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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 'fchf Cfdtir ftrtpub QtojfHc iMlI aas*Generations Come and Go It was as though a missing generation had been found the day the children came home nine years ago. The island’s one-room schoolhouse reopened, a basketball court sprouted overnight on the main street at the head of the harbor and once again there was the sound of a child’s laughter in Frenchboro, Me. Fourteen foster children had been embraced in Frenchboro homes in hopes they would give the island a renewed lease on life. Island population had dwindled from 200 to barely 50 persons, mostly lobster fishermen and their wives, during the first half of this century. By 1965 there were too few children to open the schoolhouse and the very existence of the island community in the future appeared doubtful. The islanders applied Yankee ingenuity and through the Maine department of health and welfare 14 homeless mainland children began a new life on this almost inaccessible island IO miles at sea from Seal Harbor. AP Wirephoto* But that was nearly IO years ago, and today nearly all of the children have gone. Some of the foster children returned to their original parents, others failed to adjust to island life. In the meantime, few island children have been born. Two foster children, Kevin Lunt, 9, and his brother, Ralph, ll, left, are shown repairing a lobster trap on a dock near the island’s only church. The Lunt family moved to the mainland at the start of the school year because their eldest son has diabetes. But, once again, Frenchboro is faced practically without a generation of tomorrow.Happy? Not Really Everyone seems happy in this picture, but earlier Sen. Henry Jackson (D-Wash.), right, had provoked Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani of Saudi Arabia, left, by proposing the Arab nations start selling oil to underdeveloped nations at a greatly reduced price of 35 to 40 cents a barrel. The disagreement resulted in a heated exchange between the two men at an international oil conference in Washington. . In center is Melvin Laird, former secretary of defense and chairman of the National Energy Project. UPI TelephotoIdeas Pay Off Robert T. Cass, left, an employe of the Maytag Co. at Newton, netted himself $2,500 for a suggestion he made for an industrial process involving cutting teflon discs used in automatic washer agitators. Cass, who has worked for Maytag 33 years, has received payments for 16 previous ideas. He is shown with D. J. Crumm, Maytag president.Drives Spike Working on the railroad. Gov. Robert Ray swung a sledge at Ida Grove Friday to drive in a spike officially initiating a raiload branch line improvement project involving upgrading 38.4 miles of track in northwest Iowa. The project is the first under the Iowa state-assisted railroad improvement program, the first of its kind in the nation.Firemen Called to Collins Radio UPI TPtophoto Cedar Rapids firemen were called at 1:03 a m. today to Collins Radio building 109 at 5225 C avenue NE. Called an extra alarm fire, four engine companies, two aerial trucks and a rescue squad were on the scene. Cause of the blaze and extent of the damage had not been re vealed Saturday morning UPI T•(•photo OaMtt* Photo by John Mc I yof ! ;

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