Part Two: Newspaper Articles


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 12, 1971

Aaron Doolin, 912 Tenth Street NE, appeared in municipal court Thursday and pled innocent to a charge of assault and battery. His trial is set for Sept 20 at 3 p.m. He is charged on information signed by Norma Arrington on Aug 2.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 21, 1971

Aaron Doolin… was found guilty in municipal court of assault and battery. He was fined $10 and costs…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 11, 1970

Ten men have enlisted in the armed forces. Entering the navy’s delayed program were William H. Landers, 19, of 220 Twenty-eighth street drive SE, and Randolph W. Greve, 19, of 1553 E avenue NE.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 6, 1972

Cheryl Titlbach, 22…  pled innocent Thursday in municipal court to a charge of larceny. Her trial is set for Feb. 29. She is charged with taking a purse and credit cards belonging to Mary Lou Kucera on Dec. 24.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 1, 1972

Cheryl Titlbach, 22… was found guilty Tuesday in municipal court on a charge of larceny. She was fined $75 and costs.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 4, 1970

Announcement is made of the engagement of Miss Marcia Lynn Clarkson, 901½ Fifth street SE, to Russell E. Dobbins, son of James Dobbins and Mrs. Ralph Booker, both of Des Moines. The bride-elect’s mother is Mrs. Maxine K. McNeill, 661 Fortieth street SE. Mr. Dobbins attended Kirkwood Community college and is employed by the Iowa State Highway commission. A Nov. 10 wedding is planned.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 15, 1970

A vicious, mid-summer thunderstorm, brewed by a hot front, lashed Cedar Rapids Tuesday night, resulting in one death, several injuries and extensive damage… About 100 trees in the city were smashed to the ground by the 70 m.p.h winds that struck bout 9:20p.m., with numerous instances of big trees hitting houses. The big blow produced only .44 inches of rain in the downtown area, but other sections of the city reported greater amounts. The temperature plunged 20 degrees to 66 as the front passed…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 30, 1970

Cedar Rapids police suspect foul play in the case of a badly decomposed body found in a ditch along Otis Road SE Sunday afternoon, Police Chief Frank Matias said Monday. Matias said it appeared the hands and feet of the body were bound and that rope was found near the body. The body was so decomposed that identification will be difficult, police said. The skeletal remains were taken to Iowa City, where a University of Iowa pathologist, Dr. Earl Rose, will make an examination.

Matias said police are going through the files of missing persons at this time to determine whether the body could be any of those persons, but added, “Any guess as to who the body was would be purely speculation at this time.”

Although there was no immediate determination, police said they think the body was female. Positive determination of sex and age of the body will not be known until the medical examination is complete. Police say it was very difficult to determine how long the body had been lying where it was found, since there were many variables which could influence decomposition of a body. Speculation was that the body had possibly been there as much as five or six months.

The body was found by George Junttila of 724 19th St SE and his two sons, Dale, 14, and David, 11, while they were walking along the railroad tracks on Otis Road across from the sewage treatment plant.

Police said the body was found draped around a steel pin in the ground, which probably had been used in the past for a power pole guy wire. If the body had not been draped around the pin, it could have washed down to the road and been discovered sooner, police said.

Some personal items found around the body, such as clothing, and earth around the body will be sent to Federal Bureau of Investigation for examination, Matias said.

Police are making a full investigation of the area in hopes of turning up more clues as to the cause of death. A searching party spent Monday morning digging around the site where the body was found.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 24, 1971

The city council Wednesday approved the promotion of two Cedar Rapids Police Detectives. Detective Lt. Louis J. Stepanek has been promoted to captain of police. Stepanek, a Cedar Rapids native, joined the department Oct. 16, 1955. He was promoted to the rank of detective Sept. 13, 1963. He was promoted to lieutenant Dec. 1, 1969. Detective Kenneth Millsap has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant of detectives. Millsap was appointed to the police department April  8, 1958. A native of Anamosa, he was promoted to the rank of detective on Jan. 16, 1966. Promotions for both men become effective Dec. 1.



Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 28, 1951

At Mercy—Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stastny, 77 Twenty-first avenue SW, a son Aug. 27… Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Kellogg, 1108 Sixth street SE, a daughter Aug 27.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 21, 1968

Gordie Foy Kellogg, 1108 Sixth street SE, a Cedar Rapids resident for 22 years and an employee of the Quaker Oats company, died in a local hospital Saturday following a brief illness. Born Dec. 16, 1903, at Strawberry Point, he was married to Fern Rieck on March 29, 1944, at Shelton, Wash. He was a navy veteran, having served 23 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are three sons, David and Donald of San Francisco and Rickey of Cedar Rapids; three daughters, Judy Christiansen, Vicki and Deborah Kellogg all of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, John of Garnavillo, Vern of Lamont, and Dalton of Cedar Rapids; and one sister, Josie Bauman of Waterloo.

Memorial services: Turner’s east at a time to be announced later. Friends may call at the chapel after 1 p.m.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 27, 1971

A joint drug raid by Linn sheriff’s officers and Cedar Rapids police was executed at 4:23 a.m. Saturday at 634 Thirty-third street NE, after a lengthy surveillance.

Larry E. Pretz, 20, of that address, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of beer as a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. James P. Bledsoe, 22… was charged with possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Wayne P. Conway, 21… was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Deborah S. Kellogg, 19…  also was charged with possession of beer as a minor.

A 17-year-old girl and boy were charged with possession of beer as minors. George Ulch, 18…  was charged with possession of beer as a minor, as was James Hill 18, Fairfax.

All were being held Saturday morning in the city jail pending arraignment and processing. Seized by virtue of a search warrant issued by Municipal Judge John B. Reilly were several marijuana smoking devices and a quantity of substances believed to be marijuana. When officers entered the house they found one of the youths flushing some unknown substance down the toilet.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 23, 1971

… Deborah Kellogg and Wayne Conway… of Cedar Rapids.



Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 16, 1970

Nuptial vows were exchanged Saturday in a 1:30 ceremony by Miss Kathleen Ann McVay and George Allen Steinke. The Rev. David Larson performed the ceremony in St. Mark’s Lutheran church… The bride’s ivory gown of silk organza featured an Empire bodice and bishop sleeves trimmed with Venice lace. Her elbow-length veil was caught to a Camelot cap and she carried pink roses on a Bible. Miss Kay Lang attended as maid of honor and Miss Paula Oberbroeckling was bridesmaid. The bridegoom’s sister, Mrs. Arthur Stephens, was bridesmatron. Their Empire gowns of pink chiffon over taffeta were accented at the neckline and Empire waist with lace. Daisy clusters held their brief veils and they carried cascade arrangements of pink and white carnations. Thomas E. and Arthur R. Steinke, jr., served their brother as best man and groomsman, respectively. Larry McVay, brother of the bride, was also a groomsman. Ushers were James and Robert Jenson, brothers of the bridegroom, Paul Lang, and Ben Carroll. Flower girl and ringbearer were Susan Frowler and Danny Rowell, brother of the bride. A reception for 150 guests was given in the church hall following the ceremony. The newlyweds left on a wedding trip to Lake Okoboji… They will make their home at 1542 Bever avenue SE.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 14, 1973

…George Allen and Kathleen Ann Steinke…


Sturgeon Family Tree



The Cedar Rapids Tribune—Apr 12, 1929

Mrs. Tom Sturgeon took her 4-year-old son, Thomas Jr. to Iowa City Wednesday, where he will receive treatment at the S.U.I. hospital.


The Cedar Rapids Tribune—Aug 12, 1938

In the District Court of Iowa, In and For Linn County

September Term 1938


To Said Defendants:

You, and each of you, are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Iowa, in and for Linn County, the Petition of the plaintiff praying for judgment against the defendants, Thomas C. Sturgeon and Flossie M. Sturgeon, in the sum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400.00), together with interest thereon of the ration of 4% per annum, from the 1st day of November, 1929, less, however, the sum of Seventy-eight and 53/100 Dollars ($78.53), withdrawal value of stock of plaintiff-association pledged as collateral to the note hereinafter described, as money justly due the plaintiff on the promissory note of the defendants, Thomas C. Sturgeon and Flossie M. Sturgeon, of date February 17, 1922, payable in installments, the whole amount of said note having been declared due and payable because of default in the payment of the installments provided in said note, said note being in the principle sum of $499.99, also for further sum of $153.76 paid by plaintiff for the 1927 and 1928 taxes, together with interest thereon at the rate of 6% per annum from the 17th of December, 1929; also for the further some of $5.25 paid by plaintiff for extension of abstract of title, as by the terms of the mortgage hereafter mentioned provided, also for the costs, including the statutory attorney’s fees. Also paying for the foreclosure of a mortgage made to secure said note, taxes, and abstract fee, made and executed by the defendants Thomas C. Sturgeon and Flossie M. Sturgeon on the 17th day of February 1922, on the following described premises in Linn County, Iowa, to-wit: Lot Thirty-two (32) Alandale, an Addition to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, same being recorded in the Recorders Office of Linn County, Iowa, on the 27th of February, 1922 in Book 455 of Mortgages on page 159.

You and each of you are also notified that the owner or owners of the real estate herein described may appear at the time and place herein stipulated and file application for continuance of said cause of action until March 3, 1039, as provided by the Acts of the Forty-seventh General Assembly of the State of Iowa, known as Senate File 15. You and each of you, are further notified that unless you appear and defend said action at or before noon of the second day of the next regular September, 1938, Term of the District Court of Iowa, in and for Linn County, to be held at the Court House in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, commencing on the 19th day of September, 1939, a default will be entered against you and judgment and decree rendered as prayed in said Petition.

Crissman & Bleakley, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

July 39, August 5, 12, 19, 1938.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 1, 1945

Mrs. Hazel Myers and Miss Irene Sturgeon were sworn into the Woman’s Army corps recently. Private Myers, residing at 618 First avenue NE has a daughter in the cadet Nurse corps and a brother serving with the Eight air force overseas. Pvt. Sturgeon, whose address is 114 Thirteenth street SE, has two brothers serving overseas.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 31, 1951

Thomas Sturgeon, 114 Thirteenth street SE and Lawrence Sturgeon 2341 Twenty-second street NW have received word of the death at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday of their mother, Mrs. Lucy Sturgeon, 86, at Litchfield, Ill. Mrs. Sturgeon was a frequent Cedar Rapids visitor. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bass funeral home, Hillsboro, Ill.


The Cedar Rapids Tribune—Mar 19, 1953

In the District Court of Iowa, In and For Linn County,


To Thomas Chester Sturgeon, the above named defendant:

You are hereby notified that the Petition In Equity of Helen M. Sturgeon, plaintiff, is now on file in the above entitled action, in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Linn County, Iowa, which Petition prays for a decree of Divorce from you, and for the sole and complete care and custody of the child of these parties to be born in the near future, and for such other and further relief as to the Court might appear just and fair in the promises, on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. You are also hereby notified to appear on or before the 24th day of April 1953, before said Court in the Court House in the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and that unless you so appear your default will be entered and judgment or decree will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition.

KENNETH L. MOON, Attorney for the Plaintiff

231 Dows Building, Cedar Rapids Iowa


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 27, 1953

Two suits were dismissed Monday and Tuesday by the plaintiffs. They were a divorce suit filed by Helen M. Sturgeon against Thomas C. Sturgeon and a commission suit filed by Business Opportunities against Don Lawless.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 6, 1954

A special diploma from the Cedar Rapids public schools was awarded to Thomas C. Sturgeon on the certification of Roosevelt Principal Fred Kluss that Sturgeon has passed the required tests in general education development.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 27, 1954

…T.C. Sturgeon vs. Alma J. Sturgeon…


The Cedar Rapids Tribune—Jun 10, 1954

In the District Court of Iowa, In and For Linn County.

T.C. Sturgeon, Plaintiff vs. Alma Janette Sturgeon, Defendant

To Alma Janette Sturgeon, the above named defendant:

You are hereby notified that a petition of the above named plaintiff in the above entitled action is now on file in the office of the Clerk of the above named Court, which petition prays for a divorce from  you, on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment on your part which has endangered the health and life of the plaintiff. You are also hereby notified to appear on or before the 1st day of July, 1954, before said Court in the Linn County Courthouse in the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and that unless you so appear, your default will be inferred and judgment and decree will be rendered against you for the relieve demanded in said petition.

KENNETH L. MOON, Attorney for the Plaintiff

231 Dows Building, Cedar Rapids Iowa


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 6, 1955

…Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr., and Ramza Abodeely… of Cedar Rapids.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 11, 1955

The marriage of Ramza H. Abodeely, daughter of Mrs. Thomas N. Abodeely, 1501 Bever avenue SE, and the late Rev. Mr. Abodeely, to Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Sturgeon, 114 Thirteenth street SE, took place Sunday at 5 p.m. in St. George’s Syrian Orthodox church. The Rt. Rev. George Ghannam read the double-ring ceremony. White gladiolus, majestic daisies and carnations and candelabra formed the altar setting.

The bride’s gown of nylon tulle and French lace over satin was styled with a scoop neckline, fitted bodice and tapered sleeves. A band of lace accented the billowing skirt. Her fingertip veil was caught to a coronation crown of lace edged with seed pearls, and she carried a cascade bouquet of lace edged with seed pearls.

Loretta Abodeely, maid of honor, and the bridesmaids, Josephine Mrad, Lorraine Haddy and Yvon Shaheen, wore white Chantilly lace gowns. Floral motifs in blue for the maid of honor and pink for the bridesmaids adorned the attendants’ gowns. They carried feathered pale pink carnations and white pompoms.

Charles C. Welsh, jr., was best man. Saba Ellis of Madison, W. Va., George Farah and Tom Freeman were groomsmen, and Dr. Robert A. Sedlacek and Russell Crawford ushered.

Nancy Bakehouse and Michele Ellis of Madison were flower girls. Saba Ellis, jr., of Madison carried the rings. Mrs. Robert Sedlacek, vocalist, was accompanied at the organ by Helen J. Haddy.

A reception was given at 7 p.m. in the church parlors. Hostesses were Mrs. George Abodeely, Mrs. DeLane Shaheen, Mrs. Eli Abodeely, Mrs. Donny Shaheen, Mrs. Devere Scallon, Mrs. Douglas Shaheen, Mrs. Kenneth Abodeely and Mrs. Fauzie Nemer, all of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Walton Fazar of Los Angeles; Mrs. Saba Ellis; Victoria Risk of Hollywood, Calif., and Mrs. Albert Haddy of Albert Lea, Minn.

Following a trip to Clear Lake, the couple will be at home at 1280 Seventh avenue SE, after July 15. The bride is a graduate of Paris Beauty Academy and is employed by Ken’s Kurly Kut beauty salon. The bridegroom attended the University of Iowa and is employed by Dewey and Almy Chemical Company.

Prior to the wedding, out-of-town relatives of the bridegroom were entertained at a picnic dinner at Ellis park. They included Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sturgeon on Hillsboro, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kendall and their daughters of Washington, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Sturgeon and their family of Hiawatha.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 31, 1955

Speeding—…Thomas Sturgeon, 1501 Bever avenue SE… fined $15 and costs…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 5, 1959

Dr. G.F. Clark wishes to announce the association of Dr. T.C. Sturgeon in the practice of Chiropractic. Dr. Sturgeon will limit his practice to Geriatrics, or problems associated with aging. By appt. only. Ph. EM3-1093    —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 5, 1959

Sick of being sick?  Send for free informative book. Write Chiropractic Offices, 125 29th St. N.E. Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, Dr. G.F. Clark     —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 17, 1959

Thomas C. Sturgeon, lessee (George Stevens, owner), remodel commercial, 213 4th st. SE. $1,000.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 7, 1959

Thomas. C. Sturgeon, 34, pled innocent to the charge of giving liquor to a minor at a preliminary hearing Monday. Sturgeon, who lives at 534 Tenth st. SE, appeared before Judge Charles Penningroth. He was arrested July 1 while speeding east on First avenue by Cedar Rapids police. He was accompanied at the time by 3 minors who had been drinking.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 16, 1960

Thomas C. Sturgeon, 34… was fined $100 today when he pled guilty before Judge Floyd Philbrick to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of  a minor. Sturgeon, a chiropractor, was originally charged with making liquor available to minors. He pled innocent to that charge last July but changed his plea today to the included charge.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 2, 1961

Most health problems respond to Chiropractic, America’s largest drugless health science. Over 30 million people can’t be wrong. Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, 407 2nd Ave. SE. EM 3-9842    —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 7, 1961

Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, chiropractor, now located at 534 10th st. SE. —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 5, 1962

Dick Nassif and David Van Buskirk lead the entrants in Cedar Rapids’ amateur chess tournament at the half-way point Sunday with three wins and no defeats. Roger Leslie follows with a score of 2½-½. Bunched near the top with two wins and one loss each were Robert Gardner, Stan Gregory, Bob Richardson and Dr. T.C. Sturgeon. The tournament continues for all players next Sunday at the YMCA at 10 a.m. with Nassif and Van Buskirk on the top board, the fifth round at 2 p.m. and the final games beginning at 6 p.m.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 19, 1962

Chess—Cedar Valley Chess team of Waterloo defeated Cedar Rapids East team Sunday at the YMCA, 8-2. Roger Leslie and Conrad Mausser won games for Cedar Rapids. Others on the local team were Robert Gardner, Guy Rich, and Dr. T.C. Sturgeon.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 4, 1962

Dr. T.C. Sturgeon has been elected commandeer of Amvets club Post 50 for a one-year term. Bill Moore was elected first vice-commander and Bill Anson, second vice-commander. Others elected: Dick King, adjutant; Art Eickstnedt, chaplain; and Gene Claney, sergeant-at-arms.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 13, 1963

DR. T.C. STURGEON, chiropractor, available for office or house call. Appointments, daytime or evenings. EM 3-9842

THE PEOPLE’S FORUM: Speed Stories Conflict

Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 30, 1963

To the Editor:

On Aug. 2, 1959, The Gazette printed an article titled “Highway Speed of 65 Safest, Survery Finds”. In this article we find the following: “The question of speed and traffic fatalities remained largely a controversy since the fact to support either side were largely lacking, according to Frederick T. McGuire, jr., president of the AAA. “But now, with completion of an extensive survey of accident factors by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads a new light is cast on traffic fatalities. The survey’s findings are startling and quite contrary to many established views—but they are well founded by research. The most amazing finding is that people driving at relatively high speeds—45 to 70 m.p.h.—have fewer accidents than people driving between 35 and 45.” The above is only a portion of the article, but it should prove a point. In the Gazette of Jan. 25 we find on page two the following article titled, “Blames Speed in Half Iowa’s Fatal Crashes.” In this article we find the following statement:  “Speed is the most frequent cause of fatal accidents,” the highway commission said. “It is probably that speed was a factor in many of the accidents which were attributed to other violations.” As long as our state officials put out this kind of propaganda the real causes will never be brought to light.

T. C. Sturgeon, D.C.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 23, 1963

To the Editor:

…The Iowa highway commission stated the following on Jan. 25, 1963, “Speed is the most frequent cause of fatal accidents. It is probable that speed was a factor in many of the accidents which were attributed to other violations.” Probably 99% of the general public would agree with the above statement. The commission undoubtedly believes it. If the passing of  maximum speed laws had had the effect that was hoped for, we would not be in the process of amending same. Do we always have to learn the hard way?  …Is it so impossible to base traffic legislation on facts, statistics, common sense and the experiences of other states?… One person makes a statement and other people pick it up and repeat it, regardless of the facts. Take the following instance: “If the night truck speed is the same as the night car speed, then the cars will have difficulty in passing the trucks.” Now, I must agree that this is true. In fact, if the day and night speed were the same for all vehicles and all vehicles traveled at that speed, there would be absolutely no passing at any time. If this could be accomplished, it is my guess that the highway death rate would be cut in half.

Since trucks cannot maintain their speed in going up many hills, we must install creeper lanes on these hills, on primary highways, which fact has been mentioned but not emphasized… Other states have found that maximum speed laws without minimum speed laws do not answer the problem. All traffic must be encouraged to travel at the same speed; not over and not under…  People should never pull out into a primary road in such a manner that they make another vehicle show down for them. Why do they do it?  Mainly because they cannot tell how close the approaching vehicle is to them or how fast the other vehicle is traveling. This involves depth perception, which should be a part of all driver examinations. Also reaction time should be tested, which is nothing more than determining  how long it takes for a person to take his foot off the gas pedal and apply the brakes. The equipment necessary for both tests could be built for less than $50…  I do not claim to be a traffic expert or engineer. My own purpose is to try to prove that where hundreds of lives are involved, opinions and arguments have no place. Let us find out the facts from true experts in that certain field before we pass legislation….

T. C. Sturgeon, D.C.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 22, 1963

Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, Cedar Rapids, was elected president of the Iowa State Chess Federation at its annual meeting Saturday in Waterloo, succeeding Dr. Max Fogel, Coralville. Dick Nassif, Cedar Rapids, was elected secretary…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 28, 1963

Mrs. E.L. Crowley, who recently returned from Phoenix where she has resided for the last two years, sold her house at 530 Tenth street SE to Dr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Sturgeon, 534 Tenth street SE, for Aug. 1 possession. Mrs. Crowley plans to return to Phoenix late in August to make her home there. The Sturgeons bought her house as an investment and plan to have a parking lot at the rear.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 8, 1964

Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, chiropractor, has returned to practice from vacation. EM 3-9842   —Adv.

THIS DAY: 10-20-30 Years Ago

Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 6, 1965

1935—Winners in the second annual Cedar Rapids Gazette Kids’ Pet parade included Jean Kelley with the smallest pet, tropical fish; Virginia Greer with the best dressed cat; Irene and Thomas Sturgeon with the best rabbit entry, and Adrich Pohlena with the largest dog…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 12, 1966

… In Linn county it now appears the Democrats have two candidates for state senate posts to go along with the six incumbents for state representative seats. At least nomination papers for Kenneth M. Moore, Cedar Rapids teacher, and Dr. Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr., Cedar Rapids chiropractor, are being circulated for the two nominations open for state senator.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 2, 1966

Fire Saturday night gutted the second story of a frame building at 534 Tenth street SE and caused heavy smoke and water damage to the first floor. No one was in the building at the time. No estimate of the damage was available Saturday night.

First floor of the building was used for offices by Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, chiropractor, and for Ramza’s beauty salon. The upper floor was the Sturgeon residence.

The alarm was turned in at 10:20 p.m. by Linda Corbett, 1015 Fifth avenue SE, who reported she had been smelling smoke for some time and went outside to investigate. Mrs. Corbett found the upstairs rear of the Tenth street house in flames. Four Cedar Rapids fire units answered the call, and brought the flames under control within an hour.

Fire Chief Jesse Hunter said the upstairs of the building had been undergoing remodeling and that it looked as though the fire had been started by a short in uncompleted electrical wiring.

While no humans were in the building at the time, firemen were searching for two Chihuahua dogs reported to have been in the upstairs of the house.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 3, 1966

Due to the fire Dr. Sturgeon will see his patients at Dr. Zmoos Chiropractic office, 1242 4th Ave. SE. 362-5812   —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 18, 1967

SWEDISH massage vapor baths. Tom Sturgeon by appointment. 323-9842


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 18, 1968

A two-story house at 530 Tenth street SE owned by Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, jr., was badly damaged by fire about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday. No one was injured, although Dr. Sturgeon, a chiropractor, rescued his 73-year-old father from the second floor of the burning building shortly after discovering the blaze. Dr. Sturgeon has been in the process of remodeling the upper floor of the structure for use as a beauty shop and the lower floor for his offices. Ironically, the house next door, at 534 Tenth street SE, was destroyed by flames Oct. 1, 1966.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 19, 1968

Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr., … was charged Friday in municipal court with violating the liquefied petroleum (LP) gas regulations of the state of Iowa. Jesse G. Hunter, chief of the Cedar Rapids fire department, said Sturgeon had a 100 pound cylinder of LP gas hooked up in his basement for a supplementary heater. The law, the chief said, states that the maximum allowed is a 25 pound cylinder, and this only while the house is under construction. No liquefied petroleum gas cylinders are legal if the house is being occupied. The charge against Sturgeon stemmed from a Wednesday fire which destroyed his house. The fire, authorities said, started in the basement when the safety hose on the tank began to leak.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 24, 1968

A 100-pound liquefied petroleum (LP) gas tank, being held by the Cedar Rapids fire department for evidence in an alleged violation of the state liquefied petroleum regulations, was turned over by court action Tuesday afternoon to the Great Plains Gas Company. The tank was taken from the home of Dr. Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr…  Tuesday Great Plains Gas CO. asked in Linn district court for a writ of replevin to get possession of the tank, valued at $15… County Attorney William Faches said he has been assured orally by the attorney for the gas company that the tank will be returned for use as evidence. “The company needs to determine if there are any defects, to protect itself in case of a civil suit,” Faches said.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 25, 1968

A charge of violating the city fire prevention ordinance was filed Wednesday against the Great Plains Gas Co. by Cedar Rapids fire department officials. The charge stemmed from a Jan 17. Fire that destroyed the Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, jr., residence…  The city ordinance specifies that all except 20-pound cylinders shall be transported or connected by the dealer, vendor or agent, officials said. In this case, they added, Sturgeon was permitted to hook up the cylinder in violation of the ordinance.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 31, 1968

Municipal Judge John Reilly has sustained an oral demurrer made by Attorney Gerard Glaza on behalf of his client, Thomas Sturgeon, jr., who was accused of violating state liquefied petroleum laws. Glaza contended that the code section charging Sturgeon is not a criminal section but only provides a penalty. In sustaining the demurrer, the judge ruled in effect that fire officials did not file the charge under the proper section. If prosecution of the case is to proceed, the city bureau of fire prevention must file a proper charge.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 10, 1968

A shooting incident shortly before 8 Saturday night led to the arrest of a Cedar Rapids couple. Booked on discharging firearms in the city limits was Thomas Sturgeon, 42, of 1501 Bever avenue SE. His wife, Ramza, 43, was charged with interfering with an officer in the performance of duty. Each was released on $110 bond.

Authorities said Sturgeon got into an argument with James Dirks, 22, of 434 Eighth avenue SW, over a car that Dirks had sold Sturgeon. Sturgeon ordered Dirks off his property, and when Dirks left, police said Sturgeon fired several shots from his automatic pistol. However, none struck Dirks’ car.

Police said the Sturgeons then left, and when stopped in the 400 block of Twenty-fifth street SE, Mrs. Sturgeon attempted to hide the gun.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 25, 1969

Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr., and Ramza H. Sturgeon filed a $35,177.74 damage suit in Linn district court Monday in connection with a Jan. 17, 1968, fire that damaged their former residence at 530 Tenth street SE. Defendants in the suit are Great Plains Gas Co. and Levi C. Pennington, doing business as Westside Heating Co. The fire started after a 100-pound cylinder of liquid petroleum gas from Great Plains and a gas space heater from Westside had been set up at the residence during a remodeling project, according to the petition.

One division of the suit alleges the defendants breached implied warranties that the equipment was suitable for the purpose for which it was used. The other division alleged the following negligence on the part of each defendant:

Westside Heating—Failure to instruct on the proper size of LP tank to use and how to install, not providing sufficient hose length so tank could be set up outside, providing faulty equipment, failure to supply a safety device to regulate or shut off the flow of gas, and furnishing an appliance not certified as to correctness of design, construction and performance in violation of a state safety department regulation.

Great Plains—Providing a leaking cylinder, failure to instruct on the use of the cylinder and not to use inside, violation of a city ordinance on transporting and connecting cylinders in excees of 20 pounds and violation of four safety department regulations, namely, providing an untested container, providing one that had been subject to welding, improper loading in the plaintiff’s truck and permitting other than a dealer, vendor or agent to transport the cylinder.

The suit said the building received $13,252 damage; the contents $8,460.38, and Sturgeon’s chiropractic equipment, $13,464.91.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 10, 1970

Chess enthusiasts all welcome, 8 p.m. Monday evenings. Dr. Sturgeon, 530 10th St. SE   —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 25, 1970

Dr. T.C. Sturgeon Chiropractor office closed Friday and Saturday. —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 12, 1970

Exchange Club—Dr. Tom Sturgeon will speak on karate, and six people will demonstrate karate. Tuesday noon at the Montrose.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 11, 1970

Flossie Muriel Sturgeon, 69, wife of Thomas Chester Sturgeon, died Monday following a brief illness. Born in Pike county, Ind., March 19, 1901, she had lived in Cedar Rapids many years until moving to Des Moines eight years ago. Mrs. Sturgeon was a member of Hickman Church of Christ, Des Moines. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Irene Bakehouse of Washington; two sons, Eugene Sturgeon of Viola, and Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, jr., of Cedar Rapids, four sisters, Grace Nassif of Hollywood, Calif; Golda Smith of Cucamonga, Calif; Mildred Kelley of Cedar Rapids and LaRetta Deal of Seattle, Wash; a brother, Victor Shepard of Ontario, Calif., and 13 grandchildren. Services: Beatty-Buerle chapel at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by Phillip Woodbridge of Hickman Church of Christ. Burial: Linwood cemetery.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 14, 1970

Judgments Entered: T. C. Sturgeon, jr., vs. James Hennigar. $93.75.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 16, 1970

A jury returned a verdict for the defendant Great Plains Gas Co. Thursday in what is believed to be the longest civil trial in Linn district court.

The jury decided to award no damages to plaintiffs Thomas C. Sturgeon, jr., and Ramza H. Sturgeon in their suit for $35,177.74 damages in connection with a Jan. 17, 1968, fire at their former residence at 530 Tenth street SE. The trial began Sept. 28, and testimony was taken for 14 days. The jury returned the verdict at 6:46 p.m. Thursday after listening to closing arguments and the judge’s instructions until 3 p.m…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 17, 1970

Life Science study group, all welcome. 4 p.m. Sundays. Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, D.C., 530 10th St. SE  363-3509  —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 11, 1970

Dr. Tom Sturgeon was elected president of the Cedar Rapids Chess club Monday evening. Bob Miller was elected secretary and treasurer of the club. The club approved final plans for a chess tournament Nov. 21 and 22, to be held in the Keen Teen room at the YMCA.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 23, 1970

David Van Buskirk… took first place in the Cedar Rapids chess tournament conducted Saturday and Sunday at the Central YMCA. Tied for second were Dr. T.C. Sturgeon… and Hank Kemp…. Jeff Strang, 14… placed first in the junior division. The tournament was sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Chess club.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 13, 1971/Jan 15, 1971

Yoga—All interested persons are invited to attend. 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Dr. Sturgeon, D.C., 530 10th St. SE  363-3509  —Adv.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 9, 1971

Thomas Chester Sturgeon, 76, a Cedar Rapids resident most of his life until moving to Des Moines three years ago, died there Monday following a long illness. Born in Irving, Ill., June 7, 1894, Mr. Sturgeon was a member of the Des Moines Church of Christ and was a labor union member for over 50 years.

Surviving are a daughter, Irene Bakehouse, Washington; two sons, Eugene Sturgeon, Viola, and Dr. T.C. Sturgeon, jr., Cedar Rapids; a sister Pearl Scheweska, Florida; a brother Lester Sturgeon, Hillsboro, Ill.; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services: Beatty-Beurle chapel at 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial: Linwood cemetery. Friends may call at Beatty-Beurle’s after 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 31, 1971

An organization which is described by its founders as a “working not a preaching” church has been organized at 530 Tenth street SE. The Life Science Church of Christ is a branch of a church headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Its aim, say the founders, is to help teenagers cope with problems faced in today’s society.

Organizers are: Dr. Thomas Sturgeon, Cedar Rapids chiropractor, board president and minister; Lynn Walls, 20-year veteran of U.S. military police, operations director; Ned Von Stein, advisor for Boy Scouts citizen band radio auxiliary, youth director; William G. Vedder, transportation director, and Clifford Morrison, previously active in young people’s athletics, liaison and athletics director. To help meet operating costs, the group is establishing a second-hand store in the basement of the Tenth street building.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 17, 1971

            Life Science Church of Christ is a newly-founded organization in Cedar Rapids whose purpose is helping youth in the community. Its Operations Director, Major Lynn Wells, is guest on KCRG’S TALK OF THE TOWN at 12:50 PM on Radio 1600.




Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 23, 1968

A Waterloo woman was found dead Monday night at the rear of the Me-Too food market at Sixteenth avenue and J street SW. Authorities said Sharon Wright, 39, had come to Cedar Rapids with her husband, Austin, for a medical appointment. She went to her appointment, and Mr. Wright was to meet her later, police said. When Mrs. Wright did not show up, her husband became concerned and called the local hospitals. He was informed that his wife had been taken to Mercy hospital by ambulance. Preliminary autopsy findings failed to reveal the cause of death, authorities said. Other studies are pending. Police said there was no reason to suspect foul play.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 26, 1968

Further medical tests have failed to disclose the cause of death of a 39-year-old Waterloo woman, Sharon Wright…  Police said again Friday there is no reason to suspect foul play.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 17, 1968

Merle Jess Meyers, 43, of 1815 Eighth avenue SE, was arrested at his home Saturday morning and booked on a charge of attempting to produce an abortion. Detectives refused to reveal any further information other than the time of arrest, 8:40 a.m., and the time of booking, 9:40. The arrest was made by Lt. Kenneth Vanous, Detectives Roy Walker, Robert Conrad, and Patrolmen Charles Gearhart and Charles Peters. Meyers gave his occupation as a self-employed salesman. Meyers was released after posting 10 percent of $2500 bond set by Municipal Judge John Reilly.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 18, 1968

Detectives Saturday night were continuing their investigation of circumstances surrounding the arrest of a Cedar Rapids man on charges of attempting to produce an abortion. No more information was released by authorities in connection with the arrest…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 19, 1968

By Roland Krekeler

An abortion ring in Cedar Rapids may have been uncovered during investigation that led to the arrest of a Cedar Rapids man Saturday. County Attorney William Faches said Monday, “Police are continuing the investigation and if it is successful there will be other arrests. We suspect more than a one-man operation in Cedar Rapids.”

Merle J. Meyers… was charged Monday in Linn district court with attempting to produce an abortion… on an Ottumwa girl in late August or early September in Cedar Rapids. Faches said she was a young divorcee. Judge William R. Eads set Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. for arraignment. Found at Meyers’ residence and garage Saturday under a search warrant issued by Judge Warren J. Rees were a number of medical instruments, authorities said. Faches said in addition to the police investigation he is planning to “ask the court for permission to use the county attorney subpoena used successfully in the recent Lawrence murder case.” “In this procedure,” Faches said, “the witnesses are under oath and the proceedings are reported by the clerk of the grand jury. The defendant and his attorney have a right to be present. I expect to call from eight to twelve witnesses for such proceedings. The purpose is to get a clearer picture of the type of evidence the state will have at the trial… I also expect to find more about others who may be connected.”…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 19, 1968

Dr. Percy Harris, Linn county medical examiner, in a death certificate dated Jan. 30 indicated a Waterloo woman who died recently in Cedar Rapids had had an abortion attempted. The certificate was for Mrs. Austin Wright, 39, of Waterloo, who was found on a Cedar Rapids supermarket parking lot and pronounced dead on arrival at a Cedar Rapids hospital Jan. 22. The certificate, filed in the Linn clerk of court’s office last Thursday, stated:  “Information presently on hand indicates that an abortion had been attempted.” The certificate said foul play was suspected and that the death was still under investigation. No “anatomical cause of death” had been demonstrated, it declared.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 29, 1968

Several persons called to testify under oath in the investigation of an attempting to produce an abortion case allegedly have been contacted and urged not to talk, County Attorney William Faches said Thursday. Faches emphasized that it is a felony to contact such witnesses in certain matters. He also urged any witnesses who have been threatened to contact his office or the police immediately. Protection will be provided, he said. Seventeen witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify beginning Tuesday in the case of Merle J. Meyers…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 6, 1968

Questioning of witnesses under oath in the Merle J. Meyers abortion case continued behind closed doors in the Linn county attorney’s office Wednesday morning. County Attorney William Faches said 12 witnesses had been questioned since the beginning of the questioning Tuesday morning. He said there were six witnesses to be questioned Wednesday afternoon. Originally he had expected to question 17 witnesses… Meyers is scheduled to go on trial April 29.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 8, 1968

Another man has been implicated in the alleged abortion ring under investigation in Linn county. Two charges of attempting to produce an abortion were brought in Linn district court Friday in county attorney’s information against Donald Ray Geater, a truck driver, formerly of Cedar Rapids. He is accused of aiding Merle J. Meyers in attempts to produce an abortion on a young Ottumwa divorcee late last August or early September and on a middle-aged Cedar Rapids divorcee last April… Authorities said witnesses would testify that Geater was present for and took part in the successful attempts to produce the abortions. The charges against Geater followed questioning under oath of 18 witnesses Monday and Tuesday in the investigation of the Meyers case… Judge Warren J. Rees has set $10,000 bond on each charge on Geater. He has not been taken into custody.



Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 19, 1968

Charges were brought Tuesday against two men for allegedly attempting to produce an abortion on a Waterloo woman whose death Jan. 22 prompted an investigation into an alleged abortion ring. Charged in Linn district court in her case and in one other case each were Joseph G. Abodeely, 37, of 701 Thirty-fourth street SE, and Merle J. Meyers, 43, of 1815 Eighth avenue SE.

Mrs. Austin Wright, 39, was found on a Cedar Rapids supermarket parking lot and pronounced dead on arrival at a Cedar Rapids hospital the evening of Jan. 22. The charges Tuesday are the first to be brought against Abodeely. He is specifically charged with aiding and abetting an abortionist. County Attorney William Faches Tuesday said:  “Investigation shows there were at least one or two others at the contact stage. They will not be charged at this time because there is not sufficient evidence to prove the cases. The others we know of were not involved in the actual physical aspects of the attempts to produce the abortions, but were in-between persons who in all probability obtained a pecuniary advantage.” …The other charge against Abodeely was in connection with a former Cedar Rapids resident, now living in Maryland. An abortion allegedly was attempted on her between May 15 and Aug. 1, 1966.

In response to questions whether murder charges would be brought in connection with the death of Mrs. Wright, Faches said, “No. The autopsy did not show that she died as a result of a wrongful act, therefore no one can be charged with murder in the first or second degrees, or manslaughter.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 16, 1968

The woman on whom Merle J. Meyers is accused of attempting to produce an abortion said in his trial Tuesday there was no question in her mind that Meyers was the man who attempted to produce an abortion on her. Asked three times by County Atty. William Faches whether there was any question in her mind about the identity, the 24-year-old Ottumwa divorcee said, “None whatsoever.” Defense Atty. Ralph Koons, however, kept asking questions leading the former Cedar Rapids resident to admit that she did not know the names of Meyers and two alleged accomplices until the police told her the names.

She emphasized, however, that the police told her the named only after she had identified a picture of Meyers as a person she knew as “Doc” and pictures of the other two as being the accomplices. An attempt by Koons to throw out any evidence seized from Meyers’ residence and garage through a search warrant was overruled by Judge J. Paul Naughton. Koons contended the warrant was issued without sufficient evidence to support it and that the return of service was not filed until three days after the issuance of the warrant.

Presented for evidence was a reddish-brown attaché case allegedly taken from Meyers’ garage. The search warrant had called for the search of a black attaché case, following a description given by the girl.

Testimony, which began Tuesday morning, also was given by Dr. Percy Harris, Linn county medical examiner; the girl’s physician, Dr. Harold Bomkamp and Cedar Rapids Police Detective Roy Walker. Harris testified as to the various methods of producing an abortion. He described the method allegedly used in this case as “probably the most common one used by illegal abortionists.” He said the method consists of putting a foreign object into the human body, which the body rejects, comparing it to the tears which come to the eye when a piece of dust enters the eye.

Bonkamp testified that the girl came to him last Aug. 24 and that he diagnosed her as being about two  months pregnant. He said a miscarriage was not necessary at that time to save her life. On cross-examination he said it was possible that her life may have been endangered a week or so later, but that he had not seen her since that August appointment. The witness testified that she was divorced June 7, 1967, but became pregnant by her former husband during the time of the divorce proceedings or shortly after. She said she did not want to have the child because a lawyer had advised her that her former husband would get custody of their one child if the court learned of her pregnancy.

She said she made arrangements for the abortion through her former employer, Joe Abodeely, after she told him of her pregnancy. She said Abodeely took her to Donald Geater on two occasions, who then took her to an apartment on Fourth avenue SE between the 1000 and 1200 block. On cross-examination she said the number of the apartment house was 1017 Fourth avenue SE. She said the apartment was up two flights of stairs and consisted of a living room with a day bed and a kitchen.

She described how Meyers allegedly inserted catheter tubes into her body at the apartment. She said the first attempt was unsuccessful and that after the second attempt she had considerable bleeding. She also testified concerning a third meeting with Meyers at the Town House motel to discuss whether the abortion attempt had been successful. The witness was in good health until the second attempt, according to her testimony, and there was no reason for the miscarriage to save her life.

She told of seeing Mr. and Mrs. Austin Wright in her employer’s nightclub in Cedar Rapids, the Tender Trap, on three occasions last year… The girl said she had dated Abodeely and others at the nightclub, but said she had not been dating Abodeely at the time of the conception. [Detective] Walker testified that after  he had found the reddish-brown attaché cae in Meyers’ garage, Meyers said, “Well you found it.” …Walker testified that Meyers said later, “Someone must have planted this on me.”

In his opening statement Monday afternoon, Faches said the state would present “close to 18 witnesses, six of them women on whom abortion attempts had been made and who we feel will be able to identify the man who attempted to create miscarriage on their bodies.”…

Faches also noted that it is immaterial whether an abortion resulted from the attempt and that an attempt to produce an abortion is illegal in Iowa unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. He reminded the jurors that the women who are to testify are not on trial, “no matter what their transgression or moral faults.”…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 17, 1968

Two more women Wednesday morning identified the defendant in the Merle J. Meyers trial as the one who attempted to produce abortions on them. A third woman testified that Meyers might be the one, but that the man she remembered had more hair and was heavier. Another police detective testified concerning receiving evidence in the case.

The first woman to testify Wednesday was a 29-year-old Cedar Rapids divorcee who works as a waitress at a local bar.

Under questioning by County Atty. William Faches she said when she discovered she was pregnant in June of 1966 she talked to a Cedar Rapids doctor. When she talked about an abortion the doctor told her she could not find anyone to do it, she said. She said she had already attempted to produce an abortion on herself and the doctor warned her that she was likely to hurt herself by such attempts.

In cross-examination Defense Atty. Ralph Koons asked her whether she was guilty of attempting to produce an abortion on herself. Faches’ objection to the question was sustained by Judge J. Paul Naughton. In direct examination she said Meyers came to her house to talk about an abortion and then came a week later to perform it.

She saw Meyers once at a tavern after that before the police brought her into the investigation, she testified. Under cross-examination she admitted she could remember some details clearly, such as Meyers’ identity, but could not remember others. An ADC mother, she testified she recognized the car Meyers drove to her house as a Lincoln, because she herself drives a Lincoln.

The second woman was a young Cedar Rapids divorcee who works at a Cedar Rapids night club. She testified she discovered she was pregnant in January, 1966. She said a friend whose name she did not remember told her she could arrange for an abortion through a Donald Geater.

She said Meyers was clumsy with the operation, dropping instruments and not sterilizing them again. Under cross-examination she admitted not remembering many details about the event because she was so nervous. Under redirect examination, however, she testified her work in the night club has taught her to remember faces, even in places where there is not much light. In the recross-examination she said she has remembered faces of customers after they came back after two years, and sometimes remembered what they drank.

The third woman was a former waitress at the Tender Trap nightclub in Cedar Rapids, now living in Camp Springs, Md. She said when she discovered she was pregnant in May, 1966, she talked to her employer, Joe Abodeely, about an abortion because she felt he knew connections. Abodeely, she testified, connected her with a man called  Don, who took her to a small house on Oakland road NE across from Daniels Park. There a man called “Doc” performed the operation, she testified.

Asked whether Doc was in the courtroom, she looked over the some 30 onlookers in the courtroom for a considerable time and finally said, “No.”

When Faches asked whether she did not see him in the room, including at the table before the bench, she made her reference that Meyers might be the one. Under cross-examination she said the house of the operation had been dimly lit and that she gave the tentative identification of Meyers knowing he was the defendant.

Another woman who took the stand Wednesday afternoon testified that she made her first contact with Jim Aossey at the Starlight club…

The man whose wife’s death led to the investigation which resulted in allegations of an abortion ring here testified Tuesday that a doctor’s word indirectly led his wife to Cedar Rapids for an abortion. Austin Wright of Waterloo said a “Dr. Waldorf,” for whom no further identification was given, gave her a name to contact for an abortion. This reference finally led the Wrights to contact Joseph Abodeely in Cedar Rapids, who arranged for the abortion, Wright said.

Wright told about how  his wife was upset when she discovered she was pregnant last October. A doctor in Cedar Rapids told her it was too early to tell whether she was pregnant, Wright said. She then went to the Dr. Waldorf, Wright said. Wright said he paid Abodeely $450 in bills for the abortion.

The days following two separate attempts last year ,Wright saw his wife remove catheter tubes from her body, he said. These tubes were turned over to the Cedar Rapids police department, he said. After the two attempts were unsuccessful, Wright said, the couple came to Cedar Rapids again Jan. 22.

The last time he saw his wife alive was as she left the Roosevelt hotel with a man he assumed to be Donald Geater, with whom they had made an appointment by phone, Wright said.

Under cross-examination Wright said he had never heard Meyers’ name mentioned in the dealings concerning abortions, only about an alleged doctor who was flown in from out of town. When Koons asked Wright whether he was not under the impression that his wife was to receive the operation from a legitimate doctor, Wright replied, “I would like to have thought it was.”

Patrolman Charles Peters said that while he was helping with the search of Meyers’ premises he noticed that Meyers looked to the overhead portion of the garage two or three times. Peters added that it was at that location that Detective Roy Walker later found the attaché case…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 19, 1968

By Roland Krekeler

County Atty. William Faches Friday summed up his closing argument by saying accused abortionist Merle J. Meyers had been “cloaked in a shield of innocence but now stands before you in a shroud of guilt.” Defense Atty. Ralph Koons, however, pointed out in his closing argument alleged “inconsistencies and inferences in the state’s case.” He also questioned whether the defendant had been identified beyond a reasonable doubt, pointing out that the four women who positively identified him as an abortionist had done so after the police showed them his picture. The case went to the jury about 11:15 a.m. Friday after the court’s instructions were read to them. Closing arguments began at 9 Friday in the trial that began Monday. Each attorney spoke for a little more than half an hour and Faches’ rebuttal took about 20 minutes. Faches told the jurors he felt the state had not only proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt, but also beyond even any fanciful doubt…

… Faches described the alleged crime as a “hideous sort of crime, not only destroying the life of the unborn person, but jeopardizing the life of the mother.” He noted that some of the women suffered serious infections after the attempts and that one was referred by a Cedar Rapids doctor to an Ames hospital because the woman was not expected to live 24 hours…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 25, 1968

By Roland Krekeler

Merle J. Meyers… received the maximum sentence Thursday, five years at the state penitentiary at Ft. Madison and a $1,000 fine… Defense Atty. Ralph Koons… said Meyers had no previous felony convictions or even charges. He noted the defendant has two teen-aged children at home and that his wife has been ill, requiring about $40 to $50 medicine a month. He said that Meyers’ license to sell insurance has been revoked and he has been running a business since June, employing about eight persons. Meyers has been treated for a heart condition and is buying his own home, Koons concluded.

When the sentence was then imposed, Meyers listened without any show of emotion…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 19, 1968

By  Roland Krekeler

Donald R. Geater, scheduled to go on trial Monday on a charge of attempting to produce an abortion, changed his plea to guilty in Linn district court Thursday. Geater, a 36-year-old truck driver from Hiawatha, was …charged with aiding and abetting an abortionist. [County Atty. William] Faches said he expected the trial for… Joseph Abodeely… would be set sometime in November. Abodeely faces two charge of attempting to produce an abortion for alleged aiding and abetting.

Asked why he thought Geater pled guilty to the charge instead of facing trial next week, Faches said he thought the “state’s overwhelming evidence” convinced Geater to change his plea. On Sept. 6 Faches filed a notice of additional evidence in the Geater case that included the testimony to be given by a witness not presented at the trial of Meyers. The witness, a woman from a neighboring town who said she formerly worked at Abodeely’s Tender Trap in Cedar Rapids, was to testify concerning making contact with Geater to arrange abortions for two friends, according to the notice. The alleged contacts were in the summer of 1965 and the other in December of 1967. In the latter, according to the notice, the witness took the other woman to Me and Lee’s lounge in Lindale Plaza where Geater met them, received money from the witness and took the other girl to his car and left with her.

The case on which Geater was to be tried next week involved a young Ottumwa divorcee last fall… the same girl on whom Meyers was convicted of attempting to produce an abortion. Geater was specifically accused of driving the  young woman from the Tender Trap to the place where the attempt was made, introducing her to the “Doc” and helping her get into the right position for the operation.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 24, 1968

Donald R. Geater, one of three area men implicated in an alleged abortion ring here, has agreed to turn state’s evidence against Joseph G. Abodeely, one of the others, County Atty. William Faches said Thursday. The statement came in connection with the filing of another charge against Abodeely of attempting to produce an abortion…

[Geater]was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, but the sentencing has been continued until Nov. 29…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 4, 1969

The trial of Joseph G. Abodeely on a charge of attempting to produce an abortion did not begin Monday because of the filing of defense motions for a change of venue and to produce and inspect evidence. Affidavits with the motion for a change of venue from Linn district court alleged that news items about the case “have been highly derogatory and inflammatory toward the defendant and the stories are so slanted that the defendant has been greatly prejudiced thereby.” They also contended the county attorney “has given information to the news media which would be highly inflammatory and prejudicial to the defendant and which was disseminated by the news media.”

They concluded that “innumerable people have become prejudiced” and that “many have made up their minds unfavorably to the defendant.” The motion asked that the trial be held in some judicial district other than the Eighth district, which includes Linn, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson and Jones counties. The affidavits were filed by Abodeely’s attorneys, R. Fred Dumbaugh and Ted Ruffin, and two other attorneys, Ralph Koons and Larry Gutz.

The motion said that the news stories were out of proportion to the news interests and that editorializing in the articles has been such as to place the defendant at an unfair advantage.

Abodeely, a 37-year-old Cedar Rapids business man, is accused of helping to make contact for the abortion from his former Tender Trap night club.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 8, 1969

Judge William Eads Friday set March 20 as the new date for a hearing on a motion by Joseph Abodeely, accused accomplice of a convicted abortionist. The motion is for a change of venue from Linn district court. The hearing started Thursday afternoon and was recessed until Friday morning, but Friday the judge said the wrong procedure had been followed and postponed the hearing. Five witnesses testified Thursday on the basis of general affidavits that they felt Abodeely would not be able to obtain a fair trial in Linn county and Johnson county. Some of them also said no fair trial would be available in the other counties of this judicial district—Jones, Cedar and Iowa…  Those who testified Thursday were his pastor, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alexander George, the Rev William Harnish, Attorneys  Paul Kinion and Larry Gutz, and Robert Mitchell, of Cedar Rapids, who operates a motel. In his opening statement Thursday, Defense Atty. Ted Ruffin said the defense would like to have the case tried in some county outside the judicial district, although he admitted that the statute provides only for change of venue within the district. He said the judge could set the trial outside the district on constitutional grounds, however. He cited the U.S. supreme court decision in the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, saying the court took a dim view of the adverse publicity and the volume of publicity…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 6, 1969

Joseph Abodeely and his two attorneys filed affidavits Wednesday in the abortion case… Abodeely’s affidavit says news articles have made the public believe he was the principle in an alleged abortion ring, whereas he is accused only of aiding and abetting. He said his family was forced to move because of prejudice of neighbors and had to get an unlisted phone number. He said he has difficulty securing employees for his business and renters for his rental property. Attorney R. Fred Dumbaugh told of numerous anonymous phone calls and said it would be impossible to have a fair jury here unless 12 persons could be found who did not read the paper or listen to the radio… Attorney Ted Ruffin… said the news coverage of the case has been beyond what one would expect in a case of this type.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 16, 1969

The motion to have the abortion trial of Joseph Abodeely held in another county was overruled in Linn district court Tuesday… He is accused of aiding and abetting a convicted abortionist…[Judge William] Eads said there was a great amount of publicity in the case, but that it has lessened and a “considerable period of time has elapsed” since the trial of the man Abodeely is accused of aiding. Concerning testimony of friends of Abodeely who told about being aware of much publicity and comment, the judge said, the publicity “would thrust itself more readily into their consciousness… than a person who reads, hears or sees a news item relative to this case along with other national, state and local news items.” On the point that Abodeely is well-known because he formerly owned a night club, the ruling said that in a “populous, metropolitan county such as Linn, it would be reasonable to assume there would be numerous people not particularly knowledgeable” about the defendant or the case.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 17, 1969

The abortion trial of Joseph Abodeely… has been set for June 16. Judge Harold Vietor, presiding law judge for the May-June session of Linn district court, set the trial date Thursday in a ruling on a defense motion to produce and inspect evidence.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 12, 1969

Merle J. Meyers… was arrested Monday morning after Linn district court received an order from the Iowa supreme court to proceed with a sentence imposed in district court on conviction of attempting to produce an abortion. It was learned last week that Meyers’ appeal to the supreme court had been dismissed without having been considered… It was expected that Meyers may appear in the court on two other abortion charges before being transported to the prison. Meanwhile, Meyers was held in the county jail.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 13, 1969

Merle J. Meyers received a second five-year prison term Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of attempting to produce an abortion. The term is to be served concurrently with a sentence previously imposed on a jury conviction on an abortion charge. Judge J. Paul Naughton imposed the sentence and dismissed a third abortion charge. The third charge, in connection with an abortion attempt on a Waterloo woman whose death led to an investigation into an alleged abortion ring in Cedar Rapids, was dismissed on motion of the county attorney.

Meyers… will not have to begin serving the sentences until July 2. The judge ordered the imprisonment at the penitentiary at Ft. Madison withheld until then to allow the defendant to close a business he owns…  The county attorney’s dismissal motion noted the convictions and sentences on the other two charges and said there was insufficient evidence to prove the charge. In answer to questions last year about whether charges would be brought in connection with the death, County Atty. William Faches said there would be no such charges because the autopsy did not show she died as the result of a wrongful act…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 12, 1969

Joseph G. Abodeely pled guilty in Linn district court Thursday to an abortion charge, the third and apparently final person to be convicted in an alleged abortion ring uncovered here more than a year ago…  Abodeely appeared shortly before noon before Judge Harold Vietor with one of his attorneys, R. Fred Dumbaugh, and personally entered his plea of guilty to aiding and abetting in an attempt to produce an abortion on a young Ottumwa divorcee in the fall of 1967. The judge set July 7 at 9:30 a.m. for sentencing… Abodeely had been scheduled to go on trial next week… Donald Geater… was to have testified that Abodeely referred girls to him to make arrangements for abortions. … Investigation into the matter began in January, 1968, in connection with the death of Mrs. Austin Wright, 39, of Waterloo. She was found dead on a supermarket parking lot here Jan. 22. The death certificate did not list a cause of death, but noted that an abortion had been attempted on her.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 2, 1969

Merle J. Meyers surrendered himself to Linn district court Wednesday and was turned over to the sheriff’s office for transportation to the penitentiary at Ft. Madison…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 7, 1969

The 45-year-old brother of Joseph Abodeely testified Monday morning that if his brother were sent to prison on his guilty plea to an abortion charge, their mother—who has a heart condition—would probably die as a result. One of four witnesses at the first session of a sentencing hearing, Ernest Abodeely, who with is brother lives in Cedar Rapids with their 70-year-old father and 65-year-old mother, broke into tears as he made the statement, leading Judge Harold Vietor to call a five-minute recess.

Also testifying were Robert Mitchell, Cedar Rapids, a friend of Abodeely’s; the Rev. William Harnish, Cedar Rapids, a friend of the family, and Martha Wenzel, manager of the hotel rooms above Abodeely’s former nightclub, the Tender Trap. Ernest Abodeely said his brother was not aware of the seriousness of the offense, that he was just trying to help out a desperate girl or two. He said his brother always did what he could to help out his employees. He testified his 38-year-old brother did not smoke or drink and was the highest pledged contributor in their church. Under cross-examination by County Atty. William Faches, Ernest said his brother had been convicted of bootlegging previously. The Rev. Mr. Harnish said he would be willing to serve as parole agent for Abodeely if the judge decided to grant a probation from sentence. He said that although Abodeely did not feel guilty at first, he has seemed repentant of late. He testified he felt the defendant had learned his lesson.

Under cross-examination the witness said he had not inquired how many times Abodeely had referred persons to the one who performed the abortions. Harnish said it was his understanding from conversing with the defendant that he never did it for profit. When the judge asked whether Abodeely had expressed sorrow for Austin Wright or his deceased wife, Harnish said they never talked about that case…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 8, 1969

The state presented two witnesses Tuesday morning after the defense rested in the sentencing hearing of Joseph Abodeely…  The state’s witnesses were the young Ottumwa divorcee whom Abodeely is accused of referring to an abortionist and Donald R. Geater, 38, of Hiawatha, the alleged middle-man in the case, who pled guilty to an abortion charge and agreed to turn state’s evidence.

The woman said she was an employee at Joe’s Tender Trap and that when she told him she was pregnant he said he could take care of it for her. The woman said she had seen Abodeely pocketing part of the money that had been given to him in his nightclub in one case, before passing an envelope with money on to the contact person.

Geater, speaking in a monotone, said he had met the “Doc” in the case, Merle Meyers, in 1964… [He] testified he first talked with Abodeely about performing an abortion late that same year or early in 1965. He said Abodeely referred about 20 to 25 girls to him between then and early 1968. The defendant had testified Monday he had referred seven persons for abortions. The witness said once when haggling over the price of an abortion, Abodeely told him he could get it done cheaper elsewhere. Under cross-examination, Geater denied receiving any promise of a suspended sentence for testifying against Abodeely. He testified there was no suggestion from anyone that he might get a suspended sentence, saying that was up to the judge and adding, “I’m going to have to pay the consequences; that’s the rules.”

Defense Attorney Ted Ruffin led Geater to say Abodeely had never been part of any arrangements with Meyers and that he (Geater) did not know whether Abodeely had made any financial gain from the transactions. Geater first said there were only two or three parties making referrals to him, but Ruffin got him to admit that there were five tavern owners who did so, plus some individual referrals. Geater verified the testimony of Abodeely that the defendant had been told that the person performing the abortions was a medical doctor and that he knew nothing about Meyers until the charges were filed and Meyers’ name was publicized. He had helped in the case of Mrs. Austin Wright, he said, only because a friend in Mason City had asked whether he could be of help, saying that Mrs. Wright had threatened suicide because of her pregnancy…

Judge Harold Vietor also questioned Abodeely, mostly about his belief that the “Doc” was a medical doctor. The judge asked, for example, whether it did not seem odd that a medical doctor would operate in apartments, “with a truck driver (Geater) as a nurse?” Abodeely said he thought it unusual, but on questioning of Geater and some of the girls, he was assured that the man was a doctor. Abodeely’s priest at St. John’s Eastern Orthodox church, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alexander George, testified Tuesday morning that he had no reason to believe that Abodeely was not genuinely repentant and that he had granted him the church’s sacrament absolution…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 9, 1969

Donald Geater and Joseph Abodeely have reportedly agreed to submit to lie detector tests to help Judge Harold Vietor determine whether Abodeely should be put on probation from an upcoming sentence on his guilty plea to an abortion charge… a stipulation was agreed to by County Atty. William Faches and Abodeely and his attorneys that the two men would submit to a polygraph test, questions to be limited to the number of referrals [Abodeely made] and the point of whether [he] gained anything financially…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 24, 1969

By Roland Krekeler

Joseph G. Abodeely Thursday received a sentence of five years in the penitentiary at Ft. Madison on his guilty plea to an abortion charge. Judge Harold Vietor in passing sentence said the term is to begin Aug. 15. He also imposed a $100 fine. Iowa law calls for the five-year term and a fine of up to $1,000…

The judge… characterized the crime as a racket-type crime, not one done in a fit of passion. Vietor said that imprisonment may serve as a deterrent to crimes that call for deliberation. He noted that one of the women referred by Abodeely to the abortionist was later found dead. An abortion had been made upon her. A number of women referred incurred infections.

He said that although it appeared Abodeely thought the person performing the abortions was a medical doctor, a person referring women for such a potentially dangerous operation under non-medical condition should be sure that a medical doctor is involved.

County Atty. William Faches told the court he felt justice demanded the maximum sentence. He said, “If a man can commit this  much crime and go free, it will become an open season for crime.”…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 24, 1969

The Rt. Rev Alexander George grabbed KCRG news cameraman Gordon Ritzman Thursday noon and hurled him to the floor of the Linn county courthouse. He then aimed a number of kicks at Ritzman, but the cameraman, rolling on the floor and attempting to protect his $1,200 camera, was barely scraped by Father George’s flying boots.

The incident occurred about a half hour after the sentencing of Joe Abodeely on an abortion charge by District Judge Harold Vietor. Father George had testified in presentence hearings in Abodeely’s behalf.

Ritzman, 40, told The Gazette that he had been waiting outside the second floor courtroom to get pictures of Abodeely when he emerged. He said the incident started when he went to the courtroom where the sentencing had taken place and noticed that Abodeely, with his family and friends, was still there.

Ritzman said he then went near the stairway, which Abodeely would have to use to get out of the courthouse, to wait for him to leave. He said he was observed with his camera and Abodeely remained in the courtroom. He said Abodeely later started to walk behind him, but that he spotted Abodeely and started shooting film. Ritzman said Abodeely’s mother started screaming and Father George then entered the picture, asking, “Don’t you have any respect for that family?” The struggle then took place, according to Ritzman. He said that after he regained his feet he started filming Father George, who then began backing down the stairs, asking him, “Don’t you know who I am?”

Ritzman said Father George kicked at him at least a dozen times while he was down, but that he rolled with the kicks and could not detect any bruises. He said one of the kicks hit the camera, bending the lens. Ritzman’t hand light was thrown over the railing from the second floor of the courthouse to the lobby, but Ritzman said he did not see who threw it.

Mary Mills, who works at the information desk in the lobby, said the hand light landed right in front of the desk and that she backed off because she was afraid something would explode. She said that later Father George was pushing Ritzman in the lobby and that Supervisor Floyd Emmons came out and tried to calm him down, while a crowd was gathering around. She and Emmons said Father George was saying, “Nobody is going to take my picture.”

Emmons said he went to the lobby from his office just off the lobby after hearing the noise and seeing the light come over the railing. He said he went down twice to calm down Father George. Father George served as a character witness for Abodeely during an earlier portion of the hearing two weeks ago. He pointed out Abodeely’s leadership in the church and his generosity.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 25, 1969

Two abortion charges pending against Joseph Abodeely… were dismissed in Linn district court Thursday by Judge Harold Vietor on motion of the county attorney… [who] said it appeared highly improbably that Abodeely would be imprisoned for more than five years, even if convicted on the other charges. In imposing sentence on Abodeely, Judge Vietor said that although it appeared the defendant had made some profit on some of the transactions and had gone beyond “being a good Joe in trying to help friends,” the judge felt Abodeely’s culpability was not as great as Meyers’…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 7, 1969

Joseph G. Abodeely… filed a motion in Linn district court Thursday asking to have his guilty plea and sentencing on charges of attempting to produce an abortion vacated. The motion, filed by Chicago attorney Arthur Nasser, states Abodeely believed at the time of his guilty plea that he would “receive leniency and probation from the court.” Abodeely also said his sentencing was in violation of the Sixth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution in that action was launched by a county attorney’s true information rather than a grand jury indictment. Also filed Thursday was withdrawal from the case by Abodeely’s two Cedar Rapids attorneys, Ted V. Ruffin and R. Fred Dumbaugh… Abodeely was given until Aug. 15 to begin serving sentence in order to allow him time to get his affairs in order.

In an affidavit filed with the motion, Abodeely said, “I was under the impression, that in the event I entered a plea of guilty to the charge I would receive leniency and a probation from the court, and as a result I pled guilty.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 8, 1969

Linn County Atty. William Faches Friday filed a resistance to a motion of Joseph Abodeely to vacate his guilty plea and sentencing in an abortion case. The resistance quoted an Iowa supreme court saying that if a defendant is allowed to withdraw a guilty plea after sentence was imposed “because he has or claims to have a defense, he would then be permitted to gamble on the sentence; and if it did not please him, to demand a trial.”

The resistance quotes from the record that Abodeely told Judge Harold Vietor that he had not been induced by promises to plead guilty. It quotes the judge’s question, “You understand that I have made no commitment regarding what the punishment will be in this case…?” Abodeely’s answer: “I do your honor.”

Replying to the motion’s contention that Abodeely’s sentencing was in violation of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution in that action was launched by a county attorney’s true   information rather than a grand jury indictment, the resistance says:

“Apparently the learned counsel made an error and was referring to the Fifth Amendment.”

The Fifth Amendment right to a grand jury indictment, according to the resistance, is “generally applicable to federal courts.” Appeals to the United States supreme court of states cases have not been considered, the resistance notes.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 10, 1969

Joseph G. Abodeely was taken to begin serving a five-year sentence in the state penitentiary at Ft. Madison Wednesday pending a ruling next week on whether he should be allowed to withdraw a guilty plea to an abortion charge. Judge Harold Vietor ordered that the sentence begin immediately at the end of the concluding session of a hearing on a defense motion to vacate the judgment on the ground the guilty plea was not made voluntarily. Abodeely was the only witness to take the stand Wednesday. He said he pled guilty June 12 to aiding in an attempt to produce an abortion on a young Ottumwa divorcee, not because he thought he was guilty, but because of pressures brought to bear on him. He said he thought helping a girl in need was not a crime…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 12, 1969

Judge Harold Vietor ruled in Linn district court Friday that Joseph Abodeely had pled guilty to an abortion charge voluntarily and that therefore he should serve the five-year sentence imposed on the plea. Only a few hours after the ruling was filed, Abodeely filed a notice of appeal and posted a $2,500 appeal bond. District Judge B.J. Maxwell ordered Abodeely’s release from the state penitentiary upon posting of the bond…

Concerning criticism of Abodeely’s former Cedar Rapids attorneys the judge said that in his opinion [they] did not give Abodeely poor counsel that his chances of probation were good because they would have been “if I had believed the defendant’s testimony as to the nature and extent of his involvement in the crime… Unfortunately for defendant, I became convinced from the evidence at the sentencing hearing that the nature and extent of the defendant’s involvement was far more serious than his testimony indicated.”…

The judge also noted that his suggestion that a polygraph test be given to Abodeely and Donald Geater, whose testimony about Abodeely’s involvement differed from that of Abodeely, was the defendant’s “only hope” of getting probation.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 1, 1969

Donald B. Geater… was sentenced Friday to a five-year term in the penitentiary at Ft. Madison and was released on probation to the bureau of adult corrections on his Sept. 19, 1968 plea to an abortion charge. Judge B. J. Maxwell imposed the sentence in Linn district court. He also set a fine of $1,000. The only discretion given the judge by law is whether to suspend the sentence.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 2, 1970

DES MOINES — The Iowa supreme court, in a unanimous opinion, has upheld Linn County District Judge Harold D. Vietor’s handling of an abortion case involving Joseph George Abodeely of Cedar Rapids… In Cedar Rapids, County Attorney William Faches said the supreme court decision means that the 39-year-old businessman will have to serve the five-year term imposed by Vietor in the case. The order from the supreme court to proceed with a district court order for imprisonment usually comes about 30 days after a decision, Faches said.

…This case, which has state-wide implications, touches on Iowa’s century-old abortion law since one of the points raised by Abodeely was constitutionality of the abortion law.

Abodeely, through his attorney, cited a recent decision of the California supreme court which by a 4-to-3 vote held the phrase “unless the same is necessary to preserve her life,” is unconstitutionally vague and uncertain. Iowa law, the court noted, is substantially the same.

But the Iowa justices said they were not persuaded by the majority opinion of the California court. “The phrase found in the Iowa statute has been clear enough for satisfactory use for over 100 years. It should not now be the occasion for declaring a statute constitutionally invalid.” The Iowa opinion further points out that the Iowa law does not distinguish between abortions attempted by physicians from those attempted by laymen.

But the Iowa supreme court has held that if a regular physician makes an examination and acts upon it, he is entitled to the presumption of correct judgment and good faith, thereby falling under the therapeutic exception. If the defendant is not a physician, there is no such presumption.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 29, 1970


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 15, 1970


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 22, 1970

An order from the Iowa supreme court to proceed with the carrying out of a sentence on Joseph Abodeely in an abortion case has been postponed for 60 days by order of Chief Justice C. Edwin Moore. The stay order, issued late Wednesday afternoon, was in response to an application filed by Des Moines Attorney Martin Dunn, saying Abodeely would like to appeal to the U.S. supreme court. Moore said the stay order would give the defendant an opportunity to petition the U.S. supreme court, but that if the review is refused, the order to go ahead with the sentence is to be issued forthwith…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 15, 1970


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 25, 1971

Judge Harold Vietor has set Feb. 2 at 9:15 for a hearing whether to set aside a decision of the Cedar Rapids city council to suspend the beer license of The Meeting Place, 852 A avenue NE… Also at stake is the night club’s liquor license, which the Iowa liquor control commissions suspends upon notification of a beer license suspension… The hearing Monday was held on a petition by Kay M. Bronkest, operator of the nightclub. She contends the resolution suspending the permit, adopted by four commissioners, was illegal, invalid and of no force and effect, and was beyond their jurisdiction.

One of the points urged in the petition was that Miss Bronkest was deprived of a constitutional right in that she was denied equal protection of the law by the placing of unreasonable restrictions on her that were not imposed on other permit holders.

In its resolution, the council noted that certain commitments made when the permit was issued were not being fulfilled. She had signed an agreement stating that the establishment’s landlord, Joseph Abodeely, would not be there during business hours (except for emergency repairs or maintenance) until authorization was obtained from the city council or police department. Officials said a police investigation showed Abodeely was seen playing in the band at The Meeting Place several times.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 25, 1971

Judge Harold Vietor has annulled the Cedar Rapids city council’s suspension of the beer license of the Meeting Place, declaring the 60-day suspension was illegal… because no information was provided to the council that would form a legal basis for the suspension or substantiate the council’s resolution… Safety Commissioner John Oberthien testified… that the council did not know of any problems about the regulation and control of the sale of beer at the cocktail lounge and that the reason for the suspension was that a convicted felon, Joe Abodeely, was in the establishment frequently… There is nothing to show that two isolated instances of strip tease dancers violating a police minimum clothing rule would be a legal basis for the suspension, according to the decision.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 3, 1971

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday dismissed the appeal of Cedar Rapids business man Joseph Abodeely… The decision was reported to be unanimous.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 5, 1971

The Cedar Rapids city council gave all three readings Wednesday to a resolution regulating entertainment standards at class B beer permit premises and restricting certain persons from being employed in such establishments. Safety Commissioner John Oberthein said the ordinance was prepared after the city’s suspension of the Meeting Place’s beer permit was thrown out of Linn district court. The beer permit suspension was based on the periodic presence of Joseph Abodeely in the Meeting Place…

The ordinance states “No class B beer permit holder shall permit any person convicted of a felony, liquor violation, gambling charge or morals charge to be employed, render services, perform entertainment or participate in the management or operation of the business or establishment, with or without compensation, or to loiter on the premises with the knowledge of the permit holder except as a customer” during business hours.

The provision is not to apply to a person convicted of a felony if more than five years have elapsed since the conviction and his rights of citizenship have been restored by the governor, according to the ordinance.

The entertainment clause of the ordinance states “all entertainers shall wear sufficient clothing to prevent the exposure of private parts of their bodies to the public on a Class B beer permit holder’s premises.”

It adds: “That in the event such exposure occurs without the knowledge of the Class B beer permit holder, such arrangements as are necessary shall immediately be made to prevent any further exposure as soon as the same is brought to the attention of the permit holder or the permit holder’s agents or employees.”

The ordinance states that any violation of the provisions is grounds for revocation or suspension of the beer permit or for refusal to renew the permit.

In addition, the ordinance states it is the intention of the city council that each section, paragraph, sentence, clause and provision of the ordinance is separable and if any provision is held unconstitutional or invalid for any reason, the decision shall not affect the remainder of the ordinance.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 11, 1971

…The request was filed with the supreme court Monday by attorneys for Abodeely. They said they plan to ask Linn District Judge Harold Vietor (who is on vacation) to reconsider the sentence imposed in the case. Another reason given for asking for a delay is that Abodeely needs time to turn over his business affairs to his brother, Ernest Abodeely…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 19, 1971

The Iowa supreme court held a hearing Wednesday and took under advisement an application asking for a 30-day delay of an order that would imprison Cedar Rapids businessman Joseph Abodeely…  Assistant Atty. Gen. Michael Laughlin argued that Abodeely’s contention that he needed time to arrange his business affairs was just a delaying tactic… Laughlin said the argument that Abodeely should have time to ask Judge Harold Vietor to reconsider the sentence was no good because the district court has no jurisdiction after time has been served in prison. The only choice Vietor had with respect to the prison term, under Iowa law, was whether it should be served or suspended…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 22, 1971

Cedar Rapids business man Joe Abodeely has been turned down in his request for a 30-day delay of an order that would imprison him, but when he will have to go to prison is uncertain. Chief Justice C. Edwin Moore of the Iowa supreme court denied the application for delay late Friday afternoon, but said no action would be taken to have Abodeely imprisoned until a notice is received from the U.S. supreme court. The notice to come from the U.S. court is one saying the court had denied Abodeely’s application for a review of the case. The denial was announced May 3. The notice is expected to be received within ten days…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 4, 1971

Cedar Rapids businessman Joseph Abodeely… has filed a petition in U.S. district court in Cedar Rapids seeking to prevent his imprisonment. Abodeely, who already lost a battle in the U.S. supreme court in appealing his conviction, now seeks to have the federal court enjoin Linn county officials from arresting him and taking him to the Iowa penitentiary in Ft. Madison. The former operator of the Tender Trap nightclub repeated his contention that the Iowa abortion statute is unconstitutional, and that he entered a guilty plea to the charge “due to the coercion and advice of his attorneys and the plea was, therefore, not voluntary…”

While Abodeely’s latest petition seeks to enjoin Linn Sheriff Walter Grant and Linn Clerk of Court Kenneth Perry from executing the mittimus ordering his arrest, no such order had been received by court authorities as of Friday noon. The federal court petition by Abodeely says he also intends to file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the southern district of U.S. court…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 9, 1971

An order was issued in Linn district court Wednesday morning for county officers to arrest Joseph Abodeely and transport him to the penitentiary at Ft. Madison to begin serving a five-year term on his guilty plea in an abortion case. At mid-afternoon authorities reported they still have been unable to locate Abodeely.

Arrest of the 40-year-old Cedar Rapids businessman was ordered after Linn district court received notice from the Iowa supreme court to proceed as though Abodeely had made no appeal. Abodeely filed suit in federal court last week seeking to bar Sheriff Walter Grant and Clerk of Court Kenneth Perry from carrying out the expected arrest order. A hearing has been set for Friday at 10 a.m. in that court to determine whether a temporary injunction should be issued to bar the arrest. In the meantime, officials are seeking to arrest Abodeely so he may be transported to Ft. Madison to serve the sentence.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 10, 1971

Linn County Sheriff Walter Grant said at mid-afternoon Thursday attempt of officials to locate and arrest Joseph G. Abodeely have proved unsuccessful… Grant said no one answered his officer’s knocks at what is believed to be Abodeely’s residence in Cedar Rapid Wednesday, but that his father came to the door Thursday. The father told deputies he has not seen Abodeely in a week and does not know where he is, the sheriff said. He said Abodeely’s girlfriend also said she has not seen  him and she does not know where he is. Officers have also inquired about Abodeely at the 40-year-old defendant’s place of business and have been told he is not there, the sheriff said. In addition to looking at these specific places, Grant said, his officers and Cedar Rapids police officers have been alerted to be on the lookout for Abodeely.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 11, 1971

Federal Judge Edward J. McManus has taken under advisement a request from Joseph Abodeely to bar state officials from imprisoning him while a federal case is pending relating to his conviction on an abortion charge. A hearing was to have been held at 10 a.m. Friday on the question of the temporary injunction, but the hearing was not held. A pre-trial conference was held in the judge’s chambers from 9:30 until 10:50, but Abodeely did not appear at the federal building. Three Linn sheriff’s deputies were stationed at the building to take Abodeely into custody if he appeared… Linn County Attorney William Faches told newsmen after the pre-trial conference the order to arrest… remains effective unless and until McManus rules the temporary injunction should be issued.

Faches said he and Assistant Iowa Attorney General Michael Laughlin will be filing a motion to dismiss Abodeely’s federal court petition. He said they told the judge the motion will be filed before 5 p.m. Friday. Abodeely’s attorney and attorneys for the state are to file briefs by June 28 on the question of whether an injunction should be issued barring the imprisonment while the state’s abortion law is being challenged in a case yet to be filed…  Laughlin said Abodeely might, as an alternative, attempt to impanel three federal judges to rule on the constitutionality of the Iowa abortion law.

Faches said he will attempt to have Abodeely’s appeal bond revoked. The $2,500 appeal bond was posted in cash by Abodeely’s parents in September, 1969, after he had served two days in prison. Sheriff Walter Grant said Friday he had put Abodeely’s name on a list that is circulated through all 50 states so if he is observed by authorities he will be apprehended.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 14, 1971

Joseph Abodeely notified his family late Sunday he had just learned of an order for his imprisonment and that he will turn himself in to authorities as soon as he can get to Cedar Rapids, according to an attorney for Abodeely… The attorney said he did not know where Abodeely was, but that he got the impression from the family that he would be arriving in Cedar Rapids “in the next day or so.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 17, 1971

Linn County Sheriff Walter Grant said Thursday an attorney for Joseph Abodeely has told him his client is in Cedar Rapids and wants to make arrangements for surrendering to authorities. Grant said Abodeely wants to arrange to be taken into custody without being seen by the news media. The sheriff said he would not make such a deal, adding, “We’ll get him eventually.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 18, 1971

The search for Joseph Abodeely ended about 4 p.m. Thursday when he turned himself in to prison authorities at Ft. Madison, on the eighth day following an order for his arrest and imprisonment June 9. Sheriff Walter Grant said he would have papers taken to the penitentiary Friday so Abodeely could officially be admitted to prison.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 22, 1971

…Joe Abodeely’s application for a stay order and a permanent injunction barring Linn county authorities from executing a mittiimus for his arrest was turned down Tuesday by the Eighth federal circuit court of appeals in St. Louis. The move to avoid imprisonment was denied without comment by the court… [and] is one of a long series of unsuccessful legal maneuvers attempted by Abodeely to avoid serving his sentence. A court spokesman said this denial now closes the case in federal court…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 3, 1971

The $2,500 appeal bond posted by Joseph Abodeely in connection with his appeal of a conviction of aiding an attempt to produce an abortion will be returned to him, Judge Harold Vietor ruled Friday afternoon. Citing several past cases, Vietor said the purpose of criminal law is to secure the punishment of criminals, not to have the state profit financially by the forfeiture of bail.

Vietor noted, “Defendant hesitated a bit before surrendering himself for imprisonment, but he did surrender himself, and in my opinion no just or proper purpose would be served by forfeiting his bond…”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 3, 1971

Joseph Abodeely, the Cedar Rapids business man who was imprisoned six months ago after a two-and-a-half year court battle involving a charge of aiding an attempt to produce an abortion, was granted his parole from the state penitentiary at Ft. Madison Thursday. Parole authorities predicted Friday that Abodeely would be out of prison in ten days to two weeks. George Paul, chairman of the parole board, said Friday that several factors led to the board’s decision to grant Abodeely parole.

The main factors, Paul said, were the fact that Abodeely’s Cedar Rapids business is deteriorating rapidly without his guidance, the fact that his parents are old and ailing, and that the woman operating his motel is in poor health… Since Abodeely is a musician, Paul said, he also needs to keep in practice so his occupation is not hindered…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 9, 1971

To the Editor:

Regarding the Dec. 3 news report, “Abodeely Parole is Authorized”:  As citizens we ask that… all of the people of Cedar Rapids and Iowa who are against this parole write to Governor Ray and the chairman of the parole board, Mr. George Paul, Brooklyn, Iowa. We may not be able to have this parole rescinded, but we may be able to stop such a thing from happening in the future. It is totally beyond our comprehension that supposedly intelligent, responsible men could try to make the people of Cedar Rapids swallow the bunch of rubbish given as good reasons for granting this man a parole at this time…

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Kiecksee,  394 Twenty-sixth street SE

To the Editor:

Referring to the front-page article in Friday night’s paper concerning Mr. Abodeely’s parole: Couldn’t the general public have been spared the upset of reading the flimsy factors for his release?  It seems as though Mr. Paul is using every available excuse to justify a weak case. This only helps substantiate the already shattered faith many of us already have in the current judicial system…

Carolyn Evans,  Marion

To the Editor:

I would like to congratulate the Iowa parole board for reaffirming my belief in the old philosophy of “the rich get off and the poor get shafted.” In its action of Dec. 2, in granting parole to Joe Abodeely, the board noted that Mr. Abodeely’s financial interests were not being properly cared for. I can’t think of a better reason to grant parole, can you?

Take note, fledgling criminals. Next time invest some money in a business before you break the law. That way when you get caught and sent up the river, you can leave it in the hands of your very best inept friend or relative. Then you, too, can get parole.

But too bad for the poor crook. Maybe the parole board could give him time to visit the friendly people down at the food stamp line.

Ronald Blome,  Coe College


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 12, 1971

WHAT CRITERION does the state board of parole set for itself in determining whether an inmate of the state penitentiary is ready to rejoin society? That question is one of several arising from the board’s recent announcement it has decided to parole Joseph Abodeely of Cedar Rapids after he served about six months of a five-year sentence on a charge of aiding an attempt to produce an abortion.

One board member sketches the criterion this way:

The board holds a “primary interview” with each inmate within three to six months after he is sentenced to the men’s penitentiary at Fort Madison or the men’s reformatory at Anamosa. It visits each institution six times a year. Annually after that primary interview, the board receives a report from a three member staff team assigned to work with each inmate. One team member is the inmate’s counselor and works more closely with him than the others, who may be counselors for other prisoners. Any time an inmate’s counselor believes the man is ready for parole consideration, he initiates a report to that effect. If the other two members of his staff team (21 staffers are assigned to this kind of duty at Fort Madison) concur, the report may be forwarded to the parole board. If such a report materializes within a year after the primary interview, the board sets up a second interview with the prisoner. That is what happened in Abodeely’s case. After conducting a primary interview with Abodeely in October, the board received a report in November that he should be considered for parole. Meeting in Des Moines, the board rejected the request. But when the board held its December meeting at Fort Madison, additional information was brought to its attention. This resulted in the decision to parole Abodeely.

This additional information, according to Board Member Jack Bedell of Spirit Lake, was that Abodeely stood a chance to lose his motel in Cedar Rapids within the next few weeks because the woman he left in charge was in such ill health she could not continue to operate it. An inmate must have work on the outside to qualify for parole, even though the staff report says he is ready to be returned to society. Bedell said the staff team was unanimous in approving Abodeely for parole and that he probably would have been granted one next spring if not now. So the question before the board was whether to parole him now, when he had work awaiting him, or to delay his parole until next spring when he might not have a job on the outside.

Bedell said that contrary to earlier reports, the board was not influenced by other factors — that Abodeely’s parents were ailing and that as a musician he needed to keep in practice in order to help make his living. Rather, Bedell said, with Warden Brewer concurring, the purpose of retribution “had been served” by Abodeely and, at 41, his chances to make a go of it were considered good, based on experiences with first-time inmates in that age bracket.

As they say of decisions in sports, it was “a judgment call.” It is up to Abodeely now whether he makes good on parole, which is revokable until final discharge.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 31, 1971

Joseph Abodeely was released Thursday on parole from a five-year sentence he began serving June 18 on his guilty plea to a charge of aiding and abetting an attempt to produce an abortion. The decision to release the 40-year-old Cedar Rapids business man was made by the parole board several weeks ago, but he had been at the release center at Newton until Thursday.



COUNTERFEIT ARRESTS HIT 13: Bogus Bills Stolen from Print Shop

Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 4, 1967

Thirteen young Cedar Rapids people, all below the age of 20, were being held in Cedar Rapids city jail Monday in an astonishing sequel to the Lee Grant-Lee Gearhart counterfeiting trial. They were arrested  Saturday and Sunday by Cedar Rapids police and agents for the U.S. secret service following the passing of a $100 bogus bill at Chappies Tap… Friday night. Three of the 13 were held on state charges of passing and possessing counterfeit money.

They were: Robert J. Lynn, 19, who lives at the former Citizen-Times newspaper office at 901 Fourth street SW, where Grant printed some $233,000 in counterfeit money late last summer. Larry Buck, 18… charged with uttering counterfeit securities and possession of beer as a minor. Michael Perkins, 18… also charged with uttering counterfeit securities…

Police said Lynn has been staying at the building to look after the equipment and keep the place up. He said that Friday night, he and another person picked up three girls and took them to the old Citizen-Times building for a party. Matias said the girls talked Lynn into showing them the money and when he wasn’t looking, they took about $4,000 in bogus bills. Matias said a lot of the money was burned at the Times building.

When the party broke up, Lynn and his four companions went by car to the Arrowhead ballroom in Marion. On their way there, Matias said, some of the money was thrown from the car windows. At the ballroom the girls were giving out money of all denominations to their dancing partners….

Ensuing arrests of juveniles led to the recovery of $1,830 more of the bogus money. One of the boys, Matias said, had $1,180 hidden at his home and another had $650. Lynn told police that he took $9,700 and kept it at his home until the trial was over and then returned it to the old Citizen-Times building…

Police said that Larry Buck is suspected of passing the $100 bill at Chappie’s Tap…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 5, 1967

Ten of the 13 young persons arrested in connection with the passing and possession of counterfeit money in Cedar Rapids have been released from custody. Robert J. Lynn… was formally charged with possession of counterfeit money with intent to use…  Michael Perkins… was ordered released from custody… [and] was being held pending a charge of uttering counterfeit securities. Larry Buck… was charged with possession of beer as a minor as well as uttering of counterfeit securities. Buck appeared in municipal court and received a 30-day sentence in the county jail Monday on the beer possession charge…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 10, 1969

Larry T. Buck… pled innocent Monday in municipal court to charges of fighting and resisting an officer… he was arrested Sunday afternoon at 1420 Mr. Vernon road SE, after he allegedly struck a 19-year-old youth and fought with him. Police said considerable force had to be used to place Buck under arrest for fighting which resulted in his being charged with resisting.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 13, 1969

A 20-year-old Cedar Rapids Negro has filed a complaint with the city’s human rights commission charging that he was manhandled by police in an incident outside a supermarket Sunday. The youth, Larry Buck,  meanwhile has been charged by police with fighting and resisting arrest. He also was charged by a supermarket employee with assault and battery. The Sunday incident drew a large crowd of onlookers outside the Mt. Vernon road Eagle store.

Buck said in his complaint that police officers… struck him and used abusive language. The two policemen filed investigation reports saying the incident started when they were in a squad car shortly after 4:30 Sunday and saw Buck hit Carl Morrison, jr. 18… in the face outside the store. [The officers] said they stopped their car and succeeded in getting the two youths apart, although Buck landed several more blows on Morrison. They directed both to get into the squad car to talk about the incident. They said Morrison complied but  Buck refused.

Informed that he was under arrest for fighting, Buck refused again to get into the car… Buck once promised to enter the car if they would release their hold on him, but then refused again. [The officers] said Buck finally got into the car, but as they drove away from the supermarket Buck unlocked a door and tried to get out… they succeeded in handcuffing [him] and took him to police headquarters…  Morrison told police he and two other employees suspected Buck of shoplifting. He said they stopped Buck as he was leaving the store and asked if he had failed to pay for an item. Morrison said Buck denied the theft and showed the store employees his pockets in order to prove that he had stolen nothing. Morrison told police that he and the two other employees apologized to Buck for detaining him and Buck left…  [T]he beating by Buck occurred after…Morrison had stepped outside the store later…  Abbott Lipsky, chairman of the human rights commission, said he appointed a subcommittee to investigate Buck’s complaint. The subcommittee met with Matias Wednesday afternoon.

Buck was treated at St. Luke’s hospital for treatment of a small cut inside his cheek and three small cuts on a finger Sunday evening, then returned to jail… [O]ne of the policemen suffered a sprained thumb in the tussle with Buck and said his watch band was broken.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 18, 1969

A Cedar Rapids Negro youth who last week accused police of manhandling him, Tusday pled guilty to charges of assault and battery, resisting an officer and fighting… Larry Buck… received a 30-day sentence on each charge, but the sentences were suspended by Municipal Judge Loren M. Hullinger, jr. Judge Hullinger ordered that Buck be turned over to the probationary custody of the Rev. John Thomas and Abdullah Ingram, two members of the city human rights commission who appeared with the youth in court. Before taking up the Buck case and hearing the subsequent plea of guilty, the judge appointed Attorney R. Fred Dumbaugh to counsel with Buck. The attorney is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union…  Buck said in his complaint that the police officers struck him and used abusive language.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 23, 1969

A 20-year-old Cedar Rapids Negro, Larry Buck, has conceded that his accusations of manhandling by two Cedar Rapids police officers weren’t all true. In a letter to the mayor’s commission on human rights, Buck reportedly said his original complaints of Feb. 11 were not made out of revenge but out of anger… The letter, hand delivered to the rights commission Saturday, said Buck reconsidered his allegations and determined they weren’t as correct as he originally declared. “I don’t mean to say I wasn’t hit,” his letter said, “but after thinking about it, I, myself, brought it on with my refusal to obey their command. And I can understand that the two officers are human and have tempers as I do.” Buck’s letter stressed that he has no ill feelings toward the officers and expressed the desire that the officers have none toward him… “I look at this… not as a mishap but as an experience and one can always benefit from an experience.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 6, 1969

Abbott Lipsky, chairman of the Cedar Rapids commission on human rights, Tuesday night praised two commission members for their work in helping a youth who recently filed a complaint against the police department. Lipsky said Abdullah Igram and the Rev. John I. Thomas treated the youth “as a human being instead of a pawn in a game to be made a hero or villain.” He noted that Igram and the Rev. Mr. Thomas are serving as probationary officers for the youth and have helped him get a job. In addition, the youth plans to enroll at Area Ten Community college…

Dr. Kingsley B. Grant, commission member, asked whether derogatory remarks actually were made by the police officers. He said the remarks and not the alleged manhandling constituted the cardinal aspect of the entire case. “If there is doubt about the police officers, they too should be rehabilitated as well as the entire police department,” Dr. Grant said.

Igram and the Rev. Mr. Thomas reported that their investigation showed that the policemen… did not use the terminology they were accused of using. Igram several times alluded to “outside agitation” from other cities, which led to the filing of the complaint.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 7, 1969

To the Editor:

May I commend Mr. Larry Buck for his courage in admitting that he had acted in anger in filing charges against the two policemen who arrested him Feb. 9. How many men do you know who would publicly humble themselves in this way?

It would have been much easier to have apologized in private. But now the apology has been by all readers of the Sunday Gazette.

Mrs. W.R. Haworth, 312 Twenty-eighth Street Drive SE




Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 23, 1956

Random Views On This Question:

“What trips do you have planned for the holiday season?”

Roger Karrick, 1711 Sixth Avenue SE, distributing—”We’re leaving before Christmas to drive over to Atlanta, Ill. We moved to Cedar Rapids about a year ago, so we’ll be going home for Christmas. My parents are there as well as my sister and two brothers. We always get together at Christmas—have been doing it for fifteen years with the exception of two years during the war. It’s sort of traditional. On Christmas morning, early, of course, the grandchildren open their presents and have a fine time.”


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 18, 1957

Peppy Blue Birds met Thursday at the home of their leader, Mrs. Ray Lehman… and elected the following officers: Nancy Rowland, president; Becky O’Brine, vice-president; Stephanie Karrick, secretary; Linda Sedore, treasurer, and Kathy Lehman, sergeant-at-arms…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 23, 1958

The following members of Cub Scout Pack 17 were awarded at a recent meeting: Larry Barnes, Gregory Karrick, Danny David, Jim Hoke, Richard Schoner, John Waples, David McIntyre, Terry Pierce and Ronnie Hayes.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 12, 1965

Shirley A. Karrick vs. Roger C. Karrick…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 6, 1968

Several students from Cedar Rapids high schools and from Area Ten Community college won state honors Friday and Saturday at the annual conference of the Iowa Office Education Assn. Forty local high school students attended seminars, discussion groups and other events.

The conference was held at the Savery Hotel in Des Moines. Cedar Rapids winners in skills competition were:  …Washington high school—Stephanie Karrick, division I rating, vocabulary relay…  Stephanie Karrick, Division III rating, vocabulary test…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 15, 1968

Eight teen-agers arrested early Sunday on charges of violation of the state narcotics act, were either free on bonds or released to their parents by Monday. Police, acting on a tip, broke up a marijuana party at 849 Shaver road NE, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Charged with violation of the state narcotics act and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were:  Lonnie A. Bell, 19, of 1633 Thirty-fourth street NE, Gregory E. Karrick, 18, of 404 Twenty-first street SE, and Patricia J. O’Shea, 18, of 1435 Thirty-second street NE. The three each posted $1,000 bond on the narcotics chare and $110 bond on the contributing charge. Police said four boys, three 17 and one 15-year-old and a 15-year-old girl, also arrested in the raid on narcotics charges, were released to the custody of their parents. Confiscated in the raid were a Turkish smoking pipe and what police said was a small amount of marijuana.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 29, 1968

Gregory E. Karrick, 18, of 404 Twenty-first street SE, and Randolf W. Greve, 18, of 727 Second street SW, posted $30 bonds each on charges of possession of beer Wednesday night. The two were arrested when beer was found in their possession after they were involved in a minor accident at Sixth avenue and Third street SW.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 30, 1968

Speeding— Greg E. Karrick, 404 Twenty-first street SE, fined $15 and costs.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 17, 1968

Charges of illegal possession of narcotic drugs were dropped Monday against two Cedar Rapids youths by Municipal Court Judge John B. Reilly. Lonnie Bell… and Gregory E. Karrick… were arrested… at what police described as a marijuana party…  Judge Reilly ruled that “there was no showing they actually had narcotic drugs in their possession.” An 18-year-old Cedar Rapids girl, Patricia Ann O’Shea, 1435 Thirty-second street NE, arrested in the same incident, was given a continuance on a preliminary hearing until 2 p.m. Nov 2.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 15, 1969

Ten Cedar Rapids-Marion area young men and women were charged early Saturday after a narcotics raid staged by Cedar Rapids police on a rooming house at 110 Sixteenth street NE. Charged with violation of the state narcotics act were John P. Niggeling…  Vickie Jones…,  Patricia A. Tilson…  Varleen Eidsmoe… Tim J. Lion… Edward J. Duffy… Gary L. Ehrke… Stephanie A. Karrick… Robert D. Heath… and James M. Olsen.

Niggeling also was charged with carrying a switch blade knife. Authorities said this was Edward Duffy’s third narcotics arrest since January…

The raid was carried out by two detectives and three patrolmen at 1 a.m. Saturday. A party was in progress, the officers said. A quantity of substances believed to be marijuana, LSD and prescriptive drugs was seized by virtue of a district court search warrant. One of the girls’ purses contained some drugs, officials said.

The rooming house had been under surveillance for some time, according to authorities…

Miss Jones, Miss Karrick, Lyon and Ehrke each posted $2,500 surety bonds and were released…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 20, 1969

Eight young Cedar Rapids-Marion area men and women appeared Thursday in municipal court on charges of violation of the state narcotics act… Given until March 27 to waive or demand preliminary hearings were: Vicki Jones… Verleen Eidsmoe… and Stephanie A. Karrick…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 22, 1969

Speeding—Greg E. Karrick, 404 Twenty-first street SE, fined $15 and costs.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 9, 1969

The driver of a car which struck a boy on a bicycle Monday evening was charged by police with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Charged was Gregory E. Karrick, 19, of 404 Twenty-first street SE. Police said Karrick’s car struck a bike ridden by Mark Langford, 8, of 2006 G avenue NE. The accident happened as Karrick was turning into a business place from the 2700 block of First avenue East at 5:10 p.m. Monday. The boy was treated at St. Luke’s hospital for bruises on his left shoulder and hip and released. The accident was not reported to police until about an hour after it happened.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 23, 1970

Driving wrong way on one-way street… Gregory Karrick, 3025 Bever avenue SE; fined $100 and costs…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 24, 1970

David E. Thomas, 21, of 1700 Twelfth avenue SW, and Gregory E. Karrick, 21, of 2310 Fourth avenue SE, were arrested Wednesday on a charge of breaking and entering. They were arraigned in Linn district court Thursday. Karrick pled innocent. Trial was set for March 1… [The men] were accused of breaking into the Barbara Everett residence… and taking a picture frame containing ten antique $10 bills. They also are accused of stealing a radio. Officials said the items were recovered. They were valued at a total of $350.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 19, 1971

Gregory E. Karrick received a suspended sentence of ten years in the reformatory at Anamosa Wednesday on his guilty plea to a charge of breaking and entering. Linn District Judge B. J. Maxwell placed Karrick on probation to Robert Knox of the special problems clinic…


ONE-CAR LINN CRASH; 2 DEAD: Third Person in Critical Condition

Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 27, 1966

A young Marion woman and a young Cedar Rapids man were dead on arrival at Cedar Rapids hospitals late Saturday of head injuries received in a one-car accident on the Linn county side of East Post road SE at Fox Meadow Drive. Dead in the crash of a late model Chevrolet Corvette are: Sharon Moore, 20… and Leo G. Severa, 20…

A third passenger in the car, Marvin Rowley, 19… suffered severe head injuries in the crash. He was reported in critical condition at St. Luke’s hospital early Sunday morning.

Jim Copper… an eye witness to the accident, which happened about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, said the death car “came wide around the curve, going awfully fast.” The speeding car, Copper said, forced a car driven by his wife onto the shoulder of the hard-surfaced road. As the speeding vehicle continued northbound on East Post road, it “nicked” the chrome trim on a car driven by Copper, following his wife. Copper told the Gazette that the small sports car shot into the ditch and overturned. Two of the three passengers were thrown from the vehicle by the impact.

The third person remained pinned in the wreckage until a wrecker arrived. Copper said that, as the car crashed into the ditch, he stopped to see what assistance he could provide. The wheels of the overturned car were still spinning, and the radio was playing.

Highway patrolmen who investigated had no identification after the crash on the three victims. There was no indication as to who was driving…


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 28, 1966

The one-car crash on East Post road SE claimed its third victim early Sunday—Marvin (Skip) Rowley, 19… died Sunday at 4:20 a.m. at St. Luke’s hospital. He suffered severe head injuries in the accident six hours earlier… Highway patrolmen said Leo Severa was the driver of the car. The accident occurred one-quarter of a mile north of the Indian Creek bridge… Rowley and Miss Moore were thrown from the car, patrolmen said.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 10, 1968

James Mark Wilson, 18… died when he was thrown from a rolling car and crushed beneath it early Saturday in southeast Cedar Rapids. Authorities said Wilson was riding in a car driven by [a 15-year-old youth]…  Two others were in the car at the time of the accident. They were Alex F. George, 17… and John J. Gradoville, 17…

Police said the youths had been at a party on the southeast side and that [the driver] and four other youths left. One of the youths, James Leidigh… was dropped off at his home just before the accident happened at 12:52 a.m., police said.

Authorities said [the driver] then started down Carroll drive SE. About 700 feet from the intersection with Thirtieth street drive, he lost control of the vehicle, officers said. The car skidded for some distance before rolling over twice, investigators said.

Wilson was thrown from the auto and crushed beneath it. He was taken to St. Luke’s hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The three other youths in the car suffered minor injuries and were treated and released. The accident is still under investigation.


Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 5, 1972

Two young Cedar Rapids men were killed in a fiery one-car traffic accident at about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of Thirtieth street drive SE. Dead on arrival at St. Luke’s hospital of multiple internal injuries were Scott A. Harvey, 22… and Steven C. Raher, 21… Investigating officers said the small foreign sports car in which the two were riding went out of control, veered across the street, struck a curb, then rolled over on its top. A patrolling Linn county deputy sheriff was first to arrive on the scene.

While Deputy William Mau radioed the accident report to Cedar Rapids police, Kenneth D. Nelson, a passenger in his car, rushed to the overturned car to see if he could provide assistance. He checked on one side of the auto, then went to the other side and was about to see whether the door would open when the car burst into flames. The fire was caused by leaking gasoline, authorities said.

Nelson ran back to the patrol car for an extinguisher and attempted to put the fire out. Police then arrived and also attempted unsuccessfully to completely extinguish the fire. They pushed the car onto its side and found the two occupants were severely burned…. However, the Linn county medical examiner ruled the deaths were due to the internal injuries.


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