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   Jefferson Herald (Newspaper) - October 13, 1960, Jefferson, Iowa                                 The Jefferson  SIXTY-FOURTH YEAR  14 Pages, 2 Sections JEFFERSON, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, I960  NUMBER FORTY-ONE  Kern Elerick resigns from city council  Kern Elerick, councilman from the second ward, announced at the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday night, that he was resigning from the council.  Reason for his resignation, he said, is that he is moving out of the second ward and will not be eligible to serve on the council. He is moving into the third ward.  He said he planned to move as soon as possible, probably within the next two or three weeks.  A new councilman from the second ward will be appointed to fill out the three-year vacancy which will be left by Elerick.  Elerick is in his second term as councilman. He was appointed in mi to fill out the term of Earl Chase. He was re-elected to a four year term.  City council accepts work on extensions  The city council at their regular meeting Tuesday night passed a resolution to accept work on the sanitary sewer extensions in the north part of town and okayed a partial payment on the storm drain project in the northeast sec-lion of Jefferson.  The resolution passed by the council will permit a $29,361.85 payment to the TJouglas Construction company of Des Moines for the Mnitary sewer project.  Tile amount of the payment is 90 percent of the total construction costs on the project. According to law, the city must withhold ten percent of the total cost for 30 days after accepting the work. The total cost of the project is $32,595.75.  The council accepted the work on the recommendation of McQlure and Culver, consulting engineers.  The council decided against paying 90 percent of the total construction costs of trie storm drain even though the contractor submitted a certificate of completion. Jon McClure, engineer, pointed out that while the major portion of the work l>;is been completed, a headwall has yet to be constructed and fences put in.  The storm drain is located along the south side of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad right-of-way near the new Franklin Manufacturing plant.  McClure told the council that the contractor had worked out an agreement with the farmers along the ditch so they could harvest the corn along the fence rows before the fences are put in.  The council agreed to make a partial payment of $5,000 with the remaining portion of the 90 percent payment to be paid when the head-wall is completed.  I.V.W  Practice makes perfect  Youngsters in the North Jefferson elementary school pour out of one of the exits as they take part in a fire drill which was part of Fire Prevention Week activity this week. The drill was conducted by the Jefferson fire department Wednesday afternoon. All three Jeffer  son schools took part in it. The North school emptied in 1:13, the South school was out in 55 seconds and the high school evacuated the building in 1:20. There are 500 students in the North school, 230 in the South school and 510 in high school.  Paul Van Pelt asks Court to tequii^e new petition  Paul Van Pelt, defendant in a suit for damages filed by Wilbur Sanders for his daughter, Lois Maxine, this week filed a motion to require the plaintiff to recast the petition, a motion to strike one of the two counts and another motion to strike.  The case involves an accident near Grand Junction on highway 30 Oct. 8, 1958 in which Lois Maxine Sanders allegedly sustained permanent injuries. She is asking $39,000 actual damages and $10,000 punitive damages on each of two counts.  Also named as defendant is Larry Martin Van Pelt, the son of Paul Ven Pelt.  According to the petition filed by the plaintiff, Lois Maxine was a passenger in a car being driven by Veleta McKinley. The petitioner claims that a pickup truck being 1 driven by Larry Van Pelt passed  them at a high rate of speed as they were traveling west on highway 30 near Grand Junction.  The petition alleges that the Van Pelt vehicle slowed down after passing the McKinley car and then speeded up again and pulled over into the left hand lane when the McKinley car attempted to pass.  The McKinley car again attempted to pass, according to the petition. and the Van Pelt vehicle again pulled over into the left lane causing the tvyo cars to collide.  The plaintiff charges the defendants on two counts in her petition. One claiming recklessness and the other claiming negligence.  Paul Van Pelt, in his motion to require the plaintiff to recast the petition, claims a multiple pleading in the petition and asks that the petition should be recast into a concise, single document.  He also moves that the count II  Caught by the rain  Francis McNulty, farmer north of Jefferson, looks over his 1960 bean crop as he waits for a sudden fall rain shower to pass. The 1960 bean harvest is just about finished with reports of a better than a five-bushel-per-acre increase over tne  1959 crop. Farmers who haven't completed their bean harvest are being held up by rains which fell Wednesday night and today. Before the rain, the weather was nearly perfect for harvesting.  of recklessness be stricken as recklessness applies only in a host-guest situation where the guest is riding in the automobile of the host Van Pelt claims the petitioner is using the same theory for recovery in both counts—negligence. He also states that negligence does not allow punitive damages against him.  Paul Van Pelt also filed a motion to strike several portions of the plaintiff's petition, claiming that the incident is an overtake and pass situation and that several statements made by the plaintiff are incompetent.  Greenbrier church has new addition  'Work is nearing completion on a new addition to tlie Greenbrier Methodist church in Greenbrier township with plans now being formulated for a redecoration project on the inside of the church.  The new addition, which was started last summer, includes a new classroom, a study and a library. It also provides an enclosure for the steps of the church. Tfie basement of the churoh has been extended under the now addition.  Estimated cost of tJie project is $2,345. Much of the work was done by the men of the congregation.  The redecoration project on the inside of the church has been estimated to cost approximately $1,100. Work will begin on the project as soon as final plans are completed.  Council examines new decorations  City council members turned their attention Tuesday night to the upcoming Christmas season.  They examined samples of Christmas decorations for the streets of Jefferson. They plan to spend approximately $1,000 on new decorations this year.  Tentative plans call for new decorations on the business intersections and lighted trees on the courthouse lawn.  Annual Farm Bureau meeting set Nov. 2  The annual meeting of the Greene County Farm Bureau will be held Nov. 2 at 6:40 p.m. at tlie Jefferson high school auditorium.  Mrs H. L. Whltmer of Tipton, Iowa Farm Bureau Women« chairman, will be the guest speaker.  Tickets are on sale at the Farm Bureau office.  County drive for retarded children set  The Greene County Association for Retarded Children will conduct an educational campaign for retarded youngsters in the county during November, according to an announcement today by Mrs David Bradley of Jefferson, president of the county chapter.  Mrs Bradley said the county campaign will bo part of a statewide drive headed by Thomas Sto-ner of Des Moines, executive vice-president of Stoner-McCray System.  Purpose of the campaign will be to acquaint the general public with the needs of the estimated 16,300 mentally retarded children of school age in Iowa.  Out of every 1,000 children in Greene county, approximately 30 are mentally retarded to one degree or another, Mrs Bradley said.  "The needs of these children and of their parents often are so great that the only possible way they can be met is through increued community support and u/mfcrstand-ing," Mrs Bradley said.  Suggestions for classes being sought  Suggestions for adult homemak-ing classes, which are scheduled to start Nov. 21, are being sought by the Adult Council.  Suggestions now being considered by the council include Alteration of Clothing, Home Furnishings, Management of Time and Energy, Advanced Clothing and Home and Foreign Cookery.  They would appreciate persons interested in attending the home-making classes to indicate their first, second and third choices of tNs above suggestions and to sub-nlit any others they may have for the classes.  Choices and suggestions should be returned to the Jefferson high school homemaking department by Thursday, Oct. 20.  Tfie classes will be held for a period of ten weeks.  Churdan considering new public library  Mayor R. E. Beecher, by request of the Churdan city council, appointed an investigating committee for the proposed public library in Churdan.  The five were named at the council meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 4.  They are Ellen Lohr, chairman; Mrs Ada Allen, Fredia Steplienson, Mrs Ferris Meyer and Mrs Edna Siaman. Beecher is also a member of the committee.  The new committee was commissioned to investigate, draw plans, find costs and put the facts before the city council in the near future.  Sixteen permits issued  New home building tops '59 construction  Ideal fall weather is pro- The total contract value of all Although tiiis year's home build-. , ♦ » a construction in Jefferson during ing shows a definite rise over  longing What appears to oe a ^g^g j,„,ounted to $739,770 wiJi new 1D59, it is still far below the peak residential building boom commercial building leading tiie home building period in Jefferson Jefferson as Citv Building In- list of nesv construction for the when 53 new resident permits were  spector Floyd McCain Mon- Sn'iSTgSf ""  day issued the sixteenth new ./r^cSrSfn in*" iTss Tw^Tn thS  residence permit since the indicated value of $570,000. T h e ^  first of the year. construction mcludes the new^^^^ constructed in Jefferson  New residence construction in ^Tf n^.r? Poh JIi World War U.  the ten momh period now totals an -"otel and tde Redwood ^ breakdown of permits issued indicated value of $237,280 wiiich is since 1946 shows :  nearly double the amount spent on Contract values of commercial 19,16 ........................................27  new residence construction during construction .so far this year 1947 ........................................31  1959. amount to $389,800. Commercial 1943 ........................................■¡4  In 1959, seven new residence per- building this year includes the new 1949 ..................................¡-,3  rnits were issued by tlie citv office Franklin Manufacturing Com- 1950 ........................................44  for total indicated construction pany's plant, the Farmers Co-op 1951 ......................................^8  casts of $119,000. elevator, a now service station, and 1952 ........................................29  The total construction costs on improvements imd repairs to four 1953 ......................................17  all permits issued by Uie city in- stores and one bank. 1954 ........................................32  spector so far this year amounts Permits issued for miscellan- 1955 ..................................34  to some $685,194. This figure in- eous building to date show a con- 1956 ........................................IG  eludes permits issued for new com- tract value of $68,114 as compared 1957 ........................................12  mercial, new residence, new gar- with a total of $50,000 spent dur- 1958 ........................................14  ages, improvements, etc. ing 1959. 1959 ........................................7  City council closes books on rejected sewer project  The final chapter on the proposed city-wide storm sewer project, which was dropped by the city council because of the number of objections, was closed Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the city council.  The council okayed a $16,150 bill submitted by McClure and Culver, consulting engineers of Jefferson, who drew up the preliminary plans and assessment schedules.  McClure pointed out to the coun  cil that the bill was work done up to the time the project was dropped. He said the original estimate of engineering costs for the project was approximately $32,000 but added that the final engineering fees would have been figured on the total construction costs of the project. Estimated cost of the project was $800,000.  McClure assured the council that in the event all or any part of the original i)rojoct is revived, the council will rcceive a proportionate discount on engineering costs. Tiiat is. of course, ho explained, if his  Announce names of jury panel for October Terni  Fifty nomes of persons living in Greene County have been drawn to servo on a jury panel for the October Term of tho Greene County District Court, according to an announcement today from Ronald Wright, clerk of the district court.  The Honorable William C. Hanson of Jefferson will preside over the October Term of Court.  Names drawn are:  Bristol Township: Jay Murphy, Fern Leonard.  Cedar Township: Irene Rossman-ith, Harry Reed.  Dawson Township: Ethel Dagit, Margaret Boyle.  Grant Township: Marjorie Rob-son, Earl E;. Louk.  Greenbrier Township: Ray Day, Sadie Crows.  Hardin Township: Paul Stolino, Zola Wilson.  Highland Township: Everett mond Bauer, Harold Curtis.  Jackson Township: Helen Minne-han, Virgil Peterson.  Jefferson Ist Ward: Frederick F. Conery, Albert Hamilton, Madonna Louk.  Jefferson 2nd Ward: Evelyn Faa-borg, Lillian Prettyman, Alvin Ferris.  Jefferson 3rd Ward: Henry Stevens, Anna Lawson, Jack E. Smith, Alien Roth.  Junction No. 1: I^owoll Thompson, LeRoy Cody, Merle Alvord.  Junction No. 2: Rosella Reese, Frances Nelson.  Junction No. 3: Charles Gunn, Gladys Cummings.  Kendrick Township: Gladys Mc-Cullom, Dean Winkelman.  Paton Township: Mrs Will Bauman. Mrs John Cox, Mrs Mark Blair.  Scranton Township: Charles Lau-ridson, Clarence Gotter, Alan Poimd, Mildred (5ibson.  Washington Township: IS d w i n Thornburgh, Anna Faye Truax, Earl Kiner, Beverly Derry.  Willow Township: Wanda Wolf, Helen Honold.  She calls-they come  Maria Hyde practices one of the four goose calls she will use when she competes in the National Goose Calling contest to be held this weekend in Missouri , Valley.  The call of the wild g(X)se will echo throughout western Iowa this weekend with at least one Jefferson representative joining in on the chorus.  Maria Hyde, daughter of Mr and Mrs Herb Hyde of Jefferson, is entered in the junior girls division National Goose Calling contest which will be held Saturday and Sunday at Missouri Valley.  This will bo the first year the 12-year-old sports enthusiast has competed in tlie annual event. But she has been practicing for two years and feels she has a chance of making it to tho finals.  The eliminations will be held Saturday with the finals on Sunday. Nine girls in tlie 16 years and under class will compete Sunday along with the national champion, Susan Strain of Logan, for national honors. First prize is a polaroid camera.  Maria will duplicate the calls of four species of geese in a 45 second pericKl. She will imitate calls of the Blue, Snow, Canadian and Wliito Front geese.  The winner of the contest will be judged on tone, accuracy and time.  Maria's father can vouch for iiis daughter's ability in calling the elusive game-bird. She has called for him this season. Since the season opened last Saturday, eight Canadian honkers, weighing between 8 and 12 pounds; two Blue and one Snow have been bagged.  firm received the engineering contract for the revived project. If the engineering went to another firm, the full engineering fee would be charged.  McClure went on to explain that a good portion of the engineering work done by McClure and Culver on tho original project would he almost useless if a storm sewer project was to bo undertaken sometime in the future.  Ho referred specificnlly to tho assessment schedule, stating that valuation« would have changed and properties would have exchanged hands by the time another schedule could be tabulated.  He offered to have the plans and schedules on the original project sent to city hall for storing. The council decided to leave the materials with the engineering firm for safekeeping with the understanding they may be picked up or referred to at any time.  The total cost of engineering foes for the proposed project now stands at $20.192. $1,792 was paid earlier to McClure and Culver and Stanley enginnering firm of Muscatine was paid $2,2.50 for work done previously on the project.  McClure explained that the $1,792 was for work liis firm had previously done in an area included in tho storm sower project and would have boon discounted from the total engineering fee if the project had gone tiirough.  Conservation requests must be in writing  The Greene County ASC office this week reminded farmers wtio plan to do conservation work this year thai they must submit their request in writing to tlie county ASC office.  Tho request mu.st bo made before the conservation practice is stiirtwl if till' farmer is to receive help from the government cost-share plan.  A.SC official.s advise farmers wisliing to do conservation work this year to contact the ASC office to see if cost-sliare may be obtain-lhI for the work.  .Money is still available for such work as spreading lime, installing tile, contouring fields, building erosion dams and other conservation practices, they said.  Illlllllllllllllllllllllltllllltllllllllllllllll  Weather  iiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiniiiiiii  The weatherman recorded an-otfier ideal week of weather of the period ending Oct. 9. Area rains began falling Wednesday niglU and continued today, holding up the last of tho soy bean harvest in the county.  Readings for tlie jxjriod are for tho 24 hours ending at 6 a.m. daily. They are taken by Dirk Miller, area weatherman.  Oct. 1 ........................................75 41  Oct. 2 ........................................71 41  Oct. 3 ....................................70 42  Oct. 4 ........................................68 47  Oct. 5 ........................................78 40  Oct. 6 ..........................................70 40  Oct. 7 ........................................70 35  Oct. 8 ........................................74 37  Oct. 9 ........................................79 38   

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