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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, High Point, North Carolina 2d High Point Enterprise sunday july 7, 19741 against drug system overdose death spurs parents to do Battle by Petee Arnett a special correspondent Lansing Mich. A Craig Stuttman s Mother nervously and against her will searched her son s room last Winter because she feared he was a dope addict. Horrified she recognized the paraphernalia of the Junkie. She broke three syringes and a Burnt spoon she found hidden in a Box among his Navy mementos and poured Beer on the Small packets of White powder also hidden there. Later she confronted her son pushing up his sleeve. The Needle tracks showed plainly on the soft underside of his Arm. Now Craig Stuttman is dead killed in his room just two Days before his 21st birthday when he injected what proved to be a fatal mixture of heroin and procaine in his Arm. And his grieving parents Well known in this Michigan state capital who tried and failed to arrest their son s descent into death have launched a Public Campaign to draw attention to the spread of drug abuse among America s youth. A we just Don t want Craig to have died in vain Quot said his father Leonard Stuttman who once hosted a popular to adventure show in the Midwest was National director of the emergency Relief fund for Bangladesh in 1972, and is now administrator for Field and program services at the american soybean association at Hudson. Iowa. The Day his son Craig died in late june. Stuttman sat Down and wrote a bitter obituary lamenting the a Bright intelligence Quot of his dead son that would never be realized. And castigating sorely for its inability to come to terms with the evils of the drug business a that preys upon the unsuspecting youth and weak of our the Lansing state journal ran the obituary across the top of Page one bringing in an Avalanche of sympathetic mail to the Stuttman and a Stream of visitors to their neat White Frame Home at the Rural Edge of town. A we kept hearing the same Story from them a Stuttman said. A one Man said his 16-year-old daughter was on drugs another s son hanged himself in the garage. One Man knew of two addicts taking the Needle daily right in his office in Lansing. There were doctors lawyers Ordinary Stuttman added a i have come to the conclusion that there is hardly a person out there that has t been touched by something like this. This is a War creating More casualties than any previous War we have fought the Stutt mans own Battle to keep their son alive still assumes nightmarish proportions in their minds. Craig was the second of their four sons naturally Bright and with an amiable nature a slim 5 feet. To inches with shoulder length Brown hair. He dropped out of High school at age 15 instead of following his older brother to College As the family hoped. A but i came to the conclusion that Craig was a boy in command of his own destiny a said his father a and that of All the boys we had he had the most potential. He was sensitive to human needs when he was 15 Craig told his Mother he had been regularly smoking marijuana since he was 12. That fact plus concern that his friends were leading him astray persuaded the nonsmoking Stuttman s to Send Craig to his grandmothers in Washington d.c., and later he joined the . Navy returning to Lansing at age 19. Craig started seeing his old friends some of whom by now had served time on drug charges. He worked at a Motel and on the Assembly line at the general motors Plant but his Mother started getting suspicious about his sudden windfalls of Money and feared that he was dealing in marijuana. A i asked him straight out. But he said he was not doing anything to Hurt anyone a his Mother recalled. Eventually Black Farmers disappearing she found the syringes and heroin in his room a and i presumed he was hooked forever and Ever a she said. But Craig was not interested in getting treatment. A i can handle it a he told his Mother confidently. But a few months later in March this year Craig pleaded with his Mother to help him. He said heroin was getting the better of him. A by now there was an obvious manifestation of drug behaviour in our son a mrs. Stuttman said. A i would see him every two or three Days. The pupils of his eyes were always pinpointed. A the visited a Friend at Rhode Island to try and kick the habit. He visited other friends and came Back clean but soon was on it again. He refused to go to a methadone Center because he said the police fingerprinted you and took your picture and he was Adamant about not getting a police record a his Mother said. His father was deeply concerned about his son. But also a a internally enraged Quot that Craig had brought the ugly drug scene Home affecting his Mother and his Young Brothers a who had always looked upon him As a Robin Stuttman said his verbal communications with his son were a very difficult he would put up so he left most of the talking to his wife while he left notes on his songs Pillow containing quotes and reflections of life. A i wanted to show him that i was disappointed that he was wasting his potential a Stuttman said. The last letter he wrote to his son from Iowa arrived the Day after his death. It contained a typewritten quote about the Virtues of human labor and ended with this Handwritten notation a do you know any users on the drug scene that Are winners a mrs. Stuttman said a a in a a fighter. I kept saying to myself somehow i am going to make him Stop but what could i do i could t just lock him up in his room. He was a by mid june however mrs. Stuttman found that her son was getting More heavily into drugs. A i told him you Are hell Bent for destruction and that you Are not going to destroy yourself in my presence in my Home. A i feel i am killing you by feeding you clothing you and allowing you to shoot up yourself every Day. I just got hysterical a mrs. Stuttman recalled. Craig replied simply a All right Iti split a and left for the apartment of his Girlfriend Ann. She called his parents to say he seemed genuinely upset by his mothers outburst and would make yet another attempt to beat the habit. Ann not an addict herself but who had seen Craig and his friends often shooting up nursed him for five Days As he tossed and turned vomiting and feverish As he suffered the withdrawal agonies. The Day before he died Craig returned Home and his Mother recalled a we had our Best talk yet. It was Frank and Craig was certain he would stay off drugs. He would be 21 in three Days. He promised me he would enter manhood with his body heroin mrs. Stuttman telephoned the Good news to her husband in Iowa and he remembered her elation. A she was out of her but next morning Craig came Home around 9.30 and said he would rest a while. Mrs. Stuttman said a the looked great but when he went upstairs i thought to myself by god he might be making it again. I told myself done to Bug relentless March of Blades cuts Kansas wheat crop will Harvest suffice from Page id future will be padded with plenty. Wheat Many believe made civilization possible. A grass whose origin is unknown it has sustained human beings since written history s Dawn and maybe before. The wheat Harvest is perhaps Man s most ancient ritual. In Kansas the wheat Harvest is a time of gut wrenching tension. People and machines Muster As if for an invasion. Farm wives abandon air conditioned Homes to drive trucks in dust and heat. Young children left on their own play in the Straw at Field Side. Tempers flare. Minor breakdowns loom As tragedies. Highways Jam with trucks and lumbering combines. Exhausted workers push themselves straining for every Bushel. A Bank of Clouds appears on the horizon at Sunset. Lightning makes evil webs of Silver and yellow Light like Distant warfare. The air cools and smells of rain or perhaps Hail. Nature twists the screws one More turn. A someone s catching hell Over there tonight a says a Farmer looking across Flat Kansas Countryside to the storm. He hurries away tension speeding his step. Townspeople speak in almost hushed tones. Their economic futures too rest on the tender Reeds waving in the Fields. A with that storm out there work through to Midnight a says a cafe worker. A Zuti be dangerous on the highways Combine headlights Stab the darkened Fields. Three times around the Thresher Blades cutting cleanly and skillful hands guide the massive machine to a waiting truck. Grain pours in a torrent from a Combine spout into the truck. The flow stops and quickly like performers in a Long practice dance the machines separate. The Combine returns to the Field to slash More Gold from the Plains. The truck charges off roaring Down Dusty gravel roads toward a country elevator blazing with Light and alive with activity. Like worker bees from scattered Fields trucks Rush into the elevator bringing sustenance for the hive of humanity. They arrive at the rate of almost one a minute scurrying to a sheltered pit where workers open the trucks tailgate and Loose a flood of Grain. Conveyor belts will move it from the underground pits up into the 19-Story elevator for storage. In three minutes the truck is empty and racing Back to the Field. Another truck replaces it. And then another and another. Railroad cars and larger trucks will Transfer the wheat later to Distant terminals. Last year Farmers from Texas to Oklahoma sold Early in the season at $2 a Bushel and then watched the Price driven up finally to More than $6 a Bushel As millions of tons were purchased for Export to Russia. Exports in recent years Are a major reason Why the governments stored surplus is nearly gone. In the first 6 months of 1974, perpetual savers earned dividends totalling. Durham you might Call him the vanishing american of the 70 so a a Middle age victim of changing times and lifestyles. He s the Black car owner in the South and he a in trouble. Blacks Are losing their farm land at an a amazingly rapid Pace and unless the trend is halted there May not be any Black Farmers left by the end of the Century a Duke University researcher warns. Ironically says or. Lester Salamon assistant professor of political science and a member of Dukes Institute of policy sciences and Public affairs the problems of the Black Farmer Are mounting in the midst of the nation s Effort to improve the conditions of its minority poor. The loss of Farmland is especially acute Salamon con. Eludes in a study for the . Commerce departments office of minority business Enterprise because land constitutes probably the largest a savings account under minority control in the South a and historically the Only sizeable resource Blacks have been Able to hold. Salamon s study provides a Basic statistical profile of Black owned land in the South examining its distribution trends in ownership and character of economic activity taking place on it. The study contains these major findings a Blacks represent 6.3 per cent of the landowners in the South and they control 2 per cent of All Farmland in the Region. A since 1954, Blacks have been losing their land at the rate of 330,000 acres a year. The rate slowed somewhat Between 1964 and 1969, but continued losses could result in total non ownership by the year 2000. A As of 1969, there were about 67,000 Black Lan Downers in the 14 Southern states the old confederacy plus Missouri Kentucky and West Virginia but Over half their holdings were concentrated in Only four states Alabama. Mississippi and the Carolinas. A Blacks controlled 5.6 million acres in 1969, the latest year for which data Are available. Salamon conservatively estimates the Worth of the land at $1 billion in effect savings a gained slowly Over Many decades frequently against great a As Small subsistence Farmers Are forced out by economic and other pressures there has been a parallel Rise in the average acreage of Black owned commercial farms those earning Over $2,500 a year although these farms appear to be stronger economically they May not be Able to survive the Long haul. A there were about 17,000 Black landowners who operated commercial farms in 1969, and almost one fourth of these were in North Carolina where Small tobacco farms still thrive. A surprisingly Black Farmers earn More profits and invest More in equipment than Whites when figures Are computed on a per acre rather than per farm basis. The Superior profit performance of Black Farmers whose average holdings Are 84 5 acres probably stems from the greater intensity with which they work their land and lower production expenses related to less use of fertilizers. Salamon concluded government farm programs provide marginal benefits that help boost the profit figures somewhat. Salamon found that the conventional belief that Black farm owners encounter difficulty in securing credit May be in error. Why done to you Start sharing in this special Bonus for the Thrifty. Join our special interest group rate maturity annual yield Type savings 7v2% 4 years s20.000 7.79% certificate 63/4% 2 is years 11s.h0 a a a a 6.98% certificate 6v2% 2 years 6.72% certificate 6v4% i year 6.45% certificate 5v4% anytime 5.39% passbook a of a Vongi and dido do it kit to compound Over a full year cd that inv. Nit in Tim. Frimml in in nor a in to fun not mute upon to love 1wmoy tort Tuit cd coming 11 prior to maturity and the. 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