Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 2, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

September 02, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Mon., Sept. 2, 1974 CEDAR FALLS With more motorcycles on the roaci than ever before, some of Iowa's drivers education teachers are learning about the operations of these vehi- cles at a two-week motorcycle driver's education course at the University of Northern Iowa. The motorcycle riding expe- rience the teachers bring to class runs a wide gamut. Some have never been on a bike before, while others have owned their own cycles for years. But with the number of motorcycle registrations increased 322 percent since 1961, and a disproportionate number of accidents for their number, the teachers are learning' safety techniques that they can pass on to their students. Certification Upon completion of the two- week course, the teachers will be recommended by UNI to the Iowa department of public instruction for certification. Those who do not already have a motorcycle driver's license will also have the opportunity during the course to apply for and be tested to receive one. The teachers spend the majority of their time away from the classroom, out on one of UNI's parking lots, of learning the techniques; motorcycle riding. These range from the turning and starting the the more complex actions of night driving and maneuvering under special conditions such as on hills and through mud and rain. Mornings are spent in the classroom, where teachers are given a wide range of in- formation on motorcycles so they can make up a program for a motorcycle safety educa- tion course in their schools, a requirement of the class. Respectable "Motorcycle riding is ten times more respectable than it BELLEVUE -This historic place where legends dwell was just a wide spot in the road when Capt. John H. Weber came to town in 1844. Weber had come to retire, after a strenuous life of many years as explorer, hunter and Irapper in the far west. Born in Denmark in 1799. he ran away to sea, captained a sailing ship before he was 21. and eventually landed in St. Louis in 1815. In the spring of 1822, he met William Henry Ashley and Maj. Andrew Henry, fur traders, who had come to St. Louis to organize a company !fl trap, hunt, and to track: with the Indians in the Rocky mountains. "No richer hunting and trapping grounds existed any- where than in the Rocky Mountains, or the Wasatch range in said one re- turning trapper. Little Success Despite such optimism, he did not try to hide what he called the other side of the picture. While scores of men earned their fortunes quickly, hundreds of others labored for months with hut little success. Weber joined the party convinced by Henry's remarks that, "the fur trade, which had spurred the sudden urge to the northwest, would ensure a dazzling future for them." Weber, Ashley and Henry, with 50 Canadians in two keel- boats, left St. Louis and slowly ascended the Missouri river. Six months later they reached 'the mouth of Yellowstone riv- er, were they made a cache of supplies that could not be taken with them. Weber and Henry took command of 13 men each and started overland to the Col- umbia river. The remainder of the party returned to St. Louis. Ashley sent the keel- boats back each year to re- plenish the cache and haul out the furs. and Wasatch range from 1822 to 1827. They probed the trails that are highways and railroads to- day, and learn the way from the Missouri to the Columbia rivers, and from the Salt Lake desert of Utah, to the pine- covered ranges of Oregon. For five short years. Weber knew his excitement, solitude, adven- ture, (he satisfaction of plant- ing his feet whore white men had not trod before. And then, it was all over with beaver nearly trapped out, buffalo becoming scarcer, the Indians tamer, and the lonely trails becoming peopled by home-seekers. Returning home to St. Louis in 1827, Weber saw for the first lime, his son, William who was born during his abs- ence. Moved to Bellevue The family moved to Gal- ena, 111., in 1832 (at that time, noted for its lead then to Bellevue in 1844. where Weber was employed as clerk in a general store. Although Weber's share of the profits of the expedition was he died a poor man -beaten out of his share, so history says, by dishonest partners. lie become afflicted with neuralgia and at times, was disagreeable and unhappy. Perhaps, Weber must have thought, he did not belong in a civilized societv. He committed suicide in 1859. and was buried in an unmarked grave in North Bellevue. Although no tombstone marks Capt. Weber's grave, several enduring monuments in Utah have been given his river and Weber canyon. When one of the counties, bordering nn the Great Salt Lake, was created in it was named, Weber. Weber Sandstone A United States Geological Survey geologist. Clarence King, working in Weber Can- yon, in named a gral cal formation, the Weber sandstone, in honor of the cap- tain. A Jackson countv hislorv lei! us: "Capt. Wober ws not only a (rapper, but he also was a discoverer it is remem- bered because he was the first white man to look upon the Great Salt lake." Another historical source states that Jim Bridger. a member of Weber's expedi- tion, is believed to be the discoverer. Was it Weber or Bridger? one knows for sure. But the historical-minded ci- tizens of Jackson county like to think that it was Weber, who was the first white man to look upon tile Great Salt lake the "boiled down" remnant of an- cient Lake Bonneville, that existed during glacial times. was ten years ago." Ivan Eland, UNI director of safely education and instructor of the course, said. "A person used to think of a motorcyclist as a black-jacket- ed, long-haired hippie, but this image is changing." The main point Eland stresses is the safety aspect of motorcycle riding. A number of movies are shown depicting how the motorcycle rider should always be alert for haz- ards in his riding area, be- cause if he does not, no one else will. Noting that most motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers, Eland said, "Cars do not always give motorcycle riders the right-of-way that they should. The motorcycle rider has a narrow range, and, thus, is not always seen. Ramifications "There is an old adage that bikes do not argue with mo- torcycles, cycles do not argue with cars, cars do not argue with trucks and so on. There are psychological ramifica- tions for this." To exemplify this point, one movie shows how a man on a motorcycle approximately a block away from an approach- ing car can be obstructed from the car driver's view by an obstacle as thin as the width of a pencil. Another shows how a mo- torcyclist driving too close to parked cars can be knocked down by an opened door or a car backing out of a space. The teachers also received information on motorcycle driving laws, buying a cycle and resources they can obtain for their own motorcycle safe- ty education courses. New Laws Eland and the staff of the department of public instruc- tion think a new law will soon be established that will re- quire motorcycle driver's ed- ucation classes, laught by certified instructors, as a prerequisite for obtaining an operator's license. One report done on mo- torcycle accidents showed half of the drivers involved in these accidents either had no license, or had the license for only six months or less. Beginning with the 1975 spring semester, the motorcy- cle, safely education course will be offered as a regular se- mester course, expanded from its presenl form. Scheduled To Become Ballpark, Probed Trails Weber and his party roved and hunted over the Rockies Peggy Ohrt Named To Cornell Duties MT. VERNON Peggy Ohrt. a former resident of Independence, has joined the Cornell college administration as assistant dean of student Affairs. Miss Ohrt, a graduate of Drake university, earned her master of arts in education degree from Indiana universi- ty, ar.d was recognized there the top 1974 graduate in the of college student per- sonnel Ohrt will at-rve a., ad- to student organizations will counsel .-tudt-ntb and Sr.t will conduct an ui-d'.-pth t-xami.naUon and of the freshman ex- ;r. Walt Saur Is Cited At DA Convention OF.LWEIN Walt Saur. nciu "in received the Dis- Sen-ice award at ihe national district attorneys' convention at Lake of the Ozarks. Mo. Saur was characterized as a "hiulily capable prosecutor primarily interested in the welfare of his people" as he received the award. He has been involved in an in-service trainini; program for prosecutors. Sauer was alM) died for his handling of the charges following the V.'iidi-na rock concert. By Val Corley URBANDALE (AP) More than 200 amateur farmers spent their evenings this summer cultivating plots of 20 by 25 feet behind the Parker Brothers' plant in Urbandale. The gardens were furnished for the asking on six acres of land to help local residents beat the rising food costs. "We were going to donate the land to the park board for a ball diamond, when a form- er city councilman suggested land was needed for gardens in this part of said Robert Darbrieo, who man- ages the Parker plant. The firm published an ad in the local paper announcing the Want Ad office open 8-5 daily Until noon Sal. Wiese To Coordinate Veterans Affairs FAYETTE Upper Iowa college has been informed that William Wiese will be as- signed to this area by the Vet- erans Administration tor coor- dinate veterans' affairs. Wiese. a 1966 graduate of the University of Iowa in busi- administration, will be at Haukeye Technical school on Mondays and Tuesdays, at Northern Iowa Area Commun- ii> college on Wednesdays and Thursdays, at Area I Voca- tional-Technical school in Calmar on Friday mornings, and at Upper Iowa college Fri- day afternoons. For further information, contact Roger Bowen, Re- gistrar, Upper Iowa college, Fayctlc. 319-425-3311. Tc Vblatkm Telephone Michael Dooley 377-8081 availability of the plots and received more than 200 inquir- ies that day. A local engineering cornjxi ny surveyed the land and marked off the plots and a farmer was hired to plow and disc the land. I'aid Farmer The gardeners each chipped in S2 to pay the farmer for his work. "Some came out and did some additional tilling, others just raked it up." Darbrieo said. "Planting took place when the (spring flood wa- ters) subsided." The gardeners did not find this year a particularly good one to plant with the early floods turning to a .summer drought. But Darbrieo said the crops are turning out "generally good." Most of the gardeners brought their own water sup- ply almost daily in 10-15 gallon buckets and then wa- tered their plots with smaller pails. "Any day of the week you can go out in back and find people lending crops, picking their vegetables iir pulling Darbrieo said. He said a few people who signed up for plots did not work Iliein, bul that ground was quickly taken over by those working neighboring gardens afler asking lor approval. Cited Diversity The plant manager said he was amazed at the diversity o people participating in the project. "You see someone in a '5C Ford or another in a Buick." he said. "I know of at least one retired farmer who has a plot out there." Darbrieo said crops includ ed onions. cucumbers, pumpkins. watermelons, cabbages, lettuce. green beans, corn "corn didn't cl too well this year" and any- thing else imaginable. "Generally, crops were pretty good, considering the year and Darbrieo said. Great Beans "My wife has a plot. Our corn was not really very good, but the green beans have been great as well as our beets and cucumbers. "Our carrots were stunted, but our pumpkins have been coming along real well. Our zucchini squash was real good." Darbrieo said he has helped his wife some with (he har- vest, "but she did most of the other work she and my two children." 'lie plant manager said a couple of his employes are also participating a night watchman who comes early to work his plot "and one gal who usually slays after work." ON THIS in !7M, Hie I'.S. treasury department was established, wilh Alexander Hamilton as secretary. In order to learn how to maneuver a motorcycle, Iowa safety education teachers ride their mo- naT "JT about fen feet The exercise is part of a motorcycle driv- iarns 7 K t rfn M N Hams, left, Keota, and Dan Hennager, Waterloo. The drivers shown here ike Wil- as cards now thru September 30 and we'll give you a 10% discount for your foresight! Our Advance Order Christmas Card Service is now open on Street Floor. You'll find our albums full of exciting new designs (or those who want something unusual and olegiinl not run-of-the-mill. It's also ideal for business firms or families who order in large quantity. A1; a special inducement to get ynnr i.irds ordered early, you'll receive a discount on cards from any of our Hallmark or oiher albums during Sr.'plt.'mber only! ARMSTRONG CARD DEPARTMENT STREET FLOOR Is economy ;