1967-12-06; Saline Reporter
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OL. 19, NO. 13 ~ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1967 . * 10c PER COPY — §4 PER YEAR FOR LIBRARY T_~ •** sf' ♦"*" 1 ' v V ^W*^3' Librarian Eleanor Todd looks wistfully for a place, in the present library, to put more books .. . and there isn't any more room. More than that, an inspector recently noted that the present building is already at capacity, as far as weight is concerned . . . and since then, more shelves and books have been added, to the tune of 500 to 700 pounds. It may be necessary to add more support in the basement, and another inspection has been requested. The library is nearly bursting at the seams with books and patrons. he's War kin * on the Railroad ively, versatile" " borotha Meyer, 37, is now the New York Central freight agent, here. Feminine freight agents are rare . . . Dorotha doesn't know of any others . . . but the song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad", could have been written for her. Sheer confidence and exuberance took her into a man's world, lorn? before there was any Civil Rights legislation to back up her contention that "anything a man could do, I could do better". She was raised on a Tennessee farm that has now vanished underneath the Oak Ridge atomic plant; the family land was purchased by the government for that purpose. Dorotha became a practical nurse; and she worked for a time as a psychiatric nurse at the state hosmtal in West- ville, Ind. But it was an experimental hospital; and, when all the tests in the planned series were completed, Dorotha began to get restive. She isn't fond of drab routine. "I didn't want to settle down to just routine care." she re- '-" calls, "so I went to the employment office." At the employment office she. was told that there were no openings for women. . . but the New York Central railroad was hiring men. So, naturally, she applied at New York Central. "What they needed," explains Dorotha, "was men operators. Of course, I didn't know what operating was, but I apolied anyway. It turned out to be a wide multitude of things, like handling switches, controlling signals, operating drawbridges, making out train orders . . . just about anything." Dorotha was certain she could handle the job . . . but New York Central wasn't. "After some argument, thev sent me to headquarters in Chicago, and they hired me as a freight clerk. But, after three days, didn't like clerkin' and I the Pennsylvania tower and the B. & O. tower. In 1960, Dorotha was caught in a railroad employment cutback and laid off. For a year and a half, she "worked on various things" including a job with Seaboard Airlines in Tampa, Fla . . . and there, she "got interested in freight". She came back to New York Central as a relief freight agent . . . working wherever a fill- in was needed ... in 1962. This year, Saline's former a- gent, Ed Sawall, retired in August; and here she is. The agent's job in this area is a travelling one. Dorotha covers Saline, Bridgewater, Manchester, Brooklyn, and Cement City, in one direction; she also handles stations on the "airline" (which has nothing to do with air; it's the name of an old railroad, now an express line)^. from Jackson through Spring Harbor, Concord,. Bbmer, Tekonshaw, Un- **y*»wTj(Mi mm*mmmqjtmmiQm**v Qn Thanksgiving Day of that yeas (1953) she got a call from the same man who had first said that NYC didn't hire women. He asked whether she would like to learn tickets. So she learned tickets. A year later, Dorotha became the local agent at Michigan City, and stayed there until 1957. In later shifts, she operated the Michigan City drawbridge for six months; then she undertook the tower job. Next, she "drifted up to Kalamazoo" where she operated Option Taken On Schleh Bl ion" City,' Colori^ and Center- ville. She visits every one of them, every week. Her home site at the moment is Saline. She lives in a trailer, parked either at, the station or at Woodside,Trailer Park„.and she's looking for a hoirie to buy, here. •' ."• . In other . activities, in case she needs any,; she does "a lot of handywofk ■ and. crafts". She enjoys the company of-old people, and spends "as mUch time as possible" with senior citizens. In 1960, while .working on the railroad and living in Kalamazoo, she was also "resident .assistant manager of an apartment building supported by a Senior Citizens' Fund and housing 80 old people. She has no family in this; area; and she doesn't keep pets because she's on the road too much to look after them _. . .but her outgoing enthusiasm gathers friends instantly, everywhere she goes. •* . The Schleh building was constructed and dedicated as an early church in Sa- handsome now . . . but a little refurbishment could make it so. More important, the building has been thoroughly inspected by an engineer and declared structurally sound. It would provide 2,844 square feet of floor space, including a pro-, posed balcony .. . and not including the basement, which would add-almost that much again, and not counting stairs, landing, closets, and porch. The present library has only about 700 square feet. The Schleh building was constructed and dedicated as the first church in Saline (First Baptist) in 1905. The second floor was put on later and can be re-; moved without structural impairment, since the ceiling is suspended irom above. After the church outgrew it, the biiilding was used as a residence by the Schleh family,4hen-afusnit"urestore, funeraLhome^-and-the-'lirst'hospital-it! Sa=* line. It continued as a hospital under several ownerships and then became a convalescent home. It has been .vacant since Saline Community Hospital closed its extended care unit there last year. New City Maps Now Available Brand' new, .fully complete.-] maps of the City of Saline-are now available at City Hall; they may- be purchased for 75 cents each. All new .subdivisions are-included. A. "whole stack" of1 the new maps, each-about two by three feet; arrived Friday, City Clerk Maurice Doll announced. United Fund Total Reaches $34,143.64 The Saline Arear United Fund drive this weekireached a total of $34,143.64, "far surpassing its 1967 goal of $23,- 724. building for a new Saline .library". A recommendation to purchase the Schleh building, .unanimously approved by UF _. - j. T% .j 14, "to elect five new board Ordinance FrOViaeS members and'to consider aid- The annual meeting of the board members in a special United Fund has been sched- meeting Tuesday, will be pre- uled for Thursday, December sented to the members fbr vote, at the annual meeting. ing the Saline Public.Library in the purchase of the Schleh Change of Zoning City Council has approved Ordinance No. 203, an amendment to. the basic zoning ordinance, to change the zoning in portions of Rolling Meadows Holiday HOUFS subdivision. Merchants Extend The new ordinance changes part of Rolling Meadows community No. 5 and part of No. 6 from R-l-A to R-l-3, still single family but allowing slightly smaller lots and smaller homes. It also changes a section of Rolling Meadows No. 6 from R- 1-A to R-3-A, "low density multiple-family residential district" which allows for condominiums or duplexes. Saline merchants will keep their stores open evenings for the remainder of the holiday season. Paul Sibson, Cham-' ber of Commerce president, announced today. "Members", as the board pointed out, includes everyone, individuals or organizations, who contributed to the United-Fund this year. The annual meeting will convene at 7:30 p.m. oh December 14, at the Saline Savings Bank community room. Of the $34,143.64 total in this year's drive, 57 per cent comes from employee withholding pledges. Residential contributions have accounted for 11 per cent, and 24 per Saline Public Library, which has far outgrown its present location, may soon have a new home.. United Fund board members, at a special meeting Tuesday night, unanimously voted to recommend purchase, for the library, of the former convalescent home building, a block from the center of town. It is now owned by John Schleh, from whom an option has been obtained by the Library board. The recommendation will be presented for a vote by all members of the Saline Area United Fund, at the annual meeting on December 14. The UF. board action was taken after a presentation at the Tuesdav meeting by X ."brary board members George Anderson and Mrs. Regis Wolfinger and Librarian Eleanor Tndd. Also present was Dick Cole, city building inspector, to discuss structural advantages of the Schleh building. Assistance was reauested ■ ■ * from the United Fund. An- ^^ PV«,n«.*h.i» +o tt- Saline der<=on noted, because the li- Historical Societv. if they so hrprv serves tTv» pnth-A area, def_r«4, until a. tfme when we though it is technically un- 1vo„id require the space for der citv jurisdiction. A re- iih~.rV ns«»s omit use study showed that Th„ ubm board has ob. 67.2 per cent of its natrons t^ned an option from Mr. are citv residents; 32.8 per Schleh and he will allow the cent live in the townships. iaT,d contract to be paid over Said Anderson: "We feel a a, period of three vears. We good library is the backbone feel that the buUding can be of every community, educa- purchased, remodeled, and tionally, "culturally, and rec- furnished for about half the reationally." Saline Public cost of a new facility and Library is now open 39 hours vvould provide us ample a week. growth to accommodate a The Library board's pre- population of 10,000. sentation follows: .Presently, our basic prob- The Saline Library Asso- lem is — where is the money dation was'formed in 1900, coming from? These are a at a time when Saline's pop- few of the various areas we ulation was 700. It remained have investigated thus far: under that system until a few a. Our present building has years ago when, to be eligible a deed restriction reverting ior state and federal monies, the property back to the heirs the S .aj.ijti.e__l. .&hc_-U^ for was instituted under the city library purposes. The City through Ordinance 174. Attorney is in the process of We now need additional finding the heirs to see if we space. We cannot expand our can obtain a clear title to the 'present facility because of building in order to sell it. the properties adjacent to it. We feel that the money re- We feel that it would be un- ceived would go a long way wise at the present time to toward remodeling the Schleh ask. for a bond issue to build building, a new library, because of the (The present building was present burdens being im- given t0 the library in. 1917 ..posed -upon, the public for bv Ziloha P. Davenport, wife federal, state, school and lo- 0f William H. They had one cal taxes.. • . . • son, Beverly, who married This leaves us with only Emilyi and they had one son, one .alternative, and thai adopted,- Arthur L. Daven- would ,be. to .find a larger port He married twice,' but buHding, and remodel, it. to there were no children from our present .arid future needs either marriage ) - • • "... providing the community b. The library fund has with- the library, service that $5,100, which could be used it deserves., and: heeds. for furnishings. The Schleh building is cen- c We ^ ve'ry hopeful' of trally located, as is our pre- receiving donated labor and sent facility. The lot size is materials to help in the -rein the area of 13,500 square modeling feet, which would provide d We have thought of sub- ample parking. The main scriptions but have not fully room, with a balcony, would analyzed this aspect. provide approximately three e In investigating govern- times the shelving and study mental assistance, .this would area that we presently have, allow y3 of tlle financing, but not counting the basement, it takes in excess of two years Coupons are now available. . _ at C-C member stores for the c^ represents industry. An- annual Christmas drawing, other eight per cent came which wiU be held on Satur- ^ the building trades which could be used for add' ed functions of the library. ' This facility would also al low us public men's and WO' men's rest rooms, an audiovisual room, plus a much- and many, many stages to get final approval and financing. f. Bonding would require a vote of the public and unless a special election were held, Accident Fatal To Adrian Man Raymond Charles Hayford, 32, of Adrian, died Sunday at Universty Hospital' in Ann Arbor, of inuries suffered last Wednesday in a one-car crash west of Saline on US 12. Hayford was on his way to work at Uniloy Division, where he had been employed in the tool room since last June, when the accident occurred. Sheriff's deputies said his car went out of control, at 6:10 a.m., and left the highway and struck two posts and a tree and then hit three more posts before stopping. Four service clubs . . . the American Legion, Kiwanis Club, Jaycees, and Rotary. Club . . . contributed a total of $380. day. December 23. at the.movie party for children at the Junior Hieh School. ■ Santa's first visit to Saline Saturday was partlv rained out . . . but he will be found ~~ ~* at.Westside Hardware from Councilmen Get 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. De- T?njni. rjtn Tmir cember 9: in the downtown -««■«*/«# Ksliy 1 UUI area on Saturday. December In Saturday>s disheartening 16:T.anci_*}_}£ m0Vle Party downpour, three councilmen - elect toured the city they have . but they may have seen it from a new needed public conference the vote would be deiayed Un room, which could handle ma- til November, 1968. A bond ny of the smaller groups pre- issue would put the burden sently meeting in private iully on the City of Saline for homes or the large communi- a project to benefit all of the ty room of the Saline Savings Saline area. If the bonding Bank. Also at this time a portion of the balcony could be (Continued on page 2) on December 23 Santa's bright red mailbox JT£ ^ for will be put out this week, on the southeast corner of the main intersection, Sibson said. Children are encourag- pd to mail letters to Santa in the box; their parents will then receive a reply containing hints. The Gambles store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. eveiy night this week except viewpoint. Said City Administrator Mike Strait: "We showed them ar the city's concerns and problems . . . past, present, am. future . . . everything we could think of. It took about four hours." The incoming councilmen, Jameson Ford, Jack Measley, - , _ , Saturday, when the store will .„.„.. He had for some time been ciose at q p.m. Dancer's and ?nd Ed Marsn> were accompan- looking for a home to move Walker's stores will begin the ied oa ^eir iaunt by Strait, his wife and five young child- 9 am to 9 p.m. hours on Mayor George Johnson, ren to Saline, to avoid the long drive to and from work, he said. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Britton. Monday. Councilman George and Anderson. PLANNERS TO MEET CUB PACKS SET The city planning commis- YULE PARTIES Anything a man can do, Dorotha can do also, and she proves it by jacking a freight car down the track, one of the tasks that falls sometimes to a freight agent. Inside the station, the feminine touch is evident in imaginative' Christmas decorations. Dorotha has gained many'feromotic__sv since she begata her railroading career, until finally, she says, she was "promoted to'Saline'V sion will meet at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, in the council chambers. GOES TO SCHOOL Chief of Police James Levleit is driving to Lansing ev.ery CUBS PLAN BAKE SALE day this week to attend a five- Cub Scout Pack 416 will day course in police manage- hold a bake sale from-9 a.m. ment, at Michigan State Uni- to noon, Saturday, at Wight versity. Cleaners. A Christmas party for Cub Scout packs 464 and 474 will be a potluck at 7 p_m. Wednesday, December 13, at Jensen School. Cub Pack 4i6 will hold a Christmas party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at Houghton School. Membersof the Saline" Public Library board consider one .of two colored drawings made by TayW Jacobsen to show how attractive, the Schleh building could be, "with just a little fixin'.". Inexpensive "dress up" features on the outside of the buUding might include rounded steps at the main entrance, a canopy to the curb* a drop box in the circular drive, and a coordinated colpr scheme. Left to right, above, are "Mrs. Charles Kern; Mrs. Regis Wolfingeri" librarian Eleanor Todd, George Anderson, and Ulrs. Harry Holmes.
|Title||1967-12-06; 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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