Dec. 2, 1988
Gov. James Thompson pledged to “keep pushing” the federal government to provide funds for a new Clark Bridge, despite the recent rejection of a request for $1.9 million to begin work on the project. Thompson made a brief visit to the Lockhaven Country Club in Godfrey for a banquet honoring state Sen. Sam Vadalabene, D-Edwardsville, who received a distinguished service award from the Piasa Boy Scout Council. Thompson said he was disappointed but not surprised that the bridge did not receive the funding. Thompson said election-year pressures on elected officials probably contributed to the large number of requests received by the federal Department of Transportation. About $200 million in federal money was allotted yearly for discretionary bridge funding, according to Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Dale Klohr. IDOT officials expected the federal government to pay for about $59 million of the $70 million cost for the new bridge. Thompson said he planned to meet with Illinois Secretary of Transportation Greg Baise soon to discuss the possibility of state funding to get the project going, but it was unlikely the state would make funds available any time soon because it would mean “jerking away” money from other projects. Thompson pledged to submit another funding request in the new year.
Dec. 2, 1963
The newly constructed community building in Bethalto would be dedicated with State Sen. Paul Simon giving the address. The $119,000 building would contain the fire and police departments, the Bethalto Library sponsored by the Bethalto Women’s Club, a boardroom, a large community room and offices.
Approximately $1,000 in fines was received by Alton officials over the previous two days, due largely to the use of the city’s new portable police radar unit.
Three Carrollton High ag students were among the top 10 in corn yields in FFA section 15 of the state. They were Don Muntz, who won second honors; Darrell Whitlock, who came in third, and Denny Adcock, who placed sixth.
The YMCA Handball Turkey Tourney ended the previous week with Joe Wilson in first place with 150 points; Gene Vincent came in second with 148 points; John Mueller third with 140 points and Ed Siess won fourth place with 131 points. The tourney included 18 men.
Sandra Clements, a junior, was selected 1963 Homecoming Queen at Blackburn College in Carlinville.
Arlie A. Grills had been given a 60-day emergency appointment by Alton Mayor P.W. Day to the post of Alton animal control officer.
A lifelong resident of the Wood River area, Mamie Kruse Balster, died in Saint Anthony’s Hospital. She was the wife of Edward W. Balster of Wood River.
Dec. 2, 1938
Young Johnny Jones, vaudeville dancer turned non-stop flier, estimated that his transcontinental airplane flight was less expensive than a cross-country trip in a popular-priced automobile. Gasoline and oil for his tiny “scooter” plane – only a third as large as Doug Corrigan’s ship, and the lightest airplane made – cost only $25.75, or less than a cent a mile for the 2,785 mile flight. The 676-pound plane, which normally carried 12 gallons of gasoline, was loaded with 146 gallons of fuel, most of it in two extra tanks. Its total load was nearly twice its own weight. At the end of the non-stop flight of 30 hours and 37 minutes from Los Angeles to Roosevelt Field in New York, he set a new distance record for light planes. The plane, powered with a four-cylinder, 50-horsepower engine, cruised at about 91 miles an hour and at an average altitude of 5,000 feet. Jones, 25-year-old Californian, put up at a hotel suite once occupied by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd and once by Corrigan of “Wrong Way Corrigan fame.”
A new organization at Alton State Hospital was made up of people who disagreed with some long-standing beliefs. They pledged that mental diseases, like other bodily diseases, were curable and it was not a disgrace to have been mentally ill. Mental illness should have no more a stigma attached than gall bladder or appendicitis, or any other disease that was curable.