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Monday, December 11, 1972
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Momentos of Railroad Glen Fisher, Estherville, who retired after 45 years of part-time and full-time work as track laborer and foreman on the railroads, looks over his collection of photographs and clippings of train derailments and wrecks. Included are letters of recognition for his service as foreman. "I trained them good," he says proudly. "Everybody that worked for me has become a foreman."—Photo by Carol Higgins Fisher Ends 36 Years Of Railroad Service "Over 36 years of loyal and faithful service" were recognized by official letters to Glen Fisher, Estherville, who retired from railroading last month. Fisher's retirement as of Nov. 1, was made because of ill health following an appendectomy last March. He received congratulatory letters from O. R. Thurston, division superintendent for Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Co., Des Moines, and from W. C. Hoenig, general manager at Kansas City. His work on the railroad actually began in March, 1927 on the Minneapolis and St. Louis, repairing the track with new ties. The work lasted only through warm weather there and later when he was employed at Rock Island in 1929. "In them years, you didn't have no income but what you saved in the summer." In 1936, he became relief foreman, which meant work throughout the winter. He was employed with a snowplow crew, assisting on clearinga track or withgetting cars back on after a derailment. "I used to employed with a snowplow crew, assisting on clearing a track or with getting cars back on after a derailment. "I used to pray for snow, so I could work all winter long," he remembers. With a blizzard, "I would take the plow out and just come back when the Rock Island called me out again." They dressed for the weather, he remembers, with felt shoes, parkas and sheepskin coats. It was not until 1966 that the railroad had heated motor cars. "Before that, there was only a depot here and there to stop and get warmed up," Fisher says. "I froze my cheeks once. I had a guy freeze his feet (he's retired too), after you freeze them once, they freeze easier." He recalls many train derailments, some minor when "we used a camel-back to put them back on the track." One memorable derailment was in 1965, two miles east of Lake Park, as a train with snowplow ahead crossed a bridge. It was snowing and blowing, the snowplow jumpedthe track — took the rails off, rode across the bridge with no rails. One Diesel went to the right, the second one went to the left, the third one, I was in, went over the bank and hit the second one." Another snowstorm in the '40s, he remembers, "I was on the flanger. We were off 11 times in one night. The last time we went off, she started over the bank, so I said, 'Let's stop here.' " He says 1936 was the worst blizzard year and recalls the stretch known as "the Peterson cut." "The snow was telegraph-pole high," he remembers. "I had one plow out up there, it was a wooden plow, the trucks (wheels) were down and the plow went 10 feet up in the air." "Sun-kinks" were a hazard of summer, he recalls. He explains that 30 feet of rail will expand one inch and the expansion over a long stretch can be many inches. "There were three bad ones, down by Wallingford," he says. "The train got over it all right, but when it got over, she kinked out. "I'll tell you one thing, you had ever'- thing but loafing." With retirement, he will still have gardening but that is only a summer occupation. He uses an entire lot for garden which produces enough for the winter. Glen and his wife have raised 10 children and she is well practiced at canning as well as with sewing and fancy work. "Now I can sit around and look out the window and say, 'Well, it's snow and blow, I don't care,' " Glen says. Then, looking toward the Northwestern tracks, only a block away, he adds, "You hear them train whistles—I'm still not used to it." Improved Working Conditions In 1966, Glen Fisher took over operation of this newly purchased railroad truck, and poses with the vehicle at the family home. He has two brothers, Harry and Harold, as well as a son, James, also employed by railroad companies. Hunt for Ancient Moon Rock 5/ni Apollo 17 Searching For Key to Universe SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - Rocks can't talk, of course; but, oh, what they still can tell. Maybe, just maybe, when Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt step onto the moon tonight, they will find one that will hold the key to the history of the universe. From dusty gray, white and black rocks gathered on five previous Apollo missions, science has learned much about the earth and the moon. But these samples also have raised many questions, and mysteries still remain. And now, the last Apollo gives 20th century man one more chance to find the rocks that will solve the basic puzzle of evolution. So far, 594 pounds of lunar rock have been returned to earth by lunar missions. In a $54 million endeavor, 800 scientists from the United States and 17 foreign countries have studied samples of those rocks to learn how the moon and earth are alike and how they're different. Another 200 pounds will be collected by Cernan and Schmitt, a professional geologist, during their three seven- hour walks in the Taurus-Lit- trow area of the moon. It could be that one of the rocks they bring back will reveal what remains to be known about the moon. If the area in which the Apollo 17 lunar module lands is of volcanic origin, then rocks there will have been heaved up as lava from deep inside the moon. These would indicate something about the character of the moon's interior. And, from this, scientists perhaps could learn missing links in the history of the moon. Important questions which remain to be answered include: — Where did the moon come from and how was it formed? — Is there water in the moon; was there ever any? — Does the moon have a molten core such as that of the earth? — Are there still active volcanoes there? From previous moon explorations, it has been estimated that the moon is about 4.6 billion years old — about the same age as the earth. Yet no rock has been found which dates to this time. "It will be only through chance that we will ever find one," a scientist remarked at a conference on moon research earlier this year. That rock — a survivor from an unbelievably ancient time of beginnings — could be discovered in the valley of Taurus- Littrow and returned to earth by Apollo 17. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 12 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 46 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Truman Has Restful Night But Still Listed Serious KANSAS CITY (AP) - The heart of Harry S. Truman continues to show irregularities In rhythm, doctors reported today, but the former president spent a restful night. After the irregularities developed, the 82year-old Truman was asked how he felt and he replied: "I feel all right." This comment from Truman came about 11 p.m. EST Sunday night, a medical report from Research Hospital and Medical Center said at 10 a.m. today. Truman also was asked if he hurt anywhere, and replied "no," the hospital reported. Doctors said Truman remained in serious condition. A medical bulletin issued at 10 a.m. EST today said Truman's blood pressure was 120 over 60, his pulse 76, respiration 28 and temperature 97.8. John Dreves, hospital spokesman, said all these indications were within normal limits. His kidney function was adequate and he continued to take tube feedings well, Dreves added. The next bulletin was scheduled for 10 p.m. EST. Newsmen asked for an afternoon briefing and Dreves said he would see if one could be arranged. Sunday began on an optimis­ tic note but late Sunday doctors reported "more frequent abnormalities" in the rhythm of Truman's heart. Truman had been taken off the critical list and was described as in serious condition Sunday after doctors noted some improvement. He remained on the serious list following a new report Sunday night. A hospital spokesman said he had no additional information about the latest development but said both Truman's personal physician and a cardiac specialist had returned to the hospital within an hour from the time the abnormal rhythm was New County Prefixes, Tags On Iowa License Plates detected at 8:45 p. m. EST. The next medical bulletin was scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT Monday. Two daytime reports Sunday said the former chief executive's pulse was in the 70s, his temperature less than 100 degrees and his physiological response improved. At one point, the 88-year-old Truman told a nurse he was feeling better. But, beside the report of renewed cardiac difficulties, the latest bulletin said only: "There has been a slight decrease in blood pressure requiring medication to bring it to within normal limits. He is resting quietly and having no difficulties with respiration. Other phsyiological signs remain satisfactory. Doctors still characterize his condition as serious." The spokesman also said Truman's wife, Bess, 87, and Margaret Truman Daniel, their daughter and only child, had been informed of the setback. The spokesman said he did not know if the two women were at the hospital at the time. Heartened by the earlier bulletins, Mrs. Daniel issued ft statement that she and her mother were "very happy and encouraged." One of the bulletins had described the former President as "more alert and able to talk at times for short periods." In news media guides provided by the hospital, serious is described as "acutely ill with recovery uncertain. Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. A chance for improved diagnosis." Critical condition is defined by the hospital as "vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits." Renewal of motor vehicle registration for 1973 is now under way in Iowa, according to Lloyd Brunsvold, Emmet County treasurer. Owners of automobiles and mobile homes who have obtained their 1973 registrations have found that the new validation stickers are to be applied to their 1972 metal license plates rather than going through the Viet Talks In 3rd Week PARIS (AP) — Henry A. Kissinger and Hanoi's Le Due Tho met for the 13th time in three weeks today at what may be a turning point in their secret negotiations on a Vietnam peace settlement. President Nixon's security adviser and the North Vietnamese Politburo member met in an American rented villa in suburban Neuilly where they held several secret meetings last week. Their talks were recessed Sunday while experts of both sides met to discuss details of a possible cease fire agreement. Except for a nine-day break, Kissinger and Tho have met almost daily since Nov. 20, when they began their current session to revise and finalize the agreement they drafted here in October. During Sunday's recess, Kissinger's top aide, Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr., was in Washington conferring with Nixon. The Forecast WARMER traditional procedure of removing and destroying tho expired plates. Validation stickers are planned for use again in 1974 with new license plates to be issued in 1975. "The use of the validation sticker is the result of an economy move to reduce the cost of manufacturing metal plates annually," Brunsvold said. The deadline for purchasing 1973 motor vehicle registration before paying a penalty is Jan. 31. Unlike automobiles and mobile homes, new registration plates will be issued for trucks, motorcycles, semi-trailers and other vehicles. However, these plates will not use numerals, as in the past, to designate the county in which the vehicle was registered. The use of alphabetical letters in the plate prefix is necessary to accommodate the requirements of the computerized motor vehicle records file. After 1974 all license plates will be issued using the alphanumeric system. The Department of Public Safety also reminds persons making application to renew their motor vehicle registrations, that they must furnish their county treasurer with the following information: The vehicle owner(s) name(s); The owner's current address; the 1972 license plate- number; the vehicle owner(s) driver's license number or social security number. Cl'his number must be furnished for each owner in the event of joint ownership); the type of fuel used by the vehicle (e.g. gasoline, LP or diesel); the color of the vehicle; and the vehicle type. Vehicle owners are encouraged by the Department of Public Safety to mail the renewal application fee and all the necessary above mentioned information to their respective county treasurer to facilitate obtaining accurate information and to insure speedy service. Among Other Things... Time Changed The Emmet County Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13. The meeting was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. There will also be a joint meeting of the Emmet County and Palo Alto County boards on Dec. 18, according to William H. Young, superintendent of Emmet County Schools. Farm Lease Program A meeting on "Father-Son Farm Leases" is scheduled for 7 :30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, according to Gene Rullestad, Emmet County extension director. The meeting, to be held at the Estherville High School Little Theatre, will concern family business agreements. Musical Auditions Auditions will be held tonight and Tuesday night from 7 to 10 for persons interested in tryouts for the Iowa Lakes Community College musical "The Sound of Music." All persons living in the area served by the college is invited to audition, according to directors Kenneth Van Der Sloot and Dallas Freeman. ft RADIAL V L. / WHIIfWAllS'' CAI I El VI €1 CEMTKH Bilk Firestone Completes Service Center The Estherville Firestone Store has completed the addition to its new four stall automotive service center and will hold a grand opening Wednesday thru Saturday, according to man­ ager Merrill Hanson. Hanson said that, inadditionto the center for cars, the store now has two stalls for trucks and heavy equipment where the previous service department was located.

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