Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 9, 1963 · Page 3
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 3

Alton, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 9, 1963
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TtmsbAY, JULY, 9,1963 ALTON teVENlKG With $5,800 MFT Finance Committee Favors *! Study of Crosstown Route Workers Find What Might Have Been Slave Hideout The Alton City Council's finance committee Monday night recom mended the appropriation of $5,800 for an engineering study'on the location of an improved crosstown street, connection. The money for the proposed report would come under the motor fuel tafc street Improvement program. The survey project which would bo conducted by the firm of Shep- pnrd, Morgan and Schwaab, would consider the present Collenc-20th- Madlson Avenue route which now has two Intersections regarded as- hazardous, one at 20lh and Alby, the other at 20lh and Plasa. The engineering s t u d y • was twice" turned down by the former manager-form of government because of the cost factor. Paul Lena, Alton Director of Public Works to Alderman Mailland Timmormicro snld there is enough money In I lie 19(iH MFT Liquor Store Employe Says Purse Stolen A liquor store employe reported to Alton police Monday evening the theft of a billfold from her purse svhile she was wailing on customers. Bertha Fischer, 207 W. Seven- Si,, a clerk at Put's Liquor Store, 513 Belle St., told police she had her back turned when the man reached into her purse laying on a shelf, grabbed the billfold and fled. The woman said the man came into the store and asked for a bottle of vodka. When the clerk got busy with other customers t h e theft occurred. Fireworks Damages Plastic Swim Pool A youth damaged a plastic-lined swimming pool with a cherry bomb Monday night. Neighbors told Alton Police a youth threw the firecracker into the pool located in the backyard of the Robert Shower home, 2119 Country Club - Di'ive, and .: then fled. , Viv —.-•,.- .;V J '--A '••: A hole was found burned in the side of the -pool above the water line. street improvement funds to cover the engineering survey. Lena said (lie program for ths year has approximately $457,000 MFT funds on hand or anticlpat cd. The program for this year calls for the spending of $43,800 not Including the engineering costs of Milton Road which would cost another $10,000. Slri-cl Improvements Lenz explained the present status of the projects in the street improvement program: (1) The East Broadway project plans are complete and are being reviewed by the District Highway office, estimated cost of project $98,000. (2) The North Rodgers plans are complete and are being reviewed by the District Highway Office, estimated cost of project, $146,000. (.'!) The Central Avenue plans are being completed in the city engineer's office, estimated cost of project, $30,000. (4) Hie 12th Street plans are being completed by the city engineer, cost of project $44,000. (5). Sixth Street is presently having its right-of-way straightened out by the Mayor's office. The plans still have to be revised, estimated cost, $35,000. (6). The Milton Road project plans are being worked on by engineering firm of Sheppard, Morgan and Schaab, estimated cost, $210,000. Out of J. P. McLaughlin, chairman of the streets committee spoke on behalf of the cross town study saying it was referred to the Finance Committee as a matter of courtesy. McLaughlin pointed out the program is badly needed and the entire city would benefit by it, a.« compared to the city's spending $146,000 on North Rodgers whicl' wou|d benefit only a few people Mayor P. W. Day appeared on behalf of the project explaining the need for such a project and tha the engineering study would ge 1 things rolling, although the cost of the entire project would be taken from MFT funds in the future. All Finance Commilleernen supported the recommendation. In other action, the f i n a nee committee laid over the resolution calling for an increase in the number of corporals in the police department from eight to 12 and the increasing the present eight corporals salary $10 a month and the four additional proposed corporals pay $20 per month. The motion to lay over was made by William H. Warren and seconded by John McConnell. Burns, Cuts, Sting Among Cases Treated at Hospitals Rodney Eudy, fi, of 207 Dooley Dr., Allon, was slung on his left Iliiimli by a bee Monday, in one of several accident injuries treated at Alton hospitals. Lasswell, 41, of 1410 4th St., Collage Mills, suffered a cut on his left little finger when a piece of wire was flung at him Tom a power mower. Ruth Ann Healer, 17, suffered Legion Delegates Alleiul Convention Five delegates from Alton American Legion Post 126 and auxiliary attended the 5lh division convention of the Legion at DuQuoin last weekend. They were Phillip E. Kaeser, W. Earl Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Drury and Fannie Ullrich. The Allon post will have its installation of officers for the year in joint ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 10. Mailbox Stolen Mrs. George Hailer, 2733 Norton St. reported to Alton police the Jieft of a mailbox from the front porch of her home sometime Monday. burns on her left leg and hand when a skillet of hot grease spilled on her. John Hahnsbebn, 7, of 1245 Walnut St., Collage Hills, suffered cuts of I he chest when he accidentally rode his bicycle into a parked auloobile. James Bcckham, 28, Box 174, East Allon, was slightly scalded on the left side of his face when steam from an auto radiator spurted as he removed the cap. Beckham's left eye was inflamed from the accident. Whoever Took Car OH Lot Returnee] It A sports car enthusiast look a joy rido over the weekend but he wasn't using his own car. Roilley Brothers Chevrolet Garage, 912 E. Broadway, reported to Allon police someone had taken a 1958 Corvetle off the used-car lot and returned it. All of this happened sometime Sunday. The car was back Monday but it was missing four hubcaps and some chrome. Workmen razing the basement of the old Ursuline Convent novi- liate last week discovered an an- cicnl brick vault, with a trap door, which is believed lo have been used to hide escaped slaves. The basement of the old novili ate, adjacent to the convcnl at 845 Danforth St., had been used for storage after the novitiate was moved to Fcslus, Mo., in 1933. Since the basement was deterior aling, it was decided lo level ib walls which projected above t h e ground aboul four feel. Workmen then uncovered t h o old vault, made of brick, with an arched roof. In the lop of I h c roof was the trap door, a circular opening which led to what would have boon the first floor of the old building. This, apparently, was intended for slaves, being spirited to freedom in (he old "Underground Railway," to make a quick exit inlo the vault biding place if authorities approached. Nothing was found in the vaull except Iwo skulls — of cats. The animals evidently had fallen into the vaull and starved. Years ago, it was said, valuables of (be former owners used to be kepi in the vault. The building used as the novi- tiato was sold to I he convent by the widow and heirs of William Armstrong in 1910. It "was used as the novitiale from 1911 until 1938, when the noviliale was moved lo Festus. The convent is situated on the old Danforth tract after which the street is named. Meet Tonight The visitation program will be the ilem of discussion at the meeting of the Main Streel Baptist Church's Diaconate at 7:30 tonight. George Fulkerson is the chairman. More than $12,000 School Board Awards Equipment Contracts Awarding of contracts for cafeteria equipment, nurses and alh- letic medical supplies, tires, audio-visual aids and insurance was among the action taken Monday by the Alton Board of Education. The contracts totaled more than $12,000. Audio-visual supplies purchased totaled $3,014.09. These included filmstrips, reels, tape recorders and record players, projection screens and projectors and re- conding tape. Wells Tire Co. was the low bidder on tires, out' of four dealers submitting bids, with a total of $770.75. Some cars do this on curves.,, but Jempest has Wide-Track, "' Wheels that are farther apart help keep Tempests from leaning all over the place, blp them unkink curvej. Tired of wallowing and sloshing about? Try our brand, Wide-1 FECK r OHtiaC I CHlpCSt ME YQtm AUTHORIZED PONTIAC PEAIER FOR A WIDE CHOICE OF WIPE-TRACKS ANP QOOP USED CARS, TOO, QUALITY PONTIAC, Inc. 101 E. HOADWAY AITON HERR PONTIAC-BUICK CO, 479 WQOP RIVER AVE, , WOOD RIVER On playground balls, including basketballs, footballs, soccer and volley balls, the low bidder was Economy Sporting Goods with $1,645.50. Alton Refrigeration Co. was the successful bidder on replacing a refrigerator-freezer for the high s c h o ol home economics room, with a price of $313.07. For Cafeteria Cafeteria equipment purchased included a gas deep fryer and exhaust system, $1,335; a steam cooker, $2,284.73; a pass-through refrigerator, $1,719.15. Successful bidder on insurance, including general liability, auto physical damage, auto liability and w o r k m a n ' s compensation was the Phoenix Assurance Co., with a bid of $14,338.74. The firm recommended to carry student accident insurance was the Horace Mann Insurance wilh bids of: coverage to and from school, 85 cents; coverage at school, $1; and football injuries, $17.50. Medical supplies purchased totaled $1,150.79. To Open Mason School The school board attorney was authorized to notify the Faith Community Church, which has been using Mason School for church services, to vacate the school within 30 days. The school will be opened for two classrooms in the fall. A request of the church that they be allowed to use Godfrey grade school for church services until they are able to erect their own building, was granted. Bids will be taken on food vending machines, to be installed in a room of the high school to serve lunches and help feed the students. An orientation dinner for about 50 new teachers was set for Sept. 12. Ituslgnalions Accepted Resignations of teachers accepted were Mrs. Hazen Brown, Leon R. Davis, Jerry Gifford, Mrs. Paula Liley and Mrs. Donna Petro. Mrs. Lorraine Loftis was granted a one-year leave of absence to work toward her doctor's degree. Teachers employed included: Miss Linda Blackmore, Samuel L. Jenny, Mrs. Patricia O'Neil, Miss Dolores Price, Mrs. Martha Sue Reenan, Mrs. Gloria Shift, Jerry Simpson, Eugene Ursprung, Mrs. Vincent VanMeter and Mrs. Rol- lund Wiegand. Four textbooks recommended by the administrative staff, on Spanish, algebra, geography and welding, were adopted for use at the secondary level. The board received a special education repqvt from Lloyd Norman which showed that 335 students had received speech therapy in the school year, not including six elementary schools not served, There are 210 on the waiting list for such therapy, Nor man said. A new plan (or older Educable Mentally Handicapped students in the fall will include a half-time session at a sheltered workshop and the other half-time in school, Norman SLAVE HIDING PLACE? This trap door opening loads to an old vault in the basement of the former Ursulinc Convent novitiate and which is believed to have been a hiding place for runaway slaves. A nun examines the circular opening. Godfrey's June Fire Loss Only $90 in Seven Alarms Firemen of the Godfrey Fire Protection District answered seven calls last month with a total estimated loss of $90 as compared with nine alarms and $7,990. dam age in June, 1962, it was announced today. Total number of fires answered he first six months was 100, compared with GO (he first six months n 1962. Estimated damage for the year to date is $29,380. For the first six months in 1962, loss was $116,- 595. A breakdown of causes o alarms this year in June show 2 automotive, 2 false, 2 flamma bio liquid and 1 grass. Bicycle Stolen Diana Watts, 12, 1504 Maupin St., reported to Alton Police the Lheft of her 26-inch girls racing bicycle from her yard Monday evening. ARE YOU ABOUT TO BID ON WORK TO BE PAID FOR BY SPECIAL ASSESSMENT? Do you have Income-lax Free Special Assessment Paper that you want to turn into CASH? Immediate service in the sale of Special Assessment Paper for CONTRACTORS Vouchers and/or Bonds—in any amount- can be converted into cash on short notice. If you are about to bid on work you will find it profitable to secure a quotation from me. Cai'sotl's Comlilioti Improving Continued improvement was fc- ortecl torlny In tho condition of Villiam T. Carson, retired county eputy treasurer, who suffered racturcs of three hones in his eft leg in n fall June 2fi. Mr. Cnrson had heen a patient in St. Joseph's Hoapitnl the accident, and Snturdny moved to St. Anthony 1 * Hospital. Mis leg Is enclosed in n cflfct that extends ahove the knee. Me has been able to be up In n wheelchair for short periods. "But Can It Be Found In The Bible?" eople often indignantly demand minds us that Christianity con- that Catholics prove their Loach- slsts of "one Lord, one Ffllth. ing from the Bible. one Baptism" (Kph. 4:5). "potl is n God of peace, not Of' fHs- The Bible is their "rule of order," St. Paul said further faith" . . . and they argue that <i cor. 14:33). every man has the right anrl ability to discover for himself, Yet today wo have nearly 300 by his inlcrprelaVion of tho different religious denomlna- Bible, whnl ho must believe and lions, all calling themselves rlo in order to be saved. Christian ... all professing the Bible ns their rule of faith . . . We do not question the sin- nnt) a n r ]i[f er i ng to some extent eerily of those people and we nr nn olher in their understand- applaud nil who strive earnest- lng of whal the Blh | e mea ns. ly to understand and observe Col ,i fi C hrlsl have left a "rule the Scriptures. But — are they of f n j(h" that would permit right in calling the Bible, prlv- sur h confusion? Would He have alnly interpreted, the sole source | pn the interpretation of His of Christian teaching? Word (o the fallible and chang- or by letler recl Ul1r ' cx '' s| anfljng and observ- fors to Christian teachings, au E"- us • some oral, some written . . . Because If. certainly does matter what a man believes, we Invite you to examine the rule of Christianity did not begin fai(h of , he fjrst Christians — S,e h co l ni?ng B of e Chrisl he The Lord n rulc that is sti " maintained instructed His Apostles to "go by the Catholic Church. Because forth . . . teach all nations" — the Bible is God's Word, and and to insure that His truths because He gave it to us for a ". . . the pillar and mainsty of what- this purpose is. An inter- the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). psting pamphlet on the correct The last part of the Bible... Use of the p ible ' wi » be sent to written by St. John...was not V° u free, in a plain wrapper, completed until 60 years after And nobody will call on you. the Crucifixion of Christ. There Ask for Pamphlet No. KC-13. was no Bible in anything resembling its present from until nearly 400 years after Jesus had died on the Cross. And the widespread distribution of the Bible as we know it today was impossible until the invention of printing, some 1400 years after the Savior's death. By what "rule of faith" did the million of Christians live during those 1500 years? The answer is, of course, that the teaching of the Church was the rule of faith for the Christian world. And St. Paul re- AE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS RELIGIOUS INFORMATION BUREAU 3473 South Grand, St. louli 18, Mo. Please send mo your Fr«a Pamphltt «tf - ' IB Found In Th. Bible? 1 * titled: "But Can It B» KC-1S NAME_ ADDRESS. CITY_ -STAT Sponsored Jby Alton Council No. 460 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS RELIGIOUS INFORMATION BUREAU WABASH^CHICAGO 2 ^Bta'.;,'£•' SHahklin ?-8141 ed! as a',dealer,"6'ni)er theprbvi:'taw* of .1953 347* SOUTH ST. LOUIS T8, MISSOURI "Good trip?" Not . a speck of trouble! 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