Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 31, 1974, Page 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 31, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapkb Gazette: lues., Dec. 31, Gazette Photo bv Tom Mcrryman Iowa County Derailment Railroad crews were hard at work during Tuesday morning's snowfall attempting to clear away debris from the derailment of 36 cars of a Rock Island railroad freight train Monday night. The de- railment occurred about 1 1 p.m., with 36 cars of the 77-car train leaving the tracks. The mishap took place about a half-mile east of South Amana, with the train eastbound from Council Bluffs to Chicago. About 200 feet of track were damaged and railroad officials estimated it will be Wednes- day night before the wreckage is cleared. The cars were carrying paper, coal and such perishable items as oranges, and potatoes. CR. Mail Decline Less Than National Average Linn Su Jean Oxley Heads Linn During the Christmas mail- ing season the Cedar liapids post office handled slightly less mail than last year, yet the decline locally was far less than the national average. For the three-week period ending Dec. 27 the Cedar Rap- ids office processed 13.5 million pieces of mail. This is compared to 13.6 million in 1973 a decline of 1.1 percent. Nationwide, however, the drop for Ihe holiday period over last year was 8.7 percent; and mailing in the 13-statc central region of the country was down 3 percent from 1973 figures. Economic Factors The decline this season. Postmaster Charles Seda be- lieves, is due to economic fac- tors. All fall, he said, mail has been off three to five percent mostly because of a drop in business-oriented materials, which makes up about nine- tenths of the total. Since the local office has not seen such as severe a drop as the rest of the nation, howev- er, Scda viewed this as a sign of relatively good economic conditions in Cedar Rapids. When times are bad, busi- ness mail (Iodines. And Christmas cards and parcels are items that some people cut down on as a saving mea- sure. Outgoing Parcels The number of outgoing parcels handled at the Cedar Rapids of'ice increased this year by a rise of 10.3 percent. Incoming parcels dropped 20 percent. A decline was also shown in both outgoing and incoming Nature's Bartender Serves Icy Cocktail for New Year Nature's bartender served up an icy New Year's Eve cocktail of snow, sleet and rain in the southern and eastern sections of Iowa Tuesday morning. Wet snow, restricting visi- bility to less than one mile, made roads in the stale ex- tremely slippery, the Iowa highway patrol reported at mid-morning. By a.m., the Cedar Rapids airport had reported an accumulation of one inch of snow since 1 a.m. Tuesday. Accidents The snow fell in a area reaching from around Lamoni through Des Moines to Ottum- wa, Cedar Rapids, and Du- buque. By 10 a.m., the highway pa- trol had been notified of nu- merous cars and trucks in ditches, especially along inter- state 80. Travel on the inter- state was reportedly not blocked, however. Roads were described as wet to slushy and snow- packed. The patrol was advis- ing motorists to either stay off the roads completely, or trav- el slowly. No Injuries Cedar Rapids police said four minor auto accidents not involving personal injuries were reported Tuesday morn- ing as a result of the snow storm. The weather system causing the precipitation was expected to move eastward out of the state by early Tuesday even- ing as a cold front moves in from the west. Lows from around 10 above zero in the northwest to the mid-20's southeast are fore- cast for Tuesday night. Highs Wednesday should be mainly in the 20's and 3fl's un- der partly cloudy skies. Charges Capitol Meeting Place For Soviet Spies WASHINGTON (AP) So- viet spies met regularly at the Capitol because .1. Edgar Hoo- ver had declared the grounds off-limits to FBI agents, the Washington Post quotes a for- mer high-ranking FBI official as saying. Hoover issued the directive in the late Hln'lls because of charges by members of con- gress that Hoover tapped their telephones compiled dos- siers on them, the unidentified official was quoted as saying. The former official said the directive was that surveillance was to be cut off when the subjects "headed for Capitol Ihe Post said in its Tuesday editions. The Soviets quickly learned of this prohibition and sched- uled meetings there, the Post quoted the official as saying. letters, although the amount sent locally was off less than one percent. There were 000 less incoming letters this holiday season for a 4.7 per- cent drop. All in all, said Seda, it was a "surprising not only because there was less of a decline in load than expect- ed but also because the local operation went "exceptionally smooth." "It was easily ihe best Christmas we've ever the postmaster commented. Peak Day The peak mailing day was Dec. 18, and Seda said "every- thing was cleaned up by the morning of the twenty- fourth." Because of this, he claimed, the two days after Christmas had the lowest volume of mail processed in years. In addition, the local office had only one parcel that was undeliverable because it con- tained no address. The Des Moines office, on the other hand, had 80 such packages. The secret this >ear, St'tla said, was that people mailed early (mail was pretty evenly spread out over two weeks) and the weather was good. Even when the office proc- essed over one million pieces twice the normal number (in Dec. 18, there was no dis- ruption, according to the post- master. Man Sentenced for Assault on Deputy James T. White, 38, Vernon View addition, has been charged with assault and bat- tery for allegedly striking a deputy sheriff in the face at the White residence Monday night. Authorities said the deputy was struck after he was sent to the White residence to in- vestigate a report that he was assaulting his wife. White appeared in magis- trate's court Tuesday morning and received a sentence of 15 days in the county jail, with credit for one day served, and the remaining four days to be served on weekends. Linn Supervisor Jean Oxley was elected Monday night lo serve as chairman of the coun- ty regional planning commis- sion in 1975. She replaces Wil- liam Martin, who has chaired the commission the last two years. Also elected for next year were Lou Shepard, vice-chair- man; Pat Marshall, secretary, and Hal Schaefcr. treasurer. Police Officer Files Counterclaim Cedar Rapids police officer Ant'.me E. Imhoff has filed a counterclaim in feder- al court to a suit filed against him by Carson Borseth of ru- ral Cedar Rapids. Uorseth's suit, filed in November against Imhoff and Police Chief Wallace La Peters, charged that the two men beat him in a picket line dispute at the Roosevelt hotel Oct. 24. Imhoff had earlier sued Bnpspth in small claims cnurl asking damages for a beating he claimed he suf- fered. In his counterclaim lo the federal suit, Imhoff contends he was "violently assaulted" by Borseth, receiving lacera- tions and bruises from being beaten and kicked. Imhoff is asking in actual damages and in punitive damages in Ihc feder- al suit; he has agreed to drop the small claims action. Three Sentenced On Guilty Pleas Three persons were sent- enced in Linn district court Tuesday on their guilty pleas to charges against them. Merle F. Minor and .lames R. Chase received suspended sentences of six months in the county jail and were placed on probation for two years on their guilty pleas to a reduced charge (if larceny in the night- time of goods valued at less than Minor, 44, and Chase, 42, both of Cedar Rapids, were accused of stealing worth of tires from a south- west Cedar Rapids business Aug. 22. John D. Egge received a sus- pended sentence of 30 days in the county jail on his guilty plea to a reduced charge uf trespassing. The 26-year-old Vinton man had been accused of breaking and entering in connection with a breakin at a northeast Cedar Rapids residence .June 23. Life To Fitz In Girl's Death WATERLOO Russell Fitz, 28, was sentenced Tues- day to life in prison in the strangulation slaying of 2- year-old Shelly Day. The sentence was pro- nounced in Black Hawk county district court by Judge Joseph Keefe. was convicted Oct. 31 of first degree murder in the case after a trial held in Webster county district court on a change of venue. He was sent to the security medical facility at Oakdale be- fore going to the stale peniten- tiary at Fort Madison. Attorneys said the Iowa su- preme court will be asked to review Ihc conviction. Judge Denies Suit Against Linn Officials U.S. District Judge Edward .1. McManus has ruled against a Jefferson City, Mo., man who filed suit against Linn county and Missouri officials on grounds he was spiriled across Ihc slale line. Among those named in Ihc suit were Linn Counly Sheriff Walter Grant, Assistanl Linn Connly Attorneys Eugene Ko- pecky and Thomas Horan and several Missouri law enforce- ment officers. In his petition, Melvin Pierson claimed he was on parole after serving six years on a murder charge and thai he was picked up for parole violation and put in (lie Linn county jail in September of 1971. Pierson contended he did not have an extradition hear- ing before he was transferred back to Missouri. In a summa- ry judgment, Judge McManus ruled lhat a hearing waiver signed by Pierson was volun- tary and thai Ihe defendanls in Ihc suit acted wilhin Ihe scope of (heir aulhority. Pierson had asked in damages. FOR ANY DRAiNA6E FAILURE How's Your Hearing? diSToRtEd? COME IN FOR A FREE HEARING TEST HEARING AID SERVICE 337 Higley Bldg. Call 364-4030 GAZETTE TELEPHONE NUMBERS For News, Sports, Bookkeeping, General Nor motion ond Offices Not tilled Ml 358.8211 Circulotion-Subtttiplion Dept 398-8333 Man. thru Sal. 8 a.m. lo 7 p m. Sundays Until 12 Noon Holidays 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Wont 398-8234 Man. Ihru fri. 6 am. to S p.m. Saturday unhl 12 Noon D iplay Advertising 398 6222 8 am. to S p.m. Marion Offke Reported Max Byerly, route three. Cedar Kapids, reported to the Linn sheriff's office that his residence was entered Monday evening and a television set, silver coins, a bill, a watch and two knives were stolen. No value was listed for the items. THIS DATE in 1384 .lohn Wycliffe, first translator the Bible into English, died. 8( OF WHOI TE Icoo FINE MEATS )6 34th St. S.E. V 365-8828 DOBSON'S "1 1 FINE MEATS W 1 944 42nd St. N.E. f 393-3007 IN THE PDQ STORES MEAT DEPARTMENTS OPEN TILL 7 New Year's Day! EBHF NDERLOIN., T9 KED HAM OR MQ9 Y SWISS CHEESE LFALSTAFF 12 Dividends on Gl Insurance Go Up Jan. 1 WASHINGTON The Veterans Administration will iK'Kln paying higher insur- ance dividi'iuls for veterans of World War 1 and II beginning Wednesday, while Korea-era veterans will receive divi- dends for the first time. The dividend payments an- nounced Monday by VA Ad- ministrator Richard L. Roude- bush will cover almost 4.5 mil- lion veterans. The dividends are paid automatically on the anniversary date of individual policies and the first checks will go out Jan. 1, Roudebush said. Over-all, the dividend pay- ments will total million, which is million higher than last year and the eighth year in a row that the amount of the dividend has climbed. The World war I vet- erans whose U. S. Government Life Insurance (USGLI) poli- cies bear the prefix "K" will receive an average payment of compared with in 1974 and in 1973. The 3.2 million World war II veterans whose National Serv- ice Life Insurance (NSLI) pol- icies bear the prefix "V" will receive an average payment of compared with in 1974 and in 1973. Dividends will be paid for the first time to Kore- an war veterans whose Veter- ans Special Life Insurance (VSLI) policies carry the pre- fixes "RS" and The payments, authorized by con- gress last May, will average the VA said. There are no dividends for Vietnam-era veterans since the only .government-spon- sored policies for them ex- pired shortly after they got out of the service unless they converted the policies to regu- lar civilian insurance. The increased dividends for veterans of World wars I and 11 result chiefly from higher interest earnings on the funds, Roudebush said. The amount of dividends vary for veterans, depending on the insurance plan, amount of policy, age of the insured and the len.Rth of time the pol- icy has been in force. Bernad'me Potter Dies, Rites Thursday WATKINS Bernadine A. Potter, til, rural Watkins, died Monday after a short illness. Born Sept. 29, 19111, at Wat- kins, she was married at Nor- way to Melvin Potter Oct. !l, 1940. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic church, New- hall, the Royal Neighbors lodge and the Newhall Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Ray Burlon, South Bend, Ind.; a granddaughter, a brother, Lawrence Becker, Watkins, and a sister, Alice Thompson. Atkins. Services: Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's church, Newhall. Vigil prayer service Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Teahen's in Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Teahen's. SMMrCWZMBWM Cedar Rapids System Telephone 363-8244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 398-5605 Elsewhere 800-332-5996 The following matters are among those acted upon Wednesday by Ihe Cedar Rap- ids city council; all resolutions were passed unanimously un- less otherwise noted, and the mayor and all councilmen ex- cept Parks Commissioner Slan Reinis were present. Complete information on coun- cil activities is available at the city clerk's office. Planning, Zoning Second reading for ordi- nance 11-2 to R-li, property at 4035 Louisa street NE, petitioned by Jack and Marian Barnes. Second reading for ordi- nance reaming, R-4 lo R-T, properly at 1956 First avenue NE, petitioned by Drs. Robert and Richard Geiger. Public Safety Resolution rescinding reso- lution that established tempo- rary fold-out slop sign at the intersection of Eighth avenue and Sixth slreel SW. W Al B N tIDGE By Oswald James Jacob) We wind up 1974 with a de- fensive gem that may well be the swindle of this or any year. Playing at the normal six notrump, declarer makes 13 tricks by successfully finess- ing for the king of clubs. At one table in the duplicate game where the hand was played North jumped all Ihe way to seven notrump. South decided that down one or two at seven would be the same match-point zero. After mature thought he proceeded to cash his ace and king of diamonds. If the queen failed to drop he would still be able to go after that king of clubs. While South was thinking. Easl had been doing some thinking of his own. lie had worked out just what South's problem was. Now when the second high diamond was led, East was ready. He dropped the queen! South fell for it like a ton of bricks. He finessed dummy's nine and East scored his 10 spot. To settle questions on the bidding. North's four clubs Was Gcrber. Smith's four no- trump rebid showed three aces. NORTH 31 AKQ10 VKQJ AAQJ WEST EAST 49875 V965 V832 8 7 6 Q 10 5 SOUTH (D) A J62 V A 10 7 4 A 10 8 Neither vulnerable West North East South 1N.T. Pass Pass 4 N.T. Pass 7 N.T. Pass Pass Opening J The bidding has been: 31 West North East South 1 A Pass 1 Pass 1 A Pass 3 Pass Vuu, South, huid. AK7643VA2 What do you do now? A three spades. Your partner is showing strength and you want to tell him about your fifth spade. TODAY'S QUESTION Your partner continues to three notrump. What do you do now? Answer Tomorrow Rockefeller Bank Branches Bombed SAN JUAN, P.R. (UP1) Early-morning bombs Tues- day damaged two branches of the Rockefeller-family-owned Chase Manhattan Bank here while Vice-president Nelson Rockefeller vacationed 35 miles away. Services Are Friday For Pearl W. Trifle ALBURNETT Pearl W. Tritle, 76, a lifelong resident of Linn county, and a resident of Alburnett the last seven years, died Tuesday in a Ce- dar Rapids hospital. Born July 28, 1898, in the Jordans Grove area, she was married to Burt E. Tritle Dec. 22, 1923, at Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Tritle attended the Uni- versity of Northern Iowa, and taught school 19 years. She was a member of the Alburncll United Methodist church, the United Methodist women, Good Neighbors club, A and L club. Ladies garden club, and had been active in the Alburnett Senior Citizens club. Surviving in addition to her husband, are a sister, Mrs. Charles Schuch, Marion, and a brother, L.E. Wilkinson, Long Mount, Colo. Services will be held Friday at the United Method- ist church. Friends may call at the Murdoch chapel in Mar- ion after 11 a.m. Thursday and at the church after 11 a.m. Friday. A memorial fund has been established. Man Is Fined For Assault, Battery Robert Barnes, 49 Thirty- sixth avenue SW, was found guilty Monday in magistrate's court on a charge of assault and battery and was fined and costs. He was charged with as- saulting Debby Mitchell on Dec. 20. ON THIS DATE in 1870, Thomas A. Edison first dem- onstrated the electric incan- descent light. Why earn less? (Effective January 1. 1975) 6-1 DIAMOND ACCOUNT COMPOUNDED QUARTERLY! Open with fust and knnp (it least this amount to oorn Intonisl paid daily from diiy of invnslmont. No minimum on additions to this iiccoiml. Aftnr First Quarter, withdrawals allowable (hiring first 10 dnys of U (Wdiidnr Qmirtnr. Effective YIELD in 6% (Effective January 1, 8% REGULAR ACCOUNT EARNS DAILY INSTANT INTEREST! Invosl as little us S5.00. This account pays you intorest from dny of investment to dny of withdrawal. Intorost compoundod QUARTERLY. Idoal account for flnxibilily. Effective YIELD Is H. MOTHS Savings Institution Since 1916 A division of MorAmerica Financial Corporation A Registered Bank Holding Company ;