' 1 might I nave smuggled the blade to hem. Alleged Burglars Both men were jailed for alleged burglaries. Brasmer, who was convicted earlier, was serving time. He escaped from the 65-year-old structure earlier this spring by threatening a jailer with a pistol but was later apprehended. He was charged with escape after that incident and the charge is pending. Brasmer is from near Sherrard. He allegedly told Galesburg officers after his surrender that he and Barger had broken out of the jail about midnight Saturday, hid in some weeds until early Sunday and then separated. Brasmer said he made his way to Galesburg and spent the day walking the streets. He complained of injuries after he was booked and was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where X-rays revealed he had suffered a broken foot when he jumped from the jail window. Barger was also charged with burglary and his case is pending in Mercer County court. Some Question Demick said there is some question as to when the men left the jail. Another spokesman at the lockup said a jailer reported the two present Sunday evening. A jailer noticed they were gone and discovered the breakout shortly before 9 p. m. Brasmer turned himself in about 10 p.m. Demick described Barger as clean shaven, with long blond hair and blue eyes. He is about six feet, 2 inches tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds, Dem- k said. The sheriff also specu lated that Barger "is probably armed by this time." ILLINOIS: f&it and continued cool tonight. Tuesday mostly sunny and a little warmer. Low tonight mid 50s to low 60s. High Tuesday low and mid 80s. WESTERN ILUNOIS: Generally fair and cool tonight. Mostly sunny and a little warmer Tuesday. Low tonight around 60. High Tuesday mid to upper 80s. IOWA: Generally fair tonight. Partly cloudy and warmer Tuesday. Low tonight around 60 northeast, mid 60s southwest. High Tuesday mid to upper 60s. LOCAL WfSATMEft Noon temperature, 77: morning's low. 62. Sky mostly clear, wind out of the east at 4, m.p.h. (Sunday's maximum, 81; minimum, 37; Saturday's maximum, 77; minimum, ii.) Sun rose today at 5:44 aim., sets? at 8:27 p.m. Humidity, 51%. •< eXTfiWDED> OftECAST ILLINOIS: Generally fair and cooler Wednesday through Friday Highs in mid 70s to mid 80s. Lows in 50s to low 60s. ftlVfeft 8TAOES Dubuque^-7.1 rise 0 .1 Davenport-^4.7 fall OA Burlington— 8.2 fall 0.3 Keokuk—4.7 fall 0 .4 Quiney—n .7 no change Grafton— 18.1 fall 0.1 Aiton -8 .6 fall 0.9 St. LoulS -10.8 fall 1.1 Cape Girardeau— 21 .4 fall 0.7 LaSaUe— 11.2 fall 0.9 Peoria— 11.3 fall 0.5 Havana— 11.7 fall 0,3 Beardstown— 11 .6 fall 0.8 St. Charles— 15.1 fau 0 .4 Helicopter Accident at Claims Life of Henry Man PEORIA, 111. (UPI) - Last Friday's crash of a sightseeing helicopter at the Heart of Illinois Fair has claimed its second life. Robert Childs, 34, Henry, died Sunday in St N Francis Hospital here of injuries suffered in the crash. VChild's son, Chris 4, was killed instantly when the helicopter crashed and exploded on its landing pad on the opening day of the state's secon<ttargest fair. Childs' wife, May, 29, remained hospitalized in fair condition today. The three were passengers in the helicopter, which was piloted by Robert Packard, 42, Shelby, N. C, who escaped serious injury. Bryce Will Seek Knox Sheriff Job A Galesburg man today announced plans to seek the office of Knox County sheriff next year and a city policeman said he is considering running for the post. Eugene Bryce, 44, of 56 Blaine Ave., said he will be a candidate for the job while Donald Butler, a Galesburg police officer, said he is contemplating entering the race. Both men said they would run as Republicans. Bryce has been Knox County Rabies Control Officer for the past seven years. Prior to that time, he served more than 20 years in the U. S. Army and was a recruiter in G'alesburg for six years. i Bryce said he will kick off his • campaign during the Knox County Fair the last of this month. He said he will then be willing to speak'to organizations i °f cr meet with groups to take his campaign to the people. "I'm hot a •politician. I just want to be a good sheriff," Bryce said this morning. Bryce said Ms job as enforcer of the rabies law takes him out into the county and has given him an opportunity to talk to people about law enforcement within the county. liummtuiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiimiiL Complaint Days "If I were elected sheriff, I would set the first and last Tuesday cf each month as complaint days. I would be in the office starting at 7 a .im. to meet with residents of the county to hear, their complaints and problems and try to get something done about them." Bryce said that he feels citizens should have the opportunity to discuss their problems and complaints with the chief enforcement officer of the county. I decided to run because I think I would be a good sheriff," Bryce said. Until recent months, he was; the owner of the Bryce Motel on Grand Avenue. He and his wife, Antiemarie, 'have four children, 14,' 13, 11 and 11 months. • No Decision Butler told the Galesburg Register-Mail this morning that he has entertained the thought Eugene Bryce ... running for sheriff running for sheriff but has not yet made a decision. Butter, who is captain of patrol, i "lias;'been a member/ of the Galesburg Police Department for the past 19 years. He will be eligible for retirement in 14 months. "The challenge of profession­ alizing the office is the major reason I have considered running for the office," Butler said this morning. He said he has not yet made a decision because he has had several other job offers which, he is also considering. He and his wife, Peggy, have six children. They reside at 1840 Patterson Drive. The primary for county offices will be held in the spring of 1974, with the election in November. The newly-elected candidate will assume his duties the first working day in December 1974. Henderson Township FIRE DEPT. ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL Wednesday/ July 18 HENDERSON, ILL. Serving From 5 P.M. Sandwich*!. Cak«, Pi* Entertainment by Knoxvill* Band Log Cabin Building Not a Lost Art in Knox County DAHINDA—The almost-lost art of log cabin building — an abode virtually synonymous iwith Illinois — still survives in Knox County in the skilled hands of Pat E. Cherrington. Cherrington, a 76-year-old descendant of Central Illinois foiunding fathers, is reconstructing a log cabin originally built by his family in 1855 near the site of the 4,009-acre recreational land development at Oak R.un about 15 miles east of Galesburg. The cabin, authentic in every detail, with its original rough, broad-ax hewn timbers, is being painstakingly built by Cherrington and two assistants. It is being erected on a lot next to the information center at the entrance of Oak Run. WHEN COMPLETED, the structure will have split puncheon floors, split walnut, hand-planed window casings and four-foot-long pine shingles, all held together with wooden pegs and mortar. The cabin will become a •museu m dedicated to the area's early settlers. Among them were Cherrington's great - grandfather, Abraham Bruce Cherrington, and his great-uncle, J. J. Eldridge, -who came to Illinois in a covered wagon from Ohio about 1840. They went on to Nebraska and North Dakota and eventually returned to Knox County in the early 1850s. When the Cherrington family got to Ward Hill, about a mile from what is now Oak Run, Grandpa Cherrington and Uncle Eldridge bought 160 acres for $100. Each took 30 acres of the timber and farmland. THEY PROCEEDED to build an 18-by 20-foot log cabin made from 12-inch thick hard oak logs cleared from the land. The snug cabin housed a family of six until after the Civil War when Ernest Steffens, a master carpenter from Germany, built a frame house which stands to this day. Pat Cherrington, a history buff, who still operates his own sawmill in nearby Dahinda, decided to preserve the decaying original log cabin for future generations. In the spring of 1972, he carefully dismantled the cabin and numbered each log so they could be properly replaced. "I always wanted to rebuild the cabin but I wanted to find someplace so that people could come i visit it and see what life was like in Illinois an the old days," he remarked. AMERICAN Central Corp., developers of Oak Run, helped Cherrington to fulfill his dream. "The American Central people offered to pay me to reconstruct the cabin ati Oak Run. I've been working on her since the middle of May and we'll have hsr done before September," Cherrington' predicted. A brick fireplace is being constructed by Bradley LaRose, a Knoxville stone mason, while Cherrington has selected the early American furnishings collected over the years. They include a string bed, a 17-pound hand iron, a huge cast iron door latch and key and numerous kitchen utensils including a 3-legged cast iron "rattail" skillet and an iron grill for johnnycakes. WILL THE HELP BE THERE? Who will help your families and friends in the event of an emergency? Floods and tornadoes don't always happen someplace else. The "Guard" has openings for MEN. Serve your community, your country, and yourself. Earn a little money and a lot of pride! NATIONAL GUARD 149 N. Brood 342-6320

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