Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 7, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 Gazette: The Mon.. Cedar Rapids Jan. 7, 1974 Liquor Chief Backs Small Town Sales By Harrison Weber Dally Press Ann. DES MOINES Holland Gal- lagher, director of the state beer and liquor control depart- ment, is in favor of allowing liquor sales by private business men in small communities. For years Iowa Jaw permitted the old state liquor commission to authorize the sale of liquor through a private distribu- torship in small towns that did not have state liquor stores. Although a merchant coulc have earned up to a year in profit from such an operation, i was never done. Six Districts This law was wiped off the books on Jan. 1, 1972, when the liquor commission was reor- ganized. The impetus for changing the law back comes from, among others, Governor Robert Ray. If the legislature approves the proposal, Gallagher would like Harrison Weber to start with a minimum number of such distributorships. He has divided the state into six districts for planning purposes and proposes putting one or two distributorships in each district. There are many problems that would have to be worked out, such as whether the liquor would be given to the private merchants on a cash or consign- ment basis. If the plan goes, Gallagher would like to see the mer- chant required to select liquor from the stock at the nearest state liquor store; there are 200. Since over 50 percent of the department's volume comes from the sale of only 19 items, Gallagher says it wouldn't be too difficult to stock the private stores. he added, "the amount of inventory would probably depend upon the size of a person's pocketbook." Gallagher also revealed that 40 percent of the department's business is done in the eastern third of the state. Of the 18 other control states, nine permit special distribu- torships or agency stores. The number of these distributorships varies from only one in Mon- tana to in Michigan. Oregon System Many of these distributorships are departments within super- markets and variety stores; Idaho even has one in a bar- bershop. Last summer Gallagher visit- ed Oregon to look into their special distributorship plan since Oregon's population is very comparable to Iowa's. Ore- gon has just 22 state stores and 165 agency type stores and their system seems ,to be working quite well, Gallagher reported. The idea of allowing private liquor sales in towns too small to support a liquor store gained momentum last year when the beer and liquor control depart- ment moved to close low profit state stores in seven communi- ties. A compromise was worked out whereby the legislative council provided enough money to keep the seven stores in busi- ness until the legislature has had an opportunity to review the situation. 25 Too Many St. Bernards Frozen Body of Man Found in Betfendorf BETTENDORF (AP) The frozen body of a 63-year-old Bet- tendorf man was found Sunday in a pit in an empty lot behind his home. Authorities said Jo- seph Mekshes had apparently been missing since Dec. 29. Officers refused to speculate on the possibililiy of foul play, and Bettendorf detectives said an investigation would continue. An autopsy was lo be perform- ed Monday to determine the cause of death. By Gordon Ilauson MARSHALUW.X (AP) It took two trips, a rented trailer and a full back seat but Allen Habben sliU didn't get all his dogs to town. Habben, 25, hauled 22 full- grown St. Bernard dogs to the Animal Rescue League in Marshalliown one day last week. "And we've stilt got three more to take his wife, Diana, 22, said Saturday. "We had a total of 25 St. she continued, "and we've still got three full- grown St. Danes that had six puppies which we got rid of, plus five half-breed blood- hound puppies, a black cat, a horse in the pasture, and a dog and two kids in the house." Mrs. Habben said they in- tend lo fake all of their dogs including the three remain- ing St. Bernards but excluding the one in the house to the animal shelter. Pounds Each The Bernards weigh about 160 pounds each and range in age from to 5 years. The Habbens live near Gar- win some 12 miles from Mar- shalltown. Habben works for a railroad and wanted to breed and raise dogs for sale to pet shops. Mrs. Habben said the 25 St. Bernards were given to them by a man "who told us he was going to be leaving the state and had to get rid of them." But she said the American Kennel Club later refused to register the dogs in Habben's name because of a discrepan- cy In records kept by the orig- inal owner. "When they don't have reg- istration Mrs. Hab- ben said, "they aren't wonh anything moneywise to us. "We sure hated to get rid of them, but it cost us over a week to feed them. That was more than what we were eating." "Too Kast" "We're just trying to get out of the dog business. We went into it too fast." Wendy Huston, 19, an em- ploye of the rescue league, was at her job when the St. Bernards started arriving. "It was kind of .Miss Huston said. "We thought maybe they'd come In a pickup truck, but the first load arrived In the morning in a dto-wheeled trailer, with some in the back seat, and the second load arrived in the af- ternoon." "They had collars on them so we just kind of dragged them in and put them in cages. They didn't lead very good." Miss Huston says the dogs "are super friendly toward people. Really outgoing." The rescue league is selling the females at each and got for the lone male. "We're doing really swell selling Miss Huston said. "I think we have only 11 left." Social Injustice To New Year's Baby Charged By Kurd Clurk IOWA CITY State Sen, Mln- nelle Doderer (D-lowa Oily) Mondav said slie will bo ing "a" case of social Injustice lo Iho attention of Iowa City Produced Year Early By William L. Eberline DES MOINES (AP) Iowa county treasurers' offices are issuing 1974 tabs for motor vehicle license plates, but also are taking time out to store 1975 plates. The 1975 auto license plates, produced at the men's refor- matory in Anamosa, already have been delivered to county treasurers although they won't go on sale until next December. State officials say they are saving money by producing the 1975 plates a year early because metal prices may go up. But there is some grum- bling among county treasur- ers, who say where to store them is a problem. Jefferson County Treasurer George Harden, Fairfield, said the plates for his county came in 178 boxes of 50 sets of plates each. Quite a Stack That's quite a stack of boxes to store until the plates go on sale 11 months from now, he says. The pile will get bigger, Harden says, because truck plates haven't been delivered. The storage problem is one treasurers will have to cope with only once in three years, says Charles Capper, assis- AP Wirepholo JEFFERSON County Treasurer George Harden of Fairfield displays one of the Iowa auio license'plates 'for 1975. Plates won't go on sale until next December, but they have already been delivered to county treasurers. tant director of the motor ve- hicle registration division of the Iowa department of public safety. Like the plates issued in 1972, the 1S75 plates will be good for three years. They will be updated with stick-on tabs in 1976 and 1977. The 1975 plates will have a new look because the depart- ment will use letters and nu- merals instead of only nu- merals for vehicle registra- tion. Letter Code The familiar county numbers remain, but each county has been assigned a two-letter code designation as well. Capper said the letter- numeral system is designed to fit the department's computer system. As far as the com- puter is concerned, the county numers aren't even there. The department originally proposed to omit county numbers altogether but re- tained them because of nu- merous protests from legisla- tors and others. The 1975 plates will have black numbers and letters on a reflectorized white back- ground. The registration plate will list the county number first, then county letters, then an alphabetical sequence desig- nation and then the number. For example, the Jefferson county identification letters are CZ. The first plates issued will be CZA001. The "A" se- quence will continue through CZA999, and then it will go to CZB001. No Duplicates Capper said the new system will assure that no two vehic- les will have the same number. Under the old n u m b e r s- only system, he said, several different vehicles of different types in each county might have the same number for instance, a truck with a half year license, a truck with a full year license, and an au- tomobile. "We occasionally had some confusion in vehicle identifica- tion because of the duplication of numbers, but the new sys- tem eliminates Capper said. INDEPENDENCE The Bu- chanan county road construc- lon program planned this year Includes seven miles of grading and four bridges. Engineer Ran- dall Murdock has received ap- >roval from the highway com- lission. A total of was budget- ed for the projects, although will be used to pay for completed 1973 projects. Plans call for a bridge over Dry creek about three fourths of a mile northeast of Troy Mills. ..ast fall the contract was awarded to Brennan Construc- ion of Lansing on a bid of with a completion date of July The construction of three jridges will be financed with ?arm to Market funds. One of he bridges will be reconstruct- ed one and a half miles south- east of Stanley on a bid taken >y the highway commission at Another bridge near Stanley, over West Branch Buf- 'alo creek, has been bid at No bids have been submitted on a third bridge, planned about 'ive miles northeast of Brandon or three-fourths of a mile south of Westburg Community center. The county plans to grade a seven mile stretch of road into Aurora east from Hazleton. Cosl of the grading is estimated at plus right-of-way pur chases, which are expected to run about Iowa City Church Votes To Accept Bid on Property IOWA CITY Members of the First Presbyterian church here Sunday night voted, 122 to 15, to accept a University of Iowa bid to purchase the present church property. The university's bid was re- portedly about If the state board of regents Iowa approve the action, it may resolve a long-standing con- troversy over sale of the proper- ty and razing of the 123-year-old church building. The church's original plan lo sell the building was opposed by congregation members Joseph the University of Iowa and is Mechanicsviile Rifes For Bertha Reece, 64 MECHANICSVILLE Ser- vices for Bertha G. Reece, 64, who died at her home in Iowa presently a visiting professor at city Sunday, will be held Tues- Clemson university. jday at 2 p.m. in the Presby- However, Prof. Baker did sub-j mil a statement again protest- ing the sale and noting that the building is now registered as a historic place. The university's bid reported- and the Presbytery of Southeast !V was submitted just hours be- and Matilida Baker, who called! hope.d .a fore the congregation was to have voted on another offer to buy the property. This was a bid by the University of Iowa Credit Union., The congregation has pur- chased property in another sec- tion of Iowa City where it is iw building can he the building an "architectural gem" and maintained it should be preserved. The controversy began in 1968. The controversy extended lo the general conference of the church and at one time resulted j in-the excommunication of the; Bakers. The Bakers have since been reinstated. The Bakers were not at Sun- day night's meeting. He has re- tired as a professor of English at erected. Site (foliar Sapibs (iasrlte Established In 188) by The Gazelle Co. and published dally and Sunday at s, Iowa nd pu hird A 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, 52406. Second Class Postage paid Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier 85 cents o week. By mall: Night edition and Sunday t> Issues 52.25 o month, 524 a year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 Issues S2.SO a month, 525 o year. Other states and U.S. territories 540 a year. No mall subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. he Associated Press sively to the use lor _, _____________ _ all the local news printed In this newspo- per as well as all AP news dispatches. 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There's no other formula like Preparation IT. In ointment or suppository form. here. Friends may call at Horner funeral home here. Born April 12, 1909, in Me- chanicsviile, she was married to Carl Reece April 28, 1928. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian church in Cedar Rapids. Survivors include her hus- band; two sons, Richard of Min- neapolis and Don of Iowa City; a daughter, Mrs. James Hymes of St. Louis and seven grand- children. Snowmobile Ban To Be Enforced In Williamsburg Special lo The Gazelle WILLIAMSBURG Snow- mobiles are prohibited by state law from traveling on city streets after the snow is plowed off them, and this law will be enforced by the city of Wil- liamsburg. Police Chief Gary Thompson met with the council last week to discuss the snowmobile situa- tion. He briefed the council on the contents of the state law, which has been largely ignored here in the past, and asked for an expression of opinion as to the council's wishes. Thompson said that if the council wishes, it could pass an ordinance legalizing snow- mobiling on certain streets or even all streets. This is a part of the state law, he said.'He mentioned that some cities have designated certain streets as routes for snowmobilers to get from their residences out of town. State east and west and Court north and south were mentioned as possibilities. However, no member of the council indicated.any interest in such as and they told Thompson he should go ahead with enforcing the state law as it is. This means no snowmobiling of any kind on city streets. The same state law also pro- hibits snowmobiling on side- walks and in city parks without some other specific authoriza- tion from the city council. It also is against the law to snow- mobile on public state highways after they are plowed. Barn Near Walker Destroyed by Fire WALKER Fire about mid- night Sunday destroyed a barn on the William Calhoun farm, one mile west of here on high- way 150. The blaze was spotted by a neighbor. The barn is across the road from the farm home. The loss included 35 feeder pigs, six sows and 250 bales ol straw. Walker and Urbana fire- men kept the blaze from spread- ing to nearby buildings. The loss was estimated al about Calhoun said he had moved 100 pigs out of the barn just last week. merchants at a special at noon. The meeting was originally called to discuss a bill before the Iowa legislature dealing with interest rates. But Sen. Doderer said she will bring to the merchants' attention the case of a baby who alleged- ly is being denied gifts given to the first baby torn in Johnson county in 1974. The facts of the case, sliCj said, are: A child was born to an 18-year-old woman at Uni- versity hospitals shortly after the New Year. Normally, the baby and mother would be given a consid- erable list of gifts donated by local merchants. In this case, however, the woman is single, Sen. Doderer said The gifts were given to the third baby born in the New Year. The second baby was born to parents who arc not res- idents of Johnson county. "I think this girl and her baby are getting a rotten Sen. Doderer said. "As far as T can see this birth fulfills all the requirements of the contest. The awarding of the gifts should not be made a matter of morality." Sen. Doderer said she will bring the matter to the attention of merchants involved at the Monday meeting. "I will sug- gest that at the very .least they can award two sets of prizes." Dclma Deaver, social worker at the University hospitals, said Monday "I witnessed the signed release from this young girl. As far as I'm concerned it is the oaby that won the contest and the baby should not be pun- ished." Train Hiis Snowplow, Operator Is Injured WEST BRANCH Patrick L. Woods, 34, was listed in serious condition at University hospi- :ak, Iowa City, Monday with in- juries suffered in a train- snowplow crash here Sunday. According to Rock Island Elailroad Engineer Dan Pieffner, Cedar Rapids, "I saw the plow but simply could not stop in lime." The accident happened at the College street crossing here as Woods was attempting, to clear snow from the street. He is a maintenance man for the city. There are no flashing signals at :he crossing. He suffered head injuries. Sniper Story Hoax: Guard, 27, Charged DES MOINES se- curity guard who accidentally shot himself, but reported he was wounded by a sniper, was ;n Polk county jail here late Sunday charged with giving a false police report. Theodore Wessel, 27, of Des Moines, a guard at the new U.S. Postal' Service bulk mail center under construction here, phoned police and allegedly told them he had been shot in the leg by a sniper at the rear of the build- ing. About 50 law officers rushed to the scene and searched the building. Wessel, who suffered a minor leg wound, later told authorities as he was removing his .22 cali- ber rifle from the car, it dis- charged and struck him in the right thigh. Rasmussen, Candidate Lists Assets WKSTDI'IS MOINKS Clark Itiis-snuwscn, candidate for (lie Democratic nomlnalloii for gov- ernor, Monday listed Ms net worllnil jusl under bsiMi said that as a caiiilidak- for public office he Clark Rasmussen fell "a responsibility to make ....lilable all relevant informa- tion" regarding his personal finances. lie released an audit show- ing assets of and nubilities of result- Ing in a net worth of His assets included in cash, civil service retirement system equity of cash value of life insurance, real estate, automo- biles, and home fur- nishings, Liabilities included a mort- gage payable, note payable for home addition, and note payable, auto loan, He reported a 1972 adjusted gross income of with itemized deductions on his fed- eral income tax of and exemptions of with a tax of He paid in Iowa in- come tax in 1972. Docket Hearing In Manslaughter Case for April DES MOINES (AP) The Iowa supreme court in April is expected to hear oral ar- guments in an appeal by Mi- chael Dean Peterson of a man- slaughter conviction in the death of his fiance Jeanine Marie Christensen. The woman was found stran- gled to death in her Storm Lake apartment in October, 1971. Peterson, 21, was convicted of manslaughter in September, 1972, and was. ordered to serve not more than eight years in prison. But Peterson, of Alta, filed an appeal and is free on bond. Roy Sullins, a state criminal appeals attorney, said during the weekend that a brief filed by Peterson's attorney Law- rence Scalise contends that Peterson's rights were vio- lated. Sullins also said it alleges that the state sup- pressed evidence favorable to Peterson. Sullins said Scalise's brief runs to 85 pages making it one of the longest appeal briefs ever filed with the high court. Iowa U. Student, 20, Takes His Own Life IOWA CITP James Allen Olmsted, 20, a University of Iowa student and Iowa City resi- dent, died'Sunday of what Coun- ty Medical Examiner Dr. T. T. Bozck described as "a self- inflicted gunshot wound." Olmsled was found in a car on the cast overlook at Coralville reservoir about 2 p.m. Sunday by Johnson county sheriff's dep- uties on routine patrol. You'll like your New Overhead Door and Electric Opener! Wo also remodel Garages... enjoy a big, roomy garage. ..We've over 50 years experience! Choose front eWQOD FIBERGLASS DOORS Complete stock of fiberglass Doors for Over 50 years' experience! esnd duos- cur! Since'i 921 Installation and Service Ouardnte'odl Add a new look and a new saicly feature lo your old garage. We will patch up, fix up, and renovate your present garage. For your safety and convenience we will install a genuine Overhead Door brand Radio Controlled Garage Door Opener! 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