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12A/ DBS MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER • Aug. 31,1975 Rippey, Kalona men win at Iowa plowing match s. By DON MUHM Register ftrm Iditor Steve King of Rippey picked up his second Iowa plowing championship, and Monroe Miller of Kalona earned his first title Saturday at Living History Farms here, where the Iowa Plowing Contests were revived. King, 25 — who first won a slate crown in 1970, the last year the matches were held — defeated six contestants in the small-plow division Saturday to gain his second title. Miller, who had competed at Atlantic in the 1963 state plowing contests, won his title Saturday in the large-plow division, topping six plowmen. National Competition Both men now advance to the national plowing competition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday near Olivia, Minn. Officials announced Saturday that the plowing contests will be an annual activity each fall at Living History Farms, located northwest of Des Moines. The contests started in the 1930s, and they once attracted throngs of spectators and nationally known speakers before being discontinued. Longtime Iowa farm broadcaster Herb Plambeck of Des Moines, a pioneer in the plowing competitions, is one of the REOisrift PHOTOS BY CHAMLCS Serum not cause of hepatitis BOSTON, MASS. (AP) Gamma globulin and a newly developed form of gamma globulin do not cause hepatitis, as incorrectly stated in an Associated Press story last Sunday. The original story reported that medical researchers in Boston had developed a new antiserum — or gamma globu- Lynn Peitzman of Grimes adjusts the flywheel of his John Deere men responsible for reviving the event this year. He helped direct the contest Saturday, as well as a parade of antique plows held in conjunction with the event. Small-plow diyi»ion - i. sieve kin Upper; 2. Ernie Martens, Indlanola; , Conrad; 4. Francis , jtzrnan, Grtmai; enter. iallat i Ion— KWh TfarTensVMBrtensdaTe:;'JT'rJ ston. Grand Jutietfon;!. Davfd AdeO 6. Mike Tomllson, Norwalk. MIH.J. ohn- «n, Troublesplagued Peitzman, who finished fifth in the small plow division Pension funds to buying hotels: A look at some Teamsters deals MIAMI, FLA. (AP) - At best, George Horvath was a questionable credit risk when a Teamsters Union pension fund loaned him $5.8 million to buy a resort hotel. He already had used $4 million in Teamster funds to buy a bank and a passel of trouble. But Horvath had lines to the right people, like James R. Hoffa, and that meant more than his credit rating. After much wheeling and dealing, Horvath's deals went sour, hardly an unusual event in the affairs of the nation's largest labor-management pension fund. Tangled Deals The many tangled deals involving Teamster pension funds are under scrutiny by federal investigators looking for clues to Hoffa's disappearance a month ago. Grand juries in at least three cities, Chicago, Detroit and Newark, have probes under way. After Horvath lost control of the bank he got a chance to recoup his losses with the $5.8- million Teamster loan to buy the Montmartre Hotel in,Miami Beach. Four,years and no payments later, the Teamsters foreclosed on the hotel. Unique Picture Horvath's testimony in the foreclosure suit provides a unique picture of the methods and personalities involved in the operations of the $1.4-billion Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund of the Teamsters Union. The judge said the conduct of both sides "would be condemned by reasonable and honest men." — The Central States Fund is the largest of many set up to provide retirement benefits to Teamsters Union members. Records Cited But court records and congressional investigations going back 20 years disclose a pattern of kickbacks and conflicts of interest. The fund spurned blue chip investment opportunities in favor of plunging millions of dollars into gambling casinos, race tracks, luxury resorts and Florida condominiums. From its lending heydeys of the 1960s, the fund has shifted now to backing fewer projects — but plunging in far deeper on behalf of the chosen few borrowers, some of whose names come up again and again from one deal to the next. L a w en forcement officials who have spent years tracking Teamster activities express doubt that the latest investigations will change anything. Teamsters fund investments in Florida are typical of the national pattern. Third in Volume The state ranks third in dollar volume with at least $120 million in loans during the past 20 years. Only Nevada and California have more. Florida ranks first in the Critical time near for Chavez's union DELANO, CALIF. (AP) For Cesar Chavez, the verdict corning shortly from the rich fields of California could finally spell success — or a crippling defeat — for his infant union. Last Thursday a new state farm labor law took effect allowing state-supervised, secret ballot elections for farm workers to end more than a decade of labor arrests and violence in the fields. Now Chavez's United Farm Workers (UFW) and the rival Teamsters Union face hundreds of elections to determine which union, if any, the state's farm workers want to represent them on individual ranches. "Should Win" "I have been talking to the workers," Chavez said in an interview. "All indications are if we do our job, there is no reason we shouldn't win — not in every case but in most cases." But Jim Hansen, the Teamster s state information director, says his union will win the bilk of the elections. He calls Chavez's claim to the contrary "sheer propaganda." Both unions say there will be dozens of elections in Septem ber, but neither will say which farms and ranches will be .the first targets. To get an election on any of the 45,000 California ranches, a majority of the workers must sign a petition stating they want a particular union to represent them. An election must occur seven days after the petition is filed with the state. But victory is only the first step toward getting a contract. Winning an election gives a union the exclusive right to bargain with a grower. It does not assure that the union wil} jget a contract. After the election, the union can strike and boycott to pressure the grower. Today the UFW has about 9,000 workers and a dozen conj tacts, about 100 fewer contracts Khan it had four years ago. 1 The Teamsters say they rep- j resent about 50,000 farm workers under 400 contracts in California. They claim about 20,000 field 'workers in 12 other western Males. number of different projects with more than 40 funded in the past two decades. Another factor typical of the national pattern is the appearance at one stage or another in many of the big loans of one or more members of a tightly knit group of entrepreneurs. For example: • Benjamin C. Cohen, a New York City financier and a familiar figure in Teamster deals, held a mortgage for a short time on the Palm Beach Biltmore Hotel, a sprawling, white, twin-towered landmark overlooking Lake Worth. Cohen assigned the mortgage to the pension fund in 1965 and four years later-the Teamsters foreclosed saying no payments bad been made for a year. By then the hotel had shut down and the pension fund ended up owning it. "hicago Firm In 1970, Bankers Life and Casualty Corp., a giant Chicago insurance 'company, borrowed $1.7 million from the Teamsters and took over the Biltmore. The company promised to spend another $1 million on the hotel within 18 months. But now, five years later, it's still closed. • A series of pension fund loans down to even a fourth mortgage were issued over an eighty-year period to finan.ce Boca Teeca, a condominium project in Boca Raton, south of Palm Beach. Famous Names Among the familiar names that appear in public documents is that of Cal Kovens, a Miami Beach builder who was convicted in 1964 in a case involving misuse of pension fund money. The Boca Teeca project now •s progressing better than a previous effort on the same land. The fund foreclosed that time. One buyer of a unit at Boca Teeca was Thomas J. Duffey, one of the trustees of the Central States fund. • Kovens also is involved in the Sky Lake development north of Miami. That project has received five Teamster loans with a current balance of $9.6 million and currently is in its second moratorium on payments. The latest delay postpones any further payments until sometime in 1976. Slow Payments Horvath went four years without making any payments on his $5.8 million pension fund loan for the Montmartre Hotel in Miami Beach before the trustees filed a foreclosure suit. .As part of that suit, Teamster President Frank Fitzsimmons was asked why the Horvath loan was allowed to remain delinquent for so long. 'I'am sure the record will show it was done in consideration with other dealings we had with Mr. Horvath," replied Fitzsimmons. No one asked Fitzsimmons what those other dealings were. "Pretty Long Time" Odell Smith, another Central States Pension Fund trustee, was asked about the iMont- martre loan and conceded: "I would say, just speaking, that that is a pretty long time for a loan to go, yes." Smith also was asked if the trustees looked at the hotel's financial condition before they loaned Horvath 100 per cent of the purchase price. Smith didn't feel the financial condition had to be a deciding factor. "I think it is a lot of factors you have to look at," he testified. 'Wouldn't that be one of the major factors?" he was asked. ''It could be one of them, yes," he said. Did anyone tell Horvath he didn't have to repay the loan under the terms of the agreement he signed? "Right," he testified. Who? "Mr. Hoffa." 1-35 opening at Thanksgiving Th« Reilster'i Iowa News Sir vie* MASON CITY, IA. - A controversial leg of Interstate Highway 35 between Clear Lake and Williams is expected to be open to traffic around Thanksgiving, an official of the Iowa Department of Transportation said Saturday. The 48-mile stretch of four* lane highway has been under construction since 1969. The route of the highway — the last leg of Interstate 35 to be completed in Iowa — has been opposed by some area residents, who unsuccessfully tried in the courts to block construction. Roger W. Gotschall of Mason City, a resident construction engineer for DOT'S highway division, said a specific opening date will be announced later. IALTH HORIZON! Are You Interested In Your HEALTH? If You Are, You'll Want To Attend IOWA'S FIRST "HEALTH RETREAT" Friday, Sept. 12th through Sunday, Sept. 14th ' *t the "COLFAXINTERFAITH CENTER" Sptoktu on: Nutrition, Physical Fitness, Strtsj Control and Othtr Health Ap- proochei. Also on S«pl. 19th—Dr. Jo« NichoU, M.O., world r«noWnod «*p«rt on Nutrition for Health, will bt ol Wt»tmini«»tr Presbyterian Church at 7:30 P.M. For Iwrvotloni wrltti Htdlth H«rl««nt, P.O. »«x )t*, Wfit 0«i Moin«« 903*9 0r CAU (919) 3M-4131 PUttK UtVinO AND WIICOMI MEANY LOOKS FOR LIBERAL DEMOCRAT WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) A F L-CIO President George Meany, who led a mass defection from the Democrats in 1972, says he expects labor to play a major role in picking the presidential candidate at next year's Democratic national convention. However, he warned that labor would again walk away from the •Democrats if they nominate another George McGovern or Alabama Gov. George Wallace, whom Meany called~' 4 the~jpeffect political demagogue." In a pre-Labor Day interview, Meany ruled out an AFL-CIO endorsement of President Ford. He also added he wouldn't support a ticket with Wallace as the vice-presidential candidate, either. "I'd like to see *a. liberal Democrat in the White House... like Harry Truman or someone like that," he said. However, he offered no preference. The leader of the 14.2 million- member labor federation said it will be "our job to try to create situation" among the labor delegates at the Democratic convention so that the AFL-CIO will be in a position to influence the selection of a compromise :andidate. Ford, meanwhile, "do everything in to generate new President pledged to my power jobs." In a speech at an AFL-CIO :ield day in Augusta, Maine, Mr. Ford said the unemployment rate is too high and added that the nation cannot regain economic health unless there is a concentrated effort by labor, management and government. In other remarks at his pre- Labor Day interview, Meany said: •He regards President Ford as a "nice guy," but complained that his economic priorities "all point to big business." •Public employes are no different from those in the private sector and should have the same right to strike. However, he believes police and firefight er s "should voluntarily relinquish" this right.'^ •On the economy, "I think we're still going to have high levels of inflation, and we're certainly going to have high levels of unemployment. •He predicts wage demands in 1975 will be "quite strong." Meany said he thought the Democratic party "is still pretty much in disarray." But he believes that if the party can come up with an attractive candidate, President Ford can be defeated next November — with labor's help. Several other major union leaders also issued Labor Day statements criticizing the chief executive: •Leonard Woodcock, United Auto Workers president, criticized President Ford for fighting inflation by tolerating high levels of unemployment. •Glenn E. Watts, president of the Communications Workers of America, predicted more hard times because of lack of government action to halt the movement toward more serious recession. •The Amalgamated Clothing Workers echoed Woodcock's criticism of Mr. Ford and high unemployment. •Peter Bommarito, president of the United Rubber Workers, did likewise. SERVING IOWA FOR 28 YIARS GARAGES • IOC ALLY OWNW40PIRATID • OPIN ALL DAY SATUHDAV * SUNDAY . 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The difference between the two types is that the new form is made from specially selected human donors who have .high counts of antibodies against hepatitis Type B. Journal's Barnett killed in crash HARRISBURG, PA. (AP) John R. Barnett, 37, front page editor of the Wall Street Journal, died Friday night when his stalled car was struck by a tractor trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Barnett, of Hohokus, N.J., stopped his car on the turnpike and crawled under the vehicle to make repairs. His car was hit by a rig driven by Michael E. Howells, jr., 22, of Glendora, N.J., who told police his trailer jackknifed on the rain-slicked surface when he changed lanes to avoid splashing water on Barnett. Barnett became assistant front editor of the Jouranl in 1971 and front page editor in 1974, succeeding Michael Gartner, who became executive editor of The Des Moines Register and Tribune. Protests oil ordor LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (AP) — Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Saturday it would protest Libya's order that Occidental reduce its oil production there by more than 50 per cent in September. fAVi$3 BOSTON PIRN v.*M IO.M 7*98 IGANTIC GREEN PLANT SALE! JUST ARRIVED Fresh from California Another truckload of rare and exotic plants from all parts of the world. 20% OFF ALL CACTUS in stock over 50 Vorieties to Choose from FicusBenj Rubber Plant Values to $29.98 $19 98 So v« $4.00 * HANGING BASKETS R«g.$12.98 Kolanchoe Needpoint Ivy 98 Spider Plant DRACENA FRAGRANS - DRACENA MASSANGEANA (Corn Plant) Reg. 4.98 Now SPECIAL PURCHASE Rubber Plant R.g.$6.98 NOW CHOOSE FROM Norfolk Pino, Ficus ltn|lman Dracona Margonata, Ditffonbachia Rog.$6.98 $4 98 TERRARIUM PLANTS Reg.79c NOW . SAVE $1.00 YOUR CHOICE Jadt, Ivy, Piggyback, Spider and Brown Bean 98 Stop in and browse through our now solution of Bonsai — reasonably priced — ^_ __ CLIP AND SAVE SAVE i 7 Ib. Potting Soil R0g.89e Ex P . 9-3-75 40% OFF ALL PATIO UMBRELLAS (Hurry the selection it limited) WROUGHT IRON O7 OFF the remaining ' ° stock of wrought iron Don't Forget there's a staff of professional designers waiting to custom design a beautiful permanent arrangement from you. And remember there's no extra charge for this service. IOWA'S LARGEST Come in and browse through our newly remodeled dried department. Open Labor Day 9-3 BOWER CITY 5717HickmanRoad 1 Mile South of Merle Hay Mall Des Moines MON. thru FBI. 9 to 9/SAT. 9 to 6/SUN. 11 to 6

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