ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Maroujpiii, Greene ami Calhoun Counties Vol. 135. No. 297 c Alton Telegraph Printm, Co.. i97o Alton, Illinois. Saturday. Jan. 2.. 1971 20 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Offers Egypt full support Soviets want U.S. isolated Where there's smoke., there's ire Heavy fuel-ted black smoke from burn- visor Rodger Elble. Elble, however, ing trees has annoyed Cottage Hills and found the burning was with the per- Forest Homes residents who have com- mission of the state. (Telegraph Photos, plained tq Wood River Township Super- by Robert K. Graul). By The Associated Press Egypt, says it has been offered "unlimited" military and political support by the Soviet Union in a joint struggle to "isolate"' the United Slates and Israel. The claim was in a report, by Vice President Ali Sabry that 'dealt with the talks the Russian and Egyptians held Dec. 20-27 in Moscow. Quotes from the report were published today in the semiofficial Cairo newspaper Al Ahram. Al Ahram said the Kremlin expressed "full understanding" o f Egypt's military needs and said it would help Cairo confront "technological advances," meaning electronic weapons systems provided to Israel by the United States. The report said the Soviet leaders "expounded at length their assessment of the conflict in the Middle East and its place in the world strategy of the Soviet Union" and ''emphasized the necessity of Egypt's victory in the current struggle with America and Israel." The Cairo press also iili- dicated that Egypt, would take a tough stand at the Arab- Israeli peace talks expected to resume soon in New Yoi'k under U.N. mediator' Gunntlr V. Jarring. Al Ahram rejected Israel's stand that peace must come to the Middle East, before any timetable is discussed for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Arab territories occupied in the 19fi7 six-day w a r. Egypt has been demanding such a timetable as a precondition for extending (he current Middle East caesc-firc, which expires Feb. 5. "This is only a re-statement of Israel's terms for a contractual agreement with the Arabs," Al Ahram said. "Such Israeli maneuvering will only further complicate the s i t u a t f o n , placing responsibility for an explosion—which could occur v c r y soon—squarely on America and Israel." Saigon to provide fuel for Cambodia Rte. 140 tree smoke heats air pollution issue: Elble Black, billowing smoke fouls the air over Cottage i Hills and Forest Homes on weekdays because a tree removal crew, on a contract job for the state, is allowed to use fuel oil to burn frees and stumps, the Telegraph has learned. Trees and stumps being removed for construction of a new bridge on Illinois 140 near the two communities are being burned daily by the Stump Removal Co. of Vandalia with permission of the state Air Pollution Control Board. Rodger Elble, Wood River Township supervisor, told the Telegraph he has received "numerous complaints" about the 'heavy smoke in the area, but has been unable to do anything about it. " "What can I do when the state gives them permission for open burning while the industries and townships in the area are told by the s'ame people to stop burning", Elble said. A spokesman for the company at its Vandalia headquarters said the state gave permission for the burning "because that's the only way we can dispose of the trees." Fuel oil was used, he said, because many of the trees were green and would not burn by themselves. Elble 'said he will continue- to see what can be done to stop the burning. SAIGON (AP) — The South Vietnamese government announced today that, it has agreed to provide armed escort for tanker ships and trucks carrying pertoleum supplies to the capital of Cambodia, critically short of fuel because enemy Iroops have blocked its lifeline to the sea. A spokesman said the South Streeper to retire next week Associate Circuit Court Judge I. H. Streeper of the 3rd Jitdi'cial District -will retire fr\>m his post this week, l the Telegraph has learned.\ '.Streeper.i.• wider .pressure because of his position as a director In Alton Banking & Trust Co., has confided to his colleagues that he will retire rather than resign from the bank board, sources within the court said today. "I have no statement at this time," Streeper told ' the Telegraph today. "I will have announcement, later this week, but I have no statement now." Chief Judge William Bealty said today he is aware of Streeper's decision, but will not discuss it until the judge makes his own announcement. "Any statement on his decision will have to come first from Judge Streeper," Beatty said. "That is the way it should be." Streeper, a former Alton City Court judge before moving up to the Circuit Court, will remain available for duty after his retirement, sources said. While not sitting on the' bench permanently, the judge can be available for infrequent trials by law, the source said. Streeper, a lifelong resident, of Alton, began his law practice in the city in 1023. Jle served as assistant slate's attorney for Madison County from 1924 to 1932. In 1933, Streeper was elected a member of the Illinois General Assembly and served until 1940 when he became assistant state's attorney general. Building booms in Godfrey By JOE MELOSI Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — Homebuilding boomed in Godfrey Township during 1970 but slumped to an 11- year low in overall unincorporated areas of Madison County, a Telegraph check shows. Tight money markets and high interest rates coupled with a sagging economy continued to drive away potential home buyers, Madison County Building official Jack Clifford said. Total number of single- family dwelling units built countywide fell to 5^8 this year, the lowest since 1960. IB 1969, the total was 645. But in Godfrey Township, housing construciton continued its high growth pace, aided by a federal program which gives interest subsidies to lower - middle income families. Section 235 of the 1968 housing and urban development act provided financial aid for most of the 156 homes built in Godfrey Township, Clifford said. The program also allows down payments as low as $200 and monthly payments as low as $95 over a 30 - year mortgage period. Because of it, Godfrey Township led all other unincorporated areas in building growth for the 10th straight year and accounted for 28 per cent of all home construction in the county in 1970. Leading builder was Charles E. Springman Development Co., which put up 99 homes, mosl of them under the section 235 program. Next were Alton area contractors Dale Wicken- hau.-;er, 22 homes; Frontier Construction Co., 21; and Wickenhauser Construction Co. and J. C. Smith Construction Co., seven each. Clifford said the Section 235 program was the only hojie in spurring home construction in 1971, when twice as much federal money will be pumped into it. Clifford said 1970's sagging economy plunged Madison County into its "worst" housing slump on record. Records go back to 1981, when the county building department was set up. In that year, 550 homes were built countywide. The records do not include building in cities and villages. I n 1902, homebuilding started an upswing and 670 single • family homes were built. In 1903, the number zoomed to 772, and in 1964 climbed to 748. Then in 1965, housing construction hit its highest peak as 836 homes were built, and total construction in the county neared the $i« million mark. But in 1966, tight money and rising interest costs dealt a blow to the home building industry, resulting in a 211 decrease from 1965. The demand rebounded In 1967 when 639 homes were placed miller construction, and raised to 695 in 1968. Vietnamese Interior Ministry had decided to "ease ail procedures," a p p a r c n t 1 y meaning that the Cambodialis will not. be charged a fee for the escort service from Kompoiig Som to Phnoin Penh. Phnom Penh has been c|nl off from Kompong So|n, Cambodia's only deep-water port and the site of a big oil refinery, since Nov. 20, when Communist-led troops seized a mountain pass On Highway 4. Plans for moving petroleum , and other vilal supplies by alternate routes reportedly have been complicated by South Vietnamese demands for- payment .for the escort service. . • ' The spokesman said the n<;w agreement means that Cambodia will be able to buy ; petroleum products from oil companies in South Vietnam and bring them into Phnijim Penh by .tankers up the Mekong River! ' ! Oil tank trucks with Cambodian markings and liceiiso plates and driven by Cambodians have- been moving between Saigon and PhnOm Penh for at least, three d;lys in convoys of a dozen or more. The spokesman said lie (lid hot know how much gasoline and oil was being provided for the Cambodians. Ii) bailie action today, North 'and South VietnamL'se forces fought fo'r 10 hours inside Vietnam's demilitarized zone as the .Viet Cong's New Year cease-fire entered Jls final hours. Early reports said more than a battalion of Soj.ith Vietnamese troops were involved i n the fighting, |)ut Associated Press correspondent Ilolger Jensen reported later from Da Njmg that the' only casualties reported were five govern- menl soldiers wounded when their armored vehicle struck a mine. Informants said the battle began when a South Vietnamese patrol clashed with a company of North Vietnamese troops just south of the IJMX and pursued it across the boundary. The South Vietnamese later r e c e i v e d reinforcements, -including troops In armored p e r s o n n e I carriers. Had. weather hampered air .tup- port. The South Vietnamese wore hit by mortar and rocket fire pulled out of the DM/, |alc this afternoon. Meanwhile unofficail fibres showed at leasl 12 Anierhians killed and 40 wounded sjnce the 72-hour Viet Cong ce|ise- fire began Thursday morning. South Vietnamese casualties wen- listed as 32 men kjllod and 93 wounded. Allied spokesmen said al least 53 enemy troops ,had INSIDE EDITORIAL . Maeni.s is wise apartment. in . . A-4 move to scale dowfi A-6 Viet- RATE HIKE? . . . A-2 Mississippi River Fuel asks for second gas rate increase within year. BAKTYLAK . . . . A-3 Former Madison County state's attorney taken off probation. ROCHE A-6 In a democracy, divided we stand. to be beautiful. ROWAN . Nixon did nan) war. FAMILY . More ways HAKIMS ...... A-5 Many Americans can't nfad. CHURCH FINANCES . A-8 Second in a series on finances of Catholic Church (ReliKion Section. ' Kl'Oit'J'S B-1 No. I team now? been killed during the period, 21 by American fire and 32 by the South Vietnamese. The Americans and South Vietnamese did not observe the Viet Cong cease-fire but .declared their own 24-hour truce beginning at (i p.m. Thursday. The allied cease- fire was one of the quietest ever, with one American and nine South Vietnamese reported killed and 10 Americans and 52 South Vietnamese reported wounded. Twenty-five enemy soldiers were reported killed and two captured over the 24 hours., A year ago, the allies 1 ' 24- hour New Year's truce period saw six Americans and 2ii South Vietnamese killed and 11 Americans and 74 South Vietnamese wounded. Sunday Clowly\wilh- rain Low ;i, r >; High 40 (Complete went her puyo A-(l) He was'the first Jason WhitlocU, all 7 Ibs., 5 oz., of him became Alion> -first new year's baby Friday at 9:55 a.m. His mother, Pamela, became the mother of her second child at (lie Haine time. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Whit-lock live, in East Alton. Baby boy born at 9:55 a.m. is first New Year's arrival By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer That, -inevitable' honor, the first baby of the new year in the Alton mclroplex, foil to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory I). Whitlock of • East Alton, a couple who became the .parents of a fi-pound, 5-ouncc boy ;il !):f>r> a.m. Friday. Pamela Whitlock, 429 Ohio, East Alton, gave birth to her first son, Jason Lee at Alton M e m o r i a 1 Hospital approximately two hours -after being admitted. The Whitlocks have one other child, a daughter, Jan, 1 birthdays for 3 in family Hy ANDi; YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer New Year's Day was a special lime of celebralion Friday for an HI-year-old Alton mother of throe children born on New Year's Day. Mrs. Ada Livingston had ;i happy reunion Friday with two of her three New Year's birthday children, Willard. lid, of Godfrey and Mrs. Frances Willmore, 4), of Alton, al Untwine of another daughter. Mrs. Robert Hayes, I2IK • Clawson St., Alton. The third New Year son, Wilbur. 5(1, a twin of Willard, was ill with flu al home in Muiidelein, 111,, and was iinabk- to make the birthday reunion, with his mother and sisters and brother. Mrs. Livingston has I wo oilier sons, Edward, 44, and Gnu-, 48. New Year's Day !il) yours ;I^D was clear and very cold when her (win sons were born (Si-r I'agi- 2, Col. 7.) Teresa Ann, 3. While the Whitlocks' were first in the Alton area, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Ezell of Glen Carbon, became the parents of a 7 Ib. 1 m. girl at 4:40 a.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland. Mrs. James R. Long of Alton, gave birth to tier first child, siisanne Marie, at 5:09 a.m. Friday In Christian Northwest Hospital in SI. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Long's child was born, earlier than the Whitlock baby, but not in Alton. SI. Joseph's Hospital In Alton reported its first New Year's Day birth at 0:18 p.m. — a 9-pound G-ounce girl born to Mi;, and Mrs. Karnon M. Maag of Godfrey. The declining birth rale must have had some effect, on area births since .several hospitals, including Wood I! i v e r Township, Jersey Community and Carlinville Co m m unit y , reported no births on Now Year's Day. Some husbands, however, were unable to stay al home and watch football. Mail shows only mild spurt as holidays reflect slump Hy AHTIIUIt J. 1HOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer Mail volume over the holidays in the Telegraph area and throughout Illinois show e d weak increases, reflecting the down - turn in the economy, a Telegraph investigation has revealed. A 1.5 per cent increase, representing a total of 4,000,001) pieces of mail processed in the Alton station, fell short of the expected two per cent hike in mail volume, Assistant Postmaster Robert Hermes, told the Telegraph. The Alton mail volume, however, was slightly ahead of the average in the state which showed a 1.2 per cent increase over 1909 figures, according to Stephen M, Brooks, special assistant to the director of the U.S. Post Office Chicago region. Tlu- slate - wide ni;ii! volume increase, Brooks said, was less than half of the three per cent increase during the 1969 holiday period, Brooks said. The holiday season mail volume is measured from Nov. 28 to Dec. 28. T h e special assistant regional post office director said comprehensive ifgures on holiday mail volumes would not be ready until mid • January. Brooks said the poor ecomomic picture in the region which includes Illinois and Michigan, hud staggering effect on mail traffic, as compared to lust year's volume increase, despite coming shortly after a hike in postal rates. U.S. Post Office officials were not surpirsed at the weak increase in mail volume in Illinois, Brooks said. The slight increase was nearly consistent with predicted mail volume trends established i n Christmas Control Centers in the nation's 15 postal regions, Brooks explained.
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