Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Teachers Learn Cycle Safety
CEDAR FALLS - With more motorcycles on the road than ever before, some of Iowa’s drivers education teachers are learning about the operations of these vehicles at a two-week motorcycle driver’s education course at the University of Northern Iowa.
The motorcycle riding experience the teachers bring to class runs a wide gamut. Some have never been on a bike before, while others have owned their own cycles for years.
But with the number of motorcycle registrations increased 322 percent since 1961, and a disproportionate number of accidents for their
number, the teachers are learning safety techniques
that they can pass on to their students.
Upon completion of the two-week course, the teachers will be recommended by UNI to the Iowa department of public instruction for certification
Those who do not already have a motorcycle driver’s license will also have the opportunity during the course to apply for and be tested to receive one.
The teachers spend the majority of their time away from the classroom, out on one of UNI’s parking lots.
learning the techniques of
These range from the
simplest—walking. turning and starting the cycles—to the more complex actions of night driving and maneuvering
under special conditions such as on hills and through mud and rain.
Mornings are spent in the classroom, where teachers are given a wide range of in
formation on motorcycles so they can make up a program for a motorcycle safety education course in their schools, a requirement of the class
“Motorcycle riding is ten times more respectable than it
No Tombstone, Monuments To Weber More Enduring
BELLEVUE —This historic place where legends dwell was just a wide spot in the road when rapt. John ll. Weber came to town in 1844.
Weber had come to retire, after a strenuous life of many years as explorer, hunter and trapper in the far west.
Born in Denmark in 1799. he ran away to sea. captained a sailing ship before he was 21. and eventually landed in St Louis in 1815.
In the spring of 1822. he met William Henry Ashley and Maj Andrew Henry, fur traders, who had come to St. Louis to organize a company to trap, hunt. and to trade with the Indians in the Rocky mountains.
“No richer hunting and trapping grounds existed anywhere than in the Rocky Mountains, or the Wasatch range in Utah.” said one returning trapper.
Despite such optimism, he did not try to hide what he called the other side of the picture. While scores of men earned their fortunes quickly, hundreds of others labored for months with but little success
Weber joined the party convinced by Henry's remarks that, “the fur trade, which had spurred the sudden urge to the northwest, would ensure a dazzling future for them "
Weber. Ashley and Henry, with 50 Canadians in two keelboats, left St. Louis and slowly ascended the .Missouri river Slx months later they reached 'the mouth of Yellowstone river. were they made a cache of supplies that could not be taken with them
Weber and Henry took command of 13 men each and started overland to the Columbia river. The remainder of the party returned to St. Louis. Ashley sent the keelboats back each year to replenish the cache and haul out the furs.
Weber and his party roved and hunted over the Rockies
and Wasatch range from 1822 to 1827.
They probed the trails that are highways and railroads today, and learn the way from the Missouri to the Columbia rivers, and from the Salt Lake desert of Utah, to the pine-covered ranges of Oregon.
For five short years. Weber knew his paradise—freedom, excitement, solitude, adventure. the satisfaction of planting his feet where white men had not trod before
And then, it was all over -with beaver nearly trapped out. buffalo becoming scarcer, the Indians tamer, and the lonely trails becoming peopled by home-seekers.
Returning home to St. Louis in 1827, Weber saw for the first time, his son. William who was born during his absence.
Moved to Bellevue
The family moved to Galena. 111., in 1832 (at that time, noted for its lead mines), then to Bellevue in 1844, where Weber was employed as clerk in a general store.
Although Weber’s share of the profits of the expedition was 120,000. he died a poor man -beaten out of his share, so history says, by dishonest partners.
He become afflicted with neuralgia and at times, was disagreeable and unhappy Perhaps, Weber must have thought, he did not belong in a civilized society
He committed suicide in 1859. and was buried in an unmarked grave in North Bellevue
Although no tombstone marks (apt. Weber’s grave, several enduring monuments in Utah have been given his name—Weber river and Weber canyon When one of the counties, bordering on the Great Salt Lake, was created in 185(1, it was named. Weber
A United States Geological Survey geologist, Clarence King. working in Weber Canyon. in 1878. named a geological formation, the Weber sandstone, in honor of the captain.
A Jackson county history tell us:
“(’apt. Weber ws not only a trapper, but he also was a discoverer ... it is remembered because he was the first white man to look upon the Great Salt lake “
Another historical source states that Jim Bridger, a member of Weber's expedition. is believed to be the discoverer.
Was it Weber or Bridger9 No one knows for sure.
But the historical-mmded citizens of Jackson county like to think that it was Weber, who was the first white man to look upon the Great Salt lake — the “boiled down’’ remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, that existed during glacial times.
was ten years ago,” Ivan Eland. UNI director of safety education and instructor of the course, said.
“A person used to think of a motorcyclist as a black-jacketed. long-haired hippie, but this image is changing ”
The main point Eland stresses is the safety aspect of motorcycle riding A number of movies are shown depicting how the motorcycle rider should always be alert for hazards in his riding area, because if he does not, no one else will
Noting that most motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers, Eland said, “(’ars do not always give motorcycle riders the right-of-way that they should The motorcycle rider has a narrow range, and. thus, is not always seen.
“There is an old adage that bikes do not argue with motorcycles, cycles do not argue with cars, cars do not argue with trucks and so on There are psychological ramifications for this.”
To exemplify this point, one movie shows how a man on a motorcycle approximately a block away from an approaching car can be obstructed from the car driver’s view by an obstacle as thin as the width of a pencil.
Another shows how a motorcyclist driving too close to parked cars can be knocked down by an opened door or a car backing out of a space.
The teachers also received information on motorcycle driving laws, buying a cycle and resources they can obtain for their own motorcycle safety education courses.
Eland and the staff of the department of public instruction think a new law will soon be established that will require motorcycle driver’s education classes, taught by certified instructors, as a prerequisite for obtaining an operator’s license
One report done on motorcycle accidents showed half of the drivers involved in these accidents either had no license, or had the license for only six months or less
Beginning with the 1975 spring semester, the motorcycle safety education course will be offered as a regular semester course, expanded from its present formPeggy Ohrt Named To Cornell Duties
MT. VERNON - Peggy Ohrt. a former resident of Independence, has joined the Cornell college administration
as assistant dean of student affairs
Miss Ohrt. a graduate of Drake university, earned her master of arts in education degree from Indiana university, and was recognized there as the top 1974 graduate in the field of college student per-wane!
Mis^ Ohrt will serve as advisor lo student organizations and will counsel students and groups She will also conduct an in-depth examination and evaluation of the freshman experience at CornellWalt Sour Is Cited At DA Convention
OELWEIN - Walt Saur, Oelwein, received the Distinguished Service award at the national district attorneys’ convent K»n at I .ake of the
Saur was characterized as a "highly capable prosecutor primarily interested in the
welfare of his people” as hi' received the award
He has been involved in an in-service training program for prosecutors Sauer was
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Scheduled To Become Ballpark, Site Being Used by Gardeners
By Val ( orley
URBANDALE (AP) - More than 200 amateur farmers have spent their evenings this summer cultivating plots of 20 by 25 feet behind the Parker Brothers’ plant in Urbandale
The gardens were furnished for the asking on six acres of land to help local residents beat the rising food costs.
“We were going to donate the land to the park board for a bal! diamond, when a former city councilman suggested land was needed for gardens in this part of town.” said Robert Darbrieo, who manages the Parker plant.
The firm published an ad in the local paper announcing theWiese To Coordinate Veterans Affairs
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Wiese, a 1988 graduate of
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availability of the plots and received more than 200 inquiries that day.
A local engineering company surveyed the land and marked off the plots and a farmer was hired to plow and disc the land
The gardeners each chipped in $2 to pay the farmer for his work.
“Some came out and did some additional tilling, others just raked it up.” Darbrieo said “Planting took place when the (spring flood waters) subsided ”
The gardeners did not find this year a particularly good one to plant with the early floods turning to a summer drought But Darbrieo said the crops are turning out “generally good.”
Most of the gardeners brought their own water supply almost daily in IO-15 gallon buckets and then watered their plots with smaller pails.
“Any day of the week you can go out in back and find people tending crops, picking their vegetables or pulling weeds,” Darbrieo said
He said a few people who signed up for plots did not work them, but that ground was quickly taken over by those working neighboring gardens after asking for approval
The plant manager said he
was amazed at the diversity of people participating in the project.
“You see someone in a ’58 Ford or another in a ’73 Buick,*’ he said “I know of at least one retired farmer who has a plot out there ’*
Darbrieo said crops included onions. cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelons, cabbages. lettuce, green beans, corn — “corn didn t do too well this year” — and anything else imaginable.
“Generally, crops were pretty good, considering the year and all,’’ Darbrieo said
“My wife has a plot Our corn was not really very good, but the green beans have been great as well as our beets and cucumbers,
“Our carrots were stunted, but our pumpkins have been coming along real well Our zucchini squash was real good.”
Darbrieo said he has helped his wife some with the harvest, “but she* did most of the other work — she and my two children.”
The plant manager said a couple of his employes are also participating — a night watchman who comes early to work his plot “and one gal who usually slavs after work ”
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In order to learn how to maneuver a motorcycle, Iowa safety education teachers ride their motorcycles around rubber cones placed about ten feet apart. The exercise is part of a motorcycle driving safety education court at the University of Northern Iowa. The drivers shown here are Mike Williams, left, Keota, and Dan Hennoger, Waterloo.
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