PUBLIC’S AID SOUGHT IN SEARCH FOR GIRL’S BELONGINGS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 5, 1970
Police Chief George J. Matias sought public assistance Saturday in the investigation of the death of Paula Oberbroeckling, 18, whose badly decomposed body was found in southeast Cedar Rapids last Sunday. Matias said Saturday several items in Miss Ob erbroecklings possession when she left her apartment at 1 a.m. July 11 in a borrowed car remained missing. He said the department is attempting to find a “squaw bag style” purse with a shoulder strap that served as a draw string. The purse was made out of heavy dark brown leather with a rough surface, pouch shaped and had a fringed border.
Also being sought are a gold colored make up bag with a pink plastic liner that snaps at the top like a coin purse. Among the missing articles are numerous tubes of lipstick and mascara, a light blue plastic compat and a small glass bottle of perfume with a black top. The lipsticks were mainly light shades, Matias said. A gold City National Bank checkbook with yellow flowered checks, both with Miss Oberbroeckling’s name and address on them, also is being sought.
Miss Oberbroeckling also had a peach colored billfold with driver’s license, pictures and receipts from Younker’s in her possession the night of her disappearance. These items are also missing. Detectives are also searching for an 18- to 20-page pamphlet by Mark Eden along with dangling earrings with loops, and bracelets of the same type. Matias said the girl smoked Marlboro and Kool cigarettes and had money and keys to a General Motors car in her possession when she disappeared.
He said detectives are also looking for a pair of ice blue panties which were not found with the body.
The chief said members of the Police Explorer Post were scheduled to search the Otis road area in southeast Cedar Rapids Saturday for these items and other possible clues to the girl’s disappearance and death. He asked anyone who may have seen or found any of the mentioned articles to contact the police department. Matias indicated earlier in the week that foul play was a factor int eh girl’s death, but would not comment on what he based the belief.
He said the department is operating on the assumption the body was left on Otis road SE, possibly the day following her disappearance or some date near that. Matias said it appeared the hands and feet of the girl were bound and rope was found near the body. Miss Oberbroeckling’s body was draped around a steel pin in the ground.
MISS OBERBROECKLING FUNERAL IS MONDAY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 5, 1970
Paula A. Oberbroeckling, 18, Cedar Rapids, was found dead Sunday. Born Feb. 25, 1952, she was a 1969 (sic) granduate of Washington high school. She taught a class for retarded children and was employed by Younkers. Surviving are her m other, Carol Oberbroeckling, 2025 G avenue NE; her father, James J. Oberbroeckling, Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Randolph Greve, Cedar Rapids; three brothers, Todd, Timothy and Christopher, all at home and her granmothers, Vera Oberbroeckling and Mrs. Frank Zachar, both of Cedar Rapids. Services: Monday 11 a.m. St. Matthew’s church by the Rev. Louis V. McDonough. Burial: Mt. Calvary cemetery. There will be no visitation services. Stewart funeral home is handling arrangements.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 4, 1968
Receiving no bills were: Gene A. Knudtson, possession of burglary tools, and Jack Lee Kelsey, carrying a concealed weapon.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 3, 1968
Gene A. Knudtson, 21, no address, posted $500 bond and was released from jail on a charge of malicious injury to a building. He was arrested Friday night on a warrant.
MAN FREE ON BOND; ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 1, 1968
Gene Knudtson… was free Tuesday on $110 bond on a charge of assault and battery. He was arrested Monday on a warrant sworn out by Daniel Chavez… [who] alleged that Knudtson beat him up, breaking his nose and inflicting scrapes Sept. 26 at First avenue and Tenth street NW.
THREE APPEAR IN CITY COURT ON ASSAULT COUNTS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 3, 1968
Three men appeared before Municipal Court Judge John B. Reilly Thursday morning on charges of assault and battery. Gene Knudtson, no address, was given until Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. to move or plead. He is accused of assaulting Daniel Chavez, 1437 Thirtieth street SE, Sept 26 at 12:30 a.m. at Tenth street and First avenue NW. Chavez was treated and released at a local hospital for a broken nose and cuts and bruises. Knudtson remains free on $110 bond. He was arrested on a warrant Monday.
GENE KNUDTSON DENIES ASSAULT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 10, 1968
Gene Knudtson, no address, pled innocent in municipal court Thursday to a charge of assault and battery. Trial was set for Dec. 5…
MAN ACCUSED OF RESISTING ARREST IN C.R. INCIDENT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 5, 1969
Richard D. Ritchison, 30, of 195 Mayden avenue SW, was arrested by police Tuesday evening on a charge of resisting arrest. Ritchison allegedly fled from Police Officer Dean Mollenhauer when the officer tried to arrest him at DeVar’s night club, 5320 Bowling street SW, last Wednesday night. Another man, Gene Knudtson… was arrested earlier on a charge of resisting arrest in the same incident. Ritchison posted bond of $110 following his arrest and was released from the city jail.
PAIR SENTENCED TO REFORMATORY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 22, 1970
OLWEIN—Francis Evans, 26, and Gene Knudtson, 23, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Waukon, were sentenced Thursday by Judge Joe Keefe to terms of 10 years each in the reformatory at Anamosa. The two were charged in a breakin at Heime’s Super Value store and of cracking the safe. An undetermined amount of money was taken. A jury April 22 found them guilty.
MARIE SANCHEZ, MR. LUEDEMAN ESCHANGE VOWS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 15, 1969
Miss Marci Marie Sanchez became the bride of Bruce Allen Luedeman in a ceremony Saturday at noon. The couple was married at St. Wenceslaus Catholic church with the Rev. James Milton officiating. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucio W. Sanchez… was dressed in a Chantilly lace gown featuring a natural waist, Sabrina neckline and a chapel train. Her elbow-length veil was held by a lace and pearl crown. She carried a Bible topped with an arrangement of phaeleonpsis orchids and stephanotis… A reception for 300 guests was given in the CSPS hall. Following a trip to Clear Lake, the couple will live in Cedar Rapids… The bridegroom is employed by Goodyear. The bride will be a senior at Washington high school next fall.
NANCY CURRIE IS A BRIDE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 28, 1966
In a ceremony Tuesday at 11:30, Miss Nancy Ellen Currie became the bride of Duane Anthony Buchheit, 2329 First Avenue SE. The Rev. Martin F. Pfab officiated in St. Matthew’s Catholic Church… The bridegroom is a graduate of Loras college and received his master’s degree from Catholic University of America… He is a teacher at Wilson junior high school. Following a trip to Minneapolis, they will make their home in Coralville…
The bridegroom’s parents entertained at a rehearsal dinner at the Roosevelt hotel Monday evening for 23 guests. A coffee was given prior to the marriage ceremony by Mrs. Vera Oberbroeckling, 2329 First avenue SE. Co-hostesses to friends and out-of-town guests were Mrs. Oberbroeckling’s granddaughters, Lynn and Paula Oberbroeckling.
C.R. WOMAN INDICTED FOR EMBEZZLING UNION FUNDS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 4, 1975
Barbara J. Dighton… former financial secretary of a Cedar Rapids labor union local, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzling almost $9,000 in union funds and falsifying financial reports. Mrs. Dighton was charged on four counts for alleged activities from July of 1970 through July of 1973 while she was employed by local 182 of the United Slate, Tile and Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers’ Assn. It is charged that during this period she embezzled $5,205.50 from the union by writing checks to herself on the union bank account. It was further alleged she turned over $1,375 in checks to two other individuals. The third count charges Mrs. Dighton with taking $2,216 in union dues paid by Cedar Rapids Roofing Co. She also is charged with falsifying the financial report of the union for 1971 and submitting this erroneous report to the department of labor. Mrs. Dighton is scheduled for arraignment in Cedar Rapids Federal court Thursday.
EMBEZZLEMENT CASE SENTENCE IS SUSPENDED
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 6, 1975
Barbara J. Dighton… was given a one-year suspended prison term and placed on four years’ probation Tuesday in Cedar Rapids federal court after changing her plea to guilty on one count of embezzling funds from a Cedar Rapids labor union local… She pled guilty to issuing checks totaling $1,375 to her husband Glen, endorsing the checks and depositing them in their bank account. Dighton at the time was president of the local. The other three counts against Mrs. Dighton were dismissed. A provision of the probation is that Mrs. Dighton make restitution of the $1,375 to the union.
THE SCHOOL CHILDREN’S GAZETTE—Tyler School
The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette—Jun 11, 1921
…The kindergarten band played for the lines this week. The instruments were bought from the proceeds from a candy sale. The leader is Ernest Vanous; drummer, Victor Lewis; Tambourine, Silvia Sauderovits; Bones, J.T. Johnson and Fred Emerson Goodhue; Triangle, Mike Skubaro. Mrs. Goodhue, Mrs. Witwer, and Miss Doerfler were visitors in the kindergarten recently.
CONSTABLE FINED $100 ON RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 29, 1949
Edward T. Merritt, 30, Buffalo township constable, was fined $100 and costs in traffic court Monday when he pled guilty to a charge of reckless driving. He was arrested at 1 a.m. Sunday by Cedar Rapids detectives, who said he had driven into a barricade in the 500 block of Second Avenue SE. At the time of the arrest Merritt had a bottle of whisky tucked in his belt under his shirt, deetecives said. The arresting officers said Merritt had been stopped at the scene of the accident by Special Officer Fred Goodhue. Merritt refused Goodhue’s suggestion that he go to the police station to report the accident because he “was a peace officer and didn’t have to make a report.” The detectives said they had to use force to bring Merritt in.
MAN FOUND BADLY HURT DIES; MAY BE HIT-RUN VICTIM
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 2, 1954
Police Monday were searching for a probable hit-and-run car believed to have struck and fatally injured a man in an alley early Sunday. Joseph Benda… died at 12:50 p.m. Monday in St. Luke’s hospital. He was found critically injured near his residence about 1:10 a.m. Sunday… Benda was reported to have suffered severe chest injuries, broken ribs and a fractured right knee. Police said Benda’s clothing was nearly torn off. They theorized that a car had run over him, dragging him 80 feet. They could not determine how long he had lain in the alley until he was found by Merchant Policeman Fred Goodhue. Police said they learned at Benda’s residence that he had no relatives…
POLICE SAY THEY HAVE CAR WHICH HIT JOSEPH BENDA
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 5, 1954
Detective Capt. John Kuba announced Thursday that the car which struck and killed Joseph Benda late Saturday night has been identified. It is owned by Bernard Early… Early was driving it Saturday night, Kuba said. Samples of hair found on the undercarriage of Early’s car provided the basis of the identification, Capt. Kuba said. Those samples, along with samples of hair taken from Benda’s head, were sent to the State Bureau of Criminal Identification.
Thursday Dr. K.M. Duboski, biochemist for the bureau, informed Cedar Rapids police that the hair found on the car and the samples matched as to color and texture. Moreover, he said, the hair found on the car had been forcibly pulled out. It is impossible, according to Kuba, to make a positive identification of hair, but it can be matched…
Capt. Kuba said Early had parked his car in the area in which Benda was fatally injured Saturday night while he and his wife and another couple were at the 100 club on Third avenue SW. Early, who has cooperated fully in the police investigation and turned his car over to Investigating Officers Henry Overman and George Matias voluntarily, went to his car alone with the intention of driving back to the club to pick up his wife and the other couple. The area in which the accident occurred is a rather wide space at the rear of the building on the north side of Third avenue SW. It connects Second street SW with the alley between First and Second streets. A car may enter the alley and then cut through the area to second street.
Since Benda’s body was dragged beneath the car for a considerable distance, rather than being hurled from the car upon impact, police are convinced that Benda was lying down in the area when he was struck. Early denies any knowledge of having struck Benda or having seen him. He told police he went to his car, backed it away from the buildings where it was parked and then drove forward in the area to Second street.
Police say there is every indication that Early may have struck Benda without realizing it. The driving area is very rough and it could be possible that Early’s car may have dragged Benda without Early being aware of it, police said. Police were alerted to the Early car by Merchant Policeman Fred Goodhue, who found the battered and bruised, but still alive Benda Saturday night. After Goodhue called police, he returned to the area. As a crowd began to gather he noticed that Early’s car came down the alley, turned into the drive and then backed out and continued down the alley. Goodhue took the number and turned it over to the police…
CHASE, FIGHT PUT MAN IN JAIL 90 DAYS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 31, 1963
A 28-year-old Cedar Rapids man was sentenced to 90 days in jail Wednesday on three charges filed following an early morning chase and fight with a policeman. Raymond E. Padfield… was sentenced by Judge Loren M. Hullinger, jr., to serve 30 days each for reckless driving, turning off car lights in order to avoid arrest and disorderly conduct by indecent exposure. He was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after a chase which began with a burglar report in the 1000 block of O avenue NW. The chase ended in a fist fight with a policeman in the 2300 block of First avenue NW. Police said the search for Padfield began when Leona Lippert… told police she and three friends heard her kitchen door slam and saw a car driving away. Miss Lippert called police and described the car. Patrolman Fred Goodhue said he saw the car at O avenue and Eleventh street NW and gave chase.
Goodhue said Padfield ran two stop signs and a red light and then turned out his lights as he drove at 65 miles per hour across Twenty-first street and Johnson avenue NW. Goodhue said Padfield was naked when he stopped his car at 2300 First avenue NW. Padfield struggled to avoid arrest, the officer said. Goodhue fired three shots into the air—one as a warning and the others to summon patrolmen driving nearby. Police said Padfield again offered resistance on the way to the station.
JOHN J. ELARTON CAUGHT NAPPING BY C.R. POLICE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 24, 1963
John J. Elarton, 30, faced a breaking and entering charge Tuesday after police found him and two sacks of money on the floor of a downtown café 30 minutes after closing time. Elarton later admitted that he entered the Kanteen café… but contended that his entrance was through the rear door which he found unlocked, according to Detective Capt. John Kuba. Elarton also claimed he was drunk when he walked into the café… [He] also was being questioned in connection with other recent breakins.
The café breakin was discovered about 3:40 a.m. by Merchant Policeman Fred Goodhue who summoned city patrolmen when he saw the café’s rear door open. Goodhue, Detectives Richard Stave and Louis Stepanek… then searched the café, finding Elarton on the kitchen floor beside two paper sacks containing $174.50. The officers said Elarton was pretending to be asleep…
PATROLMAN NABS TWO AT SCENE OF BURGLARY ATTEMPT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 8, 1964
By Jerry Elsea
Cedar Rapids Patrolman Charles Gearhart caught two burglary suspects at the scene of an attempted breakin early Tuesday and held them at gunpoint until his fellow officers arrived. The suspects were identified as Keith L. Eddins… and Richard L. Neal… Authories believe the young men entered six Cedar Rapids business firms Monday night and attempted two other breakins before Officer Gearhart put a stop to the spree.
The arrest came shortly after 3 a.m. when Gearhart, driving west in the 500 block of First avenue, saw a suspicious-looking man. The patrolman drove on, giving no indication of his suspicion, but parked the car and doubled back. He saw a man standing near the Iowa Typewriting Co., and then heard glass breaking when the man disappeared to the side of the building. When the patrolman saw the man run from a side door, he ran him down and handcuffed him. The man later was identified as Eddins. A second man ran between two cars, but Gearhart also caught him. He was identified as Neal…
About an hour before [this] another burglary suspect was arrested in an alley in the 100 block of First avenue NE. He was identified as Gene E. VonVoltenburg [and] charged tentatively with possession of burglary tools. Merchant policeman Fred Goodhue reported that VonVoltenburg was carrying a sack containing a crow-bar, screwdriver, and table knife when he was arrested. Detectives questioned VonVoltenburg, but he denied implication with Neal and Eddins…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 29, 1969
Reported home on leave are: …Pfc. Michael Himes, husband of Rhonda Himes, 915 Jacolyn Drive NW, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Himes, 1210 Twentieth avenue SW, for 21 days enroute from Ft. Belvoir, Va., to Vietnam…
ASSAULT CHARGE DISMISSED ON TWO C.R. MEN
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 2, 1971
Charges of assault and battery against Michael Himes, 21… and Donald Benson, 23… have been dismissed in Justice of the Peace Glenn Powers’ court. The two were accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy Aug. 14.
DAILY RECORD—MARRIAGE LICENSES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 4, 1972
… Vicki Walker and Michael Himes…
ARREST JULIAN CORBETT ON LANGUAGE CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 2, 1968
Julian Corbett, 45, of 1015 Fifth avenue SE, was charged Thursday on a warrant charging him with using obscene and blasphemous language. He posted $110 bond and was released. His arrest stemmed from a charge lodged against him by James M. Angell, 1013 Fifth avenue SE, on July 29. Authorities said a tom cat belonging to Corbett’s 13-year-old daughter and a tom cat belonging to Angell were fighting on Angell’s yard. Corbett’s daughter wanted to retrieve her cat from Angell’s yard and Angell warned her not to come on the premises. Corbett, officials said, told his daughter to get the cat and Angell warned that she would be trespassing if she came in the yard. Angel told authorities that Corbett then began swearing at him so he called the police.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 2, 1972
Cynthia Corbett, Cedar Rapids, and Charles Emerick, Bastrop, La…
KENNETH OLIVER IS ARRESTED ON WEAPONS CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 8, 1968
Kenneth R. Oliver, 26… was arraigned Friday morning on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and given until Nov. 14 to waive or demand a preliminary hearing. Oliver, arrested Thursday night on the charge, was being held in the Linn county jail in lieu of $1,000 bond. Authorities said Oliver was arrested in the 800 block of Sixth street SE with a .22 caliber revolver in his possession. Police had received a report earlier of a man carrying a gun in the vicinity.
YOUNG C.R. MAN SUFFERS A BULLET WOULD IN BACK
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 6, 1971
Detectives were investigationg the shooting of a 28-year-old Cedar Rapids man Saturday morning. Officers said Kenneth Oliver… apparently was beaten and shot early Saturday at an unknown location by an unknown assailant or assailants. Detectives said Oliver went to Mercy hospital about 7 a.m. in a taxicab after going to his girlfriend’s house with the injuries. They said the bullet, apparently from a small caliber weapon, entered Oliver’s back in the right shoulder blade area and lodged in his neck. He also showed signs of being beaten on the face. Neither Oliver nor his girlfriend could give an account of the incident, officials said…
OLIVER ADMITS AMENDED COUNT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 9, 1972
Kenneth Oliver… pled guilty in municipal court Thursday to an amended charge of gross frauds and cheats and was given a six-month suspended sentence. He was charged with robbery in connection with the robbery of William Williamson April 23.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 14, 1972
Kenneth Oliver… was treated Tuesday night at Mercy hospital for possible back injuries and abrasions and released. Authorities said Oliver was struck by a turning car as he was crossing the street at Eighth avenue and Sixth street SE…
OLIVER ACCUSED OF DAMAGE AND BREAKIN
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 31, 1972
Kenneth Oliver… was arrested Friday night on warrants charging him with malicioius damage to a building and breaking and entering. Police said he is charged with the July 20 breakin at the Joel Lovell residence, 711 Tenth avenue SE, when a lock was broken and furniture was damaged. He was being held in the Linn county jail Monday morning in lieu of a total of $4,500 bond.
KENNETH OLIVER APPEARS ON THREE CHARGES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 25, 1972
Kenneth Oliver… appeared in municipal court Wednesday on three charges. Charges of malicious damage to a building and breaking and entering were dismissed because the complaining witness did not appear… Oliver pled guilty to an amended charge of assault and battery and was given a 30-day jail sentence with 15 days suspended. He was charged with robbing Gary L. Buell on Aug. 21.
JOHN E. WRIGHT WAIVES HEARING
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 6, 1966
John E. Wright, 33, of 415 Seventh avenue SE, waived preliminary hearing and was bound over to the grand jury Friday on a charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily injury. Wright was accused of wounding William J. Downs, 25, with a pocket knife in a fight early April 16 at the home of Joan Phillips, 922 Eighth street SE. The incident took place during a birthday party, according to police.
Downs, who lives at 507 C avenue NE, was treated for lacerations at Mercy hospital and released. Wright remained free Friday on $500 bond.
HEZEKIAH WASHINGTON CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 2, 1968
Hezekiah Washington, 29, no address, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with assault and battery. He was released after posting $110 bond. A complaint was made against Washington Saturday, police said. Joan E. Phillips… said Washington struck her in the face with a pistol at the Cougar Lounge, Saturday night.
WASHINGTON IS FREED ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 8, 1968
Municipal Judge John Reilly dismissed a charge of assault and battery against Hezekiah Washington when the complaining witness [Joan Phillips] said she did not wish to testify against him at the trial Tuesday…
BOY STRUCK BY AUTO, INJURED
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 13, 1969
James Phillips, 9, son of Mrs. Joan Phillips… was treated and released at Mercy hospital late Saturday afternoon after he was struck by a car in the 1400 block of Mt. Vernon road SE. Police said driver of the car was Mary Chinlund, 345 Nineteenth street SE. The youngster was treated for head and hip injuries.
SOUTHEAST C.R. HOUSE HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FIRE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 5, 1969
Fire extensively damaged a two-story frame house at 922 Eighth street SE early Tuesday. Fire officials said the occupant of the house, Joan Phillips, was away at the time of the fire. The building is owned by Magnolia Waller, 611 Ninth avenue SE. Officials said it has not been determined how the fire was started. Investigation showed it started and centered around the living room area on the first floor. When the fire alarm was turned in, the fire had already well engulfed the first floor and flames were shooting up a stairway to the second floor, officials said. Officials said most of the fire damage was confined to the first floor. However, there was heat and smoke damage to the second floor and contents. The fire was reported at 3:13 a.m.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 7, 1952
At Mercy—… Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Putnam, Lisbon, a daughter April 6…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 15, 1959
NEED kind woman to care for 2 children, 7 and 10. Live in—more for home than wages. Wesley Putnam, Lisbon, Iowa.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 30, 1961
Wesley Putnam vs. Lillian Putnam…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 20, 1961
Wesley Putnam from Lillian Putnam…
HOMES FOR SALE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 2, 1962
FOR SALE: Last house in east end of Lisbon on south side of road. Large lots. Was $7,000, now $6,500 if sold soon. Contact Wesley Putnam 1735 B avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, Ia…
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCEEDINGS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 13, 1970
On the motion of Supervisor Clifford, seconded by Supervisor Emmons, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, an account appearing on the V2-122 Page in the State Institutional Ledger on file in the Office of the Auditor of Linn County, Iowa, shows the sum of $6,973.00 as the cost of care and maintenance furnished by said County to Lillian Putnam, at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa, which sum is unpaid and owing and is owed to said county and
WHEREAS, said Lillian Putnam was married to one Wesley Putnam but said marriage was dissolved in September, 1961, and
WHEREAS, as of September, 1961, was in the sum of $6,000.00 and
WHEREAS, an offer in the amount of $400.00 has been made to compromise said Lien against said Wesley Putnam and
WHEREAS, said Wesley Putnam would not be responsible for any of the Lien incurred after September of 1961 due to the fact of his divorce from Lillian Putnam and
WHEREAS, the Linn County Board of Supervisors have agreed to compromise said lien as to Wesley Putnam and any and all sums incurred prior to September of 1961 and
WHEREAS, it is in the best public interest to compromise said lien,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors, Linn County, Iowa, this date met in lawful session that said account appearing on V2-122 Page in the State Institutional Ledger in the Office of the Auditor of Linn County, Iowa, for the care and maintenance furnished by said county to Lillian Putnam at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa, prior to September of 1961, be it and the same are hereby compromised as a lien against Wesley Putnam for the sum of $400.00 and the Auditor of Linn County, Iowa, is hereby authorized and is directed to show this compromise as to Wesley Putnam on any and all sums incurred prior to September, 1961, on this account on the appropriate records of his office.
Adopted on this 13th day of October, 1970.
All members voting “aye” thereon.
ANTHONY ALAN (TONY) TSCHIRGI, JR.
HUSBAND HELD FOR TAPPING WIRES TO GET DIVORCE DATA
Waterloo Evening Courier—Jan 17, 1925
Cedar Rapids, Ia.—Anthony Tschirgi, president of the Russell Railway Guide company surrendered this morning and was released on bail on an indictment secretly returned by the grand jury late yesterday, charging him with tapping telephone wires so that he could obtain evidence on which to base a countersuit for divorce against his wife. Tschirgi admitted while testifying in the suit that he had tapped the wires and heard his wife make appointments to meet Roy Duede, named as co-respondent in the case.
TSCHIRGI DIVORCE CASE TANGLED UP BY NEW EVIDENCE
Waterloo Evening Courier—Feb 24, 1925
Judge F.O. Ellison today had under advisement the divorce plea of Anthony Tschirgi… after a second hearing was granted Tschirgi on the grounds that he had discovered new evidence since the close of the first trial. The new hearing closed late yesterday, after which Judge Ellison announced he would render his decision the latter part of this week.
Tschirgi offered some spicy testimony in support for his petition for a divorce from his pretty wife Zella. His witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilson, their daughter Margaret, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McClure. The Wilsons were former friends of Mrs. Tschirgi, but forsook her after the first hearing.
The Wilsons testified Mrs. Tschirgi met Roy Duede, co-respondent, at their home Jan. 10 and attempted to manufacture testimony to bolster up Mrs. Tschirgi’s case, she fearing it was going against her. They testified that after the conference, Duede took Mrs. Tschirgi in his arms, kissed her, told her to brace up and assured her they would win the case. The witnesses also testified that Mrs. Tschirgi had shown them $15 which she said Duede had given her to buy a nightdress.
Mrs. Tschirgi and Duede admitted they were in the Wilson home on the night in question but denied the rest of the Wilson testimony.
McClure created something of a sensation when he told his story. He said that Mrs. Tschirgi visited him and his wife one night. She thought, he testified, that Tschirgi had followed her. She begged him to lie in wait for Tschirgi, the witness said, and hold him while Mrs. Tschirgi beat him up. McClure admitted he armed himself with a rock and went to hide in the woodshed, but Tschirgi failed to show up. Mrs. Tschirgi admitted the truth of McClure’s testimony and told the court she would have beaten her husband had he appeared.
She was questioned about a remark that she was supposed to have made that “she would rather give up her babies than Duede.” She denied she made such a statement. “I wouldn’t give up my babies for any of you men,” Mrs. Tschirgi declared, as her eyes swept the judge’s bench and the lawyer’s table.
MRS. TSCHIRGI WINS IN SECOND ROUND OF DIVORCE PLEA TRIAL
Waterloo Evening Courier—Mar 3, 1925
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Mrs. Zella Tschirgi was granted a divorce late Saturday from Anthony Tschirgi… Her decree included $6,000 alimony, five acres of land valued at $3,500 and custody of the children…
The Olewein Daily Register—Oct 22, 1932
Mrs. E.M. Hick and son Lawrence of this city, attended the wedding of the former’s son, Edmond, which took place at Cedar Rapids Wednesday evening. The Cedar Rapids Gazette had an account of the wedding as follows: A capacity audience at the Paramount theater Wednesday evening witnessed the marriage of Miss Marie Svoboda of this city and Edmund Hick of Waterloo, which took place at the theater shortly after 9. While Joe Ricksa, jr., played the wedding march on the organ the bride and her attendants came down the center aisle, and the curtain rolled up to reveal a fern and flower decorated stage, the bridegroom and his best man Lawrence Hick of Olwein, with the Rev. Blaine Hyten, awaiting them at an improvised altar. Miss Kathleen Collins sang “I Love You Truly” preceding the ceremony. The bride, in white satin trimmed with silver sequins, wearing a long white veil held in place with orange blossoms, and carrying a bouquet of pink roses, was attended by her sister, Miss Christine Svoboda, as bridesmaid, and the little flower boy and girl were Ruby Svoboda, a sister of the bride, and Anthony Tschirgi, son of Mrs. Zella Fisk. Lorraine Hinton, a small cupid in pink satin, carried the rings on a satin pillow. The bride entered on the arm of her brother, Thomas Svoboda.
Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party was entertained at a wedding supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Krix, 705 Eighteenth street SE, where the table was decorated with the wedding cake and pink roses. Guests included Lawrence Hick, Mr. and Mrs. Hick, Thomas Svoboda, Margaret Kepler, Anthony Tschirgi, Ruth Tschirgi, the Rev. Blaine Hyten, Vernon Snodgrass and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Vosniek of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Uthoff, Jr, and their son Orville DeWayne, and Ruby Svoboda, of Norway, Mr. and Mrs. Becicka, Wesley and Dorothy of Ely, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Decker and Mrs. E. H. Hick of Oelwein. Assisting in serving were Miss Fannie Cook, Mrs. Walter Snodgrass and Mrs. Joe Podhasky…
MRS. ANTHONY TSCHIRGI TO LEAVE FOR FRANCE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 17, 1949
Mrs. Anthony [Denice] Tschirgi and her son, Alan, 1809 Ridgewood Terrace SE, will leave tomorrow for New York City, from where they will sail for France. Mrs. Tschirgi will visit her parents, whom she has not seen for three and a half years, near Paris, and plans to stay with them until the end of October.
TSCHIRGI HEIRS FILE OBJECTIONS TO FINAL REPORT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 28, 1950
Three heirs to the estate of Anthony A. Tschirgi, who died March 28, 1948, in St. Louis, have filed objections to the final report and application for discharge of the estate’s executors. Ruth Tschirgi Berry and Anthony Tschirgi, jr., filed objections in district court Monday. A third heir, Paul Tschirgi, filed objections to the final report Saturday. Both petitions ask the court to deny the application for discharge on the ground that the proposed distribution of Mr. Tschirgi’s estate is not according to the directions of his will, made Aug. 26, 1941, and amended Oct. 16, 1945.
The final report of the estate’s executors, Grace F. Tschirgi, wife of the deceased, and the Merchant’s National bank, shows the gross amount of the estate to be distributed is $417,360.16. Of this, according to the report, $207,166.36 is to go to Grace F. Tschirgi; $20,032.10 to Paul Tschirgi, and $47,563.21 each to Ruth Tschirgi Berry and Anthony Tschirgi, jr. The sum of $95,035.29 is listed as being owed on unpaid claims against the estate.
Both of the objectors’ petitions protest as excessive the payments of $10,000 to the Merchants National bank for executors’ fees and $20,000 paid to the firm of Elliott, Shuttleworth and Ingersoll for attorney fees. Both petitions also state that certain property listed as being held in joint tenancy by the deceased and Mrs. Tschirgi were actually the property of Mr. Tschirgi and that the properties and holdings should be listed with other assets of the estate. The petitions also state that some of the property listed as joint tenancy was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Tschirgi while Mr. Tschirgi was not mentally competent.
The objections were filed after an examination of Mrs. Tschirgi by attorneys for Paul Tschirgi before Judge G. K. Thompson last week.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 16, 1950
Failure to stop for a school sign—…Anthony A. Tschirgi, 1809 Ridgewood Terrace SE…
MRS. ANTHONY TSCHIRGI TO GIVE DINNER PARTY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 26, 1950
Mrs. Anthony [Grace] Tschirgi, 347 Park Terrace SE, will be host this evening at a dinner party at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Twelve places will be laid.
MRS. TSCHIRGI TO GIVE DINNER PARTY TONIGHT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 9, 1950
Mrs. Anthony [Grace] Tschirgi, 347 Park Terrace SE, will entertain this evening at the Cedar Rapids Country club. Dinner will be served for 15 guests.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 10, 1950
Women of Other Nations will give a Christmas party for their children Friday at 4 p.m. Mrs. Anthony [Denice] Tschirgi, jr., Mrs. Dale F. Boddicker and Mrs. Donald G. Merklin are in charge.
CITY HALL NOTES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 12, 1950
Accepting $24 from the Barnard and Leas Manufacturing Company and Anthony Tschirgi, the council released them from all liability for damage done Nov. 17 to the curbing and sidewalk at First avenue and Sixteenth street E.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 11, 1951
Women of Other Nations will meet Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Newman’s for a style show. Members of the club who will model are Mrs. Anthony [Denice] Tschirgi, jr., and her son Alan; Mrs. Charles J. Carson and her daughter Elizabeth; Mrs James Ferguson and her daughter Virginia; Mrs. Raymond W. Bender and Mrs. John Sunde… Foreign war brides who have not been previously contacted by the club are invited to attend this meeting.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 6, 1951
At Mercy—…Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tschirgi, 1809 Ridgeway Terrace SE, a son Sept. 5…
LAWRENCE BRINGS DECLARATORY SUIT AGAINST 2 CLIENTS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 13, 1951
O. W. Lawrence, Cedar Rapids Attorney, Saturday sued Anthony Tschirgi, jr., and Ruth Tschirgi Berry in a declaratory judgment action asking the court to establish the validity of a contract and to determine the amount due him for legal services. Lawrence’s petition says he was hired to represent the defendants in legal actions involved in the estate of the defendants’ father, the late Anthony Tschirgi.
Lawrence alleges he was to receive 25 percent of money or property the defendants got from the estate. The petition says the estate has been settled and Lawrence has possession of checks, stock certificates, deeds, abstracts and policies representing the defendants’ shares.
However, the petition says, Tschirgi and Mrs. Berry have questioned the validity of the contract which would give Lawrence 25 percent. Lawrence asks the court to establish the validity of the contract and also to determine the amount of fees due him.
LAWRENCE WINS $36,252 FROM TWO FORMER CLIENTS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 2, 1952
Cedar Rapids Attorney O.W. Lawrence late Friday was awarded judgments totaling $36,252.88 against two former clients in a declaratory judgment suit. In a lengthy ruling and opinion, Judge Charles Penningroth ordered Anthony Tschirgi, jr., and Ruth Tschirgi Berry each to pay Lawrence $18,126.44 for attorney fees.
…Tschirgi and Mrs. Berry alleged that Lawrence used misrepresentation in getting them to sign the contract and that the fee was excessive.
The judge found that the fee was reasonable, considering the amount of time Lawrence spent, and that the contract was all right. In the 49-page ruling, the judge found that both Tschirgi and Mrs. Berry were competent persons and that they were capable of entering into such a contract. The judge found that each defendant realized a total of $71,998.89 from their father’s estate, and that by virtue of the contract Lawrence was entitled to 25 percent of what each received.
The ruling said Lawrence had in his possession an estate check of $52,338.64 for Mrs. Berry and one for $51,883.64 for Tschirgi. In case either defendant fails to pay Lawrence his fee within10 days, the judge said, Lawrence may cash the check and take out his fee, then give the rest to the defendant.
The judge also ordered Lawrence to turn over any papers in his possession to the defendants, and assessed the cost of the case one half to each defendant…
TSCHIRGIS PLAN TO APPEAL RULING
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 11, 1952
Anthony Tschirgi, jr., and Ruth Tschirgi Berry Monday indicated that they will appeal to the supreme court a Feb. 1 judgment of $36,252.88 against and in favor of O.W. Lawrence, Cedar Rapids attorney…
TSHIRGIS APPEAL TO HIGH COURT ON LAWYER FEES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 22, 1952
DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa supreme court was asked Tuesday to reverse two judgments for $18,216 each obtained by O.W. Lawrence, Cedar Rapids attorney, in the Linn county district court… Lawrence… had asked the district court to determine the amount due him, and that court said his clients owed him $18,126 each. The clients appealed. The appeal covered 427 pages.
SUPREME COURT REVERSES CASE INVOLVING FEES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 10, 1953
The Iowa supreme court Tuesday reversed a district court decision which gave O.W. Lawrence attorney fees of $44,468 against two clients… Judge Charles Penningroth ruled that Lawrence’s claim for 25 percent of the entire amount the children received was valid… However, the high court ruled that the judge’s action was wrong and that “it was the burden of the attorney to see that his clients were fully informed as to the terms of the contract” and that Lawrence did not do this.
The supreme court found the two believed they were to pay 25 percent of what Lawrence won for them in contesting only part of the estate, not 25 percent of the entire amount they received. The supreme court said that Lawrence could start another action a file a claim “for a reasonable value of his services.”
JOHN T. HECKERS BUY MERLIN REES’ HOUSE ON LINDEN
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 31, 1954
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Rees, who are moving to Fort Collins, Colo., have sold their residence at 2340 Linden drive SE… [and] Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tschirgi, jr., now of Orlando, Fla., sold their former residence at 1809 Ridgewood Terrace SE…
PAUL TSCHIRGI FILES SUIT AGAINST MOTHER
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 4, 1955
Paul A. Tschirgi Monday filed a suit against his mother, Grace F. Tschirgi, for $10,917 claimed due under the will of the late Anthony A. Tschirgi. Also named defendants are the Merchants National bank and S.M. Hoffner, identified as guardians of the property of Mrs. Tschirgi.
The will of Mr. Tshirgi, who died in 1948, left half his estate to his wife and one-sixth of the remainder to his son, Paul. The plaintiff’s petition alleges that his mother, in her inventory of the estate, “concealed” $131,010 in cash and securities. The suit claims that Paul has been damaged to the extent of one-twelfth of that property.
Plaintiff asks for a jury trial.
ADDITIONAL SUITS FILED IN TSCHIRGI ESTATE CONTROVERSY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 3, 1956
Suits alleging the concealment of $137,010 in the Anthony Tschirgi estate were filed Tuesday. The plaintiffs who filed identical petitions are Ruth Tschirgi Berry and Anthony Tschirgi, jr. Named defendants are Grace F. Tschirgi and the Merchants National bank and S.M. Hoffner as guardians of Mrs. Tschirgi.
The plaintiffs are the children of the late Mr. Tschirgi. Their suits are similar to one filed by another son, Paul Tschirgi, June 24, 1955. The earlier petition also alleges concealment and is pending in district court.
…Ruth T. Berry and Anthony, jr., each seek $25,543.75 and Paul Tschirgi’s suit seeks $10,917.
THREE TSCHIRGI CASE DEFENDANTS ARE SUBSTITUTED
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 2, 1958
Court orders were entered in district court Saturday to substitute defendants in three lawsuits which contest the estate of the late Anthony A. Tschirgi. Plaintiffs in the actions are Paul A. and Anthony Tschirgi, jr., and Ruth Tschirgi Berry. They are children of Mr. Tschirgi.
Original defendants in the actions, which have been pending in district court since 1955, were Anthony Tschirgi’s widow Grace, the Merchants National bank and S. M. Hoffner, as guardians of Mrs. Tschirgi’s property.
Due to the death of Mrs. Tschirgi Dec. 11, the guardianship dissolved. As a result, Saturday’s actions name the Merchant bank, executor of the Grace Tschirgi estate, sole defendant in each of the children’s lawsuits…
SUIT SEEKS TO FORCE BANK TO SELL STOCK
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 1, 1958
A suit to force a sale of 15½ shares in Russell’s Guides, Inc., of Cedar Rapids was filed Friday in Linn county district court. A “specific performance” suit, it was filed by Anthony Tschirgi and Ruth Tschirgi Berry against the Merchants National bank, executor of the estate of Grace F. Tschirgi. It says Grace Tschirgi gave the plaintiffs an option to buy 7 and three-quarters shares of the company each from her estate at the book value of the stock at the end of the fiscal year preceding her death. The petition says book value on the appropriate date was $6,983.47 per share and says they have tendered payment of $54,121.89 to the executor, which refuses to complete the sale. It asks the court to force the bank to complete the sale.
RUSSELL’S GUIDES HEIRS SEEK DELAY OF YEARLY MEETING
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 11, 1958
Action was filed Monday asking district court to postpone the annual meeting of Russell’s Guides, Inc., until controlling interest in the company is determined in a pending lawsuit. Plaintiffs in Monday’s action, as in the earlier lawsuit, are Anthony Tschirgi and Ruth Tschirgi Berry… The petition alleges that 50 shares of Russell’s Guides common stock are outstanding, and that the Grace Tschirgi estate holds 31½ shares. Anthony Tschirgi owns 5, Emma Pohl owns 12½ and Paul Tschirgi owns the remaining one share, the suit says.
…The new suit says date of the annual meeting of Russell’s Guides is March 18. They contend that the Merchants bank will vote the estate 31½ shares “to elect officers of its own choice, at the prejudice of the plaintiffs.”
The plaintiffs ask that during the pendency of the earlier lawsuit, the defendant should be enjoined from the election of officers, the declaring of dividends and the voting of the estate stock.
The suit alleges that Hess is acting as a director and vice-president of Russell’s Guides and that other individual defendants are acting as directors. The plaintiff’s application for a temporary injunction was set for a hearing Thursday at 2 p.m.
RUSSELL’S GUIDES MEETING TO BE HELD AS SCHEDULED
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 15, 1958
Annual meeting of stockholders of Russell’s Guides, Inc., will proceed as scheduled Tuesday, a district court judge ruled Friday. Judge J.E. Heiserman denied an injunction which would have postponed the meeting pending outcome of a lawsuit…
Judge Heisserman denied the injunction because it was shown, “and all parties assume it to be true,” that present directors and officers will be re-elected and retained at Tuesday’s meeting. No change of management or policy is contemplated, he observed.
As a result, the plaintiffs “have not shown they will sustain injury because they claim no mismanagement.”…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 22, 1958
Dismissal of an $11,750 suit against the Grace Tschirgi estate was entered in district court Monday after a compromise and settlement was reached. Plaintiff was Paul A. Tschirgi. Still pending are claims of $28,543 each by Anthony Tschirgi, jr., and Ruth Tschirgi Berry against the estate. The Merchants National bank is executor of the estate.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 18, 1958
Two cases were dismissed Saturday—the false uttering of a check charge against R.J. Williams, filed Sept 15, and the will contest suits of Ruth Tschirgi Berry and Anthony Tschirgi, jr., against the Merchant’s National bank, executor of the estate of Grace F. Tschirgi.
RUSSELL GUIDE AGREEMENT IS RULED ILLEGAL
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 6, 1960
Anthony Tschirgi and Ruth Tschirgi Berry have been denied the right to enforce options allowing them to buy 15½ shares in Russell’s Guides, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, in a 38-page decision handed down by Judge Sandoe Jordan. Judge Jordan held that agreements made by the plaintiffs with Mrs. Emma Pohl and Floyd D. Sortor, director and president of the firm, respectively, are illegal and invalid and could tend to hurt the corporation. Russell’s Guides, located at 817 Second ave SE, is publisher of Official National Motor Coach Guides and is closely associated with the Greyhound Bus Lines. As the ownership now stands, the Merchants National bank owns 29 of the 50 shares outstanding, Mrs. Pohl has 12½ shares, Anthony Tschirgi has 5 shares and Paul Tschirgi 3½ shares. Purchase of the 15½ shares would have given Anthony Tschirgi, Ruth Tschirgi Berry and Mrs. Pohl a total of 33 shares.
The first agreement in question which superseded 2 earlier agreements, provided that the plaintiffs were to use their best efforts to obtain a loan from Peoples bank to exercise the option on the 15½ shares; the plaintiffs were to deliver to Mrs. Pohl their proxy to vote all their shares; and the plaintiffs were to transfer to Mrs. Pohl 2 shares of stock at book value. The first agreement also provided that after the loan was repaid the plaintiffs and Mrs. Pohl were to assume control of and vote their respective shares of stock, with the plaintiffs electing 2 members to the board, Mrs. Pohl electing 2, and the fifth member of the board was to be an officer of Peoples bank nominated by the bank.
The second agreement provided Sortor with an option to purchase 2 shares at book value, one from the plaintiffs and one from Mrs. Pohl; that Sortor was to be in complete charge of all negotiations with Greyhound and be president and chairman of the board of Russell’s Guides; that there be no change in management policies without Sortor’s approval; and that any actions taken would be for the best interests of the firm. Another section of the second agreement was to provide Anthony Tschirgi with a position as Sortor’s assistant and as a vice-president of the organization. However, a deposition indicated that this section was no longer in effect.
Officers of Russell’s Guides at the present are: Floyd D. Sortor, president; Russell I. Hess (a vice-president of Merchants National bank), vice-president and treasurer; and Harry F. Gillispe, secretary. Directors are Hess, F. Forbes Olberg (another vice-president of Merchants bank) , Sortor, and Mrs. Pohl.
Judge Jordan’s decision reads: “It is the opinion of this court that no matter what state’s case law we follow, the agreement between the plaintiffs, Mrs. Pohl and Mr. Sortor would be held to be illegal and invalid. The agreement assures Sortor of the job as president of Russell’s Guides, unlimited as to time, and a directorship, and further provide that no policy change could be made by the corporation, or its management altered, without his consent. Surely this agreement completely sterilizes the board of directors of the corporation… and the acts of Mrs. Pohl, the plaintiffs and Sortor amounted to constructive fraud on the other stockholders.
In a review of the case, Judge Jordan further commented: “Russell’s Guides, Inc., has through the years been a money-earning corporation and has paid its stockholders handsomely. It has been apparently well-managed. Its board of directors has been active and responsible for much of its success. It is the court’s belief that an active participating board of directors would be necessary for the corporation’s continued success.
“Mr. Sortor, the corporation’s president, has been able I the management of the corporation’s affairs, and it is anticipated that he will continue to effectively lead the company, but if he does not, he needs to know that his services would in such a cse probably be dispensed with by an active board
“It may be that the years ahead will suggest changes in corporate policy, and it is possible that Mr. Sortor might not favor such changes. The stockholders of the corporation are entitled to have duly-elected officers enforce a policy change in spite of Mr. Sortor, if that seems the wise thing to do.”
Book value of the stock was placed at $6,983.47 per share. In the year ending Jan. 31, 1959, the firm had earnings of $59,852.16 after taxes; a net worth of $368,444; book value of $7,368.88 and paid $1,000 per share in dividends.
NEW HEARING DENIED IN OWNERSHIP SUIT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 27, 1960
Rehearing of a suit involving ownership of Russell’s Guides, Inc., of Cedar Rapids has been denied by Judge Sandoe Jordan. Decision in the case was handed own June 6 by Judge Jordan. In it he denied Anthony Tschirgi and Ruth Tschirgi Berry the right to enforce options allowing them to buy 15½ shares of the firm.
TSCHIRGI CASE RULING REVERSED BY STATE COURT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 6, 1962
DES MOINES (UPI) — Agreements which shifted control of a corporation to a Cedar Rapids brother and sister from their stepmother were upheld Tuesday by the Iowa supreme court. The high court’s action reversed a lower court decision by the late Linn county District Judge Sandoe Jordan, which had been appealed by the brother and sister.
The agreements and accompanying stock options between Anthony Tschirgi and Ruth Tschirgi Berry and their stepmother, the late Grace F. Tschirgi, were ruled invalid by Jordan because they were “an attempt to control the action of the corporation’s board of directors and a breach of proper relations toward the corporation and other stockholders.” Grace Tschirgi owned a controlling interest in Russell’s Guides Inc., following the death of her husband. She gave her stepchildren an option to purchase enough stock to give them control and also signed the disputed agreements. The agreements gave the younger Tschirgis the authority to name the corporation’s president, vice president and directors. The high court’s opinion said there was no evidence of “constructive fraud” or intent “to injure the corporation, its business or the other stockholders. On the contrary, a desire to continue the present successful policies of the business and to retain the skill and knowledge of the present management” was show in the agreements, the high court said.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sep 4, 1965
Speeding: …Anthony Tschirgi, 500 First avenue NE…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 7, 1965
…Anthony Tschirgi vs. Denice Tschirgi…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 25, 1966
Zella B. Fisk, 81, of 801 Oakland road NE, wife of Roy A. Fisk and a resident of Cedar Rapids 56 years, died Sunday after a long illness. Born Dec. 28, 1884, at Battle Creek, Mich., she was married June 26, 1926, at Mankato, Minn. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth L. Berry, one son, Anthony Tschirgi, both of Cedar Rapids; and three grandchildren.
Memorial Services: Turner chapel at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Allen S. Van Cleve of Central Park Presbyterian church. Burial: Oak Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.
A rosary will be recited in the chapel by Catholic Daughters of America at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 4, 1968
Failure to stop for a stop sign: …Anthony A. Tschirgi, 1615 Park Towne Place NE; fined $10 and costs.
SIDES CLASH AT CITY HEARING ON APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 6, 1969
A Cedar Rapids developer’s proposal to build three apartment buildings on a six-acre tract adjacent to the 2200 block of First Avenue SE Wednesday resulted in a long and sometimes heated hearing… The hearing also brought a lengthy speech from Tony Tschirgi, 1611 Park Towne Lane NE, who said he is neutral as far as the rezoning issue is concerned. Tschirgi suggested, among other things, that the council should table the matter and get behind the proposal to build a civic center. Mayor Frank Bosh requested that Tschirgi limit his remarks to the subject at hand.
MAN ACCUSED OF MALICIOUS CALL
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 3, 1970
Anthony A. Tschirgi, 49, of 1519 Oakland road NE, was charged with malicious use of the telephone Friday night. Tschirgi was charged in connection with a Dec. 30 incident in which he allegedly made an obscene telephone call to a 16-year-old Cedar Rapids girl.
Tschirgi demanded a preliminary hearing in Justice of the Peace Glenn Powers’ court Saturday. The hearing was set for Feb. 5, and bond was set at $1,000. Tschirgi was allowed to post ten percent of the amount and was released.
DISMISS CHARGE AGAINST TSCHIRGI
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 6, 1970
A charge of malicious use of the telephone was dismissed against Anthony A. Tschirgi… Thursday… Justice of the Peace Glenn Powers said he decided to dismiss the charge in the interest of justice. The state code provides that a magistrate may dismiss charges on his own motion or on motion of the state in the furtherance of justice. Tschirgi was accused of making an obscene call to a 21-year-old Cedar Rapids woman Dec. 30.
THREE CHARGED IN THEFT OF $3,000 COIN COLLECTION
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 21, 1969
Cedar Rapids police Saturday arrested three men in connection with the theft of a coin collection valued by its owner at $3,000. Held in the city jail were David E. Thomas, 20, of 1700 Twelfth avenue SW, Jay Douglas Bader, 18 of 3908 Knollwood court NE, and Jack C. Schneider, 18, of 4023 Dalewood avenue SE. The three are charged with entering the home of Harold Brooks, 316 B avenue NW, Thursday and stealing the coin collection. Thomas was held under $2,500 bond while bond for Bader and Schneider was $5,000.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 22, 1970
The following are reported home on leave: … Pfc. Jack Schneider, sone of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Schneider, 4023 Dalewood avenue SE, for 20 days from San Diego.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 21, 1971
Lance corporal Jack Schneider… is home on leave from the Marines for 26 days. He is stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH HIDING BOY SOUGHT BY POLICE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 14, 1969
Mary A. Wallace, 33, of 1418 First street NW, was arrested on a charge of resisting an officer. She posted $110 bond and was released. Authorities said she concealed Jerry Joe Martin, 16, no address, who is wanted by police on a charge of false use of a credit card. Authorities said Martin was arrested Wednesday night when he was found hiding in the basement of the Wallace residence.
Martin was arrested earlier this week in Springfield, Ill., for local authorities on the charge. A woman purporting to be Martin’s aunt obtained his release in Springfield. It was later learned the woman was not his aunt. Authorities said after Martin’s Springfield release, he returned to Cedar Rapids on a bus. Police said they received information he was at the Wallace residence.
Officers said Martin purchased a $64 coat from Armstrong’s Jan. 31 on a credit card reported stolen from William L. Hullisieck, 3001 Sixth street SW. Martin was being held in the Linn county jail Friday in lieu of $500 bond.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 17, 1969
Resisting an officer—Mary Wallace, 1418 First street SW, 30 days in the Linn county jail.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 31, 1969
…George Mundy, 1213 N Street SW, a son…
LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 8, 1972
George Mundy, 1213 N Street NW; fined $25 and costs.
ACCIDENT DAMAGE TO VEHICLE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 17, 1974
George Mundy… fined $20 and costs.
PROSECUTION, NOWLIN DEFENSE REST; TO JURY THIS AFTERNOON
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 8, 1974
By Tom Fruehling
NEVADA—The defense rested its case Thursday morning without caling any witnesses or presenting evidence in the murder trial of George Nowlin, 31, of rural Keystone. The case was scheduled to go to the 10-woman, two-man jury following final arguments Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Regis Weland, a Cedar Rapids pathologist, was the final state witness Thursday morning. He testified on the autopsy he performed on Michael Servey March 18, eight days after it is charged Servey was killed by Nowlin near Palisades-Kepler state park.
Describing Servey as a “well-developed, well-nourished young man,” Dr. Weland speculated the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back of the head, which produced multiple fractures. The prosecution contended that Nowlin killed Servey with one of the two sawed-off shotguns witnesses have claimed they saw in Nowlin’s possession. Dr. Weland said he found “many” shotgun pellets and a plastic power piston within Servey’s brain. He said there was “extensive damage to the brain” and “large fractures.”
A previous witness, Steven Martin, testified that Nowlin told him he hit Servey in the head with the gun before stabbing and shooting the teenager. In cross-examination, one of Nowlin’s two court-appointed attorneys attempted to establish that Servey and Nowlin might have been involved in a “struggle” before the death.
One of the defense contentions throughout the trial is that if Servey was killed following a struggle, premeditation on Nowlin’s part may be ruled out. Thus a verdict of first degree murder should not be returned, they claim. The two defense attorneys enacted before the jury a scenario they argued might have occurred at the death scene.
They asked Dr. Weland if the knife wounds could have been inflicted by Servey himself during a struggle, with Nowlin behind Servey and Servey holding the knife in his right hand. The hand wounds, they argued, might have been caused when the knife blade was forced back into Servey’s palm. Dr. Weland answered that he “presumed” this could have happened, but he characterized the defense argument as an “outside probability.”
Several witnesses were questioned by prosecution lawyers Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to substantiate earlier testimony and to identify previously submitted exhibits. Capt. Dennis Blome, chief deputy in the Linn county sheriff’s department, explained his activities as the primary investigating officer in the Servey murder. He said he went to where Servey’s body was found, near Palisades-Kepler state park, on March 17 after being notified of the discovery by a county dispatcher. Once there, he said he found a sheriff’s deputy, a Kathy Sauer, and Fred and Beatrice Fite. The latter two testified Tuesday that they directed the sheriff’s department to the scene.
Over the objections of defense council, Blome identified photographs of the dead teenager and the area around the body. Asst. Linn county Atty Richard Punch submitted a total of 19 photographs as evidence, but Judge Robert Osmundson allowed only four for jury inspection. Nowlin’s attorney’s argued that none should be shown due to the “inflammatory nature of the photographs.” Blome later identified a five-shot 20 gauge shotgun allegedly belonging to Nowlin, as being the one recovered from the river on March 21.
Another shotgun and knife, which the prosecution contends were also used in the alleged crime, have not been found. During cross examination, Blome affirmed that a broken branch and twigs around the dead body indicated a struggle may have occurred before Servey died. The defense has hinted throughout the trial that if, indeed, Nowlin did kill Servey, it might have been the result of a struggle. This, they contend, would rule out premeditated murder.
Iowa bureau of criminal investigation special agent Thomas Randolph of Des Moines testified that the clothing previously described as being Servey’s was removed from the body at St. Luke’s hospital March 18, in order for an autopsy to be performed.
This identification again drew objections from the defense. One of Nowlin’s two lawyers argued that the purpose for again showing them to the jury was for “shock” and “inflammatory and prejudicial effects.” “They’ve been bandied around all week,” he said, “and I think that’s enough.” Of the numerous holes in the Servey shirt and jacket, Randolph testified that they corresponded with marking on the dead man’s body. In his opinion, “the openings were caused by a knife or a thin-bladed instrument.”
Under cross-examination, Randolph too said that the condition of the area around the wooded area where Servey’s bodywas found made it “appear that there was a struggle.”
Randolph—also in response to defense questioning—said that although he collected car keys near Servey’s body, neither he nor anyone else, to his knowledge, checked to see if the keys fit Servey’s automobile. The prosecution claimed this omission to be irrelevant.
George Mundy of Cedar Rapids testified that he a found a wallet, supposedly belonging to Servey and allegedly thrown into the Cedar River by Nowlin, on the river bank while fishing July 21. He said he turned the wallet and contents over to the Cedar Rapids police. Detective Capt. William Byrne substantiated this testimony, and said he had the materials transferred to Blome.
YOUTH TESTIFIES HE SAW STABBING OF SISTER-IN-LAW
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 22, 1967
By George Kruse
Bruce Smith, 15, of 1133 Fifteenth street SE, testified Wednesday at the murder trial of Bonnie Jean Seenster that he saw Mrs. Seenster stab his sister-in-law, La Vista Smith last Dec. 4. Mrs. Smith died of a knife wound in the stomach suffered at her home at 917 Ninth avenue SE. The trial of Mrs. Seenster, 22, of 713 Fifth street SE, who is accused of the stabbing moved into its third day Wednesday.
On direct examination, Smith testified that Mrs. Seenster came into the Smith living room carrying a butcher knife in her right hand. “She kept saying, ‘Don’t nobody touch me’,” Smith said. He and Mrs. Smith stood up and Mrs. Seenster thrust the knife into her. Mrs. Smith started to fall and her husband, Frederick, laid her on the floor. Young Smith, a student at McKinley junior high, said he then went from the living room into the kitchen. He was scared, he said.
Following young Smith’s testimony Judge Harold D. Vietor granted a motion by the state to allow the jury to view the Smith house, scene of the fatal stabbing. Assistant County Attorney William G. Faches said the purpose was to acquaint the jury with the layout of the house and the distances involved. The defense concurred with the motion. On orders from the judge the jury of seven women and five men, and two alternates were driven to the premises by three deputy sheriffs at 11:15 a.m.
The judge ordered Bailiff Fred Stanford to conduct the jurors through the home and to allow no conversation. The judge also ordered Stanford to allow no movies and photographs of the jury to be taken while the jury was out of the courtroom. The judge explained to The Gazette that the jury at the Premises would be performing a court function and to allow pictures would be the same as allowing pictures inside the courtroom. He said one of the reasons for the mistrial of the famous Sam Sheppard murder trial in Cleveland was the fact that the jury was photographed by the press when it left the courtroom to examine premises. The jury returned shortly before noon.
Frederick L. Smith testified Tuesday that he did not see Mrs. Seenster stab his wife, but he recalled “the expression of pain” on her face when she was fatally wounded. Smith, 31, a witness for the prosecution, told the court that when he saw his wife and Mrs. Seenster confronting each other in his living room he rushed between them. “I had my back to Bonnie, facing my wife,” he said, “and I noticed my wife falling backwards, and I could see the expression of pain on her face. And somebody said she had been cut. She was falling and I grabbed her and eased her to the floor.”
There was no animosity between Mrs. Seenster and his wife that he knew of, Smith testified. In the excitement, Smith said he suffered a cut on his finger which necessitated 11 stitches to close.
His brother, Milford Smith, 19, 0f 1133 Fifteenth street SE, testified he did not see the stabbing, but saw Mrs. Smith fall. When he saw that she was bleeding he went to the bathroom, ran cold water on a towel and placed it on her wound, he said. Then he called an ambulance, he added. The prosecution called to the stand three doctors, David Reque, the Smith family physician; Campbell Watts, a surgeon, and Percy Harris, county medical examiner, who brought out the following testimony:
1. The wound was inflicted by a sharp instrument.
2. Death was caused by massive hemorrhaging.
3. The knife cut various arteries, the liver and the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The vena cava carries blood from the lower portion of the body to the heart.
4. The knife was thrust into Mrs. Smith at an upward angle.
5. No autopsy was necessary because cause of death was evident.
The prosecution stated in its opening statements Tuesday that it will prove the murder was caused over another man, a William Wright. In reply to a question, Smith said he knew Mrs. Seenster and Wright were living together. He also testified that Wright was at the party with an Eleanor Ray. Testimony brought out that Mrs. Seenster visited the Smith house twice that morning. Smith said a Janice Martin came with Mrs. Seenster the first time, but he asked them to leave because they were not invited to the party. He said they offered no resistance.
Milford Smith testified that Mrs. Seenster walked into the living room and said to Wright, “William, come here.” He said Wright went outside with her and soon came in alone.
Mrs. Seenster wore “something like a party dress” on her first visit, he said. He remembered her wearing jeans and, he thought, a sweatshirt when she returned about a half hour later. Smith said he saw Mrs. Seenster walking back to the house with a butcher knife about seven or eight inches long and that she walked away from the scene of the stabbing with the knife.
“She sort of motioned for William (Wright) to come out again and then she left,” he related. Wright followed her outside, he added…
STABBING PROVOKED BY BLOW, WRIGHT TESTIFIES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 23, 1967
William Wright, 27, of 713 Eighth street SE, testified Thursday at the Bonnie Jean Seenster murder trial that Mrs. Seenster told him she had stabbed La Vista Smith because Mrs. Smith hit her. Wright told the court the conversation took place on the street outside the Frederick Smith home following the stabbing early Dec. 4. He also added, “She (Mrs. Seenster) told me she loved me.” Wright, who is married but whose wife lives in Waterloo, testified that he had been living with Mrs. Seenster. The state has claimed that jealousy over William Wright was the cause of the incident which ended in La Vista Smith’s death.
Under cross examination, however, Wright said that Mrs. Seenster told him she wasn’t trying to cut La Vista Smith. Ruby O. Bounds, 16, of 1100 Ninth street SE, under direct examination, said that she overheard the conversation from a car parked in an alley adjacent to the Smith house. She told the court she heard Mrs. Seenster repeating to Wright how much she loved him and why didn’t he tell her about Eleanor (Ray). She said that as Mrs. Seenster walked away from the Smith premises she turned to Wright and said that she didn’t care if he told the police, but when she got out he’d be a dead man.
Miss Bounds said that at the time she was waiting for her date, Milford Smith, 19, the brother of Frederick Smith, to drive her home. He had gone back inside to get his coat.
Under direct examination, Wright said that he had known Eleanor Ray and had dated her prior to the morning of Dec. 4. He said that he was lying on the floor in the living room with Mrs. Ray and he had his arm around her. This was in direct contradiction to Mrs. Ray’s testimony Wednesday.
Another person to take the witness stand Thursday was a 13-year-old McKinley junior high school student who said he saw Mrs. Seenster stab Mrs. Smith, and cut both the victim’s husband, Frederick Smith, and Claudine Cooper. The boy, Gary Hobbs of 911 Eighth street SE, said he was in the kitchen when Mrs. Seenster entered the Smith home carrying what he called “a big kitchen knife.”
He added that she walked quickly through the kitchen, where she had entered the house, into the living room and kicked over a small table in the middle of the room. He said she was walking toward William Wright and Eleanor Ray, who were sitting together. Young Hobbs said he saw Mrs. Cooper pick up a glass and throw it, hitting Mrs. Seenster in the back side of the head. He went on to say Mrs. Seenster then slashed Mrs. Cooper with the knife she was carrying and, moment later, with an upper cut motion, stabbed Mrs. Smith.
He said Mrs. Smith had gotten up from a couch and had taken a step forward and that her husband had come in from the kitchen, grabbed hold of her shoulders and pulled her back. Mrs. Seenster then cut Smith on his left hand, the boy testified. Young Hobbs, son of Mrs. Sarah Hobbs, who is Frederick Smith’s sister, said he saw all this action from a point just inside the living room in front of the door to the kitchen. The prosecution asked Hobbs if he had a clear picture of all that had happened and he answered, “Yes.”
Mrs. (Claudine) Cooper of Bowling Green, Mo., Wednesday testified that she hit Mrs. Seenster over the head with a bottle. Mrs. Cooper said she struck the blow when she saw Mrs. Seenster walking toward her daughter, Eleanor Ray, carrying a long knife. She threw the bottle at Mrs. Seenster “to keep her from hurting anyone,” Mrs. Cooper said…
Mrs. Smith and her husband were hosting a party at their home… when Mrs. Smith was fatally wounded in the living room shortly after 3 a.m. The party was the culmination of the Smiths’ anniversary celebration the evening of Dec. 3. The party was attended mostly by relatives.
Testimony Wednesday brought out that Mrs. Ray, also of Bowling Green, was seated near William Wright. Mrs. Cooper said that when she saw Mrs. Seenster walk toward Wright and her daughter she hit her with a bottle. She said while she was making her wait to a nearby bedroom, Mrs. Seenster cut her in the lower part of the back with a knife. Seven stitches were needed, Mrs. Cooper said. She testified she did not see the fatal stabbing, which occurred later.
Mrs. Isaiah Martin, 22, of 113 1/2 Ninth street SE, Mrs. Seenster’s sister-in-law, told the court she accompanied Mrs. Seenster on her first visit to the Smith house when Mrs. Seenster was looking for Wright. She said Mrs. Seenster told Wright, who was sitting on the floor, “Come on, William, let’s go.”
Wright pulled his hat down on his face, slid down and laughed, Mrs. Martin recalled. Eleanor Ray testified that Mrs. Seenster said words to the effect, “If you (Wright) want that woman (Mrs. Ray), you can have her.” Mrs. Martin told the court that after she and Mrs. Seenster were asked to leave, Wright came out on the porch and talked for several minutes with Mrs. Seenster. She did not hear the conversation.
After Wright went back to the party Mrs. Seenster refused a ride home, Mrs. Martin said. “She did not appear to be angry then,” she said. When asked by the prosecution if Mrs. Seenster was drunk that morning Mrs. Martin replied, “Not as far as I know.”
Mrs. Ray told the court she had never met Wright until that morning at the party, but prior to this she knew who he was. She testified that at no time did Wright have his arm around her or kiss her. Wright was sitting on one side of a bedroom door and she on the other side, she said.
YOUTH HELD ON LARCENY COUNT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 15, 1967
Milford L. Smith, 19… was arrested Saturday night on a charge of larceny. Detectives said Smith stole a revolver valued at $80 from Percy Lawrence, manager of a café at 829 Ninth street SE. They said the theft took place Friday. Smith was held in the city jail.
SMITH HEARING SET ON DRUG CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 2, 1969
Milford Smith, 21, was granted a preliminary hearing Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. on charges of possession of narcotic drugs. Smith…. and James Hop, 24… were arrested Sunday after a detective overheard them talking about marijuana in a Cedar Rapids Tavern… Smith is being held in the county jail.
COURT REVOKES PROBATION OF MILFORD SMITH
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 15, 1969
Milford Smith… has begun serving two sentences in the men’s reformatory at Anamosa that were imposed Oct. 25, 1967. Judge Harold Vietor ordered in Linn district court Tuesday that Smith’s probation on the sentences be revoked.
The defendant’s parole officer asked for the revocation, pointing out Smith’s arrest Sept. 27 on a charge of possession of narcotic drugs and other alleged infractions of the probation agreement. The concurrent sentences are for terms of ten years on a charge of breaking and entering and five years on a charge of larceny.
Smith pled innocent to the narcotic drug charge Tuesday before being transported to the reformatory.
The case stems from an incident in which, authorities said, Smith had a quantity of marijuana in his possession.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 19, 1970
Craig Taylor was nearly overcome as he met Santa’s helper at the Christmas party in Tyler school Friday after noon. Milford Smith, 6 feet 3 inches tall, is one of the bigger Santas around this year.
MUSCATINE JC DEFEATS KIRKWOOD 5
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 22, 1970
MUSCATINE—Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Community college lost an early lead and never caught up as Muscatine JC clipped their visitors, 99-85, Monday night. Bob Officer and Steve Schaff led the winners with 24 and 22 points, respectively, while teammates Earnie Galloway and John Wantier added 18 and 17 in the balanced effort. Larry Wade topped Kirkwood with 23, Steve Ullrick added 22 and Milford Smith was the only other man in double figures with 12 points…
CHARLES “BUTCHIE” HUDSON
14 ARE HURT IN THREE C.R. TRAFFIC MISHAPS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 31, 1966
Fourteen persons were hurt in three traffic accidents in Cedar Rapids Monday. Six were injured in one mishap, six more in another and two in a third… [The] accident, which injured six, occurred at Union Drive and Ely road SW at 6:20 p.m. Police said a car driven by Landy G. Waller, 16, of 611 Ninth avenue SE, went out of control and overturned. Taken to Mercy hospital were: Waller, who was listed in good condition Tuesday, suffering from back and chest injuries. Charles Hudson, 17, of 3817 Mt. Vernon Road SE, listed in good condition Tuesday. He suffered pelvis and hip injuries. Treated and released were: Ruby Bounds, 15… Rhonda Knox, 17… Joe Brewster, 18… and Lance Moreland, 15… Waller was charged with failing to have his car under control.
IOWA CITY YOUTH TO GRAND JURY ON CHECK COUNT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 21, 1968
Charles Hudson, 19, of Iowa City, had his case bound over to the Linn county grand jury Thursday on a charge of uttering a forged instrument. Municipal Judge Loren M. Hullinger, jr., presided. Authorities said Hudson made out a check payable to himself for $75 and signed it D. Batterman. The check was cashed at Peoples Bank and Trust Co. July 31. Hudson had earlier been indicted by the grand jury on a charge of possession of prescription drugs. When arrested on the forgery charge, police said they found a quantity of prescription capsules in Hudson’s possession for which he had no prescription. He is free on his own recognizance.
INNOCENT PLEA BY CHARLES HUDSON
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 13, 1969
Charles M. Hudson, 19, of Iowa City, pled innocent in Linn district court Friday to a charge of uttering a forged instrument in connection with the pasing of a $75 check at Merchants National Bank last July 30. The grand jury brought an indictment in the case last week. Authorities said the check in question was reported missing by Bernard Ratermann of Cedar Rapids and that it had been endorsed “D. Batterman” and made payable to Hudson. Hudson was released on his own recognizance.
WINNERS ARE NAMED IN BROTHERHOOD ESSAY EVENT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 2, 1970
Six Cedar Rapids students have received cash rewards for their winning entries in the Books for Brotherhood essay contest sponsored by the Cedar Rapids chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews… Presentation of the awards was made by Maurice Nathanson Thursday at the Cedar Rapids public library. The contest sponsored by the Cedar Rapids chapter of the NCCJ began in February, during Brotherhood week. Students in grades four through nine were encouraged to submit a short review of one or more books they had read which dealt with current problems of understanding other people. Judging the entries were Linda Brooks, Charles Hudson and James Levy, who worked under the direction of Phyllis Jones.
PRELIMINARY HEARING SET IN FORGERY CASE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 17, 1971
Martin Duffy, 18… appeared Thursday in municipal court and demanded a preliminary hearing on a charge of forgery. The hearing is set for Aug. 13. He is charged with writing a check to Ronald Metsale for $68.52 on the account of Leo Naso.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 8, 1971
Blanche Jackson, 18, of 523 Seventh avenue SE was arrested Thursday for shoplifting. She was released on a promise to appear. She is accused of stealing clothing valued at $26 from Montgomery Ward’s store, 219 Second street SE, Thursday night.
TWO WOUNDED BY SHOTGUN, THIRD ACCUSED OF LARCENY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 14, 1971
A disturbance in the 900 block of Fifth street SE early Thursday led to minor shotgun injuries to two persons and arrest of a third on a larceny charge. Authorities said Blanche Jackson… and Michael P. Hoosman, 19, of Waterloo, reported they were struck in the ankles by shotgun pellets after they had visited the home of Perry H. Harris, 23, to inquire about a quantity of Blanche Jackson’s clothes thought to be in Harris’s possession. Accompanying Hoosman and the young woman was Robert Cage… He was not injured, according to authorities.
Police arrested Harris and a charge of larceny was filed. He was accused of taking clothes from Blanche Jackson’s apartment and from Cage. Blanche Jackson told police Harris telephoned her Wednesday and reported he had her clothes. She said she went to Harris’s apartment, taking Cage and Hoosman, and was told by Harris she could buy the clothes back. After failing to recover the clothes, she, Cage and Hoosman left, police were told.
After they walked 30 to 40 yards from the house, an upstairs window was heard opening and two shots were fired, police were told. Blanche Jackson and Hoosman then were struck by pellets. Detectives said that during their investigation they confiscated a 410 pump shotgun and some shells; however no charges were filed relating to the shooting. Police were called at 1:40 a.m.
Blanche Jackson said clothes stolen from her apartment were valued at $400. Cage estimated clothes stolen from him were valued at $114. Harris was arraigned in municipal court on the larceny charge. Judge John B. Reilly gave him until Jan. 21 to demand or waive a preliminary hearing. Bond was set at $1,500 and Harris was taken to the Linn county jail.
C.R. WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO LARCENY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 17, 1971
Blanche Jackson… pled guilty Friday in municipal court to a reduced charge of larceny. She was fined $100 and costs…
Waterloo Daily Courier—Nov 24, 1971
Two young women were released on their own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested on charges of shoplifting meat from Dunn’s Sure Save… Arrested were Blanche Elizabeth Jackson, 19… and Mildred Irene Campbell… They were accused of taking $3.94 worth of steak and putting it in their purses.
THOMAS BADING, 11, HURT IN BIKE MISHAP
Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 12, 1962
A Cedar Rapids boy, 11, was listed in good condition Thursday after he was injured in a bicycle mishap Wednesday at Third street and Twenty-fourth avenue SW. Thomas Bading, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bading, was riding south on Third street when his bicycle apparently was upset. He was found tangled up in the bicycle by Mrs. Leon Votroubec… He was admitted to Mercy hospital with injuries to his head, right shoulder and right elbow.
C.R. TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 20, 1968
A three-vehicle accident at Sixth street and Nineteenth Avenue SW resulted in three persons injured, two of whom required no treatment. Authorities said a semi-truck operated by Early C. Stewart, Fairfax, could not stop at the intersection. The rear trailer wheels struck a car driven by William J. Olmstead, jr… The Olmstead vehicle was then thrown head-on into a third vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. The car was driven by David A. Thompson… Stewart was charged with failure to have his vehicle under control. Olmstead suffered an arm injury and a chipped tooth. Thompson suffered a left elbow and hand injury. Neither required treatment, police said. A passenger in the Thompson auto, Tom Bading… was treated at Mercy hospital for arm and forehead injuries and released.
CAR OVERTURNED, CATCHES FIRE; BROTHERS HURT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 21, 1969
Two persons suffered minor injuries in an accident Saturday evening in the 2400 block of Fruitland boulevard SW. Vicki Vandersee, 15… suffered a head cut and Tom Bading, 18… hand injuries. Police said they were injured when a car driven by Lyle Klein, 16… struck a parked car at 7:22 p.m. No charges were filed.
THEFT CHARGE HAUNTS MAN JUST FREED
Waterloo Daily Courier—May 18, 1950
Shortly after completing a term at the Jefferson City, Mo., reformatory for operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s concent, Donald E. Weatherwax… was back in the Black County jail Thursday. Weatherwax, 24, was arrested on a warrant by Deputy Bailiff Floyd Shirk. Bond was set at $1,000 on a charge of larceny of an automobile. The bond was not furnished. Assistant County Attorney Roy Wagner filed an information charging Weatherwax with the theft of a car in Waterloo last year. Arrested at Waverly, Ia., Sept 4, 1949, while on parole from the Missouri institution, Weatherwax’s parole was revoked. Weatherwax has a record of drunken driving in 1942, car theft in 1947, and again in 1948, in addition to the charge brought by Wagner.
Waterloo Daily Courier—Feb 29, 1952
CHICKASAW COUNTY—Donald E. Weatherwax, 25, and Irma Griffith, 17, both of Waterloo.
COSTLY RUSE: Impersonating Officer Proves $100 Mistake
Waterloo Daily Courier—Sept 9, 1953
Donald Weatherwax, 26, of 711 Wallgate Ave., was fined $100 and costs when he pleaded guilty Wednesday morning before District Judge Shannon B. Charlton to a charge of impersonating an officer. Wendell Holmes, assistant county attorney, told the court that Ruth Knox, 28, of 1140 Ohio St. had informed police that Weatherwax had followed a car in which she and another young woman were taking a babysitter home on last May 17. He drove his car in front of theirs in the 1400 block of Mulberry Street and asked to see Mrs. Knox’ driver’s license. He told the women that he was “Detective” Wilson, it was said. When the women asked for identification he produced his billfold and they noticed the name Weatherwax. He threatened to take them to the police station and then demanded that they give their names and addresses. Mrs. Knox closed the window of her car and drove away. He followed for some distance and then left.
Counsel for Weatherwax, Edward D. McCoy, told the court that Weatherwax had been drinking and that the defendant always got into trouble after partaking of liquor. He said that the defendant had promised to take a cure for alcoholism.
DIVORCE PETITIONS FILED
Waterloo Daily Courier—Dec 4, 1953
WEATHERWAX, Irma Griffith vs. Donald Eugene: Married at Nashua, Ia., Feb 4, 1952; separated recently; plaintiff asks to resume maiden name, Irma Griffith; also asks title to real estate, custody of minor child, with privilege of defendant to see her on Saturdays and for half of each holiday; cruelty alleged.
LICENSES TO WED
Waterloo Daily Courier—July 4, 1954
Donald E. Weatherwax, 27… and Irma S. Weatherwax, 20, Cedar Falls.
MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACK ON WOMAN
Waterloo Daily Courier—Nov 10, 1958
Donald Eugene Weatherwax, 31… was granted time in which to consult an attorney when he appeared for an arraignment on a charge of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury Monday. Weatherwax was arrested on a warrant signed by the county attorney’s office Monday morning. Complainant is Mrs. Faye E. Clinton… who charges that Weatherwax assaulted her after they met at a dance in Waterloo Saturday night. Mrs. Clinton was treated and released from Allen Memorial Hospital following the alleged attack.
GETS YEAR IN PRISON ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Waterloo Daily Courier—Apr 1, 1959
Donald Weatherwax, 31… was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary at Ft. Madison on a charge of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury. Weatherwax appeared before District Judge Blair C. Wood to change a former plea of not guilty to guilty on the charge…
Waterloo Daily Courier—Jul 2, 1970
Services for George N. Kerns, 64… will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Chapel of Memories West… He was dead on arrival at Peoples Hospital, Independence, Wednesday at 9:05 a.m. of a heart attack… Survivors include his wife; two sons…; two daughters…; a stepson, Donald Weatherwax of Cedar Rapids; …[and] 31 grandchildren…
LARCENY CASE WILL GO TO GRAND JURY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 29, 1971
Rhonda Weatherwax, 1011 Sixth street SW, was bound over to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing in municipal court on a charge of larceny. She is charged with taking a checkbook and deposit book belonging to Susan Downswill on Jan. 9.
JAMES “JUNIOR” BROWNING
SIX OF TEN MEN INDICTED ENTER INNOCENT PLEAS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jul 14, 1969
Six of the ten persons INDICTED BY THE Linn grand jury last week were arraigned in Linn district court Monday, all of them pleading innocent… James Junior Browning, 21, of 1011 Sixth street SE, and Charles E. Woodard, 22, of 529 Tenth street SW, appeared on a charge of robbery. They were accused in connection with the May 22 robbery of Turrill Guyette, attendant at the Clark service station, 2020 Sixth street SW. Aug. 27 was set for Browning’s trial…
SIX ARRESTED; ONE MAN FACES ASSAULT CHARGES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 10, 1969
Police made six arrests Saturday morning at a southwest side apartment, charging one man with rape and assault with intent to do great bodily injury. Officers said the incident occurred at the King Manor apartments… where an all-night party apparently took place in an apartment. John Knox, jr., 20, of 760 Sixth avenue SE, was charged with raping a 19-year-old occupant of the apartment. He was also charged with intent to do great bodily injury and disturbing the peace.
Charged with disturbing the peace were James Browning, jr., 20, 0f 1110 Sixth street SE; Charles E. Woodard, 22… and Dennis Culp, 27… Two boys, 16 and 17 years old, were also arrested at the apartment. They were released to their parents following questioning.
Officers said they were called to the apartment at 9:29 a.m. Saturday by a resident who reported hearing a woman screaming. The officers said they arrived to find the woman occupant of the apartment in hysterics. She displayed a black eye and bruises and claimed that Knox raped her in a bedroom of the apartment.
Knox first was charged only with assault with intent to do great bodily injury. He later was charged with rape on the strength of a complaint, signed by the woman… He remained in the county jail last night. The other three adults were held in the city jail under $110 each.
JOHN KNOX, JR., REQUESTS HEARING ON MORALS COUNT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 11, 1969
John Knox, jr…. accused of raping a 19-year-old Cedar Rapids woman, Monday demanded a preliminary hearing… Trial was set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 for James Browning… Browning posted $110 appearance bond…
CHARGES BACK TO GRAND JURY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 18, 1969
Robbery charges against James Junior Browning and Charles E. Woodard were referred back to the Linn county grand jury Monday… An assistant attorney said it was agreed to refer the matter to the grand jury again after his attention was brought to three alibi witnesses that had not testified to the grand jury.
NINE INDICTMENTS ARE RETURNED BY GRAND JURY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 10, 1969
…The following were cleared of charges listed against them: …Charles E. Woodard and James Junior Browning, robbery…
TWO HELD FOR CIRCLE TAVERN ARMED ROBBERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 3, 1968
Steve Tobin, 21, and Phillip Johnson, 20, both of 821 Eighth street SE, Saturday were being held in the city jail on charges of robbery with aggravation. The two were arrested Friday night on warrants which stemmed from the investigation of the Wednesday night armed robbery of Tommy’s Circle Tavern, 601 Twelfth avenue SE. Police said $25 was taken in the robbery at about 9 p.m. Both young men were being held in lieu of $5,000 bond each. Their arrests came Friday night following a brief car chase in the 600 block of Twelfth avenue SE, which ended in a minor accident.
Authorities said Tobin was the driver of the car. He was also charged with failure to have his vehicle under control. Officials said his vehicle struck a guy wire on a power pole in the alley at 610 1/2 Twelfth avenue SE. Later Saturday morning word was received by Cedar Rapids police that Johnson was a deserter from the marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was charged with desertion and a military hold was placed on him.
TWO CLEARED IN TAVERN ROBBERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 17, 1968
Steve Tobin… and Phillip Johnson… Friday were cleared of a charge of robbery with aggravation in connection with an armed robbery at Tommy’s Circle tavern in Cedar Rapids. Municipal Judge Loren M. Hullinger, jr., dismissed the charges after a preliminary hearing, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to send the cases to the grand jury. An assistant county attorney said the state’s witness, Myrtle Perkins… had signed a statement identifying the two, but at the hearing said she did not know who it was she had seen…
MOB INVADES POLICE STATION AFTER FIGHT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 4, 1970
A Cedar Rapids man remains hospitalized, five persons have been arrested and police are continuing to investigate a fight in front of a tavern that eventually turned into a near riot early Saturday morning. In fairly good condition at St. Luke’s hospital is Richard L. Schwandt, 45… He is being treated for possible broken ribs and lacerations on his arms, one of which cut a small artery in his right arm.
Arrested were Steven L. Tobin, 23, of 1604 Fourteenth avenue SE, and Larry J. Tobin, 21, of the same address; Phillip R. Johnson, 22, of 615 Ninth avenue SE; Michael E. Jackson, 21, of Milwaukee, and Kenneth R. Oliver, 27, of 1006 Sixth street SE, all charged with resisting an officer. Steven Tobin also was charged with false uttering of a check in connection with an incident last March.
Schwandt’s injury touched off a series of events which eventually involved most of the night staff of the police department, Linn sheriff’s deputies and the highway patrol. About 50 persons, mostly black, later arrived at the police station. Some went in , yelling and milling about, but soon left. According to police reports, Schwandt and his wife and another couple were in the Mirror Lounge, 912 First avenue NW, about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when Schwandt went outside. Soon after, a police officer followed and went outside and found Schwandt lying unconscious, bleeding on the grass outside the lounge. Witnesses said that Schwandt had exchanged word with a younger group of men in front of the tavern, finally fought with them and was knocked down and beaten with a beer bottle. The officer traced the group to another tavern, the Brown Derby, 601 Twelfth avenue SE.
The officer attempted to talk to the group, which was outside of the lounge, but Steven Tobin and the others refused to talk, police said. A crowd of 100 persons eventually gathered in front of the tavern, yelling at the officer and another off-duty officer who had come to his aid. They radioed for more help and three Linn sheriff’s deputy cars, a highway patrol car, and all eight Cedar Rapids police cars on the night shift responded. Police reports said both officers were struck and knocked down by the crowd. After about two hours that crowd broke up. Meanwhile another crowd of about 50 persons, mostly black, formed in front of the Cedar Rapids police station. About 30 went in, police said, yelling and asking the reasons for the arrests. After about 10 minutes, they left without further incident.
Larry Tobin has been released on $110 bond. Steven Tobin is being held for questioning. The other three men remain in jail. Police said the case is “still under investigation.” Asst. Police Chief Kenneth Vanous said that his men “at no time used any excessive force. In fact, they took the brunt of the blow.”
Police said they had been told one of the group in the police station had called Mayor Donald J. Canney about the affair. Contacted Saturday morning, Mayor Canney confirmed that he had received a call Saturday night, but said no one had filed a formal complaint with him. He said he would have no further comment on the situation until he was able to obtain further information. “It’s a police matter,” he said.
TRIAL STARTS FOR 4 CHARGED WITH RESISTANCE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 1, 1970
Trial of four men on charge of resisting an officer began Tuesday morning in the court of Municipal Judge Loren Hullinger, jr., and then was recessed until Sept 8 at 2 p.m. The four men on trial are Michael E. Jackson… Philip R. Johnson,… Larry Tobin… and Steven Tobin… They were arrested by Cedar Rapids police, along with Kenneth R. Oliver… in the early morning hours of July 4 outside the Cougar Lounge… following an incident that started in front of the Mirror Lounge… Police, investigation the beating of a man in front of the Mirror Lounge, traced the men involved in the beating to the Cougar Lounge. When officers tried to arrest Steven Tobin and others, a near-riot broke out involving several dozen persons. In the proceedings Monday, assistant City Attorney Ben Blackstock called as the first prosecution witness Homer Davis, a part-time special officer. The recess was ordered because of a heavy court calendar and a scheduled conference of judges.
Jackson was arrested on another charge before he was able to leave court. Police arrested Jackson for assault and battery in connection with an alleged assault on Homer Davis, the first witness, early Saturday morning. Jackson was being held in the city jail in lieu of $110 bond Tuesday afternoon.
FOUR ACCUSED OF RESISTING OFFICER GET JAIL TERMS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 9, 1970
Four men were found guilty of resisting an officer following trial Tuesday afternoon before Municipal Judge Loren Hullinger, jr. Sentenced to 30 days in jail, then released on $150 appeal bonds, were Larry Tobin and Steven Tobin… Michael E. Jackson… and Phillip R. Johnson…
TWO CONVICTIONS IN C.R. INCIDENT ARE REVERSED
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jun 9, 1971
Two men convicted of resisting an officer in connection with an incident last July 4 in which two police officers reportedly were struck and knocked down… have had their convictions reversed in Linn district court. Two other convictions were affirmed. Convictions were affirmed in the cases of Michael E. Jackson… and Steven Tobin. Convictions were reversed in the cases of Phillip R. Johnson… and Larry Tobin. District Judge Harold Vietor heard the appeals in Linn court… Vietor changed the Steven Tobin sentence to 15 days, but let stand the 30-day sentence on Jackson. The two are to turn themselves in next Monday to serve their sentences…
DELILAH (NOLLGE) GREENE
STEVEN GREENE DIES IN ACCIDENT; SECOND MAN HURT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 29, 1969
Steven Douglas Greene, 19, of 1624 Park Towne Place NE, was killed early Sunday in an auto accident three miles east of Cedar Rapids. Investigating sheriff’s deputies said the accident happened on old highway 30. The car Greene was driving went through a fence and struck a semi-trailer parked at the construction site of a bridge over Indian Creek.
David Armstrong, 19, of 816 Staub Court NE, a passenger in the auto, suffered face lacerations in the accident. He was listed in good condition at Mercy hospital Monday.
Armstrong, deputies said, apparently saw the accident coming and made a dive under the dashboard. When deputies arrived on the scene, they were able to remove Armstrong from the wreckage immediately. A crane was summoned to the scene to lift the trailer in order to remove Greene’s body, deputies said.
The car was westbound at a high rate of speed, Linn deputies said, and the vehicle slid under the trailer, peeling part of the car’s roof back. Deputies said the detour and construction site were clearly marked with warning signs. The accident happened at 1:40 a.m.
Greene was an employee of Iowa Manufacturing Co., a student at Kirkwood college and a lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids. Born on Nov 21, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, he was married to Delilah Nollge Aug. 17, 1968 at Lakeland, Fla. He attended the Church of Christ. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kimberly Kay Greene, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greene, and a brother, David Greene, all of Cedar Rapids.
Memorial services: Turner chapel east at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Royce Clark. Burial: Cedar Memorial. The casket will not be open at any time.
Probate No. 35486
In the District Court of the State of Iowa in and for Linn County
In the Matter of the Estate of STEVEN DOUGLAS GREENE, Deceased.
To All Persons interested in the Estate of Steven Douglas Greene, Deceased:
You are hereby notified that on the 6th day of November, 1969, the undersigned was appointed Administrator of said estate. Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against said estate shall file them with the Clerk of the above named District Court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed within six months from the second publication of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) such claims shall thereafter be forever barred. Dated this 6th day of November, 1969.
Delilah Greene, Administrator of said Estate, 3326 Rosewood Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
Walter L. McNamara, Attorney for said Administrator, 4403 First Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52400
Date of second publication 18th day of November 1969
FATAL ACCIDENT SUIT IS FILED; ASKS $390,000
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 24, 1969
Two suits, asking a total of $390,000 in damages, were filed in Linn district court Tuesday afternoon in connection with a one-car accident which claimed the life of the driver, Steven Douglas Greene, and injured David W. Armstrong, jr. Named as defendants are Linn county, Des Moines Bridge and Iron Works, inc., and Cramer Brothers Construction Co. of Des Moines. The two 19-year-old Cedar Rapids men were headed west on old highway 30 east of Cedar Rapids early Sept. 28 when their car crashed through a snow fence and into a semi-trailer at the bridge construction site at Indian creek. The petitions contend the defendants were negligent, among other ways, in failing to give adequate warning of the construction and in failing to warn far enough ahead. Greene’s widow, Delilah, claims $350,000 for herself and on behalf of the estate. Armstrong’s mother, Jean L. Flanagan, claims $35,000 for him for permanent disability and future medical expenses and $5,000 for herself for medical expenses and the deprivation of his services.
SUIT STEMMING FROM ACCIDENT SEEKS $160,000
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 6, 1970
Jean L. Flanagan is suing the estate of Steven Douglas Greene for $160,000 for herself and her minor son, David W. Armstrong, on the basis of a traffic accident in which Green was killed and young Armstrong injured. The Linn district court petition alleges that Armstrong was a guest in Greene’s car and that Greene drove recklessly and at a high rate of speed early last Sept. 29 through a detour barricade and into a semi-trailer parked at a construction site.
The accident was at the bridge construction site at Squaw creek just west of highway 13 on Mt. Vernon road. The petition claims $155,000 for permanent injuries to Armstrong and $5,000 for medical expenses incurred by Mrs. Flanagan for him.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 5, 1970
… Delilah Greene, 818 Wellington street SE… fined $10 and costs.
DAMAGES DENIED IN $350,000 CLAIM AGAINST LINN COUNTY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 3, 1971
Linn county came out unscathed in the first trial of a tort liability suit against the county. A district court jury returned a verdict Wednesday afternoon awarding no damages to Delilah Greene in her $350,000 suit against the county and Cramer Brothers Construction Co. of Des Moines in connection with the traffic accident death of her husband… Suits against governmental units in such cases were not allowed until several years ago, when the legislature passed a law permitting them.
The verdict Wednesday also brought a $50 award of damages to the construction company against Greene’s estate, on the basis of the company’s claim that the accident had damaged equipment at the site in the amount of $323. The defendants had alleged Greene was negligent himself, thus under Iowa law not able to collect damages from the defendants. They said he was negligent in speeding, driving while under the influence of intoxicating beverages and in driving recklessly… The jury found that neither defendant was guilty of failing to give adequate warning to motorists of the construction site or of allowing debris to gather on the road near the site, making it difficult to stop.
Dale Lezlee Peyton
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 20, 1949
…Frances A. Peyton vs. Dale C. Peyton…
FOUR NEW POLIO CASES REPORTED; TOTAL IS NOW 58
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 8, 1950
Four more Cedar Rapids residents were reported as polio patients Tuesday to bring the city’s total of such cases this year to 58: …Mrs. Dale [C.] Peyton, 21… was reported in satisfactory condition at Mercy hospital. She was admitted to the hospital Aug. 1 but was not previously reported as a polio patient…
SHEARS LIGHT POLE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 23, 1950
Police said that a light pole was sheared off about 7:15 p.m. Friday on E avenue NW near the Champlin Hatchery when it was struck by a car driven by Dale [C.] Peyton. Police said Peyton lives about three-quarters of a mile west of Cedar Rapids on the old Palo road.
FAILURE TO REPORT INJURY ACCIDENT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 5, 1951
Dale [C.] Peyton, route 4, fined $12 and costs.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 19, 1951
At St. Luke’s… Mr. and Mrs. Dale [C.] Peyton, route 4, a daughter…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 16, 1952
A Sept. 19, 1949, divorce action brought by Frances A. Peyton against Dale Clothier Peyton was dismissed Monday on request of the plaintiff.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 12, 1952
At St. Luke’s—Mr. and Mrs. Dale [C.] Peyton, route 4, a son…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 1, 1955
MOTHER KILLED ATTEMPTING TO SAVE DAUGHTER
Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 8, 1954
A 29-year-old mother was killed instantly at 8 p.m. Wednesday when she darted in front of a speeding car she thought was going to hit her two-year-old daughter. She was Mrs. Dale [C.] Peyton of route 4, mother of four small children.
The accident occurred in front of the Peyton home which is on the Vinton road just West of Cedar Rapids. Witnesses said Mrs. Peyton was across the street from her home when she saw two-year-old Dale [Lezlee] start into the road. She dashed for the child and ran into the path of a westbound car.
Driver of the car was Roland Zerba…. He told Highway Patrolman James Gildroy that he was going between 45 and 50 miles an hour and did not see the woman until an instant before the impact. Gildroy said Zerba’s car left 158 feet of skid marks on the gravel road.
Mrs. Peyton was rushed by Ambulance Service to St. Luke’s hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. In addition to Dale, she has three other children. They are Steve, 7, Sue, 6, and Scotty, 1. Mrs. Peyton was employed at the Hot Fish shop. Her husband was home at the time of the accident.
Born at Center Point Sept. 17, 1924, Mrs. Peyton, a 1942 graduate of Marion high school, was married at Rock Island Jan. 17, 1948. Surviving, besides her husband and four children are her mother, Mrs. Rose Clark of Marion; a brother, Sgt George Clark of Barstow, Calif., and a grandfather, Louis Heep of Marion.
Services will be conducted in the Murdoch funeral home, Marion at 2 p.m. Saturday by the Rev Roy P. Fields, jr. Friends may call at the chapel Friday evening.
CARD OF THANKS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 15, 1954
Peyton, Frances—We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy and the beautiful floral offerings following the death of our loved one. Dale [C.] Peyton and Children, Rose and George Clark.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 1, 1955
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 13, 1955
…Dale [C.] Peyton, route 1, fined $20 and costs.
DRIVING WHILE LICENSE UNDER SUSPENSION
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 24, 1956
Dale [C.] Peyton, route 1, sentenced to two days in jail.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 31, 1958
St. Lukes, Aug. 29… Mr. and Mrs. Dale [C.] Peyton, route 1, a daughter…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 17, 1960
… Janet Peyton vs. Dale [C.] Peyton.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 23, 1960
…Janet Peyton from Dale [C.] Peyton.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 6, 1964
… Janet Peyton vs. Dale [C.] Peyton.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 15, 1965
Janet Peyton from Dale [C.] Peyton.
TO GRAND JURY ON LARCENY CHARGES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 18, 1970
Dale L. Peyton, 18, of 533 Seventh avenue SE, waived to the grand jury on two charges of larceny. Miss Peyton is charged with grand larceny in connection with the Feb. 19 theft of an $85 record player from James Dye, 844 Fifth avenue SE. She is also charged in a warrant with larceny in connection with the theft of furniture from William Givens, 517 Sixth street SE, on Feb. 14. Authorities said the furniture was sold by Miss Peyton.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Apr 10, 1970
These persons were cleared of the following charges in no bills returned by the [Linn county grand] jury: … Dale [L.] Peyton, larceny…
C.R. GIRL DENIES ASSAULT AND BATTERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 28, 1970
Dale [L.] Peyton, 18, of 533 Seventh avenue SE, appeared in municipal court Thursday and pled innocent to a charge of assault and battery. Her trial is set for June 24 at 2 p.m. She is charged on information signed by Janet M. Martin who said Miss Peyton assaulted her on May 18.
DALE PEYTON, 18, GETS SUSPENDED JAIL TERM
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 25, 1970
Dale L. Peyton… was found guilty Wednesday in municipal court of assault and battery. She was given a 30-day suspended sentence…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 10, 1970
The Linn county grand jury returned ten indictments Friday… Dale Lezlee Payton, uttering a forged instrument…
C.R. MEN CHARGED
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 19, 1970
Two Cedar Rapids residents were being held in the Johnson County Jail this morning on charges of conspiracy to cash stolen money orders. Ernest L. Jordan, 36, and Dale Lezlee Payton, 18, were apprehended about 1 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Iowa City after they allegedly tried to cash a stolen money order for $130 at Younkers Department Store, according to Detective Richard R. Weber. Weber said Iowa City Police and area stores received an alert from Cedar Rapids shortly before noon Tuesday that the pair might be in the area. Police were called by a Younkers employee, Weber said. He said the money orders were stolen in Kansas City, Mo., in July.
The two were arraigned Tuesday night and jailed in lieu of $1,500 bond apiece. Weber said they were to be taken by Cedar Rapids Police today to Cedar Rapids, where they are wanted on forgery charges in connection with the same money order incident.
SET TRIAL DATE HEARING OCT. 27
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Oct 24, 1970
Dale Lezlee Peyton, 18, of 810 Fifth street SE, appeared before Judge Ansel Chapman Friday and withdrew a plea of guilty to a charge of uttering a forged instrument. Miss Peyton is now to appear Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. to have a trial date set. Bond was set at $5,000. The charge stems from an incident on June 4, 1970, when Miss Peyton allegedly attempted to cash a $75 check.
R. A. HARRIS ASKS HEARING ON FORGERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 24, 1970
Roy A. Harris, 21, of 903 Fifth street SE, appeared in municipal court Thursday and demanded a preliminary hearing on a charge of uttering a forged instrument. His hearing is set for Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Harris is charged with writing a check for $140 on the account of John Randall, 1300 Oakland Road NE, March 9. Harris remains in custody in lieu of $1,000 bond.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 26, 1971
Brenda Johnson and Roy Harris, both of Cedar Rapids.
ONE CHARGED, THREE SOUGHT IN ROBBERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—July 6, 1971
A Cedar Rapids grocery store owner, Aleck Sheronick, 76, was in fair condition Tuesday in St. Luke’s hospital with head injuries he suffered Monday afternoon in a scuffle with a gunman who entered his store. Investigation of the robbery, which netted the robbers about $400, has led to the arrest of Jerald R. Lane, 27… on a charge of armed robbery. Three other men are sought in connection with the robbery, officials said.
Authorities said the robbery occurred at Sheronick’s Grocery store, 1436 L Street SW, at about 1:30 p.m. Two men entered the store. One was armed with a shotgun concealed in a paper bag. Officials said the gun was brandished and money demanded.
Sheronick, according to detectives, made a grab for the shotgun. The gun wielder struck Sheronick over the head, causing the weapon to into the ceiling. The robbers then took an envelope from Sheronick’s pocket along with his billfold discharge and fled. The envelope contained about $300 in cash and two checks amounting to about $100, officials said. There was no money in the wallet. The robbery also was witnessed by Sheronick’s wife, Negebe, who was not injured.
JERALD R. LANE ADMITS ROBBERY OF C.R. GROCER
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 3, 1971
Jerald R. Lane pled guilty in Linn district court Tuesday to a reduced charge of robbery in connection with the armed robbery and beating July 5 of Aleck Sheronick. Lane originally was charged with robbery with aggravation and was bound over to the grand jury on that charge… Judge J. Paul Naughton ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Aug. 17 for sentencing.
ROY HARRIS HELD ON AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 16, 1971
Roy A. Harris, 21, of 1924 First avenue NW, was arrested Sunday at his home on a warrant charging him with robbery with aggravation in connection with a July 5 holdup. Harris was allegedly one of the three men who stole $300 in cash and $100 in checks from Sheronick’s grocery store at gun point. Aleck Sheronick… store owner, was injured in the holdup. The identity of the gunman is not known. Harris is the second person to be arrested in connection with the incident. The stolen money has never been recovered. Harris is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, pending arraignment.
ROY A. HARRIS ORDERED TO TAKE PSYCHIATRIC EXAM
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 17, 1971
Roy A. Harris… appeared in municipal court Monday on a charge of robbery with aggravation in connection with a July 5 holdup. He was sent to the Mental Health Institute in Independence for psychiatric examination and will be arraigned on the robbery charge at a later date…
HARRIS PLEADS INNOCENT TO ROBBERY CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 1, 1971
Roy Harris… pled innocent in Linn district court Tuesday to a charge of robbery with aggravation in connection with the July 5 armed robbery and beating of Aleck Sheronick. Judge Robert Osmundson ordered Harris released on his own recognizance, despite the county attorney’s recommendation that a $10,000 bond be continued. Harris is accused of aiding and abetting a man who robbed Sheronick of about $400 while armed with a double-barrel sawed-off shotgun…
ROY HARRIS, 21, FACES CHECK COUNT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 9, 1971
Roy Harris… was arrested by Cedar Rapids police with false uttering of oa check on authority of a warrant issued by Municipal Judge Loren Hulinger. Harris is accused of writing a check for $97.68 with insufficient funds. The check was allegedly written to the Mid-State Distributing Co on the Merchants National bank on April 21. Harris was released on his own recognizance by order of Judge August Honsell, jr.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 30, 1971
Cornelia Harris, 52… wife of George William Harris and a Cedar Rapids resident two years, died Thursday following a sudden illness. Born April 13, 1919, in Mississippi, she was married in 1945 at Greenwood, Miss.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Thaddy Watkins and Rosetta Harris, both of Cedar Rapids, and Georgia R. Harris of Chicago; three sons, Perry H. Harris, Roy A. Harris and Melvin Lindsay, all of Cedar Rapids; a stepdaughter, Betty Jean Parker of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, George Andrews of St. Louis, Clarence Hewett of Chicago and Bill Hewett of St. Louis; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services: pending at Turner chapel east. Friends may call at the chapel after 1 p.m. Friday.
ROY HARRIS, 21, FACES ASSAULT, CHECK CHARGES
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 7, 1971
Roy Harris… of 912 Fifth street SE, was arrested Monday on charges of false uttering of a check and assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury. Harris appeared in municipal court Tuesday morning, was given time to demand a preliminary hearing and was ordered evaluated at the Security Medical Facility at Oakdale. Harris is accused of writing a bad check for $97.68 on April 21 to Mid-State Distributors… He was charged with the assault in connection with an alleged assault on Aaron Doolin Nov. 23.
RELIA CLARK, DAVID WILLIS TURNER
LUTHER BALLEW, WILLIE LOVE, ISAIAH MARTIN
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 4, 1970
…Helen M. Ballew vs. Luther Ballew…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Aug 15, 1970
…Helen M. Ballew vs. Luther Ballew…
YOUTH ARRESTED FOR BREAKIN AT BALLEW RESIDENCE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 11, 1972
Michael Kadera… was charged with breaking and entering in connection with the Wednesday theft of items from the Luther Ballew residence, 810 Fifth street SE. Taken in the breakin were a record player, amplifier, 150 records and two cartons of cigarettes. They were valued at $307.72. Also charged in connection with the theft was Sara M. Hopkins, 19… She was charged with receiving stolen property. Both are being held Friday pending arraignments.
KADERA BREAKIN CASE TO LINN GRAND JURY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 9, 1972
Michael Kadera… was bound over to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Friday in municipal court on a charge of breaking and entering. He is charged with the Feb. 9 breakin at the Luther Ballew residence, 810 Fifth street SE.
WILLIE LOVE IS OBJECT OF SEARCH
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 19, 1967
Police, Tuesday, were searching for Willie Love, husband of Judy Love, 922 Eighth street SE, who was shot in the lower back Sunday evening in an alley in the 900 block between Seventh and Eighth street SE. Authorities said a warrant for Love’s arrest was obtained Monday afternoon charging him with assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury. Mrs. Love told police that she and her husband were having an argument in the alley. She was leaving when her husband shot her. Mrs. Love was treated for the gunshot wound at Mercy hospital and released Sunday night.
LOVE ARRESTED ON CONTRIBUTING, ASSAULT COUNTS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 22, 1967
Willie Love, 24, of the Taft hotel, was arraigned in municipal court Thursday on charges of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Love was given until Dec. 28 to move or plead on the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge. Jan. 5 was set as the date for the preliminary hearing on the assault charge.
A warrant for Love’s arrest was sworn out in October charging him with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for his part in helping a runaway girl leave Cedar Rapids. A warrant for his arrest on the assault charge was obtained after he allegedly shot his wife, Judith, Sunday evening. Love was released on his own recognizance on orders from Judge John Reilly.
LOVE DENIES CONTRIBUTING COUNT
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 28, 1967
Willie Love… Thursday pled innocent to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Trial in municipal court was set for Jan. 25. Love was accused of allowing three minors to be guilty of “vicious or immoral conduct.” Sept 23.
WILLIE B. LOVE BEING HELD ON WEAPON CHARGE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 27, 1969
Willie B. Love, 25, no address, was arrested Monday night on a charge of going armed with intent. Love’s arrest came after an argument at the Cougar Lounge, 329 Ninth avenue SE, with an employee, Hezekiah Washington, 907 Fourteenth avenue SE. Police said Washington reported there was some trouble at the lounge and Love threatened to kill him. Police said Love had left the premises before officers arrived. Love was later arrested by Linn Deputy Sheriff Dennis Fiser in the 400 block of Ninth avenue SE. The deputy said Love was nearing the Cougar Lounge with a loaded shotgun. Love gave up the gun without a struggle. He was arraigned Tuesday in municipal court and was given until Thursday to waive or demand a preliminary hearing. Love was being held in the Linn county jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.
LOVE SENTENCED ON ASSAULT AND BATTERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 27, 1969
Willie B. Love… Taft Hotel, pled guilty Thursday in municipal court before Judge L. M. Hullinger, jr., to a charge of assault and battery. He was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail. Love was charged with assaulting Hezekiah Washington, May 26. Judge Hullinger dismissed a charge of going armed with intent to do great bodily injury against Love on grounds of insufficient evidence.
TRIAL JUNE 17 FOR WILLIE LOVE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 3, 1971
Willie Love, 27, of 2277 C street SW, was arrested Thursday for assault and battery and resisting an officer. He is accused of beating Ruby Bounds at that address early Thursday. He resisted when he was taken into custody, officers said. He appeared in municipal court and pled innocent to both charges. Trial was set for June 17 on both charges. He was being held in lieu of $110 bond on each charge.
WILLIE LOVE IS CHARGED WITH ROBBERY OF $1
Cedar Rapids Gazette—June 10, 1972
Willie Love, 28… was being held in the city jail Saturday on a charge of robbery. Love was charged in connection with the alleged $1 robbery of James P. Houlahan, 30, of 2035 Grande avenue SE. The robbery reportedly occurred outside the Cougar Lounge… Thursday night. Authorities charged Houlahan with manner of conveyance of a shotgun and two traffic charges after the alleged robbery. Houlahan reportedly went to his home and obtained a shotgun, then returned to the area of the tavern, planning to scare his assailants. Houlahan was free after signing promises to appear in municipal court.
SEVERIDES SELL HOUSE, BUY ON HICKORY BLVD.
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Sept 17, 1967
Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Martin, 1008 Sixth street SE, bought 1100 Sixth street SE from Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Severide through Hawkeye Realty Co…
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 24, 1967
Dec. 22—To the famil[y] of… Isaiah Martin, 1100 Sixth street SE, a daughter…
TRIAL MAY 17 ON DISTURBING PEACE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 10, 1968
George McEowen of 1116 Sixteenth street S.E. pled innocent in Cedar Rapids municipal court Thursday to a charge of disturbing the peace. Isaiah Martin filed the complaint, saying McEowen used loud and blasphemous language at Ninth avenue and Seventh street SE Thursday. Judge Clinton Shaeffer set May 17 for a trial on the charge and released McEowen on his own recognizance.
McEOWEN GUILTY OF DISTRUBANCE; TEN DAYS
Cedar Rapids Gazette—May 22, 1968
George McEowen… received a suspended ten-day jail sentence this week after he pled guilty in municipal court to a charge of disturbing the peace. The charge was filed by Isaiah Martin… [who] complained that as he was attempting to turn his car at Ninth avenue and Seventh street S.E. May 2, McEowen called to him from a taxicab and used foul language. Martin said he pursued the cab, stopped it and identified McEowen. The latter pled innocent to the charge originally and later changed his plea. He was ordered to pay court costs of $6.25.
ARMED MAN BEATS YOUTH DURING ROBBERY OF STATION
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Mar 12, 1969
By Bill Duffy
A service station attendant was beaten and the station robbed of $150 early Wednesday in southeast Cedar Rapids. Station attendant Pat Borschel… said he was hit on the head with a revolver, and kicked during the hold-up at the Owens Oil Co. station, Sixteenth avenue and J street SW, about 5:10 a.m. Two men involved fled from the station with the money and possibly some cigarettes. The beating was at the end of an eventful night on duty for Borschel. Less than two hours before the hold-up, Borschel called police and reported that three men had stolen ten quarts of oil from the station.
Borschel gave police the license number of the car involved. A short time later they stopped a car in the neighborhood and began questioning Isaiah Martin, 26, no address. Martin suddenly grabbed his driver’s license from an officer’s hand and tried to flee. The two officers who had stopped him caught Martin again and arrested him for resisting arrest. Borschel said he was inside the station shortly after 5 when a man came to the door and asked for cigarettes. Borschel said he then saw that the man was holding a gun. The man pushed him into a back room and demanded that Borschel give him his station keys, authorities said.
When Borschel did not respond quickly enough, the hold-up man reached into Borschel’s pocket and took the keys. The man took the money from a cash drawer. At about that time, said Borschel, a second man entered the station. The man holding the gun told Borschel to find some bags, in which the men apparently intended to put cigarets. Borschel said he told them where to look for a bag. When they found none, the gunman hit him twice on the head and then kicked him.
A customer approached the station at that time and the two men ran, Borschel told police. Borschel was treated for minor injuries at St. Luke’s hospital and released. Martin, arrested after the earlier incident at the station, posted $110 bond on the charge of resisting arrest and was released from the city jail.
C.R. MAN HURT IN ALTERCATION
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Jan 25, 1970
Donald Lee Simpson, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was in serious condition at University hospitals in Iowa City Saturday night with head injuries received during a scuffle at a southeast side residence in the afternoon. Detectives said Simpson was injured during a scuffle with Isaiah Martin… at the residence of Joan Harkless, 1101 Twelfth avenue SE. Simpson was hit with the butt of a .22 caliber rifle, officials said. He was first taken to Mercy hospital. Police said Martin reported the incident about 3:45 p.m. No charges were filed. The case is still under investigation.
D.L. SIMPSON TO RESUME SERVING PRISON SENTENCE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Feb 12, 1970
Donald Lee Simpson… was returned to the men’s reformatory at Anamosa Wednesday to resume serving time on a 35-year sentence on a second-degree murder conviction. Simpson was released on parole last April after serving about five years of a sentence imposed in Wapello county. He was taken back to the reformatory after recuperating from injuries suffered in a scuffle at a southeast side residence Jan. 24. Police said Simpson had been hit in the head with the butt of a rifle during a scuffle with Isaiah Martin… of Cedar Rapids.
Simpson’s parole was revoked after his parole officer reported he had broken parole regulations and federal law by possessing or using a firearm and had broken a number of other parole rules.
NORMAN LONNIE (NONNIE) GREEN
CHICAGO MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN ROBBERY CASE
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Nov 17, 1971
Norman Lonnie Green, 23, Chicago, pled guilty in Linn district court Tuesday to a charge of robbery with aggravation. Green was accused of the July 5 robbery in which more than $300 was taken at Sheronick’s grocery store, 1436 L street SW. Authorities said that during the robbery, Green hit Aleck Sheronick over the head with a sawed-off shotgun, causing a deep gash in his head. When Sheronick tried to raise himself up after being beaten they said, Green fired a shot at him, which missed and hit the wall. Judge Ansel Chapman set Dec. 14 for sentencing and ordered a presentence investigation. Green was being held in the Linn county jail.
NORMAN GREEN IS SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN ROBBERY
Cedar Rapids Gazette—Dec 14, 1971
Norman Lonnie Green was sentenced Tuesday to serve a term of up to 25 year to the reformatory in Anamosa for his part in an armed robbery at Sheronick’s grocery in southwest Cedar Rapids July 5. The 23-year-old Chicago man pled guilty to a charge of robbery with aggravation Nov. 16. The only choice a judge has in aggravated robbery cases is whether time should be served or the defendant placed on probation. Linn District Judge Ansel Chapman imposed the sentence.
An assistant county attorney told the judge Aleck Sheronick has been required to discontinue operating his store because of the injuries received when Green hit him over the head with a sawed-off shotgun during the robbery. The assistant said Sheronick is still being treated by a neurosurgeon for the injuries.
Green told the judge the robbery was the result of his getting on the wrong path after getting involved with drugs. He said, however, he was not under the influence of drugs at the time of the robbery.
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