Clipped From Carrol Daily Times Herald
iMachholz Only Original Patrolman Still Active By Edwin M*rkl« < . (Drake University x Joum»11»m Student) (Distributed by = low* DiHy Pr«M Ameelatten) I DES MOINES - Lt. Col. blames MacMtolz Is the only ^original member of the Iowa 'Highway. Patrol wfoo is still ac- Hfe role of assistant chief of •tiie Highway Patrol puts him 3n diarge of field operations Including building, construction aircraft programs. I It was Ittt when 25-year-old ^Machholz was working for a Turlington newspaper and was 3told by a friend that a Highway jPatrol was going to be formed. = It sounded like an interesting profession to him. His father •*— who was police chief in Burlington Burlington — influenced him to ap- ipiy. ; Jobs, were scarce then, so ^Machholz was one of several 12 Times Herald, Carroll, la. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1972 thousand applicants for 50 positions. positions. He was accepted iand assigned assigned to work as a motorcycle trooper in Sioux City. In 1936 he was rounding • curve in pursuit of a ear outside of Carroll when his motorcycle hit a patch of sand in the road. He ended up going going through a fence, suffering broken ribs and losing a few teeth. After the accident he continued continued to ride motorcycle for the Patrol and in 1937 was made an instructor in motorcycle motorcycle training. In 1947 the Patrol stopped using using motorcycles partly because cars were considered safer. Although he has been based in seven cities — Sioux City, Carroll, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Osceola, Cedar Falls and Des Moines — he said moving around has caused "no real hardships" for his family. Machholz's family includes 'his wife, Lorraine, a 21-year- old son, Steven, and a daughter, Deborah, 20. Concerning the hazards of his job, Machholz said, "After working this many years you get so many different types of experience that none of them stands out as being exceptionally exceptionally dangerous." He finds his job interesting because, "You have an opportunity opportunity to deal with many people under a variety of circumstances." circumstances." When he's not working, ttie assistant chief spends leisure time on his farm north of Osceola where he raises quarter quarter horses.