1961-09-06; Saline Reporter
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The Saline eporter VOLUME 14, NUMBER 51 - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1961 'First With All the Local News' 10c PER COPY — $3 PER YEAR ipes %jut moment A raging fire on Jordan road spreader, drag, rotary hoe, and Thursday evening destroyed or levelled six large buildings at the Holcomb farm ~ including a 150-foot barn, two big silos, two tool sheds, and a milk- house. Also lost in the blaze were three four-month-old heifers, an entire first cutting of hay that filled the barn, 2000 bushels of oats, 100 bushels of shelled corn and 10 tons of fertilizer. Destroyed also were all the milkhouse equipment, and — in the tool sheds — two new four- row cultivators, a blower, pipe, Girbachs Win Reserve and Grand Awards Girbach livestock did itself proud in the Junior Show at the Michigan State Fair: Gary Girbach, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Girbach of Arkona road, won a coveted blue ribbon for Reserve Champion Angus Heifer; and his brother, Gene, showed the Grand Champion Market Hog (a Poland China) for the third consecutive year. Gene also received Reserve Champion for his pen of three. Mary Sue Gordon showed the Grand Champion pen of three, also Poland Chinas; and in cattle judging, Neil Haarer had the Reserve Champion Angus yearling. "LEARN AND SAVE" ELECTS OFFICERS 4 The Learn and Save 4-H Club ■-"had their monthly meeting at the home of Mary and Connie Grothy on September 2. New officers were elected for the winter season:1 president, Jean Schaible; vice president, Joyce Dieterle; secretary, Mary Grothy; treasurer, Carol Mey- " ers; song and recreation leaders, Marcia Hieber and Diane Guenther; and reporter, Linda 'Tobias. After the meeting Marilyn and Carolyn Habb gave a demonstration on measuring ingredients. It ended with a baseball game. large tractor tire — and countless minor equipment. The loss was estimated at $60,000, but the owners, Harold and Harlan Holcomb of Ai*- kona road, said it would take days to learn the exact amount. The two silos, empty when the fire began, remained standing, as did the cinder-block portion of the milkhouse, but all will have to be completely rebuilt. Three nearby buildings were saved, and 33 Holsteins, pastured in an adjacent field, were unharmed. The fire was already at full- blast before Saline firemen arrived; and heat was so intense they could not approach it until they had mounted a shed- door on rollers as a shield. Water was rushed to the scene by the Milan Fire department tank truck; and a milk truck owned by Marion and Niethammer was also pressed into service to carry water. The Saline department remained on the premises for more than five hours, to protect other buildings, and the owners kept guard over the embers all night. Cause of the blaze has not been determined: the owners believe it could not have been spontaneous combustion since the hay in the barn was all first-cutting (not new); and the barn had recently been rewired. The fire was discovered by one of the tenant's children who rushed into the house to tell a baby-sitter, "The barn is smoking!" The house on the property is occupied.by Mr. and Mrs. Leon Thacker and their family. Area Candidates ConCon Posts The raging inferno above is the sight that greeted firemen called to the Harold and Harlan Holcomb farm about 5 p.m. Thursday. An hour later, only the white garage at left, and the skeletons of the silos were still standing . . . even the fence was. gone. Note barna_dnor *_§ed by fireman as shield (left), the only way they could approach within yards of the blaze. ~ Photo by Cecelia Ference FINAL FAIR BOARD MEET SET MONDAY The last meeting of Saline Community Fair Board before the opening of the Fair will be held at 8:30 p.m. Monday, September 11, at the ag room at the High School. All committee heads are urged to attend. WEDDING PLANS POSTPONED The wedding of Airman Third Class' Donald Daniels and' Sarah Jean Francis planned for Saturday, September 9, has been postponed. The bridegroom-elect, who is stationed with the Air Force at Sheppard Field, Texas, notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Daniels of Macon Rd., that he's unable to return home at this time due to the fact that his outfit has been alerted for overseas duty. Mrs. Bennett Wins Fair Sweepstakes For the first time in the 115- year history of the Michigan State Fair, the canning and preserving sweepstakes award came to a Washtenaw county woman. What's more, it came to Saline ... to Mrs. Tom Bennett, of 1339 Willis Rd. Mrs. Bennett, who annually brings home dozens of prizes for her State Fair food entries, this year captured the coveted sweepstakes award with 62 points. Her entries of 20 cans of fruit and vegetables won 20 prizes, including 13 blue ribbons, three 2nd prizes, two 3rds and one 4th. Her total earnings: $129.50 and a number of gifts. In other departments, Mrs. Bennett won 1st prize on her fruit cake and 1st on a white cake. Her coffee cake placed 2nd. Community Show for Fair Shaping Up Fast Special events and contests for the gala Saturday night Community Show, to climax the* Fair, are all "shaping up very well", their chairmen reported this week. The show, at 8 p.m. the last night of the Fair (September 16), includes square dancers, German dancers, a baton-twirling contest, three quartet contests, and an Old Settlers' contest. Three age groups of square dancers have been lined up by chairmen Dorothy and Johnson Quick, for exhibition dancing. Among them: -- An "Old Time Square Dancers" set, with Carl Moehn as caller. The dancers are Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lambarth, George Madison, Buelah Worsham, Luella Harwood, Charles Stehle, Mr. and Mrs. Barlow Simonds, all of this area; An "Early Teens" group (7 to 14 years old) including John, Don and Rick Weir, of Ann Arbor; Dennis O'Donnell, of Milan; and, from Saline, Carlene, Thomas and Cindy Herter, and Sally, Marjorie and Barbara Quick; BUILDING PERMIT ISSUED City Council Tuesday issued a building permit to Donald Burmeister, 219 Wheeler Ct., for aluminum siding, for $784. Must Keep Berlin Access, Hart Says On the Berlin situation, have drawn the line so sharply that we will have to use the ultimate means to preserve our access to West Berlin," Michigan Senator Philip Hart said Monday. Hart, Governor John Swain- An "in-between" group starring dancers from Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Milan, and Saline. The German Dancers, youngsters trained by Albert Duckek, president of the German Park association, have hot performed before in the Saline area, although they have danced at several German Park events this summer. With their accordionists, Mrs. Walter Jarvis and Robert Metz- ner, the small dancers include Elizabeth Link, Wally Jarvis; Doris, Fred and Carol Ullrich; Peter Metzner, Margaret Baker, Johnny Jarvis, Horace and Regina Fritsche; and Andrea and Bruce Fulton, all of the Ann Arbor area. Half a dozen contestants are expected to take part in the baton-twirling contest, chairman Art Katterjohn said. Entries are still open for the quartet contest, under the chairmanship of Sumner Maule. Divisions include barbershop quartets, church quartets, and modern harmony quartets: Prizes Will also be awarded during the show for the two oldest Old Settlers (one man and one woman) to register during the Fair. Anyone who has lived 40 years or more in the Saline area is qualified, and registration may be made at the American Legion booth. All Old Settlers who register will receive identifying ribbons. MC of the entire Community prpgram will be Legionnaire and Fair Board member Frank Deede. Rotary Hears Bonisteel, Sr. "I believe in waiting to take advantage of committee work and research before deciding on a course of action (at the Convention)," Roscoe Bonisteel, sr., told Rotarians here at their Thursday noon meeting. Bonisteel, Republican candidate on the Stptciabei* 12 ballot for the Con Con delegate seat from Washtenaw county, said: "I don't go along with those candidates who already are proclaiming what they're going to be for, and what they are going to be against. My decisions would be based on what I felt to be the greatest good for all the people of the State of Michigan — not for just a small segment of the population." He continued: "As you know, one of the first things that a constitutional convention will do is to establish its own rules and regulations for the government of the convention. It is here that !THREE TAKE OUT ABSENTEE BALLOTS Only three Saline persons have taken out absentee ballots for the September 12 election, City Clerk E. J. Muir said today. Washtenaw county voters will ballot on a proposed quarter-mill additional tax for purchase of parks, as well as on Con Con candidates. City officials predicted a light vote here, but "heavier than in the- pri=*. mary because one candidate is local". we committeewoman Mildred Gef- many and that it will be signed; If the President determines that frey, as well as three local Con but-that doesn't mean war with our armament is inadequate to Con candidates, were speakers the United States. I think the the needs, then we will have to' at the Democrat's Labor Day!Soviet won't go to the extent resume . . . but to test tomor- DcVClODGF Chicken Barbecue at the Farm; of trying to seal off our access row seems like reaching for the Council site on Saline-Ann Ar-,to West Berlin." > sword." (Twenty-four hours la bor Rd. j In answer to a question, the ter, the White House announced Said Hart: "I anticipate that Senator also said he did not ex- that the United States will re- the Russian leadership will peet this country to resume nu- sume underground and space City Council Tuesday night son, and Democratic national! make a treaty with East Ger- clear testing "at the moment, tests, but will avoid the "fall- j received a letter from Kenneth "Not Happy" At Assessment 4i Local Democrats escort Governor John Swainson around the grounds at the Labor Day Chicken Barbecue a* the Farm Coun- Hagen, Mrs. Allan Grossman, the Governor, Grossman, and — at far right — Robert Carr, Con Con candidate from the county's first \ representative district, which includes Ann cil property. Above, left to right, Mrs. Arit v Arbor.- . out" of atmospheric testing. (However, Presidential secretary Pierre Salinger said the President does not consider the U.S. armaments "inadequate".) I Speaking of the forthcoming I Constitutional Convention, Gov- jernor Swainson expressed his belief that some portions of the present Constitution should be changed - he cited apportionment "to keep the government responsive to the majority" ~ and some should be retained — "Michigan is one of only 14 states to have the right of initiatory petition." "The Constitution must meet the needs of today and the demands of tomorrow," he said. "I hold to the old Thomas Jefferson theory that each citizenry should have the opportunity to frame the Constitution under which it is governed." Approximately 300 people attended the barbecue.' Con Con candidates who spoke included Allan Grossman, Democratic candidate for the senatorial district county seat; Eugene Sutter, candidate for the second representative district; and Robert Carr, candidate for the first representative district. Heininger, manager for Staeb ler & Sons, developers of Roll ing Meadows subdivision, lodging a complaint on the firm's assessment on the High School sidewalk. The firm was "misled" about the assessment, in that they believed that the sidewalk was to be continuous, the letter said. Because several houses on N. Ann Arbor St. remain outside the city limits, the sidewalk stops at the township line and starts up again beyond it. Said Heininger: "Since we discovered the void, none of us has been happy. Also, FHA has not been happy." Councilman George Johnson said: "The description -published before the hearing on the assessment eliminated the property in the township, and as City Council we have no jurisdiction over the township/* ' City Clerk E. J. Muir wal- instructed to advise the developers that the city can take no action on the "void" and enclose a copy of a July, 1960, letter from the Board of Education ""saying they would confer "with the township on the matter. . •■ Roscoe Bonisteel, Sr. the Convention can set an example on what a deliberate body can do if those who comprise it's memberships are dedicated to the task before them and wili be a fine example to the people to help restore confidence in our system of representative government." "The Convention should strive for and draft a document that will be as simple and understandable as possible, with proper checks and balances, fixing responsibility for an en- lorcement of legislative mandates, and make accountable to the people those who are responsible for their performances, as chief executive officer, as well as members of the legislative branch. In other words, the Convention should seek simplicity, responsibility, accountability, and checks and balances." "The Constitutional Convention -that is, the delegates — should run scared that they will not measure up to what the people have reason to expect in their Constitution. The taxpayers are paying out good money to finance the Constitution, and they are entitled to results free from the influence of selfish interests." "The Convention should be a model deliberative body, a real example to our people." There will be issues, big and little, before the delegates, honest differences — but full and frank discussions can make possible a simple, clear, and understandable document based upon "covenants openly arrived at". City Decides Against Site For Parking City Council Tuesday decided against purchase of a W. Michigan avenue site for a parking lot after Councilman George Johnson reported that the price of the lot plus the price of razing the present building would be too high for the number of cars that could be parked there. Johnson, with other members of an investigation committee, Planning Commissioner Douglas Milhan and Councilman John Buck, recommended that the site not be purchased because the total cost of such a parking lot would run around $12,000; and because of the shape, and location of the lot, only six or seven vehicles could be parked there. "It's possible some longer cars couldn't park there at all," Johnson said. The lot. under discussion is 'owned by Ross Adair, and is adjacent to the alley on the south side of W. Michigan Ave. in the first business block. The city had considered the possibility that a parking lot there now might serve as an entrance to a large lot behind it, to be obtained later. Council also defeated by a 4-3 vote a request from the Saline Convalescent Home to allow a tap-in to city sewer and water from a Waterworks road location where the owners had planned to erect a new convalescent home. Annexation of the property was declared impossible since it is nowhere contiguous to the city. HOME FOR VISIT Glenn Hagen, who has been spending a few days here with his mother, Mrs. Arthur Hagen, will leave Friday toresume studies at the1 Theological Seminary at the University of Dubuque, Iowa. During the summer, he served a church on Nebish Island, iri*1th'e St Mary's River. Thi-'ee Attend SACA Meet The constitutional right of ■the people to initiate legislation by petition is a "gun behind the door" in case the legislature should fail to act in areas of vital need, Con Con candidate Allan W. Grossman said Tuesday, and it should be preserved. Grossman, candidate on the Democratic ticket for the Con Con seat f r o""rS*-*Wa'*iitenaw county, was one of three candidates speaking at an evening meeting of the Saline Area Civic association here. Listing both initiative and referendum provisions of the present Constitution as examples of provisions that should not be changed at the forthcoming Convention, Grossman pointed out that the right of referendum permits the people to strike down unpopular legislation-'and "is the corallary to the right of initiation". Both provisions, he said, should be retained in the new Constitution. As an example of an area where change is needed, Grossman discussed apportionment of senatorial districts. He feels that senatorial districts should be apportioned on the basis of interest groups, he said, citing rural and urban interest groups as a possible basis. "By apportioning in such a manner as to give equal representation to such interest groups in the Senate, we can guarantee freedom from domination of on such interest group by the other," he said. "We can also assure a sensitive response to the respective problems pf suclh interest groups in our Senate. By providing for periodic reapportionment of the Senate on such a basis we can guarantee a con- lems of such interest groups in (Continued on Page 10) Ceremony to Launch Work On Parsonage A ground-breaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday will launch work on the planned new Methodist parsonage, a brick one- story four-bedroom home on Linden court off Mills Rd. Work and plans for the new parsonage have been under the leadership of Carl Curtiss, head of the board of trustees of the -church; Ed Filsinger, general chairman of the parsonage building committee; Gordon Esch, chairman of the plans and specifications; Joe Bondie, chairman of the financial committee; Bruce Parsons, financial secretary and treasurer; Mrs: Walfred Larson, president, of the WSCS. Ruben Finkbeiner of Saline is general contractor, ^md it is hoped that work on the home - in the $35,000 class — can be completed in the spring. The Rev. Donald Krauschaar is pastor of the Methodist Church here. Allan Grossman Robin Flickinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Flickinger _of Austin Rd., .-underwent a ton siUectomy last weeK. -- ■*="*• Cemetery to be Expanded Soon An expansion of the city- owned Oakwood cemetery will be necessary in the near future, City Council decided Tuesday, but — reported the city clerk — "We have plenty of lots to last us for a year or two." The city has $1300 ear-marked for cemetery expansion in the current budget, Finance Commissioner George Johnson reported. Council will visit the cemetery in the near future to look over "the lie of the land", they decided, after City Superintendent Mike Strait estimated the city could "lower the hill and move a few trees around for about^fl,000". The remaining lots "don't leave much choice of location!" Strai^saTd, .but maintenance is too difficult and costly "if you plot too much in advance". The area to be plotted for expansion is already d0^Swne&, and runs all the way "to-the^perk.
|Title||1961-09-06; Saline Reporter|
|Description||An issue of a Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Focused on Saline and the surrounding Washtenaw County area. Previously published in Ann Arbor with the title Reporter. In May 1958, the newspaper offices moved to Saline and the title of the publication changed to Saline Reporter. No longer published.|
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