Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 20, 1963 · Page 27
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 27

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, June 20, 1963
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PAGE TWENTY-EIGHT ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH ftttmsi>A¥, JUNfi 20,1963 Envision Completion Of Great River Road Not Later Than 1970 FORTY ODD By Peg Bracken and Rod Lull By DON E. CHAMBERLAIN Telegraph Correspondent SPRINGFIELD, 111, (Special — A husband-wife team, quiet ly promoting public interest in the Great River Road, a pro posed parkway using both shores of the Mississippi Riv er from Canada to the Gul of Mexico, envision the road'i completion in from five to sev en years. They say an original ly estimated cost of SI billioi has been reduced to $700 million. Col. J. Lester White, the Pilot of a 10-state group which ha been pushing the project, and Mrs. White, co-pilot, told mem bers of the Illinois General As sembly, on a recent visit, here the road will have parkways on both sides of the Mississippi to afford 5,800 miles of connected roads in an area with a popu lation of S',i million people. When completed, by not later than 1970 and maybe by 1968, White said "it will be the long est parkway in the world." The Whites are comparatively newlyweds (they met while promoting the Great River Road) Chicken every day! from the makers of famouj Strong heart Dog Food I make their headquarters in Lancaster, Wis., but are constantly on the move in the ten states through which the Mississippi flows, to promote more mileage. Each Has Own Group The 10 states each of which has its own state group and which are a part of the 10-sfate Mississippi Parkway Commis- stion, are Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Also members of the 10-state commission are two Canadian provinces, Manitoba and Ontario. The Whites envision an eventual hookup of the road with Alaska. State Sen. Miss Lillian E. Schlagenhauf (R-Quincy), is chairman of a regional group supporting the Parkway project in four states. Her assignment includes promotion in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. Another Illinois group is an unofficial one which replaces a former State Parkway Commission, vetoed by Gov. Otto Kerner two years ago partly because of lack of funds. Miss Schlagenhauf, an attorney, is a member of the unofficial Illinois group which is seeking recognition and a ?12,300 appropriation for expenses, n a bill which has passed the llinois House and is pending in he Senate. Its sponsors include Reps. George S. Brydia (R- rophetstown); H. B. Ihnen (R- ^uincy); and Paul Rink (D- Rock Island). The bill would recreate the jommission which Governor !erner discontinued in 1961 but allowed it unofficial recognition by assigning a state highway ngineer to work with members A'ho pay their own expenses, 'he Governor vetoed the commission because he thought 'comprehensive planning could best be done by established agencies of the executive branch if government." 'Ill-Adapted' He said at the time that "dur- ng a period of 14 years general assemblies had appropriated 67,500 for a state parkway com- nission and that whatever the merits of the purpose. I think he record to date adequately demonstrates this kind of commission is ill-adapted to undertake and efficiently carry out a long range project of such magnitude." Since then however, the unofficial state group has worked quietly and with energy to the point they feel the Governor may now restore official sanction. The former commission was headed by Representative Brydia with other legislative members including Miss Schlagenhauf; Sen. T. Mac Downing (R- Macomb); Reps. Ihnen and Frank Holten (D-East St. Louis); and former State Sen. James O. Monroe (D-Collinsville). The former commission after its official status was taken away by Kerner's veto continued in unofficial operation, with a state highway engineer as consultant. In addition to legislative members serving on it were public members Paul S. Cousley, Alton Evening Tele- ;raph editorial executive, and Ray W. Osterman, president of a Rock Island bank. The House-approved proposal before the Senate, in addition to asking for $12,000, the same amount vetoed by Governor Kerner in 1961, would create a commission of five state representatives, five state senators and three public members. It would continue promotion of the parkway as well as continue to seek federal parks for Illinois along the Illinois Parkway's route. Told It Will Be signed The Whites are reported to have been told Governor Kerner will sign the pending bill if it is approved by the Senate. They say each of the ten states are continuing to build new roads and improve old ones. He said Illinois is "making great progress," that "it has completed putting up 'Great River Road' markers from East Dubuque, in the north, to Cairo at t he southernmost end of the state." Other states, White said, are working on the project continuously. All but Tennessee and Louisiana, he said, have road markers. In those two states, he said, they will complete putting up markers (which consists of replica of a river steamboat's wheel with the words "Great River Road" and "Illinois" around the outside rim of the .vheel) when construction is fin- shed. The total length of the Illinois •oute of the Parkway in 573 miles the Whites said, and Illinois, they added, will benefit more than any of the other nine states because its roads will be more accessible to an expected large tourist traffic and also because when all mileage in the state is completed it will have almost 600 miles of travel, more than any other state. The Whites are now "work- ENTIRE STOCK OF GARDENING SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT AT BARGAIN PRICES! • Power Mowers • Rubes, Shovels • Aluminum Edging • Fertilizers • Grass Seed • Garden Hose • Sprinklers • Wheel Barrows • Power Mower Wheels • Grass Clippers "Early Birds" will get best choice! Six Transistor RADIOS . . . 18, '5.97 Nylon Safety AUTO SEAT BELTS $3.95 Boyce Union — 26" Boy's or Girl's BICYCLES . . . $29.95 Full Size! SLEEPING BAG . $9.75 Sturdy Aluminum! LAWN CHAIRS . $4.09 For Summer Driving COOL CUSHIONS "Rite-Way" Latex WALL PAINT . Outside WHITE PAINT . Paint Pan and ROLLER . . . . $1.17 Gal. 1.99 Gal. 99 C . 96c Marshall, Power Head 1 AIITFDN Co »'i )lete *d QT LMI1 1 dill with Battery 1.91 TICKET NO.-004711 WINS THE "JOHN BOAT" If You Have This Number Stop In Before June 24 and Pick Up Your Bout! PHONE DU 4-9022 OPEN ALL DAY SUNDAY WILD 'GOOSE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED JUST 3 MILES E, OF BETHALTO ON ROUTE 140 DRIVE OUT SOON - COMPARE OUR PRICES IT"l/» *^*fn///f/L/-*^- ^-mrffo^^^^^^^^^fL "Frank, guess where I finally found my white gloves? In the glove compartment!" ing" Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa and will be in Minnesota next month. The overall Parkway Commission will hold its annual conference in Minneapolis on July 21-24 and after further travel in Minnesota the Whites will go to Kenora, Ontario, which they will work out of in August, and then move to Winnepeg, Manitoba. The reduced estimated cost of completion of the Great River Road from $1 billion to $700 million, White said, was accomplished through the cooperation and enthusiasm of each of the ten states in building new local roads and extending and improving old roads which either have been hooked up or will be added to the routing of the Parkway. A mixture of coffee and bananas is a favorite drink in Uganda. Lions, Civic Center to Sponsor Teenage Dance GODFREY — A free dance for members of the nelwy formed Godfrey Teen Club will be staged from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday evening at the Civic Center it was announced today. The 15-piece Alton DeMolay teenage dance band will furnish the music. The club is sponsored by t h e Godfrey Lions Club and the Civic Center. Orville Brown of the Lions and Paul Laflin of the Civic Center are co-chairman of the dances. Chaperones will be furnished for each dance and refreshments will be available. All youths from the ninth through the twelfth grades in the SWITCH DES MOINES, Iowa WV-Robert Asbille of Des Moines picked up the wrong sack when he left home for work the other day. What he thought was his lunch sack turned out to contain 21 lollipops. And his 8-year-old daughter Jeanne took a couple of sandwiches to school for a class party. Alton-Godfrey area will be welcomed. 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