Clipped From Estherville Daily News
DES MOINES (AP)—Lt. T. R. Mikesch, 50, of Des Moines was named chief of the Iowa Highway Patrol Friday by State Safety Commissioner William F. Sueppel. Mikesch, a veteran of 26 years on the patrol, succeeds Col. David Herrick, who is retiring effective July 31. Mikesch now is commander of Highway ?atrol District No. 1, which includes Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Marshall, Polk and Story counties. It is the state's largest district in terms of population and traffic. * * * Sueppel said that until Mikesch takes over on Aug. 1, Lt. Col. James Machholz will continue as acting chief of the patrol. Machholz then will remain as assistant patrol chief and will be assigned numerous additional duties, as will Maj. Howard Miller, second assistant chief in charge of drivers license examiners and hearing officers. * * * A native of Mason City, Mikesch was raised in Manly. He had a boyhood ambition to become a highway patrolman and reached the minimum, age for the Iowa patrol while attending a patrol training encampment in 1937, two years after the patrol was organized.