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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Unofficial Record On English River Overflowing streams, fed byj daily sprint; rains, spread over, thousands of acres of East Iowa! farmland on Uie weekend. j By Monday morning, the waters had timidly begun to recede, a trend which Ihi? army j corps of engineers and should! continue barring further rain- fall. Approximately acres in Washington and Iowa counties were covered by Knglish river floodwatcrs alone, according to a corps of engineers estimate. An unofficial all-time liigh was reported on the English river at Wellman. However, at K a 1 o n a, an official gauge showed a high reading Saturday of 20.45, a foot below the highest reading ever recorded there, 21.45 in 1065, the corps of engi- neers reported. Over Flood Level The reading at Kalona Mon- day was 18.1, still three feet above flood level. The corps of engineers said the English had been above flood stage at Ka- lona since May 14. The ordinary level is about five feet. The English is a tributary of the Iowa river, which was re- portedly causing considerable flooding .south of the Coralville dam to Wapello and on to the Mississippi river. High water caused closing of numerous low-lying roads in the Kalona and Wellman areas and the approach to a bridge was washed out on the Washing- ton-Iowa county line road. The bridge had been slated for re- placement later this year. No Evacuations Although no evacuations were reported, the homes of two farm families near Kalona, the Wayne Duwas and Roy Millers, were threatened Sunday. Water did Invade some commercial buildings in the south part of Kalona. flooding also was re- ported along the north branch of the Skunk river from interstate 80 west of Grinnell to Sigourney and on to .the point where the North and South Skunk rivers meet southwest of Sigourney. The North Skunk level at Si- gourney Monday morning was 22 feet, down slightly from .the Sunday morning high of 22.45, but still well above the flood stage of 16 feet. The North Skunk reached flood level Thursday and rose steadily until reaching its peak Sunday. One Koad Closed Only one road was reported closed by high water in Keokuk county, the Delta road (V-33) where flooding crept over a curve in the road near a bridge. Rivers farther north, less af- fected by heavy rains, were showing only slight rises. The Wapsipinicon at Indepen- dence was holding steady Mon- day at 7.35 feet. Normal level is five feel; flood stage is 12. No significant flooding was reported on the Cedar at Vinton. Mississippi Tho Mississippi river, which crested about six inches above flood stage at Davenport Satur- day night, reached a crest at Muscatinc late Sunday and was expected lo crest at Keokuk sometime late Monday. The National Weather Service said the Raccoon river was to crest Monday at Van Meter about 6 feel over flood stage. Runoff from last week's rains was particularly severe because of the already saturated condi- tion of fields. Farmers in many areas ex- pressed concern they woulc have to replant crops cithei washed away or killed by stand ing water. Rains also virtually halted planting of soybeans, one of the state's major cash grain crops Amtrak Whiz TRENTON, N. J. Irak Melrolincr cars reached speeds up to 150 miles an hour this weekend in a lest run be- tween Trenton and New Bruns- wick. CVdar Rapids Gazette: Mon., May 20. i9Tl Among those watching as 1S7 graduating Cornell college- seniors received their degrees were the college's newly-named 12th president, Dr. Philip B. Secor, and Mrs. Secor, Commencement ceremonies were conducted Sun- day. Secor, 42, who succeeds Dr. Samuol Stumpf, will as- sume ihe Cornell post Aug. 1. A Degree of Excitement Photos bv L. W. Ward With equally excited relatives striding alongside her, Marge Ridder of Jacksonville, III., rushed toward commence- ment exercises in the Cornell college -fieldhouse Sunday .morning. In addition to the 187 bachelors degrees conferred, hon- orary degrees went to Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray and Pr. Willard Boyd, president of the University of Iowa, who was the day's speaker. Attempts Made in Trial To Discredit Testimony IOWA defense in the James Hall murder trial at- tempted Monday to discredit testimony given by a state witness as the trial resumed Monday morning. On the witness stand was Mi- chael J. Peterson, a chemist for the Iowa bureau of criminal in- vestigation Peterson testified he assist- ed in "lifting" a fingerprint from the faucet of a sink in the dormitory room where Sarah Ann Ottens was found .dead March Hall, 20, a former University of Iowa student, is accused of the murder. Peterson testified that the print was found on the inner portion of the cold water faucet. The defense immediately ob- jected, saying, "This is in direct testimony, it directly contradicts previous testimony by a state witness. "The state is impinging on its own witness." Judge Louis W. Schultz overruled the objection and allowed Peterson's testimony to stand. Peterson admitted he could not remember the exact room number where the murder took place. He agreed he had been hastily summoned to the court, being called late Saturday. The second witness for the state Monday morning was county medical examiner, T.T. Bozek. Dr. Bozek described the con- dition of Miss Ottens' body at the time he was summoned to the murder room, shortly before midnight March He described bruises on the face, neck and chest of the vic- tim. He said flecks of blood were in the girl's ear channels, nose and buttocks area. He said, "The body was cov- ered with a quilt, and nude under the quilt except for a sweater." He said a necklace or locket around the girl's neck "appeared to be crushed or damaged." QUITTING NOTHING HELD BACK! NOTHING RESERVED! EV- lt NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED! .w.'-- '.i- 'C., R, OROINANCI NO ?8rST, Little Taken in DECORAII Four breakins over the weekend were reported here Monday. Although nothing of value was taken, some damage was re- ported at each site. Entrance at each place of business was gained by break- ing a rear window with a rock. Places broken into were the Winneshiek Co-Op, Gust E. Hau- gen garage, Wonder1 Bread warehouse, and Neuhring Mobil station. Safe locks at the cooperative were broken with a hammer and ,a timeclock was broken with a wrench. A few pennies were taken from the cash draw- er. Missing Nine Hours, Boy Found Unharmed INDEPENDENCE-Shawn Gil- lihan, 13-year-old son of the Clarence Gillihans, who live three miles southeast of Winthrop, was found by a state trooper nearly two-and-a-half miles southwest of his home about 2 a.m. Monday. The -boy had been missing nearly nine hours. The Buchanan county sheriff's office said the boy's mother no- tified that office about 11 p.m. Sunday that he had been miss- ing since 5 p.m. when I wander- ed away from home. Some 15 people had been searching a three-mile area for him. A deputy sheriff went out to aid in the search and called in three stale troopers, and two deputy sheriffs from Black Hawk county. The boy was found on a roac and was returned to his home unharmed. 20 YEARS AGO The com- merce department eased con- trols on U. S. exports to British- owned Hong Kong, a major port :or transshipment to Red China. Visit New York tonight by long distance. Travel I WILL PAINT ANY CAR ANY CAR...1 COLOR DIAMOND GLOSS COLORS COMPLETE BODY FENDER REPAIR ESSEAETES STILL AMERICA'S BIGGEST BARGAIN CEDAR RAPIDS DAVENPORT DES MOINES 1000 2ND AVE. S.E. 810 RIVER DR. 11 0 LOCUST ST 366-7544 324-0631 288-6526 .yv ''L'_ -j ffilllSi'lKtSllfil'SfSltlJiltlfitli (or less) Any weekday after 5 p.m. and all weekend, you can travel by phone otit-of-stalo and talk 3 minulos (or 750 or less on calls you dial direct.' ripply nil nil Inlorslnlo ilialoil calls (willioul operator Iroiu or residence phonnii anywhere in Hip conlinon- lal (except Alaska) mid on calls placed with an operator direct dialing lacihlion nro not nvnilahln, llial-ilirocl tatnr. do not npply to poiiion- lo-porr.on, coin, holol finosl, cicdit card and collect calls, and on dills charged lo nnolhor number, A Illllo money still gees a long wnv on Hm telephone. Northwestern Bell May Dear Friend: You may now be eligible for benefits under my bill, Senate File 1308, which Governor Ray recently signed into law. The new law provides relief for you if: (a) You own or rent a mobile home. (b) You or your spouse are 65 years of age or older or are "totally (c) Your income is less than per year. The relief is in two forms: One, the semi-annual tax of 10c per square foot will be reduced beginning June 1, 1975, to as low as Vz of 1c de- pendent upon your income. Two, you will be entitled to reimbursement for part of the rent that you have paid to park your mobile home last year. Benefits are payable September 25 of this year for rent paid last year but you must file by July 31 this year to be eligible. (I have requested the Director of Revenue to extend the time for filing but a decision has not been made at this time and I urge you to act now.) If you want an application form or help in completing it, please do not hesitate to call my office (366-5681) or write me at 414 SGA Building, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52401. If I may be of service in any other way, please.contact me. Sincerely, Tom Riley State Senator in I tor hy Sen.iloi loni Hilny
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