Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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 derailment occurred about I I 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 Wednesday night before the wreckage is cleared. The cars were carrying paper, coal and such perishable items as oranges, pears,onions and potatoes.
C.R. Mail Decline Less Than National Average
During the Christmas mailing season the C edar Rapids 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 (»*dar Rapids office processed 13.5 million pieces of mail. This is compared to 13 6 million in 1973 — a decline of l l percent.
Nationwide, however, the drop for the holiday period over last year was 8.7 percent; and mailing in the 13-state central region of the country was down 3 percent from 1973 figures.
The decline this season, Postmaster C harles Seda believes, is due to economic factors. 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, however, Seda viewed this as a sign of relatively good economic conditions in Cedar Rapids.
When times are bad, business mail declines. And Christmas cards and parcels are items that some people cut down on as a saving measure.
The number of outgoing
parcels handled at the Cedar Rapids office increased this year by 15,OM — 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 freezing rain in the southern and eastern sections of Iowa Tuesday morning
Wet snow, restricting visibility to less than one* mile, made roads in the state extremely slippery, the Iowa highway patrol reported at midmorning
By 10:30 a.rn , the Cedar Rapids airport had reported an accumulation of one inch of snow since lam. Tuesday
The snow fell in a area reaching from around lamoni through Des Moines to Ottumwa, Cedar Rapids, and Dubuque
By IO a.rn . the highway patrol had been notified of numerous cars and trucks in ditches, especially along interstate HO Travel on the interstate was reportedly not blocked, however
Roads were described as wet to slushy and snow-packed The patrol was advising motorists to either stay off the roads completely, or travel slowly.
Cedar Rapids police said four minor auto accidents not involving personal injuries were reported Tuesday morning as a result of the snow storm
The weather system causing
the? precipitation was expected to move eastward out of the1 state by early Tuesday evening as a cold front moves in from the west,
Lows from around IU above zero in the northwest to the rn id-20's southeast are forecast for Tuesday night.
Highs Wednc>sday should lie mainly in the 20 s and 30% under partly cloudy skies.
Charges Capitol Meeting Place For Soviet Spies
WASHINGTON (AP) - So-viet spies met regularly at the Capitol because J Edgar Hoover had declared the grounds off-limits to FBI agents, the Washington Post quotes a former high-ranking FBI official as say ing.
Hoover issued the directive in the late 1910s because of charges by members of congress that Hoover tapfx*d their telephones or compiled dossiers 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 Hill,’’ the Post said in its Tui*sday editions
The Soviets quickly learned of this prohibition and scheduled meetings there, the Post quoted the official as saying
letters, although the amount sent locally was off less than one percent. There were 142,-000 less incoming letters this holiday season for a 4.7 percent drop All in all, said Soda, it was a “surprising Christmas,’* not only because there was less of a decline in load than expected but also because the local operation went “exceptionally smooth.’’
“It was easily the best Christmas we’ve ever had.” the postmaster commented.
The peak mailing day was Dec* 18, and Soda said “everything 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 contained no address. The Des Moines office, on the other hand, had HO such packages.
The secret this year, Seda said, was that people mailed early (mail was pretty evenly spread out over two weeks) and the weather was good.
Even when the office processed over one million pieces — twice the normal number — on Dec. 18, there was no disruption, according to the postmaster.
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Man Sentenced for Assault on Deputy
.lames T. White, 38, Vernon View addition, has been charged with assault and battery 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 investigate a report that he was assaulting his wife
White appeared in magistrate's court Tuesday morning > and received a sentence of 15 j days in the county jail, with ] credit for one day served, and the remaining four days to be served on w*x»kends.
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Jean Oxley Heads Linn Plan Group
Linn Supervisor .lean Oxley was elected Monday night to serve as chairman of the county regional planning commission in 1975. She replaces VS ii* ham Martin, who has chaired the commission the last two years.
Also elected for next year were Lou Shepard, vice-chairman; Pat Marshall, secretary, and Hal Schaefer, treasurer.
Police Officer Files $25,000 Counterclaim
Cedar Rapids police officer Antone E. Imhoff has filed a 925.(MNI counterclaim in federal court to a suit filed against him by ( arson Borseth of rural Cedar Rapids.
Borseth’s IttUNHi 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 Oft 24
Imhoff had earlier sued Borseth in small claims court, asking $1 000 damages for a beating he claimed he- suffered
In his counterclaim to the federal suit, Imhoff contends he was “violently assaulted" by Borseth, receiving lacerations and bruises from being beaten and kicked
Imhoff is asking $15,(MHI in actual damages and $10.0oo in punitive damages in the federal suit, he has agreed to drop the small claims action
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Three Sentenced On Guilty Pleas
Three persons were sentenced in Linn district court Tuesday on their guilty pleas to charges against them
Merle F. Minor and James 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 of larceny in the nighttime of goods valued at less than $20
Minor, 44, and Chase, 42, both of Cedar Rapids, were accused of stealing $1,000 worth of tires from a southwest Cedar Rapids business Aug. 22.
John D. Eggf received a suspended sentence of 30 days in the county jail on his guilty plea to a reduced charge of 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 Tuesday to life in prison in the strangulation slaying of 2-year-old Shelly Day.
The sentence was pronounced in Black Hawk county district court by Judge Joseph Keefe.
Fitz 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 before going to the state penitentiary at Fort Madison.
Attorneys said the Iowa supreme court will be asked to review the conviction.
Judge Denies Suit Against Linn Officials
I S, District Judge Edward J. McManus has ruled against a Jefferson City, Mo., man who filed suit against Linn county and Missouri officials on grounds he was spirited across the state line.
Among those named in the suit were Linn County Sheriff Walter Brant, Assistant Linn County Attorneys Eugene Kopeck)' and Thomas Horan and several Missouri law enforcement officers. In his petition. Melvin Pierson claimed he was on parole after serving six years on a murder charge and that he was pickisl up for parole violation and put in the Linn county jail in September of 1971.
Pierson contended he did not have an extradition hearing before he was transferred back to Missouri In a summary judgment. Judge McManus ruled that a hearing waiver signed by Pierson was voluntary and that the defendants in the suit acted within the scope of their authority.
Pierson had asked $123,000 in damages.
Max Byerly, route three, Cedar Rapids, reported to the Linn sheriffs office that his residence was entered Monday evening and a television set. silver coins, a $2 bill, a watch and two knives were stolen. No value was listed for the items,
ON THIS DATE in 13K4 John Wycliffe first translator of the Bible into English, died
Dividends on GI Insurance Go Up Jan. I
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Veterans Administration will begin paying higher (ll insurance dividends for veterans of World War I and II beginning Wednesday, while Korea-era veterans will receive dividends for the first time.
The dividend payments announced Monday by VA Administrator Richard L Roude-hush will cover almost 4 5 million veterans. The dividends are paid automatically on the anniversary date of individual policies and the first checks will go out Jan. I, Roudebush said.
Over all, the dividend payments will total $335.6 million, which is $31.8 million higher than last year and the eighth year in a row that the amount of the dividend has climbed.
The 139,000 World war I veterans whose' U. S. Government Life Insurance (USGLI) policies bear the prefix “K” will receive an average payment of $169. compared with $156 in 1974 and $142 in 1973.
The 3.2 million World war II veterans whose National Service Life Insurance (NSLI) policies bear the prefix “V” will receive an average payment of $83. compared with $75 in 1974 and $72 in 1973.
Dividends will be paid for the first time to 566.00(1 Korean war veterans whose Veterans Special Life Insurance (VSLI) policies carry the prefixes “RS" and *4W’\ The payments, authorized by congress last May, will average 111, the VA said.
There are no dividends for Vietnam-era veterans since the only government-sponsored policies for them expired shortly after they got out of the service unless they converted the policies to regular civilian insurance.
The increased dividends for veterans of World wars I and ll 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 length of time the policy has been in force.
Bernadine Potter Dies, Rites Thursday
WATKINS - Bernadine A. Potter, 61. rural Watkins, died Monday after a short illness.
Born Sept. 29. 1913. at Watkins, she was married at Norway to Melvin Potter Oct. 9, 1940 She was a member of St. Paul s Catholic church, Newhall. the Royal Neighbors lodge and the Newhall Altar and Rosary Society.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter. Mrs. Ray Burton. South Bend, Ind.; a granddaughter, a brother. Lawrence Becker, Watkins, and a sister, Alice Thompson, Atkins
Serv ices. Thursday at IO 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 I to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Teahen's.
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The following matters are among those acted upon Wednesday by the Cedar Rapids city council; all resolutions were passed unanimously unless otherwise noted, and the mayor and all councilmen except Parks Commissioner Stan Reinis were present. Complete information on council activities is available at the city clerk’s office.
Second reading for ordi-
nance rezoning, R-2 to R-3. property at 4935 Iziuisa street NE. petitioned by Jack and Marian Barnes.
Second reading for ordinance rezoning. R-4 to R T, property at 1956 First avenue NE. petitioned by Drs. Robert and Richard Geiger.
Resolution rescinding resolution that established temporary fold-out stop sign at th** intersection of Eighth avenue and Sixth street SW\
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We wind up 1974 with a defensive gem that may well be the swindle of this or any year.
Playing at the normal six notrump, declarer makes 13 tricks by successfully finessing for the king of clubs. At one table in the duplicate game where the hand was played North jumped all the 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. East had been doing some thinking of his own. He 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 IO
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Rockefeller Bank Branches Bombed
SAN JUAN, P R (UPI) -Early-morning bombs Tuesday damaged two brant bes of the Rockefeller-family-owned Phase Manhattan Bank here while Vice-president Nelson Rockefeller vacationed 35 miles away.
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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 Cedar Rapids hospital.
Born July 28, 1898, rn the Jordans Grove area, she was married to Burt E. Tritle Dee. 22. 1923. at Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Tritle attended the University of Northern Iowa, and taught school 19 years. She was a member of the Alburnett 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. Ixmg Mount. Colo.
Services will be held 1:30 Friday at the United Methodist church. Friends may call at the Murdoch chapel in Marion after ll am Thursday and at the church after ll a rn Friday A memorial fund has been established.
Man Is Fined $10 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 $10 and costs.
He was charged with assaulting Debby Mitchell on Dec 28
ON THIS DATE in 1879 Thomas A. Edison first demonstrated the electric incandescent light.
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