Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on December 27, 1972 · Page 1
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One-Half Mile to Library •°"' a 50316 Truman's Final Trip ?* "\ :> - Vacation on Ice Rayelle Pentland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pentland of Estherville, enjoys her Christmas holiday vacation by doing some ice skating on the rink located on North 15 St. south of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Many students are enjoying the holiday break by ice skating on Estherville's three skating rinks or skiing at Holiday Mountain. Estherville schools resume classes Jan. 3. By HARRY F. ROSENTHAL Associated Press Writer INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — For the final time, Harry S. Truman today travels the half mile from his home to the presidential library that bears his name. And the nation he led from war into the chill of an uneasy peace will have a day of mournimg Thursday to commemorate the man whose dearest wish was to be known as "The People's President." Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, and Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th, were to be at the library today to bid farewell to Truman. But mostly the honor of paying last respects to the 33rd U.S. president is reserved for close family and friends and the ordinary people with whom Truman so strongly identified in his 88 years. There will be little of the pageantry of other state funerals for the former President who died Tuesday. In keeping with Mrs. Truman's wishes, once- elaborate plans were scrapped for rites with simple dignity. A memorial service is to be held in Washington's National Cathedral within a week after Congress reconvenes Jan. 3 for the dignitaries, American and foreign, who could not be accommodated here. President Nixon ordered all but essential government agencies closed Thursday and flags to half staff for 30 days. Mrs. Truman, daughter Margaret Truman Daniel and her family, and close friends were to be at a private service in the Carson funeral home this morning. Then a motorcade was to take the coffin in a direct route from the mortuary, through the streets of Independence that Truman had walked so often to the library to which he devoted many of his retirement years. Midway on the route is the Truman home, a modest Victorian mansion that looks as it did more than 100 years ago except for the fence erected by the Secret Service during Truman's presidency. There, at the busy intersection of Truman Road and Delaware, the motorcade was Looters Prowl Rubble Left by Managua Quake MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Looters prowled through the rubble left by the earthquake that devastated Managua, vultures pecked at decomposing bodies and fires burned today In many parts of the shattered Nicaraguan capital. Gen. Anastasio Somoza, the country's strong man, blamed a rash of fires that broke out late Tuesday afternoon on businessmen "trying to get insurance money for their buildings." "A lot of businessmen had insurance against fire damage but no insurance against earthquake damage," Somoza said. Others blamed the fires on looters hoping to hide their activities from national guard patrols. And some of the fires were started by demolition teams dynamiting shaky structures. The troops had orders to shoot looters on sight, but only occasional casualties were reported in the confrontations between the troops and those who Licenses To Expire With 1972 Emmet County residents were reminded to renew hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and snowmobile licenses today by Marvel Anderson, county recorder. Hunting, fishing and trapping licenses obtained for 1972 expire as of Dec. 31. Licenses for 1973 can be obtained at the county recorder's office in the court bouse or at depositories. Snowmobile owners should check the expiration date on their registrations. Those which expire Dec. 31 should be renewed before that date to avoid a penalty. refused to heed the order for general evacuation of the city. There also were clashes between groups of survivors combing the ruins for food as well as loot. "We turn into animals when we get so hungry," said one man as he ran from a pillaged supermarket. "We'll do almost anything to get something to eat." The latest official estimate of casualties in the quake Saturday was 3,000 to 6,000 dead and up to 20,000 injured. Rescue workers continued to burn unidentified and unclaimed bodies pulled from under piles of debris. Bodies that weren't burned were buried in common graves. Vultures circled overhead and often got to the bodies be­ fore the burial squads. A stench blanketed the ruins as the hot sun hastened decomposition. Aid poured in from abroad as many of the survivors began to settle down in villages surrounding the capital. But a number of those who had left the city defied the national guard and returned to try to salvage belongings from what remained of their dwellings. Iowa Witness to Earthquake Says 'Push City into Lagoon' VINTON, Iowa (AP)-The Nicaraguan government should bulldoze its capital of Managua into its central lagoon, says Vinton farmer Merlin Lutz, 52, who witnessed the earthquake there which killed an estimated 3,000-6,000 persons and injured an estimated 20,000 on Saturday. "They should push the whole thing in there," he suggested, "and build it somewhere else." Lutz, his wife and 16-year-old son were visiting Lutz' daughter and son-in-law in Managua and were in bed when the quake struck early Saturday. "We woke up and couldn't think what was the matter at first," he recalled Tuesday. "The bed just bounced so bad you couldn't stay in it, it took you right out. "The daughter hollered for us to get out," he explained, but the bedroom door was stuck shut because the house had settled. "When we finally did get it open we went through the dining room and here a wall had fallen down there and we ran into that with our bare feet." Lutz said his family fled to safety through' another exit. "I wasn't too shook until we went back into the house later and saw where our son was sleeping," he said. "That wall had fallen in and he probably would have been killed." When the family got out they found "the streets were just full of people—running and hollering. Sirens were screaming and there were ambulances. "You could see fire downtown." Lutz said his son-in-law—a dentist—was unable to get into his clinic because the area was in disarray. "It looked like a bulldozer had already pushed (four blocks of the central business district) together." Lutz recalled. Set Weigh-in Dates For 4-H, F.F.A. Beef Gene Rullestad, Emmet County extension director, and Rich Haack, Emmet and Dickinson extension 4-H and youth leader, remind all 4-H and F.F.A. members of four beef weigh-in dates for projects in 1973. All beef projects, feeder pens or lead calves must be weighed and tagged at the beginning of the project they stated. They also stated that there are four weigh-in dates for convenience but urged all members to use the earliest possible date for members wishing to exhibit at the Clay County Fair or the Iowa State Fair. The weighing schedule is: Dec. 30, atHormel's inRingstedfrom 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Jan. 2, at Fairgrounds in Estherville from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. unti) 3 p.m. at both Hormel's in Ringsted and the Fairgrounds in Estherville. The Forecast [JIW to pause briefly and begin the leg Truman had walked so frequently, past the homes of neighbors who knew Harry Truman and Bess Wallace as children. The wreath-laying visits of President and Mrs. Nixon and former President and Mrs. Johnson a day before the burial was planned as the course best for Mrs. Truman and in deference to her wishes for as simple a funeral as possible. Thousands were expected to pass by the coffin in the 21 hours of lying in state. But only 200— the capacity of the Truman Library Auditorium- were invited into the service Thursday to be conducted by the Rev. John H. Lembcke, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church. The Trumans were married in that church 53 years ago and so was Margaret, their only child, 37 years later. The 87-year-old Mrs. Truman was in seclusion Tuesday after word of the former president's death reached her by telephone. But a family friend, Randall Jessee, said she was calm and composed. On Thursday, at 4 p.m. EST, Truman will be laid to rest in the landscaped courtyard of the library— near the windows of his private office. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 8 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 57 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Iowa Needs Planning For Transportation By WILLIAM L. EBERLINE Associated Press Writer DKS MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The idea of creating a State Department of Transportation, a priority proposal of Gov. Robert Ray, has a good deal of backing in the 1973 Iowa Legislature. Many of the legislators answering an Associated Press questionnaire, however, strongly indicate they are in no mood to buy a pig in a poke. They say they'll vote for legislation to create such a department provided the bill presented to them meets with their approval, but not if they disagree with any of several details. Several leave no doubt that DOT holds appeal for them because of their disenchantment with the Iowa Highway Commission. A hard core of opponents hint they'll fight against establishing a DOT, arguing that it will cost too much money, the need for such a department hasn't been shown, and comprehensive transportation planning can be accomplished faster and at less cost by other means. A committee which has been studying transportation problems between sessions has a bill ready to introduce early in the session. The committee chairman, Rep. Richard Drake, R-Muscatine, said the measure proposes to "put all elements of transportation under one roof." It would bring together into one agency regulation of highways, railroads, air and water transport. Its first task would be to develop a comprehensive transportation policy utilizing all these media, with due regard to mass transit systems for urban areas and interurban passenger service. "We need sound, long range planning for all kinds of transportation," wrote Rep.- elect David Stanley, R-Muscatine, in support of the measure. He said it was not "an anti- highway move" because "any - TRANSPORTATION (Continued on Page 8) ASCS County, Township '73 Committeemen Named Robert Levell, Dolliver, was elected chairman, Robert Valen Estherville, vice chairman, Gaylord Olscn, Ringsted, regular member, Arnold Iloganson, Estherville, first alternate and Fred Butterfield, Dolliver, second alternate to the ASCS Emmet County Committee at the December 16 election, according to Gerald W. Richards, County executive Director. Township community committeemen for 1973, which were selected December 8, listed in order of chairman, vice chairman, regular member, first and second alternate are: Armstrong Grove: Arden Jongberg of Armstrong, James Beck of Armstrong, Hernie Hardecopf of Ringsted, Earl Trenary of Armstrong, and Frank lliney of Dolliver. Center: Frank Ramsey, Merrill Origer, Arvin Juhl, Melvin Ellis and James McGregor, jr., all of Estherville. Denmark: Merrill Christiansen of Ringsted, Clare Skattcbo of Ringsted, Gaylord Olscn of Ringsted, Justus Johnson of Ringsted and LaVern Ries of Armstrong. Ellsworth: Ronald H arris, Earl Stick, Virgil Gardner, Leonard Howard and Edwin Madison, all of Estherville. * Emmet; Maurice Juhl, Walter Frick, Dennis Lausen, Finer Chrislcnscn and Ronald Feger, all of Estherville. Estherville: Stanley Myhre, Earl Neppl, AugustSchaper, Melvin Hermsen and Walter Naas all of Estherville. High Lake: Arnold Hogansonof Estherville, Harold Rustad of Wallingford, Nordein O. Peterson of Wallingford, EarnestSkat- tebo of Wallingford and John Thomas of Es* lerville. Iowa Lake: Joe McConnell of Armstrong, Robert Mitchell of Armstrong, Wayne Wicks of Dolliver, Lloyd Eastman of Armstrong, and Roger Tonkinson of Armstrong. Jack Creek: Axel Voetmann, David Glasnapp, John Wiersma, Russell Dominy and James Ellerston, all of Ringsted. Lincoln: Fred Butterfield, M e r v a n Rasmussen, Clair Moore, Gale Miller and Edward Montgomery, all of Dolliver. Swan Lake: William Howard, Jerald Johnson, Donald Quastad, Robert Tirevold and Allyn Hansen, all of Estherville. Twelve Mile Lake: Romaine Borchers of Estherville, Floyd Christiansen of Estherville, Merlin Twito of Estherville, Laverne Schnell of Graettinger and James Park of Graettinger. Whose Got the Button? Hub Christen, right, shows off Estherville Winter Sports Festival Button on jacket of Al Conlee after the buttons went on sale last week. The blue and white button, which sells for one dollar, is good for all events at the festival which is scheduled for the first two weekends in February with the ex­ ception of the Woody Herman Concert. Button holders will also get a reduced rate for tickets to the snowmobile and dog sled races. Christen is chairman of the button sales and Conlee general chairman of the sports festival. —Photo by Jim Ferree

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