Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 21, 1963 · Page 3
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 3

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, September 21, 1963
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1963 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH PAGE TMttFE How Can a Family of 15 Get By? The Lovetts Have Solved the Problem By ED POUND TMrgraph Staff Writer Albert and Ophelia Lovett of 1807 Belle St. will have to put another leaf in the supper table now that their 15th child has arrived. Three weeks ago the 38 - year old mother brought home No. 15, a boy, Roger, and this has set in motion a lot of revised plans for "operation family" which the Lovetts have conducted with military - like genius through the years. The Lovetts have 10 children in grade school. During the school year, a procession to the one bathroom in the early hours is one tactical problem that the family handles with more facility than some families with three kids. Blondett, the oldest at 16, begins the procession about 6 o'clock and the others defy nature by taking turns "sorta" by age. "Blonctt, she's the oldest, that's why she's first," Lovett said. Feeding 17 people, including himself, is the job of father Al Lovett. The 38 - year - old chipper at Duncan Foundry estimates that he spends nearly $70 a week on food. "That's quite a bit when you make only $10(1 a week," Lovett said. The Lovetts pay $40 a month for rent which, added to the $70 a week for food, comes out to a tidy sum of Al's paychecks. 14 Loaves W»*kly While many families — say, a family of six — go through from six to seven loaves of bread each week, the Lovetts keep Alton bread sales up, consuming 14 loaves of bread each week, Mrs. Lovett said. Actually, Mrs. Lovett points out, 14 loaves of bread are not nearly enough to feed 15 growing youngsters. As a supplement Mrs. Lovett bakes an untold number of biscuits each week. The cereal sales index is another factor which reflects the presence of the Love.tts in Alton. The family exhausts about seven boxes of cereal each week, usually cornflakes and oatmeal. Milk is only a minor problem for the Lovetts. The family consumes about seven gallons each week. Three-week-old Roger is on a special kind of milk. Roger needs about one gallon per week, Mrs. Lovett said. Like the bathroom procession, the Lovetts have a daily procedure, going when it's time to eat. When the family gathers for a meal, the six youngest children eat first; then the next six and then the final five. The Lovett table seats only six. Not Easy Then there is the matter of housing. The problem is: How do you house 17 people in a six- room frame house? It's not easy, assures Lovett. Lovett and family have been looking for a larger home for al most a year and at one point he thought he might be in luck. But his GI Loan ran out and it was back to house hunting for the Lovetts. "A lot of them (renters) say they won't rent because you have so many kids," Lovett said. "But I don't give up; I keep looking," Lovett said. Mr. and Mrs. Lovett started all of this when they were married March 2, 1945, in Twist, Ark. Blonett came early in 1946 and since it has been almost a yearly process, said mother Lovett. The Lovetts have seven boys. The oldest is Aaron, 15; then THIS FAMILY IS LOOKING FOR A HOUSE THAT FITS Mrs. Albert Lovett, front row, extreme left, poses with her 15 children at their home at 1807 Belle St. The Lovetts are now in the process of looking for a new home, as their six-room house does not afford them enough space for 17 people. Lovett was not home when photo was taken. He was at work at Duncan Foundry supporting his huge fold. He makes extra money by operating a part-time hauling business. Accidents: Spike In Her Foot A five - year - old East A It on girl who reportedly fell on a railroad spike, driving it into her foot, was among four area residents treated for puncture wounds Friday. The girl, Carol Houston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Houston of 169 E. Alton Ave., East Alton, lacerated her left foot as the rusty spike was driven through her shoe and .stocking. She was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital. Three others were treated al Alton Memorial Hospital. The> include a 54-year-old Jerseyvillc man who stepped on a nail while it work and punctured his right foot, and Roger Harrell, 21, an employe of Canham Sheet. MeUii Co., who punctured his left foot when he stepped on a nail at work. He lives at 100 Elble Ave., Alton. Robert Baze, 23, of 108 E. 13th St., Alton, was given emergency treatment when he drove a wire about an inch into the palm of his left hand. 2 Brothers Injured in Auto Mishap Two brothers escaped serious injury Friday night about 9 when they were struck by a car while riding their bicycle in the 1300 block of State Street, police said. Archie Vann, 11, and Luther Vann, 12, of 1920 Piasa St., were treated at St. Joseph's Hospital for injuries suffered in the mishap. Archie suffered laceration to his forehead and a bump to the right eye and Luther was treated for a laceration to his left cheek, police said. Both were x-rayed and released from the hospital. Bitten by Dog Craig Fairell, 5, of 245 Linden wood, East Alton, was bitten on the eyelid and side of his mouth by a dog Friday evening. The boy had been playing in the front yard of his home with two brothers, ages three and four, when he was attacked. He was given emergency treatment at St. Joseph's said the Hospital. A boy was first neighbor taken to Wood River Township Hospital but was not given treatment. Dazed by Fall? Child Can't Remember How She Was Injured An eight - year - old Alton gir was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital Friday evening for possible head injuries but she told her father she couldn't remember. The girl, Patricia Rende, arrived home late from school Friday afternoon in a dazed condition with a lump on the back of her head and abrasions to her left James, 8; Dennis, Alvin, 2; Terry, 1; 6; Kevin, 3; and newcomer, Roger. There are eight girls, Blonett; Francine 14; Christine 13; Phyllis 11; Albertine 10; Brenda 7; Mary Ann 5; and Kathy 4. Clothing for the youngsters is no major problem. The Lovetts use the "hand - me - down" process with the girls; but with the boys it's different, says Lovett. The girls' ages are close together. Thus, after Blonett wears a dress and outgrows it, then it goes to Francine and so on. The boys' ages vary more widely, but Al has the answer for this, too. Friends Help "A lot of people I know give us clothes for the boys," said papa Lovett. So with the help of friends and the "hand -me - down" process, the Lovetts do okay in the apparel department. Large families are nothing new to Mr. and Mrs. Lovett. Al's parents had 14 children and Ophelia's parents had eight. But the Lovetts will have to go some to top Mrs. Lovett's sister in South Bend, Ind., who has mothered 18 children. Lovett works hard to support his family, He works extra hours at the foundry and has a garbage route, which brings home about $50 extra each month. The Lovetts are a religious family. They attend St. James Baptist Church on Market Street and are thankful that "the Lord has blessed us with all of these children," Lovett said. What now for one of Alton's largest families? "We haven't planned on any more children," Mrs. Lovett said. "I think this is about the end for us — but we thought that before we had Roger." Callioun, Jersey Eligible for U.S. Public Works Aid Calhoun and Jersey are two counties eligible for grants-in- aid under the public works acceleration act, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. Calhoun, with an unemployment rate of 50 per cent for the past four years, qualifies for a federal grant of 75 per cent while Jersey qualifies for 66 per cent with unemployment running around 15 per cent for the past four years. The accelerated public works program makes available the rapid acceleration of federal, state and local capital improvement projects in areas of high, and persistent: unemployment. The grants are figured on the national employment rate. While the national unemployment average has been running between five and seven percent from 1958 to 1961, Calhoun has STOP WISHING.. START DRIVING! Got a "pocketful of dreams" about a newer car but lack the ready cash to match? Look Into a low ooit Auto Loan from us. Action will be fast! Convenient ternut PHONE 402-92U OB SKIS KKNNEV KLOOS MIDSTATES FINANCE CO. 811 Ridge, near Broadway been way above the average. The unemployment figures for Calhoun in 1958 shows a 58.4 per cent unemployed rate; in 1959 it was 32.3; in 1960, 50.6 and in 1951, 56.3. In Jersey County the employment figures have been much lower, but have been running between two to three times the national average. The figures for Jersey County for 1959 were 16.3 per cent unemployed, in 1959 it dropped to 11.2, but jumped to 14.7 in 1960 and 15 per cent in 1961. The Commerce Department said the grants are used to help in labor markets that are suffering from continuous substantial unemployment. knee, her father, Frank Rende of 2839 Horn St. said. The girl was unable to remember how she received her injurie! or where she had left her bicycle, which she had been riding. The bicycle was later found standing upright along the side of the street. Doctors made x- rays to determine where there was a possible skull fracture. Student Hart When Playmate Falls on Him A nine - year - old Milton Alarm Sounds, but ... Bank Wasn't Being Robbed School student suffered unde- :ermined head injmies Friday when another boy fell on him while they were playing at t h e school. They boy, Walter Fraise Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fraise Sr., of 3707 Coronado Dr., was admitted to Alton Memorial Hospital and doctors made x-rays to determine if there were any fractures. Hub Gaps Stolen Friday Night Mrs. Lucille Ozee, 2820 Viewland, complained to Alton Police Friday at 10:10 a.m. that some one had stolen four hubcaps from her 1963 station wagon during the night. The station wagon was parked in front of the Ozee home, police said. The Belleville, St. Clair County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company Belleville, Illinois and the E. St. Louis District Mutual Cyclone Insurance Company Catherine Rupprecht, Secretary 23 South First Street, Belleville, Illinois Phone Adams 3-2006 For Combination fire and windstorm insurance, comprehensive liability, written on residence, household goods, personal effects, farm real and personal property, blanket coverage on farm personal property. Your Local Licensed Mutual Agent and General Broker Adjuster for Both Companies Call ORVAL C. KORSMEYER R. R. No. 2, Alhambrn, Illinois, Ph. 618-Hubburd 8-8286 Insuring property in St. Clair, Madison, Washington, Clinton, Randolph and Monroe Counties. Company operated at cost. No risk too large nor claim too small. Added protection and direct lines. FARMERS MUTUAL REINSURANCE COMPANY Griunell, Iowa Serving Farm Mutuals Since 1909 Computers Cause Change In Public Aid Handling Electric computers are necessitating a change in handling of non-support problems under the Illinois Department of Public Aid. Stephen J. .Tianakopolis, support enforcement officer for the area, old the Telegraph, today that he low would have to record changes n status of assistance recipients >n new forms before he could be;in processing them. The new forms, he said, must be )btained and filled out at the ?ounty public assistance office in 2dwardsville before he can receive them. Reason for the change, he said, die many of the cases more directly through his office, by memoranda and other forms of communication. His area of enforcement includes legal action against husbands or putative fathers of children involved in the Aid to Dependent Children program, but also children who should be responsible for assistance in care of older persons under the public aid program. Jianakoplos spent a busy Friday in county court, appearing in 17 cases referred to him for action largely against fathers for non- is that the new forms are made up support. for processing and handling His monthly report for his of- through'the electric computers at fice's actions in July list cases that the state office. relieve the state of $2,101 in Heretofore ho was able to han : monthly aid payments. Alton police "scrambled" and surrounded First National Bank & Trust Co., Friday shortly before 3 p.m. but there were no bank robbers in sight. Two police cars and five po licemen were at the bank seconds after the alarm sounded in police headquarters. When they arrived everything at the bank, was calm and personnel apparently were not aware that the alarm had sounded, police said. Telephone repair men working at the police station apparently set off the alarm by accident, police reported. Finger Cut Ted Ash, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. William Ash of 1117 McPherson Ave., Alton, lacerated the middle finger on his left hand Friday afternoon when he fell from his bicycle onto some broken glass. He was treated at St. Joseph's, Hospital. STAMPS ON ALL DRY CLEANING & SHIRT LAUNDRY! MONTICELLO PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER GODFREY, ILLINOIS EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTER EAST ALTON, ILLINOIS I Open Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridayi 'Til 9 p.m. Quality Shirt Service EXPERT ALTERATION SERVICE SUNDAY SPECIALS SEPT. 2212:30-5:30 P.M. 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