Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 22, 1963 · Page 3
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June 22, 1963

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 3

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 1963 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH PAGE THREE RELAXING MOMENT Mr. and Mrs. Oskar Gates, 2700 Salu, their care for the past six years. The St., Alton, enjoy a restful moment in boys, aged 9 and 10, test their bicycles the yard of their home with the two at the right, foster children who have been under FAMILY SCENE It's game-time for Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Logsdon of 136 E. Maple St., Hartford, and the two charges placed under their care by the foster home agency. The boys, one 6 and the other 2, are brothers. Kindness Warms Two Shy Foster Children By JIM KULP Telegraph Sluff Writer When Mr. and Mrs. Clifford [•Logsdon of Hartford opened their home to foster children several months ago, they got two small boys, who treated the couple as strangers. The boys, aged 2 an 6, were brothers and very shy. They kept to themselves, regarded their new "parents" with some puzzlement and silently did what thuy were told. "They never cried," Mrs. Logs don said, "but they always sat off by themselves at first and never warmed up to us. It took a Jot of work and about three months for us to break the ice, but it seemed like all at once they just took to us." Harrier Brcurliecl. The boys, she said, kept getting closer and closer to their foster- parents as time went on. One day the emotional barrier was broach cd and the children bewimc the Logsdons' "boys." Such tense and gradual acceptance of their foster parents by children is a problem faced repeatedly by the state department of welfare agency which places children in these temporary homes. Luckily, the meeting of children and parents usually has a happy ending. The problem is not always with the children. Sometimes foster parents have difficulty giving up their temporary sons or daughters. A couple's tendency to accept this development: is one of the factors ascertained during the departments interviews with prospective foster parents. Mr. and Mrs. Logsdon are prepared to lose their two boys eventually, now a big part of their daily lives, but they plan on continuing to accept foster .children as long as they're able. Love of Children It was loneliness and their love of children that led them to the agency in the first place When their only child, Jerry now 21 and married, was living at home he always had his friends as frequent visitors and the house at 136 E. Maple St. was often crowded with youngsters. The Logsdons were lonely whei Jerry went into the service. While they had talked about it before they finally decided to apply foi the temporary care of childrei TERMITE SPECIAL Any Size Home This Month $97.50 — ALSO — $1.00 PER ROOM to Eliminate All Household Pests DEPENDABLE Termite Control Co. Member of Alton Chamber of Commerce 2615 State St. PHONE 462-9647 "rom the foster home agency of :he mental health department, located at 508 First Federal Building, East St. Louis. Mrs. Logsdon had had some experience with children, having work with Sunday School young' sters and having cared for some of the charges at the Maryville Children's Home. Further, both she and her husband came from large families and were used 1o having children around. First a Girl Their first foster care was a 10-year-old girl who spent two weeks wth them at Christmas so ihe could have a happy holiday season. That was only the beginning, they hope, to a long career of caring for foster children, who come from homes disrupted by illness, desertion, parental inadequacy or other reasons. Said Mrs. Logsdon, gazing at icr two "boys" racing through the house: "I'd hate to think of our home being with just Cliff and me in it." Like the Logsdons, another fos- ier home couple. Mr. and Mrs. Oskar Gates of 2700 Salu St., Alton, came from large families themselves and their five children had grown up, married, and moved away. The house was lonely and silent and Mrs. Gates wouldn't stand it without a child around. She and her husband applied for foster children. At first they got a couple of infants for temporary care. All prospective foster parents must really love children, enjoy having them around, have patience with them and the home life should be normal and happy The agency pays a boarding fee of up to $5C depending on the age of the child and clothing and medical care is provided, as well as an allowance. Permanent Homes Mr. and Mrs. Gates took in two boys, now aged 9 and 10, six years ago. Though foster care is usually on a temporary basis, the agency planned for the two boys to live with the Gates family per manently. If they had not been accepted by the Galeses, they, like many other youngsters who have no homes open to them, would have been placed in a detention liome of other institution. Though the two boys have been told the truth about their jjarentage, they don't really understand yet that Mr. and Mrs. Gates aren't their real "mom" and ''dad," as they call the couple. Both boys are cub scouts and sing in their church choir. They address their foster parents and visitors as "sir" or "ma'am," as they have been taught by Mr. and Mrs. Gates. Moreover, the practice of accepting foster children has carried over to one of the Gate's daughters, Mrs. Nathaniel Wheeler of Alton Acres. Though she has a five-year-old daughter of her own, she recently opened her home to foster children and has received an infant to care for. There is a great need for such Negro adoptive parents, according to Mrs. Catherine Stookey, supervisor of the department's home finding services, since the agency has many Negro children under five years of age who could use a temporary foster home. But there is an urgent need for foster parents, period, both white and Negro, Mrs. Stookey added "We have 50 children who need warm, happy homes that will pro vide them with the chance to hav a normal childhood," she said "We need adoptive homes foi older children of five years anc over, also." In the 10-county region served MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY! JUNE 24-25-26 GARMENTS Cleaned and Pressed TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: MONTICELLO PLAZA GODFREY, ILLINOIS EASTGATE PLAZA EAST ALTON, ILLINOIS COMPLETE EXPERT ALTERATIONS SUITS AND 2-PIECE DRESSES COUNT AS ONE GARMENT. SUEDES AND FORMALS NOT INCLUDED TRY OUR QUALITY SHIRT SERVICE BOX STORAGE $ 2.99 PLUS REGULAR CLEANING CHARGE General Assembly Bill Would Unify State Fruit Industry A bill in the Illinois legislature proposes to unify the $8 million 'ruit industry of Illinois by creat- ng a Fruit Commission operated by the growers. The bill, sponsored by the Illi- iois Fruit Council and Illinos State Horticultural Society, would al- ow growers to tax themselves on apples and peaches for purposes of advertising and research. Illinois annually produces 2% million bushel of apples and near- y a million bushel of peaches. According to the 1962 fruit tree census conducted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, apple ^reduction may well double in fllinois during the next few years. "It is imperative that we institute a broad advertising and merchandising program if we are to continue moving an increased volume of fruit to the consumer :it fair prices", Bob Edwards, nanager of the Illinois Fruit Council, said. The new commission if signed nto law by Gov. Olto Kerner af- :er passage by (he House and Senate would provide for a 3 cent ter bushel tax on all fruit sold the grower grading U. S. No. 1 or belter. Peaches and apples of .ess than U. S. No. 1 would be assessed IVa cents per bushel. The new organization will be operated by a seven man Board of by the department, 400 children are in foster care, about one fourth Negro. In Alton, Jerseyville and Hartford there are 15 foster homes caring for 25 children. The most striking thing about hearty people like the Logsdon, and the Gateses in caring for the unfortunate children who've nevei really known any kind of family life, is their outpouring of affec tion. They're only ordinary people if you can call their capacity to love "ordinary." Says Mrs. Gates: "I don't think a home is complete without chil dren. It makes me feel younger." Child-Death Suit Settled By Lawyers Just before it was to be called to trial before an Alton City Cour Jury, Friday afternoon, an out of-court settlement was reachec in the suit of Jack E. Boswell a? administrator of the setate of hi deceased son, Scott Edward Bos well, against Hal E. Harbaugh Judge I. H. Streeper deferrer calling the case for an hour while attorneys held a final conference After being informed of the set tlement. he excused the members of the jury until Monday morn ing when a second week of j»r\ trials is to open. The suit of Boswell as admin istrator was based on an accident May 26 last year, in which ar automobile rolled from a drive way near the homes of the lit! gants in the 500-bloek of Winklei Street, and the Boswell child then 2, was fatally injured. Before adjourning court for the week, Judge Slreeper conferrec with attorneys on the precedence of cases on Monday's setting Agreement was reached that thi first suit to be called would b that of Mrs. Norene E. Gerson administratrix of the estate o her deceased husband, Emil J Jerson, against Tri-City Grocer;, Co. Placed second on Monday's set ting is the suit of Helen Gibb against Proctor-Gamble Co., anc third is a suit of Melvin Camphel against Alton Storage and Hote Co. Suits on yesterday's calendar strricken atfer the court was in formed of settlements, were thos of Alton Loan Service agains James and Betty Phillips, ani James Staggs against Tom Gin eris. Commissioners elected from th major fruit producing areas of th state. All in ONE MILLERS' MUTUAL ^ Homeowner's " Policy •PROTECTION PACKAGE" All essential coverages are wrapped up in one simple contract. In addition to the usual package plan discount, MILLEKS' MUTUAL cur- ^H^^lffll No rently pays 15% in dividends, jjjf Tgl Member- Phone today for complete JIB ,.,,. 1 ,,, l li S ' liP ^ information! H^P"JJJWr'l s> HAROLD MILLERS' MUTUAL ]A ROBERTS OF ILLINOIS mm&T- JM office NSURANCE •MP**^ H ° 5 " 5551 £- AUTO • HOME HKEiSL^^' After 5 p.m. BUSINESS IP^Ifef- 465 - 5318 MAKE FAMILY NIGHT! ALTON SHOP TILL 9 P.M. A & P Food Stores 411 Piasa Biedermcm Furniture 302-204 Piasa Carson Jewelry 215 W. 3rd Franklin Union •00 E. Broadway Hurwirz Jewelers 212 W. 3rd J & R Auto Stores Spiegel Catalog Desk 400 Belle L & L Furniture 4th and Piasa Sto. Myers Brothers 3rd and Piasa Sts. Paul's Fabrics 206 State St. Schaeffer's 108 W. 3rd Sears Roebuck Co. 305-23 Piasa Slack Furniture 203 W. 3rd Stone Bros. 118 W. Third St. Thrifty Drug 828 Belle Thrift Hardware Belle SPECIALS JUNE 23 - 1-5 P.M. ONLY! GULF SUPREME SAE 20 MOTOR $-f 27 OIL 2 GAL. CAN LIMIT TWO 10-6-4 GUARANTEED ANALYSIS PLANT $-| 61 FOOD LIMIT FOUR 50 LBS. NET PRINTS AND PLAINS YARD GOODS 2 REMNANTS FOR SOLIDS AND SATEENS HOLDS ICE FOR HOURS CUB COOLERS Barbecues, Beaching, Boating TEACH 'EM TO TALK YOUNG $197 PARAKEETS PERFECT FOR CHILDREN CHROME PLATED - ADJUSTABLE 1AREBCUE $ 3 Year Guarantee on the Bowl 100% VINYL - HEAVY DUTY GARDEN $153 5 YEAR GUARANTEE 20" SELF-PROPELLED NOTARY 3 H.P. BRIGGS & STRATTON—GUARANTEED PRINTS AND PLAINS SLEEVELESS 1LOUSE SIZES 32-38 100% COTTON - SIZES 10-18 Just Say, "Charge It!" W.T. GRANT CO EASTGATE PLAZA

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