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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 3

Provo, Utah
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Monday, April 14, 1975
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Monday, April 14, 1975, THE HERALD. Prove, Utah -Page 3 Concerned With Publicity Auto Dealer to Stay in Prove Bud Harmon, Provo auto dealer has expressed concern over the nature of the publicity being given to the Orem auto-park proposal. Mr Harmon told the city fathers in a Provo city commission meeting that he felt some comments being made by Orem officials indicated that one or more major Provo auto dealers had expressed interest in locating at the proposed Orem auto mall, at about 400 W. 1300 S. Orem officials have indicated three auto dealers are looking at the site but have not publicly made any mention of any Provo dealers. "I personally do not like that site and I would not take that land if they gave it to me," Mr. Harmon said. "Further, I have made inquiries of all of the other major Provo dealers and I don't know anyone who is interested," he continued. "I believe there may be people interested with a foreign car agency who would own up new agencies," he said. "I think the project is being promoted by people with adjacent property trying to hustle some land for an auto park," he added. The city commissioners said they supported Mr. Harmon's view since they have personally talked to the major dealers and they were concerned at publicity that was misleading about the plans of major Provo dealers. The auto mall was a proposal of the Orem Chamber of Commerce industrial development committee. The proposal also said that any city or Chamber official who works on the project should not be allowed to purchase any property. Provo Officials Note Areas Of Disaster Control Strength Mayor Russell Grange and Police Chief Swen Nielsen termed the Utah County civil defense program impressive, but they noted following a tour of the emergency control center in the basement of the county jail that there appeared to be areas where improvements could be made. The Provo officials indicated they especially felt that the cities could be better tied to the county organization. "We have the resources for fire, police and equipment in the incorporated areas, but the county has the central disaster center," said Mayor Grange. Police Chief Swen Nielsen said the police chiefs and fire chiefs have discussed the problems of inter-agency cooperation and the in said that on the whole departments work well smaller emergencies. "11 there were a larger emergency what we need to pin down is who is going to help and how do we get it," the chief said. He added that police departments are well interconnected but there appears to be room for improvement in getting fire departments interconnected. The Provo officials have started a move in the city to improve preparedness. They were somewhat critical of the fact that there appear to be too few people in the county organization capable and ready to open the emergency center. "We need to have four or more layers of people who can be reached at times and who can operate the various facilities," said the mayor following a round of questions which revealed that the key people in the county organization do not have 24 hour a day pagers available to carry. On the whole, however, the city officials were very impressed at what the county has done, especially in the way of preparing for a nuclear disaster when there is a time delay to gear up said the mayor. They have indicated they will take steps to tie Provo closer to the county system although there will probably be a city disaster center set up too under the direction of the police chief who is the city's official disaster planning coordinator. Letter Asking Contributions For Orem Ambulance Fund A letter seeking contributions to the Orem City Ambulance Funds will be mailed to Orem residents this week. The letter, signed by Mayor James E. Mangum, seeks to raise $23,000, approximately $5,000 of which will complete the payment of a second ambulance purchased recently by the city. The remaining $18,000 will be used to buy radio telemetry equipment which will allow ambulance crews to communicate with Utah Valley Hospital. It also will allow a doctor at the hospital to monitor a patient's heart condition during transit. Six firemen currently are participating in an intensive five-month paramedic training program at Weber State College. Fire Chief Arnold Long said additional firemen will be trained at another session of the school. The first paramedics will be on duty about July 1, according to the letter. The second ambulance,, purchased at a cost of $17,864, was partially paid for by a $10,000 federal grant. An additional $3,000 has been raised from contributions. The first ambulance, put in service in April 1974, was purchased entirely through contributions. Provo Senior Citizens Plan Tours, Activities Provo Senior Citizens are planning a special fund raising concert later this month and have also announced various other tours and activities. The concert will be held Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eldred Center and will feature Arthur Brogli and entertainer and recording artist. The public is invited to hear what representatives call the finest yodelling possible. A few places are still available for the Governor's Annual Conference on Aging Thursday, May 1 at the Salt Palace and Trolley Square in Salt Lake City. Three bus loads will leave the Eldred Center. Reservations are also being taken for the Idaho Tour set for May 8, through 10. Plans are also being worked out for a tour to Vernal, the Dinosaur Quarry Museum, Denver, and Mesa Verde with its narrow gauge railroad. A fund raising performance will be staged Thursday by the Joyce Francom Dance Studio. The public is invited. Provo senior citizens are invited to participate in the mixed choral group at the Eldred Center. More singers are needed according to conductor Jacob Bos. Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Eldred Center. A list of weekly activities follows. Tuesday From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., library, television, radio, conservation; 8 p.m., senior citizen weekly dance. Wednesday At 10 a.m., senior citizen mixed chorus — anyone who likes to sing is invited to participate; 11 a.m., harmonica band and matinee dancing; noon, monthly, senior citizen dinner day; 1 p.m., cultural program, "American Fork Fun Band;" 3 p.m., book review, "Slwrt Stories" to be presented by Marie Larsen; also free travelogue films §nd tM p.m., free blood pressure clinic; 3 p.m., square dancing fun. Thursday From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., social hours at the Eldred Center; 1:30 p.m., table games; 4 p.m., senior citizen bowling at Regal Lanes. Friday From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., social hours at the Eldred Center; noon senior citizen planning meeting for board members, staff, committee leaders and church representatives; 1 p.m., current events class; 2:30 p.m., creative writing class. Monday, Apr. 21 From 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., social hours at the Eldred Center; 10 am, exploring books class; noon, ceramics class, billiards class; 4 p.m., education hour for the visually handicapped; 4p.m., senior citizen bowling at Regal Lanes. Springville Studentbody Elections Set SPRINGVILLE - Finalists have been named for studentbody officers at Springville High School. Campaigning will highlight the week with voting on Wednesday and Thursday. Winners will be announced next Monday. Jim Pratt, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Pratt, and Dee Gardner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Gardner, are running for president. Other candidates include Jackie Holmes and Mary Lynne Wheeler, vice president of student coordination; Wes Ruff and Gwen Bartholomew vice president of assemblies; David Nance and David Cobbley, vice president of activities; Rachel Knight and Janet Nightingale, secretary. The offices of historian and treasurer are appointive and will be announced by the new student council. Ambulance service is free to Orem residents, Chief Long pointed out. Many have praised the service for its efficiency and the high degree of training of the ambulance crew. Most of the Orem firemen are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The paramedic training is an intensive course which provides additional skills. A telemetry system is envisioned which will link Orem, Provo and Utah Valley Hospital. The entire system will cost • between $60,000 and $70,000, ' according to Chief Long who expressed his excitement at the prospect of providing paramedic service in the city. Vandalism Reward Increased LEHI — The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism to the vehicles and equipment owned by a Lehi trucking firm has been raised to $10,000. Tom Peck owner of the trucking firm noted that "we're out of business, we can no longer operate." Five truck motors valued at $15,000 each were ruined as well as the motor in a $112,000.00 loader. Most of the damaged vehicles were in a fenced yard in Lehi but damage was also done in the company's yard in Nephi. Deputy Sheriff Dick Smith said someone apparently poured a mixture of sand and steel filling into crank cases and transmissions of tractors and motorized equipment owned by Thomas J. Peck and Sons, 455 S. 600 E. in Lehi. The damage was done between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 1st. Five trucks and loaders were put into use the next day before knowledge of the vandalism was discovered. Estimated damages have amounted to over $110,000.00 Mr. Peck stated. A year ago one of Peck's loaders was destroyed by fire at their clay mine west of Lehi. Wafer District Moving on Orem Plant The directors of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District have begun steps to select an engineer to design the Orem water treatment plant. Lynn S. Ludlow, manager of the Conservancy District, told directors that Orem has almost concluded negotiations for a quantity of Central Utah Project water. "We have a written petition and all that has to be done before it is finalized is to have some engineering work done to tie down some of the costs for the city," Mr. Ludlow said. The board agreed to hold interviews with prospective engineering firms in May and then agreed to make a decision on the matter at the following meeting of the board in June. The treatment plant is expected to be a multi-million dollar purification facility capable of purifying water which has been stored in Deer Creek Reservoir and other storage facilities. The district has undertaken to build and operate the plant out of tax revenues collected in a 12 county area including Salt Lake and Utah Counties. A similar, but larger plant was recently completed at a cost of $9 million to service Utah County from a point in southern Salt Lake County. Date Book Tuesday PROVO CITY COMMISSION meeting Tuesday, City Building, 7:30 p.m. WASATCH COUNTY COMMISSION meeting Tuesday, Wasatch Courthouse, 9:30 a.m. 'OREM LINE' shops in Payson looked like this in the latter years of its operation. Formally called the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad Co., the line operated from 1916 through World War II. Its cars were painted a dark red with bright gold lettering. Salt Lake, Pa/son Line Recalled ByLEESTOTT PAYSON — On May 26, 1916, throngs gathered to witness Payson's own "Spike Ceremony" marking completion of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad Co., better known as the Orem line, after President W. C. Orem and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Orem. With the energy crisis upon us, BERTSNOW HEBER CITY COUNCIL meeting — Tuesday, Heber City Building, 7 p.m. PLEASANT GROVE CITY COUNCIL meeting Tuesday, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. SPRINGVILLE CITY COUNCIL meeting Tuesday, Civic Center, 7:30 p.m. SPANISH FORK CITY COUNCIL meeting Tuesday, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. LEHI CITY COUNCIL meeting — Tuesday, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. Cowboy Exhibit COWBOY EXHIBITION CHEYENNE (UPI) - The Wyoming Travel Commission says 1975 will be the year of the cowboy at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody. The cowboy exhibition of paintings and sculpture will open May 1, featuring the works of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. In 1976, the center will feature, a special exhibition based on "The Indian of the Northern Plains." Legion Post Elects New Officer Slate LEHI — New officers of the American Legion, Lehi Post, were installed in the March meeting of the organization. The new commander is Bert Snow; first commander, Phillip Boltz; Elmo Lee is second vice commander, Harold Fox is chaplain and historian and Dennis Finch is service officer. Blaine Anderson was selected adjutant; Don Peet, finance officer and Willard Brown, sargeant at arms. Mr. Snow is a Vietnam war veteran who resides in Lehi. He is married to the former Mary Lanham and they are the parents of a son age two. Mr. Snow works as a machinist and salesman with his father at their auto parts shop in Lehi. Harold Fox new post historian noted that every eligible veteran in Lehi is needed to help make the American Legion what it should be. "The American Legion," he continued, "is the mouth piece for all veterans of all wars so we need every veteran to join so this great program can move forward and accomplish that for which it stands." The Legion is not a military organization Mr. Fox pointed out but a group of proud American veterans who work to promote child welfare and the highest rights of man. Veterans from World War I, II, and the Korean Conflict and Vietnam with an age span of 50 years work together in the same cause of the basic rights of man. and gasoline costs soaring, increasing numbers are wondering how such an interurban train service would work out for Central Utah communities in our day. The first dark red passenger train rolled into the Payson depot at 9:30 a.m. that May morning in 1916. Joining the railroad that year was Payson resident George A. Cheever—one who still remembers that mode of interurban commuting. He began as a substation operator in Granger. His job was to help convert the electrical power to 1,500 volts for use on the trolley line. "After that I went on the road to do electrical repair work." Mr. Cheever recalls. "From 1917 to 19401 was placed in charge of the railroad storehouse in Payson." He was also "chief clerk, master mechanic and station agent" until the last train pulled out of the Payson depot on Feb. 28,1946. "They started building the line in 1914," Mr. Cheever continued. "Salt Lake to Provo was the first leg. Then the line was extended on out to Springville, then to Spanish Fork, and finally in 1916 the tracks reached Payson." Mr. Cheever remembers when gasoline-operated train cars were in use before the line was electrified. "After that, 11 cars with electric motors were pressed into service, along with four car trailers. Eventually, we had six electric locomotives in operation, "he said. When business was at its peak, 12 passenger trains and one freight ran out of Payson each day. "Six cars were hooked together on the Fourth of July for the celebrations — and they were all full," Mr. Cheever recalled. Commuting and freight were real bargains, according to Mr. Cheever. Passengers could purchase a mileage book at the rate of a penny a mile.Weekend excursions were sold for $2.30 — round trip. Excursions mileage books went for two cents a mile. Three "Temple Excursions" were offered each month for $1.10 round trip from Payson to Salt Lake. Freight was moved on the Orem line and delivered to the door at 50 cents a hundred. Memories of the handsome red coaches with the glistening gold lettering — "Salt Lake and Utah RR. Co." along the sides — still linger with Mr. Cheever, who can even remember every passenger car, trailer and locomotive number. "Our cars ran from 601 to 611, the locomotives from 101 to 106, and the trailers were numbered 701,702,751 and 752," he said. The tracks ran alongside Highway 89-91 between Payson and Salem. Within the Payson city limits the tracks followed 100 North in a deep cut past Peteetneet School, the railroad shops, and then to the depot which faced north on 100 North, just east of the present Amoco service station. Increased automobile and freight van useage caused the railroad business to taper off during the 1930's. Mr. Cheever recalls that busses were run between the scheduled trains in 1938. Time took its toll on the equipment as the tracks became bulged and uneven in places. Passengers joked , about "Leaping Lena" — the train that travelled up and down about as much as it did straight ahead. World War II brought a brief upsurge in passenger business, due mainly to gas rationing, but following the war, patronage had so declined that trains and tracks were eventually removed. .The Payson depot was razed and hauled away and the car barns were sold to the city for shops and storage. In its heyday, about 16 men were hired at the train shops in Payson. "Next to the school district and the mine, ours was the biggest payroll in town," Mr. Cheever recalls. "They were a good bunch of fellows to work with — and I had a job all through the depression." The place to borrow a thousand right here in Provo,,, is from the people who lend millions, Satisfaction. Or your money back. Free checking Exclusive service of Wasatch Bank With $100 minimum balance Longer hours Service 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily / Wasatch Bank gives 83 hours of personal service each week at the drive-up windows and lobby Open Saturdays Walk-up/drive-up windows Open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Highest interest 5% to 7.50% Wasatch Bank has always paid the highest legal bank interest on savings deposits Daily interest Interest at Wasatch Bank paid daily and compounded quarterly on all passbook savings Money to lend Due to our unpresidented growth we have plenty of money to lend ... check with us first. 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