The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 8, 1966 · Page 3
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 3

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 8, 1966
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Whittemore Farm, Swea City Newspaper Plant, Hit By Fire 80 Head Sheep Lost Saturday In Barn Blaze - Algona, (la.) Upper DM Main** Tuesday, February 8, 1966 Fires of undetermined origins swept through a business building at Swea City and a barn on a farm near Whittemore during the weekend, inflicting unesti- mated damage. WHITTEMORE - Firemen were called to the Vern Muller farm, located at the edge of Whittemore, and owned by Jim Geelan of Algona, about 9:30 a. m. Saturday when fire was discovered In the barn. The structure, 36x60, was totally destroyed. As firemen reached the scene, the doors blew open and flames shot out with such Intensity that any hope of saving the barn or its contents were gone. A lean- to, 16x36, attached to the barn, was also lost, as the buildings burned to the ground in 30 minutes. Also destroyed in the blaze were 80 or more ewes and lambs, more than 2,000 bales of alfalfa hay and all equipment Inside the barn, which housed 160 sheep at times. According to Fire Chief Charles Elbert, the building and animals were covered by insurance. Loss was estimated at between $10,000 and $12,000. Mr. Muller was in town at the bank and Mrs. Muller was at her job in the office of Audi- of Marc Moore here when the fire broke out. (UDM Newsfoto) - o - SWEA CITY NEWSPAPER DAMAGED BY FIRE The Swea City Herald newspaper building was partially gutted by fire Thursday afternoon, while a large barn on the James H. Geelan farm southwest of Whittemore, tenanted by Mr. and Mrs. Vern Muller, was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The Herald building is shown in the above photo, snapped shortly after firemen had put out the blaze and left the scene. Some equipment was removed by volunteers and stored elsewhere temporarily. Fire there was discovered shortly after 1 p. m. Thursday. It apparently got its start in a closet in living quarters upstairs, occupied by Mark Davis, owner- publisher of the weekly newspaper, his wife and small son. Mrs. Davis noticed smoke, told her husband and he turned in the fire alarm. Fire Chief Fred Albers reported the family lost all their clothing and most of their furnishings before the fire could be brought under control. There was heavy smoke and water damage throughout the structure and the family went to the Kenneth Kollasch home following the fire. Small printing equipment from the downstairs area, some paper and other supplies were carried outside and later stored in another building owned by Davis. Damage to the other heavier equipment inside was thought not to be serious, but the newspaper cannot be printed there for the present. Plans have been completed to have the printing done by Midwest Printing in the Upper Des Moines building here. The building and equipment were covered by Insurance and there was also reportedly a small amount of insurance on the personal belongings. Balmy Sunday Lifts Spirits Of Everyone The weather picture here improved considerably during, the weekend as the mercury moved way up the scale - resulting in a balmy 38 degree reading Sunday afternoon. Only twice in the past six days readings went below zero. Feb. 2, the mark was'-6 and two days later, -7. However, highs ranged from 14-38 and the only snow was a trace Friday. Here are the readings: H L S Feb. 2 20-6 Feb. 3 .18 1 Feb. 4 14 -7 Tr. Feb.5 29 2 Feb.6 38 10 Feb. 7 — 19 Funeral Held Saturday For Bancroft Lady Funeral services for Mrs. John Brink, 72, Bancroft, were held at 9 a. m. Saturday in St. John's Catholic church, with Msgr. Joseph H.Schultes officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Mrs. Brink died Feb. 2 at Holy Family hospital in Estherville of a heart ailment. She had been in filing health about two months. She was born Frances Sang- man Dec. 25,1893 at New Vienna, Iowa and came to Bancroft with her parents where she attended St. John's Catholic school. Jan. 26, 1921, she was married to John Brink at St. John's church and the couple farmed in the Bancroft community until retirement in Oct., 1963. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Mrs. MelvinMal- loy of Florida and Mrs. Joe Crowley of Bancroft; six brothers, George of Estherville, Andrew and Rudolph of Bancroft, Alphonse of California, Lawrence of Carroll, and Quinten Sangman of Elma; four sisters, Mrs. August Lensing of Wabassa, Minn., Mrs. Frank Froehle, Mrs. Edward Vaske and Mrs. Peter J, Schiltz of Bancroft; eight grandchildren and one great- grandchild. She was a member of the Bancroft Legion Auxiliary and St. John's Altar Society. Garry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. County Dentists Giving School Talks This Week Kossuth county dentists are giving of their time as well as sponsoring a free movie, this week in observance of National Children's Dental Health Week. Joyce Hayden, county nurse, is presenting programs at three schools, Lotts Creek, GrantTwp. and Bancroft schools. Feb. 7, Dr. Karl Hoffman appeared at the Bryant school and at both St. Michael's and St. Paul's Lutheran In Whittemore. The same day, Dr. E. W. Ruske of Fenton gave a program at Fenton and Lone Rock schools. Feb. 8, Dr. LeRoy Strohman was on the program at Titonka Burt and St. John's of Bancroft, and on Feb. 9, Dr. Kevin Nash will be at St. Cecelia's in Algona, and St. Joseph's in Wesley. Feb. 10, Dr. H. H. Murray of Lakota will be at the Swea City and Ledyard schools, Dr. J. B. Harris at St. Benedict, LuVerne, and St. Joseph's in St. Joe. Feb. 11, Dr. Strohman and Miss Hayden will present a dental health achievement plaque at St. Cecelia's in Algona. The movie is Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a. m. and 1:30 p. m. V.F.W. And Auxiliary The V. F. W. and Auxiliary will meet Wednesday evening Feb. 9, in Algona, with a dinner to precede the meeting. Dinner is at 7 p. m. Luella Wolf is president of the Auxiliary, and Wayne Goodman is post commander. Food Meeting Kossuth County School Food Service Assn. will meet at the Burt school Feb. 9 at 2:30. Elmer B. Cowan, state school food service director will speak on surplus commodities. PRINTING THAT PULLS and doet Justice to you* business, • fairly priced. Upper Des Moines If It's News We Want It! Tfesterday^ L When Jets came out, airplane mechanics went back to school. When automatic transmissions appeared, good mechanics started studying too. Ours are now expert*I ALGONA AUTO REPAIR JUST EAST OF HIGH SCHOOL ANNEX 24 HOUR WRECKER SERVICE PHONE 295-5504 SHOP & SAVE! FINAL 1O DAYS! READ'S GIGANTIC STOCK LIQUIDATION SALE TREMENDOUS VALUES THROUGHOUT THE STORE

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