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   Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1972, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               a bust By J. Michael Kelly Tribune Staff Writer Many of the 'prospectors who have been poking around Wood County for nearly a year have packed their gear and moved on to greener, or at least, more productive, pastures. American Smelting and .Refining Co., an international mining and exploration firm with headquarters in New York City, took out options earlier this1 year to buy 32 parcels of land in the central and northern portions of the county in Arpin and adjacent townships. The "mineral option" contracts, which were filed with the county register of deeds in February and March, were cancelled last month. Humble Oil and Refining Co., a subsidiary of Standard Oil Co., has so far retained the 25 or so options it took out in June on land in the Rudolph and Sherry areas. American Smelting was led to Central Wisconsin by the area's "favorable type of according to John Collins, head of the company's exploratory department. Options were taken out on more than acres of land in hopes of and copper deposits. But after several months of searching, American's crews came up empty-handed. "We couldn't find any zinc, any copper, anything of value at Collins said. The company conducted aerial surveys in the county for more than two years before securing the options. The contracts were agreements with landowners' authorizing the company to explore their property and, if minerals were found, to buy or lease the property. Land surveys using electromagnetic sensors, followed, then ore samples' were scooped from far below the earth's surface, then the coordinates of likely looking land were plotted, but all in vain. Collins said the company had "wasted a lot of money on the but declined to specify how much. A main reason why the company believed there may have been ore in Central Wisconsin was the area's location, on the edge of the "Pre-Cambrian Shield." The .rock formations, covered with glacial till, are generally mineral-rich, and extend from Siberia through Canada and into the nor- thern half of the United States. Will American ever come back to the area and dig around a little more, perhaps in Southern Wood County next time? "It's hard to say we'll never come back, but I can't see American going back into that area in the foreseeable Collins said. Humble hasn't yet indicated when, or if, it intends pulling up stakes and abandoning Wood County. But if they do, the shortest mining boom in hMory will have died out without most of the residents of Wood County even knowing it existed. THE DAI TRIBUNE Fifty-Eighth Year No. INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Thursday, 14, 1972 Single Copy 15 Ctnfs Apollo astronauts prepare to take 1st step of their long journey home SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) Eugene A. Cernan stepped off the moon, today, leaving in lunar sand perhaps the last footprint of the gener- ation which first challenged space. Exploration by -the Apollbs ended as it began, "with peace and hope for all mankind." "As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I'd just like to record that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of Cernan said moments before entering the Apollo 17 landing ship. Then he added: "And as we leave the moon and Taurus-Lit- trow we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall re- turn, with peace and hope for all mankind." Turning, Cernan then follow- ed his crewmate; Harrison H. Schmitt up the ladder into the cabin of their craft Challenger. There they rested after pre- paring to blast off the lunar surface in the. late afternoon and rejoin the third man of Apollo Ronald E. Evans. He has been orbiting the moon in the command ship America since Monday's lunar landing. The climb of Schmitt and Cernan from the lunar surface ended a historic decade of ex- ploration which began May 25, 1961, with a challenge to the na- tion by the late President John F. Kennedy. Apollo's last surface explor- ation was the program's most ambitious and successful. Cer- nah and Schmitt, the llth and U.S. supports peace plan PARIS ,The United States today threw its support behind the Christmas peace package proposed, by South Vietnamese Nguyen Van Thieu arid accused North Vietnam of using7 "high ;pres- sure" tactics in.an attempti.to impose ah incomplete .peace, settlement.- ;r Heyward Tsha'm, v representirig the United States at the weekly Paris peace told the Commu- nists it was futile for them to continue clamoring for signa- -ture of the cease-fire agree- ment drafted in October by Henry A..Kissinger and Le Due Tho of: the. North Vietnamese Politburo. "In our country, the high pressure salesman who tries to obtain immediate signature of an incomplete contract only succeeds in' arousing suspicion .about the Isham .declared.'r South. Vietramese delegate Phani Dang Lam put before the conference the proposals made by Thieu in a speech last Tuesday. They call for a cease- fire, release of military prison- ers, withdrawal of North Vietnamese forces' from South Vietnam and Vietnamese-only negotiations on South Vietnam's political future. Hanoi and the Viet Cong re- jected the package within hours of Thieu's speech, and until government re-, framed from commenting on 2 Status of teacher talks uncertain CHURCH ON THE MOVE The former Immanuel Lutheran Church is shown in transit on a town road south of Arpin on its way to becoming a private residence. The building, va- cant since 1965, was purchased by Donald Follen, who had it moved Wednes- day to his property three miles north of Arpin. (Tribune Photo by David Rude) With about two weeks remaining before Wisconsin Rapids teachers' contracts expire, the status -of negotiations was uncertain to- day. Board and teacher negotiators after meeting last Tuesday reported substantial progress was made on 1973 contract items. The full school board met Monday night in secret session to review the latest proposals, and results of that discussion were discussed, by the Wisconsin Rapids Education Association Executive Committee Wed- nesday night. Janice Sisley, WREA spokesman, said this noon the WREA had no comment on negotiations, ,but .that the board's latest proposal would be presented at a1 meeting-of the district's teachers "as soon as possible." She said she did not know yet when the teachers would meet. Board President Claude Hamelink said this morning the WREA had not yet informed him or the school ad- ministration as to any action Wednesday by the WREA E x e'c u t i ve Committee. No meetings are presently scheduled between board and teacher negotiators, Hamelink said. Although neither the board nor WREA has indicated what issues still are in dispute, Hamelink said today the board has made quite a' few changes and the teachers have dropped some requests since original proposals were exchanged in August. H a me link speculated if agreement is not reached on current proposals, the board might consider making specifics on negotiations public to get the public's reaction to the proposals. A teacher strike occurred in J a n u a r y', 1971, when no agreement was reached on a contract before it expired. Sources close to the negotiations have made unconfirmed reports that teachers have voted to authorize a walkout if a1 set- tlement is not reached. Board members have said privately they see this as a move to help force a settlement. Miss Sisley, when asked about the reports on strike authorization would say only that they are "not fully correct." Doors are opening for 'Mrs. Smith' By David Kimball Tribune Staff Writer Mrs. "Smith1' hadn't opened her door, to anyone in over two months. The curtains were drawn, some of the windows were painted black and there was a tiny peep hole in the back door. It was mid-November and Mrs. Smith's 12-year-old daughter, we'll call her Susan, hadn't returned to school. A neighbor who had finally gained en- trance to the home reported to the social services department that the daughter's legs were badly swollen. Social worker Theodore Prange made several un- successful attempts to get Mrs. Smith to open the door. He then obtained court authorization to forcibly enter the home in the company of police officers, an action possible only because of the child's ap- parent health problem. Prange made a final appeal to Mrs. Smith to open the door, shouting to her that if he was not allowed to enter, the police would have to break down the door. The door opened and Prange went in. Inside, he found the house nearly emptied of furniture. Mrs. Smith had gradually sold it off, piece by piece, to provide money for her rare excursions to. an all-night supermarket nearby. "I usually go around 2 she said later, "when there's no one around." When Prange entered the home, Mrs. Smith was terrified that his purpose Was to take her daughter away from her. Susan lay pale and silent on the only remaining bed in the house. Prange insisted that he only wanted to help Susan recover her health and return to school. Once reassured, Mrs. Smith told him she felt "tremendous relief" at ending- her many weeks of isolation. The county nurse was called to determine whether Susan's1 health required immediate attention. Finding no urgent medical problems, the nurse made an appointment to take the girl to a doctor. When I accompanied Prange to call on Mrs. Smith several days later, she greeted us with genuine friendliness and again spoke of her relief at having once again made contact with the outside world. She suffers from an extreme case of agoraphobia, which is the fear of exposure to open spaces. A woman in her mid-4Qs, Mrs. Smith grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, but she is now afraid to venture more than about 100 yards from her home. "I would go for days without even opening the door to take out the she said. When we entered the home, Susan lay on the bed, covered by a blanket. She rarely responded to our attempts at con- versation. Both she and her mother had the chalky complexion of people who have not seen the sun in a very long time. Welfare: Part 4 Mrs. Smith and her daughter are ex- tremely intelligent people. During the last school year, Susan began attending school irregularly because of ill health and also because she was challenged by school work only when she had missed several con- secutive weeks of class. She was amused by returning to school after a lengthy ab- sence to be the only student to score 100 per cent on an exam. Mrs'. Smith is an articulate, intensely verbal woman who is constantly taking correspondence courses in every imaginable subject law, real estate, piano, taxation. She was recently disappointed by a grade of 97 on one of her correspondence tests and returned it with an explanation in- dicating that there were errors on several test questions. She received an astonished reply from the school's director confessing that she was the only person to discover the errors after many years of testing. But despite her intelligence, Prange is1 having a difficult time convincing her that she needs psychiatric help. She fully recognizes her illness but insists she needs "more time to work it out for myself." Nervously twisting a torn Kleenex in her hands, she said, "I've been beaten down and now I'm fighting to get my spirit back. My sister had a dog with a broken spirit. It used to just lay Bunder the sink all day. It was1 a pitiful thing to she said. Mrs. Smith's agoraphobia began about 13 years ago and coincided with the disintegration of a very unhappy marriage. "My husband called me stupid all the time, -every she said. The years before her divorce were also years of poverty, in which she tried to raise three children while working at a wide variety of jobs to supplement her husband's undependable income. She worked as a nurse's aide, a sign painter and pumped gas in a service station. also took in ironing, worked in a drive-in restaurant and took care of nsighborhood children. Since her divorce, she has earned some money by doing income tax returns and she has helped her ex-husband with his business to encourage him to make minimal and rather sporadic support payments. "I'm against this women's lib she said. "I've had to do everything for myself, which is all right. But it's hard enough to get men to do anything at all for you." There's no more furniture to sell in the Smith home, now. And there was very little food in the house when Prange finally got through the door. Mrs. Smith will now qualify for about per month in Aid to Families with Dependent Children, along with medical assistance covering any medical or dental bills. Prange also intends to work out a more formal support agreement with her husband to insure a regular per month payment. With the cooperation of school officials, Prange has made arrangements to return Susan to school on a part-time basis at first. The doctor who examined Susan has recommended some orthopedic treatment but said her greatest need was to receive help from the WoooT County Mental Health Clinic. Susan and her mother have a long way to go toward fulfilling their considerable human potentials'. But Prange hopes to at least keep their door open in the future. (Next: Child abuse. An experience in Vietnam makes it difficult for a young father to readjust to family life.) 12th men to walk the moon, spent more time on the sur- total of 22 hours, five minutes; made the longest single excursion in time, seven hours, 37 minutes; and covered the most distance in three ex- cursions, a total of more than 22 miles. They collected 334 pounds of moon rock and soil, more than half of the total amount gath- ered by all the five previous Apollo missions. Their science treasure included samples of an intriguing orange dust never before seen on the moon. The astronauts erected an atomic- powered science station which already joins four earlier sta- tions in sending data to earth. And the Apollo 17 duo also ex- plored types of lunar forma- tions never before visited. The precious moon samples will be transferred to the com- mand ship, America, and brought back to earth on Dec. 19, when Apollo 17 is to splash down in the Pacific. They will be moved in sealed boxes to the Manned Spacecraft Center, sorted and distributed to scien- tists in laboratories around the world. 2 On the inside States have three more months to clean up their welfare acts. See Page 3. Assumption romps to fifth basketball victory at Eau Claire Regis. See Page 8. Lincoln cagers hope to end five-game losing streak. See Page 11- Legislators promise to work for third bridge here. See Page 13. Sjate's fur trappers to hold sale at Vesper Satur- day. See Page 13. American Association of Retired Persons urges probate reform. See Page 16. Nd snow. but still cold The heavy snows have subsided, at least for the moment. Tonight should bring cloudy skies, with low temperatures around 5 degrees, and a chance of scattered flurries. Friday we should see occasional snow, with highs in the teens. No further snow should hit us until Monday, and temperatures over the weekend are expected to hover around the 20-de- gree mark. The high Wednesday in Wisconsin Rapids was 20 degrees, with a low of 3. Today's 6 a.m. reading was zero on the nose. I f.t 'V JJ .1 i H 1 V -t iv JEWSPAPEPJ   

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