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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                8 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Man., Jane 24, 1874 rf lA J-j, r JJsS i 43S3V fWTi' -h. Virqinia Williams, 13, and her 11-year-old brother, Wesley, arc pictured while waiting to testify in the child abuse trial of their former foster parents last week. The children told of being tied to their beds at night ond being fed a diet that consisted primarily of oatmeal and peanut buffer sandwiches. Bridge Marion Clab Winners in a Mitchel movement game played Satur- day at at the YWCA were North-south Mrs. Richard Swarzentruber and Clyde Nowlin, first, and Mrs. C.E Kenna and Mrs. I.D. Long Manchester, second; east-west Mrs. George Jenkins and Mrs. James Slaman, first, and Robert Gardiner and Nickolas Lillios, second. The next scheduled game will be played Wednesday at at the YW- CA West Side Club The quarterly club cham- pionship was held Sunday at Welly-Way. Winners in a Mitchell movement North-south Mrs. F. G. Johnson and Mrs. Howard Wilfong, first, and Mary Nash and August Richers, second; east-west Richard Clinite and David Aibrecht, first, and Bill Jennings and Keith Han- son, second. Overall Winners: Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Wil- fong tied for first place with Mr. Clinite and Mr. Aibrecht and Miss Nash and Mr. Richers placed second. There will be no games at Welty-Way this week due to the Iowa regional bridge tournament in Des Moines. love is... row helping him the boat. Nursing Class To Hear Dr, Cook Dr. Kenneth M. Cook, professor of biology at Coe college, will be the keynote speaker at commencement exercises for St. Luke's Methodist hospital school of professional nursing. The commencement will take place Friday evening at St. Paul's United Methodist church. Before joining the Coe staff in 1954, Dr. Cook served as lecturer, instructor and indus- trial researcher at the Univer- sity of Pittsburgh where he received his doctoral degree in 1953. Author of 17 published scientific papers, his 1954 research project dealing with perfecting a test for the early detection of pulmonary diseases was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation of Medical Research. In 1956 he was named an Industrial Medical Assn. award winner for co-authoring an article, "Partitional Dr. Cook In 1957 he was awarded a research grant by the American Physiological Society for summer study at the University of Florida with funds provided by the National Heart Institute. Included in the program at which 60 nurses will receive their diplomas will be Dr. Paul Orcutt, president of St. Luke's medical staff; Dr. John A. Wilkinson, director of the school of nursing, and Louis B. Blair, superintendent of St. Luke's hospital. CORRECTION The 40th wedding anniver- sary of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd K. Homes, 308 Red Fox road SE, was incorrectly listed as being celebrated Sunday in The Sun- day Gazette. The open house is planned next Sunday at the Roosevelt hotel from 2 to 4. Their seven grandchildren were also omitted from the story. Charter The chapter will celebrate its 19th anniversary Wednesday at the Longbranch supper club. Social hour at is followed by dinner at Speaker will be Gary Giles of Rell Telephone Co. His topic: "Red or Green, You The woman of the year will be elected. Mrs. Steven Stcndel will give invocation and Mrs. Wayne Bryant will give voca- tional talk. Benediction by Mrs. Harold Herrington. Hos- tesses: Mrs. Stendel, Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Herrington. Home Service Department is happy to help you solve o homemaking problem or to answer o question. We're available to tell you how to prepare food better, wash dishes and laundry moie efficiently, or give you good answers to any other household questions you may have. Stop in and sec us in our new office on the ground floor of ie: Tower, Third Avenue and First street, S.E. Instant Bnergy Iowa Blectric light and power company Golf Ellis Medalist for the weekend event was Mrs. Ed Cole. Winners of the handicap event were: Mrs. Gilbert Knott, first, and Mrs. Robert Condon, second. Other winners were: Mrs. Richard Sprau, Mrs. Don Terrace and Mrs. Ruth Mad- sen. Miss Sharon Vana won the pro prize. Mrs. A. A. Griffin had a birdie and approaches were sunk by Mrs. Forrest Ainsworth and Mrs. Sprau. Twin Pines Eighteen players participat- ed in the twilight play Sunday. Prizes were awarded to: Mrs. William Schwitzer, Gilbert Kingery, Mr. and Mrs. Don Gibbs, Ted Campbell and Mrs. Max Scott. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were hosts at their home, 4230 Culver street They were assisted by Mr. ant: Mrs. Ron LaFevre. Trial Exposes Child Abuse By Strst Doulhat POINT PLKASANT. W Va Times wore tough tor Joseph and Lillian Mitchell back in the (all of 1967 He was hobbled by various ailments and was working only a few days a month, driving a truck for a neighbor: she look housekeeping jobs to supplement their meager in- i (tine I'he Mitchells, (arm folk, tn the county community of Leon, a few miles east of this Ohio river town. They had no plumbing and the house was heated by an open fireplace li during Ihis period that the Mitchells a childless couple approaching middle age applied to the state welfare department to become foster parents, a program whereby participants receive a nominal sum for the upkeep of children w ho have now here else to go or who have been removed from homes with environments deemed unsuitable by the stale. The application was ac- cepted almost immediately and by February of that year they began caring for a 4-year- old boy and his li-year-old sister. Plaque Awarded The years passed and the A'illiams, attended the local purposely tried to hide from grade school In the spring of nt'r schoolmates the per- la-it year, the Mitchells were manent rope burn around her awarded a plaque from the waist. She said she was welfare (heir nearly seven years of caring for Wesley and Virginia Then. one department, ashamed of the lU-inch-wide rinu iiniiinii her alxtmiipn During the niorning tes- timony, Mrs. Shinn told of how she fell Wesley had suffered (lav last December. Wesley by now a psychological damage A freckle-faced fourth grader former welfare department arrived at school complaining caseworker said he had visited HumlMit'M in iiriiuls. At Mitchell home some 11! the prodding of Leon elemen- during the year he had tary school principal, Lois Shinn. Wesley who oc- casionally was reprimanded for hiding food from the school lunch program in his desk told a story that sent Mrs. Shinn scurrying to the welfare department. Income Source According to Wesley, Mrs. Shinn testified in circuit court here last week, the Mitchells, whose primary source of in- come during the last seven years had been the money they received to feed, house and clothe the children, had: Tied him and his sister to their beds with a rope most of the nearly nights the children had been with the Mitchells. Wesley was bound hand and waist and Virginia waist only. Had kept the children tied children-, Wesley and Virginia jn bed and unable to use the toilet from in the evening to a.m. on school days, and until as late as a.m. on weekends and during the summer. Had kept the children in a darkened room latched from the outside. Had fed (hem a diet con- sisting mainly of oatmeal and peanut butter and jelly sand- wiches. Had threatened to beat them if they ever disclosed their plight. And had generally mis- treated and abused them both physically -and psychologically ever since they toddled through the door of the Mitchell home. Child Abuse Charge Mrs. Shinn notified the state welfare department and an Patricia A. Fritz Becomes Bride The Rev. Cedric Lofdah performed the 11 o'clock ceremony Saturday whict united in marriage Miss Pa tricia Ann Fritz and Charles LeRoy Henecke. The ceremony took place at Holy Redeemer Lutheran church. Parents of the bridal couple are Mr. and Mrs. Virge DeWight Fritz, 1509 B avenue SW, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Henecke. 820 Wiley boulevard NW. For her wedding, the bride :hose an empire A-line gown of lace over taffeta featuring Ian tern sleeves. She wore a full- length veil edged with matching lace and carried a bouquet of carnations and roses. Mrs. Jovon Schultz attended her sister as matron of honor and Mr. Schultz was best man. A reception for 95 guests was given at the Schultz' home, 5021 MontcSair drive NW, after the ceremony. On return from a wedding trip to Greene, the newlyweds will reside at the Wiley boulevard address. The bride is employed by Highway Equipment Co.. and the bridegroom by FMC Corp. Crane and Excavator division. MISS ANITA JOHNSON FETED AT SHOWER Mrs. Glenn Wallace and Mrs. Charles Dalcom were co-hos- tesses Friday evening at a bridal shower given for Miss Anita Johnson, 1221 Third avenue SE. The shower, given at the Verhille agency in Marion, was attended by 24 guests. Miss Johnson, daughter of the Donald John- sons, COO South Eleventh street, Marion, is the July 14 bride-elect of Dean Daniels, 222 Twenty-ninth street drive SE. lie is the son of the Albert E. Daniels of Delhi. i momhdo flttt l-noali program. Siinltmt; no annual pmrmagt Inlimiled visili (ft dip, i fltryirul allcnlioo In individual fipjrr anilysh. JtislcaK When a body needs a friend (at a price any body can Elaine Powers Figure Salons Mon. thru Fri. 9 AWl-9 PM Saturday 9-4 Town Country Shopping Center PHONE 364-9909 or 364-9929 bmi assigned to the home The worker, David l.yon, said he had never witnessed any evidence of mistreatment. He also acknowledged that the welfare department caseworker assigned to the Mitchell home had never been in the house during the six months the Williams children were her responsibility. Wesley said he could never remember living with his na- tural parents. He began his testimony referring to his former foster parents as "Mom" and "Dad." Later in his testimony it was "Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Mitchell." Joseph Mitchell, a stooped, bespectacled man of 54 who walks with a pronounced limp, seemed bewildered by what he was hearing. He repeatedly- cupped bis hand behind his hearing aid and strained for- ward in his seat. Lillian Mitchell was more demonstrative than her former husband. She vigorously shook her head, causing her long, gray ponytail to swish back and forth, when the children testified of being tied and otherwise mistreated. And she huddled urgently with her at- torney as Dr. Roy Eshenhauer, the Point Pleasant physician who examined the children, testified he believed the boy had suffered from malnutrition and the girl's rope burns were permanent. Each of the witnesses tes- tified he or she had never seen the Mitchells mistreat Wesley and Virginia. They also said they had seen the children eat nourishing food other than sandwiches and oatmeal. Testifying in his own behalf, Mitchell said he had never threatened the children and had spanked or whipped them (he stale welfare departmen apparently had thought so, loo Mrs Mitchell. 43. said sin had never seen the permaneni sear that circles Virginia': waist hut Dial while shi had prepared the children'! bath water .she had nut per sonally investigated for severa years whether they had ac- tually bathed and therefore had not closely inspected their luulies Howc'cr, she said the ring was not apparent when she anil her mother had observed Vir ginia trying on dresses about a year agi Mrs. Mitchell admitted spanking the children but said she had never punished them excessively nor had she threa- tened them. She said she had put the hook latch on the outside of the door to ensure the children wouldn't climb out itf their beds during the night and gel too near the fire. "1 she concluded after pondering the question further, "I guess you could say 1 was an overproteclive mother." Moves for Mistrial At this point, both sides rested their cases and Judge Thompson asked the prosecu- tor if he wanted to call any rebuttal witnesses. When the prosecutor said he wanted Lyon to come back to the wit- ness box, defense lawyer J. G. Anderson, a big bear of a man with a crewcut, jumped up and said he would move for a mis- trial if the state, having rested its case, tried to elicit any direct testimony from Lyon. "No quipped the prosecutor, who for the last two hours had obviously become increasingly confident. In the aside with Anderson, the prosecuting attorney ap- parently was feigning surprise. It was a little private joke in which he chided the defense attorney for not accusing the state of attempting to impeach the credibility of Mrs. Mitchell, whose testimony conflicted with some of that given earlier by Lyon. "Your honor, I An- derson said to the judge. "The investigator immediately only when they needed it, "like jury heard that and I think you removed the children from the home. The Mitchells, since divorced, were indicted on charges of child abuse, a mis- demeanor in West Virginia and punishable by not more than one year in jail. "My mom tied me he whispered in response to a question. His diet, he told the jurors, consisted mainly of oatmeal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. "About once a year we got he said. Virginia, a pretty girl with brown pigtails, followed her little brother to the witness box. She sat down slowly, careful not to wrinkle her new plaid dress, and began playing nervously with her pigtails as she awaited the questions. "Sometimes we'd get pota- toes and testified Vir- ginia, who said she had gained more than 10 pounds since leaving the Mitchell home. Asked why she never told anyone of the situation, she put her face down into her arms and began to cry. "Because my dad said he'd beat me if 1 told she choked out between sobs. Hides Rope Burns She testified later she had any other father." He said he had never been in the children's bedroom after they were put to bed and therefore could neither refute nor con- firm the children's accusations that Mrs. Mitchell had tied them with ropes she kept beneath their mattresses. Mitchell did say, however, that it was his wife who had put the hook latch on the outside of the bedroom Virginia and Wesley shared. "They never complained to me about he said. Locked In Room The prosecutor asked Mitchell who said the children had been underfed when they arrived at his home and had since fared well if locking Wesley and Virginia into their ro6m wasn't poten- tially dangerous. "What if the house had caught fire, what would they have the prosecutor asked. Mitchell responded with a shrug, "they could have hollered for us." Mrs. Mitchell was the last person to take the stand. She denied all the charges and said she felt she had taken good care of the children. She said ought to declare a mistrial." The judge pondered the point for a moment, called the attor- neys to the bench for a conference, and then declared a mistrial. "I was just afraid some of the members of the jury might have been prejudiced by the prosecutor's he explained later. He also said the case would be reset for later in the current court term. The Mitchells showed no emotion at the judge's action. They filed out of the courtroom separately, after the children had left, apparently bound for the new home in which they were placed after being taken from the Mitchells. The spectators were the last to leave. "You said a woman as she walked out with a friend. "I never heard the word love' mentioned once all day." Environmental Training NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The Swedish International Development agency has the United Nations environ- ment program to help finance environmental training in Africa. The money will go to the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning in Dakar, Senegal. Open Mondays and Thursdays until PM BRIDAL GOWNS BRIDESMAID DRESSES VALUKSTO Oni; large group of discontinued styles ill a good selection of sixes. Many year 'round fabrics Included. See Ihi-m today and use our convenient LAYAWAY plan. Briclol Salon JWy By Abigail Van Burrn DKAK AH11V: Harvey i-. 7ti and 1 am a few years younger We've been married for two years, both having lost our in death My problem is his interest in other women. He says he just likes to "talk." We went to the Bahamas for' a holiday and he took up with an old maid he nit't in the hotel lobby. She was with a tour, but found Harvey so fascinating she stayed behind and let the group go on without her. (Now don't tell me all he gave her was conversation.) When Harvey was in the hos- pital for a few'days for tests he called up an old girl friend and she came to visit him. Kven with me in the room he held her hand and they talked over old times. The head nurse told him he couldn't have any more visitors after that because it ran up his blood pressure. You can imagine how humiliated I was. Divorce is not the answer. If it weren't for this thing he has about other women he'd he a good man. I'm considering inviting two or three women over every day and let him get all talked out. Should I, or not? HURT DEAR HURT: I wouldn't. Harvey might have more con- versation In him than you think. a a DEAR ABBY: What can be done about a neighbor who conies over every day as soon as I come home from work at Her husband travels, so she stays for hours. I have no time for myself and absolutely no privacy. Sometimes I've had a hard day at the office and would like to lie down for an hour before I start preparing dinner, but I can't because1 she's here. She brings her two preschool children along, which makes matters worse because she doesn't discipline them, and they run wild. Otherwise she is a good neighbor and does lots of little favors for me. I haven't wanted to say anything that might hurt her feelings, yet these poorly timed visits are getting to me. Any suggestions? WEARY DEAR WEARY: Yes. Tell her you sometimes like to lie down after work so please telephone before coming over. I don't know what "little favors" she docs for yon, but you're paying a big price for them. Is it worth your privacy? Think about it. DIANE McMANM FETED AT BRIDAL SHOWER Miss Diane McMann. July 12 bride-elect of Randy Stodola, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stodola, 2H14 Fifth avenue SE, was honored Sunday afternoon at a miscellaneous bridal shower given by Mrs. Richard McMann, 616 Twenty-ninth street NE. Mrs. Eileen McMann was co-hostess to the 25 guests. The bride-elect is the laughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brands McMann, 372 Nine- eenth street NE. 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