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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois All hi the Family Gaffney family marks 30 years selling manufactured homes Page D-1 W ii eels* Deals Innovations galore Bmck’s2000 LeSabre continues to add to long list of luxuries Page GI The outlook Mostly sunny and cooler, with the high 32 and the low 18 PageD-U Good Morning Area/llHnois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business D-1 Classifieds C-2 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-9 Nation/world . .A-12 Obituaries A-5 Ballard, Denother, McKinnon, Mossman, Oliver, Otto, Reif Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Weather D-12 firefighter right, moves in with a hose line on a house at 6851 N. Illinois Route 159 Saturday afternoon as flames leap from the rear of the house.Historic house burns 1867 house was home to family state leaders By MICHAEL HAYES Telegraph staff writer MORO — The white three-story house had stood since 1867, when Moro’s Willard C. Flagg built it out of white pine from Minnesota. The 16-room house was in the family of Illinois political-leaders up until Clayton and Dorothy Raymer bought it in the middle 1970s. Willard C. Flagg and his son, Norman G. Flagg, served much of their adult lives in state government, playing an active role in shaping Madison County. Norman Flagg’s son, Willard G. Flagg, is the last family member alive to have lived in the house. He was a prominent area engineer who helped design bridges and roads. News of his former home’s demise hit him Saturday. -It’s quite a shock. All of us grew up in ■ See HOME. Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Homeowner Clayton Raymer, left, comforts his daughter as they watch firefighters and wait for word on his wife, Dorothy Raymer, who family members believe was inside the house. Woman believed killed in blaze By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer MORO — A fire destroyed the historic home of a businessman, possibly claiming the life of his wife. The house at 6851 N. Illinois Route 159 belonged to Clayton and Dorothy Raymer. Raymer is president of Raymer Enterprise, a real estate firm out of East Alton. Family members believe Dorothy Raymer was still inside when the fire began about 1:30 p.m. “We believe there is a body inside, but that has not been confirmed,” Holiday Shores Fire Chiel Melvin Eaker said. “The house is a total loss. We still do not know the cause of the fire." The house was built in 1867 and had been renovated by the Raymers. Firefighters from at least five departments fought the blaze, on Route 159 about a mile north of Illinois Route 140, for more than three hours. Late Saturday night, rescue workers were still More photos Page B-10 See BLAZE, Page A-11 Steel company, neighbors at loggerheads By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Jean Bowers doesn’t look like a reckless driver. Yet that’s what the law calls the short, white-haired woman of 70, who twice this month received tickets for alleged driving infrac- fwn qiHpc haVP tions on the    »»»    UdVC private lane deteriorated since le*uingrt0ahei the company claim she swerved at them while driving on Oasis Drive, the private road that runs from Illinois Route 143 past Tinsley and on to about eight houses, including Bowers’. Bowers said the only swerving she did was to avoid the pot- Relations between the Edwardsville opened its doors home    „ £    . The tickets 17 years ago. are the latest development in an ongoing struggle between Bowers and her much larger next-door neighbor, Tinsley Steel Co. Tinsley employees filed the complaints about Bowers’ driving, prompting the tickets by Madison County sheriff’s deputies. The employees holes on the road — holes that she says are caused by the large trucks that Tinsley moves in and out of the business on a regular basis “I wasn’t trying to hit anybody. I’ve been driving for 50 years, lf I was trying to hit someone, I would have.* Bowers said the tickets were prompted out of spite — for the many years of complaints that she and other See STEEL, Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A student makes his way from a crowded parking lot at SIUE to the main campus. SIUE builds to lure students EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series about the continuing growth of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE People are starting to notice new buildings springing up at SIUE, but it didn’t happen overnight. Two new residence halls have been built in the past five years, and another is on the way. The new hall will be across the street from a new engi neering building, which is under construction and is expected to greatly increase the enrollment in Southern Illinois    University Edwardsville^ accredited engineering program, SIU President Ted Sanders said More building plans are in the works, Sanders said The school seems likely to get $10.3 million in state capital budget funds for £ new center at East St. Ix>uis. Dental students from the Alton center and nursing students from the Edwardsville center will gain valuable experience from working at the clinics at the new center. “It’s a great service to the people of East St Louis and great clinical experience for our students,” Sanders said. The spending must receive approval from the General Assembly. The school has also recently built a new student fitness center, sports and assembly hall and ail-weather track. Plans call for expansion of the Science Building and renovation of older buildings. The building boom at SIUE is the result of the need to attract and keep students, SIUE Chancellor David Werner said. ■ See SIUE, Page Coupons and special offers inside most editions Sports MUCHA Playoffs Tigers skate past Redbirds Page B-l TELEGRAPH Vol. 164, No. 37    Serving the River Bend Since 1836 February 21,1999 $1.50    - - -   — f, i VMM*' I 4 ;