Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 27, 1974, Page 8

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette May 27, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., May 27, 1974 Delaware County First with Memorial Rites? Clark Co-Sponsors Tax-Cut Legislation By Mary Belle DELHI - Could it bo° Is it possible that the first Memorial day services in the victorious North, after the Civil war. began in a small cemetery in Delaware county? Belle Bailey, in her book, •History of Delaware County”, notes that four men from Milo township organized a special day of observance May 30. 1866. to honor young men from this area who lost their lives during the Civil war This was two years prior to the general order issued rn 1868 by General John A. Ixjgan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Repute lie, declaring May 30 as a special day for decorating the graves of w ar veterans. There exists the possibility that General Logan was aware of the efforts of the Milo township citizens and recognized it as a way to remind future generations of the past. ‘ Lest we forget. . Monument Erected M F. Church, Newton Green, Erast us Green and Cassius Crosier were the men from Milo township, who met to discuss how they could honor the fallen heroes. A monument inscribed with the names of the soldiers had been erected in the center at (he east end of Bay cemetery. This was deemed the appropriate site for the occasion. Church, according to Belle Bailey, “was in charge of getting speakers and publishing notices asking people to assemble May 30, 1866, to decorate the soldiers graves and listen to patriotic speeches. For many years, large crowds gathered here, and then they began to fade away. To get to the historic monument at the cemetery, you must leave the smooth highways and travel over dusty roads. First In Iowa The Bay church, the First Free Baptb't church in Iowa, erected in 1846 and rebuilt in 1873, serves as a landmark. Today this building is used as a Grange hall. About one-fourth mile to the rear of the church on a grassy knoll stands the cemetery Visitors must travel up and down the slopes of the grassy one-lane road that shows little signs of traffic to reach it. Markers denoting the resting places of the first settlers of Delaware county, are on either side of the monument Names of the youths, their ages and regiments in which they served, etched into the marble over a hundred years ago. are beginning to deteriorate Only a few of them can be read and your fingers have to follow the indentations to “feel" the words of the others. Oldest Cemetery Julia Crosier of Manchester remembers when she “used to put flags on the graves of the .soldiers after my husband passed away." Her husband's uncle, Cassius Crosier, was one of those who originally started the celebration at the cemetery. “We think this is the oldest cemetery in Delaware county," she said. The inscriptions on the monument give mute testimony to the past. They read: “John W. Akers, died in Andersonville prison, April 24, 1865. age 19 years. “Josiah Conner, died in hospital, Corinth, Miss., Sept. 16. 1862. age 28 years. “John D. Conner, killed in battle . . .” By Dorothy \\ illiams WASHINGTON - U. S. Sen Dick Clark last week joined in the growing demand for a cut in personal income taxes. The Iowa Democrat is co-sponsoring a bill to cut taxes by $6 6 billion in 1974 “A tax cut is an unconventional response to inflation,-' Clark conceded in remarks to a meeting here of the American Meat Institute and later speaking on the senate floor. But, he added, this is not the usual type of inflation — an “excess demand ' inflation. Therefore, he continued a tax cut would not make inflation worse, especially if it is accompanied by tax reforms and spending cuts. Crippled Buying Under these circumstances, he said, a tax cut should help lower the rate of inflation. Price rises in the past year have crippled the buying power of most wage earners, Clark pointed out. To offset this decline in their living standards, many workers will be seeking large increases in wage rates — a step that well may lead to even more inflation, he continued. in- of “But a tax cut would crease the buying power most Americans without generating such inflationary pressures." Clark said. “Given the current economic situation, a tax cut — by moderating wage demands — appears much more likely to moderate inflation than to intensify it. lf a tax cut is carried out, workers* wage demands can bt* lowered proportionately. “Otherwise," Clark said, “we must expect cost of living increases at the very least. ’ A tax cut will be even more helpful in curbing inflation if it is accompanied by tax reform measures such as those in a tax bill which comes up for a senate vote soon. Clark said. The slash in personal income taxes was one of four steps which Clark proposed to Stone Carver from Another Age the Civ’! war rray have started here, at Bay cemete-y, in Delaware county. A large crowd gathered near this monument on May 30, 1866, to honor the soldiers whose names are inscribed on the srone and cecorate the graves of their loved ones. Studying the monument is Susan Helle, Masonville. Martin Jensen    s Campaign Contributions Cash and in-kind contributions totaling $8,050 to the Jensen-for-Congress committee from March I through May 13 were reported Sunday by Martin Jensen of Hiawatha, a Democratic candidate for Second district congressman. Cash contributions ranged from many of $1 to the $550 donation from the candidate himself. They also included contributions of $368 from ticket sales to a Cedar Rapids bean feed, $302 from ticket sales to a Dewitt steer roast and $205.85 from button and pass the hat collections. Contributions of $100 were received from Jerome Roberson of Dewitt, Peggy and Winston Ehrmann of Mt. Vernon and the following Cedar Rapids individuals: Russell Anthony, John Law, Robert Rush, jr.. Nick and Josephine Scholtus and Jack Wong. In-kind contributions included one of $802 50 from W\E. Edgmg-ton of Cedar Rapids for office space, furniture and rent and another of >550 for labor making signs from Jim Burds of Dubuque. Jensen also reported a loan of $2,080 to his committee. Tne report made to the clerk * of the U.S. house of represent-' alives and to Iowa Secretary of State Melvin Synhorst. showed that an additional $827 was contributed to the Jensen family fund during March and April. The report showed that contributions received since Jensen launched his campaign last October now total $18,119. including $4,809 for the family fund. Expenditures during that period total $17,023. 13 Acres Covered By Great Pyramid Khufu (Cheops) ca. 2550 B.C. The Great Pyramid built by was built on a square base, with an area of 13 acres, or seven average-sized city blocks The six million tons of material used in the construction would, as Napoleon figured in 1798. be enough to build a 10-foot wall around the whole of France Cut into standard-sized bricks andi laid end-to-end. the Great Pyramid would reach from the earth to the moon By Tom Tiede Newspaper Enterprise Assn WASHINGTON - When he was a young man in Italy, learning his trade, stone caner Roger Morigi energetically. but oafishly, chipped a lily from an unfinished sculpture. Whereupon his teacher — “a giant of a man with a temper to match" — pointed out the error by raging and then cuffing the cowering apprentice behind the neck. “That's the way we learned," Morigi says today. And learn he did. There are perhaps a dozen sophisticated stone caners in America today, half of whom have been recognized as “masters" of the craft, and one of whom — Roger Morigi — is generally considered the maestro s maestro. It's been five decades since he's knocked a lily off a piece: even his mistakes now are wondrous art. Mongi. in his 60s. is the chief caner for Washington's National Cathedral. He leads a group of seven carvers there, plus two lesser workmen who are not as advanced, and church officials say the Morigi-Cathedral tie-up is fitting. The church, a 65-year-old, $20 million gothic construction which is not yet finished, is perhaps the finest structure of ifs kind in the Americas. Actually, skill is an inadequate description of Morigi’s genius. Working with techniques that date to Michelangelo, with tools that have not changed since Nefertiti. Mo-rigi’s work is priceless It is so, explains an associate, “because he is one of the last of his kind " There will be a few stone carvers left when Morigi slops, no doubt there will always be a few around. But Morigi is one of the last who link today with yesterday. No longer is stone caning passed from master to apprentice — “kids today don’t want to pay the price,” says Morigi. Thus with unionization and c o rn rn e r c i alization, not to mention laws which prohibit the cuffing of students, future carvers will learn from books and profit not from experience, and the loss will be irreversible. So it is that authorities at the National Cathedral (officially the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul) look after Morigi and his fellow caners as any other finite treasure. Completion of the 301-foot high church is at long last expected in the early 1980s, and such are the construction standards — many artistic touches have been done and redone repeatedly to pass muster — that only masters such as Morigi can assure completion. Morigi is not paid royally — SIO an hour — but his advice and idiosyncrasies are courted and favored. “When the big fellows approach Roger,” says a friend, “they do so with reverence for a true artist." He is a tradesman. The romantic artist works until he falls to the floor from fatigue; the unromantic Morigi remembers that even during the Depression, while working on a Philadelphia bank building, “I never tried for a dime of overtime. Came 4 30 and Roger went home to his family." Net though he follows the tradesman's work ethic, and though his job is not to invent but to copy the models of sculptors, he is, at least in execution, artistically facile. Chipping away in his small and dusty shed, his hands flying and his feet moving animatedly around his piece, he makes it look easy. Easy? He once spent more than four years carving 44 angels for the Cathedral entrance—“one of the most perfect doorways in the world" — and he spent a tedious month apiece on 14 smallish Stations of the Cross plaques that decorate a New York State Jesuit grounds. Also. Morigi has the artist's sense of detail (“I never touch my stone with my hands, it leaves oil"), the artist's per sistency (“I say to the stone: ‘Stone, you ain't gonna whip me, I'm gonna whip you* *'), and the artist's complex set of personal judgments ("I have no favorite work. to me nothing is ever really good enough"). Whatever he's called, though, artist or artisan, Morigi is a dinosaur on the earth. Stone Carver Roger Morigi control inflation an*! which he said would produce noticeable effects “within a l-urly short period." The other three were reduced federal spending in certain areas, a rof/baek and control of oil price* and an increase in production, especially of agricultural products. ( lark did not stop blere. A Ofter Measure!! He advocated foul other measures which he .said “will do much to bring about price stability," but which will not produce results for .some time. Clark listed these as I. Establishment of a grain re serve. 2 Adoption of trade reform legislation. 3. Develop ment of additional energy supplies and 4. Passage an til im plemcntation of the congressional budget act of 1974. This is an act requiring congree s to compare .spending against available revenue and to make explicit decisions ah out total expenditures, total rove nues and anticipated surpluses or deficits. The Iowa lawmaker said American farmers appear to he “responding admirably” in the need for stepped up food production.    ^ "In fact," he went on, “Fin somewhat concerned that increased production will push grain prices too low in view of! the tremendous increases in, farm costs over the past,-, year.” He noted that some individuals are warning farmers not to overplant so they may keep prices up. “It is difficult to reconcile this advice with the obvious need for food throughout the world," Clark said. “A preferable alternative to restricting production would be to increase target prices so that they once again cover the cost. of production, as they did when the farm bill was passed last August." Agriculture, Clark said, is a unique industry “characterized by instability which drives prices up one year and incomes down the next. A grain reserve is needed to bring it some stability and help restrain the forces of inflation," he added. Most of last year's inflation resulted from circumstances beyond anyone's control, Clark said. “But." he continued, “this does not mean that the county's economic policy is blameless. A significant part of the increase in wholesale prices can be attributed to poor monetary and fiscal policy, poor management of wage and price controls, overdevaluation and poor agricultural policies. Clark supcested. 20 YEARS AGO - Senator Eastland (D-.Miss.) claimed that the supreme court is powerless to enforce its segregation decision and warned “the South will retain segregation." RUSICH© Act Now...Steers Getting Short! FREE ESTIMATES IOWA    INC. “Folks who arm still quality-mindmd”515 Eighth Avenue SE 364-0295 “THERE IS A DIFFERENCE” Evenings Call DON AMENT, 363-1164 JERRY WILLIAMSON, COGGON. 435-2273 MARK LAPREE, 362-2733 RICH ETSCHEI0T, NEWHALL 223-5436 'a Get in the swing to quality, comfort and savings! 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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: May 27, 1974

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