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Mount Pleasant News (Newspaper) - December 3, 1970, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
The it pleasant news colder vol. 92, no. 2s4mt. Pleasant Iowa thursday evening december 3, 1970 Price to cents Jeffrey Hart nattering Nabors strike again whenever i have first hand knowledge of something and then run across an account of it in the press i experience a Shock of non recognition. The real world Shivers and stretches into Peculiar shapes As if refracted through shifting layers of water. The nov. 23 Issue of Newsweek for example had k feature article on the University of California and the article May be generally accurate for All i know. But the smell part of it where i have first hand knowledge leaves an utterly misleading impression. Which makes me wonder about the rest. Too in this Small Comer of the article Newsweek undertakes to discuss the situation at the san Diego Branch of the University where there is vacancy in the Chancellor s Post because of the departure of William Mcgill to Tat Over As president of Columbia. Use is newsweek1 treatment to Toto a the rules of Tho University Call for the president to nominate a Chancellor who Buist to approved by the regents. Hitch the president relies on a student a faculty selection committee but at 8an Diego a group of conservative professors circumvented the commit tee to present their choices directly to the interested regents. The conservatives favorite candidate appeared to be Ronald Berman a professor of English and one of a group of selected faculty who have met privately with the governor to discuss University problems. A when we first heard about Berman a one of his colleagues confided to a Friend we thought it was a bad joke. Now nobody a a too now the Anonymous quotation is one of the St lest tricks in journalism. In Newsweek treatment the Anonymous a a colleagues has the last word and leaves the impression that Berman is in fact generally viewed As a a bad that is an unsuitable candidate. Minor question if he a a confided his views to a a Friend a How did the Newsweek reporter come to hear his opinion was the reporter in the closet was the reporter the a a Friend if inaccurate verbs were horses journalistic beggars might ride but what about the substance Here is Berman a a bad jokes As Newsweek clumsily suggests too first of an i happen to know that the group of professors there who would Welcome bermans appointment is not conservative. In fact there Are not enough conservatives at san Diego to form a and in fact the groups leading figures Are such life Long liberals As Nobel prise Winner Harold Urey and Martin Kamen to name Only two. Actually their common denominator is not political at All. They joined together to resist the politicization of their Campus. And Ronald Berman is anything but a bad joke. He is one of the most Active and highly regarded Shakespeare scholars in America. As an undergraduate at Harvard he was a Brilliant student As Well As a track Star of olympic Caliper. After he took his at Yale Berman and i taught together As members of the Junior staff at Columbia. Then he moved on to Kenyon and became an editor of the Kenyon review one of our leading literary quarterlies. Then he chose among Many outstanding offers to take his Job la the University of California. Simply on the face of it his qualifications axe absolutely first rate at least As Good As those of any other candidate. Nor As a matter of fact is he any kind of right Wing extremist. He merely thinks that teaching and scholarship Are the main tasks of the University and that revolutionary politics is a pain in the neck where the Academy is concerned. Bad joke Newsweek coverage is the bad joke. Distributed by King features Syndicate Council votes wage hikes to employees the it. Pleasant City Council passed a Resolution at their regular meeting wednesday evening increasing wages of All City hourly employed personnel by 10c per hour elective Jan., 1,1971. Salaried employees will receive comparable increases. Vacation schedules were also modified to Grant three weeks vacation to All employees who have served the City for 15 years or longer. Previously those with one year service received one week vacation and those with two years service or More received two weeks of paid vacation. In other action the Council re invested funds in certificates of Deposit. Transferred #40,000 from the 1#87 sewer construction fund Back to the sewer rental fund. This was possible due to the receipt of Federal government participation payments from Hud. Authorized for the calling of bids for a pickup truck for the Street department. Renewed a Beer permit for Bud super Valu. Issued a cigarette permit to Charles Shappell for the Kozy cafe. Renewed Mobile Home licenses to Joe Green and a. F. Timmerman. Authorized the Sale of a parcel of land on Park Avenue near the Edwin Melby residence. A Legal description and particulars of the Sale will be advertised next week. The signing of the contract for the Central business study was deferred by mayor Charles Hanna until the chamber of Commerce makes full payment on the chamber share of the Cost. Total Cost of the study is $6,500 and the agreement is that the chamber pays $3,000 and the City the balance. It is understood that most of the funds Are available from the chamber but a Resolution from the chamber Board is required to authorize the payment. U. S. To continue missions Over . Paris up a a. S. Ambassador David k. E. Bruce today defied communist threats of retaliation Gad served notice on Hanoi the United states would continue to Fly reconnaissance missions Over North Vietnam and do a everything in our Power Quot to free captive u. S. Pilots. In a bitter verbal Exchange with North Vietnam Kuan Thuy Bruce denied Hanoi claims that six . Aircraft had been shot Down in the nov. 21-22 raids during which special forces commandos made an unsuccessful attempt to Rescue captive pilots from the son Tay Camp great of Hanoi. Bruce said no u. S. Plane was shot Down in the action and that the commando unit while failing to find any prisoners in the Camp some forces May Call for school changes truck loses to cow in mishap l. E. Simpson reported an Accident to the sheriff office which occurred at 12 30 . Thursday 2<i Miles South and 3 Miles West of new London in Henry county. A truck driven by Simpson route i new London struck a cow owned by Dean Parks. The damage to the of Chevrolet pickup was estimated at $300 to $400 to the front end. Hie cow was knocked Down rolled Over got up and walked off. Or. Simpson was headed West on gravel travelling 40 Miles per hour when the cow came onto the Road. Roger Williams director of secondary curriculum for the it. Pleasant school system grades 7 through 12, was the guest speaker at the local rotary club tuesday evening. He discussed some of the curriculum changes in the school system during the past five years and the forces which will influence changes through the 1070 and 80. Some of the forces that must be considered said or. Williams in determining future curriculum changes include 1. Population growth and urbanization and the fact that some experts Are predicting mass starvation some 90 years hence. 2. Although society is changing from agrarian to Urban our tax Structure for education has not changed. He mentioned that in the Federal budget some 75% of All expenditures Are for the military and defers a. Only 8% is for education. 9. Student unrest and a shift in values. 4. We must teach our students a a How to make decisions. During the past Mah knowledge has doubled every decade. 5. We Are currently undergoing a revolution in a a communications and students today see the world As a one 6. Hie a use and abuse of drugs is an entirely new subject for the educator and a specialized Field that can hot he ignored. In conclusion or. Williams said a we must look at and listen to every human being As a person with intrinsic dignity and Worth first not at their particular roles. Then we begin to see a the Young people in our schools today will determine our Fate during the next 30 years he or. Williams was introduced by Richard Van Tuyl High school principal and rotary program chairman for december. Glenn Couchman was introduced As the High school rotarian of the month. A returned safely without incurring a single serious Bruce spoke after Thuy warned that if the United states carried out further commando raids it would have to assume a full responsibility for the consequences. He did not spell this out. Bruce rejected the statement As a polemics propaganda and distortions of o a o Bruce said the communists were fully aware that the United states was determined to Fly reconnaissance missions Over the North after halting All bombing raids on nov. I 1968. A let me state once again today that we will continue to undertake these reconnaissance missions to help assure the safety of our forces in the Republic of South Vietnam and that we will continue to take the necessary measures to protect our pilots and aircraft a Bruce said. Too Brace again accused the communists of ill treating u. S. Prisoners which he said had prompted the son Tay raid. A it is Only understandable to conclude that you indeed have something to hide and your claims of humanitarian treatment Are open to the most serious question a he said in criticizing Hanoi refusal to discuss the prisoners condition or Exchange. Thuy and the chief Viet Cong negotiator mme. Nguyen Thi Binh returned to the talks today after boycotting them a week to protest the recent u. S. Raids. Both said the communists would fight on to a total Victory if the United states did not accept their peace plans. A tired Christmas shopper tired from a Day of Christmas shopping is 9 month Bobbie Rahn son of or. And mrs. Fred Rahn. On returning Home to 105 e. Broad mrs. Rahn discovered that Robbie was fast asleep in his car seat. Or. Rahn is a student at Iowa Wesleyan College. Nixon to pledges Aid european allies Wilson testifies in own defense tells of death of wife the Wilson Case went to the jury at 2 50 thursday afternoon. Wilson could be found guilty of second degree murder of manslaughter or could be found not guilty. Be with them on a picnic that he Cross examined Wilson and was entered the apartment opened the bathroom door and saw a Man standing in the bathroom. Wilson said he told the Man to leave which he did and asked her not to go 0 0 0 i with any men until the divorce was Frank Edward Wilson 25, it. Final that she said would have pleasant Rural charged with second j anyone at her apartment she want degree murder in the death of his de and for him to leave which he estranged wife Sharrine Wilson 23, cd last june 27, took the stand As a it o o defense witness at his trial in Dis he told about the night of june strict court thursday morning. 26, 1970 a about giving his wife questioned by attorney Donald Bell. He told about his marriage still doing so when court was recessed at 12 10 . Until 2 . He asked Wilson numerous questions about what happened at the death scene. Wilson returned to the stand at 2 . Too the first defense witness wednesday afternoon was mrs. Dorothy Wilson the defendant sister in Law. She told about her brother in Law and Sharrine Wilson getting married in August 1964 having graduated from High school that year. Money in the parking lot at metro mail that she had requested and she she said they lived in a trailer near Tola him she would talk to him Mcmillan Park. She said that he went into Active duty with the Navy Brussels up a president Nixon in his most sweeping commitment yet to America european allies pledged today there will be no us. Troop cutbacks in Europe without reciprocal military reductions by the communist on the contrary he said a Given a similar approach by our allies the United states will improve its forces in Europe. Too Nixon statement was contained in a message read by Secretary of state William p. Rodgers to the foreign ministers of the North Atlantic treaty organization. Nato. . Officials said it was the most advocates big changes by Portugal Lisbon up a Premier Marcello Catano has proposed to parliament the most sweeping constitutional changes in portugese history including the granting of self government for the nation embattled african colonies. The Laws would also increase individual constitutional rights for the citizens of Portugal who lived under a virtual dictatorship and police state under the 36-year regime of Premier Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. Even Catano himself acknowledged the changes he seeks Are a i know for Many people impressed by intensive propaganda. The idea of autonomy for the overseas provinces is shocking a cae Tano told parliament wednesday. A but there is no cause for this Caetano said racial segregation would be abolished in the colonies. The legislation which Caetano proposed and which the parliament seemed certain to pass was a huge stride in the administration policy to turn Portugal into a Modem democratic nation. Caetano began the process almost As soon As he became Premier in 1968 following a stroke suffered by Salazar who died earlier this year. Cross held by kidnappers 60 Days freed Montreal up a Quebec provincial police confirmed today that British Diplomat James Cross kidnapped 60 Days ago by the Quebec liberation front had been released in return for Safe passage to Havana for his kidnappers. Too Montreal up a police and army troops today surrounded a House in which they believed kidnapped British Diplomat James r. Cross was being held and officials began negotiations for his release. A we believe we have found Cross a a police spokesman said. A arrangements Between the authorities and the kidnappers Are being Quot the Safe conduct Issue is and so far As i know the Only matter that could be negotiated a the spokesman said. The reference was to the Canadian government offer to the Quebec liberation front Fly kidnappers of Safe exit to Cuba in Exchange for the life of the 49-year-old British Trade commissioner. The government had restated the offer Only a few Days ago. Negotiations Between the authorities and the kidnappers began s shortly after hundreds of combat ready troops and All available police cordoned off a four Block area and surrounded the two Story residential dwelling on Des recollects Street. The police and army troops launched a operation cordon a bout 9 . Est and began evacuating residents and school children before closing in on the two Story House. Cross was kidnapped by the Quebec liberation front Fly a terrorist organization seeking to separate Quebec from Canada oct. 5. A second Fly Kidnap victim Quebec Trade minister Pierre Laporte was slain by his kidnappers Les than two weeks after the Cross kidnapping. Open minded commitment of this sort Nixon has made since becoming president. They said it goes beyond fiscal year 1972 and is valid for the full period of Nixon current term. The foreign ministers met for the second Day of the annual three Day stocktaking session of the Alliance foreign defense and finance ministers. Too the defense ministers met on wednesday. The soviet news Agency Tass called their decisions a dangerous for the cause of Nixon in his message to the foreign ministers said Quot Given a similar approach by our allies the United states will maintain and improve its own forces in Europe and will not reduce them unless there is reciprocal action from our adversaries. We will continue to talk with our nato allies with regard to How we can meet our responsibilities aug. I 1964, after their senior year saturday when he picked up the in High school of being in the Navy children two years being discharged on oct. J 29, 1966, that his wife lived san their i Wilson told of going to a baseball Home Here with her parents and la game to watch his Nephew play Ter in an apartment about her be then going to his Mother place ing with him at Norfolk. A. Several to sleep then going to new London times while he was in the service of to see his children. On the Way Back coming Home on leaves once when to it. Pleasant he said he started to cry and shake and almost drove off the Road. He said he took a four Way Sunshine Pill which he had obtained in Burlington from two men. He said it made him feel relaxed. Their daughter was bom. Too he said that when he was discharged they lived Here that he worked at the j. I. Case Plant in Burlington and part time at a ser i in returning to his Mother House vice station Here and that she work North of it. Pleasant he said he cd at the a a at Burlington. J rested and at la . Asked his be he said they had disagreements Nike him lnt0 town Over her buying a lot of clothes and Jjck t0id 0f getting out of the car getting Home late and that she said and getting in the backseat of his she did no to have to report to him. Wife car in the metro mail parking one time she came Home he said. 1 it Aad is tune on the Noor he said with a id rear old boy after not be-1 it a and Sau a gho son came a ing Home for two Days and wanted i car drove off after she left her clothes the baby s clothes and Sal a Gholson at her place his wife the baby. She said she wanted to be drive a a a of town that he 3 free he said and he told her she up and touched her on the shoulder could have her clothes but not the it cd a hat she almost ran off the baby. She took her clothes and left. Road he stated. Youth walking at Batavia killed by car Batavia up a a 16-year-old Batavia youth was killed wednesday As he was walking along a Roadway with a group of friends Here. Authorities identified the youth As David Michael Shipler son of or. And mrs. Harold Shipler of Batavia. He was reported dead on arrival at a Fairfield Hospital. Police said that Shipler was struck by a car driven by Jerry Lee Kitchen in. Also of Batavia. Police said that Shipler apparently jumped into the path of the Kitchen car after Kitchen slowed to pass the group walking along the Road. Stuck accelerator blamed for 3-car Accident Wayland a a stuck accelerator on a car being backed from the curb by p. P. Graber tuesday is blamed for damage to parked cars on the South Side of main Street. Damage was estimated Between $1,200 and $1,500 to the three cars involved a those of Anthony Rhodes of Muscatine a Salesman Stanley Miller of Wayland and or. Graber. No one was injured. The Accident was investigated by town Law officers. Injured in crash near Stockport Thomas n. Giberson 61, of Stockport received fractured ribs and facial lacerations in a car pickup Accident 2 a Miles Northeast of Stockport at about 11 00 am. Wednesday. He was taken to the Van Buren county Hospital to Keosauqua where his condition is reported As Good. Giberson was driving South and his 1952 Plymouth Sedan was struck right front by a 1962 Dodge pickup travelling East driven by Wilber e. Mcginnis 62 of Stockport. Mcginnis reportedly failed to Stop at a Stop sign and was charged by the Highway patrol who investigated with failure to yield. The Plymouth was totalled and the Dodge pickup damaged an estimated $400. Later he was sued for divorce Wilson said. He told of moving to a Cabin at Oakland Mills and having the child with him and also staying with his Mother and brother. He said he gave his wife Money when she needed it. He said that on new year eve 1968, she came to the Cabin and wanted to see the baby but Wilson said he told her she could come in but not the 19 year old boy with her. She left without seeing the baby Wilson said. Wilson said that he took Over driving the car and that they Rode around and talked that he asked her to Stop going to a certain tavern to stay Home with the children not to see men until the divorce is final whether there a a Chance of them going Back together but that she said she did no to want to talk about it. They drove around some More and started North on 218 and she agreed to try to go Back to him he said. Wilson said that car lights were bothering him he said he saw cow Ilson said he lived at the Cabin lors and he almost drove off the most of january of 1968. On the Road and that she started screaming night of Jan. 29 he said he came at him that she was not going to that after the divorce petition was late in 1964 after working at j. I. Case in Burlington before going in. He was discharged in 1966 and returned Here. She said that she baby sat for them and had a close relationship with them. The Wilsons separated in 1967, the witness said and he and his daughter Teresa lived on Winfield Avenue. He worked at Case. The witness said she took care of Teresa on occasions that the Wilsons had financial problems and that after the separation Frank Wilson was Remote and talk to her about his problems. Dorothy Wilson said that on Jan. 29, 1968, she and her husband. Art went to a Cabin at Oakland Mills where Frank Wilson was staying and found that he had shot himself in the left Side and was lying on the floor. An ambulance was called and took him to memorial Hospital and later he was transferee to University hospitals in Iowa City she testified. He was there two weeks and his daughter was placed in a Foster Home she related. Sharrine Wilson was living in Burlington at the time and when she was notified that Frank Wilson had shot himself she did no to come to see him Dorothy Wilson said. She also stated that three notes were left by him. She told of the couple going Back together and then separating again in May of 1970. She said that her brother in Law talk to her about it and did no to want anyone to say anything against Sharrine. He never expressed anything but love and affection for her and the child she testified. Dorothy Wilson further testified Home from work where he had been Calid by creditors threatening garnishment of his wages. He went to Stop seeing men or stay out of the filed Sharrine called for him sever tavern. He said that he turned West a1 times. She told of being notified at the Marshall Corner and stopped of the death of Sharrine at 2 30 the babysitters for a few minutes near a Creek that he told her to . June 27 by police chief wern and left notes to his wife brother quit screaming that his head was or Smith who was inquiring As to ringing fiercely. He said that she called him an insane fool and no Man at All and jumped out of the and Cousin he said. He then went to the Cabin and shot himself with a .22 automatic Rifle he said. He stated that he was afraid of losing his wife and daughter and thought that if he was out of the Way his wife would be Happy. Wilson told about being taken to the Hospital of undergoing an operation about his daughter being placed in a Foster Home that his wife come when called Mac up with him helping her. About the shooting. The whereabouts of Frank Wilson. She said she contacted Wilson at work and that he came to her House car. She ran to or 15 feet and look with his two children who were at de like she was in slow motion he a Babysitter Home at new London. Said and that he started running and Felt like he was going to fall. He said she ran Back to the car and got in the Drivers Side and that he grabbed her by the left and she fell to the ground but got right he said he called his wife at her parents Home in Franklin ind. And she told of sheriff Van Crawford coming to her House and telling her of the death. She said she Callo a doctor to tend to Frank Wilson who was not feeling Well but was hesitant about giving him a prescription made for him because of the previous suicide attempt. On Cross examination she said that when she saw her brother in Law on the night of june 26th he said she called him names and that he told her to Stop that she told him to do her a favor and kill himself. She was screaming and Learned that she was pregnant with laughing at the same time and he he appeared tired but otherwise was their second child. She said she 1 said he grabbed her by her should his usual self. She told of making come Back Wilson related cars and Shook her that he said that arrangements with him for the pay that he started to cry and walked be loved her and she quit scream ing of some of his Bills with Mon from a phone Booth in Central Park log and went Limp dropping to the by he gave her that night. Into the path of a car. He said he did it deliberately. He said he was taken to the Hospital and held overnight and that he told investigating police what had happened. A week later she called him and wanted him to take their furniture to Franklin which he did. He said and the couple lived together until september of 1968 when he came Back to work at Case. Later he and his Mother went to Franklin where his son was born and brought his wife and son Back to it. Pleasant he said. No longer serving of Deputy sheriff Charles Droz who had been serving As Deputy sheriff terminated his services at the sheriff s office effective nov. 30. Ground. Wilson said he picked her up and mrs. Arlene Wilson Mother slapped her trying to revive her. J the defendant told about the shoot then put her in the car. He said the j in8 incident in which he was next thing he knew he was standing wounded and of a note from her in water and pulled her body into son she said 8116 thought he was of the Creek. He said he stood there for what seemed like Days and then ran Down the Highway to his Mother Home. He said it was about 4 am. When to arrived there that he changed his clothes and went to work. He said he picked up his children later that Day and went to his mothers Wilson said that his wife started i House where he was told to Call his terse verse by a. C. Gordon the sport of fishing a told in bold prose by Many liars dressed in old clothes. Working at metro mail in december of 1969 and that they got along until she started coming Home late on occasions. He told of having an argument one saturday night with her and that she took the children and left filing for divorce in May of 1970. Wilson said that after that she lived in an apartment in new London and that he saw the children on weekends at the Home of a Babysitter and that he Seldom saw Shar a Rine. He said that he took the child sister in Law Dorothy Wilson and she told him the sheriff wanted to talk to him. He said they met the sheriff at Marshall Corner and he said that Sharrine Wilson had been found dead. Wilson said the sheriff showed him a purse and it was going to do something serious and called her son Art. She told of seeing her son Frank after the shooting and said he had a Hole in his Chest. She went to Iowa City in the ambulance with him. She said and told of the treatment he received. She told of him being depressed and of wanting to be dip him. Also she told about going to Franklin. Md., with Frank where Sharrine and their daughter was about an Exchange of words involving Sharrine father and of Sharmina and her daughter returning Here with them and of the couple going Back together. Mrs. Arlene Wilson said she his wife a and that he started to Learned of the divorce papers being cry. Wilson told of being attended filed in May of 1970 and of her son by a doctor and going to sleep at being depressed again. She said she his mothers House that night and j was informed of Sharrine death of him and his brother going to while at Osceola and of Art coming the sheriffs office the next Day. He also told of going of Des Moines the Ren to her apartment on fathers i following monday and confessing Day and asked her if she wanted to i county attorney James Morrison i there after her with Frank with him. She testified that Frank Kkt no to act like himself and that the death continued on Page 8
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