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Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, June 27, 1968
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, JUNE 2?, 1968 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH ^^ i— ^^^^^^^—^mma*u^mimammiiu^tiimm^mm&^^i&^t One Canoe Almost Swamned WAYNE MARKHAM Telegraph Staff Writer High winds and rising water* plagued a party of eight mod erh Lewis & clark explorers Wednesday, as they were tern porarily halted in Omaha, Neb. eight days after leaving Hart ford near the site where the first Lewis & Clark expedition em barked 1B4 years ago Today's modern . expedi tion, which has been averaging some 40 miles a day, was al most over before it began las week, when the wake of a barge above Jefferson City, Mo., came close to swamping one of the two canoes making the trip. The superintendent of Van Meter State Park near Miami Mo., (60 miles east of Kansas City, Mo.) reported the incident to the Telegraph, after the expedition .had moved on its way upriver, out of contact for the most part. The ' party of eight from Charles County Community Col lege in La Plata, Md., was being sought Wednesday by U.S. Engineer Corps patrol boats at Omaha, Nebr. for word on their condition. The chtef of port operations in Omaha said the river was high from heavy rains, and quite rough with a 30 mph wind blowing. The party, which left Lewis & Clark Park in Hartford June 18, Wednesday told reporters representing the Omaha newspaper that they would lay over because of river conditions and to celebrate the birthday of one of the group. The explorers, three of whom are staff members at the Maryland college, are re-creating the famous 1804 Louisiana Territory expedition with two canoes and a camper trailer that follows along the highways, providing shelter for the night. Water sampling efforts, being done in part to publicize a new curriculum in water pollution at the college, have been hampered by swift river current, according to a reporter from t h e Omaha newspaper who interviewed the group. The party's deep water orobe has been broken several times in the river bottom, reporter Dave Thompson of the Omaha World - Herald told the Telegraph. ^^^^^^^^mm^f^^m Elements Rebuff L&C Party While one person steers th canoe, the other takes wate samples they hope can be com pared with notes gathered on thfe original expedition. The heavy currents, caused by rains in the upstream water shed of the Missouri, has caused other problems as well. By the time the group mad Jefferson City, Mo., on their Cyclist Hurt When Struck By Motorist A Florissant, Mo., youth was njured this morning when the motorcycle he was riding in E. Broadway was struck by an au to driven by a Wood River worn an. Alton Police Patrolman Jack llayton said Howard Gregory Paschedag, 18, of 3187 Leisure- wood Dr., Florissant, was struck >y an auto driven by Mrs. Ruth Diestelhorst, 30, of 121 A c t o n Ave., Wood River. Paschedag was admitted to it. Joseph's Hospital in A11 o n with severe cuts of the leg. Clayton said Paschedag was riding his motorcycle east in E. Brooadway at Indiana Avenue at 6:11 this morning. He said Mrs. Diiestelhorst was west- lound and when she attempted o stop for another westbound auto, the brakes locked and she werved into the eastbound lane. Mrs. Diestelhorst was charg- d with driving on the left side f the rondway. Phillip Charles Narup, 18, of 06 E. 9th St., Alton, was ar- ested Wednesday night after lis auto went out of control in he 3200 block of Humbert Road nd clipped off a utility pole. Alton police said Miss Judith lergeron, 18, of 100 St. Thomas t., Godfrey, was a passenger in he Narup auto. Narup was charged with failure to stay within designated traffic lanes In another traffic indent, Mrs. Margaret Ann Melet- ti, 22, of 102 Belle St., East A!on, was arrested Wednesday af- er her auto allegedly went out f control on the Beltline and truck another auto. first day, 15 per cent of the paint had already peeled off their ca noes. Damage to the boat surfaces was also caused later when the barge wake that almost swamp* ed them tossed the light canoes onto a sandbar. Then motor trouble on the van accompanying the boats necessitated a lengthy portage from Washington, Mo., to Jefferson City, Mo, After fixing the van, the party was off again and made Van Meter State Park Thursday evening of last week. The trail of the fast-traveling group faded out after that, and contacts made further upstream finally traced the party to Omaha. The party is composed of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Jensen, both biologists; Dwayne C. Maxwell, college staff member; the Jensen's two daughters, Karen and Nancy; and Thomas Mayer, Michael McNerney and Clifford Startup, all students of the college. Sometime over the weekend they made another Lewis & Clark State Park — this one in Rushville, Md. Some anxiety occurred among shore hosts when the party failed to show up at Arbor Lodge State Park near Nebras ka City, Neb., Tuesday. They had been expected there when word was sent to the park personnel from the Nebraska State'Park headquarters in Lin coin, Neb. to be on the watch. The mystery was cleared up, however, by a Telegraph search via phone. The explorers, it was found, had spent the night in Brownville, Neb., downstream from the state park, and then had passed by the park unnoticed during the day. The search for the elusive canoeists was roundabout, through a county sheriff, a Brownville tavern, and finally to the town's postmaster, whose wife runs a restaurant where the party ate Tuesday morning. Back on the river that day, their trail again disappeared until it was discovered they left the river at Nebraska City and Helpful Debbie Hill, 10, was trying o be helpful by climbinb a tree or a boy who already had a broken arm and couldn't make t, but she suffered a sprained eft leg in the process. Debbie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hill of 316 Mill St. in Jethalto. fell about six feet from the tree and landed on the leg. She was given emergency treatment at St. Joseph's Hospital, and released. Hit by Car Tamara Collman, 5, suffered abrasions to her face, shoulders, and thighs when she was hit by a car on 9th Street in Rosewood Heights Wednesday even : "g- Tamara, daughter of Mr. and Krs. Charles Collman of 74 Hilltop Drive in East Alton, was rossing the street when the ac- Ident happened. She was rushed-to Alton Memorial Hospital where she was given emergency treatment and then released. Foot Sprained John Blasioli, 10, suffered a sprained right foot when he dropped a rolling pin on it Wednesday afternoon. John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Blasioli of 3424 Yost St., was given emergency treatment at Alton Memorial Hospital and released. Finger Cut Eulanda Deucker, 11, suffered a laceration to her right index finger when a butcher knife slipped while making a d o 11 house ou f of a cardboard box. Eulanda, daughter of Mrs. Hester Deucker of 641 Quincy Court in Alton, was treated and released at St. Joseph's Hospital. drove into Twin Rivers State Park near Omaha Tuesday night. Scheduled to re-embark this morning from the foot of the Mormon Bridge in Omaha, the party is expected in Sioux City, Iowa, by late Friday. The group will follow the Missouri River to its source in the Rocky Mountains, portage across the Continental Divide then canoe down the Columbi River to the Oregon Coast, fo lowing the route Meriwethe Lewis and William Clark com pleted 162 years ago. 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