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tySh tans 1 By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) ALEDO r- Mercer County Sheriff Warrefi Demick today said he would resign this month. Demick announced his intention to quit after the Mercer County Board asked for his resignation Monday night. He denied that he was quitting under fire. "I made the decision myself/' Demick said. "I'm tired of fighting the criminal element, the courthouse and the courts." MONDAY NIGHT 'S decision by the board came after two inmates in the county lockup sawed their way through a second floor window and leaped to freedom. The jailbreak was the sixth since Demick took office nearly five years ago. "One of these guys took off a couple of months ago," a board member said today, referring to LeRoy Brasmer, 18, Sherrard, one of the escapees. "A situation like that becomes a laughing matter," the board member complained. tjemick replied that the jailbreaks were not the main reason he was asked to leave. It's politics," Demick charged. He blamed County Board chairman Fred Allen. "I tried to resign two weeks ago — turned my card over to the police committee, and they refused it," Demick declared. "The chairman of the board made the decision." DEMICK WAS appointed sheriff in 1969 after the former sheriff, Josiah Lemon, resigned. Allen, then a member of the Mercer County Board of Supervisors, wanted to be sheriff, according to Demick, "but they appointed me. Does that tell you something?" In Sunday's jailbreak, Brasmer and 23-year-old Alfred E. Barger, Knoxville, used a saw Wade to cut away two bars on a jail window. The blade was smuggled to them, Demick said. "I started to investigate, but when this thing came up I went on vacation," the sheriff said this morning. "Ml turn what I have over to my deputy," he added. Mercer County Coroner Robert Fippinger will take over Demick's duties until a mew the He also criticized the courts for allowing prisoners to remain in the county jail toft long while they wait for their hearings. "They stay in theffc so long they get stir crazy,** he commented. Brasmer was serving a sentence for burglary and had sheriff is appointed by b DEMICK HAS worked in He had been locked up another burglary charge pend* Jaw'enforcement for 22 years. He started as a deputy sheriff in Rock Island County. "My wife and I just got more and more tired of fighting it," he said. "I enjoy law enforcement, but not political fights." Demick also complained about the wages Mercer County pays its law enforcement officers. Deputies there get $8,000 per year, top salary. "I'm a training officer. After they (deputies) are schooled and trained, they leave." Demick is paid $10,000 per year. tor about six months. Hits spring he threatened a jailer with an antique gun he found in the sheriff's office and fled. He was recaptured later. ABOUT IS MONTHS ago, three inmates jumped the sheriff as he was returning one of them to his cell. They took his service revolver and fled; They were recaptured later. Demick has not officially resigned. If he chose not to quit, the only way he could be removed would be by order of the governor or if he were convicted of criminal charges. No such charges have been made. Bfasmer, who turned himself in Sunday night to Galesburg police, first told Gales* burg authorities he was loose for about 20 hours before the breakout was reported. Although he later admitted he was out less than five hours before turning himself in, Demick's jailers were having difficulty proving the youth was lying. Demick was criticized by board members for an alleged lack of supervision, THE JAILBREAK during accusation that Alien was bitter about the original appointment, Hickok said, "No, no, nobody believes that." The bbard's action, according to Hickok, a member of the Law Enforcement Committee, was based on Demick's "negligence. There were no-political motives there. The man just didn't <b the job," Hickok , "As far a$ his offering to resign before, I sure didn't take it that way. He pulled out his card and said, 'If you fettas think you can do better, here jt is/ then put it back in his wallet I didn't the weekend was "the straw uncterstand it to be an offer to that broke the camel's back," Mercer County State's Atty. John Sloan speculated today. The jail routinely houses four or five prisoners, the state's attorney said. Board member resign," Hickok recalled. Allen also denied the Hickok denied that the request for Demick 's resignation was political. CONCERNING DEMICK'S charge, adding that he would not take the job now under any circumstance. He did run an unsuccessful campaign for Wayne sheriff in 1966. Weather at id River Stages ILLINOIS: Partly chance oi showers artd storms northwest tonight, southeast; continued warm. day patUy cloudy With chanee of showers arrd thunderstorms tfofth and west. Low tonight uj)per 60s or low 10s. High Thursday upptt 80s of low 90s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy tonight. Thursday chance of showers. Low tonight 65-70. High V W$ showers thd thunderstorms likely, tonight. Shower threat ending rtdrthwtst but con- UnUing southeast Thursday. Low to- njght VB-70, High Thursday 80s. cloudy wltftiday'S maximum, 14: minimum. «3.) thunder- Sun rose today at 5:46 a.m., sets at LOCAL weATMtH . . Noon temperature, 02; mdming's low, 64. Sky j>artly clotidy, wind out ot the S.E. at 0 m.t>.h. (TUes- Panel 0:20 p.m. Humidity, 53%. ILLINOIS: Partly cloud^ With chance of thunderstorms south Friday. Mostly Suftny SaWday and Sunday. Low 5OS-0W. High TOMOs. nmn IfA«I I Dubuque—7.7 rise 0.3 Davenport—4.3 rise 0.2 Burlirtgtdft-*7.0.fair 0.3 „ § 0OkuR-3.« fill 0.7, uincy-iiJ rM 0.1 ra«ton-lM fall 0.4 Altoti-7.7 fjjirw St. Loui »-0.0 **1L0.* ^. A * cape Girardwu—ao.a foil 0.6 LaBiiie-10.7 fill 0.5 P«dria-41.0 MM 0.1 Havana—9.* fall 1.1 ,, Beardatown—0J fall l.l St. Charles—14.3 fall 0.0 Make "The reason we asked for his resignation is because he was inefficient as sheriff," Alien said. Two members of the cty's Citizens' Advisory Committee believe a study of recreation programs here would be beneficial. Aid.'Frank Johnson, Fifth Ward, urged the committee to "take hold" of the problem and make a detailed study alter Russell Swise, a former committee member, criticized the City Council for not planning a recreation program this year. JOHNSON, at Monday night's City Council meeting, urged the committee to study What kind and how much recreation community residents want. ' The City Council, during its discussions on the 1973-74 budget, decided to scrap a summer recreation program and instead ordered a study of establishing a year-round pro- Sidewalk Traffic By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) It was billed as Sidewalk Day, but it turned out to be jay walk day. Thousands of shoppers, unhindered by the usual heavy flow of traffic on Main Street, crowded downtown Galesburg today hunting for bargains. BUT SOMETHING NEW was added today to the annual event. The Galesburg Polcie Department, in cooperation with Galesburg Downtown Unlimited, rerouted Main Street traffic to allow shoppers to cross anywhere in the block. North-south traffic was not affected by the move. Vehicles going east and west were detoured around Main Street between Cherry and Seminary streets. No parking was allowed on Main Street. Many downtown businesses took advantage of the unusual situation by placing racks of clothing and miscellaneous wares in the street. Today's promotion resembled the East Coast's popular open-air markets. In addition to offering reduced prices on many retail items, downtown merchants also provided music and refreshments for shoppers. A member of the newly-formed Downtown Council steering committee, William Hoerner, owner of Fleck's, said today's sidewalk day promotion was part of the first step in imprvoing shopping conditions in downtown Galesburg. "WE WANT TO MAKE shopping as pleasant as possible for our customers," Hoerner said. "The Downtown Council steering committee, working in conjunction with downtown businesses, has come up with a long list of plans to make the downtown area more attractive and to make it a comfortable and convenient place to shop." High on the priority list of the donwtown council steering committee are ways to improve the flow of traffic in the downtown area. Most people interviewed today liked having Main Street blocked off, although others were unhappy because of resulting parking space shortage. Famous Athlete Dies Ernest Evar Swanson, 70, one of Galesburg's greatest athletes, who died Tuesday, poses at right with the trophy he received for establishing a record for circling the bases on a baseball diamond in 13.3 seconds. Above Swanson is shown in 1972 at the time of his retirement as Galesburg postmaster. gram. -1 Kenneth Morsva member of the advisory committee, responded Tuesday to Johnson's challenge. "I personally think it would probably be a good idea. For myself, I absolutely says .yes." . - . THE ADVISORY committee usually does not meet during the summer and is scheduled to resume its activities in September. But, Morss indicated, Johnson's suggestion could "spur a meeting in the next couple of weeks." George Stephenson, advisory committee secretary, noted that Swise commented new residents are dismayed by the lack of city-sponsored recreation programs. , . ..' . Stephenson said he agreed with Swise. "I think we do have an obligation to provide more than just Little Leagues, he commented. ' ^ Public Aid Cheaters Sought In Computerized Crackdown CHICAGO (UPI)—Gov. Dan- 1 criminals," Walker said. iel Walker said today that the has started a massive staite 'computerized crackdown" on welfare cheaters who may have received a total of more than $10 million in illegal payments. Walkeir and Public Aid Director Joel Edelman said tfhat through a new computer system the state has been able to identify about 20,000 persons- equal to about 10 per cent of the total aid to dependent children recipients—who received payments to which they afe not entitled. "I am announcing a computerized crackdown on public-aid cheating. I am determined to take cheaters off the rolls and see that they are prosecuted as We have a new weapon that makes this crackdown possible. Through a new computer system, we are matching public aid recipients' records against unemployment compensation records. "All employers have to report employe earnings to the unemployment compensation bureau. We know who i9 earning money and who isn't," he said. "I am serving notice on those who have been concealing their income and profiting on our tax dollars to take themselves off welfare now. They are running a grave risk by continuing with their fraud," Walker said. Swanson 9 r Galesburg Athletic Great 9 Bishop mil Historic District D e ad at 70; Funeral Rites Friday Gets V. S. Grant of $28,000 Ernest Evar Swanson, BISHOP HILL - U. S. Rep. Thomas Railsback, R-IU., said today that the Department of Reward Offered For Coed Killer CHARLESTON, 111. (UPI)-A $2,500 reward was posted today for information leading to the killer of Eastern Illinois University coed Shirley Ann Rardin. Miss.Rardin, 20, disappeared from the EIU campus at the Interior has awarded moreiP robab ly th ^ most famous ath- tban $28,000 in matching-grant funds to the Bishop Hill historic district here. Railsback said two grants of $14,000 and $14,737 will be matched by the Illinois Department of Conservation and the Bishop Hill Heritage Assn. The funds were authorized by the National Park Service, he said. The smaller amount has been designated to restore the Bjork- iand Hotel to its original condition, the congressman said. The work will include restoration of the roof, the veranda and the privy area. The second grant, which will be matched by the historical association, will be used to restore the Swedish colony's post office and store. Plans call for reconstruction of the masonry, the roof, the store front, outside the arrest and conviction of the stairs, windows and the board- slayer by Aug. 17. walk. Charleston July 2. Her body, shot in the head, was found July 7 northeast of Paris. The reward was offered by a group of Charleston businessmen and individuals. It promised $2,500 to anyone who can produce information leading to lete Galesburg has ever produced, died Tuesday at 12:12 p.m. at Cottage Hospital Mr. Swanson, who lived at 809 N. Academy St., had been hospitalized for the past several months with a heart condition. One of Best He left his mark as one of the area's greatest athletes, first at the now defunct Lombard College, Galesburg, where he starred in four major sports from 1920-24, and later as a professional baseball and football 70,all-Notre Dame opponent team. Set Record Swanson played left field for the Cincinnati Reds from 192930. While with the Reds, he set a record for circling the bases. During a doubleheader between the Reds v and the old Boston Braves, Swanson raced two other people and completed the circuit in 13.3 seconds. player. Teaming up with Roddy Lamb, another Lombard great, Swanson helped bring football fame to the Galesburg school. With such stars, Lombard took on the great teams of the day, including Notre Dame and its famed 'Tour Horsemen." Although Lombard was defeated 14-0, Swanson was named to the The record still stands. Two years ago, Mickey Rivers of the California Angels, reputed to be the fastest runner in baseball, tried to break the record but was a full second off at 14.3. In 1943, George Case of the Washington Senators ran the bases in 13.5 seconds. Swanson played for the Chicago White Sox from 1933-34. He retired from professional baseball in ,1934 with a lifetime .300 batting average. He also played professional football with the old Chicago Cardinals from 1926-27. GSD Appropriation Ordinance $2 t The former athlete was a production planner at Butler Manu* facturing Co., Galesburg, and in 1958 became postmaster here, retiring in 1972. Swanson was one of the original members of the Galesburg City Council under the Council- Manager form of government, and also served on the Knox County Board for 10 years. Mayor Robert Cabeen described Swanson as a 4 'top-notch gentleman who lived in an age of champions. His application of principals of public service and sound government certainly were those of a fine man," Cabeen Stiid Culver (Coke) Mills, School District 205's coordinator of athletics and physical education for Grades K-9, remembers the football exploits of Swanson at Lombard. "He was one of the first great athletes Galesburg had and Million \ L Red Cross of Knox County Elects New Chapter Officers Clifford C. Hill, 101 SHver St., has been elected the 1973-74 chairman of the Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Gladys Grossman, 1295 Park- bedh view Rd., has named first vice chairman; Wayne Tryon, 127 E. North St., second chairman; and Mrs. The Galesburg Sanitary District has passed a $2.7 million appropriation ordinance, an increase of half a million dollars over last year's $2.2 million ordinance. The largest single portion of the appropriation is $700,000 budgeted for the northwest interceptor sewer line to serve the new St. Mary's Hospital at North Seminary Street and U. S. 34. It will also handle sewage from Carl Sandburg College ap .d the Lake Storey area. Although this money is budgeted for the intercepter line the sanitary district will not proceed with its construction this year unless federal and state monies become available to finance about $300,000 of the total project cost. As yet tne district has not been given approval for the necessary grants. The budget and appropriation ordinance does not indicate the amount of money to be spent bv the district but authorizes the of funds if The dis­ appropriation they become needed. ir:ct last year actually spent about $1.3 million of the $2.2 million budgeted. In 1971*72 actual spending came to $1.4 million although $2.15 million was budgeted. Expenditures for 1973-74, other than the northwest intercepter line, Include $100,000 for the Northland Subdivision storm sewer; $40,000 for a proposed sludge disposal system near the airport; $40,000 for a temporary sanitary sewer at St. Mary's Hcspital and $110,000 for consulting engineers. The total amount expected to be received from the general fund is $443,086. This includes $219,000 expected to be received from taxes. District officials also hope to receive $733,000 from state and federal sources and $98,000 from annexation fees. Ttds money, if received, will be appropriated for construction. In regular district expenditures, salaries climbed this year to $297,500 over last year's $291,000. The construction fund jumped to $1,332,289 over last year's $727,700. Sewer service furds appropriated this year amount to $267,942 as compared to $305,900 for last year. everybody was proud of him,'* Mills recalled. Dr. G. K. Smart, a local eye, vice ear, nose and throat specialist Charles Dahier, Abingdon, third who was a friend of Swanson's vicfe chairman, for 20 years, described the for-1 Other new officers elected at mer athlete as a "very generous and steadfast friend. Native of De Kalb Mr. Swanson was born Oct. 15, 1902, at De Kalb, where he attended school. He was graduated from Lombard College in 1924. He married the former Sara Willits on Feb. 24,1926 at Dixon. Mr. Swanson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Lombard College's Sigma Nu fraternity chapter. Survivors include the widow; two sons, Courtney Evar Swanson, Moline, and David Willits Swanson, Leavenworth, Kan.; four brothers, Carl and Roy, De Kalb, David of Bloomington and Everett, Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Miss Millie Swanson, De Kalb, and nine grandchildren. Funeral will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Constant R. Johnson, pastor, will officiate. 3urial will be at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel. Memorials may be given to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice, the family said. the chapter's annual meeting Monday were Mrs. Leo Carr, 537 Monmouth Blvd., secretary; and Edwin Hick, 60 Hackberry Circle, treasurer. Honorary chairman is Clifford Johnson of near Galesburg. Highlights of reports from the various committees were: 9 See 'Red (Continued on Page 9) Artie Auction EVERY WEDNESDAY v.

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