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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 13

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Jlorthtoesft SECTION B FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, SEPT 15, 1974 By City Planners, Directors End To Bottlenecks Sought Now A News Analysis By DORRIS HENDRICKSON TIMES Staff Writer Fewer traffic bottlenecks should occur in Fayetteville when the city has the means to deny plans for any development which does not provide sufficient roads to handle traffic. A proposed amendment to the city's large scale development ordinances provides for the City Commission to e i o p m t turn They're off and running for Planning the city board, and while it is ^^ "^ too early to tell how many will cicnt ingress "and egresTforthe ultimately join the battle lor proposed development." The amendment was approved Sept. 10 by the Planning Commission and will go the Board of Directors where final approval is expected Tuesday. There is some concern aboul what the term "sufficient" means -- apparently it can carry whatever .meaning the Plan ning Commission cares to give nt, but it is a move in the right direction according to city officials. When plans are made to develop a tract of land one acre or larger, the developer rmis prepare what the city calls a large scale development plan This must include the legal des cription, a sketch of the propos the seven open seats at the City Hall Board of Directors' room, it seems probable that all the positions will have at least an aspirant dr two. The honor of serving the city as a member of the Board Is a dubious one, at best, it seems to me. Not because public service these days is lacking in honor, hut rather because election to office at the city level -- somewhat after the fashion of election to office at the country club or benevolent-protective association level -- seems to change unalterably the character of the electee. Perfectly decent, rational, home-loving citizens, invested with the sense of power that comes with a chance to cast the decisive vote on such critical issues as the street ,(or bar) budget, become strangers even to their wives and children. A fellow who freely admits he doesn't know much about gcass, as he procrastinates over his backyard, under the mantle of elective office becomes an international a u t h o r i t y on noxious weeds and city beautur cation. At least part of problem with the present city Board, and to be perfectly honest the problem with the present Board is largely of its own imagination (and invention), is that its members take their - composite eccentricities too seriously. City government really isn't THAT ed development including the size and shape of the property, ;he location, size and shape of existing and proposed buildings, a certification of ownership and a vicinity map showing the location of the property. The developer must take his proposal to the Planning Com- nission, which studies the woposal and makes a recommendation of approval or disapproval. The amendment was prompted by a recent rezoning request made by owners of Villa Mobile Home Park, who wanted a tract of land rezoned for future expansion. The plans did not include extra routes to and from the area which is now served by only one city street which empties onto North College Avenue just north of Township Road. In the past, the city could not require a developer to provide necessary access to an area since there was no ordinance that gave officials authority to reject the plan when access roads were not provided. Plans could be rejected on other grounds, however. A case in point is the North west Arkansas Plaza where traffic from the multi-business complex enters heavily traveled Hwy. 71 north in blind areas on either side of the crest of a hill. Concerned citizens have raised a hue and cry about those ntersections since June 8, 1973 when a Harrison girl was killed in a traffic accident at the south intersection. Several attempts .have been made to remedy the situation through such suggestions as closing the intersection to entering traffic; installing traffic signals at the intersection and providing a parallel access road to bring traffic from the shopping center into the highway at a safer place. Plaza officials objected to the closing of the south entrance without some other entrance being provided; the Highway Department opposed anything more in traffic signals than the installation of blinking caution lights(which are now being installed) and an adjacent property owner refused to allow construction of the access road without condemnation--a move the Board of Directors remains reluctant to take. Expansion plans for the Plaza are underway. Owners already have received Planning Com- mlssion approval for'rezoning of an area west of the current complex. Under the current ordinance it would not be required that additional access roads be constructed and Hwy. 71 could be expected to carry the increased traffic load. However, with adoption of the new ordinance, theoretically the development plans for the expansion would have to provide "sufficient" enlry and exit from the area. Several 1 other development projects under consideration may feel the pinch of the new ordinance. Builders of projects along Hwy. 71 repeatedly request variances from the highway's con trolled access designation or want to use already over-used city streets for access. Controlled access means that curb cuts can be made in the highway only where a city street intersects (the entrance to Northwest Arkansas Plaza are city streets). This m a k e s necessary construction of parallel access roads for businesses locating along the controlled access portion of the highway. A controlled .access highway is so designated by the state Highway Department and the (TIMESphoto By-Ken Good) TRAFFIC FORMS A CONFUSED PATTERN . on North College Avenue at entrance to Northwest Arkansas Plaza J Highway Department request. Once a highway has received such designation, developers must follow state regulations. conducted by city officials for some time in an sffort to develop a palatable method ot dealing with access problems. Board of Directors, usually at Private discussions have been] While the proposed regula- tions cannot solve problem! created in the past, city officials believe it is the first step in preventing problems of the future. To A Civil War Atrocity The Gravestones Bear Witness big a deal. With a competent city Editor's note: This is the second in a series of two stories describing the murder of a group of Southern civilians by Union forces near Huntsville on Jan. 10, 1863. As the writer makes clear, the atro- ciey did not reflect Union Army policy. By JOHN I. SMITH In the Huntsville cemetery about 100 feet south ot the gravestone of Isaac Murphy, father-in-law of James R. Berry and governor of Arkansas 1864- miles northeast of appears, side by manager, a city can : pretty well run itself with only occasional lay political input. One doesn't need to agonize over the minutes of the last meeting for hours on end (except, of course as a matter of individual ego). If directors mutter deathless phrases, it would be better that they transcribe them, on their own time, into some sort of journal (for the County Historical Society), rather than depending on the city clerk for the job. What no one at City Hall ever admits is that the real breadth of municipal legislative responsibility compares favorably with Skull Creek In late July. Most of the budget is earmarked for basic services and substantive decision are based almost entirely on outside counsel. A fair indication of how big a deal the city board is, is this: none of them get paid anything. 68, stands Chesley H. scriptfon shows "Born May 10, the gravestone Boatright. The of 1824, died January 10, 1863." Investigations show that he was a Presbyterian minister. In the Alabam cemetery (four ' Huntsville) side, the stones of William M. Berry and Hugh Berry. The Hugh Berry Stone has been broken and shows no dates. 'The stone of William M. Berry has eroded but shows "Birth 1802 and death (very dim) January 10, 1863." No other stones which show this death date (January 10, 1863) have been found in near- Huntsville c e m e t e r i e s . However, these three shgw Masonic ensigns. Larry Bo- lanan, a descendent of Chesley 1 H. Boatright-and a reliable historian and genealogist of Madison County affirms that Chesley rl. Boatright as well as John W. Moody were among the men murdered, but, except for the two Berrys, he could not give the names of tha others murdered. The Army career of Elias B. Baldwin as supplied by the National Archives and Records shows that he enlisted at Young America. 111., Aug. 1, 1861, for three years. He was then 27 years of age. He was promoted to the provost position at lieutenant colonel Jan. 7, 1863, .hree days before this murder. Jis orders at the time of his appointment were to keep the soldiers in-line, infantrymen off lorses, and to prevent the men's plundering, shootirfg, and otherwise violating orders - en- .irely different from this occurrence. He resigned the commission Jan. 27 when his arrest for this crime was ordered. He was arrested by Colonel Gower when he reached Forsythe on the 29th. He was sent from Forsythe to Col. . C.B.. Crabbe, commander at Springfield, Mo. He was to be held there and tried before a military com- mission-consisting of Gen. J.M. Schofield, Thomas Ewing, Jr. (a brother-in-law of Gen. Willi- T. Sherman), W.M. Hub- d, judge, and another whose name, on this report is illegible. The charge against him was violation of the Sth Article of War or for the murder of prisoners of war, C.H. Boatright, W.M. Berry, Hugh Berry, A'skin Hughes, John Hughes, Watson Stevens, J.W. Moody, and Young, called Parson Young; and "this before the said C.H. Boatright et al had been tried, convicted, and sentenced -tc death by- the legally constttulet authority of the United States.'" He was also charged with lontempt and disrespect toward lis commanding officer for ailing to comply with a written ·equest' from Col. James O. Jower dated Jan. 24, 1863, ordering him to send a written statement as to what disposition ,vas made of certain persons turned over to him as provost marshal." Baldwin did not go with the soldiers to do his shooting. Instead they were sent under Sergeant Payne (first name not given), who, in his defense, fell back upon his orders from Baldwin. This testimony was not contradicted. For The Labor Day Rains Of), To fie In Iowa By FLOYD CARL JR. OF THE TIMES STAFF Iowa is a pleasant, Why, over the Labor Day weekend, naturally. And in Iowa, green Sometimes the weather holds state covered with corn fields O ff f o r the first day of the five- and stock ponds and peopled day event, letting several hun- by solid, dependable farmers dred ancient airplanes settle who spend their lives gambling j ow n on the runways of Blakes- with the elements. It's a nice burg's Antique Airfield before stale with only one major th e clouds let go. Then, as the drawback-- it always rains over the Labor Day weekend. This probably isn't any great problem for the natives, who simply clean out the downspouts and batten down as the holiday approaches, but it is miserable for old airplanes and the people who fly around in Ihem. And guess when the Antique Airplane Association holds its annual national fly-in? Free Universiti With C-Course Operating on the assumption that education for all means education by all, the Free University begins the school year with a 42-course curriculum, the largest ever in its seven year history. Courses ranging from "wild animals in and out of captivity" lo "log cabin building" and "quilting" will be taught by volunteers with knowledge and skills in that field. The Free University, listed as rain slants down across the cornfields, hundreds of people are left standing around in the shelter of the corrugated metal hangars, watching their airplanes settle slowly. Do they get discouraged? No, they just wait around for a break in the weather, then go right out and fill the air with planes ranging from those of World War I through those of 1 0pening Schedule most scheduled for evening. While most will c o n t i n u e through the semester, a few, such as "solar residential design for the layman," will be held only twice. Courses are categorized into sections dealing with environment, communications, world view, how-to, and body. The Free U does not require registration fees and is open lo the public. Catalogs listing courses to be ' IT IS AXIOMATIC in municipal affairs that a good city goverment is one that functions beneath the public's.level of consciousness. If the garbage is picked up and the police and fire departments keep things generally in hand, the average citizen is content with city officials. This situation is then enhanced if, upon calling City Hall, the resident's message is w a r m l y and attentively received. It is less important that something be done, than that the complaint is felicit- iously accepted. The key to good municipal government under a city manager system is . the city manager. The fewer obstacles the Board losses in his path the better. If he is as competent as the one presently on the job In Fayetteville the Board can function most effectively by adopting as low a profile as possible (county fairs and ribbon cuttings of course, ex- cepled). Thus, what seems to be needed in the way of new city Board members are not necessarily the ones presently | a student organization' and Hub- offered are available on campus serving, Ihough not necessarily Uidized by the University of Ark- and around town. For more in- NOT those who are serving. · . . . - . . . _ . .. . . _ _ The mark of the ideal member is someone who has more sit around worry-, the city; who to do than ing about Isn't given to deathless parsing; who relies more on good conscience than prideful cerebrations; who likes to gel to bed early (sometimes even insists on it); who is kind, hut firm with dogs and cats; and who knows that detente with Spring- fi dale is one thing, whereas Downtown Unlimited is quite another. What the city needs, it seems to me, is a number of candidates for the Board who are selfless enough to serve without relishing who are acutely aware of the enormous import of growth in Northwest Arkansas and Fayettevjlle's. precarious perch on the southern ex- who know teamwork, tremity of it; and t h e value of cooperation, compromise and a dollar bill. Plus, of course, an ·Icctorate perceptive enough to recognize and appreciate 'em. ansas Associated Student Government, will meet in teachers' homes, student centers, and the Women's Center on Douglas Street. Classes begin this week, with formation, contact Steve Dunn (521-2949) after 6 p.m. Dunn and Steve Anderson, along with Peter Ray, have coordinated the fall semester program. Fulbrighl Scholarship Deadline Announced The deadline for applications for grants to study abroad under the Fulbright - Hays Act during the academic year is Oct. 11, according to Dr. Steve Bader, Fulbright Scholarship adviser at the University of Arkansas, Application forms and further information may be obtained from Dr. Bader at the Arkansas Union, room M405, or by writing directly to the Information and Reference Division, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. About 570 awards a r e available for graduate students, the Institute has announced. Full grants, which provide roundtrip transportation, tuition and maintenance, are available to 33 countries, while travel grants are offered to 12 countries. The grants are provided under the terms of the Mutual Education a n d C u l t u r a l Exchange Act of 1961 and by foreign governments, universities and private donors. Candidates must be United States citizens, hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent by the beginning date of the grant, and have language ability commensurate with the demands of the proposed study project. the 1940s. They fly, and fly, and . fly. This year the weather played one of its customary dirty tricks on all the people and planes from the South. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were only mildly wet but on Sunday, when it was time to think about heading home, the bottom fell out. And it stayed out until Monday afternoon. OVER THE BUMPS Four of us from the. Ozar.ks Chapter of the AAA flew up to Blakesburg on Friday after having been delayed 24 hours by an Arkansas rain. Bob Younkin skirted the worst weather in his big 1929 . model Travel Air 6000 while Hank Hickman, Ernest Lancaster and I sat around in the passenger seals and grumbled about the bumps. In; only lour hours we were down at Antique .Airfield, surrounded by those strange people who rebuild a'ged airplanes and fly them gaily into the past. We pitched our tent, alked with people from 50 states and Canada, drooled over right, historic aircraft and in [eneral enjoyed ourselves. Sunday morning, when we'd planned to fly back to Fayette- ·ille, dawned soggy and cold. Not even the birds did much lying and we were stuck at Blakesburg for another day. That wasn't so bad; but on Monday the weather was even vorse and by noon the Blakesburg Music Mothers, who fed most everyone at the fly-in, had "olded their lent and gone lome, leaving Antique Airfield not only wet, cold and steeped 'n gloom but hungry. WRONG LOCATION As the wind shifted to the lorth we discovered that our ent, which already smelled of wet clothing and unwashed feet, lad been pitched much too close to the field's septic tank, which turned out to be just the other side of the attractive row of trees under which the tent nestled. ' But we were lucky. The couple next to us slept under the lower wing of their biplane and must have spent most of the last two nights swimming. Tuesday the clouds were gone by daybreak and the sun was glinting on the frost- covered tent. Some genius from Tulsa figured out how to supply coffee for most of the 100 plus Southerners still stranded e-n the field, and by mid-morning we were off the ground and Arkansas bound in company with a covey of other southbound planes. It was wet. Next year we'll all be back, and maybe the sun will shine. SOMETIMES THE SUN ALMOST SHINES ... ami the pilot o) a 1917 Standard Aero J-l trainer seizes the opportunity to tinker with his ancient engine .Jty Bfer (TIMESphotod by Floyd C«rl, Jr.) AND WHEN IT SHINES THEY ALL FLY .,. a pair oj early biplanes takt off past the tail of the Ozarks Chapter's Travel Air Baldwin's defense was simple: That whatever was done, ·as done with the knowledge nd consent of the 'general :ommanding and others then and there present and not on iis part. He asked that others hen far away in Southeast Missouri and elsewhere including General Herron and tudge Murphy be brought back as his defense witnesses.' Herron was then recuperating rom illness and replied on "March 10 that he did not know of the affair until after .it lappened and that it did not meet, with his approbation. Baldwin must have known that General -Herron. who was moving his army of 5.050 rapidly toward the Mississippi River to join General Grant, could not return to Springfield merely for his defense. Hcrron's illness could hav» been severe, for a Confederate scout or spy in; late April reported to the Confederate forces that Herron was back in Springfield seriously ill and not expected to live. Judge Murphy (Isaac Murphy) was then in St. Louis -where his (laughters had been taken from Huntsville because of harras.s- ment by guerrillas after tha Federal Army passed through. His daughters were ill in St. Louis, and Louisa died March 1 and Laura March 13. His grandchild, Willie Lowe, also died there March 13. Murph'y, if he received the summons, had family trouble enough to excuse him from returning to Springfield. No written report of his is shown is the papers. Since these two and others for the defense were not present, Baldwin was not further tried. Due to a multitude of illnesses, he was adjudged by the medical department as unfit for service and was given an honorable .discharge June 24, 1863. He then lived in Illinois a year, in Iowa four years, in Franklin CouRty, Kan., a year, and in Labette County, Kan., until he died .March 21, 1921. There near Che- !opa and Oswego, Kan., he 'acquired a substantial farm, :drew his veteran's pension, and i served two successive terms as I clerk of the District Court.' ] This outrage occurred on the iMcMinn farm, formerly the Vaughn farm, about one mile least of Huntsville on the banks of the Vaughn Branch and on [the road that led to Carrollton. This road has been re-routed, lut the local people, primarily the Vaughns (Bert Vaughn and others); and the present owner, 3ill Colcman, can point out tha spot where the men. were shot down and five of them, buried. For nearly a century'a'bed of mussel. shells,'. placed, there lovingly by children, marked Ihe spot. Mrs, .' Elizabeth Vaughn, grandmother of Bert Vaughn of -Hunlsville, was then a .widow, living' about a quarter of a mile away. This lady left Ihe story that one of the men- fell to the ground after tha shooting began and acted as if shot. SHOT IN HEAD One of the executioners felt that he was acting dead arid fired a bullet into his head. The shot knocked out some teeth and caused him to lose blood. In spite of the pain he crawled to the Vaughn home and begged for help. He was nursed back to health by Mrs. Vaughn and a month later left for Mississippi. , · -.:.- . · He came back one time after Ihe war to see .the place of the tragedy, but left again never to return. His name has not been remembered, and it is not known if he was one of the eight listed in the charge against Baldwin, but perhaps h* was. There is no reason to dis- (COJTTINUED ON PAGE 23)

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