The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on May 9, 1970 · Page 13
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 13

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MEMBER DRIVE ByDonMnhm • (Th« Register's Farm editor) A membership campaign was outlined Friday at the annual meeting of the Living History Farms Foundation at the Des MpinesClub. „ - _. The membership involves a new effort to raise funds to help establish and operate the proposed "outdoor museum'' Agricultural attraction near Des Moines that will put on public display three kinds of Iowa farming. The three farms planned at the site are the Iowa Pioneer _Farm of 1840, the Iowa Horse Farur-of 1900-and-the Iowa . Farm of the Future. It was reported .at the meeting that so far $419,000 has been raised through private donations from businesses, industries and individuals to buy about 400 acres of land northwest of Des Moines along Inter- jstate Highways 80 and 35. About $475,000 is needed to •purchase the land involved in the proposed tourist attraction. In addition, Living History Farms officials indicated that about $300,000 in additional funds might be sought. The money raised through "charter memberships" in the Living History Farms project would be used for establishing and operating the farms. History Buffs Work on establishing the Iowa Farm of 1840 is planned this summer, with the employment of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Thede of Glidden. Thede and his wife are history buffs wh.g have established a museum at their Carroll County farm. ; In addition, a "Grain Harvest Festival" is planned July 31-Aug. 1. Dr. William G. Murray of Ames, research director for the foundation, announced that negotiations are underway to lease an additional 165 acres of land owned by Hollo Bergeson of West Des Moines adjacent to the Living History Farms site. * Prison Farm ; This property is near the' Old F1 y n n Mansion which has been leased by the foundation. In general, the land involved in the farm project is property formerly owned bv the State of Iowa and used for its Clive Prison Farm operation. Five new governors and two directors were elected to the foundation. The governors are D. H. Swanson, Iowa Power and Light Co.; Glenn Christians, Massey-Ferguson, Inc.; John Fitzgibbon, lowa-Des Moines National Bank; Joseph Strasser, United Federal Savings and Loan Association; and Robert Wright, nessman. New directors Carroll busi- are William Knapp and James W. Wallace, both of Des Moines. Tourist Site There were no changes in officers. E. Howard Hill of Minburn is president, while Robert K. Goodwin of Des Moines is vice-president. Joseph F. Rosenfield of Des Moines is treasurer, John M. Henry of Des Moines is secretary. The. Living History Farms project started about two years ago to. develop privately an educational tourist attraction. A guest at the annual meeting was Ernst T. Christensen of the National Park Service, Washington, D.C. The National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution have shown interest in the project. WIREPHOTO (AP) Quiet Birthday for Truman Former President Harry Truman appears on the front porch of his Independence, Mo., home Friday as he celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday. Truman celebrated the birthday quietly. Mail,Flowers, Wires Hail Truman on 86th Birthday INDEPENDENCE, MO. (AP) — The day was as quiet as the Trumans could keep it, but there was enough activity Friday to demonstrate to former President Harry Truman that he's first in the esteem of his fellow townspeople. Infirmities of age forced him 'to pass up the annual dinner held by old friends and associates in observance of his eighty-sixth birthday in nearby Kansas City, but flowers, cards and telegrams poured into the Truman home. Margaret Phoned A telephone call came from daughter Margaret Truman Daniel of New York City and the four Truman grandchildren. From son-in-law Clifton-Daniel, associate editor of the New York Times, a letter sent for the birthday dinner, saying, "I am very sorry to miss it, because I have more reasons than most — or at least different reasons — for admiring President Truman. I was a Democrat before I was a son-in-law, and I met President Truman before I ever met his daughter. "He was not only one of our greatest presidents but, as I alone know and can testify, he is the nation's best father-in-law." "There isn't anyone I'd rather congratulate and wish well than Harry Truman," said a message from former President Lyndon B. Johnson. "Each passing year compounds the debt we owe him for his courage, foresight and leadership.' Nine pupils from the Truman High School brought a king- sized birthday card bearing 1,700 signatures of students and faculty. They also brought along a birthday cake. The card carried three long ribbons on which were inscribed the signatures. Truman received the pupils on the porch of his home and waved to the crowd which had gathered on the street. Skips Stroll He passed up his morning walk, conserving his strength for the visitors. Among these were John W. Snyder, secretary of the Treasury in the Truman Cabinet; Jack Smith, an airline executive who was a member j>l_the Federal Aviation Agency under DK Moines Saf., May 9, ItfO lowd Women Wearing "National I I W nVlf'alVl ifntton Bur «au WASHINGTON, D.C. .-..- towa's 25'delegates to the national convention of the League of Women Voters headed for home Friday, somewhat dis* appointed but determined to continue their fight for a full- scale league study of national priorities. ' \ The Iowa women, concerned ihat too much of the federal budget goes for such things as militafy-spending • and fathr subsidies, battled hard dnd long during the five-day convention to include* an evaluation of national priorities in the league's program for the next two years. buttons labeled Priorities," they set up a headquarters inside the Sheraton-Park Hotel, where the convention was being held, and lobbied other delegates. Their proposal, however, was not among those recommended on the pre-convention agenda, and it was voted down Thurs-, day night. Mrs. Lois Tucker of Des Moines expressed satisfaction that the interest of a great many convention delegates had had promised "we will be back again in two years." The lowans' argument was presented,to the convention by Mrs. Denison Waterman, Iowa state president of the league. She told them, "We believe t h at our country, the wealthiest in history, with a 1970 gross national product of one trillion dollars, has Its values — its priorities, if you will — backward." Mrs. Waterman said the proposed 1971 federal budget con tains $809 million for military family housing, but only $575 million for the entire model cities program. The Department of Defense will spend $39 million for public relations, while the total request for civil rights enforcement by the Justice Department is $5. million, she added. The League of Women Voters is somewhat ineffective if it only backs certain programs, without also actively opposing "detrimental" programs, she said. .Despite ^rejection of the. Iowa appeal, this year's convention was anything but a "status quo" affair. The delegates heard some militant speakers, and some of the women took time out to demonstrate at Capitol Hill hi opposition to the widening of the Vietnam war. The convention, as one of its last acts, voted to send President Nixon a letter expressing its "deep concern about the national crisis resulting from the extension of the war into Cambodia." Mrs. Lucy Wilson Benson of Amherst, Mass., was re-elected president of the 170,000-member organization. Safe-Bumper Bill Gains in Florida Truman, and Tom Evans, a Senate, Respite a protest it could put auto dealers in the state o Pleads Guilty in Having : Jackie 'Dear Ros-Letters NEW YORK, N.Y. (REUTERS) — An attorney questioned In the-alleged theft of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's "Dear Ros" letters pleaded guilty .Friday to a charge of "being in possession o£ property missing from someone else's possession." '. Theodore Donson, 31, from Ir- y&igton-oh-Hudson, N.Y., was fined $100 by Criminal Court Judge Hyman Selniker. Donson .-eould have received up to a'year in jail and a $1,000 THEQDORi DONSON :The letters faivolved were lour warm, friendly mis- slves which Af rs. Onassis bad written to Roswell Gilpatric, U.S., deputy defense secretary under the late President Kennedy. --7-The letters were writteB-be- tween/1963, while Mrs, Kennedy was the First Lady, and 1968, after she had married Aristotle Onassis. . Gilpatric escorted Mrs. Kennedy for a time before her marriage to Onassis. Auction Planned The alleged theft came to light when Manhattan autograph dealer Charles Hamilton Announced he was going to auction them off. Gilpatric, who is now a Wall Street lawyer, then complained to police the letters were taken from his files without his knowledge. Hamilton Identified Donson, - a former employe pi Gilpat- ric's law firm, as the man who sold him the letters for auction. Donson reportedly said the letters were turned over to him i>y another employe of Gilpatric's law firm, who claimed to have found them in a waste basket. The letters were withdrawn from Hamilton's auction. About the time the letters were made public, Gilpatric's wife filed suit for divorce. Afterwards, he announced plans to marry socialite Paula Melhado Washburn Tuesday. Guilty Plea TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (AP)A "safe bumper bill" was ap- Kansas City broadcasting exec-1 proved Friday by the Florida utive and long-time friend. About 2flO friends attended, the birthday dinner, including eight members of Battery D, the Army unit commanded by Truman in World War I. There are 73 known survivors, of the 200-man company. A film documentary of Truman's White House days and post presidential period was shown by Sam Feeback, a Kansas City television cameraman and another long-time friend. FRED RAISE DAY BILOXI, MISS. (AP) - Friday was. Fred Haise Day in honor of the native Biloxian who was one of three astronauts on the harrowing Apollo 13 journey around the moon. No charges were placed against Donson at that time. However, Friday he surrendered to the district attorney'-s office and was taken to criminal court where he entered his guilty plea. Meanwhile, detectives! are still trying to determine how a note penned by Mrs. Onassis to a picture fraraer turned up at Hamilton's gallery. The note, with an accompanying drawing The measure would require private passenger cars manufactured after Jan. 1, 1973, and sold in- Florida to be equipped with bumpers able to sustain a direct collision at a speed of 5 miles an hour without damage. Cars sold after Jan. 1, 1975. must be able to sustain without damage a direct collision at 10 miles an hour. The bill now goes to the House. SOLD NEWBORN SON PALERMO, SICILY (REUTERS) — Police Friday disclosed the arrest of an impoverished mother of five children who sold her newborn son for $80. by Mrs. Onassis, written wbjle she wus living in the White House. 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