The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 31, 1960 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 31, 1960
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E«-#M; Vm$ M*. r^y^V i • • - '*&' 4 f . 6STABtfSH6ft, 1863 lQONA, .OWA, 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES Tuesday, May 31, 1960 r* ' : IP%*' : i Four Die In M -51 Russ Waller. > «• * It was hot intended as a posi mortem, graduation address, but Shane McCarthy, executive director of the, President's Counsel on Youth Fitness, had a word or two to offer las't week before the 64th convention of the National Congress of Parents and .Teachers. "Youth .wants discipline, and adults give them license;' youth loves roughness and Adults give them ease; yoiith craves activity and adults manufacture idleness for them," he said. ''We, build them .playgrounds for exercise, then take 'them everywhere in a car; we build miles of turnpikes, but where : are the hiking trails? Our chil-. dren camp- out. in junior-size country clubs. * Why, should they walk when they can ride? Why should they stand when they can sit? Why should .they'use energy when they can flo.n'", , . "We buy our 'fun 1 and' watch others .participate. *. Work is , frowned upon as a hangover from ^serfdom!" -\":'"" •;'•" "' : '* }"" : Mr McCarthy said a mouthful. , • • . • * ; * • *' . • At the Algona high Commencement, Supt. O; B. Laing made an interesting comment. He said that the graduating class of 193S numbered : about 100. The class of 1960 wa*s just over 60, although expected to increase -in the next two years. •:-•*• * v George Grim of the Minneapolis Tribune gave perhaps the shortest Commencement address in local history, scarcely"" a halt hour. It was interesting ,to note, however, that folks who heard him speak \vere unanimous in saying.they jyould have, enjoyed hearing v ntor&' ti -i 1 h« -moral of^this. ^l%pyblte te sp|jk^ig, seems/to be .' well whefted. ' * * * Ray buhnlngham, one of the victims in the t Laing Hotel fire last Saturday night, was the first commander of the V.F.W Post in Algona. Incidentally, the Cunningham family, which originally came from the Titonka area, had planned a family reunion here at the Henry Furst home oh Memorial Day, as was their custom. It was too late to notify relatives' of the tragedy and the reunion was held as secheduled, with an element o tragedy not anticipated. ' T.O the Algona Fire Depart ment, brief but emphatic praise for their work in the Laing Hote fire. How they succeeded in keeping the structure from being totally consumed none of thi early bystanders, like ourself will ever know. So far as fin Investigation experts can deter mine, it seems likely that smoldering fire must have been in progress for sometime befor actual discovery. Then, as ga from the smoldering area deve loped, and spread, it \gnited an a sudden, roaring sheet of flame covered the entire first floor ceiling, in seconds. / * * * • The local Red Cross office announces an offer of assistance to those surviving the fire, all of who lost most all they had in the tragedy. Survivors should contact the local Red Cross office. Al Rahe, 58, Bancroft, Dies At Wedding Funeral services for Aloysius Andrew Rahe, • 58, were held 1 at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (today) at St. John's: Cath61ic church in Ban- roft. Burial was in St. John's cemetery with the Garry Funeral-Home in charge of arrangements. l ' '•" Msgr,. J.- H, Schultes was cele- >rant at the Solemn Requiem High Mass. Rev. Robt. Rahe, n cousin, was deacon, and Rev Adams of Carroll was sub- deacon. Mr Rahe succumbed to a heart attack/ last :Sa"turday whjle in a lector's' office 'in Austin, Minn Se had gone .there !to attend the wedding of,a niece, and suffered ;he seizure while, in Austin. "" . Surviving are his wife,- Rose, two sons .' .and- four, daughters: Donald.and 1 Edward of 'Bancroft, Lorraine of Minneapolis,. Evelyn (Mrs Howard Weydert) of Bancroft, Virginia i(Mrs Dick Buscher) of Algona, .and Rebecca at lome. ••;•••••' . His mother^ Mrs ,Mary Rahe of Bancrbft, also survives, as'welF as two-.brothers; and six sisters .He ha3 farmed*all of his adult life near Bancroft. ' Pallbearers were Ed and Otto Vaske, Gordon^ Bollig, Flor'ian Hellman and Vincent Becker, Bancroft, and John Haupert, Algona. 'I aust Flames Gut Ancient Hotel In Night Fire all long-time residents of the hotel, wore suffocated. Dead *re: ' Mathias (Mall) Mertz, 76 Harry Solberg, 64 1 Ray Cunningham, 69 Edward Edwards, 72 ' All lived on the third-floor of the building. Merte was found however in a room on the second floor where he possibly had gone Kn attempt to escape. His body was found lying on a burning bed by firemen who conducted a room-by-room search of the hotel as the flames had been extinguished. His face and hands were burned. The others were found in' their rooms on third floor. • Solbere was found lying with one leg extended into the hallway in the northwest portion of the building. He had a cut on the forehead, which he apparently suffered when he ran into something in confusion nossibly while attempting to escape. fn .. n A Edwa ds was found beside his bed and Cunningham was foun.d lying in bed. Cunningham was most seriously burned'of the fqur He had severe burns all over his body. All victims were at, least partially clothed. ' • • — J. • Mertz' body was carried down the hotel's .east stairway and the other three were lowered by ropes from a Window on the third . residents living in rooms in upper stories escaped Thought of the Weak — "In this age, unprecedented in human history, all of us, Americans and Russians alike, have one common enemy; the enemy is the danger of war; we must defeat that enemy together (Adlai Stevenson). . ,.» * J * Blue Jays, a Junior group sponsored by the Lakota Garden Club, constructed memorials at the two takota' cemeteries honoring service men buried there, prior to Memorial Pay. They erected 15 white crosses at Maple Hill and seven in the Lutheran cemetery. Decoration, or Memorial Day, isn't observed like it used to be. It is good to know . that some groups of young folks have not forgotten, however. , , , C. A. Norwood, former Algona resident now living in Tacoma Wash, came here for the funeral of Cleve Barton, last week... he arrived in Algona just 15 minutes before the services began. *; * » Fajnpu* LMt Lin* -^ Keep •railing; WN nwkf MM?*!* Vond«r what yow'v* b*ffl| up to, T. W. McDonald, 58,OfTitonka, Rites May 28 Titonka — Funeral • services were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at' the Titonka Methodist church for Thomas Walker McDonald, 58, who passed way at his home Thursday morning, May 26. Rev. Max . Goldman was in ch'arge'of the services with Blake funeral home in charge of the arrangements. Interment was in Pine Hill cemetery in Des'Moines. Thomos Walker McDonald, .a resident of Titonka for over nine years .was born in Say'ler Township, 'Des Moines, Iowa, April 19, 1902. He received his education in Des Moines, was baptized in the Christian, faith .in the Christian church, later became a member of the Methodist church. On June 1, 1929 he was united in maVriage with Edith NSwlove and to this union was born three children. He farmed near Des Moines for 15 years, later working in Des Moines for about five years before coming to Titonka in February of 1951. Since then he owned and operated Titonka Implement Company. In public life Mr McDonald served on the school board and as a township trustee in Saylor township; and on the Board of Education of the Titonka consolidated school district for five years, a position he held at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Titonka Chamber of Com' merce. Mr McDonald'was ill only a few months from a multiple disease, Surviving are his wife, Edith, and their three children, Malcom who is a graduating student at Mankato State Teachers college, Julie who presently lives at \iome and Margaret, also at home; one sister, Mrs Mildred Brown of Glendale, Calif., one brother Edwin McDonald of Menlo, Iowa, and a host of friends. Pallbearers were Gene Krom inga, Harvey Isebrand, August Meyer, Herbert Klasse, Glen Miller, and Glenn Larson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the school board and Supt. W. P Truesdell, Harold Qartner, George Seaberg, Harold. Gingrich, H. W Kitzinger, and Lester Eden. legion To Elect • I • •^^•^J-?.., ••• «> —"->-».«^-».-^.—.»«_„__- . . • ,_. •..•..j t yf ' The photo above shows Algona firemen as they lower the bod| of ; one of the four victims (arrow), at: the L'ainiT Hotel fire in^th early hours'Sunday. , v v-'.'£ v'; .-V : d!-' Three of'the bodies were taken^out.'of-ia third ; fl.bor (above ladder on .porch roof) and the fourth wascarried dowj| stafrway at the east end of the building. Much of the charred pbrtfpi of the hotel's front porch can also be seen in the photo. ' >v', The photo below shows firemen;Wid.;;oth^r ; men^w.ho offere S« to Sk^ffiU'-fp" rSnSS history due to Uie fact fn . four men lost their lives, was controlled rapidly by firemen, but The monthly meeting of Hagg Turner Post No. 90, the American Legion will be held 8 p.m., Wed nesday, June 1, at the Americai Legion Hall. Stewart Lund, DIS trict Commander from Webste City and William Potter, Dis trict Vice Commander fron Forest City will take part in th meeting. The annual post elec tion will be held.. The Legio Auxiliary Unit has been invite to the meeting. joungw, and Clarence Zaugg, 36 were among , res- Sclents who made it, out of the building on time. Both lived on the ''"" ran into the hallway, then got out on the ledge Sound by Police oH?cers, 1 auttering.from a broken heel, He was taken by ambulance to St. Ann hospital,, where his condition is good. , Zaugg climbed out of bed, kicked out a screen and crawled out He reportedly heard men yelling for ladders. Besides iron ' XIv 1 CUUl VCW4.J»w »..»*». ^ 1> escapes, the hotel had escape ropes in each room. -u,,* 0 v<! The fire was discovered by Mrs Firman Laing, wife of the hotel S owner. She saw flames shooting toward the. ceiling from an encloseo. closet area' under ari-.unused-.'.stairway'leadingvtp,,the - s ^ n ^ tl ° o . 1 [ : - after hearing.noisei-^hichla^parenUyv^ajnfr^om^ex^qUing^ ^u ^^^^^M^^^^^^^^^^^ soft drinks and sweeping compound, and Investigators,J nclu ^"f Donald Hutchinson, Storm Lake, deputy .marsha 1, Fire Chief Ira Kohl and Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, felt the fife smouldered for some time before .it burst into the open. •*!,«, r,r,vth ' Mrs Laing, who was in the family's living quarters m the noith- Gust portion of the ground floor, picked up her youngest child age 2 and roused her other two daughters, nine and seven years of age wnad gone to get some sandwiches returned .« that moment and raced to the police station next door to the hotel 10 '' witnesses "on State street, a block, south of the tragedy stated they saw a small blaze in the southeast portion of the ground floor which spread in a matter of seconds the full length of the large moe and fire went up the stairway over the closet and filled upper stories of the building rapidly. It is .probable the four victims became unconscious after a few inhalations of the smoke, according t0 H Fire h m n e S n n and others who aided in the battle against the blaze, b'-ought the fire under control in less than an hour, but a major portion of the structure had been gutted. Major fire damage was in the east half of the first and second stories, while the rest of the walls ceilings and floors were scorched and blackened from the extreme heat, and smoke. The area around the closet where the fire originated was charred. . . . Hutchinson investigated the fire most of the day Sunday, arriving hero early in the morning, and returned Tuesday to continue his 300 Prizes Offered In 2 Treasure Hunt Days A total of about 300 prises are being offered for Treasure Hunt Days in Algona this coming Friday and .Saturday. Between 55 and 60 business firms are participating in the two-day event, and most stores have Treasure Hunt specials fw tKays as advertised elsewhwe in today's Upper Des Lists of prizes will be posted in store windows. Irvin Wiltgen is chairman of the Treasure Hunt Committee, and other members are Jim Carroll, Don Frederick and Bob Williams. Wesley Man Is Charged After 2-Car Mishap A Wesley man, Joe T. Meurer, 67, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident last ThurS' day after his auto allegedly struck a parked car, owned by L. C. Qverson, 35, Blue Earth, Minn., on the main street of Wesley at 12:30 p.m. Damage to the two autos, according to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst who in vestigated, totaled $300. Meurer was headed east in his auto at the time of the crash. His vehicle reportedly hit the rear of the Overson machine. A day earlier, Wednesday, May 25, Lindhorst was called to Wesley at 9:40 p.m. to investi gate a crash involving cars driven by Darrell D. Fett, 18 LuVerne, and Qeorge E. Detmering, 38, Wesley. Fett was headed west and Detmering was headed north and turning wes on the main street when the collision occurred. Damage at $350 to the cars. Graveside Rites Graveside rites for Rebecca Jean, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Arnold Hill, Algona, were held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens here Monday afternoon, May 23. The baby was born the preceding Friday and died soon afterward. Mr Hill is an instructor in the local public high school, where he is an assistant coach. Charles Salz Dies; Funeral At Whittemore Whiiiempre — Funeral services for- Charlie Salz, 72, were held Saturday morning in St. Michael's Catholic church with Rev. Philip Dailey officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery. Pallbearers were Gotlieb Loebach, Norbert K.necht, Donald Kollasch, Gerald Elbert, Marvin Laubentahl and Bernard Kollasch. Charles Salz was born March 21, 1888 at Lenore, 111. His parents were William Salz and Whillimena Nass. He attended school at Lenore, and when a young man came to Whittemore where he worked as a farmhand and on September 25, 1912 he was united in holy wedlock with Christena Kollasch. They farmed for 40 years, then moved to Whittemore when they retired. They were the parents of seven children, Rita, Mrs Geo. Kjar, Rodman, Cletus and Reinhard, St. Joe, and Vincent of Whittemore, who with their mother mourn his death, also 18 grandchildren. One daughter, Hildcgard, and a set of twins preceded him in death. Mr Salz had been ailing for the past two years and underwent major surgery in Fort 'Dod^e two years ago from which it seemed he had rallied but of late his health was declining and Thursday he died at his home. Davenport Elev. Sold The Davenport Elevator Co. plant at West Bend was sold this past week to the West Bend Elevator Co. Possession to be taken July 1, I960. Davenport Elevator Co. has rented the Anliker building and will maintain its home office in West Bend. , t , c ,«uuu this statement Tuesday — "There has been no decision reached as to the cause of tbe fire. Source of the fire was an enclosed closet area under an unused stairway leading to the second floor of the building. The hotel was recently re-wired, practically • uling out the possibility of faulty wiring as a cause. Arson and negligence were also ruled out. Investigation of the matter wilt continue, he said. . . ,. Algona policemen, a patrolman and Lindhorst assisted firemen and kept the large crowd away from the fire. The building, estimated to be almost 100 years old was built near the Milwaukee Road depot and later moved to the six lots east of the city hall. It was known as the European Hotel for many years before Laing purchased the property a few years ago Damage estimates ranged upward from $25,000, and at the present time it is assumed the building will be torn down, due to the fact city ordinance prohibits reconstruction of any building which is 50 percent destroyed. It was reliably reported the owner had about $15,000 insurance on the property. t * * Funeral services for Ray William Cunningham were held Tuesday at 2 p m in First Presbyterian church here. Rev. Myron Brower officiated and burial was in Riverview cemetery. There were military rites and McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrange- Results Count! FOR SALE — BLACK SADDLE, martingale and bridle, in very good condition. Philip Seaberg 4 N , 4 W. of Wesley, phone 2257. 21-22 5/26/60 Dear Sirs — Please cancel my For Sale ad in your newspaper, being that I have sold the merchandise. Thank you. Sincerely Yours Philip Seaberg nu was born Dec. 23, 1890 at Titonka to Mansel and Fanny Cunningham, and lived his entire life in Kossuth county. He was employed-as a clerk in the Kohlhaas hardware for many years. He was a veteran of World War I. a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here, and Hagg-Turner post of the American Legion. He lived with his parents here, and moved to the hotel after Surviving are three brothers, Clarence of Elmore, Minn., John B of Titonka and Archie L. of Des Moines and four nieces Mrs Henry Furst, Algona, Mrs Ethel Wooldridge, and Mrs Dorothy Snatto, both of Mason City, and Mrs Glenn Kennicott, O'Neal, Neb Pallbearers at the services were Ted Larson John Kphlnaas, Loyalo O'Brien, John Bieser, Willard Geering and Wilbur Zeigler. J * * * Services for Mathias Mertz. 76, were held Tuesday morning at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church at West Bend. Father Grevmg officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr Mertz, a retired farm laborer, will be remembered here as always wearing white coveralls. He was the owner of the white antique car habitually parked by the hotel. He had overhauled the Car WvlS? arf [w^b^the'rTrra'nd Peter Mertz, both of West Bend. ^ ^ Services for Harry Solberg, 64. were held Tuesday at four p-rn. in McCulloueh's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Myron Brower of the Presbyterian church officiated and burial was in Riverview cemetery. There weie^mij^aiy ^^ of World War j and was unmarried. Surviving are a half brother in St. Paul and a half sister in North Dakota. Continued on Page 8 • ; ,,

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