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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

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Drownings take toll Grief stricken over the drownings of two young relatives, a young woman is helped to an ambulance and rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton where she was treated for shock. The two brothers, Michael and Cascier Garr, drowned in swift current across from Alton Sunday. Mississippi River claims three lives By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer Two brothers drowned in the Mississippi River across from Alton Sunday and an 8- year old SI. Louis boy was found dead in a Missouri public swimming area near the Alton locks Saturday, Missouri highway police told the Telegraph. Michael J. Garr, 17, and his brother, Cascier Garr, 14, of 5939 DeGiverville Ave., St. Louis, drowned about 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the river, about one half mile south of the Clark Bridge in Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. In the third weekend drowning tragedy, Glen Luckett, 8, of 5801 Theodore Ave., St. Louis, was found dead Saturday in a public swimming area near the Alton locks on the Missouri side of the Mississippi. The 14-year old Garr boy was swimming in the river, about 30 feet from the Missouri shore Sunday, when he suddenly yelled for help and sank. When Michael, 17, jumped into the river to save his brother, he also sank in the swift current, authorities said. Three relatives of the drowning victims were taken by ambulance to St.. Joseph's Hospital in Alton where they were treated for shock resulting from witnessing the tragedy. Treated and released from the hospital were Mrs. Bessie Garr, 48, Mrs. Deborah GaiT, 18, and Edith Garr, 13. Their specific relationship with the victims could not immediately be learned. The Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps and St. Charles County Rescue Squad dragged the river bottom and recovered the body of the 17- year old late Sunday. The dragging operation continued this morning for the 14-year old. In the other drowning, 8- year old Glen Luckett drowned on a family outing near the swimming area of . the Mississippi east of the Alton dam. An inquest is pending into the drowning deaths, St. Charles County Coroner Joseph Mueller told the Telegraph Troubled Last Chance Tavern scene of husband stabbing By EARL MAUCKER Telegraph Staff Writer A South Roxana woman knifed and seriously wounded her husband Saturday night during a brawl at the Last Chance Tavern which was open pending an appeal of a liquor license suspension Invoked earlier this month because of previous disturbances. Injured was Ronald File of 107 Ohio, South Roxana, who was stabbed in the abdomen with a knife wielded by his wife Bette Jo File, 28, of the After five long years After five years of man- uevering Duncan Found- ary of Alton and (lie Steelworkers of America sat down this morning to negotiate a contract at Hotel Stratford. V. Leo McMahon, attorney for Duncan, shakes hands with Hubbert Hardimon of the employes' union. Others from left are Buddy Davis, regional union representative, and (seated) Italph Williams, of the employes' union. Kph Green of Duncan also was in negotiations. Five years of labor board hearings anil court appeals were gone through before Duncan agreed to recognize the union. same address, following an argument at the controversial tavern, police said. Earlier this month village officials invoked a 30 - day liquor license suspension because of disturbances, including an incident where a patron was smashed over the head with a beer bottle. The tavern, at Madison and Michigan avenues, has been the scene of 16 disturbances in three months which have required police assistance, village officials have claimed. In Saturday night's incident, Ed Bailie, South Roxana police chief, told the Telegraph that File and his wife had been arguing and she had been cut off from drinking and told to leave the tavern. She went to another village tavern, but returned to the Last Chance and asked to be admitted so she could talk to her husband. A n argument erupted, Bailie said, and File shoved his wife through ;i window. As File turned away from his wife, she pulled a knife from her rlothing and plunged it (Se<> Page 2, Col. 4) Vol. 137, No. 183 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties 0 PHm°.U r co* r i a $2 Alton - Illinois, Monday. August 21, 1972 price lOc 2 SECTIONS 26 PAGES Est. Jan. 15, 1836 GOP convention launched, few surprises are expected By CARL P- tEUBSDORF MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republicans launched their precisely scheduled convention today to renominate President Nixon while party leaders sought to head off a floor fight over the shape of the 1976 convention. An afternoon meeting of welcoming speeches and a filmed tribute to the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower was to open the 1972 affair, followed by a night session featuring three keynote speeches to hail accomplishments of the Nixon administration. With everything programmed, down to Nixon's renomination Tuesday night, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew's selection Wednesday night and final adjournment at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Republican convention loomed as a sharp contrast to the all-night sessions and bruising floor fights that marked last month's Democratic Convention here. Only one issue appeared headed for a battle on the convention floor, the question of how delegates will be allotted by states for the party's next convention in U.S. launches astronomical observatory CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — A huge astronomical observatory, heaviest and costliest scientific satellite ever orbited by the United Statts, vaulted into space today to study the evolution of stars and to seek a powerful new energy source in puzzling deep-space X-rays. The stargazer satellite, named Copernicus after a 15th century Polish astronomer, carries six telescopes to analyze the birth and behavior of stars and to possibly provide clues to the origin and future course of the universe. The 4,900-pound payload. valued at $81.6 million, rocketed away from earth at 6:28 a.m. EDT atop an Atlas- Centaur booster. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said 20 minutes later the spacecraft was in orbit more than 400 miles high and was sending strong radio signals. The main instrument, developed at Princeton University, is a 32-inch it i a m e t o r telescope, the largest ever orbited. It will concentrate on studying ultraviolet light in young, hot stars whose life span is measured in millions of years, short by steilpr standards. 1976. The convention's Rules Committee considers the question today. Unless a compromise can be reached, the issue will be fought out on the convention floor and before the nation's television viewers Tuesday afternoon in the only crack of the solid Republican unity marking this convention. Threat of another floor fight, over the women's rights portion of the party platform, all but vanished over the weekend. Rep. Margaret Heckler of Massachusetts said no woman on the platform tried to bring up a statement on abortion. Even the protesters appeared to be following a well- ordered schedule. Several hundred caused a massive traffic jam Sunday night outside the Fontainebleau Hotel, scene of a S500-a-ticket, fancy-dress GOP ball. A few eggs were thrown and a few party-goers were jostled but large numbers of nightstick- carrying police dispersed the demonstrators without injury or arrest. With no Republican opposi- tion to Nixon to worry about, GOP leaders kept up a steady drumbeat of criticism of Democratic nominee George McGovcm. Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas, the party chairman, charged the South Dakota senator had virtually destroyed "any chance for peace this year" in Indochina. M c G o v e r n , meanwhile, planned a departure from the usual practice of lying low during the opposition party's convention. lie has a busy schedule for the week, including a tour of Pennsylvania flood damage today, a visit to former President Lyndon B. Johnson's ranch on Tuesday and a speech before the American Legion convention in Chicago on Wednesday. ,. Tu- —• —' ' .-..-.....(, ~ -.~.. «L cinv.01. ivi U u u v lira, meanwnue, Legion convention in Chics marking this convention. ordered schedule. Several With no Republican opposi- planned a departure from the on Wednesday. Suit says taxes hiked illegally to finance tax collection plan iled lost to taxing agencies in the other downstate Illinois Several school disti By JOE MELOSI Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE ~ Madison County's controversy- beset tax collection program was Hit today with a class action suit that claims taxes were illegally boosted to produce over S1.4 million to finance the program. The suit contends that tax rates were raised five percent on orders of the state's attorney's office. County Clerk Eulalia Hotz confirmed this morning that five per cent was added to the tax rates of every taxing district which was not at its legal limit. She said former assistant state's attorney Marshall Smith gave the order alter the county passed an ordinance establishing the service charge. The treasurer's office has been deducting a service charge of about 3 per cent from all taxes it takes in for 100 agencies such as schools and cities. Some $48 million will be collected this year. The county clerk's office inserted the five per cent tax rate increase prior ro collection of taxes by the treasurer's office, which this year took over collection in all 24 townships. A spokesman for the treasurer's office told the Telegraph today that over ?1 million in service charges has been collected and placed in an escrow account which draws interest. The money will stay in the account until final court determination of the suit filed today, which joins one filed earlier by the City of Venice. The Venice suit was heard • recently by Circuit Judge William Beatty, who took it under advisement after a hearing. The Venice su't sought to prevent the treasurer's office from withholding the fee charged the City of Venice. Today's suit, filed by (he City of Roxana and Wood River Township Tax Collector Robert Zitt, seeks a court decision on behalf of all taxing bodies in the county. The suit asked that the court declare the ordinance establishing the service charge as illegal and that the tax rate increase of five percent be declared illegal. The purpose of the suit is to require the county to pay the entire $1.4 over to all taxing bodies that are entitled toil. Attorney Merle Bassett, who filed today's suit, said the county's ordinance is unconstitutional because a fee was outlawed in the 1970 constitution. Bassett said one reason for the suit was to prevent the county from collecting the service charge this year and in future years. The suit also asks the court to award the costs and expenses of the legal action. Prior to today's suit, a number of taxing agencies in Madison County had threatened to sue, including Wood River Township. Rodger Elble, supervisor of the township, has said that more than $300,000 would be lost to taxing agencies in the township if the service charge was upheld in court. In St. Clair County, the only other downstate Illinois county to institute the service charge, a legal battle is shaping up. Several school districts have already filed suit to prevent collection of the service charge. IRA wing vows terror campaign BELFAST (AP) - Chieftains of the Irish Republican Army's diehard Provisional wing have ordered a new wave of terrorism to prevent Roman Catholics cooperating with the British Army. Provo units were told to intensify inlimidation of their fellow Catholics to stop any cooperation with the troops who occupied Catholic districts in Belfast and Londonderry three weeks ago. Fraternizers are to be dealt with "harshly," the order said, and informers are to be shot. The Proves announced that they were responsible for the murder Saturday night of a Protestant factory owner, James Neill. The guerrillas said they picked him up in a Catholic bar on a spying mission. Another man was found beaten and shot through the head on the outskirts of Belfast. He was the 516th confirmed death in the three years of religious warfare in Northern Ireland. British troops reported they hit three gunmen in clashes in Belfast and across the border with the Irish Republic but the army did not know if they were killed. The army said its men discovered an IRA bomb factory in a house in Armagh and seized three gallons of nitrobenzene. It was enough to blow up more than a dozen buildings, an officer said. Three metal beer barrels stuffed with more than 180 pounds of explosives were found in a car park alongside a Catholic church in Belfast. Ogilvie orders food stamp office moved back to Alton Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 Vote 'Yes' for library. Storm A-3 Isolated storm causes damage (photos). Public Aid . . . A-2 Free bus service for ID cards Sports B-2 Giants take Cards. Amusements . . . A-13 t'ersonal F'napre . . A-6 Flood insurance available if you ask. Flarrls A-5 Nixon's standing has risen. Weather .... A-8 Chance of showers Tueslay; ! ow 70, high 85. Television . . . B-12 Comics B-5 Obituaries .... B-fi Stocks B-a Classified . . . . B-7 Family . . . . A 2 Yiiiger residents go western. By L. ALLEN KLOPE Telegraph Staff Writer The food stamp office, moved to East Alton on Aug. 1, will be moved back to Alton "as soon as possible," an aide of Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie told a Wood River Township Chamber of Commerce official, the Telegraph learned today. Lou Langston, the aide, said there are two prime locations under consideration, and one of them is the Alton Elks Club at 125 E. Broadway. Langston, in a telephone conversation with Clarence Decker, president of the chamber, said the other location will not be disclosed at the present time. The conversation came after Decker had fired off a letter to Langston about the terrific traffic tie-up on Berkshire Boulevard outside the food stamp office at 707 Berkshire, which is an office complex known as the Hcrkshire Building. East Alton Mayor Frank Keasler told the Telegraph that Gov. Ogilvie personally promised the food stamp office would be moved, and that His (the governor's) staff would begin work on it immediately. Several other legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have been attempting to get the food stamp office relocated in Alton because of the public pressure and complaints of *ood stamp recipients. Many food stamp patrons have found it difficult to get to East Alton to obtain their stamps, as most do not have automobiles or finances to pay a taxi to bring them the five miles, the Telegraph was told. Shortly after the move was made to East Alton, Bud Schawacker, director of the Alton Housing Authority, offered rent-free space in the Oak-wood Housing Project for the .stamp sales office. Irwin Levin, a currency exchange owner, hud told the Telegraph he would be interested in taking over the selling of food stamps, the same way he does in East St. Louis, and would do it from a mobile home unit, which could be moved from place to place. The Elks Club site has been recommended because the club is financially depressed, and could use revenues from rental of basement rooms (which has entrances on Easton Street). Decker told the Telegraph the chamber was getting complaints from adjacent businesses to the Berkshire Building, because stamp recipients were parking there. Those who weren't parking in the car lots were parking on Berkshire Boulevard, Decker said, and it is a four- lane street. The parked cars were in one of the outside lanes, he said, and sometimes in both outside traffic lanes, he added. Meanwhile, the Madison County Welfare Rights Organization presented 200 appeals from food stamp buyers and public aid recipients to Madison county Public Aid supeiTisor Ted Funkhouser at his office in Edwardsville this afternoon. The appeals protested tiie moving of the office to East Alton, said Regina Shaw of the weifaie rights group. The public aid department could be required to hold hearings on the appeals. Light vote seen in library election B> IM'ISMS McMl KRAV Staff Writer A "moderate turnout" is expected in Tuesday's election to determine whether Godfrey and Foster will be annexed to I ho llayner Library District. Supporters of the proposal .«aid today they were confident it would pass. Most voters will go to the saiiu- polls used for Alton school district elections, with the- pulls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Alton, Godfrey, and Foster townships. A small part of Jersey County that i? included IP. the Alton School district will also vote on !he library proposal. Colling places pagf A-2 A la.ii-minute leaflet taiupuign in opposition to the expanded district is being conducted in Godfrey. The leaflet was written by God' trey Township Supervisor Dale Kennedy who argued that the election is "unfair because an overwhelming majority for the annexati'i'i in Alton could outweigh overwhelming oppositoin in Godfrey and Foster! urg. A simple majority of all votes east is needed Kennedy also argued that Godfrey could establish 'is own district for less than ;he 15-cent tax levy llayner would impose. Supporter* of (lie expanded library have conducted .1 quiet campaign, relying OM leaflets antl telephone calls, primarily to person* 1 i h r a r y cards. llaviu-r Librarian Andrew Stimson said an informal poll taken i n Godfrey got "very favorable results" and he sail he thought the proposal would pass in Godfrey and Fos'er as well as in Alton, which voted in .January to form the present district. Stimson said 4(1 aljsen'ee ballot* lui\e been returned for T u e s d a y ' s election. This compare* uilh 35 for Die January referendum lnni'.ci! to Alton, when only about 12 per cent of the eligible vote.> went In the [Hills, according to City I'lerk Paul Price The turnout ma\ be ;>i feeled by lue weather, with slightly lower teinperatui es and a 'ill percent chance u! showers forecast for Tuesday. If the proposal is approve:! Tuesday, Godfrey and Fos'er residents would [my a 15-cent tax levy to the llayner district, which is already being paid [or by Alton residents. Godfrey and Foster would get in return full use of library facilities and ho.'K niub;le and mail-order catalog service. winch has IK- <n provided Godfrey and Fusi.-r for the past 1U month* umK i a demonstration grant !iv.;i the slate. If the lekrendum p:-i**es llayner would also receive .-a additional sylGiJO grant ironi the stale lt> Mil>Md:/e (•••n- tinued service to the Lire..* nillMde Alton until the taxe* arc culiecicd GiKlfiYy and Foster nex 1 . ve.r- If the proposal fails Hay.i, • would not be eligible for :\-.-\ additional state grants an.! library service to Godfrey :\ : \ ! Foster would be completely discontinued as of Oct. 1. 'ihe library board would then have lo decide whether or not out uf-diMricl residents could piirch e.e library cards as was done in the paM . lif'.'ardlfss n| the outcome of Tuesday '.i fieri ;on, M-u'n trustee.* W!.l be Keeled to the 1 i b r a r y dMnet tio.vil probably in A|.II;. IT,! 'I ue-.da) .-, elerli/i!.. ihoti :li, will determine v,iii-'!ier G o d | i e y ...id h'i>*!iTtiu r v» l't *!dellt* i on .) i ui; |,ij : •;,• board

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